Apr 6, 2014

Sunday April 6, 2014 Jason Chapnick & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: "The Living End" - The last word is a living spot. 

23A. 50 different ones were released over a 10-year period starting in 1999 : STATE QUARTERS

29A. Get no laughs, as a joke : FALL FLAT

35A. Brillo, for one : SCOURING PAD

48A. Archeological sites : FOSSIL DIGS. Getting this is a key in our theme set search. Not many * DIGS phrases to work with.

68A. Everywhere : ALL OVER THE PLACE

90A. Electronics chain : RADIOSHACK. The only one-word entry.

97A. It merged with Penguin in 2013 : RANDOM HOUSE

105A. Bed with bars : BABY CRIB. Lemonade's original clue. Sweet!

Reveal entry:

117A. Embroidery slogan, and an alternative title for this puzzle : HOME SWEET HOME

Jason is Lemonade, our witty & hard-working Friday Sherpa since March 2010. This is his debut puzzle, and I'm so happy to be part of his effort. Congratulations, Charlotte's grandpa!

Lemonade's granddaughter Charlotte

Lemonade originally came up with 4 phrases with 2 work places and 2 living spots (PRESCRIPTION PAD (sorry for the typo earlier) & STUDIO APARTMENT). I proposed we narrow down to living spaces only & tighten up the set with answers where the last word has a non-living context (so out * APARTMENT phrases ) and use "HOME SWEET HOME" as a reveal entry.

Lemonade liked my suggestions, so together we worked out this current set. He did not have Compiler at the time (now he does & happily works at his own grids), so I filled the grid. He then did the most time-consuming part of a Sunday puzzle: cluing. 

I knew how much he loves words and wordplay, but I was still amazed by his creativity and brillance. You can see his original clues here. I changed a slightly few & submitted this final version. Just to add a new "Now-ness" & avoid duping previously used clues.

Today's title is Rich's. We had Lemonade's "Main Domain" in our submission.


1. Start bubbling, perhaps : BOIL

5. 2004 Grey Goose acquirer : BACARDI. Also owns Dewar's, favorite of Irish Miss.

12. Feels a strong need (for) : STARVES

19. Wise leader? : OTHER. Otherwise. Lemonade's creation, of course!

21. Red-hot : ON A TEAR

22. Fancy-sounding bedroom piece : ARMOIRE

25. Paper in a frame : DIPLOMA

26. New England swimmer : COD

27. Clucks of disapproval : TUTS

28. Brew choice : ALE. Lemonade's son (left) brews his own beer.

Lemonade & Montana, Denver, 2013

30. Final Four org. : NCAA

32. Salinger title 13-year-old : ESME. "For  Esmé - With Love and Squalor".

34. Two-time U.S. Open winner Trevino : LEE. He talks 150 miles/hour.

41. Baja bear: OSA

43. California nine, in sports crawl lines : LAA. Los Angeles Angels.

46. Brest milk : LAIT

47. Forum talk was in it : LATIN

52. Include : ADD IN

54. Chocolate Mr. : GOODBAR. Never had it.

56. Slide subjects : AMOEBAS

57. King Minos, e.g. : CRETAN

59. Sochi no : NYET. Now Sochi has become a past.

60. Guidelines : CRITERIA

61. Mauna __ : KEA

62. Number of hills di Roma : SETTE. 7.

65. Enjoy Olive Garden, say : EAT OUT

67. Dancer Sally with just a few fans? : RAND. Rich polished a bit of  Lemonade's lovely clue.

71. City on Utah Lake : OREM

74. Trap setter, when it works : SNARER

75. Deal with : SEE TO

76. Yosemite Sam's "Scram!" : GIT

79. OneStep 600 producer : POLAROID

81. -y to the max : IEST.  Very bad. And I know it. Just could not get better fill here.

83. Break indicator : EM DASH

85. It may involve pasting : EDITING

86. Back : ENDORSE

89. Ball queen : BELLE. I can picture Yellowrocks dancing away in her college days.

92. One of the Allman Brothers : DUANE

94. Skelton's Kadiddlehopper : CLEM

95. Wheel spinner's buy : AN "E"

96. However, briefly : THO

99. Short smoke? : CIG. Anon-T uses e-cig.

102. Pharaoh's cross : ANKH

104. Criticize : CARP

109. Wall St. locale : NYC

111. Lummoxes : APES

113. Faux __ : PAS

116. Thoroughbred ancestor : ARABIAN

120. Mortgage feature? : SILENT T.  I made a change to Lemonade's "Castle feature" since I saw the "Castle" clue in another puzzle.

121. Built : ERECTED. Isn't this lovely? Splynter built it.

122. Swiss calculus pioneer : EULER

123. Do stuff : HAIR GEL

124. 2002 Adam Sandler role : MR DEEDS

125. "Lohengrin" heroine : ELSA

 1. Slender-necked pear : BOSC. Have any of you tried Asian pears? Very juicy. Pricey too. I only buy one at a time.

2. "The Simpsons" bus driver : OTTO. Gimme for D-Otto! Was the tax season over for you?

3. "Who knew?" : I HAD NO IDEA

4. Court call : LET

5. Ring event : BOUT

6. Santa __: offshore winds : ANAS

7. Garage unit : CAR

8. "__ girl!" : ATTA

9. Pulled (in) : REELED

10. Challenges : DARES

11. Form letters? : IRS. Nice clue. Rich's creation.

12. Thompson of "Family" : SADA. I don't know why her name is so hard to remember.

13. Sound from a nest : TRILL

14. More than enough : AMPLE

15. Pocahontas' spouse : ROLFE (John)

16. Fretted fiddle : VIOL

17. Aunt with a "Cope Book" : ERMA

18. It's often reserved : SEAT

20. Pave over : RE-TAR

24. Bird in a covey : QUAIL.Quail eggs are quite popular in Southern China. I miss Guangzhou so so much.

29. Admit, with "up" : FESS

31. Make the grade : CUT IT

33. Secure with lines : MOOR

35. Play in a line : SLACK. I don't get this clue.

36. Leadership nucleus : CADRE

37. Badger : NAG

38. Classic muscle car : GTO

39. Trailblazer : PIONEER

40. Writer Rooney : ANDY. Can you imagine he blogged a crossword puzzle? He'd be kvetching all the time.

42. In most cases : AS A RULE

43. Many an October baby : LIBRA

44. "Encore!" : AGAIN

45. Syrian leader : ASSAD. Surprised he's still in power.

48. Palestinian political party : FATAH

49. Copy : IMITATE

50. Garage alternative : LOT

51. John on the farm : DEERE

53. Minnesota United FC org. : NASL (North American Soccer League). Holy Guacamole, Rich! Click here. Their stadium is not far from our home.

55. Visibly embarrassed : BEET RED

58. Wrestling holds : NELSONS

60. Deal : COPE

63. "West Side Story" duet : TONIGHT

64. Plug in the den? : TV AD. Nice "Plug" mislead.

66. Beta release, e.g. : TEST RUN

68. Maker of old strings : AMATI

69. Sign again : RE-INK. I'm always amazed by  by the high pain threshold of those with tattoos.

70. Vanity item : COMB

71. Verdi creation : OPERA

72. Sometime ally of Godzilla : RODAN

73. Say somethin', say? : ELIDE

76. Collector of views : GALLUP POLL. Rich's clue.

77. Key chain : ISLES

78. Central idea : THEME

80. Where agua flows : RIO

82. Party supply : SODA

84. Martha Stewart Living topic : DECOR

86. Bus. course : ECON

87. Blue : SAD

88. "Microsoft sound" composer : ENO (Brian). He composed with his Mac.

91. Melville tyrant : AHAB

93. Roast host : EMCEE

97. Matched shirts and skirts? : RHYMED. Oh, I had "Like shirts and skirts" originally. Lovely 85A.

98. Waste creator : HASTE

99. __ Monday: post-Thanksgiving event : CYBER

100. Cupcake cover : ICING

101. Prepare, as Parmesan : GRATE

103. Big name in packaged soups : KNORR

105. Big party : BASH

106. Met solo : ARIA. Can you see "Met solo" on the windows? Steve our Foodie dined at their tapas restaurant.  

107. Indonesian island on its own sea : BALI

108. Like LAX : INTL

110. Gospel singer Winans : CECE

111. Blown away : AWED

112. Anti-doping targets, briefly : PEDS (Performance-Enhancing Drugs). Glad Rich used this clue.

114. Iowa city : AMES

115. Evening at Lake Como : SERA

117. Shut (in) : HEM

118. Canonized mlle. : STE

119. Peach or cherry : HUE. Two of my favorite fruits.



kjinkc said...

WOW! Like this will ever happen again. I get the first post. It's up early today.

Great collaborative puzzle!

My only comment for now is it took 30 minutes and I'll try to explain the 'Slack' - play in a line for you. When a rope has too much give or not enough tension, you would say it is slack or has too much play in it. Here's a dictionary definition: Not stretched or held in a tight position

OwenKL said...

Crossword Corner is our SWEET HOME online,
A PLACE that's teeming with people fine.
THO some anons are annoying
When they insist on deploying
DIGS at constructors, and reviewers malign!

Be it SHACK, or HOUSE, or castle so grand
We inhabit content, DH or -W at hand.
Dear Hubby, Darling Wife
The light of our life;
LW to Loving Wife, or Little Woman may expand!

If you have a half-hour to spare, you can participate in some of my personal artwork. Garage alternative with 99 garage units, easy or hard.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Congrats to Lemonade for his debut (with a little help from C.C). Fun puzzle with a well-executed theme that was mostly straightforward.

I got a bit hung up with FOSSIL DIGS, mostly due to the cluing. I'm pretty sure archeologists don't go looking for fossils. Paleontologists, sure, but archeologists? And then, when I finally accepted that we were talking about FOSSILs here, I went with FOSSIL BEDS until the perps set me straight.

Elsewhere, I managed to get PEDS entirely from the perps, which were rock solid, but had no idea whatsoever what it meant or how I managed to get the *tada* at the end with it in place. Despite the "briefly" in the clue, it just didn't occur to me that we were looking for an acronym.

Al Cyone said...

This was a welcome recovery after yesterday's DNF. I have a few nits with a few clues but no big deal. The last fills were SILENT T and HAIR GEL. Clever clues.

(I'm glad PRECRITPION PAD [sic] didn't make the cut!)


Big Easy said...

Congratulations and thanks for the satisfying Sunday puzzle. I noticed that on 46A your clue on the revue is "Brest Milk" but the newspaper printed : "Cafe au ___" The censors and PC police in action.

I had a few unknowns that were filled in by the perps but I have never heard of EMDASH, which just did not look right even though I knew the downs were correct. I had the hardest time with SLACK because I misread the clue as "line in a play". Yesterday I saw a "new" GTO, that GM-Holden made in Australia a few years ago. Looked nothing like '3 deuces and a 4-speed with a 389'. POLAROID and RADIOSHACK are two relics of the mid-twentieth century, with the former done in by technology and the latter about to follow Circuit City and CompUSA.

Speaking of ARMOIRE, I have two that are used just to place the televisions and store games. When our original TVs died and the new HDTVs were wider, I just removed the doors. They had 46" interior room and I went to all stores searching for the largest TVs that would fit. Finally after a year the mfgs came out with 46" and 47" televisions, and they fit very nicely.

HeartRx said...

Good morning C.C. et al.

And congratulations to Lemony for his debut - on a Sunday, yet! But you had an excellent mentor - C.C. is the queen of the Sunday puzzles, IMHO!!

I loved the theme, and all the entries were really rock-solid. And very clever clues- loved the one for RAND, BTW. "Matched shirts and skirts" gave me fits for a while. Big V8 moment when I looked at it from a different direction.

I'll be looking forward to your next one, Lemonade! And thanks C.C. for getting him kick-started!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

My tablet's battery was dead this morning, so I had to wait for it to recharge before I could get to the puzzle. Dang Barnacle!

Last time we had a C.C. puzzle, I DNFed. This time, in collaboration with Lemonade (Congrats, by the way), I DNFed again! The bottom center did me in. "I had CREATED and just couldn't see ERECTED," he said limply. I also wanted peach and cherry to be PIE, but HOME SWEET HOME wouldn't allow it.

Good job, you two. Bad job, me.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

And the student shall become the teacher! Wonderful work, Lemon and C.C. ~ so many clever clues and misdirection!

~ After getting STATE QUARTERS, and seeing the title, I thought we'd be looking for words that can follow 'Living' i.e., 'Living quarters' - nope!

~ I had too many favorites to mention, but among them: 123A - Do stuff / HAIR GEL and 35D - Play in a line / SLACK.

~ Mike CARP plays for the Red Sox and Mike Trout plays for the Angels.

~ I always remember SADA Thompson because my dear mother resembled her.

~ Thanks for your write-up, C.C. and for including the original and revised clues ~ always so interesting to see.

~ UCONN men won last night to go on to Monday's championship game and UCONN women play tonight!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Lemony Fan said...

Crisp clues. CC's best collaborative puzzle.

Yellowrocks said...

Congrats to Lemonade and CC. I enjoyed your puzzle. I was on your wave length for 3/4 of it. Then I had to eke out the SE.

NASL and PEDS were all perps. I needed CC to explain them.
I laughed at play in a line/SLACK. I thought Brest milk/LAIT would have been a great clue.
Thanks for the shout out, CC. I really don't do and never have done any kind of dancing other than square dancing, which I began 26 or 27 years ago. I was out dancing 7 times in the last two weeks.

FOSSIL DIGS was a gimme. Archaeologists' work environments vary greatly and include offices, labs and archaeological sites. Notably, Mary Leakey was a "dirt on the hands" archeologist who excavated at the digs for most of her professional life.

TTP said...

Good morning all !

Great job Jason and CC. Congrats on you first puzzle Jason. Very fresh.

My clock says 45 minutes and 39 seconds, but I have to take a Fail. The Northeast did me in. Didn't think of STARVES, had no idea on SADA, I first had chirp before TRILL (until FALL FLAT), and with that h, I kept wanting to fill in "chaise" for fancy bedroom piece.

Speaking of ARMOIRE... I was going to buy one for my office but decided to build a closet instead. Framed it yesterday. Electric and drywall today. Wasn't going to do the puzzle today either until I saw it was CC and Jason.

Off to Menards for materials. Hope everyone has a great day !

Anonymous said...

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”
Lewis B. Smedes

“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”
Oscar Wilde

Al Cyone said...

Yellowrocks@9:28: "Mary Leakey was a "dirt on the hands" archeologist"

Or not.

Husker Gary said...

How fun to see two familiar names devising this lovely puzzle. Little did I know the SW corner was waiting. I had GALA and GAOLCRIB (thinking I was so clever), had the wrong slant on Do and went through everything in a Mortgage but the word… And of course that corner had only the B of AHAB to enter.

- C’mon, you wondered what belonged to Lemon, CC or Rich, didn’t cha?
-Gotta love RHYMED, Brest milk, Do stuff, Plug in the den,
-RADIOSHACK changing frequencies
-If you picked U Conn vs Ky in the NCAA Basketball Championship, game, I doff my chapeau!
-Very funny LEE TREVINO commercial
-The bottomless salad bowl and soup is plenty for us at Olive Garden
-About all that is left of ORUM (U not E), Nebraska
-Trapping seems like the cruelest form of hunting I can imagine
-utteR/anR didn’t work because you can’t buy a consonant, DUH!
-Picking Asian Pears at Kimmel Orchards in Nebraska City around my birthday is now a tradition
-We wonder how Hudson is going to COPE after failing to CUT IT for a select team yesterday
-I had a “haste makes waste” event with CC a long time ago and she forgave me
-What song advises a rival suitor to “keep away from my QUAIL”
-What TV episode featured a POLAROID being stolen and being put on the black market

Lucina said...

Good day! Congratulations, Jason! And congratulations, C.C.! As LalaLinda aptly said, "the student becomes the teacher."

Well done! I thoroughly and completely enjoyed this puzzle and was on your wave length for most of it. Loved the theme!

Some fill, like NASL and LAA I didn't even notice because they simply fell in PLACE. Wise leader, OTHER, was a favorite as was forum talk was in it, LATIN. Very clever play on words in much of the fill. I really like that.

Again, congratulations on your debut, Lemonade, and I hope that means we can expect more in the future.

Have a special Sunday, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

Al, your article only confirms what I said. Almost the entire article is about Mary getting her hands dirty. She spent a lifetime excavating at the digs and found an outstanding amount of fossils. I have read books about her life and seen several TV documentaries.

Mary Leakey was recognized in her lifetime as one of the world’s most distinguished fossil hunters.

From your Wiki article:
“After her husband died, Mary Leakey continued their work at Olduvai and Laetoli. It was here, at the Laetoli site, that she discovered Hominin fossils that were more than 3.75 million-years-old.
From 1976 to 1981 Leakey and her staff worked to uncover the Laetoli hominid footprint trail which was left in volcanic ashes some 3.6 million years ago. The years that followed this discovery were filled with research at Olduvai and Laetoli, the follow-up work to discoveries and preparing publications.”

In 1983 Mary retired from active field work when she was 70 years old. Then after a whole lifetime in the digs she prepared publications and other tasks.

Bill G. said...

I was pleased this morning with another good Sunday puzzle. The theme was good but I thought the cluing was extra special; clever, creative and original. Good job and thanks, Lemon and CC.

The Mensa site had Brest milk. I liked Yosemite Sam's "Scram!"/GIT

-y to the max/IEST seemed OK to me once I figured it out.

Play in a line/SLACK was original and clever too.

CC's photo of the back of a tattooed woman is one of the only tattoos that I think might have enhanced the already great female form.

I didn't know Euler had anything to do with calculus. Newton and Leibniz are the two people I know about. Nonetheless, Euler was one of the pre-eminent mathematicians of all time so I was happy to see his name in a puzzle.

Steve said...

Nice collaboration debut, Lemonade! Congrats!

C.C. - I'll be back dining at the Aria this week; it's the annual NAB convention in Las Vegas and I'm on booth duty.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

What a pleasant surprise to see Lemony's and CC's names on a Sunday puzzle! Kudos to both for a clever theme with lots of tricky but fun cluing and fill.

Thanks for the shout-out, CC, and for your expo.

We have a bright, sunshiny day, so maybe Spring is finally here.

Enjoy your Sunday.

River Doc said...

Happy Sunday everybody!

Really enjoyed this puzzle, congrats to Lemon on his first LAT crossword...!

Have to agree with CC on the IEST fill, I had GROT-y at first....

Great cluing, favorite was Brest milk....

Happy to see that my WAGs on some of the long answers ended up correct (STATE QUARTERS, SCOURING PAD, FALL FLAT, to name a few)...

Doc out.

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Kudos to Lemonade and C.C. for bringing us today's Sunday fare.

Overall the CW seemed to be on the easier side . Few unknowns like SETTE came from the perps. Favorite clues were those for SLACK, LAIT, and ISLES. EULER was a gimme; the tip-off being 5 letters and Swiss. I agree that IEST seemed awkward, but it had 4 easy perps.
No searches were needed.

BZ on this IPO (initial puzzle offering).

C6D6 Peg said...

Congrats Lemonade on your debut. It's a big moment, and one you won't forget!

Great collaboration with C.C. and the puzzle was smooth and fun!

Thanks to both of you for a job well done!

Splynter - nice job on the deck. Beautiful!

Barry G. said...

Lots of interesting information about Mary Leakey. The thing is, though, she was a paleoanthropologist and not an archeologist.

Again, I could certainly be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that archaeologists only study past human societies. Paleontologists study fossils.

Montana said...

Good afternoon, everybody! Sunday is always a DNF puzzle, but I thoroughly enjoyed attempting this one. Thanks CC and Lemon. I had only a few wrong WAGs.

Belated Birthday greetings to Irish Miss and Abejo. It seems there is much to do when planning to be away from home for a few weeks, so didn’t have time to post yesterday. I didn’t have any trouble with the Montana motto. Thanks for linking it, Splynter, and nice picture of building today.

I wasn’t planning to do today’s puzzle, but as others have said, when I saw it was CC and Jason, I gave it a shot. Good fun.

Have a great Sunday,


Yellowrocks said...

I agree that the definition of paleontology includes the study of fossil remains and archeology does not. Through the study in Paleontology, we are able to know about the animals and plants that existed millions of years ago. Likewise, through archeological studies, scientists have discovered the evolution of mankind. I think that Mary’s interest solely in early humans and their evolution is the reason she is always classified as an archeologist and sometimes, as an aside, as a paleontologist.
Mary’s search for early man included both artifacts and fossils, which must be why there is the double description.
Archeologist’s career description,
An archaeologist uses evidence left behind by earlier civilizations to gather information about human history and pre-history. He or she excavates, recovers and analyzes artifacts including tools, cave paintings, building ruins and pottery.
Mary Leakey was a major figure in the uncovering of East African prehistory, best known for her excavations (digging for fossils) of some of the earliest members of the human family, their footprints, and their artifacts (any tools, weapons, or other items made by humans).

HeartRx said...

Paleontology, archeology - I think Sheldon on TBBT would lump them all together with geology and just call them "Dirt People."

MaryLou said...

Enjoyable Sunday puzzle Lemonade and cc-thank you and congrats!

Anonymous said...

My CARP is that RETARring a road is not rePAVEing it!

Lemonade714 said...

My son who has his degrees in the Classics with a specialty in Roman Archaeology, agrees that the clue was not precise enough, but hey you all understood!?!

Thank you all for the kind words, and certainly C.C. carried the heavy load taking me by the hand to make an idea in to a puzzle. She even rejected my favorite clue/fill 61A. Higher than Loa: KEA. I was impressed by the fact that Mauna Kea is something like 16 feet higher than Mauna Loa.

I also want to thank the other constructors who encouraged me, Jerome, John Lampkin, Jeff Chen and of course marti; but none of this would never have happened but for the efforts of an immigrant Asian lady who decided to solve and write about puzzles, and then brought the rest of us in to help carry out her goals. Thank you ZB.

Thanks for the kind words Mary Lou.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! C.C. & Jason, A new dynamic duo! Bravo! Encore! Cool, not "ice cold", Lemonade. Congratulations on a job well done.

I thought this was fun. Nothing trite in here. I didn't get the theme until it was all filled and I finally thought to look for the Sunday title which is tiny on Mensa.

D-O: "Limply" LOL!

The carrier threw my Sunday paper last night at 10:30, which is the only day I get an old-fashioned paper paper. I went out, thinking I would do it non-electronically. Alas, the print was even smaller than it used to was & I gave up.

Bill G. said...

As I wrote earlier, I enjoyed the freshness and creativity of this CW. PK: yes, I like the ability to enlarge the puzzles, especially the Sunday puzzle, so that it's easier to read.
Now it's time for a couple of good wildlife links.
A huge herd of elk.
Be sure to watch (or skip) to the end.

A falcon nesting in a tree.

Island Guy said...

Good puzzle, enjoyable; not quite as hard as most Sundays, or even yesterday's. Only had to look up the sports, Latin and Italian - and, of course, "jest-y" to the max. Huh? If anyone's figured it out, I'd sure appreciate an explanation. I can be pretty dense at times (I spent a while trying to find "ane" - 95A - thought "wheel spinners" might be weavers or loom operators).

Anonymous said...

Back to the "Dance Puzzle" of yore: Sally Rand did a dance using only fans to cover all up!

It was known as a "Fan Dance"

C.C. Burnikel said...

I finally caught up with all the comments. No, it's not OK to have the same word for the clue & the answer. I guess Timothy Parker does not use test solvers. Anyway, you won't see any regular LAT or NYT constructor contribute to USA/Universal. It's not a respected puzzle venue.

I meant to tell you last time. Please listen to Anon-T's advice. Accept the updates from your browser. Otherwise, you'll miss lots of updates.

PK said...

I used to belong to belong to a local chapter of the state anthropological society. The state anthro society held archaeological digs every summer. (I never got to go.) We all were a little sketchy on the difference in the word meanings. I came to think of "anthro" as more humans and interactions between them while "archae" was artifacts. The academics may know, but we lay members didn't.

It's just words. The whole discovery situation can be fascinating. I joined the group when my husband was leveling a field for flood irrigation and found artifacts. We called in the experts. The site had been a prehistoric village of nomadic hunters and gatherers in the bend of the river and Indian Creek (that was its name). I never could go to that field after that without picturing the skin lodges in that beautiful PLACE.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. I loved this puzzle. Meaningful on so many levels. Clever as heck. I put in GROD-y to the max at first. Best wishes to you all.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Holy cow! Can you believe I reached two peaks of the Huashan Trail in your link yesterday?

I did it in 1988. It's about 80 miles east of Xi'An.

Bill G. said...

Since Euler was featured prominently in this puzzle, I thought some of you might be interested in two of his many achievements.

By 1772 Euler had proved that 2^31 − 1 = 2,147,483,647 is a Mersenne prime. It may have remained the largest known prime until 1867. (2^31) = 2 to the 31st power or 2x2x2x2... 31 times.

Euler's identity: e^(iπ) + 1 = 0

called "the most remarkable formula in mathematics" by Richard P. Feynman, for its single uses of the notions of addition, multiplication, exponentiation and equality, and the single uses of the important constants 0, 1, e, i and π. In 1988, readers of the Mathematical Intelligencer voted it "The Most Beautiful Mathematical Formula Ever". In total, Euler was responsible for three of the top five formulae in that poll.

Island Guy: Did you finally get Wheel spinner's buy/AN "E"? I had trouble with that one too at first. The other one you mentioned, -y to the max/IEST has to do with words that end in y, like smelly. If you want the maximum smelly, you would write "smelliest." At least that's my take on it.

PK said...

C.C., I hadn't allowed the updates, because a friend was always complaining that the updates messed her up. I guess I'll have to do it though. Thanks.

CanadianEh! said...

May I add my congratulations to Lemon (and C.C.) on this debut puzzle. It took some work on my part but was enjoyable.

Hand up for PIE before HUE. I wanted TSKS before TUTS. Smiled at clues Brest milk and do stuff.

I really wanted ITSA girl because that's what we have been saying all week with arrival of new granddaughter.

Final NCAA March Madness tomorrow night.

Our Radio Shack stores changed to The Source a few years ago and are still in business in Canada.

Island Guy: I agree with Bill G about y to the max. I was thinking tricky to the max being trickiest. Actually I think it's a cute clue C.C.

Lucina said...

123A "do stuff" GEL was also one of my favorite clues. This puzzle was clever on so many levels and only after reviewing it slowly do I see more of them. Again, congrats, Lemon and C.C. Together you both mix great LemonCelo!

HeartRx said...

Bill G. @ 3:05, it was so sad to watch that last little elk trying desperately to reach the herd, and even more poignant that the entire herd would wait for him!

(Chuckle at falcon...)

Al Cyone said...

Yellowrocks@11:23 & 1:42: "Al, your article only confirms what I said . . . she is always classified as an archeologist and sometimes, as an aside, as a paleontologist."

I guess I must have missed that part of the article. I was misled by its description of her as a paleoanthropologist. That's Wikipedia for ya.

CrossEyedDave said...

Fun puzzle, Thanks Lemon & CC!

(Although starves had a very odd clue.)

Strange Quarters

If flats were really flat, you wouldn't have this problem...


Digs? Oh well, to each his own....

Place? way too much to choose from...

Hmm, who did you say you were shacking up with?

House Just go with it...


ARBAON said...

Hearty congratulations, Lemonade! What will you buy granddaughter with your puzzle money? :)

Thank you, CC, for your answer about puzzle rules and for telling me about the fact that LAT is one of the more elite puzzles! I could have guessed that from the quality of constructors and bloggers.

fermatprime said...


Fun puzzle, Lemon and CC! Great write-up!

Good to see EULER again!

Liked most all of the clueing!

Not as fast as Al Cyone, but pretty fast!

Only 45 posts today?


Bill G. said...

OK, Fermatprime, I'll make it 47.

I was thinking maybe you would comment or be interested in my Euler post. I didn't know that he, like Newton and Leibniz, had anything to do with the early days of calculus.

So Universal isn't well-respected by constructors. What about CrosSynergy? Ben Tausig? The Chronicle of Higher Education? WSJ? Matt Jones?

Where is Lara Logan? I want her back!

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Lemonade714 and C.C., for an excellent puzzle. Really enjoyed it. Thank you, C.C., for the fine review.

I read the name of the constructors and said "Wow." This should be a great puzzle, and it was.

I think BACARDI was my second answer, right aftwer CAR.

Liked the theme. Made sense as I progressed.

Recently had RODAN for 72D. Remembered it.

Liked NELSONS for 58D. Clever.

Liked ALE for 28A.

I actually got EULER for 122A. I amazed myself.

Got POLAROID with perps. That is a name from the past.

To all: Thank you from yesterday for the Birthday Wishes. I did check in last night and thanked all you good folks, but it was late and some may not have seen my approbations.

I am really happy for Lemonade for his debut puzzle. Good job! I may even try something like this myself. You inspire me.

See you tomorrow.


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Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Lemonade714 and C.C., for an excellent puzzle. Really enjoyed it. Thank you, C.C., for the fine review.

I read the name of the constructors and said "Wow." This should be a great puzzle, and it was.

I think BACARDI was my second answer, right aftwer CAR.

Liked the theme. Made sense as I progressed.

Recently had RODAN for 72D. Remembered it.

Liked NELSONS for 58D. Clever.

Liked ALE for 28A.

I actually got EULER for 122A. I amazed myself.

Got POLAROID with perps. That is a name from the past.

To all: Thank you from yesterday for the Birthday Wishes. I did check in last night and thanked all you good folks, but it was late and some may not have seen my approbations.

I am really happy for Lemonade for his debut puzzle. Good job! I may even try something like this myself. You inspire me.

See you tomorrow.


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Abejo said...


I never saw your email.


Dudley said...

Bill G 10:04 -

Lara Logan? You want her back? OK, fine, you can have her back, as long as I can have her front. :-)

Bill G. said...

The last two NCIS were extra enjoyable because of their setting I thought.

I didn't know of John Pinette but I sure used to see Mickey Rooney on early TV. RIP


Anonymous said...

123. Do stuff : HAIR GEL

Pete Mitchell used the same clue in 2007.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Bill G,
The other puzzles are great.

Island Guy said...

Bill G. and CanadianEh - thanks, but I still have no idea what "iesty to the max" means - the most jest?
Which would seem to mean the most most……

Island Guy said...

Doggone spellcheck keeps changing my words, and I keep forgetting to check.
the most iest? (not jest).

Argyle said...

grod-y bad

grod-ier more bad

grod-iest most bad, the max

-y to the max. -IEST