May 6, 2018

Sunday May 6, 2018 Pam Amick Klawitter

Theme: "Where Have You Gone?" - U is removed from each theme entry.

27A. Soil expert's observations?: CLOD FORMATIONS. Cloud formation.

44A. Contest where anglers compete while jogging on the shore?: TROT FISHING. Trout fishing.
68A. Where all the Aberdeen lads get together?: BOY SCOT JAMBOREE. Boy scout jamboree.

93A. Knee-socks, essentially: HALFWAY HOSE. Halfway house.

113A. Adventurous Centennial State motto?: BOLDER COLORADO. Boulder, Colorado.

14D. Like the studio forced to quit making 007 movies?: OUT OF BONDS. Out of bounds.

73D. How some insects get their news?: WORD OF MOTH. Word of mouth.

We have 7 themers today, totally 85 theme squares. Relatively light. Rich's minim requirement is 84 squares.

Classical pinwheel design. Two themers in the Down slots. Would be wonderful if there were no straying U's in the grid. But sometimes grid does not allow it. The fill is so clean.

In case you missed last time, read this article about Pam.


1. Hogwarts' Mrs. Norris is one: CAT. Here she is.

The Real Mrs. and Mr. Norris
4. Long-dist. threat: ICBM. InterContinental Ballistic Missile.

8. Night vision?: DREAM. Sweet clue.

13. Bed covering: SOIL. Nice too.

17. Wearer of hot pants?: LIAR.

19. Milhous : Nixon :: __ : Garfield: ABRAM.

21. Goosebump-inducing: EERIE.

22. Big wind: TUBA. Also 60. Penetrating wind: OBOE. Wind instrument.

23. One of the British?: ISLE. British Isles.

24. Progressive rival: GEICO. We're using Progressive.

25. Common sights on Roman roads: FIATS. Hilly Rome. 

26. Louisiane, par exemple: ETAT.

30. Fully enjoys: SAVORS. Picard, egg rolls (spring rolls) are popular in Guangzhou, but not in other parts of China.

32. Alaska's __ Peninsula: KENAI.

33. Kid's backyard apparatus: SWING SET. There's an Amish carpenter in our flea market. He makes rustic swing sets.

35. "What's the __?": DIF.

36. Pixar clownfish: NEMO. Ellen voiced Dory, that's all I recall.

39. Grafton's "__ for Outlaw": O IS.

40. Tiny shape-shifters: AMOEBAS. Not E-ending.

49. Musical array: TONES.

51. Tokyo sash: OBI. Theses are called Yukata. Casual Kimonos.

52. Debtor's list: IOUS.

53. Highlands group: CLAN.

54. Sumatran swingers: ORANGS. I use the full name Orangutans.

56. It might be square: KNOT.

57. Sudoku box fillers: Abbr.: NOS.

58. Tennis garb: SKORTS. Followed by 61. Steffi's tennis-playing spouse: ANDRE. Also 55. Aviator __ Garros, French Open stadium namesake: ROLAND

62. In the know: ASTUTE.

64. Show eager anticipation: DROOL.

66. In vogue, with "the": LATEST.

72. Logo on many sneakers: SWOOSH. This pair looks nice.

74. __ roll: HONOR.

75. Prepare to ride, in a way: SADDLE.

79. Coral Sea sight: ATOLL.

80. She plays Hermione in "Harry Potter" films: EMMA. Watson.

83. Big-headed club: DRIVER.

85. Rocket end?: EER. Rocketeer. Similar clues in 47. Basic finish?: HARD C. The last letter in Basic. 56. Knock follower?: KNEED. Knock-kneed. Also 82. Start to print?: MIS.

86. Spanish muralist: SERT. Jose Maria Sert.

87. Vegas table postings: LIMITS.

89. It feels like forever: AEON.

90. IRS enforcers: T MEN.

91. "Mansplain" was added to it in Jan. 2018: OED. Here is Wiki's explanation of Mansplaining (a blend of the word man and the informal form splaining of the verb explaining) means "(of a man) to comment on or explain something to a woman in a condescending, overconfident, and often inaccurate or oversimplified manner".

92. Reward units: MILES.

96. Jupiter's locale: FLORIDA. Not the planet.

98. Bad in Barcelona: MAL. I thought it's only French for "bad".

99. Boring: SLOW.

100. Wide companion: FAR. Far and wide.

101. Cafés and such: EATERIES.

106. K, to Kay: KARAT. Kay Jewelers.

110. Tried to sink, maybe: RAMMED.

116. Greek love god: EROS. AMOR in Latin.

117. All together: AS ONE.

119. "That's really spiffy!": NEATO.

120. Long journey: TREK.

121. __ noire: BETE.

122. Barbie's original bestie: MIDGE.

123. Rx: SCRIP.

124. Ward of "Sisters": SELA.

125. Spa sounds: AAHS.

126. __ corps: PRESS.

127. Detective Dick's love: TESS.

128. King of Spain: REY. The REY and his wife.


1. Select from a menu, with "on": CLICK.

2. Divider of rows: AISLE.

3. Prey grabber: TALON. Also 78. Seaside glider: ERNE. Spitzboov once linked a fantastic video.

4. Scheming Shakespearean soldier: IAGO.

5. Trucker, often: CBER.

6. Overflows (with): BRIMS.

7. Rain forest parrot: MACAW.

8. Clears of condensation: DEFOGS.

9. Bit attachments: REINS.

10. Clean the slate: ERASE.

11. Island in the stream: AIT. Sometimes it's CAY.

12. Barracks break: MESS.

13. Paul's "Ebony and Ivory" partner: STEVIE. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

15. Strong support: I BAR.

16. Bodybuilder's pride: LATS.

18. Tiny stingers: RED ANTS.

20. Formal proposal: MOTION.

28. Feudal land: FIEF.

29. Architect Jones: INIGO.  No idea. I do know the "The Princess Bride" INIGO though.

31. Bothersome goings-on: ADOS.

34. Ugli, for one: TANGELO. Oo seems to be fond of tangelos.

37. Doctored drinks: MICKEYS.

38. Nobel Institute city: OSLO. What a mess.

41. TV Drs. Isles and Quincy: MES. Medical Examiners. Did not know former. Dr. Maura Isles of Rizzoli & Isles.

42. Pull the plug: ABORT.

43. Web destination: SITE.

44. Barrett of S Club 7: TINA. Unfamiliar with  S Club 7 or the singer.

45. Outback bounders: ROOS.

46. Force out of office: OUST.

48. Singer's cue: INTRO.

49. You might pick one up in a bar: TAB.

50. See 95-Down: ONO. 95. With 50-Down, "Double Fantasy" artist: YOKO.

58. Diner perch: STOOL.

59. To make sure: SO THAT.

61. Shed __: A TEAR.

63. Pipe fastener: U BOLT.

65. Eduardo's eye: OJO.

67. Storehouse: ARSENAL.

69. Percussionist who worked with Prince: SHEILA E. Her surname is Escovedo.

70. Fable lesson: MORAL.

71. Terse: BRIEF. Like Santa's emails.

72. "__ Magnolias": 1989 film: STEEL.

76. Floor model: DEMO.

77. Popular jeans: LEES. I like Kohl's Mudd.

79. Beginning: AS OF.

81. Fr. title: MME.

84. Altar exchange: VOWS.

87. Top at Starbucks: LID.

88. Glass fragment: SHARD.

90. Stymies: THWARTS. Consonants-rich.

92. Muck partner: MIRE. Muck and mire is a new expression to me.

94. "War of the Worlds" invaders: ALIENS.

97. Big name in pharaohs: RAMSES.

98. Wild fights: MELEES. Been a long winter, but nice and quiet in our neighborhood. I dread the noisy summer MELEES, esp when gun is involved.

102. Residence: ABODE.

103. Ice bucket accessory: TONGS.

104. Walking tall: ERECT.

105. __ tactic: SCARE.

107. More valuable, in some cases: RARER.

108. One-named singer: ADELE.

109. Wine from Hungary: TOKAY.

110. Portrayer of the first female Colonel Sanders, familiarly: REBA.

111. Geometry figure: AREA.

112. Needing a little more drying time: DAMP.

114. Publisher Chandler: OTIS.

115. Prunes: LOPS.

118. Title for Elton: SIR.

Here is a picture of Dave2 holding a special birthday cake pie baked by his friend and caretaker Lynn. He said "Start with a pecan pie made with honey. Add chocolate bits, and place ingredients in a graham cracker crust. While baking the crust migrates into the liquid, et voila, a delicious cake pie."

Thanks again for your kind words and sweet memories of Santa. They're comforting and heart-warming to Jennifer, Klista, all Santa's close friends and his family. It's great seeing our old regulars back. The power of Santa!

From now on, Boomer and TTP will blog our Monday and Tuesday puzzles, as they did the past two months. Like Argyle, both of them served in the military. Both love golf, bowling and other sports. Both have been quietly helping me for a long time.



OwenKL said...

The prescience of the Blog: my first l'ick yesterday touted a MORAL.

EROS, my Dear, has placed us here as an architect,
Like a structure long to stand, sturdy and ERECT!
As a U-BOLT to hold pipes,
And an I-BAR reaching heights,
U and I unite AS ONE ABODE, for an ASTUTE effect!

Said the OBOE to the TUBA, "You really need to diet!
You could become thin as a reed, you really ought to try it!"
Said the tuba to the oboe,
"You can stuff that in your blow-hole!
That would THWART my TONES, lead to MELEE and to riot!"

Said INIGO to IAGO, "We cannot see eye to eye!
You betrayed your master, and for that deserve to fry!
What's more, my vision lingers
On your BRIMMING share of fingers!
My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!"

{B, A, A-.}

OwenKL said...

"In case you missed last time, read this article about Pam."

The link is just to a teaser of the article. Where can we find the article itself?

WikWak said...

I always enjoy one of PAK’s Sunday puzzles. I thought this one was just a tad crunchier than most, but I still FIR in about 35 minutes. I sussed the theme at CLOD FORMATIONS and that helped. For some reason, ASOF/beginning was very slow to fill and when the perps finally kicked in it still was not making sense to me. Guess I should have had "parse"ly with my breakfast!

OBOE for penetrating wind also took way longer than it should have; great misdirection there.

Just last night I was watching an interview with EMMA Watson, so that one nearly filled itself in.

Today’s favorite: WORD OF MOTH. Made me chuckle, it did.

C.C., every time you do the blog I learn something new about China and Chinese culture. Thanks for that!

Rainy day in Chicagoland. Yesterday was beautiful and a great day for a birthday party for my 3 year old grandson.

Have a great day, all!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Today was a slog, not because of the puzzle, but because my PC has been glacially slow -- a restart takes 25 minutes. It's in the process of a reinstall of Windoze. Decided to do the puzzle on my laptop, but it decided it was time to do a lengthy update. So I wound up doing this one on my tablet with a stylus. Ugh! Took over thirty minutes -- much longer than it should have.

I did enjoy the clever theme answers, got Out Of Bonds immediately. Word of Moth was cute. Thanx, Pam, and thanx, C.C., for the tour.

Lemonade714 said...

There is a certain sense of order having Pam setting the Sunday for us. But I did not find it easy even with my computer performing well.

I did like the CSO to KZ, and the theme was cute with the only blip the extra U's like the OUT in OUT OF BONDS

But for me, there were so many unknowns for a Sunday puzzle - Inigo Jones was the first significant English architect (of Welsh ancestry) in the early modern period and the first to employ Vitruvian rules of proportion and symmetry in his buildings. wiki. Who in the world were (are?) S Club 7? I never knew the LAT history of Otis Chandler who was the publisher of the Los Angeles Times between 1960 and 1980, leading a large expansion of the newspaper and its ambitions. He was the fourth and final member of the Chandler family to hold the paper's top, which added the scary sounding - Cause of death: Dementia with Lewy bodies. Forced me to read this LINK which did not make me feel any better.

I had forgotten about SHEILA E a very talented drummer. Thank you, Boomer and TTP for stepping in to keep this blog going. And always, thank you C.C.

Kalista Bloch said...

And thank you, C.C.for your heart-warming post after my brother's death. What a special group of people you all are!

Argyle's sister, Kalista

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Ah, our new world order. Very nice of you, Boomer and TTP, to take over Monday and Tuesday. Looking forward to your continued wit and wisdom. Thanks again, Argyle. Godspeed.

MME Defarge here with a whole batch of V-8 cans on our dining room table. Thanks, Pam and C.C., for some Sunday frivolity. DH said, "Having fun over there, are ya?"

Randomly, I liked all the winds but didn't always have them in the right places to start. Penetrating was a great clue for OBOE. I love the OBOE's haunting sound. I found the theme at OUT OF BONDS. Yay for me, the theme DULLard! Tried Armory for ARSENAL. The only math I ever really loved was geometry, yet I could see AREA because I had "rimmed" for tried to sink. Once again, I missed the "spelling" clue at HARD C. Like I said, lots of V-8. SERT made me feel exceptionally smart--well, after yesterday anyway. I always laugh at TONGS. M. (yep, that's French for Mister) Defarge always calls them tweezers. He did it once early on in error. Now it's one of his favorite malaprops--just to annoy me. :-)

Ya gotta keep laughing after almost a half century!!

The sun is off and on here, but I'm going to try to keep my focus on sunny. Hope you can also. Have a peaceful day.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

The minute I saw the title I thought, "Aha, phrases sans the letter U." Filling in the first themer, Clod formation, confirmed my hunch. (When I play Words With Friends or Scrabble, I hate getting the letter U.) Knowing the theme, though, didn't prevent numerous w/os (too many to list) or numerous unknowns, all proper names: Kenai, Tina, Otis, Sheila E, Inigo and Tokay. I like the related Oboe and Tuba and the I Bar and U Bolt. No hesitation on Sert after yesterday's appearance. However, I ended up with a FIW because I hastily enter MDs instead of MEs for the doctors clue and never noticed the crossing Tonds instead of Tones.

Thanks, Pam, for an enjoyable and fun solve, even though I goofed up and thanks, CC, for the breezy expo. I always appreciate your critique of the cluing and fill, in addition to any cultural nuggets you might share with us.

Nice picture, Dave.

WikWak, I enjoy your sense of humor; "parse-ly", indeed!

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-SERT was in the puzzle I blogged yesterday and I had forgotten him already. Is that a record of some sort?
-Every themer generated AAHS here on the Great Plains
-Obtaining ICBM’s as a SCARE TACTIC and then giving them up may have been Un’s plan all along
-Isn’t SOIL the bed AND its covering? Air is atmosphere covering?
-British land and ISLES then and now
-TUNES not TONES stayed until our old friend YOKO appeared
-What other words are as mispronounced as ORANGAtans
-FWIW, being around high-schoolers will keep you up on the LATEST
-John Wayne - True Courage is being scared to death and still SADDLING up
-Battle speed! Attack speed! RAMMING speed! (3:29)
-A maverick city councilman friend of mine made many MOTIONS that died for lack of a second
-Is OBEY being eliminated from VOW these day? BTW, after 51 years I know I do…

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Kind of a fun theme with dropping a U. That helped to get some of the longer fill. Not too hard for a Sunday; just slogging along.
OSLO - When Norway achieved independence from Sweden in 1905, Sweden kept control of all the Nobel prizes except the Peace Prize.
MIRE - German Moor.

Lucina said...

Thank you, PAK, for a quick and easy TREK on this grid!

I thoroughly enjoyed the lack of U's as it helped to finish the long theme phrases.

SERT asserts himself again today. All went well until EMMA was required. One of these days I may have to watch a Harry Potter movie. First unknown, Mrs. Norris then EMMA.

I thought of Misty at the mention of NOS in Suduko.

MAL, OJO and REY are well known to me.

Time to go. Thank you, C.C. As others have noted, besides illuminating us about the puzzle, you expand our knowledge by giving us glimpses of Chinese culture of which we would otherwise be ignorant. Those kimonos are brilliant and beautiful.

Kudos to Boomer and TTP for rising to the occasion. Kalista, your brother was very special. Thank you for stopping by.

Have a day full of grace and love, everyone!

D4E4H said...

Good Morning, if I hurry, you Cornerites.

Sheldor is back on line.

- - Thank you Ms. Pam Amick Klawitter for this Sunday CW that I thought would never end. I started it at 200A, and worked it in several settings. I had to stop because I was too sleepy to think. I would nap, and work, nap and work till I finally FIR. There were several cells where I was sure I would have to buy an individual letter BAIL, but I eventually found a foot hold, and climbed out. I caught the theme early and groaned 7 times. My favorite was WORD OF MOTH.

- - What do you think of "BAIL" as an addition to the abbreviation list? My first term was "buy a vowel" BAV from Wheel of Fortune, but I never bought a vowel because a vowel run is so easy. I then tried BAC where C is a consonant, but I didn't like it. BAIL covers any letter, and describes what revealing a letter actually does. It bails me out of a situation where I was unable to proceed. For BAIL to qualify for the abbreviation list more Cornerites than just me need to use it, or at least approve of it. What do you think? Do you like it?

- - Thank you C.C. for a fine review, and my birthday PIC. I got all dressed up for the occasion. That's a clean tee shirt. The candles represent my developmental age. I'm this many. Thanks to those who wished me a HBD on the day. I'm enjoying a piece of my birthday cake pie as I type. It is so good!

- - Now to read your posts.


Picard said...

Lucina: Good for you that you found this "quick and easy"! Not me! Got the theme quickly, but it did not help much.

So many spots I was sure I FIW: KENAI, INIGO, SELA, TOKAY, AIT, KARAT, SHEILAE. But I was wrong! I FIR! Sue Grafton lived here in Santa Barbara. Never read any of her books but I knew her titles.

Here are some of my favorite photos ever! ORANGS posing with humans at the Singapore Zoo!

My favorite is the last shot where the playful ORANGutan reaches for the leg of the woman who was already nervous. Quite a scream in more than one way!

I was staying on the Taklong Island Marine Biological Station with a biologist friend in 1991. I was thrilled to photograph these TOKAY Geckos in the shower!

One of my closest friends is Hungarian. Never heard of that kind of TOKAY. I will see him in a couple of hours and ask him.

From Yesterday:
AnonT: Glad to know you are a fellow ELO fan and did not know that song. I also am not fond of disco. And I agree that things only got worse with rap and hip-hop.

But I disagree that dancing is gone. I had less than zero talent for dancing. But there was a swing dance revival here in Santa Barbara in the 80s and my friends got me to try. It took years of classes before I would even ask anyone to dance with me. But now I almost never miss a dance! Swing was popular in my parents' time and even earlier. But it can be done now to a wide variety of music.

Yellowrocks said...

I enjoyed this and FIR w/o help, although it did take a long time. At least, sussing the gimmick early on helped the solve. Clues like HARD C always get me. Meh! Thanks, Pam, for a fun puzzle, and thanks,CC, for an interesting review.
Sometimes my dad bought Tokay wine.
I have a pretty yukata with chrysanthemums on it. Sometimes I have worn it for Halloween. At our "Night at the Oscars" dance I wore it to impersonate the actress, Suzuka Ohyom, the star of Memoirs of a Geisha. Of course, she wore a dazzling kimono, not a simple yukata. Did you know that kimono literally means "wearing thing"?
I doubted SHEILA E because I didn't think of the E as an initial.
I knew Garfield's middle name began with A and had an unusual spelling. Finally ABRAM dawned on me.
Yesterday I was on a panel at a square dance symposium. I was intimidated anticipating my appearance. Once I began I relaxed as I warmed to the subject. The enthusiastic reception was heartening.
I tried working the Sat. puzzle before leaving home, but my subconscious was occupied, working on my material. I used red letters and typed the first letter of my guess. If it turned red, my second choice was correct. I can't remember having ever starting in the red letter mode before.
After the symposium everyone stayed for an evening square dance to great callers, but I left at 6:00. I do not care for the upper miles of the Garden State Parkway with the braiding of five lanes, especially after dark. My GPS was good at showing the lanes, but driving it without a copilot makes me uncomfortable.

Hooray! Alan was fine yesterday and today. The worrisome, mysterious illness subsided by the morning of May 1, the day of his birthday party. I think the problem on May 2 and 3 was just a cold.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Took a bit longer than I expected; lots of proper names, which I may or may not know, and probably will never remember. I kept thinking the Garros in 55d was RAOULD, so my perps in that part of the grid were generally all WO's.

I was in JUPITER, FL last night, celebrating Cinco de Mayo at a cool cantina.

And I did have a shekel or two bet on the Derby; I had the exacta (7-6) and a place bet on the 6 horse GOOD MAGIC). Had the 6 won, I'd have made a few more bucks than I wagered, but at least I cashed a couple of tickets. All too many times, I've been shut out at the Derby. I didn't watch the race until late last night, so I went all evening not knowing the outcome of my wager, or of the race itself. I placed my bet pretty early that day so I was unaware of the "off" track conditions

No special yucks du jour, other than this one as I chuckled with the clueing for OBOE and TUBA:

I hear the trombone
Player runs in marathons
To stay "long"-winded

Jinx in Norfolk said...

My trip through the puzzle was a lot like Picard's: I FIR but had lots of trepidation until I checked my work. My bed was covered with a sham before SOIL covered it. I watched film noire before BETE noire. And I only thought that my coffee cup teems with decaf when it actually BRIMS with it (but with Green Mountain, not Brim).

First cousin to the theme was RED ANTS. When the missing U is added it could be "tias en Havana". And U BOLT could have described the phenomenon displayed by the missing vowel in the theme answers.

Thanks Pam. I really liked the puzzle, except that I would pay big money to never see a Harry Potter entry again (or a Lord of the Rings entry for that matter) in he LAT CWs.

And thanks to CC for another fine review. I always learn something from your narratives.

We've been camping in historic Gloucester, VA since last Tuesday. Going home tomorrow, so probably won't get to check in until late afternoon.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun theme & puzzle, Pam! Great expo, C.C. Good news that TTP & Boomer will continue!

I got the fun theme with TROT FISHING & immediately went back and seeded in the CLOD. Lemonade said it for me. I had a lot of problems with this having white pockets all over for a long time. Gradually filled it all in but it took over 52 minutes.

LIAR/RED ANTS crossing stumped me a long time with the "hot pants" clue. I then thought if you have REDANTS in your pants, they will get pretty hot fast. I can remember my dad once was working in the yard and stood too long in an ant hill before seeing it. Never known for moving quickly, he did some wild dancing on his way to the bathroom to shed his pants and hop in the shower. I don't think I was in school yet so it made a big impression on my memory.

Never can remember AIT as an island.

NE was the last to fill. OUT OF BONDS stymied me because I was sure the first "O" had to be a consonant as the theme entry rather than BONDS/Bounds. Couldn't come up with SOIL, TUBA, ETAT, SAVOR or DIF. Couple of red runs finally set me straight.

Since I lived there three summers, COLORADO was a gimmee as the Centennial State. BOLDER should have been, but I was trying to remember if I knew a real motto for the state. Didn't recognize it as a theme answer. Such skillful misdirection in so many clues. WOW!

FLN: Yes, Tony there is a Normal, Indiana. I even checked to see if I was right.

BRONX ZOO yesterday: I was scanning the TV directory last night for something to watch while I ate and came across a series of shows taken at the Bronx Zoo. Had never notice it before. They were running the whole series of shows back to back and I ended up watching for several hours. Such a coincidence since I had commented that BZ was one thing I wouldn't know. Very interesting shows.

Jayce said...

Gosh, SERT two days in a row. I'll still probably forget that name in a few days anyway. (There, I've just predisposed myself to do just that.) I like Pam K's work and today is no exception; some clever and devilish cluing and multiple possible answers. For some reason I could easily picture EMMA Watson's face in my mind but I flat out couldn't remember her name for a long time; I didn't get the perps (MIS, MME, SHEILA E, SO THAT) either for a long time, making that AREA an almost-Natick. In fact, I don't think I could have solved those down answers if I hadn't suddenly remembered Ms. Watson's first name. I get the impression she's a very intelligent person.
Theme-wise, I laughed out loud at CLOD FORMATION and WORD OF MOTH, and smiled at the other theme entries. It seems all those missing U's showed up in that U BOLT. I also laughed out loud at the clues for LIAR and KARAT. Well done!
Thought of Misty at Sudoku NOS.
desper-otto, my PC took a very long time to accomplish the Windows 10 update, during which time it was unusable, doing nothing but displaying the "Update is nn% finished" and "Do not turn of your computer" messages. I'd hate for a power outage to occur during that process; I wonder what would happen.
Lemonade, one of my uncles suffered from Lewy body dementia. Scary!
"If it's harmony you crave, get a TUBA ... Burmashave!"
Best wishes to you all.

Misty said...

Fun Sunday puzzle, many thanks, Pam. Lots of items I didn't know, but much of it also filled in slowly, and I got the theme early on. Surprised to see the mysterious SERT again, after just learning about him. Enjoyed the mis-directions, which were clever. Great write-up, C.C., and wonderful picture of the birthday cake! Thanks for posting it.

Lucina, I did indeed get those Sudoku NOS right away--thanks for thinking of me.

Yellowrocks, so glad Alan had a good birthday!

Have a great day, everybody! We're still thinking of you, Argyle.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

I'm enjoying everyone's solve vicariously- thanks all for posting.

re: SERT - I think Rich is like a word of the week calendar. I noticed years ago how a word I've never seen nor heard would show up twice in the same week. This seems to happen on a regular basis (about once a month). Then, Professor Rich tests us at the end of the semester by including said word in a puzzle 3 months later. I sometimes pass [com'on SERT; stay in my head!]

I've expressed this notion to C.C. and she said it was coincidence and I was nuts.
OK, she really didn't say the last bit because she's too nice but I'm sure she, like y'all, was/are thinking it. :-). #OMKsDiagsArentSoCrazyNow.AreThey?

Today's puzzle must have really annoyed C, Eh! and NorthernBoy - I can barely make it oUt on the Winds from the North but I think I hear:
"There they go; takin' U's from our wourds again."

This Hoser oUt, -T

Lucina said...

As I've mentioned in the past, I do several puzzles a day and many words are often repeated. The constructors are usually different and many puzzles are themeless so I do believe it's just coincidence. For example, INIGO Jones was in one only a few days ago and often I see EERO of architectural fame and sometimes even SAARINAN, too. My current puzzle book has 300 and I'm barely half way through it. The first ones consist of 15 x 15 cells but then the later ones have 19 x 19. Yes, they are long.

I'm sending positive thoughts that Alan's good health continues.

I also saw a CSO to ROLAND.

Bill G said...

When I'm out and about, I try to drive by where my two local homeless acquaintances hang out. I either give them a couple of bucks or sometimes I get a couple of sandwiches that the coffee can't save until the next day. But this little fellow has me beat by a long shot.


Misty said...

Lucina, how kind of you to remember my sweet Rowland. I of course thought of him too right away when I got the clue, but I am so touched that you also remember him. You've made my day!

D4E4H said...

Yellowrocks at 12:54 PM

- - I am pleased to hear that "Alan was fine yesterday and today." You qualify for "Sainthood" in my book.

Chairman Moe at 1:03 PM

- - I'm pleased to know that one on the Corner was interested in the "Greatest two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby." You qualify for "Sinnerhood in many books, but not mine.
- - The fun started on 4-21, two weeks ago, with continuous activities thru today, 5-5. People from all over the world "wouldn't miss it!" The Spring meet at historic Churchill Downs began on Saturday 4-28 so the Derby could be run, #144, on the first Saturday in May as it always has.
- - We had "Chamber of Commerce" weather right up to the big day which can boast the greatest rainfall of any Derby Day. The rain did not appear to dampen the spirits of attendees who sang along with the University of Louisville chorus, "My Old Kentucky Home" as the horses entered the track. To be PC the word "Darkies" has been replaced by "people" which is not nearly as colorful. There is no extra charge for the pun.
- - I went to a Dr. on Thur. May 3, and blew out those 3 candles. Somehow, all I wanted to do was sleep. My living room nest faces a very nice TV, but I only had it on for short periods till time for the Derby. In fact I missed the break from the gate. Not to worry, it was repeated several times.

Jayce at 2:04 PM

- - your comment about EMMA Watson caused me to LIU on Emma Stone who's surname I could not remember until I had keyed "La La Land" in the computer. Oh yes that is her name.

Anonymous T at 2:43 PM

- - I toyed with removing all the "Us" from this post, but did not act on that idea.


CanadianEh! said...

Super Sunday. Thanks for the fun Pam and C.C.
I got the theme - favourite was BOY SCOT JAMBOREE.

I started to enter Dali and then thought about trying my new knowledge and using SERT. Voila, it fit.
Yes AnonT, I noticed years ago also that words seem to appear in the CW several times in a week and then disappear for a while.

This Canadian does not know Kay's Jewellers and needed the explanation here.
I didn't understand MES either although it filled in with perps.
I'll continue my Canadian complaint from yesterday; apparently now I also need to add the middle names of the Presidents to my memory bank. LOL!

Jinx, great comment re the theme's first cousins.
In this era of cell phones, Do truckers still use CBs?
Yes MAL means bad in both Spanish and French; king is REY in Spanish and Roi in French.

With Sue Grafton's death in December 2017, there will not be a Z IS FOR Zero to finish the series.

I'll take a CSO at 123A, right D4?
Misty, I too thought of you at ROLAND.
C.Moe and D4 - this Canadian (and DH) watched the Derby. Great race even with the rain and mud.

AnonT- thanks for my laugh of the day. Good thing I wasn't drinking my coffee! You knew that I had noticed HONOR (and I wasn't even going to comment), and then you upped the ante with your Winds from the North comment.

Enjoy the day.

Bill G said...

Jayce, I agree. Emma Watson has a very appealing face and personality. I've heard her interviewed several times and she does come across as intelligent and likable. (I wonder if she would like some math tutoring?)

Chairman Moe said...

D4E4H @ 4:14 ---> I really "got" into horse racing about 40 yrs ago, when my uncle (Dad's younger brother) invited me to spend a weekend in Saratoga Springs NY, in August of '78. That year, Alydar and Affirmed battled throughout the Triple Crown "season", with Affirmed (and jockey, Steve Cauthen) winning all three legs, with Alydar in the runner-up spot in all three. All I remember from the Travers Stakes is that Affirmed once again crossed the finish line first, but a bumping incident/crossing his path/obstruction (or better yet, Angel Cordero being Angel Cordero) disqualified Affirmed, and Alydar was awarded 1st place.

Of course, the '70's had already seen 3 Triple Crown winners (Secretariat and Seattle Slew + Affirmed), so getting into horse racing was not too tough. It occupied a lot of attention - who knew then, that it would be another 38 yrs before a 3 YO horse would again sweep the Derby, Preakness, and Belmont. Baffert certainly appears to have an "alpha" horse, in Justify. I had him in the exacta, but put my win-place bet on Good Magic. My uncle was more of a "chalk player", while I always bet the long shots. His advice to me, playing longer odds horses, was to always "back up your win bet" with an equal amount to place. That advice helped me cash another ticket, at a price higher than what Justify paid to win!

Uncle died last year, just a few days before the Derbt (At Age 85); his favorite combination was Pletcher/Valasquez, so I definitely bet Always Dreaming last May ...

D4E4H said...

CanadianEh! at 4:42 PM

- - CSO noted. At the end of the Derby, Justify and Mike Smith were clean. It is rare for a horse to lead all the way in a race. The phone of Bob Baffert, trainer of Justify, rang Sunday with an official invitation to bring Justify to run in the Preakness on May 19 in Baltimore.
"I didn't tell them I'd think about it," he said. "There's no reason to say no."

- - He will race against horses that have not raced recently which will be a great challenge. This is why very few horses are able to win the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Chairman Moe at 5:26 PM

- - Thanks for sharing your "Pony past."


SwampCat said...

Interesting puzzle, way over my head. Thanks, CC for walking us through.

Kalista, thanks for stopping by. Argyle will live forever in our memories and hearts.

Jay Green, welcome! Did we forget our manners? Sorry. Your first post was spot on. We are here to call it as we see it.

Boomer and TTP, thanks to both for stepping up with your insight and humor.

Canadian Eh, forget "U's". I share your opinion of Sue Grafton. Thanks for the link. She was a cousin of a friend of mine and I met her once at a writers' conference. Interesting gal.

Owen, you are on a roll....

PK said...

CanadianEh! Re: MES = Medical Examiners.

Misty, I thought of your Roland too, but my post was getting long and I wasn't sure you'd want to be reminded.

PK said...

YR: I know what you mean about traveling busy many-laned roads being scary, especially after dark. Having a co-pilot navigating for the driver is a must some places. Twice after visiting my brother in a Kansas City suburb, I couldn't get out of the city for being in the wrong lane or finding the exit I needed was closed for construction. I rarely drive after dark any more because the reflections make me unsure where things are. Forget reading street signs with my eyes. In 1987 I took my daughter to Pennsylvania & the Jersey Shore for her HS graduation. I drove all over places strange to me, got lost and called it having adventures. No more.

Misty said...

Thank you too, CanadianEh and PK. Rowland would be delighted, and that makes me happy.

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks PK re MES. I noted C.C.'s Medical Examiners explanation but the term is not used very much here. I LIU and it seems we use Coroner more frequently.

Picard said...

CC: Thanks for the explanation about EGG ROLLS. Good to know they are a real thing at least in one part of China. Thanks also for explaining KARAT. I totally had no idea.

Not sure if anyone saw my ORANGS photos (one of my favorite photo shoots ever) or my TOKAY photos posted earlier. I was with my Hungarian friend this afternoon and asked him about the Hungarian TOKAY.

He got a faraway look and began to describe in detail the very special place where the grapes are grown for this delicacy. He said the TOKAY wine itself is golden in color and a bit sweet. I am not much of a drinker but he has inspired me to find this.

In the 90s I often used to drive to Ensenada and stay at this hotel: Posada El REY Sol.

Lucina and others: Today's appearance of REY brought back those happy memories!

I meant to comment on SERT, too. WEES! Did anyone else try IDOS before VOWS?

inanehiker said...

Just got back from a 3 day weekend to a wedding - the day of the wedding it rained the entire day until 30 min before the wedding- then it was a beautiful night and the wedding couple went on their way at the end with all of us holding sparklers on each side. Wonderful night...

I enjoyed all the amusing theme answers. Have to do some work to catch up and be ready for work tomorrow - ugh!

Thanks CC and Pam!

D4E4H said...

Picard at 7:32 PM

- - Thanks for reminding me to turn Orang. What made that shoot your "favorite photo shoots ever?" PIC 13 with them sitting needs the caption "Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit." I swear the TOKAY gecko tried to sell me insurance.

- - To each who has posted links, I haven't commented, 'cause I haven't linked. Soon I hope.


SwampCat said...

PK, I don't drive after dark for all the reasons you mention, if at all possible. I can drive. I can see and navigate. But it is nerve racking and not fun at all. Much easier and safer to avoid if it is possible.

I have been caught in the wrong exit lane right here at home. Scary.

YR, Alan (and you ) are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lucina said...

I forgot to say I recall Quincy, ME with Jack Klugman. He was good! As always his gruff demeanor hid a soft heart.

Wilbur Charles said...

We'll, I blew it on the Cafes/SHEILA E. cross. I zeroed in on the accent aigu of cafes and wanted Patisseries. Didn't fit so I ended up with CATERIES/SHEILAC .

Now SHELLAC might not be bad for a Rock and Roll drummer.
When hint is French shouldn't the answer be French .I had a problem with SLOW too.

But, the DNF can be attributed to stupidity . Mr S., My ol' buddy .

Misty, how did I miss Roland?

I thought the clueing very inventive and clever, much like Owen's l'icks.

However, on the subject of proper names and xwords, I accept that they are part and parcel of the craft (c. NYT) . Much like Sherlock's inventory in Study in Scarlet here's my xword inventory:

Sports: Strong except for names of ballparks
History and Literature(except modern authors):. Medium strong
Languages; French strong, Latin, Spanish very poor . Not much German or Italian
Pop Culture: very poor . Same for Music after 1975*.
Art and Music(technical) . Terrible.

I do seem to have a smattering of general knowledge which enables me to get INIGO Jones,( but not SELA Ward) and the TUBA/OBOE.

The long missing "U" themes were a big help.

Derby was anti-climactic with the favorite out front (and clean).


BTW. My Boston Celtics had an exciting overtime win yesterday .

Wilbur Charles said...

Of course when SERP shows up twice even I can get it ( had to perp the T).

And before I figured out RED ANTS, I was trying to fit MIDGES.

I got LIAR for Hot pants while driving. A good example of how different parts of the brain work independently.


PS I liked your Ku, C-Moe. I used to bet the puppies at Derby Lane. I liked their Trifecta$1.00 bet . I would box 3 Dogs but I learned that I needed to"wheel" a dog or two.

WC in the boring gloaming ether