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Oct 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Agnes Davidson & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Play Fair

17A. Leg-strengthening exercise : CALF RAISE

35A. Aviator's military branch : AIR FORCE

42A. Altercation broken up by bouncers : BAR FIGHT. Not BAR BRAWL


11D. Big eater's fast-food request, maybe : EXTRA FRIES. One letter short of SUPERSIZE ME.

27D. Get the wood-burning stove going : START A FIRE

63A. Equitable treatment ... and what's literally found in each set of circles : FAIR SHAKE. The word SHAKE indicates an anagram.  Another joint effort by two of our own - congratulations!

Across  
      
1. Theater accessory : PROP


5. Home of the Pac-12's Bruins : UCLA


9. Ejects, as lava : SPEWS


14. Deflect, with "off" : FEND


15. Chunk of bacon : SLAB. Anyone else feeling hungry?




16. Like most income : TAXED

19. Prefix with violet : ULTRA


20. "Austin Powers" genre : SPYFI


21. Bath rug : MAT


22. Retired Yankee Jeter : DEREK


23. Suitcase tie-on : ID TAG


25. Supermodel Banks : TYRA


26. Silent speech syst. : ASL. American Sign Language


28. Pig Latin rejection : IX-NAY




30. Advanced lit. degrees : MFAS


33. Something to blow off or let off : STEAM

37. Actress Peeples : NIA


38. Spearheaded : LED


40. Pat softly : DAB


41. Party host's bucketful : ICE. First thought was apples.

45. More likely to be on Santa's good list : NICER


47. Penny-__: trivial : ANTE


48. In flight : ALOFT


50. Madrid mama bear : OSA


51. Swim __: do one full pool circuit : ALAP


53. Penne or ziti : PASTA. Know your pasta shapes.


55. Rapids runners : RAFTS


57. Nervous mannerism : TIC


58. Golden Arches pork sandwich : McRIB. No thanks. I'll stick with the bacon and what's coming up in 7D.


62. Self-storage rentals : UNITS

65. Creepy : EERIE


66. Like __ of sunshine : A RAY


67. All square : EVEN


68. Cleaned with a broom : SWEPT


69. Country's Lovett : LYLE



70. Pants rear : SEAT


Down


1. USMC one-stripers : PFCS. Private First Class.


2. "As ye sow, so shall ye __" : REAP


3. Sole : ONLY. Not LONE.


4. Email attachment format : PDF FILE


5. Country with an eagle on its Great Seal: Abbr. : USA


6. Story's high point : CLIMAX


7. Layered noodle dish : LASAGNA. More noodles. Should have waited for the perp - entered an E at the end first.




8. Distract the security guards for, say : ABET


9. Book-lined room : STUDY


  
10. Sicily's capital : PALERMO

12. Used to be : WERE


13. Mt. Rushmore's state : SDAK


 
18. Free (of) : RID


24. Interval : TIME GAP


25. Ruthless rulers : TYRANTS


26. From Laos, e.g. : ASIAN

29. Help out : AID


31. Capital of Ghana : ACCRA. Good crossword fill.


32. Observe : SEE


34. Woodcutter Baba : ALI


36. J. Edgar Hoover Building org. : FBI


37. Pro hoops gp. : NBA


39. Global shipping company : DHL


43. Sharpie feature : FELT TIP


44. Horticultural art : TOPIARY


46. Athletic instructors : COACHES



49. Spa beauty treatment : FACIAL


52. Valuable holding : ASSET


54. Many corp. logos : TMS. Trademarks.


55. Regrets : RUES


56. Once again : ANEW


57. Giant in nonstick pans : T-FAL


59. "Don't miss it" review : RAVE


60. Swedish furniture maker : IKEA


61. Like knees when squatting : BENT


64. Manhattan whiskey : RYE


Melissa


Oct 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017 ~ Frank Virzi

Theme: Splitter - Start the answer with the first part of the target word and end the answer with the last part.

17. Source of valuable metal: GOLD MINE

25. Early record player: GRAMOPHONE

37. Beatles song used as wake-up music on the last Space Shuttle mission: GOOD DAY SUNSHINE. Paul McCartney - Good Day Sunshine(2:05) The Beatles version unavailable.

45. Revolving blade sharpener: GRIND STONE

58. Extinct since way back when ... and, in a way, what each set of circles represents: LONG GONE

Argumentative style here. And for the sake of argument, this seems like a C.C. puzzle. The split is GO-NE or G-ONE, alternating. The circles seem superfluous.

Across:

1. Baseball putout, often: TAG

4. Digital readouts, for short: LCDs. (liquid crystal display)

8. No more than: AT MOST

14. 401(k) kin: Abbr.: IRA. (individual retirement account)

15. Settled on a rail: ALIT. Hope it's a fence rail and not a train rail.

16. Abs exercise: CRUNCH

19. Holy __: brat: TERROR

20. Isaac's eldest: ESAU

21. Golden State wine region: NAPA. Devastated.

23. One World Trade Center topper: SPIRE


24. Sales team: REPS

27. Give it __: make an effort: A TRY

29. Work's opposite: PLAY

30. Fibber or Molly of old radio: MCGEE

32. Rationale: BASIS

34. Repair: FIX

40. Mariner's "Help!": SOS

41. Tear to pieces: RIPUP

42. Makes, as money: EARNS

43. "Buona __": Gino's "Good evening": SERA

44. Former trans-Atl. fliers: SSTs. (supersonic transport)

50. Thing to scratch: ITCH

53. Cut again, as grass: REMOW

54. Bring into the firm: HIRE

55. About 66.5 degrees, for the Arctic Circle: N LAT. (north latitude)

56. Musician Keys: ALICIA



60. Poland Spring competitor: DASANI. H²O

61. Words to Brutus: "ET TU?"

62. Dist. you can see: VIS. DISTance/VISibility, usually in miles. Important for pilots.

63. The "S" in GPS: SYSTEM. (Global Positioning System)

64. Pest-control brand: d-CON

65. Md. summer hrs.: EDT. (Eastern Daylight Time)

Down:

1. Striped big cat: TIGER

2. Got up: AROSE

3. Islands visited by Darwin: GALÁPAGOS


4. On the __: at large: LAM

5. Like Saran wrap: CLINGY

6. Bahraini money: DINAR


7. Assembly instructions start: STEP A

8. Put-on: ACT

9. Violates a "private property" sign: TRESPASSES

10. Brown played by Candice Bergen: MURPHY. (TV Series 1988–1998)

11. "Blame It __": 1984 film set in Brazil: ON RIO

12. Disdain: SCORN

13. Little pigs number: THREE

18. Looked for prints: DUSTED

22. Intensifies: AMPS UP. 11

26. Actress Lena: OLIN


28. 1967 Neil Diamond song title line preceding "Go to my head": "RED, RED, WINE"



30. British sports cars: MGs

31. Pigeon sound: COO

32. Less-traveled way: BYPATH

33. Sch. with a Phoenix campus: ASU. (Arizona State University) Most students are on the Tempe campus.

34. Grade school crush, often: FIRST LOVE



35. Quaint quarters: INN

36. Kisses, in romantic letters: X'es

38. Hoity-toity manners: AIRS

39. Detesting: HATING

43. Polar expedition vehicle: SNO-CAT

44. Taken care of: SEEN TO

45. Mortarboard tossers: GRADS

46. Race with batons: RELAY

47. "What'd __?": returning traveler's query: I MISS

48. Lubricated: OILED

49. Campus midshipmen's prog.: NROTC. (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps)

51. Dog or coyote: CANID

52. Nuclear trial, briefly: H-TEST

57. "Ready, __, fire!": AIM

59. Staple or nail driver: GUN

Argyle


Notes from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to dear CrossEyedDave & Blue Hen! Thank you for the endless joy you've brought to our life, Dave! Thank you for the tasty food hacks you've brought to our blog as well, Blue Hen!




Oct 15, 2017

Sunday, October, 15, 2017, C.C. Burnikel

TITLE: EATS UP

Husker Gary here, reporting  on the Sunday Edition of Puzzles With C.C. Today our peerless leader has given us a nice gimmick where the circles you see below in the puzzle contain hidden EATS that are running UP the grid:




Her reveal is not in the puzzle but rather in the title of EATS UP. Clever and fun.


Here are the Theme Answers where I decided to picture the inclusive activity as I'm certain you're familiar with the EATS that I will put in black boxes:


3. Track activity, to Brits : MOTOR RACING




6. Lava : MOLTEN ROCK - Who would be stupid enough to run up MOLTEN ROCK? Wait a minute...




11. "Lucky Guy" was her last play : NORA EPHRON - Famous for her "Chick Flicks"




14. Minnesota's annual one is held in Falcon Heights : STATE FAIR - It's about an hour's drive south of C.C.'s house




38. Time-out at work : COFFEE BREAK - Even in France




72. Boston Marathon Expo display : RUNNING GEAR - How 'bout strobe lights for visibility? 




76. "Tsk tsk" : THATS A PITY - One option




78. Pet shelter's concern : ANIMAL CARE - Too much?




82. Topper made from the jipijapa (hee pee HAH puh) palm : PANAMA HAT - The leaves of the palm with this beautiful flower




Now let's feast on the rest of C.C.'s bounteous word banquet:


Across  


1. Octopus octet : ARMS


5. Pro-__: fundraisers : AMS - Hey if you're Matt Lauer and playing in a PRO-AM, you're pretty happy to get paired with Michelle Wei!




8. Looks over quickly : SCANS


13. "Hey, you!" : PSST


17. Backyard raft : POOL FLOAT



BORZOI
20. Russian wolfhound : BORZOI and 12. PBS "Science Kid" : SID made up my one bad cell as I went with a Y instead of the I. 

21. Jazz home : UTAH - NBA team


22. "Just kidding" : NOT REALLY


23. On deck : ABOARD


24. Pasta sauce brand : RAGU - Created by Alberto Alvisi, the cook for the Cardinal of Imola, in the late 18th century 


25. Pandora genre : EMO


26. Annoyed : NETTLED


28. The Heart of Dixie: Abbr. : ALA 

29. They have strings attached : KITES

30. Comparable to a beet : AS RED


32. Gave the once-over : EYED


33. Driver's reservation? : TEE TIME - Also a putter's reservation


35. Run the country : REIGN


37. CDs and LPs : REC'S - We don't have an LP player anymore but I think our CD player works


40. Like two peas in __ : A POD



41. Supplied in a comedy skit, as straight lines : FED - Nobody did it better than George

44. The Pac-12's Golden Bears : CAL


45. LAX abbr. : ARR


47. Pitch indicator : NOTE - Knowing the NOTE doesn't mean you can 79. Carry __: sing on pitch : A TUNE


49. Supply with fluid : HYDRATE 


51. Safari runners? : MACS - As you can see, I am using the Safari Browser to blog this puzzle on my MacBook Pro




52. The puck stops here : GOAL - It's dangerous and scary when they go into the stands


54. Reasons for missing school : FEVERS


56. Article in Der Spiegel : EINE


57. Pink Floyd label : EMI


58. Iridescent shell lining : NACRE (NAY ker) - It can be beautiful




59. Biceps, for one : FLEXOR - Each FLEXOR requires an extensor




60. Soho stroller : PRAM


61. Perfect __ : TENSE


63. "The Piano" actor : KEITEL


65. Like a locked bathroom : IN USE



67. "Mmm, delish!" : SO GOOD - Yeah, that's what I thought of first too!

69. Japan is in it : FAR EAST


71. Fire starters : SPARKS


75. Team up : UNITE


77. Brand for cold sores : ABREVA




80. Was visibly moved : WEPT - Shortest verse in the Bible




83. Begin successor : SHAMIR - Yitzahk SHAMIR



85. Harry's love : GINNY - Harry Potter's main squeeze

87. Negative link : NOR


88. "Dies __" : IRAE - A true vet of the crossword wars


89. Tell the teacher : TATTLE


90. Where the Indus flows : ASIA - From the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea 


91. Org. for the Sky, the Stars and the Sun : WNBA


92. Went wild : RAN RIOT - New to me but makes sense




94. Sign of approval : SEAL - The siding on my house has this famous SEAL of approval

96. Chum, in Cherbourg : AMI


97. __ Majesty : HIS


98. Pueblo pronoun : ESA


99. -ish, after a number : OR SO 



101. Old theaters : RKOS - It appears a lot of sailors are at the RKO in Rochester, NY in 1964 to see Ensign Pulver

103. Firing offense? : ARSON

105. Big Sky Brewing Company home : MONTANA - I wonder if our blogger Montana has had a Big Sky product during the drought up there


108. PC key used in combinations : CTRL - I was wearing out CTRL+ALT +DEL when was was using PC products


110. Zoo keepers : CAGES


113. Lasting marks : SCARS - Some are not visible


115. Bench for a flock : PEW

116. "Casablanca" setting : MOROCCO - This is how Bogie could seem as tall as Ingrid Bergman in that setting

118. Kaplan Test Prep focus: Abbr. : GRE - Graduate Record Exam

119. "Funny joke!" : HA HA


120. Loud insect : CICADA - We have had a noisy fall with them







122. Flat across the pond? : APARTMENT 





125. Classic game consoles : ATARIS - Pong was very addictive when it came out

126. "This looks bad for us!" : WE'RE TOAST


127. Shelter adoptees : PETS - Our Lily's former home


128. Heat-resistant glass : PYREX


129. Drops at dawn : DEW



130. "Symphony in Black" artist : ERTE  - Said to be his most famous painting and the one most indicative of his style. Yeah, I knew that! 😏


Down


1. Temporary lack of inspiration? : APNEA - C.C. at her clever best! Inspiration here, of course, means breathing in


2. Shangri-La offerings : ROOMS




4. 35mm camera type : SLR


5. Wings, in zoology : ALAE - Plural of ALA (wing)


7. Like miso, typically : SALTY


8. Cry out loud : SOB


9. Many a University of Zagreb student : CROAT


10. Augusta National shrub : AZALEA - The AZALEAS at Augusta tell you spring is here!


13. Holiday in the month of Adar : PURIM

15. Guru : SAGE - Here's one (see the subtitle) that has a house 30 min. from me




16. As a result : THUS - Sic Semper Tyrannis (THUS always to tyrants)


18. Luxury handbag : FENDI - I know C.C. likes nice purses



19. President between Harrison and Polk : TYLER - He became president when Tippecanoe (William Henry Harrison) died a month into the office

20. Spoiled : BAD


27. Adam's garden : EDEN


29. Captain of the Adventure Galley : KIDD - Captain KIDD's boat was called the Adventure Galley or simply the Adventure


31. Sushi fish : EELS


34. Former FAO Schwarz parent : TOYS R US


36. Lady of pop : GAGA


39. Outstanding : STELLAR - There's this lady in Minneapolis who is a STELLAR puzzle constructor 


42. Sicilian hot spot : ETNA


43. View as : DEEM



44. Engraved jewelry item : CAMEO which is an  124. 44-Down shape : OVAL

46. Perfect game, e.g. : RARE FEAT - Baseball fans will immediately think of Don Larsen in 1956


48. Adam's love : EVE


50. Run over : REPEAT


51. Team covered at amazinavenue.com : METS - It's been a while since the METS have been amazin' 


53. Princess with a twin brother : LEIA


55. Permit to leave : EXIT VISA


58. Night light : NEON


62. Sotomayor replaced him : SOUTER - There's an ideological struggle rather than a legal one when replacements are named 



64. Mobile home : TRAILER - This would seem to be a tough city in which to sell mobile homes

66. Fix, as a pet : SPAY


68. Twist : DISTORT


70. Genesis creator : SEGA


73. Drawer openers : KNOBS


74. Toxin fighters : SERA


80. Finish line : WIRE

81. Mound stats : ERAS


84. K2 and Hood: Abbr. : MTS


86. Wax Ready-Strips maker : NAIR




91. "Easy there!" : WHOA


93. Charged bits : IONS


95. Bonkers : LOCO



100. Garage capacity : ONE CAR - Barely...

102. Juice bar freebie : STRAW


104. "Dilbert" creator Adams : SCOTT


106. Doctoral hurdles : ORALS


107. In the know : AWARE


109. Drew (in) : ROPED - I don't think I could be ROPED into buying the painting below


111. Max of Dadaism : ERNST - He and ERTE were only one year apart in age but their art seemed far apart




112. Sicilian seven : SETTE


113. Hit the mall : SHOP


114. Way into the mountain : CAVE


116. More, to Miguel : MAS - After being taunted by Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran reportedly said NO MAS and quit

117. Backstage staff : CREW

120. Limit : CAP


121. Fort in New Jersey : DIX - One M*A*S*H episode had all the crew pose for a picture to try to convince Klinger's mother that he was at Fort Dix not Korea 




123. Toon bartender Szyslak : MOE


After you ATE UP C.C.'s puzzle, let's hear your savory comments: