Oct 1, 2014

Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke

Theme: PO BOX.  The theme answers are all two word entries beginning with the letter P and ending with the letter O, so that the P and O BOX in the other letters - a type of bookend theme.

18 A. System with a Porte de Versailles station : PARIS METRO.   The rapid transit system of Paris, France, with 16 lines consisting of 133 miles of rail and 303 stations.

25 A. Instrument using rolls : PLAYER PIANO.   A mechanically driven piano whose playing is controlled by perforated paper rolls.  Sales peaked in 1924, then fell off as phonograph record and radio broadcast music became more common.

47 A. In the U.S., it has more than 950 stations : PUBLIC RADIO.  Radio broadcasting whose primary mission is public service.  Funding sources include license fees, individual contributions, public financing and commercial financing.

63 A. Pasta sauce ingredient : PLUM TOMATO.  A type of oval tomato well suited for sauce making because it is denser and has fewer seed compartments than other tomatoes. Roma is a well known variety. 

And the unifier - 55 D. Many a bus. address, and a literal hint to 18-, 25-, 47- and 63-Across : P. O. BOX.  A Post Office BOX is a locked box with a unique address located at a post office.  Many countries do not have door to door delivery, and this is the only way residents can receive mail.

All the theme answers are straightforward, in-the-language phrases with easily recognizable meanings.  No humor or twists this time.

Hi gang, and rabbit rabbit.  JzB here.  Let's see what the rest of this posting has for us.


1. Lollobrigida of film : GINA. An Italian film star of the 50's, perhaps best known for her ample bosom, who went on to become a photographer and journalist.

5. Just for laughs : IN FUN.  For kicks and giggles.

10. Stand watch for, say : ABET.  Assist in a criminal activity

14. Kosher food carrier : EL AL.  Israeli airline.

15. Half a classic comedy team : MEARA. Anne, along with husband Jerry Stiller.  They are also the parents of actors Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

16. Sound from an Abyssinian : PURR.  Cat stuff.

17. Twice-monthly tide : NEAP.  This tide occurs when the moon is in first or third quarter, and the the gravitational forces of sun and moon are operating at right angles, and thus oppose each other.  This is the time when the difference between high and low tides is the least.

20. Not pure : UNCHASTE.  CHASTE refers either to sexual abstinence or being austere and unadorned. UNCHASTE is the opposite.   But some of the most UNCHASTE are the most chased.  Go figure.

22. Respectful bow : CURTSY.  Specifically a type of bow performed by a female in which the knee is bent [in a gesture of submission] while the head is bowed, distinct from the male bow at the waste.

23. Flower part : SEPAL. Anatomy of a bud.

24. River blocker : DAM.

33. Acapulco dough : PESO.  Mexican money.

37. Six-Day War statesman : EBAN.  Originally Aubrey Solomon, born in So. Africa, Feb 2, 1915, died in Tel Aviv, Nov 17, 2002.

38. Ending for bobby : SOXER.  A teen age girl or young woman following the fashion fad of the 40's and 50's that included rolled down white socks with saddle shoes, loafers or oxfords.  The poodle skirt was an optional accessory.

39. Tech support caller : USER. Of computer hardware and software.

40. Long Island airport town : ISLIP.  Near the middle of the south shore.

42. "What __ you thinking?" : WERE.  Well, sometimes I have these brain fades . . .

43. NFLer until 1994 : L A RAM.  The Rams were in Cleveland from 1937 to 1945.  They moved to L.A. in 1946, and thence to St. Louis in 1994.  I guess I'd rather see NFLer in the clue than the fill.

46. Fusses : ADOS. Yesterday, we only had one of them.

50. Defective firecracker : DUD.  Actually, anything that fails to work properly, and is unsatisfactory or useless.

51. Defeat decisively : WHOMP.

56. Most joyful : GAYEST.  In an earlier, simpler time.

60. Vegas hotel known for its fountains : BELLAGIO.

65. Bacon buy : SLAB.  Rasher doesn't fit.

66. Longfellow's "The Bell of __" : ATRI.  Too long to quote in full and too run-on to excerpt.  You can read it here.

67. Knighted golf analyst : FALDO.  Sir Nicholas Alexander Faldo (born 18 July 1957) has 40 professional wins to his credit, including 30 on the European tour, three British opens, and three Masters.  In 2006 he became the lead golf analyst for CBS Sports.

68. Fictional submariner : NEMO.  From Jules Verne's novel 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea.

69. Nursery supply : SOIL.  It's a dirty job.

70. Impose unjustifiably : FOIST.

71. Cereal "for kids" : TRIX.


1. Biological group : GENUS.  A principal taxonomic category that ranks above species and below family.

2. Graff of "Mr. Belvedere" : ILENE. She played Marsha Owens, the wife of Bob Uecker's character, George.

3. Anti-discrimination org. : NAACP. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  

4. Dominant, among animals : ALPHA.  The leader of the pack.

5. Rascals : IMPS. Little devils

6. In order : NEAT. On this blog, as was pointed out yesterday, it means without ice.

7. Cab __ : FARE.  The price of transportation.

8. Ocean State coll. : URI. University of Rhode Island.

9. Daytona 500 org. : NASCARNational Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.  What's a little redundancy when you're going 195 miles per?

10. One making impressions : APER.  Impressions being the actions of mimicking someone. Thus, an APER is a copy cat. 

11. Intrude, with "in" : BUTT.  To push into a conversation, frex, when not invited, from the head butting actions of  [not necessarily the L. A.]  rams.

12. Blunders : ERRS.  Goofs, drops the ball.

13. "Iliad" setting : TROY. Ancient city in northwest Anatolia [modern Turkey] south of the western end of The Dardenelles.

19. Childhood ailment, typically : MUMPS.  A viral disease characterized by painful swelling of the salivary glands.  Usually it's not serious, but some uncommon complications can be.

21. Wildspitze, for one : ALP. European mountain.

24. Didn't allow : DENIED.

26. Aromatic garland : LEI.  Does everyone who goes to Hawaii get LEIed?

27. Ridiculous : ABSURD.

28. 1945 conference city : YALTA.  Feb 4 - 11.   Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, And Joseph Stalin met to discuss Europe's post WW II reorganization.

29. Home to Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids : IOWA.

30. Chopped down : AXED.

31. "I, Claudius" role : NERO.  Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 15 December 37 – 9 June 68) was Roman Emperor from 54 to 68, and the last in the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

32. Unrefined finds : ORES.

33. Juicer refuse : PULP.  The stringy content of the fruit’s endocarp, from which the juice is removed.

34. Son of Isaac : ESAU.  He sold his birthright to his twin brother for a bowl of red pottage.  Nothing good came of this.

35. Belgrade native : SERB.  Belgrade is the capital and largest city in Serbia.

36. Like some presentations : ORAL.   Spoken

41. Letters on tires : PSI.  Pressure, in Pounds per Square Inch.

44. Center : MIDST.   Like this

48. Discontinued : CUTOFF.

49. Nocturnal bird of prey : OWL.

52. Lacks : HASN'T.

53. Obvious flirt : OGLER.  To OGLE is to stare in a lecherous manner.  Not sure this is quite the same thing as flirting.

54. Biscayne Bay city : MIAMI.  Florida.

56. Data in coll. transcripts : GPAsGrade Point Averages.

57. Middle harmony choral part : ALTO.   From the bottom up bass, tenor, ALTO, soprano.

58. Doctor Zhivago : YURI.  His given name

59. Jannings of "The Blue Angel" : EMIL. He received the first Oscar ever presented, for Best Actor in 1929.

60. Indonesian resort island : BALI

61. LAX data : ETDsEstimated Time of Departure.  Or arrival.  Always need perp help.

62. Burglar's haul : LOOT

64. "Little Red Book" writer : MAO.  Zedong or Tse-tung, depending on how the Chinese is anglicized  (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976.)  He founded the People's Republic of China in 1949, which he ruled until his death.  He was either a great leader who modernized China or a brutal dictator, depending on one's point of view.

Thus ends this missive.  Hope you all enjoyed it.

Cool regards!


Lemonade714 said...

Thanks JzB for a fun midweek write up. Love the rabbit rabbit tie in with Trix, which I had no idea were made in Minneapolis. As kids we had cheerios and corn flakes so Trix were exciting. Did not know ATRI but the rest was pretty straightforward

Enjoy October, fall is falling here on Sunday

Thanks BV GG

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Got the PO part of the theme today, but didn't really understand the BOX part. Either way, I didn't need to understand it in order to get the theme answers.

Today I learned that Nick FALDO (a golf name I actually knew for a change) was knighted. I also learned (or was reminded, at least, that Dr. Zhivago's first name was YURI. Fortunately, I remembered ATRI...

Lemonade714 said...

I also really liked the nursery misdirection and forgotten how striking Gina Lollobridgida was, such a tiny waist. Bob Hop I think liked making jokes about her and her

desper-otto said...

Good morning! I'll echo the Rabbit, Rabbit!

Lots to like in this one, except for the undeciphered theme. The theme answers, though, were very nice.

CEDAR RAPIDS was a cso to me -- spent several years there.

I had MUMPS as a kid, did you? Have you had the shingles vaccine? Got mine a couple years ago.

Remember the old "Fractured Fairy Tale" which ended with..."Silly rabbi, kicks are for trids!"

My final fill was a WAG of the D in FALDO -- seemed better than FALAO, and prevented a dreaded DNF.

Big Easy said...

Hello Everybody. This was a nice 10 minute solve that only had a few unknowns. I had trouble immediately due to the fact I can never remember if it is GINA or GENA and ILENE was an unknown. SEPAL took care of my indecision. Getting started in the NE was hard until I read the 18A clue and PARIS METRO made everything else fall into place.

When was the last time any of you gals made a CURTSY? My mother taught piano and every year when she had a recital practice session, she taught her girl students how to curtsy, which they had to do after they performed their music. The last time I ever saw a curtsy was at least 50 years ago.

Every year at the Zurich Classic Golf Tournament, I talk to Nick FALDO. On Saturday and Sunday mornings he drives a golf cart to the greens and notes where the pin placements are and asks where most of the players' shots are landing on the hole that I am marshalling. He is always wearing shorts and Sperry Top-Siders. He's always mobbed for autographs.

I doubt this puzzle WHOMPped anybody this morning. Adios amigos.

HeartRx said...

Rabbit, rabbit.

I always like to see Gail and Bruce's byline. I know that I am in for a nice solid theme, with some fun fill and no drek. My favorite entry today was WHOMP - an unquestionably fun word!

I got the theme early and had a hunch that the unifier might involve a PO BOX. But since I solved that section mainly with the across clues, I never saw it until I came here. Thanks for pinpointing its location, Jazzb!

I loved seeing Wildspitze in the clue for ALP. I have climbed and skied many times in that area of the Tyrol, and Wildspitze is a very visible landmark from almost every vantage point.

Another rainy day here, but we really needed it so I won't complain. Happy hump day, everyone!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Gail & Bruce sent us another WHOMPer. I didn't understand the POBOX theme until JzB explained it. Such a lot of work went into your expo, JzB. Impressive!

First time through I had only GINA & NASCAR in the top tier with lots of white. The rest came easier, then I worked back up and wondered why I had so much trouble with the top. No breakfast. Duh!

How do you find PUBLIC RADIO on the device? I don't even know how to tune it in. Haven't listened to radio except in the car for years.

EL AL: Airline? Oh phooey, I thought it was some kind of pan.

LARAM: Oh phooey, Not a player"s name?

I really like Nick Faldo's broadcasting. Big Easy, how great to meet him. Seems like a very nice level-headed guy.

I was a bobby SOXER but no poodle skirt on me.

After reading about BALI, I wondered if anyone would want to use meth if they knew it had come into the country in someone's intestine? Talk about a turnoff. But addicts aren't picky, I guess.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

WBS. Sussed the PO schtick by the 2nd long across.
Still, I had ripe before PLUM TOMATO. D'uh.
No other issues. A nice easy slide into Wednesday.
Didn't know what language Abyssinians spoke; wanted 'meow' but TROY was strong so went with PURR.

Have a great day.

Avg Joe said...

Fun little romp today. No major hangups and no naticks. Needed all perps for Ilene and Atri. Last fill was the D in Faldo, but with 4 of 5 letters in place, I quickly recognized the name. Speaking of golf. I'd like to see the answer to "Little Red Book" author be Pennick some day.

Woke up at midnight to no power. But the neighbors yard lights were all on. I thought "This can't be good!" Called the power district and they had a guy out within an hour. Lightning had blown a fuse at the nearby sub-station and our house is the only one on that circuit...along with 2 electric pivots. Along with the lightning we had 5.8" of rain over a 16 hour period. First time in several years I've had to dump the gauge in mid storm to catch it all. Today is supposed to be dry. Here's hoping.

kazie said...

Good Wednesday level for me. I only stumbled by having SIDE before SLAB of bacon, and wanting IRENE before ELAL corrected that. Didn't know YURI or FALDO either but as usual, WAGS to the rescue.

Enjoy your hump day, all workers here!

Dudley said...

Rabbit Rabbit

Hello Puzzlers -

Really easy puzzle, except for the part about getting no Ta Da. Hmmm. Turns out I was thinking along the same lines as PK above - Irene looked better than Ilene, and Eral had to be some Hebraic cook pot. Bzzzt!

Morning JzB, admire your style!

kazie said...

I'm posting again to show off my new avatar of Lea in the old "Coast King Scout" wagon we repainted and cleaned up before the kids visited last month. It had been DH's and then our sons' when they were kids. So now it's in its third generation. She loved it so much, there were many "walks" around the block and to the park playground in it over the two weeks they were here. Since it has wheels, it was of course "Lea's Auto" to her.

Qli said...

I have been enjoying the puzzles; even finished last Sunday's with no help. I have not been taking time to comment here, though. WIth our son recovering nicely from his surgery, we are in full-on wedding mode, planning madly!

Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers for our son! You are a great, caring bunch of people.

Today I goofed up at first by filling in TREE instead of SOIL, and SOCKS instead of SOXER. Perps helped me take care of those.

My favorite answer today was WHOMP. I immediately thought of the WHOMPing Willow on the grounds of Hogwart's!

Prof T said...

I was not enamoured with this puzzle. Even after I completed it I didn't understand the theme until I went to the blog. Some of the cluing came across as a little too obscure for my taste, such as the clues for elal, hasn't, LA Ram and a few more.

desper-otto said...

ProfT -- mid- to late-week puzzles are supposed to require a little left-handed thinking. That's what makes them fun.

Lime Rickey said...

d-o@6:35 said: "Remember the old "Fractured Fairy Tale" which ended with..."Silly rabbi, kicks are for trids!"

I was a big fan of Fractured Fairy Tales but don't remember that. A citation (i.e. link) would be appreciated.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Another fun romp from Gail and Bruce. Clever theme and cute cluing. Liked seeing Nero and Nemo. CSO to yours truly with Troy.

JzB, you outdid yourself with today's expo. So witty and so informative; thank you and ditto to G and B.

Raining here, also, but we do need it: we've just ended the 6th driest September since 1850 something.

Kazie, the picture of Lea is darling. It must be hard not to see her more often.

Qli, glad to hear your son is coming along so well. When is the wedding. Speaking of weddings, I thought George Clooney's bride's gown was absolutely stunning.

Have a great day.

Lemonade714 said...

Kazie, good to see you and the new pic of Lea.

AJ, the Harvey Penick reference was great especially with golf already in the air with Faldo on site.

I hope one day i will stop typos.

Lemonade714 said...

Once in a land far, far away there lived a group of people called Trids. The Trids were happy except for the huge ogre that lived on the mountain. The ogre would periodically terrorize the Trids.

The Trids tired of the ogre and sought to reason with him. They thought one of their religious leaders would be a good intermediary. So a group of Trids and their minister went up the mountain and before they could even say one word the ogre kicked them down the mountain. Not being dismayed the Trids thought that maybe the ogre was Catholic, so they sent another delegation, this time led by the local priest. But alas, as they approached the ogre he once again kicked them all down the mountain.

The Trids were upset until they thought that perhaps the ogre was Jewish. Unfortunately, no Trids were Jewish, so they wrote to the people of another land and asked them to send a Rabbi to help them with the ogre. The Rabbi arrived and led a delegation of Trids up the mountain. The ogre saw them coming and kicked all of them, except for the Rabbi, down the mountain. The Rabbi, having been told of the previous expeditions, wondered why he alone had not been kicked down the mountain, so he asked the ogre. The ogre laughed and replied:

"Silly Rabbi, kicks are for Trids!"

PK said...

Lemonade, too good! And not a single typo. Bravo!

Lime Rickey said...

Just to be clear, I wasn't asking for the "rabbi/trids/kicks" story to be copied and pasted here (that's what links are for), I was asking for some evidence that it was one of the Fractured Fairy Tales.

Montana said...

"Many countries do not have door to door delivery, and this is the only way residents can receive mail."
Many 'counties' also. The only way for me to get mail is to go to my Post Office and unlock my box. Same for people in all the small towns in my county.

My dil's first job in Hawaii was putting leis around tourists necks.

Big Easy: piano teachers here still teach their students to CURTSY and bow at their recitals.

Enjoyable puzzle today.


kazie said...

Irish Miss,
Thanks for your understanding. So far we're managing to see them three times a year, which is probably as much as many families here can do too. So not too bad, and Skype really helps, though it can't beat those clinging hugs!

Montana said...

A moose wandered through our town park across the street from middle school and one block from my house.
Teacher friend shared this picture.


Anonymous said...

When 'rabbit, rabbit' day falls on hump day, does it become 'rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabdit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit day?

f-book said...

p.s. if you spot the rabbit with a little d in less than 5 seconds you will have good luck all day.

Misty said...

Well, I really thought I had nailed this one, got the theme and understood it, and my only worry was the ETA/ETD that would determine if it was FALDO/FALAO. Turns out I got FALDO correctly but stupidly goofed by not getting EL AL and putting in IRENE (my late sister's name) instead of ILENE. But, hey, it was just one little goof in an otherwise delightful puzzle--many thanks, Gail and Bruce. And thanks for the especially fun pics, JazzB. I think I may even have had a poodle skirt in the day.

Lemonade, LOL.

Kazie, sweet photo and story of Lea.

Qli, so glad your son is getting better.

Have a great day and a great month, everybody!

CanadianEh! said...

I was moving along well with this Tuesday puzzle but I was WHOMPed in the SE and S Central. Never been to Vegas so BELLAGIO was a problem. HASN'T was a Meh clue that finally fell into place and OGLER seemed too lewd for flirting! Didn't know FALDO so ETA giving FALAO seemed OK.

We have a PO Box and we get our exercise walking downtown to the Post Office.
I have a garage full of Roma PLUM TOMATOs in various stages of ripeness. Some have already been canned or turned into Salsa. Garden was bountiful this year.

I had CUT OFF before OUT and was looking for a 4-letter word for diapers for NURSERY SUPPLY. But I nailed YALTA after last week's MALTA/YALTA error.

Lemon @5:47 - were you on the rabbit theme with Bob Hop - LOL!

Tinbeni said...

Pinch, Pinch ... I'll have mine NEAT.

Jazz: Thank you! I appreciate all the work you do for another exceptional write-up.

Misty, I also had a FIW due to that iRene instead of ILENE. No surprise, since I never watched "Mr.Belvedere."

This is a constant solving problem ... for some reason I can never remember:
Authors of Novels or Books I've never read.
Characters of Movies or TV Shows I've never seen.
Yaddie, Yaddie, Yadda ... Go figure. lol

Oh well, a "toast" to ALL at Sunset.

Ergo said...

Pretty easy-breezy today. ...that is, until the dreaded SW corner.

--> Avg Joe. Agreed, buckets of rain last night. Though we didn't lose power, we did inherit a pond of water in one corner of the basement. Fortunately is was the same corner that we had removed (but not yet replaced) the carpeting from some previous deluge.

I'm off to purchase 20 bags of SOIL to shore up the foundation.

'til the next 6 inch deluge...

CrossEyedDave said...

Finally, a puzzle I can get P.O.'d about without invoking Thumper... (oh what the heck! Rabbit Rabbit...)

What Tinbeni said... The SW corner was a nightmare, but I did manage to WAG the R & I in Atri without ever hearing of it. I never heard of "Faldo" either! (Who's Faldo, & where's Waldo...) Oh well Falao it is & will remain forever in ink.

Barking Owls are not only a species, it is a place, & a wine! I was sold on the wine in the 1st 30 seconds...

I am still looking for the Fractured Fairy Tale about the Ogre & the Trids, (no luck yet) but there is a controversy about Trix containing paint thinner!

Finally, an inside look at the Bellagio fountains...

Husker Gary said...

Raise your hand if you can’t believe it’s October already. Me too.

-Ethel Toffelmeier was the PIANO PLAYER, er, PLAYER in The Music Man
-Marilyn, Gina and Jayne had battling bosoms 50 yrs ago
-By all accounts, Jerry Stiller is the polar opposite of all the grumpy characters he plays
-That 1st quarter moon is today, so NEAP tide it is
-BOBBY SOXER seems synonymous with 40’s Sinatra fans
-Humans Domain – Eukaryota, Kingdom – Animalia, Phylum – Chordata, Subphylum – Vertebrata, Class – Mammalia, Order – Primates, Family – Hominidae, GENSU – Homo, Species – sapiens
-The ALPHA males stand out in a middle school hallway
-Shopping for daughter’s OJ
-I can’t believe I gave up on the Royals last night in the 8th inning.
-More kids! Gotta go teach “Solving Linear Equations by Graphing f(x)”

Lucina said...

Hello, fellow puzzlers.

Very late to the party although I finished the puzzle about 6:00 A.M. (AZ time) and returned to bed.

Being sleepy is my excuse for FALAO which seemed perfectly fine to me, not a sports fan. That's a surprise, I know.

Otherwise this was a fun romp which kept me up a few minutes but I see now that I also had ENCHASTE not UNCHASTE. Sleepy again. But definitely knew YURI ably portrayed by Omar Sharif.

Lemonade: LOL. I'd never heard that and I'm glad you posted it.

Kazie: Adorable pic of Lea. How well I know those clinging hugs and that you miss them.

Here in AZ many rural communities receive their mail in P.O. boxes.

September 2014 was the wettest month on record, 6.34 inches and almost yielded the annual amount.

I hope you're all enjoying a great day!

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody. (Rabbit)^2

Count me with those who had trouble in the lower-left corner. ATRI, PLUM TOMATO, EMIL, YURI, etc.

CED, I enjoyed the fountains video.

I'm envious of the rain some of you are getting. It's still dry as a bone here.

Gary, it's good the teachers give you something worthwhile to teach instead of passing out busy work Xeroxes.

From late last night: Here are a few stunningly beautiful bird/nature photographs. Photos. I'm especially fond of the cardinal in the snow.
Below, in one of his other albums, are some really nice astronomical photographs too.

River Doc said...

Happy Wednesday everybody!

Just a couple of minor write-overs today, ABBOT (sic) for MEARA and ETA for ETD....

Angelino football fans wouldn't mind a return of the Rams to the yet-to-be-built Farmers Field....

Took visitors to see the Bellagio's dancing fountains many a time....

Agree that a lame excuse for OGLING would be, " but I was just flirting, officer...."

Finally, if TRIX are for kids, are TWIX for Kripkes...?

Misty said...

Tinbeni, any time I hear the words PINCH or TOAST, these days I think of your posts. I bet I'll start doing that when I hear the word NEAT now!

Bill G. said...

Dunno. Maybe it's just me but I always thought Gina L. lost a little luster when compared to Sophia Loren. I think Sophia had a more interesting personality and was maybe a better actress.

River Doc, good luck to your boys today.

Lucina said...

Argyle, thank you for all the work you do. If no one has answered your question, you get LEI-ed in Hawaii if you're lucky . . . enough to arrange it in advance or attend a function that includes LEIing ceremony.

Unknown said...

This was a fun puzzle. Solved it with no write-overs. ATRI was all perps. Although I'm not a golfer, I'm very familiar with Nick Faldo's name, so no problem there. Had all the them answers before I filled in PO BOX, so when I looed back at the answers referenced in that clue, I got the theme easily.

CED, I loved the video of the barking owls, and I'd like to try the Barking Owl wine if I can find it around here.

Unknown said...

Oops, I meant theme and looked.

fermatprime said...


Fun puzzle, Gail and Bruce! Great expo, Jazz!

WAG on FALDO. Otherwise, no problems!

Two doctors cancelled appointments 2 days in a row. (This really sucks as I have much trouble sleeping the night before an appointment.)

Still worst drought in 800 years.

Qli: good to hear about your son.

What do you think of POI? Poor Finch.


Mike Sherline said...

JzB - Love your links. Ray Charles, "Smack Dab in the Middle"!! How hard is it possible to swing? What a band - could have been Basie. Also a couple of weeks ago you gave us a movement of "Carmina Burana", one of my favorite pieces to play, and also one of Beethoven's 8th. I was really surprised to see natural horns & trumpets - they sounded so good it hadn't occurred to me that they weren't using modern instruments. Wow. I'm fairly new at this crossword business, but am starting to look forward to Wednesdays due to your good work. Thanks.

Mike Sherline said...

I see the blog says I just posted at 5:14 pm. Looks like a blatant case of timezoneism - it's actually 12:17 pm now (GMT-10).

Argyle said...

Time stamp is for Central time.

PK said...

BillG, I agree with your take on Gina & Sophia. Sophia exuded passion which Gina just didn't quite match.

Starting a much needed rain here. Big hailstorms around here. I heard one big whack on my roof that made me jump. Don't know if it was a stray hail stone.

Thoughtful thinker said...

Just for consistency, just for argument's sake ..

If it's ... Silly Rabbit, TRIX is for kids.

Then, maybe its more consistent, to be

Silly Rabbi, kicks are for yids.

But, that would appear to be anti-semitic - which is NOT my intention, AT ALL. It just seems to rhymes better - and is consistent with the concept of Rabbi.

Thank you Lemonade for the whole fractured story. That made all the sense.

Yids, may or may not be anti-semitic, per Wikipedia .

Like many other apparent epithets, it depends on who's doing the saying.

Anonymous T said...

Yet another long day says...

Hi puzzle pals! Same issue in SW 59d EMMA at 1st, then SOIL fixed the last letter. I still ended with a DNF 58d/59d x-ing 66a. But I had fun relaxing with Gail's & Bruce's Puzzle LottO.

JzB thanks for the write-up and everyone else for posts.

Fav. PUBLIC RADIO. I listen in the car and in the garage on XM. PK - tune all the way left to find it - typically its in the FM 80's. When you hear calm voices, you found it!

R-Doc. I'll be in your old Vegas stomping grounds for the weekend (w/ DW) and following week for a conference. Any thing I shouldn't miss? Er, what to do INFUN?

Cheers, -T

Argyle said...

Blank grid with circles HERE for 10/2/14 puzzle