Apr 21, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Chase Dittrich

I'm so Dizzy from Running in Circles!  Although this appears to be the dreaded circle puzzle, the circles here are actually an integral part of the theme.  A word describing "run" is literally found in the circles.

20-Across. Stretched wall hangings: CANVASPRINTS.  Sprint.

27-Across. Semi-casual garment named for an Atlantic island: BERMUDA SHORTS.  Dash.

42-Across. Major blood vessel in the neck: CAROTID ARTERY.  Dart.

48-Across. Waste one's time ... or what 20-, 27- and 42-Across contain?: RUN IN CIRCLES.

Run in Circles

1. Seer's card: TAROT.

6. On __: without a contract: SPEC.

10. No. on an invoice: ACCT.  As in Account Number.

14. When directed: ON CUE.

15. Downtime: LULL.

16. Cub or Brave, briefly: NLER.  The Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves are both National League baseball teams

17. Lawman Earp: WYATT.  Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (Mar. 19, 1848 ~ Jan. 13, 1929) also makes frequent guest appearances in the crossword puzzles.  This is at least the 4th time he has visited when I provide commentary.  Interesting fact:  He was elected to be the constable of Lamar, Missouri in 1870.  Within a year, however, he left that job and somewhat aimlessly, began roaming the West.  He was arrested for stealing horses in Indiana territory.  He fled to Kansas to escape prosecution.  He was ultimately hired to be a police officer in Wichita, Kansas.  He was let go from that position after beating up a candidate for county sheriff.

18. Armory contents: AMMO.

19. Like a slick garage floor: OILY.

23. ... __ to grow on: extra birthday cake candle: AND ONE.

26. Severe anxiety: ANGST.

32. See 25-Down: BREES.  //  And 25. With 32-Across, record-setting New Orleans Saints quarterback: DREW.  These clues give us Drew Brees.  Drew Brees (né Andrew Christopher Brees; b. Jan. 15, 1979) gives back to  his community in many ways, including assistance during the current pandemic.

33. Words of empathy: I CARE.
34. Cries of pain: YOWS!.

35. Leaves out: OMITS.

36. Bottom of a ship: HULL.  Hi, Spitzboov!

40. Cause abrasion: CHAFE.

41. Leg bone: TIBIA.

45. 21st-century president with a Nobel Peace Prize: OBAMA.  President Barak Obama (b. Aug. 4, 1961) was the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

47. Sparkly headwear: TIARAS.

53. "My goodness!": EGAD!

54. Dueling blade: ÉPÉE.  A crossword staple.

55. Take potshots: SNIPE.

59. Early automaker: OLDS.  Ransom Eli Olds (June 3, 1864 ~ Aug. 26, 1950) was a pioneer in the American auto industry.  The Oldsmobile was named after him.  The Oldsmobile ceased production in 2004.
Ransom Olds driving his Oldsmobile.

60. Billionth: Pref.: NANO-. Think of the nano-second.  Opps!  You took too long!

61. Raptor's claw: TALON.

62. Senate spot: SEAT.
United States Senate

63. Citrus drinks: ADES.  Hi, Lemonade!

64. Leered at: OGLED.

1. AAA job: TOW.

2. At least one: ANY.

3. Color TV pioneer: RCA.  Color televisions have changed a bit since they first came out.

4. Results: OUT COMES.

5. The "T" in DPT: TETANUS.  The DPT is a vaccine that fights against 3 infectious diseases that were once common in childhood: Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), and Tetanus.

6. Croat, for one: SLAV.

7. Mountain cat: PUMA.
8. Shade trees: ELMS.  Sadly, many Elm trees have succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease.

9. Trotting sound: CLOP.

10. Bless with oil: ANOINT.

11. Holds on tight: CLINGS.

12. Boston NBAers: CELTS.

Boston Celtics from the 1980s.

13. Private rendezvous: TRYST.

21. Actor Beatty: NED.  Ned Beatty (né Ned Thomas Beatty; b. July 6, 1937) is a retired character actor.  He made his film debut in the 1972 movie Deliverance.

22. Like Flying Eagle pennies: RARE.  The Flying Eagle penny was in circulation in 1857 to 1858.  A little before my time.

23. First name in advice: ABBY.  Think of Dear Abby (née Pauline Esther Friedman; July 4, 1918 ~ Jan. 16, 2013).  She was known professionally as Abigail van Buren and wrote an advice column called Dear Abby.  Interestingly, her identical twin sister, Esther Pauline Friedman (July 4, 1918 ~ June 22, 2002) also wrote an advice column under the name of Ann Landers.  The Dear Abby column continues, but is now written by Abby's daughter, Jeanne Philips.

24. Fiddling emperor: NERO.

28. Set one's sights on: AIM AT.

29. Jules Verne genre: SCI-FI.

30. Couldn't stand: HATED.

31. Hosp. areas: ORs.  As in Operating Rooms

35. "Gotcha!": OHO!

36. Ran into trouble: HIT A SNAG.

37. Lyft alternative: UBER.  Both are ride services.

38. Turkish money: LIRA.  Very colorful.

39. Potato chip brand: LAYS.  If I am going to eat potato chips, I want just the plain chips ~ not one of those weird flavors.

40. Prefix with berry: CRAN.  A brief history of the CRANBERRY.  It's not just for Thanksgiving.

41. Gives it a go: TRIES TO.

42. Country with the longest coastline: CANADA.  My first thought was Chile, but that country doesn't have enough letters.  I had forgotten about those long northern coastlines of Canada.  Hi, CanadianEh!

43. In the thick of: AMIDST.

44. World's busiest airport, on luggage tags: ATL.  As in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

45. Layered cookies: OREOS.  A crossword staple

46. Taps horn: BUGLE.

49. Wrestler John: CENA.  John Felix Anthony Cene, Jr. (b. Apr. 23, 1977) is not only a wrestler, but also a rapper, actor  and television personality.  His birthday is on Thursday.

50. Tablet with Siri: iPAD.

51. "The Son of Man" painter Magritte: RENÉ.  René Margritte (Nov. 21, 1898 ~ Aug. 15, 1967) was a Belgian Surrealist artist.

52. Corp. bigwigs: CEOs.  As in Chief Executive Officers.

56. Under the weather: ILL.

57. "Annabel Lee" poet: POE.  As in Edgar Allan Poe (Jan. 19, 1809 ~ Oct. 7, 1849).

58. Coincidentally and aptly, it was also yesterday's last Down answer: END.  This must have been Rich's clue.  You have to do yesterday's puzzle to "get" this clue.

QOD:  Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadfully uneasy to take. ~ Josh Billings (né Henry Wheeler Shaw; Apr. 21, 1818 ~ Oct. 14, 1885), American writer and humorist


OwenKL said...

A girl with the gift of a seer
Thought the TAROT gave an ide'r.
With cards up her sleeve
Predictions she'd weave
For which she made bumpkins pay dear!

With CANVAS PRINT paintings in spots.
Like ones by Magritte
That covered the SEAT,
And read "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" in the crotch!

SCI-FI owes a debt to JULES VERNE.
A man who for travel did yearn.
He wrote of trips
In fantastic ships
But from France did nary a turn!

(He left France only twice, for vacation trips in Britain and Scandinavia)

{B+, A, A-.}

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but erased keel for HULL and pico for NANO.

An extra candle to grow on? I guess it is too un-pc to admit is an extra spank.

Why does there need to be a wrestler John? Can't they just go to the same potty as the rest of us?

CSO to -Eh! @ CANADA.

Thanks to Chase for the fun, easy puzzle. My favorite was "taps horn" for BUGLE. And thanks to Hahtoolah for another interesting tour. If I was better at Photoshop I would change the apple in RENE's painting to a face mask and make tee shirts with the image.

Anonymous said...

Natticked at the crossing of Drew Brees and for some reason tetanus didn't occur to me. I didn't know what DPT stood for. I'm not into sports and there was more than I would like to see in a puzzle but that's on me. Otherwise I liked the theme and the rest of the cluing was fair.

Crockett1947 said...

Can't believe I'm an early commenter. Couldn't sleep and was able to FIR. Loved the Drew Brees cross. Thank you Chase and Hahtoolah. Did have to change ERS to ORS.

Have a fantastic day, all. And stay home and safe.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

OK, let's take a guy who may be obscure to to some (moi), and then let's cross the first and last names. At least that E was like a dog's tail -- WAGable. John CENA was another unknown, but the perps were kind. Thanx for the outing Chase, and for the tour, Hahtoolah (wow, twin sisters born almost a century apart!).

RCA: In a stroke of brilliance, RCA started NBC in 1926 to sell their radios -- and that peacock helped to sell their color TVs.

Our county canceled the "stay at home" order last Friday, but didn't go on to explain exactly what they meant. Most folks here are just following the guidance from nextdoor Harris County and staying put.

Hungry Mother said...

Even though it wasn’t, I was looking for SLOG, more descriptive of my running pace these days. Very nice puzzle with no write-overs.

Lemonade714 said...

Yes, living to 183 years was pretty impressive for Ann.

It is interesting that NED BEATTY who has more than 150 acting credits, had his most memorable role (spoiler alert, a very horrific scene) in the movie DELIVERANCE .

Thank you for the puzzle, the write-up, and CSO Chase and Susan

Yellowrocks said...

FIR easily. DREW crossing BREES seemed unfair, but perps were kind. CENA was all perps, too. After the fact, I realized I have heard of him. I am sure we all guessed that the circles contained synonyms. Fine theme for a Tuesday.
DOWN TIME and LULL are very appropriate these days. One advantage is when I need to make a phone call the recipient is available. I no longer had the excuse of lack of time for processing the square dance contracts, but the callers still have been slow to sign and return them, either by email or snail mail.
I have never seen a Flying Eagle penny, but I do remember the war time steel dimes from 1943. Do any of you remember them? They were made of steel and coated with zinc, copper being needed for war purposes. The edges were not zinc coated and so corroded easily. Unfortunately steel pennies were picked up by magnets and rejected as slugs in the coin slots. Soon other materials were used for pennies instead.
My sons received DPT injections, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. These injections are still given today. Doctors say that the dangers posed by the disease are more life threatening and common than the very rare bad reaction.
I was surprised that LAYS Classic chips were included with the "strange" flavors. I like the variety of choices, including plain.
Have a nice day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Hi to you, too, Hahtoolah. Nice intro; good job.

Had ………spreads before ………SPRINTS. Then, after I resumed the ability to read my own writing on the perps, CANVAS PRINTS came in. The rest of the solve was routine; no issues.
HULL - I thought the clue was a bit fuzzy. On a large ship, the bottom is called just that: BOTTOM. I did consider 'keel' because of the 4 letters, but perps were eager for HULL.
AMIDST - From the Old English. Akin to German inmitten, L. German middenin, Dutch midden

Jinx in Norfolk said...

A buddy in Marina del Rey had a tee shirt proclaiming "Women are like sailboats - the rigging costs more than the hull"

inanehiker said...

This puzzle and the write-up were both a lot of fun! The "I'm so Dizzy" recording will be one of my earworms of the day as I owned that 45 in my teeny bopper days and must have listened to it hundreds of times! Interesting info about WYATT Earp!

PSA - the DPT also called TDaP is given every 10 years after the initial series of immunizations as an infant. Diphtheria has been all but eradicated with vaccinations, tetanus is not common but usually fatal, but the Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is still a common threat and while really debilitating for adults (6 weeks of coughing day and night that cough medicine won't touch). It is really dangerous for babies who aren't fully immunized. That is why we stress that anyone the infant will be around ( eg grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) should be up to date with this! There used to be a lot of reaction to the Pertussis portion because they just crunched up the cells to put in the shot - but now it is synthesized "acellularly" so very few reactions. End of PSA.

Thanks Susan and Chase!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

FiR with no errors. Canada Eh I held off on that clue as I counted the spaces wrong at first.

Team members are CELTS selts the Gallic tribe kelts

DPT (Diphtheria Pertussis [whooping cough) Tetanus.. Along with MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) life saving vaccines. My oldest aunt told me about her young uncle who died a horrible death from lockjaw from a trivial toe wound. My mom as a 6 year old remembers her 4 year old sister dying from diphtheria. My father would carry a young women paralyzed from polio into our car to go to the beach with our family. A cousin with mumps encephalitis survived but with personality changes that led to suicide in his 20s. Not to mention both grandmothers with infant deaths of unknown causes.

"Rubella Babies" during Pediatic rotation. Severely disabled whose mothers contracted the disease during pregnancy

Recent measles outbreaks show that herd immunity doesn't work. (Tetanus ubiquitous in the soil)

Vaccines are victims of their own success. To many younger people these diseases no longer exist and refuse them for their kids. out of site out of mind

And now Covid 19. Some churches holding shoulder to shoulder services pointing out first amendment rights. But does that right extend to leaving the building and infecting others? Will the recent reopening of likely crowded venues result in the same.

I guess it's in the TAROT cards *** half hearted grin****

'Nuff said....

Rant over.

Husker Gary said...

-No circle dread at this station. Nice write-up Susan!
-A Dem or a Rep does something and ON CUE the other side condemns it
-Childhood birthdays for me meant a swat for each year and “a pinch to grow an inch”
-Oh HULL, it’s not KEEL
-It’s a TIARA!
-Raptors around here would never get our kitty off the ground
-Pick a card, ANY card
-TETANUS joins my ranks of mispronounced words and ANOINT of misspelled words
-This CLINGING product is a staple of our kitchen
-I’m told our little town of 30,000 has UBER service
-Joann’s lap always has her kitty or her iPAD
-Plain for me as well!!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a pleasant romp that had an obvious theme, but the reveal was a true and surprising Aha moment for me. I, too, had Keel before Hull and, inexplicably, Serb before Slav. I especially like the Drew Brees crossing and the Hull/Lull, Tarot/Talon, Oho/Ors/Oreos entries. Rich's End clue was a cute, final touch. The CSOs we're record-setting today, I think: CanadianEh (Canada), our New Orleans group (Drew Brees), our Chicago group (Cub), Wilbur (Celts), Misty (RCA), Spitz (Hull), and Lemony (Ades).

Thanks, Chase, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for a fun and fact-filled review. As always, the visuals were outstanding.


AnonymousPVX ~ Belated Happy Birthday. Hope it was a special day! 🎂🎊🎁

YR, I'm so sorry for your family's turmoil. I hope the issues get resolved, giving everyone involved peace of mind.

Words are so powerful. They can hurt and harm, but they can also help and heal. The words of sympathy and understanding expressed to me yesterday were helpful and healing and were truly appreciated. Thank you all for being such kind and caring friends.

Has anyone heard from Tin? It seems like ages since we've heard from him.

Stay safe, all.

OMaxiN said...

FIR, but changed keel to HULL
From the hit a snag picture..did anyone else think of Splynter?
Wyatt was sheriff, and Harry Truman was born in Lamar, MO. Don't know if they were acquainted.
Thank you Chase & Hatoolah

Shankers said...

Yet another stroll in the park. Drew Brees came easy, but I understand not so for non-sports people. He is one of the genuinely good guys in all of sports. Too bad that there are just as many who are total jerks. Watching Cuomo right now doing his daily briefing. I don't know how a man can talk so much. Doesn't he know that men are allotted so many words in one day? I run out of my allotment around noon every day.

Wilbur Charles said...

Wow, I read WYATT'S bio and never heard about his being on both sides of the law? I knew he gambled a bit. And his pal, our Sunday visiter, DOC, was hardly a paragon of virtue .

The CELTS dynasty was forged by the owner (Brown) obtaining the rights to Bill Russell for Ice Capade dates* .

I'm a barbecue chip guy but never Lays. Cape Cod for me.

I had an extra N in ANOINT at first and felt ANGST that it didn't fit

Yep, Serb/SLAV was inexplicable for Croat. As I told Mr S.

"Irish" Miss, my grandmother was Anne and the first two girls were Mary and Agnes. Your family would have fit nicely in Boston. One of the younger sisters passed away last week.


**And the immortal Syhugo Green

Yellowrocks said...

OMaxiN, yes I thought of Splynter immediately.
Yes, HG, on the kids' birthdays we gave a light swap for each year and a pinch to grow an inch. We called the swats love taps.
LOL Maybe we overdid the grow an inch part. One year Dave needed longer pants every four weeks or so, so he did not have a very extensive wardrobe. If kids wore pants that were too short, they were laughed at for wearing "floods."
The poor guy in Susan's podiatrist picture had to wear a paper open back gown. My podiatrist is not that cruel.
I am surprised no one remembers the steel pennies.

oc4beach said...

Again, no circles because the Merriam-Webster site doesn't have them. But once across and once down and I was done. Nice puzzle Chase. Plus I liked Hahtoolah's visual and detailed explanation of the grid.

It had to be LAYS potato chips because Middleswarth and Gibbles were too long to fit in four spaces and UTZ was too short (regional chips but really good). Right IM?

Speaking of vaccines, Novak Djokovic, the number 1 ranked tennis player in the world has stated that he will not take any CoVid 19 vaccine if it is a requirement to return to the world tour.

Stay safe everyone.

desper-otto said...

IM, I remember those 1943 ugly pennies. They also accidentally minted a very small number of 1943 copper pennies. A bright, uncirculated steel penny might bring you $70 today; a copper one, upwards of $200K.

Misty said...

Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one a bit annoyed by the two sports crossings in this puzzle, first the Boston NBA ers crossing Cub or Brave, and then the New Orleans Saint player crossing both 25 down and 32 across. If you're not a sports person, like me, you get stuck in those place. But I did like the circle clues and answers and their fun RUN IN CIRCLES reveal a lot--that was neat. And I had to laugh when the puzzle again ended in END. Hahtoolah, your pictures and comments are always a delight. I especially appreciated the map of CANADA showing us that amazing coastline.

Irish Miss, thank you for remembering that my Dad began working for RCA in 1955, when they began making color TVs and hiring more employees. He worked for them until the company was bought out many decades later, I believe.

Have a good day, everybody.

CrossEyedDave said...

An attempt at humor in this day and age...

Obligatory Kitty link...

& I would like to take a moment to inject (or vaccinate) some
UN-PC (political) trivia simply because it fits todays puzzle theme.
An excerpt of part the subject matter of this video:

"Basically, they smell the ant in front of them. Very rarely a group of ants gets lost from the main group and they end up following each other in a circle. Eventually they die from exhaustion. You can see the dead ones piling up in the middle."

"The moral is- pick your leaders carefully."

&, as an apology for the above political comment,
here is 3:08 of cuteness if a moment of AWWW is not enough...

Lucina said...


What a nice Tuesday treat! Thank you, Chase Dittrich and thank you, Susan, for bringing it to life. Nice work. The picture of the SNAG brought back many memories!

As I have mentioned before, I don't mind circles and today they were completely appropriate. And though I don't follow sports, I do know of DREW BREES as well as John CENA whom I've seen in interviews. He seems like a very nice person.

NED Beatty was easy and no, I have not seen Deliverance and likely never will.

END made me laugh.

At HULL I immediately thought of Spitz.

This was fast and fun!

Enjoy the day, everyone and stay safe!

Bill G said...

Yes, I remember steel pennies. At the time, I didn't like 'em much.

CED, I loved your cute pet video. Thanks for finding it.

Yes I was telling Barbara yesterday that I thought Cuomo was an excellent opinionated political speaker, even better than our bloviator-in-chief.

We saw Deliverance once when it first came out and that was once too many.

Take care of yourself; and each other.

~ Mind how you go...

AnonymousPVX said...

Thanks to all for the Birthday wishes, appreciated. One down, three years to go for full SS bonus. I can wait.

From thing I learned years ago is to only compare solve times with yourself. And yes, they do seem to “ramp up” as the week progresses, sometimes dramatically so near the end of the week.

Now today’s go...

Got the solve complete with


Rant alert...I don’t know any of these “public spirited” folks who don’t care about/believe in/have any respect for this deadly virus and I don’t want to. I also don’t understand why these folks don’t seem to understand the perfection of this are contagious before you know you have it, it is super easy to get, there is no medication at present that works for all, there is no vaccine and it can kill you. Plus no one has seen anything like this in our lifetimes.
You can open all the places you want, I’m not going anywhere until there’s at least something that works against it. Then again, I have no wish to die a miserable death.
End of rant.

And on to Wednesday. Stay safe.

Irish Miss said...

Autocorrect automatically changing every were to we're drives me crazy.

Wilbur @ 10:53 ~ Yes, Anne, Mary, and Agnes are popular names in Irish families, as are Noreen, Eileen, Coleen, Maureen, Margaret, etc.

oc4beach @ 10:57 ~ Gibble's are the best chips I've ever had.

DO @ 11:11 ~ I believe your comment refers to YR's post.

CED @ 12:18 ~ Thanks for last night's balloon@buster video and today's choices, especially the last one. They all brought a smile.

desper-otto said...

IM, you're right. Senior moment.

Lucina said...

Yes, thank you for those videos! I loved the balloon one and the ants were fascinating. I do think sometimes humans act the same.

Ol' Man Keith said...

An easy pzl except for the Natick at 49D and 60A.
I coulda taken a stab at it but woulda been wrong.
My son, the TV critic, is a big WWF fan.
But I'm not big on sports, and even worse on Wrestling, which I understand to be more show biz than athletics--but still off my beat.
One each on either side.
The near-side anagram strikes a cautionary note, advising us to avoid seeking an imbalance in our electrons, to keep from reaching for a positive or negative ratio.
In other words, whatever you do…

JohnB said...

33 Across "I Care" are words of sympathy, not words of empathy, IMHO.

SwampCat said...

I should wait til I have more time...but when did I ever do what I should?

Loved the puzzle, Chase. Thought of Chase Daniel at DREW BREES, Which was my very favorite answer, of course.

Bugle was also a great clue/answer. Taps wasn’t a verb.

Jinx, I also had keel for HULL. I guess the HULL is lower than the topsides but...lowest??

There have been several Rants here today. I just want to go on record as agreeing with all of them!

Owen three A plusses!


Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and enjoyed reading all your comments. Had many of the same experiences as you, including guessing the E in Drew’s name. Good wishes to you all.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

PVX, right you are. In stage 1 of the reopening, all of us old farts (and other higher-risk individuals) are supposed to maintain current practice of staying at home. Subsequent stage guidelines will almost certainly be revised by the time anyone gets there, so we'll see about that when we get closer. Having written that, I admit that I stretch the "rules" liberally. I'm too old to die young, and even though I have an underlying heath issue and am a fossil, que sera sera. I admire your discipline.

My favorite chips are salt and vinegar. Utz or Cape Cod.

Anonymous said...

In a weird coincidence, I watched the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair last night, and RENE Magritte's Son of Man is featured prominently in the movie. It's a great escapist movie for quarantine times. Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo are a good couple.

A fun thing that is obliquely referenced in the movie: In the painting of Son of Man, the left arm bends the wrong way. I never noticed this, but it's mentioned in the "trivia" section for the movie at IMDB.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 5:27. There's been a lot of discussion about the book vs the movie the past day or two. But no mention of remake vs original in movies only. IMO, the Thomas Crown Affair remake was a great movie and the original was just "Meh". YMMV

Yellowrocks said...

Those ants were amazing. I think I have seen similar but never realized they were following the leader. A case of the blind leading the blind. A good lesson for today.
Sympathy is a shared feeling, usually of sorrow, pity or compassion for another person. You show concern for another person when you feel sympathy for them. ... Empathy is stronger than sympathy. It is the ability to put yourself in the place of another and understand someone else's feelings by identifying with them.In either case I say "I CARE." It soothes me regardless.
PVX @ 1:19 "I’m not going anywhere until there’s at least something that works against it. Then again, I have no wish to die a miserable death." Our square dance circle of friends were discussing this today. We all agree. Square dancing is so close. Hand holding, swinging in someones's arms while wondering whether they are asymptomatic carriers, not for us.
With no one visiting me for more than a month I tend to graze instead of sup. Tonight I made miso glazed salmon over rice, poured a glass of Merlot and sat at the table and "dined." Delightful. As they say across the pond, a "proper" meal.

Bill G said...

Cuomo can speak at length but what he says mostly makes sense as opposed to our BIC (Bloviator-in-Chief). If you like the word "Bloviate," I refer you to this column in the LA Times that I REALLY enjoyed.

The Return of the Bloviator

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Chase for the quick Tuesday puzzle. Thanks Hahtoolah for the informative expo.

WOs: misspelt BuRMUDA, wanted BEEPS for 'Taps Horn' - the EE beginning 53a stopped that train of though.
Fav: Taps Horn = BUGLE was cute and fooled me
Runner-up: meta-END

{A, A+, A}

FLN - Happy belated birthday PVX.

D-O: Thought about you over the weekend when the Emergency Alert System specifically called out your enclave. You make it through all the hail OK?

Oc4 - I went to get a link for my favorite chips, Zapps, and found they are now owned by (unknown) UTZ. [Wiki]
IM turned me onto Gibbles and I loved 'em. However, after I told the fam they were made w/ lard, I was banned from buying again :-(

@5:33p - sure enough, it does bend the wrong way. I've always noticed the odd stance but couldn't put my finger, er elbow, on it. Thx.

Here's my steel pennies. Maternal Grandfather got me the penny book when I was 6yro or so. I still add to it when I find a wheatback.

YR - The salmon sounds delicious. Proper indeed.

Enjoyed reading everyone today!

Cheers, -T

SwampCat said...

I’ve been interested in the discussion of 1943 steel pennies. I collected them after the war and liked them because they were different .

Later I learned they were necessary to save copper for wire used on ships and communications devices. They really helped free up copper for the war effort

Chase Dittrich said...

Glad people enjoyed the puzzle! Love reading the reviews and feedback :D

I collect coins so I was happy my Flying Eagle penny clue made it through. I wish I could take credit for the bugle clue but I'm not that clever. That's all Rich.

Until next time!


Jinx in Norfolk said...

Bill G, I think that the orange BIC is more clever than most think. I don't think he blunders into most of the outlandish statements he makes. To wit: calling all the shots for the reopening of the states. He likely was trolling for the outcry, then didn't push back at all. "OK, it's your decision governors. Here are the experts' guidelines, which I support, and the feds will be there to assist you if you need us." Guess who's on the hook now. Reminds me of Tom Sawyer. And no one thinks he is really friends with all the despots he claims to be friends with. But if you are trying to negotiate a deal, whether for nuclear arms reduction or a used car, you don't reveal any animosity you feel for the other side. If you discount what he says and pay attention to what he does, he makes more sense. Even if you don't like what he does.

oc4beach said...

Annon-T: Sorry to hear that your family banned you from buying Gibbles again. I'll bet that Gibbles exclusive distribtor "ShipMyChips" would ship them in an unmarked box if you asked them.

Actually there is nothing artificial in Gibbles chips, unlike many other chips that are fried in vegetable oils that are heavily processed with many chemicals. Lard on the other hand is all natural.

SwampCat said...

Jinx, interesting insight. He does seem to be accomplishing things.

Chase, please give us more puzzles!!

CrossEyedDave said...


Locked up in quarantine...
all the puzzles done & games played...

But wait!
The penny jar!
( I must have several throughout the house! )

(& anything is better than helping DW Spring Clean...)

what are they really worth?

Hmm, does this mean that 1944 is the cut off year?
what are pennies from 1945 on worth?
Aw nuts! An empty soda bottle is worth more than that!

Wait a sec!
I can collect empty soda bottles/cans etc!
(& still tell DW I am cleaning!)

WooHoo! I'm Rich!

Yellowrocks said...

Remember the days when chips, pretzels and cookies were stored in big bins in stores? They were scooped into bags and weighed. My parents occasionally traveled to Reading, PA to visit our grandparents. There was a store there which sold chips like this in bulk, the best chips I ever ate.
The best pretzels I ever had were made in a small business in Reading PA, where my aunt twisted the dough into pretzel shapes. My favorites were their cheese flavored pretzels. Childhood nostalgia or actually the best?
Utz is probably my favorite now. I love kettle cooked. Salt and vinegar is an acquired taste which I now seek from time to time. I am a sucker for chips. Bet you can't eat one.
Jinx, I thoroughly disagree. The lead ant is running us in inane circles.

CanadianEh! said...

Late to the party today. Thanks for the fun, Chase and Hahtoolah.
Quick solve today with one inkblot - hand up for Serb before SLAV.
Sports clues filled with perps, except for DREW BREES who was confirmed by DH.

I did think of IM with the potato chips. But it was LAYS! (Too salty for me)
Of course I smiled when CANADA appeared. Most of our coastline does not lend to touristy beaches.

I also smiled at the clue for END. I wondered if Rich had seen my comment yesterday, but then realized that the CWs are sent to press much more than 24 hours ahead!

Good evening to you all.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Chase Dittrich, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Puzzle went along fine. Caught the theme with the circles. Worked out.

I like UTZ potato chips and pretzels. I think all made in Hanover, PA. I used to go to that town.

It is now after 11:00. I am hitting the hay. Good night all.

See you tomorrow.


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Wilbur Charles said...

What turned out to be the most critical WWII shortage wasn't Cooper but Nickel which Speer lost for his armaments when the Russian advance removed Germany's sources.

I did Evan Birnholz' Wa-Post and lo and behold the Serb/SLAV clue got me again.
I was disappointed when my TB-Times dropped the week old NY-Times but I'm enjoying Evan.