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Mar 17, 2017

Friday March 17, 2017, Paul Coulter

To celebrate St. Paddy's day, here's a beautiful version of When Irish Eyes Are Smilin' by the Irish tenor who was a foil for Jack Benny for years. It makes for lovely background music!


Now, for sure and begorrah, let's be gettin' down to the puzzle!


TITLE: BACK TO FRONT

On this St. Paddy's Day, Lemon has put himself on the injured reserve list and C.C. has brought me, Husker Gary, up from the minors to take the mound.


Paul's lovely offering dredges up memories of a recent Sunday puzzle I blogged where I also put the grid at the top. In that puzzle a word was put IN the middle of a silly phrase and had to be repositioned to the front to make sense. Today Paul forces us to take the last word of a silly phrase and transport it to the front to make a single, familiar word. 


Obviously the puzzle needed no reveal, so here are the theme entries

16. Laboratory scam? : SCIENCE CON/CONSCIENCE - Jiminy's counsel to Pinnochio took a while to sink in

28. Snubbing a testimonial? : TRIBUTE DIS/DISTRIBUTE - A good passer is called a good DISTRIBUTOR




45. John Deere rep? : TRACTOR PRO/PROTRACTOR - For some reason kids often ask for a compass when they really want a PROTRACTOR

61. Ordinary law office employee? : NORMAL PARA/PARANORMAL - JoBeth Williams confronts a PARANORMAL creature in Poltergeist 



Let's see what else our Literary Leprechaun has for us today


Across


1. "Oopsy" : MY BAD

6. Grand Prix component : ESS - Curve, here's one



9. In things : FADS - Joann, where's my Nehru jacket?

13. Adult insect : IMAGO - I've only heard it here


14. Prefix with data : META - It seems someone has lots of this on all of us


15. Subject preceder : IN RE



18. Saves, say : STAT - Usually accrued by soccer and hockey goalies 


19. Challenge : CALL OUT - Matt Dillon faced one of these at the start of every episode

20. Like some flushes : ACE HIGH


22. Missed the mark : ERRED


24. Spike TV, once : TNN - The Nashville Network


25. Nile threats : ASPS


33. Take for a while : LEASE

35. B to C, e.g. : SEMITONE
 




36. Call off : END


37. Something shared on a plane : ARMREST - Sound right?

40. Pres. when Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was decided : DDE - Ike

41. "The Social Contract" author : ROUSSEAU - Jacques - "What wisdom can be greater than kindness?"

43. Hindu ascetics : YOGIS - Did any of them catch for the Yankees?

48. Old Nair rival : NEET

49. "You betcha!" : YEP

50. Mozart opera ending : TUTTE - Cosi Fan TUTTE (Women are like that). Like what?

52. Spendthrift : WASTREL



56. Hospital test : MRI SCAN - I just listened to talk shows on my iPhone

60. Large deep-water fish : OPAH







63. Actor Auberjonois : RENE - Fr. Mulcahy in the 1970 movie M*A*S*H


64. Relaxed : EASY

65. Refresh, as a cup of coffee : TOP UP - Is this also a Mardi Gras tradition?

66. Participants in some awkward meetings : EXES


67. Case breaker, perhaps : DNA - Uh, Number 2, you might wanna have a seat

68. Flower holders : STEMS - Not a vayse or a vahze







Down

1. Category for non-recurring pd. bills : MISC


2. 1979 disco classic : YMCA



3. Payment that's posted : BAIL - Remember who sponsored The Bad News Bears? Now you can order a jersey!

4. Eternal : AGELESS - Dick Clark's middle name for years

5. Philanthropist, e.g. : DONOR

6. Common Market letters : European Economic Community

7. Ancient colonnade : STOA

8. Sacred sites : SANCTUMS

9. Stocking stuff : FISH NET - Maybe Splynter will have some for us tomorrow

10. Not backing : ANTI

11. Party pooper : DRAG


12. First family member : SETH 

14. Poet's concern : METER

17. Short : CURT

21. Being : ENTITY

23. Throw into turmoil : DISRUPT

25. On the ball : ALERT

26. Monterrey title : SENOR

27. "The Taming of the Shrew" setting : PADUA - The Montana Shakespeare In The Park Troupe chose a different setting but used Elizabethan English (mostly) 

32. Notice from Shakespeare? : SEEST - Didst thee SEEST the setting for Taming Of The Shrew cameth ere?

29. Obsessive idea metaphor : BEE - Busy as a...


30. Caravan assembler : DODGE - The original minivan - 1984

31. Common Sundance entry : INDIE

34. Time for eggs : EASTER

38. Worked on, as a cold case : REOPENED - They haven't REOPENED the Cain and Abel case. How many witnesses could there have been?

39. Fold, spindle or mutilate : MAR

42. Crop cutters : SCYTHES

44. Buck : ONESPOT - Really?

46. Gin __ : RUMMY - Remember this Bond Villain who cheated at Gin RUMMY using a spy with binoculars and an earpiece? 

47. Other, in Oaxaca : OTRA - No, descartar la OTRA tarjeta (No, discard the other card)

51. Slopes : TILTS

52. Had on : WORE 


53. Top : APEX

54. Fit to be tried : SANE - Two psychiatrists testified as to whether this Omaha man was SANE enough to stand trial for his four murders.

55. Student's request : LOAN 

57. Vacation spot : CAPE

58. Jack-in-the-pulpit family : ARUM

59. Gets caught off guard : NAPS

62. The ANC's country : RSA Republic of South Africa





Now before you start celebrating reasonably (let your conscience be your guide), how 'bout some comments:









Mar 8, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Agnes Davidson & C.C. Burnikel


TITLE: WORD LOVERS


Our two good friends here at this little literary outpost, C.C. and Irish Miss, have produced a lovely exercise for us today. 

Husker Gary reporting on their effort to take a word (foreign to me) and use it as a delightful pattern.These word-loving ladies used the word LOGOPHILE, from the Greek - LOGOS meaning word and PHILE meaning lover, to give us four fills where the first word starts with LO and the second with GO


What word could be more apropos? 



The reveal tells all. I could see the pattern but had no idea what these two LOGOPHILES were doing.

64. Word lover who'd especially enjoy the four longest answers in this puzzle? : LOGOPHILE


THEME FILLS:
17. Ambitious aspiration : LOFTY GOAL - After 108 long years, the Chicago Cubs reached their LOFTY GOAL of a World Championship last fall


25. "We're off to a strong start" : LOOKING GOOD - Forest Gump's 1970's investment in "some kind of fruit company" would have him LOOKING GOOD and worth $6B today.

39. A city council is part of it : LOCAL GOVERNMENT - My town's LOCAL GOVERNMENT has been besieged by debate on both sides concerning the building of a $300,000,000 Costco Chicken Plant two miles south of our house. A former Nebraska governor with whom I golf told me, "Gary, what kind of industry did people think we would attract?"


50. Aphrodite or Venus : LOVE GODDESS - Hilarious Judy Tenuta billed herself as a "LOVE GODDESS - It could happen!"


Now that you've LOGged On, let's see what else Agnes and C.C. have for us


Across
1. __-pedi : MANI

5. Like many snowbirds: Abbr. : RET'D - I subbed five of the last eight days. I've got to look up the word RETIRED 

9. Golden Arches pork sandwich : MCRIB


14. __ jacket : ETON - May we clear that for you?

15. Part of a plot : ACRE

16. Muse for Millay : ERATO

19. Industry bigwig : TITAN

20. Hotel breakfast buffet offering : OMELET - Your attendants might be wearing ETON jackets



21. "Evita" role : CHE



23. River near the Sphinx : NILE

24. Hush-hush govt. org. : NSA


28. Lauren of fashion : RALPH - His company made an entire line of ads for sponsoring Downton Abbey. 

30. Mystery man John : DOE - He seems to show up in a lot of morgues

31. Uninteresting : BLAH


33. "Yippee!" : WAHOO - Twenty minutes from here

36. Flapper's accessory : BOA - The kind that's safe around your neck

43. Typical "Blue's Clues" watcher : TOT

44. Davenport resident : IOWAN

45. Gossip column twosome : ITEM - These things are like our savings account - they generate no appreciable interest!  

46. Stop : END

47. Stop : CEASE - Didn't I just see this clue recently?

55. __ King Cole : NAT

58. "Not sure yet" : I MAY


59. Road cover : TAR - This road TAR job was in one of my favorite movies

60. Sole role in the play "Tru" : CAPOTE

62. Place for short cuts : SALON

66. Pointed remark? : THERE

67. Always : EVER


68. Persia, today : IRAN - The mullahs don't like it but some American knockoffs like this and "Mash Donalds" are showing up. 

69. Totally filled : SATED

70. Email status : SENT - Oh my! Did I hit SEND?

71. What a successful dieter weighs : LESS

Down

1. Fruit served in balls : MELON - Oh, now I get it!

2. Matter makeup : ATOMS

3. 2002 legislation that protects whistleblowers, familiarly : NO FEAR ACT 

4. Like some waters: Abbr. : INT'L


5. Convertible, in slang : RAG TOP - Guy Fieri's RAG TOP and his show - Diners, Drive-In and Dives - are both cool!

6. Prefix with friendly : ECO

7. Song on a CD : TRACK -I haven't bought music on a record, tape or CD since Moby Dick was a guppy.

8. Indian metropolis : DELHI - The Ploof Gourmet Kitchen in Deli has been proclaimed the best Deli in, uh, DELHI. Call  +91 22 2463 4666 for take out!

9. Got together : MET

10. Shrink in fear : CRINGE

11. Probability expression : RATIO - The odds for my FB Huskers winning the National Championship  this year are 100:1. VB odds are much better!

12. Author Calvino : ITALO - Classics always wear well and offer lessons to all generations. To Kill A Mockingbird is one that comes to my mind! You?

13. Like fillets : BONED

18. Cry out : YELL

22. Home of the Ewoks : ENDOR - The home of our crossword buddies. Now where do those ELOI hale from? 

26. "I'm impressed!" : OH WOW


27. Hired hood : GOON - Some don't make it to Social Security age

29. Puzzle solver's cry : AHA - AHA, now I get it! It's two word phrases where the first word starts with LO and the second with GO!

31. Lunchtime fave : BLT - You had me at bacon!

32. John of the U.K. : LOO


34. Gardner of the silver screen : AVA - No one was afraid of her boyfriend/husband, just his GOONS!



35. Start of a conclusion : HENCE

36. Bane : BETE NOIRE - That which is hated or a rasslin' stage name



37. Cardinal Ozzie Smith's retired uniform number : ONE - Now there's a guy who knew how to take his position 



38. Spot to check your balance : ATM

40. Lisa who hosts CNN's "This Is Life" : LING

41. Beckett no-show : GODOT

42. Leading lead-in : MIS - It's MISLEADING if you think GODOT is going to show up


46. Friend of Pooh and Roo : EEYORE - What a sad outlook on life. I've known a few.

48. Go along with : ESCORT

49. PDQ : ASAP

50. Leans while sailing : LISTS

51. D-Day beach : OMAHA - C.C and Agnes, you couldn't throw Nebraska a crumb here? :-) 

52. Lot attendant : VALET - A dfferent pronunciation if you are handing Lord Grantham his riding clothes

53. Lowlands : DALES

54. Used the car : DROVE


56. Book with roads : ATLAS - or...

57. After-school jobholders : TEENS - Like any honest labor, McJobs have dignity

61. One of the Everly Brothers : PHIL - The Beatles were huge fans of Don and PHIL



63. Actor Beatty : NED -This t-shirt was inspired by what may be Ned's most remembered role

65. High-ranking off. : GEN













I am LOng GOne but look forward to your comments:











Mar 5, 2017

Sunday, Jim Holland, March 5, 2017

TITLE: IN OTHER WORDS

What a hoot! Jim has taken seven common phrases that have the word IN as the second word and he has conjured up the fun gimmick of placing the first word IN the phrase. We solvers had to parse the fact that the phrase's first word was indeed enclosed  by the fill and had to be repositioned to made sense. A lovely idea and very apropos title, don't you think?


As is my occasional wont, I have put the grid at the top of the write-up to highlight the theme. You can see the first word of the correct phrase is IN yellow and ENFOLDED by the muddled phrase. You must mentally move that word to the front or top of the fill to get the desired, common expression with IN taking its implied, correct position as the desired second word. 
You can also see that Jim moved both one and two words to make this work for the seven phrases.


I think Jim's puzzle was A ONE MILLION and the rest of the puzzle was pretty much THE A WALK PARK.

Let's start with the theme fill:


23. At center stage, literally : THE THICK RIGHT OF THINGS/RIGHT IN THE THICK OF THINGS - Example




36. Start the day cheerfully, literally : A GOOD WAKE UP MOOD/WAKE UP IN A GOOD MOOD - Yeah, right!



70. Stinging rebuke, literally : THE SLAP FACE/SLAP IN THE FACE - Hey Spock, No means No on her planet too




104. Request reassignment, literally : FOR A PUT TRANSFER/PUT IN FOR A TRANSFER - He PUT IN FOR A TRANSFER many times




121. Delivers, literally : THE COMES THROUGH CLUTCH/COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH - Mason Crosby COMES THROUGH IN THE CLUTCH to beat the Cowboys




35. Now and then, literally : ONCE WHILE/ONCE IN A WHILE - No matter what he does the rest of his career, Blair Walsh will be remembered for one of those ONCE IN A WHILE moments where he didn't come through in the clutch for the Vikings




48. Pay no admission price, literally : FOR GET FREE/GET IN FOR FREE - "Papa, tell me again what this place is and how did you GET IN FOR FREE"




Let's see what else Jim did as he HIS PUT TIME:


Across


1. For every one : A POP

5. Attempts : STABS - Casca, Brutus, et al each wearing a 29. Floor-length garment : TOGA


10. Asian vine leaf : BETEL


15. Came down to earth : ALIT  Ma and Pa Kent find Clark after he ALIT from Krypton


19. Cadenza, e.g. : SOLO - An improvised or written-out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist or soloists. You're welcome


20. Kidney-related : RENAL


21. Together : AS ONE


22. Suvari of "American Beauty" : MENA - Mena Suvari. You can google her famous picture lying on a bed of roses


27. Pond buildup : ALGAE


28. Talk about incessantly : HARP ON - I heard you the fourth time!


30. Asian New Year : TET 


31. Lao Tzu principle : TAO


33. Apple core, for short? : IOS - My phone runs on Internet Operating System 10.2.1



34. Chopin work : POLONAISE - I heard a familiar melody while walking by  our radio last week and used the SHAZAM app to find out it was this Chopin work. Do you Shazam?

42. Numskulls : DOLTS


43. Rock's __ Lobos : LOS La Bamba


44. Start a pot : ANTE


45. Tazo offerings : TEAS - C.C. is our resident expert and I suspect she is familiar with this brand


46. CPO's org. : USN - A Chief Petty Officer equals a 1st sergeant in the US Army

47. Links transport : GOLF CART - They are now street legal in my home town


49. Smart Simpson : LISA


51. Made out : NECKED - See Drive-In above


55. Milne character : POOH


56. Elevator innovator : OTIS


59. Pic(ture) source : NEG(ative)



60. "A Streetcar Named Desire" wife : STELLA - One site rated this as the 33rd best movie moment of all time

61. Gather : REAP


63. Collar : NAB


65. "What's the __?" : USE


67. Withdraw by degrees : WEAN 


68. Track runner, to a tout : NAG - Theater-savvy people will know the tout who sang, "I've got the horse right  here, the name is Paul Revere..." and the play that produced it


74. Farm house dweller : HEN


75. Get into shape, with "up" : TONE


76. "Not __ long shot" : BY A 


77. Gob : TAR - Also sailor, mariner, sea dog or salt


78. Start to freeze? : ANTI



80. 1956 Triple Crown winner : MANTLE - C.C., what do you and Doug estimate this signed 1956 picture written to Ted Williams would be worth?

82. Pampering place : SPA


85. Linguist Chomsky : NOAM


87. Logician Turing : ALAN - Portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game


90. Rubs the wrong way : CHAFES


91. Johnny's 2014 Olympics figure skating co-commentator : TARA - Lipinski


93. Fills with cigarette output, as a room : SMOKES UP - Home of many a political decision back in the day

96. Squealer : RAT

97. Part of DMV: Abbr. : DEPT - Much of their work can be done online now


99. Withered : SERE


100. "Sweet as apple cider" girl of song : IDA


101. Spirited mount : STEED



108. Iron-attracting magnetite : LODESTONE - This was a compass from 200 B.C. China made from naturally-occuring magnetic LODESTONE

110. Byron's "before" : ERE


111. Sass : LIP


112. Sentimental sounds : AWS


113. Heavy reading? : TOME


114. Is incapable of : CANNOT - CAN NOT is also acceptable


117. Comes up short: LOSES if your tout give you a, uh, 130. Bum __ : STEER 

125. Skinny fish : EELS


126. Sambuca flavoring : ANISE - Sambuca didn't even make the list

127. "On Narcissism" author : FREUD

128. Went lickety-split : TORE


129. Staff symbol : REST


131. Nourishes : FEEDS


132. See 4-Down : SPUD







DOWN

1. Movie role played by Skippy : ASTA


2. Sci-fi writer Frederik : POHL


3. First name in fashion : OLEG



4. Oft-fried food : POTATO - It is not the potatoes!!

5. Indian title of respect : SRI


6. High-__ : TECH


7. "Diana" singer : ANKA

8. Tinker Bell's creator : BARRIE - A lovely character for him and a corporate symbol for Disney

9. Make a subtle exit : SLIP OUT


10. German road : BAHN - Only areas near congested cities have a speed limit on the AUTOBAHN 


11. Approx. repair cost : EST


12. Oh so very : TOO TOO


13. Surround : ENFOLD


14. Release : LET GO


15. Pal of Pierre : AMI


16. Soup bean : LENTIL


17. Swallow : INGEST


18. Preferences : TASTES


24. Annoying situation : HEADACHE


25. Mark, for one : GOSPEL - Some didn't make the cut



26. Office phone unit : HANDSET


32. "__ piece of the rock": Prudential slogan : OWN A


34. Support for the sheriff : POSSE


36. Subj. with x's : ALG - BTW, x = 5 in this 3/4/5 right triangle.




37. Yucky stuff : GOOP


38. Nobel Peace Prize city : OSLO


39. Degenerate from disuse : ATROPHY - A big issue when returning from prolonged weightlessness on the ISS

40. Toon flapper Etta : KETT

41. Primary : MAIN


46. Hidden : UNSEEN


50. Río contents : AGUA


52. "Red Balloon" painter : KLEE


53. Dash : ELAN - As I said before, I think Sean Connery had more ELAN than the other 007's


54. Blocker of "Bonanza" : DAN - DAN might want to forget some of his earlier work

57. Elite group : INS

58. '40s-'50s pitcher Maglie : SAL


62. Ideally : AT BEST - This seems more like "The best you can hope for under the circumstances" 


64. Cricket club : BAT


66. Brooklyn Bridge seller, say : SCAMMER


68. First captain? : NOAH - Uh, Captain Noah, who's going to clean out the bottom of the ark?


69. Vogue editor-in-chief Dame __ Wintour : ANNA - I'm sure Ms. Wintour is always just TOO TOO chic!

71. Bridge position : EAST


72. Mythical flutist : PAN


73. Back again : FRO


75. Film watcher's channel : TMC - The Movie Channel (edited from Turner Movie Classics - Gary)

79. (Has) come down with something : TAKEN ILL


81. Causes : LEADS TO


83. San Diego player : PADRE


84. __ code : AREA - 212 is still very coveted here

86. Little helper? : ASST

88. "Yeah, right!" : AS IF


89. Art class subject : NUDE


92. Show up : APPEAR


94. Word with hygiene or history : ORAL


95. Two more than an eagle : PAR 



98. Disgust : TURN OFF - 'nuff said/shown

101. "The Name of the Rose" actor Christian : SLATER


102. American sparrow relative : TOWHEE - Unknown to me but is a cutie!


103. Citation and Corsair : EDSELS


104. Stir up : FOMENT 


105. Toddler's outfit : ONESIE







106. Academic security : TENURE - Once you've got it...

107. Parts of kettles : SPOUTS

109. Inquisitor __ de Torquemada : TOMAS - Being around him is torture!


114. "Moonstruck" Oscar winner : CHER




115. Arch style : OGEE - A plethora of OGEEs in Venice

116. Sound of a flop : THUD - Also poor acting in the NBA




118. Train station : STOP


119. Stocking shade : ECRU


120. Wood finisher? : SHED




122. Chicago winter hrs. : CST - Also true for  Indiana around Chicago but otherwise, who knows?

123. "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" monogram : TSE - Any book that inspired the song Memory is great to me!

124. Burnable media : CDS




Don't THE THROW TOWEL  yet, you THE DYED WOOL solvers should now comment!