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Dec 15, 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Adam Vincent

Dance to the Music!  The last word of each theme answer is a music genre.

 18-Across. Drywall material: SHEET ROCK.  Rock Music.

24-Across. Freezer aisle treat: ICE CREAM POP.  Pop Music.


49-Across. Similar but unspecified things: ALL THAT JAZZ.  Jazz Music.

56-Across. Peepers of a certain color, affectionately: BABY BLUES.  Blues Music.


And the Unifier:

36-Across. Instruction to start playing ... or a hint to the end of 18-, 24-, 49- and 56-Across: CUE THE MUSIC.


And a musical bonus:

1-Down. Jamaican genre: SKA

Across:
1. Technical details: SPECS.

6. Roadie's load: AMPS.

10. World's best-selling cookie: OREO.


14. Superhero sound effect: KAPOW!



15. Are in the past?: WERE.  We are at the store.  We were at the store.

16. Home to il Colosseo: ROMA.  Did you know that the Colosseum in Rome, Italy was also used to stage naval battles?  It could be filled with water due to an elaborate plumbing system.


17. Ouzo flavoring: ANISE.  Anise has a licorice-like flavor.


20. "Won't you be __ and ... ": polite request words: A DEAR.


22. School fundraising gp.: PTA.  Time for a musical interlude.


23. Filmmaker Brooks: MEL.  Mel Brooks (né Melvin Kaminsky; b. June 28, 1926) is a comic actor and film director.  Some of his films include Young Frankenstein and The Producers.  He was also a co-writer on Get Smart, the television series.

Don Adams, Mel Brooks, and Gene Wilder

27. Spelling showdown: BEE.  Spellbound was a movie that followed 8 competitors in the 1999 Scripts National Spelling Bee.


28. Sleep stage: REM.  Rapid Eye Movement sleep is the phase where the sleeper is believed to have vivid dreams.  The phenomenon occurs in mammals and birds.  Do you often awaken at 3:00 a.m.?  It is not all that uncommon.

29. Sound like an ass: BRAY.


30. "Piece of cake!": EASY.  Probably not easy to make and quite time-consuming.


31. Chill: LAID BACK.

34. Syrup source: SAP.  My grandparents had friends who tapped maple trees and boiled the sap to syrup. If you pour the heated syrup onto fresh snow, it will immediately harden.  We called it Sugar on Snow, and it was such a treat.


39. Eagle or evil organ: EYE.


40. Unrecoverable expense, in economics: SUNK COST.


43. Cat's warning: HISS.


46. Seek, as a compliment, with "for": FISH.



47. "Argo" spy org.: CIA.  As in the Central Intelligence Agency.  The 2012 movie Argo was loosely based on  the rescue of 6 Americans following the Iran Hostage crisis in 1979.


48. Total: Abbr.: AMT.  As in Amount.

53. Unwinding spot: SPA.


54. 2016 Olympics city: RIO.

55. Outline, maybe: TRACE.

60. Lyric poem: EPODE.  According to Webster's, an Epode is: (a) a lyric poem in which a long verse is followed by a shorter one; or (b) the third part of a triadic Greek ode following the strophe and the antistrophe.

62. Get up in arms: RILE.



63. Crafts go-with: ARTS.



64. French greeting: SALUT.  Today's French lesson.

65. Finds in mines: OREs.

66. Ink cartridge color: CYAN.  Cartridge colors come in Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.  When mixed in the appropriate combinations, we get blue, green, red and black.

67. Digital "I've got it!" gestures: SNAPS.


Down:

2. Cure-all: PANACEA.



3. Marked by widespread growth: EPIDEMIC.  Or if it is really wide spread, it becomes a Pandemic.

4. Trig ratio: COSEC.  Short for Cosecant.


5. Promise with one hand on the Bible: SWEAR.


6. Cuteness reactions: AWs!

AW!

7. "I could go either way": MEH!

8. Like Ivy League clothing styles: PREPPY.  In case you need to know how to look Preppy, there is a handy handbook on the style.


9. Sort out: SEE TO.

10. "Catch-22" pilot: ORR.  Orr was the roommate of Yossarian in the 1961 novel Catch-22, by Joseph Heller.  He was a pilot who was also nearly crashing his plane, or getting shot down, but somehow managed to survive.


11. iRobot vacuum: ROOMBA.  It can also be used as transportation for your pet cat.


12. Award show hosts: EM CEES.  Short for Master of Ceremonies.

13. Buffalo Bill show shooter: OAKLEY.  Annie Oakley (née Phoebe Ann Mosey; Aug. 13, 1860 ~ Nov. 3, 1926) was an American sharpshooter.  


19. Select, as for a job: TAP.


21. Money-back offer: REBATE.


24. Not online: Abbr.: IRL.  IReal Life.

25. Structure with a keystone: ARCH.

Anatomy of an Arch.

26. Finally arrives: MAKES IT.  It could be parsed as Make Sit, but that answer wouldn't fit the clue.


30. Totally rad, in modern lingo: EPIC.

Epic Fail

32. Club fees: DUES.

33. Queen __: "Lemonade" star's nickname: BEY.  As in Beyoncé (née Beyoncé Giselle Knowles; b. Sept. 4, 1981).


34. Summery headwear: SUN HAT.


35. Pose a question: ASK.

37. Sled dog command: MUSH.




38. Soda since 1886: COCA~COLA.  It is listed as KO on the New York Stock Exchange.  Dr. John Pemberton first sold his beverage creation in May 1886.



41. Evaluated, as competition: SIZED UP.


42. Looney toon?: TAZ.  As in the Warner Brothers Tasmanian Devil.


43. Monopoly maker: HASBRO.


44. Get in the way of: IMPAIR.

45. Horse house: STABLE.


46. Like a baker's apron, probably: FLOURY.


49. Wall St. trader: ARB.  As in Arbitrage.

50. Purple hue: LILAC.  I love Lilac trees and their flowers.


51. Lock on the head: TRESS.


52. Country made up of 6,852 islands: JAPAN.  Everything you wanted to know about the Japanese archipelago.

57. "Sure": YES.

58. GPS approx.: ETA.  As in Estimated Time of Arrival.  This is a crossword staple.

59. Taxpayer's ID: SSN.  As in Social Security Number.  This has become a crossword staple, but do you know how to decode the number?  The Number is divided into 3 parts: the Area, the Group, and the Series.  The Area is the first 3 digits.  Prior to June 25, 2011, the first three digits indicated where the Social Security number was issues.  After that date, numbers were issued randomly.


61. "The War of the Worlds" foes, e.g.: ETs.  As in ExtraTerrrestials.

Here's the Grid:


חתולה


77 comments:

OwenKL said...

Baker went a-courtin' and he did write
In FLOURY rhymes that sounded trite.
He asked his sweetie to be A DEAR
And to his EPODES lend an ear.
She said YES, but gave a HISS
When they ended, just like this!

Just got home today from an extended stay in hospital and then rehab facility. That had nothing to do with my recent dearth of poetic output. For more details, see my Facebook page. Is this a resurgence of my contributions? I hope so, but I really don't know. I saw FLOURY next to LILAC, and had to build on it. And then didn't use LILAC, nor the pastiche of the first line.

Anonymous said...

6:05 today. Didn't make the connection between "sort out" and "see to," especially when my "ice cream pop" was originally an "ice cream pie."

Welcome back, OwenKL.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Oh no, a Tuesday DNF. I had CUT THE CARDS to get things started, and fixed CARDS to MUSIC. But that darned T never got fixed. Bzzzzzt. Managed to FIW in very good time, though. Thanx, Adam and Hahtoolah. (Loved your "Suspender" cartoon.)

HASBRO: My Monopoly box says "Parker Bros."

SAP: Hahtoolah, you know what they say about eating yellow snow.

JAPAN: 6852 islands? I would've guessed 5...maybe 6.

PANACEA: Evokes the image of Clint Eastwood spitting on the white suit of the traveling medicine salesman in The Outlaw Josey Wales.

ROOMBA: My first kitten, Eewow, kept messing with my turntable. OK, I put her on it and cranked it to 45. Figured that'd "learn 'er." After about 15 seconds, I turned it off and laughed as she staggered and reeled...but then she hopped back on and wanted to go again. [Disclaimer: No animals were harmed during the making of this blog post.]

Lucina said...

Hola!

It's good to see you, Owen! Welcome back. I'm sorry to hear you were in the hospital.

Finally! The constructor's name in my newspaper is in sync with the Corner. It was getting to be a drag. Susan, I recognized your style immediately especially with all the cute and whimsical illustrations. Thank you for providing us with today's entertainment!

Thank you, Adam Vincent, for a very EASY solve. I love the word KAPOW!

When I visit my daughter it's not unusual to meet the ROOMBA swirling around the floor.

I'm sure I've mentioned more than once who much I love the taste of ANISE in licorice.

The clue for TRESS was clever as was the one for WERE.

So finally my struggle with algebra and trig paid off when solving CWDS and I know COSEC.

What an interesting lesson today that JAPAN consists of so many thousands of islands!

Have a happy day, everyone!

Hahtoolah said...

Good morning, crossword friends. Welcome back, Owen.

QOD: The universe is made up of stories, not atoms. ~ Muriel Rukeyser (Dec. 15, 1913 ~ Feb. 12, 1980), American poet

inanehiker said...

Generally smooth solve today, though the NW was originally held up by putting COSIN in before COSEC (60% right)- but be A LIAR didn't sound like someone who was of help!

Loved all the music links on the blog Susan- almost thought it was a JzB Wednesday!

Welcome back Owen!

Wilbur Charles said...

Klondike "bars" have become ridiculously expensive while going down in quality. A POP would be short for popsicle which doesn't have ice cream (but perhaps now does)

Does COSin have an E? w/o for SEC.

ORR turned out to be the smartest of them all. He ended up in Sweden. Bobby is back in Boston.

I liked Indiana etc on the NW corner for value for the buck. I wiped out my father there, then when he threw again, he landed on chance:"Go back 3 spaces"

My nephew is a Sports betting ARB

Yesterday's ERATO called to Owen and he answered today.

Another crunchier than usual Tuesday, a little messy ink-wise. Mis-reading the clue I had CUT THE CARDS. Then I had a sip of COCA COLA and my mind cleared.

In Real Life? Is there such a thing? Remember "In truth" as a preface?

Thanks Hahtoolah for your always extensively illustrated write up. Now if it was Splynter we'd have got one more picture

And of course the CSO to fellow Floridian Lemonade

WC

ATLGranny said...

FIR and saw the theme OK after the reveal in the middle. So a great Tuesday! Thanks Adam. And thanks to Hahtoolah for your usual entertaining and informative review. I shared the piece about REM sleep with DH who has more trouble than I do staying asleep. I too had ICE CREAM Pie at first (Hi, Anon, whoever you are), AWS started out as AhS, and OREO was "amos", obviously thinking about famous cookies, but perps straightened out everything. Liked seeing PANACEA.

Welcome back, OwenKL. Missed your posts. Hope everyone has a musical day today. Cheers!

Hungry Mother said...

FIR, but IRL was an unknown that just filled itself in. NYT Spelling BEE has become an addiction and it’s the first thing I look at when I awake. The LAT is the last puzzle I work during the morning rounds.

Wilbur Charles said...

Digital "I've got it!" gestures: SNAPS

I just got it. SNAPping the "digits"
Duh, V8 can, AHA moment. The things that go way over Wilbur's head.

I bought some low sodium V8 juice(BOGO of course). Regular DOC* says lose (even?) more weight; Kidney Dr says reduce sodium (exact words: "No salt!"

How am I supposed to eat corn on the cob sans salt?

*CSO to the Dwarfs from the other day.

When I started my original post there was only Owen, apres ca...

WC

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I finished smoothly, but there was a bit of crunch that I needed perps for and some of the cluing was a little ambiguous which added to the crunch. Sunk Cost was one of the culprits, as was Epoch before Epode. I, also, had Cut The Cards but that error was quickly corrected. I like the word Panacea. Oh, I forgot, I automatically typed in Meow before Hiss, thinking of Mr. Meow AKA Imp!

Thanks, Adam, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hahtoolah, for another sparkling review. I’ll have to come back later to see the numerous clips and visuals that didn’t load, first time around. Do you know who the All That Jazz performer is? She looks and sounds very much like Bebe Neuwrith (sp?) but the blond hair is throwing me off.

Welcome back, Owen, you were greatly missed.

Have a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Adam and Hahtoolah.
I FIRed and saw the MUSIC theme (plus the bonus SKA and AMPS😁).

We had EPODE and EPIC.
Hand up for Ahs before AWS.
48A Total= Amount is a little MEH for me. It just doesn’t seem to equate. I would say “total amount” or just “total”. Amount could refer to something other than the total. Am I overthinking it?

ORR is not Bobby today.
I though IRL was another spelling for Irregular when it perped. ( Irregular items could not be sold online.). LOL! Another set of initials to put in my memory bank.
SAP on snow is delicious!

Great to see you back Owen.
Wishing you all a great day.

Anonymous said...

Welcome Back Owen. You were missed, all the best.

Anonymous said...

FIR. Crunchy for a Tuesday. As a musician I loved the theme. Didn't care for some of the cluing.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Good morning. This was a nice Tuesday puzzle solved in the usual amount of time for MM for that day of the week. Lovely to see both Taz and Melvin make appearances in the recap. The graphics from S/H were par for the course. . . that is to say stunning and, dammit, untraceable.

Tinbeni said...

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

ORR was an easy answer ... since CATCH 22 is one of my "All-Time" favorite books.

Cheers!

waseeley said...

Thanks to Adam for a C Major puzzle and Hahtoolah for the harmonies. Fun puzzle which I FIR. No Tuesday BLUES today.

16A The Coliseum had a lot of well-fed LIONS too.

34A The ratio of maple SAP to SYRUP is 40:1, e.g. it takes 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. It also takes a lot of seasoned hardwood to boil it down.

36A No CLASSICAL? No OPERA? A plug for Ludwig van Beethoven – tomorrow is his 250th Birthday. Happy birthday Ludwig!

8D Used to have a copy of the OPH. Committed PREPPIES also had a Labrador Retriever. We had a black and a yellow (NEPTUNE and JUPITER). We should have been committed.

10D Favorite meme from Catch-22 – “Erase the initial and initial the erasure”.

30D Hahtoolah’s skywriter must have been using the Blog’s Comments EDITAR.

45D Thought IMPEDE might have been a better answer, but it didn’t perp.

59D Got my SSN when I was 15 (shelving books for the library). Still have it the laminated card. Hand up anyone?

Bill

desper-otto said...

IM, had to LIU, but I learned that's a foreign performance of All That Jazz. The singer is German actress Ute Lemper.

Shankers said...

Yesterday was a bit sticky for a Monday, and I'd have to say today fell into the same category. I don't get sunkcost except that it's money lost. Taz and snaps came with perps. For me this was a 7D puzzle, kinda herky-jerky all over, somewhat disjointed IMO.

desper-otto said...

Waseeley, I ordered a replacement card several months ago. Hadn't seen mine in years. BTW, SSA specifically says the card should NOT be laminated.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Fun puzzle...Two SNAPS up !!!

"In Living Color" Crossword Puzzle Editors

A near perfect FIR. Only correction was cosin/COSEC. A inexplicable mistake seeing as like everyone else I use trigonometry on a daily basis. "Sine, Sine, everywhere a Sine etc" (Unfortunately the theme was not music to my ear)

My cousin (my age) loved 1950's TV Annie Oakley. She had the whole cowgirl outfit.

What used to be more likely PTo is now back to PTA, (an Egyptian god?)

AWW just cute fill..MEH. A true Florentine pronounces a hard C like an English H. If you want to sound like a real Fiorentino ask for a Hoha Hola next time you're in the Tuscan capital. EPIDEMIC...pandemic... academic (a disease that spreads among teachers?)

Thumper's query "What kind of name is Bambi for ____ ?...ADEAR
Worm back on the hook..REBATE.
Colic....BABYBLUES.
Goblin melody...IMPAIR.
Just when Dad might fall _______ !! ..ISCREAMPOP
"Can the teacher help us with the test?" "Of _______ " COSEC.

Welcome back to the Cornerite Poet Laureate, Owen.

TTP said...



Good morning.

Welcome back, Owen.

Fun little puzzle. No probs. Light, lively and enjoyable write-up, Hahtoolah !


Malodorous Manatee, "... untraceable." ??? Are you looking for the sources ?

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Adam. That was a fun run. I danced around a bit, but in the long run an FIR. Initially, before I had enough fills, I wanted CUT THE DECK for start playing. As I worked around, that made no sense--even in CW sense. I wanted casualty for SUNK COST, but the crosses corrected that.

Thank you, Hahtoolah. You always provide a spectacular tour, but today I laughed out loud at CUE THE MUSIC! Thanks, I needed that.

Owen: So glad you are back!

Have a sunny day, and stay well.

TTP said...



Hand up for having a laminated social security card. I actually have my two original social cards. Not sure why I have two, but I think that may have been the way they were sent way back when.

Maybe they've changed over the years, D-O, but I see nothing on my cards that would indicate any kind of security features on them. Maybe special card stock, maybe special ink or something like that ? Who knows ?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Unusual crunch for a Tuesday. Some clues felt like Friday. Ultimately got it all without error. BEY came from perps. Tolerated the music genre theme OK. Kinda liked it.

I think חתולה = Katze in Köln.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-I stared at HERE for a long time before I saw AHS was AWS
-SUNK COST, EPODE and ARBitrager added spice to this Tuesday exercise
-I had a lot of anise-flavored Sambuca in Venice. My DW later told me I seemed to enjoy it
-Ernest Borgnine regrets getting Spencer Tracy RILED in this famous scene
-Old west PANACEAS had varying amounts of alcohol, opium and cocaine (like the original COCA COLA)
-Yossarian’s Catch 22 in the movie.
-In Evil Under The Sun Poirot deduces that the woman under this SUN HAT was the accomplice in Elena Marshall’s murder and not Elena Marshall (played by Diana Rigg!)
-Hmmm… HASBRO makes Monopoly and Crayola makes Silly Putty
-Lovely tour, Susan!

Malodorous Manatee said...

TTP -

Yes, or in the words of the Great Lobachevsky, via Tom Lehrer:

Don't shade your eyes
Let no one else's work evade your eyes
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
Plagiarize
Only be sure always to call it please 'research'

TTP said...


Malodorous Manatee,

A little Google-fu for you, from "research":

Right click the image
Select Copy Image Location
Open a new tab, key in Google in the Address Bar, and press enter
In the upper right corner, you should see gmail, images and you avatar. Select images.
Your Search Bar now has a camera icon. Select it.
Paste your image URL in the Search Bar and press enter.
Google will do an image search, finding other sizes of the image (if any), as well as a list of other URLs that have the image.


Yellowrocks said...

FIR on touch screen. PIA, because it diverts focus and brain power from the solve.
Love the theme. I found all the music genera. I,too, held on to cut the cards for quite a while.
Owen, welcome back. I liked your poem. I do not do FB.
Susan, informative and fun.
Any school I or my family attended had PTAs, not PTOs.

waseeley said...

D-O @9:44AM They just say that to sell more replacement cards to us geezers. Nobody ever asks for it anyway - the only time I take it out my wallet is to get to my Medicare card

TTP said...


For all,

While I'm at it, here's a list of some Google search "Operators" to know

Have fun constructing more fruitful searches.

Oh, BTW, there will be a surprise pop quiz tomorrow morning. Graded on a curve. Dash T is out so he doesn't skew the curve for everyone else. :>)

Malodorous Manatee said...

Thanks, TTP, getting the hang of it.

NaomiZ said...

Thank you, Adam, for a quick solve that gets me to work on time today! Delighted that the Times is finally crediting the right constructor. Hahtoolah, I loved all your cartoons, but especially the illustration for 46 Across, FISH for compliments. I also appreciated your diagram of a "keystone."

Hand up for being surprised to learn that JAPAN is made up of almost 7,000 islands. I would have guessed the Philippines, but it wouldn't fit!

Welcome home, OwenKL. We need commenters who are wittier and more entertaining than myself. You make it fun to visit the Corner!

Wilbur Charles, when I was a kid, if we were lucky enough to buy ice cream on a stick from the musical truck, we called it an ICE CREAM POP. On another culinary note, while DH loves salt on his corn, I like mine unadorned. DH clearly loves the taste of salt. I have learned to love the actual flavor of corn, and so can you! You'll find all foods have their own flavors, which salt obscures. Good luck!

desper-otto said...

Waseeley, SSA doesn't charge for a replacement card, but they do make it difficult to get one. You've got to snail-mail an original document (driver license, passport, etc.) to them before they'll issue a new card. They also have a limit of 3 replacement cards in any year and 10 in a lifetime. And unless you'll need to show your SS card that day (getting your taxes prepared, for example) don't carry it in your wallet. If your wallet is stolen an SS card makes it much easier for the thief to steal your identify.

waseeley said...

As long as you can read the second in the title, what more SECURITY do you need

waseeley said...

I think Hahtoolah has a thing for Cats.

Misty said...

Woohoo! Woohoo! The LA Times finally gave us the correct constructor of this puzzle. So, glad to see your name, Adam, and many thanks for a delightful puzzle this morning. I got the theme--though I too had CUT THE MUSIC before CUE--and what a pleasure to see ROCK, POP, JAZZ, and BLUES. Thanks again, Adam, and Hahtoolah, your pictures are always a pleasure.

Irish Miss, I too had MEOW before HISS, but then I'm (or, sadly, was) a dog person. And I also had Ice cream PIE before POP. OREO seems to pop up in every puzzle, and ANISE shows up pretty often too. But my favorite this morning was the BABY BLUES.

Owen, what a relief, and what a treat, to have you back, and with a poem, even. Welcome, welcome!

Have a great day, everybody.

waseeley said...

Fair points D-O!

waseeley said...

Misty @11:22 AM - OREO is part of the ORDINARY of the Xwd LITURGY.

jfromvt said...

A nice Tuesday puzzle. IRL was the only unknown for me.

WC - I still love Klondike bars. But living in New England, can’t beat Hood ice cream for the price. Much cheaper than Ben and Jerry’s. I worked at a Hood plant for three summers in college and was paid very well, on the union pay scale, so I’m still loyal to their dairy products.

Irish Miss said...

DO @ 9:40 ~ Thanks for satisfying my curiosity. She does look like Bebe, but I didn’t think it was Bebe.

BTW, Adam has a double-header today with the LA Times and The New York Times. I haven’t done the second one yet, but I’ll get to it soon.

I don’t get the Suspender Dorothy cartoon. Help?

desper-otto said...

IM, it's based on this scene from The Wizard of Oz.

Malodorous Manatee said...

I.M., I totally missed that today was a double header. Thanks for pointing that out. I did the NYT puzzle last night when it was released at 22:00 H EST.

TTP thanks for the lessons. As is often the case, however, it becomes clear that while good tools are essential, the skill of the crafts-person (in this case Hahtoolah) has substantially more impact on the final result.

CrossEyedDave said...

Yay!
OwenKL's back!

Hmm,
with Hahtoolah handling the Blog reins,
I guess you don't need any pics from me...
(& even Kitty Kat videos!)
(Ack! I've been replaced!)

Still,

maybe, just one link...

Hmm,
which makes me wonder what that would be like...

In fact,
Hahtoolah,
If you continue to keep posting
(really excellent pics and videos)
I am going to have to declare a Link War!

AnonymousPVX said...


Hard to see Mel Brooks without thinking of BLAZING SADDLES.

We had ice cream bars and ice pops, not the same thing.

Otherwise a nice Tuesday grid.

Ol' Man Keith said...

A charming pzl from Mr. Vincent.
I enjoyed this throughout--easy but pleasing in what gets revealed. The music theme was enjoyable, diverting.
My only goof was not knowing that the "Lemonade" Queen spells her soubriquet with a "Y."

Nice to see you back here, Owen. I enjoyed your revisions on "Froggie went a courtin'."
I always get a kick out of your rhymes, but I appreciate even more your insights into process.
~ OMK
___________
DR:
Only one diagonal today, in the near end. But what a rich one it is, offering several anagrams.
My favorite, using 12 letters (of the standard 15), is a statement about Lewis Carroll's Alice. It speaks to her ultimate status in her first adventure--after she comments, "Curiouser and curiouser."
As the anagram tells us, her immediate fate is to...
"BE CURIOUSEST"!

CanadianEh! said...

OMK- CURIOUSEST. Love it😀👍

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Adam for the puzzle. I caught the theme at BLUES* and that JAZZ'd me.

What a fun expo Hahtoolah! Thanks for taking the time to find all the fun images. //and I do wake every night at 3a -- work from home makes it less impactful on my day.

WOs: Rumba... [oops], hand-up for COSIN, PREPie.
ESP: BAY
Fav: LAID BACK after EASY.
Of course, there's always MEL Brooks [3:24 w/ Conan]

{A} Welcome back OKL!
Love the DR today OMK.

Waseeley - didn't someone last week say that Hahtoolah meant cat in Hebrew?

TTP - re: gHacks - sometimes we all need a cheat-SHEET.

Lucina - Anise is used to flavor some licorice-flavored candies but it an licorice are two different plants.
I get both Licorice and ANISE candies (among others) from Italy.
//Don't feel bad - I thought they were same until I'd read that too much licorice can drop your blood pressure and looked into it. To my pleasure, I found they're two different yummies!

WC - we meet here every day. If I were to bump into you at Publix, that'd be IRL.
MdF, TTP, Abejo, and ??? (oh, I feel awful now - somebody throw me a bone) met IRL in Chicago.
Oh, and I love regular V-8; drink it at least 3x a week with breakfast.

Jfromvt - do they sell Hood outside of VT? DW & I went leaf-peeping for our 25th and tour'd the Ben & Jerry's plant - Quality one really pays for :-)

Gotta run; another Zoom meeting in progress...

Cheers, -T
*wasn't really looking for it (theme) yet.

Jamie said...

For the first time, I finished in one pass-through--just going down all the horizontal clues and then all the vertical clues, and then I wasn't left with anything else to fill in! Not sure if there's a proper term for that.

Ran into a mention of our old friend Jean Arp in the real world (ancient Cycladic statues were compared to his work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycladic_culture) and thought, "I know him from the crossword!"

Irish Miss said...

DO @ 12:08 ~ You are turning into my own private Google! Thanks again. I have seen many different clips from the movie, but never saw it in its entirety, from start to finish.

MalMan @ 1:07 ~ Go to xword.com, Jeff Chen’s site. I’m curious to hear your opinion on Adam’s hairstyle.

Anon T @ 3:10 ~ WikWak was the fourth member of the group.

Irish Miss said...

MalMan, sorry, it’s xwordinfo.com

TTP said...


Dash T, and WikWak.

So, you are saying you want to be included in the pop quiz ?

OK, one more time for you and D-O. Not Open Office but what's the name of that suite again ? Just got a couple of new refurbed laptops and don't want to load open office on them. Was it Libre ?


Malodorous manatee, I was just giving you the steps to find out if an image existed somewhere on the interweb. True, it is indeed the daily blogger that adds all the flair by selecting the right images and videos from so many choices.






Anonymous T said...

IM - Ah! Of course WikWak. Sorry, mate - I could see you in the mind's EYE but not put the Avatar on it.

TTP - G-Suite is Google's; LibreOffice is based on OpenOffice. You loading Linux on these old boxes? My goto now (for general-purpose) is kubuntu (basically Ubuntu but with the KDE windows manager).

Cheers, -T

Malodorous Manatee said...

I.M. @ 3:26 / 3:28


A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Way

TTP said...


Dash T,
No, just Windows 10 and I need a good all purpose suite. I had notes from your or D-O that recommended a free suite that was more secure and better maintained than Apache Open Office.

I picked up a pair of 3 year old T470S laptops that were $1400 new but I got them for under $400 a pop. As I said to Bill offline from here (but not IRL) it's a kind of a his and hers thing. Anyway, touch screens and everything ! Just like downtown !

Now I am going to end up with a dead T400, a T60 that's running XP and a T420S that I can keep current. Oh, plus a desktop. Starting to look like a control room around here.

Not sure what I can do with that old T60. Can't update Windows. Can't update Firefox. Something to ponder.

Spitzboov said...

Hood - We have Hood products in Central NY. There's a mfg. plant in Oneida. When I was a kid, my Dad shipped his milk to H. P. Hood for a number of years. I think their receiving plant was in Eagle Bridge, NY; 20 or so miles NNE of Troy.

Anonymous T said...

TTP - Old laptop? put it in the garage.

My old Win7 Dell Latitude E6510 is good for a Google (or to refresh the Corner :-)) while I'm working on something outside and don't want to run up to the (did you say control center?) loft to look up something pertaining to current project / curiosity.

I don't do anything of import on the box (no banking, etc)... Just an old machine that still works for a quick terminal / interweb jack-in.

Cheers, -T

TTP said...


Good idea, Dash T. I actually thought of that before, but was hesitant because I was concerned that a bug might get in and replicate to my other devices on the subnet. I'm going to put Cylance antivirus on each of my computers tomorrow, per your suggestion. I'm hoping that it will work on XP as well. I'll make sure printer and file sharing is turned off.

Yellowrocks said...

To me an ice cream pop is like a Klondike bar on a stick as opposed to an ice pop. Similar to an ice cream pop is vanilla ice cream surrounded by orange ice instead of chocolate and mounted on a stick.

Wilbur Charles said...

We called #1: Creamsicle and #2: Popsicle

Then again we called "Pop", tonic.

WC

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks, CanadianEh! & Anon. T for the recogs!

I liked this one especially too. I am a big Lewis Carroll fan.
I do the anagrams for the pure fun of them, but it makes it all the more worthwhile when colleagues like them too.
~ OMK

waseeley said...

Dash T @3:10pm That they did, but Google translated her Hebrew for a feline.

TTP said...

HA !

Dash T, I took a deeper look at your LOFT image. You remind me of my nephew. Organized chaos !

In reality, you could probably find what you need quicker than a person like me, or at least some studies show.

I'm not entirely a neat freak, but the other day I took time to make a few wooden holders for my remotes and the cell phone in the garage because I was tired of seeing them just laying around... A few garage pics

waseeley said...

TTP @3:39PM Yes it's called LibreOffice. I run it on my Ubuntu laptop, when my Ubuntu laptop is running. It sufficiently similar to and sufficiently different from Office to be maddening. But it is free.

waseeley said...

Dash -T @4:34pm "loft?". You could launch a SpaceX Starship from that room.

Michael said...

Anon-T @ 4:34:

Thanks for your lofty imagery!

"A messy desk tends to indicate that the person is busy and that is why they have not cleaned up their desk. The desk pictures also showed that a messy desk indicates that the person is busy and that is why they have not cleaned up their desk."

LEO III said...

Messed up 40A/42D. Other than that, I did OK. It was a little crunchy, though. There's quite a bit of Wite-Out on the grid. Fun puzzle, though.

Thanks Adam and Hahtoolah!

Don't get too carried away with the correct name on the puzzle. Seems to me that there was one a week or so ago that had the correct name on it, but then it reverted.

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Adam Vincent for a very nice puzzle,

and Hahtoolah for your charming review and blog. Loved all your cartoons - the music not so much. Sly Stone brought back memories, but I never cared much for his music anyway.

Thank you very much for the Article, on the 3 am wake up sleep pattern !!!
Thats exactly what happens to me, I wake up at exactly 3 am, and I can't go to sleep .... and I have to keep real quiet, because my wife is a light sleeper, and awakens easily. Plus she starts her job at 0700 Hrs, so she has to get up by 4:30 every day. I used to think I was going crazy, but I am so relieved to know that its just not me alone .... thats a big relief !

BTW, my first answer to - 7 Down, I Could go either way, was .... GAY. ??!!
Finally I figured out it was MEH.
I should read up more on what these terms actually mean.

Some days back, the clue was, 'Bottom Line' , and I had _UM, so I put in BUM....
Finally I got the answer to be SUM. But the first answer would have done just as well.

Hahtoolah, your picture on Anise, is actually one of STAR ANISE, which is a totally different herb / spice. I am surprised nobody else caught on to this fact.

Star Anise is totally diffreent taxonomy, from Anise, which is different from Fennel and different from Liquorice root.,.. as Anon=T pointed out. His link is very useful.

Anise, Fennel and Dill all look like green-colored, rice grain-shaped. Its too difficult to provide links for all but you can look them up in Wikipedia.
Anise seeds are chewable and edible.
Star Anise seeds, or the flower like pericarps, are not edible and are like stones, not chewable at all.

Finally, I am most familiar with Fennel seeds, which ( like liq.) are sweet, because they have some pseudo-sugars, and are a pleasant, after-dinner, breath freshner, in about a qtr teaspoon quantity. They are very popular among many indians. The darker green smaller grain variety ( called Lucknavi sauf ) are the most sought after.

Vidwan827 said...



This is a response to Jamie,

The newest and by far the youngest member in this blog.
I have been constantly reading your very nice and pleasant posts and I feel bad that you dont get too many responses, and you might feel you are a stranger. Dont ever feel that way.

It is wonderful and great that you have taken up CW solving, and you seem to be very good at it. The fact that you are taking Latin and classics and languages in college, will of course help you in good stead !!

It is fantastic that you could do todays CW in just one 'go' .... once all the 'Across' and once all the 'Downs' ... I, for one, have never done that. I am sorry I cannot think of a term for that achievement, maybe an Ace, (?) or a WunderBar. !!!

Soon, you may feel confident enough to construct your own crosswords, and have them published. I hope you are also picking up the music terminology and all the sports memorabilia, as you go along ....

You have a very bright future ahead of you. Good Luck.

Vidwan827 said...



By the way, Jamie,

if you want to make it easier for other bloggers, to just click and link up to the page or article, that you would like to share,.....

.... you can read on how to do it, on page one of this blog, with C.C.'s ( our blog-mistress' ) generous and explicit instructions.

They go like .... Your message here

Then you 'Copy' the URL, from the page you want to reference, through your right click on the mouse, and PASTE it on your blog, on this page, at the URL space, delete the words 'URL' (!) and add your message in the center.

Hope this helps. Read the instructions on the first page, first.

Vidwan827 said...

For Jamie .... Again

OOops ! The computer instructions could not be typed out because they triggered the response itself.

the linkage code can only be obtained from the instructions ....

Read the instructions.

Anonymous T said...

Vidwan - I did not know there was a difference between ANISE and Star ANISE. Now I do.

Michael - I like to delude myself that I know where everything is... Delusion is shattered as soon as I need something I just used an hour ago :-)
//did you see my soldering table on the left? Put that in last summer.

Waseeley - I may not be able to launch a rocket but I can research a hack and apply it to defensive systems quickly. I actually took that picture for my buddies in the DC713 hacker group - one younger fellow asked "Um, no disrespect, but are you HDHD too?"
//yes, I suppose I is :-)

Leo3 - we will see re: constructors / paper's byline tomorrow. Let's hope Tribune Media Service finally got their s*** together, er hashed out. I don't know about you, but I look at who constructed and think "Oh, this is [so and so], I know how they clue - Game On!" when solving. //I've got my eye on you JW! :-)

Vidwan (again) - I too appreciate Jamie joining The Corner. Her educational path surely will provide morons [See: me] with more crossword fodder when she pipes up more.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Vidwan - is this link what you were posting for Jamie?

It's not hard... <b><a href="https://www.cool-thing.com/other/stuff"> BLUE Text</a></b>
//OK, it's hard if you're doing it meta :-)

Cheers, -T

Vidwan827 said...

Hahtoolah, I noticed a small word in Hebrew at the end of your blog,

Unless its meant to be private, or a secret message, could you please explain to us what it means ? I am very curious about it.
Spitzboov mentioned something about it, @ 9:59 am, but that does not explain it. KATZE ?

I thought it might have something to do with Hanukkah or Chanukkah.

Does it say Hanukkah sameach or Chag Sameach ??

I wrote out the word in hebrew, and went through the hebrew alphabet from Google and I got ...

H L R T Ch Or H D Kh T Ch

and inverted the alphabet order, reading from right to left ... and got

Ch T R L H Or Ch T Kh D H

I know hebrew has few or non-existent vowels, and I dont know any hebrew words, except from Cw's, so I am at a loss.
Now, I am no cryptologist, and certainly not Benedict Cumberbatch ..... ;-o)

Vidwan827 said...

Thanks a lot, Anon-T !!!!

NaomiZ said...

The Hebrew note can be transliterated as Hahtoolah and translated as cat!

Anonymous T said...

NaomiZ - Thanks!
Light another Menorah Candle...

Three funny Jews and one interviewer [MEL, Carl, & Sid on Larry King - 42m].

Shalom, -T