Jun 30, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Steve Mossberg

The Can Can.

The first word in each theme answer can be placed before, or "open", the word Can to give us a common item often found in a kitchen.

17-Across. Open-air alehouse: BEER GARDEN.  Beer Can.

21-Across. Taunting banter between players: TRASH TALK.  Trash Can.

35-Across. Topper for a conspiracy theorist: TIN FOIL HAT.  Tin Can.

42-Across. Faux bronzing technique: SPRAY-ON TAN.  Spray Can.

56-Across. Traditional St. Patrick's Day slice: SODA BREAD.  Soda Can.  Here's a recipe for Irish Soda Bread.

And the unifier:

62-Across. Kitchen gadgets, and what the starts 17-, 21-, 35-, 42- and 56-Across are: CAN OPENERS.

1. Grating sound: RASP.

5. Self-restrained: STAID.

10. Partner of ebb: FLOW.

14. Twice tetra-: OCTA-.  Remember the Octomom, the woman who gave birth to 8 children?  Her octuplets are now 11 years old.

15. Black-and-white bamboo lover: PANDA.  China leases its Pandas to American zoos.

16. Saxophonist Coltrane named for sitarist Shankar: RAVI.  I am not familiar with Ravi Coltrane (b. Aug. 6, 1965).  He is the son of saxophonist John Coltrane (Sept. 23, 1926 ~ July 17, 1967).

19. Emergency op for choppers: EVAC.

20. Make euphoric: ELATE.

23. Green eggs lover: SAM-I-AM.  A reference to Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.  His editor, Bennett Cerf, bet Seuss that he couldn't write a book using 50 or fewer distinct words.  The editor lost.  Green Eggs and Ham uses only 50 words.  "I do not like them, Sam-I-Am, I do not like green eggs and ham."

25. Request from: ASK OF.

26. Swing and Jazz: ERAs.  As in Swing Era or the Jazz Era.

28. Slap shot disks: PUCKS.

32. Reheats in a microwave: ZAPS.

39. "Mr. Blue Sky" rock gp.: ELO.   Also known as the Electric Light Orchestra.

40. Flimsy: TENUOUS.

41. Before, quaintly: ERE.

44. Test: EXAM.

45. Add, as a column of numbers: TOT UP.  This phrase has recently generated a lot of discussion in the puzzles.

46. TV screen types: LCDs.  As in a Liquid Crystal Display screen.

48. King's domain: REALM.

52. Cal. home of the Latino Walk of Fame: EAST L.A.

60. Showed again: RE-RAN.

61. Graven image: IDOL.

64. Screwdriver, e.g.: TOOL.  Also a drink made with Vodka and Orange Juice.  Between my junior and senior year in high school, I was admitted into a college summer program.  My roommate and I would go to the weekly concerts put on by the music department, not because we were interested in the music, but for the screwdrives that were served after the concerts.

65. Compound with a fruity aroma: ESTER.

66. Give in: CAVE.  Amazing drawings can be found in the Lascaux Cave in France.  I first visited the Lascaux Caves about 30 years ago.  We had been living in France, so were comfortable with the language, however, a tour was being offered for English speakers.  We opted for that tour.  It turned out English was the languge of all the people on the tour, but the tour guide still spoke French.  We ended up being the translator for the group.

67. Award for "Fleabag": EMMY.  I have heard of Fleabag, but never watched any episodes.

68. Sweetie pie: DEARY.

69. Series-ending abbr.: ET AL.

1. Sauna options: ROBES.  Robe or towel?

2. High-speed Northeast train: ACELA.  I learned of this train from doing the crossword puzzles.  It makes appearances from time to time.

3. Cook, as clams: STEAM.

4. Political groups: PARTIES.

5. Baden-Baden, e.g.: SPA.

6. Fruit dessert with shortcrust: TART.  Yummers!

7. "Rise Up" vocalist Day: ANDRA.  I am not familiar with Andra Day (b. Dec. 30, 1984), either.

8. Brainstorming output: IDEAS.

9. Local language, in Denmark: DANSK.  Also the name of a company that makes cookware and dinner ware.

10. Uneasy: FRETFUL.

11. Eruption content: LAVA.  //  Not to be confused with 54-Down. Cocoon dweller: LARVA.

12. Track shape: OVAL.

13. Fibrous candle feature: WICK.

18. Drive or reverse: GEAR.

22. Kachina carvers: HOPIs.  A Kachina is a spirit being in the religious beliefs of Native American cultures, including the Hopis.

24. San __: San Francisco Bay city: MATEO.

27. __ Féin: SINN.  Sinn Féin is a political party in Ireland.  The phrase Sinn Féin is Irish for We Ourselves.

29. Square cereal: CHEX.  Apparently it comes in all kinds of weird flavors now.

30. Noted Silicon Valley journalist Swisher: KARA.

31. Modern education acronym: STEM.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  STEM has come under fire in recent days.

32. Citrus peel: ZEST.

33. Nestlé pet food brand: ALPO.  The name is derived from from its original manufacturer, the Allen Products Company.

34. Fortified wine from the Douro Valley: PORT.

36. It may be cracked or roasted: NUT.

37. Stable youngster: FOAL.

38. Pound part: OUNCE.

40. Easygoing, personality-wise: TYPE B.  Type A vs. Type B personalities.

43. By ear: AURALLY.

44. Heart, soul, or heart and soul: ESSENCE.

47. Truth alternative, in a game: DARE.

49. Curving: ARCED.

50. Tenant's contract: LEASE.

51. Nandi of the Georgia Aquarium, e.g.: MANTA.  Here's the story of Nandi the Manta.

53. Grab the check: TREAT.

55. Adams in galleries: ANSEL.  Ansel Easton Adams (Feb. 20, 1902 ~ Apr. 22, 1984) is best known for his beautiful black and white landscape photography.

56. Googling target: SITE.

57. Leslie __ Jr., portrayer of Burr in "Hamilton": ODOM.  Leslie Odom, Jr. (b. Aug. 6, 1981) portrayed Aaron Burr in the original Broadway production.  If you haven't seen Hamilton, I highly recommend it.  It is a great show.

58. Unhappy fate: DOOM.

59. Not just a thinker: DOER.

63. Get nosy: PRY.

Here's the Grid:

QOD:  Did you know you have the right to remain silent even when you're not being arrested?  ~  Anonymous


Hungry Mother said...

FIW, had SToIc instead of STAID, and didn’t look closely enough at two downs.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Easier than yesterday, IMO. Quicker, too. When TIN showed up, even dense d-o figured out the theme. Thanx, Steve and Hahtoolah.

"Fleabag" -- Very funny show.

DANSK: I just watched a documentary about Jutland -- the major naval battle of WWI. I'd heard it referenced in The Hunt For Red October, but knew nothing about it. Turns out that one of the British participants apparently rewrote the history to make his contribution look better at the expense of the guy who was his boss.

CHEX: In my ute the lady next door made "Nuts and Bolts" every Christmas season -- Wheat and Rice Chex, pretzels and peanuts coated with a garlic butter and pan roasted. Now you can buy 'em ready-made.

TYPE B: That'd be me, usually. I'm easy-going, until I'm not.

Boomer said...

Hello Everyone, The reference to Dr.Suess, aka Ted Geisel brings up a fond memory for which I am too old to remember. I was about two years old, and we were visiting my aunt at the San Diego library and Dr. Suess was there to promote a book. I received an autographed copy of "If I Ran the Zoo". I kept it for many years but somehow over time I lost track of it. "If I ran the Zoo said young Gerald McGrew, I'd make a few changes, that's just what I'd do'"

Wilbur Charles said...

This was a disaster. I had Icon/IDOL and made the crosses fit. I was thinking of the Icon debate in Constantinople and iconoclast in it's original definition.

Having done the week's xwords I'd consider this the hardest what with the unknown ANDRA and KARA. Ok, lots of easy and a few pitfalls.

I liked that QOD today, Hahtoolah. I'll get back to the links. I kept saying that last sentence to my golfing buddy until he responded " Stop, only when I see you on the course will I believe it!"

I knew AURAnLY sounded weird.


Lemonade714 said...

BOOMER thank you for the fun story about Dr. Seuss and the reminder that we all seem to lose touch with so many things from when we were little. Perhaps with camera phones and the cloud the next generation will be better.

I found the puzzle doable but some of the fill such as RAVI as clued, ANDRA , KARA , and MANTI were unknown.

I agree that FLEABAG is entertaining, but it is a bit shocking at times. Robe or towel? No.

Fun to see a C.C. word ELATE .

Thank you Susan, and Steve.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This had a bit of crunch, what with the unknown Andra, Kara, and Manta, as clued, but the perps were fair, so no harm, no foul. I liked the visual of Odom and Doom, side by side, and the reappearance of ALPO. My lack of observation powers resulted in a total surprise reveal. Unless a theme is obvious to me immediately, I don’t really look for one as I’d rather have the Aha moment with the reveal.

Thanks, Steve, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for another visually stunning and enlightening review. My favorite photo was the snoozing Panda cubs and I really enjoyed the rousing Can Can performance; what stamina those dancers have! I’m definitely a Type B, except for the procrastinator label. I, too, loved your QOD. Too bad more people don’t practice that theory!

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-Theme jumped out quickly
-9am tee time - FORE!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got it all except for the A in KARA. No searches were needed. I guess the door on a loo would be a CAN OPENER, too.
We opted not to wear robes at the sauna in our hotel in Espoo, Finland.
The ESTER in the scent of bananas is isopentyl acetate.
"Kan du snakke DANSK?" Means "Can you speak Danish?" in Danish.
EBB and flow - - I grew up with EBBE und Flut. (Ger.)
Oddly, the Great Lakes have no noticeable tidal action.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Steve, for a bit of a challenging Tuesday. I was lost in the middle for a bit but eventually recovered on crosses. Good thing I don't time my puzzles. On a morning like this, I need to walk away and come back, usually with fresh coffee.

Great links, Hahtoolah. Thank you so much.

C-Eh: Thanks!
Anon T: Safe travels. I heard my grandson tell a friend on the phone if you come to Illinois from Texas, you have to strip naked in the garage and run up and take a shower! Not quite true. He had to leave his shoes in the garage, run up and take a shower after throwing his clothes down the laundry chute, which Gramma directed immediately into the new Speed Queen. :)

Am I wrong--now that's most certainly possible--but isn't today our fearless leader's birthday? Happy Birthday C.C.!

Have a sunny day, everyone.

Irish Miss said...

Happy Birthday, dear CC, and best wishes for many more! 🎂 🎊 🎉 🥂 🎁 🎈

TTP said...

Good morning.

Happy Birthday C.C. !

No problems today, and WIMS "...the unknown Andra, Kara, and Manta"

Hahtoolah, I wasn't thinking of Billy IDOL at graven, but I like that song.

Funny story, Madame Defarge. Teenage boys :>)

FLN, Dash T, your girls had the better idea with that caterpillar. Nice pic, but yeah, you're no John Lampkin :>)

Time to go attack the scale that's attacking my Magnolia again this year. I should have taken time from my drywall repairs and basement painting to do the imidacloprid soil drench in early May, if not earlier. They emerged early this year with all the hot weather. They don't know what's about to hit them. A gallon of horticultural oil concentrate will be here tomorrow.

Bob Lee said...

Like others, a bunch of new people names for me that I filled in with the crosses: ANDRA, KARA, MANTA, ODOM.

At first I had REIGN instead of REALM and ICON instead of IDOL, but I figured those out after a few minutes.

I loved TIN-FOIL-HAT. It reminded me of the MIT study some students did in 2005 (Google it) where they tested 3 styles of hats. The hats ended up blocking most radio signals, but AMPLIFIED the frequencies used in mobile and satellite communications - those best for spying. Haha.

Wilbur Charles said...

When I commented "I'll get back to the links. " I immediately thought of you, Gary. Nice to have Golf on TV Sunday.


Big Easy said...

Like everybody else, KARA, ANDRA,ODOM, &MANTA eere unknowns. In you Orleans the Irish eat corn beef and cabbage. I had never heard of SODA BREAD. Fleabag was unknown but the SCWAs of Emmy, obie, or espy usually fill nicely.

TIN FOIL HAT.I guess ALUMINUM FOIL HAT has been changed by an alchemist. Members of the press wear them a lot.

OMaxiN said...

FIW. As previously noted, errors in the SW portion of the puzzle.

HG. If your tee time was less than an hour after you completed your post, I hope you were already near the golf course. My warm up takes 15 to 20 minutes after arriving.
Dustin Johnson 21 wins, but he also needed to yell fore a few times yesterday.

Thank you Hatoolah and Steve.
Happy birthday C.C.

Yellowrocks said...

Many names today, but I waited for perps and got all of them easily.
I thought of ICON, but it seemed wrong for the clue, so I switched to IDOL. I breezed through the top third, slowed in the middle and jumped to the bottom third which I breezed through. Going back to the middle I realized I needed a CAN, so SPR soon become SPRAY ON TAN , providing all the necessary perps to finish. Tuesday easy, thanks to the solid perps.
Susan, cute pandas. Great pics.
Soda bread was always popular here in NJ every March. Now we see it year round. It usually has raisins in it.
ACELA is another popular east coast thing. It is often in the news.
I use tinfoil hat instead of aluminum foil hat. When I was young we called aluminum foil tinfoil.
Alan is still held at the hospital waiting for more EXAMs.
When Kenny was little he could "read" SAM I AM from pictures and memory. ;-)

Does anyone actually know if this is CC's birthday?

Picard said...

Fun theme and fairly smooth solve. Only hangup was TOTUP.

From Yesterday:
AnonT thank you for explaining the BLT reference to northerners.

Malodorous Manatee thank you for the detailed story of your life here at and around UC Santa Barbara.

Wilbur Charles I am honored that you have read most of the way through the Roddenberry interview. And that you are intrigued enough to want to watch a Next Generation episode. I highly recommend the very first episode "Encounter at Farpoint".

SwampCat said...

I must have been on Steve’s wavelength. Perps filled in the unknowns. Fun seeing ALPO again so soon. I liked LAVA and LARVA. Anon T I s’pose you get a CSO at LARVA along with Clair the Caterpillar/ Chrysalis.

I’ll take a CSO at SAM I AM for my grandson Sam and his favorite book. Thanks Susan, for reminding me of the 50-word Story behind it.

Thanks also for the SODA BREAD recipe. I haven’t made it in years. Maybe I’ll try again.

Irish Miss, keep on getting well!

Picard said...

Now on to something else. After living in this apartment for 31 years, our new owner is evicting us so that he can remodel it and flip it. Apparently we have no recourse. I have endured quite a few traumas in my life. Right now this feels like one of the biggest. I may be quite sparse posting on the Crossword Corner for quite awhile. I will try to continue to read.

SwampCat said...

Picard, that’s awful! Good thoughts...

Irish Miss said...

YR @ 10:40 ~ Yes, it is CC’s birthday. (Keep us posted on Alan, please.)

NaomiZ said...

Changed "stoic" to STAID and, like others, was able to FIR thanks to perps. ANDRA, KARA, and ODOM would have taken me DOWN without the common knowledge ACROSS answers. Thanks for that, Steve, and for reviewing, Hahtoolah.

Irish Miss said...

SwampCat @ 10:46 ~ I’ll do my best. Thanks!

Picard @ 10:47 ~ That’s terrible news. Best wishes for the future.

NaomiZ said...

Picard, I'm so sorry. The timing is terrible. I hope you find a place that suits you even better, and that you discover some benefits in the upheaval. It's a daunting thing to face.

Irish Miss said...

BTW, a very belated Welcome to Bob Lee and OmaxiN!

Tinbeni said...


Hahtoolah: Wonderful, informative write-up & links. Good job!

This was a FUN Tuesday puzzle & theme.


Big Easy said...


"Dustin Johnson 21 wins, but he also needed to yell fore a few times yesterday."

NOBODY hits every fairway off the tee. Pros don't even hit the green in regulation (GIR) more than 70% but they score under par.

They win on their chips and putts.

Picard- that's why I live in my own house. Nobody can evict me or burn it down through their own careless cooking habits in their apartment. Their water leaks can't damage my things.

Lemonade714 said...

It does seem like every day has new extreme highs and lows. First, very happy birthday to our own Zhouqin, our guiding light, inspiration, and mentor.

Picard, I am very sorry to hear your news as moving is listed by the psychology world as the third most traumatic experience in life behind only death and divorce. 31 years in the same apartment sounds more like New York than California. Did you never consider buying? As others have suggested, sometimes there can be a rainbow on the other side of that storm.

I read the entire Roddenberry article. I am pretty crazy and confused in this day and age of contagion so I do not know if I have posted about the relationship my brother Barry established with Roddenberry after they first met at Dr. Atkins health farm near San Diego. They both loved talking philosophy and had similar type A personalities. Roddenberry did more to promote true equality in Hollywood giving recognition and work to all people regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or any other tool used to control lives.

Shankers said...

Smooth solve. Like everyone else the unknown names were easily perped as well as one or two other answers. A loud CSO to our dear Cornerite CanadianEh who will be celebrating Dominion Day tomorrow. Cheers.

AnonymousPVX said...

This Tuesday grid had a bit o’crunch.

Write-overs...ANITA/ANDRA, SIEN/SINN. lease? How much time do you have there? Best of luck. wishes for Alan.

Happy B-day, CC.

On to Wednesday. Stay safe.

LEO III said...

I did pretty well today. Got through most everything OK, and the perps did the rest. Hand up for the same unknowns as others have mentioned. Not a wine person (well, there was “Wild Irish Rose” --- $5.00 a bottle back in my much, much younger days), so I had to look up Duoro Valley; but hey, I had no problem with beer garden! 45A completely messed up that section, until I finally figured it out.

Happy birthday, C.C.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Another rainy day at camp so another newspaper run for the puzzle (family friend found in the obits).

Bit of a challenge for a Tuesday. FIR with inkovers: Marin/MATEO, cede/CAVE, total/TOTUP (which I still think is BS) spelled SINN multiple ways till perp corrected.

A cocoon occupant is a pupa not a larva, where it pupates into an adult insect. Sauna robes (or robeless spa option?) Close to the German Spa. Mantas have names? Why not. According to the Crossword police SPRAYONTAN may violate the no politics edict. Isn't HOPI already plural?

Did not know ELO, ANDRA, ODOM all perpwalked. ARCED never looks right to me. Wanted to try GREEN PIZZA for "St Pat's Day Slice" (yep, I know too STEM again??

"Fleabag" with Phoebe Waller-Bridge was excellent in my opinion but definitely not to everyone's taste. Happy birthday CC.

Why not...

Foster's "Maid of Golden Hair"....AURALLY
Pawn brokers buy _____ ....ANSEL
One of a northern Italian border mountain.....ALPO
"Arnold Palmers" are half lemonades and _____ PARTIES
By the end of the day Ethel had her _____....FRETFUL

A link to my grandson catch with his sister and some interesting mushrooms I just now noted in the woods.

Lucina said...



Thank you, Steve Mossberg and Hahtoolah!

This was quick and easy I'm happy to say with not even one write-over.

CSO to TINbeni.

SPRAY ON TAN is definitely not needed here. Twenty or thirty minutes outdoors and a TAN will cover one's body. It's easy to spot visitors from other states as their very white skin stands out.

When we went to the SPA and used the sauna it was usually with only a towel wrapped around the middle. I haven't been to one in a very long time. I miss those days.

I've never eaten SODA BREAD and now likely won't since any BREAD is off my diet.

That is terrible news! I hope you find a place quickly.

Relish the day, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

Happy birthday, CC. Thank you for all the hard work and loving care you give this blog and all of us Cornerites. I hope you have a wonderful day today and will have a great year ahead of you.
Picard, so sorry you must move.. After all those year in one place, it will be so difficult.
Ray, I had the same thought. When the larva is in the cocoon it is no longer a larva, but a pupa.
My tan is much lighter this year. I hardly ever lie in the sun, but I was always out and about. I tan easily. Covid has clipped my wings.

Wilbur Charles said...

Picard, I'm sorry for your losing your apartment. Hope there's a happy ending.

I liked where Rodenbury Sr said "Whales are not mammals, they're FISHES!"


JohnB said...

TOT UP is absurd. As a CPA (inactive), I have never heard of this phrase. You can TOTAL a column of numbers, or SUM a column of numbers. But, no one, NO ONE, tots up a column of numbers.

desper-otto said...

I heard "tot up" often in my ute in Wisconsin. Not so much lately.

Lemonade714 said...

For Ray



Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle.
ODOM and DOOM side by side.
Take care, all.

Husker Gary said...

-Shot well this morning. Had to carry my partner in our “best ball” format in 80% humidity!
-What would my grandkids do if I gave them a manual CAN OPENER?
-Omaha’s Doorly Zoo considered getting PANDAS but the cost was way too much
-RE-RAN – I’m rewatching all the Poirot shows from when I was in the hospital
-R _ _ _ S – Our sauna at the Y had ROCKS
-Islip Speedway is ran the first Demotlition Derby on its figure-eight track which I saw on Wide World Of Sports
-In some groups I am a TYPE-A and in others I’m a TYPE-B
-WC and OmaxIN – course is a 22 minute drive and warmup consists of playing one hole for practice. Dustin’s shots were the talk of the course
-We NASA peeps think of “We never went to the moon” peeps as having TIN FOIL HATS.
-BTW, why is aluminum foil called tin foil?
-Sorry to hear that, Picard! Real estate in CA. is crazy and a 30 year old property is a prime target

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Thanks Lemonade, I assume my pictures didn't populate with the links I provided. Still haven't got the html thing down.

Spitzboov said...

TOT UP is a phrasal verb which enjoys British, albeit informal, usage.

Happy Birthday to C.C. Hoch soll sie leben!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Happy Birthday C.C.! Your blog is an Internet oasis.

Well, that was crunchy... ANDRA xing STAID? Lucky me on that WAG...

Thanks Steve for the grid. IIRC, this is your second ever LAT and second this year. Good show.

Hahtoolah! How do you do it? - such a fun after-party kick-off and pithiest QOD of our times.
Oh, and Weird Al in a TIN FOIL HAT... perfect! [Midnight Star - 4:27]

WOs: TOTal, SToID(?)
//Don't y'all think I'm soooo very clever though, there were a number of c/as that took more PERPs than necessary for a smarter guy.
Fav: TINUOUS. Fun word and, in the context of this puzzle's completion...., yeah.
SAM I AM is a cute runner-up.

Picard - no recourse? Aren't there Covid rules in effect? [VP - very political 18:58 | John Oliver]

Youngest is on pins & needles waiting for Disney+ (or whatever) to drop Hamilton this Friday. //not like she hasn't bootleg'd it already - it's all I hear 'round here. What I mean is: Nailed ODOM (um,... with 3 perps)

MdF - No idea how this trip is going to work social-distance wise. I know Mom will be crying and need hugs. I also read American Airlines is back to "full capacity." //how many folks are going to SPI?
Oh, and DW (just out of self-quarantine) is going to quarantine me when I get home!?! I have to move 5 computers to the master bedroom b/f 5a tomorrow so I can work when I get back.

TTP - thanks for confirming I'm no John Lampkin...
Swamp - I'll take the CSO :-)

Cheers, -T

Ol' Man Keith said...

(Sigh.) It seems that every day the COVID crisis produces new candidates for the TINFOIL HAT crowd.

A generally pleasing ppl from Mr. Mossberg. Nice, steady solving from start to finish.

Misty ~
You may get a kick out of the fact that my first fill for 38D--"Pound part"--was CANTO.
A 3-way on the new side.
The central diagonal offers a demonic anagram.
I know, I know. Some people are always finding hidden Satanic messages in the strangest places. But here's an authentic message straight from the nether regions:

Ol' Man Keith said...

Happy Birthday, C.C.!
May you live to at least TWICE your age--and enjoy every YEAR!

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Steve and Hahtoolah.
Finished this CW in good time with only a couple of inkblots.
Sum up changed to TOT UP (yes, you see my nose wrinkling LOL). Honey changed to DEARY (I thought Honey was Sweeter!) and Spy changed to PRY. Cede also changed to CAVE.

Unknowns filled by perps included ANDRA, KARA, IDOM (although I should have known!). EAST LA and ACELA were in my distant CW memory and aided by perps.

Lucina will laugh at my thought process for 22D. My limited Spanish had me thinking that Kachina meant kitchen (I LIUed and the correct word is Cocina) and I was trying to find a Spanish word for carving knife. HOPIS filled with perps, but I required Hahtoolah's explanation for the light to dawn.

YR- I hope Alan is feeling better soon.
Picard - how distressing! Sorry to hear.
Shankers - yes it is Canada Day tomorrow (name changed in 1982). Our newspaper today had both sets of comics, CWs, Word Jumbles etc. and I am set already. All celebrations will be virtual.
AnonT - thoughts and prayers on your trip and family time (sorry for the sad reason).

Happy Birthday C.C.
Wishing you all a great day.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Madame Defarge et al,

Thank you for the sweet messages. We had our Burnikel special meal: walleye and wild rice. Boomer also bought us a "Lemon Chess Pie" from Traders Joe's, misreading it as "Lemon Cheese Pie". Super 6D (yours is much better, Hahtoolah!).

So sorry about the bad news. I recall Andrea Carla Michaels sued her landlord when he tried to evict her. I can't remember the result. She lives in San Francisco.

Yellowrocks said...

My son is a CPA and a former CFO. Tot up is not a word he or other financial professionals use, but it is used informally. I have heard it often enough in tot up the bill. Because we do not hear or use a certain word does not mean that it must necessarily be rare or suspect. I love that puzzles expand my vocabulary.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Steve Mossberg, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

First, Happy Birthday, C.C., and many more.

Got up late last night and worked the puzzle. Then went back to bed ( on the floor ). Puzzle made me somewhat sleepy. That's good.

Puzzle went fairly well. Theme was a good one. Figured it all out when I finished.

Liked BEER GARDEN. Of course once I start my Radiation and Chemo, next Monday, no more beer for about 7 weeks. I will survive.

Had to think deep to get SAM I AM.

MANTA was unknown to me. Perps.

Love ANSEL Adams photos.

Never heard of the Latino Walk of Fame. I used to work near East LA.

Good luck with cousin, Picard.

Anyhow, Have to run.

See you tomorrow.


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Wendybird said...

Happy Birthday, C.C. ! My first foray into this blog was when you created a personalized puzzle for Jack’s 80th last year - thanks again for his favorite present.

Picard, Santa Barbara is such a gorgeous area, and I certainly understand your pain at losing your long - time home. Hopefully you’ll find something even better.

Thank you Steve and Hahtoola for the puzzle and the tour.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

The TOT UP/TYPE B crossing was a write-over, but I FIR. I’m a TYPE A, so of COURSE I had to succeed!!!

Lots of WAGS and perps to finish the grid

Happy Birthday C.C.! Many happy returns ...

CSO to Tinbeni @ 35a

Like Spitzboov, I prefer sauna-ing sans robe, but use the towel to sit. Anyone who’s congregated in ones birthday suit, knows the civility of using a towel under their kaboose...

A trio of haiku today:

Irish dissident
Confessed to a priest, in hopes
He could just feign sin ...

Their disagreements
Have made me think, we should call
Them (Dem’s and Rep’s) the apart-ties.

Let’s re-start this year ...
The word “hindsight”? Please don’t say
“It’s 20/20” ...


Yellowrocks said...

Alan is home. The agency relaxed their rules and now he is not confined to his room and has the run of the house, interacting with and eating meals with all of his house mates. He is so happy. The house still has the no visitors rules, but my porch visits are still on.
Alan has positional hypo-tension. When he rises from bed or sitting down his blood pressure plummets and he gets dizzy and sometimes falls. He will consult with a cardiologist to see why this happens. The hospital changed one of his meds. Like tinkering with a mobile, will this get his urological problems out of wack? Also Alan has to wear compression stockings. I hope that is short lived. I hated it when I wore them. So things are moving along. This is nothing new in the story of life long medical glitches.

Hahtoolah said...

C.C.: I am remiss in not remembering your birthday I am glad Madame Defarge keeps careful records. I hope your birthday is spectacular.

Moe: your last haiku reminded me of a joke about the make who sat on his glasses. he didn't have 20/20 hindsight.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Very busy here, today so not enough time to respond to all the comments that should receive a reply.

FIR. Loved seeing Wierd Al in the write up. The kids and I used to sing Nature Trail To Hell in the car on road trips.

Picard, sorry to learn of your uprooting. I suspect that you will come through it all in style.

Ken I said...

Wanted to share a funny story the tin foil hat brought to mind....We recently moved to Arizona where we finally have a pantry large enough to store one of those handy 18" wide 500 ft. long rolls of heavy gauge aluminum foil that restaurants use. As there is no restaurant supply nearby, I turned to Amazon for it. In reading the reviews, expecting comments about the utility of the wide foil for cooking (i.e. "Great to be able use just one piece to cover a half sheet pan"), I was surprised to find reviews about how handy the large, wide rolls were for covering ones ceiling and walls!

Pat said...

This was a nice, easy start to the day. Thank you, Steve M. Thank you Hahtoolah, for the write-up an the links.

Happy Birthday, C.C. I hope you have a wonderful and a great year!

Today I am celebrating the 9th anniversary of my replaced knee! I don't regret it but I would prefer not to have to have the other one done.

Have a great evening everyone!

Anonymous T said...

YR - Didn't they (the Drs) screw with Alan's meds a year ago and this same thing... Oy!

MManatee - You forgot (In 3D) [Nature Trail to Hell (In 3D) - 3:09].

C.Moe - too funny! All of them.

Cheers, -T

Husker Gary said...

Let me add Happy Birthday wishes to the one person who gives us presents everyday!

Happy Birthday, C.C.!

CrossEyedDave said...


Malodorous Manatee said...

Anonymous, you are absolutely correct! 2....3.....4...Scream

Bill G said...

CC, happy birthday from me too!

Thanks for everything.

While I'm thanking, let me also include a big thank you to all of the contributors who explain and illuminate the puzzles on the other six days of the week.

~ Mind how you go...

PK said...

Happy Birthday, C.C.! May you have many more enjoyable years!

I CAN do Steve's great puzzle and did. Very interesting stuff in your expo, Susan! Thanks to you both.

Do TYPE A's have the patience to sit and do crossword puzzles?

Picard: Sorry you have to move if you don't want to. I lived in my big old farmhouse 31 years and cleaning it, the big old barn and a machine shop out to move probably cost me 20 years of good health. Take care!

Alan Brady said...

R.I.P. Carl Reiner (98 yers old)

Anonymous T said...

Alan Brady

Yes, R.I.P a great comedian.

If you've never seen Carl, Mel, & Jerry it's worth the NetFlix subscription.


Chairman Moe said...

To HK: as a Type A, the answer is “yes”!

To -T and Hatoolah: glad you enjoyed them!

Lucina said...

Canadian Eh!
Yes, I chuckled at your spoonerism of Kachina into cocina! That's clever, actually but I'm glad you realized your error. As we know and have remarked many times before, language is a tricky business.