Sep 18, 2011

Sunday September 18, 2011 Pawel Fludzinski

Theme: Idiom's Delight - Each common idiom is clued by an opposite idiom.

23A. Great minds think alike, but ... : FOOLS SELDOM DIFFER

38A. Ignorance is bliss, but ... : KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

95A. Birds of a feather flock together, but ... : OPPOSITES ATTRACT

110A. Two's company, three's a crowd, but ... : THE MORE THE MERRIER

16D. Don't judge a book by its cover, but ... : CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN. Very true here, the few websites I visit every day. See Anna Wintour, Marti?

33D. He who hesitates is lost, but ... : LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP

Were you delighted by the theme? This NY Times "Proverbial Conflicts" share 3 theme entries with our offering today.

Fun concept. Only 6 theme entries, but they're all quite long and occupy a solid 100 squares. I always love theme entry intersection. Just wish there were a short center theme answers in Row 11 today. It feels nice when theme entries are spread everywhere.

Argyle dug out this information about Pawel Fludzinski. Not sure it's our constructor. Congratulations on a fine Sunday debut!


1. Scarfed (down) : WOLFED

7. Taken __: startled : ABACK

12. Play mates? : CAST. Oh, Broadway play.

16. Jefferson Davis was its only pres. : CSA

19. "Ten-hut!" reversal : AT EASE

20. Neighbor of Maui : LANAI. The Pineapple Island. I like lightly stir-fried shrimps & pineapple, JD!

21. Away from gusts : ALEE

22. Hasty escape : LAM

26. Pay stub? : OLA. Payola.

27. River to the Bay of Biscay : LOIRE

28. Al __ : DENTE

29. On the house : GRATIS

31. Home to the Ibsen Museum : OSLO. The most popular capital in crossword.

34. Boolean operators : ORs. Are you familiar with Boolean logic?

36. Fail to keep up : LAG

37. Trains : TEACHES

43. Surrealist Magritte : RENE. This is not a pipe.

44. Kanga's little one : ROO. "Winnie-the-Pooh".

45. Took orders from : OBEYED

46. Evening in Roma : SERA

47. Doesn't just lurk, website-wise : POSTS. Hey, lurkers, don't just lurk, start posting today.

48. Like some silences : AWKWARD. Great clue/answer.

50. DOJ branch : DEA

52. Sharp-tongued talk : SARCASM. Boomer's sarcasm often escapes me.

54. Pro __ : BONO

55. It's been proven to grow hair : SCALP

57. Fort's defense : PALISADE. I can never remember how to spell this word.

60. Big Easy quarterback : BREES (Drew). Saints. And 100. Org. for 60-Across : NFL.

62. Split differently : RE-ALLOT

64. Wheyfaced : WAN

65. Mess with : KID

66. Some whistle blowers : REFs. Nailed it.

67. Iran's official language : FARSI

68. Texas's state tree : PECAN. Norway pine for us.

70. Rink feint : DEKE. Splynter is on vacation!!

71. Big fuss : ADO

72. Something to see, perhaps : BET. Card game "see", matching the bet. Always gets me.

73. Place where fresh water and salt water mix : ESTUARY

75. Along the rim : OUTER

76. Serious downpours : TORRENTS

79. Like some microbrews : MALTY

80. One of Esau's wives : ADAH. Wow, no idea. How many wives did he have?

81. Stud alternative : EARDROP. Earrings.

83. IV tripled : XII

84. Texas city named for a Kansas city : ABILENE. Oh really?

87. "Another __ Paradise": Phil Collins hit : DAY IN. Very moving song. I like his "Against All Odds" too.

89. Vibes : AURA

91. Puts on a happy face : SMILES

93. Month in Madrid : MES

94. Venerated one : ICON

98. Spills the beans : SQUEALS

101. Greek gp. : SOR. OK, sorority.

102. "My Way" lyricist : ANKA

103. Beat : PULSED

104. 1895-'96 __-Ethiopian War : ITALO. So Ethiopia was not under French colonization?

106. Nursery buy : MULCH

109. Alibi, perhaps : LIE

116. Constellation next to Scorpius : ARA

117. Zero : NADA

118. Daisylike flower : ASTER

119. Not just dangerous : DEADLY

120. OK at the corral : YEP. Brilliant clue.

121. Elemental bit : ATOM

122. Doesn't go on : STOPS

123. For a spell : AWHILE


1. Post-WWII feminine flier : WAF (Women in the Air Force). WAC = Women's Army Corps. WAAC = Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

2. Tribe of Oklahoma : OTO

3. Sign of summer : LEO

4. Unused, as farmland : FALLOW

5. Former U.S. pump sign : ESSO

6. Lucille's guy : DESI

7. Reason for tears : ALLERGY. I like this answer.

8. Evil : BAD

9. "And giving __, up the chimney he rose" : A NOD

10. Oasis visitors : CAMELS

11. Snatches : KIDNAPS

12. __ con leche : CAFE

13. Landon of 1920s-'30s politics : ALF

14. Folk legend Pete : SEEGER

15. Veggie chip brand : TERRA. New to me. Will have a look at our grocery store next week.

17. Prominent : SALIENT

18. Pulls together : AMASSES

24. Worn away : ERODED

25. "And So __": Billy Joel song : IT GOES

30. Down's opposite : ACROSS. In crossword!

31. Gumbo pod : OKRA

32. Tundra blanket : SNOW

35. Husk : SEEDCASE

37. Like some warmup pants : TEARAWAY

39. Postgraduate burden : LOANS. I'm lucky that Chinese government paid all my college education.

40. Iberian river : EBRO

41. Pursuit of perfection : IDEALISM

42. Rolled lunch : WRAP

47. Aspirin target : PAIN

49. Bellyacher's litany : WOES

51. "__ My Sons": Arthur Miller play : ALL

53. Group sharing a crest : CLAN. Scottish clan, yes?

55. Msg. to the flock : SER

56. Champion of the common man : POPULIST

58. Flood barrier : DIKE

59. Fulda tributary : EDER

60. Wurst on the grill : BRAT

61. Take back to the drawing board : RE-DO

62. Run-down digs : RAT TRAPS

63. Break points at Wimbledon? : TEATIMES. Just a brilliant clue.

67. __ for oneself : FEND

69. Overreact to spilt milk : CRY

70. Two-part : DUAL

72. Capital near Zurich : BERN. My friend Reto grew up speaking four languages. Now he also speaks fluent Thai and understands some Chinese. Amazing.

74. Government demand : TAX

75. Pindar, notably : ODIST

77. 1987 All-Star Game MVP Tim : RAINES. Another good player whose baseball cards are worth nothing.

78. Course taken with a spoon : SOUP

80. Assist shadily : ABET

82. "And make it snappy!" : PRONTO

84. Warning of old : ALARUM. New word to me.

85. Violin part : NECK

86. Pronoun for Pedro : ESTA

87. Show publicly : DISPLAY

88. Pick up : ACQUIRE

90. To the extent that : AS FAR AS

92. Glucose and fructose, e.g. : ISOMERS. Some kind of chemical compounds.

95. So last year : OLD HAT

96. Most in need of a doctor : ILLEST. Every puzzle has a few "Meh" entries.

97. Full of team spirit : RAH RAH

99. Insurance giant : AETNA

104. Mosque VIP : IMAM

105. Bart and Lisa's bus driver : OTTO. I've never watched "The Simpsons".

107. Helen of Troy's mother : LEDA

108. Group in a shell : CREW

111. Pre-Tokyo Tokyo : EDO

112. Not square : HEP

113. Infamous Amin : IDI

114. 90-degree angle creator : ELL

115. Manhattan ingredient : RYE. The drink!

Answer grid.

Happy Birthday to Mom speaks out! Always enjoy your Brazilian tornado stories.



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Very enjoyable theme today. I got off to a bit of a rough start, however, when I confidently put in WAC for 1D and ended up with COOLS SELDOM DIFFER for 23A. I was all set to complain about how I had never heard of that idiom, but then I didn't get the "tada" at the end and realized I had a mistake somewhere. That was my primary candidate, and I finally went through the alphabet to find the correct letter.

You see, as it turns out, I've never heard of FOOLS SELDOM DIFFER either...

The only other sticking point was the crossing of PULSED and RAINES. I had no idea who Tim RAINES is/was and all I could think of for "beat" was PULPED. Wrong type of "beat," obviously. I knew that Tim's last name probably wasn't RAINEP, though, so I kept at it until I got the correct letter.

Everything else was like butter today, but not as fattening.

Hahtoolah said...

Good morning, C.C. and friends. This was an interesting Sunday puzzle by an interesting constrictor. I tried to make things more difficult than I needed to.

My favorite clue was Not Square = HEP. My first thought was PEG. I also like the over reaction to spilled milk.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Thank you Pawel, for a great Sunday puzzle. I will think of you as I am eating my Golabki today. Thank you, C.C., for a swell write-up.

Really enjoyed this puzzle. Got through it easily (for a change).

Enjoyed the theme and that really helped with the entire puzzle. As Barry said, I had never heard of FOOLS SELDOM DIFFER, but it became obvious.

Thought PALISADE was a good answer. That is one we have never had before (in my memory), but it is a word that is somewhat common.

79A MALTY fell easily, since I love microbrews. I have been a home-brewer myself.

I never finished Saturday's puzzle. I had a busy day and did not have time to focus. I will continue on that later today.

See you tomorrow.


HeartRx said...

Good Morning C.C. et al.

And especially a happy happy birthday to Mom Speaks Out! I hope the kids are doing something special for you today!

Thanks for the link to Anna Wintour, C.C. I did not know this Vogue editor, but I assume Meryl Streep’s role in “The Devil Wears Prada” was loosely based on her? I did like all the cool fashions those women were wearing.

I think the puzzle merits a thumbs up, but not for the theme. Fun fill and smooth clueing gave it a fresh feel. Whenever I come up with a theme idea, I check the cruciverb database to see if it has been done before. If more than one entry has been used in another puzzle, I always scrap it. And I agree with you about the bare midriff on this one, C.C. !!

Today is “wash windows in the solarium day” for me. Ugh…there are 140 panes of 6”x 11” glass to wash, inside and out. See ya tomorrow! (If I finish in time, that is…)

HeartRx said...

Oh wait -- I forgot about the two sets of french doors and the porch door, which add another 47 panes...(I had better make that date with you guys on Tuesday!)

Spitzboov said...

Good Morning C.C. and all.

Happy Birthday to Mom speaks out.

A fun puzzle from Pawel (Paul in English) today. Nice theme, easily getable, helping the solve move right along. No searches were needed; the perps were ample and kind. Several river connected geography terms: LOIRE, EBRO, EDER, and ESTUARY. Not much foreign, either, MES, ESTA, SERA, and maybe GRATIS. Pawel had a nice easy flow to the fill which took the edge off the fact that Sundays offerings are stemwinders in terms of length. Lots of good clues; favorite was
'group in a shell' ⇒ CREW.

C.C. Ethiopia and Libya as well as Eritrea and Somalia were Italian colonies/'spheres of influence' in the late 19th/early 20th century.

Enjoy your Sunday.

Husker Gary said...

Cold and drizzly today and puzzle was a nice diversion! Easiest Sunday I can remember with a fun theme! Thanks Pawel! I loved HUSK and the other TEATIME in the puzzle.

-Fools seldom…40% always vote R and 40% always vote D! I lean R but have supported both.
-Knowledge is…If you think education is expensive, try ignorance
-Opposites attract…Our marriage has lasted 44 years
-The more…Always fun to see new bloggers here
-Clothes make…I worry more about the guy in the 3 piece suit than the tattooed biker
-Look before…I wish I had a verbal or written Undo button sometimes!

Out of time as I am off to shower and then to Lincoln for scintillating soccer match with 9/10year old boys. Will read C.C.'s write-up and your comments later.

Anony-Mouse said...

Isomers are chemical molecules which have the same number of atoms ( and elements ) BUT a different structural orientation ( molecular shape - ) , hence, generally, different chemical properties. Sometimes a radically different nature. Far more common in Organic Chemistry.

e.g. para-nitro-phenol, meta-nitro-phenol, ortho- nitro-phenol etc.

Glucose is the sugar that is synthesized by, and gives plants and animals,( and a body ) quick energy - generally given to athletes, after a Marathon race, etc.

Fructose, not as useful, is still quite sweet - found in honey and fruits. Also less fattening.

If, this Dr. Fludzinski, a distinguished professor of Organic Chemistry, is indeed the constructor - he has been remarkably restrained in his use of chemical terms, in this crossword.

Hahtool, surely you did not mean a Boa Constrictor ? ( lol)

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Sunday, and thank you Pawel (in keeping with our Polish subtheme this week, DzieƄ dobry) for a nice Sunday ride.

I think C.C. and Marti, you are a bit harsh on this theme because of your personal experiences and philosophies as constructors, instead of as audience, which is what the rest of us are. While it is probably not the greatest to lift a clue and fill in its entirety, it is the total result to which I respond. I am sure you have both had clue/fill combinations in your puzzle used before, just not as theme.

I know in music and in literature there are endless examples of the use of pieces of prior works, but presenting them in a new package. I am not an expert and defer to JzB or JL wherever he may be, but this LINK supports my recollection from watching bands create songs.

In art, the great masters all painted the same pictures over and over, so all I say is I enjoyed it, even if was not all original, the end result was fresh. IMO.

Must work hard today

Lemonade714 said...

Good things come in small packages, but...
Bigger is better.

Man does not live on bread alone, but...
Bread is the staff of life.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good afternoon, C.C. and Sunday solvers all. This was a clever puzzle and not as difficult as most Sundays for me. FOOLS SELDOM DIFFER emerged with lots of perps, but most of the others only took a letter or two before the appropriate idiom popped into mind.

Barry, you're not alone with PULpED before PULSED. DOH!

Re: yesterday's disscussion on baling wire. I worked on baling crews in the summers, mid '50's era. It was common for the bales that would be used on the farm to be "string-tied" as they were only handled a couple of times and not too likely to break. There was also no problem with livestock dieing of "hardware disease" caused by ingesting scraps of wire. The bales were not nearly as heavy as wire tied bales since they weren't compressed as much.

Bales to be sold were more likely to be "wire-tied" as they were stronger and denser, which meant more hay per wagon load. I hated wire-tied as this skinny kid had a really difficult time swinging a 120lb bale up on the fourth and fifth tiers on the wagon. 80lb string-tie was a lot easier.

Hahtoolah said...

Darn spell-check!

Grumpy 1 said...

The other twist on idioms that I like is expanding a common idiom with a new ending, such as 'figures don't lie... but liars figure'.

Avg Joe said...

Very nice puzzle. Perhaps a bit easy for a Sunday, but after yesterdays nine miles of hard road, I'm not complaining.

Alternate phrase?: Variety is the spice of life. But monotony pays the bills.

Lemonade, I'd not heard of Masters painting the same picture repeatedly. That's interesting. And it immediately brought to mind the intro comments from Joni in concert when asked to play The Circle Game again.

Avg Joe said...

Grumpy, In the same tone I've always liked: Two wrongs don't make a right....but 3 lefts do.

Lucina said...

Hello, C.C. and all.

Happy birthday to Mom Speaks Out!

Not much time today as we are having a large family birthday for September "babies" including my granddaughter, 15.

This was great fun to work and took less time than normal for me for a Sunday. Thank you, Pawel.

I, too, started with WAC but soon ralized it was FOOL not Cool and I really enjoyed the full idioms.

Being in a hurry I didn't savor all the fill but shall when I have more time. My sister and her daughter are here from California so it won't be soon. Could not finish the Saturday for the same reason.

My other sister from Charlotte is also here for the week so I'll be busy.

Have a wonderful Sunday, everyone!

HeartRx said...

Lemon, I didn’t mean that this puzzle wasn’t enjoyable. Matter of fact, I began my critique with a “thumbs up” for it. As a solver, I really don’t think about whether a theme has been used before, or even care. I was just commenting on my own personal experience as a constructor. But maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself by rejecting those themes. Lord knows, Rich does that enough for me!!

And I loved your alternate idioms. Here’s a couple more:
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow, but…small strokes fell mighty oaks.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but…you can kill two birds with one stone.

A married man said...

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but...
Out of sight, out of mind.

dodo said...

Good Sunday morning, group,

I enjoyed this one which went together easily and quite fast, for me. Got it from Cruciverb. I couldn't get in to LAT's Sunday puzzle.

Haven't read the blog or posts yet but will be back to do so when I get some obligations taken care of.
C u l8er.

JD said...

Good morning C.C. And all,
It is only 10:15 here , a balmy 80 degrees. Loved seeing Lanai in cw.We were there last more pineapple plantations, just a lot of wild turkeys and deer, and a snorkeler's delight.

Estuary..the SF Bay is an estuary, not really a bay.

This was my 1st successful attempt doing the cw on iPad via cruciverb.I must have touched an invisible button because letters started coming in gray.I DNF, but almost.

Couldn't understand the clue "rink feint" , nor did I know Rene or isomers. Didn't even attempt to WAG Adan, even with the a--h

Favorites were rattraps and teatime, which had me pulling out all the tennis lingo I ever knew before it came to me!

Happy Birthday Mom!

JD said...

Sorry I cannot fix those errors, like Adah.

HeartRx said...

JD, in the very lower left part of the keyboard, you will see a "pencil" or a "pen" on the iPad. If you touch it, the fill method will change. If you are in "pencil" mode, the letters appear grey. I usually use the pen mode, so I'm not sure if you have to go back and re-do the fill with pen before you will get the "Congratulations!" message.

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

I enjoyed this puzzle i.e. the part that I could get. My favorite was "It's proven to grow hair" SCALP. I didn't get the answer even though I had _CAL_. Was trying to think of an ointment or some such. I truly laughed out loud when the answer was given.

Happy birthday, Mom Speaks Out. Hope you're having fun.


Bill G. said...

I was breezing along for the first part (upper-left and down toward the middle) of the puzzle. About one-third of the way, I got mired in the muck and slowed down to a crawl. Oy! Who needs the tsuris? Not wanting to become verklempt, I began watching Sunday Morning. Nice feature about minor league baseball. But I came back, got back in the groove and finished it off. Good puzzle and writeup. Also, happy birthday to MSO!

Grumpy 1 said...

a married man... to put your idiom poetically:
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Of whom, let the absent lover wonder

Happy birthday MSO!

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Enjoyable solve today; several clues mad me laugh out loud. Sallie, I also laughed aloud when I filled SCALP. I agree "OK at the corral" is a brilliant clue.

Yes, Scottish clan.

I was searching my memory for a person named Al. Another out-loud laugh when I got DENTE.

Yep, I studied Boolean logic (as well as classical logic). Invented by a guy named Boole, a contemporary, I think, of that Babbage guy.

How can Rene say that is NOT a pipe? LOL

I didn't know the SF Bay is really an estuary, but it makes sense.

I, too, have never watched The Simpsons.

HeartRx, I hope you don't suffer too many window pains. (Sowwy, I *had* to do it.)

My son wants to buy me an iPad. Should I let him? I've been a PC user forever, but I love my iPhone.

Avg Joe said...

Pearls Before Swine was a topic the other day.

And the Beat goes on.

HeartRx said...

Jayce, if you love to read, or solve x-words online, or browse the web, then I would highly recommend the iPad. I still depend on my MacBook Pro for most things, but it is convenient to download books using he Kindle app on my iPad, and to solve the LAT xwords using a link to Cruciverb that posts them at 10:30 PM (EST) the night before...


Anonymous said...

Good things come in small packages is in Randolph Ross puzzle CC linked.

Jayce said...

HeartRx, thank you. I have had most of the same thoughts, especially the part of using it like a Kindle. I surf the web a lot (yes, for work, too) and would find the portability of the iPad very convenient. I worry about carrying it around with me at the office and inadvertently leaving it behind in a meeting room sometime. One can't keep it in one's pocket like an iPhone.

I also do a lot of Excel and Word work, so I will not give up my PC.

Heck, if he wants to buy me one, I'll gracefully and appreciatively accept it :)

Hahtoolah said...

Jayce: I love my iPad 2. I am a dedicated Mac user, but since I got my iPad, I don't use my MacAir as much. I had a conference over the weekend, and all I took with me was my iPad. I have G3, so I don't need to rely on wi-fi connections when I travel.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone,
I wanted to wish MSO a very happy birthday.

I will be away for a week at Tahoe. Our only get-away this summer. I won't have access to the puzzle or the internet, so will blog again the week after.

Have a great week everyone.

Jayce said...

Hahtool, good to know. Thank you.

Mother Speaks Out, happy birthday!

Jayce said...

Ooops, that would be Mom Speaks Out. Sorry.

I wish you a wonderful time at Tahoe, Chickie.

Bill G. said...

Jayce, I've been a Mac person forever. I used a PC at school for attendance, etc. but never really felt at home with it. You can certainly use Word and Excel on a Mac though I don't know about an iPad in particular. Ask at an Apple store maybe.

Oy! More tsuris. I wonder what's going to happen with the supermarket strike? The employees are scheduled to walk out tonight over increases in health insurance costs. Ralphs (where we shop) said they would close their stores rather than stay open with picket lines in place. We'll see what happens.

Bill G. said...

This is some of the most amazing stuff. The first video is a time-lapse movie from the International Space Station including the west coast of the US, lightning in the clouds, etc. The other stuff is equally amazing. There's even more using the numbers at the bottom of the page. Enjoy.

Anonymous said...

RX: A small boy was throwing rocks at every bird on the beach. Why? He didn`t want to leave any tern unstoned.

Anonymous said...

Jayce: by all means let your son treat you. My DH is a PC user also, but since I gave him an iPad, he hasn't let it out of his hands. Even takes it to bed with him so he can read in the middle of the night without waking me.
As I am a Mac evangelist, when DH & I were married 13 years ago my son called ours a cross platform marriage.

Grumpy 1 said...

Jayce, I was asking my nephew about his iPad yesterday. He used Macs in school but uses PC's now. He said the iPad is OK if you don't mind doing things Apple's way. He said he would look at some of the other choices if he were to do it over, but he does like it. He got the Kindle App and shares his books on his wife's Kindle and his Ipad.

Bill G. said...

Grandson Jordan had his second soccer game today. As was the case with Little League baseball, he is one of the youngest players with no previous experience. Couple that with his immaturity and lack of athletic ability and this isn't a recipe for a successful experience. I was watching him run up and down the field acting silly. I called him over and told him I'd give him money each time he kicked the ball toward a comic book. His whole attitude changed. He chased after that ball with a passion. Every time he kicked it, he would hold up fingers showing me how many kicks. It's not what I would ideally hope for but at least he made a little progress today.

Anonymous said...

@JD, a DEKE is, broadly speaking, any technique in ice hockey designed to get an opposing player to move in one direction so that you can get around him/her by going the other. It's pretty much the same as a pump fake in basketball, and conceptually similar to a draw play or play action pass in American football. It's short for "decoy."

WikWak said...

I found this puzzle to be like Baby Bear... Juuust right. Finished it in about average time for me, didn't need to go to Mr Goog for anything, and the only ones I didn't get the first time through came with the perps.

But what I REALLY want to hear about, HEART RX, is Cruciverb on the iPad! I most usually do the puzzle at the Chicago Tribune's web site, but that is Flash-based and Apple and Adobe have no agreement, so--no crossword using Safari on the iPad.

Do you have to download an app for Cruciverb?

Lemonade714 said...

HBDTY and many more MSO.