Mar 22, 2020

Sunday March 22, 2020 Gail Grabowski

Theme: "Components Lacking" - ING is deleted from each familiar phrase.

23A Roadway closed for repairs?: DOWN STREET. Downing Street.

45A. TV show about Amtrak services?: TRAIN PROGRAM. Training program.

66A. Cornfield maze, e.g.?: LAND PATTERN. Landing pattern.

88A. Free-for-all debate?: OPEN ARGUMENT. Opening argument.

112A. Unarmed spy?: CLEAN AGENT. Cleaning agent.

114A. Sidewalk vendor's supply request?: STAND ORDER. Standing order.
37D. Incidental music at a race?: TRACK NUMBER. Track number.

41D. Make sketches of Barbie dolls?: DESIGN WOMEN. Designing Women.

DESIGN WOMEN is the only phrase clued as a verb phrase. Did you know that constructor Andrea Carla Michaels was a writer for "Designing Women"?

Seeing Gail's byline just makes me so happy. She never fails to deliver a solid puzzle. So many sparkling long fill in this grid.


1. Thin coating: FILM.

5. Square things: ATONE.

10. Hi-tech training site: PC LAB.

15. City on the Aare: BERN.

19. Palm native to South American swampland: ACAI. You can get the frozen acai packets at Trader Joe's.

20. Precept: TENET.

21. Family name in Civil War fiction: O'HARA.

22. Golfer Aoki: ISAO. Saw lots of legends at 3M Championship over the years. Not him.

25. Sturdy piece of lumber?: SOUNDBOARD. Fun clue.

27. "Not interested" feeling: ENNUI.

28. Maintain control (over): RIDE HERD.

30. Oater orphans: DOGIES.

31. Online biz: E-TAIL.

33. Quirky: ODD.

34. Prop for Mr. Monopoly: CANE.

35. Hot Wheels maker: MATTEL.

38. "Nixon in China" tenor role: MAO.

40. Showed up for: ATTENDED.

44. Omits an attachment, say: ERRS. I do this at times.

50. "Dumbo" actress Green: EVA. She was the Bond Girl in "Casino Royale".

51. Stephen of "Counterpart": REA.

52. Had a stable baby: FOALED.

53. Insignia automaker: OPEL.

54. Presentation prop: EASEL.

56. __ 5000: annual list of the fastest-growing privately held companies: INC.

57. "Stranger Things" actor: ASTIN (Sean)

58. Despicable sort: TOAD.

59. Surface: ARISE.

60. Pay attention: TAKE NOTE. And 76. "Right this way": FOLLOW ME. 92. Rutted route: DIRT ROAD. 105. Preempts the following show, perhaps: RUNS LATE. These are just four.

62. Cold War st.: SSR.

63. Pequod co-owner: PELEG.

65. HR dept. data: SSNS.

70. Agitated state: SNIT.

73. Apply to: USE ON.

75. Mdse. category: IRR.

78. Boiling words: I'M MAD.

80. PepsiCo-owned chip brand: LAYS. Cucumber-flavored.

81. Command to start playing: HIT IT.

82. Choose: OPT.

83. Plane part: CABIN.

84. Carson's successor: LENO.

85. "I won't miss it": NO LOSS.

86. Put a nick in: MAR.

87. Chemistry suffix: ENE.

91. Mother of Ares: HERA. Sister and wife of Zeus.

94. "You're a fine __ to talk": ONE.

95. Triathlon segments: EVENTS. Hope Tokyo Games will be delayed rather than canceled.

97. Address bar letters: HTTP.

98. Played for a sap: HAD.

100. Guitar-making hardwood: ALDER. And 121. Key wood: EBONY.

102. V8 veggie: CARROT.

108. Ford named for a legendary flier, briefly: T BIRD.

116. They're often scrambled: EGGS.

117. Big dos: GALAS.

118. Sure rival: ARRID.

119. It's near the humerus: ULNA.

120. Recipe smidge: DASH. Looking forward to my salt kelp.

122. Besmirch: TAINT.

123. Often-pickled veggie: BEET.


1. Lose steam: FADE.

2. Quicken's boxed Q, for one: ICON. Any of you use Quicken?

3. Scotts Turf Builder target: LAWN.

4. French social dances: MINUETS.

5. NFL pass, complete or not: ATT.

6. Gibbs of country: TERRI.

7. Ninja Turtles' human pal April __: O'NEIL. No idea. Read more here.

8. Requirement: NEED.

9. Kin of -kin: ETTE.

10. Prepared for a selfie: POSED.

11. Bit of guitar music notation: CHORD.

12. Heap kudos on: LAUD.

13. Prince Valiant's son: ARN.

14. Statistician's concern: BAD DATA.

15. Giant in the development of neurological disease therapies: BIOGEN. This Biogen employee has been widely ridiculed in China. I feel sad for her.

16. Actor Morales: ESAI.

17. Hard to come by: RARE.

18. Affirmative actions: NODS.

24. Webmaster's creation: SITE.

26. Animal-based fertilizer: BONE MEAL. Never used it.

29. Hula __: HOOP.

32. "He Was Despised," in Handel's "Messiah": ALTO SOLO.

34. PC corner key: CTRL.

35. Is worthy of: MERITS.

36. Concert venues: ARENAS.

38. Personal bearing: MIEN.

39. "So?": AND.

40. Improved in a barrel: AGED.

42. Pre-event periods: EVES.

43. Glen relative: DALE.

46. Porch furniture material: RATTAN.

47. Sci-fi visitor: ALIEN.

48. Stick in a cage: ROOST.

49. Genre of Vasarely's "Zebra": OP ART.

52. Twitter follower, often: FAN.

55. Recess rebuttal: ARE SO.

58. Bygone despots: TSARS.

61. Advanced French class assignment: ESSAI. Essay.

63. Positive particle: PROTON.

64. Signed up: ENLISTED.

67. Krall of jazz: DIANA.

68. Richard __, first black "SNL" host: PRYOR.

69. IRS convenience: E-FILE.

71. Convey: IMPART.

72. Colorful swimmers: TETRAS.

74. Sewer worker in a '50s sitcom: ED NORTON. "The Honeymooners".

77. Sgts.' superiors: LTS.

78. Like most cupcakes: ICED.

79. Salon service with a pedi: MANI.

80. Give for a while: LEND.

81. __ office: HOME.

84. Go for a rebound: LEAP.

85. "Sister Act" extra: NUN.

89. Thick soup: POTTAGE.

90. Jupiter and Mars: GODS.

91. Fragrant coating for grilling: HERB RUB.  I seldom use herb.

93. Clobber: THRASH.

96. Preventative power: VETO.

98. Spicy Asian cuisine: HUNAN. Originated in Hunan province, which is south of Hubei province where Wuhan is the capital. Hu means "lake".  Hunan means "south of the lake". Hubei means "north of the lake". The two provinces are neighbors separating by a big lake.

99. Pacing, perhaps: ANTSY.

100. Gaming pioneer: ATARI.

101. Bolshevik leader: LENIN.

102. Duped?: CC'ED.

103. Bit of plankton: ALGA.

104. Short standards?: REGS. Regulations.

105. Move, for short: RELO.

106. Six-part undergrad exam: LSAT.

107. Blade brand: ATRA.

109. Not occupied: IDLE.

110. Surrealist Magritte: RENE.

111. "Phooey!": DRAT.

113. Yak it up: GAB.

115. "Silent Spring" subj.: DDT.

Today we celebrate the 79th birthday of Pat (PK on our blog). Stealing this nice cake from CrossEyedDave again. Happy birthday, PK, you're a special person!



NaomiZ said...

Couldn't sleep, and decided to look for the puzzle online. The clues were challenging and the grid looked bare for a while, but all the answers finally fell into place. Thank you, Gail, for a neat challenge, and C.C., for staying up late to review it. I'll take another stab at sleeping now, and look forward to all the more interesting comments in a few hours. Enjoy!

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you, Gail and C.C. for starting my day with a well-made puzzle and a fun review. I do appreciate how you personalize much of your commentary both as a constructor and a native of China. I am not sure how many here knew TERRI GIBBS and her music but she accomplished all after accidentally being blinded by the time in the incubator as a premature baby. She learned piano, by ear, at age three. You can LISTEN HERE her first hit song.

Be careful, be safe and stay positive.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. I enjoyed this puzzle. I caught the theme with SOUND(ING) BOARD.

I learned that Big Dos are not Afros, but GALAS.

I also learned that porch furniture is not Wicker, but RATTAN.

I have seen the opera Nixon in China twice. It seems a bit dated and I think one must know a bit of the history between Nixon and MAO to really appreciate the nuances of that period.

Happy, Happy Birthday Pat.

QOD: There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. ~ Louis L’Amour (nรฉ Louis Dearborn L’Amour; Mar. 22, 1908 ~ June 10, 1988), American novelist

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Saw the missing INGs, and got 'er done. Yay! ESAI and ISAO are two names I always get confused -- interesting to see them crossing here. Gotta love a puzzle where I can figure out the theme. Thanx, Gail and C.C. (Cucumber flavored chips? Ack, or is that ACAI?)

ICON: Yes, C.C., I'm a long time Quicken user. I keep track of our bank accounts, credit cards and investments. Quicken goes to the web and sucks in the latest transactions so you can see your entire financial picture at a glance. You used to be able to "buy" Quicken -- now you can only subscribe.

ED NORTON: "Sheesh, what a grouch!" Is that where you got it, Jayce?

ALTO SOLO: Thought I was looking for a person. Han's brother, perhaps?

Happy birthday, PK. I always enjoy your tales of living on the plains.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I just erased my opening comments thanks to that dreadful Undo key which is not only unwelcome and unwanted, but the location couldn't be worse, as far as I'm concerned. End of vent!

Gail is one of my favorite constructors, whether solo or with Bruce. Oddly, I forgot to check the title, so I didn't catch the theme until Train(ing) Program, making the rest of the themers easy to figure out. Some of the standouts were: Esai and Essai, ETail and EFile, SSR and Lenin, Eves crossing Eva, Nun next to Gods, and Leno crossing Lend. The unknowns were the usual proper names of Terri, Eva, O'Neil, and BioGen. Like Hatoolah, my Galas were Afros, and like DO, I was looking for a name for Alto Solo. Triple CSOs to Lucina with Dale, Mani, and Nun. Ennui is a favorite word, although I never say it.

Thanks, Gail, for lots of fun solving, as usual and thanks, CC, for your usual expert analysis. Neither the Aรงaรญ dish nor the cucumber-flavored chips evoked any mouth watering, however. BTW, Sturdy piece of lumber=Sound (ing) Board is another themer.

Happy Birthday, dear PK, and best wishes for many more. ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ I enjoy reading all of your colorful anecdotes, reminiscing, and varied job and life experiences. I don't think I ever knew the P stands for Pat. I remember once someone asked if the PK stood for Preacher's Kid. (I think that applies to YR.)

Stay well and safe.

Yellowrocks said...

FIR, great puzzle, nice challenge, Gail. I especially liked the theme. I did this slowly in small sections until I found STAND ORDER. AHA! Then it was quickly completed. I was able to really concentrate this morning.
CC, I love your cultural notes and personal references.
Alan loves the old, old sitcoms. Designing Women and The Honeymooners are two of his current favorites.
With the HERD perps I had SHEPHERD and held on to it. Finally I accepted NEED and ONEIL, so it became RIDE HERD. TA DA, my final answer today.
I am always uncertain about the ESAI and ISAO spellings. Perps to the rescue.
It seems my generation is really into phoning these days to keep in touch. I have three calls planned for this afternoon. Something to look forward to. When a friend calls me, what a welcome surprise!
Happy birthday, Pat. I love your stories and your take on life.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased logo for ICON, opera for OP ART, and wicker for RATTAN (hi Hahtoolah).

HBDTY, PK. And many more!

I used Quicken for years but switched to Moneydance last year. I don't like apps knowing my account numbers, and I don't need all the bells and whistles of Quicken.

All of EVA Green (except for the soles of her feet) can be seen in The Dreamers. Beautiful lady and talented actress.

Somehow, "IRS" and "convenience" don't belong in the same sentence.

RVers call the car behind the motor home a TOAD. Bastardization of "towed".

Thanks to Gail for teh fun, fairly easy Sunday pleasure. I see that you are practicing crossword social distancing with Bruce. And thanks to CC for the extra informative review today.

Big Easy said...

Good morning. After a few missing INGs, I noticed them. "Halaluehia", I finished with a WAG at the cross of ALTOSOLO & ASTIN, both unknowns but they weren't the only ones. The A&E people are usually my downfall but I got them all today. TERRI, DIANA, EVA, O'NEIL, ASTIN. ESSAI was kinda known.

ED NORTON- I think sewer workers as some on the most valuable public employees. What would you do without them.

LENIN & MAO in the same puzzle- what a combo.

Lemonade714 said...

Happy birthday and many more PK. Cool about Andrea Carla Michaels being a writer for DESIGNING WOMEN a progressive female-centric sitcom.

TTP said...

Happy Birthday P.K. !

Vent before tire before FADE for "Lose steam". And that's how it started. Glad it improved quickly from there.

Like Naomi, I did the puzzle in the early morning hours. Well before the blog posted. Then finally got back to sleep. Should have made notes.

Gail always gives us great puzzles. I liked all of the theme clues. I also like it when she gives us clues that can have two opposing meanings. I like the misdirection. "I won't miss it" could also mean "I'll be there" in addition to the NO LOSS answer.

Lemonade, I didn't have any problem remembering TERRY Gibb's first name, but mistakenly remember her his song as "Seasons in the Sun". That was Terry Jacks. That's your earworm for the day.

Jinx, I had that same error at OP ART.

Yellowrocks, yes, I agree. Stay in touch with family and friends.


WikWak, three neighbors I know have been getting their homes ready for market. One is mostly talking, but the other two had contractors coming in to do some updates. Further work by anyone other than the homeowners is on hold.

oc4beach, et al., you might try Harbor Freight for nitrile gloves. I drove to one of their brick and mortar stores to buy a flame thrower a month or so ago, and picked up a box of 5 mil gloves for I believe $5.99 or $7.99.
Harbor Freight

Husker Gary said...

-RIDE HERD – Reminds me of taking 100 teens through an airport to make a connection
-I played with a lot of MATTEL toys that only my wealthy friend had growing up
-EVA, ASTIN, O’NEIL, DIANA… Is it Rich or are constructors opting for more current proper name cluing?
-I never did find out why my dad and his eight brothers called their sister Betty TOAD
-I sang John Denver’s FOLLOW ME in quite a few weddings
-Oscar acceptance speech RUNS OVER? HIT IT!
-I use HTTP to get to the blog where I write in HTML
-You pick BEANS not BEETS. Wait, “Often picked” is much different from “Often pickled”
-Some high school girls don’t like being called HAWKETTES if the boy’s teams are the HAWKS
-My friend’s name was Bev HULA and during the late 50’s…
-This LT. was not respected (:12)
-My daughter hauled her computer hard ware out of the State Farm HOME OFFICE yesterday to work at home
-Happy Birthday, P.K., from a fellow resident of The Great Plains. If I read C.C. correctly, I live bei of you

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Eventually got it all. Gail's puzzles are always fun to work on. Liked the cluing and cute theme. FIR.
LAYS - My favorite potato chip. I was addicted to them, though so as part of my diet plan for 2 yrs., I have only had chips rarely, such as with a sandwich in a restaurant. (More rare now.)
DOWNing STREET - We stopped at 10 DOWNING many years ago but there was nobody home.
BONE MEAL - We never used it at our farm, cows have a truly macro output of fertilizer byproducts.
DIRT ROAD - Grew up astride a DIRT ROAD. (The concrete highway came in after I had left for college.). Ruts usually not bad; the Town graded the gravel often enough to keep it serviceable. Spring thaw could cause "quick" spots. School bus got stuck once up to the axles.
Husker's LT link. - - That character was a second Looey(see his gold bar on the collar, and sported the National Defense Service Ribbon (anyone on active duty after Feb., 1961 got it. It's sometimes irreverently called the 'warm body' medal.)
Salutes are a courtesy but if you are looking for one, you're probably not doing your job.
The Navy doesn't salute uncovered. Occasionally when I enter a Base and show my ID, the guard salutes. I find it awkward since I'm in civvies, but do return the salute as a courtesy to him/her.

Social distancing as before.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Something to look forward to on my birthday is coming to the computer and receiving such nice greetings from my blog friends. Thank you C.C. and everybody else. No festivities planned with this social distancing. My kids & relatives have all been traveling or associating with the public. No documented cases of the virus here yet, but... It's raining here but you are all my "sunshine" for today. I'll talk to my kids by phone later.

9mileSkid said...

Thanks to Gail and CC for a great combined puzzle experience! I haven't posted in a couple of weeks but read every one every day. Thank you all for enlightening the puzzles!

I had two sticking points that are kind of funny in retrospect. The first was ATONE and Square Things. I unquestioningly always associate the word atone with making up for sins. That's it. There is nothing else. (Catholic schools as a ute, say no more.) I actually had TONE and couldn't figure out what a pass in football might be called. When I finally got the A in ATT for the NFL pass, I still couldn't see the relation; what kind of square things need atonement? I looked up the relation and found something saying they were synonyms, but gave no definitions. No help there, but I finally found something that mentioned "squaring things up". Facepalm moment.

The other was DOGIES for oater orphans. I got all the letters except for the G because all I could picture were little waifs huddled in a barn and nothing was going to change that image. Another facepalm moment. (Constant hand washing here, it's OK.)

I did have one quibble though: ATRA is not a brand, it's a label. The brand is Gillette. After two blows to the ego, I'm raising my head and standing firm on this :-) .

Happy Sunday, everyone, be safe.

Misty said...

Exciting to get a Sunday Gail Grabowski puzzle with a C.C. review. Thank you for the neat tour, Gail, and I loved your Zebra picture, C.C. Fun to have whole areas filling in, here, there, and everywhere, as your work your way through the puzzle. Appreciated having helpful names like LENO and RENE and my favorite, ED NORTON, pop up. I loved to watch "The Honeymooners" back in the day. So, a nice Sunday gift, on a sunny day after some weeks of pretty constant rain, unusual for our area. Thank you again, Gail and C.C.

Have a wonderful birthday, PK, and have a great weekend, everybody.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain why ETTE is kin to -kin? An example, perhaps?

Spitzboov said...

Knew there was something I forgot.

Happy Birthday to PK! Hope you have a really special day in spite of the circumstances.

Spitzboov said...

Anon @ 1212:

Both KIN and ette are suffixes denoting a diminutive.

ie. lambkin or napkin. Smaller? lamb or nappy.
kitchenette or launderette or cigarette - smaller versions of the stem words kitchen, laundry, or cigar.

desper-otto said...

ATRA: Personally never used an ATRA. I do like the SENSOR which came out in '90. But on Thursday my trusty Sensor handle refused to grip the blade. No amount of cleaning, cussing, or cajoling worked. I'm sure my handle is less than 20 years old, and it's failed already. Amazon promises my new Sensor handle will arrive this coming Thursday. Meanwhile, it's probably a good thing that I'm practicing "social distancing."

Lucina said...


Happy birthday, PK! I also like your tales of life on the farm. I hope you can enjoy your day in spite of what is going on.

Irish Miss:
Thank you for all the CSOs. I smiled at each of them. The nail salon will be closed for a week so I can't get a MANI but desperately need it. I need a pedi, too, but it is not as obvious.

The AZ Republic has quit publishing the title and constructor's name so I was in the dark about that.

Since I have been using pen to fill the puzzle, my errors are more glaring where wite-out is used. I, too, had AFROS before GALAS, OPERA then OP ART, REPORT/IMPART.

BERN as I recall, is a beautiful city with, as you can imagine, many clock shops. I bought a lovely, etched red watch on a long chain that I wear around the neck.

OPEL reminds me of my late friend with whom I car pooled for many years; on the weeks she drove, it was in her OPEL.

DESIGN(ING)WOMEN gave me the clue to the theme.

No services at church today. I heard some good news, however. Since our current and very popular pastor is resigning due to ill health, we are being assigned Fr. John Parks whom I heard from different sources is dynamic and an outstanding speaker. When I researched his bio, saw that besides theology, he has a degree in theater arts. It will be interesting!

Have a happy day, everyone!

CanadianEh! said...

Happy Birthday PK! Hope your day is special in spite of all that is going on in the world.

Wilbur Charles said...


I read UNarmed as one armed. Yes, GG made me smile too. Followed by a frown but followed by a smile for the FIR.

I had nuttin, then as I moved clockwise a box or two would fill. My last box was the O in ALTO(,SOLO).

Yes, SOUND(ing)BOARD was what gave me the clue.


Hungry Mother said...

I found this one pretty tough, but it yielded to a steady onslaught of patient persistence. It didn’t help that the end of days was blaring from the TV. I’m very grateful for the pleasant distraction that crossword puzzles give me. Thanks to the constructors, the explainers, and the commenters.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

IM - Many programs support re-do. Command-Shift-Z on Apples and Ctrl-Y or Ctrl-Shift-Z(ed)* on PCs. YMMV (Your Millage May Vary).

Happy Birthday PK! Your posts are always 'do not skim' for me. Love your tales of rural life (and your oft-innuendo laden) posts. Hope your day is all that - at a safe distance.

Quarantine Day 8 - Youngest is makING fresh bread and Eldest made garlic butter for tonight's pasta!

Cheers, -T
*for our friends North of the (now closed(ish)) border.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Gail for another challenging but doable Sunday treat! Havn’t seen a puzzle by Gail for a while. Stay safe everyone!

Big Easy said...

D-otto-----" I'm sure my handle is less than 20 years old,"


Buy a new one

chefwen said...

Love Gail Grabowski puzzles, and this one was another winner.

Happy Birthday, PK!

Picard said...

Happy Birthday PK! I always enjoy your comments. You have lived a most interesting life, having so many different careers.

I figured out the LACK-ING theme quickly and enjoyed it. But some of the fill had me quite stumped. Lots of crossed proper names. And that mysterious KIN of -KIN clue. Thanks for explaining that Spitzboov. Proud to WAG that area of unknowns with ATT, TERRI, ONEIL along with the cluster BERN, ISAO, ESAI, BIOGEN to FIR.

Did anyone else know POTTAGE? That was a learning moment for me.

I love TOADs. Sad to see it used as a synonym for "Despicable". They eat bugs and have beautiful "jewel" eyes as extolled by Shakespeare. Anyone else?

Anyone else stuck with MEALS before ATONE? Clever clue. Never heard of RIDE HERD. Learning moment.

CC thank you for the explanation about the meaning of HUNAN. HUNAN cuisine is one of my favorites.

From yesterday:
I thought I had a photo of a ROCKET CAR.

Here I was at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Not a ROCKET CAR. A piston-driven car that went 409 MPH. Isn't that even more amazing?

Jayce said...

Happy birthday PK!

Irish Miss said...

Anon T @ 5:38 ~ I use an iPad. It's not Redo, it's Undo and I sincerely wish I could Do It In! ☠️ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Jayce said...

Irish Miss, I think you shake the iPad to Undo.

Yellowrocks said...

Picard, I never cease to be amazed at the variety of experiences you have had, the places you have seen and the people you have met. What an interesting life. Thanks for sharing.

PK said...

Thank you all who have given me kind birthday comments since I posted before. My day turned out pretty enjoyable for being in quarantine. I had phone calls of over an hour each with one son with grandsons & one brother & his wife plus shorter calls with my other son & one daughter. This is more minutes than I've used the rest of the year, I think. Usually we message. And I didn't have to try to make myself presentable. I learned some stuff today that they'd "forgotten" to tell me and I'd wondered about so that makes me happy. Dish the dirt, kiddos!

PK said...

Oh, as for the puzzle, thanks for the challenge Gail. And thanks for explaining the theme, which escaped me entirely, C.C.! The cake was beautiful too.

I used Quicken for years doing books for two family businesses and my mom -- balancing a dozen bank accounts, etc. Now I don't need it at all. I was so used to doing all our taxes with the gov. forms, that Quicken just slowed me down and annoyed me. Started to use it one year then quickly went back to what I was used to doing.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Gail Grabowski, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Started the puzzle this morning. Worked it for a while. No church today, it is closed. Put the puzzle aside for a while and worked it off and on throughout the day. Caught the theme, ING. That helped with the puzzle.

Square things 5A makes sense with ATONE. Sqaring things can mean fixing what is wrong. Atoning for a misdeed, etc.

Lots of good cluing in this puzzle.

Anyhow, I am done for now. See you tomorrow.


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Anonymous T said...

Jayce - that's an Etch-a-Sketch. :-)

IM - Re-do is what you can do after an undo does that voodoo that it do.

Cheers, -T

Bill G said...

AnonT, Thanks for your insightful analysis of Redo. :>)

PK, Me too, me too. I always appreciate your kind, thoughtful comments.

Dow Jones said...

Monday's edition (3/23/20) of the Wall Street Journal features a crossword puzzle (Treasure Hunt) created by C.C. Burnikel.

C.C.'s Puzzle

Enjoy !

Lucina said...

Dow Jones:
Thank you for the link to C.C.'s puzzle.