Jan 27, 2021

Wednesday January 27, 2021 Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme: Bidding you adieu [or, actually, several.]  As we shall see, the theme entries are all spelt differently, but still rhyme. Isn't English phun? 

17 A. Later than late: LONG OVERDUE.  Said of something that should have happened a long time ago.

27 A. Gleeful Bedrock shout: YABBA DABBA DOO


44 A. Busywork: SOMETHING TO DO.   A task with little intrinsic value.

60 A. Moonshine: MOUNTAIN DEW.  Slang terms for high-proof distilled spirits that were and continue to be produced illicitly, without government authorization.  MOUNTAIN DEW is also the name of a carbonated, caffeinated citrus flavored soft drink marketed by the Pepsi-Cola Co.

Hi gang, Jazzbumpa here, hoping this isn't to, too, two much for a Wednesday.  Ready to go?  Let's DUE, DOO, DO, DEW it!


1. Make fun of: MIMIC.  Disrespectful Apery.

6. Consecrate: BLESS.  To consecrate is to formally dedicate something to a religious purpose.  To Bless is to confer or invoke divine favor upon.  These are not equivalent terms.

11. Like sashimi: RAW.  Uncooked victuals

14. Kind of acid in proteins: AMINO.  A molecule having both acid an amine functionality.  It is able to combine with itself, or other amino acids, to produce large complex molecules.

15. Paddled transport: CANOE.  When you are up a creek in one, it's good to have a paddle.

16. Investment acronym: IRAIndividual Retirement Account.

19. Formal apparel: TUX.  I have one from my years of orchestra playing.

20. Ultimate goal: END-ALL.  The final outcome.

21. Welcome word in real estate: SOLD.  The house across the street from mine sold in less than two days.  They had over a dozen bids.

22. Prez on a fiver: ABE.  Mr. Lincoln.

23. Word with sky or spy: CAM.  Types of cameras.

25. "Gypsy" star, 1959: MERMAN.  Ethyl [1908 - 1984]  was an American actress, artist, and singer. Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage".

33. Happening, to Holmes: AFOOT.  Something is going on, and we need to get moving.   The first use of 'the game is afoot' is found in Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part I, 1597: "Before the game is afoot, thou still let'st slip.'

34. Campus leader: DEAN.  The head of a college or university faculty or department.

35. "Main" road: DRAG.   The biggest or most important thoroughfare of a town or city. “Drag” came from a term for a wagon or carriage that a horse would pull or drag. By extension the road on which the vehicle was dragged became a slang word for “street”—think of drag racing.

38. Discontinued iPods: NANOS.  It was produced from 2005 to 2017.

39. [There's another doc]: ENC.  A written abbreviation for enclosed or enclosure: used in a business letter to say that one or more documents are included with a letter.

40. Tearful: WEEPY.  [Sob]

41. Food on the trail: GRUB.  Sounds appetizing.

42. Ailing: SICK

43. __ strength: INNER. Stable traits, an enduring source of well-being, wise and effective action, and contributions to others.

47. Caterpillar casing: COCOON.  A silky case spun by the larvae of many insects for protection in the pupal stage.

49. Bug: NAG. Annoy or irritate (a person) with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging.

50. Word of good cheer?: RAH.  Hooray!

51. Layered mineral: MICA.   A shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals. It is used as a thermal or electrical insulator.

54. Flannel patterns: PLAIDS.  Checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool.

59. Salem-to-Boise dir.: ESE.  East-south-east.

62. [Not my mistake]: SIC.  It is used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original,

63. Adler of Sherlock Holmes fame: IRENE.   Irene Norton, née Adler, is a fictional character in the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She was featured in the short story "A Scandal in Bohemia", published in July 1891. She is one of the most notable female characters in the Sherlock Holmes series, despite appearing in only one story.

64. Stealthy warrior: NINJA.  In historical Japan, a person trained in ancient Japanese martial arts and employed especially for espionage and assassinations.  More recently, certain teenaged superhero anthropomorphic mutant turtles.

65. Sound of disapproval: TSK.  Tongue clucking

66. County bordering London: ESSEX.  To the north.

67. Toot one's own horn: GLOAT.   Dwell on one's own success or another's misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.


1. Like blokes: MALE.  Just us guys

2. "My turn to sing!": I'M ON.  Or lip synch.

3. Be concerned with: MIND.  Care about.

4. "Young Frankenstein" role: INGA.

The lovely Teri Garr

 5. Hipsters: COOL CATS.  

6. Pre-A.D.: BCE. Before the Common Era.

7. Metallica drummer Ulrich: LARS. [b 1963]  A Danish musician, songwriter, and record producer. He gained worldwide fame as the drummer and co-founder of American heavy metal band Metallica.

8. Root canal procedure, briefly: ENDO. Short for endodontic treatment.

9. Classic 1967 Sam & Dave hit: SOULMAN.


 10. Like some rye: SEEDED.  Don't get carawayed away. 

11. EGOT-winning actress from "West Side Story": RITA MORENO.  Rita Moreno (born Rosa Dolores Alverío Marcano; December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress, dancer, and singer. Her career has spanned over 70 years; her notable acting work includes supporting roles in the musical films Singin' in the Rain (1952), The King and I (1956) and West Side Story (1961), 

12. Curaçao neighbor: ARUBA.  Islands off the coast of Venezuela, both controlled by the Netherlands.

13. Like candles: WAXEN.

18. Prince who inspired Dracula: VLAD.  [ca 1430-1477]  Read about him here.

24. Finally got there: MADE IT.

26. Rat or squirrel: RODENT.  Mammals of the order Rodentia, which are characterized by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws.

27. Yin's partner: YANG.  In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang; Chinese: 陰陽 yīnyáng, lit. "dark-bright", "negative-positive") is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

28. In the distance: AFAR.

29. Employee's end-of-year reward: BONUS CHECK.  Extra money.

30. Owie: BOO-BOO.  A child's minor minor injuury

31. Park seat: BENCH.

Who's old enough to get the reference?

32. Start to park, perhaps: BACK IN.  The first maneuver in parallel parking.

36. Acted like: APED.  Mimicked. [1. A echo]

37. Greek food truck offering: GYRO.   A lamb-based meatloaf sandwich on flatbread.

40. Moving, as one's toes: WIGGLING.

42. Many prom attendees: SENIORS.  High school seniors, not old men like me.

45. Christina Crawford's "__ Dearest": MOMMIE.  A memoir and exposé written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. Published in 1978, it described the author's upbringing by an unbalanced alcoholic mother, whom she judged unfit to raise children. The book attracted much controversy regarding child abuse and child trafficking, with many family friends denouncing it as fiction. It was turned into a 1981 film of the same name starring Faye Dunaway.

46. Big wine valley: NAPA.  In California.

47. Pepsodent rival: CREST.  Tooth pastes.

48. Welcome desert sight: OASIS.  A fertile spot in a desert, where water is found.

52. Pool equipment: CUES.  Referring to the sticks used in games played on a billiard table,  not a place for swimming.

53. Hathaway married to Shakespeare: ANNE. Read about her here.

55. Actor Kapoor of "Slumdog Millionaire": ANIL. [b1956]   He is an Indian actor and producer who has appeared in over a hundred Hindi-language films, as well as international films and television series. His career has spanned 40 years as an actor, and as a producer since 2005.

56. Online sign-in fig.: I.D. NO.  Personal Identification Number.

57. __ vu: DEJA.   The feeling that one has lived through the present situation before. This is a French phrase that translates literally as "already seen."

58. Law enforcement acronym: SWATSpecial Weapons And Tactics - the militarization of police units.

61. Ranch nickname: TEX.  Presumably referring to somebody from Texas.

OK, Gang, now all our doing here is done.  Enjoy your Wednesday.

Cool regards!


Wilbur Charles said...

I had a SOUL period, music-wise in the 60s. "Knock on Wood" was a fav plus Otis's hit "Dock of the Bay".

We had "DEJA View" over at the J, yesterday.

IRENE (Adler) was referred to as "The Woman" by Sherlock. She got the better of him by seeing through his disguise.

I liked seeing YABBA DABBA DOO

Thx JzB, I enjoyed reading about ANNE, " Get Real" and Disney's Alice. Also, 1/2 way thru solving I had the AHA moment realizing it veas a JeffWesch just from the enjoyable clueing


Btw, was that "Laugh-In"?

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Didn't get "carawayed away," but managed not to see the theme, as expected. Thought ANIL was going to be wrong. Nope. Very clever, Mr. Wechsler. Enjoyed the tour, JzB.

IRA: Unless Congress decides otherwise, we'll have to take that RMD again this year. It was canceled for 2020.

"Root canal:" Just had to mention that, huh? I've had several with no bad reactions. This last one was in an upper front tooth, and it hurt for several days afterward.

MICA: Wasn't that a prime ingredient in those "isinglass windows that pull right down, in case there's a change in the weather?"

RODENT: We watched a PBS program about squirrels, and I was shocked to learn that their front teeth grow about 6" per year, on average.

Tax meeting this morning. Only two of our normal six sites are available this year. It's going to be a weird tax season.

desper-otto said...

Yes, JzB, I'm old enough to remember Ruth Buzzi and Arte Johnson.

Mark said...

Laugh-Ing at the Bernie/Ruth pic.

Read the other day that actress Anne Hathaway regrets not using her nickname - Annie. Wonder if Mrs. Shakespeare had the same thought.

OwenKL said...

He asked his priest to BLESS his CANOE.
It wasn't kosher, but what could he DO?
Stem and stern,
Anointed in turn,
But 'stead of holy water, he used MOUNTAIN DEW!

The word is that magic is A-FOOT in the land!
It is LONG OVERDUE, and now will be grand!
Fairies have DEJA VU,
From three-tenths of a meter they intend to expand!

My poem in the Jumble Hints yesterday was about the Bernie meme. Glad to see it here. There's so many variations I'll bet our bloggers could find one for every day for a week! That's a challenge, MalMan et alii!

OwenKL said...

{B+, A (provided you got the 3/10ths of a meter)}.

inanehiker said...

This was generally a quick solve - but the NW was a slow start. So many ways we have to say "make fun of". I wanted to put in Igor for the "Young Frankenstein" role - but that had to come out to make way for AMINO. And in the SW I had to switch OLE to RAH when CREST became evident for the toothpaste rival.

Thanks JzB and Jeff!

I was all set to drive an hour to cover a clinic - but snow and ice resulted in them saying not to go - looks like it will be a cup of tea, a book and an afghan kind of morning! When I used to see hospital patients, it didn't matter what the weather, I had to get in to see them - though that was just a ten minute drive, not an hour!

Hungry Mother said...

The names slowed me down, but the rest was a fun trip. ENDALL was a great answer and hard for me to get. WAXEN is a beautiful word.

ATLGranny said...

YABBA DABBA DOO, a Wednesday FIR! And a special puzzle from Jeffrey to boot! Thank you. This morning I was inspired by finding a happy face drawn at the bottom of the printed-it-out puzzle delivered under my door as usual by DH. A cheerful sight this rainy day. By the second themer, I got the trick and the game was AFOOT. As usual WOs were corrected by perps: lads before MALE slowed things down as did BACK up before BACK IN. Like inanehiker I had NW problems, but my biggest mental slippage occurred in the NE when I confidently wrote in RITA rivEra. Soon corrected. Thanks Jazz B, for the tour.

Hope you all have a good day!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Fast FIR humpday challenge.....just one Inkover: backup/BACKIN ......theme? Is it SOMETHINGTODO with groups of O's? COOLCAT, AFOOT, COCOON BOOBOO....Nope...beaucoup d'adieux...

Root canal briefly: OWIE! 😖. JazzB; great write up. That Ruth Buzzi/Bernie pic was grinworthy but scary too, the way an image can be so convincingly digitally altered.

Shakespeare HATHAWAY with words

Rye bread can be sliced but perpwaited for SEEDED. (DIdn't know you could grow it from seeds like Monday's beans, I learn so much from this blog). Remember AFOOT from a prior Holmesian clue and a tie in with IRENE Addler. TUX, another word no longer considered an abbrev.

Curaçao neighbor is Amaretto in our house. In HS we had a Junior Prom and a SENIOR Ball. No SOPHSallowed! (Just in crosswords.) Words of good CHEER: "The stains came out in the wash!" But filling in Fred's "cheer" was the Bedrock of the puzzle.

Siren's guyfriend.....MERMAN
Dallas ranch hand help: _____ support....TEX
1000+1+1000+1+100 in the Forum = MIMIC

Adieu to all of yieu.

Spitz, There was a fellow from New Hartford on Jeopardy last night. Did OK in the first round but fizzled in the second. Family owned former Winn's furniture store in Clark Mills.

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wechsler Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Jeffrey and JazzB.
Officially a FIW today DUE to errors in the NW. But I did get the DOO theme! (Adieu was clever JzB.)
Actually I saw an OO theme with YABBA DABBA DOO crossing BOOBOO, CANOE above DUE; then there was COCOON and AFOOT. (I see when I refreshed that Ray-O beat me!) The DOO lightbulb went off later.

My downfall was sticking with LONG past DUE; I groaned when I arrived here to see OVER.
COpyCATS did not seem to match the clue for 5D (but it did go with MIMIC and APED!). COOL CATS is much better (and even adds another OO sound).
That error led to a messy corner. (yes inanehiker, I thought of Igor)

My candles were Waxed before WAXEN; CUES was a lightbulb moment as I was thinking of swimming pools.
Yes, WC, I thought of yesterday's Jumble with DEJA vu.
SWAT perped and I was going to LIU; thanks JzB for explaining the acronym.

Those Bernie memes are hilarious. Sadly this morning, I saw this one. (I'm not on Twitter, so this is the best link I can make.)

I smiled to see DRAG just two rows before MERMAN and "Gypsy" clue. Our Shaw Festival tickets for Gypsy last spring were cancelled and we have rebooked for September 2021. Hopefully they can open (even at reduced capacity) for this season!

Wishing you all a great day.

Malodorous Manatee said...

At 31 Across, I am.

Tinbeni said...

Jazz: Nice write-up & links. Good job !!!

I bought my TUX 30 years ago. Mom told be to mention it to my Girl friends.
She said; "Let them know you have a Tux and they will invite you to functions they need a date."
I remember wearing it 7 times that 1st year ... and many times since.
It still fits and is probably the only suit I've worn since I retired.

Best Buy ever ...

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy Jeff puzzle today. FIR; No wite-out needed. Couple unknowns like ANIL and IRENE perped in. Good intro, JzB. Thanks.
DO stuff - - Then there're other such endings like place names Katmandu and Xanadu. Also the foreign gambit such as "Was machtst du?" [Whatcha doing?]

Ray O- - - Thanks. I tuned in last night after the introductions were made so I missed hearing the NH link.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Well, a surprise mid-week treat from JW and what a treat it was! The theme was obvious very early on, but there was sufficient crunch to challenge you and some great cluing and fill for an enjoyable solve: Cocoon, Cool Cats, Wriggling, Bonus Check were all fun entries. My major holdup was in the Lars, Endo, Soul Man area, but, eventually, it broke open. Anil was another unknown and I stumbled over Waxed/Waxen, Pals/Male, and Ole/Rah.

Thanks, Jeffrey W, for brightening my day and thanks, JazzB, for educating, entertaining, and explaining so well.

Our winter wonderland is pretty to look out on, but I’m happy to just look. Frigid temps due back again Friday and Saturday. January is going out like a lion.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

-Jeff and I are of a similar age so I’ll bet he considered this silly Roger Miller song
-My DW got so fed up with an insurance rep on the phone yesterday she started to MIMIC the woman’s high, nasally voice and got hung up on.
-SKY CAM – real estate agents around here offer drone flyover views of houses online
-MERMAN stopped the show when she belted out Everything Coming Up Roses
-Flannel PLAID is a fashion statement I see quite often
-Oscar Wilde, “Do you MIND if I smoke?” Sara Bernhardt, “I don’t CARE if you burn!”
-Another famous SOUL MAN duo
-I taught school. What is this BONUS CHECK you’re talking about?
-Joan’s other adopted children said Chrsitina’s book is full of lies and Joan was a loving mother
-“Gimme a head with hair Long, beautiful hair Shining, gleaming Streaming, flaxen, WAXEN”

Lucina said...


What a delightful JeffWex puzzle with not only YABBADABBADOO but also the spritely and mult-talented RITA MORENO. I love it.

I solved most of this going downwards since once the long themes spanned across then it was like hanging banners all the way down.

It's a treat to see IRENE Adler, ANNE Hathaway and Ethel MERMAN. VLAD not so much.

Teachers never receive a BONUSCHECK. Sometimes the PTA or other organizations award teachers for some special merit. I received one for perfect attendance.

JazzB, you once again outdid yourself today. Thank you. Bernie with Ruth Buzzy really made me chuckle.

Enjoy a fantastic day, everyone!

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Jeff, for a nice stumble today. I finally picked myself up, but I began with a few errors that made the END ALL difficult to see. Pals before MALE really set me back in the Northwest. Gorp before GRUB didn't help in the middle. But I persevered and had some fun along the way.

Thank you for a very nice tour, JazzB. Your links are always fun. I never thought about PLAID vs Tartan, so thanks for that trivia to add to my vast collection of useless knowledge.

Tinbeni: I loved your Tux tale. Smart Mama!

The Winter Storm Chicago Hysteria amounted to about 6 inches of snow. Duh, it's January!!! And hardy anyone is going anywhere anyway. The kids don't even have to make up a snow day in June, since everyone is now expert in e-school. Ah, the state of journalism today.

Have a sunny day, whatever the state of your snowfall. Stay well.

Anonymous said...

Fun puzzle. Got YABBADABBADOO with no perps. Good informative expo, Jazz
Jazz, interesting about plaid in tartan. The Scots take it seriously. The article confirmed that in North America the two words are used interchangeably.
There were many Broadway revivals of Gypsy including Tyne Daly's Mama Rose.
LARS and ANIL were new to me. I think of ANIL as a dye.
Ruth and Arte on the park bench brought back happy memories.
Bless/consecrate? IMO words have common meanings and exact meanings. The older I get the less I care about exact meanings. This makes me realized how much I have changed. I accept both. Macht nichts. In the Bible some translations say Jesus BLESSED the bread.
I have been staying up very late to read or watch TV because I am not sleepy. Yesterday I went to sleep at 9:00 PM and woke up at 7:30 AM. Tonuight Ai likely will go back to reading until 2:00.

Anonymous said...

HG, that reminds me of a rep on the phone who kept saying Ma'am once or twice in EVERY sentence. When I began salting my language with Ma'ams she asked why I was doing that. I told her, "Because you are. I will stop if you will," so she stopped.
I posted at 10:05, too.

Spitzboov said...

Madame Def. @ 1000 - - I agree with you on the state of the fourth estate. Our weather guessers spend way too much air time on most forecasts. Every day sounds like a developing crisis when 99% of it is ordinary and routine for our climate zone.

YR - I wish you could field some of our robot calls. When I get a call offering med. plans and they want to confirm our existing plan, I tell them its against the HIPPA laws and they are violating them by asking. I don't know if it's exactly true or not but it works very well. Something to thank the government for.

CanadianEh! said...

Just saw this explanation for the Bernie meme that I linked @9am and I couldn’t resist😁🤣

“And just like that it was over 🤣🤣🤣 Bernie came to Canada 🇨🇦 it didn’t end well 😳“

oc4beach said...

A nicely DOable JW Wednesday puzzle. JzB's tour was enjoyable.

No real issues with any of the clues today. ESSEX was a 5-letter guess and GORP before GRUB were just slight slow-downs.

The first TUX I rented turned out to be a disaster, so, I bought one when I was in the early stages of my career because of the number of Black Tie affairs that I had to attend for work functions. It was a good investment and I was able to wear it for my daughter's wedding when I was in my 50's. I won't be able to wear it to any grandkid's weddings though. It must have shrunk while hanging in the closet or something like that. A sportscoat (no tie) and slacks are about as much as I get dressed up these days. Most of the time it's jeans and sweatshirts. Comfort is the key.

It's National Chocolate Cake day, so I recommend that everyone celebrate with a slice. Enjoy.

SwampCat said...

Ooooooo what a treat! A Wednesday Wechsler! I even got it right. That never happens. Thanks Jeffrey. I wanted Brute strength before INNER strength.Maybe that says something about me!

JzB I liked the tour, too.Thanks for the Bernie and Ruth. Yes, I’m old enough to remember.

Owen, both A’s!

C Eh, there is another Louise Penny about to be published. I don’t remember the title or date, but it should be out soon.

Misty said...

Delightful puzzle, many thanks, Jeffrey. And enjoyed your comments, JazzB, thank you too. I got YABBADABBADOO instantly, from watching the "Flintstones" back in the day, I suppose, and YANG confirmed that I was on the right path. And I too liked seeing RITA MORENO here this morning. Nothing to make me WEEPY working on this puzzle this morning.

Have a great day, everybody. I have to teach my first Senior Center class on Zoom today, a lecture on W.B. Yeats and his poetry. Have taught these classes for years, but this is the first on Zoom. Wish me luck.

Shankers said...

Surprisingly easy for a JW Wednesday. Got the theme right away with overdue and it was off to the races. Last to fill was actually the NW with mimic and endall. Ho hum. C'mon Jeff you can make us work harder.

Madame Defarge said...

oc4beach: :-0 You must have purchased your tuxedo where my DH did. He bought his for the same reason as you. The result was also the same. It shrunk terrifically in the closet, AND it was in a garment bag, which I thought would prevent such a disaster. ;-)

Misty: You will do fantastically with your first ZOOM class!

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks SwampCat - I found it and put it on my Overdrive Recommendation list.
The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny to be released– Aug. 24 2021

CrossEyedDave said...

I groaned when I saw the constructors name,
But the puzzle turned out to be quite pleasant.

With two exceptions (nits)

The canoe clue made me realize that I was in error
A couple of days ago in describing multiple uses for my oar...
While it worked well as a long handled trowel for placing mulch
Under hedges, it did not work so well as a golf club.
Possibly because it is not an oar, it is a paddle...

My other (personal) nit is people who say do do...
"I do do it well." Etc...
To me , do do sounds like poo poo...
So I looked it up, and there seems to be
much discussion on the issue...

JD said...

Lots of laughs in Jeff's puzzle today. And Jazzbumpa, you followed up with more fun stuff. had never seen that Mountain Dew ad before. Seeing Ruth Buzzi sitting next to Bernie ws a hoot too.

I like rodents, but not wandering around my kitchen at night. We have a small rat who has not succumbed to any of our traps. He has taken my carnations apart and prepared a nice little sleeping place for himself on the back of my couch. any suggestions on how to catch him?

Spitzboov said...

JD - @1306 - - A good quality rattrap baited with high quality cheddar and dollop of peanut butter should do the trick.

Ruberap said...

A nice, easy puzzle for Wednesday. FIR. Maybe I'm getting better at puzzles. I still haven't done 500, I think. I started a couple years ago, do one a day, and not every day.
Thanks for the Bernie. Prolly the best one I've seen. Dear Ruth.
Biggest problem I had was Ethel Merman. I had waxed, not waxen. Didn't solve, so I tried just putting in Merman, and the curtain came down.
Didn't realize there was a theme. Should have. Having YABBADABBADOO in a puzzle should make one think.
Initially thought a quick explanation of plaid vs tartan would have done until I clicked the link. Now I know. LOL
Thank-you, Jeff and JB

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks, Jefffrey Wechsler, for a pleasant way to start the day...

Ah, yes. Today we have Ms. Hathaway from Shottery!
Scholars--and fans of Maggie O'Farrell's popular Hamnet--will know that her given name may not be ANNE after all, but Agnes. Agnes, pronounced in the old-fashioned way, can sound something like ANNE,, not quite.

And Ah, yes, RITA MORENO!
As far as I'm concerned, she doesn't get enough recognition.
We have one diagonal today, NW to SE. Unfortunately, there are only two vowels among the 15 letters--and both of them are "A."
That limits the anagram potential severely. If we allow ourselves to repeat the vowels, we can concoct a silly menu of foodstuffs, perhaps some MANA from Heaven, accompanied by NAAN, and washed down with TANG.


But if we're going to permit vowel repetition, I would rather go with something more hallucinatory, perhaps (Watch out! he's on the loose!!) a...

Yellowrocks said...

JD, I had a mouse or mice living in my attic, coming downstairs at night. Nothing I tried worked, so I hired an exterminator. Good riddance! I had stored the Halloween decorative ears of corn. The mice had a feast. Lesson learned.
The extra DO is more emphatic, as the article suggests.
You don't help at mealtime.
But, I DO do the dishes.
The first DO should be emphasized. Then it doesn't sound like doggie do do.
Although it didn't hold me up, I agree that oars are attached and paddles are not. Rowing is a different motion than paddling. I liked paddling a canoe better than rowing a boat. That sentence is past tense. Probably can't do either now.
Ethel Merman sure could belt it out!

Jayce said...

I enjoyed this puzzle very much.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

YABBA DABBA DOO! I FIR with just two write-overs. BACK UP/BACK IN and IGOR/INGA.

MOUNTAIN DEW was the last themer to fall in line but I avoided the NATICK

The whole DUE DOO DO DEW “theme” never registered as I was trying to see if there might’ve been another END ALL that JW had for this puzzle

JazzB —> excellent recap. The Sam and Dave clip brought back memories as they performed at our HS in 1967 or 1968.
And I loved the Bernie meme with Ruth Buzzi.

Canadien Eh! —> your Bernie meme was pretty good, too!!

Michael said...

Madam Defarge @ 11:31: " It shrunk terrifically in the closet, AND it was in a garment bag, which I thought would prevent such a disaster. ;-)"

I think it works better if you put the husband in the garment bag -- less 'shrinkage' that way. ;-)

unclefred said...

Got ‘er done, just two letters write-over. So pleased with myself at how well it went. I even thought I had the theme: paying your DUEs! Very nice Wednesday CW, just right crunch-wise. Thanx, JW!! Very nice write-up, too, JzB, thanx for all the time u put into it! Just five days now until my first jab!!

SwampCat said...

Ooooooo what a treat! A Wednesday Wechsler! I even got it right. That never happens. Thanks Jeffrey. I wanted Brute strength before INNER strength.Maybe that says something about me!

JzB I liked the tour, too.Thanks for the Bernie and Ruth. Yes, I’m old enough to remember.

Owen, both A’s!

C Eh, there is another Louise Penny about to be published. I don’t remember the title or date, but it should be out soon.

AnonymousPVX said...

It seems that no matter the day/difficulty level, JW always comes through.

And always with a bit o’ run home.

NW last to go, stayed with IMUP before careful reading of the clue...”aah, show biz”...made me change it.

Rodents...I’ve always had luck with “Hav-a-Heart” live traps. But you have to figure out how they’re getting in and stop them.

Stay Safe.

AnonymousPVX said...

Above, that was supposed to be “bit o’crunch”. I didn’t change it....

waseeley said...

Thank you Jeffrey! Not much ADO about this puzzle which I FIR after a bit of crunch in the NW. AMINO didn't perp with IGOR, but since 14A had to be the former I had to wait for INGA to come around. The rest of it was pretty smooth PADDLING.

And thanks JB for the stimulating commentary. You had me going with "Disrespectful Apery". I actually looked it up before I realized that it was the NOUNIFIED version of the VERB "to ape". Turns out Roger Apéry was a French mathematician (14 November 1916 – 18 December 1994) who formulated Apéry's theorem. Don't ask me what it is. A CSO to the first Cornerite who can explain what a "Riemann zeta function" is (in English please!).

Favorite clue was MICA. It was the first mineral I ever collected - a 3" specimen I found in a stream bed. So strange looking to a 10 year old. Its refractory properties made it ideal material for the windows on old furnaces.

ANNE HATHAWAY also brought to mind a British contemporary dramedy mystery series called "Shakespeare and Hathaway: Private Investigators" actually filmed in modern day STRATFORD-ON-AVON. One twist is the gender reversal of the main characters: the crime fighting duo are LUELLA SHAKESPEARE (Jo Joyner) and FRANK HATHAWAY (Mark Benton). Very funny and well met!


Big Easy said...

Bernie's older

CanadianEh! said...

SwampCat- in Louise Penny’s January newsletter on her website, she says
“ Book 17 - finished
Before we look back though, I do want to give you some updates. I've finished the next Gamache. It's my Covid baby, having started it at the beginning of the pandemic. It is set back in Three Pines. Such a gentle place in which to ride out the pandemic.
The book will be published in late August “

Looks like we will have to wait🙁. I would love to have one earlier!

Misty said...

Thank you, Madame De Fargue. The class wasn't brilliant, but I think we all made it through okay.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Nice puzzle JW! You almost beat me with the names but a few good WAGs got me a FIR. Thanks.

Fun expo JzB - I recognized Ruth Buzzi but only because DW & I watched Laugh In on Nick-at-Nite in the '90s. The Bernie meme has been fun; best one I saw was him outside a graffiti'd night-club with the caption, "I still need to see some ID" as if he was the door-man.

WOs: IMup -> IM ON, ROI (Return on Investment) b/f IRA
ESPs: MERMAN | RITA MORENO, SOUL MAN (I know the Blues Brothers' version HG lined better - have the CD), IREANE | ANNE, ANIL, SSE -> ESE.
Fav: BOO BOO, that's what Pop calls my older little-sister.

{A, B+}
TEX Support stood out Ray-O :-)

Shots for Seniors - unfortunately, distribution varies state-by-state (sometimes county-by-county).

Fun TUX stories. I don't have one and only need one a few times - brother's wedding and Krewe of Bacchus parties.

Misty - Congrats on your first Zoom class!

C, Eh! - I too was thinking of all the equipment keeping my pool clean.

Enjoyed reading everyone today!

Cheers, -T

LEO III said...

I'm finally here. I FIR early, early this morning, but I’ve been busy all day, so now I have time to get back to the Corner.

Thanks, Jeffrey and JzB.

I didn’t find too much to stress over with this puzzle. It seemed more like Monday fare, but I’m not complaining. I had basically the same trip that some others of you had. First fill was YABBADABBADOO, and the other longs weren't difficult. I think my only true write over was IGOR before INGA. IGOR eventually made me take out LONG, but INGA fixed that problem. Then I got MIMIC, and I was DONE!

Also, i almost wanted BACKUP before BACKIN.

See you tomorrow!

Lemonade714 said...

Another JW home run and, spring training has not started yet.
Thank you gentlemen