Aug 15, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2016 Roger and Kathy Wienburg

Theme: SPINNING YOUR WHEELS.  The letters of the word TIRE are embedded within the theme answers in rotating order.  THUS: IRET, RETI, ETIR, then TIRE in the unifier.

20 A. Way to move funds: WIRE TRANSFER.  An electronic TRANSFER of funds between entities via a network maintained by hundreds of banks around the world.

28 A. Good manners: PROPER ETIQUETTE.  Conducting one's self according to the most appropriate social norms.   Check here is you're uncertain.

47 A. Artist ErtÈ's real name: ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF.  He [1882-1990] was a Russian-born French artist and designer of the Art DEco period,  known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials, R T.

55. Regular vehicle maintenance suggested by this puzzle's circles: TIRE ROTATION. Moving the wheels and tires from one position on the vehicle to another, in order to achieve even wear and extend the useful life of the TIREs.

Hi gang, JazzBumpa here to make sure this puzzle does not wear you down.  The elegant aspect of this theme is the presentation of the hidden word in a strict rotation of the first letter presented, with the remaining letters following in the order of the proper spelling of the word.  Let's see what other fun letters we can find.  We may have to tread lightly.


1. Beats Electronics co-founder, familiarly: DRE.  This is a division of Apple, Inc. that produces audio products.  It was founded by rapper Dr. DRE [Andre Romelle Young, b. 1965] and Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine.

4. Birdbrain, or an extinct bird: DODORead all about it.

8. Scrap: TAG END. The last remaining part of something.  Scrap?  Not so sure about that.

14. The guy for ewe: RAM.  They are a wooly couple, sometimes feeling sheepish.

15. "Right you are!": AMEN.  Emphatic agreement.

16. Vanderbilt of fashion: GLORIA. Ms GLORIA Laura Vanderbilt [b 1924 and still going] is an American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite.  In 1925 her father died, leaving her with a large trust fund.  A legal battle ensued between her mother, GLORIA Morgan Vanderbilt and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt, over custody of the child and control of the trust fund.  The aunt won.  I would have clued this as JzB's L.W.

17. PD alert: APBAll Points Bulletin, a radio message sent to every officer in a police force giving details of a suspected criminal or stolen vehicle.

18. In fun: FACETIOUSLY.  Don't take this seriously.

22. Slangy turnarounds: UEYS. U-turns. A sharp turn of a vehicle along a U-shaped path in order to proceed in the opposite direction.  Figuratively, a reversal of some plan or policy.

23. "Silly me!": D'OH.

24. Mardi Gras wear: MASK.

33. "Dear Yoko" dedicatee: ONO.  Yoko ONO [b 1933] a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, song writer and peace activist, also known for performance art and film making.  She married her third husband, Beatle John Lennon, on March 20, 1969.

34. Volcanic event: ERUPTION.  A sudden, violent outpouring - in this case of steam and lava [hot, molten or semifluid rock.]

35. Org. with lanes: PBA. Professional Bowling Association. Members are advised to stay out of the gutters.

38. Sch. with a Shreveport campus: LSULouisiana State University.

40. Activate, as a mobile app: TAP.  Lightly touch the app's icon on the device screen to launch it.

41. Wee hour: TWO.  In the morning.  ONE also fits.  The hours after midnight until some uncertain later time before sun rise, indicated on the clock by small numbers.

42. Medium for van Gogh: OIL PAINT.  He is best known for these, but also produced over 150 watercolor paintings.

45. Understand: SEE.  I get it.

52. Winter Palace resident: TSAR.  Russian autocrat, prior to 1917.

53. Mexican gold: ORO.  Spanish, of course.

54. Limo bar: AXLE.  The rod or spindle of any vehicle upon which the TIRES  ROTATE, but not in the same sense as indicated by the theme.

60. Spring cleaning may lead to them: GARAGE SALES.  An event held to raise cash by disposing of unwanted household items, usually in a GARAGE or driveway.

63. Firecracker that doesn't crack: DUD.  Fizzler.

64. Brought to mind: EVOKED. Reminded, awakened, aroused.

65. Small change: CENT.  A penny.

66. Afore: ERE.  Earlier than.

67. They're fed at curbside: METERS.  Parking Meters are "fed" coins larger than pennies to pay for the privilege of leaving one's vehicle there.

68. Icelandic literary work: EDDA.  Old Norse poetic and literary works.

69. "Danny and the Dinosaur" author Hoff: SYD. [1912-2004] American cartoonist and children's book author, along with his most famous work.


1. Prepare, as plans: DRAW UP.  Put together the initial version.

2. Thin sword: RAPIER. A weapon better suited for thrusting than for slashing or cutting.

3. Early stage of life: EMBRYO.  An unborn or unhatched offspring in an earlier stage of development than the fetus.

4. Birdbrained: DAFT.  Lacking intelligence - DODO-like, perhaps.

5. Actor Sharif: OMAR. Michel Dimitri Chalhoub [1083 1932-2015] was an Egyptian actor of Syrian ancestry, best known for the role of Dr. Zhivago.  He was also a horse racing enthusiast and one of the world's best bridge players

6. The aughts, for one: DECADE. Ten year periods starting with years ending in zeros.

7. Musically monotonous: ONE NOTE.  You decide.

8. "Bring on the weekend!": TGIF. Thank God It's Friday.

9. Natural emollient: ALOE.  Specifically ALOE VERA, since the genus ALOE contains over 500 species of succulent plants.  Extracts of the plant have various medicinal uses.

10. Foodie: GOURMET.  Culinary connoisseur.

11. Hosp. areas: ERS. Emergency Rooms, where situations needing immediate care are treated.

12. Zero: NIL.  Nothing here.

13. __ trader: DAY.  One who buys and sells financial instruments within the span of the same day.

19. Summer top: T-SHIRT. A pull-over shirt, generally with a crew neck and short sleeves, and so named because the bod and sleeves approximate a T shape.

21. Bruins star Phil, to fans: ESPO.  He played 18 seasons in the NHL, the first 3 with the Chicago Blackhawks, 8 with the Boston Bruins, and 7 with the N. Y. Rangers.

25. Working hard: AT IT. Or arguing.

26. Put in the overhead bin: STOW.  Pack an object into a particular place.

27. Vegas game: KENO.  A lottery-like game of chance.  Players chose numbers, then winning numbers are selected in some random manner.

29. Baritone Chou in the opera "Nixon in China": ENLAI.   [1898-1976] the first Premier of the people's Republic of China, serving from 1949 until his death.

30. Violinist's supply: ROSIN.  It increases friction so that the bow can grip the strings more firmly to get a clear, strong vibration.

31. Kinda-sorta: QUASI-. Partly, almost, seemingly - but not really.

32. Bunk with a ladder: UPPER.  So you don't have to make a high jump.

35. Left on board?: PORT.  Right is starboard on a ship.

36. "About the author" pieces: BIOS.  Biographies.

37. Michigan city or college: ALMA.  The city is located in the central lower peninsula, 50 miles west of Saginaw and 18 miles south of Mount Pleasant, home of Central Michigan University, where I will have two granddaughters as honors students in just a few days.  Alma College is a private liberal arts college associated with the Presbyterian Church.

39. Annuls: UNDOES.  Negates.

43. Share (in): PARTAKE.  engage in an activity.

44. Upscale apartment feature: TERRACE. A level paved area adjacent to a building.

46. Coup d'__: ETAT.  A violent seizure of power from a government.

48. Rode (around): TOOLED.  Drive a vehicle with no particular destination.

49. Rust and lime: OXIDES. of iron and calcium, respectively.

50. Like a baker's hands: FLOURY.  Covered with flour.

51. Shifted (for oneself): FENDED.  To take care of one's self without assistance.

56. Disney head Robert: IGER. [b. 1951]  Named COO in 2000, and succeeded Michael Eisner as CEO in 2005.

57. Wine list heading: REDS. Opposite the Whites.  Can be dry or sweet.

58. Take care of: TEND. Bar tenders take care of taverns, chicken tenders have a fowl purpose.

59. Hammett dog: ASTA.  Pet of Nick and Nora Charles from Dashiell Hammet's 1932 novel The Thin Man, a seminal text in the hard-boiled mystery genre, but also as much a comedy of manners as a mystery.  A highly successful series of movies followed from 1934 to '47.  Later adaptations ensued on radio, television, as a Broadway musical and a stage play.

60. Real peach: GEM.  An exemplar of some sort.

61. Monopoly deed abbr.: AVEnue. 

62. Go bad: ROT.  Spoil.

Hope you found some traction and made it through without too many skids.

Cool regards!
Jazie Bee [The Other Erté]


OwenKL said...

No problems with the puzzle, but I did it on the Mensa site, so no circles. I assumed FACETIOUSLY was part of the theme along with WIRETRANSFER, PROPERETIQUETTE and ROAINDETIRTOFF, and looking for possible jumbled combinations, they all had ET, all 4 had an I, but one had an R between the I and ET, while the first one didn't have an R anywhere, so I figured the ET's were it!

Once there was a DODO, but their tribe is now extinct.
She laid her eggs in the open, he ate o'er the kitchen sink.
And dying, they regretted it.
That is why, little girls and boys, no blowing bubbles in your drink!

There was a girl named GLORIA
Who wanted to TOOL to Pretoria.
I don't know why,
But it made her cry
That she couldn't PARTAKE of euphoria!

Oh, the TIRES on the bus ROTATE, ROTATE,
All the live-long DAY!
Oh, the yes-men on the bus go AMEN, AMEN,
All the live-long DAY!
Oh, the bakers on the bus get FLOURY, FLOURY,
All the live-long DAY!

{A, B, ?.}

Lemonade714 said...

A nice shout out to our dear departed friend DODO then Boomer with PBA then Hahtoolah and others with LSU and tomorrow's blogger Steve with GOURMET .

Also loved the inclusion of APB and PBA and the quick appearance of IGER after yesterday's discussion of TIGERS IGERS.

Happy birthday Michelle and Timothy.

D4E4H said...

Whew Cornerites, this was a tough CW.

Thank you Roger & Kathy Wienberg for TIREing me out. I circled the wagons in the low center, and BAILed over and over to complete that portion.

Thank you Jazzbumpa for your excellent review.


Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Jazzbumpa and friends. A dreaded Circle Puzzle. It was easy enough, however, to see those ROTATING TIRES, or at least find their placement, especially with ERTÉ's name. I knew that his pseudonym was taken from his initials, R and T.

Wow! OMAR Sharif is so much older than I thought by 849 years! I think his actual dates of birth are 1932 - 2015.

My favorite clue was Guy for Ewe = RAM. (Probably one of the easier clues, too!)

QOD: Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. ~ Napoleon I (né Napoleon Bonaparte, Aug. 15, 1769 ~ May 5, 1821)

Big Easy said...

Doesn't everybody know the spelling of Erte's real name (without perps)? Thank you perps.
The TIRE (or RITE) rotation was an easy guess with the circles and unlike some snipers I think it is PROPER ETIQUETTE to never criticize any puzzle constructor. They put the puzzle together, not you. You can't finish it? That's part of the game.

TAG END as a 'Scrap'? I'm not sure about that either. I've only heard TAG END used as the last of something, not as a scrap. SYD Hoff and ALMA were the only other unknowns.
DAY trader- that and casino's are the fastest ways to go broke.

LSU-Shreveport. Easy fill for me. I attended for three years (1968-71). While my friends went away to school and were taught by graduate assistants, sometimes with 100+ students, I was lucky (really too poor to go away) to mainly have PhD's teaching me. The school opened the year before I started and I never had more than 10 people in any of the chemistry, calculus, physics, German, or zoology classes.

TTP said...

Thank you Roger and Kathy, and thank you JzB. Always enjoy reading your comments JzB.

Classic JzB: "Bar tenders take care of taverns, chicken tenders have a fowl purpose." Nice CSO to your LW !

Knew DRE immediately, but read 1D "Prepare, as plums" rather than plans, so wanted stewed. D'OH ! Not a great way to start.

TAG END is new to me for scrap, but worked it out easily enough. Harder to work out ROMAIN DE TIRTOFF, even though I read about him and linked to an article in a puzzle I reviewed.

Spring cleaning may lead to ? GARAGE SALES. Didn't we just read that it depends on what part of the country you are from ? Could be called yard sales or tag sales in other parts, but surely most Americans know the term garage sales. Just like most Germans would surely know Berliner pfannkuchen (jelly doughnut) as a Berliner, even though they have different names for it in other parts of the the country. It's still funny, even if he was speaking figuratively.

First came to know of Omar Shariff when our music teacher took us to see Funny Girl. Never knew it was acceptable to just break out in song like Barbara did. Just kidding. It was a great musical that I've enjoyed again and again.

Rode (around): TOOLED. Drive a vehicle with no particular destination. Babbled. Spoke with no particular direction.

WikWak, wondering if you got to see the Perseid meteor shower ?

TTP said...

From yesterday:
- Lucina, the prime rib for two ? We're birds of a feather !
- Sptzboov, thanks for expounding on LOGS.
- Picard, descendant was an attempt at an inside joke.
- - Also, re:sports. To each his own. That's what makes us individuals.
- Wilbur, we had Pony League and then Colt League after Little League.
- Irish Miss and Roy, pronounce Elgin, as in Illinois and as in Texas.
- HG, that sounds like a full day, and I won't neb. Hope all is well.
- Dash T, welcome back. The IOT isn't going away, so glad you and your peers are hardening it. Can my 4 pin dip swtch on my GDO be hacked ? :>)
- Abejo, I watched that game as well. First inning defensive jitters, and then they settled down. Exciting game as GA tried to claw their way back, with Elk-McKean getting out of a base loaded jam, and then their pitcher striking out GA's # 4 and 5 hitters to end the game !

Anonymous said...

Theme was fine. Some of the clues not so.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No over-writes this morning...and there should have been one. Should it be ALLA or ALMA, ROLAIN or ROMAIN? I chose unwisely. D'OH! DNF. Thanx for the humiliation, Roger and Kathy. Enjoyed your chicken tenders,é. I noticed the CSOs to Boomer, Steve and the Cajun contingent.

Lucina, I also wondered about you ordering a double-serving. Really hungry? Or perhaps, like DW, you planned your "doggy-bag" in advance to get three meals out of one.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Mostly an easy solve except for the ROMAINE/ALMA cross. Both were unknown so I guessed wrong and inserted L vz M. Sigh!
The rotating tires theme was grokked easily, but only had a minor impact on the solve. Erté's real name was a learning. Considered 'bead' before MASK was entered.

Thanx JzB for your always fine intro.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Enjoyed the puzzle, Roger & Kathy (whose surname will not be mentioned by me who got in trouble for spelling it wrong last time).

Great expo, JzB. Chuckleworthy comments about wooly couple and fowl chickens.

I got the TIRE ROTATION theme after the reveal. No circles but they were unnecessary to pick out the TIREs. Amusing to me: a TIRE & wheel advertisement appeared on the right side of the blog. Did everyone have that?

I never remember IGER. Duh! Never heard of Beats Electronics and know DRE only from cws.

"The aughts" for DECADE is a new term for me. DNK: ALMA College or city.

I think of TAG END as being fabric or roll paper scraps. We used newsprint roll tag ends for paper towels in the bathrooms at the newspaper. Pretty much scraps so I had no quarrel with the clue.

TTP: I caught onto your Roman Forest inside joke and laughed. I always knew descendent-Otto was special.

Our town called Little League by the name of Cookie Ball. There were two stories about the origin of that: the first one was they had originally been sponsored by the town bakery who treated them to fresh baked cookies at the starting game. Second: the earliest team shirts were made of flour sacks. Maybe both were true. Never heard the term Little League until much later than my boys played.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Did this puzzle when I got around to it.

Don;t think I've blogged one of Roger and Kathy's before

Omar's age is fixerated. The fingerfehler is inexplicable.

Happy Wednesday!

Cool regards,

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an enjoyable solve because, even though the circled letters were obvious, I was thinking Rite was going to be part of the reveal. So, I was pleasantly surprised when Tire Rotation filled in. The only unknowns were Syd and Alma, but perps were fair, thank goodness, because I needed several to spell Erte's real name correctly. Take a bow for the CSO, Boomer, Steve, and the Louisiana contingent. Thanks, Lemony, for noting the PBA ~ APB entries; I missed them entirely. I was a little taken aback at Gloria Vanderbilt being 94 and Yoko Ono being 85. GV is Anderson Cooper's mother. I loved Omar Sharif in "Dr. Zhivago" and "Funny Girl".

Thanks, Roger and Kathy for a mid-week treat; your puzzles are always fun and challenging, and thanks, JzB, for the terrific tour. We're very lucky to have such a talented group of daily bloggers who mix humor and knowledge so deftly and delightfully.


TTP, I have always pronounced Elgin as L-gin and am only aware of Elgin, Illinois.

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

I pronounce it L-jin. It also used to be a watch company. IIRC, my first watch was a "Lord Elgin." IM, are you saying you pronounce it with a "hard" g?

Husker Gary said...

-Any puzzle that gets ERTE’s grid-spanning full name in is fabulous
-2018 ETTIQUETE – Ladies, do you want/expect me to open the door for you?
-G.L.O.R.I.A. – GLOOOOOORIA! The Shadows Of Night OHW (One Hit Wonder)
-Without being Mrs. John Lennon, ONO would be another small voice in the art wilderness
-Actual and imagined LAVA flow on Hawaii
-A staple of my misspent ute – “I SEE said the blind man to his deaf wife”
-This ALMA grad turned Husker football around
-I remember Ella belting out Johnny One Note on Ed Sullivan
-Would you believe I have many T-SHIRTS with a NASA logo?
-Finally – Commonality. ROSIN is used by people in the symphony and athletics

Husker Gary said...

96-year-old MIL is becoming less and less able to FEND for herself. A year ago, she fell, hit her head and wound up in a grocery store dazed and confused.
Yesterday, she was not in her house when we went over there and we had no idea where she was. Turns out Joann’s twin sister who NEVER comes to see her mother had taken her out to lunch. They returned to see my frantic wife, neighbors and three police cars in front of her house. FPD had put out an APB on her.
After some emotional exchanges took place everything settled down and we tackled my MIL’s flooded basement but that’s another story.

Anonymous said...

Big Easy, I respectfully disagree. Constructive criticism is a necessary component to learning/evolving in a skill, including puzzle construction. If there were no criticism, then we may get stuck with puzzles with self-referential clues, foreign words, and clues such as "Artist Erte's Real Name."

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Roger and Kathy Wienberg, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

TTP: Yes, that was a great ball game last night. Next Elk/McKean plays Chicago today at 2:00 EDT, 1:00 CDT. Thank you again for giving me the way to watch the game. Couldn't believe all the bunting those kids did. A good share of them worked, as well. I liked the play where the PA player tried to steal second and got caught in a pickle. Meanwhile the kid on third base merely ran home for a run. I think that was all planned.

Puzzle worked out fine. Solid Wednesday fare. A little tough, but not too tough.

Liked the theme. Did not look for it until I was finished. The real name of Erte I did not know. And, I will probably not know it a week from now.

Jazzbumpa: I liked the link to the DODO history. I pretty much knew all that, but the link refreshed my memory and gave me some more details. A good reminder that we are the caretakers of our planet. We should all take that seriously.

TAG END was new to me, but it does make sense.

Took my lawnmower blade off yesterday and took it to the hardware store to get it sharpened. They advertised that service. I did not take my wallet with me because I thought I could pay when I picked it up. No cigar. They would not take it unless I paid first. So, I took it home. Took me forever to get the bolt loose to remove the blade. I finally put a two foot piece of pipe over the socket handle and was able to turn the bolt.

Today was the first day of school. I am still a crossing guard at a grade school. I crossed 125 kids in a half hour. Unbelievable. The numbers will drop down to about 50-60 in a short while.

I will be watching Elk County, PA, play Chicago today. Kind of like David against Goliath. Johnsonburg, Ridgway, Wilcox, and Kane. Go Team! By the way, Kane, PA, is known as the icebox of Pennsylvania. Another bit of trivia. The Pennsylvania state flower is the Mountain Laurel. It grows abundantly in Elk County. I have a couple bushes by my house there.

See you tomorrow.


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Irish Miss said...

DO @ 9:05 ~ I pronounce it as L-gin, the same Gin as in a Gin and Tonic. Cheers!

HG @ 9:48 ~ This, too, shall pass. Hang in there. 😉

desper-otto said...

Today's also the first day of school at a number of districts around here. Whatever happened to starting school on the Tuesday after Labor Day?

Hahtoolah said...

The first day of school here was last Thursday, Aug. 9. The school year ends early, however - on May 22, 2019.

Did anyone else notice that the TIRE ROTATION was right above the GARAGE SALE, as if on a lift for the rotations?

TTP said...

In Illinois, it is EL-jin.
In Texas, it is EL-ghin. As you would pronounc the g in again.

It's one of the most mispronounced place names in Texas. Along with:
Boerne - Burnee
Greuene - green
Buda - Byooduh
Pedernales - Purd nal iss
Rufugio - Refurio
Waxahachie - wawks uh HA chee
Palacious Puh lash iss
Bosque - boss key
Mexia - Ma hay uh
Humble - Umble
Palestine - Pal uhs teen
Nacogdoches - Nack uh doe chiss

and my favoite for small towns
Iraan -Ira ann

Some of the street names are almost always mispronounced:

Austin: Manor St - May nor st
Austin: Manchaca Rd - Man shack rd
Houston: Fuqua St - Few kway st
Houston: Tuam St - to 'em
Houston: Kuykendahl Rd - Ker ken doll

Hahtoolah said...

TTP: There are Fuqua streets in Louisiana cities, too. Henry Luse Fuqua was one of the State's governors.

I saw your late-night post about mixing Nacogdoches (Texas) with it's Louisiana "twin", Natchitoches.

Maverick said...

8a. TAG-END. A tag is often stapled to the end of piece of lumber. When you cut the lumber, the tag-end is sometimes left as scrap lumber. Wasn't sure about that one. Several tricky crossings today, including here at 11d. ERS or ORS? 35a: Pro-Bowlers Tour? Assn? Org? 47a: ROMAIN? ROLAIN? 59d: I can never remember if that dog is ASTA or ASTI. Lucky for me, all my guesses were right.

TTP said...

Thinking about Lucina's prime rib for two made me look for my copy of Chicago Magazine's "Steak - The 20 Best Steak Houses." Listing the best 20 In Chicago of course. The mag was from 2008. Read the article and reviews written by food critic Dennis Ray Wheaton.

He had a couple of memorable lines in that article that I'll share.

"Prime steak is an environmentally suspicious luxury item, one that my vegetarian friends view with the scorn of a Prius owner staring down a Hummer driver."

"When Americans splurge in a down economy, they're not up for the mental gymnastics of a cutting-edge chef who serves Parmesan frozen air. For better or worse, they want the indulgent, uncomplicated glory of prime steaks."

Found the article online if you want to read it.

HG, glad all ended up being fine. My wife and her twin spat and get over it quickly as well.

Abejo, good recount of that play, which I believe ended up being the deciding run. Want to watch them again today, but I have to be at the course for the golf league. Will catch up after golf. Right now, Italy (Emilia Romagno) is leading Mexico (Reynoso Tamaulipas) 2-1 in international play.

Oh Hahtoolah, that was Anon-T rather than me. I should have watched my typing. Should be Gruene Tx.

"Parmesan frozen air" - too funny !

See all y'all later !

Lucina said...

Thank you R and K for an amusing puzzle of which I wouldn't TIRE.

I loved the grid spanning entries especially ERTE's full name! Of course I didn't recall the spelling and like others settled for ROLAIN instead of ROMAIN. Now I'll associate with the romaine lettuce to help me recall it should I ever need it again. Not knowing the Michigan city/school did not help.

Lemonade, I also thought of our dear, departed DODO who was sharp as a tack.

I've never heard of TAGEND but it perped easily. OMAR Sharif! Sigh. What a beautiful man was he! I also loved him in Funny Girl and Dr. Zhivago.

I thought of Steve at GOURMET and Hahtoolah at LSU.

Let me clarify the prime rib situation. Our party consisted of eight people and two pairs of us ordered the prime rib, two orders, one for each couple. It is meant for two people though I suppose someone could eat all of it. It is a very large portion, already sliced and we were provided with extra plates for sharing. BTW, it was absolutely delicious.

FACETIOUSLY contains all the vowels in alphabetical order, a, e, i, o, u.

Thank you, JzB, for a thorough and entertaining commentary!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

AnonymousPVX said...

This was going along smoothly until 37D and 47A I guessed....correctly. Lucky. Similar with 31D...but I was more confident in QUASI than I was with ALMA.

For 8 across, I thought I had heard that Jethro Tull’s Aqualung....but that was DOG END....not what it sounds like, it’s a discarded cigarette butt. But the crosses straightened that out no issue.

So a bit of crunch today.

Rainman said...

I didn't get the theme until coming here. The information about Erte was good to know. 12:09 today, but kind of crunchy and enjoyable. TAGEND is not in my vocabulary, but also good to know.

Abejo, good for you for doing the crossing guard job. I'm guessing it's a volunteer position? Good, anyway.

TTP, that's quite a list. One I know, Mexia, so the middle syllable can be emphasized, HAY. Thanks for coming up with all those. Wow. (The Mexia locals say Ma-HAIR.)

I never knew how to pronounce Pedernales after listening to LBJ talk about throwing a silver dollar "across the purd-n-als." River. Means flints in spanish.

Palacious is Palacios, and it means the palaces. Nice list.

If the "aughts" (aka aughties) are the first of ten decades, where do the naughts or "naughties" come? Or are they the same? Just asking.

Misty said...

Just a bit of a Wednesday toughie, but really delightful--many thanks, Roger and Kathy. I actually got the theme answer TIRE ROTATION which really helped to fill in the circles. But didn't notice the systematic rotation until JazzB pointed it out. I got WIRE TRANSFER and PROPER ETIQUETTE without too much trouble, but gasped when I saw the grid spanner for Erte's real name. Had no idea what that could be and worried that it might not be spelled right until I came to the blog. Also worried a bit about PBA and ALMA since I'm embarrassed to say I didn't know the college even though I lived in Michigan for eleven years. But in the end, I got the whole thing--Yay! Wonderful treat for the middle of the week--thanks again, Kathy and Roger. Enjoyed your write-up, JazzB, and thanks for pointing out that T SHIRT got its name from the shape of the garment. Never knew that.

I watch Anderson Cooper on CNN every evening, so thanks for pointing out that Gloria Vanderbilt is his mother, Irish Miss.

Owen, I liked your Gloria poem.

Have a great day, everybody!

Wilbur Charles said...

There's that"prescience" again. Detroit IGERS FLN. Oops Lemonade got it already.
No particular place to go
I FIR. SE gave me trouble . I wanted DOUGHY. Good l'icks, sticky Wednesday. Excellent write-up.


Picard said...

Got the TIRE ROTATION theme immediately which made most of the solve a breeze. Has anyone heard the advice to rotate your shoes? At first I thought it was a joke, but it is a thing.

Hand up there were some Natick proper name crossings that seemed a bit unfair
PBA/ALMA/ROMAIN and ASTA/EDDA (we have seen those before). Correct WAGs to FIR.

Lucina Wrote "FACETIOUSLY contains all the vowels in alphabetical order, a, e, i, o, u"
Learning moment!

Here DW and I visited the VAN GOGH "Irises" OIL PAINTing and others at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles

When purchased in 1987, "Irises" was the most expensive art sale price in history at $53.9 Million. Van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire life, to his own brother.

Here is one VAN GOGH painting I photographed at the VAN GOGH Museum in Amsterdam. I have others I would have to dig for.

DW and I attended this amazing youth concert two weeks ago at the Music Academy of the West.

They put their VIOLIN ROSIN to good use.

Somewhere I have DODO museum photos I would have to dig for. Extinction is forever.

Picard said...

From Yesterday:
AnonT: Thanks for explaining about OTTO and Roman Forest! I never would have figured out that comment!

Anon at 11:50AM: I am honored that you took the time to consider my comment about AROUND THE HORN.

Here is an enumeration of the enduring legacy of Jules Verne's writings.

The moral: Visionary science fiction matters in the real world.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta- DA!
Thank you to the Wienbergs and to Jazzbumpa!

I wasn't sure between ROLAIND or ROMAIN De - so entered "L/M" in the iffy square. My hedge paid off but reduced my victory by maybe half a point.

Misty and Irish Miss ~ Yep, Anderson Cooper has been Gloria Vanderbilt's son since ... well, since as long as I remember!
And how about OMAR Shariff in Lawrence of Arabia? I think the kid's gotta future!


Diagonal Report:
We lack all signs today.

Jazzbumpa said...

On the naming of names:

Nevada is street in Toledo, not far from where i grew up. It's pronounced Nuh-VEY-duh.

The town Chauncey in southern Ohio, pronounced Suthen, Uh-HI-uh, is pronounced CHANCy.

Gary, My lovely wife HATES that G-L-O-R-I-A song.


Ol' Man Keith said...

Big Easy ~
Here's a salute to LSU-Shreveport, another relatively young school! The expansion of top-ranked universities to serve even more of our citizens is one of the great stories of the past two generations.

Very pleased this week to see my campus - the University of California, Irvine - listed by Money Magazine as Number 3 of the "Twenty-Five Best Colleges" in the nation. The guiding factors were financial value plus academic excellence plus the professional success of graduates.
Not a bad rating for a fifty year-old school - in a list starting with Princeton at Number 1.


CrossEyedDave said...


I WAG'd some wrong letters that made it impossible
to suss amen/doh/decade/onenote

oh yes, ditto on ALLA/Rolaind

I don't rotate my tires either, just replace them in pairs when they go bald.

also, trying to save money I keep my tires as long as possible...

Yes, I have trouble with tires, puzzles, and, um, other things...

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks.

Well, Elk/McKean County lost to Chicago, 5-3. They had a good run and will remember this series for the rest of their lives. Good job, boys!


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OwenKL said...

HG, the way I learned it was "I SEE, said the blind man, as he took up his ax and saw."

Abejo: why will the kid count go down so drastically? Surely not that many play hooky that often?

School started here this week (Mon or Tue). Taking my LW to work we take a different route than vacation time, otherwise we'd be going thru 2 school zones, both for the same school. One is so close to her work we can't avoid it, but the other is right in front of the school, and parents dropping kids off make for extreme congestion!

My wife's twin sister will be visiting for a week starting the 25th, so I'll be batching it. They'll be staying at a hotel together (we don't have a guest room). But I'll still be on call as their chauffeur.

ALMA is one of the major prophets in the Book of Mormon. My ballroom dance instructor at BYU was named Alma Heaton, who wrote a book on dancing. But in the grid, I was torn between ALMA and ALBA (as in Idris).

Picard: as a Sci-Fi fan, I loved that Jules Verne statue! But really, man, you have GOT TO caption your photos! I've seen a few you did, so I know you can do it!

Jayce said...

Nice puzzle. As Abejo said, "The real name of Erte I did not know. And, I will probably not know it a week from now." Me too. The M crossing with ALMA was a Natick for me.
FACETIOUSLY is a cool word, and a great fill. So are PARTAKE and GOURMET.
Lucina, interesting that FACETIOUSLY contains all the vowels in alphabetical order, a, e, i, o, u. I foresee a Jeopardy category coming up.
Good wishes to you all.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, this was pompous in it's construction. No fun. No thank you.

Lucina said...

What English word contains all the vowels in alphabetical order? is a frequent trivia question.

I'm so glad you were treated to a lovely dinner at Fleming's. It is very nice and the food, wonderful. The service was also superb.

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, ?Kathy and Roger, and JazzB.
I got the theme which helped to fill in some of the circles.

Hand up for waiting for perps to decide between ERS or ORS.
I had DUH before DOH, and Into before AT IT.
Small change in Canada is a nickel but it won't buy much.
TAG END is not a term I hear very often.
Perps all the way for ROMAIN DETIRTOFF. I'll never remember it for next time. Please just clue as ERTE!

Last year I read the book by Anderson Cooper and his mother, GLORIA. Vanderbilt, called The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss. Interesting read.

What a discussion of pronunciation of place names I prompted when I reminded Irish Miss of my learning moment a year ago, that Canadians can be identified by their pronunciation of AL-bany (not ALL-bany). Who knew there were so many other variations!

Glad to have you back AnonT. Our Antivirus is up for renewal- any thoughts on BitDefender vs. Panda or Norton.

Enjoy the day.

Lemonade714 said...

Lucina, I was going to give you a facetious answer, but since I cannot drink, I prefer abstemious.

Ol' Man Keith said...

When it comes to regional pronunciations, I swear I can tell native SoCal residents by their inability to pronounce the first vowel in "awesome."*

Coming from up north in San Francisco, where we have no provincial pronunciations (other than inserting an "R" into words like "wa[r]sh" & "Wa[r]shington"), I hear Southern Cal kids say "ah-some," the same vowel as in "knot" and "clock," instead of the vowel in "bought" and "cause." A dead give-away.

* Incidentally, a word they use a lot.

PK said...

Facetiously also has a "Y" which is sometimes considered a vowel since it replaces a long "e" or long "i" sound. So that baby has 'em all.

jfromvt said...

Not a big fan of circles in the grid. May make sense in this case with the TIRE theme, but the puzzle was easy enough anyway.

billocohoes said...

CanadianEH!, I use Norton and didn't notice any problems with the link I posted yesterday.

OMK, are those SoCals speaking Spanglish, ValleyGirl, or SurferDude?

There are more dialects in the US than people think of. At least two "Southern" (Carolina Low Country and Scotch-Irish Appalachian), two New England (clenched-jaw Boston and Down East Maine), and Lawn Guy Land is off by itself.

I read that Amsterdam NY where I grew up is the dividing line where a temporary bed sounds like the past tense of catch (cot vs. caught, kaht vs cawt). Don't know which direction, though.

Do the Minnesotans here have an opinion on the rhythms that Frances McDormand used in Fargo?

CanadianEh! said...

OMK- I'm having trouble with your So Cal pronunciations. Don't knot and bought rhyme? When I pronounce all those words, I think I have the same vowel sound. But then, all ?canadians are provincial LOL. And I think I say abowt not aboot for about. This discussion could drive us all crazy. I still remember from a long-ago trip, the looks I got from salespeople in Boston when I replied Charge (not chawge) to their question of "Cash or Charge?".

Billocohoes- I am west of Amsterdam NY and cot and caught rhyme for me. Not sure how the 49th parallel affects the diving line.

Anonymous T said...

Scootch over, CED, and make room on the Group-D'OH! bench.

Hi All!

Thanks Roger and Kathy for humbling me on a Wednesday. I ROTATED the TIRES but DNF'd 47a. I can now report Erté's name is not ROsAnN DETIRT-F-.

Thanks JzB for the expo and the answers. AXLE never came to me b/c I had Coup d' ETeT. Also thanks for the details on ALMA - may I never forget that folks that went to there, ALMA is their ALMA Mater.

For the longest time, I could not get colorS out of my head for Rust and Lime...

WOs: how many ways can you permutate UEYS? cSAR b/f PORT.
ESP: TAG END - new to me
Fav: ERUPTION - did it EVOKE Van Halen for anyone else? Just me? OK, I'll spare y'all the 12min guitar solo and just link its use in Back to the Future. [:53]


I too thought of dear DODO @4a.

Abejo - Well, the boys had a good run. Good for them. I watched a little of the game last night (thanks TTP)

TTP - The Houston Streets were fun. Kuykendahl always gets 'em.

Rainman - wouldn't the naughts be British? Maybe Steve or Cuppa can chime in.

C,Eh! If you have Windows 10 (and don't surf porn and mine for Bitcoin), Windows Defender (comes w/ W10) is actually pretty good. If you want to bump up your defense, Cylance is what we've run for 4 years w/o incident. They now have a home edition ($50/yr).

Lucina, Picard, Jayce: FACETIOUSLY - a,e,i,o,u, and sometimes y. //been waiting all day to add the y! [Argg! I see PK beat me to it while I was composing!]*

Cheers, -T
*at least I remembered to refresh :-)

CanadianEh! said...

I meant dividing line LOL.

I was told once that Customs Agents at YYZ know you are a local if you say Tor-on'-o. And all the spy novels stress the tiny mistakes and regionalisms that can give you away.

D4E4H said...

Husker Gary at 9:42 AM
- - The image you reference was accurate on 5-24. Compare it to the image on 8-14. Can you see a difference? While tourism to the island of Hawaii should not be adversely affected by the lava flow from fissure 8, which has stopped, by the way. It is too soon to tell if this change represents a temporary lull or the end of the lower East Rift Zone eruption and/or summit collapse activity of the Kīlauea Volcano.
- - The people who have been displaced by Pele have no property to return to. They must relocate. In addition people who's homes are intact are not allowed to return to them because of the potential for further eruptions without warning. For these people, the actual scale of the devastation is complete.


D4E4H said...

- - For the Seismologists on the Corner I invite you to study Dutchsinse at 19:00 to 31:00 for Hawaii.
He is predicting earthquakes, which tie into volcanoes.


Lucina said...


Ol' Man Keith said...

CanadianEh! ~
Well, no, at least not in standard pronunciation. There are different phonemes for the vowels in "knot" and "bought." I mean, there is nothing wrong with however you speak, but I am talking about the "standard" sounds we teach our acting students in order to eliminate provincialisms.
Check with your friends, and see how often you can hear the difference in how they form these sounds.

I don't have an IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) chart handy to illustrate the difference, but if you Google it ("IPA Cart") you can see on the vowel chart the symbols that represent the different sounds. The "knot" vowel looks like an upside-down lower case print "a," and the "bought" sound is like a "U" turned sideways - with the prongs to your left.

You form the "knot" sound further back in the throat than the "bought" sound. The former rhymes with the "ah!" of discovery, while the latter rhymes with the "Aw!" we release over baby kittens.

Hope this helps...


Wilbur Charles said...

Re. Boston accent, which is uncopyable(sic)
I have a lot of trouble ordering the iced-tea-lemonade drink christened the Arnold Palmer*.

It's not just the Ahnold, it's the Parmah. Not to speak of where they hold the Valspar Golf tournament: Parm Hahbuh.

If I crinkle my nose and concentrate I can almost say these words so a Floridian can understand me. Not to speak of the ESL people.

Husker G, do you think one of your sub classes can solve the LL pitch speed problem FLN


*Isn't it wonderful to make millions just drinking your favorite soft drink

CanadianEh! said...

OMK- fascinating subject. I was not thinking of your experience in teaching acting students. We speak without conscious thought about how or where in our mouth and throat we make the sounds. Now I will be more aware.

We saw the Hound of the Baskervilles at Shaw Festival last week and, of course, the actors had to assume a British accent (but not the accent for Eliza Doolittle). All part of the job for them.

AnonT- thanks for the advice. I'll check it out.

Anonymous said...

1892 not 1882, still a long life for Erte.

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh! - so you need to check out Cylance because you surf porn/mine bitbucks? ;-)

G'Nite -T

CanadianEh! said...

LOL AnonT. You'd be surprised what we Canadians are up to!