Oct 6, 2020

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Bruce Haight

Leaf Peeping.  In New England people like to travel in the countryside to see and enjoy the colorful fall foliage before the leaves begin to fall.    In today's puzzle the first word of each theme answer r is a type of leaf.  Because the answers are all in the down position, the leaves are all "Falling".

5-Down. Sherlock Holmes portrayer in 15 movies: BASIL RATHBONE.  Basil Rathbone (né Philip St. John Basil Rathbone; June 13, 1892 ~ July 21, 1967) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He got his start as a Shakespearean actor, before moving on to swashbuckler films and his portrayals of Sherlock Homes.


11-Down. Wise counsel: SAGE ADVICE.

24-Down. Silicon Valley region: BAY AREA.  This one was the final leaf I found because I didn't see Bay Area as being a particularly long answer.

28-Down. Interpreter of lines: PALM READER.

Here's the unifier:

19-Down. Autumn occurrence, and a hint to the start of the other four longest Down answers: FALLING LEAVES.

Fall Colors in Northern New Hampshire

1. Meat on a skewer: KABOB.

6. Better mtge. deal: RE-FI.  As in Refinance.

10. Subtle "Look this way": PSST!

14. Gulf of __: Red Sea inlet: AQABA.

15. Horror movie helper: IGOR.

16. Healthy: HALE.

17. Albacore and yellowfin: TUNAs.

18. "Darn it!": SON OF A GUN.

20. Ingredient in some Tibetan cheese: YAK MILK.

22. Genealogy aid: DNA TEST.

23. Pie-mode link: À LA.  I am not keen on ice cream.  I prefer a solitary pie.

24. Cut out early: BAIL.

25. "Heavenly!": AHH!

26. Mont Blanc, e.g.: ALP.  Also the brand of a very expensive writing instrument.
29. Beatles' meter maid: RITA.

31. Hunk of dirt: CLOD.

33. Lea plea: MAA.
34. Fast-food chain named for its founders, the Raffel Brothers: ARBY'S.  How the Raffel Brothers built Arby's.  The name is the sound of the initials of Raffel Brothers (RB).

36. Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Michael: IRVIN.  Michael Irvin (b. Mar. 5, 1966) played college ball for the University of Miami.  In 1988, he was selected in the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

39. Splendor: ÉCLAT.

41. Maple extract: SAP.

42. Born yesterday, so to speak: NAÏVE.

43. Female folklore deity: NYMPH.

44. Part of a plug: PRONG.

46. Word with pool or park: CAR.  As in a Car Pool or a Car Park, more commonly referred to as a parking lot.

47. First name in country: REBA.  As in Reba McEntire (b. Mar. 28, 1955).

49. List-ending abbr.: ET AL.  A crossword staple.

50. Finish: END.

51. Crayon shade: HUE.

53. Legendary Greek mount: OSSA.

55. Drink with scones: TEA.

57. Ideal way to work, teamwise: AS A UNIT.

59. "No idea": BEATS ME.

63. Living labyrinth: HEDGE MAZE.

65. Time off, informally: VACAY.  Short for Vacation.

66. "The Clan of the Cave Bear" author Jean: AUEL.  Jean Marie Auel (b. Feb. 18, 1936) wrote a series of novels set in prehistoric Europe.  The Clan of the Cave Bear was the first book in the series.

67. Kitchen cooker: OVEN.

68. Clear the board: ERASE.

69. Nimble: SPRY.

70. Let off steam: VENT.

71. Drops below the horizon: SINKS.

1. Pop singer Perry: KATY.  Katy Perry (née Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson; b. Oct. 25, 1984) was once married to Russell Brand.

2. Water color: AQUA.

3. River border: BANK.

4. Hawaiian-born president: OBAMA.  Barack Obamas (b. Aug. 4, 1961) was the 44th President of the United States.

6. Gamble: RISK.

7. __ trip: EGO.

8. "On Golden Pond" actor or actress: FONDA.  Both Henry Fonda (May 16, 1905 ~ Aug. 12, 1982) and his daughter, Jane (b. Dec. 21, 1937) were in this 1981 film.

9. Dramatically twisty: IRONIC.

10. Awesome, in '90s slang: PHAT.

12. Blizzard remains: SLUSH.

13. Grade for a soph: TENTH.

21. Bandit's hideout: LAIR.

26. "You got that right!": AMEN.

27. Like many doilies: LACY.  Do people still used doilies?

30. Recipe amt.: TBSP.  As in a tablespoon.

32. "... boy __ girl?": OR A.

35. Predicament: SPOT.

37. Lendl of tennis: IVAN

Ivan Lendl (b. Mar. 7, 1960).

38. Uncool one: NERD.
40. Copy: APE.  A crossword staple.

45. Kid-lit's __ the Great: NATE.  The first Nate the Great book was published in the early 1970s.  Nate the Great a series of over 24 children's detective novels.

48. "I, Robot" author: ASIMOV.  Isaac Asimov (Jan. 2, 1920 ~ Apr. 6, 1992) was born in Russia.  He was actually born sometime between October 1919 and Jan 1920, but celebrated his birthday on January 2.  His family moved to the United States when he was about 3 years old.

51. Comedy club sounds: HA HAs!

52. Exhaust: USE UP.

54. Ward (off): STAVE.

56. Gaming giant: ATARI.

58. Hideous: UGLY.
This is an Ugly Ugli.

59. Like knees during a squat: BENT.

60. MRI image: SCAN.

61. Face concealer: MASK.  This word has a whole new meaning on today's world.  Masks were also worn during the 1918 pandemic.  Almost exactly a century ago, world was also suffering form a viral pandemic.  The Great Influenza, by John M. Berry is a fascinating history of that pandemic.  I was struck by how little has changed in the past 100 years.  The events of this book are so similar to the events of today.

62. Focus group?: EYES.

64. Buddhist sect: ZEN.

Here's the Grid:

Mask Up!


Hungry Mother said...

FIR without noticing the theme. Every answer was in my wheelhouse today. Just recently I introduced my grandson to the wonder of the Foundation trilogy.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I was on Bruce's wavelength this morning. Needed Wite-Out for only two letters: KeBaB/KABOB. Gotta love a themeless Tuesday. Noticed the SAP/NERD pairing. Hungry Mother, is that bra, panties, girdle? Just kidding. Thanx for the outing, Bruce. Great visuals, Hahtoolah. Time to leaf...

BASIL: Do you misremember him as Injun Joe in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? I did. I LIU. Actually it was Victor Jory.

AQABA: Captured by the Arabs and Lawrence of Arabia in the movie. They approached from the desert. All the guns were pointed out to sea.

Anonymous said...

Took 6:13 today. Didn't know the Sherlock actor, struggled to parse "bay area," and can never remember Auel.

Leaf peeping occurs outside of New England too.

Lemonade714 said...

I believe that if Conan Doyle had chosen an actor to portray Sherlock, it would have been Basil Rathbone. Jeremy Brett also was very good.

It always takes a bit to recognize a theme that is presented in the down fill, but Bruce is very skilled.

Thank you, Bruce and Susan

Bruce Haight said...

Thanks Hahtoolah! Your YAK MILK picture made my day!

inanehiker said...

The puzzle was creative - and the blog by Susan even more so! Like D-O I started slowly with the kebab changing to KABOB.
Having lived in the BAY AREA for 4 years that was an easy fill which was good - because it was the only one that the leaf portion is mentioned in the herb compared to SAGE and BASIL - only heard BAY LEAF being added never someone saying they were adding BAY to their soup!
Very important to take it out before serving the sauce or soup as the edges of the leaf are razor sharp and can cut and lodge in your throat or esophagus! (End of PSA)

I also had HUE as the last to fill - I was trying to thing of a Crayola color - 3 letters ending in E - so went back around and filled it with perps!

Thanks Susan and Bruce!

ATLGranny said...

FIR today. A pattern starting? Enjoyed the puzzle, Bruce, and found the falling leaves in the theme just fine. Thanks. And Hahtoolah, another successful effort to entertain us. Thank you! A clean fill again today and no issues with it. Only writeovers were squares where my pen and brain were not in SYNC (from yesterday) and I am not going to count them. Just senior slippage and more noticeable with pen and ink.

Another pretty day here, time to take advantage of it. Have a good day!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a pretty straightforward Tuesday with no unknowns and no w/os. Down themed puzzles are usually slower to yield the theme and that’s fine with me. We had only a couple of duos with Ala/Alp and Ahh/Maa but the A’s were plentiful: Aqaba, Aqua, Ala, Rita, Reba, Ossa, Tea, Obama, Fonda, Or A, and Area. Scan next to Mask struck home as I had an MRI done recently and the usual stressful experience was compounded by having a mask on. I’m not claustrophobic, but I was extremely agitated. Listening to the soothing sounds of Johnny Mathis, The Platters, and Bobby Vinton helped a little. On a happier note, Kabob was fun to see as I made some the other night!

Thanks, Bruce, for a tasty Tuesday treat and thanks, Hatoolah, for a lively and informative expo. I missed Bay as a themer until you pointed it out. My favorite visual was the one for the Tunas!

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

Oops, I omitted Maa from the A list! 🤭

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Mostly easy. Had to change 'bale' to BAIL and 'wiry' to SPRY. But that is what perps are for. Mostly liked the theme if one doesn't read too much into it. I guess the FALLING LEAVES are all "falling" by virtue of their being downs.
SINKS …… below the horizon. With good visibility, a large vessel like an aircraft carrier can be seen 20 or so nautical miles away. All you see, though, is the mast and maybe part of the island. The term is "hull down". I've always felt early mariners were conscious of this and fostered the early ideas of the Earth being round.
VENT - Our Cuisinart coffee maker crapped out the other day, so I've been making coffee using a tea kettle on a gas stove. It has 2 reeds which announce the steaming water is ready. It's then slowly poured over the coffee on a filter held over the urn by a makeshift strainer. The new unit comes on Thursday.
A steam turbine driven destroyer going from flank speed to an immediate full stop will lift safeties on the boilers; with lots of cursing by the engineering watch. Lots of 'VENTing'. :-)

Great visuals, Hahtoolah.

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: Wonderful write-up & the 46 links. (Is that a record? Even for YOU?)

Living in Tarpon Springs, Florida watching the leafs fall is a "never happens" thing.

But I did enjoy today's theme.

Well MY team won last night ... when your two faves play each other
you are going to "win" no matter what ... LOL


Yellowrocks said...

Nice theme. I love autumn with its beautiful foliage. My drive yesterday was lovely, but no fall colors. I heard that Rte.380 in PA, about 75 minutes from here, is at its prime just now. Due to road construction RTE. 80 was backed up for miles in both directions so I turned around before 380. I had just three hours and would never make it back in time. No colors along the way. I got home in two and a half hours, fortunately, because the photo shoot was just finishing then.
CSO to me. My name is Kathryn Elizabeth. Perry adds an E, Katheryn.
My classes enjoyed Nate the Great.
Pie ala mode is okay, but I prefer my ice cream on the side. I don't care for cake ala mode, at all, because the cake gets soggy.

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Dr. Haight for your relativey easy and fun filled crossword. I had an enjoyable time filling in the blanks. Eye surgeons are often the gentlest docs I know, and unfortunately, I have had to meet oodles of them .... It is admirable that you also find the time, and energy, to construct cute cranium challenging cruciverbs.

Hahtoolah, your review was excellent, but the piece de resistance was your thoughtful selection of the appropriate cartoons. You really outdid yourself, if I may say so. Once I finished the puzzle, I did not worry about the theme, but hied to the hog, I mean, the blog, to get a first hand look at what that was all about. Charming to the max.

On the subject of herbs, and cooking ... my favorite pastime ... there is an indian herb, a tree leaf, called Indian Bay leaf, Cinnamomum tamala, Malabathrum . Despite its complicated name, ... it is in no way related to a Bay Leaf.

It is a very strong smelling ( much like cinnamon ) herb, and one leaf, steamed with half a pound of rice, will fill the entire kitchen with its odor of lemon and pine. It is sold as dry leaves, in a half pound bag, for about $5, that lasts me about 5 to 15 years...
It is said to be the oldest spice, even older than black pepper, exported from India, during the Roman times.

Wilbur Charles said...

I immediately inked Como and wondered if KABOB could be spelled with a C. I knew BASIL well but had to send down to the memory stacks and they retorted, "You'll get it when you get it". eg A perp at a time.

I have to re-read ASIMOV to decipher the merchant bankers' names in anagrams like Hari Selden=> N. Ratschilde.

Here is the definitive portrayer of Holmes William Gillette. Pal of Mark Twain and later Doyle. In fact ACD actually did personally choose WG, Lemonade.

Michael IRVIN was no saint but to have the Philly fans cheer when he sustained a career ending spinal injury was worse than pelting Santa Claus with snowballs.

Always enjoy Hahtoolah's write-ups especially with a Paul Coulter xword.

I'll leave you to hum along with Nat King Cole's delightful Autumn LEAVES


Lucina said...


Thank you, Bruce Haight, for the amusement. I enjoyed searching for the FALLING LEAVES and found them. My BASIL plant has survived the intense summer heat, I'm happy to say. Rosemary is hardy enough to withstand the high temperatures but those are the only herbs I have at the moment. In another month as the heat abates I'll plant more LEAVES such as oregano.

Seeing BAY AREA I can recall the lovely two weeks I spent there recently and feel only sorrow for the fires destroying so much of it though not the BAY AREA per se, but the surrounding wine country.

Here in the desert we don't see too much of a color change in the LEAVES but numerous PALM trees. Several of them line the street that leads to our entrance. Within our complex we have 66 which require trimming every year.

I'm so claustrophobic that even a HEDGE MAZE would affect me.

The OBAMA era now seems like a lifetime away. No politics intended, just stating a fact.

Hahtoolah, thank you for the expo which you provide with much ECLAT.

I have my mother's LACY doilies and gave up using them because of the desert dust that they collect.

Enjoy your day, everyone!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

After yesterday I wanted to try for an neatly inked puzzle so FIR by waiting for perps and SUNOFAGUN! I succeeded but as usual the theme flew over my head like an SST.

SUNOFAGUN: How did a firearm replace a female canine?....LIU....The phrase originated as 'son of a military man' (that is, a gun). The most commonly repeated version in this strand is that the British Navy used to allow women to live on naval ships. Any child born on board who had uncertain paternity would be listed in the ship's log as 'son of a gun'. ... "You're a Son of a Gun"..

Started by filling in only the K and two B's to avoid being fooled by the unusual CW variatons of KABOB. Then perpwaked it. I almost had to bail on BALE and HALE on hail. Like Anon@ 6:41 I can never remember the "Clan" author either as many times as it's a clue. Did not know IRVIN. NYMPH: Was brain searching the name, not type of female diety.

Instead of CAR almost wrote in cue for "pool or park" (pool cue and a cue of cars wating to park?)

Yellow daughter's name after my grandmother is Catherine. Amazed at the variations.

Never seen...

Actor Cage hot-pressed stenciled T shirt ......IRONIC
What an angered Capt. Hook does to his first mate....BEATSME.
" ______ , I bid you farewell!......ASIMOV
Paint the room whatever color _____ like.....HUE
Another lea plea....REBA
Another threat from the Jack's Giant....REFI
All you do is crochet all day. You're so _____!.. LACY

TUNAS with good taste

SwampCat said...

I had no problems with the fill but some of it seemed a bit off. Aren’t PALM “leaves” called fronds? They certainly aren’t the same as the herbs in the other theme answers. Oh well. Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Thanks for the entertainment Bruce.i loved YAK MILK. And Born Yesterday for NAIVE. Just made me smile.

And of course I put Como before KATY.

Hahtoolah, I loved all the visuals, especially the 1918 MASKS. Nothing new under the sun.

Shankers said...

I rarely pay any attention to the theme, and today was no exception. All I can say is that it was way too easy for a BH puzzle.

Old Okie said...

About the only problem I had with this puzzle was my mind interpreted color, as cooler
and I had the gulf as acuabs , Like to never have figured out where I was going wrong.
Maybe the new pair of glasses I put on helped,
I was told when I got a new Mini Schnauzer at 80 years of age I was making a mistake,
I am beginning to think they were right, this little guy is looking for something to chew up 24 hours a day, He is a ball of fire, My wife said if he wasn't so cute she would take him back. He is a salt and pepper party, Beautiful dog, Sweet sometimes and honery as hell.

NaomiZ said...

Thanks, Bruce, for a quick solve, and thanks, Hahtoolah, for a colorful tour! Not a lot of leaf peeping to do here in LA, although a palm frond occasionally falls. In other times, we might have driven north to see red and yellow leaves in the eastern Sierra, but no such VACAY this year!

Becky said...

FLN Thank you so much for the Ohio State marching band! I, too, was in marching band in high school and bemoan the lack of half time shows these days. And thanks also for the Pete Davidson interview, I knew he was unhappy but also very creative.

Did no one want palm to be another herb? And palms are fronds, not leaves.


Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle, Bruce, with those FALLING LEAVES, falling right down, BASIL, SAGE, PALM leaves. And Susan, the pictures--so many, and so clever--are simply amazing! How do you have time to do that? After the first two or three I said to myself, 'that's got to be Hahtoolah today'--and I was right. Thank you, and keep up the good work.

Loved getting so many names--OBAMA, IGOR, RITA, REBA, and especially, the FONDAs. "On Golden Pond" was one of my favorite movies back in the day.

Have a wonderful day, everybody!

ATLGranny said...

Lucina, I was interested to hear about your herbs. In my new kitchen garden just outside the back door, we consolidated plants from other areas of the yard for convenience. Rosemary, sage, mint and oregano (most enthusiastic herb here) grow well, even during the winter, coming back after cold spells. In the spring we buy parsley, thyme, and basil, though sometimes thyme keeps going. Cilantro and dill do not like Atlanta's hot and humid weather at all, unfortunately. I am frequently popping out for a quick snip of something as I prepare meals.

AnonymousPVX said...

This BH went quickly after changing COMO to KATY.

Lots of talk here about college football lately.

I used to be a college football fan but, thanks to the virus, if anyone paying attention didn’t think that college football had totally sold out to money over education, you can no longer deny it. Talk about the tail wagging the dog, if they can’t play these games how will they pay their coaching staffs the millions they EACH get? Not just the head coaches, even the assistants now get millions. And where are the actual students? It doesn’t even matter.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

WC @ 9:46 and SC @ 10:47 —> HU for putting COMO in 1-down, and spelling KABOB with a C. My only other write-over was MOO/MAA for 33-Across

Echo WEES, Susan; great use of graphics and links. I had forgotten the lyrics to Lovely Rita, Meter Maid. Glad they were subtitled, in Spanish!! 😂😂

I agree, too, that many of Bruce Haight’s puzzles are tougher; nonetheless, very fitting theme for the first week of October and prime leaf-peeping season in the NE US.


What Henry stated
Of Jane, On Golden Pond set:
“I’m real FONDA her.”

Lemonade714 said...

WC; one of the best parts of the Corner is all that I learn from posters. I grew up in Connecticut, had a high school friend curate the Mark Twain house WILSON FAUDE who like others in my graduating class has died. Yet, I knew nothing of Mr. Gilette. Bill was a library proctor so I guess his future was determined in high school. My teachers and housemasters all yelled at me to stop being a "jaihouse" lawyer.

Terry said...

Always enjoy your Navy comments, thanks.

Vidwan827 said...

Musings: ( a la Husker G )

When I saw the name of the constructor, I couldn't help but think of Haight-Asbury, a street in San Francisco This was the beginning of the Hippie counter-culture for the state, the nation and the world. It gave rise to the music of the Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, among others. And outlets to Robin Williams and Whoopie Goldberg etc.

LEO III said...

Nice Tuesday puzzle. Thanks Bruce and Hahtoolah.

I actually got all of the long fills and the theme first. The only reason I saw BAYAREA as a part of the theme was because it was the longest DOWN fill on the grid, other than the four longest fills. All of the other downs were six letters or fewer. Oh, yes. Bruce also told us.

Messed up in the far west. Had BAA, instead of MAA, and I didn’t know ECLAT. When the “E” became my vowel of choice, 26D didn’t make any sense to me, but since I was so married to BAA, AMEN never crossed my mind. Got tired of staring at it!

Since I had already started with the long downs, I figured I’d do the rest of the downs first. Of course, I too had COMO before KATY. (HEY! He was a POP singer to US!) Since CABOB couldn’t be correct, I knew I had to look elsewhere. I think I can honestly say that I have never actually heard any of her songs – or at least not knowingly.

Unknowns were AUER and PHAT (never heard anyone use that one back in the ‘90s), and although I knew VACAY, it was never a part of any office jargon back when I was a worker bee.

FLN: TTP, I agree with you about the Ohio State Marching Band (TBDBITL). Of course, being an avowed tu hater, the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is my very close second favorite.

Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

As I mentioned yesterday, it is hard to judge the bands anymore, since the halftime shows have been sacrificed for overpaid sports blabbers.

FLN: TxMs, I’m not sorry to see BOB go, although I’m not really much of a Texans fan. Meh. (Whatever loyalties I have left are elsewhere, but I have been a HUGE Patrick Mahomes fan for years.) The Texans second mistake (BOB wasn’t even doing that well at Penn State, so hiring him was questionable at best) was making him GM here in January. He ALREADY had way too much power! He also had too many problems vis-à-vis the players, which is why the Texans best receiver (DeAndre Hopkins) is NOW catching passes in Arizona.

Edward Duarte said...

Basil, sage, palm, and bay....
Simon and Garfunkel couldn’t have sung it better.


Husker Gary said...

-The FALLING LEAVES complimented a flawless autumn day for golf here in the hinterlands
-SON OF A GUN we’ll have big fun on the bayou
-Susan, I like my pie topless as well
-James Harden is a solo player and doesn’t work as a unit and so he’ll never win a championship
-On Golden Pond speaks to me on so many levels as I age
-Today’s Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, has been called autistic, sociopathic and suffering from Asperger’s

Ol' Man Keith said...

I was going to parade my knowledge of movie history regarding AQABA, but desper-otto beat me to it.
Anyway, it was an inspired bit of soldiering by Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence. His pickup Arab army caught the Turks looking the wrong way.

A neat pzl from Mr. Haight.
I screwed up with SYLPH instead of NYMPH. That left me with a couple of perps that made no sense, esp. PALL READER.
I was imagining eerie things.
. Four diagonals, three on our side, and one for the other team.
The main near-side diagonal offers a few weird anagrams.
My favorite names the category in which a Cockney show-off may be found. One might say of him, “’pon my word, Guv’nor, E’s of the…

unclefred said...

Liked this CW a lot!! Only write-over was “ALP” where I first wrote “PEN” because (DOH!!) I don’t perk at the perps first. Absolutely terrific write-up today Hahtoolah!! I have a problem though when I click an imbedded link it takes me ALL THE WAY OUT of the blog, and I can’t back-up my way back in. On my iPhone anyway. Stay healthy everyone!!

unclefred said...

Should say “peek” not “perk”

Jayce said...

I enjoyed working this puzzle. It was a pleasant activity. Like Ray-O I was trying to think of the name of a specific female folklore deity rather than a type of deity. Since I had the K in K-B-B already, KATY was obvious. There are so many ways to say "darn it" it took several perps to get SON OF A GUN. Didn't we just recently have DAGNABBIT?

Hahtoolah, super duper excellent review today.

I loved BASIL RATHBONE as Sherlock Holmes. I think his name is pretty neat-o too. I learned he was born in South Africa.

I learned of Michael IRVIN.

I learned (or rather reinforced what I already strongly suspected) that I want to avoid getting any condition that would require me to get an MRI.

I learned about the Indian bay leaf. But I don't think I will ever learn to cook Indian food. I've tried and failed many times.

Good wishes to you all.

Malodorous Manatee said...

A lot of work went into that review and it shows, so first off - Brava, Hahtoolah, Brava! Rooting around for, and identifying, the wonderfully appropriate images had to have taken quite a bit of time.

FIR but it took half again as long as a Tuesday usually takes for me. I confess that I did not get the theme until the reveal and that was filled in fairly late in the game.

I do not recall ever seeing YAK MILK as a puzzle answer. That was a bit of fun and it led to the great graphic in the write-up. Ditto for the HEDGE MAZE.

VACAY, HAHAS and MAA were abut as far off course as Mr. Haight got so there's almost nothing for me to complain about as far as the fill goes.

Anonymous T said...

R.I.P. Edward Lodewijk Van Halen. [10:57]

Play later. I'll tell you my FIW (on a Tuesday!?!) then.

Hope everyone is having a great day.

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

I lasted 18 seconds on that guitar riffs. Steeled myself.


CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Bruce and Hahtoolah.
I finished in good Tuesday time; SW corner was the last to fall. But I arrived here to discover that I FIWed. Hand up for BAA as the "lea plea"; I never noticed ABEN. Another day that I did not proofread!
But I did get the FALLING LEAVES theme, although I had BASIL and SAGE and was looking for a herbal theme. BAY would fit but not PALM. The maples in 41A would echo the theme.

WC reminded me that Dr. Bruce is an ophthalmologist; my favourite clue was "Focus group?=EYES", appropriately placed beside MASK (although it would have been even better to have had the EYES peeking out Above the MASK).

Did anyone notice the kitchen in the south with OVEN, VENT and SINKS? LOL, I just noticed BENT crossing VENT.

Today we had Plug in the clue and PRONG as the answer.
I was misdirected by "Grade for a soph" to a mark - TEN . .?? AAH, TENTH grade.
Hand up with inanehiker in doing alphabet runs looking for a Crayola colour - AAH, HUE.
Another hand up for Fail before BAIL. (I was thinking of electricity cutting out-failing.)

I have LACY doilies (some inherited and many that MIL crocheted on visits here). Most of them are put away, but I have a beautiful one in the middle of my dining room table. I have seen Pinterest displays of them as artwork in a picture frame.

Wishing you all a good evening.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Bruce for the puzzle but, um, NAMES!!!!
//I got most OK but flubbed BASIL RATHBuNE. Also messed up ArABA.

Hahtoolah - expo was the ALOE(leaf) balm needed to heal my Tuesday wounds.

WOs: (something is under the N in NATE)
ESPs: Did I say names?
//HungryMother - Pop was concerned when I'd disappear w/ the 5" trilogy tome.
//WC - 15yro me did not anagram the names. @5:24 - did it feel like this? :-) [Back to the Future clip]

Ray-O: Thanks for the etymology of Son of a Gun. Those poor women...

Vidwan - is Tej Patta the same leaf? You made it sound so delicious.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

An interview with the older Eddie. [55m]

There's deepness in the man behind 'The Noise (as Mom used to say).'

Eddie will be missed - at least by me. I grew up w/ this.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Just me?

CED - I know you love guitar.
If you're still up...
more Eddie.

Nite! -T

Lemonade714 said...

-T, I am with you all the way. He was a virtuoso. RIP Eddie.