May 13, 2018

Sunday May 13, 2018 Amy Johnson

Theme:  "Mother's Day" - MA is added to each theme entry.

23A. Foppish fed?: MANICURED LAWMAN. Manicured lawn.

37A. Hotel housekeeper's concern?: BLANKET FORMAT. Blanket fort.

67A. Woman's surprise party for her kids' kids?: GRANDMA SCHEME. Grand scheme.

96A. "One man's trash ... "?: JUNKYARD DOGMA. Junkyard dog.
115A. Sniffle over some Austen?: READ EMMA AND WEEP. Read 'em and weep.
16D. Ask for a doggie bag?: TAKE THE REMAINS. Take the reins.

49D. Frequent February craft project?: MAKING OF HEARTS. King of hearts.

Reminds me of the "Main Events" I did for the club. Same gimmick. MA-in.

Great selection of original phrases. MANICURED LAWMAN probably should have been avoided due to the straying MA in MANICURED.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms on our blog!


1. Stops up: DAMS. Yep, D-Otto, Yangtze river is called Chang Jiang in China, as Jayce mentioned.

5. Some shells: AMMO.

9. Blokes: CHAPS.

14. Bee's landing place: PETAL.

19. Abbr. covering unlisted items: ET AL.

20. Part of the rural scenery: BARN. Very soon Santa's 23-acre farmland where he grew up with will be someone's.

21. Yoga term meaning "force": HATHA. Easy guess. HATHA yoga.

22. Elevate: EXALT.

26. National capital on Cape Verde: DAKAR.

27. Dr. __ Hahn on "Grey's Anatomy": ERICA.

28. Best possible: IDEAL.

29. They hang at parties: STREAMERS.

31. Word from the French for "little wing": AILERON. Learning moment for me.

33. Tech tutorials site: CNET. Unaware that they offer tutorials there.

35. Dadaism pioneer: ERNST (Max).

36. Federal hush-hush org.: NSA.

41. Easter entrée: HAM.

44. Rockies roamer: MOOSE.

45. Some HDTVs: SANYOS. Sanyo is now owned by Panasonic. Been dreaming of this. Someday.


46. Like San Francisco's Coit Tower: DECO.

47. It's everything, they say: TIMING.

50. 1910s conflict: WWI.

53. Spike with films: LEE. Just Spike Lee.

54. "Two mints in one" sloganeer: CERTS.

55. Brazen: BRASSY.

56. Muppets watchers: TOTS. Followed by 58. Muppets' address, briefly: SESAME ST.

61. Upscale retailer: SAKS.

62. Gave a leg up: BOOSTED.

65. Rattler's weapon: VENOM.

66. Air pump letters: PSI. Pounds per Square Inch.

70. Edwards, e.g.: Abbr.: AFB.

73. Net, but not Jet or Met: NBAER.

75. Like some massages: SENSUAL. The TAO has a prominent ad in Las Vegas. Steve will see it again next week. Big Easy probably did not see his TAO (way).

76. Bitter __: PILL.

77. Certain dietary abstinence: VEGANISM. Then you've got to eat more soy products for protein, including Natto rice. Do you guys eat raw eggs?

80. Civil War topper: KEPI.

81. Part of a squirrel's stash: WALNUT.

83. __ for the ride: ALONG.

84. BOLO equivalent: APB. BOLO = Be On the LookOut.

87. Old atlas letters: SSR.

88. Burdens: ONUSES.

89. Plentiful: RIFE.

90. Potato often used for fries: RUSSET. Also 118. Hanukkah fare: LATKE.

93. Pub stickers: DARTS.

95. Slangy assent: YEH.

99. Toss in: ADD.

102. IRS convenience: E-FILE.

104. Like four-leaf clovers: RARE.

105. The one that got away: ESCAPEE.

107. "Do tell!": I'M ALL EARS. Sparkly fill.

111. Shot in the dark: GUESS.

113. Openings for Tolkien and Rowling?: Abbr.: INITS. J. R. R. & J.K.

114. Nursery rhyme dieter: SPRAT.

119. Sporty old Ford: T-BIRD.

120. So: ERGO.

121. Beginning to bat?: ACRO. Acrobat.

122. Lessened: EASED.

123. Jack of "The Wizard of Oz": HALEY. OK, the Tin Man.

124. Celine of pop: DION.

125. Staff notation: REST. 


1. Hardly dignify: DEMEAN.

2. Pioneering game consoles: ATARIS.

3. Heavy envelope makeup: MANILA.

4. Pizza purchase: SLICE. Pizza Hut is very popular in China.

5. Monkey in "Aladdin": ABU.

6. Places to tie up: MARINAS.

7. "A horse, of course, of course": MR ED. Mister Ed is the preferred entry. DR WHO is also frowned upon by editors. DOCTOR WHO is the entry.

8. In a circle near a diamond: ON DECK.

9. Skiers' retreats: CHALETS.

10. Hesitate while speaking: HAW.

11. 24-hr. banking spots: ATMS.

12. Old-style "Wicked!": PHAT.

13. Riviera resort: SAN REMO. Alfred Nobel died here.

14. Know-it-all: PEDANT.

15. High school hurdles: EXAMS.

17. Banned orchard spray: ALAR.

18. P.O. box fillers: LTRS.

24. Copies made on onionskin, probably: CARBONS.

25. Word with fast or passing: LANE.

30. Baseball stats: ERAS.

32. Informal science: OLOGY.

34. Big name in nonstick cookware: T-FAL. Red in the center.

38. Unit of force: NEWTON.

39. Scrabble vowel value: ONE.

40. Bartender's array: RYES.

42. Fifth book of the New Testament: ACTS.

43. More than half: MOST. This is my good friend Lesley and her son Eric. Many kids in Guangzhou wear the jade-on-a-red-string (good luck talisman) as Eric does. 

44. Unsuccessful swing: MISS. I could still hear John Gordon's dramatic "Swing and a miss.."

46. Test-drive car, e.g.: DEMO.

47. Recipe meas.: TBSP.

48. Some S&L plans: IRAS.

51. "The __ are lovely, dark and deep": Frost: WOODS.

52. "Who's there?" reply: IT'S ME.

54. House prop: CANE. Dr. House.

57. Really bombed: STANK.

59. First name in ramp-to-ramp jumping: EVEL.

60. Univ. term: SEM. Semester.

62. You may hum a few: BARS.

63. Trio of asses?: ESSES. Just the three letters in asses.

64. Bikini specs: D CUPS.

67. Funk band Kool & the __: GANG.

68. Outdoorsy sort's retailer: REI.

69. Dresser's concern?: HAIRDO. Dress-er.

71. Harmful gas outlet: FLUE.

72. Crunchy lunches: BLTS. We finally planted our Big Girl/Boy tomato plants.

74. Nemesis: BANE.

76. Favorable aspect: PLUS.

77. What prices may do: VARY. I bought these amazing Carolina Herrera for Target set for $10. Been storing all my precious stuff in. It was that much and more A PIECE (99. For each one) in the start.

78. Wiesel with a Nobel: ELIE.

79. Halloween staple: MASK.

81. Bait, often: WORMS.

82. Hot wings chaser, perhaps: ANTACID. Thank God I don't have a stomach problem.

85. Aspiring therapist's maj.: PSY.

86. Black or brown critter: BEAR.

90. "No cellphone at dinner," say: RULE. Everyone lives on WeChat now.

91. Dig up: UNEARTH.

92. Shakespearean genre: TRAGEDY.

94. Back in the day: AGES AGO.

96. Unexpectedly and unhappily single: JILTED.

97. Starr-struck one?: DRUM. Nice clue. Ringo Starr.

98. Held: DEEMED.

100. Tries to prevent: DETERS.

101. Pharaoh, for one: DESPOT. And 106. Egypt's Sadat: ANWAR.

103. Space cadet: FLAKE.

107. Cartographer's speck: ISLE.

108. Hollywood rating gp.: MPAA. Motion Picture Association of America.

109. Sitcom that starred a singer: REBA.

110. Windsurfing need: SAIL.

112. Wrapped wear: SARI.

116. "Compton" album maker: DRE.

117. Rouen rejection: NON. Alliteration.



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Amy and C. C.

Fun puzzle! Nice theme!

No problems. (Sat. was a problem.)

Needs some perps for: DAKAR, ERICA, ABU and SAN REMO.

Have a great Mom's Day, all mothers lurking here!

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites. Happy Mother's Day to each mother.

Yesterday was my 6 months Monthiversary on the Corner. Please don't do anything special.

- - Is this the Johnson weekend. Greg yesterday, and Ms. Amy Johnson today. I do hope she stays Amy. The CWs are difficult enough without dual personalities. Today's CW was equally challenging to Greg's. The page was still white after my first pass. I want to thank "MA" for her help with the themers. As each of them filled in, I had new letters on which to build. I eventually FIR in a whopping 91:53.

Thank you C.C. for your excellent review.

At 45A you dream of having a Panasonic Facial Ionic Steamer, Nanocare. At first glance I thought it was a breast pump.

84A - I wanted BOLO = Be On the LookOut to be "Buy One, Let One."


OwenKL said...

FIRight, but with 2 naps during the process! TAKE THE REMAINS was my first theme entry completed, which revealed the gimmick, and knowing that was helpful with all the rest of them!

In the eighties, many teens in DAKAR
All wanted a PHAT T-BIRD car,
With lines that were sassy,
And a horn that was BRASSY!
But Senegalese car-bazaars were bizarre!


desper-otto said...

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day (or is it Mothers' Day? I looked it up.)

I snapped to the theme when BLANKET FORMAT showed up. I liked JUNKYARD DOGMA and READ EMMA AND WEEP the best. ON DECK was a mystery; still is. Everything else made sense. Thanx, Amy and C.C.

AILERON: CSO to Dudley.

SAN REMO: The San Remo Strings are from....wait for it...Detroit.

ANTACID: My doctor says I should quit drinking beer and wouldn't need so many antacids. Where's the fun in that?

Bob Niles said...

Must be getting old, did not realize Ford stopped making the TBird in 2005. I have read Ford will stop making all sedans and concentrate on trucks and SUVs

Bob Niles said...

On deck is a baseball term. The on deck circle is where the batter who is scheduled to bat next waits. Obviously it is next to the baseball diamond.

desper-otto said...

Thanx, Bob Niles. The sports terms I don't know could fill volumes.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great MA's Day puzzle, Amy, thanks! I got that MA was in each theme phrase but didn't cop on to the phrase without it. Duh!

Great expo, C.C. Does your friend Lesley live in China or U.S.A. with that name?

I read "No cellophane at dinner." What there's a RULE against transparent wrap on my frozen dinner?" Oh, dummy, cell phone!

"Starr-struck one" clue had me stymied for several readings. DRUM perped in finally. Well, sure, duh!

I did not know Dr. DRE's last name was Compton or really what he does.

TAKE THE REMAINS sounds like something six pallbearers would carry.

Happy Mother's Day! Mine will all be on the internet because all my kids went to OKlahoma to my grandson's graduation. I watched on my computer. He was one of a big bunch of valedictorians out of a class of 1733 grads who were seated on stage and got their diplomas first. So I got to see him more than if he'd been out in the general area. Over three hours long and they didn't have a guest speaker -- just the principal & superintendent and three grads who made it short & meaningful.

D4E4H said...

- - Here is how my mind works. Please stand back so none gets on you. I started with DAKAR which is not a sedan. It is the capital of Senegal and the most western point of Africa. The clue is "National capital on Cape Verde." The Cape Verde that I have heard of is west of DAKAR, the Cape Verde Islands. It's capital is Praia, not to be confused with Prius, the model of car. DAKAR is on the Cape Verde peninsula.

- - Going west from DAKAR I saw Equador named so because it lies on the equator. My study uncovered the interesting fact that most of Earth's land mass lies north of the equator. Maps pf the Earth show the Tropics of Cancer, and Capricorn, but why? The Tropic of Cancer is the most northerly circle of latitude on Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead. This happens at Summer solstice. The word "tropic" itself comes from the Greek "trope (τροπή)", meaning turn which is what the Sun appears to do at solstice. The word "Cancer" comes from the constellation Cancer.

- - Likewise the word Capricorn comes from it's constellation. This tropic is the most southerly point that occurs at Winter Solstice. The portion of the Earth between these tropics is "Tropical."

- - We're almost home. There are two more of the 5 circles to mention, The Arctic, and Antarctic circles mark the points where at least once each year at any location within the Arctic or Antarctic Circle the sun is visible at local midnight, and at least once it is not visible at local noon.

Class Dismissed. Essays are due on Friday.


Lemonade714 said...

PK, DR DRE was born AnDRE Young, but he lived in Compton, which was the scene of the movie STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON . Dr Dre along with other rappers like Ice Cube, were among the producers and stars in the movie as well as creating and performing the music.

Fun puzzle, and I agree about the MA in MANICURED; it is better to have fewer themers IMO.

But Amy, beloved, it was entertaining.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a pleasant tribute to Mother's Day with all those MAs. I caught on early and that helped with the other themers. Like DO, I liked Read Em(ma) And Weep the best. Unlike DO, I know On Deck and most sports terms, having grown up with four brothers and a dad who were all into spectator sports. Amazingly, for a Sunday-sized puzzle, I had only two w/os: Orzo/Ammo and PSATs/Exams. Orzo was a silly answer because while it's pasta, it is not shell-shaped. I like the pairings of Demo and Deco and APB and AFB. Phat has never been in my vocabulary.

Thanks, Amy, for a smooth, satisfying solve and thanks, CC, for guiding us along. My only experience with raw eggs is in Steak Tartare, one of my favorite appetizers to make and eat.

PK, I got a chuckle from your cellophane/cell phone mix up as it reminded me of my (and TTP's) recent mix up of Wholesome quality instead of Wholesale quantity.

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms. (On Mother's Day, 1981, I was at my mother's wake.)

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-We’ll see VEGAN granddaughter Emma today, so READ EMMA AND WEEP was my fav
-My MANICURED LAWN requires mowing every 2 – 3 days in spring!
-Little wing? I first thought _ _ _ _ R O N might be CHEVRON
-Old joke – “What’s the most important thing about comed…? TIMING!
-Events at Edwards AFB were a big part of this amazing book
-Cool Hand Luke was an ESCAPEE they kept finding
-There’s a big REST at 2:30 of this great Mamas and Papa’s song
-Teacher PEDANTISM? Their reply to this – “Can I go to the bathroom?”
-If you’re going side-by-side with someone on a four LANE highway, one of you is wrong
-My life seems to have been driven by the last lines of that lovely Frost poem - “But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep”
-“No cellphone while Mr. Schlapfer is talking” is my RULE
-I would think the ROOSEVELT’s story would be worthy of a Shakespeare TRAGEDY
-Great baseball trivia question, “Who was on deck in 1951 when Bobby Thomson hit the most famous HR in baseball history?” Answer – a very young Willie Mays

Anonymous said...

T-BIRD needed an "init' or "for short" clue.
What's harmful about a FLUE?

desper-otto said...

Anon@11:00 -- Didn't you ever build a "fort" out of sheets or blanks and camp out in your living room? So far as FLUE is concerned, it's the gas that is harmful, not the outlet.

desper-otto said...

Thanks, auto-correct. That's "blankets."

Big Easy said...

Certainly not meaning to DEMEAN Amy Johnson's wonderful puzzle, but it was definitely a predictable Mothers' Day puzzle. The only MA that I initially guess wrong was on the MANICURED LAW-MA-N. ABU was unknown, filled ABE, and I was thinking MA-NICE RED something. The cross of HATHA and PHAT was a lucky guess- didn't know either; thank you perps.

I drew a blank on the BOLO clue, even though my son is a policeman. Thinking "Bring One, Leave One'. As for therapist, daughter is an occupational therapist and granddaughter is a speech therapist. PSY and APB were my last fills after a V8 moment. Another V8 for the INITS- great clue.

more unknowns-REI, CANE, DAKAR, ERICA, PENDANT (guess I'm not one because I didn't know that one)- all filled by perps. I knew of the Cape Verde Islands but not 'The' cape.

As for C.C.'s comment about me: No, I didn't make it to TAO. Not my cup of tea and I only pay money for LIVE musicians; never would I ever pay into go somewhere just to hear somebody play recorded music and probably charges $20 for a beer or mixed drink. Ain't gonna happen in this lifetime.

Bob Niles and D-O- "At bat", "On Deck", "In the Hole"

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW. YaH x ELIa = V8 concussion. Like D-O and IM, my favorite was READ EMMA AND WEEP. But I correctly WAGged the Natick PEDAN[T] x BLANKET FORMA[T]; a Natick only because I hadn't sussed the theme at that point.

I thought PHAT was new-ish urban slang for the slacker's slang "rad".

Almost all of the hurricanes that hit around here have there genesis at Cape Verde. Rhymes with "word" unlike the Spanish "verde" or Italian "verdi".

Thanks to Amy and CC for the fun Mother's Day package.

Misty said...

Well, I got about 2/3 of this delightful Sunday puzzle before I had to start cheating, but found it very enjoyable--many thanks, Amy. Never heard of HATHA or PHAT. And although I got FLAKE I still don't understand how that's a "Space cadet." I suppose that term doesn't refer to astronauts, does it? Didn't get "Dadaism pioneer" at first, until letters started to fill in and I realized it was Max ERNST. Should have gotten that one right away since I have a chapter about him in one of my early books. I really enjoyed his wild art in those days. Anyway, great fun, thanks again, Amy, and I loved your pictures, C.C.

SAN REMO, brought back a memory from many decades ago. My son and I were touring around Europe in a rented car and driving up the coast along the Riviera. We never pre-booked hotels in those days, but just stopped wherever we were when it was time for supper and the evening, and found a room somewhere to spend the night. I had never heard of San Remo, but that's where we stopped and we were amazed and delighted at what a charming place it was. I think we even stayed an extra day because we liked it so much.

I sadly lost my sweet mother during the summer Rowland had just begun to recover from his stroke and so never had a last visit with her, and missed her funeral. I was reminded about this when I read about your loss of your mother, Irish Miss. But weren't we lucky to have such beloved mothers? So, much love to all you mothers on the blog, and to your own mothers.

Have a lovely Mothers' Day, everyone.

Jayce said...

Nifty puzzle. Lots to like; nothing I disliked. Took me an hour to solve it, which is longer than usual for a Sunday. I very much like the additions of MA to phrases to make new phrases, my favorite being the EMMA one. Cool beans about AILERON. Good stuff!
We used to buy SANYO alkaline batteries because they were the best and lasted the longest. Haven't seen them in stores lately, although it is possible to find Panasonic batteries, which are also pretty good.
A massage with a Happy Ending? Hmmm.
While I like my eggs a bit runny, I have only had raw eggs once while in college; my roommate was a health drink nut and concocted his own breakfast drinks which contained raw eggs, Canola oil, yeast, and oat bran, among other things. He convinced me to try it, but it made me sick. He said it was because it was "too powerful" for my stomach to handle.
Happy Mothers' Day wishes!

Wilbur Charles said...

I had TITLES for the onionskin and my French didn't help with AILERON. I assumed it ended in "ette".

I had MALO before REMO. And naturally thought of a Physical Therapist which might have meant a PS Major.

Where I drew a long blank was for ON DECK (Duh). Misty saved me. How? One day she suggested doing the Jumble when stumped. Also, getting in the new Beamer and driving from DD to McD is how I got the CSO to Boomer and CC (On Deck).

I really thought I was going to have a massive DNF today. I'm surprised Amy couldn't fit YoYo Ma in there.

Since I'm taking the liberty of handing out CSOs, I'll take one for Mr Ed. I think he was only referred to as Mr.

Well, I was gratified to get the FIR on this toughie.

HMD to all especially YR


PS. One of the problems with my pen and ink method is covering the numbers. Ergo, I was confused by thinking g 113A was 118. I'd already perped LATKE so later I couldn't Grok INITS for Jewish fare.

I consider myself a Tolkien AFICIONADO* and familiar with JK but was drew a blank IINITially on 113a.

Btw. Sheldon and AMY built a BLANKET FORT on TBBT

Yellowrocks said...

This seemed crunchy, so I moved to the bottom and worked upward. I found the usual degree of Sunday challenge. MA sure was a big help. My sticking point was the H in PHAT and HATHA, although I have heard of both. An ABC run finally supplied the H Natick. Finding HATHA YOGA was a V8 can moment. I was surprised that PHAT is considered old. I just now LIU and see it is a 1980's term that is passé today. My how time flies!
Did you notice how very many S endings there were?
EVEL just keeps popping up these days.
Alan loves the old DVDs of REBA's sitcom. I like her singing.
CC, some of my Taiwanese and Chinese students wore a jade circlet on a red string as you pictured.
CC, is your NATTO the same as Japanese NATTO, one of my least favorite Japanese foods, smelly, strong tasting and slimy. All I dared taste was a "little dab will do ya."
I hope you all have happy Mother's Day.

Picard said...

Fun Mother's Day puzzle! For some reason I was stuck searching for MOM in the theme. It took a surprisingly long time for me to catch on that it was MA. I have a friend from high school and college whose last name is MA.

Here is my friend Moses MA when we were back in DC for our high school reunion. We went out for a nice Moroccan dinner together.

Husker Gary and other science people: I am sure you are as happy as I am to see NEWTON as a unit of force instead of those silly English units!

I was thrilled to get photos of these MOOSE near Grand Teton National Park!

A forest ranger told us this animal is the most dangerous animal in the region. More dangerous than a BEAR. They look so peaceful.

My San Francisco friend Virginia took me on this hidden sights tour all around COIT Tower.

Virginia is a professional photographer, but she does not like having photos of her shared. I have other photos of the beautiful art inside. Another time. I also have lots of photos in and around MANILA. And lots of MASK photos. And some BEAR photos. Another time.

Yes, learning moment about AILERON. And that PHAT is an old term. I thought it was new!

CC: Thanks for the learning moment that SAN REMO was where Nobel lived. Lucky for him! That area of Italy and France is so beautiful!

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

Did it on-line; not as much fun as Lucina says. Not so difficult, perps coughed up the few unknowns. Nice theme fill.
DAKAR - Agree with others about the Cape Verde clue. The actual cape hosting DAKAR is termed Cap Vert by World Atlas and other sources. Cape Verde refers to the offshore island nation of Cape Verde.
SAN REMO - "Alfred Nobel died here." My take is it doesn't sound too healthy there. (We saw Nobel's home in the Stockholm suburbs viewed from Lake Mälaren.)

Wilbur Charles said...

I remember taking "Goliath" my Golden for a walk in the woods in Northern NH. He went to point position and held it as a huge moose rode in his haunches and glared at us. G never moved a muscle nor I. Ms moose AMBLE*d off.


* I think we had it just last Sunday

Wilbur Charles said...

I meant"rose on" his hsunches. Locals were surprised I walked in those woods unarmed .


Misty said...

Wilbur, so glad you're enjoying the Jumble! Loved the easy one this morning.

WikWak said...

Very nice puzzle today. Lots of fill that I would call "sparkly"—thanks, Amy and C.C.

Just now getting to it; we had a very nice bowling party in the south suburbs to celebrate the day. It was quite the sight to see the grandkids (ages 4, 3, & 1) trying this. The kids used a ramp at the foul line; take a ball that weighs nearly half as much as you do, struggle to carry it to the ramp and get it to the top, then give it a push. The 3-yr old "helped" his baby sister by carrying the ball and putting it in the ramp, while Mommy held her up so she could push it. Great fun for all, and a small private S-O to Boomer.

Misty & WC: I too always enjoyed the Jumble. Since I dropped my subscriptions to the Sun-Times and the Tribune in paper format I no longer see it. Do you find it somewhere on line?

Have a great evening, all!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Lesley lives in Guangzhou. Classic Guangzhou girl, fun, sweet and loyal. Too bad she can't read our blog. Blogger/Google/YouTube/Facebook are all banned there.

My natto come from Japan. I recently discovered a new Asian grocery store close to Springbrook. They have my favorite Daifuku and six different kinds of natto. Amazing.

D4E4H said...

desper-otto at 11:10 AM

- - I know nothing about auto-correct. Do you usually like it? Can it be turned off?

Wilbur Charles at 3:42 PM

- - I'm sure you praised Goliath for staying at point position and holding it "as a huge moose rode in his haunches and glared at us. G never moved a muscle nor I. Ms moose AMBLE*d off."
- - Wow! If I interpret your words correctly, the moose rose up on hind legs in a threatening posture. Even though G and you were motionless, somehow you managed to give the beast a gender change between "his haunches. and "Ms moose." you are fast with a switch blade, pun intended.

C.C. Burnikel at 4:52 PM

- - Shame on you! We do not use words like "Daifuku" on the Corner. I'm telling the Blogmistress on you. By the way, can you describe what are Daifuku and six different kinds of natto.

- - Now we take you to Kilauea for USGS Status Update of Kīlauea Volcano - May 13, 2018.


Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

Misty, in case nobody else answered your question about "flake" and "space cadet," they are both slang terms for somebody who is a bit careless or unreliable or not practical. You can't count on them.

D4E4H said...

- - W C, Please remember that what follows is all your fault. Yeons ago = many, many moons, at 0 dark 30 each Sunday I would toon into Dr. Demento and sometimes I would even "tune into" his radio show. One of my favorite recitations is oh so apropos todaos. For your listening pleasure, with no further dodo, I bring you "Moose Turd Pie" by UTAH PHILLIPS.


Love SoCal said...

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms on the blog. Found this puzzle a little easier than most Sundays which made the 21 references to the male gender stand out in comparison to the 5 references to the female gender. On a day meant to honor the female gender, that was not mindful. I know it takes both but that's a big delta. How many do you count?

PK said...

LoveSoCal: I didn't count anything but All I can think of is that Mom's have sons. Males wouldn't take first breath without being given life by a female. So I really don't think it makes much difference how many references are to each gender on Mother's Day. I'm grateful for both and viva la difference! I'm curious about why you noticed or cared?

OwenKL said...

Since no one has covered it yet, the Jumble can be found at I don't like it online, tho (unlike Xwords, which I now do exclusively online). Anagrams are actually a weak point for me, so if I can guess the final answer, I don't bother with the individual words. But the online version won't allow that.

OwenKL said...

Not to brag, or anything, but I stopped doing cryptograms after the second time I did one entirely in my head. Admittedly, they were simple ones, quote + quotee's name. But still ...

If any of you are exceptionally interested in the travails of my personal life, my FaceBook page has a long rambling commentary on my recent trials. I mention it only because I considered posting it here, but decided 1) it was way too long, and 2) way far away from Xwords or even poetry.

Misty said...

Bill G, thank you for explaining the FLAKE problem--that's what I guessed might be the explanation, but it's nice to have it confirmed. WikWak so sorry you don't get the Jumble anymore, and I'm afraid I always do mine in the paper. But if I learn of an online site for it, I'll let you know right away.

D4E4H said...

Husker Gary FLN, Review

- - I'm sure Joann loved the card from her third daughter Lily Belle. I see her posing in the tree. What a pretty girl.

desper-otto FLN at 9:44 AM

CW constructor: Greg Johnson

AKA: alexa shortbush

Undercover name in Miss Congeniality: Grace Lou Freebush


Lucina said...

Well, it's too late for good wishes to every mother but I do hope it was a special day for you. Mine was with beautiful flowers and lots of food and family.

I solved most of the puzzle this morning but didn't finish it until tonight. I want to thank Amy Johnson for it; it was fun and on any other day I would have analyzed it further. I was stuck at DARTS of all things and had to LIU!

My favorite theme phrases were READEMMAAND WEEP (yea, Jane Austen) and JUNKYARDDOGMA. FUN!

Thank you, too, C.C. I really liked all your graphics and interesting information. No, I would never eat raw eggs.

It's the end of a beautiful day! What a gift!