May 1, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Mary Lou Guizzo

Theme: Triple-O

17. Canadian city named for a historic battle site : WATERLOO, ONTARIO. Home of the BlackBerry smart phone. I saw the three O's here and suspected a theme was in progress. Tic-tac-toe row? Hugs, on an envelope? Reading after resetting? Out of office?

25. Stressed commuter's complaint : IT'S A ZOO OUT THERE. Nice zippy fill. And yep, it fits the theme.

43. "Enough kid stuff!" : I'M TOO OLD FOR THIS. My sentiments, exactly.

57. Totally lacks pep : HAS NO OOMPH AT ALL.  I always say "I'm too pooped to pop." (And that has six O's!!!)

65. Triatomic gas in a thinning layer ... and, symbolically, what appears in this puzzle's four longest answers : OZONE. Chemical symbol O3.

I liked the conversational feel of # 2 and #3, and I do like the word OOMPH. "Honestly officer, I wasn't speeding. I was going OO MPH!"

Marti here, to 'splain the rest.


1. 2003 NFL rushing leader __ Lewis : JAMAL. He helped win Super Bowl XXXV as a rookie with the Ravens.

6. "Shoot!" : DARN.

10. Pro-prohibition org. : WCTU. (Tinbeni, cover your ears.) "Women's Christian Temperance Union."

14. Olds compact : ALERO.

15. EKTORP sofa seller : IKEA. Ektorp is a mansion in Haningen, Sweden. I am not sure if that is why the IKEA sofa is so-called. Doesn't look too much like mansion material to me...

16. 1800s law-enforcement family name : EARP.

20. Mom, to auntie : SIS.

21. Merits : EARNS.

22. John who sang "Daniel" : ELTON. My music link!

23. "Star Trek" spinoff, briefly : TNG. "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

24. Part of a stable diet? : OAT. Mr. Ed, can you eat just one?

34. Horned beast : RHINO.

35. Main points : GISTS.

36. Statesman Hammarskjöld : DAG. Anyone growing up in the fifties remembers him. He died in a plane crash that is still shrouded in mystery.

37. Fine things? : ARTS. The fine ARTS. Traditionally they consisted of painting, sculpture, music, poetry and architecture. Now "Fine ARTS" also includes film and performance art.

38. Scrabble squares : TILES.

39. Kitchen timer sound : DING. I have a new LG Double oven range that plays musical chimes and tunes for me. Love it!

40. Acting as : QUA. Loose translation of the Latin.

41. Canonized fifth-cen. pope : ST LEO.

42. Best : OUTDO.

46. Narc's find : PCP. Short for 1-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)piperidine), also called Phencyclidine. Known on the street as Angel dust, KJ (kristal joint), Ashy Larry, illy, or wet.

47. "Yo!" : HEY. Adrian!

48. Rouge target : CHEEK.

51. Orbiting phenomenon : ZERO G.ravity.

54. Red leader : MAO.

60. "The Time Machine" race : ELOI.

61. Move like a monarch : FLIT.

62. Bare : NAKED.

63. Peel : ZEST.

64. Dieter's calculation : FATS. I'll take mine unsaturated, please.


1. Benchley thriller : JAWS.

2. Jai __ : ALAI.

3. Team with a skyline in its logo : METS. Total WAG for me.

4. Is for two? : ARE. Didn't fool me this time!

5. Medici known as "the Magnificent" : LORENZO. He was the patron of artists like Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

6. Gucci rival : DIOR.

7. Senegalese-American rapper : AKON. Other than his rap fame, he holds the Guinness #1 record for top-selling ringtones.

8. Popular '20s cars : REOS.

9. Indian bread : NAN.

10. Prosperity : WEALTH.

11. Market vehicle : CART.

12. Jazz combo, often : TRIO.

13. Informed about : UP ON.  Is it just me, or did a lot of today's clues seem really straight-forward?

18. Vacación destination : LAGO. I visited LAGO Como last summer while I was on vacanza in Italy. Same word in Spanish and Italian for "lake."

19. Milk sources : TEATS.

23. Salon goals : TANS.

24. Giant Mel et al. : OTTS.

25. Samarra native : IRAQI.

26. Finger-tapping sound : THRUM.

27. Pull a chair up to : SIT AT.

28. Disney's "Darby __ and the Little People" : O'GILL. I don't remember this 1959 movie, but it starred Sean Connery as the love interest of Darby's daughter.

29. Pie-eyed : OILED. I only know the term "well OILED" as a substitute for "drunk."

30. Make __: employ : USE OF.

31. Mrs. Roosevelt : EDITH.

32. "Amazing" illusionist : RANDI. Debunker of paranormal charlatans.

33. Pop-up frozen fare : EGGOS.

38. Firebird option : T-TOP.

39. Tax : DUTY.

41. Successful, in slang : SOCKO.

42. Pizzeria herb : OREGANO.

44. "Let's see what you got!" : OPEN IT.

45. "Yikes!" : OH-OH!

48. Café sign word : CHEZ.

49. Healthy : HALE.

50. Those, in Tijuana : ESOS.

51. "J'accuse" author : ZOLA.

52. Throw out : EMIT. Hands up for "toss?"

53. Sch. research papers : RPTS.

54. Shortfin or longfin predator : MAKO.

55. Architect William Van __ : ALEN. You may know him as the architect of this N.Y. icon.

56. Merrie __ England : OLDE.

58. Broadway opening? : OFF. "Off-Broadway" gave rise to the "Obie" awards. (O-B.)

59. Toon spinner : TAZ.

And that's my spin on today's puzzle!



OwenKL said...

There once was a planet, all lush and green,
The prettiest world that's ever been seen.
But UV from its sun
Would toast everyone's buns
If there wasn't an OZONE layer between!

Click here.

OwenKL said...

An environmentalist had a mission
To breed an odd and strange new chicken
With a very peculiar trait.
Instead of a liquid we know so well
Inside of a solid calcium shell,
Their eggs came in a gaseous state.

They were filled with O₃
Which just happens to be
Lighter than the air that surrounds us.
So the nests in their coop
Were just under the roof,
Away from where gravity grounds us.

The chicks, when they hatched
From the barnyard detached
And floated away like vapors.
The environmentalist beamed,
He'd accomplished his dream --
He'd restored Earth's OZONE layers!


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

It was a bit of an odd puzzle for me, liberally sprinkled with total unknowns that were gettable via the perps (JAMAL, AKON, WCTU, ALEN), strange slang (OILED, SOCKO) and at least one really bad abbreviation (RPTS), but I enjoyed seeing all the OOO bits in the theme answers and was able to get the theme answer right away as a result.

Does anybody actually say OHOH? I've always heard (and said) UHOH (unless we're talking about Horshack trying to get Mr Kotter's attention...)

Lemonade714 said...

White rabbit, white rabbit. Welcome.e to May and May Day which is also Law Day in Florida.

Cool to see a new from Mary Looo ( I wonder e if she got the theme idea from hearing people say her name, or perhaps from Footie and Muldoon).

Pretty straight forward with the theme entries nice and challenging and some names I had to work for, like Alen and Akon.

A new M and M Thursday, yummy

Hahtoolah said...

White Rabbit, Marti and friends! This puzzle did seem a tad easier than the usual Thursday fare. I immediately got WATERLOO, ONTARIO, so knew we were looking for OOO in the theme answers.

I fell for the Tea for Two, but once I realized we were looking at a verb tense, JAMAL's name fell in place.

I initially wanted Show Me instead of OPEN IT, for "Let's See What You've Got."

Hand up for Toss before EMIT.

DAG Hammarskjold was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is also one of only three people to have won a Nobel Prize posthumously. He was awarded the Peace Prize.

QOD: We do have a zeal for laughter in most situations, give or take a dentist. ~ Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 ~ Dec. 12, 1999)

thehondohurricane said...

Good morning,

Finally, a Thursday puzzle that did not cause me all sorts of grief and cursing. The only area that slowed me down at all was the SW corner. Once I figured out Esta wasn't going to work for 50D, I entered ESOS, which gave me ELOI & ZEST. My Aha moment had arrived.

Hand up for Toss too. EMIT doesn't seem appropriate, but who am I to challenge a wordsmith? Took a little while before I remembered Darby O'GILL. The G was the letter in question.

Learning moment...did not know Ikea sold ready to use furniture. Thought they only offered kits.

Have a good day.

desper-otto said...

Well, hello Mary Lou! Hare, Hare!

My only stumble was at IRAQI/IRANI, QUA/NUA. Either could have worked for me, but I WAGged the "Q." My "Throw out" began as OUST; TOSS never occurred to me. There seemed to be a plethora of Z's in this one.

ZOLA was a gimme, but I have no idea why. WCTU always reminds me of that line from The John Birch Society: "Have you heard they're serving vodka at the W.C.T.U.?"

Marti, you seem awfully well-acquainted with those street names for drugs! Did you get invited to Villa Oleandra while you were at Lake Como?

John Cadou said...

Would somebody please explain the "rabbit rabibit" thing I
see every now and then?.

Abejo said...

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

This puzzle took me about three hours. Very tough, IMHO. Once I got through it I really liked it.

The theme answers took me forever. My first was IT'S A ZOO OUT THERE. Now I had the three O's. The rest appeared eventually.

Big problem in the SW. I confidently entered EATS for 48D. Then SKIN for 63A. I figured they had to be right. I finally threw the towel in and erased them. ELOI and CHEZ straightened me out. The rest were easy then. Phew!

The clue for EMIT was misleading to me. I usually think of other words when "throw out" is given. But, it worked.

Never heard of Darby O'GILL. I had LISTS for 35A and OTTO I for 41A. I figured T TOP was solid so I started changing stuff in that area. ST LEO worked. Just took me a while to change everything.

W.C.T.U. was easy. I liked D-Otto's comment on the John Birch Society. That was good. I used to go to their meetings. Regarding that, DAG was easy for 36A. I think we all know who did him in.

Well, have to run. Since I spent three hours, plus, on this I have a lot to do. Still raining here.

See you tomorrow.


(fortresses europca)

buckeye bob said...

John Cadou 8:00 AM --

Not "every now and then"; on the first day of the month.

Rabbit Rabbit Wiki

Yellowrocks said...

Great puzzle and expo. Knowing I needed OOO helped. I didn't realize it stood for OZONE until the reveal. I tried TEA at first. ARE in the NW was the last to fall. Tricky. Hahtoolah, I should have thought of your tip about tense.
I read an interesting historical novel about the Medicis. How holy and how ruthless and evil, all at the same time.
I am familiar with SOCKO and OILED.
I had one misstep. I didn't know whether it was Iraqi or Irani and failed to go back when I filled in THRUM and SITAT. Downed by one cell.
In a list of more than 40 words that RPT can stand there was no "report." I finally found "RPT files," such as Crystal Reports. Pretty esoteric, eh?
Marti, I too, visited LAGO Como. Beautiful.
JD from yesterday, your lovely Costa Rica photos brought back fond memories of one of my favorite trips. What bridge was that? I think I crossed it, too. Lovely flowers, birds, monkeys and other wildlife. We liked boating nearly every day on the waterways through the lush jungle.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

WBS. I got WATERLOO ONTARIO early on, but missed the O₃ until rappelling down and getting the OZONE clue in the SE corner. After that, looked for the triple O's to reveal themselves. Last to fall was the center south. Once I saw ZERO G, the perps made sense.
A fine crafted puzzle from Mary Lou.

Off to play some bridge.

John Cadou said...

Thanks....never too old to learn...

grams said...

Edith Roosevelt? Eleanor wouldn't fit. Clever puzzle. Tough for me. Too many names. Happy Thursday!

buckeye bob said...

Thank you for the puzzle, Mary Lou. Thank you for an excellent review, Marti.

I thought this was a good challenge, but more like Wednesday than Thursday. I filled in the north easily enough, but then had to keep pecking away at it. JAMAL Lewis and AKON were mostly perps, but the rest of the north was easy. I got WATERLOO, ONTARIO and OZONE, so that helped me with the other theme answers.

I didn’t know ALEN or QUA, but the perps got them.

I had SNG before TNG but the perps fixed it. D’oh!

CHEZ and RPTS were partials for a long time until the light came on.

I’ve never heard anyone say SOCKO, although I know it is valid.

I agree with Marti’s comments about OAT and OILED.

Yellowrocks said...

We may not hear SOCKO spoken often or at all, but it frequently appears in writing in reference to a performance.
I read it it all the time in newspapers.. Some examples among dozens and dozens:
-BOXING; Socko Performance by Breland in Comeback
-OUR TOWNS; Fourth Graders Socko in Bill's Dane King Weeper
-Ben Affleck can look slack-faced and vague, like a moose in the klieg lights, but he’s remarkably present (for him) in the socko crime thriller The Town.
-"Call it Brownian motion: A COMET TAIL-RIDE of beautifully spaced reveals and a socko unveiling of the killer's true identity."
-Instead, she has been the bell-jar candidate, barnstorming safe crowds with socko punch lines.
-The evening has a little bit of everything, including break-dancing, a love story, gymnastics, laser-light displays, a tap routine and for a socko finish, a suicide.

Husker Gary said...

WOW! Four grid spanners, a clever OOO component, fun fill (QUA?) and a science theme! Hello Mary Lou!

-Grandkids don’t think Papa is TOO OLD for anything
-The avg. career for an NFL running back is 2.6 years. They run into or block very large people every play
-Prohibition gave us Capone, et al but also reduced alcohol consumption by up to 50%, cut death by cirrhosis by a 67% and decreased public drunkenness and disorderly conduct arrests by half. I’m just sayin’…
-Mom and her SIS got into a big fight about what to do with grandpa when he went OFF THE DEEP END
-A RHINO’S only natural enemy is man. YIKES/YIPES!
-The GIST of it is we are going somewhere Saturday. I’m on a need-to-know basis for details
-Scrabble TILE ART on Pinterest
-ZERO G not in orbit (:34)
-Fascinating facts about JAWS the movie, including Benchley bowing out as a screenwriter
-Is that METS skyline in Queens where Shea Stadium is ;-)
- Pajama Game gave us Doris Day singing this poignant song (2:23) with 47A in the title
-OH OH in a recent commercial
-Can you name this 1966 “sting” movie where Joann Woodward “pulls up a chair” after husband Henry Fonda feigns illness?

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

I found this to be a bit easier than a typical Thursday puzzle but really enjoyed solving it. I,too, thought I had the theme after the OOO in 17A and that helped in filling in the others.

Perps were needed for WCTU, LORENZO, JAMAL, SOCKO and IRAQI. 29D - Pie-eyed / OILED was new to me.

I had 'Sit by' before SIT AT, and at 44D - "Let's see what you got!" I was thinking of someone offering a challenge before perps led me to OPEN IT.

A wonderful write-up, Marti and I agree that there seemed to be many straight-forward clues today, but just enough of a challenge to make it fun!

Hahtoolah said...

Edith Roosevelt was Teddy's second wife. His first wife died young.

Qua is a word that comes up often in Words With Friends. I just never knew its meaning, but like getting a lot of points for it in the game.

C6D6 Peg said...

Completed through several WAGS. Enjoyed the 4 long theme answers, but didn't see the theme until DH clued me in on it. Thanks Mary Lou!

Marti - great expo. Thank's for explaining Obie awards. Need to learn something new every day!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I made all the previously mentioned stumbles, including ending up with IRANI and wondering WTH NUA might be. The Q never occurred to me.

As some sort of erstwhile chemist, I appreciate the theme. Must have been a real bear to come up with 4 grid spanners. And it supplied some sorely needed perps.

OREGANO added a nice flavor.

But "Broadway opening" spoiled it for me. There really is no reason to do that. DARN!

Time to FLIT OFF.

Cool regards!

Dudley said...

Rabbit Rabbit

Hello Puzzlers -

Pretty much a WBS situation today. I struggled with a few spots, particularly in the south where I couldn't suss Zero G, or resolve the Emit/Omit dichotomy. Still, I can't help but be impressed that Mary Lou was able to concoct a puzzle with all those natural phrases. Nicely done!

Saw The Wizard of Oz on DVD last night, having not seen the whole film in perhaps thirty years. It's just as magical as ever, IMHO. Judy Garland had such a fine voice even though she was only 16 at the time.

desper-otto said...

I only know QUA as a prefix to "hog" -- never heard it spoken, though. "Shoot!" said "Go ahead and ask" to me.

Husker, I think you've planned my afternoon for me. I'm gonna have to drag out that old DVD of Jaws. Hey, There was a big Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) hit. I played it just this past weekend. I didn't know that Doris Day had done it, too.

Avg Joe said...

Gary, I didn't click on you link, but the movie you're asking about has to be "Big Hand for the Little Lady". I stumbled upon that a year or two ago on a winter Saturday afternoon. Fabulous movie!!!!!

Fun puzzle today. Tough for a Thursday, but solvable. Had the same missteps and misgivings others have noted, but emerged triumphant. Q was the last fill, and I rationalized it by simply thinking of "quasi" Had to be right. Right?

Lucina said...

Hello, puzzler friends! Thanks, Marti, for your fine explanation especially the origin of OBIE. And I'm glad you linked "Daniel"; it was in my head the minute I read the clue.

This puzzle, which had plenty of OOMPH, EARNS an A+ in my RPTS, thank you, Mary Lou.

The top was a breezy sashay, even JAMAL, and when I saw the triple O's, they begged a theme, but then stopped in the middle where I slid down to the bottom which sent me to CHEEK, CHEZ, ELOI and ZEST.

It took some thought and a few WAGs, looking for another Mrs. Roosevelt since Eleanor was obviously not the one. But it finally all came together when ZOLA gave me ZERO G.

Hand up for IRANI before IRAQI and learning the meaning of QUA.

Reading about the Medicis can keep me fascinated for a long spell so LORENZO fell quickly.

Happy May Day, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

Sorry for my brain freeze. It was not the Medicis but the evil Borgias I was thinking of. I have read a great deal about them but little about Loernzo Medici, patron of the arts. Sorry.
Steve and Splynter, at least with you two, I was confusing two fine fellows. With these two I am confusing a fine man with an evil one.

Bill G. said...

That was a fun solve. I liked the OOO theme. Thanks Mary Lou and Marti.

Do you like the present Jeopardy champ? I do. She surprises me. I wish her continued success.

Ode to Mary Lou

MaryLou Guizzo said...

Had to laugh when I hurriedly downloaded the puzzles this AM to my iPad before leaving for an appointment (thought I'd have some waiting time to solve them). When I saw my name as the constructor I thought I must have made a mistake. I knew the puzzle had been accepted, but didn't get notification until late last night, long after I'd last checked my email-pleasant surprise and not the first time or the first newspaper that's happened with.

This puzzle was a long time in the making, going through several evolutions before becoming a puzzle I thought worthy of submission. I'm glad most of you enjoyed working it.

Thanks for the write-up Marti and thanks to Rich Norris for accepting and editing it.

Misty said...

Even before coming to the blog, I thought of this as a "Marti" puzzle--one that looks impossible at first, but slowly, slowly fills in, a little at a time, to a lot of satisfaction in the end. So, many thanks, Mary Lou--and, of course, our Marti for the great expo!

My only goof was ZOROG in place of ZERO G--because I was sure it was OMIT on the down. EMIT didn't even occur to me.

Never heard of a MAKO.

Hahtoolah, thanks for 'splaining ETHEL to us. I totally forgot about the other Roosevelt, Teddy.

We're off on a little weekend vacation to a nearby Hyatt Hotel for a few days. It'll be nice to be out of the house and in a room with an ocean view.

I'll miss the Corner for the next few days, but have a great weekend, everybody!

CrossEyedDave said...

I thought for a second that Star Trek spinoff was DS9, but of course there are no numbers in crosswords. But 23D Salon goals "could" be Dyes... & "9" does sort of look like a g in Lago...
(Why do I overthink these things...)

Golf in heaven...

Rabbit! Rabbit!

Tinbeni said...

Pinch, Pinch ...

Geez, not only "No Booze in-the-grid" ... but now I have to put-up-with the WCTU?

OH-OH !!!

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A DNF for me today. I misread Rouge for Rogue and didn't finish the SW corner. Chez was not in my vocabulary, so didn't have a clue as to how to finish that area.

Socko and Zerog, and Akon were also off the grid for me. Those I did get with the perps.

I did get the theme and all the theme fills. At least I feel good about that. I liked the word Thrum, though. I haven't heard or used that for a long, long time.

Also, how does a Monarch move? Royally slow? I didn't even think about a butterfly!!

Have a great day, everyone.

Monthly Often said...

Question: Why did the rabbit move so awkwardly ?

Because he kept one of his front paws in his pocket, for luck.

Chickie said...

It was nice to see your visit today, Mary Lou Guizzo. We all enjoy hearing about how puzzles are constructed and how they go through many, many evolutions.

Also, Thanks Marti, for another great expo. I always enjoy your input.

My first encounter with "Rabbit, rabbit" was on a pack trip with our Senior Girl Scout troop. We were on the last day of our 10 day hike when early, early in the morning I heard all these "Rabbit, rabbit" calls from tent to tent to tent. We've kept this tradition ever since. However, how do you shout out loud here on the Corner? By typing or course.

A minor correction ... said...

Further to Hahtoolah's statement, @ 6.40, on the posthumous award of the Nobel Prizes;

1. 1931 - Erik Axel Karlfeldt - Literature
2. 1961 - Dag Hammarskjold - Peace

3. 1996 - William Vickrey - Economics
4. 2011 - Ralph M. Steinman - Medicine.

Anonymous said...

Puzzles like this make me want to quit doing crosswords anymore. Not so much clever, as much as awkward.

Bill G. said...

Who knew elephants like boogie woogie? Boogie woogie elephants

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Man oh man, what a fabulous puzzle. Difficult, well-clued, solvable, and fun. As Abejo said, "Once I got through it I really liked it." Best wishes to you all.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Late to the dance due to several commitments and also spending an inordinate amount of time completing the puzzle. Unlike the majority of others, I found it very difficult. However, stubbornness prevailed and I did get the TADA without help.

Kudos to Mary Lou for a challenging (and clever) offering and thanks to Marti for 'splainin' it all so well.

Happy May Day.

HeartRx said...

Mary Lou, nice to hear from you! I really enjoyed doing the write up today, so thanks for a fun romp.

Bill G. amazing boogie woogie elephants!

d-otto @ 7:31, yeah, George invited me over, but I wanted to go to the beach that day...
(AS IF !!!)

Ol' Man Keith said...

A fine writeup, Marti!
I enjoyed the multiple OOOs. "Fabulous" as Jayce said, "well-clued." This was 100% and didn't seem so hard for a Thursday pzl. Maybe it helped that I recently read The Bully Pulpit, so know how close ol' Teddy was to EDITH, and have been watching Da Vinci's Demons, so am up on LORENZO il Magnifico. But I think it was just old fashioned persistence with the perps that helped knock off the unknowns.

PK said...

Hellooo Y'all! Thank yooou, Mary Looou! Fun! Thank yooou, tooo, Marti!

Being ooover the hill, I thought HAS NO OOMPH AT ALL was a shout out to many of us on the CW Corner. Sure describes me!

I didn't see the "Little People" film but remembered it started with "O" (in keeping with our theme). Tried about six Irish names; Shea, Shay, Shaw, Riley all turned red. Left it until perps gave me one "L" -- OHOH, GILL!

For some reason I tried LEGGO for the toaster popup. Turned red. I went on down the puzzle then came back to knock the "L" off it.

I typed in ELTON and EDITH surprised they were right. Didn't know the song "Daniel".

YR: I think SOCKO must be an East Coast term with Italian influence. I've never heard or seen it out here in middle America where we have few Italians.

BillG: Looove the elephants. Such a sense of rhythm they had. Wonder if they performed to music before retiring? The one sure wanted to join in the act.

CrossEyedDave said...

couple of images found under "OOO",
(although most were unlinkable.)

My favorite is from Metapicture, which does not allow hot links. This is a test to see if I can link via the back door...

An electric pickle? (I wonder what it does?)

Definitely "OOO."

I don't know why this was under OOO, but I approve...


Uh, what?

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-Dave - those girls in the snow had great looking, uh, BOOTS or something that sounds like that
-Here’s a song with OOO as a lyric
-Hello Mary Lou (again), I really liked the puzzle and your insight to the process
-I now recall seeing sine QUA non meaning essential – literally “without which not”
-Bill, rhythm cuts across species! What a fun video!
-Geez, Tin, the WCTU is just trying to save your liver ;-)

HeartRx said...

HG, I always seem to be on your wavelength. I was trying to remember the song with "[blank-blank], oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh, [blank-blank]" in it, and voila! There it is in your link! My hee-woh!!

Jayce said...

Hey everyone. After listening to a lot of Scott Joplin the other day, I came across a very interesting version of Für Elise in Ragtime style which I think some of you might enjoy. The pianist is extremely skilled, and a master at improvisation. Hang in there beyond the rather bland first minute or so, and watch as the pianist "noodles" with the music, getting the feel of it, and then launches forth with some amazing ragtime, boogie-woogie, and jazz interpretations of this classic. I actually think Beethoven, being a master of improvisation himself, would appreciate it.

CanadianEh! said...

Very late to the party today after a busy day with the granddaughters. But how could I miss commenting on a puzzle with the first theme answer of WATERLOO ONTARIO! Beautiful area to visit with surrounding towns like Elora (with Gorge) and St Jacobs (Mennonite area). Also not far from Stratford for the Festival Theatre. And there is always Octoberfest!!

Dudley said...

Jayce, I smiled right out loud at Für Elise!

Chick said...

Great musical link Jayce. I bet BillG will love that!

There used to be more musical links here, it seems. Remember tuneagement and that guy, Seen? I think he linked this video once for an OOO theme. Or, at least, I think he linked Soul Train.

JD said...

Good afternoon Mart, C.C., and all,
it's only 4:00 here. Just finished and fixed multiple errors. ozone...cute. I kind of thought I had it but because I put oh no, I placed the other O's in the wrong place making for a hard finish...lacking oomph.

YRocks, that bridge was in Monteverde, either the Skyway or in the Cloud forest reserve. Such a friendly country, and so much to see if nature, not shopping, is your reason to vacation.

Hahtoolah said...

Jayce: I loved the link to Fur Elise!

fermatprime said...


Have to finish reading the blog later as dinner will soon be ready. (Chicken soup.)

Was up all night with very sick tummy. Made a mess. Perhaps the salmon was undercooked last night.

Super puzzle, Mary Lou! Got the theme rather quickly and it sure helped. Great expo, Marti!


Bill G. said...

Yes, me too! I really liked Beethoven played ragtime style. For a piece to be truly a rag, it has to have the proper rhythm or syncopation. I am not expert enough to tell if that qualifies as a rag. I really enjoyed it though.

Wow! The Jeopardy champ did it again. Way to go! She seems like a very likable person.

RSD said...

I agree BillG about the current champ. What a great clue for us wordsmiths tonight, huh? I almost picked Z and V before I thought of NeVada. Right before the reveal I realized it was J.