Oct 21, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016, Chuck Deodene

Title: Chuck you are driving me crazy!

After more than four years, Chuck D. is back. LINK I recalled the name, but had to go to the archives to look over the puzzle I had blogged of his. I hope he stops by - he had 38 NYT puzzles published by 2012 and 3 LAT but nothing in either place since until today. This effort is a variation of the 'one word' as the clue for all theme answers, but here the word not only is used if 4 different meanings, but modified. I had a hard time getting the rhythm of this puzzle, though the fill was overall not too challenging, with no non-theme fill longer than 6 letters. With Cattle Drive and Blood Drive showing one view and the other three places where there are drives it seemed choppy. I saw a mini-theme of drinking, but that was just me. There was some nice wit in the cluing, so I look forward to hearing from you all also today.

17A. Place to take a 36-Down : EXPRESSWAY (10). Here we have the place where we drive vehicles.

25A. Place to run a 36-Down : CATTLE RANCH (11). You gather up the cows and head to Kansas City on your cattle drive.

37A. Place to install a 36-Down : DESKTOP COMPUTER (15). The office server has about 10 drives, we use mostly g and h.

47A. Place to hold a 36-Down : BLOOD MOBILE (11). They park outside the movie theater here for their blood drive.

57A. Place to hit a 36-Down : GOLF COURSE (10). With HG, Big Easy, Moe and other of our golfing group, hitting one long straight drive per round keeps them going back.
And the reveal:

36D. Theme of this puzzle : DRIVE (5). How direct is that for a reveal, but  is it?


1. Deceptive operation : STING. Immediate clecho 10A. Deceptive distortion : SPIN.

6. Work with a number : OPUS. I always have like this piece by Chopin. My THOUGHT.

14. Indulge : HUMOR. Nice Friday clue, as we all have humored our spouses or children or even parents at one time in our lives.

15. Probe-launching org. : NASA. CSO to HG.

16. Words often after a number : OR SO. This took me 10 minutes or so to complete.

19. Attire : WEAR.

20. Euripides drama : MEDEA. CSO to me as Jason played a large part in this Tragedy - just not a nice part.

21. Cook books, say : CHEAT. Many businesses do keep different sets of books, cash accounting, GAAP accounting and regulatory accounting, Way beyond me.

22. Venomous reptile : ASP. Cleopatra another tragic figure.

28. Horror film reaction : SHRIEK.

30. Way out : EXIT. Literal.

31. __ Throne: "Game of Thrones" monarchy : IRON. Wonderful fun. LINK.

32. They may span decades : SAGAS. The first one I heard of was THIS.

34. Tack on : ADD.

41. Pasture parent : EWE. I like the alliteration. Ma maa.

42. Members of an exclusive league : IVIES. Hmm- 53A. One percent, so to speak : ELITE.

43. Pasta choice : ZITI. Probably time for a refresher on the many shapes of PASTA.

44. Lack of focus : BLUR. My eye doctor says I am blessed with blurred vision recognition.

45. See 12-Down : ASIMOV. 12D. With 45-Across, "The Bicentennial Man" author : ISAAC. While an interesting book (which is only slightly related to the Robin Williams movie version) this was one in his robot series. He is the most impressive AUTHOR I have read because of hs facility in so many fields.

52. PC file extension : EXE.  An executable file for DOS

54. Lead-in to a drink? : I NEED.

56. Fund-raiser, perhaps : GALA. Lots of drinking there usually.

62. "Totally!" : AMEN. From Moses to Mos Def.

63. Brink : EDGE.

64. Mill output : FLOUR. Steel anyone?

65. Not : NARY.

66. Wolfish look : LEER. Splynter?

67. Neighborhood posting : FLYER.


1. "__ Hate Me": Spike Lee film : SHE. Worth watching.

2. Prom duds : TUX.

3. Devil : IMP.

4. Social convention : NORM. I knew he was social but an entire convention?

5. Country bordering three seas : GREECE. Extra credit if you can name all three.

6. Kickoff : ONSET. 46D. Wave to from the dock : SEE OFF.

7. Grab for clumsily : PAW AT.

8. "Royal Pains" network : USA.

9. Declare : SAY.

10. "Well, whoop-de-do" : SO WHAT.

11. Get duded up : PREEN.

13. Up __ : NORTH. So random, but "YOURS" seemed impolite.

18. Deadwood's state: Abbr. : SDAK.

21. Like new bills : CRISP.

22. Out of the way : ASIDE.

23. Nag : SHREW.

24. Essay makeup : PROSE.

26. Locking blocks : LEGOS. Anyone been?
27. End-of-term ordeal : EXAM.

29. Letterpress need : INK.

32. VP after Hubert : SPIRO. He resigned just over 43 years ago. In cas you forgot....

33. Expert : ACE.

34. Fairy-tale intro words : A TIME. The dreaded partial?

35. Do a juice cleanse, say : DETOX.

38. El Niño feature : TILDE. Nicely disguised.

39. Female gamete : OVUM.

40. Action film weapon : UZI.

44. Mendel's science : BOTANY.
An analysis of genetic crosses depends upon an understanding of Mendel's two laws: The principle of segregation (First Law): The two members of a gene pair (alleles) segregate (separate) from each other in the formation of gametes. Half the gametes carry one allele, and the other half carry the other allele. His seeds were seeds.

45. Novelist Waugh : ALEC. Most famous as Evelyn's brother. Tin, he also said, "I am prepared to believe that a dry martini slightly impairs the palate, but think what it does for the soul."

47. Initiated : BEGAN.

48. Andean transport : LLAMA.

49. Edmonton NHL player : OILER. Splynter?

50. Hull region : BILGE. This TERM has been around 500 years.

51. Deduce : INFER. Nero Wolfe used to get apoplectic about those who misused this WORD.

55. Sigh-inducing : DULL.

57. Holder of locks : GEL. hair, silly.

58. Shelley work : ODE. For the season - the first stanza of Ode To The West Wind
O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being,
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,

59. Scheider of "Jaws" : ROY. He had a long and successful CAREER.

60. Seek payback, maybe : SUE. The law is the only field where one professional creates business for another.

61. Fumble, e.g. : ERR. is human, to forgive divine. Not in Cleveland.

Well hopefully I did not fumble the ball in discussing this Friday frolic. Welcome back Chuck. Lemonade out.


fermatprime said...


Thanks to Chuck and Lemon!

No problems. Didn't know IRON, but that was about it. Friendly puzzle!

A mini hot spell here!

Have a great day!

mesewprettyoneday said...

Yep, this WAS "friendly." I was amazed at how quickly I got through it, for a Friday...(Yay, me!)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Shot myself in the foot in the NE with SKEW and GARB. Things looked bleak until ASIMOV showed up at 45a, and ISAAC showed me the error of my ways.

Remember this song by Shirley Ellis? Somebody would inevitably shout, "Let's do Chuck!"

Asimov took a course on the Bible while in college. The professor's final exam was always the same: Compare and contrast the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament. Isaac was prepared. When exam day came, he was shocked to see a new topic: Compare and contrast the major and minor kings of the Old Testament. He began his essay, "It's very difficult to compare the major and minor Old Testament kings, but so far as the major and minor prophets are concerned...." He got an A in the course.

desper-otto said...

Lemon, forgot to mention, you were in top form this morning. Your leering photo didn't show up, though.

OwenKL said...

There once was a teenage EXPRESSWAY
Who decided to whet his whistle one day.
He bribed an old sot
Who, to buy him a tot,
Told the bartender, "I'll have one for the road-way!"

The LLAMA said to the SHREW,
"If I were as little as you
They'd not make me pack
So much stuff on my back,
I hope there's a god I can SUE!"

The SHREW replied to the LLAMA
"You'd not like my life full of drama!
Every fox, hawk, or cat
Wants me for a snack,
Without thought what I'll do to their karma!"

Big Easy said...

Slow start and the North was a sea of white with only S DAK, IMP, and OPUS filled (but not NORTH). Was thinking NTSB and SETI before NASA came around and only finished that area at the end. I luckiy got DRIVE from the crosses and the perps filled 'TOP COMPU' and I guessed the rest. The DRIVE fill broke the puzzle open. I really don't like this type of puzzle because it's very hard until you get that one word and then it's too easy.

The movie and TV clues are always hard for me, making the IRON Throne, SHE Hates Me, and USA fills strictly from perps. Some bad starts were A LIST, GARB, and DUN before ELITE, WEAR and SUE. The 'Juice cleanse', 'Hull region' and 'Cook books' clues were great. I finished today with NARY a mistake. AMEN.

Up NORTH and DOWN South I understand, but why do they say 'DOWN EAST"?
Lemonade- my DRIVEs are impressive for an old fart, sometimes over 240 yds. It's the chipping and shots from inside 75 yds that kill my game. You can't take a full swing and it's all touch and feel from there to the hole.

thehondohurricane said...

Nice Friday offering from Chuck. Wasn't easy, but doable. A real fun solve.

For most of my 40 year career, the accuracy of my employers financial reporting was on my head. Without hesitation, I can proclaim I never did any "cooking". Loved the clue/fill.

For a while I thought the theme was western (cowboy) related. Sadly, it wasn't.

Speaking of "IVIES" Yale plays Penn at Yale Bowl tonight. It's the first and hopefully the last night game at the Bowl EVER. Pretty sure it's a $ issue. Other then Harvard, they are lucky to have a crowd of 10K for a Saturday day game currently. Gone forever are the crowds of 40 to 60 K per game.

Been dealing with the Flu this week, so I'm outta here til hnopefully sometime next week.

Hungry Mother said...

Very nice puzzle with a fun theme. IRON makes me want the next season of GOT to arrive. ASIMOV was my favorite writer as a teenager. I loved all sci-fi back then, but his stuff the most. Unusual for me on a Friday not to have any wags.

Lemonade714 said...


The leer photo has been re-posted...see it now?

BE, my point was that many of us can get the drive out there, and that keeps us coming back since we do not score well because of chipping and putting woes.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Forgive me - crossword bloggers - as it's been weeks since my last puzzling post

Thanks Lemon for the SO, although my golf activities have diminished greatly despite living in an area where I should be able to play 12 months a year. Last time I drove a golf ball was in July - up NORTH

Just a few write-overs today; I had Mexico before GREECE - and Lemon, without cheating, would the seas be: Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian? My other ERR was having UPON A before A TIME in 34d. Some clever clues today and as always, a wonderful recap from L714. I too could not see the LEER image nor could I access the link to Chuck D's info. My account does not "have access". Should I SUE??!! 😜 My final answer was in the NE corner when I finally realized that 10d was SO WHAT and not xxx HAT!

And finally, a limerick to kind of match the theme (it's golf related):

The pro golfer's game hit a big snag,
And his shots landed far from the flag.
Said his caddy's to blame
For advice on his game,
Now the caddy's left holding the bag.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Tough getting the momentum going but finally got BLOODMOBILE and DRIVE, so I could see what the gimmick was. Bottom half filled in easily after that, and finally got most of the top. Except for ISAAC, the NE was defiant, and I finally looked up WEAR. The rest caved after that. Favorite clue was for GEL.
BILGE - At least once during each 4 hour watch, Main Control (main engine room watch) wouid ring the bridge and ask permission to "Dump, pump, and blow." (dump garbage, pump BILGES, and blow tubes). Of course, this was long before the environmental rules of today, and was generally allowed at least 50 nm. at sea.

Husker Gary said...

-Standard bottom tier start before heading UP NORTH (3:05).
-NASA and SDAK were my only fills north of the equator before climbing back
-Excellent write-up and Chopin background music, Lemon
-An Omaha contractor got millions in bonuses when he finished an EXPRESSWAY a year early (obviously not a government job)
-Yup, I had a few of those straight DRIVES yesterday ☺
-I made it through the debates but refused to listen to the SPIN
-I often think that MEDEA advocated withholding sex and not Lysistrata
-Stupid personal fouls in FB often “Tack On” 15 more yards
-I was born, now I’m 70, it’s all a BLUR
-Last night Hillary called TUXES “formal pantsuits”
-Give me the extra credit, Lemon
-I BEGAN my teaching career with very little idea of what to do. Like many trades, you learn how to do it by doing it.
-I live 1,500 miles from the ocean and so I thought first of this HULL. Hockey fans might have thought of this Hull so close to Gretzky fill
-In what wonderful play/movie did Max and Leopold “Cook the books”?

desper-otto said...

Lemon, still not visible. If I try to open in a new tab I get a "Referral Denied."

Nice Cuppa said...

So there's this ram with a bell round his neck. What does he say to a field of sheep?

"Do not ask for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for ewe!"

LACW Addict said...

Trying for the extra credit without cheating:

Are the three seas bordering Greece the Atlantic, Aegean and Mediterranean?

Enjoyed the puzzle today!

Dudley said...

Ionian instead of Atlantic.

Argyle said...

Try it now. Same picture, different source.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a delightful Friday offering that kept me guessing at the theme for quite awhile, but as I moved along easily, the reveal come into view and brought an aha and then a TADA. No nits, no clunkers, and no complaints! Nice CSO to HG at NASA. "GOT" is not something I've seen but Iron was easy to infer. OTOH, "Royal Pains" was a gimme as it aired before "Suits", which I watched faithfully. Whenever I see llama, I think of Ogden Nash's poem and smile.

Kudos, Chuck, for a Friday frolic filled with fun and freshness and thanks, Lemony, for being such a meticulous and masterful "driver!" The Chopin piece is one of my favorites, also. I believe it was the signature piece in "The Eddie Duchin Storey." I think Tyrone Power [sigh] played the lead.

Owen and Moe, A to you both!

Feel better, Hondo.

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

Sorry, "came into view."

Lucina said...

Mediterranean, Aegean and Adriatic, I believe.

Good puzzle, thank you, Chuck Deodene, and easier than it first seemed. It BEGAN slowly but picked up momentum and when EXPRESSWAY appeared, so did the DRIVE theme.

OPUS clue was clever. I waited hovering between WHEAT and FLOUR; finally SEEOFF decided on FLOUR. Steel never occurred to me. IRON took four perps as I've never seen Game of Thrones and it doesn't sound like I'd enjoy it.

Thanks, Lemonade and Chuck. I had NARY a problem, just one write over, GARB before WEAR.

I hope your day is joyful, everyone!

LACW Addict said...

Looks like they are the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean. The Adriatic is too far north.

desper-otto said...

That works, Argyle. Splynter would approve.

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Chuck, for a delightful puzzle, and interesting theme throughout. Was able to suss the reveal after a few of the acrosses.

Thanks, Lemonade..... loved your description of NORM..... a whole convention? LOL

CrossEyedDave said...

interesting premise,
let's get right to the silly links:



Cattle drives are not what they used to be...

Desktop computer?

Blood drive required two links...

At the 19th hole?

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you Argyle for fixing the picture. A puzzle with legs and Gretzky, what more could Splynter ask.

The Ionian is the one most forget as the least famous. Albania blocks the Adriatic.

AnonymousPVX said...

A bit crunchy but not nearly as tough as yesterday's grid.

Husker Gary - Cook the books - "The Producers".

Also, Down East :

Downeast Maine
The term “Downeast” or “Down East” has been around for quite a while and most “Mainers” refer to it as simply one word. Many years ago, sailors hauling cargo to the northeast of New England, observed that the prevailing winds came from the southwest, pushing their schooners “downwind” in an easterly direction. Today, generally speaking, “Downeast” refers to Maine. More specifically though, to a Mainer, it refers to the southeastern part of the state beginning with Ellsworth , Maine, and including the Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor areas.

JJM said...

Fun easy solve for a Friday. Have a good weekend!

Jayce said...

"17A. Place to take a 36-Down" --- "36D. Theme of this puzzle" --- Ummm, no.

That was my thought upon first encountering the 17A clue. But then I figured I might try to see if there were any toeholds anywhere and eventually found MEDEA, SDAK, ASP, UZI, ZITI, LLAMA, and ROY, which gave me a glimmer of hope. Little by little, square by square, I managed to solve the whole thing. As mesewprettyoneday said, "Yay me!"


Misty said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Chuck! After yesterday's Thursday bear, I had the pleasure of breezing through this delightful Friday puzzle! Yay! Hurray! I got the theme before I was half-way through. I even got a sports clue--OILER--without cheating or perps. Great way to end the week!

Lemonade, thanks for posting that picture of NORM. I've missed him. I also miss "Royal Pains," one of my favorite shows. And thanks too for the Shelley ODE.

Fun limericks, Owen and Chairman Moe. Nice Cuppa--LOL.

Have a great weekend coming up, everybody!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Many unforced errors, which I'll attribute to my headache.

But I cant explain away the DNF in the NE corner. Had CHEAT, RANCH, SPiN and ISAAC, but somehow still got off COURSE.

SO WHAT! is an example of modal jazz, with the phrases alternating over several bars of static harmony in D minor and Eb major [concert key.] I don't suppose many of you will be as fascinated as I was by this. I spent 9:25 in rapt attention.

Symphony concert tonight. It will be on line eventually and I'll post a link when it shows up. All great music that I'm certain none of have ever heard.

Cool regards!

Argyle said...

Snarky anon is attacking me now.

"Anonymous comment : You too Scott. You should be embarrassed for not standing up for what is right. .... Shame. Shame. SHAME! "

Being a Marine, I'll say this. I rather have Jason in a foxhole with me than this anonymous coward.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Chuck didn't STING me too bad today. My solve started w/ 12d - I had to write out ISAAC ASIMOV and count letters to see which fit where. Then I could SPIN back to complete 80% of the NORTH. Fun 2-type themes as Lem expo'd.

Thanks to the both of you for the intellectual distraction from a DULL 2 hour "Security Briefing" [ASIDE: During one presentation I wanted to SHRIEK, "SO WHAT!" "I know how spam filtering works!!! " and then mumble "Where's the EXIT?" Of COURSE, I didn't.]

WOs - DRESS b/f PREEN (really slowed down seeing CATTLE RAsC_) and rUE b/f SUE. 2/3rds right, right?

ESPs: MEDEA, OVUM (didn't know what the clue meant), and IRON - I have HBO but only watch their comedy. DAK was WAG'd and I had to wait (pray) to see if it was N or S. DAK.

Fav: Gotta go w/ ISAAC ASIMOV. As a teen, I read almost (who could read all?) everything he wrote including the Foundation SAGA, er, Trilogy.

Runners up - c/a for GEL. I wanted to fit a damn dam in there thinking of water. Then there's Lem's image for NORM as a convention - you're friends are like mine :-). And now I NEED another beer [Fat Tire today]

{A,A,A-,A+} {B+}. Moe - if you don't want me to "grade" say so and I'll just tell you I liked it or be mum :-)

Get well soon Hondo. Rest and fluids is all I can advise.

CED - LOL your phlebotomy links.

HG - Your BLUR comment made me think of Johnny Fever [@2min].

Cheers, -T

Argyle said...

Johnny Fever link isn't working for me.

Anonymous T said...

Argyle - It's nutty - I double-checked and reposed. The link is still playing in another tab but, if I open a side link of the same poster, I see the same "account deleted" message. That was a quick account take-down (I wonder when it triggered - me watching or linking?) Think I should SUE? :-). Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

The account from the same episode (different link/different account) I posted 2/29/16 has also been removed. SUE HuLu :-). C, -T

Lemonade714 said...

The sad part Argyle (and thank you for your comment) is that the great likelihood is the poster is a regular here who is afraid to come out of the anonymous closet and deal with any honest response. He/she knows precious little about me or you and for that I am glad.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I thought this was going to be my third-straight Google day, but I kept plugging away and got everything without any help. Erased gEAR for WEAR, dREss for PREEN and Say bye for SEE OFF. Favorite clue wad "holder of locks" for hair; least favorite was "get duded up" for preen. Technically correct, but not the way I've ever heard or read it used that I can recall.

I, too love Asimov, but I didn't run across his work until I was an adult.

Thanks Chuck for a worthy yet doable Friday puzzle. And Lemonade's tour through the grid was delightful as usual.

I remember when the papers quoted Jimmy Carter referencing the GNC in a press conference. Turns out that he was referring to the Aegean Sea, not an acronym for some new economic performance measurement.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Regarding businesses keeping multiple sets of books...

If I remember my MBA accounting classes correctly, even small businesses are "forced" to keep at least two sets of books. If for no other reason, tax policies cause assets to have an unrealistic value on a company's balance sheet. That's good for the owners of the business, but doesn't help anyone understand what the assets are worth.

For instance, if you build a new apartment building the IRS will allow you to depreciate the entire cost of the build over a specified schedule, somewhere around 25 years. At the end of the depreciation schedule, your balance sheet would show the apartment building being worth only the purchase price of the lot from 25 years ago. GAAP forces similar pessimistic views, but privately-held firms can keep track of their asset values (for their own non-tax use) any way they chose fit.

Making it worse, government tries to steer corporate behavior with tax policy. Want companies to buy more cars? Allow them to depreciate the entire value in the first year, but only for purchases made in the next, say, 2 calendar years. This means the business can take the tax deduction earlier than the could if they actually depreciated the cars by their realistic life span. Very typical of incentives during recessions. But to understand where the business stands, you would want a set of books that shows the true remaining (undepreciated) value of the cars.

I'm sure that we have some CPAs or accounting professors here who can explain this a lot better than can I. But since they haven't, I did.

Anonymous T said...

@risk of over-posting says...

Contrary to popular belief, Italians keep one set of Books - the rest is in our head. Donne' belive me? My little friend is not an UZI :-) Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...

-T; pass/fail is my preference! 😜 Letter grades and I never got along


Ol' Man Keith said...

I needed one lookup, for PREEN, as I was just too far off track. Otherwise it was a good challenge, but steady, patient work yielded solid results. Kudos to Mr. Deodene!
I did wonder why MEDEA was clued as "Euripides drama" rather than as a "tragedy." The term drama wasn't in use in classical time, whereas tragedy,--coined from goat-song or tragos-ode--was the common designation for plays entered in the Athenian competition for the symbolic prize of Dionysus' animal spirit, the goat.
Speaking of animals, the LLAMA is truly a popular beast for "transport," as I saw in my one visit to Peru a few years back. Until then, I thought the critter was probably as rare as horses are nowadays in modern America. But in some regions, LLAMAs are seen as frequently as dogs. They're loaded with packs to carry equipment and whatever their humans need--except for humans themselves. LLAMAs aren't really large or sturdy enough to carry riders, other than an occasional kid.

Pat said...

I'm in Ann Arbor for the weekend. I needed to meet with an accountant to find out what I have to do regarding filing taxes for my mother's trust. A sister went with me and during our jaunt around the area we went to Hell, Michigan! I can honestly say I've been to Hell and back and lived to tell about it We made a few other stops which took most of the day so no chance to do the puzzle today but I did read the write-up and the comments. Thanks to everyone who adds to this enjoyable experience!

See you Monday!


Unknown said...

I'm late to the party. We are getting ready for our semi annual get together for the
Bayou Gardener forum party.

I host one in April and Donald hosts one in October. People come from all over the U.S. and a couple from overseas.

Back to the puzzle. This one was easier than yesterday, but i had URICH instead of ISAAC. So I looked up Urich Asimov on google to make sure, NOT !!!

GRIST for FLOUR almost the same. PUT ON for PREEN. 40 % right on that one.

TIGHT for NORTH for the clue UP ____ That's where my look up came into play.

Wanted TIDES for TILDE oh boy.

I don't get CHEAT for COOK BOOKS unless you look at a cook book for a recipe instead of knowing it in your head like GRANNY does on the Hillbillies.

I know truck drivers keep 2 log books for the DOT so they can show them the fake one to keep driving for more mileage.

I also know that some small companies keep an extra set of books for tax reasons[To cheat on taxes] but never heard the term COOK.

Vendredi Enfin from Cajun Country ~!~!

Lemonade714 said...

My grandfather was a tailor who worked in a mostly Italian neighborhood. My father told me that Euripides was one of the first tragedians he learned anything about. His father told him, "I made you a nice suit, so if Euripides pants and it will be a tragedy!"

OwenKL said...

But if I do rip them, will Eumenides?

To falsify accounting books is to "cook" them. I saw that clue, with Cook books as 2 words instead of one, and though "a bunch of Robin Cook thriller? COMAS?"

Anonymous T said...

BooL - SO, I went to find a movie quote of cooking the books (false accounting like OKL said - it's having the "real" book and the one you show the IRS) expecting an old mob movie or some such (It's just a stereotype! ) but stumbled upon this Brit comedy that I thought funny enough to share. If y'all have nothing to do for 30 min enjoy . I've never heard of it before but I'm moving on to episode 2 and ignoring NPR's Science Friday :-). Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Well, here it is Monday and I finally got around to finishing the Fri that I started Fri. Owen, if you ever wander back here:

Every fox, wolf or jackal
Wants me for a snack, pal

And I've never seen a Moe-lick less than a B.

How to we schedule a xword blog golf tournament? Do I get to play from the senior tees?

As I've said, if you don't accept Hari Selden as N. Ratschilde (Rothschild) you can't understand the Foundation.

Gotta. Kudos to Chuck and Lemonade.

Hondo, browse in here for some 1948 WS chatter

Abejo said...

Good Monday morning, folks. Thank you, Chuck Deodene, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Lemonade, for a fine review.

Did this one Friday evening, mostly on the train to Glenview. Had a meeting at Hackney's. Great place! Great food! Had no time to logon in here. So, now I am here.

Took me a while to get 36D DRIVE. Had to mostly solve the theme answers to get this word. After I had it, I liked the theme. Clever.

OPUS was tricky, but I got it second pass.

Tried CELLS for 26D. LEGOS appeared later. Inkblot.

Liked BLOOD MOBILE. I am a regular donor and have donated in a BLOOD MOBILE in years past. Now I just go to the LifeSource blood bank in Cook County. Just gave my 61st pint there.

TILDE was clever. I was looking for some weather answer.

IVIES also reminds me of Wrigley Field in Chicago. Go Cubs!

Since I am late on this I will not go on forever. See you on Tuesday.


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