Oct 3, 2015

Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2015, Barry C. Silk

Theme: Saturday Silkie~!

Words: 72 (missing Q,Z)

Blocks: 28

  A very do-able puzzle from Mr. Silk to start October - for first time puzzlers tackling a daunting themeless Saturday, this one could very well be the inspiration to try again next week.  Not too many proper names, and for me, some easy-to-guess long answers - and nothing longer than 10-letters.  No Googling, no dictionary peeks, and I refrained from red-letters even when I did not get my "ta-DA~!" - twice.  My two 1-letter goofs are highlighted below.  Triple 10's in the across and triple 8's in the down;

1a. World War II code name : OMAHA BEACH - Saving Private Ryan was on this week; I stayed with the opening scenes showing the allied forces storming the beach; very real and terrifying - and I was not there

12d. "Sharknado" actress : TARA REID - yes, sharks in a waterspout

65a. WorkCentre cartridge filler : XEROX TONER

34. Vegetable oil source : FLAX SEED



11. Small matter? : ATOM - one Saturday, this will be "A to M" - half the OED

15*. For instance, in Cannes : PAR EXEMPLE - well, you all know how I feel about the Frawnche - so I had "A" and not "E" after the "X"

16. Early word : MAMA

17. Diamond rarity : TRIPLE PLAY - which diamond~? - not the stone, the baseball reference

18. First name in '80s-'90s Dodgers history : OREL - and speaking of baseball....

19. Clean __ : SLATE

20. One may be tucked : TUMMY

22. Emulating : À LA

23. Talking Heads bassist Weymouth : TINA

24. Part of CBS: Abbr. : SYStem - the other parts being Columbia and Broadcasting

25. Co-star of Humphrey in the 1954 film "Sabrina" : AUDREY - IMDb

27. Tense : ON EDGE

29*. Epson products : INKJETS - printers, that is.  I stared at INK-ETS for wa-a-a-y too long

30. In a lather, with "up"? : SOAPED - har-har

33. Last Supper question : "IS IT I~?"

34. Asian __ : FLU - I had MAU, and pondered SEA - but then that was at 54a.

37. Heading for old wagons : DUE WEST - ah - not OUT west

39. Traffic cops?: Abbr. : DEA - Drug Enforcement Administration - "smuggling" traffic

40. Fat, e.g. : LIPID

42. Element used in atomic clocks : CESIUM - I threw in CARBON, because it fit.  Only the "C" was right - so that's 16% @ 100%, right~?

44. Hindu retreats : ASHRAMS

46. Lacking radiating processes, as nerve cells : APOLAR - 83.3% perps

50. Nissan SUV introduced in 1999 : XTERRA - and to be dropped in the US at the end of this year - this fact was brought to you by a clue from a previous puzzle

51. Being in a life-imitating computer game : SIM - I am a big fan of Sim City - here's my crop circles from the UFO invasion that occurred in one of my games

53. Cowboys quarterback Tony : ROMO

54. Black __ : SEA

55. Six-Day War hero : DAYAN - learning moment for me - the Wiki

57. Railroad turnarounds : LOOPS

58. Green state? : ENVY

60. Ski area purchase : LIFT TICKET - HeartRx is trading in her blogging ticket for a lift ticket - thanks for your Thursday write-ups~!

62. Landing nos. : ETAs - I pondered FLRs, too - for staircase landings

63. Music with vocal parts : OPERA SCORE

64. 16-Across speaker : DOLL


1. Decides one will : OPTS TO

2. Game fish : MARLIN

3. French satellite launcher : ARIANE - mostly perps - another learning moment

4. Deadly sins and others : HEPTADS - group of seven

5. Ferris wheel component : AXLE

6. Fresno daily : BEE

7. Item sometimes redeemed : EMPTY

8. Outstanding : A PLUS

9. Secretive sort : CLAM - as in "clammed up"

10. "Yo!" : "HEY MAN~!"

11. Latin 101 word : AMO

13. Café order : OMELETTE

14. Two-part country : MALAYSIA

21. Clown around : YUK IT UP

24. 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee : SEAU - Junior - I did not know about him

26. CD players : DJs - dah~! this should have come easier than it did

28. "The Great Dictator" co-star Paulette : GODDARD - half perps/half WAG

29. 7/15, e.g. : IDES - this 'par exemple' is the ides of July

31. Muscle beach display : PECS

32. Field grazer : EWE

35. Mind : LISTEN TO

36. Turmoil : UPHEAVAL

38. Musical king's land : SIAM

41. Discount abbr. : IRRegular

43. Marrakesh setting : MOROCCO

45. Antacid brand : MAALOX - the name I recalled, the spelling, not so much

47. Spectate : LOOK ON - what I like to look on;

48. Current unit : AMPERE

49. Roll : ROSTER

51. More cautious : SAFER

52. Emcee's job : INTRO

56. "Good grief!" : "YIPE~!"

57. Place for tick marks : LIST

59. Initials on L'Homme fragrance : YSL

61. Burden : TAX


Note from C.C.:

Let's meet Lemonade's granddaughter Harper Mae, who was born last Monday Sept 28, 2015. Harper was 15 hours old when she met Grandpa Lemonade.

Charlotte, Dad, Harper & Grandpa Lemonade

Big Sister Charlotte and Harper

Click here for two more pictures.

I have a Charlotte label on my Ginger Roots. You can click here to see all Charlotte & Harper related pictures.


Hungry Mother said...

Xs and Ys big help today. Triple play again.

Anonymous T said...

Good Sat to Y'all!

This is one of my best Sat's in a long time, but still a DNF.

42a was my 1st fill. ROMO was second "know it!" and then hunt 'n' peck. Silk, you're a formidable opponent :-) Thanks for the pzl.

39a - DEA was funny. 58a was punny...

Fav - 17a I saw the Astros turn one back in the day. We may get the wild card this year (sorry C.C. and other Twins fans...). T-2 games.

I'd INK'd rapeSEED b/f an XTERRA pulled up. The rapeSEED flowering (also called FLAX and canola) was beautiful in the fields as I looked down flying into Aberdeen and months later into Calgary.

I ended up w/ most of the puzzle complete, but there's still white squares in the NW and SE; just stuff I donno.

Thanks Berry. Splynter, I'll read your answers later. The broken-ribs-whiskey-cure is starting to kick in.

Cheers, -T

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Well, I'm glad Splynter found this one so easy (for a Saturday, at least). As for me, I found it to be a typical Saturday Silkie, meaning I started out looking at a lot of white space after my first pass through the grid, started panicking that I wasn't going to be able to do it at all, and then slowly picked my way through until I finally got 'er done.

I'm embarrassed to admit that TARA REID was the first thing I entered with any sort of confidence. The Sharknado movies are junk, but they are meant to be junk and are enjoyable if you like tongue-in-cheek humor.

The cluing over all was tough, but this is a Saturday. I'm not sure how, but I managed to guess my way through ASHRAMS, DAYAN, APOLAR, etc. Oh, and hand up for SEPTETS before HEPTADS (that really slowed me down in the NW).

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This was a Saturday quicky, but not without its do-overs. I noticed the accent aigu, so I knew it'd be the French spelling of OMELETTE. But my "Roll" was not a PASTRY. Tony wasn't LIMA, RIMA or ROMA, but ROMO. Who knew? During landing, the pilot is concerned with his glide path, so my "Landing nos" began life as ALTS. Not to be. My SOFT JACKET morphed into a LIFT TICKET. Anon-T, hand up for RAPESEED. But these multiple sins didn't slow me down much. They just messed up my grid. Thanks, Mr. Silk, for a fun outing.

Splynter, nicely done. I'll even spot ya the additional 2/3% you didn't claim on CESIUM.

JCJ said...

Fun Saturday puzzle.

HowardW said...

Like Splynter, I found this to be relatively easy (for a Silkie). I think this was due to the fact that I "got" most of the proper names, such as Junior SEAU (he was on the Patriots for a while), Tony ROMO, Moshe DAYAN, Paulette GODDARD, OREL Hershiser, and AUDREY Hepburn, while on the unknown side were only TARA REID and TINA Weymouth. Thank heavens for older "pop culture" references! Took a while to retrieve ARIANE, but that was stored away in the mental filing cabinet. MAALOX I remembered from my parents, fortunately I've never tried the stuff -- does it taste as bad as it looks? Tried tARpoN before MARLIN, and siERRA before XTERRA -- wrong maker! -- among other slipups.

Thanks for a smooth puzzle, Mr. Silk! And a nice write-up, Splynter.

Madame Defarge said...

Surprisingly smooth as Silk! Thanks Barry for getting my weekend started on a high note.

I have no idea how this worked for me. I am finding Saturday Silkies to be a struggle, but in the end very doable and logical. Now that I've said that. . . . As usual it was a snow drift to start, but with each pass, it fell together. Initially, I wanted Overlord for 1A, but no fit. OMAHA BEACH was a good guess on my second pass after I counted out for Utah where my dad landed. PAR EXEMPLE was my first entry, and I think the early fill gave me some confidence. My favs: TRIPLE PLAY--I couldn't stay clear of those Forever stones. XEROXTONER--I've replaced enough of those to know better, but I couldn't see it until I took the MAALOX. I liked the X-es today.

Thanks for the Saturday amusement ride, Splyner. I always look forward to them.

Cute photos, Grandpa. Thanks for sharing, C.C. Have a good day!

PS: Can anyone really explain what Canola is other than a made up name? Some articles say it's a GMO food and that we shouldn't use it. I'm quite curious, and Google didn't satisfy me. Same with Kumatos--very mysterious.

Yellowrocks said...

A fun Silkie, no look ups, no red letters, got the TA DA on completing without having to look for mistakes. It took about an 3/4 hour plus a break. There were plenty of white spaces, kinda daunting, but each pass produced more fill. It didn't seem easy, but looking back, it was easier than most Silkies for me.
My FIL took MAALOX regularly. The spelling held me up for a bit.

Although I find paper and pen solving more satisfying, I must, at last, concede that with a difficult puzzle, working online in the master mode is easier. I can type wild guesses of which I am uncertain and then change them as I get more info without creating an illegible smear.

As per WIKI; The name "canola" was chosen by the board of the Rapeseed Association of Canada in the 1970s. The "Can" part stands for Canada and "ola" refers to oil. However, a number of sources, including The Free Dictionary, continue to claim it stands for "Can(ada)+o(il)+l(ow)+a(cid). The name was coined partially to avoid the negative connotations of rapeseed.

thehondohurricane said...

I agree that this was not a typical Saturday toughie, but still enough ??????? to make it a DNF. Had no idea what 7D was and did not know a Talking Head bassist so I wagged an O. 29D 7/15 is wife's birthday, so it couldn't be IDES and CESIUM was out of my wheelhouse. Ended up leaving the box for the crossing S blank. Meant to wag an N, but forgot.

NW was a cinch except for 23A & 4d. TRIPLE PLAY & OMAHA BEACH were a good foothold...almost.

Other then the CESIUM/IDES error, the South was very doable.

Hectic weekend. Casey goes to kennel. He'll have fun in daycare, have a chance tho meet other dogs & raise some "merry Hell.". Son gets wedded tomorrow. Lucy is driving me nuts with her fretting about the reception. Come fast Monday, PLEASE.

Steven J. St. John said...

I was so excited to throw down BARBAROSSA at 1-Across, as that's my mother's maiden name. Took me a while to accept the fact that that was not the right answer! (Spoiler alert for the long-distant future: I'm going to have to try and construct a puzzle with that 1A...)

I thought OPERA SCORE and XEROX TONER were green paint entries, but maybe I'm wrong? Other than those I thought this was typical Silkie excellence!

Anonymous said...

What is a green paint entry?

Northwest Runner said...

For one of the most spectacular bug of software history you can look up the history Ariane.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got hung up spelling GODDARD correctly. Had rapeseed before FLAXSEED and didn't suss DJ'S. Did not know SEAU. But did get ARIANE, Black SEA and CESIUM. And spelled MAALOX correctly. Not as silky smooth as some, but always fun to work on.
Favorite clue was for DEA.
Moshe DAYAN was an icon of the Six-Day war. Got a lot of press.
LOOPS - Common PAR EXEMPLE at a delivery point of a unit train; say, at a coal-fueled power plant. The locomotives and cars remain connected throughout the delivery.

Husker Gary said...

A veritable tiptoe through Barry’s etymological tulips! Easiest Silkie ever but still very charming.

-OMAHA BEACH was my first instinct and off I went
- An even rarer unassisted TRIPLE PLAY by Troy Tulowitzki
-If I knew Troy Tulowitzki, I guess someone else could know TINA Weymouth
-I watched Audrey and Cary yesterday in this fun movie (92% Rotten Tomatoes)
-Getting SOAPED UP in hotels with hard water is a chore
-Many of those DUE WEST wagons passed through here following the Platte River
-OPERA SCORE – If the Carmen cast bowled against the Turandot cast?
-Only indoor Ferris Wheel in NE
-Returning EMPTY’s in my yute bought me many pinball games
-Café took back my ESPRESSO and brought me an OMELETTE
-Turmoil = UPHEAVAL = Syria
-Lovely pix Lemon!

Mr. Google said...

"I only just learned the term "GREEN PAINT answer," which, in crossword-constructor-speak, is an answer made up of weak adj./noun pairing. TALL WOMAN, for instance, is not a good puzzle answer. It's certainly a phrase one might say, but it doesn't have enough coherence, conceptually, to be a good crossword answer." - Rex Parker

HowardW said...

Northwest Runner -
Thanks for the reference to the Ariane software bug. I had never heard of that, although I've encountered the underlying software issue in similar (but far less disastrous) forms. Made me wonder about the etymology of the phrase "cluster f---" but it predates the Ariane.

SwampCat said...

Loved some of the clues/answers, but couldn't get enough of them to finish. win again, Mr Silk! I win the enjoyment, however.

Only one question, not really a nit. Is Omaha Beach a "code word"? It was the name of one of the Normandy beaches attached on D-Day. I filled it in confidently, then began wondering.....

Big Easy said...

This easier than normal Silkie had printer companies and 'Frawnche' spellings with actresses that I didn't know- AUDREY & GODDARD- or never heard of- TARA REID. But after Friday's DNF debacle, I did this one in less than 30 minutes.

A few write-overs included SWEEP to SLATE, HEY YOU to HEY MAN, OBESE to LIPID, OUT WEST to THE WEST and back to OUT WEST. I knew PAR EXEMPLE, MOROCCO, OMELETTE, and ARIANE but was not sure of their correct spellings. MAALOX- back in the 70's I would order at least 3-400 cases a month- huge seller but I hated it because it came in glass bottles that were always breaking. I had no inkling of what SIM was but the perps were solid so I let it be. Talking Heads or TINA Weymouth are total unknowns. Talking Heads in my opinion are the political commentators on every news program; they act as though they really know something, but so do politicians.

My only first pass gimmes were AMPERE, Tony ROMO, CESIUM, ASHRAMS,and SIAM.
TRIPLE PLAY- I witnessed an unassisted one this summer by a 9 year old shortstop on my grandson's ball team. He caught a line drive, stepped on second, and ran down the guy running from first.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I, too, found this to be an easier than normal Silkie. In fact, I finished in record time, even though I was stuck on the Ariane/Tina crossing for awhile, then, finally, a WAG gave me my tada! Overall, getting a lot of the long fill really helped in making this a fast and satisfying solve.

Thanks, Mr. Silk, for your usual Saturday challenge and thanks, Mr. Splynter, for your usual Saturday summary.

Beautiful pictures, Lemony. Charlotte radiates that proud big sister look and Harper looks like a little doll. What a head of hair she has! (Charlotte reminds me of little Shirley Temple.)

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

If you weren't humbled by today's BS, try the one in the NYT. I am bowed and broken. Congrats on your twofer, Mr. Silk.

C6D6 Peg said...

WOW! An easier Saturday than normal. This was almost a speed run, so I guess I was on Barry's wavelength today. Thanks for the smooth solve! D-O, yes the NYT today put me back in my place, too!

Nice write-up Splynter. It wouldn't be your blog if there wasn't any pic of legs!

Splash said...

I loved the 7D clue for empty! It took me a bit. I considered only body parts for 57D Tick marks (I didn't read marks) and my only option was Fist. I was convinced 57A Railroad turnarounds was Foops! Had to check here to admit I am an idiot. As a Patriots fan (go team go!), I was happy/sad to see Junior Seau here and pray for all every time he's in a puzzle. Tragic.

Thanks for the great write up as usual and great puzzle today. A doable Silkie.

Yellowrocks said...

Cute pix of the grandkids, Lemonade.

Steve said...

CAESIUM in the UK. Question for you American-speakers - if you don't call it a CESAR salad, why CESIUM?

We should be told ...

Nice expo, Splyter. Quick and easy Silkie for me today, weird periodic table spellings included ...

Freond said...

What a great puzzle! I thought it was pretty hard, but it was one of those "on the same wavelength" days. That doesn't usually happen on a Silkie. If you're not on that wavelength, it's a super struggle. I wouldn't call 42 minutes a speed run, but once a few clues popped, it seemed to go nicely.

I started it last night, and got very little of it. Then this morning in the NW corner I was only able to get MARLIN and CLAM, but I was off to the, well, not races, but out for a very pleasant walk. Getting OMAHABEACH and PAREXAMPLE from 2 letters really felt like that sheer-luck/wavelength thingy. Having the first 2 letters of the downs was a huge help. I figured out the French spelling later, too.

SE was held up until BOOTLOCKER became LIFTTICKET (D'oh!), then the rest of that corner no longer seemed so weird.

Having OPTSIN for 1D caused problem. Last to fall was the Naticktick with TI?? (pop group first names? NOOO!), AIRA??, and HEPT??S (gotta be HEPT-something!). Fortunately TINA wasn't too weird a name, but I had TITI or TITO for too long. Thought it would be a guy; don't know too many female bass players.

Thanks for the nice write-up, Spylnter. I kept thinking, "Me too!"

desper-otto said...

Steve, you have seized upon one of the many anomalies of American English. However, since you're living in this country, you should cease and desist. We're just more parsimonious with our letters than you Brits. "Save the letters!" he cried.

Bronx Boy said...

Steve: Shouldn't that be CÆSIUM in the UK? I think I first encountered that ligature when a clever salesman sold my father a set of the Encyclopædia Britannica (the salesman found our very rare surname in the index). But it's not the way Jiminy Cricket spells it.

Freond said...

I'm with you on the use of names. I knew the actresses, even tho I couldn't fill any in without a few perps. Spellings can be near random, so there's little chance of figuring them out like you can do with lexical words, or sometimes even foreign words. That's why obscure names is a pet peeve of mine.

Argyle said...

One of my favorite Talking Heads - Psycho Killer.

Freond said...

UK vs. U.S. spelling variations might have historical bases, but are pretty much beyond explanation. They aren't right or wrong, they just are. Many are just due to that brilliant reforming American fool Noah Webster who thought he could simplify things.

Sometime there is a big of a reversion. I've noticed that many American plays are now put on by organizations using Theatre in their names, like Steppenwolf Theatre (just put on very good production of one of your favorites, East of Eden).

Why is it MATHS in the UK, tho "mathematics" is singular? It's ECON not ECONS for economics, right? Language and spelling generally isn't logic based. DEBT has a B?? ISLAND has an S?? Well, the Latin did so we should too. Logic is as likely to screw things up as to help. We should be right loath to impose too much logic to make changes in language and spelling.

Jayce said...

I love puzzles by Barry Silk. A Barry Silk puzzle is usually like a silky smooth Rolls Royce, elegant and classy. With his puzzles, I invariably start out with lots of unfilled space, despairing that I won't be able to solve it. Then I get a toenail hold, then a toehold, then a foot in the door, and I discover how it all goes together. Today I didn't need to look anything up, but I often do need to. Hang onto him, Rich; he's a keeper.
A hearty Lemon-flavored handshake to the proud grampa, and best wishes to you all.

Steve said...

Mr. Silk has a twofer today - the NYT too. That one took me a bit longer.

AnonymousPVX said...

No cross outs - at first. Then had "par example" instead of "par exemple", which was fixed by "BEE" , and "maolox" instead of "maalox" because of "Doyan" instead of "Dayan".

Still a relatively easy puzzle from Mr. Silk. And that's it from Rain Central, AKA coastal South Carolina. Quack, quack, might as well try to grow feathers…I mean it's really coming down.

Yellowrocks said...

Freond, interesting language discussion. I agree that our language isn't logical and there is no way we can impose logic on it. It is an amalgam of many languages and naturally occurring revisions. Each revision is a step away from the original. When a species of plant or animal is separated from others of its kind, it and its erstwhile kin develop in quite divergent ways with different influences acting upon them. The same can be said for British English and American English.
I know I am prejudiced, with a lifetime of interacting, speaking, reading, teaching American English. So to my insular mind American English seems much simpler and more modern. BTW I welcome the changes in the language with a sense of having been a part of history. I felt the same way as a young teen during the Korean War, realizing I was experiencing history up close and personal. The English language in its infinite variety is fascinating.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Splynter's right! Jayce too - and other comrades!
This was the most do-able Silkie in a LONG time -- and perhaps the first ever where I didn't need to look anything up. (Well, except for confirming that SIERRA was wrong; I was right in guessing that it needed something with a "T"" in place of the "I".)

Freond @1:06 - You're absolutely right that there are no rules of thumb (or otherwise) to explain the differences in Brit and Yankee spelling, nor in punctuation. Our US rules for marking quotations are less logical than the British, but I still must "correct" my students' papers when they try to slip me a Brit usage. As for the spelling of Theater/Theatre (a word I use a lot in my work), I rebel against the Frenchie ending, preferring the honest Germanic finish over the hoity-toity effete Francophilly flourish. I used to justify it by reminding myself of the Anglo-Saxon basis of our language. But then I guess the Norman conquest deserves some small acknowledgement, else whatever was the point of "Vae victis"?

Freond said...

Wikitionary entry on theater/theatre" is interesting. The word isn't of Germanic origin, so "-er" seems harder to justify on any historical grounds. It's been -re in England since 1700, but Etymonline says that is from French influence. I wonder why it started as "-er"? Have to pull out my OED and check on it.

Grammarist said...

Theatre often appears in the proper names of American theaters—for example, the American Ballet Theatre, the Muncie Civic Theatre, and the Genessee Theatre. When referring to one of these establishments by the common noun, theater is the usual spelling (in the U.S.)—for example: Denver loses another theater space when the Vintage Theatre is bounced from its home at 17th Avenue and Vine Street. [Denver Post] - Grammarist

TTP said...

I always like Barry Silk's puzzles. You get such a wide range of vocabulary, and see words uncommon to most puzzles. (I may have a totally different opinion after his next offering... :>))

That NW corner took an inordinate amount of time to work. Thought I was going to have a nit with eNraGE for 27A. Oh wait. Nevermind. To add to that error, I first filled "shirt" for "one may be tucked" and couldn't quit thinking about it even after getting the Y in YUK IT UP.

And just so you know... At 10D for "YO!", AdriAN fit, and the AN seemed to corroborate it !

Swampcat, Omaha Beach is a code word, as were Utah, Gold and the others. The overall goal to take Normandy was Operation Overlord, and the beach assault landings was Operation Neptune. The individual beach landings were given the code names that are so well-known today. Please see
Overlord Beaches

Anonymous said...

TTP: If one wanted to pick a nit one could say that "OMAHA" was a code word for one of the beaches but "OMAHA BEACH" wasn't a code word.

TTP said...

I guess one could.

Maybe search CODE NAME followed by OMAHA BEACH (and then UTAH BEACH, SWORD BEACH, GOLD BEACH, and JUNO BEACH) and read well-respected references such as Encyclopedia Britannica, History .com, or others that would presumably have been carefully vetted and edited.

It is clear that there are plenty of other online articles that would indicate that the code name was just the name that was given to the particular beach, eg "code name Juno." I wouldn't put my faith in a unknown respondent to "Yahoo Answers" or article from "Mashable."

At best, I would call it a moot point rather than a nit.

I couldn't imagine Rich would let it slide if incorrect, and doubt that Barry Silk would not have been certain about the veracity of the clue (if in fact it was his clue.)

OK, back to College Football.

VirginiaSycamore said...

A nice but doable Barry Silk.
While yesterday’s puzzle was full of Qs, today’s had tons of Xs.

I was able to get all but the SW with lookups for XEROX, YSL, BEE and correct spelling for PAR EXEMPLE. I too wanted OVERLORD but it didn’t fit. Able to get OMAHA BEACH from perps.

Then I turned on the red letters for the SW.
Had LISTENTO then took it out because I wanted BABY for 64 A. Also the reason I looked up YSL. I really wanted 64A to be Baby.

Only non-SW had Tony ROMa not Tony ROMO.

Tony Roma’s is a restaurant in the Cleveland area. It used to be across from the hospital that my Mom was in for an emergency heart triple by pass. The family had Christmas dinner there as no one else lived near the hospital and Dad wasn’t in any state to cook. One of the few non-Chinese places open on Xmas.


Anonymous T said...

That was a good nap.

Family dentist day - we all went, no cavities, and then had lunch with the Drs. They're a husband & wife team we met 14 years ago when our kids were in Montessori together. Chi is nice - uses baby needles on my gums.

Re-reviewing the puzzle thanks to Splynter's great (as usual) writeup, I see I spelt AUDRie and ORaL incorrectly. No wonder the Café refused my order...

The US/UK English differences, while fun, really screw with a guy who can't spell in the first place and then grew up reading novels like Mythago Wood (we lost the math S, but added it to woods). I sometimes have U ENVY when spelling color or humour.

Did anyone else start hearing Bowie at 10d?. That's today's Fav.

Cheers, -T

tawnya said...

Hello all -

An almost completely do-able Saturday Silkie! What a concept!

Can someone explain the difference in OMELET and OMELETTE? Frawnch or Not Frawnch is the only thing I can guess...

I have seen a triple play and it was amazing, luckily they don't happen too often as it makes for quick innings. I saw OREL pitch frequently growing up going to my Dodger games and now get to listen to him help call the away games. Vin Scully only announces home games these days and says 2016 will be his last season. Vin actually set a World Record last week for most games called by any announcer ever. Orel and company has some big shoes to fill when Vin retires.

Thanks for the fun puzzle this weekend, and of course the educating write-up from Splynter. So long Marti (on Thursdays anyway) you will be missed by many. Have fun with your adventures! Congrats to Lemony and welcome to Harper!

Wishing you all a nice weekend! It's under 70 degrees outside therefore I am freezing and have already turned the heater on for the first time. Looking forward to Spring...


SwampCat said...

TTP @4:36.... That was my point. Overlord was a "code word". I tried to insert it in the puzzle , but ended up with Omaha Beach because of perps.

But if Omaha Beach wasn't the "name" of the beach.....what was it? It just didn't seem like a code word to me!

And I agree, it is a moot point.

Lemonade714 said...

Thank for all the kind words for my granddaughters and Charlotte does love to pose and act.

I love Barry Silk double dips

I was up at 5:30 for a golf tournament to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Broward County. First time on a golf course all year, had fun and sank a couple of 20 footers.

Sleep late tomorrow

Lemonade714 said...

SJSJ I look forward to the Barbarossa puzzle