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Aug 5, 2018

Sunday August 5, 2018 Bruce Haight

Theme:"Anabrands"- The brand name is anagrammed in each theme entry.

24A. Company covering the ninth of Salinger's "Nine Stories"?: LAST TALE INSURANCE. Allstate Insurance.

32A. Company providing stimulation before a round?: GOLFER'S COFFEE. Folgers Coffee.

51A. Company for ones who love taking sides?: I ADORE POTATOES. Idaho Potatoes. Surprised to see BOISE IDAHO (74D. Capital south of a panhandle) in the same grid. (Correction: Ore-Ida Potatoes, Thanks, everyone!)

66A. Company that bugs people?: NOSY ELECTRONICS. Sony Electronics

82A. Company that moves a lot of cash?: LARGE FLOWS BANK. Wells Fargo bank. In big trouble.

101A. Company named for its product container?: IN A CARTON MILK. Carnation Milk.

110A. Company dealing "frankly" with campaign issues?: MAYOR'S RACE WIENERS. Oscar Mayer Wieners.

Veteran solvers know that Bruce loves anagram gimmick. Today's puzzle is a great example of his style, sense of humor and high standard in fill.

The puzzle only has 140 words and 66 black squares, but the fill is so sparkly and clean.

No cheater!! 

Across:

1. Muppet chimp __ Minella: SAL.



4. "Patience you must have" speaker: YODA.

8. Text for a promo: AD COPY.

14. Unit of weight: CARAT.

19. Biblical priest: ELI.

20. Steady: EVEN.

21. First name in the 2016 campaign: BERNIE. Feel the Bern!


22. Informed: AWARE.

23. Track circuit: LAP.

27. Spur on: IMPEL.

29. White wine apéritif: KIR.  Flavored with cassis.

30. TRS-80s, e.g.: PCS.

31. __ of interest: PERSON.

36. Belief system: CREDO.

37. Robot arms don't have them: ULNAE. New clue angle.

38. Camera lens feature: IRIS.

39. Like a D, gradewise: POOR.

40. Subway posting: MAP.

43. Madame Bovary: EMMA. Read it at college. Touched me deeply.

45. Bankrolled: STAKED.

47. Acronymic distress about being excluded from the fun: FOMO. Fear of Missing Out.

48. Leery of: ONTO.

49. Opening feature: POP TOP.

54. "__ got it!": I'VE.

55. Fax button: SEND.

57. Toss in: ADD.

58. Look down on, figuratively: SPIT AT.

59. Brain areas: CEREBRA. Plural of cerebrum.

61. Green, in a way: ENVIOUS.


65. Rilke works: POEMS.

69. "Real Time" host: MAHER (Bill). Way too left-leaning.

72. Canadian site of the 1988 Winter Olympics: ALBERTA. Where were you in 1988?

73. Tiny and shapeless: AMOEBIC.

77. Timeless, in verse: ETERNE.

79. '60s chic: MOD.

80. __ page: OPED.

81. Acapulco gold: ORO.

87. Like some surveys: AERIAL.

89. Card sounding like a platter: TREY.

90. Christmas lot selection: FIRS.

91. "Little House" family name: OLESON. Unknown to me.

93. Spent: USED.

94. Shirley MacLaine, to Warren Beatty: SIS.

95. Ump's cry: SAFE.

96. Big heap: SLEW.

97. Cartoon genre: ANIME.

99. Trace of color: TINCT. Odd, spell check does not like this word.

105. Old marketplaces: AGORAE.

107. United: ONE.

108. Moll's limb: GAM.

109. Grammy winner Gorme: EYDIE.

115. Even a little: ANY.

116. Overhead concern?: OZONE. Nice clue.

117. Emotionally out of control: CRAZED. Reminds me of a favorite movie test D-Otto sent me.

118. Runs on: GABS.

119. Laugh starter: HEE.

120. Author Theodor __ Geisel: SEUSS.

121. Helpful holdings: ASSETS.

122. Nobelist Wiesel: ELIE.

123. Not even: ODD. 

Down:

1. Former MLB exec Bud: SELIG. Not liked here. He tried to contract Twins long ago.


2. Dollar rival: ALAMO.

3. Beauty product for kissers: LIP PLUMPER. Kylie Jenner has built an empire over lip-plumping products.

4. First female Fed head Janet: YELLEN.

5. Eggs in a lab: OVA.

6. An in-box might be part of one: DESK SET.

7. Shenanigan: ANTIC.

8. Legal gp.: ABA.

9. Penn. neighbor: DEL.

10. Brunch fare: CREPES. These are Chinese crepes. They're called Jian Bing.



11. In the cooler: ON ICE.

12. Money-dispensing needs: PINS.

13. "Suh-weet!": YES. Here is my Husker T-shirt.


14. More than a job: CAREER.

15. Tony, for one: AWARD. We have an AWARD on our blog!

16. Pasted message, stereotypically: RANSOM NOTE. Great fill.

17. Oil acronym: ARCO.

18. Many a gamer: TEEN.

25. Three-horse carriage: TROIKA.

26. Dislodges: UPROOTS.

28. Key of Beethoven's "Eroica": E FLAT.

33. Silky-voiced crooners they are not: RASPERS.

34. One of the Weasley twins: FRED. Santa would have nailed it.

 

35. Dog tag?: FIDO. Cute.

36. Italy's Lake __: COMO.

39. Wham! or Roxette: POP DUO.

41. Elite crew: A TEAM.

42. Blog series: POSTS. Like our daily blog write-up.

43. Awesome: EPIC.

44. Formally propose: MOVE.

46. Support: AID.

47. Film noir hat: FEDORA.

48. Serving no purpose: OTIOSE. Not a word I use.

50. "Look Back in Anger" playwright John: OSBORNE. New to me also.


52. "Nick of Time" singer: RAITT.

53. Software details: APP CODE. Not a familiar term to me.

56. "Glee" actress Rivera: NAYA.


60. Get-up-and-go: ENERGY.

61. They're rubbed when mingling: ELBOWS. Great clue.

62. Calls for: NEEDS.

63. DVD forerunner: VCR.

64. Piece of cake: SNAP.

67. "Get Shorty" novelist __ Leonard: ELMORE. Not sure why " ___ " is used in the clue. He's quite famous.

68. Unequivocal refusal: I MEAN NO.

69. Softens: MELTS.

70. '70s breakout gaming company: ATARI.

71. Toast for Mrs. Robinson: HERE'S TO YOU.


75. "Dies __": IRAE.

76. How vichyssoise is usually served: COLD. Yellowrocks' specialty.

78. Wipes out: EFFACES.

80. Stamps of approval: OKS.

83. Pilfer: LIFT.

84. Whirled weapon: BOLA.

85. First portrayer of Obi-Wan: ALEC. Guinness.

86. Meditative genre: NEW AGE.

88. Gin __: RUMMY.

92. Kind of cookie: OATMEAL.

95. Catches: SNARES.

96. Cold outburst: SNEEZE.

98. Actually existing: IN ESSE.

100. Most clubs in a pro's bag: IRONS. You can carry 14 clubs in your bag. I only used a 7 iron and a putter in my first few rounds of golf.

101. Andean people: INCAS.

102. Scope: RANGE.

103. Like much loose-leaf paper: LINED.

104. Focused (on): KEYED.

105. Cookie monster?: AMOS. I get the direction, but not sure "monster" is apt.

106. Look steadily: GAZE.

107. Tools in locks: OARS.

111. Early TV maker: RCA.

112. Caught in the rain without an umbrella, say: WET. It rained a lot yesterday at 3M Championship.

113. Bouncer's requests: IDS.

114. Ballpark fig.: RBI.


JD is enjoying her annual family vacation in Kauai. Here are two sweet pictures of her grandsons.


44 comments:

fermatprime@gmail.com said...

Greetings!

Thanks to Bruce and C.C.!

Not quite an anagram with the potatoes?

Things that caused a pause: BERNIE, CARAT, ALBERTA, AMOEBIC, LIP PLUMPER, TROIKA, RASPERS, FRED, POP DUO, OTIOSE, RAITT,
NAYA, APP CODE and KEYED. No errors.

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

DNF. Half the puzzle, SW of the sinister diagonal, was about half white when I gave in and turned on the red. The NW half of the puzzle was fine.
I did get the gimmick after FOLGERS and ALLSTATE, and it did help with the others. But such anagrams are too long to get without lots of perp help!

I was surprised at BOISE IDAHO in the same grid as POTATOES, but the company is ORE-IDA, not IDAHO.

In the garden there are STAKED vines of tomatoes.
UPROOT some tubers 'cause I ADORE POTATOES
But that fresh food fare
Gives my toddler boy a scare --
He's worries that I'll cook me up some tot toes!

There was a young fellow from ALBERTA
Who wanted to drive a converta-
Ble around town,
With the top down,
Communing with the ghost of von Goethe!

We must be careful of the robots learning phonics.
They can hear our very thoughts by ultra-sonics!
Then they'll be AWARE
Of how we plan to SNARE
The worst-offending NOSY ELECTRONICS!

{A, A-, B+.}

D4E4H said...

FLN:

Young Man Keith at 4:18 PM
- - Wrote "My prouder moment:
I knew SARTRE - w/ only 0 letters!"
- - I didn't, so I LIU. Jean Paul Sartre "Sartre sets out to develop an ontological account of what it is to be human."
- - This got too deep for me right away. Wow!

CrossEyedDave at 5:53 PM
- - The motor from a fidget spinner also got too deep. Thanks for the opportunity to learn.

- - The tone of discussion was very educational overall.

Ðave

Lemonade714 said...

The POTATO Anagram is from ORE-IDA , not Idaho.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Good thing I got the theme. Otherwise, I never would have gotten the Y in NAYA. Saved from a second DNF in two days. Whew! Very cute, Bruce, and thanx for the expo, C.C.

CREPES: My brunch began with an OMELET.

Husker T-Shirt, back for an encore, making it two days in a row.

AWARD: As clue, a CSO to Anon-T.

LARGE FLOWS: That bank got lots of press this past near, none of it good.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. Well, I missed the anagram part. When I saw IN A CARTON MILK, I thought the words were to be re-arranged: In A Milk Carton, but that didn't make sense in any of the other theme answers.

I learned that Brunch Fare is not an Omelet, but a CRÊPE.

I learned that a Christmas Lot Selection is not a Tree, but FIRS.

I learned that something that is a Piece of Cake is not Easy, but a SNAP/

I learned that Spent is not Gone but USED.

I learned that the "Little House" family name is not (Laura Ingalls) Wilder, but OLESEN.

I am not familiar with Rilke. According to the Poetry Foundation Rainer Maria Rilke (Dec. 4, 1875 ~ Dec. 29, 1926) is "one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets.”

I just recently learned of FOMO.

My favorite clue was Opening Feature = POP TOP.

QOD: We tried very hard not to be over confident, because when you get over confident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you. ~ Neil Armstrong (Aug. 5, 1930 ~ Aug. 25, 2012)

billocohoes said...

Of course ORE-IDA comes from Oregon and Idaho, as well as I think a play on "all right"

Only saw the TV show, but remembered Nils OLESON as the store owner and his daughter Nellie as Laura's antagonist.

Anne Bancroft was 37 when playing Mrs. Robinson to 31-year-old Dustin Hoffman's Ben, though the characters were supposed to be 45-ish and 22.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I love BH's word play and sense of humor but this offering had me bewildered for awhile. I did see the theme after filling in Folger's Coffee and Allstate Insurance but, as Owen said, the longer anagrams needed a lot of perps to solve. Ore Ida was slow in coming because I so wanted Idaho, even though there was one letter too many and I was too frustrated to realize the themers were all name brands, therefore, Idaho wasn't even close. This lapse is on me for not paying attention to the title and the other themers. Gathering wool, again? Carnation Milk gave me fits also, because I kept seeing Crate/Carton. Not letting go of Freeze for Sneeze didn't help matters, nor did the Slab (Snap) of cake, Obit (Op Ed) page, or the Gin Ricky (sic) (Rummy) miscues. Naya was a toss up between the erroneous Nina or Nita, and Raitt, Wham or Roxette, and the Weasley twins were all strangers to me. I liked the Award/Aware crossing but wonder about the Pop Top and Pop Duo entries; thoughts, CC? It took me over an hour to finish but FIR, w/o help, so all is well.

Thanks, Bruce, for a clever theme and an, ultimately, satisfying solve. Thanks, CC, for your helpful review. Nice picture, BTW.

JD, nice to see the boys having fun. What memories they'll have!

FLN

Anonymous T, I don't have contacts in my phone because my phone is a "dumb" landline. It is a touch tone, though, not a rotary! 😇

We're in for 3 days of 90+ temps and high humidity. I'm ready for fall.

Have a great day.

Krijo said...

92% only for me, too many American brands I have never heard of. Also did not like the Ulnae clue and stumbled upon OBIT vs OPED. Osborne is part of the curriculum even at Slovak high schools.
Easiest clue was POPDUO - Wham is a great band, George Michael is unfortunately dead. I studied in Halmstadt, town where Roxette comes from.

Madame Defarge said...

Thanks, Bruce and C.C..

Fun Sunday fare even though initially I forgot about the theme title. Then I saw ALLSTATE scrambled. Time for a V-8.

Have a fine rest of the day. See you tomorrow.

Lemonade714 said...

I always enjoy puns and anagrams, so this was a definite winner. I marvel at the patience exhibited to find so many product names which anagrammed into real clues.

It was difficult in places but the perps saved the especially the SONY anagram and NAYA . Never saw GLEE which crossing has already been mentioned.

We were busy running around all day yesterday so I did comment on C.C.'s wonderful themeless, so I congratulate her now. I also loved the two-day Husker jersey appearance. But what is most memorable for me is the reference to the clue created by HG (I loved the clue, Gary) but why in the world was the image chosen a pic of Sparky Anderson going to pull MARK GRATER who managed an MLB career of 9 games, 8 innings pitched and 4 walks as a Tiger. If Ron had chosen a Tiger reliever...

Thank you again Bruce and C.C.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-FOLGERS and the title with ANA in it finally gave me the gimmick. I wonder if this was the seed fill
-Trying to get simply IDAHO and not ORE-IDA POTATOES was a speed bump
-This book by the then DNC chairman showed how Bernie never had a chance
-Early PC’S – I remember my wonderment when I first typed and saw the result on a CRT screen
-I still remember the MAP for the Red Line to get to Wrigley Field
-A LIP product I had at least heard of that also fit
-Granddaughter EMMA is moving in with her boyfriend who is just returning from a fellowship in Shanghai this week. It’s a brave new world
-Name that tune “Stepped on a pop top, Cut my heel had to cruise on back home”
-An AERIAL perspective of my very flat town (1:15) with fun music
-Inbox and Paste function were not digital
-I love that picture, C.C.!
-EPIC and AWESOME have lost their impact in modern language
-Doorlocks? No. Hairlocks? Not so much. Canal locks? Guess again. OARLOCKS? Yay me!
-Lovely pics, Judy!

D4E4H said...

Yee Ha, Corner! I FIRed it in a whopping 89:17. Thank you Mr. Bruce Haight for this impossible CW. I groked the theme at 32 A - GOLFERSCOFFEE. I had to come here for the excellent review by C.C. to learn the rest of the companies.

Husker Gary at 10:29 AM
- - Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville (with lyrics)

A shout out to CanadianEh! at 72 A - ALBERTA.

Ðave

Anonymous said...

Interesting fill. Very challenging and time consuming. Needed to look up the Y in NAYA. Cool theme, but the resulting phrases seem tortured rather than cute.

Misty said...

Well, Bruce Haight puzzles are brilliant, but toughies--so I got only the southwest and a bit of the rest here and there before I had to start cheating. Lots of clever clues as well as reasonable ones--a nice combination for a Sunday puzzle. Kills me when I don't remember things, like the "Little House" family name--a show I loved and watched for years. Nice to see EMMA Bovary and Rilke's POEMS. Like Hahtoolah, I had TREE before FIRS. But amazingly, I got BOISE IDAHO even though I've never been anywhere near there. Anyway, fun puzzle, thanks, Bruce. And great write-up, C.C., with lots of neat pictures. My favorite is the one of you in the red shirt--lovely hair, too!

Sweet grandsons, JD.

Have a great Sunday, everybody!

Anonymous said...

HEE is a laugh ender, not starter. TEE HEE.

desper-otto said...

Have you never heard of Heelarious?

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say…

{B, A, A}

IM – LOL on the rotary. We only have smart-phones now (when ATT put in Fiber for my backup Internet, the landline went dead – I don’t miss it), however I set my smart-phone’s ringtone to sounds like a throwback to the Rockford Files intro.

OMK / Ð4 – I actually learned of SATRE from the Crash Test Dummies [@1:05]. DW filled me in and I leant about nothing.

Pertinent lyrics:
Times when the day is like a play by Sartre
When it seems a bookburning's in perfect order
I gave the doctor my description
I've tried to stick to my prescription

Someday I'll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I'll wear pajamas in the daytime

Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffee spoons and T.S. Eliot

What do you think of that last line Misty? It hook’d DW on the Dummies.

Cheers, -T

Jayce said...

I had to turn on red letters and, like Hahtoolah, learned that piece of cake was not EASY and the "Little House" family name was not WILDER. (Nor was it INGALS.) I also saw immediately that a D grade is not SOSO and that CALGARY was not the answer Mr. Haight wanted for the location of the 1988 Olympics. Ah, so many pitfalls, and I fell into almost all of them! And, frankly, I flat out didn't get the theme even though I was able to fill most of them correctly. Seeing WIENERS, MILK, COFFEE, and POTATOES I thought the gimmick had something to do with food. I also mistakenly thought the "joke" was interpreting WIENERS to be a mangling of the word WINNERS, as is mayoral race winners. Plunk plunk plunk, every trap fell into did I.

APP CODE seemed oddly clued. I got SELIG, YODA, YELLEN, TREY (cute clue!), and some others immediately.

Good wishes to you all.

Wilbur Charles said...

The CSO to Anon-T would be the APP CODE.
I assume Oreida meant Oregon-idaho
I thought the dup. might be in I ADORE.
In NH there's a Boise Rock. So, my son knew Boise as a Capital*.

Yesterday I foundered on TOGAE/TOGAS. Today, three Latin plurals or singular(CEREBRA, AGORAE,ULNAE)Wss
I never quite got CARNATION even spotting need the CAR. Of course, Carnation doesn't come in cartons.

I was stuck and never even spotted Blog POSTS. I hope YR opines about OTIOSE.
I loved reading Krijo's "Easiest clue". There was a strange book written in the 70s where a list of invented Rock bands went on for pages and pages. Anybody know that book?

Wow, lemony, you actually knew the "Trip" picture people?
Somebody will beat me to it but obviously"Margarita ville "

Saga of a Sunday solve. I left the house with a big load of laundry and a friend proposing on the beach. At breakfast while the wash was washing I bought a paper(I'd left mine in the driveway) and waded through sports and funnies(check out Shoe). Finally I got to McDonald's and slogged through.
I suspected that Bruce had "anagrammed" LAST. TALE" but I got a headache thinking about decoding 7 of them. I actually got six.
And as I proceded south leaving a field of white I had the same feeling I have every Sunday: I'll never FIR

Nice job Bruce and CC. Maher is too liberal? So left of Maher is the new "right of Genghis Kahn", eh?
I better post, the bytes are adding up

WC

* Ok Boise Story for later tonight

CanadianEh! said...

Sunday Stumper. Thanks for the fun, Bruce and C.C.
Even with the Ana clue in the title, I missed the theme. But with P& P, and a little red letter help, I finished. This Canadian even dredged YELLIN out of my memory bank (not the WELLS FARGO one).

Hand up for Omelets before CREPES, Wilder before OLESON, easy before SNAP.
I wanted Erases but it was EFFACES.
My cold outburst was weather-related Breeze, then Freeze, before the light dawned with SNEEZE.

The oil company was not ESSO but ARCO, but I got my CSO with ALBERTA. I groaned loudly when Alberta filled in over my first entry of Calgary. Perhaps technically correct but there are many other ways to clue Alberta. Most Olympics are remembered by their city - Lillehammer, Sochi, Nagano, Salt Lake, Lake Placid and not so much by their country, and even less by their province or state.
Rant over! Skating oval built for that Olympics still being used for training I believe. I heard some talk about Calgary bidding for another Olympics and using some of same facilities.
C.C. In 1988 I was in same home and location as currently; I was not travelling far with 3 children under 6. We did make it to the Calgary Stampede in 1995.

I too noted the CSO to AnonT at 15D. Did he note that it was a TROIKA today not a Surrey?

Anon @12:47 - I had the same thought about Tee HEE but then I remembered HEE haw.
Can somebody explain TRS-80=PCS.

Enjoy the family holiday JD. Great pics.

Wishing you all a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

I may have dredged up Yellin but red letters gave me the correct spelling, YELLEN, LOL!

Jayce, I thought of WIENERS/Winners too.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thank you, Bruce, but your puzzle was not a SNAP and left me CRAZED about the theme. Ditto what Jayce said. I filled it with red-letter help, but do not have an anagram mind and completely missed the meaning of "Anabrand".

Thank you, C.C., for easing my mind with your expo.

One happy WAG with the first clue when SAL went so well with Minella. Didn't know there was a Muppet Monkey.

LIP PLUMPER? The only lip plumper I ever used was a hot-kissing boy/man. Works better than an expensive product and sometimes lasts for days.

BERNIE: why do these old men think President of the United States is a retirement job? You need young, vigorous brain cells to do that job. Life experience is over-rated if you can't remember what it was.

SPIT AT? Rich really allowed this disgusting act in a CW?

TROIKA was entered closely followed by "EROICA" as a clue. I wondered if I'd spelled TROIKA right, but it stayed black.

Riding through IDAHO in September we saw acres and acres of POTATOES destined for ORE-IDA.

Weasley twins: FRED was ESP. Why would J.K.Rowling give nice people a name like Weasley when weasel is synonymous with sly criminal types? However, the name being so inept, I remembered it.

No FOMO in my life, just regrets. My son wanted to bring his family to visit & take me to supper yesterday. Alas, I was too unwell to do it. Today all I do is SNEEZE when I'm not coughing. I hate summer flu.

A big problem I've found this week with cell phones: there is no central subscriber phone book. I need to call some people on sensitive business and don't have a phone number for them. They don't have websites either. Will have to find some way to go see them in person with long drives. Bummer!

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh! The Trash-80 was Tandy/Radio Shack's early PC based on Zilog's z80 micro-processor. Here's a writeup on it.

-T

Misty said...

Clever rhyming of "measured with" and T.S. Eliot, AnonT. Not perfect, but then this is modernist poetry which requires a little irregularity. Well done!

Lucina said...

Well, I am relieved to know that others found this puzzle too convoluted! I did too!
Even without paying too much attention to the title I managed to finish 95% with no problems. I recalled YELLEN, MAHER, EMMA (Madame Bovary), HERE'S TO YOU, SEUSS and since ELBOW was in place ALBERTA came immediately to mind. I even recalled Bud SELIG. Sometimes names are so repeated in the news that they etch themselves into memory.

What I didn't know were FRED, (CSO to my late brother of that name) POPDUO, APPCODE (hi, Anon-T). Finally I had to LIU for ADCOPY and PCS. Yes, please explain that. OLESON perped itself and fun to see AGORAE in plural form.

C.C., what AWARD does the Blog have? And many thanks to you for fully explaining the anagram part which I failed to perceive. You look lovely in your Husker shirt!

JD: What wonderful photos of your grandsons! It looks like fun on the beach.

I hope you are all greatly enjoying this peaceful Sunday!

Anonymous T said...

Misty - Those aren't my words but Brad Roberts' lyrics. If you listen to the song, the measure is just about right for the rhyme.

Here's how I impressed DW to give me a second look 30+ years ago:
Roses are RED
Violets are blue.
Most poems rhyme
This one doesn't
And
Your eyes are nothing like the Sun.

Maybe it was my deep-feeling delivery that hooked her :-)

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

PK:
I am so glad you mentioned that FRED Weasley is a J.K. Rowling creation. I have not read any of her books and likely will not.

AnonT:
Thank you for explaining PCS, TRS-80s.

My daughter still berates me for giving away her first ATARI game. Let it go, I say. It was gathering dust and seemed OTIOSE.

PK said...

Lucina: I think C.C. was joking that we have an AWARD since we have a Tony. I haven't read J.K.Rowling either -- just the hype is hard to miss. I watched a little of a couple movies but couldn't get into them either.

Lucina said...

PK:
LOL! Thank you. I think my laugh-o-meter is turned off since I failed to catch the anagrams as well.

JJM said...

I am horrible when it comes to figuring out anagrams. Thankfully, in this puzzle only the first word of the solve was the anagram...otherwise I would have caved early on. I also had to red letter 3 cells, so kudos to the constructor.

Lastly, as a kid I was allergic to milk and had to drink Carnation Milk (made from packets) from first grade to Soph. year in HS. God, I hate that stuff.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. I feel better now that I see that Jayce, Lucina and some others had trouble making sense of the theme as I did. Misery loves company.

I know Maher can get pretty wound up sometimes but I see him as smart and his opinions seem well-founded. Just my two-cents worth.

Good job AnonT! I remember the coffee spoons from a literature course at Cornell.

OwenKL said...

Corrections made over at _J. Sorry for forgetting the day. ��

Picard said...

Was I the only one who found this really difficult? I am late to the party after DW and I led a beautiful hike on a hot day in the mountains. But it still took me several rounds to finish this! The theme was clever, but it was quite challenging. The one place it helped was in my final fill in the area around GOLFERS/FOLGERS COFFEE.

Learning moment that Shirley MacLaine is SIS to Warren Beatty.

Some unknown names: NAYA, WEASLEY, OLESON. But mostly challenging clues. Stuck with DESK TOP for awhile. Not sure whether the puzzle or the hike was more tiring! FIR!

Here we went to see BERNIE on a chartered bus to Los Angeles in August 2015

He was drawing bigger crowds than all other candidates combined at that point. And there was a total corporate news blackout. Note that the LA stadium overflowed within minutes and we were a huge overflow crowd outside. And notice that BERNIE came out in person to talk to us afterwards. He did not have to do that.

PK: Trust me, BERNIE was not old or tired in any way. I had been a fan for many years before he declared.

Here I was at the BERNIE rally here in Santa Barbara just before the California Primary. A vast sea of people who got up before dawn to see him.

Notice the intro by Dick Van Dyke.

Here I attended another kind of AERIAL Survey choreographed by my friend Ninette who is in the first photo and others.

The redhead in the final photos is a woman named Fred Deb who flew out from France for the occasion to perform. She invented the entire art of "silk" AERIALs.

From Yesterday:
AnonT: Thanks for the reminder about HEDY and her engineering brilliance! You had mentioned this before and I had forgotten!

Also: Hand up DEPUTE totally looked wrong. Only knew DEPUTIZE which would not fit. Learning moment.

Becky said...

Oh, mt goodness gracious. I usually love Love LOVE Sunday puzzles. I did not like this one one bit. Not that I didn't think it was brilliantly created. Bruce, you did a great job and I admire your skill. I'm so stupid I didn't even get that the title was a pun on anagram. I guess I didn't like it because it made me feel like a really stoooopid human being. But kudos to everyone else!!

Becky

Wilbur Charles said...

I guess I never posted the following . I see it in my notes .
I was thinking of WIENERS-Whiners eg Winners-Losers
We had a Sports guy: Guy Maneilla (sic) who might be considered the father of Sports talk. That was in Boston.

WC

Boise story follows

Wilbur Charles said...

So I had my son and his A student friend up in the White mountains. So, I said let's have a contest: State Capitals. Phil you go first: NH. Concord he says*.

Ok, Adam. Idaho. Stunned silence. Phil? Boise. With Boise(echo) rock right behind us.

I never told Adam that Boise was one of two Capitals Phil knew.

WC

* I'm surprised Phil knew his own State Capital

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks AnonT. I had never heard of the TRS-80.

Anonymous T said...

I've been remiss in my manners this weekend- I've building Honeypots* and finally! got my Honey Pi ready(ish) for next week's hacking fun. [someone will probably steal it but the $50 will be worth it for the learning / giggles].

C, Eh! - I didn't puzzle but caught the not Surry in C.C.'s expo. Note, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is Canadian, eh?

JJM - There's not much worse than powder'd Milk (we drank it 'cuz we was poor**)... We also had powdered water but didn't know what to add [stolen entirely from Steven Wright]

C.C. you Rock that Husker (Chinese-lucky) Red shirt.

Picard - Fun aerials; and HG's too (reminisce of HBO's '70's intro to the movies).

Lucina - you're funny. Laugh-o-metre...

Anon(s) - choosing not to decide is still to make a choice.

I'm getting accustomed to my new ergonomic-keyboard. My trainer noticed my left-hand's weakness in trying to lift 15 lb. more than 12 times over my head (then my whole hand cramped!). He said I was really close to carpel-tunnel and gave me special stretching exercises (which also hurt!).
All typos today, I'm blaming on this keyboard.

Cheers, -Stage AWARD (AKA, -T) out.
*Draws the flies. One H-Pot has a "recorder" on it to real-time watch the hackers. I hope to learn some new penetration methods before the laptops are pinched.
**that part's true :-)

PK said...

Picard: Bernie looks like he's 100. I think there should be a law that no one over 60 is allowed to run for president. The office ages a person.

Michael said...

Really, a slog today. Maybe it was the hematuria, but none of the themers made sense, even after looking them up.

The TRS-80 dates from the days when computers were comprehensible. I could pull the cover off the Kaypro (another oldie), and trace the actions of each individual chip. Plus, the entire OS (CP/M) fit on one track of a 5.25" floppy ... not like MacOS 10.13.6. which clocks in -- at very least -- at 8.8 gigabytes!

Abejo said...

Good Monday morning, folks. Thank you, Bruce Haight, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

This puzzle really beat me up. I could not figure out the theme until almost the very end. I guess I was not thinking very well.

Words like LIP PLUMPER were totally unknown to me. TROIKA as well. IN ESSE and EYDIE crossing was tough. EFFACES??? Leonard ELMORE? YELLEN? Anyhow, the list goes on.

Maybe next Sunday will sail a little bit easier. I still enjoy doing the puzzles, even when they are tough.

See you Tuesday.

Abejo

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Anonymous said...

Can anyone point to a reference showing "stake" can be a synonym for "bankroll"?

bankroll (v): support financially

stake (v): support (a tree or plant) with a stake or stakes

Bruce Haight said...

Getting to this a bit late, but thanks CC for the great write up. Love your Husker T-shirt pic! Bruce