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Jan 11, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, Robert E. Lee Morris

Theme: METAPHORICAL MOOLAH



Robert has taken some euphemisms for money (many of which we see in our puzzles) and suggested them as payment for services rendered in units associated with the trade mentioned in the cluing. 


Robert's pinwheel construction and theme fill is shown below:




Husker Gary here, let's review the theme answers Robert chose for this fun Humpday offering:

16. Newspaper reporter's compensation? : DAILY BREAD - Also redeemable at Pannera's?

38. Chiropractor's compensation? : BACK PAY - Does she get her money UPFRONT for working on a BACK?


61. Comedian's compensation? : FUNNY MONEY - One way to detect it
10. Landscaper's compensation? : HEDGE FUNDS - Clearly the coin of their realm

27. Domino's delivery driver's compensation? : PIZZA DOUGH - My idea for Christmas cash for the grandkids  this year!


Across

1. Bowling alley button : RESET - Before they were needed

                         

6. European cheese town : EDAM

10. Puddle jumper trip : HOP

13. Wedding figure : USHER

14. ChapStick container : TUBE

15. Fix up : REDO


18. Big star : IDOL

19. "I'm with ya" : YUP

20. Threatening words : OR ELSE

21. Farming prefix : AGRO

22. "Wheel of Fortune" buy : AN E - He had all his E's but look at what he guessed


23. Smooth, as transitions : SEAMLESS

25. Wise : SAPIENT - S A _ I E N T - "How 'bout an L Pat!"  "Sorry, Gary. There is no L."

29. DOJ bureau : ATF

30. Dry as dust : ARID

31. Speaker's spot : DAIS

34. Get out of bed : ROUSE - I had to ROUST a lot of teenagers out of bed on field trips to Orlando when they couldn't ROUSE themselves.

37. "__ who?" : SEZ

40. N.L. player whose home games include a President's Race : NAT - Between innings entertainment at Washington NATional's games


41. Brownish-green : HAZEL - Many here will realize the irony of the fact that Shirley Booth had HAZEL colored eyes


43. Greenish-blue : TEAL

44. Some prosecutors: Abbr. : ADAS Law and Order had some attractive ones!

45. "Selma" director DuVernay : AVA - Ms. Gardner's day off

46. Drops in : STOPS BY

48. Medical emergency alert : CODE BLUE - A Japanese TV show


53. Baby fox : KIT

54. Soon, to a bard : ANON

55. Kibbutz setting : ISRAEL

57. Actress Thurman : UMA - My favorite memory of UMA. The guy's she's dancing with did pretty well too.


60. Cooling meas. : BTU'S

63. Bass' red triangle, e.g. : LOGO

64. Moran of "Happy Days" : ERIN

65. Flared dress : A-LINE

66. New Testament bk. : EPH - Ephesians

67. German battleship Graf __ : SPEE - Named for WWI hero Admiral Maximilian Reichsgraf von SPEE


68. Connection point : NEXUS


Down

1. Former NYC mayor Giuliani : RUDY - "America's mayor" after 9/11

2. Seesaw sitter of tongue twisters : ESAU - I saw ESAU sittin' on a see saw...

3. Send in a box : SHIP

4. Sushi selection : EEL - Ungai (Japanese for EEL) sushi


5. "Taste this" : TRY ONE

6. French I verb : ETRE

7. Stereotypical dawn challenges : DUELS - Burr and Hamilton DUELED at 7:00 am on July, 11 1804. Uh, Hamilton was the runner-up.

8. Take down a peg : ABASE

9. Scorned lover of Jason : MEDEA

11. Aromas : ODORS - Certain ODORS on a farm would never be called Aromas

12. Shirts named for a sport : POLOS

15. Theater district : RIALTO - Venice's fabulous RIALTO Bridge leads to the city's RIALTO  District 


17. Lee who was the top-charting female soloist of the '60s : BRENDA - I love BRENDA'S music so much I'll forgive her for Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

22. Helping hand : AID

24. Painter Cassatt : MARY

25. Over-the-shoulder band : SASH

26. Square statistic : AREA

28. Diplomatic skill : TACT


32. '50s prez : IKE

33. Health resorts : SPAS

35. Swedish automaker : SAAB

36. Internet crafts marketplace : ETSY

38. Spill the beans : BLAB

39. PC feature only used in combinations : ALT KEY - Used to get ¡ ™ £ ¢ ∞ § ¶ • å ∫ ç ∂ ´ ƒ ©...

42. "All the same ... " : EVEN SO

44. Fitting : APT

47. TV's J.R. Ewing, e.g. : OIL MAN - The man America loved to hate!


48. Part of CNN : CABLE

49. Winning : ON TOP

50. "__ Been Good": Joe Walsh hit : LIFE'S

51. Take over : USURP - "What do I put on top of my grits?"

52. Bath-loving Muppet : ERNIE

56. Novelist Rice : ANNE

57. Windows alternative : UNIX

58. Drop-down list : MENU - A Drop-down MENU and HTML codes on the template I look at every morning to write my posts


59. Yes votes : AYES

62. Chihuahua cheer : OLE

And now I look forward to your "on the money" comments:


Jan 1, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017, Don Gagliardo and C.C. Burnikel



I am typing this as quietly as I can to accommodate those of you whose partying with 
17. __ beverage : ADULT was quite extensive. Happy New Year to all our Crossword Friends here at the Corner! Should Old Acquaintance NOT be forgot!



TITLE: "WHAT HAPPENED THEN" Don and C.C. have a very lovely puzzle to start off our New Year and it became a lot easier for me when I realized the title did NOT have a  question mark after it. Rather their theme fills were actual events that occurred 100 years prior to the year which we are now entering. 


Husker Gary here on New Year's Day after blogging puzzles on Pearl Harbor Day and The Winter Solstice, I get to do the first one of the year.


The big American event of that year was the entry of the USA into WWI and Don and C.C. even offered a reference to that with these two fills


116. Subject of an act passed in 1917 : SELECTIVE SERVICE




67. American citizenship grantee in 1917 : PUERTO RICAN - The First Puerto Rican Regiment. Many thought that Puerto Ricans were only granted citizenship so they could fight for America in WWI



The non-war 1917 theme fills:


22. Fundraising items first sold in 1917 : GIRL SCOUT COOKIES - During rationing in WWII, their fundraisers switched temporarily to calendars




28. Treats inspired by a coal miner in 1917 : MOON-PIES - Somehow these two became a "thing"




42. World Series winner in 1917 : CHICAGO WHITE SOX - With Shoeless Joe Jackson. Two years after this 1917 ad they were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series and became known derisively as the Black Sox.





91. America bought it from Denmark in 1917 : US VIRGIN ISLANDS - Formerly Danish West Indies, includes St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and some minor islands. Almost named for Admiral Dewey.




108. Orphanage founded in 1917 : BOYS TOWN - It used to be a farm 6 miles west of Omaha but is now midtown. BT recently sold much of their farm ground for $37M as it now concentrates on academics and trade programs for Boys AND Girls. 




Now let's look at C.C.'s and Don's always wonderful cluing/fill:



Across


1. Olympian queen : HERA 


5. Bad attention-getter in a crowded bar : PSST


9. Baker/literacy advocate Wally who hosted "Learn to Read" : AMOS 




13. Big name in romance novels : AVON - The Publishing Company


19. Goddess who saved infant Zeus from Cronus : RHEA


20. Hair-raising : SCARY


21. Big do : GALA


25. Additional decision-making factors : ANDS


26. "Don't move" : STAY PUT - The Steelers' left end and tackle are required to STAY PUT until the ball is snapped even if the Patriots jumped. They didn't, so it was a penalty.




27. Person : SOUL


30. Sore spot : LESION


32. Flight parts : STEPS


34. Valencian rice dish : PAELLA - Some pronunciation options: pah-ey-luh, -eyl-yuh, pah-yel-uh; Spanish pah-e-lyah, -e-yah


35. Frame of Elmer, e.g. : CEL - This one signed by Friz Freleng runs $1,400




37. Cpls., e.g. : NCO'S


39. "I get it now!" : AHA


40. Bach's east : OST - Boy's Town ist 30 km zu meiner OST (Boy's Town is 30 km to my east)

41. She plays Watson in "Elementary" : LIU


47. Hoppy brew, for short : IPA


49. More than help with : DO FOR


50. Fabled thorn victim : LION - The Aesop Fable about the slave Androcles whose merciful act was repaid later in the Circus Maximus when the LION spared him




51. "Nice job!" reply : I TRY


52. Bishop's agent : VICAR


55. Site with a Pill Identification Tool : WEB MD


57. Have choice words for : SWEAR AT


59. Modern problem solver : TECHIE - Remember that kid you laughed at in school?


60. Some microbrews : RYE BEERS


62. "Fantastic Mr. Fox" director Anderson : WES


63. Pile on : ADD - Competence is always punished!


64. Column width unit : PICA - The two typewriter choices we had back in the 60's. Er, that would be 1960's!




71. Slant : BIAS - Good luck finding journalism without a BIAS


72. Gp. once led by Charles Mayo : AMA - This Mayo was the son of the Mayo clinic founder and headed the AMA in 1933


73. Book with entries : LOG - An electronic LOG





74. Black box, e.g. : RECORDER - One recovered from a plane crash




76. Surgical knife : LANCET


78. Desk accessory : BLOTTER


81. Slow period : SLACK - Winter for the golf courses I frequent


84. Split : END IT


85. Serving two purposes : DUAL


86. Starting on : AS OF - AS OF today I should start to lose some weight. If only there were no potato chips! Sigh...


88. Sidestep : AVOID


90. They may be checked at the door : ID'S - Would they really check ID'S for this event?




94. Letters in early dates : BCE - Before Common Era - Used by some to not offend non-Christians


96. Prefix with fiction : ECO




98. Middle __ : AGE


99. Granny : NANA


100. Hubbub : ADO


101. Words of concern : OH DEAR


103. Stern with strings : ISAAC


105. UPS Store customer : SENDER 


110. Many antique radios : RCA'S 


112. Crumbly English cheese : STILTON - Semi hard, crumbly cheese with characteristic blue streaks



115. Tantrum-prone one : BRAT

119. Like some ducks? : LAME - One occupies 1600 Pennsylvania today


120. Full of chutzpah : BRASH


121. Philosopher Descartes : RENE


122. Dry runs : TESTS


123. "What __?" : ELSE


124. Sources of pliable wood : YEWS - Utilized thusly (first time I've ever used that word!)





125. Column that's beside the point? : ONES - Like the 6 in 176.932


126. "Immediately!" : STAT



Down


1. Fairy tale heavies : HAGS


2. Ready for publication : EDIT


3. Grandma Moses subject : RURAL LIFE


4. "O Come, __ Faithful" : ALL YE - "Adeste, fideles, laeti triumphantes"


5. Code of conduct : PROTOCOL


6. Moo __ pork : SHU


7. Collectors' goals : SETS - Part of a complete SET of 1961 Topps Baseball cards. I know C.C. and Boomer would love to own this.




8. Shells from stands : TACOS


9. "That's terrible!" : ACK


10. Seriously injures : MAIMS


11. Dairy Queen Blizzard flavor : OREO


12. Online admins : SYSOPS - SYStem OPeratorS 


13. Wonder-struck : AGAPE


14. Dunkin' Donuts order : VANILLA CHAI - $1.89 here




15. Yale nickname : OLD ELI


16. Onetime Bahamian pirate base : NASSAU


18. Spice amts. : TSPS


20. Only child, maybe : SOLE HEIR


23. Teleprompter's job : CUING


24. Tagged before reaching, as home : OUT AT - Yer outta there! A C.C. puzzle without baseball? Are you new here?




29. Restless folk? : NATIVES


31. "Ah ... okay" : NOW I SEE and 61. Software glitch : BUG - Well of course, there it is




33. Common meal for a tight budget : PASTA


35. Looped in, briefly : CC'D - Carbon Copy becomes the abbreviation CC and then a past tense verb CC'D as in a copy has been sent. What an elastic language we have.


36. Website with detailed instructions : EHOW


38. Athlete's refreshment? : SHOWER


40. Clearasil competitor : OXY


43. Lethal snake : COBRA 


44. Large group : ARMY - This ARMY lost its leader in 2016




45. Like noble gases : INERT


46. Table scrap : ORT


48. Short shot? : PIC - Plural pix


53. Musical with the song "The Gods Love Nubia" : AIDA - From Elton John's and Tim Rice's adaptation of Verdi




54. Joey Votto's team : REDS


56. Rail stop : DEPOT


58. Of __ : somewhat : A SORT


59. Pays attention (to) : TENDS 


62. String of engagements : WAR


64. Like some ale : PALE


65. David Bowie's love : IMAN


66. Holiday sides : CANDIED YAMS - This is not haute cuisine, but is a favorite here!  and 73. "I'm starving!" : LET' S EAT




68. Change the price of : RETAG


69. Traps during a storm, perhaps : ICES IN


70. Circles of light : CORONAS


71. Diva's reward : BRAVA


75. Star of David displayer : EL AL - Israel's airline


77. El Cantar de mío __: Castilian epic poem : CID


78. Blue Bird vehicle : BUS - Their first one was on a 1927 Ford chassis and is now in the Henry Ford Museum 




79. Volcanic flows : LAVAS


80. Member of a small ruling class : OLIGARCH


82. Hustler : CON ARTIST - "Fast Eddie Felson" to us Paul Newman fans


83. Scottish pirate : KIDD


85. Key & Peele, e.g. : DUO 


87. Handles skillfully : FINESSES




89. Brit. medal : DSO


92. Flinch, say : REACT


93. "À votre __!" : SANTE - "To your health" en français


94. Fielding error : BOBBLE 


95. Like Beethoven's Ninth : CHORAL - Gives me goosebumps


97. 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient Sidney : CROSBY - That's the NHL MVP trophy. I wonder what he got for this performance. 




102. Big name in beauty : ESTEE


103. Relative challenge for some : IN-LAW 


104. African capital : CAIRO


106. Lowdown : DIRT - TMZ seems to get it first and right. Ray Rice (corrected from Ray Lewis) was only getting a couple NFL games suspension until TMA produced the actual video of him hitting his wife.




107. Fabled toy makers : ELVES


109. "__ in this together!" : WE'RE


111. Kristoff's pet reindeer in "Frozen" : SVEN


113. Numerical prefix : OCTA


114. Tree squirrel's drey, e.g. : NEST - A drey is literally the name for a squirrel's NEST


117. Slalom curve : ESS - Yup!




118. Dallas-to-Memphis dir. : ENE


Our maiden 2017 Grid




How 'ya gonna kick off 2017 better than C.C. and her masked companion Don Hard G? Alright, I made up that masked part but still, they're great together and singularly!


I hereby resolve to let other voices to be heard! So, have at it!