Sep 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011, Donna S. Levin

Theme: The YES PUN! Each of the theme answers are common phrases where the last word is replaced with a sound-a-like word meaning yes in a foreign language. So we have both a pun and a consistent theme of non-English words meaning yes. A lively romp from dear Donna, anchored by two grid spanners.

20A. Approval from a Cádiz resident?: MEDITERRANEAN SI. Mediterranean SEA. We begin with our Spanish clue, which is tough if you do not know Cadiz.

29A. Approval from Louis XIV?:THE ROYAL OUI. Royal WE; the British Queens often expressed their dissatisfaction by saying, "we are displeased."

40A. Approval from a shocked Scot?:ELECTRIC AYE. Electric EYE. I go back to the new eye doctor today, where I can practice my Highlands accent from reading all the Hamish Macbeth books.

50A. Approval from a sushi chef at the lunch counter?: TWELVE O'CLOCK HAI. 12 O'Clock HIGH.

I learned the Japanese word from this CLASSIC. There was a wonderful TV series about fighter pilots...


1. Last of three Catherines: PARR. Henry the VIII had only one widow, and this was she. Quite the looker. See Image above.

5. Plot: CABAL This from the Hebrew root word, Qabbalah, referring to those who band together.

10. Pathfinder org.: NASA. Mars Pathfinder was designed to be a demonstration of the technology necessary to deliver a lander and a free-ranging robotic rover to the surface of Mars in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

14. Natural balm: ALOE. Living in the sunshine state, I love aloe, it is the bomb (silent L).

15. Last of the Oldsmobiles: ALERO.

16. Old Persian poet: OMAR. Do you like his POETRY?

17. Folio part: LEAF. Like a page, not the kind the senators fool around with.

18. Word of thanks: MERCI. French lesson, Jeannie; after you say, Oui, Oui monsieur, I say Merci.

19. Corn detritus: SILK. Detritus has become a popular word because of all the CSI books and shows which began with Patricia Cornwell and her Scarpetta character.We used to just say debris.

23. High-and-mighty: SNOOTY. Like Catherine Parr?

24. Cambridge business school: SLOAN. In Massachusetts, not London for this PLACE

25. Pair of barbershop groups: OCTET. 2x4 = 8.

27. Admission req. for 24-Across:GMAT. Graduate Management Admission Test. Ok, one is good.

33. Code on some NYC-bound luggagetags: LGA. La Guardia in NYC.

36. Cambridge Conservative: TORY. The party in Great Britain.

37. Jack's UN ambassador: ADLAI. Stevenson, was the first for Jack Kennedy.

38. Markers: IOUS. I love a puzzle with anagrams OUIS/IOUS.

39. They're sometimes special: OPS. Operations.

.42. "Fake is as old as the __tree": Welles: EDEN. Orson Welles. Eden Tree? No wonder Rosebud was a sled.

43. It has some smart Alecs: MENSA. For the newbies, the corner has its own group, DENSA.

44. "Full House" co-star: SAGET. Foul mouthed COMEDIAN masqueraded as a father figure.

47. Place to get bogged down: MORASS. I always thought this was every man's dream.

55. Rough talk: RASP. Hoarse of a different color?

56. Indira's son: RAJIV. His second appearance this week.

57. 50-and-up group: AARP.

58. Concerning: AS TO.

59. Encourage none too gently: SHOVE.

60. Nursery rhyme tub assembly, e.g.: TRIO. Rub a dub dub, three men in a tub.

61. Sharpen: WHET. Probably comes from the German wetzen.

62. Rutabaga, for one: TUBER. From the Latin meaning swollen. Not to be confused with someone who watches too much you tube. Did you see the old people filming themselves? CLIP. Viral.

63. Squeezed (out): EKED. real old fashioned crosswordese.

phew, halfway home


1. Chiromancer's reading material: PALM. This was Friday hard, unless you recalled your Latin that CHIR (or CHIRO) means hand. No wonder people did not trust chiropractors. Anybody who was a "mancer" was suspect.

2. Like the northern Lesser Antilles, vis-à-vis the Windward Islands : ALEE. My A word; I had leeward last Friday.

3. Sporty two-seaters: ROADSTERS.

4. Sugar plant: REFINERY. You see it is not all about beer. Nice trickery with plant not being botanical.

5. Carved sardonyx: CAMEO. Pretty

6. Bright-eyed: ALERT. Do not forget bushy-tailed.

7. Smoothie ingredient: BERRY. Rather nondescript.

8. Conquistador's chest: ARCA. Spanish for ARK, like the ark used to hold the covenant.

9. Tender cut: LOIN. Or what kids do in school in Brooklyn.

10. Margarita choice: NO SALT. So are we salt, or no salt?

11. __ acid: AMINO.

12. It might be caliente: SALSA. Caliente= hot.

13. "Catch-22" actor: ARKIN. He played YOSSARIAN, the naked one. A wonderful book and movie..

21. "Africa" band TOTO. Now for our musical INTERLUDE.

22. Morales in movies : ESAI.

25. Name of four Holy Roman emperors: OTTO. And Sgt. Snorkel's dog.

26. Rough waters: CHOP. Or maybe we could go back to the Hai Karate commercial

27. Source of milk for chèvre: GOAT. Goat cheese.

28. Sierra Club's first president: MUIR. Interesting man and legacy.

30. Third-oldest U.S. university: YALE. Without Google can you name the first two?

31. Yemen's chief port: ADEN

32. Corp.-partnership hybrid : LLC. Limited Liability Company.

33. One garnering lots of interest: LOAN SHARK. Nice misdirection.

34. Chaps: GUYS.

35. Cruising : ASEA. Okay my other A word.

38. Support for a Salchow : ICE SKATE. Like this CLIP, as always a tip of the ice to our own CA and our missing in action Red Shoe nurse, wherever she is. Be well fishy.

40. Ron Howard send-up of reality shows: ED TV. TRAILER.

41. Apple on a desk: iMAC.

42. Sniggling gear: EELPOT. A boxlike structure with funnel-shaped traps for catching eels. Which would make a good present for eel loving fearless leader.

44. Frozen margarita insert: STRAW. No umbrellas here, boys.

45. Teeming (with): AWASH. My final A word.

46. Chansons de __: medieval Frenchpoems: GESTE. The most famous one which was preserved by the jongleurs is the SONG of ROLAND which figures prominently in Ken Follett's epic The Pillars of the Earth. Wonderful read.

47. Dead end, workwise: MCJOB.

48. Drab color: OLIVE. Poor olive stuck with both drab and Oyl.

49. Rootless sort: ROVER. Not nomad?

51. Aforetime: ERST. Sounds better in erstwhile.

52. Mount Ka'ala is its highest peak: OAHU. Hey Hawaiian friends, IPO and the other lost ones.

53. R&B singer India.__: ARIE. Born India Arie Simpson; no relation to Homer. TUNE.

54. Touch or shuffle: iPOD.

Answer grid.

There may be no I in team, but we have both iMAC and iPOD, and now it is time I am out of here. Another one done. Have a wonderful weekend, and Marti, i love to see a blog inspiring more than 100 comments, well done.


Note from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to Moon! Hope all is well with you. Do drop us a note whenever you stop by.


Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Lemonade and Friends. We hadn't had a Donna Levin puzzle in a while. I missed her puns. After getting OUI and SI (in that order) i realized the theme.

I wasn't fooled by the Sugar Plant = REFINERY. Lots of sugar refineries in Louisiana, and during cane cutting season, lots of sugar cane bits in the roads from falling off the sugar trucks.

I take my margaritas on the rocks (no frozen ones for me), with SALT.

ROADSTERS make me think of Nancy Drew.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

QOD: Be careful of reading health books. You might die of a misprint. ~ Mark Twain

C.C. Burnikel said...

Re: 30D. I'd guess Harvard and Brown (Donna's alma mater). Thanks for the fun romp. "Hoarse of a different color?" is very witty. By the way, HAI is Cantonese for "yes" also, though it's often referenced to Japanese in crosswords.

Very, very happy to see you back.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

A lovely punny puzzle, and getting the theme really helped out this time around. Most of the puzzle went fairly smoothly, but I got bogged down in the south due to a number of wrong initial guesses. IN RE instead of AS TO, HONE instead of WHET, NOMAD instead of ROVER. Add to that the obscurity of GESTE and RAJIVE, as well as the fact that I had no idea where Mount Ka'ala was, and well, you can see my problem.

The theme really did come to the rescue, though. Once I figured out TWELVE O'CLOCK HAI, I got a foothold that let me lay down some serious perps right through all my problem areas.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous @1:06am,
Be grateful Argyle checked Comments Spam Box yesterday and released your earlier comment. God knows how much time and effort he spends on this blog.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Donna sure made me work for it! Filled like a swimming pool, from the bottom to the top, and at about the same rate.

Had just enough letters to see TWELVE O'CLOCK HAI emerge as the first theme fill, and knew I was in for homonyms. Had to Goog Full House and Catch 22, barely recall either.

Thanks Lemon for another witty writeup.

Lemonade714 said...

How fun; good morning C.C., while Harvard was the easy one, the other is not Brown. Good logic, though.

NOMAD really slowed me down as well.

Anonymous said...

The word for "hot" meaning "spicy" is not caliente (hot to the touch) but picante. Thus, the correct term in Spanish is salsa picante for hot sauce.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Even though I picked up on the theme early on, this was a difficult solve for me. Like Barry, most of the trouble was in the South. For 47D I had "My Job" and refused to give it up until the very end. The SE corner was my bugaboo and I kept trying different combinations. I never saw twelve o'clock high, & Saget was a total unknown. Once I tried Straw & Awash, I was in business. Reluctantly, I changed MY for MC and ....... the light went on. I wasn't being self referential, just felt MY was a better fit.

Liked 33D One gathering lots of interest/loan shark & of course 47D. 3D was a nice misdirection.

A working weekend coming up, so I'll "talk" to everyone on Monday. Have fun!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Nice write-up, Lemonade.

When I opened up to the puzzle page, I saw it was by Donna! I always love her clever challenges and that is what it was today. Wonderful theme fill. Got ELECTRIC AYE first, and next THE ROYAL OUI. The SW finally fell when I sussed out TWELVE OCLOCK HAI; and STRAW for 44d. Many clever clues; the one for REFINERY stands out. Gimmes included IMAC and ICE SKATE (BH was a skater).

One NIT - Technically Cadiz is on the Atlantic side of Gibraltar, so it doesn't 'front' the Mediterranean Sea. The strait of Gibraltar is defined as the connecting channel of the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. I guess it may be in the Mediterranean 'region'. A Valencia resident would have been more accurate.

Have a great day.

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Lemonade, C.C. et al.

What a fun write up, Lemonade. I chuckled at your MORASS comment, and definitely laughed out loud at the old couple trying to figure out the webcam – too hilarious! (Did you see the D.O.M. trying to pull her blouse down?)

I had a true WAG at Chansons de GESTE, as I couldn’t think of any better French word to stick in there. I also filled in TWELVE O’CLOCK HAI as the first theme entry because I had picked and pecked my way down to that SE corner. When it appeared, it was pretty easy to go back and fill in the others that had a few letters leading the way. Clever theme, and well-executed.

Lemon, I also thought of Harvard first, but for some reason William & Mary sticks in my mind as one of the oldest universities.

Have a great day everyone - TGIF!!

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, gang. Donna Levin and Friday... it's gotta be a fun ride. This was a very satisfying solve. First pass through, there were so many wtf, "I can't recall" and just plain "don't know" that I wasn't sure this one would fall unaided. I kept bouncing around and would pick off one here and there until I finally saw ELECTRIC AYE emerging, then looked up a bit higher and could see MEDITERRANEAN SI hidden in the mist. THE ROYAL OUI was pretty easy after that, but I needed lots of perp help to finally get TWELVE O'CLOCK HAI.

The 'G' in the SAGET/GESTE cross was the last to fall. It was one of those "this looks more likely than anything else, so I'm going with it" wags.

CABAL came to mind early, but I wasn't sure since I did not know that it could be the plot itself and not just the group doing the plotting.

Great puzzle and great write up, Lemonade.

kazie said...

I actually got most of this on my own. My one g'spot was GESTE, not having studied medieval music and trying JOURS to no avail. REFINERY fell fast. The first theme one I got was ELECTRIC AYE which revealed the nature of the beast, and the others followed more easily, with only TWELVE O'CLOCK HAI giving real difficulty. I had HAI, which I knew from somewhere, but it took time to recognize the Polynesian language in 52D. I was also slowed by the SW corner with HONE, IN RE and not knowing if SAJET was the spelling there.

All in all a fun ride for a Friday. Thanks to Donna and Lemonade for their efforts.

Our kids are sleeping in after our getting them here only a bit after 1am.

eddyB said...


We stopped once at Caldiz to pick
up mail before heading back to Norfolk.

There is an arguement between W&M
and Penn over which one was a University first. W&M was called a college when incorporated.

Take care. eddy

Anonymous said...

CC: I am grateful to ARGYLE. I couldn`t imagine his deleting my comment when he let(s) so many juvenile, tasteless and boorish (not to mention border-line pornographic) posts stand.

Lucina said...

Good day, weekend warriors.
Fine blogging, Lemonade, with a zest of humor.

I believe Princeton is an early university as well.

I love Donna Levin's puzzles and was on her wave length right away with PARR, ALOE and LEAF. Was unsure of chiromancer's reading material but with the top fill MEDITERRANEANSI was easy enough to suss.

Then reading the theme clues I just filled in the appropriate OUI, AYE, and HAI, most learned from XWDS.

From then on it was a fun romp with a few erasures on ADAN/ADEN, HONE/WHET, NOMAD/ROVER, SAGAT/SAGET.

Frozen margarita with salt, please.

Spitzboob is right about the location of Cadiz on the Atlantic but perhaps, understood in the general sense, Spain is a Mediterranean country.

One garnering lots of interest, LOANSHARK and rough talk, RASP were excellent.

Thank you, Donna.
Have a lovely Friday, everyone!

Argyle said...

What can I say, anon; I'm a libertine. Only deletion I made was the one I mentioned. So long as there isn't a personal attack, I will leave it.

Tinbeni said...

Lemon: Excellent write-up.

My solving experience was much like Grumpy 1's (1st paragraph).
Not anywhere near a 'speed-run.'
A 2-cup-of-java slog.
But when I finished all I could think was:

Donna, WOW & Thank you for a FUN Friday !!!

OK, a few mis-steps along the way;
Hone before WHET
Sass before RASP
'Perp' help ... everywhere!

SAGET was a gimmie. They "roasted" him last night on the Comedy Channel.

My first thought for "Smoothie ingredient"
(of course) was "Pinch".
Y'all can make them with BERRY.
Avatar wouldn't think of it.
(Don't knock-it, until you've tried it).

Cheers to all at Sunset !!!

Anony-Mouse said...

Thank you Lemonade for a very nice blog - and your reserved wit.

(The) Sloan school of business, at M.I.T., is of course named after Alfred P. Sloan who built General Motors, to its highest level of efficiency, wealth and power.

The tariffs on imported sugar and the subsidies on locally produced sugar, in the U.S., costs the American consumer over 188 Billion dollars.

The way to remember Henry the 8th's wives ( and the method of their eventual disposal - ) is ....

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, lived ...
( after Antonia Fraser).

Alt QOD: No matter how much cats fight, there always seems (sic) to be plenty of kittens. ~ Abe Lincoln.

Have a good weekend, you all.

Yellowrocks said...

Argyle, you may or may not be a libertine, but in allowing blogs you are a libertarian.

To ANON who often questions our NO POLITICS rule:
Our differences of opinion here are civil, interesting, and short lived (usually less than a day). Politics, especially, and sometimes religion, can easily lead to passionate, uncivil discourse. I do not talk to my son about politics and do not talk religion with a very dear friend for that reason.

About salty DF comments: Just as a reasonable amount of salt adds flavor and interest to the stew, so do salty comments add to the blog. But both can be over-used.

Anonymous said...

I thought for sure a chiromancer was someone who read the fortune on one's BACK (based, of course, on a chiropractor) - and the answer was confirmed by the crossing of Catherine BACH.

This, of course, was wrong - but it did lead me to wonder what ol' Hank would have thought of seeing those Daisy Dukes cut-offs.

Tinbeni said...

oops, forgot to mention ...

The crossing of 'Indira's son' RAJIV
and 'Dead end, workwise' McJOB
earned an actual 'Out-Loud Laugh.'

Screw up over there, they don't just 'vote you' out of office.

Nice Cuppa said...

Très chouette, Limonade

Caliente salsa, Donna (although anonymous is correct).

I hesitated over Cádiz, too, so checked it out. The City is indeed on the Atlantic side, but it is in the province of the same name, which does have a (shorter) Mediterranean coast.

There seems to be some confusion on how it is pronounced by the locals, from Cadiz, through CAZIZ to CAJ.

Like Barry and others, I put in INRE and HONE in the South-West before they were perped out.

Did no-one link 46D to the 1936 (multi-Oscar) movie, BEAU GESTE, with Gary Cooper, Milland, Hayward, Crawford, et al.. ?

Merci should have had a foreign allusion in the clue.

I am going to guess that Si, Oui, Aye, Hai, also Aha/Uhu, etc., have a common origin - I guess Hai rules out Indo-European. It may be just a natural exclamation of the affirmative.

We have seen quite a bit of ALERO, RAJIV, TORY (in CCs' alternative), MUIR, ADEN, recently.

And much standard fill again - ALOE, EKED, ESAI, ALEE, ASEA.

NTW, great fun.


Anonymous said...

Ironically, Rajiv WAS out of office, and campaigning for (re-election ), when he was assassinated, (thru) the suicide bomber. Most other countries, abroad do not provide security for wanna-be's, running for election. The US started providing security ( for other presidential candidates - ) only after the shooting of (then Sen. ) Robert Kennedy.

Lucina said...

Forgot to wish Moon a happy, happy birthday, where ever you are.

And best of luck, Lemonade, with your new doctor.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Loved Donna's puzzle and Lemonade's rundown was the cherry on the top.

I caught on to the theme with THE ROYAL OUI. The Straight Dope tells us the story of Queen Victoria's famous "We are not amused." comment.

Thanks Anon@6:26. I had a problem figuring 12D)SALSA. I don't know a lot of Spanish, but every menu at our California Mexican restaurants have "picante" items, not "caliente".

I also struggled with 48D)GESTE. I couldn't fit ROLAND, which was what came to mind. I did know perp SAGET, so that got me started.

ARCA and GMAT had to come only from the perps.

I liked seeing all the "A" starters....ALEE, ASEA, AWASH, plus nine others starting with that letter.

Lucina@11:01, frozen with've got the perfect margarita combo going!

Anonymous said...

lib·er·tine noun \ˈli-bər-ˌtēn\
usually disparaging : a freethinker especially in religious matters
: a person who is unrestrained by convention or morality; specifically : one leading a dissolute life

dis·so·lute adj \ˈdi-sə-ˌlüt, -lət\
: lacking restraint; especially : marked by indulgence in things (as drink or promiscuous sex) deemed vices ;the dissolute and degrading aspects of human nature

ARGYLE! Are you sure?

Avg Joe said...

Let's not forget that Salsa is also a style of dance.

Would caliente or picante be the correct way to describe overtly sensuous dancing?

As for margarita's, I'd really like one that tasted like beer!

Argyle said...

Well, I did start young (clip) and vote Libertarian.

Cicero XVIII said...

First dates, and now lineage.

With all the Roman numerals we get in our puzzles, you'd think someone would have caught the error in Lemony's 1A.

kazie said...

On the question of caliente, isn't it possible to have salsa served hot in temperature, as well as spiciness? Maybe that's what Donna was saying.

Abejo said...

Good Afternoon, folks. Thank you, Donna, for a nice puzzle. I will admit, that at first glance, I was not a happy camper. I do not like foreign words in puzzles. I saw the clues and started cringing. But then, as I progressed, I became happy with the puzzle. The foreign words were all quite common. My two cents.

Thank you, as well lemonade, for the swell write-up.

The first theme answer that came forth was TWELVE O CLOCK HAI, the next ELECTRIC EYE. The others came quickly. That enabled me to get through the puzzle.

ARCA was interesting, since I am an aficionado of the Arc of the Covenant.

I missed SAGET, EDTV, and GESTE. They all kind of crossed and I wagged some letters, but wagged wrong. But, I refuse to look questionable answers up. Either I get them from my brain, or I miss.

I am really tired today. Spent all day yesterday cooking two roasters of Golabki. Love it!

See you tomorrow.


Yellowrocks said...

The reason I'd like you ANON bloggers to name yourselves and "go blue" is that then you will establish an identity. Then I can always distinquish you from other bloggers. Knowing which posts come from you helps me to relate to you personally and helps me get to know how you think. Carrying on a dialogue with you, not knowing which posts are from your side of my conversation, is awkward. Besides, I feel closer to those with whom I can identify. Reasonable or not, their opinions carry more weight with me. Your unidentified shout outs from the peanut gallery are not too satisfying, although I sense many of you have a lot to offer. Please jump in officially!

Anonymous said...

This sounds more like you, Argyle

Avg Joe said...

That notwithstanding, Cicero does have a point. "I'm Enery the eighteenth!" doesn't really roll off the tongue very well.

Grumpy 1 said...

Yellowrocks, I strongly suspect that many of the anonymous posts come from regular blue posters that want to make a point without being identified. It can keep your blue name out of a contoversy or out of agua caliente, so to speak.

Jose Cuervo Especial Gold with Jose Cuervo Original Margaritaville Mix, on the rocks, no salt.

HeartRx said...

I forgot to mention earlier:
1.) Margarita: rocks, with salt.
2.) Salsa : muy caliente, please!

Funny baby laugh, Argyle. I checked out a few others there and couldn't help but start giggling at them.

Jeannie said...

When I saw it was a Donna Levin puzzle I knew I’d have to at least give it a try, Friday or not. I was not disappointed. Usually I work the across and down clues together and found I didn’t know 1A-Parr and then had to hit the g-spot to see what a “chiromancer” was for 1-D. Once I got palm and alee and roadster, Parr jumped into my head. I also had to look up where Cadiz was and that helped me get the Mediterrean Si and that opened up the theme to me and gave me a little bit more confidence to finish the rest. Ones I didn’t know Cabal, CMAT, Tory, and Geste were either WAG’s or some red letter help. More...

Jeannie said...

Just a comment about “Mcjob” being a dead end job. I know quite a few execs in the fast food business that got their start flippin’ burgers!
MFCounselor, I loved your blog effort today, and laughed out loud at your comment for “morass”, and believe it or not, that can go both ways! Oh, and “de rien”. Correct?
Moon, may you have a very happy birthday. We miss you here at the corner.

Abejo, you just brought back a very fond memory with your talk of Golabki. My grandmother was Polish and every holiday season we would spend hours in the kitchen making golabki and perogies. I still have her recipes.

Yellowrocks said...

Grumpy @2:18. Tsk! Tsk! I like straight forward people. My least favorite part of this blog are the ANONS with their pot shots. Knowing this, now their opinions carry even less weight with me. Sometimes I am turned off and do not participate because of this garbage. I have been looking at this as a friendly social group. How naive! I eschew many other blogs because they are so snarky.

Anonymous said...

What is GOLABKI? New one on me and I'm sure the food is more appetizing than the name sounds.

Jalmar said...

Yellowrocks, you seem like a freedom of speech kinda girl. Maybe we have a good reason for not going blue.

Personally I don't want to make up a fake name and lie about what I do or what I haven't done.

Clear Ayes said...

Yellowrocks, stick around for a long time. Most of the comments here are straight and open. Your views and comments are most welcome. I like them.

Hi Jeannie, we've missed you.

Abejo and Jeannie, I had to look up golabki. Why didn't you say so? ;O) I love stuffed cabbage.

Moon, you've been missed too. I hope the new job has worked out well for you and you are still quietly visiting the blog. Happy birthday.

Anonymous said...

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Anonymous said...

This Anonymous is new to the internet and hasn't yet figured out how these blogs work. I stumbled on this one by accident and its my one and only because of my need for help on the hard puzzles. I had a bad experience when I signed up for my first ATM card--believe it or not, a bank employee used the number to order stuff on the internet before I ever used it because I couldn't remember my pin. So I am shy about identifying myself to people I don't know. Maybe if I can think up a cute name... Maybe if I can figure out how to submit it...

Anonymous said...

Perhaps C.C. can add a requirement at the top of the page that all anonymous contributors sign off with a screen name at the end of their posts?


Husker Gary said...

40°F and windy today but off to the course I went. I traded my towel for a hanky! Kept my hood up too!
Once I got going on Donna’s puzzle, I had a great time as things fell into place!

-German threat? What’s it to Ja?
-According to Mrs. Shinn, Omar wrote “dirty Persian poetry” not fit for River City!
-Every kernel on an ear of corn is attached to a silk that transports pollen from the tassel
-I loved Adlai’s Stevenson’s speech where he told the Soviet UN Representative that he was “willing to wait until hell freezes over” for a yes or no answer as to whether the USSR had missiles in Cuba!
-Jackie Kennedy said on tape she could not stand RAJIV’s mother.
-MCJOB’s are often a great beginning not a dead end
-Saget and others substitute filth for wit in their standup unlike some other comedians

Lemonade714 said...

Happy birthday Moon:

Anon, of course you are correct, there was an uncaught typo in XVIII, but we do not have the luxury of proofreaders. Unless you would make yourself available at 2:00 AM when I was writing this, I will not have someone. I would gladly email a copy for your review.

I personally am not offended by words or nudity, but try to present things which are done in moderation and give a warnning label on any questionable links. Argyle, you are one of my favorite libertines. But then it would be nice to be a "tine" again.

Lemonade714 said...

Anon at 3:01PM

How about "Cute Name?" It helps us distinguish comments and commenters; thanks

Marge said...

Hi all,
Puzzles are too hard for me the past couple days, although I plan to work on this one some more today.

I have been wondering if you got any of the smoke up there from the Boundary Waters forest fires. A lot of the smoke went east along the northern and eastern parts of our state, and Madison got some but not much.

I've read enough historical novels to remember Catherine Parr,1A but that's about it so far on today's puzzle.


windhover said...

Anon @ 11:00 & 12:54,
It seems to me that you are the one protesting too much. The history of this blog, if you care to learn about it, includes a fair amount of suggestive posts, double entendres and off color remarks. If you don't appreciate those, maybe you should find another pastime. CC has never been shy about reprimanding those who cross a line of propriety. You might note that she made no comment, positive or negative, this morning.
I also would suggest that if you find this type of teasing conversation to be pornographic or as you said last night, in the gutter, the problem might well lie within your own psyche, not those of this group.
And finally, whether you are a newcomer or a regular hiding behind anonymity, your standing is diminished by your failure to be some other than forthcoming. As I've said before, fake name or no, most of us are identifiable.
Why don't you just mind your own business, and allow us to do the same?

Avg Joe said...

Musical interlude.

Rick Wakeman, keyboardist of "Yes" fame had a few solo efforts including "The Six Wives of Henry VII". While he no longer has his signature long blonde mane of years ago, he's still out there performing these songs.

Catherine Parr

Lucina said...

Thank you for clarifying that mystery, CA, as I was going to ask about Golabki. I, too, love stuffed cabbage!

Picante vs. caliente
Spicy, ergo, picante, is certainly the descriptor for hot sauce. It's doubtful, Kazie, that salsa would be served at a high temperature although chile is for enchiladas and other dishes, but then it's not salsa. Salsa is primarily a cold dish as it's made with tomatoes, green onions, jalapeno peppers, etc.

Caliente is the hot temperature such as Arizona in summer, whew!

HeartRx said...

Lucina, thanks for clarifying the difference - then I guess I'll take my salsa muy picante!! (No "hot" salsa for me, thank you!).

Marge said...

In my first blog today I hadn't read the blogs and I just now read your link to Nancy Drew. Thank you so much for a wonderful trek down memory lane. Wow!


Yellowrocks said...

Jalmar, Welcome! Thanks for giving us a clue. Please blog under this name so we will get to know you. I was reluctant, like you, but I found a way to feel confident turning blue.
I believe Anon @ 3:01 is sincere. Can anyone bring him/her aboard, please?
Anon @ 2:59 This kind of comment drives me crazy. To what are you referring?

There is no reason for most of the ANON comments to hide their authors. They are quite normal. Whether blue or new, why the secrecy?

Unknown said...

I say bring on the Margaritas and salsa, hot or not!
Whoopie, it's Friday!
We are actually going "Greek " tonight. so it will be souvlaki and ouzo. Yes to the souvlaki and no to the ouzo for me.
What is with the anons? Come out, come out wherever you are! I really have no patience for snarky comments, because, for the most part, we are grown-ups here.
33d-Loanshark was a very lever clue. How about the chop/Tory cross? Was that a political comment? Hush my mouth!
Kiss, kiss to all

Abejo said...

To: Lucina, Clear Eyes, Jeannie, Anon, et al:

FYI, a Golab is a pigeon in Polish. Since cabbage rolls look similar to pigeons (size, shape, etc), they are called Golabki or little pigeons.

Boy, are they good!


Abejo said...

To the same:

In Polish the "l" is pronounced as a "w". Therefore, Golabki is actually pronounced "gowubki"


Tinbeni said...

Lucina & HeartRx

re: caliente -v- Picante

As Avg.Joe adroitly said @ 1:04 PM:

"Let's not forget that SALSA is also a STYLE of DANCE."
(capitals added)

Cuban SALSA dancing does get VERY HOT, HOT, HOT !!!

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

I really enjoyed the puzzle today. I caught the theme with THE ROYAL WE, followed by MEDITERRANEAN SI and the rest seemed to fall into place. Loved the misdirection of 'Sugar plant' and 'One garnering lots of interest.'

Hahtool ~~ I, too, thought of Nancy Drew with ROADSTER. I think it belonged to her boyfriend, Ned. Wow ... that goes back a few years. I loved those books!

Thanks for the informative and entertaining write-up, Lemonade ... loved the TOTO link!

The Red Sox are hanging on by a thread ... off to watch baseball!

eddyB said...


Wonder what the Danica haters are saying now. She said she was concerned about going. Motegi just had a 6.2 earthquake over night. Waiting for one to happen is like waiting for rain at the 500. Bound to happen.

Ho-hum. Looks like another pole, most laps and another win for Will.

Watching Sunday's race on Sat. and football on Sun. Back Monday.

Take care.

Clear Ayes said...

For Tinbeni and for Avg Joe too.....Buster Poindexter and Hot, Hot, Hot. Just try to keep from jumping up and dancing around your computer chair.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Hard puzzle, and really good. Brilliant, clever, multilingual theme. And I know how we all appreciate multiple uses of the tongue.

I believe the "L" in Polish is pronounced like an L. There is another character which is a crossed L, pronounced like a W, and that is what you find in the middle of a Gołąbki. You can see it in C.A.'s wiki link. I always hear it pronounced G'wumbkey. No idea how that "M" sound gets in there.

Another Polish tradition in the Detroit area is to have Pączki, pronounced poonchkey, on Fat Tuesday. No idea how that "N" sound gets in there.

I think Salsa Caliente must refer to dancing. Here's Gloria to convince you.

Definitely yes to salt on a margarita. No on a single malt, though.


Lucina said...

You are so right! Salsa dancing can be very hot and aptly named.

Si! Si!

C.C. Burnikel said...

No, no smoke here. Adorable little Cheesehead!

Hahtoolah said...

JazzB: I thought for a moment that you were going to share a video of your Gloria dancing.

Lucina said...

Thank you for explaining. My mother would make a delightful dish of stuffed cabbage; little did we know it was golabki instead of what we called it, "delicious!"

Avg Joe said...

Thanks to all that gave consideration to salsa dancing as a potential definition of "Hot hot hot". I'd even searched that song earlier to make the point, but felt I'd pushed the limit yesterday, so I laid back. However, if I were the constructor of this puzzle, that would be my defense of the clue. It makes sense to me. BWTFDIK?

windhover said...

About music, more than most of us. Speaking of, good band tonight at Champions in Richmond, Ky. Tonight.

Lemonade714 said...

Fo those who enjoyed the write up and expressed yourselves, thank you. It is still fun to entertain such a diverse group.

Speaking of Polish, their word for yes: TAK would fit in the theme both yesterday and today.


Anonymous said...

You do like taking your bows, don't you?

Abejo said...

jazzbumpa: You are correct on the "l" with the line through it.


Spitzboov said...


Tak is Danish for Thank you. Would fit in, too.

Do widzenia

Anonymous said...

Good night all.

It looks like it would have been fun to work on today's puzzle, but I never had time to even try.

I do believe the third university is Princeton. My late husband, b-i-l, and son went there. So I am prejudiced.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hatool -

Like a good cruciverbalist, I like to indulge in a bit of misdirection. Very unlikely to get a vid of my Gloria dancing.

The grandaughters are another story entirely. (Sorry it's only a still.)

"Yes" in Hungarian is "egen." Stuffed Cabbage is Töltött Káposzta. Every family has their own variation on the theme.

JzB the Foleysh Magyar

windhover said...

Yes in redneck is 'hell yeah!"

Abejo said...

Jazzbumpa: Liked your link to Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage. I roll mine a little different, and I do not use paprika like they do, but the end result is delicious.


kazie said...

I notice in each of the Polish words you quoted, the 'a' has a little tail which could be acting like the nasalization in certain French words. or the tilde in Spanish, thus explaining the liquid 'm' or 'n' sound in each.

Jalmar said...

kozenom, jz b

Anonymous said...

Good Night Irene

Argyle said...

Good Night, Irene

Anonymous said...

Good stuff!