Mar 23, 2021

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Peter Koetters

A Wrap by any other name ...  Just stay warm and fashionable.

17-Across. Midas stock item: MUFFLER ASSEMBLY.  A muffler is typically a scarf that is warn to keep one warm.  If you wear a muffler all day, will you be exhausted?

23-Across. Left surreptitiously: STOLE AWAY.  Fur stoles were once considered high fashion.

36-Across. Simple New England houses: CAPE COD COTTAGES.

48-Across. Gobble up: SCARF DOWN.  A scarf may be worn to keep one warm, but may also have decorative, protective, or religious purposes.

55-Across. Director's "We're done for today, people" ... and hint to the start of 17-, 23-, 36- and 48-Across: THAT'S A WRAP FOLKS.  The first word of each theme answer is another word for something you might wrap around you if you get cold.  And, yes, there are technical differences between each of these items.  Everything you wanted to know about the differences, but didn't know to ask.

1. Insult: SLUR.

5. Golden fruit that, legend has it, started the Trojan War: APPLE.  A brief history of how the Golden Apple instigated the Trojan War.

10. Heat in "The Heat": COPS.  The Heat was a 2013 Comedy-Action film that starred Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.

14. First-rate: A-ONE.

15. Stands at lectures: PODIA.  Plural of Podium.  It is derived from the Greek word meaning Foot.

16. Like some hygiene: ORAL.

20. Slept noisily: SNORED.

21. Period in office: TERM.

22. Leered at: OGLED.

28. Beatty and Kelly: NEDs.   Ned Beatty (né Ned Thomas Beatty; b. July 6, 1937) is an American actor.  Kazie taught me about Ned Kelly (1855 ~ Nov. 11, 1880), who was an Australian outlaw and gang leader.

29. "Walking in Memphis" Grammy winner Marc: COHN.  Marc Craig Cohn (b. July 5, 1959) is an American folk rock singer-songwriter.

30. Bill for svc. rendered: INV.  I am guessing that this means a Bill for Services Rendered, which would be an Invoice.

31. Berry who played Storm in "X-Men": HALLE.  Halle Berry (née Maria Halle Berry; b. Aug. 14, 1966) won an Oscar for Best Actress in the 2001 movie Monster's Ball.

33. Israeli or Arab: SEMITE.  The word Semite comes from Shem, the eldest son of the Biblical Noah.

40. From dawn to dusk: ALL DAY.

41. '90s candidate __ Perot: H. ROSS.  H. Ross Perot (né Henry Ross Perot; June 27, 1930 ~ July 9, 2019) ran in the 1992 and 1996 Presidential campaigns.

42. Buzzer in a swarm: BEE.

43. Half-moon tide: NEAP.

44. Office fill-in: TEMP.  As in a Temporary employee.

52. "Wherefore art thou" guy: ROMEO.

53. Weighty Kuwaiti?: EMIR.

54. Girl-asks-guy dances, informally: SADIES.  Sadie Hawkins was a character in a Li'l Abner cartoon.

60. Bequest beneficiary: HEIR.

61. Linney of "Ozark": LAURA.  Laura Leggett Linney (b. Feb. 5, 1964) portrayed Wendy Byrde in the  TV crime drama Ozark.

62. "Blue" or "White" African river: NILE.

63. "This is __ a test": ONLY.

64. Matches audio to video, e.g.: SYNCS.

65. Verbalizes: SAYS.

1. Lover of Delilah: SAMSON.  A Biblical reference from the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible.  Samson was known for his great strength.  If, however, his long hair was ever cut, he would lose his strength.  His lover, Delilah, betrayed him to the Philistines, and his hair was cut while he was sleeping.  This scenario is often portrayed in art, such as the one below by Anthony Van Dyck (1599 ~ 1641).

2. Airport waiting area: LOUNGE.  On my initial trip a couple of weeks ago, the airport lounge was not very crowded, however, on my return trip the lounge was crowed and the plane was packed.

3. Prepare to use, as a lawn chair: UNFOLD.

4. Updated, as a Web page: REFRESHED.

5. Mimicked: APED.  This has become a crossword staple.

6. For, to Fernando: POR.  Today's Spanish lesson.

7. "Get a room!" evoker, initially: PDA.  Textspeak for Public Display of Affection.

8. Sonny who lost to Clay in 1964: LISTON.  On February 25, 1964, Sonny Liston (né Charles L. Liston; 1930 ~ Dec. 1970) lost his title of heavyweight boxing champion to Cassius Clay (Jan. 17, 1942 ~ June 3, 2016).  Shortly after this fight, Clay announced that he would henceforth be known as Muhammad Ali.

9. Portraitist's prop: EASEL.

10. City-state separator: COMMA.  This clue and answer made me laugh.  New York, New York.

11. Globe: ORB.

12. Pay or pen follower: PAL.

13. Foxy: SLY.

18. Captained: LED.

19. "She desires to speak with you ... __ you go to bed": "Hamlet": ERE.

23. Realtor's favorite sign: SOLD.

24. 2010s cooking-themed talk show: THE CHEW.  I never heard of The Chew, which was apparently a daytime talk show for foodies.  It ran for several seasons.

25. Kristen of "Bridesmaids": WIIG.  Kristen Carroll Wigg (b. Aug. 22, 1973) joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005.  Six years later, she was one of the cast of Bridesmaids.

26. Required wager: ANTE.

27. The "Y" of YSL: YVES.  From fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent (Aug. 1, 1936 ~ June 1, 2008).

29. Be saccharine: CLOY.

32. Here, in Havana: ACÁ.  More of today's Spanish lesson.

33. Octagonal sign: STOP.

34. Short aliens?: ETs.  As in ExtraTerrestials.

35. Extinct elephants: MASTODONS.

36. Uber competitors: CABS.

37. "Match Game" host Baldwin: ALEC.  Does this mean that the movie career of Alex Baldwin (né Alexander Rae Baldwin, III; b. Apr. 3, 1958) is over?

38. Earnest request: PLEA.

39. Algerian port: ORAN.

43. Land with fjords: NORWAY.

45. Clarke who played Daenerys on "Game of Thrones": EMILIA.  Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (b. Oct. 23, 1986) is a British actress.

46. Sheepishly: MEEKLY.

47. Deputized bands: POSSES.

49. Second attempt: RETRY.

50. Radio settings: FMs.

51. Circular dashboard devices: DIALS.  Don't touch that Dial!

52. U.K. fliers: RAF.  As in the Royal Air Force.

54. Restorative resorts: SPAS.

55. Albeit, briefly: THO.

56. Barnyard layer: HEN.

57. Disturb: AIL.

58. Operate: RUN.

59. Pendulum path: ARC.

Here's the Grid:


I am back home again after having a nice visit with my Dad.  And no, I didn't come home to this game!

Passover begins this weekend.  For those who celebrate, Happy Pesach!


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

It's not a good sign when d-o fluffs 1A. (SNUB/SLUR), but things turned out OK. Even saw the theme after reading the reveal and then going on a "wrap"-hunt. Does that count? I SNARF rather than SCARF -- maybe it's a Texas thing. Most of the fill seemed fresh, except for FMS, which was ugly but probably necessary. Thanx, Peter. Welcome home, Hahtoolah. (Our cats hide something else when they decide we've abandoned them. This occurs after an absence of about 6 hours.)

Anonymous said...

This took me 5:33. [I read this blog later in the day than I usually do recently, and saw that someone was offended that I post my times. I merely share my time in case anyone else wants to know how long it took someone else. I genuinely don't mean any disrespect, nor trying to bait anyone for anything, and in fact, I don't know how my times "rank" compared to others here, though I know there's some insanely fast solvers out there. The LA Times site I use has a timer function, which keeps track automatically. When I first started visiting this blog I was impressed by people's solving times, which inspired me to improve my solving. Also, the time component adds to my enjoyment of solving crossword puzzles. However, I'll still respect those who don't see the world my way.]

I didn't know Oran, and struggle with the second vowel in neap (or is it neep?, no it's neap). I liked that the reveal was an expression/phrase, and not just the word "wrap."

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Crossword Friends. Rough weather headed our way. I hope you are all safe.

QOD: If I am what I have and if I lose what I have, who then am I? ~ Erich Fromm (Mar. 23, 1900 ~ Mar. 18, 1980), German psychoanalyst

Anonymous said...

Cruciverb is down again today but to get my daily crossword fix I headed over to Universal and found a delightful puzzle entitled “Holding Periods” by our own C.C.

Yellowrocks said...

Finally, I can solve on paper again. The LAT puzzle's print preview for my new printer has always been scrambled, but other puzzles are not. I decided to print today's regardless and TA DA, it printed fine. I have been solving on line. However, I do not like being unable to see the entire puzzle at once and having to scroll, especially for clues that reference other ones, such as see 34D. Online I tend to fill in down and actually type it across and vice versa. And sometime I inadvertently type over a solid letter.
I seldom hear scarf down or snarf down these days. I prefer scarf down to snarf down. Funny that we gobble up, but scarf down.
Ladies, do you remember those little square scarves we knotted around our necks in the 50's? They were not wraps.
I have heard of The Chew, but have not watched it. I needed the first four perps to recall it. I supplied the W.
I have an acquaintance who sets a chair for Elijah at every meal, not just during Passover.
I know of Sadie Hawkins dances. In my experience they were not called SADIES.
Thanks for the fun, Susan.
I often report whether it was a slower or faster than normal solve. I don't care about the exact time for myself. Sometimes I have to solve in shifts. What ever floats your boat. To each his own. Whatever tickles your fancy. Whatever rocks your socks. YMMV. So many idioms for the same thought.

unclefred said...

Very nice CW, Peter, thanx, except for the number of names called for. Some easy, 41A, 52A, 8D, 27D, 37D; some totally unknown to me 29A, 31A, 61A, 25D, 45D. Anyway, a LOT of names, requiring a LOT of work for perps. Hahtoolah, thanx for all the work u put into your write-ups. They are always entertaining! Today was the day I was finally gonna go back to the gym after more than a year. Then I read Dr.Roach’s column in today’s newspaper recommending against it even for fully immunized old farts like me. I will take that as my excuse to stay lazy.

Wilbur Charles said...

I roared off but slowed down for p&p. But perps were kind so FIR. Time? Irrelevant except one Thurs or Fri I was at laundromat and happened to time it. 15.

One trick when solving online. Leave a blank square so the computer won't flag you with a FIW inadvertently. Then I check everything and fill the last square. My friends Mr S , Yadummy, and whodatidiot call me One-Box Wilbur for my propensity for messing that one square.

The irony is it seldom happens on Saturday. But the pain lingers as in my getting the i and e switched in Dnieper some months ago.

I drew a blank on YSL and of course WIIG needed four perps and a ????
But I remembered YVES and INV made sense


billocohoes said...

The bones of the Cohoes MASTODON, excavated in 1866, are on display at the NY State Museum in Albany. I can't imagine why Cohoes High School didn't choose it for their mascot, instead of Tigers like a thousand other schools.

Usually we get YSL as the answer instead of the clue

ORAN was one of the targets when the Allies invaded Africa in WWII

ATLGranny said...

FIW, to my embarrassment, leaving the wrong vowel in the NEeP OReN cross. I did know NEAP. Sigh. However, the puzzle was a joy to do and I thank you, Peter. Like DO I started out with SnUb, but that was fixed by perps. The theme was clever. Thanks Hahtoolah for expanding on it and for your generally entertaining tour.

FLN: Glad to hear you had a good birthday celebration, PK.
And about ONIONS. No one mentioned Georgia's special Vidalia onion, which is sweet and doesn't cause aftertaste problems when eaten raw (C Eh). When they are out of season, sweet onions from Washington state, etc. are available.

Hope you all have a sweet day.

Husker Gary said...

-WRAP? It’s chilly, rainy and windy on the Great Plains today!
-SLUR – If in doubt, don’t SAY it!
-Can’t find it in town: Find it on Amazon, hit order, print INVoice. Done!
-I’ve been a TEMP for eight years now and am ready to resume after my second shot
-SADIES cluing ain’t great but famous SADIES is a very obscure list
-SLY Foxy Loxy preyed on HENny Penny
-Aquí vs ACÁ
-If the defense is offside on a missed field goal attempt, a RETRY is allowed five yards closer
-RAF – “Never have so many owed so much to so few”
-Fun job, Susan!

desper-otto said...

Billo, be careful what you wish for. Our high school chose a mascot with local significance, and wound up with the Pigeons. The town is situated on the Pigeon River.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

POC - piece of cake. Easy for a Tuesday. Liked the theme alTHO didn't really focus on it. Nice varied fill from MASTODON to PDA. No ink blots, searches, nor help needed. FIR.
APPLE - German Apfel, L. German Appel, Dutch appel. Dutch for 'orange' is 'sinaasappel' (Chinese apple).

Koetters seems Dutch. Koeters (post 1947 spelling) means cowherds

Thanks Peter and Hahtoolah for a fine morning launch.

Hungry Mother said...

?ROSS, FIW, I thought THECrEW sounded OK. A bit of a Naticky cross, amiright? Other than that atrocity, a fine puzzle.

Lucina said...


Thank you, Peter Koetters and Susan for your amusing Blog!

ORAN immediately brings to mind the opening lines of Casablanca for me.

THO I have a plethora of different kinds of SCARVES, it's usually too warm to wear them except for maybe a couple of weeks in late December or January.

LAURA Linney is also a hostess of Masterpiece Theater on PBS.

EMILIA Clarke has appeared on many British shows I've watched in the past. I haven't seen Game of Thrones. Does it really live up to the hype?

For me, solving time matters little. My joy and satisfaction comes from solving and learning.

DELILAH by India Edghill, who writes about biblical women, describes her life and times in charming detail.

Have a happy day, everyone!

Yellowrocks said...

I feel guilty for using Amazon so much, as opposed to local businesses. Many brands and products are hard to find in brick and mortar stores. Amazon seems to have everything. You can buy stuff at any hour of the day or night without getting dressed or taking out the car. I like that there is a record online. How long have I had this article? Really how long before it wore out? Exactly what brand, model and size was it? I can look up articles on Amazon and then research the reviews and compare prices on other sites online. I am not a shopper, so this cuts the hassle for me.
David and I discuss Amazon products via email. It is also good for wish lists for gifts.

I had a Great Aunt Sadie.

PK, so nice to hear from you. I am glad you could celebrate with friends and family, even the long distance ones. More unbelievable than being in my 80's is having a son who will turn 60 in June.

I believe Christmas was fermatprime's birthday. Has anyone heard from Lorraine?

Lemonade714 said...

I agree with Anon at 6:58 that the reveal added to the enjoyment of this puzzle, but I am curious why he/she/it does not just take a name, like SOLVER FAST or TESTY TIMER so we will know instead of having to guess it is him/her/them. OWN IT!

I have blogged a few of constructor PK's puzzles and enjoy them. Is that ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK telling us to not touch that dial?

Speaking of names, MARC COHN was married to ELIZABETH VARGAS a regular ABC news presenter and reporter. THE CHEW replaced ALL MY CHILDREN on ABC, so I see a mini-theme also. The show was popular at first winning an emmy, I think. However, after Chef Mario Batali was confronted with allegations of sexual misconduct, the show did not last long.

CrossEyedDave said...

Not a test b/4 only,
I was so sure it was "not a" test that I didn't even see
Until reading the blog the two A's would have made it not a, a test...

If you take yesterday's onion ring puzzle, and combine it with
Today's wrap puzzle, your next bbq party can be awesome!

Indian hills sign of the day.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning. Barely.

Thanks, Peter, for a clever puzzle. It took me some crosses to fill in the theme clues. I had one or two correct words but had to wait to finish. We used to say SnARF DOWN, so I had to wait on that one.

Hahtoolah, is it possible you outdid yourself today? I laughed so hard throughout the tour. Thanks, I needed that. The piece de resitance for this week is Elijah! Perfect.

I like Laura Linney and Halle Berry. Never heard SADIES in that short form. Explore Blarney Blog was right up this knitter's alley. When my munchkins were little, I knit three wonderful Irish sweaters with natural lanolin yarn. My hands haven't been that happy since then. They wore them in the fall and spring like jackets--even in the rain. I love real wool. It's a magic fiber.

Have a sunny day everyone. That's a tough call here. Looks like rain to wash away all that salt and dirt.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Another easy, breezy solve with a well-hidden theme, to me, and an Aha reveal. The only unknown was Marc Cohn, but perps solved that snag.

Thanks, Peter and Hahtoolah, for a fun Tuesday offering and expo. Glad you got to see your Dad, Susan.

PK, sounds like you had a very special 80th. Good for you, you deserve it!

Have a great day.

Misty said...

Delightful Tuesday puzzle, many thanks, Peter. And fun commentary, Susan, thanks for that too.

It's always nice when I can get a bunch of puzzle names without any problem, and the ones this morning popped right up: YVES, HALLE, H.ROSS, ROMEO, LAURA--a real treat.
SADIES was the only item that puzzled me, but the down words just held it in place.
And, of course, the MUFFLER, STOLE, CAPE, AND SCARF theme was a pleasure.

Have a great day, everybody.

Mark S said...

57D...Disturb: AIL. Don’t understand?

Mark S

NaomiZ said...

Terrific Tuesday puzzle! I didn't read the entire clue at 55 Across, and totally missed the theme, so thanks for explaining, Hahtoolah! Could not remember Ross Perot's first initial and could not guess THE C_EW, so would have suffered a DNF like Hungry Mother, except that the very political DH supplied the H for me.

Here in Los Angeles, we SCARF, not SnARF, so I was happy with that fill.

Lucina wonders whether Game Of Thrones lives up to the hype. I found it riveting, and then read all the books, which is unusual for me. Of course the story in the books is more complex, but the casting of the HBO series was perfect.

Mark S, I imagine that what disturbs you, AILs you. I also thought that was weird.

Thanks, Peter, Rich, Hahtoolah, et alia! Happy Passover.

Yellowrocks said...

Ail - to distress or trouble, to cause uneasiness,
disturb - to cause to feel anxious or in distress

AnonymousPVX said...

FLN....JAYCE...I’d go with the LG, that’s what I’ve had for awhile now. Mine is an OLED 4K, there is nothing better (at the moment). Only available in 55 and 65, I believe...mine is a 65”. Buy the biggest screen you can afford, these 4K TVs are like looking through a window.

Today’s grid filled quickly without issues. 2nd shot is the day after tomorrow, but I won’t be going to the gym until I feel there is more complete “herd” immunity. I don’t want to be the buffest guy in the funeral home.

“Here’s to what AILS ya”. Plus I looked it up, it is a synonym of the 2nd rank.

Stay safe.

waseeley said...

Thanks, Peter and Susan and Happy Passover!

As Dw and I have a meeting with HR Block on Thursday I don't have any time to rap on wraps. But ...

IMHO publishing one's solve time is fine by me. The "hard core" types at the yearly Stamford contest do it obsessively. And let's face it, we're all a bit obsessive here! What really impresses me most are the "0 Dark Thirty" post times of people like OKL and D-O, et al. Chacun à son goût!


Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and liked Hahtoolah's write-up even more.

Jayce said...

Thanks for the advice, AnonymousPVX.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I dunno much Español, but whatever happened to "Aqui," as in "Aquí en La Habana ..."?
What's with this "Aça"?!
Thanks for the link, Husker G, but it seems a little too nuanced for cruciverbal usage.

Otherwise, an enjoyable PZL. Easy enough for early in the week.
Requiring a bit of thought. Aways a good thing.

Dear LAURA Linney. I met her when she was seven years old. I was working with her dad when he brought her to see a play of his I was directing.
She was sweet even back then
Just one diagonal today, on the near side.
It isn't much good for anagrams.
In the entire fifteen letters it contains only one vowel. Scroll down to see the longest word it can yield.


Or she....

That's all, Folks!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

"Welcome Back Koetters"

Easy Tuesday but Berry as in HALLIE/HALLY/HALLE? plus THE chef/CHEW my one inkover.
Partially began the first long clue with CAPECOD which eliminated the possible Lyft error for CABS. Keep thinking its aquí for Sp."here" ...Disturb = AIL?

Among Tristoogists are Curly-ites necessarily anti-Shempites? 🤔

The theme left out my favorite wrap. Chicken Cæsar salad. 🐔

We had annual "Sadie Hawkins Day" dances in college. the co-eds dressed like Daisey Mae...Hoooey!! but ne'er hurd 'em called SADIES

WILL S. quotes today Include...."Wherefore art thou, ROMEO?" ..(Why are you ROMEO?)

Mammoths was not mammoth enough to fit ergo, MASTODONS. 🐘

Where to listen in.....YVES
What the Pisa tower is doin'...LISTON
44 Caliber Killer......SAMSON
Kanye West to a confused audience .... THATSAWRAPFOLKS

Skylar Gaertner who plays Jonah Byrde in "Ozark" ( Laura Linney & Jason Bateman"s son) is my wife's cousin's grandson. We met him at a family reunion in Utica just before Ozark debuted. Nice friendly bright unassuming young man.

Anonymous said...

An HEIR is not a "bequest beneficiary," but one who inherits when their is no will, or there is nothing in the will bestowing the particular property. Recipients of bequests are devisees and legatees, or, generally, beneficiaries.

Wilbur Charles said...

FLN, I went into my 40s esCHEWing onions. Never on a burger and in or on a FENWAY Frank(mustard and relish except at the Park* all you could get was mustard. But a raw one on a Burger (turkey only) is okay and even with a tomato(I've come a long way). And in breakfast fried potatoes. Onion rings are more about the batter, crispier the "batter".

I've more often heard SCARF down food and my pals could really SCARF

*I'vw recounted how just as I'd become convinced that Tony C(1967) was a victim of a beanball my friend said he was shilling hotdogs**at Fenway and saw Tony hit his head earlier.

**Okay, it might have been coca cola.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Peter for the puzzle but, um, a bit heavy on the names, no? I got lucky at LISTON | COHN | THE CHEW.

Thanks Hahtoolah for a wonderful comic-laden expo and welcome home. Happy to hear you had a good visit.

PK - Nice to see you late FLN! Sounds like your day _was_ special.

WOs: N/A
ESPs: LISTON, COHN, HALLE, THE CHEW (educated guess), ORAN, EMILIA, WIIG, LAURA, (see anymore names?), CLOY (what's a saccharine? :-))
Fav: FMs next to DIAL [even though WKRP is an AM station :-)]

Hand-up: NEAP or NEeP? The Algerian port (not a wine, I suspect) didn't help.

I thought the theme may be something alliterative at CAPE COD COTTAGE. But WRAP it up [Fabulous Thunderbirds] was fun too.

Nice touch on the DR OMK. Cool that you knew the Linney family. (and you too Ray-O!)

No one can anyone forget H. ROSS [SNL]

WC - Wrigley Field has hoppers full of fresh onions near the concession; you grind them right over, and onto, a muster'd dog. That and a beer during 7th inning is Riley's life.

Lucina - DW was into Game of Thrones. I tried to watch two episodes - seemed nudity for nudity sake and violence [SNL] for same. I'm sure the story ARC was worth it for those who could stomach it.
//NaomiZ - maybe I just caught two extra-graphic episodes?

YR - DW ordered new sunglasses and some hand-weights from Amazon. They were all shipped in the same box. Guess what didn't survive...

Cheers, -T

Lemonade714 said...

I was hoping Peter would stop by, his puzzles are a joy and he has commented on my comments often over the years since his debut, just shy of 10 years ago on May 6, 2011.

Anon at 2:46, you are right and you are wrong. Not all beneficiaries are heirs at law, but all heirs are beneficiaries.
What is HEIR?
At common law. A person who succeeds, by the rules of law, to an estate in lands, tenements, or hereditaments, upon the death of his ancestor, by descent and right of relationship. Hoover v. Smith, 96 Md. 393, 54 Atl. 102; Fletcher v. Holmes, 32Ind. 510; Sewall v. Roberts, 115 Mass. 268; Dodge’s Appeal, 100 Pa. 216. 51 Am. Rep.519; Howell v. Gifford, 64 N. J. Eq. 180. 53 Atl. 1074. The term “heir” has a very different signification at common law from what it has in those states and countries which have adopted the civil law. In the latter, the term is indiscriminately applied to all persons who are called to the succession, whether by the act of the party or by operation of law. The person who is created universal successor by a will is called the “testamentary heir;” and the next of kin by blood is, in cases of intestacy, called the “heir at law,” or “heir by intestacy.”

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Thought Bugs Bunny was a HEIR🐰

Anonymous T said...

Ray-O: there's something wrong with us. We think of the same Hare to HEIR Loony Tunes.

Cheer, -T

NaomiZ said...

Anonymous T, you are not wrong about the gratuitous nudity and violence on GOT. When DH watched the first season, I used to glance at the TV and scoff. Then I happened to see the end of the last episode of the first season, and *had* to understand about the young woman emerging from a funeral pyre with baby dragons. OMG! I went back and watched the whole first season, and then all the rest. The violence is part and parcel of the story. The nudity ... well, that is window (un)dressing. A riveting tale nonetheless.

Wilbur Charles said...

intestacy??? Tsk, tsk. We'll have none of that talk in a family blog.

-T, Ah the days of bug's during my lunch hour and a half at junior high. Getting home the mile and 1/2 by noon was leisurely.

But I had to wait until 1255 to make my dash back by 1:10. Short cut led by Smokey's yard where the leash held him inches away.

1:11 equaled escalating detention. I was up to three weeks at the end.


Anonymous T said...

WC - Is this what you did to Smokey? :-)

You want a story WC?
Sr. Year of HS:
DW took her GED in January and started on her path to a PhD.
She'd call the nurse's office at HS and get me out of class ala Ferris Bueller-. We'd spend the afternoons together doing what young kids do.

My truancy was just on the cusp (I could math it out - I'm not a total moron) of not graduating.

Cheers, -T

Peter said...

This is Peter, the constructor. Sorry for the late entry, believe it or not I forgot today was my puzzle day (first time that has happened). Thanks folks for the kind words, the law lesson, and your understanding about cruddy words like "SADIES." Sometimes you just gotta pick the best of the worst. If I could think of more than one famous Sadie it would be OK, but alas...
Spitzboov, as for my last name (Koetters) it is actually German, but that side of the family was from a town (Sudlohn) right on the border with the Netherlands, so who knows!

-PK (the other one)

GarlicGal said...

Good afternoon folks. I can't believe I missed the theme today. Totally oblivious!
Fun puzzle. I did do a little head scratching over "disturb/ails" entry. Thanks for the explanation.

I like to know my solving time - for some morbid reason. What's humbling though is when I do the NYT puzzle which I get online through my daughters subscription (don't tell anyone). Since she is in either New York or Houston, she does the puzzle early so I see her solve times. I can always tell how difficult the puzzle will be for me by her time. If she solves it in 3 to 4 minutes, I can be fairly certain it will take me AT LEAST 8 or 9 mins. sometimes even longer! She's so much younger, quicker and smarter than her old Mom. It makes me laugh.

I always say whatever I know about The Simpsons and Game of Thornes I've learned from crossword puzzles. Never watched either one.

And last but not least - school mascot names? I went to Live Oak High School and we were...wait for it...the Acorns. Yeah, yeah, yeah, no nuts. Happy Tuesday all!

GarlicGal said...

Oops...I meant GO NUTS!

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Peter (glad you dropped by here) and Hahtoolah.
I FIWed and got the theme in good time. I didn’t have a timer but I solved while waiting in the parking lot for DH to get his Covid vaccine.(Unfortunately, I have to wait longer for my turn.). I had still more waiting time and so am guessing that it took me about 10 minutes.

Hand up for Chef before CHEW, and for thinking that disturb=AILS was not my first thought.
The double II in WIIG gave me pause, but perps were strong.
I have never heard of SADIES either; I doubt that the current generation of young ladies need a Sadie Hawkins dance for “girl asks guy”.
PEROT just came up as a Jeopardy answer.😮
Son and DIL were on the White NILE for a year in S. Sudan.

ATLGranny- I will have to watch for Videlia onions. We don’t see them too much here.
AnonT- glad DH is OK.
PK- glad you got to celebrate with family.

Wishing you all a good evening.

LEO III said...

One stupid mistake! One stupid mistake for a FIW! I wasn’t even paying attention and put in an E instead of an O for PODIA/POR! Dumb!

Got the theme, though.

Thanks Peter and Hahtoolah.

I only needed perps for a few of the names today --- COHN, LAURA, WIIT (although I think I recognized the unusual spelling), and EMILIA. I knew all of the others, but I didn’t know (nor care) that ALEC Baldwin is hosting “The Match Game” now.

I always know what my time is going to be --- S-L-O-W. I just plod along. Since I don’t sleep more than about three hours at a time, I am usually am getting up shortly after the puzzle is available online, print it out and start working it. While I don’t keep time, I do have to admit that feel pretty good when I finish all or most of it before heading back to bed.

Lemonade714 said...

Peter thank you for your late-in-the-day visit, and I wish all those who complain would actually try to create a puzzle. Keep up the great work.

My problem is the HEIR (sounds like "AIR") and HARE (sounds like "HAIR") are not homonyms. Why don't the anons return to respond to comments? Oops the "TIME MAHINE" did.

Malodorous Manatee said...

Thanks to Peter and Hahtoolah. I could watch that pendulum for hours. . . and there is a slightly different version of the posse joke circulating.