May 3, 2020

Sunday May 3, 2020 Pam Amick Klawitter

Theme: "Get Moving" - Seven moving words are redefined.







44D. RUN: PANTY HOSE MISHAP. Husker Gary and I use HOSE MISHAP for RUN in our football puzzle two years ago.

This is a typical definition theme type. Clues are often in caps and answers are often made-up.

If you have seven entries for a Sunday puzzle, this is an excellent grid to model after.

1. One on a stroll: AMBLER.

7. Absolute: ARRANT. Is this a word you use?

13. Some recyclables: METALS.

19. Louisiana cuisine: CREOLE. Never had gumbo. I do like okra.

20. Gets the old gang together: REUNES.

21. Tapas bar libation: SANGRIA.

24. Acts as a self-appointed regulator of: POLICES.

25. Bit of a jam: BIND.

26. Glitterati groups: A-LISTS.

27. Film studio VIP: DIR. Director. My favorite director is Zhang Yimou. Xi'an native as well.

28. Tint: HUE.

29. Eccentric sort: GEEZER. Often old.

32. God, in Genoa: DIO.

33. Accept as true: BELIEVE.

39. Make anew, as a trench: RE-DIG.

42. Liquid from a trunk: SAP.  Maple!

45. Summoned, in a way: RANG.

46. Portable Asian shelter: YURT. Lots of them in Inner Mongolia.

47. Elliott of hip-hop: MISSY.

48. Half a frozen potato brand: IDA.

49. Keyboards with stops: ORGANS.

52. Forensic analysts, briefly: CSIs. Crime Scene Investigators.

54. Prefix with act or play: INTER.

55. Readied for impact: TENSED.

57. Figure __: EIGHT.

59. It may be fake: TAN.

61. Speed Wagon make: REO. What's in this boy's hand?

62. Some saxes: ALTOS.

63. Instrument in a piano trio: CELLO.

65. River craft for early French explorers: BATEAU. French for "boat".

67. Husband-and-wife creators of Curious George: REYS.

71. PC virus check: SCAN.

74. They may precede bat flips: HOMERS.

76. Bring joy to: ELATE.

77. Chips on the table: KITTY.

78. Love of Lennon's life: ONO.

80. Copy: APE.

81. DKNY label creator: KARAN. Donna Karan worked for Anne Klein in the 1960s and 1970s.

83. Wee: MINUTE.

84. Layer of bricks: MASON.

86. Sermon subjects: SINS.

88. One carrying a torch: WELDER.

91. Turncoat: RAT.

92. Billy Joel's songwriting daughter: ALEXA. Christie Brinkley is aging beautifully.

93. Thesis: Abbr.: DISS.

95. Ávila aunts: TIAS.

96. EMT destinations: ERS.

97. Dorm diet staple: RAMEN. Any been to Ichiran Ramen?

102. Queued up: IN A LINE.

104. Butte-to-Helena dir.: NNE.

105. E-flat equivalent: D SHARP.

108. More, in Mazatlán: MAS.

110. URL ending: ORG.

111. "Being and Nothingness" author: SARTRE.

113. Drive-__: THRU. Here in Minnesota, the banks only provide drive-through services. Our stay-at-home ordered is extended to May 18.

115. Reach: ACHIEVE.

121. Sir __, nickname for the NBA's Barkley: CHARLES.

122. Safer on TV: MORLEY. Such a gentle soul.

123. Baum's good witch: GLINDA.

124. Flower features: SEPALS.

125. Golf course design features: SWALES. Google shows it's "a small hill or depression on a golf course." I just call them hills. Uphill lie. Downhill lies. Also 37. Gp. for good drivers: PGA. And 64. 37-Down's Ernie: ELS.

126. "Gunsmoke" star: ARNESS.


1. Hail __: A CAB.

2. Head honcho: MR BIG.

3. Suisse capital: BERNE.

4. Call from the back: LOUDER.

5. '70s supergroup, initially: ELP. Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

6. Like many AARP mems.: RET. I'm going to be eligible next year. I know Spitzboov is a member. Anyone else? Is it worth the annual fee?

7. Depleted sea: ARAL.

8. Make a home (in): RESIDE.

9. Cosmonaut's home: RUSSIA.

10. Pre-med subject: ANATOMY.

11. Strips in a darkroom, briefly: NEGS. Negatives. Also 14. Blowup: Abbr.: ENL.

12. "Cats" monogram: TSE.

13. New Zealand settler: MAORI. I saw haka dance when a New Zealand factory had a grand opening in Guangzhou. Very noisy.

15. Letters before Fridays: TGI.

17. Place: LIEU.

18. Postpaid encl.: SASE.

21. Word in a "What's done is done" proverb: SPILT.

23. Kitchen prep job: PARING.

27. Teeth: Pref.: DENTI.

30. 2/3 of 100?: ZEROES. Oh, OK. 100.

31. Online greeting: E-CARD.

33. Like a ruined balloon: BURST. So the mouthwatering kelp I had been waiting for over a month never came. Amazon has refunded me. The package probably never left Japan.

34. White fur: ERMINE.

35. Marble characteristic: VEIN.

38. Cry from a sting: OUCH.

40. "Got it": I SEE.

41. Greek sandwich: GYRO. Never had one.

42. Bollywood soundtrack strings: SITAR.

43. Singer with numbered albums: ADELE.

50. Jodie Foster title role: NELL.

51. Rural skyline feature: SILO.

53. Orally report: STATE.

56. Barely worth mentioning: SO SO.

58. Errand runner: GOFER.

60. Part of NCAA: Abbr.: ATH.

63. Apple leftovers: CORES. Peach and nectarine season should be here soon. And watermelon. I'm tired of apples.

65. Tweet creator, at times: BOT.

66. A-apple link: AS IN. A as in apple. 

68. Brief sign of status: REP.

69. __ hammer: CLAW.

70. Place with pins and balls: LANE.

72. Rose extract: ATTAR.

73. Russian rejections: NYETS.

75. Sábado, on viernes: MANANA. Saturday, to Friday. Googled afterwards.

77. Cherry-flavored brandy: KIRSCH.

78. "A Jug of Wine ... " poet: OMAR.

79. Animated queen: NALA. "The Lion King".

81. Word with bread or butter: KNIFE.

82. Little helper?: ASST. Assistant. Little suggests Abbr.

83. Stands for: MEANS.

85. Yoked pair: OXEN.

87. Picking from a mug book: ID'ING.

89. Part of LLC: Abbr.: LTD.

90. Royal headwear: DIADEM. Not CROWNS.

94. Rat Pack leader: SINATRA.

98. Sacks: FIRES.

99. Sign up: ENROLL.

100. Fixed rate: SET FEE.

101. Uses HelloFresh, say: EATS IN.

103. Can't get enough of: LOVES. I can eat these every day.

106. Cologne's river: RHINE.

107. Nudges along: PRODS.

108. "Big" fast-food orders: MACS.

109. Tylenol target: ACHE.

111. Garbage hauler: SCOW.

112. Rob __: cocktails: ROYS.

114. Some, in San Juan: UNAS.

116. Nest egg acronym: IRA.

117. Bracket shape: ELL.

118. Early hrs.: AMS.

119. Franchise-based supermarket chain: IGA.  Independent Grocers Alliance.

120. Photog's choice: SLR.

Happy 76th birthday to Dave (D4E4H), who told me that his friend "Carol's daughter, Patty sent me an amazing Lemon cake this year.  Carol and I are behind on our Cruciverbalism, so we solved the CW from Wed. 4-29, early this morning, after cake.  We FIR in 33:49 min."


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got 'er done, but not without a few stumbles. Thought NESTLE for "Make a home in," ELO for the band, my panty hose had a DEFECT, and that good witch was GLENDA. All fixed. ADELE and ALEXA made a nice musical pair. Thanx for the outing Pam, and for the tour, C.C.

CREOLE: Okra is a gumbo ingredient, but it's primarily for thickening, not taste. You don't really notice that it's there.

BATEAUS: I think those explorers probably traveled in canoes. It's difficult to portage a BATEAU.

AARP: Yes, C.C., I'm a member. Membership can get you some discounts (and a whole lot of unwanted mail). I'm not a fan of their political crusades, but I support the efforts of the AARP Foundation to fight hunger. AARP Foundation also sponsors the Tax-Aide program where I volunteer.

Leapin' Larry said...

I think the picture of the boy shows him holding a toy firetruck. Perhaps similar to the one shown here.

It looks like the circular device at the one end could be a steering wheel for the truck called a "hook and ladder". Remember the Seinfeld episode with the hook and ladder? (starts at 1:48) Kramer has the caboose!!

Boomer said...

Hello everyone. So happy C.C. did not print "BOOMER" as a synonym for GEEZER. See you tomorrow.

Yellowrocks said...

I learned ARRANT as youngster with this poem: Of course, I LIU

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an ARRANT sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Gotta ZOOM.

Hungry Mother said...

Seemed a little sloggy, but FIR and found the theme interesting. Major write-overs: ALISTS 4 eLIteS, ELP 4 ELo, PARING 4 PAmING, ENROLL 4 ENlist, SEPALS 4 pEtALS, GLINDA 4 GLeNDA, INALINE 4 oNALINE. I do the NYT online and the LAT in ink on paper. I’m prouder of my successes on paper, because I get no hint of whether my grid is correct or not.

Big Easy said...

Okay Pam, you kicked my butt today, but just barely. Weird words I'd never heard of- ARRANT, DIADEM, KIRSCH, BATEAU- and some foreign words. I blew the puzzle at ARRANT. I got the rest. I would never consider Emerson, Lake, & Palmer a 'Supergroup' but ELP had to fit to make ABRUPT a word. Other than "Lucky Man" I can't remember a single song they sang. If any of you can name one without looking it up (cheating) list it on your comment.

And equating LEAP and ABRUPT PASSAGE is hard to comprehend in my simple mind.

MISSY, NALA, ALEXA, GLINDA- it took perps.

Boomer- everybody here is a GEEZER.
Hungry Mother- I'm an 'inker' when I fill crosswords too. No RED letters to help.

AARP-I once belonged for one year. Whoever runs that 'non-profit' claims to be looking out for seniors but from what I can tell about them is that they are in if for the money- for themselves. Endorsing products, services,...etc. for a FEE. Recommended insurance, hotels, car rentals,...etc.

See you GEEZERS, I mean nice people, MANANA.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks, Pam & C.C.!

I liked the puzzled despite the fact that I got almost none of the right words on the first try. DNK: ELP and a few others. The red-letter feature cuts down on severe frustration on weekend puzzles. This GEEZER isn't as sharp as she usta was.

NELL: read the book, saw the movie, took 3 perps to remember her name.

2/3 of 100 = ZEROS. Groan! "Sixty-seven" sure didn't fit the space.

Tried "film" before NEGS. I hung a lot of these strips in the darkroom during my photo-journalistic career.

ALEXA: Too bad she looks more like dad than mom. Must be difficult to be the child of two super talents.

I remember YR's poem by RLS but not ARRANT. Thot it was eRRANT & didn't really know the meaning as absolute. Thanks, YR!

Happy Birthday, D4! So nice you got cake on your birthday.

PK said...

C.C. : AARP: my husband joined at age 55 and liked the discounts we got while traveling. I used it mostly for motels when I traveled alone. I didn't like the political endorsements so discontinued the membership when I could no longer travel.

billocohoes said...

Hail Mary was a bad start. Saw DIADEM not tIAras. I’ve seen ARRANT written, but rarely, and never spoken. Never thought of ELP until red letters turned on

Spitzboov said...

Re: AARP - - No, I'm not a member. Must be someone else CC was thinking of.
I agree with Big Easy. And I don't think they should be political which they are. (They once lied to me about this when I responded to a survey.) Discount wise, I'm fairly well covered by AAA membership and being in the retired military community. I found that as a practical matter, you don't have to be an AARP member to get Senior discounts. Just ask what rates they have for Seniors, especially in motels.

Anonymous said...

I found the NW and North Central tough going. ARRANT on top of REUNES was not my friend. I had never heard of ARRANT before, and I can guess what REUNES means, but how often is that word used in real life? "We are reuning"? Sounds like corporate-speak. Wouldn't you just say, "We are having a reunion"?

I agree with Big Easy that I don't think a LEAP has to be ABRUPT. You might LEAP to a conclusion or LEAP over a ditch, but neither of those is really ABRUPT, which I think carries the connotation of either sudden or unexpected.

I also wouldn't clue GEEZER as "eccentric sort," or at least make it "elderly eccentric sort"; a GEEZER is an elderly curmudgeon who is old-fashioned, I don't think a GEEZER is required to be eccentric.

All of those issues were up North, and it took me longer to do that section than the rest of the puzzle put together. But I got through it eventually!

I liked that all of the theme clues are verbs and the answers are nouns. And I really liked the ZEROES clue.

CC, try a gyro! They're really good!

Yellowrocks said...

Enjoyable puzzle. I never heard of ELP. That and ENL were all perps. I kept thinking of a TNT type of blowup.
I BELIEVE leap/abrupt passage is more figurative than literal.
"A successful leap from college to the major leagues”
"For Florida going from where we are now to a phase one is not a very big leap,” DeSantis said. To me these leaps are a sudden change.
Leapin' Larry, I pictured that same fire truck.
PK, do you have AAA? They have similar discounts on hotels and motels.
Having the Z, I thought of GEEZERS right off, but quibbled that there are just as many eccentric young people as geezers. Anon @ 9:45, I agree.
Wikipedia says, " A bateau or batteau is a shallow-draft, flat-bottomed boat which was used extensively across North America, especially in the colonial period and in the fur trade. It was traditionally pointed at both ends but came in a wide variety of sizes."
I have read about bateaux in many historical novels about the fur trade and French explorers.
When I wish to solve online without hints I just don't use red letters. If I resort to them in a pinch I give myself a DNF.
REUNE as a verb is a back formation from reunion. I see it in articles about college classes holding reunions. The class of 2015 reunes here every May. Reune is very informal. Spellcheck flags it.

Lemonade714 said...

PAK is a very reliable Sunday specialist. This was a very straight forward effort. Not easy, but like most Sundays, if you keep going you can complete the tour.

Not an AARP fan; joined at 50. Left by 55.

Happy Sunday and thanks for the ride C.C.

OMaxiN said...

Pretty good weekend for this amateur. One bad cell Saturday. FIR Sunday, even with many unknowns.
GEEZER...I get a kick out of "okay boomer" (not CC's spouse. But I'll wager he's heard it many times)
AARP is a NEG for me.
REP. Status? Is that supposed to be an abb. for repute?
HBD D4. Thank you Pam & CC.

desper-otto said...

Happy birthday, D4. C.C. must've posted the announcement after I'd already read her write-up. Or, maybe I missed it as I often do the reveal.

Anonymous said...

Wondering why "Bollywood soundtrack strings" had the plural clue with a singular answer...sitar is one instrument, rather than the group comprising the strings...sitars.

Husker Gary said...

-A delightful slog for both ends of my pencil.
-I had forgotten that puzzle but nothing gets by C.C.
-I was a part-time summer MASON. The ones that construct ARCHES are masters
-Who’s that guy with Zhang Yimou?
-If you flip your bat after your HOMER, the next pitch you see might be in your ear
-Did anyone else ever play Monopoly with a KITTY on Free Parking?
-Here in the ultra-flat Platte River Valley, SWALES must be built on golf courses
-I made an ENL of this great picture. It was taken on Beacon Of Light Night last month and I put it on my wall next to my treadmill
-One of many things I love about C.C. – She says exactly what she MEANS
-YR, Joann quotes that poem about our kitty, her “shadow” that goes in and out with her

Yellowrocks said...

I learned many crossword puzzle answers from A Child's Garden of Verses by RLS, including :My Shadow." Being a logophile, as soon as I could use a dictionary I looked up many of the strange words and asked a zillion questions. My mother instilled a love of words and books by reading books and poems to the six of us sibs.
As a teacher I was mystified that my students could read an entire page and not have any idea or curiosity about what the keywords meant.
Dave 4. I wish you a very happy birthday. It was great that you were gifted with a lemon cake to celebrate.
Sorry Spitz, I did read your advice about discounts.

CrossEyedDave said...

Wow! 20 comments already on a Sunday,
(& I haven't even started the puzzle yet...)
(& may not even get to try as DW tells me we have to social distance with friends...)

But I had to say HBD to Dave!
(It is not often I get to search for a cake with my name on it...)
I don't think it's lemon, with the green, it might be Lime?

Also, (in blatant advertising...)
It is good to see that Daughter #1 is keeping busy...
She is the one playing Broom Guitar.
(& that might be her cat Nelson...)

Anywho, I have to sit in some friends backyard,
(they sat in ours last week)
at least 6 feet apart, wishing I was closer to my own bathroom...
I know, maybe if I do the puzzle, I can get them to help with clue/answers!
(hmm, we may have a party after all...)

CrossEyedDave said...

For OwenKL
(& everyone who loves poetry...)

Hindsight is 2020...

Unknown said...

Arrant? Definition for geezer is an old man - not necessarily eccentric. Never heard of Bateau but was able to work through given the French (Eau) - for 65d Tweet creator...”. I was tempted to put DJT

Malodorous Manatee said...

Long time puzzler. Sometime lurker. First time poster.
Geezer? Well, AARP member.
HBD, Dave.

Good puzzle but answers such as DIR and DISS are, IMHO, "punts".

NaomiZ said...

After a week of solid finishes, Pam's puzzle put a stop to my streak with defeat in the northwest. I had CREOLE, GEEZER, and BERNE, but would never have come up with A CAB and ABRUPT. The rest of the theme answers made sense to me, and I enjoyed the puzzle.

Anonymous at 10:29 AM, a single SITAR has multiple strings. That seemed OK to me.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Happy Birthday to D4. Hopefully CED will find him a cake that he needn't stay 6 ft. away from.

No white-out was used in the performance of today's solve. Favorite fill was 4d LOUDER. Held off on 3d to choose between 'franc' or BERNE. Interesting theme.
MAORI - Settler?. I would call them native peoples. I'm aware the New Zealanders are nicknamed 'Maori's'. The real Maori's were actual settlers 700 years ago. (Note that 2/3 of 700 are ZEROES.)
SWALE - I first learnt that word from a fellow hydrologist ~ 50 years ago.
KIRSCH - I know it as KIRSCHwasser. Kirsche is Ger. for 'cherry'.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Pan Amick Klawitter, for fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Jinx: Now I am worried about you. Are you OK?

Puzzle went quite easily. Caught the theme and was able to get them all before I finished.

Needed some perps for some, but that is normal.

DKNY was unknown. Perps. Same for NELL.

Beautiful day today. Try to cut some of my grass. I do not have the strength to do it all. My daughter will help tomorrow. Losing 40 lbs is not fun.

See you tomorrow.


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Wendybird said...

What a fun puzzle. It took me a while, as usual for Sundays, and I had a few write-overs, but I FIR.

Had to change tequila (my favorite cocktail with club soda and a lime) to SANGRIA, braced to TENSED, “it out” to EIGHT, petals to SEPALS.

I loved reading the RLS poem, which I hadn’t thought about in years. My grandmother bought me A Child’s Garden of Verses, which I still treasure.

My favorite theme clue was RUN - I sure had my share of them when panty hose were worn on a daily basis!

Thank you, Pam and C.C. for a great start to my Sunday.

Off ro enjoy the sunshine, and later we’ll attend a cocktail party on Zoom. Stay safe everyone.

Lucina said...


Happy birthday, Dave! I hope your celebration is fun today!

As usual Sunday puzzles take me a long while and since church services are cancelled I could stay with it until finished. PANTYHOSEMISHAP evoked a whole lot of memories. Those were the days! I had not worn PANTYHOSE in years until I went to a wedding a few months ago. I still have a drawer full of them.

A few months ago on Sunday Morning a family in Mongolia was featured with a tour of their YURT. It is surprisingly large but the entire family lives in it so there is no privacy.

The ARAL sea may be disappearing but it will live on in CW puzzles.

TIAS has been appearing regularly lately. I'll take a CSO along with all other TIAS. I have numerous nieces and nephews as well as grands and great grands.

For a few years I kept a subscription to AARP but their numerous mailings got really annoying so I stopped it.

Thank you, Pam A. K. and C.C.! Pam also has contributions in the puzzle book I have as well as some other of the regular constructors. Now that I'm approaching the end they are increasingly harder.

NELL was on TV a very long time ago. My late DH and I watched it together and he has been gone 25 years. Jodie Foster was a young girl then.

Have a very special day, everyone!

Misty said...

Delightful Sunday puzzle, many thanks, Pam. I enjoyed seeing some neat names in the puzzle--SARTRE (my favorite), ARNESS, SINATRA, and MORLEY, among others. The bottom filled in much more quickly for me than the top--probably because of the names that appeared in the southeast. As a result I got ACT OF OMISSION without any problem.

I agree with others that eccentric doesn't really fit well for GEEZER--which I got but kept wondering if it was right, since clearly not all old folks are eccentric (I'm certainly not; I'm pretty mundane these days). I like how often ONO shows up in puzzles--nice to be reminded of that sweet romance.

And yes, the clue for 2/3 of 100 cracked me up after I got it--of course, 2 of the 3 numbers are 00s.

Happy birthday, Dave, enjoy your cake.

C.C. you must be a good chef! Lots of neat dinner images in your puzzle today. Made me hungry. I'd best go and get my cereal.

Anonymous said...

AARP: depends on what your needs are. We get road services from them for far less than AAA. We also use the UHC supplemental insurance as the price is good and so is the coverage. We ignore the politics and enjoy the magazine and use any discounts they offer. All comes down to what you want.

Picard said...

No way this could be right. ELP? ARRANT? GEEZER as clued? DIADEM? And ABRUPT PASSAGE for LEAP? What a shock to see that I FIR. Interesting learning moments. GEEZER indeed has that secondary meaning of "eccentric". And ARRANT is a word, though it is considered "dated".

Big Easy I am with you that ELO is a 70s super group. ELP, not so much.

billocohoes hand up for TIARAS before crosses forced DIADEM. Learning moment.

Spitzboov hand up for FRANC before Berne. Mis-direction of a mis-direction!

Hand up I liked the ZEROES clue. This kind of theme does not help much with the solve. But it does force us to be creative.

Here are the YURTs where DW and I stayed last year off the grid in a very remote part of Baja.

I thought of sharing this yesterday for ECO HOTEL.

CC thanks for the yummy Dim Sum display. We also LOVE to take the bus downtown and get this as a treat. Unfortunately, that restaurant is closed now and I am wary of riding the bus now. You really must try a GYRO, too! I was introduced to this treat when I arrived in the Bay Area. Cheap and nutritious student food.

Picard said...

From Yesterday:
AnonT thank you for taking the time to read my late post on SAFFORD and Son. It is a bitter sweet memory. My good friend who accompanied me on that walk took his life when he lost his life savings in the stock market crash some years ago. After he got his degree at Berkeley he continued to work as a construction contractor. I think he felt it was too late in life to start over. Very sad. I really miss him.

PK said...

YR: No, I don't have AAA. I no longer drive and haven't traveled more than a few blocks in the two years.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody...

By habit, I start in the upper-left. Bad choice today because that seemed like the hardest quadrant for me. I enjoyed the puzzle and the summary. Thanks to both of you.

We used to be AARP members but no more. Their discounts could be obtained most places without being a member. They were always trying to sell us insurance or other stuff. It seemed like a deal that benefited them more than us.

I really dislike sitar music.

Gary, yes regarding Monopoly. We'd put all of the fines and tax payments in Free Parking. Whoever landed there would collect them and then start building the kitty up again until next time.

Anonymous said...

Isn’t a Geezer someone who comes from a Portugeezer! Used more in the UK than here in N America..

D4E4H said...

Thank you C.C. for posting my birthday.  Lynn brought me a pecan pie so I am well desserted.  Thanks to each of my well wishers.  I have had an enjoyable B-day.

Lemonade714 said...

CED, I am not sure who put the group together for the great RENT parody, but Yaniv Zarif went to high school here in Davie Florida and did musical theater with my two sones. Cool. Happy birthday other Dave.

Yellowrocks said...

Abejo, you have had quite a siege. I am glad you are home and participating somewhat in your old life. I am praying for the full recovery of your strength and stamina. I always think of you as the Energizer Bunny,always active, which would make slowing down difficult for you. Happy thoughts.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

Happy Birthday D4! So glad alls still Covid free where you stay. Say, did you get some ice cream w/ that pecan pie?

Abejo - wait, what? Lost 40lbs? Doesn't sound like it was on purpose... You OK? //and how did i miss this?

BigE - re ELP songs. In addition to Lucky Man, off-hand: Evil Karn #9, Fanfare for the Common Man, Jerusalem (which I linked Thursday week for Steve). Given a Google, I could have spelt those right :-)

Like Spitz, I'm w/ AAA -- the family plan covers all cars/drivers - even at college! [and Alfas that won't start in New Orleans ;-)] Likely, I don't need AARP for perks.

C.C. - AARP is not just for retired folk. DW is older than me by 4 months and started getting the letters. There is NO WAY I'm letting her see them - we are both in denial that we're more than a year or two older than when we met 31-ish years ago.

Cheers, -T

CrossEyedDave said...

Lemon: Wow! small world...

I get these invites in the mail all the time,
why they send them to me, I don't know...

Spitz, re: Dave's cake,
Yeah, It's tough...
I thought I would get him a cake on a ten foot pole,
but this is all I found...

Big Easy said...

Spitzboov- totally agree with AARP comments. Discounts- the internet with Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia, & blew AARP's and alleged 'discounts' away. I didn't belong long enough to pay attention to any political persuasion.

Anon-T- I remember the ELP album "Brain Salad Surgery" only because I BOUGHT IT. I don't recognize the names of those other songs but the album is mentioned in the late Dr. John's song "I've been in the right place, wrong time."

"I been in the right place but it must have been the wrong time
I'd have said the right thing but I must have used the wrong line
I been in the right trip but I must have used the wrong car
My head was in a bad place and I'm wondering what it's good for

I been in the right place but it must have been the wrong time
My head was in a bad place but I'm having such a good time
I been running trying to get hung up in my mind
Got to give myself a good talking-to this time
Just need a little brain salad surgery
Got to cure my insecurity"

AAA- they cost more than AARP but they show up FAST. Two weeks ago I was driving across the Mississippi and had a flat on the bridge. You don't stop up there- too dangerous. The tire was ruined by the time I got off the first exit. Called AAA- they were there is less than 15 minutes

Wilbur Charles said...

As in ARRANT Nonsense (lots of that these days)
Not to speak of D(Dee) SHARP. Care to dance, YR?

CED, great find on that poem.

Lucina, lol at "Cancelled AARP to stop the mailings". They'll never stop but I'm tempted by the gifts they give for subscribing.

WEES about ZEROES(What was I going to do with the Z in GEEZER?). WO, A little AMOUNT/RECIPE, braced/TENSED (Not what one wants to do), I also had Ovid for the poet. Speaking of… Owen's back at the J.

Ah, "Rent". Also, I the Covid poem was terrific.

Hbd, D4-Dave. I'm going to cook some swordfish and mix it with a RAMEN Style chowmein thingy I got at Walgreens while picking up Betsy's prescription. I also bought a WSJ - there better be a xword in there. Haven't found anything worth $5.00 yet.


Ps, I wonder what Bobbi will say about this one

Yuman said...

Can’t believe I missed 94 down, Rat Pack Leader, I live on Sinatra Dr. With no swimming and yoga, my brain has turned to mush, sad.

Yellowrocks said...

WC, thanks for the memories. Those were the days.

Anonymous said...

Where in Baja California is that? We spent a lot oof time Baja in the 60s and early 70s. Mostly on the Pacific, but some on El Golfo.
My parents lived at Cabo Pulmo for awhile.

Kerry_in_Carefree (just a little bit north of Lucina)

PK said...

Abejo: thinking healing thoughts & hugs for your complete return to health.

Picard said...

Anonymous at 7:57PM way cool that you spent a lot of time in Baja. Cabo Pulmo looks to be near Cabo San Lucas. The diving must be spectacular there?

The place we stayed is called Las Animas. There is no land route to it. It is only reachable by boat. It was a bit scary getting in and out because if the water is too rough there is no way to access it.

Here is the Google Maps information for it:

Are you a Crossword Corner regular?

Bobbi said...

TaDa!! Bobbi's arrived. Don't have much to add to the many downers that have already been mentioned here. Three hours of wasted effort...and finally tossed it with wide gaps in N'Central and Mid- east. Do constructors have a secret covey of archane usages and spelling's to dig up so as to styme normally intelligent adults?From now on I'll call these types of puzzles "GROANERS" since that is the usually my response to seeing the answers. On my scale, this entry is a Groaner 3 ( on a scale of One to Ten ...ten being an absolute disaster) which should be kept in our archives as a warning to constructors of what awaits them in the afterlife, By the way, is a gnarly attitude a symptom of "cabin fever"?

Lucina said...

I would say you are a lot northwest of me. I live in south Scottsdale on Thomas Road 1/2 mile from the 101 and the Reservation.