Theme: Use Your Noodle. This one would be pretty close to themeless if it weren't for --
55A. Old family recipe (and see circles): SECRET SAUCE.
The remaining long fill entries, in a pinwheel array, have nothing obvious to do with each other. If you didn't get the circles, this SECRET will be a real mystery. If you did get them, you'll see they are centrally located in the shape of the letter S, which can stand for either SECRET, SAUCE, the word that the circled letters spell, SPAGHETTI, or the letter S occurring twice each in the other long fills.
This is an original theme concept. At least I don't remember seeing anything quite like it before. The fill entries with the circled letters also have nothing else in common. Here they are in order.
26A. Filing tool: RASP. A coarse file used for rough shaping.
30A. Collars: ARRESTS. Places under legal custody. When the bandit fell in love with the police woman who captured him, it was cardiac ARREST.
34A. Web unit: PAGE. An element of internet presence, not typically associated with silken threads.
38A. Skater Sasha or comic Sacha Baron: COHEN. Alexandra Pauline "Sasha" Cohen is an American figure skater. She is the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World Championship medalist, the 2003 Grand Prix Final Champion, and the 2006 U.S. Champion. Sacha Noam Baron Cohen is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Baron Cohen is most widely known for creating and portraying four fictional characters: Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, and Admiral General Aladeen. Both per Wikipedia. You probably don't confuse them.
41A. Veggie burger veggies: PEAS. The PEA pod is actually a fruit, and the PEAS we eat are immature seeds, but are generally though of as vegetables. I don't associate them with veggie burgers, but I'm an omnivore, so what do I know?.
43A. Struggled to achieve: EKED OUT. Just barely succeeded at something, like survival, frex., often via excessive effort. 47A. With 31-Down, "Proud Mary" singer: TINA. Because Creedence Clearwater Revival doesn't fit.
Also -- 17. Phoenix-based hotel chain (and see circles): BEST WESTERN. The chain operates 2163 hotels in North America, and over 4000 world wide.
11D. Produce served in the fall (and see circles): ACORN SQUASH. So named because of it's shape.
25. Feature of some penny loafers (and see circles): SADDLE STRAP. It's not clear to me what these last three have to do with the theme, other than each containing the letter S twice; but since the circles are mentioned, I'll include them here. Am I missing something?
Hi, Gang. JzB here. And there is your tasty theme, complete with SAUCE, a veggie burger and even an unusual dessert. The theme visual can be found in the grid diagram at the bottom of this post. Now, let's get out of the kitchen and explore the rest of this offering.
1. Film director's honor: OSCAR. One of 24 awards issued annually by the Academy of Motion picture Arts and Sciences for artistic or technical merit.
6. Rich, dusty soil: LOESS. A loosely compacted deposit of windblown sediment.
11. Greeting at a dog park: ARF. Sound of a dog's friendly bark.
14. 100 kopecks: RUBLE. Russian money, if you are in a hurry.
15. Common film festival film: INDIE. Independent - i. e. not associated with a major studio.
16. Loving murmur: COO. Get a room . . .
19. Mac platform: OSX. Version 10 of the Apple Macintosh operating system. I'm using Version 10.10.5 Yosemite.
20. Crankcase reservoir: OIL PAN. The bottom section of the crankcase where the oil resides.
21. Small bouquet: SPRAY.
23. "Help!" at sea: SOS. The Morse Code international distress signal, a continuous sequence of 3 dots, 3 dashes and three dots. So if you panic and start sending out OSO, it really doesn't matter.
27. Threadbare: WORN. Thin and tattered with long use.
28. Place for prayer: CHAPEL. Typically, a small church.
33. __ the hills: OLD AS. Contrary to popular belief, I am younger than some of the hills.
36. Here, in Spanish: AQUI. There is Ahi or alli.
Wait for it
37. Agrees quietly: NODS.
39. Short: CURT. 40. Indianapolis NFLer: COLT.
Are they out of Luck?
42. Accra is its capital: GHANA. West African country located on the Gulf of Guinea.
45. Yellowstone attraction: GEYSER. A hot spring that emits a column of water and steam.
46. Brewski: SUDS. AKA a cold one.
49. Nine and five, in nine-to-five: Abbr.: HRS. Typical working hours.
50. Cast a ballot: VOTED.
52. Sources of fragrant wood: CEDARS. True CEDARS are conifer trees of the family pinaceae. There are many other many other conifers that have similarly colored and scented woods.
54. Make a mistake: ERR. It's only human.
60. Salty body: SEA. Of water.
61. "Carmen," e.g.: OPERA.
62. Not yet realized: UNMET. As needs.
63. Peak: TOP.
64. Ten-time French Open winner: NADAL. Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
65. Sounds from a belfry: PEALS. The loud ringing of bells.
1. Mercury or Mars: ORB. A celestial sphere - in this case a planet.
2. Alphabet Series novelist Grafton: SUE.
3. "Young Sheldon" network: CBS.
4. Kind of clarinet: ALTO. The clarinet you typically think of is the soprano version. This one is larger and pitched a 5th lower in Eb and has a curved metal bell. Little known factoid - the clarinet was invented by a French musician who named it after his daughters, Claire and Annette.
5. Does some electrical work: REWIRES. Could be shocking.
6. Speech therapist's concerns: LISPS. Eathy for you to thay.
7. Ready to pour: ON TAP. As, frex, SUDS.
8. Genesis garden: EDEN. Life was simpler back then.
9. Ringo Starr's title: SIR. Ringo was knighted by Prince William just a few weeks ago.
10. Motion detector, e.g.: SENSOR.
12. Civil rights hero Parks: ROSA. Rosa Louise McCauley Parks [1913 -2005] refused to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery ALA in 1955. She was arrested for violating the segregation law, and became an important symbol of the civil rights movement.
13. Sly: FOXY. Clever and cunning.
18. Airline to Tel Aviv: EL AL. The flag carrying airline of Israel since 1948.
22. Tediously moralistic: PREACHY. Often implying an undeserved tone of moral superiority.
23. One carrying a torch?: SCONCE. A wall mounted fixture, not a person.
24. "Hey, check it out!": OH LOOK. Get a load of that!
27. Small, chirpy bird: WREN.
29. Incurring late fees: PAST DUE. As library books or loan payments.
30. Forever: AGES.
31. See 47-Across: TURNER. Tina, from the thema.
32. Indian lutes: SITARS.
34. "Always be a __, even in prose": Baudelaire: POET.
35. Finder's cry: AHA! Eureka!
38. Computer "brains," briefly: CPUS. Central Processing Units.
42. Gets ready (for): GEARS UP.
44. Heavily favored: ODDS ON.
45. Pesky flier: GNAT. Annoying insect.
47. __ cotta: TERRA. Unglazed, typically red-brown earthenware.
48. Exemplary: IDEAL. Perfection!
50. Garment for brisk days: VEST. COAT also fits.
51. Two-toned snack: OREO. More food, common x-word fare.
52. Sent a dupe to: CCED. Carbon copies are so 1980, but still the abrev persists.
53. Reasonable: SANE. That's not-crazy talk.
56. Org. that monitors wetlands: EPA. Environmental Protection Agency.
Theme: What happened to the Pope? Let's start with the unifier. It will make all clear.
54. Minister or imam, say ... and, in two ways, a hint to words hidden in 17-, 29- and 38-Across : RELIGIOUS LEADER. The titles of RELIGIOUSly ministerial people are indicated at the beginning of each theme answer - thus LEADing the way in. Let's see how that works.
17. Secondhand wave of excitement : VICARIOUS THRILL. This is an imagined experience based on the actions or feelings of someone else. The position of VICAR varies among different Christian denominations, but always involves some level of LEADERship responibiity.
29. Place to get delivery instructions? : LAMAZE CLASS. This teaches a method of preparation for natural childbirth. A LAMA is a teacher of the Dhamma, a principle of cosmic order, in Tibetan Buddhism.
38. Hare care site : RABBIT HUTCH. Clever clue for a place where bunnies are nurtured [not the Playboy Mansion.] In the Jewish faith, A RABBI is a teacher in Jewish law who also provides pastoral counseling and represents the community.
With two grid-spanners and two more entries of 11 letters each, this is quite rich for a 4-part theme. Also, I found this to be a bit on the tough side for a Wednesday. But, it's Jeffery, who we usually see on Fridays, so that might explain it. In fact, word count, length and freshness are all in the Thursday- Friday range.
Hi, gang, JazzBumpa here to guide you on this pilgrimage. Remember, religion is off-topic here, so we'll make our excursion secular and apolitical.
1. Touch, e.g. : SENSE. Along with sight, smell, taste, taste and hearing, the typical 5 SENSES. Modern thinking identifies a longer list.
27. Google Apps component : G-MAIL. 21st century communication device.
31. Pro bono TV ad : Public Service Announcement.
34. "Hamilton" climax : DUEL. I'm not familiar with the ending of the musical - but this event ended Alexander Hamilton's life. After missing with his first shot, Hamilton was struck by Burr's shot, and died the following day from the wound.
35. 27-Across alternative : AOL. An internet service provider.
36. Has second thoughts about : RUES. This rather understates what would be better defined as "bitter regret."
37. Member of the fam : SIS. I have one. No bro, though.
42. Thick : DENSE. Figuratively speaking, a not particularly bright person can be called dense. In more physical terms, these words refer to a linear dimension and relative heaviness, respectively.
43. Off the beaten path : REMOTE. Or, alternatively, far away.
44. Arcade activity : GAMING. Generally of video or pin ball varieties.
47. Welcome words to a hitchhiker : HOP IN. Feel free to enter the vehicle.
48. Kicking partner? : ALIVE. Words that go together in a vernacular phrase.
49. Ancient France : GAUL. A vast region of Western Europe north of Iberia inhabited by Celtic peoples, that includes parts of several other modern countries.
51. St. Petersburg's river : NEVA. In Russia, not Florida, therefore remote.
57. Jaguar's jaguar, e.g. : TRADEMARK. A word, phrase or symbol that is registered or established by use to represent a company or product.
58. Clarence Odbody in "It's a Wonderful Life," e.g. : ANGEL. Specifically, a 2nd class angel, who after 200 years, had still not earned his wings. Sad.
59. Give a finer edge to : HONE. Sharpen on a whetstone, or figuratively, refine one's skills.
60. Word with bill or ball : PLAY. "PLAY ball" announces the start of a baseball game. A PLAYbill is a poster announcing a theatrical performance. Here is my lovely wife, Gloria, admiring a recent PLAYbill featuring granddaughter Amanda.
1. In __: unborn : UTERO. Still in the uterus.
1. Hockey announcer's cry : SAVE. The average NHL goalie's save percentage has been .913 to .915 for the last 5 seasons.
2. Actress Falco : EDIE. Nurse Jackie, and before that Carmela Soprano.
3. The Sultan of Swat and The Splendid Splinter : NICKNAMES. I've had a few. Didn't like most of them. The ones listed here refer to baseball legends George Herman "Babe" Ruth and Ted Williams, respectively.
4. Like produce at farm-to-table restaurants : SEASONAL. Fresh and locally produced, unlike strawberries in Michigan in March.
5. The Danube's cont. : EUR. The continent of Europe. Note abrv. in cl. & ans.
6. "Run along now" : SCOOT. Get a move on.
7. Pull with effort : HAUL. Schlep.
8. "Assuming it's true ... " : IF SO. Conditional.
9. Guinea pig, e.g. : PET. A domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or amusement.
10. Taken from above, as photos : AERIAL. Formerly from a plane, now probably from a drone.
11. Invigorating : BRISK. Like a cool breeze or cup of hot tea.
12. Jacque's thousand : MILLE. French number.
13. Cyber Monday events : SALES. Along with Black Friday, President's Day, the 4th of July and Boxing Day. All designed to separate you from your money.
16. "To clarify ... " : THAT IS. What I meant to say . . .
18. Operating : IN USE. Verb form used as a modifier. Some grammarian help me with the vocabulary.
49. Hockey announcer's cry : GOAL. Average number of goals against this year is 2.77, up from 2.59 last year and 2.51 the year before. Average shots against per game have been 31.8, 30.1 and 29.6, respectively. More shooting --> more scoring.
Theme: WORK. You can WORK out, WORK at something, or WORK on someone. Alternatively, you can use the word WORK as a modifier or compound noun component, as applied to either half of today's two-word theme entries. Let's start off with today's theme song number 1.
17 A. Door-to-door seller's form : ORDER SHEET. This is a list of items you can chose to buy from. A WORKORDER tells the crew what their next job is. A WORKSHEET can either be a student's assignment page listing questions with places for answers, or a page in a spreadsheet program.
25 A. Do some bargain-hunting : SHOP AROUND. Search for the most cost effective alternatives. A WORK SHOP is a meeting where people engage in activity related to a specific goal or project. A WORK AROUND is a method for overcoming a problem or difficulty in a system or program,
35 A. Text with maps and timelines : HISTORY BOOK. A chronicle of who did what to whom, and when and where it happened. Your WORKHISTORY is a detailed report of all the jobs you've held, complete with dates and titles. A WORKBOOK contains pages of student's instructions and assignments related to a specific topic.
49 A. Residential get-together : HOUSE PARTY. A gathering at the residence of the PARTY's host. A WORKHOUSE is a prison where the inmates are subjected to labor as punishment. A WORKPARTY can be either a social gathering of or for employees, or an organized unit of persons WORKing together.
59 A. Game with ringers : HORSE SHOES. A game in which two players or teams alternate throwing actual HORSE SHOES or similar U-shaped objects at a stake set in the ground. A ringer is a HORSE SHOE that completely encircles the stake. A WORKHORSEis literally a HORSE used for work on a farm, or figuratively a person who dependably and consistently performs hard WORK. A WORKSHOE is a sturdy SHOE designed to provide protection for the foot during a labor assignment.
And the unifier -- 66 A. 2016 #1 hit for Rihanna, which can precede both parts of 17-, 25-, 35-, 49- and 59-Across : WORK. Now that you can see how this theme WORKs, here is theme song 2.
Hi gang, JazzBumpa on the job. We definitely have a thematically rich entry today. How much WORK do you suppose that took? Let's WORK our way through the puzzle and see what we can accomplish.
1. Flow back : EBB. As tide.
4. "Get outta here!" : BEAT IT. Advice from Michael Jackson.
10. Column in a pugilist's record : TKOs. A Technical Knock Out occurs when the referee or official ring physician decides that a boxing mach must be stopped for safety reasons, while a round is in progress.
14. Congressional auditing org. : General Accounting Office. An independent, non-partisan agency that WORKS for Congress using facts and data to support Congress in meeting constitutional responsibilities and help improve performance and accountability.
15. Rhine wine region : ALSACE. Located in eastern France, adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. Historically it's control has been disputed between France and various German states.
16. Stable parent : MARE. Horse mama. Mental and emotional states may vary.
19. Very smart : CHIC. Fashionable and well-appointed. Levels of intelligence may vary.
20. Gosling of "Blade Runner 2049" : RYAN. This is a remake of a 1982 classic neo-noir science fiction film. I never saw either, but long ago I did read the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which they are [more or less] based.
21. Tupperware sound : BURP.
23. Jeans label : LEE. Brand name.
24. Nightly TV staple : NEWS. What weird thing happened today?
28. Where K-I-S-S-I-N-G goes on : IN A TREE. Part of a playground taunt traditionally directed at a boy or girl suspected of being attracted to a girl or boy.
(Girl's name) and (boy's name) sitting in a tree
K-i-s-s-i-n-g! (spell it out)
First comes love.
Then comes marriage.
Then comes baby in the baby carriage,
Sucking his thumb,
Wetting his pants,
Doing the hula, hula dance!
I can testify that I have never kissed anyone while sitting in a tree.
30. Hold the floor : ORATE. Make a speech - especially pompously or at length.
31. Fabled beast : ASS. Lots of animals in fables. Levels of pomposity many vary.
39. Org. in Dan Brown's "Digital Fortress" : NSA. National Security Agency.
40. Temps : SUBS. Temporary or substitute workers.
41. "There's an __ for that" : APP. APPlication program for your computer or mobile device.
44. Figures on a sports news crawl : STATS. Statistics - also scores and events.
47. Input, as accidentally erased data : RE-ENTER. Tedious WORK.
53. Aviation prefix : AERO-. Short for aeronautical, used to construct portmanteau words.
54. Pop __ : ART. ART based on popular culture, often with critical or ironic intent.
55. Mongolia locale : ASIA. The largest continent.
56. Camp Lejeune gp. : United States Marine Corp.
57. Losing proposition : DIET. Ordinarily this means something that turns out - too late, alas - to be a lost cause. But here, it's a clever misdirection for a nutritional strategy intended for weight reduction.
63. Burden : ONUS. Literal, from Latin.
64. Smart people? : ALECKS. Irritating people or who make rude wise-cracks or act superior in knowledge. Actual knowledge, intelligence and fashion sense may vary.
65. NBC skit show : Saturday Night Live.
67. More sinewy : WIRIER. More lean and tough. Try saying it 3 times, quickly.
68. Farm area : STY. Where the pigs hang out. Down
1. Cause of star wars? : EGO. Stars as celebrities, not celestial objects - so the wars are rather more trivial, and down to earth.
3. Fragrant shower gel : BODY WASH. Thickened liquid as an alternative to bar soap.
4. Setting for most of "Charlotte's Web" : BARN.
5. Overhead trains : ELS. So called for their ELevated tracks.
6. Volcanic __ : ASH. Small mineral particles expelled during a explosive volcanic eruption, correctly referred to as tephra.
7. Billy Blanks' workout system : TAE-BO. A total body fitness system employing matial arts techniques.
8. Become frozen : ICE UP.
9. Aquarium fish : TETRA. Small, tropical, brightly-colored tropical fresh-water fish. Those in aquariums are penta-up. Fortunately, they cannot put a hex on you, even if you have deviated septa.
10. SHO sister channel : TMC. The Movie Channel.
11. Liqueur in an espresso martini : KAHLUA. Coffee flavored liqueur.
12. Point in the right direction : ORIENT. If you point in the wrong direction, someone could end up getting lost by occident.
13. Formally withdraw : SECEDE.
18. Point in the right direction? : EAST. A clecho, indicating the normal ORIENTation of flat maps. Do you have to turn the map upside down when traveling south?
22. Ask for a hand? : PROPOSE. Another nice misdirection. Not a request for assistance or one's share of the cards, but rather a request for a loved-one's hand in marriage. Possible outcome of K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
25. Nasal dividers : SEPTA. The SEPTUM is the wall of cartilage and thin bone separating the nostrils.
26. Deli option : HERO. Big sandwich of meat, cheese and spreads made on an oblong roll or similarly shaped loaf of bread that is sliced end-to-end horizontally, alternatively called the dagwood, submarine [sub], hoagy or grinder.
Theme: CAPITAL IDEAS. This one is unusual. Four country names cross the names of their capital cities. They are arranged in two country-capital pairs, each of which is diagonally symmetrically placed in the grid. Each country is placed across and each capital is placed down. Lots of geometric thought went into this arrangement. Note that the grid symmetry is 180 degree rotation around the central cell - the G of GRIDLOCK. Also, quite a trick finding the places that make this work.
3 D. With 17-Across, where the Duma sits : MOSCOW.
17 A. See 3-Down : RUSSIA.
13 D. With 23-Across, where the Hellenic Parliament sits : ATHENS.
23 A. See 13-Down : GREECE.
42 D. With 52-Across, where the Assembleia Nacional sits : LUANDA.
52 A. See 42-Down : ANGOLA.
45 D. With 58-Across, where Parliament sits : OTTAWA.
58 A. See 45-Down : CANADA.
And the centrally-placed, vertical, grid-spanning unifier -- 7 D. Legislative impasse ... and what occurs at this puzzle's circles? : CAPITAL GRIDLOCK. Without getting political, this refers to the inability of congress to pass meaningful legislation due to intractable competing interests. In the puzzle, the crossing of the countries with their capital cities locks both into the grid. Nicely done. And a lesson in the spellings of CAPITAL and CAPITOL, for those like me who need it.
Hi Gang, JazzBumpa here. Let's unlock the grid.
1. Fitting the season : TIMELY. Our daffodils are about 2 inches tall, but the crocuses have yet to make an appearance.
7. Innermost part : CORE. Of an apple or nuclear reactor, among other things.
11. Gp. known for travelers' checks? : TSA. The Transportation Safety Administration checks the travelers before they board airplanes. Clever misdirection.
14. Ancient markets : AGORAE. In ATHENS. I wanted a terminal S, but the perps took care of that.
15. Erelong : ANON. Soon.
16. Bow (out) : OPT. You can also OPT in.
18. Sullen look : POUT. Girls in my family, across the generations, have an infamous lower lip pout.
19. "Well, __-di-dah!" : LAH. An expression of derision directed at the pretentious.
20. Nutmeg spice : MACE. Nutmeg is the ground seed-stone of the nutmeg plant. MACE is the dried fibers of the surrounding fruit.
21. NY engineering sch. near Albany : RPI. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private research university and space-grant institution located in Troy, N. Y. to the best of my knowledge, Helen never matriculated.
25. Enero to enero : ANO. From January to January is one year in Spain, just like everywhere else.
26. Charcuterie fare : MEAT. This is a store selling cold cooked MEATs.
27. Tippi of "The Birds" : HEDREN. Famous Hitchcock movie.
39. __ goo gai pan : MOO. Americanized Chinese cuisine - a stir-fried dish of chicken with button mushrooms and vegetables.
40. Wine-and-cassis drink : KIR. Cassis is a black current liquer. KIR is a measure of cassis topped up with white wine, usually drunk as an apéritif.
41. Cooped-up female : HEN. Chicken lady.
42. Break in the action : LULL. Time out.
43. 20 Questions category : ANIMAL. Along with vegetable and mineral. One of my long ago colleagues, a PHD physicist, chose something he claimed as vegetable, and nobody could suss it. Turned out to be crude oil.
45. Food scrap : ORT. Crossword fodder.
48. More unsightly : UGLIER.
50. Minor body-shop job : DENT.
51. Lipton product : TEA. I happen to be sipping a mug of Twinings Earl Grey at the moment.
53. Inc., in London : LTD. Designations for a limited liability corporation.
54. Wild guess : STAB. Shot in the dark.
55. Class-conscious org.? : The National Education Association is a professional organization for teachers and support personnel.
62. Confessor : AVOWER. I knew to avow meant to assert. Didn't know it also meant to confess. Learning moment.
63. Enzyme suffix : -ASE. An enzyme is a large molecule that aids chemical reactions in biochemistry.
64. Watch word? : TICK. It's companion is TOCK.
65. Word on a lost-dog poster : REWARD.
1. Airport surface : TARMAC. Pavement, generally made from tar and crushed rock.
2. Galápagos lizard : IGUANA. A large arboreal lizard native to Central and South America. Be careful in Florida.
4. Hebrides language : ERSE. Scottish Gaelic.
5. French narrative poem : LAI. A rhyming, counted-syllable form.
6. Like closing financial reports : YEAR END.
8. "Oh Yoko!" dedicatee : ONO. Japanese mulimedia artist and activist, best known as John Lennon's second wife.
9. Or so : ROUGHLY. An approximation.
10. __ nous : ENTRE. Just between us,
11. Stand : TOLERATE. Put up with.
12. Long key : SPACEBAR. On your keyboard.
22. Bit of butter : PAT. A non-specific rather small quantity, so-called because fancy restaurants would pat butter into a mold to give it a decorative shape, such as a flower.
24. Enter cautiously : EDGE IN.
26. Cat call : MEOW.
30. Platform for Siri : IOS. Operating system for Apple branded mobile devices.
32. "Cookin' With __": rapper/chef's web show : COOLIO. Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (born 1963) is an American rapper, actor, chef, and record producer.
35. Overconfidence : SMUGNESS. More like excessive pride.
36. Bridge entrance structure : TOLL GATE. Only if it's a bridge that requires that a toll be paid.
37. ATM code : PIN. Personal Identification Number.
38. One-swallow drink : BELT. Slug, gulp.
40. Pakistani port : KARACHI. The CAPITAL of Sindh Province and, with 21.1 million residents, the most populous city in the country, and also a major industrial and financial center.
41. Railroad maintenance vehicle : HAND CAR.
44. Bumped into : MET.
46. Library patron : READER.
47. "The Canterbury Tales" inn : TABARD. This is a real place, established in 1307, that was often used by pilgrims on the way to Canterbury. Also the name of a peanut-shell-strewn tavern, back in the day, just down the road from my alma mater.
49. Campaign poster word : ELECT. Vote for me!
54. White flakes : SNOW. Winter is going.
57. Hawaiian Punch alternative : HI-C. A fruit juice flavored drink made by the Minute-Maid division of the Coca-Cola Company.
59. Hail, to Caesar : AVE. Latin word of greeting.
That's it for another Wednesday. Hope you were able to work through it.
Wow - that's horrible. Moving right along, here are our theme entries. The first words of each horizontal three-word entry build up to today's pressing question.
19 A. Has no chance of working : WILL NEVER FLY. Won't get off the ground.
23 A. "This is a sure bet" : YOUCANT LOSE. If it's too good to be true . . .
42 A. "Hold on a sec" : BERIGHT BACK. Don't wait up for me.
48 A. 2000s sitcom starring Jason Lee : MYNAME IS EARL. Grifting bully wins the lottery and has an epiphany, then decides to use his new unearned wealth to right all the wrongs of his life. Never watched it.
Today's quasi-unifier completes the idea. 20 D. End of a question begun by part of 19-, 23-, 42- and 48-Across : VALENTINE. You can read about the eponymous saint here.
Putting it all together: WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?. Of course I will, I love you all.
Found these gems on Face Book.
Hi gang, Jazzbumpa on duty. I didn't bring you any chocolates, but let's see what other lovely delights we can uncover.
1. Drive-thru device : ATM. Automatic Teller Machine for banking from your driver's seat.
4. Org. people line up for? : TSA. Transportation Security Administration. I used to love air travel. This is one more reason not to.
7. Sell under false pretenses : PALM OFF. I had PASS OFF, which slowed me down a bit.
14. Tries to scam online : PHISHES. Uses fraudulent e-mail to get people to reveal personal information, like pass words or credit card numbers.
16. South Pacific region : OCEANIA. A collective name for the many scattered islands in the Pacific Ocean, north and south of the equator, plus Australia.
17. Good thing to break gently : BAD NEWS. Otherwise, you're breaking bad, badly.
18. Bought time : STALLED. Dragged one's feet.
21. "__ Lisa" : MONA. Famous painting, and a chance for some better music.
22. Golf's "Big Easy" : ELS. South African golfer Theodore Ernest [Ernie] b.1969, with 19 PGA wins, 28 European Tour wins, and dozens of other trophies.
28. "Halt and Catch Fire" network : AMC. TV network formerly known as American Movie Classics. The named program was a fictional drama series about the early days of personal computing and the growth of the world wide web.
31. Writers Patchett and Brashares : ANNS. I'm currently reading Lords and Ladies, [without having read the necesssarry prequels, and it's till working out OK] and misread Patchett as Pratchett. But TERRY doesn't fit. Ms Patchett [b 1963] is an American writer of magazine articles, short stories and novels. Her novel Bel Canto won the PEN/Faulkner award in 2002. Ms Brashares [b 1967] is an American writer of YA fiction, best know for her novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
32. Korea setting : EAST ASIA. With whom we have not always been at war.
34. Rhodes of Rhodesia fame : CECIL John Rhodes [1853-1902]. Without spending more time than I was willing to, I couldn't verify that he was the eponym for Rhodesia, but I'll still make that intuitive leap. His Wikipedia entry says he was a mining magnate, businessman and staunch believer in British imperialism, which I take to mean he was also a virulent racist and exploiter.
36. "__-Man": superhero film : ANT. The IMDB entry for this movie says, "Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world."
37. Longtime SeaWorld star : SHAMU. The killer whale.
38. Four-legged collar wearer : HOUSE PET. Cat or dog, most of the time.
40. Indigo plant : ANIL. Indigofera suffruticosa, is a flowering plant of the pea family native to tropical and subtropical Americas. It is a source of indigo dye.
41. Rubble-making stuff : TNT. TriNitroToluene. Originally used as a yellow dye, it is now best known as an explosive. Since it is rather difficult to detonate, it has relatively safe handling properties.
46. Storybook crone : HAG. Witch.
47. Close at hand : NEAR.
53. "God willing!" : I HOPE SO. Wishful thinking.
55. "We've heard enough" : SPARE US. T M I.
57. Accumulates : PILES UP. I had AMASSES, leading to more difficulty.
58. Cautious bettors : HEDGERS. Here is how they do it.
59. Mailer's need : ADDRESS. Only if you want it to arrive.
60. Many promos : ADS.
61. Spot for family game night : DEN. AKA, family room.
1. Manhunt letters : APB. All Points Bulletin. A broadcast to law enforcement agencies to be on the look out for a certain dangerous or missing person.
2. Winter warm spell : THAW. We had two or three last week, with snow storms in between.
3. Skirt style : MIDI. I had MINI first. More wishful thinking, I suppose. Then MAXI 'cuz i go to extremes.
4. Title role for Geena : THELMA. Along with Susan as Louise. Iconic feminist story with a Greek tragedy finale.
5. Attached, as a button : SEWN ON. Holding on by a threat
6. Give the go-ahead : ASSENT.
7. Something struck by a model? : POSE.
8. One in a cast : ACTRESS. I believe ACTOR is now the preferred non-gender-specific term.
9. Circulars : LEAFLETS. Things that are circulated, not things that are shaped round.
10. Store collections : MALLS. Nice misdirection. Collections of stores rather than collections of things in stores.
11. The Beach Boys' "God __ Knows" : ONLY. I never knew this was title.
12. Quaint "For shame!" : FIE. Expression of outrage or disgust.
13. Fidget spinners, apparently : FAD. Short-lived enthusiasm for some thing that generally doen't deserve it.
15. Kate McKinnon is in its ensemble, briefly : SNL. Saturday Night Live. Common X-word TV entry.
23. Regatta entry : YACHT. A recreational boat in a race. The word YACHT derives from the Dutch word for "hunt." Originally it meant a fast sailing ship used to hunt down pirates and other aquatic miscreants.
24. Diamond situation after a leadoff double : ONE ON. One base runner in baseball. Why a double and not a single, triple, walk, or batter hit by pitch?
25. Full-length, as a film : UNCUT. Unabridged.
26. Several CBS dramas : CSIs. Crime Scene Investigation - a franchise of CBS crime dramas involving procedural forensics in evidence gathering and crime solving. Never watched any of them.
27. Bread grain : OAT. Not just for horses.
28. Yoga pose : ASANA. Didn't we already have a POSE?!? An ASANA is a seated posture, or other yoga position.
44. Secured, as a gate : HASPED. Dating back to the Germanic origins of Old, English, a HASP is a perforated metal plate that fits over a metal loop that can then be secured with a lock. Its use as a verb is archaic.
45. Tire features : TREADS. The textured surfaces where the rubber meets the road.
46. Bouncing off the walls : HYPER. Over-excited or -active.
48. Shape : MOLD.
49. Hairdressing challenges : MOPS. Unruly locks. Maybe a HASP would help?
50. Uru. neighbor : ARG. Two So. Amer. Ctries.
51. Swamp thing : REED. Plant life.
52. Angler's fly, e.g. : LURE. A type of bait that attracts the targeted fish.
53. Pub letters : IPA. India Pale Ale. A high hop content brew, originally designed to be brewed in England and shipped to India. The hops stabilize the product in transit.
54. Squirreled away : HID.
56. Bank acct. info : SSN. Social Security Number. Guard it from the PHISHermen.
OK kids. That wraps up another Wednesday. And since it's Valentine's day, I'll close with this. Nā Pana 'Elua, in Hawiian means "The Two Heartbeats."
Here we get the theme continuity from the clues rather than the fill. Not a common approach, but you'll see it once in a while. Long theme fill, with a grid spanner in the middle. Not a lot else to say. Each two-word entry indicates extremely fast motion in a sports context.
Hi gang, JzB here. Never known for my speed. This time I swear to give you today's puzzle, the whole of today's puzzle, and nothing but today's puzzle - or help me, 'cuz I'll need it. Let's proceed at whatever pace you find comfortable, and see what else we can catch up with.
1. Filet mignon source : LOIN. A superior cut of beef.
17. Slick : OILY. Slippery or lubed, literally or figuratively.
18. Team first managed by Casey Stengel : METS. Casey had previously managed the Yankees for many years. My favorite baseball trivia question: What was Casey Stengel doing in 1927 when Babe Ruth of the Yankees hit 60 home runs? [Answer at the bottom.]
19. Volcanic archipelago state : HAWAII. Everybody knows this - right?
20. Eyelid bump : STYE. A painful bacterial infection of an oil gland in the eyelid.
24. Internet subdivision : DOMAIN. An identifying web address.
25. Feathered layer : HEN. Of eggs.
26. USPS assignment : RTE. Route.
29. Eagerly took in : ATE UP. Literally or figuratively
30. Flutist of Greek myth : PAN. Half man, half goat, Pan is the god of the wild, fields, fertility and Spring, and companion of the nymphs. Apollo made better music on his lyre - and that's the truth!
33. Romanov rulers : TSARS. Russian royalty.
35. Classic shoe polish brand : SHINOLA. You know from SHINOLA - right? What you might not know it that the brand name now belongs to a Detroit company that makes high-end watches, bicycles, jewelry, leather goods and accessories.
39. Surmounting : ATOP. Straddling, perhaps.
45. "Field of Dreams" setting : IOWA. Regarding a baseball field in a corn field.
46. Lowered the grade of : DERATED. As in creditworthiness.
47. Take potshots : SNIPE. With a gun or one's tongue
49. Simple survey answer : YES.
50. Poetry Muse : ERATO. Her name comes from the same root as erotic, and indicates beauty and desirability.
55. Own, to Burns : HAE. I guess this means "have" in highland dialect.
56. Craven of horror : WES. The director who brought us Freddie Krueger of Elm Street fame, The Hills Have Eyes, etc.
59. Mental haze : STUPOR. Confusion.
65. "Toodles!" : CIAO. Greeting or parting word from an old Italian root meaning "I am your slave."
67. Evening get-together : SOIREE. From SOIR, the French word for evening.
68. One-named Deco artist : ERTE. Romain de Tiroff. ERTE is the French pronunciation of his initials - and mine.
69. Curved paths : ARCS. Observable with baseballs, footballs, basketballs, tennis balls, and golf balls.
70. There for the __: easy to get : TAKING. Come and get it.
71. Plug-in vehicle, briefly : E-CAR. Electric powered conveyance.
72. Chinese toy : PEKE. Small dog variety, not a child's plaything. Take your pick.
73. Comes down hard? : SLEETS. Frozen rain does this. Clever clue and an unpleasantly chilly experience.
74. Dines : SUPS. Eats supper. Or dinner. You decide.
1. Greek letter whose lowercase indicates wavelength : LAMBDA. Uppercase Λ, lowercase λ.
Mandatory nerd joke: Q: What's 𝛎? A: C/ λ, same as always.
[Translated: Q: What's new (nu, frequency)? A: The speed of light / the wave length.]
2. Developer's unit : ONE LOT. A plot in a plat.
3. Early enough : IN TIME. Or ON TIME.
4. Bahamian capital : NASSAU. Or a town on Long Island.
9. Secretariat utterance? : NEIGH. Secretariat was an American thoroughbred race horse that in 1983 became the first triple crown winner in 25 years.
10. Complaint : GRIPE. Grouse.
11. Anjou kin : BOSC. A pair of pears.
12. Intelligentsia : LITERATI. Specifically those with an interest in literature.
13. English cathedral town : ELY. This town is about 80 miles north of London. The church community dates back to the 7th century, with the present building dating from the 11th century.
14. Easter egg dip : DYE. To color the shells.
22. A bit buzzed : TIPSY. From imbibing alcohol.
23. Aardvark snack : ANT. Or termite.
27. Bouncy gait : TROT. A horse's or person's rapid stride. Less than a CLIP, though, I'm guessing.
28. Best Game or Best Play : ESPY. Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, granted by ABC Sports, and previously by ESPN, to recognize outstanding individual and team achievements.
30. Christmas candle scent : PINE.
31. Fit to be tied : ANGRY. Feeling choler.
32. Super stars? : NOVAE. A super NOVA is a transient astronomic event in the last stages of a star's evolution that involves catastrophic destruction via a huge explosion. NOVAE is the plural. Clever clue.
34. Plant pouch : SAC. Animals have them, too.
36. Put out of sight : HID.
37. "I'm game" : LET'S do it.
38. Newcastle Brown brew : ALE. A decent brown ale produced by Heineken.
40. Wolfgang Puck creation : DISH. As in entree, not a piece of porcelain dinner ware.
41. New Rochelle college : IONA. Affiliated with the Congregation of Christian Brothers, locared 20 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County.
42. Twice-baked bread : ZWIEBACK. Here in MI, it's Trenary Toast, from the U. P.
43. Hit with a laser : ZAP. or warm in a microwave oven.
44. "Awake and Sing!" playwright : ODETS.
48. Farm mom : EWE.
51. "Slumdog Millionaire" money : RUPEES. Indian currency.
52. Brief summary : APERCU. It should make an illuminating of amusing point. From the French verb meaning "to percieve."
53. Line dance step : TOE TAP.
54. Military instructions : ORDERS.
57. Bridge seats : EASTS. Bridge table locations are indicated North, South, EAST and West. In a tournament, there are several tables. The N-S pair stays put, while the E-W pair travel in one direction and the pre--dealt cards travel the other way.
58. Scandinavian toast : SKOAL. Traces back to an Old Norse word meaning "bowl." Possibly filled with brown ale.
59. Surfboard stabilizers : SKEGS. A SKEG is a fin underneath the rear of the board.
61. Got up : ROSE.
62. "Just do it" brand : NIKE. Athletic shoes.
63. Niagara Falls source : ERIE. Ohio's great lake.
64. Penny : CENT. One hundredth of a dollar.
65. Ballplayer's hat : CAP.
66. Choler : IRE. Ill humor.
This was not a speed run for me. How about you?
In 1927, when Yankee great George Herman [Babe] Ruth hit a record-setting 60 ARCS into the outfield seats, Charles Dillon [Casey] Stengel was in my home town managing the Toledo Mud Hens. Stengel went on to manage the Yankees from 1949 to 1960. The following year, when Roger Maris hit 61 home runs, the Yankees manager way Ralph Houk. Stengel managed the Mets from 1962-5.
In those days I was a Yankee fan. Forgive me, I was young and didn't know any better.