Feb 10, 2019

Sunday February 10, 2019 David Poole

Theme: "Not Again"- RE is removed from each theme entry.

23A. Chef's directives involving sieves?: STRAINING ORDERS. Restraining orders.

34A. One splitting firewood?: CORD BREAKER. Record breaker.

43A. Chance for Obi-Wan to play?: TURN OF THE JEDI. Return of the Jedi.

69A. Therapist's technique using poetry?: VERSE PSYCHOLOGY. Reverse psychology.

101A. Social event for British tavern keepers?: PUBLICAN PARTY. Republican party.

111A. Dusting goal?: MOTE CONTROL. Remote control.

125A. License to search for the Holy Grail?: QUEST PERMISSION. Request permission.

Such an apt title from David. It summarizes up the gimmick nicely and does not give away the theme.

Very consistent approach too. Super tight entries.


1. Pen pals?: CONS. Fun clue.

5. Complexion enhancement: ROUGE. I just call it BLUSH.

10. Email subject abbr.: FWD.

13. Get to smile: AMUSE.

18. From square one: ANEW.

19. Steam up: ENRAGE.

21. John, to Paul, George and Ringo: LOO. And 22. John, Paul, George and Ringo: NAMES. Fantastic clues.

26. Travis of country: TRITT.

27. Tennis' Goolagong: EVONNE.

28. Kia HQ city: SEOUL. But HQ is asking for an abbreviated answer.

29. Widen: DILATE.

30. Old pool people: STENOS.

36. Violin stroke: UP BOW.

39. Big chamber group: OCTET.

41. Candidate's aim: SEAT. Our senator Amy Klobuchar is running.

42. Yearbook sect.: SRS.

47. Quaint oath: EGAD.

49. Bar quaff, briefly: IPA.

50. YOLO, in ancient Rome: CARPE DIEM. YOLO = You Only Living Once. This clue made me smile.

52. Actress Staunton of Harry Potter movies: IMELDA. Learning moment for me.

56. Lemony, say: CITRIC. Charlotte disagrees.

59. PC bailout key: ESC.

60. 113-Down's last words: A DAMN. And 113. "I never give anything without expecting something in return" speaker: RHETT.

62. Placed: LAID.

63. Take in or let out: ALTER.

64. Broadway's Hagen: UTA.

66. Hirsute Himalayan humanoid of myth: YETI. Triple alliteration. Agnes' forte.

68. Crossed (out): XED.

76. Compress, as a file: ZIP.

79. Resist: DEFY.

80. Pop duo __ & Him: SHE. Wiki says the duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.

81. Signs of shock: GASPS.

85. Currier's partner: IVES.

87. Andrea __: ill-fated ship: DORIA.

90. City, informally: URB.

92. Magoo's malady: MYOPIA.

93. Cooperstown charter member: TY COBB. And Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

95. Abash: EMBARRASS.

98. Prov. at one end of the Ambassador Bridge: ONT. Here is the bridge. Our constructor is a Canadian.

99. Dental image: X RAY.

104. Latin art: ARS.

107. Triangle product: AREA.

109. Tot's rebuttal: IS NOT.

110. Role for Liam: OSKAR. Oskar Schindler. He's in trouble.

115. Banded metamorphic rock: GNEISS.

117. Big Sur institute: ESALEN. Read here for details. I learned it from doing crosswords.

118. Cambodians' neighbors: THAIS. Oo!

120. Film frames: STILLS.

124. Knighted British actor Hawthorne: NIGEL. Learning moment as well.

129. "The Canterbury Tales" pilgrim: REEVE.

130. Blast cause: TNT.

131. Washington city: YAKIMA. Not TACOMA.

132. Enterprise counselor: TROI.

133. Portfolio part: ASSET.

134. Collecting Soc. Sec.: RET.

135. Enlighten: TEACH. I just send opaque things to Roman Forest. They often come back clear.

136. Virgo/Libra mo.: SEPT.


1. Project for Poirot: CASE.

2. Airing: ON TV.

3. Student of Seneca: NERO.

4. TV dinner brand: SWANSON.

5. "Xena" actress O'Connor: RENEE. Also new to me.

6. Hush-hush maritime org.: ONI. Office of Naval Intelligence.

7. Java holder: URN.

8. Witty bit: GAG.

9. Sensitive issues for directors: EGOS.

10. __-de-lis: FLEUR.

11. Wells title foes: WORLDS.  "The War of the Worlds". H. G. Wells.

12. Bobs and buns: DOS.

13. Bloody Civil War battle site: ANTIETAM. Wiki says "it was the bloodiest day in United States history, with a combined tally of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing."

14. Actress Maples: MARLA.

15. Inuit boats: UMIAKS. This looks cold.

16. Volleyball position: SETTER.

17. Fragrant compounds: ESTERS.

20. Put up: ERECTED.

24. Bisected: IN TWO.

25. Rooster's last word?: DOO. Oh, cock-a-doodle-doo.

29. Involve with reluctantly, as a tough situation: DRAG INTO.

31. __ bene: NOTA.

32. Yellowish tone: OCHRE.

33. Answers the call: STEPS UP.

35. Pollen carrier: BEE.

36. Erie Canal city: UTICA.

37. One who has class?: PUPIL. And 112. Parisian 37-Down: ELEVE.

38. Benjamin of "Law & Order": BRATT. Here with Lannie!

40. Kicks out: EJECTS.

44. Govt. org. with a Media Bureau: FCC.

45. Calendario square: DIA.

46. Mil. roadside danger: IED.

48. 2017 Best Director Oscar winner Guillermo __ Toro: DEL. "The Shape of Water".

51. It may be held in a deli: MAYO.

53. Southern Calif. airport: LAX.  And 71. Northern Calif. airport: SFO.

54. Roller in Vegas: DIE.

55. Put in: ADD.

57. MLK's title: REV.

58. Miffed: IRED. Spell check does not like this form.

61. Voice artist Blanc: MEL.

65. Shakespearean cries: AYS.

67. Pop of punk: IGGY.

70. Snoopy's nemesis: RED BARON. Great fill.

72. Jane Rochester, née __: EYRE.

73. Uncouth types: CHURLS.

74. It's misleading when it's red: HERRING.

75. Ming most look up to: YAO. Very tall. He now owns Shanghai Sharks.

76. Spot at the prom?: ZIT. Bad pot.

77. Climbing greenery: IVY.

78. Iron pumper's pride: PEC.

82. Versatile utensil: SPORK.

83. Historic nautical trio member: PINTA.

84. Dionysus devotee: SATYR.

86. Red or White: SOX.

88. Little trickster: IMP. That's our Spitzboov!

89. "Aladdin" monkey: ABU.

91. Club component: BACON. Sandwich.

92. AOL alternative: MSN.

94. Patient's ID: BRACELET.

96. Knack: ABILITY.

97. Fill to the max: SATE.

100. Nikkei index currency: YEN.

102. Blog updates: POSTS. From our blogging team.

103. Gretzky's NHL record 1,963: ASSISTS.

104. Supreme Egyptian deity: AMEN RA.

105. Bar in TV's "M*A*S*H": ROSIE'S. Unknown to me. Never watched "M*A*S*H".

106. Play grounds?: STAGES. Nice clue.

108. Bring into harmony: ATTUNE.

114. Western treaty gp.: OAS. Organization of American States. And a blog regular.

116. NBA legend Thomas: ISIAH.

119. Little fight: SPAT.

121. Euro forerunners: LIRE.

122. Programmer's "endless" problem: LOOP.

123. Peevish state: SNIT.

125. Game div.: QTR.

126. Barely make, with "out": EKE.

127. Fjord kin: RIA.

128. CXL x XV: MMC. I dread this kind of clue.

I spoke with Dave 2 last Monday. He coughed constantly. Both he and his roommate had flu. They could not leave their room for fear that they might spread the flu to to other patients in the rehab place. He felt quite isolated.



OwenKL said...

FIWrong. The SW I knew was wrong, but Oregon & Texas I hadn't realized. aPpow > UPBOW a term i've never heard before, crossing a couple names. RikIES > ROSIES was a WAG, never heard of ESALEN, and MiTE > MOTE thinking the pun was on mind, not remote. Growing up in Oregon, tAcoMA came instantly to mind before YAKIMA, and I never got to the perp clues.

OwenKL said...

After reading CC's write up, I realize I missed the theme! I thought they were just puns. TRAINING ORDERS, CODE BREAKER, MIND CONTROL. REVERSE and REPUBLICAN I did see, but thought they were just variations on the puns. And all I could think of for JEDI was TURN OF THE screw, which wasn't at all punny!

SHE asked him if he noticed her new ROUGE.
She asked him if her conversation did AMUSE.
She asked about those and these
She learned exactly how to please --
He learned spending time with her he must refuse!

There was a girl from YAKIMA
Who wouldn't listen to her Ma!
Instead, EGAD,
She heard he Dad,
And now she keeps the boys in awe!

{B+, A.}

Anonymous said...

Come on! The southwest corner? Was an ok puzzle up until there.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Fun puzzle overall, but the crossing of ESALEN with AMENRA was just plain evil from my perspective. Never ever heard of ESALEN (or couldn't remember it if I did) and the standard spelling of the Egyptian god is actually AMUN-RA last I checked. So, since USALEN looked like a plausible name for a school (U. of Salen, perhaps), that was a fail for me.

Hope all is well with everybody!

Lemonade714 said...

How cool to see Barry G. again/
We are off to the gym, but wanted to say hi and remark that yesterday, when I was trolling for votes for my son, Devin, I neglected to link his drink video. Silly me. DR DEV's DIZZY FIZZ .

More later

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yay, d-o got the theme. But it's a new week, so that isn't a new record. I even remembered that Goolagong spelled YVONNE with a leading E. Like Oprah, ISIAH Thomas is another victim of Biblical misspelling. I worked for a few years at a country music radio station. Travis? MERLE, obviously. Oops, guess it's RANDY. Nope, Travis is a first name. Whew. Do you suppose STENOS was David's CSO to himself? At any rate, I enjoyed the puzzle and your write-up, C.C.

Good to see you again Barry G. "Amen" to what you said about Amun Ra.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you David and C.C.

I'm with Anonymous at 5:02 AM and Barry G (Hi Barry !) about that SW corner. Membered ROSIES from a cent run episode that I think was called "A Night at Rosie's" and that made me call ARS. With that S, I changed arenas to STAGES but the mainder of that corner was too much.

"It may be held at the deli" = MAYO. Hi Abejo !

UMIAKS was new but at least it was perpable.

ESALEN ? I read the article. Were LSD and other mind altering drugs big at Stanford ? Is that how that started ? Sounds like a place for psycho babble mumbo jumbo. None for me thanks.

"YOLO in ancient Rome" was my favorite clue.

Travis Tritt - T-R-O-U-B-L-E

CartBoy said...

High school French failed me in SW.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. Fun puzzle. I got the missing "RE" with the (RE)STRAINING ORDER on my second pass of the puzzle.

I liked the crossing of IVY and IVES.

My favorite clue was It's Misleading When It's Red = HERRING.

I also liked the Play Grounds = STAGES.

UTA Hagan is a crossword staple. You'd think I knew her name by now. Nope. I recognized her, but had to wait for the perps to give me some of the three letters.

Nice CSO to Lemonade and his wife with LEMONY and THAIS.

QOD: [When] life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. ~ Stella Adler (Feb. 10, 1901 ~ Dec. 21, 1992)

Bluehen said...

Regarding the debate about the spelling of Amun-Ra: I LIU by asking Google to search for Amun ra and got hits spelled Amun or Amen and Amon, with or without the hyphen. Makes me wish we had a letter for the schwa sound.

I have been a fan of Nigel Hawthorne ever since the Britcom series Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister. His work there earned him the lead as George III (the mad king)in the movie by that title.

Fun puzzle that amused me. great expo CC.

One Last Thought: I probably should have posted this yesterday, but here goes. Every time I vow to eat healthier, some chocolate bar looks up at me and Snickers.


MitziMouse said...

Thank you very much CC for your link of the Esalen Institute. It seems that at the "Mad Men" finale where Don had an enlightenment took place in this place.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 5:02 am......totally agree. SW corner > energy vampire > sucked the fun out of the rest of the puzzle

Barry G.....back in the house!!

billocohoes said...

Osiris before AMEN-RA, which is subject to the same problems of Arabic (or other non-Latin alphabets to English) spelling.

Worst was reading the clue for IMELDA as "actress in Harry Dean Stanton movies". Seems I do that more online than on newsprint.

Couldn't spell Isiah. And kayAK before UMIAK

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was almost a DNF because of the Amen Ra ~ Esalen crossing. Not knowing Rosie's hung me up until I decided that Rosie's sounded better than Rorie's, filled in the S and, unbelievably, got my Tada! The solve was not easy, even though the theme was obvious from the get-go. Sunday puzzles contain so many proper names, usually many that I've never heard of, so waiting for perps is essential: Umiaks, Gneiss, Abu, Imelda, Renee (she looks a little like Alicia Silverstone) and the aforementioned Amen Ra, Esalen, and Rosie's. I think my only w/o was Spiker/Spinner.

Plenty of CSOs today to Spitz, Lemony, Oo, CanadianEh, Oas, and our resident trickster, CED. I like the duos of LAX/SFO, Doo/Do(s), Snit/Spat, and Ivy crossing Ives. My favorite C/As were Club component=Bacon and Play grounds=Stages. The Beatles' clues were clever also. Learning moment was Marla Maples being an actress. Utica was a gimme for the New York contingent. There is a local restaurant owner who survived the Andrea Doria disaster when he was a teenager.

Thanks, David, for an interesting play on words and thanks, CC, for the excellent, informative review. As you so kindly mentioned, I do love alliteration and I also share your reaction to Roman Numerals. I avoid them as long as I can and hope the perps will save my hide. I loved seeing Jerry Ohbach; he was a favorite of mine. I saw him in "42nd Street" on Broadway, many years ago. I also loved seeing Miss Charlotte and her Lemonade stand; what a cutie she is! Your Senator Klobuchar has officially thrown her hat into the ring, while my Senator Gillibrand has formed an exploratory committee but has not yet formally announced she's running. She lives about two miles from me and comes from a strongly connected local political background.

Dave, hope you're feeling better and will be back to the blog soon.

Barry G, nice to hear from you.

Have a great day.

Lemonade714 said...

First, the AMEN RA spelling just appeared in the January 11, 2019 puzzle which I blogged.

A MARLA MAPLES spotting and no mention of her ex-husband and father of her child, TIFFANY ?

We saw in concert here and he was very entertaining.

I thought GNEISS was a nice fill.

As a psychology major in the 60's, I am very familiar with the ESALEN INSTITUTE . It had some remarkable people lecture there. However, what I am most impressed by was the discovery of human artifacts dating back more than 4600 years being found in California.

The sinking of the ANDREA DORIA was one of the big stories of my youth.

Thank you, David Poole, for a fun Sunday and the lemon and Thai CSO.
C.C., you are the best.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-I was up a RIA without an UMIAK in the SW. I guessed the wrong vowel at AM_NERA/_SALEN
-MOTE CONTROL was my fav in David’s entertaining puzzle
-When people mistakenly leave the A out of caramel, they mistakenly put it in DILATE
-Good parents know how to react when a toddler DEFIES them
-Shoeless Joe’s opinion of TY COBB (:11)
-The YAKIMA Valley produces 77% of America’s hops
-You might GASP when you look at the nutrition label on a Swanson TV dinner
-Some GAGS substitute gross for witty
-This SETTER got into trouble with her dad/coach
-Korea is and Vietnam had been cut IN TWO
-My nautical navigator was not the BAKER
-My Sunday obligation beckons

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Double CSO today. In addition to CC's and IM's SO'S, I also looked over UTICA and the upper Mohawk Valley while doing this.
Enjoyed the theme. Pleasant solve.
Andrea DORIA was still fighting naval battles when he was 84 years old,

I think Ms. Gillibrand attended Emma Willard a private HS for girls in Troy.

Anonymous said...

Re: Blog comment, "76. Spot at the prom?: ZIT. Bad pot."

There's no such thing as "bad pot"...!!!


JJM said...

I couldn't have said it better than what Barry G (BTW, nice to see you again) stated.... my EXACT thoughts!

Yellowrocks said...

I found this quite easy with the exception of the SW corner. One bad cell, the E in ESALEN. I never heard of it. There was only a 1-in-3 chance of getting it right. I have seen AMEN RA, AMON RA and AMUN RA. I choose the O.
I found the drop RE, NOT AGAIN, trope, almost right away. This puzzle was so great I can forgive the natick. Lots of fun.
Here we do not say the second A in caramel. It isn't a mistake, just an alternate, regional pronunciation, like the different pronunciations of vase. See my link yesterday.
Dave 2, hope you will be feeling better soon.
Nice to see you again Barry G.

Irish Miss said...

Spitz @ 10:52 ~ Yes, Mrs. Gillibrand graduated from Emma Willard (as did Jane Fonda). Emma Willard's campus served for several location scenes for "Scent of A Woman" and is about a mile from my home. I wish the TV pundits would pronounce her name correctly: It is Jillabrand (as in Jack and Jill) not Gillabrand (as in a fish gill).

Spike Feresten said...

ELAINE: Andrea Doria? Isn't that the one they did the song about?

JERRY: (Correcting her) Edmund Fitzgerald.

ELIANE: I love Edmund Fitzgerald's voice.

JERRY: (Gives Elaine a look) No, Gordon Lightfoot was the singer. Edmund Fitzgerald was the ship.

GEORGE: (Talking about his would-be apartment) You could fit 15 people in that bathroom..

ELAINE: I think Gordon Lightfoot was the boat.

JERRY: (Sarcastic) Yeah, and it was rammed by the Cat Stevens.

KRAMER: (Like a teacher) The Andrea Doria collided with the Stockholm in dense fog 21 miles off the coast of Nantucket. (Makes a clicking sound with his


(Everyone's taken back by Kramer's knowledge)

GEORGE: How do you know?

KRAMER: it's in my book - "Astonishing Tales of the Sea" 51 people died.

GEORGE: 51 people?!

KRAMER: That's it?! I thought it was, like, a thousand!

KRAMER: There were 1,650 survivors.

GEORGE: That's no tragedy! How many people do you lose on a normal cruse? 30? 40?! Kramer, can I take a look at that book?

Spike said...

Forgot to add the video of the above scene.

Misty said...

Fun Sunday puzzle, David--many thanks! I got the entire large middle section and had problems only in the north and south. After I got VERSE PSYCHOLOGY I figured out the RE theme (which made sense of the NOT AGAIN title) and TURN OF THE JEDI confirmed that that was the delightful theme. Once I got DAMN I knew the speaker was going to be RHETT. My favorite clue and answer were 'Old pool people' and STENOS. Lots of fun all around--thanks again, David. And thank you, for your always great write-up, C.C., and update on poor Dave. Hope he recovers soon from his flu.

Nice to see you back, Barry G.

Bluehen, your chocolate joke made me snicker.

Have a great Sunday, everybody.

Spitzboov said...

Spike's Video Link

Big Easy said...

The missing RE gimmick was immediately noticeable as soon as STRAING ORDER fell into place. NW corner had SWANSON dinners that were eaten on TV trays ( remember them) as people watched ON TV. My ultimate fail was the SW corner. I agree with Anon @ 5:02 & the 'stranger' Barry G. I read and forgot (forced in freshman English) Canterbury Tales over 50 years ago. But REEVE, NIGEL, ESALEN, & ROSIES were total unknowns. ROSIES Cantina from the Marty Robbins song I know. I made a correct WAG on NIGEL & REEVE but my Latin knowledge is minimal and guessed AMS, EVALEN, and MOVIES.

IMELDA, BRATT, SHE & Him, SEPT, RENEE O'Connor- filled by perps.
If you are IRED, you're IRKED. I guess the IR is the root for irate, irritate.

"Bloody Civil War battle site"- every one of them.
"it may be held in a deli" and on anything and everything that I eat-MAYO
"AOL alternative"-every ISP was better than them but most people don't realize that through all their 'message boards' that they were the forerunner of Facebook and all Social Media. Cable and DSL put them on the sidelines.

"Actress Maples"- a former MRS. TRUMP.

Amy Klobuchar is running? So is every other wannabe. Spartacus, Warren, Bernie, the mayor of San Antonio (Castro), Dorko O'Rourke, Kamala, my dog, C.C.'s cat, and a host of thousands. Maybe Blomberg and "Mr. Starbucks" will part with some of their billions. But as far as Amy, your former governor Jesse "The Body' Ventura has a better chance.

Jayce said...

I loved this puzzle. I liked the execution of the missing RE theme and loved a number of the clues, my fave perhaps being the clue for HERRING, which is itself pretty nifty fill. My hardest area was the southeast, what with that Roman numeral math, the name ISIAH which I didn't remember, and my not being clear about whether it is RIA or RIO. Getting TEACH fixed it for me. Because I knew ESALEN, NIGEL, and ELEVE the southwest wasn't as hard for me as it was for several of you.
I liked yesterday's puzzle too.
Good wishes to you all.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

{B, A}

C.C. You're a dream -- Thanks for checking in on D4 and letting us know how he's doing. If you're reading Dave (well, even if you're not), get well soon.

Nice to see Hahtoolah (and your QOD) and Berry G. today.

Bluehen - (snicker)

BigE - since you're wading into politics... these open primaries kinda make you miss the Smoke Filled Rooms, no? Wide-open Primaries don't seem to give us the best man (or woman*) to run the Country.

Lucina - FLN: Still getting the certificate error?

Cheers, -T
*say it like a Python :-)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, David, for a fun & challenging puzzle. Thanks, C.C., for an enlightening expo.

I got the RE theme early which helped on the others. But my first thought was a change from STandING orders to STRAINING. Maybe RAIN in the middle. The next theme entry the light dawned.

Hand up for finding the SW corner diabolical. I had only BRACELET & MOTE CONTROL. I ended up doing red-letter runs for almost every other !@#$% square. I knew RA but not AMEN. The "E" seemed most unlikely of the vowels.

Didn't know several other clues elsewhere but they filled in nicely with perps.

I kept resisting LOO for John for the other Beatles because it seemed sacrilegious for fans. I got NAMES immediately.

Could not remember what YOLO meant. But then I'm hoping for reincarnation.

Sandyanon said...

I think the source of the differing spellings of amenra, amonra, and amunra is that hieroglyphics didn't indicate vowels, so spellings depended on the preferences of archeologists. Vowelless alphabets also leave pronunciation open to interpretation.

Lucina said...

WEES. I agree with most of you except I had no trouble in the SW. Once I had MOTECONTROL I solved the downs easily though ELEVE took some thought.

WIMS. What Irish Miss said. I agree with her assessment as I don't have much time. My family is coming for dinner and there is much to do.

This was fun. Thank you, David Poole and thank you, C.C., for your sparkling commentary. Thank you also for the news about Dave2.

Barry, it's good to see you! AMENRA has many spellings as YR noted.

Hand up for TACOMA before YAKIMA, home of Beverly Cleary, beloved author of children's lit.

I haven't checked today and may not get to it until tonight. Thanks.

I hope you are all having a joyful day!

Anonymous T said...

PK - LOL! resisting LOO "because it seemed sacrilegious for fans" of the Fab Four...

The Quadrinity [my 'how do you spell that?' hit a rabbit-hole quickly - Scientology?] generated not only great music, but, George went on (and financed Python's 'Life of Brian'), Ringo did his thing [Back Off BoogaLOO], John is a Saint, and Paul is still havin' fun....[Carpool Karaoke (again)].

RUSH is still my favorite jam but I pay Homage to the Kids from Liverpool.

Cheers, -T
//Lucina - I'll be here when you get "a round tuit."

jfromvt said...

Had three wrong squares, so is that close enough to be considered a completed puzzle? Misspelled EVONNE (YVONNE), guessed at U for start of ESALEN, and because of the YVONNE error, had blankASY for 1 down, should have known it was CASE. I’m giving myself a gold star!

Bill G said...

I have almost decided to forego Saturday puzzles. Seldom do I feel like I've enjoyed myself. So after completing about half of today's puzzle, I passed on the rest of it though I enjoyed CC's write up and everybody's comments. Several REALLY clever clues were noticed in passing.

When driving up the coastal route to San Francisco, we have passed Esalen. They sure have a nice view.

I picked up fish tacos for lunch for Barbara and me. Very tasty.

I came across the movie about Fred Rogers on HBO, "Won't You Be My Neighbor." It will be recorded for later leisurely consumption.

I have often noticed people pronouncing CARAMEL without the middle syllable. It just seems wrong rather than a regional option. Sort of like mis-pronouncing NUCLEAR as nuke-you-ler or REALTOR as real-a-tor. Just my two cents worth.

TTP said...

I think the PGA Tour was playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Caramel-by-the-sea this weekend.

Big Easy said...


B.E. was only talking about the chances of the one that C.C., not me, mentioned in her write up. I only added my assessment, NOT opinion.

CanadianEh! said...

Super Sunday. Thanks for the fun, David (nice to have a fellow Canadian here eh!) and C.C.
WEES by this time of the day. I got the theme, smiled at several of the clever clues, and strained over some of the afore-mentioned unknowns.
I saw my CSO with ONT. (That Ambassador Bridge, from Detroit to Windsor, is associated with a controversy over the proposed Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.)

It's time for Victoria.
Enjoy the evening.

Lemonade714 said...

Bill G., the dictionary recognizes three pronunciations for caramel
[ˈkerəməl, ˈkerəˌmel, ˈkärməl]. BTW, are you speaking of yesterday's Saturday or the Sunday that C.C. wrote-up which is about Wednesday difficulty?

When I was in high school (boarding school) we had arranged social functions with and the MASTERS SCHOOL AT DOBBS FERRY. Good memories, especially when I would go there.

HG- classic I was up a RIA without an UMIAK .

Anonymous T said...

@7:35p - The nicknames used implied opinion. Nevertheless, I too was making an observation about how the process is a mess.

Lem, I enjoy'd Dr. Dev's video. The "special effect" was neat-O.

Ok folks, hold your hat. I just saw the funniest thing ever on Twitter. Chess humour.

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Well, I'm glad Mr S. paid a visit as I tried to force TACOMA in. Glad? Because I had ROXIES for the impossible Natick.

Sienfeld talked about the
Andria Doria*

I see that link was already posted.

Lots of good clues as noted. I just spotted another mistake. I had STR instead of QTR, completely missing QUEST.
I need to take lot of time and there's just too many other things.

Anyone hear from Picard?


* I took it as a take off on Vietnam Veterans

Bobbi said...

Fighting the croup all weekend, so solved this one between naps and gargles. Took seven hours ( I was REALLY sick!). Got the theme early but I, too, got hung up on the SW corner. Like puzzles that remind me what I've forgotten from highschool!!

Lucina said...

This is the first chance I've had today to check my e-mail and no messages! Thank you. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

I also noticed your comment, up a ria without an umiak. Brilliant!

I'm really tired from cooking all afternoon and then visiting with my family. My grandson wanted to watch a movie in the VCR so his mom had to show him how to insert it. They usually use only the DVD side of the player. How quickly things are outdated and lost to the next generation.

Dow Jones said...


The Monday (2/11/19) edition of the Wall Street Journal has a crossword puzzle (To a Degree) constructed by C.C. Burnikel. This free website "" is available now and can be used to solve online or to print.

Lucina @ 3:33 pm .... Beverly Cleary (age 102) worked as the Children's Librarian in Yakima (my hometown) for 1 year back in 1939 (80 yrs ago).