, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: March 2022


Mar 31, 2022

Thursday, March 31, 2022, Lin Josephson



 A Multi-media Meta-theme
Today's constructor is Lin Josephson and I believe this is her debut in the LA Times.  I hope she stops by and tells us a bit about herself. 

Lin cleverly hides today's theme with 3 clues, sans circles or asterisks, that point to what turns out to be an implied reveal at 57A.  As we'll see each of these refers to an 18th Century innovation, but each also has at least one other meaning.  Here are the themers:

20A. Only way to tackle a 57-Across: PIECE BY PIECE.  An album/song by singer/songwriter Kelly Clarkson (lyrics) ...

28A. Question muttered while tackling a 57-Across: WHY WON'T IT FIT?"If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit" famously spoken by Johnnie Cochran, the defense attorney at the O.J. Simpson murder trial in September of 1995.

48A. Popular theme for 57-Acrosses: NATURE SCENES.  Who doesn't like NATURE SCENES?  Here's a recent picture of the Patapsco River that I took at sunset while we were hiking in Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland.  I plan to have it made into a 57A ...
The Patapsco River

Which brings us to 57A, the implied reveal ...

57A. Challenge commercialized by mapmaker John Spilsbury circa 1760: JIGSAW PUZZLE.  I wonder if John had any idea how much enjoyment he would bring to the world with this simple "teaching tool".  I call this a "Meta-theme", because it is a puzzle about a puzzle, and "Multi-media", because it is about both words and images.

Here's the grid:

Now let's puzzle over some other clues and see what pictures we can conjure up ...


1. Day __: SPA

4. Door support: JAMB.  Door JAMBS are the top and sides of a door frame.  They also play an important part in the Book of Exodus, in the 33D.
Door Frame

8. Keep busy: OCCUPY.

14. China shop threat: OAFBULL wouldn't fit.

15. Native Nebraskan: OTOE.  A CSO to Husker. The Otoe are a Native American people of the Midwestern United States.  The Otoe tribe were historically a semi-nomadic people who lived on the Central Plains along the bank of the Missouri River in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri: 
Otoe Lands

16. Newcomer: ROOKIE.  Here's our favorite rookie, Cal Ripken. The "Iron man" played his entire career with the O's and holds the Major League Baseball record for consecutive games played.

17. Red crawler, perhaps: ANT.  Some but not all "red crawlers" are called FIRE ANTS, but they are not necessarily the same.
Red Fire Ant
18. Patient shopper's reward: SALE.  Better hurry, they might be 24A.

19. Bays, e.g.: INLETS.  We live near the Chesapeake Bay, which is an estuary, or "drowned river", the largest in the US.   Here are some other types of INLETS:

23. Paper bit: SCRAP

24. __ only: sale caveat: ONE TIME.  Until the next time.

32. Modern cash source: ATM.  Automated Teller Machines.  Here's a brief history of these ubiquitous devices, which Paul Volcker once described as the "only useful innovation in banking."

35. Barely flow: SEEP37A tends to move this way.

36. Back nine opener: TENTH.  The first of the last nine holes on a golf course?

37. Gunk: GOO.

38. Jackson Hole's county: TETONTETON county contains all of Grand Teton National Park and 40% of Yellowstone National Park.  One of my grandsons is attending Wyoming Catholic College in the adjacent Fremont County.  The country there is so beautiful that it wouldn't surprise us if he decides to stay.  If so we plan to visit him!

41. Salem's lot?: Abbr.: ORE. Not the novel by Stephen King, but rather Salem, OREGON.

42. Frottage artist Max: ERNSTMax Ernst (born April 2, 1891, Brühl, Germany—died April 1, 1976, Paris, France), German painter and sculptor who was one of the leading advocates of irrationality in art and an originator of the Automatism movement of Surrealism. He became a naturalized citizen of both the United States (1948) and France (1958).  Ernst used Frottage patterns (pencil rubbings of such things as wood grain, fabric, or leaves) as inspiration for his Surrealist works.  I'm afraid I couldn't connect with any of them.

45. 13-Downs heard in pairs: I DOSI Do being a synonym for YES.  Our nephew and his bride exchanged I DOs just a few weeks ago.

47. Contacts list no.: TEL.

52. Aptly named "Music From Big Pink" group: THE BAND.  A Canadian-American group, who played backup for Bob Dylan's first electric tour.  "Big Pink" was the house where they jammed.  Here's The Weight (lyrics), my favorite from that album: 

53. Enlighten: TEACH.  John Spilsbury started out simply to TEACH geography and ended up spawning an industry.

61. Novelist Graham: GREENEGraham Greene, (born October 2, 1904, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England—died April 3, 1991, Vevey, Switzerland), English novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist whose novels treat life’s moral ambiguities in the context of contemporary political settings.
Greene in 1975

64. Sky-high stunt: LOOP.  Also a ubiquitous stunt in computer programs, which sometimes gets the programmer into trouble.

65. Shade on a beach: TAN.

66. Amazon delivery: PARCEL.  It has its faults, but this company has transformed commerce around the world:
67. About: OR SO.

68. PC rescue key: ESC.  As a lefty, I love where IBM decided to put this key.

69. Outpourings: SPATES.

70. First-time biology student, usually: TEEN.

71. Friend of Fidel: CHEFidel Castro that is.  Ernesto "Che" Guevara (14 June 1928 – 9 October 1967) was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture.  This photo was cited by the Maryland Institute College of Art as "the most famous photograph in the world":
Che Guevara

1. Cakes not for eating: SOAPS.  Some British mothers did in fact feed their children SOAPS when they said certain words.  Just sayin'.

2. Kind of button or room: PANIC.

3. Time-telling word: AFTER.

4. Margaret of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey": JOSEPHSMargaret Katona Josephs is an American fashion designer, entrepreneur and television personality. She is the owner, founder and designer of a lifestyle brand called Macbeth Collection.  Everything you wanted to know about Margaret and maybe more.
Margaret Josephs

5. Run __: A TAB.

6. "Holy __!": MOLYCOW was too short.  GUACAMOLE was too long.  What else could it be?

7. Car talk?: BEEP.  What horns say?  Car Talk was also an NPR talk radio show broadcast from 1977 to 2012, offering auto repair advice from Click and Clack, alias the "Tappet Brothers".

8. Familiarize: ORIENT.

9. Downfall for Narcissus: CONCEIT.  A myth related by both by the Greek Conon and  the Roman Ovid in his Metamorphosis III.  Narcissus is also the source for the name of the psychological condition known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which seems to be pandemic among contemporary politicians and entertainers. 
John William Waterhouse

10. "Gigi" novelist: COLETTESidonie-Gabrielle Colette (28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954), known mononymously as Colette, was a French author and woman of letters. She was also known as a mime, actress, and journalist. Colette is best remembered for her 1944 novella Gigi, which was the basis for the 1958 film and the 1973 stage production of the same name.
Colette circa 1910
11. Usually four-stringed instrument: UKE.

12. Peach center: PIT.

13. "Without a doubt": YES.

21. Crow's cry: CAW.

22. Charged particle: ION.  There are two types of IONS.  An ANION is negatively charged, having captured an electron to its outer shell.  A CATION is positively charged, having given up an electron from its outer shell.

25. "__ for You": Dylan song to his first wife: IF NOT.  Dedicated to Sara Dylan, "If Not for You" was first released on Dylan's October 1970 album New Morning. It was also issued as the A-side of a single in Europe in early 1971. Here's George Harrison's cover (lyrics).

26. British bishop's headdress: MITRE.  I like to wear one of these when I'm pontificating.  Do they spell it that way in Canada CanadianEh!?
Bishop's Mitre

27. "I Love Lucy" role: ETHEL.  Played by Vivian Vance (née Vivian Roberta Jones; July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979) was an American actress and singer. Vance was known for playing Ethel Mertz on the sitcom I Love Lucy (1951–1957), which won her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, among other accolades. In 1991, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
Vivian Vance
29. Up to now: YET.

30. Apt adjective for Stuart Little: WEEStuart Little is a 1945 American children's novel by E.B. White.  It was White's first children's book, and it is now widely recognized as a classic in children's literature.  Looks WEE to me ...

31. Eye-related: OPTIC.  Like much of our language this word is traceable back to Indo European roots.

32. CIA worker: AGENT71A met his fate in Bolivia at the hands of a CIA worker.

33. Synagogue scroll: TORAH.  The TORAH is comprised of the first 5 books of both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These books are foundational for both Judaism and Christianity.

34. Three-card con: MONTEThree-card Monte is a confidence game in which the victims, or "marks", are tricked into betting a sum of money, on the assumption that they can find the "money card" among three face-down playing cards. It is very similar to the shell game except that cards are used instead of shells.

39. Literary homage: ODE.

40. Prefix with binary: NON.

43. Sentence focus, grammatically: SUBJECT.  OTOH one could argue that the OBJECT is the objective of a sentence.

44. Newcomer: TRAINEE.  Same clue as 16A.  Identical clues are often used to indicate themers, but not in this case.

46. Attack: SET UPON.

49. Marx co-author: ENGELSFriedrich Engels, (born Nov. 28, 1820, Barmen, Rhine province, Prussia [Germany]—died Aug. 5, 1895, London, Eng.), German socialist philosopher, the closest collaborator of Karl Marx in the foundation of modern communism.
Friedrich Engels
50. '60s protest gp.: SDSStudents for a Democratic Society.  They didn't Weather too well.

51. "Word" with who or me: SEZ.

54. Montezuma follower: AZTECThe Aztecs were a Mesoamerican culture that flourished in central Mexico in the post-classic period from 1300 to 1521. The Aztec peoples included different ethnic groups of central Mexico, particularly those groups who spoke the Nahuatl language and who dominated large parts of Mesoamerica from the 14th to the 16th centuries.
Aztec Empire in 1519

55. Fail to match: CLASH.  Don't see eye to eye?   Also an English rock bandThe Clash formed in London in 1976 and were key players in the original wave of British punk rock. Billed as "The Only Band That Matters", they also contributed to the post-punk and new wave movements that emerged in the wake of punk and employed elements of a variety of genres including reggae, dub, funk, ska, and rockabilly.  Here's Rock the Casbah (lyrics).

56. Therefore: HENCE.

58. Dozens and dozens: A LOT.

59. Eroded: WORE.

60. "The Thinker" has an iconic one: POSE.  Here's one of my granddaughters POSING with the POSER at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  She is my only left-handed grandchild (see 68A).  "The Thinker" appears to be right-handed.
The Thinkers

61. Traveler's aid, briefly: GPS.  The  Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based radio-navigation system consisting of a constellation of satellites broadcasting navigation signals and a network of ground stations and satellite control stations used for monitoring and control. Currently 31 GPS satellites orbit the Earth at an altitude of approximately 11,000 miles providing users with accurate information on position, velocity, and time anywhere in the world and in all weather conditions.
GPS Satellites

62. Knock hard: RAP.  Sorry, I don't do RAP.

63. Time capsule time: ERA.   A time capsule is an historic cache of goods or information, usually intended as a deliberate method of communication with future people, and to help future archaeologists, anthropologists, or historians. The preservation of holy relics dates back for millennia, but the practice of preparing and preserving a collection of everyday artifacts and messages to the future appears to be a more recent practice. Time capsules are sometimes created and buried during celebrations such as a world's fair, a cornerstone laying for a building, or at other ceremonies.


Thanks as always to Teri for proof reading this review and making constructive suggestions.

I am happy to report that our nephew's wedding near the Gulf coast of Alabama was a truly wonderful experience.  Every person we met in Alabama was friendly, generous, and helpful.  We liked it so much we may go back there for a vacation.


Mar 30, 2022

Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Seth Bisen-Hersh


17. "Misery" co-star: JAMES CAAN.

28. Versatile award-winning Indian film star known by his initials "SRK": SHAH RUKH KHAN.

48. Oscar-nominated actress for "Paper Moon" and "Blazing Saddles": MADELINE KAHN.

63. Swindler ... or, phonetically, what each of three puzzle answers is?: CON ARTIST.

Melissa here. Four different ways to spell CON, all pronounced the same. Three out of four are names of actors. Misery is probably James Caan's most well-known movie, but I loved him most in Chapter Two, the semi-autobiographical story of Neil Simon after the death of his first wife. Marsha Mason, who played his second wife, also was his second wife. Charming movie.


1. Yoga aid that helps prevent slipping: MAT.

4. Weather report stats: LOWS. Low pressure, low temps, etc.

8. Recipe amts.: TBSPS. Tablespoons. One TBSP = three TSPs.

13. In the past: AGO.

14. Sale rack abbr.: IRREG. Irregular. Sometimes you can't even tell.

16. Linda Ronstadt's "Blue __": BAYOU.

19. Like most tennis shots: ARCED. Most sports shots - basketball, golf, etc.

20. In full view: OVERT.

21. "My turn to bat": I'M UP.

23. Cruise with a big price tag: TOM.

24. Equine control: REIN. Types and how they work.

25. Merged comm. giant: GTE. GTE Corporation, formerly General Telephone & Electronics Corporation (1955–1982), was the largest independent telephone company in the United States during the days of the Bell System.

26. On: ATOP.

33. Starting gun: PISTOL

36. Move slightly ... like a mouse?: STIR. Not a creature was stirring ...

37. Hullabaloo: ADO.

38. Cut (off): LOP.

39. Water source: TAP. Tap, faucet, spigot - what are the differences?

41. Pachuca pronoun: ESA. Pachuca de Soto, is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Hidalgo. Esa is Spanish for this.

42. URL ender: NET. As in,

43. Cycle starter: UNI. Unicycle.

44. Red letters in a dark theater: EXIT. Any Better Call Saul fans here? I am reminded of this poignant scene. Season six comes next month.

 46. Fly over Africa: TSE TSE. Nice clue.

51. Ultimatum word: ELSE.

52. Big noise: DIN. Small word for a big noise.

53. "Cornflake Girl" singer Tori: AMOS.

57. Obama __: ERA.

58. Spoken: SAID.

60. Food recall cause: ECOLI. Usually fruit and vegetables, but also undercooked meat.

61. Cop to: ADMIT.

65. Rachmaninoff's instrument: PIANO

66. Celebrity chef Eddie: HUANG.

67. Yellow or Red follower: SEA.

68. Group's belief: TENET.

69. Places to relax: SPAS.

70. Explosive letters: TNT.


1. Collegian's choice: MAJOR. Tough decision.

2. Tequila source: AGAVE.

3. "My Cousin Vinny" Oscar winner Marisa: TOMEI.

4. Suffix with craigs: LIST.

5. "LOTR" menace: ORC. Lord of the Rings.

6. Eerie apparition: WRAITH. A ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.

7. Two-__: fastballs named for the grip used to throw them: SEAMERS. With a two-seamer, the ball moves in the same direction as whichever arm is being used to throw it (meaning a right-handed pitcher gets rightward movement on a two-seamer).

8. Undetermined: Abbr.: TBA.

9. "Bluebeard's Castle" composer BÈla: BARTOK.

10. Toady: SYCOPHANT.

11. Dickinson work: POEM.

12. South of France?: SUD. French word for south.

15. Animal that sounds fresh: GNU. Pronounced "new."

18. Dadaist Max: ERNST.

22. India neighbor: PAKISTAN. See in red?

25. Star systems: GALAXIES. A galaxy is a gravitationally bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matter.

27. Wallop: THRASH.

29. Monopoly miniatures: HOTELS. Green houses, red hotels.

30. Sport-__: off-road vehicle: UTE. Short for Utility vehicle.

31. Fruit drinks: ADES.

32. A or E, but not I, O or U: NOTE. Nice.

33. Horner's surprise: PLUM. From the nursery rhyme, Little Jack Horner.

34. New Rochelle college: IONA. Private Catholic college in New Rochelle, New York.

35. Doctor Octopus foe: SPIDERMAN. Dr. Otto Octavius is a highly intelligent and prideful scientist, better known as the criminal mastermind Doctor Octopus

40. Bowler's target: PIN. Boomer!

45. Boring: TEDIOUS.

47. Sign into law: ENACT.

49. Friend of Jerry and George: ELAINE. Seinfeld.

50. Abduct: KIDNAP.

54. Damp: MOIST.

55. Elizabeth of "WandaVision": OLSEN. News to me. An American television miniseries created by Jac Schaeffer for the streaming service Disney+, based on Marvel Comics featuring the characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision.

56. Occupy, as a table: SIT AT.

57. Actress Falco: EDIE. So talented. Loved her in Horace and Pete.

59. German gripe: ACH. Sounds stern.

60. Bits of work: ERGS.

61. Fitting: APT.

62. Two-year-old, say: TOT.

64. NHL's Ducks, on scoreboards: ANA. Anaheim hockey.

Mar 29, 2022

Tuesday March 29, 2022 Rafael Musa

Theme: ALMOST NEVER (60. Rarely ... or what each set of circled letters is?) - Each circled set is an anagram of four letters in NEVER.

17. Having the same ability: ON EVEN TERMS.

24. Touch and go, grammatically: ACTION VERBS.

39. "Guilty or not guilty?": WHAT'S THE VERDICT.

48. 1939 Stephen Foster biopic: SWANEE RIVER.

Boomer again. The incomparable Haltoolah (Susan) is in New England taking care of her dad's estate. She will be back next Tuesday.  I'm happy to be here. 

C.C. said this is a LA Times debut for Rafael Musa. Congratulations!.


1. Costume: OUTFIT.  Take your time.  Halloween is 7 months away.

7. Word with friendly or interface: USER

11. NFL team leaders: QBS.  We still have Cousins.  Packers have that other guy.

14. Do very well: THRIVE.

15. Backsplash piece: TILE.  A piece for Scrabble.

16. In the style of: A LA. KING ??

19. Prom rental: TUX.  We all wore a white TUX while performing in the H.S. Glee Club. I'm on the most right.

20. Firefighting aid: HOSE.  I water my garden and lawn with one of these.

21. On the __: being broadcast: AIR.

22. In the loop: AWARE.

27. Amount to take, in an Rx: DOSAGE.  I have plenty of DOSAGES at this time.

31. Property claim: LIEN. I receive the Minneapolis Star Tribune daily.  I cannot believe how many pages are mortgage foreclosures!

32. Acting together: AS ONE.

33. Gardener's bagful: SOIL.  Ours is lying in front of the house. No bag.

35. "Good point": TRUE.

42. Back of the neck: NAPE.

43. D.C. helper: AIDE.  Do they really need help??

44. Exams for Ph.D. candidates: ORALS.

45. Top line on many an application form: NAME.

47. Deny: NAYSAY.  I never said that!

53. "Coco" studio: PIXAR.

54. Collectible records, for short: LPS.  I have a few favorites, but nothing to play them on anymore.

55. "Roll Tide" school: BAMA.  Crimson Tide.

59. Yalie: ELI.

64. Hoopla: ADO.  Much ADO about nothing.

65. Brewpub array: TAPS.  Or a bugle at a funeral.

66. In a scary way: EERILY.  Doesn't scare me.

67. Dreaming sleep stage: REM.

68. Preferred brownie piece, for some: EDGE.  Odd name for a FORD.

69. Spanish "You're welcome": DE NADA.


1. "Conversely," in texts: OTOH.  On the other hand.

2. "Hmm ... no chance": UH NO.

3. Square root of nueve: TRES.  3 X 3 is 9

4. Pillars of Islam count: FIVE.  I never counted them.

5. "__ had enough!": I'VE.  Not yet, we have more clues.

6. King-jack, e.g., in bridge: TEN ACE.

7. Wombs: UTERI.

8. Polite title: SIR.  "To Sir with love."  Lulu.

9. West __: high-end furniture outlet: ELM.  I have not heard of West Elm. 

10. Back up, as a backup: RE-SAVE.  I have RE-SAVED many baseball cards.

11. Doha's country: QATAR.  Doha is the capital city.

12. Words on a jacket: BLURB.  My jacket says 300 game and 830 Series.  March of 2009.

13. Jazz woodwinds: SAXES.

18. __ for tat: TIT.  No comment.

23. Stopped running, as a stream: WENT DRY.

24. A long time: AGES.  What we all do every year.  It never stops.

25. Tapenade ingredient: OLIVE.  Popeye's girlfriend.

26. White or Blue river: NILE.

27. First light: DAWN.  "DAWN, go away I'm no good for you."  Four Seasons.

28. Workplace safety org.: OSHA.  Changed a lot of warehouses years ago.

29. Source of some suds: SOAP.  Operas on daytime TV.  I never watch.

30. Rabbit ears: ANTENNA.  I remember those on the TV.  We don't need them anymore.

33. Less likely to speak up, maybe: SHIER.

34. Ref. work that added "freshperson" in 2021: OED. Oxford English Dictionary.

36. Narrow inlets: RIAS.

37. NCAA Bruins' home: UCLA.  Basketball team is legendary.

38. Site for handmade gifts: ETSY.  This is starting to claim fame.

40. Get under control: TAME.

41. Crowd eruption: ROAR.  Major League Baseball starts April 7th.

46. Make fizzy: AERATE.

47. Like matryoshka dolls: NESTED.  I never heard of these kind of dolls.

48. Asparagus piece: SPEAR.  Taste pretty good !

49. Olivia of "House": WILDE.

50. Set theory truth: AXIOM.

51. "Uncle!": I LOSE.

52. Corp. honchos: VPS.  Also one step away from President.

55. Swiss capital: BERN.

56. Asics competitor: AVIA.  Pants and shoes.  I think Walmart has them in stock.

57. Fuse: MELD.  I believe you can MELD cards in Canasta.

58. "Game of Thrones" girl __ Stark: ARYA.

61. Chap: LAD.

62. New car stat: MPG.  Also any car stat.  With the price of gasoline it's a bit more important.

63. Word before a birth name: NEE.  Maiden name.


Notes from C.C.:

Today we celebrate a big milestone of our ATLGranny (Judy), who turns 80 years old. Thank you for always reading all our blog spots and comments so attentively, Judy, you make our blogging job such a rewarding experience!


Mar 28, 2022

Monday March 28, 2022 Lynn Lempel

Theme: SPLIT LEVEL (60. House with short staircases, and a hint to each row of circles)

17. WWII Russian battleground: STALINGRAD. And 19. "Piece of cake!": EASY. Grade.

24. More weird: EERIER. And 26. Joint covered by a bobby sock: ANKLE. Rank.

38. Rap genre: GANGSTA. And 40. Pisa's region: TUSCANY. Status.

47. Multitude: HORDE. And 49. Mount Olympus country: GREECE. Degree.

Boomer here. This one almost went over my head, even though we live in a split-level home.  

News of the week:  I received chemo therapy last Thursday and it seems as though the side effects have increased.  The good news was the procedure was moved from the big hospital to the much smaller clinic closer to our home.  The nurse who set it up stayed in the room the whole time and was very, very efficient.


1. Composer of the "Brandenburg" concertos: BACH.  Johann with really funny hair.


5. Slack-jawed: AGOG.  I was AGOG with the chemotherapy.

9. Flows back, as the tide: EBBS.

13. Sci-fi visitor: ALIEN.

15. Prefix for second or bot: NANO.  Mork from Ork's favorite saying is NANU-NANU.

16. Paneling strip: SLAT.

20. Big to-do: HOOPLA.  Hoop in Los Angeles.

21. Rooftop satellite fixture: DISH.  We have one, and it works properly. Snow does not seem to be an issue now.

23. Animation frame: CEL.

28. Head of a manor: LORD.

31. __ Howard, director of the film "Frost/Nixon": RON.  This guy is amazing.  He's been on TV for over 50 years.


32. Dull-looking: DRAB.

33. Ostrich's kin: EMU.  I really dislike the Liberty Mutual commercials.

34. Responds to hunger pangs: EATS.  Not too much for me.  Sometimes it comes back.

35. Least common: RAREST.  I think my 1955 double headers fall into this category.

41. Done in the factory, as training: ON SITE.

42. Hairpieces: WIGS.  I do not need one.  The chemo has not yet taken my hair away.

43. Sleepy Van Winkle: RIP.  I wonder if he woke up hungry. 

44. Brewpub libations: ALES.  I never liked beer.

45. Gallery hangings: ART.  Mr. Garfunkel.

46. Concerning: AS TO.

51. Earth-friendly prefix: ECO.

52. Biblical kingdom near the Dead Sea: MOAB. In modern-day Jordan.

54. Beethoven's "Moonlight," e.g.: SONATA.

58. Latin god: DEUS.

62. Moist and chilly: DANK.  Sounds like our Minnesota weather.

63. Lascivious look: LEER.

64. Fancy cake layers: TIERS.  At every major league ballpark.

65. Samberg of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine": ANDY.  Or Amos' partner.

66. Gambler's chances: ODDS.  I know every chance at the craps tables.

67. First Bond film: DR NO.  I thought it was Goldfinger.


1. Boisterous party: BASH.  What Harmon Killebrew used to do to baseballs.


2. Choir voice: ALTO.  I was a bass, and still am.

3. Turin "ta-ta": CIAO.  See you later.

4. Lent a hand: HELPED.

5. "Life of Pi" director Lee: ANG.

6. Floral exhibits: GARDENS.  Spring is here but our garden is nowhere near ready.

7. "We're broadcasting" sign: ON AIR.

8. Many figures in the Marvel Universe: GODS.

9. Language suffix with Japan: ESE.  Also with China.

10. Ursine hibernators that might actually be brown: BLACK BEARS.  I have never seen one up close.

11. Swiss city on the Rhine: BASEL.

12. Subject for Vogue: STYLE.

14. Cairo's river: NILE.

18. Tells a story: NARRATES.

22. Annoy to death: HARASS.

25. Greek "i": IOTA. Very, Very small.

27. Agent pursuing a dealer: NARC.

28. Toymaker with worldwide theme parks: LEGO.  We have one of those parks in the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

29. Arabian sultanate: OMAN.

30. Hangs out (with): RUNS AROUND.  Hits a home run?

32. Lab procedure required of many athletes: DRUG TEST.  I am no longer an athlete, however if you tested me now, I would fail.

34. High regard: ESTEEM.

36. Agitated state: SNIT.  Too bad, life goes on.

37. Keyboarder's goof: TYPO.  Thank heaven for computers.  Just backspace and type over.  Not so well with the old Royal.

39. __ the lily: overembellish: GILD.

40. Goodyear product: TIRE.

42. Trilled like a bird: WARBLED.  I have never heard a bird WARBLE.

46. Virgil epic: AENEID.

47. Ibsen's "__ Gabler": HEDDA.  I only remember HEDDA Hopper.

48. Salty expanse: OCEAN.  We have been to the Atlantic, and the Pacific.

49. Stared in wonder: GAPED.

50. Young horse: COLT. Or Indianapolis football player.

53. Norwegian capital: OSLO.

55. Assert as true: AVER.

56. Seagull kin: TERN.

57. "What's more ... ": ALSO.

59. It can be cloudy or sunny: SKY.  Big in Montana.

61. Form 1040 org.: IRS.  Tax season again.


Notes from C.C.:

In case you missed my note yesterday, it's the Cru Dinner time again. Michael Alpern is taking a break this year, his friend Chris Aldrich will host the event, which officially kicks off the ACPT. You can read more details here.  Here's a picture of Jeffrey & Mike at the 2019 ACPT.

Jeffrey and Mike Alpern, ACPT, 3/23/2019