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Mar 12, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Gary Larson

SIDE BY SIDE


17. *Wall-hidden sliding portal: POCKET DOOR.  Side pocket and door side. 

39. *Serve, as stew: DISH OUT.  Side dish and outside.

11. *Fixture on a ceiling rail: TRACK LIGHT.  Sidetrack and sidelight.

28. *Google Maps option: STREET VIEW. Street side and sideview.

60. Together, and a hint to both parts of the answers to starred clues: SIDE BY SIDE.

I guess we could also have side door, track side and side street.  Any others ?

Across:

1. "We burger as good as we pancake" chain: IHOP.   The International House of Pancakes' publicity stunt of changing their logo to IHOb and using social media to create the buzz turned out to be marketing magic.  Hamburger sales quadrupled and same-store sales increased nearly 1 percent.


5. Ring-shaped reef: ATOLL.

10. www code: HTML.   An initialism for Hypertext Markup Language.   Click the blue hypertext link to read the Wikepedia article on the co-inventor of the concept of markup languages.

14. The "M" of MSG: MONOMonosodium glutamate.  The flavor enhancer.   The MSG Symptom Complex - No definitive evidence.

15. Greek played by Anthony Quinn: ZORBA.


16. Badly damaged Asian sea: ARAL.

19. Food truck snack: TACO.  and 5d,  Ancient Mexican: AZTEC.   Aztec Dave's is a popular rolling cocina Mexicano in Chicago.

20. Prepared (oneself), as for a difficult task: STEELED

21. Planned with little detail: SKETCHY.

23. Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsor: MACY'S

25. Pedaled in a triathlon: BIKED.   Swim, cycle and run.

26. Trowel wielder: MASON.  My friend enlisted in the Air Force and signed up for electronics.  Testing revealed he was shade blind, so they made him a mason instead.  After the Air Force he became a programmer.  He still denies that he is shade blind.  The colors clash on the walls in his home.

29. Remove the rind from: UNPEEL.


32. Letter-routing abbr.: ATTN.

33. "The Bathers" painter: RENOIR.  Easily perped.  Wouldn't have known it from the clue.

35. Suppositions: IFs.  A few IFs in this Easy Listening song:


38. Feb. follower: MAR.

40. Old Prizm maker: GEO.  Under the trimmings, the Prizm was basically a Toyota Corolla

41. Sports drink suffix: ADE.

42. Wedding venues: ALTARS.  According to Wikipedia, the aforementioned song by Bread, If, became very popular at weddings and receptions.

43. Back in the day: THEN.

44. Writer Hemingway: ERNEST.

46. Like craft shows: ARTSY.  Etsy is full of artsy creations.  You knew that.

47. Sean who played a hobbit: ASTIN.  He played Samwise Gamgee.  Wilbur Charles probably knew that. 

49. Reef explorer's gear: SCUBA.  My first exposure to scuba was on the TV program Sea Hunt, starring Lloyd Bridges. 

52. Split, as the loot: DIVVY UP.  Chicagoans and her suburbanites know Divvy as the bicycle sharing program.

55. Oyster season, so they say: R MONTHS.  Months that have the letter R.

59. "Would __ to you?": I LIE.   The Eurythmics.  Annie Lennox and David Stewart.  Synthopop and R&B.   Jinx referenced another hit song for the Eurythmics yesterday in his comments.  That was their "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" song.  


62. Above: OVER.

63. Gladden: ELATE.   Dan Gladden of the Minnesota Twins elated fans with his Game 1 Grand Slam in the '87 World Series, and with his aggressive base running that led to the only run scored in Game 7 of the '91 World Series.   The Twins won both World Series, besting the Atlanta Braves each time in 7 games.   The 1991 World Series has been hailed by ESPN as the Greatest World Series of All Time.

64. "My treat": ON ME.

65. Wood cutters: SAWS.

66. Meal with matzo: SEDER.

67. "Downton Abbey" employee: MAID.

Down:

1. Rascals: IMPS.

2. Laugh-a-minute: HOOT.

3. __ and for all: ONCE.   Expressed using other words...  "Now, and for the last time."

4. Critters hunted in a 2016 mobile app: POKEMON.  Pokemon Go was an augmented reality game that launched in 2016.  Wildly popular among gamers,  it was much criticized by authorities as trespasses, accidents and fatalities ensued.

6. Hot spiced drink: TODDY.   Irish Whisky, Honey, Lemon and a dash of Cloves.

7. "__ y Plata": Montana motto: ORO.

8. Wall St. deals: LBOsLeveraged Buyouts at Investopedia.

9. Small songbird: LARK.

10. McDaniel of "Gone With the Wind": HATTIE.  No idea. Perps.

12. Papier-__: MACHE.  Fun for children and the artsy-crafty people that sell on Etsy.

13. Frank __ Wright: LLOYD.

18. Panache: ELAN.  As exhibited by the 2019 Supra that will be coming to showrooms later this year.

22. Movie critic Roger: EBERT.

24. Broad-brimmed beach bonnets: SUN HATS.    I don wide-brimmed straw hats when mowing the lawn and gardening.  Yeah, that sounds awkward.  "I wear " sounds better.   Just don't forget to doff your hat to the ladies.

26. Cry from a crib: MAMA.

27. Just barely: A TAD.  

30. American-born Jordanian queen: NOORQueen Noor of Jordan at Biography.com

31. Name of 12 popes: PIUS.  The list is copied from Wikipedia.

There have been 12 Roman Catholic Popes named Pius.  Click the links if you want to learn about each papacy.
 33. Really anger: RILE.

34. Appraisal amts.: ESTS.  Amounts / Estimates.

36. Professional charges: FEES.

37. PlayStation maker: SONY.  Is this the the original ?

39. "__ Boy": Irish song: DANNY.  

43. Narrow window: TRANSOM.   Typically over doors and windows, as shown here with a pair of sidelights adjacent the door.

45. Mississippi and Missouri: RIVERS.  A couple of ems, and a lot of esses and ies.

46. "It's __!": nursery cry: A BOY.

47. Pablo's parting: ADIOS.  Actually,  Pablo was bi-lingual, and had crossed the Pyrenees to visit friends in France.  Upon leaving, he bade his friends adieu.   That's my excuse for having to change the answer when the perps didn't fit.

48. Thriller writer Daniel: SILVA.  No clue for me, but the perps were solid.   Daniel Silva Books: The Complete Listing

50. Minos' kingdom: CRETE.   It's all Greek (mythology) to me.   Only a passing interest.

51. "Raw" pigment: UMBER.  Originally from the region of Umbria, Italy.  

53. Applications: USES.

54. Heap: PILE.

56. Singer Turner: TINA.  Here with Ike singing Proud Mary:


57. Port on many TVs: HDMI.   High-Definition Multimedia Interface.   The proprietary digital implementation replacing analog video signals.

58. Start of a flower: SEED.

61. Family man: DAD.






55 comments:

OwenKL said...

In the days when I was young, here was the deal.
We adolescents STEELED ourselves for sex appeal!
The ultimate desire
Of every male squire
Was in dreams to get the chance to UNPEEL Mrs. Peele!

Be careful of the spices you mix in your hot TODDY.
The wrong ones could intensify effect on mind and body!
Just a dash or pinch
In the warming drink
And A TAD could result in being "DADDY"!

{A, B+.}

OwenKL said...

Door side, street side, track side are all weaker than side-door, side street, and side-track. I'd say outside is an outlier, the only only one of the 8 composit phrases with the side on the right side instead of the side left. Side out might be a baseball term, but it's still weaker than an outside pitch.

Aced the grid, but needed the reveal to get the theme. These add=a=word gimmicks are always especially hard for me for some reason, but fun when I get them.

D4E4H said...

Good morning you Corner people. Thank you for welcoming me home.

Thanks to Mr. Gary Larson for this interesting Tuesday CW which I FIR in 23:16 min.

Thank you TTP for your educational review with many links.

49 A SCUBA: Self Contained Under water Breathing Apparatus - In 1942, during the German occupation of France, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan designed the first successful and safe open-circuit scuba, known as the Aqua-Lung. - Wiki

What does 8 D mean? Why it's Leveraged Buyouts. Thanks TTP.

Ðave

thehondohurricane said...

Morning all.

Tough Tuesday. Ended up wrong. Had Hattie for MATTIE and no S for ASTIN & SILVA.

All is Ok in CT with all of us....just sick of winter. Been having a series of Med tests due to weight loss, but everything OK. I am at the point where I tell the MD to stuff it if he tries to get me through another indignity.

D4E4H said...

oc4beach FLN at 9:24 AM

Reminded us about National Eat Your Noodles Day. It was also National Napping Day. This is the Monday after the start of DST.

Ðave

Peter Horton said...

Although OUTside is more common than sideOUT*, I would still vote for the latter as the intended result. That would make the theme more consistent. All of the answers having "SIDE" added to the beginning of both words in the answer.

Side Pocket and Side Door
Side Dish and Side Out
Side Track and Side Light
Side Street and Side View

*Side Out is a term used in volleyball and similar games. It is a situation in which a team gains the right to serve by winning a volley. There is even a poor movie from 1990 named "Side Out". A movie about beach volleyball starting C. Thomas Howell and Kathy Ireland(remember her from Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover fame?). Some filming took place on BillG's stomping grounds , The Strand of Manhattan Beach California.

Lemonade714 said...

First, I almost agree with OKL about SIDE added first, but SIDE OUT is a very real volley ball term and even the name of a MOVIE about volleyball.

Second, I was going to post what I thought was going to be a random link to a Bronx TAMALE CHEF to asl Lucina's opinion of his method, and found this puzzle includes TACO and MASON ; coincidence? I think not.

TTP, you fell victim to one of my regular typos the left-hand D for S in SAMWIDE who is not that big.

I have loved the automobiles from LOTUS since college, only drove one, a EUROPA belonging to a rich friend. I think they design really awesome looking cars.

Finally, HATTIE MCDANIEL won the Oscar in 1940 as the best-supporting-actress, the first Academy Award won by an African American entertainer. When the movie premiered, she could not attend because the movie theater was not integrated. History, more than politics.

Fabulous write-up Tom chock filled with diverting and educational links, for a nice puzzle which I thought was easier than yesterday. Thank you also Gary.

Lemonade714 said...

Good to hear from you Hondo and hang tough. Peter, what happened to your career? Sorry, I stepped on your links.

Peter Horton said...

Lemonade714, I feel as if I had a successful acting career, thank you very much. I eventually focused more on the direction side landing a gig with Greys Anatomy and was an executive producer for that series. Things are going well as I ease into retirement, happily married.

Oh, and btw, I was married to Michelle Pfeiffer for 8 years. So I've got that going for me. Which is nice.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Looked SIDEways at WRANSOM...oh, it's now WHEN, it's THEN. D'oh! Otherwise, this was a smooth SCUBA dive to the bottom. Thanx, Gary and TTP.

PIUS: He was the pope of my ute, and one of the few I can name. In H.S. we had a kid we called PIUS Baker -- yeah, he was a pk.

SCUBA: I'm reading a book that involves SCUBA, and learned that now there are "rebreathers" which absorb the carbon dioxide and allow a large portion of the air to be re-breathed. This greatly extends the permissible dive-time, and limits the telltale bubbles of conventional SCUBA. I know, TMI.

"Shade Blind": TTP, I've never heard that expression. Sounds like someone who's confused about window treatments. I'm a strong deutan. Others might say I'm color-blind.

Lemonade714 said...

I also agree with OKL, that many years ago, Mrs. Peel was much more interesting to unpeel than a banana.

desper-otto said...

Dang autocorrect! "not" not "now"

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased HTtp for HTML and ALTeRS. UNTIE!

If you rush planning, you usually end up with a half-fast plan.

It may be because I'm from the hills of Appalachia, but I've never heard of UNPEEL. Seems redundant. Now we DID say "unthaw", which is similar.

DW and I toured Florida Southern College in Lakeland yesterday. They have twelve structures designed by Frank LLOYD Wright. One of the prettiest campuses (campi?) I've ever seen.

Our house was built in 1914 and features several doors with TRANSOMs. It was the days before air conditioning, and opening those helped circulation. (The house also still has gas light valves, but now all the lighting is electric.) I need to get the set of 8 foot pocket doors repaired, but finding someone who knows about historic houses hasn't been easy.

D4 - I thought Jethro Tull invented the Aqua Lung, my friend.

Baseball announcers also use the term "side OUT" at the end of a half-inning.

Thanks to Gary Larson for the fun Tuesday puzzle, even though "unpeel" seemed to be from the far side. And thanks to TTP for the fun review, the CSO from yesterday, and the two Eurythmics link.

Montana said...

This was an easy puzzle for me, today. Thanks, guys.

Montana

TTP said...


Good to see you Hondo.

Thanks, Lemonade. I corrected Samwide to Samwise.

Desper-otto, I looked up deutan. Maybe he is color blind and just wanted to downplay it to shade blind.

Yellowrocks said...

Nice puzzle, Gary. Interesting review, TTP. I put SIDE on the left side of all the words of the theme answers, looking for consistency. I agree with Peter Horton and Lemon @ 6:28.
Unpeel seems odd, but is legit, the same as unthaw, as has been said. I have heard both used, but I don't use either one.
An unpeeled orange has the peel on, but when you unpeel it, it now has the peel off. Hmmm. Our language is certainly not logical.
My color blind ex would come home from work RILED because I had paired a blue sock with a black one. They really were a matched pair. His colleagues were pulling his leg, laughing at his so-called "unmatched" socks.

Alan is so excited about the first group home we visited. The available room there is the master suite which would be his alone. It has a huge bedroom, a little sitting room, many closets, and an ensuite bath. (The word ensuite is common around here.) Alan is so sure that he wants to go there, that he is giving our visit to a second home, little possibility of changing his mind. Yesterday we met with representatives of the second one. I am more impressed with the staff and program of the first one, too. Unfortunately it is farther away, 40 minutes. Alan is thrilled that he can likely move in before Easter.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy enough. Surprised I could remember NOOR. Got the reveal but didn't dwell on the theme. No issues.
Pablo - Reflected that it is Spanish for Paul. Pawel or Pavel in Slavic languages.



jfromvt said...

Typical Tuesday, but a fun puzzle.

Never heard of RMONTHS but got it with the other fills.

Agree with Peter Horton, SIDE at the start of each expression.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Gary, for some fun with a little bite. I enjoyed it. I didn't see the theme, but that's on me--not you.

Thanks, TTP, for the snappy review. Fine links and some learning along the way. I like the orange peel clip. Sweet, but I think I'll stick with fingers, then I don't have to hand wash and dry the knife, or the cutting board. Nice idea. Maybe if I were making a huge citrus salad. . . .

OMK: Feel better. I twisted my knee earlier this week. Ummm--doing nothing. Tomorrow I'm going to Illinois Bone and Joint Institute's walk in office. Seems this septuagenarian can no long just ice and stretch it out. Hmmm. . . .

From Yesterday: PK: LOL!!! I'm not sure whether you mean the color, or the fact that I broke the first law of boyfriend knitting--engaging in premarital knitting. We were engaged, and the fact that he still has it (not talking about the fit) may be a testament to true love. We are four months from our 50th anniversary, which means we are in our fiftieth year. Every time we have a drink, we raise our glasses and say, "Happy Anniversary."

Aujourd'hui: ADIOS!

Lemonade714 said...

Madame D. -c'est tres bien! Enjoy the next 50 as well.

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you, Tom, for the lesson in color-blindness. I could not see that before your links.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-SIDEOUT for this VB coach
-A very ugly AZTEC
-I loved being a MASON, however my back says, “not so much”
-FEB on the great plains – Cold! MAR – Wet! Everyone is eyeing the RIVERS around here this spring
-DIVVYING UP is a post-event staple in our family
-Grandson’s school, Lincoln PIUS X, won a BB state championship last week
-I’ve mentioned before – While practicing to sing You Raise Me Up, it struck me how it has a lot of Danny Boy in it
-How you might get an editor to see your manuscript
-A wonderful view of the UMBRIA region from St. Francis’s Cathedral
-Now where’s that umbrella

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I liked the hidden (for me, anyway) theme and the Aha reveal. No hiccups but a frown at Unpeel. Like the Pile ~ Rile duo, as well as Mama and Dad. Danny and (A) Boy are timely ☘ and Daniel Silva was a gimme as I've read several of his novels. Imps=CED and Jinx.

Thanks, Gary, for an enjoyable solve and thanks, TTP, for the great summary and nostalgic links, especially the musical offerings of "If" and "Proud Mary."

Hondo, don't be such a stranger.

YR, I'm happy that Alan is so excited and positive about his new living arrangements; you must be on Cloud 9.

Madame Defarge, I think it's just "grand" that you and DH are celebrating the major milestone four months ahead of time! 💕

FLN

Keith, I hope the knee is feeling better.

Lucina, glad you got a good report from your opthamologist. I'm always relieved when I hear that there's no change and that my vision is fine.

Have a great day.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. I liked this puzzle, but thought that OUTSIDE was the odd man out. I had never heard of SIDE OUT, but from the discussion, I see that it is a viable term.

I owned a GEO way back when.

Nice to see Daniel SILVA in the puzzle. I have read several of his books, but thought he was a more obscure author.

JT: It is thought that it is safe only to eat oysters in months that contain the letter "R", hence R MONTHS. Thus, oysters would be free of bacteria contamination from September through April, and not so safe between May through August.

QOD: Never marry for money; you can borrow it cheaper. ~ Edward Albee (né Edward Franklin Albee, III; Mar. 12, 1928 ~ Sept. 16, 2016)

CartBoy said...

Tuesday speed run.

C.C. at USAToday

Matchless said...

Mismatching socks. Hmm. The words the that spouse “would come home riled” indicate that the issues of mismatched socks occurred more than once. No wonder the parties divorced.

Misty said...

Well, I sadly goofed on two items, didn't get MACHE because the spelling of PAPIER confused me, and put SCREEN VIEW instead of STREET VIEW because I forgot to recheck ATTN. But otherwise a fun Tuesday puzzle--I couldn't believe DIVVY UP could be correct but there it was. Nice to see ZORBA, and thanks for posting his picture, TTP. Never heard of the R MONTHS as Oyster season, but haven't had an oyster in years, now that I think about it. Anyway, thanks, Gary. And thanks for the picture of a TRANSOM, TTP. I got the answer, but didn't know where it was located until you showed us.

Have a good day, everybody.

Abejo said...

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

Puzzle went along fine, for the most part. A couple of pauses along the way.

Liked R MONTHS. I also heard that is when you pick horse radish, in R Months.

Theme was fine. Caught it after 60A.

Liked the Bio on NOOR, the queen. Very impressive person.

I have toured Frank Lloyd Wright's houses in Oak Park, IL. He became quite famous.

Off to my day. Much to do.

Abejo

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Lemonade714 said...

Cartboy, thanks again. I never think of the USA Today, which apparently C.C. has decided to dominate, now.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Gary and TTP!

I liked this theme and appreciate the explanation of SIDE OUT; OUTSIDE did seem lopsided compared with the smoothness of the others.

And speaking of smoothness, this was a smooth solve with no stumbles on the way. I loved seeing ZORBA and Anthony Quinn's picture. Again, thank you, TTP for that. I've learned LBOS from CWDs.

The POCKETDOOR in my bathroom has always been a fascination for my granddaughters while growing up.

One of the schools where I taught had TRANSOMs OVER every door on the first floor.

Lemonade:
That video is really interesting and educational. One thing I learned from teaching ESL students is that tamales come in almost infinite varieties so it's not surprising to see that concept expanding. In all tamales, though, the main ingredient is the masa and its light, fluffy smoothness. All the taste depends on that so I would be interested in how much broth he uses and if he uses lard or other oil. The customers seem satisfied so they are undoubtedly good. As per my mother we always test a drop of masa in water (like testing candy) to check its consistency. Thank you for posting that.

I may be going to NY in April so I shall try to find that place.

Adios, everyone, and have a splendid day!

Lucina said...

Addendum:
Since they make 3,000 tamales per week they were forced to develop an efficient way to make them and still keep them authentic. I'm impressed with the tamale spreader! We use an electric mixer, too, but human hands spread the masa. I only wish we could find good hojas (husks) as the ones sold here are deplorable in every way.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

During my dress up for work days I would occasionally mismatch socks. When brought to my attention, my standard response was "oh no! I've got another pair just like them at home!"

Since I'll be in transit on Sunday, let me offer this Irish story a few days early. Seems that DANNY BOY bought his fiance an engagement ring featuring a large cubic zirconia "stone". Yup, it was a sham rock. I'll usher myself out now.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and almost filled it entirely from the acrosses. But I like to look at the downs anyway, for the enjoyment of seeing the clues and answers. I knew all the proper names except Daniel SILVA. Didn't see the theme until getting the reveal. I don't think I have ever unpeeled anything, though I have done my share of unwrapping, unveiling, and unzipping.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Gary and TTP.
Straightforward solve today but I arrived here to discover I FIWed. I had misspelled POKEMON with an A instead of E, and did not noticed STEALED . But I got the SIDE theme (although I thought OUT really was an OUTlier. Thanks for explaining SideOut.

I had Wren before LARK, and was trying to fit LadleOUT into the squares for DISH OUT. (Side lade did not fit the theme LOL)
MAR and DANNY BOY were appropriate for this month.

Yes, UNPEELED seems redundant. I agree with YR about English not being logical.

Madame D- hope you get some relief for that knee.
OMK- hope you are recovering from your fall
Lucina- glad that your eye report was positive.

Enjoy the day.

Michael said...

CartBoy @ 11:37 --

Thanks for the USA Today reference for CC's puzzle today.

I wonder if the cretins -- demanding you watch their ads before you can get to what you came to a site to see -- realize that I will never buy anything advertised in such a way. (Sorry for the rant; I'm just fed up with the barrage of ads we are stuck with ... every MBA program must have a 2-unit class in Advertising Repulsiveness!)

Wilbur Charles said...

Re. RENOIR I was thinking of Sherlock's relative VERMEER. To fit I inked VENEER.
OCHER/UMBER is another inksplotch

I don't know if it's irony or TROPE but the four redsox WS were anticlimactic

Oh, so you had a crush on Mrs Peele, too. Eh, Owen?
I agree about Florida Southern, right on the lake. Picturesque

Re Hobbits and all things Tolkien. There's a series coming out entitled Numenor

If I ate an oyster or clam my Dr would shoot me

WC

Ol' Man Keith said...

Late to post today, as I had a doctor's appointment (routine) this morning.
It took *#@! forever.
Why does it have to require so bloody long to go through all the waiting and sometimes paperwork just to spend 5 minutes with the doc? Isn't this what people warned us would happen under so-called "socialized medicine"?
I say the future is already here, gang!

Neat pzl today.
I remember Pope Pius XII. He was the pontiff when I was in Catholic school.
He was the only pope (the only person, I think) to die of the hiccups.
The newspapers called it "diaphragmatic convulsions," but (ha!) I could read between the lines.
~ OMK
______________
DR:
One diag today--on the mirror side.
It gives us an interesting anagram--an answer to a riddle:
What kind of picnic do you have if you serve PBnJ sandwiches & leave open jars of honey, orange marmalade, and grape jelly?
Answer--
"ANT HOSPITABLE."

Prairie Woman said...

This was a fun Tuesday. FIW in really good time. Thanks for the explanation of the theme. I never spend much time looking for the theme but always enjoy when it is explained.

Pocket doors always bring up a good memory for me. A few days before each Christmas my mother would be seen gathering wrapping paper and accompanying materials to on the dining room table. Then she would close the pocket doors to the dining room. Later she would appear with gifts for under the tree. That just heightened the level of anticipation before the holiday. So the sight of pocket doors always invokes that memory for me over 60 years later.

I, too, taught in a school with Transoms over the doors. That building was 150 yers old and one of the oldest schools in Illinois at the time. Records told that in the earlier days it was someone’s job to come early in the morning and climb to the cupola above the fourth floor attic to open the Louvres for ventilation. I was always glad the teachers didn’t have to share that task anymore, nor need to tend the fire in each room. The much painted over stovepipe hole was still in evidence to prove that also had been a necessary task.

Thank you Cartboy for the info on the USA Today puzzle.

AnonymousPVX said...



This was a pleasant Wednesday puzzle. No issues.

No markovers today.

It’s “yellow season” here....the pollen is incredible. Cars have it all over them as if it was snow. Had to bring the little cat in for a shot as she was over grooming. Going through many tissues myself. When pollen season ends, the humidity arrives.

Wilbur Charles said...

Cartboy has put an idea in my head. With NCAA, Spring training, golf etc plus CC Xwords I think I will buy USA today thru April. TBTimes Sports is a joke

Jayce, you forgot "unfastening" as in BRA

Another TROPE. As I post I'm sitting at x-ray having been sent by my GP - " Have Cell, Can Wait". Or .. the perils of walk-in

WC

Yellowrocks said...

The mismatched socks occurred never. He should have been riled at his buddies taking advantage of his colorblindness.

Lucina said...

OMK:
Pope Pius XII died of heart failure in 1958 though he had very prolonged bouts of hiccups. If you want a glimpse into his personal life, La Popessa, a book about his secretary/housekeeper of 41 years, Mother Pascalina Lehhnert, provides it. It's quite revealing.

Thank you, Irish Miss and Canadian Eh! I, too, was pleased that my eye exam revealed nothing worrisome.

Lemonade714 said...

Peter Horton; my point exactly. You had a wonderful career, highlighted by your work on thirtysomething and yes, to be married to Michelle Pfeiffer must have been a wonderful thing, but why no acting?
I wasn't dissing you, I was curious, most who transition into direction also act in some of their projects especially successful one. Anyway, if I sounded offensive, I am sorry.

Lucina, I am pleased you like the link. The restaurant CITY TAMALE is located at 1316 Oak Point Avenue Bronx, NY, 10474 United States; Phone: (718) 991-1606. If you take the FDR to the Bronx, you can use your GPS to find it. I do not know the Bronx.

Lemonade714 said...

BTW: flammable - inflammable
regardless and irregardless (although some don't consider irregardless a real word)
bone and debone
press and depress
caregiver and caretaker
ravel and unravel

SwampCat said...

I guess I was on the right wavelength for I found this easy and fun. Thanks, Gary.

TTP, your comments about HATTIE McDaniels just proves how fleeting fame can be. She was quite a celebrity in her day and long after. Alas, not forever!

UNPEEL raised my eyebrows. In Unwrap and several other examples you are Undoing an action ..... you wrap a package. Then UN wrap it.

But PEEL refers to taking the peel off a piece of fruit (or Mrs Peele). If you UNPEEL do you put the peel back on?

Oh I’m getting a headache!

Gramma Ann said...

All this talk about UNPEEL can get rather slippery. As slippery as an EEL PUN.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

In the newspaper, in pen, with no mistakes/crossouts. A thing of beauty and in record time. More like an easy Monday puzzle. Would have expected some way out weird clues from Gary Larson. Oh not THAT Gary Larson?

Yellowrocks said...

Madame D and OMK, I wish you fast healing and quick recovery from the pain. Lack of mobility is galling.
Lemonade @4:18, great examples relating to unpeel. We cannot bend the English language to logic.
The great paper chase continues.I am making headway.The end result will be simplicity.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Fine Tuesday puzzle Gary. TTP, your expo took me longer than the puzzle; good showing (and music!). Oh, and tying together Gladden the hitter w/ ELATING the crowd - very nice.

WO: uRAL
ESPs: HATTIE, SILVA
Fav: It's the alliteration in 24d: 'Broad-brimmed beach bonnets'
IFs over THEN was cute too

{A-, B+}

Good to see you Honda
Good you can see, Lucina.
MdF - Good luck going to a "walk-in" clinic on a bum knee //hope it heals quickly

Jinx - I, for one, like it re: sham rock. :-)

Gramma Ann - is that synonymous with an UNELL PUN?

//I'll join Jinx OUT-SIDE

Cheers, -T

Ol' Man Keith said...

CanadianEh! & Madame Defarge ~
Thanks for your concern! I appreciate the kindness (& Mme D, I hope your visit to the Bone Doc pays off).
I am still feeling the pain, but my tub soak yesterday was a big help, and I feel some real improvement each day. Today I got some epsom salts, so will see if they speed things up.
(The literature on the salts promises help for everything from arthritis pain to dry skin and wrinkles--and now even autism. I'm saved!)

Lucina ~
Thanks!
I guess I knew the official cause of death for Pius was heart failure, but then all CoD's seem to be organ failures of one of more systems. What stuck in my memory was the stressful condition (besides WWII) that led to his heart failure.
You really can't last very long if you can't stop those damnable hiccups.
I guess his bishops and cardinals (and maybe La Popessa?) tried scaring him.
But how do you frighten a Pope?
~ OMK

Lucina said...

OMK:
Priests wishing to marry?

Dow Jones said...

FYI...

The Wednesday (3/13/19) edition of the Wall Street Journal has a crossword puzzle (Stockholders) constructed by C.C. Burnikel. She is starting to dominate that paper also. To print or solve online, go to WSJ.com (free)

Anonymous T said...

LOL! Lucina. Thanks for that chuckle. Cheers, -T

Bill G said...

I tried USA Today and was presented different puzzle. Anybody else?

Lucina said...

Yes. It was by a different constructor.