Jul 2, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019; Emily Ludoph & Jeff Chen

Oh, Say Can You See ...   
Invisible Tape

18-Across. Invisible impediment in the workplace: GLASS CEILING.  A Glass Ceiling is an unofficial barrier to advancement in a profession.  This especially impacts women and minorities.

58-Across. Invisible impediment in the sky: SOUND BARRIER.  Here is an explanation and some  photographs of jets smashing the Sound Barrier.

12-Down. Invisible impediment in the theater: FOURTH WALL.  The Fourth Wall is the conceptual barrier between the actors and the audience.  The audience can see "through" the wall, but the actors are oblivious to the wall.  The television sit-com show, The Office, would allow the actors to break through the fourth wall and speak directly to the audience.

29-Down. Invisible impediment in science fiction: FORCE FIELD.

1. Former NFL running back Jennings who won "Dancing With the Stars" in 2017: RASHAD.  I didn't get off to a good start with today's puzzle, as I am not familiar with RASHAD Jennings (né Rashad Andre Jennings; b. Mar. 26, 1985).  In 2009, he was drafted by the Jackson Jaguars.  He later played for the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants.  In 2017, he was on Dancing with the Stars.  The following year, he joined the show as a judge.

7. Cuban dance: RUMBA.  Origins of the Rumba:

12. Govt. Rx watchdog: FDA.  As in the Food and Drug Administration, which is housed within the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

15. Give in (to): ACCEDE.

16. Thorny plant: BRIAR.

17. Belonging to us: OUR.  This Blog is OUR Happy Place.
20. The Pac-12's Trojans: USC.  As in the University of Southern California.

21. Solar phenomena: SUN SPOTS.  Sun Sports are the darker areas that appear in the sun's surface. They are the "cooler" areas on the sun.  You can learn more from The National Weather Service.

22. Kooky traits: QUIRKS.
One of these birds has a quirk.

24. Flub it: ERR.

25. Able to speak easily, as a language: FLUENT.  How many languages can you speak?

27. Badly mistaken: OFF BASE.

31. Average schlub: JOE SCHMO.  I think of a Joe Schmo as being a bit of a jerk.

34. 53-Down noise: CROAK.  //  And 53-Down:  Pond critter:  FROG.
35. Not worth debating: MOOT.  //  And 11-Down. Participates in a debate: ARGUES.

36. Is in the red: OWES.

37. Civil suit cause: TORT.  A tort is just a civil wrong.  Not to be confused with the dessert, which is spelled with an "e".

Sacher Torte.

38. Predators in pool halls: SHARKS.

40. Designer Jacobs: MARC.  Marc Jacobs (b. Apr. 9. 1963) is probably best known for his line of handbags.  They are a tad out of my price range.

41. Set in stone, say: ETCH.

42. Benevolent: KIND.

43. Hägar's wife: HELGA.  A reference to the comic strip Hägar the Horrible.
44. Paul Newman caper film: THE STING.

46. Comedian Elayne: BOOSLER.

Elayne Boosler (b. Aug. 18, 1952)

48. Full of moxie: FEISTY.

49. Theater segment: ACT.  Tricky.  I initially thought we were looking for a section of seating in the theater.

50. "Reservoir Dogs" co-star Harvey: KEITEL.  Harvey Keitel (b. May 13, 1939) has starred in a number of films.  He usually portrays a tough-guy.  I never saw Reservoir Dogs, but it is known for its violence.

52. Find at a dig: ARTIFACT.  Here is an artifact recently discovered from an excavation in the City of David in Jerusalem.

57. Blackjack eleven: ACE.

61. Twitter guffaw: LOL.  Textspeak for Laughing Out Loud.  Jimmy received the following text from his mother:  "Your professor called to say you failed your math exam.  LOL.  Mom".  He called his mother and said, "What's with the LOL?"  She replied, " I just wanted to sent you Lots of Love, because I knew how disappointed you would be with failing the test."

62. Chose (to): OPTED.

63. Bit of ramen: NOODLE.  Several years ago, Blue Iris, one of our Blog members, provided a recipe for a Bird Seed Salad that uses Raman Noodles.  I make this salad on occasion when I need to bring something to a potluck dinner.
64. Football lineman: END.

65. Prerequisites: NEEDS.

66. "Communist Manifesto" co-author with Marx: ENGELS.  Karl Marx (May 5, 1818 ~ Mar. 14, 1883) and Friedrich Engels (Nov. 28, 1820 ~ Aug. 5, 1895) wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848.  Engels died of laryngeal cancer at age 74.

Engels and Marx

1. Garb for many a Dickens waif: RAGS.

2. Rights-defending org.: ACLU.  As in the American Civil Liberties Union.

3. Read quickly: SCAN.

4. Gas brand with toy trucks: HESS.  I initially tried Esso, but that didn't fit well with the perps.

5. Marketing jargon: AD SPEAK.

6. Interior designs: DECORS.

Star Wars Living Room Decor

7. Grand slam quartet, in baseball shorthand: RBIs.  As in Runs Batted In.

8. Internet address letters: URL.  The Uniform Resource Locator makes frequent appearances in the puzzles.

9. 1002, in old Rome: MII.  Roman Numerals.

10. Regal meals: BANQUETS.

13. Nightfall: DUSK.  Dusk technically applies to that period between the darkest twilight and complete darkness.

14. Curved sections: ARCS.

19. French "to be": ÊTRE.  Here it the verb conjugated in the present tense:

           Je suis  //  Nous sommes
           Tu es  //  Vous êtes
           Ils / Elles est  //  Ils / Elles sont 

23. Workers' earnings: INCOMES.

25. Scandinavian cruise sight: FJORD.  Some beautiful sights of Norway.

26. "Please understand ... ": LOOK.

27. Eight-member ensemble: OCTET.  A String Octet typically consists of 4 violins, 2 violas and 2 cellos, but I will give you an example of an octet for wind instruments.

28. Suds: FROTH.  I had _ROTH, and all I could thing of was Broth, but that didn't make sense.  Then the lightbulb went on.

30. Packaged buy including shower curtain, towels, etc.: BATH SET.

32. Join the flow of traffic: MERGE.  In the ideal world ...

33. Basketball Hall of Famer Robertson: OSCAR.  Oscar Palmer Robertson (b. Nov. 24, 1938) had a long career in the NBA, first playing for the Cincinnati Royals, then the Milwaukee Bucks.  He was also the plaintiff in the 1970 anti-trust lawsuit, Robertson v. National Basketball Association.  The lawsuit settled in 1976 and resulted in today's current free agency rules.

35. Like some stray mutts: MANGY.

38. Slalom setting: SKI SLOPE.

39. Clue: HINT.

43. Producer of curls: HOT IRON.  My hair is just wash and wear.

45. Attaches with rope: TIES ON.

46. Cutting remark: BARB.

47. Number on a pump: OCTANE.  Think gasoline.

50. Curly leafy green: KALE.  Hubby is not a fan.  I could take it or leave it.

51. Micro or macro subj.: ECON.  As in Micoreconomics or Macroeconomics.

52. Tacks on: ADDS.

54. Staff helper: AIDE.

55. Phone in a pocket: CELL.

56. "__ chic!": TRÈS.  More of today's French lesson.

59. Sporty truck, briefly: UTE.

60. Nancy Drew's beau: NED.  Ned Nickerson was Nancy Drew's beau.  They used to get around in a roadster.  I loved this mystery stories when I was a in grade school.  The stories were so exotic to this 4th grader.

Here's the Grid:

I'll leave you with a QOD:  Prohibition didn’t work in the Garden of Eden.  Adam ate the apple.  ~  Vincente Fox (b. July 2, 1942), President of Mexico


Lemonade714 said...

Susan, I love the QOD from President Fox.

Jeff Chen has mentored another new constructor and adding to the list of female puzzle makers.

Nice theme, no unknowns - a fun Tuesday. Thank you, Jeff and Emily. Susan, your picks and links are overwhelming.

D4E4H said...

FIR in 31:51 min.

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you Emily Ludolph and Jeff Chen for this pleasant Tuesday CW.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review.


Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, and my long-suffering eraser got a well-deserved day off.

CSO to Joey Bagadonuts. CSO to my DW at BARB.

"Bernie" would have fit as Marx's co-author, but perps wouldn't allow it.

I saw Jeff Chen's name and knew I wouldn't hit the roof trying to solve this puzzle. In fact, I was over the moon. Welcome aboard, Emily. And thanks to Hahtoolah for the fun review. CSO to you at TORT, of course. BTW, the key to cooking KALE is to saute it in plenty of canola oil. Makes it easy to scrape into the trash can after you've cooked it.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Today was another rare Wite-Out-free day. RASHAD and OSCAR were unknown, but the perps were kind. MOOT is one of those words with almost opposite meanings -- irrelevant or debatable/in dispute. Thanx, Emily, Jeff and Hahtoolah. (I'll let you take it, and I'll leave it.)

OwenKL said...

JOE claimed he was FLUENT in QUIRKS.
He could tell of a tell in the works.
When a girl told him no,
He knew from git-go
Only thus could she resist his perks!

The aliens were behind a FORCE FIELD.
To Bart's arms they never would yield.
So he sent in a kitten.
The aliens were smitten,
For the power of love did it wield!

{B, B-.}

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I loved the simplicity, yet intricacy, of this theme. I never heard the phrase Fourth Wall but I understand what it means. (I'm sure Keith didn't need any perps!) I needed perps for that, as well as for Rashad. I hastily filled in Esso, even though I knew Hess was correct. (Hi, Hatoolah). Other than those two bumps, smooth sailing to the Tada.

Thanks, Emily and Jeff, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for the outstanding summation. Your photos and links were all sparkling, but the ones that really tickled my fancy were: Invisible Tape, "Quirky" Bird, Pool Hall Shark, and Cat Scan. I would never guess that Harvey Keitel is 80. Nancy Drew conjures many happy memories; I think I read every one of her adventures. Anyone else remember Trixie Belden? She was another of my favorite fictional friends.

Have a great day.

Vincent Vega said...

The opening scene of Reservoir Dogs is classic. It has cemented it's place in cinematic history. Here is a tame analysis of said scene. The characters in the scene have aliases to protect their identity and Steve Buscemi's nickname was Mr. Pink and was the inspiration for pop star Alecia Moore choosing her stage name, Pink. You can watch above video for a G-rated overview of the scene.

For the more adventurous and open minded and curious and virgins to the scene, I will provide the link to the uncut, full scene. I hope the moderator here doesn't object, for it is very fine acting by some heavyweights of the genre; Harvey KEITEL, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Laurence Tierney and Edward Bunker. There is no violence in this scene. The violence the film is known for comes later and I will agree it is very hard to watch. But, no worries, the link only contains VERY foul language and graphic sexual dialogue, along with one of the best musical introductions in recent filmmaking. Enjoy(hopefully)!!

**Do not view unless you can take it**

NSFW Reservoir Dogs

Yellowrocks said...

Fun puzzle, Jeff. Great theme. Sparkling blog, Susan. You always have wonderful links and pics. I hit the wall, having perped OSCAR and MARC, both unknown to me. Either name can be spelled with a K or a C. I chose K. Drat. One bad cell. Easy and quick, otherwise.
I have been wondering for a long time what happened to dear Blue Iris. Does anyone know?
I loved The Sting, the original movie and seeing it many times on TV.
Mostly I do not care for kale. However, one time I had started to make a spinach cheddar quiche and then realized I had bought frozen kale, instead of spinach. I made it anyway and served it to guests who said they loved the spinach quiche. I kept mum. This is about the only dish with kale I have liked.
Today I need to purge my bookshelves. There are many books I have not opened in years. I am still in the painful process of downsizing. Next week I need to sort through my clothing. I did that in April with Alan's clothing in preparation for his move. We eliminated about 40%.
Have a great day. Even though it is quite hot, I am enjoying the sunshine.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Enjoyed the solve; FIR. Interesting theme, but I had to get FOURTH WALL from perps; I was not familiar with that term.
I'd venture that we have several FEISTY correspondents here at the Corner.
Bisschen Französisch today - être and très.
HESS - are now called Speedway in our area. Usually have the best gas prices.
HOT IRON - When I took typing in HS, the teacher always stressed the "HOT IRON" touch (to the keys.)
ÊTRE - Conjugation is highly irregular as Hahtoolah shows. 'To be', 'sein' (German) and Dutch 'zijn' conjugations are also highly fractured.

Have a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Emily (congrats on your debut) & Jeff, & Hahtoolah.
Once again today, I zipped through this CW and found all the invisible impediments.
Just one hiccup with OSCAR; I had the wrong tense with Owed and thought perhaps the name was Edgar, but I was sure of MARC, and OSCAR prevailed.

Fiord before FJORD delayed Joe Schmo.
BOOSLER was unknown, as was KEITEL. RASHAD required perps also.
Hand up for thinking about Broth before FROTH, Esso before HESS, and for loving Nancy Drew books as a young reader. (My brother had the masculine equivalent, Hardy Boys.)
Yes, I thought of OMK with FOURTH WALL, and Hahtoolah and Lemon with TORT.
Canadian equivalent to FDA would be Health Canada.

Wonderful Canada Day celebrations yesterday with parades, music and games in the parks, and of course, fireworks. (Thanks for asking AnonT!) Beautiful weather for the holiday.

Enjoy this day.

Lemonade714 said...

For those of you unfamiliar with the term FOURTH WALL this is the most effective use going all the way back to 1950. 4th Wall television .

I never learned to type and wonder what HOT IRON has to do with the subject?

Yellowrocks said...

Could the hot iron method of typing mean you touch and release the keys quickly, as you would quickly pull back your fingers after touching a hot iron? Just a WAG.

Spitzboov said...

Lemon @ 1030 - - YR nailed it exactly. These were mechanical typewriters and you don't want to 'push' the key. Give it a snappy lightning type hit as if it were a hot iron. No smudging as the ribbon passes through.

Abejo said...

Good morning, Folks. Thank you, Emily Rudolph and Jeff Chen, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Puzzle went fine. Caught the four theme answers as they appeared. Not familiar with the FOURTH WALL, but perps helped and it did make sense.

Hahtoolah: What is that artifact recently found in Jerusalem? I am really curious.

Liked the SOUND BARRIER photos. Really neat!

Not familiar with KEITEL. Perps.

HOT IRON seemed easy. Not sure what the question was about.

Nice history of the RUMBA. Interesting!

Have to run. Tons to do now that I am feeling somewhat better. Four Parades in the next two days. Thank goodness we are riding on trailer.

See you tomorrow.


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Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle--thank you Jeff and Emily, and welcome Emily. I was delighted to be able to work my way through, with only a little trouble at the top (e.g. had SAMBA before RUMBA). JOE SCHMO, was funny, but never heard of BOOSLER. Not much art or history but nice to get ENGELS. And the theme entries were all interesting and fun. Hahtoolah, your write-ups are always excellent--many thanks.

Have a good day, everybody.

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: Wonderful write-up and numerous links. Good Job!

My QOD "Prohibition didn't work at Villa Incognito ... there was Too Much to DRINK"

Looking forward to My FIFTH on the Fourth

Hope everyone has a "Safe-Holiday."

Cheers !!!

Lucina said...


I'm baaaaaack! What a "warm" welcome we received in Phoenix even at 6 P.M yesterday. It was 100 degrees. Northern California is so cool and refreshing and we even spent a few days at Lake Tahoe. Paradise!

Thank you Emily Ludolph and Jeff Chen as well as Hahtoolah. There were no BARRIERs to solving this puzzle. And the review was excellent.

It was fun to see JOESCHMO in a puzzle. I think it might be a first. I loved Harvey KEITEL the first time I saw him though I don't recall the film.

FOURTHWALL is new to me but makes sense. I saw Whoopie Goldberg break it once.

I am FLUENT in English and Spanish.

It's so good to be solving puzzles again after a ten day hiatus and to "read" you all. I hope you have all been well.

Have a joyful day, everyone!

CrossEyedDave said...

I tell you what else is invisible,
the Constructors names in todays Star Ledger!

The font was different, they left out Constructor names,
and the Quote of the Day was missing!

I have a good mind to call and complain,
but the papers Customer Service is invisible too...
Replaced by a Robotic list of questions and answers,
none of which, I am sure, include how to
complain about invisible Type...

Oh well,
There must be a positive side to this somewhere...

Excuse me while I go check and see if I made any money...

desper-otto said...

Tin, remember the old admonishment: He who goes forth with a fifth on the fourth may not live to go forth on the fifth.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Tuesday puzzle had some crunch to it.

No markovers today.

From yesterday....Boeing has been chasing the dollar for years...they moved their HQ to Chicago, they now make parts in lots of states and have pretty much bought those state governments when it comes to elections. Here in SC the state government doesn’t mind at all sticking its nose in Boeing business, especially anti-union business. Now Boeing is reaping the whirlwind and deservedly so. Any bets on when the apparently untested 737 MAX flies again? Wanna be on that flight?

End of rant.

See you tomorrow.

Wilbur Charles said...

The James Garner link from last week led me to
This movie which apparently was the source for the first part of "The Sting"


Wilbur Charles said...

YR, great quiche Story. I got lambasted for buying Chinese cabbage instead of lettuce one day.

C-eh, now that Toronto is the capital of basketball you'll have to spruce up on your basketball history. I'll give you a week and then the quiz

Misty, so great to see you back but you missed a Hemmingway clue, Saturday I think.

I second the kudos for Hahtoolah's write-up.


Michael said...

For the longest time, I was stuck, seeing Generalfeldmarschal Wilhelm Keitel at 50a ... too much WWII history, I'd guess. Couldn't figure out how he got into today's puzzle. (Never saw 'Reservoir Dogs' either.)

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle but it's not up there in my top 40 list. For me it was a true Natick at the crossing of MARC and OSCAR, because, as Yellowrocks pointed out, the C could just as well have been a K. I tried both and didn't get any tada. Soon I saw I had left the H in HESS blank, because I had tried ESSO but 3 of the perps required -SSO to be -ESS and I simply forgot to put in the H.

So, basically, Jeff Chen got me again. Without even trying. My fault entirely.

Welcome, Emily Ludolph.

Dang, Hahtoolah, I really like your write-ups.

I am FLUENT in English but can sorta kinda get along in Mandarin and French.

The verb "to be" is pretty fractured in English, too:
I am, we are
Thou art, you are
He/she/it is, they are.

Jinx, desper-otto, Mr. Hahtoolah, and Yellowrocks, I join you in my dislike of kale.

PK, I read what you posted about the 737MAX last night and the fact that the aircraft are purchased and owned by the airlines and that the pilots are trained by the airlines. Nevertheless, as I understand it, Boeing deliberately left out of their manual any information about the MCAS system. So the pilot training did not include any training in the use of the system, or even that it existed. When the faulty system forced them into a fatal nosedive the pilots didn't know what to do right away; pulling back on the yoke (the steering wheel), which usually disables automated systems such as autopilot and relinquishes total control to the pilot, did NOT turn off the MCAS software.

Gotta go. Good wishes to you all.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

PVX, I think the Max will fly before spring. I would fly it today as long as 1) it is operated by a major US carrier, and 2) I didn't have to go through TSA. I read somewhere that simulator time isn't standard with the purchase of the plane, and smaller/third world carriers tend to buy little or none.

My Dallas neighbor had thousands of hours piloting the 727 for American and tons more in the left seat of B52s for America. He still had to have hundreds of hours in the simulator before he flew American's brand new 767. (His wife referred to the simulator as his mistress.)

Misty said...

Thanks, Wilbur--hopefully there will be other Hemingway clues in the future.

Forgot to say how much I loved seeing the name of my sweet late mother HELGA in the puzzle. I think of her and miss her every day.

Husker Gary said...

-HOT DAY for 18 holes and mowing MIL’s yard!
-¬Bob Hope was great at breaking the FOURTH WALL in his movies
-QUIRKS can be endearing or irritating
-My daughter’s friend got some plain AD SPEAK last week. A $30,000/mo. advertiser was cutting their AD BUY back to $10,000.
-Fabulous OSCAR started at $22,000/yr. Today’s rookies get $875,000.
-No matter which of the dozens of authors that wrote Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries, they made me a big fan of that genre.
-Well done, Susan!

Wilbur Charles said...

Misty here is the Saturday clue. I'm not sure that among the 1920s authors, Papa is among your favorites

8. 1927 Hemingway short story collection: MEN WITHOUT WOMEN -


If you got that long Down it would have made that toughie a lot easier

Marsellus Wallace said...

I guess there was no reaction to the clip from "Reservoir Dogs". I imagine it was just a tad bit outside of this group's predilection. I hope it didn't offend.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Nice puzzle Emily & Jeff; thanks! Hahtoolah, that was one heck of an expo - really loved the Mach-1 photos!

WO: BOOSLEt that OSCAR fixed after guessing the C in MARC (sorry YR)

I knew FOURTH WALL with just the F from FDA. Top 10 [11:22]

{B, B+}

Glad you had a good time C, Eh!
Nice to see you Tin!
Welcome back Lucina!

Some would likely ARGUE I'm not even FLUENT in English.

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Marsellus, there was a book and film "The Friends of Eddie Coyle". The link reminded me of that.

I knew Mafia guys. One night there was a verbal Tiff, "Billy" left and came back(to the Chinese restaurant). Billy had retrieved a baseball bat.

"Respect" and lack of it is a big deal with those people. Profanity could be found among any group of Marines talking about a ballgame

In conclusion. I doubt if I could sit through the whole movie


Ol' Man Keith said...

Late to the Corner today. As my DW is recovering from her surgery & cannot drive, it was up to me to go to the pharmacy for med refills.
Accordingly, I dusted off my vehicle.
No, not my dear old Jaguar! I have given up driving a car (as a good citizen concerned for public safety) in favor of my lithium battery-powered "trike," my smart 3-wheeled speed-freaky scooter!
The downhill trip took me 17 minutes, and the return took 20. Except for a wind gust that blew my straw hat into the traffic, (I thank the cars that stopped!) the journey was uneventful. Or, rather, it was lovely, given that we are enjoying such sweet July weather!

"Wien Wien, nur du allein..."
The pzl was much fun today. And I appreciate Hahtoolah's response. Nice to see the photo of a yummy Sacher TORTe. It reminds me of the meals at the pension I lived in while a student in Vienna--AND of my last visit to that dear old city, when my wife and I actually stayed in the famed Hotel Sacher, where the restaurant created the renowned torte.
I made the reservation from Rome and thought it was for $200 a night, but that was an error. When we arrived, the manager and half the staff turned out to greet us. Our room was actually the Presidential Suite at $2,000 a night.
"Nein, nein," I protested, "ich bin armer Professor! I am a poor professor!"
The manager was indignant, insisted they were full & had no other rooms, but he finally caved and gave us the Tosca Suite for $450. Still too rich, but in its way worth it! The staff continued to be the most solicitous personnel in our entire travel experience.

Irish Miss & CanadianEh! ~
Right on! FOURTH WALL was a gimme for me. Half the fun of directing a show is deciding how to treat the FOURTH WALL. The expression comes from the early days of "realism," when dramas often were set in an interior room. The scenery would show three walls of such a chamber, with the FOURTH WALL to be imagined by the audience.
Today's audiences are quick to respect it, and it was generally held to be sacrosanct from the Victorian era into my undergrad years. Since then, various playwrights have decided when to observe it and when "to break the FOURTH WALL" and have actors speak directly to the audience.
It can still come as something of a shock to a modern audience.
Breaking the wall was nothing new in Shakespeare's day, of course. Scenes would be presented in which the players all kept to their own world, seeming to ignore the audience. But the moment an actor spoke an "aside" or a soliloquy, he would turn to the crowd and share private thoughts directly with them, thus "breaking the FOURTH WALL."
Think of it as the imaginary barrier that sets off the world of the play from an audience of (usually hushed) voyeurs.

CanadianEh! said...

WC re "C-eh, now that Toronto is the capital of basketball you'll have to spruce up on your basketball history. I'll give you a week and then the quiz".
I hope this is going to be an open-book quiz (or better still an open Google one) LOL!
But I do have James Naismith in my family tree (but only a "shirt-tail" relative).

OMK - best wishes for your wife's recovery.
Having just seeing Othello at Stratford Festival, that FOURTH WALL was a propos for me.

CrossEyedDave said...

I agree with Old Man Keith,
Breaking the 4th wall goes way back.

Groucho Marx did it...

Even silent movies did it...

& an aside to OMK, I hope that Pharmacy wasn't on Bagel Street...

Anonymous T said...

Took me a minute to figure out why there was no DR - D'oh, it was 16x15 - I didn't even notice. I'll cut you some slack today OMK :-)

Vincent Vega / Marsellus Wallace - My brother likes Tarantino movies but they're too tense for me. Your opening (TV-MA) scene reminded me of The Vacant Lot's Blinded By the Light sketch.

CED - I went down the same FOURTH WALL rabbit-hole you did and found the same MARX (not ENGELS' buddy) clip.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

Thank you for the welcome!