Jun 12, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 C.C. Burnikel


16. Area behind velvet ropes, often: VIP SECTION.

60. Former "SNL" regular known for Sinatra impressions: JOE PISCOPO.

10. Commercial rental property: OFFICE SPACE.

24. Beverage-named Denver arena: PEPSI CENTER.

And the reveal:
35. Curry powder, e.g. ... and what each set of puzzle circles contains: SPICE MIX.

C.C. mixes in some spice to season this sumptuous repast.

I was puzzled at the top because I typed in VIP SEaTIng on the across run.  Everything was going swimmingly on the down run until I got to 7 and 8 down.


1. Condition before a storm: CALM.

5. Secure at the pier: LASH.

9. Swamp croaker: TOAD.

13. Hand lotion ingredient: ALOE.

14. Triangular Greek letter: DELTA.

15. Jackson 5 hairdo: AFRO.

18. Sci-fi hoverers: UFOs.

19. Cul-de-__: SAC.

20. Completes a sentence?: DOES TIME

22. Cholesterol-inhibiting drug: LIPITOR.   Atorvastatin.

26. Smokey Bear TV ad, e.g.: PSA.   Here's a collection of them:

27. Scoundrel: CAD.

28. Sports drink suffix: ADE.

29. Stockpile: AMASS.

31. JFK's predecessor: DDE.

33. Favoring relatives in hiring: NEPOTISMHow Stuff Works: Nepotism

35. Richter scale event: SEISM.  Seism; A shaking of the Earth's surface; an earthquake or tremor. - Wiktionary.  Jayce's arena.  Here's some reading about Richter scale from How Stuff Works.

37. Pinch in a recipe: DASH.

38. Tourney winner: CHAMP.

40. Rotisserie rod: SPIT.

42. Pride members: LIONS.  Matt Patricia is the new head coach of the Detroit Lions.

44. Baggage claim bag: SUITCASE.

46. John of "Star Trek" (2009): CHO.

47. Word of choice: WHICH.

48. So-so grade: CEE.

49. Tribute in verse: ODE.  The first ode I heard was to Billie Joe:

51. Yellowfin tuna: AHI.

53. Book buyers: READERS.  Or non-prescription reading glasses. Wilbur uses those for reading the blog.  I have 20-40 vision with my glasses on.  New glasses should be here soon.  Hopefully, less blurry vision  and fewer headaches will ensue.

55. Not-so-subtle verbal nudge: HINT HINT.

58. "O Sole __": MIO.

59. Relaxing soak, or a financial soaking: BATH.

65. Draft classification: ONE A.  1-A.   Selective Service Classifications

66. Building extension: ANNEX.

67. Be acquainted with: KNOW.

68. Knitter's purchase: YARN.  Madame Defarge enjoys knitting, as did my MIL. 

69. Rock group: BAND. Was going to link their Rock and Roll Band song, but this 1990 international hit would be the most famous song of this German rock group that started plying their trade at the height of Beatlemania.  The video has 574M views.

70. Planted, as seed: SOWN.


1. Cleveland NBAer: CAV.   The Cavaliers.  The star player of the Cavs is LeBron James.  Marc Stein of the NY Times wrote of LeBron James, "Just don’t forget that it’s James’s unwavering brilliance, above all, that convinced the Warriors — after a 73-win season in 2015-16 — that they had to do anything they could to add (Kevin) Durant to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to ensure they could beat this one guy."

2. "Moonlight" Oscar winner Mahershala __: ALI.

3. Chop off: LOP.

4. Argentine soccer superstar Lionel: MESSI.   Star forward playing for FC Barcelona.

5. Net judge's call: LET.

6. "Put __ on it!": A LID.

7. Hunches over: STOOPS.

8. Underwear brand: HANES.

9. Tightly drawn: TAUT.

11. Candle shop allure: AROMAThis place sells over 1200 candles scents and fragrances if you are into making your own.  This household has enough scented candles.  They seem to multiply like Tribbles.

12. Provided with medicine: DOSED.

14. "Wonder Woman" publisher: DC COMICS.

17. Bother a lot: EAT AT.

21. Marquis de __: SADEWho Was the Marquis de Sade?

22. Arrive onshore: LAND.

23. Perfect example: IDEAL.

25. Reckless: RASH.

30. Roaring success: SMASH.

32. Blu-ray buy: DISC.

34. "Looks like trouble!": OH OH. Mercy, look what just walked through that door.

36. Unlikely GoFundMe donor: MISER.

39. "ABC World News Tonight" anchor David: MUIR.  David Muir, Lester Holt and Jeff Glor.
 Wikipedia says WNT is the "most watched newscast in America" but the cited reference is for the week of August 14th, 2017.  A little research led to this Forbes article.

41. Casual shirts: TEES.

43. Ark builder: NOAH.

45. Bangkok natives: THAIs.

47. Ryder of "Edward Scissorhands": WINONA.  Winona Ryder starred opposite Johnny Depp.

49. "Yippee!": OH BOY.

50. Mythical hunter: DIANAIn Roman Mythology.  More here.

52. Muslim woman's headscarf: HIJAB.

54. Comes to port: DOCKS.

56. Larger __ life: THAN.

57. Ky. neighbor: TENN.  Speaking of getting to know you:

61. One on foot, in signs: PED.

62. Musician Yoko: ONO.

63. "Kaboom!": POW.

64. Part of MYOB: OWN.  Mind Your Own Business.  Alternatively - for those with teenagers - Make Your Own Bed.


Lemonade714 said...

Love a C.C. pinwheel grid puzzle. In a household that is Thai/Jewish we mix many spices and generally, the result is delicious. Of course, I leave the final decision to Oo. Add to that, the CSO to Oo (who is not from Bangkok) and it was a great way to start the day.

HIJAB was all perps but the rest filled at a good Tuesday pace. Did you all stay up to watch the Singapore Summit?

Thank you C.C. and Tom.

OwenKL said...

My computer died yesterday. :( My back-up is my old netbook, but compared to the laptop it's slow as molasses* in winter; and it's been months since I used it, and in the meanwhile nearly all my multitudinous settings have mysteriously gone away! I spent Sunday trying to resuscitate my laptop, and Monday trying to get my little netbook switched around enough that i could use it!

*Which begs the question, if they bottle molasses, what do they do with the rest of the creatures?

CSO to Madam Defarge today.
Lucina: Sorry, I didn't read yesterday's blog until after I'd written today's l'icks.

In Bangkok, ALI was a READER
Of cards, he could gauge any cheater.
Blackjack he played well,
But his wealth still fell,
Because in Siam, THAIS pay the dealer!

There was a rich TOAD who had an affection
For sports, so bought tickets in the V.I.P. SECTION.
But a typo, OH-OH,
Dispatched our hero,
At the CENTER for amphib vivisection !

We thought Father HANES was quite RASH,
Tho his homilies were rated a SMASH.
He preached with such rigor
His congregation grew bigger,
A BAND of parishioners he'd AMASS for a Mass!

{A-, A-, A.}

D4E4H said...

Thanks C.C. for this enjoyable CW. I was almost finished on my first pass. The circles came in handy especially for 60A - JOE PISCOPO. I FIR in 18:53.

Thanks TTP for link sausage. Very entertaining.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Had the circles, and figured the circled letters spelled PISCES (which also taught me that I didn't know how to spell PISCES). My only overwrite this morning was the "Word of choice" THESE/WHICH. It was a RASH choice (plus the bonus rhymes DASH, LASH and SMASH). Thanx, C.C. and TTP (Julie Andrews?).

HIJAB: Different from the type of headwear worn by Oddjob.

LIPITOR: I've been taking the generic version for years.

TOAD: I think of it as a garden critter, not swampy at all.

NEPOTISM: Now that's swampy.

Lemonade714 said...

One of my new England cousins reminded me of this poem from my youth which seems all too timely now. To Kate, Anthony and all the rest.

Richard Cory


Whenever Richard Cory went downtown,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean favored, and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good-morning," and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich—yes, richer than a king—
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine, we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked, and waited for the light,
And went without the meat, and cursed the bread;
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet through his head.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR with no erasures! "Coors" arena was too short. I'm wearing my Washington capitals TEE shirt for the first time today. The CHAMPs are being recognized with a parade in DC. I'm happy for them, but I would rather get a prostate exam from Anthony Weiner than go to that city today.

Oscar winner Maheroseannadanna was fresh cluing for stale fill ALI. LASH and SADE make strange bedfellows.

My favorite Kentucky song (second to the UK fight song) is Elvis' "Kentucky Rain". My favorite TENN song is Rocky Top.

Thanks to CC for the fun puzzle. And thanks to TTP for the fine review.

billocohoes said...

To be exact, a DASH is equal to two pinches in the US customary measurement system.

D4E4H said...

Picard FLN at 12:06 PM
- - The Torah looked heavy, and the sap vats reminded me of the remains of one in the woods of the farm where I grew up.

Green side up!

Jinx in Norfolk at 7:19 AM
- - Funny you should lie prostrate on your prostate. I will have a buy-oopsie of mine mañana.
- - My favorite Ky song is Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys - Blue Moon of Kentucky.
- - Tenn., Ronnie Milsap Live in Branson - Smokey Mountain Rain


inanehiker said...

Fun Tuesday romp - only slow down was having KNEW change to KNOW so kaboom could become POW!

In the blog - the musical link for "The King and I" is Deborah Kerr singing "Getting to Know You" - though it is labeled Julie Andrews by whoever made the video.

Off to work!
Thanks CC and TTP!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Dave, I saw them perform that great song at his Bean Blossom Festival circa 1975. A bucket list item for bluegrass fans.

Good luck with your prostrate. Serious business.

Bill O, pardon me, but "exact" just doesn't fit that description.

thehondohurricane said...

Was pretty sure HIJAB was going to result in another FIW, but the across fills looked solid. For once I guessed right!

Always enjoy a CC challenge.....usually make you think, but they are fair.

Never heard or knew about ALI Mahershala.

Gotta run. wife's car went in for oil change, need lots of other stuff. To far for her to walk home, so Casey and I are going on a road trip to pick her up.

Big Easy said...

Nice Tuesday-level puzzle from C.C. With the circle it was easy to see the SPICE MIX. Only had to change UH OH to OH OH and WADE to LAND.

Tennis no longer has a NET judge. The pros have an electric sensor on the net. Nobody sitting with their finger touching the net. Also, I thought YOKO ONO was an artist, not a musician. The Plastic Ono Band might have had Yoko wailing in the background and that's about it.

MUIR, CHO, ALI, MESSI, WINONA- unknowns filled by perps. Didn't know the PEPSI CENTER but it was an easy guess after a few crosses were in place.
NEPOTISM- not if somebody owns the company. ….&Sons, Inc.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.
We might see a little sun today, and then again, maybe not. I'll just have to make my own. I think I'll knit using some of that YARN I have purchased. We are still working on MIL's house. This week she's having Assisted Living remorse, which I believe to be part of the adjustment stages. My mom did the same. I'm still curious as to why someone AMASSed so many cabinets full of beverage glasses. Apparently there was a shortage in the 50's that I missed. :>) It appears she was worried about not having any.

I'm sure I've missed lots of brilliance and all sorts of news by not being here!

C.C., I really enjoyed this puzzle. I worked it in the Trib today; the circles were VERY helpful. I usually use the Mensa site. Very nicely done. I admire how you worked so many long answers into this grid on a Tuesday. Detailed, yet very doable. Thank you.

TTP, thanks for a great tour. So many links!! Nicely done. HINT. HINT. I'll be in touch with you Western Suburbanites as so as I achieve and IDEAL solution for this glassware conundrum--short of SMASHing it. POW! If Goodwill sees me again, I'm sure they will bolt the doors!

Enjoy the day. Go make some sunshine!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Seemed a little name happy, but perps were helpful. Knowing SPICE letters in circles helped suss VIP SECTION correctly. I'm impressed with how the 4 theme phrases were found; especially JOE PISCOPO. FIR. No searches were needed.
to KNOW - In English, we may KNOW someone or KNOW a fact. In German, the former is 'kennen' while the latter translates to wissen.
Detroit LIONS - New head coach Patricia is an RPI grad.

Yellowrocks said...

CC, interesting, easy peasy puzzle. At the first set of circles I found the scrambled SPICE.
ALOE seems to appear almost every day. Only ALI and MESSI were new to me.
I like David Muir.
HIJAB - I just finished reading "I Am Malala." What a bright courageous young lady. It is hard to believe that she was so aware and active at such a young age. One of many peaceful Muslims.
Lemon, thanks for the Richard Corey poem. It is new to me.
Jinx, Rocky Top is a used as a very popular square dance.
To me a dash and a pinch are inexact amounts that vary according to personal taste.
OFFICE SPACE - my grandson works for a construction group remodeling office space during his summer college break.
I associate Delta with my gas brand.
Every time I fill up, it reminds me of Helen Reddy's Delta Dawn, such a sad song.
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Anonymous said...

Ah... Marquis De Sade. I read him when I was a young whipper snapper. Anyway nice puzzle. Glad it was not your usual sport heavy clueing.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

CC had a knack for adding a touch of "spice" to early-week puzzles which caused a few hiccups here and there: Frog/Toad, Pods/UFOs, and Bam/Pow. Like DO, I saw and enjoyed the Smash/Dash/Lash/Rash quartet. The ""Spice" mixture was evident early but the reveal was still a surprise. Nice CSOs to Oo (Thais) and Madame Defarge (Yarn). That is Deborah Kerr pictured but I believe Julie Andrews is the vocalist. The clue for Hint hint should have been: Irish Miss's not so subtle nudge to CED for equal time for canine links which usually is ignored. 😇

Thanks, CC, for a nice Tuesday offering and thanks, TTP, for the grand tour and the enjoyable links.

Have a great day.

xtulmkr said...

The Richard Cory I am more familiar with.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi Gang -

Rather crunchy for a Tuesday, I thought, but doable.

Nicely done, C. C.

See you all tomorrow.

Cool regards,

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. I'm not really a fan of circle puzzles.

A Frog is more of a Swamp Croaker than is a TOAD, but I just read the perps to see which direction the clue was taking us.

DELTA airlines derives is name from its early beginning in the Mississippi Delta area. For a while in the 1920s its headquarters were located in Monroe, Louisiana.

I didn't see Moonlight so was unfamiliar with ALI Mahershala. I am not up on my Argentine soccer players, either, so MESSI was all perps.

QOD: Boredom has a tendency to bring out the worst in people’s faces. ~ Rona Jaffe (June 12, 1931 ~ Dec. 30, 2005)

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, C.C. and TTP.
I saw the SPICE theme early which helped the solve.
Perps were required for some unknown names - MUIR, CHO, PISCOPO.

I noted the CSOs to Oo and Madame D.
I also noted clecho 22D and 54D LAND and DOCKS.
Pride members could have been LBGQT.
Like Hahtoolah, Frog was my first thought but TOAD filled the spot.
I waited for perps to decide between LIPITOR and Crestor (rosuvastatin). Crestor is newer with fewer interactions and OK if you like grapefruit.

Were those ONE A people our DRAFT DODGERs from yesterday?
CAVs were our Toronto Raptors downfall. They just could not handle Lebron James.
HIJAB is well-known and many are seen here in multicultural Canada.

Dave - the other meaning of PSA could be appropriate with your biopsy.
FLN, Lucina - You are welcome for the Jumble-solving hint. I find lining up the consonants and vowels apart helps immensely. But #4 yesterday required "cheating" and going backward from the answer.

Enjoy the day. Beautiful one here and we are off to the horse races.

Lucina said...

C.C. strikes again! In #16A looking for valet I needed SPICES to finish. ALI and MESSI would have flummoxed me except for those letters.

Otherwise I sashayed quickly across the grid and felt like a CHAMP. I thought of Jayce at SEISM and Mme Defarge at YARN as well as Lemonade's bride at THAIS.

I like David MUIR but don't watch ABC local news because they seem to all be on steroids which unnerves me. Yes, last night I was riveted on the Singapore Summit. It was amazing watching history being made!

We saw WINONA only a short time ago. Ah, my good friend ALOE emerges once again. I use READERS for close vision; the laser procedure helped with distance vision and the astigmatism.

No problem. I found the Jumble easy to solve and as Canadian Eh! mentioned, lining the consonants and vowels separately really helps. Thank you, C.E. for that HINT.

As for #4, no problem with atrium.

Thank you, TTP, for a fine analysis.

Have a great day, everyone!

AnonymousPVX said...

I like the “Simon and Garfunkel” version of Richard Cory.

This Tuesay puzzle was a lot like yesterday’s, no issues at all.

Been doing the Jumble for years, have been separating the vowels and consonants almost as long. I used to think they got harder as the week goes by, like the crossword, but I no longer think so. Sometimes Saturdays are a walk through and sometimes Mondays are tougher than tough.

Anonymous said...

Loved the puzzle today, but could do without the circles.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Another enjoyable puzzle from C.C., thanks. Thanks, TTP.

No circles and I was looking for SPICE names, thyme etc. Oh well.

Tried LuLL before CALM, frog before TOAD.

Hand up for not knowing Mahershala ALI & MESSI. I watch MUIR most evenings but not while I'm eating or all the tragedy makes my food undigestible. Forgot HIJAB, if I ever knew it. My husband & daughters had unwanted side effects from LIPITOR. They took it anyway. I refused to take it and made my (then) doctor angry with me.

Lemonade: yes I was up for the report on the Korean Summit. I'm waiting to see what is in the agreement they signed before being able to breathe easy again. When he badmouths Trudeau but finds Kim agreeable, makes me nervous.

D4: good luck on your biopsy.

My first thought when I heard about Kate Spade was that she felt guilty for charging exorbitant prices for handbags.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta- DAH!!
A mildly chewy, but well SPICEd concoction from our C.C. today!

And richly illustrated by TTP ...

Preceded by a very easy Jumble. I'll have to try CanadianEh's trick in the future.


Diagonal Report:
A single anchor slash (NW to SE), offering the following letters (Can you solve the anagram?): CLPSTMSAUCAOOON

Tinbeni said...

TTP Good job on the write-up.

C.C. Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle. I liked the SPICE MIX theme.

Needed ESP (Every-Single-Perp) to ge 2-d, ALI and 46-a, CHO ... both unknowns.

No booze answers ... but I did have a fave today. 14-d, DC COMICS.
Always liked comics when I was a kid.


Picard said...

A SPICEy fun theme and puzzle from CC. Yay! Hand up TOAD is not usually a swamp creature except when it is breeding. I have some cool TOAD photos in DW homeland yard. Would have to find them.

Did anyone else think SALT before DASH? So glad CC correctly said Smokey Bear. It bugs me when people incorrectly stick "the" in the middle. His name is Smokey Bear.

Here are my photos of a beautiful YARN Bomb on one of my favorite local trails a few years ago.

That area is still off limits since the January mudslides and I have no idea if it even exists. Has anyone else had YARN Bombs in their area?

Here JOE PISCOPO was on STAR TREK, teaching Data how to tell a joke in the Holodeck.

TTP: Thanks for the highly illustrated report! And for the STAR TREK Tribble reference!

Did anyone else think of the Monty Python "Nudge Nudge" skit in regard to HINT HINT?

We were recently on Route 66 near WINONA, Arizona.

From yesterday:
D4E4H: Thanks for asking about my friend Tam in Hawaii. He says he thinks his house is still there, but he can't be sure. He is not allowed into the area now. He added that he advises against buying insurance from AIG or Lexington insurance (an AIG subsidiary) as they have not been treating him well.

Lucina said...

My Jumble solve came to a peaceful resolution!

desper-otto said...

Picard, you can blame Eddie Arnold for Smokey The Bear. Probably well before your time, but I remember it.

IM, the voice behind the scenes was Marni Nixon. She got lots of non-credit for her work in the 50s-60s: The King And I (Deborah Kerr), West Side Story (Natalie Wood), My Fair Lady (Audrey Hepburn).

Husker Gary said...

-A good morning on the course and a delightful C.C. puzzle. Ain’t life grand?
-JOE PISCOPO’s most famous imitation of Frank
-Just using carry-ons is so much better than using SUITCASES in so many ways
-In the yard, I trim, Joann LOPS!
-Am I the only person who hears TAUT and TAUNT confused over and over?
-Celebrating the LANDING of Columbus is now controversial
-Nice wrap-up TTP!

Wilbur Charles said...

Feel free re. LIPITOR to bring me up to date on Red Yeast Rice and cholesterol.

Richard Cory was also the subject of a song, n'est-ce pas? I now see it, thx X.

I think Statins like LIPITOR had the side effect of affecting memory. eg learning. Perhaps as Data said I lost some ENGRAMS.

_J. Today I had the solution and 1-3 so I simply applied the missing letters to number 4. I posted something on 6/9 blog if interested. A hint to today's J

And, I got interrupted and didn't realize that I'd left 35A sans M. And didn't finish 48A I'm going to blame Keith. He has me solving diagonally and then cleaning up. I'd make a lousy housekeeper.
And I raced through without noticing it was CC except for how smooth it solved.

TTP, midway on this post I put down the progressives and used the READERS. At Church Betsy borrowed my readers and I had to slog through.


Roy said...

Mme D: Back in the 50s/60s glasses were a popular giveaway at gas stations. With five kids in the family, that was very useful.

Liked both the original and the S&G adaptation of Richard Corey.


Jayce said...

I liked this nifty puzzle. Figuring out the SPICE mix made it possible for me to get JOE PISCOPO ans PEPSI CENTER more quickly than I otherwise would have. I like how CC's brain works.
Since the Summit started at 6:00PM Pacific time we didn't have to stay up. It was interesting to watch.
LW and I used to like ABC news until David Muir became the anchor; the deliberate tension and urgency in his voice agitates us and he talks so fast with almost no pauses he seems just plain manic. As Lucina so aptly put it, they seem to all be on steroids which unnerves us. So we watch, and like, Jeff Glor on CBS. No matter which network, however, it seems every single reporter or talking head is always going to mispronounce a city or person's name, making me wonder if any of them do their preparatory homework.
I have been taking Lovastatin for decades. Back then, when I asked my doctor why he was prescribing it even though I did not, do not, nor ever have had a cholesterol problem (knock on wood), all he said was something like, "Well, we put everybody your age on it as a matter of routine."
Best wishes to you all.

CrossEyedDave said...

Irish Miss,

Challenge accepted!

VIP Section?

You can't get sillier than Joe Piscopo and his dog...

IM, I had to use my Office Computer to get you your Dog Pics...

Can't find a clearer picture, but this cutie is definitely Pepsi Center...

And, per your request :)

CrossEyedDave said...

Rant addendum:

I make it a point to daily watch the first 15 minutes of The World News
with David Muir, which are commercial free.

But the remaining 15 minutes are always one minute of news separated by
3 minutes of commercials! I am forced to look elsewhere!

I have been meaning to tape it so I can fast forward the Ads, but I always forget...

Bill G said...

My car was very dirty dirty and I took it to the local car wash. They did a good job and had to work extra hard to get off many little spots of, I'm guessing, hummingbird poop. Job done. Money well spent.

Spitzboov said...

Bill G @ 1449. re: "I'm guessing, hummingbird poop." Around Lake Erie the analog to that would be sand fly splatter. You can't be nice enough to your car.

D4E4H said...

Comments on the comments:

CanadianEh! at 11:04 AM
- - My Transrectal Ultrasound of the Prostate with Biopsy is being used to rule out cancer after an area of an MRI image was suspicious. The Dr. has watched my Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) for years. I have taken my Dulcolax which promises gentle overnight relief, but will it respect me in the morning?

Picard at 1:21 PM
- - Please explain what is a "Yarn Bomb?" I can see that it is made from yarn, but why Bomb? I liked the decorative lizard.
- - I'm afraid Star Trek and Monty Python were wasted on me - nudge, nudge, or maybe not.
- -Thanks for the Tam update as sad as it is. I wonder who owns the property that Pele has covered with lava? If your home, and land were down under there, do you still owe on the mortgage, and taxes?

Lucina at 1:36 PM
- - May the Singapore Summit emulate your jumble.

Husker Gary, Please enjoy my note to you FLN at 5:12 PM.


desper-otto said...

Bill G, we flew to Vegas and rented an AWD SUV a few years back for a vacation trip through Death Valley. It was a great trip, and we had a great time. But we were somewhat chagrined (ok, make that pissed) to find out that we were being charged extra because we got the car dirty. Inside was merely "dusty." Hey, Death Valley is dusty! We thought any rental company should expect that an AWD SUV would be taken off-road, not just driven down the Vegas Strip.

PK said...

Madame: was your MIL a jelly maker? Many years ago we put up jelly in glasses and poured wax over the top to seal them. My mother didn't make much of her own but with five little kids who loved PBJ's she bought a lot of jelly in glasses. I inherited some of them when I started making my own jelly. They were less breakable than some regular drinking glasses. I still have two only.

Picard: Yarn bomb? Whazzat? Looks like an afghan or knitted quilt someone forgot on the trail.

PK said...

BillG: Speaking of hummingbird "bombs", here is a clip that a friend brought to my attention. I never saw so many hummingbirds in one place.

Irish Miss said...

DO @ 1:48 ~ How right you are! I knew Marni Nixon was the voice behind several leading ladies in musicals, but I think Julie Andrews popped into my mind because of the English accent and similarity in vocal tone. Their voices are quite similar, I think.

CED @ 2:32 ~ Glad to see that you can take a Hint Hint once in awhile! Thank you for all the cuties but the Pepsi Center was my favorite! Now, if another certain feline fan (who shall remain unnamed) follows suit, I'll be grateful. Hint hint, he ❤️ Lily, not Lucy!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Wilbur Charles @ 2:09,

Hey no fair! There is nothing in diagonal solving that reduces or limits one's responsibility to complete the entire pzl. But you knew that...


CrossEyedDave said...

PK's link @ 3:43

Wow! I especially love that 1st birdbath!

Going to look for it on Amazon now!

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, C.C., for a fine puzzle. Thank you, TTP, for a fine review.

Puzzle was little crunchy in spots, but I got through it after jumping around a bit.

Liked the theme. I like spices in food, but I really do not know which is which. I depend on the cook for that.

Jinx: I agree with "Rocky Top"

JOE PISCOPO was unknown to me. Perped.

HANES is my brand. Not that anybody cares.

HIJAB was unknown to me. When I lived in a moslem country, the ladies wore chadors. Covered them from head to foot.

I wanted ORION for 50D, but DIANA worked out much better.

See you tomorrow. Golfing then with my Filipino friends.


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Spitzboov said...

PK's Hummingbirds

Picard said...

D4E4H: Glad you enjoyed the Maple Syrup Guy SAPPED photos. Good that you have seen such a scene. But too bad you only saw the remnants and not the living thing. Yes, the TORAH indeed looked heavy. I have no idea who owns the new lava land in the ocean. I assume the state does. And I assume the individual still owns everything that lies on top of their land.

desper-otto: Thanks for the learning moment about SMOKEY the BEAR and Eddie Arnold. I never heard of Eddie Arnold before. I remember seeing the real SMOKEY BEAR at the National Zoo in DC when I was a child. My grandparents lived right by the National Zoo. Another learning moment for me: The campaign actually started during World War II when the Japanese shelled an oil refinery. That refinery was about a mile from where I am sitting right now!

Here is the full SMOKEY BEAR story from Smithsonian Magazine.

PK and D4E4H: Thanks for looking at my YARN Bomb photos. No, it was not something carelessly left behind. A lot of work went into this work of art. The artist had to knit that huge piece so that it exactly fit that unique rock. The YARN Bomb ethic has it that the piece is temporary, usually for just about two weeks.

This tells the history of YARN Bombing and shows some creative examples.

Has anyone had this YARN art appear in their community?

Lucina said...

Dave 2:
I can only hope; it remains to be seen what the outcome will be of that Summit. My reference to peace was in reference to the opposite of the Jumble answer.

That was my question, also, to the Yarn Bomb. I'd never heard the term before.

PK said...

Yarn bomb? Only in California, I betcha. Madame DeFarge, are you measuring any boulders for your next knitting project?

I see one prize the Singapore Summit principle meeters could win: two weirdest hairdos among world politicians. See they do have something in common, each in his own special way. I think Kim is doing this so he can get out in the fun spots of the world and maybe get invited to Mar-a-lago. I think the S. Korean got to be entertained there. N. Korea doesn't seem like a fun place, after all. Maybe trade him a Disneyland for all his nukes. (P.S. that isn't politics. Really.)

Hahtoolah said...

PK: you are so funny - the two weirdest hairstyles really made me laughing.

Picard said...

Lucina and PK: Glad for your continued interest in YARN Bombing. Your questions have been a learning moment for me. It turns out it did not start in California. It started in Texas with a woman named Magda Sayeg. She had a math degree and knew nothing about knitting. She started a phenomenon that is now seen in Vienna, Rome, the UK and all around the world.

Here is a five minute TED talk by Magda Sayeg telling the YARN Bombing story in her own words.

If you look at my earlier Wikipedia link you can see some of the other examples around the world. Some see it as a way to "feminize" a world that is overly "masculine" apparently. The local YARN bomber here was a guy. I appreciate the creativity, its ability to transform a place and that it is gentle on the environment.

Here we were getting the VIP SECTION treatment with the BAND Chicago.

Way cool!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks C.C. for the MIX of SPICE puzzle - how you got the phrases with SPICE anagram'd (esp. JOE PISCOPO) is beyond me.

TTP: Great expo with lots of learning (NEPOTISM, SADE). Thanks too for Winds of Change.

WOs: Quake b/f SEISM; HaJAB; DOSEs
ESPs: ALI (as clue'd), MESSI, CHO
Fav: OFFICE SPACE [2:30 - The Bobs]


Enjoyed everyone's comments & learning moments today but it's back to work for me (3 projects now in flight).

Cheers, -T

Mike Sherline said...

Picard @ 1733 - did you notice that in the Wikipedia entry you linked on yarn bomb that they have examples at the bottom, and one of them is at Lizard Mouth, by Stephen Duneier?

Bill G said...

Thank both of you for the hummingbird video. Really nice.

Two Wordies for your consideration:



Ol' Man Keith said...

And the answer is:
[Drum roll...)



Wilbur Charles said...

OMK, how about "Soon a Stucco lamp"

Btw. At least I try the diagonal. I've had corny excuses for missing Saturday and Sunday by a box apiece. Actually, I blame the corner. I can't wait to get in here. I was at Granny's which is now Barbara's but still officially The Kountry Kitchen (according to the Visa). Anyway, I'd been hogging the table, my waitress was going home and I rushed to give her the tip.

And forgot to check it over. It's fun to use a different solve method on a Monday-Tuesday. And yes, CC had no sports today but I love her sports clues.

I feel that she may not mind my baseball digressions.

So in conclusion Keith, it was indeed all tongue in cheek and hopefully not foot in mouth.

WC said...


Thanks to C. C. and TTP!

Went very fast. Only did not know MUIR, ALI and MESSI. No problem!

Forgot what FIR means. Help!

Have a great day!

Anonymous T said...

fermat - FIR==Finished It Right. -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Finished it Right( as opposed to Wrong)

That's right, btw, MESSI was a Sports clue. Is he going to play for Argentina?

Talk about American insularism; the World is more centered on (the World Cup of) Soccer than Singapore. I and many others are barely aware.
They say Peru has a chance. As does Peace


Picard said...

Mike Sherline: Wow! You have an eagle eye and a good memory regarding the YARN Bomb at Lizard's Mouth. I am very sorry to say I missed that installation. I am looking back at my photos and I think I see why. My nephew was graduating from college just before that. And then we had that terrible massacre in Isla Vista about a mile from our home.

I also just remembered: The Lizard's Mouth installation is much easier to access. I think by the time I was able to go, it was either vandalized or someone "helpfully" removed it. Too bad. From the photos it looks like it was quite elaborate! Another learning moment: Apparently the artist Stephen Duneier is a professor at UC Santa Barbara where I am now. And he comes from the world of finance!

PK: I was amused by your comments about the Korea Summit in Singapore. I am often fascinated with these people who have so much money and power, yet their lives are really not so great. If I had that money I would leave North Korea and come to Santa Barbara! I think of people like Saddam Hussein or Gaddafi who could have done that instead of dying a miserable death.

As you can imagine, I am not much of a fan of Kim or of Trump. But I am still rooting for both of them to make progress where none has happened for the past 70 years. It would be wonderful if North Korea not only would de-nuclearize, but if it would join the outside world and offer a better life for its people.

Anonymous T said...

Picard - Well said of the Singapore Situation... No one, not even quite Mitch M [Wa.Post Pinocchi-nose] wants to see a President #Fail.

Well, that's a wrap for the day; hopeful I can come down w/ the comics and start anew in 5 hours.

Cheers, -T

Mike Sherline said...

Should the above be reported? To whom? FBI, treasury, FTC? How would one go about it? Is it a possible chance to catch identity/credit thieves?