May 29, 2016

Sunday May 29, 2016 Pancho Harrison

Theme: - "Pool Party" - The last word can precede "pool".

25A. Try : GIVE IT A WHIRL. Whirlpool.

31A. Track runner? : TROLLEY CAR. Carpool. Great clue.

46A. Removable engine : OUTBOARD MOTOR. Motorpool. Same as "carpool", isn't it?

63A. Pickup spot : BOX OFFICE. Office pool.

79A. Undeveloped ability : RAW TALENT. Talent pool.

96A. Certain trait carrier : RECESSIVE GENE. Gene pool.

110A. Pond prohibition : NO SWIMMING. Swimming pool.

121A. Unscrupulously competitive : DOWN AND DIRTY. Dirty pool.

Basic theme. The key word meaning in the original phrase mostly remains unchanged when pool is added. We don't often see words that precede/follow theme type on Sundays. They're mainly the early week domain. Not easy to get a "Go ahead" from Rich with this type.
So nice to see Pancho Harrison back. He was the very first constructor when we shifted to the L.A Times Daily Crossword. He and Barry Silk will always have a special place in my heart. Hopefully Barry will come back to us in a few months.

Pancho Harrison (XWord Info photo)

1. Keystone officer : KOP

4. Judicial seat : BANC

8. Frat house letter : SIGMA. Not DELTA, KAPPA or THETA.

13. Lowers oneself : STOOPS

19. Org. with a caduceus in its logo : AMA. Wiki says caduceus is "a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings." Hermes's staff.

20. 1847 novel with the chapter "What Happened at Hytyhoo" : OMOO. Easily guessable.

21. Rocking the stadium : AROAR

22. Chinese restaurant offering : HOT TEA. Chinese seldom drink iced tea, unless you're in Hong Kong, where Iced Lemon Tea is hugely popular.

23. Lacking benefits, perhaps : PART TIME. I thought this might be a theme entry.

27. Pakistani language : URDU

28. Collars : ARRESTS

30. "Spellbound" malady : AMNESIA. About this old movie?

34. Graduation hanger : TASSEL

36. Took a verse alone : SOLOED. OK, sang alone.

37. Travesty : FARCE

39. Romance novel emotion : LUST. Not LOVE, Splynter! Hope love finds you in the summer.

43. Mostly shaved style : MOHAWK. Hair style. Still remember the "Mohawk Guy"?

50. Oklahoma native : OTO

51. "Sorry, you __ me" : LOST

54. Suffix with proto- : ZOA

55. Minuscule part of a min. : NSEC

56. Mont. neighbor : IDA

57. Arcade pioneer : ATARI

59. Lowest points : NADIRS

61. MTV's parent company : VIACOM
65. Old auto named for an explorer : DE SOTO

69. Purina rival : IAMS

70. Pacino title role : SERPICO. I should watch the movie again.

72. Germinates : SPROUTS

74. Kipling's Rikki-Tikki-__ : TAVI

77. "Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's __": Anthony Bourdain :  A START. 6-letter partial.
83. Like some surprise endings : IRONIC

85. Sweater pattern : ARGYLE. Hi there, Santa!

87. Mythical servant : GENIE. Got via crosses.

88. Young Skywalker's nickname : ANI

89. Pickup at a stand : FARE

92. Rapa __: Easter Island : NUI

93. One of TV's Mavericks : BRET. Also via crosses.

95. Dockworker's org. : ILA

100. President, e.g. : LEADER

102. "Modern Family" daughter : ALEX. Gimme for Bill G, probably.

103. More agreeable : NICER

104. Sportscaster Ahmad : RASHAD

107. Bunch : PASSEL

114. "We're headed for overtime!" : IT'S A TIE

117. Really cool : AWESOME. Oh, TTP/PK, the lilies Boomer bought from Walmart are indeed not Tiger Lilies. They're Asiatic lilies. Your wife rocks, TTP!

120. Naysayer : ANTI

123. Orchestrator, perhaps : ARRANGER

126. Maroon : ENISLE. Not a word I use.

127. Coffee maker brand : BRAUN

128. KOA patron : RV'ER

129. Night school subj. : ESL

130. Sights along old Route 66 : MOTELS

131. Gelatin garnish : ASPIC. My grandma always had fried Tofu in her aspic.

132. Many millennia : AEON

133. ACLU issues : RTS (Rights)


1. On the fritz : KAPUT

2. Astrologer Sydney : OMARR. Learned from doing crosswords.

3. NBC-affiliated announcer in nine different decades : PARDO (Don)

4. AI game competitor : BOT. AI =  Artificial Intelligence. I got via crosses also.

5. "__ dreaming?" : AM I

6. Deli order : NO MAYO

7. Compel by force : COERCE

8. Bacharach collaborator Carole Bayer __ : SAGER. Unfamiliar figure to me. She looks gorgeous.

9. Georgia O'Keeffe subject : IRIS

10. Bond issuer: Abbr. : GOVT

11. Podium tapper, at times : MAESTRO. I was picturing someone who's giving a speech.

12. D-backs, on scoreboards : ARI

13. Phonies : SHAMS

14. "Chinatown" screenwriter Robert : TOWNE. Also an unknown figure to me. Wiki says he also wrote the first two Mission Impossible films.

15. The lord in "O beware, my lord, of jealousy!" : OTHELLO

16. Soulful Redding : OTIS

17. Prefix with scope : PERI. Used to be clued as "Persian fairy" in our old Tribune days.

18. Room next to la cocina, maybe : SALA

24. Oral Roberts University city : TULSA

26. Electrode shooters : TASERS

29. Pricey watch : RADO. I fail  to see their appeal.

32. Reprobate : LOWLIFE

33. Nevada city on I-80 : ELKO. Not RENO.

35. Open __ of worms : A CAN

37. Former Calif. base : FT ORD

38. Belittles : ABASES

40. City near Syracuse : UTICA

41. Doomed Genesis city : SODOM. Also 43. Ancient Dead Sea kingdom : MOAB

42. Monorail transports : TRAMS

44. Conductor Klemperer : OTTO. Hello D-Otto!

45. Put-on : HOAX

47. Compact automatic weapon : UZI

48. Reverent : DEVOUT

49. Old AT&T rival : MCI

52. Salon sounds : SNIPS. Also 90. Did a salon job : RINSED

53. Implied : TACIT

58. Cellist's need : ROSIN

60. Twice penta- : DECA. Prefix for "ten".

62. Flier's option : AISLE. Boomer's choice.

64. Melee : FRACAS

66. Nimble : SPRY

67. Big name in dental care : ORAL B

68. Control __ : TOWER. Not FREAK.

71. Disneyland's county : ORANGE

73. Ring pair : TAG TEAM. Boxing ring. (Correction: Wresting ring. Thanks, Robert!)

74. Wonder Woman accessory : TIARA

75. Synthetic fiber : ARNEL. We see NYLON or ORLON more often.

76. NBC musical reality show, with "The" : VOICE

78. More accurate : TRUER

80. Geraint's wife : ENID

81. Shade of green : NILE

82. Go like crazy : TEAR

84. Consideration complications : IFs. Tricky clue for a little word.

86. __ mill : GIN

91. '60s pop singer Sands : EVIE

94. K thru 12 : EL-HI. Gluey entry.

97. Wide-open space : EXPANSE

98. Pastries made with choux dough : ECLAIRS

99. Switch add-on : EROO. Gluey entry. Hard to make clean Sunday puzzles.

101. Clio contender : AD MAN

105. Capital of Eritrea : ASMARA

106. Change course suddenly : SWERVE

108. To any extent : AT ALL

109. Trig ratios : SINES

110. Boy band with an acronymic name : NSYNC

111. Actress Stevens : INGER. Forgot. We had her before.

112. Explosive trial : N TEST

113. Lena Dunham HBO series : GIRLS

114. Footnote word : IDEM

115. __ avail : TO NO

116. Houlihan portrayer on "M*A*S*H" : SWIT (Loretta)

118. Finish shooting : WRAP

119. Decorative sewing case : ETUI. It's back!

122. Trade name letters : DBA (Doing Business As)

124. Classic roadster : REO

125. Prince Valiant's son : ARN. He's back too!



fermatprime said...


Thanks a bunch, Pancho and CC!

Maybe the fastest Sunday LAT yet!

However, perps provided answers for: ALEX, TOWNE, RADO, ASMARA and DBA.

Managed to make it to 75 degrees today. Hot dang!

Have a great Sunday!

OwenKL said...

{B+, B, B-.}

There once was a crab who, like a fool,
Fell in love with a crabette from another school.
In crab wedding style
They walked 'cross the AISLE,
Then POOLED their resources for their own tidal POOL!

Once, when a baby was due in this worl',
The question was, is it a boy or a GIRL?
But choices have widened,
Now the decidin'
Is what does it want? Then GIVE IT A WHIRL!

A shopping cart (known to Brits as a TROLLEY)
Performs a dull chore, (only popcorn is Jolly!)
With drone-type rotor
It transforms from cart to AWESOME mall folly!

Unknown said...

Fun puzzle, not too difficult. C.C, you must have meant Wrestling Ring, as I haven't heard of tag team boxing. Thanks.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Quite a few speed bumps today, especially Inger and Asmara.

Morning, C.C.! Nope, I don't use "enisle" very often either. :-)

OwenKL said...

Another no-bell prize. Searched through and found a couple typos (misspelt PASSle), but didn't really find the error until I noticed LOST was in the puzzle twice! Changed one to LUST, and finally got my ta-da!

From yesterday, uncle fred you're right, I've been in a slump. Not sure if I'm breaking out of it today or not. Should I ever find an editor, only the As & Bs would be submitted for consideration. I think of Emily Dickinson, who was mostly published posthumously, But I doubt I have any connected friends who would do the same for me.

-T: I'm aware of some spam/malware going out in my name, but nothing I can do about it. They probably got it from one of the Facebook apps that accesses my profile, not from me directly, not that it makes any difference.

Re: my middle poem; I ran across a new acronym a few weeks back, LGBTQIPAA+. It stands for "Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual Queer Intersex Pansexual Asexual Ally + others not cited." Parodied as LGBTQRSTUVWXYZ or other variations.
Didn't transsexuals used to be called cross-dressers?

TTP said...

Thank you Pancho and thank you CC.

Very fast Sunday. Ran the two parallel diagonals from the SE to the NW in less than twenty minutes. Then surfed the channels on the TV because an infomercial came on. VH1 has a Dating Naked marathon this weekend. Cute show. Young people seem much more open these days. Slowed me down on the puzzle though. Still a fast one. Very enjoyable.

Argyle sweater pattern. Hi Argyle ! Klemperer. Hi Desper Otto ! Do you have a flotation device ?

SPReadS went in while doing the diagonals. Came out after doing the remaining triangular area of the NE. DEVOUT went in. Spreads quickly changed to SPROUTS. A couple of other earlier type overs, such as GOVT replacing MUNI, and ELKO replacing RENO.

Speaking of spreads, NO MAYO for Abejo when he has a BLT. I enjoy mayo on Wonder Bread with thick-sliced garden-fresh tomatoes. Nothing else needed.

ANI ARNELL. That intersecting N was my last fill and a total WAG. Still haven't seen a Star Wars movie and I'm not up on my synthetic fibers.

CC, yes, my wife is very knowledgeable on annual and perennial flowers in the US and Canada markets. I'll make up names like "smacanthus" and point to some plant. She'll correct me with "acanthus", and then tell me what the plant really is. It's just recurring banter. We both enjoy gardening.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

A few tricky spots due to unknown names (INGER, ALEX, SAGER, EVIE and RADO), but nothing the perps couldn't handle. The theme didn't occur to me while solving, but I was able to go back and find it afterwards.

Didn't realize that NSYNC was also an acronym of the last letter in each of the member's names in addition to just being an alteration of "In Sync". Live and learn.

And yes, it made me sad to discover that 39A was LUST and not LOVE. Where's the "romance" in that?

TTP said...


ASMARA, Eritrea, and Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Capitals on opposite sides of the continent.

AROAR. ESPN highlighted Clay Thompson's eleven three-pointers in the Warrior's win over the Thunder, and followed with the Dodgers' Chase Utley cranking out two, including a grand slam against the Mets. Those dingers followed the ejection of Mets hurler Noah Syndegaard in the 3rd inning for throwing at Utley.

REPROBATE. New word to me. I would have thought it meant to probate again. Nope, as a noun,"1. an unprincipled person (often used humorously or affectionately)"

What TV or movie character best exemplifies a REPROBATE ? Jeff Spicoli ? I can't think of an unprincipled person that I would refer to affectionately. Humorously sure, but with affectionately I'm at a loss.

Barry T. said...

OwenKL: Transsexuals have a gender identity inconsistent with their biological sex, while cross-dressers simply (?) enjoy wearing clothing associated with the opposite gender. Some folks may be both, but not always. For instance, a man may enjoy the physical sensuality and/or femininity of wearing a pair of pantyhose on occasion while still considering himself male and not wishing to be anything other than male.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Forgot to read the title, yet again, and totally missed the theme during the solve. No matter. This was a quicky for a Sunday. Nice shoutouts to Argyle and me. I thought the ad received the Clio rather than the ADMAN.

C.C. there is a difference. Multiple employees may CARPOOL to the office. A MOTORPOOL is a place (often military) which maintains vehicles to be checked out.

TTP, no waterwings necessary, but it was a near thing. For a time our house was surrounded by water, but never got high enough to come into the house. My across-the-road neighbor, who got flooded last month, barely managed to stay dry this time. Flooding in my immediate area is due to a crumbly, mostly-blocked culvert just down the road. There's an absentee land owner, and I've been fighting since January to have the city or county remove that culvert. The sides have collapsed and logs and branches have piled up in front of it. It looks more like a beaver dam than a culvert. So far all I've been able to get is lip service.

NO SWIMMING: All of this rain has raised the level of Lake Conroe by two feet, and the authorities have closed it for boating due to submerged hazards. I'm sure vacationers on this first long weekend of the summer appreciate the closure. Our public pool is located in our park, down near the creek. It was supposed to open for the summer yesterday, but was underwater due to Peach Creek flooding.

Big Easy said...

I dove into this POOL and didn't drown but did have to grasp for some lucky floating letters at the intersections of OMARR & AMA (caduceus?) and TAVI & ARNEL. The rest of the fills were fairly straight forward with the usual WAGS & PERPS solving the unknowns- EVIE, TOWNE, GIRLS, ECLAIRS, ALEX, AMNESIA. Amnesia seems to be a big 'thing' in movies and soap operas but I have never met anybody with that condition, only 'selective' amnesia.

RADO, OMEGA,ROLEX...etc. I also fail to see the appeal. About as appealing as a rotary-dial phone or mechanical calculator. A $5 Casio keeps better time than a $50,000 Piaget.

OWENDKL- 'Bingo', but isn't it 'Transgender intead of Transsexual'. They're a sensitive bunch.
BarryG- It's usually LUST before LOVE.

Lemonade714 said...

It is ironic that the "romance novel" was a by-product of censorship. With the success of banned books such as Lady Chatterly' s Lover publishers toned things down just a little but made their audience obvious by the lurid art on the cover. I have a cousin who writes them successfully. In our more open society there are probably no more constraints.

I wonder if the Mavericks (Bart, Bret and you remember beau and the then goin actor who played him?) Announcer Don Pardo and the tragic Unger Stevens will last as crossword fill.

I too get excited every time we have a Pancho Harrison.


Husker Gary said...

A nice enough Sunday puzzle but I picked the wrong vowel for the IDEM/ENSILE crossing for one error. We’re off on our annual 200 mile Memorial Day circuit of five cemeteries so no time to blog now.

A. Aajma said...

In the Crossword Answers my paper has LUMP for 39 Across and MORON for 41 Down.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I breezed through this in record time with only one or two hiccups. When I finished, I realized that I had never looked at the title which is a first, for me. Of course, it was as plain to see as the nose on your face. Nice CSO's to Argyle and D-Otto. Liked passel and tassel. Reprobate was one of my mother's favorite words and it was NEVER used in an affectionate or humorous way. My niece's husband is in law enforcement and knows the real Serpico. I believe he lives somewhere in or near the Catskills.

Thanks, Pancho, for a fun Sunday sojourn and thank you, CC, for the concise commentary.

It was 92 yesterday and more of the same predicted for today plus severe storms this afternoon. The family cook-out was cancelled due to this forecast but I'm not unhappy as it is just too darn hot to be sitting outside.

After all of the wrangling and frustration I've had cancelling the newspaper (and trying to get a refund), someone called me Friday asking if I would reinstate my subscription at the special rate of $5.50 per week. Right before I cancelled, they raised the rate to $10.00 per week. I am so disgusted with this all-over-the-place pricing nonsense, I could scream! I wouldn't re-subscribe if they gave me the paper free! (Time Warner is guilty of this pricing manipulation, as well.). As a long ago Pastor used to say to my mother, "It's a hell of a way to run a railroad!" End of rant.

Have a great day.

Lucina said...

Hello! Thank you, Pancho Harrison, I floated across the pools suggested in this grid with hardly an eraser mark and love it when real words appear consistently instead of phrases or unknown abbreviations. And I loved some of the clever cluing, especially "pick up spot" BOX OFFICE.

Hey, ARGYLE and desper-OTTO! What a nice shoutout. And I haven't thought about ESL since retiring four years ago. INGER Stevens finally inched out of my memory BANC (I know. Different meaning but not in some countries.) And Barry, isn't LUST often the basis of love?

Even the unknowns ASMARA, RADO, TOWNE, ALEX and even GIRLS were easily sussed or perped. I liked seeing REO, ETUI and interesting to see MOHAWK and OTO clued differently.

Thank you, C.C. and Pancho Harrison. This was fun and quick.

Have a lovely day and weekend, everyone!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Enjoyed the puzzle, Pancho! Thanks again, C.C.!

Got the theme after it was all filled. Wasn't what I was expecting from the title.

Tried TROLL motor before TROLLEY CAR. Thought it was the little motor for fishing or sailing.

Tried Connie Stevens before INGER. Never heard of ALEX, BRAUN, OMARR, SAGAR, TOWNE, RADO, ENID, EVIE, choux dough,
ASMARA, the program GIRLS. Managed to fill it anyway.

Fiasco before FRACAS.

I worked with some old REPROBATES that I had to pretend to like, but wanted to slap upside the head almost daily.

Lovely sunny day yesterday to finally get to the grocery store just in time to ward off starvation.

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the puzzle; tricky in spots. Thanks Pancho and CC.

Though they're often used interchangeably, a podium is something you stand on while speaking or conducting; a lectern is the little structure where the speaker places notes or the conductor lays his music and might tap on to get things started. They're often interchanged but I think it's nice to have two different words for the two different meanings.

CC, I would say that a car pool is a collection of people (drivers) who share driving responsibilities. A motor pool is a collection of cars that can be shared. Imagine the general's driver checked out a jeep from the motor pool...

Argyle said...

Fred Sanford was an affectionate reprobate, I thought.

Anonymous said...

I taught for nearly 40 years (middle school), and not one time ever have I heard or seen in print the term "EL-HI"--except in these ouzzles!

Anonymous said...

And of course I meant "puzzles." Drat.

Misty said...

Fun Sunday puzzle, many thanks, Pancho! I worked my way through this one pretty readily, and was happy to get some of the names, like OMARR, INGER, and ALEX. I love the goofy "Modern Family" and was surprised by how gorgeous the nerdy ALEX looked in the photo you posted, C.C. For some reason the theme didn't jump out at me until I got to the blog, so thanks for that too, C.C.

Anyway, a great way to start my Sunday. Have a wonderful day, with good weather, everybody!

Jayce said...

Excellent puzzle today. I recognized Pancho Harrison's name but forgot whether to expect an especially hard puzzle or not. This one was not all that hard, but it was certainly well-constructed and satisfying to solve. For podium tapper I immediately thought of CONDUCTOR, but it obviously doesn't fit. When MAESTRO and ARI (not ASU) resolved, the only Greek letter I could think of was GAMMA. Nope. I really should have thought of SIGMA because I deal with delta-sigma analog-to-digital converters in my work. Learning moment about NSYNC.

Irish Miss, our local newspaper, the [San Jose] Mercury News, jerked us around on pricing when we wanted to let our subscription expire. It was precisely because they were so loose, indefinite, and inconsistent on the price they offered us that we did not renew. The phone company, AT&T, was the same, When our rates suddenly went up without warning or explanation, we felt blindsided. When we called them about it, they kept offering us different prices not to cancel. We accepted their last offer, but we fully expect that price to go up again because it was never clear whether the price we got was or was not simply a temporary, promotional price and would soon revert back up the price we questioned in the first place.

Best wishes to you all.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say:

C.C. See D-OTTO / Bill G. on distinction between MOTOR and car pools. MOTOR pools are where vehicles are maintained / housed for ready use.

D-O: sorry to hear your yard is a Pool. Sue the damn dam folk not maintaining their land.

TTP - WKPR S1E9: Mama Carlson refers to Dr. Fever as "that REPROBATE?"* But she likes him OK. ARGYLE also has a point w/ Fred.

OKL - I almost clicked but the message was vague. Then I noticed sequential 'to addresses' (all w/ c's and I was there 2x as A & -T).

PSA - don't click OKL's email links unless you check w/ him 1st.
BTW, OKL, did you have a MySpace account? They were hacked 2 days ago.

IM - $6/week? Take it. I know on principle it's wrong 'cuz they don't deserve it but for $312/yr, WTH. I pay the man. Making sure MIL & I get the Chron w/ the LAT daily pzl w/o e-hassle is worth it. And there's other uses...

LUST/Love - what's one w/o the other? I'm lucky, DW evokes both.

BigE, SwampCat, & BooL - There's an article in the paper today on NOLA being kid friendly. I knew that - we take the kids all the time. But now I'm longing for some Court of the Two Sisters. Maybe later this summer...

Y'all have a great day.

Cheers, -T
*from memory; correct me if I'm mistaken

Anonymous said...

The symbol of the AMA is not, in fact a Caduceus, but the similar Rod of Asclepius, which has a single snake and no wings, per your illustration. The Caduceus, with two snakes and two wings, is the symbol Hermes and also of the US Army medical Corps. The two are often confused, but they are not the same thing.

Irish Miss said...

Anonymous T @ 2:39 - The rate increase had no bearing on my cancelling the paper. I cancelled because I read several papers online and many times my daily local paper would go unread and then I would have 3 or days to catch up on which made me crazy. But because of the run-around they gave me and the pricing manipulation, I'm in the old cut off your nose to spite your face mode! Once an initial promotional price expires, then the rate should be the same for every subscriber. I have several family members who get the paper and everyone of us pays a different price. That's just not right so I'm taking my ball and I'm going home! And I don't have a bird or a cage! End of another rant. (Until Wednesday, that is, if there is no refund credit on my credit card statement!!!)

Jace, from my experience, I'd say the odds are that you'll be seeing an increase at some point.

I think I need a Scotch!

Bill G. said...

Anon (12:46), I never heard ELHI in my many years of teaching middle school either but it seems to be very helpful for constructors who can't find a better way to fill in a part of a grid.

Anonymous said...

The puzzle appearing during Memorial Day weekend produced an interesting coincidence as I did my Basic Combat Training at Ft. Ord (37 down) .

Spitzboov said...

Hello, everyone.

Had the puzzle about 2/3s done on-line when the cable crapped out due to thunderstorms in our area, about 1230. Just got it back. So did the NYT week old Sunday puzzle in today's Sunday paper. They're tough but well edited and ultimately doable.
Todays LAT:
19a AMA - Navy doctors wear a caduceus on their sleeves or shoulder boards of their dress uniforms.
KAPUT - Grew up with 'KAPUT'. It was part of our tri-lingual patois at home.
UTICA - Can't see it now because all the trees have leafed out obscuring my view of the valley below.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Pancho Harrison, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Started the puzzle this morning. Got through most of it. Went to a Cubs game today (Cubs beat the Phillies 7-2). Worked on it after I got home and finished after a while. It was not real easy in my opinion.

Felt real confident when I got KOP and KAPUT right off the bat. However, that changed.

TTP: Saw your comment on my NO MAYO on BLT's. You have a good memory. I put NO MAYO on every sandwich. I do eat it if mixed in a salad, like macaroni salad, potato sale, etc. Must be a head thing.

OMOO was easy. Crosswordese from way back.

Had SUMMA forever for 8A. Nothing worked there, so put in SIGMA. That helped.

Theme made sense. Very good. I did not really check it all out until I was nearly done.

SERPICO came easily for some reason. Not sure why. I must have seen the movie.

ASMARA was perps.

Never heard of a RADO watch. I do not even sear a watch. Haven't for decades. Now I use my cell phone. I used to carry a pocket watch. Could not wear rings and watches because of work. Not safe.

Cubs game was great today. Perfect weather. A couple beers (at 9.50 each). Oh well.

See you tomorrow.


Anonymous T said...

IM - I knew it, you proved it! Big Scotch is in cahoots w/ Big Paper! News, driving you to drink for more than 120 yrs... C, -T

Tinbeni said...

Anon T @ 10:01
"Big Scotch" ????

Hey, I intend to "Toast-the-Sunset" well into the 2200's ... (when I'm 150-plus), LOL ...

I'm having tooooo much FUN ... I'm


Anonymous T said...

Tin - Doh! They got you too! Stand and fight!
After another nip, of course,... We are civilized.

Mom & I were discussing me blaming her for my obsession w/ music (Beatles is my 1st memory - false or not, it exists). and Eldest's acumen for music. Eldest has a vocal competition in Austin tomorrow - yes, Memorial Day. Nothing puzzle-propos but this song came up in conversation. Mom won by nailing Stealers Wheel while I was in Steve Miller Band territory.

As for Eldest, she taught herself the Cello. I got her a guitar ("worst case, you can make $$ on the corner w/ it" I say), but she loves the sound a Cello makes. Frankly, so do I.

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

I too love the sound of a cello. I also loved the sound of a classic (nylon string) acoustic guitar. I took many lessons and learned to memorize and play some songs passably well. But I had very little talent so it was all just rote memory and while learning a new song, some of the old ones would disappear. (Sight reading classical guitar pieces is hard).

Here's an example, a beautiful Catalonian folk song arranged for the classical guitar. I could play it about half this well after a lot of practice. Canco del Lladre

Diane from Wisconsin said...

Mine too!

Unknown said...

My June 5 paper gave the wrong solution (moron for sodom, Ira for Ida, etc.). Was this a solution for a preliminary version of the puzzle?

Argyle said...

I don't know. We have no connection to that part of it unless one of us is the constructor.