May 20, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Jesse Goldberg

Theme: Vivisection.  Various body parts are unpleasantly severed, figuratively speaking.  Have a look, if you're not too squeamish.

17. Give 110% effort: WORK ONE'S BUTT OFF.  No matter how hard I've worked, my BUTT has always still been there.  I cry foul!

27. Be excessively verbose: TALK ONE'S EAR OFF.  Do your ears ever get tired?  Have they fallen off?

49. Mourn at length: CRY ONE'S EYES OUT. When the tears flow, to no end, taking the eyeballs with them.

63. Worry to an extreme degree: PULL ONE'S HAIR OUT.  To look at me, one might think I've been doing this. But, no - it's just old age.

Hi gang, it's the tattered remains of JazzBumpa here.  Let's see if we can get through this puzzle without further abuse. 

Looks like this is Jesse Goldberg's premier appearance in the L.A. Times.  Nice job, Jesse, and congrats.  Hope to see more of your work in the future.


1. __ Springs: PALM.  Palm Springs, a city in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, is known for its hot springs, stylish hotels, golf courses and spas.

5. Word with base or boot: CAMP.  A base CAMP is a main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications for persons engaged in wide-ranging activities, as exploring, reconnaissance, hunting, or mountain climbing.  A boot CAMP is a military training camp for new recruits, with strict discipline.

9. National Poetry Month: APRIL.  Also the cruelest month, according to a poem.

14. Six-time MLB All-Star Moisés: ALOU.   Moisés Rojas Alou Beltre [b1966] is an outfielder who played for several teams in the major leagues over 17 years with a .303 batting average.

15. Curved molding: OGEE.

16. Water under the Pont de Normandie: SEINE.  French river.

20. Publicity photos from movies: STILLS.  Stationary shots extracted from a movie scene.

21. Swedish pop quartet: ABBA.  I can't get away from them.

22. Day care charge: TOT.  Young child

23. Illegal freeway maneuvers, for short: UIES.  A 180 degree arc to reverse course.  Sadly, the spelling is nonstandard and arbitrary, so perps are always needed.

25. Meat cut: LOIN.  The part of the body on either side of the vertebrae adjacent to the hip bones.

33. Santa __ winds: ANA. These are strong, extremely dry downslope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California. They originate from cool, dry high-pressure air masses in the Great Basin.  One theory is that they are named for the Santa ANA canyon.

34. Brood: STEW.  Worry, not necessarily with hair tearing.

35. Wild child: TERROR. Little trouble maker.

37. Syndrome after a life-threatening experience, briefly: PTSDPost Traumatic Stress Disorder.

39. Title for tennis great Andy Murray: SIR. [b 1987] He is a British professional tennis player from Scotland. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, and former world No. 1.

41. Selfish shout: MINE.

42. __ Club: conservation group: SIERRA.  An environmental organization founded in 1892 by John Muir.

45. Carpet type: SHAG.  Carpet with a deep pile, giving it a shaggy appearance.

48. QB stats: TDSTouchDowns.

52. Unlikely, as a chance: SLIM.  Curiously, FAT chance means the same thing.

53. Carrie-__ Moss of "Jessica Jones": ANNE.  She [b1967] is a Canadian actress who has also appeared in several movies.

54. Dedicated poem: ODE.

57. "Livin' la Vida __": LOCA. The crazy life.

59. Herbal cough drop brand: RICOLA.  From Switzerland.

66. Falcon's claw: TALON. Raptors are TALONted.

67. Boris Johnson's alma mater: ETON.  British School, 4 letters - you know what to do.

68. "The Snowy Day" Caldecott winner __ Jack Keats: EZRA.

69. Tons: SLEWS.  A whole bunch. Cf 2D

70. Ran out of juice: DIED.  As a battery, or battery powered device.

71. Ready to drive: TEED. Ready to play a hole of golf, or a whole bunch of golf.


1. Cats play with them: PAWS.  They don't have hands.

2. Loads: A LOT.  Tons.  A bunch.  Mucho.  Cf 69 A.

3. Greiner of "Shark Tank": LORI.  [b 1969] An American entrepreneur, television personality, and inventor.

4. Arctic footwear: MUKLUK.  A high, soft boot that is worn in the American Arctic and is traditionally made from sealskin.

5. Agree: CONSENT.  Go along with.

6. It's just a number, so they say: AGE.  Don't let your age be a boundary or a limitation.

7. Elevated landform: MESA.  Table-land: an isolated flat topped hill with steep sides.

8. Little rock: PEBBLE.  A small, rounded stone, especially one worn smooth by water action.

9. Rogers' partner: ASTAIRE.  Ginger and Fred. They were pretty good.

10. Favorite: PET.

11. Hilarious one: RIOT.

12. The 411: INFO.  From the telephone number for directory assistance n the U.S. and Canada.

13. Took off: LEFT.  That's right.

18. Hodgepodges: OLIOS.  Confused mixtures.

19. WWII sea threat: U-BOAT.  Undersea boat: submarine.

24. Views: SEES.  Observes.

26. Typical behavior: NORM.  The usual.

27. Brewpub array: TAPS.  Devices for controlling the flow of liquids.

28. Bit of foolishness: ANTIC.  A grotesque, fantastic, or ludicrous gesture, act, or posture.

29. Surgical tool: LASER. A high energy light beam that vaporizes soft tissue with high water content.

30. Havarti alternative: SWISS.  Types of cheese.  Havarti is Danish.  My favorite Swiss cheese comes from Norway.

31. Corn chip: FRITO.  Brand name

32. Ballet bend that sounds like a cheese dish: FONDU.  After this demonstration, you can have fun doing it.

36. Enjoy an easy chair: REST.

38. Prohibitionists: DRYS.  Those opposed to the consumption of alcohol.

40. Ostrich relative: RHEA. Distant cousins from distant continents.

43. Deodorant choices: ROLL ONS.

44. Negative particle: ANION.  An atom or molecule with an extra electron.

46. "Atlas Shrugged" novelist: AYN RAND.

47. Bottled spirits: GENII.  Spirits of Arabian folklore, as traditionally depicted imprisoned within a bottle or oil lamp, and capable of granting wishes when summoned.

Would the drys object?

50. Hosted: EMCEED.  To have been the Master of Ceremonies.

51. Like passwords, ideally: SECRET.  Not known or seen by others.

54. Declines, with "out": OPTS.  To OPT is to make a choice.

55. Twofold: DUAL. Having two parts or aspects.

56. Fashion magazine since 1945: ELLE.  Founded n Paris.  The name is a French female pronoun.

58. Italian wine region: ASTI.  A provence in Piedmont, northern Italy.

60. Move like a blob: OOZE.  Slowly seep.

61. Bait: LURE.  Enticement.

62. Somewhat: A TAD.

64. Close to the ground: LOW.

65. Manual weed whacker: HOE.  A long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade, used mainly for weeding and breaking up soil.

OK.  We had some fun and survived with our remaining body parts intact.  Hope the rest of your Wednesday is enjoyable and harmless.  Stay home.  Stay safe.  Wash your hands.

Cool regards!


Vermontah said...

A most entertaining, if a bit gory puzzle!

Anyone notice the SLEWS of double letters? Is this unusual? Three sets of Es. Two of F. One each of Z and R and T. A herd of Ls in the SW corner, six of them all bunched together. Seems like more than usual.


Hungry Mother said...

Breezed through it with a wirte-over: MUKLUK 4 MUKLaK and a false assumption that all themers would end with OFF Nice to see OGEE again after a long absence.

Wilbur Charles said...

Perps took care of EZRA and GENII (I was unsure of the plural). Ezra was of the Babylonian captivity(return era). Rhema entries became apparent quickly with (as said) OUT, outside the norm.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This one was quicker'n yesterday. Two OFFs, two OUTs, plus SECRET ROLL-ONS. I liked it. Nice debut, Jesse. Thanx for the tour, JzB.

SIR: With all those awards that Andy Murray's won, it's no wonder that I've never heard of him.

SHAG: Carpet of choice in the '70s, though I have no idea why. There was lotsa raking involved.

Carrie-ANNE Moss: I remember her as Trinity in the Matrix movies.

MUKLUK: Had a pair as a kid. Used 'em as slippers. They were nice and warm in the winter.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got the sense of the theme early, but wondered, too, about the change to OUT after two OFFS. But ONES appears in all four theme phrases. Being well known, the phrases helped make the puzzle easier. Poetry month had 5 letters so, APRIL or March? Perps settled it.
Had Warm Springs before PALM became more likely. Favorite clue was 'bottled spirits' for GENII. Solved without help.
Congrats on Jesse's maiden voyage. Fine job. BZ

Thanks JzB for setting the table.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fast & fun, thanks, Jesse & JzB!

Last to fill was SWISS/SIR cross. Never heard of Havarty or Andy Murray.

Easy enough theme but the change from OFF to OUT was a surprise. All are sadly exaggerated statements, happily no real blood.

I have a touch of PTSD today. I had three essential needs which prompted me to order groceries yesterday. Of 71 items, these three were the only ones, not delivered. They texted me to respond about substitutes but the text disappeared before I got a pen to write down the instruction number. I spent half an hour online trying to find the number I thought it was. Couldn't. Couldn't find a phone number for the store where my daughter was to pickup. Aaaagh! I think I'm obsolete.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I thought this was a clever, fresh, and very tight theme. Two Off endings and two Out endings, plus consistent tense, varied body part names, and the use of Ones all added to the tightness. I started to fill in Buns before Butt until perps nixed that. Lots of fun duos: Paws/Pet, A Lot/A Tad, PTSD/TDS, and the trio of Ana/Anne/Ayn. Ezra, Lori, and Fondu were unknowns. CSO to CC at Olios. Uies was a nose wrinklier, but it’s not like we haven’t seen it before.

Thanks, Jesse, on a fine debut, Congrats! And thanks, JzB, for the many facts and observations in your expo. (It seems that we are seeing many new constructors lately which bodes well for us solvers!)


Anonymous PVX, please email me.

Stay safe, all.

Irish Miss said...

Mr. Smarty Pants Autocorrect strikes again. Wrinkle, not wrinklier. Is there even such a word?

Husker Gary said...

-Wow! I tell my story about EZRA the snake yesterday and it appears in the puzzle today
-I’ve never seen a ODE to EZRA but would love to see Owen make a limerick about him
-It takes 8 days to get to Mt. Everest BASE Camp and 4 days to get back from there
-SEINE or LOIRE? _ _ I _ _ became _ _ I _ E before ASTAIRE cleared it up
-DIED – Our golf club has USB charging ports in the new carts
-PAW – I feel one on my face between 5am and 6am every morning
-The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy sunk a U-BOAT - U-576 - 30 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C. in July of 1942
-FRITO – Do you also have a food that you love but it doesn’t love you?
-The definitive work on DRYS and prohibition

Bluehen said...

This was a very nice debut by our constructor, Mr. Goldberg. ( I am assuming his gender from the spelling of the first name.) Bright, clean, and fun. No write-overs, no false starts, once through across and down and done. Not to say it was a speed run, it wasn't. I had to mull over several entries, and that will probably be the case until I get more familiar with Mr. Goldberg's vocabulary and construction style. I hope he can stop by and take a bow.

Great expo, JazzB. Glad to see your droll sense of humor is alive and well.

I'm feeling ambitious today. Tournedos Rossini tonight with pommes gratinee and haricot vert. And I had better hear no grumbling from the young lions or I'll eat theirs.

Is everyone ready for the holiday weekend? We're going to have a low-key household only backyard cookout. Hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken drumsticks, potato and macaroni salads, baked beans, deviled eggs, and I might just stuff some mushroom caps. We'll probably eat this stuff all weekend. To quote Hahtoolah, "Yummers!"


SansBeach said...

Good morning all. Thanks for the puzzle, Jesse and welcome. Thanks JzB for the write up. One write over today at left for went. Didn't know Mukluk but since they are made out of seals I would think the seals are out of luk. Early recognition of the theme clue aided in the solve. Have a great day.

Big Easy said...

Squeamish? Hardly. Hungry Mother- remember those 'proper English' rules - "never end a sentence with a preposition?" I was thinking the same about OFF. It's hard not to do it. No problems finishing today.

ANNE, EZRA, MUKLUK, FONDU- solved by perps. GENII just looks wrong but we've had it many times in puzzles.

JzB- I think this crowd knows what a HOE is.

Gary- I haven't TEED on up since last summer but I shove the phone in the bag until the 19th hole. I know people who use a phone app for distance but I think that's overkill. 99% of the people who play golf don't have a game good enough to know their exact distance for each club.

Andy Murray- just as good as Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic but nagging injuries caused him to lay off tennis.

C.C.- after trimming shrubs and doing yard work for a couple of days I just got around to reading Monday's WSJ. Congratulations on your "On Alert" puzzle

oc4beach said...

Welcome Jesse. A very nice debut puzzle. JzB, as usual, did an amazing tour through the grid with some nice visuals and audio. I enjoyed all of the YouTube videos.

After filling in the first two OFFs, I went down and put in two more in the other theme lines. Not such a smart move. However, it didn't take long before I saw my mistake.

JzB: Is it only the American Arctic where MUKLUKs are worn? What about the Canadian Arctic? Just asking. We don't want to ignore CanadianEH.

Nice to see RHEA instead of EMU.

When it comes to sparkling wines, I prefer ASTI Spumonte over champagne. Does anyone remember Cold Duck, which was a rage in the 60's?

Our area is opening up a bit, but the restaurants are still restricted to take-out or delivery only and the libraries are still closed along with any non-socially distancing activities. Someday we'll get there, but not for a while.

Be safe everybody.

Yellowrocks said...

Thanks for the nice puzzle, Jesse and for the interesting blog, Jazz. The theme with familiar phrases made the puzzle easy.
Preschool teachers all know Ezra's "The Snowy Day."
Nice to see all the cheese. Havarti is milder and semi-soft compared to Swiss Emmentaler or Gruyere. I like tangy cheeses. I use Emmentaler and Gruyere in my fondue. The cheese dish usually ends in E and the ballet bend has no E, fondu. I learned from Jazz's link that fondu means melt. Serving cheese fondue is a tasty, companionable eating experience, not a dish to eat alone. Maybe some day inm a few months.
I think I remember MUKLUK because it is fun to say.

Since Friday my sister is home from the hospital after six weeks. She insists on "independent living," but she keeps taking buses and getting lost. My brother had to pick her up three times in the last two days. Is this independence? She also entered someone else's apartment thinking it was hers causing a big to-do. She misses follow up medical appointments. I think the only solution will be for the family to press for involuntary commitment. She will hate us, but she will be safe.

desper-otto said...

Oc4beach, I remember a Thanksgiving in Wisconsin. It was my sister's turn to play host. She would supply the turkey and fixin's and the guests should each bring a bottle of Cold Duck. My sister burned the turkey to a crisp, but nobody noticed.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

That bridge didn't exist last time I was in France. As it's Wednesday figured the answer would likely be a common (Seine, Loire) rather than unheard of river. Perpwalked.

GENII. Saw a weird episode on TV last night where the GENIE was in a suitcase picked up accidentally off an airport carousel. (As a teen I used to "Dream of Jeanie").

LURE me with a FRITO in FONDUe OOZE..".mmm but maybe ATAD too much cholesterol?."

Rogers' partner...hmmm?...Harte too short...Hammerstein too long....ASTAIRE ...just right!!. SHAG was a carpet term, now my "olde gray head" of hair. (Careful how you use the term in Jolly Olde England)

FIR with an inkover: base/CAMP (yes I actually stoopidly put base as an answer when it was already in the clue. Was given a stern "warning" by the CW police.)

UIES (like owies) just fill. Not my favorite clues.

Speaking of "not favorites"...

Wallowing in good fortune.....MUKLUK

Fill exchanged Pepsi cans again.....RICOLA

Insect spasm in one's pants .......ANTIC

....And deep breath for a loud moan.....

Who should play a "Laugh-in" helmeted German soldier? ..._______ do it!!.....HAVARTI.
"Very interrrresting"

BTW.... BLUEHEN do you do take out?

NaomiZ said...

Delightful puzzle, Jesse Goldberg, and delightful review, JazzBumpa! I may have enjoyed the review even more than the solve. JzB's take on the long theme answers is hilarious.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Irish M. You realize "wrinklier" will show up in Saturday's puzzle.

Who's side on you on??....��

Ray - O - Sunshine said...


SwampCat said...

Oh what fond memories of Cold Duck! Was it really that good or were we just too young to notice? Thanks Oc4beach!

Jesse the puzzle was fresh and clever. Thanks! Loved FONDU and SEINE. I wanted a French word for water, but eau was too short and I got stuck there. SEINE was obvious but fooled me. Fun seeing HOE after learning yesterday that you don’t want a dull one.

JzB, thanks for walking us through.

Wilbur Charles said...

FLN, Bluehen, lol on juxtaposing seafood Florentine with tuna casserole

Moises is the son of Felipe, brother of Matty and Jesus Alou. Matty was held at 3rd as Roger Maris charged May's single and rifled the ball home. McCovey lined to Richardson and the Yankees won the'62 World Serious.*

The last time I saw MUKLUKs was a crossing guard in St Petersburg. The temp has dipped to 40 overnight. She looked like Ukluk the Eskimo.


* As the bookies used to refer to it

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi Gang -

Fun puzzle, and I enjoyed all your comments.

Lemonade informs me that there was a Jesse Goldberg who had a few puzzles published in the 2004-2007 time frame.

No idea if this is the same person or a coincidence in names.

Jesse, it you're listening, help us out here.

Cool regards,

Yellowrocks said...

Grammar Girl writes about 10 grammar myths, including, "Don't end a sentence with a preposition."
Grammar Girl

desper-otto said...

YR, is my memory faulty, or was there a rule that a possessive of a word ending in S was created by adding an apostrophe. So it would be Texas' rather than Texas's. That rule doesn't seem to exist nowadays.

Irish Miss said...

Bluehen @ 9:30 ~ As I was not familiar with Tournedos Rossini, I checked with Mr. G and all I can say is Yum, Yum, Yum. The young lions don’t know how lucky they are! Bon Appetit!

Ray @ 10:45 ~ I’m usually on the side of the Angels, but, sometimes, The Devil is in the details! 😇 😈 BTW, I believe your emojis turning into question marks is a result of Previewing before Publishing. At least, that’s what I experienced in the past.

YR @ 10:23 ~ I hope you can resolve the difficulty you’re facing with your sister’s mental decline. These are not easy decisions, but sometimes there are no other choices. Good luck.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...


Shankers said...

Changed ueys to uies and was able to suss ezra for a three day in a row romp in the park FIR. I laughed out loud at the autocorrect above...World Serious.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

IM..thanks for the emoji heads up. I had alreadybcommitted one CW offense today. Thought publishing without previewing was a punishable offense

😉 here's wrinkling at you!!

Misty said...

Woohoo! I got a Wednesday puzzle without a single erasure, or look-up or anything--it just all fell smoothly into place. Thank you, thank you, Jesse, for a mid-week treat!

I found the theme answers funny and cute, especially after they started repeating in each one--BUTT, EAR, EYES, and HAIR--made me laugh. And I caught the change from OFF to OUT before any erasures.

Don't know sports, but I guessed ALOU and SIR. Never heard of MUKLUK but it just fell into place. Funny word.

Yellowrock, what a tough situation posed by your sister's problem. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Have a great day, everybody, and JazzB, I loved your commentary.

Misty said...

Ray, forgot to thank you for your homophobic puns.

Madame Defarge said...


Late today. Thanks, Jesse, for today's challenge. I left the gate late and slowly, completely fouling up the Northeast. I began with Warm Springs instead of PALM and Army base or boot in lieu of CAMP.

Thanks for the tour JazzB. I needed it to find the theme. Your links are first class as usual.

Have a sunny day everyone. We have some solar light today for a change. YAY!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Homophonic...Homophonic!!!... how much more trouble am I going to get into today? 🥵😢😱

Lucina said...


Thank you for a nice outing, Jesse Goldberg and JazzBumpa! We should declare this to be Grid Spanning Week!

I have such fond memories and many photos of PALM Springs! The spas are wonderful! When my late niece was alive we went often but interest in going has abated. I'm sure we would be saddened by the memories of her enthusiasm and love of shopping, eating and basking in the sun.

And speaking of PALM Springs, that is the worst place to be during the Santa ANA windy season! The wind and sand can shear the paint right off a car! I've seen it.

I love ABBA! Thank you for linking the song, JZB.

And who doesn't love Fred ASTAIRE and Ginger Rogers? I certainly do.

I just now saw an error I had: TEEN for ready to drive and A TAN instead of A TAD. Sometimes I don't read the down clues!

LORI/ALOU could have been a Natick except that I am so familiar with the ALOU family from doing CWDs and LORI just perped itself.

MUKLUKs would never be worn here in southern AZ! It snows in the northern part of the state so they might be appropriate there.

SHAG is also a hairstyle popularized mainly by Farrah Fawcett.

What time is dinner? It sounds delicious!

Stay safe, everyone!

Lucina said...

That is so sad about your sister. I hope you and your family can resolve the problem without incurring ill will but it might not be avoidable.

Ron in LA said...

Great debut. Don't like the clue uyes, uies, or whatever, but enjoyed the rest.

oc4beach said...

DO: My Cold Duck story took place in my early 20's. When I was invited to a party, the host told me they would be having Cold Duck and she wondered if I liked it. I replied "not particularly, because it's too greasy, but I do like cold chicken."

Who knew it was wine. Head slap was in order.

Irish Miss said...

Ray @ 11:38 ~ Thanks for the wrinkle! Happy Emoji-ing! 🤡

oc4beach @ 1:04 That’s the funniest story I’ve heard in a long time! Thanks for the belly laugh! (I received my latest care package from Gibble’s on Monday.)

All three of our local supermarkets have lobsters on sale this week. My niece is going to pick up a couple for me. Not as sophisticated or elegant as Tournedos Rossini, but they’ll have to do! 🦞🦞

Misty said...

Oh dear, Ray--my deepest apologies. I'm not functioning very well these days, and don't know how I got that word wrong. Please forgive me. I've had house repair problems and lost an old friend living in a nursing home to the corona virus last week, and am a bit rattled these days. My apology.

PK said...

YR: so sad about your sister, but as you know, there comes a time when the children or other relatives have to parent the older generation to protect the loved one. Went thru that with my mom when she needed to quit driving, but fortunately she couldn't wait to go to the nursing home because many of her friends were there. In her dementia period, she thought she was back in college living in the dorm.

PK said...

Misty: hugs to you! This is such a trying time.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Wednesday crossword was clever.


The only way to get the U-turn abbreviation correct is to fill in the U and wait, because if guess it will be the other.

Misty, hang in here.

YR, so sad to hear of this. Do what is necessary.

And on to Thursday.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Yes, JzB, it was TS Eliot who said that about APRIL.
He blamed it for "breeding lilacs out of the dead land...."
But 2020 has given us another reason. Sometimes things are stirred to life that we'd rather stayed dormant.

Fun pzl today. Fine write-up. And more chuckles from Ray - O - Sunshine and his sound-alike (I'm taking no chances with spell--check!) words.
A 3-way on the near side.
The center diagonal gives us the anagram of the one guy from da 'hood who don' mind sleepin' widda fishes.
'Cuz he got a...

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Jesse Goldberg, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Jazzbumpa, for a fine review.

Puzzle went fairly easily. Got through most of it with no hiccups. Need a few perps. That's OK.

I agree. many ways to spell UIES. That's OK.

Never heard of Andy Murray. SIR was easy since I had two letters already.

Misspelled GENII as GENIE the first time. HAIR fixed that.

Must have been lots of people went to ETON because we get it all the time.

Tried RHINE before SEINE worked better. Think I had the wrong country.

Weather is good today. Dry (finally) and warmer with some sun.

See you tomorrow.


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Irish Miss said...

Misty, I’m sorry for your loss and additional burdens. These are very difficult times, sadly with little respite. Snuggle up with your Darling Dusty for some canine comfort. 🐶

Misty said...

Thank you, PK, Anon T, and Irish Miss, for your kind words. I need them today and they are much appreciated. (Hope I checked my spelling for accuracy).

Misty said...

Sorry, thank you, AnonymousPVX. I'm still not getting it right, I'm afraid.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Autocorrect is to

CrossEyedDave said...

Daughter#3 graduated from NYU today!
(no more College payments!)
It was supposed to be in Yankee Stadium,
but we all just watched a video ceremony instead...

Jzb, loved the write up,
that Fred AStaire clip gets better the older I get...
*when I was young it was impressive,
when older, I thought, Jeez, one misstep and some one is going to get seriously hurt...
Older still, thought, wish I could dance like that!
& today, (I wish I were young again...)

The Abba clip sent me down a rabbit hole though,
& in revenge, the final link I gave up on follows:
It is a tale that will make you rip off your body parts,
& want to burn them... It is a tale, so morbid, so disgusting,
(that I posted it for Anonymous-T - the rest of you should not watch it...)
The Gunfighter...

For the more squeemish,
Here is an Obligatory Kitty Link rerun...

Oh, & you can just hit Publish without preview,
& bypass the robo I.D. stuff!
It guarantees an instant posting, if you made a mistake!
If you made more than one mistake, it posts even faster!
Actually, I think we could break the speed of light if we had
enough mistakes...

CrossEyedDave said...


I forgot to reference,
that the Kitty Link,
was a reference to one down...

As reference by this YouTube link
that sent me down another Rabbit hole,


when I was babbling about robo ID in the above post,
the PC stopped,
& said I timed out,
& had to re-prove I was not a robot!

(hmm, makes me wants to look up the definition of "robot.")

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Fine debut Jesse. Thanks for the effort and I hope you didn't PULL YOUR HAIR OUT getting crosses xing 27 & 49a [if you didn't have a daughter in ballet, where'd you get FONDU?]

Thanks for kicking-OFF the after-party JzB! Plenty of music to groove to.

WOs: aGEE b/f OGEE [inanehiker - that's your FLN sporcle's doing...], ReCOLA
ESPs: ANNE, AGEE, EZRA (as clued), LORI, MUKLUK (say wha?!? - SansBeach - MUL YUCK! :-))
Fav: I thought the clue for PEBBLE was cute.

OMK - After the swim they finally said "So Long and thanks for all the fish."

Ray-O: I got your use of Hoovering :-)
Swamp - glad you caught MIL's/DW's HOE exchange. It actually went on for a while with BIL & I BITING OUR LIPS until it dawned on MIL what DW was saying.
Misty - it's the dark humor that gets us through these times. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. //and Ray-O's gay-bashing is all on his auto-correct :-)
YR - God Speed to you too. How's Alan's home holding up?

Bluehen - Monday's a Holliday? Ah, it is. Good. I need an extra day... Ever since WFH started I do nothing but and taking a day off seems weird/silly even though I really need it for mental health. I think I'll ready the bike for a 20mi ride. That will be nice. And maybe order some beer & brats...

Oc4 - I heard today on NPR that most Americans think "normal" will return in ~ 6 more months. I'm optimistic for the summer months but no so much come October. At least most Halloween costumes have masks but //Batman misses the point entirely...

Speaking of NPR, one of their shows (ATC?) does a bit of poetry every day during APRIL in celebration. An entertaining poet is Billy Collins [4:02 - on yesterday's LABs].

Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts ...

Nice debut for Jesse Goldberg; my only errors were initially writing ANY in 6D, and UEES in 23A. Needed a few perps here and there, but it was mostly solvable in one pass. Great clues and solves ...

A new CSO to yours truly (yes, I'll still react when MOE or STOOGE is in the puzzle), but today's is MESA, which last December became my new residence. I'll comment this summer about the "dry heat" ... it is rather refreshing after spending the last 10 sweaty years in FL ...

My 91 yr old Mom has been hounding me for limericks and haikus ... my creative brain has been out to lunch, but one of the words in today's puzzle keyed a thought:

Big Bang's Sheldon is well-known to give
Friends a lecture, on how they should live.
As in, taking a train
'Stead of flying, by plane;
It's his la Vida LOCO-motive ...

Anonymous T said...

BTW, did anyone catch Google's tribute today? -T

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Jesse and JzB.
Since I got the last two themers first, I thought they all ended with OUT! But I quickly figured it out (no OFF!) and saw the body parts.

Ueys was written in lightly, and changed to UIES. Yes IM, I call them nose-wrinklers!
Dorito wouldn't fit but FRITO did.
I know Plie but FONDU was new to me. But I have had Fondue in Switzerland - a wonderful experience. And DH got to blow one of those mountain horns just like in the RICOLA commercial.
I noted SLEWS, A LOT, and A TAD. Also ANNE crossing AYN.
I was thinking of yesterdays IPAs with the bottled spirits; but we did have TAPS.

oc4beach - thanks for remembering that Canadians have some sovereignty in the Arctic (but I will not touch the disputed areas!). LOL Ray re "Wallowing in good fortune.....MUKLUK"

Misty - sorry for your loss and house issues.
YR- Yes safety must trump independence, but you are correct - it will not be accepted well.
AnonT - that Google tribute must be American. This Canadian just gets the normal Google letters on your link!

Good evening all.

Lemonade714 said...

This may not have been a debut, as there was a Jesse Goldberg who had some puzzles published in the early 2000s.

8352 Jesse Goldberg lat 15x15 76 38 4.92 J,Y,Z Wed, Sep 22, 2004
10001 Jesse Goldberg lat 15x15 78 36 4.85 Q,V,Z Thu, May 26, 2005
10193 Jesse Goldberg lat 15x15 70 26 5.69 J,Q,X,Z Sat, Dec 10, 2005
10317 Jesse Goldberg lat 15x15 78 38 4.79 J,Q,X, Thu, Jan 19, 2006
10589 Jesse Goldberg nys 15x15 78 36 4.85 Q,Z Thu, Apr 27, 2006
11033 Jesse Goldberg lat 15x15 76 36 4.97 J,Q,Y, Thu, Sep 28, 2006
12052 Jesse Goldberg lat 15x15 78 40 4.74 Wed, Dec 06, 2006
11860 Jesse Goldberg nys 15x15 78 38 4.79 F,J,Q,V Wed, Mar 21, 2007

Is it the same person? I do not know. Jesse are you out there?

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh! Let's see if this link to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole works. -T

OwenKL said...

Sorry to admit it, but I haven't been following the blog the past few days as my depression has had me in a bit of a funk. I have been doing the puzzles, and if any of you follow my Facebook feed, you may notice I've put a few brief poems there inspired by scenery photos. Anyway, if someone hasn't mentioned it already, I just happened across a notice that The Daily Beast has a new crossword. Just 10x10, Mon-Thur + Sunday by Matt Gaffney.

Anonymous T said...

This whole quarantine thing is hard even on HERMITs like me... It must really exacerbate your lows. You've got friends here... Vent. -T

Lucina said...

Welcome to Arizona! Enjoy the dry heat.