Jun 13, 2017

Tuesday, June 13 2017, Parikshit S. Bhat

Theme: Right Out of the GATE. Anagrams.


18. Beverage from China's Wuyi Mountains : OOLONG TEA. The best tea I ever had was from a tea room in San Francisco's China Town - Oolong Formosa, selling for $30 an ounce. It tastes like caramel and butter. The complexity of teas from the highest peaks in Taiwan are becoming harder to come by as land is reclaimed to prevent erosion. Tragic.

 3. Make terrific progress : GO GREAT GUNS

5. Protective vests, gas masks, etc. : RIOT GEAR


28. Rep seeking promising performers : TALENT AGENT

42. "Stop sweating the small stuff!" : GET A LIFE

60. Attend a party uninvited ... and a literal hint to five sets of circled letters : GATE CRASH.  

Melissa here. "Crash" indicates the circled letters are scrambled. This was a little crunchy for a Tuesday - the circles helped fill in a few unknowns. Fun to see theme answers both across and down.

Across

1. Composer heard at graduations : ELGAR. Sir Edward Elgar composed Pomp and Circumstance, traditionally heard at graduation ceremonies.


6. Exerciser's target : FLAB

10. Rescue from trouble, with "out" : BAIL

14. Actress Watts of the "Divergent" films : NAOMI

15. Change the decor of : REDO

16. "... __ and for all!" : ONCE

17. Medical prefix with -plasty : ANGIO. Not rhino.

20. Insertion marks : CARETS

22. World's longest river : NILE

23. Accessory usually not worn on casual Fridays : TIE

24. Bearded antelope : GNU

26. Cast a spell on : BEWITCH

31. From time immemorial : AGE OLD

34. Eritrea's capital : ASMARA. Oh sure, I knew that. In the Horn of Africa, east of Sudan, and just west of the Red Sea.

35. Opel model meaning "stars" in Latin : ASTRA

37. Ears in the field : CORN

39. Move wearily : PLOD

40. On-call doctor's gadget : PAGER. Still?


41. Flightless Aussie bird : EMU

42. Ballpark figure : GUESS. Love this clue.


43. Lie adjacent to : ABUT

44. Small songbird : WREN. Did you know wrens can be colorful? Above is a variegated fairy-wren, and at left is a purple crowned wren.
45. German artist Max : ERNST. (2 April 1891 – 1 April 1976) Painter, sculptor, graphic artist, poet.

46. Movie theater : CINEMA

48. Six-line sonnet section : SESTET

50. Subjugate : ENSLAVE

52. Salty expanse : SEA

53. Nav. VIP : ADM

56. Drought-stricken : SERE. What? Is this Tuesday?

58. Torment : PLAGUE

65. Passport, e.g.: Abbr. : IDENT. Not GovID.

66. Like a thesis defense : ORAL

67. James of jazz : ETTA. A Sunday kind of love 💘.



68. Backyard border : FENCE

69. Flamingo color : PINK

70. Unhappy fate : DOOM

71. Fragrant compound : ESTER

Down

1. Make official, as a law : ENACT

2. Hawaiian island, or Hawaiian porch : LANAI

4. French sweetie : AMIE

6. To and __ : FRO

7. Novelist Uris : LEON. Known for his historical fiction novels.


8. Improvise on stage : AD LIB

9. Algebra type : BOOLEAN

10. Marsh : BOG

11. Pantry pest : ANT

12. Cubes in a tray : ICE

13. Grassy field : LEA

19. The first "N" of CNN : NEWS. Cable News Network.


21. __-cone : SNO

25. Stomach woe : ULCER

27. Contaminated : IMPURE. Sneaky, I was looking for a verb.

29. White symbol on Switzerland's flag : CROSS


30. Owned, old-style : HADST

32. Storybook sister who pushed the hag into the oven : GRETEL

33. Semicircular roofs : DOMES

35. Speedily : APACE

36. Polio vaccine developer : SABIN

38. Mystical letters : RUNES


44. Was indecisive : WAVERED

47. Opposite of fem. : MASC

49. Autumnal equinox mo. : SEP

51. Muse for poets : ERATO

54. Nincompoop : DUNCE

55. Taxi calculator : METER

57. This, in Spain : ESTO

59. Summer refreshers : ADES

60. Republican org. : GOP

61. Shapiro of NPR : ARI

62. Shade provided by the sun? : TAN. Great clue.


63. Moose kin : ELK

64. Popular Easter entrée : HAM


56 comments:

fermatprime said...

Hi everyone!

Thanks to Parikshit and mb.

Nice puzzle!

Did not know capital. Otherwise OK.

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

{C+, B-, C+.}

There once was a GNU who lived by the NILE
He wouldn't wear a TIE, it wasn't his style.
He'd follow the NEWS,
Like well-informed gnus,
And the CINEMA once in a while!

The EMU mused to the WREN, "I wish I could fly.
At least perch on wires up near the sky.
Then when I have to go,
It's 'look out below!,'
And it's woe to the car that was just passing by!"

Said the WREN to the EMU, "You're such a big bird
The thought of you flying would just be absurd!"
The Aussie agreed,
"My legs give my speed,
But I can sing the best Waltzing Matilda you've heard!"

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I flew through this one like a typical Thursday. My paper had the circles, and GATE was obvious once oolonG TEA showed up. Five themers plus a reveal...very nice. Thanks, Parikshit. What did your friends call you for short?

ELGAR was a gimme. In my high school yearbook seniors listed their favorite songs. I chose Pomp and Circumstance.

I think "semicircular roof" is incorrect. A DOME is half of a circular solid, i.e. a globe. Here is a smicircular roof

Melissa, thanks for the article on pagers. Interesting.

desper-otto said...

Hey, where'd my "e" go?

thehondohurricane said...


I agree with Melissa..... Is this a Tuesday? BOOLEAN, ASMARA? The numbers that were most important to me were on a Balance Sheet or P & L statement. I have /had no idea where Eritrea is or the name of its capital. In about four hours I will have forgotten both.

Other then the above complaint, a pretty smooth puzzle. TALENT AGENT started out as TALENT scout, but was soon corrected.

Never listen to NPR so ARI came about thanks to the across fills.

As is the norm, no circles & no idea what the theme was.

One year does not make a career, but I'm really enjoying watching the Yankees Aaron Judge. Not only is he having a "season", but he is a nice guy. Polite, respectful towards others. A breath of fresh air in the world of sports. His step parents did a good job.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Parikshit and Melissa Bee

I thought it was rather easy and cleanly clued. Didn't seem to be any misdirection.

This, in Spain. EST and check the perp.

I still have my pager in the bureau drawer. I think it's a Motorola Director. Or Pageboy Director. I'll look later.

Me too Hondo. Aaron Judge is knocking the cover off the ball right now. I was reading articles on him by various sport writers and mags yesterday, and looking at his stats. As a rookie, he was leading the AL in the Triple Crown categories but Nelson Cruz passed him last night for the RBI lead.

Also read a number of articles and opinions on 5 tool players after posting my comments yesterday. Mike Trout seems to be a consensus choice for active players, but some feel his arm strength is way too low and discount him a bit in that regard.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I agree with D-O; nice Thursday puzzle. D-O, I'll guess the nickname is "Parry", they couldn't use the last half!

I winced at DOMES too, but on the other hand DOOM fixed ESTa. I didn't like GUESS for ballpark estimate; my project team estimators would take great offense to the notion that they are guessing. I suspect that the usage is correct, it just grates. Was it really necessary to clue a car model of a brand that isn't even sold in the USA? I GUESS gatecrashers is OK if the party is Woodstock, otherwise I consider people who crash parties to be party crashers. Did Bernie crash the Democratic Party? Can a doctor still get pager service these days?

BEWITCH conjured up my adolescent crush Elizabeth Montgomery. My other favorite was TAN for "shade provided by the sun".

My only real unknowns were RUNES and ASMARA. The only reason I knew that Eritrea is a country is that Robin Quivers (Howard Stern's office wife) spends a lot of time and money in that country trying to get them to stop mutilating little girls' genitalia.

Thanks for the puzzle, Parikshit, and thanks to Melissa for making the best of it.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

D-): I forgot. Had they asked my favorite song for my high school yearbook it would have been In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida by Iron Butterfly. Guess we had slightly different childhoods.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

D-O, not D-)

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-A big pause at due east but smooth sailing on this SEA of words elsewhere
-League tees off very soon. Fore!

Yellowrocks said...

This seemed easy and Tuesday-like to me. ASMARA had easy perps, except for the initial A. I have heard of ASMARA,so that A was easy, even though I didn't know which country it represented. I knew BOOLEAN from the BO---, but know little about it. That, too, had easy perps except for the A. If you never heard of that kind of algebra that A would be a Natick. Often you need to know very little about a subject to get a fill. You just need to have heard the word.

I was surprised at the beautiful, colorful wrens. I associate wrens with being brown and drab. Indeed, in novels, wren-like women are small and drab. I looked up Superb Fairy Wren in Wikipedia.
"Like other fairywrens, the superb fairywren is unrelated to the true wren. It was previously classified as a member of the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae[11][12] and later as a member of the warbler family Sylviidae[13] before being placed in the newly recognised Maluridae in 1975."

I have seen doctors using pagers, as Miss M's article explains. Pagers are also used to call diners waiting for a table in restauarants.

Domes are hollow hemispheres, 3-D. Semicircular is 2-D.

BunnyM said...

Good morning all
I'm glad I'm not the only one that found this to be crunchy for a Tuesday. Parts of it had me feeling like a DUNCE. I got the reveal early but some of the theme answers got me: I've never heard the term GOGREATGUNS and TALENTAGENT gave me trouble because I had Hedge/FENCE. GETALIFE- though Get a grip would be more appropriate for "Stop sweating the small stuff" but of course, that didn't work.

A lot of perps and I'm sure I should know most of them by now... CARETS, ASMARA, ASTRA, ERNST, SESTET and SERE. Oh well, maybe my brain is fried from the heat ;)

Favorite was "Shade provided by the sun?"/TAN (mine acquired in Mexico is fading. DH never got tan, as he is fair skinned and freckles easily. If he's not coated in at least SPF 30 or higher, he goes from red to pale again. He calls himself "gringo blanco" or "gringo rojo" depending on the color he is while there. I'm one of those that tans easily even with sunscreen since I inherited my mother's darker skin tone. But I must be careful- my father passed away from melanoma. I inherited his blonde hair and moles)

Thanks Parikshit for a good workout and Melissa for a fine tour!
Have a great day everyone :)

Northwest Runner said...

Clever theme. A few items a little to intense for a Tuesday even if they show up in crosswords a lot. I have a quibble with the Etta clue. Etta James was more of an R&B singer. Etta Jones was a jazz singer.

Yellowrocks said...

I just laid something on my keyboard and my computer screen turned upside down. The info to contact my tech is on the computer but not my tablet. I am flummoxed.
Any ideas?

TTP said...

Yellowrocks, was it a mirror ?

If you have a Dell, try ALT, CTRL, up arrow to get it back to normal.

desper-otto said...

Back in the day, before the Blackberry, my boss insisted that each of us keep a PAGER at home. He did not also insist that we put batteries in the pager. He should've known better, dealing with programmers, after all.
"I paged you last night to come into the office."
"Sorry, I didn't get the page."
"Well, I sent it."
"Well, I can assure you that the pager didn't beep."

Jinx, most of my classmates picked some insipid top-40 song, and since they had to pick the song in the fall and the yearbook wasn't published until spring, the song was also already forgotten. Among the most popular songs that year: Puff (The Magic Dragon), Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, Blue Velvet, Wipe Out. I wanted to pick a song that would still be meaningful years later. Pomp and Circumstance fit the bill.

CanadianEh! said...

Quick solve today. Perhaps I am back in CW form. Thanks for the fun, Parikshit and Melissa bee.

Wouldn't you know it - newspaper isn't here yet, and I was on Mensa with no circles so I did not see the GATE theme. But no problem.

I had Waffled before WAVERED, Booleen moved to BOOLEAN, Acura to ASTRA.
I smiled at the TAN clue.

Off to the races today.
Have a great day.

Yellowrocks said...

TTP. Thanks, just before you posted I discovered that solution via my tablet. I had a devil of
a time navigating my cursor backwards, left for right and up for down to sign in. But then ALT, CTRL, up arrow worked. You are so smart and always helpful. A big yellowrock to you.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Nifty Tuesday. No problems with the solve. Psyched out GATE crasher theme early, but it was not needed to facilitate the fill.
CORN - CSO to Husker.
OOLONG - Tried some once years ago. Had a smokey taste. Okay, but I gravitated to the orange pekoe style sold by Salada. I drink only coffee now since the tea seemed to exacerbate my sinus issues.
ESTER - The smell of bananas is the ESTER - isoamyl acetate. Many esters remind one of fruit flavors.

Wilbur Charles said...

From yesterday, yes Mickey Mantle is the poster child for five tool. In fact, they may have invented the term just for him.

He was playing right field next to the aged Joe DiMaggio and stepped on a drainage grate. His knee was never the same thus inferring some mortality on him

I found this a typical easy Tues although I was slowed APACE in the east. I always go for SLOG.

The Yankee to watch is Carter.

D-O, you do manage to crack me up

Nice to see ERATO back IDENT=Owen

I had a beeper not a PAGER. The diff: I got paid to carry it

WC

PS thx PSB and MBee

Anonymous said...

Yep this was bs. Pager? Does anyone still use a pager? Some of the answers I cant write down here cause they are auto corrected to something else. Bad puzzle.

Parikshit S. Bhat said...

@Desper-otto and Jinx in Norfolk- Many of my friends prefer 'Pari' while a few call me by my full name. Pari is the Indian version of Parry.

TTP said...

Yellowrocks, you are welcome.

Smart ? Maybe techno-nerdy. Now, where is my pocket protector ?

Wilbur, some pundits say you have to have the longevity to be considered among the greatest 5 tool players. Mickey was fast when he came up, but lost his speed with that injury.

"5 tool" is somewhat quantifiable, but it's overused by the yakkers calling the games. It's so subjective. With technology, they have so many more metrics now. When Aaron Judge hit that 496' bomb the other day, they were reciting all the numbers. Bat speed, exit velocity, launch angle... Sports science has come a long way.

Break time is over. Back to my to-do list...

Anonymous said...

Anon @10:22. Did you see the related article Melissa linked answering your pager question? Did you Google "Why do doctors still use pagers?" I suspect Googling could explain many of your nits and lead to greater enjoyment of the puzzles.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Thank you, Pari, for the puzzle and for stopping by. Thanks, Melissa.

No circles. Tried to get into another puzzle site after I finished to see where were the circles. Wouldn't let me in unless I disengaged my ad "killer". Decided I didn't need to know where the circles were that bad.

BOOhiss fit but wasn't right for BOOLEAN algebra. Like Hondo, the only figures I used after graduation were in accounting. I googled BOOLEAN after Melissa didn't explain it. There I learned why Melissa didn't explain it. My mind went "tilt".

Did anyone else watch the Golden State Warriors win the NBA playoffs. That was some of the best basketball I've ever seen. I've been a Kevin Durant fan ever since he went to the NBA so I was glad he got the MVP. He was cradling the trophy while talking to reporters. They asked him if he had a place of honor picked out for the trophy. He hugged it and said, "I might just carry it around this summer." Durant definitely led the rally to win.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning;

Yes, there was some crunch but nothing that perps didn't resolve. I had Talent Scout before Agent and Fen before Bog, both easily corrected. A certain Floridian left that dreaded _ _ _ blank, I'm guessing! The "Gate" scramble was evident early on but the reveal was not, to me, anyway. Etta (James) is becoming almost as ubiquitous as Abejo's Erie (Lake, City, Canal, etc.).

Thanks, Mr. Bhat, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Melissa, for the overview and links, especially "Pomp and Circumstance" which is such an evocative piece. Ours was the first graduating class that did not have that played as our processional and I was so disappointed because I like it so much. I don't remember who made the decision or the reason for it, but I have the feeling it was the same person who decided that we would sing "The Star Spangled Banner." Does caterwauling sound familiar to anyone?

We're supposed to get some relief from the three H's later in the day. Based on the weather over the last couple of months, I think we are in for a topsy-turvy summer. I hope I'm wrong.

I'm batting .000 with my Netflix picks. The last two I watched were big disappointments: one was a weak, family-Christmas reunion mish-mash and the other was a supposed thriller (with Anthony Hopkins, no less) that turned out to be about a psychic, psycho serial killer. (I think there is redundancy in that description.). In any case, I'd better review my queue and read the plot summaries more closely.

Have a great day.

CrossEyedDave said...

I think I see a gate crash coming...

Gatecrashers!

Learning moment: what a kissing gate is.
Looks like the sheep have learned it too!

Wilbur Charles said...

The bearded bovine was lonely and blue
The flock all gathered' round the stylin EMU
"I wish I had a friend' mongst the fowl"
When along came an amicable owl
And made the antelope's day. "Who GNU!".

CrossEyedDave said...

Irish Miss,

if you were ever a fan of shows like Twilight Zone, or Outer Limits,
you must watch the Netflix series "Black Mirror."

The premise is dedicated to technology, and how it can go wrong.
I was going to add a link, but the trailers turned me off.
They do not do the series any kind of the justice they deserve.

If you like mystery, suspense, and a glimpse at a future gone wrong,
you will not be disappointed...

Bill Graham said...

Thanks Pari and MB. I enjoyed that and was successful even without circles. After the reveal, I stumbled on the 'crashed gates' without any outside help. I agree that DOME ISN'T clued very well. On the other hand, the clue for TAN was very clever.

Irish Miss, why not put some good oldies in your cue? How about "North by Northwest" and "To Catch a Thief" and "Love Actually"?

Lucina said...

Greetings, everyone! It's good to be puzzling again. That's what I really miss when I'm away. USA Today, which is provided by the hotel, has puzzles but there is no comparison to the LAT puzzles and of course, the Corner!

Thank you, Mr. Bhat and Melissa! D-O, I had the same thought.

This puzzle was great fun and I saw the CRASHED GATEs inside the circles. Very amusing. However, I WAVERED between ASMARA and ISMARA so left a blank cell. BOOLEAN totally escaped me though I took two years of algebra. Drat!

Still, it's good to be back on the solving track and reading all your delightful comments.

Spitz, I've often wondered about the scent of ESTER since it's often clued as fragrant, so thank you for that.

Have a GREAT day, everyone!



Jayce said...

Cool puzzle. I also thought it didn't quite seem Tuesday-easy. The Latin word for star is stella but I learned that astrum can also mean star. Interesting information about wrens.

Tragic indeed about Taiwan high-mountain oolong tea. Expensive but excellent. I've experienced it, the real stuff, when I lived in Taipei in the 1960's. Chiang Kai-shek was still alive and president then. I'm heartbroken to learn that Taiwanese tea is mixed with imported tea and sold as pure Taiwanese. What will they destroy next?

Kudos to Robin Givens.

It seems Anthony Hopkins has been cast as a psychotic killer a lot lately. I hope he can find some better roles where he can more fully exercise his talent rather than just "phone it in."

Owen, I liked your verses today.

Best wishes to you all.

SwampCat said...

Perps saved me, but Thumper and I will still take a pass.

Owen, you brightened the day.

Jayce said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that you can make your own isopropyl acetate by mixing isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) and vinegar (aka acetic acid). Try it! It smells good!

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Pari, for an interesting Tuesday puzzle, with a bit of crunch, but still workable.

Thanks, Ms.B. for the beautiful pics of the wrens. Didn't know they came with such beautiful feathers!

Michael said...

Dear CED:

Anent your No. 2 @ 11:33, Eternal vigilance is the price of parenthood!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

I don't know if it is my fever or if this was Thursday-level crunch. In the end I failed. 1a was not EdGAR; NiOMI is not spelt that way, nor is CARaTS. DINAI is right-out.

Thanks Pari for the sLOg, er, PLOD through the grid today. I GUESS (great misdirection - I was going w/ Baseball) it was my fever as others said this was more a SASHAY... Oh, well.

Thanks mb for the sparkly expo. I think I enjoyed it more than wracking my brain on 34a -- who else wanted ASgARd there?

WO: Scout b/f AGENT (hi Hondo!); sLOg b/f PLOD.
ESPs: ASMARA; LEON

Fav: 'Tis TRUE, I liked BOOLEAN; TAN was a cute c/a too.

{B+,A, (?)}

Jinx - If you have 18m, Iron Butterfly just for you.

TTP - Even I still don't have my old pager (and I have my Palm III!); Tip o' the Hat. And you beat me to Ctrl+Alt+Down /UP Arrow for YR. BTW, my prized pocket protector says "And the Geeks shall inherit the Earth." First rule of Nerd-fight-club... :-)

Lucina - BOOLEAN Algebra is not normal maths. It's based on Truth tables built from the functions AND OR NOT NAND and NOR. It's all 0-1; False|True -- perfect for a DUNCE like me that only knows OFF-ON. Oh, and all the circuitry in our iThings depends on it.

CED - Um, I still don't know what a Kissing GATE is. It bugs me that goats do and I don't.

Cheers, -T

OwenKL said...

I remember Eritrea from my history books, that Italy invading it was a flashpoint starting WWII. It's the alleged resting place of the Ark of the Covenant, and was the realm of the Queen of Sheba. Didn't know ASMARA right off, but recognized it once I had 4 or 5 perps.

One of the great disappointments of my life involved Boolean algebra. I was only a college junior, but was asked to be a TA for a logic course concentrating on Boolean. I took it reluctantly since I was already working full time, blew the opportunity by falling asleep in class, and shortly afterwards dropped out of that college. In retrospect, it would have been far more important than the Mcjob I blew it for.

Barry T. said...

Re: Robin Givens: I find it curious that westerners continue to be up in arms on the topic of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), but no one (er.... not many) have any kind of reaction to the male counterpart - the continuing mutilation of male genitalia via infant circumcision. When will we stop mutilating our sons? I, for one, want my foreskin back. ASAP.

Hungry Mother said...

I think a dome might be the surface of revolution generated by half of an oval. Boolean Algebra used to be a unit in a Finite Mathematics course taken by many college freshmen. I got the permutation of "g,a,t,e" idea from the first set of four squares I filled. The theme helped with some of the crunchier material. I've heard rumors that many mathematicians prefer crosswords to sudoku. I'm one of those.

Misty said...

Great Tuesday puzzle, Mr. Bhat--I thoroughly enjoyed it, and was so happy to have the GATE rings all over the puzzle. Only I sadly goofed on a single item: put ALTRA instead of ASTRA and forgot to check the down to correct it to SABIN, which I should have and probably would have known. But I had no problem with ASMARA, for some reason, and yes, I too loved Elizabeth Montgomery in BEWITCHed. However, I've never heard of BOOLEAN--I guess Math is not my strong point.

Fun write-up, Melissa, and I too loved the picture of the colorful little WRENS. Also thank you for showing us some RUNES. I've put that answer in so many crossword puzzles but only realized this morning that I had no idea what they looked like. Nice discovery.

Owen, I loved your animal limericks this morning.

Have a great day, everybody. I woke up to bright sunshine this morning--a great treat!

Irish Miss said...

CED ~ I do not care for Sci-Fi at all. I never watched the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits or The X Files. (My late husband was obsessed with The X Files.) I appreciate your effort to help, though.

Bill G ~ Your suggestions are appreciated, as well. You mentioned three movies that I really like but I have seen all of them numerous times and as much as I love Cary Grant, I'd like to broaden my horizons, so to speak.

On the positive side, I just checked my queue and I have some good ones (I hope!) ordered: Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, and Lion. I also have Nine Lives (CED) and The Purpose of Dogs (Me) to look forward to.

Jayce ~ I think I confused you with the Anthony Hopkins reference; he played a retired FBI agent who possesses physic abilities. He was called back to the FBI to help catch a serial killer who, in due time, was discovered to also have psychic abilities. If the premise sounds a little strange, it's because it is. There were also too many gory and graphic scenes of violence.

Lucina, welcome back! If you have time, read yesterday's comments as you were the center of attraction!

Wilbur Charles said...

I thought we'd have some Adam West Batman talk, R.I.P. Who was the stately actress who played Catwoman on the 60s TV version?

Speaking of BOOLEAN, the math-major crowd loved Batman and Beverly Hillbillies. I, a bridge playing snob, held my nose. Later, when Hillbillies was on RERUN, I had good laughs.

The expert who carried me dropped me when I blew 5 diamonds, doubled, redoubled despite my attempted RENEGE.

Oh despicable me.

Speaking of BOOLEAN. I used a pre-SQL tool that had a nifty NOT FOUND feature

WC

Tinbeni said...

Got-'er-done ... I even filled in a certain "three-letter-word" "_ _ _" at 12-d.
(Of course THAT was actually filled in by the perps)

Enjoyed the GATE CRASH theme ... though any puzzle without a "booze" answer rates on the "Low Scale" here at Villa Incognito.

Cheers!

Ol' Man Keith said...

My gratitude to Mr. Bhat for his well-wrought pzl and to Ms. Bee for her elucidation.

Nothing very surprising today, except perhaps for ASMARA, a relatively obscure city, which I imagine must be often confused with Samarra, the famed appointment destination for Death in the well-known fable.
Samarra is in Iraq; it is the district of Tikrit - where Sadam was found in his hidey-hole. (Not a bad place for "death" to be lurking...)

Yellowrocks said...

HM, very esoteric discussion of dome. I have heard many everyman definitions of dome which I can connect with. I love basic math through algebra II and geometry II. Calculus and higher math, no way. I agree with PK that any definition of Boolean algebra is esoteric to me. I am not sure why the name rings a bell. Maybe because it sounds strange. I cannot relate to it. Not my cup of tea. I am more of a logophile.
I am pining for those 60 degree temps of last week.
TTP, LOL, I dropped a mirror on my keyboard to turn my screen upside down.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Robin Quivers, not Givens, is generous with her time and money to protect the girls. Barry T - even though both practices may seem barbaric, male circumcision is largely cosmetic. Whether you are a helmet or an anteater, all the sexually functional tissue remains intact. Not so with the female version.

Barry T. said...

Thx, jinx... But not "all". Perhaps "most", but certainly not all. While we can debate the relatve barbarism, cutting a helpless infant for cosmetic purposes (and even for supposed religious ones) is shameful. Female or male.

Anonymous T said...

Oops - I just read me. Not NOR but XOR - which is an eXclusive OR; Sates don't agree: 1-1=False; 0-0=False. XOR 1-0 or 0-1 = True. #BOOLEAN

Jinx - OW. Stop that and let's go back to music.

Hungry Mom - Heck yeah XWords are more fun to mathers than Sedoku! That's two data points! (And Bill G is 3!) Let's run with it. :-)

-T

Lucina said...

Wilbur:
I believe Julie Newmar played Catwoman in 1960.

Jayce said...

Sorry I mistakenly wrote Robin Givens rather than Robin Quivers.
I love Boolean logic. It is indispensable in programming and in electronic logic design, of which I do both.
Irish Miss, thank you for clarifying. I think LW and I actually saw that Anthony Hopkins movie. We also saw Hidden Figures and Lion, both of which we think are excellent and which we enjoyed very much.
Anonymous T, I too have and still make good use of my old Palm III. Those guys were really onto something, ahead of their time.
LW and I just watched Jeff Sessions testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee and found it as fascinating as Jim Comey's testimony last week. Fun to watch our government in action sometimes. (Not politics, just civics, so calm down.)
This morning we learned that the Kia Sorrento has very bad headlights and that the Hyundai Santa Fe has very good headlights. Something more for us to consider as we research what to buy, but not paramount because we rarely drive after dark.

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Melissa Bee, for a very nice blog, and the musical link to Elgar. Thank you Parikshit Bhat for a very nice and enjoyable puzzle. I had a very good time, and it was generally what I expected, for a Tuesday.

Boolean algebra, is generally not taught in the first two undergraduate algerbra courses. Its most useful in programming and the like. The 'pure' theory itself, is fairly complicated. IMHO.

Thank you Jayce, for the great idea of the mixture of isopropyl alchohol and vinegar to form the ester, isopropyl acetate. I have 2 grades of isopropyl alch. (70% and 91%). In case, the reaction produces a H2O molecule, I will try the stronger grade, in accordance with Le Chatelier's principle. I tried it - and I keep smelling the isopropyl alch. - maybe my stoichometric ratio is way off.

I can confidently state that pagers are very much used by ER people and doctors today. We have three of them. 1)Pagers, always go through. Even in movie theaters, tunnels and basements. 2) Pagers are a convenient way of letting 'all concerned' know of an accident or trauma, in a mass communication, where no reply is expected, and have upto 8 lines of text, and 3) The pager batteries are more reliable than the IPhones. They are very much a part of our lives.

Vidwan827 said...

I forgot to mention ....
Todays Google Doodle is a very cute interactive game about the engllish game of Cricket. ( With an insect cricket, at bat.)

You can use the Left side clicker on your mouse to bat the ball.
Only for today.

Wilbur Charles said...

Thank you Lucina. Yes, Julie Newmar. If the Batman series was schleppy camp then Julie outdid the boys just like her character.

WC

Jayce said...

Vidwan and all, since household vinegar is only 5%, you need much more of it than the 70% alcohol. I suggest adding the alcohol a little at a time to some vinegar until the mixture produces the aroma.

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Jayce, thats a great idea.

I had already figured that the vinegar at 5% acetic acid, might be too dilute for the mixture and slow down the reaction kinetics. In my kitchen, I have a fair degree of natural essences, especially Pandan (Dau La Dua ) from Thailand, and also Keora Water (Pandanus tectorius ) from the UK. Since these are meant to be edible, they are a solution of the natural essence, in Propylene glycol**, ethanol (alchohol) and water.

** I just realized, that propylene glycol, is one of the main ingredients of auto radiator anti-freeze !!! So, I guess, it is ( to be - ) considered edible, in minute quantities, after all.... Just dont let your dog lap it up. (Traditionally and anecdotally, dogs, and cats, have an affinity for lapping up spilt anti-freeze, from the driveways, and it is undoubtedly fatal to them.)

Thanks again, for your help.