May 17, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019, Mike Peluso

A Chipper By Another Name Would Still Be a Chipper.  Wait, what?  In this puzzle each time we are given the clue "Chipper" we get an entirely different definition.  Look how the first and last answers span the grid.  The two middle theme answers are symmetrically placed in the grid.  Nice!

17-Across. Chipper: JONES OF BASEBALL.  As in Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones (b. Apr. 24, 1972).  He was a third baseman for the Atlanta Braves.

27-Across. Chipper: GREEN SIDE IRON.  A golfing reference.  I'll let the golf pros in this group provide you all details.

46-Across. Chipper: IN A JAUNTY MOOD.

56-Across. Chipper: MULCH MAKING TOOL.  This made me think of the wood-chipping scene from the 1996 movie Fargo.  Not for morning consumption, however.


1. VMI program: ROTC.  As in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.  Such programs are found on at the Virginia Military Institute as well as many other university campuses.

5. '80s-'90s courtroom drama: LA LAW.  This television drama was on when I was in law school in the other LA.

10. On-call worker: TEMP.  As in a TEMPorary worker.

14. Assert as true: AVER.  A crossword staple.

15. Three-time A.L. batting champ Tony: OLIVA.  As in Tony Oliva (né Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique; b. July 20, 1938).  He had a long career with the Minnesota Twins.

16. Pupil's place: UVEA.  As in parts of the eye.

20. Tetra- doubled: OCTA-.  4 doubled is 8.

21. Atonement: AMENDS.

22. Confuse: ADDLE.

25. Wrigley brand: ORBIT.  Chewing gum that comes in all different flavors.

31. Geological time span: EON.

32. Carpenter's joint element: TENON.  It's the projecting piece of wood made for insertion into a mortise of another piece of wood.

33. Hiccup cause: SPASM.

36. Genesis voyager: NOAH.

38. Protector with strings: APRON.  My favorite clue of the puzzle.

40. Mlle., across the Pyrenees: SRTA.  Today's French (Mlle.) and Spanish (Srta.) lesson.  Both are abbreviations for Miss in English.

41. God of Islam: ALLAH.

43. Called from the field: LOWED.  The sounds the cow makes.

45. Bordeaux vineyard: CRU.  More of today's French lesson.  A Cru is a vineyard or group of vineyards of high quality.

49. Rural wagons: DRAYS.

50. Response at the door: IT'S ME!  Sometimes the answer is: It is I, which has the same number of letters.

51. Fair-hiring problem: AGEISM.

54. "I don't like your __": TONE.

62. Tierra en el mar: ISLA.  More of today's Spanish lesson.  The Island (Isla) is a bit of land (tierra) in the sea (el mar).

63. Force to leave: EXILE.

64. Personification of victory: NIKE.  Nike was a Greek goddess.  Here is the winged victory wearing Adidas.

65. Dance basic: STEP.

66. Shemar's longtime "Criminal Minds" role: DEREK.  I have never watched Criminal Minds, however, Shemar Moore (né Shemar Franklin Moore; b. Apr. 20, 1970) played Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for many years.

67. Plus: ALSO.


1. One of five characters on "The Big Bang Theory" to appear in every episode: RAJ.  Another show I have never watched.  Raj is played by Kunar Naayar (b. Apr. 30, 1981).

2. Ab __: from the start: OVO.

3. Cube root of 1,000: TEN.  Crossword math:  10 x 10 x 10 = 1,000.

4. Spicy cuisine: CREOLE.  Well, I rather suppose this depends upon one's definition of "spicy."    I don't consider Creole to be an especially spicy cuisine, but then, I am accustomed to this style.  The word "Creole" is derived from the word "criollo", which is Spanish or Portuguese for "born in the colony".  The word "Creole" initially referred to the first settlers of European descent in the French colonies, especially New Orleans.

The term "Creole", when referring to food, is a style of cooking that originated in Louisiana, that blends French, Spanish, Portuguese, West African, Native American, Caribbean, German and Italian influences.  Traditional Creole dishes include red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo and creole sauce dishes.

5. Plunder: LOOT.

6. Italian wheels, briefly: ALFA.  The Alfa Romero Automobile company was actually founded by Alexandre Darracq (1855 ~ 1931), who was French.
7. Ad-__: LIB.  An appreciation for ad libitum, which is a Latin phrase translated as "at one's pleasure".

8. Director DuVernay: AVA.  Ava DuVernay (b. Aug. 24, 1972) is probably best known for her 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time.

9. Horseradish relative: WASABI.  Wasabi is a plant of the family that includes horseradish.  Apparently, however, most of what American's think of as Wasabi really a mixture of horseradish, mustard and food coloring.

10. Casual summer garments: TUBE TOPS.
This tube top doesn't look very comfortable.

11. Former Indiana governor Bayh: EVAN.  Evan Bayh (né Birch Evans Bayh, III; b. Dec. 26, 1955),  is the son of Senator Birch Bayh, Jr.  Both father and son served as United States Senators from Indiana.

12. Amalgamate: MELD.

13. Chums: PALS.

18. Crime scene clue, maybe: SCENT.

19. Arab bigwigs: EMIRS.  This has become a crossword staple.

22. Gemini rocket stage: AGENA.

23. Eagerly anticipate, with "over": DROOL.

This baby is too cool to drool.

24. North America's highest peak: DENALI.  Mt. Denali is in Alaska.

25. Fragrant: ODOROUS.  I think of odorous as being more stinky than fragrant.

26. Fame: RENOWN.

28. Large expanse: SEA.  Yup.  It goes on and on.

29. Part of the picture: IN PLAY.

30. Busters: NARCOS.

34. Four-decades-plus first name in the Senate: STROM.  As in Strom Thurmond (né James Strom Thurmond; Dec. 5, 1902 ~ June 26, 2003).  He served as a United States Senator from South Carolineafor 48 years.  In 1948, he ran for President as the States Rights Democratic Party candidate.

35. Title role for Bea: MAUDE.  As in Bea Arthur (née Beatrice Frankel; May 13, 1922 ~ Apr. 25, 2009).  She would have celebrated her 97th birthday earlier this week.

37. Links equalizer: HANDICAP.

39. Take-home: NET.  The amount of money you have after taxes.

42. Tough to hear, as criticism: HARSH.

44. Like embers: DYING.

47. Stuck: JAMMED.
48. Medit. tourist attraction: MT. ETNA.  Italian volcano.

51. Author Martin: AMIS.  As in the British novelist Martin Louis Amis (b. 1949).  He wrote the novel Money, which I read, but didn't enjoy.  He is the son of novelist Kingsley William Amis (Apr. 16, 1922 ~ Oct. 22, 1995).

52. Unexpected blow: GUST.

53. Couture monthly: ELLE.

54. Roof piece: TILE.

55. Fraction of a meg: ONE K.  One Thousand (one K) is a fraction of a million (meg.).

57. Men's grooming brand: AXE.

58. Aperitif named for a former Dijon mayor: KIR.  The cocktail is made with crème de cassis topped up with white wine or champagne.  It was named after Félix Kir (Jan. 22, 1876 ~ Apr. 26, 1968), a Catholic priest, resistance fighter and politician.  He served as mayor of Dijon from 1945 until his death in 1968.

59. Good thing to strike: OIL.  The first oil well in Louisiana was drilled in late 1901-early 1902.

60. Signs off on: OKs.

61. Sign of summer: LEO.  Sign of the Zodiac.

Here's the grid:

I'll leave you with a QOD:  The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouth they’ve been in.  ~  Dennis Potter (May 17, 1935 ~ June 7, 1994), British screenwriter and journalist


Lemonade714 said...

Wake up world; thank you, Susan, for the packed tour of this classic definition puzzle. It took me more time to get through your review than to finish the puzzle.

I did not know the history of KIR but it was the only three letter aperitif which came to mind. A Catholic priest as a mayor? Interesting.

Chipper Jones who went to high school in Jacksonville, Florida, was my oldest son's favorite ballplayer for years. He was the first player in the amateur draft and won an MVP award.

We had some Latin, AB and AD and my favorite Protector with strings: APRON.

Happy Friday, thank you Mike and Hahtoolah.

TTP said...

A nice challenge from Mike and a fine review by Hahtoolah left me IN A JAUNTY MOOD.

HOF'er CHIPPER Jones was one heck of a baseball player, and undeniably one of the best switch hitters of all time. The Braves were perennial contenders for most of his career, fielding a strong offense, a superior pitching staff, and an exceptionally great baseball mind in manager Bobby Cox. I had a love-hate relationship with the Braves of that era. Always admired their talent and always rooted against them.

Hahtoolah, I liked your play on TUBE TOP.

I sure hope Dash T got 6D.

Never heard of AMIS but the perps were friendly.

Fusion became a late 20th century buzzword in restaurants and culinary circles to describe the mixing of cuisines of different cultures. A taco pizza would be one example, as a fusion of Italian and Mex / Tex-Mex. CREOLE took it to the max long before, and has long since been recognized as its own style.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Zipped right through this one with just a single boo-boo: RACISM/AGEISM. I experienced AGEISM in my ute. I was considered too young to be a pin setter. But I got older and achieved my boyhood dream. Then AMF automated the job, ending my career. Not sure I understand the c/a for IN PLAY. Great TUBE TOP illustration, Hahtoolah. I thought the age of definition puzzles was over, but I enjoyed this one. Thanx, Mike.

DEREK: Shemar Moore now plays an L.A. SWAT cop. Nothing exceptional about the show.

TENON: The mortise and tenon joint is very strong due to the large glue surface area. It's used a lot in furniture-making. Hard joint to make, though.

TTP said...

D-O, as in factor that perhaps needs to be considered. FREX: Ecological damage (becomes part of the picture) (comes into play) when drilling in protected areas.

desper-otto said...

Thanx, TTP. That's what I decided, but thought it was a tenuous connection.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased evict for EXILE, caWED for LOWED, MT EdNA (how the hell did I miss THAT cw chestnut) and kilo for ONE K. I erased ODOROUS for the ill-fated caWED, then put it back in.

When I lived in Atlanta I went to a lot of Braves games. They played the start of Ozzie Osborne's "Crazy Train" when Chipper came up to bat. Great clutch hitter, and pretty good fielder.

I rented a car in Naples and was excited when I saw it was an ALFA Romeo. My excitement was short-lived when I discovered it was a diesel minicar with a four-speed column-shift manual transmission. Couldn't get out of its own way.

The golf HANDICAP is the result of a very complex calculation. It is easy to lower and difficult to raise.

Except for a few "gimmic" clubs, there isn't a golf club called a chipper. We chip with 7, 8 or 9 irons (and pitch with wedges). Most amateur golfers use a chip shot to move the ball (and a strip of turf) from a short distance from the green to a position close enough to the green that the putter can be used. Etiquette requires such a shot to be followed by tossing the club toward the player's bag, with the club in flight resembling the blades of a helicopter.

I liked TUBE TOPS and DROOL in the same puzzle. Had the clue at 30d been bustiers instead of busters we would have hit the trifecta.

Thanks to Mike for the very fun puzzle. And thanks to Hahtoolah for the terrific review. It's an example of how time-consuming the process can be.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I CHIPPEd away at this puzzle which did not leave me as JAUNTY as some of you, but I did like it when I got it filled. Thanks, Mike.

Thanks for a great expo, Hahtoolah! Chuckled over your tube top. That's the only kind I've ever had anywhere near my body.

As yesterday, I couldn't get started in the NW since I could't figure out what was VMI. After I worked the rest, I was stunned to see ROTC. Had a kid in that so should have known. But he had his at KSU not VMI.

Also didn't know Chipper JONES, OLIVA, DEREK, AMIS. Couldn't remember how much a tetra was so OCTA was ESP. But with my fading, scanty-to begin with math knowledge, I am proud to announce that I confidently wrote in TEN for the cube root of !,000. Surprised me to find it was right.

Hand up for racISM before AGEISM. I am experiencing the latter with my kids.

Another exciting NBA Playoff game between Portland Trailblazers & Golden State Warriors with the latter winning for the second time. I enjoy seeing the Curry parents who have son Seth on the Trailblazers & son Steph on the Warriors. Bet there was a lot of Hoop-de-do at their house growing up with a dad who also played for NBA.

TTP said...

Should have been "OFTEN as in A factor..."
I probably could have used a better example that was precisely IN PLAy rather than into, but you caught the drift.

I worked an extra job at the on base bowling alley when I was in Germany, but only occasionally had to go back to the pin setting machines to fix a rack, release a stuck ball, or set a pin or two. Most of the job was clerking at the counter, turning on the lanes, and selling hot dogs and sodas. Earned enough extra money to buy a 7 year old used 70 LeMans and pay for the insurance and petrol.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A definition puzzle is a nice change of pace, as yesterday's Jeffrey Wechsler's was. They're fun, to me, because of the different and totally unrelated definitions that you have to figure out. My Ovo was Ova, my Lowed was Cawed, and my Lea was the much more logical Sea. The only unknown was Agena. Nice CSOs to Boomer and CC at Oliva and to Tony The Tiger, at Alfa. Raj was a timely entry as he appeared in TBBT's final episode last night. I stopped watching that show years ago but I'm enjoying "Young Sheldon", mostly because of the cast, especially Annie Potts.

Thanks, Mike, for a fun Friday and thanks, Hatoolah, for your above and beyond informative, entertaining, and visually stunning review. I can only imagine the hours you spent preparing it.

Another rainy and gloomy May day. The month is half over and I don't think we had but one or two nice days. This doesn't bode well for the Summer.

Have a great day.

John E said...

Did anyone else, when first seeing Hahtoolah's sea pic, think it was a video? This happens to me often.

Boog said...

Lots of references for the blog regulars in this one:

C.C. and her Tony OLIVA card and related meet/greet story.
AnonT and his ALFA "tow it" story.
CREOLE for Hahtoolah.
TENON for the carpenters here.
And CHIPPER for the resident golfers (not gophers).

Fargo is one of my favorite movies. It features an amazing performance by Frances Mcdormand. "...and I guess that was your accomplice there in the wood CHIPPER? And it's a beautiful day..."

On this past Wednesday night baseball broadcast, CHIPPER Jones joined the regular broadcasters in the television booth and recounted a very funny story from his playing days when the non athlete TV announcer gave him advice on how to get a hit. It was bad advice and CHIPPER let him know that mid at bat. Hilarity ensued.

Powell said...

Sorry guys. In checking my link I realize that you have to click on the little speaker icon at the bottom of the video to unmute it lest you won't be able to hear the story.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

FLN - Lucina said: "Did anyone else notice that one of tonight's contestants on Wheel of Fortune was from NATICK, Mass.? Pat even said crossword puzzle solvers would recognize it."

Yes, I saw that, too, and noted the Natick reference.


Today's puzzle was Friday tough, but I only needed help with ODOROUS and DEREK. ONE K is a fraction of meg, but a very small one. KIR was a WAG.
APRON - My favorite, too, Lemonade.
MAUDE - Bea Arthur was a Marine in WWII. She was a truck driver and when discharged at war's end she held the rank of SSGT.

desper-otto said...

Spitz, I heard that reference. I'm ashamed to say that I always thought Natick rhymed with "attic" not "hayrick."

Spitzboov said...

D-O - -I pronounce it the way you do; I've never been corrected by the locals. Wiki rhymes it with 'attic', too.

Jerome said...

Speaking of racism... it needs to be noted and said that Thurmond was a racist sob. However, it seems he loved music, man! They exhumed his body and found 76 strombones and a clarinet.

Anonymous said...

RIP Grumpy Cat.

Java Mama said...

Good morning everyone! I really enjoyed Mike Peluso’s definition puzzle, despite my one empty cell at the crossing of OLIVA and AVA – otherwise a fun ride. Thanks for the informative and entertaining expo, Hahtoolah. I love your style.

No WASABI for me with my sushi, just plenty of eel sauce. Favorite c/a’s were Protector with Strings = APRON and the themer IN A JAUNTY MOOD. I agree with Hahtoolah re: Fragrant / ODOROUS; AROMATIC seems a closer fit with the clue, but doesn’t work here. Hand up for filling RACISM before AGEISM at 51A. Bordeaux Vineyard = CRU was a learning moment.

Beautiful summer-like weather today, perfect for a nice long walk. Have a great day all!

Husker Gary said...

-Gotta love a puzzle with baseball, golf and a rocket!
-I am a TEMP for the track coach at the state meet today
-Yeah, Hahtoolah, Fargo jumped to my mind as well
-Granddaughter – “Go ahead and try the WASABI, Papa.” Wow!!
-My first stringed protector [A _ _ _ _] was my harp-playing guardian ANGEL
-I’m sure AGEISM cost me a job and I’m glad it did
-Big Bang is like Friends to me in that it didn’t age well
-Cool Hand Luke tried pepper to throw bloodhounds off the SCENT
-Gemini 8 with Neil Armstrong and David Scott performed the first docking of two spacecraft with the AGENA target vehicle that was launched 90 min earlier in 1966
-A HANDICAP is also an alley equalizer and I would need it if I bowled against Boomer
-Jeb was “shootin’ at some food” and “up came a bubblin’ crude, OIL that is”

Oas said...

Hi all great puzzle and review .
My first steady job in the ‘60s was at a Sash and Door Millwork plant . I gained a healthy respect for wood working machines as I saw fellow workers lose fingers to planers saws and mortisers. One fellow attempted to brush away saw dust from a mortise machine with his hand without turning the machine off. He mangled the back of his hand and the tendons could not be repaired to give his fingers any decent mobility. Could never again make a fist with that hand . I’ve been overly safety conscious around tools and still have all my fingers.

Big Easy said...

Is everybody CHIPPER today? IN A JAUNTY MOOD? GREEN SIDE IRON? Not the one in the picture; it looks like a WEDGE, which is a bad choice to use unless you are a PRO or scratch golfer. I use a 6 or 7 iron when I'm that close to the green.

I had a little trouble in two spots- NW and Deep South. Never watched The Big Bang Theory or Criminal Minds and Ab OVO was an unknown but RAJ sounded like an Indian name and DEREK fit in the grid. Martin AMIS & KIR - total unknowns. IN PLAY- still don't understand how it is "Part of the Picture". I have a low IQ.

NIKE- the legs in the photo don't look like they run too much.
TTP- the Braves were always contenders due to their pitching staff- Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, & Tom Glavine

ReMax said...

Big Easy re IN PLAY

Say one is buying a house and during negotiations you offer to convey all major appliances. The buyer counter offers but doesnt specify the appliances aspect. You would then ask "are the appliances still part of the picture? Are they still IN PLAY?"

Misty said...

Well, Fridays are pretty much always toughies for me, and this one was no exception. I began at the bottom, as I often do, and actually got the MULCH MAKING TOOL. Helped to be a gardener on that one, but did not get the the two top theme answers because I don't know sports very well. And I kept wanting to make the third one IN A JOYFUL MOOD but it just wouldn't work. Still, lots of fun clues and answers, and like others, the APRON was a favorite. So, many thanks, Mike, for a clever puzzle. And Hahtoolah, many thanks for the very helpful and informative commentary.

Have a good day everybody.

CrossEyedDave said...

this puzzle beat me up and took my lunch money...

I rarely post music, as peoples tastes vary,
but it was Arcadian Driftwood by The Band
that taught me the HIstory Lesson that involves the difference between
Cajun and Creole (which I both love!)

RIP Grumpy Cat, at 7 years he was middle aged...

AOS, you reminded me of my Shop Teacher in 7th Grade.
I never forgot the story he told us of the Kid who would jump up
and tap the top of the door jamb on his way out.
Little did he know there was a nail sticking out that lodged under his
ring and ripped his finger off...

I have been extra cautious ever since...

Anywho, back to the bad day at puzzle solving.
I guess anyone can have a bad day,
but you can always blame Father Duffy...

AnonymousPVX said...

Husker G - I know you know the name is Clampett....JED Clampett.

I thought this Friday puzzle was filled with crunchy goodness.

Lots of clues that had multiple possible answers, so I waited....and waited.

Got the solve, but a couple of markovers despite patience....ANGEL/APRON, EVICT/EXILE.

Wood chipper....I lived in CT my 1st 57 years and remember quite well the REAL wood chipper murder, when the pilot put his wife through one, out in the open next to a bridge in a snowstorm, where he was seen by plow drivers. The police recovered a piece of tooth from the poor woman.

And then I’m watching reruns of Forensic Files and there he is. I think you have to be well down Depravity Drive to do something so evil.

See you tomorrow.

Wilbur Charles said...

“Good one, Gunderson! Al and Gertrude indeed.”
So, Jayce got the joke. Someone explain it


Sandyanon said...

Al Franken and Gertrude Stein, I believe.

Lucina said...


Thank you, Mike Peluso and Hahtoolah! You both added to my JAUNTY MOOD today since I had many doubts once I finished the solve. I had no idea about GREENSIDEIRON, didn't know Martin AMIS or Tony OLIVA. Whew! You allayed my doubts and answered my questions.

Hand up for liking APRON as best clued.

AVA DuVernay also directed Selma. She was featured in Finding Your Roots a few weeks ago.

STROM Thurmond is the best example of why we should have term limits, IMO.

I love KIR which I learned to drink in Paris.

Hand up also for thinking of Fargo at #56A.

d-otto and Spitz: I also thought Natick was pronounced like attic. Live and learn.

I knew AXE as clued only because my ex-SIL used it.

Have a beautiful day, everyone! Time for a mani.

Wilbur Charles said...

Another FLN.

Speaking OF SPIT TAKES. I just saw the walrus Geico commercial.( In Boston his name is Tuukka Rask)

There was a famous marine in the 60s named States Rights Jones**

What a mess I made of this one. DRAM/DRAY.. ONE C/K

DEREK? I was thinking last name. So much for my mental alphabet runs, I skipped right over R in KIR.

Every miss I knew except anything to do with Crime TV. UGH/EEW)ICK

“The golf HANDICAP is the result of a very complex calculation. It is easy to lower and difficult to raise. “
Of the Best 10/20 averaged out take x%. And vv. Oops. One may have to factor in course difficulty. Of which there are two components. Jinx was right I just left wiki. I was thinking about a league playing the same course. But I think it's harder to lower.

I better quit while I'm not too far behind


** His brother Marine was White Power. I assume they normally went by their initials. This could be apocryphal

OwenKL said...

DNF. 2d I had OVa instead of OVO, JaNE? OF BASEBALL, and 18d ?CENT. JONES or JANES would have been just as unknown, and an alphabet run didn't catch SCENT.
I knew a chipper was a golf club, but GREEN SIDE IRON was an odd-sounding locution. A side-iron is six-shooter gun.
A mulcher is a machine, and calling it a tool seems another odd locution, tho technically correct, I guess.
IN PLAY is yet another odd locution. And LOWED.

Well, this late in the day, all those have probably been discussed already, so l'icks are all I can really be here for.

My mind, sometimes, will get so ADDLED
Its misinterpretations are fabled.
If I hear "IT'S ME"
How can that be?
I'm me, so you are mislabeled!

{B+.} Now to go back and read the expo & comments.

CrossEyedDave said...

WIlbur Charles,

Is this the Geico commercial you were referring to?

(I had to share it, the Guy gave me a fish....)

Ol' Man Keith said...

Good to see you here, Owen! We missed you on the other side this morning. Glad to know all's well.
And thank you for the excellent limerick. No need for a grammatical lecture, when "mislabeled" rhymes so well!

Enjoyed Mr. Peluso's Xwd, especially the cluing. I puzzled mostly over 27A GREEN SIDE IRON. I'm not a golfer. The game skipped a generation in our family. My elder son took up the game in college. I tried to watch it, but my eyes can't see the ball in flight. (On TV they must use a lens filter.)
Anyway, my only reference for a SIDE IRON is a gat, a six-shooter, a sidearm, heat, the ol' roscoe.
What on earth is it doing on a golf green?!
After two dry days we find we have two singles today, one (naturally) on each side.
The anagram on the front end celebrates our Crossword Corner as a place for so many retirees and emeriti. This is indeed a...

Jayce said...

I had a hard time with this puzzle, mainly for two reasons. (1) So many things I had no knowledge of at all. (2) Couldn't see how some of the clues related to the answers. The big example, already explained by several of you, is that IN PLAY entry.

I liked how APRON was clued. Tried RACISM and SEXISM before AGEISM. And yep, immediately thought of Anonymous T at ALFA.

So, is ALLAH a different god from the Judeo-Christian god, or just a different word for the same god?

I like CREOLE cuisine.

Hahtoolah, great write-up. Love your tube top.

Jerome, "76 Strombones" was funny. Another good one.

I like reading what all of you post. Good wishes to you all.

Lemonade714 said...

Nay-tiiick Maaasss. I grew up 60 miles away and have never heard anything but the long "A."


OwenKL said...

The QOD "The trouble with words is that you never know whose mouth they’ve been in." reminds me of Ilhan Omar, who's gotten in trouble for using anti-Israel phrases without realizing they'd already been used as anti-semetic.

ROTC at VMI seems strange. Since it's already a military institute, wouldn't ROTC be sort of gilding the lily? Like having AFROTC at West Point?

Jerome: Strom-bones! ROFL!!

Hahtoolah said...

Good Afternoon, friends. I was somewhat surprised aback when STROM Thurmond appeared in the puzzle. He fathered a mixed race daughter. Her mother was a family maid. Although he never publicly acknowledged his daughter, he did provide her with financial aid and paid for her college education. Interesting, too, that so many of you tried Racism before AGEISM. Subliminal thinking, perhaps.

The author Herman Wouk died earlier today, just 10 days before his 104th birthday. He wrote such novels as The Caine Mutiny and Winds of War.

Wilbur Charles said...

If you catch a Bruin's game at the Garden listen when Rask makes s save


Lucina said...

Thank you for the pronunciation. It's all a matter of proximity and familiarity. If you live near it, you know it. Here we hear unusual pronunciations for Tucson, Ajo, Gila and many other Spanish or Indian names.

Wilbur Charles said...

For reference to everyday play, (Bethpage Black) shows on the scorecard as a par 71 with a 77.5 rating and a 155 slope.

TTP, No wonder you're a good bowler today. All those free strings

As I've mentioned, Natick is the home town of Heisman Doug Flutie

“thought this Friday puzzle was filled with crunchy goodness.”
Perfect. Exactly my thoughts despite my disaster. But….
PF Sausalitos were on BOGO at Winn Dixie so I'm less upset

I thought the same thing as Owen re. ROTC @ VMI

I remember Strom re. Clinton impeachment: “We don't have the votes”!


SwampCat said...

Thanks Mike for this clever workout. I almost won but too many unknowns.

Hahtoolah your delightful expo was a real pleasure. I certainly agree about CREOLE food being well seasoned but not necessarily hot.

And thanks for the information about Herman Wouk. He also wrote Marjorie Morningstar, one of the best coming of age stories around, and quite a departure for him. It is also one of my all time favorites.

Owen, I haven’t been able to post for a while but I laugh every day at your wonderful poems!

Wilbur Charles said...

Hahtoolah (great write-up, btw) inspired me to lookup...
“[AMIS] has been portrayed as a master of what the New York Times called "the new unpleasantness". Inspired by Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov, and James Joyce**, as well as by his father Kingsley Amis”

Sandy, thanks . Now I know Al and Gertrude. So what was the joke. Jayce somehow got it.
I just got it (Al)FRANK(en)STEIN(Gertrude)
Strange bedfellows indeed

“He fathered a mixed race daughter. Her mother was a family maid.” Shades of Thomas Jefferson


** Hi Misty. Very different audiences though, eh?

That'll be it for me today

D4E4H said...

FIR in too many min.

We busy executives sometimes post in the afternoon. Hi everyone!

Thank you Mike Peluso for this challenging Friday CW.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review. I really liked your QOD.


Michael said...

Jayce @ 2:07:

"So, is ALLAH a different god from the Judeo-Christian god, or just a different word for the same god?"

No, it is the same word for God in Arabic, for Christians and Moslems. What is meant by the word "Allah" is very different, however.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

GREEN SIDE-IRON? Green paint? Oh!, golf not guns...

Thanks Mike Peluso (oh, that's gotta be Italian, no?, ALFA boy?) for the fun puzzle - lots of fresh c/as. Took me all day and I nearly finished but didn't know the R in DEREK/ KIR so just left it blank.

Thank you Hahtoolah for a fine expo and helping un-GREEN the paint. Loved all the images & comics* and your take on CREOLE [I always think of Sultans of Swing; that's where I first heard CREOLE]. //Good 'The Band' selection CED!

WOs: ad-HOC, LEA b/f SEA, racism b/f AGEISM (Hi D-O! and EveryoneElse), print at the scene b/f SCENT.
ESPs: many I'm too tired to list
In addition to DNF, FIW @AMoS instead of AMIS @51d.
Fav: The word JAUNTY isn't used enough but, com'on, ALFA** [did I mention*** I have '86 Spider and DW's does 130mph and makes San Antonio quite the short hop cross I-10?]

{Solid A} //nice observation at VMI / ROTC too... Never thought about it that way.
After (very un HEAT'd) argument w/ Pop [see: below] OMK's DR is one position :-)

Spitz - for realz? I didn't know that about Bea Arthur. She looked like a tough woman and I guess, being a SSGT, she was.

Jerome - that's F-funny. 'nuff said.

PVX - Depraved indeed. I see divorce lawyers advertising at Christmas time "This year, give her what she really wants." I think that would work out better all the way around.

Youngest Bro [got a FaceTime from him from Kuwait this AM!] used to stink himself up with AXE b/f going out. Pop does the same w/ Old Spice :-)

Hahtoolah - Have you seen Patriot Act [NetFlix, I think]. The brother of the protagonist has a "hidden" black child but is a political mucky-muck and hides it. I didn't know that about STROM.

Pop's here and we just had a wonderful time smoking cigars, downing a beer or three, and arguing politics. We never vote for the same people but see eye-to-eye on most every issue. Curious that.

Cheers, -T
*Had to be hours of love laboring over the expo. Thanks!
**TTP - I was all like, could it?, no... YES! Thanks Boog@8:50a for remembering my NOLA story.
***reading comments, it seems like yes. Yes, I did mention it :-)

Jayce said...

Michael, I agree with you.

OwenKL said...

Wilbur: not (Al)FRANK(en)STEIN(Gertrude). Al's last name is FRANKEN. so (Al/Gertrude) is FRANKEN/STEIN.

Misty said...

Yes, a bit different, Wilbur.

Mike Peluso said...

People often ask me, "Where do you come up with ideas for your puzzles?" The genesis of this one was really fun. A bunch of Rules Officials and I were sitting in the clubhouse at a rather swanky private golf course waiting to start the day's rounds at our Junior State Tournament. A lady walked in, not looking like a golfer, quite shabbily dressed, and clearly out of place. She asked, "Can any of you tell me where the 14th hole is? I need to take a chipper out there." One of us answered, "The tournament hasn't even started yet. Which player is it for? We can give it to him/her." She looked puzzled and said, "I don't know who it's for. They just told me to take a chipper out to the 14th hole." We said, "But there are no players out there yet. There'd be nobody to give it to." She started to get agitated and said, "I don't know what to tell you. They're taking a big tree down on the 14th hole and they need a chipper!" We all about died laughing, and after she left, we started making "chipper" comments, like "Maybe she meant Chipper Jones" or "I'm feeing chipper." Then a guy said, "Hey, Mike, that's a great theme for a crossword!!" And now you know the rest of the story! Hope you enjoyed it. -Mike

CanadianEh! said...

Fabulous Friday. Thanks for the fun, Mike and Hahtoolah.
Late to the party today because I had housework to do and the CW did not fill on the first pass. Then we had a beautiful day (hello Java Mama) and I went outside to enjoy it. Finally finished tonight.

I'll blame my Canadian HANDICAP for some of my slow fill. VMI was unknown as were the Indiana governor and the longtime Senator. Perps and CW muscle-memory saved the day. (AVER not AVOW today; both are in my CW memory.)

Hand up for Lea before Sea and Ova before OVO. I had Mooed before LOWED; it was needed for IN A JAUNTY MOOeD. (If clued as "called from the stable" would more of us have gotten it immediately?)

Time for the Raptors game.
Good evening to you all.

Jayce said...

Okay, so I have a nit to pick: constructors and editors, please stop cluing ALLAH as “God of Islam” or “Islamic god”. It’s just the Arabic language word for the same god of Abraham that Jews and Christians worship.

Lemonade714 said...

Mike P. thank you for stopping by and sharing the story behind the puzzle.

Jerome - STROMBONE! priceless.

Strom is further proof that people are complicated.

Inconvenient Joke said...

How 'bout this clue

Pretentious nickname for former Vice President who invented the internet. ___ ___ TI DAH.

waseeley said...

Re 59D The first oil well in the US was drilled in 1859 in Titusville, PA. At least this is what I was taught in HS, and apparently to whomever wrote the Wiki article on oil Wells.

Anonymous said...

Weseely, your Statement about the first oil well in the US doesn’t contradict what hatooll wrote.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Mike Peluso, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Puzzle was tough. I did it while selling Vidalia Onions today. Theme became obvious after gettinging JONES OF BASEBALL. Even though it became obvious, it was still tough to fill in the answers.

Wasn't DENALI Mt McKinley?

KIR was unknown. Perps. As was AMIS. As was AVA.

Well. I am about to watch Perry Mason. See you tomorrow.


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Anonymous T said...

aka CW McCall - you put two songs in my head the other day that I annoyed Pop with all day ("East bound and down...).

Pop's idea for the "cure" was to just watch Smokey and the Bandit and get it out of my system. $5 bucks for the movie and we laughed pretty good. Eldest was only amused by watching us giggle. That was pretty much her reaction earlier when we viewed The Three Stooges.

Mike - you never confirmed nor denied you Italiano...

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Oh, I almost forgot to make all y'all up North a little envy GREEN... Pop and I played in the garden and got a little first-harvest.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

Oooh! I see spaghetti sauce in your future!!

Michael said...

Jayce @ 7:55 said...

"Okay, so I have a nit to pick: constructors and editors, please stop cluing ALLAH as “God of Islam” or “Islamic god”. It’s just the Arabic language word for the same god of Abraham that Jews and Christians worship."

Trying not to get into religion, but if it's the same God, He says the same things to everybody.

The WORD Allah is the same for all Arabic speakers, but the CONTENT of the word, what He says is so different in the Torah, New Testament, and Quran, that it's clear that it is not the same 'God' speaking (my opinion is that Islam is a Judaic heresy, but people try to muddy the water with this "Abrahamic religion" idea).

Anonymous T said...

Lucina - with those tomatoes it'd be a very thin sauce :-) I did build some good sausage & peppers last month that I'll thaw Sunday for Pasta day. Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Michael - I really didn't want to wade into this but...

I've a very good friend that calls God ALLAH (actually many but I'll talk about him). He's jokenly condemned me to Hell because I don't really believe in anything transcendental.

My buddy would be cool if I was Catholic [kinda, yep] or Jewish [I wish; some of the greatest minds are] or Muslim [#Maths], but Agnostic?!? No, I am damned :-)
I love that guy [we have diner quarterly] and I'm sure he doesn't think Hell is really my destiny.

And with that, G'Nite. -T