Aug 10, 2020

Monday August 10, 2020 Rob Gonsalves & Jennifer Lim

Theme: DOUBLE BOOK (62. Reserve twice in error, as an airline seat ... or a hint to the two-part answers to starred clues). Book can follow both parts of each theme entry.

17. *Often-digital commentary for a museum tour: AUDIO GUIDE. Audio book. Guide book.

23. *List of incoming and outgoing calls: PHONE RECORD. Phone book. Record book.

40. *Sunday liquor-buying ban, e.g.: BLUE LAW. Blue book. Law book.
51. *Experience section in a résumé: WORK HISTORY. Workbook. History book.

Boomer here.  

I remember in the Army, if we were out on the town or in the Top 5 club, when ready to leave we would say I have to BOOK.  However, I am not leaving, let's see what I can do and Happy Monday!!


1. Eyes, to a poet: ORBS.  You're a poet  and you don't know it but your eyes show it, they're ORBS.

5. Got together for lunch, say: MET UP.  A New York NLer comes to the plate.

10. Animal pouches: SACS.  Not the 5th Avenue kind.

14. "Check this out!": LOOK.  A magazine and competitor with Life.  I believe it stopped publication around early 1970s.

15. Big Apple restaurateur: SARDI.

16. Come again?: ECHO.  We have no big canyons in Minnesota that produce an ECHO.

19. Tiny bit of matter: ATOM.  Or A Dick or Harry.

20. Italian scooter: VESPA.  These were great!  About a 50 CC motor that would maybe give you 30 miles per hour.  I never owned one and have not seen one in awhile, but I think they are still around. 

21. Upper bod muscle: PEC.

22. Fairway warning: FORE.  I think this started in Scotland probably something Bryson has to holler a lot.

27. "Indochine" Oscar nominee Catherine: DENEUVE.

30. __-mo replay: SLO.

31. Country in a Beatles song: USSR.  "You don't know how lucky you are."  So sang the Beatles.  I have no idea what they were singing about.

32. Wheel shaft: AXLE.  When I was a kid, TV had "Axel's Treehouse"  starring Clellan Card.  He did a tremendous rendition of "The Night Before Christmas" In a Norwegian accent.

35. Second or sixth president: ADAMS.  There is a trivia question that I think I have seen on Jeopardy about "Who is the wife of one president and the mother of another?"  Of course John's wife Abigail was the correct answer but Jeopardy ignored Barbara Bush.

39. __ Bo: exercise method: TAE.

42. "I'm unimpressed": MEH.

43. State flower of New Mexico: YUCCA.  Some look rather pretty, but some look like a bale of hay.

45. Nostradamus, e.g.: SEER.  Yeah Right!  He never predicted any of the Super Bowl winners.  I wonder how he would do in Las Vegas if he were alive today.

46. Nevada slots spot: RENO. Or maybe in RENO.  By the way, the National USBC Bowling Tournament in Reno has been cancelled this year. I have been to five of them, cashed in only one.  The USBC likes to alternate between Las Vegas, Reno, and then maybe another city.  Believe it or not, I bowled it once in Billings, Montana.  It has not been to St. Paul, Minnesota since the 1960s.

47. Add-__: extras: ONS.

49. Fruit with milk: COCONUT.  I like the shredded stuff in the Mounds bar.  Of course I am not allowed to eat those anymore.

55. Classic clown: BOZO.

56. Rainbow shape: ARC. "Why are there so many songs about Rainbows, and what's on the other side."  (Kermit)

57. "Holy smokes!": EGADS.

61. Victor's cry: I WON.

65. Cat lives count, so they say: NINE.  Innings in a baseball game, or sometimes more, and sometimes seven this year.

66. Occur as a result: ENSUE.

67. Liking a lot: INTO.  So, you folks are INTO Crosswords, I am INTO Bowling. In 2021 it looks like.

68. Bug spray ingredient: DEET.  This is nasty stuff.

69. Flopping at a comedy club: DYING. I am known to give a short act at the Graybar retirees reunion each year. I am not dying, they keep asking me back.  Most people know that Alexander Graham Bell invented a phone and reached the patent office just a few minutes before Elisha Gray, co-founder of Graybar. Bell suggested that his invention be answered "AHOY" while Elisha suggested that his phone be answered "Good morning, Graybar!"

70. Swerve: VEER.


1. Norse royal name: OLAV.

2. Rakish sort: ROUE.

3. Physiques, briefly: BODS.  Watched Bryson DeChambeau playing in the PGA over the weekend.  I only have a 32 inch set.  His BOD does not fit in it.

4. Ship's captain: SKIPPER.  The boss of Gilligan.

5. Flavor-enhancing abbr.: MSG.

6. Water in the Seine: EAU.  "The Seine, The Seine, when will I again meet her there, greet her there on the moonlit banks of EAU CLAIRE."  The Kingston Trio, except the part that I made up.

7. Balderdash: TRIPE.  I think it's what's left after cleaning fish.

8. Organ with milk: UDDER.  If you cannot get milk out of one, try the UDDER one.

9. Jigsaw puzzle parts: PIECES.  I used to love spending time on Jigsaw puzzles.  My favorite was one of 1000 pieces that had about 1000 baseball cards that are older than me.

10. "Surf" served with "turf": SEAFOOD.  I guess it's Canadian lake food but our grocery had a sale on frozen Walleye.  Great with wild rice!

11. Kristen Bell or Kristen Stewart: ACTOR.  Or maybe ACTRESS?

12. A major, for one: CHORD.  Never learned to play anything.  Only sang while others played CHORDS.

13. Vague amount: SOME.

18. Waikiki's island: OAHU.

24. Egg-shaped: OVAL.  Golf ball after Tiger Woods hits it.

25. Focal point: NEXUS.

26. Lobster's weapon: CLAW.  Baron Von Raschke's sleeper hold.  A lot of people think that pro wrestling is fake but I know it's real.

27. Responsibility: DUTY.

28. Jacob's biblical twin: ESAU.  Jacob sold his birthright to Esau for a bowl of stew.  When I found out that's all it is worth, I decided to keep mine. 

29. Tiny part of a min.: N SEC.  Nanu Nanu, Mork from Ork.

33. __ Scoresby, Lin-Manuel Miranda's "His Dark Materials" role: LEE.

34. Choose by ballot: ELECT.  Coming Soon.

36. Prayer ending: AMEN.  I am still not asked to Mass.  Too old and too sick.

37. File, Edit or Help: MENU.

38. Jigger at the bar: SHOT.  Ours in Minnesota are still open.  Lots of rules.

40. Place for deposits: BANK.  I remember years ago I used to bank at a "Savings and Loan".  Not sure what happened to them.  Banks have more features but we also use a Credit Union.

41. Suffix with buck: AROO.  Buck or how about Kang.

44. Small crown: CORONET.

46. Colorful mnemonic: ROYGBIV.

48. Like a picnic area under a tree: SHADED.  And by a lake, at least 6 feet away from anyone else.

50. Canadian native: CREE.

51. Surprised cry: WOWIE.

52. Endangered layer: OZONE.

53. O. Henry hallmark: IRONY.  Oh Henry is a candy bar.

54. "Pardon me," in Parma: SCUSI.

55. Tie tightly: BIND.

58. Top-of-the-line: A ONE.  "and A TWO". Lawrence Welk.

59. Shower attention (on): DOTE.

60. Hershey toffee bar: SKOR.  I have never had one but I think Hershey copied Butterfinger.

63. Hamburger holder: BUN.  I remember when Burgers at McDonald's were 15 cents.  And that's the truth.  Edith Ann.

64. Relay race segment: LEG.  I have two but can no longer race.



Hungry Mother said...

FIR, but I always want to write SCUzI.

OwenKL said...

Why do we call the EYES, the ORBS?
Those OVALS that all lights absorb,
That to our souls
Provide windows?
Because some say, they simply are adorbs!

Up here in New Mexico's high desert
Where tumbleweeds with cacti flirt,
A mighty mucka
Is the YUCCA,
With sword-leaves it is girt!

OwenKL said...

{A-, B+.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

How do the puzzle creators keep finding these double expressions? Amazing. Zipped right through this one. DYING changed SCUSE to SCUSI, but that was the only over-write. Thanx, Rob, Jennifer and Boomer. (Skor actually is a clone of the Heath bar.)

LOOK: In my ute I thought magazine names had to have four letters: LOOK, LIFE, TIME.

BLUE LAWS: We've still got 'em in Texas. You can't buy cars or liquor on Sunday, and beer only after noon. I don't think there are any additional butts in the pews as a result.

Wilbur Charles said...

Re. (Back in)USSR Drop an S and you got the original
So, do I have it right? MLB's new gimmick is starting extra innings with a runner on second?

I didn't know that about Elisha and Graybar. I get that mixed up with Gravely(Mower)

OLAf/V-needed the scooter

Eau de Paris. A different Kingston Trio sound. If you like folk music stick around for the gathering of the greats(All my Life's a Circle)*

I remember Killer Kowalski's claw hold.

Re. S&L's eg "What happened". If I commented TTP would shut me down fast.
Haven't seen an O'HENRY in years. I make do with Baby Ruth's

Some races have three LEGS

I love a Monday Write-up with Boomer. Along with an easy Monday


*Wow, and then ARLO shows up

ATLGranny said...

Good morning!
For more of a challenge, I started out only working across, which ultimately caused four writeovers. Well, I guess YIKES isn't as CW friendly as EGADS. Should have figured that out earlier. Did see the doubles.

Anyway, lots of fun, thanks to Rob and Jennifer, with special thanks to Boomer and his witty explanations today.

Lemonade714 said...

A fun Monday, with the usual Boomer entertainment. I have always admired CATHERINE DENEUVE another one of ROGER VADIM's conquests.

It did not slow down the solve, but did you all know __ Scoresby, Lin-Manuel Miranda's "His Dark Materials" role: LEE ?

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

63D: Burgers 🍔 at McD are still not worth 15 cents.

Anonymous said...

4:19 today. Thought the clue for Lee was not Monday-level, but maybe it's just because I had no idea. I also never heard of "Deneuve," and because there's an apparent award nomination involved, I have no right to challenge the clue.

The Boomer Trifecta again today: Golf, Bowling, and Graybar.

OMaxiN said...

FIW because ROY G BIV was the only choice. Right CanadianEH! ?
For some unknown reason I try to add an "r" to DENEUVE.
Could one of our corner teachers explain why mnemonic begins with an M.
NEXUS has evolved. Latest is a Pixel 4a. Many are waiting for the xl5G.
Thank you Jennifer Rob and Boomer.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an easy, breezy Monday with only one w/o, Tao before Tae. I agree that the clue for Lin Miranda is not a Monday level but perps negated any issue. One entry that stood out like a sore thumb was Bank (Book). It could have easily been changed to Bark but, perhaps, Bank Books have gone the way of rotary telephones. Anyway, I enjoyed the double whammy theme and had an Aha moment at the reveal.

Thanks, Rob and Jennifer, for a nice start to the week and thanks, Boomer, for the many chuckles and tee hees. You amaze me every Monday with your razor sharp memory of song lyrics and other long forgotten trivia.

The beastly heat is back: 90 today, 92 tomorrow, then high 80’s, and possible rain most days. I can’t wait for the Fall.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Nice early in the week puzzle. Had to VEER about a bit but soon got it all without help. Aware of but did not use the theme to aid the solve. Had a bit of a bite to it with fill like SCUSI and the ROYGBIV thing.
SKIPPER - - Comes from the Dutch word schip for "ship". In Dutch, the 'ch' in an 'sch' sequence is pronounced like a 'k'. We also get the dog breed Schipperke (the Barge Dog) from the same source.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun & fast puzzle, Rob & Jennifer, thanks! Still great in my BOOK, Boomer!

Looked for the theme & missed it before booking out to the blog. Duh! Oh well, Boomer got me on the right page.

Had ___EU__ so WAGd DENEUVE. Yay! Never heard of that movie or the one by Lin Miranda - ESP.


Is Jennifer Lim related to another LIM we see here frequently?

desper-otto said...

OMaxiN, you can blame the Greeks. From Merriam-Webster: "The word mnemonic derives from Greek mnēmōn ("mindful"), which itself comes from the Greek word meaning "to remember." (In classical mythology, Mnemosyne, the mother of the Muses, is the goddess of memory.) As with many classical borrowings, we retained the double initial consonant, but not the pronunciation of both, since the combination doesn't occur naturally in English. ("Pneumonia" is a similar case.) "Mnemonic" can also be a noun meaning "a mnemonic device." If the spelling of this word strikes you as particularly fiendish to remember, try this mnemonic to get you started on the right track: keep in mind that although the pronunciation begins with an "n" sound, the spelling begins with an "m," as in "memory."

Husker Gary said...

-Our town’s BLUE LAW meant my dad had to go for a drive every Sunday
-I’m trying to remember the last time I used a PHONE BOOK
-Our church put up these in the auditorium where I sang to reduce ECHOS
- Did Nostradamus predict COVID-19? This guy answers the question..
-ADD-ONS – I don’t really want/need a heated steering wheel but it came with the car
-Boomer’s enjoyable write-up sent me to google Elisha Gray. I read he helped found Western Electric which was a huge Omaha employer for years.
-We have a plunger for when the EAU de toilette backs up
-Scoresby is a Monday LEE? I blew by it and only saw it in the write-up
-SHADED areas are frequent golf cart stops
-Dean Martin sings Grazie, Prego, Scusi

SwampCat said...

Easy Monday, as it should be. Unknowns filled in with crosses before I knew it. Thanks all.

D-O, thanks for the nmemory. In our ancient Metairie Cemetery the tallest monument is in honor of the Moriaritys. Mr. Moriarity was a successful grocer but he and his wife were never accepted in Society because of their poor Irish backgrounds.

When his wife died he commissioned the biggest monument in the cemetery, adorned with statues of four classical maidens. Local lore says they are the Graces: Faith, Hope, and Charity, and Mrs. Moriarity. Lovely story, told by tour guides for years.

Only one problem. It’s not true. The statues are of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Memory.

SwampCat said...

Owen, I’ll forgive you for Adorbs! But only because the rest is so good!

TTP said...

Hey Boomer, entertaining as always !

I think we all can reasonably to start seeing related variations of clues with Lee, Scoresby, Lin-Manuel Miranda and "His Dark Materials" in the future. Seems to be a pattern with Rich. New name, new term, new clue, and run with it and variations for awhile.

Gotta go.

Old Okie said...

I had no idea what roygiv mean until I looked here, it never occurred to me it was a rainbow chart. learn something every day I guess.

Shankers said...

Doesn't get any easier than today. In fact, this was faster than the other cw I do which is always a skate. Hey, IM wanna trade your blistering 90° for Phoenix/Scottsdale's? We have set a new record for most days of 110°+. As of yesterday we hit 33 days so far with no end in sight. Looks like the new record may get close to 50. Aren't records made to be broken? Did I say yesterday that Brooks was my pick to win the PGA? I meant to say Collin. Ha.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Haven't done a puzzle in a week. My grandaughter spent an overnight last week, and her brother was scheduled for today, but his HS golf team began today. He's a freshman and will be online for school so I'm glad he can meet some friends through golf. It's one of a handful of HS sports that have the green light this fall. Sigh. . . .

Looks like it's a hot one today in Chi-Town in more ways than the temperature. . . .

Thanks for the fun this morning, Rob and Jennifer. Boomer, I thank you for another terrific tour. Well done. Today was fairly smooth. Some French and un po d'italiano. Speaking of which, I am behind in my homework for class on Thursday. A domani!

Have a sunny day and not to hot at that.

NaomiZ said...

OwenKL is in top form today! Very enjoyable puzzle, Rob and Jennifer. Entertaining write-up, Boomer. Rich and Joyce: we all agree that there are easier ways to clue LEE on Monday! Y'all be careful out there.

oc4beach said...

I finished it, but didn't get the theme until Boomer 'splained it. Took a while to get through the puzzle because I seemed to be hitting on only a few cylinders this morning.

Only a couple of changes were necessary. I had HEPBURN before DENEUVE and TAI before TAE. Most things filled in with the help of perps.

DW is showing two nieces how to make nut roll (Kolache or Kolachi) today. I get to be the taste tester, woo hoo.

Have a great day everyone. Please be safe and wear your masks.

Misty said...

Delightful Monday puzzle--a neat way to start the week. Many thanks, Rob and Jennifer. And, Boomer, your comments were a real pleasure this morning. I too instantly thought of "Gilligan's Isle" when SKIPPER fell into place, and now, of course, the theme song will buzz in my head all day. And I loved seeing your ROYGBIV chart, which will help me remember those last two letters.

I got both WOWIE and SCUSI and kept my fingers crossed that they'd be correct. Also have never heard of DEET, and was relieved that it was okay.

And I was actually pleased to see ACTOR as defining the two KRISTENs. I suspect in the past that ACTOR may have been taken more seriously as a profession than ACTRESS, which accounts for the change. Looked it up and apparently the 'Observer' and the 'Guardian' both designate ACTOR as the term for a female performer except when used in awards.

Have a good week coming up, everybody.

Lucina said...


Thank you, Rob and Jennifer! I also wondered if Ms. Lin is related to that other constructor Lin. As Steve says, we should be told.

Owen: great form today!

This puzzle was a five minute romp with only SARDE before SARDI. White-out!

Boomer, don't make fun of our YUCCA! It's green and that is what counts in the desert.
It's also medicinal so quite valuable.

Gary, you have cologne in your toilet?

I'm always happy to see at least one poetic allusion. In this case Poe's IRONY.

Fourth grade science always included ROYGBIV to recall rainbows.

I have to drop off my car to repair a dent which happened in a parking lot by person or persons unknown.

Have a warm and sunny day, everyone! I can send you some if it's lacking.

desper-otto said...

Rinse out your granny's boots in vinegar.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

That was an enjoyable Monday puzzle, harder than usual for me in a couple of spots. Thanks Rob, Jennifer and Boomer.

I could never quite accept ROYGBIV completely 'cause I don't see indigo as a separate color; just a bluish purple.

Nap time is calling.

~ Mind how you go...

Wilbur Charles said...

Oh, there was a Scoresby guy , first name Lee? I had to hunt for that. I try to keep track of perp clues on early week xwords. Missed that one.

Btw, that was O'Henry with the irony.

I used the expression "Hoist with my own petard," recently. ie, a gambit backfiring on oneself. The illustration which goes back to grade school was someone "hoisting" a "petard" and bring caught in the rope. I'll LIU now.


Spitzboov said...


of or relating to or involving the practice of aiding the memory

The word is from the Greek mnemonikos, "pertaining to memory." The mn- consonant cluster proved too tricky in the languages that have borrowed the word and was simplified to an "n" sound.

The'c' in "muscle" went silent, too, but nobody seems to complain about it much.

Malodorous Manatee said...

A big thank you to Rob and Jennifer for a nice start to this week of puzzling and thanks to you, also, Boomer, for the very enjoyable write-up.

I was actually in the audience once (the occasion was Lanny Barshack's sixth birthday) for the BOZO the Clown show. Those of you keeping score at home will undoubtedly figure out that this means I, too, remember when McDonald's burgers cost 15 cents. Having once been an avid backpacker I am very familiar with DEET and I did learn ROYGBIV in school but it was a few years after the fourth grade. My father, who was at one time in the retail business, taught me about BLUELAWs long before I had any real idea of from which sins/pleasures they were intended to provide protection.

Pat said...

A nice, easy puzzle to start off the week and a humorous write-up. Thank you, Jennifer, Rob and Boomer!

DH has my dead-tree copy but I don't remember any problems today.

My daughter texted me that she finally got out a Christmas gift from a few years ago. With gardens producing yummy food, might you be interested in a "Make your own Mozzarella" kit? She made some today and said it's delicious!

Supposedly we're going to get some rain tonight. We need it.

Have a good day and a wonderful week.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Kinda fun.
Monday is always a challenge. If too easy, it can be a silly waste of ink. But we don't want it to be so tough, we can't enjoy a rest after hard times last week. The compensation needs to be a clever theme, and this one is fair enough.

Wilbur ~ It's from Hamlet, when he talks of characters who deserve death because they deal in it themselves. A "petard" is an explosive, so if you are "hoist"--blown sky-high--by your own damn bomb, you jolly well deserved it.
. Four diagonals, 3 on the front end and 1 in the mirror.
The anagram of the main diagonal, presented here in the form of a non-political question:
What is the URL for the web site for the administration’s secret agents to check in & receive new orders while working to undermine the 2020 election?

Malodorous Manatee said...

One note about the puzzle. It contained two answers for which I always have to leave out a letter pending further clarification. I never know if the answer is going to turn out to be Buck EROO or Buck AROO. The same thing with OLAF and OLAV. Facing both conundrums in a single puzzle was smile-worthy.

mailman1959 said...

Hey Boomer: I worked the National Bowling Tourny in Billings. The only one I have also bowled in and broke even.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Misty ~
I was watching Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR yesterday, and I had the captions on.
In the opening scenes, when he was the little Jewish barber drafted as a German soldier in WWI, he gets lost on the battlefield in a smoke screen.
In trying to find his way out, he calls, "Woo Hoo, Woo Hoo!"
I think that may be the first recorded usage of YOUR famous call.
You & Charlie Chaplin.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Almost a perfect no inkover FIR but had to perp correct Nexis to NEXUS and lap/LEGS (stages in a trip like an airline flight are "legs" but in a race?). Forgot to check out the theme. Ah..the old Olav/f condundrum (hi WC MM) btw MM and others Mc D's sold hamburgers for 10 cents on Thursdays.

Bunch of us took the train to Rome (1972?) on University break. Eveyone decided to get around Roman streets on rented VESPAs (vespa means wasp). I was too embarassed to admit I had never been on a motorcycle and didn't know how to drive "stick" .
I learned subito in order to stay vivo!! So much fun I bought a 2 cycle Cimatti the smallest motorcycle I think ever, to get around town and to class

Watched first season of "His Dark Materials" "..meh...DEET the only agent that will kill the pesky spring ADK black flies.

Two presidents named AD(d)AMS..John and um ...Gomez?

Around 4pm the Brits ______. ..DUTY
Smaller version of the virus.....CORONET
When asked if cats can live more than one life the Berliner answered "_____" NEIN
_____ my ! .....EAU.

We lived across from a cemetary when I was a kid. One of Dad's reliable eye rollers...."Why is there a fence around the cemetery?"..."Cuz people are dying to get in"

Wendybird said...

Fun puzzle. My only (dumb) error was rainbow/ROYGBIV, which I have known since 4th grade. What was I thinking?! Another mnemonic was A rat in the house might eat the ice cream (arithmetic) and George Earl’s Oldest Girl Rode a Pony Home Yesterday (geography). Don’t you love trivia?

What a slug fest at the PGA testerday! My only disappointment was that Brooks Koepka kept his shirt on this time.

Thank you, Rob and Jennifer, and thank you, Boomer, for the great tour.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and Boomer's comments. Only significant stumbling block was to think the "Surf served with turf" was LOBSTER. Nope.

Is COCONUT a fruit? I'll have to look that up. I thought it was a nut.

I wonder if Harrison Ford had played twins in the movie Witness he would be DOUBLE BOOK.

Yeah, Barbara Bush. Good point.

I'm starting to think that ROYGBIV mnemonic arose after the electronics industry settled on the color-coding scheme still in use today, which has no "indigo." In addition, I don't recall ever having heard of it until I was at least of college age (the 1960's) or later.

As kids we would flex our arm and invite someone to "feel my muskles." As in "muscular."

The PGA tournament was a great pleasure to watch. Collin Morikawa was awesome.

Good wishes to you all. Stay away from unmasked bandits.

LEO III said...

Thanks Jennifer and Ron and Boomer!

No problems today. (Took me forever to finish yesterday’s, with lots of outside help, and I STILL haven’t finished Saturday’s puzzle.) Sailed through this one pretty quickly, well quickly for me. I didn’t know ROUE or TAE, and I wasn’t sure about CREE, but perps got them. I also had to wait for the perps to spell DENEUVE correctly.

I never quite thought of SWERVE and VEER as the same thing: SWERVE always seemed more of a driving avoidance situation, while VEER seemed more of a course correction. As soon as I saw the clue and the four squares at the bottom, though, I knew what it was.

I still don’t understand why all of the females allow themselves to be called “actors!” Didn’t they fight a war about that type of discrimination a few decades ago?

Yellowrocks said...

Sir Isaac Newton invented ROYGBIV In 1665,

PK said...

Yellowrocks, how are you today? Thinking of you.

Spitzboov said...

VEER - - I guess its use can be a bit touchy. From Merriam:

Choose the Right Synonym for VEER
Verb (1)
SWERVE, VEER, DEVIATE, DEPART, DIGRESS, DIVERGE mean to turn aside from a straight course. SWERVE may suggest a physical, mental, or moral turning away from a given course, often with abruptness. swerved to avoid hitting the dog VEER implies a major change in direction. at that point the path veers to the right DEVIATE implies a turning from a customary or prescribed course. never deviated from her daily routine DEPART suggests a deviation from a traditional or conventional course or type. occasionally departs from his own guidelines DIGRESS applies to a departing from the subject of one's discourse. a professor prone to digress DIVERGE may equal DEPART but usually suggests a branching of a main path into two or more leading in different directions. after school their paths diverged

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks for the puzzle Rob & Jennifer.

Fun expo Boomer-- thanks for kicking off the work week.
Back in day, I'd get racks and cable trays from Graybar - never did it occur to me Gray was a name nor that it was that Elisha. Day's over - I learned something new.
BTW, Butterfinger is peanut-buttery not toffee. SKOR was originally made by Hershey to compete with Heath but then Hershey purchased the latter and now own both. SKOR vs Heath.

WO: as soon as I ink'd ScOR I knew it was SKOR
ESPs: DENEUVE, LEE (as clued) [Hi Anon@7:35a!] and ROUE seems to be missing a G.*

Fav: VESPA. They are all over Rome. A friend decided to move there after a life-changing event last year; the background of her "goodbye" email was a pair of Vespas parked at a café.

BLUE LAW. Never heard of 'em until moving to Shreveport, LA from Springfield, IL. Wha??? You can't go to the (any!) store on a Sunday? Like D-O said, we still have the Sunday liquor ban in Texas but you can get wine & beer after noon at grocery stores / mini-marts.
//I didn't know you can't buy a car on Sunday. I can see getting drunk is not "Sunday friendly" but a buying a car?
Is that just so used-car salesmen don't have to break the "Thou shall not lie" rule? :-)

{A, B}
You sure that's not Chicago's website, OMK? "Vote early, vote often!" :-)

FLN - Thanks Dow for the heads-up on C.C.'s WSJ - HUGE fun!

Pat - you got me chasing down the mozzarella-rabbit-hole. $15 worth of citric acid and rennet from Amazon and a gallon of milk from HEB is all I need for home-made caprese salad!

oc4 - That is an interesting Kolache. I've only seen them in Houston as a breakfast food. My favorite is the Ranchero.

MManatee - which Bozo (what city). I grew up with WGN's (Chicago) Bozo afterschool.

Jayce - I was going to for specific "surf" too - Shrimp or ScAmp(p?)I but, even w/ two Ps, both were too short. V-8 hurt when it was just SEA FOOD.

Have a good evening!

Cheers, -T
*one Village I never get a chance to visit (because I'm hitting those germane to my field) at DEFCON is the Rogues'. This year, however, with everything online, I got to jump in-and-out at will. If you like card cheats and pickpockets, check it out. Fun stuff!

Yellowrocks said...

OK, thanks for asking. Every day is slightly better, but all I am up to is sitting around. I sleep in the lounger. I will not take oxycodone.

LEO III said...

d-o and -T --- When I got kicked out of Colorado (er, I mean was told my paycheck would henceforth be mailed to Texas, and that it might behoove me to be there, if I wanted to cash it – 1975), the blue laws were even stranger than now. On Sundays, the non-food aisles in the grocery stores were either blocked off entirely, or the non-food shelves were covered with plastic. Luckily, things changed. I like to think that I made it change (I mean, there was no Coors Beer in Texas until shortly after I moved here), but I don’t think I had that much stroke.

The alcoholic beverage sales laws are still weird here. However, I just checked Google, and it looks like Texas isn’t the only state that is strange!

To show you how deranged one can get living under such laws, when our parents were still alive and living on the east coast of Florida, both my sister and I were able to get away to visit them at the same time. I can’t remember the occasion – probably just the last two weeks of spring training. My flight from Houston arrived Orlando sometime around 11PM, and her flight from Vegas landed at 11:30PM. I KNEW that there was a 24-hour 7-11 a couple of miles east of the airport, so I got the rental car while she was landing, picked her up at the door, and got to the 7-11 about 11:55:30. I rushed into the store and asked the nice lady behind the counter if I was too late to buy a case of beer (knowing that we WOULD want a beer when we got to the house, and knowing our brother did not stock MY flavor). The lady deadpanned, “I’m OPEN aren’t I???” Duh!!! “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Texas anymore.”

Malodorous Manatee said...

Anon-T, the Bozo show that I was on was in Los Angeles which was, IIRC, the original show. It aired on either KTTV or KTLA neither of which was a network affiliate. The franchising of Bozo came a bit later.

BTW, it does turn out that surgery will be required for Valerie. It has been scheduled for this Thursday and it is anticipated that it will be done on an outpatient basis. I will likely have time to solve puzzles in the waiting room. It's her right arm/wrist so, because she's a southpaw, she'll likely be able to continue to solve puzzles during her convalescence.

CanadianEh! said...

Just checking in today as I am on a short visit. CW was not available today at Across Lite and local newspaper does not have the LA times. I did their CW but it was meh!
Spotty wifi; if I don't post for a few days don't worry about me.
Yes, it is hot here too (even in the Great White North!).

LEO III said...

One more thing: I'm not sure about the laws about automobile sales on Sunday. The longtime Chevy dealership in the Land of Sugar recently bought out another dealership on Highway 6. The original store still closes on Sunday, but the second location is OPEN on Sunday (closed on Saturday). I THINK the law is that a location cannot be open both Saturday and Sunday. It's one or the other, and I don't think that it is the Great State of Texas behind the law. I think the Texas Automobile Dealers Association is responsible.

It really makes sense to me. As cutthroat as the automobile business is here, I can see the dealerships really taking advantage of their sales people (and service departments too), if they were allowed to be open seven days a week.

Also, there might be something in the law that precludes their actually dating any paperwork on Sunday, BUT since the dealerships pretty much FORCE you to drive the car off the lot immediately, such a law might not have any bearing. I guess all they have to do is process the paperwork first thing Monday morning.

I don't know for sure. I'm not a lawyer, and I don't play one on TV.

Jayce said...

I looked it up and learned

Anonymous T said...

LeoIII - Thanks! A little more research lead me to 2m Houston Public Media segment. You nailed it!

The last 3 cars I've purchased [my 6 on-the-floor Civic, Eldest's Corolla, & Youngest's Civic] was done online with a CarFax, test drive, and a quick once-over by "my guy" at the shop [used him for >10 years now]. No problems.

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Actually, it was the cheeseburgers that cost 15¢. The burgers were a dime. I worked for Howdy's. We helped ourselves to burgers; I put on ten lbs.

RayO, talk about eye-rollers. As in $3.59 for a 12oz Perrier? Eau my. Restaurants make their profit on beverages now. Avg $2.50-3.00 for coffee or ice tea.

As I recall there was a little sleight of hand in Jacob's deal with ESAU.

OMK, I researched "petard". In French, 'Petar' indicated a "breaking of wind'. Hence, " If you smelt it you dealt it". 'HOIST' is where it gets tricky. Apparently 'blown UP' is the idea.

Tuesday is a little crunchier. Now, Evan Birnholz Wa-Post of 8/2 was interesting. Three 26 letter pangrams cross.


Anonymous T said...

MManatee: It took me a bit to get "a round tuit" but, for what Wiki is worth, BOZO. It was a franchise not syndicate. //and WGN's was the best! :-)

Damn, now I learnt three things today (I'm counting TX no-sales of cars on on weekend day).

I'm not going to count learnin' WC's Petar 'cuz I won't be able to use that in polite conversation :-)

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

I mistakenly posted as a reply where I meant to comment.