Jan 30, 2014

Thursday January 31, 2014 Ed Sessa

Theme: TROJAN HORSES ( 55A. Devious traps, and a hint to surprises found in 20-, 29- and 48-Across) -A horse is hidden inside each theme entry.
20A. Emulate the successful bounty hunter : CLAIM A REWARD. Mare.

29A. "To the best of my memory" : AS FAR AS I RECALL. Sire.

48A. "Shalom aleichem" : PEACE BE UPON YOU. Pony.

C.C. here. I'll just list all the entries and come back with more comments later.

Updated later:

Tomorrow is Chinese Spring Festival and 2014 is Year of the Horse. So I'm super-delighted with this puzzle from Mr. Ed.


1. Like many abbreviated terms in footnotes : LATIN. Et al.

6. "Hurlyburly" playwright David : RABE. Unknown to me.

10. Beer : BREW

14. __ ballerina : PRIMA

15. "Foaming cleanser" of old ads : AJAX

16. Champagne Tony of '60s golf : LEMA. 1964 British Open winner.
17. Biblical peak : SINAI

18. Confused state : DAZE

19. Plodding haulers : OXEN

23. Halloween creature : BAT

26. Three NASCAR Unsers : ALs

27. Part of D.A.: Abbr. : ATT (Attorney)

28. __ Fáil: Irish "stone of destiny" : LIA. I learned this from doing Xwords.

33. Chem lab event : REACTION

34. A.L. lineup fixtures : DHs (Designated Hitters). For LaLaLinda.

35. Baby powder ingredient : TALC

36. Siesta : NAP

38. Missal sites : PEWS

42. Grind : RUT

45. Start of a green adage : WASTE NOT

51. Adolphe who developed a horn : SAX. He invented Saxophone.

52. "Do the Right Thing" director Spike : LEE

53. Intraoffice IT system : LAN

54. Attach, as a codicil : ADD

59. Mechanical method : ROTE

60. Open and breezy : AIRY

61. Initial-based political nickname : DUBYA. Bush 44. (Correction: Bush 43. Thanks, John.) I liked the movie "W.". We also have ARI (2D. Bush spokesman Fleischer).

65. Touched ground : ALIT

66. Govt.-owned home financing gp. : GNMA

67. Made calls at home : UMPED. Great clue.

68. Chest muscles, briefly : PECS

69. Early temptation locale : EDEN

70. Mails : POSTS

1. 12-in. discs : LPS

3. Sardine holder : TIN

4. Colorful Apple : iMAC

5. Finger painting? : NAIL ART. Fresh entry.

 6. Hilton rival : RADISSON. Good one also.

7. In __: stuck : A JAM

8. Cairo market : BAZAAR

9. Pushed (oneself) : EXERTED

10. Explode : BLOW

11. Store name derived from the prescription symbol : REXALL

12. "Bam!" chef : EMERIL (Lagasse)

13. Film fish : WANDA.  "A Fish Called Wanda".

21. Second half of a ball game? : ALAI. Jai alai.

22. Cut with acid : ETCH

23. 1984 Olympics parallel bars gold medalist Conner : BART. Stranger to me also. 1984 is China's first Summer Olympics.

24. Out of port : ASEA

25. Nonstick cookware brand : T-FAL

30. Seaport of Ghana : ACCRA

31. Bowled over : IN AWE

32. Tree with quivering leaves : ASPEN

37. Mitt Romney's 2012 running mate : PAUL RYAN. Like the entry, not the person.

39. "The Celts" singer : ENYA

40. Stacked fuel : WOOD. Hi there Manac! Sorry for stealing your picture. I could not make the link work.

41. Poker game : STUD

43. Bruins' campus: Abbr. : UCLA

44. Like most new drivers : TEENAGE. Do you love this song also?

46. Hot springs resorts : SPAS

47. Strengthened : TONED UP

48. Prisoner's reward : PAROLE

49. Strikingly unusual : EXOTIC

50. Trailing : BEHIND

51. Purse part : STRAP

56. New York team : JETS

57. "Him __": romantic triangle ultimatum : OR ME

58. Bout of beefy battlers : SUMO

62. ER vitals : BPs. Oh, Blood Pressure.

63. "However ..." : YET

64. Product promos : ADS



OwenKL said...

I thought this one was going to be tough since I had so many I was unsure of, but I finished without even needing red letters today! A very WAG-friendly puzzle! Although 18A went from FUZY->MUZY->MAZY->HAZY->HAZE->DAZE. A six-step word ladder! 7D went from A RUT -> A JAM, and then, a la yesterday's AFRO, RUT turned up at 42A!

chan said...

Fun puzzle, and relatively easy for a Thursday. However, I don't think any of the ALS Unser were involved in NASCAR.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Cute theme today, which I did manage to figure out before finishing (although it didn't help at all).

Really struggled up north. Had TUGS instead of OXEN and A RUT instead of A JAM and SIN instead of LIA. Add to the mess the fact that I did not know RABE or LEMA and couldn't think of RADISSON or REXALL off the top of my head, and there was a sea of white up there for a long time.

Elsewhere, AS FAR AS I RECALL was the last theme answer to fall, partly because of the missing RADISSON and partly because I just couldn't think of TFAL for awhile.

I did finally fix my mistakes and get a foothold, and things eventually got filled in unassisted.

C.C. Burnikel said...

MamaLi et al,
Yellowrocks, Owen & Avg Joe all explained it perfectly yesterday. All of the theme entries are re-interpreted as if the first 2 letters refer to a state. Hair-dos for 41-Across! Avg Joe also mentioned why 46A has no capital in the clue.

I've become hardy and hardened. Also, I mentioned on the blog and emailed you last Friday on how to recover your Blogger Account. Notice the "Sign In" on the top right of our blog front page? Just sign in and proceed accordingly.

Montana said...

It's always a good morning when I can finish a Thursday puzzle. I have a son named Bart.

I rarely have a wi-fi connection. Headed home to Montana next week.

Keep warm,


Al Cyone said...

The SE corner gave me pause (favorite clue: "Made calls at home") but eventually yielded (though, as usual, the theme eluded me).

Did anyone else expect to also see "End of a green adage"?

1° degree at sunrise here in the beautiful mid-Hudson valley.


P.S. Thanks, C.C., for clearing up the MSDOS question.

KentuckyKate said...

I thought this was a really nice puzzle, with a couple of Trojan surprises thrown in: I had Mets before Jets -only one little letter, but what a difference! And Sheraton before it was clear that wouldn't work. I liked the 61A clue, as I wanted the answer to be ??PAC. Ended up with one error: Cat instead of Bat. Who knew Cart (short for Carter?) from Bart? Thankfully, C.C. did. Took a while to find Pony since I was expecting Colt or Foal or Filly after Mare and Sire, but it is a kind of horse. Loved Rexall, Grandmother's drugstore!
Warmer today, Hooray! But there's still ice on the river.

TTP said...

Good morning all. Thank you Ed Sessa and thank you CC.

No real issues with the puzzle. Didn't get the theme again. Because it was TROJAN HORSES, I looked for malware in each of the theme answers.

I too thought of Manac with the clue for stacked fuel. That's quite the pile.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Today our theme was horses, and C.C. refers to the constructor as "Mr. Ed." Cute.

Hand up for A RUT before AJAM, CAT before BAT. Also had METS before JETS. TROMAN HORSE looked weird.

Below freezing here again this morning. I think Phil the philodendron is dead. He used to be dome-shaped and about 8' high and 8' in diameter. No more. On a positive note, we can now see out the bedroom windows for the first time in years.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody. Great puzzle today with a relatively easy theme and some super clues.

Although I PERPED RABE, LEMA, ALS, LIA and BART I really liked the following clues:

- 38A: Missal sites: PEWS
- 67A: Made calls at home: UMPED
- 5D: Finger painting? NAIL ART

I debated on CAT vs BAT for 23A, but BAT won out.

We're up to a balmy 31 degrees in Chicago today. We've got to enjoy it while we can as were in for some more snow and cold this weekend. Ah me!

Have a great day!

Mari said...

TTP @ 6:56 am: TROJAN HORSES and malware makes perfect sense! I can see how one might get confused.

inanehiker said...

Fun, but doable puzzle. I didn't see the inset themes until looking back after the trojan horse.

Rexall brought back fond memories of going to visit my grandma in Park Ridge, IL. She worked in Scharringhausen's Pharmacy which carried Rexall products. There aren't too many stores out there with the personal touch like that now.

Argyle said...

Al Unser I did a few NASCAR races, Al Unser II just one NASCAR race, and Al Unser III hasn't done any yet.

Anonymous said...

The seaport of Ghana is in fact Tema!

Avg Joe said...

This was a fun little romp. Crunchy, and with the noted unknowns such as Rabe and Bart. But lots of good fill. The theme itself seemed a little tame, but I did figure out where the horses were hidden with a little effort (Sire was the toughest). I laughed at the Mr. Ed reference too, C.C.

D-O. I'd guess that Phil died of embarrassment. Should have named her Phyllis. :-)

I see from NWS Radar that The Bay Area is getting some rain this morning. I hope that continues for a long time!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Ed Sessa, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review. Where's Marti today?

Got started fine in the NW. Except I had CAN instead of TIN for 3D, but LATIN fixed that.

Remembered AJAX, the foaming cleanser, and the tune. That goes way back.

BAZAAR was easy. That must be common all over the Middle East.

Got NAIL, but the ART part came later.

LIA Fail again. We just had that. No proble. i like repeats.

Theme was fine. Caught it before I finished.

PAUL RYAN was easy. I like him. And his running mate Mitt.

This puzzle seemed a little easier than most Thursdays.

Off to my day. Lots to do. heading to Glenview, IL, tonight.

See you tomorrow.


(55336486 7)

Argyle said...

Tema is part of Greater Accra but Accra is no longer a port itself, it appears. Takoradi is the other major port of Ghana. Link

Avg Joe said...

With the ongoing battle between Manac and CED, this is too good to pass up. For late readers, it's the comic from 1/30.


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy for a Thursday, I thought, but still a fun solve. Neat horse theme. Had Mets before JETS. Finally pried ACCRA out of the depths of my brain. Same with SAX. I enjoy Mr. Ed's puzzles.
EMERIL - On our only visit to New Orleans, in 2000, we dined at 2 of Emeril's restaurants. Really liked NOLA'S in the French Quarter.
Wonder if the Troy, NY police (Irish Miss's home) roster any TROJAN HORSES.

Tough Winter so far. For you armchair non-travellers, here is an Ice Chart of current conditions in the Baltic Sea. Captions in Finnish, English, and Swedish. Bold arial letters depict names of National icebreakers clearing shipping lanes.

Off to play bridge.

Have a great day.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

I enjoyed this puzzle although I had to rely on the unifier to see the theme. Not too much of a struggle but there were a few unknowns - RABE, LEMA and GNMA.

~ I remembered LIA and DUBYA from recent puzzles.

~ Like Barry, I had 'Tugs' before OXEN.

~ I liked the Bs in 58D

~ At 40D I, too, thought of Manac's wood to speak.

~ Thanks for filling in today, C.C. and for Big Papi. I like the guy and I know he did a lot for the team, especially in the post-season but ... there's a bit too much self-importance in his attitude.

Off to an appointment ~ enjoy the day!

Husker Gary said...

An indecipherable theme that was fun to uncover after the reveal.

-A horrible crime was solved in Omaha last week as many people stepped forward to CLAIM A REWARD after seeing some Facebook activity
-If only the spirit of Shalom could prevail in the Mideast
-FB players in a DAZE don’t get sent right back in anymore
-The first chemical REACTION I showed in class cost me part of my eyebrows
-No one has had a better world series than Boston’s DH
-NAP during the day and I’ll be doing this at night (2:23)
-Maybe those tablets from SINAI need a codicil
-UMPS hope they are never remembered
-At Downton they use the word POST where we use MAIL
-Modern DJ’s do this to an LP to make, uh, music
-My iMac and I will soon celebrate our 7th anniversary. Does that call for a cake CED?
-If you’ve never seen someone pitch T-FAL, you’ve never been to a state fair
-Texas Hold ‘Em is just modified STUD
-I hope my TEENAGE granddaughter likes Katy Perry’s music and not her advice
-Discussion of Manac’s wood and piles. Really? ;-)

kjinkc said...

HG - I'm raising my 11 yr old granddaughter and she loves music, including Katy Perry. She knows all the words to all the songs. I just hope she doesn't understand all the meanings as you note, in particular to take the advice. It's scary all the things kids are subjected to (but I guess that's what they said about Elvis, back in the day). Some of this stuff just feels like it's crossing a line.

HG - How did you happen to select my anthem? When I retired suddenly, I wasn't sure what I was going to do and found myself up all hours and quite frequently singing 'playin' solitaire til dawn, with a deck of 51' and 'don't tell me I've nothin' to do'.

desper-otto said...

Japanese Sex...thought this was cute

A Japanese couple is having an argument over ways of performing highly erotic sex…

Husband: Sukitaki.

Wife replies: Kowanini!

Husband says: Toka a anji rodi roumi yakoo!

Wife on her knees literally begging: Mimi nakoundinda tinkouji!

Husband replies angrily: Na miaou kina tim kouji!.

Incredible........there you sit, reading this crap as if you understood Japanese!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A good Thursday work-out with some clever cluing and fill. Sad to say, though, I didn't see the hidden "surprises" in the theme answers,which is hard to believe because they now stand out like a sore thumb!

Anyway, thanks, Mr. Ed, (loved that, CC) for a fun romp, and thanks, CC, for a great job pinch-hitting. Hope Marti is just busy and not under the weather. (Nice shout-out to Chez Incognito at 3D.)

Spitz @ 8:38 - I'm not sure if you are referring to the current uproar involving the Troy PD, but it is definitely full of "surprises.". OTOH, if you are referring to a "real" Trojan horse, yes, the TPD did have an equine member until a few years ago. I believe his name was Major and he was a familiar and well-loved "man-about-town!"

Stay warm everyone..

Irish Miss said...

Correction: The horse's name was Big Ben, not Major.

thehondohurricane said...

Hello everryone,

Same issues as many others; Rut/JAM, Mets/JETS. Like Joe, Troman Horse was a ??????.

As is my habit, never figured out the theme, but did not need it either. This was pretty easy for a Thursday. I fear tomorrow, I'll be looking at a sea of white.

Nice to see Tony Lema. He had a successful career and had fun doing it. Died in a plane crash.

I've come down with a good case of cabin fever. Think it's time for a trip to Mohegan Sun.

Spitzboov said...

IM @ 0907. It was just a general musing or rumination. Sort of a play on words.

A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

You are mostly correct. The Unser's are associated with Indy car racing. However, I did find this: Al Sr was the 1978 IROC champion. He also competed in the 1968 Daytona 500 and four other NASCAR Winston Cup & Grand National races, all held on road courses with a best finish of fourth (twice).

I agree that 26A is a bad clue.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I cannot believe that I didn't even see the theme reveal clue TROJAN HORSE until C.C. kindly pointed it out, let alone find the hidden equines. I must have been doing all downs in that section and perps filled it. I was speeding right along there.

I pulled Tony LEMA from some deep recess in my brain. Didn't know ACCRA, RABE or SAX. Forgot Paul RYAN and a fish named WANDA. Nemo didn't fit.

TFAL doesn't have an "e" in it? Live and learn. I wanted an "F" not "G" in GNMA. I thought it was FannyMae.

Katy Perry's TEENAGE dream turned into a nightmare when her husband told her the marriage was over by electronic means. As for today's teenagers not understanding the lyrics to that song, grandparents -- dream on. In our day we had "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?". I knew what that meant as a teenager just didn't do it.

PK said...

D-O, doesn't Yellowrocks speak Japanese. Wonder if the cute story will make her blush or if those are just made-up words? Only Japanese I know is Ohio & Sayonara.

kazie said...

I had BOOM for BLOW which made a mess of the NE corner. Couldn't think of WANDA either and had no idea about LEMA, but knew something was amiss when I ended up with CLAIM A REMARK. The rest was easy enough, but I was in a hurry to get out and walk the dog before I got snowed in.

Oh well, Thursdays can be that way!

C.C., enjoy your new year!

Yellowrocks said...

Fun puzzle. The only hold up was Raddison. I have seen these hotels many times but drew a blank. When I changed HAZE to DAZE, I had all the perps but R, which was a successful WAG as I didn't know RABE. Isn't that a vegetable? When I finished I had to take Alan to work and when I returned I forgot to look for the horses.
I remember the old REXALLs.
D/O what a crock of ****.! To me it sounds Hawaiian. What do I know?
I agree, PK, many of the songs back in the day were suggestive, but not actually lewd. We knew what they meant.
ACCRA could have been clued as an ancient seaport of Ghana. It was quite active when it was first built.

Anonymous T said...

Hi all!

I started the puzzle in a DAZE (two Z's in BAZzAR?), but things started ADDing up and and and I got a Thurs with no errors! Thanks Mr. Ed (funny C.C.) and C.C. for the write-up.

False starts included boom / BLEW and a number of vowels WAGed incorrectly (EMIREL - oops), but it all enjoyably came together.

Liked Manac's WOOD next to STUD and WEES re: 67a.

D-O: Fret NOT - Phill is not dead. All the leaves will fall off and you will have just the central trunk sticking up (hence, NOT Phyllis!). By summer you'll have a few leaves from below the freeze damage and, not withstanding another freeze, next year Phill will be back. At least that's what happened to mine two years ago. Once the leaves are established you can cutoff the part above the freeze line (or hire a mohel to do it).

Back to keeping TROJANHORSES off the LAN!

Cheers, -T

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

An easy romp for a Thursday. Few unknowns, though I did need a ton of perps to recall Paul Ryan. Got a little confused at the connection between the Unsers and NASACAR, as others have noted, but chalked it up to my lack of racing awareness. As usual I'm amazed at the constructor's ability to find phrases that work and then fit them into a symmetrical puzzle.

Morning, C.C. - thanks for pinch hitting, glad to see that you're not frozen!

Bill G from last night: verklempt is another of my favorite borrowed words. Relatedly, I find I get all verklempt when talking up my adorable grand-niece. This is new to me! Also had a good laugh at the attack cat video.

Dennis said...

Good afternoon, gang - a nice, smooth solve today, although I needed full perps for David RABE. Also put EROTIC instead of EMOTIC for 49D, but that's just where my mind goes.

I agree with the others about the Unsers; there is a bit of history with NASCAR, but I always think Indy when I think Unser.

Even though I spent several months in Japan, the only Japanese I had down was hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and how much is your sister? Everything else was a mixture of sign language and talking like an indian. Also, when I was there, the dollar was worth four times what it is now against the Yen. Even with a Corporal's lowly salary of about $230 a month, I sent home Noritake China, Akai tape decks and still had enough money for various nightly forms of entertainment. Fun times.

d-o @9:04, outstanding!

Re-taking the urine test next Tuesday; hopefully, that'll be the end of it and we can get on with the TSA process.

Hope it's a great day for everyone; rainy and nasty here, but still in the 70s.

Lucina said...

Greetings, Puzzlers! What a nice surprise to see you, C.C.

Your Mr. Ed brought a chuckle when you explained the theme which I hadn't looked for but didn't need for the solve.

WEES. Very easy romp today with a shoutout at TIN and Manac's WOOD pile. Has it gone down any YET?

Sad for me though, my initial Hilton rival was Marriott and then forgot to erase the M. and didn't know RABE. Drat!

The SE took some time because UMPED was slow in coming but LOL when it did. Good cluing.

WMS. What Mari said about clever clues.

Phoenix has the original REXALL building with the soda fountain. It is now a restaurant and antique store.

Now to see CED's links.

Have a magnificent Thursday, everyone!

CrossEyedDave said...

Made it thru the puzzle, but having never heard of T-Fal, or the word sire as a name for a horse, I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to change 29A to something else.

I remember Ajax, but not the commercial.

Claim a reward? Good Luck!

Do you recall having a problem with this recall?

Avg Joe @ 8:23 - You know Manac & I are just having fun.

& I wish "Shalom aleichem" to the story of manacs wood...


CrossEyedDave said...

HG, 7 years with an Imac, that does deserve a cake!

Misty said...

Not a speed run--but what a romp! Fun, fun puzzle, Mr. Ed. (I'm afraid you may be stuck with that name from now on). It took a little while since I also didn't know RABE, LEMA, or BART. But it's great when the surrounding answers help you fill them in anyway. Had FEMA before GNMA and thought it should be LOGS rather than WOOD. But I know my missals and my PEWS from having attended a lot of Masses in my life. Anyway, great puzzle and good to read your expo and hear from you, C.C. I tried to get blue again with your Friday e-mail, but it didn't work, for some reason. But today it did--yay!--so, many thanks for the tip.

I love my T-Fal pots and pans, by the way. Mine are ancient by now, but they are wonderful!

Interesting Republican shout-outs in this puzzle (DUBYA, PAUL RYAN).

Spitzboov, LOL

Have a great Thursday everybody. We're going to see a play this afternoon. Should be fun.

MamaLi said...

Hi All,

C.C. thanks for the reply! You guys are a lot of fun and I'm glad I found this blog. I have learned so much about solving crossword puzzles from all of you.

For a novice, I was able to almost complete the entire puzzle without any help. I was stuck in the s.e. corner. I had tonesup, posts, yet and ads; but I just couldn't get 58d, 61a and67a. If I had the 'd' instead of 's', I think I would have come up with dubya. All in all I am quite pleased with my progress in learning how to do this.

Yesterday it was 49, today it is 10 and swowing again. I am really looking forward to spring this year!

Have a great day.

Pat said...

A fairly easy Thursday. I had the same issues as many others did: A rut/A JAM, Fannie Mae/GNMA, sends/POSTS. Didn't know Tony LEMA. Came here to get the answers. Thanks, Mr. Ed. Thanks, C.C., for setting me on the correct path.

I enjoy the links to comics, music, etc. My thanks to you who link.

We may actually get above freezing today! With the sun out the snow is starting to melt. Hurry, Spring!


john28man said...

I had one lazy error because I had PEnS for 38A and didn't check the perp. Otherwise I finished but never saw the theme insets till I came here.

Lucina said...

I know you who are snowbound are eager for spring to arrive but please don't rush it. For us that means summer will follow with its torrid temperatures. The 70s are just perfect at this time.

Tinbeni said...

C.C. Great job "Pinch-hitting" for Marti.
(Hmmm, that gives me an idea!)

Only needed 4-perps to get RABE and T-FAL.
Otherwise, my usual Thursday slog ... But I "got'er done".

Just for the record, I am NOT (I repeat, NOT!!!) holding any Sardines ...

Fave today (of course) was 10-A, Beer, being BREW.
(Hmmm, that gives me another idea!)

Dennis said...

Don't know if this has been posted before (since I've been away for a bit), but it's worth another look even if it has: Cat vs. mailman

Yellowrocks said...

D/O I hope you know I was kidding about your Japanese post. LOL. It reminds me of when my ex used to pretend to speak to the kids in Italian. Really it was all gibberish. People who pretend to ape German always choose the harsh Hitler style.I am sure many disagree, but to me some German poetry and love songs sound sweet. Maybe it's because I have heard PA German all during my childhood and adolescence.
At Tuesday's dance we were visited by a stuffed bear from Germany who was touring the world to gather autographs and photos at square dance clubs. Some of our members wrote to him in German. I was chagrined that I couldn't read a lot of that without a dictionary. It's been more than 50 years since I studied German or lived among the PA Dutch.

Pat said...

Lucina@12:42--I will modify my weather wish. Mother Nature, please send us some above-freezing temperatures!


Ol' Man Keith said...

The 1984 Olympics were in Los Angeles. I am not sure why CC referred to that being the year of the first Chinese summer games. It was the time of a great parallel summer arts festival where, among other events, I saw Peter Brook's wondrous "Mahabharata."

Today's gimmes for me were RABE and then, strangely, SAX. (I don't know where on earth I came across the name of Adolphe Sax.) The rest came slowly/steadily through old-fashioned guessing and culling. No section seemed harder than the rest. I didn't see the horses until it was over.
A tough but doable Thursday challenge from Ed Sessa.

Bill G. said...

I didn't know how to spell LEMA at first but otherwise, WEES. Thanks Ed and CC.

This morning I was beaten up by a woman in an elevator. I was staring at her boobs when she said, "Press one." That's when the fight started.

"Frankly Autocorrect, I'm getting a little tired of your shirt!"

Avg. Joe, I've always loved Drabble! I met the cartoonist a couple of times locally at book signings.

Dudley, I'm glad you liked the attack cat video.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks for your comments ueber deutsch. Like most Americans, I learned only one language in school and chose German because a girlfriend was taking it. I stayed with it through grad studies (long after parting from the GF) and later lived in Austria for a time.
The Hitler model (and the old Dr. Krankenheit vaudeville sketches) have so popularized the guttural sounds and oom-pah rhythm that none of its whispery romantic sweetness gets through to the Anglo ear. I used to sometimes try to make my point by reciting the opening of Heine's "Lorelei" in a register that I privately thought of as "cooing":
Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten,
Daß ich so traurig bin,
Ein Märchen aus uralten Zeiten,
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.

I counted myself lucky when I got a few listeners to agree.

OwenKL said...

d-o: Thought that was one of those tangled pronunciation things, like "Owah Tagoo Siam". (Sorry I couldn't find a version of this without profanity.)

PK: GNMA is "Ginnie Mae," there are also Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac, and Farmer Mac programs.

-- I'm surprised no one has mentioned AJAX being one of the heroes of the TROJAN war. I tried doing a poem on that this morning, but it just didn't sing.


Jim said...

Please delete this post if it is bad blog etiquette. But there is a very interesting conversation between crossword constructors, editors and reviewers going on over at "Diary of a Crossword Fiend".

I see everyone's point and tend to agree.

Manac said...

Evening everyone,

Well this was an unexpected but pleasant surprise coming to the corner today ( No apologies necessary C.C. )
In case anyone missed my original post. I mentioned that that was my extra for this season and had no room for it. I did give most of it to my SIL which has helped her BIG TIME on her heating bill this year.
Everyone needs a helping hand now and then.

Avg Joe... I laughed so hard at that Drabble link my sides hurt.

Everyone seems to be on top of their game today... Don't know how I can do better?

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-CED, Thanks for the cake for me and my electronic friend, CED! Also enjoyed your and other’s links today.
-kjinkc, I had some kids at a space camp and after some laser tag at 9 pm, I had a 16 oz Dr. Pepper that, as I later learned, was loaded with caffeine and I counted a lotta flowers on the wall that night
-PK, I didn’t say I hoped Emma didn’t understand the lyrics, I just stated that I hoped she would not engage in the activities the Perry woman advocates. Even I knew what Rosemary Clooney meant in the 50’s when she said “Come on-a my house, my house, I´m gonna give you candy. Come on-a my house, my house, I´m gonna give you everything”
-Misty, did you buy those T-FAL pans at a fair ;-)
-Sorry Keith, being raised on a diet of German war movies, it’s hard to associate that Deutsch with tenderness. I think we all have some misplaced stereotypical ideas when hearing other languages.

Al Cyone said...

Keith Fowler@2:36 "I am not sure why CC referred to that being the year of the first Chinese summer games."

That puzzled me too but (thanks to Wikipedia) this is what I think she meant: "The People's Republic of China made their first appearance in a Summer Olympics since 1952, while for the first time the Republic of China team participated as Chinese Taipei."

Tinbeni said...

Keith @2:54
I "might" have thought that was cooing ...
If you had provided the 'English Translation'.

Dudley said...

For you golf enthusiasts, I've been researching the plane crash that killed Tony Lema and his wife, along with the pilot and copilot. The news reports vary considerably in the details, so I've concentrated on the official NTSB write-up from that time (July 1966). The best guess NTSB could make for the cause was a fuel mismanagement problem, which likely led to one or both engines (it was a Twin Bonanza) losing power. I presume there was still fuel on board, but it was not being accessed. It's surprising, given that there were two qualified pilots up front; fuel is ALWAYS on your mind when flying. The weather wasn't mentioned as being a factor.

Dudley said...

Dennis 1:06 - love that cat video! It's the same clip that Bill G just happened to put up last night, so I guess it's making the Internet rounds just now. You gotta respect the mail man!

Dennis said...

Dudley, thanks for the heads-up; sorry for the duplication.

Re the Lema crash, very interesting that it could have been mismanagement of the transfer switches, especially given two reasonably high-hour pilots. That crash and Payne Stewart one always bothered me.

Manac said...

Jeez, I can't even top CED's Post.

I must be losing it :-)

Manac said...

That was a good one by the way :)

Yellowrocks said...

Jim, I looked up Diary of a Crossword Fiend to see what was said about today's LAT.
Gareth wrote that the puzzle was better than average, including the reveal, but the words chosen for the theme didn't go together. I had the same misgivings when I first read saw them on CC's blog.
MARE is a female horse
SIRE is a father horse
PONY is a subspecies of horse
MARE, STALLION, and FOAL would go together.
Following the puzzle's lead for humans, it would read, "woman, father, Pygmy."

Yellowrocks said...

Keith thanks for confirming my view of tenderness in the German language.
“Die Lorelei describes the eponymous female as a sort of siren who, sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks. “ See LORELEI in Wiki.
Link listen
Keith, may I offer an English translation. (not my own)
I know not if there is a reason
Why I am so sad at heart.
A legend of bygone ages
Haunts me and will not depart.

The air is cool under nightfall.
The calm Rhine courses its way.
The peak of the mountain is sparkling
With evening's final ray.

The fairest of maidens is sitting
Unwittingly wondrous up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She's combing her golden hair.

The comb she holds is golden,
She sings a song as well
Whose melody binds an enthralling
And overpowering spell.

In his little boat, the boatman
Is seized with a savage woe,
He'd rather look up at the mountain
Than down at the rocks below.

I think that the waves will devour
The boatman and boat as one;
And this by her song's sheer power
Fair Lorelei has done.

Tinbeni said...

YR: Thanks!
(Those siren's have all the fun).

Ol' Man Keith said...

Husker Gary, I agree: war movies did a lot to cause Anglo ears to receive the Hitleresque version of German. You'd probably need something like my experience in high school of attending weekly German movies at the Bridge in San Francisco with your best girl. They used to play pre-war musicals, from Mozart ("Die Zauberflöte") to Franz Lehár, plus post-war anti-Nazi romances.

Al Cyone @ 5:22: Thanks for your insight re CC's notion of 1948 being an Olympics year for the Chinese. Maybe so.

Yellowrocks, thanks for the translation for Tinbeni @ 2:54.
You can't hear the sound in English, of course, but I do like the translation you've given-- by A.Z. Foreman.
Maybe a better introduction for Tinbeni and others would be to hear a musical rendition of the words to their traditional tune by Friedrich Silcher. Please, friends, just listen to Die Lorelei.
(And, bitte, forgive the bad photo.)

Ol' Man Keith said...

Here's an even better intro. Yellowrocks has given you the excellent Tauber version. Here's Richard Tauber in a video that screens the German lyrics so they're easy to hear as Tauber sings “Die Lorelei”.

Misty said...

My goodness, that was lovely, Yellowrocks and Keith. It almost brought tears to my eyes because both the melody and the words are so lyrical. Many thanks for posting this.

JD said...

Thanks Mr. Ed :)Enjoyed this romp. Didn't see the theme, but did see trojan horse before I even read the clue. Not knowing Rabe, Lema or Lia sent me in another direction.
fav.= missal sites.

Always nice to see you on unexpected days, C.C. I DO like it when you-Tube has the words so some of the songs make sense, or not.The vocabulary, although a little more vivid than I'd like, is much better than the words and silly repetitions in many of our songs in the 50's/60's. In HS we were banned from listening to KYA when Wake up Little Susie hit the airwaves. LOL! So tame.

Many Rexall Drugstores had mini lending libraries. My Mom worked in one for awhile.

Dennis, loved the cat vs.the mailman...hadn't seen it last night.

fermatprime said...


Thanks for the puzzle and expo, Ed and CC!

Went very swiftly for a Thursday. Swell!

Did forget to decipher the theme.

Last of three days' medical appointments in a row. Whew! Had truckload of wax cleaned out of right ear today!

Enjoyed the links today! Thanks, folks!


Husker Gary said...

Lovely Keith! Thanks for showing the beauty of the language.

Lemonade714 said...

I named by Red Betta, Ajax after the red bearded warrior from the Trojan War

Lucina said...

LOL! Thank you for your supplication to Mother Nature. I sincerely hope you have some sway with her!

Beautiful renderings of Lorelei. Thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

TALC is no longer an ingredient of baby powder and hasn't been for years - at least legally! Since it is hazardous to infants' lungs.

Argyle said...

Citation needed.
I found no incident of the preceding claim.