Mar 4, 2020

Wednesday March 4, 2020 Kevin Salat

Theme - SCRATCH THAT.  The theme answers start with an anagram of the word SCRATCH, kinda, sorta, almost.

18 A. Collision simulation aids: CRASH TEST DUMMIES.  Full scale anthropomorphic structures that approximate the size, shape and modes of motion of humans.

33 A. Extraordinary little one, in folklore: STAR CHILD.  News to me, but here you go.

50 A. Place with drawing rooms: ART SCHOOL.  A studio with art supplies, not a room in a house where guests are entertained.

43 A. Junk collector: TRASH CAN.  It only collects trash if you put it in there.  Not to be confused with Oscar.

And the unifier:  66 A. Begin all over again ... and what 18-, 33-, 43- and 50-Across all do (almost), as indicated by the circled letters: START FROM SCRATCH.

Here is a theme that by it's own admission does not quite work. The theme fill entries all lack the second letter C that would be necessary to complete the word SCRATCH.  Unless I'm missing something, this is a pretty serious flaw.  High marks for honesty, though.  Let's move on.


1. Foreboding: OMINOUS.  Giving a feeling that something bad is about to happen.

8. Optimistic: ROSY.  Having a feeling that something good is about to happen.

12. Pump product: GAS.  Fuel for your auto.

15. "Give me an example": NAME  ONE.  Any one will do

16. "The real story is ... ": ACTUALLY.  In fact  .  .  .

20. Scapula neighbor, for short: DELT.  Shoulder blade bone and DELTOID, a triangular shaped muscle to the outside of the shoulder

21. Big name in nail polish: OPI.   Pick your color.

22. "Yeah, sure": I BET.  Sarcastic expression of disbelief.

23. Partnership letters: LLC. Limited Liability Company.

25. Cleaning conveniences: SPONGES.  Soft, porous material, either natural or synthetic.

30. "Scary Movie" reaction: SCREAM.  As in last weeks Psycho.

37. Poke tuna: AHI.  Poke [pronounced poh-kay] is a salad of raw fish marinated in sesame or soy.

38. Chocolate dog: LAB.

40. Nabisco cookie: OREO.  Also chocolate on the outside.

41. Neither's partner: NOR.  Negating both one thing and the other.

42. Part of a relay: LEG.

45. Overly: TOO.  As in TOO much.

46. "So-so": MEH.  As per Homer.

47. Mark for good: ETCH.  Make a permanent mark.

48. Spanish bear: OSO.  Literal

49. Hong Kong lang.: ENGlish.

53. Womb occupant: EMBRYO. In humans, the pre-fetal stage between the 2nd and 8th week after conception.

55. Apparition: PHANTOM. Ghost or figment of the imagination.

57. Kobe cash: YEN.  Japanese money.

58. About: AS TO.  Referring to something

61. Duracell size: AAA.  Small battery.

63. Salty waters: SEAS.  Oceans

72. Ready for sleep: TUCKED IN.  Secure in the bed.

73. Lady Gaga's debut album: THE FAME.

74. Squid's defense: INK.  Obscures its location.

75. Therefore: ERGO. Literal

76. Left formally: SECEDED.  Formally withdrew from a federal union, alliance or organization.


1. How music can be stored: ON CD.  Is it obsolete yet?

2. Farm female: MARE.  Lady horse.

3. "Don't worry about me": IM ALL RIGHT.  Whatever it was, I survived.

4. Settle snugly: NESTLE.  Tucked in, frex.

5. Awed reaction: OOH.  Impressive!

6. Golden rule preposition: UNTO.  Others. It's always about the others.

7. Trickles (through): SEEPS.  Description of a very slow leek, usually of a liquid through what ought to be a solid surface.

8. Tell (on): RAT.  Tattle.

9. Med. condition with repetitive behavior: OCDObsessive-Compulsive Behavior.  Characterized by uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors that a person needs to repeat, repeatedly.

10. Man's name that sounds like a slow-cooked dish: STU.

11. "Delicious!": YUM.  Please sir, may I have some more?

12. Smooth-talking: GLIB.  Fluent, bu insincere.

13. Out of the wind: ALEE.  Protected by some barrier or structure.

14. Part of CBS: Abbr.: SYSTem.

17. Barn-raising sect: AMISH.  A group of traditionalist Christians known for simple living, plain dress and resistance to modern technology.

19. Drinks a bit at a time: SIPS.

24. Pasadena institute: CAL TECH.  California Institute of Technology.

26. Texter's "Then again ... ": OTOH. On The Other Hand.

27. Bust maker: NARCO.  Drug bust, not a sculpted statue.

28. "Summer Nights" musical: GREASE.

29. Political bragging point, when it's thriving: ECONOMY.  And when it's not  .  .  .

30. Actress Hayek: SALMA.  Salma Valgarma Hayek JimĂ©nez ( b1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer.

31. Joyful shout: CHEER.  Yay, hooray!

32. First first lady: MARTHA.  Mr, Washington, nee Dandridge.

34. Online promo: INTERNET AD.  Pop-ups and other annoying features.

35. Senseless: LOONY.  Inane

36. Khal __, Daenerys' husband in HBO's "Game of Thrones": DROGO.

39. Strips for breakfast: BACON.  You can eat these strips for breakfast or you can strip for breakfast, but frying them in the nude is not recommended.

44. Opportunity: SHOT.  Take a SHOT at something.

51. Hybrid picnic utensil: SPORK.  Portmanteau of spoon and fork, not functioning very well as either.

52. Fertile soil: LOAM.  Composed of sand, silt and clay.

54. "Take care of yourself": BE SAFE.  Yes, all - please do this.

56. Mariner's supports: MASTS.  For sails.

58. Sparkling Italian wine: ASTI.  Named for it's region of origin.

59. Knock for a loop: STUN.

60. Wall map marker: TACK.  Push pin used to mark a spot or attach papers.

62. Feel sore: ACHE.  No pain, no gain.

64. Apex: ACME.  High point.

65. Spot for a mower: SHED.  Small out-building used for storage.

67. Begin a hole, with "up": TEE.  Golfing.

68. Four-term prez: FDR. Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

69. Oil field sight: RIG.  A drilling setup or operating well.

70. Musician Yoko: ONO. [b 1933] In addition to being a Japanese multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist, she is also the widow of he late John Lennon.

71. __ center: REC.  A community building used for meetings, sports and other activities.

Thus ends another Wednesday's recreation.  Hope you got through it UNSCRATCHED.

Cool regards!


OwenKL said...

"He's a STAR CHILD," says his Mummy,
"He'll do great things, won't you, Honey?"
Despite ROSY promises
Reality is OMINOUS,
He grew to be a CRASH TEST DUMMY!

Columbus said the Earth was round
So off to India he was bound!
But the span, ACTUALLY,
Was twice what he could see,
For his CHARTS were unsound --
[Just like the orbs in this puzzle!]

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIW, missing SeLMA and not catching it with eHI. Avoidable accident. At least I didn't erase anything, so I got that goin' for me.

DNK OPI, STAR CHILD, THE FAME (but I like Gaga), and DROGO.

Thought of Caddyshack at I'M ALL RIGHT, (nobody) worry (a)bout me.

Thanks to Kevin for the fun puzzle. My favorite was LAB, just because I love the little cuddle bunnies. But until they are a couple of years old, they can be the most destructive forces on earth. One little guy stood on tippy toes and removed the knobs off my dimmers and chewed them. Destroyed a half-dozen before I realized it. Can't just buy the knobs, I had to buy the entire dimmer. Good thing he was so cute. He lived to wreak havoc again. And thanks to JzB for the fun review. Except for the STAR CHILD link. I still can't wash the syrup off my brain.

OwenKL said...

{B, B+.}
And this was, by far, the lamest excuse for a puzzle theme I have ever seen! The puzzle itself was fine, but I can not imagine any competent editor letting this slip in as a supposedly themed puzzle! Can Norris possibly be that hard up for submissions?

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

The plethora of three-letter fill made this one super easy for midweek. Thought the theme was going to be CHARTS or STARCH. Nope. I don't think of a SPONGE as a convenience. Never heard of putting tuna in poke salad. D'oh. TUrnED IN before I got TUCKED IN, because I was tuckered out. Thanx, Kevin and JzB.

STAR CHILD: Where in folklore does this appear? It can't be the Star Child in 2001, A Space Odyssey.

SHED: It seems everybody around here has one...or two. Some are huge, house-sized affairs. We don't have one. We don't have a boat, either. No huge RV parked outside. And we no longer have a pickup. I'm surprised we haven't been asked to move out of the neighborhood.

OwenKL said...

Just reading another warning about the Covid flu, and it mentioned two things. Assuming it's as bad as the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic, it is likely that people you know will die. And unlike the 1918 epidemic, this one seems to be more severe to older adults. Since this group seems to be composed of mostly older people, that means we are likely to be hard hit. This may seem a morbid request, but could each of you who post even just occasionally arrange with some companion IRL (In Real Life) to let this group know if you fall ill or worse. And since not everyone reads every post every day, someone different echo this request each day for the next week or so?

Unknown said...

This puzzle grades itself-"C minus"

Big Easy said...

Harder than usual WED puzzle. The outlook wasn't ROSY and I had to SCRATCH my head on a few unknowns. Just like Jinx, STAR CHILD, DROGO, THE FAME, OPI were filled by perps. I've never heard of any of them. The middle gave me the most fits due to my sticking with a LLP instead of a LLC (partnership vs. Corp.). I've heard of CAL TECH but didn't know where it is located.

FROM SCRATCH was filled by perps and I guessed START without looking at the clue. Only then did I notice the letters in the circles. STARCH-ING would have been a better fill that the unknown STAR CHILD. D-otto, didn't think of CHARTS. As for the 'Poke tuna' clue, I had no idea but AHI is such a Xword staple I just filled it.

Owen- who are you calling old? This group of geezers on Medicare? I think C.C. is younger than any of us.

Yellowrocks said...

I didn't notice the missing C in the scrambled (not anagrammed) SCRATCH. Good eye, Jazz. I originally liked the theme, but IMO this missing C downgrades it to a MEH. I am amazed it passed Rich's vetting. This would have been more satisfying as a themeless puzzle and no circles.
I did like "place with drawing rooms/art school."
I never heard of poke salad. Apparently it is a Hawaiian dish. Is this Wed. fare (fair)?
At our coffee shop, I have a friend who always says, "Be safe out there," instead of goodbye.
I am pushing myself out the door to go exercise now. March is always a bad time of year for me, unmotivated and not keeping to my diet or much of anything else.

Oas said...

FIR in reasonably good time . Enjoyed it well enough but have to agree with OWENKL @ 5.25

Yuman said...

Yes, Jinx, labs can be walking garbage cans. Years ago while we were at work, one of our labs on the hunt for food, turned the burner on our stove resulting in a house fire. Thankfully, it was mostly smoke damage and the dog was fine. We now have a gas stove, but we keep the knobs in the drawer as our cat managed to turn the gas on! Living with animals is an adventure.
Like Yellowrocks, I have to push myself out the door to exercise. When it is cold and windy I am not motived to put on a suit and go to Aqua Zumba, but I always feel so much better afterwards. Puzzle was meh. Stay well everybody!

Anonymous said...

A little nit for 9 down: OCD The "D" is for disorder.

Husker Gary said...

-Oops, it’s not STARCH, Gary, there’s one more C. Fun puzzle!
-Many Tennesseans will now have to START FROM SCRATCH
-My favorite t-shirt reads, “ACTUALLY, I Am A Rocket Scientist”
-ENG – Oddly tricky
-Post Hoc ERGO Propter Hoc
-Some in Western Nebraska have entertained the idea of SECEDING and joining Wyoming
-Dustin Hoffman gave a wonderful portrayal of OCD in Rainman
-Summer Nights is a great song, especially the last note
-DROGO? Move over Harry Potter, we now have another source of obscure names
-Martha to Robert E. Lee
-All SHEDS in our development must match the style and color of the house

Husker Gary said...

-Impressive! Yesterday, we went to the funeral of our cousin Randy’s son. Randy arranged to have his plane and his son’s plane fly over the graveside ceremony and then had the son’s plane fly up and away. Awesome!

desper-otto said...

YR, poke salad (not the kind mentioned in the puzzle) is an old southern specialty made of pokeweed that's been boiled multiple times in several changes of water to get rid of the poisons. Maybe you remember this Tony Joe White song, as performed by Elvis.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I, too, thought the theme was going to be Starch-related. As it is, I'm a little surprised at the missing C, but I guess today's crossword dos and don'ts have diminished, if not disappeared entirely. I had a DNF due to the Starchild ~ Drogo crossing, both of which I've never heard. This, to me, was a Natick in a Wednesday puzzle. Lady Gaga's "The Fame" needed perps, as did a few other entries. I liked the similarly spelled Acme ~ Ache duo. There was a mini nautical theme with: Alee, Masts, Seas, Tack, Rig, and Sponges.

Thanks Kevin and JazB for your efforts and analysis.

Unknown @ 7:21 ~ Your comment rates an A+!

YR @ 8:17 ~ I hear "Be safe out there" a lot on some of the cop shows when the officers are starting their shift.


CED, I appreciate your photo but I'm not sure I understand it.

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Kevin Salat, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

Got through this easily for a Wednesday.

Looked for the theme. All I could find was that all the circles spelled CHARTS in mixed up letters. Not sure what that means.

The puzzle itself worked out. I had no real stumpers. A few perps here and there got me through it.

39D reminds me of how I love BACON.

Had no idea of DROGO. I have never watched Game of Thrones.

So, I have to run. Cooking chili tonight for the Commandery. See you tomorrow.


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Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

I thought the theme/reveal connection was kind of messy, TOO. But the puzzle was fun enough. I did foul up the last 2 letters in STAR CHILD, so, FIW. Most other unknowns were gotten by good perps.
I did notice after finishing, that the grid was 15 X 16.

BE SAFE. Mind how you go. (Hi, Bill G.)

Yellowrocks said...

DO, I have come across poke weed salad in novels about the South. I doesn't sound very appetizing. I never heard of tuna (AHI) poke salad. It seems obscure for a Wed. Knowing AHI is tuna and having the I perp, I wrote AHI. FIR today, but I guess I am a might cranky.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Must utter "scratch that" a hundred times a day when dictating reports so ....this LOONY parsed the theme right away.

No serious issues with today's puzzle. I wisely perp walked and avoided WAGish guesses so no inky mess.

OPIe was a STARCHILD. (You really expected us guys to know OPI nail polish?!!)

We have a herd of OREO cows nearby (Belted Galloway Cattle..had to LIU)

Remember the "PHANTOM" (the ghost who walks) comic series?

In grade school we used some actual SPONGE sponges to clean the black board.

Asti Spumante ...Italian "champagne" but sweeter (spumante = foaming)

Became friends with a young Amish fellow from the ever growing community in the Mohawk Valley through his roofing company when he was replacing ours. He was not able to drive his crew to our house but the bishop allowed him to use a cell phone because it was not hard wired to the community. Apparently the term Pennsylvania Dutch, the dialect spoken is a misunderstanding of the German word Deutsch when asked what language the community spoke. He and wife with children ultimately decided to leave the community and the area ...a monumental decision. An abandonment of family and the only way of life he knew. Always hoped they did well.

CanadianEh! said...

Wacky Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Kevin and JzB.
This CW filled in good time (with just a little crunch in the centre), but I agree that the theme reveal was a little MEH. (LOL unknown @7:21 -C minus!)

I wanted ART Studio before SCHOOL, and the C in LLC took a while to appear (partly because I started 24D with LA, and partly because LLCs do not exist in Canada).
This Canadian had to remember your American president FDR and "first first lady" MARTHA. No problem!

The centre was held up by thinking "Cleaning conveniences" might be those robot vacuums (Roomba) - SPONGES was anticlimactic!
But then NARCO appeared for "Bust maker" - lightbulb moment.

I wanted Mandarin for that Hong Kong language - ENG was also anticlimactic! (But apparently Cantonese is more widely spoken there than Mandarin.) Code-switching (which we learned here recently) is common.

I smiled at ONO and OSO, and BE SAFE with I'M All RIGHT. I also noticed TACK crossing TUCKED IN.

Yes OwenKL, your idea for informing other Cornerites may seem OMINOUS, but is valid.
Wishing you all a great day. STAY SAFE!

Spoiler Alert: Not meant to be political but don't read if you might take it that way!
OMINOUS or ROSY outlooks affect the ECONOMY. Current worry about Covid 19 is having drastic (hopefully temporary) effects on the stock market. Many times the state of the economy has nothing to do with government action or inaction, but bragging points are taken anyway. But wise and timely action by governments when unknown problems crop up, can affect the future state of the ECONOMY.

jfromvt said...

So so puzzle, weak theme. But we survived. Abejo had a good point, maybe a theme with mixed up CHARTS would have been better.

I was privileged to be at University of Vermont basketball game last night, where Josh Speidel scored the first two points of the game, and his career. Truly inspirational!

Java Mama said...

Good morning everyone! Thanks to Kevin S. for a fine Wednesday challenge and to JzB for ‘splaining it all. Like most of you, the reveal left me S(c)RATCHing my head, but the themers themselves (minus the unknown STARCHILD) came easily enough, resulting in a satisfying FIR.

No problem here with OPI since I visit my local nail salon (Hi, Lucina!) for pedicures during sandal season. DROGO needed every single perp – never got into the Game of Thrones books/series. Hand up for immediately thinking of the Caddyshack song at 3D. Minor nit with LLC (Limited Liability Corporation) referring to a partnership – I believe that would be an LLP (Limited Liability Partnership).

Have a great day all!

AnonymousPVX said...

Well this Wednesday puzzle filled, but I am still wondering about the theme and the missing “c”.

Hard to understand how this got by everyone...strange.

But otherwise no issues.


On to Thursday, hopefully better vetted.

Bluehen said...

Pretty smooth solve today. As is my wont, I started with all of the across clues to be followed with all the down clues, to pick as much low-hanging fruit as I could. By the time I solved the across clues, I didn't have but a few down clues left. Good thing because I think they were tougher. I didn't get the theme, even after the reveal (hi, DO). I came here to find out why and was surprised at the reason. The less said about the theme, the better. Anon at 7:21 nailed my opinion of it. I'm not complaining, mind you. I have the utmost respect for constructors, They give us hours of pleasure, and I know that I couldn't construct a crossword to save my life. And, there's always tomorrow.

Instant Pot ham and beans tonight, with cornbread, coleslaw, and that banana, pudding, vanilla wafer dessert (is there a name for that dessert? If I ever heard it I don't remember it). Cooking in the IP is so quick and easy that I am going to precook some dishes for later in the week. I have some slow leeks in the refrigerator. If I can catch them, I'm going to make vichyssoise and cock-a-leekie soups. I'm also going to make some ratatouille for later.

Your chili sounds good, Abejo!


oc4beach said...

No circles on the Miriam Webster site, so no chance at figuring out the theme. However, I was eventually able to fill in all of the squares.

A few hangups along the way. Perps were instrumental in filling in NAMEONE, OPI, STARCHILD, NARCO, THEFAME and a few others. I had INRE before ASTO and TRASHMAN before TRASHCAN.

If anyone has watched the HGTV show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" very much, you may have learned that Poke Salad (Pronounced Po-kay) is a Hawaiian dish made with marinated raw fish. Not my idea of good food. I like my fish cooked.

IM: I remember the duty sergeant on the TV show "Hill Street Blues" saying "Let's be careful out there" at the start of each shift. I always tell my kids to "be safe out there" especially when they are traveling and I know that I get an eye roll from them when I tell them.

I agree with CanadianEh! about wanting ART Studio.

Also, you don't need a partner to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

Sunny and warmish today and snow predicted for tomorrow night. Sheesh!

Have a great day everyone.

Anonymous said...

Star Child was a term used in the late 1960's. Think Haight-Ashbury, SF, the original hippies. It was used for new babies, very young children of friends to mean the hope for the future for their child would be beyond the world we were living in. Counter culture was just that, hope and effort for a better life. The term, Counter Culture, of course, came to mean something else. Much of the original lingo we used was lost as other cities and communities tried to make their own Haight-Asbury's. Star Child was one of those terms that lost its original intention. Kubrick's adaptation in 2001 pretty much ended its used for us because people did not understand its original meaning. The stars, the universe, heaven. In doing this puzzle as the term developed I have to admit the image that came to my mind was that of my wife and I holding our "Star Child", Melissa, during her christening as we became her God-Parents. I stopped doing the puzzle and went and found the picture of us holding our little Star Child and showed it to my wife. We ended up calling and telling Melissa we would definitely be there for her daughter's graduation. I am very grateful for today's puzzle. It turned a very nice day into a very great day!

desper-otto said...

Anon@10:52 -- But how does that relate to the "in folklore" part of the clue? To me, that means something much older than the '60s.

Anonymous said...

Holy smokes! As intelligent as most of you Cornerites are, I can't believe you're totally missing the theme!

In a nutshell... The start of each theme phrase comes from the word SCRATCH. So, the theme phrases START FROM SCRATCH. Try thinking out of the box a bit.


Lucina said...


Yes! I am very familiar with OPI. Thank you for remembering, Java Mama! It's always red.

Speaking of AMISH, the book, Tears of the Silenced, provides an unusual and frank insight into that life. It was written by someone who lived the life and left it, Misty Griffin.

Thank you, Kevin Salat. I enjoyed this puzzle and don't usually pay attention to the circles but it is surprising to see that a C is missing.

It was strange to see OMINOUS immediately followed by ROSY.

In Hong Kong we had no problem communicating as everyone spoke ENGlish.

In cooking I always START FROM SCRATCH. No processed or prepackaged food found here.

I've never heard of DROGO but it perped.

SPORK always reminds me of the Roseann show; she worked in a factory making them.

GREASE is my daughter's favorite show and she likely knows the entire dialog she has seen it so many times.

Our community has identical SHEDs which were updated a few years ago.

Thank you, JazzB, for your witty review.

BE SAFE and happy, everyone!

Tinbeni said...

Jazz: Nice write-up & links.

This was a FUN Wednesday puzzle.

Off to lunch at Cap't Jack's on the Anclote River.

It is a beautiful sunny day and 82 degrees.


Misty said...

My goodness, this will be one of my favorite puzzles of all time--thank you so much, Kevin. I thought I had gotten everything, but had spelled her name SELMA instead of SALMA and forgot to correct the AHI tuna. But that was my only single error, and I actually loved the theme. I just figured the C in each theme word has to be counted twice to produce SCRATCH--not a big deal. And I loved the way everything in this puzzle just fell into place for me. I got OCD because I assume the condition is 'obsessive compulsive disorder'---isn't it? Got AMISH instantly since I grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania which is a kind of AMISH country. And although I didn't know that THE FAME was Lady Gaga's debut album, I still got it. I used to think Lady Gaga was just an oddball of some sort until I saw her performance in "A Star is Born" which was wonderful. Ever since then I've had a new respect for her. Anyway, a wonderful puzzle, thank you again, Kevin. And always enjoy your comments, JazzB.

Have a good day, everybody.

Jayce said...

I kinda, sorta, almost liked this puzzle. I agree about LLC vs LLP, and I also don't get which folklore gives us STAR CHILD. Our neighbors are from Hawaii so LW and I have eaten Poke, but I'm not a fan. Sushi, OTOH, we both love.

There is no way I would ever know DRAGO without perps. As Abejo might say, five perps and I had it. There is also no way I would ever know OPI. It took three perps to fill it. My reaction, I must admit, was "Oh, okay. So..." For me not a learning moment because I expect to forget them by next week.

I think Jerome @11:14 AM has a good point.

Scapula neighbor? While I'm picking nits I'll raise 2 nits about this clue/answer. (1) Because the scapula is a bone I figured the answer would be a bone also. (2) I would consider the trapezius muscle to be the scapula's neighbor; the deltoid muscle is not all that near to the scapula.

Related to Owen's point about letting this group know if we fall ill or worse, I see a number of people I knew who have died are still listed on LinkedIn. When I tried to inform LinkedIn, I learned I had to supply them with a death certificate to prove it, so I gave up. They are still listed and probably will be as long as LinkedIn exists.

Good wishes to you all.

Jazzbumpa said...

Anon @ 8:54 is right about OCD. My would-be explanation, with behavior instead of disorder, somehow slipped in - even with a wrong initial letter! Baffling.

Despite Jerome's comment, I still think the theme is flawed.


CanadianEh! said...

STAR CHILD intrigued me and I LIUed. Interesting remembrance from Anon@10:52, but like d'o, I wondered how it related to folklore.

from Wikipedia: STAR CHILD "In folklore and fiction, a kind of changeling or foundling, a child seemingly having fallen from the stars and not of ordinary human descent.
Inspired by this, the pseudoscientific New Age concept of indigo children and the New Age belief in star people."

I also found a book, Irish Stories and Folklore: A Collection of Thirty-Six Irish Tales. One of the stories is about a foundling called a STAR CHILD.
"a cloak of golden tissue curiously wrought with stars and wrapped with many folds . . . that had fallen from the sky . . they loosened the folds of the cloak . . . but alas! . . . only a little child who was asleep".

SwampCat said...

I liked this one! Thanks Kevin. Since I never figure out the theme anyway, that was no problem . A couple of WAGs helped solve the unknowns. Thanks, JzB for the tour.

FLN, leave it to you, Tony, to solve the
Crawfish dilemma. If you eat ‘em they’re Crawfish. Heheheh

Owen, good poems and good advice for keeping in touch. Not fun to think about.

Picard said...

I don't consider the puzzle solved until I fully understand the theme. By that measure, I am still a bit mystified. Argyle/Santa used to come to the rescue in such cases. But I did FIR. Learning moment about STAR CHILD. Never heard of OPI or DROGO.

I have photos at CAL TECH. And I may even have AMISH photos. But I was more motivated by OIL RIG to dig out some unique photos.

Here I was out in the middle of nowhere near Coalinga CA to see some clever OIL RIG art!

Has anyone else ever seen this?

Picard said...

I have a good friend from grad school who suffers from OCD. It is a terrible curse. He had to divorce his lovely wife so she could get on with her life. And he eventually had to quit working. Very sad.

From Yesterday:
Wilbur Charles glad you are also a Creedence fan. Yes, that one "Midnight Special" is more pleasant to listen to than LODI.

OwenKL and Wilbur Charles sorry, but I never did find the Jumble poem about CARL SAGAN. Can you post a link and/or re-post the poem here?

OwenKL said...

Picard -- New Mexico is oil country, so I've seen a lot of those rigs, but don't believe I've ever seen them done up that way before. Fascinating! That needs to be a lot more widely done and publicized!

The "Carl Sagan inspired " poem wasn't directly about him, but rather his sentiments from the essay you linked on the unity of the human race and futility of war, expressed in the reverie of a medieval soldier.

Wilbur Charles said...

FLN, Misty, as an Austrian, I'd think LEIPZIG would be a cinch.

Disaster. " Collector" wasn't the TRASH mAN. NARmO didn't make sense. Ya got me Kevin. If I'd checked the circles I'd have realized the N was out of place.

Our Hong Kong affiliate had a guy who spoke like Lindsey Nelson.

Like PVX I had orsO/ASTO and I had SPARS/MASTS.


Wilbur Charles said...

Picard here's the link to Owen's Sunday poem. An old man's despair at the endless cycle of Medieval violence much like Carl Sagan's 1000 years later.
Link to Sunday jumble

Hope that helps


Ps, added bonus: There's some Hobbit doggerel if you go back a few days, lol

Jayce said...

CanadianEh! Thanks for the research!

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chefwen said...

As they say “third time’s a charm”.

What I was trying to say: poke (POH-keh). Hawaiian version of tuna TARTARE consisting of cubed raw fish, usually yellowfin TUNA (AHI), along with seaweed, CANDLENUTS and various seasonings. From Food Lover’s Companion.

My favorite OPI color is named Barefoot in Barcelona.

I tried to post something yesterday and earlier today, neither went through. Let’s see if I’ve figured out the error of my ways.

chefwen said...

Woo Hoo, guess I have to preview first, don’t have to do that over at Rex’s place.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Kevin for a quick Wednesday run. Thanks JzB for the expo and pointing out we're a C short (I didn't notice either, YR).

Sparkle: OMINOUS follow'd by ROSY (Hi Lucina!), YUM juxtaposed w/ STU (as clued), INTERNET AD, I'M ALL RIGHT (hand-up for Caddyshack Jinx!)

Laughed at ENG for Hong Kong language - had lunch w/ my buddy who lived there until he was 6yro b/f emigrating (w/ parents) to the US.

Theme: LOL @7:21 Unknown!
Jerome - D'Oh! -- It's not all of 'scratch' but the 'starts' are indeed FROM it. Good show.

{A, B+} - AS TO #1: I'd say being a CRASH TEST DUMMY fulfilled ROSY promises...
//Misty - I picked Afternoons & Coffespoons 'cuz I know you'll get the ref.

C, Eh! - how is that political? You're not blaming / praising one side or the other, just stating an observation.

Bluehen - I only know Banana Pudding for that dish. I've only encountered Banana Pudding with Nilla Wafers in it.

Oc4 - I've seen Poke on DD&D and at a few restaurants around here. Have not tried it yet.

Welcome back chefwen!

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Picard, no I never knew the rigs could be art.

-T, it's not just chefwen, I have the opposite problem, I can't preview not "must" preview. If I preview I lose my post. I'm on Android.


Misty said...

Never visited LEIPZIG, Wilbur, so not exactly a cinch. I'll pay more attention to Germany cities in the future.

Anonymous T said...

So tonight I find out that one person (who recently returned from overseas) in our county is presumed to have COVID19. I really wish they'd clarify what part of the county and how long he's been back...

I do hope for him. Reports indicated he's a 70yro man - God Speed to his health.

WC - TTP had a breakdown a while back of Blogger's quirks for different devices. If I find it, I'll link it.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

I love that picture of the oil rig that looks like Snoopy!

Since Super Tuesday I have been glued to the TV watching not only the election results but the commentary as well. Consequently I haven't been on the computer much.

Anonymous T said...

Ha! I'm flipping through the biz section citing how business is canceling conferences, etc because of Covid19. And what's the article's inset image? The canceled International Book Fair in yesterday's ESP Leipzig.

Picard - I've seen some 'Art-ified' pumpjacks in west Texas. I find it so lovable that someone arts-up pure function. Thanks for the great snaps.

Cheers, -T