Nov 25, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015, Victor Borocas


Victor's clever Thanksgiving Eve offering takes the phrase BODY AND SOUL and uses these words to precede corresponding words in two-word fill phrases. 

17. Yorkshire pudding or bangers and mash : ENGLISH FOOD or 
SOUL FOOD (Beats Haggis!)
31. Game-ending declaration : CHECKMATE or
49. Genre of the '60s hits "Pipeline" and "Wipe Out" : SURF MUSIC or
                                                         BODY SURF

65. Wholeheartedly, or words that can precede the first and second parts, respectively, of 17-, 31- and 49-Across : BODY AND SOUL - Also a 1930 Jazz Standard covered recently by these two
1. Stop the launch : ABORT - When things aren't AOK

6. Perfume compound : ESTER

11. Sailor : TAR

14. Off-the-cushion shot : CAROM - What the hockey players are doing above

15. Usually multilayered dessert : TORTE

16. Load off one's mine? : ORE - C'mon, that's cute!

19. Sundial topper : XII - Oh my, I'm late, it's V after XII already!

20. Classic Belafonte song opening : DAYO - Heard in baseball parks today because fans want the runner to come home (
Daylight come and me wan' go home)

21. Not tricked by : ONTO - Fool me once...

22. Homeric classic : ILIAD

24. Where heros are made : DELI

26. __ button : PANIC 

28. Sufferer healed by Jesus : LEPER - There's a powerful scene in the 1959 movie Ben-Hur showing a LEPER colony

35. Bledel of "Gilmore Girls" : ALEXIS 

37. Creative output : ART

38. Where billions live : ASIA - Over half the world lives inside this circle

39. Watch someone's kids : SIT - says the avg. babysitting rate is $13/hr

40. Lightweight shirts : CAMISES - I had a great time looking for examples but I'll leave it to you

43. Television : SET

44. Ellington's "Take __ Train" : THE A - "Soon you'll be on Sugar Hill in Harlem"

46. "Et alia" lang. : LAT

47. Letter-erasing key : DELETE

52. Wyoming's __ Range : TETON

53. Benjamin of "Law & Order" : BRATT - What a team!

54. Ibuprofen target : ACHE 

56. Trapdoor location : FLOOR - "Uh, we decided to work as a duo"

58. Capital south of Lillehammer : OSLO - "How do I clue thee? Let me count the ways?"

60. Ottawa-based law gp. : RCMP

64. Not in the clergy : LAY

68. __ well : OIL - Awl if you're from the oil patch 

69. Actress Téa : LEONI

70. "Inferno" poet : DANTE

71. Opposite of post- : PRE - Way to go, Paul (whoever you are)!

72. Diving ocean birds : ERNES

73. Prince Charming's mount : STEED - One cartoonish member of the RCMP had a STEED he named, uh, Horse


1. More than just passed : ACED

2. See 25-Down : BANA - Okay

3. Frenzied revelry : ORGY

4. Low-tech card file : ROLODEX

5. "No more details, please" : TMI - "Then after they opened my lower colon..."

6. Sharing a common culture : ETHNIC

7. Low on the Mohs scale : SOFT - From talc to diamonds

8. Highway officers : TROOPERS - For a real time warp hoot, play these episodes on YouTube!

9. WWII area : ETO - European Theater of Operations

10. Symbol of losses : RED INK - Ken (64A) was in the (68A) business and accumulated a lot of this

11. Dead weight in a portfolio : TOXIC ASSET - Owning a company with a lot of 10D

12. Opera number : ARIA

13. Senator Harry : REID

18. Sun, in Sonora : SOL - A sunny taco?

23. Peru's largest city : LIMA - 73F forecast for today

25. With 2-Down, "Hulk" star : ERIC - Okay

27. Did something : ACTED - Carpe Diem for crying out loud!!

28. Endures : LASTS

29. Philanthropist Yale : ELIHU - Some on his campus want its John C. Calhoun Resident College renamed 

30. "Everybody Loves Raymond" actor : PETER BOYLE

32. French-speaking island country : HAITI - Annual per capita income is $350

33. Connect with : TIE TO - A POSSE might TIE their STEEDS TO this

34. Consumed : EATEN

36. Pierre's toast : SALUT - or "
à votre santé" - To your health!

41. Elephant ancestor : MASTODON

42. Son of Adam : SETH - Genesis says when  Adam was 130 yrs. old, he  had SETH to replace Abel

45. __-American : AFRO

48. Ogles obliquely : LEERS AT

50. Sculptor's medium : MARBLE - The David took Michelangelo 2 years after he took over the project

51. French port on the Strait of Dover : CALAIS - One ETO strategy was to convince Hitler that D-Day would occur at the much closer Calais. p.s. Do you see some cwd friends on this map?

55. Sell a bridge to, say? : CON

56. Producer's nightmare : FLOP

57. Hideaway : LAIR - Remnants of Hitlers first military headquarters - The Wolf's LAIR

59. Word sung after the ball drops : SYNE

61. Construction area marker : CONE

62. Remote button : MUTE   

63. Begged : PLED

66. Not 'neath : OER

67. Canine doc's deg.? : DDS - Am I the only one who chose DVM first?

Arts/Sports crossover - I'll bet most of you know the Broadway play where Joe Boyd (Avg. Joe?) received a BODY to be a great baseball player by selling his SOUL to the devil.


Lemonade714 said...

Victor Barocas makes his second November appearance with a tricky Wednesday. Most of his fill was new with TOXIC ASSET MASTODON and CAMISES standing out. I know the term CAMI but never thought about CAMISE which is very similar to the French Chemise.

Get ready for the holiday.

Thanks Victor and Gary

OwenKL said...

No particular trouble with today's puzzle. I liked the theme, though I did have to use the reveal to get it, even after I had all the other entries filled. We often have the first words or last words all combine with a key word, and a few times both first and last with the same key word, but I think this is the first time I've seen separate key words for each!

He was a BODY builder, his muscles were his goal.
She was a SOULful singer, an audience in her control.
They were opposite,
Yet when they met
They melded as one, both BODY AND SOUL!

An organic chemist who worked for Dior
Turned minerals to ESTERS with smells to adore!
He could extract most gases
From raw rocky masses,
But he wasn't too sure about ether ORE!

In Australia the ENGLISH FOOD on your plate
Might not look at all like a DELI would make.
But the taste is the same,
Because cooking's a game,
And the Aussie is paying when he says, "CHECK, MATE!"

fermatprime said...


Thanks, Victor and Husker!

Nice, easy Wednesday. CAMISES was all perps. Other than that, no problems. (Spell checker does not like that word.)

Definitely time for bed!


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Very clever theme today. I didn't realize what was going on until I got to the theme reveal, but had a wonderful AHA moment when I did.

A few minor bumps along the road today, but nothing too bad. Only vaguely recalled CAMISES, so I needed the perps to confirm. For "sundial topper" I kept trying to think of some three letter synonym for GNOMON, but finally gave up and let the perps take care of it. As for HAITI... well, my Haitian sister-in-law claims that they actually speak a patois that combines elements of French and other languages, but what does she know? ^_^

I hope everybody who is traveling for Thanksgiving has a safe journey!

Bill V said...

The Red Sox player pictured is Carlton Fisk

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Wow, Husker, you put a lot of work into today's write-up, and it shows. Bravo! Victor's puzzle was straight-forward, but I missed the theme, and the reveal (drat!). After finishing I went looking for the reveal and still couldn't figure out what ENGLISH Body, CHECK Body or SURF Body were supposed to be. D'oh! My only write-overs were ENGLISH Meal and DVM. (Hand up!). After working in the awl patch, I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't "get" OIL WELL -- read it as a verb/adverb combo (meh). Husker, thanks for dredging up the memories of Charlatan Heston and Broderick Crawford.

My ROLODEX got retired about the same time as my CRT computer monitor. Must be at least two years ago, now. Welcome to the 21st century, d-o.

Only one nit -- the MASTODON is not an elephant ancestor. Related, yes. Ancestor, no.

Jerome said...

While traveling through Europe I found that ENGLISH FOOD has much to be desired. My fish and chips were made with ONE GOLDFISH.

Big Easy said...

Even though I had three complete unknowns- ERIC BANA, CAMISES, BRATT- this was a very easy Wednesday. I never guessed the theme and BODY AND were filled by perps and I just wrote SOUL to complete it. My only writeover was DDS after DVM. I only filled PETER BOYLE because it was all crosses and he was in a puzzle last week, as I have never seen the show or know who he is.

As far as renaming Calhoun Resident college, that goes along with taking Hamilton off the $10 bill and renaming Mt. McKinley. PC and stupidity reins and the tail is trying to wag the dog.

D-O, I never had a Rolodex but sometimes low tech is better than the latest and greatest. I keep a few OLD phone books around just for that reason.

thehondohurricane said...

Hi all,

Been away from puzzles for a while because I recently picked up a large sport card collection and it has been taking up most of my time. Finished sorting it out last night so it's back to normal for a while.

Husker, the show you asked about is Damn Yankees. just saw it recently at the Good Speed Opera House in nearby East Haddam, Ct.

Got through todays puzzle (almost), but with one spelling error..mastodin rather then MASTODON. Actress Tea' looked OK as Leini considering she is a total unknown. Everything else came together pretty easily. Did try Blouses before CAMISES became apparent.

So an FIW. HG, loved the write up. Think a moment or two might be spent researching CAMISES.

Finally to all, Happy Thanksgiving.

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

62D: My first choice was VET; then DVM; then the light went on; DDS. The canine referred to teeth, not dogs.

inanehiker said...

Very clever puzzle, I get to stay home today so able to do this in a leisurely fashion with my cup of tea! Didn't get stumped by the Canine choice because of the question mark- plus having a dad who was a DDS it's always near in my memory banks. I always thought Camis was short for camisole, but since it was a plural I had my learning moment with CAMISES.
Low key holiday with all our kids somewhere else - but will enjoy a short visit with my mom in KC. Thursday night TV viewing will be a toss up between the Packers/Bears game especially having Brett Favre being inducted into the Hall of Fame by Bart Starr who has been working very hard to come back from strokes and a heart attack last year in rehab to be able to travel and induct him - vs "Broadway at the White House" . I'm glad there is DVR!
Thanks HG and Victor!
Safe travels to those who are and Happy Thanksgiving to all!

TTP said...

A clever puzzle, and I always like Victor's cluing. Thank you Victor and Gary.

ERIC BANA perped in. Guessed that C instead of K because camises "sounds like" camisoles.

Don't confuse your MHOS and MOHS. I personally learned of MHOS long before MOHS.

RCMP Do-Right often saved Fenwick from Whiplash. He rode his STEED Horse backwards from time to time. Horse saved Fenwick more often than Do-Right.

RED INK, TOXIC ASSETS and PANIC ? Sounds like the market crash of 2008-2009.

An hour of Highway Patrol is on late night TV here every night M-F, as is Sea Hunt.

Anon-T, in response to your "ambulance chaser" comments...

First, Drumming up business... But really, what kind of ethic and morality does this man convey ?

Second, and more apt than the first link, Glen Lerner commercials are all over the airways here, and I would imagine they are in Phoenix and Las Vegas as well, as the LV one shown here. He has a sense of humor...

Husker Gary said...

-Strike One – My first thought for BODY ENGLISH was World Series, Red Sox, Fenway Park AND Pudge Fisk. I even used Fisk in my Google search and then put the wrong Red Sox player’s name above the caption. Thanks for the gentle nudge Bill!
-Strike Two – I’m not subbing today and so I made coffee, my PB&J on toast, got the Omaha World Herald off the porch and sat down to do the puzzle. Stitches may be required where I smacked myself in the forehead after the first clue looked very familiar!
-Strike Three may be trying to drive to Lincoln tomorrow while an inch of ice is predicted to be covering the roads.

Jfromvt said...

Picture is of Carlton Fisk, not Yaz, during his famous home run in game 6 of 1975 World Series.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy Wednesday. A few geography gimmes like LIMA. OSLO, and CALAIS made up for some of the arts clues, but perps were ample and supportive, so the solve went quickly. Possible mis-direction of DDS clue was held off by DANTE cross.
The distinctive smell of bananas is an ESTER.
Good job, Victor.

Have a safe trip tomorrow, Husker, and everyone else who is travelling.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the write-up more than the puzzle. Thanks, Husker!
A big DNF for me. Absolutely could not get clues in the left center area. Gave up.
I should be in Texas in the sun, but instead I'm in Montana with 8" of snow over ice. Weather forecasts stopped my driving trip.

Have a good day, everybody,


(I can't get past the 'verify' who I am, so will post anonymously today.)

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

What a great theme. ERNES are making a big comeback. Did they ERN it?

Mandaory links:

BODY AND SOUL The definitive version!



Gotta run - lots of prep work to do today.

Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have a lot to be thankful for. I sure do.

Cool regards!

billocohoes said...

CAMISE was new, Merriam-Webster says it's long-sleeved, which distinguishes it from a camisole.

Besides "Everybody Loves Raymond", Peter Boyle played the Monster in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein".

Tea Leoni currently stars on TV as "Madame Secretary".

Lucina said...

Greetings, friends!

Thank you, Victor Barocas! I enjoyed sashaying around the grid and no problem with CAMISES as the Spanish for shirt is camisa. It's one of those words that has its roots in Arabic of which the Spanish language abounds and that's a logical consequence of 800 years of Moorish occupation in Spain. DDS just emerged and I didn't see it until the write up.

I loved watching Everybody Loves Raymond so PETER BOYLE was easy and then there's Young Frankenstein, too, in which he was a hilarious frankenstein.

Thank you, Gary, as well. Nicely done. Safe travels to you!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Lucina said...

I was typing as you wrote. I'm sorry to repeat the info.

C6D6 Peg said...

Nice puzzle by Victor and a great write-up by Husker Gary!

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all!

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling thoughts":

Hey guys and gals; sorry for the long absence; As I mentioned several weeks ago, We moved from one side of the state to the other earlier this month, and are still getting settled. That, plus this time of the year is my busiest, so mea culpa for not being active on the CWC

Today, while getting my car checked, I bought a Palm Beach Post and found the LAT puzzle! Had relatively no trouble with it; my thanks to the constructor for having an easy Wednesday offering. First LAT puzzle I've done in weeks; thought I'd be a bit rusty!

Anyway, it'll be random moments (for awhile, anyway) that I will pop in to say "hi" and maybe offer a few comments - but for the meantime, my DW and I wish all of my cyber friends here a Happy Thanksgiving! Travel safely and enjoy the day/weekend


Northwest Runner said...

Tortes "usually" multi-layered? Not so sure about that. With the ? on canine doctor I figured it wasn't going to be DVM. Just had to pick between DDS and DMD.

Misty said...

Fun Wednesday puzzle, Victor, many thanks. I did goof by putting SALUD instead of SALUT even though I thought BRADT looked peculiar. But I got everything else, although I couldn't understand why the canine doctor wasn't DVS instead of DDS until Magilla explained it.

Enjoyable write-up, Gary, thanks to you too. Loved the pic of "Highway Patrol" with Broderick Crawford. Haven't thought about that program in decades and decades. Also loved the TRAPDOOR video.

Family all arrived safely by plane from Pennsylvania and San Francisco last night. So happy to have them here for Thanksgiving.

Have a great day tomorrow, everybody!

VirginiaSycamore said...

Thank you Victor for a nice Wednesday puzzle. And Gary for the fine write-up. My only error was BABe for 2 down because BANA just didn’t seem to go with ERIC. I also wasn’t sure if it was DAY-O or DEY-O. When I got to the reveal I tried HEART first, but it didn’t fit. Had to perp to get BODY.
The dual pairing was a gas!

If you want to see a young PETER BOYLE, he starred as a campaign manager for Robert Redford in the 1972 satirical film THE_CANDIDATE
He had a full head of hair and maybe even a moustache, but I forget.

Save travels to all this holiday!

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the puzzle as is almost always the case with Rich's output. Also, thanks Gary.

How do the constructors keep coming up with these clever themes. I'm guessing all of the good ones will be used up by Thursday or Friday...

My nit; I noticed when doing the puzzle last night was the clue for CAROM. I figured it out OK but a pool player would probably be thinking of a bank shot. A CAROM is when the cue ball hits another ball before it hits the object ball. No big deal...

Lucina (or anybody else), do you know where I can find a synopsis of Home Fires? By episode six, I found I was a little confused, having not fully understood what happened in all of the earlier episodes.

I hope everybody has a very safe and pleasant Thanksgiving. We celebrated with a big turkey dinner last Saturday because my son and his girlfriend are traveling to Cuba for a little vacation.

Yellowrocks said...

Fun puzzle, Victor. Very enjoyable write up, Gary.
According to Wiki and many online recipes: "A torte . . . .is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, butter creams, mousses, jams, or fruits."
Link layered tortes
I'm busy cooking all day which will leave more time to visit with my guests tomorrow. Safe travels to all, especially those with ice and snow.
Lucina, In my fridge I keep sandwich bags, each one filled with a different cut up veggie. I also keep a bowl of fruit salad, just cut up fruit. It lasts quite a while if you add chunks of an orange.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Late to the dance due to yet another doctor's appointment; will they ever end, I wonder. Also spent an inordinate amount of time in the Hallmark store, choosing special cards for numerous upcoming birthdays, as well as some for Christmas, as well.

I absolutely loved the cleverness of this theme and it took the reveal to figure it out, which is my preferred construction technique. Also enjoyed some of the tongue-in-cheek cluing. No problems at all but I never heard of camises.

Kudos, Victor, for a fun solve and thanks, Gary, for the great expo.

The lab area at my doctor's office has a bulletin board with all sorts of cute cartoons and funny quotes; I suppose its purpose is to relax those who are fearful or nervous about having blood drawn. One caught my eye today: "Attitudes are contagious: are your's worth catching?"

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all.

Have a great day.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

No speed bumps particularly, but was a little vague at Day-O. Before my time, I guess. Best clue: "Load off one's mine"!

Thanks Husker, and to you and the rest of the Corner, safe travels.

AnonymousPVX said...

Nice misdirection on 67D. I had it right and still had to work it out, "ahhh, TEETH!"

Off to make the stuffing. I'd tell everyone not to overeat and watch too much football tomorrow, but that's the fun!

Irish Miss said...

Abejo from yesterday, I just now read your question. If your order is at least $150.00 delivery is free, otherwise it is $6.95. There is also a $5.00 fee for filling the order. I order online and I pick a delivery time of either 9-11, 11-1, 1-3, 3-5, or 5-7. Sometimes, the earlier slots are taken, so you have to be flexible. For example, I usually pick 11-1 but I placed my order a little late on Sunday and that slot was filled, so I had to settle for 1-3 which was not a problem, except he didn't arrive until 2:55! Another feature I like is that someone calls you if an item is not available or if there are any other discrepancies.

It's a wonderful service and saves me time and, as I said, it eliminates so much lugging and several trips from the trunk to the kitchen, not to mention pushing and unloading the shopping cart into the trunk, especially in bitter cold weather. (There is also a no-tipping policy which the drivers abide by; early on, I tried to tip and they politely refused.).

VirginiaSycamore said...

I'm back and I looked up images for PETER BOYLE in the movie, The Candidate. I need to make a correction. He was bald but had a full beard and moustache.


Lucina said...

Thank you for that suggestion! It's a great idea and I have been wondering how to deal with the multiple times I'm supposed to eat. When I went to collect my medication, the pharmacist was a riot and had me laughing for a long time. He told me I could eat almost anything as long as it was no bigger than my fist. He emphasized "your fist" not a big person's.

I don't know about a synopsis for Home Fires. Have you tried you-tube? Or perhaps the PBS website would have them. Good luck.

I wish you safe travels whoever is going on the road,train or air today.

How wonderful that all your loved ones arrived safely and will spend time with you.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle today. Some cool fill, as Lemonade pointed out. Wanted CHEMISES for the shirts, even though I knew it was wrong. CAMISES looked odd to me so I looked it up. Learned something new. I chose neither DVM nor DDS; I just let it fill itself.
I remember the Olympic winter games hello in Lillehammer; the opening ceremony was interesting and weird, involving, if I recall, trolls popping up out of the snow. Very Nordic.
What with Einstein in the news these days, lately I've been thinking about gravity, specifically how fast does it "travel." We know from high school physics that light "travels" at, well, the speed of light, taking approximately 9 minutes for light from the sun to reach us. I was wondering how long it takes gravity from the sun to reach us. Imagine the sun suddenly ceases to exist; we here on earth would continue to see its light for 9 minutes before it went dark. How long would the earth (and other planets, etc.) continue to move in an orbital path before veering off in a straight line due to the cessation of the sun's gravity?
Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you all.

desper-otto said...

Heck, Jayce, it's a holiday weekend. This is no time for a cranium crusher.

But, OK, I'll shoot from the hip and posit that gravity doesn't "travel" -- it just is. Every massive object, no matter how small, exerts a gravitational tug on every other massive object in the universe. If the sun were to cease to exist (its gravity were to go to zero) that change would be instantaneously "felt" by all other massive objects So based on that, I'd say that the earth would immediately leave solar orbit.. Go ahead. Shoot me down.

Unknown said...

Breezed thru it today Never heard of TOXIC asset but the X made sense with II.

Chairman Moe good to have you back ~!~! If you want to catch up on the puzzles go to the MENSA site and you can catch up there on the old puzzles. If you moved from one side to the other in Florida that shouldn't take long LOL ~!~! Texas a different story ~!~!

Bon apres midi from Cajun Country !!!

Ya'll be save on the roads for Thanksgiving !!!

Unknown said...

SAFE but I think ya'll knew what I meant !!

Bill G. said...

Jayce, interesting question! (D-O, I might have made the same guess as you...) But, I looked it up and it appears that gravity propagates at the same speed as light. So I guess we would veer off in a straight line (Thanks, Isaac!), just as it got dark. Of course, if the sun continued to exist but its "fire" just went out, I guess we would stay in orbit until we froze to death.

Or, you could rely on a different approach. There is no gravity; the Earth sucks.

Jayce said...

Heh, sorry about the cranium crusher. Sometimes I just can't (or don't want to) stop myself when I start thinking about stuff. On one hand I want desper-otto to be right and on the other hand I find it difficult to conceive of effects being instantaneous over such distances and want Bill G to be right. But then, on the OTHER hand, if it takes about 9 minutes for the sun's gravity to affect the earth, and different lengths of time for gravity from other sources to affect earth, then how the heck can one come anywhere near calculating the trajectory? Maybe this is what physicists call the three-body problem, or the multiple body problem. I'll chew on that while I munch on a drumstick.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Happy Thanksgiving! The puzzle was easier than yesterday, but took me longer. Thanks, Victor. Great one, Gary!

Never heard of CAMISES. Didn't know ALexis. Didn't even see the DDS clue which filled in by itself.

Jayce, good grief! We can be most thankful that we don't have to really worry about the immediate happening of your posit. This question is at least distracting from the very real problems of the day, like: getting shot at the mall or our plane falling out of the sky.

The foreboding forecasts have not yet materialized. My street is still dry. However, I'm thinking of chickening out on driving half an hour to the feast to which I've been invited tomorrow. They say there might be rain on the way down, but freezing slick on the return trip. I, who used to drive all over everywhere, have been cowed by old age. Alone on a holiday at home beats injured and in trouble on the road.

CrossEyedDave said...

The Star Ledger parsed the clue to 10D as follows:

Symbol of I

(I thought it was some Latin dude...)

Jayce, 11:42 more of mindbending...

Jayce said...

CrossEyedDave, whoo! Cool video! Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Like Ron I have much to be thankful for, including a wonderful woman who has stuck with me for 50 years.

windhover said...

BE @ 7:45:
Under the category of "which one of these items doesn't go with the others":
I had a brother in law who lived in Anchorage for 50 years. In Alaska they never stopped calling it Denali.
"Mt. McKinley" was a colonial construct, and a textbook example of political incorrectness. I'll leave to others to decide whether the late President deserved to have anything named after him.
And BTW, the word you were looking for was "reign".

Bill G. said...

I'm such a wuss. It was getting about time for my bike ride. But it's been cold and windy all day. I looked out the window and the leaves were still seriously aflutter. So I wimped out and got a macchiato instead. I got some money to give to my homeless pal, Freddy, who must be suffering in this weather but he was nowhere to be found. I hope some warm church let him camp inside.

Jayce, I know the three-body problem is very difficult to solve; predicting the orbits of three bodies gravitationally interacting together. But I don't think it's because of their gravity arriving at different times since their gravity is a steady constant.

PK said...

Windhover, good to hear from you. I've missed you and was wondering how you were the other day.

Windhover said...

The other day I was fine. Today I am even better.

Bill G. said...

My sixth-grade grandson, Jordan, called me on the way to his drum lesson. He just wanted to tell me how pretty the full moon looks tonight. That's my boy! Pretty soon we'll start on figuring out eclipses and spring and neap tides. If he asks about the three-body problem, I'll tell him to write to you. :>)

BTW, after thinking about it a little more, I appreciate more what you meant about the complications of the three-body problem.

Hover of Winds said...

To solve the three body problem, you need a third person, preferably a comely one of the opposite sex. Get two of them, if you can, to avoid complications. Four bodies can be just as happy, as three.

JD said...

Good evening all,

Just wanted to stop by and wish everyone at the Corner a happy Thanksgiving. Nice to "see" you Windhover. I've always had a Disney image in my head of what your farm looks like with a baa here, and a baa baa there....

Enjoyed the puzzle..several laughs when the answer was something other than I was thinking. Gary, as always, thanks for the COMPLETE write up. You always give 200%

Camises was my only bugaboo; let the perps fill the whole thing! Enjoyed Alexis B in the Gilmore Girls, and her traveling pants movies.

Safe travels to all. Like all of you, I am very thankful for my family, and I feel blessed that I was born here. So many are starving,and have no hope of a future. I cannot imagine what life would be like as a mom who is constantly in fear for her children.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

For some reasons, I love this holiday. No stress. Wifey and her family live to do the cooking. Weather is usually pleasant. Football and all.

But remember Benedict, don't be a devil!

TTP said...

Sending to all my teacher friends:
NEA's Lily Eskelsen García on What Teachers Do

Blue Iris said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I've always loved the Fall and Thanksgiving. Years ago we would have up to 23 people at our table. My daughter came early on Tuesday night so she could do much of the preparation today. I provide the recipes and she does most all the work. (I did sit on a stool and prepare cranberry salad.) What a blessing! Her twin brother arrived a few hours ago and we celebrated their birthday tonight. Just the four of us the last few years since other daughter is in Florida.

I appreciate the La Times constructors and Rich's work more and more overtime. The progression of difficulty and the themes puzzles really add to my enjoyment.

Husker, Your energy and the way you have popped back from your health crisis this past year is astounding and truly something I'm thankful for.

Lucinda, I know that you are going to tackle the diabetes diagnosis and control it early on. Their are so many great recipes. I made my Mother-in Law sugar free pumpkin pie every year (made with cooked sugar free pudding.) If you would like the recipe please e-mail me.

I still enjoy reading post everyday. I am sorry (again) that I am not faithful in posting my experience with solving but Physical Therapy and Dr's appointments are still taking up my energy. Usually, it is the middle of the night when I could post.

Safe travel everyone.

Anonymous T said...

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Working late to wrap up things for the holidays - the OIL patch doesn't just turn off for a holiday weekend (even if I want to).

Fun DNF Victor. You got me w/ 36d xing 40 & 53a. No clue. Thanks for the pzl. Thank you HG for the ARTful writeup.

Did no one think of Beetlejuice at 20a? Just me again?

#2 Fav - Don't PANIC - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Nuff' said.

Fav - RCMP. It made me think of Dudley Do-Right and The Lumberjack sketch simultaneously. Plus, I get notices from them (we have operations in Calgary) when there's threat chatter.

Big E. - Lucina, anon billo-c, (that's about the extent of my LAT) has already mentioned my favorite PETER BOYLErole. Mel Brooks FLOORS me.

Re: barratry from last night - OKL I did look it up b/f asking and (now) know what it means. I was just curious - is the word seldom used or has it been hiding in plain sight and I never noticed it before.

Jayce, CED, & Bill G.: Fun thought experiment. When first posited, I thought if gravity moves at the speed of light it is then a particle/wave. It is weakly interactive so what is the Hz? After watching CED's video I learned that I need to find a Caldera to live near. However, the calculation on personal gravity, while it may be average, is way off. When DW & I first dated an attractive force spread over the distance of a room would draw us to kiss at a distance much >.0075mm.

Now about the universe under our finger-nails... Don't hog it, pass it on man...

I'm thankful for my family & the eFriends here. -T

Anonymous T said...

Oh yeah, 2/25d wasn't Lou Ferrigno. I loved that show when I was, um, 10. OK, bed time. Cheers, -T

Anonymous said...

The past tense of "plead" is PLEADED, not PLED. Most lawyers, judges, clerks and court reporters – even most crossword puzzle constructors, it seems – do not know this (nor, it seems, do many lexicographers).

RIch R said...

Bounced off the left field foul pole

Argyle said...

You again? Give it up; you've been proved wrong before yet you come back with the identical post.

Argyle said...

Not you, Rich, but Anon. Your post was stuck in the spam filter. These things happen.

Anyway, if anyone wondered which way the ball bounced off the foul pole, look HERE.