Sep 29, 2016

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski

Theme: Kitchen Crises - there are legumes cascading all over the grid.

Six types of spilling beans picked out by the circles - PINTO, BUTTER, GREEN, WHITE, SOYA and BLACK are all present and correct and hinted at by grid-spanning reveal across the center.

Tricky little puzzle, this one from Bruce and Gail. The four corners took some unpicking - the southwest caused me the most problems. I liked how the beans were all "spilling" down the puzzle. The fill was tight and clean, just a couple of entries made me wince a little, but that's probably reasonable for a 78 word puzzle. Let's see what jumps out:


1. "La Vie en Rose" singer : PIAF. Splendid excuse for some gravelly soundtrack from the chanteuse.

5. Ashtray array : BUTTS

10. Interest greatly : GRAB

14. "There __ joy in Mudville ... " : IS NO. From the splendid Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

15. Livid : IRATE

16. Cambodian currency : RIEL. A couple of repeats from yesterday - this and ARIA at 64A

17. Lump : CLOT

18. Hasbro soldier : GI JOE

19. Raison d'__ : ÊTRE

20. Lake Michigan port : KENOSHA

22. Dietary need : PROTEIN

24. TriBeCa neighbor : SOHO. The "Triangle Below Canal Street" and "South of Houston" neighborhoods in Manhattan.

26. Backspaced over : ERASED

27. 1974 hit with a Spanish title meaning "You are" : ERES TU

31. Jedi Council VIP : YODA. For the Star Wars fans:

33. VCR successor : TIVO

34. Brief meeting? : SESS. Not my favorite fill today. It's legal, just not very elegant.

36. Army rank above maj. : LT.COL

41. Told ... and a hint to this puzzle's six sets of circles : SPILLED THE BEANS

44. Ivy League sch. : YALE U.

45. "Rebel Without a Cause" star James : DEAN

46. Where a retriever may be retrieved: Abbr. : SPCA. Adopting a mutt from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

47. Blacken : CHAR

49. Prepare : GET SET

51. Kansas motto word : ASPERA. Ad Astra Per Aspera. "Though hardships to the stars". Kurt Vonnegut used it as the motto of the Martian Imperial Commandos in The Sirens of Titan.

55. Omit : SKIP

57. "Moby-Dick" crew : WHALERS. This got me started in this corner. I didn't see the blindingly-obvious ARIA for quite some time.

59. Made possible : ENABLED

64. Italian air : ARIA

65. Cumberland Gap explorer : BOONE

67. Hall of Fame linebacker Junior : SEAU

68. Copper that's mostly zinc : CENT

69. Corned beef __ : ON RYE. Food! I started another batch of corned beef yesterday. Only 17 more days to go!

70. Not fem. : MASC

71. __-Ball : SKEE. I didn't know this thing actually had a name, I just thought it was "that game at Chuck-E-Cheese".

72. Construction rod : REBAR

73. Long haul : TREK


1. Draft item often traded : PICK

2. Vacation destination : ISLE

3. Erelong : ANON

4. Snap, commercially : FOTO

5. Michigan Stadium nickname, with "The" : BIG HOUSE. The largest stadium in the country with a capacity of just under 110,000

6. Heep of trouble? : URIAH

7. __ Mahal : TAJ. Big marble mausoleum in Agra, India, but more importantly a pretty great Indian restaurant on Ventura Boulevard up the road from me in Encino. Here's their famous Chicken Tikka Masala:

8. Camaro roof option : T-TOP

9. What 15-Across people do : SEE RED

10. Former Fox News anchor Van Susteren : GRETA

11. Ceremonies : RITES

12. Where eagles hatch : AERIE

13. Some of this and some of that : BLEND

21. JFK-to-Heathrow flier, once : SST. Because "Concorde" doesn't fit. By far the noisiest plane that came over my house in London on the way to landing at Heathrow.

23. Dental care name : ORAL B

25. Seafood found in beds : OYSTERS

27. Website for handmade art : ETSY

28. Electrolux spokeswoman Kelly : RIPA

29. Pernicious : EVIL

30. Something underfoot : SOLE

32. DOL division : OSHA

35. Scandinavian literary work : EDDA. Here's the first verse of Sæmund's Edda. Seems to be sensible advice:

1. At every door-way,
ere one enters,
one should spy round,
one should pry round
for uncertain is the witting
that there be no foeman sitting,
within, before one on the floor.

37. Try out : TEST

38. Toy gun ammo : CAPS

39. Almost never : ONCE

40. Six-part undergrad exam : LSAT

42. Money : LUCRE. Is lucre always filthy? I've never seen a quanity of lucre described as "sparkling".

43. Tech graduate : ENGINEER

48. Abet, in a way : HARBOR

50. Grime-fighting org. : E.P.A. Nice clue - Environmental Protection Agency

51. Spy plane acronym : AWACS Airborne Warning And Control System. I'm not really sure this is a spy plane, just a method of extending your radar detection capability.

52. Toondom ogre : SHREK

53. "Common Sense" writer : PAINE. Crosses. Thomas Paine's 1775 pamphlet advocating independence from Great Britain. Smart cookie, that guy.

54. Give a big lift : ELATE

56. Uganda neighbor : KENYA

58. 40-decibel unit : SONE. Strictly speaking, it's equal to 40 phons, not decibels, but the distinction is minor so I won't stir up trouble.

60. Realty ad abbr. : BSMT. My "uggh" fill of the day. Personally, I'd have tried to fill this section differently to avoid it.

61. "I am a very foolish fond old man" speaker : LEAR. King Lear, Act 4 Sc vii. Crosses filled this in for me, then I was thinking it might refer to Edward, master of the nonsense verse.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon. 

From The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

62. Comfort : EASE

63. "Fore!" : DUCK! One of my golfing buddies once hit a screamer of a drive that didn't get two inches off the ground - it hit one of the ladies' tee markers and came back at us so fast that no-one had a chance to do anything except dive for cover.

66. Sun or moon : ORB

That's about it from me. As Yoda would say: "A wrap, it is". Heeere's the grid.



PK said...

Hi Y'all! No circles. Tried to get into the blog LAT site again to no avail. So I missed the whole BEAN bag. That's okay it seemed easier to me than some of Bruce's & Gail's Thurday offerings and was fun.

Didn't know KENOSHA, BIG HOUSE, ERESTU, SESS, SEAU but they perped okay. The BIG HOUSE capacity blows my mind. 110,000 people? Where do they all park? How do you find your car afterward? Small town girls want to know. And man, think of the bathroom lines!

My USAF son has an ENGINEER degree and piloted AWACS before retiring.

PK said...

OOPS! Thanks, Steve, you always peak my interest. How do you start a corned beef?

fermatprime said...


Thanks to Bruce, Gail and Steve!

Had a nice swim today! (Can't wait for friend Chris to return. A few more weeks I guess. Swimming alone is pretty boring, even with classical music playing. Less so today with Brahms's first.

Didn't know SEAU. Otherwise OK.

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

Took a while, but eventually FIR! Actually, that goes without saying. At my level, Sun thru Thur I nearly always get, tho probably a lot slower than many others of you. It's only Fri & Sat that defeat me, and only half of the time.

I've been meaning for a long time to say thanks to SwampCat, Misty, Irish Miss, et alia for commenting on my little stories in AABBA, and especially unclefred and Tony for grading them! That reassures me that someone is reading my verses, whether A, C, or F! When I was a kid, one of the plethora of things I wanted to be was a novelist. But I never got beyond a few short stories in small-press magazines. I just never had the patience to sit down and write anything longer. I guess my forte is the infra-short story.

That Yoda pic took me a minute to parse Once Only You Live in Yoda-talk!

OwenKL said...

{B+, C+, B, B+.}

There ONCE was a gourmet from KENOSHA
Who wanted a taste of ambrosia.
But the food of the gods
Is reserved just for snobs,
And you can't be a snob in KENOSHA!

The debate was over what to call equine mutts.
"They are donkeys!" "But mules!" "But just queer-odd-DUCKS!"
Then one with more sass sez
"I'll prove you're all asses!"
And head-rammed the rest out the door on their BUTTS!

About the coffee BLEND served in canteens.
"The JOE's called Arab roast,
And it's better than most!
They use real Arabs for lots of PROTEINS!"

There was ONCE a gourmand in KENOSHA
Who wanted to dine with Jehovah.
But building a ziggurat,
He couldn't configure at
A design with approval from OSHA!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Loved the theme, and the spilling shape built into the grid. Nice work, Gail and Bruce!

It'll be interesting to see whether Barry G. logs on today, since the circles are so important to the theme.

Morning, Steve, I've never been to an upscale Indian restaurant but would like to try a good one. Around here Indian food seems to be more expensive than other styles.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Steve and friends. This was a easy Thursday level puzzle, but I found it very enjoyable.

I especially liked Grime-Fighting Org = EPA

Something Under Foot = SOLE was another laugh-out-loud clue and answer.

Finally, the humidity is down and we are experiencing comfortable weather.

QOD: Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water. ~ Miguel de Cervantes (Sept. 29, 1547 ~ Apr. 23, 1616)

unclefred said...

Managed to get 're done, a bit more time than usual. Fun CW, thanx, Bruce and Gail! Terrific write-up, thanx, Steve! Thanx for the grins, as always, Owen! B, B+, C, B.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

It's fitting that Steve should get to blog this food-themed puzzle. Saw the first three circled words but didn't get the relationship until the reveal. Even so, I forgot to look at the three down south until the puzzle was complete, so they didn't help with the solve. Quick one, nevertheless. Thanx, Bruce, Gail and Steve.

RIEL, Rial, Riyal -- handy cw fill, just pick the country that matches the spelling for your clue.

Tried BDRS before BSMT elbowed its way in. Nobody has a basement around here -- water table's too high.

DW doesn't care for the SPCA, but she does volunteer with "Wags to Whiskers," catching strays, getting 'em "fixed," and then finding a permanent home for them.

Hungry Mother said...

Had a bit of a problem with the NW, but my Better Half bailed me out with PIAF. She and I are a pretty good solving team and have done a bunch of puzzles on the road, but she usually takes no interest when we're not in a vehicle. Her background is in English and French and mine is in Mathematics and Computer Science, so we can cover a lot of areas together.

billocohoes said...

Always liked that hard-hitting linebacker Junior's last name is pronounced "Say OW'"

Figuring out Yoda's OOYL took a second

TTP said...

I always like Bruce and Gail's puzzles, but let me pinch hit for Barry. I didn't have circles.

Got the theme reveal very early, and probably should have opened the puzzle at the LA Times website to see those circles. As I moved to the next clue, had a background thought that I would try to find them without circles. Should be easy to find navy, lima, kidney...

I'll say right off the bat that I did not like the clue lump for CLOT. If I read lump, I'm thinking mass (lump in the breast), or chunk (lump of coal), or clod (clod of dirt). So when the clue is lump and the first three letters are CLO, I'm entering a D. I'm sure Rich wouldn't let clot pass if it wasn't correct. Note to self: Lump can also meant clot. I still don't like it and feel cheated. OK, cheated is too strong. Disappointed. OK, I'm over it.

So I earned a FIW today...

Should have considered that snap is slang for snapshot and FOTO is ad-speak slang for photograph. That would have given me the F. Then maybe I would have seen FOTO and patted myself on the back for getting CLOT... Couldn't recall PIAF. The name has been in the LA Times crosswords dozens of times, but it never came to mind. Got stuck on thinking of PIA Z.

Then there was ASPERA. Maybe 5 prior appearances in the LA Times. Got it through perps. That corner was a bit crunchy. For some nonsensical reason, perhaps based on having --A-ERS in place, wanted to put in AHABERS for "Moby-Dick crew."

The clue for GRAB was probably changed by Rich to make it a little more Thursday level.

As sung by Mingo:
With an eye like an eagle and as tall as a mountain was he.
He was brave, he was fearless and as tough as a mighty oak tree.

Husker Gary said...

-A fun puzzle and gimmick and perhaps Steve has “visions of recipes” dancing in his head as he makes his always great review
-This FOTO facility has gone the way of the phone booth
-CLOD/CLOT blocked PINTO for a while
-The absence of ashtrays today is a wonderful thing
-A different baseball city where there will be no joy this year
-The Dr. took me off anti-clotting aspirin for my operation
-If your raison d'__ : ÊTRE is Justin Bieber…
-A backspace/strike over got you an “F” in my HS typing class
-LT. COL. Henry Blake made us all laugh
-For good or ill, he SKIPS niceties and gets right to the point
-Score a penny, put it in acid and after the zinc is eaten up you have the 2.5% of copper left (:25)
-Best Buy sanitation rules prevented me from TESTING some Bluetooth headphones in the store. I hated them and they went back the next day.
-If you live near SAC south of Omaha, an AWACS is a common sight
-Realtors don’t say BSMT apartment, they say “garden level”

Tinbeni said...

Bruce & Gail: Thank You both for a FUN Thursday puzzle. Enjoyed the theme!

Steve: Good Job on the write-up.

Husker; the Tampa Bay Rays got out of the baseball playoffs by the All-Star break.
My fave, the NY Yankees will be eliminated with another loss or Orioles win.

I'll still watch the Playoffs ... Rooting for my favorite NL team the CUBS.

Can't say I've ever seen a Realty ad with BSMT abbr. here in Florida.
Geez, you live on a sand-bar and basements never became popular, go figure, LOL

Well the FALL weather is here ... It got down "all-the-way" to 73 degrees this morning.


kazie said...

Finally got most of it with WAGs, except Skee, Seau and Paine, where the capitals indicate guesses that misfired. I thought the motto might be AD ASTERA--to the stars. There was definitely too much specific knowledge required for me to have done any better, but the theme was fun!

Avg Joe said...

An enjoyable outing today. Had the circles since they fixed the new and improved LAT site to print them after a couple of omissions right after the switch. Saw that the 2nd and 3rd ones were types of beans, but can't say it really helped with the solve. Had numerous trouble spots, but it all worked out in the end.

Despite being seriously land-locked, I've seen a Concorde twice. Once in Denver in the late 70's and once in Omaha in the early 80's when Willie Theisen had a party for his friends and brought the Concorde in for a breakfast trip to Paris (IIRC). Neither time was at full speed, obviously. I've also seen AWACS flying over my house since they fly up from Offut and do touch and go's at Lincoln on occasion.

Thanks for the puzzle Bruce and Gail, and thanks for the writeup Steve. Glad you got your rations in.

tawnya said...

Morning all!

Brilliant puzzle today! No circles on the Mensa site, but when I saw the reveal clue I opened it somewhere else so I could see them. Very impressive! Got hung up on a few things, but was able to make my way through it. Definitely got all the beans figured out.

Thank you Steve for your enjoyable write up. I had a tikka masala pasty from a food truck for lunch the other day and it was amazing. My first pasty and I'm hooked - it's like a pot pie to go! The food truck, by the way, is named "London Calling." Not sure how many people know it's one of the best albums ever, here's the title song.

Can't let a Casey at Bat reference go without thinking of Put Me in Coach. I remember this video from growing up but haven't watched it in forever - it's entirely clips from 30s-50s baseball. Enjoy!

And, lastly, BUTTS always makes me think of Bart Simpson and Moe...

Happy Thursday!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Gail and Bruce have done it again! Clever theme, fresh cluing and fill, good execution and an enjoyable and satisfying solve! What more could we ask for on such a glorious Fall morning? (IIRC, wax beans were anathema to either DO or HG, but I love them.) Fav clue was for the EPA. (Could Washington survive without acronyms, I wonder.)

Thanks, G and B, for a Thursday treat and thanks, Steve, for the commentary. Your "corn-ing the beef" endeavor reminds me of the long ago butcher shop that had a huge crock full of corned beef right out in the open so a customer could choose the perfect piece. What "passes" for corned beef in the supermarket is now $6.00 per pound.

TTP, I chucked at your "Ahabers" but it makes sense, especially in crossword land.

Chickie from last night-Nice to hear from you.

Have a great day.

Steve said...

@PK - it's a brining process for the brisket - 10 days in a wet brine, 7 in a dry rub then it's ready to cook - as is for corned beef, or rubbed again and smoked for pastrami. I usually do half-and-half.

@tawnya - I've still got the original vinyl album of London Calling; it's on my all-time-best list. I moved to London in 1976 just when the punk thing was taking off. I lived near an old train shed in Camden Town called "The Roundhouse" which had been converted into a live music venue and I saw them play there in one of their early gigs. Happy days!

Lucina said...

Even before filling the puzzle, I enjoyed the visual appearance of the spilled beans. Thank you, Gail and Bruce! Once the NW corner was done and PINTO appeared, it set the theme for me and I waited on the others.

Perps helped with BIGHOUSE, KENOSHA, ASPERA and AWACS. I took the latter on faith and patted myself for recalling Junior SEAU and spelling it!

Like Hahtoolah, I thought the clues for EPA and SOLE were fun.

Thank you, Steve, for revealing the pot of BEANS and all the side dishes.

Have a great day, everyone!

C6D6 Peg said...

Nice puzzle and theme. Cudos to Bruce & Gail for another fine outing! Got the theme after PINTO showed up after GREEN, and smooth sailing for the rest.

Thanks, Steve, for another great write-up. I agree with D-O that this was the perfect puzzle for you with all the "FOOD!" in it.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Circled puzzles aren't my fav, but this one made such a nice visual pun. Kudos to Bruce and Gail.

A TAD on the easy side for a Thus. SW corner was the last to fall.

Tigers still have an outside chance. They won a rain delayed and then shortened game against CLE last night, and have another today, weather permitting. That's a big question mark. Then the final 3 at Atlanta, who have been surprisingly red hot this month. Baseball - go figure.

Very wet and gloomy here this week, and will remain so through the week end.

Cool [and damp] regards!

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks for the fun Gail and Bruce, and Steve. Like others, I started on Mensa and moved to LA Times when I saw the clue referring to circles. We'll complain for Barry. LOL.

I smiled when I saw the bean theme. DH has picked over 130 pints of green and yellow beans this summer; the green beans are still picking. We joke that the neighbours are "full of beans" as we share the wealth.

2013 NHL Winter Classic was played at The Big House! 2017 game is in Toronto at BMO Stadium.

We travelled around the world today with a Latin motto, Spanish song title, French PIAF, Indian TAJ Mahal, Cambodian RIEL, Scandinavian EDDA, Uganda and KENYA (safari memories!) and a ride from JFK to Heathrow in SST.

Bill G. said...

Another enjoyable LAT puzzle. Thanks Bruce, Gail, Rich, Steve, et al.

I love the WWII era; its fashions, its music...

Hoboken, a Delaware Indian name meaning "Land of the tobacco pipe." It always reminds me of Jack Benny's hometown, Waukegan, Illinois. And then there's Anaheim, Azusa and Cu...camonga! (Is that called stream of consciousness?)

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Figured we were spilling or pouring something with the trend of each set of circles. Fun filling the circles but they were not needed for the solve. Remembered ASPERA from sometime back. Agree with Steve about AWACS. Touted as a command and control platform. Perps were ample, anyway.

Have a great day.

Jayce said...

Loved the theme, visually and semantically. Well done, Bruce and Gail! Some things I flat out didn't know, but got them from perps, which is the way it should be later in the week, no? I agree 100% with what TTP said about lump and CLOT. AHABERS -- wonderful!

We have AWACS planes fly over us often, but not as much when Moffet Field was a Naval Air Station. I think they fly in and out of Alameda now. The aircraft here are propeller driven, not jet. I think they're called P4 Orions.

Isn't Hoboken where Frank Sinatra was born? There was a terrible train crash there today.

Like Hahtoolah and Lucina, I thought the clues for EPA and SOLE were fun.

Beast washes to you all.

Unknown said...

I was LIVID when AWACS was the answer for a spy plane. As a radar engineer that worked on the original proposal it was more like a flying Air Traffic Control system than anything else. Of course with today's sensors anything that flies can spy !

More importantly AOL search is returning some "pernicious" websites for LA Times Crossword Corner. Be careful if you are as old as I am and never changed your home page from the 90's !

O.N. Cale said...

The Corner - you always amaze me
The way that you constantly praise me
Can't write worth a whit
And rhyme? Not a bit
Yet you make me feel like Scorsese!

Misty said...

I'm so thankful I have LA Times circles in my puzzles, because those SPILLED BEANS this morning were among the most delightful I've ever seen! Many thanks, Bruce and Gail!

I was so nervous about whether I was going to get this one because I wasn't sure if the cross of SONE and REBAR was going to be correct. It was--Yay! But then, the let down: I guessed MBMT and BEAU, and sadly that turned out to be wrong. Hasn't been my best week--but I still loved this puzzle.

As Owen knows, I love verses and I loved all your verses this morning, Steve. This is the first time I've ever seen lines from the EDDA. And then your LEAR lines made me wonder: just exactly what is a "runcible spoon"?

Have a great day, everybody!

Bgi Easy said...

I don't want to STRING this out before I fix my wife's COFFEE, but for supper last night I thawed some frozen LIMA 'beans', seasoned with pickled pork , smoked sausage, and andouille sausage. Ok, that enough. Will rising 'tides' be next? NEAP, EBB, SPRING, TSUNAMI.

I don't think I would have completed the puzzle without the theme clue, which I had mostly completed by perps. PIAF was a complete unknown that looks like a rice dish missing a letter. I knew of KENOSHA, WI but didn't know it was on Lake Michigan, and the NW would not have been filled without the BEANs falling from left to right. And speaking of Michigan I thought the BIG HOUSE (also an unknown) referred to the main state prison of every state.

SESS & BSMT- I agree with you Steve. No basements in flat South Louisiana; you hit water.
Learned RIEL from a puzzle a few days ago. RIPA and APERA were perped.

TTP- I agree with you on the CLOT clue.
DUCK- I once hit a screamer that hit a DUCK about 50 yards off the tee. One of my foursome asked me if I had a hunting license. I didn't but the crows quickly took care of the evidence.
AWACS is not a spy plane; it's an airborne radar used to supply other friendly fighter planes information about enemy planes.

AnonymousPVX said...

Nice construction, a very clever grid.

I accept SESS and no problem with BSMT.

BUT I have to draw the line at YALEU. I grew up in New Haven, and it's YALE. Yale University is the full name. NO ONE I have ever met or spoken to calls it Yale U. No one. I guess BROWNU is next? How about HARVARDU?

Ol' Man Keith said...

The reference to King Lear's line at 61-D reminds me of my favorite scene in the play. It is not typical of the loud, commanding Lear or the crazed, explosive Lear; it is instead the act 4 turning point of the play. He is speaking to Cordelia after her army has rescued him from her vile sisters' abuses. He is just waking from a comatose sleep, unsure where he is, but beginning to recognize her - and her goodness.

I spent three grad years at Yale, so agree in part with AnonymousPVX. Yet, this being a Xwd, and the clue being quite fair in giving us "sch." as an abbreviation, how else can one abbreviate YALE? I came from across the country to attend Yale, and I recall referring to its full title as "Yale University" a few times among friends. I took to adding "University" after I overheard my sister bragging to friends on the phone that I was going to Yale. "No, silly," I heard her say, "not to JAIL, to YALE!"

Jayce said...

I agree with AnonymousPVX about Yale. I lived for a while in New Haven while attending Yale and had never heard called or referred to as "Yale U." (By the way, I lived for a while on William Street, south of State, and then on Lynwood Place, between Park and Howe Streets. Fun times, especially up the hill at East Rock Park.)

Ol' Man Keith said...


I lived at 99 Howe my first year at Yale, right around the corner from your Lynwood address. My wife was on Dwight. We next moved together to Sylvan and spent our third year on Elm Street.
When I came back to teach in the late 70s, we lived on East Rock Rd.
In my student days, we used to eat at the Duchess Diner. It was on Chapel St., I believe, or one block over. Cheap diner fare, but a real treat for poor students. Was it around in your day?

Good times...

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I got frustrated today and put the clipboard down. After lunch I took another look, got ARIA (and a forehead slap), and quickly finished up. Had to erase CLOd and PAyNE, but got everything else from perps or the theme. Didn't know PIAF, ASPERA, BIG HOUSE, or RIPA (in the context of Electrolux). Sorta knew ETRE, KENOSHA and ERES TU. Eres Tu was a little before my time. A marketing class in my MBA track used Electrolux as an example of how changes in language usage affects advertising. Their motto used to be "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux!".

I used to race sailboats in a bay next to the runway at the world's largest navy base. THE E2 Hawkeye is the carrier-based AWACS plane. They look awkward, but I hear they fly just fine. The big radome actually provides a lot of extra lift. The P3 Orion has what looks like a stinger extending out the back. The Orion is a submarine hunter.

Fun puzzle today after I got on track. Thanks Bruce and Gail for another challenging grid and to Steve for a fine write up

Jayce said...


I was there in the early 60's and it is where I proposed to my wife; we married in 1965. She worked at that time as a waitress at a joint called Gogie's, which is probably long gone. I recall a couple of my favorite places to eat, but I can't remember their names. Looking at the map, I would say the three places are now called Louie's Lunch, on Crown Street, Box 63 American Bar and Grill, at the corner of Park and Elm, and Sitar, on the corner of Grove and Orange, which, now that I think of it, was called Sidney's, or something like it, back then. Man oh man it was a total greasy spoon, but very affordable (aka cheap) and actually reasonably nutritious. I enjoyed Sid's Hungarian goulash and ordered it so often and so regularly that it became known as "the usual." Deep in the back of my mind I think I enjoyed many weekends at Savin Rock, too, but I don't remember very clearly. Sorry I don't recall a Duchess Diner, but I'm sure I would have liked it.

Hahtoolah said...

I, too, scratched my head at YALE U. (funny sorry, though, about Jail vs. Yale ). I, too, lived in new haven for a short period. My hubby had a post-doc there. I can't remember the name of the street, but we lived across from a little mom and pop grocery store.

Martin S. said...

Don't EVER compare me with that hack again.
And it's pronounced Scor-SESS-ee, not Scor-SAY-zee.
Yeesh! You're as bad as he is. Go figure.

Ol' Man Keith said...

We probably overlapped. My years as a student were '61 through spring '64. I met my wife in the Drama School; we married and our first son was born while we lived on Sylvan in the shadow of what was then Grace-New Haven hospital. We were such regulars at the Duchess that we didn't try many others. They had a high chair always ready when they saw us coming - and once we propped Jeremy up with his seat belt in place, he would actually stay nicely quiet throughout our meal, entertained by playing with peas, rolling them around on his metal tray.
The Cuban Missle Crisis was the big deal while I was a student. I kept the campus selective service office busy as my San Francisco Draft board kept trying to get me to report back home despite my deferment.
Do you remember Kennedy coming through town? Must've been around '62. His motorcade swept by me with the top open on his car. I recall how orange his face was, and I also wondered that he was so exposed to a potential shooter!

Avg Joe said...

Orange face? (Snort, giggle) Same as it Ever Was

Martin: (Snort giggle tehee)

It's very interesting to hear about these near misses from past lives. It's a small world indeed.

Jayce said...

Last post for today ... Yay! Wahoo! Our son just got a "firm" offer for a job in the area he's been seeking for the last 4 years! We are so happy we are about to explode! It'll mean he and his family moving from Tempe to San Diego, but he's good with that. He'll sell his business in Scottsdale.

More about the early 60's tomorrow. G'night all!

Pat said...

Thanks, Gail and Bruce, for the fun puzzle. I finally finished one of your late-week offerings!!! Great write-up Steve!

DH and I were at the out-patient surgery center for his second cataract surgery at 6:30 am. We got home around 8:45 and everything is going well. At 12:30 our power went out. It came back on at 7:30 so I haven't time to read the member posts. I look forward to reading them later.

I hope everyone has had a great day!


Wilbur Charles said...

I never 'got' ARIA until in here. And I'm in here and it's still Thursday. I got the beans which helped with PINTO and CLOT.

Did anyone ever do a "Casey"? I did a "Grogan at the helm" after the Patriots won in Miami to clinch the '86 AFC East.

This is the 30th anniversary. But I can't find it. Owen, there's an idea for you.

Btw, you forgot one of your bug admirers but I never get in here until the next day. I marvel at the creativity.

Now to view that 50s baseball Clip

Oh. Great puzzle and write-up.

Picard said...

I managed to get the puzzle with circles here but the very first circle was missing!

As a result, PINTO became INTO and I could not figure out the pattern until I was completely finished!

Very clever construction! Must have been a challenge!