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Nov 27, 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Jeff Stillman


"HANDS DOWN"


3. *Educational outing: FIELD TRIP. Field hand

10. *Social elite: UPPER CRUST. Upper hand

21. *Gambler's stoic expression: POKER FACE. Poker hand

28. *Quick-cook side dish: MINUTE RICE. Minute hand

36. Without a doubt ... or what the starts of the answers to starred clues are?: HANDS DOWN. Different types of hands are in the down answers.

Across:

1. Transvaal treks: SAFARIS.

8. Quarters: FOURTHS.

15. Big building: EDIFICE

16. Political power structure: APPARAT. -"The administrative system of a communist party, typically in a communist country."    New to me # 1.

17. Asian setting of a 2017 PBS documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: VIETNAM.

18. Not belowdecks: TOPSIDE.

19. Snakelike fish: EEL.

20. Golf club part: GRIP.

22. Mend one's sinful ways: REPENT.

23. Paul of "Ant-Man": RUDD.

25. GI entertainers: USO.   United Services Organization.
"Just prior to the onset of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to unite several service associations into one organization to lift the morale of our military and nourish support on the home front.  Those entities – the Salvation Army, Young Men’s Christian Association, Young Women’s Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National Travelers Aid Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board - became the United Service Organizations or, the USO." - USO.ORG

26. Many soap opera meetings: TRYSTS.

27. Scottish caps: TAMS.

29. Ray of fast food: KROC.

31. Nuclear pioneer Enrico: FERMIFermilab is west of here in Batavia, Illinois.  Scientists there smash subatomic particles to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time for the benefit of all.

33. Kickoff aid: TEE.

34. Physical therapy, briefly: REHAB.

39. French __ soup: ONION.

40. Appt. book blocks: HRS.

41. Mountains between Europe and Asia: URALS.

By convention, the line of demarcation between Western Asia and the European part of the 'supercontinent' of Eurasia, is along the Ural Mountain range, the Ural River, the northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, and the Turkish Straits.

The Ural Mountain range, the natural boundary between Europe and Asia, extends about 2,100 km (1,300 mi) south from the Arctic Ocean to the northern border of Kazakhstan.


Text and image from the Nations Online Project.



42. Channel for school sports: ESPNU.

43. Frequently, in verse: OFT.

44. December temp: SANTA.  Temporary, not temperature.

45. Skater Lipinski: TARA.  "In the long program At the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Lipinski performed seven triples, including a historic triple loop/triple loop combination and, at the end, a triple toe/half loop/triple Salchow sequence, to overtake Michele Kwan for the gold medal.

She became the youngest ladies' Olympic figure skating champion and the youngest individual gold medalist, a record that had stood since Norwegian Sonia Henie won the same event at the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, also at age 15."  - Wikipedia


47. Combat vet's affliction, briefly: PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

48. Bombard with noise: DEAFEN.

52. Tax whiz: CPA.   Among other potential services

54. Spanish "this": ESTO.

57. Nonresident hospital employee: EXTERN.  New to me # 2.

       1.  a person working in but not living in an institution, such as a nonresident doctor or other worker in a hospital.
        a student participating in a temporary training program in a workplace.
        "the opportunity to shadow alumni mentors as externs provides students with experience impossible to gain in the classroom"

        2. (in a strictly enclosed order of nuns) a sister who does not live exclusively within the enclosure and goes on outside errands.

 58. Gutter locale: EAVE.

60. Party bowlful: DIP.

61. Brutish: BESTIAL.

63. Dilapidated digs: RATHOLE.

65. Contrived sentimentality: TREACLE.  New to me # 3.

  1. British term for molasses.
  2.      cloying sentimentality or flattery.

    "enough of this treacle—let's get back to business"
 66. Funded: ENDOWED.

67. Like the oldest bread: STALEST.

68. Emails anew: RESENDS.

Down:

1. Break, as ties: SEVER.

2. French parting: ADIEU.

4. Toward the stern: AFT.

5. Mark on a table from a wet glass: RING.

6. Wax-winged flier of myth: ICARUS.

7. Their winners go to the finals: SEMIS.

8. The 1% in 1% milk: FAT.

9. Portuguese wine city: OPORTO.  Portuguese: Porto.  English: Oporto.   Previously explained here at crossword corner dot blogspot dot com.

11. Sounding like Popeye: RASPY.

12. Tastes: TRIES.

13. "Wish I __ said that": HADN'T.

14. Decides to leave in the manuscript: STETS.

24. Bourne portrayer: DAMON.  Jason / Matt

30. Enjoy a recliner: REST.

31. Enemy: FOE.

32. Nav. rank: ENS. Naval / Ensign

33. Norse god with a hammer: THOR.

35. Dry-__ board: ERASE.

37. PC key near Ctrl: ALT.

38. Org. with merit badges: BSA.

46. Chronological records: ANNALS.

47. Stately 16th-century dance: PAVANE.  New to me # 4.
  1. a stately dance in slow duple time, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries and performed in elaborate clothing.
    • a piece of music for the pavane.

48. Financial obligations: DEBTS.

49. Wield, as influence: EXERT.

50. Perplexed: AT SEA.

51. __ monitor: OB/GYN device: FETAL.

53. Peeling device: PARER.

55. Like many shower stalls: TILED.

56. Opinion columns: OP EDS.

59. JFK postings: ETDS.

62. Tennis do-over: LET.

64. Furrow maker: HOE.




49 comments:

OwenKL said...

The Italian scientist, Enrico FERMI
Helped us build the bomb, not Germany.
The blast was so big,
A hole it did dig.
And the ground was no longer firm-y!

Said Obi-Wan to his student Luke
"Put these QUARTER coins into your suit.
They'll give you good luck
If you ever f*** up,
Keep them close, and may the FOURTHS be with you!"

OwenKL said...

{A-, A-.}

Bob Niles said...

Apparat also new to me, shortened apparatus? Extern?? Doctor who is not a resident is an intern.

Oas said...

Good morning and thanks Jeff and TTP.
The puzzle solved itself , kind of like the Canadian Economy was supposed to do under the leadership of the boy wonder drama teacher.
Dead battery in my pickup put me in a surly mood this morning . My apologies to Canadian Eh.
Trying to get in a better mood I remembered a poem from an old timer who came by to help me build our house 43 years ago.
“There once was a fiesty young terrier
Who liked to nip girls in the derrier
He’d yip and he’d yap
And jump up and snap
And the fairer the derrier
The merrier the terrier”
It didn’t work , I’m still ticked off—I love summer

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Wow, this one went really fast. Saw Jeff's name, and was expecting a struggle, but nope. My only slowdown was trying to come up with TRIES after spelling repent REPNNT. D'oh! Oh yeah, remembered that Ray had a K and a C, and tried CROK first. Some folks never learn. Thanx for the erudite exposition, TTP.

APPARAT: Hadn't seen this before, but I was familiar with apparatchik, so it made sense.

PAVANE: We've had this before. The only one I know is Ravel's Pavane For A Dead Princess.

Tax Whiz: Just completed the IRS exams and finished my recertification for next year's tax season. Lotsa changes. Not all of them will be welcomed. Seniors and self-employed folks should do fine. Tax hint: If you normally donate to charity, have an IRA, and are required to take an MRD (Minimum Required Distribution), listen up. With the new tax law, you probably won't be able to itemize deductions next year. But if you donate to charity directly from your IRA (QCD -- Qualified Charitable Distribution), it'll count toward your MRD. In effect, you'll get a charitable deduction without itemizing. You need to make the QCD before taking the rest of your MRD, and you need to take both before the end of this year. Now back to our regularly scheduled comments...

Lemonade714 said...

Puzzle solving is often luck, and I had no familiarity with APPARAT or apparatchik for that matter until I was slogging through an NYT Saturday while not sleeping in Thailand and had to look it up. Yay. I agree that that the other three do not seem Tuesday fill, though I did know them.

The theme was however easy and the write -up fun. Thanks guys

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Nice Thursday puzzle. Too bad Rich picked it for Tuesday. Surprisingly I only had one bad cell, at the Natick of OsORTO x AsPARAT. DNK TTP's four unknowns, and also thought of "temperature" at first. WAGged the showbiz Natick of DAMON x RUDD correctly.

Erased ESTa; excuse me senor! My bowl had poi before DIP.

Had my MRI read yesterday. As the doc suspected, I have a torn meniscus. The pain seems to be subsiding, so I think I'll live with it at least until I return from Florida in March.

inanehiker said...

Our paper hasn't come today yet - so went for the on-line solve which is always an adjustment for me.
WEES about a lot of unknowns/learning moments like PAVANE and APPARAT. After the APPARAT - I though maybe all the theme answers would be lacking US at the end, but that didn't seem like a Tuesday type quiz.
Very familiar with EXTERNS- best way I can explain it: a doctor-in-training (intern/resident) wants to do a rotation at another hospital across town or in another state because they have special expertise in some area- while they are at that hospital they are an EXTERN.
Thanks TTP and Jeff!

Yellowrocks said...

Easy-peasy today. Only a slight moment of doubt for the D in RUDD crossing the D in DAMON, but it seemed most likely. No other unfamiliar fill. I waited on a few crosses at places like ETDS or ETAS.
DO, hand up. Just a few perps suggested APPARTACHIK, which used to be in the news a lot, quickly shortened to APPARAT.
I knew PAVANE from historical novels .I needed the P to suggest it.
FERMI CSO to Fermatprime. I hope you are feeling better.
Jinx, I sympathize with you and your torn meniscus. From my experience, I'd say don't stress your knee too hard or for too long at a time. By they time pain told me I was overdoing it, it was too late and the next day I paid for it in ongoing pain.
A belated happy birthday to Picard. I hope you had a wonderful day. I enjoy your enthusiasm.
I had two bathrooms TILED since our last property tax assessment. Next time I will have to pay more real estate tax.
I have seen extern before. I am currently reading another medical novel.
Today we have our appeal hearing with NJ DDD to determine whether or not Alan is capable of living independently. (Not!) It would have saved months of delay if the material I am presenting could have been included in the original application six months ago.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

D-O - - Thanks for the tax heads-up.

Woohoo! - I finally got a theme. Not my forté.
No problems with the solve. But I had liens before DEBTS. Also had upper class before UPPER CRUST. Sigh. Some nautical stuff today:
AT SEA
TOPSIDE - The above-main-deck spaces on a warship are termed O1, O2, O3, (level) and so on.
ENS - (I was one once)

ICARUS - When my bridge cohorts sometimes bid a little more than the cards seem to permit i tell them "You flew too close to the sun." (I do that, too.)

desper-otto said...

YR, how will the taxing authority know that you tiled two bathrooms?

I should have said RMD in my original post. Somehow Minimum Required Distribution sounds better to me than Required Minimum Distribution. But, officially, it's an RMD.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks for the challenge, Jeff. I did not breeze through like some of my compatriots here. Hand up for APPARAT. Struggled with the clue for 1 milk. Huh? Wanted woe for furrow maker--a wrinkled brow rather than soil. And so it goes. (Apologies to Vonnegut--no one died in the working of this puzzle.)

TTP, thanks for the tour and the links. I remember when they were building FERMI Lab, and the soil was carried along endless conveyor belts (digging for the collider???/accelerator???). I had no clue what was going on in the late 60's, but I found the answer to my long ago curiosity during a TV special on FERMIlab's 50th anniversary somewhat recently.

My daughter and fam have been without electricity for a day and a half. They live too far to commute to work and school from here, so they are camping out in their house. We're going to take them to dinner later today. Com Ed has brought in some 350 workers from the East.

Keep cozy.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Jeff and TTP.

I got the HANDS DOWN theme and had only a few inkblots.
Hand up for Etas changing to ETDS. (I had marked the A lightly waiting for perps.) Intern changed to EXTERN (which made more sense with the clue "nonresident".
Another hand up for thinking of weather with temp. CSO for our dear departed SANTA.
I thought of Boomer with 58A "Gutter locale" and wanted Lane, but perps gave me EAVE.

RUDD was unknown but DAMON gave me the final D.
I knew ESPN but required MINUTE to give me the U.
APPARAT was new to me also.
PAVANE and TREACLE I have heard (probably in books).
I wanted an A in BESTIAL but it is dropped from the Beast part of the word. I LIUed and the Latin word origin for Beast is Bestia.

STETS in plural form was gluey for me.
I originally had a nit with 56D clue "Opinion columns" for OP ED. Again I LIUed and found OP ED definition of "short for "opposite the editorial page" or "opinion editorial". If you use the "Opposite" definition and not "opinion", there is no duplication of clue/answer.

OwenKL, thanks for the smile this morning (and other mornings, but I don't often comment on it).

LOL, OAS. Canadian politics is OK on the blog. We have thicker skins (or are just used to saying "sorry"!). Are you Canadian??
d'otto- Canadian charitable deductions are much less complicated. Your advice is a propos as today is Giving Tuesday (do you have that in USA?)

YR - hope your hearing is productive and you get the result that you need for Alan. How frustrating to have paperwork and delay.

Wishing you all a great day.

jfromvt said...

I agree on the three new to me words! Interesting for a Tuesday puzzle.

Yellowrocks said...

DO, I am sliding by with the taxes until we are re-evaluated and re-assessed. Then they will inspect the whole house and raise its value. Last time the assessor was surprised I didn't have tile and marked that down on his form.
Thanks, Madame D. We leaving now.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-SPOORS yesterday and today APPARAT, PAVANE and EXTERN. I got ‘em but c’mon Rich, it’s Tuesday! :-)
-I knew APPARATCHIK but not the condensed version so…
-For my “Ultimate FIELD TRIP” I took thousands of kids to Central Florida for five days
-I started with face #9 but have reverted to face #5. Old habits die hard
-I could have sworn that this bittersweet movie about TRYSTS was written by Neil Simon
-In 1989 the NCAA made it illegal to use kicking TEES for FG’s and PAT’s
-Yesterday my daughter started REHAB on her three broken fingers. She posted on FB – “OWWWWWW!”
-The Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert is DEAFENING but wonderful
-My lovely wife loves Hallmark Christmas movies, replete with TREACLY music
-I watched The Bourne Ultimatum Sunday and now I know who Jason really was

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was Tuesday-easy except for some newbies who might not know Apparat, Bestial, Pavane, Treacle, and Edifice. Fortunately, though, the crosses were fair. No unknowns but two w/os: Intern/Extern and Upper Class/Crust. I caught the theme at the reveal which was a nice Aha moment. Seeing Santa was sad.

Thanks, Jeff, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, TTP, for the usual informative and educational review, particularly, the origin of the formation of the USO.

Jinx, do try to avoid any further damage.

YR, good luck at the hearing; I hope you get a favorable ruling.

Oas, I hope your day gets brighter! 😉

FLN

Anonymous T, thanks for solving the NYC mystery! 😎

Have a great day.

Tinbeni said...

TTP: Thank you for a nice write-up.

DNF ... done in by California.

Got APPARAT, PAVANE but missed EXTERN ... Oh well, S**T Happens!
(Even on a Tuesday).

Well it was BELOW "Florida Freezing" this morning. 46 degrees at dawn.

I don't know how y'all "Up North" survive.

Cheers!

SwampCat said...

Was this Tuesday? I finally got it done but hard work for this early in the week. TTP thanks for ‘splaining the hard parts.

Owen, you made my day!

Northwest Runner said...

A lot of toughies for a Tuesday. NYT had apparat on a Saturday earlier this month, and it was hard for that day.

TTP said...


Good morning.

I was working on the puzzle review Sunday evening when we lost power. Wasn't finished and didn't have it published. Otherwise, it would have been more thorough. Was going to post an image of an imposing edifice at Ft Lee. Still not sure what happened to my text at 57A. I'll figure it out and fix it later.

That winter storm that Wik Wak wrote about on Sunday came in Sunday night. Blizzard conditions. Branches and trees down under the weight of the ice and snow and the gusting winds. We got about 10 to 12 inches of the heavy stuff. The power was out for almost 18 hours. It warmed up to a 20 degree temperature Monday afternoon. The children had a snow day. For you southerners that might not be aware, that means no school.

Years ago I installed a 28,000 BTU vent-free natural gas wall heater in the garage, and a 20,000 BTU unit in the basement. The heat that wafted up from that basement unit kept the upstairs from falling below 63. The only bad part was that I hadn't run it for a long while. The interconnected fire alarms throughout the house went off at 5:10 AM when I first ignited it. Dust on the burners. DW wasn't pleased.

The power came on late afternoon Monday, just after I decided that we were going to get a hotel room. Put the toiletries back, put the clothes back in the drawers and put the overnight bags back in the closet. DW came home from work an hour or so later to a clean driveway, nice warm house, and dinner in the oven. DW was pleased.

Big Easy said...

TTP- you're not the only one who was unfamiliar with either APPARAT, BESTIAL, EXTERN OR TREACLE. All were perps. I'd heard the term 'apparatchik' but not apparat. Ditto for 'beastiality'. RUDD was also perped.

Gary- My wife also loves those Hallmark fairy tales. All day. I tune them out.

PAVANE- wanted GAVOTE but realized it has two Ts. GAVOTTE.
French ONION soup- what do they call it in France?

VIET NAM- most biased, slanted documentary I ever watched. Ken Burns rightfully slammed LBJ but glossed over that Ho thought nothing of having children repair his 'trail' and get slaughtered by the 1,000s by B52s. Not political, factual.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, Jeff! Took some study to grasp the theme after the reveal, but got it. Thanks, TTP, for hardship duty during a blizzard. Good info.

I was ATSEA in the NE corner. FAT didn't rise to the top, nor did FOURTHS or TOPSIDE. Didn't know OPORTO (tried PORTO) or APPARAT, with or without CHIK. Don't remember Popeye sounding RASPY. Thank you red-letters and WAG.

Knew PAVANE but hand up for trying gAvotE first. Thought there were two "N's" no "E" in PAVANE. DNK: RUDD.

Saw TARA in "Stars On ICE" on her way to the medals. Exciting. Now see her and Johnny Weir doing commentary for ice skating and at that dog show on Sunday. Surprised she's going to the dogs.

Jinx: OW! Hope you've got a good elastic knee brace.

YR: my fingers are crossed for luck for Alan's hearing (probably as I type).

Sun is out but only 17 degrees. Schools still closed here, but only about 6" of snow. Back in my former home county, they are still looking for a woman whose car slid in the ditch on her way to work. She had phoned to say she wouldn't make it and was turning around. She apparently got out and walked. Hasn't been seen since. That road was supposed to be closed.


Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. I join the crowd in learning APPARAT and PAVANE. Both words will likely be forgotten by tomorrow.

I liked having AFT and OFT in the same puzzle.

QOD: In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first. ~ Jimi Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 ~ Sept. 18, 1970)

JJM said...

Definitely took me longer than a normal Tuesday. I sat and stared at a few clues before either I got it or the perps helped me.

EXTERN
APPARAT
TREACLE

ALL 3 are Friday or Saturday words. Not complaining, Just stating the obvious.

AnonymousPVX said...

Not sure why I forgot to post yesterday, at least I wasn’t missed.

Pretty quick solve today, themed but no giveaways, a nice change.

Markovers....KROK/KROC, ARALS/URALS, INTERN/EXTERN, RATTRAP/RATHOLE.....I was gonna put in RATTRAP first but we just had that Saturday.

On to hump day.

Picard said...

Yellowrocks thank you for the birthday wishes and for the kind words about my enthusiasm!

We are just back today from almost a week of travels, visiting family and friends. My good friend Virginia, who is from VIETNAM, showed us some hidden bits of San Francisco. I have been there many times, but she always finds something new!

Hand up learning moment today about EXTERN. PAVANE I know, but not spelled that way. My music teacher often has us play very old dance music, including what we know as PAVANs.

Here is the Piper's PAVAN that we played a couple of years ago.

FERMI was a gimme for this physics guy.

TREACLE I remember from "A Mad Tea Party" in Alice in Wonderland.

Does anyone else remember this?

Once again, here we were with THOR's Hammer behind as Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Fun theme HANDS DOWN! FIR!

I just went back and solved the puzzle from last Thursday 11/22/18.

Can someone explain the anagram of NORTHE? Several people asked what is NORTHE but no answer was forthcoming.

In our travels this past week we saw OTTERS at Moss Landing, near Monterey. Perhaps I will have photos to share. Learning moment about the hand holding!

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and finished it more quickly than I expected to. WEES about APPARAT and EXTERN. TREACLE I knew, from Winnie The Pooh I think.

Interesting what a different point of view I have of a puzzle when looking back on it than while solving it. While solving: "Dang, that could be anything!" While looking back: "Oh yeah, that makes sense. Good clue!"

PK, we also saw TARA Lipinski and Johnny Weir on the dog show. Same observation as you. And Weir is as weird as ever.

Good wishes to you all.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. Thanks for the puzzle and analysis, Jeff and TTP. As with Jayce, WEES about APPARAT and EXTERN.

We're due for significant rain tomorrow and Thursday. I'll believe it when I hear it on the skylights.

~ I'm trying to be more independent. Can you give me a little help?

Jayce said...

Bill G, mind how you go.

PK said...

Picard: Thor's hammer looks more like Big Bird to me.

Jayce: Johnny Weir works hard at being weird. I used to enjoy his skating performances.

AnonPVX: you were missed. Why would you think you weren't?

BillG: LOL! Help yourself.

Sadly, they found our missing lady several miles from her car. She didn't survive the blizzard.

Wilbur Charles said...

PVX, I thought RAT ?? was familiar.

I went Tuesday quick. Sometimes my handwriting is my biggest enemy. I found my self solving via the downs.

APPARAT fortunately was perp solid. We use Apparatchik to mean yes-man / flunkey. [political comment deleted].

YR, I'm confident you'll receive justice today. That's the way it works. I'm currently being denied compensation on a case where my contactor took my money and declared bankruptcy. Judge absolved him .

State of Florida Insurance fund people say I haven't gone after the contractor.

Each Apparatchik passes the buck to the next

WC

Ps. NORTHE=THRONE .

And,... Now I have to read my Alice . I read the Annotated Alice, years ago

Wilbur Charles said...

In fact speaking of Alice, I know exactly how she felt . I got passes from the Hatter to the March Hare. Next, the Red Queen

WC

Ol' Man Keith said...

I remember when we learned the PAVANE, back when I was one of the pre-performance dancers at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Actors who weren't in that evening's show were often among the "dancers-on-the-green." We learned the PAVANE along with the Allemande - two very stately slow-time dances that came as a great relief after we'd worn ourselves ragged doing uptempo jigs and reels.
Our practice studio was a big, hot upstairs room, situated above an air-conditioned ice cream parlor. After a few hours of sweaty rehearsal, we nearly ran downstairs to place our cool-off orders.
My favorite was always the root beer float. Ah....

Many thanks to Mr. Stillman for his friendly Tues puzz!

~ OMK
____________
DR:
One mirror diagonal, NE to SW, offering the anagram for ...
"RIPE SOARERS,"
which I imagine is some sort of tribute to rapid climbing vines. Yes?

Bill G said...

I'm thinking the FBI is monitoring all of my posts.

(No, we aren't.)

~ The FBI

Lemonade714 said...

Damn Tinman- 46? 72 at my place this morning

JJM

Did you learn where in Chiang Mai your daughter watched the festival?

Lemonade714 said...

Northwest Runner, I see you solved the same NYT I did with APPARAT

SwampCat said...

Oh my! Coincidences flow like water! I’m reading a novel of the lives of Katherine of Aragon and her first marriage to Arthur Tudor (we’ll get to Henry VIII eventually) . They ask her to dance, and she and her ladies from Spain dance a pavane. Maybe she worked the crossword before the wedding! Hehehehe

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Wow, Jeff, a Tuesday with Thursday Three Dollar words! Good things perps were friendly. Thanks for the fun puzzle.

Thanks TTP for the expo. Nice history of USO and great image of FERMI labs.

WO: UPPER Class (Hi Spitz!)
ESPs: TARA, APPARAT, OPORTO (WAG'd the P), TREACLE, PAVANE, BESTIAL [I really wanted the A - thanks for LIU C, Eh!]
Fav: I was thinking "cold" for December temp b/f SANTA showed.

{A, A-}

Welcome back Picard!

C, Eh! - Yes, we have Giving Tuesday. I picked two gifts to purchase off the office-floor's tree. [what do I get for a 2yro boy?] It's odd, in six days we go from Give Thanks, Get Stuff, Get Stuff Locally, REST, Get Stuff Virtually, Give Stuff. Seems there's more getting than giving...

Jinx - I don't know what a meniscus is but do take care not to exacerbate it.

HG - I swear Eldest & DW watched 10 of those sappy Hallmark Christmas movies - I just stayed in the garage :-)

Cheers, -T

CanadianEh! said...

AnonT - I agree that we seem to do more getting than giving! We think we are stimulating the economy but really we are creating more stuff to dispose (perhaps by our children). Ah, the art of simplifying. . .

As to that two year old boy, his mother would probably appreciate clothes but he would sooner have a toy. Nothing electronic or requiring batteries; perhaps a wooden train from a craft show, Duplo for building things (Lego is too small for that age), and of course, a couple of good books (get your daughters to choose one each that they liked as a child).

JJM said...

Lemonade.... Didn't ask where in Chiang Mai she was, but I will and will post. The video of her lighting her lantern and letting it fly to the sky was very cool. I enjoyed watching it. Looked like the festival was really fun, especially when you're 20!

Spitzboov said...

Well, no new NCIS tonight; TV is so bad I did the WSJ cw's for Monday (BY C.C.) and today. Both easier than Jeff's.

Good night everyone.

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh! Brilliant! Duplo blocks. Thanks.

JJM said...

Lemonade... just viewed the Instagram post again and the location heading was "Lanterns & Yi Peng festival". Does that sound familiar to you?

Lucina said...

Hello! Today was a busy day for me. My sister decided we needed more green-corn tamales so that's what we did today. Then later I attended the scheduled monthly HOA meeting. At least it wasn't as contentious as last month's! Everyone had calmed down. We found out that the homeowner who was there last month and today also had been in the U.S. Army. To me that explains her confrontational attitude. Or maybe that is her personality.

WEES about the puzzle. I believe EXTERN was the only unfamiliar word for me. I've seen TREACLE in many books. Otherwise I found it easy. Thank you, TTP and Jeff Stillman.

I hope your day was pleasant, everyone!

JJM said...

Lemonade...From my daughter
"The Peng River on the bridge near the Night Bazaar !!"
"along that main road (Thanon Thapae) there was a Wat (temple) which is where i released my lantern and monks help you set it up. but most people go to the bridge and release them and their kathrongs (floating flowers) but its very crowded !!

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Jeff Stillman,for a fine puzzle. Thank you, TTP, for a fine review.

It is late. Solved this puzzle while watching Perry Mason.

Theme was good. Caught it when I came here.

APPARAT was a new word for me. Perps helped.

Liked KROC. Ray was a great man. What a vision!

Anyhow, I am crashing for the night. Big day tomorrow. Crossing Guard, Knee Therapist appointment, work at DuPage Election Commission, take my wife to dinner for her Birthday. Then go to sleep again.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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Wilbur Charles said...

-T, I sat down and watched a Xmas Hallmark root beer float. I think one of your bot-coders devised one who writes these.
There's some kind of plot device where a monkey wrench is thrown in extend the story.

Then again, the CSI Franchise works the same way.

WC

Ps. "Thomas the Tank Engine" held my son's rapt attention for many nights

Glenn Cox said...

All 4 mentioned, new to me also, plus I had forgotten about Oporto, thanks crosses. Challenging for a Tuesday.