Feb 3, 2020

Monday February 3, 2020 David Poole

Theme: PINHEADS (62. Tops of sewing fasteners ... and what the starts of 17-, 26-, 37- and 51-Across can have) - The first word can follow "pin".

17. Getaway car driver: WHEEL MAN. Pinwheel.

26. Golfer's dream: HOLE IN ONE. Pinhole.

37. You can't go back after passing it: POINT OF NO RETURN. Pinpoint.
51. Kit and caboodle: BALL OF WAX. Pinball.

Boomer here. Good bye January!!  Come again when you can't stay so long.  We had a taste of Spring on Groundhog Day.  45 degrees up here in the frozen tundra. I am sure the groundhog saw his shadow and old man winter will get even.  In Minnesota, when snow melts on February 2, it generally turns to ice by February 4.

Quite a Super Bowl football game yesterday.  I confess, I did not watch the halftime show or the commercials.  My remote channel changer got a workout, but Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs.


1. Actor Beatty: NED.  He had parts in a lot of movies.  My favorite was "Deliverance".

4. Spirited horse: ARAB.  I thought "Maximum Security" was pretty spirited in the Derby.  I still don't know why the horse was disqualified.

8. Cold-weather omen on Groundhog Day: SHADOW. "Me, and my shadow, strolling down the avenue."

14. Prefix with Pen: EPI.

15. Leisurely pace: LOPE.  Certainly was not Maximum Security's faux pas.

16. Dwell: RESIDE. If the siding on your dwelling becomes rotten, you will need to reside.

19. Flowery van Gogh painting: IRISES.  "I could have told you Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you",  "Starry Night" by Don McClean in the American Pie album.  A little history.  Don McClean was waiting in Fargo for the Buddy Holly plane that did not make it.

20. Superficially highbrow: ARTY.  I remember ARTY Johnson in "Laugh In", although I suppose it could have been ARTIE.

21. Play segments: ACTS.

23. Cheese go-with: MAC.  Get a big one at the golden arches for about $2.50.

24. Injured in the bullring: GORED. The U.S. was not gored after the long recount in Florida in 2000.

30. Put inside: ENCLOSE.  Nielsen ratings called me on the phone and sent me $3.00 enclosed in a letter just for telling them what TV shows I watched last Saturday.

32. German "east": OST.

33. Dead __ Scrolls: SEA.  Seattle Airport designation??

34. Bank acct. addition: INT.  Generally it comes after the decimal point.

35. Little trickster: IMP.  Too early for Halloween.

36. One of 50 on the U.S. flag: STAR.  "Oh say can you see?"

42. Went up: ROSE. By any other name still smells the same.

43. 35-Down relative: LLC. 35. Business name abbr.: INC.

44. Land in the Seine: ILE.

45. Lennon's love Yoko: ONO.  Still alive and well in her mid 80s.

46. Chinese chairman: MAO.  Many years ago.  Mr. Mao Zedong is no longer with us.

47. Everlasting: ETERNAL. My Mom's name was Hope. She always repeated "Hope springs ETERNAL."

54. Hundred Acre Wood creator: MILNE. I asked Winnie the Pooh and he knew nothing about Hundred Acre Woods.

55. Help: AID.

56. Lab safety org.?: SPCA.

58. Clinton and Obama, astrologically: LEOS.  I guess they were both Lions.

59. Escape: GET OUT.  Bar call at 1:00 AM in Minnesota.  And it may be a good idea to take a cab or Uber.

64. In a fair way: EVENLY.

65. Ivan or Nicholas: TSAR.

66. Observe: SEE.  "I SEE said the blind man, but he really didn't..."

67. Common people, with "the": MASSES.  My church has three.  I usually go to the early Sunday performance.

68. "Family Guy" creator MacFarlane: SETH.

69. "Cats" monogram: TSE.  Half of a fly.


1. Genre for Enya: NEW AGE.  I think NEW AGE is a brand name.  You can buy everything from soda pop to siding on your house.  I don't think they sell bowling balls though so who cares.

2. Screenwriter Nora: EPHRON. "You've Got Mail" director.

3. Low-calorie cola, familiarly: DIET RC.  WOW.  Royal Crown was the first  to release Diet Cola. I think they called it "Diet Rite".  Someone correct me if I am wrong.  I think it was the late fifties, and sometimes I cannot remember what I had for breakfast.

4. 100 percent: ALL.  You can wash clothes with it.

5. Most populous città in Italia: ROMA.  Evidently the Italians forgot how to spell Rome.

6. Geronimo's tribe: APACHE.

7. Japanese box lunch: BENTO.

8. __ Lanka: SRI.

9. Hardly a social butterfly: HERMIT.  Remember Herman's Hermits.  "There's a kind of hush, all over the world tonight."

10. From China, say: ASIAN.  Yes, that would be C.C. and NO she does NOT have the coronavirus.

11. "The Simpsons" character named for a dance era: DISCO STU.  Sorry, I have never watched the Simpsons, and I lied, I am not sorry.

12. Keats' "__ on a Grecian Urn": ODE. Bobby Gentry - "It was the third of June another sleepy dusty Delta Day"  Ode to Billy Joe,  or an airline that is not flying to China this month.

13. Director Craven: WES.

18. Face sketcher's horizontal reference: EYE LINE.

22. NFL replay review aid: SLO MO.  We saw a lot of these yesterday.  And a lot of commercials, also.

25. "Please stop!": DON'T.  "Don't be cruel, to a heart that's true !"  Elvis.

27. __ de corps: camaraderie: ESPRIT.  I think this is Latin for we get along.  I think the Marines picked up on it because of "Corps" in the saying.

28. Not at all far: NEAR.

29. Pull down, as a salary: EARN.  Over the weekend, I was watching the famous Waste Management Phoenix golf tournament players pulling down a salary in front of really loud fans.

31. Minn. college named for a Norwegian king: ST OLAF. In Northfield, MN. I used to call on St.Olaf and sold electrical stuff to the college maintenance department. Great people!  Now I only visit Northfield in the fall to bowl a tournament at Jesse James Lanes.  Jesse was shot in Northfield in April of 1882 but now the city celebrates the notoriety with annual celebrations and parades. C.C. and I visited Carlton College in Northfield several years ago for a crossword presentation by Matt Ginsberg, the creator of Dr. Fill.

Left to Right: George Barany, David Liben-Nowell, Matt Ginsberg, C.C. & Tom Pepper
36. Squeaky clean, as an operating room: STERILE.  I don't know about STERILE, but you would be amazed by the entire cleanliness of the VA Medical facility and hospital in Minneapolis.

37. "No __!": "Easy!": PROB.

38. Charlie Chaplin's actress granddaughter: OONA.  Strange name, but she is indeed a relative of silent film Chaplin.

39. Quarantines: ISOLATES.

40. Runs smoothly: FLOWS.  We have the Mississippi which is very controlled and flows smoothly up north.  However weather forecasters are predicting floods this spring.  Normally the tributaries get over their banks up here.  Then the Mississippi gets troublesome on its way to St. Louis.

41. K thru 6: ELEM.  "Elementary my dear Watson."

46. The "M" in LEM: MODULE.

47. Type of tax: EXCISE.  We don't see much of this or it's buried in the price.  But beware of April 15.

48. Phillies' div.: NL EAST.

49. Voltaic cell terminals: ANODES.

50. Tenant: LESSEE.  I visited the VA clinic on Friday and noticed another 2000 unit apartment building going up in Ramsey, MN.  Not a real lively city but I can imagine the rent would be more reasonable than downtown.

52. Detroit NFL team: LIONS.  In the Vikings division. They have come down a bit since the days of Barry Sanders.

53. Dr. visits: APPTS.  My last one was just a blood draw.  PSA was 0.20.  Next doctor hello is in March.

57. Med. school subject: ANAT.  If you have an APPT,  you hope the DR. took ANAT.

59. Diamond, for one: GEM.  Every Baseball field has one.

60. Sister of Zsa Zsa: EVA.  The great Lisa Douglas of Green Acres.

61. TV's Burrell and Pennington: TYS.

63. Princely title: Abbr.: HRH.  Certainly were a lot of three letter answers in the puzzle.



Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased ESPirT. UNTIE! DNK BENTO, but I one had a Benton Harbor Lunch Box, a ham radio transceiver that operated in the 6 meter band. DNK either of the TYS or OONA. Had to wait for OLAv/OLAF. Had to learn a new LAT web site format to print this one out.

HRH? Not so fast, Harry. Pinhead.

If only they had a diet Moon Pie to go with the Diet RC cola.

You can't go back after passing it? Hint - "really nasty fart" fits, but the perps don't like it.

Thanks to David and Boomer for all the fun!

Hungry Mother said...

Went to paper solve today for the first time in ages because of change in LA Times website. I subscribe to the Naples Daily News online and printed the puzzle (blank) as in the olden days. So I finished and didn’t know if it was correct until I came here. Old school Monday. No idea of solving time. I liked the puzzle and getting back to paper.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Guess who failed to realize that the reveal was a reveal? Again. As a result, d-o also failed to look for the theme. Again. Maybe that adage about old dogs has some truth to it. Thanx, David and Boomer (actually it's Arte).

"I confess, I did not watch the halftime show or the commercials." I can do ya one better Boomer.

ISOLATES: We're hearing an awful lot about that in the news lately.

OONA: The current Oona was named for her maternal grandmother, the daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin. She died back in '91.

EXCISE: The income tax season begins in earnest today. I'm still waiting on a consolidated brokerage statement. Unlike the other tax documents, which must be mailed by 1/31, brokerage statements don't have to be mailed until 2/15. That cuts down on the number of statement revisions which cause so many tax returns to be amended. I always have to pony up on April 15, so I'm happy to wait.

inanehiker said...

Exciting night with a nailbiter victory for the Chiefs in the final quarter! So happy for my elderly mom and Andy Reid to get the win!
Monday morning still comes regardless, but fun puzzle and commentary helping me to wake up a bit!
Thanks Boomer (and congrats on the low PSA #) and David for the puzzle!

inanehiker said...

Oh and I remember Diet Rite (RC Cola's low cal version) which later changed to RC Cola Diet just as the Coke product TAB became Diet Coke. I remember as a teen when a "meal" order was often a diet cola and french fries- don't know who they were trying to fool!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Starting off; it seemed a bit crunchy, but then the solve settled in nicely. FIR. Had 'ham' before MAC. POINT OF NO RETURN came easily since I had just dealt with it in the weekend WSJ. Liked the SPCA clue.
Thanks D-O for explaining about the other OONA. That's how I remember it.

OwenKL said...

I could have named one of my pieces IRISES. It's a jigsaw puzzle at that link, but only 30 pieces, smaller than my norm, and you get a l'ick as a bonus when you finish. I also did a series of versions of Starry Night. That link is to a 20-piece jigsaw version, again with a l'ick at completion. I usually make my jigsaws 60-120 pieces, and the site will accomodate up to 500+, so a 20 or 30 piece is really very simple. And you can view the picture (tho not the verse) without working it at all.

ESPRIT de l'escalier, I know it well,
The spirit that comes on the staircase to tell
That perfect zinger
To have GORED that stinger --
The IMP's on ETERNAL SLO-MO from Hell!

High-school age LIONS are LEOS
Service clubs set up for neos.
As Lions, "We Serve",
And roar with great verve,
While Leos all roar with great meows!

{B, A-.}

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Not that he'll care, but David redeemed himself with me and Thumper with today's offering, compared to last Friday's. The theme was well-hidden and cute, to boot, so I was pleased right off the bat. Adding to my enjoyment was the Tsar ~ Star duo and the abutting anagrams of Near and Earn. I also liked Arab above Lope and the Lab safety org.=SPCA. (Hi, Spitz.) CSO to CED and Jinx at Imp and to CC and Boomer at St. Olaf.

Thanks, David, for a fun start to the week and thanks, Boomer, as always, for lots of chuckles and many a nostalgic remembrance.

Congrats to the KC Chiefs. I surprised myself by even watching the game, let alone being on pins and needles in the last few minutes. I was rooting for KC, merely because of their 50 year drought! I'd say Patrick Mahomes has quite a future in store. Jimmy Garappolo (sp?) is no slouch, either.

Have a great day.

Sherry said...

Didn't get the SPCA reference. Otherwise simple fill.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, David and Boomer.
I FIWed and saw the PIN theme. Just a little crunch.
One inkblot caused by entering Purrs before FLOWS for "Runs smoothly". (Perhaps those LEOS and LIONS directed my thoughts to the felines.)
Another inkblot with Estate before EXCISE tax.

Yes, I too am used to having Chaplin's wife clued for OONA.
In Canada, we have LTD not LLC.
ELEM today instead of Elim.

Plenty of animal associations today with the bullring, ARAB horse, MILNE's bear, SPCA, LIONS & LEOS, groundhog, TSE's Cats. Even a social butterfly!
I smiled at NEAR beside EARN (and crossing STAR and TURN). (IM beat me!)

Canadian government is waiting for permission from Chinese government to return Canadians from Wuhan (where China has ISOLATEd them) to Canada. On arrival, they (plus staff and flight crew) will be quarantined at Air Force Base Trenton for 14 days.

Sherry@9:05 - Lab is referring to the dog being protected by SPCA. Cute misdirection, since most people will think of lab as laboratory (testing for Coronavirus!)

Wishing you all a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

Got this one easily, good thing because of my late start. I gabbed and read the paper at the coffee shop, followed by aquatic exercise and Valentine shopping.
No, I am not partied out. I ignored the game yesterday. Football is at the bottom of the list of sports I enjoy watching. I can't remember when I watched an entire game. Besides, I had no dog in this hunt. Sometimes local boosterism causes me to care somewhat.
When I was learning to read I saw an envelope that said Internal Revenue. I called it Eternal Revenue. My dad said that it sure seems that way.
I didn't know TYS. but it was filled before I got there.
Thank you all for your support. Alan's problem was short lived this time, as I suspected, but the staff needs to learn the signs. I have gone down a few unnecessary rabbit holes myself. OTOH, just once I saw no signs when a major problem occurred. His cold is more of a problem.His nose drips almost continuously like a leaky faucet.
We had snow before dawn and in the early evening yesterday with a warm early afternoon in between. Today it seems more like March.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Finished it with more ink corrections than usual for a Monday. Knew it was wrong but had OSHA as a safety org. *head slap* Lab is a canine reference.

"Quarantine" from Quaranta.. Italian for 40. The number of days trading ships had to wait in the Most Serene Republic of Venice harbor before coming ashore to check for and hopefully avoid Plague.

Mamma Gabor wrote a book: "How to Raise Children for Fun and Profit" (that's an old joke..sorry)

Again the "f" or "v" saintly Norwegian conundrum. Went with Rose Nylund's birthplace. Her inane accounts of life in her hometown some of the funniest moments on "The Golden Girls"....

《Rose: I think she’s a gerkönernøckin.

Counselor: What does that mean?

Rose: Well, literally it’s the precise moment that dog poo turns white, but generally it stands for someone you wouldn’t share your hödenkoggles with.

Dorothy: Rose, if you say one more of those stupid words!

Rose: Oh blow it out your töbenblurbels!》

(The Scandinavian version of Pig Latin?)

Bit I digress. Wouldn't know what to do with a BALLOFWAX...

before I reach the POINT OF NO RETURN have a great day of the Moon.

Ruberap said...

Well, I finally did it. I completed an LA Times crossword without any research on the internet! I did my usual yesterday, with the hard (for me) Sunday crossword - plenty of research and some letter-reveals - and scored 95% on the on-my-own score. So, since I usually don't do the Sunday at all and I got a 95% I thought that maybe I could do Monday's (easy) without any help and I did it! It did require guessing a few letters along the way (not cheating :-) ) to help me along visually, but I got it all.
I started doing this crossword because my youngest son, Kyle, was doing it. He is like many of you who complete a Monday-Wednesday in less than 10 minutes. I seldom complete one of those in less than 20 minutes and that is with research. So, I'm probably going to put a lot of pressure on myself and try to do this again tomorrow. I'll give it a try, but will use those little extra tabs at the top of the screen (research) as needed. Hey, Teach, do I get a gold star?

Yellowrocks said...

Boomer, I enjoyed your post. Very funny.
"...famous Waste Management Phoenix golf tournament..." What an inelegant name! Next we will have the Toilet Bowl Tournament.

Speaking of elegance, I love irises. Irises and butterflies. BTW, when I first joined Crossword Corner there was a lovely poster named Blue Iris. Whatever happened to her?

Spitzboov said...

LOPE ruminations.

An English cognate is 'leap'.
The German cognate 'laufen' means to run. L. German lopen. Dutch lopen means 'to walk'.
Einlaufen means 'entering a port'.
When I was a wee lad, and out for a stroll with my mother, she might say"Loop nie so gau." (Don't run/walk so fast.)

To have grown up with a split language exposure, a word like LOPE conjures up all kinds of related thoughts.

Husker Gary said...

-I would have clued PINHEAD differently
-POINT OF NO RETURN? My friend running the time clock accidentally let the buzzer go off after I had sung “Oh say can you see” of the National Anthem Saturday. I laughed it off, said “Well Janelle seems to be saying my time is up!” I just simply started over.
-JFK’s ETERNAL flame has been extinguished accidentally several times since 1964
-TV crime shows call Local (law) Enforcement Officers LEO’S
-The background music in this commerical is Apache from my yute
-The Nat Geo Aerial America show on Mississippi featured the Tallahatchie Bridge
-The LIONS are one of four teams who have never even been to a Super Bowl

Picard said...

Boomer thanks for the illustrated and informative review. Learning moment that Diet Rite was created by RC Cola. You are absolutely correct.

I am surprised you have never seen The Simpsons. The Simpsons is the equivalent of the Court Jester in olden times. There is profound social commentary that would never get through on a "serious" program. Which is exactly the same reason I find Star Trek of such great interest.

I loved the theme today. Especially since one of the theme answers was PINWHEEL. I have been performing on my unicycle in our Solstice Parade since 1985.

In all of those years of performing, this PINWHEEL outfit in 1995 was probably my greatest feat on the unicycle in the Solstice Parade.

Hand up never heard of either of those TYS. I often ride my bike past the home of TY Warner, the Beanie Baby guy. I think he is more well known?

From yesterday:
Lucina way cool that you watched WORF in Star Trek and tingled from his resonant voice!

OwenKL I am in awe of the effort that you put into that ODE to WORF! Honoring his Klingon and Russian Jewish roots! As I say, there is much depth in Star Trek of the serious and the humorous sort. You really went above and beyond to acknowledge that!

Lucina said...


My Monday fun in ink! This and Tuesdays are the only times I use a pen, otherwise it's pencil for solving. Yet, I have two wite-out spots! Drat! For some reason after EYE I put an M which had to be changed to L for LINE. Then automatically I entered ELHI then reread the clue for ELEM.

Otherwise, this was quick, easy and fun.

I heard that Phil did not see his SHADOW yesterday so supposedly spring will come early.

It's true that Waste Mangement Open is an inelegant name, but WM is one of the largest industries in the state and are responsible agents of green recycling and management.

I SEE that someone explained Labrador dog for SPCA safety requirements.

Thank you, Boomer, for once again entertaining us and enlightening us.

Have a gorgeous day, everyone! It is here.

Misty said...

Delightful Monday puzzle, David--many thanks for a great way to start the week. I got this one perfectly but had to give that northwest corner a bit of thought. But only one erasure when, like CanadianEh, I too put ESTATE before EXCISE tax--and thank you for pointing out the animal references. I had a weird moment when I read PLAY segments as PAY segments, but ACTS resolved that when it fell into place. I love Van Gogh's IRISES. Put in OONA without even thinking through the Chaplin family relationships. Thanks for pointing out the NEAR and EARN connection, Irish Miss. Anyway, fun puzzle, and Boomer, your commentaries are a total pleasure.

Unknown, nice to hear how you got started on the puzzle.

Have a great week, everybody.

CanadianEh! said...

Ray@9:48- interesting info re 40 day origin of the word quarantine. The 14 days our Canadians will have to be quarantined seems short in comparison. Some have questioned whether it is actually too long since incubation period of coronavirus seems to be an average of 5 days (but can vary from 2-14 days); I think they are erring on the side of caution.

Unknown@9:56 - glad you have joined us today. Hang in there with your Crossword solving. We all started with long solving times, blank squares, and plenty of head-scratching over the clues/answers. In fact, I accidentally arrived at this blog looking for an explanation of an answer that I did not understand. Monday is a good day to try, and there is no shame in resorting to Google (or red letters) for help. (We all have our own standards of what is allowable for us; the idea is to have fun and learn something new. That is your gold star!) Hope you continue to join us. (Some days, the Crossword is very challenging and it is reassuring to arrive here and discover that others had similar solving problems.)

Picard@11:21 - Great Pinwheel outfit and photos.

WikWak said...

I always have to giggle when someone mentions getting a late start, when I am still asleep. I think all my starts are late...

I wondered what people would say about all the three-letter words. It was very noticeable, but didn’t bother me at all. Very satisfying puzzle, David. Boomer, I especially liked Arte Johnson’s “fall off a trike” moments. And BTW, Apache, by Jorgen Ingman (sp?) is on my all-time favorites list.

Took me some time to figure out the PIN theme. Clever.

Boy, I hadn’t thought about Blue Iris for a long time. I wonder too.

Jinx, I had one of those Heathkit lunchboxes too, but mine was a 2 meter rig.

Well, I am up waaay too early; time for a nap. Bye.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Monday go had some crunch to it.


At least the SB was interesting well into the 4th quarter.

See you tomorrow.

Lemonade714 said...

Because of the success of MODERN FAMILY , I am very surprised so many did not know TY BURRELL who also has done commercials and voice overs.

Interestingly (to me) TY PENNINGTON has a tie (oof) to MODERN FAMILY as well as he is on his way back to maiinstream TELEVISION FAME . Ty Warner? Ty Cobb maybe. We all know what we know.

Irish Miss said...

YR and WikWak ~ Blue Iris had debilitating health issues which, apparently, became more severe. I always enjoyed her comments and observations, also.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Congratulations to the KC Chiefs on their Super Bowl win. It was a hard fought game and could have gone either way, but the Chiefs rallied strongly in the last quarter.
I am a 'Niners fan, but I have to say the Chiefs deserved the victory.
(I should refrain from adding that the more desperate team prevailed. Fifty years between rings....Whew!)

Nice pzl today, easy but pleasant throughout.
We had a print of Van Gogh's IRISES along with his Sunflowers on the wall of my grade school classroom (Sherman Grammar, San Francisco).
I wonder if they are still there.
A 3-way on the mirror side.
The central anagram takes note of television programs like The Bachelor, i.e., ...
- Or -
if read a different way, it might be seen as the subtitle of a video production of Euripides' Medea, a reaction against such shows as the above, i.e., ...

Jayce said...

Zip zoop and done; finished this enjoyable puzzle pretty quickly, then took the time to go back and read all the clues.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, David Poole, for fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer, for fine review.

Ruberat: Be looking for you tomorrow.

Got through the puzzle easily. Really did not use perps today. Sometimes waited for the word to begin to form before I recognized it. Maybe that's the same thing.

Theme worked.

BENTO was a new word for me. I guess I did use perps for that one.

Never had a HOLE IN ONE. I keep trying.

Have to run. Meeting with my Philippino Templars tonight in Chicago.

See you tomorrow.


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Magilla Go-Rilla said...

3D: I thought TAB was the first diet cola. I could be wrong.

CrossEyedDave said...

Yeah, I thought Tab was the first Diet Cola also.

But it was No Cal Ginger Ale in 1952
followed by:
Canada Dry Glamor in 1954
Diet Rite in 1958 (Went national in 1961)
Tab is a latecomer in 1963?

This site is the source of my research,
which claims "There's a party in every bottle!"

as long as we are going all statistical,
here is my take on the puzzle...

CrossEyedDave said...

In other pinhead news...

This one's for Boomer!

& if you thought that was funny...

on the serious side...

& the moral of the story...

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks David for making up for last Friday :-) Fun, puzzle with few slow-downs.

GEM of an expo, Boomer! Thanks for herding us though the beginning of a new week.

WOs: ESPRee de corps, started w/ the R in rEntEr b/f checking perps and going for LESSEE.
Fav: I liked how David crossed OONA and ONO, LLC/INC, EARN / STAR (for Unknown/Ruberap - congrats!)
Runner-up: SPCA's clue but it didn't fool me for a second.

CSOs galore today; adding LEM to IM's list.

LEM - thanks for the TYs. Burrell I knew as soon as I saw him; other guy is still unknown to me.

{A, B+} //I'm currently reading viva la repartee, so #1 spoke to me :-)

Synonymous DRs, OMK :-)

Thank you IM for the update on Blue Iris. I hope she still gets to read The Corner once in a while and know she's missed.

Jayce - Hand-up for SEEing clues for the first time in Boomer's expo.

Thanks for the chuckle, CED; great selections!

Ray-O: cool re: Quaranta. Just one more thing I learnt today... Also learned that Kansas' song is not POINT OF NO RETURN.

Cheers, -T

D4E4H said...

Good evening Cornerites.

I FIR in 30:34 min. Carol took the day off from cruciverbalism.

Irish Miss on January 30, 2020 at 10:16 AM wrote "Dave4, nice to hear from you.  How is Carol feeling?"  

Here is her reply.

Thanks, Irish Miss for asking about me -- I'm doing great!  In fact if I'd known what 4 stents in my heart would do for me, I'd have arranged to have an "aborted heart attack" years ago.  Trouble now is I'm thinking so much more clearly, I'm almost beating David at his game.  ('gotta watch my steps -- don't want to spoil a really good thing.)

Thank you David Poole for your pleasant Monday CW. 

Thank you Boomer for your excellent review.


Misty said...

Glad to hear Carol is doing well, Dave. Thanks for sending us her update.

Wilbur Charles said...

Picard, seeing your PINwheel photo reminds me of "The Joker" which I watched the other night. Talk about dystopian.

"ODE to WORF! Honoring his Klingon and Russian Jewish roots". Ok, expliquez s'il vous plait?

Unknown, not advice just how I did it. Never "cheat", never give up. Friday tested that with a plethora of Naticks and tricky clueing. I find that one can fill a box at a time.

I've been solving but apparently not posting. I do two Sunday xwords (Post is inc in tbtimes). re. The above: I got stuck in one corner and after staring for ten minutes it fell. I think the cerebellum takes over when frontal cortex just ain't cutting it


PS, nice to see Carol doing so well and the xword duo clicking