Jan 6, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Jerry Edelstein


17. Soda debut of 2002: VANILLA COKE.

23. "Ain't Misbehavin'" Tony and Emmy winner: NELL CARTER.

38. Security guard Paul Blart, in a 2009 film title: MALL COP.

50. Judge's research aide: LEGAL CLERK.

61. Station identifiers, and a hint to each set of circles: CALL LETTERS.

Perfect reveal phrase. The letters CALL are rearranged and span (spun?) across two words. 

Melissa here. I'm sure it was unintentional, but this grid was full of references to the arts. Film, TV, stage, literature, music.


1. Capital of Morocco: RABAT. Visiting Rabat.

6. Green military symbol: BERET.

11. Energy one might run out of: GAS. Nice.

14. Humiliate: ABASE. "To lower in rank, office, prestige, or esteem."

15. Napoleon on St. Helena, e.g.: EXILE.

16. Squeeze bunt stat: RBI. Runs Batted In.

19. Consume: EAT.

20. Cadillac's answer to the Navigator: ESCALADE. Luxury SUVs.

21. Table input: DATA.

22. Useless, now: SHOT.

27. Froze, with "up": ICED

29. Foreign: ALIEN.

30. Harry Potter nemesis Malfoy: DRACO. Unusual for the 'good' guy to have dark hair and the 'bad' guy to have blonde hair.

33. Fishing spot: PIER. Not LAKE or POND.

34. Wane: EBB.

37. Feel bad: AIL.

41. Anguish: WOE.

42. Holiday tuber: YAM.

43. Stratagem: PLOY.

44. Mork's leader on Ork: ORSON.

46. 1943 penny metal: STEEL.

48. Fuss: TODO.

53. West Point, briefly: USMA. United States Military Academy.

57. Way out: EXIT

58. "Her résumé is clean and checks out": NO ISSUES.

60. Off-road transp.: ATV. All-terrain vehicle.

64. Historic start?: PRE. Prehistoric.

65. Tatum of "Paper Moon": ONEAL. The film starred real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. Tatum holds the record for the youngest actor to win an Oscar - Best Supporting Actress.

66. Send payment: REMIT.

67. Road crew's supply: TAR. Smells awful.

68. Rolls to the runway: TAXIS.

69. "Golden Boy" author Clifford: ODETS. Play that  charts the swift rise of a gifted twenty-one-year-old violinist, Joe Bonaparte, who is corrupted by fame and fortune when he chooses to become a professional boxer.


1. Cast-pleasing reviews: RAVES. Another art reference.

2. Disconcert: ABASH. One letter different, and similar to ABASE. "To destroy the self-possession or self-confidence of (someone)."

3. Place to save in Sevilla: BANCO. Sevilla is a capital city in Spain. Banco is Spanish for bank.

4. Like some elephants: ASIATIC.

5. Relate: TELL.

6. Adorned with tiny spheres: BEADED.

7. Get all A's: EXCEL.

8. Spain's Ebro, por ejemplo: RIO. More Spanish. Rio = River.

9. Lodge member: ELK.

10. Top with a slogan: TEE.

11. "That's wonderful to hear!": GREAT NEWS.

12. Wane: ABATE. ABASE, ABASH, and now ABATE.

13. Indian strings: SITAR.

18. HOV __: LANE.

21. "The Chronic" Dr.: DRE. His debut studio album.

24. Secular: LAIC.

25. Role for Liz: CLEO. Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra.

26. Apple earbud: AIRPOD.

28. Force: COMPEL.

30. Labor __: DAY.

31. Narrow waterway: RIA.

32. Charitable sort: ALMS GIVER.

33. Perform diligently: PLY. "Work with (a tool, especially one requiring steady, rhythmic movements)." A tailor delicately plying his needle.

35. Sound meant to startle: BOO.

36. Big __: BEN. So beautiful.

39. d'Urberville rake murdered by Tess: ALEC. Book and movie.

40. Laze about: LOLL.

45. Forced out of bed: ROUSTED.

47. Ankle art, often: TAT.

48. Internet troublemakers: TROLLS

49. "The Grapes of Wrath" character: OKIE. Another movie reference.

50. Jumped: LEAPT.

51. Face in the crowd, in film: EXTRA. Amazon Prime is streaming a 2007 documentary called Strictly Background, about extras.

52. Zhou who hosted Nixon: ENLAI. Nixon's 1972 visit to China.

54. "See if I care!": SUE ME.

55. Be worthy of: MERIT.

56. Aides: Abbr.: ASSTS.

59. Space City ALer: STRO. Short for a Houston Astro.

61. Foldable bed: COT.

62. "SNL" alum Gasteyer: ANA.

63. Evil Luthor: LEX. From Superman.


OwenKL said...

DRACO the bully would his victims ABASE,
His cronies would abet and the patsy ABASH.
Someone new in their web
Would let their rancor EBB,
And their abuse of their old target ABATE.

O'NEAL thought at first that the rave was a GAS,
But he began to flag, and knew he wouldn't last.
In WOE he was caught,
His energy was SHOT,
He snuck out ABASHED, 'cause he'd run out of GAS!

{B-, A-.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yup, d-o normally doesn't see 'em, but the Three Mouseketeers: ABASE, ABASH, ABATE jumped off the page. Only ABACK and ABACI seemed to be missing. This turned into a quick solve. The only stumbling block was in the central area where COERCE/RUSE had to give way to COMPEL/PLOY. Thank you, Wite-Out. I enjoyed it, Jerry and Melissa Bee.

CALL LETTERS: I've always been interested in the origin of broadcast call letters. Many are obvious: WIND (Chicago), KUHT (University of Houston Television), WNYC (New York City), WTMJ (The Milwaukee Journal), WCFL (Chicago Federation of Labor). Some interesting ones: WLS (World's Largest Store -- Sears), WGN (World's Greatest Newspaper -- Chicago Trib), WGBH (Great Blue Hill near Boston where the transmitter was located), WTTW (Window To The World -- PBS Station), WIBU (Water Is Being Used -- station was hydro-powered). What interesting ones have you come across?

Anonymous said...

Took 7:19 to finish today's puzzle. Pairings of Abash/Abate and Rio/Ria were interesting, I guess.

Wilbur Charles said...

LAIC and CLEO came quickly, but LANE for HOV not. When I retired early I drove a Limo and naturally had the HOV LANE. My passenger said she and hubbie commuted to Boston everyday but in separate cars. Probably because each wanted their own radio station. They parked in same garage downtown.

I never knew GBH stood for (Great)Blue Hill(s)- there are two. They loom up south of Boston - the circumferential hwy (95-was 128) goes right by. Popular spot, beginner skiing in Winter.

I didn't find this easy especially since I was doing Thursday thinking it was Wednesday (twice now). There was enough hanging fruit(MALL COP,LEX,ENLAI etc) to perp in unknowns like NELL CARTER.

WC (Ps Friday is hard too but Saturday was enjoyable and doable) YMMV

Lucina said...


So far in the New Year the constructor has been correctly cited. Thank you, Jerry Edelstein! A quick and easy puzzle is a good start to the day. And thank you, Melissa, for your excellent expo.

I also had only one correction, COERCE/COMPEL but had not yet filled 43 so PLOY helped with ALEC. Though Tess of the d'Ubervilles has been many times mentioned in CWDS, I have not read it.

BANCO and RIO were of course in my wheelhouse and these days that's about all the Spanish I encounter.

Harry Potter is another one I've not read so ALEC depended on perps and it helped that the theme LETTERS coincided there.

Clifford ODETS is quickly becoming a CWD staple.

Yes, it is interesting to have ABASE, ABASH and ABATE here.

I loved the first one.

Enjoy your DAY, everyone!

inanehiker said...

Quick solve today - I figured IM to be the one to note all the A words but D-O and Lucina beat her to the punch! Also had the RIO/RIA pair in the puzzle.
Tess is a crossword staple but ALEC D'Urberville doesn't get much play. I have a friend whose first name is ALEC and he is always being called Alex instead.

Thanks Melissa and Jerry!

Nephew's surgery got delayed as those things tend to happen as the day goes on, but surgery went fine and he got home by 8 pm. Haven't heard how the night went- but no news is good news I hope!

Hungry Mother said...

FIR, aided by the theme. I was a soda jerk and short-order cook at the local drug store in 1956. I served a lot of cherry cokes, but one man, the owner of a restaurant next door, came in every night and ordered a VANILLACOKE. Fun job and I also drove the drug store’s black VW to deliver prescriptions.

Big Easy said...

It was an easy CALL to guess the theme with the circled letters. I can't say that I had NO ISSUES to FIR. I originally filled COERCE instead of COMPEL.

RIO & RIA; ABASH, ABATE & ABASE. The only time I'd ever heard the term ASIATIC was in reference to the FLU about 60 years ago.

Lucina- you can add DRE & NAS to ODETS to the CWD staples list. I've never run across either RIA or ABASH except in crosswords.

ESCALADE- An overpriced Suburban or Yukon. $80-100,000.

desper-otto, WWL in New Orleans was for WW-LOYOLA University for both the television & radio stations. The university owned the stations. WWL radio (870am) is a clear channel station and can be heard everywhere between the Rockies and Appalachians at night.

gerry w said...

To all the commenters and to the blogger of yesterday's puzzle.

THANK-YOU all so much for the beautiful write-up and gracious comments.

Gerry Wildenberg, yesterday's constructor.

waseeley said...

Thank you Jerry for a delightful puzzle and Melissa for the insightful and ENTERTAINING analysis, but I nevertheless FIW. I didn't PLY my mind enough to detect Jerry's PLOY at 33D and 43A. And while I've seen BIG BEN in the stone several times, I've never seen M & M and am ABASHED that I NATICKED with a T at 36D and 44A. ALAS ALACK! But I better FIR tomorrow!


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Began. to see the circle PLOY with the circled letters in VANILLA COKE, which anagrammed to CALL. CALL LETERS confirmed it. No problems with the rest of the fill. FIR.
Had ABASE, ABASH, and ABATE today.
CALL LETTERS - US Navy ships' call letters start with 'N'. My ship was NAWC. I think tail numbers of US registered planes start with 'N'. They are also used as call letters.

Gerry W - - Thanks for stopping in. I liked your puzzle yesterday.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a fast and easy solve with no unknowns and, as others mentioned, Coerce before Compel. Many have mentioned the three A words and the Rio/Ria duo, but I’ll add Dre and Pre and the anagram of Remit and Merit, crossing each other, to boot. Call was easy to see early but the reveal was still a surprise. CSO to Anon T and DO at Stro.

Thanks, Jerry, for a mid-week treat and thanks, Melissa, for ‘splainin’ it all so concisely.

Thanks Gerry W for dropping by.

Have a great day.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Good morning. Thanks for the puzzle and the recap. The puzzle took a bit longer than normal, for me, on a Wednesday mostly due to the issues I had in the SE with NO ISSUES crossed by SUE ME. ASSTS was a bit of a punt but all those esses helped.

CanadianEh! said...

Wonderful Wednesday. Thanks for the fun, Jerry (not to be confused with yesterday’s Gerry- thanks for stopping by) and melissa.
Just a little crunch today, but I FIRed and got the theme.
NW corner was the last to fall. It took a while for this non-sofa drinker to remember VANILLA, but then that area broke open.

Yes, I noted ABASH, ABATE, ABASE, and RIO/RIA.
I think of “disconcert” more in the sense of “ rattle” or “unsettle” rather than “put down”, “embarrass”; I fought entering ABASH.

My Cadillac was an Accolade before ESCAPADE. I should have asked DH.
My Spanish was lacking and gave me a feminine Banka until corrected by SHOT.

I am still questioning 15A EXILE. Should Napoleon not be “In EXILE or EXILEd”???

I thought of our CW staple Ado; it was TODO today.
Did we all think of Lucina and recent discussion with. AIRPOD?
Is ROUSTED a combo or Roused and Ousted? I had to be ROUSTED this AM after a late night watching World Jr hockey.

Interesting timing that I had just seen a news report this morning that Dr. DRE was recovering in ICU after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Inanehiker- thanks for report on your nephew. Trust he continues to improve.

Wishing you all a great day.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Epiphany Humor 🤴🤴🤴

"As the wise men were entering the abode of the holy family one of them tripped and struck his head on the doorway
"J.... C...!!!" he yelled out in pain
Mary turned to Joseph and whispered
"I like it better than Irving


My own personal epiphany, the theme: the 4 "calls" (4 calling birds) of the "12 Days of Christmas"

Typical Humpday challenge... first clue "right off RABAT" Is it the capital city or the coinage? Couldn't parse SHOT from the clue; plus not helped by sticking with ABASe (ABASH). Then fooled into assuming the Spanish language gender of bank would be feminine banca like in Italian instead of BANCO. So FIW...

A flight can cost a fortune, if the pilot TAXIS to the runway with the meter running. A lesser known ALEC, a passenger today.

"He lookt 'ere he LEAPT?" Can a RIO be a RIA?

"Squeeze bunt stat" sounds like a cake pan measurement.
"Great News", a short lived comedy series by Tina Fey..

My vertically challenged DW (5'1") would need a ladder to climb into an Escapade/ESCALADE or Navigator. WOE is what causes angst..

3-pack ABs......

Worm on a hook ...... ABATE.
When dating, where you try to get to ...... ABASE.

Have a safe day.

Shankers said...

Almost too easy for a Wednesday. Just a couple minor changes. Acad to USMA, coerce to compel, SUV to ATV. No thanks to vanilla Coke. Cherry anything--Coke, Dr. Pepper, Pepsi and even 7-Up--any day. Not much lately however. Gotta watch my rising BP.

desper-otto said...

Ray-O, with BANCA in place, didn't SHAT look a tad weird?

Anonymous said...

Today is Three Kings Day. Lucina, do you celebrate it? We call it The feast of the Epiphany. My former priest was raised in Mexico, daughter of the Bishop of Mexico and an American mother. She would bring a cake to church with a baby Jesus figurine hidden inside it. I believe the tradition is that the finder of the slice of cake with the figurine makes tamales for everyone. We did not do the tamale bit. There is usually a Three Kings parade in NYC celebrated by the Latino communities.
I had IPAD and changed it to IPOD, ARSON to ORSON.I am not a Harry Potter fan.
"Asian is now solidly preferred to Asiatic; the latter persists mainly in the names of some kinds of flora and fauna. an Asiatic lily the Asiatic elephant Asiatic still has some use as a geographical designator the Asiatic side of the Bosporus but has increasingly been considered offensive, especially as associated with the policies of colonialism." -Merriam Webster. I have come across ASIATIC describing people in old novels. It is quite non-PC these days.
Tess of the d'Urbervilles is a very sad tale.
I waited for perps to decide coerce or compel.
I thought of ABASH and ABASE right away and waited to see which went across and which went down. I often see abash in novels. I don't see RIA much except in crosswords.
Inanehiker, it seems your nephew tolerated the surgery very well. No news is good news.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

DO...😄. I stuck with ABASe and couldn't figure figure out how seat was "useless now"

oc4beach said...

Got it done in Wednesday time. Good puzzle with enough head scratching clues. Thanks Melissa Bee for the tour through the grid.

Instead of the Merriam-Webster site, I have to use the LA Times site now that Adobe Flash is no longer supported by Adobe. I don't particularly care for the LA Times site, but you use what is available. It does have the circles though.

I got the theme with the CALL LETTERS easily enough. Most of the rest of the puzzle filled in nicely, although I didn't remember ORSON and needed perps to fill it in.

WRT to radio station call letters, the first commercial broadcast occurred on November 2, 1920 on KDKA in Pittsburgh. Generally call letters for stations west of the Mississippi start with the letter K and stations east of the Mississippi start with the letter W. There are exceptions though,with KDKA being one of the exceptions. As a teenager during the 50s with the birth of Rock and Roll I would try to listen to as many far away stations as I could, including Canadian stations (CFRB in Toronto) along with WCKY (Cincinnati), WOWO (Fort Wayne, Indiana), WKBW (Buffalo), WBZ (Boston), WGN (Chicago) and of course WABC (New York City) to keep up with the latest hits. The only local radio station we had was a 1,000 watt station that only had religious daytime programming.

Listening to far away stations did get me and my girlfriend in trouble once. While on a date we were listening to WGN in Chicago in the car and didn't realize that it was in the Central Time Zone. I ended up getting GF home an hour late which resulted in her being grounded by her Dad. That was basically the end of our relationship. Ah, to be 16 again.

A VANILLA COKE and an angel cream donut was a teenage treat at the soda fountain. Talk about a sugar rush.

Have a great day everyone and please be safe and wear your masks.

Anon said...

Enjoyable puzzle. Not familiar with the 1948 play Golden Boy. There are numerous books with that title. I think of Paul Hornung when I hear Golden Boy. Hated the clue Space City ALer.

Husker Gary said...

-Rich or his constructors must have a great love of Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter
-To me DRACO winds between the dippers
-80 years ago, the Woodmen Of the World society decided to invest in what some called a passing fancy – radio. That is the source of the Omaha TV station WOW’s call letters.
-FWIW, The Dirham is the capital used in the capital city of RABAT. You’re welcome.
-ABASH or ABUSE? Of course I got AB_S_ first for both fills
-The time periods for Paper Moon and OKIES are the same
-In CA. misuse of a High Occupancy Vehicle lane is a $136 fine. Using a mannequin as a fake passenger adds $200 to the fine.
-BIG BEN is actually the name of the bell inside the tower but now extends to the clock and the tower
-LOLL – a much used COVID technique
-At this site you can scroll down to see all the MERIT badges a scout can earn and then click on the badge to see the requirements.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Thanks MB for the recap; thanks JE for a cute, though crunchy (in spots) puzzle

My stomach hurt after solving as I gave my ABs quite a workout

Where was ABBA in this one?? 🤡

Bill W —> yeah, Pal, you’d better get tomorrow’s puzzle solved correctly!! 😀

WC —> I know what you mean about Friday’s puzzle 🤡

Lucina said...

BANCA is not the feminine of BANCO and in fact has a different meaning entirely. It means BENCH. And RIA is not the feminine of RIO but it does mean small river.

Our first radio station here and the only one for many years was KOY; I'll have to research it for any hidden meaning. One of the main sources of entertainment that I recall was the group, "The Sons of the Pioneers".

Today is the first Wednesday of the month and the grocery stores here offer a 10% discount to seniors. That discount is not as important to me these days as it was in the past when I bought many more groceries, but it's a hard habit to break so off I go.

Misty said...

Fun Wednesday puzzle, Jerry--many thanks. And your commentary was great, Melissa, and I loved seeing that "beaded" gown, and, of course, "Cleo."
Also, thanks for checking in with us, Gerry.

I got CALL LETTERS pretty early on and saw right away that all the circles seemed to have L and or A in them. Wooohoo--that helped with the long theme words. And, of course it was a delight to see movie and drama and art references here and there, as Melissa pointed out, like ODETS and O'NEAL. But my favorite clue was the silly "Sound meant to startle": BOO.

Owen, you're at the top of your poetic talent these days--many thanks!

Also, nice to be reminded that today is the feast of the Epiphany.

Have a good day, everybody.

CanadianEh! said...

oc4beach- yes, we still have CFRB out of Toronto. My parents listened to it all the tme, but I don’t nowadays.

Lucina- thanks for clarifying BANCA and RIA. I think I remember now that we have had Banc in previous CWs referring to a judge’s seat.

Anonymous said...

Really liked this puzzle. It included crossword staples abash/abate/abase, along with rio/ria, and THREE Xs!


LEO III said...

Messed up in the NW today. Had AVAST for 2D, which made 14A and 22A incorrect.

CALL LETTERS was my first fill, followed by MALLCOP. Wanted an African elephant before a ASIATIC one. Perps got the unknown names, DRACO, ORSON, ODETS, ALEC and ANA.

My boss and I had to make trip to call on a customer once, so we flew into the Kansas City airport. Our sales rep for the area (who lived in Grand Island, NE) picked us up at the airport in a Cadillac ESCALADE. When my boss marveled at how nice the company cars were these days, our sales rep’s reply was that the company only provided a monthly car allowance to the reps (rather than owning a fleet of company cars). He said that he lived in the middle of his sales territory and covered some humongous amount of area. Since he spent most of his time in the car, he was going to be as comfortable as possible. Gotta admit, it was a nice ride!

KELP in El Paso
KTHT in Houston --- Texas HoT

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Lucina I agree

Banca = Bank (conto in banca, bank account)
Banco = Bench, counter, (river bank)

Wilbur Charles said...

So…. C-eh, if not on the"Sofa" where do you drink your "Soda"? I don't drink Coke and rarely soda except Seagrams Lime ginger ale. I like a taste of coca cola now and then.

The "Space City" clue threw me off for a sec but "STRO" is another "hanging fruit"* of the xword world. I think some solvers have a list of same with (Yoko)ONO leading the list with the ESAIs,EEROs,EVELs and Mr Rubik (ENRO) following.

Is there a Cadillac"ESCApADE"? I tried that first. My friend has one but from my Limo days I greatly prefer the Lincoln.

C-Moe, I get the weeks xwords as an insert on Sunday TB-Times. I see you've found a source. Yes, the next two days have some interesting clueing


*re. "Hanging Fruit". Do we have an acronym for recurring xword fodder?

Spitzboov said...

English bank; German Bank; Dutch bank; French banque
English (river)bank; German Bank

English bench; German Bank or Sitzbank; Dutch bank; French banc

(clear as mother's milk)

The Curmudgeon said...

ESCALADE is an oxymoron. A Cadillac SUV? Aw, c'mon.

CanadianEh! said...

WC@1:54-LOL that you caught my sofa/sofa typo. I had a similar problem with “a combo or Rousted” typing or instead of of.
Actually I would drink pop on my chesterfield if I liked any of them. Maybe some Canada Dry😁

ATLGranny said...

Well, it's been a busy day, but it started off well with a FIR. I struggled a bit in the NW corner, not seeing ABASE, ABASH, SHOT at first. Plus not being sure of Malfoy's name, had some lag in seeing ASIATIC. Thought it might end in pig instead of TIC, which wasn't helpful. Anyway CALL in the circles was clear enough and confirmed by the reveal. Thanks, Jerry, and Melissa B, for the puzzle work today. Very enjoyable. Nice to see you stop by, Gerry W.

Lucina, when my nearby grocery stores gave a 5% discount on Wednesdays I would go and stock up. Then they stopped and which day to go shopping didn't matter. Now during COVID I stretch it out and only shop when we run out of milk, usually a few days after our bananas for breakfast are gone, once every nine days or so. Toward the end, meals get creative, using what's available in the pantry and freezer.

Hope you all are staying safe during these tumultuous times.

Michael said...

C-Eh! @ 9:47 -- The LA Times for 15A is correct, because an exiled Frenchman is << exilé >> in French, but our English absence of accent marks strikes again here.

Michael said...

Curmudgeon @ 3:54:

"ESCALADE is an oxymoron. A Cadillac SUV? Aw, c'mon."

It gets even worse -- there is a version out that is basically a Cadillac pick-up truck. Voila: SUV a la GMC

TTP said...

Hi all.

The continuing situation in the nation's capital is indeed a shock to the values that so many of us respect.

Please respect the rules of the blog and please refrain from politically based comment and innuendo.

We are all intelligent enough to understand the entire course of events and we don't need to regurgitate it here.

Thank you for your consideration and for respecting the comments of this blog.

Anyone that feels the need to vent can voice their opinions at
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Malodorous Manatee said...

I just solved tomorrow's USA Today puzzle. C.C. is the constructor. It was designed to put solvers in a spot....but I got out of it.

CanadianEh! said...

Michael@ 5:46 - thanks for your clarification re exilé. That makes sense, but it is pushing the clueing to expect us to give a French answer IMHO.

WC- my iPad seems to be COMPELling my fingers to type sofa instead of soda! 😀

Wilbur Charles said...

C-eh, while I have you here I want to congratulate your Jr Hockey Club for it's stellar effort vs USA the other night. My fellow BCer in goal for USA was just to much.


TTP said...

If it were me, I would keep comments about the crossword separate from comments about politics. If they are combined in a single post, the entire post will get deleted.

Thank you for understanding.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Jerry for the puzzle -- enjoyable save the all the names! I got 'em but it wasn't easy.

Wonderful pictorial expo mb. Thank you.

WOs: ute b/f ATV, ASIAnIC (?).
ESPs: names!
Fav: Boo was cute. Eldest told me on the way to the hardware store it's Latin origin but I've forgotten already. link?

D-O: I too am fascinated with CALL LETTERS. Did not know WGBH.
I grew up on WDBR (SPI, IL) and K-SHE 95 (St. Louis - you could get it if you ran spliced telephone wire from the back of the 300Ω splitter on the back of the TV to the antenna hook-up on your radio receiver).
But my favorite - KGOU:
K (left of the Mississippi)
G (greater OKC metro area?)
O (University of)
U (Oklahoma)
//OU - school for dyslexics :-) Boomer Sooner!

And then there's the station that introduced RUSH to the US -- WMMS from (not WKRP) Cincinnati.

Gerry - a) I put an A in your name yesterday - sorry. b) That was your debut! Good show. Thanks for popping by The Corner.

Ray-O: LOL Epiphany humor.

Long day - b/f what we all know what happened, Eldest and I were building a book press. She's into binding books (it gets lonely at the dorm during pandemics :-)).
11 1/4" x 13" x 1" red-oak (with rounded-over edges). We're about 1/2 done but I really messed up a pair of cleat (how was my drill so far off?!?) edge-binders so we will cut anew and re-router some tomorrow. Work in progress

Cheers, -T

NaomiZ said...

Perhaps a little late to chime in, but I was interested in CanadianEh's remark: "I am still questioning 15A EXILE. Should Napoleon not be “In EXILE or EXILEd”???" I don't think we have to resort to French as Michael suggested. A person who IN exile is AN exile. When Napoleon was on St Helena, he was an exile. For me, the clue and answer work. My two cents!