Sep 2, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018 C.C. Burnikel

Note from C.C.:

I'm excited to let you know that Susan (Hahtoolah) has agreed to blog for us once a month. Hahtoolah has been with us since 2009. She always comes to the blog with observant crossword comments and great quotes related to some grid entries. Hahtoolah loves reading and traveling. She's been everywhere, including China. She officially retired in January this year.

Division of Labor

Oh, the dreaded circle puzzle! In today's puzzle, though the circles "divide" a particular job, or type of labor.  It's actually quite clever.  The jobs are all 6-letter. How cool is that?  So what jobs are divided here? Read the professions in the circles:

22-A. Picnic side with Parmesan dressing: CAESAR COLESLAW, and 24-A. Seuss' turtle king: YERTLE.  LAWYER.  My profession.

29-A. Monopoly maker: HASBRO, and 32-A. "Bein' Green" singer: KERMIT THE FROG.  BROKER.

57-A. Post production?: RAISIN BRAN, and 59-A. Logo modeled for five-month-old Ann Turner Cook [b. Nov. 20, 1926]: GERBER BABY.   RANGER.
Ann Turner Cook - Then and now:

80-A. Actress' first film: MOVIE DEBUT, and 83-A. Jim Croce title guy: LEROY BROWN.   BUTLER.

105-A. Successor to Canada's Stephen Harper: JUSTIN TRUDEAU, and 109-A. Bike trail hazards: THORNS.   AUTHOR.

115-A. Weather map line: ISOBAR, and 117-A. Tea-flavoring citrus fruit: BERGAMOT ORANGE.    BARBER.

1. Numbers on letters: ZIP CODE.  It stands for Zoning Improvement Plan

8. Pester constantly: BADGER.  I really wanted Bother.

14. Range: SCOPE.

19. Facetious local subject in many articles in "The Onion": AREA MAN.  I have never read The Onion.

20. Classified stat: AD RATE.

21. Got misty-eyed, with "up": TEARED.  What happens to you when you read The Onion, maybe.

25. Place to check for prints: ART SALE.

26. Heart charts, for short: ECGS. As in the ElectroCardioGrams, sometimes called EKGs. It's a diagnostic tool for assessing the electrical and muscular function of the heart.

28. Chick magnet?: HEN.

37. Jewish Community Center component gp.: YMHA. As in the Young Men's Hebrew Association, not the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.   Not all Jewish Community Centers, however, have a YMHA.

38. "Back in the __": USSR.   The Beatles!

40. Place for a stud: EAR.  I wasn't fooled by this clue. We've seen it in the puzzles before.

41. Lake near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ERIE.  Hi, Abejo!

42. Symbol of simplicity: PIE. This puzzle was As Easy As Pie.

43. Canonized Mlle.: STE. Today's French lesson, abbreviation for Saint.

44. Tehran-based carrier: IRAN AIR. I took a wild guess that the airline would include the name of the country.

47. ''Finished!'': THERE!

51. Long-necked wader: EGRET. Lots of EGRETS in my neighborhood.  I live near a lake.

53. Samurai lacking a master: RONIN. No idea, but apparently RONIN is also the name of a movie starring Robert DeNiro.

55. Actress Joanne: DRU. Joanne DRU (née Joan Letitia LaCock; Jan. 31, 1922 - Sept. 10, 1996) was the older sister of Peter Marshall, the gameshow host. I had heard of him, but not her.

56. Stratford's river: AVON. Ding-Dong!

62. Thread holder: SPOOL.

63. Bus. school test: GMAT. As in the Graduate Management Admission Test.

65. Brief street sign: SLO.

66. Org. in "Traffic": DEA. As in the Drug Enforcement Administration, a federal law enforcement agency housed within the United States Department of Justice.

67. Tent entrances: FLAPS.

69. It burns in December: YULE LOG.

72. Blew away: WOWED.

74. Oktoberfest drink: ALE.

75. "Ben-Hur" novelist Wallace: LEW. Lew Wallace (Apr. 10, 1827- Feb. 15, 1905) was a Union General in the American Civil War and author.  Ben Hur follows the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who was enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the first century.  He later became a charioteer and converted to Christianity.

77. Alien-seeking gp.: SETI. As in Search for ExtraTerrestial Intelligence. I learned about SETI from its frequent appearances in the crossword puzzles.

78. First president with a Twitter account: OBAMA. No politics, although Trump is the same number of letters.

88. Get ready: PREP.

89. Berne's river: AAR.

90. Sch. health course: SEX ED. Is one Sexed in Sex Ed?

91. Schoolyard comeback: AM TOO!

92. Place to make waves: SALON. A good misdirection.

94. Like many family-owned companies: NEPOTIC.

96. RNs' workplaces: ERs.  Registered Nurses might work in Emergency Rooms.

98. Med. care provider: HMO. As in a Health Maintenance Organization.

99. Mazar of "Entourage": DEBI. I never saw Entourage, but have seen DEBI Mazar (b. Aug. 13, 1964) in other shows.

101. MLB's steroid __: ERA.  According to ESPN, apparently the Steroid ERA ran from the late 1980s through the 2000s.

102. __-da: pretentious: LA-DI.   Makes me think of Annie Hall.

104. Deck furniture wood: TEAK.

111. "Swell!": FAB.

112. Full of energy: GO GO.  Meh!

113. CVS rival: RITE AID. All the RITE AID stores in my area have been either closed or converted to Walgreens.

124. Lassie, for one: COLLIE.

125. Pass, as time: ELAPSE.

126. Formal address: ORATION.

127. Composer Bruckner: ANTON. I am not familiar with ANTON Bruckner (Sept. 4, 1824 - Oct. 11, 1896). Apparently he was an Austrian composer.  (Thanks, Jason!)

128. Fluctuated wildly: YO-YO'ED.

129. Handle holder: NAME TAG. Cute clue

1. Efron of "Baywatch" (2017): ZAC.  ZAC Efron (b. Oct. 18, 1987) was also the lead in the High School Musical, which I never saw but it certainly had a lot of publicity.

2. Tax-deferred acct.: IRA. As in Individual Retirement Account.

3. __ Wee Reese: PEE. PEE Wee Reese (né Harold Peter Henry Reese, July 23, 1918 - Aug. 14, 1999), was a professional baseball player. He played shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to 1958.

4. Winter melon: CASABA. Yum.

5. Sydney of astrology: OMARR. No idea. Sydney OMARR (né Sidney Kimmelman, Aug. 5, 1926 - Jan. 2, 2003) was, apparently an astrologer to the rich and famous. Since I am neither rich nor famous, I guess that explains why I never heard of him.

6. Dash from hiding: DART OUT.

7. Env. add-ins: ENCS. As Enclosures to letters in Envelopes.

8. One really on her toes: BALLERINA.

9. "Doe, __ ... ": A DEER, a female deer ...

10. "House" figs.: DRs.  House was a television drama about doctors.  The patient always had some life-threatening disease, that only after lots of consultations, only Dr. House could properly diagnose.

11. Hoedown honey: GAL.

12. Uber approx.: ETA. As in Estimated Time of Arrival, I suppose.

13. Drop more Visine in, say: RE-WET. Visine is a brand of eye drops.

14. Deems appropriate: SEES FIT.

15. Jaguar, e.g.: CAR not to be confused with 103-D Jaguar, e.g.: AUTO.  Wait a minute! Both clues refer to motor vehicles.

16. Bug B Gon maker: ORTHO.

17. Pequod co-owner: PELEG. A reference to the book Moby Dick.

18. Home of the first family: EDEN. Cute clue.

21. "Burning bright" poem critter: TYGER. A poem by William Blake (Nov. 28, 1757 - Aug. 12, 1827), the first line of which reads as follows:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

23. State trees of six U.S. states: OAKs. I really wanted this to be Pine, but more than 6 states have their state tree as a variation of a pine tree.  The Bald Cypress is the state tree of Louisiana.  What is your state tree?

27. Rosy-cheeked angels: CHERUBS.

29. Overly energetic: HYPER.

30. Felipe's female friend: AMIGA. Today's Spanish lesson.

31. Sci-fi author __ S. Tepper: SHERI. Sci-fi is not my genre, so I am not familiar with the works of SHERI S. Tepper (née Shirley Stewart Douglas, July 16, 1929 - Oct. 22, 2016)

33. Vicious: MEAN.

34. Actor McKellen: IAN. That's Sir Ian (b. May 25, 1939) to you!

35. Exchange (a player) with: TRADE TO.

36. P.T. program: RE-HAB. As in Rehabilitation.

39. __-Croatian language: SERBO.

43. Paint with dots: STIPPLE. A learning moment.

45. Curly lock: RINGLET.

46. Discount tag abbr.: IRR. As in Irregular. No wonder this shirt is so cheap - there is only one arm hole.

48. Sidestep: EVADE. I initially tried Avoid.

49. Like trial judges: ROBED. Supreme Court Justices, too.

50. Singer from County Donegal: ENYA. Her given name is Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin (b. May 17, 1961).  No wonder she goes by ENYA.

52. She, in Sicily: ESSA. Today's Italian lesson.

54. Air France hub: ORLY. The Charles DeGaulle is the primary international airport in France, but ORLY is a close second.

58. Word with hard or red: NOSED. As in Hard-Nosed or Rudolph the Red-Nosed.

59. Name on Pisa's airport: GALILEI.  Italy's airport named in honor of Galileo Galilei (Feb. 15, 1564 - Jan. 8, 1642).

60. Hall of Fame Bronco: ELWAY. As in quarterback John Albert Elway, Jr. (b. June 28, 1960).

61. Floor-cleaning robots: ROOMBAS. I was sure these things were called Zoombas, but I knew Gerbez Baby made no sense.

64. Shook hands with, perhaps: MET.

67. Regional plant life: FLORA. The regional animal life is the Fauna.

68. Be straight (with): LEVEL.

70. Power grabber: USURPER.

71. Horror film feature, often: GORE.

73. Friendly: WARM.

74. Concert array: AMPs. As in the Amplifiers.

76. Gradually withdrawing (from): WEANING.

79. Portended: BODED.

81. Devices with earbuds: iPODS. I love my iPod. I listen to all sorts of podcasts.

82. Main squeeze, slangily: BAE. I am not familiar with this term.  I have heard a main squeeze as being referred to a Boo, however.

84. Cried out: EXCLAIMED.

85. Significant person?: OTHER.

86. Many a NOW co-founder: WOMAN.  As in the National Organization for Women.

87. Secluded places: NOOKS.

90. Dutch burg: STAD. Today's Dutch lesson.

93. Margin at the bottom: NET GAIN.

95. Tulsa sch. with a Prayer Tower: ORU. As in Oral Roberts University, a Christian liberal arts school.

97. "R.I.P." singer: RITA ORA. I am not familiar with either the song or the singer.  RITA ORA (née Rita Sahatçiu Ora, b. Nov. 26, 1990).

100. Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser brand: BIORE.

104. Until now: TO DATE.

105. Alexander of "Seinfeld": JASON.  Jason Alexander (né Jay Scott Greenspan, b. Sept. 23, 1959) was great as George in Seinfeld.

106. Letter-shaped fastener: U-BOLT.

107. Actor Maguire: TOBEY.  TOBEY Maguire (né Tobias Vincent Maguire, June 27, 1975) was in The Cider House Rules.

108. Remove all traces of: ERASE.

110. Walker on a bottle: HIRAM. My first thought was Johnnie, but that is too many letters.  Hiram Walker (July 4, 1816 - Jan. 12, 1899) founded Canadian Club whisky.

111. Pay stub abbr.: FICA. As in the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

114. Eddie Redmayne's alma mater: ETON.  Eddie Redmayne (b. Jan. 6, 1982) and Prince William (b. June 21, 1982) were classmates at ETON.

116. Rain-__ bubble gum: BLO.

118. "Strange Magic" band: ELO. As in the Electric Light Orchestra.

119. Beam of light: RAY.

120. Mailing ctr.: GPO.

121. Minor gripe: NIT.

122. __ long way: GO A.

123. Coll. major: ENG. As in English. Would you like Fries with That?

I hope you enjoyed my initial foray into being a blog WRIT  ER.

I will leave you with today's QOD:  I can’t take a well-tanned person seriously.  ~  Cleveland Amory (Sept. 2, 1917 ~ Oct. 14, 1998)


Lemonade714 said...

Welcome to the world of crossword commentary, Susan. Retiring just allows time to do more things. What better way to start than with one from the new queen of the genre, C.C. Who does not love a puzzle with a direct CSO (thank you, Jay, for changing your name).

As always with C.C. puzzles, this is chock full of fun stuff. I got to know OMARR during the Reagen presidency when ASTROLOGY went to the White House.

Joanne Dru was an immediate star in Hollywood with her first two films being ABIE'S IRISH ROSE and RED RIVER which had a wonderful cast. I used to watch old movies on tv when I was young. Her IMDB .

My memory of Burning Bright is associated with this creepy TV SCENE.

A fun start to the new week, thank you, ladies.

OwenKL said...

FIWrong. sOBEr > ROBED, crosses THEsE & WOWEr had lower confidence. And a natick at DEdI + dIORE -- WAGed M, D, V, S, and Z before hitting bingo with B.

The WOMAN went to a SALON where she MET
A hair stylist who would get her head set
For a new kind of look,
When she ventured from her NOOK --
With her hair gelled into one huge RINGLET!

A special guest at the MOVIE DEBUT
Was Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU
There was also OBAMA,
The lead actor's Mama,
And Roger Ebert to ghost a review!

OwenKL said...

{C, B.}

LEW Wallace was also governor of New Mexico.

Is CAESAR COLESLAW a real thing?

EDEN was home to the first couple, but the family was born after they left EDEN.

ROOMBAS: the prescience of the Blog!

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites, and Cornerettes.

I bring you Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto nr. 1 - Sofia Vasheruk (piano) - Finale YPF - Live Concert - HD 38:05 min. for your viewing, and listening pleasure.

I have yet to start the Sunday CW, I have enjoyed Sofia so much.


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Really meaty and fun puzzle, C.C. Lots to chew thru. Enjoyed your expo, Hahtoolah! Thank you for taking it on.

No circles but I did read the title "Division of Labor". Stared at LAW a long time, but didn't make the jump to YERTLE to finish. Very creative. I filled it all but did not find it "Easy as PIE". In fact, I had trouble filling PIE. Duh! It's Sunday. I don't expect or want easy.

I started okay and got ZIP CODE. Yay! But I had a couple naticks that had to be red-lettered: YMHA/SHERI & RITA ORA/BERGAMOT ORANGE crosses. I tried YMjA and never heard of SHERI (don't read sci-fi). Never heard of RITA or the ORANGE.

Last to fill was the SE. Couldn't think of HIRAM. Hand up for trying Johnny, then Jimmy. Tried RITE-way before AID. (Don't have them here.) "Handle holder" = NAME TAG. Liked the clever clue when I finally caught on but was stuck with __MET__ far too long that didn't direct me to the right words.

Forgot the famous "TYGER" was spelled with a "Y". Slight misstep. Wanted a cat for one of the Jaguars so bad...


LEW Wallace was a cousin of my Great Great Grandma. Their common ancestor served in the Revolution as a 19-yr-old boy.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I read the title, saw the circles, and got the theme. Will wonders never cease? Must echo OKL, "is CAESAR COLESLAW really a thing?" The solve was mostly uneventful, but had to WAG the H in YMHA and the G in BERGAMOT. Whew! Both were correct. Enjoyed the outing, C.C., and nice debut, Susan.

HASBRO: In my ute Monopoly was made by Parker Bros.

BADGER: Bucky, by name. U-W Madison.

SEX ED: Not permitted in my H.S. We even had a book purge incident, removing prurient literature from the library. Black Beauty was one of 'em. Pretty conservative area. No wonder I left town at the earliest opportunity.

RE-WET: In my ute it was either Visine or Murine. We thought it was the height of humor to scratch the M off the Murine bottle.

IAN McKellan: Better known as Gandalf the white wizard.

TOBEY Macguire: Better known as Spiderman.

ORU: I've heard that you should put your hand on the textbook cover, and the knowledge would flow into you. Reading optional.

Hahtoolah, I had to look up the state tree of Texas. Turns out it's the pecan tree. Easy as pie.

Lemonade714 said...

There are 5,700,000 hits and lots of recipes for CAESAR COLESLAW . I looked because I questioned it myself, but I often make mine with blue cheese dressing. I guess it is real.

Lemonade714 said...

I had forgotten about the movie RONIN which a great cast with Jean Reno, Sean Bean and Stellan Skarsgård. There also was a movie about the samurai 47 RONIN.

HG, sorry about the bad weather and the cancellation of the Nebraska Akron game.

jfromvt said...

Zipped through this one pretty quickly. Not going to complain about the circles

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I love seeing a Sunday CC puzzle because we get a lot more of her tricks, turns, and twists than a weekday allows. Because of the title and the placement of the circles, the theme was evident and helped with the solve. No real speed bumps, but enough to slow me down: Slope/Scope and Tiger/Tyger were the only w/os but perps were necessary for Bergomot Orange, which I've never heard of, and Galilei, Rita Ora, Sheri, and Ronin. The Jaguar clecho for Auto and Car was cute and my favorite C/A was A place to make waves=Salon. Nice CSOs to Abejo (Erie), and Lemony (Jason), and a very timely CSO to CanadianEh with PM Justin Trudeau. I laughed out loud at Roombas, thinking of Jayce's query just yesterday.

Thanks, CC, for a very enjoyable Sunday solve and thanks, Susan, for a smooth-as-silk summary. My learning moment was the Joanne Dru/Peter Marshall relationship. I remember both of them quite well. Welcome to the blogger family and thank you for making that commitment.

The official New York State tree is the Sugar Maple. I had to look this up and I was surprised; I would have guessed Pine, maybe Oak or Elm.

Eddie Redmayne gave an Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" and another tour de force title-role performance in "The Danish Girl."

We're headed back to 90 temps and high humidity, at least for the next few days. I guess this weather is not that unusual because I can remember going back to school in sweltering weather that was exacerbated by the requisite heavy serge uniforms and starched white blouses.

Have a great day.

BobB said...

78A, no politics and then at 71D you show a picture of Algore. Tsk, tsk! Although I agree😀

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you C.C. and thank you Hahtoolah !

Well nuts ! No circles, but I suspected that they were there. Couldn't see any mathematical operators in the answers, and no other rhyme or reason as to why there would be "Division of labor." Guess I should have used a site with circles.

All was well but it didn't end well. Never heard of a BERGAMOT ORANGE and never heard of a GPO. Since that intersection was screaming for a consonant, I went with FPO for Fleet Post Office, which I did know. BZZT !

No tada with that final fill, so I changed the game to regular solver mode and that was the only letter that lit up in red. Tried a few other consonants before finally caving and hit the "solve letter" button. GPO ? So I looked it up. Apparently General Post Office is a thing in England and other countries, but there are a grand total of two of them in the US. One in DC and one in NYC.

A bunch of other unknowns, like Eddie Redmayne and RITA ORA, but the perps and crosswordese were kind.

Barry would have been excited to see the clue for SETI.

The Illinois State tree is the White OAK. The Ohio State tree is the Buckeye; no relation to Bucky Badger. Tried to get a Buckeye to grow here, but it wouldn't.

Lemonade, try searching "CAESAR COLESLAW" in quotes. You'll get much more accurate results.

D4E4H said...

Yee Hah! I FIR. P&P, and WAGs came through for me. Whew!

Thank you C.C. for this Oh so challenging CW.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review. Where have your reviews been all of my life? Do you write here often?

- - The tulip poplar is the Official State Tree of Kentucky.

- - CanadianEh! Does 105 A look familiar?

61 D - Floor-cleaning robots: ROOMBAS. The topic of yesterday. How often must one empty the container of dirt?

71 D - Horror film feature, often: GORE. Your example was scary enough. I meant to show a bull "goring", but the images made me sick.

97 D - "R.I.P." singer: RITA ORA Here she is. Rita Ora - R.I.P. (Video) ft. Tinie Tempah


D4E4H said...

Anonymous T FLN at 11:59 PM and Dudley at 1:53 AM
- - I watched several of their videos yesterday, and agree that this artful use of umbrellas became more, and more impressive as the video progressed. Wow!


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

A bit harder than the usual Sunday, for me at least. Lots of unknowns, particularly that winter melon thing that I haven’t looked up yet.

Hand way up high for Monopoly being a Parker Brothers game. PB and Milton Bradley were both respected Massachusetts companies, but over time they got eaten up up the Hasbro people of Providence, R.I. Consolidation caused the shifting and the loss of a lot of jobs, as usual. The once bustling MB plant in East Longmeadow is merely a whimper of what it once was. I have a friend who loved her job as a game developer at MB, but once Hasbro took over, the company culture plunged. She soon jumped ship and went - surprise! - to law school.

Morning Hahtoolah, enjoyed your debut! Looking forward to more.

PK said...

D4: "How often must one empty the container of dire" in a Roomba. My rooms are small and don't get very dirty, but I empty it after I finish cleaning a room just as a matter of precaution. Never have much in the cup but it is easy to do.

PK said...

Dirt, not dire. It's dirt, I say. My middle finger doesn't agree.

WikWak said...

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! (Two of them, in fact; C. C. & Hahtoolah.)

Very enjoyable puzzle today. I loved the Q/A pairs of Post production/RAISIN BRAN, Handle holder/NAME TAG, and Place to make waves/SALON. But… NEPOTIC? Really?

Somehow I knew GPO, but the BERGAMOT ORANGE was new to me. Sidney OMARR was a gimme.

Buckeye trees are not uncommon in west central Illinois.

OK—it’s officially Sunday now; I've done the puzzle. Now I feel a nap sneaking up on me.

Have a great day, all!

Lucina said...

What a surprising Sunday! Welcome to the blogger roster, Susan!

This puzzle was just chock full of interesting stuff.

CAESAR COLE SLAW? Interesting. Never heard of it.

YMHA, also never heard of nor of SHERI so naturally I had YMCA.

Post production? RAISIN BRAN, my favorite clue

NEPOTIC/GALILEI, of course I spelled it the American way so GALILEO/NEPOTOC didn't make the cut.

YERTLE, the Turtle, once I could recite it in my sleep! I read it to both granddaughters, many times.

RINGLETS. My daughter and one granddaughter both have gorgeous ones but they iron them out!

C.C., thank you, for a clever and comprehensive puzzle!

Have a stupendous Sunday, everyone!

Lucina said...

Our state tree is the Palo Verde (literally, green stick). It's trunk is green.

Misty said...

I love C.C. Sunday puzzles, and I got most of this one before I had to cheat a little. (I have a play to go to this afternoon, so not as much time for a Sunday puzzle as I would have liked). And welcome, Hahtoolah! How exciting to get your commentary! A brilliant and doable puzzle, C.C. I loved getting KERMIT THE FROG early on, and was very proud of myself that I put WOMAN in right away for the NOW co-founders. Did have a little problem because I couldn't let go of GALILEO--didn't know his last name was GALILEI. I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for four years on my first job, so ORU was easy for me. Anyway, delightful puzzle and write-up, C.C. and Susan.

Only two little nits. ALE didn't seem quite right for an Oktoberfest drink to me--don't they just drink (mainly German) beer? But I put it in all the same. And not too happy with the GORE picture with the Horror clue--seemed a bit mean to me.

Owen, I loved your second poem.

Have a great day, everybody!

Sandyanon said...

Enjoyed the puzxle.

The California state tree is the redwood -- which includes both the coast redwood, the tallest tree in the world, and the sequoia, the most massive tree in the world. So California has it both ways!
I was very confused by 89 across, Berne's river. Resorted to googling, because the city in Switzerland is Bern without an 'e', and its river is the Aare with an 'e'. Those are accepted alternate spellings?

Sanndyanon said...

Me too, Misty. I was very unhappy with the picture of Al Gore as a feature of a horror film. Seemed quite political and definitely mean.

inanehiker said...

This puzzle went pretty quickly overall. My unknowns were easily filled by perps. I had heard of BERGAMOT (the oil is the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea) but didn't know it was an ORANGE!

The state tree of Missouri is the Dogwood. South of us, at the Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton has a big Dogwood festival each year. I still remember that Cottonwood is the state tree of where I grew up - those 4th grade lessons are well entrenched in my brain. But where I put down my keys is not!!

Thanks CC for a fun Labor Day puzzle! and thanks and welcome to Hatoolah as a blogger!

Picard said...

Hahtoolah Welcome and thank you!

CC You really beat me up with this one! So many unknowns and Natick crossings! DEBI/BIORE was the final WAG to FIR. Loved the LABOR Day theme!

PK Hand up for your Unknowns list:

From yesterday: Yes, I realized I misspelled "sea" as "see" as soon as I posted. I wondered if anyone would notice. I am honored that you did!

Only know PEE Wee Herman.

desper-otto Oh, my. That is beyond "conservative" to ban "Black Beauty". Glad you were able to escape!

In many European countries SEX ED begins in kindergarten, with age-appropriate curricula at each grade. Somehow they have managed to let science prevail over politics.

Misty It seems you got a shout out with the TEARED clue!

Back in March my puppet making friend Claire got to pose with the real KERMIT and his friends!

Here are my latest photos of the current EGRET convention in our area!

Here I was featured in our company sales brochure using an oscilloSCOPE to help design our NanoSCOPE microSCOPE controller.

Our first attempt at a control computer was to use the Atari AMIGA! That was short-lived before switching to an IBM PC. We needed a computer that was open-source. Exactly why I have never used Apple products. They are totally closed and proprietary.

Somewhere I have photos of CHERUBS in the Vatican. Am I the only one who finds these figures hilariously funny?

Jinx in Norfolk said...

What a marvelous puzzle, and I FIW! GALILEo and aPO were my bad cells.

Computer old-timers will remember SPOOL and being an acronym-in-an-acronym. It is part of HASP - Houston Automatic Spooling Priority (or Program). In that context SPOOL is Simultaneous Peripheral Operations On Line. One of my favorites that I learned in high school, circa 1967.

What's the difference between EDucation and training? Would you rather enroll your daughter in SEX EDucation or SEX training?

MAZAR always reminds me of Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur. Haliarity and mayhem follows in her path.

The only negative I've heard about the Roomba is that you had better hope your dog doesn't get an upset tummy and have a fecal accident while one of these devices is running unattended.

Thanks for the great puzzle, CC. And thanks for stepping up to the plate, Hahtoolah. I was going to add my favorite lawyer joke, but I'm sure you already know them all. At first I couldn't figure out why you added a picture of a totem pole character for GORE, but after reading the faux outrage here I figured it out.

Sandyanon said...

But I can't figure it out, sorry. "Faux" outrage?

Sandyanon said...

I wasn't outraged, but definitely upset. And it was sincere, not false.
Searching around in my mind for a reason that the juxtaposition wasn't mean, the only thing I could come up with was that the film, "An Inconvenient Truth" was about the horror of climate change. Maybe?

Husker Gary said...

-After nine months of waiting, the Huskers got rained out last night
-Anyone want to hear the excuses for my four bad cells? I didn’t think so but BERGAMONT, BAE and BIORE…
-PEE WEE’s friendship with this man is what I remember about him
-Joann could tell our last hotel room was older because if its STIPPLED ceiling
-Gotta go mow to beat the rain!
-Nice job, Susan!

PK said...

The use of the picture of Gore, I took as a joke and laughed. Why look for deeper meaning? I knew this was not the GORE of horror films. Who wants to see a bloody corpse? This is why no politics, methinks. The name is the same, but the meaning is not as offensive.

SwampCat said...

PK, I agree with you. I took the Gore picture as a joke because that’s his name. Like the pic of the potbellied guy in the tutu for Ballerina. He sure wasn’t a ballerina.

Sandyanon, I don’t think any of this was directed at you... or anyone else.

Sandyanon said...

Honestly, I don't believe I was looking for deeper meaning. It just seemed clear to me at first glance that Al Gore was somehow linked to horror. If it was a pun meant as a joke, that seems to me to be all too easy to misinterpret and thus not really a good idea. But if Hahtoolah will explain the joke, I would truly appreciate it. Thanks.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

Excellent debut Hahtoolah! And quite the nice Labor/Labour Day preview puzzle C.C.

D-O got our TX tree already. TTP - Pop has a buckeye tree in his yard. I have a buckeye from it here in my pocket.

Re: GORE... I voted for him and found Hahtoolah's joke funny on two levels - the pun and, yes Sandyanon, climate change can be scary.

Have a great Sunday Y'all. Cheers, -T

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, C.C., for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Hahtoolah, welcome to you, as the blogger for today. Great job!


1. Yes, my home town lake was in today, ERIE. Yes, Hahtoolah, you caught that. Thank you.

2. 117A I knew right off the bat. BERGAMOT ORANGE is the flavoring for the only tea I drink, Earl Grey.

3. 44A was a gimme. I have flown IRAN AIR. The actual name is "Hava Peyma e Melli Iran." Meaning Hava=Air, Peyma=Traveler, Melli=National, Iran=the Country. "National Air Traveler of Iran"

4. Pennsylvania State Tree is the Eastern Hemlock. Illinois State Tree is the White Oak. I think I said before that the Pennsylvania State Flower is the Mountain Laurel, which I have in my yard in Pennsylvania. It is against the law to take any plants out of the state.

Puzzle was fairly easy, with a few tough spots. I caught the theme with the circles. That did help with a couple answers.

1A should have been a piece of cake, but it was one of the last words I got. ZIP CODE. Go figure.

Did not know LEW Wallace. Thanks for the history of him.

Never heard of a BAE. Liked NEPOTIC. Great word and I get the meaning, from Nepotism I would guess.

RITA ORA was not known. Perps.

Of course I spelled GALILEI wrong.

STIPPLE was a new word.

Anyhow. Yard work to do and then hamburgers on the grill tonight.

See you tomorrow.


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Sandyanon said...

I do appreciate that people's perceptions can differ greatly. So here is mine -- climate change not only CAN be scary, it IS horrifying. The name Gore and the concept of gore sound alike, but the use of the name in such a context only brings that horror to the forefront of my mind.
End of venting.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle, but it seems to have an awful lot of 3-letter words and initials. I knew BERGAMOT because as has already been pointed out, it is the "flavoring" of Earl Grey tea. I has forgotten the ORANGE part, however. As for the theme, once I figured it out from LAW YER it started off by entering ER as the last two letters in the circles. It tuns out, of course, that consistency did not hold in the case of AU THOR, nor, for that matter, did the 3+3 pattern. Once I got the AU, I wanted AU PAIR, but alas it was not to be. "To Thor" it was!

Susan, I loved your write-up and your sense of humor. Thank you for taking on this once a month task.

Yup, I chuckled to see ROOMBA and chuckled again to see Owen's "prescience of the Blog" comment. (I confess I was deliberately looking for it.) D4, the dust bin has a capacity of 0.6 liters. Of course how quickly it fills up depends on the type and amount of dust'n'dirt it vacuums up. PK is wise and practical to empty it as a matter of course after each vacuuming session.

Maybe I am more "laid back" ("sweibian" as the Chinese might say) than some, but to me the mere mention of a politician is not "political." No more than, I would say, explaining what YMHA means is getting too "religious." I think the "No politics, no religion and no personal attacks" rule refers to not getting into arguments about these subjects. What do you think? Do you think explaining that the character Judah Ben Hur was a Jewish prince who was enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the first century and who later became a charioteer and converted to Christianity violates the "no religion" rule?

NEPOTIC is quite a word! I suppose my boss could be considered a nepotist for hiring his sons and daughter.

I like the Palo Verde tree; they are part of what makes the Sonora desert one of the prettiest in the world.

LW and I were totally awestruck at the majesty of the great redwood trees.

Thanks to Abejo I now know the meaning of the first word of "Hava Nageela."

Best wishes to you all.

desper-otto said...

Jinx, Grandma Mazur and Lula get all the best lines. Occasionally, Stephanie gets one. At the end of one chapter she wants a nosh, and she notes that a Snickers bar costs the same as a bag of baby carrots. "What a quandary!" The next chapter begins, "I'd barely finished licking the chocolate off my fingers..."

So let me get this straight. Earl Grey is flavored with Orange, but Orange Pekoe tea (which is black) is not. Go figure.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Afternoon, friends. I was honored to be able to write the commentary on C.C.'s construction. Lighten up, folks, t'was a joke! I bet half of you though of our old friend Al when the answer revealed itself, albeit in a different context.

I was reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, this afternoon, which is a novel about life in NYC during the late 1930s. At one point, there was a discussion about crossword puzzles. The author noted: "What a transcendent diversion the crossword can be. A four-letter word for solo beginning and ending in A. A four-letter word for sword beginning and ending in E. A four-letter word for miscellany beginning and ending in O. ARIA, EPEE, OLIO." These three words still make their appearance it crosswords today. The author may have extrapolating, but he seems to have done a lot of research, so those words probably were in the puzzles 70+ years ago.

Interesting connection with LEW Wallace being related PK, and to you, too, Owen with the New Mexico connection.

Jayce: Different language. The phrase Hava Nagila is roughly translated as being Come, Let us rejoice.

If NOAA is correct, we will be hit with a tropical storm or worse on Wednesday. Time to begin battening down the hatches.

Lucina said...

Thank you for clarifying the meaning of Hava. When Jayce noted Abejo's translation, I wondered if it would be the same in Iranian and Hebrew, which presumably, that's the language of hava nagila.

SwampCat said...

Hahtoolah, in light of our mis-spelled CW recently and your report of the tropical wave in the Gulf, I feel compelled to report on a weathercaster graphic that showed the projection of THE STROM ....written out for all to see!!

Guess we are not the only ones!

Jayce said...

Hahtoolah, thank you for pointing out they are different languages. (This is something I should have immediately been aware of.)

I used to have a friend whose last name was Strom (actually Ström). I asked her what it meant (I was so young and lacking in general knowledge then!) and she said it means "Storm." Wull, waddya know.

P.S. About my yen for a robotic vacuum cleaner, LW put a definitive, irrevocable kibosh on that idea. Her professed reason is that "Filters are a rip-off and aren't worth the money." Ergo, end of conversation, full stop.

SwampCat said...

...but at least you knew ROOMBA for the crossword puzzle.

Sandyanon said...

A bit more about Lew Wallace, for those interested. He was also the chief judge in the military trial of Captain Henry Wirz, commandant of the Confederate prison camp in Tennessee during the Civil War. The trial was held not long after the end of the war when emotions were highly incendiary, and Wirz was convicted of conspiracy to murder and hanged in November, 1865. It has been called the first war crimes trial.

So General Wallace had quite a diversifed career.

There was a Broadway play and later, in 1970, a tv film, called The Andersonville Trial. The film is available on Amazon, if anyone is curious (and if you want to see Cameron Mitchell as Lew Wallace.)

Jayce said...

SwampCat, good point.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

D-O I love it. Haven't read that one yet.

Kelly Bundy as ace weather reporter:

"There is a strom coming to Chick ago."
"NEWS ANCHOR: Chicago!"
"There's a strom coming to us? What's a strom?"
NEWS ANCHOR: "Storm! Why don't they just put some peanut butter on her gums, like they did with Mr. Ed?"
"Winds are up to 30 mphs."
NEWS ANCHOR: "That's miles per hour, you idiot!"

PK said...

My husband's great grandfather died of dysentery he contracted in Andersonville. The camp had been liberated and he was in a hospital but succumbed anyway. I have the poignant letter written by the chaplain to his widow who was left with five little boys. Made me cry when i found it 120 years later. I did not know about the military trial of Capt. Wirz or that Lew Wallace was chief judge. The coincidence of my distant relative "avenging" my husband's ancestor's inhumane treatment by hanging the man is startling. Thanks for the information, Sandyanon. Don't think I'd better try to watch the movie though.

Al Gore said...

Never explain a smart joke to an idiot.

PK said...

Jayce, they say to change Roomba filters, but I just brush the filters off with a toothbrush and reuse them. I was too cheap to change them when they look full. So far so good.

Picard said...

Misty and Sandyanon I agree that it seemed GORE was being associated with horror. But I will cut Hahtoolah slack if she said she was just posting it because it was the same word in a different way. Like my post about SCOPE. But I totally agree climate change is not a joke. As with SEX ED we need to use science, not politics, to deal with these issues.

Jayce I totally agree with you regarding religion and politics. I am totally happy to have these subjects raised as long as people are civil and stay with facts. Religion and politics go to our deepest values. Discussing these in a civil manner is crucial to a functioning democracy.

Since my earlier posts about KERMIT, EGRET, AMIGA and SCOPE got so much attention (not!) I decided to dig for my CHERUB photos.

Here indeed I found these photos of CHERUBs I saw in the Vatican.

I find some of them hilariously funny. Is that just me?

Other unknowns today:

I love that Italy has named its airports for such science and arts giants as GALILEO GALILEI and LEONARDO DA VINCI. We should do that, too! We have plenty of greats to choose from! Learning moment today that GALILEI is thought by some to mean "from Galilee"!

On the radio just now I heard an ad for BIORE. But I would never have understood that was what they were saying if not for the puzzle!

Sandyanon said...

PK, it seems a trivial point, in light of what you've written, but I need to correct my error. The camp was outside the town of Andersonville, Georgia, not Tennessee.

MacKinlay Kantor's powerful, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, Andersonville, depicts conditions in the camp and is substantially based on prisoner memoirs. You may or may not want to read that; it may be too close to home.

Anonymous said...

Picard, it's just you.

CrossEyedDave said...

Jayce @ 4:46 Yesterday,
(I just got back from Beach BBQ, & have not done the puzzle yet...)
(only read Yest...)


I rec'd for Xmas a Rogue 970.

Note that DW got it on sale for $299-

Yes, it has to attach to your phone or Ipad, and does not like 5G wifi
but I am very impressed that it does not go wack a mole...

You start it up, and it creates a map of your house,
by finding the perimeters...

Then it vacuums inside the perimeters,
precisely, in straight lines, avoiding obstacles... (amazing!!)

You can use your phone/ipad to create walls to stop it from going where you do not want it to go...
(& see a map of you house, to create walls, & see where it cleaned in real time...)


I really want to take it upstairs to clean,
but I would lose my downstairs map...

Base station must have (approx) 4 feet clear on either side for it to return home
to recharge. I also had to tape down the charging wire at the base station because
the dang thing kept trying to clean it, and getting stuck!

You will start it up, and then run around the house like a maniac
trying to pick up loose shoes etc... so it doesn't miss any spots.

close your dishwasher all the way.
Mine got stuck under a slightly ajar door and the screaming was terrible...

It has brushes for edges, but it zigzags on straight lines so it misses
a lot of edge crap...

Too tell you the truth,
when you start it up,
and start running around picking everything up
and moving tables/chairs/whatever,
if you just shove a broom up your ass,
while running round, you would accomplish the same thing anyway...

Anonymous T said...

CED - your solution intrigued me so I tested it. 5 minutes in, with little dirt moved, I realized bristle-side out ;-)

Misty said...

Well, I figured if the GORE picture was a joke, it would have been accompanied by a clever or funny comment to make that clear. Would have made it much more enjoyable.

billocohoes said...

Joanne Dru's nephew, and Peter Marshall's son, Pete LaCock, was a journeyman first baseman/outfielder for the Cubs and Royals from 1972-80.

Lew Wallace was one of many politically-appointed generals in the Civil War. He was a better writer than general. Grant's chief of staff Henry Halleck said "It seems but little better than murder to give important commands to such a man as ... Lew Wallace, and yet it seems impossible to prevent it." He did do well in some of his battles.

I remember the Andersonville movie had William Shatner as the prosecutor.

D4E4H said...

Picard at 8:01 PM
- - The anon forgot that I thought the chubby cherubs were cuddly and cute which is one kind of funny. I also have a problem with winged creatures that are not birds. Where are the muscles that power the wings? The breasts of birds are large because these are the muscles for the wings.
- - Could any of these PICs be of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? I LIU, no.

- - I haven't looked yet at your earlier posts today. When I click on a link, then return to the comments, It scrolls to the bottom. Does anyone know how to prevent this aggravating condition. Once the posts go blue I return back to from whence.
- - I looked at your links from yesterday just now. No inspired comments.

Anonymous T at 9:16 PM
- - I had to study your comment to realize the update of the "Green side up" reminder to men laying sod. One bonus, you will never have hemorrhoids again.


Wilbur Charles said...

I have a picture on my phone of that gator in my backyard pond but I can't seem to get it here.
I'm just reading the posts. I had to WAG that citrus tea . I'll be back.


Wilbur Charles said...

Wow look at the time. Here's my notes from the blog .btw , thanks H-Susan. CC, of course I agree with kudos for your usual clever clueing. NIT: You usually avoid"Naticking" but some of the proper nouns(RITA ORA) seem obscure . On the other hand lay on the PEE Wee Reese's, Pete LaCocks(I remember him) etal.

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 I see it.

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


* As in my family .

Ps . Perhaps PC talk should also be banned . Except of course if Sandy was genuinely upset so be it. Now getting robbed of the presidency thru Florida mischief...GORY

Misty said...

C.C., my ALE comment was off this morning. I was thinking of the Oktoberfest in Munich, where I suspect they don't serve ALE, but someone reminded me that Oktoberfest is also celebrated in the US and other places where people are, no doubt, served ALE.
And Hahtoolah, I loved the Gerber baby (plus adult) picture.

Anonymous T said...

Misty - You're not a beer drinker are you? I know you're from that bit of EU but...

There are two types of beer based on the yeast that ferments 'em. Ales (top-fermenting yeasties) and lagers (bottom fermenting). That's the genus at the top of the food-chain, so to speak. You can break ALEs down to IPAs (lots o' hops and bitter-y) and Pilsners (most American beers from big factories) that are light and smooth(ish).

In Germany, I ran into a wonderful Pils-ale (Kirner Pils ) that is hard to come by in the US.

Kerner was bitter until I got used to it. I was with my reserve unit, training with the Germans for a NATO "if that happens..." mission [we setup a tent-hospital in the middle of nowhere; Xray machines and all] and an American-German (he was American & German & conscripted) showed me how to cut Kerner 1/2 Coke|1/2 beer until yummy. After two nights, I could take it (ALE) w/o Coke. That saved me a lot of $$ - beer was 2 Mark and Coke [with no EIS!] 5 Mark.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

I learned so much today!
First, all that information about LEW Wallace! I had no idea; actually I knew very little about him.

Second, all the business about ALE. Like Misty, I was surprised that it would be served at Okteberfest but forgot to ask about it.

Third, PK's lineage and even a historical letter.

Fourth, Earl Grey tea is made from ORANGE BERGOMOT.

I'm sure there is more but that's all I can recall at the moment.

My daughter has ceramic tile throughout the first floor of her house and the Roomba cleans it while she's at work. I don't know anything about programming it but if it's required she's quite capable. She told me she starts it when she leaves the house and then it docks itself when it's finished. I've seen it go around chair legs and other furniture.

Adolphus said...

Ummm...Anon Tony, take a lap.

Pilsners are lagers, originated in the German city of Pils. They are brewed under the strict guidelines of Reinheitsgebot. The German purity law established in 1516. And Misty is correct that this is the type of beer served in Munich in the biergartens. Try Spaten Oktoberfest, the original beer of this style, if you desire a fine example of the type.

Also, the most popular American mass produced beers, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Coors Light, are pilsner lagers.

Ales are more popular in England although I'm not sure if they originated there. Ipas were since, as I'm sure you know, were developed there to ensure their stability for the long trip to India. I think Guinness is an ale also, so I assume ale popularity in A British Isles thing.

Anonymous T said...

Anonymous Adolphus: Sure?* I know there is a temperature and density difference, and lernt about the yeasties floating v. sinking but I could be FUBAR on that; it's been a while since I brewed my own. Please enlighten me (that's not sarcastic, I'm here to learn).

Miller is the only (mass produced) American beer I can stomach. Lagunitas & St. Arnold's, OTHH is yummy.

Oh, and yeah, I know I FUBAR'd Kirner's spelling more than once.

PK - I'm am keen on learning more about LEW of whom I never hear. This sounds like a really cool story. I'm going to Google my bum off (after this broom is removed) and see what I can find. Thank you and Lucina (and everyone else who piqued my interest).

Cheers, -T
*I'm not being ugly - I'm really curious if I learned wrong(ly).

Anonymous T said...

And lap just taken - Adophus: I just read my own link a bit closer and, Yep, Pils are lagers...

I'll see myself out. -t