, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Jeffrey Wechsler


Jul 29, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Jeffrey Wechsler


17. "Shane" star: ALAN LADD.

27. Melville's "handsome sailor": BILLY BUDD.

48. "Wabbit" hunter: ELMER FUDD. Shhhhh. He's hunting wabbits.

64. Woman who married the 16th president: MARY TODD. (Abraham Lincoln's wife.)

9. "Saturday Night Live" cast member since 2017: CHRIS REDD.

11. Half of a longtime country duo: NAOMI JUDD. With Wynonna, The Judds.

37. Former CBS anchor with a Peabody and five Emmys: ROGER MUDD.

38. Ten-time NBA All-Star who is now a Laker assistant coach: JASON KIDD.

Melissa here. Beautiful! Eight themers, four across, four down. 


1. One of the fam: SIB. Sibling.

4. Peeved: SORE.

8. Small quick breads: SCONES.

14. "Strange Magic" rock gp.: ELO. Electric Light Orchestra.

15. Revlon rival: AVON.

16. Defeat decisively: THRASH.

19. Cactus bud: AREOLE. Areoles are modified branches, from which flowers, more branches, and leaves (when present) may grow. Universal in the cactus family (at least in the juvenile phase) and have not so far been found in any other plant family. Almost all species of cactus have tufts of spines that develop from the areoles.

20. Lo-cal brew: LITE ALE.

21. Beam splitter: PRISM.

22. Lend __: pay attention: AN EAR. "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" is the first line of a speech by Mark Antony in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.

23. Gives the nod: OKS.

24. NYC subway line: IRT. Interborough Rapid Transit.

31. Indian royal: RAJAH.

33. Egyptian goddess: ISIS.

34. Sidestep: ELUDE.

35. Spanish "for": POR.

38. Positions: JOBS. Noun, not verb.

39. Nike rival: ADIDAS.

40. Bakery allures: AROMAS.

42. Put right: MEND.

44. Dr. who co-founded a record label: DRE.

45. Has a fit: RAGES.

46. Sentry's shout: HALT. Who goes there?

47. __ pad: STENO.

54. Always, to 53-Down: EER.

55. Emergent: NEW.

57. Feminine German article: EINER.

58. Earns: MAKES.

60. Model offering interior views: CUTAWAY.

62. "__ Rouge!": Kidman film: MOULIN.

65. "Same experience for me": AS DID I.

66. Snare: TRAP.

67. GPS display: RTE.

68. Table salt additive: IODIDE.

69. Up to the task: ABLE.

70. Persona __ grata: NON. Unacceptable or unwelcome person.


1. Naval test site: SEALAB. US Navy's 'Aquanauts' Tested the Boundaries of Deep Diving. It Ended in Tragedy.

2. "Fighting" Big Ten team: ILLINI. University of Illinois athletics.

3. Waterside inn: BOATEL. Never heard of that, but makes perfect sense.

4. Pay: SALARY. Noun, not verb.

5. Shape of Ford's logo: OVAL.

6. Went by Segway: RODE.

7. Finale: END.

8. Barren: STARK.

10. Mining hauls: ORES.

12. Subj. for a non-native speaker: ESL. English as a Second Language.

13. Stevie Wonder's "Isn't __ Lovely": SHE.

18. Sci-fi author Stephenson: NEAL. American writer known for his works of speculative fiction.

21. They're full of beans: PODS.

25. "M*A*S*H" corporal who hears choppers before anyone else: RADAR.

26. This and this: THESE.

28. Life stories: BIOS.

29. __ port: USB. Universal Serial Bus.

30. Grim: DISMAL.

32. "Rope-a-dope" boxer: ALI

35. Examine grammatically: PARSE.

36. Give a speech: ORATE.

39. Start a pot: ANTE.

41. Guys: MEN.

43. "Slippery" tree: ELM.

46. Adheres (to): HEWS. 1. Chop or cut. 2. Conform or adhere to. A contronym, often referred to as a Janus word or auto-antonym, is a word that evokes contradictory or reverse meanings depending on the context.

49. Key in again: RETYPE.

50. Turin-based automaker: FIAT.

51. Still on the hanger: UNWORN.

52. __ rights: red-handed: DEAD TO.

53. England's first poet laureate: DRYDEN.

56. Choice word: EENIE.

59. Et __: and others: ALII. "Et al." is an abbreviation. When read aloud, you pronounce the full term "et alii" (or "et alia") - same as you would say "et cetera" when reading aloud the "etc." abbreviation. Alternatively, you could say "and others" - same as you would say "for example" when reading aloud the "e.g." abbreviation.

60. Paleo no-no: CARB. Keto  and Atkins no-no, too.

61. Eurasian range: URAL. The Ural Mountains or simply the Urals, are a mountain range that runs approximately from north to south through western Russia, from the coast of the Arctic Ocean to the river Ural and northwestern Kazakhstan.

62. Avril follower: MAI. French - April and May.

63. Baja bear: OSO.

64. NYC subway org.: MTA.


D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you Jeffrey Wechsler for your enjoyable Wednesday CW. 

Carol and I FIR in 25:49 min.

Thank you melissa bee for your excellent review.


Lemonade714 said...

JW is bouncing around the dial with a Thursday and now a Wednesday.

This shows his dedication to a consistent theme with all the themers 8 or 9 letters and each of the 5 vowels (A,E,I,O,U) represented. KYDD is the only Y last name so that couldn't be.

I liked the IDOL IDYL balance. I have seen ads for the book FALL but have never read any of NEAL STEPHENSON's creations.

Thank you mb and JW

Hungry Mother said...

FIR, no write-overs. Saw the DD theme early and looked for it later. Very nice outing.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I saw all those double-d's jutting out. Also noticed the ASDIDI/ADIDAS combo. Didn't recognize EINER, but it showed up with the perps. Interesting that three of the themer's used a U; A, E, and I only once. Only misstep: IODInE to IODIDE. Thanx, J.W. and Melissa Bee.

AREOLES: We used to have a nifty, theme-friendly illustration for this.

SEALAB: Did I dream it? I distinctly remember an old timey TV show about an undersea laboratory. The Captain and Admiral were main characters. But I can't find any reference to it.

SEGWAY: That futuristic "walker" was predicted to be everywhere. Last month the company announced they would end production.

HEWS: Reminds me of a Beyond the Fringe skit about Judging and Coal Mining. Some miners did the Hack, others the Hew. Some were combination men and did both the Hack and Hew. It was "quite a varied" life down in the mine. You had complete freedom to do whatever you liked, provided you got out a load of coal every day. Here's Peter Cook with the complete routine. The accent makes it a little difficult to understand, but it's worth the effort.

desper-otto said...

Wake up, d-o. Actually it was four U's (Fudd, Mudd, Budd, Judd), plus there was an O that you forgot, odd.

TTP said...

Excellent. Jeffrey always challenges.

Thank you, MB. Didn't know that SEALAB history.

The definition Melissa provided for HEWS can also be directly used as the definition for cleaves. So these two contronyms are both synonyms and antonyms of their opposing definitions.

C.C. and Don "Hard G" Gagliardo have a puzzle, "Parts of Speech" over at Merriam-Webster.

JAMUB78 said...

Double Dipping this morning I Do Declare!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Jeffrey Wechsler, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Melissa Bee, for a fine review.

Well, I got up at 3:00 AM and stated the puzzle. I hoped it would help me sleep. Instead it woke me up. Wow, what a puzzle and theme. All the double DD's, both up and across and down.

SCONES. Never had a scone in my life. I will have to try one.

AREOLE. Learned a new word.

I will never order a LITE ALE. A regular ALE, yes.

Tried IODINE for a while. Then figured out IODIDE would give me the DD's. OK. Worked.

Never heard of DRYDEN. Had enough perps. Got him.

Got tired and laid back down. Had a couple letters to get and got them this morning. Great puzzle.

See you tomorrow.


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Anonymous said...

Took me 9:46 to reach the endd today.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Had the same mis-step as D-O on IODInE. JASON KIDD rectified that to get IODIDE. Had 'bleak' before STARK.
EINER is the 'ein' form for the feminine genitive and dative cases of singular nouns; also, the feminine plural genitive.
A great puzzle with lots of fresh fill. Jeffrey always delivers. FIR.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Any JW puzzle is a welcome challenge but I’m spoiled by his talents for word wizardry and theme trickery, so, while I enjoyed today’s offering, I was a tad disappointed with the straightforward theme and fill. The eight themers are quite impressive but, IMO, having just the four rhyming themers of Mudd, Fudd, Judd, and Budd would have had more of an impact. I have no idea who Chris Redd is but the others are all well known. Plenty of catchy duos today: Ali/Alii, Eenie/Einer, Sore/Ores, Dre/She, and New/Hew(s). (Lemony, I don’t see Idol/Idyl; am I missing something?) Only two w/os: Avoid/Elude and Iodine/Iodide. CSL to Lucina at ESL.

Thank you, Jeffrey W, for a fun solve and thanks, Melissa, for an entertaining and informative summary.


Pat, thanks for sharing your brother’s stunning photos. Very, very breathtaking!

Sharon Sasses, welcome aboard!

Have a great day.

kazie said...

I wondered what to expect with the German feminine article when I saw the number of letters. Normally it would be either DIE or EINE. The extra R for EINER means it's either in the genitive (singular or plural) or dative (singular) case.

No serious problems.

Since we US citizens are too covid infected, we are banned from entering Europe now, so wondering when we'll be able to visit our grands again. Skype is too infrequent and just doesn't seem to do it.

Malodorous Manatee said...

With apologies to all, let’s “cut right to the chase” and address the “elephant in the room”. While I did thoroughly enjoy the theme I also found it distracting. I mean, most men (and, the empirical evidence strongly suggests, many women) seem to enjoy seeing Double D’s. I kept trying to avert my eyes but every time I looked back at the grid another pair was right in my face. Left and right, up and down, How could I not stare at them? I had to stare at them. I barely even noticed the rest of the puzzle.

As any further comments might be construed as inappropriate, I will leave you with the music of The Fugs from 1965 (also recorded a few years later by the Holy Modal Rounders - there was an overlap in personnel):

Do You Like Boobs A Lot

As a footnote, according to Wikipedia, “some 1969 correspondence, found inside an FBI file on the rock group The Doors, called The Fugs the "most vulgar thing the human mind could possibly conceive". It seems to me that there is a crossword clue and answer in there somewhere.

Sherry said...

Had some issues: rajah? The h is new to me. Boatel also new. Iodide instead of iodine? And Ali instead of alias. French clue of Avril for Mai. Just seems like purposeful misdirection to me.

oc4beach said...

Thanks JW for today's Delightful Double D's puzzle. MB's tour tied it all together nicely.

Like others, I saw the theme early, but didn't expect the Double D's in the down clues also. JASON KIDD and CHRIS REDD were unknowns, but I knew the rest. I had to change IODInE to IODIDE to finish the puzzle correctly.

AEREOLE and EINER were unknowns and I had SIs before SIB and THINK before STENO. Perps were helpful as usual.

Well, it's the day of the mid-week bogdown, but these days one day is just like any other day except for the difficulty of the day's puzzle. Sigh!

Sunny and 90's today. Everyone be safe and wear your masks.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Jeff, for a bit of a crunchy puzzle. I really liked the way you put it together. I had a number of false starts, but in the it was a FIR for me. Reading is a skill. I had an R problem. I could not get to AVON as I read the clue as "Revlon Revival." Duh! Nicely done.

Thank you, Melissa, for a great write up. The English teacher in me liked the explanation of HEWS. Much like OMK's discussion yesterday of the forth wall, I knew it, but enjoyed reading it nonetheless. Merci.

Welcome to our clutch of newbies who have moved from lurking to participating. So nice to have you. It took me awhile to give up lurking also.

To everyone who's struggling a bit these days, feel better and find some sunshine.

Stay safe everyone.

Husker Gary said...

-I thought Jeffrey’s wonderful puzzle would have a “supportive” reveal
-BILLY BUDD shows the difference between strict adherence to rules and common sense
-Sidestep/ELUDE reminds me of Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders
-The beautiful What I Did For Love from Cats in Spanish would be Lo que hice POR amor
-In this picture, you can see ADIDAS on the chin strap, Jersey, gloves, pants and socks
-STENO pads : dictation = Slide rules : calculation
-I wanted to take that exact SEGUE tour in D.C. but DW said no
-Here is the PARSING of “Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo, Buffalo”
-I learned early on not to engage in FaceBook debate with someone who HEWS to an opposing idea
-Fredo Corleone betrayed the family and Michael tells him, “You are DEAD TO ME!”

Bob Lee said...

The double-D answers were a very creative idea!

The upper left was the last for me to fill in - never heard of a boatel!!

Good old High School German helped me with EINER. But it is eine for feminine nominative and accusative, which happens more often. And confusingly one plural usage. All those various masc., fem., neut. case endings used to drive me crazy: ein, eine, einer, eines, einen, einem. Give me English any day!

Anonymous said...

Natick at Dryden / Einer. Don't know German or English poet laureats. Probably could have gotten it right if I did an alpha run but didn't. Never heard of "boatel."

Fun puzzle otherwise and wonderful write-up.

Stay safe everyone.


SwampCat said...

Wonderful Wechsler Wednesday! I did it! I finally won a Wechsler! Ok, so it was only Wednesday. I’ll take what I can get. Thanks Jeffrey, for the fun.

Loved Full of beans for PODS. Well, yes, they are. I already had ALII so IODIDE fell into place. I got the theme with ALAN LADD near BILLY BUDD, two favorites.

I don't think of SCONES as breads but of course they are. I have made them for years and they are certainly quick

MB, thanks for the tour.

Barry T. said...

For desper-otto @ 6:54 am:

RE: "SEALAB: Did I dream it? I distinctly remember an old timey TV show about an undersea laboratory. The Captain and Admiral were main characters. But I can't find any reference to it."

Are you thinking of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea"? Richard Basehart, David Hedison...

I remember watching that show, fascinated, as a kid.

Stay well, everyone!

Shankers said...

Can't say this was one of my favorite JW puzzles, but it was a FIR nonetheless. Lots of changes first at 1A from sis to sib, 8D from bleak to stark, 66 A from sodidi to asdidi. Also, I haven't cared for SNL for quite a long time so didn't know Redd. Anywho, it all came together in the end so it's a woohoo today.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Who did NOT put Iodine first without perp help instead of IODIDE ?? C'mon be honest.....Otherwise a FIR. But as usual did not perceive the theme. DDuh!
An ELMER a logger who specializes in just ELMs?

BOATEL is probaby an OED acceptable entry but I withheld for a while cuz it seems like nonsense. A large one is called an ocean liner 🚢

HEWS is like cleaves and sanctions both postive and negative meanings. Weird.

FIAT: "Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino ...Italian automobile factory of Turin. 🚙

We drove a 14 yo VW bug in Italy. DW was sure they were bigger there than in the US. I had to convince her than next to the ubiquitous FIAT 500s they looked like Cadillacs. A kind of optical illusion.

More illusions....

Most teddy bears are ____ cuddly....OSO

Heavy rain flooded the monkey cage but the lion had a _____ DRYDEN

How Newscaster Mudd is known in Maine_____ RAJAH

Hybrid walrus and retriever_____ SEALAB

" _____of thr Lost Ark" .....RADAR.

Off to hammer out Thor's Day.

desper-otto said...

Thanx, Barry T. Yes, that's the show I was thinking of. I'm not going crazy, after all. Well, at least not for misremembering that show.

We've got hotels and motels, so why not boatels? Works for me.

Great photos last night, Pat. SASSES, welcome to the pool.

Misty said...

Woohoo! Woohoo! I got a Wednesday Jeffrey Wechsler puzzle, and what a delightful treat it was! As soon as a couple of the DDs appeared, I had a feeling something was up. And then more and more of them came--what a treat! Thank you, thank you, Jeffrey--this will go down as one of my favorite puzzles of all time. I only knew about half the names, but the surrounding clues helped out with that, making this a pleasure. And your commentaries are always wonderful, Melissa.

I loved seeing that odd and funny BOATEL turn up for the waterside inn. And of course I kept thinking of airplanes for that HANGER, and it cracked me up when it turned out to be a closet with UNWORN clothes. I was so afraid ILLINI was wrong even though I knew it had to have something to do with ILLINOIS. Whew--a relief that it was right. And of course I always like seeing sweet RADAR O'Reilley in a puzzle. So, thanks again, Jeffrey.

Have a great day, everybody.

AnonymousPVX said...

Another day, another fabulous JW creation.


And not much to add.

Stay Safe, Mask Up, see you tomorrow.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Way to go Misty and SwampCat - Congratulations!

Also, I tip my hat to the master...Ray O'

There wolf
Me sealab

Rajah, out

CrossEyedDave said...

I dunno,
I am still a bit confused by the Adheres/Hews debacle,
& think, it will not matter, as it will soon become
obsolete English anyway...

Hmm, Double D's...

I was going to look for alphabetical silly links,
but since reading "do you like Boobs a lot"
& especially Desper-Otto's Mine story about naked Women
dancing about, all I can now think is,
"Who am I to Judge..."

(you will have to watch "experiences down the mine"
-around 7 to 8 minutes in to understand the above pun...)

Lucina said...


Finally, A JW puzzle! We haven't seen him in a while. Perhaps he went on vacation. Anyway, it's a welcome challenge though I did sashay through it quickly. Makes me wonder what he was thinking with the DD theme. I'll take a CSO because I have a drawer full of them.

I misspelled MOULIN so changed it when KIDD emerged. In fact, my grid is riddled with wite out, SIS/SIB, IBIS/ISIS, IODINE/IODIDE, UNUSED/UNWORN.

Thank you, IM; I'll take the CSO at ESL and another at POR as well as PARSE, having taught English for many years.

It's a treat to see DRYDEN in the puzzle. Poets are welcome!

Thank you, Melissa; it's always nice to see you and read your very nice narratives.

Welcome, Sharon! I'm glad you decided to join us.

BOATEL is a new term for me, too.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Wilbur Charles said...

Now that I have them available I can't help solving the weeks worth early. Just finished Saturday.

I do recall that after fast Mon,Tue this slowed down. I briefly thought of ASL but of course SCONES took care of that. Now …
"a single letter personal Natick involving the first name of a not so-well-known person crossing a never-before-heard foreign word"????
Is that MAI/MARY TODD? It couldn't be.

I was surprised JASON KIDD was known. He was a (UCLA)Bruin in the post Alcindor days. Maybe a top 199 NBA player. Then again you want obscurity wait until Saturday (shudder).*

Anchors and SNL people are obscure to me but guessable. I never had to worry about IODInE because I had Jason.

I see we had MTA again, this time NY


Wilbur Charles said...

I see Preview is not working again

Ol' Man Keith said...

Sure, I settled for that, as the perp (you KID'N me?) would have been absurd. But it looks like I am not the only one who had to learn a lesson today.

Woohoo to Misty for her victory, esp. on a Wechsler pzl!
The origin of ILLINI is lost, as they say, in "the mists of time," but it seems to have come from a re-reading of the acronym for a land-grant university in Illinois.
Illinois, itself, is a Native American term for the "Land of the ILLINI" or "Warriors." So we come full circle to reading it as another one of these Indian terms that are coming under scrutiny in this era of woke-ness.
No diagonals, as the grid is asymmetrical.

LEO III said...

Well, early on I wrote SIS instead of SIB, and I never went back and corrected it. My bad! The rest of the puzzle went smoothly. Got the DDs OK, didn’t know AREOLE, HEWS (as clued) or EINER. Perps to the rescue on those. Misspelled Moulin (had an “a”), but got that one fixed in time with KIDD.

The only DRYDEN that I remember is KEN DRYDEN, eh, CanadianEh!???

Wilbur Charles said...

I meant top 100 NBA. Ok make that 60. He couldn't shoot very well.

The * indicated "What's new?, It's Saturday!"

NaomiZ said...

Enjoyable puzzle. FIR in good time. A few items are always unknown to each of us; that's what perpendiculars are for! When I told DH that each theme answer had double D's, his imagination immediately went where many of yours did. Double groan! Hasta mañana.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Today’s puzzle was an uDDer delight!

Seeing DD’s and AREOLE in the same puzzle? I’m sure the editors had a chuckle with that!

Write-overs: EVADE/ELUDE (hadn’t gotten thru enough of the grid to know my error) MGA/MTA - GRAB/TRAP

Egregious error; SIS/SOATEL instead of SIB/BOATEL. I should’ve PARSEd better.

Total perps: CHRIS REDD and CUTAWAY

My goofy Moe-ku:

Might Elsie the Cow
Get JOB dancing the Can-Can
At the MOO-lin Rouge??

Lucina said...

LOL at your Moe-Ku!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Sure it's only a Wednesday, but I FIR a Jeff Wex! [Hi Swamp & Misty!]*
At first I was mad at all the names but after I saw what you were doing; Nice. Thanks JW.

Thanks for the expo, mb. SEA LAB link was interesting and RADAR clip was fun.

Theme helped me with NW, filled in Billy's Ds and PODs & DISMAL appeared; theme also kept me from IODInE error.
//Ray-O, I already filled my DDs in even though I have no idea who Jason is (that took longer)

Fav: I'll go w/ SCONES. Eldest made ricotta & rosemary ones the other night to go with stew. Great AROMAS!

Am I the only one that wanted KIN for 1a?
I kept thinking of N-Tests or some-such @1d and perhaps an Inn near a lake that I should know from a movie or TV show.

D4 - Nice to see you popping in often.

TTP - Thanks for the heads up on C.C. & Don "Hard G"'s puzzle; made my last meeting tolerable.

D-O: I was going to say that SeaLab 2020 was a cartoon that I grew-up with but that's probably not what you're thinking of.
At least I guessed right with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea when I found it Googling. Thanks BarryT!

LOL C. Moe!

Going back through the puzzle to see if anything else MAKES me chuckle, I saw 22a... ???
The Sheriff is A'NEAR. [MA - Blazing Saddles]
//oh, AN EAR.

Ray-O: That's a mistranslation from Italian to English.
FIAT literally translates to Fix it again, Tony :-)

Cheers, -T
*even on a Thursday, JW will beat me by a square. Fridays? Oy!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anon T
Scones are frequently dry...using ricotta sounds like a great idea. Care to share the recipe?

Wilbur Charles said...

I echo Lucina, loved the Moe-ku. And that Saddles link was hilarious, -T. I've caught do many clips of that, Grail, Young Frankenstein etc it seems like I've seen than all.

Btw, tomorrow is DAB. I really can't comment on difficulty since I'm usually a contra. Actually, I really can't comment at all except someone displayed Owen's "prescience" in a comment FLN.

I'll dig it out at the appropriate time.

Shut up Wilbur


The Curmudgeon said...

D-O: Apparently, there were three series named Sealab.


Wilbur Charles said...

Oops, DAB is Friday

Ol' Man Keith said...

Husker ~ I would have supposed Melville's BILLY BUDD revealed the way in which a sadistic under-officer might disguise his motives, even to himself. That, plus the necessity of a man of principle to act on the rule of law versus his desire to show mercy.
But I may have missed something in my reading of it.
Or perhaps you equate Capt. Vere's reading of human nature with "common sense"?

Anonymous T said...


They are Eldest's - she pretty much made it up.
To 'Dry' - she replies, "Oh, my scones are never dry." Little sh**

5 TBS frozen butter finely sliced
2c flour
1TBS baking powder
Dash of salt
1TBS sugar
1/2c chopped green onion or scallions
Handful of parsley, minced
1 TBS Thyme, minced
3 sprigs Rosemary, minced
1c Ricotta cheese
2/3c milk

Kosher salt for the sprinkles
Whisk together:
1 egg
1TBS+ water
1TSP paprika
Cracked pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste

Preheat oven: 425
Mix drys [sans herbs]
Mix coarsely with butter ensuring butter doesn't melt
Stir in herbs
Mix in cheese & milk until combined - do not 'over mix'

Shape dough into recitable on lightly floured service again keeping the butter from melting.
Then cut into squares -> triangles

Place scones on lightly buttered baking sheet
Wash with egg & sprinkle with salt.
Bake 12-15 minutes [until egg-wash is golden and 'crinkle-y']

Desired result (oh, she made the stew too)

Cheers, -T

Shankers said...

I thought Jason Kidd went to Cal. Not that anyone cares. Will have to look it up to prove to DW that I am always right. Ha!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anon T

The entire presentation looks delizioso


Shankers said...

Just looked it up on Google. Jason DID go to Cal. Still batting 100% with DW. Hey, DID has double Ds. How about that CSO for today's puzzle?

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

I finished CC's other puzzle. Thanks for the link. Was there anything more to the theme than implied by the title of ODD JOBS ?

Lucina, I thought of you with today's DD theme. Blessing, curse, both, neither, depends???

~ Mind how you go...

Picard said...

Has anyone else ever heard the term "DEAD TO Rights"? I never heard of this. The cross of this unknown with unknowns EINER and DRYDEN almost led to a DNF. But I did a WAG and FIR.

Hand up IODINE before IODIDE. I did know MARY TODD, ELMER FUDD, BILLY BUDD, ROGER MUDD, ALAN LADD. And a hazy memory of NAOMI JUDD when it filled in. Never heard of CHRIS REDD or JASON KIDD.

Learning moment about AREOLE.

Here we were among many CACTI and their AREOLEs at the Saguaro National Park.

I go there every two years for a convention for my work. This year it was cancelled due to COVID.

Picard said...

From Yesterday and Before:
Irish Miss and Malodorous Manatee thank you for asking about our housing situation. Our charming new landlords are pushing forward with evicting us. We have been in survival/panic mode packing 31 years of my stuff. Much of it books and documents for my many projects. A total of about 150 boxes so far and still growing.

I am in the process of trying to buy a place in the same neighborhood. Renting does not seem to be an option since it seems in the US people have no right to live in their homes unless they are an "owner". That was not true where I lived as a child in Europe. Your home there was your home, no matter what.

The problem is that the place I am trying to buy has someone very much still living there and he needs time to pack his things and move out. Our landlord refuses to give us even one extra day to accommodate this. Did I mention how charming they are?

Malodorous Manatee glad that you like the idea of a Crossword Corner gathering some day for our area. Exactly where are you? We are near the city of Santa Barbara.

Hahtoolah thank you for confirming my understanding of the correct term WESTERN WALL vs the incorrect term Wailing WALL. Thanks for the live feed view of it. And thanks for the Karl Popper quote. Similar to "there are none so blind as those who will not see".

WikWak said...

Late to the party as usual.

I may have mentioned (a time or two) how much I like Mr W’s creations. No exception today.

Melissa, the term BOATEL may have been new to you, and I bet it was to a lot of others as well (haven’t read any comments yet). Not to this western Illinois boy! There’s a town on the east bank of the Illinois River, about 20 miles from my town, called Naples. Tiny little thing. No, I mean REALLY tiny. There was a restaurant there on the river side of the levee called the Naples Boatel. Just the restaurant while I was there; no sleeping facilities. Being on the river side of the levee, whenever the river flooded (not infrequently) the Boatel was under water. As soon as the flood subsided they would clean it out, fix what needed fixing, and be open for business ASAP. At some point after I moved away to the moral decay (parents’ and friends’ term, not mine) of the Chicago area they just gave up and went under (so to speak) permanently.

I may be back later. Maybe not.

Stay well.

Big Easy said...

Good Afternoon. Running late today and when I saw Wechsler's name I thought that maybe it might be one of his Saturday level puzzles, expecting a DISMAL finish. But I got it done after a slow start. The double-D was noticed after ALAN LASS & BILL BUDD. I haven't watched SNL in over 20 years, so CHRIS REDD was a total unknown. REDD FOXX I know.

SEGWAY started as a company trying to make a wheelchair that would climb stairs.
BOATEL- I guess none of us had a big enough yacht to pull up to a marina that also had a hotel. Some marinas have a halfway decent restaurant on the grounds but most just have fuel, ice, bathrooms, and a coke machine.

Wilbur Charles said...

Anon@506pm. I apologize. I just wanted to know if there was another combination like MAI/MARY that I missed.

You are correct. One thing we've learned in here is that "obvious" doesn't exist. What I don't know speaks volumes.

fe, I barely knew Naomi and Dr Dre.

On another note, it's been a long time since I read Billy BUDD. Was he hanged? Didn't Shane beat up seven goons in a bar? And Mary TODD had her demons(but so did Abe)

Again, I'm sorry for the tone of that comment, Anon.


Husker Gary said...

Picard, I have!
-The police had O.J. "DEAD TO RIGHTS" but his lawyers got him to be found "not guilty"
-Of a baseball runner who escapes a rundown between bases, it might be said "They had him "DEAD TO RIGHTS" but he got away

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Jeffery and melissa bee.
I had some issues to deal with before I could even begin to solve; my newspaper had symbols instead of numbers for the clues! The other "easy" CW on the same page in the newspaper also had symbols instead of numbers; I don't see that any of you had this problem so perhaps my newspaper was to blame entirely!
I should have gone online to solve, but instead I wrote the proper number beside every clue and then proceeded to solve. I saw the DDs (and really wanted a vowel progression in the themers, but it was not to be!), but FIWed.
I had SIs and BonnY BUDD (D'uh) and the unknown BOATEL ELUDEd me. This Canadian did not know ILLINI (thanks for the explanation OMK) or author NEAL; thus perps did not help.
Plus the EINER/DRYDEN cross was a Natick for me at the R. (Yes,Leo III a "proper" cluing of the Canadiens' goalie Ken would have solved the Natick for me! LOL)

I just Googled BOATEL and lo and behold there is a BOATEL bed and breakfast in Toronto called Making Waves BOATEL (although not operating at the moment due to Covid-19 and owners will be selling). Learning moment!

Hand up for Bleak before STARK, and Iodine before IODIDE. I should have known that Iodine is the element, and to be added to salt it must be in potassium IODIDE or Iodate form for stability. I will be using non-iodized pickling salt tomorrow to can my pickles.

Wishing you all a good evening.

Gaspasser said...

Nice puzzle with a few new ones.
Thanks for the write-up.

Jayce said...


SwampCat said...

First of all... my SCONES are never dry! Obviously some of you have been eating inferior SCONES, hehehehe

Picard, I have wondered about your housing problems. Such a shame.

I bought my first house at age22. I never thought about “ownership “. Owned a house all this time.

Then I moved into a “Condo” building. It has offered apartments for 50 years but now the “Condo Association “ has taken over the rule and ...horrors...Renters!..... are second class citizens.

At first it only confused me. Who cares what my financial arrangement are? I rent for several reasons, none of which are anyone’s business!

Now I am angry.

I feel for you!

SwampCat said...

What happened to my post? My scones are never Dry!

Picard I feel for your search for housing. I had more to say but it seems to have disappeared.

Lucina said...

You are certainly a man of few words!

TTP said...

Chairman, I hadn't noticed it, but now that you mention it, those entries do stand out.

Big Easy said, "... but most just have fuel, ice, bathrooms, and a coke machine." What kind of coke machine ? Pepsi ? Dr Pepper ? :>)

Bill G, I'm confused. You wrote, "I finished CC's other puzzle. Thanks for the link. Was there anything more to the theme than implied by the title of ODD JOBS ?"

Zhouqin and Don's puzzle yesterday was "Parts of Speech" and her "Odd Jobs" puzzle was back on April 22nd. To answer your question though, each of the 4 theme clues involved a phrase with "job" and an unexpected answer. Frex, "Rush job" with the answer ROCK CONCERT. Rush is a rock band from Canada and the job is the concert. Does that help ?

Swamp Cat, your comments are there. Sometimes you have to refresh your browser. Or, as the tech support guy reading the script would tell you, "Clear all your cache, erase all of your cookies, reboot your machine, spin your wheels, and if that doesn't fix it, call us back."

Dash T, multiplexing, eh ? Puzzle and conference call. You won't be able to do that as easily when you are back in the office. Oh, and "FIAT literally translates to Fix it again, Tony :-)"

How about an ALFA instead ? Something like "A Luxe Fiat Alternative"

It's wonderful that we have commenters like Kazie, Spitzboov and Canadian Eh to explain the nuances from their areas of expertise.