Aug 16, 2020

Sunday August 16, 2020 MaryEllen Uthlaut

Theme:  "Attracting the Wrong Type" - Each theme entry is humorously clued as if the profession fits the job descriptions.
23. The ad said "seasonal work" ... and we got an __!: EXECUTIVE CHEF, who deals with seasonings in the kitchen.

35. ... "flexible hours" ... and we got a __!: CONTORTIONIST, who's very flexible.

56. ... "fast-paced environment" ... and we got a __!: RACE CAR DRIVER, who's very fast.

70. ... "good driving record" ... and we got a __!: PRO GOLFER, who tees up and drives on most long holes.

83. ... "high-energy position" ... and we got a __!: TRAPEZE ARTIST, who jumps high in the air.

107. ... "service-minded attitude" ... and we got a __!: WORSHIP LEADER, who holds services.

121. ... "strong verbal skills" and we got a __!: DRILL SERGEANT. I don't quite get this one.

MaryEllen Uthlaut seems to be specialized on Sundays. This is her 4th Sunday this year.


1. Prepare for sushi, in a way: CHOP. Chop the whole roll into bite-sized pieces.

5. Experienced: OLD.

8. "Milk's Favorite Cookie": OREO. So have you tried oreos with mustard?

12. __ light: IDIOT.

17. Nevada casino city: RENO. Boomer likes the Peppermill there.

18. Taro paste: POI.

19. La. or Dak., once: TERR.

20. Parodies: SEND-UPS.

26. Island wine: MADEIRA.

27. Ewoks' forest moon: ENDOR.

28. Asian New Year: TET. I've mentioned a few times. Same day as Chinese Spring Festival. Vietnam also celebrates our Mid-Autumn Festival. They have their own version of mooncakes.

29. Did very well in: ACED.

31. Fan: ROOTER.

32. Turned up ground: DUG.

33. One of two presidents between a James and an Andrew: ABE. Who's the other one?

38. Team that's won six Super Bowls: STEELERS.

41. NFL linemen: RGS.

42. Open court hearing, in law: OYER.

43. "__ the ramparts ... ": O'ER.

44. Cape Town's home: Abbr.: RSA. Republic of South Africa.

45. Songwriter Redding: OTIS.

47. Rescue plea: SOS.

48. Start to build a pot: ANTE. Poker pot.

49. Prohibition: BAN.

51. Programming classroom: PC LAB.  In high school, Gary?

53. Tuneful: MELODIC.

59. Fitting tightly: NESTING.

63. Boomerang's path: ARC.

64. Natural soother: ALOE. Not fond of the smell. Ruined one sunscreen for me.

65. Bearded flower: IRIS.

67. Tootsy protector: BOOTEE. Cute.

68. Haphazard application: SMEAR.

74. Bodybuilder's asset: BRAWN.

75. In single file: TANDEM.

77. Wind catcher: SAIL. Do you guy still remember Jeannie? The beautiful blonde girl who loved sailing and used to be very active on our blog? I just found out that she passed way a few months ago.  Rest in Peace, Jeannie!

78. Very small amount: IOTA.

80. Protective shelter: LEE.

81. Horns usually shed once a year: ANTLERS.

87. Covered, in a way: INSURED.

89. Caper film subject: HEIST.

90. "Eat Better, Eat Together" mo.: OCT.  Happy to learn this.

91. Door support: JAMB.

94. One living an orderly life?: NUN. Nice clue.

95. Poetic period: MORN.

96. Hard pull: TUG.

98. Opposite of WSW: ENE.

99. Carp family fish: CHUB. And 115. Long-bodied fish: EEL.

101. Fifth-century invader: HUN.

102. Smoke dispensers, at times: GRENADES.

111. Be mistaken: ERR.

112. "__ Been Thinking About You": 1991 #1 hit: I'VE.

113. Copy __: EDITOR.

114. Author Bagnold: ENID.

117. A channel may lead to one: INLET.

119. Shaving cream additive: LANOLIN.

124. Ljubljana language: SLOVENE. Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia. Pretty.

125. Honoring verses: ODES.

126. Word between two cards?: ANY. Pick a card, any card.

127. Germany's von Bismarck: OTTO.

128. Coat material: SERGE.

129. Microsoft product: WORD.

130. Versatile truck, informally: UTE.

131. Loch with a legend: NESS.


1. Statements of faith: CREEDS.

2. Six-sided fastener: HEX NUT. Hexagonal shape.

3. Keyed up: ON EDGE.

4. Musical modifier: POCO.

5. Make a choice: OPT.

6. Linger idly: LOITER.

7. __ bar: DIVE.

8. Non-Rx: OTC.

9. Puts back up: REHANGS.

10. Sets upright: ERECTS.

11. Gluck's "__ ed Euridice": ORFEO. Orpheus and Eurydice.

12. Belief system: ISM.

13. Sweetheart: DEARIE.

14. Like some sports: INDOOR. Boomer and I ventured out and visited the Mighty Mississippi last week.

15. Ancient music hall: ODEON.

16. School income source: TUITION.

21. Program in advance: PRESET.

22. "Hell is other people" French dramatist: SARTRE. With Simone de Beauvoir here.

24. Eurasian range: URALS.

25. "Yada, yada, yada" letters: ETC.

30. Visibly anticipate, with "over": DROOL.

34. "Little help here, bud?": BE A PAL.

36. African antelope: ORIBI. Hello!

37. "Iron Mike" in the ring: TYSON.

39. Coastal bird: ERNE.

40. Does a metalworking job: SOLDERS.

46. Sailor: TAR.

47. Letter embellishment: SERIF.

48. One given the part: ACTOR.

49. Drink mixer, in Manchester: BARMAN.

50. Stress: ACCENT.

52. Farm product: CROP.

53. Reagle of "Wordplay": MERL. True genius.

54. Nebraska senator Fischer: DEB. I only know Ben Sasse thanks to Gary.

55. Weather map line: ISOBAR.

56. Bob Marley, e.g.: RASTA. When I lived in Guangzhou, the bars there loved playing his "No Woman, No Cry".

57. Sway on a curve: CAREEN.

58. Common quartet instrument: VIOLA.

60. Emphatic type: ITALIC.

61. Late to the max: NEWEST.

62. "The Balcony" playwright: GENET (Jean). Not a familiar name to me.

66. Taking with force: SEIZING.

69. Deliver spontaneously: AD LIB.

71. Like granola bars: OATEN.

72. Surround: GIRD.

73. Small deer: ROES.

76. __ Puff: SpongeBob's driving teacher: MRS. Also new to me.

79. Shred: TATTER.

82. Something to crow about?: SUN UP. Fun clue.

84. Cell, nowadays: PHONE.

85. Always, to a poet: EER.

86. Cover-up in Nero's time: TOGA.

88. Russian note: RUBLE.

91. Royal ornaments: JEWELS.

92. Of a battery terminal: ANODAL.

93. Sources of fine wool: MERINOS.

95. Less clear: MUDDIER.

97. Strip of equipment: UNRIG.

99. Anger: CHOLER.

100. Putting on the payroll: HIRING.

101. Job for a stylist: HAIRDO. Just don't feel safe to go to a hair salon. Maybe next year.

103. Let up: RELENT.

104. Pupils do it in the dark: DILATE.

105. They happen: EVENTS.

106. Brief scuffles: SET-TOS.

108. Franklin's burned wood: STOVE.

109. Provide with funding: ENDOW.

110. Member of the fam.: REL.

116. Name possibly derived from the Arabic for "hairy": ESAU.

118. Colorless gas for colorful signs: NEON.

120. Born, in Brest: NEE.

122. "Acid": LSD.

123. Pumpernickel grain: RYE.

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Unknown said...

Drill sergeants are notoriously proficient at verbally berating their troops to shape them up. They also count cadence for the marching. That was my interpretation anyway.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Zipped right through this one. Only needed my Wite-Out to change SATIRES to SENDUPS and MURKIER to MUDDIER. Gotta love a puzzle from someone whose name begins with UT. Thanx, MaryEllen and C.C. (I agree with Unknown above. I remember in bootcamp, "There will be no foul language here. You got that, you f..king nuts?")

LANOLIN: The word sounds better than "wool fat." Reminds me of Wildroot Cream Oil. When I was a kid, my barber Ren Parks would always finish up with "goose grease and skunk oil."

Brian said...

The other president between a James and an Andrew is John Quincy Adams. Between James Monroe and Andrew Jackson.

Lemonade714 said...

Good job Brian, not many remember their presidents so well.

I really liked this puzzle and the theme, and C.C.'s comments on each. Maybe Arabic got its word for hairy from Esau?

I am very saddened by learning of the passing of our dear Lolita, who loved to stir the double entendre pot in the early days of the blog. She also was an avid and skilled cook who would share her recipes. We stayed in touch for a while after she stopped posting but that petered out. I wish we had more updates on those who have left. Thank you C.C.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

C.C. - Thanks for the information on Jeanie. May she RIP. She was one of the blog stalwarts when I first posted in the Fall of 2009. I remember she frequently segued into recipes and recipe sharing.

@ 77a - Was that reach of the Mississippi behind you in the picture, the St. Anthony Falls district? I worked with a hydraulic engineer who received some of his training there.


Another enjoyable punny theme. Doable and eventually got it all without aid. Had 'cello' before VIOLA. WAGGED the R in ORIBI.
91d JEWELS - I saw the Norwegian crown JEWELS on display in Trondheim. IIRC they had not been worn since the early 1900's.
120d Brest - Realized from having it the other day, there are several Brest's including in Belarus. (The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk ended Russia's participation in WWI.) Also found a small community, Brest, in Lower Saxony, Ger.
Hirsute ESAU - - Must have quite a reputation. My mother always used the phrase "ruuche ESAU" (rough-bearded ESAU) - pronounced Eh-sow.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I really liked this theme and enjoyed the solve. As I have mentioned before, I have mixed feelings about Sunday grids, mainly because they tend to be laden with scads of unknown people, places, and things. Today’s unknowns were a scant few: Orfeo, Oribi, Genet, and Deb and Mrs, as clued. Happily, there were several fun duos: Endor/Endow, Eer/Err, Nun/Hun, OTC/Etc, and Eer/Oer. More happily, there was a mini theme of creatures and critters: Erne, Roes, Oribi, Marinos, Chub, Eel and, for good measure, Antlers! CSOs to Spitz and DO (Tar) and HG (Deb). Like DO I had Satires before Send Ups and also had LTs before RGs.

Thanks, Mary Ellen, for a satisfying and enjoyable Sunday solve and thanks, CC, for your colorful commentary. I remember Jeannie, but I think she stopped posting not too long after I joined the Corner. May she rest In Peace.

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

It would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to listen to My brother Esau is an hairy man, but I am a smooth man... by Alan Bennett from the original 1960s Beyond The Fringe. This is a sermon by a preacher who is totally enamored with the sound of his own voice, a trait not uncommon among preachers. The accent is difficult, but if you stick with it, I think you'll find it to be six minutes well-spent.

Sewsweet said...

Very enjoyable puzzle..had satires for sendups at first but smooth sailing after that!

Anonymous said...

Didn't love this one. I think Unknown@3:56 is probably right that a DRILLSERGEANT is verbal, but all of the other theme answers use the terms in a different way than we normally think of them in a job ad. "Flexible" hours doesn't usually mean a flexible body, for example. But DRILLSERGEANT doesn't follow that pattern, so either we're missing something or maybe a different, more consistent answer would have been better.

The other theme answers were very fun, though.

I also didn't love the cross between oRibi and Rgs. I've never heard of oRibi, and it could easily have been Lgs or Rgs. OLibi sounds plausible as well.

Ken I said...

Loved the theme!

I was flummoxed by anodic instead of anodal. As a MIT-trained chemical engineer specializing in biomedicine, I was taught that Anodal refers to flows of electricity produced by living cells versus Anodic in reference to battery cells. That said, my well worn 1970 American Heritage dictionary allows the two to be used interchangeably, and given the rigor that was put into that reference by Houghton Mifflin, I stand enlightened. H-M in those days had a panel of language experts who were the guardians of the American Heritage dictionary. My partner at the time worked and H-M and shared with me a comment made by one of them when asked if the word input could be used as a verb, as in "She inputted the data." The response was: "If you do that I will upget and outwalk!" Love it.

SwampCat said...

I liked this one a whole lot! The puns were fun and some of the other fill was special for me. Thanks, MaryEllen.

I love OTIS Redding so that was nice to see. I knew Eurydice’s pal had to be Orpheus, but struggled to get the five letter form. Learning moment. Lemonade, I also thought of Esau for the hairy guy. I seem to remember we discussed MERINO recently so that fell into place.

My fave of course was La. or N.Dak. once for TERR. I’ll take a CSO at the Louisiana Territory which doubled the size of the country at the time. Good purchase.

C.C. thanks, always for explaining the hard parts. I didn’t know Jeannie, but I’m sorry to hear the died. RIP.

YR, I hope you are feeling better.

Malodorous Manatee said...

A pleasant Sunday puzzle that started with "Is it Tenets or CREEDS?" I don't think of Sushi as being chopped but it all fit. Valerie and I tried working in parallel this morning, I used the app and she used paper and pencil but we worked on the same section at the same time. REHANG was a bit of a hang up until it became obvious that the reference was to artwork or a plant or something other than, say, a building.

If Pairs (not Texas) is the "Disneyland Version" of New York then Ljubljana is that version of Paris. When we are able to travel once again one could do worse than to head (back) there.

Yellowrocks said...

FIR Loved the punny theme. I had difficulty at first because the grid is small and I won't have my glasses until tomorrow. I switched to doing the puzzle online and proceeded handily from there. I was intrigued by getting executive chef right away, a great incentive to find the other puns. GENET DEB and MRS. were the only unknowns, gotten with handy perps. This proves a plethora of obscure names is not necessary to have a great puzzle.
Oreos and mustard? Not to my taste!
Slovene, Melania.
We WILL learn chub.
I think the pun on DRILL SERGEANT is the word STRONG. In movies, the drill Sgt. is always shouting loudly in a strong voice.
I wondered about chopped, but as CC said, the roll is chopped into bite sized pieces. I would love to have sushi delivered, but I can't reach the required dollar amount and sushi doesn't keep long.
Thanks for all the caring posts. I am now comfortable sitting for a long time and am okay if I ration my activity to small amounts at a time. I am hoping to order my car rental by Wednesday. Good news, August, unlike all the other 2020 months has been sinusitis free.

Picard said...

Slow to fully grasp the theme, but it was essential for the solve. Seemed like a lot of mystery vowels at unknown crosses: MERINOS/SLOVENE/CHOLER and MADEIRA/ODEON for example. Cross of ORIBI/RGS a WAG.

I was also confused by the ABE clue since I have memorized the presidents and was quite sure there was not another ABE. Impressed by the quantity and quality of the theme answers. FIR.

Last Christmas we had this CONTORTIONIST perform right in front of us at the Berber dinner show restaurant in San Francisco.

But I saw this CONTORTIONIST at Santa Cruz in 2012 and she was memorably impressive.

She was with the Emperor's Imperial Circus.

Picard said...

From Yesterday:
Interesting discussion of YACHT ROCK. Learning moment. Yes, I remember feeling at the time this stuff was too "soft" and finding it rather annoying. But I never knew that genre had a name. As with any genre there were individual songs I did like.

NaomiZ thank you for validating my concern about SNORKEL as clued. I would like to connect with you if you are interested. You can email me at earthmanrobert (at) if you are OK with that.

WilburCharles I was amused at your YACHT ROCK comments and the story with your DW. I had never heard of SPA. Sounds kind of New Age? Does that describe your DW?

AnonT it seems that I share your taste in music. "Classic Rewind" sounds a bit more edgy than YACHT ROCK.

Malodorous Manatee AnonT, Husker Gary and others glad you agree about BETA being superior to VHS. So frustrating when inferior products "win" due to factors like licensing and marketing.

Husker Gary said...

-A fun puzzle with only a BOOTE_/G_NET hiccup. A Y seemed okay. GENET – No way!
-Other proper nouns/names fell without a struggle.
-This amateur GOLFER has a tee time with grandkids today on a beautiful Nebraska summer day
-The steering wheel blocks the IDIOT LIGHT for low fuel but I hear the tone and see the warning
-Napoleon needed money for yet another war and we bought the LA TERR for 3¢ per acre
-The ultimate “dirty old man song” - Have Some Madeira My Dear
-Most ROOTERS will have to find alternate activities this fall
-Computer lab is the more common name but every room where I sub already has 30 computers on a cart
-HEIST movies – One site ranks the five “Ocean’s movies: Sinatra’s 1960 Ocean’s 11was worst and Clooney’s 2001 Ocean’s 11 was best
-Does anyone else like Diners, Drive-Ins and DIVES as much as we do?
-Our church probably can’t raise TUITION enough to keep their school open for next year
-DROOL – My neighbor’s dad has a “mint condition” red, ’55 T-Bird convertible
-The ISOBARS piled up last week and destroyed a lot of Iowa corn
-A cheeky Royal JEWELRY comment
-Schools are having very little luck HIRING subs this year
-Note self: Gary, DILATE only has two syllables

waseeley said...

Thanks for the link DO. I was reminded of that skit the moment I read the clue for 116d. One of my best friends in high school had it memorized and could declaim it perfectly when prompted. I'm sending him the link as soon as I'm done this comment!

Malodorous Manatee said...

One other brief comment. Experienced = OLD ? Was this a coded message for the day?


Misty said...

Delightful Sunday puzzle--many thanks, Mary Ellen. And I loved your mooncake picture, and seeing Jean Paul SARTRE, C.C. Wonderful commentary.

I started out with OREO and that gave me ORFEO, and then soon CHEF fell into place although it took a while to figure out what sort of CHEF. Never heard of HEXNUT, so that gave me trouble in the northwest--and with the CHEF. Nice to see ROE and ANTLERS.

But my favorite clue was "One living an orderly life." I got NUN instantly because they belong to an "order." I went to a Catholic high school and liked my NUN teachers so much I almost thought of becoming one. Would have been a very different life, and I'm glad I went in the other direction.

Have a great day, everyone, and hope our heat wave won't be too scary later in the week.

Yellowrocks said...

Happy birthday, M Manatee.
My thesaurus gives old as a near synonym for experienced and vice versa. A young person who has a lot of of experience at something can be called an old hand.

NaomiZ said...

Cute theme but still a tough puzzle. FIR. Had a question mark next to IDIOT light, but C.C. solved it without comment, so I had to Google and learn a new term. Quite a few missteps today, like MUrkIER before MUDDIER, but this is why I like a pencil with eraser tip! Thanks, Mary Ellen. Could not have taken another one like yesterday's!

Malodorous Manatee said...

Thanks, YR.
On my favorite Motorcycle blog my signature line is B MCML D NFY

waseeley said...

I doubt that "Arabic" even existed when Esau was born. Ismael, the founder of the Ismaelites, the predecessors of the Arabs, was Esau's "step uncle". Ismael was fathered by Abraham with the slave girl Haggar, who later fathered Isaac with his wife Sarah. Sarah was jealous of Haggar and prevailed on Abraham to exile Haggar and her son, in his teens at the time. I doubt that first thing he did upon leaving was invent a new language, much less one that his estranged stepbrother would use to name one his sons, i.e. Esau. A better wording of the clue might have been "Semitic for 'hairy'".

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Delightful puzzle, MaryEllen, thanks! Great expo, C.C.! Surprised they play RASTA in China.

CHOP came easily & was right! First time I ever got a sushi clue! YAY!

Enjoyed the clever theme & chuckled at most. Clues were tricky but made sense to me. My thought was that DRILL SERGEANTS use "strong" or emphatic language.

Public schools are supported by Tax levy not TUITION. Bzzt!

Knew ORPHEus as clued but that didn't fit. Finally red-lettered ORFEO.

"Hell is other people" by SARTRE: came across that somewhere lately. Here? or on Jeopardy? Wasn't sure of spelling tho.

Tried ORyxs before ORIBI perped in. New to me. Also did not know DEB, GENET, MRS Puff, or Esau as clued.

Happy Birthday, MManatee! Why would someone who takes the name of a "stinky fish" worry about being called OLD?

YR: Glad you're feeling better. Thinking of you.

My lovely sis-in-law was CAREENing down a Colorado mountain road on her electric bike and hit a pot hole this week. She was thrown & knocked unconscious. Fractured orbital bone, humerus, & had brain bleeds. Scared my bro who was biking with her. Good Samaritan came along and helped him divert traffic & summon EMTs. Brain bleeds have stopped. She had surgery for arm yesterday. Still faces surgery for the orbital bone. Bro said she can't wait to get back on her bike. Why?

Yellowrocks said...

PK, sorry for your poor SIL. I wish her a speedy and thorough recovery.

Lucina said...


First, I am so saddened to learn of Jeannie's passing. She was a delight on this Blog and shared many recipes with us. I still use them. Thank you, C.C., for informing us.

Today was so much easier than yesterday's puzzle which I still have not finished. Amazingly I knew STEELERS! I love the music of OTIS Redding and was so sorry when he died at a young age. He could have enriched us with many more songs, IMO.

Today's theme did not make too much sense to me so thank you, again, C.C. for illuminating us. I still don't understand IDIOT light, though.

What a good picture of SARTRE! I'm not sure I have ever seen his photo but studied his works in World Lit. GENET, however, is new to me.

I like the cluing for ITALIC.

CSO to desper OTTO!

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful day! Every day is a gift!

Hungry Mother said...

Left, right, offensive, and middle guards make sense. I was on a multi-week African Safari and thought I knew all of the antelopes. Never heard of this one. I’m calling a foul on this one. I don’t appreciate squares I fill with a dice roll. How about eland and left guards? Turned a nice challenge into sour grapes.

Wendybird said...

After my abysmal failure yesterday, this puzzle was so satisfying and restorative to work on. Loved the theme answers.
Jack and I always work the LA Times separately - he prints me a copy. He’s always much faster, so this works well for both of us. If I get really stuck, he gives me hints or pantomimes the answer, which is very entertaining.

Hand up for piano/ VIOLA, nestled/NESTING, bar/EEL, eland/OERIBI. Perps helped to unscrew me.

FLN even though I couldn’t complete the puzzle, my feathers are smoothed a bit to learn that I knew some of the answers that stymied others. TONY STARK and PETER ARNO were known. I loved Robert Downey’s wry humor as the Iron Man, and I enjoyed Peter Arno’s cartoons for years. Also I want to mention that when I snorkel, I love to dive down to get a closer look at the colorful fish, so the clue made perfect sense.

Happy Birthday, MM. I hope you and Valerie have fun celebrating.

Thank you, Mary Ellen for a wonderful and interesting puzzle, and thanks always, C.C. for your tour. I always learn a new tidbit from you.

Wendybird said...

Hungry Mother, I was also on a safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and we were told of Oribi, although we didn’t see any. The tiny dik disks were adorable.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

That's good news, Yellowrocks. I am sending wishes for continued improvement.

It was sad for me to hear about Jeannie. We had several online conversations that I remember fondly. RIP.

Shankers said...

Pretty smooth sailing this morning. After completing 3/4 of the puzzle I had to leave for church followed by our regular breakfast out. On returning the balance filled easily with the few unknowns helped by perps. Nice theme too.

Shankers said...


Yellowrocks said...

Why is oribi a foul? It was a gimme for me."This antelope is highly sporadic in distribution; it occurs mainly in eastern, southern and western Africa, ranging from Nigeria and Senegal in the west to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east and southward to Angola and the Eastern Cape (South Africa). It is feared to be extinct in Burundi."
ORIBI See images Cute
The warning light is called an idiot light "suggesting that even a stupid person with no mechanical knowledge can recognize a problem when thus indicated."

Malodorous Manatee said...

We have all learned oh so many varieties of Antelopes hanging out in Crossword-land.
Antelope, Oribi, Oryx, Gnu, Dikdik, Eland, Impala (it's also a Chevy, of course), and Rhebok come to mind and I am certain that we will spot others before the Safari is completed.

One problem with Idiot Lights is that they provide far less information than would, say, a gauge (now there's a curious spelling for a word) and no information at all about change over time. Hey, I guess they're binary. In addition to being easier to interpret for many people, they are also less expensive for the manufacturers. It's interesting how the idiom very quickly part of the vernacular.

desper-otto said...

Penny was perfectly capable of ignoring the "check engine" idiot light.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Hello to Cornerite friends

Just almost finished our 2 weeks old NYT Sunday puzzle which had some fun puns...theme was PUZZLIN'

Nobody but the guy gettin' married
Winter item you'll be wearin' for years
Danger when walkin' in a silo
Drivin' around a lot with pop-pop
Sayin' "Look, here's the thing about dry land..."?
...and my personal favorite...
What was causin' the doctor the doctor to check for joint pain.
FEAROFMISSINGOUT.....(a modern affliction the kids call "FOMO")

My kinda theme

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

LEO III said...

Thanks MaryEllen and C.C.

I did really well today --- until I didn’t! I got all of the theme answers, except WORSHIPLEADER, which messed up a bunch of the southwest corner. Bob Marley messed up the section above it, because I kept trying to cram some form of REGGAE into five squares. I ended up with a great big DNF, with a few WRONGS along the way.

I also managed to mess up SENDUPS and ODEON in the top right, as well as MUDDIER (I also started with MURKIER) and ENID (where was Oklahoma! when I needed it). I also didn’t know SLOVENE.

I’ve had plenty of ANGER, but I don’t ever remember having CHOLER.

Drill sergeants use whatever language they want to use! I had no problem with them, because I had already been in the army all of my life before I went off to boot camp. No, my dad didn’t use that kind of language; let’s just say that I was never allowed to have long hair. Also, since I had been in high school band, I already knew how to march. There were many in my barracks, though, who got the shock of their lives when they first stepped off the bus at Lackland Air Force Patch. The other thing that shocked them was how little time they had to eat their meals in the mess hall. I think it was maybe 20 minutes max!

Oh well, it was a fun theme, and I’m glad that I recognized it and did as well as I did.

BTW, I wasn’t here yesterday, because I STILL HAVEN’T FINISHED THAT ONE!!!!! As others have said, it was a real bear. I’ll get back to it later --- probably MUCH later.


ATLGranny said...

Today went much better tho FIW with three bad squares. One I should have caught with another look thru, the others probably not. But on the whole a delightful puzzle. Thank you, MaryEllen and C.C. Figuring out the theme answers made for an entertaining Sunday activity. Plus the puzzles, and everyone's comments, always provide a learning experience. Even my long-time DH has noticed new topics to talk about popping up more often.

Wilbur Charles said...

Somewhere there's a DEf. ??? All I needed was DEB and BOOTEE/fOOTEE. I tried to check all my answers but that's a lot of boxes. Aaarrrggghhh!! FIW.

Oops. I left the A in ESAU blank. A mental alphabet search would've gone quick. Double FIW.

My DI* could make his eyes bulge to enhance his look of rage. The term "vitriolic hoopla" just entered my mind.

Good one Brian, I guessed Jackson but was thinking James K Polk.

Picard, actually she's a licensed massage therapist. SPA music bothers me when there's clicking and I fear it's the car.

Got a late start and ME wasn't giving much away. Just enough perps. Fun Sunday.


* Marine term is Drill Instructor. At OCS the term was Sergeant Instructor. A mouthful. My theory is that boot camp is designed to identify and root out ADD. c "Full Metal Jacket"

TX Ms said...

D-O - Thanks for that hilarious clip! Considering Penny's temperament and Sheldon's, I knew the ending 5 seconds into it. I hadn't seen that episode. Today's was a lot easier than yesterday's. One bad cell - LEA instead of LEE (as in leeward-duh) - grr - oh, well (never heard of The Balcony or GENET. Yesterday, I was so pleased that I FIR with some P&P that others here tout, of which I have neither. NBA was a gimme since Kawhi Leonard was once a Rocket, then on to the Raptors, and then on to the Clippers. Never heard of Tony Stark or Peter Arno, but WAGs were lucky this time. Never heard of YACHT ROCK, but I love the sound of the word and connotation.

Wish TBBT was still on air - "selfish" Jim Parsons - :); I'm aware of reruns showing on cable. I'm not too fond of (young) Sheldon, but I love the rest of the characters. My nit for the show intro - East Texas "ain't nowhere" near mesas or deserts, and that's a darn dairy cow. If they're going to be off totally, at least have a longhorn .....[end of silly rant]

Phipps44 said...

I think idiot lights replaced the gauges we used to have on old cars.

windhover said...

Hello friends and bloggers, Windhover here. CC sent me a private message yesterday concerning the passing of one of our own, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to catch up and say hello to a few friends.
The Pandemic has altered my puzzle solving regime, as my wife, aka The Irish, has been working from home since March. Some of you may recall that we live in a nonelectric home, and that I formerly got the puzzles a day late when she brought them from work. Now, as she only goes to her office on rare occasions, I get a month of puzzles at once and work through the backlog. At the moment I’m about 1/4 way through today’s puzzle.
Life here on our Ridge goes on uninterrupted; social distancing comes quite naturally to us. I would like to say hello to my friends from back in the day and offer a remembrance to those we’ve lost. My internet skills, as ever, are sorely deficient, but I’ll try to add a current pic.
Well, that failed so maybe another time.

PK said...

Windhover, good to hear you are still alive and kicking. Missed you.

Jayce said...

I enjoyed this puzzle. I remember Jeannie, may she rest in peace on a sailboat.

That sushi looks a lot more like it's being sliced than chopped. Maybe, in preparing for sushi, the ingredients that fill the roll need to be chopped.

I put in OYEZ before having to change it to OYER. I join the ranks of you who didn't know ORIBI.

Our very Irish neighbor lady (RIP) used to call me DEARIE pie.

When we first arrived at Lackland Air Force Base for basic training, they called us "rainbows" because our clothes were not all of a uniform color. And yes, our drill sergeants definitely had strong voices. Actually, they were called TIs, which I think stood for Training Instructor.

Ken I, I love that "If you do that I will upget and outwalk!"

Happy birthday, Malodorous Manatee.

Waseeley, excellent point, I enjoyed your post.

Stay well, all, and keep a goodly distance away from unmasked persons.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

Sadly I don't remember Jeannie but she sounds like a hoot. May her family find peace.

I do remember you Windhover. Nice to see you.

Nice to read you TXMs. I'm sure you know, Jim Parsons is from Houston [Chamber of Commerce thing].

LOL - Pupils do it in the dark == DILATE
Chopped Sushi? That's Suey, Chop'd, 1EA. Sushi is sliced. :-)

Fellow Brothers in Arms: I was in HS ROTC so got to Basic as an E2. Drill Sgt put me in charge of the platoon. That lasted exactly one day (as I later learned it was intended - to show that leaders are responsible for their men's actions -- none of those noobs knew their left faces from their right and that was on me(?)).
I thought Basic was mostly fun but then I was a Boy Scout and only 17.
//Oh, & soon to be BIL was a Drill Sgt. - he told me what to expect when I got there.

D-O: Beyond the Fringe was a bit before my time. I learned of them through Monty Python (couple of them wrote for it, IIRC). Both very silly troupes.

Yet another thing we don't need with Mustard, Beer.

YR - glad to hear you're healing.

Picard - Youngest is a dancer and likes to do contortion if, for nothing else, to make my (Army) Bro lose his lunch over her "stunts." :-)

Happy Birthday MManatee! So glad you decided to visit The Corner daily.

"But, Click and Clack, I've changed the oil, replaced the pressure-gauge, but the idiot light won't go off."
"Do you have any of that black electrical tape?
Cut a small square and put it over the light, problem solved."

Have a wonderful Sunday eve!
Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

Hello, Windhover! It's so good to hear from you and I'm sorry that a sad event has brought it about. We do have some lively memories from Jeannie! Rest in peace, dear Jeannie.

Lemonade714 said...

Life is full of good and bad. I am very sad about Jeannie; I am very happy to hear from Windhover stopping by to say hello. Larry be well.

Thank you C.C.

Yellowrocks said...

Winehouse, so nice to hear from you.

Yellowrocks said...

Spellcheck strikes again. Windhover.

Unknown said...

Sorry friends but ...started this mess at noon and tossed it just now (10 p.m.). No matter where I looked in my references too many "Iffy's" to list here. Next time I see UTHLAUT on a puzzle it will be fire fodder. This was TERRIBLE way to spend a Sunday. It's bad enough to be quarenteened on a blistering hot and humid afternoon! This mess made it even less enjoyable!