Aug 12, 2019

Monday, Aug 12, 2019 Matt McKinley

Theme: Times 6

17. Half a million in annual pay, say: SIX-FIGURE SALARY.

27. Chromatic basis of much modern music: TWELVE-TONE SCALE.

63. Around the clock: TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN.

Boomer here.

This puzzle did a number on me.  I just want to take a minute to applaud all of you puzzle solvers out there. I enjoy commenting on the blog, and although I do not add many comments at the bottom shown on the next screen, I do read all of what you have to say. So many wonderful people on this blog!


1. Golfer __ Thompson, who had her first LPGA tournament win at age 16: LEXI.  She came on the LPGA like a fireball, and continues to play successfully.

5. College sports channel: ESPNU. Football is coming. Go Gophers!  Or your team! 

10. Inquires: ASKS.

14. Have too much, briefly: OD ON. Overdose on.

15. Surgical tool: CLAMP.  Used widely under a tent in M.A.S.H.

16. "Ignore that dele" mark: STET.

20. South Korean capital: SEOUL.  I have never been there however there are many ladies from Korea on the LPGA tour competing with Lexi.

21. Proverb: MAXIM.

22. Put the kibosh on: NIX.

23. Carry with effort: LUG.  This used to be a nut holding a tire on a wheel.  I guess they are still there but it seems the manufacturer hides them so if you get a flat, you need to call someone.

25. Like citizenship maintained in multiple countries: DUAL. Or like exhaust pipes and mufflers on a 1957 Chevy. 

35. Victory: WIN.  Root, Root, Root for the home team, if they don't WIN it's a shame !

36. In __: unborn: UTERO.

37. Sets straight: TRUES.

38. Mallorca o Menorca: ISLA.  The home of "Dragnet" IS LA.

40. Med. research agency: NIH.

41. Part of Q.E.D.: ERAT.  What comes after D Rat

42. Spanish girl: CHICA.

44. Like a chimney needing sweeping: SOOTY.  Like Santa at his arrival. Not Argyle.

47. Garden of Eden woman: EVE.  "And from the garden of Eden, picked the apple she was eatin" and I swear that I'm the one that et the core."  (Mitchell Trio).

51. Shoe or foot part: HEEL.  Folks used to teach their dog that.

52. __ de toilette: EAU.  About 100 miles east of Minneapolis lies Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  A very nice city, not a toilette.   I bowled many tournaments there in the past, at Wagner's.

53. Inveterate imbiber: SOT.

55. Impertinent: SAUCY.

59. Copy on transparent paper: TRACE.

66. Bonn article: EINE. The number of German Biers I could drink without getting sick.

67. "I'm innocent!": NOT ME.  Me neither.

68. Captain hanged for piracy: KIDD.

69. Toward the setting sun: WEST.  Also "Batman"  Adam.

70. Op-ed piece, e.g.: ESSAY.

71. Fruity beverages: ADES.  Shout out to Lemonade, same as last week.


1. It's often covered by insurance: LOSS.  I don't think there is any Dow Jones Insurance, other than selling short.

2. Actress Falco: EDIE.  I was thinking of Ernie Kovacs wife, Ms. Adams. 

3. Hugs-and-kisses symbols: XOXO.  Not a real good bowling score though.

4. Paid __: completely settled: IN FULL.

5. Heart test: Abbr.: ECG.  I thought it was an EKG.  Turns out they both mean the same thing.

6. Blighted inner city area: SLUM.  "On a cold and gray Chicago morn, another little baby child is born."  Elvis.

7. Law office hire, for short: PARA.

8. Ariz. neighbor: N MEX.  Large Southwestern state on the Mexican border. I have been there a few times and an SUV we are looking at from Hyundai is named after it's capital city, Santa Fe.  No relation to Santa Claus.

9. Potential for profit: UPSIDE.

10. Comm. system with hand motions: ASL.

11. Oliver Hardy's partner: STAN LAUREL.  Oh how I miss those guys.  Whenever a friend or relative needed to be in the hospital, I would always visit and bring them hard boiled eggs and nuts.

12. "The Americans" actress Russell: KERI.

13. River of Hades: STYX.

18. Candy heart sentiment: I LUV U. I don't know, the little candy hearts that we used to buy never had room for 5 letters.

19. Not optional: A MUST.  I had a 1968 Mustang many years ago.

24. Obtain: GET.

26. Farmland measure: ACRE.  I think there were green ones in Petticoat Junction.

27. A couple of times: TWICE.  Followed by ONCE, if you get to THREE TIMES you were in a lot of trouble.

28. "__ could help": WISH I.  "When you wish upon a star, males no difference who you are."  I think it was Jiminy Cricket.

29. Gives spiritual insight to: ENLIGHTENS.

30. Past, present or future: TENSE.

31. Mythical hunter: ORION.  This guy had some stars named after him.

32. Not at all: NO HOW.

33. Depart: LEAVE.  "Leaving, on a jet plane.  Don't know when I'll be back again."  Peter, Paul and Mary.

34. Compound with a fruity aroma: ESTER.

39. Nagging pain: ACHE. I's very uncomfortable in a tooth.  That's why I now have plastic.  I used to think Fixodent was an auto body repair shop.

43. Nuclear weapon trial: A TEST.  Hey!!  Cut that out in the Asian Pacific.

45. First word in many Grisham titles: THE.  Buck stops here.

46. Dublin-born poet: YEATS.  He's a poet but he doesn't know it.  His feet show it, they're Longfellows.

49. Comic Boosler: ELAYNE.  She thinks she's funnier than she really is.

50. California's motto: EUREKA.

53. Slow-cooked dish: STEW. I make really good stew.  Any cut of beef, celery, carrots, onion, potatoes, and a special spice packet or two.  In a slow cooker for half a day, it's Greeeaaat !
54. Scrape, in totspeak: OWIE.  We had many when we were kids.

56. Mysterious sci-fi ships: UFOS.

57. Collapsible beds: COTS.  Canvas, no mattress.  Hard as a rock.

58. Arizona city on the Colorado River: YUMA.  That Colorado is really something.  I have visited Lake Mead and it's odd to see that much water in a desert.

60. Gung-ho: AVID.

61. Formally turn over: CEDE.  I give up

62. Concludes: ENDS.  We're getting there

64. Ping-Pong table divider: NET.  Pretty small, tennis courts are bigger.

65. Spanish throne occupant: REY.

I noticed last Friday that I now receive CBS channels on DirecTV.  I don't suppose I will receive credit for time lost.  I only missed a couple of PGA finishes.


D4E4H said...

FIR in 29:21 min.

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you Matt McKinley for this enjoyable Monday CW.

Thank you Boomer for an excellent review. I noticed many examples of 27 A -- Chromatic basis of much modern music: TWELVE-TONE SCALE.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Matt put some snap, crackle and pop into this one. Tasty. Caught the progression of sixes, though I tried NOTE before the TONE sounded. Enjoyed your musical references, Boomer. (Also that D RAT comment.)

STEW: Boomer, you might try a little red wine in that recipe. I don't drink wine, but I like it in stew. Don't go cheap, though. It's gotta be a wine that's actually good enough to drink.

TWENTY-FOUR-SEVEN: "Our store is open twenty-four-seven, Monday-thru-Friday, between the hours of 8 and 5."

YUMA: The hard-working, mighty Colorado River is just a trickle south of Yuma. Most years it doesn't make it all the way to its mouth in the Gulf of California.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

A little edgier than most Mondays but once the long acrosses/theme became clear, the solve moved right along. Who'd a thought it? - Multiples of six. FIR. Only white-out was misspelt YEATS as Yates on the original pass. ……WHEELER straightened that out.
YUMA - CSO to Yuman?
TWICE - While the 'w' sound is gone in 'two', it remains hale and hearty in TWICE and twain. German two is zwei, L. German twee, Dutch twee; all w's pronounced. Wonder how English lost the 'w' sound. It probably would be too logical to adjust the spelling.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased adage for MAXIM. DNK TWELVE TONE SCALE, nor that modern music wasn't atonal.

In my working days it was common for sponsors to ask for a system with TWENTY FOUR SEVEN availability. When told that it would cost 1/3 as much if it could go offline on Sundays from midnight to 8 AM, they almost always opted for that option. What they usually really wanted was for it to be highly reliable during business hours. Extracting actual requirements was one of the hardest parts of the job.

Just for Boomer: The Commodores' Once, TWICE, Three Times a Lady.

One of my Irish Wolfhounds was named ORION. The next one was Sirius, Orion's hunting dog.

I'm almost finished with my first Mitchener book, Caribbean. In it there are several examples of privateers who operated under the blessing of the crown, but changes of the monarch resulted in the death penalty for piracy. And he's not KIDDing.

Thanks to Matt for the fun, easy Monday puzzle. And thanks to Boomer for the fine review.

Yellowrocks said...

I was not on Matt's wave length. There were only two answers unfamiliar to me, but perpable, Elayne, and Keri. Crunchy, but fun. FIR in the end.
Every time -ade comes up in a puzzle I look it up. It seems to me that -ade is just a suffix, not a stand alone word.
Here is an example of twelve tone music.
12 tone
I took a music appreciation class in order to be with my music major finance. It was an elective for the entire student population. I was the only non music major enrolled, so the prof made the class quite challenging. (Don't ask me to explain 12 tone.) I do remember discussing Schoenberg and the twelve tone technique. Copland and Stravinsky used this method for some of their work.
In crossword puzzledom, you don't have to know much detail. You just have to have met the word and remembered the context in which it is used. This is especially true for me with sports clues.
Jinx, "Although usually atonal, twelve tone music need not be—several pieces by Berg, for instance, have tonal elements. One of the best known twelve-note compositions is Variations for Orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg." Just a fact I learned, but I don't have a clear understanding of it. Can anyone explain it?
I am actually eager to begin my work today, after a lovely vacation. Recreation = re-creation and renewal.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Matt McKinley, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Got up early and got 'er done. Went very easily.

The theme appeared quickly. All grid spanners, but easily figured out.

Liked ERAT. I always like the term Q.E.D.

I also tried EKG. Fixed that quickly.

First time I have seen XOXO in a puzzle. Clever.

I have to leave shortly for crossing guard training. See you tomorrow.


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Anonymous said...

Per, "ade"

An ade is a sweet, cold summer drink.
Most ades are based on fruit juice.

Ade is a slang term for a sweet drink, more often used as a suffix.

6:19 to finish today. Saw a theme with numbers, but that was it.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you, Matt, and thank you, Boomer.

Never heard of TWELVE TONE SCALE, but it didn't slow me down. Actually thought it was TWELVE TO ONE SCALE until the review. Mox nix.

Boomer, I've never stopped in Eau Claire, but I have driven through it a couple of times on my way to Minneapolis. I usually crossed the river a little further south at La Crosse. I've crossed the river in each of the states it passes through.

Yellowrocks said...

Anonymous @ 8:49, I have great respect for the site and visit it frequently. They say ADE is a slang word, but offer no sample sentences showing its stand alone use. I did find it in my huge Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, but not in any others beside these two references. Most of the common dictionaries do not include it. Scrabble and Words with Friends do not accept it. It seems Spellcheck does. I haven't found any written examples of its use and I haven't heard it in everyday speech as a stand alone word. As my parents used to say. "Es macht nichts aus." I just find it interesting that it is so little used.

Spitz, in looking up our German phrase to see if I remembered it correctly, I found the following and thought of you.
When we adopt foreign words we change them

Husker Gary said...

-I enjoyed Matt’s grid-spanning Six Step Program this morning
-Korea is well represented in the Top Ten LPGA rankings
-LUGGING pig carcasses used to be a low level job at Hormel’s in our town
-Close to CHICA - A Swedish group singing a lovely song with a Spanish title in English
-I was raised among SOTS in our small town and saw that as normalcy
-NOT ME – Is OJ still pursuing the real killers?
-EDIE has won many awards on The Sopranos where gorgeous young women seem to be attracted to older, heavyset thugs
-IN FULL – We’ve paid off three mortgages. I want to go again but DW says no.
-STAN said he and Oliver maintained very separate personal lives
-The stars “in” ORION are really trillions of miles apart. The constellation’s shape is completely random
-This AVID golfer is sidelined today with 4” of rain recently

CanadianEh! said...

Marvellous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Matt and Boomer.
I moved through this CW slightly slower than my usual Monday, but I FIRed and got the Times SIX theme. (Actually, I found more numbers with TWICE, TENS (end of 29D!), X0X0 (Roman Numerals count) and DUAL.) I also smiled to see that the CW CEDEd the finish with ENDS.
I thought we might be on an X kick with 4 of them by 22A but then they ENDed.

Hand up for Note before TONE.
ECG is more common this side of the border (I waited for perps to decide between the C or K).
My first thought for the surgical tool was a scalpel but CLAMP fit the spot.
Yes, I remember laughing at LAUREL and Hardy.
Boosler was unknown, but perps gave the different spelling of ELAYNE.
No great EUREKA moment today.
China CEDEd Hong Kong to Britain in 1841; in 1997, it was peaceably handed over to China in exchange for a Chinese pledge to preserve Hong Kong’s capitalist system. How is that going?

Yes, I saw the CSOs to LemonADE(S) and YUMAn. Thanks, Boomer, for reminding us of Santa, Argyle, with SOOTY.

Wishing you all a great day.

oc4beach said...

I liked the numbered approach of today's puzzle from Matt. Boomer, as always, added a lot to the enjoyment to the puzzle.

Perps filled in the couple (2) of unknowns today and many that I did know but were already filled in by the time I got to the clue. My DW's name is spelled ELAINE, so that is what I entered for Boosler, but then the TWENTY FOUR SEVEN set me straight.

I remember when I was a kid Dad would get the chimney sweeper in to clean the flue every winter so that a flue fire didn't happen. Over time the soot and tars and creosote would build up from the wood and coal that we burned and were a hazard. The few times that it did happen were scary and could have resulted in the house burning down. It was not uncommon for a house fire to occur in our town in the winter because of a flue fire.

Yesterday while power-washing the side of the house and sidewalks, I apparently angered some Yellow Jackets. Those little buggers can really sting. I made a mad dash into the house to get away from them with only a couple of stings that still hurt.

Beautiful day here in Central PA. I hope it's nice where you are and if it isn't, hopefully it will be soon

Spitzboov said...

YR @ 0945 - In L. German it was always: Dat mookt nix. (It doesn't matter.). When I looked that up (for spelling), I also found:
"Wenn de Katt sick putzt, denn kummt Besöök". (When the cat grooms itself, company's coming.)
I don't think people drop in on each other, unannounced, as much today as they did a couple generations ago.

Yellowrocks said...

This is not German or PA Dutch, but our neighbors and our family used to say, "If you drop a knife, a man is coming to visit, while a fork means a woman is coming, and a spoon means a child is coming."
I never have dropped in on anyone without warning, even family members, and no one drops in on me. I believe you cannot expect a person who is in the midst of doing something, to suddenly drop everything to entertain you.
My dear cat groomed himself several times day without bringing us company. LOL

Misty said...

Delightful Monday puzzle--many thanks, Matt. I began with lots of blanks at the top, but pretty soon on the way down everything filled in, and I got the fun numbers theme. Always nice to see EDIE Falco in a puzzle, and I'm glad I know my German because German words seem to show up a lot in puzzles these days. Boomer, I always love your write-ups, and the one this morning gave me two treats: the sweet Argyle Santa picture, and the reference to Peter Paul and Mary's jet plane song. That one's going to buzz in my ear all day--not a bad thing but something I'll enjoy.

Have a great week, everybody!

AnonymousPVX said...

This Monday puzzle went quickly, but I bit too quickly on an “obvious” clue, thus...

Markovers....just the one, SASSY/SAUCY....should have known.

Jinx....I spent my career in IT, but not in the same groups. When I went to the BOSS group (business office sub-system) we were charged with making changes based on user requests. I got my first assignment, checked the requirements and coded it up. It worked precisely as requested. Unfortunately, I got the “but that’s not what we meant” response on review. From then on, I would not code one line until I met the request author and insured the request was “what they meant”. After that momentous decision, no more redos. Right after that everyone started doing the client review meeting. No idea why they waited for me to start that up.

oc4beach....your alias reminds me of an ABEND code, SYSTEM 0C4, S0C4, a protection exception. Also....yellow-jackets....nasty little things, I still remember kicking a stump along a path and having my calf covered in them....unlike bees, they keep stinging. My mom said she heard a kid scream and wondered what happened, that was me getting stung. 55 years ago and I will never forget that experience.

CrossEyedDave said...

A little trivia about 6's

Lucina said...


Besides German we also have Spanish lessons today, REY, CHICA, ISLA and a bit of French is not surprising, EAU.

Arizona also has good billing in the puzzle. Speaking of Lake Mead, it is down to record level low capacity and very troubling for our draught prone state.

I once saw ELAYNE Boosler's name on a marquee and was surprised at the spelling.

Thank you, Matt McKinley and Boomer! I thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle and the humorous review.

It's a warm, sunny day here, likely to reach 106 degrees, a nice respite from the over 110s that have plagued us.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Ol' Man Keith said...

So many languages, so little time. German today, and French, and Spanish. But if I am to believe the NY Times in a Sunday editorial, the world is actually becoming monolingual--with English as the lingua franca. (Ironique, n'est-ce pas?)

This will save lazy Anglophone tourists the trouble of learning another language, but still doesn't help when you want to know what the natives are saying among themselves--about us.

An enjoyable pzl today. Nice write-up, Boomer!
A 3-way on the near side.
Not much doing in the anagram department. In the main diagonal, I spot HARD and DEVIOUS--but why bother?
More of interest can be found in the top sub-diagonal where, with a single borrowing from the main line, I find a most unusual piscine main dish, indeed so rare one would have to look very hard to find the Chef who will serve it, a delicious...

Yuman said...

Thank you Matt and Boomer. Here in Yuma we are going from hot to really hot, 115 for Wed. and Thur. The pool water is too hot to swim, and getting a cold shower won’t happen until Oct. you need oven mitts to drive, and don’t even think about sitting on hot leather car seats.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Once I got the multiples of 6 I jumped ahead and filled in TWENTY FOUR HOURS. Bzzt! Other than that, and having to change ADAGE to MAXIM and SASSY to SAUCY, it all went as smooth as ice. Easy but fun.

Boomer, I also liked your D RAT comment.

CrossEyedDave, very interesting about the rule of sixes.

Good wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

Ach, Firefox! What hast thou done? (As the crowd, aghast at seeing Hagen murder Siegfried, cries out, "Hagen, Was thu'st du?") You totally screwed up bookmarks. Thou art dead to me.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Enjoyed the puzzle, Matt! Much fun with the expo, Boomer!

Boomer: you are so right about many owies in childhood. There were a few years when I went around with big red scabs on my knees all summer. The top of my body seemed to be faster than my feet and I was always flopped down on the sidewalk. Loved my roller skates.

Great puzzle theme which I got by the second & third and filled in the first & last from there. No red-runs today.


TuNE before TONE.

YR: Welcome back. I hoped you were having a good time on vacation.

My son came yesterday and surprised me with a map and picture share of his family's Mediterranean Cruise. The pictures of Rome were especially excellent. He had put a lot of work and thought into his presentation for me. So kind of him. He was awed by things that I wouldn't have expected him to be interested in at all. He's a practical work-oriented guy, but he's worked in construction of several kinds and the ancient builds without modern machinery blew his mind. Love that my kids get to do the things I wanted to do and couldn't.

Wilbur Charles said...

"Don't go cheap, though. It's gotta be a wine that's actually good enough to drink.". Except when cooking with beer. Cheaper is probably better like Schmidt's or something.

"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet."
"Twain derives from the Old English twegen, meaning two". Re. TW. I can see where the W was dropped.

Oc4, tg it weren't paperwasps. Betsy and Phil have both had that experience. That's borderline emergency room bites/Sting.

Someday I'll recount my "flue" fire or did I. The one where the Amazon parrot saved the day.

CED, do you know the rule of Nines?

I didn't see the 6x theme. So… I had LAYNE. All the other 13-19 add teen but EIGHT already had T. I kept doing the mental alphabet run and skipping E.
Tricky for a Monday mixing the obvious with cute stuff.

As I started reading the write-up it took a bit to realize it was the inimitable Boomer. B, did you see my crack about the 1967 Twins-Redsox?

Jayce, the last holdouts seem to be the Japanese


WikWak said...

A nice, quickish puzzle to start off the week. Thanks to Matt for a little Monday brain tuneup and to Boomer for an as-always interesting exposition. And Boomer, I do believe you have the same Chad Mitchell Trio album that I have. One of them, anyway.

I caught the theme early and that helped. Anonymous PVX, Hand up for SASSY/SAUCY. CanadianEh!, I bit on NOTE/TONE too. About 13 minutes to solve, quite a bit slower than my typical Monday.

About a million years ago when I was in college I had a job on a “roving” crew for GTE. A good chunk of our time was spent burying cable. For this we had a (I think) D-9 Caterpillar with a plow on the back that put the cable under the ground. One day I plowed right through a huge hornets’ nest; one minute I was chugging happily along and the next I was surrounded by an enormous cloud of hornets. Since D-9s dont go all that fast even when they don’t have a plow in the ground, I dropped my hands from the steering levers and got my foot off the go-faster, and broke any records for the 100-yard dash, getting away with only a dozen or so stings. Not my best day at work.

Time to go make supper. I’m making spaghetti over spaghetti, a tasty treat. G’day all!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

WC, I read that Amazon was experimenting with robots for home delivery, but I never knew they used parrots!

I remember when Schmidt's of Philadelphia sold for $0.69 per six pack. Roughly the same time that the Allman Brothers were playing mall openings in Georgia.

oc4beach said...

AnonPVX, WikWak and WC: My worst encounter with Yellow Jackets was many years ago when I hit a ground nest with my lawnmower. Again a 50 yard dash to the house, but they got me over 30 times and I passed out next to the phone before I could call anyone. I woke up a little later with a lot of sore stings and a very high heart rate. Eventually everything settled down and it took a few days for the stings to stop hurting. Calamine lotion helped somewhat. I have a very healthy respect for Yellow Jackets.

Wilbur Charles said...

Jinx, Hombre, the green Amazon was making a racket . Why? Because there was smoke adjacent to his perch. Mr Stupidity had taken a rare night off.
I investigated and quickly evacuated and called 911. The conduit from fireplace to chimney had overheated and finally ignited the surrounding wood.

I gave Hombre extra peanuts after that.


TTP said...

oc4, et al, I pulled down an old rotting fence post when I was 6 or 7 that housed a huge nest, and got stung repeatedly as I ran as fast as I could all the wat back to the house.

Speaking of yellow stuff, Evan Kalish has a Yellow Bellied crossword over at the Merriam-Webster site, and

Zhouqin Burnikel has a puzzle over at

Bill G said...

106 degrees, a nice respite? (115 degrees in Yuma?) Yes, but it's a dry heat. That's why I live here I guess. It should hit 76 or so... I guess 'Es macht nichts' since we finally got AC.

Bill G said...

I usually use the Mensa site to solve online. I also often solve WSJ puzzles online. I used to be able to enjoy the puzzles at USA Today. Something has gone awry with USA for me. I'm using a MAC and Firefox. The puzzle finally appears but I can't enter anything. Maybe my MAC and my Firefox version are too old. Any ideas?

Lucina said...

Yes, Bill G., it is a dry heat, thankfully. We would likely all pass out if the humidity was high.

TTP said...

Bill, you can trying clearing cookies and site data, and then reload the puzzle.

To do so in Firefox, there's a lowercase i enclosed in a circle next to the green lock symbol on the address bar. Select the lowercase i and then select "Clear Cookies and Site Data"

There's also an option under Support to send a note to to get help:

Technical problems?
Contact customer support at