Feb 24, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018, Neville Fogarty and Doug Peterson


Husker Gary reporting on today's fun puzzle that comes to us from Neville Fogarty and Doug Peterson. Two triple stacks of tens is always impressive! Two of the long fills ,which are usually so helpful, were unbeknownst to this solver out on the Great Plains. Also, some of the clever cluing left welts from my forehead slaps! "Will run you" led the list!

Here is C.C.'s interview with Neville  where it is revealed he was an 11-year-old Jeopardy! "Back to School Week" (October 3, 2000) contestant with a pet fish named Bob Saget. He also lists Doug as one of his inspirational constructors. 

 In the interest of equal time, here is C.C.'s interview with Doug Peterson where it is revealed "I listen to loud heavy metal music when I’m constructing my puzzles. (Not loud enough to wake the neighbors.) Believe it or not, it helps me concentrate."

Now let's explore the themeless puzzle this talented duo produced for us today. As is my wont, I will start with the long fills. As I mentioned before, two of them were not all that helpful to moi (marked in red)!

1. Arcing "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle : WARPED WALL  2. __ moment : AHA - that's what they are called!

15. "This is news to me" : I HAD NO IDEA - Ya gotta love the cerebral, deadpan humor of Rita Rudner 

17. Noting : TAKING DOWN - Here's how they do it in this venue and 22. "Guilty as charged" : I DID IT - What the stenographer in the OJ trial never had to TAKE DOWN

58. Producer Rhimes' TV production company : SHONDALAND - Shonda Rhimes' company logo and its first hit show and now I've now seen a buncha episodes

63. Sci-fi franchise since 1984 : TERMINATOR - TERMINATOR 2 - 3D was a favorite attraction for my kids 

at Universal Studios Orlando. It is now shut down as these parks must change with the times.

65. Weekend night events, usually : SLEEPOVERS - Been there, hosted those! 😲

Here's the rest of Neville and Doug's fill:


11. Cut on a Jackson 5 album? : AFRO - Oh, hairCUT!

16. Used miles, perhaps : FLEW - If you've got the frequent flyer miles...

18. Romney's 2012 running mate : RYAN - He's now Speaker Of The House

19. Letters of address for Washington and Lee? : EDU -It is https://www.wlu.EDU for Washington and Lee Unversity

20. Great in scope : EPIC

21. Extended narratives : ARCS - Can you see the ARC with the movie Titanic?

25. "Whispers of Immortality" poet : T.S. ELIOT - 32 lines - half about death and half about eroticism (so I read)

27. Norman or Eugene : CITY - Oklahoma U and Oregon U cities were chosen as red herrings for a simple clue

28. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel __ : ALE 

30. Includes in the mix : ADDS

31. Former Radiohead label : EMI - They did okay with these lads

32. Lemons may be among them : USED CARS - There's a πŸ‹ among our bloggers too 

35. Letter's needs : TENANTS - If you've got apartments to let, you will need TENNANTS

37. Continuous : ONGOING - Congress's many ONGOING investigations of themselves never seem to end

41. Links with : TIES INTO - It turns out the Star Wars TIE IN with this lollipop was not, uh, well thought out. No one seems to want to put their mouth into Jar Jar's mouth. Duh!

43. __ Today: magazine for teachers : NEA - Our state passed a law that to join the local and state education associations and you also HAD to join the NEA whether you liked their politics or not.

44. Start to bat? : ACRO - ACROBAT

46. Once called : NEE 

47. Court suspension : STAY

48. Pacific states? : TRANCES - Nothing to do with WA, OR or CA but a pacified state of mind

51. Onion offering : SATIRE

53. Meany in an Irving title : OWEN

54. Actress Miranda of "24: Legacy" : OTTO - I have never partaken but am sure she's just fine

56. Monk's title : DOM - This bottle of  1964 DOM 49. Will run you : COSTS about $2,000

57. __ swing : MOOD 

62. Brief plea : NOLO - NOLO (I do not wish) Contendre (to contend). I don't admit guilt but will take take the consequences with no chance of being retried. 

64. Footnote notation : IDEM - Ibid didn't cut it


1. Marx asset : WIT - A Marx TOY was always an asset at my house but so was the WIT of the Marx Brothers 

3. Win big : RAKE IT IN - It appears the house is RAKING IT IN here

4. Combs differently? : PDIDDY - Sean Combs -> Puff Daddy -> PDIDDY - 

5. Lassitude : ENNUI - The only popular song with ENNUI in the lyric that I know of. It's at 30 sec but I recommend the whole song

6. Pursue persistently : DOG - Deputy Samuel Gerard did DOG Richard Kimble in The Fugitive

7. Spacious : WIDE

8. Took in : ADOPTED - Nah, you've seen enough pix of our ADOPTED kitty

9. Corps of Discovery Expedition explorer : LEWIS - Sorry CLARK, you're out, LEWIS you're in. 

10. Cavalry weapon : LANCE - A modern Cavalryman and his weapon

11. "Yes, sad to say" : AFRAID SO

12. Casting choice : FLY ROD

13. Jerks, say : REACTS - Hey, he had it coming!

14. Dominates : OWNS - Frank Lary was a pitcher in the 50's/60's for a mediocre Detroit Tiger team but he OWNED the Yankees 

22. Rapper-turned-actor : ICE-T

23. It has a torch and two branches on its back : DIME - Here's the obverse and the reverse side with aforementioned items

24. Hint : TASTE 

26. Key __ : LARGO -  A lovely song by a one-hit-wonder. If you knew his name, you're a better man than I am Charlie Brown!

29. Minus : LESS

32. Pairing : UNION - Last Saturday Joann and I celebrated the 51st anniversary of our UNION. I bought her this cake because it has 1) Dairy Queen Ice Cream, 2) Ghirardelli Chocolate, 3) strawberries and 4) a 51 on top. And, oh yeah,  it  also covered Valentine's Day.

33. Parlor purchase : CONE

34. Payments for hands : ANTES - You have to pay to play

36. Unsystematically : AT RANDOM

38. Hint : INTIMATE - This is the long "a" version of this word

39. __ miss : NEAR - Burchard, Nebraska's Harold Lloyd certainly had one here!

40. "Got to Give It Up" singer : GAYE - I'd love to insert his wonderful version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine but two songs are plenty.

42. Coming up : IN STORE 

44. "Alias Grace" author : ATWOOD

45. Big Easy cuisine : CREOLE

47. Canonized Norw. king : ST OLAV - SLEEPOVERS eliminated ST OLAF

50. Waters with pipes? : ETHEL - She did indeed have a set of pipes! Hardest/cleverest clue of the puzzle for me.

52. Town in a 1945 Pulitzer-winning novel : ADANO - The John Hersey story of an Italian-American soldier replacing a church bell in this town in 1944 Sicily that the Fascists had destroyed

53. Prefix for all : OMNI

55. Big sport's words : ON ME - My cheap friend usually did that after most everyone had left the bar

59. Fall off : DIP

60. Conjunction that reverses to a man's name : NOR - NOR flips to RON.

61. Pepper and others : DRS - The others are many and inferior

Thanks Neville and Doug! Now what say you?



Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Well that was close. Shondaland just looked so wrong, but perps said that’s what had to be there, so it stayed. Lots of unknowns, but managed a legitimate no-peeky.

Morning Husker, I was reminded of Lily while watching a PBS Nova episode which explained the origins of Siamese cats. Interesting stuff.

OwenKL said...

DNF/FIW. One wrong cell at STAl + GAlE, and two cells I just plugged in nearly random letters to fill the puzzle, at SHOwDALAND + owME + OTTo.

They sell USED CARS in the CITY.
They often aren't very pretty.
But one that's a beauty
Still might be MOODY,
And whine, or dawdle with ENNUI!

desper-otto said...

Ufda! I mean, Good Morning.

Thought this one was going to make me bow and scrape. Took 40 minutes -- way over the time limit -- but I finally prevailed. Along the way I saw FRA/DOM, SODA/COKE/CONE, SABER/LANCE and SGT/DRS. Thank you, Wite-Out. Whew! And thanx for the challenge, Neville and Doug, and for the tour, Husker.

BobB said...

It beat meπŸ˜₯

Anonymous said...

What a slog. Also more than 15 clicks on that stupid captcha is way too much.

desper-otto said...

Anonymous@8:40 -- if you go "blue" you won't have to click it at all.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I was sure I was headed toward a DNF but P and P won the day. As HG pointed out, a foothold was hard to come by because of some tricky long fill. The NW was the toughest for me because I never heard of Warped Wall. The cluing was as devilish as could be but, ultimately, more fair than foul. Two examples that stand out to me: Combs differently=P. Diddy and Letter's needs=Tenants. My w/os were Gen/Edu, Trace/Taste, Sofa/Cone, and In a/Aha. Gaye and Atwood, as clued, needed perps, as did T. S. Eliot. I love the word "ennui" and I loved "A Prayer for Owen Meany." (Irving's "Cider House Rules" is another favorite of mine.)

Thanks, Neville and Doug, for a Saturday stumper and thanks, HG, for the outstanding summary. However, IMO, there is no such thing as too many pictures of your Darling Lily! 🐈

Lucina, FLN, you have a very special friend.

Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

You're a better man (human) than I am, Desperate Otto. It took me at least an hour, but FIR with no help. The first 20 minutes were a blizzard of white. Then it started to click, but slowly. My last fill was the H in SHONDALAND and ETHEL. Ethel was cute, once I sussed it. I HAD NO IDEA about SHONDALAND and WARPED WALL, all perps.
Also clever were the fills, P DIDDY, TENANT, EDU, CONE and ON ME. Challenging, but fun, Neville and Doug. So much to like.
I hear it said, but never use "It runs to" or "Will run you" for costs.
Happy anniversary Gary and Joann. I always love your witty and informative blogging.

Anonymous said...

This was a very fun, very clever puzzle. And I only had to cheat twice, which for me on a Saturday is something akin to a miracle. A great start to the weekend.

oc4beach said...

Definitely an obtuse puzzle. Can't say I finished it without cheating, but I did ultimately fill it in.

Never heard of SHONDALAND, OWEN and OTTO. Perps were needed along with some alphabet runs.

I have had enough of this rain the last few days. I think I'm going to have to grow gills if I want to go outside. Many of the local waterways have gone over their banks and there is still more rain coming.

Stay dry everyone.

Lemonade714 said...

Nice to see the work of both of these constructors.

WEES this was a difficult but fair puzzle. Harold Lloyd did so many really dangerous stunts, a pioneer in his field.

Also had not heard of SHONDALAND and loved the clues for PDIDDY and TENANT.

Happy weekend all, my youngest is back in Denver. Hi Montana, hope you are well.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

SO to Big Easy @ 45a.

What most of you said. Sea of white caps for a long time, but then, like YR said, it slowly came together. Took at least three breaks to let the brain slowly replenish. Needed plenty of perp help. Some terrific cluing, NF & DP, so this broadened my 'think' box. Tops here was probably' pacific states'. BZ.
ST OLAV - We saw where the reliquary in which some of St. Olav's remains were interred in the wall near the altar of Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. (At one time the Archdiocese of Nidaros held sway over the dioceses in Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Faroes, Orkney and Shetland, and the Hebrides and parts of western Scotland and Isle of Man. Part of the Viking legacy, I guess.)
WILL RUN YOU. - When a repairman or mechanic would finish a job for my Dad, he would say "Whats the damadges?" He learned his English in western Iowa, so maybe that was common there in the 1920's? I don't think our neighbors in the Saratoga region used it so much, but they seemed to know what was meant.

Lemonade714 said...

On an unrelated note, there is an online Horse racing betting site called TVG. I have bet there infrequently but on my best friends is a gambling degenerate. Anyway, this is a long lead-in to the fact that TVG has a contest every Saturday in which you are to select the winners in eight (8!) races from differing tracks. If you get all 8 correct you win all or a share of $100,000.00. On down to a share of $8,000 for 7 correct, $5,000 for 6 correct and
$3,000 for 5 correct. Here is the LINK . What makes it most appealing is that you risk no money. To make this long story even longer is in the 8th leg, which is the 5th race at Golden Gate Fields (a track in California that I had not heard of before this game) the favorite is the #2 horse, C C ROCKS . How can you turn that down as a hunch bet

There is no fee to join and you do not need to bet money. I think if join and mention that I referred you I get free money to bet, but I am not sure and it is not a big deal. Generally, I bet the Triple Crown and that is about it all year.

If CC ROCKS wins I will let you know

desper-otto said...

Spitz, I'm very familiar with "What are the damages?" Lots of folks used that phrase back in the Wisconsin of my ute. Of course, we also called a drinking fountain a "bubbler."

Northwest Runner said...

Not sure where this song by Roxy Music ranks on the popularity meter. From one of my favorite 70s albums. Ennui in the first line.

Lucina said...

Whew! I found parts of this very tough. I finally sussed WARPED WALL but PDIDDY totally escaped me so had to search it. At the bottom I was aghast when seeing Gary's grid and realized SHONDALAND was not SHOWLALAND and TERMINATOR was not TECHNONATOR. My weakness is current popular culture.

I did know ATWOOD, TSELIOT and laughed at FLYROD since I was looking for actors. Parlor purchase was clever, too, CONE.

This was devilish cluing at its best. Thank you for the challenge, Neville and Doug! You are the kings of misdirection.

Washington, Lee, Norman and Eugene definitely rate stars in the misdirection category.

Yes, she is a very special friend. I visit her in San Raphael at least once a year and this year she is coming here in April.

Have a lovely day, everyone! It's clear and cool here.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Gary, for a terrific tour.

Big Easy said...

On many of the fills today thought that I HAD NO IDEA on how to complete them. Somehow I got almost all of them until the Miranda OTTO, ETHEL, and SHONDALAND area stumped me. "Yes, sad to say", I'm AFRAID SO. Never heard of any of the three and actually WAGGED ETHEL thinking maybe somebody name ETTA didn't have her MIRANDA rights read to her. I couldn't dredge up the COSTS or ON ME from the tricky clues.

WARPED WALL made it only after I changed MAKE to TAKE to RAKE it in. Never heard of it.
ALE, T.S. ELIOT, ATWOOD- three more unknowns from perps

Husker- I think the mandatory UNION dues is about to be overturned in a current case before the Supreme Court.

Anonymous@8:40- I use the Microsoft EDGE browser for this blog. No goofy picture ids show up.

Misty said...

Well, I got a chunk of the south before the cheating started, because like others, never heard of WARPED WALL, and am still ticked by having TENANTS be 'Letter's needs,' even though I finally got it. I think 'Letter' should have been spelled 'Leter,' (Let-er) but that wouldn't have helped much. Also never heard of SHONDALAND, which made things tough even though I had TERMINATOR and SLEEPOVERS. But hey, it's a Saturday puzzle--so thanks, Neville and Doug. And I did think CITY for Norman and Eugene was clever (got that one early on).

Happy Anniversary, Gary--and what a beautiful cake!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Misty said...

Forgot to say that I did get Sudoku, Kenken, and a very clever Jumble this morning, even after a bit of sleep trouble last night. So my spirits are good.

Yellowrocks said...

As I was growing up I used to hear, "What are the damages?' when asking about the cost. It was usually said facetiously. I don't hear it much these days. It's probably dated. DO said he heard it in his "ute," too.

I still use and hear "Raking it in," for making a lot of money.
"Black Panther, which opens this week worldwide, is expected to rake in about $150 million at the North American box office on its opening weekend". Reuters, Feb 13, 2018
"The companies rake in some $10 billion in revenue every year." New York Times Sep 21, 2017

Big Easy @ 45D , I thought of you right away. I wrote Big Easy down beside the puzzle, but forgot to add it to my comments.

Alan's fine and was fine yesterday. I think it was a one-day sickness, Thursday, only. I believe I am on the right track about how to nip this sickness in the bud before it becomes dire. Of course, red herrings only complicate things. We missed the gym and the library due to his little trick. Grounded !

It started out sunny today, but now it is drizzling again.

Lucina said...

I'm familiar with RAKE IT IN as well as what are the damages or what's the damage for asking the COSTS so I got "will run you" though I was initially thinking of politics. E.g., the PAC "will run you" as a _____ (name the party).

I'm going to see Phantom Thread today. Report later. My goal is to see most of the Oscar nominated movies though some I'm not interested in such as The Shape of Water.

Picard said...

Wow. I think this was the toughest puzzle I successfully solved. Several rounds of putting it down and coming back to it.

Never heard of the producer SHONDA RHIMES, so crossing that with the unknowns ETHEL and ADANO made for a serious WAG leap. SHONDA in Yiddish roughly translates to "shame". I wonder if her parents knew that.

But the NW I found even more challenging. Hand up for IN A before AHA. Finally got a toe hold when the COMBS light went on with P DIDDY. That gave me WARPED, but had no idea about WARPED WALL until I took a leap with LANCE and LEWIS. That let me FIR. Whew!

I only know the Beatles were with EMI. Learning moment about RADIOHEAD.

But I had a big learning moment about the Beatles today when I opened my latest issue of National Geographic.

Did anyone else know this 1965 National Geographic photo inspired Sir Paul McCartney to write "Lady Madonna"?

What a beautiful and inspiring photo, indeed.

National Geographic editor in chief Susan Goldberg interviewed Sir Paul McCartney about "Meat Free Monday" and he told the story here.

Other unknowns: DOM, OTTO (I avoid such programs), ALIAS GRACE, OWEN, GOT TO GIVE IT UP.

Bluehen said...

What a tough slog today. I finally got the Tada, and surprisingly in not much more than my normal Saturday time. Tt's been awhile since I've been tested this much and didn't have to cheat. I had ESW/O that DO had plus some others, I'm sure. I just can't remember them off-hand. A lot of unknowns, like everyone else, except I knew Eliot. Praise be powerful perps. In the end, the sweetest victory is the hardest gained so thank you very much Neville and Doug.
HG, your expo was the icing on the cake. Excellent job. Thank you.

What YR said about the weather (sigh). I should be doing taxes for family and friends, but my mood just wasn't up to it. I decided both my mood and this gloomy day needed some brightening up, so I made meatballs ( cooking is my playtime), browned them off, and now they're simmering away in a batch of Lydia's marinara sauce. Meatball subs tonight with twice-fried French fries. That'll make this old man happy.

Speaking of old . . . continuing some thoughts from yesterday re: life and wine getting better with age. I am here to personal verify that wine does get better with age. The older I get, the more I enjoy it! I'll let myself out.


Unknown said...

I had GAS for 61d as Pepper is one kind of gas. It made the SE impossible. I don't know anyone that has even a passing familiarity with pop culture that doesn't know shonda Rymes but I couldn't name her production company on a bet. The "on me " fill frequently mystifies me too as the clueing is often obtuse. I might have gotten the finish if the pepper clue included the abbreviation tag. oh well another 6 for 7 week.

Lemonade: My dad played the ponies. he and most everyone else must lose as only 70 percent of the wagers are returned to the players. There is also massive amount of fraud in the small purse races that gives insiders an unbeatable edge. I had a system that worked involving betting to show on overwhelming favorites that were occasionally overlooked by betters in the "show" pool. You had to be at the track and bet just before the bell doing calculations on the pay offs. The problem became at small tracks that a wager of a few hundred dollars would in and of itself effect the payoff. I can't believe that internet fantasy sports and race tracks are legal bets but on-line poker even for pennies and nickels are prohibited by federal law. Poker is not gambling. It is a game of skill. Horse racing is a game of skill too...but its the horses skill not the gamblers !

AnonymousPVX said...

Wow, what a toughie...took a while to get the solve.

This is the type of puzzle that rewards patience.

Also...I’m registered or whatever, “blue”, still get the captchas.

Anonymous T said...

New Rule: Neville and Doug are NOT allowed to collaborate. :-)

Each are formidable clue-ers on their own but, together, they're down-right devilish.

I HAD NO IDEA of WARPED WALL and had Water-Wsomething... Poor 6d had woo->naG and, finally, DOG after I cribbed from HG's grid for 1a.

The NE and the Dixie-Line was fun though (that's pretty much all I got before copious cheats).

Thanks for the fun guys ... Gotta run; DW's car won't start and the anti-theft light won't stop blinking. Read y'all later. Cheers, -T

Yellowrocks said...

Hand up for never having heard of Shonda. I seldom pay attention to names of producers, even with shows I really like. The only one of her productions I recognize is Grey's Anatomy. B or B-
A big sport could be a generous treater. I didn't find ON ME all that obscure.
Blue Hen LOL, me, too. "Wine gets better with age, The older I get the more I enjoy it."
HG, your story line arc is one I learned in college. In a different class, the teacher did not agree. I used that story line model for a trope for my project. She insisted the end was the climax, and that there was no falling action afterwards. So an A- although I deserved an A. I am so sorry she misses out on the loving cuddling afterwards.

Jayce said...

Whoo, this puzzle defeated me. No way I could have figured out WARPED WALL without looking up what the heck American Ninja Warriors is. Not being willing to give up SABRE as the cavalry weapon gave me trouble. Never heard of SHONDA Rhimes so there was no way I could suss that even with perps. As already pointed out there were some excellent clues; I especially liked the cluing for PDIDDY, FYROD, CITY, TENANTS, and TRANCES. I admire you who managed to solve this puzzle without having to look anything up.

I have an opinion about crossword puzzles that I have stated before, so skip this paragraph if you wish. I tend to dislike entries where you either know it or you don't and no matter how how many perps you get they are of no help. I have come to call it the AMOSOZ phenomenon, from the AMOS OZ entry we had not long ago. That was a case where I had 5 out of the 6 cells filled from perps and still had no idea what that last letter was. Today, WARPEDWALL and SHONDALAND were like that. To me, and remember this is just my opinion, entries like that that require very specialized knowledge to solve, come very close to crossing the line into unfair territory.

Best wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

Man oh man, even after proofreading the preview, I didn't catch FYROD. Sorry. I trust you all know I intended to type FLYROD.

Mark S said...

Nice and challenging puzzle. Liked the many misdirections like casting choice, pacific states and especially waters with pipes. Also completed trifecta of jumble, Kenken, and Sudoku.

See you tomorrow....


Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta- DA!
Well, it was slow going, but it went.
My thanks to Mssrs. Fogarty and Peterson for another Saturday pzl loaded with long fills. I agree with HuskerG that the longer answers are "usually so helpful," and although he laments that he wasn't familiar with two of them, I find familiarity really doesn't seem to matter - for me.

Hmm. But maybe I did luck out, having only recently read a piece on Shonda Rimes.

Still, this was tough enough in general to give me a slow time. I had to set it aside a couple of times to allow the Ol' Walnut some rest & perk time.
("Perk" as in "Percolating." Sometimes we need to add a third "P" to the "P & P" strategy.)

Let's see... what else is of interest? Nice to see HG displaying one of my old teaching aids, a dramatic ARC based on the "Pyramid" of Gustav Freytag in his 1863 analysis of dramatic structure, Die Technik des Dramas.
Good old Gustav's original structure was a detailed breakdown of Greek and Shakespearean tragedies. He always found his Climax near the center of a play. Over the decades the Pyramid has evolved into the ARC. It has become looser as well as embracing more types of drama, and the Climax has moved later and later - in order, one may suppose, to enhance Suspense.

Enough (ahem) for today's lesson. (It's hard to suppress the professorial habit.)

Diagonal Report: None today.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I knew we were in for the nastiest sort of clue cunning the moment I had to flip SOFA for CONE.

Lucina said...

Movie report:
Phantom Thread
Excellent movie! Superb acting! It's Daniel Day Lewis, after all, and to be expected. The story is engaging and the costumes gorgeous. It is about a dress designer and creator but it is his creative nature around which the story centers. Well done. In a contest with The Post and Darkest Hour, it's hard to compare since they are such different genres. But I highly recommend all three.

Next: Lady Bird

Anonymous T said...


Well, today didn't go as planned... Totally beaten by Neville & Doug (planned) DW's car, neighbor's car, then Youngest and I tackled prep'n the garden for spring (planned), DW's car again (gotta pay before 5p) then out for gyros w/ Youngest.

Fortunately, AAA sent a tow but he jump'd it (DW's car was in the garage and I no way to nuzzle mine up for a jump). I TAKE'd it DOWN to my guy at the shop for a new battery. Damage:* $220
//apparently - and I researched this before calling AAA - there are 4 reasons an Escape hybrid thinks it was stolen; low battery is one of them.

The weirdest... Neighbor's car didn't start today either. I tried to jump it but to no avail (It sounds like her starter). We should have gone in halfsies on the AAA call 'cuz she ended up needing the tow.

While we're on cars, who else ink 'tire' (or 'tyre') for __ swing @57a? I blame CED's #RopeFail link for putting me in that MOOD of mind.

DO - I had 'saber' too at 10d but, with ELIOT in place I used C, Eh!'s spelling - 'sabre' [I've been WARPED!]

Fav: While there was some good mis-direction, I'm going w/ P.Diddy; Absolutely brilliant.

I filled TENANTS but still didn't understand it. I was thinking ethic and post-letters... It didn't make a lick-o-sense until HG's illustrated expo. //No, I wouldn't buy anything "Jar Jar." Thanks again HG for the post-puzzle analysis.

BlueHen - twice this week you said what you were gonna eat but... Recipes man; share the love. //sounds delicious!

Cheers, -T
*Pop always says that; "OK, what's the damage?"
If I say "it only COSTS...." I'll hear, "Never.... Use 'only' and 'money' in the same sentence." :-)

Anonymous T said...

AHA! I finally remembered the song by Crash Test Dummies that ends with T.S. Eliot. It's an up-beat number about a cancer diagnosis. Cheers, -T

Lemonade714 said...

For whatever it is worth, CC ROCKS won.

1st: 2 C C Rocks $2.60 $2.20 $2.10
2nd: 4 Emerald Falls $4.60 $2.60
3rd: 1 Papa's Brew $2.60

Not getting rich but it seems like the Corner has horse.

Anonymous T said...

Lem - Now there's Divine Providence if I ever heard it. LOL! 2-1 on a Monday C.C.? :-). C, -T

Bill G said...

1. Have you noticed when certain people are talking and/or answering questions (as in an interview), some people always seem to respond "Absolutely" rather than "Yes." It's always "Absolutely!"

2. A few females may be excellent actresses. Meryl Streep for one. But others get by with just being their charming selves. When interviewed on late night TV shows, they come across as super appealing because of their winning personality. Last night it was Saoirse Ronin's turn. A young actress from Ireland, she's been nominated for an Oscar three times, most recently for Lady Bird. Watching her on Kimmel, I started to fall in love. Her dress wasn't especially appealing, her makeup was subtle but her personality shown through.

Wilbur Charles said...

My nephew gambles, if I'd seen CC rocks I might've called him. My measly 20 and his $200 .

The xword . Fiw FIW . Count me on those without a whiff of the music scene. One problem: the Radio doesn't identify the singer eg .Don't be listening if you don't know .

Adele of course is a regular .

YR, ON ME was missed because us sports minded people think of the activity not the generous pal . DIME - I should have thought more .

And of course Will run you . I had CELTS . I thought of the Bob Cousy Boston Celtics who would run you. Cousy would throw a full court pass and Russell or Satch would leap from the foul line, catch and dunk. This before the Jordans.

Btw. Since when do actresses get called OTTO . I had ETTA. And TIP instead of DIP

I got so much of this beaut filled .I drove 350 miles between fills . I didn't think I had a chance . Also, btw. I now think it's the Brain hemispheres that are the key. When it moves from left to right the eurekas flow .

I'm still not finished Sunday . My cousin married a Newsday sports reporter. He wrote a history of the NCAA tournament.*

I was a NIT guy .


* You can LIU

inanehiker said...

Just finished the puzzle - I realize how visual I am especially when it a difficult Saturday. I started it driving into St. Louis to a funeral- with my husband reading the clues out loud with how many letters, etc. This got me through about 1/3 of the puzzle. But then I finished it with the grid in front of me- slowly (since it was a challenging Saturday) but very steadily. Of course some I had initially gave an answer in error because hubby had read the clue wrong - eg. I had SPEAR because he had read the clue "Calvary's weapon" instead of "Cavalry's weapon" LANCE - LOL!
And the "Norman & Eugene" clue- I kept wanted something with College with the C at the beginning. I knew the actual college wouldn't work because Norman is OU is and Eugene is where U of O is.
Thanks to Neville & Doug for a challenging puzzle and HG for the fun write-up!
Anyone watch the replay of USA winning the Curling gold medal? Gotta love an Olympic sport that you can win with a group of guys with "Dad bods"
p.s to Lucina - I really enjoyed "Ladybird" - Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf both did wonderful jobs with their acting!

Lucina said...

Thank you. Lady Bird is next on my queue. Not tomorrow because my family is coming over for dinner. Sometime next week.