Aug 13, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Gail Grabowski

What's Your Super Power?  The word Power can be placed before the each word in each starred theme clue to give a very special type of Power.

17-Across. *   Cafeteria queue: LUNCH LINE.  Power Lunch (a working lunch where important discussions take place) and Power Line.

39-Across. *    Non-glitzy local tavern: DIVE BAR.  Power Dive and Power Bar.  I was unfamiliar with the term Power Dive.  According to the dictionary, it is a "steep dive of an airplane with the engines providing the thrust".   It also the title of a 1941 movie.

11-Down. *     Corporate retreat with team-building activities: COMPANY TRIP.  Power Company and Power Trip.

25-Down. *     Basil sitting on a sill, e.g.: WINDOW PLANT.  Power Window and Power Plant.

Anatomy of a car Power Window.

And the Unifier:
64-Across. Takeover endeavor ... and a hint to what can precede each word in the answers to starred clues: POWER PLAY.

1. Not fatty: LEAN.

5. Polynesian carving: TIKI.

9. Ebenezer's partner Marley: JACOB.  A reference to A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Jacob Marley is the deceased business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge who makes a ghostly appearance to Scrooge on Christmas Eve.  He tells Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts before morning.

14. Luxury hotel name: OMNI.

The Omni Hotel in Houston

15. Word before rock or rain: ACID.  As in Acid Rock or Acid Rain.

16. Run off to wed: ELOPE.  A crossword staple.

19. Chickens (out): WIMPS.

20. Dr. Mark Sloan portrayer in "Grey's Anatomy": ERIC DANE.  I never watched Grey's Anatomy, so am not familiar with either Dr. Mark Sloan or ERIC DANE (b. Nov. 9, 1972).

22. Flower holder: POT.

23. Harsh treatment: RAW DEAL.

26. Rio Grande city: EL PASO.   The Texas city that has been in the news recently.

28. Buckeye State: OHIO.  It's the State that's Round on the End and High in the Middle: O-HI-O.

29. Vane heading: EAST.

32. From scratch: ANEW.

33. Drums held between the knees: BONGOS.

36. How wet hair hangs: LIMPLY.

38. Australian hub, in itineraries: SYD.  As in Sydney, home of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

41. Quattro meno uno: TRE.  Foreign math.  4 - 1 = 3.

44. Part of a mug shot profile: ONE EAR.

John Dillinger, Public Enemy #1

46. "I'll handle it": NO PROB.

48. Like early-morning golf greens: DEWY.

(I know, different spelling.)

50. Self-important type: SNOB.

He's probably on a Power Trip.

52. "Lovely" musical meter maid: RITA.


53. Maven: EXPERT.

55. Unwrap with gusto: RIP OPEN.

58. Rank above maj.: COL.  A Colonel is a rank above a Major.

59. Device used to record aerie hatchlings: EAGLE CAM.

62. "Better late than never," e.g.: ADAGE.  (Maxim also fits, here, but that was yesterday's word.)

68. Desert drifts: DUNES.

The name of the first book in the Sci-Fi series by Frank Herbert.

69. Taiwanese PC giant: ACER.  I learned of this company from working the crosswords.

70. Word game piece: TILE.
Also known as a manual from IKEA.

71. Lauder of makeup: ESTÉE.  Estée Lauder (nйe Josephine Esther Mentzer; July 1, 1906 ~ Apr. 24, 2004), makes frequent guest appearances in the puzzles.

72. Lays down a lawn: SODS.

73. Worry obsessively: STEW.

1. Bit of cybermirth: LOL.  Textspeak for Laughing Out Loud.

2. Earthbound bird: EMU.  A male EMU can grow to a height of over 6 feet.  It is the largest bird native to Australia.  It can't fly, but can run at a rate of 30 MPH if being hunted.  If cornered, its sharp toe claws can eviscerate its hunter, so be warned.

3. Gothic novelist Radcliffe: ANN.  Ann Radcliffe (né Ann Ward; July 9, 1764 ~ Feb. 7, 1823) was a pioneer in writing Gothic fiction.  She was also one of the most popular writers of her time.  Her appeal is probably lost to time.

4. Words to pacify a pooch: NICE DOG!

5. Shire of "Rocky": TALIA.  Talia Shire (née Talia Rose Coppola; b. Apr. 23, 1946) is the sister of Francis Ford Coppola.  Other than the Rocky and The Godfather films, I can't name another movie she was in.

6. Christmas eave decoration: ICICLE.  Cute clue.

7. Bighearted: KIND.

8. Think tank nugget: IDEA.

9. Tiara sparkler: JEWEL.

10. "Aladdin" prince: ALI.


12. Try to block: OPPOSE.

13. Give: BESTOW.  Fun word.

18. Charlemagne's realm: Abbr.: HRE.  As in the Holy Roman Empire.

21. Doubles partner who's not serving: NETMAN.  A tennis reference.

23. Steals from: ROBS.

24. Crow's-nest call: AHOY!

27. Sidekick: PAL.

30. Final Olds made: ALERO.  This model ceased production in 2004.

31. Bro or sis: SIB.  As in a Sibling.

34. Laudatory lines: ODE.

35. Sonora snooze: SIESTA.
37. Supporting: PRO.

40. Delivery vehicle: VAN.

42. Memorization method: ROTE.

43. Israeli diplomat Abba: EBAN.  Abba Eban (né Aubrey Solomon Meir Eban; Feb. 2, 1915 ~ Nov. 17, 2002) made a guest appearance recently.

45. Emmy-winning scientist Bill: NYE.  As in William Sanford Nye (b. Nov. 27, 1955).  He bills himself as Bill Nye, the Science Guy.

47. Gives a cue: PROMPTS.

48. Ten-year period: DECADE.

49. Book after Genesis: EXODUS.  A Biblical reference

51. Prepared, as coffee: BREWED.

54. Maker of tasty "pieces": REESE.

56. Cupcake finishers: ICERS.

57. Achievement for a duffer: PAR.  A golfing reference.

60. Transcript nos.: GPAs.  As in Grade Point Averages.

61. Bonkers: LOCO.

63. "That's surprising": GEE!

65. Beyond tipsy: LIT.

66. Many a microbrew: ALE.

67. Archery wood: YEW.

Here's the Grid:

I'll leave you with a QOD:  Just because your ad looks good is no insurance that it will get looked at.  How many people do you know who are impeccably groomed … but dull?  ~  William Bernbach (Aug. 13, 1911 ~ Oct. 2, 1982), American advertising executive

Note from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to Betty, loving wife of dear Spitzboov.  I think they have the longest marriage on our blog.

Happy Birthday also to dear Chickie (Leah), who used to comment regularly on the blog. Chickie lost here husband Bill a while ago and now lives in a new place.

Left to Right: Chickie, JD, Garlic Gal and Lucina.
June 3, 2015


Lemonade714 said...

Good morning a rare GG solo effort to start our day. This type of theme is the hardest for me to suss, especially with the unknown to mt POWER DIVE . ANN RADCLIFF revealed a hole in my knowledge. I am not sure if I have heard the term NETMAN.

SHIRE was the name of TALIA's second husband. She has been working over the years. Her IMDB.

Thanks, Susan and Gail

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Themes like this never cease to amaze me. How do those puzzle makers find so many two-word phrases where both words can be paired with the theme word? Craftily. Alas, d-o labored to create a DNF this morning. Knowing less than zero about tennis, I WAGged that the other half of the tennis duo was the SET MAN. Bzzzzzzt! My unwrapping had to morph from TEAR OFF to RIP INTO. NO PROB. Thanx, Gail and Hahtoolah. (I mistakenly thought your POT link was going to be educational.)

ICICLE: Makes me think of "Smooth as a well-boiled icicle."

Happy Birthday, Betty and Chickie.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased fret for STEW. Also thought "flower holder" would be a very clever reference to something that holds back a river, so I had to erase dam in favor of POT.

My dad used to call it "oh aitch ten". Also used to tell people that the reason they built the new bridge from Cincinnati to Covington was so Buckeyes could swim across in the shade.

Do you have a favorite Marley quote? Here's mine.

Thanks to Bruceless Gail for the fun, interesting puzzle. Except that Bill Nye isn't a scientist, he's an engineer. The world needs both, but they are different. He wishes he was a scientist it seems, but he's not. And thanks to Hahtoolah for the funny-punny review.

Tom Silva said...

The ICICLEs on the house pictured are a sure sign of poorly insulated attic. That is one of the worst cases of an ice dam I have ever seen. I imagine there is significant water damage to the interior ceilings, walls and even the windows just on the other side of those "pretty icicles."

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Today's King Features crossword clues NYE as " 'science guy' Bill", one of the few times that a Scheffer puzzle outclues Rich's.

Yellowrocks said...

This one, unlike yesterday's puzzle, was in my wheelhouse and was quickly solved. Although easy, it was still interesting. I liked the theme, but needed the reveal to see it. Thank you, Gail. The only new word for me was ERIC DANE. I loved Christmas eave decoration.
Susan, your reviews are always interesting and I love your illustrations.
My grandson, Kenny, has an ACER computer. ACER in xwords used to always be a tree.
Small nit-I believe that Hershey, not Reese, is the maker of Reese's Pieces, although Reese did create the Peanut Butter Cup. Wikipedia:"Reese's Pieces are a product extension of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups line."
"The Peanut Butter Cups were created by H. B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey. Reese left his job as a shipping foreman for The Hershey Company to start his own candy business."
ANN RADCLIFF is a bit of arcana I have stored without knowing any more about her than that she is a writer.
I was reading laudatory line as laundry line. Reread it. OOH! Easy!
In the early 60's we had a beautiful Olds, the prettiest car we ever had, but it was always in the shop for mechanical problems.
I read that a third of employees roll their eyes when team building exercises are ordered.I am one of those who found them to be a waste of time. Maybe they were poorly designed. I used to do a lot of church work. their team building exercises. also did not hit the mark.

Robert Eroica Dupea said...

The clue for 33a could possibly evoke images or comments of a X-rated nature. But, for me, I could only think of this classic scene:

Five Easy Pieces

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you, Gail, and thank you, Hahtoolah

Ya mon. I saw the clue for Marley and wondered why it was 5 letters. Oh, not Bob, but JACOB. I wasn't fully awake yet and couldn't get back to sleep. That was around 3Am this morning.

Yep, I always like solving Gail's puzzles. She's a POWERhouse in the construction world.

I have a question. In watching old TV programs like "Highway Patrol", you'll often see that car drivers will slide across the bench seat and get out of the passenger side of the car rather than just opening the driver's door. Even in a big parking lot or other open area. I can understand it in traffic or congestion... They don't always do it, but frequently. Why is that ? Is that what was taught in driver's ed back then ?

Yellowrocks said...

Happy birthday, Betty and Chickie. Have a wonderful day.
Robert @8:05, I LOL at your 5 Easy Pieces clip. Even as a waitress, I couldn't understand why customers could not order toast in place of what came with the order. At IHOP many of the breakfasts come with pancakes which can not be exchanged for toast. There, at least, you can order a side of toast at an extra charge. Pancakes are not for me.
TTP, I don't know why the police would choose to exit on the passenger side when there is no need to. Bench seats were popular in my dating days. You could snuggle up with your date. Many of us girls worked the gear shift while the guy drove. Ah, young love!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Thanks C.C. and D-O for the good wishes for Betty's birthday. She thanks you very much.

Happy Birthday Chickie.

Quick solve, today. No help needed. I liked the LOL clue. Got the theme but did not utilize it in the solve.

I enjoyed the whimsical visuals in Hahtoolah's intro.

Have a good day.

Birthday dinner tonight at Wildflower's at the Turning Stone Casino.

TTP - Thinking back, with the bench seats, it was was really quite easy for a driver to get out of either door; especially if he/she were agile and fit. It was the safe thing to do when parallel parking on a busy street. I can't explain your open air scenario; perhaps just habit?

TTP said...

Yellowrocks, thanks, but it wasn't just the police. The last two episodes I watched had the criminals doing it, and I recalled Dan Mathews (Broderick Crawford) doing it in other episodes. (The episodes are free on YouTube, besides being on late night TV). Maybe it was just on the Highway Patrol program. I'll have to watch other programs to see if it was the same.

C.C. must have posted the birthday update after I read Hahtoolah.

Happy Birthday, Betty !
Happy Birthday, Chickie !

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Much thanks to our POWER couple for the day: Gail & Hahtoolah.

I was also on Gail's wave-length today. Words I wasn't immediately able to come up with filled easily with a few perps and WAGs. No red-letter runs. Yippee!

DNK: ANN or ERIC DANE but didn't slow me down.

My son the Maj. (ret.) has used ACERs since college when it was the cheapest computer he could buy without asking ol' Mom for more money right away. He finally had to tell me. I didn't know they were made in Taiwan but knew they were Asian built.

Lights before ICICLES decorated my Christmas eaves.

Happy Birthday to Betty & Chickie!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Yellowrocks, had I succeeded in getting a date to work my gear shift while I was driving, I would probably have driven into a ditch. I have no idea how I managed to drive safely one-handed all those times, but it really was romantic.

Wilbur Charles said...

WIMPY will gladly pay you Thursday for a hamburger today. If today is Thurs he'll gladly pay on Tues

And what of the bow..
The bow is made from YEW wood, the true wood
The wood that bowmen love .. Bowman's song from'The White Company

I agree with YR and others that that this was easier than Monday with DANE holding me up.

Happy birthday Becky or is it Betty*. My wife Betsy is called both including at the wedding on the best man's toast.


* Yes I LIU

Hahtoolah said...

Wishing Betty and Chickie a very Happy Birthday! We miss you Chickie.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Happy Birthday, Betty and Leah! Enjoy your day.

Thanks, Gail, for a pretty smooth run. I remain amazed by the construction process. Nicely done. Umm, my only error was rite for ROTE, mainly because I read the clue as "memorialization" method. No wonder I found it a little odd. I liked the theme.

Thanks, Hahtoolah, for another fine review with lots of perfect visuals. I do agree with Tom Silva about the icicles. We had terrible ice damming in '79 when we had about a million inches of snow. The water flowing freely down the first floor walls removed the paint on the windows!!

Jinx, I liked your take on "flower holder." Sometimes I need to think like that whilst doing CW's.

Have a sunny day. We missed most of the rain--which we needed-- here, and the sun is acting like a peacock now.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gail Grabowski, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Ladies!

I watched the videos on Eagles and the Hawk. Very interesting.

Puzzle went along just fine. Theme became obvious after 64A.

Did not know ERIC DANE, perps.

I read EXODUS many years ago. Outstanding book.

We got some well-needed rain yesterday.

Lots to do. See you tomorrow.


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Misty said...

I loved this Tuesday puzzle--many thanks, Gail. I just sailed through this grid with only a silly problem in the middle. For some reason I was sure the mug shot profile gave us ONE EYE, and so had trouble figuring out the local BAR--never heard of a DIVE BAR. Finally, realized it could be ONE EAR and that gave me the VAN and solved the problem. Didn't know JACOB Marley or ERIC DANE but the downs solved those for me. My geography was good this morning, giving me EL PASO and OHIO right away. Always fun to see our lovely RITA meter maid in a puzzle. And ESTEE is always a gift. Lots of fun--thanks again, Gail. And all those pictures and comments in your write-ups are also a great treat--many thanks Hahtoolah (okay if we call you Susan?).

Have a great day, everybody.

P.S. Happy birthday, Betty and Chickie.

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmm, power play...
Totally forgot to look how the theme fit in the puzzle.

Oh well, time to go look for virtual Birthday cakes.
But, wait a sec. I don't have to, I'm in charge of the cake links,
Bwa ha, Ha, Ha...

Lucina said...


I have to make this quick and look forward to reading your comments later. Two events are imminent, the POWER COMPANY is going to shut off my electricity for two hours and I have a doctor's appointment. It's a good time to be gone.

I enjoyed this puzzle. Thank you to Gail G and Hahtoolah!

All went well until I hit a Natick at ERIC DANE/NETMAN. I've never watched Grey's Anatomy and so ERIC DALE (why not?) looked fine. And I know nothing about tennis.

So with that I'll bid adieu until this afternoon.

I hope you are all fabulously well!

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: WOW !!! What a wonderful write-up and links.

Gail: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle & theme.

Don't know why ... but ICICLE never caught on as a Christmas eave decoration here in Florida.

Happy Birthday's to Betty & Chickie. My "First" Sunset toast is to y'all.


Wilbur Charles said...

Greetings from Portside Wilbur also known as the Singing Southpaw (so named for the whistling noise made by batted balls zipping by ).

There was a Radio host in Boston Norm Nathan who told stories (zanier the better) about characters such as a secretary named Marilyn Gorelnick. And a legendary southpaw named Lefty Sprocket.

I actually wrote a pastiche of one of Lefty's legends and mailed it to Norm for which I got a nice letter back .

In the story Lefty had a drinking problem and was called "That #&$+ Souse-paw". Wish I could find it.

He had a flask of gin in his right pocket and wine in the left hence the term "Port-sider".

I'll see myself out


Yellowrocks said...

Madame D. what a horror your ice dam(*) experience was! Our condo buildings are having a similar problem because years ago the builder skimped on construction. In my home the damage was relatively minor. The condo assoc. tore off the entire facade of the first two buildings, including mine, and removed the windows Then they insulted, waterproofed, restored the windows and resided. Now the assoc. has to renovate all the other buildings causing our monthly fee to rise by $200 for five years.
I am about 80% through purging my books and papers. I had lots of kindergarten material from the 70's among other things, including school, church and personal, accumulated in the last almost 30 years. I am determined not to leave a huge job for David when I kick the bucket.
WC, LOL.The same quote occured to me as soon as I saw Wimpy.
Abejo, I believe I read Uris's Exodus many years ago. I looked up the plot and it is vaguely familiar.
I have read most of Michener's novels. I don't think I read Caribbean, mentioned yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed The Source, maybe my favorite Michener novel. The Source is a history of the Jewish people and what later became the land of Israel from the Stone Age to the modern state of Israel. It is so fascinating I have read it twice and intend to read it again.
I seem to remember another song about a meter maid named Rita. Rita read my meter. Does that ring a bell?
(*) = n

Jayce said...

Nice puzzle; I liked it. Like Lucina the last cell I filled was the N crossing NETMAN and ERICDANE, but I tried L and S first.
Hahtoolah, thanks again for a terrific write-up.

SwampCat said...

Terrific Tuesday! Thanks Gail. I guess my favorite is 59d. Those aerie hatchlings didn’t fool me but I wondered why you’d want to record them! Clever.

Hahtoolah you are always amazing! Thanks for the fun.

Happy birthday to the birthday ladies.

SwampCat said...

Christmas eave decoration was clever, too. When ICICLE appeared I thought of those plastic thingies some people use. Tin, we also don’t have the real things down here in the Swamp!

AnonymousPVX said...

This Tuesday grid was easier than yesterday as others noted. I agree.

No markovers today.

Misty....not calling you out....but how have you never heard of Jacob Marley? No “A Christmas Carol”? Just wondering, as it is inescapable come Yule time.

See you tomorrow.

Lucina said...

I'm pleased to know we are sometimes on the same wavelength!

This was an enjoyable POWERgrid!

As I type this I am looking at my ACER monitor.

I believe it was in Hawaii on the big island where we saw huge TIKI figures.

One of our book club members named JEWEL died of cancer. She is the second one of our members to pass on.

Interesting information about TALIA Shire.

ICICLE was cleverly clued and Tin, I laughed at your comment about them.

Happy birthday, Betty and Chickie!

It turns out I had my appointment time wrong, 1 P.M., not 11 A.M. but it was nice to be out of the house when the POWER was turned off.

desper-otto said...

Jacob Marley: Per Scrooge, “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”

Lucina said...

I, too, am surprised you are unaware of JACOB Marley in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."

billocohoes said...

Met my bride in a DIVE bar, but the Medical Center has since demolished the block and developed it with more sterile buildings.

That pic of JACOB M is from my favorite Christmas Carol starring Mr Magoo. Except for one version when Jacob couldn't make it and was replaced by his son from a youthful jaunt in Jamaica, reggae pioneer Bob Marley.

I recall a Stooges episode when they were in Mexico telling people they wanted to "see Esther" and the natives would then take a nap.

An EMU is getting a lot of airplay on commercials for Liberty Mutual Insurance - the LIMU EMU

COLONEL is "a" rank above Major, Lt. Col. is in between

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tursday. Thanks for the fun, Gail and Hahtoolah.
Straight-forward solve today with only two inkblots: Icing (I knew it needed to be plural) changed to ICERS, and Tear into (it wouldn't fit) moved to RIP into, and then RIP OPEN.
But I forgot to go back and see all those POWER PLAYs!

Was it Jinx who was telling us that he hated POWER WINDOWs?
I have an ACER computer.
Stew was a verb today, not a noun.
Hand up for liking that ICICLE clue. We get a few of them here in a typical winter, but nothing like that photo, thankfully.

YR@1:09- LOL I think auto- correct has struck again. How did those windows react to being "insulted"?😀

Happy Birthday to both Betty and Chickie.
Wishing you all a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

Canadian Eh! LOL. What a coincidence, some of the windows were insulted and their seals broke.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Hi guys,

Dear Owen is in the hospital right now. You can read here for more.

Is anyone else on our blog a Jumble solver? Is that possible for you to post a solution on Owen's blog every day?

Husker Gary said...

-Douglas Dauntless DIVE BOMBERS sinking the Japanese flagship Akagi during battle of Midway
-A principal on a POWER TRIP and I did not get along. His daughter was afraid of him
-A Christmas Carol this early? Menards was putting out Halloween items yesterday
-EL PASO to San Diego – 742 miles. EL PASO to Houston – 724 miles
-Interesting BONGO lesson
-Other than that, how did you like the movie, Mr. Dillinger?
-Speaking of Grey’s Anatomy and ICICLE
-NYE’s main messages these days is Global Warming and atheism
-PAR – I had four in a row on the back nine today
-Advertising/EMU – How many times do they run that thing?
-Congrats to Betty and Leah!

WikWak said...

DNF. Had everything correct except the natick at 20 across, 21 down. I seldom know actors’ names, besides which I don’t like to watch tennis (or any sport, really) and never heard the term NET MAN. I know that tennis has something called a “LET” (unless it doesn’t) and DALE and LET MAN made as much sense to me as anything else I thought of. Crossing an actor’s name with a sports term was just evil ;-).

Everything else just about filled itself in. Despite all my carping I did enjoy the puzzle, Gail! And Hahtoolah, I really liked your commentary and links today. I found myself watching nearly all of the bongo lesson. No idea why.

DIVE BAR was not in my vocabulary; I know many you might call a DIVE, but with DIVE BAR I thought of a bar in the FL keys, frequented by scuba divers.

One of my sons is a home brewer and he mostly makes ALE and IPAs.

Hand up for doing the steering while she worked the gear shift, which was mounted in the steering column, just below the wheel. It was a ‘56 Studebaker Hawk. Wish I still had it.

‘Bout time to get supper ready. Enjoy your evening, all!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I like power windows, and just about all the other modern conveniences. I didn't like the climate control in my '91 Mercedes 300SE. No human control of fan speed, you just dialed in the temperature you wanted and the car determined the fan speed. Defrost got full-tilt-boogie fan speed; all other settings were modulated by the car's firmware. I never bought another Mercedes, largely because of that "feature".

I also liked the pedal-operated windshield squirter on my '67 mustang. Much more control than the power pumps. I could get the bulk of the water right where the bug met its demise. I have purchased two more Mustangs, but I think I have it out of my system now.

Bill G said...

A couple of weeks back, I got a call from an old work friend back from my early days at Hughes Aircraft Company. He has been sick I know. We were talking and his cell phone dropped our connection. I have no way of getting back in touch. His name is Peter Van Zant from the Seattle area. He had been married to a woman named Alix Van Zant. I tried Google and the 411 telephone information with no luck. Do any of you have any ideas or connections?

Yellowrocks said...

Bill, both my cell and landline save the numbers that call me. I know of no other way, sorry to say. Maybe the guy will call again.
Owen,I am sorry to hear you are ill. I hope you can rest up,get great care and bounce back quickly.
I was surprised to see that there is another long conversation going on in a different CC blog universe.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

I'm back from BlackHat/Defcon safe and sound with only one war wound from VetCon; it was an obstacle-course bouncy-house thing that I scraped my knee in. However, I did beat my fellow Vet through the station :-)

Thanks Gail for a fun puzzle to start my work-week [I did do the puzzle yesterday whilst at the airport] and thanks Hahtoolah for the excellent expo.

WO: started light before perp-checking.
Fav: WEES, clue for ICICLE

{} - Get well soon.

Bill G. - What YR said, check your callerID.

Happy Birthday Chickie and Betty!

Let's see if I can catch-up on all of last weeks' posts to make sure I didn't miss something significant.

Cheers, -T

inanehiker said...

I enjoyed the theme- fairly steady solve!
I watched the first few seasons of Grey's Anatomy until it just became a late night soap. Patrick Dempsey's character's nickname was "Dr. McDreamy" and Eric Dane's nickname was "Dr. McSteamy"- as he was the resident bed hopper. I was always amazed how much free time those residents had in callrooms - I was lucky to get a few hours of sleep in and many a call night dinner was just the Lorna Doones, Milk and jello in the floor kitchen/frig!

Thanks Gail - always a well constructed/clued puzzle! and Hatoolah for another amusing blog!
HBD Betty and Chickie!

AnonT - my son was at the same meeting in Las Vegas- I'm sure you ran into him amongst the 20,000 + other people ;)

Spitzboov said...

Bill G @ 1909 - This:

Peter John Vanzant
Age 77
Lives in Bellevue, WA
Related to Alix F Vanzant

Came up on a Google search. Said there were 2 mobile numbers. White Pages wants $$ to cough up add'l info.


Betty thanks everyone who bade her good wishes on her birthday. We had an excellent dinner at Wildflowers. Had Yuzu sorbet for dessert. and I had the most delicious potato leek soup ever. Entree was a blackened trout over Israeli couscous.

Becky said...

I think Gail was referring to the icicle lights. The real icicles can be life threatening.


Bill G said...

Spitz, thank you. How much money is involved? Do I have to give up some of my personal information? I get so many robocalls now...

That birthday dinner sounds like something I would love.

Anonymous T said...

inanehiker - if your son stayed at Paris and hung out after 11p at the "white bar" there's a 50/50 chance I met him. OR if he played in the RedTeam Village's Sabotage or the "Kill the lady with the pacemaker because hospital Cyber-security sucks" stations, then ++13% I met him [I spent a lot of volunteer time in RedTeam's* village].

++100% if he juggled at the Arcade party.

Cheers, -T
*In "Cyber" we have the RedTeam [aka attackers] and the BlueTeam [defenders]. I do BlueTeam by day but play with RedTeamers so I know the attack vectors and can plan/mitigate. I worked in the RedTeam's Village on a lark [it was their 1st year as DC Village and needed help manning the stations] and discovered that I, too, can get pretty evil**.
**I also discovered that I know boatloads more about systems than many others. Shi**, I be l33t :-)

Anonymous said...

It was Big Easy who did not like POWER WINDOWs. Said they always broke.

I am guessing those were American cars. Never had a problem with Japanese POWER WINDOWs.

Lucina said...

Welcome back! I missed you! On the late news tonight Lawrence O'Donnell mentioned the convention in Las Vegas and the work of the hackers.