Sep 17, 2018

Monday September 17, 2018 Craig Stowe

Theme: EMMY (72. TV award, and a homophonic hint to the four longest puzzle answers) - Each theme entry is in the pattern of M* E*:

 17. Large-scale departure: MASS EXODUS.

26. Cost of a car, in most family budgets: MAJOR EXPENSE.

49. Edmund Hillary's conquest: MOUNT EVEREST.

64. Region including Egypt, Israel, etc.: MIDDLE EAST.

Boomer here.  

I realize that the LA Times puzzle is more dominant in Western USA, however my sympathy goes to those on the East coast of the Carolinas and Virginia in the aftermath of hurricane/tropical storm Florence. C.C. and I took a vacation to Myrtle Beach about 15 years ago. We had a great time playing some golf and eating in buffets where they had shrimp piled two feet high.


1. Potato chips source: SPUD. Not Spuds, which is a Budweiser spokesman.

5. __ bean: LIMA. Sufferin' Succotash

9. Rick's "Casablanca" love: ILSA.

13. "Aww!": CUTE.

14. Spring bloom: IRIS.

15. Les __-Unis: ETATS. Interesting that the French spell "State" backwards

16. Neighbor of Yemen: OMAN.

19. Island setting for Melville's "Omoo": TAHITI. I think this is some kind of mecca in the middle of the Pacific.

21. Court order to testify: SUBPOENA. Robert Mueller's tool.

22. Mindless memorization: ROTE.  In grade school we learned songs by note or rote.

24. Farm sound: MOO.  I think this was a sorority in "Animal House".

25. Blue expanse, on a clear day: SKY.

31. 1860s White House nickname: ABE. Classic president. Got his face on a mountain in South Dakota, and his picture on a five dollar bill !

32. Thought: IDEA.

33. Traffic light color: YELLOW.  Are left turns allowed on yellow arrow where you live?

37. Gardener's bane: WEED.  We have a nice crop in our gardens this year.  I didn't plant any, must have been bad dirt.

39. Quick taste: SIP.

41. Produced: MADE.

42. American flag feature: STRIPE.  Add an "S" and you have the movie that made Bill Murray famous.

45. At hand: NEAR.

48. Buddhist school: ZEN.

52. Fermented quaff: ALE.  Not sure what the difference is between beer and ale.  I don't like the taste of either.

55. Slugger's stat: RBI.

56. Get up: RISE.

57. Removing from the text: DELETING.

60. 1971 New York prison riot site: ATTICA. I was not there but I remember it well. Lock criminals up and they tend to get ornery.

66. "__ be fine": "No prob": IT'LL.

67. Sad verse: ELEGY.

68. Spell-checker discovery: TYPO.  This is an odd word for a spell check.  However it's also an odd designation for my Type O blood type.

69. Not virtual: REAL.  This word reminds me of real estate.  Is there such a thing as "Fake Estate"?

70. __ a one: NARY.

71. The "Y" in "YTD": YEAR.  Sometimes Monday clues are pretty easy.

1. Loch Ness local: SCOT.

2. Adidas rival: PUMA.  Not Nike.  It drew a critique for their new commercial, but they claim sales went skyward.

3. Home of the NBA's Jazz: UTAH. Home of the Great Salt Lake

4. Robert of "Dirty Grandpa": DE NIRO.  Really liked him in "Casino".

5. Restricted in number, as an edition: LIMITED. Or a designation for a train.

6. Nest egg acronym: IRA.  Individual retirement account. "Don't leave work without it."

7. Hit's opposite: MISS.  East of LA - West of ALA.

8. Take for granted: ASSUME. As Felix Unger once said "If you Assume, you make an Ass of U and Me." Emmy Winning "Odd Couple".

9. "Was __ hard on you?": I TOO.

10. Stows cargo: LADES.

11. Caused some nose-pinching: STUNK. You may have entered "Skunk" on the grid.  I don't blame you.

12. Evaluate, as metal: ASSAY.

15. Bring to light: EXPOSE.

18. Traditional black piano key wood: EBONY.  I don't own any, but I have heard ebony wood does not float.

20. Singer Amos: TORI.  Mr. Torii Hunter was a center fielder for the Twins for a number of years.  Famous for bringing back a Barry Bonds potential home run in the 2002 All Star Game.

23. Old flames: EXES.

26. Big mouths: MAWS. Could be the casts mothers on "Hee Haw".

27. Help rob the bank: ABET. Or you may place one in Las Vegas.

28. Taunt from the bleachers: JEER.  Interesting that this word rhymes with cheer.

29. Emulate Degas: PAINT.

30. "Slippery" tree: ELM. Used by spitball pitchers before my time.  (Unless Gaylord Perry??  Nah.)

34. Do nothing: LAZE.

35. Wordsworth works: ODES.  I liked the "Ode to Billy Joe" (Bobbi Gentry)

36. Attended, with "to": WENT.

38. Reduce in brightness: DIM.

40. __ pressure: PEER.  Sometimes we see GYNT clued as "Peer ___".  I think the guy's name is Edvard.

43. Rotund: PORTLY.  Usually they get to play catcher, or Offensive Tackle.

44. Jazzman Blake: EUBIE.

46. Pilot: AVIATOR.  Most famous, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart.

47. Take ten: REST.

50. Distance between bases, in feet: NINETY.  MLB only. Distance in softball is 60 feet.  Distance between Fort Campbell and Fort Polk, about 800 miles.

51. Go to bed: RETIRE.  Or leave your career, or buy a new set of Bridgestones.

52. Commercial writers: AD MEN. They must be very busy. It seems I get to watch about 20 minutes worth, every hour.  (Whoever writes the GEICO commercials belongs in rehab.)

53. Bizet opera priestess: LEILA. Leila is a smart girl.

54. Tribal leader: ELDER.

58. Avant-garde: EDGY.

59. Motown's Marvin: GAYE.  Tragic story.  He was shot to death by his father!! Marvin Gaye is now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

61. Receipt detail: ITEM.  Also a story in the Tabloids.

62. Linguine seafood sauce morsel: CLAM.  They call the soup "chowder"

63. One on your side: ALLY.

65. Daycation destination: SPA.



OwenKL said...

Once was a young MISS from TAHITI
Couldn't speak, just giggle out "Tee-hee-hee."
She communicated
In a way not out-dated --
And was eloquent when she wore a bikini!

Driving a car to take a vacation can be a MAJOR EXPENSE.
Gasoline prices keep going up, leaving a driver in suspense!
They shoot up like MOUNT EVEREST,
Leaving travelers desperate,
But it's worthwhile to see, sea to sea, nature's vast expanse!

{A+, B-.}

fermatprime said...


Thanks to Craig and Boomer! (You make me smile, Boomer!) Need smiles with this headache.).
Only hangup was LEILA.)

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

No solid yellow arrows except for the transitions between green and red arrows, but we do have a couple intersections with flashing yellow arrows. Turns allowed, but other lanes have right-of-way. The times of day I go thru there, usually only one car can make it thru before the next cycle.

Dirty Grandpa was on TV last night! I didn't watch it, but did read the blurb because I'd never heard of it before, so DENIRO was a gimme for me!

I like the gecko, but hated the pig.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Didn't notice the theme while solving. As usual, I failed to read the reveal clue. Tried SUMMONS (too short) before SUBPOENA occurred to me. That word reminds me of a non-PC Amos'n Andy joke. Upon later inspection, I noticed the M-E in the theme answers and figured the theme was all about ME. Speed run. Thanx, Craig and Boomer (hope you're feelin' better).

ODE: Boomer, not sure if anybody knows why, but Bobbie Gentry dropped out of sight and became a real recluse. I've read that she doesn't live far from the Tallahatchie Bridge.

TORI: Torii is also the name of that sway-backed Japanese gate.

Thanx for all the birthday wishes yesterday. It was a typical Sunday, nothin' special.

Lemonade714 said...

As Boomer said, Mondays can offer some very easy cluing, about which Boomer manages to make witty comments. Thanks and thank you Craig, I loved your self shout out, 10D. Stows cargo: LADES.

I would not have known LEILA as clued as I do not know this OPERA but it was filled by the perps when I go there.

kazie said...

I'm wondering what Steve's reaction to "stunk" is. I have always maintained that the movie title "Honey I shrunk the kids" was poor English. But after living here 44 years now, I'm becoming convinced that American English simply doesn't follow the German roots for verbs like shrink, shrank, shrunk; swim, swam, swum; stink, stank, stunk. I had STANK there until EXODUS appeared to be inevitable.

What's everyone else's take on this?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. This was a Monday speed run with the only bump being LEILA. I caught the ME theme immediately as I was filling in the long answers. I didn't need the unifier.

MAW in an interesting word. I have a friend with a 2-year old who learned the word and uses it instead of Mouth.

I hope all in Florence's path are safe and dry. Glad to hear that a couple of our Corner friends in that area are safe.

QOD: I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~ Rita Rudner (b. Sept. 17, 1953)

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased arty for EDGY and hUBIE for EUBIE. Wasn't sure about ELEGY x LEILA, but my SWAG was good enough.

Like D-O I had already pegged the theme as "it's all about me" by the time I got to the bottom.

I think I have figured out why someone bought the Virginian PILOT. The new owners have started putting all the office workers in rentals. My guess is that the REAL estate is worth more than the purchase price, and that all of it except for the printing facility will soon be sold.

My grandson is now a teenager and has moved to "90 foot" baseball. It's not just MLB, but all organized adult baseball in the country. I remember Vin Scully saying that "perfection" could be defined as "90 feet between the bases". He was probably quoting someone else, but I don't remember if that was the case.

We are just getting the flashing yellow arrows for permissive left turns. Seems like a waste of money to me.

I love the new Geico commercial showing the office ferrets spreading the news that Craig and Shelia broke up.

Thanks to Craig for the fun Monday romp. You can do better than Shelia? And thanks to Boomer for your take on things. Worth the price of admission alone.

Anonymous said...

If Egypt is in the MIDDLE EAST, does that leave Libya in the NEAR EAST?

STANK is past tense; STUNK is past participle.

inanehiker said...

Nice Monday speed run - which gets me to work on time.

Emmy theme was timely - I had just set my tv to record the Emmys awards show for tonight before I did the puzzle. Not sure when I'll get home tonight - and I also get annoyed with commercials, so even if I am home I start replaying about 40 min in and don't have to watch any of them!

Thanks Boomer and Craig!

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Craig Stowe and thank you Boomer.

FIW. I made a typo on TYPO.

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites,and Cornerettes.

It has been so long since I have posted, that I have almost forgotten how.

Thank you Mr. Craig Stowe for this enjoyable Monday CW. I FIR in 21:48 Min.

Thank you Boomer for finding alternate meanings for so many of the answers.


Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning,

Thanks, Craig, for an appropriately themed Monday. When I filled MASS EXODUS followed by MOUNT EVEREST, I thought of the Emmys tonight, the rest was a breeze. Hooray for me; I seldom see the theme. I should know by now that ILSA is not spelled Ilse, but I erred again. ASSAY corrected that.

Boomer, I agree with Lemonade. You do a grand <(for IM) job of making the Monday write-up something to look forward to. Although the fill is (usually) easier, and I always look forward to reading your column.

Kazie, we used to learn all those verb forms. To borrow a song lyric, "but that was very long ago."

Belated Birthday Wishes to D-O. Even an ordinary celebration is a good one.

Enjoy a fine day.

Have a fine day today. Stay well.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an easy, breezy Monday with only one unknown, Leila. I like the homophonic quartet of Jeer, Near, Peer and Year. Whenever I see Rote, I think back to learning the Times Tables and the sing-songy recitations.

Thanks, Craig, for a smooth start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for a funny, punny expo. (Hope you feel better soon,)

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

Madame Defarge @8:46 ~ You brought a smile to my face, as usual. Your trip to Maine is just around the corner! I'll bet you can hardly wait.

Tinbeni said...

Boomer: Wonderful write-up. Good Job !!!

Craig: Thank you for a FUN Monday puzzle, with a timely EMMY theme.

On Mondays, I am always surprised when I read the write-up, and there were at least 5 or six clues I never saw while solving since the perps had provided the "fill-in."

TORI, MAWS, EUBIE, LEILA and PEER were todays.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

A little meh on the theme but it helped quickly fill in MOUNT EVEREST and MIDDLE EAST. Easy solve; FIR. No searches needed.
MAW - German Maul, L German Muul.
to stink - Note Kazie's comment. American English uses both stank and STUNK for the past tense. Stunk is past participle.German infinitive is "stinken".
--Ich stinke, ich stank, ich habe gestunken.
L. German is "stinken". Ik stink, ik stunk, ik hebb stunken. (Between the two of them, it seems to follow Kazie's theory.)
Es stinkt zum Himmel. (It stinks to high heaven. ). That pretty well sums (stinks) up the works.

Yellowrocks said...

Nice beginning to our week. I like the Pearl Fishers opera very much, but haven't heard it in a long time. I forgot the name was LEILA, so ESP.
Speaking of WEED. The exterior of our condos had extensive work done, necessitating the ripping up of our small gardens. The assoc. said the gardens would be landscaped last spring, so many of us didn't plant tomatoes or annuals, waiting to see what space would be left over. The landscaping never happened. The gardens weren't mulched either, so the weeds are very happy.
I believe in ROTE memorization of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Aside from that, when I tutored I was able to give most of the other rote learning context and interest which helped a lot.
Shrunk and stunk have become vernacular alternatives to the simple past tense. They appear in all kinds of books and journals. If they continue to be popularly used, some day they will become standard. 50 years ago we were taught that only the highest form of words is acceptable in every case. Today grammarians are acknowledging that this is not so. The vernacular alternatives are the cutting edge of language change. If language is cast in stone, what we learned 50 years ago will never change. English will become static.
Owen, I like the Gecko, too, but not the pig or any of the other Geico ads.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Craig Stowe, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Got through pretty easily. Caught the theme after EMMY at 72A.

My toughest soot was the SW. I had NERE for 70A. That made LEILA, LEILE and EDGY, EDGE. After much study tried NARY and Cruciverb gave me the high sign.

We have had OMOO and TYPEE before. However, I never realized the setting was the South Seas. I may have to read those books.

Boomer, good one, ETATS, STATES spelled backwards. Now I will never forget that.

Nice to see MOUNT EVEREST and Sir Edmund Hillary in the puzzle.

Interesting about Marvin Gaye. Never knew that tidbit.

Lots to do. See you tomorrow.


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Misty said...

Well, this was a perfect Monday puzzle in my book. I started at the top and worked my way all the way down methodically, with no problems or questions about any of the items. Got to the last word on the bottom and there was EMMY: looked back at the long answers and there they were, the M E s. Only I didn't connect it to the Emmy awards tonight until reading your write-ups here. Terrific way to start the week--many thanks, Craig. And fun write-up, Boomer--your FAKE ESTATE and Felix Unger quote made me laugh.

The YELLOW traffic light discussion hit close to home for me. Being over 70, I have to take my first written driving test in over a decade this year, and so have been studying the little book the DMV sent me. The issues over Yellow lights are among the most complicated, I've noticed.

So sorry to hear you still have headaches, Fermatprime. Hope you feel better soon.

Have a great week, everybody!

Picard said...

D4E4H Welcome back!

Hand up for STANK before STUNK. Got the theme immediately; I seek out the theme reveal first if possible. A skilled member of our music group and one of my favorite dance partners are both "EMMY", but each spells it differently.

Considered SCULPT before PAINT for Degas. Degas only ever allowed one of his sculptures to be displayed. Fortunately, the others have been preserved and displayed. Somewhere I have photos of an exhibit.

Here are a few of my photos in LIMA, Peru.

The first one shows how all my bottles were collapsed by air pressure after coming down from the Andes. Note the erotic art in one of the museums.

On Saturday we enjoyed this LINGUINI and Lobster.

Not a CLAM in it, but lots of delicious lobster!

I also remember the ATTICA prison uprising even though I was just twelve years old. People don't lose all rights just because they have been convicted and imprisoned. It is sad that it took so many deaths to remind us of that fact. But the uprising did result in at least some reforms.

I highly recommend the film "Where to Invade Next" to show how some other countries treat prisoners. And how it works out for them.

Picard said...

From yesterday
CanadianEh Glad to know you have enjoyed the same COG Railway in New Hampshire as well as that one at Mt Pilatus Switzerland.

I looked it up and found this video of the Swiss COG Railway

Truly impressive. The COGs are sideways to the rails. The New Hampshire COGs point upwards.

AnonT Thanks for the Borax co-generation story. Good for you to work on such a worthwhile project!

Regarding "hands free" phone use while driving, I hope people understand that "hands free" is as dangerous or more dangerous than using one in your hand?

Here is a graphic from the National Safety Council on the subject

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Caught on to the M-E gimmick quickly but expected the reveal to be something about a Medical Examiner. We watch too many Inspector So-and-So crime shows maybe. Guess what we're going to watch tonight? Yep, Australian and British crime-solving shows, not the EMMYs.

I remember back in grade school our class was having something similar to a spelling bee, but it was a "grammar bee." The teacher would give the infinitive of a verb and the student whose turn it was would have to give the past tense and past participle. The student before me had "drink" and responded correctly with "drink, drank, drunk." Then it was my turn; the teacher said "think." I, unthinkingly and over-quickly replied "think, thank, thunk." Got myself eliminated right off the bat and sat down with a resounding thunk. Talk about a V-8 forehead slap!

Misty, LW and I recently had to take the written test to renew our driver's licenses. It wasn't as bad as we nervously expected, but I still feel some of the questions were sufficiently ambiguous as to be difficult to know how to answer. I hate those ones where you have to know how many feet away something must be or what the speed limit is in certain places. I can never remember. Just know the answer is never "42" :)

Best wishes to you all.

Lucina said...

The EMMYs are tonight? I didn't realize that and not sure if I'll watch.

Thank you, Craig Stowe. I see you inserted STOW in the puzzle. Clever.

CSO to Dudley at AVIATOR.

Learning moment for me is that there's NINETY feet between bases. Ok.

I always like the literary references such as OMOO and ODES as well as the musical ones.

Though this was typically Monday easy, it was interesting and refreshing.

Kazie, I agree with you on language and I believe movies such as Honey, I shrunk the kids and Marley and Me contribute to the usage of those language patterns and as YR notes, they will in the future become standard.

Thank you, Boomer, for bringing so much humor to us to start the week.

Have a sensational day, everyone!

Misty said...

Thank you, Jayce, about the driver's test information. I've been thinking that I may need to focus in on all those numbers. I saw a sample question asking how old a young person must be if they're left in a car with a child or an infant. I assumed 18, but when I started reading the book it turned out to be 12. I realized then that that's the kind of thing I need to be prepared for.

Wilbur Charles said...

I opened up CC and relooked at the theme and the V8 hit. M. E. DUH

Boomer, I use the TB Times. For once we're missing the action. Irma for all it's violence moved fast so less rain damage
And then there was this
Re. 15a: I never thought of that
And a raucous Tampa crowd was silenced by the mere mention of the name (ABE)
My DE NIRO Fav was Midnight Run
Did anybody figure out how fast a LL fastball has to travel to be equivalent to a MLB 90 MPH. -T computed 90 MPH=132'/sec.
You'd think NE clam chowder would be the same everywhere but you'd need a scale of 1-100 for the variations. From blah to lights out.
I have to post and run to St Pete to buy a car.
Misty can you take the test online? If so note any numbers they give you like 30' behind, 77% of Pkup drivers are Geico commercial ADMEN etc


AnonymousPVX said...

A nice Monday puzzle, themed but no giveaways, nice.

Happy to report the power stayed on and the rain pretty much stayed away. Quite the contrast between here and a couple hours up the road. They have a long road of recovery.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great fun puzzle, Craig, Thanks! Thanks, Boomer, for tickling my funny bone! I think I ate in the same buffet in Myrtle beach. Didn't have any idea what half the food was that I ate.

No problems with the puzzle, but I thought it was very meaty. Hand up: Didn't know Leila. Caught onto the fun theme early.

Fermatprime: with a headache that doesn't go away, I wonder, have you contracted West Nile Virus? Any mosquitos around your pool?

Glad to hear Jinx & PVX escaped the worst of the storms. I have a girlhood friend who just moved from North Carolina to Florida and escaped that mess.

Husker Gary said...

-A fun/timely/easily discovered theme and Boomer. Life is good
-Tibetan natives called Everest Chomolungma, meaning "Goddess Mother of Mountains and British named it for a surveyor
-Oh, that’s how you spell SUBPOENA
-1860 White House nickname could have been TAD for ABE’s son Thomas
-We have blinking yellow left turn lights which means, “You’re on your own, pal!”
-Being raised with a drunk who consumed copious amounts of beer makes me become ill when I smell it
-Common TYPOS for me – fro/for, toady/today and teh/the. Spell check only catches the last one
-Rotten Tomatoes said Dirty Grandpa STUNK and gave it a 14%.
-Pro athletes can take a lot of JEERS for millions per year
-Hollywood’s The Aviator was whack-a-doodle Howard Hughes
-Short SB base paths make the game faster
-Kazie, I don’t think SWUM has ever passed my lips. I’ve heard losing coaches say, “We really STUNK up the place!”
-I always thought my colleague’s having kids memorize the presidents in order was worthwhile. Now who came before and faster Millard Fillmore?

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta- DA!
MEs abounding. A pretty neat pzl from Mr. Stowe! A fine write-up from Boomer.

By now, I think the only book written by Herman Melville was Omoo. It used to be a fave Xwd fill, and now it's been taken up on the clue side!

3, NW - SE.

desper-otto said...

Husker, you can add "faster" to that list. :)

CrossEyedDave said...

If they gave an award for silly cat links...

(Sorry, just keeping my place...)

Lemonade714 said...

Wilbur Charles asks: "Did anybody figure out how fast a LL fastball has to travel to be equivalent to a MLB 90 MPH. -T computed 90 MPH=132'/sec?" The answer is a simple calculation; 90 MPH. It is explained in this LINK.

Pretty funny HG, FASTER as a typo for after. I do the for/fro and the teh/the and ttile/title regularly and clinet/client now and then

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Craig and Boomer.
This CW filled in steadily and I saw the M E; the reveal made me chuckle because just a few pages back in my newspaper, I had seen some discussion of who might be Emmy winners tonight. Very apropos!

LEILA was all perps and I started to Exhume rather than EXPOSE (quickly corrected).
WEED will be legal in Canada one month today. It may cause all sorts of border problems. Apparently, there is some concern that if you own or work (or even hold stocks) in any cannabis production area, you may be permanently barred from entering USA.

Picard - yes that cog railway at Mt Pilatus was impressive. DH is an engineer and found it very interesting. Unfortunately it was a misty, rainy afternoon and view was not as good as on a sunny day. (But we had 3 totally clear days at Zermatt to see the Matterhorn and were not too disappointed to have one misty day.)

Dave2 - yes we have missed you and noted your shorter posts; assume it is because you are busy and enjoying your new living situation!

Enjoy the day.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Lemonade, what the LINK guys don't address is the hit-take-bail out decision that the batter has to make. Do they really think that no more batters would be hit by the pitch if MLB moved the rubber from 60 feet to 46 feet? Do they think batting averages wouldn't dip"bigly" under the same circumstances? A batter wouldn't have a chance against a pitcher with a good curve ball and even a mediocre fast ball.

Anonymous said...

Jinx, I thought they were prairie dogs in the Geico commercial, but you made me look it up. Those are meerkats spreading office rumors

Meerkat Office

billocohoes said...

I don't know why it didn't take my name or the link

for Meerkat Office

Jayce said...

I wonder if Vermeer painted a cat (with or without pearl earrings) it would be titled Vermeerkat.

Ol' Man Keith said...

My very favorite DeNIRO is Bang the Drum Slowly. An honest tear-jerker. It was early Deniro, and I swear I thought he wasn't an actor but a true Suthin' cracker.
Anybody else see it?


Mike Sherline said...

11d - I'm with Kazie @0729, Anon @0755 and Lucina @1243 - to me, correct American English is as Kazie conjugated these words, although I guess Spitzboov's comment @0952 could be right, if for no other reason than the unfortunate fact that constant mass incorrect usage makes it correct. I put in stank first as well, as the clue was past tense (caused). If the answer is STUNK, I think the clue should be had or has caused.

57d - guess I didn't pay enough attention in Music History class. Carmen was the only opera I could think of by Bizet. After awhile I remembered Les pȇcheurs de perles, but don't know anything about it, including the characters' names. Well, I play the tuba, and in school was mostly interested in music written for it (Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler).

inanehiker @0802 - I agree - never watch or listen to a single bit of a commercial if I can help it. I find them all loud, vacuous, idiotic, mind numbing and blatant proof of the demise of our collective intellect. I feel the same about most of the shows on TV, too; only a few I find entertaining, amusing or compelling drama.

Picard - enjoyed the rail videos. Wished they'd provided more technical info - like what's that little wheel for? I can't imagine he'd have to steer the train around the bends; poss. related to brakes/thottle, though he has a lever just to the right that seems to do that too. Interesting that on the train in the 1st video the cog wheels were mounted horizontally on the bottom of the locomotive, while in the 2nd (Swiss Glacier Express) it was vertical. I guess critical infrastructure is an expense governments everywhere like to ignore until things start falling down, by which time the cost has exploded. From yesterday, I read several of your fine articles, bookmarked the page and intend to read the rest. Excellent writing, in my opinion.

WikWak said...

Billocohoes: I believe the underlying software powering the blog has been written to disallow https in URLs. Every time I have tried to reference one and then try to preview my post, I get an error message and the preview is not generated. With the recent changes in security requiring most sites to either use the https:// protocol or be flagged "Not Secure" by the Chrome browser now and by the other browsers soon, seeing that S will be more common than not.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Craig for the timely EMMY puzzle and Boomer for the humorous review [Military base distance made me LOL during a meeting].

Fav: REST near RETIRE is ZEN

{B+, B}

Welcome back D4 - we missed you.

Hahtoolah: LOL QOD as DW & I come up on 30.

Inanehiker - I'm recording the EMMYs too - SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che were on Fresh Air last week and I learned they were hosting; otherwise, I wouldn't bother watching the rich & famous patting themselves on the back.

Kazie - I'm always wrong with tenses so I assumed this was right - well you asked for our $0.02 :-).

Misty - The traffic book for the Houston Test must read:
Green - don't be the first off the starting block, you will get hit; speed
YELLOW - gun it!
Red - one or two more cars can get through the intersection

I'm sure there's a passage on "Look at your FaceBook Page while driving" too, but I've not taken the test in years.

Thanks Jayce for sharing Think, Thank, Thunk, LOL!

Cheers, -T

Misty said...

Anon T, oh dear, I hope I can still pass this test when the time comes.

Anonymous T said...

Misty - Just open your flip-phone and pretend to Tweet, you'll be fine :-)

Lucina said...

Misty, I have a feeling you will ace the test!

Wilbur Charles said...

HG, the question is about reaction time. How much time does the LL fastball take vis a vis a MLB 90 MPH pitch. ESPN AND Deadspin have it wrong.

ESPN may indeed have clocked the LL fastball at 77*. I didn't think it travelled that fast. But the reaction time to hit it IS the same

That's my point. The reason Derby hitters are successful is that the ball
1. Is straight. I pitched. Two balls thrown at the same velocity don't have the same hit difficulty.
2. That's the speed these professionals are used to hitting.

Deadspin should stick to politics.

Now: having said that , the question is how far back is the Pony league (Senior LL?) Mound? If he got to around 90 at that distance...

I see Jinx talked about this so I'll add:

Soon rates come into play at slower speeds, slower arm speeds, smaller hands etc. One thing this whole discussion illustrates is the possible need for size limitations at least for LL.

I remember legends about a 6'+ LL er. However, apparently he never pitched a LL nohitter. They said mine** was the first.


* And ESPN foolishly said x MPH = x+y MPH

**That was the 0-0-9-11 line. I assume that was 9 walks 11 strikeouts. More amazing for six innings than no hits.


Wilbur Charles said...

That was supposed to be "SPIN" Rates .