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May 27, 2012

Sunday May 27, 2012 Ed Sessa

Theme: Suitable Employment - A gerund associated with the profession of each theme entry functions as a perfectly suitable adjective.

23A. Scientist who is tedious to a fault? : BORING GEOLOGIST. Our Spitzboov is certainly not boring. So knowledgeable.

35A. Bread maker not earning his bread? : LOAFING BAKER

50A. Arranger growing into her job? : BUDDING FLORIST

63A. Attorney who turns heads? : APPEALING LAWYER. Lemonade!

80A. Nightclubbing club pro? : SWINGING GOLFER. Reminded me a Sergio Garcia
"hit the club" commercial.

92A. Belle in blue? : ARRESTING COP. Fun clue/answer, projecting a vivid image. I'm waiting for CrossEyedDave for a perfect link.

111A. Practitioner who likes to practice? : DRILLING DENTIST

This is a great template for a Sunday puzzle: 7 theme entries, all between 12-15 in letter count. Very manageable. Gridding can get tricky if you have more entries.

And of course, Mr. Ed is a seasoned pro. He has never disappointed me, always coming up with entertaining themes and smooth fill. Really like these two today:

26A. Invitation on the road : NEED A LIFT?

69D. Beatles hit with the line, "Treasure these few words till we're together" : P.S. I LOVE YOU. But I loved the Hilary Swank/Gerard Butler movie more. So sweet.

Across:

1. Quran religion : ISLAM. So is their Allah the same as the Bible God?

6. Spaceship Earth locale : EPCOT

11. Cotillion honoree : DEB

14. Fischer's game : CHESS. Bobby Fischer was bizarre at times. I guess we all are.

19. NFL ref's aid : SLO MO

20. Tire : GROW WEARY. Tell me, what is the one movie you can watch again and again?

22. __ flush : ROYAL

25. Rome's Fontana di __ : TREVI

27. Old Colgate competitor : GLEEM

29. Zipped : SPED

30. Olin of "Chocolat" : LENA. Love Juliette Binoche. Her "Damage" is my all time favorite.

31. Lean (toward) : SWAY

33. "Milk's favorite cookie" : OREO

40. Vulnerable area : SORE SPOT. Don't go there!

44. Pound and Cornell : EZRAS

45. Meditative practice : ZEN

46. Jewel cases? : SAFES. Lovely clue. Don't you want to see Irish Miss' 11 rings? I do.

47. Blowgun ammo : PEA

48. Fool, to Puck : MORTAL. "Lord, what fools these mortals are!" - "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

53. Les États-__ : UNIS

54. Large pitcher : EWER. I find EWER hard to clue.

56. "The Valachi Papers" author Peter : MAAS.

57. __-car : RENT-A

58. Something seen in anger? : RED. Oh.

59. Jib, for one : SAIL

60. Den sleeper : BEAR

62. Play areas : STAGES

67. Watch with astonishment : GAPE AT

70. "Do __ others, then run": Benny Hill : UNTO

71. Blubber : LARD

72. Actress Lupino : IDA

75. Williams who played Potsie on "Happy Days" : ANSON. So who did he do after "Happy Days"?

76. Turf defender : GANG

78. Ride to hail : TAXI

79. Grade qualifier : PLUS

84. Sanctify with oil : ANOINT

86. Flier with Chicago H.Q. : UAL

87. Future J.D.s' exams : LSATS

88. China's Sun __-sen : YAT. Sun means "grandchild" in Chinese.

89. Lamebrained : INANE

90. Some candlelight vigils : PROTESTS

96. __ infra: see below : VIDE

97. Thailand, formerly : SIAM. Argyle loves ""One Night in Bangkok".

98. "The future __ what it used to be": Yogi Berra : AIN'T. Might be Rich's clue. He's a Yankees fan.

99. Hula accompanists : UKES

101. Security concerns : LEAKS. Deep Throat!

104. Old film short : ONE-REELER

109. Authority : SAY-SO

114. Guinness choice : STOUT

115. Fantasy land : UNREALITY

116. Valse, par exemple : DANSE. French for "dance". I did not know Valse is "Waltz".

117. Libertines : ROUES

118. Folded sleeper : COT

119. Tecumseh transport : CANOE

120. Butter substitutes : OLEOS

Down:

1. Library catalog no. : ISBN

2. Gin fizz flavoring : SLOE

3. Traditional wisdom : LORE

4. Surrounded by : AMID

5. 16th-century work also known as "La Gioconda" : MONA LISA. In Louvre. Behind bulletproof glass.

6. Urging (on) : EGGING

7. Ready-made : PREFAB

8. Aquatic bird : COOT

9. Big-eyed bird : OWL

10. V-sign, to a maître d' : TWO

11. Regular paper : DAILY

12. Celtic language : ERSE

13. Data unit : BYTE

14. Old PC monitor : CRT

15. Flicka and Fury : HORSES. I"ll have another!

16. Like fireworks displays : EYE-POPPING. Nice fill.

17. Except : SAVE

18. Hydroplaned : SLID

21. Samantha of "Doctor Dolittle" : EGGAR

24. Secluded valley : GLEN

28. Pricey mushroom : MOREL. Here it comes again. I couldn't find that firm one I used to link.

31. List of events, briefly : SKED

32. Make (one's way) : WEND

34. Finally turned (to) : RESORTED

35. Madagascan tree climber : LEMUR

36. Important layer : OZONE

37. Sure competitor : ARRID

38. Pool legend, familiarly : FATS. Minnesota Fats. We also have a Tubby Smith.

39. Côte d'__ : AZUR

40. Epic narrative : SAGA

41. Does in : OFFS

42. Mexicali-to-Tijuana dirección : OESTE. Quite close to French west OUEST.

43. Casual farewells : TA-TAS

46. Junkyard warning : SNARL

49. Sprang : LEAPT

50. Dracula portrayer Lugosi : BELA

51. Insect stage : IMAGO

52. Bring up : REAR

55. 22-year-old Stanford graduate who became a pro golfer more than six years ago : WIE (Michelle). Her WIE and Chinese WEI is the same. Same character.

59. Adorned with sequins : SPANGLED

60. Church hall shout : BINGO

61. Tonsillitis M.D. : ENT

62. Assad's country : SYRIA. Has anyone seen "The Dictator"?

63. Really long time : AEON

64. Organs usually found in pairs : LUNGS

65. Banned apple spray : ALAR

66. Honeycomb substance : WAX

67. Prepare to hit the road : GAS UP

68. Hosni's predecessor : ANWAR (Sadat)

72. Pelvic bone-related : ILIAC

73. "Search me" : DUNNO

74. Words after lost or gained : A STEP

76. Bitty biter : GNAT

77. Smart and 99: Abbr. : AGTS

78. Bordeaux block? : TETE. I know blockhead, but did not know Block can mean "head" also.

79. 1972 video game debut : PONG

81. Basketball Hall of Famer Dan : ISSEL. Very handy letter combo. I bet it's a gimme for every constructor.

82. Constellation named for a stringed instrument : LYRA

83. Place to sow one's oats? : FARM. Where did you sow yours, Dennis?

85. Mario franchise company : NINTENDO

91. Muscle or bone : TISSUE

92. Wedding path : AISLE. So, last week's InTouch has a cover of Sofia Vergara with a line "betrayed by her man". My first reaction: What did Bill G do?

93. Serenaded : SANG TO

94. Colorful tee : TIE-DYE

95. Legal memo starter : IN RE

97. Bypass : SKIRT

99. Old map initials : USSR

100. Green Hornet's sidekick : KATO

102. Part of HEW: Abbr. : EDUC. What is HEW?

103. Florentine flower? : ARNO. Flow-er. The river flows. Haven't seen this clue for some time.

104. "Come __!": "Welcome!" : ON IN

105. List ender : ET AL

106. Reel nylon : LINE

107. Big petrol seller : ESSO

108. AAA suggestions : RTES

110. They may decide some close games, briefly : OTS

112. Fond du __, Wisconsin : LAC

113. Dockworkers' org. : ILA

Answer grid.

C.C.

44 comments:

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Great puzzle, Ed! Swell write-up, CC!

HEW is Health, Education and Welfare.

Nice theme. 34 min. No cheats. Great before bed.

Just watched The Guard. Fun Irish movie about a lackadaisical policeman. Catch it if you don't mind the plethora of f-words.

Time for beddy!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This one started off very slowly for me, mostly due to all the long theme answers that I had to just skip over my first pass through the accrosses. Once I finished my first pass through the accrosses and started on the downs, however, I started to blow through the puzzle like nobody's business and one additional pass through the accrosses pretty much got me to the end.

Except, of course, I tripped just as I was about to cross the finish line...

Part of the problem was that I just refused to accept that muscles and bones were both TISSUE. I'm sure they are, and I won't repeat my mistake of blaming Rich for a bad clue, but I've just honestly never heard of bone referred to as a type of TISSUE before and figured the answer must be something else. I did finally aqccept it grudginly, though, since with T_SSUE in place there wasn't much else it could be.

That final I, however, was part of the real problem, which was the crossing of VIDE and ISSEL. Never heard of either one and I incorrectly guessed VIDI and ISSIL. I guess I was thinking of Caesar's Veni, Vidi, Vinci or something. Whatever the case, I guessed wrong and therefore ended up with a DNF.

HeartRx said...

Good morning C.C. et al.

Wonderful puzzle, and fun write-up, C.C. To answer your first question, I never GROW WEARY of watching “Casablanca”!

HEW is the old designation for the Department of “Health, Education and Welfare” . In the 70’s, it was split up into the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education.

This seemed to be a really fresh theme, and very well done – adverbs that are completely appropriate to the professions with nary a “stretch” in sight.

I loved the way the standard fare was made really fun by the use of quotes:
“Do UNTO others, then run”, Fool to Puck - for MORTAL and “The future ___ what it used to be”. Total speed run for me, but MOREL did not escape my attention…ahem.

Have a nice day, everyone!

Middletown Bomber said...

Nice Sunday puzzle today not to hard actually finished in less than a half hour. kudos to Ed for the offering, and to CC for her write up. hope every one is enjoying their holiday weekend.

desper-otto said...

Hello Sunday Solvers!

I also found this to be a speed run, all the way to the DNF. VIDE/ISSEL was also my personal natick -- and I WAGged an "A" for the cross.

Fond Du Lac dredged up a memory. It's situated at the bottom end of Lake Winnebago, thus the name. My fourth graders had maps of the US and their native Guam on the classroom wall. They thought Guam must be almost as big as the lower 48 -- it looked that way with the maps side-by-side. Then I showed them Lake Winnebago on the US Map, and told them that Guam would fit inside it. They were amazed. But, alas, there is no MOREL to that story.

Husker Gary said...

One intermediate goal I have on a puzzle is to get about half way down and have all the letters above and none below. I achieved that today when APPEALING LAWYER filled in. What a fun puzzle, Ed, for a shy educator (RETIRING TEACHER).

Musings
-Sheldon calls geologists the “dirt people”
-LOUNGING GOLFER didn’t make the cut
-I sang those Beatle lyrics 20 times in my head before the title appeared. Delightful torture!
-I have ridden inside Spaceship Earth many times and it is always fun.
-What movie’s climax is Edward G. Robinson’s turning over a ROYAL FLUSH? What movie’s final moments is FATS losing a pool game?
-Have you ever heard anyone refer to a EWER of water in real life? Me neither.
-ANSON and so many others rode one role to quasi fame and then fell into anonymity
-Dang, I want two N’s in ANOINT
-Rhapsody In Blue earlier this week and now UAL
-What musical had a song with “libertine men and scarlet women and rag-time, shameless music”? I could watch it over and over.
-Tom Hanks managed to get to the Mona Lisa in The Da Vinci Code
-In Rome, does the V-sign, to a maître d' mean 5?
-Some athletes keep going when they have lost at least “A STEP”
-Some ROUES sow wild oats and hope for a crop failure

emjay said...

I agree with Barry G. The cross with vide and Issel was difficult but I can't think of a better alternative. I happened to guess right, but those who didn't should just shrug off a forgivable mistake. IMHO DNF means leaving empty squares.
Since you asked C.C.,Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have much in common, and God, Jehovah, and Allah are one and the same. In the Quran Jesus is considered a prophet.

PK said...

Good start to the week with a puzzle I could finish, Ed, thanks! Great write-up, C.C.

WEES! I was not familiar with that Beatles song and it took awhile for Anson and Anwar to dredge up, so I wasn't sure what that golfer was doing. Up to no good, I was sure. Hanging out with Tiger, maybe. (Dufner is certainly SWINGING pretty. bringing home some pretty high-prize "bacon" for his new bride. So low-key he seems almost depressed about it.)

Was mystified over the arresting cop line for awhile too. Completely unexpected result from that cluing. LYRA was a WAG.

C.C.: I have three movies I watch over and over "Mama Mia", "Pretty Woman" and "Deliverance". I think I could sing all the songs and do the dialog to "Mama Mia" by heart.

Montana said...

What a wonderful puzzle to start a dreary day. Snow was forecast to stay above 4000 feet--they missed that one--there is snow on the prairie. Snow/rain line is 20 miles west of me. Storm is moving east to west, so I will only get rain. Farmers need it; I am not complaining.

I am not a Sunday solver, but glanced at the NW corner and knew I could fill it in. I kept on solving, across and down at same time. When I hesitated, considered if a G (seemed to be a lot of them) would be in the word, or ING in the long ones. Finished the puzzle with 2 red squares that were easily fixed by perp clues.

Montana

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Ed Sessa, for a great Sunday puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for the review.

Middletown Bomber: Very good, 1/2 hour. I have never finished a Sunday puzzle in even close to that. My hat is off to you!

Got started easily with ISLAM, for 1A. Abraham is the Patriarch of all three religions, JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, and ISLAM (In that order).

Easily worked my way through the puzzle. Enjoyed the themes. My last to get was ARRESTING COP. I was looking for a Police Woman, from the Clue Belle.

VIDE was somewhat easy because of the tense. That gave me ISSEL.

Just had EZRAS the other day. Interesting person (Pound).

Wanted LOON for a while for 8D. COOT appeared after a little study.

I am feeling better today, so far. Did nothing yesterday except sit and sleep. I have a lot to do today.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

desper-otto said...

Husker, I think the second movie is The Hustler, and I'm sure the musical is The Music Man.

I now also know the first movie, but I had to Google it and (Surprise!) the first matching entry was your post from this morning's Crossword Corner. D'Oh! I've never seen that movie, so I don't feel too bad missing it.

Lucina said...

Hello, Sunday puzzlers. Thanks, C.C. for your insights. So, can I say my two YAT spent the night here? What would be the plural?

Fun time from Ed Sessa today and having -ING made it APPEALING and easy.

As Abejo alluded, the tense of VIDE, imperative meaning SEE, filled that one for me.

Besides Casablanca which I've seen dozens of times I love to see Moonstruck, Mama Mia, Chicago and Like Water for Chocolate. My Big Fat Greek Wedding is up there, too.

HG:
LOL at the last comment in your musings!

Have a superb day, everyone!

Husker Gary said...

Otto, you are right on all counts. That other movie of course starred Steve McQueen, who was trying to unseat the reigning king of stud poker, E.G. Robinson and in the words of Agent 99 – “Missed it by THAT much!”

The movie is one I enjoy if for no other reason than it has the amazing Ann Margaret who has a scene where when she can’t get a piece of a puzzle to fit and uses a nail file to reshape the wrong piece. This infuriates her older lover Karl Malden who later is forced to cheat as the dealer in the game.

Steve said...

Wow - after two weeks of not being able to comment, my browser appears to be letting me type again!

I loved "P.S. I LOVE YOU" - this was my last clue to solve and I stared at it for ages, I just couldn't see it.

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning C.C. and all.

Fairly easy Sunday with nice varied fill. Clever theme fill, but got most of it from the perps. Clever fill: OZONE, ARRID, SNARL, and TÊTE. Couldn't think of a Florentine flower; finally saw the 'rno' and realized flow - -er, and filled in ARNO. No searches needed.

GROW WEARY question - Right now I'd have to say "Midway" except for the Charlton Heston character who is fictitious. The 70th anniversary of the battle is coming up next week, June 4th. I also have always liked "Babette's Feast". Good choices by the earlier posters, too.

Thanks for the kind words, C.C. but I am under no illusions here at home especially with the kids around. See Mathew 13:57 or Mark 6:4.

TA TA - Enjoy the day.

Irish Miss said...

Good afternoon all:

What a delightful, clever puzzle! Thanks, Ed, and thanks to CC for an amusing expo. I laughed out loud at CC's comment about my 11 rings! If you want, CC, I can describe each and every one for you.

I finished w/o help and no write-overs, but I wouldn't say it was a speed run. But it was fun.

As to movies I could watch over and over, my first choices would be Casablanca, An Affair To Remember, and Moonstruck and, because of the dog, As Good As It Gets.




Happy Sunday everyone.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. A great deal of pleasure in the puzzle today. Terrific fill and cluing. "Flower" got me again; it fools me every time. Especially today since "Florence" connotes flower, the blossoming kind.

Put in AnTON Williams at first, which made getting P.S. I LOVE YOU all the more difficult to get. I only got ISSEL from the perps. Laughed when MOREL filled in, and of course I immediately thought of Dennis.

The surname of one of my favorite teachers was SUN.

A movie I never GROW WEARY of is "Goldfinger." I love the music, the pacing, the performances by Gert Fröbe and Harald Sakata (Oddjob), and a plot that isn't ridiculous.

Haven't seen "The Dictator" and don't plan to. Sorry, but I just can't abide Sasha Baron Cohen. However, I love Sasha Cohen the figure skater.

Thank you all.

Bill G. said...

Hi C.C. and everybody. I hope you are enjoying a pleasant, long weekend.

Sophia Vergara "betrayed by her man"? What? How? I'll murder da bum! Sophia, if you do crossword puzzles and read this blog, e-mail me!

I saw a short piece on Sunday Morning about actor Seymour Phillip Hoffman. He may be a good actor but I don't care for him very much. He doesn't seem very likable to me.

Movies I enjoy more than once... Like Marti, Casablanca tops my list too. Then, The Third Man, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Great Escape, The Shawshank Redemption, Pretty Woman... Geez, I know I'll think of more as soon as I hit Publish.

I agree with Jayce about Sasha Baron Cohen. I haven't seen any of his movies.

Bill G. said...

OK, I sure forgot Love Actually. It's near the top of my list. Maybe Sleepless in Seattle, The Sting, The Apartment, Witness for the Prosecution, Groundhog Day, The Princess Bride... There, I can't have missed anything too important.

placematfan said...

Great puzzle. Wide-open grid. Loved the fill and had fun with the clues. Low three-letter-word count. Only write-over was when I saw E??? clued as “Large pitcher” and smugly wrote in ETNA. “Flower” in clues gets me every time. Learning moments: DANSE, ONEREELER, and OESTE. Near-Naticks: IMAGO/MAAS and LYRA/YAT--whereat I was certain! that LYRA was spelled with an “I“ but equally certain! very few Asian names contain IAT and was staring in distress for minutes at a square that seemed hopeless when all of a sudden that oft-forgotten double agent of the alphabet, that sixth wheel at vowel parties, the lovely Y appeared in my brain and took her seat at YAT; and YAT was actually an unknown but was familiar to my dyslexia from the name Chow Yun-fat. Very enjoyable, except for . . .

ISSEL and VIDE?! Seriously? Now, I’m biased because I, too, had to wag that square and was just lucky I wagged correctly. I was going to say that expecting a Sunday solver to know an obscure Latin phrase and some basketball player in order to avoid a Natick seemed a little much, but . . . While I’m pretty comfortable labeling “vide infra” as obscure, with less than half a million hits on Google (most of which seem to be titles and not actual usage), Dan ISSEL is apparently a legend and someone I probably should have heard of. Still, it’s an iffy cross; I think TEAKS and ISSET would have been more user-friendly, ISSET being part of a quote or something in reference to “the stage IS SET.”

placematfan said...

Barry G, I was a little perplexed by the TISSUE clue as well; I think “bone” and “muscle” are used as adjectives referring to the two phrases “muscle tissue” and “bone tissue,” the way CAR might be clued as “Cable or pace.” Maybe. I think the clue is another member of the “word with” and “for example” family; i.e., the clue “Muscle or bone” is another way of saying “Word with muscle or bone.”

What is it about Sheldon that things like his “dirt people” euphemism come off as endearing and not offensive? That caliber of character development has got to be hard to do; props to the actor and writers.

Movies I can watch (and have watched) over and over: “Edward Scissorhands”, “Harold and Maude”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Almost Famous”, “Heathers”, “How to Train Your Dragon”, and “Braveheart”.

I’ll shortly be watching “The Avengers” for the third time this week. Josh Whedon did such a good job. What a huge undertaking making that film was. And so many expectations to meet--which he did, and more.

Lucina said...

Waiting for my niece to join me and go to a graduation party.

It seems that we could all attend the same Film Festival for a weekend of good fun since I enjoy most of the others you all have mentioned.

PK said...

Placematfan: Do you think AVENGERS is okay for a six-year-old to see? My son is planning to take his sons to see it tonight. From the trailers, I wondered if it would be too violent for the younger one. However, he is a great action hero fan.

placematfan said...

PK, imo, as far as suitability for viewing by young people, "The Avengers" is no better or worse than any "Transformers" movie or "X-Men" movie.

Jerome said...

Bill G- The thought of the irony of watching "Groundhog Day" over and over again is hilarious.

My favor favorite 'film' is a documentary named "Oofdah Gudder".
It's about the pro bowling circuit in Norway.

MontanaHal said...

I loved this puzzle although I certainly did not get through it in 30 minutes like you pros. Did anyone but me think of ear popping instead of eye popping? That certainly held me up for a bit. I love this blog and saw some sort of request to support it financially one afternoon. Is this for real... and if so, is my card protected? Would love to see this continue and I really enjoy reading all the regulars comments.... I even enjoy "morning all...."

Anonymous said...

CC: Read the Bible then read the Koran...you`ll be able to answer your own question. Until you read both for yourself, you can be swayed by others.

Jayce said...

Arabic and Hebrew are closely related languages. ("Salaam" in Arabic is equivalent to "Shalom" in Hebrew, for example.) "Allah" is the Arabic form of "Elohim" (or "El" or "Eloah"), the Hebrew word which you will usually find anywhere in the Hebrew Scriptures where the English translation reads "God". (It is found in the name, "Elijah", meaning, My God is the Lord, and in the phrase, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani," meaning, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?) Arabic-speaking Christians, and Arabic translations of the Bible, regularly use it to refer to God. There is no more reason to suppose that the Arabic word "Allah" denotes a being different from God than there is to suppose that the Spanish word "Deos" denotes a being different from God.

Jayce said...

Mohammed himself was quite clear in teaching that he was calling his hearers to the worship of the God worshipped by the Jews. Originally, muslims worshipped facing Jerusalem rather than Mecca. Devout muslims begin every prayer, and indeed every important activity, with the words, "Bismillah Arrahman Arrahim." Every chapter but one of the Koran begins with this same invocation, which may be rendered, "In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate." In fact the middle word there was originally Hebrew, and was the standard title by which Jews in Arabia in Mohammed's time denoted God. Mohammed used it, followed by its translation into Arabic, in order to make it clear that the God he worshipped was precisely the God of the Jews, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the twelve tribes of Israel.

The muslims teach that the Arabs are descended from Abraham through Ishmael, and the Koran is full of references to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, David, and Jesus. Muslims, like Jews and Christians, worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Anonymous said...

91D - Fifth grade science:
Blood and bone are examples of connective tissue, a different type of tissue from muscle tissue, but tissue, never-the-less.

windhover said...

Thunder Road, Robert Mitchum, 1957.

TarHeelFrank said...

KA-CHING!!!

100%... Back in the groove.

Happy Memorial Day to All!

Spitzboov said...

WH - Thunder road by a Danish accordian ensemble LINK

Forgot; another very favorite movie I have always liked is "The Enemy Below" (1957) with Robert Mitchum, Curt Jurgens, and Theodore Bikel - a contest between a US destroyer, and a German U-Boat. (Analogous to the MASH episode where Col. Potter avers that he likes a movie with horses, horses, and horses.) Even Clint Eastwood has an uncredited role as a SN.

CrossEyedDave said...

Hello puzzlers! i really liked the theme answers, "ing" helped a lot!

Re: 20A Tire, i can never tire of watching Forbidden Planet! I did get tired of watching Casablanca, but then i caught the end on TMC, & now i want to see it again...

41A blowgun ammo, (spitball wouldn't fit)

70A Benny Hill!!! (back with links later)--( maybe ) ( if i ever stop watching...)

103? if the clue is "roses" or any other kind of flower, i automatically put in ARNO.

Barry G. DNF? (there may be something to this 2012 thing!)

Husker Gary, Ya had me looking at my hand in a "V" sign with Matre'D in Rome! (LMAO)

PK@9:26 i saw a bumper sticker in S. Carolina that said "drive faster! i hear banjo's"

& i am really kinda bummed, i found this Belle in Blue too soon when i really wanted to look further...

CrossEyedDave said...

Spitz, The enemy Below, that movie gave me Goosebumps, that & the Bedford Incident!

Jayce said...

OMG, now that you mention The Bedford Incident, I'd add that to my list of movies I'd like to see again!

Spitzboov said...

CED @7:28pm - Cool beans. I think that is just what C,C, had in mind for you to link to.

Anonymous said...

CC: Again; Read the whole Bible and then the whole Koran and decide for yourself, otherwise, you can never be certain. It`s never wise to base anything this important on hearsay or another`s opinion.

Spitzboov said...

The Enemy Below. The SingSong Scene. Very poignant.

Jayce said...

Just got done listening to Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances by the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Jurowski, and my heart is still beating fast and tears are in my eyes. Best performance I've ever heard. If they bring it out on Cd I'm definitely going to buy it. Wow!

Bill G. said...

Since everybody seems to like Casablanca and Spitz linked the SingSong scene from The Enemy Below, here's a similar famous emotional scene from Casablanca. La Marseillaise

thehondohurricane said...

Hi everyone,

No time for the puzzle today. No card show either, but my missus kept me pretty busy.

Wanted to jump in on PK's post @ 926AM.

We agree on Mamma Mia. Never wanted to see it at first, was dragged there kicking and screaming and 10 minutes into it, I was hooked. Have seen it many times since.

Pretty Woman is a nice movie too, but my next in line would be an old spaghetti western, Once Upon A Time In The West. A "B" movie but what a cast, Bronson, H Fonda, Robards, Cardinale. But what has always attracted me to the film is the background music. Absolutely outstanding, And I have never found it on a CD.

Grumpy 1 said...

Late to the party, but actually did the puzzle about 6 AM. Got the theme quickly and had a pretty easy solve. I thought it was a fun puzzle, no nits to pick.

Hondo, that soundtrack is instock on Amazon.com for $8.99.

Bill G. said...

I see where the Milwaukee Brewers are coming into town to play the Dodgers starting tomorrow. Do they have a good team this year? The Dodgers have the best record in baseball though I don't see a good reason for it. They seem to have momentum and self-confidence. How long will it go on? I guess I should just enjoy it while it lasts.