May 18, 2014

Sunday May 18, 2014 John Lampkin

Theme:  "Addressing the Crowd" - Each theme answer ends with a street address, all clued appropriate for the profession mentioned in each clue.

23A. Apt address for hit men? : VICIOUS CIRCLE

28A. Apt address for prizefighters? : BELT LOOP

41A. Apt address for petrologists? : ROCKY ROAD. Misty's husband is a petrologist, I think.

50A. Apt address for surgeons? : INSIDE LANE

68A. Apt address for an Orlando team? : MAGIC SQUARE
86A. Apt address for photographers? : FLASH DRIVE. We all know John is a nature photographer.

94A. Apt address for gossip columnists? : DIRT TRAIL. Miss the old MSNBC Entertainment coverage.

109A. Apt address for dairymen? : MILKY WAY

118A. Apt address for Australian zookeepers? : KANGAROO COURT

What a great title!

Not a pangram as John's typical Sunday puzzles. 9 theme entries are not easy to deal with, esp if the first one starts with a 13, as you're forced with deep stacks of 7's on the upper right immediately. John could put another black square in square 22, but then he would have exceeded the word limit. 

Same with square 19. This is a potentially 3-letter heavy puzzle (I could easily see 20 in the top and bottom three rows alone), but John is a grid master.

1. Braying beast : ASS. Alliteration.

4. PC display : LCD

7. Places for prayer leaders : APSES

12. Bourbon barrel wood : OAK

15. "Silly me!" : D'OH!. And 18. Silly talk : TWADDLE. I like this word.

20. Collar attachment : LEASH. And 26. Helmet attachments : STRAPS

21. Certify : SWEAR TO

25. "Get busy!" : HOP TO IT!
27. Porcine cry : OINK

29. Overjoys : ELATES

31. "C'est magnifique!" : OO LA LA. Hi there Linda!

34. "Besides that ..." : ALSO

35. i follower : POD. iPod.

37. Capable, kiddingly : EPT

38. Chiapas chaperon : DUENA. New word to me. Also not familiar with the Mexican state Chiapas. Another Mexican state in the clue of AMIGA (122. Jalisco gal pal).

39. Mollycoddle : COSSET. No idea. Never been cosseted. 

45. Basic dance : TWO-STEP

47. It's a gas : OZONE

48. Native Canadian : CREE

55. Put under a spell : BEWITCH

57. Liberal group? : ARTS. Good old clue.

59. Scientific map subjects : GENOMES

60. "Three Days of the Condor" org. : CIA. I liked the movie. I like Robert Redford.

61. Scena segment : ARIA

62. Miler Sebastian : COE

64. Bug user : SNOOP. Wiretap bug.

65. Jerk : DORK.  Nope. Dorks are not jerks.

72. Football Hall of Famer Marchetti : GINO. Look, he even attached HOF in his signature.

73. Projecting window : ORIEL

75. Finder's reward : FEE

76. It may be artificial : TURF

77. Grate stuff : ASH

79. Pull back, as talons : RETRACT. Vivid clue.

81. Two in seventy-five? : VEES. Two letter V's.

82. Aaron Burr was once tried for it : TREASON. He was? This guy was so problematic.

89. Africa's Mobutu __ Seko : SESE

91. Kiddie lit redhead : PIPPI

92. Car deal component : TRADE-IN

96. Synagogue leaders : RABBIS

100. Two-time US Open winner : SELES (Monica). 

102. Burn at the beach : FRY. Shout-out to a blog regular, who loves his Pirates.

103. Bee follower : CEE

104. Jai __ : ALAI

105. Ankle-related : TARSAL

106. What burglars may walk on : TIPTOE

112. Hummable bit : TUNE. So simple, so beautiful. Make me think of the young Spitzboov, Argyle & PK.

114. Fairy tale brother : HANSEL. And Gretel.

117. Searches for anew : RE-SEEKS

121. For kicks : ON A LARK

123. Missing more marbles : LOONIER. Fun clue.

124. Mil. award : DSM (Distinguished Service Medal)

125. Turning meas. : RPS

126. River to the Bering Sea : YUKON
127. USCG officer : ENS (Ensigns)

128. Carol contraction : 'TIS


1. Some three-wheelers, briefly : ATVs

2. "M*A*S*H" actress : SWIT. "Hot Lips".

3. Untouchable : SACRED COW. Lovely entry.

4. Parkinson's treatment : L-DOPA

5. Tight gathering : CLUSTER

6. __ Plaines, Illinois : DES

7. Et __ : ALII

8. Anise-flavored liqueur : PERNOD. Gimme for Argyle, not me.

9. Grab some z's : SACK OUT

10. Subj. for aliens : ESL

11. Boater's pronoun : SHE. Not "Boater" hat.

12. Irish actor Milo : O'SHEA

13. Like a GI who missed the boat? : AWOL. On purpose then.

14. Didn't trash : KEPT

15. Responds to kitchen aromas : DROOLS. Do you miss your grandma's kitchen? I do.

16. Futile : OTIOSE. This word looks fat to me.

17. British stew : HOT POT. Chinese too.

19. Where to see hands on a wrist : DIAL. Another fun clue.

22. Traveler's aid : ATLAS

24. Credit sharer : CO-STAR

28. Coty Award winner Bill : BLASS. See here. He won in 1983. The Award was discontinued in 1985.

30. Big period : EPOCH

32. 2013 Women's British Open winner Stacy : LEWIS. Old course at St. Andrews. JD was there once.

33. Auth. unknown : ANON

35. SAT item : PROB. And 70. SAT item : QUES. Problem and Questions.

36. Exude : OOZE

39. Hand over : CEDE

40. Pops the top off : OPENS

42. Old-style golf wear : KNICKERS

43. Sasquatch kin : YETI

44. Honey substitute? : DEARIE. Sweet!

46. Member of the Panthera genus : TIGER

49. Spy novelist Ambler : ERIC

51. Classical music lover, facetiously : LONG HAIR. Both John & Rich are long hair(s) then!

52. Mine, in Monaco : A MOI

53. Vegas light : NEON

54. Beantown hockey hero : ESPO. Phil Esposito.

56. Nanny follower : CAM. Nanny cam.

58. Aesthetic attitude : TASTE

61. Negotiate a figurative hill? : AGE. I don't get this clue.

62. Put under a spell : CURSED

63. Klutz : OAF

65. German village : DORF. Learning moment for me.

66. Sportscaster Hershiser : OREL

67. Poet Dove : RITA

69. Performers' union acronym : AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)

71. Wing for Dumbo : EAR

74. "Chicago Hope" Emmy winner : LAHTI (Christine)

78. Equinox mo. : SEPT

80. Burned media, for short : CD-Rs. CD-R = Compact Disc-Recordable.

81. Salome septet : VEILS

82. Country singer Clark : TERRI

83. Apollo protection : SPACE SUIT. I was thinking of Greek god Apollo, Gary!

84. Mayberry moppet : OPIE

85. River to the Mediterranean : NILE

87. "In my opinion ..." : I'D SAY

88. Deviate : VEER

90. Bakery tool : SIFTER

93. One who's bound to order? : NEATNIK. Loved the clue and answer.

95. Tropical blow : TYPHOON

96. Muzzleloading aid : RAMROD

97. Far-out bunch? : ALIENS

98. Holiday tree : BALSAM

99. Theodore of "The Defiant Ones" : BIKEL. He looks familiar. I must have googled him before.

101. Nancy's buddy : SLUGGO

105. Things to do : TASKS

107. Mexican restaurant staples : TACOS

108. "__, you noblest English": "Henry V" : ON, ON

110. Coin datum : YEAR

111. Sitcom radio station : WKRP

113. Tandoori bread : NAAN

115. "... __ saw Elba" : ERE I

116. P.O. deliveries : LTRS

118. Kick starter? : KAY. Letter K. Or our Kazie's real name.

119. __ Darya River : AMU

120. Corrida kudos : OLE



HeartRx said...

Good morning C.C. et al.

I really enjoyed this clever puzzle from John, but there were spots where I just stared for the longest time at simple entries that just would not come to mind.

The crossing of OOZE and OZONE was the last one that I filled. I had PR*B, OO*E and **ONE. Finally saw the Z. Maybe I should have caught a few more of them before attacking the puzzle this morning!

I don’t think I have ever heard Vashti Bunyan before, so thanks for the link, C.C.

When driving through Germany, you will see many small villages with DORF at the end of their names, like Siechendorf. or Jägersdorf. I was told that it means “Village of Siechen,” etc.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

George Barany said...

Thanks, C.C., for your nice writeup of John Lampkin's puzzle. What a sweet coincidence to see one of the addresses be Rocky ROAD, since Brent Hartzell and I would like to take your readers down the Road to Appomattox. This puzzle revisits a historic period in American history, and we hope you like it!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

There was just so much I hated about this puzzle that I'll just say that I really liked the clever theme and leave it at that. Hopefully I'm alone in my dislike and everybody else had a grand old time with it.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I had my share of missteps with this one. One almost caused a DNF. I thought DORF was DORP, AFTRA started as ASCAP, and I misspelled Christine's name as LATTE. D'OH! That gave me a PLAST DRIVE and I couldn't see what the "in the language" ____Drive phrase might be. It took a while for the lightbulb to FLASH.

I remember Theodore Bikel best as Curt Jurgens' XO in the submarine movie The Enemy Below set in WWII. He also was quite a singer. Here he is singing with Judy Collins 3:52.

DUENA reminded me of the Kingston Trio song sung by the young suitor to the chaperone: "You had a duena signora. You had a kind chaperone. Didn't she sometimes, signora, grant you a moment alone..."

C.C., you're climbing the figurative hill of life as you AGE. Personally, I see it as going downhill.

Al Cyone said...

A Sunday speed run? Yep. I was pretty much on auto-pilot today. It's fun in it's own way but maybe more like wolfing down one's food instead of savoring each bite. Well, it is what it is.

By the way, I surprised myself yesterday by actually going to Dia:Beacon. As anticipated, I really liked the building (an old crackerbox factory) but didn't think much of the "art". Most of it looked like a caricature of modern art (e.g. a series of white panels on a white wall). I was waiting for a little kid to start playing in what appeared to be a pile of sand. The whole thing had, for me, an "Emperor's New Clothes" quality to it. The only "artist" I was familiar with was Richard Serra and, while his "installations" were interesting, was it art? I guess I'm not sophisticated enough to know.

Anyway, it was a beautiful day and I very much enjoyed walking up and down Beacon's long and historic (and busy) Main Street. Many of the shops had pictures of Pete Seeger (recently deceased and a long-time Beacon resident) in their windows.


buckeye bob said...

Good morning, everyone!

I REALLY liked the theme of this puzzle. I thought it was fun and very clever!

On the other hand, the puzzle kicked my butt. I could not solve it without red letter help.

At an hour, I still had open cells in the NE corner, and no ideas to even WAG. I had BELT ROAD, CO*SE*, ATRA*, OTIAS*, HOTD**. BELT ROAD really messed me up. I finally turned on red letter help, saw the errors, and fixed them but no ta-da.

I had ON A DARE, which I should have realized was wrong because I wanted BIKEL. I changed it to ON A LARK, but still no ta-da.

I also had PIPPA, fixed it to PIPPI, and finally ta-da!

A good challenge, even if I needed help!

buckeye bob said...

Desper-otto --

I was a Kingston Trio fan in my youth, but I didn't remember that song, so I had to search it. Thanks!

Señora lyrics:

Don't you remember, Señora, when you had a love of your own?
You had a dueña, Senora, you had a kind chaperone
Didn't she sometimes, Señora, grant you a moment alone?

Once in a garden, Señora, didn't your love steal a kiss?
Surely a moment remembered, stirs in a settin' like this
Surely, within such a garden, wisdom can smile upon bliss

Cruel is the curfew, Señora, cruelly and strictly imposed
Soon Don Hernando will signal, biddin' the gate to be closed
Who'd be the wiser, Señora, if for a moment you dozed?

Don't you remember, Señora, you had a love of your own?
You had a dueña, Senora, you had a kind chaperone
I love her dearly, Señora, grant us a moment alone
I love her dearly, Señora, grant us a moment alone


desper-otto said...

Buckeye Bob: I guess I made her Italian. D'oh!

Yellowrocks said...

I really liked this puzzle and CC's great review. Also, CC, I loved your Sunrise, Sunset puzzle this past week.
I found today's offering to be of average Sunday difficulty. The second word of each theme answer came with only a perp or two. I seemed to be on John's wave length when wagging the first word of the themes which gave me good perps.
SPOOK before SNOOP. LED before LCD, which made CLUSTER my last to fill.
My dad always said, "Hop to it."
Bikel performed in many TV shows and was a great singer. He was outstanding as Tevye on Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

Thank you, John Lampkin, for a delightfully challenging Sunday puzzle. I enjoyed every part of this! "C'est magnifique!" ;-) Thanks, C.C. for the SO and the wonderful write-up.

I caught on to the theme early on and it helped fill in some things I wasn't sure of. Perps were needed in a number of places including the unknowns - COSSET, AMU., SESE and UTIOSE.

I paused at 65A - Jerk. I agree, C.C. - Dork doesn't quite fit, but I guess my other thought with the D _ _K in place wouldn't make it into a puzzle.

At 42D - Old-style golf wear / KNICKERS, I was picturing Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden playing golf. When Ralph told Ed to address the ball he said, "Hello, ball."

Favorites: 93D - On e who's bound to order / NEATNIK and 123A - Missing more marbles / LOONIER.

Well, my husband's TIGERs are looking to sweep my Red Sox today. Since he'll be at the game tonight at Fenway, I guess I have to root for his team ...or do I.

Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

Al Cyone said...

desper-otto@7:49: "C.C., you're climbing the figurative hill of life as you AGE."

As in the expression "over the hill".

Husker Gary said...

A letter, a letter, my kingdom for a letter! pernoD/Duena made for a one cell DNF. What an EPT adventure, John, at a just right level. KANGAROO COURT elicited an outright guffaw.

-APSES hid for a while with RACK OUT (a phrase used at our house) being wrong, ARTS not ACLU, CLUSTER not ELASTIC when I had _ L _ S T _ _
-After they’re used as OAK liquor barrels, Jack Daniels chops them up and sells them for this
-FB players utilize two STRAPS for protection
-Hormel’s uses everything but the OINK when processing hogs
-Teachers sometimes have to TIPTOE around a COSSETTING parent. After a few years, I didn’t
-A TWO-STEP is the only bullet in my terpsichorean arsenal
-They went all out for artificial TURF at Three Rivers stadium. Players hated it as it was hard on knees and really held the heat
-That SNOOP’S sensational front page headline is often later RETRACTED on page 17D
-It’s not the TRADE-IN value that counts; it’s the “boot” that really matters isn’t it?
-Sometimes I wished I had used HANSEL’S breadcrumb strategy to find my car at the stadium
-Minnesotan Harold Stassen decided to RE-SEEK the presidency 9 times
-The use of L-DOPA was controversial in this this wonderful movie
-The terrain of this exclusive golf course in central Nebraska has been compared to St. Andrews
-Who was the “Hot Lips” in the movie M*A*SH who we saw naked in the shower?

Husker Gary said...

CC, yes I got SPACE SUIT right away. When I teach space to kids, I show a scene from Mission To Mars where a character is stranded in space and it would be suicide for anyone to try and rescue him. Therefore he takes off his helmet in that vacuum and dies immediately in a very graphic fashion. 13-year-old boys love it.

Husker Gary said...

Some very funny T-Shirts for “Over The Hill” as we leave for Omaha.

Al Cyone said...

Speaking of L-DOPA, my father, who had Parkinson's, spent the last few years of his life at Beth Abraham in the Bronx. Which is where Dr. Oliver Sacks did the groundbreaking work that was the focus of his book (and the movie) Awakenings.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

A Lampkin Sunday treat. A little crunchy, but the perps sufficed. No searches were needed. Always enjoy C.C.'s write-ups.
Chuckled at her TUNE comment. When, as a pre-teen, ploughing or discing a field; with just the roar of the tractor and seemingly one with nature, I found myself whistling a lot. Go figure.
DORF - akin to English 'thorpe'. As Marti said, many a DORF in Germany. I'm sure Düsseldorf started out as a village but now has 600,000 population.
Low German - Dörp. As a kid, always heard about the Schleswig Dörpen, when the folks would reminisce.
Dutch - dorp

Some days you are the dog, some days you are the tree.

Casanova said...

Did y'all see this Vine from last night yet?

That smoooth kid ELATES a very pretty girl twice his age!! OH LA LA. Notice how he keeps the ball he caught and gave her his backup ball but she was so charmed she didn't even notice. Play on playa. I haven't seen moves like this since Lyle Lovett snagged Julia Roberts.

Casanova said...

p.s. Personally, I would have gone after the redhead but I ain't hatin'. Even the girl in the pink is so enraptured I believe she is jealous. Can't say enough about how impressed I am. I'm almost 60 and never made a move as suave as this.

Lucina said...

Good day, C.C. et ALII!

Not much time to read comments until later.

I love John Lampkin's puzzles! There is always an unexpected twist to so many clues as "one who's bound to order", NEATNIK and many more. I like the word COSSET.

This took a long while but like a good cup of coffee or PERNOD, it brought great satisfaction and entertainment.

I wonder if DUENA is still used today? It seems dated.

Later, AMIGAs & AMIGOs.

Have a splendid Sunday, everyone!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I always enjoy John's offerings and today's was no exception. However, it was a FIW (again!) due to quiz/ques, vies/vees, Zese/Sese natick. Loved the theme and much of the fun cluing. Thanks, John, and thanks, CC, for a great expo.

Have a super Sunday.

CanadianEh! said...

This one required a lot of work (and some Google help) but I loved the theme. Also smiled at COSSET and NEATNIK! Tried ON A WHIM before ON A LARK.

INUIT wouldn't fit for Native Canadian (eh!)so I went to CREE next (Mohawk, Ojibwe definitely too long!) Like Shania Twain who apparently has some Cree ancestry, TERRI Clark is Canadian born.

This is a holiday weekend in Canada. Monday is Victoria Day when we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday with fireworks. Also the start to the summer season with many cottages being opened up. We are cool but sunny and finally the trees are coming into leaf and blossoms starting.

CrossEyedDave said...

I always look forward to a John Lampkin puzzle, but this one really had me going, with words like otiose, & cosset. The 1st theme answer i got was kangaroo court, & I still do not see how the clue relates to the answer???

Reading Barry G's response, priceless! (But I think Barry just got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning...)

Desperotto, that was a great movie!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle but not easy from John! Thanks!
Thanks for the shoutout, C.C. Lovely song from a formerly unknown (to me) singer.
Actually, I though John had given me a shoutout with LOONIER & AGE since I feel "over the hill" and sliddin' down fast. LOL!

Three of my children are NEATNIKs. The fourth leaves a trail of clutter in her wake.

I knew a family named BORSDORF. Anyone know what BORS means? They almost had enough kids to start their own village. One of our Mexican exchange students last name was Dussendorf. Guess from whence his father immigrated?

After I caught on to the last word in the theme entries as street-type names, this was fun. However, the first one threw me for a LOOP and was one of the last fills.

Lucina, I'm reading "The Red Tent" now. Definitely different than most of my reading. Interesting. I retained enough of my childhood Bible stories to understand the retakes of some of the more famous incidents.

Lemonade714 said...

Australians are home of the Kangaroos, just as I live on Fifth Court, which would be apt if I drank many bottles of whiskey, for the zookeeper to live on Kangaroo Court is apt.

I adored the puzzle, the theme and the write up.
John Lampkin is one of my idols as I continue in my nascent attempts at building grids.

BG, you okay? Without specifics, it is hard to provide solace.

Lucina said...

COURT is often used to mean street. As in 1234 Geronimo Court. One of my nieces lives on that street.

And Mobutu SESE Seko is becoming almost as common a crossword staple as IDI AMIN.

It seems to me, you have to love a puzzle that starts with ASS and contains such gems as DROOLS, OINK, BEWITCH, LOONIER right along with OTIOSE, COSSET, KNICKERS and many others.

I, too, am a LONG HAIR who is quite over the hill.

Lucina said...

I hope you're enjoying The Red Tent. While reading it I'm following along in Genesis to check the accuracy of the details and Ms. Diamant was very true to the story.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Awesome puzzles all week. Did every one of them and read all your comments, too. All enjoyable. Best wishes to you all.

PK said...

Lucina, I hadn't thought to follow the Genesis account with reading this. What a good idea.

Nancy Murphy said...

I didn't do yesterday's puzzle until today (finished with no help, but it was a toughie) and had to read Saturday's blog before doing this puzzle. It was fun and not as difficult as yesterday.

Does PERNOD taste as good as Sambuca?

Yellowrocks said...

Yesterday I joined an all-day mystery bus tour sponsored by a local square dance club. I have taken maybe 15 or 20 mystery tours with them in 27 years of square dancing. Our destination is always unknown. We visit tourist attractions within a 2½ hour or nearer distance from the home club, then have a delicious dinner and dance with a club in that area. Yesterday we visited the Steamtown National Historic Site at Scranton, PA. I pass the highway sign for that every time I go to visit my little sister. Even when we on the bus narrowed the mystery down to something to do with trains and we were close to Scranton, I never guessed. Steamtown is far larger and more delightful than I ever suspected. It was established to preserve information about the days of steam engine railroading, with a museum, tours, and movie. Usually it includes a train ride, but the cutting of the federal budget has now precluded this. Very interesting. I thought of the long ago days of playing Thomas the Tank Engine for hours with my grandson and the extensive Thonas railroading outfit I helped him build, including a roundhouse with turntable. Of course, we had many “smash ‘em up” emergencies, bridges out, crashes, etc.

Yellowrocks said...

Then we drove back east to the Pocono Mountain camping resort at Otter Lake, Marshalls Creek, PA where we were surprised to be hosted by our own NJ square dancer campers organization, including many friends and acquaintances. The sunset over Otter Lake was spectacular. What inspiring scenery! I could camp by that lake for weeks and just immmerse myself in Mother Nature. We were treated to a homemade pork dinner, including pasta for vegetarians and non-pork diners and "to die for" chocolate cake. What a wonderful day.

My knees didn't quite survive the historic site ramblings coupled with the dancing, although I did sit out half the sets.
Today I took Alan to the Shriner's Circus held in a hockey arena. Walking (wobbling) down the stairs without railings from the tiers of seats was excruciating and scary. Alan and I were two of a "handicapped" kind. The circus was fun, especially watching the driving of 4 motorcycles in a very small globular cage. I also enjoyed the quick change artists who stepped into a cylinder of cloth for 5 seconds and emerged wearing a different outfit each time.
Lucina and PK, I read The Red tent 3 times and also researched it. I looked up the place of women in religion at that time. Very interesting.

BV Ahlers said...

Even tho it took some time, I finished w/o Googling. Much better than Fri or Sat puzzles. Easier than most Sundays.

Yes, "dorf" means village, or small town, in German. It is added to the end of a name like "ton" is added to names to denote a town. (Stockton, Waterton, etc)

Court is usually a short street, often one that is between numbered streets. If there's a street between 84th and 85th, it would be called 84th St court.

HeartRx said...

Spitzboov @ 10:41, OMG, how could I leave out "Dusseldorf?" It was the city I visited on my very first trip to Germany. I had to attend the MEDICA medical conference there. My main memory of the trip was how much everyone drank!! That, and the fact that even though we stayed until 2:30 AM at our restaurant table, the waiters were still attentive, and no one seemed in any hurry to get us out of there!!

Lucina and PK, "The Red Tent" was one of our book club's "Book of the Year" selections a couple of years ago. (Yes, We vote on our favorite book at the end of the year, and the winner gets a prize…) I think this year it will be "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?"

John Lampkin said...

Thank you CC for dubbing me a "Master." I'm printing that out and sleeping with it under my pillow tonight.
You understand my mindset perfectly. If we put blocks into the grid in that second row lively fill like TWADDLE and ONALARK are gone. Threes in general are wimpy little necessary evils that are a real challenge to clue creatively so I try to avoid them as much as possible as do many of us constructors.

Thank you all for the kind comments, especially you, Lemonade, but you misspelled "idle."

For those who care, KANGAROO COURT was the seed that got me started.

desper-otto said...

Thanx for dropping by, John Lampkin. I always enjoy (but don't always solve) your puzzles. Your misdirection is always superb.

YR, sounds like you had a wonderful time. Despite the pain and the scary stairs, I'll bet you wouldn't give up that experience for the world.

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody! I liked this puzzle, much better than Barry did apparently. Some of it was easy, some was tricky, some was clever and some was hard for me; pretty much like my experience on all late week puzzles. Thanks John and CC.

From today's "Pearls Before Swine." Suppose Abraham Lincoln had used Twitter...?

* 87 yrs ago, R fathers did stuff. Now big war. Govt by people good.

* Play sposed 2 B good. Am dying to see.

Bill G. said...

Dunno why but I tend to be a moody person sometimes, for no good reason often. I haven't been inspired to jump in and say anything interesting for the last couple of days and I didn't want to be a wet blanket so I read instead of writing. Thanks for noticing. Maybe I need to post a math puzzle...?

fermatprime said...

I cannot get the puzzle. Every site I try gives me a blank area instead


Bill G. said...

Dunno what it could be but I'm guessing the problem is on your end somehow. Mensa worked fine for me late last night and just now. It's found at LAT on Mensa

fermatprime said...

Sorry folks!

I went to Firefox and reinstalled Adobe Flash Player. Guess that it had gone mad!

Anonymous said...

can someone explain ept?

Argyle said...

It's a gibe; they really mean inept. It is like saying, "Wayne is very smooth...not!"

Bill G. said...

Argyle and Anon, seeing EPT reminded me of an essay I quoted a couple of years back (and CC reposted) called "How I Met My Wife." It was full of words like Ept, Chalant, Plussed, Whelmed, Sheveled and lots of others. Classic stuff!

Anonymous said...

I have heard ept used jocularly to actually mean the opposite of inept. If you can be inept,you can also be ept. Ha ha.

fermatprime said...


Thanks for challenging puzzle, John, and great write-up, CC!

Really liked the theme answers! (These would be addresses.)

Hand up for goofing up with Irish Miss!

Dog (Millie) home from vet and feeling much better. She screamed all night! (Anal gland problem. However, she never dragged her rear end on the surfaces available here. So I was confused as to the problem.)

Mensa site did not help. When Adobe Flash is sick, none of them helped. Believe me, I tried them all. With a different browser, too!


Synapstic Mom said...

Was anyone else irritated by vicious circle instead of vicious CYCLE??

Argyle said...

Not I.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. (Monday morning). Thank you, John Lampkin, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Happy birthday, Grumpy. Come on back!

I did this puzzle in the newspaper while standing on a street corner selling Vidalia onions, in the wind. I held the paper down with two bags of onions. Quite an experience. I did not finish Neil late last night and had no way to log in here until now.

Puzzle was fine. Tough in spots.

Theme was excellent. Really enjoyed it. Addresses.

Had ABBES for 7A. Finally SACK OUT gave me APSES. We get that word a lot, but clued differently. Good job.

I had A RIDE IN for 92A. TRADE IN came later.

See you tomorrow for Tuesday's puzzle.


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Anonymous said...

thanks for the ept explanation.