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Oct 4, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015 Amy Johnson

Theme: "Playing With Your Food"- One word in each theme entry is replaced by its homophone.

23A. Diet for ice cream lovers? : A MONTH OF SUNDAES. A month of Sundays.

39A. Farce set in a sandwich shop? : RYE COMEDY. Wry comedy, new term to me.

60A. Top for a beach cookout? : MUSSEL SHIRT. Muscle shirt.

85A. Cake recipe overhaul? : TORTE REFORM. Tort reform.

102A. Thanksgiving week for a baker? : LIFE OF PIE. Life of Pi.

122A. Affair for dessert-loving bovines? : BULL MOUSSE PARTY. Bull Moose Party.

15D. Group that thrived during the borscht years? : BEET GENERATION. Beat Generation. I never had borscht.

52D. Period of terror induced by a brat? : WURST NIGHTMARE. Worst nightmare.

Sweet, yes? Perfect puzzle for our Steve, who loves food and witty wordplay. There's a limited supply of food homophones, hence four desserts.

I like Amy's grid design. Putting 14's in Downs eased up fill a bit. The four 8's non-theme fill are all sparkly.

I'm curious to know where you finished last in this puzzle. Which is your last filled answer?

Across:      

1. Chariot-riding god : ARES. Easy start.

5. Athletic org. since 1894 : USOC (United States Olympic Committee). I thought of USGA. Same year.

9. They might be game : FOWL. Got via crosses. So dumb.

13. Monastery head : ABBOT

18. Two-thumbs-up review : RAVE

19. Obeyed a court order : STOOD

21. Olympic sword : EPEE

22. Hymn to Apollo, say : PAEAN

26. George who was the A.L. batting champ in three different decades : BRETT.  Royals Hall of Famer. Husker Gary knows that girl.



27. Like some lashes : FALSE. Never tried falsies.

28. Intro to physics? : ASTRO. Astrophysics.

29. Man cave focus : HD TV

31. Ordinal extremes : NTHs

32. Gently or quietly, e.g. : ADVERB. You nailed it, right?

34. Rubik's creation : CUBE

36. Annoy your bedmate : SAW LOGS. And 105D. Annoying bedmate : SNORER

38. __ Bo : TAE

43. Doggie bag goodie : T-BONE. And 86. Dog, in a way : TAIL

44. Like Simba : REGAL

45. "In __ of gifts ... " : LIEU

47. Previously, to Byron : ERE NOW.  And 37. Byron, for one : LORD. I thought of BARD.

50. Premier League soccer anchor Rebecca : LOWE. Not familiar with her.


53. Many a Mormon : UTAHN

56. Inked on TV's "Ink Master" : TATTED

58. Juan's first lady : EVA. Peron.

59. Israeli statesman Barak : EHUD

62. Arrogant "South Park" kid : ERIC. Never watched the show. "South Park" kid is often KYLE or STAN.

63. "Kinda" kin : SORTA

65. Lover's end? : PHILE. Like Anglophile. The clue stumped me.

66. Frog haunts : LILY PADS

68. Brownie accessory : SASH

70. Put on __ : A SHOW

73. Issue : EMIT

74. Wayne Manor ringer : BAT PHONE. Nice!

78. Impressionist's forte : APING. Wanted APERY.

81. One of more than four billion : ASIAN

84. __ wolf : LONE

89. "The Addams Family" adjective : OOKY

90. Down Under school : UNI. University is called so in Australia.

91. Lima resident, maybe : OHIOAN. Not PERUVIAN.

92. Half a droid name : DETOO

93. Tiny evidence samples : DNAs. Are both DNA and RNA plurable, D-Otto?

94. Ziggy Marley's genre : REGGAE

96. Fries, say : SIDE

98. Off-the-wall : OUTRE

100. Chorus of laughs : HA HAs

105. Tex.-based carrier : SWA. Southwest Airlines.

108. Layered pastry : STRUDEL. Want some apple strudel? This is the same place that hosts the 3M Championship Tour each year. TPC Twin Cities.


110. Gillette razor word : TRAC

111. Relative of A-flat major : F MINOR

113. Word heard when pulling a string : MAMA. Dolls. I saw this Chatty Cathy at flea markets often.

114. "Find Your Own Road" sloganeer : SAAB

116. Spaceship Earth setting : EPCOT

119. In : AMONG

120. Isn't exactly humble : BRAGS

125. What toadies do : AGREE
 
126. Latin 101 word : ERAT. Not ESSE.

127. It sets in Spain : EL SOL

128. Rocky subj.? : GEOL

129. Almonds, e.g. : SEEDS. Not TREES.

130. Little bits : DABS

131. To-do list item : TASK

132. Coastal fisher : ERNE

Down:

1. Longtime PLO chairman : ARAFAT

2. Wyndham-owned brand : RAMADA. Easy crosses. Unaware of its parent company.

3. Advance in the race? : EVOLVE. Human race.

4. Sixth __ : SENSE

5. Show to a seat, in slang : USH. Not a verb I use.

6. Greek meeting site : STOA

7. Gut reactions? : OOFs

8. Sam's competitor : COSTCO. We were members for a year. Gift from my sister-in-law Barbara.

9. Janet Yellen's org., with "The" : FED

10. Large deep-water fish : OPAH

11. Bed intruders : WEEDS. Garden bed. I don't like the clue. Brings unpleasant images to me.

12. Rice title vampire : LESTAT. Nailed it this time.

13. Call to cruisers, briefly : APB

14. Without exception : BAR NONE

16. Censor's targets : OATHS

17. Blasting supplies : TNTs

20. Pasta wheat : DURUM. I miss the pumpkin noodles my grandma used to make for me. I never had luck finding a good Kabocha pumpkin in America. Maybe the Kabochas here taste the same, my taste has changed.



24. Land in Paris? : TERRE

25. Prize since 1901 : NOBEL

30. Bug in a garage : VW BEETLE

33. Quaint words of determination : BY GUM. I'm going to surprise Boomer when he's back home.

35. Fixes a draft : EDITS

40. Flip over : EAT UP

41. What opposite personalities often do : CLASH

42. "Why not?!" : YEAH

44. Procedural impediment : RED TAPE

46. Monthly exp. : UTIL

48. "Amores" author : OVID

49. MacArthur's "best soldiers" : WACS. Got via crosses. Not "Abbr." hint is needed because it's what MacArthur's said.

50. Paul in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame : LES

51. "The jig is up!" : OHO

54. Early Chinese dynasty : HSIA. This will stump 99.9% of the native Chinese. Just Google Hsia Dynasty and see what comes up. No one calls it Hsia in China. It's Xia dynasty.

55. Dick Van Patten's "Mama" role : NELS. No idea. Knotty HSIA/NELS/PHILE/A SHOW area.

57. Pod opener? : TRI. Tripod.

61. Operettist Franz : LEHAR. "The Merry Widow" guy.

62. Season finale, e.g. : EPISODE

64. Pipe remains : ASH

67. Sumac from Peru : YMA

69. Explosion sources : HOTHEADS. Boomer is one.

71. Column with a slant : OP-ED

72. Emilia, to Iago : WIFE

74. Fuzzy memory : BLUR

75. Second to none : A-ONE

76. "There's __ in ... " : NO I

77. Love deity : EROS

79. __ this world : NOT OF. I had OUT OF first.

80. __ project : GROUP

82. Letters for John Smith? : AKA. Got via crosses. Argyle explained to me that "John Smith is a common fictitious name, an alias and AKA might indicate his real name."

83. Buffalo locale: Abbr. : NYS. New York State.

87. Send a Dear John letter : END IT

88. Artistic theme : MOTIF

91. Surfing mecca : OAHU

95. Like privately owned classic cars : GARAGED. Not a word I used. Some of our common baseball cards are garaged then.

97. Violinist Zimbalist : EFREM

99. Update to reflect new routes : RE-MAP

101. SpongeBob's home : SEABED

103. "Annabel Lee" poet, in some of his personal letters : E. A. POE. Guilty of using it myself.

104. Paranormal : OCCULT

106. Hot-and-sour alternative : WONTON. This is how wontons are served in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. With noodles. The broth is made of shrimp shells & pork bone.


107. Sweater pattern : ARGYLE. Hi there, Santa.

108. Boot camp barker : SARGE

109. "Little House" lass : LAURA

112. Pixel pattern : IMAGE

113. Degrees for CEOs : MBAs. Our Marti has one. Jazzbumpa too, I think.

115. Tattle : BLAB

117. Peak of Greek myth : OSSA

118. General __ chicken : TSO's

121. His, to Henri : SES. Despite Splynter's distaste for French, he actually knows quite a bit.

123. Many USMA grads : LTS (Lieutenants)

124. Animal in a rut : ELK


I thought I'd share with you this letter from Danny Mann, a regular L.A. Times Sunday crossword solver. He wrote the piece after he heard of Merl's passing. 

Also, Swenglish Mom left this message on Friday's blog:

"On the main page of the mobile version scroll down all the way. There's a link to the web version. Using that will give access to all the goodies."

Does it help with  your mobile viewing, Dave/Freond?

C.C.

43 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Having a colonoscopy early tomorrow morning, so today I get to do all the fun prep work. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

Fun theme today. I was only vaguely familiar with the underlying phrase "Bull Moose Party", but I was able to guess it with some perp help and my knowledge of the theme. All the rest of the themes came very easily once I got going.

I wasn't thrilled with some of the cluing on the smaller stuff, to be honest. Maybe I've been doing crosswords way too long, but to me TATTED only means "made lace." Which is funny, since I've only ever seen that in crosswords and never in the real world. I was trying to fit in INKED, but it didn't work.

The only real snag I hit in the grid was in the HSIA/EATUP/NELS section. I did barely recall HSIA, which saved my bacon in the end. But NELS was a complete unknown and I could only think of UPEND as a synonym for "flip over" until the light bulb finally went on.

Favorite theme answer was TORTE REFORM, btw.

Argyle said...

I have seen ladies tatting at a re-enactment site.

Gotta go way, way back to find Nels! I Remember Mama

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I liked this one. The theme answers were cute, and the fill was nice, mostly. I wasn't wild about TNTS, NYS or DNAS (C.C., I guess that can be plurable, if you're referring to samples from two donors. Not something I'd say, though). My final entry was PHILE. Stared at it for quite some time before the light came on.

BY GUM reminds me of a memorable performance by Walter Brennan in a movie whose name I can't recall. Walter was continually saying "By Gob." Sergeant York? Probably not. Maybe The Westerner. Dunno.

C.C., most guys think of something other than eyelashes when they see the word "falsie."

That letter writer apparently didn't do the Sunday LAT. He did the puzzle that appeared in the LAT on Sunday. Kristi Kane's suggested epitaph was priceless.

Jerome said...

Result of a vampire slayer's really bad aim? FLANK STAKE

On Merl- His puzzle today is titled "ONE MORE LETTER TO WRITE". It's an add a letter theme. Just an example-

Sentiment towards doubters that's a bit extreme? DIEAGNOSTICS

We will never see again a constructor that clever and fun. Ever.

Big Easy said...

"54. Early Chinese dynasty : HSIA. This will stump 99.9% of the native Chinese. Just Google Hsia Dynasty and see what comes up. No one calls it Hsia in China. It's Xia dynasty.

55. Dick Van Patten's "Mama" role : NELS. No idea. Knotty HSIA/NELS/PHILE/A SHOW area."

That area is the reason it was a DNF for me this cool morning. Didn't know NELS or HSIA but Mickey Rooney was always saying ' put on A SHOW' and PHILE and PHOBE are opposites, SORTA. ASIAN, OHIOAN but not UTAHAN?- I would have never filled UTAHN, plus BY GUM is not a saying that I have ever heard. By JOVE or by GOD are familiar terms.

FALSIES? I don't think of eyelashes. And the SE had the CSO to ARGYLE. I remember the Addams Family as spooky but OOKY???

Lemonade714 said...

I think Amy was CLUING another Friday with that middle everyone else is referring to in the comments. I loved the theme but the rest was a slog. I only knew HSIA from C.C. telling us about HIS before and UTAHN not UTAHAN?

BEET GENRRATION indeed

HeartRx said...

W.C.C.S.

HowardW said...

Last letter was the "O" in Rebecca LOWE, an unknown to me, and I was a little surprised to hear the "ta-da" sound because both NELS and HSIA were unknown and I would have sworn that a previous puzzle had used UTAHAN so I was dubious about UTAHN as well. Nice theme, especially TORTE REFORM -- I was amused that LIFE OF PI made another appearance so soon, and in a much different guise. Not so happy with TNTS, DNAS, NTHS, NYS, OOKY. [Big Easy, I can still recall the intro song to The Addams Family:
They're creepy and they're kooky
Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky...]
The weak answers were balanced by some beauts like BATPHONE and LILY PADS, and clues such as "They might be game" and "Lover's end?" Some FALSE starts for me: amAT before ERAT, NCAA rather than USOC, SAW wOod for SAW LOGS.

Thanks as always CC! I always enjoy learning about Chinese cuisine from your columns. You didn't comment on General TSO's chicken...I always wonder whether this is originally a Chinese dish or an American invention.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks.

Just a note from Chicago. The Chicago Tribune printed last Sunday's puzzle today. Same one. Aluminum Siding by Jake Braun. I started on it and I noticed clues I had recently seen. The theme was very familiar, Aluminum Siding.

So, I guess I will try the IPad and cruciverb and see if I can get today's.

See you later.

Abejo

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Al Cyone said...

The Week in Review: M 5:15 T 5:14 W 7:50 T 7:29 F 12:34 S 27:44 S 28:44

Friday: Getting the "QUE" theme (with ANTIQUEHERO) was very helpful.

Saturday: I ended up stalled in the northeast corner until I changed AMA to AMO.

Sunday: I ended up stalled in the center until I changed ARTOO to DETOO.

I watched "Wordplay" this week. If I'd seen it before I don't remember but I certainly got more out of this time thanks to my time spent here on the Corner. I especially enjoyed the scene showing how Merl Reagle constructed a puzzle. On the outside chance that anyone here hasn't seen it, I highly recommend it. The DVD bonus features (especially the running commentary by Reagle, Will Shortz, and the director) are also good.

See y'all next weekend.

maripro said...

Good Morning, everyone. My last in was Detoo. I was fixated on Artoo for much too long. Thanks for explaining Mama, C.C. Chatty Cathy hadn't occurred to me.
Thanks also to Amy for a fun, challenging morning.

Mr. Google said...

HowardW: A recent article on Smithsonian.com says that "General Tso’s Chicken got its start in a fancy restaurant in Taiwan". The article includes a link to the website of the movie, The Search for General Tso, where you can watch the trailer.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Had to chip away at this big grid. HDTV was an early entry, but I took it out since there was no abbrv. Hand up for Artoo before Detoo. Last to fall: "lover's end", which is pretty clever! All in all more challenging than the average Sundae. Thanks Amy!

The Bull Moose Party would have been an unknown had it not been for a PBS special on the Roosevelts. Teddy must have been a formidable person.

Morning, C.C., thanks for 'splaining!

Chairman Moe said...

I know this post is a day late and a dollar short, but two things from yesterday:

1. Congrats again Lemon to your family on the precious new arrival ! I'll try to get in touch w you in the next week or so, as Ellie and I are one step closer to being your "neighbors"

2. TRIPLE PLAY: ok, I'm sure many of the Xword Corner guys played Little League or some other form of organized baseball as a kid. I did, and was a "reasonably" good player. Pitched and/or played shortstop. So my one - and only - triple play experience was not "textbook" by any means.

Situation: men on first and second; no outs, of course! Batter hits a line drive to me (at SS); I caught it, and turned to throw to second to double up the runner (who had broken for third on the hit ball), but wildly threw it into right field. Meanwhile the runner from first had not gone back to the base. The right fielder threw the ball to the first baseman; runner was caught between 1st and 2nd base; first baseman threw to second baseman, who tagged the runner for out two. As all this transpired the original runner at second base, went back, tagged up, and ran to third base. As he saw the other runner "in a pickle" he decided to head for home. After making the tag at 2nd, our second baseman threw home, catcher applied the tag, third out, triple play!!

If you were scoring this on a scorecard, OT would go: 6-9-3-4-2 (SS, RF, 1B, 2B, C). I'm not sure that combination of events ever happened in the "big leagues"!!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Aside from a few groaners already mentioned, I enjoyed the theme and the theme answers. My problem area included by gum, eat up and Utahn, but I did eventually get the tada w/o help. Nice CSO to Argyle.

Lucina, I finally watched I'll See You In My Dreams and found it sad, as you did. I like Blythe Danner so much more than her daughter and thought she was perfect in this role.

Thanks, Amy, for a satisfying Sunday solve and thanks, CC, for your expert guidance.

Have a great day. (Good luck, Barry.)

Madame Defarge said...

Hi all,

Thanks Amy for quite a challenge. It must have been a difficult construction. My favorite: WURST NIGHTMARE. A good chuckle for me.

Otherwise, WEES.

Thanks for the culinary tour, C.C. My last fill was the P at the cross of EAT UP and PHILE.

Have a good day.

Yellowrocks said...

Clever, punny foods. I thought of UTAHN early on but was loathe to accept it. BTW spell check flags it, but apparently either UTAHN or UTAHAN is correct. In the end I entered UTAHN and then HSIA which I have heard of, PHILE and NELS. TA DA!
I have heard BY GUM only in movies and TV shows.
My Grandma TATTED lovely lacy edges on handkerchiefs.
After getting MOUSSE, BULL MOUSSE PARTY became a gimme.
I love General Tso' chicken. I though it originated in the U.S. Thanks, Mr. Google.
TNTS, DNAS, NTHS, NYS and OOKY didn't bother me. I'm easy. I take crossword clues with a grain of salt.

Freond said...

Last fill was the ILE in PHILE. I'm often weak with names, esp. pop culture references, which probably explains my frequent complaints. I was only sure of the PH, thought and thought, and finally got PHILE and the ta-da.

Weak plural DNAS bothered me less than TNT, definitely a non-count "noun" not deserving of a plural. Yeah, BYGUM is never heard anymore. That's why it's "quaint." Not too bad a puzzle if you know Spanish, French and Latin, and a lot of names.

Liked DETOO for a change from the more common ARTOO. The food puns were good. OHIOAN and UTAHN was a nice pairing Jerome, FLANKSTAKE is priceless!

FMINOR is easy if you know how to get from major to the relative minor, and can visualize a piano keyboard. Just move down 3 half steps. Ab is the major key, then move to G, Gb, F, and you have FMINOR. Like C major, B, Bb, A minor. The relative minor has the same notes, just starts the scale on a different note (Thanks, music classes at the Newberry Library!). But y'all probably know that already.

Saw the link for Desktop Version, works fine. Both versions have advantages. Desktop on phone is SORTA meh.

From yesterday: OED on theatre/theater. Earliest form in English is -re from 1380. But -er was prevalent spelling from 1550 to 1700. Milton, Pope and others used -re.

Jayce said...

I enjoyed this puzzle very much. Love the theme. Yep, some sparkling fill and some, um, bad plurals. Last to fill was the O crossing USOC and OOFS, but the OOFS made me smile. I wrinkled my nose at CUBE being Rubik's creation, but smiled at SAW LOGS. Wrinkled my nose at UTAHN and smiled at BAT PHONE.
I love Wonton soup.
Native Chinese might wonder what HSIA is, but I have to say when I first saw it spelled XIA I wondered what it was. And don't get me started on the use of the letter Q to denote the "ch" sound. Or, for that matter, the use of ZH to indicate a sound more closely related to "j". I guess I never learned to like or accept the Pinyin spelling, even though it is the official way. Other Romanization schemes make more sense to me as a native "user" of the Roman alphabet.
About smoked eel, LW and I enjoy it. The brand we buy is not the same as the one shown by C.C. a few days ago; I don't remember what it is and we don't have a can of it right now for me to look at.
So, who is that girl, Husker Gary?
Best wishes to you all.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Hi everyone,

WEES. Have to go somewhere so I will give my prime nit about SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. In the opening song it says that he "lives in a pineapple under the sea"
LYRICS_TO_SPONGEBOB_SONG

I did try SEA BAR since he works at some burger joint. He is much too evolved to live on the SEA BED.

VS

Anonymous said...

I found a discussion of the Utahn/Utahan question on a Salt Lake City local media outlet - http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24207511
If the locals can't agree, I think we're allowed to be confused :)
Hsia for Xia threw me, as did "sea bed" for SpongeBob's home. That cultural span probably says too much about me...
On a side note, my late mother used to tat. I still have the little beaded weights she used somewhere around here.

Mr. Google said...

VS: SpongeBob SquarePants lives in the city of Bikini Bottom which, as the name suggests, is located at the bottom of the sea (aka the SEABED).

Yellowrocks said...

I watched countless hours of Sponge Bob with my grandson when he was a toddler. I didn't appreciate it at first, but I came to like it. Sponge Bob lives in a sea pineapple in a place called Bikini Bottom. Bikini Bottom is located in the Pacific Ocean at the bottom of the sea. You can see him walk out his door onto the sea bed in the cartoons. A gimme for a doting grandma.
Although I think getting technical is not in the spirit of crosswords I offer the following. (After all, it's only a game so I prefer to lighten up.) NYS is a perfectly legitimate abbreviation for New York State. OOKY, a made up adjective, is actually used in the theme song of the indicated the show, as others have pointed out. Indeed, DNA would work better as an adjective for plurals (DNA molecules or DNA samples), as would NTH (NTH degrees). What can we do with TNT? As Jayce said it is the most objectionable. (TNT charges?) I suppose as long as I understand what is asked for I don't much care.

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Not much to add - pretty well covered by others. Bright cluing like C.C. has said. Favorite clue was for 52d: WURST NIGHTMARE.
Last letter filled was O in OPAH. (Good clue for FOWL). Empty square was initially bypassed so was overlooked 'til near the end.
Thanks, C.C. for sharing D. Mann's letter.

Misty said...

A bit tougher than the Sunday Merl Reagles but with a little cheating, I got most of it, and found the theme a lot of fun. Also love C.C.s expo, as always, and thanks for posting the Merl letter. I too remember OOKY from the Addams Family song. And thought MUSSEL SHIRT and LIFE OF PIE were cute answers.

Have a great Sunday (or Sundae) everybody!

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Great puzzle and expo, Amy and CC!

Had a tough time with OOF but eventually prevailed.

Good luck, Barry!

Cheers!

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Amy Johnson, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Well, after discovering this morning that the Chicago Tribune had printed last Sunday's puzzle, I went to cruciverb and got this week's puzzle on my IPad. There is more than one way to skin a cat.

Worked through the puzzle. Took me about 3 hours. Enjoyed it.

The theme was very good. Helped me through the puzzle once I figured it out. A MONTH OF SUNDAES was my first theme answer.

ADVERB through me off forever. After I had ADVER , I figured it out. Duh!

DURUM was unknown, but perps helped.

Liked WEEDS. Clever.

PHILE was long in coming, but made sense once I had it.

I want to see that movie LIFE OF PIE sometime. I read the book and thought it was outstanding, quite a few years ago.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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CrossEyedDave said...

Just lurking today, I didn't have time to do the puzzle, but wanted to check for gems of knowledge like Lemons sole survivor of a volcano on Friday.

Thank you Mr. google, I bookmarked that SpongeBob website for some late nite reading...

Spongebob is the epitome of silliness. A squirrel underwater named Sandy Cheeks?

Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man?
Tim Conway as Barnacle Boy?

& the music, who could forget the campfire song song... Or my favorite,
when Plankton has SpongeBob in his kitchen & comes back to exclaim, "what's with all the crying? And the Show Tunes?"

Thanks CC, but why would I click on a link that says "go to website" when I thought I was already on the website?

Freond said...

That "go to web version" was for me. I mentioned the other day i just go to mobile site on my phone. I didn't know about some features on the "FULL web site," like the list of abbreviations. That link gets me there.

HowardW said...

Mr. Google (10:05), thanks for the info about General Tso's chicken. I will wonder no more.

Chairman Moe, loved the description of the Little League triple play! Brings back memories, though none so exciting. Here's a strange one from this season.

Anonymous (1:56), thanks for the link about the Utahn/Utahan debate. I'm still confused, but happy to accept either in a crossword.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Mr. Google,

While it is true that SPONGEBOB does live in the city of Bikini Bottom there are other reasons that a pineapple could be the preferred answer. And yes, all is fair in love, war and crossword cluing:
-- Ask any 5 year-old that watches the show and they will say a pineapple.
-- My kindle ODE dictionary, and many others give the smaller definition of home as ones place where one lives with one's family or a residence or flat for rent. The larger city or region wide definition comes after these two.

My best wishes to Barry and Thanks to Amy for the puzzle and CC for the explanation of it.

VS

Spitzboov said...

Barry - Good luck with your colonoscopy tomorrow. I'm getting one on the 20th.

Anonymous T said...

HowardW:

That's why I love baseball. Thanks for the link. Go 'Stros! C, -T

Husker Gary said...

Just got home. My last fill was wrong on Amy’s Sunday exercise – TOOL for TASK and EEL for ELK. I felt they were wrong but… HSIA, NELS, PHILE, EAT UP area was a Procedural impediment too

Musings
-LIFE OF PIE and of PIQUE for us recently (Adv.)
-I’m your WORST NIGHTMARE (:11)
-Sorry, C.C., I had to look her up!
-Is this common now?
-Would you hesitate to hire a heavily TATTED person?
-Burl Ives sang of Frogs on LILY PADS
-NFL players can PUT ON A SHOW after a TD but not college kids
-I wonder if there’s a BAT PHONE in the BATROOM?
-My favorite ASIANS are all very smart women (one’s name is behind that apple STRUDEL)
-I’ve taken the wonderful ride in Spaceship Earth many times!
-Does anyone need a Costco box of cereal this big?
-Gov’t RED TAPE has held up a viaduct here for 12 years
-An honest motel for John Smith
-A doomed GARAGED car
-Do you remember the show with this LONE WOLF?

Freond said...

BTW, what are the "borscht years"? I know "salad days," but not that.

inanehiker said...

Just got finished with the Saturday Silkie and today's puzzle since I was out of town all weekend. Last fill - the D that crossed SEEDS and GARAGED.

Lots of fun groaner puns with this one.
@Freond 7:20 pm--borscht is made from Beets -- BEET replacing Beat in the Beat Generation - the group of authors in post WWII era 1950s like Jack Kerouac. The borscht years was just supposed to be silly like the other theme answers. When I hear borscht I always think of old time comedians who used to tour at summer resorts in the Borscht belt (the Catskills of NY state)

Thanks, CC, Amy !

Freond said...

BTW, what are the "borscht years"? I know "salad days," but not that.

JD said...

Just finished Monday's puzzle, but I'm many hours ahead. I may just lurk for the next week or so. Barry, hope all is going well with your SCOPE and SEE procedure. on our way to Barcelona.

Anonymous said...

So, what about an ELK in a rut?

Argyle said...

Did you look up RUT? (secondary meaning)

Anonymous said...

Tertiary meaning, and I found it in only one of 36 dictionaries I looked in. Bullshit clue.

Argyle said...

You didn't look very hard then. I went to http://www.onelook.com/ and gave up trying to find one that didn't have RUT, either as secondary or tertiary but there.

Anonymous said...

As I recall, the batphone buzzed, not rang. Aunt Harriet used to complain about the buzzing sound coming from Bruce's study.