Mar 24, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke

We're in the Money!  Slang words for money are "split" in today's theme answers

16-Across. Huff and puff: BREATHE HARD.  Bread.

38-Across. Lawn area where rainwater collects: LOW SPOT.  Loot.

10-Down. Bags for potatoes, say: BURLAP SACKS.  Bucks.

23-Down. Subject to, as the proverbial mud: DRAG THROUGH.  Dough.

And the Unifier:

59-Across. Divvy up poker hand winnings, and a hint to this puzzle's circled letters: SPLIT THE POT.

I hope everyone is safe and Covid-free.  Many of us are now under a Stay-at-Home Order.  Fortunately, we are well and, since the weather is good, I have been able to sit out in the garden with a good book and take walks around our neighborhood.  I do miss getting together with friends and family, but at least there is the phone.  Please take this virus seriously, though.  I have been speaking with nurses who are at the front line in cities around the country.  They are truly frightened by what they are seeing.

1. Gives up the single life: WEDS.

5. Christina of "Sleepy Hollow": RICCI.  The 1999 movie Sleepy Hollow was loosely based on Washington Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.  Christina Ricci (b. Feb. 12, 1980) played Katrina Van Tassel.

10. Physique, briefly: BOD.

13. Holliday pal: EARP.  Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (Mar. 19, 1848 ~ Jan. 13, 1929) has been making a lot of guest appearances in the puzzles recently.  He was a close friend and associate of Doc Holliday (né John Henry Holliday; Aug. 14, 1851 ~ Nov. 8, 1887).  Both are best known for their participation in the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

14. Headgear for shading one's face: SUN HAT.

15. Luau strings: UKE.

18. Narrow inlet: RIA.

19. Gland near the larynx: THYROID.

20. Snow glider: SLED.  

21. Bollywood's country: INDIA.

24. "Jeopardy!" material: TRIVIA.

26. Seed in some sauerkraut: CARAWAY.  Everything you wanted to know about Caraway, but were afraid to ask.

29. Brass band sound: OOM-PAH.

32. List-ending abbr.: ET AL.  A crossword staple.

33. Ellipsis trio: DOTS.

36. Cotton thread: LISLE.  More than you ever wanted to know about Cotton Lisle.

37. Programming glitch: BUG.

40. Jurisprudence org.: ABA.  As in the American Bar Association.  The current President of the ABA is Judy Perry Martinez, an attorney from New Orleans.  I had brunch with her shortly before the  self-imposed quarantine began.

41. "Mad TV" alum Lange: ARTIE.  I am familiar with neither Mad TV nor Artie Lange (b. Oct. 11, 1967).

43. Installed, as carpet: LAID.

44. Taiwanese laptop giant: ACER.  I learned of this compter company from doing the crossword puzzles.

45. Lou portrayed in "The Pride of the Yankees": GEHRIG.  Lou Gehrig (né Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig; June 19, 1903 ~ June 2, 1941) played 17 years for the New York Yankees.  He died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig disease, at age 37.

47. Do-it-yourself diagnostic tool: TEST KIT.

49. Rolled in the aisles: ROARED.

52. Spur-of-the-moment: HASTY.

53. Animator's output: 'TOON.  As in a cartoon.

55. Egyptian or Ethiopian: AFRICAN.  Ethiopia and Egypt are currently fighting over water from the Nile.
Egypt in Green; Ethiopia in Orange.

58. Letters in an academic address: EDU.  As in the Internet address.

63. Fix, as a fight: RIG.

64. Norelco product: SHAVER.

65. New Balance rival: NIKE.

66. Slangy word of indifference: MEH.  Meh!

67. Fall bloomer: ASTER.

68. Cubicle fixture: DESK.

Anatomy of a Cubicle.

1. Organic flytrap: WEB.  Cute clue.

2. Piece of corn: EAR.

3. Dr. with Grammys: DRE.

Dr. Dre (né Andre Romelle Young; b. Feb. 18, 1965)

4. Like some relations: SPATIAL. Not Sisters.

5. One with regrets: RUER.

6. __ water: facing trouble: IN HOT.

7. Waiting room seat: CHAIR.  Some of the Most Uncomfortable Chairs.

8. Aerobic regimen, casually: CARDIO.  Some cardio exercises we can do in quarantine.

9. "__ be an honor": IT'D.

11. "The Grapes of Wrath" figure: OKIE.  A reference to John Steinbeck's 1939 novel.

12. Like a useless battery: DEAD.

14. Not prone to mingling: SHY.

17. Defrost: THAW.

20. __ Valley: Reagan Library site: SIMI.

21. Sprain soother: ICE BAG.

22. The great outdoors: NATURE.

25. Chevy needing recharging: VOLT.  Does anyone have one of these vehicles?

27. Commotion: ADO.

28. Cry of distress: YOWL.

30. Even if: ALBEIT.  Fun word.

31. Robust: HEARTY.

34. PreCheck org.: TSA.

35. Hot rod?: SPIT.

38. "Star Wars" twin sister: LEIA.  Princess Leia was played by Carrie Fisher (Oct. 21, 1956 ~ Dec. 27, 2016).  She suffered a heart attack while flying from London to Los Angeles.  Tragically, her mother, Debbie Reynolds (Apr. 1, 1932 ~ Dec. 28, 2016), died the following day.

39. Thomas Gray's "The Bard," e.g.: ODE.  Here is the Poem.

42. Resolve, with "out": IRON.

44. Finally finished: AT AN END.

46. Sales reports diagrams: GRAPHS.

48. Ousted Iranian ruler: SHAH.  The last Shah of Iran was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Oct. 26, 1919 ~ July 27, 1980).  He was ousted in February 1979.  He makes frequent guest appearances in the puzzles.

50. D-sharp equivalent: E FLAT.

51. Take the wheel: DRIVE.

53. Political stretch: TERM.

54. Yellow comics dog: ODIE.  A reference to the Garfield comic strip.

56. Road in old Rome: ITER.  Today's Latin lesson.

57. NFL snapper: CTR.  Center.  

59. Org. funded by FICA: SSA.  As in the Social Security Administration.

60. Traditional March 14 dessert: PIE.

61. Thumbs-ups: OKS.

62. Shatner's "__War": TEK.

Here's the Grid:

QOD:  If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.  ~  Cicero (né Marcus Tillius Cicero; Jan. 3, 106 BCE ~ Dec. 7, 43 BCE), Roman statesmen and philosopher


Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW x 2. Had I thought a little longer I might have gotten cHYROID and CARAWAh, but probably not by studying SPAcIAL or hOWL. Also erase avia for NIKE, IT'l for IT'D, c-FLAT for E-FLAT (seems to me that E-FLAT would be the same as F-SHARP, but what do I know), and steer for DRIVE.

I can't believe that ARITE Lang is still alive. He blew his perfect job - primary male sidekick on Howard Stern's radio show. Although he is one of the funniest people I know of, he has terrible personal habits - obesity, drug addiction, whoremongery, and worst of all, SMOKING! I wish him well.

I used to attend telephony schools in LISLE, IL. I was usually the only non-Baby Bell attendee.

Thanks to Gail 'n Bruce for all the fun, and to Hahtoolah for the impressive visual review.

On to North Carolina today from beautiful Richmond Hill, GA.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

So those weren't SPOUSAL relations. D'oh! Got the rest of it without a hiccup, so life is good. Thanx for the diversion GG and BV, and for the explication, Hahtoolah.

E-FLAT: Jinx, I think you've got your sharps and flats confused.

EARP: Remember that Ken Darby theme song?

GEHRIG: Isn't it ironic that Lou Gehrig should die of Lou Gehrig's disease?

SHAVER: Still waiting on that handle for my Sensor blades. Amazon promises it'll get here on Thursday, coronavirus willing. Gettin' real scratchy.

DRIVE: I vaguely remember driving a vehicle. It's been more than 10 days.

Hungry Mother said...

I saw the theme right away, but trying to figure out the synonyms wasn’t so quick. Still a fast solve with one writeover: TOON for cels.

inanehiker said...

Nice tight theme - and fill that wasn't strained - as I've come to expect from the Gail & Bruce collaborations! Thanks Susan for the fun blog entries!

Off to the office - but it will likely be slow as we have rescheduled routine follow ups for those over 60, others are cancelling and we have yet to start up the telemedicine visits, which is in the works. The potential CoVid patients are being sent for drive through testing to the local hospital. So our staff is mostly busy with phone calls - but that doesn't bring in any revenue - so we'll see how long we can continue to keep going with everyone on full payroll!

Boomer said...

Great to see a Gail and Bruce puzzle and with the appropriate theme, "Split the Pot". Pretty much what Wall street did with everyone's retirement savings this past month. Thanks Hahtoolah for the review and the great photo of Lou Gehrig.Gehrig's number 4 was the first uniform number retired by the New York Yankees and all of major league baseball. Well deserved.

Yellowrocks said...

I liked the theme. I knew early on that money words were split. I needed the reveal to get POT. I couldn't remember who wrote the Tuesday blog. With all the great explanations and links I soon realized it was Susan's delightful style.
My dad loved rye bread with caraway seeds. He called caraway Kimmel. I am a fan, also.
My grandson had an ACER computer.
My PC insisted on an A1C test to continue prescribing Metformin. I went to the lab at the local hospital this morning. I had been worried, but here were hardly any outpatient clients and there were strict safety protocols. It seemed safe enough.
I am debating whether to temporarily halt Alan's weekend visits. It would be a real emotional hardship for him. This week there have been some some CoVid cases within 10 minutes of my home. So, I was out for the lab today and one day this week I will try to get one more multi-pack of TP. Hard to realize how much you need. I was going to be at the store when the truck arrived this morning AM but the road was closed for milling and paving.
These two would be my only trips. Otherwise I stay home. Am I a danger to Alan and, through him, his housemates? They are all medically fragile.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Hahtoolah, love your visuals. Another great intro.

Just a tad crunchy for a Tuesday, but I finished it cleanly. FIR. Once I saw the theme, I let BREA………D help me with the NW. Then quickly got WEB, EARP, and SPATIAL. (Circles were supportive today.) Liked seeing CARAWAY.
CARAWAY - German Kümmel; perhaps the source of the Kimmel surname. Buffalo and parts of Western New York have a tasty roll with salt crystals and CARAWAY on top; usually served with beef. Called a Beef on Kimmelwick or Beef on 'wick.
OOMPAH - Here is one of my favorites playing Alte Kameraden
(Old comrades).

Sherry said...

Good puzzle, few issues, thanks

Madame Defarge said...

Greetings all,

I have been away for quite a while in this first quarter. The results of my diverticulitis with abscess and fistula, which put me in the hospital via the ER New Year's Eve, knocked of my socks with antibiotics and general malaise. Not to mention a low residue diet. A weight loss plan I wouldn't recommend! I've seen enough doctors to be part of a TV series. I have a team of four docs, and I am scheduled for surgery on Thursday. Last night I had the stereotypical horror of a dream. I couldn't get to the hospital because the roads led nowhere, I was low on gas, and my husband was mad at me because I drove myself. Ha! The colon resection surgery will be robotic. Supposedly I will have a quicker recovery. . . .

I intend to return as soon as possible. IN the meantime, I am sorry I have missed birthdays and the rest of your news. I hope you are all well and sheltering in place with a minimum of annoyance.

On my front I have been hoarding--no, not toilet paper and hand sanitizer: I have been printing the daily puzzles for later use, both in the hospital and for recovery at home. I haven't suffered puzzle withdrawal or had to join a support group as I have filled my time with massive reorganization here at home--not unlike the nesting prior to a Due Date. The ladies here will remember that feeling.

Be well, all of you. I have missed your wit and wisdom. I expect to be back in good form by April 1. Or to misquote Hamlet; Oh, what a I!

Have a sunny day. xoxo, Janice

Yellowrocks said...

Madame D. So good to hear from you. Sorry to hear you have had serious health problems.I wish you a successful operation and a quick and full recovery.

GEHRIG: Isn't it ironic that Lou Gehrig should die of Lou Gehrig's disease?
LOL. Reminds me of the old saw: Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

I have just cancelled Alan's home visits for the duration of this epidemic.

Wilbur Charles said...

Gehrig matriculated at Columbia. I believe he played soccer there.

I seem to recall a TOON named Cicero. Was he Donald Duck's cat?

Necessarily in that order, eh, Jinx?

Great write-up by Hahtoolah, nice to see Gail G. teamed up again with Bruce. I did it online again. All of a sudden up popped the message. " Congrats...21 minutes*"

I'm sorry to hear, YR, that Alan won't be visiting. Mother knows best.


*I'm still learning how to navigate

Wilbur Charles said...

Ps, the Wyatt EARP theme is running through my head without even clicking the link

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

FIR with no bad hits, no errors. Nicely inked.

A piece of corn in my book is a single kernel. "Hey there's a 'piece'of corn in your teeth" doesn't mean a whole EAR. The usual CW clue is "unit" of corn... I still don't get DOTS

Speaking of veggies. Learning moment...never realized I could grow sauer kraut in my garden by planting CARAWAY seed. Right next to the mustard tree and hotdog bushes.

Why do we call a young boy a little SHAVER when he is obviously not? Kind of an oxymoron

Was thinking of a speech so EDU needed perps.


"A sad pet dog" ....LOW SPOT

"After Labor Day trousers"..FALL BLOOMER

"-------- cologne".....ODIE

"Earl Grey or Pekoe short story".....TSA.

Louis GEHRIG.....

Have a good friend...athletic 45 y o ...with ALS. See him struggle with what used to be simple tasks. He's in a clinical trial with new meds. Amazed at his optimism.

Husker Gary said...

-Breaking BREA D waxed early as the gimmick but waned after the second set of circles
-Every LOW SPOT in our town showed itself after our historic flooding made the national news a year ago
-I saw the extra L in Holliday and wondered who Judy’s pal was
-I have taken a THYROID pill for years every morning. I forget why
-GEHRIG – I really dislike silent “H’s”
-From four stops we made yesterday: People are not really SHY but are cognizant of SPATIAL RELATIONS
-Occasionally, Mother NATURE lets us know we are only guests and not the masters of this planet
-Why Carrie Fischer/Princess Leia was always braless
-Lovely write-up, Susan!

Brian said...

Interesting and appropriate having TEST KIT in today's puzzle.

Spitzboov said...

HG at 1017 - - The 'H' in GEHRIG is voiced in German at least by some speakers. It translates into 'bevel'.

TTP said...

A typo prevented the perfect score. On my very furst andwer. Hit the a key right next to the s when keying in WEDs.

Hand up for always enjoying Gail and Bruce's puzzles. And, Hahtoolah's write-ups !

Madamae Defarge, good to hear from you. Looking forward to your first post surgery post. Best wishes !

Crockett1947 said...

Ray - O - Sunshine

This is an ellipsis: ...

Helpful, I hope.

Still trying to understand the circles thing in the puzzles. Too many years with smaller puzzles with no themes, I guess.

Nice to be back.

Ruberap said...

I guess a lot of folks do the crosswords on paper. Do you print off the puzzle or just get the newspaper? I always do it online, so no erasures or write-overs.Being that I do the puzzle online, I have the option of trying different letters in a tough spot. That often makes it easier to solve the word once you see a little more of it.
I am new at crosswords and am not the best. Doing one of these (Mon-Wed, say) in less than 10 minutes would be miraculous for me! I usually take around half an hour for these and more than an hour later in the week. But, it is always fun completing the puzzle.
Today I had a couple of stumpers. I should learn to set the puzzle aside for a while and come back, but I always get impatient and want to finish. I had BREATHsHARD forgetting that breath is the noun and breathe is the verb. So, I, of course had a problem with RUsR. Just love how crossword creators frequently use unusual forms of real words. But, of course they must to finish a fill. When WAS the last time I used the word RUER. Oh, that's right; probably never!
The other stumper was LISLE. I don't know the word and was trying to make 2 or 3 words out of ALBEIT. Also forgot SIMI Valley.

desper-otto said...

Ruberap, we were all beginners at one point. I think most of us probably arrived at this site trying to figure out an answer that escaped us, and decided to hang around. Welcome.

Mme Defarge, best of luck on your upcoming surgery. We'll all be pullin' for ya.

Husker, at least that was Lucas' explanation, and he's sticking to it.

Misty said...

Delightful puzzle, Gail and Bruce--many thanks. Slowly worked through all of it and had only a little trouble at the END (loved seeing that word right there, very clever). Was surprised that I remembered GEHRIG since he was a sports figure--but it was clearly because of the news about his sad disease. Hmm, academic address--don't I have one of those? Oh, yes, of course, EDU. Anyway, lots of fun, thanks again, Bruce and Gail.
And Susan, your pictures are just an amazing pleasure. My favorites this morning were the BAD BOD pic and that crazy SUN HAT.

Yellowrocks, I too think you made the right decision on Alan's and company's safety.

Madame D, how nice to hear from you, and we wish you the best of luck on your surgery. Would be lovely to hear from you on April 1--and that's no joke.

Stay calm and well at home, everybody.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Late to the dance due to getting side-tracked by newspaper headlines and TV news coverage of this horrible crisis. I need to take a break from it, so I'll chime in about the puzzle. Gail and Bruce's offerings are always welcome and always fun. I didn't know Tek but the perps filled it in for me. I liked Spit crossing Spot and seeing Acer, my laptop's maker. I tried spelling caraway with a double R, but not enough squares told me I was wrong.

Thanks, Gail and Bruce, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for a delightful distraction with your review and the abundant visuals, especially the humorous ones.

YR, I'm sorry for you and Alan and hope he's able to adjust without too much upset. It'll be hard on you both.

Madame Defarge, best wishes for a successful, uneventful procedure and a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

I have three doctors' appointments next week and am leaning toward cancelling them. I was hoping they would be cancelled by the doctors themselves. Any advice?

Stay safe everyone.

Lucina said...


Thank you, Gail and Bruce! It's always a pleasure to solve one of your puzzles. This one was a hoot. I liked all the terms for money. BREATHE HARD over THYROID is appropriate.

I'm typing on my ACER computer and it will come as no surprise to some of you that I wore black LISLE stockings for many years. I first learned of LISLE stockings when at the tender age of 14 I received the shopping list for what I would need to go to the convent. As a high schoolers we wore beige ones. On receiving the habit we graduated to black ones.

My only wite-out spot was where AVIA changed to NIKE.

I believe the only actress named Christina is Ms. RICCI who has been acting from a very young age.

CSO to Jazzbumpa and Abejo at OOMPAH; I believe they both play big brass instruments.

I am sorry to learn of your health issues and hope the procedures you are anticipating go well. You have been missed.

It is too bad that you were forced into that decision and I hope Alan will be at peace with it. These are difficult times.

Hahtoolah, thank you for the effort you put into your review. I love the SUN HAT!

Stay well. Stay healthy. Stay sane. Be happy, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

IM, I suggest calling. Many doctors offices are giving advice about whether or not to come in when you call the desk. Each doctor seems to have their (his or her) own take about who should come in. Most have arranged protocols to keep those who come in safe.

oc4beach said...

I used the Merriam-Webster site, so, no circles. However Gail and Bruce did a great puzzle and Hahtoolah's visual tour through the grid was most enjoyable.

I knew many of the clues, so the perps ended up filling in a number of words that I didn't even have to do. Only changes were TOON for CELS, and SHAVER for RAZORS.

The governor of PA has extended the school closure for two more weeks. And I imagine he will be extending the Shelter in Place time also.

So far I have only gone out to the Post Office, supermarket, drug stores and for take-out at some local restaurants that are open for take-out only. Have to pick up two of DW's prescriptions that are getting low this afternoon.

IM: I agree with YR that a phone call to the doctor would be appropriate for any appointment that isn't just a standard checkup or followup. DW rescheduled her dental cleaning and her 6-month checkup until later this summer.

Be safe everyone.

NaomiZ said...

Loved the puzzle, the write up, and the conversation among all of you crossword fans. I agree with Yellowrocks that Irish Miss might call the doctors' offices about whether or not to come in. Just over a week ago, I suffered a sudden loss of balance, diagnosed it online as BPPV, and began corrective maneuvers. I contacted my physician's office and was able to speak with her by phone the next day, confirming my self diagnosis and treatment. That will work for some things, but certainly not all. Good luck!

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Gail and Bruce, and Hahtoolah (very appropriate QOD).
I FIRed with just a couple of inkblots - Unde r(no room) water changed to IN HOT; DRAGged thru changed to DRAG THROUGH when I got the tense corrected.
And yes, I saw the SPLIT POT (money, not cannabis).

Some of my usual Canadian disadvantage answers filled with perps - SSA, ABA,TSA, as did ARTIE. I'm typing this on my ACER laptop.

Somebody (hint, hint OWEN, C'MOE) could make an appropriate ODE with some of today's answers. (I'll enlarge on Brian@10:21)
TEST KIT, SPATIAL relations, "Not prone to mingling", HEARTY, TSA, don't SPIT, LOW SPOT, AT AN END, Bar GRAPHS, DEAD (hope not!). This pandemic is certainly not TRIVIAl.
We are pretty much on lockdown here - just essential services open.

YR - wise decision but hard. Can you Skype/Facetime with Alan or just phone?
MadameF - good to hear from you. Best wishes for your surgery and recovery.
Ruberap - I do CW in newspaper Mon to Sat, and online on Sunday because no newspaper. Yes red letters do help and no shame in using them. 1/2 hour for today is good. We all have our own solving methods, time and knowledge base; it really doesn't matter as long as you have fun solving and learn something new. I learned RUER solving CWs (plus plenty of other little-used words (TRIVIA?)). Keep joining us.

Wishing you all a good day in the "new normal".

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Crockett1947 @ 11:24

Finally looked up Ellipsis:
"a figure of syntax in which a part of a sentence or phrase is used for the whole, by the omission of one or more words, leaving the full form to be understood or completed by the reader or hearer."

Wha? Huh?

I like your explanation better..3 dots that fill in for a word.

Much appreciated.

AnonymousPVX said...

Well is this Tuesday? Kind of crunchy.

Meanwhile... <=== note the ellipses

YR....yes I agree, better safe than sorry. FaceTime/Skype would help.

Madame ex had that same surgery last year after years of issues. No complications and she’s never felt better.

Ah, the puzzle... <==== more ellipses!

I never thought JEOPARDY was a trivia show, still don’t.


A Sharp raises a note a half tone, a flat lowers it the same. So C Sharp is the same as D Flat.

See you tomorrow.

AnonymousPVX said...

Almost forgot...Christinas....Applegate, Hendricks.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts (DOT, DOT, DOT, = DOTS):

A haiku for our seniors ... may be the only group among us to recall the name I parodied! Spitzboov, ETAL

Did Jimmy Kimmel
Become talk show host because

Jayce said...

A famous example of ellipsis:

"I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people... The server, they say Ukraine has it."

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Madame D. With resolution of acute phase diverticulitis and severe complications lap sigmoid resection to lower chance of repeat acute recurrence is a good idea.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Got through fairly easily. It is a Tuesday.

Liked OOMPAH at 29A. I watched and listened to Bohemian Rhapsody as Hahtoolah linked it to us. Outstanding!

Liked the photo of Mohammed Reza SHAH. Every building in Tehran had one of those. Until the revolution. All the currency had his picture on it. Until the revolution when the revolutionaries raided the banks and burned all the money in the streets. Interesting time. I lived right up the street from the Savak, the secret police headquarters. I saw a lot of action over there.

Madame DeFarge. The best to you in your surgery and recovery. All of us are with you.

Have to run. See you tomorrow.


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Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle, Hahtoolah's exposition, and all of your comments. Some terrific senses of humor being expressed here.

I had very pleasant and long telephone conversations with my brother and sisters today. They are all well, as are their children and families. Good to know. As for LW and me, we are still getting better, with that occasional cough that seems to linger forever. At least we have not yet gone stir crazy (like our neighbor, Linda, is!) and we're getting plenty of sleep.

Best wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

May all go well with your surgery, Madame Defarge.

CrossEyedDave said...

I would have posted earlier, but could not find suitable linkage for the theme.
After a (much needed) break, I tried again and found an amazing amount of
Artful ways to use broken pottery... <- this is an elipsis...

(Everyone here knows I speak in elipses...)

Ruberap (& anyone else I might forget to mention...)
The best is ink on dead tree, as we say here.
Unfortunately, being stuck in Florida, away fr9m my NJ subscription, I am forced
To use an iPad. Which is a fat f8ngured. Igntmare... (fat fingered nightmare...)
Pls post, the more the merrier.

(Oh, and for the newbies, STOA= croswordese#3965 for Greek walkway)

Anywho, The best theme related link I can come up with today...

Ol' Man Keith said...

A tougher Xwd than usual for a Tuesday, but fun to do. Many quaint clues...
Ta ~ DA!

Self-quarantining these days, but that's only because there's nowhere to go. Our immediate area has not been affected--yet. We cannot know, of course, because many asymptomatic folk may be carriers. Infected people do not necessarily show their signs for 14 days. It is wise for ALL of us to keep our distances for now.
One diagonal on each side. The near side anagram applies to vials of Vicodin that are two years beyond their expiration date.
You may get some relief from them, but they are...(<== Ellipsis!)

Irish Miss said...

CED @ 5:11 ~ Your fat-finger faux pas' can be eliminated by using a stylus. I love mine and can't even imagine going back to using my fingers and they aren't even fat! Speaking of fingers, I temporarily lost a pinkie ring twice within a couple of hours recently. It slipped off my finger and I wasn't aware of it until I happened to notice my bare finger. After the second time, I removed all my rings and put them in my purse. Apparently, my fingers have shrunk.

Picard said...

Hahtoolah thank you for explaining the PIE on March 14. I totally did not get that even though on March 14 I explained to DW why it was PI day.

Husker Gary thanks for the link about why Carrie Fischer/Princess Leia was always braless. I hope everyone realizes this "explanation" makes no sense. As in most science fiction movies, gravity is everywhere in Star Wars, even on spaceships. It is never explicitly explained, but it is there. Perhaps George Lucas had another reason for making her braless?

I enjoyed the SPATIAL Relations entry. We have a SPATIAL studies department here at UC Santa Barbara. It is jointly part of Geography and Psychology. My former lady friend is a professor in that program. Which brings me to...


Our company was receiving an engineering award for our Atomic Force Microscope design. The engineering society chose the location; it was not our choice. I was there with my then lady friend who is a SPATIAL researcher.

As for REAGAN, I plead the Thumper Rule. You will notice that I added my photo of him arriving in Santa Barbara a few days after the SIMI event.

From Yesterday:
Misty thank you for the kind words about my photos with THE PRU! We were supposed to be going back for my reunion in May, but we just got word today that the reunion and graduation ceremonies are all cancelled.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Oh c'mon Picard. Lucas is a human male - ergo, he is a pig.

I print my CW from the LAT site. I bought a new HP laser printer M-14 for the Florida trip. I've used it quite a bit this trip, and absolutely love it. It is light (for a laser...I can pick it up with one hand) and cheap (I paid <$70 for it). My only complaint is that it doesn't have enough memory to print very complex pages, so bitmapped graphics can be a problem. But puzzle printing is no problem.

MDF, I hope your surgery is successful and the result is optimal.

Moe, I remember Dave Garroway. He was Al Roker before there was an Al Roker. "Dave Garroway out your way" was his tag.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great puzzle, Gail & Bruce! I even got the theme.

Always great expo, Hahtoolah! Stay safe in one of the Corona "hot spots". My granddaughter came home from Loyola U. and is quarantined at home here. My BFF's granddaughter lives near NOLA and is almost to term pregnant with twins. She had a baby several years ago two days after they took her out of her flooded house by boat. With this crisis, she has high blood pressure. Small wonder.

Hey, I got LAID today. Happens only in crosswords.

Inanehiker: I was supposed to have a follow-up doctor's visit tomorrow. When I left the DRs office last month, I had to go past two very miserable-looking people wearing masks. Probably had another flu that was going around. We have no reported cases of COVID-19 in our county, but I don't want any other illness either. So I ended up making six phone calls before I got a live person with whom to cancel my appointment. Phones were busy all day.

Madame DeFarge: Best wishes for successful surgery on Thursday! Will be thinking of you with prayer.

YR: Tough decision for you with Alan, but probably for the best.

I didn't see any of my kids on my birthday because of their traveling members. My one son had been traveling for three weeks. When he walked into his workplace yesterday, the other workers had a fit and sent him home. He said he felt like a teenager being sent to detention. He's manning the phone from home. One of my other kids got laid off and doesn't know if she will have employment. The teacher will be doing online lessons. The gov. worker is doing online reports from home.

Stay safe everyone!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Gail and Bruce delivers a fine Tuesday puzzle full of lucre. Hahtoolah, your expo was pretty rich too :-) Thanks to all yous.

WO: SHAw of Iran
ESPs: GEHRIG (for letter ordering (sans Gs)), LISLE (thanks for link, Hahtoolah!), RICCI, ARTIE
Fav: ALBEIT is fun. I also liked ODIE xing TOON

Now we have OPIATES in the diags?!?
C. Moe, I had to lookup Dave CARAWAY to find he's a realtor. Added talkshow to the Google-query: Oh, Garroway... yeah, I still don't know :-)

IM - call. I was supposed to have an appointment yesterday. Nope, that's where sick people go; I canceled. It can wait until we can test more people.

MdF - Happy to see you post, sad that you won't be back for a week. Um, what Ray-O said? Take care!

CED - I get a 404.

Ruberap - I must be the last GenXer to get a newspaper. The first thing I do is pull out the entertainment section, find the crossword and fold the paper so that the crossword is all that is showing. Then I get coffee, login to my computer, and, while waiting on my computer to come fully back to life (even from suspend it's slow), begin the puzzle w/ my trusty Pilot G2 0.5mm black pen.

Hey, speaking of crosswords, anyone catch Legacy of the crossword puzzle in times of crisis on Marketplace today?

Cheers, -T

SwampCat said...

Lovely puzzle Gail and Bruce. Just enough crunch. I work all puzzles in ink on dead trees for the very reason it is slower. I want the fun to last as long as possible. I’ve never understood the timing thing as if it’s a race. But I’m not competitive I guess.

Hahtoolah I loved the expo and all the links. I hope you are staying well. We are now designated a Hot Spot, but I suspect that’s just New Orleans . I’ve been in lockdown for a week. I can go for walks but no “outsiders “ can come to our building. Bored?? Of course! But we feel safer this way.

IM, I had to cancel all my doctors appointments because the town is shut down . It is no problem for me, but it could be for someone sick.

PK I’m glad your granddaughter is home from Loyola. All the schools and colleges here have been closed. My grandson was supposed to graduate this spring but that’s cancelled too.

Weird times! We’ll survive!

SwampCat said...

Owen thanks!

Madame D, prayers from here .

Hahtoolah said...

PK: You are too funny!

SwampCat: We're in lockdown, but can take walks in the neighborhood. Hubby and I have been taking lots of long walks. I also have a pergola in my back yard, so have been sitting out there to read. I just finished Ken Follett's 1100 page historical novel, Edge of Eternity. It was either read outside or clean the house. Cleaning the house would have caused too much noise, as hubby is preparing his classes on-line for the rest of the semester. At least, that is my story and I'm sticking to it.

SwampCat said...

Hahtoolah stick to your story!! Makes sense to me. 😜

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

Yes, I remember Dave Garroway along with J. Fred Muggs. Remember him?

PK, did you notice the nice thing I wrote about you late last night?

(I'm about to use an ellipsis.)

~ Mind how you go...

Misty said...

Picard, so sorry to hear graduation and reunion were cancelled. So sad how everything just seems to have to shut down. Maybe they'll be scheduled a bit later in summer.

PK said...

BillG: Yes, I did see the nice thing you said about me. Thank you very much. When I went back tonight to find it again to respond, I couldn't find it. Thought maybe I'd dreamed it.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G - way b/f my time :-)

PK - you posted while I was drafting. You go girl. LOL!

NOLA ladies - Houston and most surrounding areas (me included - you D-O?) went into lockdown as of 11:59p CDT. DW is set on wine but my beer supply... Oy!

And the best thing seen on Twitter today...
Sprouting Toilet Paper. Get your brown thumb on...

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

Today I went for my designated appointment at the DMV for my REAL I.D. It was eerily quiet with only five employees there instead of the bustle created by dozens of bodies waiting for their licenses, etc. I had to wait by the door until someone opened it and let me in.

In my insular confinement I have been solving puzzles from my puzzle book, reading mysteries and watching some TV. I discovered some good shows tonight, "This is Us" and "A Council of Dads", both were impressive.

I hope you are all keeping well.

Anonymous T said...

Lucina - Still up?

For more social distancing... if you have Netflix, I think you will enjoy The Good Place [Trailer].
It's a cute look at the AfterLife(?). Funnily philosophical with great plot-twists (over binge-watch seasons).

Light Entertainment until you stop and think :-)

DW & I are somewhere in S3 or S4.