Jul 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Janice Luttrell

Thene: No Reveal Tuesday - Duties of a prep cook.

10D. Fail to advance to a subsequent round : MISS THE CUT

20A. Martial arts wood-breaking move : KARATE CHOP

29D. Six-faced puzzle : RUBIK'S CUBE

53A. Shady advantage for a craps shooter : LOADED DICE

"Chop" refers to cutting foods into pieces that are not necessarily even, but all about 1/2" in diameter. "Cube" means to cut food into pieces that are even, like a square. "Dice" means to cut food into even, small squares about 1/4" in diameter.

Argyle here with my Ginsu at the ready. I felt this pinwheel was an apt Tuesday.


1. Like a three-dollar bill : BOGUS. The un-pc word fit also.

6. Schedule opening : SLOT

10. "Welcome" sites : MATS

14. Take over forcibly : USURP

15. Surrounding radiance : AURA

16. One with star power : IDOL

17. __ apso: dog : LHASA

18. Touchpad toucher : USER

19. California's __ Valley : SIMI

22. Plant generator : SEED. How does your garden grow?

23. All-purpose vehicle, for short : UTE

24. Like some angles : OBTUSE. Do NOT call Warden Norton this word~!

26. Marble rye pattern : SWIRLS

30. Rental period : MONTH

32. __ New Guinea : PAPUA. Some difference from Simi Valley.

33. Employment agency listing : JOB

34. Barbecue brand : WEBER. So barbecue can mean the grill but if you were wondering....

38. Gulf States native : ARAB. NOT the Gulf of Mexico states.

39. "Wheel of Fortune" purchase : AN I

40. Deep sleep : COMA

41. Newspapers and such : MEDIA

43. "I agree" : "YES"

44. Language of ancient Carthage : PUNIC. Wikipedia

45. Word before Kat or Glue : KRAZY. The Kat came way before the glue.

47. Place to chow down : EATERY

48. Rumormonger's output : GOSSIP

51. Grain bristle : AWN. Wild rye.

52. Price-per-barrel org. : OPEC. (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)

60. Prego rival : RAGU

61. Gumbo pod : OKRA

62. Burger and fries, e.g. : ORDER

63. Get a good grip on : GRAB

64. Hurt seriously : MAIM

65. King or tsar : RULER

66. To be, in Versailles : ÊTRE

67. Tournament passes : BYEs

68. Bottomless chasm : ABYSS


1. Cheapest way to buy, with "in" : BULK

2. Workplace watchdog: Abbr. : OSHA. (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

3. __ gum: thickening agent : GUAR

4. Bear in two constellations : URSA

5. Kitchen flipper : SPATULA

6. Pasta cook's potful : SAUCE

7. Rife with vegetation : LUSH

8. Three-ply cookie : OREO

9. Silvery game fish : TARPON

11. "Farewell, chérie" : "ADIEU"

12. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the like : TOMEs

13. Playground feature : SLIDE

21. X-files subjects, briefly : ETs

25. FYI relative : BTW. "for your information"/"By the way"

26. E-junk : SPAM

27. Hard finish? : WARE

28. Tablet with a Smart Keyboard attachment : iPAD

30. Monopoly game need : MONEY

31. Japanese decorative belts : OBIs

33. Hip-hopper who married Beyoncé : JAY Z. Shawn Corey Carter.

35. Dog biscuit shape : BONE

36. Gulf States leader : EMIR

37. Risqué : RACY

42. Jackie O's second : ARI

44. Box opener of myth : PANDORA

46. Poise : APLOMB

47. Woolly female : EWE

48. Narrow canyon : GORGE

49. Eye-fooling pantings : OP-ART

50. Popeye's creator : SEGAR

51. First one-term president : ADAMS. John.

54. Thumbs-up : OKAY

55. R&B vocalist India.__ : ARIE

56. Beat but good : DRUB

57. Without much thought : IDLY

58. So-so grades : CEEs

59. Transposes digits, say : ERRs



OwenKL said...

Ali Baba had a friend named Ikabod
And Ikabod had a home that was odd.
Being a genii
His cubicle was teeny,
If you wanted a wish, you could RUB IK'S CUBE!

On the inside, Ik's old cube was nice,
So tiny he never was bothered by mice.
The walls were like glass,
But he lost it, alas!
It ended up in a snow-cone made with CHOPPED ice!

Ik's old home had been in a gorgeous GORGE,
With LUSH vegetation for wild animal's forage
In an ABYSS of melancholy
He's homesick for his valley,
He'll MISS THE CUT, but a new bond he'll forge!

His home's now in a area noted for vice;
But that meant he got it for a very low price!
The neighborhood ORDER
Is for polka-dot quarters,
With OP ART everywhere, Ik's among LOADED DICE!

OwenKL said...

Forgot to grade it. One long poem today instead of several short ones, so just one grade for the lot {B-.}.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Typical Tuesday puzzle. Didn't notice the theme until after I finished and went back looking, but that was OK. PUNIC and TARPON were a little bit crunchy, but neither one held me up much. Everything else was smooth sailing today.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Thanks Janice and Argyle for getting the day off to a smooth start. No stubbed toes today.

The last time we had a Margaret Mead clue I wanted PAPUA, but it was SAMOA. Papua finally showed up.

This Weber barbecue brand is what popped into my mind.

I've been to Royal GORGE in Colorado. It was cut by the Arkansas river. Go figure.

Knew of the PUNIC wars. Didn't know it was a language. Learning moment.

Anonymous said...

Force is not an essential element of USURPation, and not all GORGEs are narrow.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a very nice, easy offering which I sailed through with nary a bump, but it was a dreaded FIW due to C instead of K for Rubik's and Kat. Oh well, as Scarlett would say, tomorrow is another day.

Thanks, Janice and Argyle, for a Tuesday treat.

I hope everyone survived the Fourth unscathed. I read about so many serious accidents with fireworks, don't people ever learn?

Have a great day.

unclefred said...

Hope everyone had a good 4th! I love fireworks, but it was SO HOT here in Fort Lauderdale, we didn't venture out to see them. I just can't tolerate the heat anymore. Fun CW today, thanx, Janice, and terrific write-up, thanx, Argyle! Owen, your first limerick soured the rest, unfortunately. I give the whole thing a C today. Still far better than I can manage, but the first was way below your standards. Let me guess: first before your morning coffee? LOL

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 6:59, a dictionary would be useful for you. You would find this.
Gorge, A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides.
Usurp, to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Nice write-up. Liked the picture of the Silvery game fish, TARPON.
(Hmmm, I live in TARPON Springs ... that clue/answer was a gimmie).

Janice: Thank You for a FUN Tuesday puzzle. Enjoyed your theme.

Irish Miss: I made the same "c" not "K" mistake on RUBIK'S Cube. Hand-up for a FIW.


Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Janice Luttrell, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Quick puzzle today. Theme answers appeared easily.

JAY Z was unknown. Perps.

Tried CRAFT for 45A. The Downs changed that to KRAZY. Oh well. It's the final result that counts.

SEGAR was unknown. Perps.

TARPON was slow in coming. A bunch of perps helped.

Saw our town's fireworks last night. They were great! Had an order of Pierogi first. That was great too!.

Working in the yard today. I have been out of town so long I have a lot to do.

See you tomorrow.


PK said...

Hi Y'all! For some reason, this puzzle took me twice as long as a usual Tuesday. Just wasn't on on Janice's wave length today. Thanks anyway. It was interesting. GUAR & PUNIC tripped me among other clues. I was dredging my brain for some American Indian tribe for Gulf States Native. Arawak was too long.

Thanks, Argyle!

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks Janice and Argyle for the fun today. I didn't think to look for a theme.
Like Irish Miss and Tinbeni I see that I had C instead of K in Rubik/Krazy and thus a FIW also.

My California valley was Napa before SIMI. I filled in SWIRL and waited until the S was forced on me because I didn't think the answer could be plural. (I concede now that there can be more than one SWIRL in the pattern.)
I quickly filled in ESSE but soon realized it was French not Latin that was required.
36D EMIR sent me back to 38A and the correct Gulf State.
I would not have known SEGAR but did not even see it since it was already filled in with perps.

Bouchard MISSED THE CUT at Wimbledon but Raonic (the sixth-seeded Canadian) advanced to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon on Monday, coming back from two sets down to beat Belgian David Goffin. No BYES here.

How does my garden grow? Incredibly fast with the heat we have enjoyed and daily watering because we are so dry. (I am not looking forward to my next water bill) We have already harvested radish, onions and lettuce and anticipate beans and cucumbers shortly. Tomatoes are formed on the plant and growing (some are golf ball size already). Don't get me started on my flowers!

JD said...

Good morning all...hope you all had a marvelous 4th,
Thanks Janice for a fun puzzle with a few ahas, and a few things that were not familiar: awn, guar, and Segar and Arie. No problems filling them though. Also had no idea Punic was a language, but familiar with those wars.
Argyle, as always, a thank you for answering the "whys" that linger until I come here. Loved today's photo of the gorge.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

I MISSED THE CUT, I guess, by having a C also in RUBIK'S CUBE, so technically a FIW. I avoided all the other traps (no Q**** for 1a or NAPA for 19a) and used ESP to get a couple I was unfamiliar with (ARIE and SEGAR). Good clues and solves and of course, Argyle provided a well-crafted recap

So, with Owen going KRAZY these days with his lengthy poems, I will offer one that is more "limer-like":

Little Jack Horner (whose now famous thumb)
Appears at book signings; for MONEY he'll come
To show off his digit,
And try not to fidget,
So all can now see that he does have APLOMB!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -


Morning, Argyle, lovely gorge photo!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Good puzzle from Janice; good intro, Argyle.

Easy solve today. No festering issues.
WEBER - Grilled on our Weber the last two evenings. Filet mignon one night and hamburgers the next.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Janice Luttrell for a swift sashay today with some refreshing fill such as APLOMB, SWIRLS, ABYSS, PANDORA and BOGUS. No issues at all. CUT, CHOP, DICE and CUBE are all not only in my wheelhouse but one or more of which I do nearly every day.

Like some of you PUNIC wars is familiar to me but didn't realize there was a language. Makes sense, though I had LATIN first. Also, hand up for having visited the Royal GORGE in Colorado. It's amazing to me how they built the railroad there.

And many thanks, Argyle. Again, I'm grateful that you spelled out abbreviations and love the pics.

Well done, Owen. I like the continuation.

Have a lovely day, everyone! Hot as blazes here.

Irish Miss said...

Tin @ 8:57 - I guess we think alike at times, although never when it comes to your anathema towards my can't-do-without _ _ _ and Scotch! Cheers, anyway. 🍹

TTP said...

Thank you Janice and thank you Argyle !

The online timer shows 6:15:23 from start to completion. Still managed a FIW. Couldn't get that last consonant for Popeye's creator.

Started in the lower left after waking with leg cramps in the early AM hours. Entered OP ART and tried to think of the name of that artist from the 60s and 70s that used all the bright colors. What was his name ? Something Marx. Peter Marx. No, Peter Max. Yes, Peter Max. Psychedelic art. So I googled and started reading the Wiki on him. That lead to another Wiki. Then another. And on and on before I finally was able to get comfortable enough to get back to sleep. Just counted the links. I read 24 Wikis last night.

Speaking of eye-fooling, watch this: Optical Illusion and Explanation

Bogus - My Polish neighbor Boguslaw prefers to be called Bogey.

Made a couple of racks of ribs yesterday on my Single Lid Grill w/ Firebox, rather than using my Weber gas grill.

Many years ago I found out that my new bride was afraid of high bridges as we drove across the New River Gorge Bridge in the Appalachian Mountains.

TTP said...

Oh, and even though she doesn't like the high bridges, she was able to get in that crowded little car and ride up to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Don't know that I'll ever be able to figure her out completely...

Chickie said...

Hello Everyone, Fun puzzle today. Thanks for the great write up Argyle.
This was quick and easy, though like JD, Punic was a war, not a language. I tried Latin at first, but, of course, that was incorrect.

Tarpon wasn't my first choice of silvery fish, either. But that filled in easily in the end.

The theme escaped me until I read Argyle's write up. I'm afraid I'm not so precise in my dicing, and cubing!

I did the puzzle on-line today for the first time. I am not subscribing to the newspaper any longer as the subscription price has gone up so much, and the paper is so thin, that it isn't worth buying every day. We'll pick a Sunday paper up at the local store.

Have a great day, everyone.

oc4beach said...

Nice easy Tuesday puzzle from Janice and a very admirable write up by Argyle. I really didn't struggle with the few things that I didn't know because perps filled them in.

Our Fourth of July fireworks went off on schedule even though there was light rain with very little wind going on at the time. It made for some interesting visuals because the smoke just hung in one spot and really didn't dissipate very much. Some of the fireworks lit up the smoke cloud in an eerie way, but you couldn't make out the actual firework at times. It sort of reminded me of the scene in the movie "Independence Day" where the alien spaceship comes out of the roiling clouds.

We host a BBQ to celebrate the Fourth since we can see the Fourth Fest fireworks from our house, so we have quite a few family and friends here to enjoy the show. Some watched the show from the family room where it was nice and dry and a few of us (not so bright ones) went outside and sat in the drizzle to watch. All in all it was great even if it was damp.

I hope everybody had a great Fourth of July and have a great rest of the year.

Bluehen said...

Hello, friends. Back from my BIL's funeral in Tennessee, and finally caught up with puzzles/blogs. Like many , he died much too young. He was only 68. The rest of us remarked that we never thought the youngest of us would go first. Throat cancer that metastasized. A great loss. He was a pillar of the community. It's a comfort to come here and see that life goes on as ever.

So many comments I could make to the recent posts, but I'll limit myself. First, as a former welding engineer, let me assure you that you most certainly can weld with gas, although hardly anyone does it nowadays. If you can get metal to the melting point with gas, IE cutting, you can also weld. Many a sloppy cut has welded itself back together. Second, TTP, I would love to know your wife's reaction when that Gateway Arch cable car righted itself for the first time on the way up. Third, all the discussions re: Bloody Marys has given me an idea.


Misty said...

Fun Tuesday puzzle, many thanks, Janice. I was really proud of myself for getting the whole thing even with unknowns like WEBER and GUAR. But when I looked at Argyle's answers I realized I too had goofed on Rubic instead of RUBIK even though I had wondered if it shouldn't be a K to go with Kat. So, thank you Irish Miss, Tinbeni, and Chairman Moe for keeping me company and making me feel less lonely in my goof.

Jayce, I've never been to Eisenstadt, Austria--will have to check it out sometime.

Glad everyone seems to have survived the fire-works last night. I got to enjoy a lovely dinner with neighbors across the street, beginning with a toast to our wonderful country (in spite of our messy election year).

Have a great day, everybody!

Yellowrocks said...

I CUT my way through this puzzle CHOP,CHOP. No matter how you DICE or SLICE it, this was a fun puzzle. Finding the theme without a reveal doubled or CUBEd my pleasure.
TTP, I sympathize. Those early morning leg cramps are a real PIA and in the leg. They keep me awake a long time so I often get up and work the puzzle waiting for them to subside. That's it then, I am up for the day. I love the New River Gorge and Bridge. Lovely scenery. Did you know many people bungee jump from this bridge?
Chickie, I am not that precise either.
Bluehen, condolences on the passing of your BIL. So sad, so young.
Alan has had another setback, vague and ambiguous as usual. He's just on the cusp of needing hospitalization. Medicine is not an exact science. So we increase the medication, cross our fingers to watch and wait. We can't over-react or under-react. So iffy. Both of us are anxious. Do you wonder why I read so much? It's my escape.

Wilbur Charles said...

After PUNIC it seemed natural for RUBIK to end in C. What's the diff between a FIW and a DNF?
Try a banana a day for those pesky leg cramps. Refined water takes out those essential scarce minerals.

Speaking of Transposing Digits: Ever hear of The rule of nines? If two columns differ and the result is divisible by nine then you've transposed .

I wondered what Owen would make of today's kitchen. I had an idea LOADED DICE would show up. Basic equipment for all Marine Staff NCOs.
Bridgetown golf tournament mentioned Lee Trevino as a former Jarhead. Finally .

Husker Gary said...

Golf in 87% humidity this morning made Janice’s puzzle even more appealing.

-Four other teams did MISS THE CUT to sign this guy
-Miss Piggy used her KARATE/PORK CHOP when necessary
-I’ve used the phrase “PHONY as a $3 bill”
-Yup, OBTUSE got Andy thrown into solitary
-SF rent at $400/MONTH
-I was so proud to have remembered the PUNIC Wars
-This stuff is way better than KRAZY Glue
-The rain has made our course so LUSH, you have to whack the ball pretty good to get to the green unless you, uh, hit it in the fairway!
-I wonder who bought the last set of encyclopedia in America
-I don’t think SLIDES like this of my childhood are legal anymore. Man, what you could do with waxed paper on that baby!
-Our kitty’s APLOMB during all the noise last night was impressive
-QUICK, how much MONEY do you get to start a game of Monopoly?

Wilbur Charles said...

Oops. Bridgestone. As in tires and golf balls

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle. I liked it. Had to turn on red letters to see that I should have had K instead of C.

James Comey's announcement has made me deeply, deeply sad.

Best wishes to you all.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 8:27, a dictionary might be useful to you. You would find that GULCH is defined as narrow; GORGE, usually not (think of the Grand Canyon). As for USURP, note the second half of your definition: "to seize . . . without legal right." What I said was, force is not essential to USURPation.

Anonymous said...

So what? That does nout affect the vaiditity of the clue.

Anonymous said...

Yes Jayce, his announcement combined with the clandestine meeting on that tarmac @ PHX and the endorsement today in NC has left my head spinning! Did all that just happen in less than the 0 days? I wonder which is lower, our opinion of politician's actions or their opinion of our intelligence. Sad, indeed.

desper-otto said...

Wilbur Charles, it's a matter of interpretation. So far as I'm concerned, if I didn't finish the puzzle correctly (even if all squares are filled in), it's a DNF. Others will call it a DNF only when they left a square empty, and a FIW if all squares were filled in, but one or more of them turned out to be wrong. Still others will normally call it a DNF, but will call it a FIW if it's a coulda-been, like today's RUBIK/KRAZY, RUBIc/cRAZY. So DNF/FIW -- you can feel "righteous" by calling it whatever you like.

Anonymous said...

*10 days

Jayce said...

DNF is simply the abbreviation of Did Not Finish. FIW is the abbreviation of Finished It Wrong.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Got a laugh from Argyle's choice to illustrate OBTUSE. Actor Bob Gunton is an alumnus of our drama program and not exactly one who is "not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; dull."
But it reminds us how well a good actor can switch manner and energy to embody traits that are not natural to himself. Shawshank Redemption is a fine movie, and Gunton's portrayal really helped put the story across.

Today's pzl was fun. Thank you, Ms. Luttrell, for bringing us a few new words. OBTUSE is a rarity, and so were PUNIC and TOME--and maybe AWN (not sure when I last saw that one).

Ol' Man Keith said...

I guess the reason we're asked not to discuss politics here is that some divisions between us could choke off our otherwise friendly chats. The implications today that the FBI is letting a candidate get away with something or that a short "tarmac meeting" was anything more than a accident are suggestive of the paranoid tendencies we sometimes see on both sides.
A few days ago I expressed sympathy for those who lost the Brexit vote. I apologize for that. Few blog exchanges ever change people's minds. Please, let's save our politics for private email or debate forums.

SwampCat said...

Don't you love it when the Anons fight among themselves ??

Liked the puzzle. I got the K in RUBIK. The picture of the GORGE was beautiful.

Good work, Owen.

SwampCat said...

Blue hen, my condolences. YR, I'm sending good thoughts your way.

Pat said...

A nice Tuesday puzzle. Thanks, Janice Luttrell. Of course I didn't look for a theme so thanks for the expo and links, Argyle.

Bluehen, my condolences on the loss of your BIL.

I hope you have a good evening.


Lemonade714 said...

Unclefred, there was quite a pleasant breeze last evening for the Pompano Beach fireworks by the pier. So I am sorry you missed the show. I do not know where in our fair metropolis you live, but the ocean winds have been great this year

Lucina said...

My condolences on the loss of your BIL. It's always sad and leaves a void.

Wilbur Charles said...

Thx for clearing up that DNF/FIW question. It took me a month to figure out perps and wags.

Of far greater interest is the Howdy Doody marathon here in Tampa on some channel called Cozi. I was working and missed it. More shows are coming they say Do you recall where Clarabelle went?

Ps. I think the only thing I've never been called is righteous

Irish Miss said...

Bluehen, condolences on your loss. (What is the status of your repair surgery?)

YR, sorry to hear of Alan's relapse. I hope it is short-lived and readily diagnosed and treated.

TTP, you couldn't pay me enough to go over New River Gorge Bridge or to go to the top of the St. Louis Arch. Besides, I have inherited/been awarded $7,000,000.00 in the last week from my benefactors in Benin, London, and Brunei, so I'm all set! 💰 💰 💰

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Drat - FIW; I had ETTE for 66a. Thanks Janice for the after-work fun and thanks Argyle for pointing out that square :-)

WO: Sexy b/f RACY. I almost fell into the "C" trap too but I know KRAZY glue (and it's buddy, acetone, to unstick your fingers - they should really sell 'em as a package deal).

ESP: PUNIC; SIMI & ETRE took ESP + a WAG (and one I MISS'd).

Hated:* OPEC. $50 oil does not a happy Houston make.

Fav: BOGUS - All I could hear was Tom & Ray in my head (this clip is not them saying it; just a funny joke at the top of a show).


YR - So sorry to hear about Alan slipping back.

IM - I still have all my fingers. Neighbor and I put about $500 (combined) up in smoke. Other neighbors came out and watched. Our new Scottish neighbors thought we were nuts, but their kids loved it. All around the golf course (just over the bayou) were bombs bursting in air. Sorry for keeping you up PK :-)

C. Moe - LOL!

FLN - good to see you back Manac!

Cheers, -T
*just a joke Janice - I enjoyed your puzzle

Anonymous said...

Ya know what's rich, omk? It's not offensive until you find it so. Brexit indeed.

Anonymous T said...

Tom & Ray doing MIT commencement (10:48-50:00-ish). Yeah, I went down the rabbit hole. Cheers, -T

David Bowman said...

Nope. Sorry. Barbecue is barbecue. If you say "Barbecue brand," the only thing you can be talking about is the meat that comes from a particular commercial barbecue establishment. Barbecue sauce is barbecue sauce, it is not a "brand of barbecue." And, a Weber charcoal grill is a charcoal grill. Neither sauce nor grill is a "brand of barbecue." In fact, Weber knows that. Nowhere on their website do they describe their grills as "barbecue grills" or "barbecues."