Jul 17, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Kevin Salat

Them: 'FRAID SO [Homophonically speaking.]  A bookend theme: the entries all begin with FR and end in AY, which when united spell the word FRAY, not to be confused with the extended FREY clan of Game of Thrones infamy. But I digress.

17 A. Squander little by little: FRITTER AWAY.  To FRITTER [without away] means to break into small fragments; as a noun, it means fragments or shreds.  So the definition given here is apt.

25 A. Unstructured recreation: FREE PLAY.  Also well defined.  Perhaps a way to achieve the previous theme entry with your available time.

38 A. Inlet in an Otis Redding hit song: FRISCOBAY.  Otis finds another way to achieve the first theme entry in this song, released after his death, entitled [Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay.  This is getting a bit meta.

54. Ruffles snack company: FRITOLAY.   Maker of Fritos, Doritos, Sun Chips, Cheetos and more.  Can theses smallish items be considered FRITTERS?  You decide.

64. Worn-look fabric style that this puzzle's four other longest answers exhibit?: FRAYED EDGES.  Like this on fabric. Are the edges being FRITTERED AWAY?  And, of course, the split word FRAY bookends the theme entries.  So, there you have it.

Hi, Gang, it JazzBumpa, jumping into the FRAY.  Nicely executed theme - not much more to say about it.  So let us venture forth boldly into this puzzle - unafrayed.


1. Santa __: Sonoma County seat: ROSA.  Many Santas. Needed perps

5. Cordelia, to Regan: SISTER.  Daughters of King Lear, along with the unfortunately named Goneril.

11. Small ammo: BBs.  Spherical pellets shot from a certain kind of air gun.  Per Wikipedia, "The term BB originated from the nomenclature of the size of steel shots used in a shotgun. Size "BB" shots were normally 0.180 in (4.6 mm) . . ."

14. At risk of offending, for short: UN-PC.  Not Politically Correct.

15. "Play more!": ENCORE.  An additional song or musical selection played after the planned program is complete, as requested by the audience.

16. Variety: ILK.  Type

19. Foot the bill: PAY.  End up paying for something, especially if the charge is large or unreasonable.  Sad.

20. Expedia info: FARES.  Expedia is an American based travel company that provides FARES and other information for world-wide travel.

21. "__ Tu": 1974 hit sung in Spanish: ERES.

22. Boozer: SOT.  Alcoholic.

23. Nike rival: ADIDAS.  Sports shoes.

28. Back muscle, familiarly: LAT.  More formally, Latissimus dorsi the muscle connecting the upper extremity to the back bone.  Mine are typically tight, probably from my trombone addiction.

29. Garnet or ruby: RED.  Shades of meaning.

31. Double helix part: STRAND.  Come on, baby, let's do the twist.

32. Approximately: OR SO.  In the general vicinity of - or so it is said.

34. Old __: card game: MAID.

37. Small pies: TARTS. Small filled pastries without a top crust.

41. "Hello" singer: ADELE.

44. Subway fare?: HERO.  A sandwich of meat, cheese and vegetables made on a long roll that can be purchased at, frex, the Subway sandwich shop.  A fee is involved.

45. Pollen pouches: SACS.  The structures in seed plants where pollen is produced.

49. Overhaul: REVAMP.  Improve the form, appearance and structure of something.

51. Inquire: ASK.  Asking minds want to know.

53. Stick in the closet?: MOP.  "Stick" is a noun here, and it has a head.

57. Mogadishu native: SOMALI.  A resident of Somalia, a failed nation on the horn of Africa.

59. Master: ACE.

60. __ Bator: ULAN.  The capital of Mongolia, on the Tuul River.

62. "Beauty and the Beast" role: BELLE.  Per Wikipedia, she "is the non-conforming daughter of an inventor who yearns to abandon her predictable village life in return for adventure."  The rest is herstory.

63. Olive center: PIT.  A hard seed.

66. Ginger __: ALE. A carbonated soft drink made with -- wait for it . . . ginger!

67. 2014 boxing biopic: I AM ALI.

68. "Othello" villain: IAGO.  He is Othello's standard bearer, but he hates Othello and seeks his downfall by trying to make him believe his wife is unfaithful with his lieutenant, Cassio.

69. '60s hallucinogen: LSD.  Lysergic Acid Diethyamide. Have a nice trip.

70. Shiny photo: GLOSSY.  Type of finish surface on the photo paper

71. "You said it!": AMEN.


1. Mark who plays the Hulk: RUFFALO.

2. Tracked by air traffic control: ON RADAR.  What the bleep is that?

3. Bar supply: SPIRITS.  Liquors that have been distilled to increase the alcohol content.

4. Didn't just sit there: ACTED.  Did something.

5. "I __ what you did there": SEE.  Acknowledging someone's cleverness.

6. Memo starter: IN RE.  With regard to --

7. Winter neckwear: SCARF.  A fabric item worn to maintain warmth and ward off the elements.

8. Cell network structure: TOWER.  I was so stuck on biological cells that when this answer emerged I was totally confused.  Of course this refers to the place where antennae are place for cell phone transmissions.  Which prompts the question: does anyone still use their phone to actually call somebody?

9. Clears a whiteboard: ERASES.  Or a blackboard. Works either way.

10. King of Spain: REY.  Literal translation

11. Like many magnets: BIPOLAR.  Having both north and south poles.

12. Glaringly obvious: BLATANT.  In your face.

13. Big __ Country: Montana: SKY.  Don't let them fool you.  The sky is the same size everywhere.  But in Michigan, you often can't see it for the clouds.

18. Ivan the Terrible, e.g.: TSAR.  One of many Russian emperors, prior to 1917.

22. Turns the hose on: SPRAYS.   Fun way to end up single.

24. Rig on the road: SEMI.  Tractor trailer rig.

26. James of jazz: ETTA.

27. Golf course meas.: YDS. Distance from tee to green, in yards.

30. Superspeed boy in "The Incredibles": DASH.

33. Recently: OF LATE.

35. Curling surface: ICE.  This is a game in which large, flat stones are slid along a smooth ICE surface into a target area.

36. Toon explorer: DORA.  Found this on FaceBook recently.

39. San __, Italy: REMO.  A city on the Mediterranean located in the extreme western part of Italy.  San and Santa - near clechoes.

40. Overseer: BOSS.

41. Greeting at a dog park: ARF.

42. Throws off track: DERAILS.

43. Thrown out: EVICTED.

46. Dental filling material: AMALGAM.  Despite containing about 50% elemental mercury, it is considered to be safe.

47. Dartmouth, e.g.: COLLEGE.  An institute of higher learning.

48. Watches through binoculars, maybe: SPIES ON.

50. Like lions and tigers and bears: PLURAL.  Yes they are plurals.  No, I do not like self-referential clues.

52. 18-time NBA All-Star Bryant: KOBE.  According to some, the 12th best player ever.

55. Texas mission: ALAMO.  Famous for the battle of 1836, when Texas was seceding from Mexico.  In a 13 day siege the garrison stationed there was almost completely wiped out.

56. "Get Yer __ Out!": live Stones album: YAYASRead all about it.

58. Mass __: MEDIA.  With tulips in my mind, I guess, I confidently filled in MANIA.  That was a set back.  The correct answer refers to news and communication outlets, like publications, broadcasting and the internet.

61. Guitarist Cline of the band Wilco: NELS.  Was this a Natick for anyone else?

63. Buddy: PAL.  Amigo, BFF.

64. Cookie fruit: FIG.  Classic.

65. Kit letters: DIY.  DIYourself.  A kit is the set of parts, pieces and tools required to build some thing.  Good luck and - yeah - do read the instructions.

OK, kids - we've frittered away enough time with this crossword puzzle.  Let's go take on the rest of the day.

Cool regards!

Note from C.C.:

Here are three beautiful pictures from Kazie (Kay). Her youngest son Dave got married last month

During the ceremony--Dave and Aimee.

Family group with all the children including Aimee's niece and nephew as well as her own two girls and our grands (Dave's nieces)
Our older son's family and their gift to the new couple


OwenKL said...

SISTER ROSA had a habit, but it didn't fit.
So she left the nunnery to see the world a bit.
She once had been a stripper,
Before religion bit her,
So she'll be again, once she's RE-VAMPED her kit!

There is a friendly SPIRIT who haunts in a bar.
He is quite convivial with SOTS from near and far.
The bartender's one complaint:
Drinking SPIRITS, that he ain't.
The ghost always has his own "Boo"s to give a jar!

I think I am bi-polar, if I may share.
It's a mental condition you're aware?
I'm not sure what it means
But from what I glean,
It says I am fond of penguins and polar bears!

Once there was a girl, a SOMALI
Whose aspiration some thought a folly.
But she got elected,
By her voters selected,
Now she's a Congresswoman, by golly!

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

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased gem for RED.

Adele sang Hello? I'll always associate that title with Lionel Richie.

What is this ginger "ale"? To make a proper Dark 'n Stormy, one needs ginger beer. Arr!

I like the word kit. In addition to implying DIY, it can refer to foxes, and Steve would tell us it can mean clothes. Brits have to "get their kits off" before skinny dipping.

FLN: Lucina, sounds like a close call. Glad everything seems OK now. Miracles of modern medicine often reverse conditions that once meant certain death.

Thanks to Kevin for the easy midweek grid. And thanks to JzB for the fun review, especially evoking Splynter with the frayed cutoffs.

Lemonade714 said...

It is so interesting to solve a puzzle and then see what direction the Corner write-up will go. The fact that every blogger has a unique style and approach to the process makes coming here fun every day even if the puzzle does hit a home run.

This was nice Wednesday with some geography, some history, some music, some pop culture and even a touch of Shakespeare. As Ron pointed out, probably not many know NELS CLINE who does much more than WILCO. My oldest and his wife are big WILCO fans.

The write-up was wonderful, and the ending joke- awesome!

Kazie, my son has added a grandson to my array of grands but yours continue to grow beautifully and all of the additions are precious. Thank you for sharing.

Lemonade714 said...

FLN-- Lucina that was no doubt scary but we all pray things will be fine now.

Bill G., I agree in general it is not a great idea to give rides to others, but perhaps you could have sent him to the county hospital by taxicab to avoid personal safety issues. Helping others is never simple.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No problems. No Wite-Out (though my closet stick started out as a ROD). No theme. Thanx, Kevin and JzB.

AMALGAM -- Is that still used? All my original amalgam fillings have been replaced over the years.

Late to the party after spending a half-hour on the phone with Ally Bank. Somebody drafted my checking acct for $1874 yesterday. Figured I needed to dispute that, but what a hassle. Ally is going to close my checking account and transfer all of the funds to a new account number. Then I'll have the fun of notifying all the direct deposit/debit accounts of the new number. Whee!

Anonymous said...


Quite the dilemma BillG. So is giving a obviously derelicted person a wad of cash of any assistance? Hardly. If the mendicant is unable to walk to the curb to accept the aid is it even an aid at all? Sounds self indulgent.

Provide transport to medical treatment or notify a shelter of some sort or just pray for the man. That twenty dollars is hardly alms for a man who cannot walk to spend it.

That being said, I admire your kind heart.

Java Mama said...

Good morning, everyone! Lots of fun, Kevin, thanks for the mid-week treat. Great, sparkly write-up JzB – will go back and explore all the musical links later.

Got a kick out of FRITTER AWAY – puts me in mind of “Ya Got Trouble” from The Music Man. I’ll own up to having a pair or two of cut-offs with FRAYED EDGES in my yute (back in the ‘70s). Needed a WAG at the crossing of RUFFALO and Santa ROSA. In the end it all came together for a satisfying solve.

Lucina, congratulations on your great grandson. My best wishes to his mother for a speedy recovery from the difficult birth.

Thanks for sharing your lovely photos, Kazie. Many years of happiness to you and your growing family.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Thanks JzB for another fine intro. Nice pictures of Kazie's family, too.

Well, I went with 'rates' instead of FARES, which bolluxed up much of the NW. Got the theme easily enough; funny what constructors will think of for themes. Rest of the solve was smooth; no issues.
ICE- I curled for a decade during the 00's. A good curler gets the stone to 'curl' by launching with the handle at 10 o'clock or 2 o'clock position and then gently imparting a minute spin towards the top. If the ice is good and the speed is correct the stone will do a slight 'hook' at the end of its run and achieve the position requested by the skip. The role of the sweepers is to aid the speed as needed and directed by the skip.

Big Easy said...

It's never a good sign when you don't know either 1A or 1D but luckily the perps filled them and the rest of the puzzle was easy. Bill BIXSBY is the only one I know. The Stones played here Monday night (didn't go) but album names are not worth remembering. Sgt. Pepper & Abbey Road are the only ones I can recall off hand. YAYAS- never heard of it, DASH, or NELS Cline (Cline NELS?).

Look up UNPC in the dictionary and my photo accompanies the definition. Some people are idiots but have been coddled way too long and have formed a pooh-ooh generation. Somebody needs to bring them back to planet earth. I just got my Betsy Ross flag shirt yesterday.

Tandem bicycle-DW and I rode one from SF across the Golden Gate bridge.

Old MAID- that's very UN PC, along with SPINSTER. I'm getting outta here before I get EVICTED.

Calvin said...

I wonder I'd there is something other than ETTA that can be used to fill in ET_A? It has become just automatic fill. Maybe throw us some gas(fastball) or a curve ball and use ETFA,
Electron-transfer-flavoprotein, alpha polypeptide?

Jinx in Norfolk said...

If 7Up can be the uncola, why can't Mac be the UNPC?

kazie said...

Calvin, ETNA gets used often enough, mountain in Sicily.

Thanks so much to C.C. for posting the wedding photos, and to others who express kind thoughts for the couple.

Lucina, I hope all goes well for your new family member and the mother. People don't value the fact that childbirth still can be risky.

D.O., Good luck with getting things straightened out. What rotten luck!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This had a tad more crunch than a typical Wednesday because of the unknown, to me, proper nouns: Dash, Nels, and YaYas. I know Mark Ruffalo but not as the hulk and Tower was slow in coming because my Cell structures association leaned toward the human body. We see UnPC often enough, but I find it awkward fill. I Revise(d) before Revamp(ing) and, like Spitz, chose Rates before Fares. My favorite C/A was Like lions, tigers, and bears=Plural (Sorry, JzB, I'm easily amused).

Thanks, Kevin, for an enjoyable solve and thanks, JzB, for an elucidating expo. I now know a bit more about Dora and Boots and Swiper, which I'm sure will be helpful solving future puzzles, that is, if I remember them.


Lucina, congratulations on your new great grandson. Best wishes for his mom's speedy recovery from the difficult delivery. (I have a niece due any day with her first and hope all goes well.)

PK, I hope your skies are brighter than they have been.

Bill G, I think you did the right thing with Freddie. You have been kind and generous and I'm sure he appreciates your concern.

Irish Miss said...

So sorry, I forgot to thank Kazie for sharing the lovely wedding photos. Much happiness to the whole family.

oc4beach said...

Nice puzzle for a Wednesday by Kevin. JzB's tour through the grid gave me the Ah-Ha moment when he explained the theme.

A few hitches along the way today:
I didn't know DASH and my Subway Fare was TOLL at first.
I didn't know ADELE sang "Hello" also, but when I saw the leading A from ARF, I automatically put in ADELE.
Like others I didn't know NELS.
Perps took care of the above issues.

Growing up in PA we only had Canada Dry Ginger Ale and the local store brands which all tasted the same. However, we spent a lot of time in Michigan visiting family and became acquainted with Vernor's Ginger Ale which has a very unique taste. Occasionally one of the local independent super markets here will have Vernor's and I will get some. It's taste brings back childhood memories of visiting family in Michigan.

DO, I hope you got your crown reattached today. Turns out my dentist appointment is tomorrow. Also, more of the tooth chipped off last night so it's pretty ragged.

Have a great day everyone.

Yellowrocks said...

Nice puzzle. I, too, had rates instead of fares and held onto it too long. I dimly remembered Ruffalo and finally got the NW. Last to fill was YAYAS and NELS. I finally had IAMA-I and saw ALI, a biopic I did not know of.
My first card game as a child was OLD MAID, before I ever knew the meaning of old maid, so it didn't bother me. We didn't play with a Bicycle deck, but with cards picturing ugly old women. With my adult knowledge it now seems unPC. I think childish innocence does not always read meanings into these things. However, in stories I read in my youth, all the stepmothers were mean and most were ugly. I knew stepmothers were not necessarily so.
Favorite clue was curling surface-ice.
I like the opera OTELLO, based on Shakespeare's OTHELLO. Like so many other of Will's stories there are many murders and suicides.
Lucina, that was a scary birth and such a large baby. I am happy both are well. Best wishes for the continuing health of your great grandson and his mom.
Using ice before bed lessened my pain in the shoulder last night. I am gaining mobility, but not strength, as yet.

Yellowrocks said...

I learned as an adult that my family's corn fritters were not like other fritters. I see that most people just add corn to batter and fry them, very similar to apple fritters. We did not use batter. We added eggs, salt and a scant amount of flour to freshly grated corn and then fried the patties in oil. We served them with butter. You don't taste any batter, just the fresh corn. I was very surprised as a bride to see that my MIL used the same recipe. I have seen it nowhere else. The farmer's market has home grown corn now. I will have to make corn fritters on Saturday because Alan loves them. I have golf ball size tomatoes in the garden. I will have to wait for until next month for them to ripen. I envy those of you who have had ripe garden tomatoes for weeks.

inanehiker said...

Enjoyed the puzzle - had many FRAYED EDGES on jeans and then later the shorts, "cut offs" as we called them. They were all from wear and tear, but now they buy them that way and even pay extra sometimes for that!

Thanks JzB and Kevin!

Congrats to Lucina and the new great grandson - happy they found the issue and fixed it for your granddaughter. Back when I delivered babies - you never could rest easy until that baby was OUT! Some last minute issues at the time of delivery is why I'm not a fan of home births!

Enjoyed the beautiful pics Kay!

Jerome said...

I graduated from Montgomery High in Santa Rosa. Amazing because I hated school. My senior year all my grades were D,s and F,s. Found out later that they just didn't want to deal with a mega problem kid anymore. Happy to say that now I'm a mega problem old dude.

No native Californian calls San Francisco Frisco.

desper-otto said...

oc4beach, thanx for asking. Just back from the dentist's office. Spent 15 minutes total as the dentist prepped the crown surface and cemented it back in place. According to his records, he put that crown on ten years ago, so he considered it a "warranty" repair -- no charge.

Jerome said...

Proof is in the pudding. I was a horrible student. You can see from my post above that I don't even know a comma from an apostrophe.

Husker Gary said...

-Yes, Java, Harold Hill warned that “Youth'll be FRITTERIN’ away, I say your young men'll be FRITTERIN’! FRITTERIN’ away their noontime, suppertime, choretime too!”
-FREE PLAY – my childhood was bereft of “play dates”
-I’m sure Ms. (PC abbr.) Adele’s version is fine but I’ll take this version of Hello
-240 miles north of SANTA ROSA we were in the Redwood National Forest and could not reach any cell TOWER. Ahhhh…
-Cross the Pyrenees and a REY becomes a ROI
-Lovely pix, Kazie! Last night a couple was looking at apartments in Auckland and I thought of you

Skip Lala said...

If you are in the mood to PLAY MORE music, take a trip on the San Francisco Bay and be FREE once more.


Misty said...

Delightful Wednesday puzzle--many thanks, Kevin. Nice to see two Shakespeare clues that helped me get both SISTER and IAGO. Fun memory of playing OLD MAIDs card games when I was a kid. I noticed the FR starts and AY ending, but didn't put them together until the clever reveal. Anyway, lots of neat moments, thanks again, Kevin. And I always enjoy your write-up, JazzB.

Loved seeing SAN REMO in the puzzle. In the old days, when I traveled around Europe with my son, I never made reservations, and just stopped in whatever town was on the road when we were ready for an early supper and a hotel room. One of those places was SAN REMO, which I'd never heard of, and which turned out to be a real pleasure--friendly, not too touristy, pretty--a great visit which I've never forgotten.

Yellowstone, glad your shoulder is better--I should try your ice treatment tonight. I have an appointment with a specialist to get my shoulder checked out tomorrow and hope I can get some help. I can hardly lift anything with my right hand today.

Sweet pictures, Kazie.

Have a good day, everybody.

CrossEyedDave said...

Daughter #2's Boyfriend finished the puzzle for me.
(He knew the correct spelling of Raffulo...)

(his 1st ever dead tree crossword?!?!?!)

I was stuck not knowing "spirits," & getting Tsar to fit with Gem instead of Red...

Yesterday I could not find anything funny, so when
that happens I take a variation on "Thumper," &
say nuttin' at all...

Today was a dead search also. Well, almost,
I did find this curiosity under Frayed Edges...

I wonder if I should change my "Schtick" when this happens &
post Crossword (useless) trivia instead. I.E.:

A 9 letter word for pollen bag?

or why panties are called Knickers in Britain:

"The derivation of knickers is from knickerbockers, meaning short trousers."

CrossEyedDave said...

Almost forgot:

Is this Bee wearing Knickers?

And, as a PSA:

Most cities have a 24 hour outreach hotline:

See imbedded video...

Haiku Harry said...

The large wapiti
Wouldn’t befriend the deer. But aren’t
They of the same elk? (ILK)

An apple donut
Lost most of its glaze. Was it
FRITTER-ing away?

Lucina said...


Thank you, Kevin Salat and Jazzbumpa! I love your commentary, Jzb and ENCORE made me think of your concerts where I'm sure you get many of those.

SISTER gave me the entrance to this puzzle and away I went onto a smooth solve. After seeing him in the movie "Spotlight", I can't imagine Mark RUFFALO as The Hulk. Obviously he's a good actor to be able to move from one onto the other.

I laughed at the cluing for MOP and liked PLURALS as clued. Hi, Irish Miss.

NELS was a cinch after four perps. I also had mass MANIA before MEDIA.

I needed the explanation for TOWER because, of course, I was thinking of a different cell.

Yes, I use my telephone to talk and use my landline much more than my cell phone which is mostly for when I'm away or to text.

Thank you for the well wishes for my granddaughter. I realize that in a different setting and a different era, all might not have ended well. I'm grateful she is in a hospital with fine doctors and state of the art methods.

Thank you for sharing those lovely photos!

Have a joyful day, everyone! WARM wishes to all; yesterday it reached 115.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, Kevin, for a fun puzzle with a theme I actually got. Thanks, JzB, chuckles in lots of places of this great expo.

Last fill was the PLURAL/ULAN/NELS cross section. Knew ULAN Bator but couldn't dredge it up.

Gimmee: Santa ROSA. My sister lived there when they had the big fire.

Not really sure what YAYAS are, but sure don't want mine hanging out.

Lucina: Wow! What an ordeal. My prayers for your granddaughter's speedy recovery and a healthy baby.

Lucina said...

Big SKY country: When we were driving through Montana a few years ago, it did seem that the SKY stretched out much longer and wider than in other places. I suppose it's partly because it's so open and undeveloped in large swaths with no interruptions of the horizon by tall buildings or forests, just open land and SKY as far as the eye could see. That helped me understand why it has that moniker.

Lucina said...

Thank you! She developed a fever and has a uterine infection. Fortunately she is being monitored and medicated.

Jayce said...

I AM ALI; I am not SOMALI.

A fun puzzle, enjoyable solve. The nice thing is I didn't see the FR...AY thingy until later so I was spared the "cheat" of auto-filling those letters. More fun that way.

Hand up for filling GEM before RED and then wondering what 4-letter word ending in "G" would have anything to do with Ivan the Terrible, e.g. Also hand up for entering Mass MANIA which obviously made that area impossible to solve for a while.

Jerome, I like what you have to say. I too got very bad grades, due mostly to the fact the teachers were terrible, the classes were stiflingly boring, and I cared more for girls and motorcycles than for academics. The word "Frisco" actually grates on my ears, as does the faux Frenchified pronunciation of the capital of China as "Bei zhing."

Kazie, thanks for sharing those lovely photographs, or rather, those photographs of lovely people.

Lucina, I'm so glad the mother and baby are going to be all right.

Bill G, as far as I'm concerned, you're a good man, as PK said last night.

Jazzb, I love love love that picture of the book from IKEA. NELS was not a Natick for me but it was close to one; I got it from the E in FRAYED.

Misty, I think it's adorably cute you called Yellowrocks "Yellowstone."

Good wishes to you all.

OwenKL said...

Google Ulan Bator and this is the first entry that will pop up

Ulaanbaatar - Wikipedia
Ulaanbaatar, formerly anglicised as Ulan Bator /ˌuːlɑːn ˈbɑːtər is the capital and largest city of Mongolia.

followed by
Top things to do in Ulaanbaatar
Ulaanbaatar travel guide

Discovered that when I did a poem about Genghis Khan over at Jumble Hints a few weeks back.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Kevin Salat, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

D-O: I had the same thing happen. A crown broke. The dentists replaced it at no charge. Under warranty. I was a happy camper. Good luck with your banking stuff. That is a pain.

Puzzle went through easily for the most part. Liked the theme. It was easily discovered.

RUFFALO was unknown so I had a problem with the NW corner. Tried ROSA and it looked correct. UNPC looked correct. The rest eventually surfaced.

Did not know ADELE. Perps.

Fun puzzle.

See you tomorrow.


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AnonymousPVX said...

In late today.

Nice Thursday puzzle.

Markover...put in AMAGAMS/AMALGAM...and I knew it was AMALGAM...this aging stuff isn’t for kids, haha.

Big Easy....those are Beatles albums. does somebody access your account without a record of where the money went?

See you tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Calvin, I see why you are raising a stink!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that one passed right over Kazie's (and everyone else's) head.

Lucina said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the problems in your bank account. I hope you can sort it out with them.

I'm very happy with ETTA. It reminds me her lovely singing voice.

Hobbes said...

Calvin is such a little imp.

desper-otto said...

AnonPVX, there is a record of where the money went. But all I can see is the name of the company -- a company I've never heard of and have never done business with. Ally Bank is investigating, but meanwhile my checking account is frozen until they can open a new account and transfer my balance into it.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I would like to like Mr. Salat's opus very much. I would.
However, like Jerome and Jayce, I see the word "FRISCO" in the middle of the grid.
It reaches out and grabs me by the eyeballs.
As a native San Franciscan, I just can't get past that vulgarism. Sorry.

I'm trying my best, Kevin. Along with Misty I appreciate your inclusion of two Shakespearean clues. As a former actor of Lear, I am grateful to see my "good daughter" Cordelia remembered (even though you had to go and pair her with that skunk Regan! Gah!).
I did manage to see it through to the end. Ta~ DA!
Four diags today. A 3-way on the near side, and one in the mirror.
The mirror diagonal’s anagram puts me in mind of a certain unnamed politician who regularly engages in the “große Lüge,” the old propaganda technique of the “big lie.”
This major public figure routine gushes over with impulsive, slap-dash assertions that reach for an unreachable bottom in crassness and appall the world with his...

Ol' Man Keith said...

Jayce ~
What is the proper pronunciation of "Beijing"? Is the "J" sounded as in "Jack" or "Jill"?

Jinx in Norfolk said...

My my my aren't the San Francisco residents sensitive. People from LA are proud to be from Lower Alabama, and don't mind the diminutive.

Jayce said...

Ol'Man Keith, the "j" in Beijing comes close to the "j" in "jingle bells" or "Jack and Jill wear blue Jeans." Since consonants like "j" are unvoiced in Mandarin (unlike in English) to our ears it probably sounds more like "ch" as in "bei ching". In any case, it most definitely is not anything like the French "j" in words and phrases like "je", "joie de vivre", and "bijou".

Good luck, desper-otto.

Misty said...

My apologies, Yellowrocks. I'm not feeling my best today, and am a bit under the weather.

Yellowrocks said...

Dear Misty, coming from your sweet mouth and kind heart, you have redeemed the word. No worries.
DO, what a pain and worry. Good luck in solving that. A few months ago, someone from another country took small amounts from my bank account, $0.23, $.77, etc. I was told they were testing my account and I had to change everything. Someone also tried to open a new credit account in my name. I froze my credit reports. A word of advice, I would not have any more money than a sufficient amount to cover my monthly bills available in a ATM/debit card. No problems since then. No losses so far.
Kazie, adorable pictures of your family.

Wilbur Charles said...

The three long downs out of the shute held me back. PEC / LAT didn't help. AROSE/ACTED was another curve.

I headed East and got the first FR...ED. I never grok'ed the theme but got all the long crosses Just enough perps to see me through to the FIR.

Misty, perhaps there's a call named "Yellowstone" in Square Dancing. Something about the Yogi's swinging the BooBoos.

My BooBoo had me looking at RealEstate in the greater Ocala area, two hours up and back. I solved in the back seat of the car like last Sunday.


CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Kevin and JazzB.
I'm late to the party today after a visit with my siblings. But I did finally get a chance to do this CW; I was glad that it filled quickly with only a few hold-ups.
I say the multiple AY endings early in the game (and even thought that PAY was an Easter egg!) but I did not add the FR to the EDGES until I came here.

Hand up for Mania before MEDIA. My brain must be tired; I had an Anagram in my teeth before perps improved my spelling to AMALGAM. The word actually means "a mixture, blend" and the combination of metals in AMALGAM includes silver, mercury, tin and copper. It is the mercury that has caused safety concerns.

The NW corner was the last to fill. I had to wait for ROSA and did not know RUFFALO (I will try to remember that it rhymes with BUFFALO!)
I wanted my 3D Bar supply to be some kind of ICE but it was on the curling rink today and SPIRITS and ALE (even if only Ginger) were at the bar. (When I think of Ginger Ale, of course I think of Canada Dry!).

The centre of Olive is not I but PIT. LOL - fool me once!

Unlike IM and Lucina, I wrinkled my nose at 50A "like lions and tigers and bears=PLURAL".

We've had ADELE here before (perhaps associated with a different song -Skyfall, Set Fire to the Rain?).
I remember playing Old MAID as a child (with the cards that YR described), and agree that it is UNPC now.

Wonderful photos, kazie. Best wishes to the whole extended family.

Hope you get some relief soon, Misty.

Lucina, that must have been a very frightening experience for the family; your relief at the safe arrival of your great-granddaughter, and thanks for the medical interventions that treated your granddaughter must be immense. Thoughts and prayers for her recovery. That is a hard way to start what is a stressful, tiring time. Hopefully, she will have lots of help so that she can rest and heal, but still be able to bond with the baby.

Best wishes to you all.

TTP said...

In case you haven't already seen it, C.C. has a puzzle titled "HIGH TECH" in the USA Today.

You can do the puzzle online at

Lucina said...

Canadian Eh!
Thank you! Yes, I am deeply grateful for the wonderful care my granddaughter is receiving. According to my daughter, her mother, the nurses and doctors respond immediately to the first sign of any problem and now she is resting comfortably after two and a half days of unexpected events.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks for the fine puzzle Kevin. I must have been on your wavelength b/c I thought cell TOWER and HERO immediately. Wonderful expo JzB -- the synopsis of Dora was LOL!

I use my cell for talking and we no longer have a land-line. What's funny, the Girls and I text each other rather than yelling through the house.

ESPs: ERES, RUFFALO (I was about to enter Ferrigno. [oooh, nerd controversy])

Fav: Clue for HERO even if FAREs is dupe'd at 20a.
Runner-up: FREE PLAY at the Arcade.

{A, B-, A, A-}
Brilliant DR OMK
LOL Haiku Harry!

FLN - Lucina: Congratulations, but what a fright!
Kazie - thanks for sharing the pictures.

BTW, tandems are heavy - I mention this because a buddy put his daughter on the back of one for the MS150. That bike weighed about 5 times my bike.

YR - If it's any consolation, I won't be getting any more tomatoes until our overnight temp starts to regularly drops below 75F.

D-O: I didn't know Crowns were considered "durable goods." 10 years and still under warranty? That's impressive.

CED - your trivia (and pic) is the Bee's Knees.

C, Eh! - LOL Centre of Olive == I :-)

TTP - just printed CC's puzzle, Thanks.

Cheers, -T

Calvin said...

Oh well, my FARTS joke was either too cryptic or simply ignored. They say, "know your audience", and apparently I don't. I'll have to remember if Susie thinks it is juvenile, then it is juvenile.

Btw, it is a known fact that the average person FARTS 15 to 25 times a day and it is funny every time.

Carry on

PK said...

Calvin: I could not figure out what on earth you were talking about in your first post. Didn't appreciate your second post, but little boys are fascinated by the subject.

Calvin said...

I was just imagining that had we used ETFA as the answer for 26d instead of ETTA, then 37a would be...wait for it...FARTS. Ahhhhh.

I know, I know, but for this little boy, that thought lingered with me throughout my solve. I just had to come here this morning to let it out so y'all could savor my imagination.

And it just struck me as something Calvin would share with Mrs. Wormwood and his classmate Susie.

Of course, Hobbes was not amused with this impish behavior.

Be careful out there, and remember to look out for the ducks. Don't step on them!

Michael said...

OMK @ 4:51:

" As a former actor of Lear, I am grateful to see my "good daughter" Cordelia remembered (even though you had to go and pair her with that skunk Regan! Gah!). "

I guess you have just created the anti-particle for the CSO, the anti-CSO.

Michael REGAN

Michael said...

OMK @4:51 -- I'm not mad now, as I looked up Regan the sister, and she was indeed a skunk.

I think your comment just hit me wrong because it seems like everyone from the Donald on down just shoots his mouth off without any concern that there are real people they are shooting at. (I try to work on being non-skunky, perhaps successfully once or twice a year.)