Jul 1, 2018

Sunday July 1, 2018 Gail Grabowski

Theme: "Cool Comfort"- AC spans across each theme entry.

23A. Bottom of a pie: PIZZA CRUST.  Trade Joe's has nice pizza dough.

25A. Quality bedding material: PIMA COTTON.

46A. Where Petaluma is: SONOMA COUNTY. Wiki says "Petaluma is a transliteration of the Coast Miwok phrase péta lúuma which means hill backside and probably refers to Petaluma's proximity to Sonoma Mountain."

65A. Room in some posh residences: MEDIA CENTER.

88A. Tex-Mex dipper: TORTILLA CHIP.

112A. Oakland-based environmental group: SIERRA CLUB.

114A. 2009 Meryl Streep role: JULIA CHILD.

37D. Struggling student's option: EXTRA CREDIT.

42D. Game player's purchase: SEGA CONSOLE.

Reveal entry:

115D. Coolers, briefly, that span two words in the nine longest answers: ACS.

Another simple and fresh offering from the legendary Gail. Timely too.

On average, we have about 13 days of 90s or above in the Twin Cities every year. We've had 9 days so far. Hit 99 on Friday, even our Asiatic lilies felt too hot to remain in the bud. So they opened up. So pretty, TTP, I bet you and Katie have them in your garden also. Had to put a fence around because of the rogue rabbits.


1. Tip off: TELL.

5. Iridescent stones: OPALS.

10. Broadway restaurant founder: SARDI (Vincent). Sardi's is the birthplace of the Tony award.

15. Fancy window feature: ARCH.

19. Bizet's "Habanera," e.g.: ARIA.

20. Frequent co-star of Sly: TALIA. "Rocky".

21. From the top: AGAIN.

22. Large volume: TOME.

27. Gourmet gastropod: SNAIL. Buttery, garlicky and parsley-y escargots.

28. Puts at risk: IMPERILS.

30. Ring components: ONIONS.

31. Fish caught in pots: EELS.

33. Stock ending?: ADE. Stockade. And 74. Road closing?: STER. Roadster.

34. Historic 1804 contest: DUEL. Burr-Hamilton duel.

35. Texas city in the film "Friday Night Lights": ODESSA.

38. Org. with a New London academy: USCG. We have a New London here in MN.

41. Sites with jets: AIR BASES.

45. Leading the line: NEXT.

50. Switchboard connection: Abbr.: EXT.

51. Mil. driller: SGT.

52. For hire to sire: AT STUD.

53. It may be a lot: ACRE.

54. Wistful remark: OH GEE.

56. Burn the toast, say: ERR.

57. How much sautéing is done: IN OIL.

58. Hate the idea of: DREAD.

59. Org. founded on the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth: NAACP. Good to know.

60. "Dark of the Moon" poet: TEASDALE (Sara)

62. Hummus scooper: PITA.

63. Fam. tree member: DESC. Descendant.

64. Religious faction: SECT.

69. Made off with: TOOK.

72. Barely done: RARE.

75. Amazon predator: ANACONDA. Great fill.

77. Brand with a Creamy Vodka sauce: PREGO.

79. 1954 Ford debut: T-BIRD.

81. Great Plains tribe: KIOWA. And 104. Like parts of the Great Plains: SEMI-ARID.

82. Unc, to Dad: SIB.

83. "It's not my first __!": RODEO. Is this a regional saying?

84. Choral part: ALTO.

85. Teaching model: MOCK UP.

86. Hugs, on cards: OOO.

87. Manning of football: ELI.

91. Botch: FLUB.

92. Carriers of carriers: PET SHOPS. Nice clue.

94. Pre-college, briefly: EL-HI. Every 21*21 grid has a few gluey entries.

95. Female folklore fiend: OGRESS.

97. Scoffing sounds: HAHS.

98. Rel. title: REV.

100. "She Believes __": Kenny Rogers hit: IN ME.

101. Lash out at: ASSAIL.

108. Invited: ASKED.

116. Author Dinesen: ISAK. "Out of Africa".

117. Ruin, with "up": LOUSE.

118. Part of PGA: Abbr.: ASSOC.

119. Singer on a 2007 Black Heritage postage stamp, familiarly: ELLA.

120. Is just right: FITS.

121. Bring to a boil: ANGER. Fun clue.

122. Lots of paper: REAMS.

123. Overly curious: NOSY.


1. Pub hardware: TAPS.

2. Shillelagh's land: ERIN. Not familiar with this place.

3. "__ With a 'Z'": 1972 TV special: LIZA.

4. Like the most summery day: LAZIEST.

5. Non-Rx: OTC.

6. City awarded the 2024 Summer Olympic Games: PARIS.

7. Donor drive target: ALUM.

8. Sylvester's problem: LISP.

9. Fill completely: SATE.

10. Palatable: SAPID. This word sure does not look flavorful.

11. Well-coordinated: AGILE.

12. Super Bowl XXXIV champs: RAMS.

13. 24 horas: DIA.
14. On trial: IN COURT.

15. Fifth-century Roman Empire foe: ATTILA. The Hun.

16. Revolution prefix: ROTO.

17. "Seriously?": C'MON.

18. They're often cooped up: HENS.

24. Pub round: ALES.

26. Separately: ONE BY ONE.

29. Mumbai melody: RAGA.

32. Altar sacrifice, at times?: LAST NAME. Ha ha.

34. Enjoyed some courses: DINED. Carmen just emailed me these two dishes in a Guangzhou restaurant: passionfruit with chicken wings. Orange pork ribs.
35. Initial stages: ONSETS.

36. College offering: DEGREE.

38. Freed, in a way: UNTIED.

39. iTunes Store category: SOUL.

40. Mil. authority: CMD. OK, command.

41. Intangible quality: AURA.

43. Suit: EXEC.

44. Part of a plan: STEP.

47. "__ Mio": O SOLE.

48. 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate: CARTER.

49. View from much of U.S. Highway 101: OCEAN.

52. Samaritan's offering: AID.

55. Can't get out of it: HAS TO.

58. Like many soup veggies: DICED. Cantonese soup normally does not have celery, onions or other diced veggies. Just big slices of lotus roots, carrots, a few herbs (Goji berries, sliced mountain yam, ginger, etc).

61. Performer's place: STAGE.

62. Keep the beat?: PATROL.

63. Use, as one's resources: DRAW UPON.

66. Last Supper question: IS IT I.

67. Meditative discipline: TAI CHI. I used to think this is for old people. Alas, I've come to this age.

68. Long, thin mushroom: ENOKI. You can find this in most Asian grocery stores.

70. Awful: ODIOUS.

71. Barbecue fare: KABOBS.

73. Water-absorbing plant part: ROOT HAIR. New term to me.

76. Tube top: CAP.

77. Kitchen job: PREP.

78. Cast assignment: ROLE.

79. Protection from the elements: TARPS.

80. Short orders?: BLTS.

81. "Mayor" author: KOCH.

85. Prefix with ware: MAL.

89. "C'est magnifique!": OOH LA LA.

90. Big name in casual garb: LEVI. I love this pair of Levi's. So stretchy and comfy. Sturdy too. I've had it for 11 years.
May 25, 2018

91. Air out: FRESHEN.

93. Predatory fish with an acute sense of smell: SHARKS. The big boss used to treat us with shark fin soup at our annual Spring Festival dinner. Now I can't even remember the taste.

96. Former car-financing org.: GMAC.

98. Green word?: RE-USE.

99. Glowing piece: EMBER.

100. Beat around the bush, e.g.: IDIOM.

101. "Get real!": AS IF.

102. Response to un capitán: SI SI.

103. Administrative hub: SEAT.

104. Wallop: SLUG.

105. Just shy of shut: AJAR.

106. Trojan Horse, for one: RUSE.

107. Rick's "kid": ILSA.

109. Drug bust unit: KILO.

110. Some annexes: ELLS.

111. 1944 turning point: D-DAY.

113. Rip off: CON.


Thanks for the sweet birthday wishes. They mean a lot to me. We went to Mall of America on Thursday. I claimed my free birthday gift from Sephora. Got below cleansing balm I've been eyeing for months. The birthday meal yesterday was also lovely: baked walleye, rosemary-roasted potato wedges, roasted bell peppers (wish we had cumin on hand), steamed broccoli and cauliflowers. Then we had a walk in our Central Park where a live band was performing. Just a perfect day.


49 comments: said...


Thanks to Gail and C.C. The ultimate pair of crossword queens!

C.C.: so sorry that I missed your birthday! Sat. puzzle was a disaster!

Did not see the theme.


Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

Almost had a DNF, since 33a was blocked by two totally unknown words, SAPId & RaGA. Tried thinking of cattle and market terms before -ADE finally came to me!
The false hints of PCs also had me looking for fill for what would have been PONOMA COUNTY and PEDIA CENTER. Then I accidentally saw the reveal before I really had a chance to figure the theme out on my own.
Possibly amusing errors were KIapu (of Kikapoo Joy Juice fame) > KIOWA, which led to tube top being bra > CuP > CAP. CAP? Not the type tube I was thinking of!

FLN: Wilbur, I don't know about a pharaoh, but maybe this what you were looking for?

Bonus AC's in the puzzle at ACRE, NAACP, ANACONDA, GMAC!

An irate clown known as ATTILA the Pun
Had a rival in Tilly, who called everyone Hun!
A DUEL they would STAGE
To quench ANGER and rage --
Instead he met his "match"! At the ALTAR they are one!

There's a TOME that says don't FLUB by giving pearls to swine.
The IRIDESCENT gems would get befouled in grime!
But just for a MOCK-UP,
With no pig to LOUSE up,
Casting OPALS in PET SHOPS is deemed to be fine!

{B, B+.}

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle, if a little tough in places, thanks, Gail. So glad you enjoyed your birthday, C.C. I enjoyed your telling it and the great expo overall.

Got the theme from the title and found all the A/Cs as mine was grinding away keeping me COOL to the point of freezing. Kept having to turn up the thermostat so it would quit. Sometimes think the thermostat reads the temperature filtering down in the wall from the attic & hot water heater rather than the living space.

NE central bloc was the last to fill. Knew but couldn't think of SARDI. "24 HORAS", I was thinking of the dance. Don't know any super bowl champs. Know PIMA COTTON but PIMA escaped me. SAPID: think we had this once but didn't know it today. Red-letter and WAGs let me fill it all.

Room in some posh residences = MEDIA CENTER. Younger son has one in his house which was there when they bought it. I wouldn't call the house posh. It is very nice but with four rambunctious boys living there, posh it just isn't.

Tip off: baLL before TELL. Okay, "rat out" rather than basketball.

Didn't get "road closing" = STER until C.C. wrote ROADSTER. Duh!

"It's not my first RODEO" is something TV's Dr. Phil says often. He's lived in cowboy country all his life.

Lemonade714 said...

White rabbit, white rabbit.

They speculate the etymology is from "Mommie Dearest (1981). At one point in the movie, Joan Crawford is addressing the men in the Pepsi boardroom. She says: "Don't f*&% with me fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo." It was later memorialized in song.

Glad you had such a fun birthday C.C.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Forgot to read the puzzle title and, as usual, completely missed the theme. Had to change BAHS to HAHS, but no Wite-Out needed. Thanx, Gail and C.C.

Shillelagh: Familiar with the Irish club, but not the county.

New London: I grew up not far from New London in WI. The state also had a New Berlin, with the emphasis on Ber.

Root hair: The last of our cold-stunted sago palms is finally showing signs of life. We must have a dozen or more around the yard. Phil, the philodendron, is also coming back to life, but won't fully recover this year. He used to stand eight feet tall and about 12 feet in diameter. He'll be lucky to reach three feet tall this year. Wimpy.

Sounds like you had a great birthday celebration, C.C. DW has a birthday coming up this week. She's happy that she gets to flip off Aetna and join the ranks of the Medicareful.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Gail and thank you C.C.

A nice Sunday challenge. Got me at the intersection of SARDI and SAPID. All I could think of was VAPID.

Like OwenKL, I first thought the theme would have something to do with PC after getting 23A Pizza Crust and 25A PIMA COTTON. Perhaps Politically Correct. Then looked at the title Cool Comfort.

I'll also say the puzzle was timely. Temps in the mid 90's again today, along with dew points in the upper 70s. That combo makes it so muggy and oppressive. We lost power twice yesterday, but only for about an hour the first time, and fifteen minutes the second time.

C.C., glad you had a nice birthday. Also, I'm going to get a picture of our lilies.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. Interesting puzzle, but definitely timely as a heat wave is sweeping the country. We have entered the heat of the summer for the next few months. Temps in the 90s for days on end.

I learned that Sites with Jets are not Jacuzzis, but AIR BASES.

Not having ever watched Friday Night Lights, I guessed EL PASO before settling on ODESSA.

I also learned that the Unc to Dad is not a Bro, but a SIB.

TALIA Shire is the real-life sister to Francis Ford Coppola.

A belated Happy Birthday to you, C.C.

QOD: Nothing is more conducive to piece of mind than not having any opinion at all. Georg C. Lichtenberg (July 1, 1742 ~ Feb. 24, 1799)

Dudley said...

Rabbit Rabbit

Hello Puzzlers -

Not many unknowns. Had to wait for perps to spell out the CA county. Certainly enjoyed Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

Morning C.C., the soup sounds tasty!

Bob Niles said...

Bottom center was last to fall. Read 98 D as Green wood instead of word. Had "re***" and was running all the woods through my head. DOH!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Pretty tough for me this morning, One letter off in lots of spots that I couldn't come up with. Like ISAK following JULIA CHILD. Meryl played both women. If I have said this before, then BZZT me: I like Meryl better when she creates a character rather than mimic one. She is an excellent mimic, both accents and demeanor. I suppose that's why I liked her so well in Kramer vs Kramer or August Osage County. She brings memorable characters to life, brilliantly, without needing mimicry. Thanks, Gail for quite a challenge.

C.C., Glad you enjoyed your day. You are "the glue" in this CW Corner. :>)

It's pretty hot today so stay calm, cool and collected. Have the LAZIEST of days.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I really enjoy Gail's puzzles and this one hit the spot! I, like Owen and TTP, thought we were heading toward a PC theme but Ponoma County didn't fly so I switched gears, but still didn't see all of those ACs until the reveal. I also missed seeing the two down themers, Extra Credit and Sega Console. Well done, GG! My only w/os were Edsel/T Bird and Bro/Sib and the only unknown was Root Hair. Favorite C/A was Altar sacrifice, at times=Last name. Learning moment was Shillelagh being more than a stick. I thought of Spitz at USCG because I remember a picture of him and Betty at Groton, Ct.

Thanks, Gail, for never disappointing and always pleasing and thanks, CC, for the extra-special review. Your food pictures (Snails, Yum!) and related comments were mouth watering. I imagine you must miss the delicious food of your birthplace. Your birthday celebration sounds very enjoyable and special. Is that a new hairdo you're sporting? BTW, your lilies are stunningly beautiful.

FLN, Dave, your new home sounds wonderful. I am happy that you feel content and positive about this stage of your life. Enjoy many years of care and comfort!

FLN, Bluehen, your grandson is a handsome lad.

We won't see temps below 90+ until next Saturday. It's going to be a very uncomfortable week so I just hope the AC keeps chugging along and that the power stays on.

Have a great day and stay safe and cool.

TTP said...


Katie agreed that your lilies are prettier than ours (see first pic in link below).

Here are some pics of our various flowers and plants in bloom. Our irises aren't in bloom yet.

Wilbur Charles said...

Some Peter, Paul and Mary

Since I'm listening, I'll share this as I read the write-up


Yellowrocks said...

FIR w/o cheats. I was surprised it took so long, because there was no unfamiliar fill. Many of the answers needed a few perps to jog my memory. Informative blog, CC. OKL, first one A+. I was off on the PC scent for a while. When that didn't work I looked at the title . OH, AC!
Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, is in India, so RAGA was easy. Odessa was my first guess for Texas city beginning with O.
We have had SAPID in puzzles before. "— sapid is more often used in scientific or industry writing about food than in cooking magazines. It comes from the Latin sapidus, 'savory, or having a taste,' from the root sapere, which means both "to taste" and "to be wise." We are more likely to say savory.
32D altar sacrifice, last----? huh? Finally the light dawned. Clever, my favorite today.
Je ne se quoi (way too long) occurred to me before AURA.
I have heard NOT MY FIRST RODEO several times. I think it is not just regional. Also, "I have been down this street or path before " and "Been there."
Our highly entitled students were sometimes too lazy to study for a test and even bragged about it. Their "helicopter" parents would force our principal to demand we give extra credit projects to let the students make up the bad grade. Some parents were always providing cushions against real life consequences. Terrible! I reluctantly obeyed.
I loved the movie, Julie, Julia based on real life characters. I would like to watch it again.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. I try never to say negative stuff about CW puzzles since all of them are better than I could create. However, this one didn't do it for me, neither theme-wise or clue-wise. Thumper says, 'nuff said.'

Friday Night Lights was one of my very favorite TV shows. I know some people didn't watch it because they weren't interested in high school football. However, that was just the setting for some very human story lines and a wonderful acting ensemble.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW, missing my WAG at the Natick of KIaWA x ENaKI.

ANACONDAs are a problem in the Everglades. ANA Gasteyer isn't.

I wanted sash before ARCH, IN peril before IN COURT, and rob before CON. Hand up for bro before SIB and alm before AID.

Enjoyable Clechos included sly / sylvester and pub round / hardware.

I used to drive past Kenny Rogers' Jetstar a few times a week. Awkward looking machine, like the usual business jet with a couple of extra engines added for good measure.

Tube tops were the best gift to ham-handed adolescent boys ever. No more fumbling with those danged hooks.

Thanks to Gail for a fine solo puzzle. MY favorite was "barely done" for RARE. Yum! Thanks to CC for another sparkling review. Sorry I missed chiming in on your b-day yesterday. Glad it was a good one.

Dave, I'm so pleased that you appreciate your new digs. My mother lived for a while at The Friendship House in Louisville. She never admitted it, but the staff told us that she got to the point where she really enjoyed her little apartment.

xtulmkr said...

Rabid Rabbit!

No time for the puzzle today...

Wilbur Charles said...

ANACONDA. A favorite Groucho Marx expression (apparently the stock, among others, wiped him out in 1929)

Ok then XXX are kisses. I got it,now.
I suppose that Medusa was an OGRESS

As I recall the Romans allied themselves with their erstwhile enemies, the Visigoths, and contrived to inflict maximum casualties on the Goths while holding off the Huns.
Good one Owen. Perhaps the old Egyptian Czars said, "As it is said, let it be so done "??? Btw. A,A

Actually, my BAHS to HAHS was messy cuz I slanted the B. Sloppy handwriting has been my xword demise at times. Plus, I went to Dunkin to solve and left the reading glasses in the car and used the progressives. I did manage an FIR*

I see Bob Niles forgot his readers too.

Just for the record, us Tampanians won't see temps < 90 until October. But I know how hot the Midwest can get so crank the AC up.

Jinx, talk about ROTFL

Here's some more browsing tunes. Chacun a son gout.

Buddy and LR


LR did a great version of Blue Bayou too

* And, I had a little coffee left. I like ked this somewhat easy GG xword and.

CC, TAI-Chi?? You look like you're ready to moonlight with the Rockettes. And, I'll bet your company was the icing on CED's cakes

Misty said...

I love Gail G. puzzles and this one was a real treat for me because I got pretty much the whole west side before I had to start cheating. Didn't get the theme, but no problem, and so many of the clues had two clever possibilities that we had to wait and play around with them to see which one was going to work. A lot of fun, many thanks, Gail.

Liked your first poem, Owen.

So glad you had a wonderful birthday, C.C.

Puzzle took a while, so haven't done the Jumble yet. Looks tough, but, thank goodness, the Times includes the answers on Sunday.

Have a great day, everybody!

WikWak said...

Rogue rabbit, rogue rabbit.

In another part of the paper today there was a nice SO to Fermat.

C.C., my family used to spend a couple of weeks each summer at Sibley State Park in New London MN. We had good friends who lived in Willmar, not too far away.

D-O, west central IL has both a Berlin and a New Berlin. Both in Sangamon County, both pronounced BERlin.

I always like a GG puzzle, and to get one on Sunday is a real treat. And C.C., I never get tired of learning all the parts of Chinese culture you are so kind as to share with us.

Favorite clue/answer: I'm with Irish Miss, Altar sacrifice, at times / LAST NAME was the best!

Least favorite? Yup. It’s ELHI. Hate to see that in any puzzle!

Hand up for wanting BRO before SIB.

Stay cool if you can… day 3 of excessive heat warning here.

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

Not much to add to what others have said. I enjoy Gail's puzzles and try to do them when I can.

USCG - IM, I'm touched you would remember. Here we are at a Dinner held at the US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, 2012 .

Abejo said...

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

Happy belated Birthday, C.C., and many more. I missed the puzzle yesterday. Too busy.

Had a tough time starting up North, so i headed South. That worked better. Then creeped up North one word at a time and got it!

Liked the theme. Certainly appropriate for this week.

Tried KEBOBS and ONIOUS. After I fixed those I got ANACONDA. And, that is what gave me ENOKI. New word for me.

SIERRA CLUB gave me SLUG, which gave me ANGER. Already had SEMI ARID.

MEDIA CENTER was not easy either, but it fell.

Of course I spelled ATTILA wrong the first time. Had one T and two L's.

I know right where Petaluma is. I used to work in Novato, in Marin County, just south of Petaluma. Just could not remember the county until I had a couple letters. Then it worked. SONOMA

Off to my day, what is left of it. See you tomorrow.


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KS said...

FIR. Took a while tho. Sigh!

Wilbur Charles said...

Misty, I have the riddle but I can't Grok the last six letter word even though I have the two letters .

Aaarrggh! AMOEBA looked good but I only have one A .

Oops all the complaining led to the (easy) answer


I just had to talk it out to unravel it

Husker Gary said...

-Let’s see the hands of all of you who, like me, were raised without this theme item
-Got a great start on the puzzle in the “Cell Phone Waiting Lot” at OMAHA (not KIOWA) AIR FIELD (not PARK)
-The PIMA Indians in Arizona raise cotton and run casinos
-Where I heard of PETALUMA
-All of us teachers have had the EXTRA CREDIT parade at the door just before grades came out
-Do you know the song with this lyric - You're up in an aeroplane or dining at SARDI’S, Or lying at Malibu, alone in the sand;
-Fresh ONION Rings? Yay! Frozen ONION Rings? Boo!
-Hamilton got runner-up in that DUEL
-Last week Arkansas FLUBBED a 2-out-in-the-ninth pop-up that would have given them the College World Series title. They lost that game and lost the next night to give Oregon State the title
-My summeriest day was LONGEST (June 21)
-A stupid idea about a new option to altar sacrifice

Misty said...

Wilbur, so glad you got the Jumble, including the last clue. Now you can take a deep one and relax and enjoy your day.

CanadianEh! said...

Happy Canada D'Eh! Not DDAY. Yes we need the AC here too with heat and humidity.
Thanks for the fun Gail and C.C. (Thanks for the food photos)

Some crunch today but I used some alphabet runs and did not need Mr.Google to help. I did not ERR, FLUB, or LOUSE up.
Hand up for Bro before SIB. We had DESC also and I was misled into thinking Rel. in meant Relative; I fought REV for a while.

Like YR, I have seen SAPID here before and remembered it.

Smiled at the Altar sacrifice= LAST NAME. No change of last name at marriage is allowed in the province of Quebec. Saves a lot of aggravation (and bureaucratic cost) in changing names on ID etc.

FLN- Dave, glad you are enjoying your new location and getting good care. Yes, No Steps would be a great advantages!

Enjoy the day.
Fireworks tonight!

CrossEyedDave said...


That had to be the worst groaner I have heard in years...

(make it sew)

(thank you very much!)


Why do I have a vivid memory of Groucho Marx discussing Petaluma?

Jayce said...

I loved this puzzle. Excellent work by GG, whose creations I always like. Big smiles at the cluing for LAST NAME, ONIONS, AT STUD, RARE, and PET SHOPS. Hand up for having to change BRO to SIB, and hand up for growing up without AC. Neither my wife nor I have ever lived in a house that had it.
My stupidest effort was to try to fit PIRANHA into the ANACONDA space by misspelling it as PIRRANHA and PIRANNHA. Speaking of BZZT!
Finished the puzzle but didn't get the closure, so had to turn on red letters to see where I went wrong. It turns out I had SEE (as in Holy See) instead of REV, because I had entered LEES instead of LEVI and I thought SEUSS for "Green word?" was oh so clever, as in Green Eggs and Ham. Of course that ruined ANGER and SEMIARID, but I hadn't noticed. So FIW. Damn good puzzle, though.
I totally hate ENOKI.
Best wishes and thanks to you all for your links to pretty flowers and delicious-looking food.

Jayce said...

Oh, the clues for PATROL and ILSA were excellent, too.
Glad you had a nice day, C.C.

SwampCat said...

Rabbit rabbit!

What a wonderful GG puzzle today. I must have been on the right wavelength. I flew through it stopping to enjoy the fun fill.

I loved IDIOM for beat around the bush. And LAST NAME ft altar sacrifice. I knew and enjoyed SNAIL an LIZA with a Z.

HG, my hand is up for attic fan and open windows! For long into my childhood .

DO, Phil the philodendron will recover. They always do!!

Owen, I laughed out loud! A+ A+. !!!

Thanks Gail and C.C. for the fun!

SwampCat said...

Anon T FLN. I just went back to catch up and saw your greeting. Hi!!

Things down here in the swamp are steamy but we are coping!! When Irish Miss has temperatures on the 90s how can I complain?

How ya doing with the flood waters.

Picard said...

CC:Belated Happy Birthday! Thank you for all of the Chinese cultural enrichment! I can't wait to go to China! Thanks for the image of you in your stretchy, comfy Levi's. Lovely! And that soup with the lotus roots looks delicious!

The SHARK fin soup comes at such a high price of killing an entire SHARK just for its fin. The rest is usually dumped as trash. Glad you no longer partake! I do love to eat SNAILs and that image looks especially delicious. I wish we could eat more things like SNAILs that are low on the food chain.

Did anyone else try DRIED before DICED? I am glad others enjoyed this puzzle. For me it was a bit of a fun sponge. I did WAG the weird SAPID/PIMA COTTON. Never heard that weird RODEO expression, but did WAG that, too. I do enjoy ENOKI mushrooms and I even have heard a RAGA now and then. I got DESC but had no idea what it meant until the write-up. Thanks! But I had DRAG/KIOGA instead of DRAW/KIOWA to FIW. At that point I was tired of the whole thing. Sorry.

I have been on the Santa Barbara SIERRA CLUB Executive Committee for years and I am a life member. But it was a learning moment that the SIERRA CLUB headquarters are now in OAKLAND!

After over 100 years in San Francisco, here was the SIERRA CLUB 2016 announcement that they were forced to move to OAKLAND because of skyrocketing prices.

CC, desper-otto, WikWak: Learning moment about the other NEW LONDONs.

Here was our family at NEW LONDON, Connecticut. The one in the puzzle.

It was about an hour drive from our RURAL house I showed a few days ago.

Once again, here I went for a bicycle ride around a famous ARCH in PARIS three years ago.

When I got my first paying full time job I did not own a car and had no way to get to work.

I was very grateful that a co-worker gave me a ride each day in a very cute Austin Healy Sprite "Bugeye" ROADSTER like this one!

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Brian Paquin: Not sure if you will ever see this, but I am grateful you came back one more time to say the TENS clue that Rich Norris wrote made no sense to you, either! I wonder if Rich will ever tell us what it was supposed to mean? Or if it was a typo of something else?

Wilbur Charles: Thanks for the further commentary on the post Star Trek role for Patrick Stewart. It sounds a bit dystopian. What I love about Star Trek is that it is anti-dystopian!

AnonT: Thanks for the continued reassurance that you enjoy the many posts even if you don't have time to comment on them all. I was moved to inquire after my BARE post. The young woman was so beautiful and she was so kind to pose for me! Not all my posts are worthy of comment, but that one seemed to be!

CrossEyedDave said...

I dunno,

Do we really need AC?

I mean, Is there a downside beside repair bills?

Sold! I am getting central air tomorrow!

TX Ms said...

PK @ 553 - I also have the same AC temp adjustment. When I had central air/heat installed in my 1948 bungalow decades ago, the thermostat was installed in the hallway (with the a/c unit and duct work right above) including attic access. There are a variety of attic stair covers, which I'm thinking about, not only for summer but for winter. Bet your handy son can be a big help in finding the best product.

WEES, and I thought this was a Sunday bonus with no head-scratching clues for once, except I confidently filled in PEACE for "green word" instead of REUSE - duh - not name, but word. Held onto that flub until SIERRA CLUB and LOUSE were corrected.

TX Ms said...

CED @ 8PM - LOL [groan!] LOL

TX Ms said...

PK - maybe a better site:

inanehiker said...

We had out of town company over the weekend - so I'm late to today's puzzle and still have Saturday's to conquer! This went pretty smoothly especially with the theme, which helped me get the theme answers quicker eg hadn't counted the number of letters in the word, but knew it had to be SONOMA COUNTY instead of MARIN COUNTY for Petaluma.

We went to see "Won't you be my Neighbor?" the documentary about Fred Rogers - it was poignant and many sweet memories returned about watching it with my kids or kids I was babysitting. I would recommend it!

Happy birthday late, CC! and thanks Gail!

inanehiker said...

PS and thanks for all the kind anniversary wishes on Friday!

Wilbur Charles said...

Picard, I just happened to watch "Logan" on the Dish one night. I never do that. I never even noticed that the Xavier character was JLP.

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.
CED, your first link had a _J prescience to it.
Speaking of . .. Misty, how'd you make out on the _J today? Phil grabbed the puzzle page to do the Sudoku. His attempts to tutor me in S, are reminiscent of similar attempts to guide me in Mario Cart. So much patience and sincere helpfulness from a seven year old.
His game is DOTA and the AI wizards are trying to compete with the DOTA MAVENS**


*HIATUS was that tricky Jumble word
** And this was a xword stumper awhile back

Wilbur Charles said...

Ok Misty since you didn't ask .
Mme Defarge for #4, C-Moe for 5. CED and IM for 1 . For 3 and 6 think about griping over unscrambling .
Finally I say all this in a raspy voice.

The riddle? Last word is obvious . And what do these OCD bosses do?

How's that for the obvious?

WC always glad to help

Misty said...

Thank you, Wilbur--always glad to get your help!

Misty said...


C.C., I forgot to say how much I enjoyed your pictures today! They were a delight.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say…

HG – I have a lot of girl friends (er, friends who are female) that had established careers and kept their NEE. I’m sure if DW had already established herself as Dr. B she’d not want to be Dr. C. According to the Article, I’d be Mr. P... Whatever - I’m confident in my manliness. :-)


WikWack – New and old BURlins, straddling I-72 on the way to Jacksonville from SPI - Bros & BIL & I did a 40 mile bike ride out there once. Nice and flat :-)

Happy Canadian Day C, Eh!

Tonight’s call w/ Pop: Bro rang in. So we had a three-way (er, conference-bridge). Pop said Hasenpfeffer (referring to the Bugs Bunny [Rabbit, Rabbit!] cartoon) and Li’l Bro (the CEO) said he'd finally got the words for Laverne and Shirley (? just now?) but didn’t understand them. “They’re Yiddish phrases…”, I said.

“Well, what do they mean?”
Um, Google?
A schlemiel is somebody who often spills his soup and a schlimazel is the person it lands on.

My LOL for the day is in the bag - off to bed.

Cheers, -T

D4E4H said...

Hot Night. I wrote this in the AM, but didn't publish.

Hot Morning Cornerites. We expect a high of 92 with a "Heat Advisory".

Thank you Ms. Gail Grabowski for this challenging CWP. I worked it in three sittings. I knew the theme, but could not see the AC for the trees till C.C. pointed it out.

Thank you C.C. for your cool review. Happy belated 29th birthday. I read that you enjoyed your day.


PK said...

TXMS: Thank you for the attic fix site. I hadn't really thought about needing to do something like that, so it provides food for thought. My problem is the wall & studding itself may act like a chimney for hot/cold air from the attic on back of the thermostat. The other side of the wall is the mechanicals room with hot water heater and furnace. The attic has no flooring and some blown-in insulation. I can see some of your suggested products might be placed over the whole mechanical room in the attic and give some relief. The late afternoon when the sun shines on the attic roof causes the A/C to run interminably. I just recently realized that. Trees shade the roof the rest of the day.

waseeley said...

As a relative newbie to this site I've got a question or two about CWP meta-jargon, i.e. jargon that solvers use to talk about their solutions. Two such terms I see a lot that I don't quite get are "gluey" and "perp" (the latter I associate more with crime dramas). Definitions?

Also any links to favored textspeak lexicons would be helpful. Even though I retired after 37 years in IT, I tend to avoid acronyms (except for one I just perpetrated of course, probably due to its high compression ratio).


Anonymous said...

When you finish and say "What the heck is THAT?", it rather spoils the enjoyment.