Sep 5, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 ~ Robert E. Lee Morris

Theme: Are you ready for some football? - You will need a good front line.

63A. In jeopardy ... and where the first words of the answers to starred clues can be found: ON THE LINE

17A. *Fishing gear holder: TACKLE BOX

38A. *Final part of a chess match: END GAME

11D. *Site of many face-offs: CENTER ICE. Hockey.

34D. *Sentry's job: GUARD DUTY

Argyle here. We have a nice pinwheel formation on our grid but it wouldn't work on the gridiron.


1. Hungarian sheepdog: PULI

5. Glasgow native: SCOT 

Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow

9. 1983 taxi comedy starring Mr. T: DC CAB

14. Mideast chieftain: EMIR

15. Boob __: TV: TUBE

16. Last Olds model: ALERO

19. Old Ford subcompact named for a horse: PINTO

20. "__ missing something?": AM I. (blogger's lament)

21. Out on a cruise: AT SEA

22. Pickled-pepper picker: PETER

23. Like Disneyland at night: LIT UP

25. Public tantrum: SCENE

27. Snappy dresser: FOP ergo 9-Down. Smartly dressed: DAPPER

29. '60s sci-fi series created by Gene Roddenberry: "STAR TREK"

32. Vamoose, to Shakespeare: BE GONE. “I must be gone and live, or stay and die.”

35. Long, slippery fish: EEL

36. Suffix with Israel or Jacob: ITE

37. Sch. in Columbus: OSU. (Ohio State University)

41. Chili __ carne: CON

42. RR depot: STA. (railroad station)

43. Common soccer result: TIE

44. Scope: EXTENT

46. Plush teddy with a heart for a nose: CARE BEAR

49. Red Seal record label company: RCA. (Radio Corporation of America)

50. Dryly humorous: DROLL

51. That is, in Latin: ID EST

55. Like some waves: TIDAL

57. Senate positions: SEATS

61. "Avatar" actress Saldana: ZOE

62. Word with safe or out: HOUSE. But is there a safe out house?

65. Speak: UTTER

66. Farmland measure: ACRE

67. Not yet eliminated from the contest: IN IT. Untill the fat lady sings.

68. Authority: SAY SO

69. Course of action: PLAN

70. Jacob's first wife: LEAHFamily Tree.


1. Petunia part: PETAL

2. Taste that's not sweet, sour, bitter or salty: UMAMI

3. Allowed by law: LICIT

4. Irritate: IRK

5. Copy editor's "Leave it in": [STET]

6. Wrigley Field team: CUBS. Chicago.

7. Double-reed woodwind: OBOE

8. Petroleum nickname: TEXAS TEA

10. Customer: CLIENT

12. Paintings in the Prado, por ejemplo: ARTE. The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid.

13. Ungentlemanly sort: BOOR

18. First track circuit in a race: LAP ONE

24. Sci-fi radar blip: UFO. (unidentified flying object)

26. More sedate: CALMER

28. Marker marketer: PENTELWiki.

29. "Night Moves" singer Bob: SEGER

30. Historic British prep school: ETON

31. Superman, as a reporter: KENT

32. Greenish-yellow pear: BOSC

33. "¿Cómo __ usted?": ESTA. "How are you?"

39. Shower bar brand: DIAL SOAP

40. Type of tax: EXCISE

45. Tiny bit: TAD

47. Wipes out: ERASES

48. Ravel classic used in the film "10": BOLERO. The clip is long(15:49) but fascinating.

52. Online periodical: eZINE

53. Justice Sotomayor: SONIA

54. Molars and incisors: TEETH

55. Like so: THUS

56. Tiny bit: IOTA

58. SASE, say: ENCL. (self-addressed stamped envelope/enclosure)

59. Razor brand: ATRA

60. Back in the day: THEN

64. "__ Abner": LI'L



Kent Mauk said...

37a. That's THE Ohio State University ;) Never understood what the THE is all about!

OwenKL said...

The twenty-third century, a PLAN was to resurrect
The Romanov bloodline, with new royals the object!
Based on D.N.A., the decision
Was a starship Enterprise technician:
That's how Ensign Chekhov became the STAR TREK Tsar Tech!

(The prior l'ick, BTW, is FANFIC, so if it comes up again, you can now say that yes, you have read some of it!)

PETER was a fisherman, but his TACKLE BOX? Oh, boy!
It seemed filled with stuff just to IRK and annoy!
"Do you really need an OBOE?"
"Why yes, I should SAY SO!
When it's time to scale fish, I always say,'Haut Bois'!"

{A-, B+.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I never like to see an unknown at 1a. It usually bodes ill. But not today. Thanx, RELM and Argyle.

Red SeaL: RCA used it for classical recordings, like BOLERO. They'd charge more than for 'em.

DIAL SOAP: Don't you wish everyone did?

Kent, maybe it's like The Cardinal of Stanford.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle, R.E.L. MORRIS! I even got the puzzle. Good expo, Argyle! I'll go back and do Bolero after this although it's much too sexy for my lifestyle now.

ID EST: Again? Didn't hesitate this time. Man, Rich is so determined that we learn this one.

Legal, LegIT, nope LICIT.

Didn't read the clues, backed in and saw _TTER and tried an "O" before "U".

Only unknowns: DC CAB, PENTEL, and PULI. That's a dog? What a hairdo! Well, brought to us by the same country that gave us Zsa Zsa -- both flamboyant, I'd say.

desper-otto said...

Now where did that "than" come from?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. A challenging Tuesday puzzle. It's never a good sign when I can't get 1-A on the first pass. PULI is a new breed of dog to me.

I knew TEXAS TEA from The Beverly Hillbillies.

Hand up for Legal before LICIT.

QOD: Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. ~ Bob Newhart (b. Sept. 5, 1929).

PK said...

Wow! Bolero before breakfast! That's an experience! But why is Valery Gergiev directing with a toothpick and why didn't he shave if he was making a video? Very interesting to see the instruments as they are added to build and swell the passion. Tremendous! I always choke up with emotion about the time the full orchestra goes to work. That's not an earworm. That's a full body takeover for all day.

Argyle said...

Why does Valery Gergiev look like Jack Nicholson. All he needed was to stick that toothpick in his mouth to complete the look.

billocohoes said...

In reaction to the Buckeyes, my boss said she'd gone to THE Bowling Green State University (also in Ohio)

Northwest Runner said...

Great writeup for a very clever theme. Got through most of it with the across clues, some of which were a bit tough for a Tuesday, especially when it's a virtual Monday for many. Didn't notice a lot of the tough downs till I was all the way through. Welcome back to the working week everyone.

BunnyM said...

Good morning all!

Thanks to Robert for a nice, easy Tuesday (that felt like a Monday which is appropriate since I keep thinking it's Monday due to the holiday). Thanks, Argyle for your fine review!

BOLERO was the only unknown. I knew PULI from watching dog shows- always amazed at their coats. I can't imagine the upkeep on that.

Hahtoolah- I also thought of the "Beverley Hillbillies" theme song with TEXAS TEA :)

I love my PENTEL "EnerGel" pens.

Re: cleaning/purging- Irish Miss: its gotten to the point where I can no longer procrastinate (which is part of the problem. The other is that I'm a pack rat) since the amount of stuff accumulated is causing me stress. Plus, now that our youngest has moved back home, we need to make room for her things. Our oldest still has boxes and miscellaneous items here, too since her apartment complex doesn't offer extra storage. Maybe I can box it up like Madame Defarge and see if "the fireman" will store it in his basement, lol. Seeing as he's most likely going to be my son-in- law at some point, he may agree!
Husker Gary- I wish I had the energy/patience to have a yard sale but this cleaning may be my demise. I could probably make a small fortune. Instead it will be dropped off to the local charity we donate to ( my car is currently full, except for the driver's seat!) Good luck with yours :)

Misty- glad Dusty is doing better!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day :)

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Many, many unknowns today, but the perps were friendly. Fun puzzle, great write-up, Argyle. Thanks for your faithful service to The Corner.

Peg--Thank you and so many others for coming to the aid of those so tragically affected by Harvey.
Montana--So many fires raging in your beautiful state. So sad.
Misty--My thoughts are with you and Dusty. Our pets are a dear part of our families.

Enjoy the day! I am off for an adventure with the grands!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Mostly easy today. Started off knowing PULI so that was a good sign. The theme fill all loomed readily. I remember the PINTO. Thought it was named after the bean. Just kidding! BH helped with CARE BEAR.
ACRE - German has the word Acker, meaning field. Always wondered if they were related.
Acre figures prominently in water volumetrics with the unit of ACRE-foot. It is a volume unit of an acre's area and one foot deep, or 43560 ft³. It is a convenient unit to design and operate a reservoir system.
DROLL - I love the word but somehow it is not part of my oral vocabulary. German is 'drollig'. My Mom used the L. German 'drullig' frequently, especially in describing the actions of smaller children, but I never picked up on that. An opportunity missed.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

My only w/o was Legal/Licit but I needed perps in a few iffy areas, e.g., DC CAB. I know I was alive and kicking in 1983 but I never heard of that show; my only knowledge of Mr. T was The A Team which, now that I think of it, was another w/o. (From yesterday, I was aware of Mork and Mindy but never saw an episode.) Was familiar with Puli from the dog shows but didn't know the origin. I had no idea what the theme was and, even after I filled in the reveal, it took me a minute or two to get the football connection. That was truly an AHA moment.

Thanks, Mr. Morris, for a fun and clever offering and thanks, Argyle, for the bounty of clips and visuals and breezy summary.

I wish Steve would check in and assure us he's safe from those raging fires. Also, Montana, please keep us posted on your situation.

BunnyM, I'm not really a pack rat, per se, and I don't have any children's "stuff" strewn about but I do have plenty of unworn-for-ages clothing in my closet that should be bundled up for Good Will. (I've already mentioned the sock drawer!) I also have an embarrassing number of income tax returns that should have been disposed of years ago, plus other ancient and useless files. One of these days .....

Misty, I hope Dusty continues to feel better.

Have a great day.

Larry Jordan said...

BEGONE as in "begone from my sight."

SwampCat said...

I found this one Monday-easy which seems appropriate since I did nothing yesterday except eat at a party. Thanks, REL Morris..

I got the theme at TACKLE BOX, even though I first had "taglebox" from an error at LICIT. Legit seemed just as good. Once I corrected that the Aha moment hit... Offensive linemen, big huge mountains of men protecting quarterbacks!! And only a week till we get to see them in action for true. It's a long wait between seasons for football fans.

I didn't know the sheepdog, but the downs were solid. ALERO over PINTO was interesting. And CAB was just above them. Mini- theme?

Argyle, thanks for BOLERO. ...and all you do for our enjoyment.

Owen, I laughed out loud! Yes, I did notice the FANFIC.

Tinbeni said...

IRMA ... preparations already started ... got my list:

1) Carton of cigs.
2) Two 1.75 L bottles of Scotch and a bottle of Appleton Rum.
3) Case of bottled water (this may be hard to acquire, stores are already selling-out).
4) Extra cash
5) Fill gas tank
6) Cans of food (that do not require heating, like tuna, pasta etc.)
7) Junk food
8) Small 7-UP

Argyle: Nice write-up.
Robert E. Lee Morris: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle. Enjoyed the theme.


Lucina said...

PULI? That's no way to start on a Tuesday! Ultimately I guessed the U since all other cells were filled and UNAMI kind of made sense. Perhaps I've heard of it.

Other than that it was a smooth sashay and I noticed the NE corner parking spot for DC CAB, ALERO and PINTO.

CSO to Chickie at LEAH.

Thank you, R.E.L. Morris and Argyle.

Keep CALM and carry on, everyone!

Misty said...

This puzzle has been another huge help on a difficult morning. My freezer has gone out, the refrigerator is warming up and help won't come for hours. But the puzzle was a really important distraction that helped a lot, and it was fun, and I solved it perfectly, thank goodness. So, many thanks, Robert E. Lee. Lots of fun and misleading clues, and it took me a while to get that the theme was sports related. But, as I say, fun to solve and a wonderful distraction for a while. And Argyle, your pictures are great these days, many thanks.

At least Dusty seems pretty much normal again--many thanks for your kind concern, BunnyM, MJ, and Irish Miss. It helps when my little crises come one after the other and not all at once, and so I'm very thankful for that.

Have a really good day, everybody!

AnonymousPVX said...

Pretty easy Tuesday puzzle. Didn't know 1A but I did know it was _U_I, so 50% to start.

Clever theme that you didn't need to know in order to solve, nice.

desper-otto said...

Misty, don't open the door on the fridge or the freezer, and things should be OK for a day or so.

Hungry Mother said...

I only know UMAMI from crosswords and didn't know PULI, se I had the second letter of each incorrect. Hate to fail Tuesday.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Hand up for erasing Legal for LICIT and thinking of The Beverly Hillbillies to make TEXAS TEA easy. I remember OSU, vaguely because of the movie "Goodbye, Columbus" but more so due to the hilarious parody in National Lampoon, "Oh Boy, Columbus". I wanted the shower bar brand to be Irish Mist for a near-CSO to our own dear IM.

Thanks REL Morris for a fun Tuesday. Good thing you don't do puzzles for ESPN. And thanks, Santa for a solid review. I'm a football fan, but would never have gotten the theme without your help.

WikWak said...

I had a colleague who ended every class period with "Away with you; BEGONE.

JD said...

Good morning all,
Seems that our usually hot weather is subsiding for a bit. YAY! We are not used to 107 or temps or anything above 95; it was so odd that the heat continued thru the night.Such a small thing compared to the problems in TX and the fires in Montana and elsewhere.

Thanks Mr. Morris for a fun and perp friendly CW. Heard of Puli but didn't really know that breed. Umami was definitely a new word.
Thanks Argyle for Bolero. Just seeing that record brought back memories of cleaning house on Sat. mornings. We always had the music blasting. H.M.S. Pinafore comes to mind...."poor little Buttercup"...

I became curious of how double reeds are made because a good friend's husband has been making them for years in Petaluma.It's quite an art.

Wishing you all a good week.

desper-otto said...

JD, velly intellesting, doubly so.

TX Ms said...

JD - thanks for that link; very interesting and didn't know the reeds had to be made by hand. Are any of them machine-made?

C6D6 Peg said...

Worked the puzzle early. Thanks, RELM, for a fun start to the gridiron season!

Love the write-up, Argyle, and especially the sight from Glascow!

Went early to the distribution center to help out for 4 hours. Manned the cat/dog food station for the day. Will try to help tomorrow, as well.

Tinbeni - good luck and stay dry. I wish we could all hope Irma away..... we don't need any more disasters right now!

Lucina said...

Thank you for posting that link. It's really interesting!

Husker Gary said...

-Many is the running back who fares badly because of a bad LINE
-The world’s most dangerous place to be on GUARD DUTY?
-I think this is the third time we have seen ID EST in a week, (i.e. quite often)
-Many MLB clubs are still technically still IN IT for a pennant
-Mike Tyson’s take on a PLAN
-Bunny, our “excess” would be at Goodwill today if I had my say. The money made is minimal at best but Joann loves them. Daughter’s “just a few things” filled a pickup.
-Robert is always welcome here but wouldn’t be at ESPN

Ol' Man Keith said...

I made a simple-minded mistake in posting SOFIA as Justice Sotomayor's given name. Double whoops, because that left me with ON THE LIFE instead of ON THE LINE at 63A I was eager to read Argyle's defense of "THE LIFE" as I signed on to the Corner. Only then did I realize my error...

Otherwise, I found today's pzl by Mr. Robert E. Lee (!) Morris slightly tougher than expected for a Tuesday entry. There was nothing particularly challenging, but I couldn't just slide through it.
After changing to LICIT from LIGIT and solving a few unknowns via perps (PULI, PENTEL) it turned into a bit of a slog working it out to the very end. I think this is the result when there are no answers scoring high on the discovery or amusement scale. Others seem to have found more pleasure in the cluing, so I am probably the minority report.

TX Ms said...

HG, totally off the subject - but costs of school supplies. From local newspapers, to a viral YouTube video of a NJ mom in Target lambasting mothers’ complaints about costs, to a national news station. I’m asking you as well as retired educators here, what gives? When I entered 1st grade 58 years ago (wow, eons ago), all we had to have were pencils and a Big Chief notebook (so unpc, yes). I didn’t even pull up the required elementary supplies, which I’ve read are even more costly, and it goes up per level. Is it state school underfunding issues or picky teachers? Probably, the list will exceed blog's limit - sorry. Kindergarten (HISD):
__ 1 regular sized backpack
__ 1 change of clothes in a plastic bag with your child’s name including underwear and socks (*MANDATORY*)
_ 2 containers of anti-bacterial wipes (Clorox wipes)
_ 2 bottles of hand sanitizer [I get, but what are bathrooms for?]
_ 2 boxes snack sized Ziploc bags
_ 1 box of sandwich size Ziploc bags
_ 1 box Gallon size Ziploc bags
_ 1 box of baby wipes
_ 1 pack of dry erase markers [I guess not to use shared germ-laden markers?]
_ 2 reams of copy paper
_ 1 12 x 18 package of manila paper or white drawing paper
_ 1 package of multi-colored construction paper
_ 4 boxes of crayons (24 count)
_ 2 boxes of pencils (48 total)
_ 1 pack mechanical pencils (12 total)
_ 2 bottles of glue
_ 12 glue sticks
_ 1 pair of scissors (Fiskars)
_ 2 school boxes (switch class only) 1 school box (self-contained)
_ 1 box of black pens
_ 2 red permanent markers
_ 2 blue permanent markers
_ 1 watercolor set

Wilbur Charles said...

I not only enjoyed this xword but completed it three hours ago. And I had a splendid post that disappeared just before I hit the Publish button.

I too missed PULI and the xword staple UMAMI. That's like missing Isao Aoki the Asian golfer.

So, I won't try to post that entire page of Wilbur-ese. Instead I'll quiz you on the contents.

1. Who said "BEGONE, Foul Dwimmerlaik!"

2. Who wrote the lyrics: "Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on the bedpost over night?". c DROLLery

3. In Dogpatch(LIL ABNER) who couldn't get a date. Hint: BB

4. When Wilbur sang along with his ex-girl-friend in 1972
What car were they in?
And what Samny Davis song were they singing?

Owen. Great pair. Thanks Argyle and RELM


Tinbeni said...

IRMA won't be here until Sunday at the earliest but ...

Was able to get all the things on my list ... but the bottled water.
Here in the Tampa Bay area every store has "sold-out" ...

Though they say there will be deliveries in the next few days ...

Push-Comes-To-Shove ... if I can't get a case of bottled water ...
I guess I'll just have to get a case of beer ... probably Red Stripe.


Jayce said...

Nice puzzle. A tad hard. Hand up for LEGAL before LEGIT before LICIT. Had NIL and then ONE before TIE. PADDINGTON bear didn't fit. Didn't know PENTEL or that Bob SEGER guy. At least I knew that pickled-pepper guy and that Roddenberry guy. I've always loved BOLERO; Ravel hated it and wished he'd never written it. Probably a lot of people would not know the name Ravel if he had not written it.

I bet you are totally loving your A/C these days, Bill G.

Husker Gary said...

-TX Ms, Wow, what a list. Here is what is required in our small town of 30,000.
-I have to tell you that as a Middle School teacher of 42 years I can assure you that the vast majority of kids NEVER have the items I see in either list. If a kid can put his hands on a pencil and a sheet of paper in October, it is amazing.
-I kept my own supply of markers, colored pencils, tissues, glue sticks, wet wipes, etc. because expecting the kids to have them was an exercise in futility.
-I can’t imagine a kid showing up with all that stuff. Heck, I don’t know where they would even put it!
-Jayce, Ravel’s Bolero and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons were brought to the public attention by movies 10 and The Four Seasons. I’m sure there are others

Paco Bell said...

Canon in D featured in Ordinary People for one.

TX Ms said...

Tinbeni, just saw 5:20 weather forecast! I don't want to be a Nervous Nellie, but yikes! Storm surges of 11' and winds rivaling an F-4 hitting PR, I think. Can't you and other Floridians evacuate before it hits this weekend? But, of course, I defer to the natives' judgments - y'all have seen (and been through) all of this many times before. But it is scary. Keep safe, Tin, et al. and if you do evacuate, I'm sure you'll be toting your provisions along wherever you end up. Keep us posted!

Lucina said...

Those are amazing and unbelievable school supply lists! Our inner city school operated on a limited budget but we did have the basics: reams of paper, ruled and construction, scissors, rulers, pencils, glue, etc. I think we may have had some sort of grant since it is in a high poverty level district. Still, those lists require way more than is in some families' budget especially if they have several children.

Please stay somewhere safe!

Misty said...

Ol'Man Keith, I've also been finding the Tuesday puzzles a little tougher than expected and occasionally goof up on one. So you're not alone with such a problem. I was just lucky that the one today turned out okay for me.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

D'Oh! FIW. I was AT SEA trying to recall if it was E or U -MAMI* and PeLI looked better than PULI (if you SAY SO) to me. Thanks RELM for keeping my ego in LINE :-)

Thanks Argyle for the expo and kicking off the after-party. From the poster, DC CAB looks like a cheap rip-off of Taxi.

WOs: IOTA of an err; put that in @56d. Spelt her SONyA but didn't fully step IN IT.
ESPs: DC CAB, BOLERO (thought that meant something re: Bo Derek until today)
Fav: The pile-up of autos in the NE is a pretty funny image (just me?)

Runner-up: Just seeing STAR TREK in the grid.


Misty - Maybe it's just Dusty gets ill when he hears the refrigerator dying. :-). D-O got it right, don't open it!

TxMs & HG - looks like they're stocking the storeroom with that list. Jeesh. When our kids were in elementary school we had the option of "pre-ordering" a "pre-packaged" list of supplies for, I donno, like $50. We probably would have spent less at Office Depot but then the kids would have to schlep it all on day-one.

Tin - Stay safe and get another bottle of Scotch!; trust me :-). Also, for water, load up some zip-locs and toss 'em in the Freezer. The ICE in the CENTER will keep your food longer and you'll have potable water later. Fill the tub to flush the commode too and stock up on barter-fodder (ID EST: Toilet Paper).

Check it - a CSO to Youngest @61a on her 15th birthday! We're going for gyros so I'll play later; at least that's the PLAN.

Cheers, -T
*In all honesty, I knew the word, just not what vowels went where - 2/5th right :-)

MJ said...

JD--Very interesting demonstration on double reed making. Thanks for sharing. I have a friend whose daughter is an extremely talented bassoonist. She makes her own reeds, and has had the opportunity to play with symphony orchestras around the world.

TX Ms and HG--Those school supply lists are much more extensive than the lists I've seen around here. At the school where I used to work, the majority of the students brought all items on the list and more. For those who did not bring any or all of the supplies, the teachers had supplies that the students could borrow as needed. Many teachers also have a "Wishing Wall" where they put up Post-it notes with additional supply requests, and the parents who would like to, and can afford to, can take a note and purchase the additional supplies.

Anonymous T said...

Oh, and Tin, do us all at the Corner a favor and email someone your phone number (then tell us who has it). We don't need another D-O scare next week. Cheers, -T

TX Ms said...

HG @ 4:55, thanks for the link - my feathers are starting to unruffle. I had no idea, of course, not being in academia, that education nowadays necessitates baggies, disinfectants, handi-wipes, dry-ink markers, etc. Your list is very similar to what I posted. Of course, back in our day, schools furnished chalk for the "black"boards. [sigh] Times have changed.

Paco Bell, Canon in D is another fav by Pachelbel, funny.

CanadianEh! said...

Wow, I am really late to the party when there are 45 posts already. Even AnonT has posted while I was writing my post. (edit on previewing). (HBD to Zoe!)

WEES about finding this CW a tad difficult for a Tuesday. Thanks for the fun Robert and Argyle.
Hand up for A Team before DC CAB. PULI was unknown but we have had UMAMI before but I always struggle with the first vowel. PENTEL was unknown also.
Hie was too short and BEGONE it was.

Canadian nit since hockey is/was considered to be "our sport", the face-offs occur at CENTRE ICE! LOL. That's almost as bad as leaving out the U in Labour!
I know that I am outnumbered.

Misty, sorry to hear of your refrigerator/freezer crisis.
Tinbeni and others in Irma's path, please stay safe.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Robert E. Lee Morris, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Well, I did this last night on cruciverb. Glad it is running again. That way my wife did not beat me to it this morning.

I did not catch the theme until I came here. Puzzle was still great.

Never heard of a PULI. Or a UMAMI. Of course they had to cross.

Liked ID EST. I like latin much more than french.

I am on GUARD DUTY every morning for a half hour. This morning I crossed 71 kids.

Have to run. See you tomorrow.


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JD said...

@TX Ms: This site should answer your question. It doesn't sound like serious musicians would buy a machine made double reed.
BTW, that is an unusually large list, but I am sure teachers/students use all of those items throughout the year. Most kindergarten classrooms have another small room or LARGE closet to store things.There seems to be more hands-on lessons than when we went to school. As large as it sounds, I am sure that every child uses at least 2 reams of paper during the year using the computer or making their own little books, etc. I don't think the budget has ever increased for budget supplies. All I can say is thank God for Target. As a teacher I spent big bucks there every summer for a very good price.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Don't overlook Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now.

I fear for the folks in Key West. Will the conchs evacuate, or just stock up on hurricane (the drink) fixin's? Irma has the look of the 1935 storm that killed 400 in the keys, and washed away an entire train (except for the engine).

CrossEyedDave said...

Hello Crossword Fans!

I was on on Vacation, and decided to save myself some work
and not post until somebody noticed I was missing.

Well, somebody noticed...
(I won't tell you who, because "I don't want to put them on the line...")

Which makes me wonder,
How can I add some silliness to this puzzles theme?

CrossEyedDave said...

Irma, 11 foot storm surge?
My house in Naples Florida is 6 feet above sea level,
and next to a canal...
(This should be interesting...)
(Glad I will be watching it from New Jersey...)


A neighbor called my wife and asked if we wanted to have the coconuts
removed from our trees while he was having his removed. (my wife declined)
But I think this may be a damn good idea...
What say you?
I think any coconuts that come off will probably not hit anything
for a couple of miles at least. And with all the other trees out there,
whats a couple more coconuts? (seriously, this could be a problem...)

And Tinbeni,
you may want to rethink that ice phobia,
anything that floats right now is a plus...

Anonymous T said...

Welcome back CED! We've been missing your fun links. Cheers, -T

Bill Graham said...

Jayce, yes we are! It's making me look very smart, getting A/C installed before one of our biggest and hottest heat waves ever. The truth is I just ran out of reasons not to do it, the number of days of unpleasantly hot weather jut kept increasing and I got lucky.

I poked the thermostat awkwardly and I inadvertently changed Fahrenheit to Celsius. I also inadvertently set the lock so that the changes couldn't be undone. (Who needs a lock and a pass code on a thermostat??) Anyway, I spent a lot of effort and finally had to go online to find a copy of the instruction manual. Everything's back to normal now. The thermostat is a basic model that just shows the actual temperature and allows you to ratchet the desired temperature up or down; very simple if you don't screw it up.

CrossEyedDave said...


According to DW,

I am to call our neighbor 1st thing in the morning
& have my coconuts removed...


TX Ms said...

C-E Dave - glad that DW had the "deciding" vote. Keep us advised how you're doing re Irma.

Anonymous T said...

CED - I'm sure your 'coconuts' [Chuck Berry] will be fine either way. :-)

Bill G asked "who needs a pass code on a thermostat?" Um, I'd like one. No mater how much I explain thermodynamics / workings of an A/C, I can't seem to get through to the rest of the family that it doesn't get cooler faster the lower you put it. You can hang meat in her car.

It (hopefully) goes w/o saying - don't click the marketer's link. Speaking of, I can't tell you how many times I read 28d's clue as 'Market Maker' (think NYSE). Dyslexia strikes again!

Cheers, -T

PK said...

CED: I can't believe you've been gone and no one made comment. Things have not been normal on the old blog. You were upstaged by that nasty Harvey who left us too worried to laugh anyway. I hope IRMA decides to stay away from land so we can again enjoy your comic relief posts and your coconut house is okay so you feel like joining us. You add so much to our blog.

TX Ms said...

Anon-T - you're so bad. Re car a/c thermostat - my sister drove me crazy! Both of our cars have auto-temp control. Kept mine @ 73-74 continuously - no problem. But, no, my sister would crank it down to 64 degrees and leave it there! Very small nit, to be sure, but her daughter does the same thing.

PK, I agree, re CED; but maybe I forgot his post, immediately pre-Harvey, that he would be on vacation. In that case, CED, WELCOME BACK! ... wherever you are, still in NJ?

Picard said...

Seemed like a smooth, enjoyable ride. Until I circled back to the NW and first thought it was IMAMI/PILI. Agonized over it for awhile and did a WAG that it should be UMAMI/PULI to FIR. Seemed a bit unfair, though.

Interestingly, I have a Hungarian friend named PALI which is just their version of "Paul".

UMAMI is the "flavor" of MSG, even though MSG supposedly has no flavor. It is a wonderful flavor, I might add! Even if you have never heard of it, I am guessing it is the magic flavor that you enjoy in many of your favorite foods.

On my first job, someone accused me of stealing the PENTEL that I was using for my work. I have no idea the reason behind this accusation and did not want to make a big scene denying it. But I will always remember that name!

For just a few years our family had two cars. One was a 67 Dodge Dart and the other was a PINTO. The Pinto was ranked high for reliability by Consumer Reports. But it did not handle so well. It was called by some "the lead sled". Then it turned out Ford knowingly put the gas tank in a location that caused a bunch of people to burn to death in otherwise mild rear end crashes.

Remember MR T, but DC CAB was unknown.