Jul 8, 2019

Monday July 8th, 2019 Jennifer Marra

Theme: TV investigators

20A. Investigating team in "Sherlock": HOLMES AND WATSON.

39A. Investigating team in "Dragnet": FRIDAY AND GANNON.

56A. Investigating team in "The X-Files": MULDER  AND SCULLY.

Boomer here.  C.C. said this might be Jennifer's LA Times debut. Congratulations!
I spent considerable time this weekend watching the 3M Open PGA golf tournament on TV.  I mentioned in the past the C.C. and I attended the Champions tour event at the TPC in Blaine but we did not visit this year's tourney.  The field was a bit weak however the play was very good on a tough course. I noticed many Canadians in the field but most of the upper level Europeans were across the pond getting ready for the Open.

I had to chuckle when one of the announcers identified Adam Hadwin as being from Manitoba, British Columbia.  He later corrected himself, but I think he said Adam was from Moose Jaw, Manitoba.  Well, since I have shirttail relatives in Saskatoon, I knew that Moose Jaw is in Saskatchewan.  The 3M tournament was happy to welcome Canadians and I think they probably felt at home in Minnesota.  We did not have any earthquakes this weekend. It's difficult to putt when the ground is shaking.  Exciting finish.  Funny hat Bryson knocked in an eagle putt on 18 but then congrats to Matt Wolfe who nailed an eagle of his own to win ! 


1. Head honcho: BOSS.  Bruce Springsteen

5. Bird's crop: CRAW.

9. Fare in a pigsty: SLOP.  There was a little rain at the 3M Open and a few sloppy shots.

13. Canal about which the 1905 song "Low Bridge, Everybody Down" was written: ERIE.

14. Subs from delis: HEROS.  I think Heroes is spelled with another "e".

16. One can be painted or papered: WALL.  OR you can make or lose paper money on this Street.

17. Tattle: TELL.  Have an apple William.

18. Now, in Nicaragua: AHORA. Chilean golfer Joaquin Niemann would know this.  I didn't.

19. On the ocean: ASEA.  He joined the Navy to see the world, but what did he see, he saw a sea.

23. Limbs in sleeves: ARMS.  "Babes in Arms" was a musical from the thirties that has been performed in many high schools over the years.

24. "__ woods these are I think I know": Frost: WHOSE.

25. Black __ : covert missions: OPS.  Remember Donald Sutherland's Black Ops revelation in the movie "JFK" ?

28. "Moby-Dick" narrator: ISHMAEL.

32. Archaeologist's find: RELIC.

34. Ventilation: AIR.  Basketball star Michael Jordan.

35. Turkey meat choice: DARK.  We used to have a local racing fan and journalist who called himself "Dark Star".  He stopped at "Boomer's Ballcards" once or twice and made purchases of baseball cards.  He was a member of Interlachen Country Club where Bobbie Jones won the US Open in 1930 for his third leg of the grand slam.  C.C. and I visited the course for the 2002 Solheim Cup and again in 2008 for the LPGA U.S. Open.  Not to play, just to watch.

43. Is the right size: FITS. It the shoe fits, wear it. 

44. Eisenhower nickname: IKE.  I will always remember when he visited Minneapolis in a bubble top convertible parade, around 1956. I always wondered why JFK did not use the same type of transportation.

45. Jack of "Twin Peaks": NANCE.

46. Losing weight: ON A DIET.  I did not need a diet.  The pills took my weight off.  Now I am a fighting 180 LBs.  C.C. can maybe convert that to KGs.

49. __ out: just manage: EKE.  Didn't take long to get from IKE to EKE. 

50. Sugar substitute brand: EQUAL.  A little spendy.  I buy the same stuff with the name "Stevia" in a bag from Aldi.  Of course I refill my empty "Equal" jars with the product.

54. "The Andy Griffith Show" tyke: OPIE.  I wonder if Ronnie Howard ever thought that his screen name would be used in over 1000 crossword puzzles.

63. Tight connection, as between mother and baby: BOND.  "Bond, James Bond."

64. "... had a farm, __": E I E I O.  Mr. McDonald's sneaky way to get 5 vowels into a puzzle.  By the way.  Old McDonald grew potatoes and livestock on his farm, and eventually opened a fast food restaurant.  Some people say that story is a Kroc.

65. In __ of: replacing: LIEU.

66. Bibliography space saver: ET AL.  How many eggs did you have for Breakfast Caesar ?  Et tu Brute.

67. "The Wife" actress Close: GLENN.  Famous astronaut John.  We have his autograph.

68. Unceasingly: EVER.  "If you're EVER in a jam, here I am.

69. Steak order: RARE.  Retired NL Umpire Dutch Rennert was said that his strike call sounded like STEAK RARE.

70. Fr. holy women: STES.

71. Part that's left: REST.  Did you ever notice that highway rest area bathrooms are not too restful?


1. Second Hebrew letter: BETH.

2. Three-ply snack: OREO.  I think OPIE used to ask Aunt Bea for an OREO.

3. Window ledge: SILL.  "High upon a Windowsill, I couldn't hardly reach it," (Our Gang) 

4. 1965 Alabama march site: SELMA. "And you tell me over and over and over again, that you don't believe, we're on the eve of destruction."

5. Deep fissures: CHASMS.

6. Discuss to death: REHASH.  Sounds like an afternoon meal in the U.S. Army.

7. Elvis __ Presley: ARON.

8. Scrabble play: WORD.  C.C. and I used to play frequently.  She beat me all the time but now we are donating the big Scrabble game to the church garage sale this month.

9. Lawn mower's trail: SWATH.

10. Roundup rope: LASSO.

11. Spreads on breads: OLEOS.  I wonder if Aunt Bea spread OLEO on OPIE's OREO.

12. Piper Cub, e.g.: PLANE.  Tattoo on Fantasy Island.  De Plane, De Plane !!

15. Observed: SAW.  Tweety - I taught I taw a puddy cat.

21. Author Jong: ERICA.

22. Shoemaker's tool: AWL.

25. "Carmina Burana" composer: ORFF.  Sounds like a dog bark during July 4 LOUD fireworks.

26. Prefix with scope or meter: PERI.

27. Use a box cutter on: SLIT. I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit.  Upon the slitted sheet I sit.  (say that carefully)

29. Like horses' necks: MANED.

30. Help: AID.

31. Work unit: ERG.

33. Cards shown to get past bouncers: IDS.  We have an IDS Tower in Minneapolis.  I believe it was an acronym for Investors Diversified Services. That company has been swallowed up, but the building remains with the same name.

35. Some trial evidence: DNA.  The "A" stands for acid.  The DN stands for something I cannot spell.

36. Diarist Frank: ANNE.

37. __ the boat: make waves: ROCK.  "I am a ROCK, I am an ISLAND" Simon and Art.

38. Leg joint: KNEE.  Quarterbacks take them at the end of a game.

40. Yang partner: YIN.

41. Alias letters: AKA.

42. Caper: ANTIC.

46. Corrida cheer: OLE.  Ole and Sven were installing new shingles on the roof.  But Sven was only using half the nails and tossing the others away.  Ole said, "Hey Sven, why are you throwing half the nails off the roof??"  Sven "Can't you see those nails are pointed on the wrong end." Ole - "Stupid!!  Those nails are for the other side of the roof!" 

47. "I" on the periodic table: IODINE.

48. Many office printers: EPSONS.  With apologies to any one who owns one.  I think they are a thing of the past. HP stands for Horsepower.

50. Live coal fragment: EMBER.  We used to have a restaurant chain in the Twin Cities.  Their slogan was "Remember the Embers."  Not many left. Needless to say they were predicting actuality.

51. Marketing target: QUOTA.

52. Of an arm bone: ULNAR.

53. Bewilder: ADDLE.  Adjective for BRAIN.

55. Swiss calculus pioneer: EULER.

57. Rule, for short: REG.

58. Isn't feeling up to par: AILS.

59. Bygone Nair rival: NEET.  I remember this.  Haven't seen it for a long time.  I never used it.  I never had hair on my legs.

60. Being broadcast as it happens: LIVE.

61. Wranglers alternative: LEES.  Levi's alternative also.

62. Asian tent: YURT.



OwenKL said...

HOLMES AND WATSON are on the case!
Pursuit of the truth they'll always chase!
A locked room crime?
Solved in no time!
An elementary deduction sets the pace!

FRIDAY AND GANNON get the facts.
Police procedural is their track.
Yes ma'am, no ma'am,
We'll do what we can.
Plodding thru, they make their catch.

MULDER AND SCULLY with things woo-woo,
What is the rational thing to do?
When doing's weird,
A perp they'll beard,
But Mulder keeps looking for a U.F.O. crew.

And as a bonus, two l'icks I wrote back while the original series was airing:
"Scully's my partner," said Mulder,
"Still I've pondered her and I've mulled her.
She is quite a beauty,
But devoted to duty,
So romance, like a mummy, must molder."
~ ~ ~
"Mulder's my partner," said Scully,
"Though obsessed with the weird and skullduggery.
Still he is quite a hunk.
If he weren't such a monk,
I'd corner him down in the scullery."

{B, B, B+, A, A.}

Dr Jane Maura said...

The alternate answer of RIZZOLI AND ISLES worked perfectly for the grid spanning 15-letter count but the clue: Investigating team found in "Rizzoli and Isles"?, not so much.

D4E4H said...

FIR in 19:47 min.

Good morning Cornies!

Thank you Jennifer Marra for this enjoyable Monday CW.

Thank you Boomer for you inciteful review.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Boomer's expo showed me the many c/a's I'd skipped, because they were already filled. The theme was readily apparent (translation: d-o got the theme for a change), though GANNON could've been ROMERO or JACOBS, depending on when you watched Dragnet. CSO to the absent Dudley with that Piper PLANE. Nice debut, Jennifer. Enjoyed the tour, Boomer.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased tHOSE for WHOSE. Never saw the X Files, but remember Scully from the promos. Redheads are my kryptonite.

ORF (sans the second F) is our airport code.

Evil is LIVE spelled backwards. The name of a scifi book written by a guy from my home town. Not great.

QUOTA is a sales target, not a marketing target. Some groups lump sales into marketing, but they are two different tracks. Briefly, marketing concerns the mix of product, place, price and promotion, the four Ps. Place usually means distribution channel, but doesn't fit as well with the other Ps.

Thanks to Jennifer and Boomer for the easy Monday fun.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. I enjoyed this Partners-in-Crime Monday speed run. As DO noted, lots of the answers were fill before the clues could be read. I was not familiar with Jack NANCE or Carl ORFF, but the perps gave me their names.

We had a nice new and fresh clue for the OREO.

ERG (which is derived from the Greek word for work) is becoming an interesting crossword staple.😁

QOD: Talking with a small child is like talking to yourself ~ yourself before you forgot to notice things. ~ Anna Quindlen (née Anna Marie Quindlen; b. July 8, 1952), American journalist

Yellowrocks said...

When I went out to my car at 6:45 AM on Saturday to bring Alan home for the weekend, i saw the idiot light said check tire pressure and the one tire was soft. I was afraid to take the 40 minute drive and waited until 9:00 for the auto shop to open. I had a hole which the mechanic patched. At least we saved the tire. This poor start to the day was an omen for the weekend. Alan was testy all weekend, maybe because I picked him up three hours late.My Saturday puzzle was a disaster. It was probably above my head and I had no patience for goggling or red lettering it.
Saturday comment: It is interesting how different our perceptions are. YMMV. I studied the new math in a college course. I understood it but did not like it, although I do like mental math. I thought new math was not appropriate for the average elementary student. Most elementary teachers are generalists and were given no training in it. Parents hated it. New math soon died out. We never used it where I taught. I tutored a very bright, high achieving middle school student who was having trouble with new math. When she moved to a town nearby me her mother hired me because her daughter couldn't do the traditional math taught here. With just a few sessions she easily caught on.
I redeemed my Saturday fail with a FIR in the crunchy Sunday puzzle. Fun. Ironic that one answer was FLAT TIRE.
Today's puzzle was 1-2-3 and done. I wondered about the lack of an E in HEROS as sandwiches. Can anyone find an example of it online? I couldn't.

Anonymous said...

No LA Times Cruciverb today....its becoming a regular problem. So I headed over to the WSJ puzzle on Cruciverb and ran into C.C.!!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Jennifer, for a perfect Monday puzzle. Just what I needed after a busy week with another coming up. Looks like a Daily Double here: Like D-O, Madame had a successful morning with the theme. I didn't know X-Files, but the crosses made it easy. Congrats to us.

Boomer, thanks for another fine tour. The Minneapolis skyline has certainly changed since I was last there. However, that is true of most of our cities and towns. Tempus Fugit!

YR: I also took the New Math in college. It was a there for those of us who needed a semester of math for Gen Ed requirements. I hated it! Much later, I wondered if its purpose wasn't to prepare for thinking in other bases--Especially for the binary future I knew nothing about at the time.

Be well, everyone. I hope it's sunny in your corner of the Corner.

Jersey Mike said...

This is the Wikipedia entry under "Submarine Sandwich".

Wiki HEROS corroboration

The following excerpt can be found under the heading "History and Etymology".

"The New York term hero is first attested in 1937.[17] The name is sometimes credited to the New York Herald Tribune food writer Clementine Paddleford in the 1930s, but there is no good evidence for this. It is also sometimes claimed that it is related to the gyro, but this is unlikely as the gyro was unknown in the United States until the 1960s, according to sources.[5]

Hero (plural usually heros, not heroes[18]) remains the prevailing New York City term for most sandwiches on an oblong roll with a generally Italian flavor, in addition to the original described above. Pizzeria menus often include eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana, and meatball heros, each served with sauce."

I also found the heading HEROS on many individual restaurant's menus bit they were difficult to link without many additional clicks required by the user. Feel free to Google individual restaurants located in areas where the term hero is used and peruse their menu.

Hogy said...

I forgot to add the reference for above claim:

18.^ "hero". Retrieved 22 August 2013.

Yellowrocks said...

Jersey Mike. thanks. I actual did read that article and still missed the spelling. I became interested in the information and forgot to look for the spelling. I guess that is why I am a poor proofreader online. I have to print out important letters for me to see my errors. Spell check permits HEROS and that is what I see on deli menus around here.
David loved my cream cheese pie for his birthday, so I am making one for my square dance treat today. Yesterday I made blueberry crumble for Alan to share with his housemates. I read that many of you cook and bake.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Jennifer Marra, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Well, cruciverb was out to lunch again today. So, I went to Mensa and printed it. Worked fine, as always.

Puzzle was easy. The them became obvious early on. I knew the first two. Not MULDER AND SCULLY. Perps and a wag fixed that.

I see ERIE made it at 13A. Of course that ERIE is in New York, not Pennsylvania. Still has the same root, Lake ERIE.

I remembered ISHMAEL and YURT. Good for me.

Nice to see EIEIO again. We have had that for years off and on.

Did not know ORFF. Four perps and I had it!

I remembered how to spell ERICA this time (after I had RELIC).

I also remembered IODINE. Maybe I am a budding chemist. Yeah, sure, at 73.

Anyhow, see you tomorrow.


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CanadianEh! said...

Magnificent Monday. Thanks for the fun, Jennifer (congrats on your debut) and Boomer.
Quick solve today but I FIWed; I had Gagnon instead of GANNON and thought DGA must be some unknown legal term. D'uh!

Yes Boomer, I noted IKE and EKE also.
This Canadian knows metric; 180 lbs is approx.82 kilograms. LOL re Moose Jaw, Manitoba. Canada is an unknown planet to some Americans . . . but then, I have learned a lot of American places, names ET AL doing these CWs.

I smiled to see the Frost quote today after Lucina was trying to attribute a Sandburg quote to him yesterday.
I wanted Ulnal before ULNAR, and perps corrected Ishmeal to ISHMAEL.
I like white turkey meat before DARK.

Wishing you all a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

I think Ms. Marra is new, too. Easy solve; no strikethroughs, no searches needed. Always enjoy Boomer's intros.
KNEE - Ger. Knie, L. Ger. Knee, Dutch knie. (All the k's are pronounced.)

While waiting for the annual vehicle inspection on my car this morning I solved C. C.'s WSJ cw. A little crunchier than this one, but fun nevertheless. I commend it to those who have access to it.

Have a great day.

Robert Ripley said...

Wow, there is a unbelievable Easter Egg located at 36, 37 and 38 down. Combined with 13 across, it is a NEET shout out to the BOSS of Notre Dame football.

Coaching legend Knute met his wife, ANNE ROCK KNEE, on the shores of Lake ERIE in the summer of 1913 while working as a lifeguard at Cedar Point.

desper-otto said...

You can find CC's WSJ puzzle HERE.

Spitzboov said...

RR @ 1103 - Good sleuthing. HOLMES AND WATSON would be proud.

Misty said...

I loved, loved, loved this Monday Jennifer Marra puzzle! Many thanks, Jennifer. Things just slowly and nicely filled in. Almost put BETA instead of BETH when I saw it was going to be HOLMES and, of course, then WATSON, and that gave me the theme. Though, I too wasn't sure about GANNON. Glad that AHORA and NANCE turned out to be correct. Nice to see those American writers with Frost's woods poem, and "Moby-Dick"'s ISHMAEL. And sweet OPIE turned up yet once again--I hope Ron Howard does crossword puzzles.

Always enjoy your commentary, Boomer.

Have a great week, everybody!

CrossEyedDave said...

In lieu of a U
it was Yerts to me...

(& I went Liee Liee Liee all the way home...)

What do U say Watson?

Husker Gary said...

-¬27 early morning holes and then this, uh, very arresting puzzle
-Cumberbatch’s HOLMES is as quirky/annoying as can be
-The later Dragnet shows was where I first heard suspects being read their rights
-Es AHORA o nunca (It’s now or never)
-GLENN Close’s Fatal Attraction character was a warning for all cheating spouses
-Monday fare - OREO crossing ERIE
-We REHASHED gum chewing/enforcement at countless teacher’s meetings
-After easily seeing PERISCOPE it took a few heartbeats to see PERIMETER
-ROCK the boat at work at your own peril
-A British mom would put eye’ o deen on a cut

AnonymousPVX said...

Boomer....I’d just like to say, Equal and Stevia are not the same....EQUAL is a brand of artificial sweetener containing aspartame, acesulfame potassium, glucose and maltodextrin. Stevia contains three ingredients: stevia leaf extract, silica, and inulin, a soluble vegetable fiber. Not alike in any sense.

Stevia is kind of strange...some people don’t taste it, and I seem to be one of them.

Also, please, either Paul and Art or Simon and Garfunkel.

This Monday solve went smoothly, no issues and

No markovers today.

See you all tomorrow.

Irish Miss said...

Good Afternoon:

This was an easy, breezy solve, although I needed perps for Euler and Orff (both familiar but not embedded in the memory bank) and Nance, a complete stranger to me. CSO to Abejo (Erie) and Lucina (Ahora). I chuckled at the crossing of two of the most popular crossword entries, Erie and Oreo.

Nice offering and congrats on your debut, Jennifer, and kudos to Boomer for a rollicking write-up and teehees galore!

Owen, all A(s) in my book.

Misty, glad you're feeling better.


CanadianEh, you can rest assured that the ants were the only victims and that all the priests are alive and well. (I can understand your confusion as I clearly didn't handle the transition from one subject to another very smoothly. But your comment really struck my funny bone!)

Have a great day.

Lucina said...


Gracias, Jennifer Marra and Boomer! It has been a while since I finished a puzzle in five minutes; this one kept my pencil going nonstop.

I smiled when Frost appeared after my misattribution yesterday.

The crime solving couples were fun to fill though I couldn't recall GANNON. Owen, your poem made me laugh because I read that Mulder's (David Duchovny) wife divorced him because of his sex addiction.

GLENN Close was superb in The Wife.

I like the word SWATH; it's just fun to say it. And I surprised myself by knowing EULER.

That's amazing about ANNE ROCK KNEE! Is that really her name?

Must go. My friend Kathy is coming for lunch and there's much to do. She occasionally subs and has to be re-fingerprinted for some reason. The location is very near my home.

Have a fantastic day, everyone!

Lucina said...

Boomer, your joke about Kroc just cracked me up.

CanadianEh! said...

Irish Miss- Glad my comment struck your funny bone (ULNAR nerve was bumped against the humerus!). Sometimes it is just a particular expression or mood that strikes and causes a smile for one person. I think we all give each other smiles here.

Ol' Man Keith said...

What's in a Name?
I wonder if the Germans saw a DARK omen in IKE's name during WWII. I mean "Eisenhower" must sound to the German ear like an "Iron" hewer or "Cleaver."
That can't have been comforting.

A pleasant pzl today, nice for a Monday starter. Didn't know NANCE and forgot about GANNON, but-- hey!-- perps to the rescue! Ta~ DA!
A single diagonal, in the mirror.
Its anagram suggests a shout-out to today's major feminist movements, all the...

Irish Miss said...

Lucina @ 12:36 ~ I wholeheartedly agree with your comment on Glenn Close's performance in "The Wife." She is a very talented actress, although some bunny rabbits might disagree! 🐇 Also, I think Mr. Ripley may be pulling our legs a little as, per Wiki, Knute Rockne's wife's name was Bonnie, not Anne.

CEh @ 1:08 ~ I'm easily amused and have an odd (but good) sense of humor.

I just found out that my favorite farm stand has corn, as of today. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow which will be followed by a trip to said stand. Yippee! 🌽🌽🌽

Lucina said...

Irish Miss:
There is lots to laugh about today.

Interesting about the meaning of Eisenhower.

Yesterday I bought some corn, which though not fresh from the field, looks wonderful.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Had to be Gannon because (Colonel Sherman) Potter wouldn't work. Had you entered Potter you would have had to mash your eraser into the page.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle, Boomer's review, and all your comments. The only name I didn't know was NANCE. Like Lucina, I too like the word SWATH, almost as much as slake. I can see Lucina having fun saying it as she sweeps her arm in an arc.

Speaking of sports and teams, I can't praise highly enough the USA Women's World Cup Soccer Team. They played superbly, as a TEAM; no ball hogging or ego trips. When Rose Lavelle made the team's first goal it was due in part to Alex Morgan's not trying to take a difficult shot herself but rather drawing the attention of the Netherlands' defense away, giving Lavelle the opening to strike. That's teamwork!

I was never introduced to New Math and I don't think I missed anything.

I think there was an episode of Doc Martin where a couple went camping in a rented YURT and ended up accidentally burning it down. By the way, that's another word I think is fun to say. (Shoot, now GEICO will make a commercial about it.)

In his opera Die Walküre Wagner made a little play on the alliteration of the KN in KNEE:
"Geh'hin, Knecht! Knie vor Fricka." (Go hence, slave! Kneel before Fricka.)

Good wishes to you all.

Robert Ripley said...

Wouldn't you know it?!?! A girl named Irish Miss caught me stretching the truth about the Notre Dame's first lady. But only the name(s) were changed to protect the innocent(and to expand on the ROCK KNEE Easter egg). The love affair on the bank of Lake ERIE is true.

Btw, would you have caught the fib quicker had I stated, "Believe It Or Not", rather than unbelievable? Hmmmm.

Spitzboov said...

Knecht means farm laborer or possibly man-servant. My sense is it is a cognate of 'knight'.

Slave translates to 'Sklave'.

Jayce said...

Spitzboov, thanks. Of course you are right. I was just quoting from a translation of the libretto. It still has a nice sound to it in the original language, doesn't it?

I remember our discussion of the name Eisenhower when we were discussing the meaning of James "Wood Whacker" Holzhauer's name.

YURT! (giggle)

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Jace, even new math has the first goal being scored by Megan on a penalty kick. Rose's goal was an insurance point. Still important because the USA got enough points to win via a score in regular play, and the PK didn't decide the game.

The women are back on USA soil now, and I'll bet that their money is no good at any of the local pubs. (The runners up may still have to go Dutch.)

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Congrats Jennifer on the LAT debut. Simple but delightful theme and quite the easy puzzle as I knew all my detecting partners.

Fun expo, Boomer - I giggled at RE-HASH'd hash.

WO: Got AHEAD of myself and skipped the N in KNEE for a second.
Fav: I'm not sure if this is intentional but SAW crosses WATSON (a Dr), AKA crosses our Policemen, and Reg(ulation) crosses our Gov't Agents.

{A, A+, A, A, A}
Odd, I got KIND TWERPS :-)

IM - that's one thing I really miss about IL is the summer sweet-corn. I think it's Illini Sweet that is tasty even raw.

R.R.@5:01 said "name(s) were changed to protect the innocent." A tip of the hat to Dragnet.

FLN - TTP thanks for the department of redundancy department puzzle. Thanks you too Dow Jones for the heads-up on C.C.'s WSJ; it was fun too.

Cheers, -T

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fast & fun, thanks, Jennifer! Chuckling all the way, thanks, Boomer!

1a. Honcho was Spanish, I thought, so tried "jefe". Nope, BOSS.

Theme was apparent. Couldn't remember FRIDAY"S partner w/o perps. Never watched X-Files so more perps to the rescue.

DNK: AHORA (learning Spanish a word or two at a time via CWs), NANCE, EULER.

YR: glad you managed to re-tire before you went out in heavy traffic. Hot weather is no time for mature ladies to be stranded by the side of the road.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

Thanks Jennifer and Boomer. I enjoyed and appreciated your efforts.

Here's my take on New Math and its variations. If you view it as a replacement for knowing your addition and multiplication facts and a replacement for the easy computation algorithms you learned in elementary school, you will be frustrated. However, if it helps you understand the underlying basis for them, it may all be worthwhile. I thought my students and I benefited when we explored other number bases. Try adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing in base 3 or base 12. It's not quick and easy but I do think it leads to a better understanding of why it all works the way it does. If you just want to get the answer quickly and easily, then it's wasted effort.

SwampCat said...

Loved this easy Monday puzzle! Thanks Jennifer. So many cool answers. Anon T, I agree with all of your observations.

Boomer, great expo!! Owen, all As!!!

I was a BIG fan of X-Files. The rumors about Duchovny ‘s sex problems seem to have been a publicity trick. Who knows??

CrossEyedDave said...

Re: CC's Wall Street Journal Puzzle.

Got everything except one box,
the crossing of the undefeated boxer...

Even had trouble looking it up in normal boxing circles...

Touche' CC, Touche'

Irish Miss said...

Robert Ripley @ 5:01 ~ To answer your question, unbelievable didn't faze me nor would believe it or not. I went to Wiki on a whim, just to see Anne Rockne in print. Of course, Bonnie usurped Anne but, as you mentioned in your "fib", their romance began at Cedar Point. (I hope I'm remembering that locale's name correctly.) I also learned that Mr. Rockne was a Notre Dame graduate and that he died in a plane crash at 43. So, thank you for the fib that lead to learning. 😇

Anonymous T said...

CED - just think of great names in boxing @8d. -T

TTP said...

Nice puzzle today. Better writeup, Boomer, but I wish you hadn't mentioned shingles.

Despite what my Dr advised three years ago, and despite Dr Nina's PSA in her comments last May, I didn't get the shots. I'm now in the throes of "1 of 3 Americans" over the age of (50 or 60) will get shingles".

Yuck. Wish I had taken the shots. Or in crossword terms, "ALAS, I RUE..."

Bill G, last Wednesday was our golf league's first tournament. We have 22 players, but we usually miss 1 or 2 each week, so we figured we'd have either seven 3-man teams or five 4-man teams. 18 showed up, so we went with six 3-man teams. Usually only the top three teams cash, but the president and secretary decided that the top four teams would cash. Then they looked at me and wanted to know how to split the $960 total purse. A little quick mental algebra, and I told them it would be $32/man for the 4th place team, $64/man for the 3rd place team, $96/man for the second place team, and $128/man for the 1st place team. Luckily for me, easy peasy. 10X = 960, so x = 96, and x/3 = 32.

The pres didn't believe it, so I showed him on paper (96 + 192 + 288 + 384 = 960), and that it goes up 96 for each team finishing position, and would be equitable. "Well how did you know it was 96 ?!?" So I answered, "Algebra". Then I took a lot of flak from a couple of guys that were paying attention. "Nerd !" "What kind of guy brings algebra to the golf course ?" (Paraphrased - the guy that said that didn't say guy). I answered, "The guy that's making the payout right." (Paraphrased - I used his word). But when the math worked out, everyone was happy. Well, except me of course. I finished on the 6th place team, out of the money, and thinking that no good deed goes unpunished. It's hell being league secretary.

But it is not as bad as having shingles... Excuse me while I go take my meds. Good night, all. I think. If I can sleep. Think about getting in queue to get the shots. Trust me, you don't want to experience this.

Lucina said...

How terrible that you have shingles! I'm so sorry for you. Everyone I know who had them tells they are horrible. I hope your meds work.

Who's the daughter of THE GREATEST?

That CWD by C.C. was fun. Thank you whoever linked it.

We're still on baby watch for my granddaughter. If he isn't born this week they will induce next Monday.

PK said...

TTP: So sorry you are afflicted. I had shingles several years ago & agree that they are very painful. I soothed them by rubbing on Ambesol which is for cold sores but both are caused by herpes viruses. It has a topical anesthetic in it and worked well. I had no residual nerve pain after the blisters went away.

Anonymous said...

Picky technical point from an avid home remodeler re: 3 down FWIW one day late

The window stool is the part of the window commonly misidentified as the window sill. The sill of the window is the bottom horizontal portion of the window. The stool is the more visible piece of wood, metal or stone attached to the window sill that you might sit your plants on.