Nov 22, 2018

Thursday November 22, 2018 Robin Stears

Theme: Last Shift - Last words in all theme entries are all anagrams of "northe":

17A. "Shake It Up" star who won a 2015 Teen Choice Award for her role in "The DUFF": BELLA THORNE.
27A. "Monster" Oscar winner: CHARLIZE THERON.

47A. Another name for the Romanov Empire: IMPERIAL THRONE.

62A. Masked hero who partners with Kato: GREEN HORNET.

C.C. here. Steve is probably caught up somewhere with no WiFi. I'll just have a simple write-up today.

We seldom see a 6-letter anangram puzzle. 3 or 4 letters are more common. I'm amazed at Robin's find. We also seldom see a anagram puzzle without a reveal.


1. Electrically flexible: AC/DC.

5. Mammals who hold hands while sleeping: OTTERS. Did not know this trivia. So sweet.

11. Cy Young Award stat: ERA.

14. "So gross": BLEH. And 52. "'Sup, homie": YO DOG. Don't recall anyone on our blog ever used these expressions.

15. Persona non grata: PARIAH.

16. Hula hoop?: LEI.

19. __ Bernardino: SAN.

20. Helicopter part: ROTOR.

21. Mineral suffix: ITE.

22. Crackerjack: ADEPT.

24. All ears: RAPT.

26. Sport-__: UTE.

34. Yellow Teletubby: LAA LAA.

35. Rower's need: OAR.

36. Like old records: MONO.

37. Returns home?: IRS. Nice clue. We also have 66. Income recipient: EARNER.

38. Blush or flush: TURN RED.

41. ATM maker: NCR.

42. Thick fog: SOUP.

44. Narc's org.: DEA.

45. Element used in atomic clocks: CESIUM. Learning moment for me.

50. Lay unused: SAT.

51. A/C units: BTUs.

55. "Ballers" network: HBO. Wiki says "Ballers is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson and starring Dwayne Johnson as Spencer Strasmore, a retired NFL player who must navigate his new career of choice as the financial manager of other NFL players."

57. Gets rid of: LOSES.

61. Binary digit: ONE.

65. Feel badly about: RUE.

67. Avis adjective: RARA. Rara avis.

68. Medium strength?: ESP. Another nice clue.

69. Arm-twisting: DURESS.

70. "Son of Frankenstein" role: YGOR.


1. This ans. is one: ABBR. Answer/Abbreviation.

2. Ancient queen, familiarly: CLEO. Cleopatra invented the eyeliner.

3. Bench press muscle: DELT.

4. __ hydrate: sedative: CHLORAL. Also new to me.

5. Decide: OPT.

6. South Pacific island: TAHITI. Close to the sesame paste TAHINI (for hummus).

7. Easy pace: TROT.

8. Word on an Irish euro: EIRE.

9. Hightailed it: RAN.

10. Tight-fitting dress: SHEATH.

11. "Is there something __?": ELSE.

12. Cut the crop: REAP.

13. "If it __ broke ... ": AIN'T.

18. Where Noah landed: ARARAT. Boomer started going to church again three weeks ago. He's a Catholic.

23. Consider: DEEM.

25. Strong praise: PLAUDIT.

26. Netherlands city near Amsterdam: UTRECHT. Click this map for the exact location. North of Gouda.

27. Billiards bounce: CAROM.

28. Invites to the skybox: HAS UP.

29. Divided into districts: ZONAL.

30. Corn unit: EAR.

31. Masterless samurai: RONIN. Literally "wanderer".  The character on top means "wander", the one on the bottom means "person".

32. Perfectly timed: ON CUE.

33. It's to be expected: NORM.

34. Actress Virna: LISI. Have not seen her in our grid for a long time.

39. Stephen who plays Inspector Bucket on "Dickensian": REA.

40. "Talk Dirty" singer Jason: DERULO. New to me also.

43. 100 centavos: PESO.

46. "A thousand pardons": SO SORRY.

48. Uneven: RAGGED.

49. Sizzler choices: T-BONES.

52. Knight times: YORE. I like this clue also.

53. Obligation: ONUS.

54. Like a basso profundo voice: DEEP.

55. Berlin mister: HERR.

56. N.B. part: BENE.

58. Glitch: SNAG.

59. Architect Saarinen: EERO.

60. Have the lead: STAR.

63. "This Is India" novelist Santha Rama __: RAU.

64. Billing nos.: HRS.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Thanks for being part of our Crossword Corner family. I can't imagine what my life will be without your support, esp the past few months.

I'm also grateful for our blogging team, who dedicate so much time on their writeups every week, even when traveling in other countries or dealing with some personal health issues.

Thank you, Rich Norris, Patti Varol and all the L. A. Times constructors for your daily entertainment.



OwenKL said...

DNF. a total natick at DERU.S (never heard of) + .OSES (very bad clue, IMHO). Also a plain error at SiT + RiGGED (I was thinking RIDGE)

I write the likely theme entries on my notepad, so saw it fairly clearly, tho too late for it to be any help. but this is one that (IMHO) really needed a reveal. E.g. SCATTERING, NOT HER.

LISI was a girl from TAHITI
Who giggled a lot with "tee-hee".
She married a Sioux,
(What ELSE could she do?) --
These days she giggles in a tee-pee!

I sometimes wish that I was an OTTER,
Who always slept on my back in water!
Away from shore
Without an OAR,
Holding hands with my mate, to not drift far from her.

DEEP fealty was an ONUS in days of YORE.
Loyalty to your lord was your primary chore!
If ONE were not true,
That day he'd RUE.
That's was torture chambers were built for!

Waiting at a green light for it to TURN RED,*
I wonder if something isn't NORM in my head?
When I put socks on my shoes
I felt mildly confused --
Weren't my socks supposed to be on my ears instead?

(* I'm not this bad -- yet. Some days I do wonder a bit.)

{B+, B, A-, A-.}

D4E4H said...

Happy Thanksgiving you Cornerites.

Thank you Ms.Robin Stears for this challenging Thursday CW. I needed to BAIL several times to help me complete the CW.

Thank you C.C. for the basic review.

I pray that Steve is ok, and will wish us a happy day later on today.


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Quite a few unknowns today, as C.C. noted, but solid perps all around. Good, solid anagram theme - imagine the difficulty of fitting the complete Charlize Therone into the grid!

Thanks for pinch hitting today C.C. Your otter picture is cute (I didn’t know either, about the hand holding thing).

Shortly I am to begin cooking turnips - it’s my contribution to the family dinner, along with buying the turkey. Happy Thanksgiving, one and all!

Oas said...

Good morning all and happy thanksgiving.
Thanks Robin Stears and CC.
Tough but doable.
Had to change a few— Ask up to HASUP - Zoned to ZONAL— Worker to EARNER —Sit to SAT in order to get RAGGED tather than Ridged.
SO SORRY teacher the page got a little messy. :-(
Kind of like the streets in town today ugh.
Cheers bon appetit y buen provecho , stay safe!

Big Easy said...

PLAUDITs for C.C. for filling in under DURESS today. I noticed the HORNET theme after I filled GREEN HORNET and IMEPRIAL THRONE. CHARLIZE THERON-I have heard of the name but didn't know- was perps and BELLA THORNE- a complete unknown that was all perps. Perps solved this one due to the mostly unknown A&E fills- LISI, LAA LAA, DERULO, HBO,YO DOG, BLEH, RONIN, RAU, and UTRECHT.

BLEH & YO DOG- never heard of those before to go with BELLA
CESIUM atoms- that one I knew for atomic clocks.

CHLORAL HYDRATE- people would slip 'Mickey Finns' into other people's drinks to knock them out and take their money. I remember a legal brand of it with the name of NOCTEC. I don't know if it's even sold in the US any longer.

desper-otto said...

Good morning, and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

This one was particularly difficult for me. Naturally, d-o didn't get the theme. Guess I'm getting too old for those current culture references. Figured "A thousand pardons" was spoken tongue-in-cheek; SO SUE ME seemed appropriate. Thought RONIN was spelled with an A. Worst of all, "uneven" could have meant "unfair", so it was RIGGED, and SIT got to stand. Bzzzzzzzzt! DNF.

BLEH: Evokes this image.

AWAD had an appropriate quote for today: "Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first." -Charles de Gaulle, French president (22 Nov 1890-1970)

What were you doing 55 years ago today?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and Friends. This was a toughie. I thought we might have a Thanksgiving theme. Instead, I never caught the theme. Is NORTHE an actual word?

I tried Humans for Mammals Who Sleep Holding Hands. How cute it is actually OTTERS.

Earlier this week we saw a mini-opera called Trouble In TAHITI, by Leonard Bernstein.

My favorite clues were Hula Hoop = LEI and Medium Strength = ESP.

Dudley, I almost selected that quote by DeGaulle, but feared it might spark controversy.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am very thankful that I can celebrate this holiday with my Dad and other friends.

QOD: The color of truth is gray. ~ André Gide (né André Paul Guillaume Gide; Nov. 22, 1869 ~ Feb. 19, 1951)

billocohoes said...

IGOR in YF is spelled with an “I”, not a “y” (and pronounced “EYE-gore”)

I use BLEH all the time, its said using movement like scraping food off the top of your tongue with your front teeth. Succotash from a can - creamed corn and Lima beans - bleh.

BELLA... and DERULO were unknown. YO DOG is used like ‘sup dude.

billocohoes said...

Sorry, I see it’s “Son of” not Young, YGOR is correct, played by our old friend Bela Lugosi.

Lemonade714 said...

I was playing touch football in an intramural playoff game when I returned and heard Walter Cronkite announce the President has been shot. Awful day and despite Stephen King’s novel a day that changed history so many ways

Thank you again C.C. and all is the Corner past and present

Madame Defarge said...

Gobble Gobble!

Thanks to YOU, C.C., for bringing this group together: techies, bloggers, solvers--kind, caring, witty and clever. As always, quite a nice stop on my journey through the day. Thank you one and all.

Best wishes for lovely celebration, large and boisterous or small and quiet.

CanadianEh! said...

Thursday toil. Thanks for the fun, Robin, and thanks for filling in, C.C.
Game of THRONEs today. I actually saw the scrambled THRONE without a reveal.
Hand up for expecting a Thanksgiving theme.

A few too many unknown names for my liking today. Even the themer names required a number of perps before I figured them out. Other unknowns included LAA LAA (Teletubbies were after my kids' time), LISI, REA (as clued), DERULO, RAU (but a common Indian name).

I changed Igor to YGOR when SORRY forced the change; Redden became TURN RED to fill the spaces; I waited for perps to decide if I needed Nota or BENE.
"Sup homie" was just meh (or BLEH) and I see that I did not return to fill in the final G.

Like Hahtoolah, "My favorite clues were Hula Hoop = LEI and Medium Strength = ESP".

Nov. 22 1963 is seared into my memory even as a Canadian. I heard the news on final announcements at high school and returned home to be glued to the TV for the rest of the weekend.

Wishing all my American friends a happy Thanksgiving.

Husker Gary said...

-What in the world could the reveal be? Oh…
-A phrase my wife uses when we are leaving
-For any skill, we seem to have someone on this blog who is ADEPT at it
-Stereo speakers sitting side-by-side seem pretty MONO to me
-We drove into the SOUP quite often as we traversed the PCH
-Hitler’s reserve Panzer group did LAY unused on D-Day because no one dared wake up the fuehrer to give the order to move them
-Anything ELSE? (1:06)
--Four famous ZONAL areas
-DERULO – another fill from the isle of obscure surnames
-Note BENE?
-I was a student in the very same building where I now sub

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I had my share of hiccups today, one of which caused a FIW, namely, the De Rulo/Cesium crossing. Laa Laa was also unknown but perps solved that area, as well as correcting my incorrect entries: Sit/Sat, Ridged/Ragged, and Palace/Throne. Once I changed Palace to Throne, I saw the other anagrams. I liked the Era/Ear/Oar and the Rea/Rau/Rue visuals.

Thanks, Robin, for a challenging offering and thanks, CC, for pinch-hitting for Steve, who I hope is somewhere warm and sunny.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here at the Corner. I am truly grateful to CC for creating this "home" and nurturing this caring and special community. Thanks to the daily bloggers for their dedication and their above and beyond efforts to entertain and educate us. Thanks to all of my fellow Cornerites for being my cyber family. 🦃

On this day, 55 years ago, I was working at my desk when a fellow employee burst into my office saying the President had been shot. As CanadianEh mentioned, the rest of the weekend was spent glued to the television. I well remember the deep feelings of shock and sadness.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone.

SwampCat said...

Happy Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for here on C.C. ‘s Corner.

Thanks, also, for today’s puzzle Robin. Too many unknown names for me to finish but I enjoyed what I got. I loved Medium strength for ESP and Hula hoop for LEI. The theme was impressive!!

Owen, all A’s and lots of laughs.

Anonymous said...

I hope Boomer finds support and solace from those at his church. I've witnessed a fight similar to his up close and personal. I can confirm that the spiritual and mental aspects of his current situation are every bit as important as the physical healing that is taking place. The comfort the Catholic community gave to my loved one was unbelievable and unconditional. I will forever grateful.

Lucina said...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

ORANGS almost derailed me until OTTERS appeared! However, BELLA THORNE, Jason DERULO, and Virna LISI are completely unfamiliar. Thank you, perps!

I SAW the HORNET scramble and recalled Kato only as O.J.s infamous houseguest.

Thank you, C.C., for stepping up today and for everyday of pleasure this Blog brings to us.

On to my chores today, sweet potatoes, pies (purchased), salad and cranberries with jello topped with cream cheese and whipped cream.

55 years ago today I was teaching in Denver when our Pastor stopped to give us the horrible news. We then listened on the radio and spent the entire weekend glued to the TV.

Have a completely delightful day, everyone!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Robin Stears, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

D-O: 55 years ago I was a senior in high school, in the hallway, right outside the band room. The announcement came over the PA system, which I did not hear, but the band teacher hushed me and others up and then told us what happened.

Puzzle was tough. Too many people in it. The theme never hit me in the head. saw it when I came here.

Lots of perps and wags. I did it via cruciverb, so the iPad machine told me when I got it all done correctly.

We found that our dog likes sweet potato. No problem.

Watched some of the Macy's Parade today and thought of Boomer. They had a bowling exhibit as a part of the parade. Six Pins, a ball, and shoes. All very big, and walking, or being pulled. This is the coldest parade since 1901. Pretty windy as well.

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone. Go Bears!

See you tomorrow.


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JJM said...

I've always heard it called a SPORT-UTV.

rara-AVIS; Whoever said my 5 years of Latin wouldn't come in handy..... you're all wrong!

Enjoy your families, no politics at the dinner table.

Anonymous said...

Not enough of a grammarian to see Sit vs Sat. Or were we supposed to get it from Ragged vs Rigged? Thankful to have such a wonderful place to make that comment. Happy Thanksgiving to all that make it possible!


CanadianEh! said...

I forgot to comment on CHLORAL hydrate. Big Easy is correct that the brand name prescription product was Noctec (oval gelatinous capsules with green liquid inside that stuck together in the bottle if they got too warm!). They have gone off the Canadian market long ago but the liquid (generic form) is still available here, but not used very much if at all.
Wikipedia says "Chloral hydrate has not been approved by the FDA in the United States or the EMA in the European Union for any medical indication and is on the FDA list of unapproved drugs that are still prescribed by clinicians."
It has a narrow therapeutic index (similar to the comments that inanehiker and I made about digoxin) meaning there is a small margin between the concentration that is effective and the concentration which is toxic. Higher doses can depress respiration and blood pressure.
It can be habit-forming, and interaction with alcohol is severe. (Thus the Mickey Finn effect.)
Enough of the pharmacology lesson for the day. Stick to your turkey to induce drowsiness today!

Sandyanon said...

I remember Walter Cronkite in his shirt sleeves, almost breaking down after he announced President Kennedy's death. Indelible memory.

Becky said...

I was a sophomore at Shawnee Mission West, Kansas City KS, in the cafeteria when it came over the PA system that he had been shot. Later, in a classroom, we received the news that he had been pronounced dead. So very
sad. My mother gave me choral hydrate when I was four to try and calm a very bad cough. It tasted like absolutely awful tangerines and I threw it up all over my sister.


Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta ~ DA!
"North of Gouda"?! - That's a learning moment for me. I eat your cheese, Gouda!
Actually, there's no cheese like Dutch cheese, especially the long-aged kind you can only get in Holland - from their neighborhoods delis.
Savor it with a jigger of cold Dutch gin. Ahhhh....

Happy Thankgiving, all!
One diagonal, on the mirror side.
It gives us another curious anagram, perhaps an informal motto for the old British empire's Royal Navy?

Bill G said...

Thanks to Robin and CC. And Rich. Actually, I'm thankful for the whole Crossword Corner crew.

Son Tim and DIL are off for Scuba diving in Belize this week so we had our family dinner last weekend.

I was a little surprised to see the clue for 65A "Feel badly about: RUE." I always appreciate people who try to use adverbs as needed, but not here. Most usage sources explain why "I feel bad for him" is preferred over "I feel badly for him."

~ Mind how you go...

PK said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Corner friends. I'm very thankful for all of your kindness, humor and informational output. I've got that dizzy flu this week so am home alone subsisting on milk & applesauce at this hour. However, the sun is shining which makes everything seem better. My neighborhood is NOT burning or flooding or piled high with snow. So I have a lot to be thankful for. Special thanks to and prayers for C.C. & Boomer.

Jayce said...

I echo the thanks to everyone involved in this well-managed blog.

Limerick Larry said...

My Thanksgiving Day limerick:

The ventriloquist seemed rather quirky,
As his act today came off quite jerky.
See, his dummy complained
About being restrained,
And just wanted to simply talk turkey.


Sandyanon said...

I don't post much, but I do the crossword and read the blog every day. I'm thankful for all those people who created and maintain it, for it definitely adds to my day.

Ol' Man Keith said...

With that last line, Limerick Larry @2:16 would do well to drop in on the Jumble site.

Peter said...

I also put in RIGGED/SIT rather than "RAGGED/SAT." It takes a real grammarian to decide that the present tense should be "lie" and not "lay" since something cannot technically "lay unused" in the present tense without a direct object to the verb, or at least infer the understood "it" as in "lay (it) down unused." I suppose "lay (it) unused" could be possible, but it is so awkward it just doesn't work.

A longwinded way of saying I was wrong, but I feel the clue was RIGGED against me.

Michael said...

Ah, yes, 50 years ago ... I was standing in line at the Ft. Benning travel office, to get a ticket to PCS to Ft. Meade in Maryland. Another trooper had a transistor radio, and told all of us in line. Total shock to everyone.

What was worse, was pulling into Washington, DC the following Sunday -- the town was absolutely dead; even an 18-year old Sp4 could see it.

(I also agree with others above, that today's puzzle was a bit, well, er, ah, 'quirky' is the word.)

Ol' Man Keith said...

And RIGGED is just as much "Uneven" as RAGGED. Ask our current POTUS.

Mike Sherline said...

Thanks Robin and CC for the puzzle and writeup. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

So I guess the reveal is 62a GREEN HORNET and hornet's the theme, although throne would have worked. What's "northe "?

Nov 22 of '63 I was in my sophomore year at Frostburg State College (MD). Heard the news on the way home from morning classes and sat stunned listening to the car radio for a long time. Finally went inside and, like others, stared at the TV in shock for the next several days. I saw Jack Ruby shoot Oswald - more shock. Now I'm trying to remember how long it was before the Zapruder film was shown to the public.

AnonymousPVX said...

55 years ago I was in Mr. Finoia’s 5th grade classroom, he was called to the office and returned with the news, and it was pandemonium.

The otter hand (paw) holding is new to me.

I knew cesium from my clock/watch “hobby”.

Markovers....LOPE/TROT, ZONED/ZONAL , and the somewhat controversial SIT/SAT.

I hope all had a nice day regardless of circumstance, and I very much appreciate this blog site and everyone involved.

AnonymousPVX said...

Oh, yeah...DERULO was new to me as well.

Wilbur Charles said...

Gide had a story where the villain throws a man off a train for kicks.

I thought it was New BRUNswick as a CSO to C-EH
I was in Geology* class and heard that the Prez had received wounds from automatic fire from an overpass.

I had to guess the E vs I on CESIUM. I had been thinking about Carbon as in Carbon dating.
And only # of ltrs told me it wasn't Lantern. I had no perps in SE.

But I did FIR. Made up for yesterday. I made a mess of today but everything I messed up turned up roses. In life as well as the xword

I thought PLAUDITS was in Orbison's "A Legend in my Time" but the LIU says Statuettes.
Btw, Roy came back as a hologram for a concert in Clearwater the other day.

YO DOGs and Homies, hope the turkey tasted good today


Wilbur Charles said...

* I never learned a thing in Geology


Northwest Runner said...

Out of consideration out of constructors who may also contribute to this community or their friends who may do so, I tend to hold my fire on my disappointments, but I cannot remain silent. I have to say bleh to pretty much the entire western edge of this monstrosity. A Natick sprawl if I ever saw one coupled with a stack of initialisms and adjacent ABBRs. And that's just the west. As we spread out foreign words, two in Latin, proper names, and more initialisms. Bleh, bleh, bleh. Norris should have sent this back for revisions.

Anonymous T said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

While I'm thankful I get a puzzle to play every day, this one ate my lunch - DNF. Too many unknown names. Thanks Robin; the HORNET theme is pretty cool - 5 letters, Wow!

Thanks C.C. for stepping in for Steve to open the doors at The Corner. Cute OTTER picture.

WO: I put Ninja in for RONIN (ESP + WAG'd R), it only got fixed because I knew CESIUM
Fav: c/a for ESP

{B+, A, A, A}

D-O: 7 years before my time. I did learn early on though, Mom had an "Ask not.." bust of Kennedy on the mantle.

I'm grateful for this blog and all the folks keeping it running - and that includes the Regulars. Without the Cornerites, the hosts might just as well post a grid. Instead, we have a wonderful community of folks with diverse backgrounds piping-in and enriching life. Thanks C.C. for creating the Corner.

Cheers, -T

D4E4H said...

I was crossing the campus at Ohio State University when I heard that President Kennedy had been shot. It was one of several moments in my life that are etched in my memory due to the tragedies involved.

What can we each do for our country today to save it? I am deeply concerned for the future.


Lucina said...

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day! I did; ate too much, visited with my daughter, SIL, grandchildren, niece and her husband visiting friends, then came home and crashed! It was a lovely day. I have so much for which to be grateful very definitely including all of you, my Blog buddies.

Anonymous T said...

Lucina - wait, wha? Thanksgiving was today? :-)

I'm kidding. We (I) made the plan to enjoy the feast on Friday [no one was going to BlackFriday anyway] so we could get a day of rest after cramming a week's worth of work into 3 days. Tonight we had Indian takeout - Eldest's (home from OU) idea - and a damn good one that.

My turkey is brine'n' and my kitchen is ready to build all the fixin's for the in(and out)-laws tomorrow.

Happy un-Thanksgiving everyone!
//with apologies to Lewis Carroll

Cheers, -T