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Sep 1, 2013

Sunday September 1, 2013 Margaret Hannan

Theme: "Division of Labor" - Each "Labor" word is divided into two parts by a black square.

23A. Brown outburst : GOOD GRIEF  FORT BENNING (24A. Georgia military post)
 
40A. '90s three-door SUV : MAZDA NAVAJO  BUBBLE GUM (45A. Bazooka output)

61A. High class : UPPER CRUST  RAIN BARREL (64A. Runoff collector)

85A. Getaway with horses : DUDE RANCH  OREGON DUCKS (87A. Washington Huskies rival)

108A. Frequent button-presser : COUCH POTATO  I'LL BE BACK (110A. Arnold's catchphrase)

So these are essentially grid-spanning 21-letter entries broken up by a black square. A perfect 100 theme squares.

I've mentioned this before. Grid spanning 15's often ease up a weekday grid, but 21's are somehow hard. And the constructor has 5 to deal with today.

I think this is Margaret Hannan's LAT debut. Congratulations!
 
Across:

1. Traveling like Columbus : ASEA

5. Seniors' advocacy org. : AARP. Few like them on our blog.

9. Many a commuter's home : SUBURB

15. Beltmaking tools : AWLS

19. Still at the lost and found : UNCLAIMED

21. One who overdoes a privilege : ABUSER

22. Actress Perlman : RHEA. Back together with Danny DeVito after a short separation.

26. Googling result : URL

27. Defense team: Abbr. : ATTs

28. "Twilight" heroine : BELLA (Swan).  Look here.  It has no mention of his relationship with Kristen Stewart. How could that be? I like Wiki bio where there's a clear "Personal life" segment.

29. Kook : WEIRDO

30. Space capsule transition : RE-ENTRY

32. It may be a surprise : PARTY

33. Hawker's talk : SPIEL

34. __ moment : AHA

35. Moral misstep : SIN

36. Nobelist Bellow : SAUL. Better call this Saul. Breaking Bad.



37. Airport security requests : IDs

47. Inter __ : ALIA

48. Toledo title : SENOR

49. Action film weapons : UZIs

50. Water container? : DIKE. Nice clue.

51. Good __/bad __: interrogation method : COP

52. Thanks/thanks link : BUT NO.

54. Org. with HQ on Manhattan's East Side : THE UN

56. "Bummer" : AW GEE. Do you guys all like the stupid Gmail new format? I can't even find the CC button.

57. Big name in escapes : HOUDINI. I thought of Alcatraz.

59. Lamb cut : SHANK

60. Glamorous Gardner : AVA

69. Storage media, briefly : CDs

70. Civil rights org. : NAACP

72. Follow : ABIDE BY

73. Groundwork : BASIS

76. Game on skates : DERBY. Roller derby.

77. Windshield sticker : DECAL

79. Head of London? : LOO. Did you want ELL also?

80. "I say!" : EGAD

81. Western landscape feature : MESA

82. Like some luck : TOUGH

84. Zero-spin particle : PION. No idea. What does "Zero-spin" mean?

90. Match, as a bet : SEE

91. Sony co-founder Morita : AKIO. Literally "bright man".


92. Enlistees : GIs

93. Oklahoma resource : OIL

94. Plant tissue : XYLEM. New word to me also.

96. Cover used during zapping : SARAN

99. "Gerontion" poet : T. S. ELIOT

103. Opens, as a beer : UNCAPS

105. Required situation for a two-run homer : ONE ON. Oh, I'd like you to know that I'm now a Pirates fan. Bye, Twins!



106. Roll call replies : AYES

107. Sgt. or cpl. : NCO

112. Verdant : LUSH

113. Decks out : ADORNS

114. Sneak out : STEAL AWAY

115. "I'd hate to break up __" : A SET

116. Accommodate, in a way, as a restaurant patron : RE-SEAT

117. "CSI" actress Helgenberger : MARG.  Pronounced with a hard "G". She's wearing nipple concealers, Argyle, in case you wonder.



118. Sticky Note, e.g. : MEMO

Down:

1. Soothsayer : AUGUR

2. Nocturnal noise : SNORE

3. Nice school : ECOLE. French city Nice.

4. City council rep. : ALD

5. Dallas-based budget carrier : AIRTRAN

6. Accord : AMITY

7. Welsh actor Roger : REES

8. Adobe format : PDF

9. More conservative, investment-wise : SAFER

10. Horseshoe-shaped hardware item : U-BOLT

11. Thickset : BURLY

12. Venus's org. : USTA (United States Tennis Association). Venus Williams.

13. Gray : REB. This "Gray" clue gets me all the time.

14. Stout servers : BREW PUBS

15. Onetime rival of Jack and Gary : ARNIE (Palmer). Gary Player.

16. Pinwheel : WHIRLIGIG. Lovely entry.

17. Advance : LEND

18. Palm tree starch : SAGO

20. First name in whodunits : AGATHA

25. Sam who played Merlin in "Merlin" : NEILL

28. It has strings attached : BANJO. The dreaded "Deliverance".

31. Nothin' : NADA

32. Cliburn's instrument : PIANO

33. Oral polio vaccine developer : SABIN

35. Cinematographer Nykvist : SVEN. Known for his for his work with Ingmar Bergman, according to Wiki.

36. Ichiro of baseball : SUZUKI. My very first baseball card is a Ichiro rookie.

38. British nobleman : DUKE

39. Barrie pirate : SMEE. Peter Pan.

40. __ Picchu : MACHU

41. Knock for __ : A LOOP

42. Mom's winter morning reminder : ZIP UP

43. Up and about : ASTIR

44. Surg. specialty : ORTH

45. Lake __ Vista : BUENA

46. __ Bear, original name of Winnie-the-Pooh : EDWARD. Did not know this.

52. Bath visitors : BIRDS. "Visitor" made me think of the British city Bath.

53. Members of the fam : UNCS (Uncles). Meh fill. Unavoidable in a Sunday grid.

55. Source of a Marxian nickname : HARP. This refers to Harpo Marx, right?

56. Be helpful to : AVAIL

58. Rule : DECIDE

59. You might take one before giving up : STAB. Please give Young & Beautiful
a stab. Best song I heard this summer. So haunting.

60. "SOS" singers : ABBA

62. World Heritage Site org. : UNESCO

63. Immortal actress Bernhardt : SARAH. It amuses me every time Rich uses "Immortal" in a clue. Wiki said she's "the most famous actress the world has ever known." Died in March 1923. French.

65. Salsa holder : NACHO

66. Museum item : RELIC

67. Nook download : E-BOOK

68. City north of Marseilles : LYONS. I wonder why English adds S to both Lyon and Marseille.

71. Plasm lead-in : CYTO. "Cell".

73. Hospital count : BEDS

74. Chills and fever : AGUE

75. Lousy example : SAD EXCUSE.  Always thought "sad excuse" = "bad explanation".

76. Jean-etic material? : DENIM. Got it.

77. Expected to arrive : DUE IN

78. Breakfast staple : EGGS

81. Matches the scorecard, so to speak : MAKES PAR. I tend to say "I made a par/birdie/bogey" on that hole, with "a".

83. Bach's instrument : ORGAN

84. Clout : PULL

86. Friend of Potsie in "Happy Days" : RALPH

88. Steed feeder : NOSEBAG

89. Semi filler : DIESEL

95. America's Cup entry : YACHT

96. It's a trap : SNARE. Great clue.

97. UnitedHealthcare rival : AETNA

98. High bar : ROOST

99. First president who wasn't elected : TYLER (John). Because of Harrison's death.

100. Amazed : IN AWE

101. Eponymous William's birthplace : OCCAM. William of Occam, known for his razor principle.

102. Capital east of Seoul : TOKYO

103. Campus south of Sunset Blvd. : UCLA

104. We, to Henri : NOUS. Oui!

105. Plains people : OTOS

106. Mont. neighbor : ALTA (Alberta)

109. Wordsworth work : ODE

110. Philosophy : ISM

111. Emeril catchword : BAM. This simple Quinoa salad deserves a "Bam" from Emeril! I always "Kick it up a notch" with a few slices of avocado.


C.C.


60 comments:

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Swell puzzle, Margaret! Fine expo, CC!

Didn't take too long. No cheats, unlike Friday and Saturday.

Especially liked WHIRLIGIG. Really hated THE UN. Never heard of AIRTRAN. Perps to the rescue!

Have a great Sunday!

Doha Doc said...

Happy Sunday everybody!

Got the “Division of Labor” theme early, which helped along the way. Another puzzle where having the display that shows the circles in the layout is a big help….

Do-overs were few, but included ECTO for CYTO, FONZI for RALPH, and IN A for AHA….

One of the most satisfying things to me about doing crosswords is experiencing the theme-busting AHA moment….

Favorite clues = Brown outburst, Bazooka output, Thanks/thanks link, and Bath visitors….

Least favorite clue = “Bummer”….

No bloody clue = XYLEM….

Two Pac-12 teams in the grid today, with a third used as a clue – must be college football season! My Cal Bears kept up with, but eventually succumbed to, 22nd ranked Northwestern (the game was closer than the final 44-30 score….)

Finally, the America’s Cup used to be a YACHT race, BUT NO more. It’s not even about national bragging rights. It’s more about which rich guy can buy the most expensive and technologically advanced “boat,” hire out a mercenary crew to sail it, and oh by the way, take full advantage of setting the RULEs (if you are the defender). Or dispute the rules changes with your own high-paid ATTS (if you are the challenger). This year’s “pre-races” have all been a SNORE to watch, which is a damn shame, given the beautiful setting that is the San Francisco Bay….

Well, it’s back to work for Da Doc. Right after I look up nipple concealers. Just trying to keep abreast of the latest in fashion accessories - you know, for crossword usage. Yeah, that’s the ticket….

Lemonade714 said...

Another interesting grid with many fun clues.Sunday's are just so big.

I always heard the phrase POOR EXCUSE when referring to incompetents, like Tim Tebow is a poor excuse for a professional quarterback.

I doubt there are very many in the US who care about the boat racing.

Rabbit, rabbit

Thanks C.C. and Margaret

PK said...

Hi Y'all! This puzzle was in my ballpark, but took some EFFORT. Thanks Margaret! I had quite a JOB getting the BELLA/BANJO & MAZDA/ZIPUP crosses. Also TOILed over SAD EXCUSE/XYLUM cross. I got the theme about halfway down, but this only helped with TOIL.

I tried UNicef before UNESCO & AIRwest before TRAN.

Most of the names were easy exept SUZUKI, NEILL, SVEN & AKIO. PION? Sounds nasty.

Some of the words perped in by themselves and I didn't read the clues until I got here.

C.C., thanks for the blog. I hope everyone is well at your house.

It is thundering and raining here! Yippee! We had an unpredicted shower yesterday after I had risen at 6 a.m. to water grass. Nice to have a break in a streak of very hot weather which has reduced my new grass cover some. Seems like a simple task but watering is quite a CHORE for me. Sad commentary: my summer was spent watching grass grow.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Mostly straightforward effort today, although I didn't grock the theme until I came here.

Was thinking ice skates and therefore couldn't understand what skates had to do with a DERBY. Did not know SUZUKI, SVEN or AKIO, but perps came to the rescue. Everything else was smooth sailing.

[osaboal]

desper-otto said...

Good morning, Sunday solvers!

This was mostly a speed run, except for the center. My surgeon started out as ORAL instead of ORTH which made SHANK, THE UN and HARP the last to fall.

To paraphrase C.C.: SUZUKI My first motorcycle was a Suzuki.

Just for the record, I really dislike solving crosswords on my tablet. I'm forever switching between across/down in the middle of entering a word. Ugh! This COUCH POTATO'll take pen and paper anytime.

Yellowrocks said...

Fairly quick solve today. I was missing 5 clues in the Mensa print out Like DO, I prefer pen and paper. Chefwen, I took your advice from last Sunday and went back to find the missing clues on the Mensa site. Thanks.
I had no circles. I never dreamed the theme would be found in 2 side by side answers, but I didn't really need the theme.
IMMORTAL in the sense of never to be forgotten or enduring fame is quite common. A person can be immortal in the sense that she lives on through her words or works.

TTP said...

Good morning all !

Thank you CC and thank you Margaret.

Flew through and never looked for the theme. Alas, stalled while landing, so crashed and burned at 44 minutes with 2 missing letters. Never sussed -AN-O to BANJO, and had no shot at Twilight clue = BELLA. Should have guessed the B. Ditto with the J in NAVAJO.

CC, perhaps I don't have the new GMAIL format yet ? For a new mail, you press COMPOSE, and the cc and bcc should be on the right side of the address bar. If you do a REPLY, put your cursor in the address bar and left or right click to anchor it. The cc and bcc should appear.

This long suffering Buccos fan was surprised by the recent acquisition of Marlon Byrd and further flabbergasted when reading yesterday that they traded for Justin Morneau. IMO a good move, although club chemistry is a funny thing. Justin joins ex Twinkies teammate Francisco Liriano on the Pirates roster.

Have a great day.

HeartRx said...

Rabbit, rabbit.

Good morning C.C. et al.

That's so ironic, that you cannot find "CC" in your email program! Thanks for the explanation of this one. I was ASEA trying to suss the theme. I looked at the beginnings and ends of the long entries, but FO(R?)ING, MAJO (MAZO?), RAREL, ORECKS (at least that is a real words!) and COUTO made no sense at all. AW GEE, there were circles??

But the fill was pretty smooth, and I proceeded from top to bottom in more or less a speed run. I hesitated and waited for perps before deciding on PION over muon, which are both subatomic particles. And that's the extent of my knowledge of Nuclear Physics! So it was still a fun Sunday morning entertainment. Congratulations on your debut, Ms. Hannan!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Abejo said...

Finished the puzzle. i'll check in after church.

Abejo

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A just right Sunday offering. The theme was evident immediately because of the circles. Nicely done, Ms. Hannan, and nice write-up, CC.

Going to a family gathering this afternoon. Looking forward to the menu of steamed little necks, homemade clam chowder (Manhattan-style), corn, burgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers subs, potato salad, homemade baked beans, cole slaw. Weather forecast is iffy but hoping we are spared any serious downpours.

Have a relaxing day.

Joey Sapphire said...

My late mother's birthday is September 1. She had a print of this painting hung on her bedroom wall. It was a gift from a very dear friend. I always think of it when I see today's date. Not a great painting but still invokes strong feelings.

September Morn

Yellowrocks said...

"O NIGHTINGALE! THOU SURELY ART"
By William Wordsworth
O NIGHTINGALE! thou surely art
A creature of a "fiery heart":--
These notes of thine--they pierce and pierce;
Tumultuous harmony and fierce!
Thou sing'st as if the God of wine
Had helped thee to a Valentine;
A song in mockery and despite
Of shades, and dews, and silent night;
And steady bliss, and all the loves
Now sleeping in these peaceful groves. 10
I heard a Stock-dove sing or say
His homely tale, this very day;
His voice was buried among trees,
Yet to be come at by the breeze:
He did not cease; but cooed--and cooed;
And somewhat pensively he wooed:
He sang of love, with quiet blending,
Slow to begin, and never ending;
Of serious faith, and inward glee;
That was the song--the song for me.

Anonymous said...

One thing I remember from biology classes some 40 years ago is "xylem and phloem"--one of those phrases that tastes good to say. The xylem and phloem are the transport systems in vascular plants that move nutrients throughout the plants. Water has to get from the roots to the tree tops and sugars (from photosynthesis) have to get everywhere. Maybe we'll see "phloem" in a future puzzle...

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-Big puzzle/small but clever theme after a Husker win that felt like a loss
-Ever heard of this BAZOOKA?
-Ole Man River don’t care that “You an' me, we sweat an' STRAIN”
-An entire building for UNCLAIMED ITEMS
-The ABUSER/facilitator relationship has a dead end
-Them durn vowels are on top of each other in wEIrdo/spIEl
-I don’t do DECALS or bumper stickers, let alone tattoos
-I can’t tear that SARAN Wrap straight for love nor money
-Say it ain’t so CC! Ya gotta stick with the hometown team ;-)
-Our grass is so LUSH this year, we mow every 4 days
-My golf course is 6 blocks from MARG’S childhood home.
-Now I know AUGUR can be a noun
-More famous U(sain) BOLT
-We discussed Vince Guaraldi’s PIANO yesterday
-How can the birds that visit our BATH drink that stuff after other birds have, ya know…
-We teachers have heard every possible SAD EXCUSE
-You’d better have at least $800 to fill that semi with DIESEL
-Read y’all later, gotta run

HeartRx said...

Anon @ 10:25, you just partially answered Lemony's question @ 10:59 on Friday:
Now what is the difference between the resin which oozes from pine trees and the sap which oozes from maple trees?

The sap that is tapped on maples is actually the sugar present in the XYLEM and phloem of trees, which supports the plan't life. Resins are viscous liguids secreted by the tree's outer bark. They dry to a hard, clear substance. It is not clear why some trees produce resin, but it may have a protective function by trapping insects that feed on the bark. All clear now, Lemony?

HeartRx said...

Husker G., to keep saran wrap from sticking in bunches, just keep it in the freezer. Believe me, it works like a charm!

Or, if you don't have room in your freezer, you can buy this brand which has a nifty slide cutter. 3:12 We have been using it for years, and get it at Sam's Club or BJs.

desper-otto said...

I'll bet if Lemon took a swig of that pine resin, he'd notice the difference between it and maple sap.

Husker, we don't do bumper stickers, either. But we do have a sticker on the rear window which identifies us as local residents. I figure that may save me from a speeding ticket one day. Maybe not.

Lucina said...

Greetings, C.C. and all!

Ring in September! That's because we inch closer to ending the summer temps.

Congratulations to Margaret Hannan if this is her debut puzzle.

Most of it was a walk in the park and the theme helped once I realized it. My Waterloo was at THE UN/ORTH. ORAL/FLANK seemed etched in stone but then I didn't see HARP so DNF at that point.

Thank you, C.C., for your expo which settled it for me. Sometimes I'm just dense!

And Anon@10:25 beat me to XYLEM/Phloem which I was prepared to expound upon. Zoology and botany were required at USD back in the day and some learning does stay embedded. That concept is one of them.

Have a stupendous Sunday, everyone! Later.

Dudley said...

Rabbit Rabbit.

Hello Puzzlers -

Pretty smooth solve today, but I did have to wait for perp help for that Mazda model. Never heard of it. Xylem got pulled from some cranial fold. The circles made the theme easy to suss - a crafty grid! Nice work, Margaret Hannan.

Morning, C.C., thanks for elucidating. You asked about spin in subatomic particles. It's tricky, but I'd explain it this way: some subatomic bits behave in ways that could be accounted for if they did actually spin, like little golf balls or planets. Trouble is, the laws that apply for the larger objects break down when talking about tiny objects, so the analogy of spin (which brings angular momentum to balls and planets) doesn't quite fit. Still, it makes for a handy name for the observed characteristics, and quantum physicists do have a sense of humor.

Montana said...

Good morning Sunday solvers.

Thanks CC for the explanations.
I did well on this puzzle in the middle of the night. Only got a few red-letter squares, so I feel good about the solve. I got the theme, but didn't need it. I solve on an iPad and I do get the circles.

If one is a NDSU (North Dakota State University) or EWU (Eastern Washington University) fan, it was a GREAT football weekend. Both had major wins.

Gotta go. Attending late (12:30 pm) church service with baptism of youngest granddaughter to follow.

New avatar has two granddaughters with Gramma on a nice sunny day in Denver.

Montana

Spitzboov said...

Good morning C.C. amd everyone.

Didn't really catch on to nor use the theme gimmick today. Solve was straightforward; perps helped with the few unknowns. I really liked the BIRD bath cluing.

A repost of a short DIESEL story in case some of you missed it some time back:
Ole and Lars who worked together were both laid off, so off they were to the unemployment office. Asked his occupation, Ole said, "Panty stitcher. I sew the elastic onto cotton panties." The clerk looked up panty stitcher. Finding it classified as unskilled labor, she gave Ole $300 a week unemployment pay.
Lars was asked his occupation. "Diesel fitter," he replied. Since diesel fitters was a skilled job the clerk gave him $600 a week.
When Ole finds out he is furious. He stormed back to find out why Lars, his friend and co-worker was collecting double his pay. The clerk explained, "Panty stitchers were unskilled and diesel fitters were skilled labor." "What skill?" yelled Ole. "I sew the elastic on. He pulls on it and says, 'Yep, diesel fitter.'"

Tinbeni said...

C.C. I never thought Morneau would leave the TWINS.
(That would be like the Yankees trading Jeter!)
tears ...

Margaret Hannan thank you for a FUN Sunday!!!

Would have enjoyed the puzzle 'more' without the 'circles' to figure out the "Division of Labor" theme.

Time to hit the BREW PUB ... tough decisions with 50 choices. lol

Pinch, Pinch ...

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Margaret Hannan, for an excellent puzzle.

Thank you, C.C., for the fine write-up.

I did mine on the IPad and did not have circles. Montana tipped me off that there were circles, so I went out and got the paper, and there were circles. So, I used them to discover the theme. I was almost done with the puzzle.

XYLEM was unknown to me. Perped it.

I do not use SARAN wrap for microwaving. I have heard that the process can break down the plastic. Maybe, maybe not, but I am not chancing it.

I am glad the NAACP never changed it's name to be politically correct. Politically correctness drives me nuts.

Had ALII at first for 47A. Fixed that after NADA to ALIA.

PIANO was easy for 32D. Van Cliburn just died. Big write-up in the paper a few months ago.

NOUS was easy, after four perps.

Watched the Cubs beat the Phillies yesterday. They both have negative records. My first time watching from a rooftop. I would rather be in the park.

Off to my day.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

(oxurypi)

Bill G. said...

This puzzle was harder for me than the typical Sunday. Also, even after I finished I didn't understand the theme until coming here. (No circles at the Mensa site. Did anybody suss the theme with no circles?) The multi-word answers didn't flow for me. So, I had a tough time.

Another nit. If you had a belt made with an awl, I'm guessing you wouldn't like it much. An awl makes a hole but the leather is still there, just pushed aside. Something called a leather punch removes a hole-sized piece of leather and is almost always used in belt making, not an awl. As I said, just a little nit.

Unknown said...

Two gripes:

One: Winnie-the-Pooh was never named Edward Bear; he was Winnie from the start. ('Tho Christopher Robin once explained that is was Winnie-ther-Pooh). Wiki has a nice write-up.

Two: Tyler wasn't the first president who was not elected - he was, in fact, elected to the office of VP. Gerry Ford was the first (and only) un-elected president.

ARBAON said...

Question: Is it kosher to put two letters in one box (if the tactic is uniform) AND does
the constructor have to give some hint that "this is one of those puzzles?"

Lucina said...

PK:
I'm sorry to hear of your summer doldrums (at least, I assume it was the doldrums). It was much the same with me but not only was I watching the grass grow, also the stain on my roof seeping outwardly until finally it was repaired.

That expense, along with my dental issues, kept me from traveling much this summer. C'est la vie!

Did anyone else listen on NPR to the explanation of how Maimonedes recalled the people who were killed when a building collapsed. Fascinating stuff!

Yellowrocks said...

Unknown @ 1:57
Several months ago I was surprised to learn that Winnie the Pooh started out as Edward
Link text
http://literature.wikia.com/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh_(character)

However, I had the same thought as you about Tyler. He was elected, but as vice president, not President. One could quibble either way about the exact meaning of the clue. I also consider Gerald ford the only unelected Presient.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Fun puzzle today. The only letter I finished wrong was spelling WHIRLYGIG with a Y. Had to turn on red letter help to discover it.
Spitzboov, thanks for the diesel fitter joke. I think I've heard it, or something very similar to it, before, but it's always funny and I had a nice laugh.
Best wishes to you all.

Anonymous T said...

Well Call me Stupid...

Good Afternoon all. I just finished what I could of the puzzle and came here for the final answers. Everything was wrong. ??? It took a few seconds to realize the H-Chron printed the NYT today. Doh!

Have a great Sunday all... Cheers, -T
[hplant] - Head Plant...

Tinbeni said...

YR @2:40
Your "Winnie-the-Pooh" link didn't work ...
Maybe this will:
First publication

Bill G. said...

Another joke from my son: A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5, and vise versa." Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500." This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?" The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5 bill and hands it to the lawyer. "Okay," says the lawyer, "your turn."

She asks the lawyer, "What North American mammal goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop and searches all his references. No answer. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to all his friends and coworkers. No one knows.

After an hour, he wakes the blonde and hands her $500. The blonde says, "Thank you," and turns back to get some more sleep. The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde again and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"

Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5, and goes back to sleep.

Lucina said...

Funny jokes, Spitz and Bill G!

HeartRx said...

Continuing my resin thread, did anyone else make homemade gum from spruce resin and tea berries? Mother never let us have store-bought gum when we were children, so we had to "make-do." Lots of fond memories as my sisters and I experimented with different ratios. The best was equal parts spruce gum and crushed tea berries. Maybe we should have sold our recipe to Clark's?? 0:39

Unknown said...

@Yellowrocks - I stand corrected on the bear. The details of his early appearance(s) were missing in the article that I read.

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you for not forgetting my resonating question marti. I still do not understand why one tree drips sap and another resin but botany was never a strength.

C.C., I was speechless earlier at the trade of Justin Morneau; my oh my.

Keith Fowler said...

Happy Sunday, everyone!
I decided to skip the Sunday puzzle - Just can't get comfortable doing it on line. I tried it a few times, but a crossword, a real crossword--at least for me--involves folding the paper just so, coffee spills on the newsprint, scratch-outs & ink smudges, and a final slap of the paper on the table.
Sorry, Mensa - you do a great service, but it's just not for this ol' Luddite.

Keith Fowler said...

Tar!
HeartRX, Our gum was tar.
Literally.
We kids loved it when a neighbors' roof needed fixing, or when the City fixed pot holes down on Steiner Street. We'd peel warm globs of tar from the back of the liquifier truck and chew all day long. You could even start with a hardened chunk and work it slowly into the right texture.
Some said there was no taste, but I still remember the clean petroleum odor. The theory-- relayed by older kids-- was that tar did a better job cleaning teeth than anything else.

Yellowrocks said...

Keith, I'm a pen and pencil gal myself. Did you know you could copy the puzzle from the Mensa site?
Keith, I thought of you when I read my latest novel. Did you happen to see the last post Sunday night? I thought you might enjoy it, too.

Bill G. said...

I thought you might like this video about an old lighthouse and its keeper. Massachusetts lighthouse.

I never grew up with parents who did crosswords and I never did them either until I discovered them on my homepage. So I'm right at home doing them online. I assume I would be OK with a newspaper folded just so and a Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. (Pen would be a little daunting for me at first I think.)

Lucina said...

Keith:
Consider me a member of the Luddite crowd. It's the newspaper, folded over just so, then slipped firmly into the clipboard and proceed with a freshly sharpened pencil crowned with a substantial eraser! And of course, accompanied by a cup of coffee.

Keith Fowler said...

Hi, Yellowrocks @ 6:30,

I hadn't checked last night's late post until you alerted me. But thank you v.m. for the heads-up!
This "Tragedy of Arthur" really intrigues me. I just ordered the Kindle version. Let's discuss it; I'll let you know as soon as I get to it. (I have started BONHOEFFER, which looks fairly long.)

Keith Fowler said...

Lucina @ 7:24,

The clipboard is a neat refinement. You can count on a firm base for your work. Usually, I'm OK because there are enough enfolded pages in the LA Times Calendar section to add up to a solid base.
I drop the outer pages of course (the contiguous first and final page) because the Time pzl is on the next-to-last inside page. So occasionally, when the Calendar has fewer than eight pages, I wouldn't mind a clipboard.
Thanks for the idea!

CrossEyedDave said...

Well,, I guess it's late enough that I can post freely. But still, I had a terrible time finding anything worthy to post today.

I did have a link to a pic of "nipple concealers," (117A) but it struck me as being as tasteful as posting a pic of a filled condom...

Zero spin particle (84A) was interesting,,, but finding a link to explain it, is anything but interesting. Here is a link to quantum mechanical spin that requires watching the 1st 6 minutes to fully understand the enlightening pendulum experiments in the last 2-1/2 minutes.

Ladies & Gentlemen: Harpo Marx (55D)

&, because I had nothing better to post, Heaven, caught on tape. (pls press the play button, & if you figure out how to get it full screen, let me know...)

Argyle said...

Rabbit, rabbit.

What calluses Harpo must have had. My finger tips hurt just watching him, No denying he was good.

Anonymous said...

THE best crossword pencil EV..........ER is Papermate Sharpwriter #2! Never needs sharpening and excellent eraser!

Argyle said...

Next to the HD is four little arrows, pointing outward. That is the full screen icon.

PK said...

CED, thanks for the Harpo link, etc. I didn't realize he actually played a harp--and so well. DUH! And my parents would never go to Marx Bros. movies because they weren't worthwhile entertainment. Wish my musician mother had seen this one.

Thanks Marti & whoever for the xylum info. I filled in the word as soon as I had xy but didn't remember what it meant. I loved biology but a lot of the technical names have escaped down the years.

klilly said...

thanks Anonymous T.. I didn't realize until I came here that the Houston Chronicle had the wrong puzzle.

I like doing the puzzle on paper as well.

Argyle said...

Story from my sister.

Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again asking why I didn't do something useful with my time. Like sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing.

Talking about my "doing something useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation. She was "only thinking of me" and suggested I go down to the senior center and hang out with the guys.

I did this and when I got home last night I decided to teach her a lesson about staying out of my business.

I e-mailed her and told her that I had joined a parachute club.

She replied, "Are you nuts? You are about 70 years old, and now you're going to start jumping out of airplanes?"

I told her that I even got a membership card and e-mailed a copy to her.

She immediately telephoned me, "Good grief, where are your glasses! This is a membership to a Prostitute Club, not a Parachute Club."

"Oh man, I'm in trouble again, I really don't know what to do... I signed up for five jumps a week." Suddenly the line went quiet.

Life as a senior citizen is not getting any easier but sometimes it can be fun.

Anonymous T said...

CED - great links. I've always had a problem with Quantum Mechanics, seems like there's too much under the sheets - like the ether of its day. I know the math works out (I worked out Shreodenger's (sp) eq. in college for tunneling effects in a transistor). But still... Entanglement at a distance seems like hocus-pocus... I'm waiting for the next Einstein (not me) to unify it and we don't need a dead/alive cat to explain it.

The Harpo clip is great too. I first I thought a piano was dubbed over, but as I watched, it would be easier to do than match a dub. Wow!

Argyle - That IS funny! I heard this joke the other day. "You know the best thing about dementia?" No grandpa, what's that? "You can hide your own Easter Eggs!"

Cheers, -T

i'll tell u later said...

It's official....Argyle is so cool

fermatprime said...

Reagle puzzle had labor theme that was tons of fun!

Blue Iris said...

Irish Miss, What's a little neck and would a Midwesterner eat it? P.S I know what a red- neck is?!

SAD EXCUSE- Our School Occupational Therapist brought her crying daughter in with a small piece of paper and explained that the dog REALLY did eat her homework. Her daughter didn't think the teacher would believe her.

Irish Miss said...

Blue Iris @11:09 - A little neck clam is small in size, and then there are larger clams, middle neck, cherry stone, and quahogs.. Today's were the perfect size for me.

Lucina said...

Argyle:
You rock!

Anonymous T said...

In case no one heard, Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey creator)) is 90 today. Maybe he'll be in Monday's pzl. Cheers, -T

C.C. Burnikel said...

TTP,
Thanks a bunch! Now I find the CC button on Reply.

ARBAON,
Yes. It's called Rebus. No, no hint is needed.

Anonymous said...

Great puzzle! Rather easy. Faves were "good grief", I'm a great fan of Charlie Brown; Fort Benning, my son and many of his Army/West Point friends have trained there; as NY Yankee fans, we love Ichi-RO!!, great pick up for the team; favorite dude ranch is Rocking Horse in NY. Great fun. Thanks. Happy Labor Day Holiday to all!