Apr 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme: "Got Glue?"

Three different takes on the act of sniffing.

20-Across. [sniff] : I'VE CAUGHT A COLD. In my case, I'm sniffling because of allergies.

37-Across. [sniff] : THIS IS REALLY SAD. All right, fess up. How many of you cried at the end of "Steel Magnolias"?

56-Across. [sniff] : WHAT'S THAT SMELL? Does your S.O. hold the milk up to your nose and ask if you think it's still good?

I have blogged Jeffrey's puzzles so often, that I can finally spell his name without looking back at the puzzle information. ;-)


1. Bit of plankton : ALGA. Nailed it. ("This is gonna be a piece of cake!")

5. Venus and Mars : ORBS. ("Ummm...")

9. Actress Thompson of "Veronica Mars" : TESSA. ("Uh-oh, I'm in trouble...")

14. Small deer : ROES. I wasn't thinking in the plural!

15. Roman numerals may be seen on one : DIAL. My first thought. But I held off because everything else up north was pretty blank for a while.

16. Coveted annual honor : OSCAR. Took a minute, but it came to me.

17. Very aware of : TUNED IN TO.

19. Caroler's wear, often : SCARF.

22. Sun. speech : SER.mon.

23. Expressive music genre : EMO.

24. Sport fishing quarry : MARLIN. I found lots of clips on you tube, but this one was just crazy scary to me. 3:19

26. Way around London : TRAM. I noticed immediately that "double-decker bus" would not fit.

28. Debatable skill : ESP.

30. Manner of speaking : TONE.

31. Rueful : GRIEVOUS.

36. Shepherd's __ : PIE. I still remember the delicious shepherd's PIE that my grammar school cook used to serve.

41. "Jingle Bells" contraction : O'ER.

42. Some road signals : BLINKERS. The car's blinkers, or the yellow blinking light?

43. Desertlike : ARID.

45. Otoscope user, for short : ENT. I never knew that Tolkien's giant trees used otoscopes?  ;-)
(Ear Nose and Throat doctor)

46. Hurricane __ : LAMP.

50. Knock it off : DESIST.

52. Inflation meas. : PSIPounds per Square Inch.

55. "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) star Wasikowska : MIA. She and Johnny Depp were very good in this version.

60. Botch : MISDO.

61. Cockpit option : AUTO PILOT.

62. Expensive : STEEP.

63. Not at all pleasant : GRIM.

64. NYC-to-Montauk system : LIRRLong Island Rail Road.

65. Frauds : SHAMS.

66. Barnyard meal : SLOP.

67. Cocker spaniel of film : LADY...and the Tramp.


1. Recording __ : ARTIST.

2. Vent opening : LOUVER. Nit.  The louver is what covers or exposes the vent opening.

3. Canis and Felis : GENERA. Your generic dog and cat.

4. "Give me __" : A SEC.

5. Disgust : ODIUM.

6. "Don't Pass Me By" songwriter : RINGO.

7. Bad thing to take in Vegas? : BATH.

8. Pinball machine feature : SLOT. Ah yes, you never get to use all the other features until you put your coin in the SLOT.

9. 1900 Teatro Costanzi premiere : TOSCA. Nailed it. Rome's original opera house.

10. Go with : ESCORT.

11. Food often served seared : SCALLOPS. I just made those the other night, and served them with a balsamic reduction. Yumm.

12. Autonomous region of Italy : SARDINIA. There were five choices.

13. Dog's declaration : ARF.

18. Actor Daniel __ Kim : DAE. Remember him from Hawaii Five-O?

21. Pharmaceutical container : AMPULE.

25. Grant factor : NEED.

27. Classic two-seated roadsters : MGs.

28. It happens : EVENT. Because "S**T" was too short.  ;-)

29. Overcharge : SOAK.

32. Barbecue morsel : RIB.'s getting to be that time of year, when we use our favorite 52-Down. Cookout site : PATIO.

33. The Skerries in the 39-Down, e.g. : ISLETS. And 39-Down. View from Liverpool : IRISH SEA.

34. Yeats' home : ERIN.

35. Camera shop offering, briefly : SLR.

37. "The Wind in the Willows" figure : TOAD.

38. Legalese adverb : HEREWITH.

40. Fashion monogram : YSL. Yves St. Laurent.

44. Crown jewels item : DIADEM.

47. First name in aviation history : AMELIA.

48. Upper-class address : MILORD.

49. Insignificant : PALTRY.

51. Conductor's calls : STOPS.

53. Tread heavily : STOMP.

54. NetZero, e.g.: Abbr. : ISP.

57. Puts (out) : TAGS.

58. Throw hard : HURL.

59. Paper or pepper source : MILL.

60. Ed.'s pile : MSSManuscripts. The second "S" is not just the plural of the abbreviation.  It follows the rule of doubling the last letter of the abbreviation, similar to using "pp" for the plural of "pages."

And that's it from me for now. Your turn!


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I've never actually seen "Steel Magnolias," but I did cry at the end of "Old Yeller" when I saw it something like 40 years ago...

Mostly smooth puzzle today. Didn't know TESSA, didn't really care for MILORD and certainly wasn't expecting GRIEVOUS from the clue given, but those were about the only speed bumps in the road for me.

I guessed RINGO of the R in ORBS, so that was nice. I also guessed TOSCA off the O in OSCAR, which was also nice, but I was surprised that my first guess of OSCAR was actually correct since it seemed too obvious. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar, I guess...

Lemonade714 said...

Jeffrey and marti together again. A very getable theme but like miss m, I found I had to really dig to get this one done. The cluing of IRISH SEA and ISLETS was a challenge, no idea of TESSA; MISDO, HEREWITH. BLINKERS, and DIADEMS all took time.

Marti who has cooks in grammar school and especially ones who make good food, or maybe your memories are nightmares.

Thanks to both of you

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

It was a late spring up north. I deserted it for warmer climes and only returned when everything else was filled in. My problem had been DAMPER where LOUVER needed to go.

MISDO and MILORD are words I don't hear often, though the latter does evoke an image of the Little Sparrow.

Marti, you must have ESP to notice immediately that "Double-decker bus" wasn't going to fit. I was looking for a specific name, like the ubiquitous LIRR, rather than the generic TRAM. I've been to London many the airports, that is.

Barry, with just the "O" that opera could have been NORMA, except that Norma premiered much earlier. Maybe you'd know that. I had no idea.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Marti and friends. Ouch! This hurt my brain. I know I am in trouble when I can't answer 1-Across. ALGE just didn't seem right, and I wanted gods in lieu of ORBS for Venus and Mars.

I also wanted to take my way around London in the Tube instead of a TRAM.

It had to be a Hurricane LAMP because Katrina was too long.

One of my staff members lost the roof to his Patio in Monday's severe storm. The roof ended up in his front yard, but the furniture and barbecue stayed in the backyard.

QOD: Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. ~ Annie Dillard (b. Apr. 30, 1945)

inanehiker said...

Definitely one of those slow and "gettable" puzzles with perp help along the way. My paper had a misprint and just had the singular "classic two seated roadster" for 27A and the only one I could think of was MG, so had to wait to fill in to realize the clue should have been plural.
As to which movies I cry at the end, definitely The Notebook when the wife with dementia recognizes her husband for a few minutes at the end, maybe because both my dad and MiL had dementia. Interesting phenomena that many people, especially men, end up tearing up when watching movies on airplanes.
thanks for the write-up, Marti and puzzle Jeff --always a great Thursday combo

HowardW said...

I'm with Hahtoolah in preferring TUBE to TRAM. And what Marti said about LOUVER. Didn't know TESSA or MIA.

I was amused by the crossing of TOSCA and OSCAR, as I live in a paht of the country where those words are rhymed.

A good challenge by Mr. Wechsler, and nice writeup by Marti.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day,

This was a bear. Spent darn close to an hour to finish,but had one spelling error. For 48D I entered MyLORD. Had no idea who Wasikowska was so MiA looked legit. For 18D iI switched back and forth between DAE & Day. Finally went with the E because EMO looked better then yMO.

Even though I had ALGA, I kept thinking it should be ALGAe. Seems like Jeff used a little poetic crosswordese here.

Lots of guesswork, erasures, etc today, but i failed to keep notes, so I defer to my opening line to recap todays adventures.

Madame Defarge said...

Hello, everyone.

I couldn't check in yesterday and I know I must have missed something special. I learn something everyday here. Thanks.

Nice puzzle, Jeffrey. Like Marti, I thought I was in for a run after ALGA. Ha! It was barely a jog. Since I was struggling with a four-letter hurricane name for LAMP, I wanted Bessie (Coleman) for 47D. Funny to choose another aviatrix in a male-dominated field. I guess she was on my mind. Did a pick up at O'Hare yesterday, and the access road to the terminals is Bessie Coleman Drive.

Another busy day. I hope I can catch up here later. Have a sunny one and remember Hahtoolah's QOD. Perfect!!!

Tinbeni said...

Marti: Nice write-up explaining my D N F Ink Blot.

Like Hahtoolah I had gods and tube before ORBS & TRAM appeared.

For 57-d, Puts (out) I was thinking the answer was going to start with an F ...

Oh well, a "cold-front" went through last night ... the Lightning was amazing.


CrossEyedDave said...

I had a tough time finishing this one...

Fido says...

Learning moment...

Link Overkill... (Slightly DF.)

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Had to take the LIRR all the way to Montauk Pt. to get a foothold. Took a chance on Amelia and I was off. Sussed out ISLETS for skerries; RIB gave me BLINKERS which led to solving the center. Getting the theme at this point helped, too. Had 'tube' before TRAM; ARTIST held, decided that plankton included ALGA , giving GENERA, and it was solved, but for needing help with the DAE/EMO cross.

MILORD - Funny how My Lord became upper-class, while the direct translation in Dutch, Meneer, simply means 'Mister'.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Today's solve was kinda like a Saturday's - lotsa white to start with, then a gradual gaining of ground. Hand up for Tube before Tram. Knew diadem from Harry Potter; as I recall Rowena Ravenclaw's precious diadem was one of the seven horcruxes sought by Albus Dumbledore.

An Autopilot is a very nice cockpit option indeed. It saves a lot of effort, and reduces fatigue. Trouble is, an autopilot is really, really expensive. I was looking into installations well north of $20,000, a figure which is well north of my budget.

Big Easy said...

This was a tough Thursday, especially the NW which was completely blank until the end. I did attend Steel Magnolias with my wife but all I remember about it was Dolly Parton, as the beautician. Tearjerkers are not my cup of tea.

DIADEM made me look at the crosses because I've never heard of it to go along with the other unknowns-TESSA, RINGO, DAE, & MILORD. I didn't even notice MILORD until the write up because the perps filled it but it's a new word to me. I would never have filled ISLETS without the reference to the IRISH SEA view from Beatle-town.

Hurricane LAMP- we use flashlights and generators. I guess it is a Coleman lantern.

One tough puzzle but I finished but I had to work overtime to do it.

HeartRx said...

Lemony, not only did she cook wonderful food, she watched over us as if we were her own children. Great lady!

Inanehiker – “The Notebook” is definitely in the weepy category for me, too!

We are finally done with the kitchen demolition, and are starting to rebuild. So we are going to be dining out for the next week. Which doesn’t bother me at all!! The granite countertop will be installed on Monday or Tuesday – I can’t wait until this project is finished. But I know there will be another one waiting for me…

Rainman said...

Three ways to sniff? Okay, got it, but it didn't help much. Took over 45 minutes this morning to fill in, then no fanfare, so changed DAY to DAE and YMO to EMO, then changed MELORD to MILORD and finished. But it was a slog here and there. Yet WBS about some answers being surprisingly easy. My early guesses were good in several places... HEREWITH, GENERA, AMPULE, LIRR, MGS, etc.
Thanks, Jeffrey for the workout this morning and,, as always, thanks, Marti. Good work.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I agree 100 % with Barry G's second paragraph. I did enjoy the solve, though, and the cute theme.

Thanks, Jeffrey and Marti, for an enjoyable Thursday offering.

My favorite tear-jerker ending is in An Affair To Remember with Cary Grant (sigh) and Deborah Kerr. I have probably seen that movie 100+ times and, even knowing the ending, I still blubber (there's a word for ya!) like a fool! Casablanca's last scene ain't too shape, either.

I'm off to lunch with my sister, Eileen. I can taste that Bloody Mary already!

Have a great day!

Irish Miss said...

Sorry. Shabby not shape. Autocorrect is a pain!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Had to look up DEA and RINGO. Everything else came together with great difficulty. Sussed THIS IS REALLY SAD early on, but it didn't help a lot.

GODS before ORBS.

TOSCA was a swag, built around the S

The Previously unknown LIRR two days in a row?

The Freep also missed the plural on roadster.

NW was last to fall. Really wasn't TUNED INTO this one.

MYA for MIA. MY LORD is upper class address. MILORD is how the lower class addresses the upper class - a rather significant plot point for GAME OF THRONES watchers,

Tin Man - congrats on your Lightning advancing. Habs look formidable, but the Lightning were 5-0 against them this year. Good luck. I'm proud of my Wings. I think they were under-rated. This series was really tight and could have gone either way.

Tough puzzle, but I came close to getting it.

Tigers start a 4 game series against the bad boy Royals today. With 4 players appealing suspensions, I'll bet they're on their best behavior.

Cool regards!

kazie said...

Total DNF today. None of the sniffs made it into my grid,so not too many perps available to help with the many unknowns. I thought there were just too many localized references and names today.

I really didn't think they have TRAMS in London, so I resisted putting that there, and having GENERA and ARTIST already meant TUBE wouldn't work. I had the same problem with the missing plural in the 27D clue, so MGS never appeared either. I think this was typical of many dilemmas throughout this CW for me.

I was also reminded of Piaf with Milord--one of her saddest IMO.

I wish you all a lovely weekend!

Avg Joe said...

A real slog here. Prolly took 45 minutes, where a typical Thu is more like 12-15. Finally crawled to a finish, but it was FIW. Had MyA and MyLord. Rats!

Also had the singular car clue in the Journal Star. Filling MGB was a serious slow down, but that did get corrected.

C6D6 Peg said...

Totally loved this puzzle by Jeffrey... Like Dudley, kind of like a Saturday which made you really think. Got the theme answers pretty quickly. Heads up for TUBE before TRAM.

Marti, loved the Marlin clip. And laughed at a lot at your comments. Thanks.

CrossEyedDave said...

London Tram Ride

(Croydon Tram Cab Ride from Wimbledon to New Addington via Croydon West.)

coneyro said...

It's getting frustrating. Between this smartphone deleting my comments and unfortunately not feeling up to par, I'm having a bit of a rough patch.

Today's puzzle was a sea of white up top. Got the bottom half with no problem. GODS/ORBS TUBE/TRAM.. Had to dig deep and wag to get a foothold in the north.

In the end a DNF. My head wasn't in it.

A pleasant day to you all.

Buck said...

This perfect little ARF is going viral today as it is so cute this little puppy is not very aware of or TUNED IN TO to the whole phenomenon of hiccups just yet.

CED, you OK? Seems like your not yourself today. :)

Jayce said...

Very neat-o puzzle. Nifty writeup, too. What Barry G said in his 3rd paragraph. What Jazzbumpa said in his 3rd and 5th paragraphs. What C6D6 Peg said in her 2nd paragraph.

JJM said...

A little too tricked up for me today. A "tada" but it took a long time. I didn't like HEREWITH, DIADEM, or MILORD's clues. First name in aviation history i thought for sure was either Orville or Wilbur, certainly not AMELIA.

Oh well…. just got tickets for O.A.R. at Ravinia in Sept. That will be fun!

GarlicGal said...

Hi folks. A DNF for me. For some reason I couldn't get the "N" in genera or tuned because I had "RAE" instead of "DAE". (Tunerinto?) Yikes!

I was also thrown by no plural on the MG clue. Nice photo of the MG BTW. I have one just like it, same sassy red!

I liked the theme a lot. Fun for a Thurs. puzzle. I haven't had the time to post much lately, but I tune in every day and keep tract of all my
puzzling acquaintances.

Looking like temps in the low 90's today. Did I miss spring?


Ol' Man Keith said...

Had to work to solve this one. Started wrong with KELP at 1A. My first success in round one was SER, a familiar old 'un.
Most enjoyable? GENERA. It was fun just figuring out that the Latin clue needed a Latin answer and that GENERI simply wouldn't do. That was part of making the transition from TUBE to TRAM -- like so many before me.
My first successful WAG was RINGO. He's everywhere, isn't he?
Didn't care for MISDO. Yes, we're familiar with MISDEED, and even MISDOING, but although I may screw some things up and muck about with others, I don't MISDO. I can safely say that in all my life I never MISDID. Marti, Have you ever MISDONE?

SwampCat said...

Ave Joe, I once had two MGBs so I thought of that at first. But the MGA is more classic, and I think it is the one shown in the photo. The plural took care of having to decide.

This CW just beat me up! If it had interested me I guess I would have worked harder, but it didn't ... So I didn't. Not even close to a finish.

Marti, your witty write-up made it all worthwhile.

Lucina said...

Hello, friends!

I loved this puzzle! Anytime I have to dig deeply, it's a winner and this was it.

Like others, I started at the South Pole. However, was momentarily lost asea as I was certain Liverpool was at the opposite end but NORTH SEA wouldn't cut it. Finally reached the IRISH SEA and it all flowed in nicely.

OSCAR was my first thought but it seemed too obvious, finally I filled it and yes! TOSCA emerged along with all the rest.

Though generic, all the sniffs filled quickly. Fortunately I haven't CAUGHT A COLD in years.

"Certainly not AMELIA" and why not I ask you? Her first name is as valid as Wilbur, Orville or even Icarus. She made history as an aviator.

Thank you Jeffrey who often stumps and beats me. And thank you, Marti, who makes blogging seem such fun.

Yes, I cried at the end of SM also While You Were Sleeping, Return to Me, The Notebook and many others. I admit it, I'm a weeper.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Chairman Moe said...

"puzzling thoughts":

CED, great links today regarding the "theme" - surprised you didn't find something similar to this?!

WEES, the NW corner gave me fits; also, my paper, too had the singular clue in 27d which gave me MGB before I changed it to MGS. Also had STARR before RINGO, but the perps looked bad and reluctantly erased that - once I got ORBS, RINGO followed

Liked the intersection of MILORD and LADY

Great puzzle, Jeffrey and excellent write-up, Marti. Hope this prepares me for the next two days' puzzles

Given the fact that this is KY Derby week, I would rather have had a clue that matched this image of BLINKERS

I will be wagering a few $$ on the race; it's a strong field this year and there are probably 6 of the 20 starters who have a legitimate shot of winning

Chairman Moe said...

Just realized that the link I used to BLINKERS did not go where I thought it would! Try this instead

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Lots of white the first pass thru Jeffrey's great puzzle. I did a red-letter alphabet run on MIA and that seemed to get me going. I filled the bottom and worked back up in 29:49 mins. Love those red-letter re-directions. Enjoyed witty Marti!

Tried KRIL before ALGA & "north" before IRISH SEA. My Liverpool geography knowledge is foggy.

Having had LIRR so recently, I confidently plugged in LITT and was shocked when it turned half red. I really worry about my short-term memory sometimes.

Marti, we had 3 really great cooks all through EL/HI who were interested in us kids. I remember fondly their cinnamon rolls served with chili soup and a dill pickle one day a week. I guess the pickle was our green vegetable.

JJM: What & where is O.A.R. at Ravinia?

Ergo said...

Thank you Jeffrey and Heart.

A good Thursday offering. (Have we now had LIRR back-to-back...or was that earlier in the week?)

Car Guy said...

The MG in the write-up is a 1954 MG TF

CanadianEh! said...

Quite the workout today. Thanks Ed and Marti.

Hand up for TUBE! Also Scams before SHAMS. Luckily PSI filled in with perps because I was thinking of monetary inflation.

A little Christmas in April with the carollers singing Jingle Bells wearing their scarves.

Yes Tin, it should be interesting now that your Lightning meet the Canadiens Eh!

Have a great day all.

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody. I had a good time with this one though it was a struggle in spots. Thanks Jeffrey and Marti. I didn't care for GENERA. I always liked Veronica Mars since she show and dialogue seemed smarter than you would have expected. I remember the character played by Tessa Thompson though I never learned her name.

I attached the photo of me and our MG taken in Palos Verdes. It's a dark green 1955 MG TF 1500.

I normally get up about 7:30 but I was shaken awake about a half hour earlier with a small earthquake. It felt like one sharp jolt that rattled the windows and shook the bed but that's about all. It was centered about six miles away.

Husker Gary said...

I had to start way in the SE and work my way up on this very challenging exercise. I think I had fun, Jeffrey! ;-) The theme fill was very helpful. Puzzle took some time and I had a 10 am tee time and so am posting late.

-My only tears were after Field Of Dreams
-Very different – “What’s that smell/aroma?”
-We took a Disney TRAM but couldn’t remember if we parked in the Goofy or Pluto lot
-Catholic penitential rite mistakenly added syllable error, “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grevious fault”
-Oh, not this VENT
-S**T Happens (:13)
-I’d much rather look through an SLR viewfinder than frame a picture like this!
-Wilbur, Wright, nope, AMEILIA
-Crazyconductor yelling out STOPS (:33)
-If you recognize the hymn lyric, “Let angels prostrate fall, Bring forth the royal DIADEM…” you may have been the same denomination I was in my salad days.

The Apostate said...

Wikipedia says that All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name is sung by many Christian denominations. I know it was a favorite in the Lutheran church of my pre-rational childhood.

HeartRx said...

Garlic Gal @ 12:22, I used to have a ’59 Morgan, and people tended to confuse it with an MG. Mine was British racing green, with red leather interior, just like
this one.

Ol’ Man Keith, I have DONE a MISDEED, so was that a MISDONE?

Avg Joe said...

Would it be correct to assume that all these British sports cars were equipped by the Prince of Darkness? ;-)

CrossEyedDave said...

I would love to drive an MG, but I wouldn't fit...

PedantTheBrit said...

Gotta say a TRAM for a way around London is a stretch - I lived there for 40+ years and that one in Croydon is the only one I know of (and that's pretty recent). Also, my paper didn't have the "s" on the end of "roadster" so MGs was puzzling.

Car Guy said...

AJ@4:19 is no doubt referring to Joseph Lucas, founder of Lucas Industries, manufacturer of much maligned automobile electrical systems.

Chickie said...

HOla Everyone, Not a speed run for me today. I worked this off and on and still didn't get Milord as Lady was very elusive, and I didn't know LIRR. It has been years and years since I saw Lady and the Tramp.

Paper and pepper source for Mill was a favorite today.

EMO, SLR, USL PSI, and ISP are several abbreviations or Initials, etc. that were harder to get than usual.

Amelia was a given, as I'm reading A Fannie Flagg Novel right now, and the main characters are women pilots who served in the WASPS during WWII. Amelia is mentioned several times. The WASPS were given a raw deal from what the book tells me. They were considered volunteers so didn't have any benefits or recognition after the war.

Have a good rest of the day.

Avg Joe said...

Help CED!

Some time back, someone, purty sure it was 62 Rampy, posted a spoof video about a "magic smoke replacement canister" for Lucas equipped cars. It was hilarious, but I can't find it on YouTube. Maybe they took it too personally.

SwampCat said...

HG, I also remembered DIADEM from that hymn. Do we have something in common? LOL

Marti, I had a MGB in British racing green, but the interior was beige. What fun to have red!

Car Guy, the electrical systems in both of my MGBs were dreadful! I never knew why.

We learn soooo much here!!

Anonymous said...

There were many tramlines around London up to WWII then they were all dismantled.

PK said...

Husker, you mention a 10 a.m. tee time, so I'm wondering how the golf is going after your recent surgery? Are you back in full swing?

Big Easy said...

All this talk about MGs reminds me about why they went out of business.

All the British cars but RR & Bentley were junk. Continually requiring maintenance.

MG- gone
Triumph- gone
Morris- gone
Austin- gone

Rover- original land rover was good but the current Range Rovers are just overpriced "Chelsea Tractors"

Jaguar- went from bad to worse over the years. Currently owned by some Indian company. Son-in-law has an XF and is really glad he LEASED it. Can't wait to get rid of it.

Brit auto racer said...

Stick with the Honda Civic.

fermatprime said...


Thanks very much, Jeffrey and Marti!

An enjoyable puzzle. Only unknown was TESSA.

Just got home from dentist. Back in mortal pain.

You should also remember Daniel DAE Kim from Lost. (He had to learn Korean for that role.)


SwampCat said...

Ah, Big Easy, but those old MGs were such fun! Did we even care if the electrical system was good? There is a reality beyond efficiency!

Husker Gary said...

-PK, the doctor said I could play when I could swing a club without a lot of pain and so I have played four times and although I am not back to 100% it feels good to be back.
-I sang that hymn as a card carrying Congregationalist. It is the only time I ever heard the word DIADEM.

fermatprime said...

(Don't they still make Aston Martins?}

SwampCat said...


CrossEyedDave said...

Avg Joe @ 6:34

Is this the link you are looking for?

Lucina said...

Diadem is used in Revelations, a red dragon and upon his head a DIADEM. A white horse crowned with a diadem.

Those may not be the exact words but to that effect.

Anonymous T said...

Hi all!

[sniff] That hurt...

I won't go into all my MISDOs (ok, there's one) but suffice to say it is a GRIM inky mess o' SLOP O'ER in the ARID west. DNF.

Thanks (I guess [sniff]) Mr Wechsler...

True thanks goes to Marti for tying the whole thing together - Got Glue? link w/ a PSI AUTO PILOT as fill. Now that's OSCAR worthy!

And of course for everyone else keeping up the fun (CED).

I'll see how I do tomorrow.

Cheers, -T

PK said...

Gary, I forgot to mention, I still know a lot of the words to that hymn. I was raised in the Christian Church, a/k/a Disciples of Christ. I think the next words are "...and crown him Lord of hosts (or all)". I haven't sung it for 50 years. The things one learns in their "ute" are tucked in deep recesses of memory.

Glad to know you are regaining your vitality.

Avg Joe said...

That's the one Dave. Thanks. I was misrembering it as a video, so I'd only looked on YouTube.

Abejo said...

Good Friday morning, folks. Thank you, Jeffrey Wechsler, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Marti, for a fine review.

Well, I finished this yesterday afternoon but never had a chance to come to the Blog. So, here I am Friday morning.

Puzzle was fine. Got through it with some difficulty, but it worked. My last to fill was the North. ODIUM, RINGO, BATH, ands SLOT were slow in coming. My Rosetta Stone was ORBS. That got me started up there.

Theme was different, but fun. The first to fall for me was WHAT'S THAT SMELL.

Tried SCAMS before SHAMS won that battle.

I'VE CAUGHT A COLD really hit home because I have been fighting one for a week. Almost over now.

Never had seared SCALLOPS and probably never will. Not a seafood nut.

SARDINIA was interesting. Did not know that bit about autonomous.

See you later today if I can get through Friday's puzzle.


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JJM said...

Ravinia is an outdoor concert venue on the North Shore of Chicago located in Highland Park, IL. O.A.R (Of A Revolution) is a Rock Group famous for their outdoor shows. Seeing them live is infinitely better than listening to one of their CD's. Here's a song from a concert they did at Red Rocks just outside Denver. The name of the song is Hey Girl