Today Erik Agard's challenge comes to us on the first Saturday in June which is National Prairie Day. Who better to discuss his puzzle on this day than someone who has lived his entire seventy-one years on the prairie of the Great Plains than Husker Gary.
Shown here is a beautiful part of my state where an exclusive golf course has been carved into the prairie near Valentine, Nebraska. This combines the love of where I live with my favorite pastime.
Here our constructor Erik is shown after winning an ACTP event. If you "blow up" the puzzle behind him, I think you will get an idea of the sense of those championship puzzles.
Here is a 2013 interview Erik did with C.C.
Today's solo effort by Erik challenged and entertained me greatly especially where I definitely thought TOME was correct but whose O could not possibly be right to start TULIP for
44. Yellow perennial: OXLIP where I already had firmly established _ _ L I P
Oh well, I left it in as you can see below in DA GRID and I'll accept my uncertainty as punishment.
Let's see what else this wunderkind (19 yrs old in 2013) has for us here on the prairie and elsewhere in the U.S. of A.
1. Pitch sign: CLEF - Now if this had been a C.C. puzzle...
5. Saturn, for one: GAS GIANT - We live on the third of the four inner "Rocky Planets" from the Sun. Beyond Mars there are four GAS GIANT planets that probably have no solid surface
13. Super-fancy: LUXE - Okay
14. Slightly more than a one-man show: TWO HANDER - A new term for me. A play for two actors as seen here
|Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson in Collected Stories|
15. Most eligible for service: ONE-A - A classification that drove many Vietnam Era boys to college for at least a year
16. Pluralis majestatis: THE ROYAL WE - Below, you see a Queen Victoria statement after a comedian told an "off color" story in her presence at a large public gathering
17. Bee's home: SACRAMENTO - Neither HONEYCOMB nor MAYBERRY NC worked where Sacramento's newspaper's was intended
19. Te __: iconic Chickasaw actress: ATA- An incredible Oklahoma Chickasaw woman who saw fame as an actress, story teller and politician. She performed for FDR and George VI in 1939 who was the aforementioned Queen Victoria's grandson
20. Layer of very large eggs: EMU.
21. Grilled, in Mexican fare: ASADA.
22. Jefferson, for one: DEIST.
24. Slangy "Absolutely!": TOTES - Short for Totally. Man, you must really be in a hurry if you use TOTES for Totally as in "the scenery is TOTES amazing!"
26. Add: TOSS IN - "All right, we'll TOSS IN the undercoating on that car!" Yeah right!
28. Pixy __: candy: STIX - essentially artificially colored sugar
29. Modern navigation aid: URL
30. Some Spitzes, for short: POMS - Here's a POMERANIAN getting cooled off at a dog show
32. Rhetorical question to one who's too good to be true: HOW ARE YOU REAL? - A question I've had about the amazing Minneapolis (by way of Xi'an, China) woman who runs this blog and has given me a lovely new dimension to my life!
36. Scandinavian name akin to Nicholas: NILS - The "36. Guitarist Lofgren" must have been already checked out of the clue library
37. "Code Switch" airer: NPR.
38. "No more!": STOP
40. Fired at the table?: FLAMBE.
42. Member of a Hindu trinity: SHIVA
|Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord SHIVA|
46. Young partner: ERNST - ERNST and Young is a professional services company headquartered in London
48. Image quality word: RES - Hi RESolution and Low RESolution
49. Long Reach Dusting System brand: OXO.
50. Rainforest visitor: ECO TOURIST.
52. Act naturally: PLAY IT COOL - Ringo did get to sing Act Naturally
55. Chaps competitor: IZOD - Some of my golf shirts are IZOD I bought on sale
56. Powerful slitherer: PINE SNAKE - Here's one in its namesake milieu
57. Red Lobster has one for kids: MENU Lobster burger with crab fries?
58. Wolverines rivals: SPARTANS.
59. Meeting of two sides: EDGE.
1. Secrecy metaphors: CLOSETS - I think most everybody is out of most every CLOSET and for the most part that is great including the one labelled 8. LGBTQ part: GAY.
2. Green flitter: LUNA MOTH - That which FLITS can be called a FLITTER which I usually consider to be a verb. That which FLITTERS would then be called a FLITTERER I guess.
3. How it's done: EXECUTION - The EXECUTION of a sacrifice bunt in baseball is cool to watch. I know this will be scored a base hit but still...
4. "The mind-killer," in Frank Herbert's "Dune": FEAR.
5. 1950 Pulitzer winner for the poetry collection "Annie Allen": GWENDOLYN BROOKS - For this book she became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. I truly enjoyed learning about this poet
6. Heart lines: AORTAS.
7. Order to go: SHOO - cute clue
9. "Barefoot Contessa" host Garten: INA - Speaking of female authors
10. Dwight's opponent: ADLAI - Combined, Adlai got 162 Electoral votes in 1952 & 1956 while Ike got 899
11. Older efts: NEWTS Eft/Newt Life Cycle if you're interested. None of these became The Speaker Of The House as far as I know
12. Minister to: TREAT.
14. __ arts: THEATRE - I missed the British spelling by a centimetre
16. Symbols after many brand names: TMS - Many of these TradeMark symbols are followed by a ™ or ®
18. Remote fillers: AA'S - Papa, how did you change channels before there were remotes?
22. Christian on a runway: DIOR - Hey ladies, it's Ready To Wear
23. Interlace: ENMESH - FITGURL uses the name in its product
25. Liz, to Richard, twice: EX-WIFE
27. Incite: SPUR.
29. Minor in astronomy?: URSA - The Little Dipper is part of the Little Bear (URSA Minor) Constellation and is the one point in the northern sky that stays in essentially the same place every night
31. Sent up: SATIRIZED.
33. Shakespeare title starter: ALLS - I remember reading ALLS Well That Ends Well in HS but have no memory about the storyline or characters. However, I can calculate square roots with just a pencil and paper, so...
34. Like some summer shoes: OPEN TOE - Some TOES should be out of sight and out of mind
35. Many a Top-40 hit: LOVE SONG - "Our Song" was Can't Help Falling In Love With You
39. Outstanding and then some: PAST DUE - Funniest (probably the only) scene about PAST DUE books ever made!
41. Certain Saudi: MECCAN - One would live a mere 8 hr 3 min drive from Riyadh via Route 40
42. Stand-up comic Gilliam: STU - How rare were black faces on TV in 1968? This picture of STU and Frank Sinatra Jr. is listed as an historical photo.
43. Company that developed Bazooka Joe: TOPPS - TOPPS got into the bubble gum business and had Hopalong Cassidy trading cards in packs included with the gum in 1950. Success came when they switched to baseball player cards in 1952. This TOPPS card is worth big money!
45. Chief Tui's daughter, in a Disney film: MOANA - We'd better learn this recent (2016) Disney heroine as it is bound to become a cwd favorite with all those lovely vowels
47. One day, in "The Martian": SOL - On SOL 71 (upper left hand corner), The (stranded) Martian (Matt Damon) uttered this fabulous, if slightly profane, statement
50. Peak in Catania: ETNA - Move over ETNA, MOANA is here
51. Winter coat: RIME - A beautiful scene in China where apparently they also have winter! 😏
53. Ending with law: YER.
54. "Was __ das?": IST - Das ist das Ende von Erik's Hinweise und jetzt fühlen Sie sich frei, zu kommentieren! (This is the end of Erik's clues and now feel free to comment!)