Dec 3, 2018

Monday December 3, 2018 Kurt Krauss

Theme: Vowel Movement - A, E, I, O, U between B and GG.

17. Passenger train's suitcase carrier: BAGGAGE CAR.
25. Turned down an invitation: BEGGED OFF.

36. Guy acting more maturely: BIGGER MAN.

50. Cross between a Boston terrier or boxer and a beagle: BOGGLE DOG.

60. Carriage outings: BUGGY RIDES.

Boomer here.  

A sad weekend as we say goodbye to our 41st president George H.W. Bush. Although my politics has been directed by John Kennedy and later by Hubert Humphrey, I can honestly say I respected President Bush. At a young age he entered military service and flew 58 combat missions in WWII.  I respected and approved of Operation Desert Storm and I felt the U.S. used the right amount of military muscle to eliminate the aggression caused by the invasion of Kuwait. Thank you for your service, Mr. Bush, and may you rest in peace with your wife, Barbara.


1. "Agreed!": DEAL. Or No Deal, What happened to Howie Mandel's hair ?

5. Rose from a chair: STOOD.

10. Free ticket: PASS.

14. Sicilian resort city: ENNA.

15. Houston baseballer: ASTRO.  If a Houston trade is made, does the player become an Astro Not.

16. Salon coloring: TINT. Whatever happened to tinted windows on air conditioned cars?

19. "Otello" solo: ARIA.  Of Course! A four letter word with three vowels

20. Single-celled creature: AMOEBA.

21. "Platoon" setting, briefly: NAM.  I was not called to serve there. A nasty war! My VA oncologist asked if I served there. Luckily I was in Germany. I am told that Agent Orange can affect cancer drugs.

23. Texter's soul mate: BFF. Best Friend Forever.

24. Former Yankee manager Joe: TORRE.  Great story!  He managed the Yankees for Mr. (You're Fired) Steinbrenner for 12 years!! In  his major league career as a catcher and infielder he produced over 2300 hits, and is now in Cooperstown.  Gives me hope for Joe Mauer.

28. Victorian, for one: ERA.

29. Puerto Rico, to the U.S.: TERR.  Still suffering from Hurricane Maria.  My former employer, Graybar Electric, has advanced efforts to the recovery there.

31. Harlem Renaissance author Zora __ Hurston: NEALE.

32. Hissing sound: SSS.

33. Jets or Sharks, in "West Side Story": GANG.  Tonight, Tonight, Won't be just any night ...

35. Filled completely: SATED.

39. Some corporate jets: LEARS.

42. Japan is in it: ASIA.

43. Actress Ryan: MEG. Or one of the Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  What was her last name?

46. Prenatal test, for short: AMNIO.

47. U. of Maryland athlete: TERP.  This is short for Terrapin now in the Big Ten Conference, (Also known as the Bigger 14 by me).  Actually a terrapin is a turtle, an odd nickname for a ferocious team.  Sort of fits in with Gophers, Badgers, and Cornhuskers.

49. Affirmative vote: AYE.  Double that if you're on a ship !

53. In one's stomach: EATEN.

55. French summer: ETE.

56. Pub pint filler: ALE.  Is this just a funny name for beer?

57. America's has 100 seats: SENATE.  53-45-2  Let's hope they can get together on some of the midterm election promises.

58. Euros replaced them in Italy: LIRE.  I once bought a bunch of Euros on eBay.  Not sure why though.

63. Tied, as a game: EVEN.

64. Continental divide?: OCEAN.  I suppose it divides continents, but I always thought a continental divide was like a mountain range that split livable areas.

65. Jazzman Allison: MOSE.

66. Cincinnati team: REDS. Originally named the Redlegs, but they shortened to Reds when they had a Rose.

67. Golfer's "pitching" iron: WEDGE.  I never can get mine to work like those guys on TV.

68. Art Deco icon: ERTE.


1. Arguments with teams: DEBATES.  In high school and colleges.  But over the previous midterms they were one on one.

2. Captivates: ENAMORS.

3. Some woolen sweaters: ANGORAS.  Not to be confused with Agnes Moorehead who played Endora on "Bewitched",

4. Bar beer: LAGER.  I thought it was Ale .

5. Story spanning generations: SAGA.

6. Mao __-tung: TSE.  That's from the 60s.  I am sure C.C. will tell you that Chairman Mao is known as  Mao Zedong in China.

7. Like stocks not sold on an exch.: OTC.  Over the counter.  Like drugs you don't need to "Ask your doctor if XXXX is right for you."

8. Sumatran ape: ORANG.  This could be short for an Orangutan. It made me think of Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver) on Dobie Gillis when he would say "You Rang".

9. Hip-hop headgear: DORAG.

10. "Everychild.onevoice" org.: PTA.  The Harper Valley PTA met one afternoon, and Mrs. Johnson wore a mini skirt and spilled the beans and socked to the sneaky members.

11. Everglades transport: AIRBOAT.

12. Nasal cold symptom: SNIFFLE.  Now that the temp in Minnesota is reaching the 20s, we are hearing a lot of sniffles here.

13. Supplied with personnel: STAFFED.

18. Assist with a heist: ABET.  We are heading to Las Vegas for the Graybar reunion soon.  When I place a bet, I am assisting the Orleans with a heist most of the time.

22. Brainy bunch: MENSA.  I would think people should be smart enough NOT to brag about their IQ.

25. Sonia of "Moon Over Parador": BRAGA.

26. Che Guevara's first name: ERNESTO.

27. Campus bigwig: DEAN.  Mindful of Dean Wormer in "Animal House"

30. It's often broken at breakfast: EGG.  "Which came first, The chicken or the egg?"

34. "Peer Gynt Suite" composer: GRIEG.

36. Naval hoosegow: BRIG.  Do not pass GO, Do not collect $200.

37. Sicily, to Sicilians: ISOLA.

38. Scratch or dent: MAR.

39. Shipping department gizmo: LABELER.  I think normally the Labeler is a person, not a Gizmo.

40. Like tearjerkers: EMOTIVE.

41. Made irate: ANGERED.  If you tried "BUGGED" and it Angered you, too bad.

43. Fighter with a cape: MATADOR.  Superman too long, Batman too short.

44. Exam that involves reading letters: EYE TEST.  I remove my glasses and cannot read the fourth line from the top.  The eye doctor says I need glasses, but I already have them.

45. Rochester brewery or its river: GENESEE.

48. Jury member: PEER.  How did they ever find a peer for Paul Manafort ??

51. Curved macaroni shape: ELBOW.  I prefer Rotini.

52. A trey beats it: DEUCE.  Unless it's wild.

54. Cartoon genre: ANIME.

57. "Auld Lang __": SYNE.  Don't forget your old acquaintances.

59. "Star Trek" rank: Abbr.: ENS.  Remember Tin Conway (Ensign Parker) in McHale's Navy?  Kind of destroyed opinions of the rank.

61. H.S. equivalency exam: GED.

62. Prank: GAG.



Lemonade714 said...

I think we are in a renewed era of slightly more difficult Monday puzzles. While the theme was very gettable, seeing Sicilian resort city: ENNA, Jazzman Allison: MOSE, Rochester brewery or its river: GENESEE all are a bit surprising.
Of course, a theme with 10 "G" spaces led to so many words including G, like ORANG and DORAG and he kept adding G fill like GANG.

Boomer, you are the best and KK, is there a "K" puzzle next?

OwenKL said...

DNF. On a Monday! WAGed ENNA, TORRE (two crosses there were normal words that I just needed ESP to see, ENAMORE & LAGER), naticks WAGed wrong: ISOeA + BOGGeEDOG, GENESea + MOSe + ERTa. That's a total of 7 cells I missed. That's worse than I normally do on Friday!

What makes LAGER a "bar" beer?

OwenKL said...

There was a young lady from ASIA
Who sat at a very BIG tabla.
Not big around,
High off the ground.
Where some people SNIFFED at her behavya!

He played for the Huston team a lot,
Infield and outfield and shortstop.
But when he was traded
He got sort of jaded,
And told people he was an ASTRO-not!
(with thanks to Boomer!)

{C-, A.}

Oas said...

Thanks Kurt and Boomer.
Several unknowns filled in well enough but GENESEE was new and I left it as Geneses , then left Arts in place of ERTE and Anima in place of ANIME
Other wise doable although GRIEG was also a stranger.
Have a great day

Boomer said...

Good morning everyone ! I just wanted to chime in here this morning to let you know that I am overwhelmed by all the regards and well wishes from so many of you on the L.A. Times Crossword Corner. C.C. has been absolutely great and caring for me over the past few months, and my youngest sister survived breast cancer about 15 years ago and is alive and well and beginning retirement in San Francisco. Everyone has been great and I have no reason to think that I won't be able to live my life and continue to contribute my Monday levity to this blog for years to come. Back in 1968, I suffered a dislocated shoulder in basic training and the staff at the Fort Campbell hospital were professional and great to me, even though they had more serious patients who had been wounded in Viet Nam. I was so impressed, and I actually worked there for a few months after I recovered. Now I find that the staff at the Minneapolis Medical center is equally professional and I have full confidence in them. Thank you again, everyone, and keep the holidays bright !! Boomer

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. I did find this to be a challenging Monday puzzle. It took a pass to get a toe-hold, although I quickly found the double "gg" throughout.

I knew Brazilian actress Sonia BRAGA (b. 1950) from seeing foreign films. She is probably best known to American audiences for her role in the movie Kiss of the Spider Woman.

For the readers on the blog, I strongly suggest the book Next Year in Havana, by Chanel Cleeton. It is about the Cuban revolution and Che ERNESTO Guevara is a peripheral character.

My favorite clue was Continental Divide = OCEAN.

QOD: It is respectable to have no illusions ~ and safe, and profitable, and dull. ~ Joseph Conrad (né Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski; Dec. 3, 1857 ~ Aug. 3, 1924)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I agree with Lemonade; Mondays are definitely getting crunchier. That's not necessarily a bad thing. No Wite-Out was required. Before getting the theme I saw DORA_ and drew a blank what sort of headwear that could be. BTW, it is not a d-o rag. Thanx, Kurt and Boomer (hope you're feeling better).

AYE: Don't think this navy vet ever said "Aye-aye," but often said, "Why-why?" The BRIG on our flattop was manned by a marine detachment. Not sure why.

PTA: Many folks think that song was written by Jeannie C. Riley. She sang it. But it was actually written by master storyteller Tom T. Hall. Here's one of his best, The Ballad of 40 Dollars.

OTC: I inherited 33 shares of OTC stock in a small Wisconsin bank. This summer we got a 10-for-1 stock split to get the per-share price down to something more reasonable.

Continental Divide: It doesn't divide where people live, Boomer, it divides the rivers. Rivers on the west side flow to the Pacific, and on the east side to the Atlantic or G-o-M. Oceans divide continents.

Sport team names: Gopher and Cornhuskers may seem harmless, but turtles and badgers are notoriously mean critters. Not "steenking," though.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW, mis-WAGging GENESsE x MOSs. Erased done for DEAL.

DO, Marines also guard boomers (not OUR Boomer, the ballistic missile subs) when they are at their base. My nephew was one of those guards when one member of his team lost a bullet while on patrol. The entire team had to go out after their shift was over and search until they found it, many hours later. Nephew left after his commitment, went to college on the GI Bill, then re-entered via OCS. IIRC, he came out of OCS as an ENS. He is making a career of it.

So, no CSO for D-O rag?

Without gophers, we would never have had Caddyshack.

Thanks to Kurt for the fun challenge. And thanks to Boomer for the funny - punny review. I admire your attitude.

Teaching project management for the next three days, so I may not chime in. If I have a chance to work the CW I'll at least copy the mail, but if not I'll wait.

Yellowrocks said...

This puzzle was not that crunchy for me. MOSE and BRAGA were the only unfamiliar fill. With BAGGAGE and BEGGED I had the theme, so BOGGLE was easy.
I haven't thought of Peer Gynt in years. I will have to listen to it on youtube soon.
One of the best things I learned in college: A motherly clerk in the local pharmacy advised against buying medicine for my sore throat and recommended gargling with salt water. Magic! Last week when I had a very sore throat salt water eased the pain immediately and the next day the sore throat was gone.
Badgers are very tenacious and ferocious, IMO a good name for a scrappy team.
Being a Yankee fan, I loved Torre.
I thought Continental Divide was clever.
David has a labeler and keeps asking if he should buy me one.
ANIME and ERTE have become crosswordese. 20 years ago there were high school kids in my college Japanese class who were learning Japanese because they were anime fans.
Bigwig from Google: "The term bigwig as used in English to mean a person of importance, however, has its origin in Europe, where wearing wigs, especially by men, became an aristocratic trend in the 17th century. The wigs were often very large and elaborate and became a symbol of status and importance."

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Nice intro, Boomer, and nice tribute to 41.

Vowel progression helped me get BOGGLE DOG. Easy enough, but lots of fresh fill. Didn't know MOSE, but FIR w/o help.
BRAGA - Also was in "The Milagro Beanfield War" as Ruby Archuleta.
GENESEE - One of only maybe two significant mostly north-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. (The other being Red River of the North.)
SNIFFLE - During the '70's of the Cold War, NATO stood up a continual manned Squadron of about 7 destroyers contributed by each participating nation. It was called Standing Naval Force Atlantic, or SNFL. As with many acronyms it was given some voice and sometimes called "SNIFFLE". and used in sentences such as "Where is SNIFFLE operating?" (Higher command frowned strongly on its use as you might imagine.)

RIP F Troop commander Capt. Parmenter.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Easy enough.

Morning Boomer, the family name in Little Women was March. When the movie was filmed, there was some local buzz about nearby Deerfield Village being used as a location.

Morning Spitz, while staying in Oshkosh this summer, I was told the Fox River runs northward, from Lake Winnebago up to Green Bay. Not sure if that qualifies.

Spitzboov said...

Dudley - I don't know either. I don't think it's in any atlas. The Genesee rises in northern PA and its entire main trunk is oriented northward. It discharges into L. Ontario just north of Rochester.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.
Whew! I have not been around much as I have been busy as the Dickens--and why not? I am Madame Defarge. I did all my missing puzzles from last week yesterday. Fun way to spend a dreary day. I finished making Christmas Magic here also. The tree keeps getting smaller and smaller!

I agree with Lemonade, the Monday puzzles are taking a bit more thought. Thanks, Kurt, for today's combination of can and can't do on the first run. What fun is it anyway to fill in a Monday on one run?!

Thanks, Boomer, for the tour and for checking in how you're doing. Nice to hear. Continue to be well.

I didn't exactly struggle here, but I did begin to see the light with the G's, which helped me to finish. I wasn't being attentive to plural Italian A becoming the E in LIRE, so I was stuck with the LIRa for a bit. TORRE in Italian is tower; in some ways Joe was that to the Yankees. I liked him. I also wanted a name of the piece for Iago before I realized it was the piece: ARIA!

Have a great day. Enjoy Hanukkah festivities if you are celebrating or recovering from lots of family last night.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

The Kentucky river also flows north. Lesser-known Licking River flows that direction as well. Men folk in Southeastern Kentucky used to cut timber, form rafts of logs, and float down the Licking as a group on the spring flood waters to the Ohio River, just across from Cincinnati. The men with big families would walk back home, while the single guys and those with only a scion or two would buy a horse and ride home.

billocohoes said...

The Saint Lawrence and Niagara are northbound, but border rivers. The Cuyahoga (famous for its former fires in Cleveland) and the Maumee in Toledo are also NB.

GENESSEE calls to mind Genny Cream Ale. GCA was my go-to beer before my tastes developed. I think the Genessee Brewing Company was once the fifth-largest brewer in the US in the 1970s, before others began merging.

Husker Gary said...

-Theme and vowel progression stood out like Howie Mandel in a remake of Hair
-I anticipated BOGGED DOWN and not that dog
-My Apple watch charts my “standing time” and tells me to get up
-Sicily, E _ N A but not ETNA?
-My FB appetite will be SATED from late December to Jan 1
-A horrible and then embarrassing situation for the TERPS this fall
-Those SENATORS must keep their promises they made to party APPARATS (Hey, I used that word from last week)
-My granddaughter’s boyfriend is a great Husker and DEBATER
-I remember Peer Gynt’s In The Hall Of The Mountain King and Morning Mood from my childhood cartoons -Link
-GENESE_/MOS_ took a good guess
-Like C.C., my lovely bride was a great caretaker and advocate during my medical travails

Lemonade714 said...

Did anybody else notice the irony that only two teams have been eliminated from the NFL playoff hunt - the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers?

Yellowrocks said...

ISOLA means island in Italian. Sicily is an island. I learned ISOLA when we were in Europe for the Oberammergau Passion Play. After the play we toured the Alps in the corners of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. Lovely scenery.
We hiked in New York state quite a bit in my younger days so I knew Genesee. I have seen Genesee beer commercials and our local liquor store stocks it, though I have never tried it. Billo, yes, now I remember seeing Genny Cream Ale.
Our church had a lovely Christmas party last evening.
Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate it. One of my favorite dishes as a kid was potato pancakes. In our rural area, I never met any Jewish people. At college, I was surprised to learn about latkes and that they are similar to our potato pancakes. I have a new recipe for them using caramelized onions that I'm eager to try.
College was my first encounter with a Hanukkah bush!

Spitzboov said...

The Niagara is a north flowing border river, The St Lawrence is a border river as far as Massena and flows north easterly.
The Maumee flows northeasterly and is quite short. The Cuyahoga Main Branch flows northwesterly and is quite short.

The rivers Jinx mentioned flow northwesterly. Interesting story about the early lumbermen returning home.

Unknown said...

There are two different types of beer - lagers and ales. Main difference is the type of yeast used; ale yeast ferments on top, while lager yeast ferments on bottom. Ales ferment around 70 degrees F, and lagers ferment about 40 - 50 degrees F. Lager is German for "to store"; originally lagers were stored or aged in caves.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Kurt and Boomer (love your optimistic spirit!-continued thoughts and prayers).

AYE, I found this CW to be crunch for a Monday. I saw the double GG theme but missed the vowel progression until enlightened by Boomer. As Lemonade pointed out, I see lot of Gs (16) (Husker G's letter graph would be useful today), with the themers plus EGG in the middle, GRIEG, GAG, GENESEE, GANG, SAGA.
I noted BRAGA and BRIG; also the FF square with SNIFFLED AND STAFFED.

I also had some serious inkblots. I saw Sicilian and rapidly entered our old CW friend ETNA; ENAMORS changed it to the unknown to me ENNA (I LIUed and it does exist!)
I also LIUed BOGGLE DOG and it exists too! Irish Miss would have know that - are they allowed at the Westminster Dog Show?? I needed the cross of LABELER to give me the B.

I had a silly mistake entering animA instead of ANIME which gave me ARTE (which I knew was unacceptable with Art in the clue. Another silly mistake was LEERS for those corporate jets (LOL!) which was fixed by ANGERED (after I gave up using Enraged).

GRE was changed to GED - I don't know my tests.
But this border Canadian did know GENESEE (and your 100 seat SENATE).

I echo Boomer"s "Thank you for your service, Mr. Bush, and may you rest in peace with your wife, Barbara." Apparently, former Canadian PM, Brian Mulrooney is to deliver a eulogy at the funeral. Here is a link to an interesting interview.

Speaking of AstroNOTs, Canadian David Saint-Jacques blasted off from Kazakhstan this morning enroute to the International Space Station. (Russian and American astronauts are onboard also.) Canadian Governor General, Julie Payette (a former astronaut) was there for the launch and to support the family.

Wishing you all a great day.

Misty said...

Well, I now always look forward to Monday puzzles, not only because they are doable but because Boomer guides us through them. Boomer, thank you also for your encouraging update this morning, helps get our week off to a very positive start! And thank you too for the kind tribute to our late president.

The puzzle was a delight, many thanks, Kurt. I moved easily down until I got to the bottom, which was a bit crunchy. Got it all in the end, except I forgot to fill in a single letter one up from the bottom right corner. So not perfect, but nearly so. Yay! Found the same items challenging as Lemonade did, and had ETNA before ENNA but knew I had to change it to get the downs. Enjoyed seeing GRIEG in the puzzle.

Yellowrocks, how interesting to get the background for BIGWIG. And UNKNOWN, nice to learn the distinction between LAGER and ale.

Have a great week, everybody!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

H-Gary, congrats to granddaughter's beau. That's quite a feat. Of course all of us fathers and grandfathers hope that our girls' boyfriends are master debaters.

Lucina said...

Thank you, K.K. and Boomer! I'm glad you are in such good spirits, Boomer, and that you are being cared for so well. Thank you for pointing out the vowel progression which I failed to notice.

This was not crunchy for me. In fact, I finished it rather quickly.

Spitz, you beat me to The Milagro Beanfield War which features Sonia BRAGA. I love that movie! It contains so much of the lore related by my maternal grandmother.

Bigwigs: yesterday my friend, Kathy, and I went to see The Favourite, a movie about Queen Anne; the wigs were extraordinarily big! And apparently that is accurate according to paintings I've seen.

ISOLA: missed it. I had AMNIS instead of AMNIO and didn't realize it. Drat!

I SNIFFLE all year but especially so in cold weather.

CSO to AnonT at ASTRO!

Zora NEALE Thurston is becoming a CW regular!

I'm going out today for the first of my birthday dinners.

Have a very special day, everyone!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

And not cunning linguists.

Lucina said...

Thank you for explaining the difference between ALE and LAGER. Next to sports, I know nothing about beer.

Boomer, thank you, also, for acknowledging the late Pres. G.H.W. Bush. That's a very nice tribute.

Interesting information about the north flowing rivers.

Picard said...

Boomer thank you for inspiring us with your humor and good spirits! And the helpful review! ASTRO Not, indeed!

Hand up I found this crunchy, especially in the SE. Learning moment about ENNA.
Jinx I also wondered if it might be MOSs/GENESsE, but opted to WAG it the other way to FIR.

I was slow to catch on to the BxGG theme. Didn't help me with the solve. With such themes I always wonder: Was there a deeper meaning to the theme?

I just found these old family photos of us taking an AIR BOAT ride in the EVERGLADES.

I enjoyed the ride. I seem to remember that AIR BOATs were used in the Flipper TV show? But to see the wildlife up close, I think we saw more in the EVERGLADES National Park while walking.

Once again, this photo shoot with these ORANGs in Singapore was one of my favorites ever!

For the people as much as for the ORANGs!

From yesterday:
Thanks again for all who stepped up to explain AGENA!
Misty thanks for explaining more about your DMV wait. Crazy that no appointments were available for two entire months. Some day I will have to deal with all of this, too.

As for my DMV photo, it is actually quite good. My only issue: I had to take off my hat. No one will recognize me without my hat!

Wilbur Charles said...

No, they were originally the "Reds" but changed briefly to Redlegs during the McCarthy"RED" Scare of the fifties.

MAO today Chou(Zhou) yesterday.

The EYE TEST for livery drivers required both eyes to be 20/40 or better. I had my tricks. Eyesight is probably 20th in importance for driving*

Hmm. I was just going to say this was the type of Monday easy puzzle I'd recommend for a NEWB
Egad (or EGAD) The river is GENESEE** not EE. Triple Natick on a Monday. Maybe lemony has something.

D-O, you've got to be kidding. My friend spent time in the BRIG as a Navy miscreant and the harassment of the Marines was evil.
YR, my son likewise learned Japanese for the video world. Translations didn't cut it (c FLN Russian lit)

Jinx. You're too much


* c Misty and the DMV nightmare

** I plead for mercy. We had a beloved conure named Genesis who died in a screen door accident. DW mourns still

Lemonade714 said...

Jinx - you are bad. My eldest granddaughter is 6, the other 3 and I do not want to think about what may be pulled around them

Lemonade714 said...

BTW, I learned more about RIVERS doing crossword puzzles than in 16 years of schooling. I continue to learn ever day.

Jayce said...

Nice puzzle, excellent write-up. I also paused at the GENESEE/MOSE crossing, debating whether it might be GENESTE/MOST. I put in the T. Oops. I also thought Allison was his first name. Names are so unpredictable.

Never heard of a BOGGLE DOG, and like Gary I was looking for BOGGED something.

I noticed BIGGERMAN can be parsed as BIG GERMAN.

I liked the clue for EATEN.

Sure enough, I forgot Zora NEALE Hurston. I think the last time we had her I predicted I would forget. Unpredictable.

For some reason EYE TEST made me think of you, Misty, probably because of your recent stint at the DMV. Speaking of your eyes, are they both all cleared up now? Is no news good news?

Boomer, about Agent Orange, the consensus is that the cause of the esophageal cancer that killed my DIL's father two weeks ago could be traced back to the exposure to Agent Orange that he and his fellow soldiers there were subjected to.

Based on movies about those old sailing ships such as the Bounty, I learned that the on-board Marines were basically the ship's policemen. A primary duty was guarding the brig. The Army cops were MPs and the Air Force cops were AP's: "Air Police" which we condescendingly referred to as "apes."

Best wishes to you all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

So good to see Boomer's blog this morning--and to read his posting @ 6:49! Glad to know how well he's doing and to see him spare the additional time to salute his medical team and assure us Corner Comrades of his excellent outlook.
Boomer ~ Thank you! Your positive spirit lifts all of us!

An enjoyable puzz today from Mr. Krauss. The BAGGy/BOGGy/BUGGY theme was fun!
One diagonal, NW to SE. It gives us an anagram tribute to the hit number in an obscure Arabian Nights musical, the little known ...

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. thank you, Kurt Krauss, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Puzzle went pretty easily. Liked the theme. Caught it when I was finished. Oh well.

Years ago while on a Church Mission Trip to Minot, ND, we were driving across North Dakota and encountered a road sign that said Continental Divide. I was flummoxed because i knew we were no where near the Rockies. So, I looked it up on cell phone. Sure enough, there are 6 Continental Divides in North America. The Great Divide that runs the length of the Rocky Mountains all the way through Mexico and Countries below Mexico; the Laurentian Divide going through far Northern US and up through Canada to the Labrador Sea. It divides the water going to Hudson Bay and the Great Lakes/St., Lawrence Seaway; the Arctic Divide goes up through Canada and splits the water to the Arctic Ocean and Hudson Bay; the St. Lawrence Divide which runs from upper Minnesota, down through NE Illinois, and eastward up through New England and ends at the Gulf of St. Lawrence and which divides the water between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico; the Eastern Divide which runs from SW New York to Miami, pretty much down the Appalachian Mts which splits the water between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico; and the Great Basin Divide which covers eastern California, Nevada, and western Utah. It looks like water collect there and does not run anywhere.

So, for now I will shut up. I was amazed when I first learned that geological stuff and looked it up again for the puzzle today. You can all Google it. They show a good map of all the divides.

See you tomorrow.


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Lucina said...

Learning moment! In all my years of teaching I did not ever hear or learn of six continental divides! I only knew of two, the one at the Rockies, which I've crossed and the one at the Appalachians. It makes sense, though.

Cars here have A/C and TINT on their windows. Mine does.

AIR BOAT made me thing of David Caruso during the introduction of CSI Miami.

Those photos of the ORANGS are priceless!

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Late to the dance due to a medical appointment, a trip to the gas station, a stop at the bank, and a visit to the supermarket. Reading all the comments further delayed me but here I am, finally. The first three across entries went in like nobody's business: Done, Got Up, and Chit; however, all three were wrong, as Deal, Stood, and Pass showed up. Also goofed on Argyles (😔 ) instead of Angoras and Etna/Enna. Mose was unknown, but Genesee was not, to this New Yorker. There was a mini-theme with Ale, Lager, and Genesee. It was odd to see Peer in a clue and in the puzzle itself. I saw the vowel progression right away but the double G's didn't register. Boggle Dog was new to me and I don't think "designer dogs" are allowed at Westminster, CanadianEh. Nice CSOs to Spitz and DO at Ens. and Brig.

Thanks, Kurt, for a nice start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for the witty and chuckle-producing expo. Thanks, also, for your poignant tribute to President Bush. Your positivity and optimism about your own challenges are quite admirable. You and CC have much to be proud of.

Misty, seeing eye test in the grid made me think of your DMV travails, but it also reminded me to ask you if you've fully recovered from the eye problems you had over the summer.

I paid $2.49 for gas but since I fill up so infrequently (Hi, PK), I have no idea if the prices have increased recently. While paying for the gas, I noticed that a pack of Marlboros was $9.58. I remember when they were .24 ¢ a pack. Of course, a hefty portion of that $9.58 is taxes.


Wilbur, thanks for acknowledging that non-error. I don't follow hockey or basketball but I do catch snippets about the teams.

Have a great day.

CrossEyedDave said...

FIW on a Monday...

I never saw the vowel movement, got sidetracked by all the double G's.

And I put the wrong vowel at the crossing of music composer/sports team.
(Go Tarps!)

Learning moment: Boggle Dogs

4d Bar Beer, should have been draft...
P.S., if those barely washed glasses are not enough to make you drink bottled beer,
here is another reason...

Misty said...

Good luck with your next EYE TEST, Picard, whenever you have it. And thanks for thinking of me in relation to the clue, Wilbur. Jayce and Irish Miss, thank you too for asking about my eyes. I think they are normal again, but I have an ophthamologist (spelling?) appointment on Thursday and will find out and let you know.

oc4beach said...

A good puzzle from Kurt that only took me 4 hours 20 minutes and 45 seconds to finish. It was a little harder than the average Monday puzzle, but it was not the reason it took me so long to finish. Halfway through the puzzle I came down with a Migraine where I lost part of my vision during the Aura phase which usually lasts from 30 minutes to an hour and then the blinding pain set in. After taking some medication I went to sleep in a dark room to deal with the pain. After being awakened a few hours later by a Robocall from a Spammer, I got up and finished the puzzle. The pain is still there, but will diminish over the next few days. Migraines are no fun.

I got the GG part of the theme, but didn't see the vowel progression until Boomer explained the theme. At this phase of the migraine, my thought processes are not very clear.

CanadianEH: Glad to see another Canadian astronaut going to the Space Station. During my time working on the design of the Station at NASA we worked very closely with the Canadian Space Agency in the development and implementation of the Robotic Arm that is used on the Station.

Are any of the newer hybrid breeds of dogs recognized by the AKC? My niece has a miniature YorkiePoo which is part Yorkie and part Miniature Poodle. She is a cute little dog with springs in her legs and a level of energy that can't be kept up with.

When I was a kid, naps seemed to be a punishment. Now that I'm retired, I think of them as a mini-vacation. I think I'm ready for another nap.

Have fun everyone.

Yellowrocks said...

oc4beach, those migraines are terrible. I hope you feel better soon.
Abejo, thanks for the great info, new to me.The tongue in cheek clue made me chuckle.
CED, those taps for draft beer and soda machines are off putting.I saw one being cleaned. Ugh! My first thought was draft, too.
Bush 41, what a decent, honorable man. Very competent and knowledgeable. He followed his conscience even when it cost him votes.I used to be an independent and crossed the aisle from time to time. Now I am still a moderate, but there is no moderation these days. A pox on both there houses. Oh for a Bush like candidate on either side. We lost a great man.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Your interesting note on the background for "Bigwig" got me to thinking. I have long wondered how the strange (to me) 17th/18th C. custom of wigs for men caught on. I'm not aware of any history that delves into the motivation behind the widespread fad.

Just about every costume and makeup ornamentation begins as a utilitarian device, with styling following after. When it comes to wigs, we may suppose they serve to cover up baldness. This is what modern hairpieces do. But today's toupees aim to appear like natural hair, whereas the oldtime wigs were obviously fake.

This leads me to suppose that the older wigs began as head warmers. As a northern continent Europe can be very cold, even in the relatively warmer seasons. As the upper classes would not favor hats--which were so often symbolic of lower classes' trades--what better cover than a wig? That such a topper could be designed to resemble hair may have seemed an extra value.
To avoid the stigma of pretense--of pretending to mask baldness--it must have been important to emphasize the artfulness, the artificiality of the device. It follows that using it to register status became another bonus.
This last step seems to have grown more nuanced as the custom continued, to the point where some of the highest rank chose more natural-looking wigs while newly-rich wannabes stacked towers of hair on their heads.

This is all speculative, of course. The practitioners surely lost sight of the original head-warming function early on. Once wigs were established as acceptable replacements for hats, styling superseded function--as it so often does.

Sandyanon said...

Out of curiosity I did a little googling, and apparently wigs began in Egypt as a sun protection for shaved heads. Why shaved?? But the custom of wigs seems to have been pretty much world wide in subsequent times.
In Europe beginning in the 16th c., apparently if men shaved their heads to deal with very common lice (ick!) they also used wigs to cover their bald heads -- and wigs were much easier to delouse.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

G-G-GGrrrr - Two names crossing a river; the boat sank and those of us in the BRIG FIW in the SE..

Thanks Kurt for a GGreat! Monday puzzle. WEES, lots of crunch. Theme was easy to spot and, w/ BAGG & BIGG in place, took away my hesitation at BEGG'd and whatever that DOG is.

Thanks Boomer for the jaunty expo. Vowel Movement(? - LOL!) & Astro-Not - good ones!

WOs: Hand-up for EtNA, TSo @1st, LIRa.
FIW: MOSi, ERTs - I was going w/ Guinness beer @45d, but do I know how to spell?, UNTIE!
Fav: With Boomer's tribute to 41, I'll go w/ BIGGER MAN - GHWB was a BIGGER MAN than most who held that office.
Runner-up: I liked my choice of LAGER and ALE in the grid.

{C, A}

YR - that makes sense (now) re: BIGWIG. Thanks.
Anyone? So, is Che a title then? @26d I thought, isn't Che his 1st name?
In the same (??? #learningMoment) - Hahtoolah just told me Heart of Darkness' Conrad isn't his real name...
Who knew you could learn so much from a Monday pzl? :-)

D-O: Did you catch Sockin' it to the PTA on NPR in Sept? [4:37].

OMK - your DR reports crack me up. Glad the diags are back to keep you entertained after the dry spell a few months ago.

Musical interlude: He dreams of being a MATADOR, waving the cape, killing the killing machine... [Judy Bats' Saturday 3:29].

Jayce - I heard something on NPR once where exposure to Agent Orange pretty much spelled a death sentence between 60 and 65. The guy on the radio said "Do you know a NAM vet who's older than that?"

Whoa - I was about to sign-off, but actually refreshed b/f posting... Oc4, you worked on the Arm? Cool!

Jinx - LOL. Years ago I made a turkey everyday from Thanksgiving on... By Christmas, I was a master-baster.
//I'll see myself out.

Cheers, -T

desper-otto said...

IM, I'm still laughing..."Done Got Up, and Chit" -- sounds like the start of a redneck's day.

My first job in the "awl patch" was with the company that Bush 41 started. At one time it had multiple divisions: offshore drilling, work boats, commercial fishing and construction. It fell on hard times in the mid-'80s, was broken apart and pieces were sold off. None of it exists today. What little pension income I have, I owe to that company.

Jayce, in the navy they're called SPs -- shore patrol. I hated SP duty in San Diego. It was four hours of walking the same 2 block by 2 block area. We weren't allowed to enter any businesses. Walk...walk...walk. If we spotted any problem, we were to sound blasts on our whistles to alert the "real" shore patrol who were probably nearby in a restaurant enjoying free coffee.

AnonymousPVX said...

This was a nice puzzle to start the week, some crunch but no real issues...although BOGGLE DOG was new to me, part of the trend to give mixed breed dogs the “aura” of a purebred. IMHO, mostly always better off with a mutt health wise.


Neat FF/FF block. dirty girl you....I’ve been both.

On to Tuesday.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Another mind-stretching Monday puzzle. Thanks, KK.

I got the double GG & vowel progression after the first two. Helped with others like BOGGLE DOG. After I was finished I LIU too. My mind BOGGLEd to find it was a cross-breed. Didn't have many boxers or beagles out in farm country. More shepherd types and hunting dogs actually used to hunt.

Thanks, Boomer, for entertaining us and keeping us informed. We're pulling for you. So glad you are having a good experience with the VA. Lot of problems with the VA here according to two vets I've talked with.

SNeezes before SNIFFLE, because I do that a lot year round.

I was amused by EYE TEST next to GENE-SEE. And with that we had double EE besides FF & abundance of GG.

All the river talk was very interesting. Mount before OCEAN.

OC4: hope your migraines can be cured. Do you know what triggers them?

YR: I was thinking the same thing about the need for a Bush-like person in national politics today.

My grandson ran into a teammate's elbow during basketball practice two weeks ago, I learned yesterday. His sinus on one side was smashed, skull cracked, concussion but not serious swelling. Now they got first and second opinions of doctors saying he can play basketball with a face mask. He still is not supposed to blow his nose or lift weights but okay to play? I gave them a free third opinion. Don't! Bet he does anyway. Big grandma shudder.

Misty said...

Ocbeach, so sorry to hear about that dreadful migraine. Take good care of yourself, and we'll pray that it goes away quickly.

Husker Gary said...

-Very funny, Jinx!
-I do know a NAM Vet who is 70 and in very poor health because of his agent orange exposure
-Canadian Eh, et al. Top 6 letter counts today – E – 36, A – 26, G – 16, R – 15, S -14, T – 12. The rest finished out of the money!
-H.W.’s pledge of “No New Taxes” came back to haunt him as he tried to change as he saw circumstances change. Many think it cost him a second term.
-No matter, he was a wonderful man who said the secret to 70+ yrs of marriage was he never told Barbara no.

Wilbur Charles said...

IM, that was a rare oversight for Rich, the editor. Those Sacramento Kings go all the way back to Rochester via KC. They were the Royals until they left Cincinnati.

They could have drafted Bill Russell in 1955 but Red Auerbach took his owner to Rochester and persuaded the Royals to swap picks.

In return, the Royals received Ice Capade dates, a relatively lucrative (though shockingly short sighted) trade.

The rest is history: 11 of 13 Championships.


Oh, don't forget the double R(Torre) and OO in stood. But beneath the equator, nada. I was thinking of the secret theme from Saturday

Ol' Man Keith said...

Sandy ~
I heard the "lice" story as an undergrad. Our costume professor debunked it by pointing out that lice can hide & survive in wigs, unless the wig is kept off the human host for at least 48 hours.
For wealthy wearers who could afford several very expensive wigs, this may not have been a problem. But even among the upper classes, the cost may have been prohibitive.
As I think about it today, I realize that, while I own three hats--caps, really--I favor one that I wear nearly every day.
Gosh. I think it is clean.

billocohoes said...

Just realized I misspelled GENESsEE in my earlier post. Where's spellcheck when you really need it?

Most American LAGERs are Pilsners, which use a lighter malt and different yeast that ferments even colder

One of the first "Holiday TV Specials" was a film of The Pied Piper of Hamelin starring Van Johnson and Claude Rains (his only singing/dancing role). "Hall of the Mountain King" was the tune played by the Piper to attract the rats and children. I've been hearing it in a commercial lately.

Bill G said...

ocrbeach: A nap as a minivacation. Just the way I feel though I had never put it into words. I love it!

I'm sympathetic re. your migraines. I've never had them, knock on wood. I do sometimes get a pain-free symptom that I wonder if it's related to migraines. I start to get a sparkly image like a necklace in my vision. It starts small and then grows larger until it finally fades in about 20 minutes. Does that sound at all familiar?

I missed the vowel progression too, but then, I think I always do.

I always thought draft beer tasted more mellow than bottled beer.

Genessee beer was a local brew I remember from downtown Ithaca (once I turned 18). It wasn't well thought of, at least by me. There was also one called Utica Club. Other too that have faded from memory. When I moved to Manhattan Beach, I tried something called Brew 102. It was dreadful but cheap.

Sandyanon said...

Well, you never know with Wikipedia. It's interesting, but not necessarily reliable. Wigs would definitely be easier to delouse than heads, though. But once a style takes hold, it seems to stay around regardless of any continued usefulness or lack of it.. Take men's ties, for example!

oc4beach said...

Thank you all for your kind thoughts on my migraine. They are no fun. I think weather fronts have something to do with their occurrence, also, bright lights and getting overheated seem to be triggers also. Probably other things we haven't nailed down. With little success I've tried just about every drug except Botox, which I refuse to try.

AnonT: At one time I led a team that was responsible for integrating the Arm into the Station. The Canadians did a fantastic design and were great to work with.

oc4beach said...

Bill G: Yes, it sounds familiar. Apparently you can get an Aura that starts as a small dot or circle with whirling shapes that expand across your vision, but is not followed up with the migraine pain. Here is an article about Migraine Aura without Pain. This has happened to me a few times, but usually I get the headache after the Aura.

I hope you never get one.

Time for another minivacation.

Anonymous T said...

1) cool you worked for Bush and still get residuals
2) I wasn't here in '83 but I've read that it really sucked - almost as much as '014
3) IM's " Done Got Up, and Chit" evoked the same thought :-)

Ick! Lice? Would a Waggle of the Wig get rid of 'em?

OC4 - A buddy of mine, from Algiers, told me a story of his County's contribution to ISS...
The US explained how the Shuttle would carry each module
Canada showed off the Arm
US also had their model of a module and the solar panels
Russia came in with a second module and 'lounge'
The Italians introduced their Espresso Machine [practical ones, us!]

Everyone looked at the delegate from Algeria
'What do you have to contribute? You're only carrying a briefcase'
The Algerian, with purpose, slowly unlocked the briefcase from his wrist and
Pulled out a sticker that he slapped on a module. It read "Made in Algeria."

//My buddy has a very dry sense of humour.

Enjoy the nap! -T

SwampCat said...

I WAGged my way through this one successfully and felt a little guilty because there were lots of unknowns, mostly those already mentioned. Thanks, Kurt for the fun. My favorite was MATADOR. I got al the theme answers but didn’t see the progression .

Boomer, you are such an inspiration! You cheer up all the rest of us. Prayers continuing.

And thanks for the tribute to Pres Bush. I was privileged to meet the Bush family on several occasions. They were all always gracious and approachable . And reasonable!

Owen I loved your offering today! Jinx, I always love Naughty!

desper-otto said...

Bill G wrote "I start to get a sparkly image like a necklace in my vision. It starts small and then grows larger until it finally fades in about 20 minutes. Does that sound at all familiar?" Yes it does. It happened to me a couple of weeks ago, just as you describe. I tried closing one eye, and then the other, but the image persisted. It grew larger every few minutes and finally expanded beyond the vision horizon. OC4, thanx for that article. I'm pretty sure that's what I had. I had migraines as a kid, but they disappeared sometime in my 30s. None since. I was beginning to worry that the recent incident might be a preamble to another eye-stroke. I had one a year ago and lost 20% of the vision in my right eye -- not a blurriness, 20% of the vision field is simply blank [gone], while the rest remains clear.

Ol' Man Keith said...

LOL, Sandy ~
No. You take men's ties.

Seriously, it's a good example. I can barely believe that I used to wear a tie every day but Sunday. As a grad student, and then as a young asst professor, it was expected.
And not just in the classroom. One didn't give it a second thought.
Now, I'm dressing up tonight to take my wife for her birthday dinner, and I wouldn't think of adding a tie.
When was the last time I wore one?
Oh, yes, I broke out a black jobby 3 mos ago--for a funeral.
(I was one of the few men there wearing a tie.)
For most fancy occasions, a collared shirt is considered formal enough these days.

I usually wear tees.

billocohoes said...

Bill G, my uncle worked for the Utica Club distributor in my city. UC was probably worse than Genny, but I still have my Shultz and Dooley steins.

Husker Gary, remember that in 1980 GHW Bush called the Laffer Curve "voodoo economics", made his 1988 no new taxes pledge to appease the Republicans' right wing, then paid the price when it turned out he was correct the first time. He was personally nice, and a war hero, politics here.

AD said...

The Reds were first named the Red Stockings*, then the Reds, then the Redlegs(because of communism), the the Reds.

St John's river, the longest river in Florida flows north.

*they play a team named the Brooklyn Bridegrooms

OAS said...

Jinx , Anon T, ANON PVX SwamCat. Did Y'all have porridge for breakfast ? Sure seem to be feeling yer oats.

Sandyanon said...


Lucina said...

My daughter suffers from serious migraine headaches. She has tried many solutions including Botox which she said was the best one but is terribly expensive. Acupuncture was also helpful but again, the price is too high for repeated treatments.

SwampCat said...

OAS, oatmeal with bananas. Clever of you to notice!

Jayce said...

Hey Bill G, I’ve got a horse right here. His name is Paul Revere. Can do?

waseeley said...

The terrapin in question is "Malaclemys terrapin", more commonly known as the "Diamondback terrapin", the state reptile of Maryland

waseeley said...

Grieg's Peer Gynt got it's start as incidental music to the Ibsen play of the same name. I first heard it over 60 years ago in the sound track to "The Pied Piper" starring Van Johnson. An evocative and beautiful piece of music.

TTP said...

Thank you Kurt and thank you Boomer.

No real issues. The few unknowns and some of the longer answers were perp aided.

The first beer I ever took a drink of was a Genesee Cream Ale in a pony (7 oz) bottle.

I used to get migraines. I would sometimes get nauseous. Carried prescription medicine in my briefcase, but I don't recall what it was. Tiny little multi-colored (dotted) pills. I haven't had one since I quit commuting and quit wearing cologne, so over 25 years. In my case, I believe it was the colognes and perfumes that were the triggers.

Boomer and C.C., enjoy your Vegas vacation.

OK Boomer, here's the bowling recap from last Thursday night. 222-171-153 for a 546 series. So pathetic. Would have had 8 in a row in the 1st, except for an 8 pin (blown) in the first frame, and an ugly 6-7-10 in the fourth. Meanwhile in the same game, my buddy Greg was at it again, hitting the first 7, then ringing 10 spare, then filled the line for a 279. We took all 7 points again. 4th time in the last 5 weeks.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Especially then.
There are apparently some folk for whom it can never be long enough.