Jul 2, 2017

Sunday July 2, 2017 Alan P. Olschwang

Theme:  "Up the River" - Each theme entry has a river going up.

5D. British actor who played Algy Longworth in 1930s Bulldog Drummond movies : REGINALD DENNY. Niger. Never hard of the actor.

7D. Garage job : ALIGNMENT. Gila.

11D. Western actor who taught Harrison Ford how to use a bullwhip : LASH LARUE. Ural.

15D. "Titanic" theme vocalist : CELINE DION. Nile.

61D. Was perfectly tailored : FIT LIKE A GLOVE. Volga. Longest river in Russia.

76D. Memorable line from Berlin's "Cheek to Cheek" : I'M IN HEAVEN. Neva. One more Russian river.

85D. Third James Bond novel : MOON RAKER. Arno.

87D. Samba relative : BOSSA NOVA. Avon.

So nice to see Alan Olschwang back. He made so many puzzles for us during those Wayne R. Williams days.

Some of the rivers span across two words. Some are just fully contained in another word. Not too many choices for Alan.

It seems that Rich has changed his policy and allows circles on Sundays.


1. Back biter? : MOLAR. We also have 41. Scary biter : TSETSE. "Biter" clue echoes.

6. They're rarely good dance partners : OAFS. Also 50. Square dance milieu : HOEDOWN. Do you still remember the sweet high school picture Yellowrocks used for her avatar some time ago? Pre-Butterfly.

10. Worry word : ALAS

14. Nut under a tree : ACORN

19. Sherlock's adversary Adler : IRENE

20. Zero-star meal : SLOP.  I had baked walleye & roasted rosemary potatoes last Friday. So good. This is the first year I grow rosemary.

21. Hard finish? : WARE. Hardware.

22. Big fight : MELEE

23. Words on the street? : SLANG. Nice clue.

24. Big Island port : HILO

25. Spanish pronoun : ESTA. Also 73. Span. title : SRA

26. Window treatment : BLIND

27. Cargo unit : TON

28. Lennon classic covered by Pentatonix : IMAGINE

31. Like some riots : HILARIOUS. Great fill.

33. Absurd : INSANE

35. Aborted operation : NO-GO. Tiny two-letter dupe with 51. Turn : GO BAD. The hardest to spot dupe in a grid is EAT/ATE.

36. Something to learn : LESSON. I continue to make dupe errors. Never learn! Thank God Rich/Patti are always there to save me.

37. Willamette University home : SALEM

39. "Enigma Variations" composer : ELGAR

45. Coral Sea sight : ATOLL

48. More hard-up : NEEDIER
52. NBC weekend staple : SNL

53. Ancient German : TEUTON

55. Fuming : IRED. Not a word I use.

56. Polishes, as prose : EMENDS

58. Support source : TECH. Our local paper had an disconcerting article on how CenturyLink has been running a Wells Fargo-style scheme.

60. Job listing ltrs. : EEO

61. Bacon and eggs, say : FOODS. I also planted French Tarragon this year. For my scrambled eggs.

62. Puts in order : NEATENS

64. Police protector : VEST

66. Woodworking supply : STAIN. Followed by 68. Workable wood : ASH

69. Firmly affixed : NAILED

71. State with confidence : ASSERT
76. Hastings hearth : INGLE. Learned from doing crosswords.

77. Deserve : EARN

79. Tells : RELATES

81. Hostile force : ENEMY

84. Cartesian conclusion : I AM

86. Volvo competitor : SAAB

88. Freshen : AIR OUT

89. Sitarist Shankar : RAVI. Dad of Norah Jones.

90. Like hiss or boom : ECHOIC. Not a word I use.

92. Snappy dresser : FOP

94. Scandinavian capital : KRONE. Currency. We also have 43. Scand. land : SWED

95. Fictional wolf's disguise : GRANDMA

97. Employ to excess : OVERUSE

99. Fisherman with pots : EELER. You can probably find this roasted eel from the Asian aisle in your grocery store. Very tasty.

100. Algonquian chief : SACHEM. Never heard of this word.

101. Govt. issue : T-NOTE

102. Arabian peninsula capital : SANAA

104. Infatuate : ENAMOR

106. Intestine sections : ILEA

108. Plumed birds : EGRETS

112. Dr. Brown's classic : CREAM SODA

115. Ivy in Ithaca : CORNELL. Where Bill G and Santa went,

117. Seek office : RUN

118. Baby bug : LARVA

119. Wedding reception eye-catcher : CAKE

121. Worked up : AGOG

122. Spender of rials : OMANI

124. French 101 infinitive : AIMER. Love. The three characters between Je and t'aime  is Chinese "I Love You". The one under t is Korean.

125. "Power Hits" series record label : K-TEL

126. Went off the deep end : DOVE

127. Picked a ticket, perhaps : VOTED

128. Board : PLANK

129. Lowly worker : SERF

130. Christmas symbol : STAR

131. Lyrical poetic form : EPODE

 1. Peruvian volcano El __ : MISTI. Oh hi.

2. Wrinkle-resistant fiber : ORLON. Unlike RAYON (Viscose), which wrinkles easily.

3. Cants : LEANS

4. "Barbara __": Beach Boys hit : ANN

6. DOL watchdog : OSHA. Department of Labor.

8. Book sheet : FOLIO

9. Freeloaded : SPONGED

10. Stupefied state : AWE

12. More pretentious : ARTIER

13. Waterproofs, perhaps : SEALS

14. Cynical Bierce who defined "sweater" as "Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling
chilly" : AMBROSE
16. Broad assortment : OLIO

17. Bausch + Lomb brand : RENU

18. Rorem and Beatty : NEDS. Also 90. Filmdom's Thompson and Watson : EMMAs

29. Qantas hub letters : MEL. OK, Melbourne.

30. Tertiary Period stones : EOLITHS

32. __ Martin: Bond's car : ASTON

34. Like italics : ASLANT

38. Middle of dinner? : ENS. Dinner.

40. Turn right : GEE

42. Capa attacker : TORO. Bull in Spanish.

44. Circle's lack : ENDS. Drew a blank.

45. Gemini rocket stage : AGENA. Have not seen this entry for a long time.

46. Some library volumes : TOMES

47. Caribbean sorcery : OBEAH.  Is it still practiced?

49. Sorbonne student : ELEVE

50. Nocturnal tree dweller : HOOTER

54. Trueheart of the comics : TESS

57. Problem with a line : SNAG. Fishing line.

59. Turn over : CEDE

63. Glass component : SILICA

65. Ancient home of Irish kings : TARA. I think Argyle used this clue in one of our puzzles.

67. Academic specialty : AREA

70. Sister of Rachel : LEAH

72. A lot more than a little mistake : SNAFU

73. It may have a swivel top : STOOL. Oh, like those in the bar.

74. Get together with old classmates, say : REUNE. Do you actually use this verb form?

75. China __: showy bloom : ASTER

78. Religious recluse : ASCETIC

80. Unpaid bill : ARREAR. Often in plural.

81. Energy bits : ERGS

82. Ancient Japanese capital : NARA. Japan's capital between 710 and 794, according to Wiki.

83. Brush fire op : EVAC

91. 1961 Literature Nobelist Andric : IVO. Stranger to me.

93. Plant studied by Mendel : PEA

96. Hamlet's homeland : DENMARK

98. Puts in another roll of film : RELOADS

101. Up till now : TO DATE

103. First word in Dante's "Inferno" : NEL. Forgot. We had this before.

105. Taunts : MOCKS

107. Grain bane : ERGOT

109. Sister of Calliope : ERATO. Same roots as Eros.

110. Not sharp or flat : TUNED

111. Rather nasty : SNIDE

112. Storm harbinger : CLAP

113. Marsh bird : RAIL. Cute.

114. Name on the column "At Wit's End" : ERMA (Bombeck)

116. Hungarian city known for red wine : EGER

120. Seasonal worker? : ELF

123. Swiffer WetJet, e.g. : MOP



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Alan and C. C.!

A had a natick, so one bad cell. Otherwise OK.

Things that I didn't know: SALEM, ECHOIC, SACHEM/NAVA (hence natick), MISTI, EOLITHS, TARA, IVO, NEL (huh?) and EGER.

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

The Oregon area completely flummoxed me¡ 45d I tried first, third, Atlas before AGENA, with red letters chastising me at each step; ditto vudoo, vudun, and voodu before perps finally gave
a word I don't think I've ever seen before, OBEAH; redoeS before EMENDS; nothing at all but perps for ATOLL, GO BAD, NEATENS, ASH, TOMES, or DENNY; and took out ASLANT because it conflicted with the wrong-os¡ In the other 15/16ths, my only error was misspelling SeCHEM, since NARA wasn't Kyoto or Edo.

Argyle said...

"Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita" ("midway in the journey of our life") - Dante NEL is "in the".

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This one came together pretty fast. It did take an alphabet run to get the M in MOLAR -- my final fill. I even remembered to read the puzzle title and noticed the rivers running uphill in the circles. Tried AVOIR before AIMER elbowed in. Thanks, Alan.

SACHEM: One of a trio of Algonquian chiefs: Sachem, Packem and Rackem. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

AMBROSE: He's a neighbor whom we often see out walking his little Chihuahua, Ankle-Biter. We don't know the dog's real name.

HOOTER: Alternate definition for this puzzle.

NARA: Visited there many years ago. You can buy a packet of rice cakes from street vendors to feed the deer in the park. You'd better...the deer expect it.

So, C.C., did you do anything special for your birthday?

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Alan and thank you CC.

We bought today's newspaper yesterday so I had a head start this morning when I went online. I had already solved the eastern and bottom half, but hadn't worked out the northwest quadrant.

Also forgot all about the circles this morning, so I missed the theme, even though I had six of the eight filled in with ink yesterday.

No CC. I wouldn't find myself using either ECHOIC or REUNE, other than in an example of words I wouldn't use.

EGRETS always looks to me like it needs an R in front of it. Alas...

Some of PK's comments remind me of ERMA's wit.

Pre-Butterfly Yellowrocks avatar

Anthony Gael Moral said...

Don't think Irene Adler was an adversary. See "Scandal in Bohemia."

Big Easy said...

Don't 'Cry Me a RIVER' or 'Play MISTI' for me or think I am INSANE, but there were just too many unknowns today. Couldn't complete the NW. MISTI, LEANS, IRENE and REGINAL DENNY (I did WAG him) were all unknowns. MOLAR never came around. I also couldn't correctly guess the cross of SACHEM and NARA- two more unknowns. But I did guess the cross of IVO and ECHOIC (is that word real?). NEL- yeah I knew that in another life but not this one.

IRED-only in crosswords ( along with TOMES, REUNE & NEATENS). Everybody else is irKed.
CREAM SODA- never heard of but an easy guess with the help of perps.
AIMER- never knew the infinitive with the 'R'
EOLITH- I had 16 credit hours in geology in college but that's a stone I had never heard before.

billocohoes said...

Anthony, in A Scandal in Bohemia Holmes' client was the king of Bohemia and ADLER had a compromising photo of him, so she was an adversary. But Holmes had great respect and admiration for the way she worked, more so than for the king.

SACHEM is pretty much confined to the Northeast. I'd be more likely to use REUNE, even if it sounds made-up, than ECHOIC.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Although there were several unknowns, as others have noted, I did finish w/o help. The title and the circles made the theme obvious but you still had to work to get the correct fill. Liked the big CSO's to Bill G (Cornell), Misty (Misti), and CC (Olio, one of her favorite words). I loved the quote of Ambrose Bierce; he was quite the colorful character. I've heard of Reginald Denny but couldn't pick him out of a line-up. I remember Lash LaRue from the Saturday serial movies.

Thanks, Alan, for a lazy Sunday sojourn and thanks, CC, for your expert guidance.

Lucina from yesterday: The director and one of the actresses of The Little Hours were on Charlie Rose's program a few days ago and judging by their comments and several clips from the movie, it has about as much viewing appeal as all of the other "comedies" that the likes of Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow foist upon the public. To wit: Zero.

I saw part of an interview with Herman Wouk on today's CBS Sunday Morning. I didn't realize he was still living and writing. I loved The Caine Mutiny, Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. IIRC, the last two were over 900 pages long. He and Leon Uris were two of my favorite authors of that time period.

Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

I enjoyed paddling up the rivers. Cute theme. As always, CC's review delights. Thanks for the square dancing CSO, CC and TTP. Hoedown always brings to mind Rodeo by Copland, although our style of square dancing would be hard to adapt to this music.
ECHOIC is rather rare, even in written language, but I come across it now and then in books.
REUNE, a back formation from REUNION, is becoming common in writing and speaking these last years. At first, I thought it was a gag, like facetiously using EPT because INEPT is a word. But, REUNE is for real and is used.
I use TOME sometimes for books like my huge unabridged dictionary. I use NEATEN frequently.
I usually think deer are cute, but at NARA the deer were so brazen and intrusive that I was IRED, or more precisely IRKED.
Although second order synonyms, I hear IRKED as annoyed and IRED as very angry. I am irked because she is always late, but I am not ired, as I might be if she ditched me without telling me she was not coming.
I have heard of REGINALD DENNY, but know nothing more of him. I knew EOLITHS. IVO and NEL were all perps.
Enjoy your weekend.

Argyle said...

Reginald Denny's Wiki page. I say, rather fascinating.

Anonymous said...

Those who "went off the deep end" DIVED. DOVE is a bird.

EEO = equal employment opportunity = the law enforced by the EEOC = the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The "job listing ltrs." you see in help wanted ads are EOE = equal opportunity employer.

Glass is made of SILICATES, not SILICA.

So, do we not indicate that SNAFU is an acronym because to do so would flag it as a dirty word? TECH too needed a short indicator.


WikWak said...

@ CanadianEh from yesterday: Much of Michigan's "thumb" (much of the Detroit area and above) are actually north of Windsor and that area of Ontario.

Bluehen said...

Not too tough a puzzle. Solved in short order getting all but one answer from the Across clues. Could not for the life of me come up with TECH as the answer for that clue, so I had to use perps. Spoiled an otherwise perfect record.

CC, that fresh tarragon will also make a delicious béarnaise sauce (basically a tarragon flavored Hollandaise).

AnonT, re. your tutorial on sous vide cooking from yesterday: While the sequence of operations you presented are the same as in my instruction manual, I have developed a technique that I prefer to that. It involves a little preplanning, but I think it's worth it. A day or two before you start the meal, sear the meat(I usually use a cast iron skillet) on all sides. Then, while it is warm, season as you wish. Place in a zip lock baggie and refrigerate overnight at least. Then, when all of the juices are solidified, bag it up in the vacuum sealer. This step isn't absolutely necessary but I prefer it to trying to sous vide in a storage baggie. Come the appointed time, the food is ready with no resting time or pyrotechnics needed. Try it, I think you'll like it.


P.S. I am probably wrong about this, but I think "sous vide" actually translates to "under pressure" (cue David Bowie). That would explain PK's association with this technique and pressure cooking. Anyone?

Lucina said...

Wowie, this was a nice sail Up the River except I wasn't aware of any circles since my newspaper was nowhere in sight and I printed the puzzle from Mensa. And not only are circles absent but when printing the puzzle, clues 83-95 down are missing. That did not help my mood.

However, the puzzle itself was remarkably doable for Sunday though MOLAR was my very last fill. I echo the quaint use of ECHOIC and REUNE. I likely wouldn't use them but writers often do.

CSO to Bill G, LEAH (Cookie), YR at HOEDOWN and Misty at MISTI!

INGLE IS A word I learned from doing CWs though inglenook is quite common.

Irish Miss:
Thank you for that. I saw it on Charlie Rose as well and learned of that movie. I won't be seeing it but tomorrow we're going to see The Big Sick.

Thank you, C.C., not only for your apt analysis but for continually teaching us about interesting new foods. I shall look for that on my next shopping trip.

Have a delightful day, everyone!

Misty said...

Well, I feared the worst when that top northwest corner totally stumped me. But things slowly filled in and after a while I had everything but that tough northwest and a bit of the southeast corner. A little cheating got me the northwest, but I felt silly having to look up MOLAR and MISTI, for goodness sake, missing my own shout-out! (Thank you, Irish Miss!) Still, fun puzzle, even though I never figured out the logic of the circles until C.C.'s great expo. So, many thanks, Alan. I'm guessing you might have Scandinavian in your background, with the references to SWEDEN and the KRONE? (I'm embarrassed to admit that once again I assumed capital would be a city rather than money. When am I ever going to learn! I did get it, finally, but geez).

Anyway, a great way to start a sunny Sunday. Thanks, Alan, and C.C., and have a great day, everybody!

Jayce said...

Quite the challenge this morning, but after a few mental alphabet runs, eminently doable. I had the hardest time in the AGENA GOBAD area, and needed one of the alphabet runs to get the G at AGOG and EGER. Yeah, there were a few uncommon words, such as REUNE and ECHOIC. I am quite familiar with ANECHOIC, however, as in anechoic chamber. I didn't know SACHEM at all and it got filled solely by perps. As one of the bloggers here (I forget who) used to say, six perps and I had it.

Irish Miss, I saw that interview of the director and one of the actresses of The Little Hours on Charlie Rose also. I thought the actress (Aubrey Plaza, who did a magnificent job not long ago as an insane villain on Criminal Minds) was exceptionally inarticulate. In my experience, a great many actors and actresses are inarticulate in interviews; LW and I have often joked: take away the script and they don't know what to say.

Best wishes to you all.

Husker Gary said...

-I had a nice time even with some obscure rivers and s Natick (S_CHEM/NAR_) trap I overcame – Okay, lucked out, but still…
-A HARDWARE store or a dress shop? Oh, such hard decisions
-How do you pronounce Wiallamette?
-OVERUSE and AWE(some) in this puzzle
-I learned some definitions of CANT today. How does one DECANT, stand up straight?
-My teacher said Barabara Ann is a classic example of songs sung in thirds (DO, MI, SO)
-OLIO – The subject line on many C.C. emails
-A picture of an AGENA target vehicle just before docking with Gemini VIII flown by Neil Armstrong and David Scott

Unknown said...


Movies from the 30's
Hooter is a real stretch
Aboom is echoic but a hiss?


Irish Miss said...

Bluehen @ 1:23 ~ According to the dictionary, sous vide is, literally, Under vacuum.

Lucina @ 1:25 ~ "The Big Sick" sounds 1000 times more watchable and enjoyable than "The Little Hours", IMO. Let us know your opinion of it.

Jayce @ 2:06 ~ I agree wholeheartedly about Ms. Plaza's awkward interview. At one point, she was literally tongue-tied trying to express her understanding of the character she portrayed. I don't think I've ever seen anyone on Charlie's show appear that uncomfortable and lacking in communication skills. If Charlie can't put you at ease, no one can.

Looking forward to the second episode of Prime Suspect tonight.

G. Man said...

In the book "Gone With the Wind" the author tells why the plantation's name is Tara being that the old man came from Ireland.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

ChuckL: Ambrose is well know for the Devil's Dictionary among other things. It inspired another dude to write The Devil's DP Dictionary which turned me on to Bierce. Both HUMOROUS TOMEs.

BlueHen - Interesting. I always thought searing the meet b/f Sous Vide would not let the muscle absorb the marinade's flavor. I'll try it w/ my next roast (sorry - I'm still moving forward on my pork-n-apples in Ziploc freezer BAGs). ++ the Girls get a kick out of it when I light a blowtorch in the laboratory*, er, kitchen.

Ok, I DID it - Google say: sous vide means "under vacuum." Though. I do like the idea of Bowie and Mercury singing 'Under Pressure'.

Cheers, -T
*say it like Dr. Frankenstein :-)

Anonymous T said...

And IM's Google-Fu is faster than mine :-). Thanks IM. -T

Lucina said...

Irish Miss & Jayce:
Ms. Plaza'a inarticulation and total lack of depth or substance also amazed me. Well said, if Charlie Rose can't put one at ease, no one can.

I failed to mention that one of my dearest and most beloved friends of my previous life was Sister Ivo, R.I.P. She helped me grow up. That, however, did not help me with the unknown IVO in the puzzle. All perps.

MJ said...

Good day to all!

I enjoyed solving today's puzzle, but without circles, I didn't understand the theme until coming to The Corner. Well executed, I'd say. Favorite clue/answer was "Back biter?" for MOLAR. And while some riots may be HILARIOUS, the riots in Los Angeles in 1992 that almost cost REGINALD DENNY (not the actor) his life were anything but. Last cell to file was the "I" in the crossing of IRENE and MISTI, both unknowns. Thanks for your faithful guidance and links, C.C..

Enjoy the day!

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Alan Olschwang, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Finally got a puzzle done. Could not finish Friday or Saturday in the time I had to work on them. Worked on this before church, after church, during the Bartlett parade, and after the Bartlett parade. Phew!

Liked the theme. Caught it after I had all the words entered. Too bad he could not work Mississippi in.

Anonymous 12:43; Try this, "Situation Normal All Fouled Up"

I got started in the NE corner and spread from there. Finally finishing in the SW.

Some words I did not know, but perps helped: ELGAR, INGLE, SACHEM, AIMER, MISTI, EOLITHS, NARA, and ERMA.

Now about to head to the park for the Bartlett festival. They do it each year around the 4th. Some good food vendors. They also have a beer tent.

See you tomorrow.


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OwenKL said...

Erato attacked me!

Let's take a cruise on the VOLGA!
The ship has a gym room for yolga!
Then after our stretch
We can go up a deck
To the ballroom and dance to a polga!

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. It was nice to see Cornell in the puzzle. I've always had mixed emotions about the place. It was a beautiful campus. I met Barbara there as well as many other clever and interesting people, some of which I'm still in contact with. I had my horizons greatly expanded from my Virginia childhood. But Cornell seemed to take a perverse pleasure in making some of the courses really hard, such that I was frustrated by feeling unsuccessful much of the time; not a good feeling.

I can imagine Aubrey Plaza as being a difficult person to interview. Several years ago, Harrison Ford was on David Letterman's show. He was such a popular actor but came across badly when being interviewed (without a script). He seemed sullen and uninteresting.

Owen, good one.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I couldn't see the rivers for the trees (which were as absent as the circles). I was looking in the right places for the theme rivers. However, most of the rivers were pretty obscure so couldn't see them. The puzzle was interesting and challenging, Alan, thanks. Thanks again, C.C.

The northwest was last to fill. I had three of the downs there, but could not get any of the acrosses from the clues. Finally had to resort to red-letter runs to get MOLAR then sat and tried to ALIGN it with the clue. AHA!

INGLE? I take it he was not referring to Hastings, Nebraska. Also new to me: EOLITHS, AGENA, NARA, IVO, NEL. I knew SACHEM but thought that was a medicine man.

Thanks to the Blog Boys, I knew Cornell.

Didn't know AMBROSE's name but have always liked that quote. Too true.

I knew OBEAH from reading novels, but can't remember which ones due to having it hexed out of my mind.

TTP, thank you for your compliment, regarding ERMA. Wish my silliness made as much money as her wit did.

Bobbi said...

I realize this note will be excepted rather than accepted by most mavens of this blog, but here it goes. As one who spent her life developing vocabulary curricula for middle schoolers, it really bothers the @?#$ out of me when constructors ALWAYS prefer the esoteric over the precise when it comes to defining clues. It saddens me that cuteness always trumps accuracy. I'm now partially bald from pulling out my hair over the inanity of many of today's clues! No, I won't seek out "easier" puzzles to replace my forty-five year Sunday afternoon ritual, but I WILL infrequently speak up decrying inexact defining of our complex but amazingly vibrant English vocabulary!!

Bill G said...

Bobbi: I like cute clues, I like accurate clues, esoteric too sometimes late in the week. Which clues caused this consternation for you?

I just got back from the supermarket. There was a woman herding two elementary-school-age girls. I came across this family units four or five times while traversing the store aisles. The girls never spoke below a shout or yell. Very annoying. The mother was loud too. I almost said something like, "Girls, indoor voices please." I have a feeling no matter how politely I might have phrased it, any comment would have been perceived as an unwelcome criticism so..., I avoided the confrontation. What a wimp.

Big Easy said...

Jayce-in re: "take away the script and they don't know what to say."

Actors or politicians? Oh, I forgot. Politicians ARE actors but not photogenic enough to make it to Hollywood.

Irish Miss said...

Bobbi ~ I, too, would be interested in knowing which clues annoyed you. As a newbie constructor, I'd hate to be the cause of any more hair loss. 😉

Bill G ~ In today's angry, volatile climate in which the simplest slight or perceived affront can end in violence, you did the absolute, without-question correct thing by avoiding that confrontation. Wise move, my friend.

PK said...

Did anyone but me ever notice how sad and unhappy Donald Trump's children all look? It's probably the "angry, volatile climate" IM is talking about, don't you think? How about a class action suit by caring Americans to make Twitter turn off a well-known politician's account.

TX Ms said...

Bill G - I know I'm getting older (and crankier) by the day, but it seems rowdy, eardrum-piercing shrieking kids are now the new norm these days, along with loud moms (which I attribute to hearing damage due to earbuds). Any opinions on why are welcome.

I echo comments re echoic and reune.

I think "tech" is now the accepted terminology - haven't heard anyone say Information Technology Technician in the last two decades.

NW gave me fits until I remembered the familiar clues for "back biter" and "turn" pertaining to teeth and maybe milk, respectively. WAGs for Ambrose (who?), Reginald Denny, and Sachem/Nara areas.

Have a good week everyone, and Happy 4th! Stay safe!

Anon-T - FLN - your chickpea salad sounds interesting - recipe? Thx

Wilbur Charles said...

Ok. A French infinitive, ETRE won't fit. 101, must be AVOIR. But HEAVIN uhuh. I even tried ALLER but I finally thought of Ms Bombeck.

When IM said OLIO I was going to correct her. BLEND looked so good I never checked the clue EOLITH got me. I was in to much of a hurry.

Owen beat me to the final Shout out, ERATO. Getting 98% of this Natick strewn xw satisfies me. I'm IRKED about those crosses in the middle yesterday. Bobbi did you try Saturday?


CrossEyedDave said...

Sorry I missed yesterday's puzzle,
I would have loved to comment on poloponies.

CrossEyedDave said...

Up the river?

I dunno, it left me a little dry...

CrossEyedDave said...

Now in the old days...

CanadianEh! said...

Late to the party today so pretty much WEES. Thanks for the fun Alan and C.C.

Thanks WikWak @12:59 - that might be the possible explanation for the "north of Canada" from yesterday. We'll have to wait for Chuck's reply to know for sure.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G - I've gotten in trouble more than once (by DW!) for telling others' kids what to do. I grew up in a big Italian family in a "mixed" (Italian, Polish, German, Irish) neighborhood and any parent/grand in the 'hood would step in to keep my happy-dumb-self in line. I'm just paying it forward ;-). You probably did the right thing; but I feel your urge! #itTakesaVillage

PK at risk of stepping further into politics, the whole family looks morose; DJT seems to be the only one enjoying the ride albeit frustratingly.

CED - We gave you free reign to post on Friday since you were on your way out for a week and then 3-in-a-row today?!? LOL - loved Up the Wazoo! Thanks.

TxMs: RE: Chickpea - Quite easy.

First, get a big-a** bowl... I build enough for a week (though it's all gone today?)
3 big cans [I use 29oz Goya brand] of chickpeas drained
1 bunch green-onions finely sliced
5 or 6 diced Roma tomatoes*
1 cucumber diced (DW isn't a cuke fan, use more if you are)*
Bunch of parsley finely chopped*
3 little cans of sliced black olives
Black pepper to taste
6 tablespoons or so of olive oil
6 or so (to taste) tablespoons red-wine vinegar
Juice of 1/2 lemon.

Mix and let sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Stuff into pita bread or just eat out of a bowl.

There's really not much to the basic tomato/cuke/chickpea/parsley salad. Add whatever you like. The above is a modification of the original DW read in Southern Living years back.

Anyone see China Story on PBS? DW and I watched episode 1 tonight. Pretty cool. C.C., I'd love your take on it.

Cheers, -T
*garden fresh!

Anonymous said...

Pk. Perhaps your perception of the happy family is just a product of your own projection.

Sad really. It seems as many are still reeling from their shocking (only to them) loss. Time to get over it and move on with life.

Picard said...

Got the theme quickly. Enjoyed some of the tricky clues and misdirection. But I felt I was betrayed by having a puzzle that really was only solvable by sheer luck.

I got lucky at the crossing of IRENE/MISTI. I think I actually flew past MISTI when I was in Ecuador a few years ago and it was active. But I had forgotten its name.

My luck ran out for SANAA/NEL crossing. Had SABAA/BEL which seems just as likely.

TEUTON/TESS not much better.

Had ILIA/IRGOT instead of ILEA/ERGOT. Again, a bit obscure. EGER also unknown and crossing it with AGOG as clued is a bit of a reach. I did WAG that correctly.

Last to fall was MOLAR as clued. It was funny when I got it.

Glad that someone else remembered REGINALD DENNY as the truck driver who was nearly killed in the Los Angeles riots in 1992. He would have died if not for some very brave locals who risked their lives to save him. Learning moment that there was another REGINALD DENNY. I wonder if the trucker's parents named their son for him?