Sep 3, 2018

Monday September 3, 2018 Victor Barocas

Theme: CHANGE HANDS (61. Be sold, as property ... and a hint to each set of circled letters) - HANDS is scrambled in each theme entry.

17. Not in need of drying or ironing: WASH AND WEAR.

25. Gets settled: FINDS A HOME.

40. "I do not like them with a fox" Seuss poem: GREEN EGGS AND HAM.

50. "... What a Feeling" movie: FLASH DANCE.

Boomer here. Wishing all of you a safe and restful holiday. I never understood why they called it Labor Day and then 80% of our friends and neighbors get the day off work. A sad week saying farewell to Senator McCain. I was most impressed by the rendition of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" performed by the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club.  "His truth is marching on".


1. Laughing sounds: HAHAS.

6. Charged, bull-style: RAN AT.

11. Diagram of streets, highways, etc.: MAP.  Most people have one on their Smartphone.  I still have to go on the internet to see where I'm going.

14. Egg-shaped: OVATE.  Okay, if this is the shape of an egg, What is it called if you cheer for somebody?

15. Football venue: ARENA.  I am pretty sure a football venue is a Stadium.

16. In the style of: ALA.  Crimson Tide.

19. Unit of sunlight: RAY.  We have a Sun Ray Shopping Center with Sun Ray Bowling Center in the same area of Saint Paul.

20. Scottish monster, familiarly: NESSIE. I have heard of the Loch Ness monster, but I think he hates to be called Nessie.

21. Former name of the Congo: ZAIRE.  When I was a kid, I believe it was called the Belgian Congo. Then it was changed to Zaire and I think it hosted a Foreman Ali fight,  Now they have changed the name back.

23. "Let's do it!": C'MON.  When I bowled a tournament in Billings Montana, we stayed at the C'mon Inn.

28. Salary increase: RAISE.

30. Philosopher Descartes: RENE.

31. Put two and two together: ADD.

32. Turkish hospice: IMARET.  In this case, a hospice is like a hotel.

36. Org. with a "Speak Freely" blog: ACLU.  American Civil Liberties Union

43. Walrus cousin: SEAL. We were in San Francisco once near "Seal Rocks" and I bet we saw 100 or more seals relaxing near the shore of the Pacific.  Did not see a Walrus though.

44. Throws gently: TOSSES.  I am old so I roll my bowling ball gently.  But I don't toss it. (Because I am old).

45. Lawyer's gp.: ABA.

46. Cupcake finisher: ICER.  My first thought of an ICER is a Zamboni.

48. Productive city for van Gogh: ARLES.  "I could have told you, Vincent, this world was never made for one as beautiful as you."  "Starry Night" - Don McClean

56. 90-degree pipes: ELLS.  Not to be confused with Golfer Ernie.

57. French farewell: ADIEU.  I took two quarters of French in college.  Then I bid it Adieu.

58. Where most Russians live: EUROPE.

60. Cruise on-screen: TOM.  Can he handle the truth??

66. Large primate: APE.  And his name is Harry.

67. Divided Asian peninsula: KOREA.  Lots going on there recently.  Not too much of it any good.

68. Landlocked African country: NIGER.

69. Young fellow: LAD. Los Angeles Dodgers on the scoreboard.

70. Brewery supply: YEAST. An interesting product. I used it frequently when preparing pizza dough.  Not sure what it does for beer.  I am not a beer drinker.

71. Cookies commonly in cookies and cream ice cream: OREOS.  Cookie watch.  This is the 4,688th time that Oreo has appeared in a crossword.


1. Addendum to the five W's: HOW.  Who, What, Where, and Why is this the answer ?

2. "A Wrinkle in Time" director DuVernay: AVA. Gardner would be my first clue choice.

3. Is completely stumped: HAS NO IDEA.

4. Parthenon city: ATHENS.  It's Greek to me.

5. Wet septet: SEAS.  All seven of them are near Italy.

6. Wheel spokes, geometrically: RADII.

7. Aragorn's love, in Tolkien: ARWEN.  Played by Liv Tyler.

8. Formerly, in bridal bios: NEE.  The season is upon us!! Do not take a nee in an NFL game.

9. NHL's Ducks, on ESPN crawls: ANA.  Hockey in Southern California is questionable, but I can't believe the NHL put a team in Las Vegas.  A pretty good one too.  They almost took home the Stanley Cup.

10. Hero in a loincloth: TARZAN.  Jane's boyfriend

11. Video game plumber: MARIO.  I hate to admit how many hours I spent guiding Mario through mazes.  Now I just waste time on Candy Crush.

12. Antitheft device: ALARM.  This could be an American League pitcher.

13. Check recipient: PAYEE.

18. Bad check letters: NSF.

22. Trailing no one: AHEAD. Or maybe a coin flip.  Remember when Bill Cosby used a coin flip to describe the upcoming battle between Sitting Bull and Custer?

23. Rock outcroppings: CRAGS.

24. Niña's mother: MADRE.

26. Prom gown, e.g.: DRESS.

27. Bristles, to a biologist: SETAE.

29. A, in German class: EIN.  Actually, I think it's "One".  If you go to the gasthaus and order "Ein Bier" they will know what you want.

33. Doled (out): METED.  One for you, two for me.

34. Plato's marketplace: AGORA.  Greece's answer to the "Mall of America".

35. Some QB protectors: RGS.  These are Right Guards.  In retail they are "Returned Goods".

37. Dare: CHALLENGE.

38. Clotheshorse's concern: LABEL.  In baseball we used to call the "Louisville Slugger" trademark the label.  Keep it facing up or you might break the bat.

39. Amherst sch.: UMASS. Interesting how these abbreviations develop.  The University of Minnesota is frequently referred to as the "U of M" not UMINN.

41. Beethoven's "Für __": ELISE.

42. Org. chronicled in "The Puzzle Palace": NSA.

47. Killer doll in "Child's Play": CHUCKY.  This guy spoiled the lives of a lot of guys named Charles.

49. Fix: REPAIR.

50. Lethal: FATAL. Michael Douglas' Attraction

51. Parkinson's drug: L-DOPA.

52. Zeroed in: AIMED.

53. Barcelona babies: NENES.

54. Bandleader Xavier: CUGAT.  This guy lived to 90 years old and had 5 different wives. (Not all at the same time),  The most famous was Charo.

55. Prior to, poetically: ERE.

59. "Yikes!": OH NO.  Apolo OHNO was an Olympic skater.

62. Flat-bladed garden tool: HOE.

63. Coach Parseghian: ARA. Very famous Notre Dame Football Coach.  He won two national championships.

64. __ volente: God willing: DEO.  Yes I had four years of Latin, and DEO is God in Latin.  Et Cum Spiritu tuo is not the Pope's phone number.

65. Oldest H.S. students: SRS. Some are on their fourth year of Latin!



PK said...

Hi Y'all! I filled the first entry HAHAS & thought, "OH NO! Victor is laughing at us already. This is going to be a Monday CHALLENGE!" It was, but I enjoyed it. Thanks, Victor. Thank you, Boomer for bringing us some more "HAHAS".

Even got the theme when finished. All the theme entries gave me a HANDS with that. NO circles but didn't need them.

Last to fill "Turkish Hospice" = IMARET/RGS/SETAE cross. I had IMA_E_. Tried IMAgEs. Finally WAGd SETAE but had to red-letter the "R". Don't know football or Turkish anything. Why is that in a Monday puzzle? Apparently "hospice" isn't a FATAL care unit there.

We had two African & two Asian clues. Then there was Italian NENES for babies. (I knew NENE is a goose in Hawaii.) I tried NiNoS so was close enough to WAG the rest.

PK said...

Sandyanon: FLN I knew Andersonville was not in Tenn. back when I was doing research. Didn't catch that yesterday. I read the Kantor book when it came out. I don't think I could now. Also saw a segment on Andersonville on some Ancestry TV show more recently. I also looked through a book published of records kept by a camp doctor of prisoners in Andersonville. He gave regiments, etc. which then made it possible for me to order "grandpa's" service record from the National Archives.

OwenKL said...

The LABEL promised 'twas WASH AND WEAR,
He wore it from NIGER to old ZAIRE.
On the Congo shore
The trousers tore,
And the Maytag couldn't REPAIR the pair!

The MAP of the ARENA led the way
To where the lions were held at bay.
The Petas of Rome
Hoped they'd FIND A HOME,
But the lions just had a Peta buffet!

Van Gogh, the artist of ARLES
Was given to trivial quarrels.
Some said it was charm,
Others viewed with ALARM
HOW his paintings all twisted in snarls.

OwenKL said...

{A-, B+, A.}

Anonymous said...

Football is played in stadiums, colisuems, fields and arenas. Heck they even have an Arena Footbal League.


Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs)
Los Angeles's Memorial Coliseum (LA Rams)
Lambeau Field (Green Bay Packers)
Royal Farms Arena (Baltimore Brigade)

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. Wow! Is today really Monday? I had to Labor (Day) for some answers, and other answers filled themselves in even before I got to read the clue. IMARET, ARWEN, and SETAE are not Monday words. A show of hands if you knew AVA DuVernay. My hand is not up on that one!

The Parthenon is in ATHENS? I thought it was in Nashville. Just kidding. But I have seen the Parthenon in both cities.

I wasn't troubled by having football being played in an ARENA, but come to think of it, LSU plays in Tiger Stadium, and the Saints play in the Super Dome. LSUt crushed the Miami Hurricanes last night in a Stadium. Go Tigers!

QOD: If we can’t laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we’re going to be mean. ~ Eileen Brennan (née Verla Eileen Brennan; Sept. 3, 1935 ~ July 28, 2013)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Zipped right through, no Wite-Out required. Had the circles, and figured out the HANDS before the reveal. Amazing for d-o. Thanx to our Minnesota duo, Victor and Boomer (keep rollin' 'em easy).

PARTHENON: Gimme. I live on Parthenon Place, but don't understand how a street can be a "place."

TOM: CSO to TTP and moi.

WASH AND WEAR: All my clothes are wash and wear. Even those that aren't.

C'MON, rain! Eighty percent chance today, and we really need it.

BobB said...

Really need to stiffen up the Monday and Tuesday puzzles. After finishing the across clues the grid was almost complete.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Missed the Natick WAG of SEgAE x IMAREg. But at least I didn't erase anything!

Coach Jon Gruden is nicknamed CHUCKY for the looks he gives errant officials and players. He has a $100 millin contract to coach the Raiders, so it may be a little hard for him to get too upset these days.

FLN, CED and -T had me rolling on the floor laughing. I needed that. Reminded me of the guy who put a potato in his pants to impress the ladies. When it didn't work, his pal told him that the spud goes in the FRONT of his pants.

Thanks to Victor for another fun puzzle, except for the unfortunate and uncalled for Natick. And thanks to Boomer for your punniest review ever.

Maui said...

Fun puzzle! Favorite clue: Wet septet!

CanadianEh! said...

Labour Day workout. Thanks for the fun, Victor and Boomer.
Just a little crunch for a Monday.

I didn't know NENES (except as the Hawaiian birds (hi PK), took a minute to get "Wet septet"; but we had OREOS to the rescue!
SETAE and AGORA reappear after a period of non- use. (Lots of Latin today with those two plus RADII, DEO)

We discussed the different views of ARENA recently. Some of us associate arenas more with hockey, and stadiums with football. Regional differences I think. I can't think of any Canadian football arenas or hockey stadiums.

Perps were required for IMARET; I too was thrown by the non-FATAL use of "hospice" (hi again PK).

Off to do some gardening before it gets too uncomfortable outside. We have heat warnings for the week.

Best wishes for a not too LABOURious DAY.

inanehiker said...

I did this one on-line - so have to get used to the different style of that. Our small town paper doesn't come out on holidays! Glad we can go to the blog to connect!

Easy Monday - WEES said about IMARET- but filled with perps.
AVA Duvernay was a gimme for me as we had just checked out "A Wrinkle in Time"movie from the library and watched it over the weekend. She directed that and also "Selma" - first African American woman director to have a movie nominated for best picture!

Happy non Labor Day everyone!
Thanks Boomer and Victor- a Minnesota duo today!

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

5A: A clue worthy of a Wednesday puzzle, not Monday.

3D: I first thought of CLUE. Then looked at the crossword and knew it should be IDEA.

27D: I had no clue. Nor for 32A. Used a dictionary for 32A and that gave me the missing letter for 27D.

33D: a word I never hear and never use but somehow I knew it was METED without the use of crosswords.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Enjoyed Victor's puzzle. Monday easy, though. Got the schtick quickly, but verified it at 61a. Boomer's expo, a fun read as always.
EIN - means 'one' or 'a' as a modifier. Low German een, Dutch een. Ee has the long 'a' sound as in 'late'.

Congrats to Hahtoolah on her new corner gig. Also congrats on her recent retirement.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

I feel like today is Sunday. Bzzt! I'm still working on paper, so I had the circles. Like D-O I found the circles and the theme. Yay! for both of us. I'm pretty good at Jumble so I saw the HANDS right away. Indeed, Victor, thanks for the CHALLENGE. WASH AND WEAR set me on a solid path. I waited for crosses at OVATE to decide between that an ovoid. Fave today was learning IMARET.

Boomer, you have provided us with another fine review and a feww HAHAS at that.

Thanks, Hahtoolah for helping out. Swampcat, my son considers your method the only way to do CWs. I you the rest of you would guide me on last week's HILO clue. I thought postal code was ZIP not state abbreviations.

DH did very well with the battery change, and he's good for another 50,000 miles. Hey, what about me?!

Have a lovely day.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Victor Barocas, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Got through easily, but with the help of a few perps.

Caught the theme before I finished. Amazing.

IMARET was not known. Same for L DOPA. Same for CHUCKY. Same for NENES. Same for AVA. And ARWEN. Lots of perps saved me.

SEAS was clever.

Anyhow, have to run. Need a refill of Earl Grey.

See you tomorrow. Have a great Labor Day.


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Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an easy, breezy Monday with only one unknown, Arwen. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and Star Wars references are not in my sphere of knowledge. I had Ovoid/Ovate and Dio/Deo but Imaret is familiar to me, as is Setae, from previous puzzles. Ava Duvernay was a gimme due to the hype of her most recent film "A Wrinkle in Time." I imagine Xavier Cugat drew a blank from the younger solvers.

Thanks, Victor, for a fun start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for adding more fun and puns to our day.

PK, looks like you're still dueling with the sandman! 🙃

Nice work today, Owen.

I'm waiting for a grocery delivery from Shoprite but it won't include any bacon. I usually buy Oscar Meyer bacon but I refuse to pay the going rate of $7.99/lb, on sale, mind you, from the "regular" price of $8.99. I may be cutting off my nose to spite my face (it wouldn't be the first time!) but I just won't pay that outrageous price! Rant over.

Have a safe and pleasant Labor Day. (Temps in the 90's here today.)

CanadianEh! said...

MadameD- I was confused like you were last week with HILO. We have Postal Codes in Canada and they are used like your Zip codes by Canada Post, but have letters and numbers ie. M5R 2L6. They don't have any meaning as abbreviations for the provinces, ON, BC, PEI.
(They are a pain to type!)

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Victor and thank you Boomer.

HAND up for missing IMARET. Guessed RGS over LGS, but guessed P and SEpAE for the botanist's bristles. Just read that earthworms use them to prevent backsliding during peristaltic motion.

Boomer, did you drive (12hrs) or fly (2.5hrs) to Billings ? Either way, you are dedicated ! I don't have to go that far to throw washouts and 7-10 splits.

TOM: CSO to Desper-otto and moi.

FLN: Thanks WikWak and Dash-T for letting me know that Buckeye trees can grow in Illinois.

Husker Gary said...

-Not even ARWEN nor IMARET could stay this solver from the swift completion of his appointed puzzle
-Fun reading you, Boomer!
-Our good friend and pro bullfighter Nick Kaup gets RAN AT on a regular basis
-iPhone MAP gives lots of info and can read it to you
-Huskers said to Akron, C’MON let’s play tomorrow (Sunday) after Saturday game got rained/stormed out. Akron took their big check, didn’t play and went home
-NEE - I don’t care if they don’t
-Heard in a ZAIRE men’s store – “I’d like to see something in a 42-long loincloth” :)
-A famous Yogi/Hank story about bat LABELS
-Yup, in FATAL Attraction, the Michael Douglas character learned that when something seems too good to be true, it usually is
-A trailer about a wonderful movie on the miraculous but transitory effect of L-DOPA

Maverick said...

It looks like a few of us had trouble with the IMARET/RGS/SETAE cross. Some tough words for a Monday. More Labor than I was expecting. Only three options for GuardS: Left, Right, Offensive. Guessed right on RGS, but missed SETAE. (-1/-2)

Boomer said...

Confidential to TTP, Yes we drove to Billings on that weekend in 2002. Weather was great, and the ABC tournament was held in a livestock barn. My highlight was a 672 in Singles which won me a few bucks in brackets, Pro Gary Dickinson was in the brackets I entered but I sneaked by him in all 3. (I entered three, I think Dickenson was entered in 50.) We played poker by the pool at the C'mon Inn and a round of golf in Fargo on the way home.

SwampCat said...

Quick solve for me today. Thanks, Victor, for the fun. The unknowns ARWEN and IMARET were filled by perps . I also had ninos before perps gave me NENES. I loved “wet septet”.

I wanted O- line for QB protector but I guess the word “some” protectors meant I couldn’t have the whole line. Ok. That’s fair.

I got WASH AND WEAR with no problem but the clue seems odd to me. “Not in need of drying or ironing “. You are going to wear that shirt WET?? Surely it should be dried.

Boomer, thanks for the HAHAS!

Hahtoolah, Geaux Tigers! And they did! Stay dry in Hurricane Gordon.

Becky said...

Boomer, how do you know Nessie is not a 'she"?

Lucina said...

What a fine Monday puzzle! It was so fast I barely finished EIN cup of coffee!

Foreign words galore did not daunt me; I had no trouble with any of them, even EIN (see above).

SETAE was one of the first words I learned in zoology. We've seen NENE as baby in Barcelona before.

Boomer, I believe the Mall of America is the US answer to an AGORA and trust me, there is no comparison. One long section of the Mall would equal the Agora in Athens.

My Natick would have been at ARWEN but perps saved me.

My newspaper had circles and I saw the CHANGED HANDS but didn't need them for the solve.

Any movie that includes dancing is a favorite with my daughter and granddaughters so FLASH DANCE is definitely one of those. It is also the first movie my late DH and I saw on a rented VCR oh, so very long ago.

Thank you, Victor Barocas, for the CHALLENGE today. Boomer, you amuse me when you can connect every answer to sports; you METED out just the right amount of humor today. Thank you.

Ave, ADIEU, adios and good bye for now! Have a sensational day, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

Not in need of drying- wash and wear hair.

Misty said...

Well, I worried that this was going to be a Labor Day toughie for me, but in the end it all fell into place beautifully and was a lot of fun. Many thanks, Victor. I got the HANDS pretty early on, and that helped a lot. Lots of geography (MAP, ZAIRE, KOREA, NIGER, ATHENS)and a bit in the food area (the ever popular OREOS, ICER, YEAST, and of course the GREEN EGGS AND HAM. Didn't know ARWEN and was relieved that it turned out to be correct, and I always enjoy seeing NESSIE in puzzles. Very enjoyable, and great write-up, Boomer. I especially appreciated your info on Xavier CUGAT.

Enjoy a great holiday, everybody!

SwampCat said...

Maverick @ 11:11, I also guessed correctly at 35d because my second favorite player of all time, Carl Nicks was like a 6’5 Wall at RG in front of Drew Brees . His playing weight was listed at 350 but he looked like a mountain.

SwampCat said...

YR @ 11:53, you are so right!

Picard said...

It seems that Mondays are a day for impossible Natick crossings. A "CHALLENGE" is where you are forced to think creatively. Perhaps given clues with multiple meanings.

I have played football. As Maverick correctly noted, there are three possible Guard positions. Thanks to Boomer for the learning moment about the alternative meaning of HOSPICE. But that does not change the fact that IMARET or IMALET (RGS/LGS) are equally possible to one who is not an expert in Turkish lodgings. Did anyone here know the word IMARET?

In any case, I tossed the coin to FIR. But that does not appease my grumpiness. I will say that I enjoyed the theme and the rest of the puzzle, though!

I have two separate connections to NESSIE.

Here is the story of the brilliant engineer and strobe photography inventor Dr Harold Edgerton and his search for NESSIE.

Edgerton's strobe work inspired me to my building my own strobe and some ensuing adventures as a teen. And I went on to meet him on several occasions.

I recently showed my mentor at the SMITHSONIAN IN DC

He did a research project that concluded that the biological conditions were possible for NESSIE to exist. He took no position on NESSIE's actual existence, though. In the end, Edgerton concluded NESSIE probably did not exist.

Here is my article on our most recent Juggling Festival.

Lots of objects that CHANGE HANDS there!

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Sandyanon, PK and Hahtoolah Thank you all for the valuable information and insights regarding LEW WALLACE and Civil War crimes against humanity. Nothing civil about it.

Slowly I would like to think there is progress in human affairs as people are held accountable to behave in a more civil manner. Good that he had a role in doing so.

I had never heard of LEW WALLACE before at all. I had seen the BEN HUR movie, though.

Picard said...

Also from yesterday
D4E4H Thank you for taking the time to look at my photos. Very sorry that the links don't return you whence (whence = from where) you came.

Yes, there is a very simple solution when it comes to opening links!
1) Right-click on a link.
2) Choose to open the link in a new tab or in a new window.

That way you never have to leave the blog at all. Please give it a try and let me know if it works.

As for CHERUBS and wings: You indeed have noted a problem in many myths of flying creatures and humans: Impossibly huge muscles needed.

Glad to know you also see the humor in their appearance. For me, the wings are only half of the humor. Their facial expressions are often hilariously comical.

No, the CHERUB ceiling is not in the Sistine Chapel. It is close by, though. No photos are allowed in the Sistine Chapel. So I only have one! But it is a good one!

Lucina said...

Being an avid reader I have seen IMARET in many books and was fortunate to have seen one in Turkey.

As always I enjoy your photos but I shall have to return later to view today's. I must remove all knickknacks and furniture from my living room for new carpeting to be laid this week.

WikWak said...

A tiptoe through the asters today. Very enjoyable. Thanks, Victor!
Boomer, you were in fine fettle today; you’ve never been fettler. I do have an answer for you at 14A: if you cheer for someone you are egging them on. :P

Favorite clue was for OREOS; favorite entry GREEN EGGS AND HAM.

Anyone needing more rain (hi, D-O) is more than welcome to some from northern IL / southern WI.

All this puzzling is tiring me out—nap time!

Have a great day, all!

CrossEyedDave said...


very puzzling...

A Monday puzzle that I breezed thru, only to get stuck on
bristly, Turkish football players?
(I think I WAG'd it correctly, but I might have put a "P" in there somewhere...)


very puzzling...

Anon-T, how did you get the brush end up there???

finding silly links for this puzzle,
very puzzling...

Change hands: CED's viewpoint...

Change hands: Artistic viewpoint...

Change hands: Dysfunctional viewpoint...

Oh well, I'm outta here..

Lucina said...

That last one is very real to me. Many decades ago one of my friends broke both hands when she fell off a ladder and I helped her for six weeks with EVERYTHING! She is now gone but the memory remains.

AnonymousPVX said...

A bit of crunch in this Monday puzzle, but just a bit, and the solve came sans any drama.

You get a day off on Labor Day to honor the American laborer, it’s not that hard to figure out.

Not that it matters to me, I’m retired, every day is a day off.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Picard, thanks for the tip to "open new". I should have known that.

HG - I agree with not caring about changing / keeping a bride's last name. But when I chaired a big regatta for several years I had trouble when the entry form was signed by "Smith" and the check was signed by "Jones". She could have at least written "Smith" or "Sails Call" in the For: section of the check.

Off camping again tomorrow. I'll copy the mail tomorrow afternoon, but probably won't add my drivel until Wednesday.

PK said...

IM: The Sandman and I are strange bedfellows. He carries me off to slumberland when I would rather not go and rouses me when I don't want to get up.

Madame: The post office standardized the two-letter state abbreviations before zips came out, if I remember right. The two-letter state postal codes thus allowed human mail sorters to do the job faster with increased work load. Any zone or zip or state abbreviation is part of the postal code, including those bar codes across the bottom of the envelopes. Now much mail is sorted by machines who read the codes.

LDOPA: I know more than I would ever want to know about this medication. I was caregiver for my mother who had Parkinson's. Now my "baby" brother has a more severe case than she ever had. My sister-in-law was upset because bro was having trouble with his dosage. I was able to tell her that lower dose every two hours had finally stabilized mom (after a war with her doctor). SIL talked to the doctor and next time I heard from her, they'd put bro on 2-hr. dosage and he was doing better. Pneumonia earlier has left him on oxygen & his broken wrist has a plate and screws in it and isn't healing right. I couldn't help with that, but was pleased to be able to help with LDopa. Get meds controlled and they have better control over their balance and body in general.

PK said...

PS Madame: my dad was a rural mail carrier and a very speedy sorter.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Yep, I naticked out at IMARET/SETAE. Only after I finally filled them did I remember IMARET. Another nice piece of work from Mr. Barocas. Getting that WASHANDWEAR entry enabled me to see we were going for jumbles of the word HANDS. Cool. Many of us here often put a HAND up as a way of expressing "Yep, I had the same experience."

Interesting to have "Niña's mother" and NENES.

Boomer, I have driven to Billings also, on several occasions, except I came at it from the other direction, from Great Falls. I had a girlfriend in Billings when I was living in Great Falls. Looking back on it (dang, that hindsight vision is good!) it seems awfully far to go for a date. My hindsight is not acute enough for me to remember how the heck we met in the first place.

Yeah, I remember Xavier CUGAT. Actually I think I remember Charo better.

The term "wash and wear" always makes me think of that scene in the 1963 movie Charade where Cary Grant takes a shower with his suit on. By the way, James Coburn was awesome in that movie, as he also was in The Magnificent Seven.

Gotta go. Best wishes to you all.

Picard said...

Lucina Thank you for taking the time to look at my photos! And thank you for letting us know that you indeed knew of IMARET. Anyone else?

By coincidence we had lunch yesterday with a Turkish family who was visiting. No talk of IMARETs, though.

Jinx Thank you for the appreciation of how to open links in a graceful way. Yes, by doing the right click and open in a separate tab or window it allows the main blog page to remain undisturbed. Does anyone else do this?

PK I looked it up regarding ZIP Codes and two letter state abbreviations.

This one page USPS sheet explains the history.

The ZIP Code system was established on July 1, 1963.
The two letter abbreviations were established in October 1963 to allow more room for the ZIP Codes.

Interestingly, the Coast Guard has its own two letter abbreviations for water vessels. They are not always the same as the USPS abbreviations. Our state is CA to the USPS but it is CF on boats as I have often noted in our harbor. Seems like they should get on the same page!

Jayce said...

Picard, yes. I always right click on a link and open it in a new tab. After I'm done I just close that tab. As you point out, that way I don't lose my place on the page from which I linked.

Also, before previewing my own post, I always, having made it a habit, press Ctrl-A and then Ctrl-C to Select All and then Copy what I posted. Thus, if it gets lost or disappears for whatever reason, I can always re-create it by putting the cursor in the window where I would normally type my post, and press Ctrl-V to Paste it back in.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta - DA!

Nice to see the mention of SEAL Rock (singular, please) in San Francisco.
The reference is always to the main rock behind the storied Cliff House, It's located where the ocean side of the peninsula is about to turn the corner toward Golden Gate and the Bay.
Depending on the time of year you can see rafts of seals, or very few. Boomer, you were lucky to see so many! I don't recall ever seeing a walrus. (Good thing, as they prey on seals.) And NESSIE, bless his heart, is "fake news."
The seals can be very amusing. I remember taking my senior prom date to the Cliff House for dinner before the dance, and we were so enchanted watching the seals cavort we were almost late to the ball.

Diagonal Report:
One! On the mirror side. Unusual these days to find even one.

CrossEyedDave said...

Yes, I always right click and open in a new tab also.

Unfortunately it does not work with an IPad,
where it is faster to just click on the link, let it take you where ever,
then hit the back button to return to your exact spot on the Blog.

Change hands?

Ol' Man Keith said...

My apologies, Boomer for "correcting" you on the use of "Seal Rocks" (plural) rather than "Seal Rock."
After posting, I looked for support on line, and I see that there is now some confusion between the two usages. My version comes from growing up in San Fran, where I never heard a native using the plural form. Indeed, the large new restaurant which has opened (since I moved from the City) right above the promontory (behind Sutro Forest) is now called "Seal Rock Inn" in keeping with that tradition.


Jayce said...

CrossEyedDave, yes on an iPad it is faster to just click on a link but it is not impossible to open the link in a new tab. Just press and hold the link for maybe 1/2 of a second before letting your finger up and a window will pop up with the option of "Open in new tab." Tap that and a new tab will show up at the top of the screen; tap the tab to select the linked page. Tap the "X" to close that tab when you're done. Yes, definitely slower and several taps are involved, but it can be done.

SwampCat said...

How are our Florida friends doing with Gordon? It looks awful on TV but hard to tell exactly what is happening.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Happy Labor/Labour [for C, Eh! & NorthernBoy] Day!

IM A RET(? Hahtoolah & PVX?) is not in my wheelhouse and neither was SETAE... DNF :-(

Thanks Victor for this HAND-y puzzle to keep at HAND while preparing burgers, dogs, & brats for Youngest's early "Family" B-Day party [She's getting Book of Mormon tix on Wednesday... (shhhh)]

Fun expo Boomer - LOL'd at 14a!

WOs: HeHeS, Dirty Danc(oh, crud...), & ELIES @1st
ESPs: ARWEN, and NO IDEA on 32a & 27d.
Fav: I do like GREEN EGGS AND HAM Sam I am.
Runner up: YEAST after I got schooled on Pils FLN [thanks Adophus - one less thing I'm ignorant in]

{A-, A-, A}

CED - you never fail to amuse. LOL'd at the "broken hands" comic.

Jayce - I forgot about that Grant scene... They don't make movies like those anymore.

Picard - Cool article on NESSIE; no good NOT searching for him/her IF you get to build better tools.*

FL folk - What Swamp asked; How bad is Gordon? Last I checked, it was just a TS but we all know that can be bad too (Allison was just a TS and lots of flooding; the Med-Center lost decades worth of genetically-bread research mice)

Cheers, -T
*I always use a project as an excuse to get a new toy, er, tool.

Mike Sherline said...

Well I almost never have to turn on red letters on a Mon, but had no idea of 32a (had all but the R & T), 25d (had _GS) or 27d (had all but the T). Once red letters were on, turned out I guessed right on both on the 1st try anyway.

Kudos to AnonymousPVX @1343 for noting the true purpose of Labor Day. At least hundreds of laborers were murdered by company and even government goons for demanding decent working conditions and fair wages - a fair share of the wealth that was generated by their labor. But of course the day of honor and remembrance has been trivialized just as have Memorial Day and Veterans' day, turned into a 3 day weekend of sports and gorging.

On my Mac I hold down command and click on a link to open it in a new window. Also command-c to copy, command-v to paste, which I just did to put this here from a Text Edit file.

Bill G said...

Mike (and others),

On my old Mac, I hold down SHIFT to open the link in a new window. Somebody here taught me that. Works great!

billocohoes said...

Knew of minaret, so IMARET seemed reasonable.

I also had to know carbadopa-LevoDOPA for my mother's Parkinson's. When first diagnosed, the doctor said you don't die from it, you die with it. Worse was the last few months, when delusions got more and more frequent. said...


Thanks to Victor and Boomer!

Nice easy romp, apart from MINARET and ARWIN. Familiar with the former.

Have a killer headache. Ophthalmologist keeps screwing up my glasses. Finally got the bifocals right.

On the Mac, I used Command-T to make a new tab.

Yesterday was killer day with Word Solitaire. Only third in world. Keeps me awake. Today am first at the moment, ahead of the usual top two (whom I tie or better on most days).

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Misty said...

So sorry to hear about your headache, Fermatprime. Hope you can get help with it. I can't believe you spelled ophthalmologist so correctly. It took me four tries to get that right the last time I cited the word.

Mike, liked your comments about our holiday.

PK said...

billocohoes: We heard a similar saying, "You don't die from Parkinson's, you just wish you were dead." The worst case I ever saw was a man in a "frozen" catatonic state for several years. My mother wasn't that bad but her delusions were bad. WE had to laugh to keep from crying when she insisted someone had stolen her feet and given her some black person's feet. Months later she told me that she was having surgery the next day to get her own feet back. Never heard any more about that.

D4E4H said...

Picard at 11:59 AM and at 12:12 PM
- - I found your juggling video. That is the only one I have viewed so far.
- - Thanks for the tip on opening links sans losing my place on the blog. It worked.


D4E4H said...

CrossEyedDave at 1:04 PM
- - That was your cat wasn't it? I'd like to see a dog do that. How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?

Lucina at 1:36 PM
- - Your comment may be only two lines long but the beautiful picture it paints of your exceptional caring nature could fill a tome.

Picard at 2:41 PM
- - Earlier today we had a question among the residences about when zip codes started. Our President of Wesley Manor talked to his smart phone and asked the question, and she gave the same info as you. Roombas that can do the Rumba, and talking to Google, what wonderful toys.


Lucina said...

The electric power just returned after being abruptly turned off 5 1/2 hours ago when I was in the middle of cooking dinner. Luckily my BFF lives right across from me so I took the half baked meatloaf and everything else and finished cooking over there.

Thank you. But isn't that what friends are for? That is the only time my friendship has been tested but I'm sure I would do it for any of my friends or family.

OwenKL said...

Tony: Were those genetically-bread mice whole wheat or pumpernickel?

I open a link in a new tab by clicking the link with the center (wheel) button. When I need to. I have an app loaded called InterClue that lets me see many pages without even needing a new tab.

Wilbur Charles said...

It could have been a Left Guard or Right. Or Nose although he's a QB foe. Unfortunately I had SERAE . Apparently, SETAE is an XW staple.
So Monday has been the toughest day for me this month in terms of FIWs.

I can't believe I had to find a couple of letters to get ARWEN. I'm a big LOtR fan.

I see this never got posted.


TTP said...

Boomer, I guess if I had your skill, I would have traveled to tournaments. Of course, I would have needed to qualify or to have been invited.

Did qualify for one tournament - with a partner. Miller Lite Pins over average. We cashed in 2nd place at our local house, and a few weeks later went to an area elimination tournament. We finished 8th or 9th and cashed again, but only the top 3 teams went on to the next round. Our area tournament was only 12 or so miles from me, and maybe 6 from my partner's home, in nearby Aurora. Entered many, but never cashed in any of the "Beat the Pro" games. The ones where a pro sets a number somewhere, and then you just have to beat it. Oh well, it was fun competing.

WikWak, how about it ? Rain, rain go away. Now we have another week ahead of us with more rain.

Wilbur Charles said...

Another one that never got posted:

Any kind of COLESLAW is better than the kind that swims in Mayo. Some people will put it on a hotdog*.
@859. How in the world could those be politics? Or is it a joke as Smiley implies.
InaneH, thanks for explaining BERGAMOT, one of the WAGs I got. Missed SHERI and RITA. And DEBI.
Jayce, excellent paragraph re. Politics and religion. Exactly the way see it.

I suppose I should LIU but didn't LEW Wallace interface with Billy the Kid?


* I mean the Mayo .

This is a result of using text. I had notes on two different text messages and forgot both . In the old(en!) days I posted touch typing (copiously)