Aug 2, 2020

Sunday, August 2, 2020 Dan Schoenholz

Theme: "Double Features" - Movie hidden in another movie.
23A. Two that received Oscar nods in all four acting categories: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Reds.

39A. Duo from the Deep South: STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Selma.

53A. Pair for the holidays: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Elf.

74A. Couple in the 21st century with Best Director Oscar winners: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Roma.

 91A. Two period pieces from across the pond: THE KING'S SPEECH. Tess.

107A. Pair of divergent tales of the paranormal: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. Tiny dupe with the street in 23A. Ghost.
 Movie within a movie. Such a super tight set.

Great to see Dan Schoenholz back. Seems like a long time since we saw his last byline.

1. Defeat big-time: STOMP.

6. Food chain with a smiley face in its logo: IHOP. Not fond of their P/B flip a while ago.

10. Oma's "Oh, my!": ACH.

13. Car company that owns SolarCity: TESLA. I'm pretty lousy with cars. I don't think I can recognize a Tesla car. Also 98. Bygone Swedish car company: SAAB.

18. __ eclipse: LUNAR.

19. Super stars?: NOVAE.

21. Wish to do over, perhaps: RUE.

22. Get on the wagon: HOP UP.

27. Vietnamese soup: PHO. The broth is flavored with star anise.

28. Chocolate choice: DARK.

29. Nile danger: ASP.

30. Meet activity: SWAP.

31. Homer's TV neighbor: NED.

32. Samoa's largest export before the blight: TARO. Wiki shows the Taro Leaf Blight epidemic of Samoa happened in 1993.

33. Lurid material: SMUT.

34. "Just to clarify ... ": I MEAN.

36. Fancy neckwear: ASCOTS.

44. Reinforce, with "up": SHORE.

45. "Come again?": WHAT.

46. Kisser: YAP.

47. One soaking things up: SPONGE.

48. Word with up, mid or down: TOWN.

49. Feudal lord: LIEGE.

50. Orca group: POD.

52. Olympic sledder: LUGER.

58. Versailles VIP: ROI.

59. Coolidge's VP: DAWES. No idea. Charles Dawes.

60. Iris ring: AREOLA. Vowel-rich. So grid-friendly.

61. Retina part: CONE.

62. Gathers in a condensed layer: ADSORBS.

65. Disrespects: SNUBS.

67. Big game centers: ARCADES.

69. Supply orders: Abbr.: REQS.

70. Big name in pain relief: ANACIN.  We have all kinds of pain pills/gels/creams at home.

72. Weasel relative: STOAT. Cute.

73. Sigma follower: TAU.

80. More than annoyed: IRATE.

82. Recycle container: BIN.

83. Band led by the Wilson sisters: HEART.

84. Mystical old letter: RUNE.

85. Soda shop freebies: STRAWS.

87. Game console letters: NES.

89. "Relax": EASY.

90. Category: GENRE.

94. Went sailing, say: BOATED.

95. Have confidence in: BET ON.

96. Go for the passer: RUSH.

97. Innate talent: GIFT.

98. Insignificant amount: SOU.  Not worth a SOU.

100. Bird one hates to eat?: CROW. Ha.

102. Before, to Byron: ERE.

103. Second: AIDE.

104. Bounty title: HMS.

112. Tree-lined walkway: ALLEE. Grande Allee, Quebec City.

113. Actress Longoria: EVA.

114. "Attack, Rover!": SIC 'EM.

115. Date component, often: COMMA.

116. Digital units: BYTES.

117. Work with thread: SEW.

118. Model: POSE.

119. Bouncing off the walls: HYPER.


1. Hockey's __ shot: SLAP.

2. Heinie: TUSH.

3. Not fooled by: ONTO.

4. Scrape, say: MAR.

5. Happen before: PREDATE.

6. "101" course title word: INTRO.

7. Pawn at a shop: HOCK.

8. In vitro supply: OVA.

9. Defining characteristic: PARAMETER.

10. Escort's offering: ARM.

11. Sticks maintained with chalk: CUES.

12. Harry Potter's owl: HEDWIG.

13. Whom prosecutors represent: THE PEOPLE.

14. Canon camera line: EOS.

15. Equipment shunned by fly fishers: SPINNING ROD. Because?

16. Entice: LURE.

17. Mimicked: APED.

20. Happen next: ENSUE.

24. Pair with drums: EARS.

25. In a relevant way: APTLY.

26. Puts a curse on: DAMNS. Amazed that Rich allowed it.

32. Fujita scale subjects: TORNADOS.

33. __ fright: STAGE. Finally went to my dentist's office on Friday. Felt like I had a fever on  Friday night. Thankfully I was fine yesterday. Mental thing.

35. Jesus of baseball: ALOU.

36. Italian bubbly: ASTI.

37. Tequila order: SHOT.

38. Jerseys, e.g.: COWS. Jersey cows.

39. Gets rid of: SHEDS.

40. Sources of fall colors: MAPLES.

41. Olympics speed skater Ohno: APOLO.

42. When many walk: AGE ONE.

43. Set of TV programs: SERIES.

45. One trashing a cab, maybe?: WINE SNOB. Cabernet.

49. Type of weightlifting squat: LOW BAR. Look similar to me.

51. Tending to procrastinate: DILATORY. Not related to "dilate".

54. High-card-wins game: WAR.

55. Zoologist's subject: FAUNA.

56. Metro area, informally: URB.

57. '60s "Sweet!": FAR OUT.

61. Snack for Tabby: CAT TREAT. And 90. Lab order?: GO FETCH.

62. Hopper or Whistler: ARTIST.

63. Serious shortage: DEARTH.

64. Broad and solidly constructed, in Sussex: SQUARE-BUILT.

65. Act parts: SCENES.

66. Writing tip: NIB.

68. Fire at work: CAN.

71. Pulitzer playwright Zoë: AKINS.

72. Big shot in tennis: SMASH.

74. Entrances: BEWITCHES.

75. Nabisco cracker made with cheddar: CHEESE NIP.

76. Stacy who played TV's Mike Hammer: KEACH.

77. Rosemary Clooney, to George: AUNT.

78. Subject opener: INRE.

79. "__ I say more?": NEED.

81. Grab: TAKE.

86. Stable sound: SNORT.

88. Buying time big-time?: SPREE.

92. Fabled underground treasure guardians: GNOMES.

93. Capital of France: EUROS. Not PARIS.

94. Auction actions: BIDS.

97. The Stones' "__ Shelter": GIMME.

99. No more than: ONLY.

101. Permanent __: WAVE.

103. Sierra Nevada products: ALES.

104. Rope source: HEMP. Any of you tried hemp seeds/hearts?

105. Internet __: viral item: MEME.

106. Headliner: STAR.

108. "No kidding": GEE.

109. Not even rare: RAW.

110. Green opening: ECO.

111. Pop artist Lichtenstein: ROY.



PK said...

Hi Y'all! Well, this was fun and the fills flowed pretty easily for me. Thanks, Dan! Great expo, C.C.!

Thought the movie theme was clever & took a lot of research by Dan. The clues didn't help with the fill except to let us know they were going to be well-known films. A few perps gave me the titles. The circle movies were just a bonus. Never heard of REDS or ROMA.

Stumper area for me: LOWBAR/DAWES (both unknown), WINE SNOB, ADSORBS/REQS. Last to fill.

Pondered a long time over DILATORY/ARCADES. Didn't know what DILATORY meant, I guess. Thought those big game centers were either arenas or safari parks.

Read FUJITA as FaJITA and tried to come up with a Mexican food that fit. Reread & knew about the TORNADOS right away.

We have ROI & ROY. Didn't know the latter but it filled with perps. DNK: AKINS.

Tried AspirIN before ANACIN. CHEESEits before NIPS.

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Sunday from no hurricane South Florida. Another blessing after a very hard year. Maybe because the name is so hard for non-native Spanish speakers, but I am fine with over-preparedness.

Dan, who has 9 NYT Sunday publications, is back for his second Sunday here and first since 2010. He did have a Wednesday LAT in 2019, but he is mostly an NYT star.

Did not know Allée SQUARE-BUILT or Pulitzer playwright Zoë: AKINS .

Thank you Dan and C.C.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No problems this morning. The Barnacle had the circles, and d-o actually looked at 'em and saw all the movies within movies. Makes me wonder if Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans was supposed to be named Oak Allée. Nice job, Dan. Enjoyed the tour, C.C.

BobB said...

The theme totally lost me as my printed grid had no circles. Spent a long time with 74D Entrances, looking for a door.

Bob Lee said...

I loved the fact that I actually knew all of the movies (and the circled ones too), so I was able to guess them after getting some of the letters.

The bottom left was the last to fill. SAAB is no more?? Where was I when that happened? And I seemed to remember SOU from some long-ago puzzle. I didn't know ALLEE, (a from of ALEE or ALLEY?) but got it!

Tomatoes, potatoes, but not tornadoes? (Oh my!) the late 60's, we always added 'man' at the end as in: FAR OUT, man!

JJM said...

I was able to catch onto the theme quickly. I think I have seen all the movies except maybe "Tess", but at least had heard of it. Made solving the puzzle easier.

Hungry Mother said...

Super slow slogfest today. FIR, but took so long I don’t feel elated, just exhausted.

OMaxiN said...

FIW again. Two bad squares.
Even if I had noticed the circles, I would have missed the theme. Don't watch many movies.

Could someone who knows more about fishing than I explain SPINNING ROD. My spinning reels are attached fishing rods.
Thanks to Dan and as always C.C.

MH said...

Spinning rods are used for bait fishing. Casting rods are used for fly fishing. Fly fishing is considered more of an art form (by those who practice it :-)

OMaxiN said...

That should be: are attached to fishing rods.

OMaxiN said...

Thank you MH

Anonymous said...

Re BobB: Struggled with "entrances" until an aha moment.

Big Easy said...

I FIR but never noticed the second film after the theme fills. With those long spanners in place, the rest of the puzzle was easy with just a few unknowns and new words.

DAWES, HEART,HEDWIG, ALLEE, LOW BAR, DILATORY, AKINS- perped and I'd never heard of the last four. CHEESE NIPS- an easy guess but I've never noticed any in stores but I don't like CHEETOS or CHEEZIT or NACHO cheese chips.

I've never heard of a spinning ROD; the REEL is the spinning thing held in place by the ROD.

ANACIN- aspirin & caffeine pill.

MH- I don't fish but it seems that fly-fishing is practiced by those who want to catch and release. Everybody I know fishes for fish to EAT.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got it all done. No issues. Only white-out was @ 49a, I had 'laird' before LIEGE. Neat enough theme; the 'long' named flicks were all well known and, so, helped with the perps.
ACH : Oma's "Oh, my!" - - Our grandkids call me Opa, and BH, Nana. Funny, Dutch for 'uncle' is oom.
FETCH - Is also "the distance along open water or land over which the wind blows". For a WSW wind over L. Erie, the FETCH is ~ 240 miles allowing for plenty of set-up for a seiche.
SHORE - The Damage Control lockers on our ship was always stocked with SHORING materials.
ALLEE - I have been up and down the Grande ALLEE in Quebec City, numerous times. (mostly on business :-))
SIC'EM - We usually had a herding dog such as a Collie or Shepherd mix to help with moving the COWS to or from pasture. Since they were trained in Low German we usually said "Biet'em an de Hacken" instead of SIC'EM. (Bite'em on the heels (fetlocks)).

Enjoy the day.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Just a quick cornerite greeting while I plow through the 2 week old Sunday NYT economy sized puzzle

Was thinking about yesterday's major discussion about the "Matador fighting" clue TAUROMACHY

And that DW and I don't always share perfect marital bliss and occasionally exchange CROSSWORDS.



FLN....Anon T. ...How many pizzelle makers do you own?
Never seen so my pizzelles in one place!

Yellowrocks said...

FIR Eked it out in a very long time, but I enjoyed the challenge. I don't know why it took so long. Very few unfamiliar terms, nothing totally new to me. I have seen all the theme movies. I saw the words in the circles,but didn't think of them as movies. Very clever, Dan.
At think DAMN as a verb is not a curse. Damned is in the Bible."He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Since being sick for a week, I no longer enjoy cab or Sierra Nevada. Good news for my BP. I also do not enjoy my old friend, coffee. Today I had my first cup and didn't care for it. I have lost 10 pounds. I do enjoy food, but much less of it. Yesterday I bought farm tomatoes and corn. Yummy.
Calling them permanent waves is passe. The wave part is gone and temperament is almost always just perm.
You would attach a chub to a spinning rod, not a fly rod.

Anonymous said...

I am a movie buff, and I got a kick out of this puzzle!

Two bits of trivia related to the answers to this puzzle:

- Zoe Akins, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1935, was the great-aunt of actress Laurie Metcalf, who plays Jackie on Roseanne and is also a two-time Tony winner.

- Charles Dawes, Coolidge's VP, is remembered today for an achievement that has nothing to do with politics. He was an amateur composer. Shortly after his death, someone added lyrics to a tune he wrote decades earlier, and the resulting song, "It's All in the Game," was a #1 hit in the US and the UK in 1958. It's been recorded by many artists since, and has become a standard.

Here's the #1 version:

I'm partial to this version from 1987, with a pre-fame Emma Thompson and Alfred Molina in the video: . I think this version is sped up a little bit for the video, which is too bad.

Yellowrocks said...

"At think DAMN as a verb is not a curse" should be "I think."
David tied his own flies when he was a teen. Fly fishers who go for trout often bring them home to eat.
Funny, David was very into fishing and camping in his teens. After going to college he lost interest in both and became a down the shore person. I was a tent camper all my adult life until my knees betrayed me a few years ago. Then we went to a bed and breakfast in the area, no longer possible. I wish I still camped because corona would be less likely to hold me back. I love the mountains, woods and streams.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Dan Schoenholz, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., for a fine review.

What a fun puzzle. The theme was unbelievable. Great job. There were a few tough spots, but perps helped.

Once I got DAWES as Coolidges, VP, I realized I have been to the Dawes House, in Evanston, IL. It is right on Lake Michigan. I believe he was from Evanston. Maybe Madame DeFarge can chime in.

I kept reading 74D as Entrances, meaning ways to get in somewhere. I finally figured out it meant Entrances, i.e. BEWITCHED. OK, took me a while.

One Trashing a Cab turning into WINE SNOB. That also slowed me down. Lots of misdirection.

DILATORY is a new word for me. I think I do that a lot though.

Anyhow, I am going to sign off for now. Enjoyed the puzzle. Took me a few hours. See you tomorrow.


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Picard said...

I think the only one of these movies I have actually seen was THE KING'S SPEECH which I thought was excellent. But I had heard of most of them, making it possible to FIR. It was a uniquely clever theme construction.

CC it is easy to identify a TESLA by the "T" logo on the front. They also have a bit of a futuristic look compared with most cars. There are a lot of TESLAs here in California. There is even a charging station in the shopping center by our home. It is always full.

Learning moment about ALLEE. I have been to the one in Quebec but I forgot that was the name. A major street near our house in Copenhagen was called Jægersborg Allé which probably has the same meaning.

Here I made an orderly sequence of photos of a LUNAR ECLIPSE a few years ago.

But this set from two years ago is more fun to look at because it shows some context in the local landscape.

WikWak said...

Knew from the title and the clueing that I was looking for some kind of reference to a second movie within the first, but...

Saw the circles and the short words in them but...

I guess I don’t see enough movies. Could NOT suss the gimmick. As far as getting all the correct words, FIR but as far as understanding the theme, FIW.

I liked that SPINNING ROD and LURE were right next to each other; with the short LURE next to and at the top of the ROD it looked like the worm hanging from the rod.

Actually, any nits aside, I found the puzzle lots of fun to solve.

Heart (Ann & Nancy Wilson) is pretty high on my list of favorite groups.

Too busy a day to spend any more time here. Thanks to Dan for some good fun and to C.C. for explaining the theme when I was clueless without a clue.

Stay well.

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Becky thank you for the kind words and good wishes! Actually, I am still riding the unicycle! I performed in a "virtual" Solstice parade recently which involved riding it for real! Videographers stitched together the various clips of the many performers to create the feeling of a parade. Yes, I do hope we can arrange a regional Crossword Corner gathering sometime!

Lucina thank you for the kind words about my San Luis Obispo Mardi Gras photos. The pretty lady in the third row is Ann Chevrefils. A brilliant artist who made many memorable ensembles for Solstice. She did heroic work to create those giant puppets and most of our costumes, too! The biggest challenge for me was riding the unicycle at night on uneven, hilly streets. Very different from riding at noon at Solstice! Unfortunately, San Luis Obispo shut down the Mardi Gras events some years ago because they said it got too rowdy.

I will also note that in the photos Ann is with a guy named Tim. Tim and I were in graduate school together. I was so happy when they got married. He had a good job as an engineer and could support her to do her art full time. I was sorry that some years later they split up, but at least they are still on good terms.

Wendybird I am honored that you feel I am everywhere something cool is happening! I wish that were true! And thank you for taking the time to look at my photos.

Husker Gary yes, the only thing worse than being evicted from your home is having your home evicted from the land it sits on! Our city does have a protection for mobile home owners, but many cities do not.

AnonT thank you for following up on the Boston musicians/MIT connection. I love their close harmony. Sorry I never got to see them live. No money for concert tickets when I was a student!

CanadianEh! said...

Super Sunday. Thanks for the fun, Dan and C.C.
I caught on to the double movie theme which helped the solve; but at first I was looking for STARs not movies.
The cross of KEACH and HEART was the last to fall.
This Canadian needed perps for DAWES (but I see C.C. and PK did not know him either).

I noted STAR and NOVAE (OK with star in clueing because different meanings).
Like WikWak, I thought SPINNING ROD beside LURE was a great visual.
We also had WINESNOB and SNUBS.
PK beat me to ROI and ROY.
And more possible French with Grande ALLEE and RUE 😁
This Canadian has watched the Carnaval Parade on the Grande ALLEE in Quebec City. Beautiful costumes and lights. We had to show our room card to get back into the crowded lobby of our Hotel de Concorde as everyone wanted to warm up.

Hand up for an Aha moment with Entrances. Another example of the English language having two pronunciations for the same spelling.
I had a Solar eclipse before LUNAR. I should have known that Solar could not be used again after being in the TESLA clue.
I had Porn before SMUT. It could also be clued as a fungal disease affected grains. Similar to blight on TARO!
I would have preferred the pistoL clue for LUGER.

Heinie is not a term I knew; TUSH was all perps. Really! ( but apparently Heinie is a valid Scrabble word!)

I saw some CSOs today. OMK came to mind with SCENES, ASCOTS but I’m sure he never had STAGE FRIGHT LOL!
Cab (reminded me of Marti) for our WINESNOBs (I’ll have mine with DARK chocolate!). ALES and Tequila SHOTs for some of you others.
And we had RUSH for AnonT.

Wishing you all a good day.

Malodorous Manatee said...

FIR. Not much to add to the comments posted above. We had a very similar experience to most of you and PK noted 80 - 90% of our reaction in the first post today.

What do you call a Monarch's favorite stone fruit?

Lemonade714 said...

Speaking of double-dipping, C.C. made both the Universal and the USA Today, today. Go and enjo

Lemonade714 said...


Lemonade714 said...

The USA is pretty easy, but the Universal 21x21 is a wonderful and very challenging Sunday.

Husker Gary said...

-Just back from Lincoln after playing golf with granddaughter on a fall-like day. I’m sure your day was fine too.
-I ignored the circles and then WHAM the oh-so clever gimmick hit me with ELF
-I have never RUED choosing my teaching career
-Today’s MIDTOWN Omaha was well out in the country in my yute
-LUGER – Uh, no, I don’t want to go down a sheet of ice on a lunch tray
-TV’S Pawnstars is far from real but they have fun items
-It’s so beautiful when our town’s MAPLES SHED their leaves
-Somewhere in the void of my literary storehouse lies this phrase, “A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers, There was lack of woman’s nursing, there was DEARTH of woman’s tears”
-Zoë = Zoey!
-I needed BEWITCHES to figure out the clue! Cool Beans!
-Anonymous – Great trivia!

Misty said...

Well, Sunday puzzles are toughies for me, but although I struggled quite a bit, I still enjoyed this one. So, many thanks, Dan, and I always enjoy your write-up and your pictures, C.C. Still can't believe a puzzle with two answers that scan across the entire width of the grid--amazing!

This one also had some really fun items. EARS cracked me up as the answer to "Pair with drums." I got that one, but I never got WINE SNOB as the answer to "One trashing a cab." Of course I thought of "cab" as a taxi, and so figured it had to be a vandal of some sort. (My Prevagen wasn't helping much this morning, was it?). I did get BOATED for "went sailing" although it's a word I've never heard before. And I laughed when I realized that lab was a dog and not a science place when I got GO FETCH for that "lab order". Anyway, lots of fun, even if it was tough.

Have a good Sunday, everybody.

NaomiZ said...

FIR in normal time after breakfast, but can't claim to have had much fun with it. Didn't like the movies within movies for some reason. Just a curmudgeonly moment, I guess.

The discussion about fly fishing brought to mind a treasured memory. When we were kids, my dad wanted to learn to fish. He bought spinning rods and reels, and we'd buy bait, rent rowboats, and venture on on local lakes. When Daddy became aware of fly fishing, he bought a casting rod and artificial flies, but he wanted to learn to tie his own. There was a tiny fly fishing shop in our neighborhood, and Daddy wanted to buy the beginner's fly tying kit. He had gone into the shop, and the curmudgeonly proprietor told him he didn't want that box of junk, and should buy a good quality fly tying vise, threads and feathers. Daddy left without buying anything, but was sure he wanted to start with the kit. He gave me $20 or so in cash, dropped me off around the corner, and told me to go into the shop and buy that fly tying kit. I was terrified to do it. Didn't I need a back story? The proprietor gave me no trouble. I felt I had escaped a terrible danger when I delivered that kit to my dad.

In time, my father acquired a good vise and a cabinet full of fly tying materials, as well as a number of beautiful casting rods. He used to bring trout home to eat, but eventually took the barbs off all his hooks and released the trout gently. It was all about being able to fool a wily old trout, and to pull him in with manual dexterity. In old age, my dad preferred not to catch the fish at all, but to walk along the stream and spot them without bothering them. He could be hard as nails, but also had a tender heart.

Anonymous said...

Lurking no longer...
Planned to make my first appearance here yesterday but spent from breakfast to bedtime doing the puzzle with the infamous Y mistake.
Today's went much better so my ego has recovered. Reading the blog for years has improved my skills greatly and I enjoy the community spirit and getting to know you all.

Yellowrocks said...

Naomi, liked you fish story.
Sending you to the store reminded me of my ex. When he had a problem he needed advice on, he sent me into the hardware store to ask, so as not to appear unknowledgeable. Dumb little homemaker. When he messed up on an IRS form, he sent me to pick up another for the same reason. When we were painting the house together and needed something from the hardware store, I was sent in my paint stained jeans so he would not appear unkempt. I am nolonger the fall guy (woman).
Dang spell check,"temperament (permanent) is always just a perm." WORD makes the weirdest substitutions. My phone nearly always has sensible choices.

SwampCat said...

Puzzle was Waaay above my pay grade. Thanks for the challenge, Dan.

Anon @ 4:07, welcome. But f’ goodness sake pick a name and go blue so we’ll know who we are talking to.

Spitzboov said...

Welcome aboard ATL Granny.

NaomiZ said...

Thanks, Yellowrocks! I love your ex-husband story. Amazing what we'll put up with, until we don't any more. I have ex-husband stories, too.

Jayce said...

I enjoyed this puzzle and admire the construction. I MEAN it wasn't a fun SPONGE at all. When I got A SREETCAR NAMED DESIRE I thought the "Double" gimmick was the the last letter of the penultimate word was the same as the first letter of the last word. Getting THE KINGS SPEECH solidified that erroneous idea in my mind, but the other themers proved me wrong. So then I saw STREET in STREETCAR and STREET in ELM STREET that I thought those were the "Doubles". Nope again. Note to self: don't overthink things.

Last to fill was that Q. Learned what that ALLEE is.

Hand way up for trying to answer some sort of way in for "Entrances."

Favorite clue/answer is "Bird one hates to eat?": CROW. Big smile. Next favorite is "Whom prosecutors represent": THE PEOPLE. WINE SNOB also gave me a chuckle.

What Abejo said about DILATORY.

DAMN, that PHO looks good!

Good wishes to you all.

Jayce said...


PK said...

YR, glad you are feeling some better. Do you think you had a touch of COVID? Hugs to you!

Spitz: your SIC 'EM cow herding dog made me laugh. I thought of the time the cows got out in my yard and I had to keep them off the highway and herd them back to the pasture lane. I was hugely pregnant waddling around and assisted only by our dachshund who had never herded before but was pretty telepathic about following my directions. I've told this story before, I'm sure. I crack up every time I remember that.

LEO III said...

DNF, but I got most of it. I started it early this morning, as soon as I could print it off the website, and I worked on it for a couple of hours. Went back to it after breakfast, but I eventually got stumped and then perturbed, so I decided to pick up my DNF and go home.

I’m not angry, though. I really enjoyed the puzzle. Figured out all of the long movie titles, but since I jotted down the circled letters horizontally and only took a quick look at them, I didn’t make the connection with the second set of movies. Had I written each group separately (and/or maybe listed them vertically?) I might have seen them. I think STREETCAR, WONDERFUL LIFE and GHOST are the only ones I’ve seen. I’m just not that into movies.

Sorry – Kizzy break!

Ah, 15 minutes later, he’s gone. He just came in for a short backrub. He’ll let me play Solitaire while I'm scratching his back, since I can do that with only one hand, but I cannot do any typing. He actually likes watching the cards and the arrow moving across the screen. Let’s see, where was I?

I had a few of the same unknowns others have mentioned. I definitely didn’t know DAWES, DILATORY, STOAT, ALLEE or AKINS.

Oops! He's baaaaaack! Gotta go! Later....

Yellowrocks said...

PK, I didn't have covid. I have a deviated septum, getting worse with age. It interferes with proper sinus drainage. I have had one sinus infection with allergy after another about every six weeks since Jan. usually of short duration. This one was a doozy. Neti pot, antihistamine and antibiotics to the rescue. They did work. About 25 years ago I had an even worse sinusitis episode.
I think this one reset my hunger signal. I am better able to distinguish between hunger and appetite. Not caring for coffee is weird. Happy to be losing weight.

Wilbur Charles said...

This was a slow FIR today. Ironically, I had last week's Evan Birnholz Wa-Post and the theme was Billboard #1s. I did that one at 9am.

On Sundays I have to go out and buy a TB-Times so I didn't get solving until late. And it was slow going. ENtrances fooled me as others, I had hub/URB,Bets/BIDS (But I had a feeling BETS was used). Actually a lot of wos.

Getting the movies helped a lot. More difficult than the usual Sunday including Wa-Post.

I can't make the online xwords work on my cell except LATimes site.

Liked Naomi's Dad/fishing story. A love story if ever.

YR everything Cool with Alan? Interesting to see all the mask wearers after the DEARTH of masks earlier.

I guessed the "Lab" was a dog but n needed perps (I've just seen "SIC'EM somewhere).

Cheers, WC

Unknown said...

Today's entry flowed easily because I knew the movie titles, but I hit a brick wall in the SW corner because of ADSORB. Reason? Way back in grade school I argued with my Fifth grade teacher that "ABSORB" (soak up) was spelled "ADSORB". She made me write aBSorb 50times. Though I never have seen ADSORB used anywhere, I feel vindicated!!! Sorry I missed the significance of the circled letters since I was in a hurry to get dinner going.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk say...

Faux-Giving is over and everyone is stuff'd with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, et,al., and in bed. It was fun all four of us cooking together.
Afterwards, we had a social-distance visit w/ in-laws, packed Eldest's car for her return to campus, and then finished rolling coins.
//I bought a cool coin sorting machine that puts the coins in pre-formed coin-rolls. See, I read there is insufficient coinage in circulation - it was my civic duty buy a new toy and turn in ~10 years of coins - $681 will go to the bank tomorrow.
//We kept one coffee-can full of pennies so eldest can sort through them looking for ones to add to her collection.

Get cornered by someone who just took-up fly-fishing and they will talk your ear off (like my Sister's husband did :-)). The reason for not using a spinning-rod|reel is because, in fly-fishing, the cast is "in the whip" and you don't want any drag on the line as your fly zooms out. An open-face reel is used instead; do it wrong and tangles ensue.
//anyone else who knows more, correct me.

Ray-O: I own two pizzelle makers. The third is the one I bought for Eldest (it's usually in Norman, OK). BTW, there's another stack of pizzelles out of frame to the right of iron #3. We made about 100 - always hard to tell 'cuz we eat 'em nearly as fast as we make 'em :-)

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...


WEES! I love movies and I loved this puzzle! You all have comments I mostly agree with. REDS is a wonderful movie as is REDS 2 with Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Mary Lou Parker and others! Whenever I need a laugh I watch one of them.

Today my diurnal cycle is upside down. Last night I could not sleep all night. Finally I went to bed (for the third time) at 4:58 A. M. and slept until 1:30 when my granddaughter checked on me. I was simply not sleepy! I started and finished John Grisham's The Brethren. It's really intriguing.

So thank you for the fun today, C.C. and today's constructor. I don't have the puzzle in front of me so I'm not sure who he was.

Good news from you that you don't have Covid-19 and congratulations on losing weight!

I trust and hope that you all had a wonderful day today!