Apr 21, 2017

Friday, April, 21, 2017, Paul Coulter


Husker Gary in today for Lemon who is on the Disabled List, hopefully on a temporary basis! Paul has chosen six two-word phrases where the last letters of the first word are also the first letters of the second word as you can see in the grid below. Then he clues the resulting silly phrase with overlapping letters as an economy of letters in making his ENGAGINGENIOUS theme. 

Let's investigate the PLEASANTICS of Paul's in his six, count 'em,  six, theme answers

17. Compressed "Blue Suede Shoes" as sung by Elvis? : COVERSION - One of Elvis' first big hits was a COVER VERSION of a song originally done by Carl Perkins

28. Compressed piece of hardware? : COMPUTERMINAL -Alan Turig's "Bombe" built to decipher German Enigma codes was a forerunner of the modern COMPUTER TERMINAL

21. Compressed syntax topic? : WORDER - WORD ORDER can be slightly different in Spanish. 

44. Compressed Homeland Security role? : COUNTERRORISM - Both sides of any conflict have COUNTER TERRORISM strategies

52. Compressed carnivore? : MEATER - A MEAT EATER who lives with a vegetarian

57. Compressed gastric complaints? : STOMACHES - Astronauts can get STOMACH ACHES in 0g. They can just swallow this water bubble and its fizzy contents

Now for the rest of Paul's cluing in this FUNBELIEVABLE puzzle


1. African currency : RAND - Who gets the fries in this R99 Durban, South Africa deal?

5. Tater __ : TOTS

9. U.K. equivalent of an Oscar : BAFTA - British Academy of Film and Television Fine Arts

14. Burnt toast indicator : ODOR - A man next to me at a Denny's once ordered burnt toast

15. Heroic poetry : EPOS - A word I learned and forgot in this venue

16. Noble objective : IDEAL 

19. Make happen : CAUSE

20. Imply : GET AT - Speaking of ODOR - "What is she trying to GET AT?"

22. Ecol., e.g. : SCI

25. Traitor : RAT 

26. Canal locale : EAR - The only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow

27. Emerson's "jealous mistress" : ART - "It makes a bad husband and poor provider"

32. Nordic counterpart : ALPINE - Today's puzzle theme inspired me to choose this TV overlapping gimmick composed of two competing ALPINE skiers 

33. Heat source : OIL

34. Judgment concern : BIAS

37. Nothing, in Nice : RIEN

38. On the other hand : BUT

39. Salinger title character with professional singing aspirations : ESME - How do I clue thee? Let me count the ways.

40. Creative singing style : SCAT - Did you forget the words, Ella? :-) 

41. Home sick, say : OUT - Did you ever call in sick and try to sound as sick as you can on the phone? Uh, me either. 

42. Perfumery compound : ACETAL - I never cared for organic chemistry 

47. "That's awful!" : UGH

49. Lush : SOT

50. Tiebreakers, briefly : OT'S - A t-shirt celebrating an Orangemen sextuple OT win 

51. Old anti-Union gp. : CSA  and 57. The CSA's eleven : STS - What if they had won?

54. Manuscript marks : STETS

56. Austrian composer Berg : ALBAN - If Paul says so...

61. Author known for teddy bear stories : MILNE

62. Amos at the piano : TORI

63. The last Mrs. Chaplin : OONA - OONA's celebrated dad, playwright Eugene O'Neill, ended their relationship when she married Charlie who was 36 years her senior. 

64. Latin clarifier : ID EST - ID EST, "That is" we know more familiarly as "i.e."

65. Smart answer, sometimes : SASS  but not 60. KLM competitor : SAS - A follow-up on Wednesday's sassy discussion here

66. Terrible time : TWO'S


1. Elephant predator of myth : ROC - From Arabic   رخ (rukk), an enormous legendary bird of  prey

2. Brouhaha : ADO - Brouhaha seems pretentious to my ear

3. Scorpio mo. : NOV

4. Remnant : DREG - In It Was A Very Good Year, Old Blue Eyes sang, "And now I think of my life as vintage wine, From fine old kegs, From the brim to the DREGS" 

5. Willed? : TESTATE - The lower example

6. Sleep inducer : OPIATE - Not a good long term solution

7. Binge : TOOT

8. Identity thief's target: Abbr. : SSN - He stopped running this ad after his identity was stolen 13 times

9. Crescent-shaped : BICORN - A UNICORN variance

10. Purim month : ADAR

11. Like a Middle Ages social system : FEUDALISTIC 

12. It's a stunner : TASER - These will cover the waterfront

13. It may be red : ALERT

18. "Friends" episode, now : RERUN How did they have no minority Friends in NYC?

21. Knock 'em dead at the jazz club : WAIL

22. Lasting marks : SCARS - Mine is in a place you will never see

23. Infant illness : COLIC - Col. Potter's horse Sophie had COLIC in a M*A*S*H episode

24. Like high-level treason : IMPEACHABLE

26. Put out : EMIT

29. It's spotted in Westerns : PINTO - Tonto on his PINTO, Scout

30. Way to go : ROUTE

31. "Drink __": 2014 Luke Bryan #1 country hit : A BEER - "So I'm gonna sit right here, On the edge of this pier, Watch the sunset disappear and Drink A BEER". Eat yer out Shakespeare!

35. Gather : AMASS

36. 1965 march site : SELMA - I wonder per cent of people that claim to have been at SELMA or Woodstock actually were

38. Target : BUTT - Of a joke

41. __ about : ON OR

42. Diana's Greek counterpart : ARTEMIS

43. Spanish seashore : COSTA

45. Early online forum : USENET

46. Chopper parts : ROTORS

47. Savory taste : UMAMI 

48. Very cold : GELID - "Eventually boots and socks had to be removed and ankles submitted to the GELID waters" Sunday Times (2013)

53. Beige cousins : TANS

54. Portico for Pericles : STOA

55. Conan Doyle, for one : SCOT

58. The sixth W? : HOW

59. "Ambient 1: Music for Airports" artist : ENO - This would be "TAN music" at ORD

Now it's time for your condensed or unabridged comments. Perhaps you can come up with some variations on Paul's THEMETHOD.


OwenKL said...

FIW¡ EPic instead of EPOS. Was so torn between epic, saga, edda that I stuck with it. TiOT I suspected was wrong, but considered riOT, didn't even think of TOOT. And somehow managed to mis-read 8d as "identify thief's target", which might be stakeout or M.O.

I liked it when themerged.

Rich has apparently modified his stance on words being in both clue and answer. Possibly just ruling that they must be far apart? said...

Hi everyone!

Fine work, Paul and Gary!

A few bumps, but everything worked of fine in the end.

Can't think of a compound answer as am way too tired. Perhaps tomorrow!

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

{C, B, A-.}

When it comes to language clues, I'm not one to beg.
I take what is offered, hang an answer on that peg.
BUT though they're not IDEAL
Some leave SCARS that may not heal:
Dregs collective I've seen, but ne'er a solitary DREG.

The moon in a CRESCENT has two horns
Cornucopias of dreams, poured until morn.
ART says it is so,
SCIENCE says no,
And Math simply STATES, the shape is BICORN!

There was an old SOT, went out for a TOOT.
But staggering home, misremembered the ROUTE.
He ran into a truck,
Landed flat on his BUTT,
Said, "My wife's got a haymaker, that was a beaut!"

Anonymous said...

A tough Thursday offering followed by a much tougher Friday puzzle. At least I got close yesterday, but I left more than half blank spaces today. Usually can finish or get very close on Thursdays and Fridays.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Picked up on the theme at WORDER, and that helped a lot. Wasn't familiar with BAFTA, but we've got AFTRA, and BICORN made sense. That B was my final fill. Thanks, Paul and Husker.

OwenKL, neat, you managed a three-fer: themerged

Tinbeni said...

Husker: WOW!!! What an informative write-up explaining this wonderful puzzle.

Fave today, of course, was 31-d, "Drink A BEER" ... but you all knew that would be my fave.

At 6-d, Sleep inducer, here at Villa Incognito that was answered Scotch before OPIATE filled in. Opiate as a "Sleep inducer" seems a bit extreme to me.

Also liked seeing SASS and SAS in the grid.

No problem with CSA being an answer at 51-a and in a clue at 57-d.

Kinda wondering if the answer at 24-d, IMPEACHABLE, will be clued in the future as "Trump?"

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset ... again with Appleton Rum.

billocohoes said...

Technically the CSA claimed thirteen STS., had 13 stars on the flag and representatives from 13 states in its Congress, even though it never had functioning statewide governments in Kentucky and Missouri.

Big Easy said...

Completing the compressed words was easy. The clues were tough- for me. UMAMI and BAFTA were unknowns filled by perps. ARTEMIS was an unknown I knew of but didn't know. Ditto for USENET. CSA as both a clue-57D and fill-51A- unusual. ACETAL- I'm glad my major was chemistry.

Tinbeni- I think you have the wrong politician. Ever hear of Susan Rice? Lois Lerner? Leaks?

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Paul, thanks for a wonderful Friday challenge. I saw the light at STOMACHES. Even with two CSA elelments, I didn't see either one immediately. Fell for Homesick as opposed to Home Sick! Ha! Reading is a skill, Madame Defarge!

Gary, that was quite a tour. Thanks for being our very excellent sub!

Feel better, Lemonade.

Have a good day, all.

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

Somehow the major portion of my post disappeared so I deleted it. What I said was that today's puzzle was meant for the MENSA organization of which I am not a member. Horrible set of clues.


I just don't know.

C'mon Monday. You're my kind of puzzle.

BunnyM said...

Good morning all

Wow- what a clever theme from Paul and fantastic write up from Husker Gary! Thank you both for a wonderful Friday.
I got the theme with COMPUTERMINAL so that helped with the rest of the theme fills- loved that there were so many.

Easiest Friday in awhile but did have some unknowns and perps. RAND, ROC, ART, RIEN, ACETAL, UHH ( couldn't remember UMAMI so wasn't sure if it would be Ohh, Ahh or UHH) CSA, HELID, ALBAN, TESTATE and BICORN took awhile to dredge up even though I knew BAFTA.

Favorite clues were "The sixth W?">HOW and "Terrible time?" >TWOS. I actually thought my kids were better at age two; the threes were worse with lots of SASS, lol :)

ODOR /burnt toast- my current and previous toasters seem to be possessed. No matter the setting, I get either barely brown or
burnt - whatever the toaster feels like making any given day!

PINTO (beans), BUTT and TOOT made me think of this : " Beans, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you TOOT!" Sorry, couldn't help myself. My Grandpa used to sing that when my Grandma made soup beans and cornbread ;)

YR- you are a dear- thank you and good luck to you with your appointment and to Alan with his ultrasound.

Misty- continued thoughts are with you and your Dad during his recovery.

Lemonade- feel better! Hope you're off the DL soon.

Thank you all for your comments regarding my aunt. It is greatly appreciated. The funeral isn't till Monday; it will be a long weekend of waiting.
PK- she had small cell lung cancer which is very aggressive. She had a thorough exam and several tests and scans in January but they came back negative. The doctors went over them again a couple of weeks ago and were stunned themselves by how quickly it spread. She had other heal issues- a stroke about a year ago and was close to needing dialysis. I think this contributed to her rapid decline as well as a broken heart. Her son passed away in July at the age of 46. She was devastated and I think she kind of "gave up". I saw the same thing with my Dad. He passed away from cancer after dealing with some pretty bad emotional blows. IMO it is all connected- mind, body and spirit. One can only deal with so much.

Trying to keep busy. Plenty to do, so hopefully that will help.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!

Paul C. said...

My working title for this one was "Compressed Folders" So Rich and I decided to use "Compressed" to start each theme clue. Gary - I thoroughly agree with everyone about your wonderfully comprehensive write-up. Owen - I got my chuckle of the day out of your last verse. Thanks to all - glad you liked it.

Eric Selje said...

Very good puzzle! I had OPIODE for OPIATE, and of course EPIC rather than EPOS until SSN made me second guess it as ODES until I arrived at EPOS having no idea what it meant but nothing else fit. Always learning!

Also LET ON rather than GET AT for "Imply".

Love Tori Amos, so happy to see her in a puzzle.

WikWak said...

Sliced, diced, and fried up twice... I did finish but it hurt. Finally got the gimmick at COMPUTERMINAL and that helped a lot. As usual, I quite enjoyed HG's writeup.

inanehiker said...

Thought it was going to be a slog, but once one theme answer was figured out, it made the rest smooth sailing. WEES about EPIC before EPOS - one of those crossword words I never see anywhere else.

Very creative Paul and thanks to HG for the write-up!
Get well soon Lemonade- work your therapy program!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a toughie but the old P & P (Patience and Perseverance) paid off. I caught the theme at Meat Eater but there were still some hiccups getting to the finish line. W/o's were: Epic/Epos, Asset/Alert and Ail/Out. I knew BAFTA but it took a while to dredge up but that NE corner was still hard to break open.

Thanks, Paul, for a change of pace and fun theme and thanks, HG, for the substance and style you bring to these summaries. As a pinch-hitter, you're batting a nifty 1000! Lemony, I hope your stay on the DL is short; feel better.

Bunny M, this, too, shall pass. Our thoughts are with you. On a lighter note, I think our toasters may be kissing cousins! I have never had a more unpredictable appliance in my life as this so-called toaster! Until I learned its tricks, I lost several slices of toast that were ejected with such vigor they landed on the kitchen floor. (No 10 second rule in this house!) Getting an English Muffin toasted properly requires all the patience I possess, which dwindles by the day. I forget what I paid for it but it wasn't peanuts! One of these days, ............!

Have a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

Tough Friday workout with the NE being the last to fall. Thanks for the fun, Paul (thanks for dropping in also) and Husker G (loved your continuation of the clever theme).

As others have noted the duplication of CSA in 51A answer and 57D clue, I will refer back to yesterday's comment by Steve after he followed up on my query re ALI. "@Canadian Eh! I checked with the experts, and Rich doesn't like it either so this was a "slip through the cracks" error. The Crossword Compiler software we all use checks for dupes in the grid, but it doesn't check the clues as well, so it's a manual effort and easy to miss. This one slipped past five sets of eyes - the constructor, the editor and three test solvers to boot, so congratulations on your sharp eyes." Interesting that it happened two days in a row.

Unknowns today included BAFTA, ALBAN, USENET. I thought I was smart when I filled in a W to start the 6th W, but then had to change it for HOW. LOL!
Skat moved to SCAT, Ill to OUT. Smiled at Terrible TWOS.
I learned USAMI and EPOS doing CWs.
Lots of OTS in Stanley Cup playoff games.

Wishing you all a good day.

Yellowrocks said...

Fabulous puzzle, Paul. Gary, you outdid yourself, if that's possible. I always enjoy your write-ups and inimitable style. Although I FIR yesterday and enjoyed doing it, this one was much faster with no sea of white showing. I soon saw the clever gimmick. I had to pause for a while and finished the puzzle easily when I got home. My last fill was the B in BAFTA and BICORN. Then I remembered seeing BAFTA. BICORN made sense. ALBAN was perps and wags. I didn't know him.

Many of these fills have appeared in puzzles before, gelid, rien, Usenet, umami, toot. BunnyM, my mom recited the same rhyme for TOOT.
There are loads of common words for a drunken revel, binge, bender, TOOT,etc. and just as many for a drunk, lush, SOT, souse, wino,etc.

I am glad for puzzles that help us stretch and grow.I try every puzzle, resorting to Google or red letters if I can't get it on my own. Soon one begins to remember words that keep reappearing. I often research new ideas, words, etc, suggested by the puzzle or the other Cornerites. This helps me to remember new words. Every try makes the next puzzle easier.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Clever theme, Paul! Drove me nuts with no full fills until I got to COUNTERRORISM and had enough perps for an AHA moment. Then went back and filled in all the others. Was very uncomfortable with the gimic until then. Finding the short ones had me looking for compressions in every word where I was stymied. Got 'er done finally. Thank you red-letters. My title would have been "smooshed together".

Bravo, Gary! Thanks for the ID EST explanation. Always wondered what that stood for, not that I know what the Latin means now.

Didn't know ACETAL, BAFTA. Had forgotten RIEN & UMAMI already.

Was CSA a duplication or a "CLECHO"? We had "compressed" in every theme clue today after all.

Lemony, Hope the pain is receding without too many opiates.

Tinbeni, I expect Trump to get mad and quit because he can't get Congress to obey him. Also because he doesn't like slumming in the WhiteHouse digs.

Bunny, I agree about the mind-body-spirit connections. Every one of my friends who have lost a spouse or child have had major illnesses within the next year. I did too.

TERRIBLE TWOS: I found out it was much easier to potty train little ones before they reached that stage. The older they got, the less inclined to please mama they were.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Superb write up, Gary! The theme is undeniably brilliant, but a bit gimmicky for my taste. Once i sussed it, things started to come together. Still had a hard time with the NE corner. I guess somewhere in the Wed- Thus vicinity is my sweet spot. Friday puzzles often leave me feeling relieved that it's over - when i make it through them.

That said, my only real nit is the BAFTA - ADAR Natick. I guessed the "A" at the cross correctly, but that's pretty much just dumb luck.

The long downs are great. I especially enjoyed IMPEACHABLE.

I know BERG's name but not his music. The only short clip i could find is this 3 1/2 minute interlude from his opera Wozzek.

Happy weekend, everyone. Tigers are in Minnesota for three games, after getting humiliated by the Rays.

Cool regards!

Wilbur Charles said...

I thought I might DNF but kept at it. Than AGH!! UMAMI not AMAMI. I was thinking of what a chef might add to the name of a dish to add some gusto.

I got COVERSION and then had to figure out the theme. NE and SW were sticky. I too WAGed on that B.

I take a chamomile, lemon grass melatonin nite-time pill. What does the corner think of melatonin? I was told one needs a prescription to get it in Europe.

I would say Brouhaha is alliterative. It's common use is to describe umpire-manager arguments.

Gary, excellent; Owen, we need to go with the C-Moe P or PwD rating.

Paul, I guess Rich said "It's Friday, make it tough". And you did.


CrossEyedDave said...

Very clever puzzle,

rather than take a Thumper,

Here are some very compressed jokes...

Hmm, just like this puzzle, I had to lookup
the Termite/Bar thing for it to make sense...

Husker Gary said...

-Subbing today and haven’t had to do anything constructive all day, just talk to teenagers which I love to do.
-Thanks for the kind comments. These blogs are a labor of love for me
-I really appreciated Paul’s kind words
-I have to put my English muffins through two cycles in our toaster to even get close to what I want
-Bunny, so sad to hear about what you are going through.
-My wife got her mother some melatonin sleep aids yesterday
-We are going to a visitation tonight for a man who died but whose wife told me last month how much she despises him. So, the proper thing to do is…

PK said...

Husker: if the woman who despised her husband breaks into the "Hallalujah Chorus", just sing backup.

Wilbur, my brother swears by Melatonin. He's tried about everything including Ambien which made him nuts. I tried Melatonin one night and was drowsier than usual all the next day. I tell him we're just nocturnal animals who aren't meant to be awake for daytime.

Pat said...

Happy Friday! I worked on this, understood the gimmick, left to get my hair trimmed, picked up my new glasses, came back to the puzzle and was able to finish with 4 look-ups! That's awesome for a Friday for me. Thank you, Paul, for the fun! Excellent expo, H-G! You pointed out to me that officially this is a FIW. I had ArETAL/rOSTA. Still, it's better than usual.

Lemonade, I hope you feel better soon.

Bunny M, I'm sorry for your loss.

No rain today but tomorrow is supposed to be all day rain. Guess I should get outside and enjoy it while I can.


AnonymousPVX said...

Just kept working on it and got the solve.

Rather tough, though.

Old Friend said...

I did the puzzle, although I found it very difficult. But the constructor did a really wonderful job, that should be appreciated. Thank you.

Husker Gary, you too took a lot of trouble and heart in your blog ..... and it shows. I really enjoyed reading your blog, and the wonderful pictures that you linked up, just made my day.

To Lemonade - best wishes and prayers for a early and complete recovery. We miss you and wish you the very best. Best Regards to your wife, and kids, and grandkids.

Misty said...

Well, a Friday toughie following a Thursday toughie--thank goodness the Monday Tuesday and Wednesday puzzles this week were so manageable and doable. But these toughies are still fun. Had to cheat on this one because I never heard of either BAFTA or BICORN, and so the Northeast corner was impossible. I also would not have figured out the theme without Husker Gary's help. But thanks for the puzzle, Paul, and also for checking in with us. And great pics, Gary.

I had an interesting senior moment with this puzzle. Since I spent my childhood in Austria, I was excited by the clue to the composer, and I immediately put in ANTON. But it didn't work, which puzzled me. There was a plaque to an Austrian composer on a town wall in my village, and I could have sworn it was ANTON BERG. So I googled HOERSCHING, the name of my village, and it turns out that the composer who lived there for a while was ANTON BRUCKNER, not ALBAN BERG. Go figure: two Austrian composers whose first names start with A and last names start with B. No wonder I got them mixed up sixty years later.

BunnyM, thank you again for the good wishes for my Dad. He sounded good this morning, but after talking to my brother, it sounds as though he may not be released until next Tuesday or Wednesday. Hope he doesn't get too impatient. It will be great for him when he's home again.

Have a great day, everybody!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

6 Googles to finish 'cuz I was determined to figure out the missing letters... Ate, AT? UGH! I didn't have any of the last bits of the themers until much later in the puzzle, so COVERS, COMPUTERMId-L, ET. al. and I was flummoxed.

Thanks Paul for a vexing-theme puzzle. It was fun cursing you :-). Also thanks for stopping by - Curious: was CSA a purposeful dupe? I ask because STS isn't that specific; could'a gone w/ Cols thirteen [more cursing!] or some such. Anyhoo, great puzzle that beat the SnOT out of me.

Our Super Sub HG came to today's rescue explaining CONVERSION. I didn't know Blue Suede was a COVER. Wonderful expo! [liked skier thing best; took a second to see what was going on there; Alka-seltzer was cool too.]. Thanks.

Googles: BAFTA, RIEN, ALBAN, ESME, ART, ART EMUS. Only the NW & SE corners were solved sans Google-anchors.
WOs: Sun b/f OIL

Fav: SELMA crossing CSA seemed apropos somehow.
Runner-up: Ah, the days at the TERMINAL reading on USENET


YR - I've never heard TOOT for drinking-binge; Bender, sure, but not TOOT. Thanks.

Cheers, -T

Misty said...

Lemonade, we've all been thinking about you and wishing you a rapid and complete recovery. Take good care of yourself--you are much missed by our community here.

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

Late posting today; had to get some errands done. Did not much care for the theme, although I found the cluing for WORDER to be a favorite. Surprised I could get as much of the fill as I did. Finally looked up ART, which gave red ALERT, and totally WAGged BICORN.
UMAMI was a total guess, too.

Tinbeni said...

PK @12:09

When I made that comment about 24-d, IMPEACHABLE it would have been "OBAMA?" if he was still the President.

Oh well, the Sun is over the yardarm ...

Bill G said...

I enjoyed the puzzle with the clever theme though it was hard for me. Thanks Paul. Great write up too. Thanks Gary.

Excellent short jokes CED! Here's another. A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, "Say, why the long face?"

Have you noticed that TV people never say 'affected' any more? Everything is always 'impacted.'

Best wishes for all of us who are ailing in some way...

Wilbur Charles said...

Those mid-nite chamomile/melatonin tablets can be broken in half. I noticed that they have gummies now too.

The traditional sleep pills seem like a bad habit to stay away from. I bite off a little piece of Tylenol, too.

When a XW seems hard a real chestnut like CAUSE gets overlooked. It also didn't help to enter STATE for something RED.

OK it's late so I'll try this one. I listened to Jack Benny on radio classics and he said the words "Throw me out like Happy Chandler".

I knew what he was talking about. Sans G. does anyone know what he was talking about? Hondo would know. That's a hint btw.

I'll come back and check


Misty said...

You know, I still don't understand how "the sixth W" is HOW? I must be really dumb today.

Hal said...

Misty @ 6:52 pm

The 5 Ws (questions that need to be answered in an investigation) are:


The 6th W is really an H (How)

CanadianEh! said...

Misty, I had the same question! Apparently, the 5 Ws (what, who, where, when, why) have been joined by How to create the 6 Ws (or 5Ws plus 1H). Who knew?!😊

CanadianEh! said...

LOL, Hal beat me.

Wilbur Charles said...

Ok. Happy Chandler, ex Governor of Kentucky, became baseball commissioner after Kennesaw Mountain Landis in the 40s.

To show his mettle he suspended Leo Durocher for consorting with gamblers in Cuba.

Landis was named for a civil war battle He was hired to cleanup the black Sox mess.


Misty said...

Thank you for the kind explanation, CanadianEh, and Hal--I greatly appreciate it--it was news to me!

Terry said...

Excellent thanks.

Picard said...

FIR and I loved the theme. It must have been a challenge to construct. Got it at MEATER. But the rest of the puzzle was a fun sponge.

CSA as a clue and as an answer was not just a mistake. I was sure it was wrong which delayed the East.

And TOOT for binge? Come on. I was so sure that was wrong I held off in that area too.

UMAMI is one one of the five basic tastes along with sweet, sour, bitter and salty. You should try to remember this. Odd that we have no English word for this, but perhaps "yummy" comes from the same concept. It is what makes MSG so effective in making things yummy.