Feb 27, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 ~ Jake Halperin

Theme: Synonym Toast - The ends of the theme words are loose synonyms for business.

17. Regularly go out (with): KEEP COMPANY

23. Getup for Woody of "Toy Story": COWBOY OUTFIT

38. What "2 + 2 = 4" is an example of: BINARY OPERATION

50. Preferred way of doing things: BEST PRACTICE

61. Front part of a hand tool, say ... and the last word of 17-, 23-, 38- and 50-Across?: BUSINESS END (i.e., the chain on a chain saw is the business end.)

Argyle here with what I thought was one of the toughest Tuesdays we've had in awhile. YMMV


1. Actress Swenson: INGA. I remember her from Gretchen Kraus, Benson, ABC, 1979-86.

5. Pops out, as a DVD: EJECTS

11. White lie: FIB

14. "Little" Dickens girl: NELL. The Old Curiosity Shop is a Dickens' novel.

15. Golf goof: MISHIT

16. Mined metal: ORE

19. Old horse: NAG

20. Rip off: STEAL

21. URL suffix for charities: .ORG

22. __ time: never: AT NO

27. Like some consonants, as the nasal "n": PALATAL

30. Actress de Matteo: DREA. Andrea Donna "Drea" de Matteo is an American actress, known for her role as Angie Bolen on ABC's "Desperate Housewives".

31. Press into service: USE

32. Invalidate: VOID

35. "The Lion King" lion: SIMBA. Simba was inspired by Disney's "Bambi ".

42. "Say cheese!": "SMILE!"

43. Spreadsheet info: DATA

44. Baton Rouge sch.: LSU. (Louisiana State University)

45. Unlikely to throw dirty clothes on the floor: NEAT. 2-Down. Old hair-removal brand: NEET

47. Word after systems or psycho: ANALYST

54. "__ girl!": ATTA

55. __Kosh B'gosh: OSH. (children's apparel)

56. Listless feeling: ENNUI

60. Old electrical unit: MHO. Reverse of OHM.

64. Emeril exclamation: "BAM!"

65. Tarzan and others: APEMEN

66. Like villains: EVIL

67. Having five sharps, musically: IN B

68. Creates anew, as a password: RESETS

69. Alluring: SEXY


1. Color printer refills: INKs

3. TV show about a high school choir: "GLEE"

4. Llama-like mammal: ALPACA

Da Ya Think I'm Sexy

5. Expressive punk genre: EMO

6. Good name for a phys ed teacher?: JIM

7. Finland's second-largest city: ESPOO. FYI, West of Finland's largest city, Helsinki.

8. Careful: CHARY

9. Overbearing leader: TIN GOD

10. Messy room: STY

11. Group of related typefaces: FONT FAMILY

12. Tehran native: IRANI

13. Fathered, in the Bible: BEGOT

18. Congeal: CLOT

22. Accepted the loss, financially: ATE IT

24. Like permed hair: WAVY

25. "True __": HBO vampire series: BLOOD. I don't have HBO.

26. Constellation bear: URSA

27. Watering holes: PUBS. 61-Down. Watering hole: BAR Clecho.

28. "Sure __ standing here ... ": AS I'M

29. Shrine in Moscow's Red Square: LENIN'S TOMB

33. Hoppy beer, for short: IPA. (India pale ale)

34. Coup __: D'ÉTAT. Literally meaning a "stroke of state" or "blow against the state".

36. Big cheese: BOSS

37. "Sometimes you feel like __ ... ": classic candy jingle: A NUT

39. "Prince Valiant" queen: ALETA

40. Bring in: REAP

41. Hindu princess: RANI

46. Traveling acting band: TROUPE

48. Half of all blackjacks: ACEs

49. Contact __: LENSES

50. Disney deer: BAMBI

51. Filmmaker Coen: ETHAN

52. Pack animals: ASSES

53. Bell tower sound: CHIME

57. Campbell of "Scream": NEVE. Also of "Mad Men"

58. Windows alternative: UNIX

59. In a lazy way: IDLY

62. Earn after taxes: NET

63. Naval rank: Abbr.: ENS. (Ensign )

I'll leave you with this Queen parable.



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Jake and Santa!

Only a few unknowns. Pretty easy for me! ESPOO was perped. What a name!

It is raining here! (Not a lot, though.)

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

OwenKL said...

Someone challenged me to do a l'ick on a weird word recently. Here's what percolated up:

A Limerick is paraprosdokian.
The beginning you feel okey-dokey in.
It's a garden path
That will not last --
Irish towns are like that, also Orkneyan!

When your COWBOY OUTFIT has been worn to a rag
And your mighty steed has aged to a NAG,
A cattle drive to St. Louie
Excites only ENNUI,
It's time to turn in that old saddle bag!

Once, when ladies would keep their legs NEAT
They'd use a product known as NEET.
It's still around
With a name new-found,
You'll find it now with the label "Veet"!

{C+, C, C-.}

D4E4H said...

Good Morning Cornerites.

Thank you Mr. Jake Halperin for this fine Tuesday CW. I FIR in 18:27.

Thank you Argyle for your fine review

1A Actress Swenson: INGA. This reminded me of the show "I remember Mama." Do you "Remember Mama" also?

15A Golf goof: MISHIT -- Mi what?

Today's paraprosdokian: Being smart is knowing how to get out of a tough situation. Being wise is not getting into it in the first place.

Your Wise acre,


Argyle said...

I remember Mama. And it's, "Smart is knowing how to get out of a tough situation. Wise is a potato chip."

CartBoy said...

Chary? Not once in my Kansas El-Hi learning experience.

Lemonade714 said...

Thanks, Argyle and I agree for Tuesday there was real difficulty.

PALATAL ESPOO CHARY ALETA are all not Tuesday fill. I am wary of a Tuesday that includes chary.

Dave 2, see what Argyle did there? It is a relative of a non-sequitur.

Welcome back, Jake.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Changed NAIR to NEET and BARS to PUBS, but otherwise skated right through this one. Thanx, Jake and Argyle.

MISHIT and ESPOO -- mini-theme here?

IMO, 2+2=4 is just addition. 10+10=100 is a binary operation.

Funny, Argyle.

Big Easy said...

It took some luck to end my losing streak today. ESPOO, CHARY, ALETA, PALATAL- I'm not familiar with those words. INGA & DREA were perped. Tough puzzle for a Tuesday.

Oas said...

Thanks to Jake and Argyle. Tuff Tuesday .

DNF ESPOO, CHARY, and TINGOD were the down falls and as a result didn’t feel confident enough to fill ORG. CHARY was the biggest head scratcher. Otherwise a fun workout.
Catching the BUSSINESS END early helped some with the long crosses. Spring is comming :-)

rick said...

Many unknows Mr. Jake Halperin. Argyle is right on the money. PALATAL - ESPOO - EMO - NELL - NEVE - CHARY - EMO - ALETA - INGA - SIMBA - LSU - ENNUI (can never remember where the "ens" go)MHO - IN B.

Lenin's Tomb was a laugh, though. I kept thinking of a joke. Who's buried in Lenin's Tomb? Lenin is in there, on display in a mausoleum since 1924.

Tin God? I put tin pot. Who's could know that Trea or Drea was a first name? And I didn't know Espoo, since Espoo, according to Google is not the second largest city of Finland. I put "finland's largest cities" in the search engine and it came up with According to
The 5 Biggest Cities In Finland Helsinki. Helsinki is Finland's biggest city as well as the nation's capital. ... Tampere. Located in Pirkanmaa, Southern Finland, Tampere ranks second among the biggest cities in Finland. ...
Turku. ...
Oulu. ...
It is wrong.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but had to erase earn for REAP and tyrant for TINGOD. In addition to TINGOD, hadn't heard of CHARY, FONT FAMILY, ALETA, ETHAN Coen or ESPOO. I wanted "shank" instead of MISHIT, but needed another letter.

I agree with D-O's example of a binary operation. 2+2=4 is a decimal or hexadecimal operation.

I would have clued 23A as "Getup for Dak, Dez or Zeke". I admit to being a die hard fan of America's Team.

I'll always think of Drea de Matteo as Christopher Soprano's late moll.

Thanks to Jake and Santa for a fun start to the day.

Argyle said...

Hey Rick, I don't have time to do more research on Espoo right now but the official animal of Espoo is the Siberian flying squirrel; that must tell you something.

Oas said...

FLN - Canadian eh? & D4E4H @ 9:55am & 9:14pm. I caught your mini theme smiles early on . When D4 shared his canoe story I thought of the baseball skit that l heard on radio numerous times and later on tv “who’s on first ?” and though who’s 66A? canoes being so narrow and all.

Yellowrocks said...

Argyle, cute title, Synonym Toast. I agree that this was tough for a Tuesday. FIR. Only ESPOO and Drea were totally unfamiliar. Others needed perps to recall.
I have frequently heard and read CHARY.

From Math is Fun: An operation that needs two inputs.
A simple example is the addition operation "+":
In "2 + 3 = 5", the operation is "+", which takes the two values "2" and "3" and gives the result "5".
Subtraction, multiplication and division are also binary operations, and there are many more.
The two inputs are called "operands".
I am a K-5 teacher, after all.

I have used and heard the business end of a tool as the actual end, opposite the handle. The teeth of a chain saw, the head of a hammer, the point of a needle, the muzzle of a gun.

I can remember ALETA because I know a woman by that name.

Yes, I enjoyed, I Remember Mama as a TV series. It was also a memoir, play and movie.

I dug PALATAL up from my college days with a few perps. I did not care for the study of the mechanics of speech production and have not profited much from knowing it.

I know several family members who fit the description, TIN GOD.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Finished it correctly but with a couple head scratchers like MISHIT and PALATAL (spelling). Nice job, Jake. Re: BINARY OPERATION, the clue is OK, I guess, for the desired fill, but the clue itself is decidedly decimal. JMO. Liked seeing INGA, one of my favorite female names. Liked seeing ALETA, I've been reading Prince Valiant most of my life.
ESPOO - Wanted Turku at first, but then, when the E dropped in the perp, I entered ESPOO. Sort of a gimme; I attended a week-long conference in ESPOO in 1990. We thought of it as a suburb of Helsinki. But it is its own municipality.

Yellowrocks said...

Wikipedia says Espoo is the second largest city in Finland.
Another list of Finland's Largest cities does not include Espoo at all.


World Atlas

Oas said...

YR at 8:22 I agree with your comment of the business end of a tool being the opposite end of the handle. Felt the business end of the board of education at times in my growing years. :-)

Oas said...

D O @ 7:09 Your mini theme gave me the first chuckle of the day , thanx

Spitzboov said...

I suspect lists showing Finnish urban areas are lumping Espoo in with Helsinki. I'm going with the 'cities' listing as that was in the clue.

Husker Gary said...

-I got the sense of the gimmick but wondered what the reveal would be. The following words filled themselves in before I could see I didn’t know them – CHARY (really?), PALATAL and ESPOO
-Name this Marty Robbins hit with, “I see by your OUTFIT that you are a COWBOY, These words he did say as I boldly walked by. Come sit down beside me and hear my sad story. Got shot in the breast and I know I must die.”
-My first calculator cost $70 and only did BINARY OPERATIONS. Now I could get this!
-Tiger MISHIT a lot of balls last weekend but people tuned in to watch him
-Britain pressed into service about any boat that could be USED at Dunkirk
-I have all my passwords in a Word document. You?
-I keep thinking ALPACA should have some double letters somewhere
-I remember NEVE as a very strong political operative in House Of Cards
-Great mini-theme, DO!

Yellowrocks said...

There are a large number of current quotes using CHARY (pronounced cherry).
I chose these.
If investors become chary of risky assets again, even those with half-decent fundamentals will get dumped. Economist May 5, 2016
Mr. Schneiderman is chary of talking too much now about his investigation. New York Times, Nov 14, 2011

Tinbeni said...

Nice write-up Argyle.

Hmmm, A Tuesday puzzle with 3 learning moments: ESPOO, CHARY & PALATAL ...
Glad my ESP (Every-Single-Perp) was working today.

Faves today, of course, were PUBS & BAR ... two places I enjoy. LOL


Lucina said...

Too difficult for a Tuesday? I didn't think so, that is until I discovered EPPOO was not Finland's largest city and LIPHIT not a golf term. Drat!

However, I'm familiar with CHARY as it appears often in literature. I wondered if the BOSS at 36D was a TINGOD.

Though I didn't recall INGA Swenson, Argyle's mention of the TV series reminded me of her. I liked her. I don't remember ever seeing DREA de Matteo.

Visiting LENIN'S TOMB was not the most interesting part of my Russia trip; the many churches with their intricate onion domes was far more intriguing especially St. Basil's.

Thank you, Argyle, for setting me right and as always, great photos.

Have a delightful day, everyone!

SwampCat said...

HG. Streets of Laredo ?

Was this Tuesday? I think this puzzle would be well received on a Friday. Even the grid with its long crosses seemed more Firday to me.

I finished with WAGs and perps and only one cheat. As others have said I didn't even see ESPOO on the list of cities, but the perps seemed okay. I thought MISHIT was a mistake. Thanks for the challenge, Jake, and Argyle you 'splained it well.

I'll give Hahtoolah a CSO at LSU, but I'll take one at Emerils BAM. I know he has restaurants all over but his base is in New Orleans and he lives here at least part of the time. Guess I'll have to share the CSO with Big Easy.

YR, I have heard of and read CHARY also but I thought it meant wary of or suspicious. I guess "careful" fits with that but that's not what I first thought of from the clue. (Friday level, perhaps?)

SwampCat said...

Owen, I loved all the 'licks!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Gary, keeping your passwords in a Word file is very risky, even if you use a complex password for the file. If a bad guy gets the file you are in trouble. I use Dashlane for almost everything, except for the few that could cause ruin if cracked. For those few I just use hard-to-guess but easy-to-remember passwords that I memorize and change often.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was more of a Wednesday level but despite the unknowns, perps and guesses made it doable. My only w/os were Earn/Reap and Clog/Clot. I remembered about Mho being Ohm reversed and Drea de Matteo is well known to me from "Shades of Blue" with Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. I never saw "The Sopranos" but she was often clued relating to that show. I thought for sure that Espoo was wrong, but it wasn't. I liked seeing "ennui" again and NEET/Neat was neat! CSO's to our Louisiana contingent at LSU, Tin at Pub, Bar, IPA and OMKeith at troupe.

Thanks, Jake, for a challenging solve and thanks, Argyle, for your informative analysis, particularly your explanation of the reveal clue; I couldn't make sense of it but you did, much to my relief.

YR, thanks for the correct pronounciation of "chary." I'm quite familiar with the word from reading but in my mind, I saw it as "chair-y". Now I know better thanks to you!

Misty, I hope Dusty is feeling better. Sending lots of t-rubs his way!

Have a great day.

LACW Addict said...

WEBES regarding the difficulty for a Tuesday. Lots of obscure proper names as well, contributing to the complexity.

Never heard of Tin God or Espoo.

Didn't think I would get away with this one, but I made a few lucky guesses!

Hope you all have a great day - sun is finally shining in Ithaca!

D4E4H said...

OwenKL 458A

"Orkneyan" sounded like a LIU, and I found a blog about Stromness, one of the towns on the Orkney Islands.


Northwest Runner said...

And on a side note. Does today's NYT have a theme? I sure couldn't see it. Not asking for an explanation since that would spoil it for others, just curious if someone saw a common bond i the long answers.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Though I'd slept through Tuesday, Wed., & Thursday somehow because of the unknowns in this. But thanks, Jake, for stretching our experiences. WEES. ORG was the last fill because of the close proximity of ESPOO, CHARY & TINGOD. Never heard of any of them or UNIX & DREA.

Never heard of BINARY OPERATION -- new math? After my time and my kids always did their own new math homework without help. Gee, I managed to get through a lot of years without knowing new math.

Never heard of FONT FAMILY -- who are they related to?

Watering holes wasn't POND? It was at our place. Jake must be a city slicker.

New neighbors next door. Couple in their early 20's with two pre-school children and a dog. He's a laid-off construction worker who likes to be doing stuff. Complete opposite from the last guy.

PK said...

Oops, thank you Argyle for an enlightening expo, especially on ESPOO.

Yellowrocks said...

IM, I have seen the pronunciation listed as CHAIRY and CHERRY. I pronounce those two words differently, but in some parts of the U.S. they don't. Some people pronounce CARRY to rhyme with HAIRY. Not I.
I also pronounce all of these words differently:
Mary, merry, marry, Murray.
I am learning that several different regional pronunciations of words are legit. The older I get the more accepting of variations I become.

Misty said...

Well, this was a Tuesday toughie, all right, but very enjoyable--thanks, Jake. No problem with CHARY but never heard the expression TINGOD (I first put TYRANT but that didn't work with COWBOY OUTFIT). Also didn't know DREA--had to look her up. But I had no trouble getting the theme reveal and the BUSINESS ENDs at the ends of the theme clues. Lots of fun. And great write-up, as always, Argyle.

Thank you, so much, CanadianEh, Lucina, Keith, Wilbur, and AnonT for your good wishes for Dusty. He seems to be fine again, and I'm giving him the canned dog food and pills I was given at the Emergency Veterinary place. Hopefully, the wailing won't recur. And Irish Miss, Dusty always loves your virtual tummy-rubs!

Have a great day, everybody!

CrossEyedDave said...

No worries, but I did try to change the perpage of "chary."
Hmm, misput? mulligan? binary addition mistake?
(gave up and came to The Blog for an explanation...)

Business end?

Now these guys are in the business!

Trivia quiz!
Which is the business end of a cat?

option A

option B

(and what the cat thinks...)

C6D6 Peg said...

Never heard of CHARY or ESPOO and DREA didn't help, but guessed correctly. Otherwise, a good puzzle for a Tuesday! Thanks, Jake, for a challenge.

Nice expo, Argyle. Always love your pics of places!

Anonymous said...

Espoo is Finland's second largest city based on population.

AnonymousPVX said...

Um...”Streets of El Paso”?

Last time I saw Drea she was taking a “ Cadillac ride” to the Jersey barrens....she didn’t come back.

A rather crunchy Tuesday, unexpected. But no issues.

Picard said...

What Argyle and Everyone Else said: Not my idea of a Tuesday! Hand up for all those unknowns and more: INGA, NELL, DREA, TIN GOD, CHARY, MIS HIT, ESPOO, ALETA, ETHAN. I did not even understand the theme until you explained it, Argyle! Thanks!

Thought I FIR, but I was tripped up with PALATAr/BrOOD. Seemed about as likely. We also have no cable and little idea about vampire shows.

Tried TYRANT, TIN POT, DESPOT before grudgingly settling on that weird "TIN GOD".

I saw lots of LLAMAS and ALPACAS in Peru.

For a change I will share these ALPACA photos at the Silver Sun Ranch here in Santa Ynez, CA.

From yesterday:
AnonT: Glad I reminded you of the ICE ICE BABY lawsuit for stealing music from Bowie/Queen. It was news to me! And thanks for the Bowie/Queen video! But I am afraid I am not understanding your point about it? Please tell me what I am missing?

Lucina: Thanks for explaining your request! Yes, I have many photos in OXNARD and in OAKLAND and in other parts of ALAMEDA County.

For now I will just share these photos at OXNARD Channel Islands Harbor two weeks ago during a Tall Ships event!

Thanks for asking!

Anonymous said...

The Smother Brothers did a version of The Streets of El Paso.

I see by your outfit that you are a cowboy I see by your outfit you are a cowboy, too.
We see by our outfits that we are both cowboys.
If you get an outfit you can be a cowboy, too.


Mark S said...

Nice challenging puzzle for a Thursday. Got the theme but didn’t know chary and Espoo. All other unknowns filled through perps and wags. Thanks for the fun Jake and the great expo Argyle. YR, I really feel for you and hope Alan improves.
Misty: my beautiful dog Dominique was bitten by a pit bull on aThanksgiving evening. We had to rush her to an after hours vet in Palm Springs. Fortunately I prevented her death by mace and a walking stick with a sharp business end. She’s fine now.



Lemonade714 said...


Roy said...

FIR. Only problem was the cross of MISHIT and ESPOO.

Actually, N is an ALVEOLAR PALATAL.

In "The Trouble with Tribbles", Korax refers to Kirk as "a tin-plated dictator with delusions of godhood": in my opinion, a TIN GOD.

Because of the influence of the King James translation, there is a tendency to refer to perfectly goof Elizabethan/Jacobean English as "biblical"; why not Shakespearean? It's the same dialect.

One's life experience determines much of what one considers familiar or obscure clues,

Roy said...


"good" not "goof".

Lemonade714 said...

Becky good to see you still hanging in with us. Here is the song by SMOTHERS BROTHERS .

Jayce said...

Despite the several later-in-the-week type words I zipped through this puzzle in 12 minutes. Don't know why I found it to be rather easy, notwithstanding entries such as ESPOO, MISHIT, CHARY, and PALATAL. Maybe it's because I knew INGA, DREA (I remember her from the show Joey starring Matt LeBlanc), ETHAN, and others, which gave me many good footholds. Seeing COMPANY and OUTFIT in the long answers I thought maybe the theme had something to do with military units; I didn't get the theme until reading Argyle's explanation. Argyle, your presence and input is indeed valuable.

I enjoy reading all your comments, folks. Best wishes to you all.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Thank you Jake for a crunchy Tuesday puzzle and Argyle for a nice write-up.

WEES about hard words, except I had seen CHARY before, but it seems very antiquated. Maybe in Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes? Being from Cleveland, OH, I say Mary, Marry and Merry the same and also CHARY and chairy.

A brief nit about MHO, it is the reciprocal of an OHM. A wonderful and simpler unit, with its symbol being the upside down greek omega, since the ohm symbol is a regualar omega.

Live Well and Prosper,

Irish Miss said...

Northwest Runner @ @ 11:07 ~ The theme is contained in each clue; look for the recurring word in each of the clues for the long, horizontal fill.

Is anyone watching "The Good Doctor?" Many of the story lines are over the top but Freddie Highmore's performance as the title character is mesmerizing to me.

Misty, good news about Darling Dusty.

YR, you andI seem to be on the same page with pronounciations. But I'll bet you don't say CAWfee (Coffee) the way we Trojans do. 😉

Ol' Man Keith said...

Looks like everybody agrees with Argyle that this was an especially chewy pzl for Tuesday. I agree too, but mainly because I thought there was more to it than I was able to suss out.
All because of MHO at 60A. I was familiar with "Ohm," so I took MHO to be a hint that other words would be reversed by Mr. Halperin. Not so, of course, but I was unaware that MHO was a real thing, a unit of conductance rather than resistance. (I am impressed that so many of my colleagues already knew that!)
Saddled with my mistaken thought, I kept looking for a higher level of difficulty than was in fact present.

Anyway, to cut matters short - and to the chase - after trying several times to spell my answers backwards, I succeeded in spite of myself and, after many misspent minutes, arrived at last at a pure non-cheated Ta- DA!

Anonymous / Becky @12:29: I have remembered that Smothers Brothers parody over all these years. On those (very rare) occasions when friends or family start the song, I always interject those words - to my startled but happy audience.

Diagonal Report: A nice 3-way swath running NW to SE plus a mirror center diag from NE to SW.

Ol' Man Keith said...

The inclusion of ALPACA reminds me that when my wife and I visited Peru, I was the one who ate of the beast. My wife does not let me forget it, and I am slightly ashamed - and often feel bound to confess as another step toward absolution.
In my defense it was on a skewer, served kebob-fashion at a BBQ party. This is not to say I was unaware what the meat was, but only that the slices were mingled and merely 20% of the skewer's contents.
It was afterward that I came to know other ALPACAs as the cutest darn critters I ever saw. (Aside from my three dogs, naturally.)

Those imploring eyes and those thick lashes!
It is as if Disney took the sweetest llama he could find and then made it over, using all his artistic tricks (plus a full makeup box). I swear now I will never eat ALPACA again.

PS. Tastes like chicken.

Wilbur Charles said...

Lucina, LIP OUT is indeed a golf term for a missed putt


Roy said...

Yes, Keith, everything tastes like chicken.

desper-otto said...

Didn't AL PACA star in Scent of a Woman or was it Dog Day Afternoon?

Bluehen said...

This was a very out-of-the-ordinary solve today. I gotter dun using only the across clues and fills, but it took almost Thursday time to do so. None of the across clues were out of my wheelhouse, but some of those words were not readily recognizable to me. I'd sit and think and try to dredge up the right word, and think some more ("I KNOW I've have this word"), and just as I am giving up in order to move on, it comes to me. A catharsis caused by lessening of stress? I know I've said it before, but I love being tested. This puzzle was a great one. Thank you, Jake. I look forward to the next one. Argyle, there's not much more I can say. Your explication, the title you created, your illustrations are all spot-on. Great job!

Looking back on the grid after completion, I soon saw that it's a good thing that I didn't need the down clues. IMHO opinion they were much more difficult that the others. The upper Midwest was especially crunchy. CHARY, really? At first I thought this was a brand new word to me, but the more I ruminate on it as the day goes by, the more I think I have probably bumped into it before but it didn't even lodge in my reading-recognition vocabulary. ESPOO, really? Sounds like some cesspool is missing a few letters. TINGOD, really? I'm sure TIN thinks he is, but I'm sure I would have entered "tyrant" and messed myself up for a long time. Oh well, as Splynter would say "Onward to tomorrow".

Cuban sandwiches tonight with Cuban black bean soup. The pork for the sandwiches is leftovers from Sunday's roast. FLN: I would rather serve leftovers than Oxnard.


Moodnuck said...

CHARY??? Really? Gimme a break.

Yellowrocks said...

JS, as per my 9:17 post,chary is very in the language these days, right up to the minute in current newspapers.

Bill G said...

Bluehen, there's a Cuban restaurant near here that we enjoy. Our favorite entrée is roast pork with rice, black beans and plantains.

LACW Addict: Ithaca eh? Do you go to Cornell or are you associated with Cornell in some way? I went there and met Barbara there. How's the snow depth? Walking up libe slope at 7:30 in the morning with snowy and icy paths was a struggle. Up three steps and slide back two. Otherwise, it sure could be a pretty place.

CanadianEh! said...

Tough Tuesday. Thanks for the fun Jake and Argyle.

55 Comments already, so WEES by now. Mid north was the last to fill.
Begat before BEGOT; Strip before STEAL.

I'm more familiar with wary than CHARY (and I pronounce them all, including Mary, merry, chairy, the same way).
INKS can be colour or black. Couldn't clue have been just "printer refills"?

Smiled at NEAT and STY.

OMK, we had MHO discussion here a little while ago (perhaps Dave2 can find it and link?)
I remembered and did not immediately reject the word.

Oas@8:11 - LOL re FLN.
Misty - glad to hear that Dusty is feeling better.

Enjoy the rest of the day.

CanadianEh! said...

I found the MHO-OHM discussion on January 17/18 - Picard@11:28

SwampCat said...

IM, I pronounce it CAW-fee also!

Lucina said...

Wilbur Charles@2:42
Thank you for the news that LIPOUT is a valid term, but alas, not in today's puzzle.

I'm happy that Dusty is better.

My sentiments always go for the puppies. But sadly today I finally had to report my neighbor's dogs to the police for their constant barking. The owners are away from home most of the time so I never see them to speak about the dogs.

Misty said...

Dusty thanks you again, Lucina, Irish Miss, and CanadianEh. And Mark S, what a worrisome moment and so glad Dominique turned out to be okay, thank to your help and care.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks, CanadianEh, for the OHM/MHO follow-up.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

WEES - Not your father's Tuesday puzzle. I nailed it with a few missteps but it took the theme to crack the midwest. Once I guessed Company and back fill'd K--P; the WAG MISHIT seemed right enough for the FIR. Thanks Jake for a beaut.

Argyle - you were on fire today! And, then, just IDLY drop Queen? Nice. Thanks.
//from your caption... is an ALPACA a SEXY llama? [stop after 1m; PG-13 and stupid*]

WOs: IN E @67a b/f LENIN STOMe didn't parse; NAIR b/f NEET; and brain-fart gave me .edu b/f .org
ESPs: names sans ETHAN; TIN GOD(?) [is that Tin Man after receiving a heart?] [America]. //Hey, Tin! You missed the IPA @the BAR/PUB

Fav: None. But I SMILE'd w/ GLEE @ BINARY, DATA, ORG, FONT FAMILY, MHO, EJECT (as clue'd), and, of course, UNIX.
'BEST PRACTICE'? - yech! BOSSman's ENNUI with nothin' better to say...; Right TTP? :-)

2+2=4 wasn't BASE 5 (or greater) anything but I get that the + is a binary operator (whereas NAND is a binary operation :-). I could go on all day folks...)

{B+, A+, C+}
D-O: You were on a roll too. LOL mini-theme & AL P-somebody...
CED - as was the divorce-lawyers' LOL shingle!
BlueHen - it was me wanting food porn/recipes - I'll email you at some point. Funny OX Nards.

HG - What Jinx said... I use KeePass to store all my passwords. It encrypts in memory and one long master-password unlocks the rest of the keys. We just did a pen-test (hire hackers to hack us); the attacker found a spreadsheet on one of our admin's boxes - I gave that admin the BUSINESS END of my Clue-Bat.

OMK - it all tastes like chicken because The Matrix doesn't know how Alpaca tastes. [:53]. #WeAbsolveYou

Picard - I'm running out of space re: FLN. Taunt me a second time. What part didn't you get?

C, Eh! @3:45 - don'tcha mean you say 'em all aboot the same way? :-)

Cheers, -T
*Youngest does the silly 'hand-llama' thing that he does at the beginning of the video -- why I even know this exists :-(

Picard said...

AnonT: Yesterday you wrote:
Oh, and want to see something totally awesome that never happened? Mercury and Bowie Under Pressure together. //what's funny is the "I was at that concert" comments under the video.
Sorry, I am not seeing the thing you are referencing.

What is the thing that never happened?

Bill G said...

Lucina, I've had that same experience with neighbors over many years at this home. (We bought it in 1969. It seemed like a lot of money at the time...) The neighbors would be away from home during the day and apparently weren't aware of their dog's constant barking. I mentioned it to them with varying degrees of success and once got the police involved. Then there was a different neighbor whose dog was barking at 1:30 am. I called him. He answered the phone, wide awake and when I asked him to let his dog inside, he said OK. No apology. Clueless...

Argyle said...

The concert never happened. It was a mash-up, like Natalie and Nat.

Anonymous T said...

Picard - what Argyle said. Mercury and Bowie never performed Under Preasure together. The video is a very well done (IMHO) mash-up called the Rah Mix that made it look like they were on stage together. I love it because you get Mercury's falsetto off-set w/ Bowie's tenor.

Cheers, -T

Picard said...

Argyle and AnonT: Thank you for explaining! The song Under Pressure is an amazing work of art.

I just looked it up and I see indeed it was a studio creation. The concert video is very convincing! Thanks for the learning moment!

Mark S said...

IM: I grew up in New York City and it was always corefee or cawfee.


Wilbur Charles said...

Well, unlike Bluehen I did try TYRANT at first. I realized it didn't fit but neglected to change R to the N in company

TIRGOT was the result as I didn't know DREA. But, I'd have FIWed anyway as I had TUBS instead of PUBS.

Mondays and Tuesdays are not for beginners anymore . I just found Sunday but the outlook isn't brilliant.

As YR said, CHARY is not arcane just a little highbrow. I went brain-dead on the Religious URL. I even tried PROtestant. It finally clicked.

Owen, I love your C's . Argyle was in fine form .

So, nobody else in here has seen the FB-Messenger scam,eh? Apparently, FB has a flaw in its messenger app.

YR if you get a Messenger request ignore it unless you can confirm it. Of course, perhaps the day has come for us to stay away from these social media apps altogether.



Lucina said...

Bill G:
What you say about telephoning the neighbor while the dogs are barking makes sense and I've thought about it. Here's the problem, though; my neighbor got her condo as a result of the divorce from her husband. Many years ago after having 5 children, they moved away and bought a bigger home and rented this one out. Anyway, on the HOA directory his name is still on and a phone number though I'm not sure if it's her number or his.

Now that I'm thinking about it, our manager would likely know so I'll have to ask her. Discussing this helped me to think it through, so thank you for that.

I pronounce those words the same as you do. Coffee is caw-fee for me.

Anonymous T said...

WC - I''ve not seen that FB scam yet. If you have a screen-shot or URLs linked-to would you forward them to me? I want to check this out (I only FakeBook).

With all the talk of llamas & ALPACS and BINARY fun, I went looking for WinAmp's intro but found this off-beat song... [2:30ish PG-13 and just plain odd]

For a blast-from-the-past*... Who remembers WinAmp's intro? [:06]

I pronounce coffee 'cough-hee', 'Joe', 'tar', or 'caffeine - the hot kind'. (even if it's cold as finish my 9p cuppa)

Nite, -T
*also the name of a Ringo solo-album

Wilbur Charles said...

Well, unlike Casey I didn't strike out . I just finished Sundays crunch-ish xword. Now I can read Sunday's blog.

Anon-T, here is the official come-on

Here is the agent Facebook messenger link. He's online now, just click on the link, add him on messenger and message him for your claim. He's the one who helped me get my winnings. He's a very good and honest man because he helped me a lot.

The tone, diction and overall approach gave it away . Thank God I have a savvy kid at home to wise me up. Now to get him out of the home 😂😂😂. Nah, I love having him with me .


I just noticed that the information didn't include the crucial point that you pay up front. Also, Phil found information on the scam on the internet .