Nov 7, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013 Andrea Carla Michaels and Gregory Cameron

Theme: "Red Wine Makes Me Awesome..."

I feel like I hit the jackpot with this theme!

17-Across. Wine enthusiast's list of killer reds? : SEVEN DEADLY ZINS. (Seven deadly sins.) Zin is the short term for Zinfandel, one of California's leading grapes.

I cracked up when I figured this one out, because there actually is a wine called by that name. In fact, I think I have some in my cellar...

36-Across. Wine enthusiast's "That's how it goes"? : QUE SYRAH SYRAH. (Que sera, sera.) Syrah grapes originated in SE France, in the Rhone wine region.

57-Across. Wine enthusiast's philosophy? : LIFE IS A CABERNET. (Life is a caberet.) Cabernet is one of the most ubiquitous grapes in the world.

There were a couple of other gratuitous wine-related entries:

48-Across. Effervesce, as some wine : SPARKLE.

61-Across. Champagne choice : BRUT. A term meaning "dry" in the oenophile world.

A theme near and dear to my heart! And I do believe it is Gregory's debut. Congratulations!


1. Hollywood special effects, briefly : CGI. I'm pretty sure it means Computer  Generated Imagery, but I'm open to suggestions.

4. Did, but doesn't now : USED TO.

10. 1970s-'80s sketch comedy show : SCTVSecond City Television.

14. "Prince Valiant" prince : ARN.

15. Brian McKnight/Vanessa Williams duet with the line "It conquers all" : LOVE IS. Here's the video, if you care to listen.

16. Chain with stacks : IHOP. International House oPancakes.

20. "I __ Symphony": Supremes hit : HEAR A. Sorry: I'm already at my self-imposed one-link-limit!

21. Hoover underlings : FBI MEN.

22. Stands the test of time : ENDURES.

25. Out to lunch, so to speak : IN A DAZE. (...another gratuitous wine reference??)

28. Shed tears : WEEP. (Unlike milk, it is OK to weep over spilled wine...)

29. Kaput : SHOT.

31. Mineo of film : SAL.

32. Barcelona bar bites : TAPAS. (With a nice Rioja wine, of course!)

34. Dust particle : SPECK.

40. Bankrolls : FUNDS.

41. Man-to-boy address : KIDDO.

42. Feel ill : AIL.

43. It's saved in bits : DATA.

44. Stinging insect : WASP.

52. Helter-__ : SKELTER.

54. "Uh-oh" : WHOOPS. ("I just spilled wine all over the rug!")

56. Sierra __: Freetown's country : LEONE.

62. First novel in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle : ERAGON.

63. Take steps : ACT.

64. Eggs sprinkling : SALT.

65. Levels of society : STRATA.

66. __ down the law : LAY.


1. Nut used in Asian cooking : CASHEW.

2. Novelist Graham : GREENE.  He wrote "The Third Man."

3. Overrun : INVADE.

4. Arm bone-related : ULNAR.

5. Lawn maker : SOD.

6. Celebration time : EVE. (Time to break out the champagne!)

7. Fall on __ ears : DEAF.

8. Choice piece : TIDBIT.

9. Singer K.T. : OSLIN.

10. Judged, with "up" : SIZED.

11. Waters off Taiwan : CHINA SEA. Nailed it, C.C. !!

12. Cargo unit : TON.

13. Cheney and Biden: Abbr. : VPS.

18. Lost one's temper : ERUPTED.

19. Sumac of Peru : YMA. She lives on in crossword puzzles.

23. Glimpse : ESPY.

24. __-Pei : SHAR. Who could resist a face like this?

26. Golfer Johnson : ZACH.

27. Antlered animal : ELK.

30. Neighbor of Kobe and Kyoto : OSAKA.

33. Mule parent : ASS.

34. "Sammy the Seal" author Hoff : SYD. From the "I Can Read" children's series.

35. Cat burglar : PROWLER.

36. Bon mot : QUIP.

37. Illicit : UNLAWFUL.

38. Google goals : HITS.

39. Minn. neighbor : S. DAK.ota.

40. Scale notes : FAs.

43. Hit the road : DEPART.

45. Like many a John Cage composition : ATONAL. Avant garde composer, perhaps best known for his 4'33" (four minutes, thirty-three seconds) piece, in which the musicians on the stage sit and do not play.  The "music" is actually the environmental sounds the audience hears during that time.

46. Largest of New York's Finger Lakes : SENECA.

47. Comely : PRETTY.

49. Butler of fiction : RHETT.

50. Ornamental pond fish : KOI.

51. Draws the short straw, say : LOSES. (It's OK, I never drink wine with a straw, anyway!)

53. Justice Kagan : ELENA.

55. Lasting mark : SCAR.

57. Lots of ozs. : LBs.

58. Keogh plan kin : IRAIndividual Retirement Account.

59. Ottoman dignitary : AGA.

60. Sci-fi sidekick, often : BOT.tle of wine?  (Oh, I think they mean RO-bot...)

It has to be 5:00 somewhere: Cheers!  (^0^)


Note from C.C.:

1) Do you still remember Andrea Carla Michaels from this picture I showed on the blog in June? She is very witty, warm, bubbly and encouraging. She's one of the constructors for Crossword LA. She's also teaming up with Tom Pepper for our MN Crossword Tournament next year. I googled her co-constructor Gregory Cameron, but found a bishop?

Left to right: Tom Pepper; Marcia J. Brott; George Barany; David Hanson; DK, C.C.; Andrea; Boomer & Victor Barocas

2) For those of you who don't have a blue profile in the Comments section, please can you click on the Name/URL button, see below. Then put your name there. Alias is fine. It's just hard for others to respond to you if you choose the Anonymous option.


Lemonade714 said...

Really fun puzzle and write up. A perfect one for miss m to savor, full bodied with a nice bouquet.

I just had trouble with CASHEW as I se cashew chicken in Asian restaurants.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Not being an imbiber, this one wasn't quite in my wheelhouse (although I appreciated the punniness of the theme). LIFEISACABERNET came very quickly. I've never heard of SYRAH before, however, so it took every perp to suss out QUESYRAHSYRAH. And then I almost lost it completely on SEVENDEADLYZINS. I actually got the ZINS part, but had trouble coming up with TIDBITS and OSLIN for awhile.

Everything else was spot on for a Thursday, I thought.


Hahtoolah said...

Good morning, Marti, and friends. This Red, Red, Wine theme was just made for you, Marti!

Life is a Cabaret. Somebody had to link the song!

My favorite clue was Eggs Sprinkling = SALT.

Chain with Stacks - IHOP made me laugh.

I wanted Broken instead of USED UP.

Welcome, Kjinkc! come back often.

QOD: Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep. ~ Albert Camus (Nov. 7, 1913 ~ Jan. 4, 1960)


Montana said...

This was a fun Thursday puzzle. Great write-up, Marti!
A DNF for me only because of the NW corner.

Have a good day, everyone.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Thursday level, indeed. When I had SEVEN DEADLY I immediately added VINS. Nope! The center section was the toughest. Hand up for not knowing SYRAH. ERAGON, either. I had LENDS/LAS before FUNDS/FAS showed up.

Marti, I think you nailed the definition for CGI. DW and I had a similar term for hokey visual effects: BMA -- Bad Matte Artistry.

If you like ATONAL, try Deserts by Edgar Varese.

Barry G. said...

I just had trouble with CASHEW as I se cashew chicken in Asian restaurants.


Would you care to restate that, Lemonade?

fermatprime said...


Great puzzle, Andrea and Gregory! Although I no longer drink (except non-alcoholic wine), I really had fun with the puzzle. Swell review, Marti! But why only one link?

Only 2 minutes longer than yesterday. Cannot expect this roll to continue, however. Only a few unknowns, quickly dispatched by perps (SYD, ERAGON).

Have a great day, everyone!

Avg Joe said...

An enjoyable romp today. Thursday difficult, but perps were there for every issue. Took Espy to correct Sid's I to Y. Took both to uncover the unknown Syrah. And I was a little surprised that a real product made an appearance in 7 Deadly Zins.

About the only punnishment missing was: "There's no use of Zinning alone in your room."

Martin said...

I just realized that "glimpse" was supposed to be a verb! I had ruled out ESPY because I thought the clue was asking for a noun! I ended up with QUE SIRAH SIRAH.

For "Out to lunch" I wrote ON LEAVE and then settled on ON A DATE. I thought it was literal so I didn't get IN A DAZE. I knew TIDBOT was wrong but IN A DATE looked wrong too so I was stuck.

Husker Gary said...

Uncomfortable with TIDBIT (but put it in), no idea on OSLIN or LOVE IS left me one cell short. I got SYRAH SYRAH even though I had/have no idea, so there ya go.

-Who better than our lovely resident oenophile to blog today?
-Hawkeye – “Champagne is just ginger ale that knows someone”
-Lt. Dan’s missing legs, the ping pong ball, etc. were generated with CGI in Forrest Gump
-I called a colleague KIDDO once and instead of telling me she’d prefer I didn’t, she stopped talking to me or even acknowledging me in the halls. I finally had to ask her what was going on.
-Many of my friends are WASP’s
-Every pitcher that threw a hittable ball to Big Poppy last week said UH OH
-The kids saw chickens also have ULNA’s and radii when we dissected wings yesterday. It reinforced my educational philosophy – “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”. I’m big on DO.
-Google’s goal seems to be profiling. When I searched for mulching lawn mowers on Google, lawn mowers came up on the sidebar in every subsequent search.
-No sound for 4’ 33”? We had a professor do that in a group guidance class. He came in, sat down and said absolutely nothing for 5 minutes to see how we would react. The alpha students broke the uncomfortable silence.

Al Cyone said...

As it happens, I just returned from Springfield, MO, where CASHEW chicken is a local favorite so I was off to a good start. The rest of the puzzle was fun and about typical for a Thursday (though I'd never heard of ERAGON or its author).


HeartRx said...

Fermatprime, I decided that it's more fun to see what links our readers provide, rather than having me be the one to choose all the time. And it worked! I have already been treated to a great version of "Red, Red Wine" and the quintessential Liza belting out "Life Is A Caberet"!!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Solved in clockwise order finishing up with the NW. Dunno, seemed I was getting good HITS, so just kept going. Too quick to put in 'Bey' for AGA, but CABERNET ratified it. Good theme. Liked QUE SYRAH SYRAH.
64a, SALT. No salt on my eggs; just a little fresh ground pepper.

"The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

My first thought after catching on to the theme was Marti! Clever theme and some nice, fresh fill, so kudos to Andrea and Gregory. And here's looking at you, kiddo, Marti.

It's pouring rain here but is still very mild. I think Jack Frost is coming to town on Monday. Oh, well, it is November.

My new La Z Boy recliner is being delivered this afternoon; can't wait.

Have a great day.

Argyle said...

What a fortuitous week so far. What will tomorrow bring?

Whitey said...

With apologies to Owen, I thought I'd try my hand at one this morning:

The killer surveyed the liquor store bins,

Eschewing the vodkas, the scotches and gins.

He sought out the wine

To make his poison a sign:

The ultimate penance, the Seven Deadly Zins.

Lucina said...

Good day, puzzlers! And cheers to you, Marti! I thought of you as soon as I realized the theme was vino.

Thank you, Andrea and Gregory, for the SPARKLING experience today.

With only very few write overs, ON A DATE/IN A DAZE,PEANUT/CASHEW, LENDS/FUNDS, I managed to sashay very quickly across this grid which made me smile. I love puns!

Though chain with stacks is a common clue, I enjoy it every time.

I had no idea about ZACH and SYD but they were easily grokked. I'll be looking for books for my granddaughters' gifts soon, so I'll check Sammy the Seal.

Speaking of gifts, I have one granddaughter covered, so there is one more and their parents to buy for and I can check them off my Christmas list.

Make it a very happy Thursday, everyone!

Bill G. said...

I very much enjoyed the puzzle, the theme and the writeup. Thanks Andrea, Gregory and Marti! I went to college near Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It's a beautiful area, especially in the fall. I love it when a crossword clue immediately produces a multi-word answer in my brain as happened with "Did, but doesn't now" leading immediately to USEDTO.

Here's your math puzzle for today. Your job is to insert any math symbols between the three numbers in each row to make each row equal to six. Symbols like +, -, x ,÷, sqrt (square root), factorial are all OK, (practically anything). Parentheses are OK too. The only restriction is that you can't add other numbers. That means you can't use powers because they would add other numbers as exponents. You can't use any other roots except sqrt because the square root symbol doesn't add a number while any other root needs an additional number. So here we go:

0 0 0 = 6

1 1 1 = 6

2 2 2 = 6

3 3 3 = 6


9 9 9 = 6

Below is one done for you as an example (though there may be other ways to accomplish this one). In fact, many of them can be done more than one way I'm sure. As a hint, I think the first two (0 and 1) are a little harder and the row with 8s is the trickiest of all.

(3 x 3) - 3 = 6

If you publish an answer, alert others of spoilers. If you get the "8" row, please e-mail it to me instead.

Limeade said...

Marti: I always enjoy your write-ups. Especially your link intensive ones.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Nice. Wine is a great theme.

The only risk I took paid off. I (too) wasn't sure about LOVE IS and OSLIN, but lucked into the right choice.

Happy Thursday, all!

Misty said...

Perfect puzzle for a Thursday, Andrea and Gregory, a little tough but still very doable, and a lot of fun! I immediately thought TINBENI is going to love this one, but then remembered the Pinch and other hard stuff of the cocktail hour. My own RED HOUSE WINE is BOGLE MERLOT--not too expensive and makes watching the news and playing "Jeopardy" a lot of fun. Husband has to have non-alcoholic FRE Chardonnay, poor baby. Marti, loved all your wine riffs in your expo.

Ah, TAPAS, my favorite small plate dinner--brings back happy memories of our honeymoon in Seville almost 20 years ago. Can't remember if we drank Rioja with it.

Since QUE SYRAH and LIFE IS A CABARET are both songs, does THE SEVEN DEADLY ZINS riff a song?

Fun limerick, Whitey.

Now, Irish Miss, all you need to go with that LaZBoy rocker is a warm fire in the fireplace, and you'll have a great winter!

C.C. I was blue for a few months when somebody wanted to friend me on a Google account, and it took my profile off the blog. I've tried and tried to get it back on. Any suggestions, anybody?

Have a great Thursday, everybody!

Ol' Man Keith said...


Thanks for the link to Minnelli's "Life is a Cabaret." Every now and then it is good to be reminded of what a splendid artist 26-year old Liza was. She had complete command, from the hardest (easy) to the softest (most difficult) moments. As Sally Bowles--and earlier in "Sterile Cuckoo"-- she was so good, it just hurts the heart to see her now.

John V said...

Loved it! 17A is a fine wine. Highly recommended. OSLIN/LOVEIS cross a bit messy, but that's okay. Great job, Andrea and Gregory!

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Fun puzzle today. Great writeup, Marti; thank you. Unlike Keith Fowler, I didn't luck into the right choice at LOVEI_ and O_LIN. I chose N. As far as I knew, it could have been N, S, or T.
I laughed out loud at SEVEN DEADLY ZINS, for the same reason as Marti cracked up over it. Another punny brand on store shelves around here is Sin Zin.
Best wishes to you all.

Tinbeni said...

Marti: I could picture you doing today's write-up ... almost hearing your laughs along the way.

Andrea & Gregory: Thank you for a FUN Thursday puzzle. Good job!!!

Only needed "every-single-perp" to get QUE-SYRAH-SYRAH, OSLIN, SYD and ERAGON.
(Otherwise a Thursday speed-run. LOL !!!)

Whitey: Nice limerick ... but I would NEVER "Eschew the scotches" (just sayin')

"It's Five O'clock Somewhere!
(Always, here at Villa Incognito!)

Irish Miss said...

Misty @ 11:46 - That would be nice, but the recliner is in my den and the fireplace is in my living room! Even so, my den is still quite cozy.

CanadianEh! said...

This one was fun. Thanks to Andrea & Gregory (and Marti).

So many earworms - Life is a Caberet, Que sera sera, I Hear a Symphony. And even a reminder of a classic movie with Rhett from Gone with the Wind. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!"

My favourites were Seven Deadly Zins and Chain with Stacks.
I didn't know OSLIN but maybe appropriate today after the CMA awards.

I should have gotten SCTV more quickly as I heard them live in Toronto years ago.

I wanted CASTES for levels of society and was slowed down with WEEPS because I confused the tense of SHED TEARS and tried to fit SOBS and then WEPT until finally seeing the light!

Lemonade714 said...

Barry, sorry my visual limitations saw the clue as NOT used in Asian cooking. Using the zoom in feature I now see how stupid the comment was; but I did also look at my typo *SE* and found this LINK .

Whitey, I like it.

Welcome Limeade. Kjinkc

HeartRx said...

BIL G., BILL G.!!!! Ooh, ooh, I got the one with the 2s !!!!

HeartRx said...

Misty @ 11:46, from the google blog site:
You have the option of reverting to your Blogger profile for up to 30 days after you make the switch. After 30 days, your Blogger profile will be deleted and if you want to switch back, you will need to create a new Blogger profile.

Non-newtonian fluid said...

Lemonade, I know of your eye problems, so I immediately excused your typos, but thanks for reposting your intentions .... I don't think Cashews are unique to Asian cooking ... or Peanuts for that matter.

Most Cashews are grown in Brazil and East Africa. South Americans and Africans eat them copiously as well - when they can afford them. They are not unique to asian cooking ... C'est la vie.

Bill G. in your math problem, you forgot

10 10 10 = 6

BTW make the statement that square root DOES NOT add a 'number' ( to the answer - ), is ridiculous ... what root is it the exponent of ?? 2, of course .... Just because we assume the square root to be an exponent of 2 or,, of one-half,, to be mathematically correct ...

Also let see your posted answers at the end of the day... where you used ;

8 8 8 = 6

without using higher power roots....

Andrea Carla Michaels said...

I lift a glass to you, Marti!!!
Thanks for the lovely write up!
I'm actually a nondrinker, so gregory supplied the wonderful wine list to choose from!
Yes, it's his debut, we ,et at a crossword tourney in the Bay Rea (now called BAC Fill) a few years ago,became pals and decided to collaborate.
( I had been offered a chance to create a puzzle for a Napa tourney/fundraiser)

Gregory Cameron is a former Jeopardy! Contestant, furniture showroom manager, whippet-owning Texan, all around fun guy...not a bishop, CC...
I guess he keeps a low google profile!

Glad everyone here seemed to enjoy!

Ol' Man Keith said...

We had a reference to the Blarney stone a few days ago. I just came across this Photo and thought it embarrassing enough to share.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A technical DNF for me today as I had to Google Oslin, Eragon, and SCTV. I had a real knock on my head when I put in IHOP! That was a great clue.

I've read many Syd Hoff books to first graders. That name came easily today.

I thought the theme was very tasty. However, I started off with Seven Deadly Vins instead of Zins, so that NE corner was not finished until I realized that they had specific wine grape names as the answers. Once changed the last corner fell into place!

Thanks Marty for the fun write up,as usual.

Have a great day everyone.

Chickie said...

An odd happening today. I had already put in and published my comment and when I came back to make a second comment, my original one was still in the box and it said "the characters you entered didn't match the word verification. Please try again". I didn't want to make a second entry of the same comment, so I erased it and put this one in. Strange

I wanted to tell Andrea thanks for visiting the site today and commenting on your puzzle.

Barry G. said...

Lemonade, no problem! I didn't realize you had misread the clue and thought maybe some letters/words got accidentally left out of your response. In fact, I was going to guess that you meant to type something like, "I just had trouble with CASHEW as I seldom see cashew chicken in Asian restaurants."

Glad I didn't make that guess! ^_^

Edward Lear said...

Owen KL is prolific
The fawners all deem him terrific
He hogs the whole blog
With ill-written slog
And induces a state soporific.

There is a fine fellow named Barry
Who's first posts each day made us merry
His place was then taken
And now we awaken
To poems whose value is nary

Whitey said...

Here's another one:

There once was a man named Lear

Whose posts he could stick in his ear.

Bill G. said...

Chickie, unless something really strange happened, "The characters you entered didn't match the word verification. Please try again" means that your translation of the Captcha didn't match what they were looking for. So, your original comment wasn't accepted or posted. You probably just needed to redo the Captcha and your original comment would just show up then, only once.

Marti, very excellent! I'm sure you can get a couple of others too.

Non-Newtonian Fluid (2:12), your response seems a little confrontational over just a simple math puzzle meant for amusement. No, I didn't forget 10 10 10. I started with zero and ended with nine. Feel free to solve your own additional part to the puzzle. What is your answer to that one? Also, adding the accepted symbol for a square root (a radical sign or 'sqrt') doesn't add an additional number though I agree that it is implied though not written). Your comment about the 'eight' part of the puzzle seems to imply that you think I can't do that one following my own rules. CED and D-O have managed it so far. I can too. Can you?

Lemonade714 said...

No math for me; thanks for stopping by and telling us about your collaborator. Loved the puzzle, which was almost a pangram as well (J,X).

I actually posted first today poetry there/

Any MENTALIST fans out there?

Doug Heffernan said...

Settle down boys.

If you don't like BillG's math quizzes, just scroll right past them as I do. Never even read them.

I have as much desire to solve them as I have to ELENA Kagan naked.

Doug Heffernan said...

*to SEE Elena Kagan naked.


HeartRx said...

Andrea, nice to have you stop by. I had tons of fun with the puzzle and theme, as you can imagine. And I see you have good company in Gregory.

Thanks for clearing up the mystery - I had visions of a bishop sitting in church trying to think of a theme for a crossword puzzle: "Hey, there's all that wine just sitting there. I think I'll make a theme out of that!"

JD said...

Good afternoon all,

Lots of fun with this one today. I laughed while filling in the wino themes. Kudos Andrea and Gregory! My favorite Cab(that I can afford) is Joel Gott.

Thanks Marti for explaining the reasoning for atonal. As I filled it I thought it was somewhat insulting. Ah, so much to learn.

Another learning moment,KT... I wanted Lang. Who knew there was another KT singer? I guess most of you did.I needed all 5 perps to fill ostin.

Knew the book Eragon, but not the author. No problem with Syd Hoff...although not a favorite of Truman. He prefers any story with lots of action, like Batman.

Mr. Ed, you are a grouch. Our corner loves poetry, recipes, math puzzles, and all those who are happy to be here.

Barry G. said...

Just FYI, "Barry", "merry" and "nary" do not actually rhyme...

Anonymous said...

Actually it is k.d. lang.

I'm not supporting Lear's sentiments at all but they do rhyme.

Avg Joe said...

Anon @ 4:07 is correct.

Coincidentally, I was listening to Leonard Cohen on Pandora when I read that comment and his most often covered tune, Hallelujah, was playing by k d lang. IMO, the best cover out of dozens.

Misty said...

Marti, do you mean I have to update my Blog Profile every 30 days in order to stay blue? How will I ever keep track!

Hahtoolah said...

Lemonade: I rather like Patrick Jane.

JD said...

oops..thanks anonymous

mathgivesmeaheadache said...


Lemonade714 said...

I have not updated my profile except to post a new picture. So no Misty.

Regional accents Barry rhymes with Marry not Merry, but rhymes do not have to be perfect for poetry

Non Newtonian whatever said...

Bill G. Mea culpa - maybe I did come on too strong. Apologies many offer would like to I.

I guess 8 8 8 = 6. Can be done without cube roots , by just sqroots and a factorial.

Despite what others say I DO ENJOY YOUR math problems !!! Keep them coming .... Next to CED's pictures, you are the confoundest appealing thing around.

Just found out that 0! Is equal to one .... I never learnt that at school.

Math jokes; what do you get when you cross a mosquito with a mountain climber.
You can't , one is a vector, the other's a scalar.

How does a mathematician deal with constipation ?
He works it out with a pencil.
What kind of pencil ?
A #2 pencil, of course.

Finally, to OWENKL .... YOU are a f------- genius.?!$&!?&
Never forget that.....
And don't let anybody get you down.
Even if you did 1% of the poems that you do write! you'd still be a f-------- genius.
You have touched many lives here ... As much as the puzzles do. We may not speak it often enough, but we're here. So there.

Lucina said...

I also thought of k.d. lang and didn't know another existed. Learning moment.

For you and Chickie:
Do you think an almost four year old girl would like Sammy the Seal?

Where is Owen today? I've missed him and his daily poem.

HeartRx said...

Lucina @ 5:48:

There once was a man named Owen
Who got our mornin’s a’ goin’.
He took a day off
‘Cuz he had a big cough,
And his fans became protozoan…

(Hey, it's the best I could do in The Great One's absence!!)

Manac said...

Very nice brain teaser today.
Eragon all perps. Didn't help that I had Caste at first.

Bill, Gave up on o and 1, Got the rest though.

Whitey @ 3:03.. Your poem needed one more R

OwenKL said...

First off, Edward Lear, let me sincerely say I was Absolutely Delighted with your verse! It had me literally laughing out loud! Technically it was a good limerick that rhymed just fine, and I even agree with your sentiments better than you might imagine! Every time I enter, I see that notice "Please cap each post length at about 20 lines in Preview mode." and I think "Uh-oh, going over that 20 line limit again today!" I am amazed they put up with me! As for being soporific, I'll share a secret with you --[I hate poetry]. Really. I enjoy writing it, but with a few exceptions (Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, a few others) I dislike reading other people's poetry. (I'll add you to that short list, in addition to the real Lear.) I also think limericks are sort of red-headed step-children of poetry, but shamefully, that seems to be what I excel at. *sigh*.

Today's delightfully punny theme didn't seem to call for any embellishment from me, but Whitey did a good job of filling in for me while I slept in.
BillG, I usually enjoy math puzzles, though today's challenge was a class I generally skip. I do hope you'll reveal, though, as the 000 seems impossible to me.
I'm not familiar with Eregon, but remembered seeing the movie of it.
Keith Fowler, the link was unavailable. Lemonade, hand up for Mentalist.

Manac said...

How could one look at this and
Not think of CED ?

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Andrea and Gregory, for an excellent puzzle. Thank you, Marti, for the fine review.

Well, I made it to Los Gatos, CA today. No problem. The weather is beautiful, just as I remember it many years ago.

Just finished the crossword. It was a good one.

Today I kind of bounced around a little. A word here, a word there. Caught a couple footholds and spread.

theme was interesting. Learned a couple new words regarding wine. I like a little white wine now and then, but not much.

Not familiar with SCTV. I am not a TV addict. I do like Person of Interest, however.

Graham GREENE was an unknown. Perped and
wagged it.

OwenKL. Glad you checked in. I always enjoy your posts. Not sure who that Lear person is.

Well, I have lots to do. Formal dinner tonight.

See you tomorrow from Los Gatos, CA.



Unnewton said...

Owen, without trying to sound too important, I just found out that 0! .... Zero factorial is equal to one.

Thus, 0! = 1

A. This is apparently the definition which comes out of the definition of a factorial formula.

B. If the factorial equation is

n ! = n x (n-1) x (n-2) x ......... 3 x 2 x 1

= n x ( n-1)!

It follows,

( n - 1)! = n! / n

And. If. n= 1, then n-1 = 0 ,

so, 0! =1

Thus, 0! + 0! + 0! = 3

Thus, ( 0! + 0! + 0!) ! = 6

Because, 3! = 3x2x1 = 6

Hence the zeros can also be used...... To make meaningful values. Hope this helps.

JD said...

Lucina, yes,a 4 year old would love Sammy the Seal.When she is 5 she may be able to read least some of it.

Marti, you rock! I remember a few years back when we all tried writing limericks. Carol was the best, always adding a little naughty flair to hers.

Math aspirin said...

Dear mathgivesmeaheadache ....

Cos (0) = 1

You missed an exclamation mark ... For the factorial ...

So your answer should have been,

{ cos(0) + cos(0) + cos(0) } ! = 6

(1 +1+1) ! = 3! = 3x2x1 = 6

Just a typo....

Jayce said...

Abejo, welcome to Silicon Valley. Los Gatos is a nice town. I hope you are enjoying yourself.

GarlicGal said...

Yes, welcome to our neck of the woods, Abejo! And we did order up the nice weather just for you.

KT Oslin has been around for a long time. She does a wonderful rendition of "Cuba, That's Where I'm Going", a 1930's Irving Berlin song (I believe).

Loved the theme today. So much wine, so little husband has a cellar full!

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings in the wacky world of crosswords.

Edward Lear said...

Barry @ 3:58
Barry rhymes with merry and nary if you're NOT from MA. Ask Barry Goldwater.
My pal from Mehfud(Medford) says pupcahn (popcorn) and hut dugs (hotdogs) and pudaydas (potatoes)
Was simply giving YOU a shout-out!
After all, WBS is in your honor.
Owen KL @ 6:36:
Glad you have a sense of humor.
I can't believe they let you get away with it either.
You forgot to mark me down for the wrong spelling of "whose".
Hmmm.... wonder who will post first tomorrow?

Bill G. said...

I was very pleased with all of the good answers from Marti, AnonT, CED, D-O and various other clever folks in black. For those of you who need a refresher on factorials: A factorial of a number is that number multiplied by every number smaller. So, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120. 1! = 1 and 0! = 1 by definition as unnewton explained.

Here is a summary of their (and my) answers. Please excuse any typos.

(0! + 0! + 0!)! = 6
(1! + 1! + 1!)! = 6
2 + 2 + 2 = 6
(3 x 3) - 3 = 6
4 + 4 - sqrt4 = 6
5 + (5 ÷ 5) = 6
6 + 6 - 6 = 6
7 - (7 ÷ 7) = 6
{sqrt[(8 ÷ 8) + 8]}! = 6
or 8 - sqrt[sqrt(8 + 8)] = 6
(sqrt9 x sqrt9) - sqrt9 = 6

Bonus: [Log(10) + Log(10) + Log(10)]! = 6

CanadianEh! said...

Yes Avg Joe @4:29, I agree with you. K D Lang performed Hallelujah at the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony in Vancouver. Best ever!

Anonymous T said...

G'Eve All:

A&G - fun puzzle. I was at the office, so no Vino for me while I solved. HeartRx - splended writeup as usual.

Andrea - thanks for stopping by and giving us the back-story.

SCTV gave us Bob & Doug and the movie Strange Brew. Thanks Canada!

Bill G. You know I love the puzzles. I hadn't started on 10 and then spoiler... Not sure if I'd have gotten to log(10)=1 to solve. Too long...

Whitey @ 3:03 - 3 points!

Doug H @3:36 Kagen Naked is in the book "I am America, and so Can You" - S. Colbert.

NNF/W - Vector / Scalar - HA!

Owen - hope you're feeling better. And keep the rhymes comming. See Whitey :-)

Keith & Jayce at 15a/6d I had Jayce's 3rd option....



Lemonade714 said...

I really enjoyed TBBT tonight. I also watched next week's The Mentalist episode. Very interesting

JD said...

Abejo, welcome to my little corner of the Santa Clara Valley.Hope you have a great stay.Work?

Anonymous T said...

oops - that was 15a/9d

Bill G. said...

The bonus answer was courtesy of CED.

OwenKL said...

Non Newtonian & HeartRx: Thank you very much for your kind words. I hadn't seen them yet when I wrote my previous post.

Bill G. said...

Jimmy Kimmel suggested to parents, as a joke, that they tell their kids on the day after Halloween that they had eaten all of their Halloween candy, then video the result. It produced some funny stuff and a lot of crying. It seemed awfully mean-spirited to me.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G.: DW's tradition is a Candy Picnic one week after Halloween for the girls to spread candy on the floor and eat as much as they can, but no more than 20 (usually stops around 10. The rest hits the trash. I take out the trash, so it goes to my cache.

I've got candy 'till Easter!

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

I heard about a good ploy that keeps everybody happy and avoids the kid overdosing on candy. The child can eat several pieces of his favorite candy Halloween night. He/she then leaves the rest of it in a special place along with a note about a new toy or some other reasonable object he/she covets. Overnight, 'the Switch Fairy' takes the candy. A few days later, the new toy has been switched in its place. It seemed like a good idea to me.

Kelly Cuoco was on Ellen today. She sure is a cutie. She has a boyfriend and is rumored to be preggers. Geez, I wonder how that could've happened...?

Lucina said...

Well, now, Bill, this is the 21st century and boys and girls have figured it out. LOL.

I know, it was a rhetorical question but I couldn't help myself.

Good night.

kjinkc said...

Well, someone (not mentioning any names) suggested I turn blue, so hopefully after much ado, this is going to work. Too tired after this exercise to have much to comment today other than enjoyed the puzzle even though I'm not a wine drinker. If this posts okay, I'll do better in the future.

Bill G. said...

Welcome kjinkc! What does that mean? It's good to have you blue and on board.

Thanks for everybody's responses to the math puzzle today. Lots of good answers.

Check out today's Google Doodle.

Irish Miss said...

kjinkc - Welcome. And I love your avatar.

kjinkc said...

BillG...are you asking what my id means? my initials are KJ and I live in KC...not too original but might change when I have time to think up something better. Just focused on getting the google setup and profile built tonight. I know it sorta looks like jinx or such. I need rest as the bus comes early for my pre-teen but was amazed to see my profile has already had 30+ hits.

mskmoorthy said...

A Fun Crossword Puzzle

A couple of alternative solutions for 8 and 10:

8-sqrt(sqrt(8+8)) = 6

(log(10*10*10))! = 6