Oct 8, 2018

Monday Oct 8, 2018 Gail Grabowski & Bruce Venzke

Theme: Momentarily




Boomer here.

Football season is in full swing and I like the NFL as well as college games.  Of course I focus on the Big 10, (Which has become the bigger 14).  I wonder how some of these border battle trophies originated.  Minnesota battles Michigan for the Little Brown Jug, and takes on Wisconsin for Paul Bunyan's Axe.  This week was a battle with Iowa for "Floyd of Rosedale".  Floyd is a 98 pound statue of a bronze pig.  It is back in Iowa this year, but wait 'til next year.  You never know. 


1. Stand watch for, say: ABET. Put a few dollars on the Pass Line

5. Oompah instrument: TUBA.  What do two sheep say?

9. Think-on-your-feet tests: ORALS.

14. Greiner of "Shark Tank": LORI.  I have watched a couple of episodes of "Shark Tank".  That was enough.

15. Sister of Osiris: ISIS.

16. Fabled wish granter: GENIE.  Sometimes she appears in your dream, with light brown hair.   Barbara Eden will do,

17. Time-consuming: LONG.

18. With "of" and 71-Across, Steinbeck classic: EAST. 71. See 18-Across: EDEN.

19. Swim cap material: LATEX.  George Costanza is their salesman.

23. Hulu service: NET TV.  Basketball station ??

24. __ about: roughly: ON OR.

25. Eyelid bump: STYE.  Floyd of Rosedale's home?

29. Onetime Leno announcer Hall: EDD.

31. Prefix with mount or charge: SUR.  A big beach in California

33. Head-butting beast: RAM.  LA football player

34. Scoop in a cone: ICE CREAM.  I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice cream.

39. Katmandu native: NEPALI.

43. Make an error: SLIP UP.

44. Pedals on antique sewing machines: TREADLES.   We had an old Singer when I was young.  I never knew what that pedal was called.

45. Right-angled piece: ELL.

46. Gp. with Vikings: NFC. And Packers and Lions and Bears, Oh My!

48. Bearded beast: GNU.

49. Fraction of a min.: NSEC. Nanosecond.

51. Hindu princess: RANI.

53. Andean pack animal: LLAMA.  If you bought a toy one, would it be called a "Dolly Llama" ?

61. Pentagon, for one: SHAPE.  Five-sided where all the military honchos hang out.

64. Med. readouts: EKGS.

65. Molecule part: ATOM. If not a Dick or Harry, is he a Tom ?

66. Usual bus. address for sending in payments: PO BOX.

67. Cheer (for): ROOT. "If they don't win it's a shame."

68. Vaccine fluids: SERA.

69. Hollywood go-between: AGENT.

70. Actress Gunn of "Breaking Bad": ANNA.


1. Dead tired: ALL IN.  See 1-Across.  Make a bet all in.

2. Trailblazer Daniel: BOONE. Incredible!  This guy lived to be 85 when the average lifespan was less than 40.

3. Surrealist Max: ERNST.  Another 85 year old !

4. Tied snugly: TIGHT.  Once there was a little girl, whose mother tied her braids so TIGHT that when she cried, the tears ran down her back.  They called her Bacteria.

5. Wedding cake layer: TIER.  Do people still take the top tier and freeze it, then thaw to eat on anniversary #1 ??

6. Gannett's flagship newspaper: USA TODAY.

7. Badlands bovine: BISON.  North Dakota State football team.

8. Texas team that won the 2017 World Series: ASTROS.  Now fighting Cleveland to see if they will have a chance to repeat.  Verlander is amazing!

9. Look like a wolf?: OGLE.

10. Brings up, as kids: REARS.  Rearing kids includes occasional bops to the rear.

11. Industrious insect: ANT.

12. Tell it like it isn't: LIE.  The Washington Post keeps track.

13. "__ sells": ad biz mantra: SEX

21. Exceed, as a budget: OVERRUN.

22. Like an intoxicated spree: DRUNKEN. Supreme Court welcoming party ?

26. Fish with a net: TRAWL.  Minnesota has over 10,000 lakes and many more fisherman.  No way to fish with a net.  Give the floppers a fighting chance.

27. New Haven Ivy Leaguer: YALIE. See 22-Down.

28. Radiates: EMITS.

30. Cook, as onion rings: DEEP-FRY.  Makes my mouth water.

32. Le Car maker: RENAULT.

34. "Peer Gynt" playwright: IBSEN.

35. Honeycomb units: CELLS.  Homes for criminals. 

36. Paperless tax return option: E-FILE.  I am old school.  Fill out the 1040 and send it in.

37. "Blue Bloods" extra: COP.

38. Bon __: witticism: MOT.

40. Pea container: POD.

42. Encouraging: URGING ON.  College football fans

47. Picture taker: CAMERA.  Smile if you are on a Candid one.

50. Roasting bird: CAPON.  Ballplayers must have their Cap on when they take the field

52. 47-Down brand: NIKON.  "I've got a Nikon Camera, gonna take a photograph, Mama don't take my Kodachrome away".  Simon & Garfunkel

54. Tenant's contract: LEASE.

55. Tossed in a chip: ANTED.  I don't think this is a word.

56. Bond portrayer Roger: MOORE.  There were 7 James Bond.  I think Sean Connery was the best.  After he quit, I did not go to 007 movies any more.

57. "Seriously, bro!": AW MAN.

59. "I'm __!": "My turn!": NEXT.  Barber shop lingo.

60. Davis Cup org.: USTA. Tennis anyone ?

61. Place for a mud bath: SPA.

62. Biker's wheels: HOG.  I wonder if Harley Davidson minds that people call his bikes, hogs.  Maybe one could be a Minnesota/Iowa football game trophy.

63. Springfield presidential library nickname: ABE.


Notes from C.C.:

Happy 77 birthday to dear Jayce, who's been with our blog since 2009. Often Jayce explains Chinese language quirks better than I do. He's just super observant. Here is Jayce with his beautiful bride, who speaks Cantonese.

Wedding Day
June 2013, Santa Barbara


D4E4H said...

Excellent morning Cornies!

Thank you Ms. Gail Grabowski and Mr. Bruce Venzke for this enjoyable Monday CW which I FIR in 21:03 min.

Thank you Boomer for your entertaining review.
4D - I think Bacteria needs an antearbiotic.

Happy birthday Jayce.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Had to change NHL to NFC -- I never guess correctly. It's impossible for me to keep the leagues and cups straight. Things were simpler when the cups were just A, B, C or D. Didn't realize the ASTROS were still in the running. Thanx, GG and BV and Boomer.

Boomer, "Bacteria" is definitely a dad-joke. There was one on this week's New Amsterdam: What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhino? Elephino.

EFILE: The IRS wishes everybody would Efile. Otherwise, some IRS worker has to manually enter your data into their database. Those Efile programs will also catch any math errors you may have made. Also, Efilers get their refunds sooner.

Montana said...

Boomer, I enjoyed your explanation of the puzzle much more than I enjoyed solving the puzzle. Thanks!


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, Gail & Bruce, for a easy riding Monday. Fun puzzle. Mensa didn't post the puzzle, so I went elsewhere and got rebuffed at two sites. The third site puzzle I filled but didn't think it was the LAT cw. Was happy to come here and find out it was the authentic LAT.

Thank you, Boomer, for the early morning belly laughs. Bacteria, indeed! Then comes D-O with the Elephino. Put you two guys in a room together and we'd all be rolling on the floor. Good on ya!

HOG: my elder son was in Milwaukee last week to a machinery convention. He came home supercharged because one of the perks was getting to tour the Harley-Davidson factory & hear a Davidson founder descendent speak. Then he spent two hours wandering around in the HD museum. He only left then because they were closing and kicked him out. My husband bought a HOG in 1949 which is now one of my son's proudest possessions. As a teenager he was buying crippled motorcycles and cobbling them together to build several that ran which he sold. He does the same thing with heavy machinery & trucks now but for a larger remuneration.

TREADLE: my grandmother's TREADLE sewing machine fascinated me as a child. Wish I'd kept it.

Happy Birthday, Jayce. I enjoy your postings very much. We're the same age now. Hope your body treats you better than mine does.

inanehiker said...

Well that was a quick romp - but the fun was all in reading Boomer's write-up!
I can see how CC accelerated her knowledge of English idioms talking with you!
Only change was NFL to NFC.

Thanks Gayle & Bruce!

Happy birthday Jayce!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

PK, I agree with your assessment of Boomer and D-O. It just wouldn't do to have them both in the same room.

FIR, but hadn't heard of CAPON. Put some Buffalo sauce on it and roll it up in a tortilla and I'll love it.

HULU has a TV ad blitz to convince us that we shouldn't try it, because if we do it will ruin all other TV delivery methods forever. Their example is that one should never fly first class. They have a point there.

HBDTY Jayce. Like me, you married way above your station.

Thanks to Gail and Bruce for another fine collaboration. And thanks to Boomer for all the PUNishment.

What a tragedy in New York. 20 dead, 18 in a limo. I'll bet that it was WAY over weight, and that no one had a seat belt on.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Happy Birthday, Jayce. All the best.

A little crunchier than usual for a Monday. Finished NW last. Couple stabs at spelling YALIE and relearnt how to spell TREADLES.
No searches were needed.
63d - ABE - - CSO to Tony.
TIGHT - German cousin word: dicht.
IN SHORT ORDER - I think it "works" OK here, but I think its more common meaning is in the sense of "quickly".

billocohoes said...

I found my mother's TREADLE sewing machine in her attic. Still works. PK (or anyone else), if interested in coming to get it, let me know.

Bucknell U and Howard U are also BISON, but I know the Dakotans pronounce it BYE-zun, while I've always heard it BIS-on. Unique to them, or regionalism?

Many people lived into their 80s in BOONE's time, the average was low because so many died of childhood diseases or childbirth. Get past those and you could expect to get into your late 50s or well beyond.

Didn't have to shorten Houston's nickname to 'STROS today.

Yellowrocks said...

I finished this one in short order.
Like PK, my mom had a treadle sewing machine which fascinated me.
I read that at the gala everyone anted up $1000 for the charity. Too rich for my blood. LIU. Anteed is given as an alternate spelling which I have never seen before. I have seen anted.
Why are Harley's called hogs?
Beginning in 1920 a team of farm boys down South that would become known as the "hog boys" consistently won races. The group had a hog, or pig as their mascot. Following a win, they would put the pig (a real one) on the back of their Harley and take a victory lap.
Our square dance club is a tax exempt 501c organization. IRS form 990-N must be completed and filed electronically. There is no paper form. This is called an epostcard. Our annual NJ incorporation report is also required to be efiled. There are only a handful of members capable of doing this and they say they are too busy. I have been doing this for 9 years with no successor in sight. These days many McJobs applications are submitted electronically only.
Our supermarkets sell capons. "Capons are larger than a chicken, a bit smaller than a turkey, but more flavorful than either. Capons are full breasted with tender, juicy, flavorful meat that is well suited to roasting."

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

An easy, breezy offering from Gail and Bruce, as usual. I went astray at NFL/NFC and Aesop/Genie. I think I conflated Aesop with Aladdin but both errors could have been avoided if Miss Hasty checked the crosses first. Never watched ?Shark Tank so Lori needed perps. Nice CSO to Anonymous T and DO at Astros. Anyone else notice the sub-theme of creatures, great and small?: Hog, Gnu, Bison, Ram, Llama, Capon, and Ant.

Thanks, G and B, for a pleasant start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for the many chuckles your "monologue" induced. Happy is as happy does. 😋

Happy Birthday, Jayce, hope it's a special day. 🎂🎁🎉🎈🍾

I'm still in shock over that horrific accident. God be with those devastated families.

Have a great day.

Farmer Joe said...

A CAPON is a castrated rooster so as to fatten it up for eating.

desper-otto said...

Husker, from Time Magazine today: "As a result of repeated budget cuts, the IRS’s workforce has plummeted from a peak of 116,673 employees in 1992 to 76,732 as of last year — a drop of more than one third." But you're right, the cuts did not result from E-filing.

Jayce, how did I miss it in my earlier post? Happy birthday!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Got home from getting my blood test done. My wife got one too. I haven't eaten in 13 hours. Did the puzzle quickly and here I am.

Theme was good. I picked up on this one early.

Liked 5A, TUBA!

I do not know if I have ever had a CAPON before. I have heard of them.

I have a P O BOX in Pennsylvania. My old dog, R.I.P., Otto, still gets mail there. That's a long story.

Tried AH MAN before AW MAN worked.

ASTROS are looking pretty good this year too. I am rooting for CLEVELAND, though. That was my team as a youth in Erie.

Have to run. Counting at church. See you tomorrow.


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billocohoes said...

Re the accident: The limo was coming down a hill that drops 440 feet in the last mile. A couple of tractor-trailers have blown thru the stop sign into that same parking lot in the last few years. In NY only the driver and front-seat passenger are required to use seat belts. The limo was over 15 years old so I'm sure they'll be checking mechanicals.

HG, I can tell you that in the New York Tax Dept., temporary employees ("the sort") decreased from over 600 thirty years ago to fewer than 200 in 2009, and probably much less than that now since I haven't been back. That doesn't include data entry operations, which are probably contracted out now.

TTP said...

Thank you Gail and Bruce, and thank you Boomer. Happy Birthday Jayce !

Great job Boomer. Loved your line for the NFC answer. BTW, bowled my second series Thursday night after my 10 year absence. 191, 196 and 178.

Tell your wife that I also enjoyed seeing Zhou and Qin in the clue for DYNASTY yesterday. Don't know if that was Jeffrey's original clue, or if Rich changed it, but either way, that was very nice.

Desper-otto, yes, the American League 'Stros are still in it, as are the National League Milwaukee Brewers, who swept the Rockies. In the unlikely event they would meet in the World Series, there would undoubtedly be wags referring to it as the "Beer World Series" or some such.

Yellowrocks, the clue and your comments about CAPON spurred me to lookup it up in Joy. No nit with the clue or your comments. I was remembering that the birds were graded broilers, fryers, roasters, and then CAPONs as the larger older birds. Irma states that the broilers and fryers are younger, of either sex. Broilers up to 2.5 pounds. Fryers 2.5 to 3.5. Roasters are also of either sex, under 8 months old, and 3.5 to 5 pounds. CAPONS are castrated males, weighing 6 to 9 pounds.

SwampCat said...

I zipped through this fun offering. Thanks, Gail and Bruce. I loved seeing REAR for bringing up offspring. My English teacher grandmother got apoplectic when people said they “raised” kids. She would sniff, as only English teachers can, “you raise turnips. You REAR children.” Thanks, G and B, also, for saving us from another backside joke.

I wanted something military for pentagon. You fooled me with SHAPE.

Boomer, your fettle was fine this morning.

HBD, Jayce!! ����������

SwampCat said...

I forgot! I was carefully schooled not to “preview” on pain of losing my emojis. Here, Jayce: 🍰🎂🍨🎉👑❤️

Tinbeni said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jayce ... My "first" Sunset Toast is to you.

Well this was an easy Monday offering. Thank you Gail & Bruce.

Boomer: I enjoyed your write-up. I also like all the Fall football trophy's.

Fave today, of course, was 22-d, DRUNKEN ... Go figure, LOL.


Yellowrocks said...

Happy birthday, Jayce. Have a great day. I enjoy your posts.
Good news. I called Nissan to complain that my 2014 Sentra transmission failed during the warranty period. Then the replacement transmission failed in 7 months after fewer than 9000 and was again replaced. As a result of my complaint, they offered me an additional 100,00 miles or 7 year warranty on the second replacement.
SOUSAPHONE and tuba. "Another version of tuba has a different name. It’s called the sousaphone. The sousaphone is known as a marching tuba. It coils around the player with the bell pointing forward. Sousaphones are either made of brass or a white plastic. The difference between sousaphones and tubas is very small. They both play the same notes and use the same valve configuration. Other than the obvious shape difference, the other difference is similar to the difference between a trumpet and cornet. The tubing of the tuba and cornet are more cone shaped or “conical” than the sousaphone and trumpet."
You can tell by the shape which is which.

oc4beach said...

The Mensa and Merriam-Webster site had yesterday's puzzle, so I had to resort to using the LA Times site, which is not user friendly. Thanks to Gail and Bruce for a nice Monday puzzle and Boomer's tour through the grid was enjoyable.

It took a few minutes to get going on today's solve. The top was fairly blank for a while before I got to some clues that I was sure of, then perps helped fill it all in.

A couple of missteps along the way today. I didn't know LORI and I wasn't sure if the gloves were VINYL or LATEX. Like Swampcat I wanted something military or possibly geometric for Pentagon. I put in NFL vs NFC at first, but LAMERA looked funny.

In addition to GNU's or Wildebeests, Bison are also bearded.

I remember the Singer treadle sewing machine that my mother and all of my aunts had. After DW and I were married my father-in-law found an old Singer in a farmhouse and bought it for my DW for $30. We now also have the original Singer that her mother had. Our daughter has asked for her grandmother's machine when we finally downsize and need to get rid of it. Both of the machines were made in New Jersey in the late 1800's. Her mother's machine was made in 1873. They both still work and occasionally DW will use one of them for some straight sewing when she doesn't want of open up her Bernina. If you have one, here is a web site that matches serial numbers with the year of manufacture. and here is a web site that discusses the history of the Singer Treadle machines.

Happy Birthday Jayce.

I hope everyone has a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Gail and Bruce, and Boomer. (Continued thoughts and prayers with you and C.C.)

Canadian Thanksgiving holiday today and no newspaper. Mensa down so I went to LA Times website. Finished in 16:43 with no help per their calculations. Not that fast for a Monday, I don't think, but who cares!

I got the theme SOONer than Later. NW was the last to fall.
DIS-mount changed to SUR (perp RENAULT made me change).
I misread 9D and had Ogre before OGLE.
Wanted ELI but expanded to YALIE.
AH MAN, we had DRUNKEN, OGLE, SEX, YALIE in the same CW.

We are not having a CAPON but the turkey might be A TOM (LOL Boomer).
Not at my house this year; I just have to bring the pies (2 pumpkin, 1 blueberry, made with wild N. Ont. berries, yum!)

Happy Thanksgiving Day to my fellow Canadians who lurk here.
Happy Columbus Day to our American Cornerites. How do you celebrate the day??
Happy Birthday Jayce.


desper-otto said...

CanadianEh! -- we celebrate by not getting any mail delivery.

CrossEyedDave said...




CrossEyedDave said...

What happens to the word "soon" in your head when you look at it too much?




HBD Jayce!

AnonymousPVX said...

A bit of crunch, and just a bit, in this nice Monday puzzle. No markovers!

Um....not looking for an argument...but it is not possible to have a “favorite” Bond if you’ve never seen any other Bond portrayal. By the way, Lazenby was good, Moore was funny, Dalton was okay, Brosnan very good, and Craig fantastic.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Good ole Gail and Bruce. Like desper-otto, I can't keep the leagues and cups straight. Boomer, I really loved your Bacteria "explanation." Your Elephino joke was funny too, desper-otto.

So I'm your age now, eh, PK? I am honored. I am calling it my lucky age: double seven. Thanks to everyone for your good wishes. CrossEyedDave, nice cake! Thanks.

LW and I have been staying up late to watch Wolf Hall again on PBS. After having studied up on the history of Thomas Cromwell since the first time we watched that show, I'm getting a lot more out of it this time around. It often happens that I understand a story more upon second reading or viewing.

Speaking of history, Mitch McConnell sure gave John Dickerson a "history lesson" on Face the Nation yesterday morning. "John, you're not listening to me!"

Best wishes to you all.

Wilbur Charles said...

Gary, did the Wisconsin* band play "Build me up Buttercup" at halftime?

I never noticed it was Gail and Bruce. "Make me the most difficult xword and let it still be Monday level". Done.

But it only took a few words to know it was that most urbane gent, Boomer, at the helm today. W+
And of course, HBD Jayce. And very belatedly to Pat.

Did Tin catch the CSO re. Scotch Serving(not NEAT but DRAM)

C-eh you Canadians are skilled at skating around. ( Politics in this case)

We celebrate C-Day by buying, buying,buying. Especially with cumulative discounts. Some guy was telling me about his$13.00 Sportcoat he bought at JC Penney

PVX: And Connery??? Like Playboy's rating of party schools not including Wisconsin*. Only Amateurs considered.


* Didn't we have Badger-PESTER yesterday?

Roy said...

IMO, the greatest James Bond movie is the original (1967) Casino Royale.

Jayce said...

I so much enjoy reading what each and every one of you have to say. It is fascinating to see all the variations in our personalities and viewpoints, and unsurprising that it be so.

Bill G said...

Hey Jayce, I wish I something clever and original to contribute about your birthday. I enjoy everything you write and I hope you have a great day and year to come.

~ Mr. Bill G

Picard said...

Monday puzzles have often been hardest for me to FIR with many unknown names. This one had NET TV, LORI and NFC. Hand up for NFL first. Otherwise it was a pleasant puzzle that I finished IN SHORT ORDER. Thanks, Gail and Bruce!

Can someone explain why ALL IN means DEAD TIRED?

In line with Boomer's enjoyable humor:
Why should you never trust an ATOM? They make up everything.

Here I was with my BIKER boss. Many a HOG in his collection.

But I never heard him use the word HOG.

My friend Bill in the first two photos shows off at our annual TUBA Christmas.

The couple with the baby in the third row of those photos are my friends Dan and Christina. They now live in North Carolina at the epicenter of the hurricane damage on the coast. Amazingly, much of their stuff survived amid so much destruction.

I have some cool BADLANDS photos and BISON photos. But no BISON photos in the BADLANDS.

Picard said...

Jayce Happy Birthday! Lovely wedding photo!

From yesterday:
BillG Exactly where are you? We must be fairly close if you also got to see the SpaceX launch.

My unicycling buddy Danielle had a bunch of us over for dinner in her treehouse home to watch the launch.

Here is my video of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch and a bunch of images I extracted from it.

Danielle and others are quite notable in the audio track of the video with their amazement and commentary!

AnonT I was motivated by our discussion to contact Leonard Adleman after so many years. I am not sure he remembered me, but he replied right away. He said he actually did remember our conversation about the stock market, though!

He also sent me the draft of his new book which seems to be about all the cool stuff that made me enjoy him as a professor.

As for the market, I think it is tied to reality. But not in predictable ways. During the bubble of the late 1990s I told everyone I knew we were in a bubble. They were making hundreds of thousands as I sat it out. They pretty much all lost everything. So, we ended up in about the same place.

The problem is even when there is a bubble it is hard to predict exactly when it will burst. Better to stay in during good and bad times. I am in 100% right now.

Ol' Man Keith said...

HBD, Jayce!
77 is a very lucky year. I remember it well. Use it in good health!

One diagonal today, the main line NW to SE. It gives us an interesting anagram, one that I suppose might be decent advice to a softball pitcher who hopes to move up to baseball:
The remaining three letters suggest that the speaker has a sarcastic bent. When added to the above advice, we get, "LEARN OVERHAND - NOT"

Bill G said...

Pickard: We are in Manhattan Beach, about 4 miles south of LAX.

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Birthday to you Jayce and many more!

I agree that Capons provide the tastiest white meat of any fowl.

I did not know ANNA GUNN and even though we had my grandfather's Singer that he used as a tailor in the 1920a, I was slow in rememberring how to spell TREADLE.

There will always be much debate about who did the best job as JAMES BOND IN MOVIES Ian Fleming's choice of David Niven did not appear on film until CASINO ROYALE IN 1967 5 years after DR NO . The one chosen by ROY was pretty funny at times with PETER SELLERS and WOODY ALLEN also appearing as Bond.

Husker Gary said...

-Gail, Bruce and Boomer brightened up this cold, drizzly day here on the plains
-I thought of this L _ _ I Guinier spelled slightly differently
-I had two ORAL interviews for my last teaching job and just shot from the hip without any jargon. I was hired at 8 a.m. the next day
-A sousaphone is often wrongly called a TUBA and same for BISON and buffalo
-My GENIE faithfully raises and lowers my garage door
-Temporary SURTAXES have a way of becoming permanent
-SEX sells - even like this
-Rory McIlroy drew attention at the Ryder Cup this year by not having a CAP ON
-Why do I think E-FILING hasn’t reduced IRS employees? :)
-It must be too soon to use this ABE
-Gotta get ready to sub in middle school English

WikWak said...

A Gail and Bruce speed run! And with a GNU, no less. Gotta love those GN words. Also enjoyed Boomer's puns. And D-O: eliphino… classic.

Happy birthday, Jayce! 🎉 You have 4 years on me but these days that’s not much. I always enjoy your posts.

A late news item today said that the limo driver in NY wasn’t licensed and the limo itself had failed its safety inspection. So sad.

Well, got to get going or I’ll miss my second mid-afternoon nap. 💤

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Ol' Man Keith said...


I mistakenly added a letter to the diagonal anagram (see above posting).
A prize to the one who first spots the added letter!


Anonymous said...

Husker Gary - The IRS says it had 114,064 employees at the end of Fiscal Year 1995, and 76,219 EOFY 2016.

IRS Personnel Summary

So if you still don't believe E-FILING has reduced IRS employment, I don't know what to tell you.

Mike Sherline said...

Wilbur - FLN (actually 0536 this AM on yesterday's blog)- EMT = Emergency Medical Technician; EMS = Emergency Medical Service (the GROUP on the ambulance).

Happy birthday, Jayce - always enjoy (and usually agree with) your posts.

Another fine GG&BV puzzle today (and Boomer revue), though not as easy for me as the usual Monday. Not into sports at all, learned some names and terms here, and just by being alive, so confidently filled in NFL for 46a - Gp. with Vikings, giving LAMERA for 47d, picture taker. Then I remembered there was such a thing as NFC - thought it was in the past and had been aabsorbed by the NFL. Oh well.
15a - shouldn't that be sister-wife?
18a - GRAPES wouldn't fit, so it took a bit of brain-dredging and a few crosses to figure out.

And another chance to rant about the denigration of my most magnificent instrument, the TUBA. Abejo, I always like seeing it mentioned, too, just wish it was, at least occasionally, in a more respectful way. Though a lot (not all, but I think a preponderance) of people who play it, especially the sousaphone version in marching bands, tend to insensitively blatt and blast, the instrument can be played with a rich, velvety tone that sings like the greatest basso profundo. If interested, there are many wonderful performances on YouTube. Check out Vaughan-Williams Concerto for Bass Tuba - just gorgeous! By the way, I also love German (or polka) bands and have played in many, but it is possible (and preferable, in my mind) to do so with fine musical taste and tone.

Yellorocks @1020 - good news on your trannie. And thanks for going to the trouble of linking the TUBA info. On the Sousaphone page, the 1st pic from the 1890s, with the bells pointing up, is the original style, which came to be called "raincatcher". Sousa later collaborated with one of his players to redesign it with the bell pointing forward - to avoid catching rain and so they could march in the back row and the rest of the band could hear them well. In HS ('59-'62) we had white fiberglass forward-facing ones. They didn't catch too much rain, but rowdy smart-assed kids always thought it was just so cool to throw whatever came to hand into them. We had to do a major cleanout after every game and parade. The horns sat out on a rack over summers, and when we came back in the fall the first thing we had to do was clean out wads of paper, pencils, pens, dust, and the occasional dead rat. And HG @1610 - a Sousaphone IS a TUBA, just in a different shape.

Picard - loved all the MC pics, especially the old ones - beautiful! Oh, for the open road...

Also enjoyed your Tuba Christmas pics - looks like you had a pretty big turnout, but I saw some TROMBONES! Oh no! Usually if they want to join in they play euphoniums (a small tuba, uses the same size mouthpiece as a trombone and plays generally in the same range). But of course I'm glad SB is ecumenical about it (and of course they are)- the more the merrier!

billocohoes said...

I don't know why I lost my name or the link doesn't seem to go anywhere, try to copy/paste

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Gail & Bruce for, IMHO, a crunchy little Monday puzzle. Of course, that crunch could be perceived - I felt foggy after a poor night's sleep all morning.

Boomer - um, Dad called, he wants his jokes back :-) //Just kidding - a mighty fine expo.

C.C. - Your WSJ was a hoot too! Thanks 'Dow Jones' (FLN) for the heads up.

WOs: OVERRaN (tense!), IsbEN (close!), RAja (50% wrong). Yeah, hand-up: NFL (66.6% good).
Fav: Sorry Abejo, ASTROS! It was a close game (everyone at the office had it streaming*; ROOT ROOT for Houston...) until the 'STROS unloaded in the 8th.


Happy Birthday Jayce! I always enjoy your >2 line posts :-)

Jinx - I've seen that HULU ad; still didn't help me with NET TV.

CED - the second set, after you tee'd up the joke, was brilliant!

C, Eh! - I went to work. My Army bro had the day off though.

Anyone read the Crossword Fiend expo? [I went there to check my WSJ answers]. Nate had some of the same thoughts I did filling the NE.

Cheers, -T
*it was kinda funny 'cuz some folk's feeds were less delayed so they saw/heard the action SOONer** than others did. So you'd hear OOHs and Aahs at different times coming down the hall.
**Bummer OU [BOOMER SOONER!] lost to UT Sat :-(

CrossEyedDave said...

Picard, loved the rocket launch!
Just like being there!
Except I thought the main stage went right
and the 1st stage went left, until it kept on going...

Just a heads up guys, into the mystery that is CED...
Why do I always send virtual birthday cakes?

It is Daughter #2's B-Day Wednesday, (Samantha)
and Mom made an early cake.
This was the 1st attempt...

Don't worry, she made a second single layer cake (delicious)
& I intend to get her cupcakes on Tuesday...

(if only I could send "her" virtual cake, sigh...)

Picard said...

BillG Wow! You are quite far away from Vandeberg. Yet you got a good view of the launch? Do you have any photos? How did your view compare with my photos? It was a memorable experience here. We are about 50 miles from the launch site.

I hope others had a chance to check out my launch video and photos. It was rather other-worldly with that sunset launch illuminating the rocket and the gases in such a magnificent way. And there was the unusual scene of two rockets firing at once in the gas cloud.

Here again is my launch video and images from last night.

Mike Sherline Glad you enjoyed my motorcycle and TUBA photos!

Yes, my mentor/former boss is especially fond of the old English motorcycles. Especially Norton. He was filling up his house with his collection and I suggested setting up the museum. It is quite a diverse collection going back over 100 years.

By the way, here I was with my mother and my brother and our RENAULT Dauphine

That was years before LE CAR.

From yesterday:
Wilbur Charles You were still wondering about EMS at the end of the day? I also was unfamiliar with this term. I only know EMT. I looked it up. Here is what I found:

"EMS is the acronym for Emergency Medical Services. This term refers to the treatment and transport of people in crisis health situations that may be life threatening. Emergency medical support is applied in a wide variety of situations from car accidents to drownings to incidents of heart attack."

"Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the most common type of providers in all of EMS. They are the entry-level patient care provider..."

Picard said...

Cross Eyed Dave Thank you for the kind words! My post and yours must have crossed in the ether!

Yes, it was exactly as you said. The payload stage went to the left. The booster stage was being returned to the base on the right. Amazing that it worked!

SwampCat said...

Drew Brees just broke the NFL all time passing record to become the passing leader. There’s not a dry eye in New Orleans!

Gustav said...

The day is almost over and I was just made aware of the European palindromic nature of the date!


Anonymous T said...

Picard & CED - Yous seen this? Duel booster landing? SpaceX is doing some pretty cool stuff even if ELON [C.C.'s WSJ] is Twitter-Dumb with the FTC (re: Tesla shares) right now. C, -T