Jul 5, 2019

Friday, July 5, 2019 Derek Bowman

Thoroughbred Racing

Three grid spanners in the middle give us a thoroughbred racing mini-theme.  Nothing else that I could see.   

32. New York city with a historic race course: SARATOGA SPRINGS.

37. 2015 Triple Crown winner: AMERICAN PHAROAH.

38. California race that's a stepping-stone to Kentucky: SANTA ANITA DERBY.

As a 3 year old, American Pharoah won the Kentucky, Derby, then the Preakness and Belmont to become the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown.  He ended his career with a 9-1 record and became the only horse in history to win the "Grand Slam" of thoroughbred racing when he won the Breeders Cup Classic.

He also won at Santa Anita as a 2 year old in the FrontRunner Stakes,  but didn't he didn't run in the Santa Anita Derby.   The FrontRunner Stakes has been renamed the American Pharoah Stakes in the horses's honor.

His only loss came in Saratoga Springs at the Travers Stakes.   


1. Jimmy Choo shoe brand co-founder Mellon: TAMARA.    No idea, but it is Friday.  Thank you perps.   

7. Athlete's feint: HEAD FAKE

15. Cast out: EXILED.

16. Dander, e.g.: ALLERGEN.

17. "Sadly, that's not the case": ALAS, NO.

18. Not just requested: IMPLORED.  Beseeched.  To my ears, implored sounds more modern than beseeched.

19. Duff Beer server: MOEThe Simpsons

20. Gives the go-ahead: OKs.

21. Sources of renewed energy: NAPS.  Our friend WikWak must have a lot of energy.  I think I'm going to follow his model and see if it works for me.

22. "Who, me?": MOI.   Miss Piggy was famous for asking, "Moi ?"

24. Wise teacher: GURU.

26. Pull (out): OPT.

28. Historic time: ERA.

29. Unified: ONE.

30. Muse with a lyre: ERATO.

39. Minute Maid Park player: ASTRO.    Astro Alex Bregman was MVP in last year's All Star game.  His 10th inning home run put the AL'ers ahead of the NL'ers 7 to 6.   His Astro teammate George Springer followed with another round tripper as an insurance run. and the AL won the game 8-6.    In 89 games, the AL leads the summer classic 44-43-2.    That's pretty even.   Also pretty even ?  Runs scored in the All Star games.  The AL leads 769 to 767.  Tuesday, July 9th will be the 90th game.  It would be neat if the NL won by 2 runs.

40. Denver-to-Omaha dir.: ENE.
41. Completely: ALL.

42. Talks acronym: TED.  Technology, Entertainment and Design.

43. Country in a Beatles title: USSR.   It's where I learned B.O.A.C.

45. 1992-2001 Expos manager Felipe: ALOU.

48. Boom source: TNT.

49. "__ Baby Baby": 1965 Miracles hit: OOO.  Smokey Robinson will be playing in Temecula tonight at the Pechanga Summit.   Tickets for the 8 PM concert are $39,  but you might do better if you Shop Around.

51. Has a revelatory experience: FINDS GOD.

54. Many city workers live in one: SUBURB.

57. Like Greenpeace, e.g.: ANTI NUKE.

58. 2017 biopic about a figure skater: I TONYA. Tonya Harding.

59. "Good Day Sunshine" album: REVOLVER.

I also especially like Got To Get You Into My Life from the same album.

60. Called for: NEEDED.   Despite the fact that the Rum Swizzle called for crushed or pebble ice, Tinbeni ordered it straight.


1. Spot to drink: TEA.

2. Rose of rock: AXL.

3. '80s-'90s Heat home: MIAMI ARENA.

4. Additionally: ALSO.

5. Go back to the table: RENEGOTIATE.

6. Hubbub: ADO.

7. Very short poem: HAIKU.  CSO to our occasional visitor Haiku Harry.

8. Stately trees: ELMS.

9. The Zugspitze, e.g.: ALP.   Been there.    You can not only see Austria from it, you can straddle both countries while doing it.  It is the tallest of the Alps in Germany.   The Zugspitze is not the tallest in Austria though.   That claim belongs to the Grossglockner, which is the second highest of all the Alps, trailing only Mont Blanc.    Just as the Zugspitze shares two countries, so does Mont Blanc, with France and Italy sharing the mountain.  

10. With 44-Across, "Summertime Sadness" singer Lana: DEL. And 44. See 10-Down: REY.   Never heard it before, but the video has 185M views, so either it's popular or there have been some bots at work.

11. It's off the ground during a wheelie: FRONT TIRE.
I would guess circa 1967.

12. Asian shrine city: AGRA.

13. Word with watch or time: KEEP.   Also for quiet and still.

14. Stops: ENDS.

20. Pizza seasoning: OREGANO.

22. Flat-topped lands: MESAS.  Buttes, plateaus...

23. Slangy event suffix: ORAMA.

25. Reverse, for one: UNO CARD.    One of the action cards, of which there are 5 or 7,  depending on your game deck.   There are 4 reverse cards.  You can only use the reverse card if you are playing it on a card of the same color, or on another reverse card.

26. Harry Potter and Tom Sawyer: ORPHANS.

27. Procession plan: PARADE ROUTE.

30. 1930s Rhine/Zener experiment: ESP TEST.

31. Circa: ON OR AROUND.

33. Painter's work area: ART STUDIO.  Atelier.

34. Singer DiFranco: ANI.

35. Cape Cod feature: GABLE.

36. With pause, perhaps: SHYLY.

43. Anesthetized: UNDER.

45. A long way off: AFAR.

46. Queue (up): LINE

47. Being broadcast: ON TV.

48. Tip in Vegas: TOKE.

50. Orchestras tune to one: OBOE.

52. "Weekend Update" show: SNL.

53. Bloke's address: GUV.

54. Offense: SIN.

55. Manhattan part: RYE.

56. Disobedient, to Fido: BAD.


Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but had to fix ALLERGiN. No erasure needed, just three additional pencil strokes that fixed I before E.

The theme was right in my wheelhouse, having spent too much time at Santa Anita and Churchill Downs. Never been to SARASOTA SPRINGS, but when one spends so many hours with the Racing Form one can't help remembering the name. BTW, the Kentucky Derby is open ONLY to three year olds. BTW #2, all racehorses are considered to be a year older every January 1st. This is important for races open only to young horses, like The Derby. A horse born in January or February has a huge advantage over one born in November or December because they are almost a year more mature.

The Beatles are also in my wheelhouse, but I had a hard time matching the single to the album. A few perps made the fill easy.

Thanks to Derek for the fun, easy-for-a-Friday puzzle. Favorite was "Manhattan part" for RYE. Least favorite was "Pull (out) for OPT. Reminds me of a birth control method for soon-to-be parents. And thanks to TTP for the fun review.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Forgot that the PHAROAH name was misspelled -- reminds me of Michaelangelo St and Da Vince in our little town. Not a racing fan, but managed to come up with the theme answers. DERBY was slow to appear, though. ON OR AROUND is a tad awkward; ON OR ABOUT is more common methinks. Thanx, Derek and TTP.

Shoop said...

Linda Ronstadt also recorded a version of OOO Baby Baby. I've enjoyed both her and Smoky's voices from classic radio over the years. Not aiming to cause an ADO, however, my younger ears always think of Salt-N-Pepa singing "ooo baby baby, a baby baby, ooo baby baby, a baby over and over again with their 80s dance song, "Push It", being played at seemingly every wedding reception and class reunion I attend.

Haven't looked it up yet but I'd being willing to bet(pun absolutely intended) that there has been a horse named Ooo, Baby, Baby. And several others with references to Smokey, Linda and Salt-N-Pepa.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was relatively easy for a Friday but several unknowns held me up: Tamara, OOO, Uno Card, ESP Test, and Revolver. My only w/o was Demanded/Implored. Saratoga Springs was a gimme but Derby was slow in coming with Santa Anita. Not really a racing fan, but, locally, Saratoga reigns supreme during the track season which begins soon.

Thanks, Derek, for a fun solve and thanks, TTP, for a great expo.

I miss WikWak, oc4beach, BlueHen, and Dudley. Tin and JJM chime in occasionally and Hondo and Average Joe, rarely. And Barry G has popped in recently. Just want you all to know that you are missed.

Have a great day.

Ben E. Stephen said...

23d O RAMA evokes another memory form the 80s. Remember the story within a story from the move "Stand By Me"? Gordy, the story teller, tells a tale by the campfire of a pie eating contest. It was a real Barf-O-RAMA.

Here is a history with a clip from director Rob Reiner

D4E4H said...

FIR in 56:47 min, whew!

Good morning Cornerites, and Cornerettes.

Thank you Derek Bowman for this Friday CW. It was very crunchy.

Thank you TTP for your excellent review.


Anonymous said...

Just under 14 minutes. I enjoyed this puzzle. Nice deception, but not cruel.
For some reason, I wanted Revolution instead of Revolver. I had "demanded" instead of "implored".

Anonymous said...

Not only was the horse's name misspelled, but so was that of the jazzman (for whom the perhaps was named), Pharoah Sanders.

OwenKL said...

FIWrong. TONiA instead of TONYA. Going down RiE I assumed was a neighborhood I wasn't acquainted with in NY, didn't think about the drink.
The theme was awesome! Didn't help the solve a bit, tho.

But steadfastly he answered no
"You may dance Kabuki,
Your movements are ooky,
But you may not act, ALAS, NOH!"

Sara is great fun when she swings
At Greek costume parties and things.
She'll hide in a cake
For a Frat on a break,
The party starts when out SARA TOGA SPRINGS!

{B, B+.}

Guns and Roses said...

Have y'all seen the experiment where SARATOGA SPRINGS water is analyzed against Duff Beer? The results were fascinating.

Beer vs. Water with a splash of Slash. (AXL's bandmate)

CanadianEh! said...

Fabulous Friday. Thanks for the fun, Derek and TTP.
Once again today, I zipped right through the CW, with pause at the very bottom of the page.
I saw the horse racing theme and perps helped confirm the names.

My HEAD deke turned into a FAKE.
Guy changed to GUV when REVOLVER perped. (Double Beatles with USSR.)
I wanted ON Air but there was only room for ON TV.
Favourite today was the misdirection of 25D "Reverse, for one=UNO CARD".

I remembered that Minute Maid Park was in Houston, after an educational lesson & link from AnonT about the name change from Enron Field and Astros Field.

TOKE has nothing to do with Vegas casinos for this Canadian. But Caesar's Entertainment says "Tips are the grease that lubricate the gears of Las Vegas casinos.
Seasoned gamblers know “toking,” or tipping, is a great way to not only thank dealers for their stellar service, but they also ensure a dealer will watch your back (and your bets) during your play so you’ll get the most from your visit to the tables.
Apparently, “tokes” is short for “tokens of appreciation.”" Learning moment.

Wishing you all a good day.

Unknown said...

Get your Beatles related clues all the time. Been a fan for 55 years. Never stumped on those clues. Keep them coming, they're fun.

Yellowrocks said...

Got it, but the Texas area slowed me down. I couldn't remember what Green Peace was against. I knew TOKE, but it took a while to dredge it up. Perps to the rescue. I thought of GOD right away, but it didn't seem to fit the crosses. Changing SST to TNT broke this section open so I could finish. The three long across fills gave us the theme. Nice puzzle and theme, Derek. TTP, interesting blog. I never new what TED stood for in TED Talks.
Revolver was all perps.
TAMARA was all perps, too. Jimmy Choo is too rich for my blood, even when I had more money.
I have to be more careful of my finances now. Alan used to pay me room and board from his Social Security. Now those checks go to the group home agency. I feel the pinch.
I am no horse racing afficcanado. I went to Saratoga Springs once with some friends. I enjoyed the camaraderie, but the race was just a backdrop for that.
Weekend Update is the only part of SNL I like these days. I fall asleep waiting for it to come on.
NAPS do not refresh me. Even when I am tired, I have a hard time falling asleep in the daytime. If I do sleep, I wake up more tired than before.
Water vs beer, LOL
Canadian Eh, thanks for the origin of tokes.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Many WAGs in this solve. Cleverly constructed. Just enough easy Fill to make a start somewhere, and then well-placed perps to help you draw out the tougher ones. Ultimately, I just NEEDED help with the 'D' in UNDER, and got everything else without searches. It helped that I'm intimately familiar with SARATOGA SPRINGS. It is the nearest city to my boyhood home.
Sadly, it is where I took my last leave from Argyle shortly before he passed on.

Have a great day.

Big Easy said...

I didn't know which horse won the Triple Crown but SARATOGA SPRINGS and SANTA ANITA DERBY were easy fills for a guy who doesn't follow or care about horse racing. AMERICAN PHAROAH worked his way onto the grid. Other unknowns were TAMARA, TED, DEL & REY (and Lana; never heard of her and listened to the song; never heard it before).

In addition to the 3 15-letter spanners, Mr. Bowman got many long fills in the puzzle. RENEGOTIATE (11) MIAMI ARENA(10), FRONT TIRE(9), and the NE & SW each had 3 8-Letter fills.

OOH before OOO.
Green Peace- well meaning but very naive people. Genie's out of the bottle and there will always be power hungry tyrants looking to increase their power.

aNON@8:48. INSISTED before IMPLORED, I never thought of DEMANDED

desper-otto said...

Spitz, I asked DW how to spell that word from the other day which from context I take to mean "trashed" or "all messed up." She claims it's probably not German, more likely Yiddish in origin, but it's spelled "verschantelt." Does than ring any bells with you.

Husker Gary said...

-Stacked grid spanners with the same theme? Wow!
-No clue on TAMARA but we don’t run in a crowd that would spend this much on a Choo shoe
-HEAD FAKE – Coach said, “Watch his belly button, not his HEAD”
-If cat DANDER is an allergen for you, it might be hard to come see us
-The ENE trip across Nebraska was 2-lane Hwy 30 before the Interstate
-The boom sources are finally quiet
-RENEGOTIATE – Press - “Babe, why do you think your salary should be higher than President Hoover’s?” Babe - “I had a better year!”
-10-minute NAPS give me a new lease on life!
-A controversial PARADE ROUTE change

Jerome said...

Flabbergasted that Derek found that he could stack three 15's that are all horse racing related. Wow!

Flabbergasted that the supporters of Bone Spur Boy clapped during his speech yesterday honoring military service. Wow!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Derek Bowman, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, TTP, for a fine review.

Wow, I looked at this puzzle this morning and saw the length of the fill and said to myself, I will never get this puzzle. However, once I got into it it became one of the easiest Friday puzzles I ever did. Go figure. Thank goodness a lot of the long answers became quite easy once I had a few letters.

I also noticed that pHAROAH ws spelled wrong. I entered it as I thought it should be spelled and that did not work, so I switched the A and O. Looks like the owner named the horse as he saw fit. Works for me. It is just that I am a spelling freak. My wife often drops the first word when referring to me. Oh well, such is life.

I have been to SANTA ANITA in California while living there. I have never been a big horse racing fan, so it was just for fun.

Liked UNDER for 43D. Recently I was UNDER, about three weeks ago. I woke up. Thank goodness.

Wanted CHIP for 48D. TOKE worked better later on.

PARADE ROUTE was easy. I have been in four parades the last two days. One on Wednesday and three yesterday. "Hot."

REVOLVER was easy after getting most of the letters. Never heard of the album, but I am an NRA member, so the word was in my head. I own two revolvers.

Must leave now. Off to the rest of my day. See you tomorrow.


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Om jeer said...

Well, we were able to keep politics off the blog for just one day...

Spitzboov said...

D-O @ 0953 - - I'm not personally familiar with it but I did find this in a German/English dictionary:

entstellt; verunstaltet; verunziert; verhunzt; verschandelt blighted; marred; mangled; spoiled / spoilt; defiled; murdered; butchered.
Note that it's spelled 'verschanDelt.
I first thought it could be Yiddish, too.

Yellowrocks said...

I came across this in my paper purging.

1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it has to refuse more refuse.
4. We must polish the Polish furniture
5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7. Since there is no time like the present, he decided to present the present right away.
8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10. I did not object to the object.
11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12. There is a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13. They were too close to the door to close it.
14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16. To help with the planting, a farmer taught his sow to sow.
17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
19. Upon seeing a tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Anonymous said...

I had no problem watching the Commander-in-Chief express his pride and thanks for the troops of which he leads.

How many of our Presidents from the last 30 years have had military experience? 1? 2? The Bush's. Still, it matters not when Clinton, Obama or Trump show their admiration for the troops. I would be upset if they didn't.

Yellowrocks said...

Going through all this mass of paper and books, I am amazed at the amount of "stuff" we all used to know, but now, after all these years, have retained only snippets of. But, those snippets are still useful in puzzle solving. As I dump it, it is sad to think of the amount of time and effort we put into learning all this. I am thankful that we can now find much of it on the internet.
I am sure our insensitive, unprofessional principal of yesterday has forgotten much of what he learned, too, which was my point.

Jerome said...

Om jeer- terrible anagram.

desper-otto said...

Spitz, yeah, she spelled it with a D and I fat-fingered it.

Lemonade714 said...

This was an interesting puzzle as triple stack grid-spanners are a very popular tool in themeless puzzles, but I cannot recall one where the stack was three themers. For a Friday, it was solvable. My only unknown was 1 Across TAMARA, but LANA DEL RAY took some thinking.

great write-up with lots of good music.

The house where I grew up looks very much like that cape Cod, but we added shed dormers/

Thanks, Tom and Derek

Misty said...

Exciting Friday puzzle, Derek--many thanks. I can't remember every doing this before, but early on I was able to fill in two of the grid-spanners, SARATOGA SPRINGS and SANTA ANITA DERBY. I used to love to go to Santa Anita to watch the races, but after hearing about all those race horse deaths at the races lately, I'm no longer a fan. I thought race horses got wonderful good care, but I guess not. Anyway, delightful puzzle, and nice commentary, TTP, thanks for that too.

Have a great day, everybody.

inanehiker said...

This was a fairly smooth solve - didn't know if it was DEL RAY or DEL REY - but remembered the singer.
Two references to the Beatles today brought to mind - we went to see the movie "Yesterday". Very enjoyable, without any need to have a disclaimer for too much violence, sex, etc.You don't have to be a Beatles fan - but all the better if you are.
The premise is that a young man working a dead end job and trying to break into the music business unsuccessfully, wakes up from a bike accident during a short world wide electrical blackout to find out that no one knows the Beatles ever existed - so he starts singing their songs.

Thanks TTP and Derek!

WikWak said...

HNFY but no problems so far. I probably won’t get to finish it until much later today. (HNFY: Have Not Finished Yet)

Thanks for the thoughts, IM! It’s a coincidence that I picked today to chime in.

I’ll take the SO at 21 Across.

The theme today reflects my misspent yute. I used to spend quite a bit of time at Sportsman’s Park and less time at Maywood. Arlington Park wasn’t in the picture yet.

That’s it for now; thanks to Derek and TTP for a fun puzzle (so far...) and review.

Lucina said...

Hola! Happy cinco de julio! Oh, right, it's not a holiday.

Thank you, Derek Bowman and Lemonade.

This was fun and though I'm not a fan of any races, the venues almost filled themselves.

ALLERGENs keep me sneezing all year. I'll take a CSO at MESAS which surround my city.

So much of this grid was unfamiliar to me, but it was easily grokked.

HAIKU, of course, made me think of Owen.

Since I haven't read Harry Potter I did not know he was an ORPHAN.

British dramas usually reference a leader as GUV.

Canadian Eh! Thank you for explaining TOKE.

ONORABOUT didn't fit so ONORAROUND did but seemed unfamiliar.

Have a happy day, everyone!

Anonymous said...



make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice.

Seems apropos to your political posts. Meanwhile, I'll just practice.

Om mani padme hum...

Yellowrocks said...

Birthday award rules for Victoria Gardens:
"Timing: The redemption period is bound to the month of the participant’s birthday. Birthday Reward Certificates are sent on or around the first of the month and is good only through the last day of that month."

Sounds normal to me. I have seen this construction with dates only. I would correct "is good" to "are good" in the above quote.

Fortunately I am not allergic to dander, but I am to almost everything else. Like Lucina, all year round I am subject to some type of allergen. Even chalk bothered me, bad for a teacher. These days my eyes burn and itch and so does my face a great deal of the time. My papers and books don't seem dusty, but there is some allergen around them that is driving me crazy.

Being even handed, instead of being partisan, in what we praise or criticize, regardless of politics, I loved Melania's dress yesterday. Every time it shows up on the news it strikes me as lovely.
Martin Luther King said, "“There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” Good advice for social media, trolls, and all of us.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I like the song Shut Up About Politics. (I'm trying my best, but I grew up in a rural tourist camp / restaurant where people came specifically for that purpose. It's kinda in my blood. Kind of a speakeasy without the booze.)

Bill G said...

I was listening to Meghan McCain give her opinions about a couple of things. One sentence began, "I DO think..." Another started, "I WILL say..." Do the words DO and WILL serve any useful purpose or is it just a habit? I don't express myself like that and she does it all the time.

Bill G said...

I am not a horse racing fan but I do watch the spectacle of the Kentucky Derby.

Barbara and I went to Santa Anita one fine southern California day many years ago. I bet on a few favorites and had no luck at all. We left after the fourth race, went out into the parking lot and couldn't find our car. I finally figured out we had exited on the wrong side of the track. The usher wouldn't let us back in to cross to the other side so we had to walk all the way around. It took forever.

The race I enjoyed the most was on television many years ago. It was The Santa Anita Derby. One of the horses was Silky Sullivan. He always came from way back with a big run to the finish. On this particular race, he was so far behind on the back stretch that he didn't fit in the camera's field of view. They had to pan back to show him. Then he finally decided to make his move. He made up more than twenty lengths and stormed down the home stretch to win the race. He endeared himself to me with that performance.

AnonymousPVX said...

This was an interesting Friday puzzle.

Somehow, no markovers today.

I was taught a long time ago, “never debate with a liar” nothing Mr. Magically Disappearing Bone Spurs says (or does, actually) really shocks me. So far. It the supporters that question nothing and excuse everything that has shocked me. Then again, I used to be a Republican.

Something is up at Santa Anita....many horses have died. And racehorses, along with Greyhounds, are only well card for as long as they win. I wouldn’t miss either “sport” if they went away, as I like both dogs and horses.

Lucina said...

I agree. It should be "are good."

Yellowrocks said...

DO and WILL are intensifiers here. "I really mean it. I feel strongly about this." Most writing courses suggest limiting intensifiers. IMO Using them from time to time does emphasize your point.(See, I just used one, unconsciously.) Overuse of them blunts their effect, just as the constant use of hyperbole blunts its effect.
Jinx, that sounds like a trio at our regular morning coffee place. They loudly express their political opinions every day. I try to close my ears and concentrate on my crossword puzzle. If I disagreed aloud I would be shouted down. But they are not haters. They are a bunch of great guys, friendly and kind, outside of being politically opinionated.
Thanks for being tolerant of my typo @9:27:"I never new what TED stood for" I know it is knew.

desper-otto said...

I don't feel like an intensifier. Can't speak for Will, though -- which one is he again?

Anonymous said...

Will is that documented one.

CrossEyedDave said...

Tough, but Suss-able...
It didn't seem like it,
but I am told I was doing the puzzle for an Hour and a Half.

(side story you can avoid follows:)

Saratoga Springs was a gimme, my Dad took me there when I was 11 or 12.
The small painted Turtle I had found at Lake Champlain is (or was)
in the fountain outside the entrance because my Dad conned me into believing
he would be happier there...

Yeah my Dad was into racing/gambling. Horse racing, Greyhounds.
He sat me down at the beginning of a Steeplechase race, and said,
"wait here, I'll be right back." and went to make a bet...
Meanwhile, I got to see the horses parade before the race.
One horse was so energetic, the Jockey could not keep him calm.
(must have been drugged)
And I KNEW he was going to win compared to all the other horses...

When my Dad came back I excitedly told him HE HAD TO BET on THIS horse!
I badgered him so much about it he told me that this was the horse he had bet on
just to shut me up.

His plan was to let the race go, and when my horse lost lecture
me about gambling, and why he didn't listen to me...

Except, my horse won!

And all he could do was stand there, mouth agape, muttering
"I don't believe it."
(The guy behind us said "You shoulda listened to the kid!")

Do you have any stories of when your Dad just pissed you off?

(Sort of related joke you can also avoid:)

"Five Horses Is Her Name"

A man asked an American Indian what was his wife's name.
He replied, "She is called Five Horses".
The man said, "That's an unusual name for a wife. What does it mean?"
The Old Indian answered, "It old Indian name. It mean ..."

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. As Abejo said, I looked at this puzzle this morning and saw the length of the fill and said to myself, I will never get this puzzle. But I did, and it was fun.

I agree with Jerome: Flabbergasted that Derek found that he could stack three 15's that are all horse racing related. Wow!

Sometimes you folks say it better than I can. It is an honor to quote or paraphrase you.

If I feel tired during the day, I take a nap. For some reason I always sleep for 2 hours, and am glad of it because I always wake up refreshed.

I have that "Revolver" album and still like most of the songs on it.

It seems the horses at Santa Anita somehow get broken legs when they run on the track. They die because once a horse breaks a leg there is no recourse but to "put it down." They aren't dying from disease or some other cause; it's always a broken leg. I read that the material from which the track is made has been changed a few times over the past few years. It is now made of dirt and sand again, as it had been for years in the past. My guess is that, due to recent heavy rains and possibly other factors, the track has not been bolstered and tamped enough and has developed "potholes" that break the horses' legs.

From my experience in watching British television shows, it seems the term GUV is specific to police, in which a police officer calls his senior partner "Guv." In fact, it has been used as a plot device, in which a pair of undercover cops is exposed because the junior member of the team inadvertently, out of habit, referred to his partner as "Guv."

I don't know the answer to your Meghan McCain question, Bill G, but in England apparently they say things like "Do have a seat" and "Do come in" quite commonly. I think the Brits really like that word "do" because they also use it in sentences such as "I might do."

I recently read an interesting article about the very real difference between a liar and a bullshitter. In a nutshell, the author (successfully to my mind) makes the case that a liar knows he is lying, i.e. knows what the truth is, but what a bullshitter says is meaningless because it comes from ignorance of the truth. I'd link you to the article but I don't remember where I read it.

I love the peaky-looking mountains that surround Phoenix and have "walked" South Mountain and The Pointe a couple of times. I guess there are plenty of mesas too.

Good wishes to you all.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Yellowrocks, to cornerites and the zoo's gnu, it isn't new that you knew that. Loved the 21 reasons.

Sounds like your coffee shop is a lot like my parent's place.

Lucina said...

The Superstition Mountains to the east of Scottsdale have two MESAS between the peaks and I was also thinking of the buttes at the end of Papago Park but they are, in fact, buttes, which are a bit slanted and not flat.

At least one person has already died from hiking at midday. She had newly arrived from Nebraska and apparently not been advised of the intensity of the heat. It's dangerous!

Lemonade714 said...

This is a picture of my CHILDHOOD HOME Cape Cod.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Much fun from Mr. Bowman!
This is the kind of Xwd that makes the solver feel good. Very challenging at the start, but gradually yielding to P+P.
The reward is a great Ta- DA!

Misty ~
Our family has been saddened too by the deaths of so many beautiful horses. I still believe that the handlers do their best to protect the horses' health, but no animal should be expected to endure such regular physical demands. The recent spate of deaths has not yet been attributed to a single cause, but there is no question about the continual pressure to race their hearts out.
Two diagonals, one to a side.
The near diag speaks to a levy imposed on those who would make us listen to their pompous pronouncements. We call it the...

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Interesting Friday puzzle, Derek. I enjoyed it. I found it odd: the left-side filled easily but the right side took some serious noodling. GABEL and SHYLY were my last two fill after going ALL in. Of course, it didn't help the right side that I wanted Demanded, I was thinking of Dander as Ire*, and I read "on the ground" @11d 'till near the end.

Great expo TTP - thanks for taking the time to link all the fabulous (Four) music.

WOs: Harp b/f OBOE (I thought it was 'oho Baby, Baby'), DEL Rae b/f REY, GoV, ANa b/f ANI
Fav: UNO CARD - that was near evil! I was thinking UNdo UNOC?RD(?). Took every letter for the parsing to fall :-)
Loved (and nailed) The Beatles clues' answers.

{B+, A}

Abejo - my thoughts exactly at first glance.

GnR @9:09a - I like it!

D-O: I recall from a Corner conversation that PHAROAH the horse was misspelled, I just couldn't recall how re: those last two letters.
Looks like a different Corner conversation helped C, Eh! today. :-)

IM, I'll add C. Moe, Picard, HeartRx, and GarlicGal to your list. Hi WikWak!

YR - I usually like SNL's Cold Open too. I'll watch that and then go do something (listen to Car Talk) until Weekend Update comes on.
What's crazy about your Heteronyms list is that my pronunciation switched automatically.

Here you go Bill G - Silky Sullivan [1m]

Jayce, is this it?

Cheers, -T
* eg. get your dander up

Bill G said...

Jayce, "I might do." Yep, I'm sure I've heard that on Endeavor.

AnonT, thanks for the Silky Sullivan link. It brings back those memories...

Jayce said...

Lucina, yes, the Superstition Mountains are beautiful and, to me, alluring. The closest LW and I ever came to them was a walking trail on Mt. McDowell, and the nearby lovely town of Fountain Hills that we passed through to get there. LW and I have never been as far out as Apache Junction. It was interesting to see how Fountain Hills got its name.

Jayce said...

Thanks, -T, for the link. Actually this is the article I read, but yours is more "first hand."

Anonymous said...

I've heard a few Brits utter Love Me DO

Misty said...

Thank you for the kind words, Ol'Man Keith.

Anonymous T said...

CED - I stumbled upon ElectroBoom while watching videos on how to solder surface-mount tiny things [I need new (smaller) tweezers to hold the itty-bitty resisters!] and thought of you.

Warning: I just wasted, er, spent two hours watching this guy's videos - he's funny as he hurts himself with his bench rigs. Jayce & Jinx, y'all might enjoy it to0.

Cheers, -T

CrossEyedDave said...

Tx Anon-T,

I had seen this guy a couple of years ago when he was starting out,
very funny. Looks like he has expanded into higher tech areas...

I hesitate to watch too much though,
you know, Monkey see, Monkey do...

Bill G said...

Whoa! I was watching TV upstairs and the whole room began swaying back and forth. The rolling was interesting, almost fun, but the trouble was, I didn't know if it was going to get much worse or not. It finally died down. I still feel a little unsteady, physically and emotionally.

Fernando said...

@FoxSportsSD just tweeted the shaky camera work for their centerfield camera at Dodger Stadium. Wild stuff. I dont know how to link it but I'm sure Google would find it for you if you ask.


Anonymous T said...

Fernando & Bill G - watching it now. Be safe y'all in CA.


Anonymous said...

Having never experienced a quake myself, I thought it interesting how the players on the field in Dodger Stadium never felt the shaking as they continued to play, yet the camera was swaying very noticeably and the murmurs coming from the upper decks were audible. The announcers in the press box felt it as well.

The same reactions were shown from a basketball game in Las Vegas. The players on the court continued to run up and down the court as the crowd reacted to feeling the tremor and noticing the suspended scoreboard swaying back and forth from its supporting cables.

Anonymous T said...

@12:34 - I was in a quake once... In IL! I was sitting on Grandma & Gramp's couch late at night (they went to bed already) looking at what was ON TV and New Madrid shifted. It was like sitting on a boogie board as the waves pass under you. I thought it was a heavy truck at first but it lasted too long. I was, maybe, 15yro at the time. Weirdness. -T

PK said...

Earthquakes in Kansas last week in an area in which seisms had never happened in our lifetime. Something unusual is definitely happening inside our planet, methinks. Strange continuous storms too.....

Ol' Man Keith said...

Current announced USGS odds for SoCal:

50% chance of another medium quake within a week
11% chance of similar major (6.9-7.1) quake within a week

Anonymous T said...

OMK - Dr Jones (I think that's her name) is so cool. I watched her press conference and thought 'wow!, she know her s***'

PK - the Midwest does get its share of quakes from the New Madrid fault zone but they're 'slow-rollers' from what I understand. Though, I'm sure there's a "big shift" every now and again [See: Mississippi River's path]

Jayce - this one's for you. So we had a volcano blow in Italy the other day and then the Ring of Fire starts moving in CA. What's the connection? Any?

Cheers, -T

OwenKL said...

And don't forget the North magnetic pole is doing wheelies. (Is the South too? I just realized I haven't seen any articles mentioning that!) I don't see how this could be connected to climate change, tho.

Anyway, to all of you in California, enjoy the swim! See Lucina about some beachfront property!