Oct 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 24 2018, Tim Schenck


17A. Roadblocks: BARRICADES. SIDECAR. Cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice.

65A. Gambles in a church basement, maybe: PLAYS BINGO. GIBSON. Gin, dry vermouth, garnished with a pickled onion.

10D. Wawa and 7-Eleven: MINI MARTS. MARTINI. Never heard of Wawa - it is only in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. A MARTINI is made with gin or vodka and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.

36D. Captivating: ARRESTING. STINGER. Crème de menthe added to brandy.

25. With 38-Down, bar offering found in each set of circles: MIXED.

38. See 25-Down: DRINK.

Melissa here. Grokking this theme would be next to impossible without the circles, since the drink anagrams did not include all the letters in each theme answer. Sneaky and so clever.


1. Vote to accept: ADOPT.

6. Sincerely asks for: BEGS.

10. Vicki Lawrence sitcom role: MAMA.

14. Harley owner: BIKER.

15. "This is __ a test": ONLY.

16. Flower painted by van Gogh: IRIS. Beautiful.

19. Friendly: NICE.

20. Win the affections of: ENAMOR.

21. "__ lost!": GET.

22. Mental flash: IDEA.

23. Be rude to: SASS.

24. Doc's org.: AMA.

26. Good name for many a tree-lined street: ELM.

28. Energy: VIM.

29. Barely sufficient: MEAGER.

33. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" co-creator Fey: TINA. Love Tina Fey, but have never seen this.

37. Crossed (out): EXED.

39. Prepare, as Romano: GRATE.

40. Womb-related: UTERINE.

42. Crowd control weapon: RIOT GUN.

44. Part of TNT: NITRO.

45. Trace amount: DRIB. Thought to be a shortening of driblet.

47. Not tacit: SAID.

48. Ledger column: ASSETS.

50. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir.: ENE.

51. Did nothing: SAT. Lots of people who sit in front of their computers would BEG to differ.

52. Calypso-influenced genre: SKA.

53. __ of March: IDES.

57. Minor argument: SPAT.

60. Baseball bat wood: ASH.

62. In the center: MEDIAL.

64. Airport idler: TAXI. Less and less, due to Uber and other ride-hailing apps, which are also impacting airport parking revenue.

67. Golfer's selection: IRON.

68. Easy gait: LOPE.

69. Winemaker with 1900 acres of vineyards in California: BOGLE. If you like beefy reds, their Old Vine Zinfandel is delicious.

70. __ a bell: sounded familiar: RANG.

71. Short-horned bighorns: EWES. Ewe can't pull the wool over their eyes.

72. Lid inflammations: STYES.


1. Clerics in un monastère: ABBES. French - monastery / abbot.

2. "Outlander" novelist Gabaldon: DIANA. First in an eight-part series. Adapted to a television series on Starz.

3. Gumbo pods: OKRAS.

4. Salon jobs: PERMS. Is that still a thing?

5. Crosby, Stills & Nash, e.g.: TRIO.

6. Fancy neckwear: BOA.

7. Final stage of a chess match: END GAME.

8. TV series with choreographed numbers: GLEE.

9. Word with metric or merit: SYSTEM.

11. Bone-dry: ARID.

12. Attic pests: MICE.

13. Topside, perhaps: ASEA. New to me, topside means "above the waterline."

18. Cowardly: CRAVEN.

27. Big name in small construction: LEGO. Cute. Parents know exactly what it feels to step on them barefoot. There's a funny haiku about this - google if you're not offended by curse words.

30. "Poker Face" Lady: GAGA.

31. Needle case: ETUI.

32. Tear to bits: REND.

33. Sushi option: TUNA. Any sushi lovers here? A Japanese Guide to Sushi Tuna. Between overfishing and mercury - it's hard to know what to eat anymore.

34. "For real?": IT IS.

35. Brooklyn NBA team: NETS.

41. Greek letter: IOTA.

43. Support group?: I-BEAMS. Nice clue.

46. Mold into a new form: RESHAPE.

49. Paper clip alternative: STAPLE.

53. Senseless sort: IDIOT.

54. Shabby: DINGY.

55. Sharp-eyed hunter: EAGLE.

56. Astringent plumlike fruits: SLOES. In keeping with today's theme, what is sloe gin?

57. Prepare, as a 25-/38-Down: STIR.

58. Prefix with graph: PARA. Paragraph.

59. Neural transmitter: AXON.

61. Hoping for more customers: SLOW.

63. Drops off: EBBS.

66. "Amen!": YES.


OwenKL said...

Did it on Mensa, so no circles, and didn't even try to figure out where the circles should be. Just as well, as I never would have figured out such anagrams. MARTINI and STINGER I saw instantly when I got the circles, but SIDECAR and GIBSON probably took me longer to suss than the whole rest of the puzzle!

ELM STREET was once a stately name
For evoking memories of a shady lane.
But no longer is it so!
Thanks to a movie show,
Developers have Hollywood to blame!

From singer to actor, Lady GAGA
Was transformed in the western Land of La-la.
From erotic apparel,
Designed by Lewis Carroll,
She's now someone you can take home to MAMA!

If you want to STIR up trouble, here's a way.
Start a rumor that the whole A.M.A.
Agreed not to tattle
On greed of Big Tobacco,
For polluting the whole U.S. of A.!

{A-, A, B.}

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun & fast puzzle, Tim, thanks. Great expo, melissa, thanks.

No circles, no chance to identify the theme DRINKS. Even looking at Melissa's filled circles, I couldn't make drink names out of any of them. Had to go back and re-read her opening reveals. Don't think I've ever heard of a SIDECAR. Heard of GIBSON but wouldn't have thought of it. I couldn't even untangle MARTINI, for goodness sakes. Since I don't drink alcohol, that part of the puzzle was a waste on me in an otherwise enjoyable morning pastime, but that's okay.

BOGLE is a winery? BOGLEd my mind. Never heard of it. Or WAWA, but 7-11 was enough to get the answer.

Didn't know author DIANA Gabaldon.

"Poker-faced Lady" wasn't a queen of cards, but GAGA. Okay...

Had trouble coming up with BOA. Don't think of that as neckwear, but around the shoulders.

PK said...

FLN: Picard and others: the food "water footprint" thing struck me as hilarious. What will they think up next? If you are so worried about a "water footprint", you'd be better off to quit bathing or washing clothes. I'm all for saving water, but really guys! This is dreamed up by someone very far removed from the actual farm life. As for cows being inefficient meat builders, think about it. They eat grass or hay & a little grain to build muscle and make milk. That's nothing short of miraculous. That grass is good for nothing sitting in a lawn except for a little CO2 production.

AnonT: I have no idea how my granddaughter exists as a vegetarian in NOLA. She's dedicated. When she comes to Christmas dinner she brings her little plastic containers of whatever it is she eats that she prepares herself.

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornies.

Thank you Mr.Tim Schenck for this pleasant CW. I FIR in 20:47 min..

Thank you melissa bee for your excellent review.


Lemonade714 said...

This appears to be a debut puzzle for Tim Schenck. The only Tim I can find is an Episcopalian priest, which would be an interesting background for a puzzle maker.

My learning moments were (1) how they make SLOE GIN and (2) this history of BOGLE WINERY . Both bonus alcohol fill is this shaken not stirred effort. I have watched the TV series based on the book by "Outlander" novelist Gabaldon: DIANA so that filled.

Thanks, mb and stop by and say hi Tim

Big Easy said...

God morning. The puzzle was easy but even with the circles, MARTINI was the only MIXED DRINK that I could "un-jumble". I'd heard of a GIBSON drink but not SIDECAR or STINGER. Not up on "prissy" mixed drinks, As Carrie Underwood sings in "Before He Cheats":

And she's probably getting frisky
Right now, he's probably buying
Her some fruity little drink
'Cause she can't shoot whiskey

DIANA Gabaldon, Lady GAGA, and BOGLE Vineyards- unknowns solved by perps. Now JOHN BOGLE, founder of Vanguard, has made millions of people a lot of money by inventing Index Funds.

Tina FEY- I only know about her from the Sarah Palin imitation and showing up in crossword puzzles.
SHOT GUN was changed to RIOT after the DRINK showed up.
EAGLE- I was tempted to fill ELMER Fudd for the "Sharp-eyed hunter" but knew better.

PK- I notice we were unfamiliar with the same fills.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Mistakes galore! Started right off with ELECT/ADOPT. IS IT?/IT IS? NODS/EBBS, SEEDY/DINGY. Guess that's why god created Wite-Out. Thought the reveal was "MIXER," so I
was looking for OSTER or HAMILTON BEACH in the circles. Fixed it to MIXED, but never did unscramble the circled words. This was not d-o's finest showing, but he got 'er done.

BOGLE: My knowledge of wine is limited to Boone's Farm, Ripple, and Mogen David. I'm familiar with John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard and the guy who invented the index fund. Brilliant guy.

TOPSIDE: I think it means "on deck" -- out in the open air. The term is also used on floating (semi-submersible) oil rigs.

PK, it was "Poker Face" Lady rather than "Poker Face Lady" -- she sang it.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Little early in the day for drinks but the sun is crossing the yardarm somewhere. Good theme. I don't do these to do the anagrams; just checked a couple to make sure I was on the right track. No issues with the solve. Questioned BOGLE, but perps were solid. FIR.
Topside - We typically used it to mean "up on deck (outside)"
LOPE - To walk is lopen in Dutch and L. German. Laufen in German.

Off to play some bridge.


Oas said...

Good morning all
Nice of you TO GIVE us a doable puzzle Mr. Tim -
( SO Spitzboov )
Thanks Melissa bee for the review.
The only STINGER was I could unscramble only one more MARTINI .
The puzzle went smothly except for middle, midway , O right — MEDIAL.
No other hiccups so FIR while the Mcd’s coffee’s still warm.
SO Tinbenni

TTP said...

Good morning. Thanks for the gift, Tim Schenck, and thank you Melissa.

Like PK, I never heard of WAWA and never knew of a BOGLE Winery. Exactly what Desper-otto said about John Bogle. Stinger sounds vaguely familiar.

Thanks for the link on Sloe Gin, Melissa. I remember my mother ordering one when I was little. I don't recall any other time I saw her drank anything alcoholic.

D4E4H, your solving times seem to be improving.

Here's the song and great video with the lyrics Big Easy quoted. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned: Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats

Anonymous said...

"Attic pests" are BATS. MICE live in the cellar.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased club for IRON, trot for LOPE, rams for EWES, and like D-O had to fix MIXEr.

Tied to yesterday - the famous TUNA club in Avalon used to have "member hours" and "ladies hours" proudly displayed in gold leaf on their door. I have a pre-digital picture I took there somewhere in my stacks. I've spent a lot of time on Catalina. 20 nautical miles from Long beach to Avalon; 30 nautical miles from Marina del Rey to the Isthmus. Yachties outnumber tourists and locals at the Isthmus, while tourists rule Avalon. Buffalo roam freely at the Isthmus, and can be dangerous especially if they are with calves.

Also so tied - Many a family has had an auntie-LOPE at some point. (OK, I'm a one-joke cowboy.)

I wish all y'all would quit buying meat. The price of a good beef tenderloin is approaching $30 a pound. I blame this damned booming economy.

I DNK that CRAVEN means "cowardly". Interesting, given Wes CRAVEN's chosen genre.

Wawa and Sheets are different from the other convenience stores in that they have a food preparation section with sandwiches made to order along with salads and soups.

Thanks to Tim Schenck. Ironically, with only one vowel in your last name you are unlikely to become crossword fill. And thanks to Melissa B for another fine review.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Oas, it is a special SO to Tin - all of the drinks are served strained (without i**).

PK, we are kindred spirits. I've noticed it several times before, but your take on cattle solidifies it.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

No major hiccups but Bogle and WAWA were complete unknowns, as was Lady Gaga, as clued. I know nothing about her pop music. WAWA made me think of Gilda Radner's imitation of Barbara Walters. I didn't even try to unscramble the words until I filled in the reveal. Sidecar took me longer than the other three. I like the crossings of Tina and Tuna and Nice and Mice, also the pairings of Elm and Ash. There was a minor sub-theme of creatures: Ewes, Eagle, Tuna, Mice, and, in a stretch, Boa.

Thanks, Tim, for a mid-week treat and thanks, Melissa, for guiding us along.

Owen, all A(s), IMO.

BigEasy ~ How is Diane doing?

I'm driving my sister, Eileen, to an appointment with the opthamologist later on. We'll come back home and have lunch (Turkey Clubs) and visit until her vision clears and she's able to drive home.

Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

Great puzzle. I had mixer before drib changed it to mixed. I had been looking for tonic, club soda, ginger ale. With mixed I could unscramble the drinks. As a waitress I have served all of them, except the sidecar. I know what a sidecar is, but no one ever asked me for it. I have tasted the other three myself.
Diane and Bogle were new to me. I have never noticed Bogle in perusing the wine shelves here.
I enjoy sushi, especially tuna and grilled eel. Thanks for the article, mb. As it says, sushi is exorbitantly priced in downtown Tokyo. I went to a Tokyo sushi restaurant patronized by Japanese workers for a modestly priced lunch. I was the only gaijin, non-Japanese, there. We sat all around a very large oval bar. Just inside the oval was a slowly revolving conveyor belt which was continuously restocked with small plates of various sushi offerings. You would just lift one off for yourself. You stacked all your plates beside you. Different color plates denoted different prices. In the end a waitress came around and counted your plates and wrote a bill. Very tasty, fresh and inexpensive. It gave me a chance to sample small amounts of sushi new to me.
PA has had WAWAs for a long time. More recently they came to Jersey. When traveling we have often stop for lunch at QuickChecks and various gas station convenience stores that provide a variety of foods, hot and cold.
ANON, I had an exterminator for mice in my attic. Mice travel through the walls and will go to any room they please. The attic is a comfortable and private nesting place.
The very talented Tina Fey is one of my favorites.

OAS said...

TTP I got it .

OAS said...

Anon @ 8:04 Mice will find their way into the attic , especially in Fall when the fields are worked and they're looking for some sheltered place to spend the winter. I've seen one climbing up the corner of our stucco house right up to the eaves and into a tiny knothole,no bigger than a dime. Nothing motivates me to get rid of mice quicker than waking up in the night to hear a scratching on the ceiling. This has happened twice in the forty two years that we have lived here. Took about a week each time with poison and traps and closing the access hole to get rid of them. We used to have a cat or two that took care of mice. We don't have cats anymore but we see cats around now and then from the neighbors. Just too happy to let them take care of mice around the property.

Husker Gary said...

-Would a Harley rider consider a man on a Vespa to be a BIKER?
-“GET Lost!” That’s not NICE, it’s pure SASS!
-Which one is Sara and which one is TINA?
-Would anyone really GRATE Ray Romano? Oh, never mind.
-I wonder if Omaha’s Eppley Airfield took Uber into account before it started on a huge new parking garage
-“How did you know his name was Quasimodo?” “Oh, it just RANG a bell”
-Why is it called a PERManent if it’s only temporary?
-Our science teacher told us in 1959 that America would be strictly on the Metric SYSTEM within ten years. He was a kilometer off!
-We haven’t seen our vowel loaded friend ETUI for a while
-Very good RESHAPING

Jinx in Norfolk said...

We have a LOT of vegans here, probably because we have the world HQ for PETA. Big issue in the local paper today is that although "true" vegans eschew honey, they should also abstain from almonds and avocados. The poor exploited bees are trucked from farm to farm, and eating either supports that exploitation.

The best thing in the paper today (except for the LATCW) was the obit for Joachim Ronneberg, a Norwegian resistance fighter whose brave mission into a Nazi power plant destroyed Hitler's ability to create heavy water. His team may well have kept the bad guys from developing the atomic bomb before the United States. Churchill called his group "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare". The obit reads like a cross between Harold Robbins and Tom Clancy novels.

SwampCat said...

Thanks, Tim, for this entertaining offering. I knew all the fills but some of the clues baffled me. I guess that’s the point of a CW.

Yes, I’ve heard of and sipped BOGEL but had no idea of the 1900 acres. The only icky clue/fill for me was Gumbo Pods for OKRAS. OKRA is both singular and plural like shrimp or sheep. But that’s just my foible.

Owen, yesterday was great, today was better! A+

PK, I agree with you on BOA . I think of that as more of a shawl around the shoulder. Preps made me see the light.

Also FLN, thanks for your musings on cows. My thoughts exactly.

Eating vegan in New Orleans is not that hard. There are many vegan restaurants and stores. Trader Joe’s has whole sections of vegan stuff. A local chain of restaurants called City Greens is one of my favorites. Of course that doesn’t help the Loyola cafeteria problem.

PK said...

Jinx: I'm honored to be considered your kindred spirit. I find you to be very spirited indeed.

Big Easy: we often have trouble with the same words, don't we.

SwampCat: I figure the difference in the placement of the BOA is probably from a male viewpoint of our constructor & editor.

Oops, I should have said grass consumes CO2 and produces oxygen.

YR: interesting about the sushi bar and the plates for different prices. Didn't some famous dept. store have a "blue plate special"? Know that wasn't a sushi bar. Just made me think of it.

Tinbeni said...

Melissa: Nice write-up.

Tim: Thank you for a FUN Wednesday puzzle. I really enjoyed the theme.

I like a MIXED DRINK every night when I am "toasting" the Sunset.

Scotch MIXED with more Scotch !!! LOL


Bluehen said...

Two days in a row where the crossword puzzle theme was right up my alley. I wanted to comment yesterday, but was too busy. I have to today. I can't miss an opportunity like this. I did today's puzzle on the Mensa site, so I had no circles and the theme eluded me until I got here to mb's explication. I knew from the reveal that it must have something to do with mixed drinks or cocktails, but I'll be darned if I could unravel any drinks out of the answers without the circles. Overall, it was not a difficult puzzle. Maybe certain c/a were just in my wheelhouse, but I finished in 12+ mins., which is unusually fast for a Wednesday for me. Thanks for the fun, Tim Schenck and melissa b. melissa, thanks for the heads up on Bogle Old Vine Zin. I will give it a try. Up 'til now Smoking Loon Old Vine Zinfandel has been my favorite.

PK, you go girl!

Old World Stew for dinner tonight. It's an old family favorite that I first learned about from a cookbook in a crock pot that we were given as a wedding present 48 (gulp) years ago. Polska Kielbasa, sauerkraut, diced apples, potatoes, onions, a little brown sugar and cracked caraway seed. Yum. Accompanied by pierogies, sautéed in butter and served with sour cream and chives, and also a Seminole squash puree. Speaking of apples, the produce manager at our local store clued me in to a new variety they just got in called Snap Dragon. Crisp, crunchy, juicy and delicious. My new favorite apple.

One Last Thought: Turning vegan would be a big missed steak.


Lucina said...

Thank you, Tim Schenck and Melissa Bee!

This proved to be very quick and very easy! My only unknowns were BOGLE and Wawa but 7-eleven pointed me in the right direction. The only DRINK I recognized was MARTINI and have never heard of SIDECAR.

DIANA Gabaldon is another author living in Arizona.

Here we have not MICE in the attic but roof rats who enjoy citrus fruit.

And Anonymous at 8:04: finding a cellar out here is a lost cause; most homes are built on a cement slab.

Grocery shopping for tamale ingredients today!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

PK said...

BlueHen: Good one: "Turning vegan would be a big missed steak." Those cattle were put on earth for some reason.

Picard said...

Got the theme, but I don't know many MIXED DRINK names. MARTINI was the only one I knew. I am proud that I un-MIXED STINGER, SIDECAR and GIBSON even though I never heard of them! DW probably knows them; she tended bar at high end hotels.

Irish Miss Hand up never heard of WAWA and also thought of the Barbara Walters parody!

Jinx Hand up learning moment about CRAVEN meaning.

Did not know that Lady GAGA song so I just listened to it. Never heard of DIANA, MAMA or BOGLE. Thanks, crosses! ETUI only known from these puzzles.

Here I had a memorable encounter with BIGHORNS in the Anza Borrego Desert with my visiting friend Bianca.

Most of the time we were by ourselves in this magical scene with the BIGHORN sheep all around us. But at one point we met a couple from San Diego. They said they had come to this area several times a year for decades and this was the first time they ever had seen one BIGHORN sheep! Lucky for us!

Once again here DW and I were at the Getty Museum visiting the famous IRIS painting of VAN GOGH.

It was the most expensive art purchase at the time.

Jayce said...

I didn't know about the 1900 acres of vineyards, but I have heard of and tasted BOGLE wine. As soon as I got the answer I thought of Misty.

Fun puzzle. Like many of you I didn't figure out the mixed drink names except MARTINI. There were several answers I could not get as clued, but the perps helped enough that I didn't need to use red letters. I did notice and was slightly annoyed by the "gratuitous" use of S to end words such as ABBES, OKRAS, PERMS, GETS, STYES, and EWES.

I loved the "missed steak" joke.

Best wishes to you all.

desper-otto said...

Craven: From the Tex Ritter lyrics "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling" -- theme from High Noon:
...I do not know what fate awaits me
I only know I must be brave
And I must face a man who hates me
Or lie a coward, a craven coward
Or lie a coward in my grave...

Picard said...

PK thanks for the follow-up comments on STEAK and water from yesterday. I did some more digging and it seems the number of gallons of water per pound of STEAK varies quite a bit depending on where it comes from and how the cow is raised.

One beef industry site claimed that grazing cattle actually use more water than grain-fed cattle. Water is used directly by the cows for drinking as well as to irrigate the crops they eat or graze on. The latter clearly depends on the local conditions.

As for bathing and washing clothes, over 90% of water is used for agriculture. Changing bathing and washing habits would have little impact in comparison to what we eat.

Globally, raising cows in many places involves slashing and burning rainforest. Not an issue in Nebraska, obviously.

Cows also make a measurable impact on climate change through their methane emissions. Again, due to their unusually inefficient metabolism. But new research indicates feeding cows seaweed may reduce this problem.

From yesterday:
AnonT yes, it seems that olive oil indeed uses a lot of water per pound. But it is also important to consider how little is used in comparison to other food items and to fracked crude!

One way to look at all of these issues is in terms of human population. Less humans, less resource consumption.

Technology can solve many problems. But we have brains and we have choices and we need to use them wisely.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta- DA!
Clever pzl today. I was surprised only by BOGLE. As a native Californian I naturally filled 69A with GALLO - before the perps disabused me. I have never heard of BOGLE wines, and I see from the above comments that I'm not alone.
I appreciate Lemonade's "history," but wonder how they could have kept so far below the radar - despite claiming "six generations."

MINIMARTS came from perps. Like Irish Miss I only connected "Wawa" to Gilda Radner. (Now there's a comedienne sadly missed...)

Otherwise this was an easy ride, with some extra fun in deciphering the cocktails.


Misty said...

Oooh, I thought I nailed this fun Wednesday Tim Schenck puzzle, but sadly goofed by putting MALA instead of MAMA. Silly mistake on two fronts--1) should have remembered Vicky Lawrence from the Carol Burnett show, and 2) should have remembered that I just paid Orkin pest control to remove MICE, not LICE, from my attic. My seniority really kicked in this morning, didn't it?

And of course I don't know hard liquor, so didn't get the theme answers. But, guess what? I got BOGLE! Yay! Why do I know BOGLE? Because I drink two glasses of BOGLE MERLOT every night before and during dinner. My neighbor Barbara and I both like it because they have a medium priced bottle that tastes very good.

Anyway, interesting puzzle morning for me--many thanks Tim. And Melissa, I loved seeing the beautiful Van Gogh IRIS painting.

Have a great day, everybody.

Yellowrocks said...

Do you remember home permanent kits in the 1950's and 60's? The ad asked, "Which twin has the Toni" and which one had her hair permed at a salon? I used to give myself home permanents. Otherwise, to wear my hair curled or waved it would have had to be set every night and it would still wilt before the end of the day. Even with the perm I had to set it every night, but it stayed waved all day. Most women with perms set thiers about once a week. Even a professional set does not last overnight for me. So, although the waves were not permanent they last longer than merely setting your hair. Semi-permanent? I have worn a wash'n'wear Pixie cut for years.

LIU Yes, OKRA seldom adds S in the plural. Okra, is not my cuppa tea.
Wiki says, "A feather boa is a fashion accessory that is usually worn wrapped around the neck like a scarf." Apparently some wear it around the shoulders like a stole or shawl, but most sources say it wrapped around the neck.

DO, great example of craven.
Owen, A+ for Elm Street
PK, my main fascination besides the delicious, inexpensive sushi was that there was no waitress service needed and you could eyeball each selection as it revolved by and know the price of it.

WikWak said...

FIR in 15 minutes; about average for a Wednesday. Thanks to Tim and Melissa 🐝.

Hand up for being unable to descramble most of the drink names. After I came here and saw them unwrapped, I did know them all. Never tried several of them but due to a slightly misspent yute the names were familiar.

Wawa also an unknown to this Illinois boy. Glad to see that I wasn’t the only one who tried shOTGUN before RIOTGUN.

Didn’t care much for OKRAS.

It surely must be nap time 😴. Still trying to make up for all the sleep missed in 4 days in hospital. "Excuse me, sir, but I have to wake you up to see if you’re sleeping well."

Have a great day, all!

jfromvt said...

Found this to be a pleasant, but pretty easy puzzle. Really didn’t need to get the theme, in fact MARTINI is the only drink I recognize. Gin and tonic is my drink of choice!

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Tim and melissa bee.
Two for the price of one, today - we got a CW and a Word Jumble!
I got the theme and went looking for the word DRINKS mixed up. Oh, I found Martini, Gibson, Stingers but could not untangle SIDECAR. (I usually stick to wine - a VQA Niagara one preferably - never heard of BOGLE! hi Misty)

Only one inkblot today where I changed Median to MEDIAL.
I smiled at Vickie Lawrence and MAMA after our recent discussion of Tim Conway and Carol Burnett. Hilarious.
Wawa means the town in Northern Ontario (north of Sault Ste. Marie) to me. I have linked that big goose previously.

YR - interesting description of the sushi choices. I too think that would be a great way to try something new and know the price ahead of time.
My mother gave me TONIs as a child. Never again! I still remember the smell. Poker straight now (that's my hair, not my face as in GAGA).

Wishing you all a great day.

Lemonade714 said...

Though spelled differently I wonder if this is a puzzle related to Mike Shenk the WSJ editor

desper-otto said...

WikWak, I always enjoyed the 5AM wakeup so they could inform me that I couldn't have any breakfast.

Michael said...

Ah, DO, that's part of the hospital ambience. If you're not uncomfortable, the nurses have failed.

(Actually, this is more of the lawyer-driven tripe that befouls America these days: in order to do any procedure -- even BP or temperature -- the patient MUST give 'informed consent.' I know you're all laughing, because 'informed consent' at 0400? ... c'mon now, let's get real.)

OwenKL said...

Drinks: I thought MARTINI was a catch-all name for any MIXED DRINK. As a teetotaler, I have no experience except from reading. I thought I had 17a as daiquiri (DACERIS), but then remembered the correct spelling included a "qu". There is a local tribe named Jicarilla Apache. I'll let let you fill in your own joke for "Jicarilla daiquiri, Doc." STINGER I sorta knew (at least that it was something alcoholic) SIDECAR I thought was the whisky shot taken immediately after a chug of beer. Nothing mixed about it beyond that.

BOGGLE is a word game, not a winery!

Spitzboov said...

Picard - That is an interesting statement about cows: "Cows also make a measurable impact on climate change through their methane emissions." Do you have a knowledgeable source for that comment that you might share with us? Such an absolute statement seems apocryphal. Cows are not the only ruminants and wetlands and rice paddies and forest fires are also known to be sources of methane. Last time I checked methane amounted to 0.00017%. Don't know how one would evaluate such a small factor. Doubling a very small number still gives a small number. JM2¢.

AnonymousPVX said...

Went through this rather quickly....picked up SIDECAR right off the bat for some reason and I’m not a drinker. Only two markovers, MEREST b4 MEAGER and TRUE b4 ITIS....and despite the new to me BOGLE.

I went Vegan for quite some time, didn’t miss meat much at all, but the dreaded Cheeseburger brought me down.

Also, Harley riders don’t wave at riders on other brand motorcycles, never mind a Vespa.

CrossEyedDave said...

Missed yesterday due to a campsite scouting trip.
But I did enjoy the Blog later. (more later...)

Got the puzzle, and theme, but could not unscramble any of the
mixed drinks, except Stinger. Perhaps because I only enjoy hard spirits
on special occasions, and in limited quantities. (from experience!)
(Yes, gimme a wine (bottle) with Dinner, with a beer chaser for dessert...)

BlueHen, your food description posts are killing me! I'm on a diet!

In other contradictory statements,
I was going to post video about worms in Sushi, then rethought it...
While I am an advocate of learning, this is not a subject that is helpful.
Mercury in fish, yes. Worms in Sushi, No!
If you love Sushi, ignorance is bliss!
(Add a little wasabi, and go for the gusto...)

On second thought, Perhaps this puzzle is learning moment!
A mixed drink, (with hard liqueur) will probably kill anything live
you consumed with your Sushi!

(Hmm, no wonder Tinbeni never waters his down...)

One more addendum, From last nite...
Britains pop up urinals? What a taxpayer wasteful idea.
I looked into it, and I would have peed on the dang thing before it ever got
finished popping up! Not to mention losing important parts if it went down
mid mission...

Perhaps, a look at Amsterdams solution is in order...
With urinal cake, this should not offend anybody...

(& is also fitting end to a night of mixed drinks...)

Rainman said...

Great puzzle today. Thanks to all.
Glad the meat issue is still on our minds from yesterday and previously. While I would never begrudge anyone their eating habits, I have made the decision to go vegan and am enjoying it. Doesn't mean I am proselytizing or preaching, but we should be aware of some basic facts that perhaps our descendants will be forced to face. Go ahead and enjoy your steak, poultry, cheese, omelet or whatever.
Spitzboov, I also am not sure about measurable amounts of methane attributable directly from cattle, but I am of the opinion that enormous amounts of methane are being released from permafrost thaws as the planet warms, which leads to more melting permafrost, etc., runaway climate change. Like the deniers, I hope it's not true, but I'm with the scientists.
I'm also with those who say we could feed the world's hungry by diverting all the grain and plants necessary to grow and feed cattle. We will never stop people from eating beef, etc., but I understand consumption is down some 35% or so in recent decades, a trend that is likely to continue.
The American Meat Institute (Chicago) used to put out The Story of Beef, which clearly showed the energy necessary in producing a steak (compared to plant-based foods, e.g.). It's been reprinted in many places. Best to all.

Yellowrocks said...

Until you are comfortable with raw seafood, you may want to try the cooked items available before the raw ones. Not all sushi is raw, which may come as a surprise to some, and you can make an entire meal from cooked food. Eel (unagi and anago) is always served cooked, and usually with a sweet and savory sauce. California rolls also have avocado, cucumber and cooked imitation crab meat (called kamaboko or surimi). You can get grilled squid (ika) or octopus (tako). Shrimp (ebi) is a good place to begin as unless you are ordering ‘sweet shrimp’ (ama ebi) it is always cooked. Clam is often cooked as well. Sushi restaurants also often make rolls out of items that are cooked tempura style (battered and fried). Some of these rolls (maki) are actually quite good. Some fish is ‘cooked’ in an acidic marinade, similar to ceviche, which is popular in many countries. With these items, such as mackerel (saba), the acidity of the marinade cooks the fish instead of heat, and adds a great deal of flavor to the fish as well. While a strongly flavored fish may not be to your liking, check the menu or ask to see what may be available. There are vegatarian sushi rolls and some containing a kind of omelet.
Properly prepared raw sushi is less often dangerous to your health than many common items.
The dangers in the romaine lettuce, jalapeno and chicken scares are greater than the raw sushi events.
Is raw susho safe?

Wilbur Charles said...

TTP (FLN: And the winner last night? The Bean and the Cod*
Thx D-O, I finally figured out the Lady Gaga ref.
"In a stretch BOA". Conscious or unconscious, pun IM. ?

Relatively easy Wednesday. Thx Mbee for the write-up. Owen for the verse.


*For this is good old Boston
The home of the bean and the cod
Where Lowells speak only to Cabots
And Cabots speak only to God

Picard said...

Spitzboov and Rainman thanks for continuing the discussion of STEAK and environmental impacts.

One point I may not have made clear earlier: Water and other resource use of cows varies widely depending on the area. When I was a child in rural New England I saw plenty of cows eating grass watered by abundant rainfall. But when you buy a steak in a major supermarket it may have come from a wide range of sources. The often cited figures are an average over all the sources.

Out West it is far more likely that cows are grazing or eating something that was irrigated.
Out West it is said, “Whiskey is for drinking—water is for fighting.”
(Often credited to Mark Twain; almost certainly a more recent quote, though.)

As for methane and climate change, I am not sure where you got that 0.00017% figure, Spitzboov, or even what it means.

Methane is 28x more potent than CO2 for climate change. A little goes a long way.

Here is a brief summary of cows and climate change issues.

It says in part:
"The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates the livestock sector as a whole contributes 14.5 percent of total man-made greenhouse gas emissions – beef and milk production make up the majority of this."

In the US, this is a smaller factor than in the rest of the world. For one thing, the US produces so much more greenhouse gas from private motor vehicles than the rest of the world.

"Natural" sources of methane and other greenhouse gases are being accelerated by man-made contributions which raise temperatures and liberate more "natural" sources.

Good for you, Rainman, for going vegan. I think you stated it well. People are free to do as they will. But they should be aware of the impacts they are having. An occasional STEAK is not going to destroy the planet. But if you can eat a chicken instead of a cow it does lower your impact on resources and on climate change. And if you go vegan the benefit is even greater.

Irish Miss said...

WikWak @ 2:07 ~ Glad to hear you're back home where you can nap to your heart's content. ❤️

Wilbur C @ 5:45 ~ Totally unconscious. 🙃

Today's theme inspired me to make Bloody Marys for our pre-lunch libation today. Yum! 🍹

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Tim for a NICE Wed puzzle (& congrats on the LAT debut). Thanks for the expo mb, I really enjoyed the link to SLOE gin.

NW was toughest for me today -- took a bit to get past only have inked BIKER, OKRAs, TRIO, & SASS. E in ABBES was final fill.

WOs: Hand up: shOT GUN b/f RIOT (hi BigE & WikWak!)
Fav: c/as for LEGOs & I-BEAMS
Sparkle: SLOW/SLOEs, TINA/TUNA, MAMA as clued.


Bluehen - LOL @ missed Steak.

Hand up for not knowing WAWA and thinking of (Hi IM, Picard & OMK!) Baba [3:35]. Want to know what Barbara thought of it? [:30]

I remember MAMA more from Carol Burnett's Show [Blooper 1:02] than the spin-off.

HG - The one on the left is Tina; you can tell from the scar on her left cheek (she was cut by a stranger when she was ~5yr, IIRC from Bossy Pants)

YR - I went to a place in SFO's Japan Town where they had the little-colored plates go by. My Girls love sushi - esp. the fishies on the "not-cheap" color'd plates :-)

Cheers, -T

TTP said...

OAS, I'm glad somebody got it ! Didn't get it out there before Spitzboov posted. He probably didn't notice as he was thinking about his bridge game.

Jinx, the English language version of constructor Tim's last name has appeared in a crossword many times.

Perhaps never more prominent than in Bruce Haight's December 12th, 2017 puzzle that Argyle blogged. Scroll down to the grid to see the answer. It's smack dab in the middle.

Spitzboov said...

OAS and TTP - - Schenken is the infinitive of: to give.

Present tense:

ich schenke
du schenkst
er;sie;es schenkt
wir schenken
ihr schenkt
sie;Sie schenken

So Schenk is the root. A gift is ein Geshenk L. German Gift. The ck ending in Tim's name hint's of an older Dutch spelling which has been partly anglicized.

German also has "einschenken" - to pour something, like: "Pour me some coffee". My Dad would use it frequently.

Sandyanon said...

Thumbs up.

CrossEyedDave said...

Just because, I felt like sharing...

Wilbur Charles said...

We have had a heavy influx of Wawa gas stations here around Tampa Bay.

IM, think of a Board(constricter) "Stretched" out. Possibly because it just ate a monkey or something.



Anonymous T said...

CED - what fun! Thanks for sharing... -T

Anonymous T said...

CED - Your link led to side-bits. Here's a heart-warming short to pay you back with. -T

Bill G said...

I enjoyed those animated shorts. I'll bet there are a lot of those that I never notice or know about until somebody like CED and AnonT bring them to the surface.

Here's one for you. HEY DEER!

Abejo said...

Good Thursday morning, folks. Thank you, Tim Schenck, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Melissa Bee, for a fine review.

I did this yesterday on airplane from Chicago to Pittsburgh. No time last night to log in.

Puzzle was fine. I understood what the theme was but did not find any of the drinks until I came here. I am not a mixed drink drinker at all. I may have had three or four in my life. And that was many decades ago. I am strictly a beer drinker, and I love beer, especially the microbrews. Along with a special beer from Pennsylvania, Yuengling.

Puzzle had some unknowns, as always for me. As in: BOGLE, DIANA. Perps. Bogle was a new one. I am surprised I had never heard of that winery. Having lived in California for four years I thought I knew them all.

Jinx: It is spelled Sheetz, with a Z. FYI. I just had one of their sandwiches last night for supper after I got to Pennsylvania.

Anyhow, I have tons of stuff to do. I had better get cracking.


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