Jan 22, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016, Alan DerKazarian

Theme: My temporary forwarding address is....

A return visit from Alan whose first LAT I blogged back in July, 2013.  He had three other LATs in 2015 and has three NYTs. The end of the fill are types of basic living quarters. We do have an uncommon Friday reveal telling us exactly what to look for in our puzzle. I found it like most Fridays filled with challenging clues, but overall doable. My first theme impression was the SH in shed, shack and shut but that did not last. Some very sparkly fill like BEHESTS, IN HASTE, IN SO FAR, NO NAMES,  STREAKS,  TEN ACRE, CAST IN STONE, MINNEAPOLIS with many of the multiple word fill so popular with the late Dan Naddor and Jeffrey Wechsler. Well let us go solve the homeless problem...

19A. Cleaned meticulously : HAND POLISHED (12). Sheds come in all sizes and types.
28A. Disdainful literary review comment : TALENTLESS HACK (14). There are many shacks to be seen driving our roads.
34A. Ironclad : OPEN AND SHUT (11). A hut can be very simple.
44A. Malice, in law : CRIMINAL INTENT (14). Tents on the other hand can be rather impressive.
53A. Classic Stones song ... and a hint to what's hidden at the ends of 19-, 28-, 34- and 44-Across : GIMME SHELTER (12). They keep on going.


1. Cotton fabric : PIMA. Pima cotton is a generic name for extra-long staple (ELS) cotton grown primarily in the U.S., Australia, Peru and apparently the long staple makes it softer. Per wiki.

5. The Cavaliers of the ACC : UVA. University of Virginia.

8. Parkinson's drug : L-DOPA. Read and LEARN.

13. "What's Going __ Your World": George Strait hit : ON IN. Nor rock and roll.

14. "Delta of Venus" author : NIN. We see Anais often; here is her work.

15. "Lincoln," for one : BIOPIC. Daniel Day Lewis, not to be confused with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

16. "That's terrible!" : OH NO. This has to be the LINK.(0:36).

17. Internet __ : BOT. 79 million hits for THIS.

18. Internet lesson plan company : E-NOTES. More things I do not KNOW.

22. Weather forecast abbr. : SSE.

23. Heated feeling : IRE. This is a real word that appears all the time in crosswords.

24. Like a good-sized farm : TEN ACRE. Rather arbitrary

31. 2013 animated fantasy film : EPIC. Don't know the movie, but it looks fun.
32. Wear (away) : EAT.

33. Fan mail encl. : SAESelf Addressed Envelope.

39. Voice of Barney on "The Flintstones" : MEL. He was AMAZING .

41. Like MacDonald : OLD. And a farmer.

42. Fertility goddess : ISIS. She pops up again.

49. To such an extent : IN SO FAR. Sounds like legalese.

50. __ Riddle, Lord Voldemort's birth name : TOM. A Harry Potter fact that was not in my memory banks.

51. Málaga title: Abbr. : SRA. Senora. Sorry just lazy brained.

56. Take for granted : ASSUME. An ASS of U and ME.

59. Debt-laden fin. deal : LBO. Leveraged Buy Out. The wall street game where you purchase a company borrowing money by pledging the assets of the company being bought. LESSON.

60. Skyrocket : SOAR.

61. Arboreal marsupials : KOALAS. They look almost fake. Nice word for puzzles.
62. Plan : MAP.

63. "Lonely Boy" singer : ANKAPAUL.

64. Not relaxed at all : ANTSY.

65. Pindaric __ : ODE. Wow, it really is Friday.  LESSON 2.

66. Hardy soul? : TESS. Nicely clued.


1. Cries of contempt : POOHS.

2. Rashly : IN HASTE. A bonus for naming the author.
" Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure:
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure."

3. Home city of the WNBA's Lynx : MINNEAPOLIS. A CSO to our Minnesota connection.

4. "And giving __, up the chimney ... " : A NOD. Clement Clarke Moore's holiday classic.

5. Yet to arrive : UNBORN. Had me fooled even with the UN in place.

6. Spectrum color : VIOLET.

7. Standing against : ANTI. Would someone who always stands against be a PRO ANTI?

8. Department store section : LINENS.

9. "Camptown Races" refrain syllables : DOODAH. I love this VERSION (4:54).

10. Decide to be involved (in) : OPT.

11. Entrée follower, perhaps : PIE. I do like pie better than cake.

12. Coolers, briefly : ACS. I believe the perfecting of air conditioning in automobiles was the key to Florida becoming the third most populous state.

15. Commands : BEHESTS. A great old fashioned word.

20. Put (together) : PIECE. Really simple words with Friday cluing.

21. Lieu : STEAD. In the place of someone or something. More Old English.

25. Definite : CAST IN STONE. Cast is back.

26. Early 'N Sync label : RCA. Two weeks in a row and I still do not care.
27. Scratch (out) : EKE.

29. Rim : LIP.

30. Top-ranked tennis star for much of the '80s : LENDL.
35. Stars' opposites : NO NAMES. I guess they were not well cast.

36. Chili rating unit : ALARM. My wife refers to her spicy sauces as five star!

37. "Stand" opposite : HIT ME. Blackjack, twenty-one, vingt et un.

38. Exploit : USE.

39. Bygone telecom co. : MCI. MCI was founded as Microwave Communications, Inc., then World Com came along and destroyed the company; the pieces belong now to Verizon.

40. Coastal flier : ERN.

43. Barely runs? : STREAKS. I guess your laundry?

45. Ski bumps : MOGULS.

46. "Allow me" : IF I MAY. If I might, have the wish I wish tonight....

47. Discouraging words from an auto mechanic : IT'S BAD.

48. More than discouraging words : NO HOPE. I like the sequential cluing.

52. Rich tapestry : ARRAS.

54. Muppet who always turns 3½ on February 3 : ELMO.

55. Future atty.'s ordeal : LSATLaw School Admission Test.

56. Blotter letters : AKAAlso Known As.

57. Prince George, to Prince William : SON.

58. Didn't start : SAT. On the bench.

Well it is time for me to sit and send this off through cyberspace. See you next week. Lemonade out.

Note from C.C.:

Happy 70th Birthday to dear John Lampkin, our gifted constructor and blog friend. John is truly a master in designing grids and cluing. He was so incredibly kind to me when I started blogging & later making LAT puzzles. He answered every little questions I had. He even called me. Such a generous soul!

Lemonade and John


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

For some reason, today's theme reminds me of an old joke about a guy that goes to a psychiatrist and complains that sometimes he feels like a tepee, while other times he feels like a wigwam. "It's obvious that you're too tense" replies the psychiatrist.

Yeah, well, it works better when said aloud instead of written down, you know?


Easy, breezy Friday puzzle. No nits to pick, and the hardest part was remembering how to spell Minnesota. I went with Minnisota originally, but it didn't look right and I couldn't figure out what SSI had to do with the weather. Of course I couldn't figure out what SSE had to do with the weather, either, but then the ol' V8 can came hurtling out of nowhere and hit me on the noggin.

TTP said...

Puzzle was easy this morning.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Lemonade and friends. Fun and easy puzzle for a Friday. Getting the unifier helped me with a couple of the theme answers.

Anaïs NIN (1903 ~ 1977) appears with some frequency in the puzzles.

High quality tee shirts are generally made with PIMA cotton.

My favorite clue was Barely Runs = STREAKS. Streaking was popular on college campuses in the 1970s.

I hope everyone is safe and sound after yesterday's storm. We didn't get snow, but did get a very violent rain/thunder storm

QOD: Opinions are made to be changed ~ or how it truth to be got at? ~ Lord Byron (Jan. 22, 22, 1788 ~ Apr. 19, 1824)

Lemonade714 said...

Barry, I imagine the V8 can came not from nowhere but from the South Southeast.

TTP from yesterday, some have taken your 10:24 post as an attack against some posters. One of the wonderful thing about the Corner for me is the diversity of knowledge and the assurance that there will be someone who knows much more about some subjects than I who will share that knowledge. There are no trophies here for solving but learning is still fun. If your intention was to disparage those who share what they know suggesting they were showing off, then so be it. For most of us it is still fun to talk about what we know and have not lost to age or dementia.

Peg thank you so much for your puzzle

unclefred said...

Well, I'm not as good with CWs as the rest here, who found this easy, but did get 'er done, although it took a half hour. Didn't like STREAKS as clued, and now trying to figure out why Barry was trying to spell MINNESOTA, as that isn't a city as clued. I looked at SHED, SHACK, HUT, and TENT, and still struggled to think of GIMMESHELTER, which was irritating, as I consider myself a big music fan. Anyway, at the end of the day, fun puzzle, thanks, Alan, and terrific write-up, thanks Lemonade.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! This was easier than some Fridays. Good one, Alan. Great as always, Lemony.

HBD John Lampkins!

Congrats & thanks, C.C. Sorry I missed the anniversary party yesterday.

Congrats, Big Easy, I liked your puzzle yesterday.

Didn't get the theme today until the puzzle was done but enjoyed it all.

Knew PIMA cotton but not ARRAS tapestry. Didn't know 50A TOM.

Certainly knew LDOPA with both mother & brother with Parkinson's -- 5th & 6th generations in the family to have it, unfortunately. I'm glad to be spared.

Amazing to think of a TEN ACRE farm as good-sized. Out here it takes at least 1,000 ACRES per farmer to raise a decent living for a moderate-sized family.

TTP: I didn't take your comments yesterday to be disparaging, just the truth. Some people just don't like the truth, I've found. As literate as this group is, someone had to know them. Actually, I did. We read "Silas Marner" in high school.

TTP said...

Nothing in my 10:24 comments were directed at any individual. They were general observations.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Nice romp today with a shoutout to me at 50a -- maybe that's why I remembered Voldemort's first name. Thanx, Alan and Lemon.

ARRAS -- One of those words I would never use, but comes welling up from some cranial fold when necessary.

DOODAH -- Remember the joke the day a Mel Tillis song title appeared in the puzzle? I'm still chuckling.

TEN ACRE -- That's not a farm, just a big garden.

SHEDS -- Have you seen any of those teeny-tiny "homes" that they feature on HGTV? Some of those make a prison cell look downright roomy.

Happy Birthday, JL! Lookin' forward to having you "bug" me with another of your cw's.

Stay safe and warm, you right-coasters.

Anonymous said...

What destroyed MCI was greed and deceit. Company officers used other people's money for personal use and then cooked the books to cover it up. The CEO Ebbers is still in prison, I believe. Sounds familiar.

Barry G. said...

now trying to figure out why Barry was trying to spell MINNESOTA...

You know, as I typed that I was wondering why I had any trouble with it, since Minnesota is pretty easy to spell. Of course I actually meant MINNEAPOLIS, which I originally tried to spell MINNIAPOLIS. Brain fart!

Barry G. said...


And a Very, Very Happy Birthday to John!!!

Avg Joe said...

A very Happy Birthday, John.

Easier than typical for a Friday once completed, but there were a lot of blanks on the way there. It did require the reveal to get the theme, but it came at the mid point due to all the jumping around. Perps and wags were the rule of the day.

Agree that ten acres is hardly a farm. But in some areas I suppose it could be considered one. Here, no one uses the term farm for less than a quarter section, and even then it is just one part of a much larger operation. One that averages around 1,200 acres. We've got twenty acres, and I've never once called it a farm...just an acreage.

Anonymous said...

How apropos that this puzzle was published during the massive storm that is currently assaulting our friends and neighbors. GIMME SHELTER is being begged across the south and mid Atlantic as we solve. Many travellers will need shelter and sustenance over the next few days. Residents should have all ready stocked up on bread, booze and birth control.

Hungry Mother said...

Really hard for me today, but I pushed through it. I had a hard time accepting that EPIC was correct. Also, my list of _POLIS cities didn't include the right answer for a while.

Anonymous said...

I don't find TEN ACRE to be so arbitrary. I also think Ten Acre Enough to be considered a farm. Google agrees. I think it's great that there is a growing trend for agriculturists to forgo the gigantic corporate farms and focus on smaller operations that supply the "FARM to table" food movement and supply our local restaurants and farmer's markets with high quality and thus tastier fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats. Larger farms are more logical for grains I suppose.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I liked this offering even though I hit some rough patches, but perps soon solved all problems. Smiled when I filled in Minneapolis, thinking of CC, naturally.

Thanks to Alan and Lemony for a lot of Friday fun.

Happy Birthday, John Lampkin, hope it's extra special! 🎂 🎈 🎉

Barry, I like your joke. 🤗

Have a great day and stay warm and safe.

Still very cold here but sunny and no snow so no complaints.

Big Easy said...

It's white in the Northeast USA this morning and it was white in the puzzle NW for me this morning until the end. I incorrectly read the Cavaliers of the NBA instead of the ACC, filing CLE. L-DOPA I knew from selling the stuff and DOODAH was a gimme, but the rest of the top was white. IN SO FAR as the rest of the puzzle (bad usage), I filled it from the bottom up. MEL Blanc was a good WAG and along with ELMO and NIN. TOM Riddle, EPIC, E-NOTES, & BIOPIC were unknowns.

The Lynx's home only showed after MEL and CRIMINAL INTENT and INDIANAOLIS wouldn't fit, so St. Pauls sister city was the only one left. My favorite clue was for STREAKS. I heard Ray Stevens' song "The Streak" on the radio last week. I remember those college kids from the 70s and the occasional streaker at football games that was never shown on television.

TEN ACRE farm- big in China or India but not in the USA. Anon@8:35- while "Farm to Table" is a noble thought in some peoples' minds, equating organic, fresh, and 'locally grown' with 'high quality' and 'tastier' and especially 'healthy' is absolutely absurd. The first three adjectives have nothing to do with the last three.

Lemonade714 said...

Anon at 8:35, the comment was directed at the clue which was "good-sized" farm. While I have about ten acre farms and ten acre gardens as the solution which you put forward, it does not explain why the clue would generate the answer ten. What is a good size for a farm?

TTP I did not mean to suggest you were attacking anyone; my point was simply the odds are that in our audience there are probably a few who know more about every thing than you or I, so do not be surprised what they know. I think that is a good thing and hopefully we learn from each other. This is after all just a game we play

CrossEyedDave said...

Very busy today, probably will not be able to do the puzzle
or read the Blog until late late tonite. (Must prepare for Blizzard)

But I just read Yest late nite & had to say:

Anon T, Dang Bro! That looks hilarious! Can't wait:)

TTP, You are probably right. I often miss the point.
Even though I did not get the Georges clue/answer either(Perped).
It is just when you mentioned Wheatstone Bridge & Zener diode
a light bulb exploded in my head & I thought "ooh! I must link Selenium Rectifier!"
But thought I better not show my age...

So I apologize for using you as a segue,
I just thought Tinbeni would like the quote...

(Note to self: find a cake with butterflies on it...)

Yellowrocks said...

Very appropriate GIMME SHELTER for those in the storm's path. Here in the northern part of NJ, starting in the wee hours of Saturday, I believe we will have about 8 inches of snow compared to 18 inches elsewhere. We will be home-bound for a day, but will shelter in place. I'm looking forward to a cheery fire in the hearth.IT'S not BAD if the electricity stays on.
I enjoyed this puzzle. Only TOM RIDDLE and GIMME SHELTER were new to me.
I grew up in rural PA where a good size farm was about 10 acres. There were no gigantic corporate farms. Only an hour or two from just picked to table can't be beat.
I had some PIMA sheets. Oh, so soft! BTW when I laundered my pillow SHAMS yesterday, i though of you Cornerites.
BOT is an example of a word I can fill in easily and still know very little about it. Thanks for the article, Lemon.
Hahtoolah, BARELY RUNS=STREAKS was my favorite after you explained it. I had it from perps, but didn't "get" it.
Happy Birthday, John Lampkin. I thoroughly enjoy your puzzles and your visits to The Corner.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Lemonade, I guess I was being too cute hiding Ten Acres Enough in my explanation of why ten acres is a "good" sized farm. I don't think it is arbitrary since many, including my own progeny, have read this book in high school and/or college. To me 'ten acre' is as common as seven gables, four horsemen, and 20,000 leagues. At first glance I thought of forty as in 'back forty' but I wasn't agitated enough to put more than one letter in a square just yet.

Also sorry Big Easy. If you think Kraft Sharp Cheddar and Egglands Best are as good as local casieculture and fresh orange-yolked eggs than I can't argue for small, local production. It also works with wine and beer. Smaller batches and hand-tended almost always equals higher quality in everything from apples to orange juice to clothing to race cars to furniture to [ahem] golf clubs to homebuilding to.....

Anonymous said...

Maybe Lucina can help us out here, but my memory from Spanish studied many years ago is that SRA is the abbreviation for senora and srta is the abbreviation for senorita.

Husker Gary said...

What a nice breezy Friday run! I won’t “gild Lemon’s lily” trying to top his summative paragraph.

-If that SHED has wood in it and you’re out behind it with dad…
-It’d take TEN ACRES just to turn this beast
-A remarkable movie about L-DOPA
-The bitter political fighting depicted in Lincoln, over slavery, goes on yet today
-Speaking of slavery and UVA
-Some of us know of a recent 4-legged TV character named ISIS
-Substitue education ASSUMPTIONS for business and it works as well!
-A Congressman’s question in The Godfather, “You kill people at the BEHEST of your superiors?”
-What you don’t want to hear, “In LIEU of money…”
-Should everyone here say “HIT ME?”
-TTP, I tried my best to be offended by your remarks and failed
-HBD, John! We eagerly the return of your butterflies here

Steve said...

Happy Birthday, John!

Fun puzzle - I'm a big Stones fan, so with the first "G" the song was a "GIMME" and that helped as I worked back up the mostly-blank grid.

Nice Expo, Lemon, thanks for that.

A little trivia regarding the song, the intro was used by the UK equivalent of AAA in a commercial some years back. The Stones' management at the time didn't allow the use of original recordings in commercials, so it was re-recorded by the guitar great Ry Cooder. Except - he couldn't figure out how to play it. Keith Richards is famous for using odd tunings on his guitars; after a lot of failed attempts, Ry had to call Keef and ask him how the heck he played it. I keep a Telecaster tuned to one of his open-G weirdnesses.

@Anon-T yesterday - I cook ribs, double-cut chops and bone-in loin roast sous vide. Depending on your preference, you're looking for a temp between 140F and 150F. Most recipes call for 160F which to me is overdone. For the roast, I go for 145F for six hours, then 15-20 minutes in a 500F oven to brown and crisp (I use smoked paprika, roasted garlic puree, pepper and salt for the rub). If you've not found this site yet, you'll enjoy it:

Anonymous said...

"Hardy soul?" = TESS = "Nicely clued"? It's a crossword bromide.

"ARRAS" is another repeat offender, but we hadn't seen it for a while. Welcome back, old friend.

John Lampkin said...

Damned milestones! Thank you all for the birthday wishes.
And a huge thank you to C.C. who on top of everything else keeps track of everyone's birthday and major events. C.C., you have long been on my list of the most inspiring people I've ever known and you continue to amaze. Congratulations on your 8th anniversary. May you have many more to come!

C6D6 Peg said...

Nice puzzle, Alan. Once GIMMESHELTER was in place, the rest were much easier to fill. Thanks for a Friday challenge.

Lemonade, nice work, as always. You bloggers are inspiring to all of us!

Misty said...

Hurrah! Hurrah! I got a Friday with no cheating, after a bit of a crunchy week. Yay! Many thanks, Alan, and you too, Lemonade, for your always great expo!

Had to laugh when I got STREAKING.

Great joke, Barry.

Happy birthday, John, have a wonderful day.

Hope everyone has a great weekend coming up.

Tinbeni said...

Happy Birthday John ... the first Sunset toast is to You.

TTP I enjoyed your comment yesterday @10:24 and agree that it didn't seem to be aimed at anyone in particular.

CED I enjoyed the quote @10:33 pm ... and agree "and drinking largely sobers us again" ... LOL

As for today's discussion ... TEN ACRES, for a farm, seems a wee-bit-tiny.
But "what-do-I-know" ... I'm a city person ...


AnonymousPVX said...

I agree with SRA= Senora and SRTA= Senorita, at least this was my understanding as well.

Mike Mc said...

A little more trivia about the song "Gimme Shelter". The female vocalist on the original recording was named Merry Clayton. The producer decided during the recording session that they needed a female singer and summoned Clayton from her bed around midnight. She delivered her part with great energy, screaming out the final "Rape! Murder" such that it caused her voice to crack. Upon this, Jagger can be heard exclaiming "Woo!". Upon returning home, Clayton suffered a miscarriage, maybe due to the exertion of the performance. Clayton is now 67, so maybe she's not the singer in the 2006 video.

CrossEyedDave said...

DW was on a business trip to Dallas,
she just told me her return flight was cancelled & she is stuck there for the weekend!

(Oh Crap!, I don't think I can survive another bachelor weekend!)

Oh well, I guess I can skip my other chores
& just change the oil in the snow blower.
Then I can get to the puzzle...

Hmm, wait, did I clean the chimney?
Do I have enough firewood?

CanadianEh! said...

Catching up with the Corner today after lurking this busy week. Belated happy blog anniversary to C.C. and all the Cornerites. I still want to try Peg's CW. I joined the Corner Dec 31/12 after discovering it much earlier while Googling for an answer and lurking for a long time. I do enjoy everyone's different views on the CW and our different areas of expertise.

I had fun with today's CW. I was in the Ladies department before LINENS. Like many others, I smiled at STREAKS but didn't "get it". At first, I thought the laundry explanation fit the clue best but then the lightbulb moment - oh BARE-LY! MOGULS reminded me of Marti.
I just took 2 PIEs out of the oven (apple and blueberry-YUM!)
Family survived on profits from a three ACRE farm (market-gardening).

We are not supposed to get the storm here. Stay safe all those in its path.

Yellowrocks said...

Wahoo! Alan is pain free and symptom free for the first time since early October. No more medical appointments except for routine check ups and a monthly injection. In addition, by dieting he has lost 5 lbs. We are back to a normal schedule and life style for both of us. I missed so many gym workouts these past two weeks and Alan missed all of them. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.
My snow shoveling and leaf gathering days are past. Our condo fees pay to have it done. With my improved knees, if the snow plow takes to long to get around to me I can shovel my very short driveway myself. It's just the length of a car and a half.

Maverick said...

When I think of "Lonely Boy" I think of Andrew GOLD and his 70's classic:

The Black KEYS more recent "Lonely Boy" is fun too:

PK said...

YR: I know of one big company farm that has been in Pennsylvania for over a century: Hershey Farms. Several of their farmers went to my brother's church when he lived in PA during the '80's. I talked to a father-son team whose family had lived in the same company-owned houses, had a dairy herd, and some feed grain fields all comp.-owned. I guess Hershey is corporate structured in this century. Hershey had to have good quality milk, etc. for the candy.

I was interested in the farmer's thoughts since our state was stubbornly resisting allowing corporate farms in favor of keeping family-owned farms. Those PA farmers had never known any difference so they looked at me like I was nuts. What we have here now is some corporations who contract with family-owned farms that raise hogs, chickens etc. to quality specifications and the corps. process the meat for consumers. Other farmers just gamble on the open market price which is volatile.

There are some small farm-to-table farmer markets which have become popular here. But many of them are more like hobby farms where the owners have some other source of income like full-time work elsewhere or are subsistence operations.

My farm home was on a 15-acre tract that we owned with ten acres planted to grain. We farmed the rest of the half-section also that belonged to several people, including us. But that was a small part of our operation.

Avg Joe said...

We have a number of small vegetable farm-to-table operations in our area as well, and they are popular. Some are set up as memberships, others supply to restaurants and others primarily work the Farmer's Market circuit. I imagine some are self-sufficient, but I believe most are sidelines where the owners have day jobs. In our SMSA, which has around 300,000, there are probably 20-30 such operations. That pales in comparison to the number of cash grain and livestock farms, which would number in the thousands.

And yes, these would most definitely be considered farms, but they certainly wouldn't be considered "good sized" farms. By their very nature, they are small operations of from 5 to maybe 100 acres. That said, they play a valuable role in the community, and their numbers are likely to increase as the real food movement grows in popularity.

Lemonade714 said...

You are absolutely correct that SRA is Senora; I make mistakes and did not review as carefully as I might have. Thank you for correcting.

John, it is so good to see you here, and Peg you are BAAK WAHN. Thanks for the SO in your puzzle

Lemonade714 said...

For the lazy ones:



Anonymous T said...

Hi Puzzle Pals!

I Can't Get No Satisfaction... 3 lookups (14, 31, & 65a), 2 "How do you spell?" (3 & 45d - If you saw all the permutations I had for MOGULS, I'd be blog-banned) and then to FIW w/ a B in square 1? BOOHS sounded good, I ASSUMEd.

But what fun playing Alan; theme kernel was great. Thanks. Thanks also to LEM for the write-up and linkin' The Stones - great music to read the blog by; you beat me to Blazin' Saddles :-)

HBD JL. CED's on the right track for your cake. Your mentee has been a mentor to many at the Corner - see the fruits of your farm?.

WOs: Two ACRE (that'd be Little House on the Prairie big), Adel b/f ANKA, and the hardest to recover from "hAtEd ThiS HACK"

Fav: c/a 43d.

I'll play more later. If I BOT the inter-tubes for links now, I won't get a nap b/f kids get home.

TTP - I think it was more the tone that could be taken depending on how one reads a comment. I didn't think you were disparaging anyone.

Did anyone want Scoville for 36d when reading "Chili rating unit"? Funny, today is his 151 B-Day.

Cheers, -T

Yellowrocks said...

Avg Joe. I see your point about "good sized farms." I used to visit my BFF on her small farm and help shoo the cows home for milking. We gathered the eggs by hand. Her farm in relation to agribusiness is like a mom and pop grocery compared to a Walmart Supercenter.
A local farmer let my dad cultivate a half acre or more of his property as a garden to feed us six kids. With the free labor of six kids we tended it meticulously like a beloved flower garden. Every weed was pulled and carried out in buckets. We ate delicious, right from the farm, fresh veggies. All of us shelled bushels of beans. In addition, the local farmers gave and/or sold us bushels of fruit and vegetable which my mom along with my big sis and me canned or in later years froze.
I am surprised that so many of us Cornerites have rural roots.
PK, I am sure PA has corporate farms, but not where is was living.

Husker Gary said...

IRATE – I saw a former colleague in the grocery store yesterday and thought it would be nice to catch up with her. I had forgotten why I didn’t like to talk to her but soon remembered. She rambled on for 10 minutes about how her children and grandchildren were all Harvard grads, Olympic athletes, curing cancer for the world and saving the whales all at the same time. She never asked once about me or my fairly accomplished offspring and so I finally begged off and remembered the first word in this paragraph. Grrrrrr….. You ever had that experience?

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

Anon T yes I was thinking Scoville but didn't fit so I put flame in. Some catalogs have 5 peppers or flames for the heat value. Then alarm went in later.

The top center had me thinking hard. Finally turned on red letters and finished with more red going in the squares.

Here is a link to my French Amis out there The Streak Cajun Style. Enjoy ~!~!

Plus tard from Cajun Country ~!~!

JD said...

Good afternoon Lemonade and all,

A very enjoyable Friday, and very doable, even without catching on to the theme.I agree there were lots of great words, but behests and lbo were not sparkly for me. Had lots of laughs filling in old, no names ,it's bad, and best of all, streaked. And Barry- good joke!

HBTY, John Lampkin!!

Yellow rocks, so pleased for both you and Alan.

The talk about farms and acreage brought me back to when I lived in So. Cal (the 50's)and SanFernando Valley was just beginning to attract attention. Many families on "my side" of the "mountain range" were scooping up acre parcels , and they would call them ranches. Looking back that was pretty funny because most of them did not have more than chickens or maybe a few horses on their acre.No farming in that area because of the lack of water, which had to come down from the north.Now that valley is wall to wall cities , like Burbank and Sherman Oaks.

Ol' Man Keith said...

FUNNY, isn't it, how I could complete this tough Friday pzl w/o any aids - and yet miss the theme entirely? I see I wasn't the only one. It leads me to ponder whether a bright creator like Mr. DerKazarian might ever construct a pzl that contains a hidden theme w/o being aware of doing so. The unconscious mind is so awfully clever, with all sorts of buried shenanigans going on, that I can well imagine it happening. Can anyone offer an example?

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Work kept distracting me from the puzzle, so it seemed very difficult to me. Perhaps that's due to my lack of attention to it. Gotta say the theme was cool, though.
I certainly enjoy learning from the puzzles and from all of you. I confess it irks me when somebody implies "Well the dictionary has it, so why do you have a problem with it" or "It's common knowledge so why are you saying it's obscure?" Fine to say that you know it, I often say that myself, but not fine is to disparage, explicitly or implicitly, another for not knowing it. Al Rosen indeed. (Wasn't he a weatherman?)
Best wishes to you all and happy birthday greetings to John Lampkin.

Anonymous said...

Some more lonely boys: Enjoy!

Yellowrocks said...

I say I have no acquaintance with it, a learning experience. Actually I appreciate finding something new.
Not knowing it is not shameful. But calling it obscure when it is really not is a cop out.

CrossEyedDave said...

DNF, I was totally stymied by the NE corner & gave up!
(probably because I had 8D Dept Store section = "Womens")

Finally read the Blog,
TTP @ 6:22AM (was that comment really necessary?)

Barry G, Minnesota? ( may I recommend L-Dopa?)

Happy Birthday John Lampkin, I look forward to more of your puzzles.
I heard that Lemon beat me to the Butterfly cake, so I had to go with a substitute...

Interesting what Steve said, Gimme Shelter was a learning goal for every guitarist.
Without much success. I only found out about the alternate tuning via the internet.
What interests me most, is that the live version sounds nothing like the recording
we all try to emulate. (What, even the Stones can't reproduce it?)

Speaking of old Musicians, you will be glad to know Animal is not dead!

more good news...

try to watch this without saying aaaaw!

Avg Joe said...

On the topic of alternate tuning, I've got a question that I've never found an answer to. Chicago had a big hit with "Color My World". I've sat at a well tuned piano and tried to play the melody, but couldn't pull it off. Is the piano in that song tuned off key?

Knows absolutely nothing about the piano said...

Google it!

Never mind, here ya go.

CrossEyedDave said...


Very possibly, it is common for recordings to be sped up or slowed down
to change the mood or feel of the song.
I would just play the sheet music as written, & add your own feel.
Besides, if you were playing to an audience(in this case yourself.)
you would never even try to play along with the original...
Old Man Keith @5:10
Do not tempt me sir...
you are asking the wrong person for shenanigans from the unconscious mind....

JD said...

CEDave,a most perfect cake for John!

Pat said...

I finished a Friday puzzle! Thanks, Alan, for the fun! Thanks, Lemonade, for the expo!

Having lived in Minneapolis for a few years, that was a gimme.

Hand up for cle at 5a.

Happy Birthday, John Lampkin! Hope 2016 is a great year for you. Looking forward to another of your puzzles.

Yellowrocks, I'm happy to hear of Alan's good health! May it last another 75 years! I like your new avatar.

Have a great weekend.


PK said...

What seems to be a PEWless chapel in Los Lonely Boys "Heaven" reminded me of a mission church we toured in San Antonio, TX. Can't remember the name of it since it has been 15 years. It had PEWs, but what struck me were the herringbone pattern brick ceilings over "sticks" and the statues were dressed in fabric robes.

YR: When my kids were young, I had a big garden and at one time 33 fruit trees including mulberries and apricots. I did a lot of snapping beans and can hardly stand to eat in these restaurants nowdays who don't take the tips off the green beans or cook them long enough and call them "gourmet". Anyway, I froze or canned most of our vegetables and fruit. Since we raised choice beef and usually had the freezer full, I could serve a company meal for 20 people with an hours notice and not have to shop. Now I don't even cook for myself if I can help it.

Anonymous T said...

DW & I are heading to the Cantina so I may not be playing later after all (heck - CED provided all the fun already). Steve, thanks for the link. I'm going to get my tasties-worth out of that tool. Going to try your rub too.

YR - Glad to read Allen is w/o pain. That must be such a relief for you.

HG - I see the table as R. Insure; left HIT, others stand. But what do I know - I lost $200 last time in Vegas :-)

That Dog has a song called - MINNEAPOLIS. The rest of their album (Retreat from the Sun IIRC) is pretty good. BTW, put the music in the background if the video makes you dizzy.

Cheers, -T

SwampCat said...

Alan, you win! I almost finished but couldn't get 'er done. But it was fun trying. Great expo, Lemon, as usual!

Jayce, I agree ....we all have areas of knowledge/experience, but disparaging someone else is not nice . Surely one area of knowledge is not "better" than another. Most of us seem to understand that.

TTP, I saw nothing remotely wrong with your comment at 10:24 yesterday. It seems I am not alone in that.

HBTY John L, and thanks for all the pleasure you have given us.

Hahtoolah, down here in the swamp we also had rain storms with thunder and lightening and wind, but nothing more. I hope the rest of you in the brunt of the storm were safe. Let us know you are okay.

YR, glad to hear the good news about Alan.

Stay warm, everybody!

Anonymous said...

I'd rather see TENACRES clued as Ten percent of Winnie's woods.

Rich said...

Soooo, you want TEN to appear in the clue AND the answer? Good one. Keep up the good work.

Btw, the clue/answer were just fine for a Friday level puzzle. Get over it.

Anonymous T said...

Cantina was fun. A bit of nosh & a few pints; I'm good. But, 1/2 Margarita and DW's out - y'all are stuck w/ me. (I feel your pain CED - too much ANTSY time when She's Not There (Zombies)).

Random connections the puzzle BEHEST'd:

Who names a terrorist group after after the Goddess of Fertility?

I've already shared That Dog's MINNEAPOLIS. Skip a bit...

Paul ANKA in Girls Town in MST3K. Sense of humor required at the click-door.

Voldemort is a TOM? I remember that sketch: Some call him Tim (the Enchanter) [@:42]

IN SO FAR as not to offend; I 'won't' MAY my thoughts on how I remember the spelling of ASS U ME.

Cheers, -NO NAME T

CrossEyedDave said...

Unfortunately, last post.
(because I have not yet made fun of the puzzle yet...)

But Anons post@8:53 made me post...
I think 10% of Winnies woods is an excellent clue!
(only to have some editor shoot you down...)
(every constructionists nightmare...)

P.S. Barry G.
I only mentioned L-Dopa because it helps me find birthday cakes...

SwampCat said...

Anon da man!! Offend is in the eye of the beholder!! tell 'em! But then you do, don't you? LOL

Argyle said...

'Tis a night for weird then laddie? Furry Animals

Anonymous T said...

Amazing what you can get out of a bit of rye fungus, eh Argyle? I think that's what made '60s & '70s music so good (and Steve Jobs admitted to taking LSD too). Thanks for the trip...

It's cold (39F) for Houston but the sky is clear. I can see 3 planets kinda-lined up w/ the moon tonight. If I stayed 'till dawn I could see Mercury at the trail of 4 others, but sleep beckons...

I know you guys on the East Coast are freezing your butts off. Stay warm, safe, and off the roads. We're w/ you in warm spirits... Rum, Whiskey, Scotch (just for you Tin), Seriously, stay safe y'all.

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

AnonT, yep, I'm not going to get up early to see five planets lined up. Mercury is always tough to see anyway cause it's dimmer and near the sun.

Anonymous said...

Busy day - just got to today's entry. Disagree with "Commands"=BEHESTS.A behest is much more polite than a command. It's a request -with some legal ramifications if in a will.

Blue Iris said...

Ten years ago,I went to message therapist, who named her daughter ISIS. I wonder what that little girl is having to deal with now.

When I filled in TEN ACRES, my husband said that's just the driveway. My little "farm" patch grows tomatoes, corn, green beans, green peppers,green onions and a variety of herbs.

I thought stars' opposite= NO NAMES sounded a little harsh.

We had a KOALA bear at the zoo. Unfortunately, you could never see it awake. They sleep most of the time and were only awake when the zoo was closed.

STREAKing was very popular when I was in college. My anatomy teacher informed us that the lactic acid can not get to the muscle in the cold. A lesson i will never forget.

Happy Birthday, John. I always love your puns.

I see I missed the Corners anniversary yesterday. I'm so grateful that I found you.

Yellowrocks said...

Good to hear from you, Blue Iris.

BEHEST is not old fashioned. It is used in up to the minute news reports. I see it frequently. Also it is not more polite than COMMAND. BEHEST is given by someone in authority. says, "BEHEST is an authoritative command or request" I use the online dictionaries a dozen times a day. When I look up something I am more likely to remember it.
News reports:
FBI officials have said that the couple acted on their own, not at the behest of another organization. Los Angeles Times Jan 20, 2016

In most normal states, the legislative leaders are elected by the chambers they lead, not at the behest of the governor. Washington Times Jan 13, 2016

In the end, the Legislature, at Mr. Cuomo’s behest, passed a short-term extension of the subsidy program in June. New York Times Jan 13, 2016