Aug 14, 2016

Sunday August 14, 2016 Garry Morse

Theme: "Stop, Thief!" - Each them entry is punnily reinterpreted as if the thief indicated in the clue stole the item.

23A. The liquor store thief __ : BOOSTED SPIRITS. Totally different spirits. Nice.

35A. The restaurant thief __ : GRABBED DINNER

95A The gym thief __ : LIFTED WEIGHTS. Too heavy to steal.
113A. The art thief __ : KNOCKED OFF WORK. Different "work" as well.

16D. The condiment thief __ : PINCHED SALT. I use "pinch of salt".  Not "Pinch salt".

29D. The chocolate thief __ : STOLE KISSES. Different "kisses" as well.
50D. The poultry thief __ : POACHED EGGS. Here the original noun phrase became a verb phrase.

67D. The casino thief __ : SWIPED CARDS. The casinos probably give those playing cards away.
The theme reminds me of some of the John Lampkin Sunday puzzle. Tons of fun. 

The grid is also nicely designed. We don't often see four Across and four Down themer placement, unless there are some intersections going on.

1. Carrier with only kosher meals : EL AL

5. Vamoosed : FLED

9. Classic name in shoes : MCAN. Not AVIA or NIKE.

13. Place of worship : CHAPEL. Not CHURCH.

19. Default consequence : REPO

20. Have standing : RATE. Can you give me an example of how the clue/answer match?

21. "Gotcha" : AH SO. Rarely do we see this entry now.

22. Oscar nominee in four different decades : DE NIRO. Not STREEP.

26. Present for Garfield? : CATNIP. Cute clue.

27. With great skill : EXPERTLY

28. They may be run off : COPIES. And 89. Maker of 28-Across : XEROX

30. Reduces to small pieces : RICES

31. Browser's destination : SITE. Thankfully Explorer still exists in Windows 10 after the upgrade.

32. Farm house : COOP

33. Bit of clothing : STITCH

40. Surg. areas : ORs

41. Diminish : EBB

44. Rolled down the runway : TAXIED

45. Means of access : INs

46. Horror film sounds : WAILS

48. One looked up to : IDOL. Or HERO.

49. Mt. Hood's state : OREG

50. Creator of one who pondered "Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore"
: POE. The Raven.

51. Secret supply : CACHE

52. "Even __ speak ... " : AS WE

53. Really poor : SAD

54. Enter with rage : STORM IN

57. "The Ballad of John and __" : YOKO. Are you familiar with May Pang?

59. Hand on deck : MATE

60. "SNL" parody Baba __ : WAWA

61. Player's fixed contribution : ANTE. Oh poker.

63. Fire sign? : PINK SLIP. Great clue also.

65. Element #33 : ARSENIC

68. Some selective socializers : SNOBS

70. Lawmaking bodies : SENATES

71. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium city : NEW DELHI. I like trivia clue.

73. Trade : SWAP

74. Unlikely : SLIM

75. All in : AVID

76. Rivulets seen after swirling, to a wine taster : LEGS. Unfamiliar with the term.

78. Exam in which letters are read : EYE TEST. Simple in retrospect.

80. Rockies hrs. : MST

83. Casual pace : LOPE

84. Discourage : DETER

86. Trig. ratio : COS. Cosine.

87. Copacetic : JAKE. I did not know the meaning of "Copacetic" or this "Copacetic" meaning of JAKE.

88. Signed, say : OK'ed

90. RSVP part : SIL

91. "I was evidently mistaken" : SO IT IS. Got via crosses.

93. Goal for a H.S. dropout : GED

94. Coll. conferral : DEG

98. Priests, e.g. : CLERGY

101. Pinot __ : GRIS. Not NOIR.

102. Unfavorable aspects : ILLs. Tricky little clue.

103. Debussy's "__ de Lune" : CLAIR

105. Great Plains language family : SIOUAN

107. Got rid of : UNLOADED

111. Stereotypical long beard grower : HERMIT

 115. Salad veggie : ENDIVE. Both are called Endives. The curly one is a bit bitter. By the way, Lucina, I buy taro roots at our local grocery stores.

116. Quito's land: Abbr. : ECUA

117. Reason for an admonition : NO NO

118. Mother of Charlie Woods : ELIN. I know Tiger has two kids. Did not know their names: Same & Charlie.

119. Nail or tack : FASTEN. Verb rather than noun.

120. Court period: Abbr. : SESS

121. Growl : GNAR. Never heard of this word before. 

122. Overrule : DENY
1. Kathryn of HBO's "Oz" : ERBE

2. 16th-century pope : LEO X

3. Each : A POP

4. Gets routed : LOSES BIG. Sparkly fill.

5. Bit one's nails, perhaps : FRETTED

6. Served, as soup : LADLED

7. Online handicraft market : ETSY

8. Bank acct. starter : DEP. OK, deposit.

9. Color from the French for "chestnut" : MAROON. Learning moment to me.

10. Michigan native : CHIPPEWA. Also 24. Five Nations unit : TRIBE

11. Bubbly region : ASTI

12. Aroma detectors : NOSES. Looking forward to receiving  this soybean paste.  Hopefully it's as good as my grandma's. It's definitely an acquired taste/smell. 

13. Atlanta-based health agcy. : CDC

14. Game with tricks : HEARTS

15. Playful : ANTIC

17. Cleveland's lake : ERIE

18. Trims, as branches : LOPS
25. Screen array : ICONS
32. Movie houses : CINEMAS

34. Org. with complex forms : IRS. I don't recall my Dad paid any taxes when he worked. But his salary was low. For a long period it was RMB49/month. About $8. But everything was free then. You did not need to pay for housing, medical bills, education, etc.

35. Classic Pontiacs : GTOs

36. __ avis : RARA

37. Cut : AXED

38. A-line designer : DIOR

39. Suggestive : RACY

42. Pee-wee Herman accessory : BOW TIE

43. Substitutes for bad words : BLEEPS

47. Restaurant with a smile in its logo : IHOP. Unaware of their new logo. I went there once. Ages ago.

48. Start of a Seuss classic : I AM SAM
51. Toronto skyline landmark : CN TOWER

54. Well-thought-out : SANE

55. Woven fabric : TWILL

56. Stopping points : INNs

58. First-year law students : ONE-Ls. Doesn't the L stand for Law?

60. __ bliss : WEDDED

62. Auction site : EBAY

64. Heal, as broken bones : KNIT

65. Not digital : ANALOG. I have to change battery for my Timex every year. Is it the same case with you?

66. Bridge violation : REVOKE

69. Genus subdivision : SPECIES

72. Eisner's Disney successor : IGER (Bob)

77. Small-runway mil. craft : STOL. Short TakeOff and Landing. Gluey fill.

79. Gave it away : TOLD

80. Adding and subtracting : MATH

81. "SNL" staple : SKIT

82. Hardy's "Pure Woman" : TESS

85. Meager : EXIGUOUS. Not a word I use.

87. Cut in tricky patterns : JIGSAWED

89. Millennial's parent, briefly : Xer

90. Perform horribly : STINK

91. Bring on the market : SELL FOR

92. __ Olay : OIL OF. Just Olay now.

94. Originate (from) : DERIVE

96. Brawl : FRACAS

97. "Little Women" co-star of Kirsten, Claire and Trini : WINONA. Got via crosses.

99. Allowable extreme : LIMIT

100. "Holy cow!" : YIKES.  Try this color-blindness test if you can spare one minute. I tested twice, the first time it says I'm a Tritan, the second time it says I'm normal. D-Otto is a strong Deutan. Sounds like a giant.

103. Restaurant opener : CHEF. Normally.

104. Actress Olin : LENA

106. At a former time : ONCE

107. Japanese noodle : UDON. This and Soba.

108. Give sparingly : DOLE

109. Yeats' home : ERIN

110. Big Apple fashion initials : DKNY. Widely copied in China.

112. Common base : TEN

114. Course with vocab. : ENG



fermatprime said...


Thanks, Garry and CC!

Swell puzzle. Loved the theme!

Several things were perped. Got a kick out of STITCH.

Happy belated birthday to Chickie and Betty!


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Pleasant enough puzzle today. Jake is completely new to me - a regional thing, maybe? Exiguous was 100% perps.

Morning, C.C.! I've only had endives a few times - the first was at a catered reception, where they were served stuffed with finely chopped chicken salad with tarragon and raisins mmmmm. I can't think of a rock solid example for "rate", but here's a try: "How does he rate, getting an award?"

OwenKL said...

{B, A, B, A, B.}

The night is dark, and it's STORMIN',
Not a night for SANE beast or men!
The wind, it WAILS,
The rain, it hails,
A FRACAS between clouds is formin'!

Thomas Jefferson studied EXEGESES,
Rewrote the Bible in which he X-ED Jesus!
Miracles he UNLOADED,
Said that they were outmoded,
Because any evidence for them was EXIGUOUS!

The linguist went to NEW DELHI, pursuin'
Roots of an Indian language, a new un'!
It wasn't like Sanskrit, wasn't like Urdu,
Wasn't like Hindi, that was a virtue!
But his effort was vain, because it was SIOUAN!

For angst, the teenage years are tops,
Their sense, their adolescence LOPS!
MATH becomes a nemesis,
Sex becomes an emphasis,
And good looks are rated in so many zits A-POP!

The night is dark, and it's STORMIN',
Not a night for SANE beast or men!
The daughter WAILS
Her party fails,
But then those crazy teens all STORM IN!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Cute theme, and the rest of the solve was mostly smooth sailing. I could only think of LEES at 76A (pretty sure it means the sediment at the bottom of a glass of wine), but that had me staring at IEER at 72D and scratching my head. I finally remembered IGER, but knew something else must be wrong since that gave me LEGS at 76A, which couldn't possibly be right. Or could it?

Elsewhere, I needed perp help to remember the spelling of CHIPPEWA. I always want to sell it CHIPPOWA or CHIPPAWA for some reason. I'm not a bridge fan, so REVOKE meant nothing to me as clued. And EXIGUOUS was a complete unknown. But the perps came to the rescue in every case, so no major problems today.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, Gary for a theme that was chuckle-worthy & well-executed. I especially liked BOOSTED SPIRITS & STOLE KISSES. When OO perped in I thought it would be BOOze something.

I hadn't heard of most of the clues that C.C. noted. GNAR? Really? EXIGUOUS (in what language?) Enjoyed your comments, C.C. I suppose if everything is owned by the state, your dad wouldn't have to pay taxes. Hadn't thought about that.

Have standing = RATE. If the standing of a ball team is in second place, they RATE second. Took me awhile to get this too.
I suppose the term came from standing people up on a podium.

JAKE was a WAG after six other letters didn't work to begin the word. Then I sorta remembered this slang term. Copacetic was a popular word in the 60's or 70's. I think it was used to mean "in Harmony" or getting along okay.

SITE: does anyone belong to My daughter gave me 2 gift subscriptions to this SITE. The first one I did a lot of research with it but couldn't get into some of the subsiderary sites. Tried to find out from Ancestry why or what I needed to update. Never got an answer. The second subscription I can't get to work at all. My daughter called them and was on hold 48 minutes before she hung up.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Made a slew of bad WAGs this morning: Church/Chapel (Hi, C.C.), Noir/Gris (Hello, again), Cons/Ills, Stash/Cache. Still, it all worked out in the end, and it was finished before the bell. Thank you, Garry Morse -- are you related to Garry Moore?

C.C., one definition of "standing" is position or ranking in a group. So if someone HAS sufficient STANDING, she may RATE some special award or privilege.

There is no exigency for the word "exiguous." Nuff sedd.

I've heard jake (no cap, I believe) used in that fashion, probably in movies. "No worries, everything is jake."

Deutan: Don't blame me, blame my mother. Color-blindness is passed from a mother to her sons. Her daughters can be carriers. I see no difference between the "normal sight" and the "deuteranopia sight" in the photos here, but the other two look weird and washed out. It's estimated that 10% of men are color-blind to some degree.

desper-otto said...

PK, I have belonged to for several years. I'm not sure what you mean by "subsidiary sites." A normal Ancestry membership doesn't get you access to everything. You need a special (read that "additional cost") membership to access the military collection and a world-wide membership to access the foreign collections. I've been able to research quite a lot with just a standard U.S. membership, but it's gotten much more pricey in recent years. I'm thinking of not renewing when it comes due next spring.

Big Easy said...

Fairly easy fills until I reached the bottom. I had a little hiccup with ABED instead of AVID for 'All in' and SW'E'PED CARDS just didn't look right and it corrected itself. The cross of LEGS and IGER was a WAG; There two Roberts- ILER & IGER and i can't remember,. I don't drink wine and LEGS doesn't register in my mind. 'Copacetic' and JAKE- both are all Greek to me. Perps all the way. As was EXIGUOUS- I don't use it either C.C. DKNY- everything is copied in China.

So as I worked my way from NW to SE and was filling the SE from downs I filled 91A except the first letter and had _OITIS and though there was no way it would be COITIS. 'Evidently is was "not" mistaken' when I finished it with 'S' to make it SO IT IS.

Unknowns today were ELIN, ERBE, WINONA, JAKE, GNAR (gnarl?), Pinot GRIS, and everybody's favorite-EXIGUOUS.

Go way RAIN; we've had enough.

Yellowrocks said...

Fun review, fun puzzle, neat theme. Everything would be JAKE, but I accidentally skipped one cell. I left the G in IGER and the L and G in LEGS until last. Changing TWEED to TWILL gave me the L but I forgot to revisit the empty G cell. Drat! An ABC run would have found the G. I usually circle a problem area to remind me, but alas I did not. LEGS was new to me.
Does any company issue PINK SLIPs to fire someone? I often hear that someone was pink slipped, but is there an actual pink piece of paper?
I think Pee Wee Herman is creepy.
I have heard JAKE used this way quite often. I have come across EXIGUOUS before, but not very frequently.
I like Kathryn ERBE in Law and Order. She spells her first name the way I do mine.
Owen KL, all A's today. Thanks.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Garry Morse, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Got this done this morning. Went fairly easily. Getting the theme helped a lot.

Got 17D easily. ERIE. It is also Erie's lake. Of course they could not clue it that way, I believe.

Not sure what DKNY stands for. That was a tough corner, the SE.

Not sure what REVOKE means in Bridge. I do not play the game, but always wanted to. Maybe some year.

I have heard of JAKE and GNAR.

I took the Color Test and passed. I have normal color vision.

I installed ANALOG telephone equipment and digital telephone equipment. Ran the gamut.

Tried SAM I AM, but fixed that to I AM SAM.

Worked on Saturday's puzzle for 300 miles yesterday and could not get it done. Maybe later today. I have a concert to play in this afternoon. Official Visit of the Potentate.

See you tomorrow or later today.


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PK said...

DO: By subsidiary (which I couldn't spell this morning) I meant referred to census records, baptismal records, newspaper stories, etc. I have since received ads for newspaper stuff but didn't see how that would have helped what I was doing. I started doing genealogy when I was 13 and spent a summer with my grandfather and two unmarried female cousins who were founts of information. I really didn't expect to go into more research, but my daughter was so excited about giving me the gift to Ancestry, I dug into it when I had the broken foot. Was able to update records on elderly cousins I'd lost contact with. They had died and I didn't know. But it was frustrating when an obit was mentioned and I couldn't access it. I wouldn't mind spending a little more money. Mostly I've wanted to bring the births & deaths of later generations up to date.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a clever and fun offering from Garry with lots of twists and turns: had tweed/twill, Chez/Chef, stash/cache, swatch/stitch, etc. I'm familiar with Jake and copacetic and also gnar but only in cws. Never laid eyes on exiguous. Heard of Pinot Grigio yes, Gris, no, but did know legs. (I'm sure Solynter did, too!). Overall, a smooth sail on a sloppy Sunday.

Thanks, Mr. Morse, for some tricks and lots of treats and thanks, CC, for your usual folksy summation.

We had fierce thunderstorms yesterday with scary lightening that caused a power outage, lasting 4 hours. Besides having to use a lantern for light, the biggest hurdle for me was getting in and out of my recliner (electric) with the foot rest in the upright position. Talk about a contortionist! Also, the word "boredom " has taken on a whole new meaning to me.

However, my minor inconveniences pale in the light of the Gult Coast devastation and loss. Prayers to all those affected. I hope the Cornerites are all safe and sound.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-This Disney BUFF (from yesterday) had one Natick miss (LE_S/I_ER) on Garry’s very nice Sunday puzzle. IGER not ITER? SO IT IS.
-AH SO does sound racist today
-Photoshoppping is a verb now just like Xeroxing
-Brilliant actor De Niro takes some SAD (really poor) roles for a paycheck too (11% Rotten Tomatoes)
-Thousands of Delta flights didn’t TAXI this week
-Those IDOLS always seem to have feet of clay
-Fun fire sign cluing was not Aries, Leo or Sagittarius
-The Brewster sisters had a homicidal use for ARSENIC while wearing OLD LACE
-Everything’s JAKE now! (:02)
-The Red Sox SWAP of Babe Ruth to the Yankees for cash is called the worst deal ever in MLB
-Tatanka in SIOUAN
-Calling our tax system horrid is to praise with faint damnation
-Can kids even tell time with an ANALOG clock any more?
-EXEGESES yesterday and EXIGUOUS today
-My exterminator charges me $140 to kill ants. Here’s what that product SELLS FOR on Amazon.
-Gotta go warm up the voice so I don’t STINK today!

Anonymous said...

REVOKE is failure to follow suit in a card game. Most call this RENEGE, but REVOKE is the technically correct term (ask Mr. Goren).

"S/he RATES!" is a slang compliment.

I see that OK'D is misspelled again today.

Yellowrocks said...

Curiosity is what makes me tick. I didn't know LEGS, so...

Argyle said...

GNAR? That's a dog on Growl Like a Pirate Day.

Misty said...

I love you, Garry Morse! What a great Sunday puzzle this morning--one of the best since we lost Merl Reagle last summer. I almost got the whole entire thing, only like Barry G. had problems with what turned out to be IGER. But no matter, one letter goof-up is not going to take away the pleasure of solving this delightful puzzle--made even better by C.C.'s always wonderful expo. This is why I love the Corner so much--thank you both!

Irish Miss, sorry to hear about the weather, which is very worrisome. Please stay safe, everybody.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday after this great start!

desper-otto said...

PK, many of the obits that you find on Ancestry are just index records. They reference a particular film, but the film, itself, is not available to view. Census records are only available through 1940 -- they have to be 70 years old before they're made public so as not to embarrass living individuals. The standard Ancestry membership should grant you access to everything they've got in their US domestic collections.

Jerome said...

My first and last visit to an IHOP was when the young waitress handed me a senior's breakfast menu when I was 47. I told her that I really didn't want oatmeal, prune juice and a cup of fruit. I know waitstaff folk work their butts off. My mom raised five kids by herself as a waitress. But............sheesh!!!!

Super good theme. Funny, too. It's a good example of what is called a "tight" theme.
Notice, for example, all are written in the past tense.

PK said...

DO: Maybe I was expecting too much. When some of the records turned up a blank page, I thought maybe I didn't have the correct computer apps to open them. I know about census records having to be a certain age. I ordered a lot of census films through the years and read them. I have been amazed at what I found on Ancestry at times. It takes so long to amass a collection like they have. When I first went on Ancestry, I called and emailed them and got rapid responses. Then later I couldn't get them to respond. I wonder if they expanded their subscriptions past ability to service them. I suspect that I need to have a current American subscription which has expired to use the European one my daughter gave me more recently.

Irish Miss: forgive me, but I had a good chuckle over thinking about you trying to get out of your electric recliner. I have one too and suffered the same indignity when the electricity went out. In my case, I just lay back and relaxed and the lights came back on in 5 mins. But I've had some times when I wanted to rapidly get out and couldn't because the slow motor can't be rushed. My contortions then were too funny. Just trying to sit upright is a struggle.

Yellowrocks said...

GNAR evokes the all-day earworm, "Meaner than a junk yard dog," from Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown." I can just visualize the cur snapping and snarling. GNAR is not a pleasant word.
Jerome, unlike your waitress, most wait staff and cashiers are leery of suggesting the senior discount for that very reason. Many of us retirees appreciate it, but I know a few people older than 65 who resent the suggestion.
LOL. I can just picture your electric chair dilemma, PK and Irish Miss. One that frosts me (or foams me)is the water company shutting off the water in the midst of my shower or shampoo. One has to stay soapy for a few hours sometimes. The water company COULD warn us.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Being in the wine business I did know 76a and the term "LEGS". Wines with higher alcohol and lower viscosity tend to show these "rivulets" more often. A true "wine geek" will swirl their wine to allow the air to stimulate the liquid. Especially important with younger, more tannic wines (tannic = the drying or slightly puckering feeling in the mouth)

Today was a "team effort" as my other half, Ellie, did 1/2 and I finished. Nice theme and clueing

MJ said...

Greetings to all!

I really enjoyed today's offering with it's clever theme and well executed grid. Kudos to Garry Morse.

Like many others LEGS and JAKE were unknowns to me in the sense as defined, but the perps were solid.

Thanks for taking through the expo today, C.C.!

Enjoy the day!

Haldane Dawn said...

JAKE was new to me. And exiguous- who knew? Puzzle was SO MUCH FUN today and the puns all made me smile.

Lucina said...

Late to the dance today though I finished just before leaving for church, not a CHAPEL. Like Misty, I thought this puzzle was delightful and EXPERTLY constructed with thieving puns all over the grid.

I learned many words and origins today including MAROON, REVOKE (in bridge terminology), and EXIGUOUS. Knew JAKE but it's so rarely heard. Also the names of Tiger Woods' children. What held me up was filling ASTA (the film pooch)for ASTI and a dilemma with COPAES until XEROX appeared and the light bulb flashed.

DKNY is, I believe, DONNA KARAN, NEW YORK. Very pricey clothes, too.

C.C. It's interesting that taro is available at the grocery store. Here it is likely sold in specialty Asian stores, I don't know for certain.

Thank you, Garry, for today's fun and C.C. for your warm hearted approach to the commentary.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say:

Thanks for the walk-through & commentary C.C. Hummm, I think I'll pay my taxes (that's what I've been working on for two days - rental property is a PITA).

WEES - "She RATEs high with her team; they'll take the news better from her."

77d - I've heard VTOL but not STOL.

{B+ (FLN: b/f Spinal Tap we watched Peanuts the Movie :-)), A+, B, C- (breakfast-test fail dude; copa-UN-cetic :-)), B+}

Argyle - LOL. Talk Like a Pirate Day is only a month away!

Just for you YR - Leroy Brown

I've heard it (how long the swirl drops' lines are inside the glass) but I knew C. Moe would know how to 'splain wine's LEGS. Thanks Moe, though, I prefer Splynter's LEGS expo :-).

C.C. I took the quiz. It said I'm normal - guess it's an eye test and not an assessment of sanity... I was hoping for X-ray vision anyway; Oh, well.
I had an eye exam (still dealing w/ the styes) 2 wks ago and it came out 20/20. Age is catching me - it was 20/15 4 years ago :-(

Anyone see the movie "If You Could See What I Hear"? There's a scene where the main character (who's blind & white) is told by his girlfriend (Chanel No. 5) that she is black:
"You're black?, You're black? Do you know what this means?"
She looks disappointed, offended, and hurt...
"This means I'm color-blind too!"

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

I'm curious. Why does the water company shut off the water? Is that a regular occurrence and how often?

Irish Miss said...

PK and YR - If the visual of my recliner fiasco brought on a smile or a chuckle, then my exasperation wasn't in vain. Truth be told, I am not that enamored with the automatic feature because, as PK said, it's frustrating when you want to get up in a hurry to answer the door, say, but the motor moves at its own speed, slow. The main reason I bought the chair was the size and design were compatible with the size of my den and, more importantly, me; the electric feature was incidental. (My track record with recliners is suspect, though, as I have had three different brands, styles, and sizes over the last 7-8 years and I haven't been truly happy with any one of them.)

Argent said...

This was fun today and I enjoyed the theme a lot. Thank you C.C. and Garry!

JAKE is definitely streetwise slang from the American 1930s. It's not uncommon in Raymond Chandler's novels. Also, a few weeks ago TCM showed a 1932 Spencer Tracy/Joan Bennett movie called "Me and My Gal" in which several scenes of very quick banter use the word.

EXIGUOUS tripped me up, as did PINOT GRIS, and of course I wanted CHURCH for CHAPEL. I don't think I've ever encountered GNAR all by itself before - it evoked the oft-repeated "That's gnarly, dude" from the movie 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.'

OwenKL said...

Mostly WEES. After I finished the puzzle, I looked up EXIGUOUS and GNAR because I couldn't believe either was a real word! I did know LEGS and JAKE.

My dad used to say copacetic, and I always wondered what a stomach medicine had to do with things being okay. I was hearing it as Kaopectate!

Tony: what's FLN?

Anonymous T said...

OKL - Sorry, FNL == From Last Night...

LOL the misheard... Anyone else hear/think Pontius Pilate was a careful airline pilot until 10? Didn't make sense that Romans had aircraft -- though Da Vinci did some good work... timelines are meaningless to an 8 yro. more concerned w/ baseball than First Communion.

Copecetic is something I know as Groovy, Calm, and All good man.... I don't know why - maybe 'cuz Mom was a hippy and Listened to the Flower People. [Gratuitous Spinal Tap link :-)]

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Dyslexia strikes again.... "FLN" == From Last Night. -T

Yellowrocks said...

IM, sorry for having fun at your expense.
Lucina, our condos had a water main leak leading in from the township road and up my lane. We were responsible, as it was on condo property. The township water authority was fining our Assn. $$$ every day the leak continued. It took many attempts to find and then resolve the leaking. If we were individual home owners we would have, at least, had a note or a knock on our door informing us of the shutoff. The town should have informed the condo rep who would then send us emails informing us of the shutoff. We pay the same tax rate per mil as other properties here, but even though we have higher ratables than most, we receive fewer services from the township.

Jayce said...

Heckuva good job, Mr. Morse. Answers run the gamut from pretty easy and straightforward e.g. SITE and TAXIED to stuff I've never heard of before, e.g. EXIGUOUS and GNAR. Entered CHURCH before CHAPEL, ECCO before MCAN, MOANS before WAILS, SAM I AM before I AM SAM, and LAKOTA before SIOUAN. Sitting Bull's birth name was Jumping Badger (I don't know the Lakota words) and he was later named Tatanka Iyotake (Buffalo Bull Who Sits Down) by his father, Jumping Bull.

I have normal eyesight, colorwise. but am very nearsighted. My son keeps encouraging me to get IOL (Intraocular Lens) surgery; he did and is very glad he did.

Argyle, your dog comment is funny, made me laugh.

Best wishes to you all.

TX Ms said...

Anon-T @ 4:44 - Copacetic; "buzz" word in the 60's-70's. As in "no negative waves, man!" Favorite phrase of Donald Sutherland in Kelly's Heroes (1970) also starring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles and Carroll O'Connor - what a motley "crew." Loved the movie! Still say it on a rare occasion - love the sound of it. The millennials: "Like, say what?"

Anonymous T said...

TX Ms - not sure I've heard of nor seen Kelly's Heros (Is that what Hogan's Heros is based on? Wait... an AXON just fired... lonely bugger...) The movie looks fulnny .... Kelly's Heros is going into the queue just from that clip. Thank you.

Peace Out, wo/man... -T

Irish Miss said...

YR - No harm, no foul! It was a funny predicament, if somewhat restricting. 😉

Bob Niles said...

Am I the only one having trouble with the new software? It prints out so small I cab barely read the clues and can't tease the numbers at all. Not a fun experience😨

Chairman Moe said...

PT 2:

Re: Pinot GRIS - it is the grape varietal known in Italy as Pinot Grigio. It is grown in No California, too - mostly Anderson Valley AVA in Mendocino County, but its "roots" are best known from Alsace in France. Pinot pinot Grigio typically is more crisp and lean, with citric (lemon) flavor, while Pinot Gris from Alsace tends to be more sweet with tropical fruit flavors (pineapple, mango). The berry size is different, too, as are the growing conditions. A lot of Pinot Grigio is grown at higher elevation (bordering the Alps in NE Italy near Austria and Slovenia) while the Voges Mountain range is not nearly so steep in elevation. Pinot Gris from Alsace typically can outlive (in the cellar) the wines from Italy by several years. But try them all if you can. Pinot GRIS also is being grown in Oregon and the wines from there are very similar to their French counterpart.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Evening, C.C., and friends. Couldn't get to the puzzle until really late. Everything has been said. Fun theme, though.

We were out of town over the weekend, and now can't get back home due to flooding. Even if/when the interstate clears of water, we don't know if we will be able to get into our neighborhood. The telephone system has been down, so we haven't been to call friends in town to see that they are okay.

Father Time said...

Re: Incorrect date on Blog banner
Today is Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mike Sherline said...

Difficult but gratifying puzzle. Church, temple, mosque also fit in 13A, but were of course belied by the crosses; though not knowing anything about card games it was a bit of a struggle to come up w/HEARTS @ 14D.

I've only been a student pilot, but I sure knew better than to try to taxi on the runway - a good way to get run over. Or maybe getting into takeoff position from the taxiway or getting to the taxiway after landing could be considered taxiing. Dudley?

As has been said, copacetic and jake were 1920's-'30's hip, cool slang - related in my mind to zoot suits, rumble seats and raccoon coats.

Looks to me as though the color blindness test is more of an attempt to sell what looks like cheaply made glasses for $349 & up.

Pretty sure the only place I've ever seen GNAR was here, a long time ago - there was a lot of discussion about it then too, if I remember correctly.

CanadianEh! said...

Very late to the party but had to comment. Any puzzle that includes Toronto's CN Tower is great in my estimations!

Anonymous T said...

See - I knew C. Moe would know more than I. [BTW, I love a good, cold, Grigio in the summer - I'll even (Tin, look away) drop a cube of ice in it].

IM Re chair - yeah, I got a chuckle out of it too. Sorry for feeling the schadenfreude (I really have no idea how to use that in a sentence, Spitz?)

Hahtoolah - OMG. I hope all's well. Pop said his cousin lost his house in Baton Rouge (a river is 4' over flood stage). Lottsa love from Houston and God-speed to you and all our LA Cornerites (looking at yous BooL, Swamp, & Big E)

TX Ms - I paid the $4 for Kelly's Heros - only 1/8 way through before the button on my bum set everyone into high-alert and I needed to get up... I hope to finish it tonight though not likely given the hour.

Cheers, -T

Dudley said...

Mike Sherline 10:50 -

I paused at that too, thinking it was a misfit, but after reflection I figured that taxiing on a runway is common. It might be back-taxiing to get into position, or using an inactive runway just to get around, or even after landing rollout to get to the next exit.

You're right of course that it's a good way to get run over, if done improperly - the big, terrible accident at Tenerife was a collision between a taxiing ship and another one taking off, in low visibility. It had been necessary to taxi on the runway because the taxiway was clogged with parked aircraft.

Mike Sherline said...

Dudley -
Thanks for the reply. I did think of those instances while typing my post, just wasn't sure they should be called taxiing, but guess it doesn't matter. I was definitely thinking of Tenerife while filling in the answer in the puzzle, though.

Wilbur Charles said...

Way, way late again. Started and finished Monday. I SWEAR I changed to a G on IGER/LEGS. Never heard of LEGS in wine, of course.

Quick one for Splynter: In ch. 6 of his book Bill refers to "The bush league pinch-hitter". I believe he's referring to Joe Cronin who hit two game winning pinch-hit homers in both ends of a double header(1944). I always think of Six as the baseball chapter.

I Too use RENEGE and always try to spell it with a J. In my only sanctioned tournament I reneged and my partner AXED me, or should I say PINKSLIPPED me.

For you Cub's fans how about the (Ernie) Broglio for Lou Brock trade as worst of all time.

We have WAWAs all over Tampa bay now.

Finally(as if Tuesday morning for a Sunday xword isn't final enough), golf uses standing as in "We don't have to let the twosome pass through, twosomes don't have STANDING"

F2. Tiger's kid makes a xword? I knew ELIN but was still ASEA there.

The G(reat) U(n)R(ead) signing out. Finally!!!

skagitman said...

As for JAKE, I think it was in The Sting (1974) that Robert Redford's character assured Paul Newman's that everything was "jake," and the context clearly meant "okay" or "under control." That was the first and only time, some 40 years ago, that I ever heard or saw that expression, and I remember then making a mental note of it. Then, mysteriously, it immediately came to mind when I came to 87 across and I wrote it in before I had begun to look at the crossing verticals. I wish it always worked that way!

Argyle said...

Husker Gary has that very same Jake link @10:19AM.

Anonymous said...

How is "sell for" a synonym for "bring on the market"? "Introduce" would be correct. "Add to product line" would do it. But "sell for"? No. "Price" would have been a proper clue.