Sep 23, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011, Daniel A. Finan

Theme: NO CAPITAL? - Capital idea. If you read the wonderful INTERVIEW of Mr. Finan from a couple of years ago, you will know he loves to hide his themes, so even when the puzzle is complete, the solver has work to do, and this puzzle is no exception. I blogged two of his puzzles last year, the wonderful ANAGRAM/PANGRAM, and the CLUELESS clues. Al blogged his hidden clues this year. And, in the words of Monty Python, now for something completely different- Each of the three theme answers incorporates its numerical placement in the puzzle as part of the clue. This is exposed (obscure, but gettable) because only these three clues do not begin with a capital letter. There are also some tricky and difficult clues. I love this effort.

20. (Twenty) questions: FUN GUESSING GAME. so simple once you see it, but it did not jump out at me; I was about to call Argyle.

36. (Thirty-six) hours: ONE AND A HALF DAYS. Twenty-four plus twelve = thirty-six

49. (Forty-nine) ers: FOOTBALL PLAYERS, from San Fransisco, with new coach Jim Harbaugh. This is the one that revealed the theme, as Daniel certainly was not going to help.


1. Dollar bill weight, roughly: GRAM. A great start for the Gram man who gave us Anagram /Pangram; I think this is a shout out to himself, as he has used Daniel in his puzzles.

5. Dey job?: LA LAW. SUSAN (1:27) DEY, the cute one who hooked up with Harry Hamlin. Classy clue.

10. __ Stream: GULF

14. San __ : REMO. The Italian city on the Riviera is beautiful, but it is one word, but still...

15. Silly: INANE. Sometimes my middle name. We also have a semi-clecho, 8D. Silliness: ANTICS.

16. Adidas alternative: AVIA. They sneak this one in often.

17. From the top : ANEW. Our A word.

18. Blanche __, pseudonymous author of the 1983 best-seller "Truly Tasteless Jokes": KNOTT. Do not know the books, or the author, Ashton Applewhite.

19. "No ice, please": NEAT. Just the way the TIN MAN likes his pinch.

23. Terhune collie : LAD. This AUTHOR and dog, not to be confused with Lassie, who was always played by a Lad.

24. Annual sign of bad behavior?: COAL. Hard to put heating oil, or central heating in the Christmas stocking.

25. "Alice" singer Lavigne: AVRIL. A favorite Canadian punk rocker, there is this TUNE, (3:25) but I like Complicated better. Hey my boys are her age.

28. Orator's vocal quality : RESONANCE. A wonderful word; if you want to read about this vocal tool, I suggest Robert Harris' Imperium, about Cicero..

33. Sacramento daily: BEE. A nice shout out to our own melissa.

34. Sched. B item on a 1040: INTerest.

35. High point of an Alaskan trip: DENALI. Literally the "high one." Also known as Mt. McKinley.

40. Seven-time N.L. batting champ: MUSIAL. Stan the Man from St. Louis.

41. Storm dir.: ENE

42. They lead to an F: CDE. Well, we will not grade this clue, as Daniel was just stringing us along.

43. Six-pack abs?: BEER BELLY. Really cute visual clue, and a Beer reference.

45. Seat of Colorado's PitkinCounty: ASPEN. More pretty country. DF lives in Colorado I think. Since fall is falling today...

47. TriBeCa neighbor: SOHO. South of Houston.

48. Blueprint subject, perhaps: ELL. In architecture, an ell is a wing of a building that lies perpendicular to the length of the main portion.

57. Frankfurt's river: ODER. And we have crossing at the D, 50D. Nose wrinkler: ODOR. An extra clue. I thought of this nose wrinkler THEME.

58. Phils, e.g.: NL ERS. For Dennis' champion Phillies, National Leaguers.

59. Deception FLAM. A shout out to my fan club.

60. '70s pinup name: LONI. Anderson, ex-wife of Burt Reynolds, poor Burt is being foreclosed..

61. Beneficiary: DONEE. One of those made up legal words.

62. Its state bird is the cardinal OHIO. Then why do they play in Missouri?

63. 2-Down unit: DROP. Eye drops; I am down to six a day; 2D. Eye care brand : RENU.

64. Fixes: SPAYS. Ouch! Be careful Lad!

65. Place to cross, on signs: XING


1. Seles rival: GRAF. Andre Agassi's wife STEFFI.(5:01) Wonderful tennis.

3. Flock response : AMEN. Baa, I hope this did not fool you.

4. "The Jungle Book" boy: MOWGLI

5. Dug, so to speak : LIKED. Maynard G. Krebs anyone?

6. Heart lead singer Wilson et al: ANNS. The clue is meh, but the SINGING (4:17) is great.

7. Where kip are spent: LAOS. Now I know two obscure currencies, this and the Ethiopian BIRR.

9. Party pooper: WET NOODLE. Wonderful fill, though usually associated with 20 lashes, while Blankets ruin parties.

10. Underworld: GANGLAND. Since you did not like my Catherine Parr pic last week, how about one from Underworld? TRAILER. (1:57).

11. Where the iris is: UVEA. Oh goody, more eye-ducation. The vascular middle layer of the eye. It is traditionally divided into 3 areas, from front to back, the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. From the Latin, UVA meaning Grape, think about why.

12. Neeson who voiced Aslan in the"Narnia" movies: LIAM. Nice voice, but what other Neesons are there? My 280 Z?

13. You may have a brush with it FATE. Stubbornly wanted Destiny, which show how foolish I can be.

21. It merged with Continental in 2010: Abbr.: UAL. United Air Lines. Is there a sign pinned to my back, Acronym me?

22. Swindler, in slang: GANEF. Yiddish or low German for thief, though we usually spell it Goniff.

25. Trinity test subject: A-BOMB

26. Locale: VENUE

27. Maker of pieces?: REESE. I linked his Wikipedia history last time.

28. Genetic letters: RNA. Okay I will give you 2 guesses...

29. One of the convicted Rosenbergspies: ETHEL. We know her husband, Julius was a communist spy, but was SHE?

30. Image Awards org.: NAACP. Aw, c'mon. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

31. 1930s public enemy: CLYDE. Mr. Barrow.

32. NFL Network sportscaster Rich: EISEN.One of many ESPN refugees.

34. Devil's tools, metaphorically: IDLE HANDS. This maxim has been traced back to Chaucer's 'Tale of Melibee' (c. 1386). And, 46D. Sneaky devil: SLY FOX.

37. Touchdown site: AIRSTRIP. END ZONES looked bad, now I know why.

38. Big shot: NABOB. Are they nattering?

39. More than zero: ANY.

44. Walk bouncily: LOLLOP. Never heard of this word. I guess it is related to Lolling about, maybe British. NC?

45. Modeled after: A LA. Just a dollop of French today.

48. "It's nobody __business": ELSE'S.

49. Go out: FOLD. Card games, especially Poker.

51. Sommelier's prefix: OENO. Becoming too common.

52. Singer Horne: LENA. CLASSIC. (5:01)

53. Hunted: PREY

54. Pre-coll. catchall: EL-HI. Like the man said, for great clues, you have to use some clunkers.

55. Shower in public?: RAIN. Put aside your dirty minds, it is that time of year for showers here.

56. Urban miasma: SMOG. Miasma, a great word: a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere.

Wow, another season has come and gone, and now the days will be shorter than the nights, so cuddle you cuddles, and keep on solving. Thank you Daniel for a really Fine 'un.



Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Slow going, partly because it was past midnight at the time, and partly because I never did suss out the brilliant theme. Thanks Lemon for figuring it out!

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

This was a tough go for me today and unfortunately ended with a DNF. By the time I got to the SE corner, my grey matter had been emptied. The crossing E for Denali and Ganef was blank too. Never knew McKinley by another name.

Caught onto the theme clues with football players. Clever Daniel, but diabolical too.

A learning moment also.... did not know Musial won 7 batting crowns. "Dey job"/LA Law gave me a chuckle as did "they lead to an F"/CDE.

Have to run, 3 Day show this weekend. Already questioning my sanity for participating. Business prospects not too good.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

It took me awhile to figure out the theme, but once I did I really thought it was brilliant. Most of the puzzle went smoothly after that, except that I got caught up at the COOL/GANEF crossing. I figured out COAL, but I thought it was spelled GONEF. Or perhaps even GONIFF (as Lemonade pointed out). I'm sure GANEF is a legitimate spelling, but it sure tripped me up there at the end.

One other minor misstep was putting EXIT instead of FOLD at 49D and thinking that 63A was TEAR instead of DROP. Hey -- it made sense at the time...

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Lemonade and Friends. I can pretty much say, "What Lemon said," since I had pretty much the same reaction to the cluing as he did. ... except he got the theme, whereby it is still pretty obscure to me even after he explained it.

I liked the crossing of Silly (INANE) and Silliness (ANTICS), as well as ODER and ODOR.

I wasn't fooled by (Susan) Dey Job = LA LAW. That show was big back when I was in (the other LA) Law school.

Six-Pack Abs? = BEER BELLY was a great and almost misleading clue!

My favorite clue was Shower in the Rain.

I liked the Shout-Outs to both Tinbini (NEAT) and Melissa (BEE).

I learned that More than Zero is not One, but ANY.

On this date in 1952, Richard Nixon made his famous "Checkers Speech."

Yellowrocks said...

Loved the theme. Got FUN GUESSING GAME early and then realized that 20 was part of the clue. Did you ever play 20 Questions? Interesting and novel cluing. Lemonade, thanks for the great info.I did not know KIP, but was missing only the O in La_s and Kn_tt, so it had to be.

Someone asked about how to type the symbol for degrees. 69°F. Use Number Lock, ALT +0176, Enter.
Here is a list of Windows Alt key codes
Link key codes

Tinbeni said...

Lemon: Excellent write-up & links.

Caught the "missing-number-from-the=clue" theme early. Thought it was OK, at best.

Well this was a perp work-out.
Learning moments:
Swindler, in slang, GANEF
Walk bouncily, LOLLOP.
Yup, all perps and 2 WTF's!

Not a fan (EVER!!!) of the letter-run.
Ergo, CDE was meh.

Six-pack abs? BEER BELLY, now that was brilliant!

Pinch, NEAT, "toast" to all at Sunset.

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Lemonade, C.C. et al.

Fun write-up, Lemon. Like, Hahtool, I had the same reaction to your comments as I was reading your post. (But I don't think I'll be running out to get tickets to Underworld any time soon.)

I hopped and skipped around until I finally got a toehold in the south. The theme revealed itself when I filled in FOOTBALL PLAYERS. Very clever and misleading. I sure was scratching my head, trying to figure out why those three clues did not begin with capital letters!

Thank you Mr. Finan for a fine Friday fling!

melissa bee said...

good morning all,

such clever clueing and theme today, really enjoyed this one. needed perps to get the first theme answer, FUN GUESSING GAME, and then i knew what i was looking for. just great. being a bay arean(?), i knew 49 had to be something football.

never heard of lollop (wanted gallop) or ganef.

all in all, a very fun ride - can't ask for more than that.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning! Fun Friday by Finan. Thanks for the great commentary, Lemonade.

The top corners filled easily, but not remembering Dey in LA LAW kept be from breezing through that section. I dropped down to the bottom and filled all of the short stuff there. FOOTBALL PLAYERS emerged and i had to figure out how it tied to the 'ers' clue. A V8 can came flying in from somewhere and smacked me in the forehead when I realized that the clues included the number. Very clever!

Sahib before NABOB. Glock or Ruger? Nope, different pieces.

Never associated WET NOODLE with party-pooper. Limp, maybe, but...

It took too long, but I got it done. Great puzzle.

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

A fresh, stumper of a theme until I had half of 49A done, and then the "ding" came, the light went on, and I was able to go back and get 36, but I still had to think how to phrase 20 questions....which leads me to this link, where the brothers are playing the game in Ocean's 11 (last 5secs)

I had LENS for DROP at first, and IOWA for OHIO - lost that 50/50 battle.

I remember "Truly Tasteless Jokes" - I still have my copy.


Yellowrocks said...

LOLLOPING always brings to mind a big ungainly dog bouncing all over the place. It's only dogs that I picture lolloping.
PARTY POOPER brings to mind Lucy's famous Viatmeatavegimen Episode in which she was practicing to do a commercial for a tonic. After each take she downed another spoonful of the alcohol laced tonic, with hilarous tongue twisitng results. "Do you pop out at oarties? Are you unpoopular?" I tried fruitlessly to find a video clip of this.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks for all the explanations in the commentary, Lemonade.

A real meat grinder for me, today. Sank down to 33a, BEE, for my first fill and then had better luck at the bottom. Got the ODER/ODOR cross early and the first theme fill, FOOTBALL PLAYERS. Then clawed back to the top. Got the sense of 'Dey' early but had to wait for the downs of LAOS, ANTICS, and WET NOODLE to get LA LAW. Many WAGS including FOLD, LAD, AMEN, and GRAM. Never got the theme, though. Never heard of GANEF. (dictionary says it's of Yiddish origin, from Hebrew gannābh; thief)
Overall, I thought it was a good puzzle and fair for a Friday.

Enjoy your first day of Fall.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Hi all,
I had to Google way too much to finish this puzzle. I NEVER got the theme.

I knew GANEF though, due to Goulardi,aka Ernie Anderson, who was a late night spooky movie and teen favorite in 1960s Cleveland, Ohio before he went to L.A.and made a fortune doing voice overs.

I think he called people a purple ganef or something.

Hahtoolah said...

The lightbulb just went on. I never pay attention to clue numbers when I do the puzzle, I just focus on the words. It wasn't until I went back over the puzzle that I realized the clue number is an integral part of the clue. Very clever!

ClearAyes. Your granddaughter is beautiful. I also appreciate that she spells her name Rachael. The second "a" is often omitted.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, After I filled in the theme entries, I kept expecting some kind of interrelation between them, other than just numbers. Didn't happen and I was a little disappointed...203649. Maybe a mathematician among us can find a correlation. I don't think there is one though.

We get the Modesto 33A)BEE, whenever our delivery person gets around to it. Yesterday, we didn't get one at all. That happens about once a month. Thank goodness for cruciverb.

I liked seeing 15A)INANE and 8D)ANTICS cross.

I remember my parents' horror at the execution of 29D)ETHEL Rosenburg. They could accept that her husband was guilty, but she was a mother with young children. It made quite an impression on me too...I was almost eleven when they were executed. My gosh, I had just barely recovered from Bambi's mother's death and from Kathy Fiscus, a three year old who fell into a California well and died in 1949. Ha, we had regular drills at school to "duck and cover" under our desks if an 25D)ABOMB blew up down the street. What a time it was!

Lemonade714 said...


There is no mathematical correlation; it is the use of the placement number as part of the clue which distinguished the theme. it is a totally visual experience. clue 20, is not just clue 20, as 20 is part of the clue. This is similar to his April puzzle, where the "clue" was part of the answer.

Hahtoolah said...

Clear Ayes: the theme eluded me, too, until I went back and realized that the clue number is an integral part of the clue. For example : 20. questions. The clue is actually Twenty Questions.

Tinbeni said...

It's funny how our brains work sometimes.

At "20-Across" I just read it as "20 questions".
Same with the "36 hours" and "49 ers".
As such, they seemed too easy (more like a Tuesday) for a Friday themes.

Sorry, but you are wrong.

Remember the "Krell" doorways in the movie Forbidden Planet?

20-36-49 were the perfect, sexy measurements, of a "Hot Krell" babe.

ant said...

Happy Autumnal Equinox!
And thanks to Yellowrocks, I can tell you that we are celebrating here in Phoenix with a 107° day.

Clear Ayes said...

Hahtool, thank you. Yes, the spelling was at my insistance in honor of my father's sister.

Speaking of spelling, I was on the GONIF or GONIFF side. It took me a while to get 22D)GANIF.

LOLLOP was a new one. The definition makes it sound just slightly less ungainly than GALUMPH.

Thanks to Lemonade and Hahtool for the expansion of the theme. I did get the Clue/answer connection, but I guess I just wanted more. "42" was already taken in "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" in Douglas Adams "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series.

Phew, thanks for Krell connection, Tinbeni...I knew there must be something!

My favorite fill was
28A) Orator's vocal quality/RESONANCE. One of the best, for whom we still have many recordings and films is Winston Churchill. Few could resist his stirring calls to arms.

Zcarguy said...

Morning all,

This was the most enjoyable DNF , if there is such thing
it didn't help that my paper had DEV job instead of DEY
not that it would've mattered , I don't know miss DEY so I had to Goog ANNS ,KNOTT and GANEF

My BEER BELLY wouldn't allow me to GALLOP.

I figured out the theme very quickly tho, first with FOOTBALL PLAYERS and that gave away SLYFOX

but it felt like it took me ONE AND A HALF DAYS to figure out the GUESSING GAME part.

All and I thought the puzzle was NEAT

Y'all have a good day.

Husker Gary said...

7. tasks – Herculean (not a spanner but what the hey). This is what this felt like! What fun although Lemon had to give me the theme. Festooned with some fun cluing too!

-Putting in answers that made no sense to me! Wow!
-I was trying to think of Susan Dey’s name on The Partridge Family
-My RESONANT voice has gotten the attention of middle school kids for over 42 years!
-It is a hoot to see 110 lb trophy wives driving a huge Denali to drop off kids!
-Oh, not the good abs!
-Is an Oder Eder a deodorant for European Rivers?
-I’ve heard of being “in the kip”
-GANEF and LOLLOP? Really?
-Clyde did not look like Warren Beatty and Bonnie looked NOTHING like Faye Dunaway
-Only heard of NABOB in cwd’s and from disgraced vice presidents
-Gotta run to sub at 12:30 pm. Hope to read comments at 3:30.

Bill G. said...

Ca and others; In case it's still not clear, 20 questions (fun guessing game) is the answer to 20A; 36 hours (one and a half days) is the answer to 36A; 49ers (San Francisco football players) is the answer to 49A. Forgive me if I'm explaining something that you already understand perfectly. I didn't get it either until I read another explanation.

I had a grilled Costco prime rib eye steak for dinner last night. It was delicious!

Lucina said...

Hello, puzzlers. Oh, Lemonade, you do make me laugh and learn at the same time. Thank you.

You all have expressed my sentiments on this fun Friday puzzle; slow but sure wins the game.

My first thought was I would not finish, but then I saw NEAT and UVEA and it took off from there, but slowly.

LAOS was pure guesswork, but four letters? a country? what else? Not CHAD.

Wasn't Susan Dey's name Julie on the Partridge Family? Tried it but it didn't work. Finally recalled LALAW and loved WETNOODLE.

Thank you all for explaining the theme; that is darned clever to use the number as part of the clue!
Well done, Daniel.

I never do remember the spelling of GANEF so had GONEF and COEL, not good. And LOLLOP? That's new.

Yes, as ant said, we are celebrating the onset of autumn with 107 degrees!
Have a delightful Friday, everyone!

Anony-Mouse said...

Thank you Lemonade for your very nice blog. Your fall picture is memorable, and I finally got the theme. I'm sorry to post, with all the encomiums pouring in, but I feel dissent is also an important part of life.

I got into today's puz despite my strong sense of gloom to the contrary, and I completed it. (yay). Overall, it left a taste of bitter almonds in my mouth.* What next ? Well, there's Morse code, Semaphore and Boolean algebra yet to be used in a xword puzzle.(Hint, Hint)

* - Sodium Cyanide, a proverbial poison, if you believe Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes, is supposed to SMELL like bitter almonds, but nobodys ever tasted it ( and lived to tell ). Quite a few years ago, I worked with a Sod Cy. solution to dissolve gold particles. Curiosity got the better of me, and I tried smelling it but I could get no smell - maybe it was not strong enough. I never tried to taste it though, - a young wife, two young'uns, and not enough life insurance.

Anony-Mouse said...

Alt QOD: The only thing that stops God from sending a second flood is that the first one was useless. ~ Nicholas de Chamfort.

have a good weekend, you all.

Jayce said...

Man oh man, that LOLLOP sure is a lollopalooza!

ARBAON said...

Just when I think every clever twist of clues and puzzle themes has been tried, we get one like today!

Actually, coming up with the themes, fills and clues is second in difficulty. Making the words fit the grid is the hardest. When your clues have to be on a particular makes for some unusual fills such as :lollop, nlers, donee, oeno and uvae. Google most any combination of letters and you`ll get some sort of definition. I agree some were obscure today, but they were worth it for the clever theme and fill.

Thank you Mr. Finan.

eddyB said...


Loved Heat Rises. It was one of those books that you couldn't wait to finish and didn't want to end.

Off to the store to get a few things.

Where is Number Lock on the keyboard?


Lucina said...

Number lock is above the number 7.

Yellowrocks said...

On my keyboard there is set of numbers on the extreme right. The key on the top left of this block says NUM LOCK. Do you see it?

Anonymous said...

Awesome puzzle have season tickets for the niners got theme right away. After that speed run(cept personance??). Go ninerrrrs!!!!

Mikey said...

What a rhymes-with-witch! Got the theme straight away, thanks to the 49ers (FOOTBALLPLAYERS), but ultimately failed at squares 23 and 24A/22D -- same problems others had, I guess. Probably could have figured out the latter, had I not been so sick of this nasty Friday. I'll be better tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain the TriBeCa clue to me. Lemon's write up gives the answer, but no explanation. Went over my head completely.

Thank you,

Not using my really handle as I am too embarassed.

Argyle said...


Grumpy 1 said...

Wiki link to everything you need to know about TriBeCa (TRIangle BElow CAnal Street in New York City.

eddyB said...

Lucina & Yellowrocks. Thanks for responding. "&" is above the 7 and no key pad to the right. Which PC are you using?

I'm using a Toshiba w Vista. My nickname for it is HAL II. It gets very jealous when I try to watch a CBS show on line and shuts itself
off. Can't reboot untill I am forgiven.

Tripple digits in the back yard shade.


Anonymous said...

22. Swindler, in slang: GANEF. Yiddish or low German for thief, though we usually spell it Goniff.

Jamal said...

eddyb read this:help

basically you need to press and hold Fn key as you press the F8 key.

Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

karma is alive and well

cleaning coffee of my monitor

have a great weekend

Grumpy 1 said...

EddyB, since you're using a laptop without a separate keypad, it gets a little trickier. If you look closely at the keys, you'll find (usually small, hard-to-read) numbers on the lower corner or the front edge of several keys. 7,8,9 are on the top row 7,8,9 keys, 4,5,6 on the U,I,O keys, 1,2,3 on the J,K,L keys and O on the M key.

Some laptops have a bottom off to the side somewhere labeled NUM or NUM LK that locks those keys to type numbers only. Other laptops have a different way. I just spent five minutes studying the keyboard on my wife's Toshiba and still don't know how to turn on NUM LOCK. I have a separate number pad with a NUM LK key on my Sony so it isn't a problem. I have no idea why, but the top row numbers do not work with the alternate codes. You have to activate the numerical keys. There are no standards for placement of the various auxilliary keys on laptops but your documentation should tell you how to turn NUM LOCK on and off if it isn't obvious.

I see Jamal replied while I was typing this. Fn plus F8 does not work on my wife's laptop.

Grumpy 1 said...

Fn+F11 works on my wife's laptop. A little blue led lights up when it is locked. Just remember to turn it off before trying to type anything else.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I thought this was going to be a huge DNF, but finally got through, over a period of about 10 hours, albeit with some errors. Mis-spelt GONOF, so, missed DENALI. ESSEN for EISEN didn't help. Annual sign of bad behavior is not COOL!

There is much in this puzzle to love. But I have mixed feelings about the brilliant and creative theme.

An alphabet string does not even deserve a MEH! It is dross.

Never heard a party pooper described as a WET NOODLE.

Per the Free Dictionary, LOLLOP is indeed British.

Very much enjoyed the musical links, Counselor. An almost inviolate rule is you do not EVER cover Led Zep, but the Wilson girls did it in fine style.

Tin man - I got your reference, but doing so required a big machine, 8000 cubic miles of klystron relays, enough power for a whole population of creative geniuses . . .

So, the tasteless jokes were KNOTTY, but not nice?

JzB who would rather look at AVRIL than listen to her

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Daniel Finan, for a great puzzle. Really enjoyed the cleverness. Thank you, Lemonade, for the great write-up.

As usual on Friday, it was a slow start. Bounced around for a while. The theme never hit me until way towards the end. I thought integrating the Clue number as a part of the Clue was great. Figuring that out really helped.

Liked BEER BELLY. Not sure why I don't have one. Maybe some day if I keep working on it.

I hope the Rosenbergs were really guilty. I remember hearing about that in the 1950's, as a youth. About the same time my uncle had a bomb shelter dug in his back yard.

My last corner to get was the SE. As it turns out they were all pretty easy, but I had ELE instead of ELL. That slowed up SLY FOX, which slowed up everything else in at corner.

Raining in Pennsylvania. See you tomorrow.


Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Daniel Finan, for a great puzzle. Really enjoyed the cleverness. Thank you, Lemonade, for the great write-up.

As usual on Friday, it was a slow start. Bounced around for a while. The theme never hit me until way towards the end. I thought integrating the Clue number as a part of the Clue was great. Figuring that out really helped.

Liked BEER BELLY. Not sure why I don't have one. Maybe some day if I keep working on it.

I hope the Rosenbergs were really guilty. I remember hearing about that in the 1950's, as a youth. About the same time my uncle had a bomb shelter dug in his back yard.

My last corner to get was the SE. As it turns out they were all pretty easy, but I had ELE instead of ELL. That slowed up SLY FOX, which slowed up everything else in at corner.

Raining in Pennsylvania. See you tomorrow.


Abejo said...

To Yellowrocks::

Thank you to the link to the ALT codes. That was really a good piece of info for me. I printed it and will keep it for future reference.


chan said...

I found the theme to be a lot of fun, and figured it out fairly quickly. I still don't understand what ELHI means, and was surprised not to see comments on that. Does that mean ELementary school - HIgh school are a catchall for pre college years? If so, that seems like quite a stretch!

Realist said...

Hope is not a plan when it comes to the death penalty.

Bill G. said...

Yes. That's what ELHI means and none of us here likes it very much.


Yellowrocks said...

Just as Grumpy posted, I, too, discovered Fn F11 for Eddy. Did it work, Eddy?

107° on the first day of Autumn? Too hot for me. In the spring and autumn in the NE we have the windows open day and night for the balmy air. We have our weather extremes, but October and May are my favorites. In a few weeks we will see the lovely foliage such as Lemonade showed for Aspen.

"The tasteless jokes were KNOTTY, but not nice?" LOL

Chan, as a teacher I HATE ELHI. It means elementary through high school. I have never encountered it outside of Xword puzzles.

I was disappointed to find no fellow Lucy fans. Her PARTY POOPER episode was so funny to me.

Grumpy 1 said...

Yellowrocks, I found the Lucy Vita meatavegimin or whatever clip. Very funny and typical Lucy.

Jamal said...

funny as hell

Lucina said...

I'm so sorry. I didn't realize you use a laptop. Good luck, though.

Yellowrocks said...

Grumpy, thank you for the trip down Memory Lane

eddyB said...

Thanks all. Have copied the info.
Will try later. The little blue light is yellow.


Anonymous said...

Construct a puzzle good enough for publication and you`ll probably never "meh" a clue or answer again!

Anonymous said...

Or call a clue 'dross'. Very poor.

A fellow constructor said...

Hear hear!

Lemonade714 said...

JzB you remain one of the stalwart wits at the corner, thank you.

If you read Mr. Finan's interview, he explains the use of ugly fill, but more than meh does sound cruel, as the whole concept of actually building a puzzle has to be very hard.

If fall fell and nobody was raking leaves would there be sound?

Good night all; Karma Khomedian thanks for remembering me.