Aug 8, 2022

Monday August 8, 2022 Beth Rubin

Theme: YOLO (73. "Carpe diem" acronym spelled out by the starts of the answers to the starred clues)

20. *"I can't capture how amazing that was!": YOU HAD TO BE THERE.

35. *Fallible in very ordinary ways: ONLY HUMAN.

46. *Spend extravagantly: LIVE LARGE.

57. *Very rarely: ONCE IN A BLUE MOON.

Boomer here. 

I am pretty sure that James Bond lived twice! Well, as you are reading this, I am probably at the big VA health center in Minneapolis learning if my new chemo drugs are doing their job.  So far the side effects have been manageable.


1. Chocolate dogs: LABS. In the chemist's workplace.

5. Culinary plants: HERBS.  Twins once had an announcer named Herb Carneal.

10. "Ready for my cat treat!": MEOW.

14. Zone: AREA.

15. Prefix with -phobia: AGORA.  No, I do not have a fear of the crowded VA hospital.

16. Surfer's swell: WAVE.  I remember the 1987 World Series when we all WAVED our Homer Hankies.

17. "The Great Pottery Throw Down" material: CLAY.  Also great boxer Cassius.

18. Tag player's cry: NOT IT.

19. State firmly: AVER.  AVOW did not work.

23. Form 1040 org.: IRS.  Everyone's favorite government enemy.

24. Smell awful: REEK.  In the old days - Outhouse aroma.

25. Museum-funding org.: NEA.

28. College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa: COE.  Twins minor league team is also there.

30. Doze: NOD OFF.  Not now.  CC wants me to work.

39. Enjoy with relish: SAVOR.  I SAVOR a hot dog or brat with relish.

40. Country star McEntire: REBA.  "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

41. Divided island of Southeast Asia: TIMOR.

43. Actress Hatcher: TERI.  She played Sidra on Seinfeld.  I think I've seen every episode. I cannot stand George.

44. With sincerity: TRULY.  Opposite of Liely.

48. Household skills class, for short: HOME EC.  I went to an all- boys high school.  This class was not offered.

50. "That's __-brainer!": A NO.

51. Kristen's "The Good Place" co-star: TED. Danson. 


52. "Mean Girls" screenwriter Fey: TINA.

55. Egg cells: OVA.

65. Winter fabric: WOOL.  Time to stock up here.  December is coming.

66. Water from France: EVIAN. They sponsor an LPGA golf tournament.

67. "What fun!": WHEE. Roller coaster word.

68. Periods of time: ERAS. Pitchers' stat.

69. First responder: MEDIC.  I am still able to get to the VA center.  Don't need a medic. Just my Santa Fe. Can you believe I have not turned the odometer to 10,000 miles yet?

70. Lively, in mus.: ANIM.

71. URL destination: SITE.

72. Coeur d'__, Idaho: ALENE.  My cousin lives in Twin Falls.


1. Full of frills: LACY.

2. "Alice's Restaurant" singer Guthrie: ARLO.  "You can get anything you want" there. 

3. Sweetheart: BEAU.

4. Greet casually, with "to": SAY HI.  Hello there!

5. Distributes, as flyers: HANDS OUT.  Halloween is October 31.

6. "Grand slam" earned by Jennifer Hudson, for short: EGOT. "E" must have got a Homer.

7. Piece in a LEGO helicopter set: ROTOR.  LEGO display at our Mall of America,  C.C. really likes that shopping mall, however gunfire there made the news last week.

8. Illegal payoff: BRIBE.

9. Shiny fabric: SATEEN.

10. "Kisses, dahling": MWAH.  This does not seem like a word, or am I too fussy?

11. Gutter locale: EAVE.  Ours get full of leaves. Looking at "Leaf  filter"

12. Eggs __ easy: OVER.  I like mine scrambled.

13. Used to be: WERE.  My legs WERE better.

21. Curved part of a foot: ARCH.  Big one in St. Louis.  I saw it when I went to game 5 of the 1987 World Series, but I did not ride up.

22. Boxing ref's calls: TKOS. Technical Knockouts.

25. Toward the Arctic Circle: NORTH.  Our "Land of 10,000 Lakes" is fairly NORTH. 

26. Month before febrero: ENERO.

27. Photo book: ALBUM.  We also used to call 33 1/3 vinyl Albums.  I still have a few, but no record player.

29. Czech track legend Zátopek: EMIL.

31. Spreadsheet input: DATA.  Lotsa work.

32. Out in the open: OVERT.

33. Make a fake of: FORGE.  You're almost done.  FORGE ahead.

34. Like tempura: FRIED. Or chicken, fish, eggs, and rice. I'm hungry.

36. Ivy League school in Connecticut: YALE.

37. "__ dreaming?": AM I.  "California Dreamin'".  Mamas and Papas.

38. __ Scotia: NOVA.  Old time Chevy compact.

42. Give up formally: RENOUNCE.  Never give up without a fight.

45. Himalayan Bigfoot: YETI.

47. Rom-com subject: LOVE.  Makes the world go 'round.

49. Movie house: CINEMA.  We have not been since "Borat".

53. __ orange: NAVEL. Belly button.

54. Put up with: ABIDE.

56. Multilevel marketing giant: AMWAY.  Home party brushes and stuff.

57. Has bills to pay: OWES.  "I OWE, I OWE, so off to work I go.

58. Edible seaweed: NORI.  I would not eat it!

59. Parka, e.g.: COAT.  Parka has a hood.

60. Alternatively: ELSE. A coat usually does not.

61. Reclined: LAIN.

62. Dismayed cry: OH NO.  Missed a four-foot putt!

63. Trompe l'__: optical illusion: OEIL.

64. Missing fish in a Pixar film: NEMO.  Jules Verne creation.


Notes from C.C.:

Gary and Joann and their family celebrated his mother-in-law Martha's 100-year-old birthday on Saturday. Here are a few beautiful pictures:



All of us watching Power Point

Joann, Gary, her twin Jocye with husband Ron

Martha and great-great granddaughter who is 99 years younger playing with a balloon.



Aug 7, 2022

Sunday, August 7, 2022 Scott Hogan & Christina Iverson

Theme: "Al-addin'" - Al is added to each familiar phrase.

23. Extremely harsh bubbly?: BRUTAL CHAMPAGNE. Brut champion.

35. Enjoy a long career as a telegraph operator?: SIGNAL ONE'S LIFE AWAY. Sign one's life away.

56. To catch some rays or to sleep every day until noon, e.g.?: GOAL ON VACATION. Go on vacation.

65. Income from Birkenstock investments?: SANDAL DOLLARS. Sand dollars.

79. Chef's job?: MEAL GENERATION. Me generation.

92. Trying a new brand of ointment?: CHANGING THE TOPICAL. Changing the topic.

113. Annual gala held on April 15?: INCOME TAX FORMAL. Income tax form.

Scott and Christina might not have the dash in "Al-addin" for their original title. Patti might feel it's needed as some solvers might miss it. 

Tight and consistent set. Five first word changes, two last word changes. AL is always added to the end. Some straying ALs, but they result in some excellent entries.   

Congrats on your LAT debut, Scott!


1. Blast that may invert an umbrella: GUST. Fresh clue angle! And 5. Float on the breeze: WAFT.

9. Soft "Hey, you!": PSST.

13. Golf course rentals: CARTS.

18. To no __: fruitlessly: AVAIL.

20. Actress Fisher who writes the "Marge in Charge" kids' books: ISLA.

21. Raise: REAR.

22. Mythical hunter: ORION.

26. Gossipy sort: YENTA.

27. Terse: LACONIC.

28. Sandra's "Speed" co-star: KEANU.

29. Toy on display, say: SHOW DOG.

31. __ contact: EYE. In Korea, it's rude to make eye contact with your elders or bosses when they scold you. Same in China.

32. "SNL" alum Gasteyer: ANA.

33. Sprain soother: ICE.

34. __ noire: BETE.

43. First, second, or third place: BASE. I had difficulty lifting Boomer from his chair on Friday. When I finally did, I said "We're a great team!" He said he's the shortstop because he makes all the plays. I'm the pitcher because I give up home runs.

46. Kick off: START.

47. Nonetheless: YET.

48. Place for a stud: LOBE.

49. Italian fashion giant: ARMANI. At least, they're not so logo-y.

52. Minute Maid brand: HI C.

53. "Mice love it to death" brand: D CON.

55. "Hey-o!": HOLLA.

59. Deliberate: CONFER.

60. Yukon automaker: GMC.

61. Target Field player: TWIN. Everyone likes Byron Buxton.

62. "Barefoot Contessa" host Garten: INA.

63. Cast a ballot: VOTE.

64. Chatter: YAK.

69. __ deco: ART.

72. Item often adorned with feathers: LURE. And 73. Item often adorned with feathers: BOA.

74. "It makes sense now": I SEE. 76. "Word on the street is ... ": I HEARD.

75. Apt name for a lawn care expert: MOE. Mow. Chairman at our Crossword Corner.

83. Dull, in a way: MATTE.

84. Salsa option: MILD. And 72. Salsa, for one: LATIN DANCE.

85. Fútbol cheer: OLE.

86. Angioplasty implants: STENTS.

87. Italian wine region: ASTI.

88. Triumphed: WON.

89. Entire range: GAMUT. Always run.

91. Misplace: LOSE.

98. Bilingual cartoon explorer: DORA. The Explorer.

99. Become unsafe to eat: ROT.

100. Tarnish: MAR.

101. Umami source, briefly: MSG. It's in shio kombu. Tasty.

104. Intimate __: APPAREL.

107. Utterly unskilled: INEPT.

110. Graffiti tag seen in Springfield: EL BARTO.

112. __ shot: SLING.

116. For this reason: HENCE.

117. Commotion: STIR. And 118. Left dreamland: WOKE.

119. Christopher of "Superman": REEVE.

120. Makes less strict: EASES.

121. Enlightened sounds: AHAS.

122. Places to feel kneaded?: SPAS. Ha.

123. Flower holder: STEM.


1. Iowa wrestling legend Dan: GABLE. Learning moment for me.

2. Sunlamp danger, briefly: UV RAY.

3. Hollandaise, e.g.: SAUCE.

4. Bandleader Puente: TITO.

5. Book of Shadows readers: WICCANS. From Wikipedia: A Book of Shadows is a book containing religious text and instructions for magical rituals found within the Neopagan religion of Wicca.

6. Louisville Slugger wood: ASH.

7. Criticism: FLAK.

8. Far from daring: TAME.

9. Ride proudly: PRANCE.

10. Fluid transitions: SEGUES.

11. __ Antonio: SAN.

12. "Fantastique!": TRES BIEN! And another great fill: 14. "Anyone else around?": ARE WE ALONE.

13. South Dakota's state animal: COYOTE.

15. Marmalade chunk: RIND. I never had marmalade.

16. "Rosanna" band: TOTO.

17. Catch: SNAG.

19. Maui neighbor: LANAI.

24. CNN's "This Is Life With Lisa __": LING. Sister of Laura Ling.

25. Put on a coat: PAINT.

30. Weight: HEFT.

35. Special ops acronym: SEAL. Jacko here.

36. Within reach: AT HAND.

37. Non-clerical: LAIC.

38. Porpoise kin: ORCA. 96. 38-Down offspring: CALF.

39. Rhône city: LYON.

40. Scarf (down): WOLF.

41. Willing partner: ABLE.

42. Banner __: YEAR.

43. Like some pants: BAGGY. Like this pair.

44. Enticing smell: AROMA.

45. Loud slap: SMACK.

50. On the fence: NOT SURE. I'm still stuck into the skinny jeans era.

51. Toward the center: INWARD.

53. Bedrock pet: DINO.

54. Beehive oven input: COAL.

55. Stressful spot: HOT SEAT. We had a stressful week. Thanks to those who have called or emailed to help us.

57. Hollywood crosser: VINE.

58. __ pool: TIDAL.

59. Apple gadgets: CORERS. Real apple. Then 76. Apple that comes in seven colors: IMAC.

63. See 79-Down: VASE. 79. With 63-Down, priceless porcelain piece: MING.

66. Genesis brother: ABEL.

67. Laundry basket measure: LOAD.

68. Roster submitted to an umpire: LINEUP.

69. __ acid: AMINO.

70. Turnips and parsnips: ROOTS. My favorite root: daikon.

71. On edge: TENSE.

77. Leftovers dish: HASH.

78. "At Last" singer James: ETTA.

80. Nanny __: GOAT.

81. Muppet host of "The Not-Too-Late Show": ELMO.

82. Giveaway at the poker table: TELL.

84. Painting that reportedly has its own Louvre mailbox: MONA LISA. Makes sense.

88. Hidden mic: WIRE.

89. "Don't let those people escape!": GET 'EM.

90. Durable watches: TIMEXES.

93. Ravines: GORGES.

94. "Lucifer" actress Helfer: TRICIA.

95. Accolades: HONORS.

97. Shady place: ARBOR.

101. Mascot Hall of Fame inductee from Queens: MR MET. I did not know there's a Mascot Hall of Fame. Wikipedia says "It was founded by David Raymond, who was the original Phillie Phanatic from 1978 to 1993." Our T.C. Bear is not there.

102. Fend (off): STAVE.

103. Clay creature of Jewish folklore: GOLEM.

104. Tennis legend Arthur: ASHE.

105. Courtroom entry: PLEA.

106. ATM codes: PINS.

108. Church supporters?: PEWS. Another fun clue. We left the church earlier last Saturday as Boomer experienced nausea.

109. Mostly removable roof: T TOP.

111. Mars counterpart: ARES.

114. To the __ degree: NTH.

115. Handle letters?: AKA.

Boomer completed his OT sessions on Wednesday. Tomorrow we're going to the big VA for one more blood draw and meeting with his oncologist to see if the new oral chemo is working. Boomer will also receive a bone strengthener injection.


Aug 6, 2022

Saturday, August 6, 2022, C.C. Burnikel

Saturday Themeless by C.C. Burnikel 

My favorite honorary
Today our wonderful ringmistress steps forward with a lovely Saturday Themeless puzzle. Here are her comments:

This puzzle has quite a bit of clue changes. I'm rusty at making themeless, especially the cluing part. As for the fill, I remember coming up with the upper right stack quickly, then struggling with the connecting Downs to the lower stack.



1. Includes, briefly: CCS - C'mon, starting a puzzle with your own initials is pretty cool!

4. Bell hooks work whose title comes from a line often attributed to Sojourner Truth: AIN'T I A WOMAN Info on this very interesting woman (including why she uses no capital letters with her name) and 
11. Sojourner Truth forte: ORATION.


15. Prune: LOP.

16. Pink flower with a yellow center: PRAIRIE ROSE - The N.D. state flower

17. "Oklahoma!" Tony winner Stroker: ALI - The first wheelchair user to win a Tony. In her speech she dedicated the award to all people who think a disability has to hold you back.


18. Mayonnaise-based condiment: TARTAR SAUCE.

19. Jedi on Dagobah: YODA - Oh yeah, there's another Star Wars character that had four letters and ends in an "A"

21. Taskbar lineup: ICONS - Here's the one we bloggers use for our postings

22. Walked: TROD.

23. Negligent: REMISS.

25. Aim: POINT.

27. "Born a __": Trevor Noah memoir: CRIME - The story of his childhood in the twilight of apartheid in South Africa

28. __ pool: STENO.

30. Elements of Byzantine architecture: DOMES - The epitome of this architecture is said to be the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (Constantinople when it was built in the 6th century).

31. Last-minute participant: LATE ENTRY - The owner of this year's Kentucky Derby Rich Strike  found out 30 seconds before the deadline that his horse would be allowed to run. This filly won with 80-1 odds against her.

Notice Rich Strike is wearing #21
in the 20 horse race.

35. Journalist Tarbell: IDA - This muckraker got Standard Oil declared a monopoly that had to be broken up.

36. Award with a Journalistic Integrity category: PEABODY - Judy Woodruff was the 2021 winner

38. Quebec street: RUE - There is a McDonalds is at 760 RUE Bouvier, Québec, QC G2J 1A3, Canada

39. Equal-pay issue: GENDER GAP - Our pay scale was the same for all when I was teaching.

41. Whirlpool subsidiary: AMANA.

43. Strike force?: UNION.

44. Jellyfish's lack: BRAIN - Here ya go!

45. Medicare Advantage program: PART C

47. Hawk: PEDDLE.

48. Self-referential: META - META crossword clues refer to the clue itself such as recent 42. Head for Vegas?: LAS.

49. Best possible: IDEAL.

52. Forgets to charge the phone, say: ERRS.

54. "Okay, you got me": I DON'T DENY IT.

57. NPR host Shapiro: ARI All things considered and...

58. Mail with a North Pole return address: SANTA LETTER.

59. __-de-sac: CUL - 18th century Fr. for "bottom of the sack". Today: dead end street.

60. Multipurpose piece: SLEEPER SOFA - How 'bout sofa/bunk beds

61. Problem that often grows with fame: EGO.


1. Tandoor material: CLAY - CLAY ovens seen in India and Pakistan

2. System with shades of meaning: COLOR CODE - Here are some colors and the HTML CODE

3. Character who debuted in the 1962 comic book "Amazing Fantasy": SPIDERMAN.

4. Germane: APT.

5. Game challenge: I RAISE - Poker

6. Busters: NARCS.

7. Nickname of vodka-maker Beveridge: TITO - A shortening of founder Bertito Beveridge's name

8. Home country of Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi: IRAN His IMDB

9. Flight number: AIR SPEED.

10. Director Anderson: WES.

12. Grieve: MOURN.

13. Broad tie: ASCOT.

14. Sine qua non: NEED.

20. Brest friend: AMIE - Brest is a city in the far west of France

24. "That did me in": I'M SPENT.

26. Minor gridiron gain: ONE YARD - Seattle needed ONE YARD to win a Super Bowl but stupidly decided to pass and the ball was intercepted and the Super Bowl was lost.

28. Nick who's coached four Heisman winners at Alabama: SABAN - My Class of '64 classmate was the pilot for Nick SABAN'S recruiting plane for years

29. Sporty car roof: T-TOP.

30. Unkind remark: DIG.

31. Vacaciones destination: LAGO.

Lago de Sant Maurici 

(Lleida, Catalonia, Spain)

32. Rugged contest: TRAIL RACE - Not a road race!

33. Hallway accent: RUNNER RUG.

34. House call?: YEA.

37. "Spamalot" co-creator: ERIC IDLE - A member of the Monty Python comedy troupe

40. Vaudeville great: DURANTE - Vaudeville, radio, movies and TV

42. Cooked: MADE.

44. Faith: BELIEF.

45. Use the elliptical: PEDAL.

46. Make reparations: ATONE.

47. Check words: PAY TO.

48. Major in transgender activism: MISS - I had/have no idea but C.C. assured me that this was her clue/fill

50. Bucks in a forest: DEER.

51. Treebeard and friends: ENTS - Frequent visitors here

53. Isolated work group: SILO.
55. Touch a touchscreen: TAP.

56. Part of a chorus line?: TRA - Followed by la la...