Feb 7, 2021

Sunday February 7, 2021 Gary Larson


Theme: "Work Place" - Each familiar phrase is reinterpreted as if it's a workplace fitting the products or professions in the clue.

22A. Facility for processing vacation requests?: LEAVE OFFICE.

24A. Facility where the higher-ups do business?: STATUS BAR.

44A. Facility for researching cocoa-based goodies?: CHOCOLATE LAB.

69A. Facility for baking custard-filled pastries?: NAPOLEON COMPLEX.

97A. Facility for purchasing the latest fad items?: WHAT'S IN STORE.

121A. Facility for a matchmaker?: SETUP SHOP.

124A. Facility for cloning research?: DOUBLE SPACE.

3D. Facility for recycling old batteries?: DEAD CENTER.

79D. Facility for manufacturing homes?: HOUSEPLANT.

This is a extension of the Robert W. Harris puzzle we had years ago. I think it works the best when all the entries are nouns phrases.

Quite theme heavy. Total 9 entries. Four of themers intersect. I always love it when that happens.





1. She plays Niobe in "The Matrix" sequels: JADA. Jada Pinkett Smith.

5. '70s Connecticut governor Ella: GRASSO. Was she nationally known?

11. Requiring utensils, as some sandwiches: OPEN FACE.

19. Pitcher Hershiser: OREL.

20. Searched roughly: RIFLED.

21. Apparent displacement due to observer movement: PARALLAX. We had this before.

26. Puts on cargo: LADES.

27. "It's a __!": FACT.

28. ORD postings: ETAS.

29. Expert: ACE.

30. English race place: ASCOT.

31. Hides: LIES LOW.

35. Reagan secretary of state: SHULTZ. George Shultz is still alive.

37. Click beetles: ELATERS. New to me. Sure does not look like elated.

39. Wyoming natives: ARAPAHOS. Google shows that "Today, the Cheyenne and Arapaho are federally recognized as one tribe and known as the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes".

42. Peak: ZENITH.

48. Muesli morsel: OAT.

49. City NNW of San Francisco: EUREKA.

53. __-Ball: arcade game: SKEE.

54. Place for a hero: DELI. Xi'an style sandwich.

55. Pizzeria fixture: OVEN. And 8D Pizzeria offerings: SLICES. And 57A. "Yum!": DELISH.

59. Last of a series: OMEGA.

62. Help: AID.

63. Red Cross supply: SERUM.

65. Deck alternatives: PATIOS.

67. Advisories: ALERTS. We're under a Wind Chill Advisory right now. High today - 2.

74. Minds: SEES TO.

77. Composer Prokofiev: SERGEI. He composed "Peter and the Wolf". Read more here.

78. Master, in Hindi: SAHIB. Does this term apply to woman also, Vidwan?

82. Zero deg. at the equator, say: LAT. OK, latitude.

83. Impact sound: SPLAT. 38D. Sound of an impact: THUD.

87. Put (away): SALTED.

89. California lake near the Nevada border: MONO. Also new to me.

90. Unpopular spots: ACNE.

92. Donor drive target: ALUM.

94. Eye: PEER AT.

96. Tabloid topic: UFO.

101. Fingers: RATS ON.

103. Indian cooking style: TANDOORI. I wonder if TTP has fiddled with tandoori chicken.

104. Michelin product: CAR TIRE.

107. Some are vital: ORGANS.

110. Shapes again: RE-MOLDS.

112. Slangy denials: NOPEs.

115. Super Bowl LIV halftime performer: J LO. Here with Shakira.

116. Ph.D. hurdle: DISS. Dissertation.

119. Kind of 1940s suit: ZOOT.

120. Gown fabric: TULLE.

126. Disinfect: SANITIZE.

127. Start a paragraph, maybe: INDENT.

128. Writer Bagnold: ENID.

129. Many kilt wearers: SCOTSMEN.

130. Pickles: MESSES.

131. Yardsticks: Abbr.: STDS.


1. La __, San Diego neighborhood that's home to Scripps Research: JOLLA.

2. Neighborhoods: AREAS.

4. Lung air sacs: ALVEOLI. Not an easy word.

5. Miracle-__: GRO.

6. Thumb (through): RIFFLE.

7. Fling: AFFAIR.

9. Shakers and others: SECTS. The religious Shakers.

10. Keats' "To Autumn," e.g.: ODE.

11. Black __: OPS.

12. Toast topping: PATE.

13. Part of Q.E.D.: ERAT.

14. Foe of Rocky and Bullwinkle: NATASHA.

15. Frequent subject in recent headlines: FLU SHOT. Still no extra dose for Boomer's arm. VA clinic just completed the 85+ group. Soon, hopefully.

16. Green and Yankovic: ALS.

17. Conspiring group: CABAL.

18. Strict: EXACT.

23. It's often divided: ESTATE.

25. __-de-chaussée: ground floor: REZ.

32. "Well, __-di-dah!": LAH.

33. Suit in a Spanish deck of cards: OROS: "A Spanish deck of cards has always been divided in 4 suits, called: Oros ("golds" or gold coins), Copas (cups), Espadas (swords), and Bastos (clubs). These symbols supposedly represented the 4 social classes divided by the feudal society: royalty, clergy, military, and common people." Source here.

34. Off-the-wall: WACKO.

36. Worn: USED.

40. Work with feet: POEM. Good old clue.

41. Toward the sheltered side: ALEE.

42. Attractions in San Diego and the Bronx: ZOOS.

43. Icicle's locale: EAVE.

44. Privia Pro Stage pianos, e.g.: CASIOS.

45. Cordelia's father: LEAR.

46. Touched down: ALIT.

47. Bridge actions: BIDS.

50. Seized vehicle: REPO.

51. Its planes have missile defense systems: EL AL.

52. Toy with a tail: KITE.

56. Women with habits: NUNS. We've been in contact with the sweet nuns at Benedictine Sisters at Clyde, Missouri all these years. Boomer's aunt, Sister Caroline, was buried there.

58. Sharpens: HONES.

60. Liquid meas.: GAL.

61. They may be bitter: ALES.

64. Gym equipment: MATS.

66. Tough spot: SCRAPE.

68. Physical, say: EXAM.

70. Weasel report?: POP. "Pop! Goes the Weasel".

71. Stare at in a creepy way: OGLE. You won't find this word in USA Today puzzle.

72. Distribute, with "out": METE.

73. Waterfront sight: PIER.

74. Leaves on a dog: SLAW. Never saw Boomer put coleslaw on his hot dogs.

75. A head: EACH.

76. Peak seen from Messina: ETNA.

80. Skinny: INFO.

81. Godsend: BOON.

84. Arrive, in a way: LAND.

85. Plus: ALSO.

86. Pre-test helper: TUTOR. Hi there, Bill G!

88. Flier with a flight: DART.

91. Jazz diva Jones: ETTA.

93. Seconds, say: MORE.

95. Contaminates: TAINTS.

98. Excavation site: SAND PIT.

99. Isn't at all wishy-washy: INSISTS.

100. Glass lip: RIM.

102. Thespian companies: TROUPES.

104. "Feather canyons everywhere," to Joni Mitchell: CLOUDS.

105. Building blocks: ADOBES.

106. Givens in the "Wheel of Fortune" bonus round: R S T L NE. And 108. Like non-oyster months, traditionally: R LESS.

107. Drinks in the a.m.: OJS.

109. Did okay in class: GOT A C. Quite a few letter plays here.

111. __ layer: OZONE.

113. Heston title role: EL CID.

114. Sprouts-to-be: SEEDS.

117. Mason's wedge: SHIM.

118. "The Usual Suspects" crime lord Keyser __: SOZE. OK, I googled, played by Kevin Spacey. I won't link then.

122. 108-card game: UNO.

123. Montblanc product: PEN.

124. Hard to see in: DIM.

125. Sci-fi beings: ETS.




desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got 'er done under 20 -- par for the course. The theme must've been really obvious, even d-o managed to get it. I noticed the RIFFLE/RIFLED crossing. Tried OUTRÉ before WACKO elbowed in. (Thanx, Wite-Out.) Thanx also to Gary and C.C. ("You won't find this word in USA Today puzzle." -- Did you try it?)

MONO -- Don't believe I've ever heard of that lake before. Is that island in the middle the Mononucleosis?

JOLLA -- Mispronounced this one on the air the first time I ran across it. Great was the tumult, and I never made that mistake again.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, C.C. and friends. Interesting Sunday puzzle, complete with a Super Bowl reference.

I laughted at the RIFLED crossing with RIFFLE.

Technically, its the COVID shot that is in the news these days, not the standard FLU SHOT. COVID shot distribution is madness. I hope Boomer gets his shot soon. Here, if a pharmacy has extra doses at the end of the day, they are available to whomever requests one. Starting tomorrow, the minimum age here drops from 70 to 65. Now on Zoom calls, the first question asked is generally: Have you gotten your shot yet?

QOD: You can have friends or you can correct people’s grammar. ~ Mary Norris (b. Feb. 7, 1952), American author and journalist

YooperPhil said...

Thanks for the interesting/fun puzzle Gary! I, like the previous commenters thought the rifle/riffle crossing was clever! Also somehow fitting in the “RSTLNE” string from Wheel was pretty good too. Didn’t know Grasso, had heard of tandoori but needed the perps to fill, Sergei Prokofiev brought back memories of my “Music in Culture” class in college, the professor played the same piece by him every day to start the class, his way of telling us the more you listen to the classics, the more you will appreciate them. Finished in 33:45

Hungry Mother said...

Long slog befouled by ALVEOLI/JADA cross. Nastiness like that spoils the whole experience. Sucks!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a typical Sunday dose of unknown proper names: Jada (as clued), Natasha, Soze, Mono, plus other unknowns, Parallax, Alveoli, RSTLNE (Ugh), and Elaters. Grasso was known as I lived in Connecticut in the late 70’s. The theme was cute and obvious early on which helped with the solve. IMO, Space and Complex were not as specific as the other themers and my favorite was Chocolate Lab. I wasn’t keen on Diss, Got A C, R Less, or Car Tire, but the many fun pairings more than negated those, to wit: Rifled/Riffle, Lat/Splat, Etna/Edna, Dim/Rim, and OJs/JLo, My only stumbles were Epsom/Ascot and Weird/Wacko. Numerous CSOs starting with a Hat Trick for Lucina at Nuns, Oros, and Uno, Anon T at Pop, his affectionate term for his Dad, Keith at Troupes, Bill G at Tutor, and the entire Southwest contingent at Adobes.

Thanks, Gary, for a pleasant Sunday diversion and thanks, CC, for the commentary and informative recap, especially the explanation of Oros, as related to a deck of cards. I thought of you and Boomer last night when the weatherman announced the wind chill in Minneapolis. Brr! It’s snowing here as I type this.

I’m neutral about the Super Bowl. They are both great teams with great QBs so it should be an exciting game. This year’s Puppy Bowl is at Glens Falls, NY, up the road a piece from where Spitz grew up. The First Lady is going to be there with her dogs, just as spectators, though.

Have a great day.

Barry T. said...

RE: 5A. '70s Connecticut governor Ella: GRASSO. Was she nationally known?

Born and raised in Connecticut, I was somewhat surprised to see this clue / answer combo. Ella Grasso was the first woman elected governor of any state who was not the wife or widow of a former governor of that state. She was a strong, popular governor here, who eventually resigned only because of health issues. Even given all of that, I doubt that she was nationally known by other than the likely politicos. Reasonable fodder for a Sunday?

Happy day, everyone!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy Sunday except for the DISS/SOZE Natick. Thought 'S' was the best guess on the DISS abv. and so WAGged it right. FIR.
Had 'stones' before ADOBES. Questioned the plural but it's legit in certain usages.

IM - And Glens Falls is about 10 miles from Argyle, the home of Argyle. We lived ~ 20 miles S of Glens Falls.

Spitzboov said...

Re: GRASSO - - I remember her and that she had to leave office for health reasons. National media reported on her doings.

PARALLAX - is an important factor in Gunnery solutions.

Shankers said...

Gary's puzzles are always fun, fair and challenging, but this one seemed to have more stickiness to it. First, I must say to D-O. Under 20? You rock. Liked the rifled/riffle crossing as others have noted, but that north-central section was the last to fall for me. That entire area was all susses. I had layslow before lieslow and didn't know rez at 25D, but it filled itself with Schultz. Favorite clue by far was leaves on a dog. Had to ponder that one for too long. Several other clues I felt were subject to question. However, it's done and a FIR. Off to Mass shortly then it's couch time for the big game. I'm picking KC 32-17.

Husker Gary said...

-DIS_/_OZE? A dissertation abbr. and a complete unknown was my only hesitation
-Dog leaves and weasel report were fun!
-HOUSE PLANTS like amaryllis and poinsettias are bad for our kitty
-Have you ever RIFLED through the garbage thinking your ___ was in there?
-A gauche moment at ASCOT
-EU _ _ _ _ city NNW of San Francisco is not EUGENE
-What started out to be our PATIO became a deck and then a screened-in porch and then a sunroom
-I wonder if a Flat Foot Floogie With A Floy Floy wore a ZOOT suit
-LA JOLLA is not a real word. Some think it is from LA JOYA which is the jewel in Spanish
-MIL now has no ESTATE. Providence Memory Care took it all
-Oops! chocolate BAR (not LAB) yielded BEAR (not LEAR), ALIT and RIDS (not BIDS) down. Didn’t check
-TUTOR – It was good to see Bill G back yesterday

Big Easy said...

I always hate it when the fill for 1A is an unknown-JADA. I'm glad I knew La JOLLA and ALVEOLI. I FIR today with DISS crossing the unheard of SOZE.

I noticed the Work Place after filling CHOCOLATE LAB. made the other theme fills easy to fill in after just a few perps.

RIFFLE- never heard that term (crossing RIFLED was amusing). Ditto for MONO lake, OROS suit of cards, REZ-de-xxx, and ELATER(S) beetles. TANDOORI- seen the word before but that's about it.
Priva Pro pianos- not a Steinway or Bösendorfer. Only know about CASIOS from watches and calculators.
OGLE- C.C., I see the USA Today obeys the Word Police.
FLU SHOT- got mine three months ago; got the 2nd COVID19 vaccine shot(Pfizer) last Wed.

SOZE-"The Usual Suspects"- the police know who they are but getting witnesses to testify IF the perps get arrested is hard. Then there's the problem of plea bargains by the DA's office. And IF they are found guilty judges sentence them to probation or home confinement for a 'first offense'. Wonder why crime is rampant in many cities? I don't.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Valerie and FIR. The time in my youth spent watching Moose and Squirrel made NATASHA easy because Boris was too short. I have owned two CHOCOLATE LABs over the years. PARALLAX bubbled up through the tar from somewhere. The food references came pretty quickly for Valerie. Weird AL is well known around here... and here's an amusing little dirty of his to start the day:

Weird Al - Word Crimes

NaomiZ said...

FIR in one sitting but still needed C.C. to explain "Click beetles," "Suit in a Spanish deck of cards," and "Leaves on a dog." Thanks, C.C.!

MONO lake is well known in California. I would have guessed it was more famous than the 1970s governor of Connecticut! On the eastern (dry) side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is a saline lake that depends on water runoff from the mountains, and its population of brine shrimp provides crucial nutrition to migrating birds. Los Angeles captures water from the feeder streams (to water our thirsty lawns and supply our taps), leaving the lake depleted and revealing fascinating "tufa" structures on the lake bottom. Environmental lawsuits have restricted the amount of water that L.A. can take, to preserve that important ecosystem.

Thanks to Gary, Rich, C.C., and Cornerites all.

Anonymous said...

I loved the theme. No 20 minute solve for me. I process more slowly than I used to. One bad cell due to an oversight. I had no red letters, but no TADA signal. I skipped the S at the end of DISS and the beginning of SOZE and forgot to go back.
Grasso was big in the news here in NJ because, as Barry T says, "Ella Grasso was the first woman elected governor of any state who was not the wife or widow of a former governor of that state."
I frequently pass a TANDOORI place with a big sign. In this polyglot area we have quite a large population of people from India.
SLAW took quite a while. I realized that DOG was a frankfurter, but didn't think of SLAW. I like it, well drained, on some sandwiches. It doesn't seem common on hot dogs. Sauerkraut is very popular.
The NE corner took a while too. I should have remembered PARALLAX sooner.
I enjoyed tutoring. I worked for the same family for more than ten years, through two kids. I especially liked mentoring essays and term papers, pre algebra and test prep. We concentrated on understanding the test material and not on rote memory. I was amazed that so many kids didn't think to apply their arithmetic skills to pre-algebra.
I had my second Covid shot on Thursday. No ill effects. That spot on my arm hurt for a few hours, but only when I touched it.

Picard said...

Clever theme.

As NaomiZ said, MONO Lake is well known in California. Famous for its Tufa sculptures.

Here we were at MONO Lake

I included plenty of explanatory signs if you want more information.

Anonymous said...

CC's Curse? I just read that Mr. Schultz died today.

Bob Lee said...

It took me a while but eventually finished.

I didn't like DISS for Dissertation but penciled it in.

Had to laugh as originally I put in FLYSWAT for 'Frequent subject in recent headlines' as all I could think of was the fly on Mike Pence's head during the VP debate.

I liked RIFLED and RIFFLED. And Napoleon Complex. Nice!

Never heard of MONO nor ELATERS

OwenKL said...

DNF. Started before falling asleep last night, probably 80% done, but that last 20% did me in. Finally hit red, and had only 2 squares wrong, lEER AT < PEER AT & PsP < POP, which was enough to get almost all done except a natick at DISr+rOZE. I was thinking disertation had only one S, and knew nothing about "The Usual Suspects" beyond Casablanca. Anyway, it was right on noon when I finished (1 pm blog time). I shall now try to channel Erato for a couple l'icks.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-Anon - I often taught the kids to try to change English statements to algebra
-Two (2) is (=) five more (+5) than a number (n) which is 2 = n + 5

Kelly Clark said...

Requiescat in pace, George Schultz.

Thanks, C.C., Gary, and you, too, Hahtoolah for parsing FLU SHOT for me...I filled it in without knowing what a FLUSH OT was!

We're friendly with some sweet Carmelite NUNS -- their monastery is around the corner.

Fun puzzle!

OwenKL said...

Lauren Boebert, from RIFLE, Colo.,
Thinks gun wearing is a good role model.
A nasty floor fight
On the second Bill o' Right
Could make"LEAVING OFFICE" a real debacle!

Astronomers use PARALLAX
Around the Sun to judge star tracks.
Nadir to ZENITH
The angle betweeneth
Makes sidereal verdicts EXACT!

OwenKL said...

{A-, A.}
18 minutes for two good l'icks. Not bad?

waseeley said...

Thank you Gary for a delightful puzzle with a clever theme. Now that I'm retired I don't think much these days about the WORKPLACES,although I do visit FACILITIES more. And thank you CC for a mouth watering review. Any possibility of our Chinese HEROine rustling up a recipe for that sandwich?

I was hoping to scoop the Corner with the news of George SHULTZ's death today at age 100, but it looks like Anonymous @12:43 beat me to it.

Never tried a HOT DOG with SLAW on it. In Balmer we let it ferment for a few months until it turns into SAURKRAUT (Deutch for "Sour Cabbage"), a local favorite we serve with FRANKFURTERS, both of which we got from our large German immigrant population.

Favorite clue was "Flier with a flight". Thought it might be a paper flight schedule, but couldn't find a short answer. After getting it with perps I WIKId definitions for "Flight" and found "7 - feathers on a DART". NTM.

Liked RIFLED crossing RIFFLE and PEER AT crossing PIER.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV is one of my fav Russian composers. Try his ballet ROMEO AND JULIET for a beautiful intro.

Loved CHOCOLATE LAB. We used to a have a BLACK and a YELLOW (NEPTUNE and JUPITER) and I wanted to get a CHOCOLATE and call her SATURN, but Dw wouldn't hear of it.


Alice said...

I enjoy heavily themed puzzles like this one. Thank you Gary Larson. There were a few hard fills (DISS; SOZE; RLESS; REZ; ELATERS), and lots of repeats (i.e., OREL Hershiser; ENID Bagnold - we're always running into her in puzzles, but I've no idea of who she is). Toy with a tale has been used a few times recently.

I dearly love LA JOLLA, Calif. Here's a photo from the La Jolla Shores Hotel, which is absolutely like having a beach house without all the work and expense. We've stayed there at least 40 times over the years. It's fun seeing the name in our puzzle today. (well I couldn't actually embed the pix -- I'll have to figure that out).

Enjoy the Super Bowl!!

Anonymous said...

I disliked this puzzle and it started right off the bat -names crossing names and too many tortured clues.This one is so caught up in its own imagined cleverness that it never really becomes an enjoyable puzzle.

jbird said...

If Mono Lake is new to you, it's past time for you to visit the area and learn why it's so beautiful and so important. Of course you might want to wait until spring, it's pretty cold up there right now.

waseeley said...

MM @11:44AM IMVHO - Rocky and Bullwinkle is the funniest cartoon series of all time. And I have that on none other than the authority of Mr Peabody and his boy Sherman!

inanehiker said...

Enjoyed the amusing theme - slow and steady solve. Originally I had CHOCOLATE BAR but perps and then the STATUS BAR changed it to CHOCOLATE LAB! I tried to put in APACHES which wasn't long enough so changed ARAPAHOS. I also had to change WEIRD to WACKO.
Favorite theme answer: WHATS IN STORE.
I remembered Ella GRASSO - notable achievement in that day. RIP George Shultz - he lived to 100!

Thanks CC and Gary!

We're trying to emulate MN and WI with our high of 20 and low of 4 today - later in the week high in the single digits and below zero for a low! Never boring though - last Wednesday it was 57!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great puzzle,Gary! Great 'splainin', C.C. Thanks. I went back to doing the puzzle around midnight and got along better. My mind has always been more alert then. Enjoyed this one.

D-O: 20 minutes? Good grief! It took me four minutes under 2 hours. Didn't seem like that long. I was just pecking away at it.

Favorite theme entry: DEAD CENTER for batteries.

NE corner was last to fill.


Not Hoya, but JOLLA -- knew better, too.

Picard & NaomiZ: what are Tufa sculptures? I couldn't read the signs, but liked the pictures, Picard.

Got the DART clue only because I've been reading John Lescroart's books. His hero plays DARTs.

Love Sergei Prokoviev's Romeo & Juliet. I had a roommate at age 18 who had the LP recording. Missed the record more than the person when we split.

PK said...

Should have added my reason for liking DEAD CENTER for batteries is my favorite because my car spends more time hooked to the charger than it does being driven. I last drove it in Oct. 2019. My son drove it once in feb. 2020 & my daughter drove it for a week while hers got body work. Can't bring myself to sell it.

Lucina said...


Ooh! I'm so late but I enjoyed reading all your comments so far! Thank you, Gary Larson for this entertaining puzzle which I started early this morning, stopped to go to Mass, ate lunch, had a phone call then a visitor. Finally, I resumed the solve.

Eureka! I have not heard of nor visited Lake Mono and don't know where it is located in California. However, I loved visiting La JOLLA (La Ho-ya) where a friend lived with her two gorgeous silver Persian cats, Saint and Sinner.

But I do recall Governor GRASSO and immediately filled her name. It was big news when she was elected governor as the first woman in that OFFICE.

My HOUSEPLANTs are still alive from Christmas, three poinsettias looking fresh and new. I barely water them and it seems to work. The philodendrons are also doing well.

I have never played cards in Spanish so all that information about ORO is new to me. Thank you, C.C. for the research.

EXAM and DISSertation bring back some memories!

One year when I visited my sister in Charlotte we went to the oyster fest then shucked them at home with newspapers spread across the table then lots of butter in which to dip them after they were boiled.

You all enjoy the game today. I'll be watching a movie.

Hasta luego!

Lucina said...

Michelin TIRES is a coincidence for me, having just finished reading One Hundred Suns. It's about the Michelin family in Viet Nam when they owned the rights to rubber trees there and full of intrigue, betrayal and family secrets. It's historical fiction not biography.

Unknown said...

Breezed through 3/4 of this delightful romp but hung myself on the SW corner. Mono Lake is a bit north of the Mammoth Lakes Ski Area where I ran a summer camp for gang "Wannabes". Used to put packs on their backs and spend a few days in the wild -away from everyone and everything. Hiked around Mono Lake - a desolate area but beautiful. Gave those kids a different look at life!!

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and was able to finish it without having to look anything up. I very much liked the themeage.
So, "It's a ____!" wasn't GIRL.
I learned a new FACT about El Al. Also learned that CASIO makes pianos.
Pure coincidence that George SHULTZ died today.
I did not know GRASSO but had heard of Keyser SOZE.
SERGEI Prokofiev is also a composer whose music I like.
LW and I have enjoyed MONO Lake several times. Nice photos, Picard.
C.C., I believe a mistress (female) is called MEMSAHIB.
Favorite clue/answer was POP.

Son called. Gotta go. Go, Chiefs! Stay well, all.

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Mr. Larson for a very nice and long puzzle, and thank you CC for a nice and interesting review.

Ella Grasso, was the first female Gov of a state, and she was also mentioned for bigger things like VP of the USA, but then she fell sick. The only other female Gov of a state I remember was the Gov of Washington, Dixie Lee Ray, PhD in Biology, Chairman of the US Atom Engy Comm. (1980?)

CC, Regarding the word 'Sahib', pronounced more like saheb. Commonly, shortened to 'saab'.
This word is not a hindi word, in the sense it is a loan word from the arabic, via Urdu.
Originally, it meant a companion.
The equivalent for a woman, would be 'mem-sahib' ... from Ma'am, or madam-sahib etc.

It was mostly used during the british Raj colonial days, and for the british and europeans . It is not often used nowadays, except by the lower class. The use is considered rather cloying or fawning.
It does not mean 'Master' as in 'Lord and Master', .... but as a 'sir' ( Esquire, gentleman -) or 'madam'. Most people nowadays just say sir or madam ... especially for doctors, nurses, teachers, or even a Boss. There is a chapter in wikipedia on sahib, if anybody is interested.
It has many other connotations.

Have a happy SuperBowl evening, if you are of the sporting persuasion ... and if your team wins, accordingly, enjoy the rest of the week.

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Say....

I've never heard of MONO Lake either. Is that where infected teens go to kiss?

Waseeley - Nothing was as subversive to a 6 year old as Fractured Fairy Tales [5:36]

Cold War? What's that Boris? :-/
//Did I ever tell you about my workstation I named Natasha? Spam'd 'Byte Me' to every box in the company, she did. :-)

Enjoy'd reading everyone today!

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Sunday Lurk Forgot to say...

{A, A+} OKL, you're the best.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

Fortunately since Ella GRASSO who paved the way, many women have since become governors and other state officials. At one time here in our own state all the top five posts were occupied by women. The Phoenix mayor, secretary of state, treasurer, and governor and secretary of education were all women and were known as the Fab Five.

Yellowrocks said...

Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is one of my favorites. I like that each character is represented by its own instrument. I know this work is meant for children, but I enjoy it.

Wilbur Charles said...

I know stating the obvious is considered "outre" but it's La Hoy ya*. And…RSTLNE I take it is "Fill"? It(WoF) used to be on where I'd go to watch the Redsox. Seemed to be very popular.

HM, I was victim to the same Natick. JADe sounded good.

Being from NE I was vaguely familiar with GRASSO.

I had oral<DISS(ertation). The latter more accurate.
Le premier étage is the second floor(apres REZ de Chaussée )

Speaking of RIFLING(thru garbage) I had money to waste and bought five $3 lotto tix. I misunderstood the instant bonus which I thought pertained to the number drawn. So I tossed my five tix. Then after grabbing a coffee (it was free so not all was lost) I decided to retrieve my tix. And folded in was four dollars. ????. Maybe I inadvertently won on some arcane match.

Love that gauche link.

(YR?)**, in the rare time occasions that I solve online I leave a box blank and only fill after checking the whole grid do I fill it in. Also, when posting I compose elsewhere and copy and paste. I've lost a few too many posts.

Picard you came through as expected with the Lake Mono photos.

I didn't fall for PEKE for toy with a tail like I did on that Saturday xword.

I had lEAD <DEAD

I think I began this post at 2pm then SB LV started etc.


*Street here named after Golf Course
** Was that you as Anonymous?

ATLGranny said...

FIW today after a much interrupted puzzle attempt. Quite a few WOs in the middle section and big doubts about ELATERS. I have heard them in Colorado but didn't know that term for click beetles. Many traps avoided but I fell into one I didn't expect: the J in JOLLA and JADA where I put H. As Lucina said, It sounds the same in Spanish, plus I forgot Jada and had the recent Hoda lingering in my mind to confuse the women. The very first square wrong! Oh well, the puzzle gave me something to do in my free time and I appreciated it. The theme was helpful so thanks, Gary. And thanks C.C. for clearing up my questions.

Now back to checking on the Super Bowl....

Yellowrocks said...

WC, it was I. All I have here right now is a community newspaper and a community computer. I can't solve on the side and I must do it all in one sitting.
I hadn't thought of Shultz in years and today he was in the puzzle and, unfortunately in the obits.I waz amazed that he was 100.

Llbybee said...

Another Mono Lake tidbit - Clint Eastwood film from 1973 was filmed on location there!

Llbybee said...

Sorry - High Plains Drifter