Feb 16, 2021

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Johh Witzke and Pawel Fludzinski

A Rose by Any Other Name.

17-Across. If Nicholson sang, danced and acted, he might be called __: JACK OF ALL TRADES.  Jack Nicholson (né John Joseph Nicholso; b. Apr. 22, 1937) is an actor who has a played wide range of roles, so he probably can sing and dance as well as act.

40-Across. If Robinson left En Vogue to sing in Jerry Garcia's group, she might be called __: DAWN OF THE DEAD.  Although I had heard of the group En Vogue, I was not familiar with Dawn Robinson (née Dawn Shreese Robinson; b. Nov. 24, 1965).

59-Across. If Tomlin came from San Fernando, she might be called __: LILY OF THE VALLEY.  Lily Tomlin (née Mary Gean Tomlin; b. Sept. 1, 1939) is an actress and stand-up comedian.  She played Ruth Ann on Rowan & Martin.

1. Tripoli's country: LIBYA.

6. College grad: ALUM.

10. Kill, as a dragon: SLAY.  St. George, the patron saint of England, is said to have been a dragon-slayer.  Surprising fact: Dragons don't exist!

14. Thorny plant: BRIAR.

15. Latina toon explorer: DORA.  Dora the Explorer

16. Scrabble piece: TILE.

20. GQ or Cosmo: MAG.  Both are magazines, one for men and the other for women.

21. Photographed: SHOT.

22. Inhumane: BARBARIC.

27. Salty drops: TEARS.

31. Big name in PCs: ACER.  I learned of Acer computers from doing the crossword puzzles.

32. __ pork: Chinese dish with pancakes: MOO SHU.  Hubby likes Moo Shu Chicken.

35. "High" afternoon meal: TEA.

36. Forbidden: TABOO.  Not to be confused with Tattoo, which is a common crossword word.

38. Series of missed calls: PHONE TAG.

43. Dog food seller: PET STORE.

44. Crop up: ARISE.

46. Soul, to Sartre: ÂME.  Today's French lesson.  Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21, 1905 ~ Apr. 15, 1980) was a French extentialialism philosopher.  I had to read some of his work in college, but I don't remember anything now.

47. Polar parka: ANORAK.  I need one today.  Icy rain is coming down now, even as I type this.  We covered all of our fruit trees last night.  Hope they will survive.

50. Passionate about: INTO.

51. Winona of "Stranger Things": RYDER.  Winona Ryder (née Winona Laura Horowitz; b. Oct. 29, 1971) was born in Winona, Minnesota.  She has starred in many movies and television shows, including Stranger Things, which is a sci-fi horror mystery television series.

53. Brings good luck to: SMILES ON.

55. Taunt: GIBE.

58. Drone or worker: BEE.

67. Trim, as a photo: CROP.  It's so easy to do on your computer.

68. Dry forecast: FAIR.

69. Religious doctrine: DOGMA.  Also the name of a 1999 movie that starred Matt Damon and Ben Aflack.

70. Credit card balance, say: DEBT.

71. Benchmarks: Abbr.: STDs.  As in Standards.

72. Jerk or twitch: SPASM.

1. JFK's successor: LBJ.  Lyndon Baines Johnson (Aug. 27, 1908 ~ Jan. 22, 1973) succeeded John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 ~ Nov. 22, 1963).  As a kid, I thought Johnson was really old, and yet he died at only 64.

2. Nest egg initials: IRA.  As in an Individual Retirement Account.

3. Flickable lighter: BIC.

4. Go on and on: YAK.

5. Kitchen allure: AROMA.

6. Samuel Barber's "__ for Strings": ADAGIO.  Samuel Osmond Barber, II (Mar. 9, 1910 ~ Jan. 23, 1981) was an American composer, conductor and pianist.  This piece has been used in a number of movies and television shows, from Platoon to episodes of The Simpsons.

7. Cyberchortle: LOL.  Laughing Out Loud.  Apparently this has been used for over 30 years.

8. Web addresses: URLs.  The Uniform Resource Locator has become a crossword staple.

9. Subject with numbers: MATH.

10. Georgia or Washington: STATE.  In this map, both states are the same color.

11. Pot cover: LID.

12. It may be blonde or pale: ALE.  Everything you wanted to know about beers, but were afraid to ask.

13. "Roundabout" rockers with a positive name: YES.

18. Word before hand or land: FARM.

19. Capitol feature: ROTUNDA.  It's a majestic building.  Photographs don't do it justice.

22. Cave hanger: BAT.

23. Plato's school, with "the": ACADEMY.

24. Paid back, as a purchase incentive: REBATED.

25. Tweezer targets: BROWS.

26. Whirlybirds: 'COPTERS.  Also the name of a carnival ride.

28. Realizes, as a goal: ATTAINS.

29. Entertains with a bedtime story: READS TO.

30. Give in to gravity: SAG.

33. Recital rebuke: SHH.

34. Flower bed tool: HOE.

37. Province on four Great Lakes: ONTARIO.  Hi, CanadianEh!  Is this your Province?  Ontario touches upon Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.

39. Spooky: EERIE.  Not one of the Great Lakes.

41. Bass ending: -OON.  As in a Bassoon.

42. Pendulum direction?: FRO.  The Foucault Pendulum at the Boston Science Museum.

43. Links standard: PAR.

45. Seemingly forever: EON.  A crossword staple.

48. Orange-yellow gemstones: AMBERS.  They are often embeded with insects.

49. Ukraine's capital: KIEV.  The people of Ukraine prefer to spell the name of the capital as Kyiv.  Kiev is a transliteration of the Russian name, whereas Kyiv is the Ukrianian transliteration.

52. The Nile runs through it: EGYPT.  Several years, we took a boat ride up the Nile.

54. Detectives' aids: LEADS.

56. Bosom buds, in texts: BFFs.  Textspeak for Best Friends Forever.

57. Nouveau-Mexique, par exemple: ÉTAT.  More of today's French lesson.  Contrary to what some people think, New Mexico not a foreign country, but a State in the American Southwest.

Carte des États-Unis avec le Nouveau-Mexique en rouge.

59. TV screen type: LCD.  As in Liquid-Crystal Display.

60. Fury: IRE.

61. Easy throw: LOB.  Not to be confused with 63-Down: Cut (off): LOP.

62. Laid low: HID.

64. JFK alternative: LGA.  Both the LaGuardia Airport and the JFK Airports service the New York Area.  The airport in Newark also services the New York Area.

65. Maximum borders?: EMs.  As in the letter M.  Maximum.

66. Oft-candied veggie: YAM.  I'll pass on this dish.  I never understood why people liked yams with marshmellows.

Here's the Grid:


Happy Mardi Gras, Y'all!  You can still celebrate.  Only the parades have been cancelled.  This is the coldest Mardi Gras in recent memory, however.


OwenKL said...

There was a tomb raider named DORA
Would hack thru BRIARS and such flora.
Facing down dooms,
To reach TABOO rooms,
In search of the box of Pandora!

There was a pendant of KIEV
Declared that's not what it says!
That spelling's BARBARIC,
No longer copacetic.
Київ must now be anglicized as Kyiv!

{B, A-.}

Boomer said...

Boomer here. I won't keep you in suspense any longer. I put on the special shoes and grabbed a 15 pound ball and shot a whopping 418 for my three game set yesterday. I was hoping for something around 500. I guess it's what happens when you take 11 months off. The good news is I did not fall on the approach and I was able to carry the heavy equipment into the center and back out again in something BELOW ZERO. I am not complaining about that either because I watch the news and it seems that winter weather has sneaked into some southern states. My side effect from bowling is a bit of weakness in the legs but that's about it. My team welcomed me back as well as other friends I have in the league. I enlisted as a paying substitute for now so I am not sure when I be asked to bowl again but I'll be ready.

Anonymous said...

I thought the theme was a fun one, but there is such a large difference in fame between Jack Nicholson and Lily Tomlin on one hand, and Dawn Robinson on the other. I don't think Robinson was well-known even at the height of En Vogue's fame in the 1990s. I don't think any of the group members were.

But there aren't a lot of famous DAWNs. Maybe Tony Orlando and DAWN? Or DAWN Wells, who played Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island?

Hungry Mother said...

FIR with one write-over: SMILES 4 ShInES. The BEE has me spelling words all night long, especially last night. The themers were very easy.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, crossword friends. I hope you are all safe and warm from the storm. We lost our electricity early yesterday morning and it isn't anticipated to return until late tomorrow night. It was in the low teens here last night, which rarely happens in Southern Louisiana. Probably just as well that the Mardi Gras parades won't be running this year.

QOD: If we marry educational technology with quality, enriching content, that’s a circle of win. ~ LeVar Burton (né Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr., b. Feb. 16, 1957), African-American actor

Anonymous said...

Decent puzzle, but I was also struck by the obscurity of Dawn Robinson (I'd even consider En Vogue obscure, although I remember a couple of their songs). That said, only Dawn Wells comes to mind as being more famous and/or the only non-obscure Dawn.

Took 6:02.

Stay warm, if you can.

ATLGranny said...

A Tuesday tidy puzzle for me today with few slips of the pen. FIR after a couple of WOs: ShInES ON before SMILES ON (Hi, Hungry Mother) and aRc before FRO. OK, I also put an I instead of Y in RYDER but perps soon reminded me to change it when I saw the spelling of ACADEMY. The themers were very helpful with only DAWN unknown (agree with Anon). Thanks Pawel and John for the fun. Boomer, I'm glad your bowling outing went well. Good to see you again, OwenKL. And Hahtoolah, thanks for the cheerful start to my day with your extensive review. Sorry to hear you (and many others) are without power, especially with such cold wintery weather. Hope help comes soon! Keep warm and safe, everyone!

Wilbur Charles said...

Oops. I tend to solve quickly and wait for the review for some of the answers. I had sniP/CROP and never checked the down clues. Three misses on three easy ones.

Ignominious FIW. Only wo was PETSmart/STORE. CSO to Melissa BEE.

I enjoy Tuesday write-ups from Hahtoolah.


Malodorous Manatee said...

I hope that everyone living in the frozen parts of our country is staying warm and safe today. The forecast high here today is 66 F.

The puzzle solving went smoothly despite not knowing DAWN Robinson. After thousands of times "perp-ing out" an unknown this type of thing is, of course, quite normal for all of us. I started to write Chopper where COPTER was slotted but quickly realized that my first choice would not fit in the allotted space. The Cat in Training and Phone Tag graphics were the favorites among Hahtoolah's always delightful array.

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to receive a telephone call scheduling my 2nd Moderna vaccination. The timing and location are both a bit inconvenient logistically but I am not complaining in the least.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Congrats, Boomer, on returning to the bowling fray.

Enjoyable solve with much fun fill. Two abutting countries, LIBYA and EGYPT, and 2 states; STATE, and ETAT. Only wite-out was used to spell MOOSHU right. FIR.
COPTER - Here I am being heloed from my ship to the bird farm (aircraft carrier) in the distance (at right center) for a day of cross-pollination (to see how the other half lives). I returned to my ship the next day by hi-line transfer.
We have had high TEA at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.
Too much SAG in bulk power transmission lines which then ice up into a kind of air foil could cause galloping conductors to short out when the phases hit one-another.
Most of Texas is not directly interconnected with the rest of the American electric grid so they have to rely on their own generation to meet their electric load.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Whew! That was a lotta snow. We had almost two feet of Lake (Michigan) Effect snow--dry, but plentiful. It is rather beautiful today as the sun is trying to lighten the sky.

Thanks, John and Pawel. That was fun for a shut-in morning. I had a very good run, but I chose the wrong social insect with ant before BEE. (Hi, Melissa!)

Nicely done, Hahtoolah. I especially enjoyed the phone tag and snowmen cartoons. LOL for sure. You're so right about LBJ. And my, how young the Kennedys were! Especially Jackie.

Sorry to you East Coasters for sending all this weather your way. I guess rain and thunderstorms too. Be safe and stay cozy. Maybe some sunshine eventually!

Tinbeni said...

Hahtoolah: Your write-up was more FUN than solving this puzzle. Good job!

D-O I'm trying to send you some warm weather. LOL

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.


Husker Gary said...

-I loved the puzzle and how our friend Pawel even got his home state into the puzzle in French!
-The prospect of too many TEARS is why my DW can’t take Lily to the vet this morning for surgery
-On all the HGTV renovation shows, the worker BEES don’t get much air time
-Our weather today is dry, FAIR and brutally cold
-Are BIC pens the most ubiquitous of all commercial products?
-Is LOL supposed to take the sting out of a GIBE?
-MATH – Quick: It is -25F right now, what will be the temp if it goes up 10F?
-A TV show of my yute
-Our frequent Saturday constructor Craig Stowe lives in Toronto, ONTARIO
-This past year KIEV was much in the news and some pronounced it as one syllable rhyming with Steve
-Congrats, Boomer! Celebrate little victories.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

The Nicholson and Tomlin clues were easy providing lots of letter fill..(Streisand tries bullfighting..."Barbra of Seville"?). Nice Toozeday challenge.

When its not Erie the puzzle is EERIE.Canada Eh's ONTARIO is entirio on four great lakes. I had to look at a map.. if you bit a piece out of Michigan's UP it would be all 5 lakes!!.....

Was thinking"Shaun of the Dead" The 2008 spoof for some reason so first I wrote Sean for DAWN. "Dogma" was a fun flick. (George Carlin plays a cardinal)

STATE then ÉTAT. (Someone commented a while ago that in French it's rare for a word to start with ST. After 7 years of classes de français never noticed but it explains Étienne for Stephen. How étupid I've been!!). Had to change Log off to LOP off (ouch). Unfair to assume everything the Barbarians did was BARBARIC. Attila's tribe called each other "Hun".

How cows eat....BROWS
Bullwinkle footwear...MOOSHU

So cold! 🥶....Where'd I put my ANORAK?

Great job Hahtoolah ...BTW ..Dragons obviously don't exist cuz St. George killed 'em all!! 🐲.

Shankers said...

A Tuesday speed run. Only significant change, like a couple others, was shineson to smileson. Otherwise, not much else to say except that it doesn't take much to appreciate the weather in Phoenix when we watch the Weather Channel and see such suffering in the rest of the country. Please stay safe everyone.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was an easy, breezy romp with a cute theme. I needed perps for Dawn as I’ve never heard of the singer nor the group, En Vogue. I thought the clue was referring to Vogue magazine. Any annoyance with the slew of three-letter words is erased by the slew of fun pairings: IRA/Ire, Lob/Lop, Shh/BFFs, LBJ/LGA, Tea/Tears, State/État, and Yak/Yam. Nice CSOs to CanadianEh at Ontario and Lucina and Moi at Acer.

Thanks, Pawel and John, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Hahtoolah, for another delightful scenic tour, replete with smile-inducing visuals and chuckles, compliments of Edith Anne. Your fondness for felines is obvious and I, too, liked the Phone Tag graphic.

Congrats on your bowling outing, Boomer. I’m sure your scores will improve each week, as you get back into the swing of it, so to speak.

I hope everyone affected by the horrific weather conditions stays safe, warm, and damage-free. Be careful, everyone.

Have a great day.

oc4beach said...

I got JACK OF ALL TRADES and LILY OF THE VALLEY, but I didn't know Robinson or En Vogue, so perps had to fill in DAWN.

Good puzzle and Hahtoolah's tour was really enjoyable with the patter and comics. I look forward to her write-ups.

I had DELL before ACER which I should have known since I bought ACER computers for my kids years ago.

I wonder how many Texans own ANORAKS. I think they could use them today. My nephew in Austin has no power and is huddled under a bunch of blankets with his cat trying to stay warm.

MOO SHU pork was a gimme. I love Chinese food, and Italian, and Mexican, and French, etc. Basically I like to eat. Going out to eat was our primary entertainment before the pandemic hit. Take out is OK, but sitting down in a restaurant and enjoying a steak or other specialty is what I miss the most.

Spitz: I recognized the Kaman HH-43 Huskie helicopter in your picture. My uncle flew them in a Search and Rescue squadron in the Air Force in the 50's and 60's. It was unique with the intermeshing rotor blades that it had.

FLN: I agree with many that BUTT DIAL is more appropriate than POCKET DIAL.

Have a great day everyone and please wear your masks.

Alice said...

Boomer, I must admit I was a bit worried about you going bowling yesterday. It’s a strenuous game throwing the heavy ball. Congratulations on doing well and having no pulled muscles. I bet you’ll be called out on sub duty often.

Thanks to Pawel and John for a fun puzzle today. The theme jumped out quickly and the fills followed.

Hahtoolah, obviously the power outage didn’t prevent you from doing your usual great Tuesday duty. Thanks for that.

I hope everyone has a good day.

Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle, Pawel and John--many thanks for this gift. And, Hahtoolah, your pictures are just amazing, one after the other, down the line, all of them clever and funny. Like others, I loved your CAT IN TRAINING and cats having tea pictures. And you reminded us of all the geography (hm, is there a lot in the puzzle?) with your many great maps. Many thanks for your lovely pictorial tour!

The picture of JACK Nicholson, gave me a shiver of creeps, remembering his role in that scary movie. But the picture of LILY was a bit silly. I've never seen a picture of an ANORAK, so that was fun. Nice to get a bit of scholarly mention with ALUM and ACADEMY.

Have a great day, everybody!

Picard said...

Boomer Thank you for the bowling update. I am sure you will be doing better again soon.

I got off to an unusually easy start, getting every single fill in the North. Hand up I never heard of that DAWN or her group EN VOGUE. Fun theme!

Does anyone else remember MOO SHU being called MOO SHI?

One time hiking with our friend Christa we were delighted to see this BAT in a local CAVE.

Here are the rest of the photos from that little adventure.

Hahtoolah Thank you for the learning moments about WINONA RYDER. I did not realize she was a member of our tribe before. Amusing that WINONA came from the city she was born in. I may be the only person who has never seen her movies.

As a teen growing up in the DC area my parents took me inside the CAPITOL ROTUNDA and below for a ride on the "shortest railroad in the world". But I would have to dig for those photos.

Picard said...

From Yesterday:
PK and Vidwan I am happy that you enjoyed the information and photos of the TUFA at MONO LAKE. I remember as a kid there was a kit you could buy to make such structures in a jar.

Swamp Cat, unclefred, Vidwan, CrossEyedDave Thank you for the ACT OF GOD comments and explanations. I think I agree with unclefred that it is a nonsense term used by insurance companies to avoid payment.

CrossEyedDave Agree that BUTT DIALING is the correct term. Thank you for the humorous history!

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you John and Pawel for a nice Tuesday puzzle. Really enjoyed it. I didn't know Dawn or En Vogue ( the magazine ?) but the rest of the perp clues were easy, so no problem. I got the theme from Nicholson, right away.

Thank you Hahtoolah, for your cartoons and jokes, and the status of the Mardi Gras, which I read avidly. I guess the locals really take that very seriously. I guess it is something to occupy their time and energy during the dreary winter month.

You wrote,"Surprising fact: Dragons don't exist !" ....
Well, I have to tell you, that got the Komodos hopping mad, and they are going to breathe fire at you, just for that ! Lol. ;-o)

Lily of the Valley: Some 22 years ago, we planted a small plant of LOTV, and now it has completely taken over the whole front yard, center northeast. It blooms early, for a very short period, has a heady fragrance, and is impossible to eradicate. It is also apparently, extremely poisonous, especially for pets and little kids ( we have none of each.)

Your Moo Shu looks suspiciously like a burrito, from Taco Bell.
Your point about LBJ looking old is well taken. I used to think he was old too, ... maybe because of his obesity, bald head and his slow, texan drawl of speaking... And to think that I am now, much older than he ever was !!

Amber, if a gemstone, is really a petrified gum / resin, some of which can be relatively easily, remelted and remolded. A common similar material is Copal, which is less than a 100,000 years old. Amber is generally a coupla million yrs old.
Sorry for the TMI.

Vidwan827 said...

Hahtoolah, I am glad and appreciative of the fact that you managed to complete the blog despite power difficulties, and maybe a loss of wifi. Thank you.

Boomer, thank you for your update on your bowling, and that you have such a determined attitude on continuing to participate in your ardent hobbies ! Way to go ! And your scores appear to be better than ever. ( I think.) Your positive attitude gives tremendous hope to all of us, who are in somewhat similar situations. I have a brother in Chicago, south of you, who insists on walking ten miles every day, to Lake Michigan, despite his health problems and the weather.

Lucina said...


Thank you Pawel and John Witzke for the quick and easy puzzle today! And thank you, Hahtoolah, for the always amusingly illustrated commentary.

I enjoyed the titular themes and of course know of JACJ Nicholson and LILY Tomlin but not DAWN Robinson nor En Vogue. Perps to the rescue!

MOO SHU chicken was my late DH's favorite meal when we went to a Chinese restaurant.

Irish Miss has spotted the cute pairings as usual.

Boomer, I'm so happy for you that you can again enjoy bowling!

Our weather here has been FAIR but I'm sorry for all of you in the throes of a harsh winter. Please stay safe and warm if possible.

You always have such interesting photos which I enjoy viewing!

I hope you can be happy even in adversity, everyone!

Lucina said...


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thank you John & Pawell for a fun puzzle. I think this is the first of Pawell's works which didn't give me a mighty struggle.

Hand up for ESP on DAWN. Never heard of her or either musical group. Didn't know LGA meaning.

Tried hair before BROW as being more exact. BROW is the whole collection. You only tweeze one at a time.

Surely they wouldn't lie about St. George. I agree he must be the reason there aren't any left in England. Probably had pockets of dinosaurs left over for centuries in places like that island nation.

Hahtoolah, always enjoy your work. Great cartoons.

Spitz, was that you dangling beneath that COPTER? WOW!

Yay! Boomer, you are our super bowler! But I'm surprised that you wanted to go out in this awful cold.

PK said...

After 5 months without a computer, Amazon seemed to think I didn't have an account with them. Never mind that I had continued to successfully order books with my Kindle. I tried to order a big bag of bird seed before this cold set in. Amazon wouldn't let me into my account. After trying for four days, I finally broke down & called the number, expecting to be put on hold. I was. After two more days, I called at midnight and actually got an intelligent, English-speaking with no noticeable accent, male person who went through a sensible checklist of questions to make sure I was who I said I was. Low & behold, my account was restored & updated. I am overjoyed. My birdseed is on the way. Hope the birds haven't all died of the cold and starvation by the time it gets here Friday. It's a miracle if birds can live in this.

AnonymousPVX said... folks with no power...let your faucets run very slowly, this will help keep your pipes from freezing. We also used to open all the cabinets that had plumbing in them, bathroom vanities and kitchen sinks. A little water usage beats the plumbers fee every time.

A nice Fat Tuesday grid, no issues at all.

You may not have known Dawn, but En Vogue had some hits...My Lovin’ (never gonna get it) comes to mind.

Stay safe.

Old Okie said...

Not a bad puzzle for a Tuesday, I had to print the puzzle from this site, Haven't received a news paper this week because of the weather, -13 right now. My standby generator wouldn't even start without a little warming up. I live in a rural area about 10 miles from town, so when we get weather like this we have to get prepared,
can't just run to the store for food. We got about 6 inches of snow, so the roads are in kinda bad shape, haven't seen a snow plow go by yet.

I am very lucky that everything in my home that can be natural gas is natural gas, so we can stay very warm. but, I'd bet a dollar to a doughnut that my hardy bananas are done for, I do not think I can remember anytime in my life it has been this cold for this long.

Big Easy said...

Well on this frozen Mardi Gras the newspaper didn't show until noon. I usually don't work the M-W puzzles (too easy) but everything is closed on Mardi Gras and there was nowhere to go. So the Tuesday puzzle was my entertainment.

I've never heard of DAWN Robinson or the group En Vogue. I know of three people named Dawn for their middle names-nephew's wife & daughter and DELTA DAWN.

Boomer- congratulation on your bowling outing. Keep it up.

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, John and Patel, and Hahtoolah.
This CW filled quickly and correctly.
I noted STATE and ETAT, LOP and LOB, (MOO)SHU crossing SHH. Also the two JFK clues.

I’ll take my CSO for ONTARIO. I am smack-dab between those last two lakes.
Perhaps another CSO with ACER, anD another with TEA (high tea at the Prince of Wales in NOTL is a treat💕)

We had about 10 inches of snow overnight on top of the 3 or 4 that was already on the ground, and it is 15F now at mid-afternoon. But we Canadians are used to it and have our ANORAKS (we call them parkas). Thinking of you in Texas and other areas affected by the storm.
Stay safe and warm.

Wishing you all a great day.

JD said...

Thanks Pawel and John W. for your fun puzzle today. It made me feel smart(hahaha) because I didn't have to look up anything, although the perps helped. Etat crossing gibe(why don't I know that word??) was sticky.I did go to my ABC notebook where I wrote new words when I first found CC years ago. I wasn't sure on the spelling of anorak, a word Ive never used.

Hahtoolah... fun stuff, especially the phone tag cartoon. I cant even imagine how long it takes you to write all of this up for us.. Always a THANK YOU for those of you who do the write ups each day.
Ive never been a tea drinker, but I did find a combination that has hit the spot on these colder days: Yogi Egyptian Licorice mixed with Bigelow's Lemon Ginger.

Yay Boomer! so happy that you are able to bowl again!!

So sorry for many of you that live in the cold zones... which is probably most of you. Snuggle up!!

Spitzboov said...

PK @ 1244 - - Yes, it was I. They put a horse collar-like sling around your back and under the arm pits, and then lift up the front. When ready the COPTER and load raise about 100 ft into the air and then the helo crew reel you in. Landing on the carrier is then like landing on dry land by comparison.

oc4beach @ 1124 - - Forgot it was called a Kaman. Thanks. Our task group always seemed to have a helo handy to deliver mail, transfer personnel, or deliver spare parts (that might have been flown to the carrier on a COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) flight.)

The Curmudgeon said...

"Dragons don't exist"? Another animal mankind has slain to extinction!


Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-A triple header today:
*The vet thought surgery for Lilly’s was unnecessary and so I got to bring her back home after an hour
*We sold MIL’s last remaining piece of furniture that has sat in our living room for two weeks via Craigslist
*We got a call to tell us we go in for our first Covid shot on Thursday

SwampCat said...

Happy cold Mardi Gras! Early this morning it was gloomy, but now the sun is out and we have our usual wonderful winter weather. Colder than usual but sunny and bright. Parades may be cancelled but not our Mardi Gras spirit. Thanks Hahtoolah for adding to the fun.

And for your tour of this fun puzzle! Thanks Pawel and John.

Stay warm and safe, everyone.

SwampCat said...

FLN...TXMs, thanks for the update on our Texas friends. Take care!!

Owen, both A’s!

Husker Gary said...

Musings 3
-I wrote to Pawel to tell him how much I liked his puzzle and he informed me that he has moved from New Mexico (Nouveau-Mexique) to Denver to be nearer work and his daughter requested to go to boarding school near her many relatives in Port Hope, ONTARIO.
-I did the same yesterday for Stella’s puzzle and also asked her if she had any music I could listen to from her membership in the Oratorio Society of New York. She sent me the link to this fabulous version of Handel’s The Messiah in the most unusual surroundings you could imagine

Sandyanon said...

Gary, that was spectacular. Not only the music, but also these musician's commitment to their art. Thank you.

Ol' Man Keith said...

No, I never understood the appeal of YAMS or Sweet Potatoes for that matter.
And, strangely, I never met anyone who did.

Fun PZL today. Thanks to the Fludzinski/Witzke team. (That's a mouthful.).
And thank you, Hahtoolah!
Particularly enjoyed the cat and snowman cartoons.

Just checked in with my son down in Texas. His power hasn't gone out--yet. But his neighbors were shivering last night.
He doesn't own an ANORAK, so he may have to settle for wrapping himself in blankets if the grid fails him.
One diagonal today, on the mirror side.
Strangely, sadly, there is not even one vowel in the 15-letter string; ergo no anagram today.
I could offer GHYLL, but it is only the alternate spelling for the plate-like structure on the underside of a mushroom head. Hardly worth mentioning.

Sandyanon said...

P.S. Gary, I haven't listened to the entire thing yet, but paid special attention to the Hallelujah Chorus. Thanks again.

CrossEyedDave said...


Can you provide the GPS coordinates
For anywhere near your hike?
I would like to look it up on google earth satellite maps...


Lemonade714 said...

How about EOS goddess of___; or AURORA goddess of___; or ____ dish washer liquid ; or At the break of ____ ? I love Pawel's puzzle and I do not know if the clue was his, or JOHH's or from the editor so I say, thank you Pawel and the rest. HG, maybe you can ask Pawel and get some insight on Mr. Witzke.

Do you really know Samuel Barber's "__ for Strings": ADAGIO I am needing much music education.

Well done Susan, too busy to read them early but your write-up was great.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. As CanadianEh! said, thanks for the fun, John and Patel, and Hahtoolah. I didn't know DAWN Robinson either. Our dental hygienist is named Dawn. DAWN OF THE DEAD sounds like it could be the name of a Quentin Tarantino movie.

unclefred said...

FIR in 19. I got the theme immediately which helped. Only W/O: ANORAC:ANORAK. I kept trying to put CHOPPERS in for COPTERS but I couldn’t shoe-horn it in there! Besides, CHOPPERS don’t like MOOSHU pork! I enjoyed this witty cw, thanx, PF and JW!! Very nice write-up, too, Hahtoolah, thanx! I wish I could send some warm weather to the rest of you, frankly, here in FLL we’re tired of days in the mid 80’s. I’d like to see some cooler weather. Notice to God: cooler is 50’s or 60’s, not below 0. That’s the weather that made me flee WI!! And I have never missed shoveling snow, either. 6 days until my second jab.

waseeley said...

Lemonade714 @5:08 PM Oh you know it Lemony, you just don't recognize the name. Let's see if this link to a YouTube video works Barber's Adagio for Strings. If that doesn't work, just get on YouTube and search for it. You'll recognize it right away, as has been used extensively in movies and other media.


Hahtoolah said...

Bill: that is the same piece I linked.

waseeley said...

Hahtoolah @7:30 PM Sorry about that. I came in late and had the impression that Lemony had never heard it. Should have looked before I linked!

Lemonade714 said...

I did not know the title or the composer; the music is familiar.

Not Tarantino, but Romero