Jun 1, 2011

Wednesday June 1, 2011 Donna S. Levin

Theme: Center of Attention.  Four theme answers plus the unifier start with synonyms for the human midriff.

17A. Abdominoplasty, familiarly : TUMMY TUCK. Two terms for the surgical removal of unwanted fat and droopy skin from the center of the body.

23A. Pepto-Bismol target : STOMACH ACHE. Hospital-tested, pink Pepto-Bismol provides fast, temporary relief from various internal disorders of the central region. Temporary side effects may include turning your tongue black.  Lovely.

36A. Bourgeois : MIDDLE CLASS. Bourgeois is derived from the Middle French word for townsman, and is therefore similar in historical intent to the German BURGHER. Connotations of these words varied a bit across history. I'm guessing they originated during the late medieval period, as the merchant class developed in the towns of Europe, midway in social status between peasants of various sorts and the landed gentry.

49A. Lint receptacle? : BELLY BUTTON.   If you sussed the theme, this was an easy fill (so to speak.)  Proper lint removal technique is demonstrated here.

59A. Easy A (or where to learn about this puzzle's theme?) : GUT COURSE.   I've never seen this phrase outside of a crossword, and I never had the occasion to take one, either.  I guess that's why my average was only a B.  Of course, in a literal GUT COURSE the midriff would be the center of attention.

Hi gang, JazzBumpa here, with a cute and fun offering from Donna.  Nothing middling about it.  Let's get right into the center of things.


1. Turkish title : AGHA. This can be the title of either a civilian or military officer.

5. Dept. of Labor agency : OSHA.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration.   Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees, including ordinary safety-toed footwear, ordinary prescription safety eyewear, logging boots, and ordinary clothing and weather-related gear.

9. Isn't serious : JESTS.  OSHA never JESTS.

14. Aloof : COOL.

15. Lovey-dovey exchange : COOS.  From the billing and cooing of love birds.

16. Ready for use : ON TAP.  I could use a beer.

19. Salad dressing restriction : NO OIL.  Fat free, lo-cal.

20. One at the top of the board : LEADER.  From golf, where tournament standings are listed on the leader board.

21. Evil intent : MALICE

22. Hearing aid? : EAR.  The outer ear funnels sound into the inner ear, which I guess is better than a simple hole in the head.

26. General __ Chicken : TSO'S.   I've seen this many times in crosswords, but never on a menu.  If I ever do, I will order it.

28. Poet who wrote of the wasp, "I distrust his waspitality" : NASH.  Ogden, who also wrote the famous couplet, re: billing and cooing:  Candy is dandy/But liquor is quicker.

29. Envy, e.g. : SIN.  Not just any old sin, but one of the deadly ones.  Can you name them all?  No peeking.  (But I'll help.  Lust is number 1!)

30. Self-help guru Deepak : CHOPRA.  Author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.

33. Sandra's "Speed" co-star : KEANU.   Sandra Bullock and KEANU Reeves. 

39. Anklebone : TALUS.  Since we're boning up on anatomy, here is a view.

40. More than interest : ENGAGE.  I was interested before I got engaged, so I guess this makes sense.

43. Chef's phrase : A LA.  This means cooked or prepared in a specified style.  Jeannie?

46. Parts of the hip : ILIA.  You have a pair, hence the awkward Latin plural of ILIUM.  Here they are in context.

48. From square one : ANEW.  One more time, from the top.

54. Jeanne d'Arc, e.g.: Abbr. : STE.  The French abbr. for a female saint.  While in her teens, she led the French army to several important victories in the 100 Years War.  She was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.  Now, you might think the Burgundians were French, and you'd probably be right.  But allegiances were rather slippery in those days, and money talked.  The English tried her in an ecclesiastical court, and burned her at the stake at age 19 in 1431.  Twenty-five years later, pope Callixtus III reexamined the trial, found her innocent, and declared her a martyr.  Four hundred ninety-one years later she was cannonized.  She had the patience of a STE.

55. Nimbi : HALOESNot In My Back Ilium!  A nimbus is a cloudy radiance surrounding the moon, or the head of a STE.  I'm guessing Jeanne got hers right away.

56. Enjoys surreptitiously, as a smoke : SNEAKS.  Did you ever sneak a smoke?

58. La Scala production : OPERA. La Scala is the opera theater in Milan.

62. Loses one's temper : RAGES.  This is occasionally observed on the road.

63. Fifth color of el espectro : AZUL.  Blue, in Spanish, like el Cielo.

64. Stopped working : DIED.  When my hard drive died on my new lap top a couple of months ago, the Geek Squad guy called the appearance on the monitor display, "The Azul screen of death!" 

65. Surgical tube : STENT

66. Salad, at times : SIDE.  As in SIDE dish.  As an aside, I had a salad for dinner, not a side, at Panera.

67. __-bitty : ITTY.  This means teeny-tiny.


1. Tread the boards : ACT.  Slang term for being a thespian.

2. European stew : GOULASH.  From the Hungarian Gulyás, meaning herdsman, who would chow down on this thick, meaty stew. 

3. Where school attendance is usually taken : HOME ROOM

4. __ mater : ALMA.  That school you went to, way back when.

5. Hawaii's "main islands," e.g. : OCTET.   Evidently there are eight.  I did not know that.

6. Become disenchanted with : SOUR ON

7. Ad __ : HOC.  Meaning, "For this" in Latin, referring to something set up for a specific purpose, not general use.

8. Inquire : ASK

9. Syndicated columnist Goldberg : JONAH.  No comment.

10. First name on an historic WWII bomber : ENOLA.   Pilot Paul Tibbets named this B-29 bomber after his mother, ENOLA Gay Tibbets.  It dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

11. Zeno's followers : STOICS.  This is derived from frequent crossword fill, STOA.  The  Stoics believed that destructive emotions resulted from errors in judgment.  I believe they had it exactly backwards.

12. Meditative martial art : TAI CHI.  You can get started here.

13. Bad temper : SPLEEN

18. NFL rushing units : YDS.  Yards.

21. 1960s Borgnine sitcom role : McHALE.  The show was McHale's Navy.  Here's a sample.

22. List-ending letters : ETC.  And so on, and so forth.

24. Succeeds : MAKES IT.

25. "Just __!": "Be right there!" : A SEC

27. Polish partner : SPIT.  SPIT and polish refers to appearance and good order.  The expression originated in the military, evidently from using a little saliva to put a shine on something.

31. Dietary guideline letters : RDA.  Recommended Daily Allowance

32. Talks off the cuff : AD LIBS.  A good way to get into trouble, these days.

34. Tandoori bread : NAN.  Tandoori is a spicy chicken dish from India.  NAN (or NAAN) is a flat bread to go with it.  I've had it.  Yum!

35. Org. that stages an annual June open : USGA.  U. S. Golf Association.

37. Doozy : LULU.  Something special, odd, or out of the ordinary, not always in a good way.  Here's an example.

38. Classical language of India : SANSKRIT.  It stands in the same relationship to modern Indian languages that classical Latin or Greek do for European languages.

41. Prepares : GETS SET

42. Maa, in "Babe" : EWE.  Babe is a pig who wants to be a sheep dog.  Maa is one of the sheep. 

43. Detests : ABHORS

44. Show enthusiasm for, as an opportunity : LEAP AT

45. Purport : ALLEGE

47. Available for siring : AT STUD.  Refers to a critter that could be gotten for some begettin'.

50. Actress Sophia : LOREN.  Famous actress, here illustrating the theme.

51. You often get a rise out of it : YEAST.   If you're a loafer, I suppose. 

52. Frère of a mère or père : ONCLE.  Bro of mom or pop.  All in the French family

53. Classical beginning : NEO.  NEOclassicism is a revival of classical norms, forms, and methods in art  or a intellectual discipline.

57. Autobahn auto : AUDIA German car on a German road.

59. 57-Down filler : GAS.  Fill for the fuel tank.  Should be petrol.

60. Israeli weapon : UZI.  A sub-machine gun brand since 1950.

61. Big name in ice cream : EDY.  This company goes back to 1928, when it was founded by William Dreyer and Joseph EDY.  Use in moderation.  Too much of this can lead to excess themage, a STOMACH ACHE or even a TUMMY TUCK.


Anonymous said...

General Tso's Chicken is just spicy Orange Chicken. Try it, you'll like it.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, JazzBumpa and friends. I knew we were due for a Donna Levin puzzle. I was not disappointed. Fun puzzle and great write-up.

My favorite clue was You Often Get a Rise Out of It = YEAST.

My husband and I have been practicing TAI CHI for several years.

STE. Jeanne d'Arc (aka Joan of Arc) was burned at stake supposedly on May 30, 1431, so the memorial of her death was just 2 days ago.

Clear Ayes: Love the new avatar.

Today marks the beginning of Hurricane Season.

QOD: The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. ~ Thomas Merton

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Opposite of yesterday -- this time it really was a speed run, all the way through. Unknowns were JONAH and TALUS, but the perps took care of those in short order.

Overall, the puzzle felt a bit bland. Not bad, just not terribly interesting. I was not fond of ASTUD, although I'm sure it's a perfectly legitimate word. Also, I'll never be able to accept that TAI CHI is actually a form of martial art (as opposed to a meditation/exercise regime). That's mostly due to the fact that both my in-laws, who are in their 70s, practice it in my living room every day and they move soooo sloooowly... ^_^

Anonymous said...

The answer was 'at stud', a legitimate phrase.

Barry G. said...

My mistake -- I misremembered.

I was not fond of AT STUD, although I'm sure it's a perfectly legitimate phrase.

creature said...

Good Morning C.C., Jazz and all,

Jazz you are perfect as the middle man. Thanks.

Jonah was an unknown for me; thanks perps. However, I have never heard SPLEEN for ‘bad temper’.
Really? Thanks, Donna, for your hump day theme- fun idea.

Abejo, what instrument do you play?

Spitzboov, my fingers are crossed. Pls keep us posted.

JD, glad to see Bob is alright.

Have a nice day everyone.

Lemonade714 said...

Hello all:

Very entertaining work JzB, with a fun theme but pretty simple puzzle. We did refer to GUT COURSES when I was in college. I too did not know Jonah and really still do not.

Here is more information on SPLEEN .

Off to return to reality

HeartRx said...

Good Morning JazzBumpa, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the excellent write-up and links, Jazz! Fun stuff all over the place.

I found this to be quite easy and fun. I wondered where we were going when I filled in TUMMY TUCK. And Donna led me right down the "middle". But I found it odd, that one of the theme entries had nothing to do with the stomach (middle class), while the other four did. So that was a bit of inconsistency.

But the fill was ENGAGing so it was OK by me!

Have a happy hump day everyone!

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

This was no speed run for me. Too many iffy or unknowns, such as Chopra, talus (had tarsi for awhile), oncle, & Jonah. Bad temper/spleen don't seem to go together either. Did finish, but had to rely on Wags and good old guesstimating today. But Donna Levin still constructs a fair puzzle that makes me think and there's nothing wrong with that.

Barry G, In the world of dog breeding, At Stud simply means a male is available to get together with your female at the right time to make puppies. It's a legit term breeders use.

creature said...


I looked up SPLEEN before I wrote my post; but, thanks.

Anonymous said...

To my mind, middle fits the theme, too. I have heard tummy refered to as middle,or midesection. It was neat that middle appeared on the middle horizontal line.
This was a Monday puzzle published on Wednesday, not much of a work out.

fermatprime said...

Hi all!

Can't sleep again, but too tired to type correctly on the first try.

Great work, Donna and Jazz. But really could have done w/o tummy button instructions. Too late for me!

I do not think that MIDDLE was in error. A fat stomach is in one's middle, no?

Am watching "My Boy Jack" on the installment plan while Russian friend and I eat dinner. (He is a food-woofer.) The mind set of the day leaves something to be desired. Don't tell me how it ends!!

Happy hump day!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Creature - "Middle man" - love it!

Here is a puzzling approach to billing and cooing.


kazie said...

Nice and easy for a Wednesday. Wondered about GAS though. German Audis get Benzin, not petrol or gas in their tanks. Now the 10% ethanol mix is sold cheaper than the pure stuff, and called E10. It was going for €1.61 a liter in April when I was there, which at the exchange rate then, works out at roughly $9.60 a gallon. Of course your Audi would need to fill more often if you drive at Autobahn speeds of 140 mph or more (224 kph). My son briefly demonstrated this for my benefit in his, but assured me he can't afford to do it more often or further than a few hundred meters at a time.

My unknowns, CHOPRA, JONAH, were easily perped.

kazie said...

Going along with the French undertone of this puzzle, SPLEEN would work very well for bad temper--the French blame everything on "too much spleen".

Nice take on bourgeois and Bürger concepts. The French even use the word faubourg, literally 'false town', for suburb, since suburbs only appeared when towns outgrew their medieval walls.

creature said...


Just so that I will be in the know the next time I'm in Paris, how do you say, en francais,
"too much spleen"?

I will say that I saw SPLEEN as a synonym fot MALICE in a dict.and noted the crossing in the puzzle.

Still....thanks, Kazie.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, and happy hump day, all. Thanks for the funn write up and links, JzB.

My only real slow spot was putting STOMACH ACid instead of ACHE and reading 'meditative' as 'medieval'. That messed up that corner until I sussed out the JESTS/JONAH crossing and reread the other clues.

I knew 51d had to be YEAST when none of the three other obvious answers would fit.

Regarding JazzB's "Center of Attention" link, there is a clue in the picture as to the location where the picture was most likely taken. Can you spot it?

Anonymous said...

Re: General Tso`s chicken:
Sign in front of Chinese restaurant: "We not seen you cat. Please to no more ask!"

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

Yes, today was the opposite of yesterday, with a quick run through, and a confident fill in of a few theme answers, although I stopped at "GUT _ _ _", since that I wasn't sure of...course

Still ended up staring at a finished puzzle without my "TA DA", and of course, it came from the crossing of two foreign words -

The L in ONCLE (F^&#in' French) and AZUL, which I guessed was AZUR.

Oh well....

Simple theme, with MIDDLE in the Middle, pretty cool.


Paul F said...

In today's puzzle,1 Jun 2011, your 23 across explanation of Peptol-Bismol target used the word 'themage.' I checked three on-line dictionaries and all three said "No definition for the selected word."

Can you define??

thehondohurricane said...

Grumpy 1

Only thing I'm sure of is that it's not Dennis' South Beach. They have too much clothing on.

There is an object in the ocean to the right of the last gal, but I'll be damned if I know what it is and why it would ID a particular locale.

HeartRx said...

Anon@7:30 and Fermatprime, I agree that MIDDLE means your "mid-section", or tummy. What I meant, was that middle CLASS has nothing to do with stomachs. tummy tuck refers to surgery on the stomach, stomach ache refers to a pain in the stomach, belly button refers to an indentation (or protrusion, as the case may be) of the stomach, and gut course refers to something that you know in your "stomach", or "gut", is an easy thing.

carol said...

Hi gang,

Started out fast but soon slowed waaaay down. I did get the 'theme' answers until I got to 59A and that stopped me. I have never heard the term GUT COURSE.

13D BAD TEMPER/SPLEEN seems fine with me. I have always heard of someone 'venting their spleen'.

40A MORE THAN INTEREST/ENGAGE doesn't fit for me.

61D EDYS is not on the west coast...but I have seen it in crosswords many times.

This was a good puzzle for a Wednesday level..:)

Lemonade714 said...

What I like most about the puzzle was the theme (with its related words being themeage, just like perps, perpendiculars are intersecting words) are perfect for Wednesday which is after all Mittwoch.

If you need a new cause for the day, I like the effort for CHILDREN , though it is no relation.

Tinbeni said...

FUN Wednsday offering.
Thank you Donna.

Jazz; Excellent write-up & links.

Splynter; I had the same write-over at AZUL/azur (blue) leading me to that ONCLE (uncle).
geez, French, Portuguese and Spanish all crossing.
Damn, they have a different word for everything. lol.

eddyB said...

Hello all.

Fast, easy solve today.

Thought gut course and easy A
were exact opposites. Have had engr classes where TA would give
Cs if you spelled your name correctly.

Wondering if I still have an avatar. Erased all photos from the L20 by accident.

More rain. Take care.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I was singing off Donna Levin's page through most of this puzzle.

The only Goldberg I could think of was jokester WHOOPI. It didn't fit, so I needed a little perp help for 9D/JONAH. Good restraint, Jazzbumpa.

I knew the term STANDING AT STUD, so contrarily I entered STANDS. Nope, that didn't work. I had to drift to AT STUD.

Most of the theme phrases flowed easily. I had to rely on a few perps to finish GUT COURSE. I'd never heard the term.

Thanks to Jazzbumpa, we now know an oficial use for Q-Tips. Has anybody ever gone through all that rigamarole fiddling around with their (own) BELLY BUTTON?

Thanks, Hahtool, it's the latest pastel of dogwood blossoms. Maybe I'm guilty of the SIN of Pride in showing it off, but at least I got it finished, so Sloth is (temporarily) off my list.

Grumpy 1 said...

CA, I'd say you have reason to be proud of that one (and the others you have posted). It looks very realistic.

Lemonade714 said...

CA your avatar is beautiful, and timely as I was just in dogwood country.

La plume de ma tante et le crayon de mon ocnle est sur la table.

Ed said...

"34. Tandoori bread : NAN. Tandoori is a spicy chicken dish from India. NAN (or NAAN) is a flat bread to go with it. I've had it. Yum!"

All true, but I think the most direct relation from the clue to the answer is that NAN is traditionally baked in a clay oven known as a tandoor. FYI, for what it's worth.

Tandoori lover said...

Thank you Donna Levin for a very nice puzzle - fell about 4 short - but still, loved it.

Thank you JazzB for a very entertaining blog - and all the link ups. BTW, I passed ( on I-80,90 ) on my way from Cleveland to/from Chicago, last week, passed the Toledo exit, and thought of, and said a little prayer for you.

Tandoori chicken is just a roasted (BBQ) type chicken - grilled in a tandoor - a 2 feet wide, pipe like oven. To those who may want to cook it in a conventional oven, at home, ( very simple procedure - ) .... may I suggest --- 'Shan' spice Mix for Tandoori Chicken --- about a Dollar, per packet. Yes, its made in Pakistan, but its waay better than any of the Indian stuff -- available at most Indian stores, everywhere.

Naan, can be easily made, by baking, using Pizza dough, punched out or flattened by hand.

Jerome said...

"If your a loafer, I suppose" Pretty sneaky and subtle... but very funny, Jazz.

Not so funny-

GOULASH amuses you? SO LAUGH!
CHOPRA once worked as a CARHOP
MCHALE- Raisa's husband, in Dundee

Donna- Thanks a lot pal! My "GUT REACTION" puzzle that I've been working on now has to go in the 'Already Been Done' file. A day late once again...damn! :)

Jazzbumpa said...

Paul -

Actually I used "themage" in 61 D. I guess I might have made it up. That sort of thing can happen after midnight. But, no. A search reveals that word is used here with some frequency.

Think of it by analogy to silage - the stuff that fills a silo, or sewage, the stuff that fills a sewer.

Themage then is the fill in theme-related answers. In this puzzle, it's the midriff, our center of attention.

JzB who carries a bit of excess themage.

kazie said...

Paul F,
I think what was meant was themeage, mentioned in a later post. Neither spelling of the word is in my dictionaries either, but we puzzlers understand what it means.

I too think the new avatar painting is wonderful. I wish I were so creative.

I guess it would be "trop de bile". But when I checked to see what other words were given for spleen, I found rate (the gland), haine (hatred), and mélancholie (melancholy, sadness). So it's obvious they associate it with several emotions.

Jazzbumpa said...

Ed -

That is a great bit of elaboration. Thanx!

Tandoori lover -

That is very nice. I'm touched. Thanx.

Jerome - You are the champ! FWIW, Dundee is a little town in SE MI between Toledo and Ann Arbor, where Rte 50 crosses U.S. 23. Gorby only went there, because of Cabela's.


Lucina said...

Hello, Jazz, C.C. and all.

No time to read the comments as it's almost time for gym, not TAI CHI, yoga.

Very entertaining blog, JZ, thank you.

This was a fun romp from Donna in her inimitable style. Good theme and I, too, liked "you often get a rise out of it," YEAST.

Later. I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!

Tandoori lover said...

JazzB - you're welcome.

RE: " Center of Attraction " - Grumpy 1 -

I looked at the picture of the 4 maidens - and the only hint, as to the location of the beach that I could detect is the color of the sand (?), and a hint of a small buoy on the extreme right center background..... I would like to guess that the buoy might indicate a 'quarantine' type netting used on the beaches in Australia, to keep the small jellyfishes out - so that they dont bother or sting the swimmers ?

Jeannie said...

A cute theme and enjoyable Wednesday puzzle. But then again, I usually am on Donna’s wavelength when I attempt her puzzles. Especially a Mon-Wed offering. I got all the theme answers in spite of having no idea what “Bourgeois” was. One other little gripe is there were too many French words in this one. Then again, I guess we all know by now how fluent I am in that language. I needed a little bit of perp help with Agha, and Chopra but other than that was able to finish unaided. My favorite today was “tread the boards”- act. I also have never heard of a bad temper refer to a spleen.

Thanks for the nice blog today
Jazz, and I can’t really believe you have never seen General Tso’s Chicken on a Chinese menu. You must try it although it can be a little spicy. To me ala means in “the style of”.

CA, I love your new avatar. I really had to look twice as I thought the pic was of real flowers. I can almost smell their odor.

My computer at home has a major virus to the point where I can’t even sign in. Riddle to follow later….

john28man said...

Do you suppose that yesterday's and today's puzzle somehow got reversed?

carol said...

CA: You should be proud of your new painting!!!! It's just lovely! When I was doing wood carving, I did one of 2 dogwood blossoms but I got a bit carried away and carved through the back of the piece...oooops!

Bill G. said...

Going to college back east, I've heard of gut courses often and they mean the same as an easy A, not the opposite.

CA, I LOVE dogwood trees. Our yard was full of them growing up in northern Virginia. I understand some disease is doing them in lately.

Jerome said...

There could be others, but the first person I heard use the word "Themeage" was Dan Naddor. He used it a lot. It was simply a word he made up to describe the amount of theme entries in puzzles. It's a neat word. Best of all, it's handy and practical and it explains a lot concisely.

Lemonade714 said...

Between dyslexia and bad vision I need to not only review, but have someone else read and edit my comments.

Jeannie said...

Today's riddle:

This is an unusual day, and so is this paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so uncommon about it? It looks so ordinary that you may think nothing is odd about it until you match it with most paragraphs this long. If you put your mind to it, and study it, you will find out, but nobody may assist you. Do it without any coaching. Go to work and try your skill at figuring it out.

Anonymous said...

no Es

Anonymous said...

No 'e'.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I had a good laugh when I figured out the theme after tummy and Stomach. This was a fun puzzle, though not a speed run like yesterday.

Jazz, There was more than I needed to know about Belly Button Cleaning. You can find just about anything on the internet!!

I didn't know Jonah, but guessed on the J as I had onah already in with the across clues. Jests was slow in coming also, but put in the S for Stoics, and hit my head with a V-8 can on that one. This was the last area to fall today.

As for middle being a part of the theme. Anyone with a teeage girl will know that her middle (tummy)is exposed with all the low jeans, and short tops.

Heart RX, I know you questioned the word Class and you are correct in that it doesn't denote anything about the stomach like the other answers do. I've tried to think of something to take its place, but nothing comes to mind.

Chickie said...

CA, I do love your new Avatar. You are truly a talented lady.

I received a small Dogwood shrub from the Yosemite park nursery for a Mother's Day gift. It is small right now and in a pot on my windowsill, but I'm hoping some day, a few years from now, it will be a showy bloomer like those in your Avatar.

Fermatprime, I loved "My Boy Jack". Enjoy your viewing.

Warren said...

Hi Gang, great job JazzBumpa.

I saw the comments about Tandoori Chicken

The above is a link to America's test kitchen, you'll need a login to view it though... My wife has a login and we made this recipe and it turned out great!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Jazz, your write up is wonderful. So full of good sites to go to. Thank you.

And I loved this puzzle because it was more like a Monday and I could zip through it at 3 PM (slept late, lunch out, bed broke {don't ask}).
Only hang ups were engage and no oil. Couldn't make sense of engage, even though it was the obvious answer, and put no fat for the salad dressing.


Anonymous said...

Waiting to hear from you Spitz. Hope all went well.

And I agree with all the compliments about your dogwood, Clear Ayes.

HeartRx said...

CA, you avatar is gorgeous - I would love to see the real thing!

Chickie, ummmm...."middle age spread" comes to mind. But, I think that's a little lower than the mid-section, LOL! !

Warren said...

The 'engage' comment reminds me of:Engage / make it so from Star Trek.

Bill G. said...

I love many of the features on MSNBC. This is their very enjoyable Animal Tracks slide show for this week. I especially like the picture of the mother swan and her little one (slide number 6).

Middle Age Blues said...

Some riddles for those who have read the above posts, at least twice::-

1. What Russian author adopted the pen name that meant 'most poison' ?

2. (easy) What is the only letter of the English alphabet with a name longer than a single syllable ?

3. What's common among these three words: - interrogatives, reinvestigator, tergiversation ( meaning equivocation or evasion) ?

4. What do bras have in common with bibles and needles ?

5. Only one number has all its letters in alphabetical order. And only one number has all its letters in reverse alphabetical order. What are they ?

6. What six letter word is made up of only two unique letters ?

7. What word has st in the middle, in the beginning, and the ending ?

8. What is the only word in the English language that has 3 apostrophes ?

9. Six letter word that begins and ends with a vowel, and does not have any other vowel. This disease begins and ends with an 'a'.

HeartRx said...

Would you believe, we are under a tornado warning right now?? IN MASSACHUSETTS??? One has already touched down near Springfield - are you still there, Dudley?

kazie said...

I don't know all but here are a few:
2. W
3. each has 2 Rs.
5a. 40
9. asthma
Any other suggestions?

thehondohurricane said...


Ditto Ct. Tornado warning until 8:00 PM. So far only a few rumbles of thunder though.

Grumpy 1 said...

#3 looks like they are anagrams although i haven't double checked the three words.

Hahtoolah said...

I hope you New Englanders are safe from the tornado. The temperatures hit 99F here today and there appear to be some "hot" spots in the Gulf that bear watching in case they turn into named storms.

Clear Ayes: I am particularly fond of dogwoods and have a beautiful dogwood tree in my front yard.

eddyB said...


Lovely dogwood painting. Reminds
me of the Laurel Highlands of PA.

Bill, where back East? We are going to have to agree to disagree.
I remember taking a lot of TUMS
when taking gut courses in W PA.


Middle Age Blues said...

O.K., O.K. I know how we all hate suspense, plus this 'middle ager' is having a 'senior' moment ( fell asleep - )- and my computer is 'acting up' - too many viruses - - so I'm terrified, I may not be able to give you the answers...So, here goes -

1. Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov - pen name 'most poison' ---- 'Maxim Gorky'. Would his quotations be called maxims ?

2. The letter W - 3 syllables

3. ( Anagrams)

4. All 3 words are plural which turn into singular, when an 's' is added. bras - brass, bibles - bibless, needles - needless. Also millionaires, timelines and princes.

5. Forty and one.

6. Deeded.

7. INkSTAND ( ... 'st' in the middle, 'in' the beginning 'and' the end.)

8.Fo'c's'le ( a variant of forecastle )... 4 apst's if you add a variant as fo'c's'le's gun.

9. Asthma

Enjoy and have a nice day, all.

Lucina said...

Clear Ayes:
May I join the chorus? Your painting of dogwood blossoms is beautiful!

Avg Joe said...

MAB, I have to take exception to the number of syllables in all letters being one except for W. This definition fails to take local dialect into account.

In Texas, most letters have more than one syllable. For example, H has at least 3. And if you want to take this a step further to monosyllabic words, the generally accepted term for fecal material has at least 4. :-)

Grumpy 1 said...

I think the "Centers of Attention" photo was taken on the southern shore of the Mediterannean. Why? It's the most likely place to find camel toes.

HeartRx said...

BillG., thanks for sharing the Animal Tracks link. I loved the "Kung Fu Lemur" (#10) !!

Hondo - seems like your blog name should be changed to thehondotornado?? Stay safe!!

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

No time to do Donna's puzzle although I would have liked to. Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes for BH's med. appt. in NYC. We just returned home. The medical review was positive and so we are happy; and we had no rain for the round trip drive. 95º heat in the city today, though. So now we can get on with summer. Will read the comments later.

Anonymous said...

Grumpy 1 - On 'Centers of Attention' ; -

With the exception of Israel, the photographer(s) and the models could have got into serious trouble, ( on the North coast of Africa - ) if they paraded around, skimpily dressed, as they have, apparently done.

BTW, what 'camel toes' are you talking about ? Please explain ... Is this meant to be a joke ?

nanny said...

Windy Ya wanna take this one ?
Dennis is knocked out

Clear Ayes said...

Good Evening, now I am really getting a big head! Thank you all for the nice comments on the dogwood pastel. I'm thinking of trying my hand at a portrait of my grand daughter. If it doesn't turn out that it looks more like a little troll, I'll post it on the blog.

My monthly doctor's appointment went well today. No change is good change.

Oh oh, Grumpy 1. It looks like you dug yourself a hole in that Mediterranean sand, into the position of making a joke and now you have to explain it. Now you are the center of attention.

Grumpy 1 said...

I'll leave it to wikipedia to explain.

thehondohurricane said...

Heart RX
In deference to the late Mr Hartung, changing my blog name would have to be 100%. I've given it some thought, but Clint was a boyhood favorite of mine.


I could drive a couple of miles to our local lake to eyeball camel toes, although I'd have to search a lot harder here then in the Med.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - since you've already covered the whole puzzle, I'll just chime in with a weather report. There have been reports of tornadoes around us, but none closer than 10 or 15 miles. There has been damage in Lemonade's dad's city of Springfield. No loss of life has hit the news so far. Compared to Joplin, MO, this is just windy.

We did the only practical thing and shooed the clouds over toward Hearti's. :-)

Dudley said...

Unrelated comment: we just finished watching "The King's Speech" on DVD. Superb.

Bill G. said...

EddyB, I grew up in Virginia and went to college in upstate New York.

I have a great old album on vinyl by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band called Will the Circle Be Unbroken. I found it at Amazon on CD and enjoying it all over again in my car.

windhover said...

The definition, that is.

Avg Joe said...

BillG, I have an LP copy of Circle and always enjoyed it. I also have Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy on both LP and CD. If I had to choose, I'd pick the latter.

I ain't going anywhere near the ungulate conversation.

Unknown said...

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Way to much discussion on the toe issue today. I checked the wikipedia article and found a new term for the male version of "camel toe'; moose knukle! I had to laugh out loud. Now I am ready for the beach and some moose knuckle watching.
The 5-year old package's entertainment has kept Snarly and me quite busy today. I didn't even get to the very enjoyable puzzle until a few minutes ago.
Thanks, Jazzy for the great article and the jumpstart to conversation.
I love the new dogwood painting also. xoxo to all

Abejo said...

Good Evening, folks. Enjoyed this Donna. Good job. Thanks Jazzbumpa for the comments.

This puzzle was pretty easy, more like a Tuesday than a Wednesday. Had it done early, but no computer where I was at.

The only real hangup for me for a while was I had IN HEAT instead of AT STUD for 47D. Guess I had the wrong gender.

The last to fall for me was the NE. STOICS, SPLEEN, etc. I did finish, however. I happen to belong to an organization in California and Illinois that takes as its name SCIOTS, the exact opposite of STOICS.

We had NAN a short while ago. I have eaten tons of that stuff with feta cheese.

Clever theme. Took me a while to get GUT COURSE because of IN HEAT being there for a while.

To Creature: I play the tuba.

See you tomorrow, which is shortly.


WikWak said...

Taken courses in / at / from four colleges over a span of many years. Earned a few degrees here and there. NEVER heard the term GUT COURSE used.

Where DO they use it?

Abejo said...

To WikWak: I put down GUT COURSE as an answer because it had to do with the stomach. Also, the question Easy A, referenced getting a grade in a classroom. Therefore a GUT COURSE would be something you would know almost instinctively, as if from your GUT.

That's my two cents.