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Apr 23, 2017

Sunday April 23, 2017 Craig Stowe

Theme: "Labor Disputes" - Each theme entry is punnily re-imagined as what the union group did during contract talks.

23A. During contract talks, a marching band __ : STEPPED OUT OF LINE. Craig could put the 17-letter or 13-letter theme entry in this slot also, but we would have had more 3-letter entries to deal with.

33A. During contract talks, a cruise ship's crew __ : MISSED THE BOAT

47A. During contract talks, a postal union __ : PUSHED THE ENVELOPE. The actions are all related to the clue occupations of course.

64A. During contract talks, a veterinarians' association __ : FOUGHT LIKE CATS AND DOGS. Sparkly grid-spanner.

78A. During contract talks, a divers' group __ : WENT OFF THE DEEP END

94A. During contract talks, an opera company __ : FACED THE MUSIC

107A. During contract talks, a fighters' club __ : TOOK THE GLOVES OFF

I think this is Craig's first Sunday puzzle. Congratulations! Are you this Craig?

What a fun theme. Very John Lampkin-like. Heavy themage too. Total 113 theme squares and only 140 words.

Across:

1. "Yowza!" : JEEZ.  "Yowza!"= Lucina. "Woohoo!" = Misty.

5. Virtuous : CHASTE

11. Numéro avant six : CINQ. French for five. Also 103. Avril follower : MAI. April/May.

15. __ speak : SO TO

19. "Amarantine" Grammy winner : ENYA

20. Stopped : HALTED

21. Diamond family name : ALOU. Vowel-rich.

22. Nile menace : CROC. No ASP/ASPS today.

26. All ears : RAPT

27. __ story : SOB

28. One awarding stars, perhaps : RATER

29. Peter Fonda title role : ULEE. Ulee's Gold.  Quite a moving movie.


30. Nimble : LITHE. Not AGILE.

31. Thomas associate : ALITO. Clarence Thomas.

37. Woody and others : ALLENs

39. Caribou, e.g. : DEER. We also have 109. Disney doe : ENA

40. Ducks : AVERTS

41. Fragrant shrub : LILAC. Spring has finally arrived in MN. The two trails we explored this week are greening up.

42. Panache : STYLE

45. Shuts up, with "down" : PIPES

51. Beach letters : SPF

54. Bouncing babies? : JOEYS. Cute clue.

55. Plot twist : IRONY

56. Part of BC: Abbr. : COLL. Boston College. I thought BC was referring to British Columbia. 

57. Yogurt topping : GRANOLA

61. Dental problem : DECAY. My hygienist told me to use these proxy brushes from inside out, as she found pockets on the inner side of my teeth. I found it impossible to follow her instructions.

63. Unlucky gambler's wishful words : I'M DUE. Keep dreaming.

69. Get ready to surf : LOG ON

70. Not just happen once : RECUR

71. Crude : BOORISH

72. City north of Des Moines : AMES

73. Mythical hunter : DIANA. Thought of ORION first.

75. "Canst thou not minister to __ diseased": Macbeth : A MIND

77. One-handed Norse god : TYR. Tuesday god.


85. Paris divider : SEINE

86. Wash off : RINSE

87. Spelunkers' haunts : CAVES

88. Drops off : ABATES

91. Pierre's st. : S DAK.  The abbr. told you the answer won't be ETAT.

93. Most artful : SLIEST

98. Winner of the first two Super Bowl MVPs : STARR (Bart). Here he is with Brett Favre in 2015.


99. Runs through a sieve : RICES

100. Instrument with a flared bell : OBOE. New clue angle.

101. Part of a cast : ACTOR

106. On : ATOP

111. Jazzman Saunders : MERL. Unknown to me.


112. Clog or pump : SHOE

113. Common soccer score : ONE ONE. Or ONE NIL.

114. Memorable times : ERAS

115. Vortex : EDDY

116. Oenophile's adjective : OAKY

117. Fritters away : WASTES

118. Squat : ZERO. Also  68. Squat : NONE

Down:

1. Zooey's role in "New Girl" : JESS. Easy crosses.

2. Prefix with dermal : ENTO

3. Gives the once-over : EYEBALLS

4. Nuke : ZAP

5. Breaks the rules : CHEATS. You have to know the rules to break them.

6. Didn't get a say : HAD TO

7. Lotion additive : ALOE

8. __ und Drang : STURM

9. Annual Vietnamese celebration : TET. Same date as Chinese New Year.

10. Pre-1868 Tokyo : EDO. Lots of Japanese movies we watched in the late 1980's were set in the Edo Period.

11. Square dance figure : CALLER

12. Admission of deceit : I LIED

13. Large chamber group : NONET. We also have 18. Large chamber groups : OCTETS

14. N.Y. neighbor : QUE (Quebec)

15. Copyists of yore : SCRIBES

16. Webster, notably : ORATOR

17. One of the original Monopoly tokens still in use : TOP HAT. Got via crosses.

24. Robin Hood foe : PRINCE JOHN. Fresh fill!

25. __ box : FUSE. Fill-in-the-blank clue can be hard. Too many choices.

30. Bank insurance? : LEVEE. Great clue.

32. Jacob's first wife : LEAH. Our Chickie's real name.

34. Inactive : IDLE

35. Spotted : SEEN

36. __ hour : HAPPY

37. Peak seen from Grindelwald : ALP

38. Greater N.Y. school : LIU (Long Island University)

42. Lift : STEAL

43. Your of yore : THY

44. Last word of Joyce's "Ulysses" : YES. Below is the last line. Lots of YESes there, Misty!
"I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another… then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes."

45. Ruses : PLOYS

46. Physics particle : ION

48. Numbskull : DOLT

49. Anglican priest : VICAR

50. Latin 101 word : ERAT. E in QED.

51. "Me too!" : SO DO I. Not SO AM I.

52. Power connections : PLUGS

53. Blood relative? : FLESH.  Oh, flesh and blood. 

56. Starfleet VIP : CMDR (Commander). Spitzboov's rank when he retired. Commander Al. Very cool.

57. Key above F : G FLAT

58. Spacious : ROOMY

59. Boring bit :AUGER

60. Private nonprofits: Abbr. : NGOS. NGO= Non-Governmental Organization. Common abbr. in news media.

61. After-dinner drink : DECAF

62. Old French coin : ECU

63. "Isn't that something!" : I DO DECLARE. Great fill.

65. Steamed : IRATE

66. Number-picker's game : KENO. Every casino has it.

67. Stomach : ABIDE

73. Jefferson, theologically : DEIST

74. B&B, e.g. : INN

75. Philip of "Kung Fu" : AHN.  I mentioned a while ago that AHN (Korean) = ANG (As in Ang Lee)


76. Enero, por ejemplo : MES. Month.

78. Lawn invaders : WEEDS

79. Monastic titles : FRAS

80. "Kon-__" : TIKI

81. Good "pocket" holding in Hold 'em : PAIR

82. Eternally : EVERMORE

83. Video game letters : NES

84. Summer hrs. : DST

85. In a precipitous fashion : STEEPLY. I finally received the 25% subsidy on my health insurance. It's retroactive of Jan 2017, so I did not need to pay anything this month. Yay! What a big relief.

88. Many a chalet : A-FRAME

89. Set, as a trap : BAITED

90. Pact : ACCORD

91. Bandit chaser of film : SMOKEY. Police.

92. 1983-'84 #1 hit "Say Say Say," say : DUET

93. Potbellies : STOVES

95. Ruckus : HOO-HA

96. Modern read : E-BOOK.  What are you reading now, D-Otto?

97. Zoo sights : CAGES

98. __ Age : STONE

102. Coagulate : CLOT

104. Miles away : AFAR

105. "That being the case ... " : IF SO

107. General of culinary fame : TSO

108. Reporter's query : HOW.  Watch this clip. NBC News did a short piece on Will Shortz two days ago. Wouldn't be refreshing to see a piece on Rich Norris?

110. "__ who?" : SEZ

43 comments:

OwenKL said...

FIRbTD. Misspelt CINc, and wondered what/where cUE was. My geography isn't the best, but still I thought Ontario and New England stood between NY & QUEbec.

BC generally means either British Columbia (another Canadian province) or Before Christ (now Before Common Era, BCE). So I looked it up, and found 231 other possibilities, including Border COLLie, and Boston, Beacon, Barnard, Barber, and Backup COLLages. The perps were easy, so I'm not going to cry foul. Just foolish.

IF SO, SO TO SPEAK, SO DO I.

The clairvoyance continues. Yesterday I riffed on ABIDE.

#1 & 3 are rated M. {A-, B+, B+, A-.}

There is a strange vegan from QUEBEC
Who is immune to his opposite sex.
He is CHASTE as a FRA
When he's SEEN a HOO-HA,
But at GRANOLA he becomes quite erect!

Some of the easiest puns are the SEINE's.
Those who WASTE the chance are insanes.
Any DOLT would be BOORISH
To mispronounce, with a flourish,
The name of a river like the Thames!

A RenFair maiden, who used "thou" and "THY"
Caught and held the spelunker's EYE.
He told her, "I crave
To explore certain CAVES,
Like the ONE that's adjoining THY thigh!"

Is poetry a sign of A MIND DISEASED?
Readers seem HAPPY and not displeased.
Do more neurons DECAY
When words RECUR this way?
Well, I'll not ABATE, so you're not reprieved!

fermatprime@gmail.com said...

Greetings!

Thanks to Craig and C. C.!

Nice theme! I really like themes that aren't obscure!

Perped and WAGged were: ENYA, COLL, A MIND, STARR, MERL, JESS, ENTO, LEAH PRINCE JOHN, YES, CMDR, NGOS, PAIR, STEEPLY, DUET and HOW.

I use those green things, too.

Am trying slippery elm for cough. Chest is better. Managed to swim entire length of pool--40 feet--underwater.

Have a great day!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Lots of shoutouts this morning: YOWZA - Lucina, Happy (Hour) - Tin, Ulysses - Misty, LIU - Splynter (lives on Long Island, I think). Then there were two SO's which were not to be: DODO (Dolt) - Dodo, and TUBA (Oboe) - Abejo. And there were traps: SO AM I, ONE NIL, ORION -- I fell into 'em all. With the U in place, I went with a JUKE Box. Nope! Still, after fixing the errors I managed to finish in good Sunday time, so life is good. Thanx, Craig and C.C.

C.C., I'm finishing up the Breakthrough series by Michael C. Grumley -- four books to date. Very good for a self-published author, IMO.

Yellowrocks said...

I enjoyed this puzzle which I solved yesterday from the early edition of The Sunday paper. The theme was helpful, providing sufficient perps.
Only BC was all perps, so many fills to choose from. Orion before DIANA, Ang before Ahn.
My older son is extremely allergic to lilacs. One year he sat in the front row with the teachers' vase of lilacs a few feet from his desk. Agony! He was too embarrassed to tell the teacher. The same year he delivered newspapers, having to brush by lilac bushes in many front yards.
We spend weeks learning the square dance steps from a teacher/caller. Each tip or set consists of two parts. The first part is a free form combination of calls and figures with the steps arranged in an ever changing order chosen by the caller. I enjoy most the callers who dream up clever, innovative choreography. The second part follows a more formal form with the figure repeated four times. Of course, one of my favorite calls is yellow rock. Last week I danced 3 times and this week 2 times. I am doing every other tip to rest my back.
Yellowrocks to all of you. (Hugs)

Wilbur Charles said...

And a QOD to Wilbur with BC. And I didn't get it until CC pointed it out. I assumed it was Latin like Anno Domine.

I too liked the long fills. After Friday and Saturday I didn't need a Milo Minderbender*

Owen, thanks for letting me off the hook with your Ms today. I'll pass, btw. Btw, haven't seen C-Moe lately.

I caught the SO to Misty with Ulysses. I think that's the one I picked up and quickly put down. And the SO to Yellowrocks twice.

Perhaps BCs less than stellar sports teams has obscured it. It was top ten in both basketball and football in the 80s.

WC

* Do you remember this character?

Montana said...

Good Morning, CC and cyber-friends.
I have been out of commission for the last 8 weeks after major eye surgery that left me face down 23/24 hours per day at first and no sight in one eye. I still must stay facedown all night.
I learned to use audiobooks. What a wonderful way to "read" books." My sight is slowly returning (from the top down) and today I tackled the crossword. I have definitely loved that I can enlarge print on my iPad.

I am surprised I only missed the Q in CINQ and QUE. I didn't get either clue. The puzzle was a fun solve.
I certainly thought of Yellowrocks with the "caller" clue. Square dancing was taught as part of PE in my youth.
I, too, am gently allergic to lilacs. As long as I'm a distance from them, I survive. It was difficult when students would bring me a bouquet in school and I'd keep them in the classroom for a day. I didn't want to hurt their feelings.

I love my new home. A week ago I heard my first meadowlark while sitting on my front deck watching an osprey perch on top of a tree across the river (through binoculars). I live right along the Mssouri river. I always used to have to drive into the country to hear/see
meadowlarks.

Happy Spring to everyone,
Montana

Big Easy said...

I DO DECLARE that this was a very easy 'past tense' Sunday puzzle, even with many unknowns. After the first theme fill-STEPPED OUT OF LINE- the others were easy to guess and that helped me tremendously. Started slowly in the NW, not knowing JESS or ENYA. SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM was too long for 24D and I can truthfully say I don't remember PRINCE JOHN.

The worst area for me was the AHN, MES, and A MIND crosses, unknowns. I don't recall 'Say Say Say' and DUET was perps. The only other unknown was MERL Saunders. It didn't help that my only write over was changing ALPINE to A-FRAME.

maripro said...

Thanks, C.C.. for your insightful comments and for the Will Shortz clip.
Hand up for Columbia until the perps helped out. Doug Flutie was a standout BC quarterback whom I have admired for a long time.
And thanks to Craig Stowe for a clever puzzle.
Have a lovely day, everyone.

BunnyM said...

Good morning all

I really enjoyed this CW - fun figuring out the long theme fills. Thanks Craig and congrats on your first Sunday puzzle!
Thanks C.C. for a wonderful tour, as always :)

A few missteps: had Avoids>AVERTS, Goes >WENTOFFTHEDEEPEND, Ditto>SODOI
I also thought "B.C." Was for British Columbia.

Perps: TYR, STARR, RICES, MERL, YES, AHN

Favorite clever clues were for JOEYS and LEVEE.

Nice CSO for Yellowrocks with CALLER and now I know that your blog name means hugs :)

The Harry Potter fan in me loved "Peak seen from Grindelwald" as it reminded me of the dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald who attended Durmstrang (a spoonerism of STURM und Drang) He was a dark wizard and defeated by Albus Dumbledore (his former friend and my dog's namesake) Fun stuff for me ;)

Lovely day here! My LILAC bush is almost in bloom. Such a wonderful smell; even my Albus loves to sniff it when it blooms!

Have a great day!

(That was my deleted comment- something went wrong with my links- doh!)

desper-otto said...

How in heck did I miss the "Caller" CSO to YR? I apologize. No excuse.

TTP said...

Montana, welcome back. I've been wondering how your surgery went. Sounds like you are recovering.

Larry Jordan said...

Catch 22.

Yellowrocks said...

Montana, it is so good to hear from you. I was worried about you. Having to lie face down for so long is indeed an ordeal. My dad had to do that for a few weeks, which was bad enough. What a relief to have your eyesight gradually return. I hope that since you moved you do not have to drive those horrendous distances any longer .

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I liked this puzzle a lot and enjoyed figuring out what the themers were going to be. My fav was "Fought like cats and dogs" as it brought CED to mind and my running "feud" with him about giving the canines as much P(ur)R as he does the felines! Nice CSO to YR with Caller and to Misty with the Joyce reference. Hand up for thinking BC referred to British Columbia or Before Christ. Also, had Bess before Jess but Yowza=Beez didn't cut it. Finished in less than normal Sunday time, not that that matters to me, but I guess it's an indicator of a smooth solve vs a sluggish slog.

Congratulations, Craig, for a super-enjoyable Sunday challenge and debut and thanks, CC, for your sparkling review.

Montana, I'm so sorry to hear of your eye problems and hope you are well on your way to a complete recovery.

It's nice and sunny right now but still unseasonably chilly and the April showers continue Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
How's that for a gloomy forecast? Let's hope May brings the flowers and chases the rain away. I feel bad for those allergic to lilacs as their scent is so pleasant.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-Teachers are negotiating around here with ag-businessmen on school boards when commodity prices are very low. One side wants more for doing less and the other wants to give the opposite
-I RATED the last four service people I dealt 5*’s!
-Presidents who did and did not AVERT military service
-I’M DUE - That thought and this strategy could cost you the mortgage!
-Spelunking is my definition of claustrophobia
-DANG! I finally learned Bento Box and couldn’t use it
-How’s this for lifted?
-Zoos, like Omaha’s are employing good alternatives to CAGES
-Welcome back Montana! I’m NOT going to say you’re a real Butte!
-Some here will know the song with this lyric – “I say your young men'll be FRITTERN’! FRITTERIN’ away their noontime, suppertime, choretime too!”

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Craig, for a perfect Sunday puzzle. The theme entries were really a boon. The CSOs were fun.

C.C., thank you for the delightful tour this morning.

Welcome back, Montana!! Continue to take your time to heal well.

Have a lovely Sunday, everyone.

Wilbur Charles said...

Good CATCH Larry. One of my favorite books.

Wilbur Charles said...

Maripro, Doug Flutie was from Natick the patron city of xwords. And..
He's doing a TV add for some kind of pill

WC

MJ said...

Good day to all!

I really enjoyed the puzzle today with common phrases cleverly clued. MERL Saunders was 100% perpped. Had AVoids before AVERTS. PRINCE JOHN was a gimme as we watched the 1973 "Robin Hood" animated movie with the grandkids last night. Favorite clue/answer was "Bouncing babies?" for JOEYS. Thanks, C.C., for the thorough expo.

It's nice to hear that your vision is improving, Montana. Best of all to you.

Enjoy the day!

Yellowrocks said...

Warning: Just square dancing talk. Skip this and the next post if you are not interested.

We meet many prospective dancers who believe because they square danced in gym class they will not need lessons to dance with us. Most school classes teach only 10 – 15 calls and use them in patterns that repeat four times. (A very few classes are more in depth.) The traditional square dance or barn dance is closer to what the students have learned. These traditional dances use only 10 – 30 calls and are usually called in repeating patterns or figures. Newcomers can usually stand in the fourth place and watch the first three couples repeat the pattern. Or the caller can give the newbies a quick walk-through.

This is not so with us. (To be continued.)

Yellowrocks said...

Square dancing talk, continued.

Our modern western square dancing has about 70 calls at the entry level. Some of these calls can start from different positions and feel like entirely different calls. There are so many permutations using all these calls that the choreography can be different at every dance. Thus classes and experience are needed. With practice most people can do the calls from conditioned response or muscle memory. When the calls are combined in new ways they cannot be done by rote. The brain needs to be engaged. Our second half of the tip uses repeating patterns, but still there are 70 calls. Many of us have gone on to the intermediate level and have learned 30 some additional calls.
Square dancing is great exercise for the mind and body. It satisfies musically and is very social. It is friendship set to music. Square dancers are the kindest, friendliest people I know, with the exception of you all.

Wilbur Charles said...

Gary, I had a SPOOF quiz: Name Presidents who held rank of Brigadier or higher. 12 is my count. Most people come up with 3.

Btw. I liked your Licks today Owen

That Will Shortz clip had static. I meant to stop and post that NPR had the Words author on with Terry Gross yesterday afternoon.

WC

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

Relatively easy Sunday solve, helped by very doable theme fill. Had Orion before DIANA; and tuba before OBOE.
Favorite clues were for LEVEE and STEAL.
TIKI - We have seen the Kon-Tiki in Oslo. Amazing that the voyage succeeded as well as it did. I think it contributed significantly to the future discourse and studies concerning human migration.
CMDR - Thanks for the SO, C.D. A snappy salute to you, too. Both CMDR and CDR are used 'in the language'. CDR is used in official correspondence.

Montana, good to see you back. I have a picture of the USS Havre in our family room. My neighbor took it, up in the St. Lawrence, long before he was my neighbor, and before I had served on her for training duty in 1964.

C. Stowe said...

Thank you everyone for the kind words and thanks for the write-up C.C. A big thank you to Rich for all of his help and advice. I love the blog and comments, keep up the great work!

Just dropping by to answer C.C.'s question - that is a different Craig Stowe in your link. I live in downtown Toronto and work in a hotel kitchen.

Cheers!

Craig

Misty said...

Woohoo! Woohoo! As you can imagine, this will be one of my favorite puzzles of all time, with that last word YES in Joyce's "Ulysses," and my absolute favorite write-up of all time, with C.C.'s wonderful citation of the last sentence in the novel! YES! YES! YES! Thank you, thank you, for a great puzzle, Craig, and for checking in with us! And, C.C., you've simply made my day! Thank you too, Desper-otto, and Wilbur, for remembering my "Ulysses" connection. What a wonderful way to start the day.

I loved sailing through this puzzle, but got stuck in the southwest corner. I had HEARD THE MUSIC, not FACE THE MUSIC, and that kept me from getting the downs. But that doesn't stop me from loving this puzzle.

Loved the shout-out to Yellowrocks' square dancing, and the ensuing discussion!

Welcome back, Montana--what a difficult time you've had. But how wonderful that you're able to work the puzzles again, and that we'll be seeing you again now.

Never heard of the Norse god TYR. Is that where the word TYRANT comes from?

Have a wonderful Sunday, everybody!

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Craig Stowe, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Welcome back Montana. Hope your vision is restored to normal. Did you have a detached retina?

D-O: You are correct. I confidently wrote in TUBA for 100A. Later changed that to OBOE. Oh well.

I also wrote in AS WE for 15A. Fixed that to SO TO.

Also tried AVOIDS for 40A. That became AVERTS. Thank you, perps.

Liked the theme. Very clever. Really helped me with the puzzle, too.

ENYA seems to be a regular now. No problem with that.

Well, I have to run. Some stuff to do here, then I am off to work later this afternoon to my part-time job.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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Chuck Lindgren said...

why does yowza mean Jeez ? Yowza is rooted in "Yes Sir" ? Jeez was just filling the perps which forces "entadermal"
Dictionary.com doesn't recognize entaderm. I'll have to ask my dermo when I go see him next month for my final ( I hope) post surgical appointment.

Southwest was my waterloo. I had...the music but "face wouldn't come. Never used rice as a verb and was SURE "pact" was the clue for a perfect fitting "treaty" oh well...

desper-otto said...

Chuck: Jeez, that was a tough puzzle. Yowza, that was a tough puzzle. Uff da, that was a tough puzzle.

Misty: Tyr is the god for whom Tuesday is named....sort of.

Argyle said...

Try ENDODERM like it is in the puzzle.

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Sunday puzzle from a fellow Canadian! (and thus no strange spellings today LOL).
Thanks for the fun Craig (and for dropping in) and C.C.

Fairly straight-forward solve with unknowns like TYR, ALITO and STONE filling in with perps.
Hand up for thinking of Br. Columbia or Before Christ for BC.
Smiled at JOEYS, and saw the CSOs to Misty and YR.
Didn't understand MES until the light dawned that I needed the Spanish not Mon.
Another light bulb moment with SPF.

Glad to have you back Montana and best wishes for continued recovery.
Wishing you all a great day.


CanadianEh! said...

Actually, it was ENTOdermal in the puzzle which apparently is a variant of EnDoderm.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Craig sure PUSHED THE ENVELOPE to give us a clever, fun puzzle. The theme answers were easy once i caught on to the gimmick.

Was so sure "ducks" was a fowl name that I sat and looked at AVERTS wondering if that was some kind of European duckie that we'd never heard of, like SMETS which didn't fit. Duh!

37a "woody" etc. ran to a naughty phrase which I'll not say here.

The MacBeth quote & Philip of KunFu was a short-lived natick. And I'd forgotten MES since we last had it. Didn't know MERL, TYR, JESS, AHN or NES. All perps.

Unlike Misty, I have never read James Joyce. Thanks, C.C., for the "taste" of his writing. As a former editor, the run-on sentence drove me nuts, but the overall effect was very erotic so I understood what he was doing. Breaking the rules is sometimes the best way to show emotions.

BC: I wanted Baja California. However, when I was in Baja, I kept wondering how so many cars with British Colombia tags (BC) happened to be at a Baja country club. Then the light bulb moment... Glad I hadn't said anything to the people I was with.

Montana, hope your ordeal is soon over and very successful. Sounds like a nice new place to live. Love a meadowlark's song.

Allergies are so bad for me this year that I was sneezing over petunias last night. Brought in the big potsfull my daughter had given me because they were predicting a possible freeze. Freeze or sneeze, what a choice to have to make.

CrossEyedDave said...

WFPS (What FermatPrime Said)
Theme was great fun, everything else was a different wavelength...
Most hated:Part of BC=Coll?
Most liked:Bouncing baby=Joey!

Wait,,,,What,,, you swam 40' underwater?
(Hmm, I would say "Yowza," but not Jeez!...)

(Also, EntoDermal got under my skin....)

StarTrek rank makes me want to watch this movie again:
1st 30 seconds,Commander.

@1:50, Admiral?

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Was I the only one who saw the BC clue and thought Broome County? Not sure if it still exists, but the PGA (Professional Golf Association) used to have the BC Open in Endicott NY, which is located in Broome County. They used the characters from the cartoon strip B.C. by Johnny Hart. It was first known as the Broome County Open but shortened to BC. The cartoon name and golf tournament seemed like the best match to me!

Seriously, I did have COLL on the first pass, as I had the two L's from the perps.

But overall, I had two CHEATS as I MISSED THE BOAT on several of Craig Stowe's clued.

WC, I've been lurking (late in the evening) and haven't posted in awhile. I have a few limericks but none have had any cross words. My latest really WENT OFF THE DEEP END as you'll soon see (if you are visiting here tonight):

It's high time we went out of the way,
Though I'm late, I just wanted to say
A shout out to our planet,
(That's part water and granite)
A most pleasant, Happy B'Earth'Day.

billocohoes said...

Misty - no, TYRANT is of Latin origin, as in "Sic semper tyrannis" (Thus always to tyrants), state motto of Virginia and exit line of J.W. Booth

Husker Gary - one summer my daughter was doing community theater, so I heard at least 34 performances of Prof. Harold Hill telling us about Trouble in River City.

Wilbur Charles said...

C-Moe PwD for that EARTHY 'lick. Was I too earthy yesterday although I did invent a new phobia.

Btw... PRINCE JOHN and Robin Hood had an exchange in Ivanhoe after the former defeated the acting King's favorite at archery. There's a school of thought that avers that John was an effective administrator unlike his famous brother.

WC

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

A few days late to the dance.

First up, welcome back Montana! Sending healing wishes your way. I'm glad someone invented the tricks and techniques for fixing retinas, even though there is often a need for that face-down recovery. Better than the alternative!

Now, the puzzle: started off slowly, but the concept of the thing seeped in and made the rest of the solve go quickly. Impressive fill quality today - not a turkey in the straw. :-)

Evening C. C., thanks for 'splaining!

Misty said...

PK, nice point about Joyce's writing. The language that ends "Ulysses" gives us the private, unspoken memories and thoughts of Molly Bloom just before she falls asleep, and remembers her husband's proposal to her many years before.

Chairman Moe said...

WC @ 7:49 ---> not too "earthy" at all! Many limericks are penned to pun the more "earthy" topics anyway . . . I think we are all adults here, and while no one oversteps the bounds of "decency", it's sometimes fun to PUSH THE ENVELOPE! ;^)

One of my all time favorite 'licks is:

There was once a young girl who begat
Three male babies, named Nat, Pat, and Tat.
It was fun in the breeding,
But pure hell in the feeding,
When she found there was no "tit for Tat".

Chairman Moe said...

Another, WC, that plays off your limerick the other day is:

T'was a proud British sailor named Grover,
Seven celibate years, a sea rover;
When he spied England's coast
Started flogging his post,
And repainted the White Cliffs of Dover.

Michael said...

Yellowrocks, there's another part to square-dancing: in short, obedience, or maybe mental stillness; or in more words, you put your 'self' on hold and do what the caller has in mind. It's nice to let go.

And, BTW, anent tyrant -- The word derives from Latin tyrannus, meaning "illegitimate ruler", and this in turn from the Greek τύραννος tyrannos "monarch, ruler of a polis"; tyrannos in its turn has a Pre-Greek origin, perhaps from Lydian. -- Wikipedia

Bobbi said...

After a VERY Lo-o-o-o-ong Sunday, picked up the paper at 9 p.m.. It was a breeze after I got the theme ...EXCEPT the SW corner. If anyone's still up please tell me: if you RICE vegetables you chop them very fine, you certainly DO NOT run them through a sieve.ALSO, there dozens of jazzmen with the last name of Saunders - couldn't find even one MERL. Where do I look???

Argyle said...

Ricer image. We have had it before. It is a specialized sieve.

Merl - At least it wasn't clued as 'European blackbird'. Did you look in Wikipedia?