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Dec 10, 2018

Monday December 10, 2018 Frank Virzi

Theme: BOTTOM LINE (30D. Net profit, and what the answers to starred clues have) - The bottom word of each theme entry can precede "line".

3D. *Nominal leader: FIGUREHEAD. Headline.

6D. *Atmospheric wind that aids an eastbound U.S. flight: JET STREAM. Streamline.

9D. *Boston tax protest of 1773: TEA PARTY. Party line.

36D. *Failed, as a business: WENT UNDER. Underline.

39D. *2016 film wrongly announced as Best Picture: LA LA LAND. Landline.

Boomer here. 

Mom used to hang clothes on the clothesline. John Charles Daly hosted "What's my Line?"  We had a busy week last week. I finished my radiation on Nov. 28th. Relaxed a few days but then had a much needed major makeover to our bathroom. This week is a doctor visit Wednesday, then a Graybar Electric retirees' Christmas luncheon on Thursday at the boss's Country Club, the TPC in Blaine where the 3M Championship (Senior tour) played for many years.  Now it has become a regular PGA tour stop.


Across:

1. Strains to lift: HEFTS. Did he publish Playboy magazine ?

6. Scribble (down): JOT.

9. Former Russian despots: TSARS. This has always been a difficult word for me to pronounce.

14. Dickens' Heep: URIAH.  "David Copperfield" was published over 150 years ago, and yet Uriah Heep lives on as a villain and a heavy metal band.


15. Cain raiser: EVE.  This story is even older than Charles Dickens' stories

16. Florida's __ Center: EPCOT. Been there, done that. I was a little disappointed. I liked Disney World better.

17. Nabisco cookie with a pastry jacket: FIG NEWTON. Y'er darn tootin'


19. "Cold Case Files" airer: A AND E.

20. Seminoles' sch.: FSU.  Florida State, home of Disney World and the Epcot Center.

21. Lukewarm reviews?: EHS.

22. Sadden: DEPRESS.

24. Gulf Coast Florida city: SARASOTA.  On the Western shore.  Luckily the hurricanes left it alone this year. (Thanks for the corrections.)

27. Scrape or scratch: MAR.

28. F equivalent, in music: E SHARP.

29. Investigations: PROBES.

33. Hostess snack: HO HO.  There's a guy in a red suit that may be hollering this soon.

35. Sound from a tabby: MEOW. Or it could be your sound if you accidentally hit your thumb with a hammer.

37. Wee hr.: TWO AM. Yup, it's when I take a pain pill.  The wee is optional.

38. Barley brew: ALE.  Okay, I don't drink beer.  You all may argue whether this is lager, pilsner, or just plain beer.

39. __ Fáil: Irish coronation stone: LIA.


40. Joseph of ice cream fame: EDY. Famously delicious ice cream.  I think Nestle's owns the name now, but the ice cream is still unique.

42. "Cats" monogram: TSE.  T. S. Eliot. At least they are not going for chairman Mao's middle name.

43. Mazda sports car: MIATA. A fancy sports car that is surprisingly affordable.

45. City bond, briefly: MUNI.

47. Suit to __: A TEE. I hit golf balls off these.

48. The "M" in LEM: MODULE.

50. Like red-line traffic, on Google Maps: STOP GO.  You can "Stop Go" but if you go to jail, you cannot pass go nor collect $200.

52. For example: SAY.

53. Lights that darken: SUN LAMPS.

56. Kate of "Steve Jobs": WINSLET. A 2015 movie.  I am not much of a movie fan, unless it's about baseball.

Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman

60. SSW opposite: NNE.

61. Bucolic setting: LEA.

62. __ Gay: WWII bomber: ENOLA.  We have just experienced the "Day of Infamy" 77 years later.  "Enola Gay" was payback which was questionable, but I understand..

63. Succeeded big-time: MADE A MINT.  Current market conditions might include a "Junior Mint".

66. "Over the Rainbow" composer Harold: ARLEN. "Where happy little bluebirds fly".

67. Grow older: AGE.  Seems like when you get older, the only thing that grows is the waistline.

68. The Lindy, e.g.: DANCE.  How LOW can you GO ?

69. Tally again: RE-ADD.

70. Hide-hair link: NOR.

71. Jouster's ride: STEED.


Down:

1. Blows like the Big Bad Wolf: HUFFS. Puffs and down goes the roof.

2. Pension law acronym: ERISA.  Retirement Security

4. Beachgoer's color: TAN.

5. "Good grief!": SHEESH.  Charlie Brown lamented grief.  I used to bowl against a guy who was nicknamed "Sheesh".  Guess why.

7. Lacto-__ vegetarian: OVO.

8. Look after: TEND.  Then sleep under a haystack.

10. Cousin of a snowfinch: SPARROW.  The SP (500) ARROW was pointing down this week.

11. Most common skin condition in the U.S.: ACNE.

12. Fishing sticks: RODS.  Sticks are cane poles.  I don't think I would call a sleek fiberglass rod a stick.

13. Fr. holy women: STES. Saints

18. End of many a riddle: WHO AM I?

23. Holy Roman VIP: Abbr.: EMP.  The holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman but consisted of much of Western Europe.  Napoleon destroyed it.

25. Japan's largest active volcano: ASO.


26. PFC's address: APO.  When I was in the Army, APO stood for Army Post Office, and was for overseas location.  Stateside I received mail at Fort Campbell, KY 42223.

31. Lessen, as pain: EASE.

32. Hook's right hand: SMEE.

33. Soccer great Mia: HAMM.  No relation to Theo Hamm, who made "Hamm's the beer refreshing" in St. Paul, MN.

34. Mishmash: OLIO.

41. Singer Warwick: DIONNE.  "The Morning I wake up …"

44. Wrestled: TUSSLED.

46. Battleship initials: USS.


47. Turkish chief: AGA.

49. Peacock tail feature: EYE.

51. Tells it to the judge: PLEADS.  Been a lot of these in the news lately

54. Pound's 100, in England: PENCE.  Sing a song of six.

55. Totally full: SATED.

56. Be dressed in: WEAR. So Where do you WEAR it?

57. Regarding, on memos: IN RE.

58. Pelican St. city: NOLA.  Mardi Gras will be here before you know it.

59. Fed chasing Capone: T- MAN.  That time of year is coming too!

64. In the past: AGO.  "A long, long time ago... I can still remember how the music used to make me smile,"

65. Doorstep welcomer: MAT. I never knew that guy was named Matt.

Boomer

Note from C.C.:

Here is a picture of the reception area at the VA Radiation Oncology. I sat opposite that "Thank You Veterans" sign every morning waiting for Boomer. Lots of candies in that basket over the counter. This place just feels warmer and friendlier than other VA places. 

Radiation Oncology, VA Medical Center, Minneapolis

56 comments:

OwenKL said...

Some people go for a TAN to a strand,
Others reside too far inland.
To be a dark sort
They oft resort
To a SUNLAMP with a gooseneck stand!

The newspaper blared the HEADLINE:
Next year's campaign they will STREAMLINE!
The PARTY LINE
Was to UNDERLINE
The best utilization of a LANDLINE!

They didn't FIGURE anyone would object
If their ads compared themselves to a JET.
Some folks' cup of TEA
WENT to fantasy,
While others would tra-LA-LA any set!

MIATA is from an Old German word
That in English means "a reward"!
By Mazda's measure
The car is a treasure.
Non-fans think, "EH, need to re-word"!

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

Lemonade714 said...

I guess I have written about too many puzzles because when I see a nine letter fill in 17A, I think it is likely theme related. These down themes are always a challenge for me, even with Monday cluing. This is even harder when the theme is like this one which requires taking a piece of the fill. But because it is Monday, we get stars on the theme clues so all was ok. I was briefly wondering what FIG NEWTON and MADE A MINT had in common. Snacks?

I really enjoyed Boomer's write-up especially his dredging up memories of WHAT'S MY LINE. Was he inspired by 18A - End of many a riddle: WHO AM I? This made me consider with the revival of so many old game shows - TO TELL THE TRUTH, MATCH GAME, $100,000 PYRAMID and yet no WHAT'S MY LINE. Since those shows, all depend upon double entendre, and semi-salacious comments, It does make sense the ultimate phallic symbol is part of this puzzle.

A partial CSO with The "M" in LEM: MODULE and a good time was had by all.

Thank you Frank and Boomer.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Wite-Out free Monday, though I needed Boomer to 'splain what EMP meant. EHS are lukewarm reviews? If you say so. Like Lemonade, I was looking for the theme in the across answers. Totally missed it. Thanx, Frank and Boomer (Were you thinking of the limbo? SP-Arrow was cute.)

billocohoes said...

Note - the Gulf of Mexico and SARASOTA (between St. Pete and Fort Myers) are on Florida's WEST Coast.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

FIR. Had to guess at the LALA LAND / LIA crossing but got it right and, so, no Natick. Did not really suss the theme so thanks Boomer for the explanation.
USS - All Navy commissioned ships are prefixed USS. Battle ships carry the designator 'BB' ie: USS Wisconsin (BB-64).
I have toured the New Jersey at Camden and the Wisconsin at Norfolk.
URIAH - Probably named after URIAH the Hittite.

inanehiker said...

Amusing Monday - a little crunchier than some. When the Florida city came up I started with SA and thought it was going to be Saint something or other before SARASOTA filled in later.

I just toured the USS Midway in San Diego a couple of months ago- it has been turned into a museum with lots of aircraft aboard since it was decommissioned. Very interesting - but I know I got my 10,000 steps in that day with all the ups and downs. They had an easier shorter tour as well - which was good as I encountered older people with walkers as I made my way through!

Thanks Boomer for your wit and congrats on getting the radiation done!
and thanks to Frank for the puzzle!

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. Fun puzzle. I like the puzzles with the asterisk. Since all of the starred clues were downs, I knew the unifier had something to do with down (under in this case), too.

My favorite clue was Cain Raiser = EVE. There is a Fast Food Chicken restaurant in Louisiana called Raising Cane's (the other spelling).

I also laughed at Fishing Sticks = RODS.

A CSO to Jayce with SHEESH!

Since SARASOTA is a Gulf Coast Florida City, it is actually on Florida's West Coast.

Glad your treatments are over now. It's nice the hospital makes the visits as friendly and warm as possible for patients and their guests.

QOD: Maybe where there’s clarity of air, there’s clarity of thought. ~ Chet Huntley (né Chester Robert Huntley; Dec. 10, 1910 ~ Mar. 20, 1974)

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an enjoyable solve, made even more so by the theme being so well hidden, until the reveal. It was also a CSO-fest for many Cornerites: CED, Mr. "Meow"; Jayce, Sheesh; CanadianEh, Ehs; CC, Olio; Hatoolah, SwampCat and BigEasy, NOLA; and Tin, Lemony, and Wilbur with a Florida mini-theme: EPCOT, Sarasota, FSU, Sun, and Tan. Also noticed Aga, Age, Ago, APO, and Aso. Aso was my only unknown.

Thanks, Fran, for a fun start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for the upbeat and witty write-up. Good luck with the doctor's visit and enjoy the Graybar luncheon. I hope you eat every one under the table!

FLN

Spitz, that video of that behemoth freighter was quite impressive. How many crew members would be on board?

I hope Dave's surgery is uneventful and successful.

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

Sorry, Frank, not Fran.

Spitzboov said...

IM - I would guess about 20 crew. Wiki says that's the largest ship plying the Great Lakes. I believe its operating area is limited to the 4 Upper Lakes since it is too large to fit through the lower canals. The Soo locks can accommodate it. It's a bulk self-unloader trading in iron ore and coal.

Dudley said...

Spitz - I noticed the big freighter was registered in Wilmington, as are quite a few vessels, according to my eyes. What’s the advantage?

Tinbeni said...

Boomer: Good job on the write-up.

Frank: Thank you for a FUN Monday puzzle.

Yup, SARASOTA is on the West Coast of Florida ... and also on the GULF Coast,
(The Gulf of Mexico) ... SHEESH ... LOL

Cheers!

Yellowrocks said...

Neat puzzle with just enough crunch. I liked the theme but missed it because I thought fig newton was starred. SHEESH! So, that of course, negated any sane guess.
BTW, fig newton is one of my favorite store bought cookies. From Fig Newton Fun Facts:
"Fig Newtons were created in 1891 by the Kennedy Biscuit Works in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. They had named many of their other cookies for nearby towns, and almost called it the “Fig Shrewsbury” before Newton won out.
Alternate story, the man who originated the Fig Newton, Charles Roser put his cookie recipe to work in his factory in Kenton, Ohio, and sold out to Nabisco in 1910.
According to Nabisco: 'Fig Newtons were named after either Sir Isaac Newton or the town of Newton, Massachusetts.'" I've always wondered. Tsk, ambivalent answer.
NESS before TMAN. I used to enjoy The Untouchables with Robert Stack as Ness.
On my first visit I enjoyed EPCOT and Disney equally. The second time around, I preferred Epcot.
Raise Cain "alludes to the son of Adam and Eve who killed his brother, Abel. It was first recorded in the St. Louis Daily Pennant (May 2, 1840): 'Why have we every reason to believe that Adam and Eve were both rowdies? Because ... they both raised Cain.'"
Fishing stick- a cane pole could be termed a rod.
Boomer, thanks for a witty post. I am glad to see you are keeping up your spirits and coming along so well.

Spitzboov said...

Dudley @ 0923 - - You have a sharp eye. Delaware is a tax haven for many companies. I don't know the details; Lemon could probably help you more, here. It's really a joke; that ship will never sail past L. Erie let alone ever seeing Wilmington. International shipping uses a "flag of convenience" (such as Marshall Islands or Cypress) for somewhat similar reasons.

Yellowrocks said...

I am a big believer in momentum. Yesterday my momentum train was speeding downhill so I jumped off. Today my momemtum train is gaining speed going up. Each win encourages the next win. I've got my mojo back! So gotta run. Time to take advantage of that to decorate as much as possible today.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Frank and Boomer.
Just a little crunch today but I FIRed and got the theme.

Hand up for Ness before TMAN (I always debate between T and G).
This Canadian did require perps for ERISA, but I have learned MUNI and FSU (we had Noles last week).
E SHARP fit the spot (G double flat didn't!).
I decided HUFFS was more similar to Blows than Puffs, and smiled at the cross with HEFTS.

I saw many of the CSOs that IM listed, and also the mini-Florida theme. (I was going to add Pelican but that turned out to be NOLA.)
I agree with d'otto about EHS=Lukewarm reviews?. Not to this Canadian! I'll give that clue a lukewarm review MEH.

DH loves FIG NEWTONS but I don't like them at all.

Enjoy the day.

desper-otto said...

Spitz, the Delaware laws are very favorable to corporations, so many large companies are incorporated in Delaware, including most of the Fortune 500. "Flag of convenience" evokes the ubiquitous Liberian freighter.

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

16A: Epcot IS IN Disney World. You probably meant to say the Magic Kingdom.

68A: “How low” is the Limbo. The Lindy is like the Jitterbug.

Anonymous said...

Hey C.C.

In that picture of the reception area of the radiation oncology center, it appears that a Snickers wrapper is statically stuck to the door where the trashcan may be located. Maybe?

When I was escorting my cancer patient to those type of places, they had two baskets of snacks for us all. One for family which contained healthy snacks of baked chips and dry popcorn and one for patients which contained high calorie snacks like snickers bars and fritos.* After the nurses got to know me I was able to sneak a snickers bar here and there with just a little ribbing from the nurses. Lol. The staff in the lab, ct scan, check in(BP, weight and temp) and elsewhere were Tops imho. They got to know me by name and made each visit just a little bit more bearable.

*they also had a nifty little fancy coffee/hot chocolate/cappuccino/mocha machine which was free also

Lucina said...

Whee! This was a speed run for me. The West Coast blossomed in record time all the way to the center. Then, with a brief pause for T or C at TSARS, I slid all the way downward on the East Coast as well.

My only unknown was ASO, too, but it filled without my noticing it.

Grow older? AGE. It's no joke!

One of my sisters loves FIGNEWTONS; right now the snow has her grounded in Charlotte.

Thanks to Frank Virzi for this fun romp. And thank you, Boomer! You impress me with your continued good humor. Enjoy your week's festivities!

Have a peaceful day, everyone!

TTP said...

Thank you Frank Viirzi and thank you Boomer !

D'oH ! Spelled SHEESH SHESSH. SHEESH !

Seeing ENOLA GAY again reminded me that Jinx and I knew the same woman. Small world.

"Yup, it's when I take a pain pill. The wee is optional." made me chuckle.

Boomer, same here. We went to Disney World 29 years ago, and had the 3 park week pass or whatever it was called. We spent most of our time at Disney World, but did spend a day and a half at Epcot and day at the Disney MGM theme park. The Disney MGM park had only been open for about a month, wasn't ready for prime time, and had super long lines at the relative few attractions. It wasn't all that enjoyable for us. We like Epcot for the countries, their foods and cultural highlights, but some it was just too forced and artificial. Disney World was special though. It was magical. All the children were so happy and everyone was so friendly.

Spitzboov, FLN, I liked your video. She's probably coming in for winter.

We vacationed one year in a cabin at the Keeweenaw Mountain Lodge near Copper Harbor, Michigan, and toured the pennisula from there. I'll never forget standing on the rocky shore of Lake superior and looking out at the freighter heading to Duluth. It was near the edge of the horizon, so I guess about 2 or 2.5 miles away, and it was still huge !

"The big lake contains enough water to flood the entire land mass of North and South America in a foot of water."

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-A tough Monday for me. I first thought TITU(LA)R HEAD (less the LA) would fit for figure head, saw LA LA LAND and had those thoughts in my head and pfffttt!
-Subbing in math today and gave out a worksheet that had binomial distribution in it. The kids gave me a WHAAAATTTT, and so we skipped it even though I looked it up and relearned it
-EPCOT is my fav of Disney World but the kids favored Magic Kingdom
-W’s eulogy of his father saddened but did not depress me
-My midlife crisis involved a MIATA and I don’t think I could get into one now
-I associate SHEESH with Ed Norton
-Red and yellow finches and their cousins are on our feeders by the dozens
-A lot of people who PLEAD before Judge Judy know they are in the wrong but are glad to take the abuse, the free trip, accommodations in LA and have her company pay the judgement
-Calculus class coming in!

Misty said...

Perfect Monday puzzle--doable and enjoyable--many thanks, Frank. It was a pleasure to work my way through this one--wondering what the theme would turn out to be. Didn't get it until after the reveal, when I had to think through the options a little. Then I got the LINEs--of course! Great fun! Only the ERISA and LEM initials still have me a bit puzzled. Boomer, I looked forward to your commentary this morning and enjoyed it a lot, as always. So glad to track your treatment progress, and how nice that you'll have a chance to enjoy that luncheon. And C.C., it's good to know you have comfortable places with candy and coffee for your waiting times.

Fun poems, Owen.

Have a good week, everybody!

Spitzboov said...

TTP @ 1130 - - Afraid not. She's downbound, roughly opposite Ashland, WI and has an ETA at ST. CLAIR for Dec 12, 04:49. I think the Seaway closes at the SOO for the season around Christmas week depending on conditions. BTW, Wqter temperature at Duluth is 37º so they've got a little time. Business must be good!

AnonymousPVX said...

As others have noted this Monday puzzle had a bit of crunch.

But not that crunchy....

No markovers today.

I still have my Miata, a 92 with 46.5k miles, what a hoot. I still love a convertible, plus the manual tranny...it’s my “garage queen”.

On to Tuesday.

Sandyanon said...

Misty, I had to look the first one up; here it is.
"The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 is a federal United States tax and labor law that establishes minimum standards for pension plans in private industry."
LEM is the Lunar Expedition Module, the vehicle used on the moon.

Misty said...

Thank you, Sandyanon--that's a big help!

oc4beach said...


Good puzzle and expo today.

I managed to get through it without sussing the theme.

More than 50 years ago I worked on the design of the LEM. At that time the LEM was called the Lunar Excursion Module but later on they decided that no Excursions would be done by the LEM once it landed, so they (NASA) changed the name to the Lunar Module (LM), but they still called it the LEM most of the time.

Only unknowns were ESHARP, ARLEN, AANDE, and I had ONEAM vs TWOAM. Perps took care of the these hiccups.

It's National Lager Day, so everyone should enjoy one. In central PA, when someone orders a Lager at a bar, they usually mean a Yuengling lager because that is what they'll get.

Have a great day.

Picard said...

Boomer thanks for the humorous review and update on yourself!

Surprised some found this crunchy. There were unknowns, but crosses took care of them for a fairly smooth and enjoyable ride down the LINE! I even got the theme earlier than usual!

Favorite clue was LIGHTS THAT DARKEN. Cool that we also had TAN in the puzzle.

Here I was with a FR HOLY WOMAN who was not a STE.

Once again here I was at the TEA PARTY ship in Boston with friends.

DW and I DANCE the LINDY every week. We have a big swing DANCE community here.

Here we did the LINDY DANCE at our wedding.

USS is also on the Star Trek mother ship USS Enterprise and others in the Star Fleet.

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Lucina thank you for taking the time to look at the unicycler showing off their COAST and GLIDE skills!

Here again is the COAST and GLIDE unicycle photo set if you missed it!

The first photos show very brave unicyclists doing the GLIDE down a steep canyon road. A GLIDE involves keeping a foot on the tire for control. The road was closed down below so they had to use that foot to stop on a steep downhill. The result was a spectacular cloud of smoke from tire and shoe!

The second photos show the COAST skills where not even a foot on the tire is allowed for control! They whipped up to speed, then put their feet on the frame to COAST as long as they could!

Wilbur Charles yes I admit to using up precious brain space with Star Trek trivia that is probably as meaningless as most sports trivia!

The film Galaxy Quest is a hilarious spoof where knowing Star Trek trivia saves Earth from an alien invasion!

As for sports, I enjoy doing many sports. And I certainly enjoyed watching the unicycle sports people in the link above!

Here we were at the West Rim Grand Canyon which included an old GUANO mining operation!

The GUANO POINT photos are toward the end of that set.

Sandyanon said...

Oops! Yes, Excursion.

Yellowrocks said...

Picard, by a bit of a crunch I meant, relatively. We used to be able to fill in Monday puzzles without much thought, going as fast as the pen could write. These later puzzles which need some of the perps are more fun, but not that difficult.
I accomplished a lot today. Time to rest before the dance class and dance tonight. 6:30-10:00 is a lot of dancing.

Picard said...

How many people knew that OVER THE RAINBOW was originally cut from the Wizard of Oz?

Here is the story of how the HAROLD ARLEN song OVER THE RAINBOW was cut from the movie!

According to one report, studio head Louis B. Mayer thought the song was too sad. Producer Mervyn reportedly threatened to quit the film if the song was cut. History might have been quite different otherwise.

Lucina said...

Yes, I had heard that Over the Rainbow was originally meant to be cut. In fact, I believe it's in the supplemental interviews at the end of the DVD.

Learning moment: I didn't know about the GUANO operation at the Grand Canyon. Thank you, Picard.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I used to visit EPCOT, back when I could travel. My wife favors Disney World over Disneyland. (Too bad we live right next door to the latter.)
I think I liked EPCOT the most in DW. My next favorite was the nightly parade because that was when I could get off my feet--and just sit and let them bring everything to me.

Ta ~DA!
A good Monday week-starter of a puzz from Mr. Virzi. A smooth quickie. The only overwrite was (as for others) NESS before T-MAN. Well explained by Boomer, who pointed out the theme I'd completely missed.
Boomer ~ Good luck with your health progress. Your many fans and friends appreciate the updates. We're all with you!
~ OMK

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and Boomer's write-up. Filled in --ARS and TEAPARTY showed me it was TSARS and not CZARS. Like Lucina I didn't even see ASO because it was already filled but I wouldn't have known it anyway; I knew APO though. I love that name Uriah Heep; so evocative. For some reason I remembered ERISA.

Funny story: A few weeks ago I took advantage of an offer to download the game Destiny 2 for free. It took 11 days, 24 hours a day, to download that huge file (over 100 Gigabytes!) via our slow DSL connection. Anyway, it finally got finished and installed so I decided to play the game. It's a so-called "first person shooter" game where what you see on screen is not yourself or a map or anything like that; your viewpoint is as if you were looking through the character's eyes so what you see are the surroundings. Well, to make a long story shorter, within 3 minutes of trying to figure out how to play the game I was so seasick from the vertiginous "motion" of the graphic images I had to lie down with my eyes closed and a cold cloth on my forehead for an hour before I could function without throwing up. It looks like I'm not going to be playing that game after all.

Good wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

I just read an article in The Daily Beast called "Why the Hell Are We Still Reading Ernest Hemingway" and thought of you, Misty. Don't know if you might be interested in reading it but if you are just click on the word "article" above.

My two cents: I tried reading some of his stuff and didn't like it at all. It seemed to me, and believe me I'm no literature expert, to be at about high-school level writing quality.

GJ said...

Fun Monday plus fun write-up, thanks y'all.
4D mini-themer TAN LINE.
SARASOTA was a gimme as I live in Naples, also located on the Gulf Coast. The Gulf Coast can be any part of the peninsula which borders the Gulf of Mexico from Pensacola to south of Marco Island.
Answers such as WHOAMI and AANDE never make sense at first glance but then "Oh, I get it".
Favorite clue/ans: 53A SUNLAMPS.

Wilbur Charles said...

Thanks for doing the leg work, Sandy

WC

Wilbur Charles said...

Boomer, what's the PGA Tourney at Blaine?
I got off to a bad start with PANT and PUFF. I had to do some (de)FIGUREing to straighten out the NW.

Re "Payback". Since Germany was a coconspirator on 12/7 would we have dropped the bomb on them? It's a piece of history that was buried.

Betsy hates Wizard of Oz. ??? Executives never should try to make decisions. If my old company had just bought a chicken and fed it green and red corn and decided according to which niblets the chicken ate they'd be alive and well today.

OMK skipped the diags since there's black box Intruders. But... I can make out SORROW PAN on the NE-SW line. Perhaps Mr Coulter yesterday might have clued it as "Crying over burnt cookies".

GJ, exactly. Re. Hemingway and WWII..
He actually got into trouble for his involvement with the resistance around Paris. He could certainly describe bullfighting.

WC

Wilbur Charles said...

The problem is how can one believe anything Hemingway said about anything

WC

Ol' Man Keith said...

Good for you, Wilbur C, willing to fish with a broken line!
For SORROW PAN, I'd probably have gone with a depressed goat-critter or some kind of Sad Sack Satyr.
But tout le monde a son goût, n'est-ce pas?
~ OMK

Boomer said...

Wilbur Charles, The PGA last summer approved a Minnesota Golf tournament which will be known as the 3M Championship at the TPC in Blaine. I believe it is scheduled for early July and will be a regular tour stop. It replaces the Champions tour (Senior) which will be discontinued. What stinks is that the Champions tour event was totally free, and every spectator was presented with a gift bag of 3M products. The new event will be spendy for fans. I think I'll watch on TV.

Wilbur Charles said...

Boomer, thanks for the information and I concur with your liking the Seniors. Back in the 80s one of the Premier Senior events(called Legends I think) was at Concord CC.

ChiChi Rodriguez was particularly popular and the Great Arnold* himself appeared there. Very popular.

Btw. I'm having a prostate biopsy this Friday. Hopefully I won't get the "dirty diagnosis".

I hope you have a successful recovery and for your back as well.

WC

* Palmer of course was the father of the Senior Tour. Hopefully Tiger too will play enough Senior events

Ol' Man Keith said...

Interesting Hemingway article, Jayce. Not exactly the first to aim at debunking the man and myth, but I think we need a shake-up every now and then.
It has been a good while since I have opened one of the novels, but I do recall the short stories and memoirs with greater favor.
I have a hunch the reason he stays in HS English curricula has more to do with his influence (a positive one, I would argue) on adolescent writers' development than anything in his macho posturing or the content of the novels themselves.
I got a kick out of Orson Welles' story. It is consistent with other anecdotes about "Papa H." (BTW, the interviewer is Michael Parkinson, definitely not Dick Cavett as advertised.)
~ OMK

Ol' Man Keith said...

W.C. ~
Whenever we have reason to doubt a writer, it's up to us to decide whether he or she is persuasive or not.
When it comes to such a supremely self-conscious author as Hemingway, there is bound to be a cartload of BS along with the "good and the true and the...."
Our job as readers is to take nothing on authority. We're always responsible for what we'll accept. I think a fair amount of skepticism is always warranted.
But I suppose we need to be careful not to overreact. Doesn't everybody lie sometime?
~ OMK

Dow Jones said...

FYI

Today's edition (12/10/18) of the Wall Street Journal has a crossword puzzle (Around The Clock) by C.C. Burnikel. It may be solved online or printed from the FREE website: wsl.com

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Nice Monday puzzle Frank. Thanks. Like Lucina, my puzzle filled 6a and west then I went back to spend a little time thinking on the east.

Fun expo Boomer - enjoyed what you did with Junior MINT and S(&)P ARROW (up slightly today). The optional 'wee' was LOL. Let us know how the Wednesday visit goes.

WOs: MIAdA and, in my haste, forgot the second T in JETSREAM-.
ESPs: ERISA [thanks SandyAnon for LIU!], ASO, ARLEN, EHS(? - meh)
Fav: c/a for EVE

{B+, A, C, A+}

C.C. - Wow! That's a nice lobby for a government facility.

PVX - I'm w/ you on convertibles & manual transmission - my "garage queen" is an '86 Alfa Spider. I got it to start just before winter :-(

Oc4 - worked on the LEM? Now there's a vehicle! I'll second that Yuengling is a good beer.

Picard - USS Enterprise NCC-1701 [14:24 (Trekies only)]

I've only been to Disney World but that was for a nerd-fest so I didn't really leave the hotels (The Dolphin and Swan) for the week. The host did rent out all of Hollywood Studios for the big party - Muppet Vision 3D was cute.

Cheers, -T

Jayce said...

Ol’Man Keith, you make good points as usual, and I agree with you as usual.

billocohoes said...

I remember a Harold Arlen interview where he relates the trouble he had trying to write a tune for "Somewhere on the other side of the rainbow" before they thought to change the line.

Wilbur Charles said...

-T I made a morning post about the Sunday xword . I had ANSI for 1A "8=O eg"

I had the A - - I. Of course the I was wrong and he wanted AT NO(Atomic No)

You're the one I thought might identify

WC

Wilbur Charles said...

Ira (Gershwin) was known as the Jeweler for the way he could craft lyrics .

Re: Hemingway . I told Misty circa May that I had "Farewell to Arms" next to the bed. I only (re)read half. As I recall, though, my first time through I enjoyed the novels .

I also recall Sophomore Rhetoric when my subject was "Allusions" ; novel: "Old Man and the Sea". At the last minute the Prof says " And none of this Joe DiMaggio stuff"

And of course that's exactly what I had .

WC

Misty said...

Wilbur, so great that you at least gave Hemingway a try. Good for you!

Anonymous T said...

WC - I'm not sure where you're going w/ 8=O goes to ANSI

8 is Octal represented by 10 (Oct), but in ANSI's (American National Standards Inst) ASCII (American Standard Code for Info Interchange), Hex #08 is BackSpace(?), 80 (decimal) is P (one position past O) in the same table.

Am I on the right track?

Now onto figuring out how we got to Hemingway :-)

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Just setting my record straight says...
Oh crud - going back and re-reading everyone, I realized I got my left and right mixed up again. Unlike Lucina, my East filled first and then I went back to the West.
#dyslexiaSucks -T

Abejo said...

Good Tuesday afternoon, folks. Thank you, Frank Virzi, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Got through the puzzle in fine fashion. Got all the theme answers but missed the LINE part in my head. I should look closer.

URIAH was easy for 14A. We have had him before.

EPCOT is a great place. I have not been there in a long time, but remember it well.

RE ADD was easy. I do it all the time. I always check my math.

Liked TEA PARTY, since I drink tons of tea. I also Liked Picard's Tea Party boat pictures from Boston.

WINSLET was unknown, but perps helped.

See you on Wednesday.

Abejo

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