Jan 24, 2016

Sunday Jan 24, 2016 Fred Piscop

Theme:  "Fare Play" - Theme entries are all two-word food items. The first words, all in the pattern of *ED, are humorously re-interpreted in a non-food context.

23A. Fare after successful medical treatment? : CURED PORK. Pork was rationed in my childhood. We only had it during Spring Festival. My grandma always salt-cured the precious pork. 

25A. Angry fare? : STEAMED MILK

45A. Illegally taken fare? : POACHED SALMON. I prefer honey & soy sauce glazed salmon.
86A. Fare constantly questioned? : GRILLED CHEESE

110A. Soundly defeated fare? : CREAMED CORN. Let's call it a veggie, since we have carb below.

112A. Inebriated fare? : FRIED RICE.  Leftover rice is a must. And green onions.
37D. Excessively pampered fare? : CODDLED EGGS

41D. Fare at the Friars Club? : ROASTED NUTS. Super excited to have found fresh shelled walnuts at our local Cub Foods two weeks ago.

This puzzle is tailor-made for our blog. So many foodies here.

I thought of Jayce and his objections to "crossword clues and answers that are not English or commonly known to speakers of English (eg, corrido)" after I read Fred's interview. I bet Jayce and many of you had a much faster time than you spent on last Sunday's grid.

It takes skills, hard work and enormous discipline to produce a smooth puzzle like we have today.

1. Skier's mecca : ALPS. Not VAIL.

5. South-of-the-border currency : PESO

9. Hillside home attraction : VISTA

14. Lucky break : FLUKE

19. "Dizzy Red Riding Hood" (1931) cartoon star : BOOP (Betty)

20. Domingo delivery : ARIA. Still waiting to see the casino reference. It's just spectacular day or night.

21. Prefix with face or faith : INTER

22. Of the ear : AURAL

27. Took charge of : STEERED

28. Skyline standouts : SPIRES

30. Crispy Crunchy candy bar maker : REESE'S

31. Tool used on pineapples : CORER. I just use my knife. Wish there's an easy way to open a green coconut.

33. School attended by 007 : ETON

34. Take a load off : REST

35. Far from wimpy : MACHO

38. Pasture portion : ACRE

40. Colombian city of two million : CALI. Chickie and her husband lived there for a few years.

41. Piston connector : ROD

44. "__ y Plata" : ORO

50. Word on a Susan B. Anthony coin : ONE

51. Newsman Koppel : TED

52. Works at steadily : PLIES

53. Fuss over oneself : PREEN. The big mirror in our computer room is very flattering. Everybody looks slimmer.

54. Step into character : ACT

55. Unaffiliated: Abbr. : IND (Independent)

56. Certain track contestant : MILER

57. Write parts for : ARRANGE.  This refers to music arrangement, right? Fred is a musician.

59. Drag to court : SUE

60. Raptor trainer : FALCONER

62. Wilson of the Beach Boys : BRIAN

63. Gunga Din's burden : WATER

65. Wolfed down : EATEN. We also have 17D. Vitamin K-rich green : KALE. And 34D. Budget noodle dish : RAMEN. Looks delicious. I want.
66. Like bogs : PEATY

67. Pointer's cry : THERE

69. Core group : CADRE

71. Entrance supports : JAMBS

72. Tried hard to recognize : PEERED AT

75. Soccer stadium cry : OLE

76. Wild outings : SAFARIS. I figure it wouldn't be our Minnesota Wild.

79. Makes fun of : JAPES

80. Codebreaking org. : NSA

81. Show __ : DOG

82. Classical name of Troy : ILION. And 66. Given orally, in law : PAROL. I put in A in the O spot.

83. Did a cobbler's job : SOLED

84. __ Ronald Reagan : USS

85. ESL part: Abbr. : ENG

89. Vietnamese holiday : TET. Same day as Chinese Spring Festival. Feb 8 this year.

90. __ Plaines, Illinois : DES

91. Pitchers with heads : ALES

92. Cyclotron bits : IONS
93. Stroke made vertically : MASSE. Billiard.

95. Recipe direction : STIR

96. Turned rapidly : SPUN

98. Points for Poseidon : TINES. The answer filled in itself.

101. Like some treasure : SUNKEN. Thought of BURIED first.

104. Word on an LP : STEREO

106. Chief : CENTRAL

114. Banded marble : AGATE

115. City at the foot of the Ozarks : TULSA. Got via crosses.

116. Pet store supply : FEED

117. Fossey subjects : APES
118. Put back in the sty : RE-PEN

119. Girder material : STEEL

120. Light on one's feet : SPRY. Got four pairs of these Kirkland socks for Boomer, who's a diabetic. Alas, the Amazon quality is different from the one we got at Costco's a while ago. Same large size (8-12), but much tighter and harder for him to put on. Boomer is adamant about not becoming a Costco member again due to the high annual fee. We only visited there a few times while a member.

Amazon Socks

Costco's socks
121. Little shavers : LADS


1. Kid stuff : ABCS

2. Oaf : LOUT

3. Sponge opening : PORE

4. Shout to an awardee : SPEECH. I had to ask Boomer why.

5. Commuter's reading : PAPER

6. Diminish over time : ERODE

7. McCartney title : SIR

8. Homes for squirrels : OAKS

9. Called on : VISITED

10. 101 title word : INTRO

11. "Card Players Quarreling" artist : STEEN (Jan)

12. Black or green drinks : TEAS. I stray from time to time, but Jasmine tea is always my true love.

13. Usher's offering : ARM

14. Appears gradually : FADES IN

15. "Serpico" director : LUMET (Sidney)

16. "QB VII" author : URIS

18. Benevolent order : ELKS

24. Give in to gravity : DROOP

26. In the near future, poetically : ERELONG

29. 1994 co-Nobelist with Rabin and Arafat : PERES (Shimon)

32. More risqué : RACIER

35. Recurring melody : MOTIF

36. Sacramento's Sleep Train __ : ARENA. Home of the Kings.

39. "Moonstruck" Oscar winner : CHER. Water! Such a generous soul.

40. Like a frisked suspect, at times : CLEAN. Also got via crosses.
42. At the proper moment : ON CUE

43. Put a damper on : DETER

46. Pipe up : OPINE

47. 2000-'01 NBA MVP Iverson : ALLEN

48. Sail spars : SPRITS. New word to me. I wonder how Esprit got their name.

49. Deck out : ARRAY

56. Eye irritants : MOTES

57. Many OPEC ministers : ARABS. Not EMIRS.

58. Decorative jugs : EWERS

61. Common rental : CAR

62. Valentine candy message : BE MINE. I never heard of Valentine's Day until 1996.

64. "__ we there yet?" : ARE

67. Skins-and-poles home, traditionally : TEPEE

68. Takes note of : HEEDS

69. Needing decryption : CODED
70. Without peers : ALONE

71. Locks up : JAILS

72. Most ashen : PALEST

73. Long-eared equines : ASSES

74. Philistine's lack : TASTE

77. Delta, for one : AIRLINE. And 78. Store handout : FLIER

79. Tommy __, ex-pitcher for whom a surgical procedure is named : JOHN. I smiled when I read TTP's "But do they know who Al Rosen is?" comment and was confused by a few subsequent responses.
83. Starbucks snack : SCONE

86. Entry-level jobs? : GATEMEN. Fantastic clue.

87. Active during the daytime : DIURNAL

88. Touch up : EMEND

94. Starlike : ASTRAL

95. Stingray relative : SKATE

96. Made off with : STOLE

97. In itself : PER SE. Also a hot restaurant in New York. Steve might have visited this one. He's in Paris right now.

99. Not so genial : ICIER

100. Poor : NEEDY

101. Emotional mark : SCAR

102. The munchies, e.g. : URGE

103. Tide type : NEAP

104. Bunny's tail : SCUT. Learned from doing crosswords.

105. Rubs out : OFFS

107. Kelly of talk TV : RIPA

108. Sailed through : ACED

109. Reduced : LESS

111. Rehab shakes : DTS

113. Public image, for short : REP. Representative? I was picturing those avatars bloggers use. (Added later: Reputation. Thanks Anonymous at 6:47am and D-Otto.)



fermatprime said...


Thanks, Fred and cc!

Swell theme!|

Had Vail before ALPS. ILION and PAROL were mostly perped. Got the tada when I guessed at the O.

This was great after yesterday's disaster!

Have a great Sunday!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Floundered around a bit with this one to begin with (hand up for VAIL before ALPS), but once I figured out that the theme clues were punned but not the answers I took off running and blew through most of the grid in near record time for a Sunday.

One speed bump along the way happened at 82A, which I knew had to be ILIUM. And the ILI definitely worked. But those last two letters got me BE MIME? PARUL? OK, those had to be BE MINE and PAROL, but what the heck is ILION? I finally just went with ILION and figured I'd have another look at it at the end when I didn't get the *TADA*, but obviously didn't need to.

We probably have 4-5 inches of light fluffy snow outside. Certainly a lot less than the two feet originally predicted earlier in the week, but more than the "dusting" they were promising later on. I'm just hoping I can make it out the driveway to take my son to his piano lessons this morning without needing to shovel. That's why I have an AWD car, after all...

Anonymous said...

113 down= rep = reputation-- street cred

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Worked my way quickly to a DNF. Hand up for A instead of O in ILION/PAROL. No Wite-Out required today, so there's that.

Got to meet CHER when she and Sonny were just starting out. Our radio station brought them to our college town as one of several acts at a rock concert. I've Got You, Babe was hot at the time.

C.C., that REP is short for reputation. And I agreed with Jayce (I think it was Jacyce) who thought Al Rosen was a TV weatherman.

Steve said...


Natick'ed at PAROL and ILION (guessed A, guessed wrong!). SPRITS was interesting, I knew "bowsprit" but never considered there were other places to put a sprit. I also had SKIMMED MILK, forgot to go back and check it when I figured out the theme and then realized I had all sorts of mess up there at the top.

I'd like to have eaten at Per Se, C.C. but my budget never stretched that far (and I also didn't have 6 months or so in advance to make a reservation). A couple of weeks ago the NYT wrote an excoriating re-review of the place and dropped it one star in their ratings, so maybe I'm glad I saved my $$$. I did eat at Keller's bistro in Yountville last year - Bouchon - and was quite underwhelmed, so maybe I'm not surprised by the NYT downgrade. Now the ARIA - there's some good eating in that joint!

I managed to avoid the starmy weather on my trip out to Paris - I was originally booked through Newark but United re-routed me through O'Hare. I hope our East Coast folks are safe and well.

Oh - and Esprit? I assuming it's just "Spirit" in French to make it sound classy!

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. Fun Sunday puzzle. My first thought on seeing the word "fare" however, was to think along the lines of cab fares. Then I uncovered STEAMED MILK.

A shout out to Chickie with CALI and to Montana with ORO y Plata, which is the state motto of Montana.

I tried Hidden Treasures before SUNKEN Treasures, until NEAP corrected my ways. I also wanted Brave before MACHO for Far From Wimpy.

I learned of Tommy JOHN surgery from a previous puzzle and actually remembered!

Dian Fosse (1932 ~ 1985) was an American primatologist who studied APES, specifically Mountain Gorillas. She was murdered by poachers in 1985 and the crime has yet to be solved.

I met Shimon PERES (b. 1923) three years ago. He was hospitalized last week after suffering from a heart attack.

Hope everyone is safe and sound and didn't suffer any damages from the massive blizzard.

QOD: The only way not to think about money it to have a great deal of it. ~ Edith Wharton (Jan. 24, 1862 ~ Aug. 11, 1937)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! This was not easy but doable and fun, on my wave length. Thanks, Fred. I got the theme fairly early but was trying to make more out of it than was there as to humor.

Knew I had read QB VII (stands for Queen's Bench 7) and refers to a courtroom if I remember correctly. But it had been long ago and took some perps before I remembered who wrote it.

No idea Troy was ILION. Didn't know PAROL, STEEN or PERES --wanted Sadat.

Hand up for VAIL. VISTA not views. SUNKEN not goldEN. FLUKE was all perps,

After "DELTA of Venus" appeared on our screen recently.....Oh, the AIRLINE, That'll fly here.

BOOP was a WAG that worked.

Liked "wild outings" as SAFARI. After being shut in the house for 18 days in a wheel chair, I'm needing some wild outings, I'll tell you. Even more wild "innings" would help. My kids are as bored with it as I am. Still come if I need something. though.

Avg Joe said...

Very enjoyable! Other than the NW corner being hard to crack open, the rest pretty much moved from section to section. Not a speed run, but a methodical progression. I'd left the NW open since Vail wouldn't prove and Alta would only work for the first two letters. Alps was a V-8 moment much later. Stared at --- Ronald Reagan for way too long, thinking "didn't I get the memo that he had a first name few have heard of?" But in the end I made the popular error of the day. Did not know Parol and assumed Ilian was the source for The Iliad. BZZZT! But had fun working it, so no complaint. Thank you Fred and C.C. For the puzzle, the intro and the interview.

For all the foodies, I skimmed through parts of "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die" by Mimi Sheraton yesterday. Definitely not a recipe book, and it can quickly become overwhelming, but it might be of interest to many. And it even mentions Cornish pasties, so it has some serious cred. :-)

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I truly enjoyed this fun and clever offering, although the NW corner took awhile to break open. Learning moment was bunny's tail=scut. If we've had it before, it's not in my memory bank. I had hidden before sunken, toys before ABC's, and a few other w/o's. Being a native of Troy, Ilion was a gimme but we are more familiar with Ilium.

Thanks, Fred, for whetting our appetites so entertainingly and thanks, CC, for putting the frosting on the cake with your wonderful review. Thanks, also, for the two interviews, both of which were informative and insightful!

Steve, I read that review of Per Se which certainly didn't mince any words. I wonder how much, if at all, it will affect business. In the comment section, there were several posts that took issue with the reviewer's (perceived) pettiness, especially about the napkin-throwing incident. Oh, the crosses the rich and famous have to bear! 🤑

Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

Great theme.Very clever The fatal O in PAROL and ILION did me in, too. V-8 can moment. I have seen both before. This was the only unknown or temporarily forgotten answer.
VALE and VEAL before ALPS. I read 118A as Put back in the sky. When none of the perps fit, I reread it. OOPS!
PK, how are you doing? When will you be sprung? You must be experiencing cabin fever.
The blizzard wobbled north and west, so instead of 8-10 inches of snow we have 24. The new snow removal company is terrible. I had to shovel a 3ft x 4 ft x the width of the garage door myself. Last year just post-op that would have been impossible. The front walk was cleared just the width of a snow shovel with high walls on either side. I couldn't open the storm door. But we are safe and warm and all cleared out now. Our electricity held up. And the pristine white snow is beautiful. My church service and dance are both canceled today.

Anonymous said...

Great puzzle for foodies like me. Started with Taos rather than Vail.

Husker Gary said...

Of course I had to discard Taxi Fares and diligently search for my Natick which I found at ILI_N/PAR_L and like C.C. put in A instead of O.

-Hormel CURE(d) 81 PORK is a main product in our town
-Being GRILLED changed after the Supreme Court found Ernesto Arturo Miranda’s 5th and 6th amendment rights had been violated. He was later convicted of heinous crimes anyway
-A Big Mac in Mexico City is about 45 PESOS
-My AURAL skills are rapidly decreasing
-No matter how I STEERED my skills never got better at this
-Gallup says we were 30% Dem, 26% Rep and 43% IND from 1988 - 2014
-One use for PEATY soil
-I PEERED at a young lady yesterday that looked familiar. After asking her name I remembered she was a girl I sent home from Florida for shoplifting at Sea World
-PAPERS? Really?
-12 Angry Men is my favorite LUMET movie
-ALLEN never won a championship as he is not a team player
-Gotta Run!
-What famous song has, “And say that I'll be there, ‘ERE long”?

billocohoes said...

Is ILION Greek? I always thought Troy was Ilium, which may be Latinized. Homer's poem of the Trojan War is The Iliad.

Only knew of a SPRIT as the bowsprit, to which a sailboat's foresails or jib may be attached.

maripro said...

Thanks, Fred and C.C., for an enjoyable puzzle and write-up.
I was stuck in the SW corner until SKATE gave me SUNKEN but the struggle was worth it.
Words of wisdom: Don't believe everything you think. Saw this on a bumper sticker.
Stay warm and dry all of you who are battling the blizzard.

Bill G. said...

I really enjoyed the puzzle and the interview. Thanks Fred and CC.

I didn't know PAROL, ILION, STEEN or MOTES.

Gary, that would be "Give My Regards to Broadway," also Cornell's fight song with different words.

I'm glad everybody seems to be safe and reasonably comfortable.

Lucina said...

Hello, friends!
What a fun puzzle from Fred Piscop. Thank you! I loved the embedded food! And you, C.C., provided the dessert. Thank you, as well.

Since VAIL didn't work out in the NW corner I skipped on over to the center and quickly filled PESO, VISTA, ARIA, INTER and AURAL and just rolled on from there. It's the easiest and also the most enjoyable Sunday puzzle in a long time.

STEAMED MILK gave me the theme and that ushered in all the others. PAROL/ILION also gave me pause as I had ILIAD first but BEMINE intercepted that and I had in inkling about PAROL which I may have seen before. Surely the lawyers in the group knew it immediately.

That TULSA is at the foot of the Ozarks is news to me. We went there for a wedding and never knew that. Also didn't realize Starbucks sold SCONES. I rarely, if ever, go there.

It surprised me to see BRIAN Wilson spelled with an I as I thought it had y instead.

Finally, I returned to the NW and instantly saw that ALPS fit and finished there.

I loved all the food references!

Have a splendid Sunday, everyone, even if you're cooped up in your house!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

What a nice clean puzzle Fred hath wrought! The long central diagonal section was the last to fill in, but I got there eventually. Forgot the word for a bunny tail until it was mostly perped anyhow. Sprits didn't cause any trouble - there are a number of antique sail arrangements that use Sprits to stretch out sails, rather than, say, yard arms. The familiar bowsprit is just one example.

Dunno how many statues of Neptune there are in the world, but we used a nice little one in Bamberg, Germany as a landmark. The locals simply call him Gabelmann, or "Fork Man". Fork Man Wiki

Howdy C.C., enjoyed your constructor interview!

Just a few miles to our south there was snow accumulation, but somehow there was not one single flake in the air at our place. That's quite a near miss. To those of you who are digging out, stay strong!

CrossEyedDave said...

Just finished digging out, saw last nites late post, & had to
to say(as I am listening to Fantasia on a theme) George Barany!
Do a CW & get prizes! WoHoo!

P.S. How New Yorkers deal with a blizzard...

Jayce said...

I loved this puzzle. It had none of the stuff that Mr. Piscop says he tries to avoid, including obscure entries, and with which I wholeheartedly agree. Great job!
My last fill was the O crossing ILION and PAROL. I didn't know PAROL and wanted ILIUM for the classical name of Troy. I learned that what I wanted was the Latin name and what Fred wanted was the Greek name. But BE MINE was solid so I knew ILIUM was not right; I just didn't know why. Now I do.
For treasure I filed HIDDEN at first, and hand up for filling VAIL at first. And I agree that GATE MEN was clued brilliantly.
I don't think SPRIT (eg: bow sprit, the pole that protrudes from the front of a ship/boat, to which the jib sail is attached) is related to Esprit, which is French for spirit, as in "Oh yes, that's the spirit" and "esprit de corps".
Speaking of noodles (not necessarily Ramen), my dear wife makes some very tasty scampi style shrimp on fettuccine pasta. Last night she marinated the shrimp in lemon-grass infused olive oil overnight, and it was delicious. The lemon grass gave it a subtle loveliness which blended perfectly with the garlic and butter that characterize scampi. I want more!
Best wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

Sorry if I repeated what some of you already said. I wrote my comments while they were still fresh in my mind, before reading what you all had to say.

Bill G. said...

CED, I loved your video showing snowboarding on the streets of New York. I have fond memories of sledding as a teenager in Virginia and later, sliding down Libe (Library) slope while sitting on a cafeteria tray at Cornell. We also jumped out second- and third-storey windows into a pile of shoveled snow.

Jayce, that shrimp sounds great! Can you mail me a small helping?

Misty said...

Great way to start a sunny Sunday morning--many thanks, Fred, and you too, for the interview and great expo, C.C.

I goofed only once because I didn't know the piston connector and so ended up with TOASTED NUTS instead of ROASTED NUTS, and PETER (as in 'peter out') instead of DETER. Have no idea what me think a TOP could be a piston connector, but I'm not good with machinery, as you can tell. Still, fun way to start the day.

Hahtoolah, I was shocked to learn Diane Fosse was killed by poachers. How horrible.

Have a great week coming up, everybody, with good weather!

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-FWIW, no religion intended - Another activity in the snow story. 300 Catholic kids from Iowa and Nebraska have been stranded in buses since Friday on the PA Turnpike this weekend in the snowstorm. So today they built an altar out of snow and celebrated mass in the median.
-I hope all our faithful have escaped the fury of this storm
-A famous FOSSE quote I recall

Lucina said...

Jayce (from yesterday)
Thank you. I had a really lovely time.

CrossEyedDave said...

Whew! Very enjoyable puzzle indeed!
It just took forever to get thru it all...

What I enjoyed most is that I was on this Constructors wavelength
so well that in many cases I was "Oh, that's what I would have put!"

Many of the entries were magical reveals, I cannot list them all,
but 98A points for poseidon=tines
(How the heck did I know that?)

Very enjoyable indeed!

inanehiker said...

Nice smooth sail through this one, though at first I thought it was going to be trickier when I put ALTA (as in Utah) instead of ALPS and started with IRANI instead of ARABS for the OPEC ministers - 50 and 40% right which left them in longer until perps took them out.

Clever theme- thanks Fred and write-up CC!

We had a warming trend today so up to 52 today - heading out for a walk! Tonight looking forward to the 2nd episode of "Mercy Street" on PBS about a hospital during the Civil War - Josh Radnor is great as the doctor and such a departure from his "How I met your mother" role.
Stay warm East Coasters!

Steve said...

I agree with Jayce that it's refreshing to see a constructor spelling out what to avoid - obscure words, foreign words that don't have a common usage in English and the like - but then we run headlong into PAROL crossing ILION?

Physician, heal thyself?

Big Easy said...

"Classical name of Troy : ILION. And 66. Given orally, in law : PAROL. I put in A in the O spot." The cross of those was where I missed with exactly the same mistake, making this enjoyable puzzle a DNF. Those two along with CODDLED,TASTE and MOTES were my only unknowns. I really don't understand the last two. I've never heard of CODDLED EGGS and looked it up after I completed (almost) the puzzle. The rest went fairly smoothly

C.C.- as far as socks, I get one brand- THORLO. Once I put on a pair about 25 years ago, I never even considered anything else.

Big Easy said...

After reading the rest of the comments, I'm glad that I wasn't the only 'clueless' person about ILION and PAROL. I wrote A E I O U and chose one at random.

Avg Joe said...

Anyone not watching the Donkeys/Patriots game that has any's getting very interesting! Tune in now.

SwampCat said...

It's taken me all day to (mostly) complete this wonderful puzzle....but it's been a great day of fun. Thanks Fred! In the end I gave up over a few truly unknowns. But I was soooo proud of myself for getting Posiden's points! Really enjoyable CW.

And CC, the best part of this wonderful day was your suggestion for honey and soy glaze on salmon. I had that for dinner tonight
and will use that as my main salmon recipe! Thanks! And thanks for the rest of the write-up, too.

Stay warm and see everyone. It doesn't seem to be over yet.

CrossEyedDave said...


Oh, I thought you were talking about this Fosse...

CrossEyedDave said...


Snowboarding in New York, behind the scenes. (9:00)

If you can't get your ass in gear, the least you can do is

Watch it Full Screen!

PK said...

Oh no, C.C., I failed to thank you for your great expo and interview. Mea culpa!

YR: I don't go back to the doctor until Feb. 15 at which time I should get a walking boot if the bones have healed. I'm not to put weight on it until then. Impossible. I can't maneuver into or out of a chair without at least resting my heel and sorta putting a minimum of weight on it. Problem is I carry a maximum of weight. My younger daughter brought in groceries again today and carried out trash. She said my older daughter, who showed up ten days after the fall and calmly looked at my foot, came wailing to her sister. "I saw that thing on the end of mother's leg and it doesn't even look like a foot". Her sister said, "Well you should have seen it earlier. It's much better now." Feels funny and hot and swollen, but doesn't hurt. How can that happen? But no pain makes it hard NOT to just take off walking. (P.S. I pray for you and Alan daily.)

PK said...

CED: loved the snowboarding. If I have to ice my foot that looks like the fun way to go. Those poor talented athletes are majorly limited on language skills though.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Fred Piscop, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for fine review.

Got most of this after church. Then had to go to a meeting and dinner. Finished it tonight.

Really liked this puzzle and the interview with C.C. and Fred. Very enlightening!

Puzzle theme appeared after a bit and really helped with the puzzle.

12D Black or Green drinks really appealed to me. TEAS. But only the black, and only Earl Grey. Found a new tea vendor to purchase from. I had been buying from Teavana, but they raised their rates recently from $30 to $40 per pound. The new vendor is in Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale and it is called Nuovo (I think). Their tea is not cheap but I only need half the amount for cup. So, I am ahead of the game. My two cents.

Thought GATEMEN for 86D was excellent.

Yes, PAROL and ILION was a tough cross. I just lucked out.

Irish Miss, what Troy are you from? I know of a couple of them. NY, MI, and OH.

SCUT was a new word. Perped it.

I almost finished Friday's puzzle. I may work on it a little more tonight. Saturday I never looked at being gone all day with a Commandery event and all evening with a church group.

Tomorrow most of the day I volunteer at the Elgin Community College for my Kiwanis Club. I am too busy.

See you tomorrow, sometime.


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Anonymous said...

One of the rare occasions that I rolled right through without any hitch, finished in record time.