May 5, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Barbara Lin

Games in a Time of Pandemic.  Gather 'round, kids.  It's Family Time! 

17-Across. *   The opportunity to be successful again: A NEW LEASE ON LIFE.

24-Across. *   "I'd do the same thing again": NOT SORRY.

33-Across. *   "Stupid superstition," for one: TONGUE TWISTER.

47-Across. *   "Don't be so oblivious": GET A CLUE!

And the Unifier:
54-Across. Evening with the kids, or when the ends of the answers to starred clues might be played: FAMILY GAME NIGHT.

1. Bay Area force: Abbr.: SFPD.  As in the San Francisco Police Department.

5. Leaves at the altar: JILTS.

10. News story opening: LEDE.  I learned the spelling of this word from doing the crossword puzzles.  This spelling of Lede is relatively new in Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

14. Words with bow or knot: TIE A.

15. Eye-boggling work: OP ART.

16. Foreboding sign: OMEN.

20. Defunct luxury New York department store: BARNEYS.  An interesting background of Barneys.

21. Chinese leader who said, "Women hold up half the sky": MAO.  For whatever reason, Andy Warhol painted a series of silk-screened portraits of Mao.

22. Ruby, for one: GEM.  Rubies are my favorite gem stones.  It is the birthstone of July.

23. Admission of deceit: I LIED.

26. Swedish soprano Jenny: LIND.  Jenny Lind (née Johanna Maria Lind; Oct. 6, 1820 ~ Nov. 2, 1887) was a Swedish opera singer.  She was known as the Swedish Nightingale.  In 1850, she made a tour in the United States, sponsored by none other than P.T. Barnum.

27. Beast with tusks: BOAR.

29. Color tones: HUES.

Hues of Red

30. Natl. population, e.g.: EST.  As in Estimate, I suppose.

31. Swiss high point: ALP.

32. Director Craven: WES.  Wes Craven (né Wesley Earl Craven; Aug. 2, 1939 ~ Aug. 30, 2015) was a film director best known for his horror films, such as the Nightmare on Elm Street series.  He died of a brain tumor shortly after his 76th birthday.

39. Like some jokes: OLD.

40. + or - particle: ION.  Today's chemistry lesson.

41. "You betcha": YEP!

43. Jones of the Monkees: DAVY.  The Monkees was a band that was originally created for a sit-com.  Davy Jones (né David Thomas Jones; Dec. 30, 1945 ~ Feb. 29, 2012) was the British member of the band.  The other three were American.  Sadly, Davy died of a heart attack at age 66.

The Monkees.  Davy Jones is the "cute" one.  You decide.

45. "Ultimate Driving Machine" vehicles: BMWs.

46. Soccer immortal: PELÉ.  Pelé (né Edson Arantes do Nascimento; b. Oct. 23, 1940) is a retired Brazilian Soccer (Football outside the US) player.

49. Propose, as a theory: POSIT.

50. Musician Yoko: ONO.  Yoko Ono (b. Feb. 18, 1933) makes frequent guest appearances in the puzzles.

51. Stick in a boat: OAR.  Fun clue.

52. Capital of Georgia (the country): TBILISI.  Tbilisi is in the far south east.

57. New Haven collegians: ELIs.  Yale students are called Elis after Elihu Yale (Apr. 5, 1649 ~ July 8, 1721).  He was a major benefactor of the Collegiate School, which was later named Yale University in his honor.  The name of the university has come under controversy recently because Elihu Yale made a good portion of his wealth in the slave trade.

58. Raze: LEVEL.

59. Friend's pronoun: THEE.  Quakers are known as Friends.  Quakers are known for "plain speaking" and use of the words "thee" and "thy."

60. Like creamy desserts: RICH.

61. "__ you sweet!": AREN'T.

62. Nos. on an airport board: ETDs.  As in Estimated Times of Departure.

1. Unmoving Calder work: STABILE.  Sculptor Alexander Calder (July 22, 1898 ~ Nov. 11, 1976) was best known for his innovative stationary mobiles.  Many of his pieces are outdoor artworks in major cities.  The one below is in Chicago.

2. Last round contestant: FINALIST.

3. Scrutinize using, as a microscope: PEER INTO.

4. Became clear to, with "on": DAWNED.

5. Baby marsupial: JOEY.

6. Some beers: Abbr.: IPAs.  We often imbibe on India Pale Ales in the morining crossword puzzle.

7. __ Vegas: LAS.  What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

8. Quake aftershock: TREMOR.

9. Brown ermine: STOAT.

10. "OMG, funny!": LOL.  Textspeak for Laughing Out Loud.  It is now a crossword staple.

11. Asylum seeker: EMIGRE.

12. Postpones: DEFERS.  I initially tried Delay.

13. Foe: ENEMY.

18. Headed up: LED.

19. Grabs a snack: NOSHES.  From the Yiddish word נאַשן, meaning "to nibble on".

24. When toddlers snooze: NAP TIME.  Be sure to wake them up in time for Family Game Night.

25. Cast out: OUST.

27. Data transmission unit: BAUD.  According to Webster's, Baud is a "unit of transmission speed equal to the number of times a signal changes state per second. For one baud is equivalent to one bit per second."  All clear?

28. Cry after un gol: ¡OLÉ!

32. Carries the day: WINS.

34. Bright star: NOVA.
Chevy Nova
35. Ethylene __: antifreeze: GLYCOL.

36. "That's big news!": WOW!

37. Optometrist's concern: EYESIGHT.  What is the lowest line you can read?

38. Completely enjoyed: RELISHED.

42. Small sizes: PETITES.

43. North America's highest peak: DENALI.  Mt. Denali has a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above  sea level.  The mountain had been known as Mt. McKinley, after President William McKinley, but was chnaged to Denali in the 1970s.  Denali is based in the Koyukon name of the Mount which means "the high one".

44. Type of energy or reactor: ATOMIC.

45. Backyard barbecue staple: BURGER.

46. Considerate: POLITE.

47. One picking up the staff lunch order, perhaps: GOFER.

48. Clapton classic: LAYLA.  I love this song.

49. Wrestler's goal: PIN.

52. Feds under Ness: T-MEN.

53. Sing (out) loudly: BELT.

55. Kinda: -ISH.

56. Latin greeting: AVE.

Here's the Grid:


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got the theme. Yay. Good thing, since I failed to read the full reveal clue. Again. Thought TBILISI was spelled TBLIZI. Wite-Out, please. BARNEY'S was an unknown, but the perps were kind. I don't recognize Barbara Lin as a "puzzler." Is she new? It was a nice outing, and I enjoyed the tour, Hahtoolah. (Do you suppose that Racoon enjoys various corn?)

BAUD: I've only heard this term in relation to modems. When I got my 9600 BAUD Universal Robotics modem, I was in nerd heaven.

HUES: Don't know about you, but I could only differentiate six hues in that grid of twenty.

"Ultimate Driving Machine" -- Don't know. Nine months in and I've finally rolled past 3,000 miles.

DAWNED: On a camping trip a friend's wife, in her pj's, pulled back the tent flap to enjoy the morning sun. Then it DAWNED on her.

desper-otto said...

Or perhaps that raccoon is carnivorous.

Hungry Mother said...

Wags: STABILE and TBILISI. Noticed the theme on the way out, so no help.

inanehiker said...

A fun swift puzzle - good for getting to work on time! I had DELAYS before perps changed it to DEFERS. BAUD would not be a spontaneous answer for me - but knew it from some recess in my brain (probably from a Sporcle quiz on scientists - since it comes from the french scientist BAUDot). STABILE was a new term but easily derived as the opposite of a mobile that Calder is known for. Definitely needed the reveal to get the theme.

Thanks Susan and Barbara!

TTP said...

Thank you, Barbara Lin, and thank you Hahtoolah.

Congrats on your LA Times debut, Barbara. Keep 'em coming !

I was kind of flying through the puzzle and didn't notice the end words were each games. When I got to the partially read reveal, I had FAMILYGA in place so I threw in THERING to complete GA. Perps said no.

TBLISI ? Thank you perps. I do like seeing unusual words and unknown city names in crosswords. Don't mind most proper names either.

I've walked past that Calder STABILE many times.

With glasses, I can read to the 7th row. Without, to the 4th.
Yes, some of those colors looked the same to me.

That racoon should wash incessantly, not insensately.

From yesterday:

Oas, my condolences to you, your sister and family.

For most of the day, I thought it was Friday. (Hi, Madame !)

My nephew went to RICE U for about eight years, IIRC.
I thought he was going to be a professional student.

Nice job, Boomer. Glad you and C.C. are hanging in there and social distancing. Sorry to hear of your falls.

I had to sound out and count the number of las you had after fa. I needn't have bothered.

A belated Happy Birthday to D4 Dave !

Husker Gary said...

-A fun puzzle and the gimmick DAWNED on me early
-An up and coming singer/composer Neil Diamon wrote four songs for the Monkees
-Teachers must DEFER some payment for retirement. Looks good now!
-NAP TIME isn’t necessarily just for baby

Wilbur Charles said...

FLN, my Flutie CSO was because he was a CFL hero after being cold-shouldered out of NFL for crossing picket line. Before that he played for the Donald in the WFL.

I had GMEN but should have known TBILISI. Or that GBILISI was wrong.
"Ness joined the U.S. Treasury Department in 1926, working with the 1,000-strong Bureau of Prohibition in Chicago."

Just the right mix of perps to sail through. OP-ART was all perps after I grok'ed JILTS. Unfortunately, I forgot to recheck the theme. Monopoly was my game; the NewYork, orange corner was my fav.


Ps, Eliot Ness published an autobiography from which "The Untouchables" was produced.

Yellowrocks said...

I liked this theme. No unfamiliar words, but it took a while and a few perps to dredge up TBLISI. DELAYS before DEFERS.
We used to play a lot of games with my sibs and mom and then with my sons and grandson, also with my sister whens she came to visit. Now it is just solitaire or phone apps.
Susan, great job. LOL the raccoon. A tiny quibble, raccoon has two C's.
I like the LEDE at the beginning in newspapers. Often it encourages me to read on. I can't stand clickbait on the internet. There is a teaser line and then you must click on and on and on to find the answer to the teaser. I usually gave up before the reveal, but now I don't get sucked in. And clicking after every sentences interrupts the continuity of thought.
I have not heard of BARNEYS in a very long time. I see it was on the skids and then it closed.
I do not feel the much connection or vibes with people on ZOOM or with virtual doctor visits. I feel a closer connection on the phone.

Lemonade714 said...

Welcome to the LAT Barbara. This is her fourth publication venue having debuted in the NYT, then Universal and WSJ all since January. Well done.

I had not seen BAUD in years. TBILISI make me want to pronounce STABILE as if it were an Italian word instead of the stable version of a mobile.

Thanks for all the links Susan, I learn things every time. Today, since Oo does not like new York City, I did not know BARNEYS closed.

Be safe and have a great Cinco de Mayo(Spanish: “Fifth of May”), also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, a holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honor of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III.

OMaxiN said...

Finished wrong both Monday & Tuesday. Today I thought Ness guys were gMEN. My knowledge about old ssrs is mostly limited to crossword history. IMO The Georgia country and U.S.state capital cities should the same. TBILISI or Atlanta take your pick.

Maybe Lemon and I have seen A Christmas Story way way too many times. FragilE major award. StabilE today xword.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a nice, smooth solve with perps needed only for BMWs, Stabile and Tbilisi and with the lone w/o of Yes/Yep. I liked the duo of Led and Lede and the CSO to Rich who is not a dessert, but sweet nonetheless. The theme was simple but cute and well-hidden, at least for me. Clue and Sorry were our favorite board games in younger years, along with Monopoly.

Thanks, Barbara, for a Tuesday treat and congrats on your LA Times debut and thanks, Hatoolah, for another bright and cheerful review and sparkling eye candy!


Picard, good luck on your surgery.

Stay safe, all.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy enough for a Tuesday. Brought up short by LEDE, but perps were firm and realized we've had it before. Liked entries such as GLYCOL and TBILISI. No searches were needed. I liked the paired 8-letter downs, too. FIR.
NOSHES - German 'naschen': to graze or to eat sweet things. Naschen was used frequently in our home during my youth.
GLYCOL - BH has to take MiraLAX daily. The active ingredient is Polyethylene GLYCOL. Some of us have used it as part of a colonoscopy prep, also.

Oas said...

Thankyou to the corner for all your comments and well wishes. Somehow empathy from others albeit strangers is comforting. Thanks CED for your attempt at humor , it worked . Both DW and I chuckled over that park bench plaque. It would have made Johnny laugh too.
PK I think people not directly affected by the virus may develop a sense of false security. We are in a more rural setting near smaller towns and villages where cases are few and ensuing mortalities were nil up to now. I can understand how the restrictions put in place in more populous cities and regions may feel like overkill to people in more outlying areas. Anxiousness and frustration may cause people to say things they don't really mean. Patience and restraint will go a long way in navigating this stormy sea.
Clouds obscuring the sun have silver linings.

Wilbur Charles said...

OAS, that last one was RotFL

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

I did KNOT finish. NW had me totally frustrated with STABILE plus TIEA and ILIED two-word answers each... not the two plurals my small mind was searching for.

I even parsed the theme early.

Then it DAWNED on me it's only TUESDAY!!

More shouts of OLÉ! in CWs lately than at a Bull fight.....ONO! her she comes again. Never heard of LEDE (why not just spell it the usual way?).

Was fortunate to view Denali/McKinley on a clear day and get a great photo. Our guide said the mountain is frequently obscured by clouds.

What happens if a Mamma (Momma?) Kangaroo doesn't want to name her baby Joseph?

To share the disappointment:

Difference between an ermine and a stoat is the color of________......DEFERS


Prefer a hot dog with lots of mustard and generously ______...RELISHED

Warsaw street lamp .......POLITE

Kitchen wash basin full of Miracle Whip....Happy Sinko de Mayo....LOL

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Barbara Lin, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Puzzle went easily. A couple of short hangups, but they solved easily with a perp or two.

Theme answers all appeared before FAMILY GAME NIGHT did. Then they made sense.

I have seen that Calder art piece in Chicago many times. Now I know who created it. Hope I remember.

I hope I remember LEDE.

Got TBILISI after I had a couple letters.

I think that mountain should still be called McKinley. My two cents.

BURGER sure sounds good. But I do not think I could eat a whole one now due to my lack of appetite, and shrunken stomach.

I like IPAs as long as they have a decent alcohol level. Some are too high for my taste. I like to keep my wits about me.

Rained here much of the night. Still raining off and on.

See you tomorrow.


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jfromvt said...

Fun Tuesday! We played all those board games, and others, plus a lot of card games as kids!

It’s a tough time for newspapers. Our local paper, the Burlington Free Press, starting today is printed in New Hampshire at another Garnett location. I don’t think we will be getting any late breaking news (or sports scores) in the morning paper since it’s a three hour drive to get the paper here, then the time for the carriers to get it to their customers. I’d do the on-line edition only except I like a hard copy of the crossword. They also changed the format from tabloid to a more traditional layout, but much narrower than newspapers of the past.

Shankers said...

FIR in good time, but never heard of Barneys. Is lede an acronym, anybody? Some great words, at least for a Tuesday, such as Tbilisi, glycol, stabile, baud, but all easily gettable with perps. Welcome Ms. Lin to the corner!

NaomiZ said...

RELISHED today's puzzle and FIR. Didn't read the entire clue at 54 Across and therefore missed the theme until Hahtoolah explained it. Many thanks to all who contribute to the fun.

Misty said...

Fun Tuesday puzzle--many thanks, Barbara. Lots of unknowns for me, but I'm always thankful when perps help me out. I got PELE and LIND and DAVY and WES, but needed help to get BARNEYS and TBILISI. Always nice to see ONO in puzzles so frequently--brings back happy and sad memories. Never heard of BAUD--we learn new things in puzzles, I guess.

Liked the board with all those Red HUES, Susan, and cute picture of the RACOON.

Have a good day, everybody.

Lucina said...

Hola! Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Not that I celebrate it and I doubt if many in Mexico observe it as much as here in the U.S. It's a minor feast expanded by commercial interests.

Thank you, Barbara Lin, I enjoyed your puzzle and finished it at 5 A.M. then returned to bed.

I am familiar with all the games in the puzzle; my daughter and her friends played them. On our FAMILY GAME NIGHT we played Trivial Pursuit.

My EYESIGHT is fairly good and I was able to read the chart to the half way point without glasses which I use only to read.

I imagine everyone here knows that LAS Vegas means The Plains.

It surprises me that DENALI is higher than any of the Rockies. I believe the Native Americans in Alaska have the right to name their mountain.

Though I am not really PETITE I wear PETITE sizes because of my short stature. It's all relative.

Why is LEDE spelled that way?

You are funny!

Thank you, Hahtoolah! I always like your commentary.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Lucina said...

Yes, I could distinguish the 20 shades of red, my favorite color.

BARNEYS had a short lived presence here at Scottsdale Fashion Center then folded after about two years.

Barb L said...

Thanks for the well-annotated write-up, Hahtoolah, and thanks to all for your comments.

I'm pleased to make my debut in the Los Angeles Times, especially since the puzzle also appears in the Dayton Daily News, hometown newspaper of my Dad, who's my most dependable test solver. I seem to remember that he struggled with TBILISI, as have some of you, especially since I originally clued it as Capital of Georgia, without the qualifier. I do like words with unusual letter combinations.

Lemonade, thanks for the welcome. My first published puzzle was in the Wall Street Journal last August. This is puzzle #9 (not that I'm counting), including a couple of less-well-known venues in addition to the ones you mentioned.

desper-otto said...

Lucina, I did not know that it meant "The Plains." Thanx. Some newspaper guy came up with LEDE back in '51. The caption I saw read, "We buried the "lead" so far down that we forgot how to spell it."

Wendybird said...

FLN. Misty, Ann Arbor is my home town, and I still return every summer to see family and friends. It was a great place to grow up! Wondering what street you lived on.

I was surprised how much trouble I had with this puzzle, but a few errors screwed me up. I started to put ANOTHER CHANCE for ANEWLEASE, LEAD for LEDE, and BYTE for BAUD. Finally unscrewed things and FIR.

I want to look up why Mt. McKinley was changed.

Thank you for an excellent puzzle, Barbara. Thank you for the sparkling tour, Hatoolah. BTW, what does your nom de plume mean?

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Barbara (congrats on your LAT debut and thanks for dropping by) and Hahtoolah.
(Yes I have seen that raccoon on Facebook with all its misspellings! Still cute.)
I FIRed and saw the GAME theme. Several inkblots and a holdup in the NW corner.

I held onto LAPD far too long (This Canadian did not remember that the Bay area refers to SF!)
TIE A was a meh! for me. Sticky fill as C.C. calls it.
Yup changed to YEP, Band to BAUD, and GMen to TMEN (I always get them confused!).
I filled in TH EE or OU lightly to avoid an inkblot.
This Canadian needed perps for BARNEYS. (Glad to hear that some of you Americans did not know it either.)

I can read the 7th line with glasses and the 5th without. . . and I can see all the colours. Ruby is a favourite HUE (and my birthstone GEM).

I think I remember looking up photos of STABILEs from a previous CW. (YEP, Friday Aug 2/19)
And we had LEDE here recently (Apr 1/20).

I smiled at I LIED followed immediately by NOT SORRY.
I have never been able to wear PETITES.

Yes, WC, I was going to respond to your Flutie comment FLN. Doug was well known and loved by Canadian football fans. With multiple Grey Cup wins (Calgary Stampeders 1992, Toronto Argonauts 1996 & 97), he is considered one of the greatest CFL players of all time. I remember brother Darren's time with the Hamilton Tiger Cats too.

Happy Cinco de Mayo (LOL Ray!)
Hahtoolah did not give us a QOD so I offer this one from Pogo. "We have met the ENEMY and he is us."

AnonymousPVX said...

This Tuesday go had some crunch.

D-O...mine is 4 1/2 yrs old, 23k’s a nice car.

TTP...I did the exact same thing with 54 A.


Some people were angry that McKinley was renamed back to Denali....because when you steal something, you get to name it, I guess.

Let’s see....still no medicine, still no vaccine, still very communicable, still can have it without symptoms, yet the stock market is up and folks just can’t wait to forget about it.

I just don’t understand,

See you tomorrow.

SansBeach said...

Good afternoon, all. Thanks Barbara L for a fun and challenging (for some of us) Tuesday puzzle. FIR Had the Natick at 52a and 52d. G men was first choice but looking as it was a Georgian Capital (country) "T" looked more likely than "G" A wag. Good review Hahoolah, I kind of knew that you probably would choose the slower version of Layla. Clapton's first effort was more like 53d Sing (out) loudly. Glycol wanted me to take a trip to the garage but I didn't. Twister, as a game is unknown to me. Single most of my life and not much exposure to game nights. I believe that Denali was renamed to McKinley and for reasons unknown to me, McKinley was impeached. :o) The Native Americans got their mountain back. Happy Cinco de Mayo
PS didn't know what Las Vegas meant either.

oc4beach said...

Welcome aboard Barbara. It was a nice puzzle that provided a lot of enjoyment. Susan's tour through the grid was nicely visual.

I could read to line 6 without glasses and line 8 with. The colors, however, are another story since I am partially red-green colorblind. I see the colors as I see them, but apparently I get many confused with each other. Gray is what I see for many that others tell me are Reds or Greens.

WC FLN & 8:37am: I think I've told this story before, but here it is again. I was on a flight from NYC to Melbourne, FL that Doug Flutie was also on. He was flying to Melbourne to be honored at a ceremony where the town was going to name a park in his honor. He was supposed to be flying in First class, but the airline had overbooked and he was relegated to an aisle seat in Coach. He wasn't happy and made a pain of himself (I'm being charitable plus he was drunk) with the crew. Part way through the flight a 5 - 6 year old boy tried to go up to him to get an autograph and Flutie swore at the kid and told him to get the F*** away from him. He went back to his seat crying. It took two flight attendants to stop the kid's father from having a "discussion" with Flutie. Since that day, I lost all respect for him.

Here is the story about the origins of the Denali vs. Mt. McKinley controversy.

Have a great day everyone, and be safe.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks, Hahtoolah, for that picture of our anagram Corona mascot!
And I share your love of LAYLA. I played it over & over when I was hospitalized some years ago. Like all good songs, it carries a lot of healing memories.

I enjoyed today's pzl--a neat one from Ms. Lin. Thank you!
We have a single diagonal today--on the near end.
Its anagram reminds me of certain quiz show superficialities.
“I’m here, Pat, with my wonderful, handsome husband”
- and –
“Yes, Alex, I’m a 6th grade teacher. Go, Lions!”
are two of my list of ten…

Ol' Man Keith said...

Hmm. Should I have updated that last "glibness" comment to "Go, Sea-slugs!"?

CrossEyedDave said...

Thanks for the Layla unplugged link,
reminded me that I want to learn it as well.
But playing in the background while looking for
The Complete Atomic Cafe Movie
made the movie even more creepy than it already is...

Ditto on the Neil Diamond writing Monkees songs!
Did you know Carol King (& Husband) wrote Pleasant Valley Sunday?
This link is an easy way to see who wrote what.
just go to the singles, & hover your mouse over anything in Blue for details.
(anything in black you will have to look for yourself...)

Which brings me to the puzzle theme (sigh...)

(CED Storytime...)
I must have been 8 years old, living in Sydney, & saved all my allowance for weeks
just to by the latest game craze. "Mouse Trap."
Being 8, I bought the very last game in the store, even though it was open,
(had to have it!)
brought it home, assembled all the dang pieces,
only to find one piece missing!

The store owner was kind enough to refund my allowance,
but I still wanted that game!

Fast forward 25 years,
& on a whim, I bought the game, assembled all the pieces,
& relived my childhood. Once completed, I carefully packed it up,
made sure all the pieces were there, & hid it in the back of my closet
on the highest shelf, way in the back so the kids could not find it...

Fast forward more years, & I had the urge to play with it again...

The kids must have found it,
(I also found monopoly money in the basement,
* I hid that game too!)

For, lo & behold, the seesaw part was missing!
Game over! Useless~!

If any one has this game with parts missing, and still has the seesaw, pls contact me...

Actually, here is the game in slow motion. & quite honestly, I can't see what all the fuss was about...

(must have been the frustration of NOT having it...)

Yuman said...

Cinco de Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday, and is ruined by a virus named after a Mexican beer.
I will skip the beer and have a ice cold Margarita, as it will be 107 this afternoon.

Wilbur Charles said...

Thanks for the story oc4, there's a saying in Boston: Typical BC. I recall seeing one of them in line green slacks at Franklin Park Golf course shouting on the Tee. As you said, making an ass of himself.


Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Yuman @ 3:09. I better check out that eye first I thought you said YOU will be 107 this afternoon..

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. I knew the name of the capital city of Georgia but I wasn't sure of the spelling. I liked the "Friend's pronoun" clue. I got stuck in the Pacific Northwest area and had to look up STABILE. So, if "La donna è mobile" is a man stabile?

Stay well, all.

desper-otto said...

Jayce, no, the man is wrong.

Jayce said...

desper-otto, you are right.

CrossEyedDave said...

I think it was a crossword puzzle,

couple of days ago,
last week?

Something made me want to look up
how the concept of Witches riding brooms originated...

I mean, when you think about it, it is bizarre.
My introduction to this concept, (& I assume yours)
was cartoons. (The witch always rode a broom...)

But why?

Well, today I found out!

Be warned, that the article starts by stating
"you will never think of sweeping the same way again."
(of course I had to read it...)
(you don't have to...)

Why do Witches ride brooms?
it started with bread...

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-CED, I enjoyed The Atomic Cafe very much. So much of that was gospel during my childhood and the story about witches and brooms was, uh, fascinating as well. Yikes!

Yellowrocks said...

Picard, my thoughts are with you as you undergo surgery. I wish you a good result and a quick recovery.

Hahtoolah said...

Oas: I am so sorry for your loss.

Picard said...

Fun theme! I actually knew all of the FAMILY GAMEs! Our family was not into FAMILY GAMEs but I remember the TV ads and sometimes I played them with friends or at school.

I am surprised that people did not know BAUD. Didn't most people start out with a dial-up connection to the Internet? And the modems were rated in BAUD. My first modem was just 300 BAUD and I used a surplus terminal to connect to our Physics Department computer. I did not own a computer, just a terminal.

Desper-otto indeed, 9600 BAUD seemed lightning fast! 32 times as fast as my first one! If you are connected to the Internet now you are still using a modem. For a DSL connection it is about 20 million BAUD. Cable modems are even faster. But it is never enough!

This Calder STABILE stands in front of the Green Building on the MIT campus.

Most people call it The Great Sail, but if you look at the plaque it is actually called The Big Sail. Legend has it that it was placed there to deflect the wind from blowing the revolving doors on the Green Building. Probably not true, but a fun story to tell freshmen!

Picard said...

From yesterday and today:
Lucina, CanadianEh, AnonT, PK, IrishMiss and Yellowrocks thank you all for the good wishes for my surgery.

AnonT thanks for asking. I hadn't thought about the connection to being hit by the car until just a few days ago when someone else asked. Then I realized one of the countless injuries that I sustained was a broken sternum. This is an "epigastric hernia" just below my sternum. So, perhaps it is indeed an aftershock.

Today I went to the surgeon's office and his nurse poked way up in my nose for the coronavirus test. Has anyone else been through the test? It is a bit uncomfortable and will bring tears to your eyes. The nurse said that happens with everyone she has seen. And it is all fairly pointless in my case, since the results probably won't be known before the surgery.

Here are way too many photos from my adventurous hike yesterday, arranged in several galleries. One last hurrah before the surgery on Friday!

OAS you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother in law Johnny. This coronavirus is not trivial by any means.

Picard said...

PS: Hahtoolah thanks for all of the illustrations. The RACOON/CORONA image was hilarious.

Hahtoolah and CrossEyedDave thanks for the ATOMIC Cafe videos. I had forgotten about this, but I did see it when it came out. Chilling. It puts current fears in proper perspective.

SwampCat said...

Fun puzzle Barbara. Please send us more. Susan...just thanks! Always a pleasure.

In my quarantine (boredom?). I’ve been watching the first year of Startrek

Such a shame the later years were ruined by Rodenberry’s
political misguided obsession. It was so good at first..

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Scoot over WC & OMaxiN, I too had GMEN for the FIW.

Thanks Barbara for your LAT debut. Nice of you to drop by.

Thanks Hahtoolah for the fine illustrated review.
On the way back from the Mexican restaurant for takeout (It's Cinco de Mayo AND Taco Tuesday?!?*), the girls were trying to take a snap of the sunset. "It keeps going down, " says Youngest as we turn.
That's when I used the whole "If you wonder where it goes [...] it will DAWN on you."
It got the same reaction as Ray-O's puns :-)

ESPs: LIND, DENALI, TBILISI, THEE(? - I did not know that re Quakers Hahtoolah)
Fav: BAUD. Before internet was 100% "on," I went from 300bps on an Apple ][e to a 56k USR on a PC. For those working at home during quarantine, could you imagine doing your job on dial-up?

OMK - Long walk for the DR but I do like the gram you anam'd. //Sea-Slugs? A UC further west than Santa Cruz?

Lucina - I didn't know The Plains either. Little bit of trivia for when Defcon returns.

Picard - Most people using computers then started with a modem. But most people weren’t using computers then. CyberMonday was coined because of the massive peak in bandwidth usage the Monday after Black Friday. The reason for the Monday peak - people didn't have internet at home and waited until they got to work Monday to finish their Christmas shopping.

Popeye got me to each my spinach so I'd be strong like him and Bugs got me to eat my carrots so I could see like him.

Cheers, -T
*Yuman beat me to it

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great fun puzzle, Barbara! Always well done, thanks, Susan!

I got the Quaker clue okay, however, I grew up in the midst of people who had a community church of Friends. They did not say Thee & Thou. They also had introduced piano music & hymn singing into their worship and had a preacher -- and still do -- much like other small town churches.

LEDE: 20 years writing for papers & editing for 3 yrs. Always talked about the LEDE, but never saw it in print to know it was spelled that way. CWs are so educational.

BAUD: all perps. I thought the word denoted a naughty woman.

Picard: Does your epigastric hernia "whistle" or "whimper". I had a cracked sternum years ago. Now I have strange sounds coming from that area especially at night or when I turn over in bed. Doctors can't ever hear anything and think I'm nuts. Lung x-rays didn't show anything. How'd they diagnose yours?

OAS: what surprises me that my son doesn't think COVID-19 is more dangerous than the flu is that his Jr.-sr. high school principal recently was the first person in our former home county to die of the virus. Denial!

Michael said...

PK, if it's spelled 'BAWD' it's a loose woman. I recall using a 300-baud modem on the Kaypro, and watching each character of a 4K document taking about a second to download ... slow isn't even close to describing this.