Jul 8, 2018

Sunday July 8th, 2018 Victor Barocas

Theme: "Straight A's" - What AAA is, to each of the four cross-referenced entries.
23A. One who has blown a gasket, perhaps: STRANDED MOTORIST.

39A. AAA, to a 23-Across: EMERGENCY SERVICE.

56A. Old recording accessory: VCR REMOTE.

58A. AAA, to a 56-Across, usually: BATTERY SIZE. Nice that the first two sets of theme entries are placed consecutively.

77A. North Carolina baseball team: DURHAM BULLS.

93A. AAA, for the 77-Across: MINOR LEAGUE LEVEL.

79A. Office builder?: MICROSOFT.

113A. AAA, for 79-Across: BOND CREDIT RATING.

We've seen many Definition type puzzles. None with this cross-referencing twist. Neat twist. 

Total 104 theme squares. Rich's minimum is 84. So, quite a lot to deal with. 

Most of you know Victor Barocas from our Minnesota Crossword Tournament, which was canceled this year. 
C.C., Tom Pepper, George Barany, Victor Barocas, Michael David & David Liben-Nowell


1. Derby town: EPSOM.

6. One of 256 in a gal.: TBSP.

10. Davis of "Dr. Dolittle": OSSIE. Ruby Dee's husband.

15. Pale tone: ECRU.

19. Bread in a Hillel sandwich: MATZO. Never had it.

20. Learn: HEAR.

21. __ William Scott of "American Pie" films: SEANN. Unfamiliar to me. Wiki says he was born in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

22. Second person in Paris?: VOUS. Cute clue.
26. Top-notch: A-ONE.

27. Livestock identifier: EAR TAG.

28. Greek vowel: ETA.

29. Jay or A: ALER. American Leaguer. Gluey. Oh, but TTP, I was so impressed that you remember my old avatar. It's not Joe Mauer though. It's Justin Morneau. They were the hugely poplular M & M Boys when I started this blog.

30. Dr.'s hours, e.g.: SKED.

31. Soviet Union : Salyut :: USA : __: SKYLAB. I only know Mir.

33. Inventor Whitney: ELI.

35. Classic fruity drinks: NEHIS.

37. Living area in "The Martian," with "the": HAB. No idea, but happy for the new clue.

45. Chilly: ALOOF.

48. Cleveland's lake: ERIE.

49. One-time Jets home: SHEA.

50. Indiana Jones' real first name: HENRY. Learning moment.

51. "House" star Hugh: LAURIE. He also wrote this book. Great reviews on Amazon.

53. Friend to Tarzan: APE.

54. "Three and out" football play: PUNT.

55. Shell propeller: OAR.

62. Pre-op test: EKG.

63. Wrath: IRE.

64. Friend of Che: FIDEL.

65. Brontë sister: EMILY.

66. "The cookies are done!" sound: DING. Anyone tried these Danish cookies?

68. Religious acts: RITES.

69. Like some ukes: OVAL.

70. Baggy: LOOSE. I need to tell you about this crazy trend: upside down jeans. Look at the price tag.

72. First name in sci-fi: JULES.

73. School opening?: PRE. Preschool.

74. Faux __: PAS.

82. Convoy member: RIG.

83. Pop singer Brickell: EDIE.

84. Debtor's letters: IOU.

85. Adverb in the "Star Trek" intro: BOLDLY. "... to boldly go where no one has gone before..."

86. Rock with bands: AGATE. Drew a blank.

89. Put on a mission: SEND.

90. Wanton want: LUST

92. Like the center of attention: FOCAL.

97. Frehley of Kiss: ACE.

98. Dismal, poetically: DREAR.

99. Sgt.'s underling: PVT.

100. Stills, say: IMAGES.

103. Transit map dot: STOP.

105. 1003, to Tiberius: MIII.

108. Verdi's "__ tu": ERI. Meaning "It was you".

110. Copy illegally: PIRATE.

112. "Daily Planet" byline name: LANE.

117. MLBer with 696 home runs: A-ROD.

118. Fist fight fists: DUKES.

119. Soothing agent: ALOE. My aloe developed root rot problem. This plant is surprisingly fragile.

120. Prisoner's place, in an 1894 adventure novel: ZENDA.  "The Prisoner of Zenda"

121. Snowblower brand: TORO. Based here in MN.

122. Thus far: AS YET.

123. Are inclined: TEND.

124. Rye blight: ERGOT.


1. Common core?: EMS. Just the letters in Common.

2. Liver spread: PATE.

3. European Parliament meeting city: STRASBOURG. Madame Tussaud was born here. Wiki further states that "Strasbourg is one of the de facto capitals of the European Union (alongside Brussels and Luxembourg), as it is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe".

4. Missouri's __ Mountains: OZARK.

5. "Spamalot" name: MONTY.

6. What's "afoot," to Holmes: THE GAME.

7. Home for a tulip: BED.

8. Likewise, with "the": SAME.

9. Doolittle, to Higgins: PROTEGEE.

10. Bear, in Barcelona: OSO.

11. Blood fluids: SERA.

12. Move easily: SAIL.

13. Lacking feeling: INSENSATE. Not a word I use.

14. Major course: ENTREE. Look at this dish Carmen emailed me.

15. Like many a politician's answers: EVASIVE.

16. Deep-fries: COOKS IN OIL. I mostly stir-fry.

17. Mystical character: RUNE.

18. Like many eBay products: USED.

24. Glen relative: DALE.

25. Cooper work: TALE. Does the clue refer to this Cooper?

32. Read the riot act to: BERATE.

34. Big-time: IN SPADES.

36. Title for Kate Middleton, briefly: HRH. Meghan Markle too.

37. Split in two: HALVE.

38. Shakespearean cry of woe: ALACK. Also 47. Shakespearean cry of disgust: FIE.

40. Ready to pick: RIPE.

41. Inclined channels: CHUTES.

42. Streisand title role: YENTL.

43. Nonsensical: CRAZY.

44. Charlotte's Jane: EYRE.

46. Bobby enshrined in a Toronto hall: ORR. Hockey Hall of Fame.

52. "The Monster" rapper: EMINEM.

57. Website suffix: ORG.

58. Small servings: BITES.

59. Surf music feature: REVERB.

60. Sumac of Peru: YMA.

61. RSVP part: SIL.

64. Topped off: FILLED UP.

66. Cry from Homer: D'OH.

67. "Love __ Battlefield": Pat Benatar hit: IS A.

68. Court decision: RULING.

69. Member of Sauron's army, in Tolkien: ORC.

70. Video game brother: LUIGI. Mario's brother.

71. Certain transplant need: ORGAN DONOR.

72. Where Herod reigned: JUDEA.

73. Pope during the French Revolution: PIUS VI. All crossing.

74. Offering downloadable content: PODCASTING. My iPoad went through 3 factory resets in the past few months.

75. Company with a duck in its logo: AFLAC.

76. Flair: STYLE.

77. Nip at a bar: DRAM.

78. "Stop fooling around!": BE SERIOUS. Nice fill.

79. Pouty face: MOUE.

80. Wind-knocked-out sound: OOF.

81. Cal Poly campus site, initially: SLO. OK, San Luis Obispo.

84. Behave cruelly towards: ILL- TREAT.

87. Sea battle weapon: TORPEDO.

88. "I kissed thee __ I killed thee": "Othello": ERE.

91. Trying to resist the rich dessert, say: TEMPTED.

94. Wavelength symbol: LAMBDA. See this explanation. That amplitude is half of what I thought it is. What then do you call the value between the very high to the very low?

95. Even once: EVER.

96. Retreat: LAIR.

101. Barely hit: GRAZE.

102. Food processor?: EATER. Not my BELLY.

103. Venetian blind part: SLAT.

104. Root for a luau: TARO. I made these iconic Singapore Yam Cake last week. I don't know why they call it Yam Cake:

1) It's made of taro root. Not yam.

2) It's steamed. Not baked

3) It's savory. Not sweet.

106. Black: INKY.

107. Output from Rodin's thinker?: IDEE. Just French for "idea".

109. Not in operation: IDLE.

111. Prefix with skeleton: ENDO.

114. Minn. winter hours: CST. Local shout-out.

115. Bromide particle: ION.

116. Gangster's piece: GAT.


41 comments: said...


Thanks to Victor and C.C.!


NetWord puzzle was great also!

Have a great day! said...

The above erased part of itself! Those are the things I perped listed, as usual!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I really liked this puzzle's theme as it was not only clever, but fun to figure out! I only had two w/os: Uni/Pre and Cpl/Pvt. However, there were numerous unknowns, as clued: Henry, Ace, Eminem, Orc, Luigi, Pius VI, and Lambda. The Hab was a total unknown but the ubiquitous Erie wasn't. Hi, Abejo! SLO, as clued, was a nose-wrinkler. Overall, though, a thoroughly enjoyable solve.

Thanks, Victor, for a AAA+ effort and thanks, CC, for the chatty commentary. Could you describe the components of the dish Carmen made? (I'm assuming she was the creator of same.)

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I enjoyed Victor's offering, even got the theme. Learned that I didn't know how to spell STRASBOURG; it's not with two Ss and no O. My transplant needed ORGANIC___ before DONOR barged in. Couldn't dredge up SAIL for the longest time. The A and L were my final fills. Thanx for the tour, C.C.

TALE: Yes, C.C., that's the Cooper Victor meant.

TORO: A friend I worked with in Iowa left for a position with TORO. I assume he's retired by now. Haven't heard from him in 30 years.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. Fun Sunday puzzle. I liked the triple As.

Thanks for explaining the Common Core = EMs. That one stymied me.

I learned that the Food Processor is not Teeth, as I confidently wrote in, but rather EATEN. At least I was on the right track!

I wanted Quiets for Stills. Oh, we were talking about photo IMAGES.

The Hillel Sandwich is a part of the Passover Seder. Since Matza/Matzo is a transliteration of the Hebrew word, there are various spellings in English.

I listen to a lot of PODCASTs.

My favorite clue was Second Person in Paris = VOUS.

I also liked Home for a Tulip = BED.

Heavy rain last night, which has cooled things off this morning.

QOD: The pen is mightier than the sword, and is considerably easier to write with. ~ Marty Feldman (né Martin Alan Feldman, July 8, 1934 ~ Dec. 2, 1982)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Wow, challenging & interesting puzzle, Victor. I had so many AHA moments when the hopelessly unknown words became known with a few more perps. Brilliant.

C.C.: thanks for explaining things like LAMBDA which I didn't understand even when I got it filled. SW Central bloc was the last to fill: LAMBDA crossing BOND, MIII & DUKES. Groan!

I still don't "get" MICROSOFT is AAA for BOND CREDIT RATING. Oh, yeah, now I do. Stock market rating for investors.

C.C.: root rot usually means a cactus or succulent like ALOE has been watered too much & often.

STRANDED MOTORIST: I never had any blown gaskets, but I sure had a lot of STRANDED MOTORISTs when I lived on the farm. Many ran out of gas. Since I had a big barrel of gas, I soon had them on their way. Anything else, I called help or hauled them to town. No AAA available in our rural area, just little ol' me or my mechanic husband if he was around. He loved fixing up STRANDED MOTORISTs. Once he bodily picked up & ferried a dying old man & his distraught wife to the hospital because he saw there was no time to fix the car. Alas, the doctors couldn't save the guy after a day of trying, but at least the wife wasn't left in the ditch with him. DH went back & fixed her car & delivered it to the hospital. She was so grateful.

Cooper work was TALE. What, not barrel making? I tried "kegs". LUIGI not Louis. Food processor = EATER not OSTER (well 3 out of 5 letters isn't bad).

"Try to resist the rich desserts" = TEMPTED, as I told Gary yesterday.

PK said...

From yesterday: Thank you to all who sent best wishes for my brother.

Fermatprime: so sorry about your macular degeneration. I hope it stops progressing.

Anon: Best wishes for your wife on a good outcome from cancer.

Anon: I thought your essay on team/group bonding was interesting. I had a funny experience on vacation several states away from home once. I was wearing my purple "Proud to be a K-State MOM" tee shirt one day as we left the motel to go to a meal. My husband held open the door for me and a couple came through the door. The woman read my shirt and said "Oh, me too!" and wrapped her arms around me in a big hug. Hey, I'll play. I hugged her back. She turned around and walked half-way across the parking lot with us, asking which K-State dorm our kid was in, etc. Her husband finally yelled, "Hey, Sharon, where ya' going." She looked startled and said, "Oh, I don't know you do I? Well, good to see someone from home." Then ran back to her man.

I lay down yesterday at 4 p.m. and slept until 3 a.m. today. Wow! No drugs involved either. Very strange.

Anonymous said...

So, what does the apostrophe replace in D'OH? (I think most spell it just DOH.)

I had to reload the L.A. Times site five times to finish the puzzle today.

TTP said...

Thank you Victor and thank you C.C.

Took a bit to work out the LEVEL area of MINOR LEAGUE. Had class. D'OH ! The nearby Kane County Cougars are a Class A MINOR LEAGUE affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In that area, wanted mal or mis before ILL, MOpE before MOUE.

EDIE Brickell is married to Paul Simon. Talented couple.

Oh, sorry C.C. The other J.M. Don't know why I thought Joe Mauer. Justin Morneau went to the PIRATEs after the Twins.

Drove my RIG (tractor trailer) in a convoy to and from Rotterdam from my kaserne in Karlsruhe.

STRASBOURG is just an hour's drive SW of Karlsruhe and across the river Rhine. The Schwartzwald (Black Forest) is just east of Strasbourg in Germany. I loved going to the Schwartzwald. Heavily wooded, mountainous, with picturesque villages and towns.

Lucina said...

What a great puzzle from Victor Barocas! I even got the theme.

I can easily relate to this theme because it happened to us on our recent trip. The BATTERY quit! Luckily we were at the gas station filling up but then the car wouldn't start. I immediately called AAA, explained that we had five children with us and please hurry. The tow truck arrived in thirty minutes; that's impressive for the middle of the desert! We were just outside of Ehrenberg if anyone here is familiar with it.

I, too, learned to spell STRASBOURG. Once I had the STRAS_, I added STRASBurg. Wrong! That soon got corrected. I didn't know HENRY was Indiana Jones' name and the Sci-Fi writer was JULES not Isaac (Asimov). POPE PIUSVI was perped. Impossible to know all 267 popes.

I'll take a CSO at DALE. And CSO to Abejo at ERIE.

Prisoner of ZENDA is etched in my memory for some reason so that came easily. Not so easy and almost a Natick was REVERB/BOLDLY. Whew! That was my last fill.

C.C., ALOE requires very little water so that is likely why it has root rot. I water mine every two weeks and often forget. It stores water so it's not a problem.
Thank you for the lovely analysis of this gem.

Enjoy the day, everyone!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

This was pretty much plug & chug, with not too many unknowns. Loved the movie The Martian, which looked really plausible. I remain skeptical on one point, though: a windstorm in the thin atmosphere of Mars ought not have enough energy to tip over a heavy rocket.

Morning, C.C. - the value from a bottom crest to a top crest in a waveform is usually called peak-to-peak, or P-P. There are times when that measurement is more important. In ordinary household electricity, however, the amplitude from the zero axis to either crest is the more important measurement. In North America, that amplitude is around 115 volts. Most houses have two 115 volt incoming lines, and they are specifically arranged so as to be additive, giving a P-P value of 230 volts to operate heavy loads such as dryers.

Husker Gary said...

-I agree, C.C., a “neat twist” indeed!
-I pictured myself carefully ladling 256 TSPS into a gallon jug
-The last mission of the Saturn V moon rocket was to send unmanned SKYLAB into Earth orbit
-A fool and her $385 are soon parted, C.C. but Jimmy Crack Corn…
-Our tulip BED required fencing to keep it from being a bunny buffet
-It’s worth scrolling down a few screens to see this wonderful cartoon about EVASIVE political answers
-Craigslist supplanted E-Bay here years ago for USED items
-Kate and Meghan seem like lovely women that don’t think of themselves as High, Royal or a Highness
-These CHUTES are not inclined but are part of a sport that lasts eight seconds
-How old are you Gary? Well I remember the song with, “Do the eagle rock with such STYLE and grace”
-The Japanese refitted their plane-dropped TORPEDOS for the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor

Jay Green said...

Wow, are VCR's really cosidered old? I kept fixating on 30's and 40's recording studio equipment, even after I had "battery size". I kept thinking of some kind of microphone equipment. It was the last letter in the puzzle and I could not break it. Mainly because I had "Lab" for 37 across. Sometimes your brain just locks up. Great Puzzle!

Jay Green said...

Great comment. Funny, indecisiveness over changing between bombs and torpedoes cost the Japanese the battle of Midway six months later. What goes around comes around.

A Pidgeon said...

Wow. After lurking on this site every Sunday for couple of years,I found that I could post more easily from my phone! Finished this one in record time for me. I also had Strassburg and tried to fit mixer in as food processor. The rest went pretty well. Thanks Victor and CC!

Misty said...

Well, I worked hard on this puzzle and got a big chunk of it before I had to start cheating. Was delighted that long items like STRANDED MOTORIST filled in pretty early. Loved the literary references to EMILY, EYRE, JULES Verne, Liza Doolittle. Goofed by putting EVITA instead of FIDEL for Che's friend. And like Desper-otto, I put the German STRASSBURG instead of the French STRASBOURG, which created problems. Does anybody else think of Radar O'Reilly on "MASH" when they run across NEHI? It was his favorite drink, if I remember correctly. Anyway, many thanks for a fun puzzle, Victor. And I always enjoy your pictures and commentary, C.C.--many thanks to you too.

Have a good day, everybody.

Yellowrocks said...

FIR, fun and interesting. I liked the complex theme. Only SEANN and THE HAB were totally new to me. Others took perps and wags but at least they made sense and I had heard of them. I seem to take longer on late week puzzles than many of you.
I saw Prisoner of Zenda which was filmed in the thirties when it was rerun on TV in the 60's.
CC, I am not TEMPTED BY butter cookies in tins. They are never like homemade.

PK, I am glad you are enjoying The Physician by Noah Gordon. The second book in the series, The Shaman, is every bit as well written. They both won international prizes.I am currently reading the last of the trilogy, Matters of Choice. It addresses many current day medical dilemmas. I happen to agree with most of the protagonist's choices. You may or may not agree, but never-the-less the story is still interesting and thought provoking.

I was out all day yesterday. I see I missed many of the Cornerites's problems. Misty, I am so sorry you have conjunctivitis. You have had more than your share of trouble. I hope your eye problems soon clear up.
Anonymous I wish you wife a full and speedy recovery. If you go blue or just choose to sign with a screen name we can follow up with you.
Ferm, so sorry to hear you have macular degeneration. My thoughts are with you.

I'lL discuss yesterday's trip later. We are off tot he gym.

Picard said...

The AAA theme came slowly for me! Got it and FIR! Happy to see Star Trek BOLDLY featured! My brother is a geologist, so AGATE came easily; clever clue!

CC: You are not missing much without MATZO. I prefer your ethnic cuisine to ours! The main value of MATZO is to put hummus or cream cheese on it!

I recommend "THE MARTIAN" and its HAB. It gave us this wonderful quote: "You solve one problem... and you solve the next one... and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home."

Here is my video of our local UKES group playing "Take It Easy" yesterday at the Harbor.

This extraordinary art piece at the San Francisco Exploratorium is made of thousands of toothpicks. It has CHUTES that carry balls.

Note the young woman is starting a ball down a CHUTE.

Here are my photos in Bubble Gum Alley in SLO!

Even though SLO (San Luis Obispo) is just two hours from here, it took my friend from high school back east to introduce me to this SLO feature! I have many more photos in SLO which is a beautiful little city a lot like our own Santa Barbara.

As for the discussion yesterday about team tribalism I will add this:
A Buddhist walks up to a hot dog stand and says, "Make me one with everything".

FermatPrime: Wishing you the best with your macular degeneration. That is quite scary. Some treatments work for some types in some people. I hope there is a treatment that works for you.

Wilbur Charles said...

I guess it's not SciFi but Superman is the son of JAREL. Oops, LIU, JOR-EL. At that stage, on Krypton, it could be SciFi.
Perps saved that one and a dozen others.
Solving out of order had me thinking this was all Auto related.
Lucina, we just had ZENDA awhile back
How about this clue: It's All in the 6 D
I misread 77A as Basketball and went through DemonDeacons, BlueDevils, Wolfpack and couldn't think of UNC nickname. Oh, Tarheels. Brain is a curious organ.

Enough for now. I'm going to solve the unnameable


CrossEyedDave said...

Still hacking away at this puzzle,
in between summertime chores...

However, at a party yesterday, I finally got some one to
take a picture of Me and Layla, my neighbors dog
that I care for for during the week!

This one's for Irish Miss!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW with ENtO x ZENtA. Not too bad for someone no smarter than me.

My favorite was "behave cruelly toward" for ILL TREAT. Also could be clued "be nice at the bar" for I'LL TREAT. Is a nip at the bar really a DRAM?

Erased Geena for OSSIE, more for LUST, Malta for ZENtA, Slip for SAIL and ecto for ENtO. Too many unknowns and swags to list.

PK, stocks and bonds are both securities, but bonds are loans (think home equity loan) while stocks are ownership shares (think of a farmer buying a 50% interest in his neighbor's harvester).

HG, a top fuel dragster's sport lasts about 4 seconds, followed by a painful CHUTE opening at over 300 mph.

I was shocked! - Shocked I tell you, to learn that Lucina doesn't know all the popes. I'm still waiting for Pope John Paul George Ringo, then I'll convert.

Lucina and PK are right about ALOE plants. They grow wild in the desert (or dessert, I'm so confused now) areas of Los Angeles County with no irrigation at all.

Jay Green, music CDs are also old. Best Buy is no longer carrying them (but you can still buy vinyl records there). But hang on to those VHS tapes so you can tell the grands how hard life was when you were their ages.

Thanks to Victor and CC for a fun start to the week.

Jayce said...

A very enjoyable puzzle; I liked it. I usually get all intimidated 'n' stuff when I see that Victor Barocas is the constructor, much as I do when I see Jeffrey Wechsler's byline. Nice crunchy difficulty and typical Barocas-style cluing made this a challenging but fun way to spend an hour of the day.

I could amplify on what Dudley already said about peak-to-peak, but I don't want to bore you all to death. Suffice it to say amplitude is not the same as power. And then there's that pesky RMS value stuff.

I believe the city of San Luis Obispo, and the people who live there, often refer to it as SLO. It's a lovely little town, as Picard has pointed out. A few years ago we hired a couple of Cal Poly engineering students as summer interns; they were very smart and did really good, valuable, work.

My wife's brother and his wife have come from Toronto to visit their eldest son who lives here, and we are invited over for bbq and lots of chit-chat later today. I look forward to seeing them and meeting some grand nephews whom we have never seen before.

Best wishes to you all.

Lucina said...

I'm so sorry to have shocked you. LOL.

I hate to admit it but I have a dual VRC/DVD player so my grandchildren can watch the Disney VCR tapes. Gradually I've replaced my tapes with DVDs but the Disney ones are really expensive. Eventually.

Layla is beautiful! That's a good photo of you both.

Just when I think I can't be surprised by your photos you post the toothpick structure and bubble gum alley! Please explain the latter. The musicians are impressive, too.

desper-otto said...

Jinx, CDs may be "old," but they're still the best widely-available high-fidelity source of recorded music. We can thank Apple for the imminent demise of the CD. IPods play "lossy" MP3 music files which are audibly inferior to CD quality. Today the public seems to favor portability at the expense of sound quality. It's sad. I still buy CD's to load onto my music server.

Irish Miss said...

PK @ 7:31 ~Your marathon snooze fest was as bizarre as my going to bed at 1:30 am this morning and awakening at 5:30 am and being unable to go back to sleep. Sheesh!

CED @ 1:12 ~ You made my day! What a beautiful animal, with those piercing blue eyes and regal poise. Layla's caretaker ain't too shabby, either! Thanks for sharing.

WikWak said...

Wow. What a fun puzzle to solve! I really liked the theme when I finally figgered it out. No nits or naticks today; when I got to one I didn’t know I just skipped it and kept on going until I reached the bottom. By then I had enough crosses that a second time through did it. FIR in a bit under 35 minutes, slightly longer than most Sundays.

C.C., those jeans actually didn’t surprise me a whole bunch—I stopped being surprised by fashion when they started selling pre-ripped jeans for more than I made in a month…

LAMBDA was a gimme for this amateur radio operator. Isn’t it odd that so often one solver's gimme is another’s natick? That’s humans for you.

The COOPERs tale made me think of Chaucer (for the first time since I got out of English Lit over half a century ago).

Time for my first mid afternoon nap. Have a great day, all.

Picard said...

Much has been said about LAMBDA and waves. But I would like to point out that 120 volt line voltage refers to Root Mean Square (RMS) voltage. The peak for 120 volts is actually 120 x square root of 2 which is about 170 volts. If you rectify and filter the line voltage, you will get 170 volts DC.

This diagram shows the different measures.

The line voltage swings plus and minus 170 volts at a frequency of 60 times per second. But it carries the same power as a DC voltage of 120 volts.

Picard said...

Hand up with WikWak regarding fashion. My own original statement:
The opposite of progress is fashion

Lucina: Thank you for the very kind words about my photos! Bubble Gum Alley is an alley in San Luis Obispo (SLO) where people stick bubble gum as some form of artistic expression. It seems to date back over sixty years!

This Wikipedia article gives what is known of the history, including possible CAL POLY connections.

CAL POLY has placed a big "P" on the steep hill above campus.

Here we hiked the CAL POLY hill to the "P" this past Christmas Eve.

Here are my photos at the RODIN Museum in Paris.

Lots of photos of the THINKER and his companions. Note that RODIN reproduced the THINKER in the Gates of Hell piece, too. I have photos of other copies of the THINKER in other cities. RODIN did castings and mass production which was very controversial.

From Yesterday:
Wilbur Charles: You certainly started something big with your earlier note about my sports and pop culture knowledge (or lack thereof!). I was not at all offended. But thank you for the kind words about my shirts and postings! Yes, that Anonymous person sure did get carried away. Thanks!

PK said...

CED: Great picture with your blue shirt coordinated to bring out the blue in Layla's eyes. Beautiful dog & ruggedly handsome man! You said the picture was for Agnes, but I peeked too. Okay?

Jinx: I do know what stocks and bonds are. It was the AAA thing that threw me. I had a big chunk in bonds from a company that I thought was a sure thing. It went belly-up and into receivership. During the next three years, I was sent dribs of my money and eventually got it all back with adequate interest. Whew! However, some local people who had mucho stock in the same company lost it all. We won't say anything about 50% in a harvester. I've been down that road too in an estate.

Bill G said...

Hello everybody. Thanks Victor and CC.

I think cut-off jeans can be very cute and sexy on an appropriate tush. Those upside-down jeans just look odd no matter who was wearing 'em.

CC, I agree with Picard. Matso is nothing special in the taste department. You haven't missed much. It's a bit like a Saltine cracker with no salt but less crispy.

Good luck PK, FermatP, Anon and anybody else dealing with health issues.

CanadianEh! said...

Super Summer Sunday. Thanks for the fun, Victor and C.C.
After a couple of days finishing the CW, but only lurking here, I made it back.
Alas and ALACK, no mo'e Moe. Drop in occasionally even if just to say hello.

P & P required for this CW but I finished and smiled at the AAA theme.
I also smiled at ALACK and AFLAC, TARO and TORO; I noted EYRE and EMILY (Bronte references).
Jayce, your Toronto visitors got two CSOs today with that "Bobby in the Toronto (NHL) hall (of fame)= ORR", and the Toronto Jay = ALER"

I'm running out of battery power (AAA?) and must run. I'll return later to look at the links.
(I don't always comment on them but they are appreciated. Especially Picard who has such excellent and varied photos. Please do not stop posting just because we do not all comment.)

Misty said...

Thank you for the kind comment, Yellowrocks.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

OK you EE Cornerites - If you rectify and filter 170 VAC peak do you get 170VDC? I've never been into switching power supplies, but in the traditional full-wave bridge and pi-network filtering I seem to remember that you get about 2/3 of the peak voltage. It's been about 45 years since I passed the FCC's First Class Radiotelephone test and I've forgotten a thing or two, but it seems like the filter capacitors would use some of the "peak" voltage to smooth out the valleys to make pure DC.

OwenKL said...


Sorry I don't have a poem here today. Sundays can be daunting, with too many words to consider!

I did post a poem on one of today's _J's at C.C.'s other place.

Yellowrocks said...

PK, how terrible for your brother. My thoughts are with both of you.

SwampCat said...

Owen, I miss you, whatever your inspiration. Don’t desert us!

Wilbur Charles said...

Actually, Jinx, we had a clue/answer something like I'LL TREAT. Fairly recently.
That's right, The Cooper's Tale. Coopers made wheels, correct? I have a Chaucer book around, more biographical than the stories themselves.
Picard, my post about OSU being a Natick for you wasn't negative. In fact, LAMBDA was entirely new to me. I was surprised at McDonald's (solving HQ) to speak to a guy who was striving to get some unsweet iced tea* that he'd never heard of the Arnold Palmer or Arnold Palmer.
One of the foundations of what's known as "Redsox Nation" was the ubiquity of Redsox fandom. Especially women fans .


Talk about ubiquitous. For every cup of unsweet they knock out a gallon of the sweet stuff.
Of course as a Bostonian in the South I can't pronounce Arnold Palmer so it's intelligible. eg Ahnold Pahrmah

Wilbur Charles said...

I tried to link something i found, composed by Ernie Harwell and titled A Game for All America .

Originally written in 1955. Poetic look at Baseball.


Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

Ernie Harwell for WC. //turn your speakers down.

@8:41 Anon - I'd say the apostrophe is for that extra bit of exhale between D and Oh! [The Google agrees with you though, it's Doh. I'll still use two syllables :-)]

Welcome to the Corner A Pidgeon.

Hahtoolah - Love Marty Feldman and your QOD. Thanks for the laugh.

CED - beautiful Pup and you're not so bad yourself.

Jinx - LOL on Pope John Paul George Ringo I.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

FLN - TxMS: Is this the one? I-10/Katy / Sam Toll exchange. //IM - DON'T WATCH! Cheers, -T

Unknown said...

Thanks for the photos of SLO! Brings back great memories from my alma mater!