May 24, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019, Evan Kalish

Double Meanings.  Each clue can be interpreted literally, or can have another meaning, as evidenced by the puzzle's answer.  Two of our entries span the16*15 grid.

18. Mission statement?: REMEMBER THE ALAMO!  (1) A Mission Statement is a formal summary of the values of a company or organization.  (2) The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas was originally a Spanish Mission and fortress built by Catholic missionaries to educate and convert Native Americans to Christianity.  The Mission was secularized in the late 1790s, and later became under military control.  During the Texas Revolution, a group of Texan soldiers (including James Bowie and Davy Crockett) defended the Alamo against the Mexican army.  The Texan soldiers were all defeated and killed.  Remember the Alamo! then became the rallying cry for Texas independence.

31. Position statement?: YOU ARE HERE.  (1) A Position Statement is a formal statement that lets others know where a company or organization stands on a particular topic.  (2) A map showing you where you are, generally in a public area, such as a mall.

43. Impact statement?: OW!  THAT HURT.  (1) An Impact Statement is a short summary that used to explain and inform stakeholders of a company or organizations work.  (2) Being hit from an outside source or Impact may hurt.

56. Closing statement?: COME BACK TOMORROW.  (1) A Closing Statement is a concluding statement at the end of a trial to emphasize the important arguments of the case for the trier of fact.  (2) At Closing time, the store may ask you to return the next day to finish your shopping.


1. Muscle at one end of the Achilles tendon: CALF.  The CALF is actually made up of two muscles: (1) the Gastrocnemius, which is the larger muscle that forms the visible bulge beneath the skin; and (2) the Soleus, which is a smaller, flat muscle that is under the Gastrocnemius muscle.

5. Dream __: TEAM.  The 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team was known as the Dream TEAM because it was the first American Olympic team to be made-up of professional basketball players.

9. Ground-hitting sound: SPLAT.

14. __ 2600, Class of 2007 National Toy Hall of Fame inductee: ATARI.  It looks so old-fashioned today.

16. Ebb: WANE.

17. Alaska governor after Murkowski: PALIN.  Sarah Palin (née Sarah Louise Heath; b. Feb. 11, 1965), served as the Governor of Alaska from December 2006 until she resigned in July 2009.  Her predecessor as Governor was Frank Mursowski (né Frank Hughes Murkowski; b. Mar. 28, 1933).  She was also the Republican Party nominee for Vice President in the 2008 presidential election.  She could see Alaska from her house.  But, you knew that.

21. Bandies words: SPARS.

22. Baseball mascot originally titled "Lady": MRS. MET.

23. La, in the key of E: C SHARP.

25. Ballet move: PLIÉ.

27. Drink suffix: -ADE.  CSO to our own LemonADE.

28. For nothing: GRATIS.  From the Latin word for Favor.

29. Get gas: FUEL UP.

33. Black fur: SABLE.   A SABLE is a small species of a marten that lives in northern Asia.  The animal was historically hunted for its soft, fine fur.  Coats made from sable can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

37. Big name in big trucks: MACK.

38. Restoratives: TONICS.  Nothing is more refreshing that a Gin and TONIC on a hot summer day.

40. Lead-in to bake or shell: CLAM.  Lots of CLAM Shells at a CLAM Bake.

41. Lid maladies: STYES.  This has become a crossword staple.

45. __ best: SUNDAY.  Do people really dress up for Sunday church anymore?  I was at a funeral recently and was shocked to see people dressed in such casual wear.  They looked like they just came in from the forest after chopping wood.

47. What many dress in during winter: LAYERS.
48. Tricky person: WAG.  //  Not to be confused with 61-Down:  Locks lacking keys = WIG.

51. Looking up: ROSY.

52. Gently towel off: PAT DRY.

53. Author Allende: ISABEL.  Isabel Allende (b. Aug. 2, 1942) is a Chilean writer.  She was related to Salvador Allende (June 26, 1908 ~ Sept. 11, 1973), who was the President of Chile from Nov. 1970 until Sept. 1973, when he was ousted in a coup.

55. Clean __: SLATE.

62. First name in Fighting Irish history: KNUTE.  KNUTE Rockne (né Knute Kenneth Rockne; Mar. 4, 1888 ~ Mar. 31, 1931) was born in Norway, but immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 5 years old.  Although he earned a degree in chemistry, he never worked in that field, and instead became a football coach, ultimately becoming the head coach at Notre Dame.  He was killed in a plane crash at age 43.

63. Vacation home asset: VIEW.

64. Arabian Peninsula resident: OMANI.

65. Go after: SET AT.

66. Board-making aids: SAWS.
67. Sun blocker: SMOG.  Schools were closed in Mexico City recently because of the smog.


1. A dealer might flip one: CAR.

2. Adored, with "up": ATE.

3. Escape: LAM.

4. New perspectives: FRESH TAKES.

5. Squirt: TWERP.

6. Wheat spikes: EARS.  The EAR is the grain-bearing part of the stem of a cereal plant.  I generally think of an Ear of Corn, but it applies to wheat as well.

7. Critter with three left legs: ANT.  I misread this clue as a Critter with Three Legs Left.  I wondered what type of critter could hop about with three legs.

8. "Doesn't do it for me": MEH!

9. "We have enough details, thanks": SPARE US!  This seems rather rude.

10. Buds: PALS.  Buds as in friends, not flower buds.

11. High-altitude pack animal: LLAMA. (From C.C.: . Guess who this beautiful lady is?)

12. Prepared with a cue: AIMED.  I initially tried Aided, because I was thinking the "cue" referred to a stage assist, as in a play, not a pool cue.

13. Low-risk investment: T-NOTE.  As in a Treasury Note.

15. Affect adversely: IMPAIR.

19. Mixologist's tools: BAR SET.
20. Expressionist painter Nolde: EMIL.  Emil Nolde (né Emil Hansen; Aug. 7, 1867 ~ Apr. 13, 1956) makes occasional guest appearances in the crossword puzzles ~ enough so that I recognize his name, if not his work.

23. Slovene neighbor: CROAT.

24. Pert: SAUCY.

25. Ingot valuation factor: PURITY.

26. Parasite: LEECH.

28. Places for some rats: GYMS.
29. Ted Williams' field: FENWAY.  Ted Williams (né Theodore Samuel Williams; Aug. 30, 1918 ~ July 5, 2002), had a long baseball career with the Boston Red Sox. When I lived in Boston, I lived about 2 blocks away from Fenway Park.

The Green Monster at Fenway Park.

30. Large animals whose taxonomic order is obsolete: PACHYDERMS.  Why is the term Pachyderms now obsolete?  Who knew?

32. Brit's bonnets, in the States: HOODS.  Bonnet sound so much nicer than Hood.
34. Downer?: BLUER.

35. David who voiced George Steinbrenner on "Seinfeld": LARRY.  Larry David (né Lawrence Gene David; b. July 2, 1947), was the co-creator, along with Jerry Seinfeld, of the sit-com Seinfeld.  He also created and starred in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

36. Mobile lifesavers: EMTs.  As in Emergency Medical Technicians.

39. Peace in the Middle East?: SALAAM.  The Arabic word for Peace.  I initially tried Shalom, which is the Hebrew word for Peace.

42. Can't-miss wager: SURE BET.

44. Bit of needlework: TATTOO.  Why?  Just Why?

46. Tulane's home, informally: NOLA.  Tulane University is in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOLA has become a crossword staple.

48. Burning needs?: WICKS.

49. In unison: AS ONE.

50. Full range: GAMUT.

52. Pickup attachments: PLOWS.

54. Pre-release stage: BETA.

55. All-in-one dinner: STEW.

57. Rite Aid rival: CVS.  Both are drug stories.

58. Optima, for one: KIA.
59. Big name in pickups: RAM.  Big wheels, too.

60. Palindromic peace activist: ONO.  A new clue for our crossword friend, Yoko ONO (b. Feb. 18, 1933).

Here's the Grid:

I will leave you with a QOD:  Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick (May 24, 1878 ~ Oct. 5, 1969)


OwenKL said...

FIRight. Not many w/os, but did take a number of passes. FilL-UP > FUEL-UP, TATing > TATTOO, thunk > SPLAT, fox > WAG, several spellings of PACHYDERMS followed PtarYDactl. Theme seemed under"state"ed.

Things I do for entertainment:
Fishing from river's containment,
Caroming a few
AIMED with a CUE --
These are just bank STATEMENTS.

Tho twas long time ago.
Did Bowie blurt
Before his final knify throw?

{A, B+.}

D4E4H said...

FIR in 47:25 min.

Fabulous Friday Friends!

Thank you Evan Kalish for this extra crunchy CW. I had problems with each cell that lots of P & P solved, whew.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review. Thank you for explaining the theme.


Jim B. said...

How is 'Go after' = 'Set at'? Am I missing something here. They're not exactly interchangeable.
Otherwise a good puzzle today Evan, and a good write-up Hahtoolah! -Didn't know Pachyderm was obsolete either.

Anonymous said...

From The Free Dictionary (there are many other examples I found at Google):

3. To physically attack someone with great ferocity or hostility.
Watch out for that bull in the back field—he'll set at you if you get too close.
John set at the burglar with a knife to defend his family.

D4E4H said...

1 A - The "G..." muscle is used when you are standing and want to rise on your tippy toes. The Soleus is named so because it looks like a filet of sole. It is used when you want to rise up with your knees bent.
The largest muscle in the body, the Gluteus Maximus has below it / closer to the bone, the G Medius, and the G Minimus.

Now we will delve into Calculus, NOT!


TTP said...

Much to enjoy about this puzzle. It was fun getting the dual meanings.

No real stumpers, but SafeBET to SUREBET, and FilLUP to FUELUP. Held off on sassy for "Pert", and had no clue on EMIL and ISABEL, but the perps were friendly.

Except for the joystick, that Atari 2600 looks similar to my old PhoneMate dual casette answering machine.

Yes, KNUTE Rockne died on a TWA flight that crashed in either Kansas or Missouri. Pretty sure Kansas.

Hahtoolah, you misread 7D "Critter with three.." I misread 40A "Lead-in to clam or shelf"

Ted Williams was the last to end an MLB season with a batting average of 400 or greater. I thought Tony Gwynn was going to get there in 1994 but the strike-shortened season ended his chances at baseball history.

Did any baseball fans seen how the Tiges beat the Tigers yesterday ? LSU wins in SEC Tournament. I'm confident it's on the LA news stations this morning.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Hahtoolah got her own CSO at 46d this morning. If Knute died at 43, that photo must've been taken several years after his death. He looks 50-ish. I got REMEMBER THE ALAMO (and the theme!) with just the initial RE in place. Stumbled here and there, but it was still a fast solve for a Friday. Thanx, Evan. Enjoyed the erudite expo, Hahtoolah.

"Three legs left": There's a herd of deer that wander around our town, and one of 'em must've been clipped by a vehicle. It hobbles around on three legs. It can run surprisingly fast, though.

"Obsolete": I looked it up. The order "Pachyderm" (thick-skinned) originally included elephants, rhinos and hippos -- animals that turned out to be only distantly related. So, the order "Pachyderm" was retired.

LARRY David: He did a better "Bern" than Bernie.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Really liked the theme, the first one I've got in several days. Found the statements fairly easy to fill in and meaningful. Thanks, Evan.

Thanks, Hahtoolah for the great expo. Especially liked learning the CALF muscles names. Also interesting was the bio on KNUTE which filled after a few perps. I was embarrassed to learn his birth nationality because for some reason I thought he was black.

DNK: MRS. MET or EMIL Nolde & his work.

Hand up for Shalom before SALAAM. At least the first & last letters were right & suggested the desired entry.

I've been to the ALAMO. Found it a very spooky, uncomfortable place.

Big Easy said...

Well it was a real "downer" this morning with the BLUES instead of BLUER next to the unknown LARRY. PATDS_ had me stumped and I wasn't wasting any time due to a graduation ceremony this morning. So today it was SPLAT with a DNF.

I didn't know wheat had EARS or know of EMIL Nolde or MRS. MET- perps
AIDED before AIMED fell.
There are no pickup PLOWS in NOLA. On the rare occasions when it snows here, the streets are a demolition derby. Idiots try to drive on the ice.

CartBoy said...

Smooth solve. ⭐️

Yellowrocks said...

Although there was nothing arcane or tricky about this puzzle, it took me longer than normal to finish it. OTOH, I thought yesterday's was a piece of cake. We all are so different in what we consider crunchy.
I saw the punny meanings of the themers and tried to connect them, but it was the clues that were connected. They all were business terms for various kinds of statements.
Hahtoolah, I love your clips and research.
I read yesterday, that Botswana is again allowing certain types of elephant hunting.
Second thoughts: Shalom/salaam sassy/saucy aided/aimed
When I was a kid we had Sunday Best clothing, even shoes, that were reserved for church and special occasions. Today we see cut off and ripped jeans, baseball caps, cheek revealing shorts and other casual attire in church.
I have seen EAR as the seed bearing spike of a cereal plant. In Britain CORN refers to "the grain of a cereal grass that is the primary crop of a region (such as wheat in Britain and oats in Scotland and Ireland)."
This hymn uses corn for grain:

First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear:
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

Anonymous said...

Today's review said Palin could see "Alaska from her house."

Tina Fey (portraying Palin) said, "I can see Russia from my house."

Not that any of it matters.

Middle-left area was tricky.

Yellowrocks said...

What Sarah Palin actually said:
You have to read to the bottom to find out why what she actually said is true.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Took a little longer to solve today with the extra 15 squares. No searches were needed but a modicum of white-out was used. Went to BH's piano to double check where La was in the key of E. She chortled.
Liked the theme. Got YOU ARE HERE after I spelt LEECH right. Scratched my head over SPAREUS but then correctly parsed it as SPARE US. A bit harsh as Hahtoolah alluded.
SABLE - Don't know who(what) Cape SABLE Island, SABLE Island (both Canada), or Cape SABLE, Fla. are named after.
Gin and TONIC - My favorite Summer drink. Prefer Bombay Gin and Schweppes TONIC, with a small lime wedge.
Great intro, Hahtoolah; and QOD was apt.

Husker Gary said...

-Fun Friday cluing and write-up!
-We once had a worthless hour-long teacher’s meeting to work on a MISSION STATEMENT.
-A famous COME BACK TOMORROW (:11)
-Has anyone else ever been saved by the low fuel warning light?
-My dealer first flipped an ACE and my wheat spike was an AWN
-Finding FENWAY from Cambridge, MA in pre-GPS days was a slog for us
-In 1978 Michael Johnson sang BLUER Than Blue Can Be
-Love her or hate her, this was PALIN’s ultimate indignity

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

My appreciation of this theme went up a couple of notches when I grasped the double meaning of the "positions" and Hatoolah's spot on illustrations of it confirmed my conclusion. I needed perps for Atari, Mrs. Met, Emil, and Larry. (I know who Larry David is but I've never watched "Seinfeld " or "Curb Your Enthusiasm." I agree with DO, though, he out-Bernied Bernie!) I, like others, had Aided/Aimed, Shalom/Salaam, and Fill Up/Fuel Up. I thought some of the cluing was off kilter but I loved the Wig ~ Wag duo and filling in the unexpected Pachyderm. I wonder if Pachyderm is a debut entry. Nice CSO to Hatoolah, Swamp Cat, and Big Easy at NOLA.

Thanks, Evan, for a delightful theme and solve and thanks, Hatoolah, for the clear and concise commentary, enhanced by the sparkling and chuckle-inducing visuals, especially the Calfs/Calves. Your mental picture of the misread "three legs left" creature made me laugh out loud.


Anon T ~ Thanks for mentioning that CED might be in Florida. I thought the same after I made that post.

Adding to the discussion about the way dress codes have changed, my sister went to her granddaughter's Confirmation last night which was held in church and celebrated by our Bishop. She said there were a couple of girls who had dresses/skirts on that couldn't possibly be any shorter. It makes you wonder about the parents that would allow this. (When I was confirmed, we wore robes that you would wear at a graduation ceremony.)

Going to a niece's birthday party tonight so I'll get to use my Shamrock-covered flask to transport my Dewar's! ☘☘

Have a great day.

SwampCat said...

Crunchy solve for me. Too many unknowns, but fun to try. Thanks Evan. I had no idea PACHYDERMS was obsolete. And I never heard of a GYMRAT or MRSMET. I did get SALAAM but couldn’t come up with SUNDAY best. I even struggled with Ted Williams field because “left” wasn’t long enough. Just not on the wavelength.

I hate the designation NOLA for my hometown as do most of the local people I know. Big Easy, you can have that CSO!

Hahtoolah thanks for the write up. I learned a lot!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Evan. I enjoyed the double meanings today. Took me a while to finish, and there were lots of V-8 cans flying around.

Thanks, Hahtoolah, for an excellent ride today.

Have a sunny day wherever you are. I am presuming the sun is where you are since it ain't here. ;-)

oc4beach said...

I ultimately filled in all of the blank squares, but it took turning on Red Letters halfway through and a Google or two. Hahtoolah did a very nice job in explaining the puzzle and I liked her visuals a lot.

AOS (As Others Said) I had some of the same problems with FILLUP vs FUELUP, GETAT vs SETAT, etc. It took a while but perps ultimately gave me enough to figure out the long answers plus other fill-ins.

Going shopping with DW, but lunch out is first.

Enjoy the day.

AnonymousPVX said...

Wow, talk about a super crunchy puzzle, this Friday one qualifies.


It looks like my pen got sick.

And if this is Friday, what does Saturday have in store?....stay tuned.

Misty said...

Well, Fridays are always toughies for me, and I found it harder to get started on this one than usual (thank goodness for the easy Thursday yesterday). But there were lots of clever clues, and Hahtoolah's explanation of the double theme meanings makes this a pretty impressive puzzle. I knew both EMIL and ISABEL, and that helped. And I also got LLAMAS and STYES early on. So, still a fun solving time on a Friday, many thanks, Evan. And your write-up and pictures were wonderful, Hahtoolah, many thanks for that great help.

I watched a special on Farrah Fawcett's battle with cancer on television last night. Terribly sad.

Have a good day, everybody.

PK said...

As a wheat farmer, I struggled with EAR. We've always called the seed-bearing part on wheat a "head". Look at it. It stands at the top of the stem and has a beard. It's a head. We also grow corn most years. The seed-bearing part of corn is an EAR which stands out on the side of the plant stalk way below the top sorta like animal EARs.

New Orleans has suffered the texting trend to abbreviate every thing & place. People have latched on to NOLA partly because most can't pronounce it like a native anyway. They don't have enough soft south in their mouth.

So C.C. is that Susan/Hahtoolah with the LLAMA? Real lilt to that phrase, sho nuf!

Anonymous said...

Can someone please explain the Bandies/SPARS clue/answer?

Lucina said...

Hola, amigas y amigos!

What fantastic Friday fill! Thank you, Evan Kalish and Hahtoolah! Very enjoyable expo and graphics.

This took me almost a full hour but with some bottom fruit to hold onto and out of the box thinking, I could suss the entry without too many erasures. Nothing to look up and besides the unfamiliar EMIL Nolde no other unusual names. I know LARRY David from his vast work on TV but didn't realize he had voiced Steinbrenner. I caught on to the double meanings right away.

For 1A I wanted TALI (plural of talus) and it took a long time to change that to CALF since flipping a TAR didn't make much sense and FRESH TAKES clinched it.

I loved the clue for WIG! WAG and GYM rats were also amusing.

For me SUNDAY best clothes are a priority but that is not true of most of my fellow parishioners. Casual is most certainly the order of the day, I'm sorry to say. Seeing a man with suit and tie actually makes me wince, but there are one or two and some women even wear stylish hats. But they are the exceptions.

One of my favorite books among a long list is Fortune's Daughter by ISABEL Allende. She has written several others but none measure up to that one, IMO.

This puzzle was a very nice change. I like it when I have to think long and hard for the solve. COME BACK, Mr. Kalish!

Have a glorious day, everyone! Our weather is still deliciously cool and breaking all kinds of records for low temperatures in May.

Lucina said...

Yes, I believe that is our beautiful Susan with that LLAMA.

To bandy in conversation is to talk back and forth in a teasing manner. SPAR, although a boxing term, can be used that way, too.

Haiku Harry said...

Even though Hahtoolah has my punned haiku diagrammed out in her recap, Evan Kalish did a fine job of setting it up by intersecting one across with three down:

Cow and Ewe’s sons fled
To escape slaughter. Did the
CALF go on the LAM?

Ol' Man Keith said...

Lotsa clever clues today.
I guess my fave was 43A "Impact statement?" OW, THAT HURT! is about as basic as one can get.
Except for maybe SPLAT.

Like Spitzboov, my favorite summer drink (and not to be sneered at in fall, winter, or spring) is good ol Gin n'TONIC.
I agree as to Schweppes, but prefer Tanqueray for my gin.
("Gin wuz muvva's milk to 'im!")
I remember my first (legal) G&T was aboard the Queen Elizabeth (I) in 1960 on my first trip abroad, NY to Southampton in 5+ days.
I shared a cabin with three other guys somewhere on "D" deck. It was near the gyroscope. At night I swear I could hear huge flywheels rolling to counter QE's side to side ("athwartship") motion as I tried to sleep.
Not exactly lulling.
Nothing to report, actually. This is an asymmetrical (16x15) grid, so no true diagonal is possible.

CrossEyedDave said...

CED here from sunny florida

CrossEyedDave said...

I think I have discovered the reason why so many people are losing their blog posts when they hit publish

CrossEyedDave said...

I just lost three posts figuring it out

When you are on your phone you are using the Safari browser

The blog is a google product and only works with google chrome browser.

You can read the blog on safari
But you cannot post.

It’s like trying to buy amazon Alexa at Walmart

Ol' Man Keith said...

Bill G ~
Dunno if you saw my late message last night.
I just wanted to thank you again for the lead to the WSJ Xwd, "Kudos."
I enjoyed working it--and reaching its fine diagonal!

SwampCat said...

Thanks Dave! That makes sense. But I thought you could buy anything at Walmart!! LOL

Spitzboov said...

OMK - Years ago I could get Doornkaat gin (from Germany) but I don't think it is in US distribution anymore. It was really tasty and not expensive. Sic Transit Gloria.

CROAT - Hans Jacob Christoph von Grimmelshausen was a well known 17th Century baroque novelist, especially known for his "Simplicissimus".
It is considered partly autobiographical and reflects his being drawn into the 30 Years War by Hessian and CROAT troops. (BH is one of his descendents.)

EAR - The WheatDoctor says the spike can be called either an EAR or a head.

Mike Sherline said...

CED - There are 4 posts from you above. The 1st 2, @ 1309, say testing and CED here from sunny Florida. Don't know if those could be the ones you thought you'd lost.

Safari is the only browser I have. Under Choose an Identity, my name (Google Account) is checked. I don't know why my picture of the Na'alehu sign disappeared. I don't do preview or prove you're not a robot, just type and publish.

CrossEyedDave said...

I just made a lengthy reply to mike sherline and lost it because I forgot the phone automatically uses Safari!

Yes I lost three other posts. One lengthy describing my Vk here and solving battery problems with my scooter that had nothing to do with the battery

Note that I can post to blog using Safari on my IPad. But I cannot post using Safari in my phone

It has something to do with the URL header not including WWW. You will notice the phone url does not say http or www and you may be looking at a draft version of the blog that is read only and the only way you can tell is when you hit that post button and
Nothing happens

CrossEyedDave said...

For people having dead battery staring problems. It appears part of my problem was the scooter sits for months at a time causing the gas is the carburetor float bowl to evaporate leaving a film of ethanol crud. With the jets clogged it would not idle.

But before that clogged completely it narrowed the Venturi enough to cause hard starting and draining my battery.

CrossEyedDave said...

Napa auto parts sells a carburetor cleaner you add to the gas tank that solves all these problems

Bill G said...

OMK, yes, I saw your post late last night. You are welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The cleverness of CW creators and solvers is a delight to observe.

CrossEyedDave said...

Ok just went on the IPad using Safari and it is a different version of the Blog.
On the phone after the end of the write up and grid it continues directly with the comments.

On the iPad after the write up I have to click a link to get to the comments
And I am already signed in as crossseyeddave.

It may very well be that you have to sign out of the iPad to sign on to the phone,
I don’t know...

There was is no manual that came with this and you have to figure out everything yourself
By trial and error

Oh and the phone version that does not post does not have the captcha I am not a robot thingie.

Yellowrocks said...

I just returned from a delightfully long lunch with three good friends. We have known each other for many, many years, hiking, vacationing overseas and square dancing. We sat on a roofed patio with a plastic windbreak on one side on a perfect May day, 73°, sunny and breezy. We ladies had delicious seafood and Charlie had veal.

"An ear is the grain-bearing tip part of the stem of a cereal plant, such as wheat or maize.
The ear is a spike, consisting of a central stem on which tightly packed rows of flowers grow. These develop into fruits containing the edible seeds. In corn, it is protected by leaves called husks.
In some species (including wheat), unripe ears contribute significantly to photosynthesis, in addition to the leaves lower down the plant."

So, what did you think of Jeopardy! last night? It surely was not cut and dried or inevitable. I am eager to see what tonight brings.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Evan for a wonderfully themed puzzle but I felt some of the c/as were of the "they'll never get this!" (on your part) variety. Maybe it's just 'cuz I'm dumb.
//PVX said it nicer, "crunchy." Personally, Fridays' are crunchy enough :-)

I nearly finished. However, the SE was completely bollixed by salome [sic - wrong answer and spelling :-)]

Thank you Hahtoolah for the wonderful expo. I think you chose the perfect pics of LARRY David and the very disturbing TAT. Thanks too for the link to PACHYDERM.

I won't bore w/ WOs & ESPs (also I don't know anymore - it took so long...)

I will say, ATARI was my 1st fill. Santa was really kind to my single-at-the-time Mom and brought her boys a 2600. I know Mom scraped hard for that gift.

Second fill: ONO. Yeah, that's how bad the 1st pass went :-)


{A, A}

PK - Been to the Alamo a couple of times; the first was most embarrassing. [:10]
I didn't find it spooky but you could certainly feel the history as one imagine the gunners in the upper windows...

Swamp - I'm curious why you don't like the designation NOLA. Is it ear-harsh like folks who say 'Frisco or because it sounds to close to YOLO which, certainly, all the drunks in The Quarter scream?

Well, it seems CED is alive and (mostly) well as he bandies about w/ his iPhone...

Cheers, -T

Mike Sherline said...

CED - I've never tried the Corner or puzzle on anything besides my laptop. I'm pretty sure it would work on the desktop (iMac) but don't think I'd bother trying it on the iphone - too small. I guess you figured out the difference, though. I admire your perseverence and dedication.

YR - I enjoyed seeing the champ finally get some competition, though he didn't seem to be sweating too much.

SwampCat said...

Anon T, if is exactly like Frisco to me. It's outsiders trying to sound like the dont realize it marks them!

People from other places are immediately accepted. I've heard all my life, if you've lived here 5 years you are a native. But new people who try to change the "culture" are just annoying. There was a group of Hip People who moved into Treme where lots of musicians live....and play music day and night. They new people wrote gushy Letters to the Editor about how wonderful it was to live with all that music. Then they petitioned city hall to put a curfew on how late at night ( not very!) the music could be played. Hey Guys! You moved there!

There have been other examples. NOLA became the official web name of our 150 year old newspaper when it was taken over by out of town people for the expressed purpose of getting rid of it. They cut back delivery to three days and created a web site that's hard to use.

I read the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal on line so I have no objection to on line newspapers. But people were up set by not having a daily local paper. That name just has unpleasant connotations for lots of New Orleanians!

Much more than you wanted to know! Sorry.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle very much, and think it is well constructed. Stepped into many of the same pitfalls as others did. For example, flipping an ACE became flipping a CAR, SPARE ME became SPARE US because FUEL M- and MABLE didn't work, and SHALOM had to be SALAAM. Good puzzle.

Hahtoolah, I think you also did a terrific job on the write-up. Like SwampCat, I learned a lot.

"Frisco" definitely grates on our ears.

I think I learned more about SABLEs from reading Gorky Park than from any other source.

For some reason, I like the words CLAM and PACHYDERM. (I also like the word NOSTRIL, as Jerome may remember.)

Good wishes to you all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I appreciated the map, Hahtoolah, as it showed me that I have actually been to Slovenia. I did not realize it until now.

It was during a week I was staying in Trieste in the early '90s. One night I joined a group who took a bus tour of local singing groups. For one of our tour stops we went up into the mountains late at night. Our guide called out, "We've just crossed the border," and I didn't quite know where we were.
Several years earlier I had spent time in Yugoslavia--just below Trieste. Since that country split up (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, etc.) , I am never sure exactly where I have been along the Adriatic coast.
It's good to nail one of them down!

Anonymous T said...

Swamp - Nope, not TMI at all... I have two great friends from New Orleans I met in North Louisiana (Go Bulldogs! #LATech) so I learned to love the City b/f I ever visited [my buddy cook'd good]. My first time in N.O., DW & I got a personal tour of the City inside and outside of the Quarter. We love the Quarter but Metairie, is the real N.O. -- and ain't nothin' better than the food out there!*

Jayce - I thought 'Frisco might get your goat :-). Youngest said that the other day ('cuz Eldest was flying out to see Great-Aunt) and I was all like... "no kid, just no."

Cheers, -T
*The Quarter has a few good-eats but there's also the crap for tourists...

Yellowrocks said...

We have enough details, thanks. Spare us. TMI about your bout with diarhhea. Makes sense to me.

Wilbur Charles said...

Boston, a city made for GPS. We used to take the T from JP. I was 8 or 9 but we had a ten year old . Later, I found Cambridge and Somerville hard to navigate

The Jonah cartoon was a hoot

With Bird, Joecrdan and Magic the key player was Barkley. Euros could not handle him

Do you recall who authored the words "Win one for the Gipper"*

Hub fans bid Kid adieu


*Ronald Reagan

Lucina said...

For me Jeopardy! was a nail biter last night. James had some good competition and I thought he might be bested but he is so good and so knowledgeable.

Dow Jones said...

Saturday's (5/25/19) edition of the Wall Street Journal has a crossword puzzle ("Afterwords") constructed by C.C. Burnikel. It is available now to print or to solve online ( and it's free. Enjoy !

Ol' Man Keith said...

We haven't seen Jeopardy out here; it's not for another hour. So I appreciate that you rightward folk are so good about not posting spoilers, or hints, or even between-the-lines nuances.

I am all for no-drama Jeopardy James! My wife can't stand him. But she couldn't stand Ken Jennings even more.
James must lose some day--right? If last night was any indication, he'll go down with firm grace. I'm betting the show will be a groaner, though, not too exciting.
"...not with a bang, but a whimper..."

PK said...

I am shocked and crushed, I tell you. How could y'all take the word of a dictionary writer who probably never held a stalk of wheat and has the audacity to call it an EAR rather than the proper "head" that wheat growers know? If y'all want to get it wrong the rest of your lives, then my respect for your knowledge is also crushed. LOL!

FRISCO, Colorado, is a real town. No relationship to the more grandiose settlement on the west coast.

PK said...

JEOPARDY: I'm wondering if the producers of the show will have to shut off winner James at a certain point or face bankruptcy of the show.

Anonymous T said...

Not a Jeopardy! watcher say...

PK - Ever thought this was Alex's final Soiree? And this is the best of Jeopardy #Ever!

Just a random thought.

Growing up in IL #CornCountry, wheat had heads and were flowing waves of.

Cheers, -T