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Jul 8, 2015

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 Jack McInturff

Theme: Meeting your Match

20A. Formal education : BOOK KNOWLEDGE. Matchbook. I was unfamiliar with the clued definition; I understood it to allude (in a somewhat derogatory fashion) to a person who has no practical knowledge of a subject but got everything out of a book.

31A. Hold firm : STICK TO ONE'S GUNS. Matchstick. The English artist L.S.Lowry, who was famous for depicting scenes from the industrial north, was sometimes derided by art critics for painting "matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs". One of his paintings sold at auction in 2011 for around $8.6m. Not bad for a "Sunday artist".

41A. Sweets for one's sweet : BOX OF CHOCOLATES. Matchbox. When I've got some time on my hands I like to make dark chocolate truffles. I have to give most of them away or I'd eat the lot myself, and you have to make quite a few (at least five dozen) to justify the effort. That's a lot of chocolates!

57A. Smoker's superstitious no-no ... and hint to the starts of 20-, 31- and 41-Across : THREE ON A MATCH. I was familiar with the superstition, but not the actual phrase (In the UK, we referred to the superstition as "third light".) I discover that it was also a 1932 movie and a 70's daytime game show airing on NBC.

Jack Mac is back! When I blogged his previous puzzle on June 17th he commented that it was "probably" going to be his last puzzle. This one was fun - a lot of learning moments for me, and I didn't have my grumpy trousers on either, unlike the prior time blogging Jack, so I'm glad for the opportunity to let him go out on a happier note if this turns out to be his last.

Let's see what else we've got going on here.


1. One in a semi circle? : CB-ER. Great clue. One of a group of truckers.

5. "Peer Gynt" playwright : IBSEN

10. Chopped-up fare : HASH. Food! If you're ever anywhere near Napa, make a bee-line for the Boon Fly Cafe for breakfast. They make the world's best corned beef hash (in my humble opinion, of course). Here's the evidence before I ate it:

14. In the style of, on trattoria menus : ALLA. Two Food! in a row! Thanks, Jack.

15. Mount in Exodus : SINAI

16. Mighty Dog alternative : ALPO

17. Links star McIlroy : RORY. He tore a ligament in his ankle last weekend playing a pick-up soccer game with his buddies. He's probably going to miss the next four tournaments, including the Open Championship at St. Andrews next week. That's an expensive game of footie.

18. Court star Borg : BJORN. A very topical name as the Wimbledon tournament is currently underway. He won the Men's Singles there five times in a row.

19. Spiffy : NEAT

23. "Heidi" author Johanna : SPYRI. Crosses - I can never remember how to spell this name.

24. Entry before a password : USER ID

25. Mil. training academy : O.C.S. Officer Candidate School.

27. Legendary 15-Across climber : MOSES. He apparently came down with the Ten Commandments, which have been causing us miserable sinners trouble ever since.

38. Rent alternative : OWN

39. Pasty : ASHEN

40. Quaint quarters : INN

46. "Ah, Wilderness!" mother : ESSIE. This Eugene O'Neill play was completely unknown to me, so thank you, crosses.

47. Fifth scale note : SOL

48. 1950s-'70s TV heroine : LASSIE

53. Collect : AMASS

59. All-birds comic strip : SHOE

61. Matter of fact : DATUM

62. Big Apple neighborhood above Houston Street : NOHO. North of Houston. Soho is south. My next-door neighborhood here in LA is also a NOHO - North Hollywood.

63. New Rochelle college : IONA

64. Reason to wear shades : GLARE

65. __ mater : ALMA

66. Bird's place : NEST. 59A locale.

67. Ruhr Valley city : ESSEN. My first German text book in high school featured the Müller family who lived in Essen. I recall they were proud of the zoo and the river.

68. Congeal : CLOT. I  had "CLOG" first, which made my final entry a "what on earth is a shoag? moment."


1. Pasta nutrients : CARBS. My pasta nutrients are much more likely to be San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil and grated pecorino.

2. Hit just over the infield : BLOOP

3. Judy Jetson's brother : ELROY

4. Fast-food tycoon : RAY KROC. Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler wrote this song about him.

5. Dust jacket ID : ISBN. The International Standard Book Number.

6. Delicate piece of jewelry : BIJOU

7. Bamboozles : SNOWS. Learning moment for me. I don't recall  seeing "snow" used in this context before.

8. Country star Steve : EARLE

9. Former Candlestick Park NFLer : NINER. The 49ers have decamped to a new stadium at the southern end of the bay in Santa Clara. I saw Paul McCartney playing the final concert at Candlestick last year. I couldn't hear the music though - I was on a plane taking off from SFO heading home to LA. Great timing!

10. Intimidated, as a look : HANGDOG

11. Protected from gusts : ALEE

12. Place to relax : SPA

13. On a streak : HOT

21. Fourth-down call : KICK. Strictly speaking, it's usually called a punt on fourth down, but we'll let this one slide.

22. Lowers with a switch : DIMS

26. Like a dotted note, in mus. : STAC. Staccato. One of these things:

28. Court filing : SUIT

29. Kin of -ess : -ENNE

30. Fed. IDs : SSNS

31. Drink brand with a lizard logo : SOBE

32. Bills with Jefferson on them : TWOS. When I first got one of these when I moved to the US I thought it was a fake.

33. "What You Need" band : INXS. I thought the band name was pronounced "Ink-sis" when I first saw it in a music magazine.

34. __Kosh B'gosh : OSH. Kid's clothing chain, the clothes are no longer made in Oshkosh, which seems a shame.

35. "My, my!" : OHO!

36. Japanese chip maker : NEC. Microchips, not these cheeseburger-flavor ones from Tokyo:

37. Grandson of Eve : ENOS

42. Homeowner's winter option : OIL HEAT. Never heard of it until today. Heating oil, yes.

43. Reaction from a chicken : FEAR. Nothing to worry about from the Muppet's Swedish Chef though.

44. Rich topsoil : LOAM

45. Annual reference volume : ALMANAC

49. Marsh plant : SEDGE

50. "Captain Phillips" military group : SEALS. U.S. Navy Special Forces. Not to be trifled with.

51. Greek vowels : IOTAS

52. Harden : ENURE. Variant of the more common INURE.

54. Ring-shaped reef : ATOLL

55. Noodlehead : SCHMO

56. Young pig : SHOAT. My erroneous CLOG had me wondering what a SHOAG was. Then I read the clue. Aha!

57. A whole lot : TONS

58. Response to a sermon : AMEN

59. Offense : SIN

60. Ground breaker : HOE

That's Game, Set and Match from me! Here's the grid:



OwenKL said...

Finished the puzzle without mishap. Needed the reveal to get the theme. Thought I'd write about game shows that involve matching, but my Muse had other ideas.

Nix THREE ON A MATCH is a wartime tradition
With basis in fact, not just superstition.
Too long of a flame
Let snipers take aim,
And smoking was really a deadly proposition!

Today we have e-cigs, and habits are changing
MATCHSTICKS are now like buggy-whips fading.
MATCHBOOKS are passe,
Too bad matching maladies still are remaining!

But soon we can light up a joint with impunity
Provided we live in the right sort of community.
So maybe the MATCH
We once more will scratch
As lucifers are given a new opportunity!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Not quite as smooth as the last two days, but still not too bad. A few obscure names that I needed perp help with (SPYRI, EARLE, ESSIE) and a few false starts (wanted BOOK LEARNING instead of KNOWLEDGE and definitely wanted PUNT instead of KICK), but that was about it.

I've heard the expression THREE ON A MATCH before and always understood it to be a WWI expression warning against the danger of spending too much time with a lit match when under enemy fire (e.g., enemy snipers can see you when you light a match, and if you take the time to light three cigarettes on a single match it gives the sniper time to get a bead on you). That explanation might be completely spurious, but it always made sense to me.

Barry G. said...

Heh. Should have read Owen's poem before posting... ^_^

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Steve and friends. Fun puzzle. Not being a smoker, I didn't know that THREE ON A MATCH was a superstition. I had heard of the phrase, though.

Like Barry, I wanted Book Learning instead of BOOK KNOWLEDGE, even though Learning was too short.

It's usually not a good sign when I can't immediately fill in 1-Across, and the B in CBER/BLOOP was my last fill. Oh, that kind of Semi Circle. Good clue! My favorite clue, however, was Ground Breaker = HOE.

I also misremembered the Jetson's boy as LeRoy instead of ELROY. At least I got part of the name correct!

My first thought for the 1950s-'70s TV Heroine was Timmy's Mom. At least I had the right TV show!

I also tried Sunny instead of GLARE for Reason to Wear Shades.

My ALMA Mater appeared in yesterday's puzzle.

I recently bought my paralegal Johanna SPYRI's (1827 ~ 1901) book, Heidi, because she had never heard of this book and has young children. This book was a childhood favorite of mine.

Thanks for the Mark Knopfler, Steve!

QOD: Where there is age there is evolution, where there is life there is growth. ~ Anjelica Huston (b. July 8, 1951)

Fun Facts said...

Unlike the city in Texas, Houston Street in Manhattan is pronounced HOW-ston. Besides NoHo and SoHo, other acronymic (?) neighborhoods include DUMBO, TriBeCa, and Nolita.

desper-otto said...

Good morning, I think.

Boy did Jack Mac serve up a SNOW job this morning. My grid is awash in Wite-Out. I had to remove POPUP, GRIEG and GIANT. And even after correcting those sins, I still managed a DNF. I thought that drink brand was SOBA, so it was ASSIE living out in the Wilderness. Bzzzzzt!

Steve, OIL HEAT is a common expression. Your alternatives are OIL HEAT, gas heat or electric heat. We had OIL HEAT when I was a kid up north. Now I've got gas heat. Fortunately, I've never had to resort to electric heat -- the most expensive of the bunch.

thehondohurricane said...

Yesterday was a DNF thanks to an error of omission, today a FIW thanks to my lack of knowledge. Never heard of INXS or ESSIE so I went with INXm & ESmIE. Otherwise a smooth ride. Had totally forgotten Jefferson was on TWOS. and had confidently plugged in tens. Other unknowns were SPYRI & EARLE. Got 'em via perps. For 21D, began with punt, but it got KICKed out.

Casey sure isn't LASSIE. He's really smart, but has a mind of his own.Obedience training is going slooow. Dog has caused more mayhem in 9 or 10 weeks then any of his seven predecessors ever managed and they were no angels. Like my son told me last week, "you asked for it pop!" But, admittedly, I'm loving it.

Yellowrocks said...

Good puzzle and theme. SOBE was the only totally unknown, all PERPS
Hahtoolah, when I was in the upper elementary grades Heidi was one of my favorite books. Another was Little Women. I remember crying when Beth died. I read both books several times.
SNOW used in this sense is fairly common here. "Don't let her snow you."
I tried Jefferson on the tens before the twos, although I was sure $10 was wrong. It seemed impossible for such a great man as Jefferson to be relegated to the obscure $2 bill. I was curious about just who had been chosen for which bill.
Pictures of many people have appeared on U.S. banknotes over the years. Some men have appeared on different denominations of currency at different times or have been discontinued all together.
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Yellowrocks said...

A poem about our chaotic English pronunciation to be read aloud.

Gerard Nolst Trenité - The Chaos (1922)

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.

I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear;
Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.

Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
Just compare heart, hear and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word.

Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak ,

Link Entire poem

inanehiker said...

Learning moment for today was the phrase "three on a match", but it didn't hold things up too much. My only hang-up was putting in "boxed" instead of BOXOFCHOCOLATES, so when the last 2 words wouldn't fill I had to look again. My MIL had oil heat, it definitely gives the house a certain smell, which you get used to once you're there for awhile - but I can see why it went out of popularity.

Thanks Steve and Jack for a fun Wednesday run!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Jack McInturff, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Steve, for a fine review.

Could not get started in the NW (again). So I started in the North with SINAI, BJORN, and IBSEN. Went clockwise around the grid until I got back to the NW. Got ELROY and CARBS and then the rest fell. SPYRI was with perps. I remember the story well, but not the author.

Tried TENS for 32D. Then TWOS won that battle. Inkblot.


LASSIE was a good one. Tried to think of a woman star during that timeframe. after a few letters LASSIE hit me in the head.

Theme was easy. Remember THREE ON A MATCH well. I used to be a smoker and as kids we learned that phrase and never lit THREE ON A MATCH. So be it! I quit smoking in my twenties. Moved from Virginia to Pennsylvania and the price went up to 50 cents a pack. That was enough for me.

Not familiar with HANGDOG. Perped it.

Cool weather today. see you tomorrow.


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Occasional Lurker said...

This is NOT politics, but merely a very intelligent wordplay.

The Irish Times headline yesterday, about the new Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos ...

" Here's looking at Euclid ".

Read and ruminate.

Tinbeni said...

Steve: Excellent write-up, though I did notice ALPO didn't get a "foodie" cheer from LASSIE.

Jack: Thank You for another FUN Wednesday puzzle.

And my 4th down call was a punt before KICK emerged.

Have to admit at 42-d, Homeowner's winter option, I really wanted to enter "Wear Shorts" or "Go barefooted" but they wouldn't fit.
(Hey, Life is tough at that time of the year here in the Tampa Bay Area).

Did notice there was (again!) NO BOOZE in the grid.
So for the 3rd Day-in-a-Row there are no ... Cheers!

Avg Joe said...

Enjoyed this puzzle, but it was tougher than typical for Wednesday. Remembered the reveal phrase, so that helped out. Several unknowns and "can't remembers", but the perps were solid in all cases (SOHO, SoBe, Spyri and Essie).

Started out with $10 for the bill, but straightened that out. While I have several uncirculated $2's, I don't think I've ever gotten a $2 bill in any transaction other than selling scrap aluminum at the recyclers. They usually have them, for some reason. I'm curios if that's just a local thing, or if it's more widespread.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a fun, smooth Wednesday. Fav clue was one in a semi circle=cb-er. Corned beef hash is, to me, like _ _ _ is to Tin, as I lost the tip of my index finger in a meat grinder being used for making said hash. A mother's split second diversion, a two-year old's curiosity, and an older brother's mischievous moment: Voila! One shortened finger.

Very hot and humid today with more showers predicted. I'm sorry we can't send some of rainfall to the drought stricken, especially California.

YR, loved the poem. BTW, is Alan home yet? Owen, good job, as usual.

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

Sorry, I forgot to thank Jack Mac and Steve for a wonderful Wednesday outing; thank you both! 😍

Barry G. said...

With regard to $2 bills, most people don't realize that they still print them today with the latest series being Series 2013. I frequently pick up a bunch of them at my local bank (anywhere from 10 to 100 at a time) and enjoy giving them out for tips or just spending. Most of the time, the people I give them to act like I have given them a rare treasure, and I've only had one person refuse to accept one without first getting approval from a manager to verify that it was "real" money.

Husker Gary said...

-Yeah, THREE ON A MATCH is the worst thing that could happen to a smoker!
-I’ve taught next to many extremely BOOK SMART eduators who couldn’t teach a fish to swim.
-Dr. Seuss’s purveyor of STICKING TO HIS GUNS. Remember what he chanted while people told him to quit?
-CB radio was big during when this happened in America
-SOL (var.), a needle pulling thread…
-CLOTS after surgery? Be prepared for three stabs of heparin per day
-I thought of this DOTTED note where the dotted note gets another ½ beat
-TWO-DOLLAR BILLS were common here when horse racing was big in Omaha. Two dollars is the standard horse track bet as seen on this tote board

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Didn't know SOBE and tried MIXED and BOXED before BOX OF.

Theme eluded me. I am sorely out of practice.

Didn't know EARLE nor SPYRI - what an odd collection of letters that is.

Pretty good puzzle, but I guess my heart just wasn't in it

We'll have Nate and Em tomorrow, so I probably won't check in here.

Cool regards!

Jazzbumpa said...

I agree with Gary on the dotted note.

The dot following increases the notes duration by 50%. This is called a dotted note.

The dot over or under the note - the staccato symbol - make it short. This is NEVER referred to as a dotted note.

Gary - hope you're doing well and feeling better.


Jazzbumpa said...

We have good - better - best,
but not well - wetter - west.

What's up with that?


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Over thought 1a - one in a semicircle. How about this: ¢¢¢¢ ? So I entered 'cent' but got bupkes on the perps. Rethought it and CBER made a lot of sense. Great clue! Mostly an easy enough puzzle for a Wednesday. Guessed at NOHO and got help with ESSIE.
SPYRI - In 6th grade at day's end, if our class had behaved, our teacher would read to us from "Heidi", and other books. Never forgot SPYRI.
OIL HEAT - Converted to it in 1948 from 'anthracite' heat. No more shuttle coalscuttle trips to the basement coal bin for this 10 yr old.

desper-otto said...

Avg Joe, C&D Scrap Metal in Houston's claim to fame is ... "and we'll even pay you in $2 bills." They've been doing that for a long, l-o-n-g time.

Misty said...

This was a little tough for me this morning, but I stuck with it and eventually got it--thanks, Jack and Steve. It helped that I knew IBSEN and SPYRI, and finally figured out LASSIE after a bit. A good puzzle always helps to start off a stressful day.

I enjoyed the poem, Yellowrocks.

Smoking, aarrggh. Rowland was just diagnosed with lung cancer although he hasn't smoked for the last twenty-three years. But the forty or so before that caught up with him. Wish I hadn't smoked between 17 and 27, when thank goodness I quit. Sadly Rowland's cancer has spread not only to his lymph nodes but also to his bones and spine. So I'm having him brought home today. Hope the transfer goes well and that we can manage with Home Health care at home during this next phase.

Have a good day, everyone.

CrossEyedDave said...

Spent some extra time on 1A & was impressed with the clue/answer
(Spitz, cent? Interesting train of thought...)

Since when does ALA have 2 "L"s?

Soho, I never knew where that came from. I guess it makes perfect sense.
(but how come no one has ever heard of Noho?)

Not a DNF, & I can't claim an FIW, because I totally WAGed it wrong in three places (coincidentally).

Hmm, WAGed It Wrong,,, (WIW?)

3 on a match can be OK if no one is shooting at you....

Mr. Google said...

CED: ALLA is an Italian musical term meaning "in the style of", as in alla marcia, in the style of a march.

By the way, it's not true that "no one has ever heard of NoHo".

Jayce said...

Sure enough, I wanted PUNT, and wouldn't let go of it until STICK appeared.
Dotted note totally flummoxed me, for the reason Jazzbumpa mentioned; therefore even when STAC got filled from perps I couldn't figure out what it referred to.
What with four proper names in the NW, ELROY, RORY, RAY KROC, and SPYRI, that was the last area to get solved. At least I knew Ray Kroc without having to look it up.
Spitzboov, good thinking re the cent symbol.
Overall I enjoyed the puzzle, the only blemish being "Dotted note."

coneyro said...

A good Wednesday to you all.

This took me longer than it should have, but I forged on.

Stared (and stared) at 1A and couldn't make any sense of it. Had C__E__.Never heard of BLOOP and did not rememer RAYKROC. Had to leave it blank.

Did not know ESSIE, HANGDOG, STAC. SHOAT but crosses helped.

The theme was easy though, and the long fills went in quickly.

What do you think is more important to have....BOOK KNOWLEDGE or street smarts? I'll take life experience every time.

I remember OIL HEAT many years ago at my mother-in-law's house in Brooklyn. That was nasty stuff. It smelled and didn't really warm the house enough. Nowadays electric heat is the cleanest, but it's so expensive. Thank the Lord I live in Florida and rarely use it.

In the end a two letter DNF, but a valient effort.

Owen...Your verses are amazing! I don't know how you come up with them at the drop of a hat. You're very talented.

Sorry for the bad health prognosis, Misty. You are in my prayers.

Can someone explain to me the reasoning behind spending a fortune on OSH KOSH B'GOSH and other expensive children's clothing. They grow out of it so fast. My son never wore such things, and he turned out just fine. He also was taught the value of a dollar, and wasn't spoiled. Too many kids today feel entitled. Hard work isn't in their DNA. How sad.

Hope everyone has a pleasant day. Bye now...

Boo LuQuette AKA Boudreaux in Eunice, La. said...

Seemed like a thursday or Friday to me. I was thinking "schooling abroad" or boarding school for Book Knowledge.

Dust Jackets are common down here for horsemen. Long overcoats or lab coats are the norm for USDA men in the local slaughter houses here so I was stuck on USDA for while.

Good to see Jack Mac back. I think someone played a joke on us by posting that a while back!!

Mr. Google said...

Boo: A jacket is not a long coat. Perhaps you're thinking of dusters?

Yellowrocks said...

I think we need book knowledge and street smarts both. Without book knowledge we couldn't even read. Think of all the things you know of which you had no opportunity to experience. We know of other countries and cultures, other times and places, science and history which we have not experienced. As some have said book knowledge is no good without street smarts. But street smarts are inadequate without book knowledge.I have found that wide ranging reading that includes a very rich vocabulary, richer than street or every day vocabulary is a boon for x-word solvers. Then we don't have to say quite as frequently that was before my time or that subject is not part of my experience. Seasoned by street smarts book knowledge opens up vast worlds that otherwise would be closed.

Jack Mc Inturff said...

I thought it was the last one, then Rich Norris found this one. I'm embarrassed !!

Mr. Google said...

YR: "There is no frigate like a book".

CanadianEh! said...

A little crunchy probably because I was not familiar with the match expression but things fell into place.

I wanted Held for the dotted note and agree with JazzB.

I think we have had SOBE before but I could not remember it.

Canada no longer has two dollar bills. We have Toonie coins.

Anonymous said...

We have had SOBE(portmanteau of SOuth BEach) so many times its become crosswordese. Might be a good idea to commit it, the lizard and South Beach connections to memory. Kinda like that new age musician from Ireland and the scat lady.

P.S. is this the same HEIDI who interrupted a football game broadcast a long time ago?

CrossEyedDave said...

Dear Mr. Google, if ever I want to learn a foreign language, I will be sure to look you up...

Having lived in the NYC area for the past 50 years, it was interesting to learn where the name Soho came from. But I had never heard of Noho, so I went looking:

It was not on any of the maps I was familiar with...

Looking a little further, I did find a map with Noho on it!
What is interesting to me is that my old phone number started with Murray Hill 9....but the area I lived in is called "Tudor" on this map. (which makes sense because it was Tudor City.)

Unfortunately this made me look further:
Tribeca, everyone has heard of it. Did you know its name is a portmanteau from "Triangle Below Canal Street". The "triangle", which is actually more of a trapezoidal shape, is bounded by Canal Street, West Street, Broadway, and either Chambers or Vesey Streets.[1] The neighborhood is home to the Tribeca Film Festival.

Interesting, but did you know there are more neighborhoods that are not listed on this obscure map?

NOLITA: North of Little Italy
NOMAD: North of Madison Square Park
DUMBO: (Actually in Brooklyn) Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass
& the latest, & relatively new portmanteau, "Bococa" (don't believe me, just ask Mr. Google...)

Sadly my search for funny 3 on a match pics was not as productive, If you want to suffer along with me this is some of what I found:


CrossEyedDave said...

#2 (very sad...)

#3 (Hmm, I am thinking a menage a trois would be a bonfire....)

Oh wait a sec,,,, Gotta Go!...

Argyle said...

Ivar Kreuger, the Swedish match king, certainly did not create the superstition, as it has been alleged, but he made the widest possible use of it to promote sales. People, innately superstitious, did not mind wasting a match. After all, there might just be something in it! Certainly there were millions of pounds of profit for Mr. Kreuger who thus, by fostering for his own purpose a realistic wartime precaution, was able to increase his sales manifold."

Jerome said...

November 17th, 1968- In a nationally televised game The Oakland Raiders were behind two touchdowns to the New York Jets with one minute to go. NBC, figuring the game was over, aired the movie "Heidi", which was slotted to play after the game. Millions of people never saw the Raiders make a miracle comeback in that last 60 seconds to win 43 to 32! Since then no network, regardless of the score, has switched to other programming before a game is over.

The Raiders have a storied and glorious history and us Raider Nation folk are proud of our team. Unfortunately, for 12 years WE HAVE BEEN STIIIIIINKO!!!!!

fermatprime said...


Thanks, Jack and Steve!

No problems. Got SPYRI from the S. (Jogged memory.)

Misty: Am so sorry.


Tinbeni said...

Thanks for the NY Neighborhood map links.
And your "Match" links were a hoot!

I always appreciate your links, too.

In fact, I am always glad when I check in later in the day ...
and take the time to check-out ALL the links ...
especially the ones that are additional "learning moments."

That's the reason I always "Toast-at-Sunset" the wonderful people here!

Occasional Lurker said...

Argyle - Re: The match king, Ivar Kreuger.

I'm sure you are well aware that Ivar Kreuger was also one the biggest swindlers, and Ponzi scheme specialist(s) in the last century - even more than our local New Yorker, Bernie Made-off.

Compared to the monopolies that Mr. Kreuger's companies held in various countries from Germany to Brazil, I don't think an extra 'use' of the matchstick would have burnt (pun intended ) any of his stupendous profits.

Anonymous T said...

Hi Puzzle Pals!

It just keeps getting worse - no intelegent WAGS and too much white in the NoCe* area. I didn't know 5a (looked it up), still didn't help w/ 6d & 7d. Spelling 16a SIanI didn't help (dyslexia kills...)

And then THe__tNAMATCH...???? I finally looked up 46a to change 43d from Flee to FEAR... LASSIE, SEDGE, IOTAS (from etTAS) and ENURE finally relieved what a stitious was (there was a hyphen in the paper after super so I thought super-what? cool, bad, super-duper?) V-8 movement!

Oh well, I had fun Jack Mac on your posthumous-puzzle-making-days puzzle... :-)

Thanks Steve for all the answers. I enjoyed your lunch almost as much as you did.

Fav - since EES had issue, the NW corner. No issues there, it just fell even though I didn't know RORY and SPYRI (ESPs). Too, CBER was LOL.

Anyone use CBs back in the day? What was your USERID, er, handle?

I also liked SHOE & NEST in the same corner. I think The State Journal Register in SPI still carries SHOE. They also still carry The Born Loser.

Like D-O said... C&D Scrap Metal in CeHo(?) pays in $2 bills. Here's a BLOOPer from one taping.

Cheers, -T
*North Central?

Argyle said...

Occasional Lurker, the Wiki article you linked admits it was not a true Ponzi scheme; more a case of fraudulent bookkeeping to make his investments look more favorable. But there were actual investments and not just a house of cards like a true Ponzi scheme.

OwenKL said...

Barry G., re $2 bills, I do the same with gold dollars! Tips and yard sales! Store clerks don't like them, because tills don't have any space for them. But ordinary people love them! And it feels good leaving a stack of them on the table instead of just writing a number on a credit card slip. I can't understand why they aren't in wider use, but I'm doing my part. Strange thing is, I often have banks tell me they have none on hand when I try to buy a roll or two.

Mr.Google: nice poem I was unfamiliar with. I have mixed feelings about Dickinson, some of her poems and very bad, but a few are equally outstanding.

CED: thanks for the maps, but couldn't find the other end of the "traffic jam in Harlem that's backed up to Jackson Heights!"