May 22, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Roland Huget

Theme: LABOR.  The Circled letters spell various kinds of paid gigs.

17 A. Car engine part: CRANKSHAFT.  A SHAFT constructed of a series of CRANKS and CRANK pins that attach to the connecting rods of an engine. A CRAFT is a skill used in making items by hand.

24 A. "Tell me about it": JOIN THE CLUB.  A commiserating phrase along the lines of "I feel your pain." A JOB is a paid position of regular employment.

34 A. Custodian: CARETAKER. Someone assigned to look after a person, pet, property, or entity, depending on context.  A CAREER is a long-term occupation with opportunities for progress.

50. Lonely Planet publication, e.g.: TRAVEL GUIDE.  A book of information about a location designed for visitors and tourists.  A TRADE is a skilled job usually involving manual skills and special training.

58. Temporary fix, or what's found in this puzzle's circles: WORK AROUND.  A method for overcoming a problem or limitation is a system or program.  In the theme, various synonyms for types of WORK book-end the theme fill, so WORK goes AROUND the completed answer.

Hi, Gang - JazzBumpa here, as we WORK our way through this puzzle.  Let's get on the job!


1. Receives at one's roof garden: HAS UP.  I had to ponder this one. To receive visitors, you HAVE them into your home.  So, you could have them up to your roof garden, should you be fortunate enough to possess such a thing.

6. "Shoot!": DARN. Exclamations of disappointment.

10. Bounces on the waves: BOBS.  Like a cork.

14. Food safety concern: E COLI.  Coliform bacteria that can be a food contaminant.

15. Miracle Mets outfielder Tommie: AGEE. [b 1942] He played for Cleveland and Chicago before the Mets.  The Miracle refers to their 1969 World Series win over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles.  This was the 8th year of existence for the Mets, and their first year with a winning record.  AGEE is credited with making two of the greatest and most critical catches in World Series history in game 3, with the series tied.  He also led off the game with a home run.

16. Bell town in a Longfellow poem: ATRI.  You can read about it here.

19. Like racehorses: SHOD.  Having shoes.

20. __ Bora: Afghan region: TORA.  A cave complex in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan.

21. Roman 151: CLI.  Roman numerals.

22. Prolonged assault: SIEGE.  A tactic of surrounding the enemy's position to cut off supplies in hope of getting them to surrender.

23. U.K. honor: O.B.E.  Order of the British Empire, awarded for outstanding contributions to arts, sciences or public service.

27. Numbers to crunch: RAW DATA. Data in an unprocessed form.  Processing then leads to information.

29. Veer off course: YAW.  Twist around a vertical axis.

30. Poe's "Annabel __": LEE.

31. Stately horse: STEED.

32. Orbit segment: ARC.

33. Alpha-Bits cereal maker: POST.

38. Talk show host Cavett: DICK. [b. 1936]

41. Zamboni surface: ICE.  The Zamboni machine smooths the ice surface for hockey or figure skating.

42. Stretches out for a bit: RESTS.  Takes 5.

46. Bat wood: ASH. The best choice, but other woods are also used.

47. Aromatic garland: LEI.  Flowers strung together to be worn as a necklace.

48. Bob Cratchit's son: TINY TIM.  From A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

53. Zodiac feline: LEO.  From July 23 to August 22.

54. Relaxed: EASED.  Let up.

55. Salem-to-Portland dir.: NNE.  As the crow flies

56. Gardener's bagful: SOIL.

57. Outdo: BEST.  Perform better than someone.

61. Came to rest: ALIT.  Landed.

62. First name in stunts: EVEL.  AKA Robert Craig Knievel [1938-2007]

63. Superachievers: ELITE. A-list performers in some activity

64. Get out of bed: RISE. Even if reluctantly.  Can be alarming.

65. Obsolete demo medium: TAPE. A musical demo presented for possible publication or professional recording.

66. Cap bill: VISOR.  For shading one's eyes from the sun.


1. Strong-arms: HECTORS.  To bully, intimidate or browbeat,

2. Cirque du Soleil performer: ACROBAT.

3. "Us, too": SO ARE WE.  JOIN THE CLUB!

4. Radius neighbor: ULNA. The two long bones of the forearm.

5. Dental suffix with Water: PIK.  Device for cleaning teeth and massaging the gums.

6. Mexico's national flower: DAHLIA.

7. From the top: AGAIN.  One more time.

8. Sports replay reviewer: REF.  Always trying to get it right.

9. After-tax: NET.  What is remaining after all charges and deductions have been removed.

10. Not advanced: BASIC. The A-B-C's.

11. The lord in "O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!": OTHELLO.  From Shakespeare's play about jealousy and betrayal.

12. Irish accents: BROGUES.  I wasn't able to come up with better information.

13. Extra gambling action: SIDE BET.  An additional bet beside the main wager, generally involving a related issue.

18. Highlander: SCOT.  One likely to speak with a burr instead of a BROGUE.

22. Clinch, with "up": SEW.  Nail it down.

24. "Gotham" actress __ Pinkett Smith: JADA. [b. 1971]

25. Supermodel Banks: TYRA. [b. 1973]

26. Access illegally, as a computer: HACK.  To get unauthorized access to stored data or documents.

28. Swabbing site: DECK.  Naval activity

32. Tucked away: ATE.

33. One being hunted: PREY.

35. Cambodian currency: RIEL. .00025 U. S. Dollar.

36. Vaping product, briefly: E CIG.  It provides a mist containing nicotine, without burning tobacco.

37. Sea eagle: ERNE.  Old school crossword entry.

38. Baked snack with dried fruit: DATE BAR.  A cookie or cake-like item with fruit chunks or filling that is baked and then cut into bars.

39. Lod native: ISRAELI.  Lod is a city of 75,000 located 9 miles south-east of Tel Aviv, near Ben-Gurion airport.  The area has been inhabited since 5,000 B.C.

40. Car's supporting frame: CHASSIS.  The base frame upon which the body and other componentry is located

43. Midwest city named for a French king: ST. LOUIS.  In Missouri.

44. Connect with: TIE INTO.

45. Do a slow burn: SMOLDER.

47. Took charge of: LED.

48. Wind chime sound: TINKLE.  Tinkle, tinkle, little chime, playing in a windy time.

49. Creative spark: IDEA.

51. Sporty Chevy: VETTE.  Corvette, more formally.

52. Gen. Assembly member: U. N. REP.

56. Etudes, e.g.: SOLI.  An etude is an instrumental study piece designed to improve technique.  As such, it is a solo.. SOLI is the plural.

58. Not just damp: WET. On a spectrum from moist through inundated.

59. In vitro supply: OVA. Unfertilized eggs.

60. Race in the driveway: REV.  To 'race" an engine is to give it gas [REV] while it is not in gear.

That, my circle of friends, wraps up another Wednesday.  Hope you found the work to your liking.

Cool Regards!


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Interesting & fun, thanks, Roland. Fun & interesting, thanks, JzB.

No circles. No idea of the theme. Didn't need it to fill. Nothing bubbling up today, just "get with the program," as my husband used to say.

DNK: HECTORS. Strong arms, I tried pECTORal. Nope. Heard of HECkles. HECTOR was an ancient soldier. May be where that comes from.

DNK: LOD Hahtoolah has been to ISRAEL enough, she probably knew that.

D4E4H said...

FIR in 45:37 min.

Wonderful Wednesday Writers!

Thank you Roland Huget for this crunchy CW. I had particular trouble in the NE cell.

Thank you Jazzbumpa for your excellent review.

Anonymous T - FLN - at 11:48 PM, -- THE P.E.T.A. continues.


OwenKL said...

How much, I wonder of an ERNE,
If he went to WORK could earn?
Would his NET
Provide a nest?
Could he invest for a good re-tern?

Had a day? JOIN THE CLUB!
How I'd like a nice back rub!
But like the REST,
I guess it's BEST
Just to WORK AROUND you, Bub!

If Longfellow you would buy
Give his town with bell A TRI!
You will see
Leaves that wave as you go by!

{B+, B-, B-.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Wanted ASK UP, but the verb tense was wrong. Wanted RELAX, but the verb tense was wrong. It's been a tense morning chez d-o. For a change it was DARN rather than DRAT. Enjoyed the outing Roland and JzB.

TAPE -- My first thought was product demos -- but wait, there's more!

JADA Pinkett-Smith -- Mrs. Will Smith.

TINKLE -- A different image comes to mind.

SCOT -- I visited an offshore oil rig in Indian waters back in the '80s that was manned almost entirely by Scots. Spent a week aboard and couldn't understand a word they said. I requested subtitles, but they never appeared.

TTP said...

No provisional measures were employed in solving today's puzzle.

Nice puzzle, Roland. I enjoyed the solve and the theme. HECTORS and OTHELLO were the only slowdowns.

Thought of IRISH MISS at BROGUE and DASH-T at HACK. He's a white hat, so no slight intended.

Me too, D-O.

Nice review, JzB. Did you read of Verlander's performance last night ? I was switching back and forth between the Cubs v Phillies and the White Sox v Astros. A couple of really good games to end the day.

Big Easy said...

The circled jobs were easy, along with the rest of the Wed puzzle. I never knew HECTOR as a word for strong arm, only as term for aggravating or nagging.

OTHELLO was perps. The clue 'Lonely Planet' was unknown but with most of the downs already filled, TRAVEL GUIDE was easy to complete.

If the wind isn't blowing, do the wind chimes need to TINKLE like the rest of us?

So from a "Southern state named for a French king"- adieu.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR without erasure (for a change).

FLN, we had an ancient bus driver. Today we have CRANKSHAFT. One of my favorite comic strips, but the Virginian Pilot is too cheap to carry it.

In project risk management we create contingency plans and one or more fallback plans. If those don't work the team is in WORKAROUND mode. WORKAROUNDs are not usually intended to be temporary.

A great example of a side bet is an insurance bet in blackjack. When the dealer's up card is an ace, the house "lets" you place a side bet that the hole card isn't a ten-card (10, J, Q, or K). Pays 2:1. But even if both of your cards are non-tens, the odds are about 3:1 that the dealer won't have blackjack. It is worse if you have at least one ten card, and worse yet if multiple decks are used. They try to tell you that it is smart to insure your blackjack, but it is still a sucker bet (unless you are counting cards).

I thought that a DATE BAR was a tavern with a half-price specials for ladies night.

I am a proud member of the Freightliner Custom CHASSIS Club. CHASSIS from Freightliner are more than steel. They include suspension, steering, brakes, engine, electrical and fuel systems. Great (free) tour of the factory if you are ever in the Gaffney, SC area.

Thanks to Roland for the fun, easy puzzle. My favorite was having SOIL, SOLI and Soleil in the same presentation. And thanks to JazzB for the informative tour.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, JazzB and friends. Oh, the dreaded circle puzzle. Enough said.

I initially tried Hosts for the Roof Garden Party. Two of the letters were in the right place! If I invited people to a party on my roof, they would probably fall off due to the slope.

My favorite clue and misdirection was Cap Bill = VISOR.

FLN: Yes, Louisiana does have a State Drink and it is, indeed, milk. Louisiana must have a strong milk lobby. La. R.S. 49:170 was enacted in 1983, and reads: There shall be an official state drink. The official state drink shall be milk. I guess there was nothing of a more pressing nature during that legislative session.

QOD: Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you won’t do anything with it. ~ M. Scott Peck (né Morgan Scott Peck; May 22, 1936 ~ Sept. 25, 2005), American psychiatrist

jfromvt said...

Fun enough puzzle, but I have to rant (or again about circles in the grid. Totally unnecessary in this puzzle, the theme could have been revealed by the wording of the 58A clue. We were getting away from circles, but now have had them back to back days.

Lemonade714 said...

A very straight forward puzzle with the RIEL as the only slowdown. However, after a wonderful and comprehensive write-up by JzB, all I can say is Schönen Mittwoch.

Mercator said...

HAS UP in this case literally means to have up higher to the roof.

But we frequently have people "up" to our cabin in the woods. I guess since it is north of here, we consider it UP. I suppose if it was south of here on the lake we would have people "down" to our lake house.

I wonder how people in the southern hemisphere reference north and south. I north always Up and south always down?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got it all without searches or erasures. Liked the WORK AROUND theme with the circles. Sussed it when entering CARETAKER. In the middle - - like tying a bow around the puzzle. Liked the seven-letter clustered columns at the four corners.
DAHLIA - Named after a Swede; related to daisies and asters.
TINKLE - Made me want to go to the bathroom.
YAW - - MIND YOUR HELM!. Actually, there isn't a lot you can do to prevent YAWing when the ship is hogging over a storm wave crest and the bow and stern are out of the water so that the propellers are "windmilling", and the rudder becomes ineffective.

Mercator said...

Additionally, suppose you live near a mountain that is just south of you and you have a cabin up on the mountain. If you have friends visit the cabin, does traveling up in elevation override the fact that they are travelling south(down) to get there. So are they coming down(south) to the cabin or up(higher in elevation) to cabin.

These are the important questions that keep me up at night. Oh sh*t, there is that word again!

desper-otto said...

Mercator, it sounds like you look down on the South. Tsk.

Mercator said...

Nope. I'm from there. I'm just a down home kinda guy livin' it up...

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

No stumbles of consequence but I can never remember Longfellow's Atri and I waited on perps for Othello and Travel Guide. I think I've heard Hectoring more often than Hectors but wouldn't associate either with Strong arms. Maybe I'm conflating it with Heckles. It seems everyone had the same thought about Tinkle! (Kind of a silly euphemism, anyway.) I don't think a Wednesday puzzle needs circles; they give away the theme too early. Today's revealer would have been a true Aha moment, if not for those circles.

Thanks, Roland, for a mid-week treat and thanks, JzB for the interesting and informative tour.


PK, I hope your friends and family continue to remain safe. Some of the images of stranded people being rescued and the destruction the storms left behind are heartbreaking.

I guess my luncheon yesterday was a big success as my guests didn't leave until 5:30! Boy, was I tuckered out, but on the positive side, the Bloody Marys were downright delicious! 🍹🍹

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Roland Huget, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

Could not get 1A or 1D. So, I left them for a while. Most of the rest of the puzzle went fairly easily. The theme and circles became obvious. WORK AROUND ID'd everything.

Tried SMOTHER before SMOLDER worked better. TIE ON TO became TIE IN TO.

Was trying to think of a french word for ACROBAT. I could not. So, I stuck with ACROBAT. It worked.

Had everything in the NW corner except the corner square. Tried an H and wallah! Never heard of HECTORS. Oh well.

Just picked some rhubarb for a friend. Delivering it this morning.

See you tomorrow.


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Jerome said...

Oh no! More tiny bubbles.

Like racehorses- Shod. A little trivia. Horses, mules and zebras are the only animals with one toe.

Evel's more evil brother was known as Awful Knawful.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Wednesday effort had an appropriate amount of crunch.

Worked it top down for a change, and don’t you know the SE was slow to fill....and resulted in the sole...

Markover....TINGLE/TINKLE....yes, should have waited, but Tinkle had the other connotation in my head from years past “Dad, I have to go tinkle”.

And that being 30-35 years ago, I now feel both old and a bit sad. Aging isn’t for sissies.

See you all tomorrow. Hopefully, haha.

Husker Gary said...

-A lovely puzzle/theme for a windy day on the prairie
-Graduates who go to a TRADE school face a very bright future these days
-Apollo 13 had to use a WORK AROUND to fix a broken CO2 filter
-Turning points of the Civil War - Grant broke the SIEGE at Vicksburg at the same time Meade beat Lee at Gettysburg. The war still did not end for almost two years
-Hometowns – Dick Cavett – Gibbon, NE, Johnny Carson – Norfolk, NE
-Portland, OR is NNE of Salem, OR and Portland, ME is NNE of Salem, MA
-Rejecting this group’s DEMO TAPE may be the worst decision in music history
-I vividly remember reading this book about human PREY in high school literature
-The $49,000 Chevy Tahoe is built on the same CHASSIS as the $76,000+ Cadillac Escalade

Yuman said...

34.A ”caretaker” the political correct term is “caregiver” as my daughter, a lincensed caregiver, reminds me they don’t “take” they “give”.

oc4beach said...

Mensa Site, so no circles, which were really not needed to solve today's puzzle. Otherwise it was a good puzzle from Roland. JzB's tour was enjoyable and enlightening.

A few clues were a little puzzling to me, but perps took care of the issues with HASUP, HECTORS, RIEL and ATRI. The confluence of HECTORS and HASUP required a guess of the H.

I wanted FRUIT CAKE instead of DATE BAR, but it was too long. We always had home-made fruit cake and plum pudding (which doesn't have any plums in it) at Christmas time. Many people proclaim that they don't like Fruit Cake, but I'll bet they never had a home-made one.

Have a great day everyone.

inanehiker said...

Nice tight theme- started slow as learning moment with HECTORS - which I thought was similar to heckles as IM said- but has a lot more force with it. I'm used to HAS UP, anyone who lives in a multi-story apartment building HAS people UP.

Shout out to ST LOUIS, which was timely with the NHL Blues making it to the Stanley Cup finals last night for the first time in 49 years!
@Yuman - I think of caregiver as you do - but I think of CARETAKER as one who takes care of an estate or other real estate (cemetery, church ) who is taking care of the grounds,etc. for someone else as it was clued (custodian)

Thanks to JzB and Roland! Didn't have to work today - so it was leisurely for once!

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Roland and JzB.
I FIR with only a couple of inkblots, saw the circles (again!) and got the theme.

Bora Bora changed to TORA (I wondered about a repetitive clue, but also noted 42A RESTS and 61D clue "came to rest" dupe). Jade changed to JADA.
I had no problem with HECTORS but SMOLDERS just looks wrong without the U!
I waiting for perps to decide whether the swabbing site was referring to a surgical site or a boat; DECK it was.
Those Irish BROGUES can also be shoes.
I presume James of Jeopardy fame know about SIDE BETs.

ST LOUIS was timely as the Blues beat the Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup finals.(I see inanehiker beat me to the post.)
(On a similar sports note, the Toronto Raptors did more than "eke out" a victory last night over the Bucks. They tied the series 2-2 with a decisive 120-102 win! Next game in Milwaukee should be interesting.)

We have tickets to see OTHELLO at Stratford in June.

Wishing you all a great day.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Just a quirk of the English language that when one GIVES care, one is TAKING care of somebody or something. Kinda like flammable vis-a-vis inflammable.

I wish there were a like button. I'd have punched it few times today. must notably for Jerome's comment.

Ya'll stay safe now, and take care.

Cool regards!

Lucina said...

I owe so many thanks to Roland Huget and JazzBumpa as I enjoyed both the puzzle and the vigorous commentary!

This was nicely filled with some fresh cluing: HECTORS, ACROBAT, BROGUES, DAHLIA. Any flower is a treat for me and I'm familiar with HECTORS as clued.

Learning moment: an etude is for practice and SOLI demonstrate the result. Besides sports, music is also a weakness in my overall knowledge.

It has been quite windy all week so I've been hearing the TINKLE of my chimes.

RIEL and ATRI have appeared often in past CWDs but I have trouble recalling them so perps helped. I incorrectly think it's Adano not ATRI.

It's always good to see you and I hope you are feeling better.

Have a sensational day, everyone!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

OC4: As a teetotaler, no fruitcake for me.

We never eat fruitcake because it has rum.
And one little bit makes a man like a bum.
Now can you imagine a sorrier sight
Than a man eating fruitcake until he gets tight?

Away, away with rum, by gum, with rum, by gum, with rum, by gum,
Away, away with rum, by gum, that's the song of the Temperance Union.
(Also the drinking theme song of the San Fernando Valley Yacht Club, of which I was once a proud member.)

oc4beach said...

Jinx: Mom never used any liqueur in her baking. Even Rum Balls had no rum.

CanadianEh! said...

Yes Lucina, an etude is a study and is used for practice purposes to teach the piano student. Studies are not usually as "pretty" to listen to. I found the SOLI answer a little meh! Most piano pieces are solos (SOLI) and a study is not likely to be performed at a recital as a solo. Seems just a little off to me, unless somebody else has another interpretation.?

desper-otto said...

Well Jinx, around here we eat fruitcakes. It's the cookies we abhor:
We never eat cookies because they have yeast
and one little bite turns a man to a beast
can you imagine a sadder disgrace
than a bum in the gutter with crumbs on his face.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I know TINKLE has the double meaning, but TINGLE only has one--and it has nothing to do with wind chimes. ("Oh, my toes tingle!")

An easy cruciverbal hump today, thanks to Mr. Huget's generosity!
ATRI, ALIT, & SOLI are favorite Xwd fills. LEI and Roman numerals too. And E-COLI nowadays. LEO was differently clued this time out.
What I learned: DAHLIA as "Mexico's national flower."
A 3-way on the flip side.
The central anagram honors a very special kind of turning point, an unworldly conflict. Sometimes, one's moral self never quite recovers from an...

Tinbeni said...

Jazz: Good job on the write-up.

Perfect puzzle for someone who is retired. LOL

I even filled in ICE ... since I like Hockey surface's.

A "Toast-to-All" at Sunset.


Jayce said...

I enjoyed this puzzle and JazzB's write-up. Plenty of nifty fill in the puzzle. I don't mind circles but I agree they weren't necessary today.

As an engineer who used to do a lot of programming, CLI always makes me think of the computer instruction "Clear Interrupts."

Speaking of the usage of "up" and "down," I often got mixed up while watching Downton Abbey when they would say things like "Go up to London" when they are in Yorkshire, north of London.

Gary, good catch on the Salem-Portland geography in both Oregon and Maine.

Desper-otto, those in the English "Northeast," when they speak Geordie, the local dialect, are as impossible to understand as those Scots you mentioned.

TTP, I also thought of Anonymous T at HACK.

Hahtoolah, that state law about milk reads like a "Dick and Jane" reader. "Spot is a dog. See Spot run."

I used to think Cobie Smulders SMOLDERS.

Good wishes to you all.

Bill G said...

I enjoyed the puzzle and write up. Thanks Roland and JzB.

Not politics but medicine...

Dr. Ben Carson may be a gifted brain surgeon. I don't know. But going by my impression of him from seeing him on television, he seems like a bumbling buffoon. I wouldn't want him in the same room with me with a knife while I was unconscious.

Wilbur Charles said...

“The State was named after a French King..” and the city after a French State

Down East is used by Maineiacs to refer to the part of Maine on the ocean. Can be North or South.

Another speed run. I see HECTORing as Badgering.

Raptors Maginot line is stopping Antetokumpo. Bucks coach has a challenge ahead. Of course the 3pt shooting is the key.

Bruin's> Blues in 5


Bill G said...

In Monday's NYT crossword, a clue was None's opposite. The expected answer was ALL. That doesn't seem correct to me. I think the opposite of None is At Least One or SOME.

Anonymous said...

BillG, that is absolutely ridiculous, uninformed and irrelevant comment. Surprised that came from you knowing your post history and caring nature. Dr.Ben Carson is one the most highly skilled and respected pediatric neurosurgeons in the world who has saved countless lives. The performance yesterday was a politically motivated HACK job perpetuated by some media. I dont now how else to take your comment other than also being politically motivated. That's a shame and came totally out of left field. I hope all is well with you and Barbara.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Bill G ~
I believe the usual expression is "All or None," not "Some or None." Several online dictionaries treat "All or None" as a stand-alone idiom, and Pearl Jam (and others?) has a pop song with that title.
Hope this helps...

Lucina said...

How can a live interview be a HACK job? No politics, just asking.

I love fruitcake and make certain I have one in December. Since for me it's loaded with forbidden fruits I eat it slowly, a few thin slices at a time.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately I cant answer that without plunging into the dark and vile world of present day politics so I will let you all do some research into why Dr Carson appeared confused.

However, regardless of yesterday's happenings, there is no reason to attack his credibility as a surgeon other than to make him needlessly look like a bumbling buffoon. Sad, really that we have come to this. Oh well, take care.

Jayce said...

I think Lucina's question is a good one. How can a live interview be a hack job? This sounds to me more like a technical question than a political one. Mr. Anonymous, at least supply some links to the "research" you suggest we do. In other words, where did you get your information? This is not a political question; it is an academic one.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Bill G.,
Your remark was very political.
As I heard on a radio show, Dr. Carson was being quizzed about government acronyms. One of which sounds like "ennui".

love to all,

Anonymous said...

I'll plunge into that world.

The man misheard a question in a noisy, echoing chamber and the talking heads jumped on it like he was an idiot the dumbest person ever to testify before Congress to further their agenda. Simple really. Haven't we all made a simple stupid mistake now and then. I sure glad everything I say isn't dissected under a microscope of hate and mockery. I once asked my boss a simple stupid question in a conference room and was openly mocked and humiliated for days. I refined my resume and fled the hate filled office immediately. Best thing I ever did for my blood pressure and self love. Bullys are despicable.

Mary in Fresno

Jazzbumpa said...

CanadianEh! -

Chopin's etudes are recognized performance pieces.

All -

We can see why politics should be avoided in this forum. I advise giving it a very wide berth, indeed, to avoid the rocky shoals of political controversy.

In a post here I once made a joke about the color red coincidentally representing both communism and the American Republican party. There's a bit of irony there that I found quite musing. This was done in all innocence for the sake of the joke, with no political meaning of any kind either expressed or implied. Some people chose not to take it that way. This blog has a very wide readership, so that is always a clear and present danger.

So, merely avoiding politics is not enough. Please keep it at an assured clear distance.


Anonymous said...

Jayce, the comment has HACKed the blog and I refuse to participate furthe5. Sorry but you will have to try to find some unbiased information on your own
Good luck.

Let's move on. Please.

Wilbur Charles said...

For what it's worth ...Pure politics btw

Carson interview

Wilbur Charles said...

But interesting that a Cruciverbalism Staple would be at the heart of the kerfluffle

Jayce said...

Okay, I "researched" it and now know what happened and what the fuss is all about. Wilbur Charles, thanks for the link. All I was seeking was information and now I have it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jayce for doing your own research and coming to your own conclusion and for keeping that opinion of the politics off blog. You, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar.

Anonymous said...

JzB hand up for Chopin's etudes and others being performance pieces.

Terry said...

Great puzzle today.

Big Easy said...

JzB-- are you going to "bring it on" or "take it to me" or "give me the business"?

I don't know how any foreigner can comprehend the English idioms.

Dow Jones said...

Attn: Ol' Man Keith (OMK)

Today's crossword ("Kudos" by Thomas van Geel) in the Wall Street Journal ( should satisfy your appetite for the Diagonal Report (DR). Enjoy !

Michael said...

Thanks to all who responded to yesterday's request for information about driving over age 65. It was a big help!

Michael said...

Dear Mary in Fresno:

"The man misheard a question in a noisy, echoing chamber and the talking heads jumped on it like he was an idiot the dumbest person ever to testify before Congress to further their agenda. Simple really. Haven't we all made a simple stupid mistake now and then."

We have given up civility, in order to have our 15 milliseconds of fame, amidst the electronic rush which passes for 'discourse.'

Michael in Vacaville

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Oh, my. A little heated up at The Corner; perhaps I'll come back later when things have settled down

Thanks Roland for the fine Wednesday puzzle with 4 tripple-7 stacks!

Thanks JzB for the Wednesday review and pointing out my error ;-)

I had TIE ON TO @44d so put a TOOL in my gardening bag giving me a TOLI (pronounced to'ally*?) FIW.

WOs: RIaL, started halT b/f ALIT.
Fav: TINKLE is a fun word.

{A, B, B}
Thought-provoking DR today...

D4 - I knew there was Monday & Tuesday PETA and assumed it was Pastis' theme for the week. Alas, no PETA today.

Mercator@9:17 - that was kinda funny.
Jerome@9:51 - that was real funny.

IM - You're right today about Circles. Usually I don't mind them but today they didn't "help" the solve at all and took away the extra aha!. The Circle-puzzles I really like are visualization-meaning -- like yesterday's TINY BUBBLES.

Jayce - CLI makes me think Command-Line-Interface -- where I spend my time HACKin' a WORK AROUND someone's security :-)

Everyone caught the double-meaning of TINKLE but no one said a thing about DICK?

//I'll see myself out :-)
Cheers, -T
*You know those folks that leave out the second t in totally...

CanadianEh! said...

JazzB- thanks fior clarifying that etudes can be performance pieces. Now SOLI makes more sense to me.

Not a spoiler I hope!
Gotta love Jeopardy when a Canadian can answer an American history question.

Alex Trebek's mustache said...

Yeah but I was shocked she didnt ring in to answer the border river question. Even after someone se guessed wrong and James took a few seconds to think about it before he rang in. I was screaming at the TV. C'mon girl. You're from Ottawa!?!?!?

Mike Sherline said...

CanadienEh! @1306 Chopin (as noted by JazzBumpa @1522), Liszt and others composed many études for concert performance on piano. There are also thousands of volumes of études for all instruments which are used mainly in the practice room and teaching studio, and also may be performed for faculty in periodic progress evaluations if not in actual recitals. In recent years there have been some accompaniments composed for some of the most popular ones, but the vast majority are still SOLI.

Norman Lear said...

Anyone watching the live reboots of All In The Family and The Jeffersons tonight?

I just watched Jennifer Hudson sing the theme song for The Jeffersons, "Moving On UP" (to a dee-luxe apartment in the sky). I wonder if the Jeffersons ever had the Bunkers UP for a visit.

I missed the beginning. Anybody know who sang...

Songs that made the hit parade,
Guys like us we had it made,
Those were the days,
And you know where you were then,
Girls were girls and men were men,
Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again,
Didn't need no welfare states
Everybody pulled his weight,
Gee our old Lasalle ran great,
Those were the days*

* Sorry to move from Chopin to Lee Adams so quickly. Hope I didnt give anyone whiplash.

Norman said...

I just thought about it.

I guess it would have been Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei. Duh!

Misty said...

So nobody wondered why Misty hasn't checked in today? Good. That way I don't have to give a lame explanation, and I'll check in tomorrow.

Wilbur Charles said...

St Lawrence I Presume

Wilbur Charles said...

Misty, us Jumble'ers know.

I saw a quote you'd appreciate. Someone talking about the ol' Perfesser a Baseball icon named Casey Stengel who had a unique way of talking

" Listening to Casey talk is like reading James Joyce"


Anonymous T said...

Norman Leer said: "I guess it would have been Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei. Duh!" re: All in the Family's intro song.

"What?!? What are you smoking?," thought I.

Then, Fresh Air's David Bianculli enlightened me. [8:32 - scroll down to 'ABC Takes A Risky Gamble..."

Misty - you have to skip The Corner 3 days in a row for us to worry :-)

Cheers, -T

Ken Jennings said...

Wilbur Charles @ 10:42 pm

Niagara River

Misty said...

Wilbur and AnonT, thanks for caring. And I loved your funny Joyce quote, Wilbur.