Nov 18, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019 Kurt Krauss

All IN.  The last word of each theme answer rhymes with IN, but each has a unique spelling.

17-Across. Swashbuckling leading man of Hollywood's Golden Age: ERROL FLYNN.  Errol Flynn (né Erroll Leslie Thomson Flynn; June 20, 1909 ~ Oct. 14, 1959) was born in Tasmania.  Shortly after moving to Hollywood, he landed the plumb role as Peter Blood in the movie Captain Blood.  He was a relatively unknown actor at the time, but with the role, he shot up to stardom.  A few years later, he was charged with and tried for statutory rape, but was ultimately acquitted.

27-Across. German Shepherd of '50s-'60s TV: RIN TIN TIN.  Rin Tin Tin (Sept. 1918 ~ Aug. 10, 1932) was an actual German Shephard and movie star.  Rin Tin Tin was a rescue dog found on the battlefield during World War I.  His American owner trained him to act in silent movies.  After his death, several other dogs were acquired the name to appear in additional Rin Tin Tin movies.

41-Across. North Vietnamese leader with a trail named for him: HO CHI MINH.  Ho Chi Minh (May 19, 1890 ~ Sept. 2, 1969) was the President of North Vietnam from 1945 until his death in September 1969.

55-Across. Hotel chain since 1952: HOLIDAY INN.  Holiday Inn is a British-owned American chain hotel.  It is a subsidiary of InterContinental Hotels Group.

Hahtoolah here.  Fear not, my friends, Boomer will be making a surprise appearance later this week.

1. Aquarium: TANK.
5. Yeshiva teacher: REBBE.  The word  rebbe comes from a Hebrew word meaning teacher.  The word is used primarily by the Hasidic movement of Judaism.

10. Dance in a pit: MOSH.  Mosh is a form of dancing where the dances jumps up and down, often violently bumping into other dancers.

14. Iranian money: RIAL.  As of last week, the 1 Rial was worth 0.000030 US Dollars.

15. For all to hear: ALOUD.

16. Baja's opposite: ALTA.  Today's Spanish Lesson.

19. Precious: DEAR.
A Precious Deer.

20. Delivers, as a convention-opening speech: KEYNOTES.  The individual making the speech is referred to as a Keynote Speaker.

21. Donny or Marie: OSMOND.  Back in the late 1970s, Donny (né Donald Clark Osmond; b. Dec. 9, 1957) and Marie Osmond (née Olive Marie Osmond; b. Oct. 13, 1959 ) were a brother and sister singing duo who also hosted a variety show called Donny and Marie.

23. Hairstyles: DOs.  //  And 50-Down. Bee home: HIVE.  Also a hair style.

24. Art Deco designer: ERTÉ.  Erté (né Roman Tyrtov; Nov. 23, 1892 ~ Apr. 21, 1990) was a Russian-born French artist.  He went by Erté, which is the French pronunciation of his initials.  His drawings are very stylized.

25. Barbara of "Mission: Impossible": BAIN.  Barbara Bain (née Mildred Fogel; b. Sept. 13, 1931), was known as Cinnamon Carter on Mission: Impossible.  Can you find Barbara?

32. Beach head-turners: HUNKS.

33. Forest moon that's home to the Ewoks: ENDOR.  A reference to the Star Wars movies.  Ewoks are creepy looking little critters.

34. Dedicated poem: ODE.

35. First chip in the pot: ANTE.

36. Tokyo's country: JAPAN.

37. Pinot __: white wine grape: GRIS.  What's the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio?

38. Geol. or chem., e.g.: SCI.  Geology and Chemistry are fields of Science.

39. Nattily dressed fellows: DUDES.

40. Fortune-teller's card: TAROT.  Everything you wanted to know about Tarot Cards, but were afraid to ask.

43. City near Provo: OREM.

44. "SportsCenter" channel: ESPN.  Originally known as the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.  Where all y'all should have been watching the LSU fighting tigers beat Ole Miss in football last Saturday by a score of 58-37.

45. Gear tooth: COG.

46. "Peanuts" newspaper section: COMICS.  Charles Schulz really didn't like the name Peanuts for his comic strip.

49. Jeep model named for a tribe: CHEROKEE.

54. "I get it now!" cries: AHAs!

57. Trap fluff: LINT.

58. __ Oyl: OLIVE.  Olive Oyl was created in 1919, thus she is celebrating her 100 birthday this year.  She appeared in the comic strips for 10 years before she became Popeye's girlfriend.

59. Advance, as money: LEND.

60. Enemies: FOES.

61. Package sealers: TAPES.

62. Pre-revelry nights: EVES.

1. Long haul: TREK.

2. Suffix with billion: -AIRE.  Who wants to be a Billionaire?

3. __ a soul: no one: NARY.

4. Ice cream bar named for a Yukon river: KLONDIKE.  What would you do for a Klondike bar?

5. Rapids transports: RAFTS.

6. Fashion monthly: ELLE.  This fashion magazine first began publication 71 years ago this month.

7. Pop music's Backstreet __: BOYS.  A boy band from the 1990s.

The band 20 years later.

8. Pastry that might be sticky: BUN.

9. Ralph Kramden's pal: ED NORTON.


10. Drama set at an advertising agency: MAD MEN.  This show, starring Jon Hamm, was a fascinating look into the advertising business in the 1960s.  The show ran from July 2007 to May 2015.

11. Bread spread: OLEO.

12. Laurel seen with Hardy: STAN.  Stan Laurel (né Arthur Stanley Jefferson; June 16, 1890 ~ Feb. 23, 1965) and Oliver Hardy (né Norvell Hardy; Jan. 18, 1892 ~ Aug. 7, 1957) were a comedy duo best known for their slapstick routines.

13. Difficult: HARD.

18. Diving birds: LOONS.  Hi, Canadian Eh!

22. Swizzle: STIR.  Hence the Swizzle Stick.
24. Hyphen-like mark: EN DASH.  Who knew there were so many sizes?

25. Con game: BUNCO.

26. Bit of high jinks: ANTIC.

27. Transfer to memory, as data: READ IN.

28. Best way to sign: IN PEN.  Also the way some of us do the crossword puzzles.

29. MLB exec Joe: TORRÉ.  Joseph Paul Torré (b. July 18, 1940) was the manager of the New York Yankees from 1996 to 2007.  He is currently serving in the capacity as Major League Baseball's chief baseball officer.  He began his baseball career with Milwaukee Brewers in 1960.

30. "Take the cake" or "cream of the crop": IDIOM.

31. Home on a branch: NEST.

32. Diner fare: HASH.  My grandmother used to make beet hash.  As I recall, it was pretty tasty.

36. Basketball scoring technique: JUMP SHOT.

37. Grotesque architectural figure: GARGOYLE.  Some of the most famous gargoyles are found on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  Sadly, the Cathedral burned earlier this year.  I am not sure of the status of its Gargoyles.  This is my favorite gargoyle that was found on the roof.

39. Part of DVD: DISC.

40. Irish lullaby start: TOORA.

42. Thieves' bank jobs: HEISTS.

45. Hands over: CEDES.

46. Cow kid: CALF.

47. State east of Indiana: OHIO.  It's the State that's Round on the Ends and Hi in the Middle.

48. Horse hair: MANE.

49. Paper holder: CLIP.  Remember Clippy?

51. Ukraine's capital: KIEV.  In the Ukraine, the preferred spelling is Kyiv.  Both the city and the country have been in the news recently.

52. Feminine suffix: -ENNE.

53. Breaks off: ENDS.  Think of breaking off, or ending, a relationship.

56. Suffix with pay or Cray-: -OLA.  As in Payola or Crayola.  One is a crayon, the other is a crime.  Getting a box of 64 Crayolas was really special.
Here's the Grid:

QOD:  I hate to spread rumors, but what else can I do with them?  ~  Amanda Lear (b. Nov. 18, 1939), French singer and painter.


OwenKL said...

There was a REBBE, addressed a crowd
Who said, "I sometimes say ALOUD
Where you can hear
'Thank you, my DEAR'
To HUNKS and DUDES who are 'proud'!"

Did you hear that ERROL FLYNN
Spent a night with RIN-TIN-TIN?
When into their room barged HO CHI MINH!
It was a raucous time at the HOLIDAY INN!

She was a CHEROKEE dyke
In the far KLONDIKE,
Liked what MAD MAN Ed
In his KEYNOTE talk said!
Put a roofie in his SHOT
To JUMP his bones -- a lot!
But groggy ED NORTON
Pulled his shorts on
When in full-moon light
A lycanthrope's bite
Turned Miss OLIVE OYL
Into a were-GARGOYLE!

{C, B, B+.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Guess who didn't get the theme...even after looking for it? Yup, guilty, as charged. Didn't care for IN PEN -- you sign IN INK or WITH a PEN. I suspect ED NORTON might be a toughie for the under-50 set. Thanx Kurt, and for the off-day duty, Hahtoolah. (Loved your "invisible tape" photo.)

REBBE: Is that just an alternate spelling of a RABBI, or are they really different?

BUNCO: I think I heard it on Dragnet, back in the day, but thought it was spelled with a K. Don't think I've heard it since.

CLIPpy: Remember it well. My first Google search under the new operating system was to find out how to kill CLIPpy.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased rabbi and bunko. I always write 'olio" with the "i" on the left side of the box so I can turn it into an "e" if the perps so dictate, like today. Easier than actually learning a little grammar.

Head-turning beachwear? "Monokini" wouldn't fit.

I love Klondike Bars, but I almost never eat ice cream now that I'm fighting the battle of the bulge.

Growing up in Kentucky, we used to call our neighbor to the north O-H-Ten (blogger doesn't like subscript tags).

Thanks for the fun Monday puzzle, Kurt. And thanks for the visual tour, Hahtoolah. I'll be watching for Boomer's PUNishment later in the week.

Anonymous said...

Was surprised Rabbi was wrong - twice. Thankfully the downs were lay-ups (easier than a jump shot). Took 4:53. Didn't see the theme.

inanehiker said...

Fast and fun spin around the various ways to rhyme with "in".
I think REBBE is the Yiddish transliteration vs the Rabbi being a different transliteration of the same word in Hebrew - since Hebrew doesn't have vowels. They could be the head of a synagogue but also a spiritual leader or teacher, whereas Rabbi is just the head of the synagogue.
I always think of "Fiddler on the Roof" where Tevye dreams of having time to study scripture all day in the song "If I were a rich man" at 2:43 point.

Bunco has changed meaning over the years - now it is a dice game with no strategy that usually women play while chatting and drinking wine, as far as I can tell from the once a month bunco game our neighborhood women have.

Thanks Hatoolah and Kurt! Glad Boomer is doing okay!

desper-otto said...

Thanx for 'splainin' rabbi/rebbe, inanehiker.

Jinx, that reminds me of what we in the IT department used to refer to as an I-D-Ten-T error. Or sometimes it was a PEBCAC -- problem exists between computer and chair.

TTP said...

Thank you, Kurt. Thank you, Hahtoolah.

Love the sound of ZZ Top.

Sticky BUN - I resisted the urge to order those delicious looking sticky buns from the place oc4beach linked a few weeks ago.

Desper-otto, just for you: Dragnet 184 "Bunco - $9,000"

"ISAYLY'S - I Shall Always Love You Sweetheart" Creator of the KLONDIKE Bar.

Oas said...

Thanks Kurt and Hahtoola for an enjoyable accompaniment to my Mcd’s coffee.
As someone else said I had to change RABBI twice to make it REBBE . Good clueing for it .

The pic of the gear reminded me of a bicycle sprocket that’s attached to the pedals . Our bikes were hand me downs and had no chain guards. Catching your pant leg in there could send you ass over tea kettle in a hurry and poor mama could mend your pants again . Hopefully before dad
got home ;-(.

Have a great day

Yellowrocks said...

Rhyming themes spelled differently. I was searching for another layer.
I admire Joe Torre. He was a class act. I followed baseball quite a bit back in the day.
Classy Joe
We loved Barbara Bain and her real life husband, Martin Landau, in Mission Impossible.
Do you ever hear the phrase, "natty dresser" these days? I find it in novels.
These last three weeks I have been reading a novel a day since being side lined. Thanks to Kindle for always available reading material that doesn't make my home a book hoarder's nightmare.
"The Kiev spelling is transliterated from the Russian language, while Kyiv is transliterated from Ukrainian. ... Since the beginning of the campaign, many airports around the world have recognized the Kyiv not Kiev campaign and changed the spelling of Ukraine's capital accordingly." Newspapers, too.
Fascinating article about gargoyles:
We have discussed REBBE here before.
Beach head turners, hunks, are eye candy, works of art. Mature men are more interesting.

Hahtoolah said...

Rebbe is the term generally used for the spiritual leader by Jews in the Hasidic movement. The position of Rebbe is also generally hereditary within that community. Rebbe and Rabbi are of the same Hebrew root word, but rabbe not typically used outside the Hasidic community.

Husker Gary said...

-I started my day with vowel roulette: R _ B B _, A L T _, and R _ A L ( I guessed wrong each time)
-Jackie and Art rank right up there with STAN and Ollie
-Redux posting for me - Jack Hamm’s character sold Kodak execs in a wonderful, schmaltzy scene where he renamed their slide projector wheel. This tells all you need to know about advertising.
-Joe TORRE was in attendance when this controversial play happened in this year’s World Series and he had to explain interference to the press
-Young kids usually can only shoot a SHOOT (then) JUMP not a JUMP (then) SHO(o)T until they get stronger
-The scent of CRAYOLAS takes me back 65 years! Sigh…

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Kurt for a fine start to this week. Rabbi really jammed me up because simply didn't think it could be wrong. Ha! When REBBE is all that fit and Yeshiva was part of the clue, I thought it must have a more Orthodox meaning.

Thanks, Hahtoolah, for clearing up my misspelling and meaning. Thank you also for another spectacular tour.

Gary, you are right on about the scent of those CRAYOLAS! Smell is a great evoker of memory.

Have a sunny day everyone. We'll certainly be making our own around here.

Lucy Loo's Mom said...

Hello friends!
Today my favorite was the QOD. It reminded me of those gals on Hee-Haw many moons ago where their song ended with, "so you better be sure and listen close the first time"
I wanted rabbi for rebbe, in ink for in pen and tried Commanchee for Cherokee even though I drove a Cherokee years ago!
Pleased with myself that I knew Ed Norton and Stan Laurel, though I didn't know Barbara Bain.
A nice Monday puzzle. (smiley face)

Jinx in Norfolk said...

DO - I like those. We used to say "there's a nut loose on the terminal".

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

After a week of warm SW Florida beach with no crossword challenges it shows. Messed up a fairly easy Monday.

Had "not a" instead of "nary" and spelled "oleo" with a I.

Spelled "bunco" with a K.

But at least finished.

Like others I've noticed newscasters have lately been pronouncing the capital of Ukraine (what we used to call The Ukraine) what sounds like "Keev" not "Key ev"

When I was in grade school in the early 60s the capital of China was pronounced "bay ping" later changed to "pay king" now "bay zhing"

Bombay is now "mum bye"

My Mom was born in Canton, NY. Do I now have to say "Guangzhou"...?

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks, again. Thank you, Kurt Krauss, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Got through the puzzle easily. Of course I confidently entered RABBI for 5A. That changed quickly. The perps were solid.

Saw the pictures of the RIALs. I have a whole bunch of different RIALs. If I can find them I will display one.

Remembered Barbara BAIN. Did not know she was Martin Landau's wife.

ENDOR was unknown. Perps.

KIEV is a favorite word, because I love chicken kiev. We order it from Schwan's.

Did not even look for the theme. Guess I was lazy.

See you tomorrow.


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Lucy Loo's Mom said...

Hey YR, wanted to read your gargoyle article, but link didn't work for me. Can you re post it? Thanks


Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an easy and straightforward Monday solve with no w/os, no unknowns, and no problems. It had a preponderance of proper names but all were well known. I don't think I've ever seen an Errol Flynn movie, only clips from his trademark swashbucklers. (Now there's a word to cogitate on!) However, his looks (or acting) don't appeal to me as I find him too "pretty". Now, OTOH, Cary Grant and Gregory Peck! [Sigh, Swoon]. (Hatoolah, I never had beet hash, but my mother made corned beef hash a lot. In fact, that's what she was making the day my brother and the meat grinder ganged up on me.)

Thanks, Kurt, for an easy start to the week and thanks, Hatoolah, for filling in for Boomer. I enjoyed your images and links, especially John Mc Cormick's Toora Loora Loora. ☘

Lucy Loo's Mom, I can't look at your avatar without smiling! 😉

My Christmas tree and decorations are going up today due to my cleaning lady's schedule. It's a little early but waiting two weeks to do it would be later than I'd like. I'm scaling back (again) on the extent of decorating as it's just too much work. (That's code for I'm not getting any younger, you know!)

Have a great day.

billocohoes said...

Ewoks aren't creepy. They remind me of warrior Yorkshire Terriers

Yellowrocks said...

LLsM, sorry about that. My gargoyle link comes up on my Kindle, but not my computer. Let's try again.
Can you see it now?

Hungry Mother said...

This played a bit hard, but went fast. My RaBBi stared at me for a while and the perps said, “wrong.” I’ve heard of MOSHing, but never partook.

Lucina said...


Thank you, Kurt Krauss and Hahtoolah! Though I finished this in quick Monday time it seemed just a bit tricky and might have given the younger set a challenge. ERROL FLYNN and ED NORTON, por ejemplo, could be a problem for some but not for us oldies.

Also I had to wait on the spelling of HO CHI MINH. As KIEV has been in the news lately, that came easily. I recall it as a bleak and dark place but maybe that was only the day we were there.

How well I remember Mission Impossible, one of the best TV shows of its time, with Barbara BAIN, et al. I did know she and Martin Landau were married.

I protest at BUNCO being cited as a con game; it's great fun with a group of us friends playing and passing the afternoon. Of course, since I lose all my money maybe I should rethink that. Hm...…

When you say "a book hoarder's nightmare" I look around and see myself in that image. Sigh. Perhaps I should think about purging my book shelves.

Hand up for erasing RABBI to accommodate REBBE and thank you, Hahtoolah, for explaining it.

Cow kid cracked me up! It's such a mixed metaphor.

Have a tremendously fine day, everyone!

oc4beach said...

Nice Monday puzzle from Kurt. Hatoolah's pinch hit for Boomer was a Home Run with the bases loaded.

I didn't get the theme, but didn't look for one today. I had a few of the same hiccups that other's had which included RABBI vs REBBE. I needed perps for ALTA, ERTE, GRIS and ENDASH.

TTP: You should always give in to temptation when food is involved. You'll enjoy it.

Unlike the HUNK in Hatoolah's write up, I don't have 6-pack abs. These days I refer to it as a KEG.

IM: This year we bought a new artificial tree with the lights on it. Hopefully it will be a little easier to put up.

My DW is already stressing over the coming holiday. She wants everything to be perfect with the menu being the prime item. We will have 20 or more people for Thanksgiving dinner and at least 8 of them staying with us for up to a week. So all of the other meals are an issue. And we have some fussy eaters who don't stick to any kind of schedule. Most seem to not understand that flexibility is a plus when they are dealing with other family members for an extended time in someone else's home. I love to see them come and equally enjoy seeing them leave.

Christmas is much easier, because the kids usually go to their spouse's family homes on Christmas day in other states. We see them separately over the next week or so to celebrate the holiday (ie, give them their gifts). We spend Christmas dinner with some nieces and friends at a local church that makes a pretty good dinner. No muss and fuss making dinner and we can even get leftovers to take home.

Have a great day everyone.

Lucy Loo's Mom said...

YR, no luck, no worries Thanks for trying.

IM, I love that image of her, she kind of looks like a cartoon character! Makes me smile too!

Hahtoolah said...

Hey, folks, don't assume I'm sitting in for Boomer. Maybe he is sitting in for me!!!

Yellowrocks said...

One last try, LLsM.

Can anyone else open this? It now shows up on my computer. I don't understand the problem.

Lemonade714 said...

YR, every variation of your GARGOYLE opens for me; perhaps Lucy Loo's Mom you have a blocker on your computer. Mentalfloss maybe too much for your browser's sensibilities.

IMO ERROL FLYNN was a pretty boy when young, but his look matured as he aged. But so did his drinking. We now know those very handsome men are not always what they seem. You readers might like Scotty Bowers book FULL SERVICE which may be all fiction, or not.

Thanks for the write-up, Susan. I am sure we will see you and Boomer both soon. Thanks Kurt.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

YR, both links worked for me using Chrome Version 78.0.3904.97 (Official Build) (64-bit).

CrossEyedDave said...

Just posting to keep my place,
until I can get some fun links.
(which will be really hard since Hahtoolah seems to have this covered...)

Yeah, I fell into the Rabbi/Rebbe trap.
or, maybe I didn't?
I changed I to Ed Norton, & already had Elle...
Wow! Perpage got me thru this puzzle via ignorance!
(but somehow I don't feel good about it...)

Hahtoolah said: Ewoks are creepy looking little critters.
No they are not!
They are really cute teddy bear little aliens,
(that look like they might smell really bad...)

I will be back later to "Apres Blog,"
but got side tracked at Norton...

Yeah, I really got sidetracked, I thought Harvey was a big invisible rabbit...

CrossEyedDave said...

Yeah, I am deep (inn) "the rabbit hole..."

But I am finding Good Stuff...

I tried looking for some funny "in jokes,"
but it only led me to Pub Chalkboards...

This one made me think of OwenKL.

Aside to Owen, how do I get back to that Jigsaw Puzzle website?
I need to get out of this rabbit hole i am inn...

Lucy Loo's Mom!, We need to know what you are using to look at the Blog
in order to help! (PC, Iphone, Ipad, Mac, etc...)

Hmm, how can I get "out" of this rabbit hole...

Oh yeah, I'm lovin' this...

Irish Miss said...

oc4beach @ 11:08 ~ My tree (4 1/2') was purchased pre-lighted, also. I decorated it with my own meaningful ornaments and mementos. Its post-Christmas home, fully decorated, is on a stand in the garage, encased in a protective plastic cover. All that was required today was removing the cover, transporting it to the living room, placing it on the sofa table, and plugging in the lights. Good luck with yours! 🎄

LLsM @ 12:00 ~ The very first time you posted, my eyes were drawn to your avatar and I was struck by what I saw as powerful poise and presence. I immediately thought of the regal Budweiser Clydesdales strutting their stuff. What a special girl!

CrossEyedDave said...

A call for help from the rabbit hole!

Note, you have to watch both parts...

All I know is that if DW read the Blog, I would be "inn" Big Doo Doo...

Grape juice, the drink of Bloggers everywhere...

CrossEyedDave said...


Everything I post is for entertainment purposes only...

Lucy Loo's Mom said...

YR, it did not open by clicking on it, but I was able to copy it and plan to paste and peruse it later. Thanks for your efforts.

CED, I have never had a problem with the links, just this one. I go to the blog on my android phone. I'm calling it a one time fluke. No worries!

IM, I love your visual! Might have to drink some Budweiser tonight!

Can we please get emojis on here!?


Ol' Man Keith said...

Now you've got me wondering, Hahtoolah...
Was TIN TIN TIN a typo or another dog altogether? If the former, I can see how his rescuer would want to change his name. They were always doing that in Hollywood back in the day.

Nice n' easy pzl today--perfect Monday game.
A 3-way on the mirror end.
The central diagonal makes me think of a Chinese restaurant where, after putting the sweet-and-sour sauce on the table, the waiter returns with some guacamole. It is a case of a...

Hahtoolah said...

OMKeith: Typo on my part. It should have been Rin Tin Tin. Spell checker doesn't like Rin.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great tricky puzzle, Kurt! Great visuals & expo, Hahtoolah!

Not surprised Errol Flynn was acquitted of statutory rape. Why would he want to rape a statue?

KLONDIKE Bar is my guilty pleasure more afternoons than is probably good for me. What would I do for a KLONDIKE BAR? Go to the fridge and unwrap the yummy thing.

Was I the only goy who got REBBE first thing? Thanks to years of reading every novel Faye Kellerman has written.

P.S.: Yes, I do know what "statutory rape" is in legal terms. No need for long explanations, beloved pedants.

Misty said...

Well, I had to work a bit hard on this one for a Monday, but that's okay--happens sometimes. I did get ED NORTON (what was the name of that TV show?) and of course the OSMOND siblings. Also got STAN--I guess I know my old comedy pals. But, like others, had RABBI rather than REBBI, and NOT I rather than NARY. And I have to admit I've never heard of BUNCO. No problem with "Peanuts" COMICS--I read them every day--or CHEROKEE or HOLIDAY INN. Oh, and I also know my Olive OYL. So, many thanks, Kurt, for some Monday fun, and thank you, for your always great write-up, Hahtoolah. Hope Boomer's okay.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle.

It's not "bay zhing"; it's "bay jing". "Jing" as in "Jingle Bells". You media talking heads out there, if you can adapt from saying "Kiev" to saying "Kyiv" surely you can learn to pronounce "Beijing", especially if you are a correspondent deployed there and talk to (and presumably listen to) the locals every day. The letter "j" is not always pronounced as it is in French; in fact, more often than not it isn't. Dang!

Good wishes to you all.

OwenKL said...

CED: is the jigsaw puzzle site.

It was Ogden Nash who wrote ---
Roses are red,
Violets are purple,
I love you better
Than maple syruple!

I had no trouble with the gargoyles website. 🧛‍♀️🐺

Trivia -- the very first Best Actor Oscar was won by -- Rin Tin Tin! The academy ruled him ineligible, and awarded it to Emil somebody instead!

Statutory rape? you read my Pygmilion poem in yesterday's JH!

BUNKO was morphed to Bilko for Phil Silvers. Who remembers that?

Jinx in Norfolk said...

PK, loved the statue joke. I'm sure you saw the story on the news that the prosecutor asked Errol Flynn "what's so special about twenty eight year olds?", to which Flynn replied "well, there are twenty of them".

(I admit it. I first heard that as a Jeffrey Epstein joke.)

TTP said...

Spent most of the day chasing leaves. I really need to hire a service.

Anyway, caught up on the comments and CED's links.

oc4beach, I read you comments, and decided to give the grilled stickies a try. And it's a go big or go home test. Ordered the 10 pack. There goes the waistline.

Looking forward to it !

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Kurt and Hahtoolah.
I saw the INs and started out thinking this was an easy Monday romp. But I ended up with several inkblots and came here to discover I FIWed. My con game was Bonco giving me Honks for "Beach head-turners". Duh!

Several answers required thinking about the spelling, or waiting for perps to decide. Does ERROL have two Rs and one L or vice-versa? I got all the Hs in the right spot in HO CHI MINH.

Loan changed to LEND. ETTE changed to ENNE (as in Canadienne - a female French Canadian. I should be Canadienne-eh!).
I immediately started filling in Pinot Noir until the "white" in the clue registered. AHA, I need GRIS. GRIS actually translates as "grey" in French (grigio in Italian). It is considered a white wine, but the fruit (grape) used is a blue-grey colour.

My French may be OK but my Irish was definitely lacking. It took every perp to remember TOORA. Thanks for the link Hahtoolah. I might need that lullaby for the new grandbaby!

Thanks for the CSO with LOONS and our Canadian Loonie. There could have been one at 16A if the Canadian province abbreviation (ALTA) had been used instead of the Spanish. I'm sure we have an Alberta reader here.

Wishing you all a good evening.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Kurt for welcoming INN the week with a nice Monday Puzzle. Thanks Hahtoolah for the detailed expo ++ ZZ Top. I look forward to your offering later this week (Congrats!)

WO: Ette b/f ENNE (Hi C, Eh!)
Fav: ED NORTON. D-O, I'm just under 50 but I know my Honeymooners :-)

Bonus themers(?): IN-PEN, EN-DOR, EN-DASH

Hand-up waiting on spelling of Kyiv.

{B+, A, B}

Bunco - know both the dice game AND Dragnet (I've seen that episode TTP). Didn't know that about Bilko, OKL.

Enjoyed reading y'all today.

Cheers, -T

PK said...

Owen, sorry but I don't do jumbles so hadn't read your pygmalion poem until you posted the link today. Feisty gal, wasn't she? Enjoyed your poem.

As a small town newspaper reporter, I once sat in on a statutory rape case hearing brought by a couple whose only child/daughter had been violated by an older boy they deemed unsuitable for their precious one. He sat in jail a while. Three years later she reached age 18 and married him. Always have wondered how that turned out for her. The mother had called me and asked me to come to the hearing which I thought was odd that she'd want it in the newspaper.

Yellowrocks said...


I didn't know bunco was a game. I always thought it was a scam. TTP, I probably learned that from Dragnet.
a swindle or confidence trick.
"a bunco artist"
verb (dated)
swindle or cheat.
"he didn't propose to be buncoed without a fight"

oc4beach said...

TTP: I hope you enjoy them. Some people like them just grilled and others also like vanilla ice cream on them.

Wilbur Charles said...

I had a post but never posted it. I have to go up to St Pete for blood work at 8.

Re. Hi Chi Minh .. The big question? Did he bus tables at the Parker House in Boston in his ute?

The highlight of our Sunday night stay in Ocala was our Diner* dinner. Fab. Place was so popular that they ran out of CAKE**. I needed change for a twenty so Phil went next door to Wawa and got the bills and , yes you guessed it, a KLONDIKE Bar.

What a way to cap a perfect family night- Jinx it's at the corner of 200/301

PS. XW was quick and easy. Re. FLN, I'm still waiting for someone to come to Xwords 101


* I can't recall the name. Not Ralph's, something like that
** See today's Jumble. I hope folks are turning in to Owen's great poems. He's not restricted to the awkward limerick***style

***(Seen in Sundays TBTimes-and speaking of Ogden)
A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the helican!
(Not Ogden Nash but Dixon Merritt)