Apr 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Mike Doran

Theme: Homophonic Quartet.  Four Two-word phrases have like-sounding second words, all spelt differently.    Straight forward theme idea.

17. Equipment for picnic competitions : POTATO SACKS.   Used for monopodic races.

23. Embryo development sites : AMNIOTIC SACS.   The fluid-filled membrane container where embryos reside and develop until birth or hatching in reptiles, birds and mammals.

51. Big name on Wall Street : GOLDMAN SACHS.  New York based multinational investment banking firm.

62. Lisa Simpson's instrument : BARITONE SAX.   The bari is distinguished by the tubing bend that extends higher than the mouth piece.

Hi gang, JazzBumpa here.  The challenge with this kind of theme is first finding a quartet of homophones, then fitting them into symmetric pairs of in-the-language phrases to build a grid around.  This one is really well done.  With the sound-alikes behind us, lets see what else is in store.


1. Bumper car, at times : RAMMER.   The fun of bumper cars is to have as many collisions as possible.  Still, rather an awkward opener.

7. Cookbook author Rombauer : IRMA.  (1887 - 1962) Author of The Joy of Cooking.

11. Smoke : CIGarette.  The thing that is smoked becomes a smoke.  Language is funny that way.  I tried to smoke a fish once, but couldn't keep it lit.

14. Lancelot's unrequited lover : ELAINE. Of Astolat, who dies of grief for her unrequited love, as related in the versions of the Arthurian legend by Mallory and Tennyson.  She is also the inspiration for Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott.

15. Assam products : TEAS.  Dried leaves, boiled in water.  Just that.   As I pointed out last week, we have a cuppa most afternoons.

16. Barcelona bear : OSO.  Note the alliteration.

19. Grabbed a chair : SAT.

20. Melee : SET TO.  Brawl.

21. Ballet bend : PLIE.  At the knees, with the feet positioned just so.  

22. State with five national parks : UTAH.   The Bee Hive State, home to last week's Antelope Island.

26. Priestly vestment : ALB.

29. Right Guard rival : BAN.   Underarm deodorants.

30. Old anesthetic : ETHER.

31. Willy Loman, in a 1949 play : SALESMAN.  Multiple Tony Award winner Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, adapted for the silver screen in 1951, and nominated for many Oscars.

34. Architect Jones : INIGO.   B 1573 - D 1652, which might be why none of us have ever heard of him.  Unlike this guy.

37. McDonald's founder : KROC.   Ray (1902-1984) Little known factoid - He chose the name McDonald's because Krocburgers are only popular in Florida.

38. Make really happy : ELATE.

41. Nobel Prize subj. : ECONomics, the dismal science.

42. "Cheers!" : SKOAL.  A Scandinavian toast, not involving knackebrod.

44. Connections traced on : HERITAGE.   Anything passed down from previous generations.

46. Tiny amounts : DRAMS.  Each dram is 1/16 oz. or 1.7718451953125 grams.  Scarcely enough for a decent SKOAL.

49. Chill in the air : NIP.   A word with many meanings, one of which might be accompanied by a SKOAL.

50. Denials : NOS.  Opposite of yeses, not abbreviated numbers.

55. French friends : AMIS.   French buddies would lose the alliteration.

56. Elevator option : DOWN.  Also a duck option.  And one may duck DOWN.  Neat how that all fits.  But DOWN as an across fill?!?  Is that even legal?

57. Horseshoe-shaped letter : OMEGA.   Only in its upper-case version (capital: Ω, lowercase: ω; Greek Ωμέγα.)    Last letter of the 24 character Greek alphabet.

61. Tried to get into an office : RAN.   Political office.  Moving right along  .  .  .

64. With 43-Down, what a criminal might be on : THE.   We'll defer completing this until we get to 43 D.

65. Augusta National's __ Corner : AMEN.   Too long a story to relate.  You can read about it here.

66. British Invasion star : BEATLE.  Back in my 'ute.  What - no love for The Troggs?!?

67. Doesn't lack : HAS.  Round about clue for possesses.

68. Nothing more than : MERE.

69. Its flag features a six-pointed star : ISRAEL.  I had a star flag last week too.  This is getting spooky.


1. Weight room count : REPS.  Repetitions of a lifting maneuver.  Typically 8 to 12 REPS to a set, 3 sets to a routine.

2. Burn soother : ALOE.  Plant juice.  ALOE, my name is INIGO  .  .  . 

3. Damon of "The Martian" : MATT.

4. Mazda roadster : MIATA.

5. Inters : ENTOMBS.  Alternative to underground burial.

6. Classic auto : REO.

7. Novelist Calvino : ITALO.   [1923-1985] Italian journalist, author of short stories and novels, occasional crossword resident.

8. Deliver from memory : RECITE.    Do you know your lines?

9. Succeed : MAKE IT.    OK - but where?

10. In the Gospels, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on one : ASS.  As in donkey.

11. San José denizen : COSTA RICAN.  Do you know the way?

12. First name in gravity : ISAAC.   Newton.

13. Some black-clad teens : GOTHS.   Who knew this was still a thing?

18. "This Is __ Tap" : SPINAL.   Rock documentary parody from 1984.

22. Early Web forum : USENET.   Worldwide distributed discussion system that debuted in 1980.

24. Title : NAME.  These do not strike me as being equivalent.

25. City with two MLB teams : CHIcago.  Also, one each of football, basketball and hockey.

26. More than wonders : ASKS.  Another odd clue. Asking is not wondering raised to a higher level.

27. Carefree adventure : LARK.

28. Connections traced on : BLOODLINES.  Familial relationships, and a rare full multi-word chleco.

32. Modern birthday greetings : E-CARDS.   We are so retro we send the paper ones via the USPS.

33. "Can't help ya" : NAH.  A generic negative response.

35. Disco adjective : GO-GO.

36. Tip jar fillers : ONES.  Dollar bills.

39. Lease signer : TENANT.   Apartment renter.

40. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" writer Carle : ERIC.

43. See 64-Across : LAM.  Apparently this is an old word meaning to beat or thrash.  So to go on THE LAM is literally to beat it.

45. Galaxy alternatives : I-PHONES.  Hand held communicating and computing devices.

47. Title for Bovary : MADAME.   Emma, the eponym for Gustav Flaubert's first novel.

48. Distracting bedmate : SNORER.  Let's not get personal.

51. "Party on, Wayne" speaker : GARTH.   From Wayne's World on SNL.

52. City on the Missouri : OMAHA, Nebraska -- Gary?

53. Sty denizens : SWINE.   Big piggies, little piggies, sows.

54. Ugly campaign tactic : SMEAR.   We'll have none of that here.

58. "¿Cómo __?" : ESTA.   How are you?

59. "The Wizard of Oz" family name : GALE.  

60. Skater's maneuver : AXEL.  Available in single up to at least quad varieties.

62. Impact sound : BAM.  Or pow!  Yet another rerun from last week.

63. Geisha's sash : OBI.

OK, that wraps it up.  I had a few nits, but over-all a good Wednesday offering, with a bit of deja vu at no extra cost.   Looks like this might be an L.A. Times debut for Mike Doran.  Congrats, Mike. Nicely done.



OwenKL said...

To some people a CIG, to others a NIP.
Some like a chaw of SKOAL in their lip.
Hipsters may tease
With artisanal TEAS,
While GOTHS are now vaping with battery tips!

Ray KROC was a SALESMAN of milkshake machines,
A nice enough job, but he had bigger dreams!
On the brothers McDonald
A franchise was modeled,
That made burgers and fries our national cuisine!

An interest in ancestry grows as we age,
Old INIGO began searching for his HERITAGE.
Thru BLOODLINES he excavated
For some fore-bearer, elevated --
Found only a great-grand-dad, hanged for robbing a stage!

{B+, A, A.}

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Got through this one pretty quickly, but I definitely needed perp help to get INIGO and ELAINE. Who knew there were other INIGOs other than Montoya? ^_^

Big EAsy said...

With all four endings in SACKS, SACS, SACHS, & SAX, it was hard NOT to figure this one out.

ITALO everybody knows; INIGO- who the hell is that? I never knew Dorothy's last name- GALE- either. One change today- DRABS to DRAMS.

For some reason my 'Galaxy S4' will no post comments on this blog. They never go though.

Golf tournament week. Gotta go.

TTP said...

Thank you Mike and JzB. Information packed write up. Interesting to read it, but am afraid that some of it, like Eric and Inigo, will soon be forgotten. Also, I think Rich is setting us up with all the "British invasion" clues so consistently being Beatles related. One day we are going to get the clue and the answer will be the Kinks or the Troggs or....

Trying to figure out what made this a Wednesday level puzzle. All the proper nouns (NAMEs) in clues or answers ? I counted 28. YMMV. There were 3 in a row at 31,34,37 across. How about 10 through 24 down ?

OMAHA and UTAH together again. World War II. ETHER was still widely used.

Lisa also plays the guitar, accordion and piano proficiently, but her true love is the Sax. She is a MENSA member and has an IQ of 159.

GOLDMAN SACHS opened an online consumer banking site this week. The online savings account is paying $1.05 % APY with no minimum deposit.

Speaking of gravity and IPHONEs, AAPL's Q2 revenue and earnings reports were down yesterday falling for the first time since 2003. Ditto at Chipolte on their Q! reports. Most assuredly due to the E.coli outbreak, sales were crappy, down 30 %.

Most of the names were easy. Like ITALO. Know that one only due to crosswords. Calvino ? A= ITALO. Italo ? A= Calvino. Willy Loman vaguely rung a bell. Perps. Didn't immediately know ELAINE, INIGO, GALE, or ERIC. Perps. SALESMAN KROC RAN DOWN THE competition.

April 7, 2016 at 8:55 AM, "...The par 5 13th is the end of Amen Corner, and is named AZALEA."

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Forgot to look for a theme, but had no problem filling the answers. Nice debut, Mike. Nicely done, JzB. Also, nice CSO to the blogger of OMAHA -- ok, nearby.

Kelly to Michael: Co-star, I can!

INTERS -- not to be confused with Interns.

One man's ALB is another man's bathrobe.

Off to a volunteer gig this morning. Later...

thehondohurricane said...

Quite a turnaround today from the past two days . Had a difficult time getting a foothold so I left the North virtually empty and headed South. As soon as I changed geographical locations, fills began to appear. INIGO was the only one I wasn't sure about and the crossing N with USNET left me a bit worried, but I did not see a good alternate so left it alone.

Getting back to the North was darn near a white out. My thoughts for RAMMER were the same a Jazz and CIG didn't do much for me either. AMNIOTIC SACS was a soon to be forgotten learning lesson. The down clues helped to give me an opportunity to make a few educated guesses for the across fills. But in the end a DNF. Black clad teens meant nothing to me and I filled in GaTHS because I decided 16A across was a female bear so I entered OSa.

I guess in the end I was Sacked, ala Eli Manning and all other Football QB's.

Anonymous said...

The NAME of the book is the TITLE of the book.

unclefred said...

Well, I managed to struggle my way through this one, but it sure seemed more like a Friday than a Wednesday to me. Still, all-in-all, a nice CW, thanx, Mike! And a truly stunning write-up, thanx, JzB, looks like you really put a lot of time and effort into !!

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

62A: Baritone sax conjures up the name of one of the greatest, my favorite, Gerry Mulligan.
Listen to this great standard.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Had a lot of fun with this one.

Nice Mulligan clip, Magilla.

If you haven't given he Beat it clip a listen, I highly recommend it. If you have, it's worth a second play. That guy is doing all the percussive stuff on the guitar while playing the song - unaccompanied. Pretty amazing.

There is so much talent in the world. Very humbling.

Cool regards!

Tinbeni said...

Jazz: Excellent, informative write-up and links.

Mike: Thank You for a FUN Wednesday puzzle (that I finished in Thursday time).

Gimmie of the day was GOLDMAN-SACHS, though I admit I liked all 4 of the theme answers.

Only needed ESP to get IRMA, INIGO and ITALO ... otherwise a slog-solve.

Around Sunset, I apparently pour about 40 DRAMS of Scotch into my glass before I say SKOAL.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling thoughts":

Only write overs were ERMA / IRMA in 7a and IRIGO / INIGO in 34a. Other than that it was a breeze. JzB your recap was enjoyable. Mike Doran, nice debut; WOS, RAMMER is sort of a "meh" word to start 1a, but it fit your puzzle; sobeit!

Other random thoughts: I recall GALE as Dorothy's last name from when I did a limerick about this; GOLDMAN SACHS has been in the news a lot, what with a couple of our Prez candidates having connections; liked GARTH and GOTH(S) in opposite corners.

If you're all OK with it, I'll try to throw in a HAIKU of the day with my post; here is my second:

Kicked by a certain MADAME.
Now, he's a tenor

Chairman Moe said...

Jazz @ 8:41

I did listen to both the guitarist and the clip Magilla offered to the Gerry Mulligan BARITONE SAX quartet. I love it when you review the puzzles as I know there'll be great music; of all genres. Thanks!

BTW, this coming Xmas season I'd love for you to renew the trombone guy who played a different carol through Advent - he was really good

Chairman Moe said...

Jazz - one more question: where was the POTATO SACK race picture taken? I need to work on my all over tan this year! 👀😈

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

While the theme became apparent early on, there was some tricky fill that definitely needed perps, at least for me: Inigo, Eric, Elaine, Gale, Usenet, etc. But all ended well, so no complaints. Nice CSO to Gary. Hope you and others escaped those storms unscathed.

Well done, Mike, and JZB, you earned an A+ today for that outstanding oratory!

Owen, good job with the limericks!

We have bright sunshine but chilly temps. Better than yesterday's gloom and doom!

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Mike Moran, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

Got a slow start and headed South, as someone else said. Worked my way up after the SE corner filled quickly.

Not sure who Lisa Simpson is, but got BARITONE SAX after a few letters.

My wife uses a lot. She has found distant relatives.

Theme was clever. Very good.

I knew IRMA at 7A. Her cookbook is in our kitchen and we use it a lot.

Cooler today, as was yesterday.

Week ago today a tragedy unfolded in my home town, Erie, PA. The visitation is today. Keep my brother's family in your prayers. My brother is fine, but his in-laws are not.

See you tomorrow.


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Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Glad I'm not the only one who found this a little harder. Some names were tricky (Inigo, I'm looking at you) and GoGo is simply not something I connect with Disco - do I have it wrong?

Since Cruciverb is busted, I used the LAT native game host which is still harder to play on, IMHO.

Morning, JzB, you're right! That guitar sample is superb - and the camera work was crisp too.

Tinbeni said...

I had that same problem with GO-GO and my way of thinking about Disco.

In fact, it probably emerged from ESP (Every-Single-Perp), NOT because I thought it was a Disco adjective.


kazie said...

I had two missteps today with not knowing ITALO, combined with never knowing which spelling to use for IRMA/ERMA. Etalo looked OK to me otherwise a fun outing for a Wednesday.

Happy hump day to all who are still humping!

kazie said...

I'm sorry I didn't think to visit here Monday or yesterday, so I missed acknowledging birthday wishes from C.C. and anyone else who may have chimed in. I hope I'm not too late to thank you all now. This was a biggie--entering a new decade at 70, so with our younger son here, I was getting the royal treatment all weekend and Monday, so was kept busy.

Thanks again to all!

Husker Gary said...

A fun theme and write-up on a rainy, non-stormy humpday. I even picked the right vowel for _TALO/_RMA. Don’t you just hate it when you can see a Natick coming?

-The ancestry mini-theme was very apropos for me. This well-known actress, shown here with some Arlington, NE kids in front of her great grandmother’s old house, traced her roots from Sweden to my hometown. It aired this week on The Learning Channel show Who Do You Think You Are?. Can you name her?
-I will never look at a POTATO SACK the same again.
-I’d soon regret it if I SAT in here
-You might like others but to me Lee J. Cobb is THE WILLY Loman
-ECON only has one rule – Supply/Demand
-Generally, 13 is not an elevator option
-Were you required to RECITE the Gettysburg Address in grade school? Me too.
-One student of mine came to school dressed as a GOTH the day after Columbine. He complained to me that kids were harassing him.
-I’m through wondering if I can recall someone’s name. I now just ASK!
-In 2011, OMAHA wasn’t ON the Muddy Mo it was IN IT

Anonymous said...

This one had SAX APPEAL - appropriate enough for HUMP days I suppose. Shagadelic, Eh?

Easy Peasy - no unknowns, except RAMMER, which was obvious enough in its literal sense. Thus, the only hold-up was 1A where I first wrote in DODGEM (turns out this is British, not US usage), which worked with ENTOMBS, even though I knew 2D must be ALOE (Standard Fill). The 2 crossings – REO and MIATA – in the AUTO corner, fixed it.

FYI, ASSAM black teas are the best bases for a decent CUPPA (it's a mere historical coincidence that the Brits first planted them). You could even add a wee DRAM of Whisky to brighten up a cold winter's morning, except we don't have those in Southern California.


Mike said...

Hey all,

Thanks for the kind words on the puzzle. It was a pretty straightforward theme idea and I was lucky to have found the four variations on SAX. This is actually my fifth (or so) puzzle I've had in the LAT. They've been spaced out over the last decade, so I really don't know the exact count. The others were published under Michael Doran, but I realized that I never go by Michael in real life, so why use that name in publishing?

As a golfer I'm glad that Rich decided to keep my clue for Amen Corner, site of this year's unraveling for Jordan Spieth. A bunch of other clues were changed, but I like what he did.

Wishing we had some of that Los Angeles sun here in Maine right now, where we got three inches of snow yesterday. I guess the golf will have to wait a few more days...


TTP said...

Husker Gary - Would that be Molly Ringwald ?

JzB, Remember when the Tigers won both ends of the doubleheader at Comiskey and never had to set foot on the field for game 2 ? The year was 1979.

Chairman Moe @ 9:14, Maslin Beach, South Australia.

oc4beach said...

Mike: I enjoyed your puzzle today. It had the right degree of difficulty but was very doable. I had a fair amount of white space in the top half of the puzzle at first, but the bottom filled in nicely to the point that I didn't even have to look at many of the southern Down clues. You could have added a QUARTERBACKSACKS in a bigger Sunday puzzle.

JzB: I really liked your expo and the music links.

I didn't know my DW was Lancelot's unrequited lover. Of course I'm no knight in shining armor.

Rain is predicted for the next few days, which we need here. Hope everybody's weather is good today

SwampCat said...

Thanks, Mike, for a clever workout. I struggled, but enjoyed the battle. JazzB, the guided tour was marvelous. Loved all the music.

Owen, today's offering was the best yet!

A good day all round!

CrossEyedDave said...

Fun puzzle, not to hard if you know your Inigo's.

Chairman Moe, Where was that sack race? Why, Australia of course!
Note: I always click on Jzb's blue link under his pics to see the source for more info...

My favorite Lisa Simpson Sax number!

Lucina said...

I'm surprised so many found this hard; I thought it was a piece of cake (can you tell I miss dessert). We've seen both ITALO and INIGO before though possibly in Sunday puzzles. And since I work up/DOWN simultaneously the grid fills quickly.

It was a fun SACK race! Thank you, Mike Doran and thank you, JazzB. I, also, look forward to some nice musical links as well as chuckles in your review.

Have a wondrous Wednesday, everyone!

Jazzbumpa said...

Mike -

Great to see you here. Sorry I missed the count on your previous puzzles.

Always nice to get an insight from the constructor.


For many years, including 1979 I had forgotten about my love for baseball, so I missed the the seemingly strange incident you mentioned. Didn't get revived again in a big way until Nate started playing.

Actually, I spent a couple of decades more or less wandering in the wilderness. Life can take some strange turns.

Cool regards!

CanadianEh! said...

Fun puzzle today. Thanks Mike and JazzB.

I was going to comment on Jordan Spieth's undoing at AMEN Corner but I see that Mike has beaten me to it.

I started trying to fit Petri Dishes into 23A which never would have given me the theme. I took it out immediately when it was one letter short and went on to a more natural environment for embryo development.

WEES re RAMMER. 36A ONES are Loonies in Canada.
"DOWN as an across fill" - LOL

I noted the two clues. You never know what will show up in your family tree.

This Canadian has seen SMEAR tactics in our previous elections.

First Quad jump landed in competition was performed by Canadian Kurt Browning in 1988. Wikipedia says a Quad AXEL is actually 4 1/2 rotations and has not been completed in competition.

Prayers for your brother and family, Abejo.

Misty said...

Nice to see you check in, Mike. I found this a perfect Wednesday puzzle, very doable but with a little crunch here and there. Many thanks! And JazzB thank you for explaining that ALB came from "white," evidenced by your photo. Here I grew up Catholic and certainly knew what an ALB was, but never associated it with the color. Also I figured that POTATO SACK photo was going to get a lot of attention.

By the way, what is a chleco?

Abejo, I will keep your brother's family in my prayers.

Have a great day, everybody!

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon everyone.

WBS. Overall - easy. Did not know ELAINE, INIGO or ERICS. But perps were solid.

OMAHA - Re: Gary's comment. This graph depicts annual peak flows at Omaha since ~ 1930. The outlier to the upper right I believe is the one alluded to by HG, I'm guessing the general drop off of peak flows after 1952 except for 2011 represents effects of the completion of the 6 dams and reservoirs above Yankton. Percentage of watershed above Omaha controlled by the 6 dams is ~ 87%. 2011 appears to be an extreme event exceeding the ability of the operating rules for the reservoirs to fully control.

AnonymousPVX said...

The online savings that Goldman-Sachs "opened" this week is the former GE Bank that GSBank bought from GE. GE is selling off parts of its empire.

Three days in a row, fairly easy solves. This cannot continue.

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle. Good write-up.

Ol' Man Keith said...

A nice theme in a well designed pzl by Mr. Doran, a solid, challenging grid steadily unfolding to my pen.
I'd forgotten about ELAINE, so was glad to be reminded. Old INIGO Jones deserves all the attention he gets, so his name too was appreciated.
Let's see - What else made this a sweet start to hump day? Well JzB's choice of illustration for POTATO SACKS certainly raised an instant smile over my buttered Danish!

TTP said...

Yes, prayers for your brother and family Abejo. Sorry I missed that earlier.

I too thought the puzzle was very easy. Still fun. But more like a Monday / Tuesday.

FWIW, over the history of the Crossword Corner, there have been 543 mentions of ITALO, 266 mentions of CALVINO, and 262 mentions of ITALO CALVINO. Doesn't mean he's been in that many puzzles...

OTOH, there were 168 mentions of INIGO. Some were Montoya. INIGO Jones merited 96 mentions. Must have struck some nerves.

It's a slow day here... :>) Actually, very little sleep last night, so no energy to do anything...

JzB, my love for the game also faltered a couple of times. The strike shortened 94 and 95 seasons were the worst. Almost lost me for good.

79 was my first year back on American soil and normal coverage of baseball. Tying it back to the puzzle, that second game of Tigers - White Sox double header was preceded by the infamous DISCO Demolition Night promotion. A melee (SET TO) ensued. The White Sox had to forfeit the second game.

Just 5 years later, the Tigers were back in the World Series against the Padres. It was Domino's Pizza (Monaghan owned Tigers) against McDonald's (KROC owned Padres). Kirk Gibson hit that memorable home run after hobbling up to the plate on one leg. The Tigers were World Series champs for the fist time since 1968. 68 was the year the Tigers became my favorite American league team. Oh the pain I've had to endure being a Pirates and Tigers fan.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-I appreciate the graph, Spitz. That 2011 event coincided with Omaha’s big downtown event the College World Series. Here are some pre-filled sandbags being put around the what-was-then new CWS Ballpark. Omaha pulled off a great event anyway.
-Yankton and the Corps Of Engineers did the best they could but sometimes Mother Nature wants to let you know “You rent the planet, you don’t own it!”
-Yes that was Molly Ringwald whose HERITAGE and BLOODLINE passed through our little town a half-our from OMAHA.
-Tie-in – The home Molly visited in Arlington is on the list to be condemned because it is so, you guessed it, flood prone.
-Mike, I assume this is you (how many golf-loving Mike Doran’s in Maine can there be?) ;-) and I would love to play the course pictured on that page.

Husker Gary said...

So sorry to hear about your family tragedy, Abejo!

Unknown said...

Loved the 'Beat It' rendition...thanx!

SwampCat said...

Prayers from here for your family, Abejo.

tawnya said...

Hi all!

Great puzzle Mike! I enjoyed most of it - RAMMER was different but not enough to ruin it for me. And of course a fun write-up as well, glad that we saw the back end of the POTATO SACK race and not the front!

I sent my BFF this great catch the other day telling her to turn up the sound to hear the thud. She texted back that she turned it up to 11. Some things are always funny, no matter how many times I've heard it.

There was a small group of guys that started a "Spinal Tap" club just to be funny. They actually gave away a college scholarship! I won something like $37.82!! I'm sure it was well spent...

We have bought two copies of the Joy of Cooking over the years as the first one was eaten by a dog. Still have the second copy but now cook books live up high so no one is tempted by the food bits in the pages.

I had to read Death of a Salesman on my first run through college, still remember that Willie Loman's name is a play on words (low man) and that it's a sad ending. Here's the movie version with Dustin Hoffman.

Have a great day!


Anonymous said...

TTP, I thought that memorable home run hit by Kirk Gibson came in a Dodger uni against the A's. Does he have two hobbled hrs?

TTP said...

D'OH !

Anonymous at 4:20, you are correct! Thank you for the correction.

The one Gibson hit in the 1984 World Series for the Tigers was off ace reliever Goose Gossage, and then he hit the hobbled one in the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers off of ace reliever Dennis Eckersley.

Bill G. said...

Anon at 4:20, yes, that hobbled home run that came after Gibson limped up to the plate was in a Dodgers' uniform and called by Vin Scully. I doubt there was another dramatic shot like that one.

If and when Puig's mental maturity ever catches up with his physical skills, he will be a superstar.

Barbara and I are struggling with her recovery with the aid of a catheter; easy for a nurse, not so easy for us. Her next doctor's appt. is Friday. I think she has to have a follow-up procedure and then we'll find out what the doctor says from there. This getting old with the accompanying complications is not for wimps like me...

Lucina said...

When reading about your brother's tragedy I made a mental note to pray for him and his family but failed to tell you about it. I shall keep them in prayer.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Bill G -

Very glad to read that Barbara is home with you and getting TLC. Of course, a catheter makes the "T" a little more difficult to administer. My only direct experience with that ingenious device was during hospital stays, so at least I didn't have to handle it myself. Medical folk say it's easy to do, but I wonder if that isn't a standing myth to encourage layfolk and build our confidence when the time comes. After a couple of days, are you finding it easier? Does Barbara hold still long enough to help?

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thank you Mike for a fun puzzle and stopping by the Corner. Thanks JzB for the writeup, music, and the SPINAL Tap clip. I have a mug w/ a "dial" on it that goes to 11.

WOs: RECall b/f RECITE and I thought MADAME had double-Ds.

ESPs: TEAS, INIGO. TEAS was actually an alphabet run. Glad I din't stop at pEAS.

Fail: Unlike HG, I guessed wrong an had the E in IRMA like Kazie. FIW.

Fav(s): SPINAL Tap, USENET, and Sir. Newton. DRAMS b/f NIP was cute too.

Name usually require ESP, but I actually knew GALE - I always thought it funny they were named that for a tornado movie (GALE-force winds); ERIC - read TVHC to my girls at least 200 times; and KROC today!

OKL - #1 was my fav (I say dragging my eCIG).

Dudley, Yeah, GOGO seems more sixties to me too.

BigE - "Everyone knows ITALO"? Not, I. I must be a NO-ONE.

Abejo - Good luck to you, your brother & his family.

Misty - Clecho is a "clue echo"

TTP - Lisa has 159 IQ? Doesn't seem in her BLOOD LINE. And Re: GOLDMAN SACH's acquisition of GE's subsidiary... I wouldn't trust them with the $1 to open an account after 2008.

"Party on", -T

Bill G. said...

(If catheter discussion is TMI for any of you, ignore this post.)

Keith: The catheter was inserted at the hospital Monday and is still in place until Friday's visit at least. The problem is changing from an overnight sleeping bag to a smaller one strapped to her leg when she gets out of bed, then her being able to get into and out of bed with a tube attached, etc. A nurse seems to be able to manage it easily on a patient confined to a hospital bed but we are still learning.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G. So sorry you're going through that. Keep reciting the mantra: 2 more days. You'll MAKE IT. God Speed to Barbara (and you!)

Looking back at the puzzle - ONE thing I missed earlier may be my new Fav Mike...

ETHER* xing USENET. I don't know if you meant that; but way geek-out cool.

NAH, SPINAL Tap is funnier - It goes to 11 [Tawnya is right, it never gets old :-)]. (Not JzB's link)

Cheers, -T
*ETHERnet is the protocol that let's your computer talk to the switch on your LAN (think blue wire to your plug). It's basically the 2nd layer in the networking stack; above electrical pulses and below the Internet Protocol.

Misty said...

Many thanks for explaining 'clue echo' , Anonymous T. I've wondered about that for a long time.

Anonymous said...

Pl correct the spelling at 26 down/37 across.

Argyle said...

Thank you; no idea how that happened. I don't think it's worth going back to change it though. It is correct in the write-up but I will point it out to JzB. I sure am curious how you came to catch it.