Oct 7, 2019

Monday October 7, 2019 Jeff Stillman

Theme: Letter Openers - The first word in each person is also a letter spelled out.

20. Diane Keaton's role in "The Godfather" films: KAY CORLEONE.

33. "Maude" star: BEA ARTHUR.

39. Fitzgerald's "Great" title character: JAY GATSBY.

50. "Maleficent" actress: ELLE FANNING.

Boomer here.  OH GEE, I hope YOU ARE able to figure it out and have a cup of TEA. 

Up here in the Northland, we continue to set records for annual rainfall.  Sooo you know where it goes.. to a bunch of Minnesota streams and tributary rivers to the Mississippi. So If you are near Davenport Iowa or St. Louis Missouri and points further south.  Get ready, high water may be coming your way.  Worse than 1993.


1. Only president who was also chief justice: TAFT.  He was also the largest president, tipping the scales at over 330 lbs.

5. Storage structure for 30-Across: SHED. 30. Lawn cutters: MOWERS.  My family had no money for a shed.  We kept the mower in our garage.  Now our homeowners association hires a lawn service to cut the grass.  I am sure this year they are tired of the deluge of rain we have had all summer.  As for me, I can hardly get a dry day to play golf.  P.S. My golf clubs are in the garage.  We don't have a shed.

9. Hindu social division: CASTE.

14. Go back, on a PC: UNDO.  This must be a trick.  I don't see an UNDO key on our PC.

15. Arizona tribe: HOPI.

16. A, in Greece: ALPHA.

17. Match audio and video: SYNC.  If you do this in your bathroom, is it a bathroom sync?

18. Frat Pack actor Wilson: OWEN.

19. Fish stories: TALES.  Fish have tails.

23. Embitterment: IRE.

24. Raid targets: ANTS. Ants are interesting. I have never seen them in our home, but it is unbelievable how they can work right through our asphalt driveway and make a hill.

25. Gave speeches: ORATED.  We'll be hearing a lot of this up until November 2020.

27. Desert plant: CACTUS.

32. Southwestern crocks: OLLAS.

36. Boston Celtics' org.: NBA.  Notice the clue does not say "Timberwolves' org."  We have a lowly bunch of underperformers here in the Midwest.

37. Harness racing vehicle: SULKY.  We do have harness racing here after the regular season closes.  I never have been to one however.

38. Nest egg letters: IRA.  Yeah, I have an Individual Retirement Account.  But I never called it a nest egg.
42. Until now: SO FAR.

44. Jai alai ball: PELOTA.  It's a bit of a funny name, but I cannot talk.  Seems that bowling balls have funny names also.  I have a Virtual Gravity, an Asylum, a Combat Zone, A Lucid, and a Daredevil Trick.

45. Soft-hearted: GENTLE.  "Gentle On My Mind" (Glen Campbell)

46. Japanese religion: SHINTO.

48. Sheltered, at sea: ALEE.

49. Halloween headgear: WIG.  Speaking of odd names, I also have socks called WIGWAM.

56. On __: going wild: A TEAR.

58. Miniature image to click on: ICON.

59. Symphonic wind: OBOE.  "Oh Boy, Igor Stravinski, Oh Boy Bo Belinsky".  Allan Sherman.

60. Bond portrayer Roger: MOORE.  I liked Sean Connery.  The original is always the best.

61. Fitted with footwear: SHOD.  If you happen to be a horse. I don't think Thom McAn calls it that.

62. Final or midterm: TEST.

63. Private, as thoughts: INNER.

64. Stew cookers: POTS.  I don't use a pot.  I use one of those slow cookers. Works great.

65. Former spouses: EXES.  I suppose that this could be part of the theme, although it is plural.


1. Elephant tooth: TUSK.  Not sure if this is a tooth.  I thought that these were those things that protrude from the elephant's face and they are made of ivory.  It is illegal to harvest them.  They have to make piano keys out of plastic now. 

2. Author Seton: ANYA.

3. Gp. responding to Big Apple blazes: FDNY.  Many victims from 9/11.

4. Bach's "__ and Fugue in D Minor": TOCCATA.

5. 15-minute films, say: SHORTS.  What I wear to play golf.  Maybe not tomorrow though, forecast is pleasant, but a little chilly.  I am amazed that PGA players are NEVER allowed to wear shorts in tournaments.

6. Coyote cries: HOWLS.  I expect there might be some HOWLS at Target Field tonight.

7. Blunt sword: EPEE.

8. "The Flintstones" pet: DINO.  "Yabba Dabba Dooo".

9. Wedding hire: CATERER.

10. Pie-mode link: ALA.  Also sometimes it is in the path of a hurricane; or maybe not.

11. Workday with a longer-than-typical break: SPLIT SHIFT.

12. Over yonder: THERE.  Over there, Over there, Send the Word to Target Field Over there. That the Yanks are coming, The Yanks are coming !

13. Let up: EASED. " You fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness, EASE my troubles That's what you do."(Rod Stewart)

21. Heavy burden: ONUS.

22. "You gotta be kidding!": NO WAY.

26. Humanities major: ART.  Mr. Garfunkel

27. "Nor" or "or," in a dict.: CONJ. Conjunction.

28. "Sin City" actress Jessica: ALBA.

29. Trapshooter's target: CLAY PIGEON.  Interesting, these are round and I guess some are clay, but they look nothing like a pigeon.

30. Word before toast or after peach: MELBA.  I have heard of melba toast but never Peach Melba. Should I know her? Is she a folk singer?

31. Like wines aged in certain barrels: OAKY. From Muskogee.

33. Head-and-shoulders sculpture: BUST.  22 at the black jack table.

34. Eurasian border river: URAL.

35. Red in the middle, as steak: RARE.  21 at the black jack table.

37. Seat at the bar: STOOL.  I like these at bowling centers.  The last one I visited was a "Bowlero", the seating was about 18 inches from the floor.  Tough on an old guy but the kids didn't seem to mind.

40. Pentagon VIP: GEN.

41. Editor or tailor, e.g.: ALTERER.  I get it but I think it's a "Made up" word.

42. Perceived: SEEN.

43. Lacking variety, musically: ONE NOTE. "SKOL, SKOL".

45. Pituitary and thyroid: GLANDS.

46. Hindu guru: SWAMI.  This guy makes the Liberty Mutual commercial a candidate for worst ad of the decade.

47. Discover, as a solution: HIT ON.  Romeo to a pretty girl in a bar.

48. In progress, as Sherlock's "game": AFOOT.  12 inches.

51. Speech problem: LISP.

52. Repeat: ECHO.  A bit of a flop for Toyota, I don't think they have made them for 10 or more years.

53. Curly-horned goat: IBEX.

54. Sniffer: NOSE.  Your NOSE Knows.

55. Acquires: GETS.

57. "How __ you doing?": ARE.

Note from C.C.:

Boomer finally got his Twins Homer Hanky yesterday. He said "No Hanky Panky here. Twins need to sweep the Hanky Yankees."


OwenKL said...

There once was a President named TAFT,
He was as wise as a later was daft!
His reputation was lustrous,
He became Chief Justice!
Not half bad for a man that fat!

Magic is AFOOT in the hood.
I want it THEREfor understood
Magic may choose
To SHED her shoes --
For she always is shoddily SHOD!

{B-, B.}

Lemonade714 said...

Great write-up as always Boomer. I hope the Twins get it together to make an interesting series with the Yankees. Already a bit chilly for baseball and the World Series is two weeks away.

JStill makes a quick return trip with a puzzle that is chock full of proper names. We also have the challenging for Monday Bach's "__ and Fugue in D Minor": TOCCATA.

Boomer the story of Opera star NELLIE MELBA after who both PEACH MELBA and MELBA TOAST are named is an interesting one. More of her HISTORY.

Please come by Friday for a special celebration and discussion put together by your blogging staff. It should be entertaining and educational.

Thank you, Boomer and Jeff.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased exam for TEST. Didn't know TOCCATA, but have eaten a LOT of frittatas.

Booomer, UNDO is a feature on all Microsoft Office applications. Control+Z does the same thing. If you have been sentenced to use Office this is a very handy feature, and can UNDO multiple steps. My first business system was a Prime Computing system, whose PRIMEOS operating system offered an "oops" command. If it couldn't undo anything it would respond "Bad oops".

`Ellen might of said "You were ARTHUR last night. I wanna BEA ARTHUR this time."

"Humanities major" had to be ART, because "waiter" wouldn't fit.

I like my steaks medium RARE, but to get them that way I have to order them rare in most restaurants. I don't like the center to be cold and bloody, however.

Thanks to Jeff for another fine puzzle, and to Boomer for your usual punny review.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Boomer and friends. This was a bit of a challenging Monday puzzle. I caught the theme with BEA ARTHUR, but thought that the theme letters would spell out a word. Alas, that was not to be.

SLUKY and TOCCATA are not the usual Monday words.

As Boomer noted, President and Chief Justice TAFT was a big man. When I was a kid, the story was that he got stuck in the White House bathtub. It seems, however, the bathtub story is just a myth.

I learned about OLLAs and Jai Lai terms from doing the crossword puzzles.

I overthought the clue for Midterm or Final. My first though to TEST was correct, but instead, I tried Exam.

I knew Anya Seaton (née Ann Seton; 1904 ~ 1990). She wrote write historical fiction and is probably best known for her novel Green Darkness.

QOD: Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense dancing. ~ Clive James (né Vivian Leopold James; b. Oct. 7, 1939), Australian author and critic

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yay, d-o got the theme. Had to change TOCATTA to TOCCATA and ORYX to IBEX, but otherwise this was a smooth glide to the bottom. Thanx, Jeff and Boomer. (When I was shopping for a bowling ball many years ago it went like this: Do you want plastic or hard rubber? Which is cheaper? Hard rubber. Hard rubber it is.)

OLLA: Do you pronounce the Ls as in Ollie, or like a Y as in Oh Yeah? Lucina?

TUSK: I was just reading that global warming in Siberia has opened up a new trade in ivory -- from ten thousand year old mammoths that are bubbling up through what used to be permafrost. The article said the stench of the rotting meat is terrible.

SHED: In our neighborhood everybody has a shed, a boat, and a pickup. I used to be able to say, well at least I've got a pickup. Not anymore.

EXES: I used to be able to say I had an ex. Not anymore. She blew out the candle a few months back.

inanehiker said...

Fun Monday with the puzzle as well as the punny blog as usual.

Peach Melba was one of the first recipes we prepared in my junior high Foods class - so it stuck with me. (Back in the dinosaur days where the girls took either Foods class or Sewing class and the boys took either Wood shop or Metal shop)

Just for fun I googled KBJE as it sounded like a radio station - it isn't that I saw, but it is a CW television station in Monroe, LA/ El Dorado, AR.

OFf to work - thanks Boomer and Jeff!

Anonymous said...

D-O, it is interesting how an author can skew reality.

For instance, I was hiking in a National Park recently when I came across a rotting animal. I think it was one of the most intense smells I have ever experienced. Perhaps because I was breathing heavily and walked right over the top of it. The stench seemed to have lingered in my clothes and/or nostrils for another mile or so. If I would write of my experience as, "The National Parks in the United States are being impacted by global warming. They reek of rotting flesh.", it would be inaccurate and misleading.

I'm sure there are many new exposed carcasses in Siberia but I highly doubt "the stench of rotting flesh is terrible." The incidents are very isolated and are in an area of over 5 Million square miles.

TTP said...

Thank you, Jeff and thank you, Boomer.


No prob with the puzzle, but even after getting ELLE, I didn't immediately suss the theme. Didn't know Diane Keaton was in the Godfather films. Probably because I only watched part of the first one.

Boomer, that is an annoying commercial.

Here's my current favorite. Unless you live in a Comcast / Xfinity area, you may have never seen it. It's really cute, with background music by The Strollers.


Yellowrocks said...

I sussed the theme with KAY and BEA.
IMO split shifts make it seem like you are working all the time. I found it hard to settle down and be productive in the few hours in between.
My BIL loved Scrabble. He would add -er to most verbs. Like ALTERER, they were all found in the regular dictionary and in the Scrabble dictionary.
When you hire a lawn service, most of them insist on mowing weekly, even in a drought when the grass is not growing.
To me SHOD is a very normal word for both people and horse. "On the third day — just in case wearing two different shoes was a factor — both feet were shod in new All Star IIs." Los Angeles Times, Aug 16, 2015
Boomer thanks for the article on Nellie Melba.
My sister's husband used to love shooting clay pigeons. His health is now seriously declining and he is house bound. No more shooting. Thankfully he is into computers, which being a sedentary hobby, he can handle.
Why are they called clay pigeons? Wikipedia:The terminology commonly used by clay shooters often relates to times past, when live-pigeon competitions were held. Although such competitions were made illegal in the United Kingdom in 1921, a target may still be called a "bird", a hit may be referred to as a "kill", and a missed target as a "bird away"; the machine which projects the targets is still known as a "trap".
My college roommate was an expert pianist. One of her specialties was Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. This is often performed on the organ, as well.

Yellowrocks said...

Tonight is do or die for the Twins, no chance of a sweep for them. The Yankees have won the last two playoff games against the Twins, 10-4 and 8-2. I have been a Yankees fan since elementary school days, when a student runner would periodically go from classroom to classroom to announce the current score in the World Series. We were a very small school. We had no PA. I also am a fan of the METS since they organized in 1962. They were often a scrappy underdog, but they won the World Series in 1969 and 1986, and lost the Series to the Oakland A's in 1973.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Jeff and Boomer.
I FIRed in good time and saw the letter theme (with a couple of extra letters- ALPHA and EXES! thrown in for good measure).
My only inkblots were in the NW corner. Why is it not NYFD like SFPD (another usual CW fill)? Fire Dept. of New York, not New York Fire Dept.
And of course this Canadian was only guessing at TAFT. And "match audio and video" sortta fit INFO. Sonata was too short and TOCCATA perped. Eventually the corner straightened itself out for the Tada.

I agree that ALTERER may be acceptable. but my first reaction was meh- "gluey fill".
I smiled at OLLAS and POTS (and yes, I cook my stew in a crockpot).
Apparently, Skeet (another common CW word) shooting is a form of competitive CLAY PIGEON shooting.
I too saw the CSO to Owen.
My first thought for "Maleficent" actress was Angelina Jolie, with a recent photo in shimmery dress at Tokyo premiere.
Technically, Jolie is Maleficent and ELLE FANNING is Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty; but ELLE fit the theme.

Boomer's comment re 25A ORATED resonates here in Canada also. We have a federal election coming up on Oct. 21. Leaders' debate (English) tonight on TV will be watched by millions. There will be some ORATing; I hope the moderators (all 5 of them!) will not allow the leaders to interrupt and talk over each other. I find that really annoying. (But at least the ORATING only began in earnest with election call on Sept. 12. - unlike your American ORATING which seems endless IMHCO!) (That C in IMHCO stands for Canadian.)
At least, they will not have to compete with baseball. Our Toronto Blue Jays are out after a dismal season.

Wishing you all a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-Well, I’ll never get back the time I spent trying to figure out what KBJL stood for but I did come up this reference to a sport in Carinthia in Southern Austria
-The geniuses at the Omaha radio station that carry Husker football can’t figure out how to SYNC their audio with the TV. It is always 15 seconds ahead.
-RAID? Yeah, right. Get Advion from and put it down with the syringe. Your ants will line up to eat on it, carry it back to the nest and they and their 6-legged friends will all be dead
-CATERER? Fine. ALTERER? C’mon. Any port in a puzzle storm.
-Last week, a lovely 18-yr-old trapshooter told me about shooting CLAYS rolling across the ground simulating rabbit hunting

Husker Gary said...

-Can you keep a secret? BEA and Amazon reminded me of one gift I am getting Joann for her birthday next month

desper-otto said...

Husker, it's not the radio station's fault -- they're carrying it live. Your satellite/cable TV provider has delayed the TV broadcast. I've noticed with DirecTV that all programs begin at 15 seconds past the hour/half hour. Part of that delay is due to the uplink/downlink to/from the stationary satellites, but that would only account for about 4 seconds, not 15.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Fairly easy Monday with ample perps. Of the 4 themed persons, I only knew BEA ARTHUR for sure. No searches or erasures were needed.
TUSK - - Donald TUSK is the President of the European Council. He is a former Prime Minister of Poland and is an ethnic Kashubian.

Boomer; fine intro.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Strive for a neat sweep on a Monday puzzle with no corrections or crossouts. Started out with a brain freeze: the only four letter president that came to mind was Polk. Checked out 1 down first and realized it wouldn't work with "tusk" which I erroneously filled in as 1 across instead of down which confounded the NW corner till my brain thawed.

Then put "Gadsby" instead of "Gatsby".

62 across "exam" instead of "test". (Before writing in an answer with an unusual consonant like x or q good idea to check the perp. Didnt follow my own rule).

Finished but not a work of art.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an easy, peasy solve except for the stumbles of Exam/Test and Peseta/Pelota (don't ask!) I knew Toccata, as DH was an avid classical music devotee. I'm sure a recording of it is in his CD collection. The theme was simple but Jeff balanced the themers with two fictional and two real life names. Owen (Hi, our Owen!) Wilson is sort of goofy and is nothing like his actor brother, Luke, but, OTOH, there is something vulnerable and likable about him.

Thanks, Jeff, for starting the week off on a nice note and thanks, Boomer, for the usual mix of humor, facts, and whimsy! Sorry if you need that Yankee Hankie, but your Vikings showed no mercy to our Giants!

Another rainy and dreary day with heavy downpours expected later today.

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

Good morning folks. Thank you, Jeff Stillman, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for a fine review.

Well, I tried cruciverb, but they were out to lunch today. Then I tried the Mensa Site and they do not carry the LA Times anymore. Then I went to the LA Times newspaper site and printed the puzzle. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Puzzle was fine. Only one inkblot because I spelled CORLEONE wrong. Caught the theme after I got all four names. Never picked up on the spelling of the first words. No clue referencing that. Oh well.

Did not know ANYA or ALBA. Perps.

Also did not know ELLE FANNING. Had enough perps to figure it out.

Lots to do. As soon as the dew dries up I am cutting my grass. See you tomorrow.


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Abejo said...

TTP: Your "Rendezvous" would not open.


Tinbeni said...

Boomer: Nice write-up.

I will be cheering on The New York Yankee's.


Alice said...

Speaking of baseball, how about the DODGERS?!!

There are so many acronyms in the blog that I do not know. What is FIR - I see it almost daily? CSO?

Irish Miss - what is DH?

Fun puzzle today; easy theme. I liked your QOD, Hahtoolah.

Misty said...

Fun Monday puzzle, many thanks, Jeff. I got all the names without a problem except for Diane Keaton's--even though I've seen "The Godfather." Just didn't remember her name, and since I had put CANTATA before TOCCATA, I had trouble with that corner until the end. But everything else came quick and easy--a delight. Nice to see two academic clues with ART in the Humanities and that midterm TEST. And your write-ups are always a pleasure, Boomer.

I liked your TAFT poem, Owen. And enjoyed your QOD, Hahtoolah.

Have a great week, everybody.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I'm not certain about how much delay in televised baseball games is caused by satellite, but lack of knowledge has never prevented me from chiming in so here goes.

The feed originates at a control room, likely in a trailer at the ball park parking lot. It is then sent either to a local TV station via terrestrial microwave then uplinked via satellite, or directly uplinked from the truck. The downlink would be to some network center, maybe ESPN or WGN. Since major league teams have multiple cities broadcasting the games, the signal is distributed (with network commercials) to all stations via satellite. To get on DirecTV, Dish, or some locals, the TV station will send their signal, complete with with local ads, to the content distributors' locations via satellite. Then, at least in the case of Dish and DirecTV, the signal is uplinked yet again for distribution to the satellite TV customer. So that's four round trips for satellite subscribers, and three for cable or over-the-air providers.

The radio stations won't delay their audio because so many fans listen to the radio in the stadium. It was nearly mandatory in Dodger Stadium in the days of Vince Scully.

CrossEyedDave said...

A bit crunchy for a Monday,
I had to look up Great Gatsby to get
the "J" in Conj...
(+3 WAGs that panned out...)

(One of) my favorite desserts is Tartufo, But i insist
that it must be smothered in Raspberry Sauce! & now I see Nellie Melba
preferred her Peach Melba with Raspberry Sauce! (Hmm, must be an Australian thing...)

Olla (CSO Lucina?)

Thank you Yellowrocks!
Tocatta & Fugue played on a Piano!
(I bookmarked it to watch again)
I always thought it had to be on an Organ,
& I was about to dust off my old electronic keyboard to
try and play it. (it has an organ option)
But now I am just going straight to the Baby Grand!

Oh, ALmost forgot,
a silly link for the puzzle theme!
(Hmm, letters have been used a lot...)
Oh well, Here goes nothin'

Spitzboov said...

Alice @ 1152:

Comments Section Abbreviations
Here are some of the common abbreviations in the Comments section:

Clecho: Clue echos. Same clues for different entries in the grid.

CSO: A Shout Out is a reference to someone you know but here it is usually a Coincident

DF: stands for dysfunctional, often suggestive of sexual innuendo

DH: Dear Husband

DNF: Did Not Finish

DW: Dear Wife

FIR: Finished it Right

FIW: Finished It Wrong

FLN: From Last Night

LIU: Look It Up

Natick (D-Otto): Natick is small town in Massachusetts that no one (except locals) have ever heard of. Used here, it means the crossing of two names that a normal person wouldn't know -- might know one, but not both. Rex Parker created the Natick Principle years ago.

Perps, short for Perpendiculars, refer to the crossing answers that help you fill in letters of the word you don't know or you are not sure of.

Red letter: When you solve the puzzle on line in Regular Skill Level, your incorrect entry will be marked in red color.

WAG: Wild Ass Guess

WBS: What Barry Said. Coined by Dudley.

WEES: What Everybody Else Said. Coined by Jayce.

WMOS: What Most Others Said

W _ _ S: What a person Said If it were Husker Gary the abbr. would read WHGS

TTP said...

Just got back from the Perio.

Abejo, I tried the YouTube link and it worked.

Anyone else having problems opening that YouTube ?

Alice said...

Spitzboov - WOW! I copied the list. Thank you, thank you! You'll notice my future post peppered with the lingo!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Thanks for the crossword to English explanations.

CanadianEh! said...

Abejo- , TTP's link Rendevous opened on my IPad. Funny- all I can say is BUSTed!

Alice - we await your posts with bated breath. LOL! Yes, we have invented our own lingo here.

D4E4H said...

Carol and I FIR in 31:18 min.  We enjoy working the CW together.

G-Day Mates !

Thank you Jeff Stillman for your pleasant Monday CW.

Thank you Boomer for your excellent review.


Anonymous said...

Our homer hankies are on order.

TTP said...

Canadian Eh, thank you for confirming that the YouTube "Rendezvous" link worked.

The first time I saw it, I thought of Dash T using that technology feature.

I smile every time I see it. It's just so cute and funny.

Michael said...

InaneHiker @ 7:52:

"(Back in the dinosaur days where the girls took either Foods class or Sewing class and the boys took either Wood shop or Metal shop)"

But in defense of the idea that skills are as needed as 'book learning' in school, in 1957 my four quarter-classes in wood and metal shops, drafting, and printing, have been life-long boons. I just wish we men could have also had 'home economics', cooking, menu preparation, and sewing, but those were indeed the sexist dinosaur days ... so Iearned all that 'girly' stuff on my own.

Jayce said...

Nice puzzle; I enjoyed solving it. I can never remember PELOTA. I sure wanted Final EXAM; never heard anybody say "final test" or "midterm test." With EXES just below it, however, I did ponder what 4-letter word would end with XX.

Which reminds me, I recently discovered a red wine called MOSS ROXX which I think is pretty doggone good.

Got an appointment to have both of my upper "wisdom" teeth extracted next week. Frankly I'm a tad scared, but the oral surgeon assured me he would honor my request to be sent off to "happy land" during the procedure.

Good wishes to you all.

Roy said...

WEES: Midterms and finals were always EXAMs, not simple TESTs.

Needed perps for most of the names. Didn't know DIANE KEATON was in the Godfather; Mother SETON; Dakota FANNING.

I had to take Shop; my sister took Home Ec. I agree everyone needs both; my mother taught me my home ec. Took almost as long to clean the washers in the boys' dorms as to do my laundry.

Ol' Man Keith said...

It's a good thing I learned PELOTA here--before I made another visit to France. I have mistakenly believed for years that the term for a Jai Alai ball was a PETON. Turns out that is French slang for... Well, never mind. It's a good thing I learned.

PELOTA looks like something we get at the Jumble site. O PETAL, PLATE, LEAPT--nope!

Feeling weak & still under the weather, folks. Zero energy. I'd call the doctor, but I don't want to have to get all dressed up and make a trip to his office. Oh, for the days of home visits.
As long as I'm not in obvious pain, I will just rest and wait for this curse to lift.
One diagonal NW to SE. Can't get much in the way of anagrams, as there's only one vowel, plus a "y." Baby swans, anybody...?

Misty said...

Oh dear, I hope you feel better tomorrow, Ol'Man Keith.

Hahtoolah said...

Jayce: A few years ago, I had to have two wisdom teeth removed (upper and lower on the left side). For some reason, this, too, scared me. One tooth had fully erupted from the gum, and the other had not. My insurance was reluctant to pay for the anesthesia. There was no way, however, that I was going to have a tooth pulled without a pain killer. In the end, the insurance company paid. It wasn't as bad as I feared, but maybe I now have less wisdom than I had before. I wish you all the best.

inanehiker said...

@Michael at 3:31 - I agree that I learned some life skills in those classes - but wish it was open for cross-over and I could have taken wood shop- those would have been some good life skills as well. Now fortunately those days are over and anyone can take whatever they want- or just learn it from a You Tube video :)