Jul 2, 2018

Monday July 2, 2018 Roland Huget

Theme: PRICE BREAKS (60. Good retail deals ... and what the three other longest answers literally exhibit). PRICE bookends each theme entry.

17A. Public relations arm: PRESS OFFICE.

11D. Steamed breakfast cereal: PUFFED RICE.

28D. Nectar that's high in fiber: PRUNE JUICE.
Boomer here.

You caught me last week.  I suggested that a gallon of gasoline in Minnesota was $1.75.  Of course my fat fingers hit the one instead of the two and it should have been $2.75.  However we do have a HyVee grocery in our area and they offer discounts on gas if you buy certain promotional items or spend a lot of money on food. A few weeks ago I bought gas there for $1.56 per gallon.  They also have a friendly convenience store near the gas pumps where you can buy snacks and lottery tickets.  AND if you want, they have the New York Times for sale for about the same price as a gallon of gas, in case you need to see the latest offering by Mr. Shortz.


1. Ancient Mexican: AZTEC.  Caused me to remember the Pontiac SUV.  A bit big and ugly but I liked its look.

6. Spirited horses: ARABS.

11. __-per-view: PAY.

14. Ballerina Shearer: MOIRA.

15. '80s-'90s TV legal drama: LA LAW.  I preferred NY "Law & Order".

16. Mod or nod suffix: ULE.

19. Hector, to Achilles: FOE.  I believe Hector kicked Achilles in his heel in the Trojan war and Achilles walked with a limp from then on.

20. First lady before Abigail: MARTHA. Washington.

21. Send-ups: TAKEOFFS. I expect in the movie "Airplane" Captain Over (Peter Graves) may have left in a "sendoff".

23. Grandmaster's game: CHESS.  A legendary game that requires great skill that I do not have.

25. Pearly whites: TEETH.  My teeth are like stars, they come out at night.  Years ago, I used to think Fixodent was an auto body repair shop.

26. Abundant: COPIOUS.

30. Booby or loon: BIRD. "Ahwella everybody's heard, about the bird."  The Minneapolis Trashmen gave us the "Surfin' Bird."

31. One-way marker: ARROW.

32. Smooth transition in conversation: SEGUE.  I always thought this was spelled Segway.

35. Video replay user: REF.  Just a way to allow more commercials in basketball games on TV.

38. Acht und eins: NEUN.  I spent time in Germany in the Army.  I could count to ten but never knew how to spell it.

39. Bricklayer: MASON. Lawyer, Perry.

40. The Emerald Isle: EIRE. So many ways to spell Ireland.

41. L-o-o-n-g time: EON. How long a ref takes looking at a replay.

42. Authority: SAY SO.

43. Foil giant: ALCOA. I don't see this name on foil, but over the years, sold tons of Alcoa Aluminum cable.

44. Building additions: ELLS.

46. Least becoming: UGLIEST.

48. Common movie theater name meaning "jewel": BIJOU.  There's a name out of the past.  Not too many Bijou theatres any more.  Most are now Multiplex.  So what is a "plex" anyhow?

50. Test versions: BETAS.

52. Home for pet fish: AQUARIUM.

54. Arrive in a car: ROLL UP. "Roll up for the mystery tour.  The Magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away."

59. Him, in Le Havre: LUI.

62. [not my mistake]: SIC.

63. Conger catcher: EELER. Odd word. Reminded me of Gopher/Vikings Hall of Fame "Purple People Eater" Defensive end Carl Eller.

64. Venezuela-to-Chile range: ANDES.

65. Tucked away: ATE.  I never heard any one say they tucked away a pizza.  Nor did I heard them say they tucked away some cash and then ate it.

66. Skin care name: ESTEE.  Ms. three E's appears in quite a number of puzzles.

67. Explosive tryout, briefly: NTEST.  A Minneapolis Company.  I think they deal with fiber cables.


1. Alarm clock toggle: AM PM.  And it plays "I got you Babe" repeatedly.

2. Author __ Neale Hurston: ZORA.

3. Wedding cake section: TIER.  I found it hard to believe that the Supreme Court was called to settle a Wedding cake dispute.

4. Once, quaintly: ERST.

5. Good moneymaker: CASH COW.  I have a cousin-in-law who is a dairy farmer.  I believe he may have a few of these cows.

6. Furry sitcom ET: ALF.  I wonder if Spanky ever called his friend by this nickname.

7. River transports: RAFTS.

8. Nom de plume: ALIAS. "Smith and Jones".  Sort of a sitcom western that lasted about 2 years on TV.

9. Give support to: BACK.

10. Honeybunch: SWEETIE.

12. Up in the air: ALOFT. Result of a "Sendup".

13. "What a pain!": YEESH.  I wish crossword puzzles would display real words.

18. Honolulu's island: OAHU.

22. Anthem contraction: OER. the land of the free and the home of the brave.

24. Long exam answer: ESSAY.

26. Sugar crop: CANE.  Ain't no more cane on the Brazos my boy, they all ground it all in molasses, Oh, Oh, OH.

27. Sandwich cookie: OREO.  A most famous crossword cookie. You seldom see Hydrox or Dagwood's daughter in the squares now.

29. Charged particle: ION.

30. Hot dog holder: BUN.  Remember a fifties" hairdo ?

33. Slalom shape: ESS. Also the direction some of my putts go.

34. Do dinner and a movie, say: GO OUT.

36. Cupid counterpart: EROS.

37. Notable achievement: FEAT.

39. Pas' partners: MAS.

40. New Haven Ivy Leaguer: ELI.  I thought this might be Eli Manning but he played college ball in Mississippi, and now with the Giants.  Nowhere near New Haven.

42. 7-Eleven frozen treat: SLURPEE. Southland pulled out of Minnesota years ago, but I never enjoyed a Slurpee while they were here.  Ice slush gave me a headache.

43. Loser: ALSO-RAN.

45. Mauna __: LOA.

47. Apparel: GARB.

48. Modeling wood: BALSA.  We used to fly airplanes made of balsa wood.

49. Terse resignation: I QUIT.  No! Not yet!  your almost done.

50. Put together from the ground up: BUILT.

51. Roast host: EMCEE. Loved the Dean Martin Roasts! (Except Don Rickles),

53. Riles up: IRES.  Sometimes a crossword clue ires you.

55. Pre-Easter fast: LENT.  Forty days and forty nights.  Not so much fasting anymore.

56. Put in a hold: LADE.

57. Luau strings: UKES. Tiptoe through the tulips with Tiny Tim.

58. Library attention-getter: PSST.

61. Now or long lead-in: ERE.


Note from C.C.:

Click here for a few pretty flower pictures from TTP's garden. His beautiful wife Katie is an avid gardener.


Brian Paquin said...

Hello all,
Just following up on my Saturday puzzle, specifically the mysterious clue for 19A TENS : "120 dozen?".
The editors got back to me on that:

Hi Brian,
There are a dozen 10s in 120, making TENS a "120 dozen" ("120" is an adjective in this sense -- or a noun acting as one). Something like [120's dozen] would be fairer in an easier puzzle, but for a Saturday themeless, Rich felt the extra challenge of this clue was reasonably fair.

Hmmm. I guess that will have to remain one of those things that I don't quite understand. Like why a soccer field is so big. And the entire game of you know that one person can stay up to bat for days on end, and score like 120 dozen runs? What kind of game is that?

OwenKL said...

CSO to Abejo, Blue Hen and myself at MASON. Probably CSO to me too at UGLIEST.

The BIJOU was a CASH COW during summer-tide.
Air conditioned comfort for the humid, hot, and fried!
Let's pause a moment at what fails
And hampered winter ticket sales --
The painted sign that promised. "It's colder here inside!"


Anonymous said...

Links are off a tad

Anonymous said...

And by links I mean cc links

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Canada Day Eh

BEP thank you for following up; I believe this is the first time we ever received direct feedback on a clue change by Rich.

am I the only one who did not remember this BALLERINA? RED SHOES was her biggest success and came out in the year I was born.

The theme/reveal were fun and Boomer always gives us a nice ride. Thank you and yes the link to TTP's pictures says it does not exist.

TTP said...

Sorry about that. Inadvertently reverted the published post. The link is working now.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Anyone else having trouble with Cruciverb? Today the site is presenting a blank white page. Haven’t looked elsewhere yet.

Morning, Brian, I agree. That explanation and the game of Cricket are equally incomprehensible.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

YEESH (or SHEESH, as Jayce would say), this one went quickly. Zoom, zoom, done. Was looking for ON/OFF for that alarm clock, but everything else fell in place immediately. Thanx, Roland and Boomer.

SEGUE: Boomer, the personal transporter is spelled SEGWAY. They never really caught on.

TUCKED AWAY: Bridget Lancaster is the only person I've heard say "tuck into" regarding some recipe creation from America's Test Kitchen on PBS.

Brian, I can't believe the stir that "120 dozen" caused in yesterday's puzzle. You asked, "What kind of game is that?" -- a TENSe game.

desper-otto said...

Oh, I guess that happened on Saturday. How time flies...

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Don't know much about history, so I changed Hector from a son to a FOE.

FRW, not knowing NEUN, and wondering what PRiNE JUICE was. But I didn't know "acai" until crosswords, so I thought it was close enough.

Hand up for disliking YEESH. I would have clued it "sot's assent".

I couldn't name a single ballerina. When my niece was 12 I could name exactly one.

I have only seen a BIJOU theater on The Andy Griffith Show.

This may be skirting a little too close to politics, but I have it on good authority that Tin is the instigator of the "Abolish ICE" movement.

Thanks to Roland for a fun puzzle, I liked most of it. And thanks to Boomer for outdoing yourself yet again. You take the sting out of my FIW Monday.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy today. Had to come here to fully get the theme. Not needed for the solve. Just a couple forks in the road I had to take. - EIRE or Erin? ROLL in or ROLL UP? Chortled at CASH COW - heard it in the power business a lot.
YEESH - CSO to Jayce. Seems to be a favorite expression. Agree with Boomer's comment.
BIRD - Neat clue. I learnt about the blue-footed booby years ago. We have a Loon Lake in the Adirondacks, and Canadians have them on their coinage.
NEUN - L. German negen; Dutch negen. (the 'g' has a light elision quality of the ch in 'ach' or 'loch'. My theory is Nine may have had a 'g' at one time, but its use has vanished, just like in eight or bight.)

Happy Canada Day to Canadian Eh! and other northern neighbors.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. I found this a bit challenging for a Monday. I needed the PRICE BREAKS to assist with the long clues.

I wanted AM/FM instead of AM/PM for the Alarm Clock Toggle. My alarm clock is also a radio alarm. But ... Fress Office made no sense.

Video Replay User = REF was clever.

Stay cool everyone!

QOD: I like to be quiet, and let people find me rather than having to shout at them. ~ Larry David (b. July 2, 1947)

Yellowrocks said...

I liked this puzzle. I know Norma Shearer, a 1930's best actress winner. I didn't know Moira, but it was easily perped.
Achilles and Hector fought on opposite sides. Achilles killed Hector and dragged his body through the streets behind his chariot.
Later, Achilles was fatally struck in the heel by a poisoned arrow shot by Paris.
Achilles mother had dipped her infant son in a magic river to make him invulnerable. She held him by the heel, so that part was not protected.
We had many essay tests in college. My roommate who was schooled in the South was at a disadvantage, never having had any essay tests. One of our tests had only one question, requiring three blue books to answer. The two hour test for my MA consisted of 3 detailed essays on any material we had studied in all our courses.
I really liked the 120's dozen clue. It makes sense to me. A dozen what make 120? 12 (a dozen) tens make 120. (10x12).

When someone goes to an all you can eat buffet and scarfs down seconds and thirds, we say, "He can really put it away."

TTP said...

Good morning.

Thank you Roland and Boomer. I like PRICE BREAKS.

Thought we were going to have a pangram for a moment, but no V and no X.

Canada Day was yesterday, July 1st. Keep being awesome.

100 fifths ?

Yellowrocks said...

I had puffed rice early on because it fit, but I wondered why it was steamed.
Wikipedia: Puffed rice is formed by the reaction of both starch and moisture when heated within the shell of the grain. Unlike popcorn, rice kernels are naturally lacking in moisture and must first be conditioned with steam. Puffed rice can be created by heating the steam-conditioned kernels either with oil or in an oven. Rice puffed in this way is crisp, and known as "crisped rice".

Lemonade714 said...

Canada Day 2018
Sunday, July 1
Observed date:
Monday, July 2

YR thank you for the rice education; sticky rice is yet another incarnation.

Brian Paquin said...

Happy Canada Day to all of us Canucks! It does actually shift to Monday when July 1 falls on Sunday.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Liked the puzzle, Roland, but didn't get the theme. It was pretty easy too. Duh! Fun, fun, fun with Boomer at the wheel.

Olmec before AZTEC. Still a lot of Aztec descendents there. We had an exchange student whose profile looked like the old carvings.

BIJOU: John & Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas named one of their daughters BIJOU. Thought it was strange so remembered what it meant.

MOIRA must have been ESP because I had to go back and search out the clue when y'all here were talking about her. I've heard of her but didn't know she was a ballerina.

Unknowns: LUI & NEUN. We've had LUI enough but I just never remember it.

Brian, it would have been nice if Rich had just apologized for an iffy clue like 120 dozen. He can say it is right, but "it just don't look right to me".

TTP: I enjoyed your lovely flowers yesterday. Wish my yard looked like that. Can I borrow Katie for awhile? I do have some lovely light yellow day lilies in bloom right now that I am enjoying.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning,

I enjoyed this Monday adventure. Thanks, Roland and Boomer for a fine start to the week.

I also enjoyed reading yesterday's comments last night. I was too tired to write responses.

Lots to do here. After my MIL's move and readying her house for sale, I am bent on beginning another pass through my house, closets, and garage for yet another purge. I view this as ongoing work. Luckily I never used my house or garage attic. More deliveries to my kids. They recoil when they see me coming! I do not need three HS letter jackets! Or much else for that matter. I'm in a Thoreau mood these days: Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Have a sunny day.

desper-otto said...

BIJOU: Was also the name of a '90s vintage 6-channel THX-certified equalizer -- one channel for each channel of a 5.1 home theater. How do I know this? Because I've got one. Of course to use it you need home theater pre-amp and power amp separates. I no longer do. Anybody want a free Bijou? It's yours for the cost of shipping.

thehondohurricane said...


Late today due to needed yard work. Wanted to get it done before the heat set in. Pretty easy go today except for the NW corner. Found it to be a bit dicey even though my entries looked good.

SEGUE one of those words I can never remember. Makes perps useful.

Nap time. My outside duties starting too early. Heat wave hasn't been too bad thanks to very low humidity. Actually yard work or just sitting on the deck on a warm day has been nice.

See ya. (Michael Kaye said that quite a bit last night)

Anonymous said...

Brian at 5:22
A major cricket match lasts five days in which a team's score can be more than
600 runs. Individual scores more than 300 are not uncommon.

Modern versions of cricket last two (twenty overs) to five hours(fifty overs).
Each overs of six balls. Even in these short version scores can exceed 200 runs
to 400 runs. This is because of the way runs are awarded . If a batter hits the ball out of the boundary line he is awarded four runs .if ball crosses the boundary without
touching ground he gets six runs. A batter has to hit only 17 sixers to score
a century !

Baseball may be as inscrutable to an Englishman as cricket is to us ! said...


Thanks to Roland and Boomer!

Still hate the TENS bit.

No problems today.

Eyes blurry. Hope that opthamologist can fit me in.

Have a swell day!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Slow Monday, so...

IIRC, in business (and especially in business schools), markets are frequently analyzed in dimensions of growth and market share. Products in low growth markets where the company enjoys a large market share are called CASH COWS. Low growth and low market share products are DOGS, High growth and high market share are STARS, and high growth and low market shares are called QUESTION MARKS. Companies use money from CASH COWS to further develop STARS and sometimes to try to develop QUESTION MARKS into STARS. They tend to divest DOGS, but when the decision is made to keep them anyway they are often called PETS instead of DOGS.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvellous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Roland and Boomer.
Only a few crunchy spots today but lots of perps to help the fill. I got the theme and saw the PRICE BREAKS. Would have been nice if PRICE had broken either all the same way or three different ways IMHO; but I am not the constructor trying to make that work, and it is only Monday and the CW doesn't need to be that elegant.

Starting out with Mayan and Incan before AZTEC was not an auspicious beginning.
I did not know MOIRA and couldn't remembered ZORA. Wagged the O correctly.
I haven't finished memorizing all your FLOTUS' names, but I had enough perps to see MARTHA.
I too thought of Jayce with YEESH.
Thanks YR for the research about steamed rice. That would be Rice Krispies trade name eh?

Boomer, my eagle eye (not Loonie!)) noted your comment for 49D " your almost done" SIC.

ROLL UP reminded me of Tim Horton's Roll up the Rim contests in the spring. Do the American stores have this contest?

Thanks for trying to clarify that TENS clue, Brian.

Thanks for all the Canada Day wishes. Yesterday was the official day and most of the parades, celebrations, fireworks took place then. But people who work (as opposed to us retirees), get today as their "in lieu" day. Many stores were open yesterday and are closed today. We'll celebrate all the long weekend in this heat and take all the best wishes we can get. We Canadians tend not to wear our patriotism on our sleeves but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate what we have here!

oc4beach said...

Roland provided a quick puzzle today. Boomer's tour through the grid gave me the Ah-ha moment on the theme. I didn't really look for it while working the puzzle, and when I was done, I didn't need the theme to solve the puzzle.

Like others, I didn't know MOIRA or NEUN, and I had ODEON before BIJOU. Perps to the rescue.

Boomer, I don't use Fixodent, but I do use Polident. To clean my Stainless Steel coffee maker Carafe, that is. Four tablet in hot water softens the oils that stain the pot and then I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to wipe it out. Finally I wash it in soapy water to get rid of any residue. I run a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water through the coffee maker itself to clean it and to get rid of any mold and calcium from our hard water. I've tried a number of commercial products and a number of home remedies, but this seems to work best.

It's supposed to be a scorcher again today, so outside work gets done early and then inside with the A/C and a good book in the afternoon. Stay cool everyone.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Easy, breezy solve but was unaware of the theme until the reveal. Noticed the neighboring Eon and Ion. Hand up for AM FM. Otherwise, a smooth finish.

Thanks, Roland, for a pleasant start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for the cheerful and "cool" commentary on another scorching hot day.

Happy Canada Day to all of our northern neighbors.

TTP, thanks for sharing those beautiful flowers with us.

FLN, Wilbur, can you explain your reference to CED and IM in your comment to Misty? I'm just curious as I don't do the Jumble.

Jinx @ 7:14 ~ I laughed out loud at your ICE - Tin comment!

It's supposed to hit 100 today with a heat index of 110. (As others mentioned yesterday, I also grew up w/o AC and I often wonder how we survived.)

Have a great day and stay cool.

SwampCat said...

Easy Monday with helpful perps and WAGs. Thanks Roland and Boomer. MOIRA Shearer was a gimme because Red Shoes is still one of my all time favorite movies.

Brian , thanks for the follow up on TENS. No comment!

Stay cool everyone . We’ll be complaining about the cold in December, I guess.

WikWak said...

Too hot for a romp in the park; this one was just an easy stroll today. Didn’t see the theme until I came here but it wasn’t needed to solve the puzzle. Thanx, Roland and Boomer.

Cruciverb is still just showing a blank page. As it turns out, ALL of the links from the home page lead to blank pages. Weird.

The house I grew up in was built in the early 1820s, added on to just after the Civil War, and added on to again in the 1890s. No A/C and no way to put it in. Fortunately, my dad found an enormous fan somewhere and built it into a frame in front of an upstairs window. When that sucker turned on lights dimmed for blocks around and any hot air inside didn’t stand a chance. My house today has A/C and I will never live without it again.

Time to go check the driveway; I think the eggs should be about done…

Stay cool, all.

CanadianEh! said...

I used Cruciverb to reach the CW today and opened on Across Lite with no problem from Safari on my iPad. We have no newspaper today because of the holiday.

Misty said...

What a great morning since I got everything: a fun Roland Huget puzzle, Sudoku, Kenken, and Jumble. Yay! I love Mondays! I breezed through the puzzle, and loved getting words like AQUARIUM. It took me a little while to get the theme, which I couldn't have gotten without the reveal. Had a silly moment when I mis-read "Pre-Easter feast" instead of "fast," and thought that's ridiculous, you fast in Lent, you don't feast in Lent. But then I got it. Anyway, thanks Roland, for a lot of fun, and you too, Boomer. I liked your teeth joke. NTEST is nuclear test, right?

Tell Katie those are sweet flowers, TTP.

Brian, nice to have you check in with us again.

CanadianEh, you make us all appreciate Canada so much--many thanks, especially on your holiday.

Have a great day, everybody!

PK said...

I didn't hesitate to put AMPM in for the alarm feature. I never could get mine to work right when I had an alarm clock, so I remembered it. If I hadn't been so frustrated by it, I probably wouldn't have gotten it right now.

I never lived in a house with forced air furnace & central a/c until I move here to the city in 2003. I lived in an apartment for a short time which had it. The house I grew up in used an old "swamp cooler" - big fan with excelsior in the case around it and they kept the hose running on top of it. The first summer I was married, I wanted to buy a window air conditioner. My husband used the money to buy a TV instead. He was out on the farm in the heat and was used to it. I really suffered because I had an air conditioned office job and had to come home to a hot house to sleep. The second summer I had a new baby who got a prickly heat rash on her darling face. Her daddy went out and bought a window air conditioner so the baby wouldn't suffer. I was so glad to have A/C but felt like I was second rate. Our old stone house on the farm was fairly easy to keep cool with just a couple of window air conditioners.

Lemonade714 said...

This is one of those odd times where the weather here while warm is not as hot as most of the nation. If you live neat the ocean, the breezes are always there and the air pleasant. I am not talking about Orlando or Gainesville, but where I live now.

Roy said...

120 dozen is 1,440.

Nine is from Old English nigon.

Picard said...

Brian Paquin: Huge thanks for being so attentive to our questions! And for following up with the editor about the "120 dozen?" answer as TENS on Saturday. I do see how it can make sense that way. Your original clue was better in my humble opinion.

Today seemed crunchy to me for a Monday. Hand up for FM before PM. Hand up with Jinx SON before FOE. Learning moment.

I got the reveal right away. But I was drawn to OFF in OFFICE and TAKEOFFS and thought that was the theme. Anyone else stuck with OFF for the theme? Anyway, I enjoyed the puzzle and FIR!

Here was our Early Music group in traditional GARB. No UKES!

Lots of UKES in OAHU. More photos another time.

Silicon NODULES featured big in the Star Trek episode "Devil in the Dark"

The good guys were being terrorized by a monster that was murdering miners. Spock did a Mind MELD (remember that from a few days ago?) with the monster and suddenly there was a totally new perspective.

The "monster" was a very intelligent and sensitive creature, based on silicon rather than carbon (as we are). The NODULES were her eggs. She was not a murderer. Just trying to protect her eggs. In the end, the "monster" and the miners were able reach an agreement where they could work together! That is why I love Star Trek! It is so easy to make scary, dystopian stories. Much harder to create a story like that!

Picard said...

Somehow even with copy and paste I lost part of my post!

My friend Kimi is an avid player of UKES! She also held lessons to teach the rest of us to play UKES, too!

This was supposed to go before the GARB bit above!

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Thanks Roland and Boomer for a fun Monday!

Dittos on LOL @ Jinx's comment about Tinbeni and ICE - classic!

Two WO's: BUILD/BUILT - DVR/REF (which was a clever clue, BTW)

I finished without considering the theme and reveal; I noticed it afterwards. ZORA/MOIRA was a WAG, but looked correct. Likewise, ROLL UP/LADE

When I saw the theme revealed, I thought of these ERSTwhile PRICE BREAKS. Lemonade, or any of our other barristers, cars to comment??

COPIOUS pun possibilities, and I chose these two (limerick is a bit of plagiarism I guess ...) {hah!} {groan}

A Mexican from
Tucson, studied anthropol-
Ogy at AZ TECh.

When riding along on my Segway
My partner and I had a SEGUE.
"Here's a game we can play:
Tell me, what's a henway?"
And he said, "About 3 or 4 pounds".

Tinbeni said...

Boomer: Nice write-up!

This was (for me) probably the easiest to solve Monday puzzle ever.

Irish Miss: They had a CANADA DAY party in Ybor City yesterday.
Gal Pal and I enjoyed "toasting" our friends. (We have a lot of Canadian friends here).
It was a "blast."


Chairman Moe said...

Should have said to Lemonade and other barristers, "Care" to comment" - I really need to look before posting or turn off autocorrect

AnonymousPVX said...

Pretty much a speed run today, not unusual on a Monday.

Not much else to add. On to Tuesday.

oc4beach said...

Like others DW and I each grew up in houses with no A/C or even insulation. I remember hot nights with inside temperatures in the 80's at night. I would crawl out on the porch roof to try to cool off. My parents didn't like me doing it when they caught me out there.

Our first apartment on Long Island had no A/C and the year our daughter was born was one of the hottest summers up to that point. Roads were buckling and there were power brownouts from the high usage of electricity. It was brutal. The next year we relocated to the DC area and we decided that any place we lived in would have A/C and we've had it ever since in all of the houses we lived in.

When our daughter got married she and her husband had a house built by her FIL who was a part time general contractor. He complained to me that my daughter would not back down on her demand for central A/C in the house because he didn't have it and she shouldn't need it. I told him good luck in trying to change her mind. She got her A/C and within a year her FIL had to install it in his house because his wife liked our daughter's A/C and wanted it too. LOL.

CanadianEh and all of our other neighbors from up north: I hope you had a great Canada day. I had a co-worker (not the brightest bulb in the pack) tell me that Canadians do not have a fourth of July because they are not Americans. I pointed out that we use the same calendar.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Roland Huget, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Went through the puzzle in typical time from for a Monday. Probably a little longer than most folks.

Theme worked out. Had them all before I saw the theme.

Dead center in the puzzle, MASON. My fraternity.

For some reason I remembered BIJOU quite easily.

Got ZORA with three perps and a wag. Whatever works.

Must run. See you tomorrow.


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Picard said...

Regarding the term ROLL UP does anyone in the US use this term?

Here Paul McCartney sings the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. It starts with repeated use of the expression ROLL UP: ROLL UP for the Mystery Tour

Perhaps it is a British expression?

From yesterday:
Wilbur Charles wrote:
"Dystopian. Good word. However, and I don't have to tell you this, to get to the idealized world of Kirk and Picard will require a universal cooperation which is in HIATUS* right now."

It has always taken a special effort by rare visionaries to give us the progress that we benefit from today.

If we want to end up in a good place, we need to look toward that place. In the words of the great philosopher Yogi Berra:
If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle.™ Easy but fun. I learned that ULE is really a suffix. Sheesh!® Just last week, on the Australian TV show The Doctor Blake Mysteries, the members of the household were sitting down to dinner and one of the characters said, "Tuck in!"
Happy Canada Day, and good wishes to you all.

Yellowrocks said...

Ya know, that "120 dozen?" clue would have been much clearer with an apostrophe and a couple of S's.
A quart's four would be cups.
120's dozens would be 10. I am sure that's what Rich meant, but he didn't express it well.

My parents neve had AC. It was really uncomfortable some times. When I married we always had multiple window AC's. Here at the condo these last 27 years I have had central air. Wonderful!
It was brand new when I moved here. I am expecting it to fail at any time. Big $$$$, but worth it.

CanadianEh! said...

Oc4beach@1:39- LOL re your co-worker's comment. Using that same logic, we could say that Americans are missing out on the First of July because they are not Canadians!😄🇨🇦

Husker Gary said...

-Brian, I blogged that puzzle and did the best I could but I’m still not sold
-Mid 70’s with a cool breeze this morning so…
-Z_RA/M_IRA was a low grade Natick in this smooth Monday offering
-ARABS toggles back and forth between humans and horses
-Copious describes our recent rainfall
-Fun write-up, Boomer! However - 49. Terse resignation: I QUIT.  No! Not yet!  your [SIC] almost done. :-)
-Day Care Centers have become CASH COWS for many churches in our town
-RAFTING on the nearby Elkhorn River is verboten because of the volume of water and trash washing downstream recently
-Singing the “G” on O’ER is easy, your mettle is tested on the “G” on Free in the next measure.
-I told Joann that if having a cheeseburger on Friday in LENT sends me to hell, it’s a lot closer call than I thought

Chairman Moe said...

Jumble comments:

Only struggled with one of the four scrambled words, but got that through T and E. Once I sussed the clues and had the eight letters, I took a quick glance at the number of words they were wanting. Since it was just 1, I decided to solve, sans clue. No problemo. I figured that it might be a past tense verb, and indeed it was.

Anonymous said...

What does having been schooled in the South have to do with the lack of essay exams? That sounds rather elitist. I took plenty of essay exams in school.

Michael said...

Reading through everyone's comments on the now-notorious "120 dozen" clue, all I can figure is "It's a mystery, my son."

Even the hopefully-clarifying explanations are confusing.....

Oh, well, everybody's allowed an off clue, sometimes.

Yellowrocks said...

Even today states differ in the quality and rigor of their high schools and the kind of competencies emphasized. There is also a difference within states distrct to district. Ask realtors about their recommendation for strong school districts. When I was in college all of my Southern fellow students were dismayed by our college's emphasis on writing. They were admittably a small sampling. This is not a knock on the students, but on the school systems. Not all echool districts are created equal. I have heard that in the interveving years many high schools have upped their standards.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Or, as I suggested at the end of that day's thread, just a slash between "120" and "dozen" viz.,
"120/dozen" or "120/dozens."

As for today's pzl, 'twas a most enjoyable return to the old Monday category of Supremely Easy. Ta- DA! Thanks to Mr. Huget for a walk in the park, a piece o' cake, and a bree-eeze. Thanks, Boomer, for reminding me to look for a theme.

Whom Do You Trust?
Hollywood or Shakespeare?
I prefer Will's version of the killing of Hector. None of that old technicolor mano-a-mano BS. See Troilus and Cressida where Achilles and his Myrmidons sneak up and surround the unarmed Hector before murdering him.
"Look, Hector, how the sun begins to set...." (Act V, sc 8)
This fits with Achilles' nasty follow-up, the defiling & dragging of Hector's corpse around the walls of Troy.

O Canada!
I love the people, the scenery, and the noble anthem - and I recall all my visits with joy. Happy Canada Day to our northern pals.
As a citizen of your nearest ally, and as a wannabe good friend, I want to do my bit to make up for our POTUS' recent insults. We love you, Canada!
(This is not political, merely neighborly.)


Diagonal Report:
Just one, on the mirror side, the source for the following anagram:
Debra was mild of manner – overly repressed according to her therapist, who wanted her to learn to stand up for herself. He recommended that she work with a guru who would teach her the best asanas that could free her spirit.
Debra was an apt pupil, and she found that by releasing her
chakras she was able to raise a stink and complain with the best of them.
She credited her newfound confidence to her


Mike Sherline said...

Maybe I dreamed this, but I seem to remember reading or hearing a few years ago that the inventor of the Segway was killed driving his off a cliff.

Picard - nice video & pics of the Renaissance group. A lifetime ago at the U of Md. I played sakbut in one, and my then wife (a bassoonist) played the racket. We didn't dress up, but had a lot of fun. Your picture series could be titled: "Robert and the Women".

Uke - as a lifelong low brass and string bass player, when we moved to Hawaii in '13 I decided to try to learn the ukulele. My wife bought me one and I got some learn-it-yourself books. My problem is my musical training - I tried to learn the chords by spelling out the notes and figuring out how to play them simultaneously on the 4 strings, but then couldn't remember the hand position and had to do the analysis all over the next time I wanted to play that chord. So I started anew trying to approach it as a non musician, just learning the positions by rote, and that sort of worked. If I keep in practice I can remember some chords by hand position. Now the problem is just shifting between them fast and smoothly enough to keep in time. Practice!

Hahtoolah said...

Mike: you are close The owner of the Segway Company was killed after running over a cliff on one of his Segway's. He had purchased the company from its inventor, Dean Kamen.

Yellowrocks said...

Yes OMK, the slash would mean divided by. Perfectly reseasonable.

Pat said...

A nice, easy start of the week puzzle. This past Friday-Sunday were too much for me and I don't have the patience to persevere. Thanks, Roland, for the experience. Great write-up, Boomer. I enjoy your humor.

I had a few errors already mentioned. Perps forced corrections.

DH and I grew up in homes with no A/C. There were a few days that it would have been a good thing to have. When we lived in Minneapolis we used it about 7 times a summer. Here in Cincinnati it goes on in the spring and stays on until fall when we change over to the furnace.

Have a wonderful day!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Michael @ 2:47:
Steady on there... Keep calm. If you understand that the "120 dozen" clue was a misprint, then you have your choice of several fine solutions. See Yellowrock's posting - and mine.

The Jumble was super easy today. I thank you again for turning me onto it, although I am not sure I'll keep it up. I have an uneasy feeling that I may be getting addicted to it.
I catch myself just glancing at it on the page, and I think "I don't really need to solve these, do I?"
And then I do.
Well, at lest it turned me onto imagining the Xwd diagonals as anagrams. That's been fun.


desper-otto said...

YR, our local school district was just rated an F when compared to all Texas districts. But, heck, they've got a new $20M football stadium. That's gotta count for something... Who cares if Johnny can read or write, it's football that matters.

SwampCat said...

LOL..,. But you do understand that ratings are rather meaningless, They are based on things other than actual learning.

Ol' Man Keith said...

desper-otto ~
"F" for Football?

Another case of Sports over ABCs?
We usually call that Waggin' the Dog except that pigskin seems to be involved.
It's maybe more appropriate to call it a case of a
Short 'n Curly Waggin' the Pig.


SwampCat said...

Supposedly. The president of the Univ of Oklahoms once said “ we are trying to build a university the football team can be proud of.” ... but that is probably aprocryphal.

Picard said...

Mike Sherline: It seems we have much in common! My father was a biology professor at the University of Maryland in the 1960s. Glad you also enjoy the pleasures of making music, with or without period GARB!

Yes, Kimi taught us to play the UKES using chord fingering patterns. No attempt to understand the actual notes being played. Yes, I am grateful for all the lovely, bright women in my life!

SwampCat: I Googled that quote and it is real. Below is the full exchange as quoted in the New York Times February 18, 1989:
It was 1951 or '52, as Dr. George L. Cross remembered it, a year or so after the University of Oklahoma won its first national football championship, and he, the school president, was defending a budget request to the combined appropriations committee of the State Legislature.

For more than an hour, Dr. Cross detailed why the university needed the money.

When he finished, one ''sleepy old Senator'' raised up in his seat.

''Yes, that's all well and good,'' said the Senator. ''But what kind of football team are we going to have this year?''

Dr. Cross replied, ''We want to build a university our football team can be proud of.''

''It was a cynical remark because I thought my whole presentation had been wasted,'' says Dr. Cross today, ''but the quote was picked up all across the country.''

SwampCat said...

Picard, you have rescued me! I have always loved that quote true in so many cases! But I never documented it. Thanks!!

Hahtoolah said...

YR: With all due respect, and notwithstanding the emphasis of football in many southern high schools and universities, to generalize that students in the south are not well educated (ie, in writing essays), based on an experience of more than 60 years in the past, only serves to perpetuate the prejudices of northern vs. southern attitude. Having lived in both the northeast and now the south, and having obtained advanced degrees in both locations, I would have to object to your generalization. Granted, various school districts have differencing resources and priorities, but there are good and poor school districts in all states regardless of whether they are located in the north or south.

CanadianEh! said...

Tinbeni- glad you had a blast with your Canadian friends.

OMK- Thanks for the love!

Ol' Man Keith said...

I think Yellowrocks was talking about a particular roommate - not all students from the South. But of course Hahtoolah is correct about the varied distribution of good and bad school districts in all states. My guess is no one is to be faulted here.

I discovered Norma Shearer after Moira. Yes, Norma was wonderful - and in a lot more films. After I found her on TCM, she stole my heart. But, ah, I knew Moira back in the '40s, and she was the star of The Red Shoes, the film that taught me - and many of my generation - that ballet was not entirely insipid.

I used to think they were sisters, but no. Moira was a Scot and Norma Canadian.
The relative of Norma's who did at least as many films as she did was her brother, Douglas. There is hardly a film from the period without his credit as sound designer. Douglas Shearer won seven Oscars to Norma's two.


Mike Sherline said...

Hahtoolah @ 1623 Thanks for the correction and links. I recognize the name of Dean Kamen, the inventor, but didn't remember that of the man who died, Jimi Hesenden. Looks like a sad loss of a great man. Reading the Daily Mail article, I was struck by how colorful are the place names in West Yorkshire, and it looks beautiful.

Picard - yes, I've been an amateur, semi-pro and professional musician most of my life. Moving to this rural area was kind of a culture shock, with the dearth of concerts or even community groups to play in, but by "stretching the envelope" I manage to keep on playing, at least a little bit.

Misty said...

Ol'Man Keith, enjoy your Jumble or not--whatever works best for you. I like it because it's quick and illustrated, and if you can't do it, someone can give you a quick clue and Voila! But it's optional, and you have diagonals and many other things to work on.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Roland for a fun little puzzle to help me BREAK up the day's work; the PRICE of entry was just right.

Boomer - LOL Fixodent. Thanks for the expo.

ESPs: MOIRA, ZORA [lucky WAG in there too - Hi C,Eh!], BIJOU (never heard that unless it's pronounced way different that it looks), LUI, NEUN, puLL UP.

Fav: [SIC]; folks must use that a lot when quoting me :-)
REF was pretty good c/a too.

{A} {boo-hiss :-), chuckle}

Thanks for the update on TENS Brian. #Thumper

Picard - I was OFF base for a bit too with the theme...

Jinx - LOL "Abolish ICE" quip.

D-O: I have a buddy that may want that EQ though it might be too new for him... He sent me a video last week of a '74 amp and '76 turntable he just got working. [and RUSH's Tom Sawyer was the 1st platter he chose!].

Canadians, always gettin' Twosies*.... Happy Canada Day (again) C, Eh!, Brian, and NorthernBoy!

I just heard those kids & coach in a cave were found safe(ish) after 9 days!

Back to work. Cheers -T
*The hacker conference I attended in Vancouver in the early aughts taught me the concept of "second breakfast."

Wilbur Charles said...

Boomer, you too have that pawky sense of humor. Price here, around Tampa, got down to $2.45 and jumped back up to the $2.65 range. But, deisel barely moved. Such an obvious example of price gouging.

I don't believe Paris' arrow was poisoned. But I didn't read all of Homer's Iliad. LIU?
IM, the first _J word was TNIKET. Get it now? Unless you are a dog person.
Btw, speaking of... Oh, Misty.. did you get Sunday's Jumble. Were my hints helpful? Fe. #1?

I remember one hot night(I was 7 or 8) in Boston I went to sleep UNDER the bed where it was cool. My mother later became frantic until my brother in the next bed casually said, "He's under the bed".

HG, the meat ban is only Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. I'll check though. One of my old baseball pals is 'the leading authority on all things Catholic'

Fast solve but some interesting cluing. As a CSO to OMK I solved on the NW-SE diagonal then went NE to SW.

Funny l'icks and kus today. The old "Henway" joke.


Chairman Moe said...

Yes, an oldie but goodie. 😀