The Lighter Side of JzB

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Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

L.A. Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Theme:  FACE splitting grins. Each asterisked clue announces a theme entry that splits the word FACE down the middle and uses the halves as BOOK ENDS.  They're not really intended to be amusing, but I do have to smile at the cleverness.

20. *Miss : FAIL TO NOTICE  An ineptitde in keen powers of observation.

28. *Simulated living room feature : FAUX FIRE PLACE.  A decorative mantle, perhaps a hearth, a psuedo-fire chamber, but not a place for a fire.

45. *Feature of many Bee Gees songs : FALSETTO VOICE   Description here.

And the unifier 51. Headline that would shock the Internet community (or put another way, hint to the divided word in each of the answers to starred clues) : FACE BOOK ENDS.  And a nice word play at no extra charge.

Hi gang, JazzzBumpa here.  Let's see what these BOOK ENDS hold for us.


1. Cellar process : AGING.  For wine, cheese, or pickles

6. Incline : TILT.  Or slant

10. Shady plan : SCAM.  Yesterday this was a con game.

14. Hilo veranda : LANAINice view.

15. Freshly : ANEW

16. Scrabble piece : TILE

17. Panache : FLAIR

18. He caught Don's 1956 World Series perfect game : YOGI.  Don Larsen and YOGI Berra.  A happy moment.

19. Bickering : AT IT.  Be careful how you parse this.

23. Tolkien's Elrond, e.g. : ELF.  He was called Elrond Halfelven, though that is not quite accurate either.   I believe he had both elven and human lineage from two of his grandparents.

26. One way to pace : FRO.  The other is TO.

27. Hold dear : PRIZE

32. Confounds : ADDLES

33. Poem of the countryside : IDYL.  Clear Ayes . . .

34. Fort Meade-based govt. org. : NSA.  The National Security Agency, a frequent visitor to crosswords. 

37. Standards, briefly : REGS  REGulations

38. Ottoman officer : AGA

39. Dan Patrick's channel, formerly : ESPN, the all sports cable network..  Daniel Patrick Pugh can now be heard on Premier Radio Networks.

40. Portland-to-Boise dir. : ESE.  

41. Frosh, next year : SOPH.  Freshman and SOPHomore (the wise fool.)  I wanted someone who was going to be a Frosh next year, not what this year's Frosh would be next year.

43. Scientific __ : METHOD.  You can go through the process here.

48. Respectful address : MADAM

49. Louis XIV, par exemple : ROI.  Head of France is TETE; King of France is ROI.

50. Some 12-yd. soccer shots : PKS.  Penalty Kicks, I assume.

55. Takes steps : ACTS.  An actor steps across the stage, but that's not what we're getting at here.

56. Land of Rama I : SIAM.  Now Thailand

57. Poke : ELBOW.  

61. Gait slower than a canter : TROT.   More specifically, this is gait of a horse in which the diagonal pairs of legs move together, not to be confused with the PACE, in which the two legs on the same side of the horse move together.  Racing TROTTERS and PACERS may not break stride.. 

62. 'Enry's greeting : 'ELLO.  'Enry 'Iggens, I presume

63. More-than-disappointing crowd? : NO ONE.  For some reason, I had a hard time parsing this.  

64. Miffed : SORE

65. Textile worker : DYER.  I wanted BRIM POUNCER

66. Amarillo's home : TEXAS.  Amarillo is yellow in Spanish.  The city is likely named for the abundant yellow wild flowers in the area or the yellow soil in the banks of near-by Amarillo creak

1. The Tanners' adoptee, on TV : A.L.F.  (Alien Life Form)  I am only vaguely familiar with this character from yet another show I never watched

2. Lass : GAL A youthful female.

3. Garten of the Food Network : INA.  I don't know her.

4. Newbie : NAIF.  This word means "a naive or inexperienced person."  The correlation with "Nebie" is a bit fanciful, IMHO.

5. Long-necked mammal : GIRAFFE.  The LW's favorite critter.

6. Five-time Grammy winner James : TAYLOR.   This song is not one of them.

7. Playing a fifth qtr., say : IN O.T.  Overtime

8. Kid's building block : LEGO.  Dang!  I always want to spell this with two "L"'s.

9. Reinforced, as some dust bags : TWIN-PLY.  Wow, this was slow to develop.

10. Radio interference : STATIC 

11. Immigrant test taker's goal : CITIZENSHIP.  A call out to C.C.!

12. Rocker Cooper : ALICE.  I won't use a link on him.

13. Dole (out) : METE.  Middle English from Latin for "turning post" or "boundary" via Norman French.

21. Pupil's place : IRIS.  Class room wouldn't fit, no matter how much I eyeballed it..

22. Uttered : ORAL.  Tricky, using a verbal adjective where I was expecting a verb.

23. Online airline deal : E-FARE 

24. Fills with cargo : LADES 

25. Arbitrary allowance for error : FUDGE FACTOR 

29. T-shirt sizes, for short : XLS.  Extra-large.

30. Black ball : EIGHT.  Here, I was looking for a verb and got a noun. In billiards, the 8 ball is solid black.

31. BlackBerry Bold, e.g. : PDA   Personal Data Assistant.  Actually, a full-featured smartphone.

35. Logical character : SPOCK.  The guy with the pointy ears from Star Trek

36. Aconcagua is its highest peak : ANDES.  South American Geography fact of the day

38. Mimic : APE.  Old crosswordese.

39. Command for DDE : E.T.O. European Theater of Operations.  No play acting there.

41. Generous slice : SLAB.  Mmmmm -- pie.

42. Diffused through a membrane : OSMOSED.  This awkward back-formation actually is a word.

43. Night light : MOON. Thou pale evanescent orb . . .

44. Clear : EVIDENT.  Plane to see.  On an EVIDENT night, you can planely see the MOON.  It is now just short of midnight, and the rain has begun.

46. Carol opening : ADESTE.  "O come" in Latin.

47. Aftershock : TREMOR.  Any news of tremors from Tuesday's shock?

48. Computer shortcut : MACRO.  Yesterday, this was a lens.

51. Domino's nickname : FATS.  So much easier than Antoine Dominique, Jr.  And deserving of one last link.

52. Slick : OILY 

53. Curly cabbage : KALE.  A headless, leafy varierty.

54. Gin flavoring : SLOE.  The SLOE plum. I guess the word "gin" by itself doesn't mean anything specific, hence the need for London Dry Gin.

58. Spar in the ring : BOX 

59. Stop __ dime : ON A.   A very sudden stop.

60. Filmmaker Craven : WES  Producer, director, writer and actor with a long list of film credits including Nightmare on Elm Street and several Screams.

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