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Sep 29, 2020

Tuesday September 29, 2020 Catherine Cetta

The Orthopod's Dream.  The word BONE is "Broken" in each theme answer.   Each answer begins with the letters BO and ends in NE.

How Bones may be Broken.

18-Across. *   Where a strike usually isn't lucky: BOWLING LANE.  Hi, Boomer!

29-Across. *   Dinner guest's gift: BOTTLE OF WINE.

48-Across. *   Fencing may mark it: BOUNDARY LINE.  Fences make good neighbors

And the unifier:

61-Across. *   Orthopedist's concerns ... and what you'll find in two parts in the answers to the starred clues: BROKEN BONES.

I shattered my knee cap about 20 years ago.  That's the only bone I have ever broken.  Anyone else have broken bones?

1. URL ending for MoMA: ORG.  You can access the Museum oModern Art here:

4. Early film legend Greta: GARBO.

Greta Garbo (Sept. 18, 1905 ~ Aor. 15, 1990)

9. Pie crust fat: LARD.

13. Even __: 72, often, in golf: PAR.

14. Perfect: IDEAL.

15. Off to the side, at sea: ABEAM.  According to Webster's, Abeam is defined as: off to the side of a ship or plane especially at a right angle to the middle of the ship or plane's length.

17. Dye type: AZO.   Azo dyes are organic compounds used to treat textiles, leather and some foods.  For a technical article on these dyes, check this site.

20. "Madam Secretary" star Téa: LEONI.  Téa Leoni (née Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni; b. Feb. 25, 1966) had the lead role in Madam Secretary.  She was married to David Duchovny of The X File.

22. Meadow sound: MOO.

23. Sales rep's customer: Abbr.: ACCT.  As in an Account.

24. 1,760-yard runner: MILER.

27. Eggy cakes: TORTES.  What's the difference between a Torte and a Cake?

33. Garbage can emanation: ODOR.

34. Feature of higher-numbered pool balls: STRIPE.

35. Shoulder-shrugging syllable: MEH!

38. Tim who played pro football and pro baseball: TEBOW.  Timothy Richard Tebow (b. Aug. 14, 1987) played football for the University of Florida before going pro.  He now is an outfielder for the New York Mets.

40. 2,000 pounds: TON.

41. Take care of: SEE TO.

43. Opposite of NNW: SSE.  The opposite of North-NorthWest is South-SouthEast.

44. Danish birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen: ODENSE.  Odense is the 3rd largest city in Denmark.

47. Cut short: CROP.

50. Whac-A-Mole setting: ARCADE.

53. Take to lunch, say: TREAT.

54. Buddies: PALS.

55. Bond creator Fleming: IAN.  Hand up if you knew that Ian Fleming (né Ian Lancaster Fleming; May 28, 1908 ~ Aug. 12, 1964) also wrote Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang.

58. Sky-supporting Titan: ATLAS.  Charles Atlas (né Angelo Siciliano; Oct. 30, 1892 ~ Dec. 24, 1972) was an Italian-born American bodybuilder.

65. Before, in verse: ERE.

66. Lop off: SEVER.

67. 100-meter freestyle, e.g.: EVENT.

68. Black or Caspian: SEA.  The Caspian Sea is the world's largest inland body of water.  It is sometimes classified as a lake, but usually as a Sea because when the ancient Romans discovered it way back when, they decided it was a sea.  The Black Sea and Caspian Sea are rather close to each other.

69. Blacks' foes in checkers: REDS.

70. Shabby: TATTY.  My first thought was Tacky.

71. H.S. challenge: SAT.  The standardized test used to be known as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, but it is now just the SAT.  Some colleges and universities have moved away from heavy reliance on these test.

1. Down Under gem: OPAL.  Hi, Kazie!

2. Demolish: RAZE.

3. Man at the altar: GROOM TO BE.

4. 1944 law for returning vets: GI BILL.

5. Bustle: ADO.

6. DVR button: REW.  As is in the Rewind button.

7. Lip soother: BALM.

8. Mishmash: OLIO.  A crossword staple.

9. Transmission delay: LAG.

10. Like trumpeting trumpets: ABLARE.  The dreaded "A" word.

11. Laugh at a joke, say: REACT.

12. Hula or hora: DANCE.

16. Yanks' crosstown rivals: METS.  The New York City baseball teams.

19. "Reward" for poor service: NO TIP.

21. TNT component: NITRO.

25. Wide shoe sizes: EEs.

26. Bad to the core: ROTTEN.

28. Small bills: ONES.

29. Spammers, often: BOTS.

30. Poetic tributes: ODES.

31. Fern leaf: FROND.

Anatomy of a fern leaf.

32. Comes out on top in: WINS AT.

35. Good for nothing: MERITLESS.

36. George Orwell's alma mater: ETONEton College was founded nearly 600 years ago.  Ironically, when King Henry VI started the school, it was a charity educational institution and was intended to provide free education to poor young boys.  Today it costs over $40K per year to attend.

37. Optimism: HOPE.

39. Outdated tennis racket material: WOOD.  And: 63-Down. Tennis court essential: NET.

42. Panache: ÉCLAT.

45. Scheduled to land: DUE IN.

46. Slip up: ERR.

48. Lolled on a beach: BASKED.  Basking ~ not just for humans.

49. Like bread dough: YEASTY.

50. PD alerts: APBs.  The Police Department might issue an All Points Bulletin.

51. Less common: RARER.

52. Garlic unit: CLOVE.  I have a friend who wanted to make a special dinner for his girlfriend.  He didn't realize that a clove of garlic was not the entire garlic.  The recipe called for two garlic cloves.  His special meal was more "special" than he intended.

56. Stand lookout for, as a heist: ABET.

57. Flaring star: NOVA.  Also a car manufactured by Cheverlot.

59. __ code: AREA.  Telephone area codes in Louisiana.

60. Pants part: SEAT.

62. Busy hosp. areas: ERs.  As in Emergency Rooms.

64. Tolkien creature: ENT.  A crossword staple.

Here's the Grid:

I was so sorry to hear about Abejo.  He was such a kind man.  He always had something nice to say about the puzzle, no matter what others thought and he always complimented the commentator.  He was always so busy and reaching out to his communities.  He will greatly be missed by his crossword family.


Hungry Mother said...

MERITLESS was my last entry, slowly. Otherwise, pretty smooth.

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you C.C. for informing us of Abejo's imminent death.  Here at Wesley Manor we lost 4 dear residents in the last month.

Thank you Catherine Cetta for your enjoyable Tuesday  CW. 

Carol FIR in 29:04 min.  My only input was 1 A ORG.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review.  I especially like the "Kids" returning to school.

I bring Jason Isbell - Cover Me Up (w/ Lyrics) Open SHOW MORE for the lyrics.  He is new to me.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Needed my trusty Wite-Out this morning to fix Seedy (TATTY) and Groomsman (GROOM TO BE). Didn't notice the theme during the solve, but managed to find the broken bones when I read the reveal. Yes, d-o actually managed to read it. Tennis rackets are no longer made from wood? When did this happen? If I managed to bowl a strike, it would certainly be "lucky," not skilly. Have a minor nit about "flaming star" -- a NOVA is an exploded star. There can be no flames in space. Thanx for the outing, Catherine, and for the well-illustrated expo, Hahtoolah.

Anonymous said...

5:21 to finish. I'll consider it themeless, since I didn't see it.

My clue for Nova is "flaring star" not flaming. I wanted pulsar, but saw it was too long.

Bill V. said...

I was looking for T--I--B-I-A, F--I-B--U-L-A, U--L-N--A etc and didn't see BO--NE.

desper-otto said...

Anon, you're right. At closer look, it is "flaring." Nit de-nitted.

Boomer said...

Good Morning all. Yes I have broken a bone. I was in the 5th grade and fell and broke my left arm. what was increasingly more painful was later in life, I dislocated my left shoulder, several times over a few years. Finally I opted for surgery so it would not happen again. Thank you for the photo of the lucky strike. (I thought it was a cigarette.) I played golf yesterday (about 55 degrees, brrr), my bowling league opened yesterday without me. Bowling centers are a closed door environment and the league, when 100 % has 80 bowlers. With advice from Dr. Fauci, (and C.C.), and my age and various health issues, I elected to take a pass on bowling until a vaccine becomes available. Of course, I am aware that first in line for a vaccine will be health workers, second will be nursing home residents. Maybe old bowlers will come third.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

No issues with the solve. FIR. Thanks for another fine intro, Hahtoolah.
YEASTY - - When our DD was victualed in preparation for going to sea, enough bread for about the first 10 days would be loaded. For the remainder of the voyage the ship's bakers would bake our bread, so it was very fresh. One benefit of standing a mid-watch would be to send a junior rate down to the ship's galley for just-baked fresh bread. Pulled it apart in wads. Deeelicious.

billocohoes said...

D-O, metal or graphite (or whatever they use now) replaced wood in tennis rackets probably 35 years ago, much later than hickory was replaced in golf club shafts.

ChOP before CROP and GROOMsman before GROOMTOBE.

TAckY is a matter of taste, shabby and TATTY refer to condition.

Wilbur Charles said...

This went smoothly although a few write-overs, fe clip/CROP, cOnS/BOTS. I had a messenger request from "a classmate" informing me that I'd won 250k in the special FB lottery. Phil literally did ROTFL and said "Dad, that's a BOT". FB Messenger impersonations are common.

And.. I broke a bone in my wrist foolishly playing softball in deck shoes. Had to wear an awkward cast for four months. They said novicular but LIU says that's an ankle bone.


ATLGranny said...

FIR today. Good week so far. Saw the BROKEN BONES easily after the reveal. ABEAM took the longest time to get. Like others I put GROOMsman first and my shabby was rATTY. Without much thought, I put stOP which complicated seeing ECLAT. But it all worked out in the end. Thanks Catherine and Hahtoolah for Tuesday entertainment!

No broken bones for me so far in spite of some painful hiking falls in the Alps.

Hope you all are feeling balanced and well. Stay safe.

Avg Joe said...

I'm very saddened to hear about Abejo. He will be sorely missed.

The puzzle was quite enjoyable. Did have a few erasures that have already been mentioned (Groomsman/Groom to be, Stop to Chop to Crop, etc). Also as noted was trying to find Ulna, Tibia or somesuch before the BO NE pattern showed up. Thank you Catherine and Susan.

Broken bones: Managed 51 solar orbits before having any, but made up for lost time. In one nasty fall I broke 4 vertebrae, a collar bone, a shoulder blade, and 9 ribs. I wouldn't recommend it.

desper-otto said...

Broken bones: In fourth grade PE class, we were to race from one end of the basketball court to the other. It was a small gym, and the court boundary was only about 6 feet from the wall. Result: broken wrist while attempting to stop. Then as a senior, in PE class we were to perform a "kip" on the rings. With my feet over my head, I thrust my legs downward...and flew right off the rings, landing in the bleachers. Result: broke that same wrist again. Today there's limited movement of that wrist, and weather changes make it act up. Not a severe problem, though. I was injured much more severely riding a motorcycle on Guam. It was on an abandoned airstrip, and unbeknownst to me, somebody had stretched a single strand of wire at neck height across the path. I saw it barely in time, and tried to lay the bike down. My passenger tried to keep the bike upright. He escaped uninjured. I spent 2-1/2 months in the Navy hospital. No broken bones, though.

OMaxiN said...

A bowling strike would be lucky for this extremely lousy bowler. FIR.
So sorry to hear the sad news about Abejo.
Thank you Catherine & Hahtoolah

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Catherine and Hahtoolah.
I FIRed in good time with a trio of inkblots, and found the BROKEN BONES. (Thankfully, I have never had any!)
EEE changed to EES (with STRIPE); Odessa changed to ODENSE; Boys (aren't they "spammers, often" AnonT?!) changed to BOTS (with TEBOW). Otherwise smooth sailing (nothing ABEAM).

We had CROP and SEVER, ADO and AZO, SEE and SEA. (yes, I had another inkblot changing the British Rase to RAZE. And we also had ODOR to give this Canadian a nose-wrinkle LOL).

Two A-words today - ABEAM and ABLARE (CSO to JzB with those trumpets), but only SEA.
PAR for our golfers, BOWLING LANE for Boomer, do we have any MILERS?

Wishing you all a good day.

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: Wonderful, informative write-up & links. Good job !!!

Sorry to hear about Abejo. He will be missed.

Well, here in the Tampa Bay area things are a little crazy.

Winning The Stanley Cup will do that to the population.

Guess I will be attending a parade tomorrow.

Cheers !!!

Sherry said...

Liked the puzzle, only 2 names. One of which I knew and the other attained thru crosses. Thks Catherine fot an enjoyable doable Tues.

CanadianEh! said...

Another thought re CLOVE: As I was canning my pears the other day, I mused on whether any newbie preservers might misinterpret the "2 cloves to a pint" instructions and use garlic cloves.
Hand up for thinking in my early canning days, that my Kosher Dill Pickle recipe needed 2 whole garlic per quart and buying 12 garlic bulbs. Thankfully, I saw the error of my ways before I had them all peeled!

We have had the Pie Crust discussion here previously. No LARD here - just Crisco shortening.

SwampCat- I started the new Louise Penny book (All The Devils are Here) yesterday and am halfway through already. It is the best yet IMHO!

Wilbur Charles said...

Even in Candlepin I was good for several strikes. It were the pesky spares that kept my score down.

D-O, gruesome, macabre can only describe the lizard who strung that wire. To think they live amongst us.

13 laps to the 1/4 MILE. What pace in the water walking pool will get you under 35 minutes/MILE. No calculators please as Gary would tell his algebra students.


CanadianEh! said...

Yes, Tinbeni, congrats to Tampa on winning the Stanley Cup. Now the players can leave the Edmonton bubble after 2 months and return home to celebrate with family. (Can they have a parade??)
(DH wonders what the results would have been if the Toronto Maple Leafs had not met and lost to Tampa Bay first thing in the playoffs. Hope springs eternal!)

unclefred said...

16 minutes. Nice CW, really enjoyed it!! Terrific write up too thanx Hahtoolah!! I too shattered a kneecap in high school wrestling. My knee pad had fallen to my ankle, and I got thrown, landing on that knee right between where the mats had separated. Yikes! Knew it hurt, didn’t know it was shattered, finished match basically on one leg but managed to win by trickery. Second broken bone was in right elbow. Roller-blading (at age 60, damn fool!) and hit a tiny pebble at exactly the wrong angle and came to a complete sudden stop, falling forward. Got my arms fully extended but they jammed, instead of folding at the elbow. Both arms hurt like hell, wrists, elbows, shoulders, but when right elbow still hurt three weeks later had an x-Ray and discovered the break. ORS said it had already healed crooked. He’d have to re-break it to set it right. I just left it, and now have a built-in barometer!!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a quick and easy solve but I needed the reveal to see the theme. I liked Sat crossing Seat and Net abutting Ent. A few too many three letter words for my taste, especially the repetitive EEs, ERs, Err, Ere, and the duo SSE/EES. CSOs to Boomer (Bowling Lane), and CC (Olio).

Thanks, Catherine, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for the ever enjoyable expo and visuals.

Almost 30 years ago, I broke my ankle when I tried walking in backless sandals while my foot was “asleep”. My foot just slid right off the sandal and I heard the bone crack. Yet, since then, I have had much more serious falls (watermelon, anyone?) resulting in painful injuries, but no broken bones. Unfortunately, Ave Joe and DO were not so lucky!


Ray O, I loved your photos, especially the one taken from your deck.

TTP, thank you for your eloquent and heartfelt tribute to Abejo.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-BOWL, BOTTLE? Hey I got this gimmick. Oops…
-Don’t let IDEAL get in the way of possible
-When I listen to local radio broadcasters do a Husker FB game that is on TV, the picture LAGS by about seven seconds. Why can’t they figure this out?
-Hopefully the political spam calls will end after the election
-We found out yesterday that Joann’s 98-yr-old mother has tested positive for COVID along with her other maladies. Move over Job.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Catherine, for this morning's daily excuse not to get to my long To-Do list. I did fairly well except for stop and chop before CROP. For love nor money, I could not parse mehitless. Gee, I wonder why?!

Hahtoolah, thank you for another wonderful slice of informative entertainment. I, too, especially like the back-to-school photo. That's how it feels to my kids and grandkids.

Canadian, Eh and Swampcat: Recently, I have been introduced to Louise Penny. I read the first one and I am looking forward to working my way through the series. I am normally not a mystery fan, but I really enjoyed this one.

Lovely celebrations of Abeyo here. Well-deserved.

Off to my unfinished Italian homework. Aside from studying, I need to write a fifteen sentence paragraph describing who I am at a certain age. An excuse to write only in present tense. I think I'll choose age nine. My brother and I stil had a very simple life.
In two weeks we begin the passato prossimo. Madame should do okay with it since French uses "to have" and "to be" to conjugate the passe compose. What I have learned so far about Italian vs French is that the Italians had more time to come up with about a million rules and exceptions since the language was codified about the time of the Chicago Fire. It's much more difficult than French. Ciao. Ciao. (Proof that Italians repeat often. My dear Irish hub still doesn't understand that after 51 years!)

Have a sunny day. Buona giornata!

Mailman1959 said...

Puzzle full of activities(sports). All of which I have participated in, but not necessarily WIN AT.. We have bowling, golf, tennis, pool, running, football, baseball and checkers. Did I miss any?

Edward Duarte said...

Broken bones:

Mailman1959 said...

Go Twins

Yuman said...

I’m a happy camper when a puzzle doesn’t have a plethora of names.
The night before our honeymoon to San Diego, my dog managed to break a bone in my foot. Doing the beach on crutches with a “boot” was a challenge, but made for good laughs.

Wilbur Charles said...

Mailman, outside of checkers you can get A BET down on the rest.

Btw, for those who don't check FLN, there's a heartfelt tribute to Abejo posted early this morning.

What an example to emulate.

Husker, the lag is to bleep out profanity. Doesn't work as any Golf telecast will reveal.

Answer? I did it backwards. If I do 40 sec/lap how much time for a mile. 2/3m*x = 52l =} 104/3 or 34 min and 40 .
sec. Gary, get your students to work out the algebra, I'm rusty.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you, Catherine Cetta, and thank you, Hahtoolah.

Got through the crossword puzzle in good time and sensed something going on with BO but didn't slow down to look any deeper.

Hand up for having to work out the ChOP / CROP dilemma at "Cut off".

I've been to København, but never to ODENSE.

The write-up today was a beaut !

Rough night. Turned on the TV when I couldn't get back to sleep. Then decided to solve the crossword. What was serendipitous was that "See No evil, Hear No Evil" with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor was on, and I got to "Lop off" = SEVER when the funny Gene Wilder / Joan Severance shower scene was playing in the background.

Desper-otto, that second incident was really scary.

H.G., I'm tired of spam calls in general. Nomorobo takes care of most of them, but now the callers are ramping up the use of spoofed local telephone numbers and various names. We still don't answer. The last call came in from Antonio Brown with a local number. I also wouldn't have answered if it was Le'Veon Bell. They might get me if it was a current Steeler :>).

Thinking about going to CVS today to get my Flu shot.

Irish Miss, thank you. I hope you knew what I meant (GENUINELY), not what I wrote (generally).

Picard said...

I am very sorry to hear about Abejo. Thank you for the continued updates, stories and photos of his life.

In 2002 I was hit by a car on my way home from work. I was not in a car. I had many BROKEN BONES. The ORTHOPEDIST mostly cared about my shattered pelvis, which also severed many "cables" that ran through my pelvis. I was frustrated that no one cared about the fact that all of my ribs in my back had been fractured, which caused a lot of pain. I have a photo gallery of x-rays that he took, but they are huge. Nowadays these are all digital, but I would have to figure out how to scan these big sheets of film.

The car was totaled. I am still alive. So I suppose I won!

desper-otto your motorcycle experience sounds horrific. To think that someone would set such a trap. Yes, one can be seriously injured without any BROKEN BONES. And even with BROKEN BONES it is the "soft tissue" that can be the worst part of the injury.

Here are photos of us at ODENSE when we lived on the next island over.

Hahtoolah yes I knew that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by IAN Fleming. As a child I asked my mother for that book and she was hesitant to buy it for me. She could not believe that IAN Fleming had really written a children's book. Happily, I convinced her to get it and I very much enjoyed it!

Unknown said...

I'm confused , why do you think a strike ISN'T lucky in a bowling lane ? That's what you repeatedly try to do .

SwampCat said...

Lovely puzzle! Thanks Catherine. Only nit was GROOM TO BE. If he’s already at the altar isn’t he the GROOM? Probably over-thinking it!

Thanks Hahtoolah for all the fun, especially those kids going back to school. Yes, I knew Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but I’m not sure why I know that.

I broke my arm when an unleashed dog attacked my bike in an uptown park. I was so mad that the dog was not on a leash I didn’t realize my arm hurt. ( Yes, I know technically it’s Lead not Leash but I couldn’t work that into the sentence.). Oh well...

CEh, I’m still waiting on the latest Penny. I’ve also heard it’s the best.

Anonymous said...

It takes practice and skill to consistently roll strikes, not luck.

Irish Miss said...

TTP @ 11:07 ~ I understood the sincerity of your words so deeply that they brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, again.

Malodorous Manatee said...

I enjoyed the puzzle and the write-up. I cannot say that this morning's recounting of the stories about breaking various bones is enjoyable but the stories are interesting. When I was in high school I broke the middle finger on one hand. The cast that the doctor put on had me in a perpetual state of "flipping the bird". On morning, while this nerd (me) was walking to school past the juvenile delinquent crowd, one of them looked and me and sternly yelled, "Hey, kid, F you." He then laughed and held up his arm. On his hand was a cast just like mine. A cultural exchange.

Lucina said...


Many thanks, Catherine Cetta and Susan! I do love your illustrations! And I also appreciate that you always include full dates. It helps to put them in proper perspective.

This puzzle was a TREAT! I saw the BROKEN BONES and recalled that at age 9 I broke my right wrist BONE learning to roller skate. Needless to say I painfully met the concrete and had a cast for about 6 or 8 weeks. I still can't skate or ride a bicycle.

Only one w/o, REC before REW.

I am so sad about the fires in Napa. Only last week I was there at one of the wineries and brought back a bottle of Riesling. We drove between miles and miles of vineyards which may now be in ashes. All the landscape looked so dry and likely burned like kindling.

A former neighbor had three NOVAs in his carport and I assume he sold them though I don't know for sure. His ex-wife now lives there and I hardly see her since she goes to work in the very early morning.

Thank you for alerting me to last night's message about Abejo. I shall check on that.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Ms. Cetta for an enjoyable puzzle, and Hahtoolah for a humorous and charming review.
Your links and videos are especially nice ... the slo motion strike, and the famous Greta Garbo 'eyes' ? **

**... or was it, Greta Garbo sighs, and Bette Davis eyes ?

I studied Azo and Aniline dyes ( amongst others -) in some detail, in college, .... never it followed up professionally. I remember thinking, at the time, that the German chemists, pre WW !, were easily the best in the world, and the state of their science and technology, was a generation ahead of the rest of the world. The Born-Haber process for making ammonia still feeds half of mankind, even today.

In other news, the Caspian Sea is drying up/ evaporating/ receding and disappearing drastically over the last 30 to 40 years, and may entirely almost dry up within the next 25 years. It is already down >75% since the 1950's. Mostly due to diversion of water for irrigation, and a rapid rate of evaporation.

Sandyanon said...

I thought this puzzle went quite smoothly. The only answer I didn't have any idea of was AZO. But now, after researching it, I do, so that was a good learning experience. My only problem with the theme was that I kept looking for specific names of bones, and it took me a awhile to realize that it was simply BO-NE.

I have certainly broken a bone, if a spinal compression fracture counts. Years ago I had a one-time opportunity to try a parachute jump and thought what fun it would be to see how it felt to float down from the sky. Well it was fun, until the ground got close enough to be rushing up to me really fast. So I panicked, stiffened up, and hit the ground like a pile driver. No biggie, just two weeks in hospital and the summer in a back brace!

AnonymousPVX said...

Broken bones...right collarbone, fell out of bed as a child; dislocated right little finger catching a ball; right collarbone again trying to escape getting thrown into a pool, should’ve just dove in; right foot sliding off an angled curb...that was a “Jones Fracture”....when I googled that there was an X-ray of the bottom of a foot with a 4” screw going through the broken bone to attach it to itself....I didn’t need that.

I’m did learn that anytime you have a condition that somebody named, you are more than likely hosed big time.

Rather a bit crunchy of a puzzle for a Tuesday, but no issues.

Sandyanon said...

Oh, yes, thanks, Hahtoolah. I always enjoy your descriptions and pictures/videos. Especially liked the Covid wedding.

Spitzboov said...

Caspian Sea - Vidwan, I think you mean the Aral Sea. The Caspian is salt water. In the last 90 odd years, the net level change has been about 1 meter.

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you SpitzB you are right ... I have got my seas mixed up !!
.... Figures, since that was my most common grade all through high school. ;-)

But the Caspian is also drying up, due to evaporation ,, HowStuffWorks - Environmental Science

I guess climate change affects everyone.
Thank you, sincerely, for correcting me.
Someone is paying critical attention to my notes ;-) ... no more BS ( note to myself ...)

Spitzboov said...

The water budget on the Caspian including inflows like the Volga, and evaporation since it is a closed sea, seems to keep the level fairly constant. See the link:

Caspian Sea Level Fluctuations

Alice said...

I finished the puzzle easily enough, but was searching for anagrams of actual bone names in the fills with asterisks!! Never noticed BO ——NE.

Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle, Catherine--even if BROKEN BONES is not a fun topic. But I loved the way the theme words were divided with the BO in front and ending in the NE.

I was also happy to see both GARBO and LEONI--if we're going to have few names, these were great. Thought having PAR and IDEAL next to each other was sort of clever.

So, thanks again, Catherine, and I loved your pictures, Hahtoolah.

Have a great day, everybody.

WikWak said...

I will greatly miss sitting down with Abejo, TTP, and Madame DeFarge for lunch. Somehow it won’t feel the same as a threesome. I have seldom known as giving and selfless a person. RIP, Bradley.

I have nothing else to say.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

FIR with two inkovers Seam/SEAT and therefore sam/SAT. Never heard of AZO as a dye. No longer fooled by the BOTS clue anymore. Not sure why TORTES are considered eggy. ABLARE: MERITLESS invented fill. Catherine!!!

Broken Bone images my bread and butter but did I parse the theme?...MEH. (8 years ago broke my fibula...casted immobile leg led to deep venous thrombosis and eventually ÉCLAT in my lung [pulmonary artery]. On blood thinners now.... Can't even scratch a mosquito bite anymore without a bandaid handy.)

Base ball pitcher's evening toss......NITRO.
Golden girls themesong " Thank you for being a _____"...FROND.
"From _____ shining sea"....SEETO.
Do the scene over......REACT.
Noah's favorite beverage....ARCADE.

Does any know how we can send online condolences to Abejo's family?

inanehiker said...

Fun puzzle - WEES about looking for specific bones. I even looked with BOWLING LANE starting with BOW - if there was another answer ending in EL to make a broken ELBOW- BZZZT - much simpler than that!
I also had CHOP before CROP and GROOMSMAN before GROOM TO BE!

I only had sprains in childhood - but about ten years ago I slipped as I stepped off a curb and broke my ankle in two places. Those scooters had just come out instead of crutches - so I would scoot from room to room with my laptop in a basket in front of the scooter to get around at work for the 8 weeks I was non-weightbearing!
Picard - the orthopedic probably paid more attention to your pelvic fractures because there wasn't any treatment for the ribs except what we amusingly call "Tincture of Time".

I enjoyed the pic of Abejo and others - before COVID I was supposed to go up to Chicago for a meeting this October and thought it would be fun to have a corner lunch- but the meeting went virtual like everything else!

Thanks Susan and Catherine!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anonymous @ 11:40, Whenever I get a 🎳strike bowling it's pure luck. I didn't get the clue at first either.😯

Ol' Man Keith said...

A sad day with the passing of Abejo....

A neat pzl from Ms. Cetta, beautifully examined by our Hahtoolah.

What a beauty we had in GARBO. I just watched her in the 1926 silent classic, Flesh and the Devil.
Wasn't she wicked, though!
There was a lot of misogyny in those bad ol' days. How awful of the woman to come between two honorable Austrian army officers!
Good thing she drowned in the last scene--just in time for the two guys to call off their duel over her. Whew!!
(Too bad about the comic touch as her last bubbles gurgled on the lake's surface.)
Just one diagonal, on the near side. It offers a sweet reward anagram-wise. For chocolate lovers everywhere, we have the great Swiss candy bar, the famous...
Nestlé also makes Crunch, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, and a host of others. Also Purina pet products...

Anonymous said...

Difference between a Torte and a Cake ?
.... $ 25 mostly.

Hebhoe said...

SwampCat is right: If he's made it to the altar, he's already the GROOM.

WikWak said...

Inane Hiker: regarding having broken your ankle in two places—I thought your mother would have told you to stay out of those places.

I’ll just see myself out, shall I?

NaomiZ said...

I appreciate all the reminiscences about our fellow solver Abejo. By the time I joined the Corner discussions, he was already suffering. It is nice to know more about a person when they were at their best.

Like SwampCat, my "only nit was GROOM TO BE. If he’s already at the altar isn’t he the GROOM?" Why, yes, SwampCat, indeed he is! Still, a very enjoyable puzzle. Thanks to all.

Anonymous said...

Husker Gary: The reason the TV picture lags behind the radio coverage is that the video takes longer to process. Think of all the graphics: the scrimmage line and first down line are placed there digitally. Add in all the swoops pans and computer gimmicks, it’s impossible to deliver the picture as quickly as the audio, which requires no complicated processing.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Boy, that seemed awfully crunch for a Tuesday. Thanks Catherine for the puzzle. Thank you Hahtoolah for all the distracting links.

WOs: BOWLING ally, Property LINE
Fav: I'll go with Garlic CLOVE. I love garlic and only once thought "too much?" in a pesto (couldn't really taste the basil).
GarlicGal, you?

Nice DR for dessert OMK.

Few years ago in Vegas I slipped on a raffle-card (ironically, for a hoverboard a conference vender was giving away) slipped under my door. I fell towards the hotel-room's bathroom door which was ajar. Hit my ribs on the door-handle and then hit the floor. 3 cracked ribs. Buddy thought it was funny to watch me writhe in pain laughing when he'd crack a joke.

MManatee - LOL! I had the same FU bandage after I cut the tip off my middle finger with a mandoline. While. Slicing. Lemons. Oy!

HG - I used to listen to Astros games on the radio while DW watched on TV. She'd get so mad when I called the pitch before it was thrown. I always thought TV's lag is because it bounces off a satellite whereas radio is terrestrial.

Seconding Ray-O: anyone have an obit detailing where we can send condolences?
And, TTP FLN, that was very touching.

Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Thanks Catherine and Hahtoolah for the puzzle and recap. Finished in record time (OK, I really don’t time myself, but it seemed like I was flying through the grid), but still had a few errors


I saw the BROKEN BONES as I filled in the starred clues. This RARELY happens to me. I’ll give myself a gold STRIPE

I often use minced or chopped garlic (in a jar) for recipes rather than manually chopping a CLOVE or two. Not quite the same, but convenient. And you need to be mindful that less than a TSP = a CLOVE

Bringing me a BOTTLE OF WINE is like bringing coal to Newcastle ... but I would graciously say “Thanks”!

Growing up, there was a street called BOUNDARY LANE. Now I wonder if it truly formed a boundary?

Wondering if our neighborhood will engage in Trick or TREAT this year? We’ve polled the HOA and are getting a “mixed bag” (pun intended) of replies

My “MEH” Moe-Ku:

Bakery won’t sell
Wedding cakes, for some. Which means,
They make TORTES [sic], instead ...

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. SHIFTLESS had to change to MERITLESS because of the MEH. I always thought ATLAS bore the world on his shoulders, not just the sky, but I see, according to Wikipedia, he "was a Titan condemned to hold up the celestial heavens for eternity". I shall remember that.

Good wishes to you all.

Sandyanon said...

Yes, I would like to join in any condolences that can be sent to Abejo's wife, Linda, and family. Via Internet, not via paper card, to which I don't really have much current access.

Btw, I never realized there were so many broken bones experienced by so many people.

Anonymous said...

My DVR does not have a REW button and I have never had to rewind a disc.

Hahtoolah said...

D-O: that is a harrowing tale. I am glad you survived. What a horrible thing to string a wire designed for such destruction.