Jan 7, 2018

Sunday Jan 7, 2018 Pancho Harrison

Theme:  "According to Your Résumé ... " Each noun phrase is rephrased as a verb phrase related to the applicant in the clue:

22A. "... you've repaired planes for civilian pilots, but can you __?" : SERVICE ACES

34A. "... you've made indie films, but can you __?" : DIRECT HITS

40A. "... you've made decorative bowls, but can you __?" : FASHION PLATES

69A. "... you've conned small-time dealers with your forgeries, but can you __?" : SNOW FENCES

74A. "... you've monitored planets with your telescope, but can you __?" : TRACK STARS
100A. "... you've coached gymnasts, but can you __?" : TRAIN SPOTTERS

107A. "... you've run dining rooms, but can you __?" : HANDLE BARS

125A. "... you've written non-theatrical prose, but can you __?" : SUPPLY LINES

Notice that the first nouns all become verbs, the second nouns all change meaning drastically: tennis shots become fighter pilots, bomb hits to movie hits, clotheshorses to dinner plates, etc. Very consistent.

Train spotters is a new word to me. Google shows they're just train buffs.


1. Join the cast of : ACT IN

6. Apt. listing unit : BDRM (Bedroom)

10. Golden __ : AGER

14. Biblical verb : DOST

18. Bara of the silents : THEDA. Nicknamed "The Vamp".

19. Exonerate : CLEAR

20. Judicious : SAGE

21. Sundance's sweetie __ Place : ETTA

24. One guilty of disorderly conduct? : SLOB. Ha ha.

25. Slightly : A TAD

26. Quasimodo's love : ESMERALDA. Great fill.

27. Trendy greeting : CIAO. Why "trendy"?

29. "The Optimist's Daughter" Pulitzer winner Welty : EUDORA

31. Biblical beast : ASS

32. Some Miles Davis groups : OCTETS

36. Govt. loan agency : SBA

37. Web page standard : HTML. Woo hoo, Misty, you rock!

39. Game show host : EMCEE

46. Lightweight hats : PANAMAS

50. It may be restricted : AREA

51. Artsy Manhattan neighborhood : SOHO

52. Latin clarifier : ID EST

54. Desert trial : N TEST. Some old North Koreans still can't believe that Chinese eat rice any time we want. During the Great Leap Forward when tens of millions of people died of famine, many Chinese escaped to North Korea for food.

55. Derring-do, e.g. : DEEDS

57. Disciplined, in a way : FINED

59. Many a Prado painting : GOYA

61. Windy City rail initials : CTA. Chicago Transit Authority.

62. Longtime Pro Bowl site : OAHU

64. Closer's stat : SAVES

66. B vitamin used to treat high cholesterol : NIACIN

76. Sparkly strands : TINSEL

77. Rhone tributary : SAONE

79. Standstill : HALT

80. Theater chain letters : AMC

81. "__ bigger than a breadbox?" : IS IT

83. Sprain site : ANKLE. My grandma used to rub hot alcohol on sprained ankle.

86. Like some coincidences : EERIE

90. Fairway adjoiner : ROUGH

93. Nike competitor : ASICS. According to Wiki, the name is an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano: which translates as "a healthy soul in a healthy body".

95. Lang. of Livorno : ITAL

97. Kind : SORT

98. Cilium, to the layperson : EYELASH. Cilium sounds like a drug.

103. Tuckered out : ALL IN

105. Like falling off __ : A LOG

106. Frat letters : NUS

111. Thickets : COPSES

114. Actor Daniel __ Kim : DAE

117. Was crazy about : ADORED

118. Greeted the judge : ROSE

120. Prospector's disappointment : FOOL'S GOLD. Another sparkly fill.

122. Actress Delany : DANA. She made a puzzle for the NYT a long while ago.

123. "Oh, nuts!" : DANG

127. Spellbound : AGOG

128. Early role for Ronny : OPIE

129. Takes the Black Friday plunge : SHOPS. Tried once. Not fun at all. So rushed.

130. Sorbonne enrollee : ELEVE

131. Melanie's "Working Girl" role : TESS

132. Drive, for one : GEAR

133. Catch a glimpse of : ESPY

134. Pittsburgh product : STEEL


1. Between ports : AT SEA

2. Fischer's forte : CHESS

3. Contract conditions : TERMS

4. "If only __ known ... " : I'D'VE

5. African capital on its own river : NAIROBI. Vibrant night lights.

6. Ice skate part : BLADE

7. Summer Olympics event : DECATHLON

8. Actress Charlotte : RAE

9. "Happy Days" mom, to Fonzie : MRS C

10. Very, in music : ASSAI

11. In quantity : GALORE

12. Id controller : EGO

13. The first Mrs. de Winter, in fiction : REBECCA. The second one has no name. That was a scary movie.

14. Tie : DEAD HEAT

15. 10th-century emperor : OTTO I. First of four Holy Roman Emperors. Then the House of Otto decided to move to Roman Forest, Texas!

16. Get cracking : START

17. "Yay me!" shouts : TADAs

19. Breton or Gael : CELT

23. Chocolate trees : CACAOS. I bought a bag of cocoa nibs out of curiosity. Then I ground them into cocoa powder.

28. Was in a jam? : IDLED

30. Sch. in Knoxville : U TENN

33. Penn, e.g.: Abbr. : STA

35. Insincere, as a promise : EMPTY

36. Sunny-day shapes : SHADOWS. Awfully cold the past two weeks, thankfully Sun has been visiting us daily.

38. Crete's highest elev. : MT IDA

40. Hula hoops, say : FAD

41. "__ we good?" : ARE

42. Spot : SEE

43. Party-pooperish : NO FUN

44. Honor society letter : PHI

45. "Turn the Page" rocker : SEGER. Also 60. "Diana" singer : ANKA

47. Hajji's destination : MECCA

48. Up and at 'em : ASTIR

49. Kenton and Getz : STANs

53. Cubs' all-time home run champ : SOSA. Shunned by the Cubs these days.

56. Burglar's challenge : SAFE

58. Exxon, formerly : ESSO

63. Prefix with port : HELI

65. Powerful engine : V TEN

67. Man, but not woman : ISLE. Isle of Man.

68. Swears to : ATTESTS

69. Rubberneck : STARE

70. Spock portrayer : NIMOY

71. Well-timed : ON CUE

72. Forensic detectives, for short : CSIs

73. Take the loss : EAT IT

75. Chintzy : CHEAP

78. Like Willie Nelson vocals : NASAL. Boomer listens to his "On the Road Again" often.

82. Indian title : SAHIB

84. Michael Jackson compilation album : KING OF POP

85. Many OCS grads : LTS

87. Salmon-to-be : ROE. I enjoyed TTP and Yellowrock's continued miso and miso soup discussions. Dashi too.

88. Discount abbr. : IRR

89. Some "X-Files" characters : ETs

91. Fancy threads : GLAD RAGS

92. Oscar winner Berry : HALLE

94. Unrefined : CRASS. My Dashi is very unrefined, just dried anchovies, but good enough to make a simple Ramen noodle broth. No appetite for miso soup these days.

96. Remote : LONELY

99. Iditarod team member : SLED DOG. This race might end soon.

101. Winter Games org. : IOC

102. Grapples : TUSSLES. Next year I'm getting the flu shot.

104. Whence Aslan : NARNIA

107. Went after : HAD AT

108. Saw : ADAGE

109. Taboos : NO-NOs

110. NFL commissioner Goodell : ROGER. Powerful guy.

112. Flanders Fields flower : POPPY

113. Beethoven's fifths? : SOLs. Got via crosses.

114. Beneficiary : DONEE. Spell check does not like this word.

115. Naproxen brand : ALEVE. Heal quickly, Chairman Moe!

116. Ford finned flop : EDSEL. All alliterative.

119. In __: existing : ESSE

121. Snazzy coating : GILT

124. Barbary beast : APE

126. Hesitant speaker's sounds : UHs


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Smooth solve today, just a few unknowns. Caught on to the theme idea early, and as C.C. points out, it’s quite consistent. Nice work!

Seriously cold around here. I want this over with.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Difficult but fun puzzle, thanks, Pancho. Clever and amusing theme which I caught onto with the first theme entry I was able to fill: FASHION PLATES. Favorite was HANDLE BARS. The title at the Mensa site was obscured and no help. Sure didn't look like Resume'.

Enjoyable expo, C.C., thanks. Interesting about Chinese going to N. Korea for food. I don't like the sanctions that help starve people today.

Last to fill was the AGER/ASSAI/DIRECT crosses. Had SAGE & CIAO but not GALORE or REBECCA. Finally got SLOB then remembered REBECCA (I read that book several times years ago.). Had trouble with HTML & IDLED -- the clues didn't translate to those for me.

NAIROBI: had to wait on perps. Didn't know SAONE or ASICS -- never remember that brand. Interesting translation, C.C.

I haD before I'D'VE. Have isn't necessary in that and just made it harder. Oh well, Sunday isn't EASY even if the Commodores said it was the other day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Lucina - FLN - WAS - So what white elephant did you come home with?

I know Pancho is a skilled puzzle producer, so this was interesting to work on. Agree with Dudley and PK about solving ease. Didn't know ASICS. The NW seemed more difficult than the rest of it.
AT SEA - We would simply say "underway". Destroyers' unofficial motto is "Haze Gray and Underway".
ROUGH's kin are German - Rau; L. German - Ruuc

-18º F. here this morning.

OwenKL said...

A nubile Nubian from NAIROBI
On her left was as flat as young OPIE!
What was EERIE and odd,
And left one AGOG,
Was her right ROSE once won a trophy!

OwenKL said...


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I liked Pancho's puzzle, even though I labored to produce a double DNF. Is CIAO really a "greeting?" -- is it like "aloha," used for hello and goodbye? Tried ISERE before SAONE perped in. What did me in was the "closer's stat." I had SALES. LTEN did look weird. And I misread "Greeted" as "Greet," so I had RISE where ROSE needed to be. Heck, it could just as easily be Goodell Riger as Goodell Roger.

Feeling better, C.C.? I agree that "cilium" sounds like a drug, probably on the same shelf as "See Alice." BTW, thanx for the shoutout. When I go incognito I tell people I live in Foster Manor instead of Roman Forest.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Pancho Harrison and thank you CC.

Prior to six or seven years ago, I would very occasionally try to solve a Sunday puzzle in the Chicago Tribune. It's always been the only day we get a newspaper. One day I got really really close. That's the day I went online to look for the answer and found CC's wonderful blog. I'm pretty sure it was one of Pancho's Sunday puzzles that led me here. Thank you both !

CTA - I think I woke up at 25 or 6 to 4. Waiting for the break of day.
GLAD RAGS and handbags - Rod Stewart
Bonnie and DELANeY - Never Ending Song of Love
SEGER - Turn the Page - "On a dark and LONELY highway, east of Omaha..." He was somewhere in Iowa.
Chintzy - CHEAP Trick - Aint That a Shame
Paul ANKA - Eso Beso
Michael Jackson - KING OF POP - Beat It
Willie Nelson - NASAL - You Were Always On My Mind
Miles Davis groups - OCTETS - I'll go with Spencer. I'm a Man.
Beethoven's fifths - SOLs - Cute.
Very, in music - ASSAI

Man but not woman had to be corrected from maLE to ISLE. Also, awake to ASTIR. Thank you NIACIN.
Disorderly conduct - SLOB - Loved it !
Couldn't recall Cunningham for MRS-, and the second A in ASSAI, so my trendy greeting was wagged as HI HO. One wrong cell yesterday. Two today. I'm regressing.

First morning in the teens since Christmas Eve. Warmer weather ahead.

Big Easy said...

Hello fellow X-word LONELY solvers with nothing better to do on a warming (finally) Sunday morning. Pancho's Puzzle had a neat theme but after SERVICE ACES the rest of the theme fills were NO FUN because they were too easy. IMHO. I didn't like the ID'VE fill but it was necessary. Since the saying is "if only I HAD known", not I HAVE known it would'VE made more sense. The only other changes were RAPT to AGOG and EAGER to ASTIR- those 'A' words

Doesn't snow down here but SNOW FENCES was easily guessable. REBECCA de Winter, DANA Delany and Melanie's TESS were my only unknowns. I only know of GLAD RAGS through an old Rod Stewart song, "Glad rags and Handbags".

STEEL- there's not much (if any) steel produced in Pittsburgh these days.
C.C., it's hard to believe anybody would flee to N. Korea for anything but politically induced starvation will force your hand. Great Leap Forward translation- let's see how many of our own citizens we can kill, those two lovable guys Mao & Stalin.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a very enjoyable solve with some chewiness but lots of good fill, as CC pointed out. Imagine my surprise at seeing Theda after just mentioning her at yesterday's Vamps entry. Had Rule/Ager, Hast/Dost, and Sledder/Sled Dog. Narnia was slow in emerging as I saw Whence Asian instead of Aslan. Noticed Roe-Rae and VTen and UTenn. I'm not familiar with Asics and Decathlon always wants a second A before "thon." I don't get the connection of Spotters to Gymnastics. My favorite themer was Fashion Plates because it is such a familiar expression and conjures up a precise image. (One of my sisters is a fashion plate, personified. I refer to her house as Macy*s East; no matter what accessory or jewelry or type of clothing or shoes you might need to borrow, she has it!)

Thanks, Pancho, for a smooth, satisfying Sunday diversion and thanks, CC, for the always-appreciated commentary. Hope you are feeling better.

Thanks, also, to Anon T and Big Easy for answering my question about the Spectre and Meltdown issue.

We're supposed to start a warming trend tomorrow, I think, and reach the 40's by Thursday. How long that relief will last remains to be seen.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-What a hoot with merely two bad cells I should have caught
-These two took turns ACTing IN Roseanne
-CSI’S have CLEARED SOME people on death row
-“And now, the great seer, soothsayer, and SAGE, Carnac the Magnificent”
-TINSEL is fine, but this is no longer legal
-EERIE coincidence - Mark Twain was born during the 1835 Halley’s Comet and died when it returned in 1909
-A very funny story about SORT of a person
-My uncle said when a carrier that had been AT SEA for months came into port, it put a lot of, uh, lonely sailors on the streets of San Diego
-If you watch The Crown, you know Queen Elizabeth II was in a primitive part of Kenya when she heard her father had died and she was now Queen
-Unquestionably the most famous DECATHON winner of all time
-On Big Bang TheorySheldon was proud he had a restraining order from NIMOY
-Commissioner Goodell is dealing with many attendance & viewership issues

billocohoes said...

HELI, MRSC, and GOYA(s) are all in today's NY Times puzzle as well

Ron Howard connects OPIE to MRSC

HG, Twain died in 1910, but the coincidence is correct

Katharine Ross' ETTA Place was Sundance's sweetie, but Paul Newman played Butch, Robert Redford played Sundance

Anonymous said...

ASSAI in a musical score means "enough." "Very" is MOLTO.

desper-otto said...

IM, I recall that when we used the trampoline in gym class, classmates were always posted around the perimeter as "spotters." Not sure that's what's meant in this puzzle, but that's what I took it to mean.

Lucina said...

C.C., I hope you feel better and have fully recovered. Thank you for today's illumination. Much of the theme's nuances eluded me though some made me laugh.

Parts of this grid were difficult for me and others swimmingly easy. We read EUDORA Welty's works in lit class. THEDA, ETTA, ANKA and STANS are well known in CW lingo, but I couldn't recall the spelling of SEGER, went with SEGAR, no VTEN, and closer's stat is meaningless to me so FIW there.

I liked ALEVE crossing ELEVE which I barely managed to recall. And like d-o, SALES seemed safe. I also read Aslan as Asian so NARNIA came as a surprise.

Those Barbary APES in Gibraltar are frisky and like to pester tourists. Luckily there are FENCES which keep them at a distance.

Thanks to Pancho Harrison for this Sunday morning workout.

My white elephant gift (the second one as the first was stolen) is a pretty set of four glasses trimmed with gold stripes. Believe me it could have been worse! The funniest and most sought gifts were twin toilet plungers (each brought by two different people) decorated with a face on one side. Also popular were a deep fryer, automatic wine opener and assorted games. So much fun.

Have a lovely day, everyone! We're going to the movies to see The Post.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Lots of musical stuff today. The DW of the owner of Tiffin, the brand of motor home that will take me south later this week, is a musician. In tribute he named a line of RVs "Allegro". I have an Allegro Phateon, and there is also an Allegro Breeze and the beautifully named Allegro Bus. The only other music terms I know are "rest" and "clef". My RV doesn't have a V10; it has a six-banger Caterpillar diesel. Not as much horsepower but a lot more torque.

But like TTP I thought of the group renamed "Chicago" under pressure from the "real" CTA. But GLADRAGS made me think of The Four Seasons, not Rod Stewart. And I'm not convinced that Nebraska and Iowa are two distinct states (kind of like Delaware / Maryland and Kentucky / Tennessee: when the gas station attendant gives you a road map it has both so-called states on one handout).

But I did know U TENN was in Knoxville. They are the only team to have beaten U KY three consecutive times in their home arena in the Coach Calipari era, including last night's drubbing (sniff).

I had one bad cell and should have known better for both crossing words. I had TeNSEL x NeMOY.

I confess that I didn't recognize Pancho Harrison, a memorable name. I saw "Norris" as an anagram in the last six letters and thought it was one of Rich's tricks. I apologize to Pancho; you created a fine Sunday puzzle. And thanks to CC for all you do, including today's coverage.

Misty said...

Woohoo, great to have you back, C.C., and hopefully feeling all well again. And how sweet to get a shout-out from you. I loved this puzzle and got the entire west and much else before I had to start cheating a bit. But found it a lot of fun, even with some unknowns like SAONE and ASICS.

Charming how often OPIE appears in puzzles these days. But like Billocohoes, I found it especially cool to see another Ron Howard reference with MRS. C. I hope Ron Howard does the puzzles, but he may be too busy film directing. What a talented fellow from young boy to adulthood.

Great to see a TADA for Ol'Man Keith.

Many thanks for this fun puzzle, Pancho, and your delightful write-up, C.C.

Have a great Sunday, everybody!

Yellowrocks said...

So much punny fun, PANCHO. Interesting review,CC.
a person who observes or assists a gymnast or weightlifter during a performance or practice in order to minimize the chance of injury to the gymnast or weightlifter.
(especially as a direction after a tempo marking) very:
"allegro assai"
I haven't seen tinsel in years. Remember when some tree trimmers put it on strand by strand and others just tossed it by the handful. I never liked it and used silver garlands instead.
"If I knew you were comin' I'd 've baked a cake,
baked a cake, baked a cake.
If I knew you were comin' I'd 've baked a cake.
How-ja do. How-ja do, How-ja do."
Notes of the scale are do re mi fa SO (or sol) la ti do. SOL is the fifth one.
FIR, not very difficult today. NTEST took a while. ASICS was ESP.
It seems to me, GLAD RAGS belongs to my parents' generation.
Sounds like fun, Lucina. Did you have a Three Kings Cake, too? Our priest was Mexican American and used to bring one to church on Epiphany. There was a baby Jesus doll hidden in it.

desper-otto said...

I thought king cakes were a Mardi Gras tradition. I've only seen them in NOLA.

Irish Miss said...

DO and YR ~ Thanks for clearing up the "Spotters" question. I deduced the meaning but had never heard it in those contexts, probably because I'm neither a weightlifting nor gymnastics fan. Baseball and football are my favorite spectator sports. Never got interested in watching tennis, basketball, or, least of all, hockey.

Lucina, I'd be most interested in your review of "The Post".

Yellowrocks said...

DO, In this area the Latinos celebrate Three Kings Day on January 6 and typically use this cake. I read that this is true in many areas where other Latinos gather. Just last night I was surprised to discover for the first time the NOLA Mardi Gras tradition.

three kings cake

Jinx in Norfolk said...

YR, thanks for the three kings link. I had never heard of the pastry or the tradition. In my ute I thought there was a country called "Orientare", as in "We Three Kings of Orientare...". (I had a friend who thought God's name was "Howard", as in "Our father, who art in Heaven, Howard be thy name.")

Yellowrocks said...

Jinx, LOL. I hand an uncle named Harold. When I was really little I thought they sang, hark the Harold angels sing.

tawnya said...

Hello Family!

Long time, no comment - and I apologize! The holiday season was crazy between work and family visits but life is calming down a little now. I hope you all fared well through the season and I wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I muddled through the puzzle today but overall enjoyed it. Lot's of fun songs to link. D-Otto came up with more than I did!

Pretty sure I've shared Metallica's version of Turn the Page before
My favorite Bob Seger song today
Willie Nelson always brings tears to my eyes with You Were Always on My Mind
And we can kill two birds with one link letting the KING OF POP sing (Dirty) DIANA

That's all for the day...hoping all is well with you all.

Happy Sunday!


Yellowrocks said...

Think this is a bad winter?
While most people think the 1777-1778 Valley Forge encampment had a bad winter, in reality it was just an average winter. Weather historians agree that the Morristown winter of 1779-1780 was the worst winter of the 18th century. Much worse than this present 21st century winter.
Valley Forge vs. Morristown, NJ

How bad was the winter of 1779-1780?
How bad was it?

desper-otto said...

Tawnya, you're giving me credit where none is due. It was TTP who came up with that extensive song list.

You know you're getting old and are no longer "with it" when the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo releases its list of performers for this year's rodeo and you only recognize one name. And that one name is a guy who just recently came out of retirement.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. As Spitzboov said, Pancho is a skilled puzzle producer. ETTA didn't fool me, and I knew ESMERALDA, but I did not know EUDORA at all. Not sure why CIAO was clued as "trendy." SAJAK had to be changed to EMCEE. Last to fill was the T in NTEST because I had HAST (instead of DOST) so I thought "tie" was going to be HEAD something: maybe headwear? Changing HAST to DOST also cleared up who the 10th-century emperor was. Good puzzle.

trubrit said...

Missed a lot in this CW. Sundays seem to be getting harder, to me at least.
My favorite was13 D. Rebecca is my most favorite movie of all time. Just don't make them like that anymore.
Hope you all had a good holiday and the best for 2018.

Bill G said...

Fun puzzle. Again, I had trouble with the theme. I finished everything OK but if I were responsible for the writeup, I would have had a hard time explaining the theme.

Tawnya: My favorite Bob Seger song was featured in "Risky Business." It was "Old Time Rock and Roll" if I remember correctly.

Jinx and YR: My father remembered that as a kid, he thought a hymn in church was about somebody named 'Andy.' It was "In the Garden." The chorus goes, "And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own... "

D4E4H said...

PK FLN -- Ok, it was from yesterday morning 609A.

She wrote "D4: Thumper here usually means 'If you can't say something nice don't say nothing at all.' A quote from Thumper the rabbit in the old Classic "Bambi" movie. What were you trying to say? Not being judgmental just wondering."

PK, At 536A I was doing the best I could to be nice. Now I can add that I had the pleasure of revealing many letters that I needed to complete the CW. Your question prompted me to say this in a nice way. Thank you, and thank others for describing their experiences with the creation.

I have yet to work today's CW, and read the review, and comments, and I have other work that I must do.

Dave 2 busy

Picard said...

Hand up I found this quite challenging! Very clever theme, so it was worth the effort. Thanks for the write-up, CC. Hope you are feeling better.

DIRECT HITS was last to fall for me. As noted by Anonymous 11:03AM this musician also was thinking MOLTO for "very". Learning moment ASSAI indeed can mean "very" as well.

That whole region was a challenge: AGER, SAGE, REBECCA, CIAO, DIRECT HITS.

I led a rather long and beautiful hike all day today and when I got home just now I filled that last bit.

Hand up with PK I had I HAD before the weird IDVE. Other unknowns: ESMERALDA, GLAD RAGS, MT IDA, DOST, OTTO I, ETTA, MRS C, THEDA, SAHIB, ROGER, AMC, ASLAN, TESS, DANA. Wow, that is a lot!

I appreciate that "Whence Aslan" is written correctly. Whence means "from where" and it is grating to hear someone say "from whence" to sound high class.

Only know EUDORA because it is the name of the best email program ever written. I still use it. The dominant ones like Outlook are utterly inferior. Frustrating when the mediocre drives out the superior by brute force marketing.

I love this Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) poster that I got the last time I was in Chicago.

"Avoid Street Congestion" it graphically shows as the CTA train whizzes above a traffic jam of cars.

Can someone please explain "SAVES" as clued? I thought it was SALES and a "closer" was someone who closes the sales deal?

From yesterday: Thank you very much AnonymousT and Lucina for the kind words!

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

49D: Also Stan Freeburg
<a href="”> Presents the USA. </a>

Lemonade714 said...

Love Pancho Harrison puzzles; he was our first.

Thank you, Pancho and C.C.

WikWak said...

In baseball, a closer is a pitcher who is brought into the game late (usually in the 9th inning) to SAVE the game.

I always enjoy a Pancho Puzzle, and today was no exception.
What Picard said; I only learned of Eudora Welty from using the email program Eudora.

Freezing rain here tonight. Coming home from a party at our son's home in the south suburbs we saw at least 15 accidents on the Veterans Tollway between 159th St and the Stevenson Expressway. And there were still idiots driving 15-20 MPH over the 70 MPH speed limit!

Warmup coming!

Have a good week, all.

Lucina said...

Irish Miss:
The Post is splendid!!!! But what else can you expect with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in the cast? And actually, the entire cast was really good. Of course, since I lived in that era it was particularly interesting. Meryl and Tom can so artfully BECOME the characters they portray, it's easy to see them as such and watch Katherine Graham (Streep) gradually grow from timid woman who inherited a newspaper, to owner and running it! Tom Hanks of course IS Ben Bradlee.

Picard said...

Thank you WikWak for explaining CLOSER and SAVES.

Glad there is another Crossword Corner person who knows how wonderful the EUDORA email program was!

CanadianEh! said...

Late to the party. I started to post this afternoon and then life interrupted!
Straight-forward solve today. Thanks for the fun Ponch and C.C.
I got the theme. We need SNOW FENCES here with the blowing snow tonight.

NE corner was the last to fall. I had Rita before ETTA.
I wanted WooHoo before TADA but it was too long. CSO to a Cornerite either way!

I smiled at the misdirection for IDLED and ISLE.
Hand up for I Had before IDVE.
I wanted Spy before SEE at 42D but then needed ESPY at 133A.
Toyed with Golden Rule, Gate, Calf, even the too long Globes (which I was watching tonight) before AGER filled the spot. How old is a Golden AGER anyway?

NAIROBI brought back great memories as starting point of safari. I don't see the terrible traffic jams (where we IDLED) or the potholes or the crazy driving in your night-time photo C.C.

Is it a Clecho or a NoNo that slipped through to have Summer Olympic event as a clue at 7D and then IOC as an answer at 101 D.

Welcome back tawnya. I had missed you and thought you must be working extra shifts.
YR, Jinx and Bill G - I remember hearing a joke about "Gladly the cross-eyed bear" from a child-interpreted hymn.

Michael said...

An unusual problem today: the barbarians that run the local paper printed the answer to today's cwd right NEXT to the cwd. All it took was one semi-voluntary look, and all was spoiled.

Abejo said...

Good Monday morning, folks. Thank you, Pancho Harrison, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

I finished this late last night in Johnsonburg, PA, with the IPad via cruciverb. Worked out well except it took me a long time to finish. The NE corner took me a long time. Finally figured OTTO was a good guess for the emperor. Had NECK WEAR for 14D. Deleted that. Looked at TIE a different way and DEAD HEAT appeared in my head. Then the rest fell into place. Phew.

Had to change ELEVE to ALEVE. Then the bell rang. TADA!

Theme was very clever. Pancho did a lot of work on that.

Since I am a day late, I will not go on and on. See you Tuesday.


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