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Nov 2, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018, Ed Sessa

Title: It's November, and that means time to fall back.

A wonderful and timely puzzle from Dr. Sessa, as a reminder to set your clocks back one hour this Sunday, November 4, 2018.  In another Friday 16 x 15 supersized puzzle,  each of the three themers describes a time an hour earlier than the common expression. Dr. Ed works in 2 four-letter bonus fill as well as two 16 space grid-spanners. He also references so many things that are fun for me, if not for everyone. Hey, I am happy. It is nice to have Dr. Sessa back with clues like Make the cut and Off the plate and some sparkly fill HARPOON, PH SCALE, SCISSOR, and SNOOPER.  Well enjoy- time to get to work.

18A. Commonly bristly covering: FOUR O'CLOCK SHADOW (16). Five O'clock Shadow has a great HISTORY.

29A. Christmas celebration: ELEVEN PM MASS (12). Midnight Mass is a little more of a stretch. 

36A. With 37-Across, an apt reminder: FALL (4).

37A. See 36-Across: BACK (4).

51A. Last-minute deadline: THE TENTH HOUR (12). The Eleventh Hour is a phrase meaning at the last moment, taken from a passage in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in the King James Bible, didja know? 
And the reveal-

61A. "Things are different now" ... and an apt hint to three other answers: TIMES HAVE CHANGED (16). They haven't yet, but they are about to. 

Across:

1. Service calls: AMENS. Another fun clue/fill- not tennis.

6. Emotionally bother: GET TO.

11. Sonic the Hedgehog maker: SEGA. SErvice GAmes of Japan has had a troubled HISTORY.

15. Miller's salesman: LOMAN. Arthur, not the beer maker. I think Lee J. Cobb was the best.
ACT I 

16. Audibly awed: AGASP. A word.

17. Dirt handful: CLOD. It is the earth equivalent of a clot; "lump of earth or clay," Old English clod- (in clodhamer "the fieldfare," a kind of thrush), from Proto-Germanic *kludda-, from PIE *gleu- (see clay). Also, the pejorative from 1590s; that of "blockhead, dolt, stupid fellow" is from c. 1600 (compare clodpate, clodpoll, etc. in the same sense). And no you know.

21. "Settle down!": COOL IT.

22. Watch name: OMEGA. Bond, James Bond.

23. Black shade: JET. The clecho- 60D. Black shade: ONYX.

26. Positive aspects: PROS. This list- pros/cons.

27. Make the cut?: SCISSOR. Scissor as a verb (why is that "c" there?) transitive verb: to cut, cut up, or cut off with scissors or shears.

32. Sock part: TOE.

33. Innate abilities: FLAIRS.

34. Ginsburg colleague: ALITO. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader and Samuel.

39. Pile: HEAP.

43. Off the plate: EATEN. Literally true.

46. Mooch: SPONGE.


48. SHO sister channel: TMCThe Movie Channel, which costs money; not Turner Classic Movies.

54. Whaling weapon: HARPOON. Think Moby Dick.

56. Narrow inlets: RIAS.

57. Friend of Frodo: SAM. Samwise "Sam" Gamgee is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. Samwise is one of the main characters of The Lord of the Rings, in which he fills an archetypal role as the sidekick of the primary protagonist, Frodo Baggins.


58. Red flag: ALARM.

59. World Heritage Site org.: UNESCOLINK.

67. Long-billed wader: IBIS. Oddly the mascot of the Miami Hurricanes. Down here we have many Egrets which look very much like them.



68. Like Stout's Wolfe: OBESE. Nero is back. My favorite character and sidekick- Archie Goodwin.

69. Former National Endowment for the Humanities chair Cheney: LYNNE. This WOMAN is the wife of former VP Dick Cheney.

70. Great balls of fire: SUNS. You must listen to one of my all-time favorites who came to play at the Great Southern Music Hall when I lived in Gainesville.

71. Herd butters: GOATS. A little head-butting humor.

72. Radiate: EXUDE.

Down:

1. 1980s TV ET: ALFAlternate Life Form.


2. Call from Mrs. O'Leary's barn: MOO.
The cow that burned down thew town.

3. Dingo prey: EMU.

4. Cop making a traffic stop?: NARC.
Drug traffic- well-done
misdirection.



5. Nosy sort: SNOOPER. Love Gladys.

6. Mustang's rate of speed, at times: GALLOP. The horse, not the car.

7. Selfishness: EGOISM. Often is in conflict with...

8. Delicacy: TACT. Which causes people to express...

9. Sound of disapproval: TSK. Seldom just one.

10. Special __: OPS.

11. Ponzi schemes, e.g.: SCAMS.

12. Firstborn: ELDEST. And some famous ones. 40D. Genesis grandson: ENOS. Talk about literary license; Enos, son of Seth, grandson of Adam,  was ninety when he begat Cainan, his eldest. After Cainan, Enos had other sons and daughters and lived for another eight hundred and fifteen years. The Bible Timeline charts his birth at 3769 BC and death at 2864 BC.

13. Like lovestruck eyes: GOO GOO. I am told the phrase has something to do with the old comics (1919) character Barney Google, who had protruding eyes (I know, hardly a flattering version) called Googley eyes.

14. Pop-up source: ADWARE.

19. Reasons to take painful steps?: CORNS. What exactly are corns on the foot? Corns generally occur at pressure points, typically the bottom of the feet and the sides of toes. They can be painful. A hard corn is a small patch of thickened, dead skin with a central core. A soft corn has a much thinner surface and usually occurs between the 4th and 5th toes. WebMD.

20. Verb in the song "Sloop John B": HOIST. The chorus...
So hoist up the John B's sail
See how the mainsail sets
Call for the Captain ashore
Let me go home, let me go home
I want to go home, yeah yeah
Well I feel so broke up
I want to go home

23. Mutt's companion: JEFF. More old-time comic characters. 1907.

24. "First Lady of Song": ELLA. Hard to believe she has been gone more than 20 years. LINK.

25. Colorful duck: TEAL. Yes, but they taste terrible.

27. Polio vaccine pioneer: SALK. I have told my polio vaccine story too often, but it was a special time for my brothers and me.

28. TV forensic series: CSICrime Scene Investigation.

30. Nasty: VILE.

31. Cheese go-with: MAC.

35. "Trouble ahead!": OH OH.

37. "It's __ fun": BEEN.

38. Farm crawler: ANT.

41. Water en un lago: AGUA. Water in the Spanish lake.

42. Salon offering: PERManent. Those with straight hair want curls; those with curls want straight.

44. Scintillas: ATOMS.

45. Short still?: THO. Yet or again, short tells you it is not a full word.

46. Squirrel away: STASH.

47. Range on which 7 denotes neutrality: PH SCALE. Acidic and basic are two extremes that describe a chemical property chemical. Mixing acids and bases can cancel out or neutralize their extreme effects. A substance that is neither acidic nor basic is neutral. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. Elmhurst Colleg.

48. Strictly speaking: THAT IS.

49. "Two and a Half Men" beach setting: MALIBU.

50. Pack without an inch to spare: CRAM IN.

52. First name of a literary "Papa": ERNEST.

53. Family reunion attendees: NIECES. The 29th was my first grandchild, Charlotte's birthday, and the day my newest grand-niece (by way of Oo) was born.

55. Persist, with "on": PRESS.

59. Pigmented eye area: UVEA. Did you know uveal pigment
Melanin in the choroid layer of the eye, the ciliary processes, and the posterior surface of the iris. Uveal pigment absorbs light within the eyeball to prevent glare.

62. "Sooey!" responder: HOG.

63. Blood classification letters: ABO. The HISTORY.

64. Beast that rhymes with zoo: GNU. Who knew?

65. Word with living or dead: END. The living dead are not the living end.

66. When doubled, a Ramone: DEE. Dee Dee and Joey Ramone TALK.


Golly gee, we have reached November and the end of another write-up of a Dr. Ed Sessa puzzle. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Lemonade out.

53 comments:

Bluehen said...

Lemony, I think you will find that ALF stands for ALIEN Life Form.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why you commented that the history of Midnight Mass is a bit of a stretch. It has a great history in my family as well as many, many others. In fact, in my parish, it is always the most crowded celebration of the holy day. We often see the same families every year and also see it as a way to catch up with old friends and the new happenings of their lives(marriages, kids ans passings), probably even more so than Easter. I am in my 60s and have been attending Midnight Mass my entire life going back to the 1950s. My mother tells of stories from back even further than that, close to 100 years ago.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Anon@5:57, I think Lemonade was pointing out that "midnight" isn't a number. It's a stretch to make it fit the theme. ATOMS = "Scintillas" is another stretch. Ed fit in quite a menagerie: EMU, MOO (Stretch), TEAL, HOG, SPONGE, GOATS, GNU, IBIS, and I probably missed one. Got to the bottom and immediately inked in "TIMES ARE A CHANGIN'" ... and then had to Wite-Out a big chunk of it. I'm looking forward to the FALL BACK. We've had to roll back the start of our morning "march" or we'd be leaving the house in the dark -- dangerous in a town with no sidewalks. Thanx, Ed and Lemonade.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Lemonade and friends. Fun and easy Friday puzzle. Getting TIMES HAVE CHANGED helped me fill in the other theme answers. I did note that ELEVEN PM MASS did seem a bit off, however.

I learned that a Red Flag is not an Alert but an ALARM.

I had Ginsburg's colleague as Kagen before ALITO made his appearance.

I initially thought that Off the Plate might be a baseball reference. Laughed when I saw it was the dinner Plate.

I wanted Wine to be my Cheese Go-With, but not enough letters. MAC and Cheese is a favorite comfort food.

QOD: No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. ~ James K. Polk (nΓ© James Knox Polk; Nov. 2, 1795 ~ June 15, 1849)

Big Easy said...

After the FOUR O'CLOCK SHADOW, I figured it would be something to do with DST happening this weekend. DEE and OBESE were my only unknowns and my only change was UH OH to OH OH.

I liked the SUNS clue.

Gotta go. Grandparents' Day at a school.

Oas said...

Thanks Ed
Too difficult for me this early.
Enjoyed the tour Lemonade.
Was more familiar with “Five o’clock shadow”
Had AGASP but not to sure of it .
Wanted “Evil” not VILE.
Had “eleventh hour” where THE TENTH HOUR went.
Had I had more time and had I thought of HARPOON and at 62 down not misread responder as response I might have got somewhere.
CSO to self at “Papa”
Back to work .
Stay safe

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased AGASt, aMC, ami for SAM, esau for ENOS and iris for UVEA.

I've never seen 2.5 men, nor have I read or seen any of the Harry Potter stuff. I liked The Ramones, but wasn't a big fan and didn't know DEE squared.

I used to gently argue with my DWs art instructor about "shades" of black. To me, black absorbs all colors, reflecting nothing. Something is either black or it isn't. It should be "near-black shade", or "off-black" (like off-white). To me it is like saying that my checking account "almost" balances.

FLN - WikWak, I am no longer licensed, and am a little long in the tooth for staying up all night pounding out code. BTW, my transmitter was a homebrew built on an old TV chassis. I think the final amplifier was a 6DQ6, with a mighty 4 watt signal feeding a 1/2 wave antenna built out of scrap telephone wire and insulators. A real QRP rig. BTW, I've always thought that "WKRP in Cincinnati" took its call sign from our "QRP", or low-power, designation.

Thanks to Ed Sessa for the fun puzzle. I loved "like lovestruck eyes" for GOOGOO, but didn't like "trouble ahead" for OHOH. And thanks to Lemonade for your usual witty tour.

oc4beach said...


A Friday Ed Sessa puzzle that I was able to finish without any problems. I enjoyed the theme and Lemon's tour through the grid was enjoyable.

I seemed to be on Ed's wavelength today. It didn't take long to see the theme.

The clock fall back is upon us again. I have a few clocks that are supposed to automatically set themselves to the correct time. Two are tied to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's radio station (WWV) that continuously transmits official U.S. Government frequency and time signals. These clocks will automatically reset themselves. The other clocks are programmed to reset based on the date that has been programmed into them. Sounds good, right? However these clocks were apparently not set properly, so last week one of them fell back and the other jumped forward a week early. It was very confusing when I woke up in the morning and had two clocks in the bedroom that were two hours apart and I wasn't sure what happened. It took a little detective work to figure out what happened and correct the date on each clock. We'll see if they work properly on Sunday morning.

It's National Deviled Egg day. Enjoy a few.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Some mis-directions but they were fair and fun to suss. Eventually got it all without lookups. Had pig before HOG.
SOOEY seems to be rooted in the Latin which gives us the scientific name for the pig family Suidae. Female pig in English is 'sow', German 'Sau", L. German 'SΓΆΓΆg'.

Great intro, Lemon. Thanks.

ELDEST - Seems like a CSO to Tony's family.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Caught the theme right away, so that helped with the solve. No major hiccups but Sam and Dee, as clued, were unknowns. Esau preceded Enos and the Hog was first a Sow. DO, you did miss one critter, the lowly Ant. The Midnight Mass entry was a tad iffy, IMO. Four's A Crowd or Seven Is Enough might have worked better? Overall, an enjoyable solve.

Thanks, Ed, for a fun Friday and thanks, Lemony, for a fact-filled, enlightening summary. Belated Happy Birthday to precious Charlotte πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆand congrats on the newest addition to the family.

FLN

OMK, you have given me much to mull over. I'm going to do some serious research and I will certainly check out Chef Jeff. I'll keep you posted.

Anoymous T, I don't understand your late comment. πŸ™ƒ

Did anyone happen to see last night's news about the Mandarin duck that was in New York City's Central Park? It is one of the most unusual, beautiful creatures I have ever seen. As it is indigenous to Asia, how it ended up in CP is a major mystery.

Have a great day.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

oc, Segal's law states: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure."[

Irish Miss said...

Sorry, that should have read Two's A Crowd. πŸ™ƒ

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Ed, for a TIMEly puzzle. I enjoyed it quite a bit. At ELEVEN and TENTH, I saw the FALL BACK. Don't know why, but I guess that's what we mean by being on the same wavelength.

Thanks for the tour, Lemonade. You made for a perfect start to the day here.

Have a lovely FALL day. If you don't have sunshine, I hope you have enough yellow maples to make up for it.

desper-otto said...

IM, "two's a crowd" and "seven is enough" don't relate to time. BTW, thanx for the ANT addition.

Yellowrocks said...

Today I couldn't use my password to access my computer. Microsoft insisted I use a pin which I had to set by receiving a code on another email capable device. Glad I have a tablet.
I was protesting four o'clock, when I soon realized the themes all were intentionally one hour earlier. Very clever. The theme was not --- o'clock, but times of day. Midnight is a time of day. No nit for me.
On Christmas Eve the Lutheran and Anglican churches used to have midnight mass/midnight Eucharist. It was hugely popular like ANON @5:57 said. Then it was changed to 11:30 and then to 11:00. People were still in church at midnight. During the last ten years or so in these denominations fewer and fewer attended this late service and spread themselves among the late afternoon and early evening services. Sadly the changing times have diluted our Midnight Mass tradition.
The nuisance callers on the phone used to call it a courtesy call, now they call it a SERVICE CALL. Garbage by any other name smells the same.
Alan watches Two and Half Men. I can't stand it.
I been to many UNESCO sites. How wonderful to be able to visit them.
I love most A words, agasp, not so much.
I know mac and cheese is in the language and popular. We love macaroni and cheese but never call it mac.
I think TIMES ARE CHANGING whenever someone insists that what they learned in school 30-40-50 years ago is immutable and any deviation is just plain wrong.

Betsey in Chicago said...

What a clever and enjoyable puzzle. It definitely had me smiling.

Montana said...

Friday puzzles are usually difficult. This one wasn’t.
UNESCO sites:
If you ever have a chance to visit Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump in Alberta, Canada, do!
It is a fascinating site. Each floor of the center depicts 1000 years.
We hiked out to the area to see where bones were 6000 years ago and then looked out over the area at many windmills on a modern wind farm.

"The significance of the landscape of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump lies in its cultural, archaeological, and scientific interest. The deep layers of bison bones buried below the cliff represent nearly 6000 years of use of the buffalo jump by Aboriginal people of the Northern Plains. This landscape is an outstanding illustration of subsistence hunting techniques that continued into the late 19th century and which still form part of the 'traditional knowledge base' of the Plains nations. It throws valuable light on the way of life and practices of traditional hunting cultures elsewhere in the world."

Montana

TTP said...

Yesterday I got the theme but didn't solve the puzzle correctly.

Today I solved the puzzle correctly and missed the theme.

Thanks for pointing out the hour earlier theme, and thank you Ed for the fun puzzle.


FLN Anonymous T, my pit smoker is too heavy to move. It's made out of new stock oil field pipe. So it's thick and heavy and guaranteed to never rust or burn through. Made by Lyfe Tyme in Uvalde. Bought it at Montalbano Lumber on Houston Ave. Had it shipped up here on Roadway freight. Not sure if they still sell them but you can try. If you want one, call the Houston Ave location and ask for Yance. Of course, you can get good Texas Q any time you want it. That wasn't the case here 30 years ago.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great TIMEly puzzle, Ed. Great expo, Lemonade.

I got the theme early but didn't understand that it was an hour early at first. I think we always went to Midnight Mass at 11 p.m. in the Episcopal Church and Catholic Churches. I attended with guys I was seeing at the time. Four o'clock shadow made me pause and reset. All but one of my clocks are supposed to reset themselves. They are smarter than I. One is on my cable TV box.

TEAL: I went hunting for TEAL once with the Supt. of Schools for a story. He gave me the breast of one to take home, saying that was the only edible part and to cook it in orange juice. Not bad, but one bird breast was only about four bites since they are a small bird. Really didn't think it was worth sitting in a cold damp duck blind for 2 hours for such a small reward, but I got paid for the story.

Scintillas = ATOMS? Huh? ESP. "Short still" = THO? okay, ESP. I was thinking a low-to-the-ground moonshine whiskey distillery.

Spitfire said...

Are scissors which make a cut and schism which is a cultural cut derived from the same root. The h was dropped in scissors because nobody wanted to call them Schissors (skissors?).

Spitfire said...

Scindare - to cut.

AnonymousPVX said...

From yesterday....

I use a laptop as well, but I hate the trackpad....so I bought a mouse from Logitech, you put the little dongle in the USB port and now you can mouse away.

On Halloween, I make everybody say “trick or treat”...if they’re too little I let them slide but I make the older kids say it...it’s fun.

This was a nicely done puzzle, another one where the theme doesn’t give anything away.

Always happy to get an Ed Sessa solved......and I appreciate the “fall back” reminder.

TTP said...

PK, your comment about "Short still" made me recall that I was thinking of an animation short (film), and the still would be a cel. Thought it was a great Friday level clue. Typed it in, but couldn't make it work.

Irish Miss said...

Jinx @ 9:24 ~ How sweet you are!

DO @ 9:36 ~ You might have missed the little ant but I really missed the big picture. Thanks for catching my error with that eagle eye of yours!

YR @ 9:48 ~ I share your distaste for "Two and a Half Men". I never saw an entire episode but saw several snippets and couldn't believe how much of the dialogue got past the censors. I'm not a fan of Charlie Sheen.

I had an appointment today (10:00-2:00 window) to have my furnace tuned up for the winter. They called yesterday to confirm and asked if they could change the time to 12:00-4:00 and I said yes. I received a call from the serviceman at 11:00 (went to the answering machine) saying he was on his way and would arrive in 20 minutes. I waited until almost noon and then called his cell which went to voice mail. It is now 12:40 and I'm still waiting. I think he may have called me by mistake. Oh well, I guess he'll get here sooner or later. πŸ˜’

Misty said...

Woohoo! Woohoo! No, I didn't get a perfect Ed Sessa Friday puzzle, but I almost did. I started out pretty dispirited because very little filled in on top. But the bottom filled in readily and I worked my way up until just the near top. Had to cheat on the long answer there, and then the rest filled in. So only one cheat on a Friday Ed Sessa puzzle--Woohoo! Thank you, Ed, and thank you Lemonade for your always helpful commentary. It drove me crazy that I couldn't think of LOMAN. I knew I knew it, just couldn't remember it. And of course it's so obvious once you get it. But I got ERNEST right away, whew, a relief and a big help in getting the bottom. Like Hahtoolah, I had KAGEN before ALITO but fixed it pretty quickly. And I had TART for that delicacy before my cheating gave me TACT. But all in all, great fun, many thanks, again.

My family too attended MIDNIGHT MASS at Christmas when I was a kid, and the ELEVEN PM sort of helped me get at least a little sense of the theme.

Good luck getting your furnace checked, Irish Miss. I need to do that too before too long.

Have a great weekend coming up, everybody!

JJM said...

From the time I was a kid, it was always Midnight Mass for us. In my 20's even better as we would go out to the bar afterwards (typical Irish thing to do) and stay until closing. In my late 30's they came up with a 5 o'clock Mass and we went to that, then on to the relatives houses with the little ones for Xmas Eve Dinner. That lasted till my early 50's when our Church came up with a 3 o'clock Christmas Eve Mass. Started that and have doing that for the last 5-6 years then home, change into comfortable clothes and on to relatives house for dinner. Funny thing now is my college aged kids want to attend Midnight Mass so they can meet their friends afterward at the bars. Some things never change.

Jayce said...

Good ole Ed Sessa; he always makes terrific puzzles and today's is no exception. It turned out to be easier than I expected, and I got the theme upon solving FOUR O'CLOCK SHADOW. The decreased numbers remind me of an old Victor Borge routine where he adds one to a number in common phrases such as "Anytwo for elevennis?"

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-Subbing in JH English today. Some teachers consider this age an anathema, but I love it
-The TIME CHANGE will reduce my afternoon golf playing and have me driving into a sunrise again to sub
-Service call from yesterday – 1) LG Dishwasher won’t work, 2) We call hotline help number and get an East Indian gentleman that we could not understand, 3) He said he would set up an appointment for a service call for tomorrow, 4) I went to web, found the solution and fixed the problem (I earned an “atta boy”), 5) I called the Omaha repair shop to cancel the service call and they said they have no record of us but they haven’t repaired LG stuff for a year because LG hasn’t paid them for dozens of previous calls.
-LUNCH!

CrossEyedDave said...

Had to rewrite severaal sections, but had a lot of fun in doing so.
Theme helped a lot.

Grate b/4 getto (thaat's get-to, not Ghetto)

At the request of Irish Miss, from a previous Blog...
I would try to explain how to add picture links, but it it tedious,
and involves copying pics to a picture saving site like Shutterfly, or Facebook.
The complicated part is enlarging, or zeroing in on the picture to get past
these sites required sign in and password procedures...

AH yes, Times have changed...

Ah yes Jayce! The old inflationary language routine!

inanehiker said...

Two really creative themes in two days! I didn't theme explanation until late in solving - so I was filling but a bit perplexed for awhile.

Usually people like the "FALL BACK" because they get an extra hour of sleep. The only time I DIDN'T like the time change was when I was an intern working labor and delivery. It was an extra hour of an already long call from 24 to a 25 hour shift, plus it was confusing. It was a very busy hospital in Chicago and we delivered babies at 1 am and then 2 am and 1:15 am and 2 am- I was glad the nurses were keeping all the times straight and I was VERY glad to get home the next day!

Thanks Lemonade and Ed!

billocohoes said...

Tried thinking of associates of the Beat poet, but that’s Allen Ginsberg with an “e” not a “u”

Dobgold said...

The Ibis is the last animal to leave and the first to return from hurricanes. Hence, Sebastian the Ibis.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Ed Sessa, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Lemonade, for a fine review.

This puzzle did not start easy, being a Friday, but I did get through it. As I progressed it got easier. More perps to rely on.

Got the theme as I neared the end. Very clever, not me, the constructor. Got 61A TIMES HAVE CHANGED first. Slowly got the other three. I was off on all three of them but knew i had several problems. Had MEAN for 30D. Had HAM for 31D. Those two goofed me up for a while. Then got FALL BACK, which gave me MAC. After deep study, ELEVEN PM MASS appeared and with that the theme. The other two fell into place now that I knew what to look for. Everything was an hour earlier. Duh!

Had to change OLDEST to ELDEST. ONYX gave me EXUDE. Yes, one word at a time.

Liked TACT for Delicacy. Little misdirection.

OK, off to the rest of my day. Guarding a crossing at 2:30 and then to the Polling place as an election judge. I do that all day tomorrow, as well.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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WikWak said...

How can you not love a puzzle with a GNU in it?!

Thanks, Dr S and Lemonade, for a Friday treat. Like others, I really struggled in the northwest and didn’t get it filled until after the rest was done. Misty, I could remember Willy but finally had to go to the interweb to retrieve LOMAN—and I already had L*M*N with the crosses! Boy, did I feel dumb.

I caught the theme—finally. That did help a lot. I also wanted GOOGly before GOOGOO. Liked PHSCALE, ONYX, & HARPOON. AGASP, not so much.

Did I mention that there was a GNU in the puzzle? The only thing better would have been to have had a GNAT also. Maybe pestering the gnu, perhaps.

Jinx, my first completely homebrew transmitter was built on a chassis scavenged from the landfill. It had an 807 as the final and would go to 50 watts if you tuned for maximum smoke. I built it with a socket for a second 807 and when I got my General class ticket I rewired it, plugged in the 2nd 807, and was good for 75-80 W. Hot stuff (literally).

Well, it’s getting late and time waits for no man; better get that nap in now, before it’s time for the next one… have a great afternoon, all!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta ~ DA!
Cool puzz, Mr. Sessa!
The theme was a good way to remind us to change our clocks Sat night.
This means (sigh...) I have to "explain" to my three dogs once again why their meal times will be changed, and why they mustn't howl to wake me up an hour too early.
(They are the reason - in my later years - that I've finally gained appreciation & respect for our dairy farmers.)

Irish M ~
You're quite welcome.
Maybe that Mandarin Duck fell asleep in an AirChina wheel well... ?

Misty ~
Glad you did so well. Stick it out just a little longer, and I'm sure some of these near misses will become clear wins! This one was just tough enough that I flirted twice with the idea of a quick cheat. But I'm glad I held out.
11 PM MASS? As a non-theist I don't often go to church, but I've attended a few midnight masses to accompany friends, and they were very cheerful affairs. My favorite was in England. I recall a wonderful choir and a very patriotic prayer offered to St. George.
George (of the Dragon fame) is England's patron saint.
He has often been debunked, but that makes little difference to true believers. His myth seems just as valid to me as many other moral tales and fables upheld by the faithful.

~ OMK
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DR:
No diagonals because of the grid's asymmetry.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-I went so fast and then had to get ready to talk about The Outsiders I didn't see the one hour off gimmick. Very nice Dr. Sessa!
-Now on to Pony Boy and Soda Pop

Turnover Chain said...

Surprised that Lemony finds it odd that the IBIS is the mascot for the Miami Hurricanes. I thought every sports fan in South Florida was aware why this is so.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

OHOH - it's Ed Sessa... ring the ALARMS. DNF for me until I carefully cribb'd TMC from LEM (I didn't want to see too much). That helped me finish the South [Misty - if we'd put our heads together...]. Being oblivious that DST is this weekend, the theme escaped me -- even with FALL BACK right there in the grid! Good one Dr. Ed.

Thanks Lem for the extended-play 'crib' and the expo when I was finally done.

WOs: EttA b/f ELLA, Googly b/f GOO GOO, Short still == Pic b/f THO, Store b/f STASH, Esau b/f ENOS, Pedi b/f PERM. I had ebon b/f ONYX (which was just a HEAP of wrong).
ESPs: RIAs, SAM, CORN, likely others.
Fav: HOG xing OBESE tickled me.
//Spitz - I did smile-big at ELDEST.

{AWOL}

Misty & WikWak - don't feel too dumb; I had LOgAN holding up EMU way too long (oh, yeah, add that to the WOs).

IM - In my link, Alton said he hated kitchen gadgets w/ only one purpose. While the mini-pot you're considering doesn't quite fall in that category (you can cook most anything), I was trying to be word-cute [by-half, as it turns out.]

TTP - so, you're not coming? :-) That sounds like one heck of a pit; I'm not sure one that size would fit in my yard ["yard" is 95% pool].

Jinx - first, I didn't know QRP was low-power designation (not a ham myself - always wanted to THO). Second, I liked your idea re: WKRP so much that I did some research and found this. [TL;DR: WKRP sounds like 'crap'].

It's Friday nap-time! //let's hope no one calls w/ issues [or stupid campaign stuff -- who gets calls and texts saying "our records show you haven't voted yet."? No D'uh! - the Election is Tuesday and who know what bat-shit crazy stuff will happen with/to any of these idiots. I'm holding out judgment 'till the TENTH HOUR.]

Cheers, -T

desper-otto said...

I've had to drive by the early voting place three times this week. Once, when there was a space outside, I actually parked and went in. I found out the line was over an hour long, and that was based on the fact that many folks would give up and leave before getting to the head of the line. I gave up and left before getting into the line. I'll take my chances on Tuesday. I'll wager that the regular polling place in our sleepy little neighborhood won't be too crowded. Plus, I want the opposition party to start feeling cocky before DW and I show up and knock it out of the park.

Anonymous T said...

Yep, a call, says...

At least it was a friend. His company had a cyber-issue [note to folk: a real invoice won't require you to 'login' to something], so I advised...

D-O: aGASP! Sounds like we may be canceling out some of our state-wide votes. #Opposition! :-)

Cheers, -T

Mike Sherline said...

15a - same as Misty - I know Willy Loman well, just couldn't dredge it up. Did a few more and it just popped into my mind after I stopped thinking about it.

13d - along with WikWak @1418 I really knew it had to be GOOGLY eyes. I do remember Barney Google in the funny papers (also 23d Mutt & Jeff).

I'm with billocohoes @1319 on 34a - my first thought was Kesey, though didn't exactly know if they were colleagues, and I wasn't aware of the difference in spelling. I originally had HAM with my cheese in 31d, which precluded Kesey and gave me the A for ALITO.

Only complete unknowns were 48a TMC and 66d DEE. Only got 45d THO from crosses, couldn't see how it's an abbr. for still or for a synonym of still. Initially I was thinking the same as PK @1032 -"low-to-the-ground moonshine whiskey distillery." HA! I was going to thank someone for clarifying it, but Lemmon's "yet or again" in his excellent review didn't help me get it, and I can't find the mention in the posts. Still seems pretty fuzzy, but I can sort of see it as "even so" or "although".

Misty said...

AnonT, Mike, WikWak, and Ol'Man Keith, thanks for reassuring me that I wasn't the only one who had trouble with LOMAN. Makes me feel a bit better.

PK said...

I've had one to three texts a day from the president. Today he was just wanting me to assure him of my republican vote because he needs to know what to expect. Wait & see like everybody else, sir. Well, actually I'd already hung up and wasn't using such polite language. You'd think the man has enough to do without harassing us daily, right Tony? LOL!

I phone ordered a pizza the other day for a Halloween treat. I allow myself one a month. Usually takes half an hour for it to arrive at my door. After an hour and 15 minutes, I called the "fulfillment" center. After 10 minutes on hold, they said they couldn't find any sign of my order. I told them I'd eat something else. Their loss. Maybe divine intervention since I shouldn't eat anything that fattening.

Picard said...

Lemonade thanks for all of the illustrations and explanations!
But who is Gladys in reference to SNOOPER?

Thanks for the UNESCO list. Wow. I have been to lots of them!
This photo of me at Borobudur Buddhist Temple in Java is perhaps my favorite UNESCO site photo.

Confidently filled in MIDNIGHT MASS but also filled in the reveal TIMES HAVE CHANGED and suspected that MIDNIGHT might have to change.

Surprised people found this easy. I was slowed by the fact that each theme answer was varied in a different way.
FIVE O'CLOCK was changed to FOUR O'CLOCK in a simple way.
But MIDNIGHT was changed to ELEVEN PM.
And ELEVENTH HOUR was changed to THE TENTH HOUR.
I guess it was part of the cleverness to have the same number of letters in the changed version as in the original version? If so, way clever!

Other clever misdirection clues: Service calls, Delicacy, Farm Crawler!

Two double Naticks for me: ALF/LOMAN and ENOS/SAM. Managed to WAG both sets to FIR! LYNNE/DEE a bit of a challenge, too.

Picard said...

WikWak your post got me to look up 807 tubes. I began my electronics hacking after tubes mostly went away. But I did have some interesting experiences with them.

Did anyone else think of Nixon with FOUR/FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW? I was only one year old at the time, but rumor had it that it may have lost him the 1960 election.

From yesterday:
billocohoes thank you very much for explaining TOM MIX. I am so, so, so glad I did not waste more time on that corner! I am usually confident that if I give it time and think more I will figure it out. No way I would EVER have figured that one out! Thanks!

CanadianEh glad you also appreciated the TOM MIX explanation!

AnonT thank you for your interest in my Richard Feynman story. It seems no one else is interested. I tried to dig to see if I had written it down before. Apparently, not! I had just told it to a few other people over the years.

Here I just wrote out my Richard Feynman story just for your reading pleasure!

By the way, when I was digging for Feynman clues in my files, I did find this:

Here are my photos of Richard Feynman's daughter Michelle doing a book signing.

Perhaps more interesting than Michelle Feynman: Somewhere I have photos of Feynman's friend Ralph Leighton. He is the son of Robert Leighton who co-wrote the Feynman Lectures. Ralph Leighton led an expedition to Tuva in honor of Feynman's unfinished quest. He wrote a book on it called "Tuva or Bust".

Sandyanon said...

Picard,
Gladys was Samantha and Darrin's nosy neighbor on Bewitched (1964-72). Maybe you were too young to watch it?

Picard said...

Sandyanon thanks for the explanation of Gladys! Another case where I never would have been able to figure it out otherwise!

Actually, that era would have been during my peak TV viewing years. But I think I only saw the show a few times. I remember I thought the star Elizabeth Montgomery was very pretty when I was a kid. And I remember they switched actors for the co-star and pretended no one would notice. Thanks!

Mike Sherline said...

Picard @1919 - enjoyed your Feynman story - thanks for posting it. Also the pictures of Michelle. I wanted to know what her book was, so tried Wikipedia, but Richard was the only return. So just searched her name (can't say Googled - guess I Duck Duck Go'd her) and got a link to a Cal Tech Tedx. She introduces Christopher Sykes, who made several documentary films about Feynman, and shows a short one, just him sitting in a chair talking (13 mins). Very interesting. By the way, turns out Michelle edited a volume of her father's letters and compiled one of his art work.

Anonymous T said...

oc4 - You got it... Still as in yet or although (THO)

Dangit, SandyAnon, you ruined it. I was going to string Picard along: Gladys, as in Knight and the Pips, was well know for keeping an eye on the house across the street. :-)

Picard - cool story of meeting Feynman. The negative-probabilities is similar to a "nut-job" idea I have about representing primes' proximity as a wave, transform the wave to the imaginary domain, and then do the math. This would make breaking crypto (based on prime-products) easier to math-out / crack. //BTW, if this idea has any merit at all, it was nice knowing y'all; My next job will be in Maryland against my will. :-)

Now to go find the Tedx MikeS mentioned.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

MikeS - that TEDx was fantastic - I loved the statement at the end. Thanks. Cheers, -T

Mike Sherline said...

-T - yeah, an ordinary person who's willing to study and learn can become a scientist, and he was such a one himself. Sorry, man - nothing ordinary about him at all in my mind. Also I'm trying to teach an adult who wants to learn to play music, and no matter how I explain it or what exercises I have him do he just can't get simple rhythm, and can't get his fingers to go back to a note he just played ten times on his instrument. So I wonder?

Anonymous T said...

First, oc4 - apologies. It was MikeS that asked about THO... Y'alls avatar both have a township plaque and I confused myself...

Anyway - MikeS: I can kinda see that about music as it's an art/feeling. Good ideas are kinda like an 'art' [outside the box thinking, like Feynman did] but you have to know your stuff first. Me, I have the rhythm of a white-guy and I sing like an amputee -- can't hold a note, can't carry a tune.
ELDEST, OTOH, is a vocal major @OU and plays piano, cello, violin, and guitar [all self-taught!]

MikeS's link had a side-link that led to Feynman's Computer Science contributions. He poo-poo's CS, but actually did it w/ the IBMers at Los Alamos (inventing pipe-lining). //CS is study of how to solve problems; not programming.

Well, I just finished researching 1/2 my ballot [DW has the other 1/2; we trust each other's judgment]. Tomorrow night we'll go to the Cantina and compare notes to prepare our cribs for Tuesday [I LIU, we can take in a sample ballot which is good, because, I don't stand a chance of remembering the pattern of Ds&Rs I've selected ++whatever DW comes up w/]

Cheers & Nite, -T

Lemonade714 said...

I am traveling and Google refuses to remember me. Anyway thank you for all the comments and insights- that was a pretty sharp catch on the c in scissors Starlight - my ALF comment was deliberate thinking it was inappropriate to speak of aliens
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