, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Monday March 30, 2020 Annemarie Brethauer


Mar 30, 2020

Monday March 30, 2020 Annemarie Brethauer

Theme: HOME STRETCH (59. Last leg of a race ... or a hint to the circled letters) - H, O, M, E are stretched out in each theme answer.
17. Studio feature that produces reverb: ECHO CHAMBER.

25. Very popular movie star, e.g.: HOT NUMBER.

37. 2017 Day-Lewis film with multiple Oscar nominations: PHANTOM THREAD.

50. Talk Like a Pirate Day greeting: AHOY, MATEY.

Boomer here.  

We are still dealing with the Covid-19 and our Governor has ordered us to stay HOME.  I expect the same advice or command for most of you also. Also the Major Leagues have been delayed unfortunately so we will not hear Joe Nuxhall "Rounding third and heading for HOME."  I do not have a Gene Autry CD or tape singing "HOME, HOME on the Range"  So all I can do is hope that you are all Safe at Home.  It's a baseball thing.


1. Run __ of the law: get in trouble: AFOUL.  Return to home plate after hitting A FOUL.

6. Seized SUV, say: REPO.  Hopefully the stimulus will help folks pay their bills so they do not suffer a REPO.

10. Pumpkin dessert: PIE.  Thanksgiving.  Don't forget a little Cool Whip on top.

13. Style: MANNER.  Mind your MANNERs while eating that pie.

15. Wind instrument in Donovan's "Jennifer Juniper": OBOE.  Donovan was a bit of a weird duck, but I liked some of his songs.

16. "__ ideas?": ANY.  to deal with coronavirus ?  Stay HOME.

19. GPS choice: RTE.  Get your kicks, on RTE66.

20. AFL partner: CIO.

21. Pool-filling aid: HOSE.  Remember when Kevin Costner grabbed a HOSE and created a rainout in  "Bull Durham".  They did not have coronavirus to cancel their game.

22. Spa sigh: AAH.

23. Fifty percent: HALF.

30. Advanced in age: ELDERLY.  They say they are most vulnerable to the virus.

33. Museum of Natural __: HISTORY.  "Jeopardy" has HISTORY categories frequently.  Who was the first U.S. President to give the State of the Union address on Television ?

34. Goat's cry: MAA.  I thought it was BAA, but I never owned a goat.

35. Pasta sauce brand: RAGU.  Lots of this in our fridge and cupboard.

36. Poe's "Annabel __": LEE.  Who remembers Pinky LEE ?

41. True master: PRO. I am also missing the PGA on TV.  They show reruns, but it's just not the same.

42. Days, to Diego: DIAS.

43. Famous Downing Street address: TEN.  If your not yet sick of me mentioning the virus, Boris Johnson, PM of the UK at 10 Downing Street got a positive shortly after Prince Charles received the same.

44. Bone-muscle connectors: TENDONS.

46. Like moody Romantic heroes, as first described in the works of a British lord: BYRONIC. Lord Byron.

52. Centers of activity: LOCI.  Keep six feet apart and no more than 10.

53. Before, to poets: ERE. "And I heard him exclaim ERE he rode out of site"

54. Untidy condition: MESS.  Clean it up!!

57. __ Van Winkle: RIP.  Sew it up!!

58. Sassy West: MAE.

63. SUV's "U," briefly: UTE.

64. "Easy to Be Hard" musical: HAIR.  "I'm HAIRY noon and nighty Night Night, HAIR is a fright".  The Cowsills.

65. Way out of jail: PAROLE.  Or just draw a "get out of jail free" in Monopoly.

66. Ed.'s backlog: MSS.

67. "Don't move, Rover!": STAY.  Do people still name their dogs "Rover"?

68. More sensible: SANER.


1. "Cocoon" co-star Don: AMECHE.

2. Spa skin-care treatment: FACIAL.  Need not go to a SPA.  Just watch TV commercials.

3. Waiting for a phone rep, maybe: ON HOLD.  Our stimulus payments are ON HOLD for about three weeks I am told.

4. Tres menos dos: UNO. Three minus two.

5. Solidarity's Walesa: LECH.  Created a "Solidarity" movement in Poland, now he is removed from politics - retired in Poland, age 76.

6. Juliet's love: ROMEO.  "Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou ROMEO"

7. Tidal reflux: EBB.  Caused by the moon.

8. "Nevermore" poet: POE.  "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,"  (That's all I remember).  Freshman English was hard.

9. Poet's contraction: O'ER. "O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave."

10. Geometry curve: PARABOLA.  Freshman Geometry was just as hard.

11. Losing money, colorfully: IN THE RED.  Many portfolios IN THE RED right now, but they are coming back.  Don't listen to me, I am not a financial advisor but I do watch CNBC. 

12. Organ with a pupil: EYE.

14. Letter after pi: RHO.  That's Greek to me.

18. Pallid: ASHY.  I quit smoking many years ago, so my home and car are not ASHY.

22. Check no.: AMT.

24. National Preparedness Month org.: FEMA.  Counting on them for help.

26. "Is __ legal?": THAT.

27. First of two nearly identical words to a tucked-in tot: NIGHTY.  See 64A,  I'm Hairy noon and NIGHTY night, night.

28. Loan shark: USURER.

29. Whiskey grain: RYE.  No Whiskey left hear, but I do have part of a Rye loaf.  Left over after Reuben sandwich season.

31. Hit-or-miss: RANDOM.

32. Rita Moreno, e.g.: LATINA.

35. Apt. ad count: RMS.  Must be tough on people living in apartments.

37. Warms in advance: PRE-HEATS.  We got a new stove, and the view shows the oven temp while it is warming up.  When it gets to the requested temp, it beeps like crazy - about 6 times.

38. Award recipients: HONOREES.

39. Hops kiln: OAST.

40. Organic compound: ENOL.

41. School support org.: PTA.  Jeannie C. Riley - "The day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley PTA"

45. Color, as hair: DYE.

46. Tournament passes: BYES.  The entire Major League Baseball is getting a BYE right now.

47. McAfee rival: NORTON.  Ralph Kramden's buddy who worked in the sewer.

48. Frozen spike: ICICLE.  We get many off our gutters over the winter.  They are all gone now.

49. Coded writing: CIPHER.

51. Nail-filing board: EMERY.  Never used one.  I have clippers.

55. Car care brand: STP.  Saint Paul.

56. Mex. ladies: SRAS.

58. "The word" in silence: MUM.  The GEICO's Gecko has a MUM who makes small biscuits.  It's a secret recipe.

59. FDA overseer: HHS.  Or the High School of every city that starts with "H".

60. Breakfast grain: OAT.  General Mills Cheerios are very tasty.  I'm stuck on Wheat Chex for now.  Hy Vee had a big sale.

61. Hamm of soccer: MIA.

62. Important period: ERA.  Important Stat for a pitcher if they ever get going.



OwenKL said...

Should you run AFOUL of a USURER
And a REPO man become your car's chauffeurer
Take it as a lesson
As your possessions lessen:
Staying out of IN THE RED is what to be a preferer!

Edgar Allen-wrench POE was a poet.
He tried to let his verses show it.
Of his Anagram LEE
Showed he mostly was versus a poet!

{B, B+.}

Anonymous said...

What is MSS?

Bluehen said...


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No slowdowns in this race to the bottom. I never noticed the circles, and didn't notice those stretched out HOMEs on the way down. Nicely done Annemarie and Boomer. ("Keep six feet apart and no more than 10." I'm assuming those "10" are people, not feet.)

REPO: We don't have any major bills to pay. If we get a stimulus check, we plan to donate it.

LEE: Yes, I remember Pinky Lee. "They've gotten Rosie Clooney, they're after Pinky Lee, and the day they get Red Skelton, won't that be a victory." The John Birch Society

PREHEATS: Our previous coffee maker had an annoying four-beep sequence to announce that brewing was complete. On the third day, I dug into the innards and surgically removed that beepy thingey with a long-nosed pliers. On the fourth day, I rested better.

Hungry Mother said...

Very fast. My only hangup was seeing “Month” in the clue and trying to abbreviate February appropriately. Straightened out by the perps. Haven’t seen OAST for a while.

Boomer said...

OOPS. You are correct desper-otto. No gathering of more than ten people. Since my bowling leagues have 80 - 100 that leaves us at home. Of course it does not matter since the bowling centers are closed. My church is closed also, however they will do weddings and/or funerals but with no more than ten people in attendance. Stay safe !!

Lemonade714 said...

So many memories dredged up by this puzzle. Thank you, Annemarie and Boomer.

Like so many others I enjoyed DONOVAN LEITCH's songs. The crossword world also has him to thank for fathering IONE SKYE whose name contains so many useful letters for the constructors.

Be careful, be safe

desper-otto said...

Not sure if this link will work, but here goes: Crosswords, solace in times of trouble. It's from today's Time Magazine newsletter-brief.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased hubs for LOCI, dhs for HHS, dios for DIAS, and cypher for CIPHER. UNTIE!!!

ECHO CHAMBER isn't really a studio feature, it is an effect. There isn't a physical area in the studio. Its done electronically now, but in my early days of radio station engineering it was done by audio tape. I think that before my time it was done with mechanical springs.

CSO to moi at ELDERLY.

You couldn't get Dish or DirecTV if not for the PARABOLA.

NORTON was really useful back in the MS-DOS days.

I did the diesel calculations for my return trip from Florida. Fueled up twice:
- South Carolina: Pump price $2.37, total $113.11. My discount price $1.72, total $81.95
- Virginia: Pump price $2.59, total $158.79. My discount price $1.70, total $104.03
Saved about $85 on the trip.

Thanks to Annemarie for the fun, easy puzzle. And it was another great review. OK Boomer, you've done it again.

Anonymous said...

I sighed when I saw the circles. Finished in under 5:30, and didn't need to use the circles.

I was surprised to see "Byronic" in a Monday puzzle, but it was easily perp-able.

Yellowrocks said...

Yes, a very easy, but enjoyable puzzle. HOME in the top set of circles jumped right out at me. I needed the reveal to see STRETCH. Starring the theme clues, instead of using circles would have made the puzzle just a tad more crunchy.
Hungry Mother, me too. I missed the ORG in the 24D clue and was looking for a variation of FEB.The only thing I didn't know was Phantom Thread. After getting FEMA, that A was my final letter.
Wikipedia says there are physical ECHO CHAMBERS.
Our echo chambers in what most of us take in news-wise are tearing us apart.
DO, interesting article about crosswords. Did you notice that they printed 1994, instead of 1944 in reference to Omaha Beach?
I, too, thought of the GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card for PAROLE.
I had Norton for years up until a short time ago, but I could not dredge it up. ESP.
We had church yesterday through Zoom conferencing. I could hear and see, but could neither be seen nor heard. There must have been a little icon I missed. The leaders have to work on the raggedy congregational reading of the responses out loud, supposedly in unison. It was not in unison, everyone's responses came at a different speed.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Nice puzzle from Annemarie. (her last name seems slightly Anglicized; with two t's it would mean 'board whacker')

Easy solve. Reveal gave circles' purpose. It helped with PHANTOM'S READ.
Thanks Blue Hen for MSS explanation.
FEMA is apt in these times.
RIP Van Winkle translates as Rip from the store. Sorta like Joe Green (Verdi)

Yellowrocks said...

"Phantom Thread is a 2017 American-British drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, set in the haute couture world of London in the 1950s.
Phantom Thread premiered in New York City on December 11, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 25, 2017. The film received praise for its acting, screenplay, direction, musical score, costume design, and production values. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017."
I never heard of it, even though it had many Academy Award nominations and one Oscar.

Spitzboov said...

Earth Cam's NY Harbor cam is showing the USNS Comfort soon to pass the Statue of Liberty . Appears to have a CG and tug escort.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I saw the circled H o m e string, but the reveal was still a surprise. I was aware of Phantom Thread, but it took a few perps to remember the exact title. There were numerous catchy entries today: MSS/Mess, Pie/Rye/Dye/Eye/Bye(s), Maa/Aah, Oer/Ere/Era, Maa/Mae/Mia, and Oat/Oast. I especially liked seeing Poe and his lovely (Annabel) Lee.

Thanks, Annemarie, for a pleasant start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for giving us some much-needed levity and distraction.

DO @ 7:16 ~ I enjoyed that Times article. In addition to crosswords, many people are doing jig saw puzzles to pass the time. I don't have any interest in those, nor the necessary patience.

Stay safe.

TTP said...

Circles ? What circles ?

Noticed them today, but never noticed them in last Friday's puzzle that I blogged.

Of course the phrase is "ran AFOUL of the law", but I keyed in south. Don't know why. Perps set me straight. Then paid a little more attention.

Boomer, baseball and golf seasons may be delayed, but for me, lawn mowing season is about ready to begin. Don't tell anyone, but I actually enjoy it. Heading out to the shed in a little bit to do routine maintenance on the mowers.

Dash-T linked that NYT article on Crosswords a few days ago, but it was a good reread today.

Husker Gary said...

-The search for the theme was OER shortly ERE I started looking for it
-Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell run ECHO CHAMBERS today
-LECH ranks up there with Rosa Parks and the tank confronter in Tiananmen Square
-In 1963 Miss Thompson taught me Juliet is asking “Why” not “Where”
-PARABOLAS made more sense to me than Elizabethan English
-HONOREES Marlon Brando and George C. Scott did not show up for their Oscars
-D-O, nice read!
-Fore! I’ll play solo today and still have a great time!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

This was a very pleasant Monday. Thank you, Annemarie. I enjoyed seeing BYRONIC, which came to me immediately; I do not remember ever seeing it previously.

Boomer, Thanks for another terrific tour. I always enjoy your wit. I think the golf courses are now closed here. Some were open last week.

The sun is in and out here, if it stays out for a bit, I will take a walk today. Then later, my hub and I will go on our daily drive. Cheap thrills these days.

On to my Italian homework--class will be virtual this week. State (that's sta-tay) bene.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

FIR but too many corrections for a humble Monday . Had "this" for THAT. "matie" for MATEY..."hubs" for LOCI

Today Rita would be called a non binary "Latinx"

Took some staring to realize INTHERED was 3 words

Pinky Lee is the love child of Annabelle? (And an ELDERLee) "Nevermore!"

Diana sings to her partners.....

How can Mary tell me what to do
When she lost her love so true?
And Flo, she don't know
'Cause the boy she loves is a ROMEO

("Got Him Back in my Arms Again). One my favorite SUPREMES LYRICS

Variation on a Clecho.....

The Sicilian lord with many friends....Don Amici
Add nine friends to the above.....TENDONS

(It gets worse)

Stealing the giant's golden eggs Jack was arrested by the undercover goose____..."A fowl" of the law.

While (whilst?) the Soprano hits the high note....the Basso tries to hit ___...LOCI

Early Olympic Trials.....PREHEATS.

I'm leaving quietly now. No need to shove.

CrossEyedDave said...

home stretch?

oc4beach said...

Merriam-Webster site, so no circles and didn't get the theme. Good puzzle though. Didn't take long to finish. Boomer, as usual, did a great job as the grid tour-guide.

There were a few unknowns that were filled in nicely by perps. BYRONIC and MSS were done before I knew it.

When I saw Boomer's picture of the Pumpkin Pie, I had to chuckle because of the Pickles comic strip for today. DW accuses me of using pie as an excuse to pile on the whipped topping. I prefer the real stuff made with heavy cream in a cold mixing bowl, but the canned spritzy whipped cream is a close second. She prefers oil-based Cool Whip. How do you like yours, Cool Whip or from cream?

We are staying in, except for trips to the supermarket and drug store. Trying to keep from going stir crazy. Hope you all are succeeding.

Be safe.

inanehiker said...

I enjoyed this Monday fun run both the puzzle and Boomer's blog. I wonder how the constructor goes about finding "in the language" words to make up the theme answers - I don't thing you can Google - "phrases that has the letters H-O-M-E in order but lost in another set of words like PHANTOM THREAD" !! Maybe Annemarie will weigh in later as to her process.

Thanks Boomer and Annemarie!

Last night, thanks to our more tech-savvy children, all 7 of us played a game we like called "Code Names" - with 2 in Seattle, 1 in Washington DC, 2 in Georgia, and 2 of us in Missouri - good to see each other and play the game on Google Hangouts. We had planned to see all of them in the next month or so - which is unlikely to happen at this point- so fun times at a distance!

Misty said...

Delightful Monday puzzle--many thanks, Annemarie. Although I got AFOUL right away, I had a bit of trouble with the northwest at first. But the rest filled in readily and before long I noticed H and O appearing in the circles, so HOME STRETCH filled in easily and gave me the other letters. Loved seeing references to both BYRON and POE--well, poetic allusions are always a pleasure, even when very brief, like ERE. Nice to see LECH Walesa cited, and many thanks for posting his picture, Boomer. Also nice that you're a "Jeopardy" fan! And I too had BAA before MAA.

Have a great week, everybody--at this difficult time.

CrossEyedDave said...

Stuck at home?
Wondering what to do with all this extra time?

Dunno bout you,
But I have been trying to learn some difficult new songs on guitar.
I even thought of giving wood carving a try,

Then I saw this model train layout & realized,
I could never be this obsessive, patient, or plain old just have the time...

Lucina said...


To my pleasure, this puzzle had a lot of Spanish! LATINA, DIAS, SRAS, UNO and I'll include MIA because it means "mine."

Proving once again that I am ELDERLY, I'm sure I saw PHANTOM THREAD but I can't recall anything about it so will look at the trailer to jog my memory. I love Daniel D. Lewis. He claimed it would be his last film but I hope not.

Had not seen OASTS in a while but it used to be a CWD regular.

Like most of my neighbors, my PARABOLA sits atop my patio cover as they are throughout our complex.

I really am missing that EMERY board treatment and would love to have a FACIAL but I guess it will be another month at least before any of those places re-open. In the meantime I'm growing talons.

Like Misty, I also love seeing BYRONIC, POE and ROMEO, anything to do with poetry suits me.

We don't have to worry about any ICICLEs on the eaves, just pigeons!

I'm sure BYES have been explained before but would someone please tell it again. Thank you.

It sounds like you are all creatively using your confinement and perhaps bonding closely. Not in our age group, but I predict that in December there will be a baby boom!

Thank you, Annemarie and Boomer! SANER is certainly the watchword.

Have a comforting confinement, everyone!

AnonymousPVX said...

This Monday grid seemed a bit crunchy to me.

Write-overs...THIS/THAT, BRS/RMS.

Not sure how I missed Phantom Thread, I’m usually on top of the movie names. Looks like a decent film, will have to add to my NF queue.

I’m against hoarding, no need for it. I’m also a big coffee drinker, and I use the local Coffee Creamer, which is light cream without the additives used in Whipping Cream. They ONLY come in Pint sized containers. I use one per day.

So the grocer...Bi-Lo...has a sign in the dairy case asking to take just one item.

But if I do THAT, then I have to go to store every day. Right now I’m going twice a week, one time I get 3 and the other 4.

If they came in a quart size I’d still need 2, but they don’t.

So what would you do, take the 3 or 4, or go back every day?

Stay safe while you ponder this.

See you tomorrow.

Lucina said...

Thank you for the humor. You really live up to your name!

Lucina said...

Yes! I just saw the trailer and now remember PHANTOM THREAD. It is a very good film as can be expected with Daniel-Day Lewis. I loved the colorful, artistic costumes, too. If Netflix has it, I'll watch it again.

jfromvt said...

Pleasant Monday puzzle. I got through most of it before realizing there were circles in the grid.

One nit - POE used as both a clue and an answer. Just seems sloppy to me.

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Annamarie and Boomer.

Quick fill today with only 3 inkblots: one to correct Parabala to PARABOLA, and the other to change Latino to LATINA. (Lucina taught me a while ago that female ending is A and male is O; LOL Ray-O re non-binary X)
I also needed to change 26D from This to THAT.

I noted 6A and 63A: that REPO turned out to be a UTE.
Irish Miss caught many more than my EYE and BYES.
Lucina: re BYES from Dictionary:com-
"Sports: in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round"

For an other non-Americans in the reading audience, I will save you LIUing HHS. It stands for Health & Human Services, and oversees the Food and Drug Administration. Its Canadian counterpart would be Health Canada.

AnonymousPVX: one other possible solution to your dilemma - reduce the amount of cream in your coffee LOL!

NORTON reminded me to ask AnonT re cybersecurity of Zoom. Everyone seems to be using it to stay in touch. I have Skype and Facetime but understand that Zoom allows up to 100 to be online together. (We are now down to 5 people as the largest physical group allowed, unless of course your immediate family is larger than that.) And now, inanehiker mentions Google Hangout! DH would love to play games online with the grandchildren.

Wishing you all a good, safe day.

CanadianEh! said...

CED@12:21 - that was an impressive railroad layout, but I'll up the ante with this Canadian miniature world (was set to open this summer but of course that will be rolled back).

Yellowrocks said...

Our church's Zoom is a closed group. Invitation only. Members have our meeting number. This is to rule out snarks and trouble makers. We had several dozen participants on Sunday. I don't know much about it, but it seems to me from chatter I heard, you could make a meeting for friends and family only. I believe businesses use it for meetings and training, so that would have to be a closed group. Any comment from you techs out there?

That model railroad is awesome, CED. It took plenty of patience, time and creativity to make it.

Wilbur Charles said...

Smooth Monday solve online. Great reading Boomer's write-up. Same w-o's as others. Never heard of PHANTOM THREAD either.


Irish Miss said...

AnonymousPVX ~ Wouldn't the checkout person question the quantity, or is the sign just a polite suggestion? For your sake, I hope they don't put any limits on coffee ☕️ purchases! I don't have these dilemmas as I don't drink coffee or tea. (Fortunately, my Dewar's supply is plentiful!)

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thank you, CanadianEh! for identifying HHS as Health & Human Services. (It takes a furriner to explain our own agencies to us...)

I knew OAST.
Now, how did I know that?

I resisted changing BAA to MAA.
Listen to them closely, guys. Goats are quite distinct in their enunciation, clearly forming a plosive "B" with their compressed lips or flews.
One diagonal in the mirror.
Its anagram answer the question: What do we have left after trimming the fur for a bright white stoat coat?

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. As soon as I saw the H O M E was not scrambled in the first two answers, I just filled H O M E into all the other circles, too. I thought maybe the reveal would be BROKEN HOME, but HOME STRETCH is good too. I enjoyed seeing BYRONIC and PARABOLA, appealing to both hemispheres of my brain. Our son just loves TENDON in his Pho. He thinks it strengthens his knees, and who knows, he may be absolutely right.

I remember when the news media was likened to an ECHO CHAMBER. I see how it can be characterized that way; I read the news from quite a few different sources and the articles are often word-for-word identical.

I count myself as among the ELDERLY. Now that I am one, I consider it to be an honor. At work sometimes a colleague would advise another colleague to "listen to him. He's the guy with the white beard." I admit that made me feel good.

I guess in crosswords both sheep and goats can say either MAA or BAA. Sometimes, not very often, my wife and I will affectionately call each other "Ma" and "Pa."

Very interesting the learn that RIP Van Winkle translates as Rip from the Store. I wonder what Katrina Van Tassel translates to? (Just her names oozes cuteness.)

I've talked too much. Here's wishing you all a good day.

Jayce said...

Ermine meat?!?!?! Eeenteresting! Then again, what the heck, why waste it? On second thought, can you get Tularemia from it, like you can from jackrabbits?

Our daughter-in-law just emailed everyone in our immediate family an invitation to join her on Zoom so we can all see and hear each other and chat. It's the first time I ever heard of Zoom. LW are, of course, going to sign in. In her email, DIL gave the URL and password we will all need to use in order to join. To talk like a pirate, I'm lookin' fard to it.

Jayce said...

That would be "LW and I".

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Pretty easy, but then, it’s Monday ...

Cross-eyed Dave @ 11:28 —> too funny!

The intersection of REPO and POE made me think of a “Ray-O-Sunshine” pun: What do you call a retaken Raven? RE-POE

And, of course, my sophomoric brain had to jump on the clue for 64 across to come up with this haiku:

Three Dog Night sponsors
An ED Clinic. Motto?
“Easy to be hard ...”

Sandyanon said...

I enjoyed the puzzle, but as usual (mostly) didn't pay attention to any theme til the reveal.

The pumpkin pie photo made me long for some -- great any time of year!

That's a great pic of the younger Don Ameche, but I loved him in Cocoon; his Oscar was a fitting highlight of his long career, don't you think?

High school geometry wasn't hard then, but I remember little now, including what a parabola actually is/does. Google to the rescue.

Re Byes:

As maybe the only intense pro tennis fan on this blog, I am sad that literally every tournament has had to cancel. Wimbledon folks are trying to postpone their inevitable decision, but...

Stay as safe as you can, all.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

What a day....more COVID pos pneumonia cases as the agonizingly slow test results roll in. Still many PUIs "patients under investigation" treated as positive while their test results cook. Even with the proposed 45 min test, without a local lab to run the sample it will need to be sent out.

Our two Utica hospitals have struggled to double capacity as the Governor has ordered. Expecting patients to be brought in from NYC, Albany as the wave moves north and west in the state. Ongoing daily demonstrations on how to properly "don and doff" PPE "personal protective equipment". (Ironic using such quaint terms with modern equipment ..why cant we simply say "put on and take off" ..... I started calling of the department nurses...Doff

Like here as on the blog. I love to joke around getting a smile, laugh or even an eye roll/groan out of the our nervous staff

One more for the road...

"My very own bike"....I CICLE

CrossEyedDave said...

she wants to be a bookmark...

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

In it's simplest form, a parabola can be graphed from the function y = x^2 or y = x times x.

In the real world, a parabola describes the path of a baseball hit into the air with no air resistance; a fly ball. It's also the curve of a dish antenna or the mirror of a reflecting telescope, used to focus radio waves or light.

Spitzboov said...

Bill G - I learned that the baseball path was actually part of an ellipse which would be the orbit of the baseball around the center of the Earth's mass. Wasn't this Kepler's reasoning?

Bill G said...

Spitz, geez, that sounds right to me. I think they both become essentially the same thing.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

HOME STRETCH == our 2 month sentence to flatten the COVID Curve?

Thanks Annemarie for the fine Monday puzzle. Thanks Boomer for kicking-off the after-party with a joke or four.

WOs: ARRR (crap) MATEY, EMoRY, FOCI -> LOCI, USUARY - oh, clue called for the person not the act...
//BTW, HG used BYRONIC replying to Steve on 1/23. I don't see that BYRONIC has ever been used in the LAT

{A, B+}
It is a pandemic... pass me the ERMINE, I guess :-)

Ray-O: would extra personnel in the lab help expedite testing? I ask b/c I was a med lab tech in the Army (and can still be taught!) and, if Houston-area hospitals start getting overwhelmed, I'd volunteer. Or, are there other rules about licensing, etc. that precludes THAT.

C, Eh - Overall Zoom's security is OK; many of the vendors I work w/ use it for meetings.
Note: It is on you, however, to guard your meeting(s) and your personal PIN [never use this for a meeting!] as these are the "keys" to get in.
Here's Zoom's blog on how NOT to get Zoom-bomb'd and other safety tips. //If anything is confusing, feel free to email me.

Y'all have a great eve.

Cheers, -T

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Annemarie Brethauer, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Boomer for a fine review.

Puzzle went quickly, being a Monday. I caught the theme after I was done. Pretty simple.

AMECHE was a good answer. I have not heard of him in years.

I also tried BAA before MAA worked better.

BYRONIC is a new word for me.

Never heard of the movie PHANTOM THREAD. I don't get out much, especially now.

I remember when LECH Walesa came to Chicago and had a press conference. I also remember Dan Rostenkowski was in the panel as well.

Anyhow, getting close to my sack time. See you tomorrow.


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