Jul 24, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016, C.C. Burnikel

Title: Getting Connected 

Our lovely leader has made a fun puzzle whose gimmick was finding two-word phrases where the first word ended in US and the second word started with a B. This yielded the now ubiquitous computer connection acronym of USB (Universal Serial Bus).  Our crafty constructor C.C. also hid the reveal in the very last clue in the puzzle:

120. PC connection found in this puzzle's eight longest answers : USB

Husker Gary here and I am, as Lemon put it once, sherping for C.C. and revealing that I needed the reveal because

128. "I'm an idiot!" : DOH!

The back of this PC shows many common "Getting Connected" options including  6 USB ports

Theme  Fills:

21. Omaha Steaks Private Reserve product : ANGUS BEEF - I'm sure you've got a great steak outlet 20 min from your house  like I do!

27. 2009 recession response : STIMULUS BILL - Staying apolitical, I'll let you decide if it works for you

14. Sacred conviction : RELIGIOUS BELIEF - Staying areligious, I'll let you decide if it works for you

43. Gillette razor for women : VENUS BREEZE -  Gel Bars obviate the need for shaving cream, I read.

92. Eponymous explorer of the Aleutians : VITUS BERING - A 1981 Russian stamp honoring the 300 birthday of Bering  in Denmark. He joined the Russian Navy  in 1704

111. Department of Commerce division : CENSUS BUREAU - Very interesting projection from the Bureau

119. Apple Store support station : GENIUS  BAR- Sheldon, in Big Bang Theory, said this job devalues the word GENIUS and is as mundane as a toll booth operator or waitress 

Now let's get down to the somewhat 42. Not something to kid about : SERIOUS BUSINESS and 
other connections our brilliant Minnepolis friend has for us today:


1. Abbr. for an unfilled slot : TBA

4. Limber : AGILE

9. Literally meaning "stick," it's the first word in a California city named for a 1,000-year-old redwood : PALO - PALO (Stick) Alto (Tall). Learning for me.

13. Bowler's edge : BRIM -  My favorite bowler donner and doffer covering his "little grey cells"

17. Hotfooted it : RAN

18. Merged oil giant : MOBIL

19. Contentious encounter : RUN IN

20. Soft leather : SUEDE - Why were Carl and Elvis so sensitive about these?

23. "Love it!" : I LIKE

24. Dealt __: devastated : A BLOW

25. One doing a bank job? : PERP

26. Protest topics: Abbr. : RTS and 35. Folk legend Joan : BAEZ - She famously sang We Shall Overcome in support of Civil RTS

29. #1 thriller on AFI's "100 Years...100 Thrills" : PSYCHO - As we learned here recently, Bosco was used for blood

31. Stepped to the plate : BATTED

32. Thick carpet : SHAG

33. Bloomingdale's rival : SAKS

36. Mom in the woods : DOE

37. Boiling state : IRE - Different from 49 Across's temp scale but same as 
3. Ticked off : ANGRY

40. Start to sing? : ESS

47. Hustle : SCOOT

49. Celsius, e.g. : SWEDE - Not a SCALE. It's recently been around 37˚C here. Ugh!

51. Blond shade : ASH

52. Try to quiet, as a persistent squeak : REOIL

54. Jamaican spirits : RUMS

55. Caesar's land : TERRA - 200 years after Caesar, Ptolemy made this map of the world and TERRA Incognita

56. Poorly paid workers : PEONS

59. Parks on a bus : ROSA - "The only tired I was, was tired of giving in"

60. Best Play, e.g. : ESPY - This year's winner was the Packer's Hail Mary pass to beat the Lions

61. Morphine is one : OPIATE

63. Sailor's guardian : ST ELMO

65. Easygoing sort : TYPE-B

67. Dockside activity : STOWING

69. Shower with flowers, say : WOO by a 94. Steady : BEAU?

70. Incline to a higher level : SLOPE UP - This is a modern day picture of what is called the Music Box Stairs in LA. I'll bet you remember the famous comedy team that used them in a 1932 movie and what they were moving up these stairs.

73. Let loose : UNTIE

74. "Knock that off!" : STOP IT - Rare is the parent who hasn't uttered these words!

77. Artemis' twin brother : APOLLO

78. Private place? : BASE

80. Subj. for a future vet : ANAT

82. Enclose, as livestock : PEN IN  Now wait a minute...

84. Work outfits for many : SUITS - It started that way in teaching but has devolved into Goodwill chic

85. Pop foursome formed in Stockholm : ABBA

86. E! Online subject : CELEB

88. "Get it?" : SEE - Edward G. Robinson said "SEE" but not "Yeah, SEE"

89. Development areas : UTERI

90. Unfocused images : BLURS - Does  this 48. Give you the willies : CREEP OUT?

96. Oft-chewed item : FAT

97. "You got it!" : YES - The rain in Spain does stay mainly in the plain!

98. Children's advocate LeShan : EDA

100. Will of "The Waltons" : GEER - Grandpa Walton

101. Indian bread : NAAN

103. Shakespearean deceiver : IAGO - Edwin Booth as IAGO in 1871. Yup, he was that guy's  brother

105. Bewhiskered test subject : LAB RAT 

107. Cue : PROMPT - A furry paw on my nose at 5 am is a PROMPT for me

114. Look good on : FIT

116. Taverna sandwich : GYRO - Here ya go...

117. Type of daisy : OXEYE

118. Readily available : ON TAP

121. Basilica recesses : APSES

122. Can't stop loving : ADORE

123. Itty-bitty bits : ATOMS

124. Periodontist's org. : ADA

125. Like many a cause : LOST

126. Madre's hermanos : TIOS - Mi madre tenía tres hermanos (Mom had 3 brothers). Por lo tanto yo tenía tres tíos (Therefore, I had 3 uncles)

127. Brightest star in Cygnus : DENEB - Beautiful part of tonight's sky


1. "The Sound of Music" family name : TRAPP

2. Ruinations : BANES

4. Morning hrs. : AMS

5. Lose it all : GO BROKE

6. "Yeah, right!" : I BET

7. Polygraph blips, perhaps : LIES - "Yes, I'll still respect you in the morning!"

8. Tolkien race member : ELF

9. Prize administered by Columbia University : PULITZER

10. Cartoon style : ANIME

11. Party headed by Netanyahu : LIKUD - Hebrew for consolidation

12. First-year J.D. student : ONE-L

13. Two-time Masters champ Watson : BUBBA - After winning $1.6M at the 2012 Master's, "plain eating" BUBBA celebrated that night at a Waffle House leaving a $148 tip

15. Much-loved star : IDOL

16. Kitten cry : MEWL

19. Cowboy singer Tex : RITTER

20. Military bands : SASHES

22. Lines at Walmart? : UPC'S - I miss prices on items a little

27. 9-5 automaker : SAAB

28. Troop entertainment gp. : USO - In season 10, they made it to M*A*S*H 4077

30. Dig in : HAVE AT IT

31. Air rifle ammo : BB SHOT

34. Easy A, say : SNAP

36. Paine and Hugo, philosophically : DEISTS - Reading Paine's Age Of Reason might challenge your RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

38. Lopsided win : ROMP - The Husker's undefeated 1995 National Champions  41. Won every game : SWEPT in 12 ROMPS

39. Crafts website : ETSY - For a long time, I wanted this to be E-[something] that made sense

40. These, to Luis : ESTOS

44. Puts to work : USES

45. Architect Saarinen : EERO - I'll bet you recognize this wonderful EERO design

46. Madhouse : ZOO

50. Close in : DRAW NEAR 

53. Clapton classic : LAYLA

57. Eye of __: "Macbeth" witches' ingredient : NEWT - Let me be the first...

58. Regatta racer : SLOOP

62. Pioneering computer : ENIAC - Only one Scrabble letter above 1 point

64. Wear a long face : MOPE - Advice to Washington Senators from the Broadway stage - You gotta have hope, Mustn't sit around and MOPE!

66. Lifestyle website targeting female millennials : POPSUGAR 

68. Palais des Nations locale : GENEVA

71. Extreme : ULTRA

72. Assume as fact : POSIT

74. "Ignore this change" : STET - "Forget 87 and put Fourscore and Seven back in"

75. Many a Sunday magazine : INSERT 

76. Coliseum section : TIER

78. Crib sheet user : BABY

79. __-bodied : ABLE

81. Baba or a boxer : ALI

83. "Fat chance, Friedrich!" : NEIN

87. Sources of irritation : BUGBEARS - Nowadays, Dungeons and Dragons heavies 

91. Seamless changes : SEGUES

93. Colorful wrap : SERAPE - Not a Muumuu as it turns out

95. Part of a preschool schedule : NAP TIME

99. Peruvian pair : DOS

102. Yuletide drinks : NOGS - For years mom made this for me at Yuletide because she thought I loved it. Uh, not so much.

104. Until now : AS YET

105. Day after dimanche : LUNDI - "Subway, Work, Sleep" "Like a typical Monday" 

106. Mischievous droid, familiarly : ARTOO - The surname is DETOO

108. "Sorry about that" : MY BAD

109. Home of Velázquez' "Las Meninas" : PRADO - Madrid Museum

110. Holy scroll : TORAH

111. Its burning is a major source of Beijing smog : COAL

112. Fair : EXPO

113. Place for a row : BOAT

114. Big bash : FETE

115. Aware of : IN ON

119. Roam (about) : GAD

Now for some CHIVALROUS BANTER from the GRACIOUS BUNCH that frequent this little Kool-Aid word stand of ours:


(Ed Note: I fixed that littler mistake Owen, Thanks! Gary)


fermatprime said...


Thanks for the great puzzle, CC! Swell expo, Gary!

Had perps and WAGs for: ESPY, ELF, LAYLA, POPSUGAR, LUNDI.

No cheats.

Have a great Sunday!

OwenKL said...

FIRight with no particular problems.
HG: What's "littleftype"?
Apologies, I didn't keep count of my poems this morning, so going to have to split this post. Still feel like I've barely started to mine this grid.

{C+, B-, A-}

An easy heist was the gang's expectation,
Though two PSYCHO brothers brought frustration!
Their bumbling led
To arrest by the feds!
Their cronies claimed them the BANES of the operation!

That crusty curmudgeon is an ANGRY old coot,
On his porch every day in his best Sunday SUIT!
With his BB SHOT, gunnin',
Prepared for a RUN-IN,
When he shouts, "Off my lawn!" then you'd better SCOOT!

The gourmet reporter feasted his eyes;
A story on this meal would win a PULITZER PRIZE!
His first bite of the chicken
The POP-rock sauce kicked in --
He found why this dish was the "Pullet Surprise!"

OwenKL said...

{A, A-, B, B+.}

The vacation trip that BUBBA booked made him drool --
Explore the Grand Canyon on the back of a mule!
But at the tour check-in
He was handed a kitten!
His reservation clearly stated, he'd rented a MEWL!

The new puppy was lazy, as befitted his breed,
Bloodhounds aren't generally known for their speed.
When friends asked Olav
The new name of his dog,
"Pike's Peak, 'cause he's a SLO-PEUP," answered the SWEDE!

A strange-looking daughter had Anna Mae,
ULTRA pigtails so long, and her visage was fay;
Huge were her eyes,
Her nose pixie size!
Everyone said she looked just LIKE ANIME!

The planet VENUS is hotter than hot!
A VENUS BREEZE would peel your skin off!
(Any hair would go, too,
But it's up to you --
If you don't mind the razor-burn, give it a shot!)

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Delightful Sunday puzzle! I uncovered the theme about halfway through and it actually helped me get a few of the theme answers. Needed perp help to get stuff like VITUS (although I knew BERING) and POP SUGAR (actually guessed POP SUTRA at first). But nothing too bad.

By biggest hangup was at the crossing of SERAPE and GEER. I couldn't remember the latter and am always tempted to misspell the former as SARAPE, but GAER just didn't look right to me, fortunately.

Off to the flea market!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Pretty much WBS. Additionally I could not recall Bugbear, a word I have rarely seen. Otherwise, smooth sailing.

Morning, C.C., I am amazed at the number and variety of USB phrases you came up with!

Husker, it's hard to know whether a furry paw at 5:00 AM is more adorable or more annoying, but...I'll guess it's the former.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

When I saw the name of today's puzzle creator, I figured we'd be getting a weekend visit from the p'Fessor of Fremont. Nicely done, C.C. and Husker. Those blue suede shoes remind me of the white bucks I had in my ute? You, too?

My 2009 recession response was ITS ONLY MONEY. D'OH!

I used to be able to see both images in that weird drawing. Today it was all Albert.

Gel Bars may eliminate the need for shaving soap, but I'm told they taste terrible!

Not being a hunter, I'm not sure about this... An air rifle uses BBs as ammo. BB SHOT is used in a shotgun shell (unless they're using rock salt).

Yellowrocks said...

Interesting puzzle, CC and always great expo, Gary. I realized the second word of every theme answer began with B. This helped. I didn't see the USB connection until Gary pointed it out.
The only problem I had was with RUMS. I instantly thought RUM, but didn't want to pluralize it, even though I knew ETSY because we have seen it before. For ESPY I was thinking of a stage play. Finally when I realized ROUT could be ROMP it all came together.
Hand up for white buck shoes. I whitened them every night. I also starched the full petticoats that went with them.
The only way I have ever heard or read CHEW THE FAT is when my mom said it.

Lemonade714 said...

Clearly an imPORTant puzzle in the C.C. universe. POP SUGAR was,a complete unknown and it seems a bit insulting to women. I did not know VITUS nor that PALO means stick.


Rather cynical attitude HG about morning after respect.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I can't think of a better way to start a Sunday morning than having a CC puzzle to solve and Husker Gary to explore and explain, so hooray, hooray! Even though I knew all of the second words began with B, I never noticed the preceding US until the reveal was filled. Looking back over the completed grid, USB stands out like a sore thumb. I had a few w/o's but nothing serious and received my Tada in normal Sunday time. CC's knowledge of pop culture continues to amaze me; I never heard of Venus Breeze or Pop Sugar.

Kudos, CC, for a clever and enjoyable challenge and thanks, HG, for your excellent summary (and sense of humor;) the visuals were top notch.

Have a great day and stay cool.

C6D6 Peg said...

Nice, smooth solve today. Got USB after working all the across and down clues, which helped solve the theme entries. Thanks, C.C.

Really nice job, HG, on the visuals and write-up. You all must spend literally hours coming up with the blog! Thanks to all of you!

tawnya said...

Nice Sunday puzzle, C.C.! Thank you so much for the write up, HG!

We are fostering a 9 month old labradoodle with way too much energy and while I was trying to figure out "Sources of irritation" I was also throwing a toy down the hallway and trying to keep the giant nose off the touchscreen laptop because he kept moving my cursor. Decided we should change Coach's name to BUGBEAR.

Coach is a nice boy whose owner was moving and waited until Tuesday to ask me for help in placing him. She left the state on Thursday. Sigh. I placed him with a foster but he was too energetic and didn't like the husband so the husband didn't like him and the couple kept fighting about it so I took him in. Double sigh. I'm keeping him until he finds a home through a rescue group I've worked with before.

Needless to say it's been a crazy week between work and school and although I have been doing most of the puzzles, sometimes I do two or three in one day then won't get to it again until a few days later. So congrats Anon-T on a fun puzzle this week - I thoroughly enjoyed it and was wondering "Who's this Tony guy?" :) Glad the blog straightened me out and made it clear! Keep up the good work!

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!


PS - here's the ear worm for the Venus razor. Because I will be singing it all day, so should you!

maripro said...

Terrific puzzle and write-up. I didn't get the USB connection until C.C. gave it to us in the last clue.
One tiny nit: Since "Palais des Nations" is French, I thought that the answer should have been "Geneve." "Eda" was a gimmee, however, so no problem.
Have a lovely day, everybody.

TTP said...

Good morning all. You two "Getting Connected" makes for a fun way to start the day. A CC gem and an HG perfecto.

Of course I started in the SE and bisected the grid to the NW. Uncommon to have a clear corner to corner run on a Sunday.

The reveal came early and easily while proving NAP TIME was correct, although DENEB was unknown. Needed USB soon thereafter for the US in VITUS BERING. Knew it was BERING but didn't know VITUS. With the -ITUS part easily filled, I felt it had to be tITUS or VITUS, and GENEVA made that easy. It also helped with unknown VENUS BREEZE and gave me an easily filled ANGUS BEEF.

Had a little trouble on the west side after having entered gRoW NEAR rather than DRAW NEAR, and by entering OPIOID rather than OPIATE. The SWEDE Celsius led to that correction. Knew it couldn't be SWEgE.

Tex RITTER was autofill. One of my mother's favorites. His son John was a pretty funny comedic actor, and a master of the pratfall who passed too soon. As an aside, was there ever an episode of "Three's Company" that didn't involve a misunderstanding ?

In that same area as RITTER, never heard of LIKUD, but the PERPs were irrefutable.

I LIKE the BMO Corporate Friendliness Script Commercial commercial. "I LOVE IT. Let's do it."

Dudley said...

About corporate friendliness: anyone read "How Starbucks Saved My Life"?

I didn't read it, but listened to it on CD. The reader didn't work for me, and the text itself seemed unprofessional, but I did get the idea that Starbucks tries to maintain a nice environment for customers and staff alike. I've lost interest in the chain and rarely stop in anymore, but if the corporation really does support those on the lowest rungs, then I have a whisker more respect.

Madame Defarge said...

Hello, all!

What could be cooler than a Sunday with C.C. and Gary? Well, maybe the weather. . . .

Thank you both.

Have a fine day everyone.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

WEES. Completed in under my allotted time. NEIN and LUNDI helped.
Liked seeing VITUS BERING. Discovered Alaska. Think he died while returning from that discovery expedition; I believe on the Commander Islands - part of the Aleutian chain, but Russian,
TRAPP - I would say the family name is von Trapp. Maybe they dropped it when they got to Vermont.
USO - My much older cousin performed with the USO in the mid 40's.

No casUS Belli today. Guess we want to keep this peaceful.

Big Easy said...

C.C. and H.G. as a duo. Finding eight USBs by CC and two encore USBs by HG. I did the puzzle from NW to SE and am glad the theme clue was not revealed until the last clue because it would have made it too easy.

Two unknowns containing USB-POP SUGAR & VENUS BREEZE. The STOWING had me stumped for a while because we always stowed our gear on the way in and just tied up the boat.

27A- $800 billion that did nothing.
GENIUS BAR- calling someone who fools with an I-phone or I-pad a genius is a stretch. I have about 10 cellphone assessory stores with 5 miles of my house and these guys can repair any phone, including Apple's products.

HG- looking at your chart for 111A- what would you call a white Hispanic person from Spain?

Bill G. said...

Happy Sunday everybody! I enjoyed the puzzle as expected. Unusual for me, I figured out the theme before the reveal. Yeah me! Thanks CC and Gary.

D-O regarding that odd image of Einstein and Marilyn Monroe. Change your viewing distance. Up close, it's all Einstein. Farther away, Marilyn takes over. Or maybe you already knew that...

I had white buck shoes. My buddy took pleasure in stepping on them on purpose in the cafeteria at lunch. It was the only time I ever got sent to the principal's office.

Gary, for many years I wore a coat and tie to working teaching. At some point, I thought about switching to more comfortable, casual attire. (Our schools were never air conditioned.) I made myself a promise that if it meant the kids started to show less respect, I would switch back. No problems. I stayed casual.

In this area, the skies are not dark enough to appreciate the night sky. With my reflecting telescope, I can still enjoy the craters on a half moon, the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, beautiful double stars in Cygnus, Cassiopeia, etc. If you go to the local mountains or desert, the night sky is still magnificent, especially with the help of binoculars.

I stumbled across the second half of "Zorba the Greek" on cable last night. It is one of my all-time favorite movies

desper-otto said...

Thanx, Bill G. That worked. Had to get 7 feet from the screen, though.

TTP said...

Yes, thanks Bill G. I wasn't sure what D-O was talking about (both images ?) in his earlier comment. With my glasses on I have to look at the image from about 15 feet to start to see Marilyn. With the glasses off, about 5 feet.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Another fun & interesting puzzle from C.C., thanks!

Good one, Gary! But I have no idea what movie used those stairs unless it's the one where they tried to move a piano upstairs. Can't remember if it was Laurel & Hardy or Abbot & Costello.

Never heard of POPSUGAR, sounds like a diabetic coma waiting to happen.

Sarong before SERAPE.

Didn't know LUNDI, LIKUD, DENEB. How does C.C. come up with this stuff? Such an absorbing mind.

Hand up for white bucks, can can petticoats, & a ponytail "hanging down". I could jitterbug with the best of 'em.

Al said...

UPCS? I need to visit Walmart more often. Still don't know what it means! Oh well, everything else makes sense.

Husker Gary said...

-It’s hard to know what to do when I have already done the puzzle and blogged it.
-Music Box Stairs answer (5:14) Sisyphus has nothing on these guys!
-I’m glad you like some of my stream of consciousness postings. Lemon, I’m sorry I offended your sensibilities! ☺

SwampCat said...

Great puzzle! I even got the theme early...that never happens! Thanks for the challenge, C.C.

And the write up was so much fun. Where do you get all these delightful links, HG? Favorite was the blue suede shoes. Long ago, I felt sooo glamorous in my many-layered petticoats. ...sigh. Do we get smarter as we age or just trade one silly fad for a worse one?

Misty said...

Oh yes, it is a thrill to see a C.C. puzzle on a Sunday morning, and this one was a total pleasure to do. How do you find the time to do all this, C.C.? You are absolutely amazing! And fun expo, Husker Gary. Loved the photo of Hercule Poirot! And, my goodness, that sure was an angry child--and a very patient poodle. So thank you both, again, for a great start to my Sunday.

And Tawnya, you're wonderful to be taking such good care of Coach. Maybe you can get him some training and keep him permanently? He wouldn't get a better Mom than you.

Have a great day, everybody!

Argyle said...

The Universal Product Code (UPC) is the ubiquitous barcode found on all things, not just in Walmart.

Spitzboov said...

Al @ 1313. UPC = universal product code, I believe. Most products now have a bar code which is scanned at checkout. These are the 'lines' in the clue. Walmart and most other stores use them for computer management of pricing, inventory control, and a host of other purposes. Heck, even shipping containers on unit trains and ships have bar codes to aid in routing and speeding the cargo to its destination.

PK - I had sarong before SERAPE, too.

Spitzboov said...

Sorry, Argyle. While I was composing, I didn't realize you had weighed in.

Anonymous said...

I miss Merl, and never more so than today.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle very much. Exceptionally well done. Of course I knew PALO Alto immediately. Never heard of Venus Breeze or PopSugar. Hand up for SARONG even though I knew GEER was right. And the ole forehead slaps got a workout when I wanted ITALY for Caesar's land and SCALE for Celcius, e.g. Wait, that's what C.C. intended, right? Favorite clue was Crib sheet user; made me laugh. Gary, great write-up, thanks.

Jayce said...

I once wrote software to scan in and decode UPC. All on a tiny little microprocessor running at what was then a speedy 8MHz with all of 32K of RAM. I totally forget how I did it, and sure as heck would have difficulty ever doing it again. I do remember that it was fun and the pride/satisfaction I felt when it worked; it worked reliably and accurately enough to be incorporated into a professional Point-Of-Sale product.

I never had white bucks nor suede shoes of any color. I also sucked at jitterbugging. I think I was far too self-conscious.

Dudley, I agree with you 100% about Starbucks.

Tawnya, I agree with Misty about you maybe becoming Coach's mom.

Best wishes to you all.

Pat said...

I finished a Sunday puzzle!!! I usually get impatient and quit about 2/3 of the way though it. Thanks, C.C.! Excellent expo, HG!

I had several instances of look-ups and peeking at the finished product to see where I had erred, but did most of it on my own. No problems that haven't already been discussed.

BillG Thanks for explaining the picture. Now I can see both images.

Tawnya--I've volunteered at a no-kill shelter for 8 years and I've heard lots of stories of irresponsible owners leaving their pets when they move. Thank you for helping with Coach.

Happy Sunday!


Unknown said...

Great puzzle today Thanks CC but it ate my lunch. Did not finish until I turned on red letters.

What a weird timing. I was at the Dimanche Clue and I was watching Rendez Vous de Cajuns on tv. The band was playing le valse Dimanche apres midi. here is a link for the Liberty in Eunice.

Bon apres midi from Cajun Country ~!~!

Wilbur Charles said...

Something about this xword seemed familiar so I looked up and sure enough, there's CC's name. Maybe it was Chews the FAT.
Not one of those sloggers. Finding USB was a help. Bering I think is Anagrammed in The Foundation. I'd have to find. Does any one guess Hari Selden?

Owen, you are the ANGUS BEEF of limerickers. (sic).

I wanted SO-SO, but APSES held firm.

And as usual fanned on DOH and UTERI.

Now, off to the blog of that NYT XW with the baseball teams. Boy I had trouble remembering them after figuring out the theme

OwenKL said...

If you're interested, here's a hometown newspaper article on constructor Mark McClain.

Sorry I'm late with this -- new bed arrived today just as I was finishing the first couple lines, so I had to shut down before I could finish it or send it. I do all my writing in bed on my netbook. I see the question has been long since answered, but here it is anyway.

In retail stores it's all la mode
The Universal Product Code!
Fat or thin stripe,
In black and white,
To track what merchandise is sold!

Those zebra bands are the U.P.C.
They're on most everything you see!
They code model and make,
Maybe size or x-date,
But the store sets the price independently!

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, C.C., or a fine puzzle. Thank you, Husker Gary, for a fine review.

Started the puzzle this morning. Then headed to DuBois, PA, for some shopping with my wife's cousin. Finished it in the car on the way back. I did a lot of it in Joann Fabrics while she shopped and I stood there waiting. They really ought to put some benches in Joann Fabrics for spouses and friends.

Puzzle was a tad easier than a Typical Sunday. Not a piece of cake, however. Still took me a copuple hours.

Caught the theme early since I tend to bounce around on puzzles. This did help with the them answers.

UPC reminds me of giving blood. I just gave my 60th pint at Life Source. They now put a bar code on my shirt to scan me during certain points of the donation. I always get a kick out of that.

Omaha Steaks has great beef. I do not buy much of it, but have occasionally. I helped my female neighbor shovel snow one day, when it was about 18 inches deep. She sent us a package from Omaha Steaks. That was nice.

Liked TORAH for 110 down.

LUNDI was unknown. Perps.

Aha! Eye of NEWT.

well, I have to run. Going to fire up the grill and cook some burgers and corn on the cob.

I finished Saturday's puzzle this morning. I will try to log in for that later. Have to eat first.

See you tomorrow.


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See you tomorrow.

SwampCat said...

Owen, you outdid yourself today! Thanks! My favorite was the Pullet Surprise ..hehehehe

Ergo said...

Score! Finished a Sunday in its entirety and even before the clock struck Monday!

Legit said...

I hope these comments are unique.

OwenKL said...

Don't worry Legit. I doubt that any T̶r̶u̶m̶p̶ politician is smart enough to be here!

Picard said...

Fun run! I got USB early with STIMULUS BILL and the title "Getting Connected". This helped with other solves for me. I didn't actually find the reveal until I was almost done.

I agree with maripro: One tiny nit: Since "Palais des Nations" is French, I thought that the answer should have been "Geneve."

Hand up for SARONG before SERAPE. But I left the A, so I spelled it SARAPE. I never heard of Will GEER so there was nothing to correct it for me.

Hand up for SCALE before SWEDE. I also never heard of VENUS BREEZE (thanks USB help) nor POP SUGAR. Never heard of 9-5 as a SAAB model.