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Mar 10, 2021

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Roland Huget

Theme:  Once again, the unifier sums it up perfectly.

60. Skirt, as an issue ... or a hint to the puzzle's circles: DANCE AROUND.  To make an evasive move.  Here the letters spelling a particular kind of dance book-end the theme fill.  It's easy to see if you got the circles.  Otherwise, not so much.

17. "ABC" group, with "The": JACKSON FIVE.   A pop singing group founded in 1965 with the brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael.


 

JIVE dance originated in the early 1930's.  Not sure how closely modern competitive jive dancing matches the original, but here we go.

26. Part-plant DC Comics superhero: SWAMP THING.  A humanoid/plant elemental creature with environmentalist tendencies.  It has been featured in comics, movies, animation and a TV series.

SWING dance is from the 1940's big band era.

36. Pioneer's wagon with an upward-curved floor: CONESTOGA.  The curve was to prevent cargo from tipping or shifting.  You can read about it here.  

The CONGA is a dance that likely originated in Africa and came to the U.S. via Cuba, in the 1930's.  It's a line dance, never mind that these dancers aren't in a line.

50. Weight loss guru:  JENNY CRAIG.  Genevieve Guidroz (b. 1932) from Louisiana, married Sindney Crain in 1979.  In 1983, they created a nutrition, fitness, and weight loss program in Australia and began offering the program in the United States in 1985.

The JIG is a dance form in 6/8 or 9/8 time with rapid footwork.  It is derived from British isles folk dancing of the 16th century.


Hi, Gang.  JazzBumpa here to lead you through today's adventure.  There's dancing to be done, so let's step to it.

Across:

1. Is sporting: HAS ON.  Wears

6. Bobby who lost to Billie Jean King in tennis' "Battle of the Sexes": RIGGS.

11. Place to unwind: SPA.  Relaxation site

14. Grenoble's river: ISERE.  It's 178 mile course runs from its source in the Alps near the Italian border to where it joins the Rhone.

15. Sign up, in Sussex: ENROL.  British spelling, I assume

16. Reliever's asset: ARM.  Baseball pitcher who replaces the starter.

19. USN clerk: YEO.  Shouldn't this be YOEMAN?

20. Hot state: IRE.  Anger

21. Heat unit: THERM.  A unit equivalent to 100,000 BTU's.

22. Ruhr Valley city: ESSEN.  Famous for its coal mining and steel production.

24. Art class subject: NUDE.   A form of visual art focussed on the unclothed human form.  It's history goes back to the ancient Greeks.

28. Compulsive thief, for short: KLEPTO-.  One experiencing a certain kind of impulse-control disorder.

30. Thoughts spoken onstage: ASIDES.  Words spoken by a character directly to the audience, not to other characters.

31. Prefix with comic: SERIO-.  Some combination of the comic and the serious.

32. "Not for me": PASS.  I'll sit this one out.

35. Left on a liner: PORT.  Right is starboard.

39. Popular side: SLAW.  Chopped cabbage in a vinaigrette or mayonaise dressing.

42. Sore: ACHY.  In pain.

43. Makeshift knives: SHIVS.  Home-made sharp edged weapons.

47. More minute: TINIER.  Smaller

49. Without a musical key: ATONAL. Sure.  But can you dance to it?



54. New Haven Ivy: YALE.  Founded in 1701.

55. Stream of insults, say: ABUSE.  Cruel or harsh treatment.

56. "It's __ to you": ALL UP.  Do your part.

58. Given a meal: FED.  

59. Printemps month: MAI.  In France.

63. Outer: Prefix: ECT-. As in ectoderm.

64. Slices in a pie, often: OCTAD.  Any grouping of 8 items.

65. Gold unit: OUNCE.  This is the Troy ounce, equal to 31.1034768 grams. 

66. Blue shade: SKY.

67. Designer fragrance: C K ONE.  A Calvin Klein product

68. Prepared for a TV interview: MIKED.  Equipped with a microphone.

Down:

1. Mischief: HI-JINKS.  Boisterous or rambunctious carryings-on : carefree antics or horseplay. Mischief is causing annoyance, trouble or minor injury.

2. Ordinarily: AS A RULE. Typically, what you can expect.

3. Any of 11 1860s states: SECEDER.  The confederacy.  And, yes, it was all about slavery.  The Articles of Secession of each confederate state make this abundantly clear.

4. Sitcom planet: ORK.  From the the TV show Mork and Mindy.

5. Outdoor home: NEST.   Where birds dwell.

6. Agree to more issues: RENEW.  Ambiguous clue.  To continue a subscription to a publication.

7. Start to structure: INFRA-.  Refers to the basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for the operation of a society or enterprise.  I dislike this kind of clue for a prefix.

8. Big name in fairy tales: GRIMM.   The Brothers Grimm, Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm and Wilhelm Carl Grimm, were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century. 

9. Federal URL ending: GOV.  The last portion of the internet address.

10. Makes things slippery, in a way: SLEETS.  Sleet is a mixture or rain and ice pellets. 

11. Closes the marital deal: SAYS I DO.  You may now kiss the bride.

12. Peacock, e.g.: PREENER.  It straightens its feathers with its beak.

13. Surrounded by: AMONGST.  In the midst of.

18. Extremely: OH SO.  Very, very.

23. Shout from the main mast: SHIP AHOY. A call to greet or get attention.

25. Momentous victories: EPIC WINS.  

27. Part of UTEP: PASO.  University of Texas at El . . . 

29. Excessively: TOO.  As too much, too often, too far, etc.

32. Bench press target, for short: PEC.  Pectorals, for long -- each of the four large paired muscles that cover the front of the rib cage and serve to draw the forelimbs toward the chest.

33. Bat wood: ASH.  What Bat Man hits with.

34. Metaphor for a mess: STY.  Where pigs live.

37. "Breaking Bad" agent: NARC.   The word narc is slang shorthand for "narcotics agent," a federal agent or police officer who specializes in laws dealing with illegal drugs.

38. Prime meridian std.: GST.  Presumably Greenwich Standard Time.  I don't mean to be mean, but I don't think this is legit.  Everything I can find refers to Greenwich Mean Time

39. Place near the Pennsylvania Railroad: ST JAMES.  Properties on the Monopoly game board.

40. Relax: LIE BACK.  Recline

41. Retirement income source: ANNUITY.  A form of insurance or investment entitling the investor to a series of annual sums.

44. Down: IN A FUNK.  Depressed.

45. Chemical bonding number: VALENCE.  The number of chemical bonds between an atom and the other atoms it is bonded to in a molecule.

46. Tobogganed: SLEDDED.  Slid down a snowy hill.

48. Ophthalmologist, for short: EYE DOC.   An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. 

49. Lago filler: AGUA.  Spanish lake with Spanish water.

51. Wound up costing: RAN TO.  Total of all purchased items.

52. Highway through Whitehorse: ALCAN.  The Alaska Highway (French: Route de l'Alaska; also known as the Alaskan Highway, Alaska-Canadian Highway, or ALCAN Highway) was constructed during World War II to connect the contiguous United States to Alaska across Canada. It begins at the junction with several Canadian highways in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, and runs to Delta Junction, Alaska, via Whitehorse, Yukon. When it was completed in 1942, it was about 2,700 kilometres (1,700 mi) long. [Wikipedia]

53. __-France: ILE DE.   A region in north-central France. It surrounds the nation’s famed capital, Paris, an international center for culture and cuisine with chic cafes and formal gardens. 

57. Senior's highlight: PROM. A formal dance, often with a theme [but not part of this puzzle's theme] held near the end of the academic year.

61. Comic strip cry: ACK.  Of pain or dismay.

62. Non opposite: OUI.  No and Yes in the Ile de France, ne c'est pas?

So ends our dance sessions.  Hope you avoided any potential faux pas.

Cool regards!
JzB




44 comments:

OwenKL said...

FIWrong. Misspelt SuCEDER, didn't know ISuRE, had ILE lE instead of ILE DE. The crosser started with eight, so when perps gave OCTAl it seemed as good as OCTAD.
Errors corrected before finishing: TRAGI- < SERIO-, PENSION < ANNUITY, GMT < GST, others I've mercifully forgotten.

Thanks to the circles, the theme was a gimmie.

When they SAY I DO, it's an EPIC WIN,
But for him or her? That could depend.
What they have vowed
Has them on a cloud --
Is it dew or lightning it has within?

Eleven states thought they would SECEDE.
At first they thought they would succeed.
But wrong they thunk,
They've been IN A FUNK --
The North got the melons, while they suck seed.

{B, B+.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yes, d-o made a few fox passes on this one: Wears/HAS ON, Eek/ACK. But it's Wednesday and to be expected. YEO is correct, JzB. The long version is YEOMAN. I never heard one called a YEO, but it's been 50 years, so anything is possible. This dancing puz lacks a sailor's hornpipe. Thanx, Roland and JzB.

Taxing day. I may try to renew my driver's license, since the DMV is on the route.

Anonymous said...

Is seeing four types of dances spread over multiple words worth the resultant poor fill (e.g., ect, serio, seceder, ilede, Isere, Essen, infra, pec, GST, ack, etc.)? For me, it is "oh so" not worth it.

There were some good clues/answers, but nearly enough to make up for the bad ones.

Took me about 9 1/2 minutes today.

Wilbur Charles said...

RIGGS got me started. Everyone watched that fiasco. For French river I originally inked Loire.

Ideally a rubber ARM since not only 70+ appearances but all that warming up.

Yogi said he preferred 8 slices for his pizza so he'd get more

Re. Secession. It was all about the money. Breeding and selling slaves became big business. Texas has that odd 1845 deal that specifically authorized it.

DAHL, yesterday, GRIMM today is Bram Stoker in the house?

I narrowly avoided a faux pas in ACh/ChONE. One last review before opening JAZZ's excellent review.

As I mentioned yesterday this got STICKY* but the perps carried the day. And I did Saturday, much easier than last week but I'm stuck on a couple of squares.

Why does Anon even bother? Every nit is a plus here. Then again French is in my bailiwick (but I'm rusty on the geography). I explaining xword-ese: eg ENA,EFT,ESAI, ERIE….

Thank heaven for CC's CC where what bores everyone else is OH SO much fun

WC

Hungry Mother said...

I thought ACK might be right, but couldn’t parse CKONE, so ended up with “ach” and “chone”. Lack of guts caused a FIW. I liked the theme much better than my performance.

Malodorous Manatee said...

This, for me, was a bit more challenging than the typical Wednesday outing. Some of the fill was "meh" but, IMHO, that was an acceptable trade-off for the generally better-than-average quality of the vocabulary. C.K. ONE took a bit of pondering but, ultimately surfaced. I never like seeing MIKED or MIC'ED. Ultimately, FIR

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Did what Hungry Mother did @ CK ONE. Bummer. Got everything else, though. Had 'pension' before ANNUITY, and 'tent' before NEST. Theme came easily. Got ISERE but had to consider Rhône and Saône first. At least they all end in 'e'.
YEO - Not commonly used in the Navy. Officially, it is YN (but that's only 2 letters.) The duties performed by YNs include preparing, typing and routing correspondence and reports, and organizing and maintaining files. They receive office visits and handle telephone communications.

YNs operate personal computers, word processors, duplication, audio-recording and other office machines. They perform office personnel administration, maintain records and official publications, and perform administrative functions for legal proceedings.

Yeoman serve as office managers and perform other various clerical and administrative duties.
. Seems they are much more than a 'clerk' IMO.
THERM - Our Nat. Gas bill uses THERM as the unit of sale. ~100 cubic feet depending on heat content.

Yellowrocks said...

I loved this dance puzzle, even though there was no square dance. No square dance IRL(in real life) either. I found this easy for a Wednesday. Fun and fast. Very clever theme.
In CK ONE I held off on the K for quite a while, but ACK seemed good. Cathy in the comics says ACK a lot. So I put it in. TA DA! I remembered having CK ONE several times before in the LATs.
Also I needed a perp or two for HAS ON. I haven't heard that usage in years, It seems old fashioned.
YEO instead of YEOMAN seems odd and rare. MY BIL was a yeoman in the Navy. He didn't say yeo.
WC, I guess fiasco is in the eye of the beholder. I thought it was a big success. You go girl, BillIe Jean.
I am reminded of the guy who went to the doctor and complained, "It hurts when I touch this. What should I do?" The doctor said, "Don't touch it." When every day the puzzle is so not worth it, why bother doing it?
I like to do the puzzle on paper, but the print preview scrambles the configuration of the grid on the LAT and the Washington Post.
Lovely day today. I hope you all enjoy it.
Contrary to popular conception, nests are not homes for the adult birds. They are just nurseries.
"Nests (for birds that even make nests—many of them don’t) are for keeping eggs and chicks in place. When nesting season is over, nests are a mess—splattered in the droppings of the fledglings and, in some cases, a dead chick. These messes can attract parasites and predators, and birds just don’t need the nests anymore." The adults do not sleep there except, maybe when the mother bird is sitting on the eggs to hatch them.

JB2 said...

Nice puzzle, great write-up.

Hey Boomer:

On this day in 1913, in Toledo, Ohio, William Knox became the first bowler to make a perfect score of 300 in an American Bowling Congress tournament.

Be safe and well.

JB2

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

The theme was evident early on, thanks to those blabber-mouth circles. I think from Wednesday on, circles should be omitted, especially with a spot-on revealer and easy to parse themers, as we have today. Cute duos of Ack/Ork and Pass/Paso. I agree with MalMan on Miked and Mic-ed, both look awkward, as does Sledded and the only Valence I know of is used on windows.

Thanks, Roland, for a mid-week treat and thanks, JazzB, for the very informative summary and links. I enjoyed the dancing videos.

FLN

Misty and YR, thank you for your kind words. YR, so glad you’ve been enjoying some family time, limited though it may be.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-Got ‘er done. ILE_E/OCTA_ took some conjuring
-Loved the videos, Jazz. Now if I only had some rhythm…
-Having my grandson buy a Beatles album last week would be like if I had bought a SWING album at his age
-CONESTOGA High School is just an hour SSE from me
-RIGGS was the ultimate hustler
-After having none last spring, hometown is going to have an outdoor PROM under a tent this April
-That reliever’s ARM has to deliver 100+mph pitches
-Delivering THERMS two blocks from me
-What dance would you do to Leavin’ It ALL UP To You It’s the kind of song that would get us “non-fast-dancers” out on the floor!

Yellowrocks said...

Before I forget, CSO to Picard at SWING dance, one of his many passions. We had an interesting email discussion of swing.
Line dancing probably will come back sooner than any kind of partner dancing. And square dancing with masks and gloves may be safe, but only outdoors, this summer. I believe indoor square dancing will not be available in an enclosed space for a long time.
I didn't care for chemistry class, so I am amazed I remembered valence. IM, I too am more familiar with valances in drapery. A instead of E.
I studied for chemistry only to maintain my GPA. I can see why uninterested students don't study. As much as possible, I taught hiSTORY with the emphasis on story. Looking back, I wish I had done so even more.
JazzB, I enjoy your expo and illustrations.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

NW was slow, had ySÈRE and usually/ASARULE too long. SW last to fall..pension/ANNUITY, exo/ECT,
Sayavast/SHIPAHOY. Shoulda coulda paid attention to the circles sooner. In the end FIR due to one letter, 😣 ChONE/ ACh. CKONE unknown but sounds like an old clue answer. Needed JzB to 'splain ARM
Part plant 🌱 superhero apparently not I am Groot.
My piano playing was so bad, 😬 shoulda told my teacher it was simply ATONAL...and I will ATONE for it.... ILEDE and ALLUP...fodder fill.

An italian classmate at university once asked me what "Grand FUNK Railroad" meant. Uh? Wha? En français if the answer to a negatively posed question is "yes" (like "aren't you home?") The opposite of non is "Si" not "OUI" More minute? how about: weeer? (Potential CW nonsense fill)

Grade school humor:

Cabby picks up a French guy. "Where yah headed bud?" French guy doesn't understand and just says "oui oui". Cabby says "Not in my car!" 🤗

Unfortunately we were taught the states SECEDEd NOT because of slavery but simply a states rights issue

Senior's highlight: Early-bird special?

Skirt an issue? almost tried RichardAROUND (but with Nixon's nickname) 🤣

Today it's NARC not NARCO

Overcome Morticia's "handyman"....SWAMPTHING
The brothers' original version of their tales are much more ____ GRIMM.
Core body ache from excess _____ ABUSE

Waiting for the Minion ride in line or (on line)

Thanks JZb and Mr. "Huge Jay"

Anonymous T said...

Ray-O:

Saw Grand FUNK Railroad a few years ago ('18?) at the Bacchus Mardi Gras party. Seemed no one knew who they were - I was front-stage for the whole show!

Back to work (this is a boring meeting)
Play later!, -T

ATLGranny said...

Another FIR! It's been a good week so far. I had some close calls: Calvin Klein ONE finally came to mind to explain that construction, which we have had before but I'd forgotten. I also confidently put in eight/OCTAD before perps cleared it up. I must admit I didn't parse JACKSON FIVE right. When I started reading JazzB's review I saw it wasn't JACKS ON FIVE which had been puzzling me. A few other WOs but at the end FIR! Thanks Roland and JazzB for today's diversion.

Having PASS and PORT in a row was amusing and reminded me of our wished-for trip to Europe last year that couldn't happen. Maybe some time in the future before we are too old to go again....

Hope you all are enjoying yourselves today. It's beautiful here in Atlanta with Spring blooms starting.

Anon said...

Not fun. Too many poor, obscure items especially serio, CK One, Alcan and Ile De.



Lucina said...

Hola!

Many thanks to Roland Huget and JazzB whose detailed and informative narrative enhance the puzzling experience!

This filled very fast as I cascaded downward and saw the DANCE numbers emerge.

What a difference one letter makes between VALENCE and valance.

CSO to Spitz at SHIP AHOY.

AGUA is a big worry here in the dry desert as dozens of different committees meet to decide how to conserve it. And the lack of it has spawned many stories including the one I am currently reading, The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, which takes place during the Dust Bowl.

Have a happy day, everyone!

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Loads of ink spots (aka, write-overs):

HAD ON/HAS ON
LAND AHOY/SHIP AHOY
CAN AM/AL CAN
GMT/GST (I agree, Ron; GST ain’t right)

Ended up FIW as I had SECEDED/SEDIO Natick

A few head scratcher clues/fills, as others said. MIKED/SLEDDED/YEO to name a few

Had I been the blogger today I would have found a tasteful image for 24-Across

17-Across: when I first saw the clue, I thought ABC referred to the TV network. I filled in the backend of the answer first (ONFIVE), and it had me wondering, what news program does ABC have “on” at Five PM?!! Then I filled JACKS, and thought, are there a few guys named Jack there? I honestly never saw the pop singing group until reading the blog...ACK!!

My haiku du jour which has nothing to do with the puzzle:

An African grain
Sported an ‘80’s hairdo:
A millet mullet

Vidwan827 said...


Thank you Mr. Roland for a very challenging puzzle, and JazzB for a very interesting review, especially the various dances, most of which I had never seen before.
Dancing can be a true art form, much like playing music !!

The puzzle was very challenging and I could not parse JACKSON FIVE .... I thought it was JACKS ON FIVE ... some PBS program, or such, like Sesame Street.
I thought YEO was ESN or CPO .... so much I know on the navy ....

Thank you YellowRocks for the info that adult birds do not 'live' in nests. I learnt something new today. I studied it also on Google.

Have a nice day, all.

Splynter said...

Hi there~!

Splynter here - got two weeks off between jobs, had to call on my mother's ANNUITY for a withdrawal form, was on hold for 20mins, decided to do the crossword.

How ironic that the wrap-up clue was SKIRT...

I'm looking at the ads on the side of the blog - kinda racy, considering where I left off...

I'm rusty.

Had USUALLY for AS A RULE, messed that corner up. CK One was OK because I had seen that before in my time here, but not a fan of octad ( had EIGHT ) or SERIO...

Liked the clue for ST JAMES the best; just couldn't recall where on the board it was located.

Hope you are all doing well.

Splynter

CrossEyedDave said...

Hey Splynter!
Good to hear from you!

A lot of false starts in the xword for me today,
While the theme helped,
The bottom of this puzzle overheated my Susser...


Dancing around:
in business

in the classics....

and on the internet.

CrossEyedDave said...

Also found on the internet today,
Was something interesting enough to be
Worth becoming a regular blog feature!

I was "today" years old when I found out...

Anonymous T said...

Splynter!!!! So nice to see/read you're doing well. Hope you can play some more in the next few days...

C. Moe - ABC threw me off for far to long too. JzB's link was the same as my mind's-eye's.

CED - #3 is LOL.
//who am I kiddin' - All your stuff is funny.

Cheers, -T

AnonymousPVX said...


This Wednesday grid had its moments for me, starting with 1A as WEARS....until the rest of the NW filled.

But that was it for write-overs.

Still had a moment with 67A...had C_ONE, was thinking L for CLONE - which made zero sense, plus it left 61D as ACL. Then a light went off, C K ONE...and ACK. Geez, had to work that one square with effort.

Stay safe.

Anonymous T said...

1a: Sporting... Not a goer? [Nudge Nudge]

70% of my puzzle is an inky mess. Sorry Roland - not quite on your wavelength today.
JzB - I read you loud & clear. Thanks for the expo!

-T

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi Gang -

I also fell into today's most common pitfalls had ACH and CHONE for a while. Believe it or not, I have to use the Googly sometimes.

It actually never occurred to me to include a nude pic. Inexplicably out of character. [??]

Played for swing dance parties in May and December at Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit for several years. None last year, and December '19 got cancelled because of some sort of problem with the building. Maybe in December this year, if the band comes back together.

Long time no C major.

Cool regards!
JzB

Misty said...

Enjoyed your puzzle, Roland, and found the DANCE theme totally delightful. Many thanks for that. And very helpful commentary, JazzB., thanks for that too.

Fun to be reminded of that early Billie Jean King tennis match, back in the day. Still remember how exciting her victory was. My German came in handy, once again, this time with ESSEN in the Ruhr valley. Also with the brothers GRIMM, whose fairy tales were great favorites in my childhood.

Enjoyed your poetry, Owen.

Have a great day, everybody!

Emile O'Touri said...

I liked the theme.Clever.That's all.I should of had more fun solving this but I didn't. The iffy fill wasn't worth the payoff.Too many three letter answers and tortured clues.After playing the name game on Monday and Tuesday, I have to solve a puzzle with names as theme answers.Add the annoying clues such as is it had on/has on or GST(wrong!)/GMT or how do you want me to spell mic/mike today to name a few made this not fun for me.

Picard said...

Yellowrocks Thank you for the shout out and thank you for all of the off line correspondence as well. Yes, the DANCE theme made me happy.

Here DW and I did a SWING DANCE at our wedding.

I have taken many DANCE classes over the years, but SWING is what suits me. I was a very slow learner, but now I love it. Looking forward to when it is possible to do it again. DW nickname is JIG but I don't think we have ever done that DANCE.

Almost had a Natick with ACK/CKONE, ALCAN. But I had a hazy memory of CKONE from a past puzzle. I was sure WHITEHORSE was in England and was thinking it was something like M-FOUR. FIR.

Years ago I had a lady friend who worked for Wells Fargo in their investment division. We were up in San Francisco for Thanksgiving and she showed me the Wells Fargo headquarters and museum.

Here she posed with an early Wells Fargo WAGON.

But that Wells Fargo WAGON was probably not a CONESTOGA?

waseeley said...

Thanks Roland and JzB. Saw the theme, but my ARRHYTHMIA ("ordinarily" known as TWO LEFT FEET) made it a rocky fill.

D-O wasn't the only one with a FOX PASS. Had I double-checked and realized that to "LIE BANK" was not very relaxing, I would have flipped my INNIE for an OUTIE and FIR. But ACK I FIW!

9D JzB - while GOV is at the end of the URL, it is actually the BEGINNING (or ROOT) of a Domain Name Tree TREE.

39D It's the ORANGE property between the PENNSYLVANIA RR and Community Chest. The RENT is $180.

-T @10:42AM Think I might have seen GFR at the Toronto Rock Festival in 1970. I seem to recall them doing "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)".

Cheers,
Bill

Spitzboov said...

USN clerk : YEO - - Abbv. in the clue; abbv in the answer. Although, see my 0850 post.

Splynter, good to see you. Hope you are doing well.
Good wishes to you.

ESSEN also is Ger. for 'to eat'. If, as kids, we would display poor table (eating)manners, our Mom would say "ESSEN; nicht fressen." Fressen is the infinitive for animals eating.

unclefred said...

Although I got the theme early, I still struggled a bit with this one, with 6 WOs, including TENT:NEST, GMT:GST, CLEPTO:KLEPTO, and the last fill ACH:ACK. Neither CKONE nor CHONE made any sense to me, I was sure I had something wrong there. It took JzB’s excellent write-up to ‘splain it to me. 28 minutes is long for me for a Wednesday, but got ‘er done. Thanx for the fun but challenging CW, Roland!! Thanx for the excellent write-up, JzB!!

Picard said...

Splynter Great to see you again!

I loved your racy photos! They were always relevant to the puzzle and livened things up. Hope to see you and your photos here again!

Picard said...

RIGGS was easy for me to remember. That Battle of the Sexes match happened when I was in high school. One of my favorite teachers (for trigonometry) was also the tennis coach.

He promised that if Billie Jean King beat RIGGS he would eat his hat. Someone delivered a hat to him to "eat it or wear it".

ATLGranny said...

Splynter, good to see you after so long. Enjoyed your Saturday reviews for years! Keep in touch, please.

Wilbur Charles said...

Hungry M, I did the exact opposite for FIR.

YR, here's your Square Dance

VALENCE reminds me of HS Chemistry. Teacher left Periodic Table in plain view and valences were easily determined from same. Was I expected NOT to look?

Add my "nice to see you, Splynter". I just this morning used the words "Bush League pinch hitter".

WC

Ps, re. Riggs "fiasco". I guess I'm referring to the superhype and anti-climatic denouement. Once the money was in his pocket, Riggs lost interest.

Anonymous T said...

The only Dance I wish'd was in the puzzle was the Safety one.

My break is over. Back to the docks.
Cheers, -T

CrossEyedDave said...

When Jzb mentioned nudes not posted being uncharacteristic,
It made me realize that I need to chime in.

Now,

This took careful thought.

It must be something artistic,
Not be too (what's the word?) Lude?
And yet, still convey a meaningless message...
(Hmm, the above meaningless was supposed to be meaningful.)
But whatever, both meanings work...

CrossEyedDave said...

Note that due to copy rights,
The above requires a double click,
But it is a safe click...

And funny...
And artistic...
Full of meaning!

Ol' Man Keith said...

A good Hump-Day treat from Mr. Huget. Well explicated by JzB.

As others have posted, YEO is correct, although it is rarely separated from YEOMAN.
"YOE" is a typo, no? (Surely, it wasn't meant as Rocky's "YO! Adrian!!")

Back in my hiking days, I once trekked from ESSEN to Köln (Cologne), Germany. I amaze myself when I think back on such feats. (No, not "feets"!)
~ OMK
____________
DR:
Just one diagonal today--on the far side.
It is clearly a minority diagonal, hiding out on the weak side, running downward from dexter to sinister (NE to SW).
Its anagram (11 of 15 letters) reflects its unpopular status, for it speaks of an ignorant character, one proud to parade his bigotry.
I mean, a...
"SASSY RACIST"!

Yellowrocks said...

Thanks, WC, that is a fun variation of square dance that we used to do maybe twice a year. I have danced it many times. Also we dance to a wide variety of music types, old and new. The hoedown music is just one type among a lot of others. We no longer wear the costumes, except on special occasions. The video makes me eager to start again. The present virtual dancing is for the birds.

Anonymous T said...

Waseeley - you speak of what you know... I got to meet Cricket Liu a few years back ('16?) and he signed my copy of his book. //sorry folks. I know, it's a bit TOO nerdy. But I do own TLA TLDs :-)

OMK - there's something wrong with your brain.(???). LOL DR.

Picard - I was ~7yrs (8?) OLD when RIGGS lost to Billie Jean (is that what M. JACKSON was singin' about?).

Step-mom (Pops #2) was a big proponent of ERA and we watched the match on our TV.
but... I don't know; I was only 7.

Splynter - Again - really nice to see you and that you're holding up. Still playing with wood? //I have your chess blueprints ready for when I have 12 days in a row...

Had fun reading everyone today while work was silent for 2 minutes.

Cheers, -T

Lemonade714 said...

Splynter! Awesome to hear from you. Hope the world away is all you hope. We miss you and are glad you are well. I found your leg pics quite tasty, er tasteful. to be here for our nude drawing class.

I am not sure who put the nice guy juice in your water but YEO is not an abbreviation for YEOMAN . Just because the letters are the same, it does not become a legit abbreviation.

Greenwich Standard Time- no thank you.

Thanks JzB and Roland, no puzzle is easy to make

waseeley said...

AT @6:07pm at1 & at2? While I don't have his autograph I have been to several seminars by Jeff Case, best known of course for ending his syllogisms with "... and that dog don't hunt".