Aug 14, 2020

Friday, Aug 14, 2020 Jerry Edelstein

"Sounds Like: Fun With Homophones"

17. Drove by the campsite?: PASSED TENTS.    Past Tense

25. Johann Sebastian and Johann Christian?: MALE BACHS.    Mailbox

35. Carpenter's work station?: PLANE SITE.    Plain Sight

49. Bird popularity surveys?: FOWLPOLLS.    Foul Poles

58. Wildebeests coming to a screeching halt?: BRAKING GNUS.    Breaking News 
This answer was flat out funny to me.   Couldn't find a suitable picture of gnus braking, but did find this happy boy.
Jerry should win a pullet surprise for creating these new homophones and definitions. 


1. Peak on the 1,000-yen note: FUJI

5. Kicked: BOOTED.

11. __ bod: DAD.    Here's the blog post that went viral in 2015 and brought national attention to the term dad bod:    Why Girls Love The Dad Bod

14. Sign not always recognized: OMEN.    

15. "Sanford and Son" son: LAMONT.   I loved that show.   Aunt Esther was always sticking her nose in Fred and Lamont's business.   Lamont would try keep the peace, but Fred always had some funny reply to get her even more fired up.  

16. Wool coat wearer: EWE.

19. Hist. majors' degrees: BAs.

20. Half a cocktail hour pair: TONG.

21. Needlefish: GAR.  2 minute YouTube video   on the needlefish.  

22. Winery sight: CASK.   If the answer was only three letters, we would most likely answer "tun".    A tun is 252 gallons.    That's the largest cask shown below.

If you look closely at this graphic, you'll see that the name for the cask that holds half of a tun is called a butt.  

So if it was fully loaded with wine, you would have a buttload.   Who knew that a buttload was a real measurement ?
23. It may be proven in court: GUILT.

27. Soap opera plot staple: AMNESIA.

29. Kemper who plays Kimmy Schmidt: ELLIE.   No idea, but the perps were kind.

30. Car stat: MPG.

31. Buckle: GIVE.   Buckle as a verb rather than as a noun.   As in, buckle under pressure.   But if you buckle down, you are not giving in.   And if you buckle up, the life you save may be your own.

34. Big game, say: EVENT.

38. Scotch-Brite cleaning product: DOBIE.
41. 9, at times: Abbr.: SEPT. ember.

42. Race unit: LAP.

45. First name on a 1945 bomber: ENOLA.   Second name on a 1945 bomber: Gay.

46. Polite response: YES MAAM.

53. Presidents take them: OATHs.

54. Song and dance: ARTs.   As are Carney and Linkletter.

55. Pod resident?: PEA.

56. "Picnic" dramatist: INGE.   A 1953 play written by William Inge.   Paul Newman had his Broadway debut in this play.

57. Fifth-century date: CDI.    401 in Roman numerals.   About the time of the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire.   (I like looking things up)

62. Get ready to drive, with "up": TEE.  

63. Place for a shot: TAVERN.

64. Distasteful: ICKY.

65. Surg. facilities: ORs.

66. Location query opener: "WHERE'S  the beef ?",  asked Clara Peller.

67. Viewed warily: EYED.


1. Dandy: FOP.   A Beau Brummell. 

2. Thurman of the 2005 film "Prime": UMA.     I watched most of this movie sometime in the last six months.   Uma played a newly divorced 37 year old that falls in love with a 22 year old recent graduate.   She is seeing a therapist to help her deal with her divorce.  She confides to her therapist about her young lover.   The therapist soon realizes the young lover is her son.   Her therapist is played by Meryl Streep.   

The film started strong and hooked me in, but the story line quickly grew weak and somewhat dragged.   The only thing that kept me from turning it off earlier was watching Meryl Streep.    Love her subtle expressions of emotions.   

3. Having fun: JESTING.   WGN anchors Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange having some fun during a commercial break back in 2009.

The story behind ... epic commercial break handshake 

4. Shoe part: INSOLE.

5. Apt. house: BLDG.

6. __ grass: OAT.

7. Breitling competitor: OMEGA.

Jerry Seinfeld has a collection of Breitling watches.  

8. Relating to pitches: TONAL.   There are four tones in Mandarin Chinese, with a fifth neutral tone.     Kevin Salat, the constructor that introduced us to the word tauromachy on Saturday, August 1st, speaks Mandarin.

9. Between, in Brest: ENTRE.    For those of us that do not parlay voo French but do solve crosswords, it's just a matter of remembering some of the common phrases we see in clues and answers.  e.g.,  entr'acte (between the acts) and entre nous (just between us).

Of course you would have to assume we are talking about Brest, France and not Brest, Belarus.    In Belarusian, between would be паміж.

10. Drying-out hurdle: DTs.    Delirium Tremens.

11. Total disaster: DEBACLE.

12. Loaded with: AWASH IN.

13. It might contain an inbox: DESK SET.   Not related to the clue, but I thought of Desk Set, starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.  IMO, it was one of their better movies.    The screenplay was written by Phoebe and Henry Ephron.   Harry was also the producer.    Yes, you are correct.   They are the parents of Nora.    We often see her here with clues related to her RomComs Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally.

18. Tolkien creatures: ENTs.

22. Have a cow: CALVE.    This fun clue did not fool PK or Spitzboov.   I would not be surprised to learn that she helped deliver a few.

23. School of whales: GAM.   Sometimes it is a pod.

24. Foul line watcher, at times: UMP.   Sometimes with ire.   
Double entendre.   Umpire and ump ire  :>)  

25. Water conduits: MAINS.

26. Red-rooted plant, usually: BEET.  

28. Food chain letters: IGA.  "Hometown Proud"

32. Flying formation: VEE.

33. Athletic awards: ESPYs.   Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly awards.

35. Some tablets: PILLs.

36. It may be quantum: LEAP.

37. Resident's suffix: ITE.

38. In reality: DE FACTO.

39. Awaiting shipment: ON ORDER.

40. Donald Duck and Winston Churchill wear them: BOW TIEs.   

42. Bulbs' pre-bloom condition: LATENCY.

43. Sound of delight: AAH.

44. U.K. leaders: PMs.

47. Musical number: SONG.

48. Smith who played Violet on "Downton Abbey": MAGGIE.   I was clueless.  The answer  perped in. 

50. Part of OWN: OPRAH.   The Oprah Winfrey Network.

51. Go: LEAVE.

52. James, since 2018: LAKER.   Lebron James,  NBA superstar playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. 

56. 1,000+ Holidays: INNs.   Tricky clue, easy answer.   Just looked it up to get a real count.  As of Sept 2018, there were 1173 Holiday Inns.

58. Texter's "just so you know": BTW.     By The Way.   

59. Wrath: IRE.   Sometimes directed at umps.

60. Hawaiian strings: UKE.    Ukulele.   Spelled out to reinforce the spelling.  

61. Barrett of Pink Floyd: SYD.    A founding member of the English band before they became really popular. 


D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you Jerry Edelstein for your enjoyable Friday CW.  I groaned 5 times.  

Carol and I FIR in 37:47 min.

Thank you TTP for your excellent review.


Wilbur Charles said...

-T, FLN, I like that you avoid the ubiquitous mayo(MAYO) on your potato salad.

Oh , Mail BOX. I thought it was mail-backs. Those things in the unsolicited mail.

In CCCLXXVIII, occurs the battle of Adrianople. From wiki: "The battle is often considered the start of the process which led to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century "

I believe MAGGIE Smith won an Oscar in 1970. Why. A gunnery Sgt turned Captain told me and I responded "No such actress!"*

I think folks will consider this med.diff**. I thought it was me. I solved Wed morning. I actually had FD? on the Roman date. I hope solving is good for the brain because I am not "sharp" to say the least these days.

I never heard of DOBIE nor ELLIE Kemper/Jimmy Schmidt

I can never guess the Friday commenter. Thanks TTP and Jerry.


* In Marble Mountain Danang
** As in 1/2 as difficult as tomorrow. YMMV

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yay. D-o got the theme and even finished in good time. It was a winnah. Thought that Carpenter thing was going to start with a PIANO. Nope, wrong Carpenter. Yup, tried POD before GAM. It's neat that both words of the homophones are homophones. TTP, thanx for 'splainin' your Ump-ire. Flew right over my head. Pullet surprise was cute.) Jerry, I enjoyed the outing.

DAD Bod: I've graduated from a dad bod to a full-blown beer gut.

OMEGA: I've got a 1987 Omega still in the box. Received it as a 5-year award. Never wore it.

CALVE: Have a berg?

TV Anchors: I wonder how long those two had to practice that routine. The Chicago TV anchors I remember were Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson on WBBM. Yeah, it's been awhile.

Not sure it's a good idea, but I've agreed to contribute to a blood drive later this morning. I'm not up to Abejo's level; I'm still workin' on gallon #3.

Hungry Mother said...

I liked the theme and it helped, but it was a challenge to get this one right. It took quite a while for me to get DEFACTO, even with a straightforward clue.

Yellowrocks said...

Loved the double homophones. Ellie was the only fill I never heard of. Interesting blog, Lemon.
I like Scotch Brite's Dobie.
Surprised to see what Donald Duck and Churchill had in common.
I,too liked the movie, DESK SET.
Yesterday and today I have less pain and am up and about in 40 minute stints. Still sleeping in the lounger. I guess I will have to start tackling the pages of insurance fine print and 12 pages worth of forms, today, a half hour at a time.

Husker Gary said...

-How ‘bout dat? The Omaha World Herald printed today’s puzzle right next to what should have been yesterday’s puzzle without explanation or apology for their mistake
-Jerry’s fun puns helped me recover from yesterday’s DEBACLE
-OMENS are just as likely to be wrong as unrecognized
-The opposite of courtroom GUILT is not necessarily innocence
-Are you old enough to remember this DO BEE?
-TTP must be if he references Linkletter and Carney :-)
-One of a REF’s duty is to watch the foul line during a free throw
-Our parking lot had no assigned spaces but there was a DE FACTO arrangement
-MAGGIE Smith helped make Downton Abbey appointment TV for us

Bob Lee said...

For a long time I had CAVE for 'Buckle' instead of GIVE since I didn't know IGA.

I've also never heard of DOBIE, but yes on Do Bee! (Romper Room).

My breakthrough came with the answer FOWL POLLS, then quickly BRAKING GNUS and PASSED TENTS. Eventually the top middle filled in last as I didn't remember LAMONT.

OMaxiN said...

FIR. Last to fill was BOWTIE because I first entered FOuL.
Not familiar with DAD bod. LAMONT was dredged up from long ago.
1984 Wendy's commercials were fun, but just for a short time.
Austrians fit for the Johaans even though I had no idea if they were from Austria or not. Close but no cigar. They were Germans.
Kimmy Schmidt? No idea. Filled by perps.
Great job Jerry & TTP.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I really liked this theme and breezed through with only a couple of stumbles at Dobie and Omega, as clued. I buy Scotch Brite sponges but not the one pictured and I’m not too knowledgeable about men’s watches. I liked the Uma/Ump and Ite/Ire duo. Braking Gnus was my favorite themer.

Thanks, Jerry, for a fun Friday romp and thanks, TTP, for the humorous and entertaining review. Loved the “good boy” photo!

YR, glad to hear you’re feeling a little better. Good luck with the insurance red tape!


Bill G, your lunch reports are always welcome. I missed hearing about your culinary adventures but I guess the virus restrictions limited your outings.

Anon T, Person of Interest was a favorite of mine until its plots and story line became implausible, like so many other shows I gave up on.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

From yesterday: Thanks to all of you who wished Betty well on her birthday. She really appreciated your warm regards.

FIR. Did have cork before CASK and cave before GIVE. Loved the punny theme. I guess BRAKING GNUS was my favorite, too.
CDI - Among other EVENTS of that famous year:
Stilicho, Roman general (magister militum), leads his army in an extensive campaign against the Vandals in Rhaetia (Switzerland).
The Temple of Artemis near Selçuk in Ephesus is dismantled.
(damn urban renewal.)
MPG - - Do Canadians use kpl?
CALVE - Great clue. Yes, I helped deliver several calves in my yute. (Once with my sister; She went on to become a Doctor.). Cows pretty much deliver solo in a normal birth.

ATLGranny said...

Today was a bit of a struggle for me, even with a break to go back and feed our carriage house tenant's cat. Ended up with one bad square where AWASHIN crosses ELLIE. Had "e". Should have taken a second look at that. Does FOUL POLES refer to baseball? That and BOWTIES were my last entries.

Anyway it was a pleasure and felt good to finish even if I FIW. Many thanks to Jerry and TTP!

It's cloudy here, nice and cool at the moment, but a bit tricky to decide if a bike ride would be possible without getting caught in a downpour. A few sprinkles, not a problem, but.....

Have a great Friday everyone!

Lucina said...


FUJI filled immediately and I was off to the next fill. It was not an OMEN. A lot of this puzzle was difficult only because of the double meanings. PASSED TENTS almost got clobbered. I had FOB instead of FOP. That got changed in a hurry.

Also, INSTEP before INSOLE. ENTR' emerged exactly as TTP described. I've heard of OMEGA watches but not any of the others.

Can someone tell me what is OAT grass?

MAGGIE Smith has been one of my favorite actresses since I first saw her in The Prime of Miss Jean Brody which, I believe, was her debut performance. She is equal to Meryl Streep in range and ability, IMO. I love them both.

If you want to see a different side of MAGGIE, watch The Woman in the Van sometime.

Hand up for POD before GAM.

BRAKING GNUS just cracked me up.

Thank you, Jerry and TTP!

Good luck with your insurance! My car insurance payments for the repairs went off smoothly. I hope your does as well.

Have yourselves a great day, everyone!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Got stuck in the NE corner and couldn't punch my way out so bad GNUS...DNF.. got the theme (but what kind of sick mind makes up puns or wordplay like that?) Be careful how your autocorrect spells homophones!!! What are foul poles?. Love Kimmy Schmidt but forgot her real name.

Big game: was thinking an animal. Not sure why an EVENT would be a large affair. Race unit: answer is commonly LAP but last time was LEG so I perp checked first. first I was thinking Breitbart but politics. Had a cow over this puzzle but didnt think of CALVE.

For what its worth inkovers: eel/GAR...tones/TONAL

Ornithologist asks: Why is one arm of the VEE in goose migration longer than the other? Ans: more geese on that side

So to add to DE BACLE

Pay back ladies and so you just....OMEN

Forgetful laxative " Milk of _____" ....AMNESIA

Covered in gold .....GUILT

Thalia and Zelda: two of "The Many Loves of _____ ...Dobie

ICKY way to end Friday.

Misty said...

Well, Fridays are supposed to be toughies, so not surprised by this one. But I actually got a good chunk without help, starting with the southeast corner (got UKE, ICKY, and EYED). So, many thanks Jerry, and TTP, thanks for posting those FUJI bills for us to see.

I always love seeing ENOLA and INGE, and, of course, the ARTS. Couldn't imagine what word would have the letters NGGNU in the southeast. Oh, BRAKING GNUS! Yep, that was breaking news for me. Nice to get OPRAH, and laughed at TAVERN as the Place for a shot.

Fun glosses, Ray--I always enjoy them.

Keep getting better, Yellowrocks.

And have a good weekend coming up, everybody.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Very chuckleworthy challenge, Jerry! I caught the theme with PASS TENTS. This helped with MALE BACHS because I knew the BACHS' first names. Got FOWL POLL but still don't know what a FOuL POLe is. Tennis?

TTP, thanks for adding to the fun. I laughed out loud at "pullet surprise". Is that when she lays her first egg and didn't expect it? As for CALVE, I certainly filled that okay. However, I never got in on helping with the births. The cattle operation was at another farmstead. Mama cows usually do all the work in private. Invariably, cows need help at midnight, when the weather is bad and a strong man is needed for a breech or other problem. My husband was the calf puller in our operation. He even did mouth-to-mouth resusitation on some of them.

The clue that gave me fits was Donald Duck's & Winston Churchill's attire. Couldn't picture DD in anything but a sailor jacket and Winnie in a homberg & 3-piece suit. Tried spats & vests & (hats) BOWlerS which finally lead me to BOWTIES.

DNK: DOBIE, ELLIE, CDI (let perps fill it)

YR: glad you are healing -- even if it is slower than you'd like. Good luck with the insurance!

Yuman said...

Just got a dozen Dobies from Amazon (a little OCD about changing kitchen sponges) and still missed the clue. Not sure how to post hummingbird photo from yesterday.
Have a safe Friday, mask up!

Wendybird said...

Initially, I was so intimidated by all the clues I “didn’t know” that I almost gave up before even an attempt. Then, slowly slowly like the sloth, I got a toe hold here and there and, amazingly , FIR. It was Such an effort, I think I need a nap!

I loved MALEBACHS, and for some reason “pod resident” amused me. Thank heaven for perps!

Also, TTP, I think ” Pullet Surprise” is as clever and funny as any of the puzzle’s answers.

Gary, I think foul poles and UMP refer to baseball.

Thank you, Jerry, for a real challenge and TTP for a fun tour. That commercial clip was amazing.

Gorgeous day in Dana Point. I sure miss having a sailboat.

Wilbur Charles said...

I liked milk of amnesia. And PK's farm experience.

Anon, don't even THINK of trying tomorrow's xword. Or perhaps that won't be difficult for some.

The regulars seemed to have relatively smooth sailing.


PedantTheBrit said...

I really like today's theme, although not being a sports fan I have no idea what a foul pole is. However, I thought Male Bachs was meant to be a homophone for Mail Bags, which I thought was a bit of a stretch, but I guess Mail Box is (marginally) better.

Wendybird said...

FLN Yumans, we’d enjoy a picture of the hummingbird on your shoulder.

Husker Gary said...

-Hi Wendy! Yes, I know the fill was UMP for baseball foul lines but I just put in REF who watches the foul line in basketball because that was my first thought. I probably should have explained.
-The paradox of the “foul pole” is that any ball that hits it is a fair ball.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Solving it took plenty of time and thinking; I greatly enjoyed the challenge. I smiled and chuckled at the homophonic puns, including Pullet Surprise. Hand up for not knowing what foul poles are. Stinky fenceposts?

Never heard of a dad bod. Don't wanna know. I'm pretty sure mine isn't.

"Where ya goin', Maw?" "Goin' AWASHIN, Paw."

Gonna be 100 degrees here today.

Good wishes to you all.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

For those of you who asked about "foul poles." Let's see...

Think of a baseball field. From home plate, draw two lines at right angles, one going to and beyond first base, the other to third base and beyond. Everything between the lines is in play; outside of the lines is foul and out of play. The lines extend past the bases all the way to the outfield grandstands. A tall pole is erected where the lines go into the stands. If a ball is hit between the poles into the stands, it's a home run. Outside of the poles is just a foul ball. (If a ball hits the poles, it is a fair ball and a home run.) It is the job of the umpires to determine if a ball hit into the stands is fair or foul.

Does that help?

I'm surprised by how many of us didn't know much about foul poles. I would have thought it was more commonly known. But then, I'm sure it's surprising how much stuff I don't know...

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

A few days ago we had Whops, today foul Poles, what's next? ugly Thais!👔. Wheres the Cruciverbal antidefamation league?

Shankers said...

Testing one, two, three. I've already tried posting twice today and will try one last time. Here goes. Everything was going swimmingly until reaching the SW where it slowed to a crawl. Finally after getting bow, folw followed, then dobie next and defacto last. Loved the clever answers with malebachs being my favorite. The question posed above to CanadianEh is one I never thought of even after spending seven years in Toronto. Is it KPL, or something else. Now pressing "publish" and crossing my fingers for the third time.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Friday fun!
I got more kicks from Mr. Edelstein's pzl than from any Xwd in a long time.
I see others enjoyed it too. Not that it was especially challenging, but it required several LEAPs and chancy fills to get it all together, and we really enjoyed the punny, homonymic theme answers.

My favorite was PASSED TENTS.
No, wait, I think MALE BACHS got my number one vote.
Or, was it BRAKING GNUS?

They were ALL my faves--except for FOWL POLLS, of course.
And ELLIE Kemper is a doll!
. One diagonal today. On the near side, NW to SE.
The anagram refers to the prize offered by our Moms (when I was growing up) for the child on our block least likely to...
Well, for the boy or girl "least likely to achieve anything."
Apparently we were ALL in contention--because the decision is still pending.
Which of us was the...

Yuman said...

I would welcome 100 degrees, will be 117 today and to date we have had 40 days over 110. We opted out if our evening swim, the water was too hot. Worse, you can’t get a cold shower only warm and hot water.

Jayce said...

Yuman, agreed, that is hot. Man oh man, not even any "cold" water.

Shankers, before you Publish, first hit Ctrl-A to Select All of the text of your post, then hit Ctrl-C to Copy it into memory. Then if your posting fails to Publish, you can simply hit Ctrl-V to Paste it back in again without having to retype it. The keystrokes or finger presses and swipes needed to do this are different on different devices.

Wendybird said...

Yuman, I totally empathize with the discomfort of those temps. We lived in Phx from 2000 to 2007, and the summers were brutal - swim in our pool at 9:00 p.m., take pot holders in the car to be able to grip the steering wheel after shopping, no cold water from the faucets, “cooling down” to 85 at night, etc etc. We returned to California and now visit our large family in Phx. In the gorgeous winter months. In the summer, they visit us!

CrossEyedDave said...

Learning Moment: Dad Bod?
Hmm, I wonder if I can qualify for a Grandad Bod?
(Pics in Speedo's available upon request for senophiles...)

Allow me to suggest the Kiddie Puzzle on the Comics Page,
I am sure you will enjoy it much more...

HG, I was sure your link would take me to Dobie Gillis,
but, I am concerned that "Do Bee" from Romper Room hit a chord...
I do not remember EVER watching Romper Room!
Why do I remember "Do Bee."
(I am beginning to think my entire childhood memories-
are CIA implants...)

Donald duck & Churchill attire?
It fits, but, I don't think so...
("No Undies?")

As I read, I make notes as how to respond,
one was Ray-O-Sunshine...
(hmm, how to respond to Ray-O-Sunshine could fill a book.)
But I did go thru it all, & realized
I meant to refer to your post @ 2:57...
(TTP is Watching!)
(careful with the...)
Hmm, my mistake, no politics, no religion and no personal attacks...
nothing to see here...
move along...
(there was some name calling though...)

Very sorry for over posting,
normally I would cherrypick a theme link for you,
but I am exhausted!
so pick your own...

Wilbur Charles said...

Back in the 40s the Redsox had a SS, Johnny Pesky. He'd managed to hit the RF foul pole, all of 297 feet away, on a few occasions and said pole became "The Pesky Pole".

Another option is to compose on a document and then paste into the blog. I use an Android and use Docs.


I think Pesky was a Pole but no pun was intended

Avg Joe said...

Really enjoyed the puzzle. Favorite theme answer was Braking Gnus (partly because you see the source phrase 100 time a day these days). And also thought Pullet Surprise was downright genius!! Fun outing all around.

Yuman, you forced me into a different lane regarding temperature impact on water service. Those of us in the frost belt have water lines that are at least 3 to 4 feet underground, whether municipal or private. That keeps "cold" water temps at the 55-56 degree level most of the time. Yuma doesn't have that restriction and it's possible that the soil temp where the water line lies might get to 85-90 degrees or higher and stay there. Good grief, our water heater is only set at between 112 to 115. It might be a first world problem, but a problem nevertheless.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

I enjoyed the punny use of homonyms/homophones today. Jerry Edelstein, well done. TTP, also “coo does” for the recap. Curious, if you (TTP) and Tony (-T) did a recap together, would you sign in as TP?

POD/GAM; fiddled sounds in the NE corner before perps filled in the words. DAD bod was an unknown phrase, but I get it. If I were 40 years younger I would koala-fy ...

So if phobia is the prefix meaning fear, why wouldn’t someone who’s afraid of homophone and homonyms be call homophobic?

Ray-o ... damn, dude, hear I am, having to sub for OKL again, and you beat me to the pun-ch with “Milk of AMNESIA”! I think your query was funnier ... mine was a haiku, which I wrote before reading the blog:

I forgot, the white
Liquid for runs is not called

So, in keeping with the theme, I resurrected this haiku (or Moe-ku, as WC calls ‘em) from a few years back:

Disney World built an
Imitation antelope.
You think that’s fake GNUS?

BTW, I worked for 3M (Scotch brands) for 25 yrs., and didn’t know they had a product called “DOBIE”. Now, if the clue had read: “Maynard’s sitcom pal”, I might’ve gotten it without a hmmm?

Ray - O - Sunshine said...


How about a Moe-cha: a special Starbucks coffee drink served with a piece of cream pie you can rub into the face of any person of your choosing...😅

Shankers said...

Jayce, thanks for your help, but I always post from my cell phone. Maybe I'll give it a go on the desk top some day soon. BTW, I am a card carrying (and proud) techniphobe. My philosophy is the old acronym--KISS which I'm sure everyone knows. Also, clue me in about pullet surprise. That's clever, but I didn't see it anywhere unless my eyesight is failing.

Lemonade714 said...

Oh the inhumanity...the blogger today is TTP a/k/a Tom F.

Malodorous Manatee said...

just checking in. Thanks to all for the wonderful humor to be found here.

Ol' Man Keith said...

We've got 90 degrees here.
It's not a damp heat, so not too bad. I prefer it hot, unlike my poor suffering wife, although my fave temps are in the low to mid-80s.

Here in SoCal, we are favored with a so-called "Mediterranean climate"--never too cold, never too hot, with usually glorious blue skies (at least in the afternoons).
I have been fortunate to compare them, and I rather think the Cote d'Azur would wish their climate more like ours. (An honest, non-provincial sentiment.)

SwampCat said...

OMK, I’m jealous of your afternoon blue skies. Here, no matter how pleasant the day, we get afternoon showers. They don’t last long. Just enough to foil afternoon activities.

Ah yes. The puzzle. I liked it . Got most but not all. Thanks all! TTP, fun!

Unknown said...

This puzzle was a reel pleasure to due! It maid the past time of puzzling a reel pleasure. Wee all knead a relaxing thyme learning knew homonyms, don't wee? Eye once red an article that tolled me "to no homonyms is the assents of knowledge." Well, sew long four now... see ewe soon!

Yellowrocks said...

TTP, sorry for not attributing the fine blog to you.I enjoyed it.
Happy belated birthday, Betty.

LEO III said...

Loved the puzzle! It beat me to a pulp! I got PASSEDTENTS with no problem, but that was about it.

All in all, I guess I solved about two-thirds of the puzzle before I broke down and looked up MALEBACHS (had the BACHS part). I was then able to clean up my mess on the top half. I was then stuck again with PLANESITES and FOWLPOLLS, neither of which should have stumped me. (On all of these, I got the second part, but I just couldn’t suss the first. They and the perps were NOT helping each other.) I was able to get BRAKINGGNUS all by myself, though. ALL were great! It just wasn’t my day.

History BA: Got one of them way back in the last century, when there wasn’t so much to learn!

Breitling used to sponsor a French aerobatic team. I saw them fly once here in the States, but I cannot remember where it was. They were good, though.

The only reason I didn’t fall into the POD/GAM trap was because I had already gotten GUILT. However, I did not know GAM, and I misread the clue for MPG, AND I REFUSED to even consider AMNESIA, since we have had IGA so many times recently. I talked myself into actually trying to come up with food chain letters for, er, the FOOD CHAIN. Wrong! Therefore, a whole bunch of stuff remained messed up there. I also tried PIPES before MAINS.

Funny thing, though, I think if I had actually gotten BOWTIES earlier, everything would have gone much smoother. Anyway, it WAS fun while it lasted --- and it lasted a long, long time.

Tomorrow’s another day….

Terry said...


Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Punny Puzzle Jerry - Thanks!
//loved BREAKING GNUS and it was my 1st themer ink'd.

Thanks for the Expo TTP. I did not know there were so many barrel sizes!
//and, LOL 'pullet surprise.'

WOs: caVE->GaVE->GIVE (Hi BobLee!), wrong FOuL hiding BOW TIE for far too long (Hi OMaxiN & ATLGranny!).
Fav: I'll go w/ LAMONT after having REDD earlier this week.
//++ not for 15a I would have not broken through the north

Your DR hits too close to home w/ me OMK :-)

Hand-up not knowing DOBIE from Scotch-brands but from the Many Loves of...

FLN - IM, you and I (and DW) probably gave up on PoI around the same time. Why US TV tries to keep shows going (into the "what now?!?, No I don't care any more" [see also: Burn Notice), I don't get. They should just stop 'em like BBC does (and leave you wanting more! - Live on Mars was like that).

Bill G - that (a HomeRun) is true iff the ball hits the foul pole above the home-run line. Otherwise, it's still in play. BTW, at Minute Maid the Astros have, in fact, a FOWL pole.
//for those up North, that's Chic-fil-A -- only the best chicken sandwich like, ever.

CED - I was thinkin' "no pants" too. And, based on some of Churchill's quips, it might be true! :-)

C.Moe - I'd still be TTP (Tom & Tony Post). LOL koala-fy.
Both you & Ray-O get ++ for Milk of :-)

Heat? It was ~100F today with humidity so high I was dripping sweat on Youngest as a I taught her how to use the saw and biscuit-cutter.
She wants a stand for her laptop (to fit a specific space behind her desk). I asked, "do you just need a thing or do you want to learn to build furniture?"
"Well, both. I do want to learn."
So, instead of slap-dashing something from garage-lumber (that no one will see anyway) we got some nice poplar and are going through design, joining boards, cutting 45s, etc. Probably be 30 more hours before we're done but then she'll know how to use many of my tools - chop saw, biscuit-cutter, clamps, router, sander, drill (with sink-bits). Then finishing with stain and wax.

Cheers, -T

PK said...

AnonT: Bravo for teaching your daughter how to use tools to make something fine. The kind of education she can use long in life.

Lucina said...

I echo Pk in congratulating you for teaching your daughter those practical skills which will be useful to her all her life! You are such a good dad!

My late DH taught our daughter about cars. She changes oil in both her and her husband's cars, checks and changes the tires. Also she knows what to look for if something sounds wrong.

Such knowledge is powerful.