Jan 9, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014 Peter A. Collins

Theme: "Making the cut"

The words in each of the four corners of the grid are synonyms for "cut." Interesting, that the clues for each one have nothing to do with that sense of the word. Let's go clockwise around and find them:

1-Across. Make it home? : SCORE. Baseball reference.

10-Across. Karate move : CHOP. A quick strike.

13-Down. Diminish : PARE. As in "pare" down expenses. (OK, maybe this one has a "cut" meaning, too.)

59-Down. Rollers without wheels : DICE. Craps cubes.

67-Across. Golfer's concern : SLICE. For a right-hand golfer, a banana curve ball that ends up to the right of the intended target. Sometimes used to advantage on a dog-leg right hole.

65-Across. Fit : TRIM. In shape.

51-Down. Feature of some skirts : SLIT. Sexy feature.

1-Down. Sassy sort : SNIP. Does everyone know this meaning? I think of a "snip" as someone who isn't worth bothering with.

And the reveal:

38-Across. With 40-Across, taking the easy way (and a hint to eight aptly placed answers in this grid) :

CUTTING. 40-Across. See 38-Across : CORNERS.

This certainly felt more Friday-level to me. But I still finished in my typical Thursday time. Lots of unknowns and names that depended heavily on perps to reveal.


6. Trunk hardware : HASP. Tire "iron"? Nope - wrong kind of trunk.

14. 2013 US Open winner : NADAL. This only took five perps to get. I was thinking golf, of course. But neither "Justin" nor "Rose" fit.

15. In the past : ONCE.

16. Chaplin's widow : OONA. Thank goodness for old favorites!

17. Query in Matthew : IS IT I?

18. Crybaby of a sort : SORE LOSER.

20. Like French doors : PANED.

21. Special benefit : PRIVILEGE.

22. One having a ball : DEB. Cute.

24. "You said it!" : AMEN.

25. University of Georgia mascot Hairy __ : DAWG.

28. Like a GI doing dishes : ON KP.

30. Selena of "Wizards of Waverly Place" : GOMEZ. More perps. I was thinking of Sela, and could only come up with "Ward." Never watched this show.

35. Anticipated touchdown hr. : ETA.

36. Nail holders : TOES.

37. Meditative genre : NEW AGE.

41. As per schedule : ON TIME.

42. Knocks : RAPS.

43. One might make a setter better : VET. Cute clue!

44. Question type : YES/NO.

45. Start of a Spanish cheer : VIVA. I think this refers to "VIVA la vida," meaning "long live life" or "live the life." Maybe Lucina can help me out here.

46. Antiprohibitionists : WETS. They are the opposite of "tee-totalers."

47. The Supremes, e.g. : TRIO. Sorry, but every clip has annoying ads.

49. Collectible radio : RCA.

51. Ristorante choice : SPAGHETTI.

56. Ready to rumble : ARMED.

60. Drags one's feet : LOLLYGAGS. Love that word.

61. First name in puppetry : SHARI. Lewis. With Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse.

62. Smidgen : IOTA.

63. Reunion invitee : ALUM.

64. Very malicious : TOXIC. Ever hear of a toxic relationship?

66. Telescope part : LENS.


2. Honduran home : CASA.

3. Frigg's husband : ODIN. The word "Friday" comes from the Anglo-Saxon name for Frigg.

4. Like most Pixar movies : RATED G. I always have to check perps to see if it will be "G-rated" or "rated G."

5. Skip over : ELIDE.

6. What a white "H" on a blue sign signifies: Abbr. : HOSP.ital.

7. Arctic wear : ANORAKS. We've had this word before.

8. Stick to a tight budget : SCRIMP.

9. Annoyance : PEEVE.

10. Unflappable : COOL.

11. It might wind up in the yard : HOSE. Good misdirection.

12. 100 sawbucks : ONE G. "Thou" would also fit...

19. Sticks around : LINGERS.

23. American frontiersman : BOONE. Dan'l.

25. Trapping strategy : DECOY.

26. Carry __ : A TUNE.

27. "King Kong" actress Naomi : WATTS.

29. What a "-" may indicate: Abbr. : NEG.ative.

31. Fess (up) : OWN.

32. Novelist Binchy : MAEVE. I liked "Circle of Friends."

33. Pond wader : EGRET. Hmmm, the old "heron" or "EGRET" dilemma...

34. Bartender's supply : ZESTS.

36. Coarse grass used as fodder : TIMOTHY. Possibly named after farmer and agriculturist Timothy Hanson.

37. Without face value : NO PAR.

39. __ lizzie : TIN.

40. NBAer who plays at "The Q" : CAV.alier of Cleveland. "The Q" is the nickname for the Quicken Loans Arena.

42. Control for an out-of-control crowd : RIOT GUN. For the ones in 56-Across, maybe?

45. Basketball Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick : VITALE. Also known as "Dickie V."

46. Pop art pioneer : WARHOL. (I'm getting hungry…)

48. Grand : REGAL.

50. Treatments for breaks : CASTS. How's your leg, Irish Miss?

52. What a "D" often means : POOR. Or "big" (as a bra size) Dennis?

53. Some basilica singers : ALTI.

54. Glitz : GLAM.

55. Doctrines : ISMS.

57. Ankle-length skirt : MAXI.

58. Burdon of The Animals : ERIC. Still active after more than forty years, he just came out with a new album called "Til Your River Runs Dry." The song "Water" was inspired by a conversation he had with Gorbachev. 4:21 (Skip the ad in only 4 seconds.)

That's all I have for this week!

Note from C.C.:

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fermatprime said...


Great puzzle, Peter! Swell expo, Marti!

No cheats, but took a while. Had ONEk first. SNIP just appeared.

Time to go to sleep!


OwenKL said...

A Sharp-Looking Tour

The fat they can TRIM at the meat butcher shop,
You can visit the woodlot to hear an ax CHOP.
At the Japanese sushi place, veggies they DICE,
A golf course is where you can watch people SLICE.
Hair falls SNIP SNIP at the beauty salon,
Jeans riddled with SLITs fashion models will don.
At the origami contest, they can SCORE, but not tear,
At the fruit stand you'll find someone who can PARE a ripe pear.
Crews CUTTING CORNERS, for auto-chair scooters,
The curb cuts a boon too, for bicycle commuters.
But if you are looking for a place really nice,
At the poetry Eden you'll find PARE a' DICE.

Lemonade714 said...

What a perfect theme for the Crossword Corner. Spotting the theme with so many short entries is always a challenge especially with the tempting sets of nine letter stacks. LOLLYGAGS is a great old word.

Thanks Peter and Marti

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I have a feeling I'm about to interrupt Owen's poetry again...

This one was fun, but kept me on my toes. Was thinking car trunk and wanted JACK, so it took awhile to understand what HASP had to do with anything once I got it via the perps. And I agree that SNIP doesn't mean "Sassy sort" to me. "Diminish" also seemed a bit odd for PARE.

OwenKL said...

Not too bad except for the SW corner. ANORAKS I expected singular, so misspelled to end with KC, and TOES faked me out. In the SW, SPAGHETTI I was expecting a type of cafe business, REGAL I started out RITZY, then ROYAL, and LOLLYGAGS just escaped me. But the real foe was ALTI. Not finding it in any dictionary was bad enough, but I couldn't even find it on Google!!! Not in English anyway, a lot of Italian pages had it, but translating the first few, it was always "tallest", sometimes the height of a basilica building, but never anything to do with singing!
In the animated Star Wars show, Anakin's padawan he nicknames Snips because of (I think) her outspoken personality.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

The mid-Atlantic area looks daunting in retrospect. I didn't know GOMEZ, NEWAGE or MAEVE. Perps filled it quickly, though.

When I was a kid, we'd gather around the family radio to hear Mr. and Mrs. North and Mr. Keen -- Tracer of Lost Persons. It wasn't an RCA. It was a floor model Philco with car-radio-style push buttons. It came with a pre-printed sheet of all radio call signs to label the buttons.

I thought the "-" could signify NEE, the way some women hyphenate their maiden name into their married name. CUTTING fixed it.

TOXIC reminds me of the American Experience show I finally got around to watching yesterday. It chronicled the early 20th century NYC pioneers in scientific crime investigation. It was only possible once the Medical Examiner was chosen for his knowledge, and not political patronage.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Thanks for explaining stuff Marti, because there were some head scratchers for me today.TIMOTHY was a new term. Without perps, would have never solved it. Agree SNIT seems out of place.

Managed to get through everything except the Central East section, so another dreaded DNF.

Had Vests for ZESTS & Pet for VET. Never knew GOMEZ or WETs. An ugly looking ink smear for this section.

Laughed at 11D, It might wind up in the yard/HOSE & 36A Nail Holders/TOES.

I too wanted Justin Rose initially, but as Marti said, just would not fit.

Moderating temps beginning in Ct today and heavy weekend rains will cause some sort of Hellish situation. Can't wait for it.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Peter Collins, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Marti, for the fine review.

This one was tougher than a normal Wednesday, IMHO.

Missed on GLAM and TRIM Never heard of GLAM so I had GLAD, and then TROD. TROD looked funny but I stuck with it because of GLAD. So, I guess i learned a new word today, GLAM.

Liked the theme. Had most of the corners before CUTTING CORNERS.

WATTS and DAWG eventually appeared, but slowly.

ANORAKS with a few perps. I do remember it from older puzzles.

WETS was a wag, but made sense.

Wanted VESTS for bartenders supply. ZESTS came with GOMEZ, which was a wag.

I have a tough time with some personalities, such as MAEVE Binchy. How have I lived this long and not heard of her (or him)? Oh well.

Great poem OwenKL. Keep 'em comin'.

TIMOTHY grass may have come from the biblical character.

See you tomorrow. I have a book to read today. "Lottery" by Patricia Wood.


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unclefred said...

6A, like Barry, I confidently put "jack". That buggered up North Central for a very long time, and again like Barry I was mystified as to what a hasp has to do with the trunk of my car when I perped it out. Finally, blog to the rescue with the light bulb. Tough puzzle, almost gave up. Toes was last to fall, V8 moment.

Avg Joe said...

A fun offering with at least a Thursday feel to it. Not a terribly slow solve, but certainly no speed run. I only had the NE corner before I got the reveal, so that helped quite a lot.

I think of Snip as someone who's rude or short tempered. e.g.: "Don't get snippy with me!" But it works for sassy, I guess.

Hondo, we're looking at the possibility of freezing rain tomorrow morning. I sure hope that doesn't happen. When we get a foot of snow at least most people stay home. With freezing rain, they still go out and the idiot ratio skyrockets.

Al Cyone said...

A very satisfying puzzle. I hit a speed bump with "Nail holders" (clever clue!) but then TOES lead to TIMOTHY and the heretofore empty SW corner became a perp walk.


Tinbeni said...

Marti: Thank you for a very informative write-up & links.

Peter: Your FUN puzzle certainly had a CUTTING edge to it. Good job!

Abejo: Yeah, I guess it was "tougher than a normal Wednesday" ... since today is Thursday.

Only needed "every-single-perp" to get TIMOTHY and MAEVE. Learning moments, always a plus!

And if something GAGS me, I want it to be a LOLLY.

Fave today, of course, was 46-A, 'Antiprohibitionists' WETS.
They're "my-kind" of people.


Husker Gary said...

Wow, 8 synonyms for cut strategically placed, stacks of nines, clever cluing and some learning with Marti’s always lovely write-up. Life is good!

-A famous Karate (and pork) CHOP (:14)
-I hit a SLICE 50 yards out of bounds before my hole-in-one (three)
-Don’t want any more children? SNIP, SNIP.
-YES/NO - Did OONA love Charlie Chaplin? She married him when she was 36 years younger than he was, quit her career, gave up her relationship with her famous playwright father and bore him 8 children. I’m gonna go with YES.
-My ex SIL was named DEB but not even close to being a DEB
-Fabulous AMEN! (5:07)
-The Huskers got the better of the DAWGS on January 1 this year
-Not being ON TIME could be hazardous to an adolescent’s health when traveling with me
-Marlon Brando was born in Nebraska, not Nogales, but played this VIVA role
-I remember the last Supreme’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show where they sang Someday We’ll Be Together. Florence Ballard died and so they won’t be in this life
-We heard of JFK’s death on this RCA radio
-_ E S _ S required a trip to the end of the alphabet for me. Duh!
-I don’t like over-the-top VITALE, I prefer pros like Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Bob Costas, etc. It ain’t about you Dick.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Had to stop and think a bit, but no major speed bumps. Last part to fall was the NW because Snip is unfamiliar in the clued context.

Anon -T from last night: I assume you were replying to Dennis, rather than me; so far nobody has suggested sticking a thing in my thing. I'd rather they didn't. Also, I thought I had seen every Red Dwarf episode ever made, but that backwards planet story was unknown. I'll have to go back and research that one!

Yellowrocks said...

Because I was on Peter's wave length I found this to be Wednesday level.
I always think of SNIP and snippy as SASSY. A SNIP is considered rude or short tempered because s(he) is lippy or sassy. Marti, your meaning of SNIP is new to me.
I knew NEW AGE and also GLAM, which seems to be a shortening of GLAMOUR. It reminds me of FAB, short for fabulous, yesterday.
SWELL is so old fashioned. FAB is more common here. The under 40's use a lot of these shortenings.
For a girl raised in "the sticks" TIMOTHY was a gimme with the TH start.
The other day we bloggers were speaking of our early adult years when we had to diminish or PARE expenses.
I went to a sushi place last night for a reunion of our small private Japanese language class which disbanded in 2003. Yummy sushi.
We were dismayed to learned that one of our former members died of organ failure due to chronic alcohol use just 3 years after we disbanded. What a shame. He was handsome, kind, well spoken, and very bright. He hid his problem so well.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody. Another cold day in Chicago, which has caused many train delays. A lot of people have been late getting into work this week.

This was a nice Thursday puzzle. Tough but I was able to finish it.

I liked the clue for 59D: Rollers without wheels: DICE. Also, 43A: One might make a setter better: VET. Both nice clues. I bet a lot of Corner posters have need for a good VET.

There were a few PERPS for me, such as Frigg's Husband, US Open Winner, and Novelst Binchy.

Have a safe and warm day!

Mari said...

PS: I loved seeing LOLLYGAGS!

Misty said...

Well, not my best week. I actually got this one but without 'getting' it in one instance. NEWAGE made no sense to me (I was thinking it rhymed with SEWAGE) and I still would never have thought of NEW AGE as a "meditative genre." And I still don't get how NO PAR means "without face value." But I did like the reveal and the Corner theme, which is cute.

Thanks for the nice expo, Marti, and have a great Thursday, everybody!

TTP said...

Good morning all.

Thank you Peter A Collins, and thank you Marti.

I finished in about 220 % of Al Cyone's time. It only took seconds to fill each of NADAL, SORE LOSER, TIMOTHY, and LOLLYGAGS. Sometimes, the correct words just happen.


I could not get anything going for 19D with LEM--RS and clue "sticks around." Changing the game to regular at 20 minutes showed me that I had misspelled 21A as PRIVeLEGE and had typoed AMEN as AMEm. LINGERS was easily seen.

Then filled in the G, M and Z with a wag for GOMEZ, and ZESTS down fit the clue, so I only needed the A for NEWAGE.

Last fill was the V in VET, and that came with an audible "Duh !" on my part. It was a great clue that I just couldn't get today. That V also filled MAEVE which I never would have got.

All in all, a very good puzzle, but for me a red letter assist is a personal fail.

See y'all later n'at !

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Good intro, Marti. Spot on.

The puzzle had a fresh feel to it. I was thankful for a couple mainstays like OONA, to mitigate the definite late-in-the-week difficulty. I kinda liked LOLLYGAGS, too.
TIMOTHY - As a former lifter and spreader-outer of TIMOTHY bales, I wondered about the origin, too. Thanks, Marti. It is part of the very large grass family which includes corn, millet, wheat, rice, and barley.

"A three-year-old boy went with his dad to see a litter of
kittens. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his
mother, “There were 2 boy kittens and 2 girl kittens.”
“How did you know?” his mother asked.
“Daddy picked them up and looked underneath,” he replied.
“I think it’s printed on the bottom.”

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Clever theme, Peter. I figured out the theme but kept counting ZESTS as a cutting word because it was on the edge and grating is sort of CUTTING. I kept wondering how you could get CUTTING out of HASPS and DECOY. Then I realized it said "8". Duh!

Someone who does all those CUTTING things is ON KP. Maybe he's making SPAGHETTI.

Pixar movies had to be "animated". Won't fit? "Animat"? Perps to the rescue.

I never can remember what ELIDE means.

I confidently filled in Selena GOMEZ. Must have got that from TV trailers because I never watched the show.

We've talked about MAEVE Binchy on the blog before. In fact, I mentioned her just a week or so ago.

When basketball players start mouthing off to each other and push comes to shove, announcers sound delighted to say, "Things are getting SNIPpy."

Thanks, Marti, for all you do.

GarlicGal said...

Love Lollygags. I'm going to use it as many times as I can today!

Good morning. Thanks Peter and Marti. My V-8 moment was ShAri/mAxi. I just couldn't let go of MIDI...Finally, the light bulb.

A comment on yesterdays puzzle, I read all the comments and unless I missed it, was surprised no one mentioned the name of the ranch in Edna Ferber's "Giant", REATA. That's how I remember the spelling.

Off to do errands. No lollygagging around here!

C6D6 Peg said...

Great theme for a puzzle, Peter, and Marti, a great write-up, as usual.

I, too liked "lollygags".

My paper had "2014 US Open Winner", and my first thought was "how could there be a winner already".

Lucina said...

Greetings, Puzzle People! VIVA! Marti!

Except for the SE CORNER this was very doable for me. I was on Peter's wave length very quickly. The aforesaid section gave me fits for a while because I had MIDI skirt, didn't know ERIC and took a long time for WARHOL to appear. I finally finished it.

Having a teenage granddaughter, I knew Selena GOMEZ and of course have read some of MAEVE Binchy's books.

TOMOTHY grass has been featured in some stories I've read and DAWG was shown on some report on sports mascots I recently watched.

I loved the cluing for VET, DEB, TOES and my first reunion invitee was AUNT. Not!

Thank you, Peter A. Collins, for a good time today.

You all have a great Thursday!

CanadianEh! said...

This one was fun! Great theme and placement of the "cutting" words. I too love the word LOLLYGAG! Smiled at MAKE IT HOME=SCORE and VET clue.

I don't really understand 59D DICE clue. Can somebody explain??

I wanted ALTOS not ALTI. I guess the basilica made it Italian?

Knew GOMEZ from her previous relationship with Justin Bieber but we Canadians are not too proud of him at the moment!

We still need ARCTIC WEAR here although some improvement in the temperature. -6C (-11C windchill) today. That's 21F (12F windchill) for AnonT :-)

Martin said...

I wanted THREE D for RATED G and SHOT GUN for RIOT GUN. I did not finish.

Martin said...

Selena GOMEZ is a gimme (as in GIMME GIMME GIMME!). She's 21 years old now.

desper-otto said...

Canadian Eh!, it's just a play on "rolling the dice."

My paper also had "2014 U.S. Open winner" -- my brain never comprehends sports clues. It never struck me as wrong.

Bill G. said...

This puzzle was harder than I was expecting on a Thursday. I liked it though and had most of the same stumbling blocks as everybody else. Thanks Peter and Marti.

Though I couldn't remember Maeve Binchy's name at first, I really liked "Circle of Friends" as a movie. It's where I first came to love Minnie Driver.

Barbara recorded the People's Choice award show last night. The whole thing including the 'humor' seemed to be aimed somewhere else other than in my direction.

Does it seem pretentious to you when people use 'as well' all the time instead of 'too' or 'also'?

Gary, since you said you need more space on your map, would it be a good idea to drop names of people who haven't been around for over a year? They could always be added back in.

Tinbeni said...

Bill G.
Your suggestion to Husker (re: the Map) makes sense.
As such, it probably will not be adopted.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Lots of hunting and pecking before this one filled in, but I got there eventually.

Wanted JACK in the trunk.

Slipped a decimal and wanted TEN G.

Since we occasionally have a house full of granddaughters, I've had the awful experience of watching The Wizards of Waverly Place. Disney Channel shows area almost universally horrible.

The other Oona Chaplin played Talisa Maegyr, Robb Stark's wife.

The LOLLIGAG scene from the best baseball movie EVAH!

Cool regards!

Weekend Reader said...

Good idea, Bill G. And while we're still at it, let's be kind enough, To drop the old fogeys who have been around too long, almost forever.

I say, I say, what we need is some young blood, or we're going to looking like a bucket of benevolent, protective, dopey hood of Elks. I would've said p--s p--ts , but I'm too genteel. Also we need to have a dating service in the works for those of us eager enough and frisky enough ... To travel.

I'll see your six letter word and raise you three more letters, for something exceedingly naughty..

Too radical ? Empires have been toppled on less..

Oh good, upside down numbers, - now how do I fool the IPad ?

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks d-o. I guess it was just too obscure for me.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A little harder than yesterday's puzzle, and I didn't finish without help. I enjoyed entering lollygags, spaghetti and privilege. Three long words that filled in nicely.

Rollers without wheels/dice and What makes a setter better/vet were fun clues today. My granddaughter-in-law is a vet and she does make a lot of setters (and other animals) better.

I fell into the OneM/K trap. One G was the better sounding slang term.

Thanks Marti for a great writeup, once again. I loved the picture of the old trunk. It looks much like the one I have in one of my bedrooms.

Have a great day, everyone.

JD said...

Good morning all,
My 1st round was very weak, but the downs helped me piece things together .Like others I had jack at 1st. Loved seeing Maeve Binchy-have read all of her books except her last, A Week in Winter, which I bought yesterday.She passed away a little over a year ago.

Seeing lolligags and snip (snippet) reminded me of some of the things my dad used to say to us.

newage= new age...Ha! I read it wrong too, Misty.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what zests has to do with a bartender.

Bill G. said...

Zests are the little slivers of lemon or lime peel that bartenders twist into drinks to flavor them.

I'm glad I've got you guys to talk to today. As a teacher and being around kids all the time, I think I built up an immunity to most diseases. I haven't had a cold for years but I sure have one now. So I'm full of cough medicine, decongestants, etc. I think I'll pass on a bike ride today in favor of computer time, TV shows I recorded, and books.

Tinbeni said...

Anon @2:31 ... a quick google search ...

ZESTS, noun
Definition # 2
"The outer colored part of the peel of citrus fruit, used as flavoring."
rind, peel

I sometimes enjoy a "twist-of-lemon" with my Scotch.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Eveyone:

Late to the dance due to doctor's appointment, hair cut, grocery shopping, banking, and, finally, a late lunch and reading the blog 36 comments.

I enjoyed thus puzzle very much: a clever theme and execution, some cute clues, and a challenge worthy of a Thursday. Thanks, Peter, and ditto to Marti.

To answer your question about my knee, Marti, coincidentally was remove the stitches day. My doctor was not happy with my healing progress which he felt was mediocre, at best. Apparently, because the laceration was so severe, where the skin was sutured, both sides folded inward. I'm not sure I understand the issue, but before he removed the stitches he put some sort of glue over the wound, then applied steristrips which he thinks I'll have to have on for three weeks. He wants to check it again next week and, in the meantime, I'm to be extremely careful and to try not to put any undue weight on the knee, such as kneeling. I also learned that the small fracture was of the fibula, not the tibia. (This injury occured in the exact same area I injured almost 5 years ago in a similar fall, requiring 10 stitches. This, more than likely, has a bearing on the slow healing.)

On a happier note, today was full of brilliant sun light, temps in the 20's, but very windy. I really didn't mind too much as it was my first day outdoors since Christmas.

Enjoy the rest of the day.

HeartRx said...

Bill G. @ 2:43, I'm in the same boat. Sitting here with a box of kleenex and cup of hot tea with a twist of lemon. Ugh!! Maybe I should try Tin's recipe and add some scotch...

Yellowrocks said...

Irish Miss, I am so sorry that your healing is going more slowly than expected. I hope this new treatment speeds it up. Are you on crutches? Are you in pain?

I had my MRI today, into the machine head first. I didn't mind the machine at all, but having my shoulder immobilized for that 20 minutes hurt like the blazes. Results are due tomorrow.

Meryl Streep is no fan of Disney.
Link Streep

I loved reading many of Maeve's novels and intend to read the rest.

Dennis, I hope your signs of blood disappear. My son has that occasionally and it clears up quickly.

Anonymous said...

Got the puzzle filled in correctly but still not sure of the eight cutting corners answers. So I got it, but like in the Mel Brooks movie High Anxiety I think it was, I don't got it.

CrossEyedDave said...

I worked on this puzzle all morning, (on & off) & wound up with a FIWWH. (Finished it wrong with help, not an easy thing to do... explanation to follow:)

A real tough slog for me, but I had lollygags, & loiters. (yes, I know, it turned out to be lingers. Peter A. Collins,,, you are a worthy opponent.) So when "cutting corners" appeared, I was sure I was looking for 6 more easy way out (or malingerers) names.

I ended up Googling "gomez." (help#1) & when I went to Google 2013 US Open Winner, (help#2) I found out I had a choice between Golf, & Tennis!

(Peter A. Collins,,, yes, I will remember that name....)

Anyway, bit by bit, piece by piece, square by square, it started to come together. I was finally starting to comprehend that 51A was spaghetti while I was eating lunch. I was nursing a finger that I sliced on a new Mandolin, (works great for slicing tomatoes, onions,,, romaine lettuce, not so much...) when, for some reason, it dawned on me about the cutting corners... (excuse me, I have to go change my band-aid...)

Ok, I'm back. Where was I?
Oh yes,, 43A, The down was an incomprehensible name, so I wagged "Pet" instead of "Vet."


I am still kicking myself....

You win Mr. Collins!

(& thank you for the challenge.)

Manac said...

Evening All,
This one went rather quickly except for the names of course.
Jazzbumpa beat me to the Lollygag link.

CED, Gonna be in Jersey end of the month... Hide the cat ( Road Trip:-)

Just curious as to how much that broken pipe cost you. I just spent 2 1/2 days finding and fixing 6 leaks at my SIL's house and replacing malfunctioning boiler parts.
Parts - $500

Labor- $ 0

I think I'm doing something wrong :)

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. A quick note to wish you all well. I thought all the puzzles this week were excellent and fun to solve. They had two of the characteristics I like: fun cluing and cool long words. What could be as much fun as LOLLYGAG? (Well, plenty of things, but you get the idea.) Bye for now.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Reasonably tough today. But nothing to cry over. Persistence paid off, as it ought. Some of the words were pleasant in themselves -- LOLLYGAG, for instance (is that from the Hindi?), and ANORAKS.
Some yielded right away, not because my frontal lobe knew the answers but because my unprocessed memory did. TIMOTHY grass is one I got instantly, w/o perps, but I have no awareness of what it is or how I came to know it.

Nice to see MAEVE here. I read one of her books--"The Glass Lake"--and enjoyed it although it had the feeling of chick-lit. I guess I am open to a little soap opera. Sad to note that Maeve Binchey died just a year ago; I didn't know, and I was sorry to read it. She had a lovely style and a matronly Sweet Face.

Jayce said...

Keith Fowler, I have to say you have magnificent frontal lobes. Nice facial hair, too.

Anonymous said...

The opposite of "wets" is "drys" the prohibitionists. They may or not be tee-totalers."

Argyle said...

Dry's could be bootleggers; they were getting rich due to prohibition.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thank you! I take the compliment on my facial hair from one who knows his facial hair!
~ Kf

Anonymous said...

Mr. Fowler, in your avatar you resemble the Wizard of Oz!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Dudley, you're right. I confused my cool-D's. Glad you've got another Red Dwarf to hunt down. And Dennis, the God Speed was for you (as well (sorry Bill G) as our broken and sick vFriends).

My paper had 2014 at 14a too. I thought "what city won the bid?" like the Olympics. I follow neither golf nor tennis nor the Olympics nor... If it ain't baseball, I don't care.

While LOLLYGAGging at work, I'd fill squares here and there. Not that I had plenty of time to LINGER on Mr. Collins' puzzle, but eventually I took a SLICE of time and ONCE the theme fell, things went swimmingly (another throwback like swell YR - I love these words just for giggles).

Eventually I had a 1 square DNF. The NADA? (14a) and E?IDE (5d) would not accept any of our 26 available letters with meaning (to me). Thanks Marti for finsishing things off.

GOMEZ was easy - not only is she splashed on seemingly every Disney Channel show, I took the kids to see her at the Houston Rodeo a few years back.

IM, I'm sorry to hear that you're not healing quickly.

Well tomorrow is Friday, so the TOXIC snark will be dropping in. Argyle will be on his TOES!

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

And the night-time commics strike again... SNIP.