Feb 24, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017, Jeffrey Wechsler

Title: G, where shall you go? Of course, to the beginning!

JW returns with a simple add a letter to the start of a phrase to create a new one, with a humorous definition. As with any puzzle based on humor, YMMV. I was Greatly impressed at the inclusion of 2 grid-spanning fill that worked. I would guess one of the 15 letter fill popped in his head, and this puzzle followed. He also included some very sparkly fill: ROADSIDES,  I'LL GO NEXT,  RADIO DIAL and ONION DOME a term which I did not recall. I found a hidden treasure but that might just be a product of the pain killers. We will now examine all the evidence....

17A. Domestic shamelessness? : GALL IN THE FAMILY (15). The ground breaking TV SERIES (0:56) gets re-purposed with a an impudent definition clue.

26A. Near giveaway at the liquor store? : GIN FOR A PENNY (12). In for a pound...they do sell many of the airline size bottles at my local liquor store but no GIN and not for a penny.

41A. Fort Knox? : GOLD DOMINION (12). I doubt if Jeffrey had this BREWERY in mind when he chose Old Dominion as his seed phrase but I like the juxtaposition.

53A. Result of way too many leaves in the eaves? : GUTTER CONFUSION (15). This is my favorite themer, both the rhyme and the picture painted by the clue/fill. Maybe he started here?

Okay on to the rest...


1. Test in which contrasts are helpful, briefly : MRI. As this test  (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) has played an important part in my current disability, this was easy. I am allergic to the contrast dye.

4. __ stiff : SCARED. When words are derived from the sound we call it onomotapoeia. What should we call it when an  expression gives a great mental picture like this phrase?

10. Minor set-to : TIFF.

14. Huffington Post owner : AOL. This is true - since 2011 - but AOL was bought by Verizon in 2015 which last year bought Yahoo, also

15. Wedding offering : CANAPE. From the French word for SOFA.

16. Defunct food coating : ALAR. It was sprayed on apple trees to control the growth and color of the apples. Much debate about the 1989 scare.

20. Boundary : EDGE.

21. Legal tender with a torch : DIME, On the obverse? Reverse?

22. Dealer's offering : LEASE. Car dealer, not HIT ME for card dealer.

23. __ voce : SOTTO.

25. Body shop supply : SOLDER.

30. 2016 Billboard Top Artist : ADELE. She swept the Grammys as well.
31. Besides Linus, the only Nobel laureate in two fields : MARIE. Pauling: Curie. LINK.

32. Take badly? : ROB. Robbing requires use or threat of force. Nicely deceptive clue.

35. Alluring : SEXY.

36. Postgame staple : RECAP.

37. Candy __ : CANE.    


38. Feb. setting in Spokane : PST.

39. Artist at Giverny : MONET. This is where the ARTIST painted his most successful works. This is a very Friday type clue. I will always have a Monet/Manet block in my mind.

40. Opposite of 56-Across : NADIR. 56A Opposite of 40-Across : ACME.

13. Philosophers' group : SCHOOL. Similar to fish, but not as good for you.

46. "Cutthroat Kitchen" host Brown : ALTON.

47. Second name, perhaps : ALIAS.

48. "Zounds!" : EGAD. Two wonderful old words.

51. They're often tough to beat : ODDS. 45D. Request to a dealer : HIT ME. 50D. Forced bet : ANTE
57. Album contents : PHOTOS.

58. ENT's group : AMA.

59. Arcade trademark word : SKEE.

60. Part of many art museum names : MODERN.

61. Table support : LEG.


1. Ancient spell caster : MAGE.

2. Produce stand sites : ROADSIDES. We have a bunch in the Redlands is SW Miami-Dade, but all the ones in Broward are gone. Now they gather at farmers' markets.

3. "My turn" : I'LL GO NEXT.

4. Part of NSF: Abbr. : SCIence.

5. Telling it like it is : CANDOR.

6. Opposition leader? : ANTI. And later ANTE.

7. First name in Chicago politics : RAHM. Interesting - he was elected as Chicago's 44th mayor, while his mentor Mr. Obama was the 44th POTUS. LINK.

8. It's thrust in competition : EPEE. Love the soupçon of naughtiness in this clue. 

9. Phone button letters : DEF. Glue, I would prefer Mos.

10. Without aggression : TAMELY.

11. Zeus remains largely neutral during its narrative : ILIAD. A really odd way to get to these puzzle friendly letters.

12. "A dagger of the mind, a __ creation ... ": Macbeth : FALSE. Back with Macbeth for our Friday Shakespeare lesson.

13. Potatoes may be cooked in one : FRYER.  Pommes frites for Splynter.

18. Unloose : LET FLY. Quiz: Who said, "unloose the dogs of war?"

19. How stand-up comics usually work : ALONE. True but there have some great duos. I loved the Smothers Brothers.

24. Ring site : TOE.

25. Salon sound : SNIP,

26. [I'm shocked!] : GASP.

27. Enhance through change : AMEND. Big word in the law.

28. Showed impatience, in a way : PACED.

29. Poetry Muse : ERATO. You know all of the muses yet?

32. One moving with frequency? : RADIO DIAL. Another really fun clue, with the frequency pun.

33. Russian Orthodox church feature : ONION DOME. LINK. For our Cornerites.

34. City on the Aare : BERN.

36. Kaiser, for one : ROLL. Misdirection here is placement of the clue/fill.

37. Songs of Seville : CANTOS.

39. Maine road sign image : MOOSE.

40. Nothing : NIL.

41. Buffalo Bill feature : GOATEE. Oh yes!

42. Really loving : MAD FOR. My mental picture. LINK.

43. Generational tales : SAGAS.

44. Barnyard sound : CLUCK.

48. Verify the story of : ECHO. No idea what this clue/fill means.

49. Above the crossbar and between the uprights : GOOD. Not wide RIGHT!

52. Obstruction : SNAG. "Damn, our reno hit a snag!"  Do you watch Property Brothers.

54. Tach stat : RPM. Revolutions Per Minute.

55. SEAL's org. : USN. United States Navy.

Well we made it through another JW Friday and I had so much fun finding the never intended but exciting Buffalo mini theme. Call me crazy but call me. Thanks Jeffrey. Lemonade out.


fermatprime said...


Thanks to Jeffrey and Lemonade!

No troubles with this one.

Have a great day!

Beside Myself said...

Help! Once again the blog has folded into itself and appears 3 times before the comment box shows up. Please fix. I want to read the narrative.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Sorry. This happens when we have a faulty YouTube embed. You can read Lemonade's full narrative now.

Lemonade714 said...

Sorry, I failed to remove the link. Thanks for taking the time to let us know Beside Myself.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Enjoyed this JW creation, and even WAGged GALL when "In The Family" showed up. Do body shops use lots of SOLDER? I thought it was Bondo. "SCARED stiff," because LUCKY was too short. CANDID gave way to CANDOR and CURIE gave way to MARIE. Still, I finished in good Friday time.

I really enjoyed ALTON Brown in Good Eats, his later endeavors have been less creative.

Thanx for the expo, Lemon. Apparently, the problem embed was corrected before I got here. I liked the Smother Brothers clip.

CartBoy said...

Mr. Wechsler usually punishes me for attempting his puzzles. I got even today. Speed run.

inanehiker said...

Another creative theme - one of those once you got the first one, the long theme clues came first and then filled from there. What DO said about CANDID before CANDOR, but got the MARIE in because the clue LINUS Pauling was also the first name.

We have been unseasonably warm this week in the mid 70s - but as per Midwest usual - will be go from there to 26 degrees in 24 hours!

Have a good weekend - looking forward to the Oscars Sunday night since I've seen 4 of the movies up for many of the awards.
Thanks Lemonade and JW!

Big Easy said...

It was a tough start in the North today. CAT or MRE, SPAT or TIFF, TRADE or LEASE, CANDID or CANDOR, MONET or MANET, EMEND or AMEND- I started with the incorrect one for each fill. Lots of white so I moved South and the living was easy. The G addition at GOLD DOMINION led the way back up north for the puzzle's completion. But I have to say that I've never heard the expression "IN FOR A PENNY". And the SCARED TIFF fills beside the '______ stiff' clue was a bonus. When I see NSF, I can't help but think of a bounced check, not the National Science Foundation. Chicago politics- Richard Daley(s)- father & son- always come mind.

RADIO DIAL- I doubt that anybody under 18 knows what an analog dial is.
ADELE- am I the only person who thinks that she doesn't sound good? Every time I've heard her live she's off key and her tone quality is not very good.

D-O, I was thinking BONDO but I've never heard of plural BONDOS. "Good Eats" comes on every night on the "Cooking Channel" at 10 CST. Last night he was making tortillas and his own lime flavored Doritos.

Huffington Post, "Inside Wrestling", "National Inquirer", Maury Povich's show, "Mad Magazine"- all four have the same quality of journalism- but they make money. Shows the intelligence of the electorate.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Jeffrey Wechsler usually stumps me, but not today. No lookups and only one SWAG - the cross of alTon and canTos. I also didn't know SOTTO or MAGE, but perps cured those.

I remember when body shops used solder, maybe 55 years ago. I loved to watch the craft of torch, solder and rag as the bodyman made a panel look like new. I think Bondo made this method obsolete.

Erased Suf (for sufficient) for SCI (science), Maple for MOOSE on the road sign, and ERete for ERATO (thump-thump - is this brain on?).

Thanks, JW, for letting me play with the adults today. And thanks to Lemonade for the solid reveal. I hope your pain eases.

billocohoes said...

For some reason started with Ricer for FRYER

Don't really think of ALAR as a "coating"

Could never figure out why SOLDER is pronounced "sotter"

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Not too hard. I put in Monet first with the idea that I might have to change to Manet. Thanx for the challenge JeffWex!

Morning, Lemon, thanks for reminding me about the Smothers Brothers. I liked their show as a variety show, but hated the comedy routines in which the one brother always berated the other. There's a similar dynamic in Laurel and Hardy and in the Three Stooges, and I hate their stuff as a result.

Now, will somebody explain the connection between body shops and solder? An auto body shop doesn't have any particular use for solder to my knowledge.

desper-otto said...

Billocohoes, we always pronounced it "sodder." BE, I didn't ever think of entering Bondo in that puzzle space -- to many perps already in place. I was just wondering about soldering in a body shop. I've never seen anybody do it, except to fix a leaky radiator.

Dudley said...

Billocohoes 7:53 - In WWII, my mom was doing her part for the war effort by working in a transmitter factory in Cambridge. She had the task of writing up work instructions for the assembly people, which would naturally include soldering at various points. Trouble was, she wasn't familiar with the spelling, and the instructions ended up asking for "sautering". She was teased mercilessly for that little boo-boo.

Husker Gary said...

-Dang! SAGE was my hexer and our school gave the SRI to compare and contrast applicants. I’ll take one auspiciously bad cell
-_ IN THE F _ gave me FAMILY which gave me ALL which gave me GALL… and I was in like a porch climber
-Yesterday I watched 1964’s Goldfinger where he tried to nuke the Fort Knox repository and was amused by what once seemed high-tech. BTW, Sean Connery IS 007!
-The Huffington Post and The Drudge Report are antidotes for each other
-I once ate a CANAPE with hidden liver and spit it out as discretely as I could
-It was ruled he touched the BOUNDARY on his 5th step
-I put my WELDER back in storage and got out my SOLDERing gun
-Baseball’s most famous instant RECAP (1:33) where the game did not end on the LAST OUT
-Would you pay to see this match?
-Strictly following Blackjack betting rules increase your ODDS 3%
-SNIP in a different venue
-My MIL called hens that sat on the nest and laid no eggs CLUCKS. All talk/no action.

Husker Gary said...

Musings II
-We all wish our resident Poetry Muse Owen relief from his current woes.
-I was intrigued by his comment from Wednesday - I couldn't care less about which words were difficult or unfair - it's the interesting conversations they start, and the sharing of both hurts and triumphs, that make the corner a refuge.
-I take issue with his first assertion but wholeheartedly concur with his second!
-Get well, my friend.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Liked this puzzle a lot, but it didn't seem to like me. Did not know about AOL, and never heard of MAGE. Got the 'G' insert early on and plunked the G down quickly on the last two spanners.
Fine deceptive cluing. Wanted 'candid' because I saw 'telling' as an adjective phrase. But the whole phrase together is also a gerund or noun phrase; so CANDOR works.
Aare - BERN - Helped anchor the ME. Haven't had it in a while. Tributary to the Rhine at Koblenz, Switzerland, above Basel.
D-O - I ECHO your comments about SOLDER. Also A/C and electrical connections come to mind. (This comment should help Lemon with the ECHO clue).

Lemon - Good job as always.

Northwest Runner said...

And for another take on the tune Sir David Attenborough narrates Adele's Hello.

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Wow! This seemed easier than a typical Friday puzzle, especially a JW puzzle. Favorite theme answer was GALL IN THE FAMILY. Like Big Easy, I thought of a bounced check for NSF. Thanks for an enjoyable puzzle, Jeffrey, and thanks Lemonade for the fine expo and links.

Enjoy the day!

oc4beach said...

A Friday JW puzzle that I was able to solve. It was a challenging puzzle but wasn't as hard as his usual Friday works. I liked it a lot. Lemon's expo was very expansive and interesting.

Once I got the G link everything fell into place.

Most kids today don't know what a dial is. Like on the radio or a phone. Everything is digital now.

Verizon bought AOL and is now doing away with the email domain for those who have Verizon DSL and used Verizon for email. I just moved my Verizon email account over to AOL. It still has the domain name but is serviced by AOL.

Have a great day everyone and enjoy it while we can before the weather gets cold again.

CanadianEh! said...

On first pass, I thought I would be defeated by this Friday offering, but I got a foothold in the bottom and worked up. Thanks for the fun Jeffrey and Lemonade.

Hand up for Candid before CANDOR, Suf before SCI (thinking of banking term), Spat before TIFF, Sage before MAGE (Edge prevented Magi). I also had LET out before LET FLY.
Big Easy - thanks for noting the SCARED (s)TIFF bonus.

Does anyone put PHOTOS in albums anymore? I still print my best for albums but the rest remain in digital form (with multiple backup files). The younger generation prints NIL and if those digital files get lost or erased, they are gone.

I had Fender before SOLDER (pronounced as "sodder" here). Probably regional differences.
I don't know my American DIMEs but perps rescued me.

Have a great day.

Steve said...

@Northwest Runner - that Adele intro from Sir David is great!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Hand up for Curie (Marie) and Candid (Candor) mistake and that wasn't the only one. They're hard to beat=Eggs? No. Odds, yes. Had a few other missteps but finished in normal Friday time.

Thanks, JW, for keeping us on our toes and thanks, Lemony, for being our generous and gracious guide despite your discomfort. Feel better.

HG, you are a kind and thoughtful soul.

Owen, best wishes for more sunshine than clouds.

Inanehiker, do you share the pundits opinion that "La La Land" is a shoo-in for Best Picture? Personally, I can't choose any winners because I haven't seen any of the nominated films (or performances), only clips, but It's hard to equate a musical with a strong drama like Fences, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, etc., IMO.

oc4beach, my fourth order of Gibbles is on the way, thanks to your tip. 😉

Our weather continues to ride the roller coaster. We broke a record yesterday with a high of 69. Cooler temps are coming but not really that cold for February. I wonder what Mother Nature has up her sleeve for March. Some weather "Madness" perhaps?

Misty, how did your lecture go?

Have a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Keith.

Lucina said...

An easy JW? That sounds like a contradiction, but easy it was. Thank you, Jeffrey W., for the treat. I've not watched ALTON Brown but have encountered him in CWs. The DALEY family also came to my mind as Chicago's first name in politics but of course didn't fit. MAGE gave me a very hard time since I had FALL instead of GALL and didn't look for the G pattern, so JW did beat me in the end.

And thank you, Lemonade, for a fine review.

Have a fantastic Friday, everyone! I'm ready to file my taxes today.

Lucina said...

I agree with you on the contrasting types of movies and having seen both LaLaLand and Hidden Figures, I don't see how they can be compared. My vote goes to Hidden Figures but I fear I'm outnumbered. As for the others, I have only seen Lion which is also excellent.

JJM said...

I've seen most of the nominated Films this year. My guess is that LALA Land will walk away with everything. Now, I'm not saying it was a great movie (It was OK) but Hollywood loves:
1. Movies about Hollywood
2. Re-Branding of popular film genres -- like Musicals

Both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are good in the movie, but not great. Neither can sing very well or dance very well for that matter either. It's a feel good movie and succeeds on that level. The ending was weak trying to wrap the entire movie up in a 3 -4 minute collage.
I liked Fences, Hidden Figures Arrival, & LALA Land

inanehiker said...

@Irish Miss: I don't think La La Land is a shoo-in because there is somewhat of a blacklash lately against @Oscarssowhite and movies about Hollywood being best picture recently (e.g.The Artist, Argo). But there isn't a clear second among the others- so if people vote for something more substantial in theme, they may split their votes among the others and it may still be the winner. It is very unique, being all original songs and the scope they undertook to make it (eg the opening scene on an interstate in LA). "Hidden Figures" may have a chance as they won the cast award at the SAGs and that sometimes ends up as a nonpredicted winner at the Oscars.

AnonymousPVX said...

This seemed to go quickly, but I agree that 48D answer ECHO makes no sense, at least to me.

desper-otto said...

The second witness ECHOed the testimony of the first witness.

Misty said...

Darn! Darn! Darn! I was so close to getting a perfect Friday Jeffrey Wechsler puzzle without a single erasure or look-up--not a single one! I was so excited I was almost dancing! But when I got to the blog I saw a single goof: I had SAGE instead of MAGE. Darn!Darn! Darn!

Well, life isn't perfect, is it? Still, thank you, Jeffrey, for a Friday delight. The theme answers were really fun, and after getting GOLD DOMINION and GUTTER CONFUSION, I figured out the G theme, which helped with the others. Lots of fun.

Great pics, Lemonade, especially that MOOSE sign and the ONION DOME. Hope you feel all well again soon.

Thanks for asking about the class, Irish Miss. I had a smaller number of students, and had the impression they weren't too crazy about the book (Stein's "Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas"). But they enjoyed my slides of Gertrude Stein and Alic B. Toklas and their life in Paris in the early 20th century.

Have a great day, and a great weekend coming up, everybody!

Michael said...

"Huffington Post, "Inside Wrestling", "National Inquirer", Maury Povich's show, "Mad Magazine"- all four have the same quality of journalism- but they make money. Shows the intelligence of the electorate."

And their mathematical skills, too.

Anonymous said...

Left Springfield (IL) this morning in warm, windy weather (68 degrees). Arrived in DuPage County about 2-1/2 hours later to low gray clouds, fog, and temp of 38 degrees. Oh well; at least I had the crossword to cheer me up when I got home. Thanks to Jeffrey and Lemonade for brightening up an otherwise dullish day.

Jayce said...

Another enjoyable puzzle which I solved far more quickly and easily than I expected to. When I remembered that Friday is add a letter, subtract a letter, or change a letter day, and I got GUTTER CONFUSION (worked from the bottom up), it became somewhat more easyish.

Husker Gary, I ECHO Irish Miss's complement to you.

I've always pronounced it "sodder."

Best wishes to you all.

Bill G. said...

Very happy birthday wishes (a day late) for Keith. I enjoy the chance to visit with you, all of you, almost every day.

Sodder for me too.

I forgot--what are Gibbies?

Hungry Mother said...

I started with "SAT" for 1A and had "sage" for 1D. I ended up with "sri" for 1A because I didn't recheck it. DOH!

Irish Miss said...

Bill G @ 3:25 ~ Gibbles is a brand of potato chips that oc4beach mentioned several months ago with high praise for their taste/quality. Being a potato chip snob, my interest was piqued to the point where I ordered some. They are everything oc said and better than any of the supermarket brands, IMO, plus the 1.5 oz bag is the perfect size for snacking. The fact that I've ordered 4 times is an indication of how much I like them. (I dare say my scale read out might be another indication! 😈)

Lucina said...

PHOTOS do not do justice to the spectacular sight of those ONIONDOMES! Even gazing for hours at them it boggles the mind how anyone could conceive much less build such intense detail into a building. I mean in particular those in Red Square, St. Basil's. They truly are remarkable.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks again to everyone who took time to wish me a Happy one yesterday (and delayed gratitude to CanadianEH & Bill G who played catch-up today!). I am quite touched by the kindness of our group, noting how often folk take time to acknowledge each others' mile markers through this vallis lacrimarum.
I had a nice b'day with all your good wishes followed by many greetings from old pals and former students via Facebook--and then my wife's lovely card and the sweet gift of a very fancy beard trimmer!
My sons checked in by phone from Texas and Arkansas. I am not a great telephone guy, but happy to GET calls from my "boys." We finished the day with a fine dinner out.
Let's see... anything else?
Oh, yes, you're right, Anonymous T: I didn't need to look up INGE in yesterday's pzl. William INGE was actually on our Irvine faculty for several years, although I came on just after he retired. Strangely, I never got around to working on any of his plays myself, although I had my students stage scenes from his Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba. His insights into character, esp. wounded types, were what made him a powerful mid-century voice.
Today's Wechsler pzl was beautifully cued, I thought. The only gimmes for me were the Macbeth line, leading to FALSE and, obviously, the Poetry muse, ERATO. Everything else required some work on the part of the old grey walnut. But after dutiful chugging "we got 'er done," as they say--and without any look-ups.
Thanks Jeffrey & thanks to you, Lemonade.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Whoot! I finished the Friday! And only in the time at the Airport bar. And, it was a JW! Thank you Jeff! Fun.

I even had time to read Lem's RECAP (the flt was delayed) and enjoyed it. BTW, ECHO, or say what he said, backs-up or verifies a story. Unfortunately, we're in an ECHO chamber as late as we pick our "news" sources.

WOs: RhaM @ 1st; Docce voce (I don't even know if that's a real thing but it just pop'd in my head); Candy GRAM [link SNL Land Shark]; AM SIGNAL [crap!] b/f RADIO DIAL; cloG b/f SNAG

//continuing draft from cab...
Fav: I really like DIME above gIN FOR A PENNY. Donno why it just tickled me.

Pronounced sol-DeR as per me :-)

D-O: I ECHO your sentiment re: ALTON. I learnt a ton from his Good Eats "SCHOOL" tho.

Big E: Youngest discovered the dial on my old Yamaha in the garage: "That's cool, you turn it and the sound goes up." I was CONFUSED until the PENNY drop'd. W/rt the works cited, don't lump MAD in there. Even poor Satire is food for thought. Now if you said Cracked ...

I'll read everybody later. Party commences about 10min after I check in.

To NOLA Cornerites: If you see a nerd in the Quarter doing an xword over a Bloody Mary, come say "Hi" :-)

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

@3:03p. Is that Abejo? Who was in Lincoln's land today?

OMK - LOL! I was being just a bit factious and yet...

Cheers, -T

Lemonade714 said...

I keep losing comments, but many happy returns Keith. I seem a day late and a dollar short these days.

Barry G. You lose our number?

Dudley said...

Looking back over the day's posts, I gather I'm not the only one who wonders about solder and body shops. Still don't get it...

Wilbur Charles said...

EGAD. There's no 'licks today
Sorry, not my schtick, no way.

The Gs helped. Enjoyable. As was Lemonade's write-up.

Owen, if you do get here, your late link (re. Groucho) referred to the stuffed duck on the quiz show. Then I reread your last line. So I guess I don't know what it meant.

Par for the Wilbur course. Speaking of courses. Two Egyptian ducks or geese came in for a landing on the green at the Honda slipp'n and a slid'n.

It's out there in CBS sports I think

Misty, I've been thinking of your Toklas session. Hemingway talked about it in his letters. I can't remember what he said in "A Movable Feast". Memory ain't my strong point these days.

The book I want to read is "The Greatest Knight" about Guillaume Le Marechal(William Marshall).

Good night


Wilbur Charles said...

Speaking of memory... Ok. Who did say
"Unloose the dogs of war"

I've heard it. Just can't place it.


Misty said...

Wilbur, many thanks for thinking about my class. I haven't read Hemmingway's "A Moveable Feast" in years, but I seem to remember that he was quite grumpy about many of his old friends, including Gertrude Stein and Alice, I think. I'll have to see if I can find my book in the garage, and check this out again. But how nice of you to remind me of it!

Bill G. said...

Ol' Man Keith might be the expert to properly answer this but you are probably remembering a quote from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar though it's "Cry Havoc and let slip the dogs of war." Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us" and “Deck us all with Boston Charlie, wally wally wash and kalamazoo” among other memorable quotes.

Mike Sherline said...

Bill G. - you're probably right on the dogs of war quote. I started learning to read as my father read Pogo, Okey Doakes and other comics of the time to me, pointing out the sounds of the letters. Later I loved the satire so much I memorized the carol, and I'm pretty sure it's:
Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Wallah Wallah Wash. (makes sense, right) and Kalamazoo.
Norah's freezin' on the trolly,
Swaller dollar cauliflower allygaroo.
Don't we know archaic barrel,
Lullaby, lillaboy, (can't remember next word).
Trolley Molly DON'T love Harold,
Boolah boolah Pensacoola, hullabaloo.
Can't believe I remember that much of it after all these years - and sometimes can't think of my address or phone number.

Mike Sherline said...

It's lullaby, lillaboy, Louisville Lou.

Picard said...

Lemonade wrote "I found a hidden treasure but that might just be a product of the pain killers."

What was the hidden treasure?

Once I got the theme it went fairly smoothly, even with unknowns like ALTON and ECHO as clued.

"Dagger of the Mind" was an original Star Trek episode. It was probably the highest level TV series ever.

Lemonade714 said...

The hidden treasure was all the clues/fill that I managed to tie into Buffalo. We have many tangential ties to Buffalo withing the Corner class.

Glad you asked Picard, and Fridays are often Shakespeare day, dogs of war included.

Picard said...

Thanks, Lemonade! But now I am even more confused! What were the tie-ins to Buffalo? Other than Buffalo Bill?

And how does that relate to Shakespeare?