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Jul 10, 2016

Sunday July 10, 2016 Alex Bajcz

Theme: "Volumizing" - BODY is added to each theme entry.

23. Obstruct one's buddies during a hockey game? : BODY CHECK MATES. Checkmates.

32. Crimson Tide wrestler? : ALABAMA BODY SLAMMER. Boomer never heard of Alabama Slammer. I read the Wiki ingredients. He said "Oh, it sounds girly." His likes Manhattan on the rocks.

52. Snoop's job? : BUSYBODY WORK. Busy work.

69. Royal with a broadcasting award? : PRINCESS AND THE PEABODY. Princess and the Pea. PEABODY is not rooted in BODY, hence an ideal choice in letter addition/deletion/replacement gimmick.

88. Central garage item? : BODY SHOP LIFT. Shoplift.

104. Benchmark for a movie daredevil? : BODY DOUBLE STANDARD. Double standard.

119. Immunology-themed gala? : ANTIBODY SOCIAL. Anti-social.

When I read the title, I figured something would be added. BODY appeared rather earlier, so I had plenty of free letters.
 
March 21, 2013 is the last time we saw Alex Bajcz's byline. Since then he has had two puzzles published by the New York Times. But today is his very first Sunday grid. Congrats, Alex!  Bajcz is pronounced like "Badges", by the way.

Alex is bold with his grid design. Those paralleled 11's in the upper right and lower left are hard to pull off cleanly, esp since they're intersecting two long Across themers. I can probably do a paralleled 9's or 10's with one themer Across.  You rock, Alex!

Across:

1. Eliminate, as a vacancy : FILL

5. Chin-up muscle, briefly : LAT


8. Car window options : TINTS

13. Capital of Eritrea : ASMARA. Vowel aplenty.

19. "I've got it!" elicitor : IDEA

20. Peyton's brother : ELI

21. NSX automaker : ACURA

22. Cavatappi and such : PASTAS. Never heard of Cavatappi. Wiki says it's "an Italian word created by compounding "cava tappi", which literally means "tap extractor" (a corkscrew)".


26. Strapless accessory : CLUTCH. Consonant-rich. Was thinking of the strapless bras.

27. Norwegian for "sloping track" : SLALOM

28. Baking site : KILN. Not OVEN.

29. "Heat of the Moment" band : ASIA. Not AC/DC.

31. Scrape (by) : EKE

37. Movement suffix : ISM

40. One more time : ANEW

41. Brooding rock genre : EMO

42. Agree to a friending request : ACCEPT. Husker Gary is the first person who accepted my Friend Request. 

43. Talk : CHAT

45. Paneer cheese go-with : NAAN. Never had Paneer. You?


48. Los Angeles rarity : SNOW. Lucky!

50. "__ where it hurts!" : HIT 'EM

56. Nick time? : NITE

58. Payless box letters : EEE

59. Bio lab organism : MICROBE

60. Dublin-to-Blackpool dir. : ENE.  Already the E in place. Hence ENE. No NNE or  SSE dilemma.

61. Home of The Hague: Abbr. : NETH

62. Pres. and veep : LDRS (Leaders).

63. Elroy Jetson's best friend : ASTRO

65. It might be a mirage : OASIS. Have you had fresh dates before?


67. Pumps up : ELATES

74. Right-hand pages : RECTOS. Vs. VERSOS.

75. Tapped : CHOSE

76. Car buyer's choice : COUPE

77. Pocket rockets, in poker : ACES. Learned from doing crosswords.

78. Quaint contraction : 'TWAS

80. JFK speechwriter Sorensen : TED

82. Churro relative : CRULLER. I believe Churro came from China. We call it Youtiao. Youtiao & soy milk is the standard breakfast in Shanghai/Taiwan. Jayce love it.


86. Often laceless shoe : MOC. Drew a blank.

87. Bygone autocrat : TSAR

90. [What a snoozefest!] : SNORE

92. Watson outburst : I SAY

94. "Go __ Watchman": Harper Lee novel : SET A

95. 90 degrees from norte : ESTE. East. Then we also have NL WEST (96. Gp. including the Rockies).

98. Bk. fair organizer : PTA

100. Try to convince : URGE. Boomer just would not put an ad on our local Star Tribune for our one-day garage sale yesterday. Alas, it's a bust. Street signs were not enough. Craigslist did bring us a few visitors, including one persistent "Have you heard the good news.... " lady. Boomer said she's a Jehovah's Witness.

103. Beast of burden : ASS

109. One in a rack : RIB
 
110. Org. led by a Grand Exalted Ruler : BPOE

111. Three-and-out follower, in football : PUNT

112. Muss : TOUSLE

116. Relaxed : AT EASE

122. Eccentric sort : GEEZER. Always old. 

123. Compete in an impromptu "contest" : STARE. Got via crossed.

124. White House accounting gp. : OMB. OK, Office of Management and Budget.

125. Sleek : TRIM

126. Pointers : ARROWS

127. Varieties : TYPES

128. The G in LGBT : GAY

129. Round Table honorifics : SIRS

Down:

1. Tells tales : FIBS

2. Carrie Underwood, for one : IDOL. Fourth season winner.

3. Helen of Troy's mother : LEDA

4. 1992 Best Rock Song Grammy winner : LAYLA. Easy crossing.

5. Big name in 2008 financial news : LEHMAN

6. Lagunitas product : ALE

7. Pass by, as time : TICK AWAY

8. The Miracles' label : TAMLA. Never heard of it.

9. Promising "Are you available?" response : I CAN BE. Not YES I AM.

10. Baklava morsel : NUT

11. Walk all over : TREAD ON

12. Impertinent : SASSY

13. Math course for coll. credit : AP CALC. Very helpful clue.

14. __ Khan, online academy founder : SAL. I wanted ALY.


15. The NCAA's Spartans : MSU

16. Tried proving that one could : ATTEMPTED TO

17. Engaged in organized crime : RACKETEERED

18. One of Israel's 12 tribes : ASHER.  This stumped me last time.

24. Vending machine choice : COLA

25. Sister of Khloé : KIM

30. Witness' statement : I SAW IT

33. Sprees : BENDERS

34. Trans-Siberian Railway city : OMSK. Easy crossings.

35. Need ice, maybe : ACHE

36. Soong __-ling: Madame Chiang : MEI. She's the youngest of the Soong Sisters. The middle sister Ching-Ling married Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The oldest sister married the then richest man in China. They were all educated here in the US.

Left to right:  Ai-ling, Ching-ling and Mei-ling.

37. Disarmament subj. : ICBM

38. Feng __ : SHUI

39. Gram. gender : MASC

44. Absolute rulers : TYRANTS

46. Leave speechless : AWE

47. "Stop! You're ruining everything!" : NO NO NO. Also 107. "So that's __?" : A NO. Probably should have gone with the Spanish year clue direction.

49. "Hold that thought" : ONE SEC

51. Like some breakups : MESSY

53. "Psycho" shower scene blood, actually : BOSCO. Good to know.

54. Beseeches : OBTESTS. Do you use this word in your daily life? I never heard of it.

55. Entertains with a bedtime story : READS TO

57. Capital since 2002 : THE EURO.  Does "The" feels unnecessary to you?

61. Bethesda medical agcy. : NIH

62. "Lady Marmalade" singer : LABELLE. I'm more familiar with this version.


64. Coveted statuettes : OSCARS

66. Fury and Silver of classic TV : STEEDS. Not HORSES.

68. Eagerly consume : LAP UP.  We also have 79. Watch (for) : WAIT UP. Tiny dupes like UP, AT, THE are OK.

69. London strollers : PRAMS

70. Keep tabs on the enemy : RECONNOITER. I always use RECON.

71. Ballpark vendor's cry : ICE-COLD BEER.  Sparkling 11.

72. Contented sounds : AHs

73. Diving duck : POCHARD. New word to me. We always get SMEW for this clue. Her eyes are red.



81. Vat filler : DYE. And 117. Nitrogenous 81-Down : AZO

83. Former L.A. Sparks All-Star __ Leslie : LISA. Amazing career.

84. Young newts : EFTs

85. Numbered rds. : RTEs

87. Drove, with "off" : TEED

88. Modern storage unit : BYTE

89. Nonhuman film substitute : STUNT DOG. Wow. I only know stuntman.

91. Letters after either Cowboy St. senator's name : R-WY. Goofy answer.

93. In spades : APLENTY

97. Gets serious : SOBERS

99. Have grand plans : ASPIRE

101. "Great" literary hero : GATSBY

102. Switch end : EROO. Switcheroo.

104. NW Portuguese city : BRAGA. Unfamiliar to me.


105. Talk oneself up : BOAST

106. Straws, e.g. : TUBES. Simple in retrospect.

108. Sources of tears : DUCTS. Simple in retrospect.

113. Popular assistant : SIRI. This lady gives me pause all the time, unless she's clued explicitly.

114. Private retreat : LAIR

115. Shade trees : ELMS

118. Be in a bee : SEW. Sewing bee.

120. Gentle attention-getter : TAP

121. "The Peruvian Songbird" Sumac : YMA

Happy Birthday to dear Don G, my talented mentor and close friend. Don has been quite busy with his piano projects, but continues to work with me and help me when he's free.


C.C.

36 comments:

OwenKL said...

DNF or FIW. ASMARA, SAL, & MSU were all totally unknown, so the two WAGs for the intersections were total shots in the dark that both missed.
53d I knew was chocolate syrup, but BOSCO is a brand name I haven't heard in years.

{C, C, B-, B-.}

Roy ATTEMPTED TO prove it could be done without fear.
The STUNT was crazy, but he wouldn't hear.
The TIME TICKED AWAY,
Roy shouted, "Ya-hay!"
His last words were, "Bubba, hold my ICE COLD BEER!"

Here's the tale, the PRINCESS AND THE PEA
Without telling FIBS, this is how it READS TO me.
First a night of no rest,
A discarded mattress --
On the new bed her sleep number is seventy-three!

This act came to my town, which is where I SAW IT.
He's a SASSY new magician who I SAY IS A WIT.
He had a box on a trolley
And inside, his girl Dolly,
And said, "What do I do with this box? I SAW IT!"

There once was a MICROBE lived in an OASIS.
Being one-celled, he'd neither mother nor sis.
His pa was his brother,
His son was another,
They multiplied and divided sans sexual assist!

Anonymous said...

What? You never heard of the Alabama Slammer? (0.50)

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Thanks, Alex and CC!

Fun theme!

Several WAGs and perps, such as POCHARD and PASTA, RWY and SAL.

Computer acting up. Writing this on iPAD. So must be brief.

Have a good Sunday!

Barry G. said...

Morning, All (and a Very Happy Birthday to Don G)!

This one ended up being a bit of a bear that nearly defeated me in the end (especially the NE corner), but I did managed to pull it off unassisted.

I got that BODY was being added to theme answers early on, but the theme still misled me a bit. BODY CHECK is a thing, so I assumed up front that this pattern would be followed for all theme answers. And it was for most of them, like BUSYBODY, BODY SHOP, ANTIBODY and BODY DOUBLE. Even PEABODY, in fact. But then I hit ALABAMA BODY SLAMMER and, since ALABAMA BODY isn't a thing (as far as I am ware, maybe it is?) I hesitated and tried to figure where I had gone wrong. Overthinking things, obviously.

Numerous missteps throughout, such as REGALES instead of READS TO, and some complete unknowns, including MEI, OBTESTS (which I swore had to be a mistake when the perps filled it in for me) and POCHARD.

And then we had the NE corner, where I almost met my Waterloo. The clue for PASTAS was impenetrable (what the heck is a Cavatappi?), I didn't know SAL and had no idea which school was the SPARTANS (although I guessed it might be USC, which I think is actually the Trojans). Oh, and then I had MARKETEERED instead of RACKETEERED (thinking of people who sell on the black market). I finally had to clear everything out and start over. Fixed most of the mistakes, but still couldn't get SAL or MSU until ASMARA suddenly popped up out of nowhere. Wasn't that the name of the evil little girl in the well in the "Ring" movies? I dunno, but for some reason it came to me and let me get the job done, although I honestly wasn't expecting it to right and was very surprised to get the *TADA*. MSU I can believe, but SAL Khan? How odd...

desper-otto said...

Good morning, sort of...but Happy Birthday, Don-G.

DNF. I knew something was wrong in the NL EAST area -- turns out it was NL EAST. I refused to accept WEST, because that would give me RWY, and what the heck is that? In Colorado? Oh, you tell me the "Cowboy State" is WYoming. I was thinking of the Denver Cowboys. Oh, you tell me that the Cowboys play in Dallas? D'oh! It was definitely not my day.

OBTESTS -- really? Learning moment.

POCHARD -- really? I've heard of a potsherd but not pochard. Learning moment.

Good to know that BOSCO is good for something, even if it's a fake something.

C.C., I would have given short shrift to that proselytizer and suggested an anatomical storage location for her good news.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C., and friends. Ouch! This was a toughie. It didn't start out well when I thought the Telling Tales was Lies, which let me to conclude that Filling a Vacancy was Lets (as in letting an apartment).

I did like the addition of the BODY to the theme answers.

Hand up for wanting Oven in lieu of KILN.

If I remember correctly, Alex Bajcz is, or was, a PhD student at the University of Maine.

QOD: Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories ~ and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories. ~ Alice Munro (b. July 10, 1931)

Yellowrocks said...

I liked this one which was not difficult except for the extreme NE. Owen KL said, "DNF or FIW. ASMARA, SAL, & MSU were all totally unknown, so the two WAGs for the intersections were total shots in the dark that both missed." Me, too, except I did hear of ASMARA, but couldn't dredge it up. BTW, I liked your first poem best, A.
I knew that Congress members, Senate and House, are IDed by their party affiliation (R or D) and the 2 letter state abbrev. That helped.
TAMLA was all new. I seriously doubted OBTESTS and obsessed on it for 10 minutes. Learning moment.
I knew Khan Academy, having seen a section about it on TV, but I didn't know SAL. Very interesting concept.
I enjoy a moderate amount of snow each winter, but I would not care to live in the lake effect snow belt.
Barry, I, too, was over thinking, trying to make BODY fit two ways.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Even though the theme was evident early on, I had some trouble in a few areas because of all the unknowns: pochard, obtests, Tamla, Sal, Asmara, etc. I, too, have never heard of an Alabama Slammer but I did know cavatappi. All in all, it was an enjoyable solve with a lot of interesting fill, but it took much longer to complete than a typical Sunday.

Thank you, Alex, for the challenge and thank you, CC, for the detailed summary. Sorry your garage sale wasn't more successful.

Happy Birthday, Don G; hope it is a special day! 🎂 🎁 🎈 🎊 🎉

TTP from yesterday: Thanks for the info on Fretters, the business. Now, I have to figure out why I associated that name with a food item.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Good write up CC.

This puzzle was annoying.

Lemonade714 said...

A very happy birthday to THE MENTOR Don Hard G, who unleashed an incredible force upon the crossword world. Thank you and many more happy creative years.

A very fine write up of what for me was a very inconsistent puzzle. I loved the gridspanning PRINCESSANDTHEPEABODY, did not care for the arbitrary abbreviations NETH LDRS and the RWY. The unknowns were for me all downs so accessible but TAMLA SAL MEI POCHARD and BRAGA rang no bells and OBTESTS seemed too obscure for a Sunday. Sal Khan I should know, Mei I should know...ah well thanks to perps it all filled.

Happy new week to all. Thanks Alex and C.C.

billocohoes said...

"Ultrasounds" or similar would've been a fairer clue for O.B. TESTS

Barry G. said...

THE EURO. Does "The" feels unnecessary to you?

Sorry, forgot to comment on this earlier. In a word, yes. In a bunch of words, this one nearly stumped me, since I couldn't think of any city that started with THE [except, perhaps, for THE HAGUE, but is that even a city?] or any currency that started with THE. When the perps finally got me to THE EURO I groaned out loud.

Also forgot to mention that I'm talking the family to see Cirque Du Soleil in downtown Boston this afternoon. My wife and I saw them perform years ago in Vegas on our Honeymoon, and we're anticipating a show that will blow Joshua's mind. Not cheap by any means, but he's never been to a circus of any type and we've been promising to take him to one for years. Life just always seems to get in the way...

Yellowrocks said...

billocohoes said..."Ultrasounds" or similar would've been a fairer clue for O.B. TESTS. I agree. Good idea.
Barry, I hope Joshua enjoys the circus. My grandson always did.
Happy birthday, Don G. I enjoy your puzzles.
The three letter ID's for Congress-people are very common in news articles with dozens of examples, such as:
"NBC promotes Corey Booker (D-NJ) as Hillary's running mate."
"U.S. Senator Fischer (R-NE) has proposed legislation to make the rule apply only when there is more than 10,000 gallons."

Novels are my anodyne, healthier than food or wine.I have read two full novels this week and am well into my third.

Husker Gary said...

A very worthy test this morning, but A_MAR_ gave me a two-cell Natick where I chose a wrong consonant and a wrong vowel.

Musings
-My first theme fill was BUSYBODYWORK and so I thought the gimmick was going to be BUSY BODY/BODY WORK but, “not so much”
-I had never heard of an ALABAMA SLAMMER, POCHARD or OBTESTS either
-In late summer, schools get desperate to FILL vacancies
-What’s the legal limit?
-ACCEPTING C.C.’s request took a microsecond
-LA 1949
-Nick time was not XMAS and AN(vowel) was not one in a rack
-I’ve never had a fresh date but I’ve been one
-JFK called Nebraskan TED Sorenson his “intellectual blood bank”
-Joann’s sister had to know 5 varieties of these to be a supermarket checker
-Indefinite answers like I CAN BE make me crazy
-Now, this maniac has an ICBM
-Happy Birthday, Don!

TX Ms said...

IM @ 9:06 - You might be thinking of fritters. Wiki: Fritter is a name applied to a wide variety of fried foods, usually consisting of a portion of batter or breading which has been filled with bits of meat, seafood, fruit, or other ingredients. Down South, corn fritters are popular, as are apple fritters.

OwenKL said...

Yellowrocks quoted me, so back atcha:

Novels are my anodyne,
Healthier than food or wine.
I have read in full this week
Two novels. Those I did complete
And even tho I may obsess
I obtest my books confess
My reading has not been deferred,
For I am well into my third!

ob·test (ŏb-tĕst′)
To supplicate; entreat.
[Latin obtestārī : ob-, to; see ob- + testārī, to call as a witness (from testis, witness; see trei- in Indo-European roots).]
obtest (ɒbˈtɛst)
1. (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to beg (someone) earnestly
2. (when: tr, takes a clause as object; when intr, may be foll by with or against) to object; protest
3. (tr) to call (a supernatural power) to witness
[C16: from Latin obtestārī to protest, from ob- to + testārī to bear or call as witness]

Anonymous said...

@Irish Miss--fretters / fritters?
"Fritter is a name applied to a wide variety of fried foods, usually consisting of a portion of batter or breading which has been filled with bits of meat, seafood, fruit, or other ingredients." Wikipedia

Yellowrocks said...

OOOH, Owen! I'm flattered. Cute.

Steve said...

DNF. That top right corner did it for me.

My usual PANEER go-with is spinach for saag paneer - spicy spinach and cheese. Paneer is easy to make yourself if you don't have an Indian market close by.

Argyle said...

Fritter Friday at Stewart's

Jayce said...

I found this puzzle to be pretty difficult, and approximately 75% satisfying. Like Lemonade, I am left unsatisfied by abbreviations such as NETH and LDRS. Yeah, I know, sometimes sacrifices must be made. At least I knew Soong MEI-Ling. Notice that the three sisters were all named something-Ling. My wife and her sisters are all named Bo (Precious, Pao in Mandarin)-something, and her brothers are all named Gwok (Nation, Guo in Mandarin)-something.

I love saag, Indian creamed spinach. Paneer, not so much. Naan, definitely yes. And yep, hot soy milk (doujiang) and youtiao.

Oh, and I don't get the Payless box EEE thing. Never mind; I looked it up and learned that Payless is a brand of shoes.

I will probably never use the word OBTEST except maybe to say I'll probably never use it. Same with POCHARD.

Happy birthday, Don, and late happy birthday wishes to you, Tony. Best wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

I have to speak up and say I think Jerome's comment about PK last night qualifies as a personal attack, and I'll go so far as to say I think he owes her an apology.

Jayce said...

Has anybody here had the IOL procedure for cataracts? I'd love to know what your experience of it was, and what your opinion about it is. Feel free to email me if you don't want to discuss it here. Thank you.

Yellowrocks said...

Jayce, we are adults here, no school marm or parent-child issues. My approach is in the forum of intellectually equal adults. Which ideas are merely uninformed opinion and which are the facts as can be ascetained with the best of our current knowledge, pending further data? I love college forensics. I love learning from the superior knowledge of others. I am for the free and open exchange of knowledge. I love debating ambiguous issues.This is not one upmanship, but a thirst for learning.

Long time lurker said...

I agree Jayce. Jerome has posted similar attacks before. Some targeted individuals while others have shown his disdain for wealthy tourists that drive expensive cars and large trucks. I lost my respect for him years ago. Sadly, his witty comments seem to keep him in high esteem with many others on this blog.

Jayce said...

Yellowrocks, thank you. Please notice how you conflated facts with (uninformed) opinion, as if a presentation of the facts should necessarily invalidate one's opinion and obligate him/her to change it. One can debate the facts, but opinions, whether "informed" or "uninformed," are matters of feeling or personal experience and therefore an entirely different thing. The fact that a tuba is technically or "formally" a wind instrument cannot change my experience of having always known it as and considered it to be a brass and not a wind. In fact, you supported your insistence that it is a wind instrument by referring to your own experience: "I learned in grammar school that a wind instrument is any instrument..." Well, that is your experience but it wasn't, for example, mine or that of others who were taught differently.

I still say Jerome was way out of line to call PK a gnat.

Big Easy said...

Just got back in town from my grandson's tennis tournament ( in Baton Rouge of all places this weekend) and this puzzle gave me fits until I completed it, way after my usual 25-30 minutes for a Sunday. I never drank one but I got the trick to this puzzle at the ALABAMA BODY SLAMMER but it took about 30 minutes to get to that point. With unknowns like Cavatappi, Paneer, Khloe, Soong____-ling, TAMLA, ASHER, OMSK, LISA Leslie, POCHARD, BRAGA, BOSCO (really?), OBTESTS (huh! sounds like a female's doctor's tests) and not knowing the correct spelling of Feng SHUI or RECONNOITER, I CHOSE to grind it out. But this GEEZER was never AT EASE.

SAL Khan was easy as he is a local kid. It's time for an ICE COLD BEER with the temp at 97 degrees.

C.C. I have had ONE yard sale-never again- and now I just take photos, mail them to everybody on my contacts list offering the item as FREE. If it remains after two days I put it on Craig's List as FREE stating that it is on the street. I've managed to get rid of a fountain that a raccoon knocked over and the Hot Springs hot tub. I had over 50 inquiries in one hour.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Alex Bajcz, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Got this done late this morning. Worked on it a few hours. As I predicted yesterday, I thought that today might be pretty tough (because yesterday was so easy). Well, I was right.

Got 1A and 1D right off the bat. I was enlighten. That changed quickly.

I bounced around getting a word here and there. The theme appeared and it did help me with some of those entries with BODY.

Never heard the word OBTESTS before. Got it with perps. After I was done I looked it up in my hard cover old Webster and it was there (beseech). It was not in my new state of the art cell phone dictionary, however.

Very familiar with Paneer and NAAN. Ate it daily for three years in Iran. We used to call it Panie Noonie. Goat cheese on flat bread. Good stuff.

96A was tough for a while. I was looking at the mountain range, not the ball team. Finally hit me. You have to keep an open mind.

BPOE was easy. I am a 44 year member of Erie Lodge #67. Ladies can be Elks as well now. As of about 20 years ago.

POCHARD was unknown. Perps.

91D RWY was clever.

Went to a pool party and barbecue today with our South Carolina Mission Trip gang. Fun day.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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Anonymous said...

Jayce, I tried to voice my support for you only to be deleted.

Rodney Prince said...

Can't we all just get along?

PK said...

Jayce, Thanks, I needed that. Bad week.

CrossEyedDave said...

Yes, Jeromes comment seemed out of character to me as well.

Ltl said...

That's my point CED, it's not out of character. He's done this several times before. I think he went after Gareth just a few weeks ago and I think his target was big easy just before GB. I remember Tinbeni drawing some wrath once also. The man has his moments. Maybe

Picard said...

The NE seemed unfair with crossings of ASMARA/SAL/MSU/ASHER. I have even seen Salman Khan speak and forgot that SAL would be his first name in a puzzle. Does anyone call him that? And no idea what is MSU.

But the worst for me: Two dates just seemed wrong.

Why is LAYLA dated 1992 when it came out in the 1970s? I got it, but don't get it.

And what is with THE EURO being dated 2002 when it came out years earlier? Again, I got it right, but I don't get it.

As a math person when I saw "Volumizing" I was thinking square -> cube kind of thing. Not thinking about hair volume!

Argyle said...

Eric Clapton, 1993 award recipient for the song "Layla", two notes, it was the unplugged version and the date is a year off.

MSU - Michigan State University Spartans.

In 1999 the Euro was born virtually and in 2002 notes and coins began to circulate

Picard said...

Thanks as always Argyle!

It just seemed odd that more information in the form of a year made it more difficult for me! Without the years in those cases it would have been easy. To me, Layla is a 70s song, not a 90s song!