Aug 31, 2016

Wednesday August 31, 2016 Roland Huget

Theme: INTERMEDIATE CAR (55A. Type of auto found in the three other longest puzzle answers) - SEDAN is hidden inside each theme answer.

1A. Buried the hatchet : KISSED AND MADE UP

25A. Got on everyone's nerves : CAUSED A NUISANCE
 
42A. Showed disapproval : RAISED AN EYEBROW. Hiding "SEDAN" in the answers got me fooled.  Intermediate car sounds like a rental.  I prefer full size.

Boomer here.

Bowling season has begun.  We used to wait until after Labor Day but not anymore.  The Minnesota State Fair is also in full swing with a bridge club theme this year.  NoTrump.

Boomer with Mini Donuts, State Fair, August 30, 2016
 
Across:   

1. Pervasive clown : BOZO. Most clowns not named Emmett Kelly or Ronald McDonald are named BOZO.  Just like most butlers are named Jeeves.

5. You, in Peru : USTED.  Never heard this word.  Put an "H" in front of it and you have Pro Bowler Dave.

10. ABC drama about plane crash survivors : LOST.  There's a new film coming out directed by Clint Eastwood "Sully" where the plane landed in the Hudson and all were saved.

14. Footnote notation : IDEM.  Another curve ball clue that I missed

15. Nary a soul : NO ONE

16. Stuff in a dump : AMMO.  I first thought of TRASH but that was too many letters

20. Leafy Tolkien creature : ENT. My spellcheck is underlining in red.


21. Boomers' kids : XERS. Ditto - It would be nice to have real words

22. Round gaskets : O-RINGS.  If the O stood for onions - taste buds watering.

23. Steely Dan album pronounced like a continent : AJA - Dan is not of my generation.

24. Move with effort : PLOD

33. Let in or let on : ADMIT

34. Man with a code : MORSE ... ._ __ .._ . ._..

35. Prohibit : BAN

36. They may be black or green : TEAS

37. __ Waldo Emerson : RALPH. My father and one Grandfather were named Ralph.  However when "The Honeymooners" became popular on TV, people stopped naming their sons Ralph.  "Bang Zoom - to the Moon".

38. Ask for proof of age : CARD. If you did not understand my comment on 37A, you may need to show your card to buy smokes or booze.

39. Street in "Freddy vs. Jason" : ELM O, tickle me.

40. __ colony : PENAL

41. With "en," hot, in sports slang : FUEGO. Another spellcheck red line.
 
45. Western tribe : UTES.  Mostly found in Utah

46. Remote cells : AAS.  Got me again ???

47. Evening get-together : SOIREE.  Not sure about the get-together, I thought this was a battle.  Like between the Cubs and the Mets.

50. Venus de Milo knockoffs? : ARMS.  Never did like that statue.

52. Stat for Chris Sale : ERA.  Complete game loss last start.

58. Fine spray : MIST

59. Meathead's '70s TV mother-in-law : EDITH.  Jean Stapleton  -  great!  Carroll O'C0nnor - So so.

60. Scintilla : WHIT

61. Bump on a lid : STYE. I thought this was an eye problem.

62. Tony of "Who's the Boss?" : DANZA

63. Seemingly forever : EONS.  How long it took me to solve this puzzle.

Down:

1. Kid's wheels : BIKE. Schwinns were the best - and most $$$$

2. Ruler of the Valkyries : ODIN. Who the heck were the Valkyries.  Biker dudes??

3. Get-up-and-go : ZEST. Get up and go get some soap

4. Mantra sounds : OMS

5. Like zombies : UNDEAD. Never liked this term

6. Rise dramatically : SOAR

7. Oodles : TONS.  Exactly what is an OODLE?  Can you just have one of them ?

8. Word with tight or loose : END. Tight end is a football player,  Loose end is a defensive end who took PEDs.

9. Reduce to rubble : DEMOLISH. How a drunk pronounces "Demolic.

10. Pretentious : LA- DI- DA

11. Writing on the wall, so to speak : OMEN. An OMEN is a Twilight Zone happening or occurrence.  I have never seen one written on a wall.

12. Complacent : SMUG

13. Bikini parts : TOPS

18. Joe Namath, notably : EX-JET Also Brett Favre qualifies.

19. Came up : AROSE. A rose by any other name still smells the same.

23. Without warranty : AS IS. Do not buy it.  There must be something wrong.

24. Flowery, as prose : PURPLE.  Prince's Rain, Also Minnesota Viking's color.

25. Provide fare for an affair : CATER - I remember one of Buddy Hackett's routines about confession.  "Rabbi I had an affair." "Really?  how many people, Who catered it?"

26. "A Passage to India" heroine : ADELA

27. Savory taste : UMAMI.  Another low and outside clue and word.

28. Some refrigerators : AMANAS.  I believe Amana appliances come from Iowa.  And you thought all Iowa had were pigs and corn.  Shame on you.

29. "Interstellar" director Christopher : NOLAN.  I prefer 7 no hitters  ___  Ryan.

30. Mav or Cav : NBAer

31. Things in a hold : CARGO.  John Cena had too many letters

32. Fund, as an academic chair : ENDOW

37. Got money for : REDEEMED. Never got money,  Redeemed S & H Green Stamps for Stuff.

38. Team that hasn't won a World Series since 1908 : CUBS - Well some blame Steve Bartman for catching a foul ball.  But give credit to the old man and the goat in 1945.

40. Fizzle (out) : PETER

41. Elaborate spread : FEAST.  On a good old fashioned Norwegian Smorgasbord.

43. French police force : SURETE. Never heard of it.

44. Steinway competitor : YAMAHA.  Also maker of Motorbikes if it's the same company.

47. Virtual citizens in a video game : SIMS

48. Doing the job : ON IT

49. Teeny : ITSY.  Yeah I know - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie yellow polka dot bikini.

50. Deuce follower, in tennis : AD IN.  I believe that the tennis scoring system was created by five drunk hockey players in a revolving door.

51. Cracker brand : RITZ.  My favorites - add peanut butter.

52. Chamber effect : ECHO.  I prefer Swiss yodel effect effect effect.

53. Drops from above : RAIN -  Prince's Purple stuff, see above.

54. Part of MFA : ARTS

56. Writer LeShan : EDA

57. Farm female : EWE




Aug 30, 2016

Tuesday, August 30 2016, Timothy L. Meaker

Theme:



20. Ship that's safe for an ocean voyage : SEAWORTHY VESSEL

37. Barrel roll or wingover : AIRSHOW MANEUVER

48. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, for one : LANDMARK VERDICT

62. With 65-Across, military specialist : NAVY

65. See 62-Across ... and an acronym of the starts of 20-, 37- and 48-Across : SEAL

Melissa here. Got hung up in a few spots today. WOW, what a clever and patriotic theme, which didn't dawn on me until 62A and 65A were filled in. Three grid-spanning theme answers with the two reveals perfectly placed in the southeast corner - very impressive. From Wikipedia: "The SEALs are trained to operate in all environments (Sea, Air, and Land) for which they are named."

Across

1. "Big bad" pig harasser : WOLF
 5. Paper Mate products : PENS

9. Dictation pro : STENO

14. Milky gem : OPAL

15. Frenzied : AMOK

16. High fly to the shortstop : POPUP

17. __ and dine : WINE.

18. Optimistic : ROSY

19. Wear down : ERODE

23. Teller of macabre tales : POE

24. Tokyo, once : EDO

25. Student's assignment : REPORT

29. See 47-Across : BIGS. All perps.

31. Indy 500 stat : MPH

34. Nebraska city near Boys Town : OMAHA

35. O'Hara plantation : TARA

36. Pepsi, e.g. : COLA. Tried SODA first.

40. Award for 46-Down : CLIO

41. Apron tops : BIBS

42. Stair part : TREAD

43. "For __ a jolly good fellow ... " : HE'S

44. Long skirt : MAXI

45. Conceited : CHESTY. If you say so.

46. Objective : AIM

47. With 29-Across, baseball's major leagues, in slang : THE. I suppose the baseball fans knew this right off the bat. Me, not so much.

57. San Antonio mission : ALAMO. Surprisingly small in person.



58. The "kid" in "Here's looking at you, kid" : ILSA

59. "I smell __!" : A RAT

60. "Homeland" actress Claire : DANES



61. Trio minus one : DUET

63. Supremes singer Ross : DIANA

64. CPR pros : EMT'S

Down

1. Bowls over : WOWS

2. Mayberry tyke : OPIE

3. Turner of "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946) : LANA

4. Took to the sky : FLEW

5. Stereotypical cracker requester : PARROT

6. Chew the scenery : EMOTE

7. Grab a bite : NOSH

8. Grey Goose rival : SKYY

9. Takes chances with a radar trap : SPEEDS

10. Art class form : TORSO

11. Long verse : EPOS. What?

12. Sans clothing : NUDE

13. German automaker : OPEL

21. Daytime TV mogul : OPRAH

22. One who shuns all animal products : VEGAN

25. Raid victim : ROACH. Nice clue.

26. Writer Zola : EMILE

27. Eiffel Tower city : PARIS

28. Extremely : OH SO

29. Disney deer : BAMBI

30. Investments for the future: Abbr. : IRAS

31. Relocates : MOVES

32. Accordion fold : PLEAT

33. "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" author Thomas : HARDY


35. Candy sold in pairs : TWIX

36. Restore to health : CURE

38. 44th president : OBAMA

39. Bygone anesthetic : ETHER

44. Brunch cocktail : MIMOSA

45. Doesn't play fair : CHEATS

46. Madison Ave. figures : AD MEN

47. RCA product : TV SET

48. TV "angel" Cheryl who replaced Farrah Fawcett : LADD

49. Jai __ : ALAI

50. Gram : NANA

51. Hitchhiker's hope : RIDE

52. Model Heidi : KLUM

53. Dapper fellows? : DANS

54. "Dies __": hymn : IRAE

55. Vena __: major blood line : CAVA

56. Texter's sign off : TTYL

Aug 29, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016 Jerry Edelstein

Theme: Monday? - A single word can be added to the front of five other non-related words.

63A. United stand ... and what the first part of the answers to starred clues literally can have: COMMON FRONT

17A. *Cost of shares on the exchange: MARKET PRICE. Common Market.

41A. *U.S./USSR conflict: COLD WAR. Common Cold.

11D. *Element in an executive compensation package: STOCK OPTION. Common Stock.

25D. *Drive to do the responsible thing: SENSE OF DUTY. Common Sense.

27D. *"So long": "GOOD DAY". Common Good.

Argyle here. It may just be me but I felt this was meant to be later in the week.

Across:

1. Illusions in a stage act, collectively: MAGIC

6. Muslim leaders: IMAMs

11. Place for a massage: SPA

14. Twist: GNARL


15. French Revolution radical: MARAT. Jean-Paul Marat.

16. Put a strain on: TAX

19. Tip jar denomination: ONE

20. Miffed: SORE

21. Gizmos: DEVICES

23. __ buco: veal dish: OSSO

26. Director Lee: ANG

28. Student's workplace: DESK

29. Guttural "Psst!": "AHEM!"

30. Wedding vows: I DO's

32. Condemn: DOOM

34. Most rational: SANEST

36. Nobel Peace Prize city: OSLO


38. Jack-in-the-box sound: [POP!]

40. Drips in the ICU: IVS. (Intravenous)

43. Give it a go: TRY

44. Witness: SEE

45. Yankee slugger, to fans: A-ROD

46. Area of expertise: MÉTIER. French

48. Sound from Leo: ROAR

50. Twist, as water-damaged floorboards: WARP

52. Sharpen: HONE

53. World Cup soccer org.: FIFA. (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)

55. "__-hoo!": YOO

56. 1946 N.L. RBI leader Slaughter: ENOS

57. Part of a chess match when most of the pieces are off the board: END GAME

60. "__ the mornin'!": TOP O'

62. Sch. run by Mormons: BYU. (Brigham Young University)

68. Track transaction: BET

69. Wabbit-hunting Fudd: ELMER



70. Fragrant wood: CEDAR

71. Pig's home: STY

72. Officials who have their faculties: DEANs. Cute.

73. Hit hard, biblically: SMOTE

Down:

1. Leo is its logo: MGM



2. California's Santa __ River: ANA

3. Long-jawed fish: GAR


4. Annoying: IRKSOME

5. Egyptian queen, familiarly: CLEO. (Cleopatra VII Philopator)

6. Loom on the horizon: IMPEND

7. St. Patrick's mo.: MARch

8. Very dry: ARID

9. Sprayed in defense: MACED

10. Longshoreman: STEVEDORE

12. Window glass: PANE

13. Lumberjacks' tools: AXES

18. Double agent: TRAITOR

22. Prefix with metric and bar: ISO

23. Desert retreat: OASIS

24. Norelco product: SHAVER

31. U-turn from NNE: SSW

33. Rita with an Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy: MORENO. West Side Story's  Anita.

35. Like Al Capone: SCARFACED

37. Ridicule satirically: LAMPOON

39. Combustible funeral piles: PYREs

42. Under a quarter-tank, say: LOW

47. Geometry proposition: THEOREM

49. Bailed-out insurance co.: AIG. (American International Group, Inc)

51. Copter blades: ROTORS

54. Whac-__: arcade game: A-MOLE

57. Diminishes: EBBS

58. Russian denial: "NYET!"

59. Actress Stone of "Birdman": EMMA

61. Low-ranking GIs: PFCs. (Private first class)

64. Guys: MEN

65. Prefix with meter: ODO

66. __ King Cole: NAT



67. Italian three: TRE


Argyle


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Aug 28, 2016

Sunday, August 28th, 2016, Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel

TITLE: WARM RECEPTION

The lovely pairing of Don and C.C. never wears out its WELCOME and today they present us with a  very entertaining Sunday puzzle where the word WELCOME can be an ADDITION to each of the last words of eight phrases to make another phrase. Their gimmick is revealed in:


119. Breath of fresh air ... or, literally, what the last word of eight long Across answers can be : WELCOME ADDITION - This is what Lily has been to us two empty-nesters!




23. Town gathering place : COMMUNITY CENTER - WELCOME CENTER. You're in the Army now...




29. Bathroom safety feature : SHOWER MAT - WELCOME MAT for Henry Hill at end of Goodfellas 



45. Gardener's purchase : SEED PACKET - The WELCOME PACKET - What each new prisoner gets from the Federal Bureau of Prisons




55. Fixture on many a cattle drive : CHUCK WAGON - 1956 edition of the WELCOME WAGON in Richmond, Indiana 



70. Purpose of some government credits : TAX RELIEF - WELCOME RELIEF provided by a squirrel chiropractor 




84. Astrological sector : ZODIAC SIGN - A very famous WELCOME SIGN




93. Hidden : OUT OF SIGHT - A WELCOME SIGHT in many "oaters"



109. Source of many breaking stories : YAHOO NEWS - WELCOME NEWS - It's gonna end in 71 days!



Across


1. "Thunderstruck" band : AC/DC

5. Alberta resort town : BANFF


10. Heavenly spheres : ORBS


14. Caps' partners : GOWNS


19. Manhattan or Queens, briefly : BORO - Borough


20. City NW of Orlando : OCALA


21. Bryan's "Breaking Bad" role : WALT - Suiting up to cook some meth for altruistic reasons




22. Formed for a specific purpose : AD HOC


26. Dough : MOOLA


27. Bombards with bogus offers : SPAMS


28. One of a toon septet : DOPEY


31. Highway deterrent : RADAR - They got me for doing 39 mph in a 30 mph zone last week but I kept my hands on the wheel, was very respectful, took full responsibility and got off with a warning


33. Arabian Peninsula port : ADEN


35. Acidity levels: Abbr. : PH'S


36. Pennant trio? : ENS - PENNANT


37. Sherpa's domain: Abbr. : MTN - A human pack mule




38. Ivory or Coast : SOAP


40. Lions' homes : DENS


43. "Eureka!" : AHA


48. Witch's familiar, maybe : CAT - I got CAT incidentally and then went to the web to find out what the heck this is - familiar or familiar spirit is a supernatural being that helps and supports a witch or magician. In western culture this is usually a black CAT. 


49. Shtick figures : COMICS


53. Coastal flier : ERN


54. Eurasian capital : ANKARA - The capital in this capital is the Turkish Lira


57. Jet with suits? : CESSNA - This $23.6M Cessna Citation can hold 12 "suits"




59. Eastern way : TAO


61. Remains in the cooler : DOES TIME


62. "You're on!" : ITS A DEAL


66. Cardinal, e.g. : BIRD


67. Some NASA missions : EVA'S -Extra Vehicular Activities are just that - ACTIVITIES that occur outside the space craft during a NASA mission. Nit, nit, nit...




68. Fleeces : ROBS


72. Artist's choices : HUES


73. Bamboozle : DUPE


74. Teased : RODE


75. Retail focus : CONSUMER


77. "Priest" in a Nash poem : ONE-L LAMA




79. Runway retiree of '03 : SST


80. Cantaloupe cousin : CASABA - I can never discern much taste to them


86. Disc golf starting point : TEE PAD


90. Friend of Harry : RON - No clue on Harry Potter characters but it filled itself in


91. Guarantee : ENSURE


92. Place to see a facial mask : SPA


95. Bummed : SAD


96. K follower : MART


98. Acting opportunity : ROLE - Guess who was the first choice for the ROLE of Forrest Gump



99. __ Spiegel: German magazine : DER - The Mirror


100. Attention that can help healing, briefly : TLC


103. Kettle cover : LID - An idiot who looks like me once made popcorn in a kettle sans LID. 


105. Titicaca, por ejemplo : LAGO - El LAGO Titicaca se encuentra entre Perú y Bolivia (Lake Titicaca is located between Peru and Bolivia)


107. Bacon with six degrees? : KEVIN


113. Italian-born three-time Oscar winner : CAPRA - It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town and You Can't Take It With You


115. Night fliers : MOTHS


118. It helps when picking up : PRONG


122. Rice/Lloyd Webber musical : EVITA


123. Sheikh, e.g. : ARAB


124. "__ Fire": Denzel Washington movie : MAN ON - 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. "Shamelessly manipulative and sadistically violent", said one critic




125. Visiting the Getty Mus., say : IN LA


126. Business bigwig : BARON


127. Workout stat : REPS


128. Santa __ racetrack : ANITA


129. Training locale : CAMP



Down


1. Basics : ABC'S


2. Joint venture : CO-OP


3. Boots brand with Bouncing Soles : DR MARTENS - DOC MARTENS didn't fit


4. Charge : COMMAND - The most infamous Charge COMMAND in American history?




5. "___ voyage!" : BON


6. Heavy metal relative : ACID ROCK - There's just something wrong about hearing The London Philharmonic playing Light My Fire.


7. Brussels-based defense gp. : NATO


8. Pest control device : FLY PAPER


9. Confronted : FACED


10. Beat year after year after year ... : OWN


11. "Phooey!" : RATS


12. "This is disgusting!" : BLEH


13. Sharpening tool : STROP - Can you spot the one in this picture?



14. Many unscripted programs : GAME SHOWS


15. Gas additive, perhaps : ODOR


16. Incredulous response : WHO ME? 


17. Pitching legend Ryan : NOLAN - A punching expert too!




18. Improvises with nonsense syllables : SCATS


24. Amer. currency : USD


25. Set one's sights on : EYED


30. Hit hard : WHACKED


32. Yoga poses : ASANAS


34. Maker of Candy Buttons : NECCO - The Candy Shoppe at the New England Confectionary COrporation in Revere, MA




37. Little more than : MERE


39. Preceder of an alt. name : AKA


41. "I'm gonna pass" : NAH


42. Schoolwork : STUDIES


44. Dabblers : AMATEURS - Ed McMahon always told Johnny that drinking on New Year's Eve was for AMATEURS


45. Short time : SEC


46. Short breaths : PANTS


47. Turkic Russian : TATAR


50. "Enough already!" : I GIVE - Tap Out today


51. Deep sleeps : COMAS


52. Mario Paint console, initially : SNES - Can you read Super Nintendo Entertainment System?


56. Greek vacation isle : CORFU


58. Composer with a Helsinki academy named for him : SIBELIUS - Born in  Hämeenlinnain 1865 and died in Järvenpää   in 1957


60. Smart guys? : ALECS


63. Basic matter : ATOMS and 82. Nobelist who developed a model for 63-Down : BOHR - I taught the BOHR ATOM for years


64. Arp's school : DADAISM


65. Palindromic file extension : EXE


66. Storage unit : BIN


68. Talk nonstop : RUN ON




69. Pro-and-con newspaper pair, perhaps : OPEDS


71. Powerball, e.g. : LOTTO


72. Flip side? : HEADS


73. Catch a few z's : DOZE


74. Entered quickly : RACED IN - What are heroic first responders did when others ran from the Trade Center Buildings


76. VirusScan developer : MCAFEE


78. "60 Minutes" correspondent : LARA LOGAN


79. Traffic tangle : SNARL


81. Pope Francis' birthplace : ARGENTINA - A young Jorge Mario Bergoglio and his family in Buenos Aires




83. Sugar bowl visitor : ANT


85. H.S. benchmark : GPA


87. Pole, for one : EUROPEAN


88. WWII venue : ETO


89. Circle in a fabric pattern : POLKA DOT


94. Harebrained : IDIOTIC


97. It's filled and folded : TACO


100. Not exactly high-strung : TYPE-B


101. Tadpole, say : LARVA


102. Group in robes : CHOIR


104. Big name in Scotch : DEWAR


106. __ ray : GAMMA


108. ROTC school near D.C. : VMI - It became co-ed in 1997




110. Not tricked by : ONTO


111. Are no more : WERE


112. "__ That Bass": Gershwin song : SLAP


114. Hindu princess : RANI


116. __ oak: Mediterranean tree : HOLM


117. Start of a gridiron play : SNAP - QB should be on the same page as the center




120. "48 Hours" airer : CBS


121. It might be recombinant : DNA


Any and all are WELCOME to offer any comments:


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