Aug 16, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012 Gareth Bain

Theme: "Sometimes you feel like a nut..."

16. *Bedroom fixture : CHEST OF DRAWERS. And old CHESTNUT is a tired joke or trick. Also, they are good for roasting on an open fire...

21. *Tuxedo shirt feature : WING COLLAR. A WINGNUT could be a piece of hardware, or someone with extreme political views. This is the only inedible entry.

34. *Fog metaphor : PEA SOUP. PEANUTs are an American baseball game staple...

49. *Fashion icon with her own perfume : COCO CHANEL. Did you know that the word "COCONUT" is from the Portugese word for "grinning face", because of the three depressions on its surface?

And the unifier:
54. Screwball, and what each starred answer's beginning is : SOME KIND OF A NUT. I loved this theme, and certainly could relate to all the "nuts"!

Marti here, to go through the rest of the fill with you.


1. Wynonna's mom : NAOMI. At first, I thought of Winona Ryder. But of course, it was "Wynonna", and her mom Naomi Judd! "Mama, He's Crazy" by the duo. 3:07

6. Five-star general Bradley : OMAR

10. Break a law, in a way : SIN. One of the laws of the commandments, that is.

13. Industry magnate : BARON

14. Beurre ___: hazelnut butter : NOISETTE. I think this is probably more common in Gareth's home country than it is in the US. But I have seen it many times in European cafes.

18. Lover of an Irish Rose : ABIE. "Abie's Irish Rose", and old CHESTNUT, and a lovely movie. Catch it on TMC if you can...

19. Best of the best : ELITE

27. Predatory look : LEER

28. Many a pet : ADOPTEE. Both my cats are adoptees!

29. Period of fasting ended by Eid al-Fitr : RAMADAN. I thought that was some kind of noodle??

31. Activist Parks : ROSA. I'm not so sure she was an activist. She just was tired after a hard day of work...But what a movement she started!!(Update 8:25. She actually was very involved in civil rights.. Read more here. Thanks, Nance!)

32. Composer of a popular graduation march : ELGAR. Edward Elgar, that is. Of course, you are all familiar with this march? 2:05

33. Tissue box word : PLY. Two-ply, three-ply?

37. Wkly. research journal publisher : AMA. American Medical Association. And of course, their publication is the Journal Of the American Medical Association, or "JAMA". (This week's issue, for those who are interested.)

40. Northern European people : LAPPS

41. A-Rod's "A" : ALEX...Rodriguez, of the New York Yankees MLB.

42. Two-piece suits : BIKINIS. HaHa, I had a different suit in mind...(OK, OK, I'll link for you guys later...)

45. Reason to get dolled up : HOT DATE. See, I told you I'd link for the guys!

48. North Carolina university : ELON

51. Sinclair Lewis's "___ Gantry" : ELMER. Loved Burt Lancaster in the movie!

53. Uffizi display : ARTE. My favorite was "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli.

61. Capital of South Australia : ADELAIDE

62. Clutch neighbor : BRAKE. Ha! I was thinking of a chicken coop, but all along, it was referring to those pedals on my 1959 Volvo PV 544. Haven't needed a "clutch" since then! (BTW, the 1959 Volvo was 10 years old when I bought it...)

63. Old-style over there : YON

64. Hermanos de su madre : TIOS. OK, I'm totally guessing here, but I guess this means "brothers of your mother"? (LUCINA!! I need you!!) Anyway, "TIOS" means uncles, in Spanish...(I hope!!)

65. Force : IMPEL. I am impelled to go...


1. "Seinfeld" network : NBC

2. Sigh during pampering : AAH

3. Underground treasure : ORE

4. Wks. and wks. : MOS. Weeks and weeks add up to months,...and months and months add up to years,...and years and years add up to ... (SOMEONE STOP ME, NOW!! PLEASE!!!)

5. Unharmed : INTACT

6. Recorded for posterity : ON FILE

7. "Project Runway" figure : MODEL. I bet C.C. watches this show!

8. Tune : AIR

9. Soweto's nation: Abbr. : RSA. Republic of South Africa. And a cool shoutout to the home state of Gareth Bain!

10. Outstanding : STELLAR...performance by Gareth!

11. Sigh after losing : I match his wit, but failed miserably!

12. Tetley rival : NESTEA

15. Ma with a baa : EWE

17. It's blown in the winds : OBOE. Wind section of the orchestra, that is.

20. Directional suffix : ERN. East-ern, North-ern, West-ern, South-ern...(you get the idea-ern??)

21. Distort : WARP.

22. Matinée heartthrob : IDOL

23. In the wrong business? : NOSY. In other words, in someone else's business but your own!

24. Transcript fig. : GPA. Grade Point Average.

25. First name in folk : ARLO. Guthrie, of folk music.

26. Italian for "meat-based sauce" : RAGU. So, that's where the brand name came from! ("It's in there!")

30. Place for a legend : MAP

32. Hook shape : ESS

34. One on the range : PAN. Oh, man! Do you know how much agita this one gave me until I figured out they were talking about a "stove" type range???

35. Grand-scale tale : EPIC

36. Lhasa-___ : APSO. awww, how cute!

37. Economist Greenspan : ALAN

38. Administer, with "out" : METE

39. Winter Olympics leap : AXEL

40. Ends and centers : LINEMEN. Football.

41. Programming pioneer Lovelace : ADA. Fascinating bio...

42. Quilter's session : BEE

43. "Amen to that!" : I'LL SAY

44. ___ dragon : KOMODO. Godzilla, is that you??

45. Crowds : HORDES

46. Two-thirds of dodeca- : OCTO. "Dodeca" is twelve, so 2/3 x 12 = OCTO!!

47. Org. led by Robert Mueller : THE FBI. He assumed the office in 2001.

50. "Got your back" : CAN DO.

52. Th.D.'s field : REL. Theology Doctor. Religion.

55. "Krazy" comics feline : KAT

56. Golf's Davis Love ___ : III. Captain of the USA team for the Ryder Cup in September.

57. Slot lever : ARM. That thing on the right with a red ball on top...

58. Go out in the afternoon? : NAP. HaHa, loved this clue/ans!!

59. Hula strings : UKE

60. Business card abbr. : TEL.ephone. (e-mail me, instead!)

Answer grid.

Hugs, until next week.


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This was mostly a walk in the park (especially for a Thursday), but there were some unexpected thorny bits.

The crossing of RSA and NOISETTE was a potential Natick moment (and I say as someone who was been born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts). NOISETTE was a complete and utter unknown, and I only vaguely remembered where Soweto was.

ADA Lovelace was another unknown that I needed the perps to complete. And, not being a golf fan, I was looking for an actual name at the end of David Love ___.

I think those were the only actual unknowns for me today, but the delightfully tricky cluing kept me on my toes elsewhere. "Go out in the afternoon" for NAP was brilliant as was "In the wrong business" for NOSY.

Minor foibles today were wanting ON TAPE instead of ON FILE at 6A and not expecting "THE" at the beginning of "FBI" 47D.

TTP said...

Thank you Marti and thank you Gareth. I agree Marti, that was a Stellar performance by Gareth. Had me going all over the place, and it was rewading to get that TA DA at the end. I really enjoyed your write up; thank you for the links. That was a fascination bio on ADA Lovelace.

17D. Loved the clue / answer. The answer, my friends, is blown in the winds... OK, so I'm not Bob Dylan. At 21A originally had WIdeCOLLAR, so 23 and 24 made no sense. When I got the unifier, I changed to WING but have never heard the term Wing Collar. Will have to look that up in a few minutes. 14A Hazelnut butter. Perps filled. I'm guessing I'm not the only one that thought of Nutella.

Time to make the coffee. Will check in later as I love to read all of the fun commentary. Bye for now.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Marti and friends. I was SOOOO on Gareth's wave length today. I loved all fresh and fun clues.

I especially liked: Ma with a Baa = EWE
It's Blown in the Winds = OBOE
In the Wrong Business = NOSY.

I wasn't fooled by One on the Range, but did try to outsmart myself. My first thought was Pan, then I though of Pot.

I, too, was thinking that the Clutch Neighbor might refer to chickens.

Actually, Marti, I think my two cats adopted me, rather than the other way around!

I have not read Elmer Gantry, but I have read two other books by Sinclair Lewis. Main Street and Oil were both very readable and I enjoyed both.

QOD: If you can't be kind, at least be vague. ~ Judith Martin (aka Miss Manners)

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gareth Bain, for an excellent puzzle. Thank you, Marti, for the very good review.

This puzzle clicked, for the most part. A little tough in spots. NOISETTE was not easy. RSA fixed that, once I remembered where Soweto was.

The West was tough. I had ROSA, but the rest came slowly. Finally got WING COLLAR, because I had all the rest of the theme answers. ADOPTEE popped into my head. PLY then appeared.

Took me a while to parse ADELAIDE. Did not know KOMODO. Had it all but the "D". Adelaide fixed that.

Had AXIL for a while. Then AXEL became obvious.

Our Ice Cream Social went pretty good last night. Not sure yet what we brought in for the Shriners Hospitals. We will know by next week.

See you tomorrow.


Spitzboov said...

Good morning Marti and all.

WEES. Kudos to Gareth on a STELLAR puzzle. 'Rappelled' down to the SE and then worked it upward. Liked the way many of the clues were worded such as for 32a, ELGAR. OMAR Bradley was the last officer appointed to 5-star rank. No searches needed.

Off to a reunion of avatar shipmates in Rocky Hill, CT, so I'll be off the radar for a few days.

Best wishes to all.

CrossEyedDave said...

You know i am nuts about cats,,, so, it was interesting to research Krazy kat. Now i know where Disney got his idea's. (not to mention "felix")

my only recollection of Krazy Kat was this!

( i think bikini's were pretty much covered/uncovered yesterday...)

kazie said...

I enjoyed this a lot, but had to WAG ABIE, ELGAR, ALEX, ELON, RAGU, and hermanos. I thought PAR for PAN at first.

Our neighbor leaves his 3 Lhasas leashed in the front yard and every time I walk my dog past the end of his block they yap for about 10 minutes straight disturbing the whole neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

You forgot the answer grid!

Nance said...

The characterization of Rosa Parks as an activist is accurate. The "too tired to move" is really nothing more than mythology. Interested readers can start here for quick, authoritative verification, then Google at will for other in-depth sources.

Other than that, WBS, as usual.

Yellowrocks said...

Great puzzle Gareth. I enjoyed the misdirections:OBOE, MAP, PAN, NAP, UKE, EWE, NOSY. As always, stellar write up and links, Marti.

With WARP, IDOL, and GPA in the downs, WING COLLAR was easy. Somehow I had heard of NOISETTE. ADA was a WAG, but the PERPS confirmed it. This was a quick one for a Wed.
Link wing collar

Mari said...

Thanks to Gareth and Marti for brightening up a rather dark morning. It's dark and stormy here in Chicago. It would be a great day for some hot coffee or tea, a good book, and a lap cat.

WEES on some of this, but I loved:
- Place for a legend: MAP
- One on the range: PAN
- Go out in the afternoon? NAP

We recently hired 2 twenty-somethings and the office politics have already started. :(
Back to work - let the games begin!

PK said...

Interesting puzzle, Gareth! Thanks, Marti, I needed you.

I had trouble in several spots. It's been so long since I SINned, that word never occurred to me. NOISETTE was an unknown. I moved Soweta to Rhodesia=RdA.

Had GCOLLAR and couldn't think of an edible nut ending in "G", that would be on a tux. Read my tissue box and couldn't come up with anything there. Since I had only a "P" on the pet line, I thought "pupPies" then "pooPers" which describes most pets.

I was proud to know ELGAR and the other names, except ABIE. Knew the Spanish kin words. Got the bottom half all right.

YR: honey, it's Thursday, not Wed. I can tell 'cause the trash men just came by and dumped my bin.

Ron Worden said...

Good morning and happy Friday eve to all. Nice and smooth for a Thursday thanks Gareth and Marti for the links. Went right through from top to bottom, so hopefully a good day is in store. Taking grandaughter to the library for preschool book club shortly.
To YR 37a was AMA the perp was mete : handing out.
Have a great day to all. RJW.

desper-otto said...

Boy-o-boy-o-boy-o! Did I ever make a lot of mistakes today. YRS - MOS, ORO - ORE, SUN - TAN - NAP, LOSS - NOSY.

Clever writeup, Marti. Clever puzzle, Gareth.

I had no idea that a tux had a WING COLLAR. Of course, I avoid any event were a tie is de rigueur, so my knowledge of tuxes is minimal.

My 2005 pickup still has a CLUTCH -- the last year Ford offered one. Doesn't cause me much grief, except in stop'n'go traffic.

desper-otto said...

WHERE -- I hate automatic spell uncorrectors.

Lemonade714 said...

Another real winner from Gareth, our South African contributor, and marti was marti which is good. My computer died yesterday, so I am late to the party and WEES for me as well. I was particularly fascinated to learn about ADA LOVELACE and the 1800's computers.

Spitzboov, Rocky Hill? Hmm, it is on the Connecticut River but did not know many warships were there. I had a girl friend from Wethersfield when I was at UConn, and it is an interesting little town with dinosaur tracks, and the oldest running ferry in the US. Did you ship out of Groton? As a kid many in home town worked there.

My kids like Nutella, but I do not care for les noisettes in any form, especially not as a flavor of coffee.

heureux tous les jeudi

Yellowrocks said...

PK, thanks. I guess the puzzle felt like Wed. to me. My Thursday trashman also just dumped my trash which I put out early this morning.

Irish Miss said...

Good morning:

Kudos, Gareth, for a fun, fun puzzle. Didn't get the theme until I filled in the unifier. Needed some perps but no write-overs. Marti, great expo, and the picture of the Lhsa Apso made my day!

It was nice to see Nestea as my late husband worked for Nestle US.

Happy Thursday to all.

Tinbeni said...

Gareth; Thank you for a FUN Thursday.
I really liked how you put in a "shout-out" to your RSA.
(Also think more than 1/4 of the solvers know where Soweto is located.)

Irish Miss: I was reading your Troy Record newspaper on-line this morning.
The businessman killed in the plane crash yesterday is a friend of mine.

Walter gets my toast tonight at Sunset.
(followed by many tears.)

Anony-Mouse said...

Thank you Gareth Bain, for a wonderful puzzle, .... it was particularly wonderful because I 'got it',..... by the skin of my teeth .... and now all of a sudden, your puns seem so much more clever ( cuz I got 'em ..... ).

Marti, you're so clever too, and witty, and so enjoyable... I was wondering why the poor Russian woman was feeling so hot ... then I realized, its that mink or sable wrap she's cradling. Maybe she needs to take that off (as well ... ).

Somehow, I kept thinking of Linda Lovelace - now, who was she ? Thank you for linking Ada's bio - I'm sure I've read that before, but it still made fascinating reading ... I guess that 'proves' the adage, .... 'Dissolute fathers produce resolute daughters'.... She certainly had a very difficult childhood, I wonder if that is why she took up mathematics. She is described in the Wiki, as a 'legitimate' child ... which really gets me upset - all children born are strictly legitimate, ( perhaps excluding those born under 'original sin' - lol ).

The piousness and prudery of the Victorian era was a joke. The sins and transgressions in the above article makes that very clear... all acts, however horrendous, were easily forgiven - if you were of the nobility.

ALT QOD: - I dated a younger man, but it was problematic. I asked where he was when Elvis died. He was in amniotic fluid. ~ Robin Roberts.

Irish Miss said...

Tinbeni: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. That was certainly a tragic accident. Mr. Ucellini (sp?) was a well-known and well- respected developer. In fact, he did some recent projects in downtown Troy that have greatly improved a formerly blighted area. May I ask how you knew him?

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmm, normally i would link silly pics that matched the theme, or a missing theme entry, but this link has it all...

some kind of nut

Ack! it's Thursday???

(Tinbeni, sorry to hear your news.)

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I always enjoy Gareth's puzzles and this one was a lot of fun. Had no idea on the theme until the unifier. Lots of clever cluing.

POT before PAN. BIG - before HOT DATE.

Don't know my Judds without a program.

When I was a kid, my buddy's mother often said to us: "What are you, SOME KIND OF A NUT," so that phrase came easily.

BIKINI MODELS - including a NAOMI. (2 minutes) I know - it's all so last year . . .

Pretty bad insomnia 3 of the last 4 nights, and last night was the worst. Very likely I'll "go out" this afternoon.


JD said...

Good morning Marti, C.C. et al,

Thanks for clearing up some cobwebs, Marti..always a fun read too(cute title).I got the theme quickly, but had a hard time with wing collar..wanted wide, but knew it couldn't be.
Gareth, thanks for a "Thursday-doable" that was fun; LOTS of learning moments(beurre noisette).

Like Kazie, I wagged more than usual. Still seem to be vertically challenged when there are 2 words: I tried, can do, I'll say.

Lots of favs... already mentioned.

PK, snickered at your adoptee alternative!

Husker Gary said...

9 holes with Hudson and off on a nice Gareth puzzle. When I saw CHEST and DRAWERS I wondered what the theme might be after we BOTTOMed out yesterday.

-No clue on NOISETTE, spelled HORDES wrong, not LIPTON
-When you stay at a Ramada Inn, are you a RAMADAN?
-Like ROSA, sometimes you just have to stand up and say, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
-Some TP we saw in Europe was 1 PLY
-ELMER represents all that is bad in religious zealots
-Didn’t make it to the UFFIZI but did get to see the David a the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence
-A lot of good golfers have RSA on the scoreboard after their names
-Friend always bragged about his 4.0 GPA. Uh, UNL was on the 9 point scale then.
-Do you say Prego to get RAGU?
-One ARMed bandits in Council Bluffs, IA casinos eat a lot of social security checks
-Read y’all later. Off to Fontanelle Forest in Bellevue, NE with newly minted 10 year old and his sister.

Gareth Bain said...

Marti (et al ), you're all too sweet... I must say the clue for NOISETTE was Rich's and completely unknown to me. I know it as a word for that crunchy stuff in expensive chocolates (like Quality Street, which you don't have I think?) Actually most of your favourites seem to Rich's, except "go out the afternoon". I still find it weird how so few American cars have clutches, most cars do here...

Unknown said...

Thanks PK, I need to put my trash can out!
My printer died so I'm working the puzzles at my computer. It seems to go faster and it's easier to get the wayward letter or clue:} I still prefer paper and pencil, much more relaxing.
Surprised I did so well on a Thursday.

HeartRx said...

Thanks for stopping by, Gareth! Actually, "Go out in the afternoon" was one of my fav clues! I'm not familiar with Quality Street chocolates, but they sound yummy...

grams said...

Loved the puzzle. Putzed around for over an hour, but finished a Thurs. puzzle! Had trouble w /45a put HAS DATE. Loved the clues: metaphor for fog.

Lucina said...

Hello, Marti, et al. A STELLAR puzzle and equally STELLAR commentary, Marti. I'm sorry I couldn't help you with TIOS but you did it well.

Today I overslept until 9:45 and believe me, it was welcome as my sleep cycle has been erratic lately.

So, WEES, especially what Barry and Hahtoolah said. And I'LL SAY, it was easy for a Thursday. (Must take my garbage out, too. Thanks for the reminder.)

Is NOISETTE French for nut? And I asume beurre is butter. I had not heard of it.

Loved the same clues you all did.

Thank you, Gareth, for the puzzle and for stopping by.

I hope your Thursday is wonderful, everyone!

HeartRx said...

Lucina, thanks for the confirmation on TIOS!!

Beurre noisette is butter that has been slightly browned to give it a nutty flavor. Im not sure if the "noisette" (French for "hazelnut") refers to the flavor, or to the brownish color of the sauce. It is often used in French cooking. It's tricky to get it just right, as butter goes through about two degrees where you will have a nice beurre noisette, but one degree higher, and it turns black...and you start all over again! It is also used (evidently) to make some fillings for chocolates, as Gareth noted.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Cool puzzle today; thank you Mr. Bain. And thank you for your writeup, Marti. I thought the pattern of black squares in the grid was interesting.

Like Husker Gary, when I got CHESTOFDRAWERS I thought the theme was about body parts. PEASOUP blew that theory away. Not until I filled COCO did I figure it out, which in turn gave me WING which otherwise I would have had to work harder to get.

For the life of me I can never remember ELON; I always want to put ETON. That in turn made me try to fill ITS OKAY for 43D, which of course doesn't fit.

ADELAIDE was a gimme; NOISETTE was not.

Loved Burt Lancaster as Elmer Gantry! When I had hair I used to brush it up to look like his did; I never could get that grin mastered, though.

Sorry you lost your friend, Tinbeni.

kazie said...

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Noisettes are hazelnuts, with which most Nutella is imbued. Other French nuts, especially walnuts are noix. Other nutty names except for peanut--cacahuète or arachide, are noix qualified adjectivally, so...
noix de coco--coconut,
noix d'acajou--cashew,
noix d'Amérique (or du Brésil) Brazil nut
Lastly, strange sounding vieille noix--old chap. Strange because the word noix is feminine, thus the feminine form of vieux instead of mon vieux, which could mean the same thing.

john28man said...

I am on a roll five straight weekday puzzles solved without help. WOW!

GarlicGal said...

Well Gareth, here is one American that has 6 cars, 4 of which have clutches. Those would be a '51 and '54 MG, a '72 VW and a BMW.

Puzzle was definitely a Thursday level for me. Wing had me going for a while as did GPA. And as we said just the other day on our ride back from Dodo's..."if it's not Eton or Utep, it must be Elon!

Happy day to one and all.

Gail said...

Hi from the land of one-armed bandits...
I enjoyed today's puzzle -- thanks to both the author and Marti for the explanation. I didn't have to much trouble for a Thursday. I drove a VW for 36 years (thanks to John Muir for keeping it alive), so I didn't have a problem getting brake.

Something in the back of my mind told me I should know the French for hazelnut. When I filled in a few letters, noisette came to mind, but only because I have a French translation of Beatrix Potter's Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (Noisy Noisette)

Glad people posted information about Rosa Parks - she deserves to be known for more than being tired. Not familiar with Ada Lovelace - will have to look her up. Sinclair Lewis deserves to be reread by one and all. It Can't Happen Here and Elmer Gantry are frighteningly timely (prophetic?)

Didn't care for sin being equated with law-breaking. It is no such thing. In general I do not like to see the religious references come up in crosswords. I also had par for pan at first - even though par makes no ense. I guess it was just an automatic epsonse to seeing the letters -pa-

Bye, Gail

Lucina said...

I am so sorry about your friend.

Thank you for the French lesson on nuts. I appreciate learning new French words and new words in any language, actually

Seldom Seen said...

NOISETTE is a scrabbly word. Just for fun (I.E. NO TEST) we looked for anagrams. Having SEEN TO IT, we turned on the tennis match where there is NO TIE SET.

Sheet music would be a NOTE SITE.

Enough already!

If someone ever put any BEURRE NOISETTE in my favorite beverage container that would be a BEER STEIN TO RUE.

Yellowrocks said...

Marti, interesting that you described Beurre Noisette. I had thought of BEURRE Noir first for the puzzle. Too short, so it was Beurre NOISETTE. I looked up the difference this AM.

Beurre noir (French: black butter) is melted butter that is cooked over low heat until the milk solids turn a very dark brown. As soon as this happens, acid is carefully added to the hot butter, usually lemon juice or a type of vinegar

French for "hazelnut butter," beurre NOISETTE (pronounced "bur nwah-zet") is butter that has been cooked until it has a golden brown color and a nutty flavor. Contrary to its name, this sauce, which has been used by French chefs since medieval times, does not actually contain hazelnuts. So Lemony, no hazelnuts, so you may like it after all.

Another nutty tidbit i learned in Costa Rico is that the cashew plant grows a large red cashew apple, to which is appended a small drupe containing the seed, the part we eat. It contains a resin similar too urushiol like poison ivy and must be roasted to counteract the toxin. The cashew apple is edible, but is difficult o transport. See Wiki to learn more

Seldom Seen said...

A quick TOE INSET will tell you if the water to too cold.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I had one error today. Thanks Marty for setting me straight! I had Adopted for Many a Pet, so Onfild was a rather funny sounding word, but I just wouldn't give up adopted. Duh!

I also couldn't decipher I tried. I read it as It ried. Those vertical words escape my horizontal mind quite often. I have a bump on my forehead from that proverbial V-8 can.

I loved, Ma with a baa/Ewe, It's blown in the winds/Oboe, and of course, Go out in the afternoon?/Nap. Gareth Bain's puzzles are fun and make me think a bit out of the box. For Thursday this was a just right puzzle.

Marty, I also had a different kind of suit in mind. I started to write in BusinIsS suit, but it just didn't fit. Bikini was an AHA moment for me. Fun when you finally get It!

Hands up for Nutella for the Hazel nut butter. I don't use the term Noisette in my daily language. How many others use this on a daily basis?

Hatoolah, Great GOD today.

Have a great afternoon and evening.

Lemonade714 said...

Okay SEEN enough, even if you have not mentione the French child who lives near the river (SEINE TOT) or the name for Gout proposed by Dr. Frankenstein (STEIN TOE).

Gareth, Your theme and cluing overall was great; who knew so many knew BEURRE NOISETTE? Beurre NOIR however was a staple in the kitchen of Fritz Brenner, chef for NERO Wolfe.

Tibeni, it must be awful to see something like that in the newspapaer.

BTW marti, I love the pic of the puppy above the Dragon, cool visual.

What about BABBITT?

Chickie said...

Abejo, A Shriner's fund raiser is such a wonderful thing. Thank you for working on this.

As a child, my cousin spent many weeks in a Shriner's Hospital in San Francisco. She then spent several months in a cast at home. BUT, this early prevention kept her from being a hunch back and wheelchair bound for life. Such a blessing to have this available to her. Shriner's do so much for crippled children.

Lemon, I'm with you on the hazelnut flavoring for coffee and for creamer!

Tinbeni, I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

Kazie, An excellent French lesson. Thank you.

OOPs, Hatoolah--QOD!

Garlic Gal's Red MG is a Real Classic! She likes to drive it with the top down!!!

Seldom Seen said...

This video :20 features a KRAZY KAT on a CHEST OF DRAWERS.

HeartRx said...

Seen: OK, you're killing me with the anagrams, already!! (If you SEE IT NOT, there is nothing I can do to help you...) LOL!

Loved the krazy kat chest of drawers, BTW...don't you just love how he "yawwwwns" at the end, like "Ho Hum, think I'll make mischief today..."

CrossEyedDave said...

being me, i can't help posting...


the perfect barstool

definitely nuts

Yellowrocks said...

I was just astounded at how cashews grew, just a C-shaped nub on an apple like fruit. I never knew this. Amazing!
Link cashew on apple

JD said...

Yellowrocks, that was an a-ha for me also. Wait... there's more

Anony-Mouse said...

Yellowrocks, on your comment above .... I have family in India in the cashew business, so some fun facts....

1. The drupe ( the 'apple') of the cashew tree, is very sour, and the flesh is pulpy, and not as pleasant to eat, as an apple. However it is used extensively to make a pretty strong alcoholic drink (40 proof)- called 'Feni' in India. Coconut and Coconut juices can also be used to make a different type of Feni.

2. The aril, covering the cashew, has phenolic fluids, which, like an acid, can and will burn and scar the skin of the fingers of the human peeler's hands. The nut, with the covering is partly roasted, and then processed (peeled) by human hands ( to protect the edible nut meat from any damage, which would reduce its value and price - ).

3. The people who work in these 'factories' have had their hands and fingers, scarred so much, that they have developed calluses and corns, and thus are so to say immune from any more damage. You cannot use gloves while peeling cashew nuts, and no machine would be as delicate as human fingers. The cashew nut workers in south India are so specialized, that raw cashews are imported from Kenya, Zanzibar and Malawi to India for the reprocessing ( peeling - ). Hence the expensive cost of the nuts...

Lemonade714 said...

you vat people are crazy marti.....

Yellowrocks said...

Very interesting facts. It seems very difficult and painful to peel the cashews. What a tedious process.

We learned that the Costa Ricans have found a way to process the psuedocarp (cashew apple) to make it pleasant to eat. The cashew apple is pressure-steamed for 5 to 15 minutes before candying or making into jam or chutney or extracting the juice for carbonated beverages, syrup or wine. Efforts are made to retain as much as possible of the ascorbic acid. Food technologists in Costa Rica recently worked out an improved process for producing the locally popular candied, sun-dried cashew apples. Our local guide relished these treats.
We learned that the true fruit called the drupe is the small part that contains the nut or seed, and as you said, contains a toxic substance before processing.

We also got the scoop on producing bananas and pineapples in Costa Rico when we visited the plantations.

fermatprime said...


Thanks for fun puzzle, Gareth, and super expo as usual, Marti!

PK: Did you see my post last night?

No problems with puzzle. Perped NOISETTE.

The bathroom is still being torn up. Next they will be widening a door.

Finally got to ear doctor today. Still can't hear much out of right ear. Have some medicine to apply. Back in a week.


fermatprime said...

Forgot to thank you all for cashew info--fascinating. Also, Harvey took me to ear doctor. Great to have him back!

Deepest regrets, Tinbeni.

Lemonade714 said...

i always wondered why cashews were expensive, now with all the pain in the process, I am not sure they should be eaten.

FP, hang in there, there is not much to hear these days anyway

Bill G. said...

It's often occurred to me about how certain foods got to achieve 'food' status. Cashews seem as if somebody would try them and decide 'nevermind.' Pomegranates? Tripe? Snails? Abalone? Coffee beans? Lots more I guessing that don't come to mind immediately.

Argyle said...


GarlicGal said...

Bill G. How about artichokes???

Bill G. said...

Tapioca! Artichokes! Good ones. Blue cheese?

Even eggs maybe. Imagine being the first person who said something like, "Say, maybe this hard white thing that came out of the bird's backside would be good to eat. What do you think?"

GarlicGal said...

Say goodnight Gracie........

Lucina said...

Hey! I love tapioca.

Good night.