Mar 13, 2021

Saturday, March 13, 2021, Mary Lou Guizzo

Saturday Themeless by Mary Lou Guizzo

Today our constructor is Mary Lou Guizzo. She and her retired  science teacher husband met at Dayton University and now live in Oakwood, OH which is a suburb of Dayton. Last time she told us: I am a retired medical technologist with a Specialty in Blood Banking (SBB). I’ve worked in hospitals, private labs and the Community Blood Center for many years. She further said she knew of C.C. and knows our moderator is a "rockstar constructor!" Here's what she told me about this puzzle:

Mary Lou and Grandson
Thanks for your kind words Gary. Glad to hear you enjoy the photography as well as the puzzles (Husker: I see her pix on FaceBook). They both make me look at the world in a different way and serve as good diversions. A shout out to my husband who helps me in both these endeavors.

I was happy to feature two strong women in this puzzle, GRETA THUNBERG and the NOTORIOUS RBG aka Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It's not easy to pave the way in perilous circumstances and times, but they have both done that well and with such grace. 

To answer your question about the clues, roughly 20% are different, with 80% being the same or very similar to my submitted clues.  I hope the solvers have enjoyed the puzzle and it has brought them some respite during these trying times.

Mary Lou

Husker Gary Addendum: When I saw the clue/fill 21. Impish: ELFIN - I asked Mary Lou if she would mind if I referred to her as ELFIN. She got a big laugh out of that and said "Go ahead!"


1. Wrap up: SWATHE - Changing a noun SWATH to a verb by adding an "E" like cloth and clothe. Here's a Corflex universal sling has also been SWATHED

7. Game-watching, maybe: ON SAFARI.

15. "Y Is for Yesterday" sleuth Millhone: KINSEY - Our frequent cwd author and her female sleuth

16. One skilled at spelling: SORCERER - or his apprentice

17. __ of: address words: IN CARE.

18. Rocky time?: STONE AGE - MOUNTAIN (standard time) didn't cut it

19. Slow-witted Bergen puppet: SNERD.

20. 8-Down, e.g.: BIO and 8. 2015 best-selling 20-Across: NOTORIOUS RBG - A clever play on rapper NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

22. Boo follower: HISS - The Harbor Playhouse Melodramas will cue you in

23. Key contraction: OER - "O'ER the land of the free..." Renee Fleming nailing the last  word of this Francis Scott Key phrase at Super Bowl XLVIII

24. "Likewise": SAME.

25. Elect: OPT - What did you OPT for at 4. Nicholas II et al.: TSARS or CZARS?

26. Attributive term: ALA - Today's puzzle is ALA Guizzo! 

28. One presented for payment: IOU.

31. Driver's aid: TEE.

32. Legal show for 40 years, with "The": PEOPLE'S COURT - It's biggest fan!

36. Youngest-ever "Time" Person of the Year: GRETA THUNBERG.

39. Formal seizure: CONFISCATION - I confiscated some interesting items as a teacher over the years

41. Tyke: TOT.

44. Early Beatle Sutcliffe: STU - STU quit the band to go study art. The Beatles put him on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album. He is to the extreme left peeking over a blue hat.

45. "The Last Jedi" villain Kylo: REN Here ya go!

46. Sticky substance: GOO - Yeah, I'm the only one who put TAR

47. Pique: WHET - "The design of the restaurant did PIQUE my curiosity and the aromas deWHETTED my appetite."

49. Tennis strategy: LOB - How 'bout a between-the-legs LOB shot?

51. Brits' luxury cars: JAGS - In Britain, the full name has three syllables

52. Singer who founded a sewing company: ISAAC He didn't invent them

54. Seasonal drink: NOG.

55. "Romeo Must Die" star: JET LI.

56. Riviera resort, briefly: ST TROPEZ - French major granddaughter says the two T's kind of blend together into SANTROPAY

58. President, at times: VETOER - FDR leads the league with over 600 VETOES

59. "__ Wins By a Hare": Bugs Bunny cartoon: TORTOISE.

60. Dog on a bun: WEENIE - Guy Fieri swears there's a WEENIE under there

61. Throw that anticipates the receiver's timely arrival: SPOT PASS - QB, "I'm throwing this PASS to that SPOT, so be ready!

62. Puck: SPRITE - I'll bet you recognize this 14-yr-old who played Puck in the 1935 production of A Midsummer's Night Dream without looking at his name at  the bottom of the picture


1. Business concerned with going downhill: SKI SHOP.

2. Jets' home: WINNIPEG - NHL not NFL

3. Great-grandmother, say: ANCESTOR 

5. Round up: HERD.

6. Word with chart or color: EYE - Here's a CHART on EYE COLOR

7. Actor Davis: OSSIE - OSSIE and wife Ruby Dee

9. Full house sign: SRO - Not so much these days

10. Bad marks: ACNE

11. Touches: FEELS.

12. Co-Nobelist with Rabin and Peres: ARAFAT.

13. Ruling period: REGIME.

14. The "I" in "E.I. du Pont": IRENEE Éleuthère IRÉNÉE du Pont

20. Hot air: BOASTFULNESS - My speed bump! B _ A S T F U _ N _ _ _ sure looked like BLAST FURNACE to me.

26. Some saxes: ALTOS.
27. Listed in Liverpool?: LEANT - I wrote to Mary Lou to make sure I had this right and she agreed that Listed is the past tense of List (usually heard as a listing or leaning boat) and LEANT is a British past tense for LEAN, hence the Liverpool reference. Very cool clue!

29. Cup fraction: OUNCE - My science lab never strayed into the labyrinth of English measures. How many milliliters are there in a liter is infinitely easier than how many ounces are in a cup.

30. NFL coach Meyer: URBAN - URBAN has not coached in the NFL yet but will this year. He leaves a very successful but checkered past in the college coaching ranks. 38. Modern-day checking suggestion: GOOGLE IT if you must

33. Chest muscle, briefly: PEC and 34. Phi follower: CHI and 35. Vietnamese festival: TET - Familiar cwd puzzle veterans.

37. Pasta order: RIGATONI.

40. "Nuh-uh!": NO SIREE 

41. Citrus garnishes: TWISTS - I had TWISTS and ZESTS in Saturday puzzles very recently 

42. "C'mon, I'm not that good!": OH STOP.

43. Italian playhouse: TEATRO - A 1778 playbill from the very first production in a very famous TEATRO 

48. Pulitzer-winning "The Goldfinch" novelist Donna: TARTT Here ya go! Not to be confused with Goldfinches in our backyard.

50. Inches: OOZES.

51. Yankee whose #2 was retired in 2017: JETER - Derek was a class act!

53. Fowl area: COOP.

55. Cherokee on wheels: JEEP and 58. Golfs on wheels, briefly: VWS

57. __ mater: PIA 
The innermost layer enveloping the brain 


Wilbur Charles said...

FLN, Picard the next Uhara-Star Trek link revealed how Dr MLK convinced her to stay with Rodenbury.

Aaarrrggghhh!!! One-Box Wilbur strikes again. I wondered why LBG was NOTORIOUS but I quit on Star Wars sometime after #4. Oh, Ms Ginsburg.

I wonder if SWATHED relates to "Swaddling" from Luke 2.12.

I originally had Gel<GOO

I never heard the term SPOT Pass after six decades watching football. Phill helped me with TORTOISE (duh)

I never would have guessed Rooney. Normal as a tot.

I originally had "Listed" as a RE term. My "Realtor" client spelled LIEN as "Lean". I was looking for lessee in Brit talk.

We had a different kind of "Garnish" yesterday.

As I alluded to, a relatively easy Saturday. Mary Lou beat me by a HARE. She had me TEEd up with "Golfs" but perps saved VWS.


cpnilo said...

Just a nit re the bio's the University of Dayton, not Dayton University.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got 'er done, but it took an alphabet run to get the T at the WHET/TARTT. Greta THUNBERG also showed up in Jeopardy! yesterday. Nicely done Mary Lou and thanx for the expo, Husker. (That misplaced G is sorta humorous. Now you'll have to sift through all 183 of 'em to figure out which one I refer to.)

SNERD: When you think about it, what could be more ridiculous than a ventriloquist on the radio?

TEATRO: It's also a Willie Nelson album.

TTP said...

Same as D-O. The SW corner was the last to fill, and it was the T in WHET and TARTT that finished it off.

D-O, I found that misplaced G, but my count was 181.

Thank you, Mary Lou, and Husker Gary.

Big Easy said...

As Ricky Nelson sang "Hello Mary Lou". NO SIREE, there was no "Boo HISS" for your puzzle.

It was a normal Saturday slog and I FIR with the cross of BIO & NOTORIOUS RBG. REN was unknown and the BG endings of LOB & NOG just didn't seem right. The entire eastern seaboard gave me trouble. IRENEE in the NE was a total unknown. In the SE, aka the 'car corner' with VWS, JEEP, & JAGS), JET LI was all perps and It took a while for my brain to change WEINER to WEENIE.

GOOGLE IT? I won't do it so solve a crossword.
KINSEY and TARTT were filled by perps. All I knew of Grafton is "A is for... "
27D- for "Listed in Liverpool" I had to change TO LET to LEANT, thinking it was for rent as did Wilbur.

"Time" is a totally irrelevant publication. The PAID US circulation has fallen below a million and their attempt to determine "The Man Of The Year" is a last ditch hope that somebody might buy their magazine. I remember Secretariat beating people.

JAGS maybe considered luxury but they are NOTORIUS for being in the shop all the time.

inanehiker said...

Thought this was going to be slow - but then everything just tumbled out! I enjoyed the modern references to two awesome women: NOTORIOUS RBG crossing GRETA THUNBERG. GRETA hasn't let her mild ASD hold her back!

WEES about the TARTT the last to fill- but I had more issues with the last T then the first one- even though I have read "The Goldfinch". I thought it was a worthy read for my book club but didn't warrant all the plaudits like the Pulitzer Prize it received!

Thanks HG and MaryLou!
I have a women's breakfast at church this morning - first one since the pandemic started- so I'm off!

jfromvt said...

Nice Saturday puzzle. Started out slowly, but once I got a few of the long answers, it filled in for me.

We went from three days in the high 50’s to 60, to a dusting of snow this morning. I guess it’s March.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Bolluxed up the LOB/……RBG X-ing, but got everything else. Had rho before CHI.
Saturday level, as expected.

Enjoy the weekend.

oc4beach said...

Truly a Saturday level puzzle. It took resorting to Red Letters and some alphabet runs to fill in all of the blanks (and there were originally many.) HG's tour was the enjoyable part for me.

I wanted REIGN vs REGIME, but it was too short.

I thought du Pont's name was a little obscure, but Singer's name wasn't. I didn't know KINSEY, GRETA THUNBERG, or the bio of Ginsburg. Perps to the rescue.

I liked the link Gary provided on Singer's life. He was a character. My DW has two old Singer Treadle sewing machines from the late 1800's. They both work and she uses them occasionally for some straight stitch sewing. One machine was handed down from her grandmother to her mother to DW. Our daughter has requested that she gets it next (even though she doesn't sew.) It's the logical progression. Right now DW is using her Bernina sewing machines to make masks for the family. She has made over 300 so far and has just stocked up on new material to make more masks.

I remember Mortimer SNERD from the early variety shows on TV in the 50's.

DO: I can think of something more ridiculous than a ventriloquist on the radio, how about a MIME on the radio.

Have a great day everyone and please wear your masks.

oc4beach said...

The Bernina sewing machine is singular, not plural. My mistake.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Upon filing in the final letter, Valerie was heard to mutter "Not too horrible!"

Steady solve with one answer revealing the next - Hey, it's a crossword puzzle. NW was the last quadrant to fall.

Thanks, Mary Lou. Wonderful graphics, Gary!

desper-otto said...

OC4, mime on the radio? I wouldn't hear of it!

NaomiZ said...

Mary Lou gave me a mental workout today. I asked DH for help when it was finally down to one blank space: I had NOTORIOUS R_G, and DH said I was looking for NOTORIOUS BIG. That meant Kylo REN became Ben, but that was no problem, as DH proved that Ben Solo became Kylo REN in the story. "Loi" was plausible for a tennis term -- it's French, right? Needless to say, I FIW! Thank you, HG, for cheerfully explaining the error of my ways, and congrats to Cornerites who FIR today!

Irish Miss said...

Good Afternoon:

I think this is a Goldilocks just-right Saturday offering. There were some tricky spots but, overall, a smooth solve. I went astray at Hoos/Hiss and Mountain for Rocky time = before Stone Age, which was one of my favorite C/As, the other being One skilled at spelling=Sorcerer. I liked the JetLi/Jeter duo and the three cars, Jeep, VWs, and Jags, in the same neighborhood. Mary Lou’s puzzles are fun whether themed or themeless.

Thanks Mary Lou, for a pleasant workout and thanks, HG, for the expo and for sharing MLG’s comments. Great visuals, as usual.

Oas, a belated thank you for Thursday’s comments. I’m sorry that you’re experiencing so much loss, as well. I just got back from the second wake and funeral and the COVID-induced restrictions limit the usual rituals and expressions of sympathy. We were allowed into the funeral home as others departed and, after consoling the family members, had to leave immediately. The whole experience, including the church service, was surreal.

Have a great day.

Shankers said...

Not too bad for a Saturday...until the blizzard in the SW. It took what seemed like a thousand alphabet runs to grok one right answer, then another. Alas, still ended up with a single wrong square. How does that happen?

Misty said...

Well, Saturdays are of course toughies for me, but at least I got off to a start with TSARS, SRO, HISS, OUNCE, PEC, TET, STU, and WIENER, which turned to be misspelled and should have been WEENIE. Hey, not much, but it was a start before I looked for help.

So, many thanks, Mary Lou, and nice of you to check in. And thanks for the fun commentary, Husker Gary.

My two favorite clues were 'One skilled at spelling' (oh, of course, SORCERER) and 'Bad marks' (ACNE, I kept thinking a bad grade like a CEE or DEE). I'm clearly not a teenager any more.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

waseeley said...

Thank you very much Mary Lou for a very challenging puzzle and enjoyable puzzle, which I contended valiantly against but ultimately FIW "for the want of an A" (excuse follows below). And thank you Gary for the illuminating review, as always a paragon for all of your fellow bloggers.

WC @4:16AM The practice clued in 1A was in fact done to immobilize newborns (e.g. to prevent them from getting splinters when lying in mangers). I had to wear an arm sling a few years back when I broke my collar bone (much like the one shown in Gary's pic) to immobilize my clavicle while it was healing.

28A Wanted ISA, which is a term from taxonomy meaning "is a member of the set", i.e. IS LIKE. I swagged ASA, but never got around to checking how "SEANT" could possibly satisfy 27D. Alas alack.

39A The State of Maryland CONFISCATED my 3D Grandmother's house in the woods in order to pave the way for the Baltimore Beltway.

23A OER - Easy for Baltimorons to remember as a ship in the harbor opposite Ft. McHenry is the site where Key first penned words to the Star Spangled Banner. We commemorate this at every Orioles game by putting an extra emPHAsis on the first syllable of "Oer the land of the free and the home of the brave".

43A Also known as the "Verdi and Friends Museum of Opera".

2D This is a hint that this team will play again in a puzzle near you coming up later in the week.

8D Don't think that RBG is a riff on BIG. The former moniker was coined by an admiring second year law student in 2013, some 16 years after BIG was murdered in 1997. They were both NOTORIOUS, but for very different reasons. I think it had more to do with Ginsburg's FORMIDABLE skills arguing cases before SCOTUS prior to her being elevated to sit with them.

29D I'm with Gary on the metric system. As an amateur potter I've weighed out literally thousands of glaze ingredients for tests and glaze batches on kilogram scales over the years. I can't even begin to contemplate the difficulties that would be introduced by doing it in with English system.

OC4BEACH @10:30AM The mimes could perform John Cage's "4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence."


MaryLou said...

Thanks for the lovely write-up Gary. I did not remember that scene from “Rain Man” or know that Stu was on the cover of “ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band”! And, as one commenter noted my alma mater is indeed the University of Dayton:

Thanks to the bloggers here for your comments and feedback. It’s always helpful to keep in mind with future constructions and good to hear you enjoyed this one. Thanks to Zhouqin for providing this forum and her many puzzles I’ve enjoyed solving over the years.

Lucina said...


This turned out to be a Goldilocks week starting with Thursday, hard, harder, hardest. Yes, Mary Lou's puzzle posed a challenge! The NW and NE filled quickly and lulled me into a perceived quick finish. But NO SIREE. NOTORIUS just took me too long to suss and then I fell into the B.I.G. trap. Unlike my daughter and her husband, Star Wars are foreign to me so REN is an unknown.

I knew GRETA but spelled her surname THONEBERG and that took too long to correct. The SE also filled easily and the V, J, J, G progression amused me.

I should have immediately known ST. TROPEZ because there is a complex very near me by that name but I had OUNCE in place of OOZES and again, that took a long time to change.

STU was a toss-up with SYD.

I appreciate the mental workout and Gary's nicely applied narrative.

It's book club today and I have deviled eggs to make.

Have a spectacular Saturday, everyone!

Lemonade714 said...

A nice Saturday with PIA as clued my only unknown, but it was filled by perps. WC, I am not familiar with NT quotations, but this is what I learned about SWATHE/SWADDLE . I was curious too.

My grandfather was a tailor and used the pedal Singer which passed down to my oldest brother who learned to use it, and now is with his son.

I recalled DONNA TARTT from a 2020 puzzle that TTP blogged which inspired me to watch the movie based on the book. I need the large print editions to read or use my kindle to magnify these days and reading is not as common in my life.

BE, in my experience the Jaguar automobiles are no longer the "always in the shop" creations they once were.

I like the cover of the Beatles' album and wonder where I could find the grid showing who all the people are.

Thank you, Mary Lou, for the puzzle and for stopping by and saying hello, as you did after your first solo publication here back on November 13, 2013. 13 can be a lucky number. Gary, as always...

Spitzboov said...

SWATHE - Comes from the Old English. Dutch verb for bandaging, 'zwachtelen', seems to be a cognate.

ATLGranny said...

A super Saturday puzzle by ELFIN Mary Lou today, which I FIW one square which slipped by me: WeNNIPEG, and I knew better, really! This after a morning-long struggle getting the edges of the puzzle, especially the NE. Actually, BOASTFULNESS was my last fill after, like you HG, believing BlAST FUrNace was the answer for way too long. Anyway getting all but one square right before lunchtime feels like a major accomplishment today!

Thank you Husker Gary for doing what you do so well and for your extensive explanations. I needed the one for PIA mater, which was unknown to me. Hope the weekend is going well for you all!

desper-otto said...

Lemonade, here ya go!

Picard said...

I found this very difficult. Proper names were a special challenge when they crossed each other. JETLI, JETER, TARTT, ISAAC, REN, URBAN. URBAN MEYER is one of those two last names names. Utterly unknown. Amazed to WAG my way to FIR!

Learning moment about PIA MATER. When I donate blood they ask if I had a Dura MATER transplant. Happily, no. I am on hiatus from blood donations as I am treated for anemia. Hope to donate again soon.

Our summer camp in New England was housed in old chicken COOPs! I just did a Google search and was astonished that the camp still exists. And it is being run now by one of our COOP mates! Daughter of the owners back in the day. I just emailed her to see if she had photos of the old COOPs.

Here is
a nearby photo of my brother in front of the Harvard COOP.

Wilbur Charles Thanks for the shout out. Yes, I was already familiar with the UHURA/Martin Luther King/Roddenberry story. Do you know the Next Generation story with UHURA?

Here is
Whoopi Goldberg telling the story of how UHURA inspired her ambitions in life.

Whoopi Goldberg saw UHURA on TV as a child and was delighted to think that there would be black people in the future. She was so grateful to Roddenberry that she asked to be on the show in the Next Generation.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

FIW due to the Natick of WHET/TARTT.

HG, I wanna say it’s the University of Dayton, not Dayton University. But I could be mistaken. I didn’t GOOGLE IT

Happy weekend all

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Another Saturday, another DNF :-)

Thanks Mary Lou for the fun grid. RBG xing COURT is a nice touch.

Thank you for the expo HG; you kept the learning going on.

I got started at SNERD; PEOPLES COURT help break things open(ish).

WOs: oc4 - I just made it REIGNs ;-)
Cheats: KINSEY, how to spell GRETA's last name
DNF: 56a is still ST--O-EZ
Fav: STONE AGE cracked me up. Flintstones in the NE, Bugs Bunny in the SW.

IM - I've been thinking about you the last few days. Funerals during COVID-time does not closure provide.

oc4 - Youngest asked last week if I'd get her a sewing machine (after she hand-stitched a dress she made out of an old bed skirt(?what kid does this??)). I got her this Singer.

D-O @11:41a "OC4, mime on the radio? I wouldn't hear of it!" -- LOL!

Speaking of radio - has anyone been listening to Planet Money's attempt at comic books?
If you like economics, intellectual property law, and comics - this is for you..


I got my tomatoes & peppers from the garden store this morning. Youngest isn't feeling well so we'll wait 'till tomorrow to put them in.

Cheers, -T

AnonymousPVX said...

This was quite tough today, worked hard to get the solve.

I must say I don’t agree with the clue/answer for 50D....inches forward / oozes forward.....I really don’t think so.

I also bought some corned beef, Swiss cheese and some cole slaw....I see a deliciously messy sandwich in my future.

Stay safe.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle, which was, well, quite a puzzle. An enjoyable solve. I confess I did GOOGLE Mr. du Pont's name, without which I'm not sure I would have been able to solve that NE corner.

I had to make the following changes:
RHO --> CHI (Hi Spitzboov)
WEST SIDE --> WINNIPEG (Ah, those Jets)

Good wishes to you all.

waseeley said...

Wow! Thanks for that D-O@1:15pm. I'm tucking that away for future ref.

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you very much, Mr. Otto

Anonymous T said...

Jayce - HA!
WestSide Story Jets...
I was thinking NY's football before perps (W--NIPEG) suggested something else.

Funny [peculiar, not ha ha] how we differ in thought jumps.

Cheers, -T

TTP said...

Lemonade, I don't remember a TARTT answer, but I will say that blogging crossword puzzles here exponentially improved my crossword solving skills.

Who left all that litter ? Perhaps the Working Man ? Hope you got some real rest and enjoyable downtime today. And that you get to bank some of that deprived time off you should have had off Friday afternoon.

D-O, I guess we are the only ones that noticed ?

Yellowrocks said...

At my annual check up today my PC said I was considerably healthier than the average for my age. The Saturday puzzles belie that. The last several Saturdays have done me in.
Oozes-inches did not bother me, meaning goes ahead slowly.
I moved from a secluded condo development where nothing untoward ever happens. Today I found my neighbor two doors down was burned out by fire, totally gutted and charred black. Shocking.
My sister is in the process of applying for Medicaid for her son who will be bedbound and unresponsive for the rest of his life.
I am greatly looking forward to the longer evening hours of daylight.
Many of our Covid restrictions here are letting up. I can go see Alan but he cannot come her.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

I'm fashionably late for the soirée, gala, fête, partée. Too much fun in the 😎

Kept returning to the puzzle but finally "threw in the pen"....A total disaster. Had another drink by the pool.... DNF/FIW....lots of errors...St Tropée, wiener, warlock (wouldn't fit), POTUS vetoes but how to fit that in. Key contr., not maj. or min. JET LI? SPOTPASS? IRENEE? Puck is a soft drink? Geena/OSSIE. Dura maybe, but PIA mater quite anatomically technical. But of course it IS Saturday so all bets are off...The worst!! was blastfurnace instead of BOASTFULNESS super duper error right smack down the middle. (**"What were you thinking?"**) 😳

Good checking? Go paperless wouldnt fit. Watched many an Opera Lirica at our TEATRO Communale. Kept thinking Elias (Howe) for ISAAC Singer.(Fascinated watching Grandma work that iron treadle.) Rocky time not a time zone but the first "stoners" used stones not rocks for tools .

Donna TARTT's "The Goldfinch" one of my favorites. The 2019 movie wasn't a bad rendition either.

Oc4 @ 10:30 I mentioned once 60s comic Jackie Vernon talking about his Marcel Marceau record

Leaving Orlando, 🌞 and fun tomorrow, back to cold slush.😨

LEO III said...

Well, Mary Lou Guizzo, all that I can say is that you beat me up and left me on the curb. When I got SWATHE and SKISHOP and the rest of the NW corner filled in first thing, I was saying, “Great! WC was right! Friday and Saturday are easy.” (I did have a relatively easy FIR yesterday, but never got here to the Corner.) Wrongo, Reindeer!!!

Thanks for the expo, HG.

I too had a BLASTFURNACE and NOTORIOUSBIG, and those errors kept me from sussing some of the other holes. I did get GRETATHUNBERG, but there were large white holes in other areas. Oh, well. Tomorrow’s another day.

I’m happy to say that I did get JETER. As I think I have said already, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter are the only two Yankees I’ve ever liked. Blame it on Frankie Berman. He lived across the street from me in Savannah, and he was a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan and Yankee hater. Heck, I was seven and eight years old. He was a year older than I was, so he knew everything!

Anyway, Jeter’s FLIP!

Derek Jeter --- "The Flip"

In the clip that follows the one of the play itself, he discusses it and explains to us mere mortals why it wasn't such a big deal after all. Yeah! Right!

Wilbur Charles said...

I think Giambi was safe. Tag was on the back leg. Replay may have overturned it.


Ol' Man Keith said...


Lucina said...

No springing forward for us! We do not change the time.

I just love our book club! We had a good discussion of The Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly even though our membership has dwindled because of death and sickness.

CanadianEh! said...

Late to the party. Thanks for the fun, MaryLou and HuskerG.
Did I FIR. NO SIREE. Several unknowns required me to GOOGLE IT. (Here’s looking at you, IRENEE)
I had double Naticks with the crossings of LOB, REN, RBG.

Hand up for “bad marks” being Dees; oh, it’s ACNE , those SPOTs that teens hope will PASS.
WC, I was priding myself on thinking that “listed in Liverpool?” was Least. D’uh, LEANT.

This Canadian did not know the NOTORIOUS RBG BIO, but WINNIPEG Jets was so easy that I thought I must be wrong. (DH and I watched them beat our Maple Leafs tonight😒).
But then I was misdirected into thinking of a hockey PUCK, not an ELFIN SPRITE😮

I must go and move the clocks ahead.🙁
Good night all.

Lemonade714 said...


You think you can get away with D-O, I guess we are the only ones that noticed?

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thank you, Mary Lou. Very satisfying solve even tho there were many unknowns. Gary, very good explanations of all I didn't know. THank you, red-letters.

TARTT: I read "The GOLD FINCH" too long ago to remember the name except for knowing it was an author from whom I had never seen another book. Sure knew KINSEY since I've read Grafton's entire alphabet run several times.

DNK: RGB as NOTORIOUS. Not the best adjective for her in my book. The N word has a criminal aspect to it. Needed Gary's explanation.

SWATHE wasn't what our farmers do in the hay field to let the green stems dry out. Had trouble with this when SWAddlE didn't fit.

Thank you.Jeopardy, for giving me the correct spelling of THUNBERG when the first to buzz in got it wrong.

Hand up for not knowing PIA mater.

Lost an old friend & mentor this week at age 99. He was instrumental in making me a better journalist when I first started. He was a farmer & state representative who liked my work and paid me the honor of engaging in many long conversations, often an hour on a street corner, discussing the issues of the day. I tagged after him in the Capitol & at several conventions gaining the confidence to talk to anyone despite their importance. RIP