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Jul 24, 2011

Sunday July 24, 2011 Caleb Rasmussen

Theme: An Author Thing Coming - Punning on well-known author names.

26A People who recite "Jabberwocky" door-to-door during the holidays? : CHRISTMAS CARROLLERS. Christmas carolers. Lewis Carroll.

49A. Fictional tornado protection? : BAUM SHELTER. Bomb shelter. L Frank Baum: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".

56A. Periods when Harry Potter books are unavailable? : ROWLING BLACKOUTS. Rolling blackouts. J. K. Rowling.

67A. "A Room of One's Own" writer wearing a wool sweater? : WOOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING. Wolf in sheep's clothing. Virginia Woolf.

84A. Medical procedure done while reading "The Outcasts of Poker Flat?" : OPEN HARTE SURGERY. Open heart surgery. Bret Harte.

95A. "Salomé" writer's pet? : WILDE ANIMAL. Wild animal. Oscar Wilde.

113A. Not as hard to pronounce as some 17th-century poetry? : EASIER SAID THAN DONNE. Easier said than done. John Donne.

I think this is Caleb Rasmussen's debut LAT. Congratulations!

The first theme answer confused me. Why not CHRISTMAS CARROLL for theme consistency? All the others have the author names. Am I missing something?

Across:

1. Guadalajara gal pal : AMIGA. Alliteration.

6. Determined by the stars, as time : SIDEREAL. Strange looking word.

14. Music box? : CD CASE. Nice clue.

20. Indiana's senior senator : LUGAR (Dick)

21. Pre-fight steps? : WAR DANCE

22. Eavesdropper, say : HEARER. Sometimes you just need a cringy fill.

23. Reason for a market recall : E. COLI

24. Totaled, with "to" : AMOUNTED

25. Home of big-eared elephants : AFRICA

29. Name of 13 popes : LEO

30. Match part : SET. Tennis.

31. Disney lioness : NALA."The Lion King".

32. Gp. jet-setters stand in line to see? : TSA. Fun clue.

35. Miles per hour, e.g. : RATE

38. Stick in : ADD. Needed Dummy Dennis to explain this clue for me. Sometimes simple things stymie me.

41. Applies lightly : DABs

44. Betrays : RATS OUT

46. For K-12 use : EL-HI. El(mentary)-Hi(gh). It's here to stay.

47. Lows in a field : MOOs

51. One of a Vegas pair : DIE. Singular of dice.

52. Feverish fits : AGUEs

54. Apt. units : RMs

55. Stuffed grape-leaf dish : DOLMA. I've only had stuffed banana-leaf dish.

62. More than tear up : WEEP

63. Allen or Frome : ETHAN

64. Prepare for takeoff : TAXI

65. Helpful connections : INs

77. Lennon lover : ONO

78. Phillies catcher Carlos : RUIZ. Here he is. Not as cool as Joe Mauer.

79. Ear-related : AURAL

80. Russian car : LADA. And 59D. 1980s-'90s Olds : CIERA. Ask Argyle if you have any car questions.

90. Them, with "the" : ENEMY

92. Appomattox loser : LEE

93. Highlights segment : RECAP

94. Small belt : NIP. Oh, that belt.

99. Closed : SHUT

100. Vital part : PITH

101. "Can we proceed?" : IS IT A GO. Yes!

102. Smell : ODOR

104. "No seats" sign : SRO (Standing Room Only)

105. Victrolas, e.g. : RCAs

106. D.C. VIP : SEN

107. Better part of a loaf? : HALF. "Half a loaf is better than none".

109. Guitar great Paul : LES. Both Splynter & Al play guitar.

111. Super Mario Galaxy 2 console : WII

122. Dashingly? : AT A RUN. Couldn't parse my answer.

124. Broadly and happily : EAR TO EAR

125. Out on a limb : TREED

126. Steppes settlers : TATARs

127. Most suave : URBANEST

128. Square things : ATONE. Square is verb here.

129. Lace place : EYELET

130. Expresses opposition : DISSENTS

131. Lost cause : GONER

Down:

1. Smart fellow? : ALEC

2. Little's opposite : MUCH

3. Stereotypical lab assistant : IGOR. "Young Frankenstein".

4. Name on Pisa's airport : GALILEI. Galileo Galilei Airport.

5. Get up : ARISE

6. Stroked : SWAM

7. "__ Rock": 1966 hit : I AM A

8. Inferior material : DROSS

9. Brought out : EDUCED

10. Accumulated charges : RAN A TAB

11. __'acte : ENTR

12. Excellent server : ACER. Rich never clues this as the computer brand. Don't know why.

13. Tricked : LED ON

14. Braided bread : CHALLAH. Faintly recall Clear Ayes likes this eggy bread.

15. Vanquished : DEFEATED

16. Mystery writer John Dickson __ : CARR

17. Teacher of Alexander the Great : ARISTOTLE

18. You may be asked to hold on for one : SEC. Hold on a sec.

19. Period : ERA

27. Without exception : TO A MAN

28. Metallica drummer Ulrich : LARS. No idea. I'm sure it's a gimme for Red State Democrat.

33. Defiant challenge : SUE ME

34. "It's __!": warning shout : A TRAP

35. Sketched over : RE-DREW

36. San Francisco mayor, 1968-'76 : ALIOTO (Joseph). Tough to spell.

37. "My Generation" band : THE WHO

39. Rapper Snoop __ : DOGG

40. Misgivings : DOUBTs

42. Dogwood cover, aptly : BARK. Another fun clue.

43. Contest in a dohyo : SUMO. Dohyo is sumo ring. New to me also.

45. Decelerate : SLOW

48. Repeated word in Psalms : SELAH

50. East Lansing sch. : MSU

53. __-Coburg: former Bavarian duchy : SAXE

57. Kobe's team, on scoreboards : LAL. Bill G's LA Lakers.

58. Dope : INFO

60. Up to, in ads : TIL

61. __-cone : SNO

66. Night sight : STAR

68. Rescuer of Odysseus : INO. Drew a blank.

69. Queue before Q : NOP. Alphabet.

70. Siamese sign of contentment : PURR

71. Places : SITEs

72. Pole neighbors : CZECHs

73. Affectionate gesture : HUG. Can you imagine meeting with Marti for the first time?

74. Peaceful : IRENIC

75. Japan Airlines hub : NARITA. This could be a problem for some.

76. Pictographs : GLYPHs

80. "Mere Christianity" author : LEWIS. C. S. Lewis.

81. Licorice-flavored seed : ANISE

82. Describe pictorially : DELINEATE

83. Bill of Rights part: Abbr. : AMDT. OK, amendment.

85. Samuel's teacher : ELI

86. Nautilus captain : NEMO

87. Move (toward) : HEAD

88. Dino's tail? : SAUR. Dinosaur.

89. Like Harlem in Manhattan, say : UPTOWN

91. Sarcastic reply : YEAH SURE

96. Touching : AGAINST

97. Florida State player, familiarly : NOLE. No idea. Short for Seminole?

98. Flirtatious adolescents : LOLITAs. Hi Jeannie!

100. Before : PRIOR TO

103. Fixed up : RE-DONE

108. Slip eponym : FREUD

110. Dutch painter Jan : STEEN

112. Collar accessory for Fido : ID TAG

114. Asian sea : ARAL

115. Indian wrap : SARI

116. Wall St. traders : ARBs (Arbitragers)

117. "And __ thou slain the Jabberwock?" : HAST

118. Skills : ARTS

119. Sign gas : NEON

120. Hawaii's state bird : NENE. Do you know what is Minnesota's mushroom?

121. Linda of Broadway's "Jekyll & Hyde" : EDER. Forgot also. Here she is.

122. Consumed : ATE

123. Scotland's longest river : TAY. River Tay.

Answer grid.

Saturday's "Hard to Believe" adventurer is Sallie.

C.C.

65 comments:

fermatprime said...

Great puzzle, Caleb! Super blog, CC.

Loved the theme! The fill just rolled in! Very funny! Am a big Jabberwockyfan. The rest of it took some time, however! Took waay to long filling in LOLITA. Felt really stupid, Jeannie!

The inconsistency didn't bother me! I'm easy!

Had first swim since October yesterday! Best friend had a real problem getting hydraulic lift to work, but finally succeeded in getting me out! (OK. Not a really passable swimmer any more! Hopefully things will change a bit!)

Time for bed!

Anonymous said...

8. Metallica drummer Ulrich : LARS.

Yes CC it was! :-) For those of you who don't know Metallica is my favourite band!

Lars Ulrich

Anonymous said...

other gimmes: 109 across guitarist Paul: Les 36 down My generation band The Who & 39 down Rapper Snoop Dogg. 59 down 80-90's Olds: Ciera I had one of those once I bought it at a city surplus auction it was the chief of police's official vehicle.

Fun Facts by Dave Letterman.

Due to a horse shortage, the 1936 Kentucky Derby was run with giraffes.

19% of Americans believe it's cruel to drop spaghetti into boiling water.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

A nice, punny Sunday puzzle -- right up my alley!

I breezed through most of it, with only a few unknowns here and there (NARITA, EDER, RUIZ) that slowed me down and required the perps. The SE corner definitely caused me problems, though.... Couldn't remember who wrote "Salomé," didn't know LADA, really resisted putting in AMDT (even though I think we've seen it before), had no idea about NOLE and didn't realize that YEAH SURE was supposed to be sarcastic (I say it all the time, totally sincere).

I finally took a WAG with IS IT A GO, and that was enough to give me some traction. Definitely touch and go there for awhile, though...

Hahtool said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. This was a fun Sunday puzzle. My only author confusing was thinking Mark Twain wrote The Outcasts of Poker Flats. The perps finally gave me the letters for HARTE.

My favorite clue was the Gp. Jet-Setters Stand in Line to See = TSA.

Another hot and rainy day. Stay cool, everyone.

QOD: Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Yellowrocks said...

122A Dashingly. Cute clue. Running and dashing are synonyms.

46A ELHI is my nit. I know I'm being irrational. It is legitimate and used frequently in X-words, the only place I ever encounter it. In the real world we say K-12. ELHI always makes me cringe.

I, too, took a long while to come up with LOLITA and then felt stupid.

With YEAH SURE the sarcasm is in the tone of voice.

I've flown into NARITA several times. It's quite a long ride from there into Tokyo.

Loved the author puns.

Argyle said...

Argyle travle bureau: Map for the Narita airport.

Ground transport once you get there.

Husker Gary said...

Caleb, thanks for a fun Sunday full of laughs and learning (challah, dolma, selah, ino, glyphs, tay, narita) and a big 100%! It’s very helpful and amusing to get the theme early and fill in an entire line with precious few letters. I saw Authors in the title and I thought, “Oh No”, a bunch of esoteric names but it turns out that even a semiliterate person such as I could get them. Rock on!


Musings-
-Baum’s Wizard of Oz contains some wonderful references to the politics of the late 1800’s
-Guadalajara Gal Pal has alliteration and assonance
-Chicago and Omaha have the same clock time but the sidereal time is such that the Sun rises and sets almost an hour earlier in the windy city. Railroads made us abandon Sun time.
-Good friend told me to DAB on Absorbine Jr. to keep gnats away – it works!
-ELHI = Yuk!
-C.C. Joe Mauer shouldn’t mess around with Troy Polamalu!
-NIP not OBI
-I am a rock but NOT an island
-Teachers get fired over LOLITA’s
-Off to have lunch with Grandkids and go to Zookeeper

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Thank you Caleb for an outstanding puzzle. Really enjoyed it. Thank you C.C. for the excellent write-up, as usual.

This puzzle just fell together for me. I was able to start in the NW and filled in the entire corner before moving on. That was a good sign.

Got all the theme answers quite easily. That helped with the rest of the puzzle.

I had SIP instead of NIP for 94A. The perp did not help here. Oh well.

Thought FREUD was clever for 108D.

Always enjoy NENE. Used to have that a lot in the past.

I remember ALIOTO as mayor. That came easily.

Now I have to kill the rest of my Sunday in Lewisville, TX. Still hot down here. Heading to Chicago on Thursday, unemployed.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

Husker Gary said...

p.s. One comment on the tomato blogging. The only connection I have with fried green tomatoes is as a movie title. We have been eating our great home grown red tomatoes here for about 10 days. A BLT with tomatoes grown 50’ away is a culinary delight! Throw in sweet corn from down the street and you have gastronomical nirvana.

BTW, does anyone else have a food they love but makes them pay later with an upset tummy? Mine is Fritos and I paid again on Friday night/Saturday morning!

eddyB said...

RSD. Have you ever heard the group
Cynthesis? Check out You Tube. Tipton twins are HS classmates of Brian and borrowed his Rickenbacker for thier 3rd album. Play soft metal and progressive rock.
Brian once asked for a Les Paul and
we just laughed.

Heat wave over. Wind from the West.

eddy

Lucina said...

Hello, Sunday puzzlers. Thank you, C.C. for your fine blogging.

I really liked the authorial (?) puns today especially WOOLFINSHEEPSCLOTHING

but they were all amusing.

Like Abejo I filled the NW corner easily, that's rare for a Sunday, and the rest just rolled out though slowly. It took a while for SIDEREAL to emerge.

No nits to pick here except that I thought the DEE was Scotland's longest river. No problem, though, as it worked itself out to TAY.

Of course I didn't know Carlos RUIZ but once I saw CZECHS knew it had to be RUIZ but could have been CRUZ. CIERA decided it.

I recall that when the LADA and Yugo were introduced, mechanical problems abounded. Guess that's why they are no longer around.

Thank you, Caleb R., for today's great entertainment.

Today I shall take my older grand daughter shopping. Yes, school will soon start and she will be a freshman. They grow up too fast, don't they?

Have a delightful Sunday, everyone, and stay cool!

creature said...

Good Day CC and all,

I started out as Abejo did ,which is rare. Figured out the theme at 26 and 49A and picked those off fairly quickly, except for 95A. The whole SW was agony for me. I lost my ability to concentrate, and with many holes ran to CC for help. Thanks, CC.

I usually start with the puzzle, but I went to bed so early last night, I had to read almost all the blog. Then notate Chickie's tomatoes for next year.

We are meeting the children in L'ville, today, for a late birthday celebration for my twin boys, who share a b'day with Dr.Dad. It's been a little bit since we've all been together. One of them has just moved back to L'ville from Columbus. He has some great friends there, but says he won't miss the winters.

Sally, super pic! I suspicioned that Spitzboov had some inside info.

Have a nice day everyone.

creature said...

Oh, goodness. I forgot to congratulate Caleb on his super puzzle. Hope to see you often, Caleb.

Avg Joe said...

I must have woke up on the dumb side of the bed. This was a chore for me. Started out fast with Amiga and Alec, but quickly found myself searching for another toe-hold. Prevailed in the end, though, so all is good.

I have no recollection of Lada, but remember the Yugo counterpart well. Click and Clack always joked that if you were going to buy a Yugo, get the '83 model. It had a heated rear window, and that would keep your hands warm while pushing it.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, C.C. and Sunday Solvers all. Excellent blog, C.C.

C.C. re 38a, 'Stick in'/ADD, try "stick it in that bag" as the same as "ADD it to that bag".

Loved this puzzle... no, hated this &%^$# puzzle... oh wait, I figured out another pun... love this puzzle. And so it went. I would look for puns where there were none and look for literal meanings when I should have looked for puns.

I got stuck on the IRENIC/NIP crossing. I started with tap, then sip, never got to NIP. Oh, well.

Overall, a really great effort from Mr Rasmussen. I hope we see more of his efforts.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Congratulations to Caleb Rasmussen.

I was so glad to catch on to this theme early. I tossed in some perps and the solution was made easy.

I'm with fermatprime, although I can see what C.C. was talking about with the use of CARROLLERS, rather than just CARROLL.

My little problems were with LARS, INO, RUIZ, LADA, WII, TAY and ARBS.

53D) SAXE-Coberg was a gimme. Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert came from SAXE-Coberg.

Yes to "Braided bread"/CHALLAH. It is similar to brioche in that they both contain eggs, and are slightly sweet, but CHALLAH doesn't have the butter content that brioche does.

When C.C. asked today if we knew of Minnesota's mushroom, my first thought was Michele Bachman. Honest folks, it's just a jolk!! Seriously, it must be the morel.

Hahtool said...

Challah bread is egg-based yeast bread that is traditionally eaten by Askenazi Jews (Jews of German/Eastern European origin) on Shabbat and other festive religious holidays (with the exception of Passover). The “ch” at the beginning of the word is a gutteral “ch” sound, as in “Bach.”

Challah bread is generally braided because the braids look like intertwined arms, symbolizing love. In a three-stranded loaf, the three braids stand for truth, peace and justice. During Rosh HaShannah (the Jewish New Year), the challah bread is generally round, symbolizing a world without end. Sometime raisins are added to the bread. The word “challah” comes from the Hebrew word meaning “portion” for the Biblical commandment to give a portion to G~d.

Left-over challah makes a great base for bread pudding. My mother used to make challah every week for our Shabbat meal. I don’t have time, but there are women in our community who make bread each week so everyone can have fresh challah for the Shabbat meal.

More than you wanted to know ...

Dudley said...

Hahtool, very interesting, actually. I've been told that Challah bread makes excellent French toast as well.

When I was a kid, economy measures were necessary. My dad visited the day-old bread outlet regularly. One treat we would sometimes get from there was called Swedish Braid; I suspect it was pretty much the same as Challah, but perhaps sweeter.

Disraeli said...

What?

eddyB said...

Caleb just needed to fill in some squares.

Farve to Eagles? Teams allowed to talk to rertired players.

eddy

Clear Ayes said...

Yesterday, Mom Speaks Out asked about the great pie crust recipe. I put it in my Google Docs a while ago.Vodka Pie Crust Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

98. Flirtatious adolescents : LOLITAs.

The novel was adapted to film by Stanley Kubrick in 1962, and again in 1997 by Adrian Lyne. I prefer the 1997 version Melanie Griffith was in it. Dominique Swain was Lolita.

Nabokov

Lolita

The Police wrote a song "Don't stand so close to me. About a male teacher who was enamored by a female student. Contains the lyric "He starts to shake and cough like the old man in that book by Nabokov"

the Police

HeartRx said...

Good Afternoon C.C. et al.

And a big HUG from me to you for an outstanding commentary, C.C ! I totally agree with you about CHRISTMAS CARROLLers. But 19 letters were required for symmetry, so 19 it was…

For “Better part of a loaf?" I couldn’t get “heel” out of my brain.

I liked seeing 122A AT A RUN and 10D RAN A TAB, but URBANEST and HEARER left a bad taste...

SELAH was new to me. Evidently, it is not an easy concept to explain.

I am late today because I had a sleepover with some of my book club girlfriends. We went up to a lake in NH to swim, water-ski, sit with our butts in the water, and drink Mike’s Hard Lemonade all day. Then in the evening, we broke out the wine to discuss the book. Fun stuff, but now I have to go take care of this hangover. Anyone got some raw eggs?

Grumpy 1 said...

Marti, do you remember what book was discussed? Whatever it was, I'll bet the discussion was lively after the Mike's and wine.

Lucina said...

Hahtool:
I love that symbolism for CHALLAH!

HeartRX:
You discussed the book after drinking hard lemonade all day??????????? I am in awe. LOL What was the book anyway, The Days of Wine and Roses?

HeartRx said...

Grumpy 1 and Lucina, LOL! The book was Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. (I only remember that because I just looked back at the book club schedule.) And our discussion was extremely erudite and philosophical, as can only happen after a day drinking Mike's Hard Lemonade and wine!

Dudley, I am not sure if it is the same thing, but Finnish Cardamom Bread was a staple in our house, especially around Christmas time. The texture is similar to Challah, but it is sweeter, and cardamom seeds give it a distinctive flavor. I still make a few loaves every Christmas. If you're in the neighborhood during the holidays, you'll have to come over for a cup of coffee and some Finnish bread!

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the puzzle as I almost always do. Good work Caleb. Thanks for the excellent writeup C.C. I knew Bret HARTE and Lewis CARROLL. Most of the others fell into place with some crossing letters. Nice to see Lolita in a puzzle.

I really enjoyed Sunday Morning today. What a great way to start a Sunday. They used the expression, "That begs the question..." I always have to look that up because it originally meant one thing but is now used to mean "Brings up the question."

I had me some scrapple and scrambled eggs this morning. It made me think of you guys 'cause we discussed it once before when I mentioned it.

I saw a great award show on TV honoring Bill Cosby. They showed a clip (that is Barbara's and my favorite) when the family lip synchs "Night Time is the Right Time" by Ray Charles. (I'm sorry if you have to sit through a short ad.) Rudy is adorable! Classic stuff!

Chickie said...

I didn't do the puzzle yet today, but I wanted to check in to comment on Sarah's Key.

This is one of my favorite most recent reads. So many secrets were kept during the war and so many things happened to people who kept those emotions bottled up for many, many years.

Great read. Good choice for your book club, Marti, even if you can't remember the whole discussion! LOL.

ThemeCop said...

Perhaps a lot of puzzles should not be held to a higher standard, but the L.A. Times Syndicate puzzle should. So while it's perfectly fine that the inconsistencies of the theme did not spoil most readers' solving experience, it still should be mentioned that, since this is a big-league crossword, it should adhere to big-league rules.

C.C. is correct in questioning "Christmas Carrollers." Just because something "needs" to fit is no reason to throw the theme's own rules out the window. All of the other authors' names are stand-alone puns and this one should be too. In fact, all of the others have lots of punning possibilities - "wild," "done," "wolf," etc. - but "carol" does not, so "Christmas Carroll" should have come first and other expressions should have been sought to match it, not the other way around.

Also, all of the theme answers are spot-on homophone puns, except for "Baum," which can be pronounced either "bawm" or "bahm." Constructors have to watch these things. A lot of substandard puzzle venues have themes where the execution is all over the map - again, if this doesn't bother you, that's perfectly fine. But in the puzzle world consistency is a big part of the game. With just a little bit of extra care this puzzle would have been great in its theme execution, but as is I would have to give it a B minus.

Just my two cents' worth.

windhover said...

Slow day down at the cop shop, eh?

Yellowrocks said...

Theme Cop
What are your credentisls? Why is your view more authentic than any other? What rules?

HeartRx said...

Chickie, actually one of our members lived in France and taught French for years. She is the one who picked the book, because she never knew about the incident that was the central theme. We wondered, what other atrocities are going on (even today), that people are turning a blind eye to?

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. So the pics yesterday were of Sallie. Cool.

Good puzzle today.

Excellent blog, this.

Best wishes to you all.

creature said...

Chickie- Marti,

I just read Sarah's Key not too long ago. I wondered if I could stand to read it, as stupid as that sounds; I read it from AM to PM- 1 day. It stuck with me for days. I think there are more atrocities happening than we care to think about; yet, how many where everyday people are involved, making the choice to turn a 'blind eye' or not; people that can make such a big difference, but don't want to get involved. Yet, there is a 'hero' in all of us, I think,I pray, I would step up.

No spoilers here. The book's cover write-up tells it all.

Avg Joe said...

Theme Cop make sense.

No bitchem here.

Picky, but fair.

creature said...

Jayce,
So good to see you back.

Did you see BillG's posts about the quake that awakened him during the night? Would you be close enough for your equipment to record that? better still-anticipate it?

Fascinated by your company's efforts and hope it delivers.

Bill G. said...

ThemeCop, your opinion seems valid to me. However, I think, to most of us, the enjoyment of solving a clever puzzle supersedes a small technical lapse. Also, your opinion would probably be given more weight if you assumed a blue identity and hung around more regularly.

Considering what happened late yesterday, what do we do with the information in the post from a Concerned Lurker? C.C. and others, any thoughts?

Avg Joe said...

Oooh! Creature tripped a mental musical trigger for me with the "hero" comment.

Here's a near complete unknown artist singing a song that got almost no air play. To quote another song from this album: "I think it's very sick. And so much is wasted. There's so much food for thought. That never is tasted." If you are serious about music, give this a listen.

Jeffrey Gaines

Anonymous said...

You process it, determine in your own mind if it's credible, and move on.

HeartRx said...

Back to the clues/answers...C.C., I also had the same question about NOLE. I was thinking of University of Florida, and the 'Gators (GO, TEAM!). So I was having a hard time with "Florida state" until DH set me straight, and told me those are the "Seminoles", or NOLEs, for short. Thank goodness, I married an SEC fan...

Anonymous said...

Theme Cop sounds alot like Jerome. Just more polite and sane.

creature said...

Avg Joe,

I loved it! '"Serious about Music"
What does that mean? Thanks.

BillG,

I will get back to you one way or the other. I have been ruminating since AM. Please do the same with me. Thanks.

windhover said...

Someone (several, actually) said earlier,

"What do we do......?"
Here's the answer:
We do nothing. It's very old news and none of our business.

There's a very good quote from a book of mythology I've read extensively and learned a great deal from. It begins:
"Let he who is without sin....."

Hahtool said...

One of my book groups read Sarah's Key as well. I found the present day story to be distracting, but was intrigued by the account of the Vélodrome d'hiver. It is a piece of history that has been swept under the rug. And yes, Creature, I am sure there are a lot of things going on today that we have no idea about. Like you, I would like to think that I would step up, but we don't really know until and unless we are faced with a situation.

Wise words my dear farmer philosopher, Windhover.

Still Concerned said...

Windhover would do well for himself by learning how to express his opinion without degrading others'.

I do, however, agree with his advice. I only add to be aware and be careful with what you share. Fraud is rampant on the internet.

Anonymous said...

It's not old news, it is just over a year old.

Student of the Bar said...

Windhover is, surprisingly, correct. The 6:06 post, however, says it very succinctly and without attitude.

It really is none of our business except for the fact that forewarned is forearmed.

Avg Joe said...

I'll add a little country advice to what WH mentioned. The single most useful thing anyone ever told me was: "If there's nothing to say. Say it."

Yellowrocks said...

Bill G.
How did you come upon scrapple, with its Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Dutch origins? We ate tons of scrapple as kids. My father was a rural pastor. The PA Dutch farmers could not pay him much, but provided scrapple, sausage, summer sausage (like Lebanon bologna), baskets of fruit and vegetables, among other farm products. We ate scrapple at least once a week until I became totally satiated and turned off to it. All these years later my family loves scrapple, especially what is to be found at the Kutztown, PA Pennsylvania Dutch Festival. We had hoped to attend this year, but I was fairly well immobilized when it ran. Probably we will attend next year. Every year my Grandmother cooked and served in the food booth there which provided authentic PA German cooking. The Festival features PA Dutch (German) culture, crafts, cuisine, folklore, quilts, humor, music, etc.

Yellowrocks said...

GREAT TIP FOR FRIED TOMATOES (RED OR GREEN) AND ANYTHING ELSE BREADED
My daughter in law recently advised me to place breaded items, chicken, pork cutlets, tomatoes, eggplant, etc. in the refrigerator to rest for an hour or so before frying. I tried it tonight. The breading adheres much better and makes a more beautiful finished product. We ate fried red tomatoes, sweet corn, yellow summer squash - a Garden State total vegetarian, delicious meal.

BTW Bill G How's your carafe?

Bill G. said...

The carafe remains stained 'cause I haven't got off my tush to try to fix it yet. But I intend to give your suggestions a try.

I don't remember where I first had scrapple. Probably growing up in Virginia. My grandmother used to raise hogs and make homemade sausage. Great stuff! The scrapple was probably storebought.

Still Concerned said...

Cast the first stone? I'll cast the first stone!

I have never dreamed up a scam, planned a scam, executed a scam and then reveled in a scam.

This man has.

Exhibits A/B/C are only the tip of the iceberg.

Anonymous said...

No, but you're happy to pick up some s--t and fling it. How do you do that without getting any on you?

Still Concerned said...

Again, I want to express my reason for bringing this forward.

I have been hurt emotionally, professionally and financially by a con similiar to this man's operandi.

I am not speaking in metaphors.

I am speaking from the heart.

I hope these are my last words of advice.

Yellowrocks said...

My attraction to this blog, in addition to the great xword discussions and the entertaining and informative posts, was that it was so upbeat and positive. Many other blogs are so toxic I don't read them.The bad karma here is "bumming me out." I want to take everything said here at face value. As long as what is posted is reasonably wholesome (some DF is okay) and non threatening (some ANONs don't fit this criteria) I am happy. Is someone an axe murderer, cheating on his wife, robbing his company blind? I don't want to know. As our relationship is only virtual,what I see is all I care to know. No one is scheming to defraud or harm me on this blog. So live and let live.

MJ said...

Hello to all,

Re: CHALLAH--Clear Ayes posted a recipe on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 10:28AM. The site for the recipe was: http://web.williams.edu/astronomy/people/
kkwitter/challah.html

If that doesn't work, just use C.C.'s "Search this Blog" to locate the recipe.

Enjoy the night!

windhover said...

Concerned:
I don't doubt your sincerity, I presume you will pay me the same courtesy. My suggestion to you is to work out your feelings and emotions on the person or persons who wronged you and leave this person, who has apparently done nothing to you, alone.
To follow Joe's country wisdom tack, I'd say you don't have a dog in this fight.
And now I too am finished.
Good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

yellowrocks...just tell us what you prefer and we will adhere.

Anonymous said...

Still Concerned

You think every one on this blog lacks common sense. If I don't want someone to read, see or learn something about me I will not write it down or make it known.

Everyone here has the common sense to know what to share and what not to share. You need to speak a mental health professional and stop using the crossword puzzle blog to castigate others.

Mom speaks out said...

I didn't finish the puzzle today. Why does that sound like a confession?
I simply let time slip away while I swam and later cooked a dinner for the whole fam damnily. The menu tonight; Roasted pork with rosemary, broccoli slaw salad, fresh corn, fresh green beans, sliced tomatos and bacon cornbread. Peach crisp for dessert. All from scratch, so no time to xword.
Thanks for the piecrust recipe! I look forward to trying it.
Now, was this a food blog or a crosswrod one? Does anyone really care? I love meeting everyone at the corner and exchanging thoughts, ideas and xwords stuff.
What y'all do in your lives is your business.
Kep it between the lines!
'nite all

JD said...

Bill, thanks for the Bill Cosby clip. I enjoyed that show too.

I enjoyed the theme, and do understand the comments from Theme cop; on the other hand, this is a puzzle that took hours to put together, and Caleb does this in his spare time for little pay. You want perfection?

C.C., nice write up. Sundays must take you forever!!

Dudley said...

Back late from a fine summer party.

Hearti, the cardamom bread sounds lovely! I'd be more than pleased to help you make it disappear MMMMMM

Bill G. said...

JD, I'm glad you liked the Cosby clip. Did you remember it? As soon as my wife mentioned that they had showed a clip from the show, that was my immediate guess.

Lucina said...

Bill G.:
It's quite late but I hope you read this; thank you for posting the Cosby show clip. I absolutely love that scene!