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Jun 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Darryl Gonzalez

Vowel Progression.

16-Across. One who locks up: LAST TO LEAVE.

23-Across. Phrase used at a remembrance service: LEST WE FORGET.

36-Across. Resort website section that includes a pool and fitness center: LIST OF AMENITIES.

48-Across. Area to reclaim misplaced stuff: LOST AND FOUND.


58-Across. Existential passion: LUST FOR LIFE.  In addition to being the title of an Iggy Pop song, it is the title of a 1934 biographical novel by Irving Stone about Vincent van Gogh.

Across:
1. Golf contemporary of Jack and Gary: ARNOLD.  Arnold Palmer (Sept. 10, 1929 ~ Sept. 25, 2016), Jack Nicklaus (b. Jan. 21, 1940) and Gary Player (b. Nov. 1, 1935).  They were born in different decades, however.


7. Diner order, briefly: BLT.  As in a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich.

10. Hullabaloo: ADO.  Much Ado About Nothing: a play by Willie the Shakes.

13. Omelet maker's tool: BEATER.


14. Slangy "Agreed": YEAH.

15. Soda container: CAN.

18. Drive-__: outdoor movies: INS.


19. Important time: ERA.

20. Try to attract: WOO.


21. Chop finely: MINCE.

27. Lampoons: SATIRES.

30. Legal degs.: LLBs.  As in a Bachelor of Law.  In the United States, the degree is more commonly known as a Juris Doctor, or JD.

31. Chimp kin: ORANG.

32. Can. neighbor: USA.  Hi, Canadian Eh!  Apparently, Alaska is now a part of Canada.  



33. Org. that issues drug recalls: FDA.  As in the Food and Drug Administration.

41. N. or S. state: DAK.  This explains why there are two Dakota States.


42. Gershwin brother: IRA.  His brother was George.  George (né Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz; Sept. 26, 1898 ~ July 11, 1937) and Ira (né Israel Gershowitz; Dec. 6, 1896 ~ Aug. 17, 1983) Gershwin collaborated on many popular songs; George was the composer and Ira was the lyricist.  Sadly, George died young, but Ira carried on.

43. Vermouth name: ROSSI.  It's first name is Martini.




44. Inventor Rubik: ERNŐ.  Ernő Rubik (b. July 13, 1944) is a Hungarian architect.  He is best known, however, for inventing the Rubik's Cube.


46. Adriatic country: CROATIA.


52. Indian, for one: OCEAN.  Did you know that just this week, the National Geographic cartographers have determined that there is now a Southern Ocean.  The waters surrounding Antarctica have their own distinct characteristics.



53. Archery skill: AIM.

54. Lacking color: WAN.


57. Had some lunch, say: ATE.

63. "The Simpsons" neighbor Flanders: NED.



64. Elevator name: OTIS.  Elisha Graves Otis (Aug. 3, 1811 ~ Apr. 8, 1861) didn't actually invent the elevator, but he did invent a safety device that prevents the elevator fromm falling if/when the hoisting cables fail.

65. Places to perch: ROOSTS.

66. Pig's digs: STY.

67. Spider's trap: WEB.


68. "Who cares?": SO WHAT?

Down:
1. Proficient: ABLE.

2. Stern, at sea: REAR.  Hi, Spitzboov!

3. Mars rover org.: NASA.  Postcards from Mars.


4. '20s-'40s slugger Mel: OTT.  Louisiana native Melvin Thomas Ott (Mar. 2, 1909 ~ Nov. 21, 1958) makes frequent guest appearances in the crossword puzzles.  He was killed from injuries sustained in a car accident when he was only 49 years old.


5. "__ It Be": Beatles: LET.


6. Nod off: DROWSE.

7. Actress Arthur: BEA.  Bea Arthur (née Beatrice Frankel; May 13, 1922 ~ Apr. 25, 2009) served in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve during World War II.


8. Loo: LAV.  As in Lavatory.

9. Generic crime syndicate: THE MOB.

10. Killing it on the test: ACING.

11. Word after break or belly: DANCE.


12. First occurrence: ONSET.

14. "That's painful!": YEOW.

17. Homesites: LOTS.


22. Treasury Dept. org.: IRS.  As in the Internal Revenue Service.


23. Dryer trap fuzz: LINT.

24. Cogito-sum link: ERGO.  I think, therefore I am.

René Descartes (Mar. 31, 1596 ~ Feb. 11, 1650)


25. In addition: ELSE.

26. Eggy Spanish dessert: FLAN.  Yummers!


27. Word after "Going twice": SOLD.  Here is an interesting list of some of the most expensive pieces of art sold at auction.

28. "Carmen" solo: ARIA.  You knew I couldn't resist including this aria.


29. Chore: TASK.

32. Thurman in films: UMA.  Uma Thurman (née Uma Karuna Thurman; b. Apr. 29, 1970) starred in Pulp Fiction with John Travolta.


33. One of two bumped in friendship: FIST.  The fist bump is also known as a Dap.  Post-Covid, this may become the new handshake.


34. __ Arnaz, Jr., coverchild on the first TV Guide: DESI.  Desi Arnez, Jr. (né Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV; b. Jan. 19, 1953) appeared on the April 3, 1953 eddition of TV Guide, when he was less than 3 months old.


35. Europe neighbor: ASIA.


37. Fictional rafter Huck: FINN.

38. J.Lo's ex-partner: A-ROD.  J.Lo has a very long list of ex-partners.

39. Pressing need?: IRON.


40. Garden critter: TOAD.

44. Info at SFO: ETA.  As in the Estimated Time of Arrival at the San Francisco International Airport.

45. Needed to reorder: RAN LOW.

46. Bob or beehive: COIF.

47. Grapevine transmissions: RUMORS.

48. Sources of student interest?: LOANS.

49. Eightsome: OCTET.

50. Somewhat disreputable: SEEDY.


51. Dieter's concern: FATS.

54. Coin-in-a-fountain thought: WISH.

55. Mennen lotion: AFTA.


56. Bird's home: NEST.

59. Colorado native: UTE.

60. Bro or sis: SIB.  Brothers and Sisters are Sibling.

61. Milne hopper: ROO.  A reference to the Winnie-the-Pooh characters.

62. __-impact aerobics: LOW.



Here's the Grid:


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60 comments:

OwenKL said...

Oh, joy. 🙄 Another vowel progression. Yawn.

B.L.T., Oh B.L.T.,
How lovely are your strata!
Bacon sizzled to its prime!
Lettuce shredded is so fine!

B.L.T., Oh B.L.T.,
How lovely are your strata!
Tomatoes sliced fresh from vine!
Toasted bread keeps all in line!

B.L.T., Oh B.L.T.,
How lovely are your strata!
Mayonnaise to WOO the taste,
Holds it together as a paste!

B.L.T., Oh B.L.T.,
How lovely are your strata!
The BEATER sandwich, by any say-so!
Except the cretin, "Hold the mayo!"

OwenKL said...

{A+.}

2d should have been "Stern, not at sea."

Hungry Mother said...

FIR, no problems. Very nice theme, but I didn’t note the vowel progression as I was solving.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Faster than your average Tuesday; in fact, faster than yesterday, too. Got the theme early -- phrases which begin with L. Oh, there was more to it than that? D'oh. Thanx, Darryl (is this a debut?) and Hahtoolah.

LLBS: I think folks meant something else when they called me a JD in my ute.

Carmen "ARIA": I became familiar with Bizet's melodies at an early age. My sister bought the soundtrack album from Carmen Jones and played it, and played it, and played it. The words were slightly changed from the original opera. Oscar Hammerstein II wrote 'em.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Crossword friends. It will be another scorcher today, so do what you can to stay cool and be sure to drink lots of water to hydrate, especially those of you in Texas!

QOD: If you can find something that everyone agrees on, its wrong. ~ Mo Udall (né Morris King Udall; June 15, 1922 ~ Dec. 12, 1998), American politician

Lemonade714 said...

Welcome Darryl Gonzalez to what is your major puzzle debut. In fact, I find nothing about you in my brief search, so please come on by and tell us about yourself. Perfect vowel progression puzzles where the change to the theme word is only the vowel are not that easy to find.

Susan, you outdid yourself with your educational links; I never knew tha DAKOTA'S story, nor the existence of the SOUTHERN OCEAN

Thank you both.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, and only paused at "stern, at sea" for REAR. I agree with OKL, the clue needs a "not" (not a knot).

Since this puzzle is from the LA Times, "graapevine transmissions" evoked Commander Cody:
"Pulled outta San Pedro late one night
The moon and the stars were shinin' bright
We was drivin' up Grapevine Hill
Passin' cars like they was standin' still"

My WAN is what I connect the router to.

Please let me know where to send in my man card. Golden Girls is still one of my very favorite programs. BEA Arthur was fantastic.

The only famous golfer I've met is Chi Chi Rodriguez. For two years my DW was his golf cart chauffeur during ProAm tournaments supporting the Boy Scouts in Thousand Oaks, CA. The pros were from on the women's equivalent of the Korn Ferry Tour (one step below the LPGA Tour).

desper-otto said...

A Jeopardy! contestant yesterday was unaware of the existence of the Arctic Ocean, and thought it was called the North Sea.

Boomer said...

Good Morning All. Congratulations to Husker for a hole in one on the golf course !!! I only managed a 38 with 2 pars and a four putt triple bogey. C.C. just finished giving me a haircut. Darn, I only wanted her to cut the gray ones but she trimmed them all.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-ARNOLD and his contemporaries like Chi Chi gave golf personality. Today players all look very similar.
-ORANG – This animal’s full name ends in an “N” not a “G”
-Paul McCartney said “LET It Be” was a favorite saying of his mother
-35 Down - Europe neighbor – ASIA. I52 Across - Indian for one with _ _ _ _ N is not ASIAN. Duh!
-Taking IRON and zinc pills are part of our daily regimen. You could hang magnets from us.
-Re: My hole-in-one yesterday. If you make an ace and no one sees or hears it, does it count? My first two had witnesses.
-FORE!

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Not to MINCE crosswords but a fast 'n' EZ Tuesday. But the vowel progression theme was not consonant with my thought process and flew over my head 🦅.

Two inkovers:..ranout/RANLOW...and had Brad for AROD (how did I forget "Brangelina" so quickly? ). Might be "Bennifer" soon...J. Lo and Ben Affleck ("ALFAK!"..🦆)....I heard it through the "grapevine transmission"

Sweet potato quote "I think therefore I yam"

LLBS? legal degrees? (I also thought it as JD, Juris Doctor). ,Give your car a name, but yer elevator? I'm ABLE to complete CWs but am not proficient (nor anti-ficient)

SCUBA fear: "Where did all the ____?"... ERGO.
STY bonnet ...SOWHAT.
Today's LP....SEEDY.
Late bloomers...LASTTOLEAVE
Hardy swig.....COIF

Some hilarious cartoons H2LH (all the vowels were used up in the theme)

Headed to Humpday. (one hump or two? 🐪 🐫)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thanks for a fun non-frustrating puzzle, Darryl, and congrats if this is a debut.

Susan, your blogs just get better & betterer. That belly dancer gave me a real belly laugh. His art work was impressive == doubt he did it himself. Lot of geography today. I enjoy map study. Carmen was a treat.

Only real unknown was LLBs which filled with perps & I didn't read the clue. That was okay since I didn't know it.

I had watched a little bit of an Iron Man Competition just before coming to the Corner. Got a laugh out of Hahtoolah's IMC and like her competition better. My son-in-law always whipped out an ironing board and ironed whatever he was going to put on just before we were headed out the door. Drove me nuts, since it often made us late. Don't know if he still does that. My daughter was just glad she didn't have to iron his things.

Congratulations on your hole-in-one, Husker!

Emile O'Touri said...

Easy enough but the theme was weak. Some cluing just wrong and a pile up of names. Laziness to resort to have so many names in a puzzle.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Gary - My first thought for Indian wasn't Asian or OCEAN, but "cycle". Never owned one; always wanted one.

Wilbur Charles said...

Fln, enjoyed TBBT link. Theme song looks like it was plagiarized from my late friend Tony's book "12 Billion Years"

Enjoyed the write-up especially the coin in the fountain. Hahtoolah Tuesdays are great

Mayo, the plague of the slow and sandwich world. But agree:A+

My sister played "The Mikado". I learned all about Nanki Pu etal(sic)

Gary, that's why I like Jordan Speith

IRON Clue was clever

WC


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

From yesterday, congrats to Husker on his signal accomplishment of ACING for an EAGLE. BRAVO ZULU!
(My bidding and making small Slam at bridge last night seems miniscule in comparison.)

Got the LAST to LUST schtick after the 3rd progression at LIST. Naval Institute Proceedings always has a LEST WE FORGET page which I always read. Solve went forth in workman-like fashion with no aid required. FIR.
REAR - Ahoy, Hahtoolah. Here is a link depicting me standing on the REAR :-) of my destroyer; long, long, ago.

Thanks Hahtoolah for a great intro and to Darryl for challenging us.

Yellowrocks said...

I found so many errors in my post that I copied it and deleted it to make corrections. I lost most of my post in doing so.
Mayo is one of my favorite condiments, especially in sandwiches. But there is a huge difference in brands. I do not like the store brands at all.

desper-otto said...

Wilbur, the TBBT theme incorrectly says "14 million years ago" -- at least to my ears. YMMV.

Hahtoolah said...

You look very dashing, Spitzboov.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning

I completely missed the vowel progression as I solved because I was focused on trying to tie the entire phrases together. It was only when I finished that I picked it up. I chuckled when BLT showed up again and how fitting to see Iron, even though it wasn’t HG’s lucky seven. Big CSOs to HG at NASA, Tin at Croatia, and Hahtoolah and Lemony at LLBs. I liked the alphabet soup of IRS/FDA, and also USA/Uma, Woo/Roo, and Roosts crossing Nests and Roo. Ran Low and Low were a little bothersome. We also had a Mini critter theme with Orang, Roo, Toad, Sty, Nest, Web, and Roosts. Darryl also fielded a strong A Team with Era, USA, FDA, IRA, NASA, Bea, Aria, Uma, Asia, ETA, and AFTA.

Thanks, Darryl for a fun Tuesday and congrats on your debut and thanks, Hahtoolah, for another sparkling summary. Loved the visuals, especially the Belly Button and always enjoy any aria you treat us to. I never saw Pulp Fiction and, just by the title alone, I don’t think I want to, but I do enjoy seeing Uma and John on the dance floor.

FLN

Gary, congrats on your Ace.

Have a great day.

Wilbur Charles said...

Emile, if you don't like people and places you'd better skip Wednesday

D-O, it was the concept of flashing the pages/pictures which my friend did in his book. He used to peddle the book on the Clearwater Beach pier. He took the world from Big Bang to the present on left page and a human lifetime on facing page. Same as intro to TBBT.

WC

oc4beach said...


I got the theme today which I usually don't do. Good debut for Darryl. Loved Hahtoolah's tour through the grid with the cartoons and other graphics.

Only had a few changes along the way today. OUCH before YEOW, SNOOZE before DROWSE and ASIAN before OCEAN. Perps helped fix the errors.

As I implied yesterday, on a tomato sandwich I prefer Kraft Miracle Whip dressing as opposed to true mayo. However, Hellman's Mayonnaise is what DW uses when making potato salad. My daughter's husband is a Mayo snob. It has to be the right brand (and I'm not sure what it is) or he won't eat it. DW always tells him that her potato salad is made with his favorite brand, even though it isn't, and he seems to like it. I'm not sure who is fooling who.

Nice day in the neighborhood. Have a great day everyone.

ATLGranny said...

Another FIR on Tuesday! Thanks, Darryl, and welcome to the LAT. I saw the theme with LIST. Hand up for OCEAN after trying Asian. Also put worm/TOAD and also/ELSE.. Perps to the rescue again. Otherwise a tidy grid. Did not know LLBS and maybe I will remember it. Thanks Hahtoolah for your richly Illustrated review!

In our area Duke's mayo is popular. No sugar added, unusual in the "sweet tea" South. FLN, congratulations Husker Gary on your golf feat! And to Spitzboov for his small Slam. Keep as cool as you can today, everyone!

CanadianEh! said...

Terrific Tuesday. Thanks for the fun, Darryl (congrats on your debut) and Hahtoolah.
I FIRed in good time and saw the vowel progression.

Hand up for wanting Asian for 52A, but we already had ASIA.
I had Was LOW before RAN. ERNO fixed that.

IM beat me to ROOSTS crossing NEST. I also smiled at BEATER and FLAN eggy theme.
It must keep Rich busy keeping up-to-date on clues like 38A “ex-partner”.

BLTs again! FLN, YR, how nice that you have tomatoes already on your patio plant.
Great photo Spitzboov.
OwenKL and Ray-o- you both excelled today and brought smiles.
d’o- yes I noted that Arctic Ocean miss on Jeopardy. But IRA’s last name was known.
HG- congrats on your hole-in-one.

Yes, this Canadian is happy to have USA as a neighbour even if the borders are currently closed. LOL Hahtoolah about giving us Alaska on that map!

Wishing you all a great day. Beautiful here; 23C (74F)and sunny with no humidity.😁

Emile O'Touri said...

I don't mind names except when it turns into a trivia puzzle. I don't understand why you don't understand. If the PPP is in your wheelhouse (as apparently it was in yours), the puzzle should seem quite easy.Glorified TV guide puzzle? Yes. My feeling is that it is a fine puzzle, but not for me.

waseeley said...

Thank you Darryl and congrats on your debut and I'm sure a much greater challenge for you than the smooth Tuesday sail you presented us with. And thank you Susan for a VERY amusing and informative review.

23A It seems to take only a generation for us to FORGET those we sent off to die needlessly in the last WAR.

48A I'm looking for a KIOSK at which to LOSE and FORGET all the LBS I've gained on the pandemic diet!

58A The Cornerites all share a LUST for LIFE and I thank them for sharing it with me daily.

41A Very interesting link on the origin of the N & S DAK. It seems so much easier to divide than to unite.

42A George was the Mozart of his day, a real WUNDERKIND. The GOOD die YOUNG.

52A My need for symmetry cries out for calling it the "ANTARCTIC OCEAN".

53A As today is ROSSINI's birthday we should give a tip 'o the hat to his last opera, WILLIAM TELL and its overture, probably the most recognizable of all time. Hi Oh Silver!

67A WEB - great visual PUN!

68A I'm asking myself the same about of all the aforesaid.

5D Great clip Susan. I'm always reminded of MARY's response to the Angel Gabriel at her Annunciation: "Let it be done to me according to thy word" (Luke 1:38). Great advice for us all.

9D The Britbox series LINE OF DUTY calls them OCG's ("Organized Crime Groups"). A highly addictive show.

24D A fallacy I think. It implies that those who DON'T THINK, DON'T EXIST, which unfortunately is not true.

28A A great opera (the "C" in "ABC"), RATED R. This is one of the primary reasons my DIL won't let me introduce the grandchildren to opera. And you know she's right!

Cheers,
Bill

Lemonade714 said...

EOT, I did not feel it when I was solving and now looking back, I do not see this as a trivia fest. The proper names all seemed proper and not too many. Please explain your specific complaint about this puzzle, please.

waseeley said...

Let's hear it for "Goldie Locks" puzzles. Not too HARD, not too EASY!

Misty said...

Busy morning--have to give a 20 minute talk at our Joyce conference in fifty-five minutes. But took a quick breather and did this delightful crossword puzzle. It was a real pleasure--many thanks Darryl, and welcome. And thank you, Susan, for your great pictures and all those maps.

Only got the theme when I read the commentary--how clever. Can't believe I got ARNOLD, since I don't know much about golf, but I got it. And here we have BLT again--makes me hungry every morning. BREAK DANCE and BELLY DANCE amused me. Thank goodness for ARIAs, they show up in puzzles frequently. And nice to get both NED and OTIS.

Fun verses, Owen.

Have a great day, everybody, and wish me well on my conference talk.

Lucina said...

Hola!

Thank you, Daryl Gonzalez! It is not often, actually never, that we see a Hispanic constructor.

Vowel progressions are not the worst kind of themes and easy to pre-fill. And the names are familiar to me so I can't complain about that. A couple of nights ago I found Maude on TV and had forgotten how amusing it was. BEA Arthur had priceless facial expressions.

I also liked ROOSTS/NESTS crossing.

Spitz:
Looking sharp! I did not realize that even shoes were white when you wore whites.

Thank you, Hahatoolah! Well done!

Owen: good job. I liked all your verses.

WARM wishes from the very hot desert, everyone!

unclefred said...

FIR in 16. Only W/O, RANOUT:RANLOW. I agree with several others that have mentioned 2D as a poor clue. “Stern, at sea” is “aft” or “abaft” never rear. Other than that a very nice CW. I completely missed the vowel progression. Anyway, thanx, DG, for the nice CW. And thanx, Hahtoolah, for most of your write-up. The “funny belly dance” is gonna be hard to forget, although I will try like crazy. In other words, yuck!! The Martini and Rossi reminded me of going to “Hedonism II” in Jamaica many years ago. Drinks are included. I ordered a martini, dry. I was served a glass of vermouth! After tasting and complaining the bartender brought me the bottle of Martini and Rossi vermouth and pointed to the word “Martini”, saying, “Well, it says right on the bottle it’s a martini!” Lots of other stories about that place. Oh, to be young again!!!

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

Great debut Daryl; loved the cartoons and videos Susan

FIR with only two W/O's: Before I realized it was a vowel progression puzzle, I penned in an "A" next to the L in 23-across; RAN OUT/RAN LOW

And like IM, I thought that having two LOW's in the southern part of the puzzle was avoidable. Daryl could've changed the 3-letter "LOW" to "LAW", and 65-Across would've been "ROASTS". But then ROOSTS and NEST wouldn't have intersected

But seeing "LOW" twice brought to mind an old limerick of mine:

'Twas a wine aficionado
Who also liked dancing the limbo.
She would balance her glass
While inverting her a$$
Just to see how Merlot she can go . . .

I thought of a couple "puns" for 30-Across:

Where can out-of-work lawyers always be hired, because of their degree? LL Bean

What is the abbreviation for 50 pounds in ancient Rome? L LBS

OK, that's enough "BS" Moe . . . ;^)

waseeley said...

Misty @12:13 PM. Joyce in 20 minutes? What was the subtopic?

waseeley said...

MOE @1:46 PM Hey, I resemble that last remark!

AnonymousPVX said...


This was a nice Tuesday debut grid.

Write-overs…DEAL/YEAH, ASIAN/OCEAN.

FLN…I looked up RICE A RONI on wiki, it does appear to have been created in SF. Check it out.

See you tomorrow.

Ol' Man Keith said...

An enjoyable PZL from Mr. Gonzalez!
Thank you, Hahtoolah, for your response.
I wonder who did the color fill that assigns Alaska to Canada? Bizarre! At least CanadianEh! took it with a grin & isn't making any dubious claims.

Happy BLOOMSDAY everyone! A big shout-out to our resident Joyce Scholar, Misty!
~ OMK
___________
DR:
Just one diagonal today, on the flip side.
The abundance of vowels limits the possible anagram results. But here's one that uses all the available consonants in a 12 letter response.
It offers a critical commentary on a work of art that revives the aesthetics of the Ashcan School of the (last) turn-of-the-century:
"(Oh), SO NEO-REALISM!"

waseeley said...

MOI @12:01 PM As this is an odd year, this couldn't possibly be Rossini's birthday. Plus he's only 57 years anyway. Like Mr Owen, my old physics teacher used to say, "I was just checking to see if everybody was paying attention.". And as Tonto ONCE said, "What do you mean WE, Kemo Sabi?'

Misty said...

Ol' Man Keith, thank you for the happy Bloomsday wishes. I survived my panel and now need some breakfast and a quiet nap.

Waseelay, my panel on James Joyce's work focused on the topic of "silences"--which sounds a little silly given how full of words and talks everything is, including our discussion of any silences in the works.

Yellowrocks said...

OMK I just read a book in which Bloomsday is prominently featured. It is on June 16. I was waiting until tomorrow to say Happy Bloomsday, so you scooped me.
I looked up Rice A Roni yesterday, too, and found it was invented in San Francisco. It may not be typical SF cuisine, but it started there.

NaomiZ said...

I agree with Hahtoolah -- cool photo, Spitzboov!

NaomiZ said...

Darryl's puzzle was fast and fun. Many thanks, Hahtoolah, for pointing out the theme, which I missed completely! I also loved the wishing well cartoon.

Jinx has been reminding me of some good music. Ray-O's Ray isms are fabulous. Just a delight to visit here with y'all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thank you, YellowRocks, for catching me on my mistaken disowning of RiceARoni.
I never looked into the real origin of this pasta "treat"--probably because it did not make its presence known before I left the City, and so I assumed the worst.
I shall have to modify my attitude--thanks to you! I have great respect for the Italian immigrants to SF, as they have contributed a great deal of good to San Francisco, as well as to California. Mr. DeDomenico has my respect.
I am not, however, a fan generally of pre-packaged items, adaptations of existing dishes--whether this one, or the various noodle dishes available, or to the products of Chef Boyardee.
I will no longer say RiceARoni is not from the City, but I cannot rank it up there with such items as Sourdough Bread or the Martini, good things that did not exist prior to their SF creation.
~ OMK

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle and Hahtoolah's write-up. I also like and appreciate all your comments.

Interesting topic, Misty. Silences are also important in music.

Keith, how are Nacho and your other dog(s) doing?

Take care, all.

Lemonade714 said...

I know my vision sucks and I miss much, but where is everyone seeing Spitzboov in his dress whites?

BTW I loved the "Hits on my website" cartoon. I also noticed that Arnold and Jack both appeared to shrink and Gary who was always shorter caught up.

Your comment about Hispanic constructors inspired me to post this ATRICLE .

Lemonade714 said...

I love my new dyslexic spelling of ARTICLE

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Misty - I had to read your first post twice. The first time I read "[I] have to give a 20 minute talk at our Joyce conference in fifty-five minutes", I wondered how long it usually takes you to give a 20 minute talk. Evoked the memory of someone at work who I was warned about - "Don't ask him what time it is, he'll tell you how to make a watch."

Misty said...

Jinx, I was a little rattled with my talk coming up, or I might have explained my timing better.

Nice comment on silences, Jayce.

Yellowrocks, I'll try to remember to wish you a Happy Bloomsday tomorrow--the more official Bloomsday.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Jayce ~
Thanks for asking about our dogs. Nacho (our chihuahua mix) & Maggie (our Golden) are doing fine!
Since we lost little Louie (Yorkie) to a coyote a couple of months ago, we have been super vigilant on 11-lb. Nacho's behalf.
We reckon Maggie can look after herself, but we don't allow Nacho out after dark, even within our fenced property, without one of us escorting him.
~ OMK

Anonymous said...


Emily, if you can't say something positive, then at least be quiet. You are showing nothing but your ignorance and incompetence.

Malodorous Manatee said...

So much to appreciate today - in the puzzle, in the recap and in the comments. Thanks, everyone.

When walking in the mornings I have lately been passing by an electric Lincoln Navigator that is often parked,recharging on a local driveway. For a while the following has been running through my head: "My father said son you're going to drive me to drinkin' if you don't stop driving that plug-in Lincoln." It is going to be interesting to see what the car culture looks like in twenty years! Thanx, Jinx in Norfolk for the Commander Cody reference.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

MM - Funny!

OMK - So sorry to hear about Louie. Glad the others are fine.

Vidwan827 said...


Thank you Mr. Gozanlez for a very nice puzzle. I solved it in good time.

Thank you Hahtoolah for your always funny cartoons, your last comment, the Belly Button joke, was fantastic !

.... except that I have 3 Ob/Gyns in my immediate family, and yet another one, who was an OB doc for 3 years, before she turned to another subspeciality .... and all 4 of them are WOMEN !

... so whats all this, masked GUY thing ?
I can even think of a riddle which 90 percent of all genders will get wrong, based on this concept.
I would like to add to that quote ... not "evicted from their first place", ... but "expelled" ...

Thank you Lemonade, for your interesting ATRICLE ( see!) on CrossWords that should be more gender senstitive and non-minority inclusive.
People, indeed, do statistical research on all sorts of things. Although I am definitely non-majority, non-white, and a relig. minority ... I am too set in my ways, and the LA puzzle seems to suit my solving tracks quite fine ...
I would not get the non-white, Gen-X or -Y, Queer, and LGBTQ jokes and slang anyway...
I have never been able to understand Rap, or Rap Artistes, ... long before I started losing my eyesight and now, also my hearing.....

I spent some time this morning reading about the LLB degree vis -a -vis the JD degree( which started in the US in 1965 or there abouts ...) and that the ABA encouraged this trend so lawyers could show and pose, that the degree was a postgraduate one, and almost equivalent to a doctor ( as in med doctor ...), and that Canadian Law schools are also following this trend, from LLB to JD, to improve the chances, of their law graduates getting jobs in US Law Firms, and in International Law. Lots of articles.
BTW, ... I did not know that, in England, a LLB is actually an undergraduate degree, after high school ....


Have a nice evening, all.

Vidwan827 said...


Thank you Hahtoolah, for the story of No and So Dakota. Very interesting !

This trend for smaller and more meaningful states, based on languages and cultures, continues to this very day .... as the peoples around the world become more sophisticated on their rights and political power . Like the Catalan-nese from Barcelona etc, and Scotland, Wales, and even in Belgium and Switzerland. Not to mention that quasi-states around the Caspian Sea.

On the other hand, I cant imagine how they can have names for separate Oceans, .... I mean, is the salinity any different as you pass from ocean to ocean ... after all, its all the same water.

Ofcourse, there are oil drilling rights, and cod fishing rights, and fishing wars in Iceland ....

CanadianEh! said...

Lemonade- in Spitzboov’s post at 9:07 am, click on the blue word REAR for the great photo

Anon @6:12pm- if you are referring to Emile@8:40 &10:55am, please be kind and let him express his opinion. WC has already warned him about tomorrow’s CW. Maybe he will say Thumper for that one.

Lizza said...

Very good puzzle, got the vowel progression quickly, thought it was fun. Didn’t know LLBS. Always enjoy the critique and comments. What a great group of people you all seem to be. And it sounds like from my point of view that you’re all doing well. I believe the vaccine and the lowering of restrictions has lowered the distress in our lives
I sense everywhere I go lately everyone is very relieved and much happier. Actually see smiles now that masks are coming off at certain times. Yay!!!

Wilbur Charles said...

Misty, is this Bloomsbury* day? Oops, that's Bloomsday and Misty is either not keeping silent about it or not not.

Jamaica, the home away from home of Fleming and where James himself was no stranger and they don't know a Martini?

WC

* The Bloomsbury Group

Joyce pshaw, London has Woolf

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks for the puzzle Darryl and congrats on the debut.

As always, an enjoyable expo, Hahtoolah. Thank you.
//WISH comic was funny - "Careful what you wish for, er with."

WOs: N/A
ESP: LLBs (?)
Fav:

{A+ //loved the last line!}
Funny artsy DR, OMK.

LOL limbo ku, Moe.

Jinx - I wanted Chi Chi at first but couldn't get a perp.

unclefred - I hope you straightened that Jamaican bartender out. MIL liked her Martinis dry - "Just wave the cork over the glass," she'd say.

Lizza - re: masks. We went back to the office last week and it was a little weird...
Do we wear masks on our floor?, In the common areas?, going into someone else's office?
Elevators? - Yes, on the elevator.
Our company (a "critical infrastructure" concern) gave any employee, who wanted two, both shots.

This week? Nary a mask to be seen in the building. Or the cafe next door, or...
I think the attitude is:
a) we learned vax'd folks can't easily spread the virus
b) there's enough vax to go around (everywhere, not just our company)
c) if you didn't get yours - that's on you now.
Note: folks, like my friend / workmate, who's can't get vax'd (she's undergoing chemo), are allowed to work from home if they wish; she does.

TXMs - How about that storm today? Did you see the rainbow SE of your home / The Galleria Area? [taken from my 9th floor office ~7:30p]

Enjoyed reading everyone!

Cheers, -T

Misty said...

Wilbur, James Joyce's "Ulysses" is set on June 16, a day that has become known as Bloomsday because the chief character in the novel is a man named Leopold Bloom. But there's no reason why people can't wish each other a Happy Bloomsday a day before or after June 16.

Anonymous T said...

Oops - forgot to go back and fill-in...
Fav: I'll go with Lucina's FLAN.
Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

I learn so much here.
Lemonade:
Thank you for that article on the direction of puzzle construction. I shall have to re-read tomorrow to get the full depth.

OMK:
Small dogs are vulnerable here, too. In the newspaper articles have featured the loss of small dogs especially in north Phoenix and north Scottsdale which are closer to the undeveloped areas and likely to be populated by coyotes.

In our community it's the pigeons whose fate is often doomed by the cats that roam around here. I see many feathers scattered around the property. I can't say I'm sorry about them.