Sep 19, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014 Jacob Stulberg

Theme: Happy Talk like a pirate day. 9/19/2014. The HISTORY.

It is not uncommon for certain holiday or special days to have puzzles constructed to honor these occasions, and I have my first to blog. This one involves a quip leading to a grid spanning very silly reveal. Structurally, I have not written up a quote/quip type so  this will be interesting. I do like vertical grid spanning fill. Oddly Jacob's very first LAT was a Friday quote puzzle, but marti and I had switched so she did the write up of that effort.  Some nice fill like ENAMEL, ENMESH, HAT TIP, PAPAYA, PESETA, STIFLE, ELATEDLY,  ENTRYWAY, HEAT RASH, HIGH BEAM,  RYE BEERS,  SABOTEUR, but still many 3,4 and 5 letter fill for a Friday. I guess the question the audience will answer is whether the reveal was witty enough. This is my third Jacob this year, and usually I work very hard to solve his words. I guess like potato chips, I can't solve just one.

17A. Start of a riddle : WHAT'S. (5)
30A. Riddle, part two : A PIRATE'S. (8)
49A. Riddle, part three : FAVORITE. (8)
64A. End of the riddle : MOVIE. (5)

Well the favorite movie is of course; TA DAH!

7A. Answer to the riddle : ARRRRRRRRRRRRGO. (15). Of course there is a degree of poetic license in determining the 12 "R"s but either it is funny or it is not. LINK.

1. Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," for one : CHIMP. Also in the Dawn.

6. Road __ : MAP.

9. Long-legged wader : HERON. Door ONE or Door TWO.

14. Halos : AURAE. When you develop cataracts you have halos dominate your visual field.

15. Bold alternative : ERA. Detergent brand names; did not fool me this time.

16. Really ticked : IRATE.

18. "Shirt Front and Fork" artist : ARP. We get Jean often; like the painting?

19. Well-mannered fellows : GENTS. Old fashioned and likely to remember the 35A. Polite gesture : HAT TIP.

20. Summertime woe : HEAT RASH. On the edge of the breakfast test?

23. "__ Shorty": Elmore Leonard novel : GET. Get reappears; if you did not read the book, you can watch the MOVIE.  (2:34). 20 years already.

24. Sumptuous meals : FEASTS.

27. Some microbrews : RYE BEERS. As implied the beer is made from rye rather than barley malt. If you need suggestions, my son reads the BEER ADVOCATE.

29. Rm. coolers : ACS. Air Conditioners.

32. Big piece : SLAB. Good term when ordering beef.

34. Kazakhstan, once: Abbr. : SSR.

39. Chevrolet SUV : TAHOE. Actually a well regarded product, part of Chevrolet's post bankruptcy recovery.

41. Mystery guest moniker : MR X.

43. Highs and lows, perhaps : MOODS.

44. Suppress : STIFLE. Did you all thinks of this lovely couple?

46. KOA visitors : RVS. Kampground of America. Recreational Vehicles.

48. Mice, to owls : PREY. This has a definite cruel tinge to it.

52. Buddy : MAC.

53. Monkey wrench wielder? : SABOTEUR. The one who sabotages your endeavors.

56. Catch in a web : ENMESH.

58. Many a lap dog : TOY.

59. Coat closet locale, often : ENTRYWAY. For all you northerners who actually own and wear coats.

61. Dropped the ball : ERRED. To forgive divine.

63. Sellout sign, briefly : SRO. Standing Room Only.

68. Lagoon border : ATOLL. Did someone say LAGOON? (2:47).

69. Goad, with "on" : EGG.

70. Heroic stories : EPICS.

71. Like a string bean : LANKY. They are often left-handed pitchers, unless they were Mickey Lolich.

72. Burnt __ crisp : TO A.

73. Unauthorized disclosures : LEAKS.  The WIKIPEDIA on Wiki Leaks.


1. Farm field cry : CAW. Crows hunting the corn.

2. "That's a surprise" : HUH.

3. Lyricist Gershwin : IRA. George was the music.

4. British subject? : MATHS. Cute misdirection; we say math or mathematics.

5. Currency replaced by the euro : PESETA. Only a billion choices.

6. Beef, e.g. : MEAT.

8. Melonlike fruit : PAPAYA. Never thought of papaya that way.

9. Headlight setting : HIGH BEAM. Can you believe he has melons and high beams juxtaposed? I have to LINK. (6:36)

10. "Let us part, __ the season of passion forget us": Yeats : ERE. Short and sweet:
by: William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
UTUMN is over the long leaves that love us,
And over the mice in the barley sheaves;
Yellow the leaves of the rowan above us,
And yellow the wet wild-strawberry leaves.
The hour of the waning of love has beset us,
And weary and worn are our sad souls now;
Let us part, ere the season of passion forget us,
With a kiss and a tear on thy drooping brow
11. Singer's asset : RANGE. We had a discussion on range this summer.

12. River mammal : OTTER.  Playful creatures.

13. Makes a home : NESTS.

21. Egyptian snakes : ASPS. Snakes nest as well.

22. Actor Green of "Robot Chicken" : SETH. Did you ever WATCH?

24. Doesn't take anything in : FASTS. No food is hard but okay, it is the no liquid that makes fasting so difficult; just a few weeks away.

25. Fanfare : ECLAT.

26. Tokyo-based brewery : ASAHI. An obligatory BEER link.

28. Bar, in law : ESTOP. You are estopped from asking me about the "E."

31. Suffix with Mao : ISM. Never thought of this as a separate doctrine BUT.

33. Smashing, at the box office : BOFFO.

36. Singer with the Mel-Tones : TORME.

 37. A muse may inspire them : IDEAS.

38. "Fooled you!" : PSYCH. Anybody watch the TV show?

40. With joy : ELATEDLY. If you get happy after everyone else are you belateldly elatedley?

42. Louis __, eponym of the Kentucky city : XVI. The specific French king the city was named after.

45. All square : EVEN. Right Steven?

47. Lose sleep (over) : STEW.

50. Square one : OUTSET. You see it is the first square not a square square.

51. Tooth covering : ENAMEL.

53. Pinch : STEAL. Tinman, he tried but it just did not make it.

54. Cardiologist's concern : AORTA. And getting paid.

55. Lakers coach __ Scott : BYRON.

57. Nearsighted one : MYOPE. My 'ope you see better when you get older.

60. Activity on a mat : YOGA. Not my favorite, but I guess since you must BYOM....

62. Image on the Michigan state flag : ELK. Maybe Sheldon will elaborate this fall.

65. Through : VIA. Just Latin.

66. "Gross!" : ICK.

67. Small opening? : ESS. We end with a beginning letter of a word clue.

Ahoy, time for me to shove off for another week; be careful out there and see you next time. Lemonade out.

Note from C.C.:

Today we celebrate Allen's birthday! I'll have to associate him with a pirate so next year I won't make the same mistake again. 

Marti mentioned yesterday that they'll celebrate this coming Sunday "by attending an Oktoberfest event at The Vienna restaurant. The food is bound to be authentic, and I believe The Stratton Mountain Boys will be taking up their oom-pah instruments to provide music. Should be lots of fun!!"

Allen & Marti
Dave sent Allen the cake ingredients yesterday :-). Let's see what he comes up today.


OwenKL said...

If you haven't seen a PIRATE in a while
Next time you do please ask him (with a smile)
In what clothing he puts stock
He'll most likely answer "socks,"
Ask what kind and he will answer with "ARRRRRRRRRRRRgyle!"

A PIRATE is a special sort of tar,
He can read a chart to pilot by a star.
He can reckon all his loot
'Rite a treasure map to boot,
In short a PIRATE must know his three ARRRRRRRRRRRRs!

Barry G. said...

ARRRRRR, Mateys (and an official Shiver Me Timbers to Allen)!

I used to take great pleasure in celebrating Talk Like A Pirate Day each year, until I finally realized that nobody else had actually heard of it. It kind of puts a damper on things when people just stare at you all day long...

The puzzle was mostly easy, although I got bogged down a bit (as usual) with some of the proper nouns (BYRON, ARP) as well as trying to figure out MRX from the T in MaoIST. Oops. RYE BEER was also a bit of a blocker for awhile. Once I figured out the theme, however, and realized that the central down answer was (nearly) all Rs, everything became clear.

Big Easy said...

Maybe I'm stupid but I do not get 38D- PSYCH, even though I got it in the puzzle. It makes no sense. But that was not my problem with this puzzle as I also filled 4D and had no clue as to its meaning until I read the nice explanation.

This puzzle did have a few excellent clues with my favorite being the monkey wrench wielder- SABOTEUR. But I did have some unknowns and WAGs . ASAHI ARP SETH . I stumbled a while with Heart for AORTA, MaoIST for MaoISM, TBA for MR.X, and PAL for MAC.

Has anybody out there ever tasted a RYE BEER? I am unfamiliar with that term.

But I have to say this was a DNF because I didn't get Road MAP or ERA, and I rarely go to a movie as my wife likes chick flicks and I'm not interested in other peoples' fantasies. I solved all parts of the riddle but had no idea what all the Rs were for. To me ARGO is a starch.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

How did I screw it up? Let me count the ways. It wasn't EGRET or HAY FEVER or PILSNERS. Wite-Out to the rescue.

Back in the day, ASAHI manufactured Pentax cameras in Japan Maybe they still do. ASAHI beer wasn't bad, either.

Barry, hand up for that T_X head-scratcher due to IST instead of ISM. D'oh!

Lemon, you nailed it. STIFLE always conjures up an image of Archie and Edith. And in that ARP painting the shirtfront looks more like an ENAMEL-covered tooth!

Not sure if the rain will allow us to "march" again today. But maybe it'll squeak by to the south of us.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, My unknown constructor, for a fine puzzle. Usually I look at the top of this page and the name is there. Not today. Thank you, Lemonade, for a fine review.

This puzzle was quite easy for a Friday. I did it last night after we checked in at Toledo.

I got into it and saw that it was a quote of some sort. We do not get those very often and I generally like them. So, I was happy to see that.

Figured out quickly that a bunch of Rs was the Down spot in the center. Pirate gave me the ARRRRRRGO. I saw the movie, and it was great. Having lived there I could relate to the setting.

I have had RYE beer. It is pretty good. Of course with all microbrews, they can be brewed a hundred ways with different flavors.

I believe I have had ASAHI beer and I believe I did not care for it. I think it is a rice beer, partially. I like darker beers.

Nice info about Louie XVI and Louieville. Interesting.

I just heard on the TV that it is talk like a pirate day. I tip my hat to you, Barry. Now I get the theme and I am a little smarter.

Anyhow, we are about to head to Pennsylvania. See you tomorrow.

I caught you yesterday, Allen. Have a good one.



PK said...

Hi Y'all! The riddle theme was just annoying on the first pass. I got no theme entries or much else on the way down. Finally got some words in the bottom half and worked back up. The long row of "R's" dawned on me by the time I had four at the bottom and I quickly filled them up to the top, amazed that they stayed black. A different challenge, but meh!

Didn't see the ape movies so wasn't sure about CHIMP or CAW. Baa turned red. Finally remembered the trailers for the new movie and tried CHIMP. I thought they were bonobos.

SABOTEUR was a word I learned and used often at age 3 during WWII. Always cracked up the adults when I would see a suspicious person & and label him as one.

Never heard of RYE BEER. All perps.

BOLD? ERA? Really? Soap? Really? Maybe I've heard of them.

We still see a HAT TIP by pro golfers on their walks to the green, a salute acknowledgment to applauding fans.

FASTS: what I'll be doing today after one of the worst stomach aches of my life yesterday. No way am I putting food in there now that it's settled down, only water. Don't know what triggered it.

BYRON Scott was a gimmee.

No idea what he wanted for Louis___. All perps.

Prof T said...

I've been a reader of this blog for quite some time, and an occasional anonymous poster. I finally decided to gain an identity. This puzzle was fun for the most part, but the RRRRRRRs had me going for awhile. Also, agree with Big Easy on 38D

Betty said...

Can you get someone else to write these expositions on Fridays for a while? I find myself cringing as I read them, and it leaves a poor feeling at the end of the week after such wonderful and witty write-ups earlier.

Lemonade714 said...

Abejo, the write up includes a link to the history of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' which was apparently made famous by South Florida's own Dave Barry. It just shows what can happen with the modern information exchange.

Lemonade714 said...

Hi Professor T., welcome, you join Anonymous T, TTP and T-inbeni for the Corner tea party.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I found this a tad crunchy in spots, I guess because of multiple, possible answers: egret/heron, heart/aorta, Tse/ism, baa/caw, pal/mac, yuk/ick, etc. But, through P and P, finally got the TADA w/o help.

Nice job, Jacob, and ditto to Lemony. And fun CSO to Tin, even though it was the wrong kind of Pinch!

Happy Birthday wishes to Allen. Hope the Octoberfest is fun for you both!

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

PK: Look for kidney stones.


Abejo said...

Lemonade: Read the history. Missed it first pass. Thank you. Amazing the constructor created this puzzle to,honor this day. Good for him (Mr. No Name).


Big easy said...

Betty said- be nice or leave. The world has enough problems without you adding to them.

Yellowrocks said...

To Betty said:
Many of us love the erudite, witty expo by Lemonade on Fridays. I hope he continues for a very long time.
Happy birthday, Allen.
Gotta run.

oc4beach said...

Too many nits to be an enjoyable puzzle. I finally got it with the R's, but I'm not a big fan of this type of puzzle, although I did like some of the clues and answers.

Lemon: Cataracts are not the only reason to experience an Aura. This morning while I was doing the puzzle, I had to stop for an hour because of the Aura that impacted my vision from the onset of a Migraine. No fun.

Also, as you get older if your eyes are Myopic (Nearsighted) you may experience better vision as your eyes change with age for a while. But then they become more Hyperopic (Farsighted) and its time for a new eyeglass prescription. I experienced a period of about three years where I only needed to use reading glasses, but now its back to bifocals all the time.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Steve said...

Happy Birthday Alan! Thanks for the expo, Lemonade.

I thought this was a lot of fun; some poetic license with the arbitrary number of "R"'s but it made me laugh out loud.

The Scottish vote solves two potential problems which would have come with a "Yes" vote - what to do with the Union Jack when you've got to take the saltire out of it, and what to call the United Kingdom if the Kingdom of Scotland isn't part of it. Ireland was a kingdom, now a Republic, but the UK only has the northern six counties anyway so that doesn't count. Wales is a Principality, not a Kingdom, so that doesn't count either. Hard to have a United Kingdom when there's only one Kingdom in it.

Anyway, problem averted. The Queen "can put her feet up and relax with a nice cuppa", as my Mom used to say.

Avast, ye!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

According to the Freep, the constructor is Jacob Stulberg.

Truly a brilliant effort, but my personal preference is not for gimmicky puzzles, nor quote/quip/riddle themes, and this, alas was both.

So, for me, if this was fun, it was fun of a most plodding and tedious variety.

Well done, but not my cup of rye beer. Which I've never heard of, but see that Founders brews right here in Michigan. I do like Ole George rye whiskey, also from right here in Michigan.

Betty -

Why don't you try writing one of these expositions for yourself?

Or maybe just try being a little more charitable. I'm sure it will be good for you.

Cool regards!

thehondohurricane said...

Happy birthday Allen. Sounds like Marti has a fun day arranged.

By the way, have you yet gotten over the ending to last years Bama/Auburn game?

Chairman Moe said...

My "puzzling" thoughts:

**Lemony - great recap, despite what Betty @ 8:53 said. She is entitled to her opinion, but I sure hope that you continue your week-end report
**BTW, Lemony, I chose door #1. Miss Ellie wasn't looking so it's OK!! ;^)
**Loved seeing the old trailer to GET Shorty - great movie w a great cast. Rene Russo and I share the same birthday, FWIW
**To Big Easy @ 6:22 - Rye Beer is great. Two of my favorites are: Founder's Red Rye and Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA. Sadly, both of these are "seasonal" beers.
**Hope my rant and later "debate" over the cluing for the Disney World Bag Tags wasn't too over-the-top. But after today's puzzle, I couldn't resist the following limerick:

A PIRATE likes to travel afar,
On a boat, or by plane, or by car.
His next year's travel goal,
Is to see an ATOLL
Called Raroia; Airport Code? RRR!!

(seriously! Look it up!)

Tinbeni said...

Lemon: Thank you for a nice write-up & informative links.

"Talk Like A Pirate" day is big here in the Tampa Bay Area.
(EVEN when the Buccaneers lose soooo badly the night before).

CED ... With Folger's in the ingredients ... are you making Allen a Coffee Cake for his birthday????

Big Easy: I'm with-ya on the "Fooled you!" for PSYCH clue.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRG(O) ... Pinch is a clue.
Scotchland gets the vote right ...
And I'm left here drinking ASAHI & RYE-BEER ...

Oh well ... Cheers!!!

desper-otto said...

Wow, Steve, "saltire." Now there's a 64-dollar word that I'd bet would even stump Alex Trebek. Oh wait, he's Canadian, so maybe not.

Hondo, I'm pretty sure Allen went to Ole Miss. He'd probably be happy to see Bama get licked.

Misty said...

Well, a Friday toughie, although I got the fun theme early and cheated only once by looking up BYRON Scott. "Talk like a Pirate day?" My goodness, what will they think of next. Anyway, fun theme--many thanks, Jacob. And thanks to you, Lemonade for the delightful expo and the Yeats poem. The dude had a way with words, didn't he?

MATHS drove me crazy, made no sense, and I also still don't "get" PSCYH even though I got it also. Like others, had HEART before AORTA which is what slowed me down in the SW corner. But I should have gotten ELK--I mean I only lived in Ann Arbor for 11 years, you'd think I could have looked at the Michigan map once in a while.

Anyway, fun way to start a Friday--have a good one, everybody!

Nice Cuppa said...

I will join the chorus: Betty T, read the rules - "No personal attacks". I also congratulate Lemonade on focusing on the problematic and funny aspects of this puzzle.

Like most, I did not know it was "talk like a pirate day", which justified the otherwise distinctly odd though amusing theme answer.

I never saw ARGO, but I read that the (real) plot was inspired by a discussion with a CIA agent and his son while watching "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"- see 1A.

BTW, Lemonade, your ARGO link did not work for me - it just stopped at the Argo logo.

Learning moments for me: the slang use of PSYCH to mean "fooled you".

SABOTEUR = monkey-wrench wielder. I learned the other day that monkey-wrench was British before we parted company, but since has been replace on the other side of the lagoon by the (ugly) "adjustable spanner". However, Brits still use the phrase:


which has an identical meaning to the U.S.

Likes: I got "MATHS" immediately, of course.
We had ESCUDO yesterday, so one did not have to go to far to get PESETA.

AURAE = crosswords for Auras.
ECLAT for "fanfare". Just a shade off in meaning.
LANKY for "string bean". The plant may be lanky, but not the bean.
OTTER is also a sea mammal, of course.
I never had RYE BEER either. SInce I hate RYE BREAD, I am not keen to try.

Finally, lets TIP our HATS to the Scots for an outstanding example of representative democracy.


Lucina said...

Hello, puzzlers! Lovely expo, Lemonade, thank you. I appreciate that in spite of your MYOPE condition you continue to inform and elucidate us.

Nice puzzle. I guess. I'm in the camp with JazzB about riddles, quotes, etc., but this was solvable and yielded some superb fill as has been noted.

PSYCH also had me scratching my head. Must be a hidden meaning there that I'm unaware of.

Of course I didn't know BYRON so had to search it but loved SABATEUR; knew OUTSET was right but it took a while to put it all together.

I'm sure "talk like a pirate" must be a guy thing. Oh, well.

I'm sorry about your migraine. I know from my daughter how painful and debilitating it can be.

Happy birthday, Allen!

Have a fabulous Frrrriday, everyone!

Lucina said...

"Like a string bean" is often used to describe a LANKY person.

I also congratulate the Scots and I'm selfishly glad Scotch whiskey is safe. Whew!

Ergo (a.k.a. Husker Chuck) said...

"Arrrggg!" - (With a Charlie Brown tone, not a pirate). This was a corker. I found the easy ones to be too easy (for a Friday) and the hard ones too hard (for any day of the week).

Eventually had only the mid North open with my mind convinced that the answer was FARRRRGO. PAPAYA was there but MAP and ERA were mysteries. Kept trying to work in road HOG and either BIZ or ALL for 'bold.' ARP was an unknown.

PSYCH - I just don't get. Any insight?

I enjoyed your write-up Lemonade. I can't imagine the time you and the other volunteers spend each day to bring us clever re-caps. It is recognized, and appreciated!

desper-otto said...

Regarding PSYCH: When I was a kid when you "got" somebody, we'd say, "You psyched him out." I think that's the sense of today's clue.

NC, as Lucina mentioned, the tall, skinny fellow is the stereotypical Stringbean, just as Tex is the stereotypical cowboy.

oc4beach said...

Lucina: Thank you. The next day or two will be a pain (pun intended) especially if I sneeze or move my head quickly. A dark, cool room and sleep are the best medicines for alleviating the symptoms.

I hope you are not experiencing any flooding from the hurricane remnants.

Have an awesome day, everyone.

Yellowrocks said...

From Urban Dictionary:
(slang) To say something and not mean it or mean the opposite.
Example: on the beach) "Dude, look at that smooth hot guy over there with the swimmer's build!"
('victim' turns to find a really unattractive man)
Meaning HA HA, I fooled you.!

oc4beach, feel better soon. I sympathize.

inanehiker said...

Enjoyed the theme today, but I have 2 boys who have commemorated this day for years.

It's always comforting when I don't understand an answer like "psych" for 38D and no one else understands it either :). My learning moment for today:

Ol' Man Keith said...


I didn't know what TRX meant, but I settled for it and fell in that trap (with IST as the perp), so this was a Fail for me.

A happy b'day to Allen.

Lemonade714 said...

I am sorry, I guess knowledge also involves timing. My kids were around with their friends when PSYCH was very popular.

Lemonade714 said...

oc4beach, sorry about your migraine and of course you are correct that many things can cause an aura, I was relating my own experience where I was unaware of the phenomenon until I had a cataract.

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody! There are plenty of times when I don't get a word or a clue but everybody else does. Today was the reverse. I have enough British friends who say MATHS whenever I would have said math. Their reasoning is that there are many forms of math such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc. Even though I don't say MATHS, it makes sense to me and I've heard it often. I have often heard PSYCH OUT as a term to mean fooled or outsmarted. A friend of mine in college invented a clever card game we called Psych Out where the idea was to outhink your opponent. And saying PSYCH! to someone meant 'I got you!'

Here's a great photo taken on a back road in Hawaii. It shows our Milky Way and (about 2.4 million light years away) the Andromeda Galaxy. It's the farthest thing you can see with your unaided eye. Milky Way and Andromeda

Lemonade714 said...

I am confused, but once again HBDTY Allen, and do not forget to go get your free pirate doughnut at your local Krispy Kreme, arrrrrr.

River Doc said...

Happy Friday everybody!

Feeling ELATEDLY (HUH?) at having finished a Friday in less than half an Arrrrrrrrrrrr....

Incorrectly thought the riddle might have been What's Black and White and Red All Over, but only because A SUNBURNED ZEBRA fit into 7D....

One of my favorite T-shirts has a picture of a pirate with the caption Rated RRRRRRRRRRRRR, which is another thought I had for 7D once MOVIE appeared in 64A....

Agree with Moe on Door#1 choice, so thanks for that Lemon. Also a thankful TIP of the HAT for the JennAnn clip....

I always thought MATHS was just Brit short for MATHematicS, which when you think about it makes perfect sense - Steve? That having been said, still can't wrap my ears around the pluralisation "and the crowd are going wild...!"

Finally, did used to watch PSYCH on the USA network. Good clean, if somewhat vapid, fun....

tiptoethru said...

There's not one "explainer" here that I don't enjoy reading! Thank you all for giving me grins and giggles all around and helping me get the puzzle clues that seem to elude me---no matter what letters I put in. I've done this pirate thing and think I'll go sip some pale ale (I personally don't think rye anything is good.) and contemplate getting an eye patch. That should put a different slant on things.

Lemonade714 said...

Ah tiptoethru, another entry in our Corner tea party, forgive me.

I wonder who among us will now do the

PK said...

I forgot to thank Lemonade for his work on this puzzle. Great expo, Lemony.

HBDTY, Allen!

Steve said...

@Lucina - don't let a Scot catch you spelling it "whiskey" with an "e" - wars have been started over less :)

@River Doc - I still find "math" odd to my ears; if (?) "mathematics" is a plural then "maths" is the shortened form, like "specifications" abbreviated to "specs".

However, if "mathematics" is not a plural, then "math" is more correct. Still sounds a little odd to me though.

Trigger said...

This was a fabulous summary lemony. PSYCH!

Casual Observer said...

Lemonade, very nice blog. It is always a pleasure to read you.

From yesterday, Chairman Moe, you were not "over the top" at all, about the MCO vs. ORL airport clue. Although I got the ORL, immediately, by instinct, it did not appear to me that there was anything amiss. Your notes and persistent posts made me look over the whole issue, and I, for one, do deeply appreciate the fact that you thought it was an important point, and for academic reasons, the error should be noted. We are all human, and we all make mistakes, and it should be duly emphasized, and then we carry on. No one is infallible or perfect. And we have some experts on this blog, in various specialities, whose duty it is, to elucidate the truth. I thank all the others who also chimed in, Anon or otherwise, and I also appreciate that Argyle, our local researcher, admitted his mistake, or rather that he was misled, in a late night post. Maybe a very fine point, but I, for one, was charmed, and learnt a lot.

Bill G. - thank you for your animal youtubes, the swan cob protecting the cygnet, and the genial attitude of the SPCA worker, charmed my socks off.

Thank you Steve, for Saltire for the X rated cross (herald) on the Scottish flag. Wow ! there are indeed words for everything. and I thought you were making up a word, like scat in a jazz tune. ;-)

Here is a foxette(;-)) stuck in can. A darling cute little creature. I wish the photographer had fed it some hamburger or something - the poor thing seems hungry.

oc4beach said...

Lemon: I wasn't trying to argue, I was just adding some info.

Great Expo.

CrossEyedDave said...

Thanks for explaining things Lemonade!
(actually, when I got to long legged wader door #1, I thought it was Saturday/Splynter:)

Huge DNF today, got all the right side, & most of the upper left corner in ink. You could have gone skiing on the rest it was so white. So I fired up the PC on red letter & typed in Auras which gave me the E.

Now I looked at this puzzle on paper for some time, took breaks, came back, & nothing! Tried every which way WAGfest zippo! I couldn't get another letter in anywhere... For the Theme, all I had was Whats, -p----es/--vo--te movie, & yet on the PC, I took one look & immediately saw "apirates" & "favorite." I am beginning to think there is something inherently easier about doing the puzzle on a PC.

( I still think nearsighted one should be Magoo!)

Monkey wrench wielder should have been Gremlins, & I have proof! (8:27)

CrossEyedDave said...

Silly Pirate stuff:





#... wait a sec...

Oh No! I'm too late!

Husker Gary said...

What a hoot! I’ll bet those R’s lining up was a concern to all of us but what a great payoff.

-Subbing without even a period off today… My goodness, what do they expect for $135?
-Kids walking through hot cornfields detasseling can attest to all sorts of rashes
-My daughter and SIL drink only microbrew beer and drive Volvos
-We had no A/C growing up and mom put a fan in the south window and blew very hot air into the house. What’s wrong with that picture?
-A low rent Dr. X
-Youngest grandchildren loved going through every RV on display at the State Fair
-I yelled pretty good at a boy who was EGGING on two others in Algebra today
-Officianados of fine music will instantly recognize this STRINGBEAN
-What would IRA think of “That’s the way, uh, uh I like it, uh, uh”?
-Ever had one of these PAPAYA treats?
-Frankie Valle doesn’t have the RANGE anymore and he told us at a concert that he had assigned those notes to his 20 something backup singers
-ESTOP, is that a station on the Internet express?
-Ah yes, Sheldon and his vexillology
-HBD Allen, redux!
-There’s the bell!

CrossEyedDave said...

Ack! I've been running late all day! & now I just remembered I forgot Allens cake! (he must be a good guy if Marti likes him...)

What to do!

I was originally going to go with this one, but then I thought it would not be good enough...

Note to Tinbeni @11:51AM

If you want to bring out the flavor of chocolate, good cooks know about adding a little coffee!

(however if you just want to bring out flavor, just add Pinch...)

SwenglishMom said...

Hi folks! Thanks Lemonade for the fine write-up. I cringed when I first heard math referred to as "maths" here in Sweden but they follow the English short form, not the American one (of course there's a Swedish short form, "matte"). So got that and totally got "psych" as I live with a 13-year-old. I thought the theme riddle and answer was funny, especially since it helped me put the puzzle together. Me, I thought the movie was over-the-top after reading the liberties taken in telling the story which apparently wasn't as sensational as depicted (and downright up factual regarding refusal of embassies to house the Americans). I liked reliving the hostage crisis however as I enjoy learning more about any history.

String bean of course refers to a particular body type. Many baseball pitchers might qualify for this description.

Thanks for all the thoughts shared.

SwenglishMom said...

*unfactual thank you spell check!

Tinbeni said...

That's interesting (your link) about adding a "shot or two" of expresso coffee when making a chocolate cake.

At Villa Incognito the "Birthday Cake" would have been bought at a Bakery ...

And there is no doubt "more than a shot-or-two" of Pinch would have been added to the Host. lol


Lucina said...

I actually thought of that spelling as I wrote it but being a creature of habit and it was already typed, kept it.

thehondohurricane said...


My goof. Thought it had been settled that Ole Miss was wrong and Bama was right. Allen, my sincere apologies & if Ole Miss is correct..... thanks for Eli.

Enjoy Sunday.

Unknown said...

Had lots of places to go and people to see today so got a very late start on the puzzle. I, too, thought MATHS was strange, but that's the only thing it could be. BYRON was all perps. I had one write-over: elm before ELK.

I rarely drink beer, but I knew ASAHI was the answer with only the A in place. That's my beer of choice when I do drink it. It's very dry.

Betty said...

I'm sorry if I ruffled a few feathers today. I certainly didn't mean for my comments to be a "personal attack" on Lemonade. But he does have a whole day in advance to work on these (as we've seen in the past), and still his explanations are long-winded and make no sense. I just thought it would be nice to see someone write the Friday exposition with a sense of style and substance befitting the best puzzle of the week.

Of your regular posters, I wouldn't mind seeing OMKeith (clever and wise) or Jayce (who's much more wry/droll than you think) give it a shot. Barry G, not so much - no humor whatsoever...

Yellowrocks said...

Betty, give it a rest. You are only digging a deeper hole for yourself.

Lucina said...

You've ruined commercials for me forever; every time I see Cialis coming up I laugh loudly and think of you!!

Afterthought on the election in Scotland. Since the royal family has their summer home there, would they have had to apply for a visa every time they went? Would their passports be valid there? What kind of red tape would they have encountered? I guess we'll never know.

Anonymous said...

Betty, you need to find another blog obviously.

Yellowrocks, do you think you could possibly try to be less abrasive? The 'know-it-all' attitude can be quite condescending.

Spitzboov said...

Good evening everyone.

Didn't want the day to pass without wishing Allen a Happy Birthday.

Got the puzzle ok. Seemed easier than some Fridays.
HERON or Egret? HIGHBEAMS and OTTER nailed it. All the R's in 7d helped make the center solve easy. Got ERA from the perps. No searches or white-out were needed.

Informative write-up, Lemon. Thank you.

Sallie said...

Good night all.

I used to keep reminding us to ignore the trolls. These comments just encourage them.


Anonymous said...

Hang in there Betty, there are plenty around here who agree with you.

Lucina said...

I truly hope that you pay no heed to unsolicited and unwarranted criticism.