Mar 5, 2017

Sunday, Jim Holland, March 5, 2017


What a hoot! Jim has taken seven common phrases that have the word IN as the second word and he has conjured up the fun gimmick of placing the first word IN the phrase. We solvers had to parse the fact that the phrase's first word was indeed enclosed  by the fill and had to be repositioned to made sense. A lovely idea and very apropos title, don't you think?

As is my occasional wont, I have put the grid at the top of the write-up to highlight the theme. You can see the first word of the correct phrase is IN yellow and ENFOLDED by the muddled phrase. You must mentally move that word to the front or top of the fill to get the desired, common expression with IN taking its implied, correct position as the desired second word. 
You can also see that Jim moved both one and two words to make this work for the seven phrases.

I think Jim's puzzle was A ONE MILLION and the rest of the puzzle was pretty much THE A WALK PARK.

Let's start with the theme fill:

23. At center stage, literally : THE THICK RIGHT OF THINGS/RIGHT IN THE THICK OF THINGS - Example

36. Start the day cheerfully, literally : A GOOD WAKE UP MOOD/WAKE UP IN A GOOD MOOD - Yeah, right!

70. Stinging rebuke, literally : THE SLAP FACE/SLAP IN THE FACE - Hey Spock, No means No on her planet too

104. Request reassignment, literally : FOR A PUT TRANSFER/PUT IN FOR A TRANSFER - He PUT IN FOR A TRANSFER many times

121. Delivers, literally : THE COMES THROUGH CLUTCH/COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH - Mason Crosby COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH to beat the Cowboys

35. Now and then, literally : ONCE WHILE/ONCE IN A WHILE - No matter what he does the rest of his career, Blair Walsh will be remembered for one of those ONCE IN A WHILE moments where he didn't come through in the clutch for the Vikings

48. Pay no admission price, literally : FOR GET FREE/GET IN FOR FREE - "Papa, tell me again what this place is and how did you GET IN FOR FREE"

Let's see what else Jim did as he HIS PUT TIME:


1. For every one : A POP

5. Attempts : STABS - Casca, Brutus, et al each wearing a 29. Floor-length garment : TOGA

10. Asian vine leaf : BETEL

15. Came down to earth : ALIT  Ma and Pa Kent find Clark after he ALIT from Krypton

19. Cadenza, e.g. : SOLO - An improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists. You're welcome

20. Kidney-related : RENAL

21. Together : AS ONE

22. Suvari of "American Beauty" : MENA - Mena Suvari. You can google her famous picture lying on a bed of roses

27. Pond buildup : ALGAE

28. Talk about incessantly : HARP ON - I heard you the fourth time!

30. Asian New Year : TET 

31. Lao Tzu principle : TAO

33. Apple core, for short? : IOS - My phone runs on Internet Operating System 10.2.1

34. Chopin work : POLONAISE - I heard a familiar melody while walking by  our radio last week and used the SHAZAM app to find out it was this Chopin work. Do you Shazam?

42. Numskulls : DOLTS

43. Rock's __ Lobos : LOS La Bamba

44. Start a pot : ANTE

45. Tazo offerings : TEAS - C.C. is our resident expert and I suspect she is familiar with this brand

46. CPO's org. : USN - A Chief Petty Officer equals a 1st sergeant in the US Army

47. Links transport : GOLF CART - They are now street legal in my home town

49. Smart Simpson : LISA

51. Made out : NECKED - See Drive-In above

55. Milne character : POOH

56. Elevator innovator : OTIS

59. Pic(ture) source : NEG(ative)

60. "A Streetcar Named Desire" wife : STELLA - One site rated this as the 33rd best movie moment of all time

61. Gather : REAP

63. Collar : NAB

65. "What's the __?" : USE

67. Withdraw by degrees : WEAN 

68. Track runner, to a tout : NAG - Theater-savvy people will know the tout who sang, "I've got the horse right  here, the name is Paul Revere..." and the play that produced it

74. Farm house dweller : HEN

75. Get into shape, with "up" : TONE

76. "Not __ long shot" : BY A 

77. Gob : TAR - Also sailor, mariner, sea dog or salt

78. Start to freeze? : ANTI

80. 1956 Triple Crown winner : MANTLE - C.C., what do you and Doug estimate this signed 1956 picture written to Ted Williams would be worth?

82. Pampering place : SPA

85. Linguist Chomsky : NOAM

87. Logician Turing : ALAN - Portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game

90. Rubs the wrong way : CHAFES

91. Johnny's 2014 Olympics figure skating co-commentator : TARA - Lipinski

93. Fills with cigarette output, as a room : SMOKES UP - Home of many a political decision back in the day

96. Squealer : RAT

97. Part of DMV: Abbr. : DEPT - Much of their work can be done online now

99. Withered : SERE

100. "Sweet as apple cider" girl of song : IDA

101. Spirited mount : STEED

108. Iron-attracting magnetite : LODESTONE - This was a compass from 200 B.C. China made from naturally-occuring magnetic LODESTONE

110. Byron's "before" : ERE

111. Sass : LIP

112. Sentimental sounds : AWS

113. Heavy reading? : TOME

114. Is incapable of : CANNOT - CAN NOT is also acceptable

117. Comes up short: LOSES if your tout give you a, uh, 130. Bum __ : STEER 

125. Skinny fish : EELS

126. Sambuca flavoring : ANISE - Sambuca didn't even make the list

127. "On Narcissism" author : FREUD

128. Went lickety-split : TORE

129. Staff symbol : REST

131. Nourishes : FEEDS

132. See 4-Down : SPUD


1. Movie role played by Skippy : ASTA

2. Sci-fi writer Frederik : POHL

3. First name in fashion : OLEG

4. Oft-fried food : POTATO - It is not the potatoes!!

5. Indian title of respect : SRI

6. High-__ : TECH

7. "Diana" singer : ANKA

8. Tinker Bell's creator : BARRIE - A lovely character for him and a corporate symbol for Disney

9. Make a subtle exit : SLIP OUT

10. German road : BAHN - Only areas near congested cities have a speed limit on the AUTOBAHN 

11. Approx. repair cost : EST

12. Oh so very : TOO TOO

13. Surround : ENFOLD

14. Release : LET GO

15. Pal of Pierre : AMI

16. Soup bean : LENTIL

17. Swallow : INGEST

18. Preferences : TASTES

24. Annoying situation : HEADACHE

25. Mark, for one : GOSPEL - Some didn't make the cut

26. Office phone unit : HANDSET

32. "__ piece of the rock": Prudential slogan : OWN A

34. Support for the sheriff : POSSE

36. Subj. with x's : ALG - BTW, x = 5 in this 3/4/5 right triangle.

37. Yucky stuff : GOOP

38. Nobel Peace Prize city : OSLO

39. Degenerate from disuse : ATROPHY - A big issue when returning from prolonged weightlessness on the ISS

40. Toon flapper Etta : KETT

41. Primary : MAIN

46. Hidden : UNSEEN

50. Río contents : AGUA

52. "Red Balloon" painter : KLEE

53. Dash : ELAN - As I said before, I think Sean Connery had more ELAN than the other 007's

54. Blocker of "Bonanza" : DAN - DAN might want to forget some of his earlier work

57. Elite group : INS

58. '40s-'50s pitcher Maglie : SAL

62. Ideally : AT BEST - This seems more like "The best you can hope for under the circumstances" 

64. Cricket club : BAT

66. Brooklyn Bridge seller, say : SCAMMER

68. First captain? : NOAH - Uh, Captain Noah, who's going to clean out the bottom of the ark?

69. Vogue editor-in-chief Dame __ Wintour : ANNA - I'm sure Ms. Wintour is always just TOO TOO chic!

71. Bridge position : EAST

72. Mythical flutist : PAN

73. Back again : FRO

75. Film watcher's channel : TMC - The Movie Channel (edited from Turner Movie Classics - Gary)

79. (Has) come down with something : TAKEN ILL

81. Causes : LEADS TO

83. San Diego player : PADRE

84. __ code : AREA - 212 is still very coveted here

86. Little helper? : ASST

88. "Yeah, right!" : AS IF

89. Art class subject : NUDE

92. Show up : APPEAR

94. Word with hygiene or history : ORAL

95. Two more than an eagle : PAR 

98. Disgust : TURN OFF - 'nuff said/shown

101. "The Name of the Rose" actor Christian : SLATER

102. American sparrow relative : TOWHEE - Unknown to me but is a cutie!

103. Citation and Corsair : EDSELS

104. Stir up : FOMENT 

105. Toddler's outfit : ONESIE

106. Academic security : TENURE - Once you've got it...

107. Parts of kettles : SPOUTS

109. Inquisitor __ de Torquemada : TOMAS - Being around him is torture!

114. "Moonstruck" Oscar winner : CHER

115. Arch style : OGEE - A plethora of OGEEs in Venice

116. Sound of a flop : THUD - Also poor acting in the NBA

118. Train station : STOP

119. Stocking shade : ECRU

120. Wood finisher? : SHED

122. Chicago winter hrs. : CST - Also true for  Indiana around Chicago but otherwise, who knows?

123. "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" monogram : TSE - Any book that inspired the song Memory is great to me!

124. Burnable media : CDS

Don't THE THROW TOWEL  yet, you THE DYED WOOL solvers should now comment!


fermatprime said...


Thanks to Jim and Gary!

Did not know THOMAS. Otherwise, went pretty fast, once I deduced the theme!

Then went and worked Saturday.

Thanks Pawel and Splynter. No problems. Just trudged away.

Have a great day!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Cute theme that even a DOLT like me could suss. Saw CADENZA, read CREDENZA and proudly inked in DESK. D'oh! IOS started out as CPU and the photo source was CAM before NEG pushed it aside. MANTLE was the name of a horse? Who knew? Thanks Jim and Husker.

If you're in the fast lane on the BAHN and see headlights flash behind you, you'd better move to the

I remember 1957 when this skinny Canadian kid named ANKA recorded a monster hit: Diana -- his first of many.

ATROPHY -- the new brain game! Anyone can play.

desper-otto said...

Forgot to mention, TOMAS reminds me of a day years ago when a Catholic Tribunal wrote me that they were in the process of annulling my first marriage. I wrote back that it was about what I'd expect from the fine folks who brought us the Spanish Inquisition. Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Larry Jordan said...

TMC The Movie Channel
TCM Turner Classic Movies

OwenKL said...

Oww! FIR, but took a while, and the theme faloozled me till near the very end! (That word came to mind on its own. I think it's a portmanteau of flummoxed and bamboozled.)

Gary: Exceptionally good write-up with all the ani-gifs, and that grid at the top--!!!


If Sigmund FREUD had a son named Floyd
Then Floyd FREUD would no doubt be annoyed
By immature DOLTS
And unsure adults
Who ask if he'd like his SPUDS French fried!

Sorry there's only one sorry poem today. Yesterday was another of those bad days when I couldn't even get out of bed. When I finally did get up for a little bit, I spent my time first on a bit of artwork before pulling up the crossword. Tiled, that's my latest desktop background.

JCJ said...

Pretty straightforward. One hitch when I read BUM as BURN. Blame the small newsprint.

Big Easy said...

I was getting a HEAD ACHE trying to figure this thing out until I realized after looking at ORAPUTTRANSFER was missing IN and became FOR A PUT TRANSFER. At that point IN the game, I won and finished the rest of the seemingly weird fills. The NE was wracking my brain due to my own misspelling of LENTIL as LINTEL, had no idea who MENA (town in Arkansas) Suvair was, and the missing IN was not solved yet. So Chopin's POLONAISE finally fell into place.

"Apple core, for short?"- IOS-----INCORRECT. The memory is the core, not the "Operating System"-- RAM or ROM. The CPU is the processing unit.

TOWHEE, MENA, TOMAN, POHL, ANNA, Tazo TEAS were unknowns for me today. As for the Triple Crown winner, I was thinking of a horse not The Mick. NOAH & NOAM in one puzzle

Well before my muscles ATROPHY, it's time to get my butt moving.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Jim and Gary! We haven't seen a Sunday puzzle this easy in a long time! And yet I had two bad cells, AMC and AWS since I'm not familiar with TOWHEE. What? The longer I live the more there is to learn.

I caught the theme for a change and found it amusing. Apparently if it's scrambled my mind gets it.

Interesting to find NOAH and NOAM and NECKED. Wow. Then here comes FREUD. So lots to like in this puzzle including POLONAISE.

Thank you, again, Gary, for your informative expo.

Have a delightful day, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

Wow! A great puzzle with an interesting theme. Getting the gimmick early on helped to fill it in my normal Sunday time or a little less. My sticking place was CPU for IOS, which I didn't know. A mental alphabet run filled the I in BARRIE and IOS. I knew Barrie but I could not dredge it up. Gary, all your write ups are outstanding, but you outdid yourself today. Thanks for all the pictures. I liked the way you illustrated the theme in the grid.
I like almost every kind of bean and I love bean soup, however I do not care for lentils, at all.
I knew TOWHEE. I can see the birds through my patio doors without them seeing me. I kept a bird book handy and ID'ed and listed many of them when we first moved here. My list ran to 50 something in a short time. I doubt that I have seen a towhee except in the book as I leafed through it. People think of NJ as urban. These suburbs in the north western counties have much greenery and wild life. And then there is the Jersey shore.
POLONAISE took a while. I was looking for a title.
Owen KL, feel better soon.

Irish Miss said...

.Good Morning:

This was a clever and enjoyable Sunday stroll but, alas, I went astray, leading to a FIW. My eyes saw P _ H L which looked like Phil to me, instead of P _ L H so I filled in an I (Phil) instead of an O (Pohl). Silo looked okay, (Solo looks better!) and, because I had a brain freeze with Cadenza, I left it there. Oops! I, too, was trying to think of a horse's name until perps gave me Mantle. Towhee was an unknown but Tomas was not. A smooth sail but for the Phil/Pohl mix up.

Thanks, Jim, for a fun solve and thanks, HG, for the usual wit and wisdom. I knew you were the blogger from the very first sentence, as you have a distinct voice.

BTW, the 8 part series, "Feud" begins tonight on FX. It's about the Bette Davis/Joan Crawford relationship, beginning around the time of the filming of "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Susan Sarandon plays Crawford and Jessica Lange plays Davis. I'm taping it just to see if it's worth watching in its entirety.

Have a great day.

Argyle said...

Larry Jordan was right; 75D. Film watcher's channel : TMC does mean The Movie Channel. It is an American premium cable and satellite television network that is owned by the Showtime Networks subsidiary of CBS Corp.(Wiki) There should not have been "channel" in the clue.

Towhee, picture, I was crawling through a thicket of young trees(don't ask why; I won't tell you) when I came face to face with a towhee. We were both quite surprised.

billocohoes said...

Had to check that it was Nicely Nicely Johnson, and not Benny Southstreet or Rusty Charlie who touted Paul Revere, but we never found out if PR was a NAG or a STEED.

That song in "Guys and Dolls" is titled "Fugue for Tinhorns", I'm surprised FUGUE doesn't occur more here, it looks like classic crosswordese.

TTP said...

Good morning all. Thank you Jim and thank you Husker Gary.

Well, nuts. No TADA with the fill of my last letter - the W in TOWHEE.

It was my fifth entry that did me in. POHL, AOPOP, OLEG, POTATO, and then AfTA. D'oh ! Nick and Nora's dog, not the Gillette product.

Looked at THE SLAP FACE and -ONCE WHILE and then looked at the puzzle title.

Enjoyed your write up Gary. For whatever reason, the text explaining the colors in the Indiana map did not render in blogger. Had to open it in a new window, and the text showed up.

Husker Gary said...

-Thanks for the kind words. I am experimenting with alternate placement of pictures so bloggers who don’t care for visuals can be less impeded. This makes for some other issues that involve going in and sorting through HTML code but I did that and have updated the write-up trying to eliminate so many blank lines. Despite earlier reports I am somewhat trainable.
-I also changed TMC to The Movie Channel from Turner Classic Movies (Duh, TCM). I watch the latter a great deal and do not subscribe to the former. The Sunday puzzle has a lot of moving parts and my explanation plus $4 will get you a Big Mac.
-Yes, of course, Stubby McKay did sing Fugue For Tinhorns that touted Paul Revere.
-67˚F on the Great Plains today and so…

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Loved this clever puzzle. Caught the theme early which really hastened the solve overall. Last to fill was the far SW. Had never heard of a TOWHEE and am unfamiliar with the phrase "COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH". Other complete unknowns were MENA, POHL, and Dame ANNA which all filled via perps.

Great write-up, Husker. Like Irish Miss said, you have a distinctive writing style. Right from the outset with "What a hoot!" I knew it wasn't C.C., and guessed it had to be you.

Enjoy the day!

Misty said...

Delightful Sunday puzzle, Jim--thank you so much. And terrific write-up, Gary, with great pictures (Brando's STELLA broke my heart). I love puzzles where you think you've got the theme and then something isn't working and you go, "What the . . . ?" You know you're in for a surprise, or is that for a in surprise. Great fun. I actually sailed through this entire puzzle until I got to the southwest corner, and then got stumped. I actually thought of EDSELS but figured that was the car's only name, so didn't go with it. But LODESTONE and TOWHEE gave me enough trouble that I had to do a tiny bit of cheating. But still, a great Sunday--many thanks again, to you both!

Going to hear the Orange County Women's Chorus this afternoon, so I have to get going with my day. Have a wonderful one, everybody!

CrossEyedDave said...

Could tell right away it was an HG writeup!

Thanks HG, you saved me. My linkage obsession has been fulfilled.

Also, never knew there were sites like this: (must bone up on my crosswordese...)

Hmm, could the theme have been YODAisms?

Jayce said...

I am so impressed with this puzzle! Definitely Mr. Holland's Opus Magnus! My brain doesn't understand scrambled stuff as easily as Lucina's does, so I had to really think hard about the extremely clever and well-executed gimmick. (That's probably why I have a hard time with anagrams and jumbles.) Thank you for such a pleasant Sunday morning puzzle, Mr. Holland.
Thank you, also, Husker Gary, for the terrific write-up, into which it is obvious you put a lot of effort and care. I agree your style is instantly (and pleasantly) recognizable.
Like Big Easy I had to wrinkle my nose at iOS being clued as "core," even though "core" is cute in an "Apple" clue. To me, the core is the CPU. In fact, many CPUs nowadays are quad-core, having four cores. It is the core that does the actual computing, and a multi-core processor can execute, or "think," about more than one thing simultaneously.
I had the same thought that desper-otto had: "MANTLE was the name of a horse?" especially so close after NAG.
Yellowrocks, I have fond memories of the Jersey shore, specifically Forked River where my uncle had a house right on the shore of Barnegat Bay. Good times boating, fishing, clamming, and drinking.
Best wishes to you all.

Anonymous said...

So, what is "literal" about the "inless" answers to those clues? A gimmick, fer shure; but fun? Not at all.

STAB means "attempt" only as a noun, not as a verb.

The plural of EEL is EEL (just as the plural of "fish" is "fish" – it's in the clue).

CanadianEh! said...

Fun is in the eye of the beholder. I smiled at the cleverness when I got the gimmick.

Ah, but if you make more than one attempt, you have plural STABS.

Merriam-Webster online dictionary lists the plural of fish as fish or fishes, and uses eels in plural form.
Oxford online dictionary uses eels in plural form and states "The normal plural of fish is fish (a shoal of fish; he caught two huge fish). The older form fishes is still used, when referring to different kinds of fish (freshwater fishes of the British Isles)".
There seems to be some indication that fishes may be used to refer to multiple species of fish. Similarly eels may be used to indicate multiple species.
So perhaps for consistency, the clue could have been "skinny fishes"!

CanadianEh! said...

THE SLAP FACE combined with the title clued me into this puzzle's theme. Thanks for the fun Jim and Husker Gary (I also enjoyed your additional IN phrases!).

Hand up for thinking of horses with Triple Crown and not knowing cadenza.
My sentimental sounds moved from AhS to AWS to give me TOWHEE (not a total unknown).
My first name in fashion was Coco until changing Each to APOP made me rethink and move to OLEG.

I smiled at INGEST because we had Egest recently. Plus, I really wanted "sound of a flop" to be Whump like Feb 21 but it wouldn't fit and I found THUD.

I hesitated to fill in TMC because I was sure that Channel could not be in both the clue and the answer. I see that Argyle agrees with me.

Have a great day.
Feel better soon OwenKL.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I stopped and restarted a few times today. Usually that allows me to add some fill, but not today. I finally gave up and Googled for BARRIE, even though we had him a day or two ago. That was enough to clue me in to the rest of the fill and finish without error.

Like DO, I had cam for NEG. Also bet for NAG. sped for TORE, clef for REST, and high-alai for high-TECH (I know, I know). I had a baker's dozen that were mysteries to me.

Thanks to Jim for a very fun grid which was just a little beyond my vocabulary level. And Gary, I second all the praise you got from others today.

Chuck Lindgren said...

Made my life difficult as the "Core" of any hardware computing device is the CPU not the operating system. But the verts eventually prevailed. No Tada exactly but close. Too many as my Dad would say " I wouldn't know (him, her, it) if it bit me in the A**!"
Today that was Asta, Pohl, Barrie, Polonaise, Milne, WINTOUR ( how the heck does she rate British royalty ??) and as a Math, Science, sports guy all I got for my trouble was Sal and the Mick ! Oh well I wonder if I ask for Spaghetti Polonaise this week my wife will fall for it?

What is the opposite of a prodigy in Music ? I could sight read the Treble clef, play the right hand on any keyboard, sort of play a clarinet all before I was 9... I am 66 and haven't advanced a bit...I can sort of cord with the left but regressed on the clarinet. I am so amazed at even a bit of musical talent and cant understand why anyone can't do algebra and logarithms in their head...neither ability helps in crossowrds. Have a great Sunday all.

Chuck Lindgren said...

Oh and another nit that one us already of caught...I had TCM for Turner Classic Movies...I COULDNT BE TMC (The Movie Channel) because using the answer in the clue...I finally decided that it must be Turner Movie Classics and I remember my wife's favorite channel wrong. Otherwise I couldn't fill in the Mick. Could have been the greatest of all time except for the knees and the parties. Hated him as a Tiger fan but man could he play. Saw his last homerun in person...MCClain fastball right down the middle tipped by Freehan September 1968...ah I wax nostalgic today.

Chuck Lindgren said...

Oh and at a risk of overstaying my welcome today "core" as pertains to computer memory is a long outdated storage method for data. "Core" meaning "at the center of" as most of us took the clue is and will for ever be the "Central Processing Unit". DQMK !

Wilbur Charles said...

AW, I had AH. I should have run through the alphabet but I probably would have run out of gas way before W.

Sal Maglie was nicknamed"The Barber" for the close shaves he would give batters.
Speaking of... This August will be the 50th anniversary of the Tony Conigliaro beaning.

The denoument of a long beanball feud between the Angels and Redsox.

Horse racing triple crown was in folks' head because of Man O War yesterday.

After a tough week this was fairly smooth if one sussed the theme. Like Misty and others I tend to move diagonally so I arrived at CLUTCH and pieced things together after writing over OUCH with THUD.

ANISE was used as Tea the other day so that list can be updated.

Mantle was my favorite ballplayer if we don't count gods*

* See Updike: Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu(10/1960). NewYorker


Ps. Too bad we didn't have 5 letters for Mark. We could have has TOO TOO TWAIN reading down

Pps. Owen, if that last groaner didn't snap you out of the doldrums seek Floyd

Wilbur Charles said...

PPPs. I too greatly enjoy Gary's write-ups.

The golfers are coming to innisbrook in Palm Harbor NW of Tampa. No Speith but his buddy Justin Thomas, #1 on the FedEx standings. It's bunched between the late Arnold Palmer tourney, Bay Hill and the big one just concluded in Mexico.

I've got to run the tape when I get home to see if my fav guy, Speith, won.

WC in the usual time

Anonymous said...

please let Jim Holland do the puzzle every week. This is more like Burstyn and tunic that we did for years.

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody. Thanks Jim and Gary.

If you could have been a fly on the table of the local espresso emporium this afternoon, you would have observed three people; a high school girl doing math problems in between checks of her iPhone, a guy reading a text about public education in America and me, chortling over wonderfully-silly stuff in my latest download of a Dave Barry book. Very excellent!

Bobbi said...

Finally sat down with this entry after a busy Sunday. Fairly easy, but, maybe because " clever" is foreign to my logical psychic abilities, I thought the theme was rather silly. Now you all can retort, " Aw, you're no fun!!"

Yellowrocks said...

Thanks for the tip on the FX production, The Feud, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. They had Bette character down pat. Joan not so much. She was missing the arrogance and the swagger. Mommy Dearest had a better Joan.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

HG - Brilliant writeup for an amazingly clever puzzle that I now wish I done did. Just having Jim drop NOAM & ALAN warms this computer scientist's heart. 'Course core is that magnetic-intersect block of memory in the middle :-)

{B-}. Move over OKL - I'm joining you... DW just left for Italy for 2 weeks w/ her students. I'll be convalescing whilst she's gone :-( Get well friend.

No one linked for D-O!?! Here you go... I bet you expected it this time :-)

Re: TOMAS Torqumada, let's face it, you can't Ta'qa madda' anything. [8m Brooks]

Play tomorrow. Cheers, -T

OwenKL said...

WC, just for you:

Sam Clemens rode a steamboat, on his way to fame.
For travelogues and novels, he must take the blame!
On river or on sea
His humor oft twas twee --
Had he ridden locomotives more, he'd be a TOO-TOO TWAIN!

OwenKL said...

Tony said..."DW just left for 2 weeks. I'll be convalescing whilst she's gone"

Facebook post I just read from Justin Raper:
I have done nothing productive today, and am so greatful to my wife for her understanding that I am sick with a bad cold. After all, Erika has gone through pregnancy and child birth, which is the closest a woman can come to understanding what a man goes through when he has a cold.

Abejo said...

Good Monday morning, folks. Thank you, Jim Holland, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Husker Gary, for a fine review.

Worked on this on and off all day Sunday. Finished about midnight and went to bed. Liked the puzzle. the theme was pretty complicated and I am sure tough to construct. Took me almost to the end of the puzzle to figure out I had to add IN.

Lots of words I needed Perps for, so i will not even try to list them.

LODE STONE I wagged and got it right.

Tries TRIES for 5A. Fixed that to STABS after a while.

Tried TEST at 6D. Fixed that to TECH. A couple inkblots.

Did not know POLONAISE. My wife tipped me off there.

Well, I have to leave in 15 minutes rot Count the Offering at church. See you tomorrow.


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Wilbur Charles said...


Aaron P said...

Hey Jim Holland. The Prudential slogan is "get a piece of the rock". Not "own a piece of the rock. You suck.

Argyle said...

"Own a piece of the rock" and "Get a piece of the rock" are both trade marks of Prudential. Own Get

Picard said...

Learning moment for me that Triple Crown is a baseball term as well as a horse racing term. Hand up for being stuck thinking MANTLE must be wrong. But I was wrong! FIR!

Fun theme and puzzle!

I had NOAM Chomsky as a professor back in the day. Brilliant and very down to Earth man.

In my math studies we went through ALAN Turing's proof of the halting problem. Beyond brilliant. Wish I could have met him.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit. I've scoured all available info and even called corporate and you're uncategorically wrong

Aaron P said...

"Own a piece of the rock" trademark is owned by Chris Coughlan of San Francisco. Get your facts straight Argyle. You should know know what you're talking about before you open your misinformed mouth.

Argyle said...

I linked my proof; where is yours?

Picard said...

That was a really odd exchange, Argyle. I only remember "Own a piece of the rock" in the ads. As you showed, there is a trademark for it.

Not sure why these others don't trust your evidence. Nor, why they are so hostile about it. As you say, if they have facts to offer they should show them.

Argyle said...

This Chris Coughlan of San Francisco did apply for the trade mark, "Own a Piece of the Rock", but the application was abandoned and never granted. I wonder if Prudential bought him out.