Jan 24, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021 Dylan Schiff

Theme:  "Metamorphosis" - Five different shapes are anangramed inside each theme entry.

23A. Quadrennial victory determinant: ELECTORAL VOTE. Oval.

39A. Solar panel components: PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS. Circle.

57A. Source of narrowly focused thinking: SINGLETRACK MIND. Triangle. More familiar with one-track mind.

83A. Virgil's optimistic sentiment: LOVE CONQUERS ALL. Square.

98A. Wrap up: BRING TO A CONCLUSION. Octagon.


120A. Sci-fi creatures who arranged each set of circled letters?: SHAPE-SHIFTERS.

Looks like this the Sunday debut of  Dylan Schiff , who co-constructed this puzzle Chairman Moe blogged a few weeks ago. Congrats, Dylan!

The key to this type of theme is span those key letters in two or more words. It's not easy when the shape words are long or have unfriendly letter combos.


1. Frozen snack: ICE POP. Cold opening.

7. Ford failure: EDSEL.

12. Promising Hold 'em holding: TOP PAIR.

19. Painting, e.g.: FINE ART.

21. Slip: LAPSE.

22. '30s-'40s period: WWII ERA. I love 50s and 60s in American history, esp those vintage bobble heads.

25. Tinkered with like a tailor: ALTERED.

26. Prepares to fire: AIMS.

27. Mario Bros. console: NES.

28. Mexican month: ENERO.  Also 48. Calendar pgs.: MOS. Months.

30. Indian wrap: SARI. Indian brides often wear red sari. Chinese brides wear red too. Must be an Asian thing.

31. Biopic about Charles: RAY.

32. Hidden stockpile: STASH.

34. Up for __: GRABS.

36. Champs-Élysées feature: CAFE.

43. Dance studio fixture: BARRE.

46. Smart: CHIC.

47. Light bulb generator?: IDEA.

49. Casual "Same here": I FEEL YA. I'm fond of colloquial phrases.

52. Ingenuous: NAIVE.

55. Capital NE of Buffalo: OTTAWA. And 115. Alberta speed meas.: KPH.

61. Slightly drunk: TIPSY.

62. Nabisco offering: OREO. Boomer likes these sugar-free wafers.

63. Earth: SOIL.

64. Tokyo, long ago: EDO.  Pre-1868, Japan's capital city was Kyoto. Moved in Edo in 1869, then changed the name to Tokyo, which means "east of the capital", since it's east of Kyoto.

65. Clickable image: ICON.

67. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, __ Bouvier: NEE.

68. Dennis, e.g.: MENACE. Not MARINE.

70. Like vision dimmed from fatigue: BLEARY.

72. Total: SUM.

75. The Arno runs through it: PISA. Oh, our Pisa guy.

76. Kitchenware brand: OXO. D-Otto's brand.

78. Man, for example: ISLE.

79. "Hmm ... doubt it": UH NO.

80. Baffled: STUCK.

87. One placed near a gutter: TEN PIN. The bowling centers here are opened again. Hopefully Boomer can get vaccine soon.

89. Surrendered: CEDED.

90. Made one's case: PLEADED.

91. Surfer's destination?: URL. Good, old clue.

92. Small salamander: NEWT.

94. Troubles: AILS.

97. Ways to lose: DIETS.

104. Sushi go-with: SAKE. Pairs better with sashimi. 

105. Scents: ODORS.

106. Coagulates: CLOTS.

107. Lucrative, contractually: FAT.

110. Help badly?: ABET.

113. Dealt with: SAW TO.

116. Mötley __: CRUE.

117. Yolk's counterpart: ALBUMEN. Wow, have not seen this entry for a long time.

123. Litter, say: POLLUTE.

124. Spud: TATER.

126. Over the moon, so to speak: PLEASED. So glad to see you back, PK! I'm also so happy to see Kelly Clark on our blog again. Kelly is a very accomplished crossword constructor.

127. Shorthand pro: STENO.

128. Emmy-winning "Lou Grant" actress Linda: KELSEY.


1. "What concerns me is ... ": I FEAR. And 103. Start of a view: I THINK.

2. Eyelashes: CILIA.

3. Hamilton, to Burr: ENEMY.

4. Muscle Beach display: PECS.

5. Feedbag morsel: OAT.

6. "Now!": PRONTO.

7. Building extension: ELL.

8. Humor columnist Barry: DAVE. Quite a few fans on our blog.

9. Boston cream pie component: SPONGECAKE.

10. Non-acidic vitamin brand: ESTER-C. I'm using One-A-Day multivitamin.

11. Eye lustfully: LEER AT. And 125. Show disdain for: SNORT AT.

12. Pan Am rival: TWA.

13. Rowling's Hedwig and Lewis' Glimfeather: OWLS.

14. Hummus go-with: PITA.

15. He played James in the four films before Daniel: PIERCE. Brosnan. I really like Daniel Craig.

16. Satellite imaging product: AERIAL MAP.

17. Wrath: IRE.

18. "Tubular!": RAD.

20. Pay for: TREAT.

24. NBA part: Abbr.: ASSOC.

29. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" foe of Winston and Julia: O'BRIEN. Learning moment for me.

32. Seashore souvenir: SHELL.

33. Bit of a "Beavis and Butt-Head" chuckle: HEH.

35. Grauman of Chinese Theatre fame: SID.  Wiki says he created both the Chinese Theatre and the Egyptian Theatre.

37. Proceeds smoothly: FLOWS.

38. Many an op-ed piece: ESSAY.

39. Ragú rival: PREGO.

40. "The Mod Squad" role: LINC.

41. Co. bigwig: CEO.

42. Ball of yarn, perhaps: CAT TOY. CrossEyedDave had a cat named PK. I forgot what it stood for.

43. Yellowstone sight: BISON.

44. Burning: AFIRE.

45. "Chicago" actress Zellweger: RENEE.

50. Votes for: YESES.

51. Without a key: ATONAL.

53. Website with film profiles: IMDB.

54. "The Four Seasons" solo instrument: VIOLIN.

56. What pewter is, mostly: TIN.

58. Narrow inlet: RIA.

59. Breakfast area: ALCOVE.

60. Broadband predecessor: DIAL-UP. Good old days.

66. Angler's basket: CREEL.

68. Providing amplification for, as a speaker: MIKING.

69. Crossed (out): EX'ED.

71. Attorney's letters: ESQ.

72. "Thrown" criticism: SHADE.

73. Not rented: UNLET.

74. Chocolatier's array: MOLDS.

75. Angel dust, initially: PCP.

77. New England nickname: OCEAN STATE.

79. Bolt on the track: USAIN.

80. Hard pencils to sharpen: STUBS.

81. __ firma: TERRA.

82. Far from charming: UNLIKABLE.

84. White and black pawns, e.g.: OCTADS.

85. Lyrical: ODIC. Gluey.

86. Second chances: RE-DOS.

88. Trawler's tool: NET.

93. Court: WOO.

95. Inc. cousin: LLC.

96. Grouchy moods: SULKS.

99. Crab in space: NEBULA.

100. Progresses with ease: COASTS.

101. "And if I don't?": OR WHAT.

102. Last year's frosh: SOPHS.

107. Bars on necks: FRETS.

108. Saintly glows: AURAE.

109. Short-tempered: TESTY.

111. Outback runners: EMUS.

112. French crown?: TETE. "Head" in French.

114. Welcoming sign: OPEN.

116. Key used in combinations: CTRL.

117. Instagram, e.g.: APP.

118. Online outburst: LOL.

119. Homer's TV neighbor: NED.

121. Ranch extension?: ERO. Ranchero.

122. The Red Baron, to Snoopy: FOE.

It broke my hear to read Bill G's post. It brought back the dark time when Bill lost his son to a car accident a few years ago. But we're all here for you, Bill, just like you've been here for us all these years, comforting those who lost loved ones and entertaining those who love math problems or other trivia.  



Lemonade714 said...

This seems like a filler Sunday with only 5 theme fill plus a reveal. I guess the 98 squares made it acceptable but I enjoy finding more in the Sunday puzzle. The hardest part for me was remembering the main character names from Nineteen Eighty-Four and the cruel (?) CSO to our own Becky who was replaced by LINDA KELSEY in the 4th episode of LOU GRANT . ED ASNER continues to work more than most actors. Thank you, Dylan and C.C.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yay. D-o had the circles and figured out the Shape Schiff-ters. Will wonders never cease. Stumbled with TWO PAIR and LLB, but Wite-Out quickly fixed 'em. Noticed the CSOs to Canadian Eh! and Boomer's TEN PIN. I agree with C.C. -- the expression is "One Track" mind. Thanx for the diversion, Dylan, and for the expo, C.C.

I hope Boomer can get his Covid jab soon. I got my first vaccination a couple weeks ago, and found a drive-thru for d-w this past Thursday. It was 25 miles away, but they had an opening. Just learned yesterday that slow-walkin' Harold, who used to join us on our morning marches through the 'hood, passed away from Covid Wednesday. Folks need to take this thing seriously.

Linkster said...

I CIRCLEd the grid before I got SQUAREd away.

Got my first "stab" yesterday - second dose 2/13. Highly efficient program with a lot of medical professionals managing the flow and monitoring the elderly for possible reactions. In and out in a half hour.

Lemonade714 said...

COVID is very real: we had an 80+ client who was in a rehab facility who died, along with others at the facility. I also want to add my sympathy to all who have lost someone to this horrible disease and say amen to C.C.'s comment about Bill G and Barbara.

C.C., ALBUMEN has appeared only once in the LAT since we have been here, A JEFFREY WECHSLER FRIDAY from 2015 so it has been a while.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I liked the theme and enjoyed the solve which, was pretty straightforward. Only a few proper names that were unknown: Ester-C, O’ Brien, and Kelsey. I must never have watched Lou Grant because I’ve never heard of or seen that actress. I liked Ceded/Pleaded and the CSOs to CanadianEh at Ottawa and KPH and to our own Boomer at Ten Pin. I saw the shapes early on but the reveal was still a nice Aha moment.

Thanks, Dylan, for a pleasant Sunday stroll and thanks, CC, for your commentary and cultural tidbits which I love learning about.

We’re in the grip of a frigid spell of low 20 degrees temps for several days. It really doesn’t affect me as I’ve been hibernating for ages, but I always empathize with those who can’t stay out of the cold.

BTW, is anyone watching All Creatures Great and Small and Miss Scarlet and the Duke on PBS, Sunday nights? I’m enjoying both and find them a soothing antidote to much of the big three’s offerings.

Have a great day.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anon T.. FLN:

Finished season 1 of the French NETFLIX series LUPIN last night . But like with so many foreign language productions we Americans are the worst at dubbing. It's jarring and silly to hear every single character with the...exact...same..idenitical...flat...American English ....accent. Tempted to turn off the sound and just read closed captions. But a fascinating show. Thought only a single season miniseries...looking forward to season 2 now as well

Speaking of 📺..

During my less than 70 years of watching the boob tube the most bizarre series I've ever seen (3 episodes so far) has to be Disney Channel's WandaVision... The Dick Van Dyke show/ Bewitched/ Brady Bunch meets the Twilight Zone with a mysterious MARVEL Series SciFI underpining. A 60's laughtrack and its own weird commercials ...I got hooked... but it's definitley not for everyone.

RIP Hank Aaron ⚾️

St. Peter: "Yes, Larry the gates are really pearl. And a show called "Larry King Deceased"? Where you interview saints? Have to run that by the Big Guy. Would we get a cut of commerical income?


Husker Gary said...

-The ELECTORAL VOTE provision makes candidates not skip us out here in “fly over” country
-If you look carefully, you can see the array of PHOTOELECTRIC CELLS SSE of me
-Hold ‘em hand progressed from TWO ACES to TWO PAIR to TOP PAIR
-I’m in the middle of an online collaboration whose theme is Ready, Fire, AIM
-The Super Bowl will BRING the FB season TO A CONCLUSION and the two berths are up for GRABS today
-I could have sworn the Champs-Élysées had an ARCH
-Ciao dalla torre di Pisa!
-SPONGE CAKE – Margaritaville snack?
-Collecting TIN cans was a revenue producers for kids in the WWII ERA
-DIAL UP – I can still hear that sound that gave me that lousy connection

Memforest said...

A real Goldilocks puzzle for me today - with a "just right" amount of struggle and REDOS. Took a while to give up on PHOTOvoltaicCELLS but Beavis and Butthead set me straight. (Can't believe I'd ever say that! Heh heh heh.) Also held on to "cancer" until NEBULA asserted itself. And I got to learn what Albumen and Ingenuous mean. So bravo to Dylan for a PLEASing challenge!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Hope this beautiful but cold morning here finds everyone in fine fettle.
Straightforward solve; no irritating fill IMO. Had 'cancer' before NEBULA. Left the circles alone; was not in an anagram mood. No problems with the solve with a nice perp meshing pattern.
OTTAWA - Only a 4 hr. drive from here. Always enjoyed the great Canadian hospitality during annual appearances concerning boundary waters management.
OAT - Singular seems to be a puzzle preference. Farmers always say 'OATS'. As an adjective OAT or oaten are seen. I love my morning OATmeal w/ blackstrap molasses.
Spud - Spud coxswain is the traditional job title for salad and vegetable preparation cooks on navy war ships.
IMDB - One of the internet's best sites IMHO.
Crab - German Krebs; also their word for cancer.
Schiff - German for 'ship'. L. German Schipp, Dutch schip. In Dutch 'sch' is pronounced like an 'sk'. Thus, we get the word, skipper and the dog breed Skipperke (the Dutch barge dog)

Big Easy said...

Good morning all. I noticed the OVAL in the circles but paid no attention to the rest. A NW to SE fill today with only two changes-FLACK to SHADE and MICING to MIKING. Never heard of 'Thrown SHADE'. Hooking up a microphone- I've never seen how it became MICing or MIKing.

Like IM, I've never watched Lou Grant and Linda KELSEY was an unknown. O'BRIEN I sorta remembered from 50 years ago but it was perped.

FLN- after reading the comments it appears that most people had never herd of STRUGGLE BUS. I certainly hadn't.
SPONGE CAKE- good old Hostess Twinkies.

Hungry Mother said...

FIR, but I needed my wife to help me spell ALBUMEN. For some reason I was trying to throw an “i” in there. A usual Sunday slog in the LAT. I don’t say that as a gripe; the experience is pleasant. But, it’s like an ultramarathon: lasts a long time. I’ve come out smiling from the ultras I’ve run, and the same for today.

Shankers said...

Slow start at the top, but the bottom 3/4ths filled in without too much trouble. Back up to the top I could not let go of "two pair" at 12A. I wanted WWIIera for 22A, but that made 13D wwls. With that I should have seen owls which then would have led to toppair and pita, but it never happened. Alas, two wrong squares for a FIW. Boohoo. Time to get ready for Mass followed by a late breakfast out and the NFL games which should be very entertaining. Yay for rain in Phoenix.

Misty said...

Sunday toughie for me, but still fun--many thanks, Dylan. And I always look forward to your commentary, C.C., and always enjoy it--many thanks for that too.

Nice to see RENEE Zellweger in the puzzle. EDSEL shows up pretty often--would probably be totally forgotten otherwise. Jackie Kennedy also had several appearances this week.
And I guess we're almost at the end of ENERO this year.

Have a good Sunday, everybody. We had rain yesterday and are scheduled for a whole week of rain coming up, but today is sunny and a little warmer--a blessing.

Jayce said...

I wasn't in the mood for anagrams either, so didn't see the shapes. Solved it okay anyway. The pleasure and satisfaction I felt rank about 7 on a 1-10 scale.

Hand up for the Champs-Élysées feature being ARCH. I also agree with C.C. and desper-otto that the expression is "One Track" mind. Is there such a thing as an ICE POP?

I THINK it is interesting that Edmond O'BRIEN played Winston in the movie 1984, which, as far as I can tell, has no character named O'Brien, but has a character named O'Connor.

Irish Miss, LW and I have been watching All Creatures Great and Small and Miss Scarlet and the Duke on PBS. We like them both.

Good wishes to you all.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Valerie and I worked out way through this one without too much difficulty. We did not figure out the theme until after the grid was completed so the clever theme did not much help the solving. We, too, tried Cancer before NEBULA and Two Pair before TOP PAIR. I suggested L'arc before figuring out CAFE so that's sort of another hand up and I am still scratching my head as to how SHADE is the answer for "Thrown" Criticism.

desper-otto said...

MalMan: What Does 'Throw Shade' Mean? | Merriam-Webster

Shade is a subtle, sneering expression of contempt for or disgust with someone—sometimes verbal, and sometimes not. It appears in the phrase to throw shade, as in "The Sunday Stylers are the last people I'd expect to throw shade on President Bill's hair pursuits" (New York Times, 4 July 1993).

Malodorous Manatee said...

Thank you, D.O. One more thing to add to the lexicon and one less thing to keep me awake tonight.

Kelly Clark said...

Thanks for the welcome, C.C., and for the write-up. Dylan, wow, impressive that you found such terrific phrases to "shape-shift" -- and the fill is great.

ATLGranny said...

Boohoo for me too, Shankers. One bad square for a FIW today. I did the puzzle in stages which helped to avoid many traps but I struggled long in the SW. Actually the whole bottom fourth took me the most time, ending with the fill POLLUTE and UNLIKABLE. It was such a relief to get the bottom that I failed to take another look at the middle where I had an iffy square. It was my downfall today. I think I now have EDO and IMDB solidly in mind for the next time they appear. No problem seeing the theme and getting the reveal, at least. Thanks Dylan and C.C. for keeping me busy.

Spitzboov, I hadn't heard of the Spud Coxswain, but it sounds similar to the summer job of Salad Betty at Grand Lake Lodge in Colorado for college students. Our son decided he preferred washing dishes to making salads there. It wouldn't have been my preference!

Irish Miss and Jayce, I have discovered those new PBS shows too and watch them along with my old favorite British shows. Relaxing entertainment.

Sun's out. Time for a brisk walk!

Anonymous said...

This was a real slog for me.Overwhelmingly meh. Quite a bit of work for not a lot of fun.I don't care for puzzles that result in gibberish in the circles.It's not worth whatever clever trick the constructor came up with.

Unknown said...

As a poker player for over 60 years at home and in casinos I NEVER heard the term TOP PAIR used. Tossed the puzzle after that. Too much angst today waiting for an opening for a Covid shot. Five days and forty hours trying to get in. Not in the mood to struggle with a puzzle today ,,, sorry!

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say...

Spitz - I didn't know Krebs / crab / cancer connection. But it makes me giggle that both Brian and Chris Krebs are in CyberSec. [Warning - may be considered political but this is KrebsOnSecurity's article stating they are not related].

RayO - It looks like the next 5 episodes of Lupin are already in the can [cite] [Spoiler Alert if you've not seen S1E5 yet].

Don't know if I told y'all but I had an awful smell of gas in the garage. Seems a line on my '86 Alfa sprang a leak. I kinda patched it (or the car ran out of whatever fluid was leaking) and the smell has gone away. I ordered stand-jacks and a crawler + picked up some cynderblocks & 2x6 (cut into blocks) to suspender the belt in case something gives way while I'm under the vehicle.
I think it's the gas return line that needs replacing.
Oy! This is going to be an adventure. //I'm not a gear-head and so doing my best to guess at what I'm doing :-)

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

FIW, I had AURAs and didn't know KELSEY. I just couldn't grok the SE. Tried to fit ScOff, KP? should be H but one never knows. Finally, I THINK dropped and CTRL for the Key.

Slow going but ultimately doable. So Ingenuous is NAIVE but disingenuous is lying? I liked the TEN PIN clue.

I got the theme after the SHIFT but it was no help with the solve. Those long across phrases filled a lot of SQUARES.


Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Unknown @ 4:04 —> a lot of the on air commentators forTexas Hold ‘Em tournaments shown on TV will use the term “TOP PAIR”. I agree that it probably isn’t used too often by players at the table ...

CC —> you’re correct about Dylan Schiff. Mark McClain really spoke highly of him

Speaking of Mark McClain, he had a fun puzzle at Newsday today

I had a couple of write overs but ended up getting ‘er done

Getting some well needed rain here in the VOTS

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anon T

Just waiting for NETFLIX.

waseeley said...

Thank you DYLAN for a pleasant Sunday puzzle, and congrats on your first, which for want of an E I FIW. Filled AURAS first and never having seen LOU GRANT was unfamiliar with KELSEY and left the S in place where the E should have been. Other than that all was fine and fun to fill.

There's a lot of buzz on Corner for favorite shows and I have to add one to the mix. Dw and I just finished a 7 part PBS series based on Dicken's serial novel "Little Doritt". Anyone who has ever seen it can attest to its beautiful blending of satire with a touching, intimate romance. Only Dickens can set a such a satisfying masterpiece in a 19th century British work house.

And finally, thanks to CC, not only for today's commentary, but for all the behind the scenes work she does for this community.


GarlicGal said...

Hi folks. I had a hard time with the circles, too. I just gave up, but it didn't stop me from finishing the puzzle. I enjoyed the solving.

Lemonade, thank you for posting the link to the NYTs article yesterday. That was really interesting. I had no idea about all the politics involved in getting puzzles published.

I also want to mention that my daughter gave me a subscription to American Values Club x-word puzzles. I get one emailed on Tuesdays and the following Tuesday I get a new puzzle with the answers to the week before. The puzzles are very cleaver, definitely outside the LAT/NYT "clue box". You can tell the constructors are younger and put a different spin on their puzzles. Probably not for everyone! But a nice change.

And I also want to send my condolences along to Bill. We have followed the journey for many years. Bike rides, Cappuccinos, tutoring lessons, your glorious narrated lunches with Barbara, and "Sunday Morning" recaps. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

CrossEyedDave said...

Thanks CC for reminding me of PK.

She was one of three feral cats in our backyard
All named my daughter #1.

There was tiptoe,
Who was so afraid of everyone that she would hide on the deck stairs
So that you could only ever see her eyes and ears.

The was fat boy, the t9mcat that needs no further description
Other than he was a mean SOB.

And lastly, Pretty Kitty, who would follow me everywhere.
I shortened her name to PK...
I still miss her...

Re: puzzle,
still trying to fit my mind around it...

inanehiker said...

Busy day today - so just getting to the puzzle! When I saw the title "Metamorphosis" I thought the different stages from caterpillar to butterfly would be in the theme answers- BZZT! It was a slow and steady solve thought. I have always thought of unlikeable vs UNLIKABLE so waited for perps to fill in the alternative spelling.

Thanks CC & Dylan!

IM - Ive been enjoying the "All creatures great and small" reboot and the "Miss Scarlet and the Duke" on Masterpiece mystery too! Though tonight I have DVR'ed both as I am watching the Chiefs game. My other team - The Packers missed an opportunity to make it to the Super Bowl.

Condolences and prayer for Bill and his family!

CanadianEh! said...

Super Sunday. Thanks for the fun, Dylan and C.C.
Wow! We get a workout today with a CW and Word Jumble all in one.
I was solving online and needed to Google for KELSEY to open SE corner. I had SHAPE SHuFlERS (but needs two Fs) - but it worked to explain the theme LOL.

I'm blessed with CSOs lately. Alberta uses Km/H on their speed signs and speedometers; while KPH might be technically correct for "Alberta speed meas.", it is NOT common Canadian usage. (I have linked our speed signs in the past)

Many changes today as perps changed things:
Cache to STASH, Blurry to BLEARY, Web to URL, ToLET to UNLET (ugh!), Ills to AILS (verb not noun needed), Sneer AT to SNORT AT (I like Sneer better with LEER AT), Elated (too short) to Excited to PLEASED (which is nowhere near "Over the Moon" IMO)

It wasn't a house key but a music key at 51D (ATONAL); then a computer key with CTRL.
I noted FOE and ENEMY.
ELECTORAL VOTE was apropos after our discussion of Canadian/American election differences last week. Plus, we had VIOLIN after my link to 9-year-old Chelsea Gu and TSO yesterday.

Big Easy- I have the same issue; I always think of microphone abbr. as Mike, but having learning MIC for CW use, I entered MICING (although it sounds like a cat in the barn!).

d'o- so we could say that Throw SHADE=SNORT AT?!

Wishing you all a good evening.

CanadianEh! said...

C.C. - This Canadian smiled broadly when I saw the Voortman Cookie photo. They are well known to me as we love them too. Company is located in Burlington, Ontario and was sold in 2017 to Hostess (of Twinkies fame, Big Easy!). The two Voortman brothers (founders of the company in 1951) and their families are known to my family. One of the daughters was a dietitian and she encouraged them to get rid of trans fats, sugar, etc. long before the other companies.
They "make good cookies" and I am glad that Boomer enjoys them.

LEO III said...

Thanks Dylan and C.C. Condolences, Bill.

Hello everyone. It’s been a long three days. Had museum work - inside Friday and outside on the ramp all day yesterday. I couldn’t make heads nor tails of Friday’s puzzle at work, but when I got home, I finally saw what was going on, and I was able get through it fairly quickly and well. Looked at yesterday’s for a little while after I got home last night; all I can say is it’s gonna take some doing to get through that one.

It took me a long time today, but I did get through the puzzle. Figured out all the long fills and got the reveal. Anagrams are not my thing, so I passed on trying to do them. I made the Kelsey (never heard of her)/Aurae mistake that some others made.

Whenever I come across any reference to the ISLE OF MAN, here is always my first thought:

No Man Is an Island

For all of the names that I can never remember, somehow I immediately knew LINC. Go figure….

Spitzboov – I heartily agree with you about IMDb. I cannot/will not watch the old Perry Mason reruns without having my tablet open to IMDb to identify and read about the supporting actors and actresses in each episode. It's amazing how many were on that show before they actually became famous. The website certainly makes for a fun excursion into yesteryear.

Wilbur Charles said...

Speaking of supporting actors one might have missed. Picard might get a kick out of this actor's role in Tinker, Tailer,Soldier, Spy. Smiley talks to Karla


Lucina said...


The day is almost done and I just finished the puzzle! It's been a long but pleasant day today with Mass this morning (our church attendance has now noticeably increased)followed by a birthday lunch with friends which lasted the entire afternoon. When I finally got to the puzzle it was time to watch TV so I did it during commercials. PBS has none so it was slow going until done.

I really like all the above mentioned programs, All Creatures Great and Small and Miss Scarlet and the Duke.

After finishing the puzzle I am just too tuckered to delve into the anagrams so it was a pleasure to read C.C.'s column and find them there. Like PK I also enjoy the cultural information you give us, C.C. Of all my studies I admit Asian and especially Chinese is where I am weakest. You fill that void nicely and I'm grateful.

I hope you have all enjoyed a pleasant day; for us it's been cool and rainy off and on and a nice reminder that winter is surely here though without the severity some of you experience.

My hand is up for ONE TRACK MIND instead of SINGLE TRACK but I like Virgil's idea.

Thanks to Dylan Schiff for the workout and to Sptiz for the definition of Schiff!

Anonymous T said...

LeoIII - No man is an island while I land up in jeopardy [Robert Plant @2:21]

Too all bemoaning Larry King... I'm with you. I watched him since the early '90s and even read his book "Tell in to the King". Another soul we all will miss (even after he went to RT).

Cheers, -T

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thank you Dylan for a puzzle that was fun & satisfying to solve. I didn't get the shapes because I forgot to look back. Needed a nap by the time of the reveal.

CC: Thanks, I'm glad to be back, even if I'm way late to the party.

We watched Lou Grant back in the days when we only had 3 channels. Didn't remember KELSEY.

Laughed at myself: I had IF in 1d for a long time and got the perps for EAR at the last. I sat and studied IF EAR for longer than I should have before I FEAR finally sank in.