Nov 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Mary Lou Guizzo

Theme: Start your Elements! Each of the theme answers starts with an element, and as the reveal explains they are all metals.

17A. Ford Model T, colloquially : TIN LIZZIE. Appropriately for 61A if you say this with a Dublin accent you get these chaps

21A. Speed demon : LEADFOOT.  Because you're heavy on the gas pedal.

36A. Mature male gorilla : SILVERBACK. Beautiful animals.

43A. One only in it for the money : GOLD DIGGER. Here's the classic opening song from "Gold Diggers of 1933" sung by Ginger Rogers.

52A. Japanese cooking show : IRON CHEF. Food! I'm pretty sure I've seen every episode of this show AND the American spin-off. I believe Bobby Flay was the first non-Japanese chef to win a battle (against Masaharu Morimoto).

61A. Certain rock music fan, and what 17-, 21-, 36-, 43- and 52-Across each has : METALHEAD. I was a bit of a metalhead in my youth - the first album I bought was "Machine Head" by Deep Purple.

Good morning everyone - Steve here and a Wednesday puzzle that I found pretty challenging. The theme certainly helped me figure out LEADFOOT as I had a lot of empty space in that region. I confess to the final letter fill being a complete WAG - I was Natick'ed with ALEK and LEAR.

With the Z's, the Q and the K emerging early I was looking for a pangram; we were just missing the Y at the conclusion

I can't find Mary Lou's name in the blog history, so I think this is her L.A. Times debut - congratulations if that's the case.

Let's see what else caught my eye:

1. Tucked-in part of a dress shirt : HEM.  I wanted to cram TAIL in here.

4. Cocoon contents : LARVA

9. Glaringly vivid : LURID

14. "__ you kidding me?" : ARE

15. Words after make or close : A DEAL

16. Carne __: roasted Mexican dish : ASADA. Food! This is my kind of puzzle.

19. Siesta taker : DOZER

20. Eight-armed cephalopod : SQUID. I'm getting hungry!

23. Open-__ shoes : TOED

26. TV producer Norman : LEAR. Complete unknown to me, and as I mentioned at the top a personal Natick for me crossing ALEK.

27. Online "Yikes!" : OMG! Oh My Goodness!

30. Chinese leader : PREMIER. I was thinking along the Mao, Deng and Kai-Shek lines and then the penny dropped.

33. Bus depot: Abbr. : STA

38. Purim observers : JEWS

39. Essayist de Botton : ALAIN

40. Match for a pocket handkerchief : TIE

41. West Pointer : CADET

42. Mideast strip : GAZA

45. Baton Rouge-to-Montgomery dir. : E.N-E

46. Twisting force : TORSION

47. WWII venue : E.T.O. European Theater of Operations under the command of General Eisenhower.

48. Latin god : DEUS

50. "__ a lift?" : NEED

56. Schemer Charles : PONZI. It's quite some feat to have an entire genre of crime named for you. He looks quite cheerful in his mugshot!

60. Gallivants : ROVES. "Gallivants" is such an awesome word. I resolve either to use this word today or go gallivanting myself.

64. Last Olds off the line : ALERO. I wonder who bought the last one, and if they knew it was the last?

65. Mental picture : IMAGE

66. NBC skit show : S.N.L. The UK version of this was called Friday Night Live - because it aired on Sunday. No, wait ..

67. Zac of "The Lorax" : EFRON. Who he? Thank you, crosses.

68. Glove material : LATEX

69. Game gadget, or the area where it's used : TEE. I think "gadget" is a bit of an overblown description for a piece of wood.


1. Boaters and bowlers : HATS

2. Actor La Salle : ERIQ. I've finally got Mr. La Salle in my memory banks. It's only taken umpteen years.

3. It may drop down or pop up : MENU. The ones on your computer. If you're interested, the pop-up types are also context-sensitive. I've got my geek on today!

4. Made vulnerable : LAID OPEN

5. Axlike shaping tool : ADZ. I'm finally getting used to the alternative spellings for both AXE and ADZE.

6. Tribal land, informally, with "the" : REZ. I've never heard this expression, but it wasn't difficult to guess when I had the Z in place.

7. Colorado resort : VAIL.  Pretty place.

8. Out of the wind : ALEE

9. Fire truck feature : LADDER

10. Lady Liberty's land, familiarly : US OF A

11. Somerset Maugham novel, with "The" : RAZOR'S EDGE. I'd never heard of this novel, but I find there are two movie adaptations of it, one made in 1946 and one in 1984.

12. Prefix with logical : IDEO

13. Pub missile : DART

18. On fire : LIT

22. South Sudanese supermodel Wek : ALEK. I'll surely remember her from now on.

24. Goof : ERR

25. Short person? : DEBTOR. I think this was my favorite clue of the day. Marvelous.

27. Missouri river : OSAGE

28. La Scala's city : MILAN. Tough crowd at La Scala - they've been known to boo tenors off the stage.

29. Like eyes showing boredom : GLAZED OVER

31. Drops in a slot : MAILS

32. Stranded at 7-Down, perhaps : ICED IN

34. Chirp : TWEET

35. Jetson dog : ASTRO. Ruh-Roh!

37. By way of : VIA

38. Spree : JAG. Gallivant! Looks of sprees today.

41. Multi-screen theater : CINEPLEX

43. "Gee whiz" : GOSH

44. It goes for a buck : DOE. Not fooled for a moment with this one! Nice clue though.

46. Second-most populous Arizona city : TUCSON.

49. Warm Argentina month : ENERO. Midsummer in the Southern Hemisphere.

51. "Stupid me!" : D'OH!

52. "Dies __" : IRAE. Mozart borrowed the name of the original Gregorian chant for his Requiem. Stirring stuff.

53. Massage deeply : ROLF. I'd never heard of this. Apparently it is a massage technique from the '70s - is it still practiced?

54. Actor Jannings : EMIL. More crosses - I need to read IMDB for a while and get up to speed with my actors.

55. Earthquake response gp. : F.E.M.A. The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the "open" status of the Waffle House chain of restaurants to help gauge the severity of storms passing through the eastern seaboard. Who knew?

57. Cozy home : NEST

58. Writer Grey : ZANE. I read this as "Winter Grey" first which had me totally baffled.

59. Inactive : IDLE

62. Art on the reality show "Ink Master" : TAT. I'm guessing "tat" is not considered an abbreviation any more?

63. Single-malt datum : AGE. The longer a whisky ages in the vat, the more of the spirit evaporates. The Scots charmingly call this "the angel's share".

That's about it. This was a fun puzzle, it took me around 18 minutes which is long for me for a Wednesday so a nice challenge. That's all from me - as Eminem would say - that's a (w)rap!




Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty straightforward puzzle today. Did not know ALEK or ALAIN, but ther perps came to the rescue. I resisted putting in SQUID at 20A since they have 10 arms, not 8. Unless, of course, you want to say that they have 8 arms and 2 "tentacles." Also wanted EUR instead of ETO, since we usually see ETO clued something like "Ike's command in WWII."

And... that's really all I have to say on this one.


George Barany said...

Speaking both as a chemist and a constructor, I admire this puzzle. 6 theme entries, wow!

On another topic, before it becomes totally out-of-date, I would like to alert blog readers to Time to Get Series by my friend Alex Vratsanos. Unfortunately, this puzzle does not lend itself to solving on-line or in Across Lite, so unless we have an epiphany later today, you'll have to content yourself with printing out the puzzle and solving on hard copy. Enjoy!

OwenKL said...

The Borden's of Oz were a-tizzy,
They were woodsmen, and as such kept busy.
Those mechanical men
Were assembled, and then
Disassembled by axe-wielding TIN LIZZIE!

Neutrinos have passed through your head.
Left no holes, and you never bled.
They're leptons, subatomic,
Like heroes in some comic
They can pass through a whole FOOT of LEAD!

The robber was "Fingers" Jack Black
He bragged every safe he could crack.
He plundering was bold
From the rich Comstock Lode --
The Lone Ranger brought the bank's SILVER BACK!

The ground-breaking was planned with much rigor.
This mall would be better and bigger!
After speeches were made,
With a bright gilded spade,
The mayor plunged in the GOLD DIGGER!

The Transformers made by alien science
Fought invaders with ruthless defiance.
When it came time to feed,
It was metal they'd need --
The IRON CHEF cooked a steaming appliance!

The toilet was outside in a shed.
The night walks were something to dread.
It was worst in the snow
When you just HAD to go --
Then got stuck to the cold METAL HEAD!

(Thanks for your expressions of sympathy! I don't think my disasters were anywhere near as bad as CEDave's! Still, the crash was annoying, and recovery is proceeding slowly.)

TTP said...

Good morning all.

Well, hello Mary Lou.

A couple of minutes longer than Steve, mostly due to a self inflicted wound of entering bright and clear LUCID rather than glaringly vivid LURID.

Also hadn't heard of ROLF, but guessed the F. Seemed to have heard of EFRON before. Probably from puzzles.

My dad bought a TIN LIZZIE in the 80's. 1924 Model T Doctors Coupe.

And now, for you hard rockers... rather than METALHEADS (Hi Manac and Splynter !) a little T(h)IN LIZZIE with The Boys Are Back in Town.

TTP said...

DOH!!! Missed your link Steve ! BTW, we sure knew how to bust out the moves back in the 70s, as the video so clearly shows...

desper-otto said...

Brrrrr! I hate it when the temps drop below my age.

Nice puzzle for a PREMIER appearance. Well done, Mary Lou.

Steve, I wish I'd seen that Morimoto/Flay battle. I can't remember ever seeing Morimoto lose. Of course, you seldom see Flay lose, either. This year's Thanksgiving battle with four IRON CHEF's was interesting.

Norman LEAR was probably most famous as the creator of All In The Family. Doubt that it was aired in Britain, though.

Montana said...

Good morning, everyone.
I am about a ‘Wednesday is a challenge’ level solver. My brain gets a workout on Wednesdays. I thought this was going to be a DNF in the SW corner. I have never heard of IRONCHEF, and didn’t remember IRAE, ROLF or EFRON, but took a lucky WAG at ALERO, and was able to guess the correct letters to get the Ta-da!
Thursdays, I give in before I start and turn on red letters. Someday, Thursdays will be easier if I keep practicing.

I found the Zs to be quite helpful today. They gave me perps that led to other answers. A very enjoyable puzzle.

I had trouble believing 6D was in a puzzle. Using that phrase is considered extremely offensive where I live. Unless one is trying to be mean, hurtful or start a bar (or schoolyard) fight, one would never say it out loud.

Fermatprime, I can share in your situation after getting the degree in physics. I majored in broadfield science/math for secondary ed. I was often the only female in classes and when I graduated and began to apply for jobs many job descriptions stated, males only. It was the late 60s and my ed dean wanted me to apply for several, be denied, and then sue, but I am not a litigious person and wanted to teach in a school where I was valued so I didn’t.

I live Colorado weather!

Montana said...

Darn autocorrect! I meant "I LOVE Colorado weather.


HeartRx said...

Good morning all!

I was pretty much on Mary Lou's wavelength today, and filled top to bottom without any blanks. Just had to check a couple perps to be sure I was on the right track. All the theme entries were solid, and took only a moment to fill. I love IRON CHEF, but am used to the US version, so "Japanese cooking show" gave me pause.

Having two long etreis like GLAZED OVER and RAZORS EDGE running down the puzzle, it is amazing that the fill was so sparkly. Loved it!

OwenKL, this was your best effort ever!!

Have a great day everyone!

desper-otto said...

Oh, forgot to mention…DNF for me today. I had ROLL/ELRON rather thanROLF/EFRON. Wonder how I missed mentioning that earlier. Hmmmmm. Must be brain freeze due to the ultra cold (barely 40-degree) temps.

kazie said...

Other than a complete nattick at ROLL/ELRON like D-Otto, It went pretty smoothly. There were other unknowns which perps resolved too--ALAIN, EMIL, ALEK, ASADA. So not bad for a Wednesday.

CrossEyedDave said...

Haven't done the puzzle yet, but I just finished reading last nights comments. Enjoyed the high & low flying comedy, but lost 20 minutes of my day. (oh well, it was worth it...)

Bill G.

I bought a special tool that helps me open tough packaging, but it came in a package I could not open...

You could get a parrot...

or use a thumb tack...

Husker Gary said...

Hey, even I saw the theme elements if not the connection today.

-Rock and Roll’s most famous LEADFOOT
-US OF A’s most famous GOLDDIGGER and her husband and the people who played them in a movie
-Should 67-year-old men tuck or not tuck?
-Compelling DEAL or no DEAL (4:15) where it came down to $1 or $1,000,000 on the board and an offer of $416,000 from the banker
-JFK was a 45 minute DOZER everyday at 1 pm and ETO commander Ike thought this lowly WWII Lieutenant was a lightweight replacement for him in the White House
-LEAR’s All In The Family was truly groundbreaking
-We could not use LATEX gloves when dissecting because of allergy issues
-We golfers who live where it gets really cold, can’t always use TEES in winter
-I right-click for MENUS
-I remember sticker shock when I wanted to buy some Oreos in VAIL
-We Congregationalists forgave DEBTORS and the Methodists across the street forgave trespassers
-Our priests can’t see the GLAZED OVER eyes
-I share Montana’s view on the REZ.
-What ROVER of song “whistled and he sang ‘til the green woods rang”?

Husker Gary said...

Re: Late night postings (which I too always read)
-Marti, thanks for the comment on my stand-in limerick and yes I did eventually read some of the articles ;-). Man, check out her verbs!
-My grandkids both read chapter books before Kindergarten and so “Dick and Jane” types of books were boring to them in school. However some of their peers didn’t even know all the letters of the alphabet and so teachers have to teach them as well. However there is more differentiated instruction today than there was in my Kindergarten year of 1951 which was waaaaay before you were born!
-Manac, yeah my daughters also had a lot more stuff in their dorm room than mine which made a monk’s quarters look plush.

Mari said...

Well I can't say I finished today's puzzle, but I came pretty close. ALEK and LEAR did me in.

I liked the clue for 25D: Short Person? DEBTOR

I hope you all have a great day today!

Argyle said...

Hello, Mary Lou

Is this your first solo puzzle? She collaborated with Jeff Chen on Friday, June 7, 2013 for a WSJ puzzle. It would appear she is a wild life photographer; maybe the patience needed to get great photos bodes well for making crosswords.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I finished this in 7:16 minutes, but only after I had lost it 2/3 the way done. Typed that baby back in fast. Fun puzzle, Mary Lou. Thanks, Steve.

Unknowns: WEES except I knew Carne ASADA from some Mexican Restaurant TV ad. Always makes me hungry.

HG, Was it the Gypsy Rover? Only I thought it was the welkan (whatever that is) ringing.

DO, Oh, you are so spoiled by Texas weather. It was 17 here night before last and 26 degrees now. Sun is rising bright so we hope for warmth later.

Montana: How do authors of some novels get by using the term REZ if it is so odious. You'd think there would be an Indian uprising over that, or maybe they don't read those authors.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

I got Naticked too. At the ASADA/RAZOR'S EDGE crossing. Looked up Maugham's novel in my crossword dictionary.
Overall, I thought the solve was a bit gritty for a Wednesday, but fair enough.
ALEE - Our friend again. What do farmers or ranchers call the sheltered position their livestock take behind a barn or copse of wood to escape a raw wind?

Have a great day.

PK said...

Spitz, my "cowboy" just said "out of the wind" or "took shelter" in the trees. I never heard a special word.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Mary Lou Guizzo, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Steve, for the fine review.

Started this in my eye doctor's office. Finished it at White Castle where I downed 4 sliders for breakfast. Have to go back to the doctor at noon for a pressure test. My glaucoma is ramping up. Laser surgery over the next few weeks. Wish me luck.

Puzzle was a good Wednesday level. However, it took me much more than 7 minutes, PK.

Most words I was familiar with. A few exceptions, such as: ASADA, ALAIN, ROLF, ALEK, and ERIQ.
Perped them.

Theme was easy once I got a few.

I also liked DEBTOR. Good one.

Nice to know PONZI's first name.

OwenKL, did not know you were ill. Hope all is well.

See you tomorrow.



Lucina said...

Good day, friends! Thank you, Steve, for your lovely commentary but especially for Mozart's Dies IRAE! I love it.

Today was not only a sashay but a record personal best Wednesday solve. Lots of familiar terms for me, TUCSON, ASADA, ENERO, ERIQ, ZANE (yum!)all of which accelerated the grid fill.

If you haven't heard of ZACH Efron you likely don't have teenage girls in your life. They're wild about him.

Here in Arizona, living in the REZ is a common expression. I live one mile from one and the residents attend the local high school. My daughter acquainted me with it as some of her friends hailed from there.

Loved, loved the clues for DEBTOR and DOE!

I'm so sorry you are suffering the cold temps. Come for a visit; it's reached 90 here this week.

Have a really special Wednesday, everyone!

Lucina said...

oops! That "yum" was meant for ERIQ LaSalle.

It's Owen's computer that was unwell. Good luck on the laser surgery. It has been a boon and one of the best things that's happened to me.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Kudos, Mary Lou, for a cleverly-themed Wednesday outing. Caught the theme early on which helped with the solve. Needed a few perps here and there, but, overall, smooth sailing. Nice expo, Steve, and you and I shared the fav clue for debtor. Your mention of "gallivants" reminded me of someone I knew years ago who pronounced it "gavilants." (She also used to watch a "colored tv.").

Great offering today, Owen, as usual.

HG, who is the woman pictured with Martin Landau, the one who played Anna Nicole? Is it Jessica Alba?

Dropped into the teens last night but by Friday, back up into the 50's.

Have a good day.

Spitzboov said...

PK @ 0951 - In my 'yoot' on the farm we would sometimes use German words when the English wouldn't quickly surface. I looked it up in Beolingus, and ALEE translates to a word meaning " in the wind's shadow". Go figure.

MaryLou said...

Thanks for the nice write up Steve! Also everyone's comments are appreciated. This is my first solo and I'm pleased that most of you seemed to enjoy solving it!

You found my first published one (WSJ) co-constructed with Jeff Chen, Argyle (as well as my photography)-they do both require patience and lots of practice!

And, good mentors are invaluable. I've been fortunate to have worked with both Nancy Salomon and Jeff Chen. I appreciate the advice and time they have shared with me. They are truly masters of the craft and very generous. I was also fortunate to get in on the beta testing of the Crossfire software. It has been a great tool to work with. CC's blog has been another great resource. Thanks for the inspiration CC! Some of my local crossword puzzling friends were a big help too. The version of this puzzle that I submitted to Rich was a revision, reworked after their feedback gave me insight on how to improve the original. So, thanks to all!

OwenKL said...

Zac Efron was a voice actor for the animated version of Dr.Seuss' Lorax.

Maybe the more common term ROLFING comes to mind better than the seldom heard ROLF. Or maybe it's just that I live in Santa Fe.

Broomhilda on plastic wrap (I think the second & third images are swapped).

I started reading the Longmier novels. I should know better than that -- TV shows and movies have very little in common with the books they're taken from except for the titles. (Books from shows are better at keeping thing similar.) The first book of the series has a mystery that was also an episode on TV, but someone different did it!! Anyway, The Rez was the only term anyone used for the reservation, and was just casual use by both Whites and Indians.

Lucina said...

Out of curiosity I researched it and learned Agnes Bruckner played Anna Nicole Smith. Apparently it was a Lifetime movie.

Husker Gary said...

-Yes, PK, here’s a lovely rendition of the ballad of that ROVER who made the green woods ring
-This lament for Dave, JD and all the other “blamees” here.
-Shrink Wrap wrestling match (1:50)
-Irish, that woman’s name was Agnes Bruckner and here is where you can get info and see the trailer.

CanadianEh! said...

Enjoyed this puzzle today. Thanks Mary Lou and congratulations on your first solo puzzle. Thanks for commenting on the blog also. Thanks also to Steve.
Didn't know ROLF; I'll have to ask at my massage tomorrow!
Have a great day all. Cool here!

Lemonade714 said...

Mary Lou, a lovely entertaining puzzle. Thanks for stopping by. I always find it interesting to consider which clues we love and hate may or may not be the voice of the constructor. It makes it hard to be too effusive over any single clue other than the theme.

Anyway, I am surprised Normal Lear slowed anyone down with the incredible success of All in the Family and spin offs like Maude and The Jefferson.

We also have had numerous mentions of IDA ROLF and her technique.

HG thanks for the pic and Lucina for the quick reveal.

marti, how did etreis survive autocorrect?

Halfway home, enjoy all; thanks Steve.

JD said...

Good morning all,

Loved the theme, Mary Lou with an excellent write up, Steve.

Silverbacks; I so wanted to be sitting next to Jane Goodall taking photos of those beautiful creatures years ago.

Had to perp several words, but this was a good Wed.Like Montana, this is my day. I go to red letters on the computer for the rest of the week as I know it will take much longer.

Clever clues: short person and it goes for a buck. Gallivants is a wonderful word

Owen, your last verse had me howling.

No tee in this tree!

Irish Miss said...

Lucina and HG - Thanks for the info on the actress; I'm not familiar with her at all. (I wonder if she likes her first name.)

Coincidentally, I just read that Zac Efron broke his jaw in a fall. Ouch!

Mary Lou, thanks for stopping by; it's always nice to hear from the constructors who provide us with so much enjoyment.

Avg Joe said...

Fun puzzle and a fine debut Mary Lou. The only hangups were trying to cut Lizzie short by using a Y and an erasure at the crossing of Deus and Tucson cuz it sure isn't spelled Ticson.

Rolf shows up in Xwords once in a while, but I haven't heard the term in real life for a couple of decades. But back then even Jimmy Buffet sang about it: We Are the People Reference is at 2:10.

Bill G. said...

I really enjoyed the clues in this one and I was able to suss out the theme by myself. WEES. Yeah for me! Thanks Mary Lou and Steve.

Today's bonus puzzle; no math!

A friend introduces you to a woman named Genevieve.  He tells you that Genevieve recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in Philosophy, where she was active in the Occupy movement and edited a literary magazine. You’re interested in talking to Genevieve about Hegel, the subject of her senior thesis. Rank the following statements about Genevieve in order of their probability:
(1) Genevieve is a feminist.
(2) Genevieve is looking for a job as a sanitation worker.
(3) Genevieve is a feminist who is looking for a job as a sanitation worker.
Given what you know about Genevieve, rank the statements from most likely to least likely.

Tinbeni said...

Mary Lou: Thank you for a FUN Wednesday puzzle with a great theme.
(Of course my fave was TIN LIZZIE).
Steve: Excellent write-up & links, (perfect for a foodie)!

Never heard of "supermodel" ALEK Wek. (Probably will forget her within the hour).
I always thought ROLF was what you did when you got sick.

ICED-IN never happens here at Villa Incognito. Go figure ...

A "toast" to ALL at Sunset.

JJM said...

Good puzzle. I'll be in Vail Friday. Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

JD, I always get those great ape ladies mixed up too.

So I did some research and came up with this:

Leakey's Angels

MaryLou said...

I could see where you would favor TIN LIZZIE Tinbeni! While your definition of ROLF is legit ( it definitely doesn't pass the breakfast test!

You are correct about some clues being changed Lemonade714. Hopefully, I'll improve with practice!

Thanks to all of you for your kind remarks!

Anonymous said...

Quiz ala HuskerG:

Can you identify these other great ape ladies?


Ann Darrow?

Tinbeni said...

Zira would be Dr. Zira from "The Planet of the Apes".

Ann Darrow is a fictional character from the 1933 movie King Kong and its 2005 remake.

Mary Lou: I never worry about a clue/answer "passing the breakfast test" ... I solve the puzzles around noon.

Misty said...

Great Wednesday puzzle, Mary Lou--many thanks! And how nice to meet you on the blog! Also always enjoy your expo, Steve.

I only got stuck in the middle for a little while, but otherwise it was a pretty smooth run. Had VIVID before LURID, and didn't know ALEK or ALAIN. But I remembered Norman LEAR fondly from "All in the Family," "Maude," and "The Jeffersons." And the Somerset Maugham title came pretty quickly once that Z appeared.

Most fun clues were the ones for DEBTOR and DOE.

We used to love a local restaurant called ASADA and were disappointed to find it out of business the last time we went there.

Ah, DIES IRAE. My Catholic grade school had a choir and we sang at a kazillion Requiem and Funeral Masses. So I will remember DIES IRAE to my dying day.

Have a great Wednesday, everybody!

oc4beach said...

Very enjoyable puzzle Mary Lou. Again I was able to do it without help and I didn't tear up the paper with too many erasures. A good Wednesday puzzle.

Montana: I've noticed that on the TV series "Longmire" that the term "Rez" is used quite freely by the Native American and non-Native American characters.

Bill G. said...

I just watched a few minutes of "The Full Monty" while having my late-morning second cup of coffee. I really love it. It's a wonderful British comedy (1997) with a nice dose of sadness and romance. Have you seen it? If not, you could add it to your Netflix queue.

Here's the weekly Animal Tracks slide show. Animal Tracks

CrossEyedDave said...


DNF in the SW, (would you believe I have never seen Iron Chef?!?) & I totally forgot to look for the metal element there. Maybe because all I could think about was this clip I saw this morning...

Some elements you may not be aware of...





Just the facts, ma'am said...

Great puzzle, MaryLou, and thanks for visiting the blog .. Twice. I enjoyed the solve very much. Congratulations on your debut. Thanks Steve, for a wonderful blog.

Abejo, an MD Opth., alerted me to a condition of low pressure Glaucoma, where even reduction of the IOP - intraocular pressure can go only so far. Most laser surgery, like the common trabeculectomy, merely limits future damage, as applied to glaucoma. Regular eye check ups, and appropriate medical eye drops are the only possible things to recommend.

BTW, marijuana is one of the most useful drugs for lowering IOP. Only smoked or ingested, not topically applied. That being said, it should be noted that I am not giving you any ideas ..... Or advice. Good luck.

BTW, the states most favorable for the enjoyment of medical cannabis are Alaska, Colorado, California., Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Arizona ( Hi Lucina -), Washington and .... DC (yes!). Now, isn't that cute of the politicians ....

Illinois allows it, but no home cultivation.

Again, good luck with the surgery. And, keep on trucking. ;-)

fermatprime said...


Swell puzzle, Mary Lou! Terrific expo, Steve! Fun theme, the kind I like! No problems!

How 'bout some info in your profile, Mary Lou?

Also noticed REZ on Longmire but did not know if there was an S or a Z at first.

I think that the electric company disconnected my solar panels when they placed the "improved" box. The new bill is a killer. (Never received bill, just an email that it had been charged to my credit card. Huh? Phone wait time is horrendous so I have sent them an email.)

It is very warm here! Is that Indian summer?

Have a good day!

Meth geni-ass said...

Bill G. At 11.36 ---- on your non math problem. You have not given the necessary or the sufficient conditions for producing a cogent answer.

Since I am not a sexist, misogynist, chauvinistic, stereotypical, political, etc.

I would have to interview, the this here, Gen-de-Vivre , personally before I can make up my mind. Preferably at very close quarters.

First of all, what type of sanitary work does she specialize in.?

Does her philosophy include Masters and Johnson ?

Further, does she wear tight and / or revealing clothing...?

Please fax the info on receipt.

River Doc said...

D-O, they didn't need to air All In The Family in Britain because it was based on the English comedy Till Death Us Do Part....

Bill G. said...

Meth geni-ass (2:23), right you are. But there is enough information to be sure about some of the relative ranking of the three choices. BTW, she is on to your ploy to glean more information about her lifestyle; no more information is forthcoming. So is there anything at all you can figure out from the information provided? Like which of the three statements is most likely? Least likely?

Anonymous T said...

Loved the puzzle and will comment on my foibles later...

Re: Rez. DW taught a summer course in English for Native American kids getting ready for med school. There was a reception dinner where I met many of them. They would say "back on the Rez" or "well, on the Rez" when talking about their high-school days. They kids were from nations all over the country... So, there's my $.02 of experience with the vernacular.

Cheers, -T

Steve said...

Alf Garnett!

Math genie??? said...

Bill G....

. Since you are such a nice guy ... I have to answer your quiz. And I will try my best.

My two bits ???

1. She is a feminist. I would EXPECT G. FTo be a feminist ... She is smart, educated and daring. Feminism in my mind is like democracy .... The natural order of things .... The way God intended then to be ....

2. She is a feminist and looks for the sanitation job. I don't know why she would want the latter, but who am I to decide. Maybe she feels for the masses ... Whatever.

3. She is looking for a sanitation job .... Ok, I guess so, if you say so. Very unlikely given her background.

I would rather she became a US Supreme Court justice like Elena Kagan.... But then maybe she has no ambitions or aspirations. That's just too bad ..... A brilliant mind wasted ...

Now, I know, you are going to bring up / dig up some very famous woman in history .... And prove me all wrong . So be it. Let's have it.

OwenKL said...

Her likelihood of being a feminist, let's say 75%. Looking for sanitation work, unlikely, so say 1%. Chances of both, product of the other two, 75% x 1% = .75x.01 = .0075 = 0.75%, so it's lower than either of the others.

Blue Iris said...

I had to take a course in alternative and complimentary medicine to re-license a couple of years ago. Rolf massage is very deep and sometimes painful massage technique. You actually separate the connective tissue away from the muscle fibers.

I haven't convinced myself to drop my RN license. Probably makes no sense except I worked so hard to get it?!?

Good evening all!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Yes, this was fun. I liked "Short person" too.

I just finished reading ALAIN and yet blanked on the name. The cells are going, friends...

JD said...

anonymous @ 11:57, thanks for Leakey's Angels. I am in awe of all 3 of them.

PK said...

Owen & oc4beach, I just finished reading the entire Kindle available Longmire series. Sometimes one must struggle to suspend disbelief. Enjoyed it. Walt's Indian friend has a vehicle called "Rezdawg".

Bill G. said...

Regarding the Genevieve puzzle: All you can conclude for sure is that the liklihood of (3) is the least. Logic dictates that (3) is the least likely scenario: two conditions being true (Genevieve is an ardent feminist + Genevieve is looking for a job as a sanitation worker) is always less probable than only one of these being true. If you draw a Venn diagram, imagine two overlapping circles. Being a feminist is represented by one circle, a sanitation worker by the second circle and both by the football-shaped area where the circles overlap. That area has to be less than either circle. Owen and AnonT had the right answer. if somebody else did too, I apologize for the oversight.

Manac said...

Really late today, Once I got Tin Lizzie ,I had that song in my head for the rest of the solve.
Tin Man... I thought it was pronounced RALPH!

Math meth said...

Bill G,

I misunderstood the whole question - and my stupid idealistic mind got in the way.

Since you have put it so succinctly , and OwenKL. And AnonT got the "right" answers....

I humbly salute them both. Salut !

I forgot all about Venn diagrams and symbolic logic and syllogisms. Silly me. My brain cells are slowly grinding to a halt.

Thanks for the puzzle.

Anonymous T said...

Late to the party...

Mary Lou - fun puzzle with a fun theme. A good follow-up to yesterday's BORON element. Thanks for the write-up Steve and helping me clear up the SW corner.

While trying to think of 46d, I heard "Pheonix, AZ (hi Lucina!) all the way to Tacoma" in my head ( Steve Miller Band). So, I put Washington state in the SW :-) I got that cleared up before Steve let me know ROLF.

ROLF is not ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing)...


Can you celebrate Purim in Space?.

Cheers, -T

Manac said...

Absolutely nothing to do with
today's puzzle
Jiffy Jeff (Some adult language)

Anonymous T said...

Manac - I donno about nuthin' to do with the puzzle. Seems like Jiffy Jeff was LAID OPEN a few times in that routine. The TORSION on his neck must have been something after going around 9 (no, I'm exaggerating. 3) times. Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

D-O: I forgot earlier to comment, but yes, for us 37F is cooold. Louis Black said it best. MA only! (language)

Lucina - @90F expect visitors. :-)

Owen - Loved the IRON CHEF rhyme.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

You're welcome here anytime; though you might not be pleased between May and mid October. This is the winter visitor season.

Thanks for the shout out.

Anonymous T said...


I had a connecting flight in Phoenix once (in July) from SF. I was a smoker then so I stepped outside for a puff. It was sooo hot and dry, I got two drags off and went back in!

I'm sure I could get used to the heat (I do like to spend time outside during Houston summers) but, it would be the dry that gets me. I had a bloody nose for a month after moving to OK from LA.

Speaking of moves; R-Doc how's that going?

IDLE time is over, time for bed.

Cheers, -T

kjinkc said...

Ah well, here it is very late again. Much ado here so haven't done a puzzle in a few days, but glad I did this one. Manac, you crack me up with Jiffy Jeff and Ralph!

Bill G enjoyed the math and was able to calculate it out!

Favs today were: Silverback (I was once fortunate enough to meet Jane Goodall); Ponzi (I just like the name, not what it stands for) and Efron (just cuz my pre-teen granddaughter keeps me up on these).

Anonymous said...

Once again, if I wasn't clear earlier, Jane Goodall was NOT with the gorillas, she was with the chimpanzees!!

Martin said...

ASADA, LEAD FOOT, ALERO and ROLF were unknowns. DNF.