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Aug 11, 2020

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Paul Coulter

You Get What You Pay For.  The last word of each theme answer is a Public Utility.

17. One who doesn't fit in: A FISH OUT OF WATER.



26. Measure of what you can buy: PURCHASING POWER.



46. Drove faster: STEPPED ON THE GAS.



And the Unifier:
60. Providers of the necessities that end 17-, 26- and 46-Across: PUBLIC UTILITIES.



Lots of names in today's puzzle, which will probably bother some of our solvers.  But let's look at that as a learning experience.  Maybe we will make some new friends.

Across:
1. Really dig: ADORE.

6. Prohibition incursion: RAID.

10. Baking device: OVEN.

14. Coming-out: DEBUT.

15. Grabbing-the-tab words: ON ME.  My treat.

16. "Scream" star Campbell: NEVE.  Neve Adrianne Campbell (b. Oct. 3, 1973) is a Canadian-born actress best known for her roles in horror films.


20. Library sect. for Christie books: MYST.  Dame Agatha Christie (née Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller; Sept. 15, 1890 ~ Jan. 12, 1976) wrote over 65 mystery books.



21. Maiden name lead-in: NÉE.  This word has become a crossword staple.  It is quite appropriate today with all the names.

22. The Governator, as he might pronounce it: AHNOLD.  Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (b. July 30, 1947) got his start as a bodybuilder.  He served as the 38th Governor of California.  He was formerly married to Maria Shriver of the Kennedy clan.
Before and After
23. Rocks in bars: ICE.  Sorry, Tin!!!

25. Oklahoma city: ENID.  I learned of this Oklahoma city from doing the crosswords.



34. Mayo is fifth in it: AÑO.  Today's Spanish lesson.  May is the 5th month in the calendar year.

35. Makes right: AMENDS.

36. Herr's honey: FRAU.  Today's German lesson.

37. Hoof sound: CLOP.

39. Fig. with a radius: CIR.  A circle has a radius.



40. Bother: FUSS.

41. Utensil sticker: TINE.
Anatomy of a Fork

42. Smooth transitions: SEGUES.

45. WSJ competitor: NYT.  As in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

49. Brazilian soccer legend: PELÉ.  Pelé (né Edson Arantes do Nascimento; Oct. 23, 1940) is arguably the greatest soccer player of all time. 


50. Tailor's alteration: HEM.

51. Lampoon: SATIRE.

54. Piece of poetic praise: ODE.

56. Diamond Head locale: O'AHU.  The Hawai'ian name is Le'ahi, which means "brow of the tuna" due to its shape.  The name Diamond Head came about after 19th century British sailors though they had discovered diamonds on the slope and near by beaches.  Turns out, the "diamonds" were nothing more than shiny calcite crystals.

It does rather resemble the fin of a tuna.

63. Face-to-face exam: ORAL.

64. Bad thing to blow on the road: TIRE.

65. Horror or humor: GENRE.

66. Blackens: TARS.

67. It may be reserved: SEAT.

68. Mary of "The Maltese Falcon" (1941): ASTOR.  Mary Astor (née Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke; May 3, 1906 ~ Sept. 25, 1987) portrayed Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon.  She began her movie career in the silent films.



Down:
1. Eaton of the Washington Nats: ADAM.  Adam Cory Eaton (b. Dec. 6, 1988) is an outfielder for the Washington Nationals.


2. Buck: DEFY.  Nice misdirection.  I was thinking of the deer.


3. Eastern sashes: OBIs.

4. Backwoodsy: RUSTIC.

5. Horn of Africa country: Abbr.: ETH.  As in Ethiopia.  The Horn of Africa is the peninsula in Africa that is home to Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti.



6. Scoundrel: ROUÉ.

7. Required Hold 'em bet: ANTE.

8. Texter's two-cents intro: IMO.  Textspeak for I MOpinion.

9. Renders harmless: DEFANGS.  Marc Defang is a shoe designer.

10. Intermittent: ON AND OFF.

11. Quash, as a bill: VETO.

12. Daredevil Knievel: EVEL.  Evel Knievel's given name was Robert Craig Knievel (Oct. 17, 1938 ~ Nov. 30, 2007).  He boasted that he could jump the Grand Canyon on his motorcycle.  Shockingly, the Federal Government would not give him permission to attempt this stunt.  He did, however, perform numerous other stunts.  He also was involved in numerous crashes and suffered numerous broken bones.



13. Dorky sort: NERD.

18. An hr. past midnight: ONE A.M.  Also the name of a silent Charlie Chaplin film.



19. Beat into a froth: WHIP.

24. When doubled, a dance: CHA.



25. Evasive maneuver: END RUN.

26. Agreements: PACTS.

27. Lacking illumination: UNLIT.


28. TV sports pioneer Arledge: ROONE.  Roone Pickney Arledge, Jr. (July 8, 1931 ~ Dec. 5, 2002) was the creator of Monday Night Football and 20/20.



29. Formally break away: SECEDE.

30. Architect Jones: INIGO.  Inigo Jones (July 15, 1573 ~ June 21, 1652) is the first significant architects of "modern" times, despite the fact that he lived over 400 years ago.  He was also very instrumental in the theater and stage design.  I always think his first name is Indigo, but of course, that is found in ROY G BIV. 


31. Twisted dry: WRUNG.  My grandmother had a wringer washer.  I always thought it was fun to help her on laundry day because I just loved the wringer.  I was still quite young when she got a more modern washer that had a spin cycle instead of a wringer.



32. Course that helps your GPA: EASY A.

33. Corrodes: RUSTS.

38. Uppers, drug-wise: PEP PILLS.  Saturday Night Live once had a skit with Gilda Radner and Lorraine Newman about Puppy Uppers and Doggie Downers.  This clue reminded me of that skit.

42. Culls: SELECTS.

43. Merman on Broadway: ETHEL.  Ethel Merman (née Ethel Agnes Zimmermann; Jan. 16, 1908 ~ Feb. 15, 1984) had a distinctive voice and was in a lot of Broadway musicals.




44. Pronoun for many an individual: SHE.

47. "Frasier" actress Gilpin: PERI. Peri Gilpin (née Peri Kay Oldham; b. May 27, 1961) played Roz Doyle on Frasier.

48. Chews the scenery: EMOTES.

51. __ card: two through nine in each suit: SPOT.  I was not aware that these cards had a name.

52. Ghostly glow: AURA.


53. Alpine transport: T-BAR.

54. __ vez: another time, in Spanish: OTRA.  Today's Spanish lesson.

55. Losing proposition?: DIET.  Cute clue.

57. "If it __ broke ... ": AIN'T.  Don't fix it even though it should be: If it Isn't Broken ...

58. Protagonist: HERO.


59. Computer operator: USER.

61. One-eighty: UIE.  Last week the turn was spelled correctly!!!

62. "Hometown Proud" supermarket chain: IGA.  As in Independent Grocers Alliance.



Here's the Grid:




QOD:  Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.  ~  Frederick W. Smith (né Frederick Wallace Smith; Aug. 11, 1944), Founder of FedEx

41 comments:

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

If there were a lot of names, I didn't notice 'em. I zipped right through in normal Monday time. Even got the theme. Amazing. Thanx, Paul and Hahtoolah.

STEPPED ON THE GAS: My first car was a '53 straight-eight Pontiac. When I STEPPED ON THE GAS it got louder, but not faster.

DIAMOND HEAD: Learned about the diamonds last night when I watched Aerial America on Hawaii. (Hey, TTP, I learned yesterday that the series is on-demand at CBS All Access. I already subscribe.)

WRUNG: In my ute, mom had a Speed Queen wringer washer down in the basement. No dryer -- she hung the laundry in the back yard.

PEP PILLS: Tried PEP ME UPS first, but it wasn't to be.

Boomer said...

Happy Tuesday to everyone ! I thought I would check in early and let you know that I really appreciate all of the Monday comments each week. I am not a good crossword solver but I do enjoy putting a few anecdotes on the answers. Of course, I was not able to respond yesterday or any Monday because I play golf in a league but I am happy to give you all a good laugh. Yesterday after the round, I changed my shoes and took off for home, leaving my clubs strapped in back of the cart. Yes, I did not notice it until I pulled into my garage, so I had to go about 10 miles back to the course to retrieve my clubs. I think this is a once in a lifetime mistake because nobody could be that stupid twice.

Wilbur Charles said...

The Buck was not a deer nor a simoleon. ADAM Eaton is pretty obscure even for a baseball guy.

A little less "easy" than Monday in that I had to perp around the top corners. I see a W in AHNOLD's name. A typo as I was waiting on the froth clue.

I only saw the theme after I was done. I tried electrIC at first because SW was last.

So there's a "right" way to abbreviate U-turn? I admit UIE is a reach.

NYT as a WSJ competitor? I suppose the former had expanded from mere business news. I'd guess they're considered political opposites.

WC

Ps, I left a nice set of Pings behind but didn't notice until too late. Mine were outside the 19th hole and I wasn't even drinking.

Hungry Mother said...

FIR with one write-over: DEFY 4 DEnY. The NW held me on the starting line for a long few moments until I broke out on OBIS. Nice theme.

ATLGranny said...

Good morning! Thanks, Paul and Hahtoolah, for a fun start to the day.

FIR tho didn't see the connection between MAYO and ANO until you explained it, Hahtoolah. Oh sure, Spanish month. DIET made me smile for losing proposition. Some writeovers: deny before DEFY and too quickly wrote one by one before perps indicated ON AND OFF was needed. What was I thinking? Did guess the theme after filling in WATER and POWER.

Drinking my second cup of coffee while sitting in my favorite chair, I noticed the new font of your write up as well as the many added illustrations, Hahtoolah. Well done.

inanehiker said...

Well this was a lot of fun to start the day- both the puzzle and the write-up!

Thanks Susan and Paul!

Hope all from NE , Iowa, and Illinois are okay from the "derecho" - a new term for me. From the video on the news - it looked liked an inland hurricane! Our cousins in Cedar Rapids, IA had 8 trees down, but no damage to the house or cars!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I suspected a utility based theme after filling in Water and Power, but the reveal was still a nice Aha grid spinner. There were a few unknowns, I.e., Inigo, Adam, and Peri, but all easily sussed. Only one w/o with Tram before T Bar. Like Hatoolah, I never knew those cards were called Spot Cards. CSO to Spitz and DO at Tars, Keith at Emotes and Tin at _ _ _. I enjoyed several misdirects in Paul’s cluing.

Thanks, Paul, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for another A+ summary and humorous visuals and links.

FLN

YR, I hope you feel better with each passing day. 💐

MalMan, best wishes to Valerie for a successful surgery.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

As easy as Monday's like D-O said; maybe more so. Got ……UTILITIES before the other theme fill it referred to. INIGO perped in; a new learning. Thanks Hahtoolah for the background. No searches or erasures were needed.
TINES - Our silage fork had 8 of them. Pain in the a.. when the cob pieces would impale on them.
POWER - Our UTILITY, National Grid, provides both GAS and electric POWER in our area.
Re: POWER: Unless your electric bill has a capacity component, it is really an 'energy' bill.

Fair winds and following seas to all.

Paul C. said...

Thanks, Hahtoolah - that was an excellent job on the graphics, especially the cartoons illustrating theme answers. I liked the map of Enid, OK, too. My mother's name was Enid. One editor doesn't allow that entry, among a long list of other crossword regulars, but he made an exception in my case, after I explained that my father likes to see it in my grids.

I'd forgotten I had a LAT today until coming to the site. My local paper the Philadelphia Inquirer carries the Universal series, and I happen to have a grid in it today, as well. In grandkid news, I had a record-setting five minute talk with Addie on the phone. That's a long time for a four-year old. We talked mostly about things that fly - bees, helicopters, birds, etc. Then she told me to talk to Ava. Pretty hard, when the vocabulary is limited to hi, bye, Mommy, Daddy, doggy, ducky, and gaga, which I think is me.

Malodorous Manatee said...

I worked on the puzzle ONANDOFF this morning. I don’t think that I got anything WRUNG (sic) but FIR and didn't even have to take any PEPPILLS to do so.

As Paul mentioned, the visuals in the write-up were great, Hahtooloah.

Some of these are like shooting the proverbial fish:

That's not a window it's ADORE
That's not a wheel, it' SATIRE
That's not a tavern, it's ASTOR
That's not a levee, it's ADAM
D'ose are not the molars, they're DEFANGS
That's not yet a flower it' SECEDE

...and, being a family oriented blog, I'll save HERO for private conversation.

But, of course, that's AHNOLD story.

Irish Miss, thanks for the good wishes.

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: Good job on the write-up & links. Very educational!

Malodorous Manatee: Enjoyed your "puns."

Wilbur Charles: I'm a baseball fan, but I agree ADAM Eaton is really obscure.
Needed E.S.P. (Every-Single-Perp) to get him.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.

Cheers!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Paul. I had a pretty good time of it this morning. My two initial errors were tram for T-BAR. I took Alpine literally and could not imagine a T-BAR in the Alps. I can't imagine skiing in the Alps. Kinda like Cool Hand Luke. How are you gonna get back down that hill? Or up. My acrophobia prevents either trip.

The second error was an automatic y in ETHEL. Then a Duh!! when I spotted it. Names usually work out on crosses and provide learning moments except for PERI Gilpin, whose name I always forget despite being a crossword regular.

Hahtoolah, thank you for another wonderful turn around the puzzle.

xo to Abeyo!

Be well, everyone. Have a sunny day. A domani!

oc4beach said...


Nice to see Paul back again. Susan's tour and graphics were enjoyable also.

A couple of changes were necessary today. I wanted DEER before DENY. I pronounced AwNOLD instead of AHNOLD. Like IM I had TrAm before TBAR. And it took me a while to get SPOT and TARS because I didn't have PUBLIC filled in yet. Perps to the rescue eventually.

It looks like we will be seeing ROUE for a while until Rich gets tired of it.

When we go out to eat (which won't be happening again for a while due to CoVid) with a friend and her husband, I never hear it's ON ME. He just ignores the check when it comes. If he is shamed into paying for it, or even just paying for their part of the check by his wife I've seen him hang back and take back some of the tip that he left on the table. Plus he complains about everything about the meal. It's usually not a fun time.

Have a great day everyone. Be safe and wear your masks.

Malodorous Manatee said...

I also solved the Universal puzzle this morning. Once I stopped harboring a grudge it worked out pretty well.

desper-otto said...

Oc4beach, I'd drop that cheapskate "friend" if I were you.

NaomiZ said...

I loved the long answers today, and the theme was perfect, but I almost DNF because I didn't know Arledge ROONE, and couldn't make sense of the Mayo clue (in spite of passable Spanish skills). That O spot was blank until I consulted with DH, and when he supplied the missing O, ANO made sense.

oc4beach's dinner story seems so familiar and so grating. One of the things I love about DH (who is husband #2, and a major upgrade) is how quickly and quietly he picks up the tab. My daughter's Italian in-laws invited us to dine at a hotel outside Florence, and DH slipped away from the table to settle the bill. Daughter's father-in-law was outraged, since it had been their choice of venue, and therefore, apparently, their responsibility. Voices were raised! It was a scene. But everyone got over it. I'd rather have it that way, than be scorned for non-payment.

Shankers said...

A fun, well constructed cw and not too sticky for a Tuesday FIR. I had the same changes as others. Deny to defy, and didn't understand the ano answer til coming here. Though I play bridge and hearts three times a week, never heard of the term spot for 51D. Keep cool, stay masked, stay blessed.

Lucina said...

Hola!

Thank you, Paul, for this fine puzzle. It was a quick sashay for me. I even got ADAM in four perps and know PELE. Frasier is one of my favorite sitcoms so PERI Gilpin came easily, too. I've heard of NEVE Campbell and chuckled at AHNOLD.

I liked the clue for FRAU; that is fresh.

Being of short stature I've altered many a HEM in my life especially on pants. It saddened me when Dress Barn closed because that is where I could buy pants that fit perfectly. Luckily I don't have much need for them at present since going out is limited and I have a good supply on hand.

The grandmother of one of my nieces was ETHEL and one of the sweetest, most gentle persons I ever knew.

Diamond Head stirs up good memories of OAHU!

That picture of the wringer brings back memories, too, and of hanging clothes outside which I still do. Why waste all that sunshine?

Thank you, Hahtoolah! Your illustrations really make me laugh.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Misty said...

Perfect Tuesday puzzle, Paul, with just a little crunch but quite doable. Many thanks. And I always love your pictures, Susan.

Like others, I put DEER first for the Buck. But I guessed the sports guy had to be ADAM since I knew Christie's books were MYSTery novels, and that gave me DEFY and A FISH OUT OF WATER--a fun grid-spanner. After that the rest was easy. I put in ARNOLD, not even thinking about his Austrian pronunciation, bur WHIP fixed that quickly. Got EVEL and PELE without any problem, and even that other sports guy, ROONE.

And by then the other grid spanners were in place and so I got my WATER, POWER, and GAS UTILITIES. Thanks again for a fun puzzle, Paul, and for checking in with us and giving us family stories.

Have a good Tuesday, everybody.

CrossEyedDave said...

Boomer,
Once went camping upstate & brought my guitar,
unusual, as it was a one hour bus ride from Port Authority NY.
(no rain that weekend)
After a One Hour ride on the F subway train home,
I realized I had left the guitar on the bus!

F train back to P.A.=1 hour
Wait for bus to return from Monroe N.Y.= I don't remember
F train back home= 1 hour
Total= One major PIA...

Hmm, Wasn't ConEd's logo Dig We Must...

Public Utility Trivia...

I dunno what strength wires these guys are using,
but we sure could have used these during last weeks storm...

oc4beach said...


D-O, Hahtoolah, NaomiZ: The trouble is they come as a package and the lady is like family, so dropping them is not really possible. But I do try to limit my time with him. He is basically a condescending B*****D. When they stay with us and DW is doing the cooking he also complains about the food and just about everything else, which really ticks her off.

I do make sure that my good booze is locked up when they come and I make sure that the beer that I have is not his favorite. Sounds a little petty doesn't it. Oh well.

Wilbur Charles said...

Oc4, I remember a couple who made dining an ordeal. Specialty: Complaining. UGH*

Tinbeni, when I watched Rays-Sox last night I rooted for both it seems. Ironically, the Ray's are the together team and Redsox are struggling.

Not to beat a dead horse but I do recommend that Birnholz Wa-Post with the 3 26 LTR pangrams. CC , IM, any other constructors? **

I knew Gilpin was in Frasier but thought perhaps the English girl

WC

*Rivaling ICK
** Perhaps Wa-Post Sunday is not readily available. I get it in my TB-Times on Sunday. It replaced week old NYTimes and I've been happy. Except Rex has an always interesting take. I'll check out EB on fiend

desper-otto said...

Wilbur, you're thinking of Daphne Moon played by Jane Leeves.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Very fun puzzle, Paul, Thanks! Powerful good expo, Hahtoolah!

STEPPED ON THE GAS and sped thru this puzzle since I didn't get to it until afternoon. Forgot to even look for a theme. Would have been easy to see. Just finished paying the UTILITIES bills.

DNK: INIGO, ADAM, SPOT. ESP Not DisArms but DEFANGS was like pulling teeth to come up with.

My father-in-law brought me a nice used wringer washer soon after my marriage. He had heard me complain when my husband bought a TV in stead of the automatic washer I wanted. I thanked FIL nicely then shed tears when he left. Used if for four years thru two babies. Easier than hauling everything to the laundromat, but just the first in many "make-do" situations.

Just got my lawn mowed after two weeks that rain caused problems. Found out they didn't show up last week because a tree fell on one of my yardman's roof and they spent several days repairing the roof instead of mowing. Okay by me.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Paul and Hahtoolah.
I got onto the wifi today and found the CW on the Washington Post site (Across Lite doesn’t seem to have it again today).
Quick solve, but actually a DNF because of that O cross of ANO and ROONE. Thanks for adding the tilde (I think that is the correct name) Hahtoolah. I was trying to figure out how AN O had anything to do with Mayo in my BLT. D’uh😊

Hand up for deny before DEFY.
Fortunately most of the names perped (except of course the afore-mentioned ROONE).
TBAR crossing TARS was noted.
PEP PILLS have the same effect on the body as STEPPING ON THE GAS.

YR, I think I missed sending healing wishes your way.

Wishing you all a great day.

Anonymous said...

oc4beach, when I dine with "friends" like that, I just look at the check and say matter-of-factly, "Our portion is X, and your portion is Y," and then I usually put down cash for our portion rather than a credit card. There's not much of a response that the other person can make other than pay their portion, even if they are glaring at you the whole time.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-FISH OUT OF WATER – Me when I changed schools after 36 years and I was 2x – 3x older than most of the new faculty
-I think I had one cookie from my sister’s EZ Bake OVEN
-NEE – I wonder if my granddaughter will take her new husband’s name next January
-Movie horse CLOPPING is usually made by a Foley artist with coconuts
-Don’t you just hate saving SEATS for friends in a crowded venue?
-INIGO fills the quota of at least one “who/what the heck is that” fill today
-I had always thought PERI played the British maid not Roz the producer
-New Coke ignored the “If it AIN’T broke…” adage
-SPOM/MARS looked good enough to me and so I moved on

Ol' Man Keith said...

A fine Coulter pzl meets a brilliant Hahtoolah response today!
A terrific combination!
A left! A right! And over the ropes!!

At 22A, I would have gone all the way with his Austrian German accent and spelled it with a plosive "T." As "AHNOLT."
Try as he may, the Governator will never recapture the personal charm exhibited in his first film, Pumping Iron.
The birds off the trees.
~ OMK
____________
DR:
There are four diagonals today, one close at hand, the other three in opposition.
They present a curious combination of anagrams. An examination of the two main diagonals, the longest (15 letter) on each side, shows a message about Muppet social behavior.
On the front end, we have a statement of the emotional response incurred when one character burps in the presence of another--Brrr-urmph!--without the courtesy of excusing himself. This is sure to lead to a build-up of…
ERUCTATE IRE”!
But how serious is this particular form of wrath?
Let’s turn to the opposite diagonal to see if there are any hidden messages for us.

And indeed there is a response. Within the most famous of Muppet duos, there is the anagram of a rather nasty message. If the skinny-headed Muppet does the offending, his eructation will be met with the words…
DIE, BERT!
But, wait! There’s more. A re-examination of the same diagonal yields a fresh message to the flat-headed bro. Is it one of forgiveness?
Let us see: …
DIE, ERNIE, (ya) GIT!
Guess not.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Misty ~
Did you see my note on the Corner yesterday? About you & Charlie Chaplin?
~ OMK

LEO III said...

I had a pretty easy romp through today’s puzzle. Thanks for the expo, Hahtoolah, and thanks for the puzzle and for stopping by the Corner, Paul!

The only problem I had was with some of the names, but all of them fell nicely with the perps.

I had ARC before CIR, because I wasn’t paying attention to the clue. Then, showing my age again, I was looking for a Top 40 AM radio station competitor for WSJ. Duh! I didn’t even make the newspaper connection, until the perps forced my hand. Like WC, I do not really consider them competitors.

I visited ENID once, back when Oklahoma was part of my territory. Think I went to a wholesaler meeting there. There are a couple of places there that I want to photograph, IF WE EVER....

Wilbur Charles said...

D-O, yes, Daphne. Supporting ACTORs* make that show including Butch the Sports guy and that restaurant critic. It's starting to be my roku-hulu go-to. Gary, I see you mixed up Daphne and Roz, too. The latter is more of a Jane and the former has Teri Gilpin written all over her.

I missed the Mayo/ANO clue. Because the news print is small I'll solve consecutive downs until I need perps. ROONE was ubiquitous 1970-90.**

WC

*Not actress per FLN
** As often noted one person's ice cream is another's okra pie. Speaking of... beware tomorrow. Bring reading glasses and sharp #2s

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

I certainly can't Can Can but put that first before perp corrected to a double CHA. Also inked over deny/DEFY.

Not familiar with Chewing the Scenery...but have heard strike the set

It has been queried whether it was a step down for AHNOLD to be a mere governor of a state when he was once Mr UNIVERSE!!??

I have yet to SEGUE in a Segway

Which unfotunately segues into....

Was in a red state.....ODE

A Rock concert certainly _____ them in ....PACTS

Niagara Falls Maid of the ______ ...MYST

I _____ and want to plant a garden .....SECEDE.

Go to wrack and _____ ...ROONE.

Michael? Did ______ the boat ashore?... HERO

See you on Humpday

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Hand up for having TRAM and DENY at first. Interesting that CHA is so often clued as "half a dance" or, as today, "when doubled, a dance" when the dance is actually the CHA CHA CHA. Even the video that Hahtoolah linked says Cha-Cha-Cha. It seems to me it would cost nothing to clue it as "a third of a dance" or "when trebled, a dance".

Yeah, a lot of names.

Our PUBLIC UTILITY, Pacific Gas and Electric, seems to think that the way to fix to their fire-starting high voltage lines is to turn the power off for extended periods of time when the fire danger is high rather than actually repair the lines and prune the Right Of Way. I guess for them it is "If it's broke, don't fix it."

Good wishes to you all. Please stay far away from unmasked people.

Lucina said...

My car is still in the repair shop and I just received a text that it is being painted. Yea!

PK said...

YR: wondering about whether you will need a new car or if the old one in the accident can be repaired? Car shopping doesn't sound like a good thing to do with cracked ribs.

Misty said...

Ol'Man Keith, I finally found your yesterday Charlie Chaplin message! Woohoo! Woohoo! Many thanks. I feel honored to learn of this wonderful role model.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks for the puzzle and swinging by The Corner Paul. I just printed your Universal to play later.
Thanks for the sparkly expo Hahtoolah! I couldn't watch Evel's landing twice. Ouch!

WOs: mARS b/f TARS; wanted the Can-Can b/f CHA-CHA (Hi Ray-O!). Also, trouble with Rs: ArNOLD & R?, oh WRUNG
ESPs: NEVE, INIGO, ADAM, ROONE, PERI, ASTOR
Fav: MAYO's misdirection. With no perps I kept thinking "Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Bread, Mayo? That's 5" //Hi C, Eh!
//NaomiZ: The 'O' xing ROONE was my last square to fill after I stared at AN_ R_ONE for 10 seconds... wait - Only a vowel can come after an R at the beginning of a word (sounds truth-y enough*). V8! It's Spanish!!!!! *chuckles*

LOL your MALodorous-propisms Manatee. Giving Ray-O a run for his money... //can't be the same HERO... :-)
OMK - what did the Muppets ever do to you? :-) Love'd it.

CED - LOL Ninja Turtle Search... My cousin works for the state of IL roads - he and his buddies come up with some funny signs out in the country.

Wait, Lucina. What did I miss happened to your car? I know YR is in a world of hurt (and her car isn't doing too well either).

When we lived in Norman, DW called ENID "one of the weather towns" -- you only know of it because the TV weather man gets so excited when a tornado might hit it.
//Kinda like how most Americans only learn geography during Desert Storm and/or other military actions.

With one set of buddies we just rotate who pays (we dine quarterly). With couples-friends we just split down the middle sometimes with one of us saying "Hey, I got the scotch [or whaever very expensive item] so I'll grab the tip." IMO, friends that worry about money when hanin' out really AINT worth it and those with Alligator Arms are right out.

Cheers, -T
*Oh, and H, right Mr. Rhino?

Malodorous Manatee said...

I aspire to someday, maybe, be half as clever as Ray 'O but thanks for the complimentary comment. I am also glad that someone "got" the HERO bit. I think. Which reminds me, I need to tend to that Katz's pastrami.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody.

Why don't we ever see a headline reading Physic Wins Lottery?

~ Mind how you go...

Lucina said...

Bill G:
That's very funny!

Anon-T:
The dent happened quite some weeks ago in a parking lot while I was shopping. Well, before the pandemic, actually. But I had other obligations to attend to and the $500 deductible had to wait.

Our group doesn't go out to eat very much these days but when we did, two ladies, now deceased (R.I.P) would refuse to split for the drinks since they were abstainers. So the mathematicians among us would work it out.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G - when I read that about a Psychic, I'll consult them re: my palms :-)

Lucina - Ah! Now I recall. Yes, that was a while back.
I can understand your non-IMBIBErs not wanting to split the most over-priced indulgence. That's how they (restaurants) make a profit. //Covid got TX to allow takeout drinks for curb-side. DW, loves her margaritas from our local TexMex joint.

MManatee - Hey, you, Ray-O, LeeIII (among others) are fun new contributors. Alls well that ends fun :-) //when is the pastrami ready?
*looks up flights*

Paul - Your Universal stymied me in the Carolinas - 40a wouldn't show itself against names at 32d and 31 [oh, hell! I know that name!] down. Fun bit of anger management though :-)

Cheers, -T