Oct 7, 2012

Sunday Oct 7, 2012 Amy Johnson

Theme: "High Jinks"- UP is inserted into common phrases.

23A. Dear John? : BREAKING-UP NEWS. Perfect clue. Breaking News.
34A. Extortion amount, perhaps? : COVER-UP CHARGE. Cover charge.

66A. Raise some prices in the 19th-century literature section? : MARK UP TWAIN. Mark Twain.

97A. Revolting Oscar also-rans? : UPRISING STARS. Rising stars.

116A. View from the Transamerica Tower? : BALTIMORE SUNUP. Baltimore Sun.

15D. Hired prankster on the set? : DIRECTOR'S CUTUP. Director's cut.

 50D. One-liner from the pulpit? : UPSTANDING JOKE. Standing joke.

So, 3 insertions are in the middle, 2 in front and 2 in the back. Very consistent. You don't want an odd man out in your theme selection.

Looks like this is Amy Johnson's debut, and a Sunday! Congrats.


1. Saucers in the air : UFOs
5. Jewelry holder : CHEST. Sounds old-fashioned.
10. You won't see them in N.L. ballparks : DHs (Designated Hitter)
13. Shanghai : ABDUCT
19. Raise Cain : RANT
20. Miniseries opener : PART I
21. Turn state's evidence : RAT. Not famliar with the term "Turn state's evidence".

22. Book with Dick and Jane, say : PRIMER

26. Alice Walker title color : PURPLE. "The Color Purple".
27. Playing marble : AGATE
28. Response to "Was it that bad?" : DON'T ASK. I'll never tell...
29. What liars lack : HONESTY
30. So-called : NOMINAL
32. Mordor monster : ORC. "The Lord of the Rings".
33. Colorado-based sports org. : USOC (United States Olympic Committee)

39. Greenish blue hue : TEAL
43. James and Natalie's "Rebel Without a Cause" co-star : SAL (Mineo). Never saw the movie. You? I do like James Dean in "East of Eden".

46. Yemeni seaport : ADEN
47. Rest stop sights : SEMIs
48. Star of the 1981 revue "The Lady and Her Music" : HORNE (Lena).
49. "Ice cream castles in the air," in a Mitchell song : CLOUDS. "Both Sides, Now". This constructor might be a Joni Mitchell fan.
52. H.S. math course : ALG
54. Fabled flier : ROC
55. Frito-Lay chip : DORITO. Speaking of chips, what are your must-buys in Trader Joe's? I like their salsa & fig butter.
56. Manufactured goods : OUTPUT
57. Sullen look : POUT
59. Graduate's award : SHEEPSKIN. How does it become diploma? Strange.
61. Opulent : PLUSH
62. Stocking shades : ECRUS. Splynter's leggy girls often wear black colored stocking.
64. Of the flock : LAIC
65. Steinbeck title starter : EAST. "East of Eden".

70. Where Brigham Young settled : UTAH
74. Bio lab gel : AGAR
76. Glad alternative : SARAN. Wiki says "Saran" was coined by a combination of Sarah and Ann, the names of the Dow Chemical engineer's wife and daughter.

77. Screen partner : STAGE

78. Not even slightly different : IDENTICAL. Cute haircut for these quadruplets. From left to right, 4, 1, 3 & 2 in Chinese. So the teachers can tell them apart.

83. New Eng. state : CONN
84. Boosters, often : ALUMNI
85. Once in a blue moon : SELDOM
86. Landscaper's purchase : SOD
88. Mine in Rome : MIO. "'O sole mio" = "My sunshine".
89. Took a short trip : HOPPED
90. "American Psycho" author : ELLIS. Bret Easton Ellis. Unknown to me.
91. Aweigh : ATRIP
93. NASDAQ competitor : NYSE
95. "__ Grew Older": Hughes poem : AS I
96. Vivacity : ELAN
101. H.S. dropouts may earn them : GEDs
103. Cat lead-in : SNO
104. School : EDUCATE
108. Beatles hit with a four-minute coda : HEY JUDE

111. Measure that's often square : FOOTAGE
114. Household cleanser : BORAX
115. FĂștbol shout : OLE OLE
 118. Dairy worker : MILKER. And 97D. 118-Across targets : UDDERS. The cow looks very burdened, PK/Spitzboov.

119. Quad bike, for one : ATV
120. Pigeon shelters : COTES
121. Two-time All-Star Martinez : TINO
122. Fishermen with pots : EELERS. Every puzzle has a few undesirable fill to glue things together.
123. Raised golf course feature : TEE
124. Strengthen's opposite : ERODE
125. Film crew locales : SETS


 1. __ sprawl : URBAN
2. Wells's partner : FARGO. The bank was hacked a couple of weeks ago.

3. Late show hr. : ONE AM

4. At a standstill : STATIC
5. Inflation no. : CPI (Consumer Price Index)
6. Dealt with : HANDLED
7. Cogito __ sum : ERGO
8. __ gun : STUN
9. Best of the best : TIPTOP
10. "Happily Divorced" star : DRESCHER (Fran). A "Fran" in the clue would make the fill easier.

11. Aggressive type : HAWK

12. Part of USA: Abbr. : STs

13. Place beside : APPOSE

14. German philosopher Bauer : BRUNO. No idea. What's his philosophy?

16. Out callers : UMPS
17. Gael or Breton : CELT
18. Small diamond : TREY. I was picturing a real diamond.
24. Popular bar game : KENO
25. Busters : NARCS
29. Half of XOXO : HUGS
31. Sailor's "Stop!" : AVAST
35. Grim guy? : REAPER
36. Open, in a way : UNLOCK
37. "Famous" cookie creator : AMOS
38. Drummer Buddy : RICH
40. Christine's phantom admirer : ERIK. "The Phantom of the Opera".
41. Prefix with knock : ANTI
42. "Exodus" author Uris : LEON
43. Check (out) : SCOPE
44. "Be-Bop-__": Gene Vincent hit : A-LULA
45. Meditative position : LOTUS. I can't seem to meditate. Deep thinking does not fit me.
48. Navajo neighbor : HOPI

51. Cry with a head slap : DUH
53. Spiritual leaders : GURUs
55. List maker : DEAN
58. Rapper __ Shakur : TUPAC. Dennis likes Pitbull, the rapper. Can you picture Dennis raps?
60. Yale Bowl rooter : ELI
63. Longtime senator Thurmond : STROM. Where is Trent Lott nowadays?

66. Seriously impair : MAIM
67. Crescent component : ARC
68. Diminishing : WANING
69. Rattles one's cage : ANNOYS
71. Florida city on the Gulf Coast : TAMPA. No OCALA  today.

72. Mother Teresa's birth name : AGNES. Also the name of our Irish Miss.
73. "Project Runway" host Klum : HEIDI. She's always so bubbly.

75. Souped-up Pontiacs : GTOs

77. __-mo : SLO
78. Following words : I SEE
79. HP competitor : DELL
80. Big name in scat : ELLA
81. Celestial sci. : ASTR
82. Petty of "A League of Their Own" : LORI. The movie is OK.
84. Winning : AHEAD
87. Break up, as a union : DISSOLVE
91. Notre Dame recess : APSE
92. Red choice : PINOT
94. Guided : STEERED
98. It may be given before leaving : NOTICE
99. Massages : RUBS
100. Youngsters in uniforms : SCOUTS
102. Swiss mathematician : EULER
105. Masters champ between Gary and Jack : ARNIE (Palmer). Gary Player. Jack Nicklaus.
106. Tease : TAUNT

107. Olympic Stadium team through 2004 : EXPOS. Now the Nats.

108. Five-sided plate : HOME

109. Author Wiesel : ELIE

110. Hardly one's library voice : YELL

111. It can be cruel : FATE

112. Valentine's Day deity : AMOR. To this guy, it's the girl in white.

113. Good kind of guy to have around : GO TO. I have two on the blog.

116. Belfry denizen : BAT

117. Oakland-to-Vegas dir. : ESE



fermatprime said...


Can't seem to go to sleep!

Great puzzle, Amy! Swell expo, CC!

Was a relief to get it all. Had trouble with Fri. (loathe quote puzzles) and Sat.

Really liked the theme, which was immediately apparent from first theme answer and theme. EULER was a gimme, of course. (He had many more publications than any other mathematician.)

Noticed another Yellowrocks shout-out!

Have a great Sunday, fellow bloggers!

PS: I thought Person of Interest was quite good. TBBT much better than first episode with all that screaming. Not many laughs, though.

Brain has been in a fog. Am very angry at construction people, too, and depressed. DWP has not given me any refund $6000 water leak repair.

Have a great Sunday!

Hahtoolah said...

Good morning, C.C. and friends. Good Sunday puzzle with some really clever clues. I got the insertion of "UP" with MARK UP TWAIN. That helped with the other theme clues.

I especially liked List Maker = DEAN.

EAST of Eden is my favorite John Steinbeck novel.

I prefer PINOT Grigio to a PINOT Noir.

We are finally getting a cold front, so maybe we are into Fall.

QOD: Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true. ~ Niels Bohr (born: October 7, 1885).

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Got the theme early on, which helped me blow through most of the theme answers. Only minor hiccups were (a) the fact that I couldn't quite get what UPSTANDING had to do with a pulpit and (b) I initially thought the Dear John letter was going to be BREAKING UP NOTE and couldn't figure out what the original phrase was supposed to be.

Other than that, pretty smooth sailing today. A smattering of unknowns (BRUNO, AGNES, ATRIP, RICH), but nothing the perps couldn't handle.

Yellowrocks said...

This was a fineSunday puzzle, meaty enough to make me think, but not too hard. I got the theme early on and had an enjoyable romp.

Fave's were: five sided plate=home and small diamond=trey.

Upstanding means virtuous and honest, values preached from the pulpit.

An accused person who gives the prosecution facts of the crime and "rats out" his accomplices is said to turn state's evidence.

I have a small jewelry chest with a lazy susan at the top containing hooks to hang my chains so they don't tangle. Handy.

List makers can be the top students as well as the dean.

You see many a DH at ball parks, often along with his DW. LOL

windhover said...

Great QOD!
Hi to C. C. I had to skim the write up, as I don't get the weekend puzzles till Monday evening.
From last night:
As Thelma said in an email last night, I got a few things wrong re: the Cannon Ball Baker run. It was a Ferrari, not a Porsche, 35 hours+, not 25, Arizona not Iowa, and Redondo Beach, not San Diego.
Oh well, guess hair isn't the only thing I've lost since 1971.
Have a great Sunday. Brass monkey weather tonight in the Bluegrass.

desper-otto said...

Good morning C.C. and peeps!

I had some problems with this puzzle. It wasn't anything that couldn't be resolved, but it did seem harder than a normal Sunday, at least for me.

C.C., thanks for explaining DHS. I had it, but had no idea why. SHEEPSKIN = DIPLOMA because many Universities actually prrinted the document on sheepskin rather than parchment. I read that both Notre Dame and Rice stopped offering sheepskin just this year. Their printers can no longer get it.

Fifty-seven degrees this morning. That's unusually cool for October in this neck of the woods. All of our critters sensed it and spent last night indoors.

TTP said...

Good morning all. Thank you Amy and thank you CC ! I greatly enjoyed today's offering.

I also got the theme with MARK UP TWAIN. Then the rest of the theme answers fell with relatively little coercion, excepting the N to S fill of DIRECTORS CUT UP. Pretty much had to perp that one in. And the NE was last to fall overall.

I stared at 5 sided plate. And then, all of a sudden, the answer came to me and caused the same figurative 51D clue as so many others had. Today's puzzle wasn't my quickest Sunday trip, but I sure enjoyed the scenery.

Yellowrocks, I got a kick out of your DH / DW remark.

HeartRx said...

Good morning C.C. et al.

Thanks for your insights this morning, C.C. And what a cute couple at 112D, LOL!!

"Rebel Without a Cause" was James Dean's last movie, released one month after he died in a car crash. I have seen it about fifteen times, and it surpasses Dean's work in "East of Eden", IMHO.

Fun theme, and like Hahtoolah, the gimmick came to me at MARKUP TWAIN. If this is a debut, it is impressive!

I Liked the clecho of 1A "Saucers in the air" and 49A "Ice cream castles in the air." And for my meditative position, I wanted "asana" before LOTUS at 45D.

EELERS didn't bother me at all, but 91A ATRIP for "Aweigh"?? Don't think I've ever seen that one.

Have a great day, everyone - we get an extra day off this weekend with Columbus Day tomorrow. Around here, this is the prime "leaf peeping" season.

desper-otto said...

HeartRx, I thought that was you and hubby in that photo. Nice pic. ATRIP = AWEIGH in the sense that the anchor is no longer "stuck" in the bottom, and the ship is about to get underway.

Hahtoolah said...

HeartRx: James Dean, Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood all died very tragically and way too young.

A Trader Joe is being build less than a mile from my house. I will be the first on in the city, so everyone is looking forward to its opening. I probably will not be buying DORITOs there, however.

PK said...

Hi Y'all, Ran into some serious snags on this although I enjoyed it. Hands up for 23A Note. Came UP with the theme early. Good one, Amy!

Never heard of APPOSE so left the "S" blank on USOC--and I toured the Olympic Training facility in Colorado Springs once. Thought of that here, but couldn't see what the initials stood for.

Had no idea where the Transamerica Tower is and couldn't believe AMOR was a deity. Wanted Eros.

91A AT "sea" more apt.

C.C.: about the cow statue, you're udderly correct. Mercy me, milk that poor thing. Thanks for your good work on the blog.

Frost here last night. Gonna be a long winter. After two weeks & antibiotics, I'm still coughing my head off (and that's almost no exaggeration).

Husker Gary said...

If erasing is good exercise, I can skip the Y today. A just right Sunday offering Amy!

-I saw some great references to some of our peeps here with baseball, golf, wine, math, traveling, literature and the TAMPA home of my fellow Swiss (not EULER) – Tin.
-We took a dinner cruise on MARK TWAIN’s Mississippi at Hannibal two years ago
-11 authors who hated the DIRECTOR’S CUT of their work
-I played golf with my friend and colleague of 40 years last week and we have so many STANDING JOKES that we only have to say the punch lines.
-Hudson Saturday – “Papa, do you believe in UFO’s?”. Papa - “I have never seen credible evidence of aliens visiting us, Huddie, but smart people never say never.”
-RATting (NARCS) in the hood can get you killed. That’s one reason crime is epidemic there.
-Heard in many clubhouses, “How was your round?” “DON’T ASK!”
-James Dean did live fast, die young and leave a beautiful corpse. Link is origin of that phrase I betcha didn’t know.
-Gaudy not PLUSH and Doy (family saying) not DUH and Scout not SCOPE delayed west way too long
-Hep Cat and not SNO cat shows my age
-ATV’s are great for going through mud out to center pivots but they tip so easily too
-In 10 point pitch, the TREY is worth 3 points. Anybody play?
-DELL computers used to come in a box with dairy cow spots and were made in Sioux Falls, SD

PK said...

DO: technically parchment is made from split & scraped hide, often sheepskin and originally used for special documents because it was more durable than paper.

To continue YR's explanation: criminal cases are prosecuted by the state in which the crime was committed and appear on the docket as State of Minnesota versus Joe Blow (or whoever). That is why the term "state's evidence".

PK said...

I live down-wind from a DORITO factory and can often smell the tantalizing odor. Some days there is a flowery smell--can't figure what causes that unless it is some kind of industrial strength cleaner. I'd guess they'd have to degrease the place occasionally.

Anonymous said...

"Graduate's award: SHEEPSKIN"

is like

"Depressive's treatment: LOBOTOMY"

Can we please try to keep clues/answers a little more current?

Anonymous said...

Gateway computers came in the Holstein boxes from Sioux City.

Yellowrocks said...

ANON 9:57 That would take away the challenge.

TTP said...

Now Blue.
What now ?

Argyle said...

Now, what will TTP stand for?

Irish Miss said...

Good morning:

This was a nice Sunday offering with just the right amount of spice. Clever theme and cluing. Favorites were for home and go to. Kudos to Amy and thanks, CC, for your great expo and for the shout- out. Nice picture, Marti.

My husband was a HUGE Lena Horne fan and had purchased tickets for a New York City theater performance of "The Lady and Her Music". Unfortunately, the show was canceled due to illness and was never rescheduled.

Have a great Sunday.

desper-otto said...

PK@9:53: I guess I should have been more specific. When Rice University discontinued sheepskin diplomas this July they offered a "parchment paper" diploma as a substitute.

CrossEyedDave said...

TTP @ 10:57

Now tell us about yourself!

I know from the wisdom of your posts that TTP does not stand for "Total Toilet Paper!"

Anonymous said...

Sioux City, Iowa. Gateway. Founded by now-MI governor Rick Snyder.

JJM said...

Not too hard for a Sunday. didn't really understand either the clue or the answer for 15D or 50D, but the perps all filled in. Oh well!

Vegas Doc said...

1+ hour finish today. Had the most trouble in the upper middle, as I wanted Break Up instead of Breaking Up.

Like most others, Markup Twain was my theme-BUSTER.

Caveman KENO is played a lot on the bar-top video gaming machines here, since you can play for a long time without having to pay for your PINOT.

Enjoyed five baseball-related clues today (six if you count 82D).

Speaking of which, my face was in permanent POUT mode after yesterday's two games.

Favorite toe-tapping answer - A-Lu-La.

Anonymous said...

HeartRX, Giant was James Dean's last movie.

Husker Gary said...

Mea Culpa, Yeah, now I know that DELL ain't Gateway. I bought two Gateways in the cow boxes (to stay true to midwest entrepreneurs) and both times was considering Dells at the same time. That was a long time ago when my memory was better and the Huskers were kings of the football world. Both have deteriorated since then.

HeartRx said...

Anon @ 12:20, I stand corrected! (I never cared for that one, though.)

Ticker Tape Parade?
To The Point?
Take The Plunge?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Isn't that cow in C.C.'s link a beauty? From Woodstock, Ont. Strangely, it's very near the tobacco growing belt of Ontario. Wonder what they actually called Springbank Snow Princess; Princess? Our Holsteins had one-word names although their breed registrations could have 2-4 names. My favorite was one named Ixney.

Not a difficult cw today. Sussed the UP theme early with MARK-UP TWAIN. It helped with UPSTANDING and others. Had AVAST and ATRIP again. Never heard a Bo's'n's Mate use the word atrip.
I liked 91d, Notre Dame recess - APSE. No searches, no nits.

Have a good rest of the day.

Argyle said...

While discussing sheepskin, look up vellum; we may have that someday.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Enjoyable puzzle today. MARK UP TWAIN was the theme unlocker, but getting the other theme answers was not automatically easy. Some excellently clever clues, and mostly terrific fill today, too.

I liked the movie East of Eden a lot. A scene that still thrills me is when Abra, played by Julie Harris, is comforting and encouraging Cal. A man could not ask for a better friend or for a woman who could love him more than she did.

Hey Jude, my gosh you've got a jaw on you. Maybe Ben Affleck has you beat in that aspect, though.

I prefer a PINOT Noir to a PINOT Grigio. I'm just a red wine kinda guy.

One of the best computers I ever had was a Gateway. It was very versatile.

Best wishes to you all.

Yellowrocks said...

I have discovered that ATRIP is an old fashioned word like the ones ANON @ 9:57 doesn't care for. I learned ATRIP from reading many sailing novels about the Roayl Navy. You don't see ATRIP used in modern parlance.

Here is an interesting article about the use of ATRIP, aweigh, apeak. ATRIP is in paragraph 4.

Bill G. said...

Happy Sunday! I finished this puzzle OK but found it harder than many of you. ATRIP is unknown to me.

It's nice that the weather has cooled down around here. Our big Hometown Fair is this weekend. See you later.

pas de chat said...

Nice puzzle, thanks to Amy for an entertaining Sunday puzzle. I did much better than yesterday.
Wanted "coops" for the pigeons,then changed to "eaves" Took forever to see "go to" guy. But really, atrip?? Dislike all those a----- verbs. Couldn't we have a hippie or LSD clue?
Or even
Thank you always, a fun write-up

Anonymous said...

I feel like such a retard! On Sundays, I can find Merl Reagle's puzzle, but not this one, in the L.A. Times.
Where is it located, on what page, and in what section?
Thanks in advance.

Jerome said...

Lois Lane or Kirstie Alley would make a perfect BOWLING PINUP

Argyle said...

A non@3:04, The L.A.Times does not carry the Sunday LAT crossword but the Chicago Trib does. You can find it online or check other papers. Crazy, huh?

Anonymous said...

Tae mah dearest Argyle: Tae Chicago ah will gang, 'cos Los Angeles is sic' a pest. At first, ah thooght 'at ah was losin' mah min', matey!

Philly said...

Anon @3:03, that "R" word should be forever gone from speech in that sense. Hmm I guess pun is intended

Anonymous said...

When I was nursing babies...I could udderly identify with that cow!

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Amy Johnson, for an excellent puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for the swell review.

Enjoyed the four kids' haircuts.

What is wrong with being an EELER? That's how you catch eels to eat. No different than cutting the head off a chicken.

To Anonymous 3:04. You can get the L A Times crossword seven days a week easily in the Chicago
Tribune web site. You can work it on line, or print it, as I do sometimes, and work it with pen and paper. Another way is to use and download it.

I did not finish Saturday's puzzle yet. Got a late start due to Kegs and Eggs yesterday. 37 half barrels of beer and 1200 eggs, plus potatoes and bean/rice salad, plus Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers, along with Irish
coffee. It was over by 11:00 AM. Then came the cleanup.

Headed back to Johnsonburg this afternoon. Stopped at Sheffield, PA, for the Johnny Appleseed Festival. Watched the log chopping contests for a while. That was neat. Bought some chances on a tri-axle load of wood. Of course if I win it I have to split it. We'll see.

Anyhow, to today's puzzle. Finished it a short while ago. My theme revealer was COVER UP CHARGE. That helped with the rest of the puzzle.

I too enjoyed EAST OF EDEN, the book more than the movie.

UPSTANDING JOKE made sense to me. A preacher with a clean joke rather than the other kinds we hear all to often.

Took me a while to remember ERIK for 40D. One of my favorite plays/movies. Enjoyed the music.

SCOUTS was easy. I was one and it was a big part of my youth.

ATRIP sounded logical to me. I agree, it is not a word you hear every day, but it works. A little challenge is OK.

Did not know TUPAC. After five perps I had it. No sweat.

I am going to try to finish Saturday's puzzle now that I am not too distracted.

See you tomorrow.


Abejo said...

I missed congratulating Marti on the great photo of you and your husband. Good for C.C. For incising it.

Sorry about my original post being sent twice. I am on the fringe of reception for cell phones. Everything is hit or miss.


CrossEyedDave said...

There are so many funny ( & not so funny ) images of "up," that i am afraid i must do some serious editing. Please feel free to add your own...

Cute up

Pop up

Cheer up

I was seriously thinking of leaving this one on the cutting room floor, but if you're really "F'd" up, just imagine a little kitten instead of a baby...

Heads up!
Oh, sorry CC, i forgot, no politics...

& finally, give up... actually, when i 1st saw this as a tiny pic, i thought that big patch of blue stuff was a lake!

CrossEyedDave said...

Welcome Ladies & Gentlemen to our little soiree, tonites Fractured Flickers Interview will be with the lovely, & talented, Ms. Connie Francis!

P.S., you might also learn some bird watching words, so pay attention!

CrossEyedDave said...

Oh crap! it's Connie Stevens! (no wonder the clip wouldn't load for me!)

( & actually, the 2nd time i watched it, the word i was interested in actually has nothing to do with birds!)


AriadneArts said...

Can you believe it? I spent the day off and on working the puzzle online (because it's not in the paper today), and I was almost finished when the site stopped responding. It wouldn't respond at all and stayed that way. Finally, I had to leave the site and get back on. Got the puzzle up again AND IT'S TOTALLY BLANK!!!!!!

Don't know that I want to fill it all in again, but don't want to read the blog till I decide. #*#%*€@$@*^#!

AriadneArts said...

Whew! Filled it back in to south-central, where I still had some solving to do. Got that done and I'm back. Wow, fairly slow here on a Sunday nite, so I'll be back after I read CC's expla.

CrossEyedDave said...

Aha! I found it by accident!
If you would care to peruse this clip, at 6:55 is Hans Conreid as the voice of Snidely Whiplash. At 7:30 is a brief part of The I Love Lucy Show where Hans is the English tutor. Sadly the end where Lucy says "this is a swell way to get off to a lousy start" is missing.

Many years later, Hans Conreid appeared on The Lucy Show as a singing instructor. ( you are right, the later shows were just not as funny...)

AriadneArts said...

Thanks, Amy , for a very fun puzzle. Just enough to make me think hard, but not to want to give up.

Thanks CC for a fine write up.
Hey, I saw "Rebel" when it first came out, lol!
We also like our salsa from TJ's.
BTW the TJ's we shop at is the very first one he opened, right here on Arroyo in L.A.

Didn't have an inordinate amount of trouble with this puzzle, just the right
Got lucky with Drescher. I'd recently seen her on a talk show pitching her new show.

92D. I kept thinking Red States, Blue States... Finally ATRIP and UPRISING STARS put me straight, and it pretty much filled itself in from there.

Anon 3:04 - I get the LATimes daily, and the cw is in the paper daily. But the Sunday cw, except Merle's, has always been printed in the mag section, Parade. The paper has recently stopped printing Parade except for one Sunday per month. Why they don't put the puzzle in another section on the 'off' Sundays is anybody's guess. Go figure......

Have a great night all!

Bill G. said...

Ariadne, I don't know where you are doing the online puzzles. I've never lost a puzzle on Cruciverb. However, I prefer the interface at the Chicago Tribune. There, I've learned to save the puzzle a couple of times as I go along.


I used to do the Sunday Merle Reagle puzzles and felt that the other ones were a step down. Now I've reversed my opinion and prefer these Sunday puzzles.

AriadneArts said...

Bill, I think I was on the interface at the Chicago Trib, at least at some point. After I went back and filled in, I saw the save button and clicked it.

I just tried to find it now, and I ended up on

I'm getting confused now, lol. I think I'm going to look for Cruciverb. Thanks

AriadneArts said...

Bill, Yep, that's where I ended up--on the latimes games site. There's a window that reads "Choose Your Puzzle" at the top and then a window beneath that shows a list of latimes puzzles--today's is at the top highlighted in yellow. The previous days puzzles are listed beneath in chronological order, latest first. An arrow at the right side allows you to go through the list. At the bottom are two buttons reading, respectively, Play Regular and Play Master. Underneath that window, on the lower right, are several buttons, including the "Save" button.

AriadneArts said...

Bill @ 9:29pm

South Pasadena area. :-)