Jun 3, 2018

Sunday June 3, 2018 Matt McKinley

Theme: "Emergency Room Staff"-  ER is added to each theme entry.

23A. Proposed explanation for oversize British sausage?: BIG BANGER THEORY. Big Bang Theory.

41A. Kiss in the rink?: HOCKEY PUCKER. Hockey puck.
62A. Screwballs hanging out at the end of the block?: CORNER FLAKES. Corn Flakes.

84A. Dollhouse porch chair?: LITTLE ROCKER. Little Rock.

104A. Lackadaisical soccer shot?: SLEEPY HEADER. Sleepy head.

123A. Dark ale expert?: PORTER AUTHORITY. Port authority.

15D. Dive at the governor's mansion pool?: CAPITAL GAINER. Capital gain.

61D. Fishing pro?: ALL-STAR CASTER. All-star cast.

The gainer in 15D is new to me, but I'm glad it has a different meaning, otherwise, the root word does not change much.

Quite a lot of themage. Total 104 squares.


1. Garments with hooks: BRAS.

5. Metro regions: URBS. Never used this word. You?

9. Complaint: BEEF.

13. Metals industry acronym: ALCOA. Kicked out of Dow a while ago.

18. Ocular cleaning brand: RENU.

19. Hilarious type: RIOT.

20. Lewis lion: ASLAN.

22. Destined (to): MEANT.

26. One in a newsstand stack: PAPER. Hard to a find a New York Times in our local gas stations or Barnes & Noble. The Wall Street Journal is everywhere though.

27. News agcy.: UPI.

28. Like rainy London skies: GREY.

29. Zagros Mountains country: IRAQ. Wiki says the Zagros Mountains form the largest mountain range in Iran, Iraq and southeastern Turkey.

31. Stack: PILE.

32. Rap sheet list: PRIORS.

35. Scotland, in Scottish Gaelic: ALBA. Learning moment.

38. Spanish hillsides: CUESTAS. Learning moment.

40. Highly regarded speakers: BOSE.I was thinking of House Speakers.

46. Germane: APT.

47. Name of two 134-Acrosses: JOHN PAUL. 134. Religious leader: POPE.

49. Dupe: REPRO. Reproduction.

50. U.K. governing body: PARL. Parliament. Gluey.

52. Vital conduits: AORTAS.

54. Self-serve fast-food item: SODA.

56. Farming prefix: AGRI.

59. Greener Living org.: EPA.

66. City on the Orne: CAEN.

67. "The first thing you must know ... ": RULE ONE. You do not talk about Fight Club.

69. "You __ on My Mind": 1965 hit: WERE. We Five.

70. Reducing big-time: SLASHING. The local high-end chain Herberger's is closing all its stores.

72. DuPont acrylic: ORLON.

73. Outer __: SPACE.

75. Near the hour: TEN TO.

76. Summer time?: DISCO ERA. Great clue. Donna Summer.

80. Slate, for one: E-MAG.

81. Greet warmly: SMILE AT.

83. Ferrara family name: ESTE.

87. "Kidnapped" monogram: RLS. Robert Louis Stevenson.

88. Country suffix: STAN. 7 nations.

89. Reason for an R: GORE. R-Rating.

90. Prime minister after Begin: SHAMIR. Yitzhak.

92. Stigmatic fictional symbol: RED A. Also 98. Expiate: ATONE FOR.

94. Ham it up: EMOTE.

102. "Mad Men" network: AMC.

107. Diminish slowly: FADE.

108. Wild Blue Yonder seller since 2003: CRAYOLA. Did not know Wild Blue Yonder is a Crayola color.

110. Quiet time: LULL. Quiet most of the time at our garage sale. Those framed pictures are Boomer's jigsaw puzzles. Someone actually bought one. I was amazed.

111. Gives rise to: YIELDS.

113. Canadian tank fillers: ESSO.

114. Marine predator: ORCA.

117. Bounce: ECHO.

120. No and Phil: DRS.

121. Ballet attire: TUTUS.

129. Brand for pain: ALEVE

130. Baking staple: SUGAR. Have any of you tried these mountain yams? Sugared mountain yams used to be our Chinese Spring Festival treats.

131. Ballet bend: PLIE.

132. Picked do: AFRO.

133. What bait does: LURES.

135. Door sign: PUSH.

136. Like eyes "you can't hide," in an Eagles hit: LYIN'.


1. Texter's "Need a short break": BRB. Be Right Back. One of the little words Argyle liked to use.

2. Portuguese king: REI.

3. Distress: ANGUISH.

4. Order in the court: SUBPOENA.

5. Keats subject: URN.

6. TV's Mrs. Peel: RIGG.

7. Orange Free State settler: BOER.

8. Hot time: STREAK.

9. Rats relative?: BAH.  The expletive "rats!".

10. Saskatoon-to-Winnipeg dir.: ESE.

11. Fair-haired sci-fi race: ELOI. 7 "The Time Machine" race.

12. Castmate of Alda and Swit: FARR.

13. Rev (up): AMP.

14. Quantum events?: LEAPS.

16. Pool unit: ONE LAP.

17. Immobile: AT REST.

21. New York City suburb on the Hudson: NYACK. Forgot. We had this before.

24. Fresh __: AIR.

25. Perry who created Madea: TYLER.

30. "'Sup, Juan?": QUE PASA?

32. Lunchbox staple, casually: PBJ.

33. Kanga's kid: ROO.

34. Gless of "Cagney & Lacey": SHARON.

36. Playoffs privilege: BYE.

37. Kindle download: APP.

39. Mound meas.: ERA. Pitcher's mound. More stuff from our garage sale. The Santana and  Gardenhire bobbleheads are gone.

42. Strange: OUTRE.

43. Extended family: CLAN.

44. Celestial bear: URSA.

45. "Order up!" callers: COOKS.

48. Pennsylvania's __ Mountains: POCONO.

51. Mother of Joseph: RACHEL.

53. Finalizes, with "up": SEWS.

55. Dover's st.: DEL.

57. Enterprise offering: RENTAL. We went back to Payless this year.

58. Closely watched bars: INGOTS. Gold bars.

59. Eats into: ERODES.

60. Strict observer: PURIST.

63. Turn back: REPEL.

64. Bowling unit: FRAME.

65. Aptly named Renault: LE CAR.

68. Dawn-of-mammals epoch: EOCENE.

71. Recipe words: STIR IN.

74. They may clash on the lot: EGOS.

77. "The Fantasticks" narrator whose name translates to "The Rooster": EL GALLO. I know Pico de gallo. Did not know "gallo" means "rooster" in Spanish.

78. Atlantic resort city: RIO.

79. Kilmer's famous last words?: A TREE. OK, the last line is "But only God can make a tree".

81. Glide on blades: SKATE.

82. Computer's abundance: MEMORY.

85. Holiday hire: TEMP.

86. Libya neighbor: CHAD.

91. Common HMO requirement: REFERRAL.

93. U.K. military award: DSO. Distinguished Service Order.

95. Olive not found in martinis: OYL.

96. Cal. column: THU.

97. Conger catcher: EELER. This old EELER is the only eel catcher I know of. 

99. Fake: FALSIFY.

100. Atypical: ODD.

101. Hi-__ image: RES.

102. Perfumery compound: ACETAL.

103. Enterprise helmsman: MR SULU.

105. Old West brothers: EARPS.

106. Fearless Fosdick's creator: AL CAPP. Unfamiliar with Fearless Fosdick.

109. "__ grown": YOU'VE. Not FULLY.

112. Altar promise: I DO.

115. Clever maneuver: COUP.

116. 2012 Best Picture: ARGO.

118. "The Handmaid's Tale" airer: HULU. Any fans on our blog?

119. Bluesy Redding: OTIS.

122. French possessive: SES. His.

124. Wire intrusion: TAP.

125. Ode preposition: ERE.

126. Sneaky laugh: HEH.

127. __-tip: beef cut: TRI.

128. "Round __ virgin ... ": YON.

Happy birthday to Owen, who does not like birthday celebrations. Thank you for so many years of joy and creative inspiration, Owen! Stay healthy for us!



Lemonade714 said...

Good morning C.C. and all and thank you and matt for starting my early awakening with a quick Sunday romp. HBDTY and many more Owen.

I too never heard of ALBA meaning Scotland, I am more used to Jessica as the clue. Lots of proper names, Rachel, Sharon, Eloi, Farr, Riff and the only somewhat hardon SHAMIR .

The cluing for YON seemed odd using a partial, hidden quote from a Christmas song.

If you loved Dick Tracy comics, you would understand why Al Capp created FEARLESS FOSDICK . You can read more DICK TRACY PARODY

Lemonade714 said...

I am not familiar with HERBERGERS which was founded in Minnesota in 1927, which seemed like a difficult time to start a new high-end department store. Unfazed by the depression, this chain once owned Saks Fifth Avenue. Interesting HISTORY .

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I enjoyed this one. It had some crunch, and the theme was interesting. Had to do an alphabet run to get the G in GORE, my final fill. I had no idea about EL GALLO; like C.C. I'm only familiar with his brother, Pico. Thanx, Matt and C.C.

SUBPOENA: I remember an Amos 'n' Andy routine about a subpoena. Non-PC now.

SHAMIR: Sounds like something to put on a bagel. (Did you mean what you said, Lemonade?)

BOSE: I've owned Bose speakers. So-so. Also owned JBL, Polk and Boston Acoustics. My favorite speakers, though, are the KEF mini-monitors -- amazing imaging and smooth response.

HULU: Yes, C.C., I've thought about pulling the plug on DirecTV in favor of a couple of streaming services including Hulu. So far, inertia has prevailed.

A TREE: I was quite old when I learned that Joyce Kilmer was not a woman, but a WWI doughboy. About 65, I think.


D4E4H said...

Comments on 6-1:

Anonymous at 10:50 AM
- - Thanks for catching my error. Did you enjoy one of those toric-shaped desserts?

Young Man Keith at 1:41 PM and at 1:56 PM
- - Started the jibber jabber about The Jumble.
- - His note was followed by many others.: Misty at 2:51 PM , Chairman Moe at 3:29 PM, Bill G at 3:49 PM, Young Man Keith at 4:28 PM ,desper-otto at 5:22 PM, Young Man Keith at 5:48 PM, Misty at 6:56 PM, Lucina at 8:53 PM, Misty at 10:31 PM
- -Posts about working the jumble have inspired others to revisit it. Everyone posting was having fun. I do not want to put a damper on your fun, but I would like some clue that you are writing about the jumble rather than the CW, and subjects related to it.
- - I propose something simple such as


To set off the portion of a post devoted to the jumble. I welcome your creativity.



maripro said...

Thanks Matt and C.C.
Enjoyable puzzle. I especially liked "hockey pucker."
I used to live in Nyack. Actually, there are 5 Nyacks: Upper, South, Central, West, and Nyack itself. Helen Hayes lived in Upper Nyack. Oh, I could go on and on about the Nyacks, but enough is enough.
Happy Birthday, Owen.
Have a lovely day everyone.

billocohoes said...

Didn't slap myself in the head for REDA until reading here, was thinking of religious Stimagta rather than The Scarlet Letter.

A GAINER is a dive doing a full backward somersault, a half gainer you end up head down.

I knew GALLO was some kind of bird because my favorite restaurant experience was at Papagallo's, in the park in Acapulco. Pappagallo means parrot. And in A Christmas Story the narrator (wrongly) describes The Old Man as a fanatic for Gallus Americanus, when actually the American turkey is Meleagris gallopavo. and Gallus gallus domesticus is the common chicken

Anonymous said...

Why is the clue for 113A ESSO plural?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Did on line today; not in our paper. Always enjoy C'C.'s comments on a puzzle. Glad she explained about the R - GORE clue - answer.
No other significant comment.
TEN TO - re: How we tell time. At the half hour, an English speaker would use the notation "half past ……". In German it is common to say for example 9:30 "halb Zehn" or 'half ten'. L. German "half tein".
Billocohoes mentioned pappagallo for parrot. Reminded me of the German Papagei, L. German Papagojen. Probably a borrowing from Spanish or Portuguese but spelt a little differently due to how the sound is rendered in the borrowing language.

June 2-4 - - 76th anniversary of the Battle of Midway.

Lucina said...

Happy birthday, Owen! I echo my thanks to you for amusing us with your poetry.

Later on the puzzle; I'm appalled at myself for not being able to recall GALLO!!!!!! In my defense (weak though it is) I had SORE for some reason.

Spitzboov said...

Forgot to wish Owen a Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day.

WikWak said...

HBD to Owen!

Anonymous @ 11:06–I frequently see companies refer to themselves in the plural. "Purveyors of fine dairy products," for example, or "Official caterers of the Chicago Bears."

Happy Sunday, everyone! The weather is beautiful in NE Illinois today. Good day for a great puzzle. Thanx to Matt and, of course, C.C. I always look forward to the interesting things you have to say about Chinese culture.

I sussed the theme with BIG BANGER THEORY and never looked back. For some reason, knowing that I was looking for something with ER added to it made solving the themers easier.

We haven’t seen ELOI in a while; at one time it seemed as though we saw it almost weekly.

I had a comment about MEMORY but I’ve forgotten it now…

How many years has it been since you’ve seen a Renault LE CAR? Been quite a while for me.

No real stumbling blocks here but it still took me 33 minutes to finish, a bit over my usual time of 25-30 minims.

Have a great day, all!

Picard said...

Some unknowns for me: BRB, TYLER, EL GALLO, ACETAL/AMC, ALBA. Got stuck thinking EMMA before RIGG. Anyone else? But I got the theme fairly quickly and enjoyed the amusing -ER transitions to FIR!

Once a year I SKATE in this beautiful spot in Union Square in San Francisco!

I was honored to visit this tomb of POPE JOHN XXIII in the Vatican.

He was far more visionary than either POPE JOHN PAUL.

Here are a few of my photos in RIO. I have more to share if there is interest!

On our way back from Tucson in April we stopped at Mt Wilson Observatory. Many fundamental OUTER SPACE discoveries were made here.

It is where Hubble made the astonishing discovery that this fuzzy "nebulas" were actually other galaxies! Allowing us to realize ours is just one of many billions of galaxies in SPACE!

Jayce said...

I like the add ER theme. So, I learned the prime minister after Begin was not Ariel SHARON because SHARON Gless co-opted that name. I also learned it was MEANT to be, not BOUND to be. Loved the clue for DISCO ERA, or maybe I should say I loved the answer for "Summer time?". I also loved the clue for DRS. I learned it was COOKS, not CHEFS. AGRI did not cause me any aggro. Je ne PARL pas gluey. Took me far too long to realize what a REDA is. Too bad Al GORE doesn't have a brother named STAN GORE; that would be awesomely cool. I can never think of "Wild Blue Yonder" as anything other than the Air Force song; I too did not know it was a CRAYOLA color. The only other thing I could think of was the satellite internet service WildBlue (now Viasat).

As for the New York Times, I have to say I feel it has lost a lot of its former integrity, but I can't exactly put my finger on exactly what makes me feel that way. I prefer to read the Wall Street Journal. I still respect NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof, though. Too much of the mainstream media overly focus on the "shiny objects" while simultaneously chastising the administration for doing just that, which is said to be distrac ... Squirrel!

How about that small plane that landed on the street in Huntington Beach without any injury or property damage. I was impressed not only by the pilot's skill but also by the way drivers on that street displayed enough intelligence to swerve out of its way and avoid being hit. Kind of refreshing to see people act in a sensible way rather than act stupidly and then blame others for the harm they incurred.

I hope you are safe from the Aliso Viejo fire, Misty. I read that the mandatory evacuations have been lifted.

Good wishes to you all from Grumpy Jayce. (God love ya for coining that moniker, Anonymous T! I like it.)

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Dudley: Sorry that your friend will not see the Prague CLOCK in action. But there is much more to see in Prague. The CLOCK is not nearly as impressive as many other clocks in Europe. It is just that it is amazing technology for being over 600 years old!

Yellowrocks: Glad you got to enjoy the Prague CLOCK, too!

Glad you enjoyed my Butterflies Alive photos! Way cool butterflies have such significance to you.

AnonT: Glad you enjoyed the "demolition" of the Prague CLOCK!

Wilbur Charles: Thanks for the NIELS Bohr story!

Misty said...

Fun puzzle for a Sunday, thanks, Matt. I got a fair amount of the south done before I had to start cheating, but then quickly filled in a lot more. Some interesting TV characters from the old days. Is that Diana RIGG, and what was the name of the program? And I'm guessing that was Jamie FARR from "Mash." Laughed when the garments turned out to be BRAS. Of course I kept thinking those highly regarded speakers would be orators, or something--never thought of a sound thing and don't know BOSE. I run across AORTAS a lot in puzzles, so got this one right away. Of course I thought the "rats" would be an animal, not an expression. And C.C., without your space, I would never have gotten that REDA referred to the "Scarlet Letter." My favorite theme clue was the one for LITTLE ROCKER, by the way. Anyway, fun puzzle and delightful write-up.

Happy Birthday, Owen!

I hope the Jumble comments aren't too annoying, and sorry if they are, Dave. Loved the one this morning.

We had a real emergency in Laguna Beach yesterday with a fire threatening the Top of the World, the area where I live. The streets right above mine were all forced to evacuate, and we were warned that evacuation notices might continue to be given during the night. I had stuff ready to put in the car on quick notice, but was incredibly relieved to make it through the night. Difficult to know where to go, wondering which hotels will take a dog, etc., so it's a blessing that all seems okay this morning and that only one firefighter was slightly injured.

Have a great Sunday, everybody.

Bill G said...

Yes, I had Emma before RIGG. Geez, she was a sexy heroine. Her escapades with Steed never made good sense but they were stylish and fun.

We've visited the Mount Wilson observatories. I enjoyed your photos. The adventure there with Huell Howser (California's Gold) was enjoyable and educational. He went up in the solar tower and showed the building and dining room where some of the giants of astronomy hung out. Also, there is a very interesting area with wonderful old machinery and generators that provided DC power to everything before AC power was available up there.

I too liked the Niels Bohr story.

Misty, I'm glad you're OK. The name of the program with Mrs. Peel and John Steed was "The Avengers."

Misty said...

Thank you, Bill G.

Yellowrocks said...

I was more successful yesterday. Parts of California did me in. After cheating, I see that the SW was indeed possible. Duh. RED A eluded me. Lt. Sulu, instead of Mr. was a major error. I think just that little bit would have set me up.Fun challenge, regardless.
Owen, a very happy birthday to you. Thanks for delighting us with your poems and humor.
Misty, I was worried about you and am glad you and your home are safe.

CanadianEh! said...

Super Sunday. Thanks for the fun, Matt and C.C.
I got the ER theme which helped the solve.

I smiled at the Canadian/British offerings today. I noted ESSO, Saskatoon to Winnipeg, GREY (spelled correctly LOL!), British BANGER, SKATE, HOCKEY PUCK(ER), PARL. (which is perfectly acceptable to this Canadian).

I saw a CSO to Boomer with FRAME. There was even an ERA for C.C. (I found that clue hard).

Today's unknowns included ALBA (as clued), NYACK, TYLER, EL GALLO.
I wanted Summer Time to be Daylight, and Country suffix to be SIDE.

Happy Birthday, Owen,
Glad you are safe and did not have to evacuate, Misty.

Enjoy the day.

Lucina said...

This was mostly an enjoyable solve. Thank you, Matt McKinley!

I caught the -ER right away so that helped with the theme answers. Unbelievably, two of the Spanish answers eluded me for a long time, the aforementioned GALLO and CUESTAS. That is not a commonly used word and of course, I hardly speak Spanish to anyone these days, so much of the vocabulary is receding from MEMORY. My Larousse denotes that CUESTA is a designated global geographical term meaning escarpment.

I agree that ELOI has not been seen much lately but was common in the past. ESTE is also a Spanish word, this (m., sing.).

BRAS made me laugh when I finally thought of it because it took so long! Watching all those crime shows really helps with PRIORS. PARL seems clumsy. But I had to SMILE AT Summer time, DISCO ERA. R.I.P., Donna; you were a great entertainer.

Wild blue yonder, CRAYOLA, is a surprise to me since I haven't seen any in many years. Just now I looked at my granddaughter's set of markers and the blue there is called blue lagoon.

CSO to Boomer at FRAME!

Thank you, C.C., for your always concise recap and teaching us about Chinese culture.

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful sunny day! Did I say sunny? It's 100 degrees sunny here. And Misty, I'm glad you are out of danger.

Rainman said...

Happy Natal Anniversary, Owen. Take good care.

C.C., thanks. Hope your yard sale was successful.

Jayce, I've never noticed your being grumpy. Nor Grumpy. I rear-ended a man the other day and the owner got out of his car to look at the damage. Turns out he was a little person who said, "I'm not happy." I said, "Which one are you?" Yeah, he's going to sue.

The perps and lucky guesses today helped me through in 35 minutes.

Misty, as a fellow southern Californian, I sincerely offer good wishes in this fire-prone state. It's only early June, hurricane season just began, and fires already?

Best to all. Apologies for the bad joke. Now I can do the Jumble.

And HQ Trivia tonight: $200,000 prize if anyone is interested. 6:00 PDT.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW. I correctly guessed the Natick at A_BA x TY_ER but missed the one at mAYACK x ASLAm.

HBD to the Corner's Primo Bard. I'm glad that Lemonade was VERY enamored with SHAMIR. Not really my thing, but like Picard and Bill G, I was stuck on Emma Peel (my first TV crush).

My favorite speakers were a used pair of Altec Lansings in big, ugly boxes.

After last night's fine Stanley Cup victory by my capitals I was glad to see hockey, slashing and skate appear. Also liked PILE and PLIE, candidates for my onion.

"The Fantasticks" is my favorite play. I've seen it many times in procenium and a couple of times in the round, and by professional casts and community players.

Rented two cars during a trip to Italy. One was a Le Car and a total POS. Drove like an AMC Gremlin. The other was an Alfa Romeo. I was really excited until I picked it up. It was a diesel with a 4-speed manual with the shift on the column. Nice on the open road, but awful in heavy traffic.

CSO to Boomer with the bowling FRAME.

An abundance of computer memory to Bill Gates was once 640 kilobytes, according to urban legend. He denies ever having said it. But IMO there is no such thing as "abundant" computer MEMORY.

Thanks to Matt to the fun puzzle, and to CC for yet another fine review.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

The Altec Lansings were from the Voice of the Theater line, for ancient audiophiles.

Lemonade714 said...

With auto-correct and my arthritic hands, D-O, there are many words typed that I did not intend or "mean."

The clue for ESSO is plural because more than one customer buys their fuel there, I would guess. RAINMAN, a bad pun is always better than no pun at all.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

Happy "just another day" OKL. You know we love you at The Corner.

Misty!!! - Glad to hear all is well. I think you can tell we were all just a bit worried.

Picard - I didn't see the display as destruction but more so the story of the CLOCK. The imagery used to depict WWI & WWII were hard to miss. Then there was another war(?)... That's when I recalled where Prague was.

Jayce - LOL. You know I was joking the other day and owned it :-). Nicely played. //Squirrel was funny :-)

Rainman - LOL and deservedly so sued. Made me think of Elf [1:17].

Could SUBPOENA be clue'd as 'Order to the court'? Lawyers among us, do tell.

Happy Sunday Cornerites!

Cheers, -T

Husker Gary said...

-A fabulous 75˚F day and we left early to go to this world class place in Omaha. So I just finished this fun puzzle!
-Our daily Omaha PAPER has shrunk in size, gone from 5 sections to four and has put the LA Times puzzle on the back of the Sports Section
-Marty McFly’s picture kept fading in Back To The Future
-I can’t imagine what would LURE me to see that TYLER Perry franchise
-Silly me first spelled SUBPOENA they it sounds
-My fav PB & J concoction that has accompanied many a cwd solving adventure
-My doctor has REFERRED me to three Omaha doctors rather than to specialists here in town
-FEARLESS was famous for getting shot full of holes and suffering no ill effects
-Happy Birthday anyway Owen!

SwampCat said...

Spitzboov, thanks for the mention of the Battle of Midway, a major turning point in WWII battles in the Pacific. May I also raise a glass to the SDB Dauntless, the heroic little plane that sank all four Japanese AirCraft Carriers and a couple of Cruisers? Turning point indeed.

CrossEyedDave said...


Yes, it's a cake!

CartBoy said...

Nailed it! Finally. Morning session, afternoon session. Good puzzle.

OwenKL said...

Thanks for birthday wishes from Lemonade, desper-otto, maripro, Lucina, Spitzboov, WicWac, Misty, Yellowrocks, CanadianEh!, Rainman, Jinx, Tony, Husker Gary, CrossEyedDave (I know and like that song!), et alia! Sorry I didn't have a poem today. Fell asleep early last night and slept thru till time to take LW to church this morning. By the time I got home it was too late to bother. :(

28. Like rainy London skies: Because in England (& canada) it's spelt grEy, in America it's spelt grAy.

OwenKL said...

BTW, today's puzzle flummoxed me, all in California:
60 PurisT not recognized
61 All-stAr casTER not recognized
93 DSo unknown
102 AMC not recognized
109 yoU'VE not recognized
67 RulE ONE (I had RopEONE) not recognized
72 OrlON unknown
76 DisCO ERA unknown
83 EstE unknown
92 rED A not recognized
102 AcETAL unknown
108 cRayoLA unknown

WikWak said...

Jinx, my brother still has a pair of the Voice of the Theater speakers in his "man cave". I have always coveted them. The sound is superb (and immense). They do take up space, though. said...


Thanks to Matt and C. C.!

Great puzzle


Happy Birthday Owen!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

fermatprime said...

Thanks to C. C. for nifty puzzle in the NYT!

Bill G said...

Hey Owen. I see I neglected to wish you a very happy birthday. Rats! Especially because I really appreciate responses to my own posts, it frustrates me when I don't make the effort to respond to others. So...


Thanks Matt and CC.

Dave and others: I have tried a few Jumbles now. I am surprised when easy-looking sets of letters totally flummox me.

Picard, thanks for the effort of posting your photos. Did you see the old generators at Mt. Wilson?

Jayce and Lucina, I like everything you write.

CED, AnonT and HG, fun stuff. I look forward to the always-enjoyable posts.

WikWak, I remember those speakers. They could rattle the room.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, Matt & C.C.! I got the theme with the first one then was puzzled about what that had to do with the title. Very amusing theme. Struggled with the last of the puzzle because I was too tired to be doing it after midnight. By now I've forgotten what the problems were.

Happy Birthday, Owen.

Misty, so glad you didn't have to evacuate.

Speaking of Prague, some American friends of mine tried to buy an old hotel there when communism fell. The wife's father had been born in that country and still had close relatives there that my friends visited. They felt that they wanted to invest in the country which was very cash poor and provide a business for some of the relatives to run. The purchase of property by foreign investors had to be approved by the government at the time. They never got permission to buy.

My husband was a huge Emma Peel fan back in the day. He was plumb silly about it. I made a few disparaging remarks. He looked surprised and said, "But she looks just like you did when we met." Couldn't stay mad after that.

Picard said...

Misty: Glad you are OK! I had no idea about the fire down your way.

BillG: Thank you for the kind words about my photos! Glad you also got to explore Mt Wilson. It is a matter of some luck what you get to see. We met a British family who got a bit of the royal treatment. They got to go inside the Solar Tower. They told us the name of the guy who took them up, but we could not find him. No, we did not see the generators.

I was thrilled to be able to see the 100 inch Hale telescope that was used to make so many important discoveries about the universe. And the museum had lots of cool photos. As you can see, I took photos of many of them!

Glad to know you also had EMMA!

Jinx: Cool that you also had a crush on Diana RIGG/Emma Peel!

Yes, their adventures were a bit of a stretch. But they were so imaginative! They would always find some quirky character with an obscure obsession. Always a learning opportunity!

AnonT: I will have to watch the Prague CLOCK 600 Anniversary video again more closely. Yes, Prague was always getting invaded by someone.

Picard said...

PK: Cool that your husband told you that Emma Peel looked like you when you first met. I told my college girlfriend the same thing when I met her!

Bill G said...

Speaking of the 100-inch telescope at Mr. Wilson, have you ever seen one of the very special photos from the Hubble Space Telescope? They found a totally black and blank little patch of night sky, about the size you could cover up with a postage stamp held at arm's length. They left the telescope aimed there for 300 hours letting any faint light accumulate on the sensors. What they found was an amazing garden of hundreds (thousands?) of galaxies, too faint to have been previously noticed. An absolutely fantastic photograph!


Wilbur Charles said...

Ah yes, Emma Peel

The Spanish got me along with a French word I couldn't come up with. Guess I'll have to buy SLEEPY since there was a baseball player named Puddin' Head Jones
FLN. Thanks PK and Anon-t* for responding. I too don't acknowledge much. Re. Tolkien: I wonder if son Christopher would, at this time, agree with my theory. Yes, it's strictly my own deduction and observation. In 1952 I think it was JRR's little inside joke. *

D-O, I never knew about"Joyce?"
I guess I wore my brain out on yesterday's xword I even tried the Jumble to redirect my brain. A whole bunch of errors starting with IRAN which naturally blew up Spain *

Just for the record: S'up clue needed an '
GREY with the E was worth noting. Those darn British military and other decorations are more than I can keep track of.

And, hbd Owen. Your l'icks are always entertaining. And...
Misty, I'm so glad you're safe and well


* And others . I posted my theory about Asimov, Hari Selden and Rothschild.
And the correlation of Turing, Enigma and the German spy apparatus embedded at Pearl Harbor . Now LEN Deighton and what he embedded in his Sampson work is a work in progress . I guess I need my own blog .

Lucina said...

Your husband sounds like a sweet man and one who was smitten with you!

Bill G:
Thank you! I can say the same about you especially when you post interesting links like the one today about the Hubble telescope. I enjoyed reading that and admired the courageous leadership of Mr. Williams who took a chance with great results.

My late DH and I toured the observatory sometime in the early 70s and were fascinated.

Wilbur Charles:
You also post interesting comments. In fact, I learn so much from all the knowledgeable people here on the Blog. You all have such diverse backgrounds and professions that your frames of reference usually have an intriguing tone.

Misty said...

My goodness, how kind you all are. I am so moved by your messages, CanadianEh, Lucina, Rainman, PK, Picard, AnonT, and Wilbur. Forgive me if I've neglected anyone. I really appreciate the concern, and just hope I'll start being okay again and not causing any more worry on this sweet blog.

Dow Jones said...


Monday's edition (6/4/18) of the Wall Street Journal features a C.C. crossword puzzle (Clothes-Minded). It may be solved online or printed from