Jun 2, 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Debbie Ellerin

Arts and Entertainment.  Each theme answer is a 2-word phrase where the first letter begins with "A" and the second word begins with "E".

17-Across. *   The "bush" type is the largest living land animal: AFRICAN ELEPHANT.

26-Across. *   Dorothy's female caretaker: AUNTIE EM.

47-Across. *   Sasha Fierce, for Beyoncé: ALTER EGO.  I Am ... Sasha Fierce was Beyoncé's 3rd album, which was released in 2008.

61-Across. *   Cardio workout: AEROBIC EXERCISE.  I miss not being able to go to the gym every day.  Exercising at home just isn't the same.

And the Unifier:

40-Across. "Ghost Hunters" channel suggested by the answers to starred clues: A AND E.

1. Thumb one's nose (at): SCOFF.

6. Type of lamp with a volcanic name: LAVA.

10. Magazine for docs: JAMA.  The Journal of the American Medical Association has been in publication since July 1883.  It is a peer-reviewed medical journal that publishes articles on original  medical research.  It's British counterpart is The Lancet, which is the oldest medical journal.  The Lancet has been in publication since 1823.  It was so named because a lancet was used in bleeding ill patients, which was, at the time, considered the "state-of-the-art" medical treatment.

14. Linney of "Ozark": LAURA.  Laura Linney (née Laura Legget Linney; b. Feb. 5, 1964) also played Sarah in one of Bill G's favorite movie Love Actually.

15. Sign above a door: EXIT.

16. Bullfight shouts:  ¡OLÉs!

20. "For sure!": YES!

21. Tots' sport with bases: T-BALL.

22. Listless feeling: ENNUI.  A crossword staple.

23. Fa-la link: SOL.

24. Eve's second son: ABEL.  //  Not to be confused with 18-Down. Start of a classic palindrome: ABLE.  The entirety of classic palindrome is:  Able Was I Ere I Saw Elba.  It is, ostensibly, attributed to Napoleón.

31. Majors in golf and tennis?: OPENS.

34. __ as a peacock: PROUD.

35. Self-centered: VAIN.

37. __ slaw: COLE.

39. Teen anti-DWI gp.: SADD.   Students Against Destructive Decisions.

41. "Sadly ... ": ALAS.

42. Big name in cosmetics: OLAY.

43. Really excited about: INTO.

44. Ear-to-ear smiles: GRINS.

45. It's taken by a witness, with "the": STAND.

49. Narc's coup: BUST.

51. Binary digit: ONE.

52. Cast a spell on: CHARM.

55. Up and about: AWAKE.

58. Waze display: MAP.  Waze is a GPS navigation software app.  It is owned by Google.

64. Baltic capital: RIGA.

65. Coastal recess: COVE.  Jessica Fletcher lived in Cabot Cove, Maine.

66. Greek column type: IONIC.

67. Poke: PROD.

68. Not new: USED.

69. Salon dos: COIFS.

1. Leave rolling in the aisles: SLAY.

2. Barista employer: CAFÉ.  A Barista is a person who sells expensive coffee.

3. Shared between us: OURS.  Yours, Mine and Ours was a 1968 movie starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

4. "TGIF!" time: Abbr.: FRI.  As in the phrase, Thank G-d, It's Friday!

5. Piece of trivia: FACTOID.

6. Dunham of "Girls": LENA.

Lena Dunham (b. May 13, 1986)
7. Ice skating feat: AXEL.  You, too, can learn this skating move with this easy video.  If you do it right, it is an aerobic exercise.

8. Fancy residence: VILLA.

9. Enjoyed the buffet: ATE.

10. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" author: JOHN LE CARRÉ.  John le Carré is the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell (b. Oct. 19, 1931).  He is probably best known for his 1963 novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.  He worked for the British Secret Intelligence Service, until his books really took off.  He then left the MI6 to become a full-time writer.

11. The first "A" in A.A. Milne: ALAN.  Alan Alexander Milne (Jan. 18, 1882 ~ Jan. 31, 1956) wrote   about Winnie-the-Pooh.  The character of Christopher Robin in his books was based on his son, Christopher Robin Milne (Aug. 21, 1920 ~ Apr. 20, 1996).  He hated being tied to his fictional character.

12. List of options: MENU.

13. Italian wine hub: ASTI.

19. Tiny bird call: PEEP.

23. Emulate an American attending the Sorbonne, say: STUDY ABROAD.

25. Humerus, for one: BONE.

26. Lhasa __: small dog: APSO.

27. Eurasian border range: URALS.

28. Greet silently: NOD AT.

29. "Dear __ Hansen": 2017 Best Musical: EVAN.  I saw this musical a year or so ago.  It's about a young boy with social anxiety who invents a role for himself in a tragedy that he did not earn.

30. Ray of the tropics: MANTA.  Oh, not a person, but a critter.  Nice misdirection.

32. "It's the truth!": NO LIE!

33. Urban Dictionary focus: SLANG.

36. Pop star: IDOL.

38. Canadian tank filler: ESSO.  This has become a crossword staple.  I'm getting great mileage now. Only down a gallon since I last filled up in March!

40. Gives a hand: AIDS.

44. No-name, as a brand: GENERIC.

46. Unfeeling: NUMB.

48. Drag on a joint: TOKE.

50. Food truck fare: TACOS.

52. Complain: CARP.

53. Designated survivor: HEIR.

54. Golden Fleece ship: ARGO.

56. "__ Only Just Begun": Carpenters hit: WE'VE.  The Carpenters were a brother and sister duo.  Sadly, Karen Carpenter (Mar. 2, 1950 ~ Feb. 4, 1983) died of complications related to anorexia a month before her 33rd birthday.

57. Canceled abruptly: AXED.

58. Prefix with bar or car: MINI.

59. "In your dreams!": AS IF!

60. They're above the abs: PECS.  As in the Pectoral and Abdominal muscles.

62. Post-op stop: ICU.  As in the Intensive Care Unit.

63. Dove's call: COO.

Here's the Grid:

QOD:  Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.  ~  Cornel West (né Cornel Ronald West; June 2, 1953), African-American philosopher and social critic


Vermontah said...

Man o man I breezed through this puzzle, feeling smart and capable, until I got to the SE corner when all of a sudden I forgot how to do crossword puzzles entirely and got completely stumped and DNF. Wahhhh

See what I did there? Thanks to all who helped me figure out html 101.

I got PECS, even though mine are flaccid and pathetic after not being able to go to the gym for months. Got IONIC, got COO, but COIFS escaped me, and MINI and AS IF just turned my mind to COLE slaw.

I never played TBALL, maybe if I had I would have gotten into Little League and by now I would be a rich, famous big league baseball player. BTW, I'm reading "The Boys of Summer," which is my second-favorite baseball book of all time, after "Ball Four."

Couldn't find a copy of NYT today so I bought the Boston Globe and did their puzzle, which was OK, but strange. The clueing was odd, and there were words that I don't usually see in puzzles. New adventures.

Anyway, good morning everyone, finishing another all-night shift now and ready to go to bed soon! Yawn.

Hungry Mother said...

I saw the theme right away and it helped with the easy solve. I spent many years as the only guy in my gym’s aerobics class. I was twice certified as an instructor and taught several classes. “Ozark” is one of our favs, but LAURA’s character scares me at times. I had a nice visit to Estonia last summer. This summer I’m visiting my basement for daily AEROBICEXERCISE.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Like Hungry Mother, I got the theme early. Good thing since I glossed over the reveal. Again. I did notice the Able/Abel duo. Nicely done, Debbie and Hahtoolah.

ASIF: Happens to be the last name of my primary physician.

MAP: Almost had to cancel my M-o-W route yesterday. When I got to the pickup site, my GPS was still "dead." Apparently sitting in a hot car for months without a charge isn't good for it. Who knew? Fortunately, George, the M-o-W employee, loaned me the GPS from his truck, so I was able to make my deliveries. My GPS has been on-charge for the past 12 hours, and is working fine now. Side note: At every stop yesterday my car flashed a "nag screen" that I should take my car in for service immediately. Car wouldn't start, radio wouldn't play and air conditioner wouldn't air condition until I acknowledged the irritating reminder. The car isn't due for service until one year or 5,000 miles -- it won't get there for a couple of months. But I can't stand the constant nagging, so I'm taking it in today. I'm going to ask if there's some way I can stifle those insistent reminders.

COIFS: I asked dw to give me a little trim on Sunday. I knew things weren't going well when she commented, "I'd forgotten that you have a birthmark back there." I won't need another trim anytime soon.

AEROBIC EXERCISE: Does shaking my fist at the TV count?

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Debbie Ellerin, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

Got up early and jumped into the puzzle. Went through it easily. Caught the theme after 40A. Pretty simple (to find, not to construct).

A few unknowns: LAURA, JOHN LECARRE, perps helped.

Aha. ESSO!

Supposed to get up to 90 degrees today. That will not be fun.

See you tomorrow.


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Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Treated by Hahtoolah again to a kaleidoscopic stream of visuals; some apt, others not so apt but all entertaining and stimulating. Thanks.
Was that Beethoven who was BUSTed? BTW - Beethoven's grandfather was Dutch.

Easy solve; no AID was needed. Got the A AND E thing part way through. Allowed me to pre-fill the E in AUNTIE EM. I think we've had the A AND E theme before. Some total gimme's; ARGO, RIGA, ENNUE, URALS. Liked the long downs.
My mind has trouble differentiating between a fact and a FACTOID.
I like LAURA Linney in films.
AFRICAN ELEPHANT - Think I read once that they cannot be domesticated. All the circus performers and log pullers we see are Asian elephants.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-One of our usual Saturday constructors delivers a fun Tuesday puzzle
-Our yard is full of PEEPS in spring around our feeders.
-The silent greeting around here is the index finger raised off the pickup steering wheel
-Some GENERIC oyster crackers we bought last week smelled like varnish
-95oF today? NO LIE! FORE, anyway!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Didn't get to the puzzle yesterday. I bought a new washing machine. I faked the old one out twice by unplugging her to reset the motherboard. She decided she'd have none of that and quit. You know Maytag--the Dependability People. Well, she went to the high end of her 5-8 year expectancy. Nine years. Jeesh. I switched to Speed Queen. This gal is supposed to live longer than my last Corgi did. We'll see. Planned Obsolescence! My mom had a Maytag for more than 30 years. I bet the old grey ringer model Maytag I knew as a kid would still be functional today.

Thanks Jesse and Boomer for yesterday. Debbie today's was great fun despite my initial
panic at seeing the long entries! Thanks so much Hahtoolah. Great quote. I had four major quotes in my classroom. Just Do It--with the swoosh [my writing admonition]. No Whining, beautifully painted on a slate tile. Westinghouse's Rosie with We Can Do It. And Cornel West: You are the leaders you are looking for.

HRH Speed Queen is supposed to show up here this afternoon.

Have a sunny day.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thank you for a fun & fast puzzle, Debbie! Thank you, Hahtoolah, for adding more fun.

Got the theme in time to confidently plunk in A AND E when I read the clue & felt smart when it didn't turn red.

Took a while to relate JAMA (ESP) to the AMA smart mag. I got hung up on nightwear.

Another minor hang-up was "Ray of the tropics" = MANTA and didn't know a Ray with that last name. Duh!

Knew JOHN LE CARRE, but DNK: LAURA, LENA, or EVAN. Good perps filled it.

SCOFF? SCOFF? (ESP) Never SCOFFed in my life, I tell you.

Wonder if George Floyd knew that $20 was counterfeit if & when he used it to pay in that store?

Wilbur Charles said...

TTSP was the first of LeCarre's trilogy. Smiley's People the third. Both BBC productions with Alec Guinness. But the middle one, "The Honorable Schoolboy" was the best, IMOH. The only one never to make the screen.

The TB MLB team was originally the Devil Ray's. Conservative Christians forced a change. They became simply "The Rays". They should have been named MANTAS. But Xers and millennials don't think that way*.

Nice to see the Globe is publishing daily. The Sunday magazine xword can be a challenge

But this xword wasn't and the theme helped. I agree, Hahtoolah's write-ups are fun. As are (ok, I just now looked), Debbie's xword


* And the mascot is a lovable chap, Ray, who I imagine is just ducky for all concerned. I'm having trouble getting into Rays b-ball after being a Sox fan since the days of Ted Williams ("The Splendid Splinter) and Dominic (better than his brother Joe) DiMaggio

Ps, my only stumbling block was the musical scale. I had to sing it to changed doS To SOL.

Anonymous said...

To complement Hatoolah's QOD, I submit one from AWAD:
The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people. -Cornel West, author and philosopher (b. 2 Jun 1953)

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

No unknowns and no w/os but lots of fun with the fill: Axel/Axed, Cove/Cole, Oles/Olay, Apso/ESSO, Abel/Able, Slay/Olay, Peep/Coo, Proud/Vain, and Grins/SADD. CSOs, again, to Lemony at Argo and CanadianEh at ESSO. I wish the reveal was not so obvious so early in the solve, but I really liked the theme. Ennui is a word I like but never use.

Thanks, Debbie, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for a bright and breezy summary filled with much eye candy! The picture of the Taco Truck reminded me of Truly Nolan’s pest control company in SW Florida. Their vehicles had huge Mickey Mouse ears on either side of the vehicle. Wilbur, have you ever seen them?

Madame Defarge, nice to hear from you and good luck with the new washer. My Maytag is almost 18 years old and has never needed repairs. I forget how long my mother’s lasted, but it was many, many years.

Vermontah, I read “The Boys of Summer” when it was first published and loved it. I was a baseball fanatic when I was young and once read a three volume history of the game from cover to cover.


Lucina, your late post worries me. I hope you’re okay.

This area enters Phase 2 opening on Wednesday which means the beauty parlors will be operating. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the social distancing restrictions and the sanitizing requirements.

Stay safe, all.

Tinbeni said...

Yea! The Library is open!

First time I have used a computer since March 19th.

Hope everyone is doing well.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.


TTP said...

Good morning ! Thank you, Debbie and Hahtoolah.

Pretty much top to bottom solve until I got to the SE corner.

For "Waze display" I first tried rte but quickly changed it to wAy to support wINe bar and AS IF. Then had to change it to MAP to support PECS. That made me change MINe to MINI and resolved COeFS to COIFS. Whew ! No inkblots on my screen though, so that's good.

Immediately noticed the teddy bear in Hahtoolah's image of AA Milne and son Christopher. Looks to me to be a Steiff. If you find one in your attic or at a garage sale, buy it. Then get it appraised.

Hahtoolah, I wondered what you'd do with "Humerus, for one" and you found a perfect image.

Vermontah, I read Ball Four when it first came out. Received it as a gift. Couldn't believe what I was reading about the sport and player activities that I loved so much. Read it twice.

Desper-otto, if shaking your fist isn't enough, try some 12 ounce curls. You needn't lift from you arm fully extended. Short, repetitive curls from say table top to just above your chin should do the the trick. Just make sure you exercise each arm equally.

Abejo, yes hot and humid today. I'll be back at it in the basement for most of the day. Don't know about you, but I haven't been bothered by mosquitoes yet. Only bit once so far, despite all of the rain we had in May.

FLN - Dash T, I believe I have that same model tackle box in the basement. I don't fish. Great small parts box. Think mine was bought at Sears.

Wilbur Charles said...

IM, truly I don't recall seeing the mice. But SW FLA might refer to south of Bradenton.
Ok, let's test that history with nicknames:a. Babe Ruth,b. Ty Cobb,c. Lou Gehrig,d. Tris Speaker, e. Rogers Hornsby, f. Christy Mathewson,g. Phil Rizzuto.
Extra credit: 1934 WS champs St Louis Cardinals.


Wilbur Charles said...

Ok, Rizzuto is extra credit

Yellowrocks said...

Debbie, A&E, Agreeable & Easy. Susan, Artful & Enlightening. Love your illustrations
CSO to Alan. After just over a year he was thrilled to get cable TV in his room yesterday. There had been some glitches with the cable company, finally resolved.
I liked seeing PROUD and VAIN side by side.
Yesterday we had Angela Landsbury. Today we had a picture of her character, Jessica Fletcher.
Between our closed gym and ENNUI I am getting little exercise. I feel weaker and more achy.
I don't get a newspaper these days. I go to Washington Post online and print the LAT puzzle. Sometimes I solve it online.
Carpetbagger/ a person perceived as an unscrupulous opportunist. They dilute and pollute the message and can be the difference between violent and non violent protest.
Lucina, have you resolve the unscrupulous charges? I hope so.
I have enjoyed several Le Carre novels.

Shankers said...

Bing, bang, boom. No problem with this one. Had Grisham before Lecarre which was easily fixed. Never saw the theme. Only unknown was toke. Thankfully, things have calmed down in Phoenix and Scottsdale and hopefully the rest of the country.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Debbie & Hahtoolah (great QOD!).
I FIRed in good time, saw the A&E theme early (noted that the reveal was smack-dab in the centre of the puzzle), and had only one inkblot - GPS, changed to Rte, and corrected to MAP.

Majors was a noun to give us OPENS; Ray was not a critter to give us MANTA.
ESSO (and ARGO) again today. Is the CW count for Esso reaching that of Erie?

We saw plenty of AFRICAN ELEPHANTS on our safari in Kenya, both at David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (elephant orphanage & rehab in Nairobi) and Amboseli National Park. Awesome!

GENERIC can also refer to non-brand-name drugs. Canadian rules re dispensing them are very different to American, I think. Government sponsored drug plans (and now most private plans) require the lowest price in the formulary list of interchangeable drugs to be charged. This effectively means that a generic will be used.
Here is the Ontario formulary; throw in the generic name of your medication and let me know how the lowest price compares.

FLN, Lucina- I have a friend who got the Amazon email and phoned the toll-free number. Fortunately, she was hesitant to give them any information about her Amazon Prime account.

Wishing you all a good day.

oc4beach said...

I sliced through the puzzle in good time this morning without getting the theme before I was done.

Only a couple of changes today. DORIC before IONIC and OSLO before RIGA. I was going to put in RTE for WAZE Display but didn't see any abbreviation in the clue, so I popped in MAP. I needed perps for ALTER EGO and LENA

There were a number of Down words that I never even looked at because they were already filled in by the Across words.

I find it hard to believe that Napoleon uttered the palindromic phrase "Able was I ere I saw Elba." since it is in English. The French would have been "Abel etait-ce que j'avais vu Elba. He did apparently speak some English but was not proficient in it.

Have a great day everyone and be safe.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Reasonably easy inspite of the obvious AFRICAN ELEPHANT in the room another FIR with no inkovers.

The old OLÉ - Olay and ABEL - ABLE ties. Actually the only way I e'er remember that poetic ere means "before" and not "ever" is through that Napoleonic palindrome. ABEL sayeth in GENESIS...."ABLE was I ere I saw Cain. Hey bro' whatcha gonna do with that jaw BONE?"

To experience ENNUI sit thru a TBALL game.

Held off on the witness taking the fifth on the STAND. Also waited on New England Journal of Medicine "NEJM" for JAMA with perp help. Don't miss AUNTIE EM's article "Worry as a Cause of Pig Anemia" in the 1939 edition.

The first post OP stop is the SICU. "Surgical Intensive Care Unit" because "U is sick" when you arrive.

OZARK We met Sklylar Gaertner, my wife's cousin's son, who plays Jonahat a family reunion in Utica when the show first started. Just a nice ordinary kid.

Is SLANG the past tense of sling.... slawthe past tens of SLAY? As in day old COLE SLAW. (Spent 2 days in Florida with food poisoning after only one restaurant spoonful.) Like Roseanne Rosannadanna "I thought I was gonna Die"

But I didn't so....

Cover your mouth! when you_______....SCOFF
Funeral home visitation.....AWAKE.
PQST...where did the ______? ....ARGO
Just what _____ funny? ......ESSO

Uh uh, NOPE, I won't touch "STUDY ABROAD" or "BUST" with a 10ft social distancing pole.

On to Hump Day.

Yellowrocks said...

Amazon sent me a message this weekend saying someone tried to sign into my account and asked if it was I. I replied, NO. Problem solved, I hope.

oc4beach, good point, the palindrome is in English.
That reminds me of the uproar when the church tried to use more modern language for the Lord's Prayer. "How dare you change the very words of Jesus!" I didn't know that Jesus spoke King James English.

Picard said...

Got stuck a bit expecting AUNTY EM (as the video shows). Hand up the A-E theme helped.

Hahtoolah and Anon at 8:41 thanks for the Cornel West quotes. Both are very true.

Who remembers the innovative use of LAVA Lamps in the revolutionary 1960s TV show "The Prisoner"?

Here is some technical background information on the LAVA Lamp and other props in "The Prisoner".

It won't win any film awards, but...

Here is a nine second video of me swimming with a RAY in the TROPICS in the Galapagos.

From yesterday:
Yellowrocks and Lucina thank you for the kind words about my EGRET and HERON photos. The video shows how patient and graceful the HERON was as we watched each other.

Wilbur Charles and CanadianEh thanks for the kind words about the BICYCLE KICKS video. I had never heard this term before; definitely a puzzle learning moment.

AnonT thanks for the Z80 photo. Is your tackle box electrostatically damped? My first microprocessor was the Motorola 6809 which had a beautiful architecture. Did raw machine code at first, then happy to switch to assembly code.

Anonymous said...

Question for anyone who has been involved in television or movies. The series "Murder She Wrote" took place in Cabot Cove, Maine. However, it was always filmed in the town of Mendocino, California. Why place the series in a fictional town on the east coast instead of a real one on the west coast where it was filmed?


Irish Miss said...

Tin @ 9:33 ~ Welcome back! You were greatly missed. (N)ice to hear from you after all this time! 😈

Wilbur @ 9:36 ~ We lived south of Ft. Myers but I thought Truly Nolan covered a huge area of the West Coast. I could be wrong, though, and they may no longer be in business. We left Florida in 2002. From your list of players, the nicknames I remember are: Sultan of Swat, Iron Man, Georgia Peach, and Scooter. I’m sure the others were mentioned in that history but, as it’s been probably 50 years since I read it, memory fails me.

Yuman said...

I agree with Hahtoolah, exercising at home just isn’t the same. I miss the camaraderie and humor. Laughing among the grunts and groans makes exercise manageable. For now, I do my Aqua Zumba in our pool, and do Happy Yoga, a free app from Amazon Prime, on the TV. The Happy Yoga app has 13 episodes, each one is in a beautiful serene location. This morning, I will be transported from the hot Arizona desert to a beautiful ocean cove, soothing for mind and body. Namaste

Misty said...

Totally delightful Tuesday puzzle, Debbie--many thanks. I got the whole thing without a single erasure, but still had to work my way through it with care. And as soon as I saw all those great pictures, I knew it was you doing the commentary today, Hahtoolah.

Nice to get SCOFF at the beginning, but CHARM bit further down for "Cast a spell on"--had to think that one through for a minute.

Of course I got AUNTIE EM right away, and that helped with the A AND EM theme (what words start with AA, I thought for a minute) which in turn made it clear that the ELEPHANT would be an AFRICAN. Then nice to get AEROBIC EXERCISE as another grid-spanner near the bottom.

Lots of fun, thanks again, Debbie. And have a great day, everybody.

TTP said...

Canadian Eh,

My cost, 20mg ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM, 90 day supply, $30.
AFAIK, Doc prescribes Lipitor. My plan substitutes to Mylan.
If I'm reading the chart correctly, it would be $19.61 Canadian Dollars.
That would be $14.52 US Dollars. 51.6 % less expensive.

Yellowrocks said...

Anon @ 11:12, could it be that they wanted to portray the ethos of a small New England coastal town while filming in the more convenient California location?
I used to think it was bad luck to have Jessica Fletcher anywhere nearby. Murder seemed to follow in her footsteps. Wiki says, "Indeed, if Cabot Cove existed in real life, it would top the FBI's national crime statistics in numerous categories, with some analysis suggesting that the homicide rate in Cabot Cove exceeds even that of the real-life murder capital of the world."

Lucina said...


WEES. I can't linger much but thank you, Pk and YR for your kind words. I'm still trying to resolve the problem after a telephone call this morning. Details later.

No problems with the puzzle. Thank you, Debbie Ellerin and Hahtoolah whose commentary I always enjoy.


I hope you are all well and still sane! Temps here are climbing!

AnonymousPVX said...

This was a nice Tuesday puzzle.

No write-overs today.

I believe the reason Murder She Wrote went “international” in the last few seasons was exactly that, there were way too many murders in Cabot Cove.

Baseball...just read “K a history of baseball in ten pitches” which was just excellent.

Yeah, I won’t be going to the gym until there is medication or a vaccine. Last thing I want is to look buff in my casket.

And on to Wednesday.

Wilbur Charles said...

Ironically, I did change the Lords Prayer to simplify and emphasize the 12 Step Principles embedded in the prayer. The only "change" : "Forgive us that we may forgive". I eliminated the religion which seemed to bother some folks

My Pastor loved it.

Tris was The Gray Eagle, Roger was "The Rajah", Christy was (the)Big Six.
You did very well, especially with "The Scooter".

Lucina, hope all gets resolved. You've got the CC at your back just ask.


AnonymousPVX said...

Stay safe.

Big Easy said...

A AND E clues are my weakness when solving crosswords but who am I to SCOFF at Debbie's fine puzzle. "Ghost Hunters" is an unknown show but the perps took care of the fill. LAURA & 'Ozark", LENA & 'Girls", and "Dear EVAN Hansen" joined the unknown crowd filled by perps. Beyonce I've heard of; Sasha Fierce-never. But the puzzle went fast, as a Tuesday should.

Oil of OLAY- I remember when there was only one size made by the Vick Chemical Co. Came in glass bottles and it seems like every shipment we received had a broken bottle that ruined other bottles in the case.

U.S. OPEN- I don't know what will happen this year. A friend is the new USTA president but since the clubhouse is closed, DW hasn't seen him to ask him what will happen in September. I'm sure everybody at the club is trying to get good tickets. I just read that it might be combined with the "Western & Southern" Open.

GOLF US Open should be played. Wide open spaces.

PK- he knew.
Ray-O-Sunshine- T-Ball is more exciting than a swim meet or dance recital. ENUI squared.

CanadianEh! said...

TTP@11:43am - I forgot to clarify that the prices listed are for the medication only. There would be a dispensing fee paid on top of that. Was your $30 just the cost of the medication or your total cost with dispensing fee? That might bring the two prices closer.

desper-otto said...

CanadianEh! & TTP, so far as I know there is no dispensing fee in the US. My drugs are covered under a Medicare Part D plan. According to the statement, my plan paid $4.65 for 90 Atorvastatin Calcium (40 mg). My co-pay was zero. At the same pharmacy, the retail price is $36.49 for 30 tablets. With their anybody-can-join $36/year "saver" plan, the drug would be $6.00 for 30 tablets. There is no such thing as standard pricing.

TTP said...

Canadian Eh, $30 is the packaged and delivered price under the med insurance plan that we chose. I'll have to dig out the paperwork, but we had three med plan options. I seem to recall that the percentages or out-of-pocket maximums for formulary meds changed based on plan selection. I believe that when I sign on to the provider's site, it will show me what the med cost is, and my "savings" under the plan.

I'll do some digging later. Just finished painting the ceiling basement. I'm going to need some meds for my aching neck and arms.

Spitzboov said...

Irish Miss

Congrats on Rensselaer Co.fully opening up for business.

Hope that gets here soon.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Big E @ 2PM. Definitely kids dance recital is #1. Hot auditorium 😓. The agony of counting down the the performances. 😳��Pretending to enjoy each one. 😴

Canada Eh, if you're thinking of starting a cross border "Buyer's Club" sign me up! 👍👍

Ol' Man Keith said...

Just how many different ways can we clue ESSO?
Or, for that matter, URALS, OLE(S), ARGO, or AXEL?

And whenever we see "AA" at the start of a fill, it's gotta be AARON or good ol' A AND E, right?

I tell ya, I appreciate the rule against posting "political" statements in the Corner.
But it sure gets harder, day by day, to avoid doing so.

Harder & harder.
OK. Well, we have a single diagonal on the distaff side. Remarkable for the number of vowels it contains, including a full set.
The anagram seems to be planted by the cheering squad for some dairy farmer, for someone who is...
"A RENNIN PROUD (cheesemaker)"!

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. I usually like Debbie's work. Fill in ---IC and check a perp or two to see if it is IONIC or DORIC. Same with Mauna --A. Didn't know EVAN but perps filled it. I was thinking "Fa la la la..." so couldn't get past "Between Fa and La is just another La." Then the penny dropped. Slow penny. It also took me three perps to change SNEER to SCORN to SCOFF.

Gonna be 90 degrees here today and tomorrow. Whew.

Hahtoolah, I love the cartoon you posted of the guy querulously looking at the Welcome mat.

Spitzboov, I figured one of Beethoven's paternal ancestors must have been Dutch. Thanks for confirming.

I've got some $20 bills in my wallet that have been there for 15 years or more. I should take 'em to the bank and either deposit them or exchange them for new bills. Since I wouldn't spend the new bills either, it would make more sense to deposit them.

Don't take any wooden nickels, folks, and please continue to be careful.

Yellowrocks said...

Since I have had part D I have paid from $0 to $20 for any perscription, $5 on average, almost all generics. Just one time a doctor denied an off formulary med for Alan or any but a very expensive substitute
I changed doctors who approved generics with great and inexpensive results.

When I taught, parents left immediately after their child's early performance. What if your child at the bottom of the schedule had no audience? Seems rude.

Lucia, this may not be apropos, but maybe Best Buy Geek Squad could sort this out. Your entire computer may be compromised. They give me peace of mind and expertise.

Anonymous said...

Jayce can you please explain why you have $20 bills in your wallet for 15 years?

Jayce said...

Anonymous, because I didn't spend them.

Avg Joe said...

Jayce: :-) !!!

(this blog really needs a rec button.)

Second tip O the hat to OMK.

Bill G said...

Jayce, I spend my $20 bills without a second thought. I've have a few $100 bills that hung around for a while though. I liked looking at them lurking in the back of my billfold.

~ Always remember this: If you don't attend the funerals of your friends, they will certainly not attend yours.
H.L. Mencken

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Debbie for a fine way to multi-task through morning vMeetings. Thanks Hahtoolah for a sparkly expo.

WOs: [indicating I'm not that good at multitasking] - ENUEI [sic], TID @5d (the B for bit was in BALL, moron!), APSa for the dog, CARD - damnit cardio is in the clue.

Fav: FACTOID is fun.

COIF? My mane is so long now Youngest said, "Mom, you're right, he does looks like a '90s heartthrob."
Then she realized what she said and went "Blaaawwwwaa." //Think Scott Baio in the 80s.

OMK, you made me LIU: rennin. Thanks, I learnt something.

MdF - from you washer to my freezer... I don't know why it wont make ice (go ahead, ask my how I'll be spending Saturday :-)). Good luck on the new machine. //No Whining in Baseball!

Picard - it's a standard tackle-box you can, like TTP, pickup at Sears [I was in Ruston, LA at the time so it musta been Ace or TrueValue]. If those Z80s actually work after 30years of garage-storage, I'd be super-impressed. (wait, that's how I'm going to spend Saturday...)

I love when Cornel West gets on Real Time. Bill lets him go and he delivers his points 1/2-way between a preacher and a poet with nothin' but love behind it.

TIN! Nice to see you!
Wait, you've not been 'round the corner 'cuz no PC?

Ray-O: you missed one... NOLA Saints blocking the kick: NO DAT

Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling Thoughts:

No problem solving this puzzle; no write overs or correction needed. With the theme solve being mid-grid, I “got it” prettt early. This was a classic, solve left to right, top to bottom CW

Tin - good to see your toast at sunset tag line again! Here’s to you ... 🥃

My lame, meh “hi COO” du jour:

Noted songwriter
Loved shredded cabbage. Let’s call
Him: COLEslaw Porter

Irish Miss said...

Spitz @ 3:07 ~ Yes, it’s a relief that we got the go ahead for Phase 2 and I’m sure a lot of workers and business owners are ecstatic. Personally, I’m anxiously awaiting Phase 3 opening as that will mean I can go out to lunch and enjoy a Bloody Mary 🍹or two 🍹! (The emoji for a Bloody Mary has changed; I liked the old one much better.) I hope you’ll soon join us.

Jayce said...

A stalk of celery for you, Irish Miss. Slaint!

CanadianEh! said...

TTP, d'otto, YR et. al. - your American drug pricing and plans befuddle this Canadian.

MadameD- I have a 38 year old Maytag washer/dryer that are still going strong (touch wood) with just two or three minor repairs done by DH over the years. No motherboard to conk out, just dials. The washer has a suds- saver function so I have been doing my part for the environment for years. I will continue to use it until it cannot be fixed!

Irish Miss said...

Thank you, Jayce. I do love my Bloody Mary’s! Getting a properly made one, though, isn’t easy. The best are the ones made from scratch, not a mix, although Tabasco Bloody Mary mix is quite good, except it’s hard to find.

Anonymous T said...

Jayce & Bill G - Pop always taught me to keep extra bills under the fold in my wallet. Mine never seem to make it more that a few months when "Awh crap, the lawn guy is here and I forgot..." Time to reload.

Moe! Nice to see you at the Corner [though, Limerick Larry was just...]
You too AveJoe.

C, Eh! Our capitalism, when it comes to health care, is a maze much like what was posted yesterday - and yet the squirrels figure it out :-)

IM - Not that hard...Tabasco Mix.

Steve - I've got two eggplants coming up in the garden [all you gutter-minds just stop]. What's your best recipe? I'm thinking garlic, olive oil, and lemon in a shallow pan. But, I've never done this... [squirrels got my eggplants 3 years running]

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

It's been a really busy day here at our house. My granddaughter and I shopped for groceries then prepared for a birthday dinner for her boyfriend. The family, including his mother and brother, all came over and a good time was had by all!

I finally got to extend my table to seat 11 and use my new tableware though sans salad plates. They are still en route. I love a family feast!

Thank you for all your kind suggestions. This sticky problem is not easily resolved and I have tried contacting our local channel "3 on your side" to see if he can help.

It's so good to see you back!