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Jan 5, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Gerry Wildenberg

Let there be Light!  The word Light can be placed in the before, or aHEAD, of the first word in each theme answer to give us a new concept.

17-Across. *  Football score: TOUCH DOWN.  Light Touch.


11-Down. *  Musical song generating extended applause: SHOW STOPPER.  Light Show.


25-Down. *  Confinement that might involve an ankle monitor: HOUSE ARREST.  Light House.

Nubble Light on Cape Neddick, Maine

26-Down. *  Right-angled flying toy: BOX KITE.  Light Box.



And the Unifier:

63-Across. Night driving need, and what can go with the starts of the answers to starred clues: HEAD LIGHT.


Lots of proper names in today's puzzle.  They shouldn't cause too much trouble, though, since most of people make frequent guest appearances in the puzzles.

Across:
1. Eldest Baldwin brother: ALEC.  Alec Baldwin (né Alexander Rae Baldwin, III; b. Apr. 3, 1958) was great as Jack Donaghy on the sit-com 30 Rock.  His three younger brothers (Daniel, William and Stephen), are also actors.


5. Sales staffers: REPs.  As in Representatives.

9. Fettuccine, e.g.: PASTA.  Yummers!


14. Capital NW of Napoli: ROMA.  Or, as Americans would say, Naples and Rome.  Naples is one of the dirtiest European cities I have visited, but there are still wonderful sight that are "must sees".  And the food there is fantastic.

Visions of Vesuvius from Naples

15. Suffix with stink: -EROO.  As in Stinkeroo!

16. Value system: ETHOS.  Ethos comes to us from the Greek, which means character.

19. Atlanta campus: EMORY.  Emory University is a private research university in Atlanta, Georgia.  It is a Methodist-affiliated educational institution.  It was named in honor of John Emory (1789 ~ 1835), who was a bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

20. Barge movers: TUGs.  We see lots of tugboats on the Mississippi River.


21. "I'd like to help": ALLOW ME.

23. Island near Bora Bora: TAHITI.  Tahiti is the largest island of the Windward Islands of the Society Islands.  The French artist, Paul Gauguin (1848 ~ 1903), spent 10 years painting in Tahiti.



26. Soft French cheese: BRIE.  Yummers!  When we lived in France, we practically lived on Brie and Baguettes.


27. Chess pieces and board, e.g.: SET.  Remember the chess game from Alice in Wonderland?




28. Lennon's love: ONO.  Yoko makes very frequent guest appearnces in the puzzles.  Yoko Ono (b. Feb. 18, 1933) is nearly 88 years old.


29. Palm starch: SAGO.

31. Sausage on a grill: BRAT.  Bratwurst.  I'll let Spitzboov explain the etymology of this German word.


33. We, to Henri: NOUS.  Today's French lesson.

35. Deli counter cry: NEXT!

37. Got to one's feet: STOOD.


40. Spout, as oil: GUSH.


41. Starts to fly, with "off": TAKES.



43. Nashville venue: OPRY.  I understand it's Grand.  It's genre is County and Western.


44. Yarn coil: SKEIN.  Hi, Madame DeFarge!


46. Like peanut-butter pie: RICH.  I have never had a Peanut butter pie, but here is a recipe.

47. Wall St. events for young companies: IPOs.  As in Initial Public Offerings.

48. Monterrey years: AÑOs.  Today's Spanish lesson.  Monterrey is a city in Nuevo León, Mexico.

50. "God" prefix: THEO.  Think Theology.

52. Brian of rock: ENO.  Brian Eno (né Brian Peter George Eno; b. May 15, 1948) is another friend who makes frequent guest appearances in the puzzles.


53. MLB dugout boss: MGR.  As in the Manager of the Major League Baseball team.  Johnny Pesky (né John Michael Paveskovich; 1919 ~ 2012) was briefly the manager of the Boston Red Sox.  He was associated with the Red Sox for 61 of his 73 years in baseball.


55. Pouty look: MOUE.  She's Baaaack!

 
57. Screenwriter Nora: EPHRON.  Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 ~ June 26, 2012) was briefly married to Carl Bernstein.  She wrote about their tumultuous marriage in the autobiographical novel Heartburn


59. Smooch that misses everything: AIR KISS.


61. Movie-rating org.: MPAA.  As in the Motion Picture Association of America.

62. Unarmed, to a cop: CLEAN.

68. Proverbial waste maker: HASTE.



69. Puzzle guy Rubik: ERNŐ.  Ernő Rubik (b. July 13, 1944) is best known for his cube.


70. Pâté de __ gras: FOIE.  Pâté de Foie gras has a controversial history.  It is a delicacy of duck or goose liver.


71. First name in perfumery: ESTÉE.  Estée Lauder (née Josephine Ester Mentzer; July 1, 1906 ~ Apr. 24, 2004) often drops in for a visit in the puzzles.  She built up a cosmetics company.


72. Tolled: RANG.

73. Business envelope abbr.: ATT'N.  As in Attention.





Down:
1. The "A" in MoMA: ART.  As in the Museum oModern Art.  The museum has lots of fascinating collections.

2. Place to go in London?: LOO.  Fun misdirection.


3. Big Aussie bird: EMU.  Did you know that they boom and grunt?


4. Desert landscape features: CACTI.  Hi, Lucina!



5. Arcturus, for one: RED GIANT.  Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere should be able to see this Giant Red Star, one of the brightest in the sky.  The name Arcturus is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning Guardian of the Bear.  As you can see below, it is somewhat near the Ursa Major (Big Dipper)


6. Greek Cupid: EROS.


7. "Batman" sound effect: POW!


8. Underwater detector: SONAR.  Sound Navagation and Ranging.


Sonar Explained

9. Apple pie prep tools: PEELERS.


10. Prefix with sphere: ATMO-.  As in the Atmosphere.


12. Velvet-voiced Mel: TORMÉ.  Mel Tormé (né Melvin Howard Tormé; Sept. 13, 1925 ~ June 5, 1999) made 8 guest appearances on the sit-com Night Court.


13. Until now: AS YET.

18. Simple shelters: HUTS.  Some are elaborate vacation hide-aways.


22. Women's __: LIB.

23. Barbecue pair: TONGS.


24. Aimée of "8 1/2": ANOUK.  8 1/2  is a 1963 avant-garde film directed by Federico Fellini, which starred Aimée Anouk (née Nicole Françoise Florence Dreyfus; b. Apr. 27, 1932).  The film starred Best Foreign Language Film.

30. Mechanical part: GEAR.




32. Yours, to Yvonne: À TOI.  More of today's French lesson.

34. Area below the knee: SHIN.


36. Computer repair person: TECH.

38. Maine college town: ORONO.  Home of my alma mater.


39. Bagless vacuum pioneer: DYSON.


42. Border collie, say: SHEEP DOG.


45. Candidate: NOMINEE.

49. "Help!"-ful soap pad brand: SOS.


51. October gem: OPAL.  Hi, Kazie!


53. Papier-__: MÂCHÉ.  This art form literally means Chewed Paper.


54. Biting desert lizards: GILAs.

56. Aisle escort: USHER.


58. Israeli seaport: HAIFA.  It's a city in northern Israel.


60. Evangeline Lilly's "Lost" role: KATE.  I am not familiar with Evangeline Lilly (née Nicole Evangeline Lilly; b. Aug. 3, 1979), nor have I ever watched Lost.


61. Public education advocate Horace: MANN.  Horace Mann (May. 4, 1796 ~ Aug. 2, 1859) was also a United States Representative from Massachusetts.


64. Period often named for a president: ERA.




65. Received: GOT.

66. Two-bagger, for one: HIT.  Think baseball.

67. Half a score ... or a perfect score: TEN.   Meh!

Here's the Grid:


חתולה





51 comments:

OwenKL said...

Paul Gauguin felt Paris was freaky
So to escape, he sailed to TAHITI.
There he painted Maoris.
His ART told their stories,
Much clearer than any graffiti!

All the ART of Vincent Van Gogh
Was consigned to his brother, named THEO.
Thru-out his career,
He'd grin ear to ear,
Till he cut one with misguided ETHOS.

{A-, B.}

LEO III said...

Nice and easy puzzle this morning. Thanks, Gerry Wildenberg and Hahtoolah!

TOUCHDOWN and HEADLIGHT were the first fills, but I forgot to go back and match up the rest of the theme stuff.

Needed perps for MOUE, ANOUK, ATOI and KATE (I didn’t watch “Lost” either, and from what I heard and read about the ending, it was probably a good thing I didn’t.)

Gonna go get some sleep! Later….

Anonymous said...

I believe that The Windward Islands are in the Caribbean, so Tahiti is definitely not part of them.

Wilbur Charles said...

Johnny Pesky was involved in the famous mad dash of ENOS Slaughter in the '46 WS. The right field foul pole was named after him.

LIU for another French lesson: ANOUK is Grace.

I was solving ahead and somehow skipped Tuesday. PASTA sounded unfamiliar so I stopped and solved.

Thanks Hahtoolah, I liked the TORME sketch. Unlike the Wednesday that definitely was not, this was classic Tuesday level.

Owen, I'm enjoying your l'icks. FLN, I got a kick out of Squiggy.

WC

D4E4H said...

Good morning Cornerites.

Thank you Gerry Wildenberg for your enjoyable Tuesday CW. 

I FIR in 22:35 min.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your excellent review.

:) :) :) :) Ðavið
AKA  D4E4HE2C9C3H

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Crossword friends.

Tahiti Tahiti is located within the Pacific French Polynesia archipelago, which is divided into two groups ~ the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands. The names Windward and Leeward Islands are also found in the Caribbean.

QOD: The function of memory is not only to preserve, but also to throw away. If you remembered everything from your entire life, you would be sick. ~ Umberto Eco (Jan. 5, 1932 ~ Feb. 19, 2016)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Guess who read the complete reveal and still had difficulty finding the theme? Yup. I was looking at some pseudo-long answers that weren't really part of the theme. Noticed the multiple CSO's to Mme Defarge, Lucina, Rich, and Hahtoolah (also my brother who spent most of his working years at U-M). AIR KISS always evokes "Mwaa" for me. Nicely done, Gerry and Hahtoolah. (Great recipe for blackened chicken; I think I could master it.)

"Windward" -- Captain Cook visited there and named the archipelage the Society Islands. You can see the Windward (du vent) and Leeward (sous le vent) islands on this map.

GUSH -- If an oil well gushes, somebody screwed up. The upward pressure of the oil is normally balanced by the downward pressure of the drilling fluid (mud). In the awl patch a gusher is known as a "blowout."

inanehiker said...

Straightforward puzzle - but definitely needed the reveal for the theme.

Thanks Susan for all the fun pics and cartoons in the blog.

Today at 1 pm is when my nephew will have his broken elbow surgically repaired - he is mod/severely autistic and hasn't ever had surgery - so hoping all will go well with the process!

Lucina said...

Hola!

Thank you, Gerry Wildenberg and Hahtoolah! Nice puzzle. Excellent review.

Thank you for the CSO at CACTI. Yes, they are abundant here in the desert especially the saguaros.

I love my DYSON vacuum cleaner. It's the small model and does a great job of sucking up, dirt, that is.

There is a rumor that ESTEE stole the formula for perfume from her uncle.

I agree about Naples on both counts especially the food but then I found ALL the food in Italy delicious.

One of my sisters was born in October so I'm familiar with the gemstone OPAL. It's also the name of the wife in the comic strip Pickles, one of the really funny comics.

"HASTE makes waste" was one of the many adages on which I was educated. "Many hands make light work" is another.

NOUS and ATOI can be added to my small list of French vocabulary.

I love all cheese and BRIE is high on the list.

Enjoy your day, everyone!

Lucina said...

Owen:
Really good work today! I liked them both.

Hungry Mother said...

FIR, ignored the theme. My wife and I celebrated our 25th in Bora Bora on a cruise from TAHITI. Cape Neddick area is a favorite stop on our way to Acadia. I was thinking that SKEI_ kinda gives away its last letter. Is there a name for those kind of words? Other examples? Maybe shis_, kis_, theocrac_,

Bob Lee said...

Easy puzzle, and figured out the theme after completion.

I knew the work SKEIN, but I didn't know it's meaning. Learning moment.
Crosses helped with some of the foreign words like FOIE and NOUS and ATOI.

BTW. The easiest way of remembering where Arcturus is located is "Follow the Arc to Arcturus." (Just follow the Big Dipper Handle). It is very bright and easy to spot. It is part of the constellation Bootes, which looks like a giant kite, tipped back towards the Dipper. That's a traditional kite, not a BOX KITE.

ATLGranny said...

Nice puzzle with some surprising answers today, FIR. Thanks, Gerry. It's always fun when l see an unexpected meaning. The V-8 moment. Once again, I rushed to read Hahtoolah's review, super rich as usual, not thinking how the reveal worked with the themers. D-Otto at least gave it a try. Sigh. Will try to do better tomorrow. A few WOs but generally a clean grid. Thanks for the poems today OwenKL.

FLN: Nice harvest of carrots, AnonT. Enjoy!

Living near Emory University, that fill was easy for me. ALLOW ME to wish you all a very good day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got it all without mishap. Sussed the theme after it was done. FIR.
Funny to see 'lighthouse' after my. comment yesterday on occulting light.
BRAT - is short for BRATwurst. Braten in German means to fry, sizzle or roast. Very apt for how the sausage is prepared.
RED GIANT - - Per Hahtoolah's diagram, Arcturus and Spica are easy to find; by continuing the arc off the handle of the Big Dipper toward the celestial equator.

Thanks Hahtoolah for another fine juicy intro.

Yuman said...

Gary, still laughing over your “blue toothless” iPod from yesterday.
We have many cacti here in Yuma, AZ.
Always fun to listen to tourist to try and pronounce “saguaro”cactus.
sa·gua·ro
/səˈ(ɡ)wärō/

desper-otto said...

Learning moment: "Attn" goes in the first line of the envelope address. I always thought it was supposed to go on the second line, or on a line by itself at the bottom left of the envelope. Oops, I've been doing it wrong for decades...scores even.

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: Excellent write-up & links. Very informative. Good job.

Well this was an easy, FUN Tuesday puzzle.

Tomorrow is Epiphany ... THE biggest Holiday here in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Hope the lads diving for the CROSS at 1:00 pm are in great shape ...
It is going to be around 64 degrees ... and sunny.

Normally there are around 30,000 spectators, but this year it is limited to family and around 300 VIP's.

But it will be on TV.

See y'all on Thursday.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.

Cheers!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

As we USHER in a new year ..If there were ever a puzzle easier than a Monday this was it. Rapid fill with no hesitation or perpwalking required. The proper names were familiar. No annoying E words (if your computer crashes are you Enoyed?). Not crazy about fill like EROO but at least no ooh, aah, oho etc. interjections.

But "alas" I didn't see the light.💡

Don't know if it's a central NY state thing but a PEELER Is a smart-alec/thinks-he's-funny sort of person. Heard it a lot as a kid. (Mom called me a peeler more than a few times)

SAGO: Why would I need a stiff palm? Deli counter cry NEXT!.."No soup for you!" wouldn't fit..

Like today not uncommon to encounter see both ORONO orONO

French wildebeest...NOUS
French cow udderance.....MOUE
H bomb...ANOUK

Ooh Ooh

CrossEyedDave said...

Journal entry, October 3rd...

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

The constructor must be a Francophile as per Moue, Nous, Foie, Mâché, Atoi, and Brie. Then add Ãnos, Roma, Haifa, and Tahiti and we have quite a world view. Most of these are frequent crossword visitors and none of them were unknowns, so no complaints from me. I needed the reveal to catch the theme. I liked the Ono/Eno and Moue/Nous duos and the crossing of Torme and Me. Sago made an encore appearance, also. As mentioned, nice CSOs to Lucina (Cacti), Madame Defarge (Skein), and Hahtoolah and Lemony (Orono).

Thanks, Monsieur Gerry, for a fun Tuesday solve and thanks, Hahtoolah, for the sparkling review and visuals and links. I especially enjoyed listening to the carefree “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” and the photo of the Nubble Lighthouse, which I have visited numerous times.

Dave, can you give us an update on Carol’s progress?

Inanehiker, best wishes for a smooth and successful surgery for your nephew.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-I never saw the, uh, LIGHT gimmick but enjoyed the solve
-SHOWSTOPPER - Ethel Merman and Everything’s Coming Up Roses
-HOUSE ARREST - A local girl got arrested but obtained a court order to appear in H.S. musical anyway with a clearly visible ANKLE BRACELT
-For us, Naples was only a jumping off point for Pompeii and fabulous Capri
-NEXT! I remember standing in line to get a polio vaccine 65 yrs ago.
-The new OPRY was flooded when we were in Nashville. We had to go to the historic Ryman Auditorium
-“He’s CLEAN.” McCluskey didn’t know Michael Corleone had a gun hidden in the restaurant’s rest room
-Ce n'est pas A TOI, c'est à NOUS (It is not yours, it is ours)
-Of all the KATES, in all of show biz, Gerry (or Rich) went obscure
-SKEIN gives lie to the rule, “I before E except after C”.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Gerry and Hahtoolah.
This was a quick solve, even for a Tuesday; I FIRed and saw the HEADLIGHT theme (but only with the reveal).
But I almost had a Natick at the cross of MANN, ERNO, MPAA. I WAGged the M and N (or pulled MANN out of my memory bank) and hoped for the best. Yes, Hahtoolah showed me that I was correct.

Did anyone else have “Pt de ____ Gras” as the clue for 70D? Thankfully FOIE gras was familiar to me.

Did editor Norris give himself a CSO at 46A?😁

I smiled at ANOUK of 8 1/2 and TEN (Bo?).

Is that “place to go in London” a head?

inanehiker- thoughts and prayers for your nephew’s Sx today

Wishing you all a great day.

NaomiZ said...

This was fun. I was jumping all over the grid, not knowing what area to solve first. Not sure why stinkEROO is a thing, but it didn't slow me down.

The LA Times print edition deals with diacritical marks by dropping the entire letter so marked. Thus we had "Pt de __ gras" as a clue. Still, no worries.

Hahtoolah, I'm jealous of your sojourn in France, eating brie and baguettes! I have been to Italy and France on short trips, and like to imagine renting a place and staying for a year. Meanwhile, I'm having all this fun in the Crossword Corner! Thanks, everyone!

Lucina said...

PAPIER MACHE almost gives me a headache when I recall classroom projects involving it! The students used inflated balloons to mold the shapes then, of course, popped the balloons to remove them after the project dried. Believe me, teaching is for the young generation. I could not tolerate all that today.

Yellowrocks said...

So easy today, but loads of fun. Thanks for the super blog, Susan.
DIL and I love many types of pate. On specials occasions we buy it just for the two of us. No one else will touch it. I never had pate foie gras, too pricey. Also it sounds gruesome.
Our family has many takers for all types of cheese. I enjoy warmed brie and serve it with fig jam. My square dance club ate it up when I served it to them.
I have had peanut butter pie. So rich a little goes a long way.
I hate "attention" in ads, a total turn off. I do not mind it in letters and envelopes.
Did you ever watch sheep dog trials on TV. Fascinating. Such talented dogs.
I have had blackened precooked bacon. Set the microwave to 20 minutes instead of 20 seconds and forget it.
OKL, Tahiti poem A+.
Inanehiker, best wishes for your nephew's surgery.

Vidwan827 said...


Thank you Gerry, for a nice and easy puzzle, and Hahtoolah for a lot of humor and learning.
Thank you Ray O Sunshine, as above, for some cute homophones and more humor.

Hahtoolah, as you made clear, there are Windward and Leeward islands in many island chains. They are not limited to any particular part of the world, or ocean.
It just depends on where, and in what direction, the winds blow ...

Thank you for the link on the Tower of David Light show.
I remember it well, ..... the magnificent Light Show in the open air theater, behind the Tower of David, near the Jaffa Gate, when we visited Israel. We stayed at the Mount Zion Hotel nearby.

By the way, while showing and describing the various types of ribbon pasta, somehow the various pictures got prematurely cropped off, and the last, widest, ribbon pasta does not have a name ...
I looked up, and I guess this wide ribbon pasta would be the Pappardelle ...
.. although I wouldn't know how to pronounce it.

Have a nice day, all.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Enjoyed the puzzle. Enjoyed the write-up. Thinking about enjoying some Blackened Chicken.

Hahtoolah said...

Vidwan: glad to hear you made it to Israel. I know it was on your bucket list.

waseeley said...

Thank you Gerry for a pleasant Tuesday puzzle (but isn't today January 5th?) and thanks to Hahtoolah for your stimulating review.

FIR for a change, but needed Susan to turn on the LIGHT BULB to get the theme. And also thanks for the DIY on the LIGHT BOX. I've saved the link and will put it on my list of projects for my artist granddaughter.

55A MOUE was new to me and the thanks for the priceless picture illustrating yet another way to sulk.

16A ETHOS - My initial fill was "ETHIC", but it didn't perp.
The clue was "Value system" and I associate systems with formal definitions, e.g. Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. I think of ETHOS as a cultural level entity, including not only a society's ethics, but it's customs and attitudes, i.e. a much more diverse and less well defined term.

Bill

waseeley said...

MM @12:13 PM One of the many reasons I gave up Facebook. It was spoiling too many dinners.

Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle, many thanks, Gerry. And, Susan, your illustrations are wonderful and always make your commentary a total pleasure--thank you for that too.

I loved being able to slowly work my way through this entire puzzle, with lots of fun clues and answers (e.g. AIR KISS). Can't believe all the names I remembered--well, ALEC, of course, but also TORME and DYSON and, of course, ESTEE, and even ERNO. Oh, yes, and NORA EPHRON. Oh, almost forgot ONO and ANOUK--they even crossed each other.

Owen, your art poems were a real treat.

Have a great day, everybody.

JD said...

Enjoyed today's puzzle, but misspelled Ephron and Anouk, but soon corrected. Arcturas did not ring a bell, but it easily filled, although sago took some thought. I'm very rusty.
Susan, reading your review was a delight, and I always enjoy your QOD.
Happy New Year to all my old friends, and new "faces" here at the Corner.
Lucina, ART distance learning is just a time filler. Mainly it is step by step drawings, and they are fun. Dylan's teacher sent home some modeling clay so they all made something that resembled a snowman. Like you, I'm glad I'm not teaching. They are working twice as hard with no hugs.I am glad that I can help my 2 youngest grandsons with their 2-3 hours of homework each day. Luckily they both know their way around the computer better than I do. They have to take a picture of all of their assignments and send them in.

SansBeach said...

Good Afternoon, all. I had to do laps around this Tuesday xwrd because of all the names and foreign speak but was able to FIR. Thanks Gerry and thx Susan for the 'splainin'. Liked your QOD, as JD, but my brain is ahead of the curb because it throws away on a daily basis. I don't know how many times I've wished I could spell. At N_us and An_uk, it was A, E, I, and Ooh, Ooh. Hope everyone's day is a good one.

Lucina said...

Hello, JD! How nice to see you here with your busy time looking after your grandchildren. Do you have recent photos? I'm sure that have really grown.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Funny. I no longer think of musical theater when I see or hear the words SHOW STOPPER.
It is all about The Great British Baking Show nowadays!
Yes, I am hooked--via Netflix.
I watch the bakers turn out their goodies while I do my daily exercises.
It feels good for the soul, as well as body, to be working my muscles--while NOT eating all those luscious concoctions.

Cool pzl from Mr. Wildenberg. Even cooler coverage by Hahtoolah with all those beautiful illustrations, both photos and drawings.
~ OMK
____________
DR:
Two diagonals, one to a side.
The choice anagram is on the near end--a timely lament as once again we call in our supper order, or just plan to drive to one of our usual providers:
"What?!" we exclaim...
"TAKEOUT AGAIN!!"

unclefred said...

Enjoyed this CW, and perfect difficulty level for a Tuesday, thanx, Gerry!! Only write-over was “AROO” : “EROO” when perps lit the way. Only thing that slowed me down was the dang pen running out of ink!! Had to fetch a refill. Still got ‘er done in ~16 minutes, which is about average for me for a Tuesday. Terrific write-up, Hahtoolah, as always! Thanx!

jfromvt said...

WC - a funny story about Johnny Pesky, and hopefully I don’t bore the non-baseball fans. The play in 1946 is very famous, and there is still doubt as to whether Pesky delaying the throw to home for a bit allowed Slaughter to score. This was always a thorn in Pesky’s side, as it was the deciding play in the seventh and final game of the World Series. Now advance to 1975, 29 years later, and the Red Sox are in the World Series vs the Reds. The sports reporter for our tiny newspaper in northern Vermont gets a press pass so he can “cover” the game. His real interest was to just get into Fenway Park (for free) to watch the World Series, not report on it. But he happens to run into Pesky, so he asks him about the play from 1946. Well Pesky went after him, calling him every expletive in the book. Our faithful reporter is so upset, he writes a story in the paper about what a jerk Pesky is. In reality, by all accounts, Pesky was one of the nicest guys ever and was in baseball for decades in all capacities.

Terry said...

I believe "head" is a Navy term for bathroom.

Lemonade714 said...

Good to see another of the originals at the Corner JD and always a please to see your grandkids.

If you want a better look at EVANGELLINE LILLY who is Canadian.

Anonymous said...

Save the language lessons for later in the week, its tuesday or toesday your impish lesson of the day.LOL

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and Hahtoolah's terrific write-up. I liked yesterday's too.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Thanks Gerry and Susan for the fun puzzle and thorough recap!

Don’t know why I thought AUK/EMU in 3-down, but that stained an otherwise pristine puzzle page

EMORY is a SO to my S-I-L as he’s the percussion instructor/professor there. Great campus area with a number of great restaurants and cafes nearby

Owen, glad you’re back providing poetry

My mid-week posts are going to be shorter on weeks when I do a blog RECAP. Spoiler alert: I’m up on Friday!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Garry for the puzzle. Thanks Hahtoolah for the fun expo (loved the cat getting the check).

WO: ROMa, SaGO, aROO
Cheat: A in ANOUK and couldn't help but see TAHITI
FIW - Never could get RED GIANT until I peeked at TAHITI and saw my WOs post play.

I should have paid more attention but I was taking down Christmas LIGHTS with Eldest and puzzling at pauses (read: run to the garage for another something (trash bag, dikes, ladder, etc))

Fav: PASTA!

I've never been to Naples so can't speak to cleanliness but, ooooh, the food in Italy was always amazing. I will never understand seeing (obvious) tourists at a Mc Donald's - why even bother traveling. NaomiZ - yes, seemed 10 days (three cities - Rome, Florence, & Venice) just wasn't enough.

Got Horace MANN right for the wrong reason. //Pop's wife worked there before joining State of IL's Department of Insurance.

{A, B}
With Eldest down to her last 4 nights with us until summer, we're doing TAKEOUT AGAIN OMK. Vietnamese tonight! :-)

inanehiker - surgery has to be done by now... how'd he hold-up?

Nice to see you again JD!

Ready for this? 'Cuz I work for an oil company (and apparently they're considered critical infrastructure), I'm now in queue for the C19 shot. As slap-dash as it all seems, my Dr. said, in her wonderful Indian accent, "If it's offered, take it."

Cheers, -T

Spitzboov said...

Speaking of shots, I did the dirty deed and got my first Shingrix (Shingles vaccination) today; from Walgreen's. I get the second after March 5. No co-pay; insurance covered it all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Anon T ~ Sometimes after weeks of travel, we're just ready for a touch of home.
That may explain why some will patronize a McDonald's abroad-- just as my wife & I did once within a few yards of Rome's Spanish Steps.

It was also refreshing to be able to have a beer with our Bg Macs & fries, a combo we never enjoyed in the good ol' U.S. of A.!
~ OMK

Lucina said...

Tony:
For us in Italy it was for American coffee! After several days, we craved it. But I agree about the food. Delicioso everywhere! I don't know if I ever mentioned it and not that it matters, but one of my memories while walking around some famous gardens a very nice gentleman hit on me. I was 60 at the time and quite flattered but begged off.

CanadianEh! said...

Congratulations to the American team on their win over Canada for gold at the World Jr. Hockey championship tonight in Edmonton.

Anonymous T said...

OMK - I suppose I can understand a quick meal (a Big Mac w/ a beer!?! - awesome!) 'cuz anytime we sat down for a bite was a 2 hour event. But.. I was only in Italy for 10 days and we slept in many a morning ;-)

Lucina - I was hooked on the Italian coffee... On (many) occasions I'd ask for Americano so I didn't drink my espresso shot in less than a minute. Other times I'd ask for a 3x espresso so I had more to drink (much to DW's chagrin - W/o smokes to bring me down, that was a bit much :-)

Girls wanted a movie-nite w/ our Vietnamese bowls this eve. They chose My Spy. [Trailer] OMG, that was funny, fun, and very cute.

Cheers, -T

TTP said...





I drove from Karlsruhe to Paris in my '70 Pontiac LeMans in 1978, taking three other G.I. buddies along. On a G.I.'s pay we had to do everything on the cheap, so we took our sleeping bags and slept in a park. Saw the key sights. Ate at the cheapest places we could find. However, there was a McDonald's, so we ate there one day. I remember that it was more expensive than some of the places we had been eating, but also that it was good to have a taste of American fast food for the first time in a couple of years.

Funny, now that I'm able have McDonald's anytime I want, I very seldom eat there. In the last year or year and a half, I can only remember going there one time. That was on November 29th, and it was because my mind's taste buds gave me this undeniable urge to have a couple of Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Probably influenced by subliminal messages after seeing too many commercials.


Canadian Eh, I heard about the result on the evening news sports segment. I noted that it was the last sports news brief mentioned, and also wondered if it was the lede story on CBC's sports segment...

Anonymous T said...

TTP - Many my solo road trips in the US consist of Filet-O-Fish and clean restrooms - MickyD's can always be counted on for both.

Anyone still up watching Georgia returns. Oh, my! :-)

One more thing about DW & my Italy anniversary trip... what's with the stingy on water? I'd have to ask for a litre bottle when we'd sit 'cuz those little thimbles of water was not going to cut it.

Cheers, -T

TTP said...


Dash T, Interesting. Did not know. Tap Water In Italy


I came across this on the way: The Devil's Workshop