Mar 17, 2020

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Winston Emmons

What's your game?  The word Game can go at the End the last word of each theme answer to give us a new concept.

1-Across. *  Ready to set sail, say: ON BOARD.  Board Game.  Professor Plum used a lead pipe in the dining room.

17-Across. *  1950s sitcom co-star: LUCILLE BALL.  Ballgame.

26-Across. *  Hester Prynne's mark of shame: SCARLET A.  A Game.  Working at one's highest level of performance.

49-Across. *  "Which side of the debate will you argue?": PRO OR CON.  Con Game.
60-Across. *  Culpable one: GUILTY PARTY.  Party Game.

And the Unifier: 69-Across. Chess match climax, and what the last word of each answer to a starred clue can have: ENDGAME.

Top o'the mornin' to you on this St. Patrick's Day.  Sadly, parades were cancelled this year due to COVID-19.  Now that bars, restaurants, gyms, museums, and other places where people gather have been closed, and we are under a self-imposed house arrest, may the spread of this virus be slowed down.  We all need to take this virus serious, if not for ourselves, then for those we love.  May all of us here stay healthy and virus-free.  "The life you save may be your own."(Flannery O'Connor).

8. Diplomatic rep.: AMB.  As in an Ambassador.

11. Machines with Windows, briefly: PCs.  As in Personal Computers.  Not to be confused with Politically Correct.

14. More tired: WEARIER.

15. Foe of Chiang: MAO.  As in Chiang Kai-shek (Oct. 31, 1887 ~ Apr. 5, 1975) and Mao Zedong (Dec. 26, 1893 ~ Sept. 9, 1976)

16. Swing, jazz or rock 'n' roll: ERA.

19. Early internet company: AOL.  Originally known as America OnLine.  //  And 43. 19-Across et al.: ISPs.  As in Internet Service Providers.

20. Investor's purchase: Abbr.: STK.  As in Stocks.

21. Amazement: AWE.

22. German cameras: LEICAS.  Leica, which also makes binoculars, microscopes and other items with lenses, was founded by Ernst Leitz (Apr. 26, 1843 ~ Sept. 12, 1920) in 1914.  The name of the company is derived from the first 3 letters of the founder's name, Leitz and the first 2 letters of the word Camera.

24. Bashful: SHY.  Also the name of 1 of the 7 dwarfs.

28. No-no: TABOO.
31. Continental coins: EUROS.  Each country in the Eurozone has its own design on one side of the euro coin, whereas the reverse side is the same for each country.
1 Euro coin from Italy

32. "Inside the NBA" analyst Shaq: O'NEAL.  Shaquille O'Neal (b. Mar. 6, 1972), just celebrated his 48th birthday.  He graduated from LSU.  His son, Shareef, will be transferring to LSU to play basketball.

33. Returning GI's diagnosis: PTSD.  As in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

34. Capitol Hill helper: AIDE.

38. Musically monotonous: ONE NOTE.

40. Collection of sacred songs: PSALTER.

42. Geeky type: NERD.

45. Lazy __: revolving tray: SUSAN.  The origin of the Lazy Susan is not known, but here are some interesting theories.
46. December mall figure: SANTA.  And a tribute to our own dear Santa.

48. Foolish: INANE.

52. June honoree: DAD.

53. Really bothers: EATS AT.

54. Fair-hiring inits.: EEO.  As in Equal Employment Opportunity.

56. Wood for bats: ASH.  What type of wood makes the best Baseball Bats?

59. Home security co.: ADT.  In 1874, company was originally known as American District Telegraph.

64. Fairway position: LIE.

65. Bruins legend: ORR.  Bobby Orr (né Robert Gordon Orr; b. Mar. 20, 1948), makes frequent guest appearances in the crosswords.  He had a long career with the Boston Bruins.  He will turn 72 in just a few days.

66. Answered: REPLIED.

67. Title for Elton: SIR.  Sir Elton John (né Reginald Kenneth Dwight; b. Mar. 25, 1947) is another March Birthday Boy.

68. Once called: NÉE.

1. Hooting birds: OWLS.  They come in all shapes and sizes.

2. Not masc. or fem.: NEUT.  As in Masculine, Feminine or Gender Neutral.

3. Begin to parallel park, with "in": BACK.  When I lived in Boston, the only parking my appartment had was on the street.  Mandatory parallel parking.  One always "tapped" the car in front and in back when trying to get into the very tight spaces that were barely big enough for the car.


4. "... __ quit!": OR I.

5. Feel crummy: AIL.

6. Race with batons: RELAY.

7. Sketched: DREW.

8. Org. with a Health Care Advocacy web page: AMA.  As in the American Medical Association.

9. Ducks whose males have green heads: MALLARDS.

10. Slow-tempo Spanish dance: BOLERO.


11. Quiet partner: PEACE.  As Peace and Quiet.  Now that we are in self-quarantine, we should all be experiencing some Peace and Quiet from our usual hectic lives.

12. Zagreb native: CROAT.

13. Taco topper: SALSA.  Yummers!

18. Harass: BESET.

23. "Casablanca" heroine: ILSA LUND.  I never knew her last name.

Ilsa Lund, played by Ingrid Bergman (Aug. 29, 1915 ~ Aug. 29, 1982)

24. Stinkers: SO-AND-SOs.  Calling someone is Stinker is a very New England term.

25. Prefix with gram: HOLO-.  As in a Hologram.

27. Zodiac borders: CUSPS.

28. Bugs Bunny or Bullwinkle: 'TOON.

29. Lestat creator Rice: ANNE.  Anne Rice (b. Oct. 4, 1941) was the author of Interview with the Vampire.  Lestat de Lioncourt was the vampire of this novel.  Anne Rice is from New Orleans.

30. Bar pint contents: BEER.

33. Sauce with basil: PESTO.  Yummers!  I made a wonderful Pesto Chicken Pasta dish last week.

35. "__ miracle!": IT'S A.

36. College faculty head: DEAN.

37. Shore bird: ERNE.  A crossword staple.

39. __ of iodine: antiseptic: TINCTURE.

41. China's continent: ASIA.

44. Group of jurors: PANEL.

47. Ferdinand II's realm: ARAGON.  Ferdinand II, King of Aragon (Mar. 10, 1452 ~ Jan. 23, 1516) was the husband of Queen Isabella of Castile.  They are best known for their roles in the Spanish Inquisition and the issuance of the Alhambra Decree.

49. Rings, as a bell: PEALS. 50. Bike spokes, geometrically: RADII.

51. Furry aquatic mammal: OTTER.  They are such cute critters.  If you go to Ethel, Louisiana, you can even swim with the Otters.

52. Elder statesman: DOYEN.

55. To be, in Tours: ÊTRE.  Today's French lesson.  Conjugated in the present tense:
Je suis  //  Nous sommes
Tu es  //  Vous êtes
Ils / Elles est  //  Ils / Elles sont 

56. Puccini piece: ARIA. 57. Pipe part: STEM.  Anatomy of a pipe:
58. Stevenson's villainous Mr.: HYDE.  A reference to Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson (Nov. 13, 1850 ~ Dec. 3, 1894).

61. Wrath: IRE.

62. Scoreboard abbr. for a rainout: PPD.  As in Postponed.  It also refers to the current pandemic.  I had to PPD my father's 90th birthday party, which was scheduled in April.

63. High school subj.: ALG.  As in Algebra.

Here's the Grid:
QOD:  When you want to know how things really work, study them when they’re coming apart.  ~  William Gibson (né William Ford Gibson; b. Mar. 17, 1948), American writer


Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR. Don't remember completing a grid with so many unknowns without erasing anything. DNK Zagreb, TINCTURE, ARAGON (Virginia Beach has ARAGONa Blvd; Chicago has ARAGON Ballroom), Lestat, DOYEN, and PSALTER. I guess a fancy table setting would have a spepperer to go with the PSALTER. until I saw the movie 10 I didn't know the beautiful piece BOLERO.

As long as the restaurants are open and the number of cases in the county is near zero we'll still go out to eat in support of the staff. Plenty of room on patios now to practice social distancing. Some of those folks don't know how they'll survive if the restaurants eliminate dine-in or close altogether.

Looks like I'll be paying about $1.85 per gallon for diesel on our return trip. Posted prices are about $2.60, but I joined a system that negotiates major discounts and now pay about the same price as the big trucking companies pay.

Thanks to Winston for the fun puzzle. Great perp placement made this one Tuesday-friendly. And thanks Hahtoolah for the clever review. No lazy SUSAN you!

Hungry Mother said...

Very nice, fun all of the way. I discovered that I knew the word DOYEN, maybe I R 1. Stay safe!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I see Winston is back for an encore. Living up to expectations, d-o failed to read the reveal clue and also failed to get the theme. Old dogs, you know. STK was an appropriate abbreviation for today, but I needed Hahtoolah to explain what PPD meant -- I was stuck on prepaid. PSALTER went in immediately; surprised myself. Thanx for the diversion, Winston and Hahtoolah (our un-lazy Susan).

MALLARD: In my ute I thought this was the only kind of duck there was. They used to congregate at our local mill pond.

Without fanfare the Barnacle slipped in a 21% price increase for on-line-only delivery. $16.95/month seems pretty steep, but I guess all those folks need to get paid.

Lemonade714 said...

Leroy Jethro Gibbs is certain there are no coincidences, but how else to you explain Hahtoolah reviewing a puzzle containing LAZY SUSAN ? Not that she is in anyway LAZY but she is our Susan. She also sent me down the rabbit hole of its etymology. More reason to invent a time-machine.

I think for most of the world, and ISABEL are most famous for financing CHISTOPHER COLUMBUS . I do agree from a historical and Jewish point of view, the Inquisition was another event that should not be forgotten.

Thank you, Susan and Winston.

desper-otto said...

Lemonade, those echo my thoughts about Ferdinand and Isabella. Your comment also reminded me that back in the day I responded to the tribunal that was ruling on whether to annul my first marriage. I told them I "expected better of the fine folks who brought us the Spanish Inquisition." Nobody ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.

inanehiker said...

Fairly fast with a theme that wasn't needed to solve but amusing looking back. I had One TONE before one NOTE - but TINCTURE corrected that!
I needed the perps for ETRE and also for EEO. I can never remember if it is EOE or EEO!
I knew the word DOYEN - but off the top of my head I didn't know the definition. I more often have seen DOYENNE which is a woman who is the most prominent or respected person in their field.
I have heard of ARAGON more in the context of Catherine of ARAGON - Henry VIII's first wife.
But Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of ARAGON - created a unified Spain when they wed.

Thanks Susan and Winston!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jinx's observation about the unknowns. Took 8:21.

Happy St. Patrick's Day, and be safe.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Props to Winston for a well-hidden theme and a truly Aha reveal, at least for me. I was ready to raise a ruckus, though, because I had Ok I quit before Or I quit, which gave me the eyebrow-raising, there's-no-such-a-word- Weakier, instead of Wearier, until common sense prevailed. Lots of CSOs today: Susan (Hatoolah), Santa (dear Argyle), Croat (Tin), Inanehiker (AMA) and Beer (Several Cornerites). Speaking of Cornerites, where is Dave4?

Thanks, Winston, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Susan, for a stellar and sparkling summary.

Happy St. Paddy's Day! ☘️☘️☘️ I'll be going to my sister Peg's for the traditional corned beef and cabbage celebratory chaos.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Good puzzle; great intro. Thank you Winston and Hahtoolah.
No serious problem with the solve. Only one wite-out; I had 'ales' before BEER. TABOO was helpful; also confirming SO AND SOS and HOLO.
Stinker was used where I grew up near Saratoga; not so far from New England. I didn't realize it was regional.
CSO's to SUSAN and Tin man (CROAT).
-LUND - Didn't know that was ILSA's last name either. Very Swedish.
Stinkers - Stinker in German (sing. and pl.)
CUSPS - Caught between Pisces and Aries my whole life
Ready to sail - ON BOARD wasn't the half of it on our DD. We first had to provision the proverbial "Beans, bullets, black oil, and bandages."

Yellowrocks said...

Fast today. No unknowns, but I needed a perp here and there to help my recall. I didn't know Lestat, but I knew RICE, so it had to be ANNE. EOE before EEO.
The Croatian War was in the news in the 1990's, so as a news junkie I knew Zagreb.
We used tincture of Merthiolate when I was a kid. It was an orangey red and it stung. Of course,being me, I looked up tincture when I read the bottle.
There are few cars on the road today. The supermarket shelves empty out as fast as they are restocked. All businesses must close by 8:00 PM. Some doctors are seeing only sick patients, no routine checkups.
No restaurants here are allowed to be open to customers, but they can do take-out and delivery orders by phone. I feel sorry they are losing their livelihood, but if we were allowed to go there, we could become carriers or get sick and endanger the lives of the fragile. I saw this title this week, "You may be young and healthy, but you're killing me."
Alan will be allowed to come home to me on weekends if we stay isolated. I am staying home for my own sake and so as not to carry the virus to him and his new family. Every resident in Alan's house is medically fragile so they are not going out. Their day program is cancelled.

Happy St. Patrick's Day. We celebrated when Alan was home on the weekend with Reuben sandwiches.

Sherry said...

Fairly easy. Had an issue with psalter,(unknown), and Lund. Knew Ilsa but not the last name. Since the L was the cross it didn't happen. Happy St Pat's, wear green.

Husker Gary said...

-CON GAME – Disasters bring out these frauds
-END GAME – What we all want to know about this disaster
-The odds of becoming an AMB are proportional to how big a check you write
-STKS – My financial advisor is now sending out emails every day to try to calm the waters
-“OR I quit!” You’d better have a Plan B
-Speaking of Gibbs, fans can pick Dr. MALLARD in this picture (Pronounced “muh LARD”)
-ILSA cheated on Victor in Paris when she thought he was dead but chose him in the final scene
-Ear Worm Alert!! Carl Dobkins Jr. sang of ”some jealous SO AND SO” in this 1959 Rock ‘n Roll ERA song.

Husker Gary said...

-Winston Emmons is about a 3-hr drive across the peninsula from Dr. Ed Sessa

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

The first year of University early '70s in Italy I picked up a greeting card at a shop for Father's Day for Dad in the States. March 19 is St. Joseph's Day and Father's Day in Italy. Asked the pretty clerk if they happened to sell St Patrick's Day cards. They didn't. She was curious if it was an American "festa" and how we celebrated.

"Do you attend a special Mass?" She asked.

I got a wide eyed shocked response when I REPLIED..."Some do, but mostly we wear green, have a parade, then go out and get drunk."

In keeping with the day...
Famous Irish-American Shaquille..... O'NEAL

"Accompanies a pepper mill"....PSALTER

"Playing Monopoly or Candyland"..ONBOARD

"Perpetrator's gala" .....GUILTYPARY

Usual variations of TABOO (tabu) and ERNE (ern)

Finally recalled it's ILSA not Elsa but now need to remember her last name too??!! "Play it again what's your name"

Ferdinand's daughter Catherine launched a whole new religion when she was unable to produce a male heir for Henry VIII.

Bottom errors so a clean FIR

Happy St. Patrick's Day...corned beef, soda bread and keep 6 feet away from any leprechauns you meet.

jfromvt said...

It was a fun puzzle, but the theme was almost meaningless. Also not sure A is a word in the context of SCARLETA, it’s just the letter A. But I’m being picky I guess.

OwenKL said...

FIWrong. Had EOE instead of EEO, and wasn't familiar with either perp to recognize the error. I knew doyenne, but didn't realize doyen was a gender-neutral of a similar concept. I also didn't catch the theme until I got to the reveal. Dang.

My meme re: Ferdinand

The President has been issuing
Pardons a la carté.
They bolster his political base

Some call it a hymnal
Others say a PSALTER.
Does the Shaker sect
Keep it by their alter?

Misty said...

Woohoo! Woohoo! A perfect St. Patrick's day morning, getting the whole crossword puzzle without any errors, Sudoku, Kenken, and a fun Jumble. Woohoo! You need days like this during this difficult period that the whole world is experiencing at this time.
So thank you, thank you, Winston, for a delightful puzzle, and you too, Susan, for your always great write-up and pictures. And how cool that we got your name in the puzzle! Only I was a little sorry not to get a picture of LUCILLE BALL. Can't believe she began in the 50's--is she still alive? I too got ILSA but never knew her last name--so glad it filled in correctly. I spelled LEIKAS wrong at first, but PEACE thankfully corrected that. And it was nice to get the solution at the end and then to find all the END GAMEs. Thank you, again, Winston, for this morning pleasure.

Have a great day, everyone.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks for another challenge, Winston. Always a great day with Hahtoolah leading the way!

My first thought was that there were an abundance of abbrev. in this puzzle -- two on the first line. AMB, PCS, AOL, ISPS, STK, NEUT, AMA, ADT, EEO, PPD, ALG, PRO-CON, even 'TOON. And PTSD (which I'm getting from COVID-19). Enuff already!

Hand up for not knowing ILSA had a last name. Wait for perps.

Tried PSALms before PSALTER. Duh! I attended a church in my teens which had PSALTER printed in gold on the cover of the hymnal.

Didn't get the theme. Duh! Enjoyed the puzzle tho.

On St. Patrick's day in this time of crisis, we might remember that the Irish had its Potato Famine which brought many of our ancestors to America. Potatoes rotting in the ground seems minor now, but if food is not available, we're toast. I'm thinking longingly of my big freezers I once had on the farm, STKd with home-raised beef, vegetables & fruit. Some restaurants & charity food-lines are providing drive-thru & curb-side meals -- some in brown bags.

My three college student grandkids are home for the rest of the semester & finishing classes online. Well, actually the one who is attending Loyola, NOLA is driving home today. Long way to drive alone at age 20.

Wheels42 said...

Owen, I made the same mistake as you (EOE instead of EEO).

Felt like a lot of three-letter-words and abbreviations in this puzzle. I also learned a few new words (TINCTURE, PSALTER, DOYEN, LEICAS), which I'm sure I'll just as quickly forget.

Happy St. Paddy's Day to all!

oc4beach said...

Did the puzzle without figuring out the theme.

No big problems, but perps helped fill in LUND, and gave me a foothold for LUCILLE BALL.

Actually LUCILLE BALL was "The" star, not a co-star.

I just looked at the list of Essential vs Non-essential services as defined by the state of Pennsylvania to determine what firms should close and what firms can stay open. Some of it doesn't make sense. They have closed bars and restaurants for Dine-in but are allowing take-out and delivery of prepared food. They are also closing the State-run Wine and Liquor stores which will really upset some people. I haven't heard anything about the beer distributors yet. PA has an archaic post-prohibition era monopoly on beer, wine and liquor.

It's St. Patty's day and you can't go anywhere to get a drink.

Are you having fun as you Social Distance?

Be safe everyone.

Picard said...

Enjoyed the puzzle and the GAME theme, though I didn't get the theme until I was finished.

Hand up ILSA LUND/PSALTER a bit of a Natick crossing. WAG to FIR.

LEICA was a gimme. My father taught me most of what I know about photography and LEICA was the only camera he ever owned. It was a gift from my mother when they were young.
SUSAN/Hahtoolah thank you for the learning moment about the LEICA name origin. And for the many other illustrations.

Zagreb native was also a gimme.

Here my Zagreb CROAT co-worker friend Liz posed for a photo with our newly installed solar roof panels.

MALLARD ducks may be common, but they always bring back a happy memory.

Here again are photos of our MALLARD duck pond behind our house in Copenhagen.

The first photo (taken with the LEICA camera) shows my brother and me watching the MALLARD family in our pond.

AnonymousPVX said...

This was a nice Tuesday puzzle.

Apologies to any and all I may have offended with my comments on the Market yesterday. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to live off my pension (Dad, what’s a “pension”?) since 2009 when I was retired during the last crisis. I still have Social Security to claim, I’m waiting til 70 to do so, if I can. My 401k is down by many tens of thousands, but no need to call on that for another 5 years. So again, I apologize, sometimes your situation is the only one you know. Should have known better. Won’t happen again.

And yes, here in SC the local courts are still doing evictions. Because, South Carolina. Bars are still open because, South Carolina.

Ahhh....the puzzle...

No write-overs today. Probably the day's highlight. Living alone and staying in, excitement is watching the cats dream.

See you Wednesday.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. It is rare I don't like a puzzle. Yep, lots of 3-letter abbrevs today. Sorta nice to see Ilsa Lund's full name. I, too, never know whether it will be EEO or EOE. Hmm, was it NEAL or NIEL or NEIL? Perps were helpful. Mildly interesting to have ONE NOTE immediately under ONE AL.

That Gustavo Dudamel guy is sure one animated conductor! I rather like his interpretations.

That Alhambra Decree is an interesting and disturbing document.

Ravel actually strongly disliked his BOLERO, and supposedly bemoaned that it would be the work for which he probably would be most remembered.

Like desper-otto, I used to think that the MALLARD was the only kind of duck there was.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Yellowrocks said...

Anon PVX, thank you for understanding. I read today that the college age generation, especially, does not understand how great a contribution to the general welfare their foregoing crowds would be.
OTOH, I feel terrible for people like the owners of a very new eatery that I have been supporting. They are still getting their feet on the ground. I am almost certain that prohibiting eat-in dining will tank them and their investment.
There is harm for everyone here: disease and dying, lost jobs and failing businesses, foreclosed homes, hunger and homelessness. Alleviating one problem exacerbates other ones. Pray for our leadership as they struggle through this morass. They are in a terrible quandary. And pray for all who are hurting.
We have always risen to the occasion and pulled together as Americans. With faith, hope, true grit and empathy we will survive.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Forgot to mention the CSO to Mallard Fillmore.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody...

My tutoring got cancelled today. It's just as well.

I'm not a big fan of Bolero. It is so repetitive, repetitive, repetitive, repetitive, repetitive...

As with many folks, I'm a big fan of Casablanca, one of my favorites of all time. Gary wrote "-ILSA cheated on Victor in Paris when she thought he was dead but chose him in the final scene." My recollection is that she went off with Victor but it wasn't her choice. It seemed to me like she would have chosen Rick but he forced her to go with Victor because Rick felt that Victor was better for her in the whole scheme of things. She loved Rick more but Rick knew Victor was the better long-term choice so he removed himself from the equation.

~ Mind how you go...

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

FIW - hand's up w/ OKL & Wheels42 - Equal Opportunity Employer... oTRE looks foreign enough :-)
Inane - It's not that I can't remember EOE/EEO, it's just I remember the mandated employers' posters from the '80s...

Thanks Winston for the little GAME to play to ward off the quarantine lulls. Cute theme. //I got reveal b/f PARTY, so it help'd.
Please tell me you didn't relegate LUCILLE to co-star (right, OC4?). Lucy shined and opened the door for so many other brilliant women in comedy.

Thanks Hahtoolah for the illustrated expo with just enough LAZY links to thwart boredom a bit more. QOD is quite apropos as we watch - in real-time - fecal matter impacting turbine blades. //maybe that's why the run on TP

WOs: BOLaRO, LaeCAS, ONE tone (hi again, INANEhiker), Peers b/f PANEL.
ESPs: hand-up for not knowing ILSA's last name; TINCTURE (? That's a word?)
WAG-o'-the-Week: L in LUND / PSALTER; I was thinking PSALM so... fingers-crossed
Fav: I nailed both SCARLET A and HYDE - made me feel learned :-)

Stinkers makes me think of Bugs.

{B, A}

PVX - I don't think anyone took offence FLN, I think it was just different stories. The market affects us all whether we know it or not.

D-O: LOL! I didn't expect The Spanish Inquisition.

Oc4 - I can understand eat-ins v. drive-through/pickup (longer around sick people == more likely get sick) but how are liquor stores not the same a grocery stores (in terms of interaction)? I lived in OK and they USED TO have archaic alcohol laws; Imagine my surprise when I visited Eldest at OU and there where weed shops everywhere.

Jayce - Good one - ONE AL [4:35 - Paul Simon]

Glad to read everyone's still in high-spirits.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...


I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! It's been a busy day here at Chez Dale (thanks, d-o); my kitchen is in complete disarray because the cabinets were re-stained which means removing the contents from the drawers. And they can't be replaced until completely dry. Also, my newspaper was not delivered. Again! I strongly suspect someone is stealing it.

I am grateful the puzzle is available to print from the Washington Post. Thank you, Winston Emmons. Unlike others I did not find this challenging at all. In fact, I finished quickly.

Thank you, Susan, for your insight and industriousness which is quite the opposite of lazy.

I was surprised the clue for LUCILLE BALL was co-star; she was definitely the STAR and from what I understand, the brains behind the whole enterprise.

Like YR, I also am intrigued by words and when first encountering TINCTURE LIU. Ferdinand and Isabella's great feat was the union of Spain as well as financing the voyages of Columbus. Sadly, the inquisition nullified all their good works.

Happily my use of ink has not resulted in any serious smudging except when I put a letter in the wrong space.

Many weeks ago I invited my friends for lunch tomorrow but that has to be cancelled mostly since we are all in the advanced age category.

Please stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Lucina said...

Bill G:
Yes! I agree with your analysis of Casa Blanca. Besides the superb acting, that is what makes it a great movie, the inspiration to act for the greater good.

oc4beach said...

Anon-T: I didn't say that the shut-downs were logical. The State Liquor Stores are under the control of the Governor so he does actually control them unlike some of the other businesses. There has been a big fight in the state over privatization of the sale of liquor, so, I think this will be one of the bullets that will be used when the debate comes up again.

There has also been a lot of confusion here about whether the shut-downs are voluntary or mandatory.

Bill G: You're right about how Casablanca ended, but there were alternate endings that were filmed but not used.

CrossEyedDave said...


what? No after party?

aw nuts!

Big Easy said...

RADII- most bicycle spokes are NOT radii. Take a good look that the picture; they are OFFSET.

Happy St. Paddy's Day to all. After a doctor's visit and a total house cleaning I sat down and decided to work a puzzle. Nowhere else to go other than the grocery. I didn't catch the END GAME but I did finish having to make a WAG at the intersection of PSALTER & ILSA LUND Everybody knows her first name but this is the first time I've ever seen her last name.

The SO AND SO was slow in coming until TINCTURE was filled. Changed ONE TONE to ONE NOTE.

SHAQ- nice seeing him and Stanley Roberts, aka the Twin Towers. Most people don't realize how good he was playing defense; he blocked 412 shots in his three years at LSU.

Jinx- no restaurants open in Louisiana; take out only. I paid $1.64/gal yesterday for gas. Mallard Fillmore has a certain set's number.

Ray-O-Sunshine- St. Joseph's Day is big in NOLA. They have IRISH-ITALIAN parades.

jfromvt- if A GAME is legit, A is a word.

od4beach-I don't know what state you live in but the Liquor wholesale and franchised state liquor stores are heavy political contributors and will do anything and everything to keep competition away.

Anonymous PVX- only down 'tens of thousands'? You're lucky. But how much of your OWN money did you actually contribute? Even if you cashed out today you would be way ahead.

Picard said...

Casablanca was my father's favorite movie and Bogart his favorite actor. For very good reason that apparently was missed by at least some people.

ILSA LUND was very much in love with Rick. And Rick was very much in love with ILSA. Rick did not send her back to Victor because of personal feelings about who was better for ILSA. Do people understand the much bigger issue at stake?

Victor was working for the French Resistance to fight the Nazis. Rick knew that Victor would be heartbroken if he lost ILSA. If that happened, the French Resistance would lose an important fighter. Rick was putting the mission of the French Resistance and fighting the Nazis as a much higher priority than the personal heartbreak of himself and ILSA.

I hope that others now understand this important message of this historic film?

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Winston and Hahtoolah (never LAZY!)
I did the CW online today; hand up for EEO before EOE, and not knowing PPD.
ILSA had a last name - I need to watch that movie again! Thanks for all the discussion.

We are now officially in a State of Emergency, which closes malls, restaurants, libraries etc. Some restaurants are doing takeout.
Grocery stores and pharmacies are reserving the first hour after opening for seniors and those who are more vulnerable to this virus, in the hood that newly clean and less busy store will be safer.

Wishing you all a good evening.

inanehiker said...

Thanks Picard for expressing the real reasoning behind Rick encouraging Ilsa to go with Victor. I personally didn't think she was cheating if she thought she was a widow - very poor
lines of communication during the war.

Our office was mostly business as usual so far - but lots of planning and buzzing around figuring out how to tackle this once it gets to our county.

Wilbur Charles said...

Hahtoolah, tell me about it. I did the tap trick until a cop came up and carefully checked the bumper I'd tapped. One word: Plastic*. Of course, now we have "Smaht pahk".

Jinx, I paid $2.29 at Sam's for deisel. I spotted a Sunoco advertising$1.88 for reg. That sounds like a great plan, got a link?

The ultimate disastrous political appointee -re. AMB- was Joseph Kennedy to Britain. That is from a British point of view.

HG, did you see the movie? Bogie made the choice. Ah, I see Picard has explained it perfectly. ie., If Rick said stay, she'd have stayed.

This was about as fast as I can solve. I do an across or two then all the corresponding downs.

Bon voyage Tom (Brady) and welcome to Boston "Winston"(Jameis). I'm the ONLY one predicting this and predicted it two months ago. Ok, TBTimes predicted TB was coming South.


* One word, Plastics

Wilbur Charles said...

Btw, if the preview glitch is fixed let us know. No matter how carefully I edit there's nothing like the final preview to avoid the dreaded Google spell check