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Jul 30, 2020

Thursday, July 30th 2020 Roland Huget

Theme: Planetary Craft - the puzzle is crafted so that four planets - aka worlds - are split across two theme entries. To wit:

17A. Flirts with: MAKES EYES AT and 19A. Coffee server: URNSaturn. I've made eyes at a coffee urn in early-morning meetings when the coffee has just arrived and I've not had my morning caffeine fix.

23A. All thumbs: INEPT and 24A. Nefarious: UNETHICAL. Neptune.

36A. Square things: GET EVEN and 38A. Put many miles on: USE A LOT. Venus. My car came to end-of-lease last week and is going up for auction next month. Whoever gets that car is going to be happy - it's three years old with less than 15,000 miles on it and looks brand-new. So I didn't use it a lot.

51A. Where to find a hammer and anvil: MIDDLE EAR. and 53A. Unifying idea: THEME. Earth.

and the reveal:

59A. Not remotely on the same page ... and what can literally be found in four puzzle rows: WORLDS APART.

A "bridge the gap" theme from Roland - a clue to these themes is where the reveal mentions "puzzle rows" rather than "puzzle entries".  I filled in "MIDDLE EAR" and "THEME" and "Middle Earth" jumped out at me - then I got to the reveal itself and all became clear. I liked a lot that "THEME" was part of the theme; I'm sure that wasn't just a happy coincidence.

Good job all round from Roland - there's some great fill around the theme entries, and a couple of new ones too, which helps to keep things fresh. Let's take a look:


1. Vitamin amts.: RDA'S. The clue implies an abbreviation, it appears that "RDA" without the periods is now accepted usage. Makes punctuating this entry a lot simpler!

5. Come by: OBTAIN.

11. Pancake syrup source: SAP. The sap of the maple tree. I don't eat breakfast pancakes so I'd never eaten maple syrup until recently where a recipe I was using called for it. I was surprised it wasn't just sweet, it had a depth of flavor that I didn't expect.

14. Isn't informal?: AIN'T. I like these clues.

15. Southwestern community: PUEBLO.

16. __ Fáil: Irish coronation stone: LIA. The Stone of Destiny. Last used for a coronation around 500AD.

20. Picks up gradually: GLEANS.

21. Type of wave or spree: CRIME.

28. Web address feature: DOT.

29. Enliven, with "up": SPICE.

30. Parker and Waterman: PENS. I used Parker fountain pens at school - we had to write with pen and ink, woe betide you if you tried to sneak a ballpoint in there. Consequently all our fingers were ink-stained from refilling the darn things.

31. Sanford of "The Jeffersons": ISABEL.

34. Amusement park shuttles: TRAMS.

42. Catch on: SEE IT.

44. Lily's role in "All of Me": EDWINA. Lily Tomlin co-starred with Steve Martin in this 1984 comedy.

45. Smoothie berry: ACAI. Goji or Acai? Wait for the crosses - the "I" doesn't help you.

48. YouTube journals: VLOGS. Video Logs, formally. I subscribe to quite a few YouTube channels, you can lose yourself down some very quirky rabbit holes very quickly!

50. Water source: TAP.

55. "Caveman" diet: PALEO.

56. Chicago suburb: AURORA. It seems mean to describe it as a suburb, it's a city in its own right and in the top 115 most populous in the country. Here's the William B. Green residence. Familiar-looking architecture? Yes indeed, it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

58. New Haven Ivy Leaguer: ELI.

64. Barbecue piece: RIB.

65. Surpass: EXCEED.

66. Allergic reaction: ITCH.

67. Slalom shape: ESS.

68. Speech platforms: ROSTRA. Thank you, Latin lessons of yore. Nouns ending in "-UM" are generally neuter, and pluralized with "-A".

69. Radar's favorite soda: NEHI. You can still get this stuff. Anyone know what it tastes like?


1. The one for ewe?: RAM.

2. Figure out: DIAGNOSE.

3. Art that may be covered by a sock: ANKLE TAT. This is new fill. It appears that no-one gets a tattoo any more, they get "ink" or a tat. On one of our trips to England not so long ago, we stopped off in Blackpool, an old resort town on the Irish Sea. We parked across the street from a place which proudly had "TATTOO'S" writ large on the storefront. I don't think I'd trust them with punctuating my tat.
4. Allow to soak, as tea: STEEP.

5. Conducting business: OPEN.

6. Purchases all of: BUYS UP.

7. Informal top: TEE.

8. Crunch targets: ABS.

9. Dockworkers' org.: I.L.A. The International Longshoremen's Association.

10. V-shaped slit: NOTCH.

11. Gold miner's water trough: SLUICE.

12. Lindbergh, e.g.: AIRMAN. Amongst many things. This one wins Obscure Random Clue of the Day award, very Thursday-like.

13. Discussion groups: PANELS.

18. Perched: SAT.

22. Tool for cutting with the grain: RIPSAW.

23. "Gotcha, man": I DIG. I doubt either have been heard in daily life since ... oh ... the jazz era? Woodstock? A while ago, anyway.

25. Small point: NIT.

26. Neutral shade: ECRU.

27. Pokes fun at: TEASES.

29. Record holder: SLEEVE. With vinyl making a mini-comeback, record sleeve printing firms are back in business!

32. Next to: BESIDE.

33. Night before: EVE.

35. __ school: MED.

37. Khartoum's river: NILE. You can't argue with that. Khartoum is at the confluence of the Blue Nile and the White Nile, which together form the Nile.

39. Knowledgeable, as in a particular field: LITERATE.

40. Protesting, maybe: ON A MARCH.

41. Sticky stuff: TAPE.

43. Ode title words: TO A. Keat's "Ode to a Nightingale" is a little long to post here in full, but the first verse is well known (or at least, the first few lines):

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
         My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
         One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
         But being too happy in thine happiness,—
                That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees
                        In some melodious plot
         Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
                Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

45. Current unit: AMPERE.

46. Viagra competitor: CIALIS.

47. Deviates from the script: AD LIBS.

49. Landscaping equipment: GRADER.

52. Farther down: LOWER.

53. Singing syllable: TRA. la la.

54. Hitchhiker's welcome: HOP IN. Do people still hitchhike? My buddy and I took a trip when we were 17 from the UK to the south of France and Spain and back in the days when it was still a thing.

57. Food safety org.: USDA.

60. Good Grips utensil brand: OXO.

61. Coke alternatives: RCS. RC Cola. I suppose you can pluralize it, you can have Cokes and Pepsis, so why not (although "pepsis" sounds like a some kind of infection!)

62. Court call: LET. "Let the Prisoner Go"? Nah, tennis. I don't watch a lot of tennis, but the last tournament I saw there were no net-cord judges anymore. When did those folk get phased out? They were a fixure at Wimbledon.

63. How-hot-it-feels stat.: T.H.I. The Temperature Humidity Index. I like LA's dry heat, I get grumpy in humid places unless I'm on vacation in a pair of beach shorts.

And I think that's about it. Here's the grid with the theme entries highlighted in what my MacBook paint tool calls "Banana".


Jun 24, 2020

Wednesday June 24, 2020 Roland Huget

Theme: JAM SESSION (58A: Impromptu performance ... or what the starts of 17-, 24-, 34- and 50-Across comprise?) - Jam can follow the first word of each them entry.
17. Sequential written evidence: PAPER TRAIL. Paper jam.

24. Firewood device: LOG SPLITTER. Logjam.
34. Winter carnival attraction: ICE PALACE. Ice jam.

50. Roadwork marker: TRAFFIC CONE. Traffic jam.

C.C. here. Let's hope all's OK with our Jazzbumpa, who had today's blogging slot. 

This is typical Monday/Tuesday LAT theme with words that can follow/precede theme. But the grid itself is quite Wednesday due to the theme entry length and fill. Always tougher to grid a set of 5 with a middle 9. This resulted in four chunks of stacked 7's. But  Roland is a pro. He makes both themed and themeless grids.


1. West Coast NFLer: LA RAM.

6. John Deere logo animal: STAG.

10. Hugging duo: ARMS.

14. Stage remark akin to thinking aloud: ASIDE.

15. "Take it!": HERE.

16. Linger in the bath: SOAK.

19. Colombian city: CALI.

20. Removes from the roster: CUTS.

21. Mojito liquor: RUM.

22. Was an omen of: BODED.

23. Singer DiFranco: ANI.

27. Juicy morsels: TIDBITS.

29. Bond creator Fleming: IAN.

30. Before now: AGO.

31. Rudder area: STERN.

32. Shade tree: ELM.

33. Figurehead location: PROW.

38. Sprinkler attachment: HOSE.

41. Took a load off: SAT.

42. Planetary path: ORBIT.

46. No longer fashionable: OUT.

47. Galley mover: OAR.

48. The art of sculpted shrubbery: TOPIARY. Brilliant fill.

53. Hide-hair connector: NOR.

54. Mar. honoree: ST PAT.

55. Story __: ARC.

56. "Show Boat" author Ferber: EDNA.

57. Estate document: WILL.

61. Iowa State city: AMES.

62. Creme-filled cookie: OREO.

63. Philly Ivy League sch.: UPENN.

64. French pop: PERE.

65. Ring stats: TKOS.

66. Prone to giving orders: BOSSY.


1. Purring companions: LAP CATS.

2. In sync, teamwise: AS A UNIT.

3. Dangerous current: RIPTIDE.

4. Fruit drinks: ADES.

5. Côte d'Azur view: MER.

6. Gestures of indifference: SHRUGS.

7. Reds and Red Sox: TEAMS.

8. Radio journalist Shapiro who sings with Pink Martini: ARI.

9. Come together: GEL.

10. Fancy neckwear: ASCOT.

11. Street sealer: ROAD TAR.

12. Guy's sense of self-importance: MALE EGO.

13. Impoverished urban area: SKID ROW.

18. Jogging pace: TROT.

22. Coal holder: BIN.

24. "The Mod Squad" role: LINC.

25. Tiresome person: PILL.

26. Tibetan priest: LAMA.

28. Actress Larson who plays Captain Marvel: BRIE.

32. Enjoy a meal: EAT.

33. Prefix with meter: PERI.

35. Actor Morales: ESAI.

36. Paris picnic area: PARC.

37. Manage: COPE.

38. Replacement of computer parts without a reboot: HOT SWAP. Gimme for TTP/AnonT/D-Otto. New term to me.

39. Dating site for singles 50 and older: OURTIME. Also new to me.

40. Desk gadget: STAPLER.

43. Tosses about, as ideas: BANDIES.

44. T-shirt transfers: IRON-ONS.

45. Oppressive rule: TYRANNY.

47. Many times o'er: OFT.

48. Sculpted trunks: TORSOS.

49. Way back when: ONCE.

51. F on a test, often: FALSE.

52. Brief appearance: CAMEO.

56. Hockey's Phil, to fans: ESPO.

58. Make a note of, with "down": JOT.

59. Noah's craft: ARK.

60. Underwater craft: SUB.


May 13, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Roland Huget

Theme: The Woods Are Calling

John Muir's quote was actually, "The mountains are calling, and I must go." What Muir really meant. Such a consistent theme here, with the first two, and last three letters of each spelling out a type of wood (or tree), and the 'filler' in between - thus WOOD FILLER. Awesome.

17. *Specialized baking surface: PIZZA STONE.

23. *Unwelcome sci-fi visitor: ALIEN INVADER.

34. *Pair with a license, often: MARRIED COUPLE.

47. *Location method requiring a sorted list: BINARY SEARCH.

55. Carpenter's compound, or what's found between each of four pairs of circled letters: WOOD FILLER.


1. Signs of healing: SCABS.

6. Like many summer drinks: ICED.

10. Pipe smoker's gadget: TAMP. Verb, not noun here.

14. Vinyl hit, usually: OLDIE. Vinyl has made a comeback and is pretty popular again.

15. Complimentary: FREE.

16. "I have an __": IDEA.

19. Reason for a cake, briefly: BDAY.

20. Flower bed tool: HOE.

21. Yet, poetically: THO.

22. What a person eats: DIET. Or more typically, what a person doesn't eat.

28. Spelunking spot: CAVERN.

30. Rescue copter: MEDEVAC.

31. Classical theaters: ODEA. From a hall, theater, or other structure for musical or dramatic performances.

32. Paddle cousin: OAR.

33. One-time connector: ATA.

39. Diamond throw: PEG.

40. Kind of tale or fate: SAD.

41. Sweet companion?: SOUR.

42. Cheese on a cracker: CHEDDAR.

45. Lets go: LOOSES.

49. Frozen dessert chain: TCBY. The Country's Best Yogurt, a chain of frozen yogurt stores.

50. Common email attachment: PDF. Portable Document Format.

51. Wall St. specialist: ARB. Definitely not my area - anyone else know this? "The practice of simultaneously purchasing and selling securities in two separate financial markets in order to profit from price differences between them. For example, an arbitrageur would buy a security at one price on the London Stock Exchange and sell the same security at a higher price on the New York Stock Exchange. "Arbs" also get busy in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), mostly by shorting the stock of companies making an acquisition and simultaneously buying shares in the takeover target."

54. "Now hear __!": THIS.

59. Words with movie or show: SEE A. We're all doing this at home now. My local art theater is hosting viewing online in their virtual cinema, calling it "Distance and Chill."

60. Quattro maker: AUDI.

61. "Au contraire": NOT SO. French.

62. Formerly, quaintly: ERST.

63. Genealogy chart: TREE. Nice bonus word.

64. Laundry challenges: SPOTS.


1. Junior-to-be: SOPH.

2. Award coveted on "Mad Men": CLIO.

3. Shaping tool: ADZE.

4. Industry, informally: BIZ.

5. Poseidon's realm: SEA.

6. Programming decision construct: IF THEN.

7. Sing like Bing: CROON.

8. Yet, poetically: EEN.

9. "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" duettist Kiki: DEE.

10. Shinbones: TIBIAE. Tricky plural spelling.

11. What extra cost hopefully brings: ADDED VALUE. Not always so.

12. Ones enjoying a rare meal?: MEAT EATERS. Rare meal ... nice.

13. Fork over: PAY. Coming right after the clue above, I was thinking meat.

18. Hoosegow: STIR. Hoosegow is slang for jail - or also for being drunk and disorderly.

22. Movie format: DVD.

23. Say confidently: AVER.

24. Kind of jet: LEAR.

25. It's Intel-based since 2006: IMAC.

26. Lyre-playing emperor: NERO.

27. Early TV brand: RCA.

28. Inviting, as a look: COME HITHER. Lauren Bacall ...

29. Commercial writers: AD AGENCIES.

32. Unmatched: ODD.

35. Words to an old chap: I SAY.

36. All __: listening closely: EARS.

37. Biennial games org.: USOC. United States Olympic Committee.

38. Luxurious: POSH.

39. Banned chem. contaminant: PCB.

43. Pats gently: DABS AT.

44. Martini order: DRY.

45. Scottish boy: LADDIE.

46. "Carmina Burana" composer: ORFF. The Lasting Appeal of Orff's Carmina Burana.

48. Lyrical work: EPODE. A form of lyric poem written in couplets, in which a long line is followed by a shorter one.

51. Kind of sax: ALTO. 8 Famous Saxophone Mucisians You Should Know. Here's one.

52. Take five: REST.

53. Good buds: BROS.

54. Half a fly: TSE.

55. Angkor __: Cambodian temple: WAT.

56. Plural possessive: OUR.

57. Connections: INS.

58. Cut (off): LOP. Ow.

Mar 7, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020 Roland Huget

Themeless Saturday By Roland Huget

Today's puzzle is by Roland Huget and it appears to be his first LA Times Saturday effort. He has had puzzles on every day but Saturday and Sunday here. Melissa Bee blogged his last LA puzzle sixteen days ago which had a clever GEAR shift gimmick.

Roland has had eight NY Times puzzles and the grids were amazing. I have no personal info on him but I enjoyed scaling his literary hill once I got some toeholds.


1. Island top: ALOHA SHIRT and 67. Island bottom: GRASS SKIRT. These were very fun top and bottom horizontal clues once I sussed where they were going. Hawkeye's ALOHA (Hawaiian) SHIRT is at the Smithsonian's National Museum Of American History but not currently on display.

11. Beaver young: KITS 

15. Dreamer of Greek myth: LOTUS EATER - A member of this classic mythological race ate the fruit of the LOTUS tree which made them dreamy and indifferent (stoned?)

16. Short race, briefly: ONE-K - Redux from last week - a ONE Kilometer (.67 mile) race

17. Celebrated 1981 bride: PRINCESS DI - In The Crown it is stated that Charles was always deeply in love with Camilla but was forced to marry Dianna. Timeline

18. Kyrgyzstan range: ALAI - Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott trekking in the "otherworldly" ALAI Mt. range in south Kyrgyzstan. 

19. Italian sonnet closing: SESTET - The Italian or Petrachian sonnet starts with eight lines and ends with six lines. A famous such sonnet is The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus whose closing is this SESTET 

20. One may be mounted close to a grille: FOG LAMP 

22. Never encountered before: NOVEL.

25. Sleeper's path: RAILS - The famous Sleeper Car scene in Some Like It Hot. Fun cluing.

26. Didn't lose at all: SWEPT - Winning all the games of a series

30. Athlete's best effort: A-GAME - The Astros always brought their A-GAME but also cheated

32. "Breaking Bad" org.: DEA - I've known many chemistry teachers but none that cooked meth

33. City on the Arno: PISA - The Arno flows west through Florence and then to PISA where it empties into the Ligurian Sea. Several dams on it make it non-navigable by boat

34. Hardly the best smoke: STOGIE - Roger Miller sang of a King Of The Road who smoked "Old STOGIES I have found"

35. Filing aid: TAB - At the top of a cardboard folder or at the bottom of an Excel spreadsheet  

36. Item on many a diner check: ENTREE 

38. Jazz piano style: STRIDE The fabulous Oscar Peterson teaching Dick Cavett about jazz piano The first 1:20 explains STRIDE Piano   

40. Greek letter: ETA.

41. White water: RAPIDS 

45. Early philosophical hot spot: ELEA Interested?

46. Columbo, for one: Abbr.: DETective

47. Point of view: ANGLE

48. Sidestep: AVERT - AVOID? EVADE? Nope...

49. Formal wear: DRESS.

51. One way to think: ALOUD 

53. Experiment with Zener cards: ESP TEST.

55. Tree with green-skinned fruit: PAW PAW - Mr. Green Jeans  sang Way Down Yonder In The PAW PAW Patch on Captain Kangaroo 

60. Opposite of bueno: MALO 
¡Fumar es MALO para tu salud! (Smoking is bad for your health)

61. United Nations goal: WORLD PEACE.

64. King Harald's father: OLAV.

65. Obsolescent media: AUDIO TAPES - This used to be as good as it got for portable music

66. Flier over Hawaii: NENE - State bird that frequently roosts in crosswords


1. Jungfrau setting: ALPS - Tourist books recommend you make an 5. Trip up: ASCENT and then ride a velogmel down the slope while you are in the Jungfrau area

2. Stuff of legends: LORE.

3. Name you might see while listening to Muzak: OTIS - Now that's a cool clue!

4. Follow the game?: HUNT Tracking

6. Address: SEE TO.

7. Dines on: HAS.

8. Part of TGIF: IT'S.

9. Sign of trouble: RED FLAG - Smoke pouring out from under the hood?

10. Beaux Arts __: longtime chamber music group: TRIO.

11. Arboreal marsupial: KOALA - Arboreal? 
✔ Joey in marsupial pouch? ✔ KOALA? ✔ 

12. Countertop option: INLAID TILE.

13. Captain, say: TEAM LEADER.

14. Stops pumping momentarily?: SKIPS A BEAT - Also called a palpitation 

21. Receive with a shake, maybe: GREET - No shaking hands by GREETERS at our church these days

23. Brewery fixture: VAT.

24. Narcissist's issue: EGO.

26. One flying without a plane?: SPEED DEMON - This one went 462 mph

27. January clearance: WINTER SALE - Lots of nice clothes are on sale but they are all Smalls and Mediums

28. Where there's a will, usually: ESTATE PLAN 

29. Equal footing: PAR - My getting a PAR is a 
31. Hit opposite: MISS proposition

34. Bean of "Game of Thrones": SEAN - I finally remembered where I had seen his face. He was the villain in National Treasure with Nicolas Cage

37. Make room on a drive: ERASE - On your computer hard drive

39. Gun in neutral: REV - Stoplight theatrics 

42. Org. that runs the FedEx Cup Playoffs: PGA TOUR Here 'ya go!

43. Misfortune: ILL.

44. __ volente: DEO - God Willing - This year, DEO volente, the floods will not return to our town

48. Makes adjustments: ADAPTS.

50. Hot spot: STOVE.

52. Beehives, e.g.: UPDOS - The product given credit for making these UPDOS possible like the one we see on Annette Funicello below.

54. Promotional handouts: SWAG - All actors, actresses and directors nominated for an Oscar this year got a SWAG Bag with $225,000 worth of gifts 

56. Watered down: WEAK.

57. Longtime MLB star Big __: PAPI - David "Big PAPI" Ortiz got hit with a bullet intended for the man seated next to him last year in the Dominican Republic . He has recovered

58. HP rival: ACER.

59. Old U.S. region?: WEST How the West was spun

62. Nutritional abbr.: RDA.

63. Fleur-de-__: LIS - Proudly displayed on the New Orleans football helmet 

What say you?