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Dec 30, 2018

Sunday December 30, 2018 Gary Larson

Theme: "Calling Forth" - S sound is changed into Th sound,  changing spelling as needed.

23A. Off-season at a nudist camp?: CLOTHING TIME. Closing time.

28A. Dollhouse Christmas decoration?: PEEWEE WREATH. Pee Wee Reese.

43A. Defrost in the microwave?: POWER THAW. Power saw.

51A. Two, for most folks?: THUMB TOTAL. Sum total.

68A. Aha moment sensation?: THINKING FEELING. Sinking feeling.

89A. Geek chic?: MATH APPEAL. Mass appeal.

98A. Underwear catalog?: THONG BOOK. Songbook.

111A. Cinderella's coach?: MYTH CARRIAGE. Miscarriage.

122A. Suffering from stress-related weight gain?: WORRIED THICK. Worried sick.

Remember Gary's "Sounds Like a Snooze" back in August? In that puzzle, he changed S to Z sound. 

This is a great followup. Similar style with 9 theme entries. The designing for that grid was harder due to those knotty Z's.
 
 Across:

1. Close to closed: AJAR. "When is a door not a door?" - Hahtooolah!

5. Salad veggie: RADISH.

11. Its "M" stands for "Motoren": BMW.

14. Batty: DAFT.

18. Ashton's spouse: MILA (Kunis).  Ashton Kutcher.


19. 2002 "Friends" Emmy winner: ANISTON. I like her a lot. So sweet and kind.

21. French monarch: ROI.

22. Barbarian: OGRE.

25. Stock female roles: INGENUES.

27. Caribbean getaway: ST. THOMAS. Probably not the getaway spot for our two saints.

30. Reveal, poetically: OPE. Open.

31. Sale limitation word: PER.

32. Early Indo-European: ARYAN.

33. Hot: STOLEN.

36. Abandon: DESERT.

38. Silver and gold: METALS. Or MEDALS.

45. Cubes for cooking: DICES.

48. Longtime Dolphins coach: SHULA (Don)

49. Reggae's __ Kamoze: INI. Unknown to me. Wiki says "His name means "mountain of the true God".


50. Ham, to Noah: SON.

53. English critic Kenneth: TYNAN. Another learning moment. That's a great quote.


56. Folks: PEOPLE.

60. Worker in a garden: BEE.

61. Apple variety: ROME.

62. Capital south of Vienna: ZAGREB. Tinbeni's old haunt.

64. Links prop: TEE.

65. Broom-__: comics witch: HILDA.

67. "As Time Goes By" pianist: SAM. "Casablanca". 

73. Pops: DAD.

76. Frozen summer coolers: ICEES.

77. Propel, in a way: OAR.

78. Words to live by: MOTTOS.


82. Biblical prophet: AMOS.

84. Grab a bite: EAT.

85. Type of plane: ASTRAL.

88. One at a family reunion: NIECE.

92. Minor player: COG.

94. With 130-Across, weekly U.S. magazine with a cryptic crossword: THE. 130. See 94-Across: NATION.

95. Beat out: ONE-UP.

96. More cunning: SLIER.

101. Aslan's land: NARNIA.

103. "Juno and the Paycock" playwright: O'CASEY.


105. Combat zones: ARENAS.

106. Most letters, nowadays: EMAIL.

109. Tiny insect egg: NIT.

110. Cyst of no concern: WEN.

116. Con artists: FLEECERS.

121. Atmosphere: AMBIENCE. Lovely fill.

124. __ tissue: SCAR.

125. Scout group: DEN.

126. Kia SUV: SORENTO.

127. Author Bombeck: ERMA.

128. Victim of a fabled upset: HARE.

129. Drink suffix: ADE. My favorite lemonade stand.


131. Back-to-school time for many: Abbr.: SEPT.

Down:

1. Gremlins and Pacers: AMCS.

2. Abandon at the altar: JILT.

3. Heaps: A LOT.

4. Filthy quarters: RAT HOLE.

5. Duds, old-style: RAIMENTS. No wonder I'm not familiar with. Old-style. 

6. Kournikova of tennis: ANNA.

7. Quarters: DIGS.

8. Novel ending?: IST. Novelist.

9. Mushroom stems: STIPES. I just call them stems.

10. Went deep at the park: HOMERED.

11. Pipe material: BRIER.

12. Bank contents: MONEY.

13. Early American home: WIGWAM. This one looks warm and cozy.


14. Ready to serve: DONE. Tiny clue/answer dupe: 16. Done, in Verdun: FINI.

15. Contents of el mar: AGUA.

16. Be a bundle of nerves: FRET.

17. Radio host John: TESH.

20. Society page word: NEE.

24. Optimist: HOPER. I've only used "No hoper".

26. The "E" in E. & J. Gallo: ERNEST.

29. Strapped-on accessory: WATCH.

31. Nave seat: PEW.

33. Phelps broke his gold-medal record: SPITZ (Mark)

34. Skater Harding: TONYA.

35. Because of, with "to": OWING.

36. Copenhagen native: DANE.

37. Confirmation, e.g.: RITE.

39. Norse god associated with storms: THOR. Thunder!

40. Jam ingredients: AUTOS. Traffic jam.

41. Andean wool source: LLAMA.

42. "The Crucible" setting: SALEM.

44. Letters after I?: HOP. ? should prevent you thinking of JKL.

46. Jazz pianist Blake: EUBIE.

47. Common sense: SMELL. Got this body wash for Christmas. Lovely smell.



52. Obscure: BEDIM.

54. __ show: ART.

55. Soft drink brand since 1924: NEHI.

57. Elevator innovator: OTIS.

58. Cartridge holder: PEN.

59. Colorful blocks: LEGOS.

63. Flexor muscle, informally: BICEP.

65. German title: HERR. I'll just copy and paste what TTP said last time: "Damen and Herren are on some doors in Germany. Good thing for the images to teach foreigners that Da Men use the one marked Herren."



66. Before long, quaintly: ANON.

69. Some tides: NEAPS.

70. __ One: vodka brand: KETEL.

71. Lucrative, contractually: FAT.

72. VW hatchback: GTI.

73. Friend of Pythias: DAMON. Read the myth here. Quite moving. I want to be Damon. Pythias is hard to say.

74. Appliance maker since 1934: AMANA.

75. Grandparent, often: DOTER.

79. Wyoming's __ Range: TETON.

80. Former #1 LPGA golfer Lorena: OCHOA.  She was here for the US Open many years ago.


81. Goes after: SEEKS.

83. Evade: SHUN.

85. One of the Baldwins: ALEC.

86. Hurting: ACHY. Boomer woke up Saturday morning with back pain. Made me nervous. He did feel better later on. This bone cancer is sure tough!

87. John in London: LOO.

90. Separately: APIECE.

91. Garlicky sauce: AIOLI.

93. Chewed persistently: GNAWED ON.

97. Former name of Myanmar's most populous city: RANGOON.

98. Asian celebration: TET. Same day as our Spring Festival. Feb 5, 2019.

99. Welcome: GREET.

100. They may empty in a brawl: BENCHES.

102. Actress Plummer: AMANDA.

104. NATO alphabet letter after Romeo: SIERRA.

107. Rainbowlike: ARCED.

108. Cara of "Fame": IRENE.

111. Bangers partner: MASH.


112. Gym site: YMCA.

113. Skier's aid: T-BAR.

114. Put in a position: HIRE. And 123. No longer working: Abbr.: RET.
 
115. Sympathetic sounds: AWS.

117. Jared of "Suicide Squad": LETO.

118. Where Cork is: EIRE.

119. Dudley Do-Right's org.: RCMP.

120. 32-card game: SKAT.


Boomer Updates:

He had one more blood draw last Thursday, the result is still not posted on his "My HealtheVet" account.

He will have another blood draw on January 9th and every month in 2019. VA Pharmacy Care will follow up every time he has the blood draw. If Boomer's numbers (kidney and liver) are normal, The Pharmacy Care will send us one more month of Zytiga & prednisone.

Thanks again for your love and support this year. It would be a much tougher journey without you guys here constantly cheering up Boomer and giving me advice.


Have a healthy and happy 2019!

C.C. 

41 comments:

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Straightforward solve today, the few unknowns were cleared up by perps. Sussed the theme early, so that helped too. Skat took a minute to recall - we’ve had that before, but not recently, it seems.

Morning C.C., I was reminded of Boomer yesterday while at a party, the connection being his positive outlook. I was chatting with a woman who is a friend, but one I get to see only once or twice a year; she has a similar indomitable attitude despite scary health problems. I have a lot of respect for that!

OwenKL said...

FIWrong. Misspelt TONiA crossing he unknown TiNAN. πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ

Learned something amusing in ZAGREB.

There was a panda named AMANDA
Got together with ERMA, a LLAMA.
Thought that they
Would run a cafe
With ovens provided by AMANA!

HILDA was in an accident
Intended to call for an ambulance.
But she was ferried
In a horse-drawn CARRIAGE,
Because she'd called for AMBIENCE!

There once was a DAD from ZAGREB
Who built the fanciest crib.
He was such a DOTER
On his beautiful daughter,
He posted her pics on the Web!

{B-, A, B.}

Montana said...

I found this puzzle easier than the last two, however, I didn’t get the theme.
Thanks, CC, for the great explanation.

Lemon, how old is that granddaughter now?

Montana

Lemonade714 said...

This was quite a well-built pun fest with the classic lisp sound repurposed. I was surprised to see MYTH CARRIAGE however, as that is not a laughing matter.

But speaking of laughing, C.C., thank you for the picture of Charlotte -Montana, she is now 6.

Much of this puzzle was solved by the perps with INI TYNAN STIPES and the best example. OBSCURE as a verb was tricky enough, but BEDIM will never be a word I use.

I also have no knowledge of JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK either the original play or the Hitchcock movie. but all of it filled without too much agonizing.

Thank you Gary L. and C.C. who are you referring to with this statement> 27. Caribbean getaway: ST. THOMAS. Probably not the getaway spot for our two saints .

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got through this one sans scathe, but thought there were too many people/place names to be fun. AMBIENCE and INGENUES were nice. The theme was amusing. Thanx, Gary and C.C.

SKAT: Dad was a skat player. The three guys would rotate houses, meeting each Monday at 7, breaking for one beer at 9, and finishing up at 10. On a really bad night a player might lose 15 cents.

STIPES: Learning moment. Don't think I've seen that before. Sounds like a mythspelled flag component.

BMW: Lotsa chores today. Dw gets back from the home of the BMW late this afternoon.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I really enjoyed this puzzle, Gary, thanks. Found the theme gettable and very chuckleworthy.

C.C.: thanks once again for a great expo. I'm praying that Boomer's ACHYness is just a little muscle strain or over-doing a bit. We're with you all the way on this. Not fun at all for you.

At midnight I did something trying to solve this puzzle that I've never done before: I fell asleep. Twice! When my head tried to fall off my shoulders, I decided morning would be a better time to do this. Went great after a good sleep. DNK: STIPES, BEDIM, GTI, TYNAN, LETO. However, perps filled with a couple of WAGS. No red-letter runs today. YAY me! Some of the fills I couldn't get on first try were easier a second time over. Not an easy puzzle but more doable than yesterday.

Had a nice time yesterday with all my kids, three of their spouses, and all 7 grandkids. Only one is not taller than I am now. I learned a lot of things I hadn't heard about their lives before. Amazing what they forget to tell me when it happens. My autistic grandson wanted me to know about a very scary dog bite he'd had, stressing there was "a very much lot of blood." He landed on their usually gentle dog who turned his head and clamped onto the kid's nose bridge just below his eyes. If the teeth had sunk in an 8th of an inch higher the kid would have been blinded in both eyes. His mom pulled up the pictures on her Iphone and the bite sites were very discolored, swollen & scary. He's got a couple of strange scars. They still have the dog.

Bob Niles said...

Lemonade, there are a lot of uses of the word miscarriage than the one you are thinking of. But they are usually not amusing either.

Jerome Stefaniak said...

Love and blessings to you both.

Having gone thru bone cancer with my wife (deceased) a note about pain meds.

One time she was about to run out and when I went to RX to refill, they had none.

I spent about two hours in the rain going to drugstores in tears
Nobody had the drug
Later I called an RX near my work and they had it

Got it next morning, just in time ( there are angels!!!)

Anyway, what I leaned was to have a few backup pharmacies, just in case

Hope this helps

Jerry

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. This was a fun Sunday puzzle. I first got the POWER THAW, and my mind went to Power Saw. It wasn't until I filled in the THINKING FEELING, however, that I caught the gimmick.

C.C., you beat me at my own joke! When is a door not a door!

I had to read Juno and the Peacock in college. I remember nothing of the story, however.

I learned of the words WEN and AIOLI from doing the crossword puzzles.

Seeing AMOS in the puzzle reminded me of AMOS Oz, a famous Israeli writer who died two days ago. He has made guest appearances in the crossword puzzles. I had occasion to meet him on one of my trips to Israel.

My favorite clue was Jam Ingredients = AUTOS.

Thank you for the Boomer update. I am sending him all the best.

QOD: If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten. ~ Rudyard Kipling (Dec. 30, 1865 ~ Jan. 18, 1936)

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a relatively easy Sunday with only a few unknowns: Rangoon, Stipes, and Ini. Narnia was slow in coming because I saw Aslan as Asian. Nose wrinklers were: Bedim, Hoper, and Fleecers, all legitimate, I guess, but sketchy, IMO. Nice big CSOs to Tin (Zagreb) and our Spitz, who sent lots of time on, but not in, the water! I noted lots of visual kissing cousins: Tee/Bee/Nee/Pee/Wee, Pen/Wen, Ret/Tet, and Hare/Herr.

Thanks, Gary, for a pleasant Sunday solve and thanks, CC, for the grand tour. I hope Boomer continues to improve and feel better each day. You are both on our minds and in our thoughts and prayers. Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Owen, I've been remiss in not telling you how much I enjoy your poems. Keep up the good work!

FLN

CED, you may be an Imp but you're a lovable one!

WikWak, feel better soon.

YR, good luck with your doctor's visit. I hope he has some answers for you.

Lemony, I well remember that picture of Charlotte! She and the camera are made for each other.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-A fun exercise after three turkey FB games yesterday
-Full Sun and no wind might give us a POWER THAW today
-We saw more tiny cars than BMW’s in Bavaria
-My daughters got my voice and never got INGENUE roles but were second leads
-A supposed ARYAN nation invented the VW or FOLK’S CAR
-TR’s famous quote about critics and the ARENA
-In what movie did Claudette Colbert JILT a man at the altar to run off with Clark Gable?
-In a Seinfeld episode Elaine called muffin bottoms STUMPS
-Pro QB’s can sign a FAT contract after three years
-A hilarious, awkward breakfast (featuring BANGERS) where Dad secretly had a woman overnight

Lucina said...

What a fun fest! Thank you, Gary Larson and C.C.!

I loved all the mythpronunciations! This was so much easier than yesterday's which I have yet to finish and don't know if I can without assistance.

Yesterday was our family reunion where many NIECES were in attendance as well as a large contingent from California. For the White Elephant game we had 45 numbers so it turned into quite a riot at times. My first pick was a box with lottery tickets but of course they got STOLEN and I don't know how much they were worth if anything.

Thank you for the update on Boomer, C.C. I hope he continues to grow healthier.

Have a fabulous day, everyone!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Knowing the consonant shift from s to th helped with some of the fill but otherwise I didn't pay it much attention. No problems with the solve.
SEEK - - German suchen; L. German sΓΆken; Dutch zoeken.
GNAW - - German nagen; L. German gnagen.; Dutch knagen. German seems to have lost the leading 'g in this instance'.

Yellowrocks said...

I love the S to TH pronunciations and puns.
-I can find no reference to the plural RAIMENTS. It is like putting an S on clothing(s). Raiment refers to fine clothing. It is related to array. "They were arrayed in Hungarian national dress"
Dragonfly
I flew were rain descended
gleaming like an iris
waiting for the sunshine to sneak
behind the tenebrous clouds
to endure the sprinkles of nippy water
flowing like a queen in majestic raiment

-I remember seeing Juno and the Paycock, a rather dark Irish play when I ushered at a little theater during my college days.
-Do you remember cartridge pens? First we had fountain pens that needed to be filled from an ink bottle. Then we had little sealed ink cartridges to put in the pens, so much more convenient. Then came ball point pens.
-CC, I, too, like Warm Vanillas Sugar fragrance.
Thanks for the update on Boomer. I hope his healing continues well.
-I read about eyes bedimmed by tears or bedimmed by age. Here is a quite florid quote.
"Unfurled in baleful grandeur, like some dark cloud of heaven, surcharged with thunder and the brewing tempest, it rides the air, and bedims the beams of day."
Raiment and bedim are literary words, rather than everyday speech.

Yellowrocks said...

I phoned Dave 4 yesterday. He sounds strong and confident. The last week in Nov. he was taken to the hospital with a serious heart problem resulting in the installation of a pacemaker and two stents. Dave is now in rehab in the same complex where his assisted living apartment is. His arm is temporarily in a sling to keep him from raising it above his head. He needs to be careful not to dislodge the connections to his heart until they heal and become strong.
He is still working puzzles, but has no computer at the rehab, so cannot read the blog or respond. For his one post to us he borrowed his friend's computer.
He expects to stay in rehab until Jan.23 at the earliest and maybe a little longer.
He asked me to send all of you his best wishes and to tell you he would love to hear from you. 502-645-0822.

Misty said...

Still no newspaper this morning, so again had to do the crossword on the computer. Easier in some ways, but tiring sitting upright the whole time, instead of snuggled on a sofa next to Dusty. But hey, at least I got to do the puzzle, and enjoyed it very much, Gary--thank you. Some unknowns were STIPES, BRIER, and KETEL, but I actually figured the theme out half-way through, and that really helped with the solving. Spelled SLYER before I changed it to SLIER (still looks weird to me) and thought HOPER was a cute word. So many thanks, again, Gary, for a fun puzzle. And C.C., nothing makes me happier on a Sunday than to hear that Boomer is still doing okay, so we can look forward to his commentary tomorrow.

Owen, so good to see you back today.

Have a lovely Sunday, everybody.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gary Larson, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

This puzzle went along fairly easily. Caught the theme after I was well into it. That did help with some of the later answers.

AIOLI came to me. Learned that from crosswords.

Misspelled BRIER as BRIAR. PEEWEE fixed that.

Our church service this morning was different. They took all the elements of the service and wrote them on slips of paper, and then put them all in a bowl. They were drawn out one at a time and that became the order of service. It was a lot of fun. Communion and the Offering came real early. The Sermon was near the end. Hymns were all over the place. The last hymn was "Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer." A fun morning.

Glad to hear Boomer is improving. Keep the Faith!

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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Picard said...

Surprised some found this easy! I found it challenging with so many unknowns and tricky clues. But that is how a puzzle should be! Tricky, but not impossible! Unlike a certain puzzle yesterday!

WilburCharles thanks for understanding exactly what I meant yesterday, even if you don't necessarily agree.

Favorite misdirection/tricky clues:
Jam ingredients/AUTOS
Letters after I/HOP

Unknowns: KETAL, LETO, SKAT, IRENE as clued, MASH as clued, AMANDA as clued, TESH, STIPES, HOPER, INI, TYNAN, DAMON, SHULA, OCHOA, FAT as clued. That is quite a list! But crosses were fair!

Vaguely remember PEE WEE Reese from other puzzles.

Last to fill was the area with METALS/THOR/AUTOS.
I was stuck with MEdALS. Anyone else?
You noted the possibility, CC!
FIR!

I have subscribed to THE NATION for over 38 years, since graduating college. I have never been able to solve their puzzles. THE NATION is the oldest weekly magazine in the US, going back to the time of the Civil War.

They don't take corporate money, so they are free to report the news without that bias. And they have real journalists who dig for the truth. Every year they have a fundraiser cruise. I have done it twice. The first time with my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary!

This was our house in COPENHAGEN when we were DANEs

I have lots more COPENHAGEN photos from that time if there is interest.

Sandyanon said...

I thought I should do a follow-up on the malware attack on the LA Times and other papers using the Tribune Publishing software. Misty and OMK, you should have gotten your Saturday papers along with today's, per the report. Hope you did.

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-times-delivery-disruption-20181229-story.html

Ol' Man Keith said...

Misty ~
I have no paper either--neither the LA Times, nor my Sunday NY Times.
I read on the front page of today's digital LA Times that nearly everybody missed their papers yesterday because of a large scale malware problem caused by offshore hackers and affecting not only the Times but a broad constellation of Tribune newspapers.

Have other Corner colleagues missed their local newspapers?

By hitting the computers that transfer digital pages from composition to the printing presses, the malware caused enormous delays in publishing, thus throwing off delivery schedules across the country.
But the article implied the problem would be resolved by today. It even said Saturday's papers would be included with Sunday deliveries.
Apparently not.
Sheesh.
~ OMK

Misty said...

No Saturday or Sunday papers, today, Sandyanon, but thanks to you I got a confirmation that I won't have to pay for one day, and a link to the digital LA Times. I haven't tried reading it yet--my back needs a rest after sitting for an hour and half doing the crossword puzzle on line, but it's still a little progress. Thank you again for your article yesterday, Sandyanon, and thank you for confirming everything, Ol'Man Keith.

Picard said...

Scary about the LA Times hacking.

Their on-line puzzle page has gotten nastier than ever with the ads. I used to be able to block the worst ads, but now they won't let you access the page if you don't view them all. And their ads are really evil where you have to watch a video.

Here I have posted the Saturday and Sunday LA Times puzzle in PDF format.

Can you please let me know if you find this helpful and/or if you have a problem downloading or printing them?

OwenKL said...

CanadianEh! -- Do visit the _J site today -- I hand-colored the picture myself!

Sandyanon said...

Oh my goodness, I hadn't realized that the colorful flag was in a black and white cartoon! Going above and beyond, Owen. You are even more than a poet.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

I was at a coffee shop yesterday sitting outdoor reading "Becoming" by Michell Obama. A woman walked by and stopped to say hello. She said I was one of her teachers and she reminded me of her name. I did remember her. She was an eighth-grader in my math class. She said it was her favorite class. I commented that very few people would own up to math being their favorite class. She said "Oh no," it wasn't that she liked math so well but that I was her favorite teacher. Aw geez...

We mentioned Laurel and Hardy yesterday and guess what? Sunday Morning had a segment on them and the new movie this morning. LAUREL AND HARDY

Jayce said...

I liked the sound substitution and the punny fun that resulted, but I found some of the rest of the puzzle to be a bit of a slog. There was some really good stuff too, such as RADISH, ANISTON, INGENUES, ZAGREB, AMBIENCE (as C.C. noted), GNAWED ON, and RANGOON. I liked how BENCHES, SMELL, DICES ("cubes" as a verb!), ASTRAL, DONE, and AUTOS were clued. Jam ingredient indeed!

Hahtoolah, when you said "I had to read Juno and the Peacock in college. I remember nothing of the story, however." it reminds me that I had to read Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo in high school and write a "book report" on it. Unfortunately I remembered virtually nothing of it and couldn't write the book report. So I had to read it again and give the teacher my book report orally. It didn't go very well but he let it pass and that was the end of it.

Abejo, your comments today are especially interesting.

Good wishes and six geese a-laying to you all.

TTP said...

Hi all. Thank you Gary larson and thank you C.C. !

Thought I was going to break the Sunday 30 minute barrier, and ended up just over 45 minutes. Got distracted and lost my concentration. Almost blew it with GNAWED at, but my neighbor has a Kia SORENTO. Are they all white ? I don't think I've ever seen one that wasn't white. Anyway, that made me change the t to an n for ON, and that gave me NATION, which I've never heard of. NATION made more sense than NATIOt.

The other unknowns that gave me a slight problem was not INI sitting atop TYNAN. Never heard of either, and compounded the error by having keyed in TaNYA instead of TONYA. Again, the crossing answer of POWER THAW made more sense than PaWER THAW.

Oh yeah, like Abejo, I initially spelled the pipe material with an A. I suppose both BRIER and BRIAR are acceptable, but the cross dictated the E.


Today is Sunday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2018. There is one day left in the year. I saw that when reading "This date in history" today.


I was remiss yesterday. I liked yesterday's review as well. Thanks Husker Gary.

inanehiker said...

This puzzle went fairly quickly since the theme was easy to pick up early on. Kind of slow around the area with BRIER - as I filled it in, but still didn't know much about it. WEES about the unknown words like STIPES.

HG - "It happened one night" was the movie I think - won a lot of Oscars- especially for being a comedy!
I went to 2 movies this week- both with Mary in the title. "Mary Poppins Returns" was delightful - with lots of winks to the original. "Mary, Queen of Scots" was a well done period piece with Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. I always mix up THAT Queen Mary with Bloody Mary who was Catherine of Aragon's daughter. Not sure how it measures up to the 1971 "Mary, Queen of Scots" with Vanessa Redgrave and Glenda Jackson, I'm glad I hadn't seen it recently or I would be comparing the whole time!

Happy 2019 ahead - glad you are doing well, Boomer- hope many more bowling games are ahead in the coming year!
Thanks CC and Gary

Ol' Man Keith said...

Picard @ 1:06 ~
Very handy! Thanks for providing these as pdfs.
I also found that I can print out the LA Times' pzls easily by choosing the E-newspaper view and using the "Create clipping" function--the 2nd icon in the upper right corner.
You just clip the crossword and print it out.
Easy peasy.
~ OMK

Misty said...

Hope I remember your directions for doing this tomorrow, Ol'Man Keith--many thanks.

Oas said...

OwenKL @ 1:43
Tomorrow midnight we’ll all do what they did -

Wilbur Charles said...

I'd never heard of Ocasey. But I sure knew Peewee. Mgr Joe Cronin was the Redsox SS and knew Reese was better. So he let Branch Rickey have him.
While Yawkey slept .
Then Robinson had an awesome Fenway tryout
While Yawkey....*
Then the SS married the Manager's daughter and booted 30+ grounders
And Yawkey snoozed

Abejo, that was such a cool way to merry-up the Holiday Mass. And... I had BRIAR(as in patch**)

How'd they fill the Olympic swimming pool? Mark SPITZ(Groan)

And I'll leave you with this little
Ditty

WC

*Yawkey, the owner allegedly yelled "Get those N__ers off the field"
** And I had patch before WATCH

Yellowrocks said...

Stipe as a mushroom stem was a gimme. I taught upper elementary science. Michael Stipe? Never heard of him.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Stan and Ollie were my childhood favorites, and the arrival of the new film inspires me to stream them again via YouTube. Their artistry remains impressive. What perfect, exquisitely drilled routines. What timing!
I realize now how much I learned about comedy without realizing it at the time.
Some critics have remarked on how they "refined" classical slapstick. Among their many inventions (fine tunings?) is the incredible patience they introduce between one partner's physical assault and the other's reaction.
If, for instance, Ollie punches Stanley, he will then pause, remaining in place, purposely presenting himself as a target for Stan's response.
This is carried to its extreme when one cracks an egg on the other's head, then waits and watches while his victim stirs a hat-full of eggs & prepares to plant it on the assailant's head.

What chivalry.
Brilliant.
~ OMK

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

Good news re: Boomer C.C. Thanks for the update. Looking forward to your expo and latest scores tomorrow Boomer!

YR - thanks for the D4 update. I'm looking around to see what I have to cobble together a working system for him. Did he mention if he had WiFi?

{B, A, B+}

Abejo - Now that's a Mass I'd attend! Sounds like it was a hoot.

Peter Buck - Radio Free Europe.

Since we're on an REM kick... OKL, I read your J. intro: Everybody hurts (Sometimes). [BTW, it was filmed at the interchange of I-35 & I-10; San Antonio shut down the freeways for the shoot]. Stay creative my friend.

WC - I'm impressed; You know Semisonic?!? :-) #Nice.

SoCal folks sans paper: A Tweet this morning points again to Ruyk ransomware. If the breadcrumbs add up; this ransomware slept for 6months possibly to corrupt / encrypt all backups so ransom is sure to be paid. This is not lollipop stuff - like I said FLN, it's getting fun!

Cheers, -T

OwenKL said...

Well I've never heard of Michael Stipe. Nor have I ever heard of

English --
[Etymology: From French stipe, from Latin stipes (“a stock, post, branch”).]
Noun
stipe (plural stipes)
πŸ„ The stem of a mushroom, kelp, etc.
πŸ„ The trunk of a tree.
πŸ„ The caudicle [huh?] within the pollinarium [double-huh?] of an orchid flower
πŸ„ The petiole [3xhuh?] of the frond of a fern or palm

West Frisian --
Noun
stipe n (plural stipen)
πŸ„ support, aid

Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever heard of West Frisian before, either!

PK said...

I've never heard of any type of STIPE or REM or its members. Don't consider my education lacking. Can't know everything. Hang in there YR. You know you've hit the big time when they start trying to take you down a notch. LOL! Glad you got to talk to Dave4. They probably don't have wifi in rehab for a reason.

Bill G said...

This month has five Saturdays, five Sundays and five Mondays. Pretty unusual I think.

Spitzboov said...

Bill @ 1950 - July of 1917 and Oct of 2016 had the same configuration.
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STIPE - Essentially means a short stalk. In German the word would be Stengel. Probably named after a famous baseball manager.

CanadianEh! said...

Late to the Sunday party. Thanks for the fun, Gary and C.C. Glad to hear the Boomer update- continued thoughts and prayers for you both.

P&P, a few red letter helps required today. But I smiled when I saw the theme with THINKING FEELING. THONG BOOK was a little racy too.
I have been a DOTER all weekend. Lots of fun but tiring.
I dredged STIPE out of my memory with a few perps.
Yes Picard, I wanted Medal before METAL.

I'll take a CSO with RCMP. Thanks Owen for the heads up about today's Jumble. DH likes to do it but we don't get a Sunday newspaper and I would have missed it. You have outdone yourselves with the artwork. Very impressive! Thanks.

Morning will come early with the two grands here and I must get to sleep.
Good evening to you all.

Unknown said...

52 down....answer for "obsure" is "bedim"? What? Huh?.Only got that because I filled in around it!