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Sep 6, 2020

Sunday September 6, 2020 Gary Larson

Theme: "Building Vocabulary" - The first word is a building tool.

21A. Low-tech iCloud precursor: FILE CABINET.

23A. Supreme effort: LEVEL BEST.

43A. Boot camp bigwig: DRILL SERGEANT.

65A. Billowy attire named for an early rapper: HAMMER PANTS.

88A. '60s-'70s NBC News White House correspondent: SANDER VANOCUR. Unfamiliar to me.

112A. Flier's concern: PLANE FARE.

115A. Manicurist's item: NAIL CLIPPER.
32D. Place to spin your wheels: ROLLER RINK. (Thanks for catching my misses, Bob)
49D. One of two for a positive number: SQUARE ROOT.
Another great title!

Splynter, our master carpenter, once proposed this theme to me. I said there was no hope as Rich had done this puzzle before. He was so disappointed. Shows you how much I know.

1. Embarrassment: SHAME.
6. Multi-purpose cotton wad: SWAB.

10. Knack: APTITUDE.

18. Metric weights: KILOS.

19. Baba ghanoush bread: PITA. Never had baba ghanoush. Not fond of eggplants.

20. Pals: PAISANOS. Probably same root.
24. Like some wells: ARTESIAN.

25. Kind of case or law: FEDERAL.

26. Batman and Robin, e.g.: DUO.

27. Loses it: GETS MAD.

31. Savvy: SMARTS.

35. Dignify: ENNOBLE.

39. Because of: OWING TO.

42. Historic trail terminus: Abbr.: ORE. Oregon.

46. Game whose "Discover the Secrets" version includes a baseball bat and a dumbbell: CLUE.

47. Half of ASAP: AS SOON. Rare 6-letter partial.

50. Voyaging: ASEA.

51. Obstructed the progress of: DERAILED.

53. Literally, Latin for "it follows": SEQUITUR. Non-.

55. Org. concerned with alleys: PBA. This is going to be a long winter for Boomer. He really misses bowling and his friends.

57. Late bloomers: ASTERS.

58. Shell for a crew: SCULL.

59. Mount once called Tacoma: RAINIER.

63. Stimulant: UPPER. I did not know "upper" has this meaning.

64. Org. with a lot of baggage?: TSA.

67. Friend of TV's Sheldon: RAJ. "The Big Bang Theory".

70. Entangle ... or disentangle, oddly: RAVEL. Indeed.
73. Welcomed at the door: ASKED IN.

74. VP before Gerald: SPIRO.

76. "Blue" or "Red" cattle dog: HEELER.

78. Uncertain sounds: UMS.

79. Bygone data entry method: KEYPUNCH. Not familiar to me either.

81. Seat sometimes spun: BAR STOOL.

83. Crunchy salad bit: BACO.

86. Try to influence: WORK ON.

87. Novel of the South Seas: OMOO.

92. Icky stuff: GOO.

93. Dawdles: TARRIES.

94. Dabs with a towel: PATS DRY. I love this microfiber cloth.
98. Recorded: ON TAPE.

102. Like original Matchbox cars: DIECAST.

104. Dorm VIPs: RAS.

105. Cause __: icon: CELEBRE. I always thought "cause célèbre" as an issue.

108. Material used to make cans: TINPLATE.

118. Air: TELEVISE.

119. Green Gables girl: ANNE.

120. Tee off: ANGER.

121. Blue: SADDENED.

122. Big name in little trains: TYCO.

123. Eye drops: TEARS.

1. Winter resort feature: SKI RUN.

2. Big name in hotels: HILTON. Ages ago I brought my grandma to Hilton Xi'an and ordered her some French fries at a bar inside. Her first taste of western food.


3. Toward the sheltered side: ALEE.

4. Hang-around-the-house footwear: MOCS.

5. Morales of "NYPD Blue": ESAI.

6. Willpower: SPINE.

7. Prevail: WIN.

8. Scarfed down: ATE. My grandma often made me veggie dumplings when I came back home from college every Friday evening. She loved seeing me wolfing down those dumplings. They're very time-consuming.

9. Cave dweller: BAT.

10. Did a takeoff on: APED.

11. Upgrade, as a dirt driveway: PAVE.

12. Levels: TIERS.

13. Muhammad's religion: ISLAM. And 60. Mosque leader: IMAM.

14. Drum with a sitar: TABLA.

15. Parisian article: UNE. Chinese is much simpler. No Une/Un confusion.

16. They're allowed: DOS.

17. Rough no.: EST.

21. Wither away: FADE.

22. Deli bread: BAGEL. And 65. Subs: HEROS.

23. Projecting shelf: LEDGE.

25. Canine found in cats: FANG.

28. Turn partner: TOSS.

29. Popeye's __'Pea: SWEE.

30. Juan's "Look!": MIRA.

33. More accurate: TRUER.

34. Ranked tournament players: SEEDS.

36. Two-time N.L. batting champ Lefty: O'DOUL. Gosh I miss the old blog format. It was much easier to insert a picture at the correct spot. 

37. Swelter: BROIL.

38. Buildup in a trap: LINT.

40. Triumphant cry: TA DA.

41. Indivisible: ONE.

44. QB Jared Goff, e.g.: LA RAM. Jared Goff is the only LA Rams player I know.

45. Snares: TRAPS.

46. Ticket: CITE.

47. Second in command: Abbr.: ASST.

48. "Just a few __": SECS.

52. Venomous snake: ASP.

54. River through Kazakhstan: URAL.

55. Le Pew of toons: PEPE.

56. Bit of finishing hardware: BRAD.

61. Urquhart Castle's loch: NESS. Here's the castle.
62. Vex: IRK.

63. Eric who founded a reader: UTNE. The Utne Reader.

66. F-series camera maker: NIKON.

68. West Coast gas brand: ARCO.

69. Doe in many films: JOHN.

71. Plus: ALSO.

72. Review for accuracy: VET.

74. Word heard twice in "I'm a Little Teapot": SPOUT. Great clue angle.

75. Runs smoothly: PURRS.

76. WarnerMedia streaming service recently retired in the U.S.: HBO GO. Replace by HBO Max? We don't have HBO at home.

77. Former Irish leader de Valera: EAMON.
78. Forearm bone: ULNA.

80. Org. with an annual Week Without Violence: YWCA.

82. Muesli morsel: OAT.

83. Cheese on crackers: BRIE.

84. With, on la carte: AVEC.

85. Hombre's home: CASA.

89. Death Row Records co-founder: DR DRE.

90. Southernmost Great Lake: ERIE.

91. Vision-related: OPTIC.

95. Don or Betty on "Mad Men": DRAPER.

96. Top-10 list makers: RATERS.

97. WWI battle river: YSER.

99. Afflicted with a breakout: ACNED.

100. Tick off: PEEVE.

101. Tiny: ELFIN.

103. Fifth cen. pope called "The Great": ST LEO.

106. Effortlessness: EASE. So what detergent or hack do you use to clean your shower liner?

107. Raised: BRED.

109. Cartographer's abbr.: N LAT. North Latitude.

110. Chris who plays Kirk in three "Star Trek" films: PINE.

111. Babe Zaharias is a charter member of its HOF: LPGA.

112. NFL stat: PTS.

113. Grassy plain: LEA.

114. City council rep.: ALD.

115. __ Geo: NAT.

116. "__ thoughts?": ANY.

117. Business mag: INC.


Aug 25, 2020

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Gary Larson

On the Home Front:  While the men were off fighting, the women worked on the Home Front.  The last word of each theme answer can be placed before the word Home to give us a new concept.

17-Across. Crowdfunding website: KICK STARTER.  Starter Home.

25-Across. Recliner part: ARM REST.  Rest Home

49-Across. Sprint rival: T-MOBILE.  Mobile Home

59-Across. "The Silence of the Lambs" Oscar-winning actress: JODIE FOSTER.  Foster Home

And the Unifier:
35-Across. Civilian activity site during wartime ... and what the end of 17-, 25-, 49- and 59-Across can be: HOME FRONT.

1. Massage reactions: AHs!

4. Hungarian stew: GOULASH.  Here's recipe for traditional Hungarian Goulash for those inclined to cook.

11. Watch chain: FOB.

14. Watch: SEE.

15. Entertainer: ARTISTE.

16. Make fun of: APE.  A crossword staple.

19. Medicinal bath site: SPA.  Lots of Europeans travel to the Dead Sea Spas for the bath and mud spas.

20. Starts a poker pot: ANTEs.

21. Fabled loser: HARE.  A reference to Æsop and his fable about the Tortoise and the Hare.

22. Sporty Pontiacs: GTOs.

1968 Pontiac GTO

23. "__ here": "The place is empty": NO ONE'S.

27. Surly mutt: CUR.

28. Squalid: SEAMY.  //  Which crossed with 24-Down: "It's not how it __": SEEMS.  Maybe it's not as Squalid as it Seems!

31. Stand for an oil, say: EASEL.

32. Superman's symbol: ESS.  As in the Letter "S".

33. Notable period: ERA.  //  Rearrange the letters, and you get 29-Down: "__ you joking?": ARE.  Note that these two answers also cross.

34. Sinclair Lewis preacher Elmer __: GANTRY.  Elmer Gantry is a satarical novel written by Sinclair Lewis (né Harry Sinclair Lewis; Feb, 7, 1885 ~ Jan. 10, 1951) in 1927.  Elmer Gantry was the fictional evangelical minister with a taste for chasing women, power and money.  When it was first published, it created quite a furor and was banned in several cities.  The books of Sinclair Lewis are surprisingly readable and relevant 100 years later.

38. Sultans' groups of wives: HAREMS.

41. Non-neutral atom: ION.

42. Covert missions: OPs.

45. Deck out: ADORN.

46. Can't stomach: HATES.

48. Zodiac critter with horns: RAM.

51. Wander from the talking point: RAMBLE.

53. Virtual video game people: SIMS.  Anyone out there play this game?

54. Food for horses: OATS.

57. Magician's cry: VOILÀ!

58. "Mork & Mindy" planet: ORK.  Mork and Mindy was a sit-com that ran from September 1978 through May 1982.  Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 ~ Aug. 11, 2014) played an extraterrestrial from Ork.

61. Service charge: FEE.

62. Like many bazaars: OPEN AIR.

63. Had a bite: ATE.

64. Cook in oil: FRY.

65. Oppressive rule: TYRANNY.

66. What Dr. Leary tripped on: LSD.

1. Suspicious way to look: ASKANCE.

Sophia Loren is looking ascance at Jayne Mansfield.

2. Shockingly evil: HEINOUS.

3. Circle parts, in geometry: SECTORS.

4. Hydrogen and oxygen: GASSES.

5. Uneaten morsel: ORT.

6. Nevada neighbor: UTAH.

7. Old Roman money: LIRA.  Not ancient Roman money, just the currency before the Euro.

8. Off the mark: ASTRAY.

9. Navigate: STEER.

10. Sailor's pronoun: HER.

11. First to the finish: FASTEST.

12. One against: OPPOSER.

13. Really awful, as weather: BEASTLY.

18. Barbie's beau: KEN.

22. President with fitting initials: GRANT.  Ulysses S. Grant (Apr. 27, 1822 ~ July 23, 1885) given name was actually Hiram Ulysses Grant.  The "S" was a clerical error that was written on his nomination to attend West Point.   But, that error eventually led to his being known as US Grant, hence the fitting initials.  Other interesting facts about President Grant.

26. Intend: MEAN.

30. Underworld society: MAFIA.

34. One who's done for: GONER.

35. Kitchen rack lineup: HERBS.  Because Spices was too many letters.

36. '70s-'80s Dodge model: OMNI.  Last week Omni was a Hotel Chain.

37. Nonsense: ROT.

38. "Let's tip our caps (to) ... ": HATS OFF!

39. Fan who might be secret: ADMIRER.

40. Item a hotel guest might forget to return on leaving: ROOM KEY.  When you stay at a hotel with a key like this, you don't forget it in your pocket upon leaving.

42. Relating to a planetary path: ORBITAL.

43. Portable warehouse platforms: PALLETS.

44. Ruined the reputation of: SMEARED.

46. Aptly named soccer shot: HEADER.

47. Like umami's taste: SAVORY.

50. Eccentric: LOOPY.

52. Yr.'s 12: MOs.  There are 12 Months in a Year.

55. Singer Turner: TINA.  Tina Turner (née Anna Mae Bullock; b. Nov.26. 1939) is retired now.

56. Penn name: SEAN.  Sean Penn (né Sean Justin Penn; b. Aug. 17, 1960) was once married to Madonna.  He just celebrated his 60th birthday.

59. Write quickly: JOT.

60. Half a sawbuck: FIN.  A Fin is slang for a $5 bill, and a sawbuck is slang for a $10 bill.

Here's the Grid:

And on the Home Front, just when you think the year can't get any weirder, we continue the year 2020:

Aug 4, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Gary Larson

Double, Double Toil and Trouble; Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble.  Notice that each of the theme answers is in the Down position.  The word Double can precede both words of each theme answer to give us a new concept.

3-Down. *   Verify using multiple sources:  CROSS CHECK.  Double Cross. Double check.

7-Down. *   Gadget function typical of most similar gadgets:  STANDARD FEATURE.  Double Standard. Double feature.

21-Down. *   Many a get-together:  BLIND DATE.  Double Blind. Double date.

23-Down. *   Four-dimensional mathematical system:  SPACE TIME.  Double Space. Double time.

And the Unifier:

30-Down. Blackjack bet ... and a hint to the answers to starred clues: DOUBLE DOWN.

1. Delicate, like curtain fabric: LACY.

5. "Divine" nickname for singer Bette: MISS M.  I think I still have this Bette Midler (b. Dec. 1, 1945) album somewhere.  A friend gave it to me back in my college days.

10. Muslim prayer leader: IMAM.

14. Farmland measure: ACRE.

15. "Star Wars" droid: ARTOO.  R2-D2 is the short one.

16. Flexible mineral sheet: MICA.  More than you ever wanted to know about Mica.

17. Pairs: DUOs.

18. Rings like church bells: PEALS.

19. Actor Baldwin: ALEC.  Alec Baldwin (b. Apr. 3, 1958) played Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock.

20. UFO crew, it's said: ETs.  I saw the movie ET with my sister the day before she went into the Peace Corps.

21. Cap'n's mate: BOS'N.

22. Measure of a celeb's popularity: Q-SCORE.  The Q Score (Quotient Score) is a measurement of the familiarity and appeal of a celebrity (or brand or company).  The higher the score, the more highly regarded the celeb.

24. Arnaz-Ball studio: DESILU.  Portmanteau of Desi Arnez (Mar. 2, 1917 ~ Dec. 2, 1986) and Lucille Ball (Aug. 6, 1911 ~ Apr. 26, 1989).

26. Bikini specs: D CUPS.  This clue and answer should have appeared in last Wednesday's puzzle.

28. Lit __: CRIT.  Short for Literary Criticism.  Meh!

29. Field of knowledge: AREA.

30. Use a shovel: DIG.

33. "Suzanne" songwriter Leonard: COHEN.  Leonard Norman Cohen (Sept. 21, 1934 ~ Nov. 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist.

35. Vein contents: ORE.

36. New York governor Andrew: CUOMO.  //  And 34-Down. Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan __: OMAR.  And that's enough for the politics.

38. Set right: AMEND.

39. Rx writers: MDs.  Medical Doctors write prescriptions.

40. Chopin composition: ÉTUDE.  Frédéric Chopin (Mar. 1, 1810 ~ Oct. 17, 1849)  had an interesting life.  Back when I was learning piano, I had to play some of his études.

41. Tried to outrun: RACED.

42. Away from the bow: AFT.  Think of a boat or ship.

43. Crockett's "Miami Vice" partner: TUBBS.  I never watched Miami Vice, but I knew of the characters.  The show ran from 1984 to January 1990.  Don Johnson (b. Dec. 15, 1949) portrayed Sonny Crocket and Philip Michael Thomas (b. May 26, 1949) portrayed Rico Tubbs.

44. Noah's project: ARK.

45. Top of the line: A-ONE.

47. "The __ From Ipanema": GIRL.

48. Skylit courts: ATRIA.

49. "My turn": I'M NEXT.

52. Den music system: STEREO.

55. Went like the dickens: TORE.  I initially tried Sped.

57. Narc's org.: DEA.  As in the Drug Enforcement Administration.

58. Difficult: HARD.

59. Everest or Rushmore: MOUNT.  I just read Black Hills, by by Dan Simmons.  It is an interesting novel about a young Sioux warrior who fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn, then later was a worker on the creation of the Presidential faces on Mount Rushmore.

Mask Up, All!

61. Rhine city: BONN.

62. Jason's ship: ARGO.  //  Which crosses with 54-Down. Start of a conclusion: ERGO.  The former is a CSO to our very own Lemonade.

63. View from the moon: EARTH.  The blue marble.

64. Furry Endor creature: EWOK.  Creepy little creatures from the Star Wars films.

65. Othello, for one: MOOR.  Othello is a play by Willie the Shakes.  If you don't know the story, here are the CliffNotes.

66. Sandwiches for dessert: OREOs.  They come in all different flavors.

67. Raggedy dolls: ANNs.  I had a Raggedy Andy when I was a child.

1. Put on, as cargo: LADED.

2. Less than right, angle-wise: ACUTE.
What A Cute Angle!

4. "Absolutely": YES!

5. Plan, as a route: MAP OUT.

6. Infuriates: IRES.

8. Note after fa: SOL.

9. Muslim temple: MOSQUE.  The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, which was originally build in the 500s CE as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral; became a mosque in the 1450s; and was converted to a museum in the 1934s, became a mosque again, just a few weeks ago.  I hope it will be open to visitors as it is a beautiful building with truly specular art and mosaics.  I was fortunate to have visited it a few years ago.

10. All-in-one Apples: iMACs.  We have a mini mac that is quite old and now needs an update.

11. Venus de __: MILO.

12. Asian laptop brand: ACER.  I learned of this company from doing the crossword puzzles.

13. Riot squad spray: MACE.  Also a medieval weapon of war.

25. Goddess of peace: IRENE.  Good Night, Irene.

27. Top of a wave: CREST.

31. Website with film info: IMDb.  The Internet Movie Database.

32. "And So It __": Billy Joel: GOES.

33. Siena sweetheart: CARA.  Today's Italian lesson.

35. Yemeni neighbor: OMANI.  Both countries are found on the Saudi peninsula.

37. Reversal: U-TURN.  At least it's not a Uie or Uey.

46. Words from Juliet: O! ROMEO.  More from Willie the Shakes.

47. Saddle bands: GIRTHS.

48. Zeal: ARDOR.

50. Gas from the Greek for "strange": XENON.  Xenon (Xe) is an inert gas with the atomic number of 54.

51. Wartime vehicles: TANKS.

52. Fake: SHAM.  Is a pillow sham a fake pillow?

53. Poi root: TARO.  A crossword staple.

56. Aware of: ON TO.

60. Blade in the water: OAR.
61. Actress Arthur: BEA.  Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 ~ Apr. 25, 2009) was a stage actress before becoming a television star.

Here's the Grid:

The little quiz I added to last week's puzzle was meant to be a joke because Worcestershire Sauce is  a funny word and a bit hard to say.