Apr 2, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Craig Stowe


3. *Tough period in life: HARD TIMES.  Hard Case - A tough person, such as someone that is hard to deal with.   Or, a type of protective container, such as hard case luggage.

9. *Grade school presentation: SHOW AND TELL.  Showcase - A glass container used to display merchandise.  Or, in music and the arts, an exhibition of talent and creations.

24. *Slim-fitting Dior creation: PENCIL SKIRT.  Pencil Case - A container used to hold pens, pencils, erasers and the like. 

26. *Nuclear treaty subject: TEST BAN.  Test Case - In law, a legal action  brought to test the validity of a law, and perhaps set a precedent for deciding similar cases in the future.

35. Caps, and a hint to the answers to starred clues: UPPERCASE.   Case can be added to the upper word of each starred answer. 


1. "I'm clever" chuckle: HEH.

4. Take a broom to: SWEEP

9. Rapscallion: SCAMP.

14. Pretty __ picture: AS A.

15. Main artery: AORTA.  The great artery of the heart.

16. __ roll: student's achievement: HONOR.  Learning isn't hard.  Paying attention to something you have no interest in is.

17. Hawk, in the military sense: WARMONGER.  Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun were the notable war hawks leading up to the War of !812.

19. Get the best of: OUTDO.  Out as a prefix, meaning more than or better than.

20. In the buff: NUDE.  Naked as a jaybird.  In the altogether.  Buck (or butt) naked.  I'm sure there are other idioms.

21. Local residents, to local college students: TOWNIES.  Matt and Ben were townies in the film, Good Will Hunting.

23. Draw sap from, as a maple: TAP.   In bowling, leaving a "stone 8" (for right handers) is known as a True Tap.

25. "I haven't the foggiest": IT BEATS ME.

27. Grooming process: TOILETTE.  Wiktionary says:
toilette (plural toilettes)
  1. (archaic) A dressing table, typically covered to the floor with cloth (originally, toile) and lace, on which stood a mirror, which might also be draped in lace.
  2. (archaic) Personal grooming, in other words washing, dressing, etc.
30. Formula __: auto racing class: ONE.

"F1 cars are at the cutting edge of motorsport technology and push the boundaries of technological design. Each team designs its own chassis and interprets the rules to best suit the ultimate design. Budgets are huge, and no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of development.

Indy cars, on the other hand, are much less developed. Each team has the use of the same Dallara chassis, which does not carry the same sort of funding as F1 operations. That in itself places greater emphasis on the job of the team and the driver, while one of F1's greatest criticisms is that it is so dependent on the performance of the car."  -  Bleacher Report Article

31. Casino convenience: ATM, and 42. "Casino" co-star Joe: PESCI.

32. Cacophonous: NOISY

34. Prescription items: DRUGS

38. Canapé garnish: ROE.

39. Competition: CONTEST.

41. Snap or split veggie: PEA.

44. Ease up: ABATE.

45. Toy with, cat-style: PAW.

46. Microbrewery product: ALE.

48. Studios for artists: ATELIERS.  Their workshops.

50. Materials for babies' rugs: LAMBSKINS.

54. Paper size: Abbr.: LTR

55. Consumed amounts: INTAKES.

56. Reverb in a chamber: ECHO.

59. Centipede game company: ATARI.  The game was recently announced as a finalist for the World Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019.

60. Drambuie and Scotch cocktail: RUSTY NAIL.  New to me, but the perps were solid.  I guess it was popular in the '60s.  Behind the Bar: The Rusty Nail

65. Closer to being harvested: RIPER.

66. Month before febrero: ENERO

Enero, febrero, marzo, abril, mayo, junio, julio, agosto, septiembre, octubre, noviembre, diciembre.
Estos son los doce meses del año.

67. Get it: SEE.

68. "Alien" director Ridley __: SCOTT.    Also,  Blade Runner,  Gladiator,  The Martian.

69. Eggs purchase: DOZEN

70. Juan's "that": ESO.   Juanita's "that": ESA. 


1. Goldie with a Golden Globe: HAWN.   Can you believe she's 73 ?  9 nominations, 1 win in the 1969 romcom Cactus Flower, her first major film.

2. Founder of Edom: ESAU.

4. Brazilian map word: SAO. As in Sao Paulo. 

5. Hit the jackpot: WON.  Someone won a big one in Wisconsin last week. 

6. Bit of energy: ERG.

7. Strasbourg summer: ETE.  Strasbourg, France.  Directly west across the Rhine river from the Black Forest in southwestern Germany.   In German, summer is Sommer. 

8. Second section: PART B.   Medicare Part B premiums have risen by an average of 7.7% per year.

10. Come back (with): COUNTER.  Rick Harrison on the History Channel's Pawn Stars program rarely buys anything at the asking price.   Mike Wolfe on the History Channel's American Pickers sometimes counters the original asking price with an amount that is higher than asked. 

11. Naysayers: ANTIS.

12. Web surfing tool: MODEMModulator / Demodulator.

13. Narrative writing: PROSE.

18. Event with courses: MEAL.

22. War on Poverty org.: OEO.   Office of Economic Opportunity. 

25. Singer Turner's memoir: I TINA.   David Alfred Bywaters had the clue "Turner with numbers" in last Friday's puzzle that Hahtoolah reviewed.   I thought that was a great clue.

27. Camper's cover: TARP.  I started with tent, but the perps disagreed.

28. Plains native: OTOE.

29. Excessively: TOO.   The entree was fine, but the dessert was (excessively, extremely, or too) sweet.  Which adverb would you use ? 

33. Irish poet who wrote "Easter, 1916": YEATS.

36. Drive or reverse: GEAR.

37. Toothed tools: SAWS.

40. Fr. holy woman: STE.  Sainte.

43. Moulin Rouge, notably: CABARET.  Yes,  I know the setting for the movie was Berlin, but the answer afforded an opportunity to link Liza singing the song.

47. Squeeze (out): EKE

49. Cross-country southern hwy.: I TEN.  The southernmost of the cross-country interstate highways.

50. Some are compulsive: LIARS.

51. Shenanigan: ANTIC.  I think of CrossEyedDave. 

52. Philippines peak: Abbr.: MT APO.  The highest point in the Philippines. 

53. Looks flushed: IS RED

57. Hurries, old-style: HIES.

58. Bread spread: OLEO. The Oleo Wars weren't just in Wisconsin.  Vermont,  New Hampshire and South Dakota also had various laws against the product.  Wisconsin didn't allow yellow colored oleo until 1967, and still has laws about margarine for restaurants and schools.  Butter must be served to students unless a doctor provides a valid health reason for not using butter.

61. 2018 National Toy Hall of Fame inductee: UNOA synopsis of the Uno story.

62. "__ who?": SEZ.  It's the correct pronunciation for says, here and across the pond.

63. Antonio's three: TRE.  "Tutti a tavola a mangiare!" Ciao Antonio ! In Italian, numbers from zero to ten are specific words, namely zero [0], uno [1], due [2], tre [3], quattro [4], cinque [5], sei [6], sette [7], otto [8], nove [9], and dieci [10].  More here.

64. That, old-style: YON.   For example, "Beyond yon mountain."  


OwenKL said...

Today Molly TOOK A BROOM TO a little SCAMP.
He was on her lawn, killing grass with every tramp!
All the neighbor kids
Had a theory what she did --
She'd TAKE HER BROOM TO fly to weekly witch's camp!

Frida cleaned her face each day with a fresh moist towlette.
She considered this to be essential to her TOILETTE.
She felt extra clean
With this firm routine --
Then she'd eat spaghetti, and the sauce would spoil it!

"Shark" was a HARD CASE, a juvenile delinquent
His rap sheet was a SHOWCASE of what he did or didn't.
His first theft, a PENCIL CASE,
To his latest, a car chase,
He was a social TEST CASE of how to be deficient!

{B, A-, B+.}

D4E4H said...

Good morning everyone.

Thank you Craig Stowe for this enjoyable CW. It took me while, but I FIR in 43:05 min.

Thank you TTP for the review with more links than I have ever seen.

48 A - Oh Oh, a French word. Would you like it better if the answer were "workshop?"

I sussed the theme at 35 D, quite clever.

43 D - Thanks for Liza. I didn't remember the story of Elsie's death in the middle of the song.


Lemonade714 said...

Thank you, Tom and Craig. My quibble with this type of theme, the "AHA MOMENT" is not very exciting. I was surprised to see ATHELIER and MTAPO in a Tuesday puzzle, but I recognize the envelope is being pushed to more difficulty here at the LAT. Meanwhile, with the increase in payment for publication at the NY Times making puzzles may actually be a career, not a hobby. Will the LAT follow?

I thought the clue/fill 50. Materials for babies' rugs: LAMBSKINS was ironic considering my limited knowledge of LAMB SKINS .

I hope your spring has sprung

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Nope, Lemonade, spring has definitely not sprung here. Record low yesterday. Record low today. Record low expected tomorrow. Sheesh! (as Jayce would say) The trees are in full leaf, and the hummingbirds are back, so there's that.

Oh, the puzzle. I found it pretty easy, but still found ways to go wrong. Tried to put an H in PESCI, put double L in ATELIERS, wanted it to be a PENCIL DRESS, and fell into the TENT/TARP trap. Thanx, Craig and TTP.

I-TEN: Have to cross it every time I go to Houston. About once a year. I-TEN is the dividing line between two distinct plant-growing zones. TV weathermen are always talking about "north of I10" and "south of I10."

PART B: Folks on Social Security have some "safe harbor" protection from rising Part B prices. Prices can't rise faster than the annual SS COLA, because that would result in retirees receiving a smaller monthly SS payment. Folks who pay their Part B premiums outside of SS aren't protected.

thehondohurricane said...





Anonymous said...

Yeah. It used to be a nice progression from easy on Monday to difficult on Sunday. No more. And the the trend to get fast and loose with the cluing is getting worse. Rapscallion? Toilette?and toy hall of fame inductee. On a tuesday?

Yellowrocks said...

There was a time when we could do most early week puzzles, zip, zip, zip, as fast as we could write, not even glancing at the downs sometimes. Ho hum. I am glad these [puzzles now need a few perps, though not esoteric or difficult. I, for one, liked this theme. I hadn't paid attention to the stars so I needed the reveal.
Moulin Rouge sounds romantic. I was disappointed when I realized it's English interpretation is the red mill. Then I discovered that in real life Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge in the last half of the 1800's were rather seedy and amoral. There is a 1952 movie called Moulin Rouge, a fictionalized account of the life and loves of the artist, Toulouse-LauTrec.
I know some compulsive liars. They lie to benefit themselves, but continue to lie, even when there is no self-benefit. You can't tell what is the truth from them.
I find it interesting that the topper in some foods is the whole point, as in roe canapes and some kinds of sushi.
In college I liked a Rusty Nail, now and then. One was sufficient because Rusty Nails are very sweet. I no longer like many sweet drinks, not even sweet tea.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Craig and TTP.
I moved through this CW at a good pace and only ended up with two inkblots; I had Mouse before MODEM, and Bearskins before LAMBSKINS (oh that was for babies not babes!).

No complaints from me, but I anticipate a few from those who do not appreciate the other languages in the solve. We had French (ATELIER, ETE, TOILETTE), Spanish (ESO, SAO, ENERO) and Italian (TRE). We even had some old-style English with YON and HIES (balanced? with slang SEZ).
I think they stopped selling Eau de TOILETTE because nobody wanted to buy Toilet Water, let alone put it on their body! Wait, the Body Shop still sells it!

Even the unknown to me OEO, MT APO (possible Natick with SCOTT) filled with perps.
I'll take a CSO at 34A.
Our pea soup from yesterday requires Split PEAs not Snap.
Interesting background story about UNO.

A trip down memory lane today with SHOW AND TELL, SCAMP (haven't seen that cartoon lately.) I was on the HONOuR ROLL during my school days.

Wishing you all a great day. Still waiting for spring here.

Jerome said...

"I know some compulsive liars." Yellowrocks- No politics, especially concerning the president.

Cat walks into an Old West bar. Bartender asks about why he's there. Cat replies, "I'm lookin'
for the guy who shot my PAW."

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Slightly edgy for a Tuesday but OK. No searches or strikethroughs were needed. Finally 'got' the theme just as I finished.
The fill had a fresh cast to it.
DOZEN - From the French (douze) for 'twelve'. Seems to be a borrowed word into the Germanic languages. German Dutzend, L. German Dutz, Dutch dozijn. Grew up hearing my mother talk about ……… Dutz Eier (……dozen eggs)
INTAKES - Designates the works where water is diverted to a hydroelectric turbine, for example.
TOWNIE - I'm guessing Irish Miss might have been a TOWNIE during my sojourn at RPI (1955-1959). (Troy High School was across the street from my dorm.)

Husker Gary said...

-Churchill on WARMONGERS – “Old men make war, young men fight and die”
-In Breaking Away, the Indiana University kids called TOWNIES cutters because many of their dads worked in the quarries
-NUDE - Ed Sessa’s punny, Yiddish Sunday puzzle had SCHLEPPED IN THE BUFF
-For every Casino, PESCI made a lot of drek (more Yiddish) like Jimmy Hollywood (4% Rotten Tomatoes) to pay the bills
-CONTESTS with subjective scoring can be very unsatisfying
-Somehow I knew ATELIER but had to look up its pronunciation (adl’ yay)
-The American Pickers sing the praises of an item before even making an offer. Huh?

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

My only unknown was Mt. Apo and my only w/o was Bear/Lamb Skins (Hi, CEh). The theme was well hidden and the reveal was a nice surprise. I have no quibbles with harder clues/fill, as long as the perps are fair, which today's were. Scamp=Imp=CED.

Thanks, Craig, for a fun Tuesday romp and thanks, TTP, for the fun and fact-filled review. I saw Cabaret and Good Will Hunting but not Cactus Flower. I loved Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin and Overboard. Her daughter, Kate Hudson, is pretty talented, too. (Hope you're feeling better, TTP.)

Spring has not sprung here. Temps are unseasonably cooler and the March winds are still with us. At least it's sunny.

Hondo, did you get to see your lady Huskies at the TU Center?

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

Spitz @ 10:00 ~ You guessed correctly as 1955-1959 were my high school years. I went to Catholic Central but my boyfriend went to Troy High. Many a Sunday afternoon was spent ice skating at the Field House.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. I didn't have as much trouble with this puzzle as some of you. I did slow down a bit with the LAMBSKINS and spelled YEATS wrong, but the rest of the puzzle pretty much fell in place for me. Oh, and hand up for Mouse before MODEM.

I just read a book about the House of Norman Hartnell and his ATELIER. He was the fashion designer who designed the wedding dress for Princess (now Queen) Elizabeth. Some of the puzzlers might enjoy this book ~ The Gown, by Jennifer Robson.

I live off I-10 (I-TEN). It cuts through southern Louisiana and, similar to what D-O said about the divide in Houston, the same is true for Louisiana. The culture north of I-10 is much different from that south of I-10.

QOD: A neurosis is a secret you don’t know you’re keeping. ~ Kenneth Tynan (né Kenneth Peacock Tynan, Apr. 2, 1927 ~ July 26, 1980)

Prairie Woman said...

Good morning everyone. Thank you Craig for the workout and thank you TTP for all the links.
We have just returned from a weeklong trip with our granddaughters and have been napping to recover from our lack of sleep. With the mixed up sleep schedule, I was awake at 3:30 am and attributed the slight difficulty of the puzzle to my lack of alertness at that time in the morning. With the other comments, maybe that was not the only thing.
I, too, fell into the tent/tarp hole
The connection between toilette and toile fabric was interesting.
Spring was making itself known in West Virginia and Virginia. We enjoyed the forsythia and the daffodils on the mountain sides. And the flowers in Williamsburg, and especially Busch Gardens were so pretty I gladly sat viewing them while waiting for others to ride the roller coasters.
With peas being clued two days running, I giggled at the reminder that Thomas Jefferson planted many varieties of peas in his garden. Our granddaughters found that puzzling. Obviously that is not one of their favorites.
Have a great day!

Wilbur Charles said...

Re. OLEO. On Wisconsin
New studies indicate butter may be the better choice.
3 W's today Owen

"Meanwhile, with the increase in payment for publication at the NY Times " resulting in no more Sunday NYT Xword for Wilbur (in TBTimes)
GOTTA Run. Getting late. I agree, a Thurs on a Tue


Oas said...

Thanks for a fine puzzle Craig Stowe.
At first pass I also asked myself if this was Tuesday.
FIR without look ups in only slightly more time than usual , so no complaints .

John E said...

Jerome: Didn't your cat LIMP into the bar?

Misty said...

Well, it's a relief to hear that others found this Tuesday puzzle a bit tough. I too struggled with the middle west and was so thankful that I did finally get the whole thing. Still, a clever and neat puzzle--many thanks, Craig. I too had TENT before TARP, and was happy to get RUSTY NAIL even though I'd never heard of it (hey, I'm a Merlot regular). TTP, thanks for posting the SCAMP cartoon--not something in my own cartoon past. CanadianEh, thank you for pointing out the many foreign language clues--so glad I got them all. Fun way to begin a Tuesday morning--thanks again, Craig and TTP.

Have a good day, everybody.

Lucina said...

No time to read comments until after my dental appointment. I went in for a toothache and now I have six month's worth of appts.!

TTP, octubre is incorrect on your list.

Thank you, Craig Stowe and TTP, especially for the theme. I had no time to look. That's my story and . . . .

This was fast, funny and fresh. I liked most of the clues and the fill was meaningful. One w/o, MOUSE/MODEM. I still don't think the modem is what helps to surf. It powers the PC.

Have a gorgeous day, everyone!

Lucina said...

It turns out I have a little more time and as always I enjoyed all your comments.

Canadian Eh!
SAO is actually Portuguese.
MT. APO is likely Phillipino

John E:
Read it again. I think you missed the joke.

Wilbur Charles said...

Wow, I had just posted, left the restaurant and as I was proceeding on a green light I said, "Wilbur, you're in Florida"

Sure enough, after waiting a few seconds I looked left and there was a dump truck sailing through the Red light.

And I'm here to tell y'all that when in Florida....


John E said...

Maybe I did. But wouldn't a cat whose paw was shot be limping? What am I missing?

AnonymousPVX said...

A bit of unexpected crunch in this Tuesday puzzle that made it seem later in the week.

No real issues until the SW.

Markovers....PESCE/PESCI (now he’s Pesc-eye in my mind from now on), TESTING/TESTBAN, PRANK/ANTIC, MTIDA/MTAPO.

LUCINA...the MODEM does not “power the PC”....electricity does that, along with the OS....MODEMs enable data to travel along the internet.

Oas said...

Ayudame por favor. Porque es octubre incorrecto en la lista que TTP ha dado?

Sandyanon said...

OAS: HTTP spelled it octubure.

Spitzboov said...

HTTP is HyperText Transfer Protocol

TTP is an esteemed crossword blogger from NE IL.

Lemonade714 said...

He did not shoot the cat, he shot her father. How did TTP grow an H? I believe the Spanish would be: "¿Por qué octubre es incorrecto en la lista que TTP ha dado?"

Por qué = why

Porque = because

CanadianEh! said...

Yes, Hahtoolah, I am on the wait list with my library to read The Gown.

Learning moment. SAO is Portuguese (I LIUed and discovered it means St. Ergo SAO Paulo=St. Paul). Thanks Lucina. (I knew we needed the masculine ESO today from one of your previous Spanish lessons!)

Mt APO was totally unknown to me (although I may have a dim recollection of seeing it here before) so I did not opine about its language origin. But it is undoubtedly Philippino. Wiki says "Mt. Apo is said to be named after a nobleman named Apong, who was killed while mediating the battle between two suitors of his daughter Saribu. Apo is various local languages mean "grandfather", "master", "grandson", and "wise elder"."
Cultural enrichment for today.

Lemonade714 said...

BTW, thank you for removing the needless profanity. If you cannot put together an actual sentence, using words that have meaning, why post? If you thought the theme deficient, what criteria did you use to reach that conclusion? This is why we shun anons.

oc4beach said...

As others noted, today's puzzle was a little more difficult than your average Tuesday puzzle, but it was a good doable puzzle from Craig. TTP's tour was enlightening. I didn't get the theme, but I usually don't try to find it unless it is instrumental in solving the puzzle, which was not necessary today.

I rode the perp train all the way through ATELIERS and TOILETTE today. Didn't know either one but accepted what perps filled in.

RUSTY NAIL was a gimme since it is my favorite mixed drink as long as it is made with a very good single malt scotch (and there are many good ones). The blended scotches just don't cut it. Tinbeni probably wouldn't approve, but I like it on the rocks. I have a friend who claims that his 98 year old grandfather has had a rusty nail every day since he started drinking them in the early 1960's. He claims that this is what has led to his longevity. May be true, may not be true, but it might be worth trying to find out. I still have one occasionally.

When we were first married DW met me at the door with a fresh martini when I came home from work each night. This lasted for about a month until I finally told her that I didn't like martinis. That was the norm that movies of the day portrayed.

Have a great National Peanut Butter and Jelly day.

Lemonade714 said...

BTW- there is no word "PHILIPPINO" the people are called Filipino/Filipina - no ph and only one L and P

The language Filipino is a standardized variety of the Tagalog language, an Austronesian regional language that is widely spoken in the Philippines. As of 2007, Tagalog is the first language of 28 million people, or about one-third of the Philippine population, while 45 million speak Tagalog as their second language. Tagalog is among the 185 languages of the Philippines identified in the Ethnologue. Officially, Filipino is defined by the Commission on the Filipino Language (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino in Filipino or simply KWF) as "the native dialect, spoken and written, in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region, and in other urban centers of the archipelago." wiki

Filipino is officially taken to be a pluricentric language, as it is further enriched and developed by the other existing Philippine languages according to the mandate of the 1987 Constitution.[9] Indeed, there have been observed "emerging varieties of Filipino which deviate from the grammatical properties of Tagalog" in Cebu,[10] Davao City, and Iloilo[11] which together with Metro Manila form the four largest metropolitan areas in the Philippines

CrossEyedDave said...

Seems to be a flurry of comments going on,
I can't post without reading all the updates first...
(I missed the profanity though, thank you...)

Atelier, never heard of it, perps filled it in.
But I am always willing to learn a new word...

2 days, & I cannot find a silly Pea reference that I like!
Now, I love peas, but I found something a little bigger that
when steamed,

with a little salt, is equally delicious...

I am going to work on silly links for the theme & come back
If I can find something that motivates me...

Lemonade714 said...

Filipino words:

lolo: grandfather

apo: grandfather, grandchild, patriarch, boss, grandsire, master

lelong: grandfather

nunong lalaki: grandfather

ingkong :grandfather, grandparent

Tinbeni said...

Fave today, of course, was 60-a, RUSTY NAIL ... I've had a few ... LOL

Hmmm ... that gives me an idea.


Oas said...

Thanx I didn’t see that.

Wilbur Charles said...

As I recall a Rob Roy is like s Scotch Manhattan

Oc4, perhaps if the Martini was stirred, not shaken


Prairie Woman said...

If there were an “I agree” button, I would have pushed it. Thank you!

Oas said...

Thanks for the corrections. I’m only semi fluent in Spanish and welcome opportunities to improve on it.

Sandyanon said...

Spitzboov and Lemonade: One of the perils of spell check and similar systems is that TTP is not a recognized word!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR without erasure. Go figure - I found it easy while smarter Cornerites struggled a little. A few unknowns were easy with the fair perps, like IM said.

I like the word "RAPSCALLION".

If you find yourself in southern Maryland, give a HARD TIMES Cafe a try. Great chili perpared dozens of ways.

Haven't been to Strasbourg in decades, but when I was there I seem to remember that most everyone spoke German.

Big Easy says that SHOW AND don't TELL is the motto for Mardi Gras.

The Washington Capitals ironically use only lower case letters on their logo. They will clinch their division with a win Thursday or a loss by the Islanders. GO CAPS!

I grew up a TOWNIE in the home of Morehead (KY) State College (now University).

I humbly disagree with TTP. Juan could use ESO or ESa for "that". So could Juanita. Lucina, am I missing something?

Thanks to Craig for another fun, easy puzzle. And thanks for the solid tour, TTP.

Lemonade714 said...

Sandyanon - we were teasing you. It is humorous to me that he has picked a handle so close to HTTP

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Lemony, maybe he isn't so hyper now that he stays on his meds.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Once again I missed the theme. Got 'em all anyway...

Lucina ~
I feel your pain. Just about every time I go for a dental checkup, the hygienist or dentist finds something wrong & I'm stuck with extra sessions. I have an appointment this Thursday.
Wonder what she'll find...

Misty ~
No, you're not alone. I had more write-overs with this pzl than I'm used to, especially on a Tuesday. Tent before TARP, Mouse before MODEM, Ingests before INTAKES. I even misspelled YEATS as Yates!
Got 'em in the end, but it was a slow slog.

Medicare PART B is all well and good. But over the years and decades, what good is any insurance as long as the Medical/Pharma-Industrial Complex keeps raising prices on top of the insurance allotments?
The only way to come out even is to buy their stocks.
But then you feel like one of the exploiters.
We have two diagonals today, one on each side.
Their anagrams seem to join forces in saying unpleasant things about the nation's current drug crisis. Each contains the word OPIATE or OPIATES. And each adds its own negative modifier. On the near side, we have ...
- and on the mirror end we find ...

CanadianEh! said...

Wow, more learning moments today about Filipino. Thanks Lemonade. (That is easier to remember how to spell too!)

gmony said...

Hated this one. Its tuesday RIGHT!!!!!

Misty said...

Many thanks, Ol'Man Keith--always so nice to get your support.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Didn't get the theme until solving the reveal. I waited for a perp or two to determine what kind of SKIN it would be; CABARET decided it. Filled in TARP correctly the first time, probably because I already had ATM. I would have had to work harder to get YEATS if I hadn't already filled NOISY.

When I was in boarding school we called our classmates who didn't live in the dorm TOWNIES. They called us boardies. Really.

If you used a green onion to knock on someone's door, would it be a RAP SCALLION?

TTP asked, "The entree was fine, but the dessert was (excessively, extremely, or too) sweet. Which adverb would you use?" I would say "too sweet."

oc4beach, I also used to like a Rusty Nail from time to time, and to sip plain Drambuie as a liqueur. The last bottle of Drambuie I bought was awful! I think they changed, and ruined, the recipe. Have you noticed that, too?

In California and Arizona, there is an I-8 that is south of I-10. It crosses the Calif-Ariz border at Yuma. I-10 crosses the border at Blythe, CA, and passes through Quartzsite, AZ, on its way to Phoenix, where it veers south toward Tucson. We have driven it many times. I-8 terminates just north of Eloy, AZ, where it joins I-10 which at that point is oriented more or less north-south. (TMI, huh.)

By the way, LW and I used to like Quartzsite, when it was still smallish and had only one on-off ramp to the interstate. I bought her a really pretty turquoise and coral bracelet there back then. Nowadays that little town has grown like Topsy and, in our opinion, has lost its quaint charm.

Good wishes to you all.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

When I lived in LA folks around Marina del Rey called I-10 the "Israeli Freeway". The joke was that there was a sign proclaiming "Begin Freeway", which some claimed was a shout out to Menachem Begin.

Lucina said...

John E:
PAW is not only the cat's foot but also a slang reference to father. That's the joke.

Thank you. I know it is Filipino but was in too much of a hurry to correct myself.

He was simply citing an easy way to note if the reference is for feminine or masculine, Jose for masculine, Juanita for feminine.

In the intro TTP spelled it octubure instead of octubre.

I love the cultural interchange of this Corner!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Thanks, Lucina. I wish I really understood that. I've taken English, Spanish, Latin and French classes, and feel like I don't know much about any of them. Math and physics are SO much easier.

TTP said...

Notes and Errata:

- Desper-otto, our weather reports here are sometimes prefaced with, "south of I-80" or "north of I-80"

- Lucina, thank you. I have corrected to Octubre. I don't know where that extra U came from, but it must be some kind of blogger glitch. I see Canadian Eh had one when she spelled HONOR. LOL. (LOL required, as per Anonymous T).

- Canadian Eh, I was going to give you that shout out, but wasn't sure if I should.

- Jayce, I should have written, "southernmost cross-country interstate.", I have also corrected that. I liked your RAP SCALLION joke, and BTW, I too would use too.

- Jinx, I get your point. If the gender is unknown for the "that" then Juanita's could also be ESO. In Spanish, masculine forms end in O and feminine forms in A. I read that Spanish has no personal pronoun for "it" as English does. BTW, the meds are working, (I think) LOL. Thank you, Lucina, for covering for me.

- Irish Miss, I am feeling better today, thank you. I've been heads down building spreadsheets, schedules, and text documents all day getting the 2019 Golf League setup. There were a lot of changes to the USGA Rules of Golf this year, so I had to recap them for inclusion in the booklets every player receives later this month. You think we have nitpickers here ? Being secretary / scorekeeper / quasi rules official of the league is not easy.

- I see from Lemonade's comment that there was some needless profanity that got removed.

- Sandyanon, you can call me HTTP if you like or if your spellcheck prefers it. Some of the guys in the golf league call me "Stats." Other names I am called shouldn't be mentioned in polite company.

- Oc4beach, that's funny about the martinis. I do remember the trope from the old TV programs and movies. I've never had a martini either.

Anonymous T said...

Ciao back atcha TTP. //I say TOO sweet

Hi All!

WEES - not your PAW's Tuesday. Usually I finish M & T w/out pausing for much thought during my commute / reading through my emails. Not today, I had to wait for a boring meeting to really noodle the NE -> SW swath. But it was fun! Thanks Craig.

Great expo (h)TTP - I'll have to go back and click some of those links after I'm done working tonight.

WO: Hand-up, I too screwed up YEeTS.
ESPs: ATELIERS, SCOTT, MT APO [is that where Military Mail goes?]
Fav: 9d - SHOW Don't TELL [RUSH - Presto Tour 6:19] was in my head all day.

{B+, A, B+}

OMK - DR is apropos w/ DRUGS @34a. I also liked the quip re: buying the stock to come out even. Who's got shares of Big Oil? :-)

LEM - Funny, the irony of 50a.

C, Eh! - I almost put in the U but was running short on squares :-)

I'm in the tropics south of I-TEN; yet, as D-O indicated, it got cold! [37F this morning! - my tomatoes and peppers are wondering what the hell is wrong with me that I put them in so early].

@8:07 - I, for one, like that the early-week LATs are getting harder - I'm tired of those snooty NYTers looking down on us LATers.

Cheers, -T

Jerome said...

Just for John E- Horse walks into a bar and sits down. Bartender walks over to him and says, "Why the long face?"

Lucina said...

I'm so glad you're back!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Jinx ~
I lived in Marina del Rey for a year in the early '90s. I don't recall that "Begin Freeway" sign. What I remember mostly was the proximity to the beaches. It was probably there that I capped off my years of sun-worshipping, just running, swimming, and soaking up "the rays."
Now of course I must pay for it. I have two or three Mohs surgeries a year now to remove suspicious growths from my face.
Ah, well, it was worth it. I think.

Anonymous T said...

Mr. Clicky-McClicky Face is now done. Thanks for the fun links TTP. -T

Anonymous said...

Good puzzle!