Dec 4, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Agnes Davidson & C.C. Burnikel

Humerus Homophones

16. Hesitation from Sylvester?: CAT'S PAUSE. Sylvester the cat.  "Sufferin' succotash!"  Cats Paws.

20. Accomplishment by Porky?: PIG'S FEAT. Porky Pig.  Pigs Feet.

37. Affirmative from Tony?: TIGER'S AYE.  Tony the Tiger. “They're grrrrrreat!”   Tiger's Eye.

59. Story from Remy?: RAT'S TALE.  Remy the rat.  Rats Tail.   Remy was the star of the Disney Pixar animated film Ratatouille.

63. Water source for Simba?: LION'S MAIN. Simba the lion.  Lion's Mane.

    If my count is correct, this is the  18th  LA Times crossword puzzle by this duo !     “They're grrrrrreat!”


1. Fights (for): VIES.

5. "Whip It" rock band: DEVO.  "When a problem comes along, you must whip it."

9. __-slapper: funny joke: KNEE.    A guy saves a frog from a forest fire. The frog turns out to be a magical frog, and is very grateful to the man for having saved its life. So the frog offers to grant him three wishes. The man says, “Great. So I want: 1. Lifelong access to any cinema, 2. I want to be 10 years younger and 3. I want a highway that goes straight from here to Hawaii. “I’m happy to help you but the third wish is really difficult. You'll have to wish for something else instead of that third wish,” says the frog. “OK,” agrees the man reluctantly, “in that case I’d like to finally understand women.” - The frog looks at him for a while: “And should the highway be a three-lane or a four-lane one?”!

13. On the road: AWAY.

14. Biblical paradise: EDEN.

15. Dr. Hahn on "Grey's Anatomy": ERICA. Dr. Erica Hahn at FANDOM

18. Center of activity: LOCUS.
   Merriam-Webster Definition # 1
       a : the place where something is situated or occurs
       b : a center of activity, attention, or concentration

19. Fireplace receptacle: ASH CAN.

22. Former Fox TV series set in Newport Beach: THE O.C.    Originally aired 2003-2006.    "A slick hit about a troubled L.A. teen taken in by an idealistic lawyer and his family in affluent Orange County. The series filled the youth-soap hole left by the departed '90210,' but quickly proved itself far more gritty---and witty. In addition, early plots set up an appealing balance between the kids and grown-ups, who were portrayed as real people with real problems, instead of sounding boards for the unblemished Romeos and Juliets." - Rotten Tomatoes. 

23. Curly cabbage: KALE.

24. Minor flap: TO DO.   I started w/ Tiff

25. Ringing organ, at times: EARTinnitus - Understanding the Facts

26. Detergent brand: ERA

28. '60s hallucinogen: LSD.

30. Pierre's negative: NON.

31. Near-failing mark: DEE.

33. Reach its destination, as a trip: END.

35. Slim candle: TAPER.

40. Royal crown: TIARA.

42. Slim fish: EEL.

43. Tech sch. near Albany, N.Y.: RPI.  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.   The first civil engineering degrees in the United States were granted by the school in 1835.  CSO to Spitzboov and Irish Miss !

46. Win, place or show: BET.

47. Seasonal shelf sitter: ELF.   The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

49. __ moment's notice: AT A.

51. Curved shape: ARC.

53. "Frozen" sister: ELSA.  And 68A. "Frozen" reindeer: SVEN.

55. Charged particles: IONS.

57. One of Crayola's hundreds: COLOR120 current colors.  50 have been retired through the years.

61. Greek goddess of wisdom: ATHENA. "She's just a girl, she's a bomb"

62. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" musical: EVITA.

65. Fainthearted: TIMID.

66. Fairy tale heavy: OGRE.

67. Out of the wind: ALEE.

69. "That was close!": WHEW.

70. Scottish monster's loch: NESS.


1. Obey an eviction notice: VACATE.

2. "He scammed me!": I WAS HAD.

3. Neon diner sign: EAT HERE.  OK, this is a billboard rather than a neon sign...
Buc-ee's Advertising

4. Food service giant: SYSCO.  Headquartered in Houston, Sysco is the global leader in distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare, and educational, and hospitality locations.

5. College faculty head: DEAN.

6. End of a professor's URL: EDU.

7. Italian scooter: VESPA.  Mike Wolfe of American Pickers tends to go gaga and to extremes when he finds one.

8. Playwright Eugene: O'NEILL.

9. Emmy winner Steve of "60 Minutes": KROFT.
      9-time Emmy Award winner including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003
      3-time Peabody Award winner

10. "Good shot!": NICE ONE.

11. Quito's country: ECUADOR.  Quick !  What's their currency ?

12. Crayola Factory's Pennsylvania home: EASTON.  Now known as The Crayola Experience

15. Trains over the street: ELS.   NYC's EL lines are alphabet coded.  Chicago's EL lines are color coded, and reflecting the difference, you might hear Chicago commuters riders singing NO L in December.

17. Running rate: PACE.

21. Unified whole, in psychology: GESTALT"...the whole of anything is greater than its parts."

23. Film title "Citizen": KANE.

27. Trappings of royalty: REGALIA.

29. One of a calendar septet: DAY.

32. Incoming flight info: ETA.

34. "The Chronic" rapper, familiarly: DRE.   Dr. Dre, formally.  DRE is short for Digital Rectal Examination.

36. Each: PER.

38. Rage: IRE.

39. Red and Yellow: SEAS.

40. Israeli port on the Mediterranean: TEL AVIV.

41. "The hour has arrived": IT'S TIME.

44. Brewpub draft: PALE ALE.

45. Unexpected turns of events: IRONIES.

46. Special Forces headgear: BERETS.

48. Abide by: FOLLOW.

50. Plays a part: ACTS.

52. Construction site sights: CRANES.

54. "The Lord of the Rings" actor Sean: ASTIN.

56. Horse's mouthful?: NEIGH.

58. "Not again!": OH MAN.

60. Smidgen: TAD.

61. From the top: ANEW.

64. Portland's st.: ORE.


Jim B. said...

IMHO these Tues. CWs have become awfully complicated; more suited for a Fri.
GESTALT was new to me, and don't believe I've ever seen wh pronounced with an 'f' sound, but according to Wikipedia:
In some dialects of Scots, the sequence /hw/ has merged with the voiceless labiodental fricative /f/.[8] Thus whit ("what") is pronounced /fɪt/, whan ("when") becomes /fan/, and whine becomes /fain/ (a homophone of fine). This is also found in some Irish English with an Irish Gaelic substrate influence (something which has led to an interesting re-borrowing of whisk(e)y as Irish Gaelic fuisce, the word having originally entered English from Scottish Gaelic).
Okay. Can anybody think of another example besides WHEW. (Still doesn't look right!)

Lemonade714 said...

JB, those of us who were running around the university in the '60s often riding in psychedelic VWs while LSD was present, used the word GESTALT all the time to show how smart we were. It was the FENG SHUI of our era. We would pontificate about how something ruined the Gestalt of the moment, or the setting. Being someone who was a psychology major in undergraduate and graduate school, I was probably among the worst. I lost interest when it morphed into SCREAM THERAPY .

This is a classic C.C. influenced grid with wonderful CRAYOLA clecho and subtle SO to so many at the Corner, like SYSCO , RPI and others. I think it is interesting that SYSCO and CISCO tow very diverse companies, sound the same. I am not kidding you!

Thank you ladies

Lemonade714 said...

TOW - TWO is my biggest dyslexic typing and because they are both words, one I do not see until too late.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Great title, TTP. Zipped right through this one Wite-Out free. I noticed IM's CSO to herseff. Saw the three felines, rat and pig and even managed to get the theme. WHEW! (James, I pronounce it with 'hw' not 'f'.) Thanx, IM and CC.

ATHENA: The road I live on is named for a temple that was built to honor Athena. That's a shirt-tail relation to a CSO.

TINNITUS: I've developed it in recent years -- very high pitched constant ring. I've learned to ignore it. Do you pronounce the word with the second 'i' short or long? Long for me, short for my doctor.

Oas said...

Nice puzzle Agnes D and CC B .
Enjoyed the workout. Tough enough to not be a walk in the park but doable enough to FIR in reasanoble time and the page neat enough that teacher would be pleased.
Seem to remember a SYSCO distribution center near Pokomoke Md. Spent time in Chrisfield a few years ago and travelled to Pokomoke regularly.
Have a great day

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. Cute and punny theme. I had the _AUSE for the first them clue and thought at first it would be a pun Clause before the PAUSE.

Interesting to have DEAN beside EDU.

We often stop at the Buc-ee's in Baytown on our return trip from Houston.

Nice CSO to Spitzboov and Irish Miss with RPI.

Tel Aviv is known for its beautiful Bauhaus architecture.

My favorite clue was Ringing Organ = EAR.

QOD: Teach a parrot the terms “supply and demand” and you’ve got an economist. ~ Thomas Carlyle (Dec. 4, 1795 ~ Feb. 5, 1881)

Anonymous said...

I agree with @JB. Used to be a very easy solve on Monday progressing in difficulty through the week. Not so in the past several months. Added to that I'm just not a fan of CC's style of cluing.

inanehiker said...

Puzzle full of smiles today - Remy is one of my favorite Pixar characters.

D-O - I use the short "i" with tinnitus and the "hw"sound with WHEW. The ringing in the ears people get as they age goes along with the high frequency hearing loss people get from all the noise exposure over the years from lawn mowers, speakers, leaf blowers, hair dryers, etc. I've gotten my husband to wear ear protection when he mows the lawn. I'm afraid the next generations will have this worse at an earlier age since they are piping music right into their ears with earbuds!

Now that we have electronic records, I type lots of homophones by accident- fortunately I can populate my own auto-correct file for the most common ones.

Thanks IM, CC, and TTP!

oc4beach said...

FLN Bill G: In case you didn't see this yesterday.
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.

KenoRunner said...

There's more to ironic than being unexpected, no?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Thanks for the nice fresh puzzle, IM and CC.
RPI is near Albany; 5 mi. or so.
Liked the animal based homophones. Favorite was CAT'S PAUSE.
While the TEL AVIV fill was obvious, my understanding is that itself is not a significant port today. I think Haifa is the main commercial port on the Med. coast.
KALE - German Grünkohl, L. German Gröönkohl (or green cabbage). We love baby kale.
SYSCO's truck goes by our house frequently to victual a nursing home-physical therapy-assisted living center.

desper-otto said...

KenoRunner, yes there is.

Spitz, thanx for that. Never knew "victual" could be used as a verb. Is it still pronounced "vittle?"

billocohoes said...

I also remember GESTALT from a psychology course, that you have to understand the whole before analyzing parts. It was illustrated as "If you have a pile of tubes, hoops, wires, gears, and other metal bits, you'd never be able to put them together unless you knew you were trying to build a bicycle."

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Agnes and C.C., and TTP.
Straight-forward solve today. I got the "Humerus Homophones" (great title TTP).

Hand up for noting the CSOs to IM and Spitzboov, also AnonT at 37A, and OMK with ACTS.
I also noted the clechos with royal TIARA and REGALIA, and Crayola home and COLOR (although in Canada, Crayola has Colours (LOL).
Another hand up for having Phew before WHEW.

Unknowns filled by perps included ASTIN and THE OC.
I wanted to use my "phone a friend" and consult with my granddaughters, the Frozen experts, but ELSA was remembered and SVEN soon followed.

I had Dab before TAD, Focus before LOCUS.
ELF brought a smile, as I just put mine on the shelf the other day!

FLN, thanks for sharing your experience with the Canadian Space Agency and Canada Arm, oc4beach.

Wishing you all a great day.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Now, how much fun was that?! I chuckled all around. Fun clues. Loved every bit of it. Thanks for a grand puzzle, IM and C.C. Today's tour was so much fun, TTP. I loved the link for Crayola COLORs. I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven when in Kindergarten the tables had little bread pans filled with big fat Crayolas. As a kid, I "colored" for hours. Now I do so with my grand daughters. It's in their DNA, my mom and my grandma also loved to color and draw with crayons. I can be back in Kindergarten with one one whiff of a new box of Crayolas!

Fave today: ATHENA. I admire wise women, and there are certainly quite a few who hang around this Corner.

Have a GRAND day everyone. Stay cozy, and be well.

Husker Gary said...

-What a fun Tuesday offering! I was wondering if/when/how LION’S MANE would be used
- Aesop had a fable about a CAT’S PAW whose moral is “The flatterer seeks some benefit at your expense”
-During a discussion about failing kids, a colleague said, “A D- doesn’t fool anyone”
-RPI – “Give me an R, R, Give me an E, E, Give me an…, Oh never mind!”
-Ah, the smell of a new box of Crayola’s takes me back
-He was never fainthearted!
-In a less royal vein, I hockey goalies can be arrayed in full REGALIA
-I don’t even know what PILSNER is but it first fit for PALE ALE
-Five GESTALT principles and examples

Husker Gary said...

-billocohoes -A GESTALT problem tackled on Apollo 13 (1:07)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! NICE ONE, I.M. & C.C. Great expo, TTP.

After reading all the clues for the top half and getting only a lucky WAG with EAT HERE, I almost gave up and went back to bed. But I didn't want to "disappoint" Agnes & C.C. by not doing their opus. I finally got going enough that I could back into the top and fill it along with the rest, but I was not on their wave-length.

I DID like the theme entries when I finally caught on and got them.

DNK as clued: DEVO, ERICA, LOCUS, THE OC, ELSA, SVEN, SYSCO, KROFT, EASTON, GESTALT, DRE, ASTIN. Lot of WAGging going on. Some red-letter runs.

James Brydon: what? Huh?

Spitzboov said...

D-O @ 0918 - Yes; \ˈvi-tᵊl. PER Meriam-Webster.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Agnes Davidson and C.C., for a fine puzzle. thank you, TTP, for a fine review.

Got through easily. Caught the theme. Clever.

Liked TTP's EAT HERE billboard. Great!

Not aware of DEVO, but I know VESPA. Got that one. I think I was a passenger on a Vespa in Taipei. I lived.

SVEN was unknown. Not sure of the Frozen connection.

Wanted to put in TEETH for 56D, but NEIGH became obvious.

Off the the therapy people for my knees. Wish me luck.


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Spitzboov said...

GESTALT translates into English as Form, Figure, Shape, Guise, and Stature.

And then there is Gestaltänderungsenergiehypothese :: maximum shear strain energy criterion

Lucina said...

Nice one, Agnes and C.C. as well as TTP!

I loved this puzzle! And as I am easily amused I love puns. ATHENA I am not.

Good catch, Hahtoolah, on DEAN/EDU.

Alas, I never watched THE OC and mistook it for The OR. Wait, that was The ER. I think.

In her commercials Dr. Julie pronounces it with short i's but says tinnitus can be pronounced either way.

Flying in to TELAVIV is a beautiful sight.

VESPA reminds me of the movie Roman Holiday.

I liked the clue for SEAS and then it was FOLLOWed by COLOR.

Congratulations again, IrishMiss and C.C.!

Have a magnificent day, everyone! Overcast here.

Wilbur Charles said...

As in: I'd rather have a DRE than listen to him
Lemony, a similar word has become SURREAL.

Well count me as a BIG fan of CC's style of clueing. In fact I would rate constructors on a CC index. McClain being an 8.

Btw, my one mess was PILSNER<PALE ALE. After our (LAGER) Beer discussion yesterday
Keno, good point. Unexpectedness is the cherry on top
Outside of the LIONS and TIGERS , no sports today.

Btw, I'm a PHEW guy

Nice write-up TTP. I never looked at the authors until I got here. I usually recognize CC. Perhaps it was the IM influence


Misty said...

I loved this Agnes and C.C. puzzle--a total delight--many thanks, C.C. and Irish Miss!
My first treat was the DEAN and EDU crossing--hey, I'm an academic. I got the cute, funny animal/body part theme as soon as I had CATS PAUSE and PIGS FEAT. Made me anticipate the ones that would follow with a lot of pleasure. Interesting geography with ECUADOR and TEL AVIV. Got EVITA but never saw "Frozen" and so worried I might not make it in the southwest, but it all filled in with no huge problem. Just a wonderful experience. And a great write-up with terrific pictures, TTP. I never saw "The OC" even though I live in Orange County, so thanks for the information on that.

I too have TINNITUS but my doctor told me to ignore it, and that's worked so far, thank goodness.

Have a good day everybody!

Wilbur Charles said...

I need the help of Husker Gary and a few smart fifth graders. Winn Dixie is now offering "Buy TWO get one free"(The TWO in tiny letters). eg BTgoF and save (fe.) $4.49. ????
How much do I save on one. What's my total going to be ?

I'll try to work on it while you ask the little geniuses.


Picard said...

CC and Agnes I enjoyed the punny theme! The only cartoon character I did not know was REMY. Learning moment.

Some other unknowns, though. Some we have seen before, like ELSA and THEOC. Surprised how many did not know GESTALT. I grew up hearing this term as a child in the 60s. As noted, it was the "in" word back then.

TTP thanks for the colorful write-up! I especially enjoyed the billboard EAT HERE Get Gas!

I see that unknown SEAN ASTIN was the adopted son of Addams Family star John ASTIN.

I was inspired to dig out some of my QUITO, ECUADOR photos which I have never shared with anyone before.

The currency? The US dollar! Very convenient for us US travelers!

I have lots of TEL AVIV photos, too! Perhaps another time!

Picard said...

From Yesterday:
Lucina I am so happy you enjoyed my ORANGs photos! Your interest inspired me to dig out my QUITO, ECUADOR photos today!

Misty thank you for the good wishes for a future DMV visit. I think I am still several years away from such an interaction!

Wilbur Charles said...

I made it more complicated than it is.
T = 2*4.49=8.98(T)/3=2.99 each.
I'm saving a buck and a half if I get three.


Oas said...

W C If your item cost $2.00 ,buy two for $4.00 get one free, total value $6.00.
4 IS 2/3 0F 6 SO YOU SAVED 1/3 -OR $2.00. On the other hand 2 is half of four so you saved 50% depending on whom you want to impress.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Nearly bought it in the NE corner, with the crossing of proper names--two TV personalities, plus a PA town.

Gotta kick outta the theme fills!
My fave is PIG'S FEAT.
Dunno why. Maybe pigs are just funny.
I remember the pig races at the Orange County Fair last year. Baby pigs, piglets. Those little suckers can go. Yee-hah! Those trotters can move!

Misty, speaking of the TV show, THE OC, I never watched it either. Some things are just too close to home.
One diagonal today, NW to SE. We get a curious anagram, for some unknown reason giving a shout-out to a commonly excoriated figure. Why do we suppose we are celebrating a ...

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Thanks for the kind words and I'm happy to hear the solve was enjoyable to many.

Believe it or not, I had some stumbling blocks which I'll chalk up to the length of time between acceptance and publication. (Perhaps my memory isn't what it used to be, either.) Also, clues are changed by the editor (rightfully so), adding to the fuzziness. For example, for Curly cabbage, I plopped in Napa, never even thinking of Kale. Seeing RPI was surprising as I had no recollection of it being in the grid. I also needed perps for Devo, Erica, and Easton, among others. Basically, except for the themers, it was like solving someone else's puzzle. I will say, though, that the theme was one of my very favorites!

Thanks, CC, for being such a great mentor and for sharing your knowledge and expertise so generously and graciously. Thanks, TTP, for your "Humerus" summary and for the many learning moments you provide.

Have a great day.

AnonymousPVX said...

This was a nice one, I liked the homophones.

WHEW has the wh- sound, PHEW has the F sound, not sure if this is what James Brydon was saying.

No markovers today despite the “Frozen” references of which I had no idea.

BILL G... I get the Auras as well, usually followed by a stiff neck. The Aura starts out as a small spinning/flashing almost cube like figure. If you ever saw the Star Trek episode where the Enterprise is held up by a flashing kind of looks like that. Always starts to the far left and then proceeeds to the right and gets larger before “breaking up” and fading. If I take the prescription medicine right away, it seems to help. I was originally prescribed Duradrin, the name changed to Nodolor, then the last time it was filled as Isomethept-Dichloralp-Acetamin.

Big Easy said...

Agnes, I'm glad that you also had trouble with ERICA & EASTON.

Flipping through the paper I noticed I.M. & C.C.'s name so I decided to work it; I usually skip the easy M-W puzzles. Surprising number of unknowns that required perps and TWO WAGs of the crosses of four unknowns: KROFT & EASTON intersecting ERICA & LOCUS. THE O.C. was unknown and I'm fairly positive that neither Agnes nor C.C listen to RAP music. DRE, GESTALT, and ASTIN were also solved by perps.

BUC-EE'S was selling gas for $1.69.9 last week.
60 Minutes- haven't watched it since Mike Wallace & Harry Reasoner were on it. Gave up watching the obviously biased national news programs about 20 years ago. And local TV news programs are a joke. Weather, regurgitation of national, weather again, something a local politician did or didn't do, sports regurgitation of national reporting, weather again, and the obligatory 'human interest story', usually featuring a friend or neighbor of somebody who works at the station.

JJM said...

This is a total non-sequitur, so pass over it if you like. When Lemonade brought up GESTALT theory of Psychology it reminded me that in the early 80's I was into laying in Isolation Deprivation Tanks filled with Saline solution. Not sure if you would call this a branch of Psychology even therapy, most likely not, but it really did relieve the stress I had, and I came out feeling very refreshed after an hour. Certainly not for everyone, but I enjoyed it and did it regularly for about 2 years.

desper-otto said...

AnonPVX, you said, "I was originally prescribed Duradrin, the name changed to Nodolor..." I thought you were going to report that the name was then changed to ManyDollar, brought to you by the same folks as the Epipen.

SwampCat said...

Loved, loved, loved this puzzle! Thanks, IM and C.C.! I got the delightful theme at CATSPAUSE, also my favorite clue/fill. I chuckled when the colors Red and Yellow turned out to be SEAS. So much fun!! Thanks, ladies !

TTP, the tour was great. Loved the sigh for Eat Here Get Gas,

Great day !

CanadianEh! said...

Picard- Thanks for sharing your photos from Quito, ECUADOR. It has been 47 years since I have been there but I recognized a few places. Do I remember correctly about Cotapaxi, the mountain viewed from the city? And I recall the stalls with wood carvings, weaving, and woollen ponchos (beautiful bright COLOuRs). Great memories. (I also remember being out of breath after climbing stairs because of the altitude.)

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. So far I have liked all of C.C. and Agnes's puzzles. I can recognize Agnes's fingerprints on it. Like Ol'Man, I got a kick out of PIGS FEAT.

Hmm, swap 2 letters in LSD and you get LDS.

Hmm, swap 2 letters in ERA and you get EAR.

We have LIONS and IONS today.

Did Citizen KANE eat KALE?

EVITA reminds me of what Bill G and I have observed about Andrew Lloyd Webber shows, namely that apart from one or maybe two songs the rest is pretty unmemorable.

Good wishes to you all.

Roy said...

James Brydon: As so many have said, how hard a xw is depends on your life experience. For me, sports and entertainment tend to be obscure, while today's was pretty easy.
For me, it's \hwju\ and \fju\ gets confused with \fu\ and \fui\ (phoo annd phoooey), expressions of disdain or disgust. \vikchwolz\ is an orthographism from the Latinization of \vitlz\'s spelling.
Got the theme early, but did not know Remy was a rat (never saw the film).
KROFT: I think of Marty & Sid of cartoon fame. Steve was unknown; needed perps.
Liked the billboard; the joke/pun is ancient.
Where's CC's baseball reference.

Michael said...

DO # 1:53 -- "AnonPVX, you said, "I was originally prescribed Duradrin, the name changed to Nodolor..." I thought you were going to report that the name was then changed to ManyDollar, brought to you by the same folks as the Epipen."

Yes, and the generic name is 'bankruptzomib'!

TTP said...

Like PVX and Roy, I thought perhaps James was thinking phew rather than WHEW.

Madame Defarge, I spent an inordinate amount of time at the website. Think I found some gifts for little ones across the street.

Roy, I also thought of Syd and Marty as a possible clue for Kroft and looked it up. Their last name had two efs. Also, perhaps the clue was changed to Eugene O'NEILL. 5-time World Series Champion and 5-time All Star Paul O'NEILL played for the Cincinnati Reds and N.Y. Yankees in a 17 year MLB career. He is the only player in MLB history to have played on the winning team in three perfect games.

Desper-otto, I was certain someone would call me out for misspelling humorous.

Picard, glad you mentioned the answer to the Ecuadorian currency question. Was beginning to think that no one noticed it.

Like "Two Broke Girls", I don't think most of us here are / were in the target audience for the program "The O.C." OTOH, some us here were in the target audience for the song Athena by The Who.

Abejo, as Hahtoolah knows, those Buc-ee's are mega-sized (some say Texas-sized) convenience stores and are also often noted for the cleanliness of their restrooms. If you are ever in Texas and see one, you'll have to go.

I'm making pork schnitzel for supper tonight, and forgot ONE key ingredient. A lemon for wedges. Went to the store and 18 items later, I'm down $48 and change. Now I gotta hurry. When I have dinner ready, she's late. When I'm late, she's home on time !

PK said...

Picard, I enjoyed your pictures of Equador. You were surprised Gestalt was unknown. Probably because it seems to be a German/intelligentsia word from the '60's. My life couldn't have been farther from that scene in those days, doing practical bookkeeping for rural businesses, learning housewifery then having three babies. My language learning was pretty limited. Sometimes to "no-no, sweetie" or "do you have to go potty"? LOL!

CrossEyedDave said...

Late again,
(didn't sleep at all last night...)
maybe it's because I just got up from my nap...

I dunno, I find all this Gestalt talk very confusing.

Then, Anon @ 7:44AM states: Added to that I'm just not a fan of CC's style of cluing.
Hmm, what is CC's clueing style?
This is important to me because The Star Ledger has a habit of using yesterdays
constructors names, leaving me to guess often as to who the author(s) is/are...
(Note: they got it right today! WooHoo!)
I would have to say, if you found a baseball related clue, and the answer "Etsy"
in the same puzzle, it is a good chance it was a CC puzzle.
Combine that with Irish Miss, and edit it with a little Rich,
I would be surprised that you could fathom who caused this puzzlement...

(Except for Jeffrey Wechsler. Every one of his clues puzzles the crap out of me!)
(Keep it up Jeff, I'm working on solving you like my favorite Pinball machine High Score!)

Anywho, (I can see this is getting long...)

I solved this one with 2 WAG's
(Oh, and a look up, Greys Anatomy?)
(I'm thinking this was a I.M. clue...)

I am getting to old to supply silly links for every freakin' theme entry for this puzzzlement. And also, it interrupted my nap.

Thank you CC & IM for getting me out of bed!
Oh, I almost forgot about Rich...

WikWak said...


I too use and frequently hear both PHEW and WHEW.
Could not figure out how I WASHAD could mean I'd been scammed. Had to come here to parse it as I WAS HAD. Hmmpf.
Knew the name REMY, but it took a while to remember the name of the film, which I won’t embarrass myself by trying to spell.
IRE seems a little tame for a word to describe "rage".
Absolutely loved both the puzzle and TTP's commentary. You guys are da BOMB!

5 PM and it’s already dark in Chicago. Gotta love it.

Enjoy your evenings!

Lucina said...

WHEW! I'm about half way through wrapping gifts; I have name/address labels on envelopes and I'm ready for a nap! Hello, WikWak.

However, it's nearly time to start dinner.

I'm happy any time you are inspired to post photos. Yours are always interesting and often they evoke wonderful memories of places I've been. Not Ecuador, though. I have not been farther south than Mexico and Costa Rica.

I also have tinnitus and though it's never been diagnosed nor have I even mentioned it to my doctor, I ignore it because it doesn't interfere with hearing and isn't annoying.

My favorite pun was also PIGSFEAT. For some reason pigs are just funny to think about.

Picard said...

CanadianEh, PK and Lucina glad you enjoyed my QUITO, ECUADOR photos! Thank you very much for the kind words! I was on the way to my dream trip since childhood: To the Galapagos Islands.

Quito was where I met up with the small group I would be travelling with. Quito is a beautiful city and I immediately headed out to wander around the city. I soon ended up in the park with the crafts and arts vendors.

I soon met up with these two young women from Germany who had been living in Quito for about a year.

They warned me that Quito is a very dangerous city to walk around in alone. They "adopted" me for that first day and we spent that day exploring together.

The next day I met up with our small group and it turned out the German young women were correct. Several in our small group had been robbed in various ways.

The guy in the left in this photo was a Native from a remote area in the Yukon in Canada.

He was to be my bunk mate on the boat in the Galapagos. He had all his money and his passport stolen the first day in Quito. It was terrible in so many ways. There were so many wonderful people in Quito as you can see in the photos.

I did not see any poverty, begging, etc. Everyone seemed to be working some kind of honest work. No excuse for such crime. And such crime discourages people like us from coming and spending money for the beautiful crafts and arts. I just feel fortunate that I was able to buy some goods there, see the beautiful sights, meet some nice people, eat some good food and have nothing bad happen.

PK thank you for sharing your story growing up. We each have our own experiences which is what makes this such an interesting meeting place. My father was the first in his family to go to college. He very much immersed himself in "intellectual" learning. He became a brilliant scientist who made important pioneering contributions in cell biology.

But he also very much enjoyed learning for its own sake and shared it with us from the earliest age. In those days, becoming a scientist required learning multiple languages. "GESTALT" was one of many words my father shared with us. It conveys a meaning that we have no real equivalent for in English.

As a child I would sometimes be annoyed by these "foreign" words. Including all the Yiddish words that were part of our family heritage. But in retrospect I am grateful for the richness of that experience. We never had a color TV, stereo set or other fancy material possessions. But I very much appreciated the joy of learning that was part of our family.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Methinks the double-poster @ 4:57 PM is actually a daemon sniffing for key words and posting all the spam that fits.

In southeastern Kentucky, many dive bars offer pickled pigs feet for sale. Pickled baloney and pickled hard-boiled eggs as well. Served with a couple of saltines in a paper tray. Supposed to keep hangovers away.

Good stuff today. Tnx all.


Ol' Man Keith said...

Glad so many enjoyed PIG'S FEAT. Just makes me happy.
Here's a shot I snapped last year at the pig races at our County Fair. Coincidentally, the lead pig was wearing Number One. Here he is clearing a hurdle, a true PIG’S FEAT.

Irish Miss said...

CED @ 5:02 ~ Loved both kitty clips, especially the cat ~ comma comparison. The Grey's Anatomy clue wasn't mine; I haven't watched that show since its debut season.

Irish Miss said...

I wonder how the people from PETA would react to today's puzzle as they're unhappy with some of our popular idioms that use harsh language (their opinion) toward animals: Bring home the bacon, Take the bull by the horns, Don't put all your eggs in one basket, etc. I'm beginning to wonder if the world has gone mad, at last. I'm not sure if PETA was involved, but the makers of Animal Crackers removed the bars from their box label so as to depict the animals being free, rather than caged in a zoo. How any of this helps (or hurts) animals is beyond me. My way of helping animals is by contributing twice a year to the local animal shelter.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

OH MAN! I crashed and burned on a Tuesday Puzzle(?)! NE - didn't know 9d, 11d, 12d, nor 15a. I had PIGS-E-- and kept thinking WHAT?!?
Worse, in the SW, I had Kevlar @48d, IT IS Now @41d, and couldn't figure out the critter.
Even Worser! - Two of my favorite constructors pummeled me.

Thanks IM & C.C. for the fun. I blame myself for not enough P&P [It's only Tuesday, after-all, I shouldn't need any :-)]

Thanks TTP for bailing me out of the grid and salving my wounds with some The Who. Oh, and you misspelt humor :-)

WO: WC, I too had a Pilsner b/f PALE ALE

Fav: The DE-eVOlution of, say, The Stones
Devo isn't a band but an art project, "created to advance Casale’s theory of “de-evolution,” the concept that instead of evolving, society was in fact regressing (“de-evolving”) as humans embraced their baser instincts. Inspired by the Dadaists and the Italian Futurists, Devo’s members were also creating satirical visual art, writing treatises, and filming short videos." [New Yorker] Are we not men? We are DEVO!


Today I had a user forward me email "Is this is phish?" I responded, "It is a phish and you clicked it. Fortunately our systems blocked it. WHEW!"
The reply "Phew, I was in such a rush today, don't even remember sending it to you. Thanks."

Hahtoolah - LOL'd at QOD.

C, Eh! - Front page today, the crew arrived at the ISS safe and sound.

TTP - There's a Buc-ee's across the street from our subdivision. It's big but not like the one in Katy.

IM - Affirmative from Tony, it was PETA.
//That's a bit much...

Cheers, -T

Sandyanon said...

Lol. Maybe I should try going to the fair!

Lucina said...

Though I'm not a cat lover I am a grammarian and loved the paws/pause poster. Thank you.

I've never heard of Buc-ees; is it only in Texas?

Misty said...

Lucina, glad we're on the same page with our little ear problem.

Irish Miss, I'm still enchanted and thrilled with your and C.C.'s work on this puzzle. It was a delight, and I again want to thank you both.

Wilbur Charles said...

Oas, sorry so late. I complicated it because I was using an actual price that for one item seemed too high. Yes, it really is that simple eg "saved X=>price for one = X. 2*X / 3 = individual price.

It's clearly a scam since it's not obvious what one is paying .

IM, in Florida some of the more radical PETA People are going after fishermen. Next ? Apiaries?


Anonymous T said...

Lucina - Buc-ee's is Texas based but has locations in Alabama, and FL (and maybe LA?). As they expand from TX, lawsuits ensue [there was another one with a KS or Neb company but I'm too tired to find it].

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Lucina: Well, there it (the Neb lawsuit) was in TTP's Wiki link:
"In 2017, Buc-ee's again filed a lawsuit for breaking an agreement, this time against a Nebraska-based convenience store chain known as "Bucky's". The two companies had agreed to remain in their respective states and expand only to states where the other did not operate."

Tomorrow's a fed-holiday to honor #41. TopSgt (my Army Bro) had to drive 3.5hrs back from the range because the civilians that run the joint were going to get their day off. He knew I'd be up and keep him awake his last 10 miles.

Now I'm really spent. Nite, -T

Ol' Man Keith said...

Irish Miss ~
Was that You?!
How did I Miss that?

Roy said...

FIR, but did not notice the theme.

Did not know TCB; but kept looking for the Y.

CWs keep using the possessive phrases (à moi, etc.) instead of the possessive pronouns (mon/ma/mes, etc.).

Roy said...

Où le mien/la mienne/les miens/les miennes