Mar 15, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019, Susan Gelfand

Beware the Ides of March!

Title: I've heard that before.

Susan is back for her 10th LAT publication and second Friday. her first PUZZLE that I blogged also relied on ordinary phrases not tampered with, only redefined for humorous effect. This type can be difficult to get a foothold on because there are no tricks. You just need to let your imagination run free. The let a few perps get you started. The long fill is also varied and sparkly with ALTOONA, EMANATE, HASIDIM, ROACHES, BLUEMOON, and HYSTERIA all good. I may be a little brief today as I had my colonoscopy yesterday afternoon. I like to think of it as my spring cleaning, but enough of that let's solve.

20A. High-quality tennis venue?: SUPERIOR COURT (13). The TRIAL COURT in many states is repurposed.

34A. Well-known boxing venue?: FAMILIAR RING (12). This time an idiom is repurposed. To sound like something one has heard before. I must have read this before—the words in the opening paragraph have a familiar ring to them.

41A. Virtual golf venue?: ONLINE COURSE (12). My massage therapist got her Bachelor's of Alternative Medicine at this local UNIVERSITY

56A. Attractive soccer venue?: MAGNETIC FIELD (13). Do you what a MAGNETIC PERSONALITY is?

Speaking of personalities, this is my tenth year blogging with most of my work on Friday, and with a few new things in my life, I am going to be sharing the duties starting next week, but I will let C.C. fill in the details. I appreciate all the wonderful words and friendships from this venue. But let us go back to work.


1. No-way man?: JOSE. I was going to start week this with the old joke about the National Anthem at the ballpark but remembered the joke was recently used. "Jose, can you see?"

5. Shade-loving plant: HOSTA. Similar sound.

10. Brainiac: WHIZ. Often associated with "kid."

14. At Dodger Stadium, briefly: IN LA. Back to baseball. Hello, left-coasters.

15. Playwright Fugard: ATHOL. I already had him once this year.

16. London's __ Park: HYDE.  Hyde Park is a Grade I-listed major park in Central London. It is the largest of four Royal Parks that form a chain from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. It was created by Henry VIII.

17. Walk, e.g.: GAIT.

18. Electrical problem: SHORT. Electrician talk for a short circuit, where the electricity is diverted from its intended path. One of my nephews is a master electrician who started his own business this year as Florida's building boom returned.

19. "Makes sense to me": I SEE.

23. Made amends: ATONED. Early days for me, as Yom Kippur is months away, but we are in Lent.

24. Fireplace shelf: HOB. This is a flat metal shelf at the side or back of a fireplace, having its surface level with the top of the grate and used especially for heating pans. Wiki, I think.

25. Noteworthy stretch: ERA.

28. Earned: WON.

29. Legal tender with an 8-Down: DIME. On the obverse. 8D. Statue of Liberty feature: TORCH.

32. Kind of network: NEURAL.

36. Udon cousin: SOBA. Not a cousin but a related FOOD. Oo uses both.

39. Texting format, briefly: SMS. Short Message Service (SMS) is a text messaging service component of phone, Web, or mobile communication systems. It uses standardized communications protocols to allow fixed line or mobile phone devices to exchange short text messages.

40. Infatuated: GAGA. You want a song?

46. Early morning hr.: FOUR AM. Three thirty four AM here, now.

47. Catch sight of SPOT.

48. Maple output: SAP. We harvested the sap when I was at boarding school and made our own maple syrup. When I went back for my 50th reunion, they are still making it, but the bottles and labels are prettier.

51. Art nowadays?: ARE. Tricky three letter fill.

52. MLB player nickname since 2005: NAT. The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball team formed in 1969 as the Montreal Expos. In 2005, the Expos moved to Washington, D.C. and were renamed the Nationals. The franchise has never won a World Series or National League pennant but has won its division five times. We also have 68A. Trade shows: EXPOS.

54. Em, for one: AUNTIE. Go, Dorothy. We never learn Emily's last name, in the book or movie.

60. Declare: AVOW. Not AVER today.

62. Starting word containing five of the letters of what it starts: ALEPHALPHABET, and the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

63. Street __: CRED.

64. Fashionable Christian: DIOR. Cute clue.

65. Curt: TERSE.

66. Ship's spine: KEEL. We must have some music.

67. Like the Marx Brothers: ZANY.

69. Loudness unit: SONE. I know decibels, not Sone, which is a unit of loudness. Loudness is a subjective characteristic of a sound (as opposed to the sound-pressure level in decibels, which is objective and directly measurable). Consequently, the sone scale of loudness is based on data obtained from subjects who were asked to judge the loudness of pure tones and noise. Well, that cleared it up for me. Not!


1. Something to put together: JIGSAW. Not a puzzling clue at all.

2. Running by itself: ON AUTO. Pilot?

3. Comfy shoe: SLIP ON.

4. Polished off: EATEN.

5. Orthodox Jewish sect: HASIDIM. The plural of  Hasid - pronounced. Chas·sid  (KHä′sĭd). 

6. Emperor after Galba: OTHO. In the year of four emperors. I also get him often but I learned when my oldest was studying the classics.

7. Toots in a restaurant: SHOR. No doubt a soon to be forgotten figure, as baseball is no longer king. LINK. My brothers and I ate there a couple of time with my father when we were kids just to see who we would see.

9. Pennsylvania railroad city: ALTOONA. Home of the Railroader MUSEUM. I am not sure I knew it was called "railroad city", but with the A, I plunked in Altoona.

10. Spinning sound: WHIR. Onomatopoeia. Damn, I spelled it right!

11. Frenzied state: HYSTERIA. A good definition for a fun fill.

12. Suffix with ox-: IDE.

13. Middle of Venezuela?: ZEE. The Middle of Venezuela is not a place I would want to be.

21. "The Scarlet Letter" letter: RED A.

22. Means of getting around town: UBER. I prefer Lyft.

26. Summoned, in a way: RANG. From last week.

27. Pond growth: ALGA.

30. Odds-and-ends abbr.: MISC.

31. St. __ Fire: ELMOS. We have this often.

33. Craving: URGE.

34. More susceptible to sunburn: FAIR. I have been blessed with skin that does not burn unless I really overdo it.

35. Bats: IS UP.

36. Sectional __: SOFA. We had one in our house after my father re-did the living room.

37. Words before before: ON OR. I like the clue clue.

38. Very long time: BLUE MOON. A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year: either the third of four full moons in a season or a second full moon in a month of the common calendar. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon, although a literal "blue moon" may occur in certain atmospheric conditions: e.g., if volcanic eruptions or fires leave particles in the atmosphere of just the right size to preferentially scatter red light. Wiki.

42. Da __, Vietnam: NANG.

43. Spring (from): EMANATE.

44. Raid targets: ROACHES.

45. Word after Double in a cookie name: STUF. The Alabama defensive lineman who ran the fastest 40-yard dash for a 300+ pound person at the NFL combine ate 4 as part of his prerun breakfast.

48. Assembly with speakers?: STEREO.

49. Quinn of "Annie": AILEEN. I could not find anything but a two-hour link, so I chose this clip.

50. Hawk: PEDDLE. "to sell in the open, peddle," late 15c., back-formation from hawker "itinerant vendor" (c. 1400), agent noun from Middle Low German höken "to peddle, carry on the back, squat," from Proto-Germanic *huk-. Related: Hawked; hawking. Despite the etymological connection with stooping under a burden on one's back, a hawker is technically distinguished from a peddler by use of a horse and cart or a van.

53. Fax ancestor: TELEX. I still remember my first office fax machine in 1984.

55. Steals, in British slang: NICKS. A gimme for this lover of British fiction and BBC TV, A backhanded shout out to Steve and our other uncommon Commonwealth people. A good DISCUSSION of its history.

57. Out of kilter: AWRY.

58. Md. athlete: TERP. Back again.

59. __ facto: IPSO. A law term.

60. Wood shaper: ADZ.

61. Routing term: VIA.

So there you have it, another puzzle and another Friday. Nobody was stabbed in the Senate and I withstood another colonoscopy. I will avoid all the bad puns and wish you all a quick solve and great weekend. Lemonade out. Thank you Susan G.


Lemonade714 said...

While you all are sleeping, I have a few comments from yesterday most of which I missed with the colonoscopy thing going on.
1. Ozzie and Harriet full episodes are available on Youtube, and I think stream on Amazon Prime. I believe the neighbor kid was Wally, but it was never a favorite show of mine.

2. Pi day and the comments reminded me of a high school roommate who memorized it to 50 places which he loved to recite. I usually tune him out right after the 9 which Tony left out. He now is an environmental blogger in Vermont.

Okay, back to you guys.

Jim B. said...

Suzie couldn't get a "Q"!?
Jose was my last fill; thought for sure we had a pangram!
As you said Lemonade, clever cluing / simple answers, almost stumped me in the NW.
Very enjoyable PUZZLE. (Which wouldn't work for 1dwn!)

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you Ms. Susan Gelfand for this challenging Friday CW which I almost FIR, except at 69 A and 49 D as reported below.

Thank you Lemonade, for your excellent review, and for your ten year dedication to the Corner. I look forward to learning who will be sharing Friday with you.

Reported as I worked it:

I look forward to the review of the Natick at 7 D & 15 A. I entered the "H" as a WAG, also 62 A. I have ALEPH?

Thanks for the link to Bernard "Toots" Shor. Thanks for starting the Hebrew alphabet.

I did not know SOBA at 36 A, and I needed the "B" for 38 D.

Soba and Udon Noodles

on 63 A, how did I know CRED?

the ability to gain acceptance as a member of a particular group or class

On 55 D, NICKS?

Thanks for the link

I broke down and revealed the "N" at the Natick of 69 A and 49 D.

I also did not know either SONE or AILEEN.


Lemonade714 said...

JB - damn, I wish I had thought of the Suzie Q connection for this almost pangram!

Big Easy said...

After a slow start, I was ON AUTO filling it today. The HOSTA, ATHOL, & OTHO I'd seen before but I didn't want to come up SHORT when it crossed SHOR, so I managed to get them.

Changed HASIDIC to HASIDIM, which was unknown.
ARE for ART- I was looking for a guy's name; nice clue.
AILEEN Quinn, HOD, NICKS- perps today.

What's a NAT? A former EXPO(s).
ALEPH- thank you perps because I had no idea. Hebrew alphabet? Greek alphabet? I only know my ABCs.

Will I have a BLUE MOON at lunch today? No way JOSE, I'll have a local craft beer.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

With ON IDLE and SANDAL I was off and stumbling through this one. Like Lemonade, it all came out in the end. AUNTIE, STEREO and ROACHES didn't fool me. Thanx for the late-week challenge, Susan.

FAIR: I've always been prone to sunburn. In bootcamp we were *ordered* not to get sunburned (hard to avoid when you're outdoors all day in San Diego in July), and not to go to sick bay if it happened. A few days later I was *ordered* to go to sick bay with my sunburn.

ATHOL: Unusual name, but I hear it often from DW.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

DO, sorry your DW has developed a lisp.

DNF. I got stopped cold at International Falls. Didn't now OTHO. Didn't know a four-letter word for "Toots in a restaurant" (but would have known a four-letter word for "toot at a chili cookoff"). Didn't know ATHOL, and only sorta knew HOSTA.

Erased got for WON, bell for SONE, et al for MISC, and fixed ALGe.

I remember the GTE California reprographics department fought the deployment of cheap fax machines. They wanted to retain the importance of TELEX (TWX) service. Likewise, the IT folks fought the deployment of PCs, trying to convince execs that the user community should have dumb terminals tied to minis.

Thanks to Susan for the fun puzzle. My favorite was "no-way man" for JOSE. And thanks to Lemonade for the thorough review, and for your Cornerite service.

thehondohurricane said...

Gol Dang It! Thought nailed what was likely to be my only Friday success for 2019, but I had an O in the #6 square instead of the A.

HaSTA & aTHO looked pretty good to me. Never heard of ATHOL (excuse my gross thought), but the name sure reminded me of dreading an upcoming colonoscopy four Fridays ago.

Yellowrocks said...

This Wednesday-like puzzle was an easy stroll in the park for me. It ATONED for yesterday's bear which took forever for me to solve. The only unfamiliar fill was SMS. Sussing the clever theme early on was very helpful. My only write over was TELEX. I had XEROX, which is not a FAX ancestor.
Thanks, Susan. And thanks, Lemon. I have enjoyed your Friday blogs. It sounds like you will still blog from time to time. Good luck. I hope all is well with you.
I remember Toots Shor from my younger days. He was always in the news. I didn't realize he ran into business trouble later on.
Lots of hostas in the gardens around here.
I remember OTHO and ATHOL because they seem like such strange names.
My mom used "Once in a blue moon" frequently. I miss all her sayings like this. I think of them more and more.
One of my students tried out for Annie on Broadway. I knew AILEEN Quinn, but had to use perps for the unusual spelling.
Double Stuf Oreos have white stuff as opposed to yellow stuff. LOL. Yellow rocks (hugs) to all of you, my virtual friends.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I found this easy, peasy for a Friday with only one w/o, Hasidic/Hasidim but I needed perps for Otho and SMS. Rang crossing Ring stood out. I really liked the theme, too.

Thanks, Susan, for a smooth and satisfying solve and thanks, Lemony, for being such a stalwart Sherpa.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

On the easy side as most have said. I found the SE cranky and ended up looking uo AILEEN. Thanks Susan for a fine exercise and Lemon for another great intro. I like the repurposing nature of the theme. Most was solid fill.

Oas said...

Great Friday puzzle from CSO to my baby sister Susan !
Thanks L714 for explaining , good job.
Desper- otto - sounds like your DW might be a candidate for speech therapy to help her with that lisp.
Hondo - I’m sure you’re not the only one -

I thought I had finised it right till I saw the review.
I had SUPER I.O.P. COURT from IHOP - a restaurant, and HOITA - a plant . Looked okay to me .
I’m not too disappointed, did ok for a Friday.
I haven’t moved the time up on my bedside radio yet so I see FOUR AM a lot. I have to read a book of instructions before I attempt the change the time on that sucker.
What did the English man say when he saw three men in bed with his wife? -
Good morning
Good morning
Good morning said...


Thanks to Susan and Lemonade!

Do not seem to be improving and am really tired of rehab. Need to find someone to hire for evenings at home.

FIR. Perped were SMS, ALTOONA and IS UP.

Have a great day!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Susan Gelfand, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Lemonade, for a fine review.

Lemonade, I have always enjoyed your reviews and comments. I hope you are still going to be with us in some fashion.

Puzzle was fine. Tough getting going, being a Friday, but persistence prevailed, along with a few perps to help.

Caught the theme with MAGNETIC FIELD. The others appeared after that.

Tried HASIDIC before FAMILIAR fixed that to HASIDIM.

Five perps and I had ALEPH. Piece of cake.

SOBA was unknown. Perps. As was AILEEN. Perps.

Liked JOSE for 1A. Clever.

I have some HOSTA in my garden. Kind of sunny there but it grows every year. My neighbor gave me one plant years ago. I split the root into about eight pieces and now I have eight plants.

We also have a HYDE Park in Chicago. Barak Obama's turf.

Good news on my sister. She had a stroke 3 months ago and came home Wednesday. She is recovering slowly. Her home environment should hasten that we hope. She can walk now with a cane. Has a good appetite, etc.

Yesterday it was 62 degrees here. This morning it was snowing lightly. Oh well.

See you tomorrow.


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Lemonade714 said...

Sharing Fridays does not mean giving up in any way. I will be here, just not every Friday.

Husker Gary said...

-I pulled a “T” out of my, uh, back pocket at A_HOL/O_HO for a hard-earned got ‘er done
-Name this show with “Trial was held in Department 184, SUPERIOR Court of the state of California in and for the county of Los Angeles”
-Did you ever play this MAGNETIC FIELD GAME?
-We baseball peeps know what team was called The WHIZ Kids 67 yrs ago
-Trying to SPOT Waldo is not a fun game for me
-He talked about playing ALTOONA
-My cravings can lead to my polishing off a bag of potato chips
-Our small town of 26,000 now has two UBER drivers
-Cluing for ON OR and ALEPH were mind benders
-Math teachers had a lot of pie left over on PI Day yesterday when school was let out at 9:30 am due to flooding

Anonymous said...

*really* Who comes up with these clues?

Misty said...

Well, Fridays are always toughies for me, though I was happy to get a fair amount of this fun puzzle before I had to start cheating. So, many thanks, Susan. I took s lot of chances (like HYDE) which thankfully worked out. Got AUNTIE EM immediately, and DIOR, who's been showing up in puzzles a lot lately. I also got Toots SHOR right away, another name I know only from puzzles. But JOSE eluded me, although I feel silly that I didn't get it, and SOBA is new to me also. But it was fun, and Lemonade, so glad you'll still be back with us from time to time.

Sorry to hear your progress to getting better is slow, Fermatprime. Take good care of yourself.

So glad your sister is improving, Abejo.

I'll be attending my annual AAUW Literary Luncheon tomorrow morning, so may not make it back here for the Saturday discussion. But have a good weekend coming up, everybody.

Yellowrocks said...

Anyone know what to do with 50-60 year old textbooks from college?

Last night I made pork cutlets, pounded very thin and breaded with panko. Here's a handy hint I picked up some time ago. I do my breading of anything at least an hour in advance, sometimes in the morning, and chill it in the fridge until time to fry it. The breading does not fall off this way.

Yesterday, when I found the puzzle tough, some said it was easy. Today's puzzle I found very easy and some said it was tough. We all have different life experiences leading to different funds of knowledge. That way we can learn from each other and from the constructor. It is always fun to learn something new and to look at things with new eyes. We have much shared knowledge on The Corner. The Corner has certainly increased my fund of knowledge.

Abejo, glad your sister is improving.
Ferm, I am sending healing thoughts your way. I hope you will progress faster. xoxox Yellowrocks to you.

jfromvt said...

WHIZ and WHIR, two fun words! Not sure I’ve ever seen JIGSAW in a crossword puzzle.

A very pleasant Friday puzzle. TGIF, will be watching golf and college basketball, and college basketball, and more college basketball the rest of the weekend.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Susan Gelfand and Lemonade714! It's comforting to know that you will be with us at least part time, Lemon, and thank you for these 10 years of scholarly review.

What clever cluing on this puzzle! JOSE was the best! ALEPH as clued seems unnecessarily convoluted, though.

We have seen HOSTA, OTHO (I had OTTO first) and ATHOL in several puzzles and seeing that link from Gary tells me perhaps that's why I know ALTOONA.

I've only heard HASIDIC so of course that was changed to HASIDIM.

UBER, Lyft and Waymo are ubiquitous here.

I almost spit out my coffee!

I'm sorry to hear your recovery is not going well.

That is good news about your sister!

Have a special day, everyone! Every day is a gift.

Brian said...

I don't get how "Art, nowadays" is ARE. I guess I need it fully 'spained.

becky said...

Brian, thou art on the wrong track. You are on the wrong track.


Brian said...

Ha, Ha. I was on the wrong track. Thanks, Becky. Now I got it.

oc4beach said...

As others said, today was an easier Friday than usual once you got the theme. Nice puzzle from Susan.

I did look up ATHOL to verify that the perps were right. Never heard of Fugard. I really liked the comment by Jinx about the lisp.

ALTOONA was a gimme. It's 40 miles down I-99 from my house. I go there a number of times a year for shopping and some dining. One of my NY friends married a guy from Altooner (as she pronounces it in her heavy NY accent)

YR @ 8:41am: Actually XEROX was one of the early innovators in FAX Machines that used phone lines. We had one in our office in the late 1960's that required you to put a special thermal paper on a roll in the machine then dial another machine to start the transmission. It took about 6 minutes to send one page. Pretty fast for the time. Ultimately they folded fax capabilities into a number of their copiers to make multi-functional machines.

Going to a home and garden show to see what I don't need, but probably want anyhow.

Have a great day everyone.

Lemonade714 said...

HG, The were slightly before my time, though RICHIE ASHBURN was a star for years, evenhitting over .300 for the 1962 NEW YORK METS , also known by Casey Stengel as the Amazing Mets that lost 120 games.

The Phillies had the provocatively named back up PUTZY CABALLERO which is as fake sounding a name as I have heard outside of SCTV who would probably be banned in our PC world.

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you, Becky, for the assist, you want to pinch hit a blog for me? I know the boss and she might like another perspective.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Friday outing seemed easier than usual, not a complaint.

I have relatives in ATHOL, Mass. I haven’t seen them since I was around 15.

Lemme, I hope your c’scope turns out well, mine came back negative on the one polyp they found.

Recovery from any injury takes a lot longer as we age, keep up the good fight.


Lemonade714 said...

jfromvt while not common JIGSAW has appeared here in the LAT, the NYT, and the WSJ a few times since c.C. started this blog.:

21997 Fitting pastime? nyt Andy Kravis Sat Jun 30, 2018
21381 Puzzle sometimes framed lat Jeffrey Wechsler Fri Nov 13, 2015
17299 Puzzle type nyt David Steinberg Thu Jun 16, 2011
16715 It's a puzzle wsj Randolph Ross Fri Apr 23, 2010
14503 Piece project? nyt Barry C. Silk Fri Oct 23, 2009
13357 Interlocking puzzle nyt Daniel Raymon Mon Oct 20, 2008

I love Barry Silk's clue.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Was expecting another Friday hurdle, but this seemed more like a Monday or Tuesday breeze-through. Maybe I just happened to be on Ms. Gelfand's brain wave, as a lot of these fills seemed to be correct impulses.
Rather than hesitate I would plunge ahead--and surprise myself how right I was.

ATHOL was my first. I produced Mr. Fugard's play The Blood Knot in Virginia back in the mid '70s, starring Mel Cobb and Mel Johnson Jr.
SOBA was the only new word for me. As with several other Cornerites, JOSE was my final fill; not laugh-out-loud funny, but enough to crack a smile.
Four diagonals! A 3-way on the near side, with one more on the flip.
Sadly, despite the abundance of diags, the anagram potential is disappointing. The flip diagonal offers both "Z"s, but a lack of vowels with which to make anything more than "ZIRCONIAS."
At least on the near side, we get a choice between a prediction of a possible tough climate change summer ahead. starting with an ...
- or -
the celebration of one of the smaller members of Australia's native Dromaius critters, a ...

Lemonade714 said...

PVX, I am awaiting the results from the one polyp they found in me. Maybe Tuesday; thank you for the encouraging words.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Afternoon, Lemonade and Friends. I loved this Friday punny puzzle. I quickly saw the COURT, RING, COURSE and FIELD, but the first parts of those answers took a bit longer to suss out.

Where ARE thou, Oh Romeo just doesn't have that same FAMILIAR RING, does it? Speaking of RING, I liked how that word crossed with RANG.

I overthought the Orthodox Jewish sect and went for the ultra-orthodox with Haredim before settling on the HASIDIM. The "IM" ending on transliterated Hebrew words, but the way, signals that the word is (masculine) plural. An "OT" ending signifies feminine plural.

ATHOL Fugard has made appearances in the crosswords before. Interesting that he has chosen to go by ATHOL, given that his full name is Harold ATHOL Lannigan Fulgard (b. June 11, 1932).

I used to have a lot of HOSTA in my backyard, but now that I have lost my oak tree, my yard is full so, so gone with the Hosta.

QOD: Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade. ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg (née Joan Ruth Bader; b. Mar. 15, 1933)

Anonymous T said...

Jinx - Skootch over; you and me both in the N.Central... //Hondo - I had HaSTA too.

Hi All!

Thanks Susan the fun puzzle. The (near) solve took some serious noodling, so that was fun.

Thanks Lem for the expo - especially explaining SHOR. I'll guess we'll just wait for C.C. to find out the other half of the Friday TAG TEAM.

WOs: Yes [SociAL Network was where I had the URGE to give up]
ESPs: ibid.
Fav: c/a for JOSE; even with -OSE I had to do an ALEPH-run. A very refreshing V8 slap.

Fermat - sorry to hear it's slow healing.

HG - Bum, da, bum, bum.... A Mark VII Production //I've been watching a lot of Dragnet lately :-)

OMK - EERIE JUNE could describe bridezilla weddings...

Not to be political, but Reuters broke that Beto was in the cDc [Cult of the Dead Cow] hacktivist-collective.
He started the same way I did -- on an Apple ][e w/ 300bps :-)

Cheers, -T

SE Pensy said...

My long history of stalling on Friday puzzle, perhaps due to never getting the theme, ended last week. Today was relatively easy.
As a comparative literature major in undergrad, I studied Western literature in depth. It was only after I taught in a prison that I learned of Athol Fugard's illuminating perspective.

CrossEyedDave said...

Still bummed from yesterday that when sitting on the beach,
My IPhone/IPad would not let me post a pic of a
teddy Bear in a Nightie...

Raining today, what a beach...

Lemonade714 said...

SE Pensy, welcome, and congrats on the puzzle solving improvement. Where would we find you if we decided to hunt you down? Where did you teach, a federal or state institution? -T, what makes you think it will be a two-person team? You angling for a job?

Not a Synagogue, but a New Zealand Mosque. It is time to stop this.

Jayce said...

How quickly I forgot ATHOL Fugard, who was in the February 15, 2019, Winston Emmons puzzle blogged by Lemonade714. Dang.

I put in ON AUTO, took it out, then put it back in. Same story with SHORT. Of course I too enthusiastically put in READING instead of ALTOONA and ATE UP instead of EATEN. I also rushed too quickly in entering HARLEY for the Annie actress, but of course it was wrong. The only Quinns I could think of were Anthony, Aidan, and Molly, so I had to wait for all 6 perps to show up. Crunch crunch crunch! I tell ya, though, the clue for JOSE made up for everything and more!

As did Jinx's insightful awareness of desper-otto's lisp joke.

Good wishes to you all.

Anonymous T said...

CED - Don't put those images in my head while DW is still out of town! :-)

Lem - Oh, no. No one would want the full-time job of proofing my expos...
I agree it has to stop but how do you stop hate? This has froth'd on sites like 4chan (now 8chan) for years in the back-water 'chat-room'/blogs of the internet and pamphlets before that. This asshat was, according to his last post, planning to live-stream his Terrorism. [I got wind of the story last night on Twitter and I couldn't sleep... //I didn't include it in my FLN post b/c I didn't want to inflict that on y'all before bed too.]

Somehow, we must sober-up, pull together, and, like Waters sang, forget the concept of Us and Them .

Peace, Shalom, Salam - in no particular order. -T

Ol' Man Keith said...

Hahtoolah ~
LOL. And "Where ARE thou, Oh Romeo" doesn't quite have the RING of
"Wherefore art thou Romeo?"
Just sayin'.

Jayce said...

As a (retired) professional design engineer, this is what I would NOT do:

1. Take a perfectly good and well-designed aircraft and destabilize it by replacing the engines with bigger, heavier, more powerful engines. The heavy weight, greater thrust, and lousy placement of the engines significantly changed the aircraft's center of gravity, resulting in a strong tendency for it to point its nose up and stall.

2. Address this "problem" (actually a root-cause design flaw) by creating a brand new system of software to FORCE the nose down to where it supposedly should be.

3. Design the software to rely on one (only one!) sensor rather than obtain inputs from multiple sensors.

4. Omit any algorithm that could detect if that single sensor should, heaven forbid, malfunction, but rather interpret the bogus data from the malfunctioning sensor as legitimate, and act unthinkingly upon it.

5. Allow the algorithm that forces the nose down to do so even at dangerously low altitudes and during climbs when the nose SHOULD be up. Cripes, never DIVE the craft when you're only 400 feet above the ground.

6. Don't tell the pilots, the folks who have to fly this beast, that such a system even exists, let alone not train them how to use it, so if it kicks in there will be confusion and pandemonium before someone thinks of turning the damn thing off.

7. Never test the system under a failure situation, i.e. do not include a system test in which the sensor was malfunctioning, before deploying it.

Bad engineering from the get-go, and terrible, criminal, decisions by management and government (non)regulators.

Anonymous T said...

Jayce: agree but ++#6. No excuse for that. -T

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Need to clean my glasses as I put the right answer in the wrong space. After ugly pen scratch offs and corrections finished fairly quickly. Not a typical Friday puzzle. Nice 'n Easy.

I get to the puzzle late, after work and dinner. Reading over many above comments... thought rules say stay away from politics etc.?

GJ said...

I've always enjoyed your reviews Lemonade and look forward to many more. However, the torch is on the "reverse" side of the DIME. The "obverse " side is the front or "heads" of a coin.

Oas said...

Ignorance is bliss , I guess . Enjoyed all of the corner .

Anonymous said...

Ray, the rules only apply to anonymous posters. If you're "blue", you can post whatever tickles your pickle.

Wilbur Charles said...

Along with SENATE for Assembly with speakers I had this for
And I didn't know the acctress., and could only think of a printer's measure for Em.

Oh, I knew about Claudius, Galba and Nero but I couldnt think of the other. NERO obviously didn't fit. So...

I found this tough and in danger of a DNF. I did FIR.

Interesting that Susan didn't cross-link EXPOS and NAT. Too much baseball. Oh Whiz Kids, Gary?* How about the 1950 Phillies, 69 years ago. ,

Somebody mentioned Lennie Dykstra' s great'93 season as a "routine Richie Ashburn year. "

The simple venue ending of the themes making a common phrase baffled me. Oreo used as the clue? Not to speak of PALE < FAIR.

OK. I have lemonade and iced tea on Friday but if no lemonade...?

Nah, I want my Arnold Palmers. Except at McDonald's where a straight Ice tea suffices.

Maybe this will prep me for Saturday.


I see lemony had it

Anonymous T said...

RayO' - First, it's nice to see you again!
If it was my post @2:46 (it was not endorsement, just a 'haha' about Apple ][e) or my @4:43 that offended? Or, was it not me at all? I'll take mine down if ART over-the-top. No worries.
I will say, sometimes, the real-world is too much and oozes into our Crossword Eden. See: Lem & Jacye. It's real; we must face it or stand aside as good men (And women! //cue Python) don't.

GJ - Intrigued, I looked it up... I think you discovered an antonym.
1.the side of a coin or medal bearing the head or principal design.
2.the opposite or counterpart of a fact or truth.
"true solitude is the obverse of true society"

Re: Coin- you're right. I read Lem as #2 and had no problem with it... English morphing again? (YR?)

WC - Beautiful! EXPOS xing NAT imagery [perps don't add-up :-)]... Opening day is 16 away!

Cheers, -T

Yellowrocks said...

GJ, interesting about obverse. It is difficult to realize that the obverse of a coin is the head because obverse can also mean opposite or counterpart. "The Latin root helps to explain this seeming conflict between meanings — obversus means both directed toward and turned against." -from English is not logical, but it seems that sometimes Latin is not logical either.
LIU hacktivist and Cult of the Dead Cow which seems more positive than negative. I took it that T was neither endorsing nor knocking Beto.
As a computer nerd he was just interested in Beto’s computer skills and equipment.

Lemonade714 said...

GJ, I am corrected here all the time and confess I fell in the Latin that I studied for 7 years. I did not check, but you were correct. As far as Politics and Religion, if you think commenting on the senseless death of innocents for no better reason than their being different from some others does not belong here, I am sorry. I cannot be quiet in the face of such barbarism. As far as the difference between Blue and anonymous posters, that is crap. We do believe if you want to say something, be proud f who you are and identify yourself.

Fermat, positive thoughts are important in physical recovery. Be strong, we are here for you.

Anonymous T said...

That was a good nap say:

D'Oh! GJ - I meant autantonym [damn AUTOcorrect]- aka contranym, AUTO-antonym. (Janus-word? that's new but makes sense).

Anyway, I suppose you figured that out by now with YR & Lem's input. Good call on 'obverse' and thanks for the learning/research moment.

Cheers, -T