Jan 5, 2020

Sunday January 5, 2020 David Kwong

Theme: "Initial Offerings" - The initials of each three-word entry are also contained in each theme entry.
23. When the Commodore 64 computer was released: NINETEEN EIGHTY TWO. (Thanks, Owen).
30. World capital since 1931: NEW DELHI, INDIA. Steve traveled their for business once. Toxic smog.

52. 1982 Physical Tour singer: OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN.

67. "Excuse me ... ": PARDON THE INTERRUPTION.

85. What a shutout lowers: EARNED RUN AVERAGE.

104. Capital near Siena College: ALBANY,  NEW YORK. Two places in our theme set.

116. Highest grossing movie of 1980, with "The": EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

I like EARNED RUN AVERAGE answer the best as ERA is an common abbreviations, very apt initial.

So nice to see David Kwong's byline. He's a magician and a fantastic crossword constructor.


1. Extra NHL periods: OTS.

4. Official order: EDICT.

9. Prefix suggesting savings: ECONO.

14. Weightlifting units: REPS.

18. Like a nonexistent chance: FAT.

19. Provides an excuse: ALIBIS. Did not know it's also a verb.

20. Queen Amidala's "Star Wars" home: NABOO. Forgot. We had this before. We also have 112. Lucas droid: ARTOO.

21. Rink move: AXEL.

22. Christmas buy: FIR.

26. Clean Air Act org.: EPA.

27. Eye drop: TEAR.

28. Looks for prints: DUSTS.

29. Driveway hoops game: H-O-R-S-E. Unfamiliar to me.

34. Bart Simpson's grandma: MONA. We see ABE more often.

35. One might be slipped: DISC.

36. California's Santa __ River: ANA.

37. Character who said about her father, "Yet he hath ever but slenderly known himself": REGAN. Sounds like Rich's clue.

40. Amigo of Fidel: CHE.

43. Doctrines: ISMS.

47. Tennis great: ASHE.

50. Hood: GANGSTER.

57. Corrida participant: TORO.

58. Bug: NAG.

59. Novel makeup: PROSE.

60. Prey for a Hauskatze: MAUS. Gimme for Spitzboov. Hauskatze is house cat in German. We also have 51. German town: STADT.

61. Starchy roots: TAROS. I love taros. You can find taro cakes in some dim sum places.

62. Card game shout: UNO.

63. "Cotton Candy" jazzman: HIRT (Al)

64. Defeat: LICK.

65. Low-pH stuff: ACID.

74. Son of Seth: ENOS.

75. "Gigi" playwright: LOOS (Anita)

76. Assures, as a win: ICES.

77. Cal Poly campus site, initially: SLO. OK, San Luis Obispo.

78. Zoo features: CAGES.

81. "Beloved" novelist Morrison: TONI.

82. Lab dish eponym: PETRI.

83. Give the chance to: LET.

84. Word on a bill: UNUM.

89. Place to get a lift: SKI SLOPE.

91. Aspiring atty.'s exam: LSAT.

92. Sushi roll wrap: NORI. I like these hand rolls. Sometimes I spread a thin layer of wasabi inside.

93. Camera move: PAN.

94. Ahead: ON TOP.

96. Personal quirk: TIC.

98. Org. giving G's and R's: MPAA.

102. Declines: EBBS.

110. Stiller's partner: MEARA.

114. Quick reminder: MEMO.

115. Hindu title: SRI.

120. X, at times: TEN.

121. Cut out: OMIT.

122. Attach with twine: TIE ON.

123. Unsettling looks: STARES.

124. Bread grain: OAT. Never tried oatmeal bread.

125. Living __: WAGE.

126. Professional gps.: ASSNS.

127. One of the vitals: PULSE.

128. With 87-Down, fairly: PRO. 87. See 128-Across: RATA.


1. Insult: OFFEND.

2. National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall site: TAIPEI. Gimme.

3. Soda shop supply: STRAWS.

4. Architect Saarinen: ELIEL.

5. Alice's cat: DINAH.

6. Andorra's region: IBERIA.

7. Op. __: CIT.

8. Half a fly: TSE.

9. Ho-hum feeling: ENNUI.

10. Type of salad: CAESAR.

11. Parting words?: OBIT.

12. Quaffs with punch: NOGS. Eggnogs.

13. Massage reaction: OOH.

14. Ersatz silk: RAYON.

15. Tool for removing broken screws: EXTRACTOR. Do you have this in your tool box, TTP/D-Otto?

16. Seats arranged in rows: PEWS.

17. Shrub with a purple fruit: SLOE.

19. Chip in a pot: ANTE.

24. Baseball Hall of Famer Roush: EDD.

25. Beachwear for the immodest: THONG.

31. Lowest multiple of CLI that fits in this space: DCIV. Wow, can anyone explain this to me?

32. Thunderstruck: IN AWE. I'm in awe of the above clue.

33. Creator of the GOP elephant: NAST (Thomas)

34. "Death in Venice" author: MANN.

38. Freudian topics: EGOS.

39. "Dilbert" cry: GAH.

41. Subway fare?: HERO.

42. God with a quiver: EROS.

44. Drawing tools: SIPHONS.

45. First quarterback to exceed 5,000 passing yards in a season: MARINO (Dan)

46. Derisive sounds: SNORTS.

48. Superfamily including gibbons: HOMINOIDS.

49. Makes into law: ENACTS.

52. "Movin' __": '70s-'80s sitcom theme song: ON UP.

53. "Smallville" character: LANA.

54. Horror film helper: IGOR.  "Young Frankenstein".

55. O.T. queen: ESTH.

56. Artful dodge: JUKE. Learning moment for me.

61. More under the influence: TIPSIER.

64. Soccer great Messi: LIONEL. FC Barcelona. Has anyone shopped via Rakuten?

65. Inverse trig function: ARCTAN.

66. Big name in tequila: CUERVO. Wiki says Jose CuervoIt is "the best-selling tequila in the world".

68. Thinks: DEEMS.

69. SpaceX CEO Musk: ELON. One of the Most Admired Men in 2019.

70. Nothing, in Nantes: RIEN.

71. Madonna's "La __ Bonita": ISLA.

72. Cassini of fashion: OLEG.

73. Reference book reference: NOTE.

78. Verge: CUSP.

79. "Lonely Boy" singer: ANKA.

80. Testing subject: GUINEA PIG. Nice fill.

81. Palm smartphone: TREO.

82. World leader who's a judo black belt: PUTIN.

85. Long times: EONS.

86. Pertinent: APT.

88. Frost-covered: RIMY.

90. Kind of pneumonia: LOBAR.

95. Benefactor: PATRON.

97. One of two in a crash: CYMBAL.

99. Recovery place: POST-OP.

100. Overdue debt more commonly pluralized: ARREAR. True

101. Quite a bit like: AKIN TO.

103. Shiny, in product names: BRITE. Love this lint roller.

105. Butcher shop cuts: LOINS.

106. __ choy: BOK. With oyster sauce.

107. Is closer to reaching: NEARS.

108. Run the show: EMCEE.

109. Bowl-shaped pans: WOKS.

110. "I'm ready to come in now": MEOW.

111. John's first partner on American TV's "The Avengers": EMMA (Peel)

112. Clearance item caveat: AS IS.

113. Highways: Abbr.: RTES.

117. Bus sched. letters: ETA.

118. FRA neighbor, to the IOC: ESP. France. España.

119. Onetime Beatle Sutcliffe: STU.



Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

Thanks for the enjoyable Sunday puzzle and analysis. Excellent!

I know we've had it before but who decided how to spell that little droid's name? ARTOO? RTO, R2, etc.

I have almost killed myself via wasabi a couple of times. Geez, that's hot stuff!

I have never heard of Alice's cat Dinah. What did I miss?

Mind how you go...

OwenKL said...

There's a typo on CC's answer for 23a -- the red letters should be niNETeen=eighty-two, not nineteeN-EIghty-two.

OwenKL said...

Got the puzzle, but not the theme. I thought they would be stock ticker symbols, but if so, my google-fu wasn't strong enough to ferret any of them out.
[Now read CC's expo. Hoo-kay. That's a weird one I didn't come anywhere near sussing.]

My stomach is having a ruction.
I swallowed a MOUSE
He's setting up house,
And doing some reconstruction!

When LANA and IGOR went on a date
Quasimodo did a spit-take!
"How'd he get that girl-o?
I'll drown in some CUERVO.
I'd ask her, but I've a hunch I'm too late!"

{A, C+.}

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C.. and friends. I got the theme with Olivia Newton-John, but thought that the initials might relate to a person. Getting New Delhi, India dispelled that idea.

Taiwan before TAIPEI.

I liked how TAROS was under TORO.

I learned that a Novel Makeup is not a Theme, but PROSE.

I also learned that Bread Grain is not Rye, but OAT. Rye was on my mind as we recently had some wonderful smoked white fish that we spread on Rye.

STRAWS might not be a soda shop supply for long as they are banned in many places.

C.C. , regarding the clue: Lowest multiple of CLI that fits in this space: DCIV. It's Roman numeral math. CLI (151) times 4 equals DCIV (604), hence, the lowest multiple of 151 that fits into the spaces (and letters) provided is 604.

QOD: Only intuition can protect you from the most dangerous individual of all, the articulate incompetent. ~ Robert L. Bernstein (né Robert Louis Bernstein; Jan. 5, 1923 ~ May 27, 2019), American publisher and human rights activist

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I liked this one. Nice stuff like GUINEA PIG and EXTRACTOR. (Yes, C.C., I've got a couple.) Don't think I've heard of LOBAR pneumonia. Is there a High Bar version? Had the circles, but didn't look at 'em until I'd finished. Finally, I looked at the title. D'oh! Thanx, David and C.C.

C.C., it's just Roman numeral math: 151(CLI) X 4 = 604(DCIV) Multiplying by two (302) or three (453) results in a smaller product, but the result in Roman numerals would be longer than 4 characters.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW, missing LoCK x HOMoNOIDS. Erased glares for STARES and nein for REIN.

I liked TORO above TAROS. Also liked the "G's and R's" for MPAA, and "one of two in a crash" for CYMBAL. Used the theme to check my work after finishing the fill.

You PAN when the camera stays in one place and just swivels. If the camera moves horizontally, you "dolly". As an engineer at a PBS affiliate I had to occasionally substitute as a cameraman. The director would yell through your headphones if you confused the two.

Thanks for the fun Sunday grid, David. You would have had no way of knowing, but here in the Corner we aren't allowed to enjoy Dilbert for the same reason we can't use STRAWS. If we laugh at Dilbert or sip our drinks, we are self-convicted climate change deniers. Around here, we stick to truly funny and nonpolitical comics like Doonesbury. And thanks to CC for the fun tour. Just to pile on, "IT'S ROMAN NUMERALS!"

jfromvt said...

I liked the theme. The circles, for once, were actually central to the solve! But the rest of the puzzle was a bit of a slog. Seemed like a lot of three and four letter answers, with no real flow.

Big Easy said...

Good morning. The puzzle was an easy one for a Sunday except it was a DNF for me. SLO- I had no idea; guessed SLA, as in South Los Angeles but the downs of ISLA & OLEG and crosses of TION, LET, & AVERAGE only allowed NATE. I couldn't get NAME out of my head as a 'reference'.

With the circles in place the initials of the names was obvious after OLIVIA.
NABOO, MAUS, LOOS, DINAH, LIONEL- filled by perps

CUERVO & PATRON in the same puzzle; one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, ...floor.

C.C. 151 X 4 = 604, aka DCIV

Husker Gary said...

-Because I am a fan of this show the theme finally came to me
-Weightlifters going for a record number of REPS better have a spotter
-If you have to have a “real” Christmas tree, buy one in a container so you can replant it in the spring
-I’ve played a lot of HORSE and 21 on driveways and playgrounds
-SLO was a twist on the theme
-CAGES are becoming rarer in zoos
-Hitting a shot that puts you ON TOP by five with only 1 second left ICES the game
-Today Don Rickles’ schtick would OFFEND many people
-A SNORTING TORO is best avoided
-Wanna see some great JUKES? Watch Lamar Jackson next weekend!
-Lily does not have to MEOW because we always go out with her

Picard said...

This theme was so clever I was almost ready to give up hope of figuring it out! Like OwenKL I first thought of stock ticker symbols. I laughed out loud when the light went on! Also managed to FIR.

Isn't the EMMA clue a mistake? Wasn't this from British TV?

HORSE I have a hazy memory of from my youth. I was a year younger than my classmates so I had a size disadvantage in most sports. But I played HORSE with my friends. It was a game of skill where size was not so important.

I have photos of SLO and Cal Poly SLO. Somewhere.

From Yesterday:
AnonT thanks for your interest in the Philo T Farnsworth statue. No, you are thinking of Golden Gate Park. This is the Presidio.

This map shows it is about a three mile walk between the CRT statue and the Japanese Tea Garden.

I definitely recommend both if you are in San Francisco.

TTP said...

Good morning. Just a few notes this morning.

This sports junkie used to tune into ESPN's Pardon The Interruption daily.
Speaking of sports, I was surprised both wild card games yesterday were AFC games. Usually there's one AFC game and one NFC game on each day of wild card weekend.

Of the 26 Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks, 6 are from Western PA and the Pittsburgh area. George Blanda, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Dan MARINO, and Jim Kelly.

MAUS - Learned this from Spitzboov.

Living will before WAGE.
Not potato salad.

Drawing tools - SIPHONS. Loved it.

"We see Abe more often." I'll say. I read the clue twice befor seeing grandma and wondered why there were 4 spaces.

"... dim sum places." Are these low lit places for adders ?

Yes, I have a set of screw extractors like those pictured. Mine is also a set of 5 in a little plastic case. Snapped off the head of a small bolt working on my old snowblower one year. My neighbor got the bolt out using an extractor, and I subsequently bought a set the next time I was in the HW store. Put the set in a drawer in my machinist's chest and they've sat there unused ever since.

Not sure that I've ever had a real life need to use Roman Numeral math.

desper-otto said...

Picard, I remember watching John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) years ago on TV. After the series ended, PBS stations brought it back for encore airings, similar to what they did with Doctor Who.

Meant to mention earlier that it was nice to see ELIEL rather than Eero, for a change.

Wilbur Charles said...

FLN. Re. Aragorn quote. My last post had an inadvertent LOTR line: "Beyond hope" .
Very doable XW today, especially after yesterday's agony.

Aaarrgggh!!! LOOS. I knew that. I added an extra N on that Gibbon family. FIW . Oops there's another: MiAA/iOSTOP.

EDD Roush hof

PO STOP for Recovery place?

Wow, I'd reverse the two grades Owen. #2 is a keeper. There are no C's in O l'ick-land btw

Re. MPAA (Motion Pictures Assn of America. Is that the group that also awards Oscars? I thought it was and couldn't conceive of the same group doing the X's,R's and G's.*

ELIEL I gather is EERO's son.


* But then again the profit group of the NFL (eg Commissioner's Office) oversees officiating and we can see where that's gotten us(eh Nola fans?)

BTW, a Grammar mistake in a rule created an enormous mishmash in the Bills -Texans game last night USA Story

Wilbur Charles said...

The link didn't explain the Grammar issue. The rule says and I have to paraphrase: when receiving a kickoff in the end zone if the receiver takes a knee,(comma) [something else] AND indicates he's not actively returning the kick the whistle blows and a touchback is called.

ie, because of the AND the literal meaning is that the receiver had to take a knee AND then toss the ball to the official.

Cooler heads prevailed but the ref was correct in his ruling.


Wilbur Charles said...

Again, "Grammatically" correct

Wilbur Charles said...

Picard, I too was an EMMA Peel fan. I coulda taken her with one arm tied behind HER back*.

It looks like US 80 ends on that island (Presidio?) after a long journey that began in NYC, meandered through Pennsylvania to Chicago then West. It occasionally becomes US 90. I didn't like to use RTE 80 thru Penn because of the hills. Canada was a better route from Nashua to Grand Rapids (East).

My buddy couldn't play basketball but drove me crazy in HORSE. His driveway rim was 8 feet and he'd put his back to the rim and toss it backwards into the basket. Aaarrgggh!!!!


*Actually, she probably could

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Congratulation, David Kwong, for a puzzle with a record number of unknowns for me. (15! Aargh!) Thank you, C.C., for another lucid explanation.

Best stumper: "Drawing tools" were not pencils, but SIPHONS. And a mouthful of gasoline to you...

Initially the theme stumped me until I read the title and C.C.'s expo over three times. Slowly the "initial offerings" crept into my reluctant brain as word beginnings.

71D made me think of Topeka mayor Michelle De La ISLA, born in New York, whose roots very APTly came from the ISLA of Puerto Rico. She pronounces the "S" in her name. How she wound up in Kansas I'm not sure.

BillG: from the other night. Thank you for mentioning the CNN Linda Rondstadt special. I happened onto it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Back in her prime, I had heard of her and knew some of her songs but didn't know she sang them. I missed a lot of that stuff while busy raising four kids.

CED: best wishes for your DW's recovery. She is lucky to have a good caregiver.

Misty said...

Fun Sunday puzzle--many thanks, David. My German came in handy today, with MAUS and STADT and MANN (okay, I know that's a name and not just a guy, but he's German, isn't he). Ever since I got "Movin' ON UP, [to the East Side (?])), I've been hearing it as an ear-worm--fun, and not unpleasant. That "half a fly" TSE TSE had been coming up a lot in crosswords lately. I couldn't believe that the Saarinen had five letters instead of four and couldn't be EERO--never heard of ELIEL. Nice to see TONI Morrison in a puzzle once again. Folks should consider given their children names that will work well in crossword puzzles one of these days, if they become famous. Anyway, fun puzzle, and thank you, thank you, always, for giving us your great commentaries on Sunday, C.C.

Hahtoolah said...

Wilber Charles: It's the other way around. Eero Saarinen is ELIEL's son. Both were architects were born on the same day (August 20), 37 years apart. Elie and Eero Saarinen father-son duo. Both have appeared in the puzzles, but Eero is better known in the United States.

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone.

Got it done with just a few strikethroughs. It would have helped if I knew how to spell HOMINOIDS. Neat theme. Once one saw how it worked, if a perp crossed the first circle, take that letter and place it at the beginning. It was actually fun filling in the lengthy theme acrosses. CSO to IM who can probably see ALBANY NEW YORK from her building on a clear day. NEW DELHI, INDIA, not so much.
15d EXTRACTOR - I learned to call them 'easy outs'.
25d - Immodest beachwear - THONG - - RIEN (beachwear) would be the most immodest.
44d SIPHONS - Used extensively by crop irrigators to divert water into their fields. A device AKIN TO a siphon called an eductor was always at the ready in our destroyer's Damage Control lockers.
Haus and MAUS - the au dipthong has exactly the same sound as the English ou in house and mouse.
Katze - L. German Katt; Dutch kat. The 'a' sounds like the 'o' in cot but is shorter.
MEOW - A clecho to Katze?
51d German town - STADT. To me a STADT is more a city, and Dorf more a lower density like a town. There are exceptions like Düsseldorf with well over a million population. But if we use 'town' in a broader sense, say, 'to live in town' then STADT is OK. Context means a lot.

inanehiker said...

Creative, but doable puzzle. My hold up was the cross of LOOS and HOMINOIDS!
I had TAIWAN before TAIPEI as well, Susan.
Thanks CC for a fun blog and David for the puzzle! Ready to go out for some Asian cuisine!

D-O - you may have just been making a joke - but if you weren't .... LOBAR pneumonia means the infection was contained in 1 lobe and usually completely infected with it, whiting it out on xray. People can also have multi-lobar pneumonia. Bacterial is more likely to be LOBAR whereas viral pneumonia is scattered throughout the lung and often bilateral. The right lung has 3 lobes: upper, middle, and lower, but the left lung has 2 lobes. Most common type of mild pneumonia is RML (right middle lobe)- because there is almost a straight shot from the trachea/bronchus into that lobe if an upper respiratory infection ends up tracking down the pipes!

billocohoes said...

EDD Roush May be obscure for all but hardcore baseball fans, but I’m not sure EDD “Kookie” Byrnes is any better.

Wendybird said...

Great puzzle. Thank you, David.
C.C., thanks for the tour.

DINAH was easy since I’ve read “Alice” many times. She is playing with Dinah when the white rabbit appears, zips down the rabbit hole, and the rest is ....
I happen to enjoy Roman Numeral stuff, so this problem was fun
. Our grandson is a freshman at SLO , in San Luis Obispo. It’s on the beautiful Central Coast, so we plan to visit often.
CUERVO tequila is my brand! I drink it with lots of ice, club soda and a lime squeeze.
The Avengers was one of my favorite series, and EMMA Peele was amazing!
Movin ON UP was another favorite series, a spinoff of All in the Family. Especially liked Florence.

Basically, the puzzle today seemed to be in my wheelhouse! That plus a Sunday Doonesbury in the LA Times and sun on the water promises a pretty darned good day.

Wilbur Charles said...

I thought he was a pitcher. But perusing his bio I see was truly deserving of HoF. As a former CF who played for a former MLB CF, we both had a much higher rating for that position.

If pitching is 90% then CF is 60% of that 90.

I thought the account of how the NFL had to navigate the dangerous shoals of grammatical correctness vs idiocy would draw interest
It recalled traffic court ten years ago when an impeccably dressed, well prepared black defendant beat a ticket for "tail light out". His vehicle had an operational light on top of the cab which counted as "two working lights" which fit the wording of the statute.

Boy did that make my day and when mine was dismissed for witness "failure to appear" it was a marvelous day.


Ron in LA said...

Post op, not po stop

WikWak said...

Managed to FIR but it took a while. I usually finish a Sunday puzzle in around twenty minutes, but today was over half an hour.

Inanehiker, that crossing of LOOS and HOMINOIDS nearly did me in, too. It didn’t help any that I had HOMINIDS (no second O) so firmly stuck in my mind that I hung on to it way too long even though I knew it was too short.

Add me to the list of EXTRACTOR owners. I have actually used them several times; often enough to justify a set from Harbor Freight. I always call them screw extractors.

That’s one Saarinen I didn’t know. Perps all the way.

Add me to the list of those who wanted TAIWAN for TAIPEI.

I tried hard to figger out what was going on with the circles today, I really did. To no avail. Nada. REIN. Nope. So I came here to C.C. for help. After a looong time I kinda sorta got it, but it’s still not very clear. Sometimes I am dumber than usual; this seems to have been one of those times.

MAUS and STADT came easily. I’m not sure why. They’ve apparently been lurking in some dim and dusty corner near the back of my head.

D-O: High bar pneumonia. Funny.

I have at least one season’s John Steed and EMMA Peel on DVD. Still watch it now and then.

Time to get some breakfast. Have fun.

Bill G said...

Hi again.

Years ago, on a winter night, a friend of mine and I took out two girls from a up-state girl's college. We barely got them back before curfew. As we were leaving, he told me we were almost out of gas, running on fumes. It was about 1 am and nothing was open. He had some washing machine hoses in his trunk. The thought of siphoning gasoline occurred to both of us but we didn't want to get discover and arrested. A night or more in the pokey didn't appeal to me. I suggested siphoning gas from the sheriff's car parked in a well-lit parking lot at the local police station and leaving cash payment in the car or under the windshield wiper. I thought we could convince the sheriff of our inherent honesty rather than stealing from a citizen's car parked on a dark street. So I started sucking on the ice-cold brass fitting on the end of the washing machine hose. It was freezing. The icy-cold gas tasted terrible. I filled up an empty jar several times with enough stolen gas to get us back to Cornell. I was so cold and miserable that the though of paying for our ill-gotten gains disappeared from my mind. We sputtered back to Cornell about 2 am, freezing cold and my mouth tasting of gasoline. Geez...

Unknown said...

CLI is 151 in Roman numerals 4 * 151 = 604 and DCIV in Roman numerals

Abejo said...

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

This puzzle went easier than most Sundays recently, IMHO. I should not have gotten the theme without the circles.

I have been to the Memorial Hall in Taipei. Worked there once a long time ago and had the opportunity to go through it. Amazing.

Wanted EERO for 4D, but I needed five letters. So, waited for perps. I think ELIEL was EERO's son. We have had that before.

Tried three times to spell HOMINOIDS correctly. LICK gave it to me.

Never heard of LOBAR pneumonia. Hope I never do.

I remember EMMA PEEL from the Avengers. I believe it was British initially, when she was on it.

I did not do Saturday's puzzle. Busy all day. Friday's I did but not time to log on.

Well, the day is half shot. I better get going.

See you tomorrow.


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Jinx in Norfolk said...

WC: "If pitching is 90% then CF is 60% of that 90." I'm pretty sure Yogi said the other 50% is shortstop.

Jayce said...

Happy Sunday to you all.

Big Easy said...

Extractor? Never used one but about 30 years ago a heavy duty extractor had to used to get a bolt out a wheel. Mercedes cars don't have lug nuts; they have lug BOLTS. Apparently when I'd had the tires rotated, whoever did it used an impact wrench to tighten the bolts. Way too tight. The next person who tried to remove the bolts sheared off one of the heads.

Let's just say that the mechanic who took the rest of the broken bolt out didn't have an easy time.

SwampCat said...

Boomer, I yield, my friend. Your Vikings played better than my Saints. Hope you take it all!!

CrossEyedDave said...

111 johns 1st partner on the Avengers=Emma is incorrect.

Worded johns 1st partner on American TVs Avengers could possibly
Be correct, but this is a technicality, and I am sure the British early version must have
Been broadcast on America at some point in time...

Female assistants were
Cathy Gale
Emma Peel
Tara King

If you are a true Avengers fan you would know
That the show started with Steed being the assistant...

(Yes, true, see wiki...)

OwenKL said...

The Avengers is a rather interesting read for a fan of the old show! Thanks, CED!

PK said...

BillG: Stealing gas from the sheriff's car has got to take the prize as the bravest youth escapade. Too funny! Not that I would condone such an act. At least, the gas taste didn't stunt your growth.

We at one time had siphons in our farm flood irrigation system, but they took more work than just opening the little gates on the distribution pipes and letting the water flow, so I don't think they were used long. My BIL was the waterer. DH did the mechanic work so I didn't get my feet muddy.

Picard said...

desper-otto, Wilbur Charles, Wendybird, WikWak, Abejo, CrossEyedDave thanks for the EMMA Peel comments.

I was not aware that Steed had a partner Cathy Gale before EMMA Peel. Thank you CrossEyedDave for that learning moment.

It is odd that the clue emphasized "American TV". Yes, it showed on American TV. But it was notably a British show that we got to watch in the US. I never saw it on PBS. It was on regular commercial TV stations.

Wilbur Charles I think the island you are thinking of in San Francisco Bay (on I-80) is Yerba Buena Island. I have photos there which I would have to dig out. What it has in common with The Presidio is that both used to be military bases, but both have mostly been reclaimed for the public.

PK said...

Tony, from the other night: You said my post sounded like I was reminiscing about an "old flame" at Del Mar Racetrack. Well, you are sorta right. OLD is accurate but the "flame" was more like a warm glow. He lived half a continent away and we had a lot of laughs on late-night phone calls and some yearly meetings. Unfortunately, he kept an unexpected date with the grim reaper.

Bobbi said...

Got home from Sunday activities @ 6:30, ate a snack and settled down with this challenge. At 10 p.m. started filling in n massive gaps in this slog by copying the answer. Need I say how much I disliked today's entry??

Unknown said...

Re: 31 Down, CLI is 151 in roman numerals, so the lowest multiples are 302 (CCCII), 453 (CDXIII), and 604 (DCIV). Of those, only the last (DCIV) is just four symbols long.
And HORSE is a classic basketball game where a player takes a shot from a specific location on the court, and if he makes it, the opposing player needs to hit the same shot or he gets a "letter" (H to start, then O-R-S-E). If he misses, then the other player gets to try a shot, with same rules. First player to miss five times (HORSE) loses.
I totally had this puzzle except for the left - everyone knows that Andrew GOLD sang "Lonely Boy," so it took me forever to accept that GOLD could not be correct!

Wilbur Charles said...

Gary, I thought "levitation" was about a "Street Air Friar"

Love Boomer Monday. I couldn't sleep after waking up at 230 am. Watched "Mom" for awhile and found the Evan Birnholz Post that's inserted in tbtimes on Sunday.*

Lo and behold, my friend invited us in for coffee and on the kitchen table is said XW. I had to keep mum but hints were on the tip of my tongue.

FLN, I thought YR might be fascinated by a Grammar error intruding into a big NFL game. Or any Bills fan .


*There are at least four. His wife is the solver