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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, January 10, 2018

L.A. Times Crossword Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Paul Coulter

Theme: Why should you never starve at the beach?  Because of all the sand which is there.  [Let the groaning begin.] Three common sandwich fillings are wrapped up inside the theme answers, in each split across the two word fill.  Let's have a taste.

20 A. Blindsided : CAUGHT UNAWARE.  Thus, by surprise.  The infallible internet tells me that UNAWARE is an adjective, but CAUGHT needs an adverb complement - in this case, UNAWARES. I am not making up this not.  Anyway, TUNA is a common sandwich filler, popular with both humans and felines.

33 A. Pumpkin pie maker's tool : NUTMEG GRATER.  A handy little gadget that comes in many designs and varieties.  NUTMEG is not just for deserts, though.  It goes wonderfully with pasta, spinach and Gruyere cheese.  Trust me on this one.  Concealed in this answer is an EGG.  I have not tried this with NUTMEG.  Could be promising.

41 A. One of a global septet : NORTH AMERICA. The other 6 continents are South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica.  HAM is of course another classic sandwich filler.  I like mine grilled with Swiss cheese.  Perhaps another NUTMEG opportunity?

And the unifier, or in this case, container -- 56. Flatbread lunch items ... and, as shown by circles, what 20-, 33- and 41-Across are? : SANDWICH WRAPS.  Typically, these are some variety flat bread, literally rolled and wrapped around the filling.

Hi, gang, JazzBumpa here.  Let's head for the dining room and see what else Paul has cooked up for us.  Bon appetit!


1. Share-a-ride pickup hrs. : ETAS. Estimated Time of Arrivals.  Er - Times of Arrival. 

5. Go wild with Wild Turkey, say : TOPE.  Drink to excess, especially if done on a regular basis.

9. Golden Horde member : TATARIt's complicated.

14. Pope __ VI (1963-'78) : PAUL.   Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, as Pope, continued and implemented the ecumenical reforms started under Pope John XXIII. 

15. Copied : APED.  APE see, APE do.

16. Be nuts about : ADORE.  

17. "The Simpsons" bus driver : OTTO.

18. Drink garnish : RIND.  Citrus, typically.  Or possibly melon.  I don't claim to know all.

19. Old-time actress Shearer : NORMA.  An accomplished performer who was nominated for 5 Oscars, and best actress winner in 1930 for THE DIVORCEE.

23. "Let's see ... " : HMM.  Thoughtful non-comment.

24. German city on the Danube : ULM.  Along with Regensburg, Passau, Donauschingen, Ingolstadt and Donauwörth, all of which have far to many letters.

25. Set ablaze : IGNITE.  Arson is suspected.

28. The hit in the baseball mantra "A walk is as good as a hit" : SINGLE.  Just as good in the lead off spot.  Not so much with a man on 3rd and two outs.

30. Sugar source : CANE.  Here in the midwest, BEET also works.

32. Cultural funding gp. : National Endowment for the Arts.

36. Beef inspection org. : United States Department of Agriculture.

39. 401(k) alternative, for short : Individual Retirement Account.  N. B. Abrvs. in. Cl. & Ans.

40. __ stick: incense : JOSS.  A thin stick made of paste and a fragrant substance burnt before a Chinese idol.  News to me.

46. Suffix with percent : -ILE.  Each of the 99 intermediate values that divide a frequency distribution into 100 groups.

47. College city on I-35 : AMES. Located in the center of Iowa, and home to Iowa State University.

48. Sharp : SHREWD.   Mentally.

52. Yom Kippur month : TISHRI.  From an Akkadian root meaning "beginning."   The first month of the civil year and 7th month of the eclesaitical year in the Hebrew calendar.

54. "Who am __ judge?" : I TO.  Who, indeed?

55. China's Chou En-__ : LAI.  Or Zhou Enlai, first Premier of the People's Republic of China, and a highly skilled diplomat.

60. Work really hard : SLAVE.  I don't suppose working hard at surfing counts.

62. '60s-'70s pitcher nicknamed Blue Moon : ODOM.  Johnny Lee ODOM, b. 1945 won three consecutive World Championships in 1973-4-5 with the Oakland A's.  He also had a pretty sever substance abuse problem.

63. Huge : EPIC.  

64. Awards for Asimov et al. : HUGOS.  Named for HUGO Gernbach, founder of the magazine Amazing Stories, they are presented each year at the World Science Fiction Convention.   Isaac Asimov is an American biochemist who became a science-fiction and then non-fiction author and editor of hundred of books

65. Computer list : MENU. Or cafe.  We do have a sandwich theme!

66. Concerning : AS TO.  In re:

67. Suits : EXECS.  Corp big wigs.  I've met a few and was not impressed.

68. Musically low : BASS.  

69. Floral neckwear : LEIS.  Flower garlands associated with Hawaii.


1. Young Cleaver, for short : BEAV.  From the 50's - 60's sit-com about Wally Cleaver's younger brother Timothy, portrayed by Jerry Mathers.

2. Idris of "Luther" : ELBA.  British actor, producer, musician, and DJ.

3. Service call? : AMEN.  Actually a response at a religious service.

4. Penicillin source : MOLD.  This was discovered completely by accident when mold spores got into petri dishes of Staphylococcus aureus while microbiologist Alexander Fleming took a long week end in 1928.

5. She sang about McGee : JOPLIN.  Janice, aka Pearl.

6. Iroquois tribe : ONEIDA.  Native Americans of the Great Lakes region in the U.S and Canada.

7. Willy or Lenny of Manhattan deli fame : KATZ.  Proprietors of Katz's Deli [Est. 1888] in Manhattan, not the Manhattan Deli chain, as near as I can tell.

8. Pentathlon sword : EPEE.  Famous competitive dueling sword, often crossed in crossword puzzles.

9. 35mm camera type : Single Lens Reflex.

10. Russell __ Candies : STOVER.

11. Heart chambers : ATRIA. Two auricles, two ventricles, no oracles.

12. Played over : RERAN.

13. "You __ cool!" : ARE SO.  Why thank you. [blushing]

16. Selma's state : ALABAMA.

20. "So that's the puzzle theme!" : AHA.  Or, occasionally, HMM.

24. Torso topper : HEAD.  Anatomy.

25. Torah chests : ARKS.   Housing for the Torah scrolls in a Synagogue.

26. One of a vivacious pair? : VEE.  This letter appear twice in the subject word.  Self-referential clue. Meh!

27. Origami bird : CRANE.  Folded paper art.

28. Discontinued Saturn model : ION.

29. Noir weapon : GAT.  A gangster's gun, in a sub-genre of American crime fiction.

30. School support org. : Parent-Teachers Association.

32. Cooped (up) : PENT.

33. Co-worker of Clark : LOIS.

34. "The good is __ interred with their bones": Antony : OFT. Marc, via that spear-shakin' guy.

36. Stuffed one's face : ATE A TON.  As I did on thanksgiving.

37. Throw on : DON. As apparel.

38. Jettas, e.g. : VWs.  Der Gute Deuetsche VolksWagen.

39. Rev : GUN.  An engine.  Has nothing to do with a GAT.

43. Protégé : MENTEE.  One who mentored.

44. Midnight rider : REVEREYet another Paul.  I'm a-Pauled.  This one was an American silversmith, engraver, early industrialist, and Patriot in the American Revolution. He is best known for his midnight ride to alert the colonial militia in April, 1775 to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord.

45. Like a ripped-up check : VOIDED.  To void a check, you write the word VOID across it.  This check can then be used to set up direct deposit or automatic electronic payments.  A ripped up check is just shredded paper.

46. Taylor of fashion : ANN.  Not a real person.  This is a group of retail apparel shops founded by Richard Liebeskind in New Haven, Connecticut.  Ann Taylor was the name of a best selling dress at his father's shop.  Dad gave both the dress and the name to his son.

47. On the blink : KAPUT.  Inoperative.

48. Maureen of "The Quiet Man" : O'HARA.  Maureen Fitzsimmons [1920-2015] was an Irish actress and singer who often worked with John Ford and Marion Mitchell Morrison [aka John Wayne.]

49. Wedding bands : RINGS.

52. Layered mineral : MICA.

53. Arabian Sea sultanate : OMAN.

54. Loads : GOBS.  Large quantities.

55. Vaccine holder : VIAL.  A small cylindrical container, usually made of glass, used to hold medications or scientific samples.

56. "Not only that ... " : ALSO. In addition  .  .  .

57. Politburo no : NYET.  Russian negation.

59. "Newhart" production co. : MTM.  Named for Mary Tyler Moore.  The Newhart program ran on CBS from 1982 to 1990.

Well, that [ahem] WRAPS is up for another Wednesday.  Sadly, no love for peanut butter.  Hope you didn't EAT A TON.

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