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Showing posts with label Dana Olsen. Show all posts
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Sep 28, 2014

Sunday September 28, 2014 Dana Olsen

Theme: "Ah, Me!" - Clues are key today, all two words in the pattern of * Me.

23A. "Trust me" : TAKE MY WORD FOR IT. For the first/last theme slot, 15's are easier than 13's to deal with.

39A. "On me" : THIS IS MY TREAT. Heard this a lot in Guangzhou.

71A. "Help me" : HOW ABOUT A HAND?. A middle 13-letter entry is like a middle 7 in a 15*15.

100A. "Tell me" : WHAT'S THE STORY?

118A. "Search me" : I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE. "Beats me" works as well.

16D. "Let me" : I'LL BE GLAD TO DO THAT. Two long 17's in the Down slots today.

33D. "Kiss me" : PLANT ONE RIGHT HERE

I saw no label for Dana Olsen in our blog, so this must be a debut. Congratulations! 

This grid is expertly laid out with only 68 black squares, sure feels like it's designed by an old pro.

Across:

1. Man with memorable thumbs : EBERT (Roger). Straight shooter.

6. Watch displays, briefly : LCDs

10. Indian butter : GHEE. Secret to good naan.

14. Brief concession : I GIVE. The "brief" made me think the answer is an abbr.

19. Opposite of neo- : PALEO

20. Childlike sci-fi race : ELOI

21. __ cloud: distant solar system region : OORT

22. "Amadeus" director Forman : MILOS. Liked the movie. Don't remember the director. Wiki said he also directed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.



 
26. Latvians, e.g. : BALTS

27. Caribbean music genre : SKA

28. Extremely cold : GELID. Not a word I use.

29. Mother in a colony : QUEEN BEE. Nice clue.

31. Accuse of misconduct : IMPEACH

35. Soprano Dame Nellie __ : MELBA

37. Westminster gallery : TATE

38. Condiment for pommes frites : SEL. I was surprised that our foodie Steve never had  creamed honey. How about you, Marti/D-Otto/Yellowrocks/Avg. Joe?

43. Classic muscle car : GTO

46. Spring : LEAP. Verb.

48. Match decision : TKO. Boxing match.

49. Bad news from home? : YER OUT. Home plate.

50. Quarterback's call : PLAY

51. Voice of the difficult homeowner in "Up" : ASNER (Ed)

53. __'acte : ENTR

56. What a pump may supply : AIR

57. Small amounts : DRAMS

58. Manchester measurement : METRE

59. __ dream: optimist's philosophy : DARE TO

62. Ogled : LEERED AT

64. Expel : OUST

66. Tennessee team : TITANS

68. Linda's role in "Dynasty" : KRYSTLE. Linda Evans. I forgot. We had her a few months ago.

69. Form 1040 no. : SSN

74. Poetic contraction : O'ER

75. Faculty retirees : EMERITI

77. List in a subsequent printing, perhaps : ERRATA

78. Auctioneer's word : SOLD

80. Dixie bread : CORN PONE. I just call it "corn bread".


82. Themes : TOPICS

84. New York governor Andrew : CUOMO

87. Opera highlights : ARIAS

88. Clumsy sort : OAF

90. Three-time speed skating gold medalist Karin : ENKE. No idea.


91. Passed, as a bad check : KITED

92. Students' goals: Abbr. : DEGs (Degrees)

93. Vote out : UNSEAT

96. __ Jima : IWO

98. Edible herring : SHAD

99. Sturdy wood : ASH

104. Is for you? : ARE. I got it immediately.

105. Chamber music piece : TRIO

107. Greet warmly : SEE IN. As I mentioned to Husker Gary, we live in a ghetto area. I seldom open our door. It looks like the drug guy is moving away, so that's good news.

108. Jordan, for one : NBA STAR

110. Goes over again : REHASHES

114. Davis of "Dr. Dolittle" : OSSIE

116. Bit of chat room shorthand : IMO

117. Beth preceder : ALEPH. First Hebrew letter.

124. Nobelist Curie : MARIE

125. Line at the dock : ROPE

126. ER tests : ECGs

127. Like a wolfman : HAIRY

128. Transports using runners : SLEDS. Nice clue also.

129. Fancy pitcher : EWER

130. Actor John __-Davies : RHYS. Wiki said "He is perhaps best known for playing the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy". Another unknown figure to me.

131. Kate's TV roomie : ALLIE. Quite a few names in this puzzle.

Down:

1. Skillful, kiddingly : EPT

2. Farm cry : BAA

3. The Hartford logo : ELK

4. Candy company mogul Harry : REESE

5. Suri's parents, in entertainment media : TOMKAT. Happy times. Now North West's parents are everywhere.


6. "Ben-Hur" author Wallace : LEW

7. Tub trouble : CLOG

8. "The Sound of Music" song : DO-RE-MI

9. Edges furtively : SIDLES

10. Parting word : GOODBYE

11. Old TV knob abbr. : HOR

12. La Salle of "ER" : ERIQ

13. Words to Brutus : ET TU. And 18. Being, to Brutus : ESSE

14. "What a loooong day!" : I'M BEAT

15. Really big : GIANT

17. Formal choice : VOTE

24. America's Cup entry : YACHT

25. Obscured by haze : FILMY

30. Louisiane, par exemple : ETAT

31. Mullah's faith : ISLAM. Liked what PK/Jayce said yesterday. That part of the world is a circle we can't square.

32. Reagan's second attorney general : MEESE (Ed). And 42. Reagan's alma mater : EUREKA
 
34. Followed a trail, say : HIKED

36. Gillette razor : ATRA

40. Piano composition : SONATA

41. Stir up : ROIL

44. Cantina fare : TAMALE. I see this at Trader Joe's. You don't put cheese in your tamales, Lucina, do you?



45. Raw bar item : OYSTER

47. Machu Picchu locale : PERU

50. Corp. exec : PRES

52. Sends again : RE-SHIPS

54. Erie or Huron : TRIBE

55. Comeback : RETORT

57. Marine maintenance site : DRY DOCK. Not a familiar term to me.

60. Bull: Pref. : TAURO

61. Like many home movies : ON TAPE

63. Seashore fliers : ERNS

65. Miss Gulch's bugbear : TOTO

67. Participated temporarily : SAT IN

69. "If You Go" singer Jon : SECADA. Another new name to me.



70. Campfire snacks : S'MORES

72. Johnny's "Edward Scissorhands" co-star : WINONA (Ryder)

73. Cope : HACK IT

76. Genetic strands : RNAs

79. Baseball Hall of Famer Aparicio : LUIS. We pulled an autographed Luis Aparicio card a few years ago.

81. Word with Side or End : EAST

83. Affix, as a button : SEW ON

85. Anne of comedy : MEARA

86. Harder to account for : ODDER. D-Otto, in Mandarin, Yangtze is "Chang Jiang". Chang = Long, Jiang = River. So "Long River". People from Guangzhou/Hong Kong/Macao where Cantonese is spoken will know Yangtze.

89. Spill, with "up" : FESS

93. "Oops" : UH OH

94. Enjoyed a friend's mom's cooking : ATE OVER. Yellowrocks, can you share your recipe for the Green Beans Amandine?

95. "__ Dreams": 1986 #1 hit : THESE. Never heard of it.

97. Once around : ORBIT

100. They may be made after coin tosses : WISHES

101. Former Disney exec : EISNER (Michael)

102. Tell : SNITCH

103. Big name in pianos : YAMAHA

106. Expeditious : RAPID

109. L.A.'s region : SOCAL

110. Smacks into : RAMS
 
111. Flier to Ben Gurion : EL AL

112. Sinn Fein's land : EIRE. I always associated Sinn Fein with IRA.

113. Production : SHOW

115. Like French toast : EGGY

119. Barbary __ : APE

120. Covert WWII gp. : OSS (Office of Strategic Services). Now CIA.

121. Rapper __ Kim : LIL

122. Sch. with a Narragansett Bay campus : URI

123. Storm feature : EYE

C.C.