Jul 26, 2020

Sunday July 26, 2020 David Alfred Bywaters

Theme: "Endives" - Parse it as "En-dives". The N dives from the top themer to the down themer.
3D. Tearjerker's quality?: SOB APPEAL. Snob appeal.

69D. Tales of social climbers?: SNOB STORIES. Sob stories.

7D. Mysterious foliage-sprouting proclivity?: CHIA SYNDROME. China syndrome. Not a familiar term to me.

88D. Ceramic dog, maybe?: CHINA PET. Chia pet.

12D. Remit with goatskin?: PAY IN KID. Pay in kind.

65D. Western hero noted for his thoughtfulness?: BILLY THE KIND. Billy the Kid.

16D. Vehicle for transporting bark spice?: CINNAMON BUS. Cinnamon buns.

83D. Farmers market baked goods?: LOCAL BUNS. Local bus.

We've seen N deletion before. Or N addition. But not this style. Very creative. David is just incredible.

The theme entries were placed in Down slots for visual effect. They look like four grid spanners, but the grid is much more challenging to design and fill.


1. Take pieces from?: DISARM.  Firearm "pieces".

7. Applaud: CLAP.

11. Practice fighting: SPAR.

15. Likely to evoke an "Eww!": ICKY.

19. Big fan: ADORER.

 20. Sword handle: HILT. Quite ornate.

21. Andrew Jackson carried one with a sword in it: CANE. Wow, I did not know. This just looks like a cane.

22. Not just eat: DINE.

23. Marie Curie has two of them: NOBELS.

24. Tiny bit: IOTA.

25. Juan's "yesterday": AYER. Today is HOY. Tomorrow is MANANA.

26. Grandson of Eve: ENOS.

27. Spirited style: ELAN.

28. Disney film set in Polynesia: MOANA.

30. Amphetamines, e.g.: STIMULANTS.

32. Petit four purveyor: PATISSERIE. Sweet fill.

35. West Coast ZIP starter: NINE.

36. Wore (away): ATE.

37. Econ. indicator: GDP.

39. Alcohol type: ETHYL.

40. Braided Jewish bread: BABKA. We also have 51. Hebrew winter month: ADAR.

42. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' eleven: EMMYS.

44. Deutsche darling: LIEBCHEN. Piece of cake for Spitzboov. Learning moment for me.

46. Lab dish eponym: PETRI.

47. It was inspired by Sunshine Hydrox cookies: OREO.

48. Not quite circular: OVAL.

49. Dangerous snake: ADDER. Also 99. African snakes: MAMBAS.

53. Finishes: ENDS.

56. Ill will: MALICE.

59. Something you don't see everyday: RARITY.

61. Derby favorite, say: BEST BET.

63. Black-and-white: PATROL CAR.

65. Get some rays: BASK.

66. Neighbor of Mex.: USA.

67. Rehab symptoms, briefly: DTS. Delirium Tremens.

70. Where Tennyson's "light brigade" charged: CRIMEA. Wiki says "The Charge of the Light Brigade was a failed military action involving the British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War."

71. Noble Brit: ARISTO. More familiar with "aristocrat".

73. Cloud site: SKY.

74. Very long time: EON.

75. Gift-wrapping aid: TAPE.

76. Asset in a crisis: LEVEL HEAD.

79. Trite saying: BROMIDE.

81. Happened to: BEFELL.

82. Use just one water ski: SLALOM.

86. Hamlet's first option: TO BE.

87. Letter abbr.: ENCL.

89. 1986 U.S. Open champ Raymond __: FLOYD. Hall of Famer.

91. Over with: DONE.

92. Dupes: SAPS.

94. Organic fertilizer: HUMUS.

96. Domestic platforms: TERRACES.

99. Not at all glossy: MATTE.

101. Actor Douglas and quarterback Cousins: KIRKS. Kirk Cousins is Vikings' quarterback.

102. Snowboarder White: SHAUN.

103. Cigar discard: ASH.

104. Latin lover's assertion: AMO.

105. Horse color: ROAN.

107. Playground game with a rope and a pole: TETHERBALL.

110. Wallabies and wombats: MARSUPIALS.

113. Bread source: BAKER.

114. Not much: A BIT.

117. Soft cheese: BRIE.

118. Notice: ESPY.

119. Sushi seaweed: NORI. Have any of you tried Kimbap (the Korean sushi)?

120. Ready to play: IN TUNE.

122. Over again: ANEW.

123. Silhouetted road sign animal: DEER.

124. Soon, long ago: ANON.

125. Succumbs to static: CLINGS.

126. Impertinence: SASS.

127. Span. miss: SRTA.

128. Warp: BEND.

129. Becomes aware of: SENSES. 


1. Jutland native: DANE.

2. False god: IDOL.

4. Large venue: ARENA.

5. Brother, e.g.: Abbr.: REL.

6. Title assassin in a 2005 Pitt-Jolie film: MR SMITH. I like Jennifer. You?

8. Model train giant: LIONEL.

9. Vow locale: ALTAR.

10. Org. concerned with students: PTA.

11. Vocal improv: SCAT.

13. Persistent weakness: ANEMIA. I'm borderline anemic. I don't feel weak though. I grew up eating meat once a year (Chinese Spring Festival). Meat was rationed, so were sugar, oil and other stuff.  We ate this kind of corn bread (salt & corn flour) for every meal.

14. Show again: RERUN.

15. Notion: IDEA.

17. Difficult to solve: KNOTTY.

18. Words of assent: YESSES.

29. Rapper Ice Cube's first name: O'SHEA. O'Shea Jackson.

30. Senator's place: SEAT.

31. Lascivious look: LEER.

33. Gumshoe: TEC.

34. Spanish airline: IBERIA.

37. Seize, slangily: GLOM. Glom onto.

38. Met celebrity: DIVA.

41. Donkey song?: BRAY. Oh, play on Donkey Kong.

43. Come across: MEET.

45. Radar screen spot: BLIP.

46. Sheet material: PERCALE. Wiki Dictionary defines it as "a fine, closely woven fabric, made from cotton, polyester or a mix of these, and used for sheets and clothing."

47. Greek victim of the Furies: ORESTES. What a mess.

50. Glen cousin: DALE.

52. Shame: ABASH.

54. Writing __: DESK.

55. Legal suspension: STAY.

57. Desert plants: CACTI.

58. Online stock transactions: E-TRADES.

60. Moving memoir subject?: TRAVELS. We also have 72. Move, in some ads: RELO.

62. Nordic toast: SKOAL.

64. Get ready to eat?: RIPEN.

67. Card balance, say: DEBT.

68. Matador's opponent: TORO.

77. Gush: EFFUSE.

78. Pops, to baby: DADA.

80. Essence: MEAT. And 108. Steak named for its shape: T-BONE.

81. Short-term memory?: BLUR.

84. Change for a five: ONES.

85. Netting: MESH.

90. "The Wreck of the Mary __": DEARE.

93. Quechua is one of its official languages: PERU.

95. Trading places: Abbr.: MKTS. Markets.

97. Text entries named for their traditional red color: RUBRICS. We had this before. I forgot.

98. Genetic letters: RNA.

100. Historic Nile excavation site: AMARNA.

101. Roll or emperor: KAISER.

102. 2000s Israeli leader Ariel: SHARON.

106. Slanted columns: OP-EDS.

109. Virgil's language: LATIN.

111. Stitches up: SEWS.

112. Heavenly harp: LYRA.

115. Kansas-born playwright: INGE (William). "Picnic".

116. Hardy's "Pure Woman Faithfully Presented": TESS.

119. Pick up: NAB.

121. Phillies' div.: NLE. NL East.

Message from Husker Gary:

Crossword Map Update

After four years,I decided to update my map of our LA Times bloggers. I went through the old map and deleted some names that didn't seem to be active any more. My memory is very suspect and I may have eliminated some people who are still contributing but I know we have some new members who are not included. I have also received requests from others who do not usually post but want to be on the map.

Please email me at if you want to add your name and location or edit what is already there. I am truly sorry if I have omitted anyone and am anxious to get the map up to date.


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WikWak said...

Well... hello. Don’t think I have ever come here and found the room empty. Feels strange and the echoes are distracting (distracting... distracting).

I think I have finally started to get the hang of Mr Bywaters’ puzzles. I did have to turn on the red letters twice though, so FIW. I got the gimmick (N-dive) right away and that really helped. I enjoyed seeing KAISER crossing ROAN; it made me think of a kaiser roll. LEVEL HEAD right over BEFELL evoked images of the French Revolution.

If I never see another RUBRIC in my life it wii be too soon.

HUMUS, hummus: what a difference an M makes.

Liked seeing GLOM. Glom is a fun word to say. And—GLOM, gloom: what a difference an O makes.

NORI may be a seaweed but it’s also the name of a dwarf (Tolkein).

35 & 36 across; NINE, ATE. Now we just need seven...

When you get right down to it, CACTI are really remarkable plants.

Well, enough rambling; it’s nearly bedtime. Thanks, DAB, for some Sunday fun, and thanks, C.C. for some more interesting insights into Chinese cuisine.

Stay well.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yay, d-o got the theme. It's neat that the pairs are in-the-language phrases. Up top they're missing an N, and down below they have an extra one. Wanted HIER for AYER (wrong language, maybe?). I knew LIEBCHEN immediately, but wasn't sure how to spell it. Still, this one was a quick romp. I liked it. Thanx, D.A.B. and C.C.

Big Easy said...

C.C. The CHINA SYNDROME had to do with an out of control hypothetical nuclear reaction that would burn a hole through the earth all the way to China. Also the name of a movie.

Good morning. I caught the moving N after I noticed SNOB STORIES below SOB APPEAL but found the puzzle KNOTTY in a few places. Changed VIPER, POLICE CAR, and SURE BET to ADDER, PATROL, and BEST. The ARISTO-ORESTES double unknown took perps and a WAG.

ARMANA, OSHEA, andd RUBRICS were 100% perps. Never heard of the first, don't follow rap, and have heard the word rubrics but had no idea what it referred. MR. SMITH movie- unknown for me; perps.

AYER- "that was yesterday and yesterday's gone" (Chad & Jeremy)
PATISSERIE- DW likes petit fours. I think they are just overpriced pieces of cake with icing on 5 sides.

German language- der Herr-masculine, die Frau- feminine, das Freulein- why is a young woman neutral? girl- das madchen. But I think it should be das LIEBLING instead of LIEBCHEN.

Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln were the two toughest, bad-ass presidents the US ever had. Jackson didn't take any BS from anybody- domestic or foreign, and Lincoln was a super tough guy- physically. I pass the Chalmette Battlefield 3-6 times a week where Col. Jackson defeated the British forces in Jan. 1815.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great Sunday exercise, D.A.B., with a novel amusing theme.

Great expo, C.C. Interesting to hear about your diet growing up. I ate meat at least two meals a day growing up and was anemic. I was weaker than I should have been. Fainted a lot which made my family nervous.


NE central block was last to fill. Couldn't think of SCAT. DNK: AYER. Had LANTS & got hung up wanting pLANTS not STIMULANTS. ANEMIA isn't the only cause of weakness and not one I thought of. Sword in a CANE? Do tell! DNK: the west coast zip starter. Oh Duh! Finally filled it. Yay! No, couldn't do it without red letters.

FLN: glad some of you enjoyed the "CHORE" clip. The brothers reminded me of my late husband and his two bros who fed hereford cattle much like the three in the clip but didn't sing as well. They have at least half a dozen farm parodies to popular songs. Yes, TXms, they are real farmers. TTP, thanks for linking for me -- I just skipped right over that part of your post somehow.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This may be one of the most creative Sunday puzzles I’ve ever solved and I enjoyed every minute of it. (45:03) There were several stumbling blocks along the way, but thanks to helpful perks, all correctable: DNA/RNA, Orpheus/Orestes, Enigma/Knotty, Reair/Rerun, Grok/Glom, Byte/Blur, Abase/Abash, and O’Hare>O’Shay>O’Shea. I knew he had an Irish first name, but it took awhile to get the right spelling. The unknowns were fewer than usual for a Sunday, namely, Ayer and Armana and the small number of three letter words was refreshing. I liked the duos of Cane and Dane, Bray and Brie, and Deer and Deare. My favorite C/A was Domestic platforms=Terraces. I believe Lucina gets a CSO at Dale.

Hats off to you, David, this was a gem and thanks, CC, for your always insightful comments about the technical side and your cultural tidbits are always informative and welcome.


HG, thanks for all your effort and time working on the Corner map. It’s nice to once again visualize where we all hang our hats. Thanks, again, it looks great!

Naomi Z, thank you for your vote of confidence. Somedays the puzzles just almost solve themselves, whereas other days, the teeth gnashing and hair pulling reign. We all have our strengths and weaknesses in different areas and, naturally, the longer you solve, the more adept you become at recognizing the tricks of the trade, e.g., devious cluing, word play, misdirection, etc., not to mention the ubiquitous fill like Erie, Ono, Esai, etc. I first began solving around 1980 or so and, naive little lamb that I was, I started with the Sunday New York Times, which, at that time, I believe was edited by Eugene Maleska, an old school type if ever there was one! I’ve come a long way in solving ability since those early days when it would take several hours over several days to complete, or sometimes not, the entire puzzle. As you can tell by my daily presence, I enjoy the solving experience at all levels of difficulty and the learning experience is frosting on the cake! Bon Appetit!

Have a great day.

Hungry Mother said...

FIW. I couldn’t get the KID part of one of the themers and had “oil” instead for some reason. A real slogfest and having Hebrew to deal with was just too much. The German and Spanish I got. I never understood the theme and that probably was my downfall.

John E said...

Regarding 43A, "Pueblo pronoun: ESA"
Can someone please explain how pueblo (masc.) has esa (fem.) as a pronoun?

Bob Lee said...

I really liked the long answer themes once I figured them out!

I had a number of single letters wrong, but otherwise it was fun. THe middle section was the last to fill: hmm. snakes. Cobra? nope. Viper? nope. Finally got ADDER. It took me a while with PATR to figure out PATROLCAR too.

And the only reason I know BABKA is because of that Seinfeld episode where he steals it from the old gal who got the last one at the bakery. (And then trying to toss it to George up on the second floor.)

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy puzzle for a Sunday; no help was needed. Interesting 'N' manipulation between phrases.
Heavenly harp LYRA; assume the star constellation was meant.
1d Jutland native - DANE - - The southern third of the Jutland Peninsula is the German Schleswig region of Schleswig-Holstein. Both my parents came from Schleswig so I'll take a CSO. My forebears were Danish before 1866 when Bismarck changed it.
44a LIEBCHEN - Yep, a piece of cake. 'CHEN' is a diminutive like 'lein'. Brötchen (small bread), Mädchen; Fräulein, Vöglein (small bird). CHEN and lein (diminutives) are neuter gender so it's 'das' LIEBCHEN. Our daughter was named Gretchen (little Grete or Margaret.). I had an Aunt Grete and she was called Heetje ('je' is a low German dimuntive, similar to Dutch.)
DALE- German Tal or south German Thal. The continuing longitudinal lowest point in a stream bed is called a 'thalweg'.
45d BLIP - Also called PIP. I shared my radar PIP in verse from the 1960 New Year's log entry with you last Jan. 3: "……Our radar’s secured, there are no pips……"
KAISER - - German speaking women of my mother's generation would call a philanderer a KAISER.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-My momentum had me finish the entire left side first and so the incredible gimmick showed up early. Clever, vertical grid spanners (with a separating block)? Wow!! SOB/SNOB – Hey, I’m on to something!
-On Diners, Drive Ins and Dives last night, Guy visited a place where GOAT was a menu staple
-INGE/BUS caught my eye as this Kansan set his play Bus Stop in Kansas
-This Curie movie on Amazon Prime will help fill my afternoon
-Baseball players were using steroids recently. A generation ago they were using ”greenies” (amphetamines)
-I just learned Absence of MALICE is on Netflix. I highly recommend it.
-I watched my dad go through the DT’S. He came out a better person.
-My childhood friend had a 300 sq. ft table featuring LIONEL trains
-Senator Rand Paul now occupies the SEAT/DESK where Kentuckian Henry Clay once sat
-RIPEN? Neighbor’s lawn service spray drifted onto DW’s tomatoes. They’re done
-Today’s teachers have RUBRICS for every lesson

Husker Gary said...

I will post the new map tomorrow on the blog and hope my errors are few. Yeah, I know, fat chance! I will continue to take additions/corrections at Many non-bloggers wanted on the map and highly praised our efforts. Another map request just “rang” my gmail!

Malodorous Manatee said...

I have not yet started the Sunday puzzle (my girlfriend, Valerie is working on that and is not yet willing to share), but I wanted to follow up with something FLN. AnonymousT referenced the passing of Peter Green but his comment seems to have elicited no further response. The passing is, however, truly noteworthy. I do not remember exactly when I first heard music from Fleetwood Mac. It was years after the band was formed but, also, several years before the band became well known. The song “Hypnotized” from the Mystery To Me album was my first awareness and it has stuck with me since then. The song is an absolute classic. I was shocked as, over time, Fleetwood Mac further morphed into the band that became so amazingly popular. I was, and remain, of the opinion that the quality of the music fell off as the band evolved. I am not saying that the popular version of the band was not good. It was very good. But the Peter Green / Bob Welch stuff was even better. A similar metamorphosis happened with Blues Project morphing into Blood Sweat & Tears. The album “Projections” was far superior to “Child Is Father To The Man” which, itself, was far, far superior to the very popular “Blood Sweat & Tears” album.

Now here's something weird, as I did a web search for The Blues Project song Cheryl’s Going Home (below)I also saw a link to a Sonny & Cher version of that song. Who knew!?

Hypnotized - Fleetwood Mac

Cheryl’s Going Home - Blues Project

Yuman said...

RIP another great one gone
Olivia de Havilland, 'Gone With the Wind' actress dies at 104

Anonymous said...

It took me a really long time to suss out the theme. I just couldn't get enough of any of the theme answers to figure out what was going on, although I knew from the title it would have something to do with N's moving around. Finally got SNOBSTORIES, and the rest came through from there.

At one point, I had _ _I_ER for "Roll or emperor," and I confidently put in "spIdER," thinking of a spider roll as a sushi option, and assuming that there was an Emperor Spider. (There have been some fictional spider emperors, but there's no emperor spider species.) That messed me up in that section for quite a while!

Misty said...

Delightful Sunday puzzle--many thanks, David. And C.C., your food pictures made me hungry this morning. Great way to start the day.

I always have to start with the little corners here and there with big puzzles like this, and this one began in the northeast when I had an IDEA. That gave me DINE, even before C.C.'s pictures made me hungry. And since I knew ENOS, the rest filled right in.

Further down, in the mid-west, DEBT (hey, I know my credit card balances) and TORO filled that area in. And even further down, the KIRKS have me KAISER, who gave me ESPY and DEER and the rest.

And so it went, until everything filled in except some of the long answers which did require a bit of cheating. My German was useful in this puzzle except when I too put LIEBLING before the SYNDROME made me change it to LIEBCHEN. And I also loved getting the cute DADA for the baby's pops.

Husker, I tried and tried but couldn't enlarge your neat map enough to see whether I was on there. But I think, and hope, that was me at the bottom of the California corner--hey, I've been on this blog for well over a decade, to my great delight.

Have a wonderful Sunday, everybody.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Well, she finally let me take a the puzzle.

I spent a few moments heading down an onion-related guess at what the theme might be but what was really going on became apparent fairly quickly. I found removing an N from one word and adding it to the same letter sequence to be N-ovative, N-joyable and, perhaps, even N-amoring.

It is always nice to see a Hydrox reference. In my family, we never ate Oreos. Hydrox held a much preferred almost-bittersweet-chocolate appeal. Now, if you were to put Cookie and Cream ice cream in front of me I'd instantly become an Oreo fan and chase those bits to the bottom of the container.

I am much more familiar with the Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald (due to the Gordon Lightfoot song) than with the Wreck of the Mary Deare (which I have only learned about through puzzles).

Thank you David and C.C.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

From yesterday...

Galileo's aprocyphyl statement eppur si muove (eh PUR" see MWOH' eh) and yet it moves though an elegant and poetic phrase was allegedly invented by a journalist for a London newspaper during fierce anti-Catholic sentiment in England. (I struggled through Galileo's renaissance abjuration in an Italian article only to find at the end I could have clicked a button for instant English). Some speculation it was inscribed on a 17th century painting has never been authenticated

Interesing we refer to famous Italian artists and scientists by first names. Galileo, Michelangelo, etc. Except for Leonardo da Vinci whom we English speakers call Da Vinci which is simply the town where he (an illegitimate kid) was born, while in italy he is referred to as Leonardo (at university the first time I heard him referred to this way I had to ask a neighbor student whom the professore was refering to.)

Been a nice weekend.

On to the day of the Moon.

Olivia de Havilland has died at 104.God bless her. She survived childbirth during the Civil War on the Tara plantation and smashed on the head from a concrete vase by a hushed Charlotte at another plantation.

Tough lady

Shankers said...

Today was a welcome relief after yesterday's debacle. Nevertheless, it was a FIW due to just a few wrong squares. Didn't know nori at 119A and had Shimon for 102D. Knew liebchen from five years of German. Favorite answer was terraces. Now on to the NYT cw.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

Learnt OREOs are post Hydrox. I always thought the latter was a generic knock-off of the former 'cuz that what Mom bought 'cuz it was cheaper. All the cool [rich] kid's had Oreos.

HG - even though you dropped me into the Gulf of Mexico (is that a hint? :-)), thanks for all you do at The Corner.

Teatherball [Napoleon Dynamite spoiler|ending]

PK - I found other Peterson Boys parodies. Growing up in the Midwest, I can identify. Thanks for the introduction.

Ray-O: LOL reading it in Italian.
I only know a few phrases. However, my countrymen's penchant for gestures (hand-talking? :-)) -- I understood everything anyone said to me.
DW has taken her various students to Italy for the last 5 yrs; she knows the areas and it was wonderful to have a private guide.
She was supposed to go to Barcelona this year w/ the kids (and that would be our next EU vacation) but,... Covid.

Thanks for the musical interlude MManatee. I was unaware of Blues Project - it's playing now. Good stuff.

Cheers, -T

Wendybird said...

I am in awe of the creativity of our constructors. Today’s challenge was no exception. Unfortunately, a few too many proper names I didn’t know, so I FIW, but I still greatly enjoyed the ride. Thank you, David, and thank you too, C.C. for a great tour.

One of the best aspects of this blog is the knowledge others are willing to share.
Maloderous M, thanks for all the info about Fleetwood Mac and Blood, Sweat and Tears. I loved “Hypnotized” from your link and plan to listen to the whole album on Pandora.

Also, MM, Jack and I print a copy of the puzzle (we subscribe to the LA Times print version) so we each have our own puzzle and prevent any “discussion”. Works well for us.

We’re hosting a small COVID-tails gathering later today. It’s a BYOE (Everything) party, and all the chairs will be socially distanced on our patio. It’s a beautiful day, and it’s nice to be able to socialize while adhering to the guidelines.

Anonymous T said...

Oh, I Meant To Ask say...

Has anyone worked as at the polls? If so, email me off-blog. I've got a lot of questions if you're up for it.

Cheers, -T

LEO III said...

Today’s was an interesting and fun Sunday puzzle. I started off well, but I eventually got bogged down and had to look up a few things. I did get most of the long fills correctly (messed up 7D), but I never did put two and two (or four and four) together for the theme.

Thanks, David and C.C.

I had quite a few unknowns, but perps got most of them. I would have done better had I proofread, but I was tired of looking at it. I’ve never seen the movie, but I did know MRSMITH. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Angelina Jolie movie. However, “Meet Joe Black” (Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt) is another one of my favorite movies.

Big Easy: I’m putting the Chalmette Battlefield on my ever-growing spreadsheet of places to visit and photograph. Thanks for the tip.

Malodorous Manatee: As you probably know, “Cheryl’s Going Home” was written by Bob Lind (“Elusive Butterfly”). For years, Bob Lind was my #1 favorite lyricist EVER, followed closely by Don McLean (“American Pie”). (I only mentioned the names of the songs, because there are some here who aren't as old as I am and might not be able to readily recognize the names. I don't mean to offend.) However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that nobody can touch Oscar Hammerstein in my mind’s eye, who is now my #1. Funny how things change over the years.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anon the time I left university I could fool some natives. Difficult to keep up the language with no local speakers.

Pet peeve: Local Italian menus with misspellings and grammatical errors.

NaomiZ said...

John E at 9:52 AM asks: "FLN, Regarding 43A, "Pueblo pronoun: ESA" Can someone please explain how pueblo (masc.) has esa (fem.) as a pronoun?
Suppose you are in a Spanish speaking town, or pueblo. One pronoun in use there is "esa" meaning "that," as in "esa mujer," or "that woman."

BTW, super clever theme today. Many thanks to David and C.C.

Jayce said...

I loved this puzzle, and as Wendybird said, I am in awe of the creativity of our constructors. The diving N really tickled my funny bone. The clues for DISARM, PATROL CAR, RARITY, and several others were terrific. A totally excellent opus from Mr. Bywaters.

Not knowing Ice Cube's real name, and misspelling LIEBCHEN as LIEBCHIN prevented the clock from stopping and took me a long time to find. And then the clock still didn't stop, because I had entered SHIMON instead of SHARON for Ariel's last name, making me wonder if there was a kind of sushi seaweed (NOMI?) that I hadn't heard of and how a BIKER could be a bread source. More elapsed time to find that error. I still misunderstood Ice Tea's name (Oh She Ah?) until seeing it in print with the apostrophe. Sheesh. Forehead slap.

Andrew Jackson's sword inside a cane reminded me of a murder mystery I read once, probably by Agatha Christie. I don't see how such a skinny cane, similar to so many British skinny umbrellas they use as canes, can actually provide reliable support without breaking. I think they don't really put any weight on them.

I agree Absence of Malice is a good movie.

We haven't tried tried Kimbap, but I'm betting we soon will now.

Re Mr. SMITH, to which Jennifer are you referring, CC? I liked Jennifer Lopez in Shall We Dance? with Richard Gere. I did not like Jennifer Lawrence in anything she did. Jennifer Aniston is pretty good. And Jennifer Garner was terrific in Alias and does a good job in the Neutrogena commercial. One overlooked Jennifer, whom I like, is Jennifer Coolidge.

Yeah, why do we sometimes refer to an artist, scientist, etc by their first name and others by their last name? Rembrandt (first name) but Van Gogh (last name). Dante (first name) but Boccaccio (last name). Weird.

We had a lovely FaceTime chat with our son and his wife today. We only quit because my battery ran out. They just got two new kittens which are adorable; they named them Pandora and Pythagoras.

Good wishes to you all. Stay away, far away, from unmasked persons.

Wilbur Charles said...

I can't be depressed by the E in LIEBCHiN/OSHiA*. Pure Natick as to spelling. Technical FIW

Re. Lt Brigade. A Supply Officer disparaged Cardigan's nerve and he did an "I'll show you". Turks had automatic fire which completely antiquated cavalry charges as any Civil war general could have told them. Oops. I've got it backwards. LIU indicates Russian artillery decimated the corps. And the war PRE-Ceded the Civil war. But that had the Milne rifle which was effectively semi-automatic.

Along with Cousins, Tom MATTE was a QB in NFL (switched to RB). Colts I believe.

I had the _EL for brother but needed DISARM to get REL. Lots of overwrites: I tried to fit Odysseus / ORESTES;SLEW/bend and the usual mispelling of ALTeR. But FIR sans Ice-Cube's given name. Ok, DAB, what was Minnie Minoso's first name!*

Olivia DeHavilland? Wow. Her sister was Joan Fontaine. Was there another sister?

IDEA brought back painful memory of that noodle nugget from yesterday that everyone sussed but me.

At Publix I just had to peek at NYT Sat. Xword. Nada. LATimes squared.
I used to do the NYT Sun. a week late. Ocala newspaper has it a week late but wants $3.00 on top of Latimes for which I get that precious insert of the weeks xw's.

* Ok now I get it O'SHEA. Come to think of it, we've seen that once.

* ORESTES Minnie Minoso. He should be in Hof. Racial bias is a factor, IMHO. Writers as I get said know virtually nada about the game. Pitching(4 man rotation) dominated the 50s. HR's are way overrated.

Jayce said...

Leo III, good point. Oscar Hammerstein was an incredibly talented lyricist. Well, Richard Rodgers was pretty doggone good at what he did, too. ("Poor Jud is Dead" eg.) I think the guy who wrote the lyrics to "America" (and all the songs?) in West Side Story was exceptionally imaginative, too. Was it Stephen Sondheim? I confess I do not like Sondheim's music, though. And actually, I have long been a big Fleetwood Mac fan, too.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Wendybird, Valerie subscribes to the LAT so she gets the paper version every day. I get the puzzle daily on the Shortyz app. However, she doesn't like it when I solve concurrently.

W.B. and AnonT, I am glad you enjoyed the "middle period" Fleetwood Mac and the introduction to The Blues Project. Al Kooper, of course, went on to be involved with projects that received quite a bit of publicity.

Anon-T and Ray O'Sunshine, parlo un po d'italiano. Mais jusq'un tres, tres petite peu.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, David Alfred Bywaters, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

Started this puzzle this morning and finished this afternoon. Worked off and on. Good puzzle. Neat theme.

AYER, new word for me.

ARISTO stumped me forever. It should have been real easy.

PATISSERIE was also tough. I'll have to get out more.

Liked BAKER at 113 A. Since it's my last name.

Tried GREEK before LATIN worked better at 109D

Never heard of AMARNA before. I will have to look that up. I like history.

Anyhow, I have to run. Getting tired. I reached the half way mark in my Radiation and Chemo treatments. Let's see how the second half goes. See you tomorrow.


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Wilbur Charles said...

Jayce I seem to recall a use for the cane with either a blade extension or possibly even a discharge of a bullet from the cane. Possibly a Nero Wolfe*.
Or a TV murder mystery.

Abejo, here's wishing you well on the second phase of treatment. Stay strong.

DUGOUT from yesterday showed up in the J today.


" We seem to have a lot of Wolfe fans in here. AandE series was pretty good .

SwampCat said...

Anon T, I was a poll judge for years and trained poll workers. Ask away!!

Malodorous Manatee said...

Leo III, sorry for missing your earlier comment until now. While I knew that "Cheryl's Going Home" was a Bob Lind song, I had totally forgotten that he had also penned "Bright Elusive Butterfly". Truth be told, in Berkeley in the late 1960's that was not what we were listening to (not to which we were listening?).

Anonymous T said...


You don't have an email so,...
my ignorance will be shown in public :-o [Mr. Bill 0:03]

I've read that with the 'Rona going round that many old, er, senior-citizen,* poll workers may not show up thus creating long lines in some communities or polling places may shut down [like what happened in primaries a few weeks ago]. Long lines and all that....

1) Can one volunteer outside of there precinct and/or county? I live in an affluent area; we're all going to get our votes entered. What about other parts of the area w/ in 50mi?

2) Can independents Judge or does one have to be party affiliated? IIRC, there were always two check-in tables -- 'R's over there 'D's over there.

3) Is it done in shifts or is it an all-day affair? If the latter, I can plan vacation.

4) Or, is this all state-by-state and TX is different that LA (or IL - Pop's a precinct committeeman and told me their rules)

5) One can still Judge if they've never been convicted, right?
//no, never convicted :-)

Cheers, -T
*gotta link Carlin's euphemisms bit [Very MA]

jfromvt said...

Fun puzzle. Very creative theme, I’m sure it was not easy to construct.

TX Ms said...

Anon-T - Thanks much for the Carlin clip - hilarious! Don't think his type of humor would survive now. Miss him and his unusual and irreverent take on life. Saw him in person at the University of Houston in the early 70s. Good on ya wanting to become an election volunteer. Harris County boundaries are weirdly-drawn, but I’m thinking you’re in Fort Bend. For info, check out Harris County Clerk > Poll Workers
Hope this helps.

NaomiZ said...

To Anonymous on July 27 at 6:34 AM: "Lyra is a small constellation. It is one of 48 listed by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and is one of the 88 constellations recognized by the International Astronomical Union." -- Wikipedia. The clue was asking for the constellation in the shape of a lyre.

Unknown said...

I thought braided Jewish bread was challah. Babka is a cake. Can anyone clarify?

Unknown said...

Answering my own question, I see online that babka is also braided bread. Never mind!

NaomiZ said...

Unknown on July 27 at 3 PM: I had to look up babka after solving as well. I braid challah on Fridays. I've never made a babka, and didn't realize it was braided, too.