Jul 21, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Hannah Slovut

Dictionary Definitions for the FINAL SCORE:  The Final word in each answer is another word for Score.

17-Across. *   Spotify alternative: APPLE MUSIC.  Verb:  orchestrate or arrange (a piece of music), typically for a specified instrument or instruments.  Example:  The Quartet Suite was scored for flute, and violin.

27-Across. *   "More heat in that dish!," Emeril-style: KICK IT UP A NOTCH.  Noun:  a mark, such as an inscription or scratch made with a sharp instrument, used for keeping account.   

43-Across. *   "Unwell" band: MATCH BOX TWENTY.  Noun:  a group or set of twenty or about twenty.  Example: Four score and seven years ago ...

And the Unifier:
58-Across. Game-ending result ... or what each of the answers to starred clues has?: FINAL SCORE.

1. "__ U Been Gone": 2004 Kelly Clarkson hit: SINCE.  I'm not familiar with this song, but it was easy enough to suss out.

6. Church section: APSE.  Nave or Apse?  Check the perps.

10. __ facto: IPSO.  Today's Latin phrase.  It means "by the fact itself".

14. Early morning hr.: ONE A.M.

15. Abolitionist Lucretia: MOTT.  Lucretia Mott (née Lucretia Coffin; Jan. 3, 1793 ~ Nov. 11, 1880) was an advocate for women's rights and the abolishment of slavery.

16. Superhero whose surname is Odinson: THOR.  I didn't know that Thor had a last name, but the last name in the clue led me to his first name.

19. Foot part: SOLE.  And there are so many parts to the sole of the foot.

20. Palindromic address: MA'AM.  A contraction of Madame, which comes from the French ma dame which means my lady.

21. Baldwin of "30 Rock": ALEC.  Alec Baldwin (né Alexander Rae Baldwin, III; b. Apr. 3, 1958) portrayed Jack Donaghy in the television sit-com 30 Rock.

22. Family grams: NANAs.  //  Not to be confused with 39-Down. Indian flatbread: NAN.

23. Not online: Abbr.: IRL.  IReal Life.  Hand up if you knew this abbreviation.

24. Incensed feeling: IRE.

25. Cincinnati-based supermarket chain: KROGER.  This supermarket chain was started by Bernard Henry Kroger (Jan. 24, 1860 ~ July 21, 1938).  The chain has been around since 1883.

31. Formerly called: NÉE.  This word has appeared rather frequently recently in the puzzles.

32. Really popular: BIG.  I intially tried Hit.

33. Battery size: AAA.

34. African country whose capital is Accra: GHANA.

37. __-Z: Millennials' followers: GEN.  The Pew Research Center defines Generation-Z as people born from 1997 to roughly 2012.

38. Not at all pleased: ANGRY.

40. Slippery sea creature: EEL.

41. Neither's partner: NOR.  "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."  These words are the informal creed of the United States Post Office.  Sadly, this is no longer true.  It seems that cuts in the postal budget is causing mail delays.  Now I know why I don't get mail every day.

42. Bygone airline: TWA.  Trans World Airlines and the Howard Hughes connection.

49. Go over again, as a contract: REREAD.

50. Cleanse (of): RID.

51. Positive response: YES.  //  And the French negative response:  22. Opposite of oui: NON.

53. Crowd requirement?: THREE.  Two is company, Three's a crowd.

54. Turn sharply: VEER.

56. South American berry: AÇAÍ. This is the third week in a row when this berry has appeared in the puzzle.  I'll have to try to find some of these berries to try.

57. Clarinet insert: REED.

60. Othello's betrayer: IAGO.  Othello is the tragedy written by Willie the Shakes.  It is supposedly based on an Italian story about a Moorish general in the Venetian army and his trusted, but traitorous ensign, IAGO.

61. Memorial notice: OBIT.  As in an obituary.

62. Honor-thieves link: AMONG.

63. Cons' opposites: PROS.

64. Candy apple and fire engine: REDS.  Both are descriptions of shades of RED.  Both can be found on the color chart below.

65. Thick, like fog: DENSE.

1. "Me too!": SO AM I!

2. Like a garaged car, gearwise: IN PARK.

3. Sherpa, typically: NEPALI.

4. The __ before the storm: CALM.

5. Suffix with morph: -EME.  As in Morpheme.  An obscure word for a Tuesday.  A morpheme is the smallest meaningful unit in a language.  Examples.

6. Protective piece of jewelry: AMULET.  You'll see a lot of these in Turkey.

7. Ask, as a question: POSE.

8. Neckwear-securing accessory: STICKPIN.

9. And more: Abbr.: ETC.  A Latin abbreviation for Et cetera, which means And the rest.

10. "Let's do this": IT'S A GO.

11. Frustrating series of missed calls: PHONE TAG.

12. Sun-powered vehicle: SOLAR CAR.

13. Valuable rocks: OREs.

18. Decluttering maven Kondo: MARIE.  Marie Kondo (b. Oct. 9, 1984) advises you to only keep items that "spark joy"

24. DIY furniture brand: IKEA.  A crossword staple.  I was reading this book yesterday (Waking Lions, by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen), and came across this line:  "The way the furniture you bought in Ikea always looked weird when you got it home, as if it missed its former home, the one in the catalogue."

26. Tattered cloth: RAG.

28. Current events TV channel: CNN.  CNN has been around for 40 year!  It began broadcasting in June 1980.

29. Popular ride app's basic service level: UBERX.  I have never used an Uber.  Here are the different options when selecting an Uber

30. Horses eat it: HAY.

34. Amazing person: GEM.

35. "Agreed!": HEAR!  HEAR!

36. Hannah Montana, for Miley Stewart: ALTER EGO.  Okay.

37. Positive feeling: GOOD VIBE.

38. Amazed: AWED.

41. Minnesota Timberwolves org.: NBA.  The National Basketball Association team.

42. Spin, as a baton: TWIRL.

44. Things one believes: CREDOS.

45. Giggle syllable: HEE.

46. Pays for everyone: TREATS.

47. Business big shot: TYCOON.

48. Longs (for): YEARNS.

52. Prolonged attack: SIEGE.

53. Excursion: TRIP.  Not much traveling this year.  Had we not been in the Quar, we would have been in Europe right now.

55. Geraint's beloved: ENID.  Here are the Cliff Notes for Idylls of the King.

56. Very top: ACME.

58. In favor of: FOR.

59. In low spirits: SAD.

Here's the Grid:

And on that sad note:  It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.


Hungry Mother said...

FIR. I stayed away from UBER because I drove a Yellow Cab in Philly one summer, but have changed my mind and sometimes use it but more often use LYFT.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I'm still chuckling about your "eye" photo, Hahtoolah. Classic. Enjoyed this one, though the B and X of MATCHBOXTWENTY were total WAGs. I'm one of those guys who can't tell his NAVE from his APSE, but that church illustration made things clear. Now I know where Lucas got his inspiration for R2D2. I still don't really see how NOTCH matches SCORE, unless it's in the sense of that dirty old man who "carved one more NOTCH in the butt of his gold-handled cane.*" Thanx, Hannah and Hahtoolah.

REDS: Don't know about you, but I can discern two red shades in that layout -- 15 light and 3 dark.

KROGER: Though it's two miles further than Walgreens, that's where I get my RXs filled. My Part D plan won't pay if I use Walgreens.

Busy day. M-o-W route this AM, followed by a visit to the dentist after lunch. I've got a flare-up in my gum. That's why dentists love folks with deep pockets.

* Madeira, M'dear

Lemonade714 said...

A very fun LAT debut for Hannah who had her first puzzle publication two years ago in the NEW YORK TIMES . Welcome to our world, Hannah. Speaking of the NYT, our fearless leader has her 70th NYT today.

I am not sure why I knew Decluttering maven Kondo: MARIE but I did. I did not know KROGER started in Cincinnati but it was easy with the perps.

On the COVID-19 front. South Florida continues its awful path of infection. My 32-year-old D-I-L could not smell or taste and her test came back confirming she has the virus. My son was negative, and so far no awful side effects.

Thank you, Susan. Sorry you are missing Europe

Yellowrocks said...

I couldn't sleep and filled this quickly hours ago.
Thanks for all the delightful illustrations, Susan.
I thought of SCORE as a musical composition.
In western lore gunmen made NOTCHes on the stocks of their guns to record a kill, keeping SCORE.

DO, thanks for the reminder. I have to make an appointment to get my deep pockets checked. I should go quarterly. With the virus its been six months. I will probably need extra work and will need deep pockets to pay for it.

Lemonade, hoping for the best for your DIL.
Plenty of Krogers around here.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle, Hannah, Congratulations! Very fun expo, Hahtoolah! Laughed out loud over the "eye" photo. That gal was the original poster child for "Knockers Up", a 1950's female movement.

Didn't really understand the theme until Hahtoolah explained it. I could understand MUSIC SCORE but NOTCH SCORE didn't sound right to me.


Didn't see the clues for IAGO or KROGER until I came here. Filled with perps. I use KROGER's Dillon's shopping-pickup service service now with my daughter doing the pickup. When I was doing genealogy, I met a distant cousin who lived in Cincinnati & worked for Kroger. They fired him as a buyer because he wanted to use a USA source for jelly rather than save 2 cents a jar by outsourcing to Mexico.

Yellowrocks said...

OOPs, we have more Krauser's, but a few Kroger's convenience stores.

Bob Lee said...

I didn't know IRL or morphEME or the X in UBERX, but they filled in with the crosses.

My favorite clue/answer: Crowd requirement? THREE

Re: HAY. When we were kids and said, "Hey!" my parents would always say, "Hay is for horses!"

inanehiker said...

This was a fun romp and Susan's write-up was even more fun!

We don't have any stores named Kroger like I grew up with - but it is the generic brand for the Gerbes and Dillon's grocery stores around here.

BobLee- I smiled at the phrase from your parents - my grandma had tons of those. She especially didn't like us kids saying, "Huh?" - she would say, "Pigs say Huh, pull their tails and they say 'Huh Uh'"

Thanks Susan and congrats to Hannah!
The final comment/pic - I just saw a person yesterday in the office - their one eye obviously wasn't functional- so I asked about it while I was taking a past medical history. The answer: fireworks accident when I was 11

billocohoes said...

When you want to shorten a tile or piece of glass they tell you to SCORE it, then snap it. The scratch made by the scoring tool isn't much of a NOTCH, however. You may also score wallpaper before removing it

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was mostly the usual Tuesday fare but I needed perps for Matchbox Twenty, Uber X, Eme, and Enid. The reveal was a surprise as the theme was well hidden.

Thanks, Hannah, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for a bright and cheerful review with many smile-inducing graphics. I knew IRL because I’ve seen it often in various comments sections. Whenever I see any unfamiliar shortcuts, I Google to find out the meaning.

Abejo, I hope you’re doing okay.


PK, don’t worry, I’m keeping my distance from weighty watermelons. I bought some yesterday in the form of nice, docile slices!

HG, thanks for sharing Fr. Korth’s energetic, enthusiastic performance.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

Today's took 5:21 today. I need to go to bed earlier, I guess. I don't watch cooking shows, so didn't know the Emeril quote/catch-phrase.

Yellowrocks said...

Seems to be some interest in Fr. Korth. I'm intrigued and can't find the reference. Could someone please clue in. Thanks.

Malodorous Manatee said...

This was a solid Tuesday puzzle. Thank you, Hannah, for the puzzle and thank you Hahtoolah for the commentary. Several of the this-to-that-to-the-answer processes that you reported were akin to mine.

The fill was of good quality without much in the way of answers with which the constructor her/him self would be less-than-completely satisfied. The theme was a bit difficult for me to fathom at first but I guessed that NOTCH was probably used as "notch a win" = keep score. After reading the commentary I appear to have been correct.

Musings: Instead of an E-Car, today we got to drive a SOLAR CAR. With the frequent puzzle appearances of APSE and nave, I have learned more about church architecture from crossword puzzles than I did in A.P. European History. I have never used a STICK PIN but I have been stuck by a pin or two. My family does not use NANA except, very occasionally, to refer to Wendy’s dog. Here in California, KROGERs is called Ralph’s, in parts of Colorado it is called City Market. Mergers and Acquisitions would have fit nicely with yesterday's theme. I am not familiar with the song “Unwell” (at least by its name) but I do know of the band MATCHBOX TWENTY and filling in those squares helped out quite a bit.

What did constructors do before ACAI berries become popular? Oh yeah, I remember. They used words such as snood.

As for the final photograph...I thought personal attacks were verboten. Ya' can't get much more personal than that.

Well, it’s now time for the one-A NAN versus two-A NAAN debate to recommence. This always reminds me of the Ogden Nash poem: The one-L lama, he’s a priest. The two-L llama, he’s a beast. And I will bet a silk pajama there isn’t any three-L lllama.

desper-otto said...

YR, see Husker's 10:07A yesterday.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got it all except the B and X of BOX. Did get the theme, though. Pretty clever. IRL from perps. My toasting NAN has 2 A's. NAAN is the more common spelling. Agree on APSE or nave - wait for the perps.
KROGER - I once had training duty on L. Michigan with a reservist who was a KROGER operative. From Chicago. Very Gung Ho about his company.
Hay - German Heu; Dutch hooi. (Both vowels sound alike; like oy in boy.)

First Hannah puzzle I've seen.

Thanks Hahtoolah for another great 'hot wash-up'.

Wilbur Charles said...

Posting before reading the write-up:

I hastily inked TIE CLASP. I should have waited for more perps than the C in ALEC. Especially since the Church thingy had to be Nave or APSE. So there was splotch there.

Getting the NOTCH clue helped straighten out the mess. I'm waiting to see what Morph-EME is all about. It perped dead solid. Once I had PIN , STICK opened it all up.

If I'd grok'ed the theme TWENTY would have inked sooner. Not a sprint of a Tuesday. I immediately guessed GHANA but GEM was slow but a good clue.

Let's see the write-up

Ty Kaplan said...

I know this blog is for the LA Times puzzle but I recently started a video series of real time solves/reviews of the daily NYT crossword. C.C. had an excellent puzzle in the NYT today so I thought her fans here might enjoy checking it out:

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Hannah (was that a CSO with 36D Hannah Montana?) and Hahtoolah.
I FIRed in good time with no inkblots (I waited for perps before I decided between APSE and Nave).
Also waited for perps to decide whether the early morning hour was ONE, Two or Six AM. Wow, really early! (We had more numbers with TWENTY and THREE.)
The valuable rocks were ORES; GEM referred to a person. We also had ANGRY and IRE.
I smiled at NOR, NON vs. PROS, YES, FOR and "Agreed=HEAR,HEAR".
I also noted IRL beside IRE; THOR, FOR and NOR, and REREAD,REED, REDS. Plus the already noted NANAS and NAN.

This Canadian had to wait for perps for KROGER. None in Canada.
Was MAAM a CSO to Madame Defarge?

Sorry to hear about your DIL Lemonade. Hope her case remains mild.

Wishing you all a great day. Stay safe.

Shankers said...

I thought this was more on a Thursday level and completely missed the theme, but still ended up with a FIR in a fair time. Despite being a sports guy I started with NHL instead of NBA. Doh! Didn't know IRL or Marie but perps helped fill those. All in all, a fun, satisfying fill.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

FIR no inkovers. In the words of MARIE Kondo this puzzle sparked joy. But wouldn't have figured out the theme in a millyun years.

Should themes get progressively more complicated as the week wears on like puzzle difficulty? If today's puzzle is a Tuesday, the theme is a Saturday ++.

MATCHBOX20 (B and X last two letters to fill) and IRL both new to me. Never heard of UBERX. I've used Uber 3 times. Before I saw the church blueprint in the narrative was going to add that at one time churches were built in the form of a Roman Cross. Composed of our familiar crossword APSE and nave but with a rarely clued transept to complete the crucifrom..

Will IKEA keep popping up until we finish putting that bookshelf together? NAN with one A again. What says the OHD? (Oxford Hindi Dictionary)

I had a candy apple red Sebring convertible. Fun but impractical in CNY.

A SIEGE is prolonged but the opposite of an attack. Dict: "a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside."

And you can't escape:

North American Native tribal cash....CREDO
Horse refusal.....NEE.
Are you ____ eat that last peice of Naan?...GHANNA

Off to Humpday.

Wheels42 said...

FIR (not going to post my times anymore - felt too much like humblebragging). Fun puzzle, cool to see Matchbox Twenty make an appearance. Woulda loved a fourth theme entry. Hope everyone is staying healthy and has a great Tuesday

Crockett1947 said...

Kroger has become a behemoth in the grocery world. Took over Fred Meyer and QFC in Oregon. My first job, straight out of high school, was tooling around the eastern parts of the US as "The Top Job Man" and "Mr. Cheer," giving out $5 to people who had the product or a "label facsimile." One very interesting summer for an 18 year old.

Downloaded and FIR last night.

Misty said...

I agree with Shankers that this was more like a Thursday than a Tuesday. But enjoyed some of the clues, and appreciated your list of all those REDS, and your blueprint of the church, Susan. Got APSE, which comes up often in puzzles, but never knew which part of the church it was until now.

Have a great day, everybody.

Wilbur Charles said...

Actually, MM, SCORE a win and NOTCH a win would be synonymous. I prefer "Who NOTCHED/SCOREd my fender
I missed music SCORE. And … one more theme/clue?
"Tied the match". eg EVENED THE SCORE


Ps, great write-up today, Hahtoolah

Lucina said...


Thank you, Hannah and Hahtoolah! Yes, 36D appears to be self referential.

I'm not familiar with all the Scandinavian gods but I'm slowly learning about them. Yesterday I saw AESIR and today THOR.

In the 80s wearing a STICKPIN with a scarf was a huge fad and I had several very nice ones but they have all disappeared. I still have a drawer full of scarves, though.

I'll take a CSO at NANAS SINCE that's what my grandchildren call me.

What does "unwell" band mean? I've never heard of MATCHBOXTWENTY but it completely perped. Is it a GOOD VIBE?

Lemonade: I wish your DIL well.

And I hope Abejo checks in with his current status.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Malodorous Manatee said...

Lucina, "Unwell" is the name of a song performed by a band named Matchbox Twenty.

AnonymousPVX said...

Signing in from the Death Zone.

This Tuesday grid had some crunchy goodness.

And no write-overs today.

Who knew Thor had a last name?...and for what? “Hi, I’m Thor”. “Thor who, and what’s with the hammer?”, said no one ever.

Stay Safe, see you tomorrow.

GarlicGal said...

Today is CC's BIRTHDAY? Did I understand that correctly? Have a really terrific day, CC. I hope you are able to do something special.
This was a fun puzzle, I thought it was a Tuesday level. Of course when you know two big fills ...Emeril's catch phrase and Match Box 20... it makes for an easy fill.
I haven't posted for a very long time but I am alive and solving puzzles, what else is there to do? And I still read the blog.
BTW, my '53 MG-TD is "Mazda Red". A very snappy, bright red!

All's well in Gilroy.
Take care one and all.

TTP said...

Welcome and nice debut, Hannah ! Fun review again today, Hahtoolah.

What Crocket1947 said about Kroger. Behemoth. In addition to the Fred Meyers he mentioned, as well as the stores Malodorous Manatee wrote of (Ralph's and City Market), and the Dillons, Baker's and Gerbes that PK and Inanehiker mentioned, Kroger also has the subsidiary chains of Fry's in Arizona, Mariano's in the Midwest, Harris Teeter in the SE, and more.

BTW, welcome back to Crocket1947 and Garlic Gal.

GG, no, C.C.s birthday was in late June. I also did a "huh?" when I first read Lemonade's statement, but then realized it was C.C.'s 70th NYT crossword...

Ty Kaplan, I enjoyed your solve and review of C.C.'s NYT puzzle. Gave your video a Thumbs Up. It was entertaining. Your Across Lite app looks different than mine... You type faster than I do, that's for sure. Nice job. Maybe try doing the same here and see what people say. Anyway, nice compliments of her puzzle.

For those that have never heard of them, here's the Matchbox Twenty song ref'd in the clue:

Not my favorite.

Here's my favorite Matchbox Twenty song:
3 AM

Rob Thomas is the lead singer/songwriter for Matchbox Twenty. Carlos Santana was looking for one last song to complete his comeback album, Supernatural. He was given a demo tape of the song Smooth after Rob Thomas rewrote the lyrics. Santana was so impressed that he asked Thomas to sing it. The rest, as they say, is history. Biggest hit on the album for Santana.
Santana - Smooth ft. Rob Thomas

It's one of my all time favorite songs of all time :>). There's probably around 30K songs that are on my all time favorites list. What can I say ? I love music.

Pat said...

This was a pretty easy Tuesday offering. Thanks, Hannah S., and congratulations on your debut! Thank you for the wonderful write-up and links, Hahtoolah!

Never heard of MATCH BOX TWENTY. If the music is later than mid-70's, I probably don't know it. I like '50's, 60's and early '70's.

I understood the MUSIC SCORE and NOTCH SCORE didn't know TWENTY SCORE.

CSO to Java Mama and myself at Cincinnati and KROGER.

Apse/Nave: My absolute favorite book is "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett. It's about a stone mason in the 12th century who wants to build a cathedral. Lots of talk about the parts of the building.

I hope everyone is healthy and staying cool.

desper-otto said...

Pat, I read Pillars of the Earth a few months ago. It was OK; I wouldn't rate it "great." It did confirm my belief that religion is more about politics than spirituality.

LEO III said...

Pretty easy romp today. No problem with the theme. It’s funny (and interesting) how different ones of us view the difficulty level from day to day. Having watched Emeril in his early days and getting that clue early (new attack mode) certainly helped.

Two write overs, APSE and GOODVIBE, but no harm - no foul. Thanks for the diagram, Hahtoolah. I MIGHT be able to remember it next time.

The “X” was a complete WAG. I left it for last, but cleaning up GOODVIBE made it rather obvious. Never used UBER, and don’t know MATCHBOXTWENTY.

I thought the same thing as Ray O about a SIEGEs, such as Bataan, Stalingrad and Dien Bien Phu. D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge were prolonged attacks.

Bought an entertainment center from IKEA many, many years ago. Still have it. Unlike most of their stuff, it doesn’t really look like it came from there. Took a few beers for two of us to put it together, though.

TTP – I KNOW what you mean about all-time favorite songs!

Pat, SCORE = TWENTY, as in “Four score and seven years ago….”

Lemonade714 said...

C.C. is not near 70; sorry I confused anyone

SwampCat said...

D-O, now I have to read “Pillars of the Earth! Always something to challenge me!

Hannah, your debut here was Tuesday easy with just enough crunch, but very enjoyable. I love Emeril so that was a treat, Family Grams had me looking for communication things like telegrams. Nice misdirection for me. I’m embarrassed to say I knew IRL.

Hahtoolah, loved the links and pictures. I had no idea there were so many reds!

Garlic Gal, good to See you.

LEO III said...

Oops! Just went back an saw that Hahtoolah explained TWENTY/SCORE. I apologize. Pay no attention to me.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

This is a view of Saint Petronius Basilica in my university town. You see a nave and portion of the APSE but No Transept. The basilica was never finished for various historical reasons. But still the 6th largest church in Europe. If the Transept had been completed the church would have been larger than St. Peter's in Rome

Husker Gary said...

-Slept in with a 9am tee time so I’m running late
-NOTCH? Me too
-Our daughters are both GEN-Xers and have made us proud
-Every school benefits by having a secretary/administrative assistance that is a GEM
-IM, why can’t church be joyous like that every week? Fr. Frank has been known to do cartwheels during the service but how about that woman? Wow!
-YR, here’s the link to Fr. Korth in Omaha

Ol' Man Keith said...

APSE, ACAI, NEE, IAGO, and IRE are real "repeaters." Maybe NAN too.
They helped ease the shock of this more-than-usually tough Monday pzl.
(Not all that tough, but still...)
Thank you, Ms. Slovut in any case; it was fun to chew on. Ta~ DA!

Nice write-up, Hahtoolah! I got a special kick outta the eyepatch photo at the end.
A 3-way on the verso side.
Searching for an anagram, I felt like Goldilocks today—well, sorta!
The main diagonal is “too soft,” nearly all vowels, with the exception only of two plosives—“b” and “p.”
I turned to the top diagonal for help, and it is “too hard”!—almost all consonants, except for a single “e” and an “i.”
Finally I reached the bottom diagonal, and it is “just right.” Well, almost. It offers three vowels, so I decided to go with it.

And the anagram of the day is the Pennsylvania farmer’s exclamation when his breakfast sunnyside-up turned out to be a smelly mess.
“Why,” he cried, “you…

Yellowrocks said...

DO, thanks for trying. The link had expired. Gary, thanks for the new link. Wonderful, joyful church music.
It reminds me of a former church which had a small rock band once a month, drum set, guitars, piano, tambourines. The pastor and the congregation sang along, clapped and swayed to the beat. Such fun.
These days we try to sing along on Zoom. Hard to sync. Sometimes we have to mute all but the choir as we sing along at home.

Jayce said...

Welp, today I ran into what was, for me, a true natick, namely the B and the X in MATCHBOX TWENTY, with whom I am utterly unfamiliar. Not ever having used Uber, I could never have guessed UBER X as the basic service level; I assumed (wrongly, obviously) "basic" would be I (for 1) and the result was I was stumped because MATCH-OI TWENTY made no sense to me.

A couple of clues seemed "off" to me. To wit:
(1) To me IRL doesn't mean offline, it means, and I have seen it used in only this way: In Real Life as opposed to one's internet persona. For example, someone who presents himself in, say, a chat room, as a young sexy girl may actually be, in real life, an old 300-pound man in his basement. He's that guy in the basement regardless of whether he is online or offline.
(2) Clarinet insert = REED. Sorry, a reed is not "inserted" into a clarinet; it is fastened to the mouthpiece and held in place by a ligature. No insertion of anything into anything. I would have been happy if the clue were "Clarinet attachment" or even "Clarinet resonator."
(3) ALTER EGO. Nope, Hannah Montana is simply a role that Miley played. To me, an alter ego might be Mr. Hyde to Dr. Jeckle, or Saki for H.H. Munro.

I did get the "score" theme, though, and I loved the cluing for THREE, AMONG, IN PARK, and HAY. The clue for THOR was pretty good, too.

Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a terrific write-up. Good wishes to you all.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

I liked it! Thanks Hanna (if that's not another ALTER EGO Miley...) for a nice & smooth grid. //knowing all the themers (well, Matchbox 20 took a few perps 'cuz I didn't know that song) help'd.
Congrats on the debut.

Thanks for the expo Hahtoolah - I've mostly enjoyed it but there's links to chase later. Also, I enjoyed your "Front Wheels" that I finally printed and solved.

Fav: Clue for THREE was cute. Also, I don't recall seeing IRL in a grid before, so that was nice.

For what little you were giving, LOL DR, OMK.

FLN - HG: Thanks for fixing the link. Father was a hoot.

Lem - If your DIL doesn't have one - get a finger oximeter. If nothing else it calms your mind to see that the numbers are normal(ish).

Spitz - I also did your Pet Carriers grid. Good fun - thanks!

GarlicGal! So nice to see you pop-in to The Corner. Glad to know you're still out in the garlic capital doing well & solving puzzles.

When KROGER-Superx purchased Thrifty Drugs (where Pop had been since he was 16 - Grandma worked for them too but at a different store) our time in IL was limited b/f they moved us to Shreveport.

PVX - "and what's with the hammer?" LOL //there was a hacker who went by Thor-at-thehammerofgod-dot-com. Haven't heard from him in years.

Lucina - MIL can take the NANA CSO along your side. That's what the Girls call her.

TTP - I agree, 3AM is a much better song. I did not know the backstory re: Smooth; thanks.
//I get it, I have buckets of favorite songs -- 1/2 are RUSH :-)

In college (LA Tech), DW's BFF's husband loved cooking. He was going to be a chef (and was accepted to a school in NOLA (no, I don't recall)) but his dad said, "if I'm paying, you'll be an engineer or accountant." He chose the latter.
Anyway, he'd call and say something like, "I'm making shrimp etouffee. Come over but you'll have to eat & run; I have a test tomorrow." He loved Emeril.
Right after I moved to Houston, I heard Emeril was going to do a book signing at the Barns & Nobel just down the street (on Westheimer).
So, I stood in line for a few hours with a bunch of chef wannabes to get Emeril to sign a book for my friend.
"My friend is a huge fan of yours. Could you sign this "To [redacted]..."
"You must be good friends you standing in line for him. "
"Oh, well, he lives in Louisiana, so..."
He signs the book, "Don't you want one for yourself?
"Um, Sure."

Cheers, -T

CrossEyedDave said...

I have posted this before,
but for all the Newbies, i have to repost
this incredible talented man, who plays 10 instruments
in one video, Matchbox 20's Hang...

If you like Matchbox 20,
Then you would enjoy being more familair,
with the 2nd Album by Sister Hazel
Titled "Somewhere More Familiar."
The whole album has stuff like this...

Lemonade714 said...


Anonymous T said...

D'Oh! At least 3 typoes!
//and 1) is important.

1) my apologies Hannah
2) Barnes & Noble


Wilbur Charles said...

This is the Matchbox I'm familiar with. I napped and woke up humming it. If ya don't want my peaches honey, don't come around my tree.

So, -T there's a song you don't know?
I assume you know Ringo's little ditty, above. Is that where *20 got there name?


Shankers said...

Wheels42 and AnonPVX, it's doubtful that either of you will see this post because it is so late, but for you Wheels42 please keep posting your times. It's not bragging in my opinion. It's more like runners comparing their workout times. And AnonPVX what is the Death Zone, Phoenix? That's where I am. An apt description for this time of year.

GarlicGal said...

Lemonade, thanks for the correction about CC's 70th! I had her figured for a much younger woman!

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

Barbara hasn't been having any appetite so going out to eat has been futile. However, she had a hankering for Thai iced tea for lunch today so we wandered about five minutes away to a local Thai restaurant and picked up some food to bring home. I've got some left over for dinner to go with the dregs of the very tasty Thai iced tea.

Mr. M. Manatee wrote : "Here in California, KROGERs is called Ralph’s." Yes but interestingly, the name of the chain is just Ralphs without the apostrophe, odd but true.

Hahtoolah said...

Pat: I, too, liked Pillars of the Earth. That was also made into a mini-Series. Ken Follett also wrote the Century Trilogy: The Fall of Giants, Winter of the World, and The Edge of Eternity. I read the last book of this series during the Quar. Interesting books and good reads for the long period of the stay-at-home order.

TTP said...

Lemonade, hope your DIL recovers w/o issue.

Miley Cyrus has discovered sobriety and is apparently loving it, according to interviews and various "entertainment tonight" types of reports.

In my youth I heard:
"Hay is for horses"
"Your barn door is open, and your horse is going to get out."
"Shut the door, were you born in a barn! ?" Answer ? Yes, and it reminds me of home when I see an ass like you !

The question was usually only asked in the depths of the winter or the heat of the summer.

And more.

To lift the lyrics from Matchbox Twenty... Imagine Anonymous T after a week and half in self imposed quarantine, calling his wife in the other room from his cell phone, "It's 3 AM and I'm lonely." (Sorry bro, I couldn't resist :>) But entre nous, been there, done that.) Cool story on your BAM ! encounter. "Kick it up a notch !"

Made Pico de Gallo tonight for our Monterey Chicken tomorrow night, to be served with frijoles negro and Mexican rice. (I guess that I'm channeling Bluehen). The prep time in the recipe said 10 minutes. It took me over an hour. Hoping to have some left for tomorrow night. So good with Tostitos. Hold on. I'll be back in a few minutes...

OK, I'm back. Yum. Can't believe that some people find cilantro soapy tasting. How do I segue out of that ?

D-O, I think I've mentioned that my friend is color blind. You would think he would let his wife pick the paint colors in his house. Nope. Garish. Alarming, actually. Who could live with those colors ? Oh wait. He does. Defends them and thinks they're fine.

Where was I ?

CED, that was an amazing video and cover of Hang.

Bill G, do you have Safeway in your area ? I know they have them in San Fran. They used to have a subsidiary company in the Chicago area called Dominick's. It was our norm.

WikWak said...

I did both yesterday’s and today’s puzzles just now. No Cruciverb yesterday but it had them both today. Finished both in about the same amount of time*. With 50+ posts before this one I have little more to add. I liked both and was especially entertained by your commentary, Hatoolah.

@Bob Lee: apparently your parents knew my parents.

Matchbox Twenty and Sister Hazel were unknown to me until a few years ago when my oldest son introduced me to them. Of the two, I prefer Sister Hazel.

@Lemonade, my best wishes for your DIL’s recovery.

Has anyone had an update from Abejo recently?

Malodorous Manatee (love that name!), no 3-L Lllama? Bet a lot of fire fighters would disagree with you... :P

I have never cared for cilantro.

*Details supplied on request.

Stay well.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Bill G, you are correct. Force of habit on my fingers' (plural possessive) part.

WikWak, that is funny. A three a llama fire is a serious a business.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Hannah Slovut, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Hahtoolah, for a fine review.

I have not reported in recently. A lot of the recent puzzles I could not finish. Too tough. Today and yesterday cruciverb was out to lunch, so I printed today and did it in ink. Puzzle was very doable. Could not figure out the theme until I came here. Oh well.

I am kind of tired and am crashing soon. Hope I can sleep.

I am still doing Radiation and Chemo every week. I do not feel very good, but that is the game I guess. Three and a half weeks to go. Then we will see what is what.

If I cannot sleep I may try tomorrow's puzzle later tonight. We will see.

Until later, see you tomorrow. Thank you all for thinking of me. I appreciate the support.


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Anonymous T said...

Abejo! Nice to see you. Keep on truckin' man.

WikWak - I can just hear someone from Boston's Fire Department "We's got a 3 L- LLama!" Nice.

TTP - even out of quarantine those lyrics sometimes resonate :-)

The Girls & I just got back from George Ranch where it was dark enough to look at Neowise. We only had basic binoculars but, boy, was that cool.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

It's great to see you!

I am a big fan of Ken Follett. It started with Rebecca and I've read every book since then. Pillars of the Earth I've read three times and I plan to reread the others. I really get into his style of writing. One whole shelf on my bookshelf is dedicated to his books. Oh, two are by Frederick Forsyth, another great author.

Anonymous T said...

A better Neowise link [NASA].

WC - Nothing to do w/ Ringo's ditty (I've never heard that either!). Matchbox 20's name.

It's late & now I'm thinking of Semisonic [Closing Time]

Cheers, -T