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Jun 30, 2019

Sunday June 30, 2019 Pam Amick Klawitter

Theme: "Can You Digit?" - Anagrams of 1-9 span across each theme entry.

21. Unite in a common cause: DRAW TOGETHER. Two.
26. Unobstructed view: LINE OF SIGHT. One. Should have avoided ONE THIRD (41. Eight hours per day?)

35. Place to find a hack: TAXI STAND. Six.

46. Post-Civil War economic growth period: THE GILDED AGE. Eight.

62. Fortuitous: HEAVEN-SENT. Seven.

64. On a lark: JUST FOR FUN. Four.

74. With no time to spare: UNDER THE WIRE. Three.

90. Front door, usually: MAIN ENTRY. Nine.

95. What "I don't wanna" do, in a Zayn/Taylor Swift hit: LIVE FOREVER. Five.


104. 5½ and 8¾, e.g. ... and a hint to this puzzle's circles: MIXED NUMBERS.

I bet Pam tried to put those numbers in order, but could not make it happen.

10 theme entries is quite challenging to grid, esp when all the theme entries are placed in Across. 


1. Prepared for a selfie: SMILED.

7. Pizzeria chain, familiarly: UNOS.

11. Grey Cup gp.: CFL. Canadian Football League.

14. ER figures: DRS.

17. What worms help do, soilwise: AERATE.

18. Rowling teacher: SNAPE. Harry Potter's potions professor.

19. Brewpub choice: ALE.

20. Silk on the Seine: SOIE.

23. Extinct bird: MOA. Here in MN, it stands for Mall of America.

24. Duds: TOGS.

25. Official fuel of NASCAR since 2004: SUNOCO.

29. You, in the Bible: THOU.

32. Mustard, e.g.: Abbr.: COL. Colonel Mustard.

33. Bruins legend: ORR.

34. Lacking freshness: TRITE.

38. Blood prefix: HEMA. Boomer's hematocrit and hemoglobin are both low. The doctors check these two numbers every month. No idea why is hema, one is hemo.

40. Problem for the weary: NO REST.

42. Nods from NASA: A-OKS.

43. Loner of a fish?: SOLE.

44. Prospecting tool: PAN.

45. Laryngitis docs: ENTS.

51. Food service trade org.: NRA. Had to google: National Restaurant Association.

52. Midsummer arrivals: LEOS. I was picturing lychees. They've arrived here in the US. Only available for a very short period. I still have a few in the fridge. Precious!

53. Vintage autos: REOS.

54. Kid __: reading genre: LIT.

55. Shopper's indulgence: SPREE

58. Newspapers: PRESS.

60. Lord's domain: FIEF.

61. Audi's rings, e.g.: LOGO.

66. Co-star with Goldie, Ruth, Henry, et al.: ARTE (Johnson). "Laugh-In".

67. Courtroom attention-getter: OYEZ.

68. Reference volumes: TOMES.

69. Musical markings: NOTES.

70. Toon bartender: MOE. "The Simpsons".

71. Circle makers: ARCS.

72. Sham: FAKE.

73. Phishing target, briefly: SSN.

77. Nero's 902: CMII.

79. Six-pack muscles: ABS.

82. "__ Walked Into My Life": "Mame" song: IF HE.

83. Love interest of 58-Down: EROS. 58. Love interest of 83-Across: PSYCHE.

84. Liability: HANDICAP.

86. Aussie leaf munchers: KOALAS. Also 94. Barcelona bears: OSOS.

89. "Yeah, right!": I BET.

91. Week attachment?: ENDER. Weekender.

92. Banned bug spray: DDT. And 106D. 92-Across banner: EPA.

93. Fla. NBA team: ORL.

99. Crew member: SAILOR.

102. Butcher's cut: LOIN.

103. __ Today: magazine for teachers: NEA.

109. RSVP cards, say: ENCS.

110. Terrible start?: MAL.

111. "Come-faithful" filler: ALL YE.

112. Clavell's "Shogun" sequel: TAI-PAN.

113. Deli choice: RYE.

114. People fixers: Abbr.: EDS. People magazines.

115. TV's "New Girl": JESS. Played by Zooey Deschanel.

116. Involve: ENTAIL.


1. Hangdog: SAD.

2. Cousteau's sea: MER.

3. Nest egg letters: IRA.

4. Action in a legal thriller: LAWSUIT.

5. Words from Caesar: ET TU.

6. Cole of "Angie Tribeca": DEON. Unfamiliar to me.

7. Incalculable: UNTOLD.

8. "Guess again": NAH.

9. GM subsidiary until 2017: OPEL.

10. LPGA star Pak in the World Golf Hall of Fame: SE RI. She opened the door for all the Korean golfers.

11. Smartphone feature: CAMERA.

12. It's underfoot: FLOOR.

13. Foliage element: LEAF.

14. Dr. Howser of '80s-'90s TV: DOOGIE.

15. They involve responsibilities: RIGHTS.

16. Largish combo: SESTET. Six.

18. Difference between winning and losing, maybe: SECONDS.

20. Word in an iconic cocktail order: STIRRED. "Shaken, not stirred."

22. Small racer: GO CART.

27. Asian menu promise: NO MSG. MSN never caused me any trouble.

28. Inedible wraps: STOLES. Cute clue.

29. 'Vette roof option: T-TOP.

30. Maui's scenic __ Highway: HANA.

31. Babe's relatives: OXEN. Babe the pig. (Correction: Babe the Blue Ox. Thanks, Jinx!)

36. Wilson of "Walker, Texas Ranger": SHEREE.

37. Brown of publishing: TINA. Rival of Anna Wintour for many years.

38. Snack cake brand: HOHOS.

39. Scratches (out): EKES.

40. React to a boring speech: NOD OFF.

42. "This is only __": A TEST.

43. Comes down hard?: SLEETS.

47. Angelou's "And Still __": I RISE.

48. Up in the air: ALOFT.

49. Movement in some Bach suites: GIGUE. Rooted in "Jig".

50. Stiff collars: ETONS.

51. Snow in le Alpi: NEVE. French for "snow"?

52. Kay of "Rich Man, Poor Man": LENZ. Never heard of her.

55. Longtime SeaWorld orca: SHAMU.

56. Eva of Argentina: PERON.

57. Used Yelp, maybe: RATED.

59. Baseball's Pee Wee: REESE.

60. Blow one's top: FUME.

61. Scientologist Hubbard: L RON. Did you know that Scientology has its own prison? It's called "The Hole".

63. Bridge positions: NORTHS.

64. Stand-up fare: JOKES.

65. Risky kind of kick: ONSIDE.

68. Mystic's deck: TAROT.

71. Kennel double talk?: ARF ARF.

72. Let go: FIRE.

73. __ Féin: SINN. Left wing Irish political party.

75. Actresses Brennan and Davidson: EILEENS.

76. Vehicle for Hulu and Roku: WEB TV.

77. Pretense: CHARADE. Great fill.

78. E-file alternative: MAIL IN.

79. Talent show entries: ACTS.

80. Pressure: Pref.: BARO. Barometer.

81. Northern __: apples: SPYS. This looks like our Honeycrisp.

85. How much space debris travels: IN ORBIT.

86. Sullivan's pupil: KELLER.

87. Like some bagels: ONIONY.

88. It may be unwanted: ADVICE.

89. Things to aspire to: IDEALS.

90. Walks unhurriedly: MOSEYS.

92. Hardly look forward to: DREAD.

96. Bar words that make you smile: ON ME.

97. Key with four sharps: Abbr.: E MAJ.

98. Tick off: RILE.

100. Renaissance instrument: LUTE.

101. Yemen neighbor: OMAN.

105. Tee sizes: XLS.

107. Bollywood star Aishwarya __: RAI. Very pretty.

108. Popular skit show, for short: SNL.


Jun 9, 2019

Sunday June 9, 2019 Pam Amick Klawitter

Across: "Water Music" - SEA spans across each long theme entry.

22. It happens without warning: SURPRISE ATTACK.

43. Reason for an ankle monitor: HOUSE ARREST.

96. It's more than right: OBTUSE ANGLE.

118. Fringe benefit for some reps: EXPENSE ACCOUNT.

14D. Frontier transport: HORSE AND BUGGY.

54D. Item on the best man's checklist: PROPOSE A TOAST.


67. Keyboard centerpiece, and a phonetic hint to six long puzzle answers: MIDDLE C.

I like that the reveal entry is placed in the very middle of the grid. Would be extra nice if every entry is like OBTUSE ANGLE where SEA is in the very middle of each themer. But it's impossible in this case.

Always great to see Pam Amick Klawitter, one of the most creative constructors in this country.


1. Reading aid: LAMP. My aid prior to 1981.

5. __ Office: OVAL.

9. Resort amenity: SPA.

12. Allergic reactions: ACHOOS.

18. DQ Blizzard flavor: OREO. Our neighborhood Dairy Queen is closed in winter.

19. Bridal gown decoration: LACE.

20. First one cast, usually: STAR.

21. Speaks in a boring way: DRONES.

25. Buzzard's snack, perhaps: VERMIN.

26. Avoid, as a puddle: STEP OVER.

27. Big piece: HUNK.

28. Truck propeller: DIESEL.

29. Finish off, as a cake: ICE.

30. __ Bridge, which connects Buffalo, NY, to Fort Erie, Ontario: PEACE.

31. Carnival destination: ISLE. Carnival Cruise Line.

32. Old car starter: CRANK.

35. "Tarzan" critter: APE.

37. Took off again: RE-ROSE.

39. Skeptical reply: AS IF.

46. Phishing target: USERNAME. And 122. Online break-in: HACK. And 17D. Identity theft target, briefly: SSN.

48. Payroll service co.: ADP.

49. Exam given intradermally, for short: TB TEST. Never had one.

50. "Chicago" actor: GERE.

52. "Do ___ to eat a peach?": Eliot: I DARE.

53. Cut the crop: REAP.

55. Salt on the Seine: SEL.

56. Word with bed or board: ROOM.

58. Bellyached: CRABBED.

60. "ABC World News Tonight" anchor David: MUIR. Also co-host for 20/20.

61. Rate of speed: CLIP.

63. Fond du __, Wisconsin: LAC. And 10. Member of the first Super Bowl-winning team: PACKER. If you go to Wisconsin Dells, stop by Ishnala Supper Club. Look hard, you might see D-Otto's footprints.

64. 90-Across garb: TUTU. And 90. See 64-Across: BALLET.

65. Hollywood tease: PROMO.

70. Loose, pants-wise: BAGGY. This just drives me nuts.

73. Blood donation unit: PINT.

75. Before, before: ERE.

76. "Piece of cake!": EASY.

78. Shapely school subj.?: GEOM.

80. Milk sources nowadays: ALMONDS. Not fond of the flavor.

83. One-in-a-million: RARE.

85. Young fellow: LAD.

86. Quotable "Star Wars" character: YODA.

87. "North Woods Law" critter: MOOSE. Wiki says "North Woods Law is an American reality television series that debuted on March 11, 2012, on the Animal Planet channel."

88. Head of the party?: HOST. Nice clue. And 51. Event host: EMCEE.

93. Short bylaw?: REG. Regulation.

94. "Wheel" coup: FREE SPIN.

98. Western skyline sight: MESA.

99. Skilled speaker: ORATOR.

102. Craft beer letters: IPA. After I graduated in college, I worked in Laiyan, Shandong Province for a short period. It's very close to Tsingtao. I liked the beer and the fresh seafood there. Some were too hot for me. Locals sure love hot red peppers.

103. Witherspoon of "Wild": REESE.

104. Pup __: TENT.

106. Directly: RIGHT.

108. Big name in luxury cars: BMW. And 121. Korean exports: KIAS. And 40. Swedish wheels: SAAB.

109. Nightly news segment: SPORTS. And 111. First name in '70s tennis: ILIE (Nastase)

112. Gets some air: BREATHES.

117. "I Love __": Irving Berlin song with the line "So you can keep your fiddle and your bow": A PIANO. Rare 6-letter partial.

120. "Othello" role: CASSIO.

123. Actress Campbell: NEVE. So innocent in "Party of Five".

124. New York's __ Island: STATEN.

125. Military VIP: GEN. Congrats on your 60-year-anniversary, Commander Spitzboov!

126. Products of 66-Down: ORES.  And 66. See 126-Across: MINES.

127. Part of GPS: Abbr.: SYST.


1. Leader leader?: LOSS. Loss leader.

2. Stuck in __: A RUT.

3. Trifling: MERE.

4. Magical Mary: POPPINS.

5. Garden of eating?: OLIVE. Olive Garden. Not this garden with this sandwich.

6. Spray holder: VASE.

7. HP rival: ACER.

8. Michele of "Glee": LEA.

9. Position: STANCE.

11. Boat for couples: ARK.

12. Client: ADVISEE.

13. Fishing basket: CREEL. Never saw one in person.

15. Generous words: ON ME.

16. Trompe l'__: OEIL.

20. Little created by E.B. White: STUART.

23. Zoom: ROCKET.

24. With 112-Down, classic Faulkner story: THE. 112. See 24-Down: BEAR.

28. Examine in detail: DISSECT.

30. Preppy trio?: PEES. Just the three letters in Preppy.

32. Bracelet ornament: CHARM.

33. Arrived on wheels: RODE UP.

34. Childcare aide: AU PAIR.

35. Russian workers' cooperative: ARTEL. China had cooperative also. It's called Gung Ho, literally "working together".

36. Opening bout, for short: PRELIM.

38. Word for us: OUR.

41. Nagy of Hungary: IMRE. Died in 1958.

42. Put coins into: FEED.

44. Sneak off and hide: ABSCOND. I confused this word with ABDICATE.

45. Bering, e.g.: Abbr.: STR. Strait.

47. Calf catcher: RIATA.

50. World Cup cry: GOAL.

57. More mature: OLDER.

59. Actress/activist married to Ossie Davis: RUBY DEE.

62. Waterside sights: PIERS.

68. "Curses!" cousin: DRAT.

69. Bring to the majors, in baseball: CALL UP.

71. Presidential name in three centuries: GEORGE. Oh, Washington. Bush Sr. and Jr.

72. Alpine songs: YODELS.

74. Wearable ads, maybe: T SHIRTS.

77. Spicy dip: SALSA. Hahtoolah loves salsa.

79. Kid-lit "Maniac": MAGEE. Unknown to me.

80. Car radio letters: AM FM.

81. It's handed down: LORE.

82. Chili's competitor: MOE'S. Google shows they don't have a store in MN.

84. Flow counterpart: EBB.

89. Off-tangent link: ON A.

91. Arguing: AT IT.

92. Airport surface: TARMAC.

95. Floatplane feature: PONTOON.

96. Wild revelries: ORGIES.

97. Units of force: NEWTONS.

100. "Call the Midwife" nurse: TRIXIE. Unfamiliar with the show.

101. Crankcase reservoir: OIL PAN.

105. Bert's pal: ERNIE.

107. Barnyard mama: HEN.

108. Stella Artois alternative: BECK'S.

109. Minor fight: SPAT.

110. Italian tower town: PISA. Odd. I put " Pisa Gary" in Google but could not find Gary and Joann.

113. Human __: RACE.

114. Toon nephew: HUEY.

115. USPS stack: ENVS. Envelopes.

116. Editorial "let it stand": STET.

117. They run often in summer, initially: ACS.

118. ER graph: EKG.

119. MAX rival: SHO.


Apr 26, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019, Pam Amick Klawitter

Air Conditioned for summer.  The letters AC are incorporated into one word of a common phrase to give it a new twist.  Notice that the addition of AC is found at the end of a word on the first two answers and at the beginning of a word on the last two answers.

17-Across. What turtles use to keep up outward appearances?: TORTOISE SHELLAC.  The common phrase is Tortiose Shell.  Did you ever wonder what was inside a Tortoise Shell?

27-Across. Cashew family shrub's observation?: COGITO ERGO SUMAC.  The common phrase is Cogito Ergo Sum.  Cogito Ergo Sum is a Latin phrase for Je pense, donc je suis, credited to René Descartes (Mar. 31, 1596 ~ Feb. 11, 1650).  The English translation is: I think, therefore I am.

46-Across. Ad offer Wile E. Coyote really regrets accepting?: COME FLY WITH ACME.  The common phrase is Come Fly with Me.  Come Fly With Me, in addition to being a Frank Sinatra Song, was the theme song of Pan Am Airlines.

61-Across. Old MacDonald's bookkeepers?: ACCOUNTING SHEEP.  The common phrase is Counting Sheep.  Counting Sheep is supposed to help one go to sleep.

1. Dash meas.: MPH.  As in Miles Per Hour.  You can find your rate of speed by looking at the Dash board on your car.

4. "Unstoppable" cleaner: DRĀNO.

9. Dealer's abbreviation: MSRP.  As in the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, also known as the List Price.

13. Brother of Athena: ARES.  Greek mythology.  Ancient Greece had two gods of war ~ Ares and Athena.  Both were powerful, but had different philosophies when it came to fighting in battle.  Ares was brutal and and cruel.  Athena, on the other hand, used strategy and was wise in battle.

15. What informants might wear: WIRES.  Did anyone watch the HBO series The Wire?

16.  First-rate: A-ONE.

20. __ demon: SPEED.

21. Persian Gulf resident: QATARI.  //  And 49-Down: Residents along the Persian Gulf:  IRANIS. Qatar is that tiny country, near the UAE, that sticks out in the Persian Gulf.

22. Tall trotter: EMU.  A male EMU can grow to a height of over 6 feet.  It is the largest bird native to Australia.  It can't fly, so had the ability to run at a rate of 30 MPH if being hunted.  If cornered, its sharp toe claws can eviscerate its hunter, so be warned.

24. "Grab __": "You're pinch-hitting": A BAT.  Baseball!

Rafael Devers AT BAT.

35. Ducks in Eugene: OREGON.  The Mascot of the University of Oregon, which is in Eugene, Oregon.  Why the Ducks you ask?  Back in the 1890s, the State of Oregon was known as the Webfoot State.  This name came from the early settlers of Oregon, many of whom were descendants of a group of Massachusetts fishermen who participated with George Washington in a surprise attack on a British stronghold during the American Revolutionary War.  These fisherman were known as the Webfoots.  The University of Oregon's original nickname was Webfoots, after their East Coast ancestors.  Not exactly a threatening name for a sports team.  In the 1940s, the team name was changed to the more fearful Ducks.  I'm scared.  (P.S., the University has a special license agreement with Disney, so it duck is a based on the Disney's Donald Duck.)

36. Blow it: ERR.

37. Gross __: TON.

38. Turner on a screen: LANA.
Lana Turner (née Julia Jean Turner; Feb. 8, 1921 ~ June 29, 1995)

39. Shakespeare's Athenian hermit: TIMON.  I was not familiar Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens.  Maybe our Shakespeare scholar can provide some insight into this play.

41. It's chilly in Chihuahua: FRIO.  Today's Spanish lesson.

42. Yamaguchi rival: ITO.  As in Midori ITO.  She makes frequent guest appearances in the crossword puzzles.  Both Kristi Yamaguchi and Midori ITO are skaters.
Kristi Yamaguchi (b. 1971) 
Midori ITO (b. 1969)

43. Tour opening?: ECO-.  Think of Ecotourism.

44. Title song words before "My love has come along": AT LAST.  As sung by Etta James (who makes frequent guest appearances in the crosswords.)

50. Bring up: REAR.

51. Stephen who played Inspector Bucket on "Dickensian": REA.  Dickensian is apparently a BBC drama that reimagines many of Charles Dickens' characters together in London.  Inspector Bucket was a character from Bleak House.  Stephen Rea (b. Oct. 31, 1946), who makes frequent guest appearances in the crosswords, plays the main character.

52. Mount Rainier gateway: TACOMA.

56. Twists: WARPS.  Let's do the Time Warp, Again.

65. It might pop up: MENU.

66. Giant Chicken on "Family Guy": ERNIE.  I have never seen this show.

I assume Ernie is on the left.

67. Spelling start?: ABRA.  My favorite clue of the puzzle.  The phrase Abra Cababra may come from an Aramaic phrase meaning: I will create as I speak.  It's used today by magicians when creating "magic."

68. Brigitte's bridge: PONT.  Today's French lesson.  Did any of you learn this song in French class?

69. Reason to raise goblets: TOAST.  It isn't always necessary to use a goblet.

70. Quick: APT.

1. Yoga accessories: MATS.  I go to yoga class at least twice a week.  I'm not as flexible as this woman.  Maybe I should go to yoga class more often.

2. Item on a set: PROP.

3. "__ lies ... ": HERE.

4. SADD focus: DWI.  As in a Driving While Intoxicated.

5. Off-color: RISQUE.  These bathing suits were once considered very Risque.

6. You might have to find it in geometry: AREA.

7. Egg holder: NEST.  Cute clue.

8. Fed. workplace watchdog: OSHA.  As in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

9. Surfrider Beach city: MALIBU.  My first car was a second-hand Chevy Malibu.

10. Juárez heater: SOL.  More of today's Spanish lesson.
11. Genetic letters: RNA.  The difference between RNA and DNA.

12. Bench press target: PEC.  Short for the Pectoral muscles.

14. Bus. card letters: STE.  As in Suite, I assume.

18. Poetic opening: ODE TO.

Ode to Billy Joe.
19. Historical times: ERAS.

23. Talk TV's Williams: MONTEL.  Montel Williams (né Montel Brian Anthony Williams; b. July 3, 1956), was the host of a long-running talk show, which ran from 1991 until 2008.

25. Land-and-sea military vehicle: AMTRAC.

Not to be confused with the train system, which is spelled with a "k".

26. Lao-tzu's philosophy: TAOISM.

27. Tummy trouble: COLIC.

28. JFK, notably: ORATOR.

29. Mapping subject: GENOME.

30. "Hometown Proud" market chain: IGA.  As in the Independent Grocers Alliance.  The Bet-R Store is an IGA store.  It was also used as a set for the 2011 movie Battle: Los Angeles.  The owner said, Never again would he allow a film production use his store.  It was very disruptive, especially to his customers.

31. Do more lawn work: RE-MOW.  I have to re-mow my lawn every week in the summer.  (Notice I said I mow the lawn.)

32. Miracle-__: GRO.

33. Richly decorated: ORNATE.  The mosaics at the Alhambra Palace in Spain are very ornate.

34. Benjamin's bill: C-NOTE.  What's in your wallet?

40. Hard to drive on: ICY.  I initially tried Ice.  (Sorry, Tinbini!)

41. Common destination for snowbirds: Abbr.: FLA.  As in Florida.  Snowbirds can travel to visit Lemonade and Tinbini.

45. Signs of spring: THAWS.

47. Patronize Pizza Hut, say: EAT OUT.

48. German title: FRAU.  Today's German lesson.

53. Tech tutorials site: CNET.

54. Spanish survey option: OTRO.  More of today's Spanish lesson

55. __ Harker, heroine in Stoker's "Dracula": MINA.

57. "The light dawns!": AHA!

58. "Fancy" singer, familiarly: REBA.  As in Reba McEntire (b. Mar. 28, 1955).

59. One who did it: PERP.  As in the Perpetrator, not the Perpendicular in the crossword puzzles.

60. Squabble: SPAT.

61. Roadie's armload: AMP.

62. Board leader: CEO.  As in the Chief Executive Officer.

63. Round-the-clock news pioneer: CNN.  As in the Cable News Network.
64. Catch, as a cold: GET.

Here's the Grid:

I'll leave you with a QOD:  If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would get done.  ~  Ludwig Wittgenstein (né Ludwig Joseph Johann Wittgenstein; Apr. 26, 1889 ~ Apr. 29, 1951), German philosopher