Apr 29, 2015

Wedneday, April 29, 2015 Ed Sessna

Theme: WHY AREN'T YOU IN BED? or WHY iS THERE A TV IN YOUR BED ROOM?  The first words of the theme answers are the first names of a sequence of hosts for a TV show that airs too late to stay up for - at least for me in my time zone.

17 A. *Knave in a black suit : JACK OF CLUBS.   A most excellent clue!  In Britain, and among bridge players,  the Jack of a card suite is known as the knave.  This guy's counterpart is the JACK of Spades, offering another theme opportunity, depending on how many letters were needed.  The host referred to is JACK Paar [1957-62], who got into a big dust-up with the network suits for making a joke about a toilet.

24 A. *Griddle-cooked corn bread : JOHNNY CAKE.  Southern fried fare, and the iconic, always impeccably dressed JOHNNY CARSON [1962-92.]

38 A. *Symbol of nakedness : JAY BIRD.  If you ever wondered where this expression came from, here is your answer.  In my 'ute, a common insult, slightly bowdlerized was," If you stuck your brains in the hindquarters of a JAY bird, he'd still fly backwards."  JAY Leno [1992-2009, 2010-14] is known for his car collection and his chin.

48 A. *Like a well-made lock : JIMMY PROOF.  A JIMMY is a short pry-bar used to force open a door or window, and by extension a device to force open a lock.  JIMMY Fallon [2014 - ] is the current host of the program yet to be identified.

If you haven't sussed it by now, the unifier completely gives it away.   60 A. With "The," post-prime time fare since the '50s, four of whose regular hosts appear in sequence in the answers to starred clues : TONIGHT SHOW.  Since its inception in 1954, this is the longest running regularly scheduled talk and entertainment program on U.S. TV.  Not included in this list are the first host, the brilliant Steve Allen, [1954-7] and Conan O'Brien [7+ months spanning 2009-10] whose short stint was sandwiched between Jay Leno's two runs.  Carson had the longest tenure, but Leno had the greatest number of hosted episodes. 

Hi gang, JazzBumpa here.  Not really a TV maven, but I assume everyone knows about this program and its roster of celebrity hosts.  Let's get through this quickly so I can go to bed at a decent hour.


1. Senate electee : MEMBER.  One who joins, or in this case is [s]elected to be in a group or organization.

7. Russia-Manchuria border river : AMUR.  The world's 10th longest river meanders generally west to east, making the border between the Russian far east and northeastern China.

11. Simile center : AS A.  Right now I'm feeling smart AS A mule.

14. Esoteric : ARCANE.   Secret, mysterious and/or understood by few.

15. Without help : LONE.  

Four and a half minutes of misery

16. Amendments 1-10 subj. : RTS.  The Bill of Rights from the U.S. Constitution.

19. Prefix with state : TRI-.  Referring to a town, city or region that encompasses parts of three states.  There are several such in the U. S.  

20. Maldives landform : ATOLL.  A ring shaped coral archipelago.  The Maldives islands are one such, located in the Indian Ocean, 470 miles south west of Sri Lanka.

21. Taxi pickup : FARE.  Here is a not at all typical example. 

A sad smile, just the same [6:40]

22. Corrosive compound : ACID.  In either of a couple different senses.

23. Tofu source : SOYA.  Glop made from bean curd.

26. By way of : VIA.

28. Former Yankee manager who's now an MLB exec : TORRE.  Joe, who managed the Mets from 1987 to 81, Braves from '82 to 84, Cardinals from '90 to '95, Yankees from 1996 to 2007, and Dodgers from 2008 to 10.  

29. Comedy team who voiced the Piel Brothers of beer fame : BOB AND RAY.  

BOB AND RAY, the Two and Only 

35. Things to avoid : NO-NOS.  Just ask Nanette.

37. Goya's year : ANO.   En Español y sin tilde.

40. Clinker in a Glas : EIS.  And now,  in German, ICE in a glass.  Tin Man, just skip this one.

41. India's first prime minister : NEHRU.  Jawaharlal, in office from 1947 to 1964.

43. Pulitzer-winning WWII journalist : ERNIE PYLE. He died in combat in Okinawa on April 18, 1945.

45. Learns : HEARS.  Well, that is one way to learn.  If you listen.

47. Casual day, perhaps: Abbr. : FRIday.  Dress down day at work.  I never could get myself to wear denims, though.

52. Low-__ diet : CARB.  A la Atkins.

56. Big name in elevators : OTIS.  Big name in crosswords, too, though he had his ups and downs.

57. N.Y. commuter line with a Hempstead Branch : LIRR.  Long Island Rail Road.

58. Malia's sister : SASHA.  Obama, first and second daughters, respectively.

59. Flight-tracking fig. : ETA.  Estimated Time of Arrival.

62. Craving : YEN.    Derived from obsolete English argot for opium craving.   Meanwhile, I considered going to Japan, but didn't have the Yen to travel.

63. Some Alcan Highway pumps : ESSO.  Canadian petrol brand.

64. Email again : RESEND.

65. Soon-to-be grads: Abbr. : SRS.  Last year's JRS.

66. Afterwards : THEN.  Refers to the ensuing subsequent event that followed.

67. "__ End": 1970-'71 Streisand hit : STONEY.  

I forgot about this one


1. Subjects of two Goya paintings : MAJAS.  Anything worth doing is worth doing twice - right?

2. Muse for Millay : ERATO.  The muse of lyric poetry, especially of the romantic erotic, or perhaps even BAWDY variety.  Her name, meaning "desired" or "lovely," derives from the same root as Eros.  This muse is especially appropriate for Edna St. Vincent Millay, who was both a Pulitzer Prize winning poet and wildly promiscuous.

3. Kelley's "Star Trek" role : McCOY.  

4. Syrup-topped pastry : BAKLAVA.  Filo dough, nuts and honey.

5. Organic compound : ENOL.  This always bothers me, first, because the clue is so vague - there are literally millions of organic compounds, and second, because enols are inherently unstable, and quickly transforms into ketones.

6. One who whistles while he works : REFeree.  Cute clue

7. God of Islam : ALLAH.   Same God as Christians and Jews, just a different name.

8. Grieve : MOURN.

9. Not having yielded : UNBENT.  House Martell of Dorne has this motto as it's House Words: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken."

10. Hi-__ image : RESolution - clarity of image, having nothing in particular to do with New Year's Eve..

11. Ed Norton player : ART CARNEY.  From the Jackie Gleason sit-com, The Honeymooners; not to be confused with Ed Norton, the actor who played the un-named protagonist in the movie Fight Club.

This guy, being shown the door

12. Drill successfully : STRIKE OIL.  My dentist did some drilling a couple weeks ago.  Nothing this exciting ensued, I'm happy to say.

13. Parenthetical comment : ASIDE.  A comment a stage-play character makes to the audience, rather than as part of dialogue; or more generally, a comment in a text that is ancillary to the main topic.

18. Fiscal exec : CFO.  Chief Financial Officer.

22. Phobia lead-in : ACRO-.   Fear of heights.  I can relate.

24. Actress Pinkett Smith : JADA.  Veteran of many movies and TV shows, including the voice of Gloria the Hippo in the animated Madagascar movies.

25. Over there : YONDER.

27. Strain or sprain : INJURY.

29. Interdict : BAN.

30. Game that's close to perfect : ONE HITTER.  A baseball game in which the pitcher gives up only one hit to the opposing team.   In a perfect game, there are no hits and no walks.

31. Dvorák and Smetana : BOHEMIANS.   Two gentlemen from that geographic region in the Czech Republic, rather than the artsy-fartsy proto-hippies of the 19th century.  Though both were composers, so who knows. 

32. Deli option : RYE.  Bread.  Of course, there are also RYE whiskey, and RYE beer, for the trifecta.  

33. Like many dicts. : ABR.  I guess "dict." is the ABReviation for "dictionary," but I'm have a hard time making sense of this entry.  UPDATE:  As Argyle and some others pointed out, ABR is short for ABRIDGED, so we have, in ABRIDGED form an ABRIDGED dictionary.  Thanks, guys! 

34. Feminine force : YIN.  The make counterpart is Yang.

36. Kalamazoo-to-Cincinnati dir. : SSE.  South-South-East.  There's also a song about Kalamazoo, which has been my ear worm for about the past month.

Everything's O-K- . . .  

39. Jazz solo : RIFF.  Not really.  It's more of an ostinato phrase that might support an improvisation.  Here's a classic example.

Frank Rosolino on the trombone solo

42. Lambs' kin : RAMS.  The kids' dads and uncles.

44. Artist who had a Blue Period : PICASSO.  Pablo had his blue period from 1901-4, painting mostly in shades of blue.  These works were unpopular at the time, but are very popular now.

46. Jumping-in-puddles sound : SPLOSH.  Not SPLISH nor SPLASH?

All wet

48. Young hoppers : JOEYS.  Kangaroo offspring.

49. Car wash cycle : RINSE.   Heavy metal laundry.

50. Hunter seen at night : ORION.   The constellation that is home to Rigel and Betelgeuse.

51. Kin of gov : ORG.  Two top level domain url suffixes, for government agencies and organizations, respectively.   The ".org" designation was originally intended for non-profits, but now includes other types of organizations such as schools, opens source projects, and communities.

53. Pale : ASHEN.

54. French wine region : RHONE.  In southern France along the Rhone river, where wine grapes have been cultivated since around the year 600 A.D.

55. Off-color : BAWDY.   Lewd, or, more specifically, dealing with sexual matters in a humorous way.

58. Editor's mark : STET.  From the Latin for "let it stand," indicating that a previously noted editorial change should be ignored.

60. Vietnamese holiday : TET.  The lunar new year.

61. Billing nos. : HRS.  For attorneys and other professionals who bill according to time spent on a project. 

Well, that wraps it up.  Good puzzle, nice theme, well executed, albeit with a couple questionable entries.  Hope you didn't lose any sleep over it.

Cool regards!



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Not too bad today. Unknowns included AMUR and STONEY, but the perps were solid. Got the theme reveal before most of the theme answers, but it didn't really help any.

Only real sticking point was when I assumed that "Strain or sprain" referred to verbs and went with INJURE instead of INJURY. That left me with JIMMEPROOF at 48D, which I knew couldn't be right. Sad to say it actually took me a little while to realize what the problem was and fix it.

In other news, ye gods this puzzle had a lot of names in it!

Anonymous said...

Wow Jazz. Hope your feeling better. Thanks for all the music.

Argyle said...

Would 33. Like many dicts. : ABR make more sense if ABR stood for abridged?

Lemonade714 said...

WBS about unknowns but they filled easily. I really enjoyed the puzzle with all the Js and the Goya clecho was cute.

Long down fill was excellent BAkLAVA ART CARNEY ONE HITTER BOHEMIANS all sparkle. Nice to be reminded of the very entertaining Bob and Ray Piels commercials. Ed Sessa is a pro and JzB a gem. Thanks

HowardW said...

A fun puzzle theme, although I only watched the Tonight Show during some of the Johnny Carson years. BOB AND RAY are my type of humor. You can get a taste of their style on Youtube. And ART CARNEY -- I used to love it when Ed Norton would take forever to get ready to do something until Ralph Kramden finally blew up from impatience.

33A ABR is (I presume) short for abridged.

Thanks for the writeup, Jazz. Great links to all those songs!

Lemonade714 said...

Yes I am sure it references abridged as most dictionaries are not the OED

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yes, there were lotsa names in this puzzle. Earlier this week Rich was just priming the pump, getting us prepared. Still, JANE/JADE/JADA and SPLASH/SPLOSH were my only inkblots, so despite the spate of names, the perps were solid.

I don't recall Piel Brothers Beer, but I do remember Bob and Ray from the old NBC Monitor weekend radio programs.

Only 55 degrees this morning...near late April...unheard of!

unclefred said...

Terrific, fun puzzle that I really enjoyed, and JzB: What an outstanding write-up!!

kazie said...

Fun except for the proliferation of names and other unknowns again. As soon as I got the theme, early fortunately, that helped a lot. Then I just had to leave it while I did the sudoku to rest my noggin and come back to finish the NW corner, which then fell in fairly fast too.

Happy hump day to all!

Big Easy said...

JzzB-Lotsa work went into that write up. Apply for overtime.

I noticed the "J" theme at JOHNNY CAKE, and have to say that living in the South all my life, I have never heard anybody personally refer to cornbread made in a skillet called by that name.

The puzzle filled easily even with the long fills and unknowns.

STONEY End- I listened to the song and remember it but never knew the name of it. MAJAS, BOB AND RAY, JADA- all new to me.

TRI-state. My grandmother was born in Louisiana, my mother was born in Arkansas, and they moved to Texas, but these three places were less than 5 miles apart. But there is no major ( or minor) city around. Zylks, LA ( ain't there no more), Ravanna, Arkansas (really ain't there no more), Bloomburg, TX (there, but barely). All connected by a train track. And to boot, one of the uncles bought an ESSO station AFTER he quit selling moonshine out of his car. He didn't drink ( staunch Baptist) but knew how to make money.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

First fill was AMUR. Only unknowns were JADA and STONEY - but perps were ample. I agree with JzB on the theme subject being on too late. Also agree on ENOL. Over all, though, I liked Ed's puzzle.
BAKLAVA - BH keeps phyllo dough on hand almost as a staple. Last night she made a phyllo, apple, almond paste concoction for desert and it was delicious. No recipe; just ad hoc.

thehondohurricane said...


Today was a big DNF. The NW corner was totally blank, couldn't come up with one fill. Everything else filled in fine with only erasure being changing the A to O for SPLOSH.

Always seem to have difficulty with Mr Sessna's puzzles, but no excuse for todays failure.

Beer Guy said...


Piels Beer was a regional beer, originally brewed in Brooklyn.

"Like most regional breweries, including its New York competitors, Ballantine, Schaefer and Ruppert, Piels was facing an influx of national brands such as Schlitz, Pabst and Budweiser."

Bert and Harry were fictional brothers. The real Piel brothers were Gottfried, Michael, and Wilhelm.

Tinbeni said...

Jazz: What a WONDERFUL write-up. Took me longer to enjoy the musical links than to solve the puzzle.

Ed: Thank You for a FUN Wednesday puzzle with a great theme.
This is probably my NEW favorite "puzzle-of-the-year!"


CrossEyedDave said...

I had to work at the West side of this puzzle, but I got her done...

Posting would be incomplete without a tonite show clip, but which one? (So many to choose from...) However, I recently saw a clip (14 minutes) that I did not remember. It was from Johnny Carsons last show, Robin Williams was non stop, & at 9:40 Johnny says "wer'e outa here tomorrow night, what do I care...

SwampCat said...

What a fun puzzle! Got the theme and the long answers right away, even though I never watched the show. (Too late for me!) I guess the hosts were famous just for being famous.

And the other clues were also good. I liked 46d, but I had SplAsh at first instead of SplOsh. I liked all the Goya references, and it was a pleasure to be reminded of Ernie Pyle and Millay.

Even better than the puzzle was JzB's expo with all the music and insight! Thanks!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

33 D: ABR is now fixerated. Thnx.

Big Easy - Yes, I did get time and a half for this one.

Thanks for all the encouragement, everyone.

Like Barry, I got hung up on INJURE vs INJURY.

Maybe Steve Allan and Conan O'Brien got skipped for the lack of a J.

Here's another great Bob and Ray routine.

Cool regards!

Husker Gary said...

What a clever theme (the common “J” is so obvious I had never thought of it before), greatly complimented by fun fill and Jazz’s always great write-up

-I never saw Conan as a member of this line of succession
-I remember Bob and Ray as fixtures on The Ed Sullivan Show
-I’m not sure I could pronounce NEHRU’s first name
-There was no “dress down” day when I started teaching. Standard dress was a white shirt, tie and a suit coat even when it was 100˚F in the room.
-Most SRS have shifted into neutral or at least cruise control this time of year
-BAKALVA - way too rich for me!
-CARNEY and Gleason are in the pantheon of great comic duos
-We are going to till my 92 yr. old BOHEMIAN MIL’s garden this morning so she won’t go out and start spading it herself!
-Ostinato, Jazz? You got some ‘splainin’ to do to my spell checker! ;-)
-I told my lawyer, “I’d ask you what time it is, but I’m afraid you’d put it down as billable HRS!”

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Straightforward solve. That said, thank you JzB for Stan Kenton! What a great sound to have in my head.

Reminds me of a Buddy Rich band performance I heard back in the 70's. It was in Northampton's famous Academy of Music, an intimate 800-seat venue. The band was a powerhouse, and precise.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

What a clever theme! Before the reveal and Jimmy proof, I thought it was a play on the name John, with Jack and Jay. I don't watch any of the late night talk shows, but if I did, Conan O'Brien wouldn't be my choice.

Does anyone remember the Schultz and Dooley commercials for Utica Club beer?

Thanks, Ed Sessa, for a wonderful Wednesday offering and thanks, JazzB, for an equally wonderful write-up.

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

Is Bak lava more like pahoehoe or aa?

Loved the Carson and Bob and Ray clips. Got stuck in You-Tube-Land longer than planned.

Rainman said...

Very nice puzzle. Enjoyed sailing through a Wednesday's.
Did not know EIS was German ice but perps helped.
Always loved Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding. Bob's still living, I think. Chris Elliott is his son. Talent reigns in the family. Also loved Barbra's Stoney End and I recall we liked to discuss what the "stoney end" metaphor meant... was it death? or divorce? marriage? Subject to interpretation, maybe. It may be very clear to some people but not me.

What day is it?

Rainman said...

Another excellent write-up, Jazz. Thanks, Ed, very good.

Tinbeni said...

Jazz, I forgot to mention that when I solved the puzzle I never came across the 40-a clue, "Clinker in a glass," EIS.
(The perps had already "filled-it-in").

Then I did notice it was appropriately placed under NO-NO'S.

You definitely earned the "First-Toast-at-Sunset!"

PS I will cheering on the LIGHTNING ...
You can cheer for your Red Wings.

Beer Guy said...


Even though I went to college in Syracuse ('72), I hadn't heard of Schultz and Dooley. I guess they were before my time. Interestingly, they were voiced by Jonathan Winters.

CanadianEh! said...

Good Wednesday level puzzle. Thanks Ed and JazzB.

Hand up for Splash before SPLOSH. I'm not familiar with AMUR or LIRR but they filled in with perps.

I wondered if Tin would fill in EIS!

Favourite clue was REF. I love BAKLAVA as made by my nephew's Greek wife but it is very rich.

Off to enjoy the sunshine and tulips.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Ed Sessa, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

Beer Guy: Thank you for the Piels history. I like that stuff.

Puzzle went a little slowly until I picked up some easy words. Then it sped up. Theme was great. I always liked the Tonight Show. Never watched it continuously, because I had to work.

AMUR was not known. Perps.

BOB AND RAY were not known.

Maybe I will see a ONE HITTER tonight. I am going to the Cubs/Pirates game. Cubs are in Second Place.

ART CARNEY was the best!

Lots of yard work to do today.

Made a little more progress on the Sunday crossword. Maybe I will finish today.

See you tomorrow.


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Misty said...

What a delightful Wednesday speed run--I breezed right through this even though there were a number of names I didn't know. Was totally flummoxed by that first JOHN (a griddle cake? what the . . .)but loved the theme when it all came together. (Well, I did watch JOHNNY Carson for years and years, always a pleasure). Also loved the mix of high art (Goya, Picasso, Dvorak and Smetana) and popular art ("The Honeymooners," "Star Trek") and the food refs (BAKLAVA, JOHNNY CAKE, low-CARB, neat drinks without EIS).

Great puzzle, Ed Sessa--this will be one of my favorites. And Jazz, you really out-did yourself, as everyone noticed.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everybody!

Lucina said...

Greetings, friends! Thank you, Jzb, for the eloquent and witty review.

And thank you, Ed Sessa, for a quick and easy midweek puzzle. Even with the unfamiliar AMUR, all filled easily.

I loved JOHNNY Carson. He was truly funny and classy. No other emcee comes close and I've tried watching them all.

When you say you didn't wear denim, does that mean only on casual Fridays or ever? I'm curious.

Have a delightful Wednesday, everyone!

Lucina said...

Forgot to say, I love BAKLAVA!!!

Chairman Moe said...

"puzzling thoughts":

Even though I am no longer an "active" fan of Major League Baseball, I did know that the pitchers who are tied for the most ONE HITTER's thrown are this former Met, Angel, Astro, Ranger and this former Cleveland Indian. Rapid Robert, as he was nicknamed, I believe is the only pitcher to have thrown a NO HITTER on Opening Day (i.e., the first game of the year)

As for the puzzle, I was able to cruise through pretty much unscathed, although there are a couple of ink blots (had ARAL before AMUR; had BOR - my abbreviation for Bill of Rights - in 16a; and had SPLASH before SPLOSH). Since SPLASH was in place, the "theme/reveal" beginning TANIGH was not apparent. Once I saw the "clue" I figured out TONIGHT SHOW, and all was well

I took German in HS and a bit also in College, so EIS was easy, especially since I also knew GLAS

Tin, I loved your last post with regard to EIS being under NONOS! How appropriate. Also, I - like Jazz - am a Red Wings fan. This series has been so weird; kind of like Detroit's regular season. They could not win games at home. I think the Lightning win tonight, but would not surprise me if they don't

Irish Miss said...

Beer Man @ 10:15 - thanks for the link. Per Mr. Google, the ads ran in the 50's and 60's. UC is still being made, which I didn't know. I don't drink beer but I do enjoy my Dewar's with lots of _ _ _, much to Tin's chagrin!

Anonymous said...

Tin's Chagrin - what a great name for a band. Or a sitcom.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Central California caused consternation... _O_AND RAY. I kept wanting the Car Talk kids but knew Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe would advise them pimping beer on NPR is a NONO. Once BOB was filled I stopped thinking about Dvorak keyboards. and the V-8 SPLOSH'd(?).

Honestly, the whole puzzle was slow fill. In my defense, I'm not feeling too well and, as D-O attested, it's frickin' cold down YONDER!

W/os - elF before REF (cute) and all the permutations of NEHRU - I knew The Beatles wore his jacket.

Fav - The theme. I've seen everyone but JACK (pre-me). JOHNNY is fav, but JAY is Italian and JIMMY is just so fast, so gotta like 'em. CED - thanks for the Robin Williams clip. Funny to see where politics was then and now (only the names have changed) [that was my political ASIDE :-)]

Big Easy - I lived in Shreveport for a while; the weathermen always said "Ark-La-Tex" when addressing a new storm. Here's my fav villain trying to take over the TRI-state area.

Thanks Mr. Sessa (who's puzzles I dread but not as much as heights) and JzB for a fanFARE worthy writeup.

Cheers, -T

Jazzbumpa said...

Re: hockey. This is the 24th straight year the Wings have made it to the playoffs. I seem to recall two times they have utterly dominated a game 5, as happened a few days back, then gone on to lose the series.

They came into this as big underdogs, so reaching game 7 is a bit of an accomplishment. Tight games and routs both ways in this series. Very strange.

Losing Kronwall is real blow. It would be very hard to pull off a 3rd win in Tampa, anyway. I'm hoping for the best, but do not expect it. I'll be at rehearsal tonight, so I'll miss the game.

Many years ago the Toledo Goal Diggers went into the playoffs as an underdog, and went to 7 games with the Saginaw Gears, finally winning the Turner cup on the road. If I recall correctly, the home team lost every game in that series.

EIS Cool Regards!

Pat said...

This one started off slowly, but after a few solid answers, it came together nicely. Thanks, Ed Sessna. Loved the write-up, JzB.

I knew the show the puzzle was about but could not dredge up the name from the bottom of my memory. I'm familiar with the names of the hosts but I've never watched it. Like others, I've gone to bed by the time it airs.

I live in a TRI-state area, which is the destination of the trip from Kalamazoo.

I'm waiting for a repair person to show up. My time frame is "sometime in the afternoon".

Have a good Wednesday.


desper-otto said...

Back in the day any Wisconsin town worth its salt would have it's own brewery: There were Schlitz, Blatz, Meister Brau, Adler Brau, People's, Point Special, Heileman's, Leinenkugel, and from nearby Minnesota: Hamm's and Grain Belt. In Madison we had the local Fauerbach beer. The joke was that a sample analysis from the Dept. of Agriculture read, "Sir, we regret to inform you that your horse has diabetes."

Anonymous said...

Jazz--Thanks for the Harry Chapin clip. My all-time favorite! G from IL

Anonymous said...

Interesting that a puzzle with ONE HITTER in it also has the entry NO NOs. In baseball lingo a NO NO is a no-hitter. Nolan Ryan had 7 NONOS in his career, 3 more than any other pitcher. He also had 12 ONE HITTERs, tied with Bob Feller for the lead in that category.

Btw, I MOURN the sight of no fans in Camden Yards this beautiful afternoon. Just another sign that America has lost its way.

Bill G. said...

Good puzzle as expected from Ed. Thanks also to JzB.

I'm not a Conan fan either.

Dave Letterman used to be smart and funny. Now his show is tired with a few routines being so bad that I'm embarrassed for him and his writers. What are they thinking?

Barbara reminded me to make donations for the earthquake relief. I picked The Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. What are your choices?

Avg Joe said...

Enjoyed this one, especially the theme. Pretty much worked it top to bottom, so the reveal was needed. But was obvious once that clue was read. I was thrown by Bob and Ray as well as Ernie, thinking they were part of the theme.

D-O, I've had most of those beers you mention. And since I've never been anything close to a beer snob, have no shame in admitting it. Even Blatz. But your list does include the worst beer I've ever tasted. I bought 1 6-pak of Grain Belt back in the 70's. Managed to get one finished, but found it awful tasting. Gave away 2 others, that were not finished. And the final 3 were poured out. Nasty, nasty stuff.

Anonymous T said...

Anon @1:50 - good observation. I missed the NO-NO and ONE HITTER juxtaposition. Maybe C.C. JIMMY'd her way into the pzl. Heck, TORRE and STRIKE is in there too! I've got PROOF! Listen TONIGHT on the nutters' show :-)

Ryan has to be one of the best ever - and that was pre-'roids.

Bill G. Red Cross has always been my go-to. They had their issues, but they have the infrastructure. I can't wait to see what Colbert does w/ Dave's show.

Ave Joe - No offence to C, Eh? but Canadian Black Label was near the worst. There was another Canadian beer that started w/ an m and had a "wide mouth" that was also quite nasty. They were cheap though and got us through high-school :-)

Cheers, -T

CrossEyedDave said...

Art Carney was also a fine dramatic actor, Night of the Meek, Twilight Zone S2 E11.

Here are the last 4 minutes if you want to know how it turned out.

Chairman Moe said...

- T @2:11

Was Moosehead the beer you were thinking of?

If not, here is a link to all of the known beers beginning with the letter "M"

Bill G. said...

There used to be a beer out here in southern California in the 60s and maybe 70s called Brew 102. It's only saving grace was that it contained a little alcohol.

AnonT, thanks for the feedback on Red Cross. I've also liked what I know about Heifer but I'm not sure they are into earthquake relief.

Anonymous T said...

Moe - No Moosehead is a potable potent. I want to say Murphy something but would rather refain from besmirching a brewery. I didn't see it on the list; but that doesn't mean I'm recalling correctly - it was 28 yrs ago.

Oh CED - JOHNNY was off the air in '92? Wow - that was THEN?... Those were the days when we could eat CARBs.

Cheers, -T

Jazzbumpa said...

Re: denim -

The last few years of my working life we went to all casual days, and jeans days on Friday if you kicked in a buck for charity.

I was happy to work in khakis and a non-button-down shirt, but just thought jeans was taking it too far. Maybe it was my Catholic School indoctrination.

Basically, when I wasn't at work I was in jeans, and that is my typical attire still.


Lucina said...

Walking to the mail box a few minutes ago, the warm, dry sun felt so good for those few minutes. I am not, however, looking forward to 100 degrees predicted for Friday. It's been a wonderfully cool spring.

For a while I thought you might be the only male in the country who doesn't wear denim. Whew!

For charity, my church, Red Cross and Docs w/o Borders for me, too. I receive at least 25 solicitations monthly and have to cut it off somewhere. I could paper our entire complex with return address labels and note pads.

Beer Guy said...


Perhaps you are thinking of Carling Black Label (not "Canadian" Black Label).

Bill G. said...

Lucina, I warned you it was coming your way. :>) Yesterday and today have been way warmer than usual here with the sea breezes due back tomorrow.

I went to McDonald's drive thru to try one of their new Artisan chicken sandwiches for lunch (pretty good). They gave me little sand glass (hourglass) egg timer thingy when I paid and told me if my order wasn't ready when the sand ran out, I'd get a free sandwich. It ran out by about 15 seconds and I got a coupon good for a free sandwich next time. Such a deal!

Lucina said...

I appreciated your warning but it didn't mollify me about the inevitable onslaught of heat!!!

Yet, I miss it when I'm gone. What a paradox.

Jayce said...

Well sheeewt, just as I was about 75% through the puzzle online, Adobe Flash crashed and wiped away all my work. I didn't bother to start all over again.
Good puzzle and a fine writeup. Jazzbumpa, I always enjoy reading what you write. I agree with you about RIFF and ALLAH.
Interesting that so many of The TONIGHT SHOW hosts' first names begin with J.
Two of my colleagues are named Bob and Rey. They are brothers.

fermatprime said...


Swell puzzle and expo, Ed and Jazz!

AMUR and STONEY were all perps. Otherwise no problems.

The NYT puzzle for today was hard but great! Any lovers of geometry out there should get a bang out of it! Print it out and use colored pencils, like for ELK. (Or work online.)


JD said...

Good afternoon all,

Today's puzzle was a big leap from Tuesday and I had to Google a few names to keep-a-goin. Learned things I may remember and things I doubt that I'll remember.

Enjoyed all the links from your write up, Bumpa, and also CE's visit to the Tonight Show.

CanadianEh! said...

AnonymousT- I'm not beer drinker so no offence taken. The only M one I can think of is Molsons but I think it is fairly popular.

john28man said...

Except for Monday & Tuesday,I don't often solve a grid without looking something up but this was a leisurely walk though it until I did so with today's offering.
It helped that I thought immediately of THE TONIGHT SHOW.

Anonymous said...

Mickeys Malt Liquor Big Mouth

Anonymous T said...

Beer Guy - much appreciated... maybe. All I recall is a black Maple Leaf on the can and you could get 6 for $2 in '87.

Anon @7:30p - Mickey's! That's it -the little green grenades :-) - thanks.

JzB - Oh, it's the Catholic guilt that keeps me from wearing jeans on FRI. I thought it was 'cuz nobody wanted to see my scrawny butt in denim. Grandma said all of us boys suffered from "no-ass-at-all.' :-)

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

CED - I guess turn about is fair play. You got me hooked on The TONIGHT SHOW clips w/ JOHNNY and Williams. I've had them on for the last few hours while working with my mates in AU. Touché. Cheers, -T