May 29, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015, John Lampkin

Theme: It is T time, so let's have some dessert.

A Friday frolic with our musical bug man, photog, where a T is is added as the first letter of the second word of a common phrase, resulting in an amusingly clued dessert. With only three themers and a reveal there is plenty of room for creativity in the grid. First, I like the visual of this puzzle, JL's photographer's eye I am sure helped. (A hint is hidden in the grid: look closely at the middle). Instead of the regular look, we have mirror symmetry. We also have standard Friday low word count with longer average word length. The longer fill is loaded with sparkle: ANY TIME,  BIDS FOR,  BREWSKI,  DETENTE,  ETERNAL,  FLAT FEE,  INCUBUS, MUD PIES,  NOT IN IT,  YES DEAR, APIARIST,  BOB FOSSE,  EVIL TWIN,  RETRACTS with much of it word strings which are a challenge to suss. Any puzzle that ranges from ROO and MUD PIES to INCUBUS is a joy to me. Let us follow John's lead.

17A. Self-preparing dessert? : AUTOMATIC TRIFLE (15). A nice change from a weapon of destruction to an English yummy. RECIPE.

27A. Dry, powdery dessert? : DUST TRUFFLE (11). We just bought a new comforter with matching dust ruffle, but I should have gotten a chocolate treat. RECIPE.

34D. Surreal dessert? : DADA TART (8). We all should know this MOVEMENT from Jean Arp and others. The simple tart comes in many forms. RECIPE.

36D. Like the desserts in this puzzle, literally? : DONE TO A T (8). A Friday reveal.


1. Like some timers? : OLD. 20 mule team borax anyone?

4. Kids' rainy day projects : MUD PIES. The only time little boys are encouraged to 'cook.'

11. Watch kids : SIT. We get to baby sit Charlotte.

14. Piglet bud : ROO. From the world of Winnie.

15. Boring, facetiously : ETERNAL. This definition required perp inspiration, but it makes sense.

16. Kyrgyzstan city : OSH. B'gosh, I get this right away finally.

20. Supple : LITHE.

21. Red meat source : EMU. Too late for Memorial Day, but you can order these for the Fourth. LINK.

22. Red giant : S-STAR. This has been appearing regularly.

23. 37-Down's concerns : BEES. A tricky cross-reference but it is Friday. 37D. See 23-Across : APIARIST. A five dollar word for bee keeper. Where are Ulee and Sherlock? John any great Bee pictures? How about an original...

24. Year during Augustus' reign : ONE BC. For all the southern readers, "How many headache powders do you need to take?"

26. Val-d'__: French department : OISE. Oise is a river you need to know because of the great use of vowels. For Splynter, you can practice your FRENCH.

30. Human __ : RACE. I thought "kind" first.

31. Big bunch : SCAD. Not used to the term in the singular.

32. Moisten, as garden cobwebs : BEDEW. A nice Shakespearean word.

35. Shingle wood : CEDAR.

39. Biological duct travelers : OVA. Eggs.

40. Wagering letters : OTBOff track betting. I believe this has been replaced with online choices like TVG  etc.

43. You'd be amazed to stand in it : AWE. Really nicely crafted clue/fill for such a simple answer.

45. Unlock, to Byron : OPEn. Read some POETRY?

46. Tries to obtain : BIDS FOR. This works two ways, both literally and figuratively.

48. Dead last, say : NOT IN IT. Tough letter string, but accurate.

50. Hourly-rate alternative : FLAT FEE. A very large part of law practice, one of the three types of fee arrangements: hourly, contingency, and flat fee.

51. Marital concession : YES DEAR. My favorite fill of the entire puzzle; so well put.

52. Anne Frank's father : OTTO. I did not remember this

53. Belts : SWATS.

55. __ vez: Juan's "again" : OTRA.

56. Grassy surface : SWARD. This appears to be the LAT debut of this Friday word. It along with STORER almost did me in.

58. Bio, e.g. : SCIence.

59. Indifferent : STOIC.

60. Yes-Bob link : SIREE.

61. One of the Kardashians : KIM. If you want a link, go for it.

62. Sandwich request : TOAST.

63. Blog input : ENTRY. A CSO to us all.

64. Compound suffix : IDE. This old bromide...

65. Annie of "Designing Women" : POTTS. I enjoyed the series but I like Annie better in this ROLE  (0:29).


1. Colgate rival : ORAL B. I started with Crest.

2. Mascot of the NHL's Blues : LOUIE.

3. Like pointillist works : DOTTED. My father studied and practiced this type of painting

4. Cultural idea that may go viral : MEME. If you paid attention yesterday....

5. Acting legend Hagen : UTA.

6. Political thaw : DETENTE. Not in fashion any more. Now the Olympic arrests are a US scheme to take the World Cup from Russia, according to Vladimir Putin.

7. First coat : PRIMER.

8. Nocturnal demonic visitor : INCUBUS. My first thought was SUCCUBUS but it did not fit.

9. Corrode : EAT. The rust ate away my outdoor furniture.

10. Some pic takers : SLRSSingle Lens Reflexes.

11. Pushover : SOFTIE.

12. Lands in el mar : ISLAS. Spanish.

13. Pointing remark : THERE. Cute clue. An excuse for this CLIP. (0:26)

18. "And I'm Cleopatra" : OH SURE. I thought it was Queen of Sheba.

19. Wagnerian soprano : ISOLDE. Inspector Morse loved his Opera. They just announced a 9th season of Lewis in addition to the 3rd for Endeavor.

24. Needing no Rx : OTCOver The Counter.

25. Ozone-threatening compound : CFCChlorofluorocarbon. Better known as FREON.

28. Prune : SAW OFF. A branch on a tree, not a dried plum.

29. Aspects : FACETS.

32. Choreographer with nine Tonys : BOB FOSSE. We like to see full names in puzzles. hard to believe he has been dead almost 30 years.

33. Facetious scapegoat : EVIL TWIN. Also a TV favorite PLOT.

38. Pulls back : RETRACTS.

41. Digits displayed on beaches : TOES. Sing-a-long.

42. Suds : BREWSKI.

43. "Whenever" : ANYTIME.

44. Travails : WOES.

47. Acorn woodpecker, e.g. : STORER. JL like birds and bugs, but this clue bugs me.

49. "Ditto" : I DO TOO. Fun letter string.

54. Lithographer's material : ACID. This answer should be etched in your mind.

57. "L.A. Law" actress : DEY. A partridge that grew up. Interestingly, she was replaced by Annie Potts in the TV Series Love and War. I liked her in LINK.

59. Indy initials : STP. Scientifically Treated Petroleum. Andy Granatelli.

Well another fun effort from a dear friend to the Corner. See you in June. Lemonade out.


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Well, I got off to a rough start when I confidently made the same mistake Lemonade did with CREST at 1D. I was so sure it was right... Fortunately, the theme answer at 17A across finally came into view and showed me the error of my way.

Speaking of the theme, I got it at 17A and really thought that AUTOMATIC TRIFLE was the best of the bunch. I've never actually heard of a dust ruffle before (before reading Lemonade's comments, I thought it was perhaps another word for a feather duster) and, while I know that DADA is an art movement, the phrase DADA ART seems strained to me. I managed to get all the theme answers, however, so it was all good.

The rest of the puzzle was tough in spots but ultimately doable. I had a really hard time parsing the clue for SAW OFF. Actually, I had trouble parsing the answer as well. I was thinking "Prune" referred either to the fruit or to being wrinkled, and even when I could see the answer was going to be SAW OFF I was thinking along the lines of seeing somebody off and not sawing off.

There was more, but I'm outa time...

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This is the earliest I have ever posted, thanks to insomnia.

Enjoyed the puzzle, John never disappoints. Theme was evident at Automatic (T)rifle. Thought of Tin at brewski, fun word. There were a few answers that needed perps, but, overall, smooth sailing.

Thank you, John, for a Friday fun fest and thanks, Lemony, for the informative review and, most of all, thanks for NOT linking KK!

Have a great day.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Lemonade and friends. I'll have some T with my dessert! I Stand in AWE of this Fun Friday puzzle. It's always good when I can immediately get 1-Across on a Friday puzzle. The OLD Timer led me to ORAL B, so no other toothpaste even crossed my mind.

Pointing Remark = THERE was my favorite clue of the puzzle.

I wanted ME ALSO in lieu of I DO TOO for Ditto.

I also thought a Vampire was the Nocturnal Demonic Visitor.

The Houston Grand Opera put on a production of Wagner's Tristan and ISOLDE a few years ago. Now the opera is putting on Wagner's Ring Cycle.

I hope all in the Houston area and other spots in Texas are surviving the flooding. It is so scary to see the news reports of all the flooding.

QOD: One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak. ~ G. K. Chesterton (May 29, 1874 ~ June 14, 1936)

Beach Bum said...

Enjoyed this one. Nice fill with hardly any crosswordese. Good clues. Was able to mostly complete in order from top to bottom with the southwest last to fall, but many answers needed cross help (perps?) before I could see them. (What the heck is a perp, anyway? I'm fairly sure y'all don't mean it as, perpetrator.)

A few hang-ups; confidently wrote in ISER for OISE, tried RETREATS before RETRACTS, FIELD for SWARD, and ENDEW for BEDEW, at which point I thought, "I hope that's not really the answer 'cause it's awful." Thankfully, it wasn't.

Reference Guy said...


Avg Joe said...

This felt like a Saturday with a theme. Lots of trouble spots. I'm glad I was on John's wavelength for things like OLD, FACETS and BEDEWS or it prolly would have been a DNF. Even guessed Apiarist with only the A after Bees filled by perps (perpendiculars' Beach Bum), but that cross reference was just plain evil. Got it all, but barely.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Fun puzzle from JL, and an interesting writeup from Badge 714. Great way to start a Friday. Gotta love a puzzle that's got a BREWSKI in it, plus a shoutout to me.

I was thinking IPANA or GLEAM for the Colgate Rival, but for "Timer" I could only think of TWO and OLD, so ORAL B it had to be. My SCAD began life as SLEW and TOAST as NO MSG, so there were a couple of ink blots to untangle.

I'm far enough north of the city that flooding hasn't been an issue. When Houston got 8-10 inches of rain, we got 2-1/2. We're still about a foot above average in rainfall for the year. Anon-T, living closer to the fray, may have a different take on things.

Madame Defarge said...


Thanks John for a tough one that I finally cracked. I found some of the short fills immediately like OLD, SIT, ROO, OTB. I didn't see the theme until after several reruns when I found DUSTTRUFFLE. That opened up the puzzle for me.

Thanks for the tour, Lemonade. The links are great and expos are great.

HeartRx said...

Good morning everyone!

What a fun puzzle, supplemented by your fun write-up, Lemony! I loved seeing the huge T in the middle of the grid after I had finished. It was another gem thrown in by JL, just for good measure.

I never saw "Looker" with Susan Dey, but it seems to be some kind of horror film - a genre I generally avoid like the plague. Who would think that little Laurie Partridge would play a role like that???

My "grassy surface" was a knoll before it became a SWAle and then finally ended up as a SWARD. (phew!)

YR, so good to hear that Alan is improving.

I hope everyone down in TX is doing OK - such a scary situation to be in. Especially one news clip I saw where the family was filming from the loft in their house, and the river came crashing through the sliding glass doors. I assume they all lived to tell about it, though.


OwenKL said...

This was a Friday? Admittedly, I had to go to red letters, but only for 63a. I misremembered FOSSE was spelt FOSSy, and had no idea about DE_, which made 63 YNTR_. Tried iNTRo, and when no ta-da, finally resorted to checking. Everything else went fairly easily, tho SCAD held me up because I've never heard it not pluralized. Also the suffix on 3d because I read like as a fan of pointillist works, instead of in the style of...

Here's an article that deserves more circulation. If that link to my local paper gives problems, the original on Exercise Won’t Make You Lose Weight is there, with links to related articles.

I must watch my calories -- by and by!
Meanwhile, dessert,
You may do your worst.
And while we're at it, how about a MUD PIE!

Lemonade714 said...

Leave it to a constructor to be the first to comment on John's great big T in the middle of his grid. I have gotten into the habit on Fridays of looking at the layout to see if it offers a hint to what is going on. I wonder if the paper solvers of the computer ones saw the T first?

Beach Bum, glad to see you commenting again. It is how the Corner survives with lurkers coming to comment while some commenters leave to lurk.

Looker was an interesting movie, as psychological as horror. Michael Crichton was always able to weave compelling stories whether about doctors or dinosaurs and a cast with Albert Finney and James Coburn was aplus.

Lemonade714 said...

Yes Owen, I also think MUD PIE was a bit of John Lampkin under the radar humor in a puzzle about desserts.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Just had to try it since John's puzzles are usually fun and he stretches the variety of fill.
Started out with a sea of white but gradually the whole east side was filled in. Got the gimmick with adding a T to AUTOMATIC(T)RIFLE, and that helped start the west side. Fussed over BEES or 'hive', and B won out.
WAGged OTTO, OSH, ROO, and SWARD. I'm guessing the acorn woodpecker STORES acorns?
John's eclectic, sometimes whimsical fill are engrossing to solve.
Lemon, thanks for the fine intro.

Tinbeni said...

re: your comment at DETENTE
The recent arrests had to do with FIFA ... not the Olympic.

Solved from the bottom-up ... when I got to BREWSKI ... that gave me an idea of a better way to "start-my-day."


Big Easy said...

If Saturday is tougher than today's puzzle, I'm not about to pick up the newspaper. My first thought was OLD for 1A but couldn't think of a toothpaste so I tried CREST and IPANA for 1D. SVELT without the 'e' maybe? Nope. ROO was the only fill in the NW, UTA and SLRS in the middle, and SIT in the NE. ORAL-B came around 30 minutes later.

Unknowns were OTTO, INCUBUS, OTRA, LOUIE, SWARD, TRIFLE, OISE, POTTS, OSH. Ozone threat?- COO ( CO2), NOO (NO2) and finally went with the chlorinated fluorocarbons. Pulls back- RETREATS, RETRACES, and then RETRACTS. Corrode- ROT or EAT. I finally got a TOE-hold by guessing AUTOMATIC but I didn't know until this morning that a TRIFLE was a food. But AUTOMATIC RIFLE looked good and the cross with EAT gave the me theme.

I wanted to have something with LAST to end 48A before filling WOES instead of ILLS and AWE for AIR. NOT IN IT only appeared after I guessed DONE TO A T. I don't keep up with the Kardashians but KIM went nicely with the BREWSKI. CEDAR and 'The Racer's Edge' aka STP was all I filled in the SE on the first pass.

The SW gave me trouble as I wanted ASKS FOR and ESSAY for ENTRY and BIDS FOR, no knowing OTTO and SWARD is a word I have rarely heard , having no idea what it was. 'Acorn woodpecker' being a STORER was strictly perps because that is only one of the thousands of birds that I have never heard of.

SwampCat said...

How can a puzzle about desserts NOT be wonderful!! What a fun way to start the day. Loved MUD PIE along with the other desserts. And, yes, I did notice the T, but had no idea what it meant, if anything.

My favorite clue as lands in el mar for ISLAS. I kept thinking it must be something (someone?) thrown into the water, not a piece of LAND. Good misdirection, and foreign, to boot. One among many great clues.

Lemon, you were in fine fettle for the expo. And Owen, the poem was funny enough for me to forgive you for linking something on weight loss!! Please...I just woke up! LOL

Anonymous said...

I believe that SWARD is one of those words Jerome doesn't like to see in puzzles. I mean a person could go through their whole life without ever uttering it. Unless, of course, they were describing how they used a bad word in the past.

"I was so mad, I sward at 'em using every four letter word in the book!"

Lemonade714 said...

Yes Owen a very nice effort today as well.
Thank you

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Why do we pronounce the W in SWARD, but not SWORD?

Impressive accomplishment by John today. I have my nits, but will take Archie Bunker's advice.

For those who have never heard of trifles, I'll repeat an old joke that I might have seen here in the past.

A truck loaded with sponge cake collided with a truck loaded with pudding. The police refused to come to the accident scene.
When asked why, the chief said, "De Minimis Non Curat Lex."

Happy weekend everyone.

Cool regards!

Beach Bum said...

Thank you. Perpendiculars -- seems obvious, now.

Lucina said...

Greetings, friends!
Loved your review, Lemonade!

OLD sent me to John's wavelength and I crested on it all the way to the SW which almost did me in. First, I had OVI so DIDATART made no sense, but then realized it was DADA TART and originally had FLAT FEE but BOB FOSSE, first entered as FOSSY, set me on the right path. It always reminds me of Robin Williams demonstrating in Birdcage, FOSSY, FOSSY, FOSSY.

Took a long time for BREWSKI to emerge and bio was confusing as that's usually the abbrv. for biography. ACID etched it all out. One bad cell ruined my triumph, tho. LOAD/INCUBUL seemed right to me. Sigh. I have no idea what INCUBUS is.

Thank you, John Lampkin and Lemonade for this Friday fun.

Have a fantastic Friday, everyone!

Ted said...

The rules, regarding alternate names for BREWSKI.

Adolphus said...

Did y'all hear about these -ahem- BREWSKIs?

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks John for a fun puzzle. Did notice that the symmetry was off, but didn't see the T. Thanks, Lemonade & Marti, for pointing that out.

More rain to wake us this am. Yesterday, finally a day with no precip.

Happy weekend to all!

Nice Cuppa said...


Terrific! I will commit that one to memory.

(Albeit it, a mere trifle) as Holmes was want to say.


Lemonade714 said...

Nice Cuppa, good to see you. I wonder home many appreciate latin pun humor?

Anon T., I am sure somewhere in the world dot matrix printers are being used, but i have not seen one in a long while.

Lucina, I am surprised that with your religious background you were not taught of the Incubus, the Succubus and the like. I do have a link in the write up today that does explain the theories.

Nice Cuppa said...


It seems that SWORD is the only "SW" word that has lost the "w" in pronunciation, for reasons unclear (probably post-reformation elision). The vowel sound in SWARD was originally different from that in SWORD (but today is identical); so the W may have been retained in the former (a much rarer word) to avoid confusion.

That's my best guess.


Spell-checker said...

"As Holmes was wont to say."

desper-otto said...

Interesting about the Anheuser-Busch water campaign. They've got a huge brewery in Houston -- you'd think that would've been geographically more convenient.

CrossEyedDave said...

Two DNFs in a row! (sigh!)

I was looking forward to a John Lampkin on quirky Friday, but I went cross-eyed from the get go. 1A Like some timers? Old seemed like a possibility, so I went to verify with 1D. Not sure I looked at 14A. Roo! definitely a gimme! lets see, that makes, 1D Crest!

It went downhill from there...

Re: The Grid, I must have been thinking John Lampkin, because I looked at the Grid & thought,
"Why, it looks sort of like a butterfly!"
(little did I know I was about to be looking at a giant inkblot...)

Thank you John, Ya got me!

Eberhard said...

desper-otto: I'm sure there is a valid reason. Maybe they are having staffing issues since many of their employees are affected by the disaster. Maybe the plant isn't equipped to put out drinking water as the Georgia plant is. I imagine these two quotes hint to reasoning:

"Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer," Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

"It's something we're uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period," he said.

Nice Cuppa said...

Thanks Spellchecker. Just what I wonted….

…which reminded me to revert to my old avatar.


Lemonade714 said...

While I am not a fan of any of the Anheuser-Busch products, we all should commend their water efforts.

Argyle said...


Ol' Man Keith said...

It's rare that I can do a Friday pzl w/o a single lookup. I started to check on 2D's "mascot," but as soon as I saw the Blues are a St. Louis team I leaped the remaining short distance myself.
My intuitions felt good and fresh today. I got UTA and INCUBUS right away. APIARIST was easy because I was an asst. beekeeper one summer at Camp Royaneh (BSA) in No. Calif - many, many years ago. The rest of today's xwd came from dogged brain wracking.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

A DNF for me as my Natick was the SWARD/STORER intersection; even an alphabet run did not allow me to finish! Also, I missed the ACID/SCI/IDE in the south-central part of the puzzle - another Natick, I guess.

Along the way the ink blots occurred at: 46a, as I originally penned: BEGS FOR; I can also raise my hand for RETREATS before RETRACTS in 38d; and I must have misread the clue for 27A as I started with CURTTRUFFLE, which made 3d DOTTEC and 28d RAWOFF

Oh, well; tomorrow is another day . . .

Beach Bum said...

I'm pretty sure the only time I've ever heard the word SWARD is in Monty Python's "Dennis Moore"
song. Got a chuckle when I finally figured it out today.

Husker Gary said...

Yay for me, I got it done! Boo for me, it took almost an hour. What a fabulous puzzle.

-Joann and her twin sister got in trouble growing up by using actual eggs from the hen house for their MUD PIES
-Someone will have to SIT for our kitty when we travel again
-All lectures by EdD’s have been ETERNAL/boring to me
-EMU and Bison burgers are great
-S-STAR’s are way to the right on this chart
-You’d hate to be up an OISE sans un avrion
-Will BEDEW join UNMAN in our linguistic jousting matches? ☺
-OTB lingo in Seinfeld (:27)
-I stand in AWE of our constructors, especially this lovely woman from Guangzhou
-Saves time
-If you’re NOT IN IT, you’re TOAST
-This musical was based on FACETS of BOB FOSSE’s life. He also directed the movie.
-A water crisis on the other end of the spectrum

AnonymousPVX said...

I used to be anonymous, now I'm officially anonymouspvx.

A good Friday puzzle.

Argyle said...

Gotta go yell at the kids to get off my sward.

Jazzbumpa said...

Will you use a sword to ward wards off your sward?

Lemonade714 said...

Welcome to the blue world AnonymousPVX. Are you a Guild Wars person, or do you like loud speakers?

HG, I used to enjoy reading PUNCH, but now I read no magazines.

Lemonade714 said...

JzB all I can say to that is to give this QUOTE

coneyro said...

A "sweet"puzzle, but unfortunately, it went sour on me.

Couldn't get in tune on the constructor's wavelength. For example. I thought belt was SWIG, as in a large gulp. All I could think of for a demonic night visitor was KRUEGER of Elm St movies. I read Bio as biography not biology. It only got worse from there.

Interestingly, Anne Frank's father, OTTO, was a gimme for me, while other bloggers didn't know it. This family was my introduction to Holocaust events as a young child.

SWARD...Unknown word. Already forgotten. BEDEW...Bewildered by this.Sounds middle English. Will never use it.
SCAD..Did not know it as a singular term.

The only smile I had was OTB. In Brooklyn. N.Y. they were all over the place. We had one across the street. It was my husband's second home. Well, at least I knew where he was, and he brought home great bagels and fixings from the store next door.

I guess I was NOT IN IT today. I won't say, "Better luck tomorrow" because I'd be setting myself up for a Saturday fall. Oh, well, I'll salvage my ego on Monday.

Wishes to all for a relaxing weekend...

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

How can one not love a puzzle dedicated to the letter T (moi? ;-)). I saw JL and knew it difficult fun ENTRIES would ensue. And JL did not disappoint. Lem, not a bad job yourself. Thanks to the both of you.

1st thought - this is easy! as OLD, ROO, ORALB and LOUIE fell in seconds. But I was cut (er, SAWed) OFF at the knees. I had to Google 19d, and 65a to finish off those corners. I thought I could get by w/ no more Gs, but with goesFOR stacked over For a FEE, I G'd 32d. Done. LEM told me my WAGs were right.

But AWE, a DNF, yes SIRiE. What do I know about woodpeckers? (more since Argyles link).

Fav: Toss-up between 13d, 51a and the inclusion of an un-edible (at least now that I'm older) dessert. Nice.

Lem - I've consulted for a Chem Co that still had a DOT MATRIX for triplicate BOLs.

Hahtoolah - my part of Houston is drying out and cleaned up. How's it up there D-O?

Why H2O in Atlanta and not at the I10/610 Bud brewery here? After that storm, we want our BREWSKIs close by!

Cheers, -T

Jazzbumpa said...

I made an amusing gaff today. Mistook 32A for 32D. FOSSE is the only choreographer I could think of, and it fit.

So the SW corner was las to fall.

Lemony - R Strauss had his faults, but he did get that one thing right.


fermatprime said...


Thanks, John and Lemonade!

Great puzzle! Easy for a Friday!

No cheats!

Will read blog later!


Avg Joe said...

I've always found it amusing that the trombone players have a reputation for being badasses and that the bugle players always seem to be prima donnas. How come there's never any love for the Saxaphones? They've got plenty-o "tude".

Lucina said...

Well, Lem, it's my pleasure to enlighten you on religious instruction of the 50s and 60s. Any reference to sex, sexual urges or lust was always couched in euphemistic terms. God forbid that we indulge in any discussion of sexuality lest we act upon it!! At least that's my interpretation. As it happened when I and my convent sisters joined the general population while attending college we discovered the opposite sex and realized we might be missing something.

Therefore, neither INCUBUS nor SUCCUBUS ever entered our virgin ears. That's an interesting article. Thank you for linking. I was completely ignorant of the subject.

Jerome said...

One of my neighbors is a Mexican carpenter named Angel. A couple of times a week he shows up at my place after work with some iced down beers and we shoot the breeze. The other day we were talking about all the birds in our neighborhood and I started asking what this or that bird was called in Spanish. I asked about woodpecker. He said, "Carpentero." At first I thought this was kind of odd, but considering that they hammer on wood all day it makes perfect sense.

Anonymous T said...

So is it pronounced Ma-Ka-BR-E? *ducks*

Lucina - I didn't hear SUCCUBUS until listening to the crazy people on AM radio after midnight. suCUBUS [sic] was my 1st entry there. Dad wanted to be a Jesuit (he couldda' been a Pope!) b/f checkin' mama.*

Who wanted cow for 21a just for the CED links? OSH-SIT it was EMU. I don't want to tRUFFLE any feathers, but whatcha' got CED?

Arggg - The 'a' isn't working on my Logitech Bluetooth keyboard - I'm using the Apple Chiclet keyboard and the keys are too far apart. Nice to have an 'a', but I keep RETRACTing key-strokes.

Cheers, -T
*she was a LITHE model b/f me :-) Now she's an APIARIST w/ 6 BEEs hives.

Spitzboov said...

Jerome @ 1552 - Re: Carpentaro - LMAO. Funny how translations can hit ones funnybone.

I looked up the German:
acorn woodpecker = Eichelspecht; makes you want to gargle, but not so funny.

Low German:
acorn woodpecker = Eekappel Boomhacker or Holthacker
Translate syllables: Oak apple tree hacker or wood hacker. Sort of funny,; kind of fits.

CrossEyedDave said...

Argyle, fascinating pics of that woodpecker. I went to some of the pics websites & saw videos, learned a lot. except why a pic of that granary tree gives me the creeps...

Anonymous T, sorry, everyone here knows Friday is my busiest day. Plus I started looking for pics & got sidetracked by an hour of WWII footage of Memphis Belle.

Anyhoo, this is what I found: (not in order)

Dry, powdery dessert. ( I used to eat this stuff right out of the box, it's a wonder I'm still alive....)

(hmm, but it does explain the constipation...)

Surreal dessert. The crazy thing is, that's not a plate, they make it right on the table! Website link, if you don't believe me...

Self preparing dessert, this was my bane... Because there is no such thing!
But, if you want to take the time, Blow away your dinner guests with this!

& finally, done to a "T"... Anonymous T, this ones for you...

John Lampkin said...

Thank you all for the kind words.
All thank you Lemonade for your tireless devotion to the cause of puzzle craft!
And after being a T-totaler I'm hungry for a real dessert.

SwampCat said...

John, just don't have a MUD PIE!

Thanks for a Yummy puzzle!

Lucina said...

Here's a tiny correction. It's carpintero. Sorry, I just hate to see the error passed on.

Anonymous T said...

CED - I'm standing in AWE. Thanks too for the cake!

Your dessert w/ meal was $360/person?!? Dang - kids are eating at home... Cheers, -T