Apr 30, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski


18. Performances by Chippendales dancers: STRIP SHOWS.

23. Jubilation: HIGH SPIRITS.

38. Slam-dancing area: MOSH PIT.

50. Right now: AT THIS POINT.

61. Sea disasters, and a hint to what's literally hidden in 18-, 23-, 38- and 50-Across: SHIPWRECKS.

Ship gets jumbled, or wrecked, so to speak, in this latest offering from Bruce and Gail. 


1. Campaign donation orgs.: PACS. Political Action Committees

5. Actor's nickname heard in the song "Key Largo": BOGIE. The lyric is,  "We had it all.  Just like Bogie and Bacall."    "Here's looking at you, kid."

10. Be in sync (with): JIBE.

14. Airline that doesn't fly on Shabbat: EL AL.  "El Al is the only commercial airline to equip its planes with missile defense systems to protect its planes against surface to air missiles, and is considered one of the world's most secure airlines, thanks to its stringent security procedures, both on the ground and on board its aircraft." - Wikipedia

15. Diarist Nin: ANAIS.   "We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are." – Anais Nin. 

16. Spoken: ORAL.

17. "The Beverly Hillbillies" daughter __ May: ELLY.    Jed's daughter.   A tomboy and an animal lover, here shown with one of her "critters."

20. Sidekick: PAL.  Batman and Robin, Wyatt and Doc, Snoopy and Woodstock

21. McJob worker: PEON.

22. Le frère d'un père: ONCLE.  French.  The brother of a father: Uncle.  That's according to Google Translate.   Perps solved it for me.  Wilbur would have known it.

27. Beach shade: TAN.  You might end up paying for all of that free UV exposure.

28. Nods off: SNOOZES.

32. Squash underfoot: STEP ON.   Someone posted a picture of a stink bug on Nextdoor, asking what it was.  74 responses came in with similar advice:   Don't (squish, squash, step on, stomp on, crush, smash) them.  Some recommended vacuuming, while others advocated spraying them with everything from Lysol to peppermint spray.   One guy said he swallowed one that was in his coffee.

35. "Law & Order: __": SVU.   Special Victims Unit.  The long running NBC series was recently renewed for a 21st year.  Corner favorite is # 1.

36. Snack: NOSH.

37. Dallas hoopster, briefly: MAV.   Dallas basketball player, unabbreviated: Maverick.

41. Kilt wearer's "no": NAE

42. Like thrift shop items: USED.

44. Pitchfork target: HAY.   You need the right tool for the job.   Pitchforks are excellent for spreading hay,  turning over the mulch pile, cleaning out the horse stall and more.  When paired with torches and an angry mob, pitchforks are effective at cornering a monster in an old mill, and then burning it down.

45. Began, as a hobby: TOOK UP.

47. Phil Collins' longtime band: GENESIS.  Live from Wembley.

49. Serious fwy. violation: DUI.  Driving Under the Influence.  Other acronyms ?  DUIL, DWI, OWI, OUI...   

55. Digging tool: SPADE.  

58. Art community NNE of Santa Fe: TAOS.   In New Mexicos's high desert.  View or order the visitor's guide here.

59. Pinup's leg: GAM.  The internet tells me that gam comes from Middle English gamb leg, which came from Old French gambe, which came from Late Latin gamba, meaning leg of an animal.   I'd wager that James Holzhauer knew that.     The History Of Pin-Up Girls

64. Top-drawer: A ONE.

65. Shameful symbol in a Hawthorne novel: RED A.   Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic, The Scarlet Letter, set in Puritanical Massachusetts.   About social shaming and and stigmatizing a few centuries ago.   Now there are plenty of social media apps for people that feel the need to publicly focus their attention on others.  

66. E-cigarette's lack: ASHES.   They still have nicotine, an addicting drug.

67. Novelist Victor: HUGOLes Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

68. Ballet title bird: SWAN.    2 hours for your listening and viewing pleasure.

69. "Family Ties" mom: ELYSE.  Portrayed by Meredith Baxter.   Baxter Birney at the time.

70. Store securely: STOW.


1. Sound from a nest: PEEP.

2. Quran deity: ALLAH.

3. Declare all debts resolved: CALL IT EVEN.

4. Devious: SLY.

5. Wrigley Field corners: BASES.   First and third base are called the corners (of the infield). Technically, since the bases form a square, second base and home plate are also corners.  They're just not called corners in baseball.  Third base is called the "hot corner" so if you ever see that as a clue and the answer is five letters, enter THIRD.

6. Winning: ON TOP.  The St Louis Cardinals are on top of the National League Central Division and are currently projected to have a 6% chance of winning the World Series.

7. Bouquet __: herb bundle: GARNI.  More French.  Garnished bouquet.  Google Translate not needed.

8. Square root of IX: III.  Math with roman numerals.

9. Seer's "gift": ESP.  Extra Sensory Perception.  A hallmark of psychic charlatans.

10. Either "J" in J&J: JOHNSON.

11. Camaro __-Z: IROC.   A well written article from a dealership in Albany, NY about the legendary Chevrolet Camaro. 

12. Turn on the waterworks: BAWL.  Blubber. 

13. Apart from this: ELSE.  Meaning different in this sense.

19. __ speak: SO TO.   "You use so to speak to draw attention to the fact that you are describing or referring to something in a way that may be amusing or unusual rather than completely accurate." - Collins Dictionary.    Speaking metaphorically.   As in the ships in this puzzle are wrecked, so to speak. 

21. __ Penh: PHNOM.  Cambodia's capital.

24. Lack of continuity: GAP.  Turning the switch to the off position creates a lack of continuity in a simple electrical light circuit.  Those free electrons can't jump from valence shell to valence shell to complete the path when the switch is open. 

25. Answer the invite, initially: RSVP.   Repondez S'il Vous Plait.   LMOA;  Left a Message On your Answering machine.

26. Alaskan native: INUIT.

29. Nodding off: ZONKING OUT.

30. Jacob's twin: ESAU

31. Herding dog name: SHEP.   Apropos. 

32. Too sure of oneself: SMUG.

33. Subdue with a zap: TASE.

34. Like an extremely well-pitched game: NO HIT.

35. Short, moneywise: SHY.  You wouldn't get the moneywise helper on a Friday or Saturday LA Times puzzle.

39. Window framework: SASH.  An obi for glass.

40. Disturbances: TO DOs.

43. Like many a successful poker player: DEADPAN.  Expressionless, or of a singular expression.

46. "Certainement!": OUI.   More French.  More Google Translate.  More perp help.  It means certainly.   Makes sense.

48. Crock-Pot dinner: STEW.  The crackpot chef tried to roast prime rib in the crock-pot.  It resulted in a stew, but no one complained.

51. Like wool, for many: ITCHY.   Abejo, has the poison ivy cleared up ?    And BTW,  belated Happy Anniversary !

52. "For goodness __!": SAKES.  I thought it was for Pete.  Either way, it's a euphemism used as an expression of frustration , exasperation or annoyance, but in the case of goodness, also for surprise. The speaker's tone inflection and body language will tell you more.  

53. Rustler-chasing group: POSSE.  I think of The Ox-Bow Incident, starring Henry Fonda.

54. Dance that "takes two": TANGO.  The last one was in Paris.  Did you see it ?  It was rated X when it came out in '72, recut and rereleased and rated R in '81, and then rerated NC-17 in '97.   I've never seen it, but I remember there was a controversy about it when it came out.

55. The Baltics, once: Abbr.: SSRS.  Soviet Socialist Republics

56. "Close call!": PHEW

57. Verdi opera: AIDA.  Set in Egypt.

60. Catty utterance?: MEOW.

62. Grammy winner Corinne Bailey __: RAE.  No idea.

63. Bilingual subj.: ESL. English as a Second Language

64. Massage reactions: AHs.

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OwenKL said...

Hmm. SASH was in yesterday's _JH poem, PEON and TANGO in today's. I think someone is looking over my shoulder!

His SNOOZES where what legends were written about!
He slept thru STRIP SHOWS.
During SHIP WRECKS he'd doze.
Even in MOSH PITS, his HIGH SPIRITS were in doubt!

ELYSE and ELLY robbed a liquor store.
Tried to STEP ON it, pedal to the floor!
When they gave alibis
The stories didn't JIBE,
SO TO prevent more TO-DOS: a jail door!

ESAU thought he'd enrolled in an E.S.L. class.
Instead a course on E.S.P. came to pass!
Now he's in police S.V.U.
Where his S.U.V. follows thru
On his forecasts of crimes that are crass!

{A-, B-, B.}

D4E4H said...

FIR in 27:16 min.

Thank you Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski for this enjoyable Tuesday CW which just flowed. The final square was the "S" at 35.

Thank you TTP for your enjoyable and educational review.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Needed Wite-Out here and there (AHEAD and AlEUT), but otherwise this was a quick slalom to the bottom. Had trouble parsing MO SHPIT, but I could picture it. TTP, I'm familiar with LMAO, but LMOA is a new one. No, d-o didn't get the theme until the reveal. Again. Thanx, BV, GG and TTP.

Pitchfork Target: I learned in recent years that there's a Roofer's pitchfork, specifically designed for tearing shingles off the roof.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. What's not to love in this SHIP WRECK of a puzzle!

I laughed at your Obi for glass at the SASH, TTP!

I liked how Nods Off (SNOOZED) crossed with Nodding Off (ZONKED OUT).

Also fun to see SHY and SLY and STEW and STOW in the same puzzle.

Donna Douglas, who played ELLY Mae was a Louisiana girl.

I frequently fly EL AL when I go to Israel. It is a unique experience.

QOD: Information: the negative reciprocal value of probability. ~ Claude Shannon (Apr. 30, 1916 ~ Jan. 24, 2001), American mathematician

Oas said...

Great morning all.
Only head scratcher was MOSHPIT
Not too common In my stomping grounds of yore.
Enjoyed the puzzle and review thanks

Anonymous said...

Took 5:19 today. Never saw the theme.
Not a bad puzzle, but I would deduct points for the foreign words (oncle, oui, nae) and what seems like too many proper names (Elyse, Bogie, etc.).

John E said...

TTP, your smug photo is so perfect. And then this:

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Well, this was a smooth and easy solve, although the theme was a mystery until the reveal. I appreciated the lack of circles which, IMO, takes away from the challenge. My only w/o was Strip Tease instead of Show and Rae was my only unknown. Nice CSO to Owen at Sante Fe/Taos and to CED at Meow!

Thanks, Bruce and Gail, for another collaborative treat and thanks, TTP, for another informative review. I especially enjoyed the "Swan Lake" video. I love Tchaikovsky's and Rachmaninov's lush, romantic music.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

iPhone test

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Kinda cascaded down the port side and landed at SHIPWRECKS early. Then quickly saw how the theme worked. The rest of the solve went well; no searches or erasures were needed. Bruce and Gail did a good job, as usual.
NOSH - - As a kid I was admonished about 'naschen' a lot. It was used as an intransitive verb, and implied snacking on sweets.

Have a great day.

OwenKL said...

John E.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Yay, Gary, thanks for the test.

Wendy and other iPhone users, I just learned from the Blogger forum that "This issue might be related to high privacy settings on your browser.

Go to your Safari -> Settings -> Privacy -> uncheck "Prevent cross-site tracking."

C.C. Burnikel said...

Android phone users, do you have problem posting on the blog also? I know Big Easy can't post from his phone.

John E said...

I can do it on Android. Using Samsung Galaxy 7.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Bruce and Gail, and TTP.
I sailed through this CW smoothly, discovered all the SHIPS and STOWed away the answers. I actually found it easier than yesterday.

Hand up for starting to fill with STRIPtease.
I knew Dallas team was not CAVS (Cleveland has knocked out the Raptors too many times), but had to wait for SMUG to give me those MAVS. (AnonT knew right away!)
I was willing to fill DWI since we had it recently, but it was the more familiar to me, DUI.
PACS and RAE (as clued) were not known, but perps were friendly.
I'm sure bloggers here will have an opinion about McJob worker=PEON.

I must be too young for that Key Largo song. (opposite shades of Abejo and CSNY yesterday LOL!). I was thinking of the Beach Boys and Kokomo. No BOGIE in those lyrics. But I just LIUed and the song was written in 1981. Double LOL. How could have I have forgotten it? Here it is for your listening enjoyment . . and that is no e-cigarette in the intro.

Besides Hahtoolah's SHY and SLY and STEW and STOW , I saw ELSE and ELYSE (not Fur Elise!).
I must run; we have tickets for the Shaw Festival this afternoon.

Yuman - FLN, see my response about Maud Lewis. Sorry, I don't remember how to link to previous comments. Can somebody (D4?) repeat instructions for this (and maybe add them to the Blog Olio).

Wishing you all a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-45˚F and a light rain. No golf league today.
-Mon Dieu, il y avait beaucoup de français dans ce magnifique puzzle de mardi! (*Translation at end of post)
-Lightweight BOGIE played tough guy Sam SPADE in The Maltese Falcon
-One grad party we will attend is for a lovely girl named ELLY Mae Krause who drives in demolition derbys
-It takes two to TANGO but Hester Prynne got the RED A
-Weightless items must be securely STOWED on orbiting spacecraft
-Some who play the “Hot Corner” now wear this
-Well done, TTP!
*My goodness, there was a lot of French in this wonderful Tuesday puzzle!

Husker Gary said...

Addendum: Something doesn’t JIBE this week
-I am selling MIL’s car for $2,500 on Craigslist
-A man texted me to say he will pay me extra to save it for him
-He sent me a “cashier’s check” for $4,000
-His phone was from Milwaukee, he said he lived in Georgia, the check was issued from Texas and the postmark on the USPS sleeve was Arizona
-I guess the scam is that he would have asked me to send him a check for the overpayment and then I could watch his forged cashier’s check bounce
-I was born at night, but not last night!

Anonymous said...

iPhone anonymous test

C.C. Burnikel said...

Ah, thanks, Gary.

You're right, TTP. Gary was able to post anonymously with his iPhone, but the Preview button did not work when he posted anonymously.

desper-otto said...

Had this been a real alert, you would have been instructed where to tune in your area for news and official information...

Yuman said...

CanadianEh at 9:23

Decided to take one last look at yesterday’s blog and saw your post with the link about Maud Lewis painting selling for $45,000.
Almost makes me want to start painting again, or just frequent the thrift stores more often.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, TTP, for a fine review.

Cruciverb was out to lunch again today. Printed it from Mensa.

Got started easily with PACS and PEEP.

Got SHIP WRECKS before any of the theme answers. Then I knew what to look for and found them all easily.

A few inkblots today. Had PANE before SASH. SALSO before ELSE. CAV before MAV. And UNCLE before ONCLE.

RAE at 62D was unknown. Got GARNI with BOGIE'S help.

Never heard of GENESIS, except in the bible. Nor Phil Collins.

Cool today while guarding the crossing. No rain until I was done. Then it started.

Lots to do today. See you tomorrow.


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Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

I had lots of fun here today. That included lots of reworking away from first responses that seemed to fit before crosses. Thanks, Bruce and Gail. I saw the SHIPWRECKS, but was cross checking the wrong entries. Made no sense until I retrieved my glasses: ah, those numbers!

Thanks, TTP, for today's enrichment lesson. Madame enjoyed the French, but before looking at the grid she wanted Mais, oui! before just plain old OUI. The former seems more certain than the latter. ONCLE was breezy.

Like Hahtoolah and Canadian Eh, I enjoyed the wordplay throughout in the answers on the grid.

Husker Gary: It does take two to TANGO. Hester Prynne's sin is more open, hence the RED A sewn to her garments. The Reverend Dimmesdale's sin was less apparent but equally severe, hence the RED A burning the flesh of his chest. What a great novel! It sure is packed with symbolism. Hmmm. I am thinking maybe I should reread my 55 year-old 45-cent copy from high school. Goodness gracious, Anon-T was still a twinkle in his daddy's eye!

Off to search for my personal sunshine today. Enjoy yours.

TTP said...

Desper-Otto at 6:52 AM, in re: LMOA, it's because I am a POTATO (Person (people) Over Thirty Acting Twenty One). There's a lot you can pick up while double-geeking.

Husker Gary, red flags all over that deal ! BTW, yes, we are getting light rain right now, with heavy rains and storms forecast for overnight, and more rain tomorrow. Our golf league season starts tomorrow. Looks like there's a rain out waiting in the wings.

Canadian Eh, find the previous comment you want to link to in the Blog Archive, and then "Copy Link Location" on the blue highlighted date/time stamp. Then paste the url into your link as you would any other.

Madame, I had to use Google Translate for mais oui !

waseeley said...

Roger from an Android.

Misty said...

Brilliant Tuesday puzzle, Bruce and Gail--many thanks. This started out as a real toughie for me, with lots of unknowns and getting only a few items here and there. But I did much better on the bottom, and Voila! SHIP WRECKS filled in. I then looked at some of the longer words and there were some of the SHIP letters all mixed up. That helped me enormously in getting them, and from then on everything started to slowly fill in. A fun puzzle experience that I really enjoyed. I had a student once who liked dancing in a MOSH PIT, so I surprisingly got that one. Nice to see ELLY MAY and ELYSE and Victor HUGO. And enjoyed your commentary, TTP--thanks for that too.

Well, after two tough hours at the dentist I have a provisional tooth in place for the broken one. The real new tooth will be ready in two weeks. Dentist warned me that I might have some pain in the evening and during the night, but was blessed with a great night's sleep after all the anxiety yesterday, and no problems this morning. Much to be thankful for.

Have a great day, everybody.

CrossEyedDave said...

Ya'all know too well how I feel about French in English Crosswords,
but to put the entire clue, Le Frere d'un pere, in French?
You might as well write the clues in Sanskrit!
(& crossing Oncle too!)


Meow in the puzzle did soften me up,
so I guess the 19d SoTo Perp eases the language barrier
enough for a Tuesday. & 46d Certainment was perpable with
Took Up/DUI/Point.

(But I better not see all this French on a Wednesday!!!)

Hmm, Elly May softened me up a bit too...

& shipwreck seems to have lots of silly links...

But, can't play now, gotta walk the Dog.
Should I take her to the Dog Park where no one will be
on the dismal day& sit on a wet bench. Or, walk her in the park
and get mud all over the upholstery?

Lucina said...


Gracias Bruce and Gail for a Tuesday treat! And thank you, TTP, for your Tuesday treatment!

This was smooth sailing for me if not for the SHIPWRECKS. WEES about the nicely crossed SNOOZES/ZONKINGOUT as well as TANGO/GAM.

RAE in this case was unknown, but BOGIE as Sam SPADE is an all time favorite.

CSO to me at ESL!

PEON can figuratively be a McJob worker but it doesn't JIBE. TEEN didn't work when PHNOM appeared.

As one who likes to cook, I know GARNI.

Victor HUGO's Les Miserables is currently on PBS every Sunday evening.

Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!

Wilbur Charles said...

La soeur de mon oncle est ma tante(peut etre).
I don't think I've seen any of those shows except one Simpson
A fat FIW. I blanked on ESL thinking ESPanol which left one of the SPYCE girls. ESL is an old xword chestnut - IM, if you find your mind see if mine is hiding there too

Summer of 67 I de-shingled roofs at Otis afb

If there's NAE wind, there's nae golf
If there's NAE gambling, there's nae golf
If there's NAE cursing, there's nae golf
If there's NAE 'scuses there's nae golf
If there's NAE lying, there's nae golf
….. Anymore?
Oh yeah
If there's NAE booze, there's nae golf

“I'm sure bloggers here will have an opinion about McJob worker=PEON”
We just had the opposite clueing - was it Sunday? Was it NYT?WSJ?#

If Wilbur knew Key Largo and BOGIE….
I decry the feminization of woman's softball


#That's the problem with branching out

## If there's NAE club-throwing there's nae Golf

BTW, somehow Docs doesn't like * so I'm stuck with #

Pps. 45 degrees and Golf cancelled - oh the humanity

D4E4H said...

CanadianEh! at 9:23 AM, Here is your last post from 4-29.

To open the URL, right click on the last line (April 30, 2019 at 8:52 AM). Left click on "Copy link address".

Proceed with link instructions.

C.C., Please add to the Olio.


D4E4H said...

Cornerites and Cornerettes,

Please notice how my link stands out in my previous post. To do that I make the words of the link bold inside the link marks.


Jayce said...

Breezy (hi Madame) puzzle today. Gail and Bruce do good work. I agree with CED that having the answer AND the clue in French (or any foreign language) is pushing it. I also agree with Madame that "mais oui" would be a better answer for "Certainement" than just OUI, which means simply "yes." I mean, if we're going all French here, let's say what a real French-speaking person would say.

It amused me to see NOSH and MOSH.

Irish Miss, I love most of Tchaikovsky's music, too. My wife can't stand him; she says his music is too "tear jerky" and manipulative.

The one song I remember, and like, by Phil Collins and Genesis is "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight."

Gotta go. More later maybe.

CrossEyedDave said...

Useless trivia for todays puzzle...

Hmm, looks like some one (thing) is fishing for ships...


I took the Dog to the muddy Park,
and the Sun came out.
So I took her to the Dog Park too...
The result is muddy upholstery, AND a wet butt...

Oh well, at least the Dog is happy...

Jayce said...

A muddy dog is a happy dog :)

Steve said...

Getting to the grid late today! I think the star of this puzzle is the fill. There were some great entries today IMO. The theme was a bit of a letdown for me though... when I got the revealer of SHIPWRECKS, I thought that there would be famous ones anagrammed into the themers. Alas, none of them had the letters for Titanic, and a list of shipwrecks would be unthinkable without it. So looking at the shortest themer (MOSHPIT - which is a fun word!) made me see SHIP in all of them. Not a bad theme, mind you, but I expected more...

Steve Out

Jayce said...

For Bill G and anyone else who wants to play, I offer up a mathematics/engineering problem.

You have a lever, like a playground see-saw, on a fulcrum.

I want the design to be as follows:

I'm standing at the left end of the see-saw.
When I lift the end up to 4 cm above the ground (which is as high as it will go) the right end should just touch the ground.
When I push the left end down to 4 cm below ground (yes, I dug a hole so it can be done) the right end should be at 4 cm above ground.

At what point along the length of the entire lever should the fulcrum be?
How high above the ground should the fulcrum be? (Hint: it is above ground).

LfromAlberta said...

I am a real French speaker. A French Canadian in fact. I have been lurking for years and have been bothered by this for years. It is time to speak up. If other languages were equally disdained, I would say o.k., but they are not. There are Spanish words, German words, Italian words, no one complains. In fact German etymology is joyfully shared. There then are the sports clues and answers, which are a foreign language to me. I don't complain. There are American presidents, American justices, American Attorneys General, American universities and colleges, all of which are a foreign language to me. Opera? No clue. If everything was in our wheelhouse, where would the challenge be? We are working a puzzle after all. So I ask you to please accord my maternal tongue the respect you give to all others. And yes, mais oui would have been a better answer, but much more difficult for non-french speakers. Oui was enough of a problem apparently.

Wilbur Charles said...


AnonymousPVX said...

This Tuesday puzzle was a fairly quick solve.

Markovers.....STRIPTEASE/STRIPSHOWS....that was it.

See you tomorrow.

Lucina said...

Welcome! And your remarks are welcome, too. I often feel that way when I see the nits: where would the challenge be if all were easy to solve.

BTW, I mentioned some days ago that our Sunday newspaper contained a supplement of CWD puzzles and Sudokus. The puzzles are terrific! They were constructed by the familiar names of Mark McClain, Bonnie Gentry, Amdrea Carla Michaels, Mary Lou Guizzo and others. Did anyone else have that supplement in your newspaper? Ten puzzles and I've done five. I love them! One is also a full page like the one printed at Thanksgiving.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Don't know this Corinne Bailey RAE creature. (Thanks for the documentation, TTP.)
The usual member of her tribe to gain cruciverbal fame is Irish actor Stephen.
Wonder if they know each other...?

I'm posting very late today. I had to go to the lab for blood tests late this morning--and to provide (gasp!) a urine specimen.
How anyone can pee on cue is beyond me.
I know, I know. You'd think, as an old actor who can reel off pages of dialogue and laugh and cry on cue, I'd squirt a jar in a snap.
But, I'm telling you....

Misty ~
Glad the dentist worked out (so far!) for you. Wanna trade places? I'd swap anything to be relieved (pun not entirely by accident) of my next test.

Jayce & Mme D ~
Maybe a better cue for OUI would have been "Non non mais..."?
OTOH, I suppose that nearly any cue en français would work, given only three spaces for the answer.
A mirror-side 3-way aujourd'hui.
The main line provides an anagram for persons who loathe & despise any "Lack of continuity." I refer of course to those who dislike GAPs, who truly...

Lucina said...

I feel your pain! When the occasion of my quarterly tests arrives I drink an entire bottle of water on the way to the lab and by the time my name is called, I'm ready. That date in fact, will be in two weeks.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Lucina ~
I found that it took a quart-and-a-half of water (within an hour-and-a-half) to produce a quarter cup of pee today. The bloated feeling is pretty awful.
I take painkillers after two spinal surgeries failed to relieve my nerve pains. I used to have to do the control test once a year. But with the opioid pressure bearing down on us all, my MD now wants it twice a year.
I feel for you, having to do one every quarter!

When I see my doc next week, I'm going to ask if there isn't a blood test he can substitute. My guess is that they go for urine tests because most folk don't like needles in their arms. But since I have to do blood work so often, I wouldn't mind adding one more vial.
You'd think a blood test would be more accurate anyway--and show results for a longer period than transitory pee.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Brief break from prepping for class and teaching. Reading all the comments, but not enough time to type many responses. FIR yesterday; DNF today after Googling "certainement."

OMK, Elly May had the opposite effect on me in my UTE.

Today wraps up my third year of being alcohol-free. But for Jace, I always had good luck buying any Chianti marked classico riserva (not just classico).

C-Eh, LOL at HI JINx comments.

Three more days of gainful employment, then I'm on vacation 'til August.

Yellowrocks said...

Enjoyable puzzle Bruce and Gail. Thanks for the interesting blog, TTP.
No nits. Certainment reminded me of certainly, Yes. I think OUI and MAE are common enough for a Tuesday. Busy day today.
My older son, David, and I dropped Alan off at his new home and organized his room. It is a huge, lovely room. Alan seems very happy and relaxed. I think the weeks of waiting were what was getting to him.
The staff is wonderful.
We had an open to the public beginner's square dance last night. Alan was proud that he did three sets. Because he was emotionally "out of it" due to the move, he needed more help than usual, but he did enjoy it.
So far, I feel happy knowing Alan is in a wonderful place and is well taken care of. We will see each other every weekend for a while. A big weight of responsibility has been lifted from my shoulders, and the staff is so much younger and more energetic than I am.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Gail and Bruce for the fun Tuesday. I was afraid a FIW was in order but I guessed right at BOGIE and ANAIS to get GARNI right. PHEW!

Obi for glass was cute TTP. Thanks for the expo and GENESIS is playing now.

WO: I had ZONEING [sic] OUT xing TAKE-UP. It wasn't until I got to TODOS did it get un-done.
Fav: DEADPAN - the word always makes me think of Bob Newhart. [4:39]

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Good news about your temporary tooth Misty.

YR - after all the paperwork, etc. It's finally done. Good on you. Now relax with a beverage of your choice.

HG - That's exactly how the scam works. Report it to the FBI via They probably won't contact you but, if this scammer has done this a lot, it gives law enforcement something to make a bigger case.

Steve - Welcome to the blog. Yesterday I saw your post and thought you were our Thursday Steve and just changed your Avatar so, Today, I clicked your profile. You're not Thursday Steve but a fellow programmer, rocker (I like the same bands), and (look out TTP!) Monty Python fan!

Cheers, -T

Misty said...

Thank you for the kind words about my tooth, AnonT--and you too, Ol'Man Keith. After a nerve-wracking day yesterday, I had a quiet night with no tooth pain, and a normal day yesterday. My dentist has clearly done a professional job with this temporary tooth. In two weeks I'll get the permanent one. But I now think I'll have a normal two weeks ahead, thank goodness.

Wilbur Charles said...

YR, congratulations. May everything go as you hope.
Alcohol-free! 41 years next week for me


Lucina said...

A quarter cup! They tell me a few tablespoons will do if I can't get more!

Great news! I pray (literally) that Alan enjoys and is happy in his new home and what a relief for you. You can be comforted that you have done everything possible and more for your son. You are in inspiration for all of us.

Wendybird said...

Testing - can’t make it work from my iPhone, so trying my iPad...

Alex Trebek's mustache said...

Just wanted to stop in and say hi.

Anonymous said...

What does FIR mean?

Alex Trebek's mustache said...

Oh, and by the way, I've been communicating via a Android device with no hiccups whatsoever


For years.

Wendybird said...

From iPhone. Testing