Jun 23, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014 Amy Johnson

Theme: Cocktail Drops Drinks often call for Angostura bitters; today's puzzle calls for entries that can follow BITTER.

17A. *Totally, as sober : STONE COLD. Bitter cold.

21A. *Interior decorator's asset : GOOD TASTE. Bitter taste.

38A. *Facetious treatment suggestion to a bundle of nerves : CHILL PILL. Bitter pill.

59A. *Somewhat deceptive statement : HALF TRUTH. Bitter truth.

65A. Finale to fight to, and what 17-, 21-, 38- and 59-Across each literally has : BITTER END

Argyle here. No fight to the bitter end here. It all went well. I can't say that about last week. I liked seeing the overlapping entries. All in all, a good mix that should be an easy solve. Several partial clechos.


1. Home of Iowa State : AMES

5. Glasgow native : SCOT

9. Back-to-school mo. : SEPT.

13. First name in denim : LEVI. (Strauss)

14. Part of a.k.a. : ALSO

15. Butterlike spreads : OLEOs

19. "Help" signal fired from a gun : FLARE

20. Vivacity : ELAN

23. Maury of tabloid talk : POVICH. "We will have the test results at the end of the show."

25. Gal sib : SIS

26. Sharing word : OUR

27. Mined find : ORE

28. "Damn Yankees" vamp : LOLA. What she wants, she gets.

31. Safe and sound : SECURE

33. Cato's "to be" : ESSE

35. The Big Easy acronym : NOLA. (New Orleans, Louisiana)

37. Ran easily : LOPED

41. Youngest Obama : SASHA

44. Glasgow gal : LASS

45. 1998 Sarah McLachlan song : ADIA. Peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 1998.

49. Busy in a cubicle : AT WORK

51. Something to keep under your hat? : HEAD. [ha, ha]

53. Mischievous kid : IMP

54. '70s radical org. : SLA. (Symbionese Liberation Army)

55. SSE or NNW : DIR. (direction)

57. "Pucker up!" : "KISS ME!"

63. Florist's container : VASE

64. China's Zhou __ : ENLAI

68. Thunder-and-lightning event : STORM. Catastrophic events of late.

69. Gaga over : INTO

70. Part of NIH: Abbr. : INST. (National Institutes of Health)

71. __ bit: slightly : A WEE. Little more of Glasgow.

72. Scruff of the neck : NAPE

73. Canonized mlles. : STEs. French saints.


1. Capp and Gore : ALs. Capp penned Li'l Abner.

2. Shooting stars : METEORs

3. Develops over time : EVOLVEs

4. Egypt's __ Peninsula, which borders Israel : SINAI

5. Anatomical pouch : SAC

6. Bathtub trouble : CLOG

7. Capital NNW of Copenhagen : OSLO

8. Hubbubs : TO-DOs

9. Subtle marketing technique : SOFT SELL

10. "Enchanted" title girl in a 2004 film : ELLA. "Ella Enchanted"

11. Dense fog metaphor : PEA SOUP

12. Agony : TORTURE

16. Get hot under the collar : SEE RED

18. Something besides the letter: Abbr. : ENCL. (enclosure)

22. Bad-mouth : DIS

23. American master of the macabre : POE or EAP, to some people.

24. Hägar and Helga's daughter : HONI. (l. to r.): Snert, Hamlet, Helga, Hägar, Honi, Kvack (save for future reference.)

29. Kick back : LOLL

30. Islamic deity : ALLAH

32. Coca-__ : COLA

34. Cave feedback : ECHO

36. Vaulted church area : APSE

39. Period in the pen, to a con : HARD TIME

40. "Out of Africa" novelist Dinesen : ISAK

41. Girl Scout accessories : SASHes

42. Home of Georgia Tech : ATLANTA

43. One of the birds that "come back to Capistrano," in song : SWALLOW

46. Voice an objection : DISSENT

47. Bigger than big : IMMENSE. Don't forget you can click on the pictures to see bigger results.

48. Chest-beating beast : APE

50. White wine apéritif : KIR. Blackcurrant liqueur topped up with white wine.

52. Plunge : DIVE

56. Apply during a massage : RUB IN

58. Bollywood wraps : SARIs

60. Bus rider's payment : FARE

61. Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA

62. Internet address letters : HTTP

66. From head to __ : TOE

67. Rehab woe : DTs


Notes from C.C.:

I'd like to share with you a few photos from the third Minnesota Crossword Tournament held at The Landmark Center in Saint Paul yesterday. Those who missed the tournament should be able to buy the puzzles online for $5.

It's fun catching up with Tom Pepper, George Barany, David Hanson, David Liben-Nowell, Dan Kantor, Jay Kaskel, Michael David and our hard-working editor Victor Barocas. I was also delighted to finally introduce myself to the talented Andrew Ries. Also lovely to meet with Peter Broder (author of THE CROSS NERD blog). He traveled from Canada for the event.

We missed you, Andrea Carla Michaels! Wish Don G and Andy Kravis were here too.

Left to Right: Jay Kaskel, Tom Pepper, David Liben-Nowell & David Hanson (David H used "Rosebud" avatar and posted on our blog long long time ago).

Left to Right: George Barany, Andrew Ries, David Liben-Nowell, C.C.,
Tom Pepper, Victor Barocas, David Hanson & Peter Broder 

Please click here for more constructor photos.

I watched Public Enemies long time ago. Don't remember the John Dillinger Minnesota tie at all. It turns out that his girlfriend Evelyn Frechette lived close by and was tried at The Landmark Center.


OwenKL said...

In Britain where traditions are old
Ale isn't kept climate controlled.
They think US cousins
Are short a few buttons
For wanting to drink BITTERs COLD!

The girls who want to be chased
Work hard to retain a small waist.
The latest fad diet
Is causing disquiet:
Eat nothing without BITTER TASTE!

The sweater was her favorite frill,
All fluffy and patterned in twill.
But the fuzz would ball up,
Make the smooth surface rough,
She had to shave each BITTER PILL!

When Jack was still but a youth
He tried to make and sell lemon juice.
He had no sweet for his pitcher,
So added salt to the mixture;
It made his mother pucker, that's the BITTER TRUTH!

OwenKL said...

16d started as SEETHE? before perp corrected it. Even then it took me a while to parse it as SEE RED.

Anonymous said...

Not to be pedantic, but - OK, to be pedantic - a true "Kir" is not made with just any "white wine," but specifically with Aligoté, a somewhat down market cru produced in Burgundy. It is named after a church official, Canon Félix Kir, who was a member of the French Resistance, and who later became the long-serving mayor of Dijon. He served the drink - previously known as "blanc cassis" - to visitors in order to popularize Aligoté, and it thereafter became known as the "Kir." There is a beautiful lake west of Dijon named in his honor.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I found this a little on the crunchy side for a Monday, what with KIR, OLEO (or is that OLIO?), ADIA, etc., but nothing really too bad.

Learning moment today was that NOLA was actually an acronym. I've only seen it in puzzles, and for some reason I always thought it was just a dialectal pronunciation/abbreviation of New Orleans.

Lemonade714 said...

Nice Monday with lots of fun, LOLL, LOLA, NOLA just good stuff. The WEE GLASGOW link is strengthened by the residents being GLASWEGIANS. I have enjoyed the Rebus novels set in Scotland.

Thanks for the KIR info.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Until I saw all of Argyle's photos, I didn't realize there were so many city references in the puzzle. It didn't help that I managed to misread two of them -- Big Easy/Apple and Bollywood/Hollywood. It also didn't help that my printer ran out of ink halfway through the grid. On Monday and Tuesday I only get the electronic version of the Barnacle.

I've never actually heard anybody say NOLA. It's usually just N'awlins. (Marti, that's an AW sound not an AH.)

Anybody else think of the 1946 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan "classic" Stone Cold Dead In The Market Place (He Had It Comin')?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Fun puzzle today. Getting the theme was a bit murky, but the fill itself came easily enough. Only one erasure and no searches were needed.

BITTER END has nautical roots. From Navy Dept. Library:
"As any able-bodied seaman can tell you, a turn of a line around a bitt, those wooden or iron posts sticking through a ship's deck, is called a bitter. Thus, the last of the line secured to the bitts is known as the bitter end. Nautical usage has somewhat expanded the original definition in that today the end of any line, secured to bitts or not, is called a bitter end.

The landlubbing phrases "stick to the bitter end" and "faithful to the bitter end" are derivations of the nautical term and refer to anyone who insists on adhering to a course of action without regard to consequences."

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Nice Monday write-up & links.

Only needed 4 perps (each!) to get ELLA & ADIA.
Never heard of the movie and I probably couldn't tell you the name of any Sarah McLachian song.

Spitz: Thanks for the BITTER END info ... kinda thought it referred to the USA Futbol strategy.
What an exciting game to watch yesterday. As for the result ...
tears ...

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I spent much of yesterday watching Tom Selleck in a Jesse Stone movie marathon. I left off watching STONE COLD just after midnight to do the crossword. Had to laugh when STONE COLD appeared in the puzzle. Spooky!

Fun & fast, thanks, Amy! I had a few slow downs on the longer ones and didn't know ADIA. DISSENT didn't look right after I had it, but I trusted it since it didn't turn red.

Fine expo, Argyle! Loved the mello voice singing about SWALLOWS. I miss the cute chatty barn swallows who used to nest on my front porch every summer. The male used to follow me down to the orchard and chatter in a friendly manner when I picked apricots. Then he'd escort me back to the house. One year someone knocked down the mud & straw nest that they always reused. They were having trouble getting a new one started because the materials kept blowing away. I climbed up and nailed a plastic dish to the post ledge. They were so delighted and thanked me with enthusiastic chatter as they lined the dish with a more conventional nest. Loved them and it was fun to see the babies learn to fly.

PK said...

We had a storm blow through at dusk last evening. There was wind and a loud bang-- like a gun shot and the power went off. An hour later I was digging out a lantern when it came back on. By then it was raining hard and getting dark. A tree fell on someone's house several blocks away.

JD said...

Good morning all,

Nice one, Amy... a very smooth Monday. Only 1 write over: alarm > flare. Smered wasn't THAT bad, but soat sell was not a go. Laughed at myself for not seeing awee as a wee, AND seered as see red. Adia was all perps.

C.C., love the long hair on you...darling picture in the garden.

Have a lovely week. We are off to explore the world once more and hopefully my iPad will not treat me like an alien.

HeartRx said...

Good morning everyone!

I really liked this theme, mainly because the entries gave me a chuckle when I filled them in. I especially liked STONE COLD and CHILL PILL. I also liked seeing the overlapping entries, Argyle. Fun stuff!

d-otto, thanks for the pronunciation tip! ;-)

I hope you have a great trip, JD. Bring back pictures!

kazie said...

I agree about C.C.'s long hair--it's looks really good!

Like others today was a bit sticky for me in some parts, but I got it all with perp help. Nattick at HONI/NOLA crossing was resolved with a guess.

Very interesting about bitter end. It's amazing how rich etymology can be!

C6D6 Peg said...

Very nice, easy Monday solve with a cute theme. Thamks, Amy.

We visited the Bitter End in the British Virgin Islands. Very beautiful place.

Thanks for all the pics of the various cities, Argyle. Really enjoyed them.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A nice, breezy Monday offering with a cute theme. Only write-over was loaf/loll. Thanks, Amy, and thanks, Argyle, for the expo and great pictures.

Enjoyed your pictures as well, CC. You look lovely and Boomer looks quite fit and trim.

I finally got around to watching "Philomena" last night. What a powerful story and tour de force performance by Judy Dench. Although there were many sad and heart-wrenching scenes, there were also many laugh-out-loud moments. (Expressing my personal opinion of the mores and practices depicted in the film would violate CC's rules.)

Have a merry Monday.

desper-otto said...

I thought the "Bitter End" was a nightclub in Greenwich Village!

CrossEyedDave said...

Re: Al Cyone 9:06am yesterday.

Thank a lot Al!

I woke up from a perfectly good dream in the middle of the night to suddenly become obsessed with finding the correct language for the inverse equation to:

A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

(It's still driving me nuts!...)

Another curiosity is that I missed doing yesterdays puzzle because of a drive to NYC to visit Daughter #1 (& her new cat, Nelson.) We took a side trip to Greenwich Village to see an old friend play at The Bitter End.

I tried to take video on my new Iphone, but it stopped working after 2 minutes claiming I needed to increase it's memory allotment. (How the frack do you do that in the middle of a rock concert at a dive bar???)

Anyway, my phone will not let me take pictures or video, (or even let me open old pics) until I follow its commands. If I ever figure it out, I will link a pic.

But in the meantime, (Had I known,) I could have saved myself the 1st trip on a NYC subway in 20 years if I had just visited their website! (On the right side of the home page is a link to a live stream feed!)

Lucina said...

Hello, friends! Argyle, I, too, enjoy the pictures you post. I love to know about and see interesting places.

This was a swift and sweet sashay with some ELAN, thank you, Amy Johnson. No need to SEE RED or TORTURE my brain.

However, WTS, what Tinbeni said about ADIA and Sarah McLachlan songs.

Thank you for the information on Kir, one of my favorite drinks which I make with Riesling and a splash of Cassis.

Good to know about the derivation of BITTER END. Thank you, Spitz.

Safe travels, JD!

You all have a wondrous Monday!

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A quick, easy puzzle today. I didn't have even one erasure. The theme didn't become evident until I had the unifier in, but at least I did "get" the theme. That isn't always the case!

Like Owen, I didn't "See Red" for the longest time. Seared came to mind, but perps wouldn't allow that, so I went with Seered, knowing it wasn't spelled correctly. Thanks for "cleering" that up.

Thanks, C.C. for posting all those great pictures of the crossword tournament. You're the rose among all of those thorns. Looks like everyone was having a good time.

Spitzboov, Interesting info about bitter end. Thanks.

Off to the dentist this morning.

Tinbeni said...

So I googled ADIA and here it it ...

ADIA (4:05) ... I do like the "Skip Ad" button.

After listening to it once ... I'm sure I never heard this song before.

Misty said...

Went out in my bathrobe to get the LA Times this morning--no paper! First time in twenty years! Got it a half hour later after a phone call and skipped right to the puzzle. Only then did my morning get off to a good start, especially because it was a fun puzzle--many thanks, Amy.

Only write-over: had ARIA instead of ADIA until I saw that RISSENT made no sense at all. I clearly don't know my contemporary music.

Argyle, your great photos gave me a little trip around the world this morning. Have never been to Scotland, and Glasgow looks beautiful.

Anon, thanks for info about KIR, and Spitz, thanks for info about BITTER END. I love learning new things on the blog.

PK, what a sweet SWALLOW story!

Irish Miss, we loved "Philomena" too.

C.C. you look gorgeous!

Have a great week, everybody!

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the puzzle. I'm embarrassed to say I had a little trouble parsing 'Get hot under the collar.' With crossing letters, it looked like 'seered' and I thought 'seared' wasn't spelled correctly. When SEE RED finally clicked, I felt my V-8 I'd had earlier had been wasted on my brain.

Lucina said...

I don't know about the rest of the country, but here in AZ school starts in August and has done so for about 20 years.

WMS. What Misty said about C.C., Philomena, the swallows story (very sweet), etc.

john28man said...

NOLA is used in commodity trading because when they are shipped by barge down the river system the price is FOB NOLA or FOB shipping point. New Orleans is probably the biggest port for exporting grains.

I had the dame problem with SEERED & I do drink V-8.

Argyle said...

We've been getting "Sarah McLachlan song: ADIA" since 2008. Not nearly as often as "Verdi heroine: AIDA" though. And ARIA and AREA are always here.

Half Cent Pricing ??? said...

Since when are balls and bats priced "in half-cents?"
Bat $ 3.605
Ball $ .515
Total $ 4.12
Diff $ 3.09

Husker Gary said...

-Garrison Keillor does a fabulous “News From Lake Wobegon” piece about rhubarb pie. He said it is just life in Minnesota – Such sweetness with a distinct undercurrent of BITTERness.
-My sister-in-law uses “take a CHILL PILL” incessantly!
-Husker fans are noted for staying to the BITTER end of a defeat
-You can’t workout in LEVIS on our wellness center equipment because of these
-I imagine that young POVICH put two vicious animals together to see what they would do to each other
-Did the SLA really kidnap Patty Hearst or…
-The storm in Pilger a week ago has brought out a tremendous amount of goodwill from individuals and corporations in eastern Nebraska
-Cute use of the NAPE
-My golf game has EVOLVED from lousy to mediocre (just back from 27 holes)
-Those telemarketers that start out with a “folksy” conversation are engaging in the old SOFT SELL and then WHAM!
-OMG, I thought SEE RED was SEERED
-A Georgia Tech windfall from the Atlanta Olympics
-A Nov. 26, 2011 “Saturday Silkie” had the word CAPAPIE which I learned and have never used again. What clue refers to that word in today’s puzzle?

Lemonade714 said...

Ha'pennies VIEW never made and sense to me...

OwenKL said...

[Typo correction, thanks D-Otto!]

All right, for all you math geniuses & genii out there who could do Bill G's bat and ball problem. He used easy numbers, but I bet you can't do this one:
Because of inflation in the US, a bat and ball now costs $4.12, while a ball alone costs exactly $3.09 less than the bat. How much does a bat alone cost? (No discounts apply. I would ask that nobody post the answer before 3pm, but none of you are going to have a correct answer before then anyway.) >:-P

An easier puzzle. Here's a Cryptic style clue for one of the answers in today's puzzle:
"Sowing, seeder will wear rose-colored glasses"

OwenKL said...

Dang it! I got spooked! I had it right the first time!

Because of inflation in the US, a bat and ball now costs $4.12, while a ball alone costs exactly $3.09 less than the two together. How much does a bat alone cost?

Anonymous said...

I see one or two other crossword fanatics were interested in my comment on the "Kir." There is, of course, another variation of the drink, known as Kir Royale. Instead of Aligoté, it is made with Cremante de Bourgogne, our local knockoff champagne, and creme de cassis. Yum!

Marge said...

Hi all,
This is a fun puzzle although it took me awhile. PK- my DH watched most of the Jesse Stone movies too last evening even though he had seen most of them. He has read the books too. I find Jesse a little depressing.

We have had lots of rain the last couple weeks but others have had more. CC-I saw where you had almost a foot of rain up there, we had 6-7 inches.

I enjoyed seeing Ga.Tech in the puzzle. My granddaughter works for them. After she got her Bachelors degree a couple years ago they asked her to get her Masters and they are paying for it. She is very lucky. Also a good worker and student.

I was very amused at 41 across and down with Sasha and sashes.

Have a good afternoon and evening!


Bill G. said...

CED, I'm not sure I understood the wording of your question. Did you want to know how to use algebra to solve the original bat and ball puzzle or were you just making fun conversation?

Owen, your newest question doesn't need any algebra if I understood it correctly. Or were you just putting us on?

Here is a clue for a pair of six-letter anagrams with the expected answer.

1) A choice and a magical elixir: Option and Potion.

Here is a clue for a pair of ten-letter anagrams.

2) Reduced price you got when you applied these:

CanadianEh! said...

Back from a busy weekend and visit to Stratford. Saw King Lear at the Festival Theatre. Wonderful acting by Colm Feore!!

Fun Monday level CW today and smooth sailing with no BITTER END.

Sarah McLachlan is Canadian and best known for establishing Lilith Fair, a tour showcasing female musical talent (1997-99). But I needed perps to get ADIA!

OwenKL said...

Dark Side of the Horse

Bill: Cryptic clues aren't simply anagrams, though anagrams may be part of them. For example your #2 pair of words might be clued with charades as:

Insult to numeration is denigrated (10)

Vent pipe ten inserted in study as a means to get conclusions (10)

Coming up with the answer is only half the fun. Figuring out how the answer is derived is often most of it.

Sowing, seeder will wear rose-colored glasses =
Wordplay half: Scattering [the letters of] SEEDER
Direct half: SEE RED

OwenKL said...

Darned typos today!

Vent pipe ten inserted in studies as a means to get conclusions (10)

Avg Joe said...

I've got a serious question for those of you in the Bay Area. I've heard about the 8.0 quake in the Aleutians and resultant tsunami warning, but haven't heard about any possible impact in your area (or anywhere else, for that matter). I'm asking because our son is camping at Half Moon Bay, so he's only a few feet above sea level at the moment.

Avg Joe said...

BTW Gary. I'm dining alone this evening, so I'm having one of those meals that my bride won't eat, but that I enjoy. Liver and onions!

It's cooking now, I'll have a bite in your honor.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Amy, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

No cruciverb this morning, so I printed the puzzle from Chicago Tribune when I had access to a printer and a computer.

OwenKL: FYI, I drink all my beer at room temperature. You can taste it better that way. At home I keep mine in the basement. Keeps it a little cool that way. Ice cold beer just eliminates most of the taste. When I am out, I drink what they have.

Got started in the NW easily. Pretty much went trough the puzzle, skipping a few that we're tough. POVICH, ADIA, ELLA, DIS, KIR, RUB IN.

Theme was fine. Good job.

I still have to finish Saturday and Sunday. Got started on both of them, but ran out of time. I will get them done.

Off to Attleboro, MA, on Friday for a wedding on Saturday. Will be returning via New York state. Spitzboov, I will call you if it is convenient for us to meet for a cup of coffee (or tea-Earl Grey). May be on a Monday or Tuesday.

CC: Liked your photos of Minnesota xword gang.

See you tomorrow.



Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

WEES. Fun, puzzle with perpable unknowns. I liked the theme's fill. Thanks Amy!

Thanks Argyle for all the pictures of all the places. I've been to all the answers but AMES.

Tin - I've not heard ADIA either. The 1st 10 seconds of your link will all I ever hear within my will.

Abejo - Cold beer in US is to kill the taste of American beers. I had some fantastic cellar-stored hand-pulled brew in SCOTland (Aberdeen, not Glasgow).

Ave Joe - You:liver and onions :: me:anchovy pizza. Enjoy!

Owen - Inflated ball and bat - once glance and I knew we'd end with 1/2 of odd number. What I want to know is how 1/2 cent pricing knew the answer before you posted it?

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

Avg Joe, our news seem to imply that they knew of no concern about tsunamis.

I like liver and onions too. We make sure to cook the liver a little rare so it isn't tough. Chicken liver? Calves liver? (I like anchovies on pizza too!)

Owen, you obviously figured it out. It wasn't meant to be a cryptic clue or anything exactly like that. It's just a little puzzle I made up. Here are the first two with the expected answers and a third one.

A pair of six-letter anagrams with the expected answer.

1) A choice and a magical elixir: Option and Potion.

Here are two ten-letter anagrams.

2) Reduced price you got when you applied these: Deductions and Discounted

3) A very fast drum:

Avg Joe said...

Thanks Bill. Our son is very connected, but he's camping and is out of touch by his standards. I'm prolly just being too parenty.

Watching the CWS while my beef liver cooks. What a wild game! No dog in the fight, but VA should have given it away earlier. Now it's anyone's game.

Husker Gary said...

Bon appétit, Joe! I’m getting queasy just reading about your menu. I’d pitch the liver (certainly not cook it) and eat the onions as long as they hadn’t touched that cow’s organ! ;-)

I hope your son is okay!

Bill G. said...

Well, we went to one of our planned celebratory anniversary lunches today. Barbara had gone to a place that had her register for her anniversary and birthdays. They sent us a certificate for "buy one, get one free." So she got shrimp scampi and I got two pork chops. Very good. Free dessert too. Plus enough food for more leftovers tonight. Such a deal!

A blind dog enjoys playing 'fetch.' Fetch

OwenKL said...

I was so sure my math problem wouldn't be answered (correctly) because there was no correct answer! I carefully specified US currency, which hasn't used half-pennies since 1857.

-T: My fault on the prescient Anon. When I thought I had made an error, I deleted my original post, without realizing some people had already seen it and replied.

Bill: And you obviously figured out my cryptic clues as well:

Insult to numeration is denigrated =

Vent pipe ten inserted in studies as a means to get conclusions =

Anonymous T said...

Ave Joe - How was the liver and onions? BTW, is your avatar based on this Illusion? I think this was a side-bar of a side-bar that Bill G. posted.

Owen - Really, I knew it wasn't a time-traveller (even though he knew about 1/2 pennies!) :-)

DEDUCT10NS reminds me of "ID-10T." Back in the day some contractors would write it on invoice back-ups for non-computer related "computer" problems (aka PEBCAKs*). A buddy of mine at an accounting firm asked about it. I told him and the V8 can hit him square. He'd seen dozens of ID10T invoices from a services company and never knew what it meant.

Cheers, -T
*Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair

Anonymous T said...

Ooops - Dyslexia strikes again - PEBKAC... C, -T

Bill G. said...

So Owen (and everybody else), what about the third pair of 10-letter anagrams?
3) A very fast (really fast!) drum:

PEBKAC. Heh heh. That sounds kinda like the problem that mechanics often had trying to fix a car. They would be convinced that the problem was because of the loose nut behind the wheel...

OwenKL said...

Bill: Boom made by smashing percussion.