Apr 28, 2013

Sunday April 28, 2013 Julian Lim

Theme: "It'll Have to Do" - TLE is added to the end of each theme entry.

22A. Container for mystery meat? : SPAM BOTTLE. Spambot, which send out spam. That's why Captcha is used in our blog.

31A. Action scene in "True Blood"? : VAMPIRE BATTLE. Vampire bat.

49A. Courage of Manhattanites? : NEWYORK METTLE. New York Met.

71A. Cloak for a road trip? : HIGHWAY MANTLE. Highwayman.

92A. Reaction to an alarm? : RISING STARTLE. Rising star. 

102A. Baby's pre-vacation note to self? : PACK RATTLE. Pack rat.
3D. Venue for poetry readings in space? : SLAM SHUTTLE. Slam shut.

62D. Livestock kept between buildings? : ALLEY CATTLE. Alley cat.

Fun theme. Reminds me a bit of this BLE added NYT puzzle. And the theme set is tighter here, with TLE added to the second word only.

Also, fantastic grid design. Noticed how four of the theme entries intersect? I'd probably try a paralleled two 9's in the upper right and lower left corners, not 3. Julian Lim is so good. That's why our Lucina loves him!

1. Skip it : PASS

5. Jotting on a Post-it : MEMO

9. Lowest of the low : NADIR

14. Artist who was an admirer of Freud : DALI. He was? I know Dali and Mia Farrow were close friends. Surreal!

18. Partner : ALLY

19. Invites over : HAS IN

20. "Invisible Cities" author Calvino : ITALO

21. Well-versed in : UP ON

24. How some sleep : NAKED. Do you?

25. Nanny __: security devices : CAMS

26. Fiddled (with) : TAMPERED

27. Word repeated after "que," in song : SERA

28. Lure into crime : ENTRAP

30. Rapture : ECSTASY

34. Pakistani city : LAHORE. Capital of Punjabi.

35. Order to pounce : SIC 'EM

36. Like some personalities : DYNAMIC

37. Fluent speakers avoid them : UMs

38. Dull finish : MATTE. 72. Bright finish : GLOSS

39. Runner on snow : SKI. We went on a long nature walk yesterday. Still ice and snow on some lakes. 

41. Out of breath : SPENT

42. Ones giving marching orders: Abbr. : SGTs

44. Like NES video games : RETRO

45. Pulitzer winner Walker : ALICE. The organic food pioneer is Alice Waters. I used to confuse those two.

47. Opposite of exo- : ENDO

48. Hamilton's prov. : ONT. "Prov." sure helped.

52. Crew member : TAR. Sailor.

53. Topple : FALL OVER

55. Satan's little helpers : IMPS

56. Mil. decoration : DSM

58. Wrote with limited characters : TWEETED. Information overload.

59. Vineyard grape : PINOT

61. Assess flight risk, in a way : SET BAIL

65. Crossword heading: Abbr. : ACR (Across)

66. Weirdo : WACK

67. Panaceas : CURE-ALLS. Looks strange piled together.

68. Report card calamities : EFs.

75. __ Fáil: Irish "stone of destiny" : LIA. Our old puzzle used to feature this word often.

76. Villain's base : LAIR

78. Architect Saarinen : ELIEL. Eero's father.

79. High-ranked Atlanta school : EMORY

80. Bane for bugs : DEET

81. Wrapped up : ENDED

83. Windy City airport code : ORD

84. Water filter brand : BRITA

85. Pivotal : KEY

86. Paleness causes : ANEMIAS. Did not know this word is plurable.

88. __ Manor: "Batman" setting : WAYNE

89. High light? : BEACON. Great clue.

95. Two guys out to dinner, say : MAN DATE. Wanted BRO DATE.

96. Noted lawmaker : NEWTON. Law of gravity. I was thinking of DRACO-like lawmaker.

97. MLB credits : RBIs. Twins beat the Rangers yesterday, Bill.

98. Concert setup, briefly : PA SYSTEM

99. "Look no further than me" : I'M IT

100. Require : EXACT

104. What a ponytail covers : NAPE. "Do you know my name?"

105. River measure : WIDTH

106. "Coffee __?" : OR TEA

107. Earthenware pot : OLLA

108. Turned right : GEED. Gee = Right. Haw = Left.

109. Puréeing aid : SIEVE

110. Hardy's "Pure Woman" : TESS.  "Tess of the D'Urbervilles".
111. Drudge : PEON


1. Washed-out shade : PASTEL

2. Andean herd member : ALPACA

4. Diagnostician's clues : SYMPTOMS

5. Brit's bro : MATEY

6. Abbr. before a year : ESTD

7. Part of a GI's URL : MIL. For Military.

8. Late lunch hour : ONE. And 9. Late dinner hr. : NINE PM

10. __ 2600: old video game console : ATARI

11. Capital NW of Monrovia : DAKAR. Capital of Senegal. Click on the map. It'll enlarge.

12. Loire land : ILE

13. Passed on a 19-Down : RODE BY. 19. Silver in movies : HORSE. Lone Ranger's horse Silver.

14. Versatile roll : DUCT TAPE

15. Common rental : APARTMENT

16. California city name meaning "pretty knoll" : LOMA LINDA. Loma means "knoll" then. New to me.

17. Yard worker? : INSPECTOR. OK, Scotland Yard.

23. Is worthy of, as repeating : BEARS. It bears repeating that...

27. Hook underling : SMEE

29. Persian breads : NANS.  I always thought of NAN as Indian bread. Has no idea that the Iranians eat Nan too. Chinese Muslims call theirs Nang. Delicious.

31. In __ fertilization : VITRO

32. One may be supporting : ACTOR. Nice clue.

33. Queen's decree : EDICT

35. Dionysian reveler : SATYR

38. Asked to be stroked, perhaps : MEWED

39. Pursued one's dreams? : SLEPT. Sweet!

40. Press packets : KITS

42. Out of shape : SOFT. Huh? Never heard "Out of shape" expressed as "SOFT". Long winter here. I'm SOFT.

43. Eat like a chinchilla : GNAW

44. Stargazer's state : REVERIE

45. Supplies for Rambo : AMMO

46. Geriatrician's concern, with "the" : ELDERLY

49. V-shaped mark : NOTCH

50. Twisted : KINKY

51. First name in makeup : ESTEE. To me, this is their best product. Get this for your wife/girlfriend. They'll love you.

54. Cow patch : LEA
57. Wharton Sch. conferral : MBA
59. Played with, cat-style : PAWED

60. Alphabet addition? : ICAL. Alphabetical.

61. Kama __ : SUTRA

63. Rival of Bjorn : ILIE (Nastase)

64. Some srs.' source of stress : LSAT

66. Propeller noise : WHIR

67. Thou tenth : C-NOTE. Sometimes it's C-SPOT. Thou is Thousand here.

68. Webinars, e.g. : E-LEARNING. I guess we e-learn every day.

69. Mortgage acronym : FANNIE MAE. So is Freddie Mac.

70. Glancing blow : SIDESWIPE

73. Sophie player : MERYL. "Sophie's Choice". Pure talent.

74. Nitrogen compound : AMINE

77. Sent payment : REMITTED
80. What bad traffic sometimes comes to, with "a" : DEAD STOP

82. "The Flintstones" answer to Fido : DINO

84. Swings at home : BATS. Home plate.

85. Maasai Mara game reserve locale : KENYA

87. '60s-'70s veep and family : AGNEWS. Spiro Agnew.

88. Twist in agony : WRITHE

89. City about 300 miles from Baghdad : BASRA.  Iraq's  second largest city, after  Baghdad.

90. 1887 La Scala premiere : OTELLO. Based Shakespeare's "Othello".

91. Like the lion slain by Hercules : NEMEAN. Nemean lion.

93. __ union : TRADE

94. "Suburgatory" airer : ABC TV. Never watched "Suburgatory". Wiki says it's a portmanteau of "suburban" and "purgatory".

95. Nets : MAKES

98. Statistician's figs. : PCTs

101. It may be seen opposite VI : XII. Clock.

102. Nursery container : POT

103. "The Kids __ All Right": 2010 Best Picture nominee : ARE



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

The title of the puzzle was partially obscured in Across Light, but I figured out pretty quickly what was going on. Most of the theme answers came pretty quickly, except for 102A, which I thought was going to be BOTTLE and couldn't figure out what the underlying word PACKBOT was.

Minor speed bumps along the way included WACK (I don't know if I've ever seen this used as a noun before without an O on the end) and LIA (which I've obviously forgotten about if it was in puzzles past).

Off to celebrate my 10th wedding anniversary! I had hoped to do something amazingly special, like a trip to Paris, but instead we're heading to a huge outdoor flea market/antique show and then a waterfront lobster lunch. Ah well, maybe next year...


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Little crunchier than usual for a Sunday. Julian's puzzles are fun and I look forward to future solves. A few areas gave me pause: the WAYNE/MERYL cross (spelling), WACK, and POT. Nice misdirection with nursery POT.
Nice to see Hamilton. Have driven numerous times Buffalo-Toronto and passed by Hamilton on the "Golden HORSEshoe" bend around L. Ontario. Also attended meetings in Burlington, a Hamilton suburb. Nice happy reminder.

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Only had a few write-overs this morning: MGRS/SGTS, OAR/TAR, UTERO/VITRO. I did look a long time at SLAM SHUTTLE. Is a poetry reading really called a "slam"? C.C., I think you've coined a new word: plurable. Seems to fit.

The map of Africa changes so often it's hard to keep track of the countries, let alone their capitals.

Isn't it ironic that the one thing DUCT TAPE isn't suited for is taping ducts? Also, UPS won't accept a package sealed with duct tape. Splynter, know the reason?

If you have to listen to a concert over a PA SYSTEM, I don't think much of the concert. I don't care for MP3 audio for the same reason.

River Doc said...

Happy Sunday everyone!

DNF today, not even close (only half of the theme clues), so no ECSTAtic REVERIE for Doc. I give myself a Cee +, which is better than an EF….

Couldn’t for the life of me figure out MAN DATE, but now can really appreciate the clever clue-ing….

Huzzah! The Sisyphusian cycle of apse / nave has been broken…!

Out of shape? I’m not out of shape! After all, Round is a shape….

Either that, or Salvador Dali has been TAMPERing with the image in my mirror….

Three feline clues today – PAWED, MEWED, and Hercules’ NEMEAN Lion – videos to surely ensue – CED?

No “au naturel” sleeping for me, even in summer. Although as a kid I was highly amused by people who took the bumper sticker for Bear Mountain (Big Bear, CA), and rearranged the letters to spell SKI Bare!

Upon seeing EXO / ENDO, my brain immediately shifted to ECTO, as in Ectoplasm…. Who ya gonna call?

Anyone else notice that SATYR and SUTRA are grid-opposite each other…?

Cheers, all!

HeartRx said...

Good morning C.C. et al.

Loved Reese Witherspoon in "Sweet Home Alabama" C.C. And yes, AMEMIA is "plurable" (you need to coin that one!) The are many types: pernicious, sickle-cell, aplastic, and so on. I did research on the autoimmune hemolytic variety.

I really started out badly: "omit" instead of PASS, "note" instead of MEMO, "least" instead of NADIR, "Erté" instead of by the time I got to ALLY, that "tL" at 3D told me something was terribly wrong. But I forged on. SPAM HAM CAN seemed like a good theme entry to me at 22A (I even chuckled at that one!)

I ended up sinking down a couple rows, and when VAMPIRE BATTLE appeared the light went on, I was able to wipe out the mistakes and finish in slightly over my typical Sunday time. My favorite one was "Baby's ...note to self" PACK RATTLE. Fun stuff!

Off to whack some golf balls. Have fun today!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Barry G,
Happy Anniversary! Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair makes a great gift!

Oh, I just found out the correct word is "Pluralizable". Too long for my taste.

Doha Doc,
How is nightlife there? Can you drink beer?

Irish Miss,
So glad you met Hondo.

JJM said...

My favorite clue was "two guys at a restaurant"- MANDATE. I got a chuckle out of that.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for the explanation. English is strange at times. CORN can not be pluralized, yet BEAN can. If you can count BEAN, you can certainly count CORN.

Podiatrist said...

You can have corns on your feet, so corn can be pluralizes.

C.C. Burnikel said...

That I know, but why can't you pluralize the veggie CORN?

River Doc said...

I’ve only been here a little over two weeks, and have yet to sample the nightlife. If you want to drink in a restaurant or bar, apparently you have to show your passport. And cough up a little over 17.5% “sin” tax. Unfortunately, my passport is mired somewhere in the bureaucracy, waiting on a residence (work) permit stamp. If you want to purchase booze at the Distribution Centre, you have to apply for a liquor license (and deposit 1,000 rials – about $275). So, until then, it’s non-alcoholic beer for me!

Most interesting non-robotic password yet - lickedmi!

Yellowrocks said...

Fun puzzle, fine expo. Seeing the -TLE in a theme answer early on definitely helped.
NEMEAN lion was all perps, my only unknown word. I remember the kinds of the creatures associated with Hercules ‘s labors, but not the descriptors like NEMEAN.
I first had PACK BOTTLE, but needed BOTTLE in the NW, so I changed it to RATTLE and that section opened up.
Poetry SLAMS, competitions at which poets read or recite their own original work, are popular.
The unabridged dictionary gives WACK or WHACK as slang for a person who is eccentric or irrational. Its origin signifies one who has been whacked on the head.
D OTTO it is interesting that DUCT TAPE is not used on ducts.
I love the talented MERYL Streep. IMO Sophie's Choice was a moving, well acted film, but it was gut wrenching.
POT could be a nursery container whether for babies or flowers.

Julian said...

@C.C. -- thanks for the write-up. I'm glad you appreciated the NE/SW corners; I like fat white areas in a Sunday grid myself, even though they can be a bear to fill :)

Yellowrocks said...

CORN is any of various cereal plants, especially the predominant crop of a region, such as wheat in England and oats in Scotland and Ireland and Maize in the U.S.A. It can also refer to the seeds of these plants.
A kernel of maize (our corn) is actually a fruit surrounding a seed. As the fruit dries the hard seed is left behind
CORN is generic and so is not pluralized. The same is true for rice and wheat. We don’t say,"There is a rice or a wheat or a corn on the floor," for that reason. It is not two rices or two wheats or two corns on the floor, but grains of rice and grains of wheat, kernels of corn.

Spitzboov said...

C.C. - corn- grains are funny. Rye(s): both, wheat: singular, oats: usually plural as a crop, barley(s): both. In Canada, words like government, committee, panel, are treated as plural (per verb inflection.)

Yellowrocks said...

I believe CC was speaking of individual pieces of corn. It is not one rye, two rye, one barley, two barley, one corn, two corn. Ryes (plural) would be types of rye. Grasses (plural) would be types of grass, not individual blades.
One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
five potato, six potato, seven potato more.
OOH! That's a children's counting out rhyme.

Husker Gary said...

-Fabulous construction and cluing. Loved ALLEY CATTLE
-Tin is favored over bottles here in the home of SPAM
-Liver, Gary? I’ll PASS
-Joann keeps me around because I’m UP ON technology
-Security CAMS are becoming ubiquitous
-Did the casinos ENTRAP this embezzler?
-We were SPENT after 8 hrs of gardening yesterday
-You have to do a lotta winnowing of tweets
-Fun example of NEWTON’s 3rd Law of Motion (:53)
-Most beautiful song referring to the WIDTH of a river (2:58)
-WEBINARS could save schools big travel bucks
-There are only so many great female roles and MERYL seems to get (and do justice to) most of them
-What HORSE was usually with (didn’t RIDE BY) Silver?

Argyle said...

Gary, I thought you were going to link that river wider than a mile.

Husker Gary said...

-Argyle, I like Andy William’s song too, but Shenandoah and its haunting melody is my favorite “Wide River”. Did you listen to all the lovely versions? Of course the Missouri River was even wider before the Corps of Engineers decided to channelize it. However, in 2011 it showed it would not always be contained. Even one of Nebraska’s two nuclear power plants was encircled by this “rollin’ river”.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Another gem by Julian; bravo! I had more difficulty than usual for a Sunday, even though I got the theme early on. For Bane for bugs, I immediately filled in Neet and stuck with it until the bitter end, so a DNF, alas. Nice expo, CC.

We have a picture-perfect day: sunny, blue skies, no wind, and a delightful 72 degrees. Spring has finally sprung and the beautiful blooming flowers and trees are proof-positive!

Happy Anniversary, Barry. That sea shore lobster dinner sounds mighty fine to me. Enjoy!

Happy Sunday.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

I see nobody has taken the bait in CC's write-up: the bit about sleeping naked, or not.

I reckon it this way: it's hard enough to get a good night's sleep, so you may as well stack the deck in your favor wherever possible. Fighting with jammies that get all twisted just won't do. Having loose personal appendages flopping about won't do either. The best balance is skivvies - no more, no less.

Your mileage may vary. :-)

desper-otto said...

Seeing that photo of Lia Fáil, I'm not surprised that it generated a lot of discussion on the blog.

So far as sleepwear is concerned: In the summer, it's skivvies. In the winter it's sweat pants. I don't like tops, so buying pajamas would just be a waste.

Husker, that horse would be Scout. In my ute I frequented a bar on South Park in Madison that was owned by Tony Parrish (sp?). At one time Tony was the radio voice of Tonto in the pre-TV Lone Ranger days.

Lucina said...

Hello, dear people. You are so right, C.C. I love Julian Lim's puzzles. Not only are they quixotic but deep enough to make me laugh and think. I really like the multi-layered depth.

So much of the cluing is great so I'll choose a few of what IMHO are the best:

high light, BEACON
pursued one's dreams, SLEPT (simple, yet tricky)
yard worker, INSPECTOR (is that Scotland Yard?)
I loved MAN DATE!

The SE took me a while because I was thinking of baby nursery but when RATTLE appeared I saw PACK/POT.

To add to the pluralization discussion; think of asking for corn. We usually say, ears of corn or corn kernels just as we say a glass of water, a cup of coffee although coffees is now quite popular.

Barry, happy anniversary!

I hope your Sunday is tremendously fun, everyone!

CrossEyedDave said...

Normally, I would not post b/4 doing the puzzle, & reading the write up/comments, but today is such a beautiful Spring day that I think I will spend it in the backyard, in a hammock, just doing the crossword puzzle all day... Savor every moment.

Oh, & I already had this lined up to post. I found it on Facebook:

"When a bear shot with a tranquilizer dart bolted into the water by a Florida neighborhood, it wasn't long before he began to struggle against the effects of the dart. When wildlife biologist Adam Warwick saw what was happening, he raced into the water after the 375 pound bear and pulled him to safety. The bear was later released into a preserve...
......How many likes for this real man "Adam Warwick" ?!!! — "

but would he give my cat a bath???

Lucina said...

Dudley, I love your observation, re sleep wear.

"it's hard enough to get a good night's sleep. You might as well stack the deck in your favor whenever possible."

When DH was living, we both slept in "todo desnudo."

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. A terrific puzzle today. Thank you Julian Lim. A neat-o theme, which also gave solvers a little head start by pre-filling TLE at the ends of the theme answers.

Wanted MURPHY before NEWTON. Wanted alphabetIZED before alphabetICAL. Wanted COCKTAIL for the versatile roll; was thinking of a roll you eat. Screwed up with SIN instead of LIA; I must have been thinking of Sinn Féin. Misspelling ECSTASY as EXSTACY did not help, either.

Tee shirt and boxer shorts.

Best wishes to you all.

River Doc said...

CED, I savored every moment of that video, thanx.

rpstrong said...

A minor quibble: Newton didn't 'make' the Law of Gravity, he discovered (and quantified) it. But things were falling long before eh came around.

On plurals: I think that A CLUE "Yellow and white" could be answered with CORNS.

Lucina said...

"Corns" are the painful growths on feet so how would "yellow and white apply"?

Anonymous said...

Farmer's market shopper: Do you have white corn?

Farmer: Lady, we got all kinds of CORNS.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Lots of good stuff in this, Julian! Also lots to ENTRAP an ELDERLY mind. I can't believe MEMO was one of the last to fill. Duh!

Thanks for the explanations, C.C. I couldn't figure out how you would put SPAM in a BOTTLE. Never heard of a poetry SLAM. The east coast is a whole different world from here.

I wish I could pursue my dreams at night. I get nothing done when I have to sleep most of the day.

Instead of DEAD STOP, I tried "disaster".

I saw a sign paraphrasing YR's children's counting rhyme: "One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR! Wanted to buy it for a friend, but resisted.

I'll never learn all those African countries/cities. I've had a map on my frig of South American countries for over a year and still forget some. Doing better. I've finally sorta kinda got Canada's provinces in mind.

Bill G. said...

Hi all. That was a pleasant Sunday puzzle. It took me a while and gave me some trouble but I enjoyed the process. I figured out the theme and could enter some of the theme answers without any crossing letters.

I didn't care for the 'Noted lawmaker' clue. Newton didn't make the laws of motion and universal gravitation; he observed how things worked, figured out the laws and wrote them down. It shows how smart he was to be able to figure out that objects in motion tended to continue in motion in a straight line in spite of the facts that moving objects always slowed down and their paths often curved. What a smart old guy was he! Maybe not the nicest old guy though.

Gary, I love liver cooked rarish with grilled onions and bacon. Also, another good example of Newton's Third Law is to decide whether a rope is more likely to break when tugged from opposite ends by two tractors or instead, by one tractor with the other end attached to a big tree.

Meryl Streep is a great actress for sure but the plot of "Sophie's Choice" was so unpleasant that it's hard for me to even type the words, much less think about re-watching it.

The Brewers beat the Dodgers yesterday. Any Brewers fans? They were wearing their 'away' uniforms yesterday. The jerseys were a puke yellow color. Not very attractive I thought.

No pajamas for me. I think I started doing without in college. Now when I try to wear them, I notice them getting twisted around and binding and just being less comfortable.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Julian Lim, for a great puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Jayce: Me, as well. T-Shirt and Boxer Shorts.

Started on the West side about half-way down. Spread from there.

First theme was HIGHWAY MANTLE. That gave me the idea. The rest came quite easily. My last was PACK RATTLE.

I too put OMIT for 1A. That really goofed up that corner for a while. Eventually got ALPACA, then PASS, then ALLY, then SYMPTOMS, and finished that corner. Phew!

NANS for 29D was easy. I think the more correct spelling would be NAAN. The language on the street was NOON. We used to eat Panie-Noonie. Cheese and bread. The bread (Naan) came in 30 inch by 12 inch slabs. You would tear off a piece, put some goat cheese on it and eat. Great when warm.

Thought C NOTE was excellent with clue Thou tenth. That took me a while.

Doha Doc: where are you that you cannot drink a beer?

See you tomorrow.



Jayce said...

It keeps making me laugh again and again: "Note to self: Pack rattle." Really tickles my funny bone.

LW and I love Naan bread. We dip it into our ginger chicken masala curry sauce.

I'm with you all who can never keep track of African countries.

LW likes that Estee Lauder Night Repair stuff. I didn't buy it for her, but she loves me anyway. She didn't buy me that Porsche Boxster either, but I love her anyway.

That analogy above is not perfect. She has the Estee Lauder. All is good, though. I have my I7 multi-core computer with 24-inch hi-res monitor. Gorgeous for playing Star Craft II. It tests my BATTLE METTLE pretty well! No VAMPIREs in it, though.

Best wishes to you all.

windhover said...

Au naturale, 365.

61Rampy said...

It took several hours of on/off solving, but I got it done. Mistakes include: TinkERED/TAMPERED,
pSAT/LSAT, ArMs/AMMO, raid/DEET, misreading the clue as HIGH FLIGHT. Also, is it DSO? DSM? DSC?? Had to look up LAHORE and LIA. Originally thought the theme was adding TTLE, so that gave me problems with MANTLE. I managed to get it all straightened out, tho.
Sleep: au naturel for me.
First 100 degree day here!!

Husker Gary said...

--PJ's? Briefs are necessary and sufficient
-Nothing can hide that horrible taste of liver :-(
-Liver by any other name...
-African geography and the appeal of vampire movies escape me
-Newtons 3rd law puts peeps in space and steers their ships while there
-PK, frig or fridge ;-)?

fermatprime said...

Hi, all!

Great puzzle, Julian; swell expo, CC! Wish the darn titles were readable, though. I was slow to get enough letters for theme.

Very tired before late bed time. Dog got really sick all over the floor. Could not do much about it from the wheelchair.

Bill: You voiced my feelings about that movie precisely!

Happy Anniversary, Barry!

Happy Sunday!

CrossEyedDave said...

When I saw "Julian Lim," I knew it was going to be tough. Well, I spent over an hour in the hammock, (the pc kept falling out, so I could not go red letter.) & it would be easier to post the answers I got rather than critique the whole puzzle. (Sigh, I guess I will never be good enough to to do a write up...)

When I read the write up/comments, I had lots a material to comment on, but I did it in my head... (Oh Well, consider yourselves lucky...)

Oh nuts, the short ribs that have been cooking for 2 hours are ready,,, I have to go....

Manac said...

Abejo, My favorite was Barbari bread. We would get the driver to stop at a local bakery and each get a loaf hot of the oven. It would be gone by time I got home. Tehran traffic! And my limited Farsi is starting to come back. I remember ordering you multiple times at the clubs:)

CrossEyedDave said...

24A how some sleep, I had "prone," because the only way I can sleep is 3/4 prone. I once fell asleep on my back, & only knew I was asleep because i saw the sun rise, really, really fast...

Doha Doc, enjoy yr posts, but for 3 days now, I have been trying to figure out how yr Giants Avatar & Vegas connect? I tried to Google it, & only came up with one of the players arrest?!??

Barry G, when I saw this, I had to post, even if it doesn't relate... Happy 10th Anniversary

CrossEyedDave said...


My way of saying

Sorry for the past week,,,

(I really must work on my puns...)

Yellowrocks said...

Happy 10th, Barry and DW. I'm sure a lobster lunch with one's prince charming is far superior to a week in Paris with a not so charming prince. You are lucky to have each other.

Lucina, I sent you an email yesterday.

AnnieB8491 said...

Good Evening all - Well, Sunday's puzzle certainly separates the men from the boys, or in this case, the ladies from the girl. First pass was pitiful, subsequent passes filled in a few each time. Had to turn on red letter help and eventually completed the entire puzzle, with some wags and multiple letter tries until it wasn't red anymore lol. Once I got going there were many I knew with 1 or 2 letters filled in. Thanks Julian for an interesting and learning experience. Great write-up C.C.
My father hated spam so we never had it growing up. Couldn't get the visual out of my head to think of any other kind of spam. Wanted SPAREROOM in the worst way, finally took it out and filled in APARTMENT. Helped a lot filling out the NE.
Looking forward to tomorrow's puzzle.

Happy Anniversary Dave - wishes for many more.
CED - Enjoyed your video.

Waiting for The Good Wife to start. What will she do???


windhover said...

My family "enjoyed" a Spam casserole every Tuesday night. The stuff has not passed my palate since I left home in September, 1962. If I crawled out of the desert after a two week trek and found a tin of Spam I would keep crawling and leave it for the guy behind me.

PK said...

Mr. & Mrs. Barry, Happy Anniversary! Just relive your wedding night. I've heard April in Paris is overrated.

HG: Refrigerator! No D in there unless it's a Frigidaire. Mine isn't. LOL!

BillG: I tuned into the Laker's game fourth quarter just to see if they had anyone left to play. Nope. Howard got thrown out because of a technical. Too sad to watch.

Husker Gary said...

Up here frig would rhyme with rig not ridge and so we spell/say fridge. Another tempest in teapot!

River Doc said...

Abejo, I'm on a short term (~ half year) business assignment to Doha, Qatar....

CED, I was raised in the Bay Area, and the Giants were the first team I followed. So now they are "my" team wherever I live, be it Las Vegas, Doha, wherever....

Bill G. said...

Earlier, I went to get a macchiato. The coffee shop was populated by a group of high school students, supposedly there to study with their friends. They may have told their parents they were going to study, they may have thought they were studying but all I saw was loud, silly, social behavior. The 'background' music was too loud and they were too loud. It was hard to even read a book. When I left and was holding the door for a young woman, she commented on how loud it was too. I remember being that age once. I wonder what I was like at that age...?

The depleted Lakers went away with barely a whimper.

I agree with Gary regarding frig/fridge though I'm not sure why. Frig just looks wrong. Google mostly agrees with fridge. I think the difference is that I would keep iced tea in the fridge but ice tea in the frig. Or, maybe not...

Manac said...

Damn Bill! When did you start drinking
macchiatos? I'm willing to bet that you were the same way at that age. Funny how our demeanor changes over time.
Its always been Fridge for me.

Yellowrocks said...

We went for a ride this lovely spring afternoon to enjoy all the flowering trees. We stopped for an iced cream soda and a glass of iced water.

Bill G. said...

Whee! Another little earthquake just occurred. If you don't hear from me in the next few days, maybe this area of southern California will have been obliterated. It's a bit nerve-racking.

Manac said...

Bill, Que sera sera :)

PK said...

Well, guys, normally I would have written "fridge", but having a senior moment today, I quit typing before I should have. There were some other typos that were a little weird today or yesterday. I just laughed and didn't make a production of it. I'm now laughing at a couple of guys who think it is important to correct a friggin dumb broad.

Bill G. said...

PK, it seems as if you've gotten a little miffed. I'm sorry if I was responsible for any of that. If you're including me in with the 'couple of guys', please go back and check and I think you will find that I just weighed in on frig vs. fridge and didn't correct anybody. I didn't think Gary was correcting a mistake (or making a production either); more like expressing a question and a preference.

I have to say that I think almost everybody here (except the occasional snarky anon) is pretty sensitive about intentionally hurting anyone else's feelings.

P.S. I would have sent you an e-mail but you don't have a profile.

PK said...

BillG: I'm not miffed. I thought it was funny. My friggin comment was from FRIG--get it? A play on words. I worked around mostly men my whole life--some of them pretty rough. I'm not some delicate flower. I'm just likely to give it back as hard as I get it.

You had my email address at one time several months ago when I emailed you.