Mar 19, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017 Cheri Kedrowski and Victor Barocas

Theme: "Big Appetite" - The last words (all animals) are replaced by the bigger animals in the successive theme entries.

22A. Practice good web courtesy? : NOT HURT A SPIDER. Not hurt a fly (back to the reveal theme entry). Like the Jains. Fun clue. Made me think of Internet.

30A. Description of the start of some Road Runner cartoons? : ALONG CAME A BIRD. Along Came a Spider.

53A. Nibbles on Friskies? : EATS LIKE A CAT. Eats like a bird.

61A. Warning for a snoopy Snoopy? : CURIOSITY KILLED THE DOG. Grid spanner. Curiosity killed the cat.

73A. Treatment for a milk hangover? : HAIR OF THE COW. Hair of the dog.

95A. Line that might not calm down Richard III? : DON'T HAVE A HORSE. Don't have a cow. "My kingdom for a horse".

107A. Song that inspired this puzzle : I KNOW AN OLD LADY. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,

C.C. here. Alas, I have no memory of this song, despite a Jeffrey puzzle a few years ago.

Asked Boomer. He started to sing "... I don't know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she'll die...". Then I checked the Wiki page and understood the rationale of Cheri and Victor's approach. Quite neat. Orderly increase of animal size. 

Google shows that Cheri Kedrowski is a manager with 3M. This seems to be her debut. Congrats, Cheri!

You all know Victor Barocas, the very  talented and self-effacing crossword constructor and editor of our local Minnesota Crossword Tournament.

 Victor Barocas, David Liben-Nowell & Michael David

The 7 theme entries are all fairly long. Total 101 theme squares.  Heavy themage. Cheri and Victor still managed to put two great 11's and five 9's in the Down slots.

1. Plymouth Reliant, e.g. : K-CAR

5. Spanish cathedral city : LEON. Here is the cathedral.

9. Yawner : DRAG

13. Flakes in geology class : MICA

17. Language that gave us "bard" : ERSE

18. Magazine founder Eric : UTNE. Our local Barnes & Noble carries Uten Reader. But no LA Times.

19. Graceful leap : JETE. Clue echo with 36. Graceful leap : AXEL

20. Wasn't plumb : LEANED. I read it as "Wasn't plump".

25. With merchandise, say, as payments : IN KIND

26. Snack cake that can be deep-fried : TWINKIE. I meant to ask. Have any of you had these Oreo pies before? 
27. Author Morrison : TONI. Also 89. Mystery author Grafton : SUE

28. Bening of "The Kids Are All Right" : ANNETTE

29. Proof-ending abbr. : QED

33. Foot bone : TALUS

37. Clarifying words : AS IN. V as in Victor.

38. Non-discriminatory hiring abbr. : EOE

39. Et __ : ALII. Put in ALI? then wait.

40. Cruised through : ACED

41. Cool play area, maybe : RINK. Nice clue.

43. "Erie Canal" mule : SAL

45. Frequent mother-and-child painter : CASSATT (Mary)

47. Last verb in the Gettysburg Address : PERISH. "... shall not perish from the earth". Victor always digs deep for different clue angles.

49. Bar game : LIMBO

56. Supreme Roman : EMPEROR

58. Pamplona's kingdom : NAVARRE. Forgot. We had this a while ago.

59. '70s extremist gp. : SLA. Symbionese Liberation Army.

60. Boast opener : VENI. "veni, vidi, vici"

68. Scads : A TON

69. Chilean pronoun : ESO

70. Cellphone setting : VIBRATE

71. Rock band member : BASSIST

78. 1921 Valentino role : SHEIK

79. Breastbones : STERNA. I learned this word from an Alan Cumming/Fresh Air interview.

81. Not let go of : BELABOR

83. __ Moines : DES

85. Jackie's designer : OLEG (Cassini)

86. Tobacco plug : CHAW

88. Record, in a way : TIVO

91. Distinctive flavor : TANG. Also the last major Chinese dynasty with capital in my hometown Xi'an. Zhou, Qin, Han & Tang. That's how I got my Mandarin name.

93. Like details you'd rather be spared : GORY

94. In the stars : FATED

99. Tool for Cinderella : MOP

100. Remove from the box : UNCRATE

101. The __: Horace works : ODES

102. Small detail : MINUTIA

106. 1958 hit that won the first Song of the Year Grammy : VOLARE. Learning moment for me. Wiki says it's Italian for "To fly".

110. Puts up : ERECTS

111. Level : TIER

112. Humor that evokes winces : CORN

113. Myrtle or hazel : TREE

114. Thing to do : TASK

115. Postulates : SAYS

116. Joint for jumping : KNEE. Another nice clue.

117. Large septet : SEAS


1. Surrey neighbor : KENT

2. Fox's fabled flattery victim : CROW

3. Italian sparkler : ASTI

4. Burger successor : REHNQUIST. The Chief Justice when I first came here.

5. Shocking : LURID

6. Kitchen extension? : ETTE. Kitchenette. Also  55. Trick ending? : ERY. Trickery.

7. Bump-log link : ON A

8. Snugly situated : NESTLED

9. Muslim spirit : DJINN. Also JINNI.

10. Make anew, as a trench : RE-DIG

11. Downed : ATE

12. Lang. of Luther : GER

13. Pretend : MAKE BELIEVE.Also 64. Advantage : INSIDE TRACK. Sparkly 11s.

14. Ab __: from the start : INITIO 

15. Middle of England? : CENTRE. Normally a clue for ELL.

16. Threw in : ADDED

20. Housekeeping concern : LINENS

21. Sicilian province or its capital : ENNA

23. Maui music makers : UKEs

24. Combine : POOL

28. Port-au-Prince pal : AMI

30. Pink-slip : AXE

31. "That's enough!" : CAN IT

32. Poses : ASKS

33. Middle X, in a game : TAC

34. Roman wings : ALAE. Learned from doing crosswords.

35. Hall of Fame WNBA star __ Leslie : LISA Incredible career.

36. Ones seeking change : ACTIVISTS

40. Books with legends : ATLASES

41. Warehouse job : RECEIVING

42. Savings plan letters : IRA

44. European peak : ALP

46. "This comes __ surprise" : AS NO

47. Leave in the garage : PARK

48. Kept down : HELD AT BAY. Great fill as well.

50. Sitcom with the episode "Stable for Three" : MR. ED. Mister Ed is the preferred spelling. Rich also prefers Doctor Who rather than DR WHO.

51. Lead singer on "The Joshua Tree" : BONO

52. Not a copy: Abbr. : ORIG

54. Green Hornet's driver : KATO
57. First book of the New Testament : MATTHEW

59. Feudal peasant : SERF

61. Pickup artists? : CABS. Not CONS. The driver can be the "Pickup artist". Not the car itself. 

62. Bountiful locale : UTAH. Bountiful, Utah.

63. Left the ground : ROSE

65. Turkish coin : LIRA

66. Corp. raider's ploy : LBO. Leveraged Buyout.

67. Cad : HEEL

72. Devastating 2008 hurricane : IKE

73. Comic strip mother of Hamlet and Honi : HELGA. Hagar the Horrible.

74. "You __": Lionel Richie hit : ARE

75. Launches : CATAPULTS. Love this word.

76. Departure notice? : OBIT

77. Emulated Arachne : WOVE

80. Word with musical or muscle : TONE

82. Reel partner : ROD

84. With 92-Down, Monopoly prop. bordering the Electric Company : STATES. And 92. See 84-Down : AVE
86. Russian Civil War fighter : COSSACK

87. Maximilian I's realm: Abbr. : HRE

89. Chihuahua neighbor : SONORA

90. Ben and Sam : UNCLES
93. Gathered steam : GREW

94. Affectionate : FOND

95. Bed cover : DUVET. Not SHEET.

96. Playwright Moss : HART

97. Baklava sweetener : HONEY. I recall Baklava is favorite at the Spitzboov household. Best wishes for Betty's quick recovery! Relieved to hear the good news for your son too, Wilbur!

Spitzboov, Betty and Argyle

98. Glade targets : ODORS

99. "The Wrong Sort of Bees" author : MILNE

102. Seconds : MORE

103. Shipping deduction : TARE

104. Planning session input : IDEA

105. Positive words : AYEs

107. "__ Not Easy Being Green" : IT'S

108. Soul seller : KIA. Not FAUST. Great clue.

109. Nantes negative : NON



fermatprime said...

Hi everyone!

Many thanks to Cheryl, Victor and C. C.!

Really cute theme.

Only had a few hangups: NAVARRE, ENNA, BOUNTIFUL, KIA.

Had a misprint that took awhile to get rid of. Otherwise, lots of fun!

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

DNF, and what I did finish, FIW¡ The DNF was a single cell natick, LISA+CuSSATT. The wrongs were ALuE, VaLARE, SONaRA, mIA, ImNOW..., LIRi, STERNi, REHNQUeST, ALIe.
Once I got the part of the gimmick where each animal was moved up a phrase, that part was fun. But the sequence I didn't get until after I was defeated, and learned the reveal was "I KNOW AN OLD LADY", not "I'M NOW AN OLD HORSE". Ugh (me, not the puzzle)¡ The title didn't help me at all, and even led me astray after Road Runner and "EATS LIKE...". I would have been better helped by [Illustrious] Burl Ives. Coincidentally, I just got an e-mail about his Masonic museum room yesterday.

{C-, C.}

A black old CROW sat in a TREE
Said "I'd like a CHAW of that CORN for me!"
He was caught in the act
And almost faced the AXE,
But the farmer BELABORED him over his KNEE!

The package came for LEON to UNCRATE
But when he tried, it would start to VIBRATE!
What was he RECEIVING?
He worried all evening --
I don't know either, I'm sad to relate¡

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Came down with something yesterday, so I went to bed early and purposely slept late this morning. The outlook is much better today.

Cute theme, Cheri and Victor, though I didn't get it, even when the whole puzzle was filled. I saw the stair-step of the animals, but didn't see how that related to some old lady. I just don't remember that song. I do remember Volare -- written and sung by Domenico Modugno. It was later covered by Dean Martin, Bobby Rydell and Jerry Vale among others. The song was also known as Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu. I know, TMI.

Yellowrocks said...

Wonderful theme. I quickly saw the progression of animals from the theme line before. When I got to the reveal I laughed with delight. I know the song. How clever!
My grandson sang Volare for Talent Night.
Soul seller brought Faust to mind, too. We read the Gretchen Episode from Goethe's Faust in German class years ago. I couldn't read it in German now.
Deep fried Twinkies? Bleh!! as Snoopy would say.
The ATT gave me CASSATT. I waited for the last vowel in NAVARRE. I never set my phone on VIBRATE, so the V in receive and vibrate was my last fill.
I was surprised that limbo, not darts, was a bar game. Finally I realized the bar was the thing you slide under.
I am going to hear a barbershop songfest this afternoon to benefit Alan's workshop.

Husker Gary said...

-These skinny girls I see at school claim they EAT LIKE A HORSE
-Did anyone else think of this silly sequential poem?
-They’ll never bring this building back to PLUMB but don’t want it to topple
-SUE could have used AS IN instead of IS FOR
-VENI, Vidi, male fecerunt. (I came, I saw, I made it awkward)
-I guess if you’re a body part, they can pluralize you any way they want
-City by city, this disgusting habit is being outlawed even for athletes
-GORY details – “If you can’t say something nice, come sit next to me!”
-Talk about a REDIG…. TR would have loved it!
-The last verb in Luther’s 95 theses is VERTRAUEN (hope/trust)
-Some ACTIVISTS can BELABOR a point
-Is there enough Glade for a roomful of 4th graders after recess?
-How did we get guys name MATTHEW, Mark, Luke and John in the Middle East?
-An inredible CATAPULT!
-PARKing at our D.C. hotel is $49/night. Therefore, we will use UBER (not CABs)

Lemonade714 said...

Like C.C. I remembered JW's take on the Old Lady and note that fellow Minnesota constructor George Barany was first to comment. I said with the earlier puzzle, this type of creativity is either loved or hated. I enjoy working for the solution, even on Sunday.

Welcome Cheri; thank you and Victor and C.C.

Big Easy said...

C.C., I'm with you. I also have no memory of the song because I have never heard it or heard of it. I filled all the theme clues but didn't notice that the animals were in ascending order or that they were sequentially replacing each other. But I had three crosses that I couldn't do due to unknowns and incorrect guesses LISA & CASSATT, DJINN & JETE, and INITIO & EOE, the last one being a sloppy mistake filling Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) instead of Equal Opportunity Employer(EOE). CENTRO looked strange and I left it. Two employment options today: EOE and INSIDE TRACK; I'd take the latter any day.

I paused on the Monopoly fill because it had 'prop.' in the clue and I was thinking 'Advance to St. Charles Place, if you pass Go collect $200) and it could be abbr. as 'ST CHAS'; but I knew STATES was beside Electric Company.

YR- if you set your phone to vibrate and place it on a table, you can hear it before the phone actually starts playing your ring tone.

HG- 'Eat like a horse'. I don't remember the person's name but an opera coach once said:
" Opera singers who eat like horses sing like birds and vice versa"

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

What Yellowrocks said. I saw the progression as it progressed, but didn't make the song connection until the reveal. Clever scheme!

Morning C.C., those Oreo pies are unfamiliar to me. It's not immediately clear why they're called "pies" - British influence, maybe?

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

It took me awhile to catch the theme and that rhyme is too vague in my brain so the reveal didn't help much. Needed perps in several spots such as Navarre, et alii, perish, limbo (I wanted Lotto, at first), etc. Had puns before corn and chew before chaw. Volare brings back lots of memories. Cassatt was a gimme but had trouble with the spelling of the SC Justice. (Still do! 😜). Overall, an enjoyable solve.

Thanks, Cheri and Victor, for a clever Sunday challenge and thanks, CC, for the informative expo. Always fun to learn something about your culture.

DO, hope you're on the road back to normal.

Bill G, hoping to hear that your wallet was returned intact.

Spitz, how is Betty coming along?

HG, your link of the Panama Canal reminded me of the classic (and hilarious) movie, "Arsenic and Old Lace," starring none other than Cary Grant. [Sigh!] Speaking of movies, I watched "Florence Foster Jenkins" last night. It was funny but sad, too, and Meryl Streep was outstanding, as usual. I'm not a big fan of Hugh Grant but he was very good as was Simon Helberg who plays Howard on "TBBT."

Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

Bill, did you get your wallet and tablet back?
Several years ago I left my purse under a chair in an eatery. I returned within 3 or 4 minutes and it was gone! The cashier there said no one reported finding it. At least I had my car keys in my pocket. I went to the police for paperwork to use in place of my license and registration. I closed my credit accounts and got new numbers. Hours later someone phoned me to say they had my purse. They lived 40 minutes away and I got lost going there. The street where my GPS advised me to turn had become one way the other way, so the street name sign was removed. I finally found the street. At least the finder was honest.
I feel for you, Bill. It is such a hassle to lose your wallet. I hope your tablet was password protected.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Cheri, Victor and C.C. What an enjoyable start to Sunday morning. My daughter and granddaughters all have loved THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO SWALLOWED A FLY. We have it in book form and read it endlessly. Giggling ensues.

This was a slow but sure solve with very few write overs. In Spain, as in most of Europe, every major city has a splendid cathedral but narrowing one in Spain to four letters brought LEON to mind immediately.

Don't worry about TMI, any of those details could be a future clue!

I'm surprised you don't know SONORA which is your neighbor to the south.

I'm still working on Saturday's puzzle as I was gone all afternoon to a 2-year old's birthday party. Since she has numerous relatives from both sides of the family, opening the gifts took up most of the time. She could start her own toy store!

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone!

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody. I enjoyed this puzzle, especially once the theme made sense. I think it could have been one iota better if the animal progression had started with a FLY. Just my two-cents worth. Thanks Cheri, Victor and CC.

(Ahh, now that I see the logic of the replacement animals, starting with a fly might not make sense.)

I think the fill has been excellent all week. We are lucky to have such a stable of talented and clever constructors. Also, one of the best editors around. He deserves a lot of the credit I think.

Irish Miss and YR, alas, no wallet or Nook. Rats! I have faith in the honesty of the local people and I am disappointed that nobody has found it and returned it to me. Grumble...

Wilbur Charles said...

I imagine there's still a bunch slogging through this imaginative XW. One of my worst inkblots was caused by DRUMMERS. And down in the old SW I couldn't recall DUVET from the other day. Nor spell MATTHEW with two Ts.

Owen. B-B+ at least. En Francais we have:

Maître Renard et Monsieur de Corbeau from Racine. Instead of CHAW, FROMAGE.

After finally seeing the descent of the previous animals I thought of the OLD LADY was Little Miss Muffett for whom "Along came a spider".

I also had TIED for level and was too tired to go back over all my squares.

Finally(you hope): Soul seller got me thinking of"The Devil and Daniel Webster"

But I couldn't recall who sold their soul in that story


Ps. Phil is stable. We'll see his Doctor tomorrow

chapstick52 said...

Like a moon pie

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Fun puzzle today. I didn't see the full beauty of it until I got to the reveal. I am familiar with the song as performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Noel Paul Stookey's facial expressions were wonderful. Favorite clue/answers today are "Joint for jumping" for KNEE, and "Soul seller" for KIA. Thanks for the puzzle Cheri and Victor, and thanks, C.C., for the fine expo. Are Oreo pies on the shelves of markets here in the U.S.? I see them listed for sale on Amazon, though they are currently out of stock.

Wishing the best for your son Phil, Wilber Charles.

Bill G., I hope your wallet is retuned. Maybe some kind soul will drop it in a mailbox to return to you.

Enjoy the day!

MJ said...

Oops! Wilbur, not Wilber. Sorry for the typo.

maripro said...

Thanks C.C., Cheri, and Victor. I was impressed with your long non-themers, especially "catapult."
I knew the song, but didn't catch on until the reveal. What a great job you did in keeping to the order of the animals!
As you may have guessed, I loved the puzzle.

Jayce said...

Sheesh, that Victor Barocas fella sure can dream up amazing clues! I enjoyed this puzzle very much and was able to solve it with only a few mental alphabet runs. It took me far too long to come up the with H in REHNQUIST. I was thinking about the state of my solving skills 10 years ago and realized I probably would have needed much more help to solve a puzzle like this, if I could solve it at all. So I have demonstrated and confirmed to myself that one's skills can and do grow ever more honed. QED.

One of my little fears in life is losing my wallet and having to deal with the consequences. A huge nightmare scenario I hope and trust I will never be subjected to is (don't tell the Thought Police!) being arrested, handcuffed, and shoved into the back seat of a police cruiser between two fat cops. This would be the perfect storm of my claustrophobia, merinthophobia, and tachophobia. Sorry, TMI.

Best wishes to you all.

Misty said...

Well, I only got the northwest and a bit of the south before I had to start cheating on this Sunday puzzle--way too complicated for me. But seeing how it worked out with that clever theme made me appreciate how impressive it was. So, congratulations Cheri and Victor on this. And thank you for your always helpful expo, C.C.

I too will be hoping for the best for Phil, Wilbur.

I haven't been reporting you all my financial nightmare of the past two weeks, but hearing of Bill G.'s wallet loss makes me appreciate how lucky I ended up being. Since my tax accountant couldn't come to my house this year, I mailed her my tax documents, but stupidly sent the big envelope by regular mail rather than registered or otherwise secured. After a couple days I phoned and asked her if she got the envelope and she said, "No, not yet," and this went on day after day after day, until I became totally frantic. The paperwork included my social security number, the numbers of every account I have, my address, etc. etc. and would give someone access to every bit of my financial information. I therefore had to start phoning my retirement companies, brokerage houses, banks, everybody to change user names and passwords--a complete and total nightmare. Then, miraculously, on Thursday morning my tax accountant phoned to tell me that the envelope turned up safely in her mailbox that morning--two weeks after the post office had mailed it to her. Huge relief, but as you can imagine, I will never mail my tax documents again.

So, Bill G., I feel for your anxiety and will pray that everything will turn out okay for you too.

Have a great Sunday, everybody

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling thoughts":

First, congrats to Cheri and Victor for a challenging xword

Great recap by our fearless leader, too!

This was at least one or two levels above my pay grade; I finally got the "theme" although I was thrown off by the "Big Appetite". And I didn't know that the old lady swallowed a fly.

Only "cheat" was CASSATT - for some reason I thought it was CASSALS. But ACTIVISTS & ATLASES corrected that error. Misspelled MENUTIA so MILNE didn't fill. I also kept EEC instead of EOE and forced CENTRIC into a space meant only for 6 letters! Favorite clue was 108d. DJINN is one of those words I'll probably forget; until I need it again ...

FWIW to those who follow March Madness, my FF choices are 75% eliminated. I had little faith in the Big Ten teams coming into the tournament, and I'm "eating crow" now that their conference has three teams advancing, beating a #1 and #2 seeds in successive days

Oh, and a CSO to Wlibur (Charles) with the solve "MR ED"! 😜🐴

CanadianEh! said...

I loved this puzzle. Thanks Cheri and Victor, and C.C.
The progression through the spider/bird/cat/dog/cow/horse of the song was incredible.
Bill G. - the fly is there indirectly in the first theme clue (not hurt a fly - spider).
Some versions even have a goat between the dog and the cow. I would have loved to have seen "She's dead of course" as an added bonus.

I moved from alia to alii because Rehnquast did not seem correct (I had to change the name from Reinquist as I don't know my American Supreme Court justices!).
Quilt became DUVET and Join became POOL.
A Lot became A TON (after I moved to UTAH from Eden for my Bountiful locale).
It took a minute to understand Large septet=SEAS (Oh the Seven SEAS!).
I loved the Middle of England clue and the resultant properly spelled CENTRE!

There is a word origins study in this puzzle. I will post later after I investigate.
Have a great day.

billocohoes said...

Is it a cheat to get the spelling of CASSATT by looking up at the print in my living room? Although it's of a vase of lilacs and not a mother and daughter.

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

CC. amd IM - Betty's recovery seems to be on track. She gets her stitches and staples out tomorrow. PT probably next. Thanks for asking.

Kind of a fun puzzle today. Thanks for the theme explanation, C.C. Perps helped with spelling such as REHNQUIST and VOLARE.
HELGA - I have a cousin with that name.
Baklava - Our voting polls are in an Eastern Orthodox Church so on election days they sometimes have bake sale fund raisers in their lobby area. Their baklava literally drips with HONEY.

CrossEyedDave said...

I don't think I would have ever heard of this
if it were not for Peter,Paul, & Mary.

miss beckley said...

As a warning, Twinkies, as a carnival food, have to be battered before they are deep fried, otherwise they just disappear. And no, I haven[t tried it.

CanadianEh! said...

HG, the Panama Canal link reminds me of the Welland Canal.
Wilbur C - glad to hear encouraging report about your son.
Bill G. - I hope honesty prevails and your wallet and tablet are returned.
Misty - happy that you had a good awakening from your nightmare!
Spitzboov - best wishes to Betty for further recovery.

The following may be TMI for many but I found the numerous words in today's puzzle that had origins in Latin (maybe it was my "of course, she's dead" thought that led to this) to be interesting. And then I continued . . . .

from the Latin:
ET ALII, VENI, QOD (quod erat demonstrandum), MINUTIA, INITIO, ALAE, LIMBO, MICA, CATAPULT, STERNA, TALUS, ATLAS (from Gk god) and even EMPEROR if you stretch.

then we had the Spanish ESO (and LEON), the Arabic SHEIK and DJINN, the ERSE bard,
the Scandinavian UTNE and HELGA, the Italian VOLARE and ASTI, the French JETE, DUVET and NON, the Russian (Turkik) COSSACK, Greek BAKLAVA (which I love!), the Korean KIA, and the GER. (wait no Nein!)

Thus endeth the lesson.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say:

I love it! No, I didn't play, but the theme is wonderful. Thank yous.

The girls had the book and the doll with all the critters they'd stuff down her gullet.

{C++, B+}

Bill G. Don't be so down on your fellow man; I'm sure there's more honest of us than not. Time will tell and good luck mate.

Corndogs are about the only carnival food I'll eat. The extreme frying of everything (even beer!) is silly - esp. @ > $7.
[DW was so cute yesterday... After watching Eldest's solo @Rodeo, DW wanted a corndog and a Diet Coke. She (only) pulled out a $10 bill. So cute.]

Cheers, -T

Yellowrocks said...

Wilbur, I hope you soon will discover what Phil needs. In a way it is a relief when test are negative and in another it is difficult because there still is no answer to give you something you can work on.

This afternoon the songfest I attended featured a very talented 30 man a capella barbershop harmony type group. There were also 3 different quartets, one of them in the 25-30 year old age range, so hopefully as the senior citizens drop out younger types will drop in. It was so much fun. The singers are unpaid volunteers who share their excellent music free of charge. At $10 a ticket I believe our sheltered workshop garnered $1000. The Catholic church offered its premises gratis.

The state of NJ is fighting our type of workshop. The state thinks everyone should work in the mainstream minimum wage environment or be treated to babysitting. The disabled should be treated as everyone else or as totally incompetent. There is no room for the partially disabled. We are up in arms about this.

CE DAVE, Thanks for the Peter and Paul song. I was just about to look it up. I have enjoyed Peter, Paul and Mary, ever since their 60's folk music. Mary died in 2009 and Peter and Paul carried on. I still listen to the oldies that the trio recorded. I suppose I am nostalgic.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk continues...

I know I'm the least haute of the Corner's crowd and I will prove it again...

Did anyone catch FoxTrot and Pearls before Swine today? Beer-out-the-nose funny at the META of it all.

We will now return you to our regularly scheduled culture. C, -T

Big Easy said...

Anon-T.....I saw the comics this morning. I wonder if Amend and Pastis arranged it or were tipped off by somebody as to what the other would do.

Anonymous said...

Never really liked the song but did enjoy the puzzle very much. Thanks.

Trubrit said...

Needed help today. Didn't get the theme, couldn't get what "Big Appetite" referred to.
As soon as I saw "Stable for Three" I thought it must be "Mr Ed" He made an episode at the place where we kept our horses. It might have been that one as we had a pony there and Mr. Ed wanted a son. It was a good show with Allan Young.

Anonymous T said...

Big E - Obviously it's a larger conspiracy beyond Pastis, Amend, Editors, and the Syndicate. This is the work of the Deep State, aka, The Pentaverate -T

Picard said...

Got the theme immediately when I saw SPIDER substituted for fly. I remembered the song well from childhood, but not quite correctly. I thought it was "I don't know why I swallowed a fly." The reveal with the LADY was the last area to fall for me and then I remembered it correctly! Fun theme!

Brilliant misdirection with ATLASES as books with legends. Hand up for thinking Middle of England must somehow be ELL. Another clever misdirection! LIMBO as a bar game yet another one!

Agree with Big Easy about the tough area in the west. But I did eventually remember Mary CASSATT. Did not remember that she did mother and child paintings, though. Never heard of LISA Leslie, making that area difficult. But at least LISA was an easy WAG of a woman's name.

Thanks for explaining why UTAH is a Bountiful locale! Agree that a CAB can't be any kind of artist. The only KATO I ever heard of was OJ Simpson's house guest.

I remember VOLARE on the radio as a child in the 70s, but that was years later. Did not realize it went all the way back to 1958. I think it was revived in the 70s when Dodge created the VOLARE car.

Even with two years of Latin, it took a long time to get VENI. I was not thinking of Latin boasts!