Jan 6, 2019

Sunday Janaury 6, 2019 Garry Morse

Theme:  "But Is It Art?" - Quip theme.
22. Start of a quip: I WENT TO.

36. Quip, part 2: A MUSEUM WHERE THEY HAVE.

55. Quip, part 3: ALL THE HEADS AND.

66. Quip, part 4: ARMS.

79. Quip, part 5: FROM THE STATUES.

94. Quip, part 6: THAT ARE IN ALL THE OTHER.

117. End of the quip: MUSEUMS.

And origin of the quip (symmetrically placed):

8. With 123-Across, speaker of the quip: STEVEN.

123. See 8-Across: WRIGHT.

Rich rarely runs quote or quip puzzle, as it's not a popular theme type with solvers. But it's fun to get such a puzzle once in a while. In the old Star Tribune Media days, we used to get one by Alan P. Olschwang every Thursday.

I also don't recall a Sunday LAT grid with only 135 words. We often get 142 or 144. Sometimes 140.


1. Ohm reciprocal: SIEMENS. Named after Siemens, who founded Siemens, which has a few big plants in China.

14. Hybrid tableware: SPORK.

19. Black Sea country: ROMANIA.

20. Poke holes in, as a lawn: AERATE.

21. Judge of the Yankees: AARON. Aaron Judge. All Rise. Also 52. NYC line that stops at Yankee Stadium, familiarly: IRT.

23. Beauty goddesses: GRACES.

24. Crunchy snack: FRITO.

25. Big Apple restaurateur: SARDI. Sardi's.

26. Chef's amts.: TBSPS.

28. Dexterity: SLEIGHT.

30. "Wedding Bell Blues" soloist Marilyn: MCCOO. Forgot. We had her before.

32. Org. with an Acid Rain Program: EPA.

35. Three before kappa: ETA.

45. Monotony metaphor: RUT.

46. Heads of the Sorbonne: TETES. Just French for "heads".

47. Sticker: THORN.

48. Evil Luthor: LEX.

49. Bring out: ELICIT.

53. Truce: CEASEFIRE. Great fill.

58. Glee club member: TENOR.

59. Expected results: NORMS.

60. "__ so you!": IT'S.

61. Out of shape: BENT.

62. Boise's st.: IDA.

65. Email afterthoughts: PSS.

68. Short alias?: AKA.

71. European carrier: SAS. Scandinavian Airlines System.

72. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge denizen: NENE.

74. Safari beast: GNU.

75. Maestro Ozawa: SEIJI.

77. Shrek creator William: STEIG. Unknown to me.

85. "My mom's gonna kill me!": I AM SO DEAD. Another great fill.

87. Air traffic mgmt. group: FAA.

88. Arts section regular: CRITIC.

89. __-fi: SCI.

90. Frayed: TATTY.

91. Either of two hearth borders?: AITCH. Just the edge letter: hearth

93. Altar constellation: ARA.

99. Rhyming boxer: ALI.

100. Work with thread: SEW.

101. Calrissian of "Star Wars" films: LANDO.

102. Putting out: ISSUING.

106. Laker or Raptor, briefly: NBAER.

109. Bass-baritone Simon: ESTES. Another learning moment.

113. Trolley sound: CLANG.

114. Lowest points: NADIRS.

119. "War of the Worlds" target: EARTH.

120. Play areas: ARENAS. Nice clue.

121. Entered stealthily, perhaps: EASED IN.

122. __ tie: TWIST.

124. Letters-to-the-editor writers: READERS.


1. Indian titles: SRIS. Also 104. Indian garment: SARI.

2. State admitted to the Union after Texas: IOWA.OK, let's see: December 29, 1845.

3. Hosp. "room": EMER.

4. 400+ million of them are produced daily: M AND M'S.

5. Draw in: ENTICE.

6. Insignificant point: NIT.

7. Príncipe's island partner: SAO TOME.

8. Droops: SAGS.

9. Former ACC Cavalier rival: TERP. University of Maryland.

10. Old-fashioned editing tool: ERASER.

11. Little sucker?: VAC. Fun clue.

12. Seine summer: ETE.

13. Loch with a legend: NESS.

14. Circus security: SAFETY NET. Have you seen a circus in person?

15. Outcast: PARIAH.

16. One may be left in a copier: Abbr.: ORIG.

17. __ IRA: ROTH.

18. One in a sailor's repertoire: KNOT.

27. Dressy pasta?: BOW TIES. Lovely clue.

29. Creepy looks: LEERS.

31. Fast sailing ships: CUTTERS.

33. Subjects of many online videos: PET CATS. Ask Dave.

34. Balkan capital: ATHENS. Balkan Peninsula.

36. Geographical measure: AREA.

37. Think (over): MULL.

38. Elec., e.g.: UTIL.

39. Mount Olympus VIP: HERA.

40. Town line sign abbr.: EST'D.

41. 1950s tennis great Lew: HOAD. No idea. Wiki says he won three majors in 1956.

42. Dior creations: A-LINES.

43. Shakespearean title city: VERONA.

44. Applies, as pressure: EXERTS.

50. Whse. unit: CTN. Whse = Warehouse, not a familiar abbr. to me.

51. Chain with syrup choices: IHOP.

54. Shortest mo.: FEB.

56. Eng. ship title: HMS.

57. __City: computer game: SIM.

62. Refuse to bargain: INSIST.

63. Separate: DETACH.

64. Lethargy cause: ANEMIA. When I grew up, we only ate meat during Spring Festival. Pork was so tasty then.

66. Pain reliever: ANODYNE.

67. Daiquiri liquor: RUM.

68. DDE opponent: AES. Adlai Ewing Stevenson.

69. Cooking show title word: KITCHEN. TTP's Honduran tamales reminded me of a Thai-style fish I used to like. It's baked in banana leaves. The restaurant is actually called Banana Leaf.

70. Barely open: AJAR.

73. Köln cooler: EIS. Ice.

74. Free: GRATIS.

75. Mariner's home: SEATTLE.

76. "Lord, is __?": Matthew: IT I.

78. Matchless one's question: GOT A LIGHT? Oh, one without a match.

79. Many a political party: FETE. Love this clue.

80. Giant in nonstick pans: T-FAL.

81. Call from the curb: HAIL.

82. Six-sided state: UTAH.

83. Country name that includes its own abbreviation: EIRE. OK, IE.

84. Permanent mark: SCAR.

86. "Splish Splash" singer: DARIN.

92. Con artist, often: CHARMER.

95. Jeers: TAUNTS.

96. Street shader: AWNING.

97. City east of El Paso: ODESSA. "Friday Night Lights".

98. How uncut grass goes: TO SEED.

102. "Law & Order: SVU" actor: ICE-T.

103. Sandwich side: SLAW. Asian style coleslaw. You can also add Ramen noodles.

105. Work on, as a bone: GNAW.

107. Buddy, in slang: BRAH. And 110. Bit of defiance, in slang: TUDE. Attitude.

108. No. 2: ASST.

111. Gulf States prince: EMIR.

112. "Last four" ID verifiers: SSNS.

115. Sea-Tac abbr.: ARR.

116. Agnus __: DEI.

118. Oil-rich fed.: UAE.

Boomer Updates:

Next Wednesday Boomer is having another blood draw, then followed by a VA Pharmay Care call. Hope we don't encounter another pill glitch again. Someone dropped the ball on this Zytiga thing the week before Christmas. I was so relieved when we finally received the pills via priority mail, but it was such a draining experience. Totally got what you went through, Jerome!



OwenKL said...

DNF. Got everything except the far NW. Put SRIS in and took it back out 3 or 4 times over. Ditto SARDI. OKLA > IOWA, UKRAINE > ROMANIA, WARD > EMER, ERR > NIT, IS THERE > I WENT TO, STE TOME > SAO TOME (and thought it was Caribbean, not Africa), [news]PAPERS > M AND MS. We discussed MHO a while back, but neither that nor conductance fit. Never heard of McCOO, SIEMEN (except as a big company in Albuquerque). Parsing M&MS was the final letters I put in.

She could ENTICE men wherever she went.
She could ELICIT their every consent.
She'd EXERT her control
Then the men she would roll --
Spending their money made her feel quite content!

He fitted his prosthesis with an AK15.
Under his pants leg it couldn't be seen.
No one was alarmed
Since he was UNARMED,
But unlegged, that wasn't his scene!

Assured his shipmates that he wouldn't tattle.
That in ports 'cross the sea
In MUSEUMS they'd be
And not engaging in sexual battle!

{B+, B-, A-.}

OwenKL said...

23a Didn't notice plural, so ATHENA > GRACES.

35a I have a hard enough time remembering all those Greek letters, and now we're going to have to start remembering their placements? Ayeeee!

65a PPS > PSS

Tricky abbreviation indicators: VAC, A.K.A.

91a [and]IRONS > AITCH.

14d See? I've been in a circus! My Lions club used to sponsor one. Once I was the only Lion to show up wearing my Lions vest, so I got included in a clown act!

34d I didn't realize Greece was considered a Balkan state!

50d Whse = warehouse or wholesale -- didn't matter, same answer either way.

62d Shakedown, not a shutdown! (bipartisan rant, tho they would each mean it differently).

83d IR inside EIRE. Tricky, since it's not the abbreviation for EIRE.

DARIN -- Rich does like to echo entries (this from this past Wednesday), and also prescience of the Blog, since Wilbur mentioned DARIN in a different context on Friday.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Lotsa obscure names in this one turned it into a slog. Washington State looks like Fido's a....well it's a mess. Thought that Black Sea country was ALBANIA (I'm geographically challenged), then GEORGIA. My restaurateur was SCHOR (yeah, he spells it SHOR). My pain reliever was ASPIRIN, and my lethargy was caused by ANOMIE. I only know BRAH as the place where Erin goes on New Year's Eve. Finally got those booboos fixed. Ugh! Only after getting the rest of the quote did I figure out that it must begin "I WENT TO." SEATTLE finally fell. Not my favorite Sunday outing, but got 'er done. Thanx, Garry and C.C.

"Refuse to bargain" -- INSIST. Particularly timely.

Wilbur Charles said...

This is all FLN. I haven't started Sunday yet
I see I never commented. If I wait to finish Sunday it'll be way* late.
I missed the second D on ADDAMS . After finally changing STET to EDIT completed the SW. Jeffrey is like a baseball pitcher with excellent fastball and curve but will throw a change-up like "Remove apostophe.."=EDIT. Monday easy and we're looking for clues like "Homophone for..."

So, I guess I am 1/1024 FIW. I coulda been a contender


* Blog usage SO and WAY permitted n'est-ce pas? So, And, But are SEGUEs

Anonymous said...

Today's NYT crossword is why I always called you the Awesome Blossom. One of my favorite themes of all time! Wow!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I like this type of theme once in a while because they're usually humorous, which this one was. I never noticed the title (a rare faux pas, for me) and I never heard of Steven Wright, so no help from either quarter. Sunday puzzles most always have a plethora of proper names and today's teemed with many unknowns: Siemens, São Tomé, Estes, Steig, Lando, McCoo, etc. I did appreciate the clever cluing and fill, most of which CC noted.

Thanks, Garry and CC, for a change of pace Sunday challenge and enjoyable summary. Best wishes to Boomer.

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

Finished C.C.'s NYT in good time with no idea what the theme could be. After staring at the completed grid for five minutes that "literal" part of the clue hit me upside the haid. Very cute, C.C.

Irish Miss said...

Congrats to CC on today's New York Times puzzle. Not only was it a clever theme, well executed, it garnered high praise from Rex Parker, as rare an occurrence as a blue moon. Yay, CC!

Anonymous said...


PK said...

Hi Y'all! "Is it art?" Er, no, more like a slog for me. Sorry, Garry, took a lot of effort to build this, I'm sure. Thanks for a noble try. I did get 'er filled. I thought the quote was chuckle-worthy, if unknown.

Spent more time with words I tried flashing red than I did with blacks for a long while. The only name I knew was ALI altho I got SARDI after 3 perps. Last to fill was AES/SEIJI cross "E". Knew ADLAI but not his middle initial today. DARIN, I remembered the song but not who sang it.

In SW corner only word I got first time thru was NIT, which was apt there.

Couldn't even think of M AND MS the candy after I'd filled it. I parsed it as one word. I think they produce those in my city, too. Duh!

I AM SO DEAD. Well, not quite. Maybe part of the reason this went so lousy was being sicker than a dog yesterday. Couldn't eat anything for 24 hours. Hope my egg, toast, applesauce and milk will rest easy this morning.

Jerome Stefaniak said...

Usually I hate quip puzzles but decided to stick it out
I like Steven Wright

Got his name long before I figured out the quip

Had to Google a bit
A couple of new words for me

I also never considered Greece a Balkan state

Feel for you on your Xmas drug mixup

Seeing a loved one in pain is torture
Both of you be easy with yourselves

jfromvt said...

Quote puzzles are not always my favorite, since there’s so much fill required, but they are good once in a while, and I liked this one. Did take longer than usual to finish.

Used to love Steven Wright. Have’t seen him around much lately. Stand up comics are becoming a dying breed, except for the new generation of shock comics.

Lucina said...

Quip puzzles are never my favorite. I don't recall hearing about STEVEN WRIGHT but did manage to suss his name.

I zigzagged around quite a lot until the quip emerged.

I love Marilyn MCCOO's singing and that was my first fill. I used to play the record often in the days when I had a record player and I believe I still have it in my stash of LPS.

That's all I have time for right now. Later.

Thank you, C.C.

Have a tranquil day, everyone!

Misty said...

I was actually happy to get a number of corners before I had to start cheating on this ambitious puzzle. Thanks for the challenge, Garry. Had to laugh when I got SPORK, and was puzzled by SLEIGHT until I remembered "of hand." The other one that cracked me up was VAC for 'little sucker.' But like others, many of the names were unfamiliar to me, hence the cheating. But no problem, still a fun Sunday puzzle on a busy day, with a Gourmet Club planning meeting starting at 5. And, C.C. great to see your Sunday write-up and your update on Boomer. We'll have to pray that he's able to get his meds on time, and look forward to seeing him blog tomorrow.

PK hope you feel better soon.

Have a great Day of the Epiphany, everybody. Tonight is the last night I'll have Christmas lights on. Always makes me sad when they have to be taken down.

Yellowrocks said...

This took tons of P&P and tons of time. FIR w/o help. It helped that I caught on to the quip after a while, except for the first line, and the theme helped, too. With success I enjoyed the effort. I think if I hadn't figured out the quip, I would feel differently. CC, interesting blog.
My favorite-old fashioned editing tool/eraser
I had SHORR for SARDI for quite a while, but he has only one R (4 letters)in his name. When I fixed that the NW cleared up.
Alan and I used to go to the Shriner's circus every year for his May birthday. That circus did not return in 2017 and 2018. Circuses are a dying breed. Even Ringling Bros-Barnum and Bailey Circus folded.
Putting out (102A) meant something different when I was in college. LOL
DO, I wanted ANOMIE, too. ST_IG could only have an E, and ANEMIA gave me THAT. Problem solved.
PK, sorry to hear you don't feel wel. I hope your ailment is soon gone.

billocohoes said...

Owen, a second afterthought is a PPS, afterthoughts in two different letters are PS'S.

In college, I always thought the fourteenth Greek letter was xi, not ksi.

Steven Wright's been a comic for forty years. His standup act is known for a boring, deadpan delivery.

EMIR just before UAE (United Arab Emirates). Well, clued after but written to the right of.

The Balkans were once usually considered a peninsula, so Greece would be included. They're not now always thought so.

SAO TOME (and Principe as well) and STEIG were unknown. Is SLEIGHT ever used except with "-of-hand?"

Yellowrocks said...

Regarding the discussion about the dreidel picture yesterday, here is a similar flap
at the NYT puzzle.
Is it a slur?
I was and am an ardent feminist, but I was embarrassed by the extremism of some of my sisters (not family) in the 1970's and 80's. It seems to me that most rights movements, while necessary and overdue, let the pendulum swing too far in the other direction before returning to sanity. This tendency is counterproductive. Opponents can cite this extremism to delegitimize the cause.

Steven said...

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

I was walking down the street wearing glasses when the prescription ran out.

I intend to live forever. So far, so good.

TTP said...

Hi all.

If I've ever solved a quote type of crossword before, I don't recall it.

I thought of Armenia at first, but it doesn't abut the Black Sea as Romania does. And, 2D had to be IOWA since 1A SIEMENS was an absolute.

A number of names that had to be perped and wagged. Took 54 minutes to complete !

Lucina, I too like Marilyn MCCOO. Love her vocals in a number of songs. The Fifth Dimension got a lot of airplay with a string of pop hits in the late 60s.

Thank you Garry Morse and thank you C.C.

Anonymous said...

“Ire” in Eire is short for Ireland. Another name for Eire.

Husker Gary said...

-Any puzzle with Steven Wright's humor and such devious cluing has got to be fun.
-We are in the middle of getting MIL's transfer to an independent living facility and doing CPR to her old house so I hope to comment later!

PK said...

Misty & YR, thank you for the get well wishes. I ate lunch and so far so good.

Gary: best wishes for your MIL's move. Know too well how heart-wrenching the house cleanout is. I've participated in three besides my own.

Loved the all Steven Wright quips. Don't know why I've never heard of him. Thanks to whomever posted his humor.

WikWak said...

How can you not love a puzzle that has both GNU and GNAW as fill?! Thanks to Garry for 25 minutes of fun. Thanks to C.C. for the explanations. Hand up for needing to come here to parse MANDMS.

I don’t always care for puzzles that include five or six (or more) fills that need to be seen as a whole, but this one wasn’t too bad.

Did I mention that there were two GN... words today? :P

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

billocohoes said...

Steven Wright has stated that many lines attributed to him were not his own, though he wishes some of them were.

Or as Yogi may have quipped, *I never said half the things I said."

Yellowrocks said...

I discovered Alan's re-application was not sent in until Jan. 3, a month long delay. A Feb. answer is unlikely.
As for me,I understand that applying to a continuing care facility or, at the most dire, a nursing home, is difficult if you become too disabled. I hear a nursing home will take you only from a hospitalization. I do not want to go now. How long does one wait? I am comfortable and happy here at home. I am seeing that the elderly can fail overnight, especially those who live alone. I was surprised a very independent friend recently moved into continuing care, but I know many who waited too long. Any feedback?

Irish Miss said...

YR @ 2:53 ~ In this area, there are several facilities that offer Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Alzheimer's Care, all under one roof. Some have more services and amenities than others but, unfortunately, they are all quite pricey. It wouldn't hurt to look at what's available now but wait until Alan's situation is resolved before making any major decisions. The mere fact that you're thinking ahead means this is something you're concerned about and maybe further research may help you to decide if now is the time to consider such a move.

Wilbur Charles said...

I remember the Lew HOAD Pancho Gonzalez matches in the fifties

I had one last box: the I in SEIJI*. But...
I had entered CHEF and left the F in place for a worse FIW than yesterday


I just talked about DARIN Re. Danke Shoen+ I see OKL noted it
SLAW, Tuna salad etc are routinely ruined by the American mania for mayo(as in winning in)
Owen, I see you mix up Balkan and Baltic like I do
"I only know BRAH as the place where Erin goes on New Year's Eve" - hilarious.

I recognized Marilyn but thought it was MCCEE.
I found this difficult and despaired of filling the bottom. The Texas City was crossing with some needed letters. Finally getting CHARMER was the key(and aren't they ever).
I thought the HAIL from the curb would be TAXI.


Wilbur Charles said...

Swimming in . Ugh


PK said...

YR: Our city offers what IM wrote about. The advantage of Independent Living & Assisted Living is that they offer cleaning help and check on you to make sure you are all right. You can also have meal service if desired, bus trips to stores or you can drive. No stairs. I have had several friends who liked this as well as my mother. If you start failing, you can be moved to one of the areas with more services. There are also some rehab/exercise programs and social companionship and fun programs. My mother had spent two years in her home with only me visiting once a week or so. She was declining but got healthier in her assisted living room because of the social interaction, etc. However, it can get pricey. One friend put her husband in a very nice place and had to take him out because of the charges for rehab that hadn't been explained before. I looked into a retirement complex a block from my present home a few years ago and decided I didn't want to afford it then. Looks better & better now. I've been saving my money.

Spitzboov said...

YR - What IM and PK said. If you find one you may get serious about in the future, you can get on the waiting list for 1-2 grand, typically. You can always opt out if you're not ready yet when an opening occurs. Many will refund the deposit if you ultimately decide not to go there.
Try and get a tour of any facilities that interest you when you get a chance, and have their protocols explained to you.

Southern Solver said...

William Steig won 2 Caldecott Medals for children's book illustration and 2 Newbery Awards for writing children's books, among other things.

Picard said...

For some reason I find quip puzzles very challenging and this was no exception. Hand up lots of unknown names. And hand up I never heard of STEVEN WRIGHT. But I enjoyed the quip and I even solved the fill with lots of persistence and WAGS!

Hand up I never thought of ATHENS as a Balkan city.

Did anyone else try PARROTS before PET CATS? That had me stuck for awhile. Hand up I had trouble parsing M AND MS. Learning moment about the quantity!

Here are my photos of Winged Victory, a STATUE with no HEAD.

Somewhere I actually do have a photo of a museum with a huge room full of only HEADS! But I have not yet found it.

My father was a professor at the University of Maryland and my mother was a graduate student there. Many of my friends went there. Yet I cannot find a single photo of the home of the TERPs! I will keep looking!

Yellowrocks thanks for the "beaner" discussion in the NY Times. I am very sensitive and respectful when it comes to avoiding derogatory terms. But the article notes correctly that a derogatory term can have a totally legitimate use that has no connection to the racial or ethnic slur. It is counter-productive in my view to create conflict where none possibly could have been intended. There is so much actual conflict to resolve, this is just a pointless distraction. That is my humble opinion.

PK hope you feel better soon!

CC thanks for the Boomer update and for the illustrated write-up!

Picard said...

Did anyone else think of the song "Initials" from the musical "Hair" for IRT?" We had this just a few days ago, on December 29.

Here is that shortest song in the musical which starts off "LBJ took the IRT down to 4th Street USA"

Here are all of the lyrics:
LBJ took the IRT
Down to 4th Street USA
When he got there
What did he see?
The youth of America on LSD




Jayce said...


Wilbur Charles said...

400 million * 365 ie 146 billion M&Ms? Per year?

Thasalotta* candy


My son's first words, upon looking at the ocean on Cape Cod were

"Thasalotta wawa"

Wilbur Charles said...

Ok subtract weekends and holidays and we're down to 100 big bills


Wilbur Charles said...

Since I didn't post yesterday here's an odd mis-guess. For the Arts section I actually inked BRIDGE. My newspaper had comics and bridge along with Sudoku. And what Sherlock used to call the agony* columns.


* Lots of negativity out there

Lucina said...

In the long ago past, Siemens had a large presence here in Scottsdale. Just about two miles east of me is a big building that was their facility. It provided jobs for many for at least 30 years. Ergo, I'm familiar with the name of the company but didn't know the name was also a physics term (I'm not sure if even that is correct).

Today we tried to go see the movie, Mary Queen of Scotts but the theater was full! I thought surely after this much time we would have not time getting seats. We're going to try during the week.

C.C., thank you for the continuous updates on Boomer.

Michael said...

On Assisted Care/Nursing Home sorts of places -- another item to check out is if there is any sort of disaster planning.

One of my friends lives in a 4-story, stairwell and elevator access only, facility. If there is a fire or earthquake, there aren't enough staff to visit every apartment AND get all occupants evacuated in much less than two hours. (And if the power goes out ... no elevator.)

Then add in the likelihood that wheelchairs or walkers will be needed ... who is going to assist the mobility-challenged?

Be careful, that profit is not the main motive in the facilities you investigate.

Dow Jones said...


The Monday (1/7/19) edition of the Wall Street Journal features a crossword puzzle (Brain Food) by C.C. Burnikel. It may be solved online or printed from

JJM said...

Got STEVEN immediately then went to the bottom and got GNAW. After that I knew it had to be STEVEN WRIGHT. I gotta admit though, he's never been one of my favorites. He's an acquired taste. He's like the Yankees... you either love 'em or hate 'em. I'm in the latter category. Haven't seen him much in the last 10-15 years, but he was definitely an "A-lister" among comedians from the mid 80's to the mid 90's. He's in that same group with Seinfeld, Leno, Kinison, Dice, Shandling, etc. I find it odd that so many have not heard of him.
Not one of my greatest times however (54:20)... but finished.