Sep 12, 2018

Wednesday, September 12 2018, C.C. Burnikel

Theme: RAWR!

19. 1989 Al Pacino thriller: SEA OF LOVE. SEA MONSTER. What?

22. Website's list of browser data rules: COOKIE POLICY. COOKIE MONSTER. Who?

24. Magic ring-wielding superhero: GREEN LANTERN. GREEN MONSTER. Why?

49. 2001 Pixar hit, and a hint to the start of 19-, 22- and 24-Down: MONSTERS INC.

Unusual grid design - from C.C.: "I used a left/right symmetry grid due to limited theme entry choices. And I got lucky that I could intersect all of the those themers with the reveal."



1. Los Angeles player: RAM.

4. Dancer Charisse: CYD.

7. 1938 "The War of the Worlds" radio broadcaster: CBS.

10. Chewed-over material: CUD.

13. The Obama years, e.g.: ERA.

14. Cube that rolls: DIE.

15. "The Murders in the __ Morgue": RUE.

16. Harlem Globetrotters promoter Saperstein: ABE. Who knew?

17. Feel out of sorts: AIL.

18. Official reproach: CENSURE.

20. Diamond, for one: GEM.

21. Not of the clergy: LAIC.

23. Peaceful '60s protest: LIE IN.

24. Sandwich with tzatziki sauce: GYRO.

25. Vermeer, notably: OLD MASTER. Johannes Vermeer - Dutch artist who painted "The Girl With The Pearl Earring," among other masterpieces.

28. Cold response?: ACHOO. Nice clue.

31. Actor Pesci: JOE.

32. __ Free: caffeine-free soda: PEPSI.

36. They're bound to sell: BOOKS. Another great clue.

37. CIO partner: AFL.

38. Hides from animals: PELTS. On a roll! Love this clue, too.

39. Remove, as a knot: UNTIE.

40. 10% of MDX: CLI. Roman numerals.

41. Poky one: SNAIL.

42. London gallery: TATE. Houses four separate galleries - anyone been?

43. Unisex fragrance: CK ONE. Marketed to both men and women.

45. Strings for Orpheus: LYRE.

46. "Just like that!" sound: SNAP.

47. High temperature: FEVER.

48. Abbr. in job titles: ASST.

52. Spanish surrealist: DALI.

53. Poker variety: STUD.

55. Formally ask for: SOLICIT.

58. Ignore the alarm clock: SLEEP IN. I know a few people who naturally get up at the crack of noon.

61. Come before: PRECEDE.

62. Ceramic casserole dish: TERRINE.

63. Ancient land in the Fertile Crescent: ASSYRIA. Often called the "Cradle of Civilization," the region in the Middle East which curves, like a quarter-moon shape, from the Persian Gulf, through modern-day southern Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and northern Egypt.

64. Still going on: UNENDED. Makes me feel weary.


1. Authentic: REAL.

2. Diva's moment: ARIA.

3. West African country: MALI.

4. Atlanta-based health agcy.: CDC.

5. Traffic directive: YIELD.

6. Guess apparel: DENIM JACKET.

7. Luxury voyage vessel: CRUISE LINER.

8. Seriously overcooked: BURNT. Some people like that taste.

9. "Capisce?": SEE. As in, understand.

10. Shrewd: CAGY.

11. Car service app: UBER.

12. Floor sample: DEMO.

26. Get beaten: LOSE.

27. "House" actor Omar: EPPS.

28. Borders on: ABUTS.

29. Sir Arthur __ Doyle: CONAN. Sherlock Holmes author.

30. Spicy Mexican wraps: HOT TAMALES.

33. Serves as matchmaker: PLAYS CUPID.

34. Uses a swizzle stick: STIRS.

35. Daysail destination: ISLET.

43. Mike Trout and Mickey Mantle, by pos.: CFS. Centerfielders.

44. Hectic hosp. areas: ERS. Emergency Rooms.

50. More pleasant: NICER.

51. Grenoble's river: ISERE.

52. British bombshell Diana: DORS. Va Va Voom! She looks like Jayne Mansfield.

54. Use the good china, say: DINE.

55. Healthful getaway: SPA.

56. Despot portrayed by Forest: IDI. Forest Whitaker played Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. I loved him in Phenomenon, too.

57. Drink from a kettle: TEA. Noun not verb.

58. "The Simpsons" disco guy: STU.

59. Cariou of "Blue Bloods": LEN. Unknown to me. He plays Henry Reagan, (retired) NYPD Police Commissioner.

60. Actor Beatty: NED.

Note from C.C.:

Today we celebrate the 59th birthday of Steve, our cool Thursday Sherpa. Steve is always on the cutting edge of food scene. He introduced us to sous-vide and Microplane long before they became popular. Thanks for the humor, fun and knowledge you bring to us every week, Steve!

Steve and his big brother rocking their T-straps

Steve and the Grumpy Cat


fermatprime said...


Thanks to C.C. and mb!

Only a few things were not immediate: ABE, OLD MASTER, CK ONE, MALI and CFS.


Hope to see you tomorrow!

OwenKL said...

FIRight, tho I was worried about a couple WAGs. ISERE was unknown, and I was sure TERRINE was spelt with a U.* In roman numerals, I tend to confuse D and L, so had CVI for 40a, which had me stumped at SEA OF V_V_. I didn't know CKONE, had to guess L,R, or C for _FS, and 49a I saw was the reveal, so I didn't have that filled in until I gave up on finding the theme. Too many possibilities on which ones were the themes.

* Just looked it up
tureen: a deep covered dish from which soup is served.
terrine: a meat, fish, or vegetable mixture that has been cooked or otherwise prepared in advance and allowed to cool or set in its container, typically served in slices.
-- a container used for a terrine, typically of an oblong shape and made of earthenware.

Beware of an octopus PELT!
Do not make it into a belt!
Inert it says
Till you stand on a dais,
And then it will UNTIE itself!

This FEVER came from out of the blue.
Now I'm home, with this ague and tissue.
I try not to YIELD,
To keep it concealed,
But it's hard --ACHOO! ACHOO! ACHOO!

A GREEN-eyed MONSTER is loose!
Jealousy threatens the roost!
It's not just the sigh
When a beauty walks by --
It's the way he watches her caboose!

OwenKL said...

{B+, A-, A.}

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Crossword friends. What a fun puzzle. My pen just sped through this puzzle. The answers to the clues I didn't know were quickly filled in by the perps. The K in the COOKIE POLICY / BOOKS was the last to fall.

I had to ponder the BOOKS for a minute, then when the light went on, I just laughed. Of course, BOOKS must be bound to sell~

Nice CSO to our Lucina with the HOT TAMALES!

My first response to a cold was Cough, but ACHOO works too, LOL!

Diana DORS (1931 ~ 1984) was a complete unknown. DORS had quite an interesting life and was apparently very active in the 1950s. Sadly, she died fairly young at 52 of cancer.

Happy Birthday, Steve! Wishing you all the best on your day.

QOD: If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. ~ H.L. Mencken (nΓ© Henry Louis Mencken Sept. 12, 1880 ~ Jan. 29, 1956)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got 99% of this one, but had no idea what position Trout and Mantle played. Since apparently they were fielders, and since the scent wasn't SKUNK, it could've been L-KONE, C-KONE or R-KONE. Guessed (and parsed) wrong. Ya got me C.C. Enjoyed the tour, MelissaBee.

HOT TAMALES: Hi, there, Lucina!

TERRINE: I wanted that U, too, OKL.

SOLICIT: In our town door-to-door folks have to be vetted and obtain a license from City Hall. When I asked a Jehovah's Witness for her license she got angry. She didn't consider herself a solicitor.

LIE IN: Sounds like political policy in the modern era.

Lemonade714 said...

Happy birthday Steve and a very healthy and exciting year ahead.

Such an inspired creation by C.C., which she modestly refers to being lucky to have her themers intersect. That was a brilliant stroke that elevated this puzzle. It is hard enough to choose the fill that is symmetrical but to then connect with a meaningful fill was impressive.

I liked the whimsy of PESCI next to PEPSI and mb's leggendary pics of Cyd and Diana. Not only the British Marilyn Monroe, she the first wife of RICHARD DAWSON

As a boy, I was introduced to the skills and entertainment of the HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS and their founder ABE SAPERSTEIN.

Back to work. Be safe all in the Carolinas and others in the path of FLORENCE.

Yellowrocks said...

CC, great grid configuration. Got the theme, but had not heard of the Green Monster wall.
They're bound to sell/books was my favorite.
DO, I had the same solicitation discussion with a Jehovah Witness who was insulted to be thought of as a solicitor. Those solicitors have not been around in a long time. Maybe the town put a stop to their visits. I don't care for unsolicited visits, phone calls or SPAM. They all turn me off so much that I mentally black list the organization in most cases.
ACHOO! Alan and I have had allergies all spring and summer, but this week has been a real sneeze fest.
I loved Forest as IDI. Masterful performance.
Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier was one of my favorite historical novels. I read it twice.
Many historical novels describe feasts in detail That is where I learned TERRINE.
I haven't though of Diana Dors in ages. She was very popular in my youth.
Because I did not know CK ONE I left the C blank and never came back to guess which fielder, L, C, or R was needed. Otherwise, a quick, smooth solve.
Owen, I vote for #3.
Happy birthday, Steve. Thanks for you for your fine midweek blogs.

inanehiker said...

Creative as usual puzzle from CC- at first I thought the configuration might be the MONSTERS INC logo - but closer to the Incredibles logo.
I had actually heard of the Calvin Klein fragrance CK ONE - which surprised me because I don't wear fragrance and don't like it when men or women are drenched in it. If it's light and subtle - it's tolerable, but so many people have no idea how much to put on!
I think more of soups in a TERRINE than casseroles, but that was easily perped.
Like Lemonade, I smiled at the Pesci clue and then PEPSI answer- so scanning across the grid it was JOE PEPSI. Maybe he is a buddy of "Joe Camel"!

Thanks CC and Melissa! Happy birthday Steve!
A friend's birthday was yesterday and she had a hip replacement done - so we sent her Hippy Birthday greetings- I know GROAN!

JJM said...

Clever grid cofiguration!. Fun & Speedy WED puzzle.

Would you believe that neither MIKE TROUT and Max Sherzer have never been to the World Series. Arguably the 2best players in MLB over the last 7-10years

Oas said...

Thanks CC and MB .
Very enjoyable puzzle.
Loved it.
Not knowing CKONE kept me from the goal to FIR
Thought Out fielder would do for the baseball players, but no.
The rest came together fairly well making me believe I was on the same mental plane as the constructer.

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

59D: Cariou was the original Sweeney Todd on Broadway. I saw the production and he was incredible. He literally flew around that stage (as the role called for). He was also in “The Four Seasons”. Great actor. I don’t watch Blue Bloods. I’ve seen an episode or two. Doesn’t grab me. Chicago PD on the other hand...

43A: Didn’t know this at all. Wanted to put CFS for 43D but CKONE made no sense to me so I went with OFS (outfields). That made 43A pronounceable. I still don’t know what it isπŸ˜‹

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

OK. I looked it up. Calvin Klein. Not being a fan of designer products as a rule, CK didn’t inspire me to think in that direction.

I’m especially humored by designer foods. Eggland’s Best taste just like real eggs to meπŸ˜‚

Yellowrocks said...

As Owen so aptly wrote, a tureen holds soup. A terrine holds a mixture of items that has been cooked, cooled and then is sliced.
terrine images

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

I didn't have time to puzzle or check in here until today. Always slows me up. Thanks, C.C., for a perfect Wednesday puzzle. Nicely done. FIW for me today, however. I left Mantle at OF since I wasn't sure about Trout. Ok ONE sounded like a uni-sex fragrance to me. Ah, that CK!
I liked the longer entries today. I did especially well with the seven letter sets in the South, which gave me a nice foothold.

Thank you, Melissa for another fine tour. I liked CYD Charisse in Singing in the Rain. Oh, those long legs of hers!

D-O, I chuckled at your new definition for LIE IN. In addition to national politics, it seems to be de rigeur here in Illinois.

YR, thanks for the lovely link to all those TERRINEs.

Keep safe along the coast. The weather here is beautiful, but I do imagine some of that moisture will find its way up here before we know it.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

FLN - Thanks to Bruch H. for the note on co-authorship of yestderay's puzzle with his daughter. Nice.

Happy Birthday to Steve.

Got the solve and theme OK. Perps hinted at ISERE which we've had before. Only strikethrough was with DALI when HOT TOMALES fell. Well done puzzle. BZ

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Hand up for getting boggled up at terrine, which I’ve never heard of, trying to get tureen to fit. That didn’t work.

Other hand up for not knowing where the ballplayers played, but I parsed the C K One. Both hands and a leg up in agreement with Inanehiker that people are better advised to think “fresh, not fragrant!”

Morning MBee, thanks for pointing out the precise grid symmetry today. I didn’t spot it on my own.

TTP said...

Good morning all. Thank you C.C. and thank you Melissa.

Still not operating at peak performance. Had 4 errors when I solved very early this morning. Finally got back to sleep, and my system rebooted sometime during the night, so I don't recall where they were. I do know that two of them were typos.

Oh well.

FLN, Like Spitzboov, I was glad that Bruce dropped by and commented. Congrats to his daughter Natalie !

Also FLN, Dash T, the longer nose and ears, the narrower face, and the eyes gave it away. But I can see how one could mistake the dog for a chocolate lab.

Happy birthday Steve !

Dudley said...

Oh, I forgot to mention: I like the quote attributed to Fred Astaire, “That Cyd! When you’ve danced with her, you stay danced with.”

The first film in which I recall seeing Cyd Charisse was Band Wagon. The plot of the thing seemed peculiar, but the dancing was splendid, particularly the big Dancing in the Dark scene.

desper-otto said...

Oh, no! I forgot to wish happy birthday to our BIR (Brit-in-residence). HBD, Steve! (Is it too late to blame the propofol for my forgetfulness?)

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was such fun as I had no clue to the theme until the revealer was filled in. I think I'm conditioned to pay more attention to the across fill rather than the down fill, thereby missing the deceptively placed themers. This construction is not seen too often, but CC is a master at it. The only unknowns were CK One and Green Lantern and the only w/o was Lute/Lyre. I see I'm not the only one who enjoyed the Joe (Pesci) Pepsi positioning. Hot Tamales brought Lucina's pre-holiday tamale-making marathon to mind.

Thanks, CC, for a mid-week treat and thanks, Melissa, for the grand tour.

Happy Birthday, Steve, hope it is filled with fun, food, and frolic! πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸŽˆ


Tony, sorry to hear that you're under the weather. Feel better soon. Truce in the "holy wars" until you're back in tip-top shape! πŸ˜‡

Bruce Haight, thank you for identifying yesterday's puzzle partner and congratulations to both you and your daughter on her debut. I'll look forward to future collaborations.

Thoughts and prayers to those in Florence's path. (My sister's grandson's family just moved to Wilmington two months ago and bought a house about two miles from the shore. Wisely, IMO, they flew up to Troy yesterday to stay with his parents. Heaven only knows how bad the aftermath will be.)

Have a great day.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Another great puzzle and design from our fearless leader, C.C. Thanks! Thanks for taking on this "MONSTER", melissa.

Hand up for having no idea what position Mike & Mickey played. Tried "R" & "L" but forgot about "C". Had to red-letter run that one square to finish. I'm allergic to most fragrances so CK ONE made no sense to me. AH, Calvin Klein.

DNK: tzaiziki sauce. GYRO a lucky WAG since it looked more like a Japanese word than a Greek.

Guess apparel had me guessing all the way down. Probably not my size.

Another river to remember: ISERE. I thought I was getting most of those Euro-rivers in mind. Nope.

SLEEP IN & LIE IN: at last, answers I can identify with. Wish I could perk up tho.

Happy Birthday, Steve! May all your flights be smooth and your wit stay as delightful as it is now.

CanadianEh! said...

Wow, a wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, C.C. and Melissa bee.
I found this CW to be just a little crunchy but I got the theme. Like others, I had a Natick with the cross of CFS and CK ONE (I am in too many fragrance-free environments to use perfume!) and I didn't know which area of the field Trout and Mantle worked.

Hand up for thinking of Lucina with those HOT TAMALES. CAPISCE? was for AnonT (feel better soon!).
Thanks Owen and YR for explaining TERRINE. I thought the spelling was odd when it filled in. (I may have seen TERRINE on that British baking show?!)
Yes YR, I think it was on your recommendation that I read Girl with the Pearl Earring; I enjoyed it!

My peace protest was a Sit In before a LIEIN (oh yeah, Lennon and our CW friend Ono - but they actually called it a Bed-in in Montreal). Like PK, I noted the small dupe with SLEEPIN.
Diana DORS was unknown.
CYD, Syd or Sid always require perps to confirm for me.
Smiled at cluing for ACHOO, SNAIL and BOOKS.
Very different (and harder) clue for our old friend RUE. My knowledge of Poe is lacking.

Happy Birthday Steve.
FLN, congrats to Natalie on yesterday's CW debut with her dad.
Thoughts for those in Florence's path. Glad your relatives heeded the warnings IM.

Wishing you all a great day.

SwampCat said...

Wonderful Wednesday from our leader! I never heard of CKONE but preps were solid. I also wanted tureen but crosses wouldn’t let me. I have made TERRINEs but never thought of that as the name of the casserole dish. Thanks for the fun C.C. MB, thanks for pointing out the symmetry in the grid.

Steve, have a happy. ��������

Owen, LOL! ��

SwampCat said...

Oops! Do emojis always appear as question marks? They were supposed to be birthday pictures.🎁

Misty said...

Wonderful to see a C.C. puzzle, and Melissa, thanks for showing us the clever grid design. Lots of interesting clues and fun items--I thought 'Cold response' would give us an unfriendly word, not an ACHOO--made me laugh. Like others, I left the C space open for _KONE because I've never heard of the fragrance. And I hate to admit it because I know it will make me feel silly, but I still don't understand how a DENIM JACKET is GUESS APPAREL? I've been to the TATE gallery, and that evoked a nice memory. So, many thanks, C.C. for another great puzzle. And Melissa, thanks post posting the photo of John Lennon and Yoko Ono--brought back sweet memories.

Have a wonderful birthday, Steve. I love tracking your travels around the world on the days you report to us. (Inanehiker, your HIPPY BIRTHDAY card cracked me up).

Enjoyed your QOD, Hahtoolah.

Hope your family's house will survive the weather, Irish Miss.

Have a great day, everybody!

desper-otto said...

Misty, Guess is an apparel company.

Lucina said...

Happy birthday, Steve! I also wish you a day filled with fun and food!

And thank you, C.C., for this entertaining puzzle! You definitely are a MASTER at creating the vertical designs.

My favorite was BOOKS, bound to sell. That cracked me up.

Yes, it will soon be time to start the HOTTAMALES assembly line. Our busy time for family gatherings is also approaching so we shall have to decide on a date soon. In October we will go to the Believe Walk in honor of my late niece then in November my grand nephew (son of said late niece) will be married.

I had a Natick at CFS/CK ONE so had one blank cell and if I've heard of TERRINE I don't recall. I also tried TUREEN and didn't know LEN Cariou. Blue Bloods is not a show I watch.

Watching CYD Charisse dancing was a joy! She rocked those legs!

Also if I ever knew of Diana DORS I don't remember.

I'll add my congratulations to Natalie for yesterday's puzzle with her dad, Bruce!

Have a beautiful day, everyone! Please stay safe all you in the path of Florence.

Anonymous said...

The sandwich is a GYROS, not a GYRO.

Yellowrocks said...

The sandwich may be written with or without the S, at least in English.
"A gyro or gyros is a Greek dish made of meat, traditionally pork, chicken, or lamb, and outside Greece with beef and veal, cooked on a vertical rotisserie, and usually served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, with tomato, onion, tzatziki sauce,...."

Jimmy the Greek said...

There she goes again - Little Miss Can't Be Wrong! Always to have the last word.

CanadianEh! said...

I forgot to mention that a DENIM JACKET is part of a Canadian Tuxedo. LOL!

Lucina said...

Jimmy the Greek:
Don't you wish you were that knowledgeable and could express yourself as well? Perhaps you would have the same respect as we have for Yellowrocks who is never snarky or discourteous.

Abejo said...

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

Got through the puzzle pretty quickly for a Wednesday. A few hangups, but finished. Theme was clever and vertical. Nice.

CK ONE was unknown. Toggled through the various fielders until the C worked.

TERRINE ws with perps.

I just noticed, the grid is not symmetrical. Oh well.

Happy Birthday, Steve, and many more. You have the best write-ups.

Going to a Cubs game tonight against Milwaukee. Weather is great.

See you tomorrow.


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Husker Gary said...

-Incredible gridding and clever as always cluing!
-Getting TERRINE/LEN correct was a pleasant surprise
-I always associate Orson Wells with RKO but that’s movies
-ABE is pretty easy to pick out in this TV clip
-The ASST. Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs reports to The Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. Swamp? What swamp?
-DW knows I like slightly BURNT food
-I heard UBER service has decreased drunk driving arrests and upped dollars spent in bars
-Talk about an odd couple
-Happy Birthday Steve!
-Played 27 better holes today!

CrossEyedDave said...

I Googled Birthday Cake for a Foodie,
and this is what I got...
Happy Birthday Steve, and it really is a cake!

Thanks for the Phenomenon link, note that his Ham radio call sign
ends in QLF, meaning sending with left foot, which was on the Blog last week.
(if you are into specifics...

The puzzle, well...


Circled the "S" in Dors for look up as looked weird...
Had no idea what position Mike and Mickey played, but Wag'd the outfield,
and then tossed the R & L in favor of C and circled CK One as a WTF?

But finally screwed up badly by misspelling Terrine as tourine.
(what do I know about cold bloods. and rivers in Russia?)

So, in closing...

WikWak said...

Back again. Hand up for finding several clues to love (bound to sell, cold response, hides from animals…). Other hand up for having trouble with CK ONE. Never heard of it. Other other hand up for confusion between TUREEN / TERRINE.

OKL: octopus pelt… good one!

Abejo: have fun at the game tonight.

I’ll take a S-O for getting up at the crack of noon!

One of my best friends from high school lives in New Bern NC and another is in Charleston SC. Hang in there, guys!

Have the best day you can!

Hahtoolah said...

Hurricane Florence is now being described as being a "MONSTER." The Cajun Navy is heading up to the Carolinas to assist with the storm efforts.

Yellowrocks said...

Although I am aware of present day terrine recipes and know of the specialized bakeware from books, I have not seen a terrine casserole, so I LIU to satisfy my curiosity. I believe that an active curiosity is one of the biggest spurs to learning and remembering.
Here ya go!
Buy a terrine
TTP, so sorry you are suffering. Please get well soon.
My alternate quote of the day,
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” ― Isaac Asimov
"If you have never changed your mind about some fundamental tenet of your belief, if you have never questioned the basics, and if you have no wish to do so, then you are likely ignorant.
Before it is too late, go out there and find someone who, in your opinion, believes, assumes, or considers certain things very strongly and very differently from you, and just have a basic honest conversation.
It will do both of you good.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Ol' Man Keith said...

I always thought SAGE was both the noun and the adjective
(plus an "aromatic plant with gray-green leaves").
Otherwise - and with one other exception (below) - this was a delightfully fine entry from our C.C. - well expounded upon by MelissaB! The novel grid was worth the price of admission.

A Ta- DA! pour moi - except of course for CK ONE, a fill which nobody should be able to make.

Diag Report:
Again, no gold.

Ol' Man Keith said...

HBD Steve!
Just one more year, and you'll be a peer of the realm!

Many thanks for all you do for us.

Lucina said...

Melissa B:
Thank you. I enjoyed your commentary.

Wilbur Charles said...

I've got to post, I'm fumble fingering..
CC, Lucky? As in the aforementioned Mickey Mantle hitting a 500'+Home Run.
Actually, I never noticed it was a CC**; only that it was imaginative, clever and doable.
Re. Vermeer. I linked a Sherlock intro("The Greek Interpreter) where he mentions a great aunt sister of the artist.
First page* of G.I.
I see now it was Vernet. And 29D.

Talk about Pre-sage. I had CK ONO and MB has her pic. Not to speak of the Sherlock/CONAN thangy. Btw Doyle's model was Poe hence the EDGARs.

And...The Splynter link FLN and MB's emulation of same. Great work Melissa.

Wilt took his senior off and played with ABE.

Up in the mountains (NH) we had a place and said (solicitors) showed up. "Oh boy" says Betsy, someone to talk religion with. My last view were the JH crew in full flight with Betsy in pursuit "Come back, I want to talk some more".
Speaking of that perfume..
Btw, Am I the only one to put ORS in for that busy room? I knew CK Noir.


**Or i would have gotten the Fenway Wall as opposed to the already used muppet.
* One of the great page ones of the Holmesian legacy

Wilbur Charles said...

As opposed to little Mr Always Wrong

We did the GYRO/s pirouette before btw.

Actually you made a good point yesterday so not "Always..."


Misty said...

Many thanks, Desper-otto. I would have wondered about those GUESS clothes all week.

Sandyanon said...

YR, thanks. Just messaged your quotes to my much-loved grandson who lives at a distance but whom I'll be seeing next month. We differ politically by a mile! I told him that such a conversation between us could be good for shedding a new light on some of my assumptions. Looking forward to it.

CrossEyedDave said...

It's not over yet...

If you never read this to your child,
you definitely missed out, on learning
how to talk in a Grover voice...

The Monster at the end of this Book.

billocohoes said...

Didn't know CKONE but perps were solid.

Xwords taught me it was a river, but I remember the Winter Olympics being held in the Val d'ISERE.

D4E4H said...


Thank you dear C.C. for this interesting "Montser-osity" My last letter was the "C" at 43. I'm familiar with a C cup, and a scone, but not a CKONE. Would that be a single dip? The cross CFS made this a Natick. My WAG of "C" allowed me to FIR in 23:49 min, but who's counting?

Thank you melissa bee for your excellent review.

HBD Steve.


Ol' Man Keith said...

Sic transit gloria mundi...

Diana DORS was huge in her day - which coincided with my day of ogling voluptuous stars as they made their newspaper headlines. The top three - the triumvirate - were Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Diana DORS (whose birth name was Fluck).

(Sophia Loren would have made the cut, except she wasn't blonde - and she had real talent, true artistry.)

And after lives of celebrity, fun, and multiple marriages, what happened to them in the end?
Marilyn, as we all know, either died of an accidental overdose, or was taken out by the famous relative of a major political figure.
Jayne rec'd major head trauma (some reports say "beheaded") in a spectacular auto crash.

And what of Diana? After a supremely wild life of alcohol, drugs, and hosting parties where she secretly made pornographic films of her guests, she seemed to escape the violent end of her fellow "blonde bombshells" when she died of ovarian cancer at age 52.
Was the universe happy with her relatively quiet end? Hard to say, as the violence quota was fulfilled by her 3rd and final husband, Alan Lake, who blew his head off with a shotgun a few months after her demise.


AnonymousPVX said...

Well, I thought I had this, but the cross of 43D and 43A was filled with an O. I figured okone was some “I never knew that” word....never saw Calvin Klein ONE, a scent.

So ya got me.

Otherwise, went right through.

Waiting on Florence.

From yesterday....the friend’s mother right across from Myrtle Beach finally listened, bought a plane ticket to Florida. Maybe it was the video of the guy who said “I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve never seen one like Florence before”.

Jayce said...

I liked the shape of, the monstrous theme, and imagination displayed in this puzzle. Particularly chuckled at the "bound" and "hide" clues. Owen, I loved your octopus pelt verse. Hand up for guessing (ha ha) what letter (O, L, R, or C) was the right one for Mantle and Trout's position, having, like many of you, no knowledge of what the heck CKONE is. Ah, good ole brand names!

Also hand up for struggling with TERRINE vs TUREEN.

Thanks for the write-up. melissa bee.

Happy birthday, Steve.

I know the sandwich can be called a GYRO by speakers of English, but it has been drilled into my synapses so often and potently that it is GYROS (pronounced "yeeross", fella!) that I have gotten to the point where seeing it as GYRO without the S jars me.

I actually researched what it is about "Eggland's Best" that makes them supposedly superior to "regular" eggs. According to the company itself, their eggs are better because they are from free-range, naturally fed, hormone-free chickens.

Best wishes to you all.

Lucina said...

GUESS is the beloved brand of teen aged girls; when I used to take my granddaughter shopping, she magnetically diverted to that brand/store where they have free standing stores.

desper-otto said...

FLN, PK, did the sticker on the credit card (the one you couldn't remove) say something like "Before using your card, call this 800 number from your home phone to activate it?"

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Can someone explain why EYE TEST was significant?
CanadianEh, Irish Miss, TTP all mentioned EYE TEST as some inside joke, but I am not getting it.

Oas said...

YR As do other cornerites , I look forward to your explanations. I’m sure they’re not off the cuff or knee jerk but carefully researched .
With respect Ernie aka OAS

Picard said...

I realize TERRINE has gotten beaten around a lot already, but no one so far has mentioned that crossing STU, LEN and TERRINE seems a bit unfair?

Hand up CKONE/CFS also seemed to be a Natick. Magilla I also was about ready to go with OFS/OK ONE which made as much sense. But then I realized CK might be Calvin Klein. And ONE would represent that it is ONE for both sexes. With those WAGs I did FIR. But seemed a bit over the edge of obscure knowledge.

Enjoyed "CUBE THAT ROLLS" clue! The only British DIANA bombshell I knew was DIANA RIGG. Anyone else?

Anyway, I watched MONSTERS INC when it came out. Enjoyed the movie and the theme today! Thanks, CC!

This PEACEFUL PROTEST turned into a LIE IN

Millions had protested for months before that to prevent a US invasion of Iraq after 9/11. The protesters were pointing out, among other things, that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

This photo gallery just chronicles my photos as a reporter. Just in our small city. So many events trying to avoid catastrophe. All of which were ignored.

Irish Miss said...

Picard @ 5:11 ~ Bruce Haight is an opthamologist.

Misty said...

Thanks, Lucina, for the additional information on GUESS.

Picard said...

Irish Miss Thank you for that explanation "Bruce Haight is an opthamologist." I had no idea!

I also meant to write:
I realize TERRINE has gotten beaten around a lot already, but no one so far has mentioned that crossing STU, LEN, ISERE and TERRINE seems a bit unfair?

PK said...

D-O: Yep, that's what the sticker said all right. The first thing the store bag guy (he hadn't been a boy for 40 years) asked was had I phoned in to activate the card. I had done that. I just couldn't get the sticker off that day. Now it is gone. I've had to get new credit cards because the card service company has decided to no longer honor cards which were originally sponsored by our bank 40 years ago when they first became legal tender. Just another annoying little frustration.

Michael said...

"Who'd'a thunk?" Department.

In over 40 years of amateur and semi-pro connections with the Hellenic world, today is the first time I've ever seen the word "gyros" used for 'gyro.' Amazing ... even the Greek restaurant in Suisun City simply has 'gyro' on its menu. Another Learning Experience, brought to us by CC of CC!

Spitzboov said...

Picard @ 1842 - ISERE has been in the LAT several times in recent years. I think STU has, too. I originally tried SaΓ΄ne but 'STUD' and 'SLEEP IN' were solid acrosses. JM2¢.

PK said...

AnonPVX: Stay safe. All the rain they're predicting inland doesn't sound good! I enjoyed my trip to the Carolinas so much years ago. Stayed in a hotel on Myrtle Beach as well as many other fun things. Thoughts are with you and Jinx and any other friends in the path of Florence.

Lucina said...

Most of the characters from the Simpsons regularly appear in crossword puzzles; I'm not a fan and have never watched the show but can now name them because of cws. It's just a matter of keeping them in mind or as I do, make a list every time one appears.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

FIW - Hand-up for OFs/oK-ONE and I guessed O again in LoN@59d.

Thanks C.C. for the fun puzzle. I noticed the odd grid straight-off and wondered what game was afoot. Neat crossing all the themers.

Thanks mb for the expo and interesting side-links.

WOs: sIt IN, put PELTS in BOOKS' place. Started DENIM Jeans [ooops]
ESPs: names!
Fav: Hard to choose but c/a for BOOKS was stellar.

{B, A, A+}

Happy Birthday Steve! Looking forward to tomorrow's entry from who knows where.

CED - I loved reading Grover's book to the Girls. Fun times.

Still not 100% so I'll maintain the truce IM :-)

Cheers, -T

Steve said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone. @CED - I'd eat that cake! My sister-in-law back in the UK has just launched a cake-decorating business. Her creations are amazing considering she's self-taught.