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Aug 10, 2013

Saturday, Aug10th, 2013, Julian Lim

Theme: None

Words: 64 (missing J,Q,Y,Z)

Blocks: 32

  I loved the look of this big-blocks-in-the-corners grid, but after getting started, realized that the 6X6 mini-grids would be impossible unless you could get some traction. Ouch. Ultimately, I finished, but I needed red-letters to "8D" the two words I had wrong.  Oh, and the crossing of TWO utter unknown proper names left me with one 'vowel WAG' to close it out.  Low word count today, and one grid climber:

7. "That's a touchy subject" : DON'T EVEN GO THERE - I had enough crossings to fill this in; however, when I hear or use this phrase, it's usually more than just a 'touchy' subject; more like a DF one if you ask me....

O-ring(*)N-test(*)W-beam(*)A-line(*)R-value(*)D-day~!

ACROSS:

1. Froth makers : WHISKS - Whip me up one of those pizza crusts~!(um, no whisk required, actually)

7. Mil. honor : DSM - Distinguished Service Medal - from doing crosswords

10. River that rises in the Vogesen Mountains : SAAR - tried AARE first; ooh, so close with the double "AA"

14. Alert on the road : HONK AT - I like to give a quick double-tap to the person in the car ahead of me that is on the phone while sitting at a green light - a double tap of the HORN; mind you, some days....

15. "Well, it sure beats me" : "OH I DUNNO" - Ugh, tough one; I thought it was I'VE NO IDEA, but it didn't fit; the last "A" came from 13D, and that bugger messed me up

17. Anatolian metropolis : ANKARA - Turkey; map

18. Propose for an office : NOMINATE - I must have read this clue out loud 4 times, and just couldn't get the meaning; then I realized we're talking about running for an office, not the people that work in an  office....

19. "The Joys of Yiddish" author Leo : ROSTEN - WAGged the "O" as "E" first - BZZZZZZT~!

20. Lures with music : TWEEDLES - Got stuck with 'T---S IN' to start - TEASES IN~? Nope. Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee, now those two, I know

21. One may be imaginary : FRIEND - I got lots of these - and I'm NOT on Facebook~!

22. Joy, for one : EMOTION

23. Touchy, as a subject : SENSITIVE

25. "Sons of Anarchy" co-star Katey : SAGAL - I thought it was sEgal, so that slowed me up

27. Bump on a log : NODE - ah, not knot

28. Brand with Ultra Leakguards : LUVS - diapers; we get econo-boxes of these at UPS, and the fragrance they are made with stinks worse than what they're supposed to 'catch'

29. Woman's name derived from an Old Norse word for "holy" : HELGA

33. Moreover : AND

35. "I cast to earth __ ...": Tennyson : A SEED - OK, so an A word; did I just hear you use the F-word?

36. Little redhead on vintage TV : OPIE - Ron Howard's role on "The Andy Griffith Show" - here's a guitar rendition of "The Fishin' Hole"

37. Maven : GURU - Maven is on the Yiddish list, too

39. Occasional presentations? : GIFTS - present(ations)

41. Largely factual entertainment genre : DOCU-DRAMA

46. Have a go at : TEST OUT - meh, not what I mean by "have a go at"

48. __ fever: tween "malady" : BIEBER - Puh-leeze

49. One who can hold her own : NO SLOUCH - Nope, no slouching here

50. Hurly-burly : BEDLAM

51. Rude : IMPOLITE

52. Utterly senseless : INSANE - aw, not WHACKO?

53. Coastal resident : SEASIDER

54. Ball game official : SCORER - ugh, not UMPIRE

55. "Tepper __ Going Out": Calvin Trillin novel : ISN'T

56. End of the block? : ADE - BlockADE

57. Charming people? : HEXERS - Cute

DOWN:

1. Moors at a dock : WHARFS - not this WORF's


2. French cartoonist Daumier : HONORE - and the other name that did me in

3. Finishes, as a cartoon : INKS IN - nailed it

4. Penguins' footwear : SKATES - Pittsburgh Penguins, of the NHL....maybe could have used a "?" at the end; I nailed it, but then again, I am a monster hockey fan

5. Tolstoy heroine : KARENINA - Done with Russians; any single women out there that are "no slouch"? (see above)

6. Assume battle stations : STAND TO

8. "Where?" : SHOW ME - Gimme, HuskerG; famous movie quote?

9. Passé copier : MIMEO - mimeograph, the Wiki

10. Old timers? : SUNDIALS - excellent clue/answer

11. Parkay, to butter : ANALOGUE - by definition, this means 'similar to', from the Greek analogos meaning "proportionate"; I grew up with analog(ue) meaning "NOT digital"


12. Church porch : ANTENAVE - I just could not find an image with this word on it; this was a cool pic with cathedral terminology; you can imagine where the antenave would be

13. Small deer : ROES - This ruined my whole NE; I live on FAWN lane, so that's what I filled in straight away, and it messed me up until I turned red, and then "Dah~!"

16. Fare reductions? : DIETS - HAR-HAR~!

24. The Bitterroot Range runs along its E. border : IDAho, map

26. '60s counterculture substance : LSD - not sold over the counter....

29. Road animal? : HOG - "Road Hog~!"

30. Paragons : EPITOMES - nailed it

31. 100 years or more, for a giant tortoise : LIFESPAN

32. Makes too many wrong turns, maybe : GETS LOST - Two wrongs don't make a right; three lefts do....

34. Parisian peer : DUC - Frawnch for duke, that kind of peer; I actually read this as 'deer', so it's a good thing the perps took care of it

35. Theater group : AUDIENCE - ah, not TROUPE, and ACTORS GUILD didn't fit, either

38. Refuse : RUBBISH - which way to read it?  REH-fuse, or ree-FUSE? Needed perps

40. __ Razberi: flavored vodka : STOLI - A WAG, but then again vodka, so....

41. Conveyed by pipes, as heat : DUCTED - Can you see me gritting my teeth? heat conveyed in pipes is a FORCED hot-water heating system; DUCTED is an AIR system that, well, uses ducts....just sayin'

42. Yankees rival : RED SOX - I can't stand the Yankees, so by default a Red Sox fan; I grew up with the Mets here on Lawn Guyland

43. Like klaxons in action : ABLARE - Klaxon is a brand name of electrically operated horn, and another A-word

44. Not as nice : MEANER

45. Weapons suppliers : ARMERS - Dah~!  Not ArmOrY

47. One-named writer of "Under Two Flags" : OUIDA - her WIki

49. Not finalized, in law : NISI - the Latin word for "useless"; Our resident legal eagles can go into more detail

Splynter

68 comments:

Doha Doc said...

Happy Saturday everybody!

Well, I spent most of this puzzle saying OH, I DUNNO to myself....

WSS about umpire, knot, The Biebermeister, TWEEDLES, and the two unknown names crossing. HelLUVa lot of white, followed by even more red....

Had LIFETIME for LIFESPAN, ANGELINO for SEASIDER, REALITY TV for DOCUDRAMA, all of which led to INSANE BEDLAM....

On a bright note, Thank You Splynter for the non-slouching own-holder image - it made my day...!

Yellowrocks said...

Fun puzzle with great misdirections. Challenging but doable. Thanks for your interesting and informative blog, Splynter.
I got SAGAL with 5 PERPS and NISI with 4.
-I WAGged the O in ROSTEN because I had heard of the name HONORE.
-So OPIE was a red head? My TV showed him in black and white.
-I learned ANALOGUE and analogous years before computers became common.
-I hear DON'T GO THERE when someone brings up a sore subject.
It avoids arguments and hurt feelings.
-I'm no HVAC expert, but to me heated forced air that is carried through ducts could be called DUCTED.

Yellowrocks said...

-Is ASEED really an A word or just a noun with its article?

Once in a golden hour
I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
The people said, a weed.

To and fro they went
Thro' my garden bower,
And muttering discontent
Cursed me and my flower.

Then it grew so tall
It wore a crown of light,
But thieves from o'er the wall
Stole the seed by night.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

I knew both these definitions of TWEEDLE, but the clue conflates them, which seems unusual.
1.to pipe, sing, etc. shrilly
2.Origin: infl. by wheedle
to cajole or wheedle

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Methinks Julian was really playing with us today-- some pretty obscure stuff like OIDA. Hard but doable. Thanks for clearing up that one and others, Splynter. Who knew Anatolia was Turkey?

That whole SE block seemed related. BIEBER TWEEDLES his AUDIENCE. Although his lyrics seem like RUBBISH to the old timers, this HEXER drives his AUDIENCE INSANE and BEDLAM insues. OH I DUNNO how they stand the DRAMA. DON"T EVEN GO THERE!

I thought the fever was going to be mononucleosis, but didn't fit. Mono is easier for pre-teens to get over than Bieber.

I liked oldtimers: SUNDIALS. Penguins footwear didn't faze me even though I don't follow hockey. I tried "dittos" before MIMEO. Oh, "theatre group" wasn't IMPROVS.

I could see Katey's face from "Married With Children", but it took perps for the name.

Southern Belle said...

Mornin' to all,

Not a quitter....but had to turn on red letter very early.....maybe the time of day is too early for me!

Splynter, wonderful job!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Much of this puzzle was totally out of my wheelhouse today. TWEEDLES, ANKARA, HELGA, ANALOGUE (as opposed to ANALOG), OH I DUNNO (the initial OH threw me for a loop), OUIDA, SAAR, ROSTEN, HONORE, DUC, BEDLAM (as clued), ANTENAVE... All INSANEly brutal today.

And yet... somehow I managed to finished slightly under my usual Saturday time. Huh? I guess all the perps crossing the aforementioned insanities were extremely easy or something. Didn't feel at all easy while I was solving, but there you go.

Can't make up my mind whether I actually enjoyed this puzzle or not. I hate seeing clue after clue and thinking WTF is going on here, but I do appreciate the fact that ultimately it was fair and doable.

Seriously, though... TWEEDLES?

[Brazarde]

Argyle said...

An exercise in futility...and I don't care for either one.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Splynter, C.C. et al.

Wonderful write-up and links, Splynter! I checked out the Yiddish word list, and think I should add those to my crossword database. Nu?

Fun puzzle today. I really love the zippy entries like DON'T EVEN GO THERE, OH I DUNNO (filled that one in right off the bat!) and NO SLOUCH (lovely girl holding her own, BTW). Great clue for SUNDIALS.

At 29-Across I was thinking of "Depends" for the leakguard brand, but it didn't fit. LUVS finally came up from the recesses of my mind.

I almost had a DNF because I thought it was ANALOGUS. But "I cast to earth ASSED" just didn't have the right ring to it. I finally saw my spelling error and changed it to ANALOGUE. Ta-da!!

Have a great day, everyone.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This one was a struggle, and I was pretty sure a DNF was in the offing. But no, with perseverance and half a bottle of Wite-Out it was finished!

I did know that Anatolia was Turkey, but TROY was too short. I let the perps decide if the Yankees' rival was another team or a southerner. Hand up for SEGAL before SAGAL. I had never heard TWEEDLE used that way before. Didn't understand SKATES. And wasn't ANTENAVE a Broadway show?

The bicycle awaits...

Montana said...

Splynter, if it weren’t for your interesting explanations each weekend, I would skip Saturday puzzles. Thanks.

On weekends I use my iPad, Cruciverb, and AcrossLite to solve the puzzles. Today there were 9 black squares that were ‘pentagons.’ I wondered if that was significant. Turned out, no.
I noticed Splynter’s puzzle didn’t have them. Just being curious, I went to the LA site from the Corner and no strange black shapes there, and none on Cruciverb on my desktop. Weird!
While at my desktop I did go back and look at the YouTube link in Splynter’s write-up. Those links only show up as huge, blank, white spaces in the expo on my iPad.

Loved the cluing for SUNDIAL. I did know the state with the Bitterroot Mountains. They extend into the SW part of Montana. Not sure I knew enough clues today to say I enjoyed the puzzle. But, I learn a lot when I attempt the Saturday puzzle and read Splyter’s expo after. I once tried just reading what Splyner had written, but that doesn’t work. If I haven’t tried to DO the puzzle myself, it isn’t the same.

Have a good weekend, everyone,

Montana

thehondohurricane said...

Howdy,

Got my butt kicked pretty good today, especially the SE corner which was almost totally dependent on red letters. BIEBER ???? Won't be able to fill it in correctly if it shows up tomorrow. ARMERS didn't click either. Still not sure if its factual or not. I was thinking Armorers.

10D, Old Timers/SUNDIALS & 16D, Fare Reductions/DIETS were cute.

Wanted Lifetime for 31D, but LIFESPAN showed up when I solved IMPOLITE.

35A, A SEED was a 100% Wag. Didn't care for 49A, NO SLOUCH. Why is it Feminine? Should have been clued as a neuter, IMO.

Nuff said, happy I got as far as I did w/o assistance.

See you sometime next week, I hope.

Anonymous said...

I got really hung up in SW corner when I put lifetime in for lifespan. Wasn't sure whether lifetime or epitomes or both were wrong when I had to back up and think through that area again.

Finally made it through, always a feeling of success finishing a Julian Lim puzzle. Just a few steps down from finishing a Silkie. You start out feeling like you can't get any answers, but chip away and you're done.

Splynter said...

Hi again~!

I agree, Hondo, but it makes for great links when clued in the feminine~!

Splynter

Yellowrocks said...

45D I thought of ARMORER, too, but it is too long and refers to one who makes or repairs arms. An ARMER supplies arms.
The -er ending means one who. Thus the verb sing becomes singer, one who sings. The verb ARM becomes ARMER, one who arms. In Scrabble my BIL added -er to almost any verb.

ANTENAVE. The nave is the main body of a church. Nave is from the same root as navy and means ship. The ceiling is shaped like an inverted ship, which has theological significance.
Ante means before, so the part of a church before the main body or nave, the porch, is the ANTENAVE.

PK, clever, amusing story.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

A Saturday with Julian is usually a workout, so I was ready for anything. I managed to see past most of the misdirecting clues, and my first guesses turned out mostly right.

I presume "Don't even go there" was the seed fill for the puzzle. I first heard this phrase in a Friends episode, I think. It seems to have gotten popular in a hurry back then.

CED from yesterday - thanks for clarifying. However hard it may be to make a good pie at home, it must be harder while camping!

Blue Iris from yesterday - I didn't know that KSU's aviation campus was at Salina. I've stopped there occasionally for fuel on long trips. It's a superb airport, conveniently located for that purpose. It's also ideal for flight training.

klilly said...

Thanks yellowrocks.. I learn so much from you. I thought the puzzle was hard. I can usually always finish with google help. My goal is not to use it..

We are going to get some rain in the houston area today.. Yeah

Java Mama said...

Happy Saturday, all! Julian really put me through my paces with this one. Cool grid-with the double plus signs; also like that SENSITIVE crosses DON’T GO THERE. I always look forward to your fun-filled commentary, Splynter. Enjoyed the Yiddish primer.

More familiar with Katey SAGAL as the voice of Leela on Futurama – didn’t watch Married with Children. Learning moment of the day: HELGA is derived from Old Norse for “holy”. Old Timers? = SUNDIAL was cute. But I was ultimately defeated in the NE by ANALOGUE (like Marti, I tried Analogus, which just didn’t look right).

A belated welcome to SuperSwenglishMom. Sounds like those two girls keep you busy!

TTP, your Pittsburghese the last couple days reminds me of when my daughter was a grad student there – now I’m craving a big ol’ sammich from Primanti Bros.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Anonymous said...

Tweedles?

Duc?

Rosten?

Honore?

Saar?

Ouida?

Ducted?

Antenave?

Exactly what I've come to expect from Saturday puzzles ...

Crap.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

It took awhile but I finished without help. Lots of misdirection but, as with a Silkie, patience and perseverance get you the TADA.

Nice Saturday offering, Julian Lim, and great expo, Splynter.

Enjoy the day.

Misty said...

I can't believe it! I can't believe I got it--and without any cheating! When I first took a quick look at this puzzle I decided that the "dreaded Limmie" was going to replace the "dreaded Silkie" as my Saturday morning nemesis. The only thing I got was KARENINA. But I stayed true to Marti's advice and worked with it, and slowly the NE filled it, and then the SW and slowly, slowly the whole thing. Hurray! I can't tell you how relieved and happy that made me.

The puzzle even touched some sweet personal items. HELGA is my late mother's name. Wish I could still phone her and ask her "Did you know your name means 'holy' in Norse?" (She would say, "why, of course").

And then there's the century tortoise. My husband and his first wife acquired our desert tortoise in 1958. That makes her 55 years old now. Since we know she might live to 100 and therefore outlive us, we had to write a provision for her care into our Will and Trust.

Loved the Tennyson poem, Yellowrocks. And, the great expo, Splynter.

What cartoon did HONORE Daumier produce?

And thought ROES were fish eggs, not small deer.

Have a great weekend, everybody. I know I will, after my great morning!

Lucina said...

Hello, Weekend Warriors! Splynter, I NOMINATE you for the DSM, Detailed Saturday Messenger. Thanks.

Well, for me this was the fastest Saturday solve in memory. I somehow got into Julian Lim's wavelength and the NW filled in no time.

Since I have visited ANKARA that started me followed by KARENINA and then sussed the rest. Done.

NE, however, took a little longer so I went south, sashayed a bit with a letter here and a letter there, finally got some traction with RUBBISH and AUDIENCE. SAGAL was in a recent puzzle I did so it was fresh in my mind.

Had NORMA first then HELGA, LIFESPAN, EPITOME and managed to complete it. But wait, SAAR was not in my grid! Drat! I had DOES not ROES and SAAD. I should have examined that.

Still I feel really good about finishing a Julian Lim with very little angst.

Loved the cluing for DIET and SUNDIAL.

And I didn't even notice OUIDA; it just emerged.

Have a spectacular Saturday, everyone! HH here. Hot and humid.

Keith Fowler said...

Got it. But needed help for OUIDA because I couldn't trust the answer that perps gave me. That and one or two other small peeks was all I needed.

It was tough and enjoyable, and I thank Mr. Lim for it. I still feel dubious about OH I DUNNO, which sounds to me much more like skepticism than an admission of defeat. Also, does ANALOGUE truly apply to an imitation? And does TWEEDLES really mean "Lures with music"? C'mon.

Where this one was fun was in the clues that were both clever and *accurate*--as with 4D, 10D, and 48A.

I learned NISI today. I think we are all enjoying a slow-paced legal education, thanks to xwords.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. I found this puzzle to be harder than I have seen in a long time. I had to look up about 5 references in order to complete it. I have to say I didn't like this puzzle much, not because it was hard (I don't dislike a puzzle simply because it's hard) but because so many of the answers, once I got them, left me feeling detached, uninterested. More than a half dozen times I noticed myself muttering "Ehhh, so?"

Wanted SEA EIDER instead of SEASIDER, which made the SW minipuzzle even harder than it otherwise was for me.

There is absolutely no way I could ever have gotten ISNT without (1) looking it up, or (2) getting all 4 perps. I looked it up because I wasn't gettin' the perps.

I found only a few (very few) clues/answers to be clever and fun; they have been mentioned by several of you already.

Jayce 0, Julian 1.

Best wishes to you all.

Tinbeni said...

I thought "100 years or more, for a giant tortoise" was 'middle-age' (wouldn't fit).
That about "sums-up" my (lack-of) solving experience. lol

But I kinda like the sexy "Ink-Blot" ...

Splynter: I'm always impressed with your write-up's and explanations.
I don't think you've missed a Saturday in over two years.
You're the Man!

Cheers!!!

Keith Fowler said...

Funny thing about this one is that in my first quick scan I saw the answers instantly to three in the SE corner: BIEBER, RED SOX, and MEANER. I didn't enter them and naturally doubted them because I grokked them without any corroborating perps. It was a surprise later on when they "fell into place."
The first I dared to fill was KARENINA , which appealed not just because it fit but because it had that extra *insider* edge of being the "Tolstoy heroine" (i.e. female) version of the surname. Of such small ego satisfactions are xword victories made....

Dudley said...

I forgot to thank Splynter for the "holding her own" image. Really, thanks!

Husker Gary said...

After driving 490 miles Th/Fr and golfing with Missy’s boyfriend’s son this morning, I am back to puzzling. Julian’s lovely puzzle took effort and ANALOGUE, SAGAL and SAAR gave me 3 blank cells.

Musings
-Kids loved smelling alcohol on the fresh spirit masters we ran off
-You’re right Splynter, Liza told Freddie to “SHOW ME”
-I HONKED at a older lady in a gas station yesterday who was checking messages on her phone instead of letting me pull up to the pump
-I felt JOY when the Royals beat the RED SOX 5 – 1 on a beautiful night Thursday
-Leak Guard brand was not BVDS. SEASIDER not seaeagle
-MIL’s 91st birthday is tonight. Her PRESENTS are gift cards for groceries and gas
-Why can’t BIEBER be perfect like Elvis? Wait a minute…
-This SLOUCH speaks volumes
-Doesn’t KARENINA work over in Garden supplies?
-Off to see Airplanes and off to the driving range. I hope to do Friday’s puzzle tonight.

HeartRx said...

Misty, Huzzah!! I knew if you persisted that you’d be solving these Saturday stumpers like a pro before you know it. I used to finish one and feel so proud that I had conquered it. Then I’d go for three weeks before I could finish another Sat. puzzle. So keep at it, and don’t get discouraged!

To answer your question, HONORE Daumier was a French political cartoonist who regularly incurred the wrath of the king, and was several times imprisoned and fined for his work. He produced this one in protest of the French National Guard’s massacre of 19 people in retaliation for the Silk Strike in Lyons.

And this one especially irked King Phillipe, as it showed him as a bloated gargantua, who lived off the toils of the French peasants.

PK said...

Dudley, maybe you already know that the Salina Airport and KSU aviation campus are located on the
decommissioned Smoky Hill/Schilling Air Force Base. I've flown in and out of there several times.

HG, I thought of you at the Royals game when I was watching the news and saw they'd won. Nice of them to do that just for you to make the trip worth taking.

Wasn't there a song that went, "Tweedly Tweedly Tweedly Dee, I'm as happy as can be..."

YR, enjoyed the poem.

Bill G. said...

Happy Saturday. I finished the puzzle with red-letter help. Than as is usually the case, I enjoyed part of it and didn't care for part of it. WEES. I especially liked SUNDIALS, DON'T EVEN GO THERE and DIETS. I didn't like ANTENAVE, TWEEDLES, SEASIDER and ABLARE. Thanks Julian and Splynter.

It never seems right to me to refer to a mimeograph machine as a copier. A Xerox machine copies something. On a mimeo, you create and type a stencil and then use it to print pages. I don't think it's any more a copier than a printing press is a copier. Later, a Ditto machine did the same thing in purple. It was easier to create a Ditto but could only make a limited number of pages whereas a mimeo went on almost forever.

Did you hear about the Dodgers game last night? I had given up with them down 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. They scored one in the seventh, two more in the eighth and won the game in the ninth. Earlier in the year, if they were down by one run, the game was lost. Somewhere in June, they got some of their injured players healthy again and went on a tear. They're fun to root for again.

I agree about Splynter's "Holding her own" image. I'm sure she must be a former algebra student of mine. I could never forgot such a cute, innocent face.

CrossEyedDave said...

PK@1:59

Is this your memory?

Or perhaps this version.

My fav is this one...

Lucina said...

YellowRocks:
I forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed the poem. It reminds me of how much I miss Clear Ayes (Lois) and the poetry she posted.

BillG:
LOL. I like that you are so lusty and admiring of women and I mean that in the nicest way possible.

PK:
You crack me up!

Marti:
You are a fount of knowledge. Thank you for the information about HONORE Daumier. The only other HONORE I'd heard of was de Balzac.

Misty said...

Marti, thanks as always, for the encouragement. And many thanks for the information and images for Daumier. I recognized the first picture right away, and have clearly seen it before. But I knew nothing about the context. He sure knew how to skewer the King, didn't he! I love learning new things on the blog!

Keith Fowler said...

I am still re-playing yesterday's versions of Psalm 137--both the "Rivers of Babylon" version and the "Waters of Babylon."
I can't think of another psalm that evokes such nostalgia or touches so well on self-respect versus compromise and a longing for integrity. The psalm has had an extraordinary musical life--including this version in Godspell's ON THE WILLOWS .

Although the words are different, Verdi claimed 137 as his inspiration for VA, PENSIERO in his opera Nabucco.

thehondohurricane said...

HG,

Any day the Red Sox lose is joyful.

Jerome said...

I'm surprised that some aren't familiar with OUIDA. It's the first two words of the Declaration of Independence.

HeartRx said...

Keith, thanks for Va, Pensiero ("Fly, thought," on wings of gold...) link. One of my favorite choruses from Verdi.

Jerome, OUIDA is the first two words of the Declaration of Independence, only if you are from noo joisy! (Sorry if I offend anyone - feel free to mock my bahstan accent at any time!)

Yellowrocks said...

mim•e•o•graph
1. a printing machine with an ink-fed drum, around which a cut waxed stencil is placed and which rotates as successive sheets of paper are fed into it.
2. a copy made from a mimeograph.
If a mimeo makes copies. It is a copier of a sort. It makes copies of what is on the stencil.
This quote below came from an article about the invention of the printing press.
“The printing press makes it possible to make multiple copies of a particular image onto rectangular paper.” It is also a copier, of a sort copying the plates or lines of type. An ancient low tech copier was a scribe.
ANALOGUE
"A meat analogue, also called a meat substitute, mock meat, faux meat or imitation meat, approximates certain aesthetic qualities (primarily texture, flavor and appearance) and/or chemical characteristics of specific types of meat. Many analogues are soy-based (see: tofu, tempeh) or gluten-based."

"Vegan cheese analogues are cheese substitutes made most frequently from soybeans but also made from rice, almonds, nutritional yeast and other non-dairy ingredients."

Under this reasoning, Parkay is an analogue for butter.

Anonymous T said...

G'Day All:

OHIDUNNO! A smattering of fills, then the Google, then saw Lim's name and threw in the towel... Just came here to see how dumb I was (turns out pretty dumb), see how everyone is dong, and learn a thing or two from YR (thanks!).

Cheers,

-T

Qli said...

Got the top half of this one, but the bottom was a DNF. LIFETIME for the tortoise and SPRING for fever really goofed me up. I have yet to finish a Julian Lim on my own, without coming here. But I'm glad I get to see what the answers are so I can appreciate how Lim plays with words. One day I will succeed on my own!

Having said that, ABLARE? Really? Loved the clues for SUNDIALS and DIET, though.

Wonder how old the Galapagos tortoise at the Como Park Zoo is? Do you know, C.C? I am curious as to what will happen to your tortoise when you are gone, Misty. Never thought about that kind of situation, but I applaud you for providing for her.

My husband caught a glimpse of that NO SLOUCH link and wondered what the heck I was looking at. See what he misses by not doing the crossword?

Lucina said...

YR and all:
Like most teachers of a certain age, do I have memories of MIMEOgraph machines! I prefer to call them "teacher torturers."

I am just so glad those days are over and in fact, were dismissed when 3M and xerox came along with their superior products.

I can't recall who posted Boney M's version of Babylon, but thank you. I love that group and have been enjoying listening to "Turn, Turn, Turn," as well.

Yellowrocks said...

The A words are often used in poetry. ABLARE is also frequently found in newspapers and novels.
The stanza below is filled with A words.
The Law Of The Yukon by Robert William Service
Theme:
“This is the Law of the Yukon,that only the Strong shall thrive;
That surely the Weak shall perish, and only the Fit survive."

Staggering blind through the storm-whirl, stumbling mad through the snow,
Frozen stiff in the ice-pack, brittle and bent like a bow;
Featureless, formless, forsaken, scented by wolves in their flight,
Left for the wind to make music through ribs that are glittering white;
Gnawing the black crust of failure, searching the pit of despair,
Crooking the toe in the trigger, trying to patter a prayer;
Going outside with an escort, raving with lips all afoam,
Writing a cheque for a million, driveling feebly of home;
Lost like a louse in the burning . . . or else in the tented town
Seeking a drunkard's solace, sinking and sinking down;
Steeped in the slime at the bottom, dead to a decent world,
Lost 'mid the human flotsam, far on the frontier hurled;
In the camp at the bend of the river, with its dozen saloons aglare,
Its gambling dens ariot, its gramophones all ablare;
Crimped with the crimes of a city, sin-ridden and bridled with lies,
In the hush of my mountained vastness, in the flush of my midnight skies.
Plague-spots, yet tools of my purpose, so natheless I suffer them thrive,
Crushing my Weak in their clutches, that only my Strong may survive.
Link Entire poem

Husker Gary said...


-Yes, it was JOYful to see KC win just for us, and, oh yeah, the 30,000 other people there. The forecast was for 70% - 90% chance of rain but it was dry and cool with a refreshing breeze.
-They were down 3 last night in the sixth and came back to win by 3 against the Sahx.
-Now if those Tigers would just lose a few!

HeartRx said...

YR, love Robert William Service poems! My fav is "The Cremation of Dan McGee"

HG, thx for relieving me of my guilt for mocking the N.J. accent! And congrats to KC for beating the "sahx". Not so sure about Tebow in the Pats, even tho' they won...

PK said...

CED: Yup, that's them. In the last clip, if I didn't know better, I'd think the skinny girl in the ponytail and dark skirt was me at that age. (Well, a sweater looked better on me.) That's how we danced at my high school. Weren't very good, but we didn't know it and had fun.

YR: after reading that Yukon poem, I sure wanted a drink.

After a week of suspense, I finally heard that my AF son arrived in the land of sand. Now I can get down to the real business of keeping him safe through worry.

Avg Joe said...

Awlright Marti. Make up your mind.

Dan McGrew

or <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174348>Sam McGee</a>

You threw me, YR. I'd never heard Robert W. Service cited with his full middle name.

Avg Joe said...

Clearly that didn't work. Try again.

Sam McGee

Dan McGrew

PK said...

Keith, interesting musical links. Thanks.

C.E.D Admirer said...

CEd, thanks for your wonderful links.

I came here, hoping you would have done your daily contribution, and I was not disappointed.

I especially loved "Ricking Robin", that looks like it was in the 60's. the girls are so well dressed, the boys are so cute, and everything's - so decent.

Thanks Marti for Honore Daumier' s. cartoons,

, and Thanks Splynter ( I can never spell your name ), for the beautiful girl. I must look at her again.

Also thanks YR, for the lovely poem. - I keep thinking of Clear Ayes. RIP.

Keep enjoying the weekend, folks.

Argyle said...

mimeograph

Average Joe Admirer said...




THANKS AVERAGE JOE! despite your avatar, you are a really nice man, and not average at all.

I LOVED those poems, by ROBERT W. SERVICE.

Must bookmark them.

How come they didn't become country music songs ?

They rhyme so well, I just read the whole balarney story, without singing them out,

and kept chuckling, until I got to the end.

Thank yous.

Must read them again.

Spitzboov said...

Good evening everyone.

Not much else to comment on. Had a hiccup with WHARFS; wanted 'wharves' for the plural but the dictionary says either is acceptable.

I see from the News that the Love Boat (Pacific Princess) is going to the breakers. Sic transit gloria.

Avg Joe said...

Well shucks, gee and golly AJA! What can I say?

Seriously, I learned to read when I wanted to read the funnies without assistance and my 5 older siblings had bailed on me. I was around 4. The first thing I can remember reading outside the comics page was Robert W Service. I'm not sure his poems should be songs.....that might ruin it. But I always liked the cadence. A little trite, or maybe even cheesy? Maybe. But it works!

JD said...

Good evening all,

Very doable and lots of fun... took awhile and some googling.Many times I don't stick with the Sat. Stumpers, but I'm glad I did.

Yellowrocks, thanks for posting the poem.

So sorry for all of you who are getting drenched in the CO area.

JD said...

Avg. Joe, also thanks for the poems of Robert Service.How can anyone not like Sam McGee.

Robert Service once wrote that "it isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe." I think most of us who have trouble filling in 1A and/or 1D can relate to that.

Jerome @3:41 LOL!

TTP said...

A neighbor had an Anatolian. The dog was huge. Made my big shepherd look small. Made ANKARA easy. Other parts of this puzzle weren't so easy.

Anatolian

Bill G. said...

CED, I remember well that song by LaVerne Baker. That was the music I grew up loving.

I don't care for most of present-day popular music. I did find one song recently that I enjoyed. I haven't paid much attention to the words but the melody, rhythm, background, etc. are fun. That is "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.

As you know, Jordan and I survived his learning to get on a bicycle. Today's challenge was to help Barbara relearn how to parallel park. She has avoided it for years, could mostly accomplish it with our 65 VW but hasn't tried it with the almost new Toyota Yaris. So we practiced today. We are still speaking so it went OK; not great but OK. Her main trouble is not being able to sense how far she is from the other cars. When she turns and backs up, she thinks her right front fender is about to hit the front car's rear fender when she is still four feet away. I guess it's a combination of problems with depth perception and self confidence. We did it four times before her patience ran out. My guess is, that will be the end of the practice sessions.

CrossEyedDave said...

Avg Joe Admirer???

(Hmm,,, I'm going to have to work harder...)

Anywho,,, It's late, so I guess no one will mind a little late nite kitty cuteness...

TTP, I watched the "how to cook on a car engine" video in it's entirety, (hot dogs, burgers, no problem. Stew & Beef Stroganoff can be a bit harder to accomplish...) But at the very end... was this link to a video of how to cook lasagna in your dishwasher. ( I think they are serious!!!!) It looks good, but I am a little concerned about how I am going to lug that dishwasher into the woods...

Manac said...

Ahem! Dave,
I beg to differ!

And in all fairness
What the heck

Irish Miss said...

I see the Katzenjammer Kids (CED and Manac) are at it again!

TTP re the Anatolian, I have three nieces who each have a Bernese Mountain Dog; they are like minature horses!

Irish Miss said...

Miniature, I think.

CrossEyedDave said...

OK Manac!

I think I have found a way to

get you back!

Manac said...

Irish Miss, You are a true gem.

CED, I think we need a blog vote on that one :)

Anonymous T said...

CED - The dogs are too funny. The baby & dog is my favorite. That kid is going to grow up to be a comic or cruel to animals :-) -T

Bill G. said...

In an attempt to repay you for the LaVerne Baker link, here's another old favorite from my teenage years. Since I Met You Baby. At our local parties, I would try to position myself near a pretty girl so I could be the first to ask her to slow dance.

I'm enjoying "Suits" less and less. Unlikable, arrogant people speaking and interacting in ways unlike any real people I know or can imagine. I watch enough other stuff. I think I can safely delete it and never miss it.

In a TV ad (for Jack in the Box I think), they make it a point to say "samwich" instead of "sandwich." It sounds sloppy to me. But they don't care I'm sure.

Doha Doc said...

I vote for the dog who figured out how to play fetch with himself....

Yellowrocks said...

It's trendy to call sandwiches sammies these days. Rachel Ray has sammie recipes. I hear it quite a bit. There are also sammich recipes, though not as common. I have bever heard it with the W samwich,
Edyie Gorme died today. I'm sitting here listening to her songs. Lovely.

TTP said...

Good early morning. I'm waking up and I think some of you may have just gone to bed.

Java Mama, I may be having a Primanti Brothers sandwich next week !

CED, how about those cooking directions ? Like chicken breasts... 60 miles at 65 mph....

Irish Miss, I have a friend who has a Bernese. Her name is Molly. She was wary of me and my boy (my avatar) at first, but they get along just fine. She's smaller than he is though. When he's not with me, she'll come up beside my leg so I can scratch her head, and then she sits down on my foot so I won't move. Then tilts her head way back to look at me when I momentarily stop scratching. She's a real hoot.

Bill, I thought I recalled that Vegas Doc or Manac had posted the Blurred Lines video when it first came out. That song is really catchy. Robin Thicke is Alan Thicke's son. Alan played the dad on Growing Pains, a family friendly sitcom. It may have been viewed as a knockoff of Family Ties, another family friendly sitcom of the same era that featured Michael J Fox.