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Jun 21, 2020

Sunday June 21, 2020 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: "Back to Basics" - CBA spans across each theme entry.

23. "Match Game" host: ALEC BALDWIN.

29. The mariachi's guitarrón is one: ACOUSTIC BASS.

45. Whole Foods fruit: ORGANIC BANANAS.

66. Pollution concerns: PLASTIC BAGS.

72. Stretchable loop: ELASTIC BAND.

92. Widespread adverse reaction, as to a new policy: PUBLIC BACKLASH.

108. Item in Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass": PICNIC BASKET. Rich's clue. Vivid visual. Wish I had thought of it.

118. Pungent deli choice: GARLIC BAGEL.


114. Basics appearing in reverse in eight puzzle answers: ABCS.

Hope this one achieved the Gail Grabowski effect. Simple theme that's never been done. She made many of my favorite LAT puzzles.

Been a long time since I made a LAT Sunday. Good to be back to basics.


1. "True Detective," e.g.: DRAMA.

6. Worshippers of the sun god Inti: INCAS. Do you use "worshiper" or "worshippers"?

11. Chinese smartphone brand: OPPO. Ah, Rich's clue also. I'm surprised that he knows the brand. Not as big as Huawei or Xiaomi, but very well-known in China.

15. Organization with an ElderWatch program: AARP.

19. Dollar, to Enterprise: RIVAL.

20. Snookums: DEARY.

21. Rice, for one: CROP.

22. "That explains it": I SEE.

25. Arenal Volcano home: COSTA RICA.

27. Crash site?: BED.

28. Blonde __: ALE.

31. Settled on a papasan, say: SAT. Here is a nice papasan chair.

33. Senegalese-American actress __ Rae: ISSA. Her father is from Senegal.

36. Idealistic sort: DREAMER.

37. Stick up: ROB.

39. Taste in kombu kelp: UMAMI. Japanese and Koreans all use kelp or bonito or sardine for their stock. Umami-rich.

42. Team to play in SoFi Stadium: LA RAMS. SoFi Stadium is supposed to open in July 2020.

51. Do figure eights: SKATE.

53. Sarge's boss: LOOIE.

54. Unthinking: HASTY.

55. Preliminary race: HEAT.

58. Hungarian town known for its baroque buildings: EGER.

59. Bank transaction: LOAN.

60. Code creator: MORSE.

61. Comes to an end: CEASES.

63. Actress Vardalos: NIA.

64. Polite words while entering: AFTER YOU.

68. Cause of goosebumps, maybe: FEAR.

69. Called from the flock: BAAED.

71. Chip dip, casually: GUAC. Looks tasty.

76. Parents not related by blood: STEPDADS.

80. Bygone space station: MIR.

81. Last bit: TAG END.

82. Wealthy heir: SCION.

84. Mötley __: CRUE.

85. Press (down): TAMP.

87. Paleo __: DIET. Sounds better than keto diet. Still, I can't imagine a diet without lots of carbs.

88. Classic Ford, familiarly: STANG.

89. Stuffs to the gills: SATES.

90. Move furtively: SNEAK.

95. Off the mark: ERRANT.

98. Major artery: AORTA.

99. Well resource: OIL.

100. Iris rings: AREOLAS. Wish I had a better fill this area.

103. Beyoncé, to the Beyhive: IDOL.

105. "That's a shame": SAD.

113. Hamm from Alabama: MIA.

115. Black widow's creation: WEB.

117. Savory pastry: ONION TART. Well-caramelized.

122. Indian flatbread: ROTI.

123. Thickener in Asian desserts: AGAR. Our Asian grocery store is already selling the Florida lychees.

124. Rub it in: GLOAT.

125. Beckoning elision: C'MERE.

126. "Watermark" musician: ENYA.

127. Parks in American history: ROSA.

128. Snow vehicles: SLEDS.

129. Moving measurement: SPEED.


1. Uninteresting: DRAB.

2. Ticks off: RILES.

3. Minnesota-based cosmetics company: AVEDA. Shortened from "Ayurveda".  Now owned by Estee Lauder. It's based in Blaine, MN. Not far from our home. The clue is Rich's also.

4. Big __: MAC.

5. The Honest Company co-founder Jessica: ALBA.

6. Lollygags: IDLES.

7. "Game of Thrones" patriarch Stark: NED.

8. Cornfield cry: CAW.

9. Diva's time to shine: ARIA.

10. Good thing for teammates to be in: SYNC.

11. Take place: OCCUR.

12. Everyday language: PROSE.

13. __ Service: POSTAL.

14. Kia sedan: OPTIMA.

15. Bus stopper: AIR BRAKE.

16. Iraq is about 1% of it: ASIA. Interesting trivia. Rich's clue also.

17. Suggestions, for short: RECS. Recommendations.

18. Samosa veggies: PEAS.

24. Excuse in court: ALIBI.

26. Taiwanese laptops: ACERS. Also our monitor. Great quality.

30. Father of Thor: ODIN.

32. Office newbies: TRAINEES.

34. Legacy creator: SUBARU.

35. Stockpile: AMASS.

38. Number of Scrabble X-tiles: ONE.

40. Initial fee: ANTE.

41. Star Wars Day month: MAY.

43. 805-year-old document: MAGNA CARTA.

44. "Shrek!" author William: STEIG.

45. Paella pot: OLLA.

46. Place for solar panels: ROOF.

47. Billy's caretaker: GOAT FARMER.

48. High-fashion shoemaker Jimmy: CHOO. His original name is Chow, but misspelled on his birth certificate as Choo. Jimmy Choo is Malaysian Chinese. Chow, Chou, Zhou are all the same Chinese character. So Zhou qin = Chou Chin (C.C.). 

49. Winning: AHEAD.

50. They're often choppy: SEAS.

52. Periods of note: ERAS.

56. Winter hrs. in Halifax: AST.

57. "Lip Sync Battle" commentator Chrissy: TEIGEN. Married to John Legend.

60. Numerous: MYRIAD.

61. A.L. Central team: CLE.

62. Fish commonly known as a porgy: SCUP.

65. Band named for a rodent: RATT. Rich added the "rodent" hint.

66. Launch site: PAD.

67. They might be game changers: BAD CALLS.

69. Language group including Zulu: BANTU.

70. Furthermore: AND.

72. Defib experts: EMTS.

73. "Big Little Lies" novelist Moriarty: LIANE. Here she is with Reese Witherspoon plays a main character in the TV series.

74. Sci-fi film FX: CGI.

75. Clown car noise: BEEP.

76. Mythical mariner: SINBAD.

77. Forum wrap: TOGA.

78. Cost of belonging: DUES.

79. Meeting, casually: SESH. Session.

82. Tend to the sauce: STIR.

83. Mojave natives: CACTI.

86. "Knowing all the facts": Woody Allen: PARANOIA. Also Rich's clue.

88. __-pitch: SLO.

89. Stick in the snow: SKI.

91. "Grant County" crime novelist Slaughter: KARIN. She also wrote "Pieces of Her".

93. Lie in the sun: BASK.

94. Baby's ailment: COLIC.

96. Hummingbird food: NECTAR.

97. Island near Trinidad: TOBAGO.

101. "__ Theme": "Doctor Zhivago" tune: LARA'S.  "Doctor Zhivago" is such a classic.

102. Stars, to Cicero: ASTRA.

104. Skips: OMITS.

106. "Shucks!": AW GEE.

107. Tractor giant: DEERE.

108. Study, with "over": PORE.

109. Privy to: IN ON.

110. __ limits: CITY.

111. Breakfast staple: EGGS. Not in our home. Boomer's breakfast is always cold cereal.  I've been on a red bean congee kick.

112. 12 ounces, at Starbucks: TALL.

116. Ran: BLED.

119. Blini topping: ROE.

120. Young chap: LAD.

121. Increase, with "up": AMP.

Best wishes for Abejo in your cancer treatments in the next few weeks. Boomer had some bad side effects, but his pain subsided considerably after the radiation.

Take good care of yourself, Agnes (the other April 5 baby on our blog), you were brave to get yourself into the house. 


Apr 25, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020, C.C. Burnikel

Themeless Saturday by C.C. Burnikel

Our dear blogmistress C.C. has given us a real Saturday challenge today. Her multicultural knowledge never fails to amaze! This is her comment about the puzzle:

"I sent in this puzzle on June 17, 2019 and it was accepted on August 26, 2019. Just a standard 72-word grid with triple stacks on each corner. " [Husker comment: "Yeah right!]

I only do Saturday puzzles online because I want to do them in advance to better blog them. I was shocked when I put in the A to complete DAE and TEASEL, as you see below, which were unknown to me and as you see, I got the Congratulations message! Patience and educated guesses won the day for me as I got my first real 14. Initial access points: TOEHOLDS at the bottom.

C.C. and me                                                 Final screen image 
                                                                        after successful solve
Now let's take a look at what C.C. calls "just a standard 72-word grid with triple stacks in the corners" 


1. "Stop kidding yourself": LET'S BE REAL - My response when C.C. said, "Gary you can construct puzzles like I do"

11. Hits or runs: STAT.

15. The Canadian film "Away From Her" is based on one of her short stories: ALICE MUNRO - Alice's The Bear Came Over The Mountain was the basis for this powerful film about Alzheimer's disease. 

16. Lima locale: OHIO - C.C.! Okay, Peru would be too easy on Saturday 

17. Turn sometimes prohibited: RIGHT ON RED 

18. Take risks: DARE.

19. Historian Yuval Noah Harari's country: Abbr.: ISR The website for this Israeli-born historian

20. Target for a hook: HOOP - Clever, C.C., not a CHIN! Kareem called this shot his Sky Hook and here Dave Cowens is finding it impossible to block

21. Hidden difficulty: CATCH 

22. Fish in a poke bowl: AHI - Poke is Hawaiian for slice. This is typically Ahi or Yellowfin tuna, that's cubed and layered up with a satisfying serving of sticky rice and power-packed pickles

23. "Are you comin'?": WANNA GO? - I have developed an ear as to whether my wife really means, "I want you to go along, Gary"

25. "Patrick Melrose" network, briefly: SHO Starring Benedict Cumberbatch on SHOwtime

26. "Take a bite!": TASTE IT - Let's get Mikey to try it

28. Awaiting trial, maybe: ON BAIL - Usually one hears "OUT ON BAIL"

30. Chutney fruit: APRICOT Recipe

33. "Elusive Butterfly" singer Bob: LIND - A one hit wonder that dredges up memories of my college days

34. Zero hour: START -  Zero Hour (1957), the movie that the Zuckers turned into Airplane (1980), the funniest movie I've ever seen.

37. "Not a huge fan": MEH.

38. Traitor: JUDAS 

39. __ stick: POGO.

40. Get the job done: DELIVER.

42. "And here I thought I was the only one": YOU TOO? - My reply to, "I had trouble with TA-NEHISI in Debbie Ellerin's puzzle two weeks ago."

44. Ionic and Versa: FITBITS - Didn't know/had to be

48. __ run: SKI.

49. Internet security company acquired by Carbonite in 2019: WEBROOT.

52. Bug snare: NET.

53. Berry on-screen: HALLE - My fav Cat Woman

55. Count equivalent: EARL - Yes this sandwich chain was founded by John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich

56. "The Good Doctor" actor Daniel __ Kim: DAE - I knew him from here

57. Conform to: OBEY.

58. Most prevalent grape in Chianti: SANGIOVESE - No chance for me but it filled itself in

61. Snapper rival: TORO - I've had both but I went battery power this time and love it so far

62. Longtime clothing tag: UNION LABEL Look for the UNION LABEL

63. Symbol of grace: SWAN.

64. "You deserve better": DON'T SETTLE 


1. It's thrown at rodeos: LARIAT.

2. Cuthbert of "24": ELISHA - It appears ELISHA is not a male

3. River through Iraq: TIGRIS.

4. MIT, for one: SCH.

5. Ante matter?: BET - Cute again. File POT under "Right Idea, Wrong Word"

6. Style characterized by long bangs brushed to one side: EMO HAIR - Okay...

7. Arrive as scheduled: RUN ON TIME - Mussolini's train claim

8. 2001 scandal subject: ENRON - It cost my uncle his dignity and his pension

9. Colombian cornmeal cake: AREPA - An AREPA cheese sandwich

10. City served by Ben-Gurion airport: LOD - A 14 minute Uber ride

11. Common mixer: SODA.

12. "However ... ": THAT SAID.

13. Carrier with a Chengdu hub: AIR CHINA - Speaking of air travel, it takes over a day to fly from Chengdu to Ben Gurion airport via AIR CHINA with stops in Shanghai and Addis Ababa 

21. Mexican menu preposition: CON - I like my chili CON carne

23. Turned blue?: WEPT 
and 24. Understood: GOT - John WEPT when he GOT this

27. Card worth a fortune?: TAROT.

29. Dust jacket promo: BLURB Here's the BLURB for this book 
47. "Fifty Shades of Grey" heroine Ana __: STEELE 

31. Collectible frame: CEL.

32. "Oops, slipped my mind": OH I FORGOT

34. Unauthorized photos of yet-to-be-released cars: SPY SHOTS - It's a thing!'s best SPY SHOTS

35. Acknowledged applause: TOOK A BOW - "I'll bet you made the cutest BOW"

36. "Beautiful" singer: AGUILERA - Christina

38. "I Love Rock 'n Roll" singer: JETT - Ya gotta love it!

40. Generic surname: DOE.

41. String section: VIOLINS

43. Be shy: OWE and 
45. Seeing red?: IN DEBT - You've gotta have some miles on your tires to know who is saying this (Answer at the bottom *).

46. Plant with prickly leaves: TEASEL - A Eurasian plant that has never crossed my path

50. Bingo relative: BEANO - Parker Brothers said you could call it either one

51. Took to the cooler: RAN IN - That was Danno's job

54. City north of Marseille: LYON 
Marseille est presque au SUD de LYON

59. Spirited cheer: OLE 

60. Winery vessel: VAT - What Lucy looked like (in color) after the famous VAT scene

*That indebted hamburger consumer is Popeye's friend Wimpy (late addition)

Comments for C.C.?

Notes from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to Kazie (Kay), who started contributing to our blog a few months after I started. I've benefited greatly from her knowledge of German & French.

Kay and her husband Barry on Tamborine Mountain, overlooking Brisbane

Feb 22, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, C.C. Burnikel

Saturday Themeless Puzzle by C.C. Burnikel

Today we get a very nice themeless effort from our resident den mother C.C. Here you can see her with yours truly when Joann and I visited with her and Boomer in our hotel lobby in Minneapolis while we were there for a wedding. I'm not sure how often she wears that Husker shirt but I it gave me a lot of pleasure to give it to her.

She and this website has been an invaluable addition to my life after retirement. We have collaborated on a few puzzles but I really value our exchanges about themes, fill and titles plus events in our private lives.

C.C. also has served as a portal for me to make contact with the wonderful 35. Buddies, in slang: PEEPS who frequent this site. I am honored she has trusted me to take over the Saturday blogging. You can not imagine how patient she was with me when I started. She had more faith in my abilities than I did.

When I asked her about this puzzle and its seemingly random long fill, she replied, "I don't have any note for the puzzle. Sorry. The long fill for themeless are always random, unless there's a mini theme where two entries are placed symmetrically. The goal is just to get the smoothest fill possible."

Let's  see what Zhouqin has for us today:


1. Rubber-stamped item?: INK PAD.

7. Rose's record 14,053: AT BATS Every major league dugout has Rule 21, which you see below, posted in it. Among other things Rule 21 forbids betting on games. Pete walked past it on his way to every one of the AT BATS but he not only bet on games, he lied about it for years and so The Hall Of Fame continues to deny him entrance.

13. Dessert for one, maybe: MINI PIE.

15. Cotton farm threat: WEEVIL - Brook Benton's distinctive voice gives us a song about the Boll WEEVIL

16. Handlers for a mixologist: ICE TONGS - We tend to use our hands here at home

18. Joey of *NSYNC: FATONE - Any real fan would know which one he is. Uh, I don't, but will identify him at the bottom * if you're interested

19. Liquid meas.: GAL.

20. Mythical mount that flies: PEGASUS - A real find on American Pickers features this mythical mount

22. '90s sitcom "__ and Stacey": NED It ran for a year and a half

23. Maintained: HELD - Some views pols HELD years ago have come back to haunt them

25. Invalid: NULL and void

26. Steep projection: CRAG - Would you walk out on a CRAG like this?

27. Shocker on a cop's belt: TASER.

29. High words: ODE - Words of high praise

30. "All done!": THERE.

31. Light lunch choices: VEGGIE WRAPS 

34. Pinkish nail polish shade: CORAL - Redux from last Saturday

36. "That could work": NOT A BAD IDEA - 59. Sent revealing messages: SEXTED - Not so much!

38. Sheets, e.g.: LINEN and 45. One might be fit for a king: SHEET - Ah yes, we honor presidents with SHEET and LINEN sales in February

39. Score half: TEN - Honest Abe is the only reason we know that a "score" is 20.

40. Stadium souvenirs: STUBS - The average cost of Super Bowl ticket STUBS over the years

44. Some are random and kind: ACTS.

45. Alone, in a way: STAG - Going STAG is pretty rare for me now

46. Maui, for one: ISLE - I'd better take along a Snickers Bar

47. "Told ya!": SEE.

48. Hillary aides: SHERPAS - Five days after New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and his SHERPA Tenzig Norgay reached the crown of Mt. Everest in 1953, another crown was in the UK news

51. Springfield small business owner: MOE - Moe's Bar and not Apu's convenience store

52. Taste test need: TONGUE - that middle area sees playing time in our puzzles

54. Sun spot?: SOLARIUM 8. Hot spots?: TEAS - I suspect C.C. might have a spot of TEA daily in a Sun Spot SOLARIUM

56. Major course: ENTREE - My birthday ENTREE is a filet at Brother Sebastians in Omaha

57. Team on a football field: DEFENSE - "Push 'em back! Push 'em back! Waaay back!"

58. About 25% of California: DESERT.


1. "Maybe": I MIGHT.

2. City for which a creed is named: NICAEA - Constantine got Christian leaders together in 325 A.D. and they mostly agreed on the Nicene Creed. Dissenters were exiled.

3. Solemn sounds: KNELLS Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard - The curfew tolls the KNELL of parting day," Thomas Gray

4. Date center: PIT - Same for a peach, apricot, et al

5. Each: A POP - The Michelin tires I bought last week were around $200 A POP

6. It goes with wine: DINE - I have never been wined and dined. I got a Big Mac once...

7. Really bad: AWFUL.

9. Get in the pool: BET - Pools like this were very common in our teacher's lounge 

10. Sellers of some beauty products: AVON REPS 

11. Problems for ones making notes?: TIN EARS - An observation from our crossword friend Ari I've used before

12. Heavy hitter: SLEDGE.

14. Starbucks holiday drink: EGGNOG LATTE - Yikes!

17. Many an Arab News reader: SAUDI.

21. Capsule for a nap: SLEEPING POD - Students at the British Columbia Institute of Technology can catch a safe and secure nap between classes in these PODS. I'll bet last week's constructor Julian Lim has studied the effectiveness of this practice 

24. Allocates: DEVOTES.

26. Flatbread similar to naan: CHAPATI - CHAPATI and Keema curry

28. Showed over: RERAN - When Sienfeld episodes are RERAN, Jerry and Larry David make millions

30. According to the poet's oldest son, it was written "by a window looking down a wooded hill": TREES Alfred Joyce Kilmer's poem

32. Shoot the breeze: GAB.

33. Unite: WED - An "L" can be inserted and the clue would still work 

34. What's inside: CONTENTS - Do you really want that Hungry Man Breakfast? 

36. "Impressive!": NICE ONE.

37. Sweeties: DEARS.

38. Went the distance: LASTED.

41. Where a lot of money is made: U.S. MINT - Will/should they quit minting pennies?

42. Top: BLOUSE 43. Appeared: SEEMED - It SEEMED Jerry agreed to wear this Pirate BLOUSE when he couldn't hear the "low talker" who asked him to

48. Litigant: SUER.

49. Bass and such: ALES - A 1953 vintage ad for Bass

50. Call at a base: SAFE - Some umpires maintain there is no such thing as "Tie goes to the runner". You're either SAFE or out

53. Hurdle for srs.: GRE - The Graduate Record Exam shows up here with the LSAT, PSAT, ACT, et al

55. Dog in the Reagan White House: REX - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel REX, takes first couple for a walk

Any comments for our Minneapolis sister?

*Joey is the second from the right on Justin Timberlake's right side