Husker Gary reporting in from the mall with a humpday puzzle by Debbie Ellerin where she describes four types of people using an article of clothing for each. A very straightforward grid where the SW corner did give me pause with FOODIE, LEEDS and the non-programming logic term of 51. Logician's word : ERGO - Cogito ergo errat (I think, therefore I err)
Here are Debbie's theme entries, two are singular and two are plural:
17. Ineffectual exec : EMPTY SUIT - As Gertrude Stein said, "There's no there, there!" We all know some.
28. Pioneers : TRAIL BLAZERS - One of my TRAIL BLAZER heroes. She was just tired of being treated badly
44. Self-important sort : STUFFED SHIRT - After a few risqué images came to mind, I immediately thought of this ultimate example
60. Traitors : TURN COATS - Two of the most well known
These fills from any clothing store made for a lovely device. Let's try on Debbie's other fills for size:
1. Cold shoulder : SNUB - I am now seeing these cold shoulder tops in schools
5. Track competition : MEET - The world only cares about the one that comes every four years and in 2028, it's in LA
14. "Red" nuisance : TAPE - 9. Multitudes : SLEWS of this helped me decide to get out of my summer business
15. Spitballs, to class clowns : AMMO
16. One-named "Tik Tok" singer : KESHA - She's in a court fight with Kemosabe Records (no, really)
19. "The Addams Family" actor John : ASTIN
20. Itty-bitty : WEE - A 5' 4" baseball Hall-Of-Famer known to be able to place the ball or "hit 'em where they ain't"
21. A time to dye : EASTER - See Judas above
23. Final check? : MATE - Do you see how white can checkMATE in one move?
24. Await with trepidation : DREAD - What I feel when I blog. What mistake did I make?
26. A-list : ELITE - A-LIST was Agnes and C.C.'s theme yesterday
33. Bagel flavor : ONION
36. Like overly graphic tabloid stories : LURID - If it bleeds, it leads!
37. Padre's hermana : TIA - Dad's sister is your aunt
38. Keystone State Ivy : PENN
39. Purple shade : LILAC - Even LILACS have different shades
41. Tiny amount : TAD
42. Topples (over) : KEELS - When it's fake, it's called a FLOP
43. Tough spots : FIXES
47. Multitude : FLOCK
48. Spiteful : CATTY
52. Pago Pago resident : SAMOAN - SAMOANS Rommel and Toke will be freshmen playing football at Oregon State University this fall, 5,000 miles away from their Pago Pago home
56. Fish often smoked : EEL
58. "Live at __": The Who album : LEEDS - Recorded on Valentine's Day 1970 at the University of LEEDS
62. Jackie's predecessor : MAMIE
63. Smallest bills : ONES
64. Massive landmass inhabited by masses : ASIA
65. Trapshooting : SKEET - Two at a time with an over/under shotgun
66. Japanese soybean paste : MISO
67. End of Oktober? : FEST
1. Crock-Pot concoction : STEW
2. Pointed a finger at : NAMED
3. Word with cut or crust : UPPER - This UPPER cut from Mike Tyson was "all she wrote"
4. Get into the pool? : BET - These were the winning squares for each quarter for the last Super Bowl pool if you BET on these squares shown and wrote in your name. The overtime would have been a moot point.
5. Ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea : MASADA
6. Flightless birds : EMUS
7. Put out : EMIT
8. Reusable grocery bag : TOTE
9. Jamaican genre : SKA
10. "Fantine's Arrest" B'way show : LES MIZ - Ann Hathaway said it was very hard to lose 25 lbs. and play Fantine who was a "starving, miserable whore"
11. It's put on heirs : ESTATE TAX
12. Chinese side dish : WHITE RICE - I prefer it to brown or fried rice
13. Playing with a full deck : SANE - The Statler Brothers sang of the consequences of not having a full deck using these lyrics
18. Hanker (for) : YEARN
22. Archaeological treasure : RELIC
25. Ian Fleming's alma mater (and the school that expelled James Bond) : ETON
27. Youngster : LAD
29. Coming-clean declaration : I LIED
30. Breaks in the action : LULLS - Baseball is a great game that has too many LULLS
31. Full of chutzpah : BRASH - John McEnroe was the BRASH player everyone loved to hate. He put butts in the seats!
32. Fifth Avenue landmark : SAKS
33. Makes a decision : OPTS
34. Slob's opposite : NEAT FREAK - I fulfill one of these roles at our house
35. "If you would be so kind" : INDULGE ME
39. Vichyssoise veggies : LEEKS - Julia Childs' ingredients for the soup I can't spell on my best day
40. Keystone State univ. : PITT
42. Chain whose website has a "Find a Colonel Near You" feature : KFC - The Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Samoa is in the village of Tafuna
43. Former French capital : FRANC
45. Gastronome : FOODIE - One of ours will be blogging here tomorrow!
46. "Just watch me!" : I CAN SO - Hold my beer and watch this
49. Kid around with : TEASE
50. Himalayan legends : YETIS - It was there year to bring cole slaw to the imaginary monster picnic
51. Trees with ovate leaves : ELMS
53. Elementary bit : ATOM
54. Bond category, for short : MUNI
55. Mining hauls : ORES - Bauxite ORE from which most all aluminum has been made. BTW, why does everyone still say "tin foil" when it's not tin?
57. Test for a future atty. : LSAT - Granddaughter is studying for it now.
59. Filming site : SET
61. Big, clumsy type : OAF
I hope Debbie's puzzle suited you and you are now ready to comment: