May 26, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Craig Stowe

Crazy Eight Balls.  The word BALL can be added after each word in the theme answer (and there are 4 theme answers), giving us EIGHT different types of Balls.

17-Across. *   Usual burger component: GROUND MEAT.  Ground Ball and Meat Ball.


39-Across. *   British afternoon tradition: HIGH TEA.  High Ball and Tea Ball.

Tea Ball

11-Down. *   Military might: FIRE POWER.  Fire Ball and Power Ball.

33-Down. *   Monarch or viceroy: BUTTER FLY.  As in Butter Ball and Fly Ball.

And the Unifier:
62-Across. "Magic" toys ... or what the answers to starred clues add up to?: EIGHT BALLS.

Nice how the first and last balls in the series are both baseball references.

1. "Happy Motoring" gas brand: ESSO.

5. Puppy love: CRUSH.

10. Contemptuous sound: PFFT!

14. Long (for): ACHE.

15. Hang __ dry: OUT TO.

16. Make really upset: RILE.

19. Periods often named for presidents: ERAs.

20. Young insects: LARVAE.

21. "Baby back" morsel: RIB.

22. Risqué message: SEXT.

23. Board in a salon: EMERY.

24. In a row: LINED UP.

26. Morales of "Ozark": ESAI.  He makes frequent appearances in the puzzles.

28. Metaphors for inner turmoil: DEMONS.

31. Takes into custody: NABS.

34. On sale, say: LESS.

37. Ruby or emerald: JEWEL.

38. Big Aussie bird: EMU.  //  And 41-Across.  Broody music genre: EMO.  Nice how these two answers are beside each other.

42. Opel compact car whose name means "stars" in Latin: ASTRA.

44. Literary governess Jane: EYRE.  Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë (1816 ~ 1855).  It was first published in 1847.

45. Forehead: BROW.

46. Bottom lines: TOTALS.

48. In addition: ALSO.

50. Narcissist's indulgence: EGO TRIP.

53. Blow away: AMAZE.
57. Poet Byron's title: LORD.

59. Fled: RAN.

60. Black furs: SABLES.

61. Recon target: INFO.  As in Reconnaissance and Information.

64. Leave no room in: FILL.

65. Didn't show for a date with, with "up": STOOD.

66. Hitchhiker's hope: RIDE.  //  And 57-Down. Hitchhiker's hope: LIFT.

67. Texting farewell: TTYL.  Textspeak for Talk TYou Later.

68. Satisfies: SATES.

69. Faculty head: DEAN.

1. Philadelphia NFLer: EAGLE.  The professional football team in Philly.

2. "Get lost!": SCRAM!

3. Jersey __: coastal vacation area: SHORE.  It was probably very crowed there this weekend with little social distancing.

4. Bodies of work: OEUVRES.  Sometimes written as œuvres.  The work has an interesting etymology.  It comes from the old French word, uevre, which came from the Latin word opera.

5. Hammurabi's creation: CODE.  Hammurabi (1810 ~ 1750 BCE) was a King of the First Babylonian Dynasty.  He is best known for drafting the Babylonian Code of Law, now known as the  Code of Hammurabi .  It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of the ancient world.  The Code established rules for commercial interactions, as well as gruesome punishments for crimes.

6. Cuba libre liquor: RUM.

7. Wombs: UTERI.  Plural of Uterus.

8. What a Tide to Go pen can remove: STAIN.

9. Area of rapid growth: HOT BED.

10. Take for granted: PRESUME.

12. Linen fiber source: FLAX.

13. Word with sniff or taste: TEST.

18. Those opposed: NAYS.

24. Respected feudal figure: LIEGE.

25. __ vu: familiar feeling:  DÉJÀ.  Today's French lesson.

27. Boxer Laila: ALI.  The daughter of Muhammad Ali.

29. Lost fish in a Pixar film: NEMO.  Was Nemo ever found?

30. Sluggish: SLOW.

31. "Fun!": NEAT.

32. "I __ confused": AM SO.

35. Like a wallflower: SHY.

36. Seat belt, e.g.: STRAP.

39. Ring of light: HALO.

40. Ribbonlike fish: EEL.

43. Hit for Aerosmith and The 4 Seasons (different songs, though): RAG DOLL.

45. Overwhelm, as with questions: BOMBARD.

47. Add emphasis to: STRESS.

49. Former Swedish automaker: SAAB.

51. Yogurt-based condiment served to cool hot curry dishes: RAITA.  Here's an easy recipe.

52. Bar of gold: INGOT.

54. Kate's TV sidekick: ALLIE.  A reference to the 1980s television sit-com Kate and Allie.  Kate was played by Susan Saint James and Allie was played by Jane Curtain.

55. Video game princess: ZELDA.

56. German steel city: ESSEN.  Do the cars in Essen fuel up with Esso?

58. "Don't count __!": ON IT.

60. Norms: Abbr.: STDs.  As in Standards.

63. Clod buster: HOE.

Here's the Grid:


Vermontah said...

Good morning, all!

Vermontah here (heah) struggling through another cursed overnight shift. Yawn. Did the Tues puzzle now, which of course puts me in a quandry for tonight's shift, also overnight. I've already done the LAT puzzle! That's a good chunk of my shift with nothing to do! I'll have to make the NYT puzzle last a long time. Sigh.

I kind of missed the theme, I was thrown off thinking about balls when I saw GROUNDMEAT and thought about ground balls, and I couldn't make them add up to eight. Oh well, the puzzle was easy enough so FIR.

Thing I learned (learnt) today: Saab doesn't make cars anymore. I guess that's why I never see Saabs on the road. When I was younger Saabs were ubiquitous on Vermont roads and I always liked their unusual profiles. Now, of course, Subaru is the unofficial State car, since with the AWD you can pretty much drive straight up a mountain in a blizzard in a Suby Outback. I had one that I loved until I wrecked it, ironically, in a snowstorm. AWD failed me that day.

When I was a kid we lived in London for a year and my Mum took me for HIGH TEA (actually it was just regular afternoon tea) at a place called Jane EYRE's. The most delicious little tea cakes you've ever had, coated with marzipan with jelly inside. A most nutritious snack.

Monarch and Viceroy are both brands of cigarettes, so when the perps gave me BUTT as the beginning of 32D I thought, "hm," BUTTBRAND? BUTTERFLY is a much prettier and healthier solve.

I had LAIRD for a while instead of LIEGE, which confused matters somewhat, and it took some time to suss out LESS.

Fun puzzle and fun review. A nice MAZE.

Hungry Mother said...

A bit of crunch, but very enjoyable solve. It brought back memories of my hitchhiking days. I’ve hitched from Philadelphia’s Main Line to the Jersey Shore, from Augusta, GA to the Main Line, and home from high school while I was cutting my last period study hall.

Lemonade714 said...

Vermontah, I look forward to your stories but please do not wreck any more cars. I am always impressed by the constructor finding words that can satisfy the type of theme. The symmetry of the baseball references was impressive.

OEUVRES is a word we are perhaps more familiar with from HORS D'OEUVRE and CHEF D'OEUVRE . Other than that, RAITA which is similar to TZATZIKI Tey share two similar base ingredients and some similar steps, but they are distinctly different. First, Raita starts with Dahi, a thinner salted yogurt, while tzatziki starts with thicker plain Greek yogurt. Tzatziki also has a heavy dose of lemon juice, making it decidedly tangier than Raita.

If you have been watching the national news, one of the non-COVID stories is about a University of Connecticut senior alleged to murder some people. First, UConn is not only my undergraduate alma mater but is reasonably close to my childhood home, PUTNAM . It is sad to see this on the news instead of cheering for the basketball teams.

Thank you Craig and Susan. I leave you with a choice: RAG DOLL 1 or RAG DOLL 2

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

We had early morning thunderstorms for the second day in a row. Only a couple of inches in all, though we'd been warned of an epic flood. We needed the rain, so no problem.

Zipped through this one quickly. No Wite-Out required. C.C. sent me a puzzle of hers that had "PFFT" in it, clued similarly to today. She wrote me that it means "It's gone!" -- and then realized the puzzle editor had changed her clue. Nice job, Craig, and thanx for the tour, Hahtoolah. (I enjoyed the unicorns.)

LIFT: I used to hitchhike quite often in my ute. Those were safer, more innocent times. The only lasting memory from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is "42 -- answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything."

RAITA: Not Moreno (Rita) nor Gorbachev (Raisa). Not familiar.

TTP said...

Good morning. Very NEAT, Craig ! Thank you, Hahtoolah.

Easy peasy light and breezy.

In addition to finding those four compond words whose parts could each end in BALL, I liked the voweless fill in the opposing corners.

Yesterday I PRESUMEd I could finish mowing the lawn and the RIBs would be fine.

I loved that dirty laundry image for "Hang OUT TO dry."

RAITA is a new word for me. I am not as fond of Indian food as is Steve. Looked at the recipe Hahtoolah linked. Yes, that's pretty easy.

"If there are ever confusing herbs, it’s cilantro and coriander. While both come from the same plant, they have different uses and tastes. Cilantro is the the leaves and stems of the coriander plant. When the plant flowers and turns (to) seed the seeds are called coriander seeds. Cilantro is also the Spanish word for coriander... In many Asian recipes cilantro might be referred to as Chinese Parsley or coriander leaves." - Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press Food Writer.

Lemonade, must I decide ? I like both songs.

Vermontah, my friend bought a Subaru Forester and has been very happy with his purchase decision.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Enjoyed Hahtoolah's whimsical images to augment the fine intro. Hand up for the unicorns.

Easy solve. No white-put needed. Got all the themed BALLS. Masterful.

ESSEN - Since we get this frequently, this from Wiki may be helpful:
In German-speaking countries, the name of the city Essen often causes confusion as to its origins, because it is commonly known as the German infinitive of the verb for "eating" (written as lowercase essen), and/or the German noun for food (which is always capitalized as Essen, adding to the confusion). Although scholars still dispute the interpretation of the name, there remain a few noteworthy interpretations. The oldest known form of the city's name is Astnide, which changed to Essen by way of forms such as Astnidum, Assinde, Essendia and Esnede. The name Astnide may have referred either to a region where many ash trees were found or to a region in the East (of the Frankish Empire)

OMaxiN said...

FIR. Entered onion slice as a first quick entry for 17a. Onion is always a component of my burgers
RAITA, OEUVRES & HGHTEA filled with perps.
Was NEMO ever really lost?
Thanks Craig & Hahtoolah

Wilbur Charles said...

I worked my way through at a steady pace having to rewrite beef/MEAT, put an I on UTERa and needed perps to figure out what the English call their afternoon TEA.

And now to find out what Craig had in mind re. "Magic" EIGHT BALLS". I'm betting D-O had no idea, either. Oops, I take it back, duh, my apologies D-O, only Wilbur could be this dense.

Hmm, I can just picture that State Farm guy having tea with Limu listening to "Broody" music. Music to brood by? Hmm, Dostoyevsky's fav?

"TTYL". But I've just begun to SEXT.

How'd we know about the Jersey SHORE character's incontinence? (21 chars)*

OEUVRE from French translates literally as 'work'.

Ironically, Hammurabi's code was more liberal than Draco. The former an "eye" the latter the head.


*Answer to above in the reply

Wilbur Charles said...


From a Sunday NYT circa 2012. I had to Google Jersey Shore. I used to keep those for weeks at a time filling a box here or there.

Yellowrocks said...

Not behind the eight ball with this one. A walk in the park. Only hang up was writing LORD down instead of across and having to change it when I saw the perps. RAITA was new to me, all perps.
I knew both meanings of PFFT, disappearing or a sound of contempt.
My friend and I went to a cream tea in Scotland. They had clotted cream to put on the scones. My friend put hers in the tea, thinking cream tea.
I am always surprised that constructors use morsel for something as large as a rib. "A morsel is a small amount of something, a tidbit, a sliver, usually of something of high-quality and much desired." Ribs can be high quality and much desired, but they are not mere tidbits or slivers. Too bad yours were disappointing, TTP. One of my favorite dishes.
Showing my age, I prefer Rag Doll by the Four Seasons, 1964. Rag Doll by Aerosmith, 1987.
Why is hitch hiking considered so dangerous?
I think of Yogi Berra with It's deja vu all over again.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

I AMSO delighted with this puzzle. FIR but it took a lot of ⚾️🏈⚽️...🤭. Only one inkover: like WC had GROUND beef/MEAT.

The bigger challenge was finding my way out of Hahtoolah's MAZE!!!

The Latin star issue: Sooo.... Stella is Latin (and Italian) for star refers to the physical object in space like the sun (Constellation) while ASTRA is also Latin (pleural) but poetic or a metaphor. Like "the fault is not in our stars" etc. (Astral plane). Got that? Good now 'splain it to me.

Sniff test.. a common fluoroscopic radiology procedure to evaluate possible diaphragmatic paralysis.

Did today's ESAI complete yesterday's blue book ESSAY?

Learning moment..a BUTTERFLY species with a nicotine habit thus called "Viceroy". BTW young insects are referred to as nymphs. (An insect has 6 legs..head, thorax and abdomen, LARVAE [and pupae] do not)

It's déjà VU all over again...
HR department ability to axe.....FIRE POWER
When a narcissist falls on his face....EGO TRIP
Smashed brand new Swedish car owner reaction...SAAB

Hold on...the fat lady didn't sing yet..🎶

Hammurabi nasal virus....CODE
Ain't agoin' anywhere....STAIN
Where chili peppers grow..HOTBED

Did I just hear a PFFT??

Wilbur Charles said...

Nero Wolfe used to say "Pfui".

Morsels may be relative vis a vis a slab of Prime Rib vs a little baby-back. If Phillip ordered a PR then I'd say "give me a morsels of that slab".


Yellowrocks said...

Ray, I had the same thoughts on STELLA vs ASTRA. Twinkle, twinkle little star is mica mica parva stella.
Synonyms for morsel are bite and mouthful. I want a morsel of one of those ribs. I contend that a morsel can be consumed in one bite.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I’m beginning to think that the lockdown is dulling my powers of observation, not that they were anything to brag about before being confined, but I completely missed seeing that both words could precede balls. After filling in the reveal, I glanced back at a couple of the themers, but didn’t take the time to find eight of them. Despite missing the full extent of the theme, I really enjoyed the solve. There were two unknowns, Zelda and Raita, but perps were more than fair, so no complaints. Lift and Ride were cute clechos, but I overlooked the duo of Emu and Emo. That may have been a sub-conscious negative reaction to that dreadfully annoying Limu and his more annoying partner, Doug. Nice CSO to YR and CED at Jersey Shore.

Thanks, Craig, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for a dazzling display of fun visuals and informative summary. Somehow, you have a knack for finding the perfect depictions relating to the various grid answers. Thanks for all your time and effort.


Vermontah, while I don’t use the word Spelt, I share your fondness for Whilst. I enjoy your posts despite your avatar. ⚾️

Anonymous, fingers crossed that you and DW are virus-free! Hope you both feel better soon.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

YR..the word Morsel sounds Germanic but I wonder if it comes from the Latin/Italian Infinitive verb form morsicare "to bite"

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

So many interruptions! I didn't think I would finish although the interruptions may have been a help. Sometimes stepping back is a good practice for me. Thanks, Craig. I agree with TTP, that was a pretty NEAT puzzle.

Thanks for another marvelous walk through, Hahtoolah. Your links were excellent.

Have a sunny day, everyone.

Husker Gary said...

-Rain canceled my “elderly” golf league this morning. Some farmers had started pivots turning last week because it had gotten so dry
-GROUND BALL and FLY BALL made me ACHE to see baseball start again
-SEXT – Mom always said, “Don’t do or say anything you don’t want to see on the front of the Omaha World Herald”
-Car dealers are always having a “SALE” but the bottom line TOTALS are what count
-Ricky Nelson got STOOD UP. Gotta love the suit and tie!
-Milkweed was considered undesirable but is now being replanted because Monarch butterflies love them
-SNIFF TEST always conjures up, “Is this milk still good?”
-DÉJÀ VU? from 1918?

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun & fast puzzle, Craig! Great INFO, Hahtoolah!

I wasn't "on the ball" enough this morning to understand the theme. IM: I'm feeling the same about mental capacity since the lockdown. It's like we all got a real shock-wave treatment. WC you aren't the only one who can be that dense.

DNK: RAITA, Hammurabi.

Loved the unicorn cartoon. Very appropriate for the current situation. I saw a similar cartoon years ago with the ark sailing away and the unicorn saying, "Oh, was that TODAY?"

Speaking of Ark, we may need one here soon. Frequent rains for weeks, now two days of almost constant rain. Monsoon season is upon us.

Son-in-law has a Suburu Forester. Daughter brought it to pick up my groceries. It has a backup camera that she needed to back to my garage. She drives a RAV4 without a cam.

desper-otto said...

PK, for about $40 you can add a backup camera to a vehicle that doesn't have one. I added one to my pickup. It used WiFi between the camera and screen, so I didn't have to string a long cable. You never really think about it, but a backup camera isn't just a camera facing backward, it also has to flip the image right-to-left to let you see on the screen what you'd see in a mirror.

CrossEyedDave said...

Which brings to mind another puzzle...

C'mon, you know you always wanted to...

(you may be suprised by whats inside, not what I expected...)

Irish Miss said...

I just noticed the missing T in my message to Tony. Another example of my lockdown-befuddled brain! 😷

Ray @ 9:18 ~ Thanks for the much needed and much appreciated chuckles! 🤡

SwampCat said...

I’m sluggish also! Let’s all blame the quarantine! Craig, your clever puzzle took me forever because my mind was just SLOW. Thanks for the exercise.

Hahtoolah, loved the links. Now I understand why I can’t find a unicorn.

I always understood HIGH TEA was a light meal like an omelet for supper, and only Americans thought HIGH meant it had to be grand. Where is Steve when I need him?

FLN, Michael, I think we have had this conversation before about Japan. I suppose the debate over the Bombs will continue as long as WWII is discussed . There are so many opinions.

Incidentally the National WWII museum reopened on Memorial Day, with many restrictions. That seemed appropriate to me.

Stay safe.

Montana said...

What a nice, fun Tuesday puzzle. I've been doing the puzzles at night which doesn’t lend itself to posting here.
Hitchhiking is not unusual in my area. A couple years back we had a hitchhiker clue. I drove back to my hometown, 160 miles. I counted 14 hitchhikers. I noticed most females have a dog with them now. Hopping into the back of a pickup is the norm around here. Hitchhiking is not allowed on the Interstate. Thumbs are up at the entrances.
In haven’t driven for the last few months.

Have a great week,

Misty said...

I got it all, thank goodness, but a bit of a toughie for a Tuesday, I thought. Still, lots of fun, many thanks, Craig. And I too loved your unicorns skipping the ark cartoon, Hahtoolah, and thanks for a neat write-up.

Had GROUND BEEF and so took a while to change it to MEAT to make the downs work. I just couldn't believe that there was a name for Monarch or Viceroy that would begin with BUTTER. What the _? When I finally got BUTTERFLY it cracked me up--very funny cluing, Craig. Lots of other unknowns: RAITA, ZELDA, and never heard of Tide to Go. But the neat thing was that other across and down items solved all that and I ended up with a perfect fill. Yay!

Have a good day, everybody.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Tuesday grid went quickly.

No write-overs today.

Didn’t fall into the “ground ____” trap, waited for the B.

Also didn’t expect to see “oeuvre” or “pfft” on Tuesday.

See you tomorrow...stay safe.

AnonymousPVX said...

...which never came, the M prevented the write-over.

Geez...I love these short weeks...what day is it, haha.

desper-otto said...

AnonymousPVX, wait until you retire. You won't be able to tell what day it is without your day-of-the-week pillbox.

NaomiZ said...

Thanks, Craig, for an enjoyable puzzle. Like others here, had to change "beef" to MEAT, and even though I solved it all, I needed Hatoolah to explain the starred answers. Thanks for that!

Yellowrocks said...

This article seems to say that high tea is more working class than afternoon tea.
high tea

I am sluggish, too, no get up and go. I have to force myself to get anything done.

Anonymous Indian said...

Word RAITA comes from RAI which means mustard in
Indian languages.The given recipe does not have it.
Ground mustard is a necessary ingredient and it gives it
the tang.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Craig and Hahtoolah.
I finished in good time and FIRed, but had to come here to have the EIGHT BALLS theme explained.

I changed Hemp to FLAX, Else to ALSO, Brick to INGOT, but no other problems. RAITA was a learning moment.
New clue for ESSO. I had forgotten that commercial. Here's the retro Canadian version.

I saw the J, X, V, Z and wondered if we were going to have a pangram. I think we were just short by a Q and a K.

Wishing you all a great day.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Canada Eh. I've heard you have HIGH TEA north of the US border. Pot and Earl Grey? 😎

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

I enjoyed the puzzle and the write-up. Thanks Craig and Susan.

I enjoyed the Magic 8-ball video. I had it sussed out OK except I envisioned the icosahedron inside the sphere, not inside the smaller container. I wonder why they have that second inside container?

You would have known Zelda right away if you took my recommendation and watcher "Midnight in Paris."

Cornell is very hilly. I would often hitch a late-night ride up the hills to the girls' dorms. My biggest adventure was hitching a ride from Cornell to Philadelphia to see an old girlfriend. It went OK until it started snowing. I'm happy someone took pity on me!

Picard said...

CanadianEh thanks for that wonderful vintage ESSO TV ad! Celebrating "this wonderful land of ours" even though ESSO was Standard Oil of New JERSEY! Did anyone else notice that this ad runs for 97 seconds? So, people really did have a longer attention span then?

Lemonade hand up I am impressed with the construction of this theme. After I finished, I had to set the puzzle aside and come back to it to figure out the theme. Way cool.

I have done HIGH TEA in Victoria, Canada.

But I will share photos today of two childhood stays at the JERSEY SHORE

The first set was taken just a few weeks after our LURAY CAVERNS photos.

Learning moment about RAITA and OPEL ASTRA. I looked up OPEL and discovered it is now French owned. In England it is sold as Vauxhall which I have seen there.

Hahtoolah special thanks for that hilarious HOT BED cartoon and for highlighting the wonderful Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Craig Stowe, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Jersey SHORE. There is also a JERSEY SHORE in Pennsylvania. A short ways west of Williamsport. I am sure it is a Borough, not a City.

Puzzle went quickly. Liked it. Caught the theme and all eight answers with no problem. Craig Stowe did a great job with that.

Did not know OEUVRES. Perps. French and I do not jive.

Same for RAITI. Perps.

A couple perps for ZELDA too.

I have hitchhiked many times through the years. Never had a problem. One time I was hitchhiking from Kane to Edinboro, PA. I was near Corry, PA. After I got to Edinboro, my sister said a friend of hers called her and said that a guy that looked just like her brother was hitchhiking near Corry. She did not stop. She did not think it was me. My sister told me after I got there. Ah, the fun of hitchhiking.

My brother texted all of us sibs the other day and said that he and his wife were at the ED with her mother for a suspected UTI. I had to ask him what those two items meant. He explained Emergency Department and Urinary Tract Infection. I guess I have a lot to learn about communicating.

Anyhow, I have to run. Tons to do today. Just wish I had some energy. See you tomorrow.


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SwampCat said...

YR, thanks for the link to the HIGH TEA information. That’s about what I recalled. I’d forgotten about the height of the tables. High seems to be just a regular dining table . Interesting.

Picard said...

From Yesterday and Before:
Wilbur Charles thanks for your comments on Elizabeth CADY Stanton. Sorry that the New York Times site doesn't let you in.

Here is an NPR article with similar information about Elizabeth CADY Stanton.

Including the part about how "We educated, virtuous white women are more worthy of the vote" than are black men.

Are you sure that this was "effective strategy"? Most historians seem to think her statements set back voting rights for black men and for all women. But maybe I am misunderstanding?

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Feeling better but not >60%. More sleep.
DW got her brain tickled so we will know in a day or two. Both of us are cashing in a sick day but not quite exactly like we did together in HS. #SocialDistanceSucks!
//IM - I knew to whom you referenced. We'll be fine. Please no worry for me - I'm doing enough o' that already re: DW.

Fun Puzzle, Craig, but WTF? 4d on a Tuesday? During a pandemic?!?
Great job on the theme - that's some creative stuff.

Hahtoolah! You are back in fine form - so many great images & side links.

Swamp & IM - yeah, seems like there's something else going 'round. This ain't right.

D-O: I can recite entire passages from Hitchhiker's Guide*.
Even Vogon poetry -- so watch your step :-)
//I kept waiting for the storm and watched the lightning in the NE. We got a bit.

WO: TEA TIME [Rando Review 11:+ (take 2m and there you are)] was 1/2 right - ALSO backwards.

I always have to say "extra yogurt sauce" 'cuz there's no perps to clue me in RIATA / tzatiki (total cut&paste). Sugar Land, TX has a large Indian population and curry to rival anywhere else in the world. (Ok, I've only had it in England and Cairo but my Indian friends say it's the real deal.)

Why did I think Hammurabi's CODE was a cipher? I got it right but for the wrong reason. Judges?

Spelt, whilst, is more funest that the others.
I also like a random U in words (4d) for giggles.
//C. Eh! give me a Whoot Whoot!
Crickets, eh? :-)

Cheers, -T
*Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy LIES a small unregarded Yellow Sun. Orbiting this as roughly 90 million miles is an utterly insignificant blue-green planet who's ape-descendant lifeforms are so AMAZingly primitive they still think Digital Watches are a pretty NEAT idea. This planet has, or rather had, a problem which was this...

TTP said...

I'm certain I have never heard that Ricky Nelson "Stood Up" song that Husker Gary linked. Catchy little tune.

Not so for two songs that I heard on the news this morning. Didn't know either by name, but recognized the songs. The news story claimed that these were the first two US hits of the British Music Invasion. Both instrumentals before the third act (The Beatles).

The hit songs ? First was Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk followed months later with the next # 1 was The Tornados ~ Telstar (1962)

CrossEyedDave - So that's what inside a Magic 8 Ball. Hoo gnu ?

Canadian Eh, thanks for the ESSO clip. I enjoyed it. Did you notice the missing U from my first comment today ? Inadvertent. BTW, I agree about gardening. Good for the body and mind. I think I recall you saying it the other day.

Desper-otto, any recommendations on the rear view camera ? Brand ? Also, where is it installed on the pickup truck ? In the bumper ?

Also, your, " You won't be able to tell what day it is without your day-of-the-week pillbox" comment was funny and accurate.

Yellowrocks, thanks for that article about High Tea and Afternoon Tea from the Spruce Eats. My conceptual understanding was definitely wrong. I thought High Tea was what would more accurately be described as Afternoon Tea. Here's some more interesting reading: Project Britain Food Index

Dash T - You know the symptoms. I know you and your DW are taking appropriate steps.

Wilbur Charles said...

Picard I recall the reverse argument re. Gay discrimination and how blacks wanted no part in a unified fight nor identified with gays.

However it was going to occur, each of the discriminated parties fought their own fight. Black women did indeed get the franchise as a result of women like CADY.

Not to speak of denying Booker T Washington the right to vote, only because of his skin color, aided in all blacks getting the right to vote.

Is this political? If so we'll take it elsewhere.


Lucina said...

Hola y buenas tardes!

Apparently yesterday's adventure to the cemetery in the hot sun wiped me out worse than I had thought so today I didn't awaken until 10:00 A.M.!

WEES! You all are so clever and inventive in your comments. I have not much to add.

I'll just say that in my Dictionary of Word Origins I found this:
MORSEL: Etymologically, a morsel is a piece 'bitten' off. The word comes from Old French 'morsel', a diminutive of 'mors' bite. This in turn goes back to Latin 'morsus', a derivative of the same base as the verb 'mordire' bite. Other English words from the same source include 'mordant' and 'remorse'.

In Spanish 'morder' means to bite. Infinitives normally have the accent on the last syllable so it's mor-DER.

Very impressive!

My youngest granddaughter just arrived and they are going swimming so TTYL.

I hope you are all having a fine day albeit still confined!

Lucina said...

Many thanks to Craig Stowe and Hahtoolah! I, too, like all your whimsical illustrations, Susan.

TTP said...

Abejo, funny hitchhiking story ! "There was this guy... looked a lot like your brother"

I wasn't all that big on hitchhiking. One of my friends was, so I did a few times with him. But after walking 5 miles back in the rain one day, I was done. I'd occasionally have bad dreams about breaking down on the interstate and having to hitch a ride to the next exit.

Picard and Wilbur, sounds like you two want to debate. Probably better to exchange emails with each other.

SansBeach said...

Good Afternoon, All. Enjoyable Tuesday puzzle, thanks Craig and thanks Hootoolah for the write up. DNK oeuvres, high tea, raita or Zelda but perps took care of those entries. Thxs Lemonade714 for the reference to hors d'oeuvres else I never would have known where that accumulation of letters came from. Still don't know how to pronounce it as I seem to want to reference a "lady of the night" when I say it. hmmm. WC TMI on your SEXT LOL TTYL. My attempt at humor. FIR is what is suppose to happen on M,T,W & TH. Have a great day. BTW I never let this lockdown stuff interfere with my right to move about the planet. Only downer, for the most part, is there is nowhere to go. That is changing daily. Stay safe.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Saved by the perps!
Ta ~DA!
The BUTTERFLY clue gave me pause, then cracked me up.
One diagonal on the near end.
The anagram: One local government decided to tax bicycle riders by the number of seats. Cyclists found a "workaround," a way to avoid buying tandem (bicycles-built-for-two) bikes.
Then the greedy government passed a new bill, called the...

Jayce said...

I enjoyed this puzzle and especially enjoyed Hahtoolah's write-up. STRAP revealed that the narcissist's indulgence wasn't MIRRORS. Didn't know RAITA; I love Indian and Pakistani food but don't know the names for most of the dishes. SABLES were the plot basis of the novel Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith.

I don't know if this relates in any way to what AnonymousT has been experiencing, but for the past 2 1/2 months I have been having headaches and a strange sort of dizziness/vertigo, and have been sleeping 12-13 hours per day. That amount of sleep did much to alleviate the dizziness but sometimes I still had to take Dramamine to relieve it. Popping a Tylenol PM and a Dramamine before bed was sometimes the only way I could get to sleep. That said, I am pleased and relieved that those symptoms have significantly decreased over the past 2 weeks and I feel pretty much 97% up to snuff, only requiring 10 hours of sleep now in order to make it through the day. I am also extremely pleased that my wife has exhibited no symptoms at all these past several months and feels as well as ever. That sound you hear is me knocking on wood.

Good wishes to you all.

Wilbur Charles said...

TTP, you are right. As I myself realized. Btw, those "little" black "ants" were probably termites.

Jayce, I recall that re. 'Gorky Park'. One book I recommend is 'The Idiot' by the 'broody' Dostoyevsky.

-T, it must be generational, I can see why he's popular, I hope people see why LOTR etc (the books) were loved by the previous gens.


TTP said...

Wilbur, thanks for understanding.

BTW, those little black ants aren't termites. Termites are white and die in the sunlight, as far as I know. I've never seen termite tunnels on the walls of this house. Which, BTW, is clad in redwood, and termites and other bugs don't like redwood.

Not sure what these little black ants are called other than little black ants. Where's John Lampkin when you need him ? :>) Anyway, the only other time I really ever notice them is when they are on the closed buds of the peonies before they bloom.

I think they were just trying to find dry ground.

Not sure who it was, perhaps D-O, Dash T, TxMs, or maybe Swampcat, or maybe I saw the pics online, but it brings to mind the fire ants during the inescapable floods, and how they attached to each other and form ant rafts to survive.

Just glad they are no longer trying to get inside !

Lucina said...

That is really interesting about the ants! Creatures definitely know how to take care of themselves.

I am sitting in my snazzy new chair which arrived today and needed assembly. It is nicely padded, red, of course, and swivels. I was 'stimulated' to replace my old uncomfortable one.

Bill G said...

Jayce, I'm glad to read that you are doing better. I hope it continues.

~ Mind how you go...

CanadianEh! said...

Ray- LOL RE our Canadian Pot (of) TEA!

Picard and TTP - glad you enjoyed the ESSO video. Yes, Picard, it did seem long for a commercial. But I am thinking that they only used one commercial at a time, not the 5 or 6 that we get now. And it is interesting,not the dredge that seems so aggravating after you have viewed it more than twice.

TTP- I did not notice "compond" until you pointed it out. I have made you all very sensitive to Usage now.

Jayce, and AnonT &DW- hope you feel 100% soon.

PK said...

Jayce, I've been struggling with something similar to your sleepiness sickness for about 18 mos. It comes and goes. I have slept 19 hours of a 24 hour period a number of times. Never sleep less than 10 hours & 12-13 is more usual. I had to give up driving after I kept fighting sleep driving just short distances. Can't stay awake during TV shows some days & nights. Strange little headache much of the time & periods of dizziness. Doctor didn't find anything.