Nov 3, 2019

Sunday November 3, 2019 David Alfred Bywaters

Theme:  "Don't Miss the Finale" (Final e)  - E is added to the end of each familiar phrase.
23. Coiffure created using a mirror?: SELF-MADE MANE. Self-made man.

25. Catholic leader appealing to a younger demographic?: TEEN POPE. Teen pop.  Wiki says "Pope John XI (931–935) was 20 at the beginning of his papacy. Youngest pope.
41. Aggressive tie feature?: POWER STRIPE. Power strip.

46. Becoming a full-grown dog?: PUPPY FATE. Puppy fat.

66. Topper for a tiny barn?: MINI VANE. Mini van.

70. Result of a hotel sprinkler malfunction?: WET SUITE. Wet suit.

89. Abundant greens?: BUNNY HOPE. Bunny hop.

92. Sleazy bar offering?: INSTANT WINE. Instant win.

112. Sad Rogaine result?: DOWN PATE. Down pat. Fun image.

114. Superhero beachwear?: SWIMMING CAPE. Swimming cap. Should have avoided 16. Gown complement: CAP.
All the added E's are silent. No syllable is added to any of the entries. Did I miss any other layer?

Heavy themage. Total 10. Yet David still manages a 140-worder.


1. Apes: MIMICS.

7. Wise advisers: SAGES.

12. "That's how it __!": GOES.

19. Parks with games: ARENAS.

20. Plane figure: PILOT. I'm glad the Southwest pilot camera was just a joke. Scary.

21. Emotion linked to schadenfreude: ENVY.

22. "'I __ you liked your drink,' sez Gunga Din": OPE. Hope. And 90. Luck, to the Bard: HAP.

27. Pry: SNOOP.

28. Nailed: ACED.

29. School support gps.: PTAS.

31. '50s TV innovation: COLOR. My dad got us one in the late 1980s.

32. Longing: YEN.

33. Slender bit of stemware: FLUTE. This is Chinese flute Dizi.

35. Woos: COURTS.

37. Branch of Islam: SHIA.

38. One often seen in a parlor: PIANO. Our editor Rich Norris is a piano player.

39. Establish firmly: ENROOT.

40. Coll. major: ENG.

49. Soft leathers: SUEDES.

50. Convert to ready money: CASH IN.

52. Pharma offerings: MEDS.

53. Downed: ATE. And 63. Much party food: SNACKS. Guangzhou's 7-Eleven stores have wonderful snacks. I really miss those sticky rice dumplings.

54. Game with plenty of kicks: SOCCER.

57. Extremity: END.

58. Window coolers: ACS.

59. Some pvt. equity ventures: LBOS.

61. Ejection: OUSTER.

69. Not Rep. or Dem.: IND. And 45D. Strongly favoring one side: PARTISAN.

72. Termination: DEMISE.

73. Two trios: SESTET. Six.

75. Alike, in Arles: EGAL.

76. Tats: INK.

77. Letters on a tap: IPA. Beer tap.

79. Basilica display: MOSAIC.

82. Challenge to "You're wrong!": AM I

83. Horse hue: ROAN.

85. "Manic" time in a 1986 hit: MONDAY. Manic Monday.

87. Duped: FOOLED.

95. WWII carrier: LST.

96. Krishna, for Vishnu: AVATAR.

98. Events with vandalism: RIOTS.

99. Surprised greeting: OH HI.

101. Small size: PETITE. Do any of you shop at Express?

102. "Inferno" part: CANTO.

103. Wall et al.: Abbr.: STS.

106. Signs: OMENS.

108. Bento box staple: RICE. Japanese moms spend lots of time on their kids' bento box.

109. Sulk: POUT.

110. Inborn: NATAL.

117. Period: ERA.

118. Part of Xerxes I's realm, nowadays: IRAN. The king in "300". He has lots of piercings in the movie.

119. Where sailors go: TO SEA.

120. Called from a sty: OINKED.

121. "L.A. Law" actress: DEY (Susan)

122. Audition cry: NEXT.

123. Reactions to mosquitoes: SWATS. Mosquitoes here in MN are vicious.

124. Derisive looks: SNEERS.


1. Sizable: MASSY. Not a word I use.

2. Goddess of peace: IRENE.

3. Fruit served in balls: MELON.

4. Dope: INFO. Thanks for the info on your smart vacuums. I'll stick to dumb one.

5. Settings for many ghost stories: CAMPFIRES.

6. U.S. number-issuing agcy.: SSA.

7. Ronnie of the Ronettes: SPECTOR. Unfamiliar to me. The singer with the second tallest hair?

8. Actress Anouk: AIMEE.

9. Pleased: GLAD.

10. Geological period: EON.

11. Squish: STEP ON.

12. Elude: GET AROUND.

13. Convenient, as shopping: ONE-STOP. Tiny ONE dupe: 43. Tyke: WEE ONE.

14. Night before: EVE.

15. Coordinate audio and video: SYNC. My iPod Classic sometimes triggers the "Power surge on the USB port" error. Do any of you use a powered USB hub? Dell says I need one for 11-year-old iPod.

16. Asset in a crisis: COOL HEAD.

17. Names (to): APPOINTS.

18. House of Lords group: PEERAGE.

24. Frighten: DAUNT.

26. Places to buy stamps: Abbr.: POS. Post Offices.

30. Romanticized 18th-century highwayman Dick: TURPIN. Wiki says he's an "English highwayman whose exploits were romanticized following his execution in York for horse theft."

34. Dogie catcher: LASSO.

35. Middling grades: CEES.

36. Frequent auto race sponsor: STP.

38. One on foot, in signs: PED.

41. One of a Biblical 150: PSALM.

42. Offer more than: OUTBID.

44. Clinches: ICES.

47. Workout ctrs.: YMCAS.

48. Grass used on some golf greens: FESCUE. Never heard of the term.

51. Sheep tender: HERDSMAN.

55. Baskin-Robbins buy: CONE.

56. Word with stick or ball: CUE.

58. Army-forming insect: ANT.

60. Like a monkey: SIMIAN.

62. OKC-to-Tulsa dir.: ENE.

63. "Go __ Watchman": Harper Lee novel: SET A.

64. Rwanda's capital: KIGALI.

65. Pollen producer: STAMEN.

67. Title Brooklyn lawyer in an Alabama courtroom: VINNY. "My Cousin Vinny".

68. Want as a price: ASK.

70. Jazz guitarist Montgomery: WES.

71. Leave out, in speech: ELIDE.

74. Little dogs: TOYS.

77. In a hurry, maybe: IMPATIENT.

78. Appropriate for versification: POETIC.

80. Otherwise: IF NOT.

81. 18th/19th-century agricultural innovation: COTTON GIN. Eli Whitney invented it. Handpicking cotton is hard on hands.

83. Mount with carved heads: RUSHMORE.

84. Coming: ON THE WAY.

86. Ominous: DIRE.

88. Paper cut cries: OWS.

89. Full-__: purebred: BLOODED.

91. More than exhaust: OVERTAX.

93. Psychological wounds: TRAUMAS. Has any of you read Sebastian Junger's "Tribe"?

94. "__ a stinker?": Bugs Bunny: AIN'T I.

97. Manhattan Project projects: A TESTS.

100. Quaint stopover: INN.

102. Heavenly body with a tail: COMET.

103. Vampire's undoing: STAKE.

104. Slim candle: TAPER.

105. Flexible Flyers, e.g.: SLEDS.

107. PR firm's forte: SPIN.

109. Leaning Tower site: PISA. My favorite Pisa guy.

111. Common adolescent affliction: ACNE.

113. "You __ here": ARE.

115. "Golly!": WOW.

116. Refusals: NOS.



Lemonade714 said...

I guess the time change has everyone off stride. Wake up and enjoy the day and the puzzle by DAB and the write-up from C.C.

OPE and HAP were unknowns as clued; Romanticized 18th-century highwayman Dick: TURPIN took some thought though we had Michael Turpin in the orignal AXE line-up. He thought he was a highwayman.

Speaking of 7-Eleven did you know there are more of their STORES in Thailand than in the US? They have much more for sale than we do.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I fell back half-way this morning. Think I could've made it all the way if it weren't for a herd of hungry cats who insisted that breakfast was late.

Got through the puzzle in good time and even got the theme. Hooray! Wanted SIMIAN at 1a, but it showed up at 60d. MASSY? Really? Those mosquitoes gave me HIVES before I SWATted 'em. C.C., Ronnie Spector was the ex-wife of notorious record producer Phil Spector of "wall of sound" fame. Before your time. Thanx, D.A.B. and C.C.

A. Aajma said...

The Dizi link was very nice.

OwenKL said...

FIWrong. One measly cell. I knew the crossing words were probably wrong, but couldn't think what they really were: DiUNT + iCED. DAUNT is even a word I've used in multiple poems!

Dick TURPIN inspired my poem about him today over at JH today

Michael Landon's career had a hope,
Early on with a role of note!
A monster who preyed,
And utterly dismayed,
The fictional: "I was a TEENAGE POPE!"

Cultured people drink champagne from a FLUTE
On the other hand a SIMIAN galoot
Would like to take a swig
From an instrument that's big:
He'd like a champagne PIANO for a snoot!

{B+, A-.}
Now to go back and read the expo and comments.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR on the laptop, because Zoe needed to go out about 1 a.m. and I didn't want to wake up my DW by printing. I had some corrections, but without the hardcopy I don't remember how many or which ones. The Corner was still on yesterday's puzzle, so I went back to bed.

Maybe it is regional - I don't ever remember playing a gold course with fescue greens. Fairways, yes. Rough, yes. Anyone play on fescue greens?

I think MASSY is more appropriate to something heavy, not something big. I'm told that black holes are relatively small but really MASSY. But I've never had one, so what do I know.

Ronnie Spector made an important cameo on Eddie Money's Take Me Home Tonight. Her ex-husband Phil was famous for his "wall of sound" concept and for killing his girl friend years after threatening to kill Ronnie.

Thanks to DAB for another really fun puzzle, and to CC the interesting narrative and for all you do.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Golf course, not gold course.

jfromvt said...

A typical, medium difficulty Sunday puzzle with some cute play on words.

I refer to fescue as the wispy, long uncut rough, commonly in a links style course. Never seen it used in reference to greens.

“My Cousin Vinny” is one of those movies you can watch over and over again. Clever ending. And Marisa Tomei! Oh my!

Husker Gary said...

-Almost a TEEN POPE - Pope John XI (931–935, who was 20 at the beginning of his papacy)
-MASSY and ENROOT do not make my word hall of fame
-My sister’s huge supply of Beanie Babies shows she failed to CASH IN like she thought she would
-Walgreens makes managing my MEDS very simple
-Remembering “Liberté, éGalité, fraternité” saved me on KI_ALI
-Murderer – “You’re Wrong”. Perry Mason – “AM I?”
-In my yute vandalism ran RIOT on Halloween. Now? Not so much.
-Ronnie finally got away from psycho first husband Phil SPECTOR who is now a convicted murderer
-COOL HEAD in a crisis – Successful NFL QB’s
-Our lawn has been FESCUE grass for forty years
-A huge demand for cotton inspired Whitney’s Cotton Gin (engine) which created need for more cotton which created demand for cheap labor and I think you know how this ends.
-SPIN – Yes my candidate said “YES” but here’s why he really meant “NO”
-C.C., doesn’t everything about that picture scream “Tourist!” BTW, you’re my favorite Guangzhou girl!

Lucina said...


Super Sunday! Thank you, DAB. I finished in way less time than normal for a Sunday morning. That's how it GOES sometimes.

The final E was easy enough to spot and most of the fill was familiar or easily worked out though MASSY was unknown. I was sure that a younger POPE existed but I guess not. Rules were quite lax in the middle ages and many bishops were elevated as teenagers simply because of their prominent families.

I agree, My Cousin VINNY is a film to be watched many times over.

FESCUE is hardy enough to withstand intense heat and is used in many venues out here for that reason.

Time to go. Have a happy day, everyone!

NaomiZ said...

Massy? Enroot? I thought Mr. Bywaters was making this stuff up. But I solved it easily enough, and a post puzzle vocabulary search supports the author.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

The only lawn I've started from seed was in Canyon Country (now Santa Clarita), CA. I used a FESCUE / Kentucky Bluegrass blend and grew a fabulous lawn.

Misty said...

Delightful Sunday puzzle--many thanks, David. As usual, I started on the bottom, but was amazed that I worked my way right up and before long had about three-quarters of the puzzle solved. I might have gotten the rest, but I got tired and so looked up a few of the missing longer items, before I was able to finish. Not many familiar names, but at least I got DEY. And I did get the final E theme--very clever. Always nice to see your helpful write-up on a Sunday, C.C. Many thanks to you too.

Have a good Sunday, everybody.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. I enjoyed the puzzle and figured out the theme OK. Yea me!

I came across an old movie on cable and am enjoying re-watching it immensely. I highly recommend it. It's "The Man Who Would Be King," based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. It features Sean Connery and Michael Caine. I could watch and listen to them read a cookbook.

Very excellent! Have you seen it?

Anonymous said...

My paper prints a older Sunday puzzle from the NYT. I really enjoyed solving the puzzle today which had a red dot located in the top center. It had many fresh and current pop culture clues in it. Wow, what a refreshing solve. It may be time for me to expand my solving to include some other puzzles outside this insulated world of the LATIMES. It feels as if the lat is the same old, same old. I have not enjoyed a solve such as this in quite some time.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, David Alfred Bywaters, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Puzzle went fairly easily. A few tough spots, as usual. Theme appeared right away. I think WET SUITE was my first.

AIMEE and SPECTOR right next to each other were tough.

Got IRAN easy enough. Everything around it was not easy.

Liked PSALM for 41D.

Dick TURPIN was a new one. Six perps and I had it.

Listening to the Bears game on the radio. They are losing 6-0 in the second quarter.

See you tomorrow.


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Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

Medium difficulty for a Sunday. Mostly cute theme. Theme fill all acquired long vowel - silent final e sound by adding 'e' except suit changed its sound to SUITE which final e affected.
Had 'sextet' before SESTET. Seems like I always need to look it up to use correctly.
LST - I've regaled you in the past about my 4 days of service 60 years ago aboard the USS Greer County (LST-799) and manœuvres around Catalina Island. I always remember the cute harbor seal that loved to hang out on the bottom platform of our accommodation ladder while we were at anchor. Also the very noisy Diesels and the open bare knife switches on the main electric switchboard, with the wooden safety hand hold.
12 cheater squares - Any special significance to this?

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Go Bears! My two favorite teams are the Cowboys and whoever is playing the Eagles. This week that's Chicago.

Jayce said...

I had fun working this puzzle and solved it without having to look anything up, which I like to do.
I have heard of baby fat but am not familiar with the term puppy fat; nevertheless it worked out fine.
I like how PILOT was clued.
I learned that "alike" was not MEME but EGAL and that "sizable" was not OBESE but MASSY.
I was not fooled by FOOLED.
I thought it was interesting to see OPE directly above TEENPOPE.
I often see signs indicating that a PED is likely to be XING the road at this location.
I love dumplings of all kinds.
I wondered how many sentences I could start with I.

Spitzboov said...

Jayce @ 1308 - - At least you capitalized all the I's. I've heard English is the only language where the first person singular nominative pronoun is capitalized.
German ick
L. German ik
Dutch ik
French je
Spanish yo
Portuguese eu
Danish jeg
Russian ja
Chinese 我

Yellowrocks said...

I liked this final E puzzle.
I used to tease my second graders about the one vowel, followed by one consonant, silent E rule when they would write sentences such as "I ate my diner." We also had fun with homophones. Many a child had a soar arm that floated away.
I liked Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" even better than To Kill a Mockingbird."
I didn't know KIGALI, all perps.
I never heard of TURPIN. Interesting how such an evil man became a folk hero.
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I still have a very unsettled tummy. A strong anti inflammatory makes my neck more comfortable, but it's not healing very much.
I am taking Alan home now to avoid driving the narrow winding country roads in the dark.

Lucina said...

I wondered if Ronnie SPECTOR was related to the infamous Phil who, as has been noted, is now in jail. Thank you for allaying that doubt.

C.C., my daughter loves to shop at Express. She likes the tailored look for her work outfits and since she is a PETITE size she can find it there. At Christmas and for birthday I usually give her an Express gift card.

Thank you, C.C., for your Sunday supplement; it's always a treat to read your commentary.

Hungry Mother said...

Just the right amount of crunch for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Some very interesting 3s today. I don't know why CANTO sprang to mind. Seems remote from my mathematical background.

Oc4beach said...

Got to do the puzzle in the Washington Post today. Worked on it off and on while watching football. Eventually finished it during the first half of the Ravens/Patriots game.

WEES about some of the obscure words. Perps really helped today.

I agree that “My Cousin Vinny” is one of the funniest movies. I’ve watched It many times, and will watch it many more times. As pointed out in the movie, no self respecting southerner would use instant grits.

Time for the second half.

Dow Jones said...

Monday's edition (11/4/19) of the Wall Street Journal features a crossword puzzle ("Fruit Turnovers") constructed by C.C. Burnikel

C.C.'s Crossword Puzzle

Enjoy !

Michael said...

Hoo Boy! Now we get spam in Korean! ( 나나알바 @ 9:51 pm)

But thanks to Dow Jones for the C.C. pointer!