Aug 31, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012, Norm Guggenbiller

Theme: Ah-Choo! I have a code in my nose!

Each of the four theme answers takes a phrase including a word with the letters "OLD" and by saying them, as you would with a HEAD COLD. creates new and amusingly clued answer. This is our third effort from Norm and there is much I love about this effort. What makes the sound alike so impressive, is like marti last Friday, each fractured homonym is spelled differently. he also squeezes out two 14 letter and two 13 letter theme answers. Some really superb long fill and a couple of stinkers, but a fun Friday for me, now to put you to work.

16A. Weeded carelessly? : HOED (HOLD) EVERYTHING (14). Great visual clue.

28A. Editor's rejection of a tribute? : THE ODE (OLD) HEAVE-HO(13). I love this picturing the proffered poem thrown out the window.

46A. Provoke Olympic winners? : GOAD (GOLD) MEDALISTS. Very timely, but is there a conflict with a non-theme reference to the Olympics?

62A. Purchased, then altered? : BOUGHT AND SEWED (SOLD). Reap (rip?) what ye shall sew?

And the hint,

1A. With 70-Across, what you'd likely have if you said this puzzle's four longest answers : HEAD. 70A. See 1-Across : COLD. I do not recall ever receiving the hint to the theme in the very first clue, but this obviously helped buzz through this effort.


5. Concerning : AS TO. In re for all you fancy people.

9. Frequent settler : DUST. Nice misdirection, and certainly true as there is dust everywhere in Florida.

13. Online "Seems to me..." : IMHO. In My Humble Opinion. Why do opinions need to be humble?

14. Mother of Judah : LEAH. She is an interesting character, one of the MATRIARCHS of Judaism.

15. After-school treat : OREO. Cooookie!

19. ___ glance : AT A.

20. Dote on : PAMPER. You see that is why they call them Pampers, because you dote on your babies!

21. Stop from spreading : STEM. Once again the Gulf Coast must Stem the rising waters.

23. Short : TERSE. Yup.

25. Arctic diver : AUK. We have had this guy before.

27. Jurist in '90s news : ITO. If you need to be reminded he presided over the OJ TRIAL. Jurist is not a member of a jury.

33. Basketball Hall of Famer Robertson : OSCAR. The BIG O (4:20), one of the all time great out of Cincinnati.

34. Like Olympic pools : LANED. So are highways and Clark Kent on a good night.

35. Maker of Golf Street shoes : ECCO. We have had this show company many times, rather than the Latin "behold."

38. Instruction on a cap : TWIST. Do we really need this in writing? Are they afraid we will just break the bottle?

41. Some NFL limemen : CTRS. Centers, who get hit in the head so often, they are often....

42. Type of vb. : IRREGular, which is more acceptable than "Needing for Phillips Milk of Magnesia" as a clue. Irregular verbs do not have the same stem word though conjugation.

44. 1950s war site : KOREA. Among my earliest memories, and then of course there was THIS (0:51).

50. Channel for a spree : HSN. Home Shopping Network.

51. ___ chi : TAI. A very involved martial arts and life force system from CHINA. C.C. any comment? (Morning Tai Chi is quite a sight in almost every big city in China. See this photo from the Shanghai bund.)

52. Ward and others : SELAS. Really norm, and who might these others be? The word is not really a name, but a biblical instruction to pause and contemplate what was read. (Selah).

55. Disapproving utterances : TSKS. How minor is the action to get only on TSK? Followed by a

57. Unpleasant laugh : CACKLE. This is really not a curse word.

61. "Either you do it, ___ will!" : OR I. Well I guess I did it.

65. Mystique : AURA.

66. Word with cast and shadow : OVER. Overcast, overshadow.

67. Fictional sailor : SMEE. Right hook man to the Captain.

68. MapQuest data: Abbr. : RTES. Routes.

69. Sussex stable area : MEWS. If you read enough British Mysteries, you know this TERM.


1. Drummer's pair of cymbals : HI HAT. I had to buy my son a new set of cymbals.

2. Frustrate the director, perhaps : EMOTE. Not related to EMAIL, or ETAIL, unless you are referring to the long distance device to control your TV and you like baby talk..

3. Informal bridge opening : A HEART. Very informal, hi marti!

4. Pentagon org. : DOD. if you watch NCIS, you know this one. Department of Defense.

5. Inventing middle name : ALVA. Thomas ____Edison.

6. Feel : SEEM.

7. Rain delay sight : TARPaulin. Take me out to the ball game, oops its raining. The Marlins AAA team is in New Orleans.

8. "We'll just see about that!" : OH YEAH. Yeah, wanna make something of it!

9. "I'm such an idiot!" : DOH. Homer you are an Icon!

10. "Topaz" novelist : URIS. Leon, most famous for Exodus.

11. Conscious : SENTIENT. Wonderful long fill, and what makes us so special. Same Latin root as sense.

12. Simultaneously : TOGETHER. Carol, Lois, if you are out there, I know what word comes to mind when you think of Simultaneous, but it is not referring to Oscar Robertson!

17. Summer Olympics equipment : EPEES. Little swords for the fencing crowd.

18. Hard to debate : TRUE. It's twue, I tell you, it's twue! (oo sound 1).

22. They might swing : MOODS. This year, VOTES might have been more apt. (oo sound 2).

24. Chased away : SHOOED. Remind you of marti's cat puzzle? (oo sound 3).

26. ___-El: Superman's birth name : KAL. Dad was Jor-El. El is a Hebrew suffix for "of G-d". Israel, Gabriel etc. Siegel and Shuster were both Jewish and there is speculation of a direct influence from the story of MOSES. LINK.

29. Canadian Thanksgiving mo. : OCTober. Those Canadians know how to party!

30. Raven relative : DAW. This is an abbreviation, or otherwise a variant of the jackdaw, one of the other birds in the Corvine (Crow) family. No relation to See Saw Margery Daw.

31. Slezak with six Daytime Emmys : ERIKA. A regular on One Life to Live until it folded last year.

32. Leave : VACATE. I like it better in vacation, but same word.

35. Figure on ice : EIGHT. Another nice clue, and a continuing hello to our skaters, CA and Robin.

36. Placekicker's target : CROSS BAR. Just great long non-theme fill, the bar in between the goal posts in football over which the ball must travel.

37. Produce prolifically : CRANK OUT. Norm was really cranking out some fun fill.

39. Answer to a prob. : SOLution.

40. Ad starter? : TRI.
TRIAD, A group of three, often in music signifying a three note chord. (JzB?)

43. Clock-setting std. : GMT. Greenwich
Mean Time. was established in 1884 at the International Meridian Conference when it was decided to place the Prime Meridian at Greenwich, England. This is where Longitude is 0 0 0.

45. Almost half a glass? : ESSES. GLASS. 40%.

47. Per : EACH.

48. Microscopic alga : DIATOM. One of the great parts of the living Earth. LINK. More new fill.

49. ESPN effect : SLOW MOtion. Norm is on fire with his creativity.

53. Staggering : AREEL. Oh, drat, a dreaded A word!

54. Went (with) : SIDED. You agree with me?

56. "Why not" : SURE. Oh thank you, I hope you mean it and you did not just....

58. Give : CAVE. up in?

59. Wasn't guessing : KNEW. you would agree.

60. Country runners: Abbr. : LDRS. LeaDeRs. That kind of country. The are often full of

63. Hot air : GAS. Which must mean it is my time to

64. Corner key : ESCape.

Answer grid.

Another long day at the office, but it was fun as we closed on five homes for first time home buyers, and the puzzle was a nice segue to get me ready rest. have a great long weekend, and enjoy.


Note from C.C.:

Here is a lovely picture of dear Marge. She said the photo was taken about 5 years ago. Here is a recent photo of her grandson Logan, who's 2 1/2. So cute. Awesome indeed.


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

This puzzle looked daunting at first, with just a smattering of letters filled here and there, but then the light came on when I sussed GOAD MEDALIST from just a few letters. Then it was off to the races.

This felt like a solid, well crafted puzz to me!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This puzzle looked daunting at first, and remained that way until the bitter end...

Lovely theme, but I just wasn't on the constructor's wavelength. I got the HOED of 16A, but was sure the answer was going to be HOED OVER something and it took me awhile to get rid of the O of OVER.

BOUGHT AND SEWED should have been easy, except that I had CEDE instead of CAVE at 58D and just couldn't see it. That also made the crossing of OVER and LDRS impossible to get. Great clue for LDRS, but just too much for my brain this morning.

Oh -- and I really, really wanted SLO-MO for 49D. For some reason, I just couldn't guess the missing W for the longest time.

Ah well. Finally played guess the letter a bit and fixed my mistakes...

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Norm Gugenbiller, for an excellent puzzle. Tough, but it is Friday. Thank you, Lemonade, for an equally excellent review. BTW, I think "behold" in Latin is ECCE.

Obviously 1A right out of the chute was not possible. I was able to get the second line, IMHO, LEAH, and OREO. ALVA and TARP were easy. After that I had to head South and bounce around all over the puzzle.

My first theme answer GOAD MEDALISTS. Took the longest time to get the other three.

ESSES came slowly, but it eventually fell. Pretty clever.

SENTIENT was a tough one for me. Not sure I ever heard of that word. Had it all but the first letter and still could not figure it out. DUST fixed that.

I had REAL COLD for the theme at first. LOD made no sense for 4D, so HEAD COLD appeared after DOD appeared.

Never heard of a DAW for 30D. THE ODE HEAVE HO gave me that answer.

Anyhow, I am off to my work for the day. Yesterday I tore down an unused building (a small one). We will see what today brings.

Nice shot of Marge.

See you tomorrow.


Anony-Mouse said...

Thank you Mr. Guggenbiller for a challenging puzzle and Lemonade for an enchanting and witty dissertation of it.

I'm like the 'almost half a glass' at 40%, maybe less, but who's counting ?

I read all about Leah - (a word I did get -). Boy, Jewish family records are detailed to the max - they could put the entire Hindu mythology to shame ! ... and what contortions of endogamy. The 'founding fathers' had such a creative imagination, they could have easily found jobs as writers of today's soap operas...

'Gulf coast must stem the rising waters' ... I thought that was the job of the levees and the breakwalls.

'Laned' ... Clark Kent on a good night ? I thought the word was 'Layed' - but I get your drift. Boy, am I glad I didn't get 'Hoed' at first - I would have been shocked, truly shocked I tell you.

ALT QOD:- Batman is filthy rich and doesn't trust the system. His car gets two miles to the gallon. He's got to be a Republican. ~ Craig Ferguson.

This is not meant to be political - I type 'em as I find 'em.

Have a good weekend, a long one, you all... remember its a no-labor daze.

Anony-Mouse said...

Abejo, if you're still here - I discovered some interesting facts about 'Naringi' ( Persian, Iranian, Farsi ) for Orange... apparently, there is a chemical called Naringin - flavonone glycoside - antioxidant, blood lipid lowering, anticancer and on and on and on.

That's what gives the bitterness to Grapefruit juice.

But, for other reasons, ..... should not be taken with heart medications - something I can personally attest to.

As for the word, Naringi - there is some dispute as to whether it originated from the Persian or from the Sanskrit.

Pleasant travels on the road and be safe in your demolishments.

Yellowrocks said...

I really liked this puzzle. Instead of digging test holes, I solved it in large clumps, which eventually ran together. I had HOED and GOAD early on and realized they were for HOLD and GOLD. Early perps gave me HEAD for 1A, so I had the pattern. This puzzle was an interesting challenge, but doable in my usual Friday time.

SELA Ward's biography says her name came from the Hebrew word SELA, meaning rock, boulder, or cliff.

One of the other SELAs is a character in Star Trek: The next Generation. Sela was the half-Human/half-Romulan daughter of Romulan General Volskiar and his consort, Lieutenant Tasha Yar. I googled this Sela to see whether Sela Ward was named for her, but then I realized Ward was born way earlier than this show was done.

My unabridged print dictionary and the online Encyclopedia Britannica recognize DAW as another name for jackdaw.

desper-otto said...

This was a fun romp today. WBS about OVER and CEDE, but neither of 'em lasted very long. When HOED EVERYTHING appeared, I was off and running.

Anony-mouse, Lemon's LANED was an homage to LOIS.

As I've mentioned before, SELA WARD sounds like a reincarnated bar maid. DRAW ALES, backwards. I do like her on CSI NY, though. I wasn't sure anybody could successfully replace Melina Kanakaredes on that show, but she's done just fine.

Re: My pickup. $1400 and counting. I hope to get it out of the shop today before they find something else that needs replacing. It might be wiser to just remove the gas cap and drive a new vehicle under it.

kazie said...

Nice photos, Marge!

I KNEW very little of what was needed for this one, but it came, although slowly. Always difficult when so many names are needed as perps for other unknowns. But I think I actually did know more of the names than usual too. Good to see a word like SENTIENT in a CW. Not bad at all for a Friday.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Argyle said...

Since 52-Across. Ward and others : didn't specify first or last name, I thought of Ward Bond and Ward Cleaver.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Lemonade, C.C. et al.

You always crack me up with your blog, Lemony - Clark Kent gets LANED, indeed! And I learned something new today: you are supposed to TWIST the cap??? I always thought you were supposed to twist the bottle!!!!

I didn't CAVE at all on the puzzle, but had to pick and poke around to get traction in every sector. Just right for a Friday, though.

I really chuckled at each one of the theme entries, but especially loved THE ODE HEAVE-HO. Great job, Norm!

And beatuiful picture, Marge - it is so nice to put faces to names. And your little grandson is just adorable - thanks for sharing!!


desper-otto said...

Argyle, how 'bout Burt Ward as Bruce Wayne's ward Dick (Robin) Grayson in the old Batman TV series?

Tinbeni said...

At 45-D, Almost half a glass, I thought of 'Pinch'.

So I'm now toasting Sunsets somewhere.


Mari said...

Hey guys and gals! I really liked this puzzle today. It took me a bit to suss out the long answers, but then it all fell into place. Oddly, I know two people who currently have bad head colds. Coincidence?

I loved 45D: Almost half a glass? ESSES (very clever!)
18D: Hard to debate: TRUE was good too.

I wanted DIET for 21D: Stop from spreading. Maybe I'm subcounsciously thinking of my own case of "secretary spread" ;)

And whoever came up with frequent settler: DUST must have been to my house. I don't know what I rack up faster - dust or cat hair tumbleweeds.

Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Rest up - we have pleant of great puzzles next week!

chin said...

The Olympic pool clue reminds me of a cancelled swimming event in Dublin a few years back. Due to a water shortage, they had to close every other swimming lane at the pool.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks Lemon for the comments and the lucid explanation of the theme.

Had to get a few perps before sussing the unifier and finally 15a, HOED EVERYTHING. Did not know DAW so had old before ODE HEAVEHO. Reversed it. DOH. Liked the long 8 ltr downs. Also like 3 ltr fill with 'k' like AUK and 'oak'. Got A HEART easily enough but don't particularly view it as informal. 45d, ESSES. then I guess a fifth of a glass could be 'ell' or 'gee'? Overall, not too hard for a Friday.

D-O: Sorry to hear about your truck problems. (Sometimes it's just the gas cap that makes the 'check engine' light go on.)

Enjoy the day.

Yellowrocks said...

Chin @ 9:03 ROTFL. This comment along with 1D reminds me of the time my music teacher husband ordered a pair of cymbals for marching band. To economize the school cut every order in half. He received one cymbal. What is the sound of one hand clapping or one cymbal clanging?

Sfingi said...

Got the 4 long ones but not HEAD COLD. Why wouldn't you be able to say L with a COLD? Anyway, don't know anything about bridge or percussion.

Wanted samETime before TOGETHER.

I remember the actor Walter SLEZAK, her father, and Leo, the Heldentenor, her grandfather. They have quite a number of books between them.

desper-otto said...

Spitz, the "Check Engine" light never did come on -- it was the gawd awful racket it made while starting, just before the electronics would briefly short out. I knew it was gonna be expensive...just not how expensive.

Lucina said...

Greetings, puzzlers. Ooh, today we get the zest of Lemon!

AS TO the puzzle, since it started obscurely with a split combination I sank right to the bottom and KNEW most of the fill. I have tried on ECCO shoes and they are comfortable but very expensive. IRREGular verbs are on my syllabus.

Did not know OSCAR or ERIKA but they were easily sussed and as my late DH served in KOREA, it jumped out quickly.

Once COLD was in place so was HEAD.

I really liked the clue for DUST and does it ever settle here!

Today I shall PAMPER my hands and feet.

Very clever puzzle, Norm Guggenbiller, thank you.

Enjoy your Friday and holiday weekend, everyone!

Ron Worden said...

Good morning to all and happy Friday. Thanks to Norm G. for a tough but good puzzle. I really liked the clue for 9A dust nice misdirection. Thanks Lemon for your write-up.

To Desper-otto: My sympathy to you and your truck. Back in Feb. my Buick wouldn't start and was towed to the shop. The est. started at 900$, but when completed 1800bucks.
Have a great day and holiday weekend to all. RJW.
P.S. anyone hear from Hatoolah hope he's OK.

etc… said...

When I filled in SLOWMO I lost interest in completing the puzzle.

After yesterday's spelling for u-turn, it seems like most anything will be deemed acceptable.

Misty said...

Definite DNF for me today, but I still thought it was a clever puzzle, so thanks, Norm. And you too, Lemonade, for filling me in on all the stuff I missed. Never heard of HI HAT for cymbals, for example, or DIATOM. But I should have sussed (is that the word?) ESSES--given the question mark in the clue. It's been a long week and I'm not too quick by the end of it. And thanks, Chin, for making me laugh!

Have a great Friday, everybody!

Irish Miss said...

Hi everyone:

I'm late today due to busy morning.

IMHO, compared to yesterday's DG/CC's brain-buster, this was a walk in the park. Caught the theme early on and had no trouble zipping through. Nice work, Norm G.,and great expo, Lemon.

Lovely picture, Marge, and your grandson is as cute as can be.

Have a great Friday.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Lemon - you certainly have your A-game on today.

Yes, a three note chord is a triad. European music was based almost exclusively on triadic harmony until around 1600. Then dominant 7th chords became acceptable, harmony became functional, and music has never been the same.

Excellent, difficult puzzle. Missed the D of DAW so it flew over my HEAD and took the ODE with it. That's my fav theme fill, now that I get it.

This has been a tough last week in very difficult month. I'll be happy to turn the calendar page.

Cool regards,

Jazzbumpa said...

HI HATS are a pair of opposed cymbals that can be pressed together with a foot pedal and/or struck with the sticks.

They can generate a wide variety of sounds.


Yellowrocks said...

SLOWMO is a legitimate spelling of an informal word. Both SLOWMO and SLOMO are in the dictionary. Here is an ESPN headline:
NAC Hi-Motion II Cameras Capture Ultra Slow-Mo for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

Jazzbumpa said...

Marge -

Great pix of you and Logan. Very cool!


TTP said...

Great puzzle Norm G and excellent write up Lemonade. Had to turn on red letter to get some help. Didn't quite get the theme until you explained it.

52A Ward and others... Montgomery's didn't fit, but the perps finally gave me _ELAS. Red letter finally gave me the letter S. As to your 12D response, I'm not sure who Carol and Lois are, but I had to pause and contemplate what was read to get your drift. I think I caught it. Speaking of jurists, have you seen that the district judge in the Samsung / Apple saga has limited the number of pages that both Samsung (35) and Apple (19) can have in their arguments ? She apparently doesn't want to read tomes...

I too wanted SLOMO.

Very nice picture Marge, and you have a keen eyed sharp looking grandson. He must be the apple of your eye.

Bill G. said...

Fun puzzle. I figured out the theme early on but it didn't help much. I didn't know DAW and that left a hole near the middle.

Marge, nice photo of you and what a cute looking little fellow!

Off to run a little errand and to get my car washed.

Lemonade714 said...

Marge what great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Ron W., Hatoolah is very much a female, not a "he." I also hope to hear she is okay in the storm.

TTP, most courts limit in some fashion the length of pleadings, so this is not really news to anyone who has written in the field.

As far as my Lois and Carol remark, this blog used to be very much on the double entendre edge, often slipping into the abyss of raunch. Not sure how our verbal foreplay got squelched, but I still like to challenge the readers, so hopefully you saw what I saw was ironic about the puzzle. and hoped at least Lois would comment, in her own style. That was the morel of that story.

Ron Worden said...

My apologies to Hatoolah thanks Lemon for the heads up. Feeling sheepish now, I'm a baaaad boy.
I got figure 8 right away as I was a skating instructor for 25years.RJW

Lemonade714 said...

Ron W.

Intersting, a new factoid about one of our own. Did the pressure of the job keep you on edge? Did you mentor anyone who became a well known skater? What skaters have you admired?

HeartRx said...

HaHa...morels rear their ugly heads once more. (Ya gotta love the "header" on this site...)

Husker Gary said...

Just back and when we stepped out of the car the humidity let us know we weren’t in The Black Hills anymore – same temps but 40% humidity vs. 8% humidity. That’s why stuff grows here. Neighbor is not home yet and so I still have to do this nice puzzle online.

-Theme came late and was not helpful
-Cracking windows open in a parked car these dry days lets DUST settle
-TERSE – “brevity is the soul of wit”
-ITO was not really in control. Big time lawyers over powered the prosecutors and the facts. Justice got OJ anyway.
-In 1955, OSCAR led his team to the Indiana state basketball championship making them the first all-black team in America to win a state championship
-Omaha held the last two Olympic Swim Trials using LANED pools. They put a lot of butts in the seats and the NCAA loves that.
-Harry Truman kept KOREA from becoming nuclear and/or WWIII but a lot of Americans died.
-Rain delay fun on the TARP (:47)
-I remember ERIKA’S dad much better
-All airlines use GMT and most use English
-Someone mentioned Daphne’s lone American word sans accent – SURE, last week.

Tinbeni said...

I'm not sure that Placekicker's target the CROSS-BAR.
Like you, I think they target the area between the GOAL-POSTS.

Shouldn't 44-A, 1950's war site, been clued as "1950's Police-Action site?"

Bill G.:
What was the answer to your 'Logic-puzzle' from yesterday?
(Or should we email Yellowrocks?)

Just wonderin'...

Lemonade714 said...

Tin man, that sounds like a political commentary on Korea, which along with bald Ike and bald Adlai are among my earliest memories.Tsk

You have to kick between the posts and over the bar, so....

Husker Gary said...

Yup, every kicker I've ever known zeroes in on the goal posts as they are more interested in getting between them rather than over the crossbar. Ask Bobby Bowden about all the National Championships he missed wide-left and wide-right.

Are you still water logged?

Bill G. said...

It was I who commented on the Frasier episode where Daphne had to act like an American at the Canada border. All she could say without an accent was 'sure.' Great stuff!

The logic puzzle answer: Arthur is the painter and lawyer, Ben is the engineer and teacher, and Charles is the doctor and writer.

Here's another, a bit harder I think:
I originally saw this one years ago in Reader's Digest entitled “The All-Time Greatest Puzzle,” a bit presumptuous I thought. It is a good one though. On a train, Smith, Robinson and Jones are the fireman, brakeman and engineer, but not necessarily in that order. Also aboard the train are three businessmen who have the same names: a Mr. Smith, a Mr. Robinson and a Mr. Jones.
a) Mr. Robinson lives in Detroit.
b) The brakeman lives exactly halfway between Chicago and Detroit.
c) Mr. Jones earns exactly $40,000 per year.
d) The brakeman’s nearest neighbor, one of the passengers, earns exactly three times as much as the brakeman.
e) Smith beats the fireman at billiards.
f) The passenger, whose name is the same as the brakeman’s, lives in Chicago.
Who is the engineer?

Husker Gary said...

Musings about travel
-Gotta love Garmin units and iPhone for finding places (except where you get NO SIGNAL).
-Good thing because giving directions is a dying art once you are in town
-I also got shrugs of shoulders when I asked businesses why their signage wasn’t better.
-The cost of gasoline can cost as much as $.25 less/gallon as you get away from the Interstate
-Buzz Aldrin called the Moon “magnificent desolation” and that is what western Nebraska is except for the occasional center pivot that makes a beautiful green oasis
-Taking your own pillows along is a good decision
-40 years ago, the Crazy Horse Memorial was pretty crude but now it has a traffic light a four lane highway going in, high tech presentations, beautiful Indian art and a restaurant with a fabulous view of the carving work. Wow!!
-Rushmore has free Wi-Fi, Crazy Horse, not so much.
-I know what a continental breakfast is but when it says “full breakfast”, there may or may not be bacon.
-I can’t believe anyone used to drive across the country on two lane highways. Some downtowns off the interstates have the abandoned motels rotting away.
-Driving across South Dakota is beyond boring. There are no towns of any consequence for miles and even a gas station sign was a relief.
-We left Chadron, NE one day before this ongoing tragedy
-Dorothy was right about "home"

Lemonade714 said...


Thanks for asking, where I live was not flooded too badly. Work areaas were harder hit but all is back to normal paradise.

If anyone is interesting is viewing the opinion whereby the Judge in the George Zimmerman case has been disqualified, email me and I will send it to you. Sadly, it is not very enlightening.

Lemonade714 said...

BTW, my new avatar is my grand-niece Mia and grand-nephew Benji, my two youngest until granddaughter comes in October, probably after Canadian Thanksgiving.

Have a safe and fun holiday week end

PK said...

Loved this puzzle! I was on Norm's wave length. I got the theme very early with the HOED phrase. Anytime I finish a Friday puzzle, I am veddy happy!

Lemon zest indeed! Bravo!

HIHAT a gimme. Drummer son and now grandson. One cymbal which is tapped or brushed can be called a "ride" cymbal. Some drummers use several "rides" with different tuning.

Fond memory: watching early morning TAI chi group in Vancouver, BC.

Gary, I went scouting wheat with my harvester husband many years ago up through western Neb & SD to Winner then straight south. We had two little girls ages 3 & 1 in the back seat. Couldn't find a motel until the wee hours of morning. Had to sing all the way to keep the little ones from crying: many many choruses of their favorite "Cottonfields of Home" and "Tweedlee dee dee on Blueberry Hill". As my DH said, "Miles and Miles of nothing but nothing". He never went back with the combines.

Yellowrocks said...

Manac, I had the same answers, but was not going to give it away for those who solve later in the day.

desper-otto said...

Ditto. I emailed BillG with my answer, but he hasn't responded yet -- my results do agree with yours.

Manac said...

Oops! My faux pas. I'll delete it .

HeartRx said...

Ditto Manac, YR and D-O on Bill G's puzzle. I got his answer by email, as I'm sure the rest of you did!!

I think I am much better at "logic" puzzles than some of his math that illogical?

Yellowrocks said...

In grad school I was given one of these logic puzzles with 8 names to match up with their favorite foods, colors of houses, and either occupations or home towns. (I forget which one.) We had to write a cogent, logical paper explaining our reasoning. I loved it. If I ever find the puzzle, I will pass it on. It seems many of us enjoy this type of puzzle.

Manac said...

Marti, That may be a question for Mr. Spock.

Chickie said...

This puzzle kept me guessing until the very end. I didn't finish everything and had to come here to read Lemonades great writeup to finish my writeup.

There were wrong guesses--Ahab for Smee, Goal Post for Cross bar,--Well you get the idea.

There were too many unknowns--sportswise, and also just plain unknowns. Daw was not even in my realm. I knew that Jackdaws were a member of of Corvidae family, as are Jays, Crows, etc. But I didn't think to use just Daw. I know that in looking this up it is a variable for the name Jackdaw, but I've never used it. I had put in Jay and nothing would fit with that.

I liked seeing my "real" name in the puzzle today. That is always fun.

Thank you, Marge, for sharing your picture and that of your grandson. He's a real cutie.

Have a great day everyone.

Leah--better known as Chickie.

Chickie said...

I'm hoping that everyone within the grasp of Isaac are ok. Some of the news pictures of the flooding in the New Orleans area looks horrible.

Dennis, did you ride out the storm on your deck? I hope not!

We've lost two friends this month and I, too, will be glad to turn the calendar page to September. It has to be a better month.

HeartRx said...

Chickie (a.k.a. "LEAH"), another fun factoid for us !! Why did you get that name?

My real name, "Martha", was a last-minute decision from my mother as she rode the elevator with her Ob-Gyn. She asked him if he had any chidden, and he replied, "Yes, I have a daughter named Martha." She promised him, that if she had a girl, she would name her "Martha" (in a moment of drugged-out delirium...) So that's how I came to be named, instead of "Valentina" that she originally planned, if I were born on the 14th of February...So now you know the "Rest of the Story"!!

Bill G. said...

Yellowrocks, I'm sure I ran that puzzle in one of my old columns. I'll look it up and post it for you if you want.

Desper-otto, I didn't get back to you right away 'cause I was at the supermarket, on a short bike ride and getting a macchiato. I'm back now sitting in front of a fan while I type.

Lucina said...

I'm so sorry to be late commenting on your photo. It's a wonderful one and your grandson is a cutie!