Dec 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 10th 2014 Gareth Bain

Theme: Bring Your Own ... anagrams. Each of the five theme entries contain an anagram of "BYO" as the reveal entry succinctly indicates.

15A. Eight-time Norris Trophy winner : BOBBY ORR. "Mr Crossword" gets a full-name entry today, and a theme one to boot!

19A. Practical joke during a greeting : JOY BUZZER. Comic-strip staple (usually exaggerating the effect!) I didn't know the official name for this device.

31A. Postwar population phenomenon : BABY BOOM. Apparently, Boomers in the US control over 80% of personal financial assets, account for 80% of leisure travel and buy 77% of all prescription drugs. Obviously all that travel and wealth is not good for you.

38A. Yokohama is on it : TOKYO BAY. Trying to fit "WHEEL RIM" in here didn't get me very far.

50A. Board buyer's request : TWO-BY-FOUR. I have a minor quibble here - if you walk into a lumber yard and ask for a two-by-four, you're going to get a post, not a board.

58A. Like many teen girls, and a literal hint to this puzzle's circled squares : BOY CRAZY

Cue screams for One Direction from our youthful readership. I went to YouTube to link some audio of the boys, but you'll be happy to hear that I got distracted watching Kevin Spacey do celebrity impersonations.

Steve here with another product of Mr. Bain's fertile mind. I don't think circle-less solvers were put at too much of a disadvantage. I thought a pangram might be afoot when I saw all the Y's, Z's and the trickier J's, K's and W's making an appearance, but no room for a Q or an X. Given the six Y's and 3 Z's, that doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room.


1. Go wrong : ERR

4. Party garb for Hef : PJ'S

7. Some grenades, briefly : FRAGS. The fragmentation grenade, a thoroughly unpleasant piece of ordnance.

12. Response to a home team bobble : BOO. Tough crowd if you're going to boo your own team for a mere bobble. A complete season-long meltdown and it might just about be acceptable.

13. Tough kid to handle : BRAT

14. Amazon crocodilian : CAIMAN. Spell-check doesn't like "crocodilian". Another reason why you should never trust it.

17. A to A, e.g. : OCTAVE. Favorite clue of the day for me.

18. Mascara mishap : SMEAR

21. Vena __: heart vessel : CAVA

23. Cobbler's tool : AWL

24. Times gone by, in times gone by : ELD. It's in the Mirriam-Webster dictionary, but certainly not in mine. I tried to find an example of usage, but drew a blank.

25. Less solid : SHAKIER

28. Anti-bullfighting org. : PETA

30. Steamed cantina food : TAMALE. My local Farmer's Market has a stand selling beef, pork and chicken varieties which is a regular stop for me. I've made my own, but you have to make about 200 at a time to justify the effort.

35. Heaps : A LOT. Or the number of tamales you have to make in a session.

36. Boring routine : RUT

37. In need of a massage : SORE

41. Gravel components : STONES. Here's a very talented collection of gravel:

43. Work without __ : A NET

44. Pens in : CORRALS

45. Scammer's target : SAP

48. "The Book of __": 2010 film : ELI. Denzel Washington drama. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 48% rating, si I don't think I missed anything by not seeing it.

49. Very little : A DAB

53. Less experienced : NEWER

57. Less taxing : EASIER

60. Lose : MISLAY. My Dad always claimed he'd not lost something, he'd merely "temporarily" mislaid it. I think "temporary" had a different meaning for him.

61. Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE

62. Tax shelter letters : IRA

63. Take the reins : STEER

64. Single chin-up, say : REP. If I was a pedant, I'd say you can't have one repetition of something, you have to have at least two. Actually, I am a pedant, so I call a very mild foul here.

65. Season ticket holder : FAN.


1. Fades away : EBBS

2. Dorm unit : ROOM

3. Post-shower wear : ROBE. Does Hef wear one over his PJ's?

4. One paid to play : PRO.

5. "Star Wars" character __ Binks : JAR JAR. Possibly the most annoying character ever introduced into a sci-fi franchise, IMHO.

6. Houston MLB'er : 'STRO

7. School group : FACULTY. I wanted GARAGE BAND, but ran out of blank squares.

8. __ Bits: cracker sandwiches : RITZ

9. Leave wide-eyed : AMAZE

10. "Order! Order!" mallet : GAVEL

11. Dummy Mortimer : SNERD. Brief SNERD/SNERT uncertainty compounded by the unknown ELD. I pondered awhile and I chose wisely (or guessed wild-assly, your call).

13. How much cargo is transported : BY RAIL

14. All-natural flytrap : COBWEB. Amazing feat of engineering.

16. Slangy "Ditto!" : "BACK AT YA!"

20. Pester, puppy-style : YAP AT

22. Crew neck alternative : VEE

25. Medical "Now!" : STAT! From the Latin "Statim", meaning "Urgent". Something I don't want to hear when I'm in the Doctor's office.

26. Saintly radiance : HALO

27. Hog-wild : AMOK

29. Shock __ : ABSORBER

31. Believe : BUY

32. Chaplin of "Game of Thrones" : OONA. I keep meaning to catch up on Game of Thrones - I watched the first two episodes; I think I've got about 90 to bring me up-to-date.

33. Pitcher Hershiser : OREL

34. Predicament : MESS

36. Numerical relationship : RATIO

39. Like many gift subscriptions : ONE YEAR

40. Quasimodo's workplace : BELFRY. Trying to cram "Notre Dame" in here doesn't really work.

41. Putting green patch : SOD

42. Mesmerized state : TRANCE

44. King of pop : CAROLE. I trod the misdirection path of ELVIS/MICHAEL/(insert your favorite here) for a little while.

45. Parts of peonies : STEMS. Misreading this as "ponies" slowed me up somewhat.

46. Look forward to : AWAIT

47. Ad hoc law group : POSSE

51. Gallbladder fluid : BILE

52. Slangy prefix meaning "ultra" : UBER

54. Street urchin : WAIF

55. University founder Cornell : EZRA.

56. "Sleepless in Seattle" co-star : RYAN

59. "Take me! Take me!" at the shelter : YIP. More puppy-pestering.

Fun stuff, and if you didn't get the circles in your publication here they are:



George Barany said...

Clever puzzle by GB of South Africa, and nice writeup by Steve. Notice that GB nailed all six permutations of the three letters of BOY, and the reveal was perfect. Several rather nifty clues as well, of which "King of pop" was my personal favorite.

If anyone is in the mood for a second puzzle today, may I recommend O Sole Mio which a bunch of us wrote for a worthy cause at the University of Minnesota a bit over a year ago. Hope you like it!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Yup, no circles for me today but I didn't need them to get the theme answers. In fact, for a change I was actually able to figure out the theme even without the circles.

The rest of the puzzle was smooth sailing throughout. I did question COBWEB, simply because I think of them as being the dusty spiderwebs in the attic that are no longer sticky enough to catch insects, but no biggie.

Barry G. said...

[And a little trip to the dictionary proves that I am completely wrong about COBWEB and that it really is just another name for spiderweb. Live and learn...]

Lemonade714 said...

George I agree that it was great that Gareth was able to include all of the various ways to arrange BYO. As always he included some fill from his work with the animal kingdom CAIMAN returning along with PETA and YAP AT and YIP. All we needed were BATS in that BELFRY.

Seeing ELI and ELIE both was fun

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No real stumbling blocks this morning. I failed to notice the circles, although the Barnacle had 'em. My only misstep was reading the clue for 53a while filling in 63a. Alas, I'm a tad too old to be a BABY BOOMer.

I was surprised I'd never run across Mr. BYORR before. D'oh! Nice CSO's to Lucina (TAMALE) and Bill G (EZRA). Steve, I think you might run into ELD in the works of Tolkien. A TWO BY FOUR is a piece of framing lumber, a post would be a 4 X 4.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Steve and friends. Fun Boys! Boys! Boys! puzzle. The theme came easily, so the circles were not really necessary. Nice new and fresh clue for our old friend BOBBY ORR.

OCTAVE, FRAGS and FACULTY nearly did me in, though. The rest of the puzzle was smooth sailing.

Shout out to Lucina with the TAMALEs!

Fun to see the puppies YAP AT and YIP.

I read Game of Thrones, but haven's seen the show. I was not aware there was a young OONA Chaplin. The only OONA I had heard of was the fourth wife of Charlie Chaplin and grandmother of the GOT actress.

QOD: In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don’t understand. ~ Kenneth Branagh (b. Dec. 10, 1960)

TTP said...

Thanks Gareth Bain and thanks Steve.

Got the theme as an anagram of BOY. Still, too tired this AM. The northeast did me in.

Spelled the island, not the lizard.

My pestering puppy's style was pAw AT rather than YAP AT.

And A to A what ? Too many musical clues ! :>)

That Y in CAYMAN and P IN PAW AT really messed me up.

Big Easy said...

Well this puzzle was a breezze with the exception of JOY BUZZER which was solved by the YAP AT, not to be confused with the YIP that was solved by BOY CRAZY. My BYO is followed by "L" or "B", but that would require four letters. The Book of ELI film was all perps for me.

I find it ironic that PETA, aka People Eating Tasty Animals, was followed by TAMALE.

Does this South African follow baseball? Yesterday the puzzle had VALUATE (Evaluate) and today the puzzle has STRO (Astro). When I think of STRO, it is usually STROH'S beer.

HeartRx said...

Good morning!

Really fun write-up , Steve. (I also thought of the tire for Yokohama.) I was born in the middle of the baby boom, so I had to really laugh at your comment.

The north central part did me in. I was pretty sure it was JA- something, but confused him with Jabba the Hut. So I wanted JARbAR. But I knew there wouldn't be an extraneous uncircled "B" in the theme entry, so changed it to "t" and got tOY BUZZER. BZZZZT!!!

Yellowrocks said...

I guessed the circle anagram theme after two examples.
I never heard it called JOY BUZZER.
Wiki calls a 2 by 4 a board:
"The length of a board is usually specified separately from the width and depth. It is thus possible to find 2×4s that are four, eight, or twelve feet in length." So no nit.

I was not so forgiving of one REP at first. If you perform it only once how can it be a REPitition? But, then I realized a REP can be a unit in a group of repetitions. I have been told by my trainer to make sure to hold my back erect during each REP of a certain exercise. Sorry, Lime Rickey.

All this week I am finding I MISLAY many things only to recover them after a frantic search. Now I have MISLAID my planner holding my only reference for many appointments. I lay things down mindlessly under stress, which only brings more stress.

Pendant said...

I'd like to thank George Barany for using the word 'permutation' instead of 'anagram' to describe what was done to the word BOY. I don't understand why this blog, with its never-ending nitpicking, continues to call all letter rearrangements anagrams. While all anagrams are rearrangements, not all rearrangements are anagrams. Anagrams must be real words!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Other than having tOY BUZZER for JOY………, everything else was gotten OK. The circles helped me with TWO BY FOUR, and so, the SW - the BYO anagram narrowing down the choices. TOKYO BAY was a gimme, but BH helped with BELFRY.
I look forward to Gareth's puzzles and was not disappointed today.

Yellowrocks said...

Pendant@ 9:09, I agree. Thanks for the reminder.

Husker Gary said...

I was thinking “Mixed Up Boy” (Justin Bieber?) but that is not “in the language” as much as BOY CRAZY

-Steve, do you think King LaBron ERRed by touching the Duchess as some Brits feel? ;-)
-I’m on the leading edge of that BABY BOOM
-“How long do you want that 2 x 4?” “Quite a while, I’m building a house.”
-A LOT of girls are impressed by the size of Hef’s, uh, bank account
-FRAGGING as a verb in Vietnam
-OCTAVE ascending – First two notes of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. OCTAVE descending – First two notes of Willow Weep For Me
-Working without A NET to get out of a RUT
-Is that FAN’s season ticket a license to BOO?
-MISLAY your keys or child? Use this tile and your iPhone to find them
-This can be a tortured GAVEL exchange.
-Can you find the SHOCK ABSORBER on this 1946 Schwinn?
-The 110 lb python that bit me was named EZRA

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gareth Bain, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Steve, for a fine review.

Worked through this fairly easily. A few hiccups here and there.

Theme was easy once I got 58A BOY CRAZY.

SE corner was a little tough with EZRA, RYAN, and WAIF. Thank goodness the a crosses were easier.

I saw the Book of Eli movie. I thought it was outstanding. Lots of violence, but a great message. I will not ruin it for you.

Never heard of CAIMAN Perped it.

Off to my gardening luncheon and then a dinner with the Masonic Veteran Assn of IL.

See you tomorrow.



Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a fun solve but a FIW due to boy buzzer/joy buzzer. I never heard of that term and I completely missed the circled "B." As others have mentioned, nice shout outs to Lucina/tamales and Bill G/Ezra (Cornell).

Some broad cluing gave me SPCA/PETA and achy/sore. I was also a little (no pun intended) surprised by a lot, a net, and a dab; too many "a" phrases? Thoughts, CC and Marti?

Our weather was so bad yesterday UPS couldn't deliver a package to me. No big deal but they must be really backed up; I got a delivery last week at 8:30 pm. I think we're getting more snow today. Spitz, how did your area fare?

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to a viral internet video, I now always think of Michelle Jenneke when I see boys, boys, boys.

Its fun to listen to the commentators from the original broadcast try to curb their enthusiasm when calling the race. Yes, indeed!

Her personality shines through in her reaction to all the hooplah resulting from the video. I'm glad she was able to parlay the attention into several "paying gigs" including one for Sports Illustrated. I'm sure the money helped fund her amateur athletic career.

Irish Miss said...

Sorry, I forgot to thank Gareth for an enjoyable mid-week treat and Steve for another witty and smooth expo. Thank you both.

Lucina said...

Good day, friends!
BOY oh BOY oh BOY! What a fun puzzle by Gareth Bain with an interesting array of words including BOBBY ORR'S full name. Also a reminder that it's TAMALE time so better grab an apron and a head scarf.

Ditto, though, on JOY BUZZER not TOY and I've heard of JAR JAR but of course it's not familiar enough to ring a bell.

Like others I didn't know OONA as the granddaughter.

Shoutout to many of us who were once part of a FACULTY.

Thank you, Gareth Bain and Steve, for A LOT of fun today.

Have a spectacular Wednesday, everyone!

carol said...

Steve, great write up!

No circles on my puzzle (I print it from the site) but it was fun and I didn't draw a blank as many times as I did yesterday.

I have never heard of FRAGS but got it from perps.
5D was an unknown as I have never watched anything Star Wars..that JarJar is sure funny looking, reminds me of one of my uncles!

Mortimer Snerd took me way back. I remember listening to Edgar Bergen on the radio when I was a kid...Always laughed at ol Charlie McCarthy too. :)

Lucina, from last night, thanks so much for the suggestions from India Edghill. I ordered the only 2 the library carried: Queenmaker and Delilah. Looking forward to reading them.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Gareth on a Wednesday is perfection. He never disappoints. I do, though. DNF in the NE corner. Didn't even get OCTAVE. [hangs head]

Like many here, I get annoyed by over-played Christmas songs appearing too early. By Hatoola's birthday, though, I figure it's all fair game, but still favor especially cool arrangements of less common songs. This qualifies on all counts, and should even appeal to purists. Enjoy.

Cool regards!
JzB the AMAZED trombonist

Lime Rickey said...

Steve says, "Each of the five theme entries contain an anagram of "BYO" as the reveal entry succinctly indicates", however the theme is clearly "crazy" permutations of the word BOY (of which BYO is one).

Just a nit.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

True to Wednesday form, this took a bit more effort. How impressive that GB was able to work in every combination of the three letters!

I wonder whether the royal couple even like American sports. Anon 9:46 - Michelle Jenneke is so tall, lovely, fit and athletic that I reckon only a very small percentage of males in the world population could ever dare to ask her for a date.

Morning Steve, I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one who doesn't know the Game of Thrones story arc. I'm curious, but not so much as to spend the time.

Tinbeni said...

We have a NEW favorite GARETH BAIN puzzle for 2015. IMHO

Really liked seeing the complete BOBBY ORR name in the grid.

After getting a NEW Dell Inspiron 15 laptop computer last Friday, I'm still learning the nuances of what can be done on this thingy.

But a Toast to ALL at Sunset.
I'm stuck with a clear-blue sky and a High of only 65 degrees today ... tears ...

Anonymous said...

Ahem, "Doctor" Bain.

Anonymous said...

Tinbeni, does that new laptop have a calendar icon? Please click on it.

Ergo said...

Thank you Steve and Gareth. Best Wednesday I've encountered in some time. (Mainly because I finished it in its entirety)

I always found it humorous, that in the 1998 movie "Godzilla," the irritating news anchors name is Mr. Caiman.

Misty said...

Not a speed run, but doable with a bit of effort, and so a lot of fun--many thanks, Gareth. And Steve, thanks for 'splaining STAT, something I've been wondering about. I also loved your GRAVEL pic.

Hahtoolah, many thanks for explaining the OONA Chaplin generational confusion. I kept thinking, wait a minute, if she was married to Eugene O'Neill she can't possibly still be looking this young.

Have a great Wednesday, everybody!

Jazzbumpa said...

In keeping with the idea of posting Christmas songs you've never heard before, here is a really lovely Italian carol.


Jazzbumpa said...

Dudley -

Game of Thrones has at least a dozen story arcs.

To really get the full effect, you need to read the books.


JD said...

Good morning all,

Steve, your write up for me was more fun than the CW. It was not a satisfying work out. Gareth is SO VERY clever that some clues went over my head(64A) and some answers did not make any sense to me:sap, by rail, so I was never sure I was on the right rail. Oddly, I only had to erase achy. It was done at a snail's pace. I'm giving this one a YIP and a YAP .

Yellowrocks said...

From "Voices of the Night" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
This is a very long poem. In this excerpt he is dreaming about the legends and tales of olden days.

"Dreams that the soul of youth engage
Ere Fancy has been quelled;
Old legends of the monkish page,
Traditions of the saint and sage,
Tales that have the rime of age,
And chronicles of Eld.'

ELD is archaic, except in poetry. It has the same root as elder and eldest.

PENDANT @9:09, is that name a typo? Are you a pendant or a pedant?

Sally, from yesterday, I hear you. A prime example of using AND when you should say TO is, Try AND exercise every day, instead of Try TO exercise every day.

Anonymous said...

LR. check out the comment at 9:09.

Persistent Lurker said...

The elementary school class had just visited a lumber yard, on a field trip, and they all wrote their obligatory letters of thanks to the manager.

One kid wrote,'Thank you Mr. Manager for letting us look at all those lovely broads'.

(This is based on an abosolutely true story with certain thematic elements added in.)

Anonymous said...

Yellowrocks, did you commit a typo with 'Sally'? Were you referring to our blogging friend 'Sallie'?

Sallie said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Yellowrocks, thanks for your comment. Your example is much better than the only one I could come up with.

I don't even try to do a puzzle after Mon-Tues. Not up to the later and harder ones. I go through and get nine or ten, and then give up. Come here to see what I should have thought of.


Steve said...

@Pendant - good point, duly noted.

@Lime Rickey - as Gareth neatly explained the "BOY" permutations with his reveal clue, there wasn't much point trying to come up with a theme title that said the same thing. (However, I came up with a title that was inaccurate given the anagram mis-step, my bad)

Steve said...

Oh .. and I did find three references to ELD in Shakespeare - here's one from "Measure for Measure":

"Thou hast nor youth nor age,
But, as it were, an after-dinner's sleep,
Dreaming on both; for all thy blessed youth
Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms
Of palsied eld; and when thou art old and rich,
Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor beauty,
To make thy riches pleasant."

hanging thingy said...

When comforting a grammar pedant, I always say softly "There, Their, They're".

Spitzboov said...

Irish Miss @ 0945 - All our area schools are open. We got ~ 3-4" so far and get 2-4" more by am tomorrow. We are at ~ 800 ft elevation here. High areas along Rt #20 and south on the Allegheny Plateau are getting more. TV says they're experiencing lake effect W of Syracuse to Rochester.

Re: BOY. All the permutations in the puzzle are either words or abbreviations for phrases, albeit some at the dreaded Friday level. I agree with those who want to use 'anagram'. It fits the definition.

Anonymous said...

BYO is not a word. It is an common acronym.
OYB is not a word nor a common acronym.
YBO, ditto.
YOB is Friday-level British slang. So, arguably, a word, perhaps.
OBY is not a word.

In Gareth's own words: "I thought CRAZY worked better as implying anagramming, so I made my own puzzle; I got their green light to go ahead. I was happy to get all six permutations of the trigram BOY into the puzzle (compare to the SCRAMBLED EGG one where I could only get 3…) "

So, there you go, clear as mud. Or dum,udm, mdu, dmu and umd. (puzzle theme? muddled)

CrossEyedDave said...

The puzzle was easy, finding something funny to post was not. I looked everywhere, teen girls, crazy boys, using the clues instead of the answers, nothing! Why do I keep trying to do this every day! After all, it is not my yob...

Hmm, maybe this...

Bill G. said...

I was thinking of a possible name for this puzzle before I read the writeup and I came up with "Crazy mixed up lad." Thanks Gareth and Steve.

I got the answer OCTAVE and thought the clue was clever. But, if you go from A to A, aren't you covering nine notes so that would be an octave plus one. An octave would be A to G, wouldn't it?

I always thought a cobweb was a little different from a spider web also. Some dictionaries agree; A spider's web, especially when old and covered with dust.

Spitzboov said...

Bill G @ 1344 - re: OCTAVE. If you think of it in frequencies; say 440hz to 880hz, the interval is one octave. This would include 879.99999…… which is to say the A at 880hz. Maybe a music theory expert like JazzB could weigh in?

Irish Miss said...

Spitz - Thanks for the update. It's been snowing here since noon; I'd say there is about 6" so far. The roads look a little dicey right now which doesn't bode well for the commuters. It is also bitter cold.

CED - Keeping us entertained may not be your "yob," but you're definitely our BOY! :-)

CanadianEh! said...

Bill G @1:44 Wikipedia explains octave. "The most important musical scales are typically written using eight notes, and the interval between the first and last notes is an octave. For example, the C Major scale is typically written C D E F G A B C, the initial and final C's being an octave apart. Two notes separated by an octave have the same letter name and are of the same pitch class."

CanadianEh! said...

Completed this enjoyable CW this morning but did not get here until now as I was busy putting up the Christmas tree!

I had no circles on the Mensa site but it didn't matter. WEES about BOBBY ORR, TAMALES and JOY BUZZER.

This is what I call working WITHOUT A NET
Wallenda Wire Walk

No net for the Niagara Falls walk but he was not happy to wear the safety harness!

Off to a Christmas dinner.

Pat said...

Hello, fellow solvers. I solved this this morning and now have time to comment. This is one of the easiest Gareth Bain puzzles. Went through it quickly, thank you sir. Enjoyed the expo, Steve.

I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday,Hahtoolah.

Right now my 26 lb. watchdog is trying to scare away the deer in the back yard. I won't let her out until they leave the area--they are too tame and won't run from her. I don't want a confrontation because I know who'd be on the losing end.

From yesterday: I've enjoyed "The Red Tent" and "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night".
Now I want to borrow my daughter's copy of "The Art of Running In The Rain". Thanks for the suggestion.

Have a good evening.


Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Saw "The Book of Eli", a great flick.

Jalmar said...

I applaud Gareth’s LAT offering and his making all 6 variations fit in the grid. JARJAR may not have been a respected charachter, but his name is very strongly tied to the Star Wars reboot if only because it seems it is impossible to discuss Episodes 1-3 without mention of how much JarJar is hated.

Lime Rickey said...

Steve "there wasn't much point trying to come up with a theme title that said the same thing"

My bad. I thought if the theme was obvious the writer-upper simply noted it. I'll pay more attention in the future.

Lucina said...

I hope you enjoy those books as much as I and others did having read them twice. India Edghill is comparable to Anita Diamant, IMHO. I'd forgotten about Delilah; very good, too.

fermatprime said...


Thanks for fun puzzle, Gareth, and cool expo, Steve!

JazzB: have been enjoying the music!

Today's NYT fun for periodic table lovers! Shout out to PD James (RIP).

Other two answers on Jeopardy pretty dumb, since they weren't British!


JD said...

COBWEB The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".

Rainman said...

As I often say, every day is an education for me. Could someone enlighten me as to what FIW is? Thanks.

Nice puzzle today. Thanks, Gareth Bain. I was a little slow in finishing it but finally got it when I got JOYBUZZER. Never heard of JARJAR, because I have never watched those movies. Thanks to Steve, too. I appreciate the time all the reviewers spend.

Thanks, George Barany. I print out your puzzles as you post them, and I enjoy them.

Also, what is the rule or reason behind the clue for PJS not requiring the inclusion of the need to abbreviate the answer? Stay warm, all.

Anonymous said...

Bill G. said...

Thanks for the octave input. I see now. Even though I took piano lessons as a youth and classical guitar lessons as an adult, I still got confused.

Spitzboov said...

Rainman @1748 - re: FIW. Earlier blogs seem to intend: Filled In Wrong.
Irish Miss seems to use it.

Anonymous said...

Irish Mist, Boom....roasted.


TTP said...

Rainman @ 17:48,

In the 4D clue, Heffner is abbreviated to Hef, which would imply that the answer should also be abbreviated.