Apr 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Don Gagliardo & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Tea Party. Adding a TE, TEE or TY to a common phrase for a punny result was enough, but C.C. and Don also made a vowel sound in the new phrase with an alternate spelling. This made for a delightful "TEA PARTY" that is short on finger food but long on wit and cleverness.



It was a hoot to work and I am tickled to try to 'splain some of the wonderful fill these two great constructors have provided us! I am so pleased C.C. chose this FAULTY GUY to blog her and Hard G's construction!


Theme Answers


23A. Profitable agreement? : PLUM TREATY - Some of those treaties were more plum for one side than the other. One side didn't get so much as a PLUM TREE




29A. Ending a relationship in a text? : FAULTY BREAK - Talk about being on different pages! Maybe it happened during FALL BREAK and someone was feeling restless. Still a gutless thing to do!



37. Sherpa's responsibilities? : MOUNTAIN DUTY - After having a MOUNTAIN DEW?


63. Sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees? : MIGHTY MISTAKE - Mated autographs of the greatest baseball player ever and the idiot who sold him to the Yankees to finance some Broadway musicals. Did he ever say, "That was MY MISTAKE!"




81. Search for the right beard? : GOATEE HUNTING - You could GO HUNTING among these for what you want. Do you recognize all the famous owners?




103A. Adoring father-to-daughter words? : THAT'S MY CUTIE - When she looks at me like that, THAT'S MY CUE to tell her what a cutie she is!




113. Result of substituting fabric strips for chips? : RAGGEDY ANTE - Yeah, substituting these for poker chips might make for a sloppy game even for RAGGEDY ANN




124. Delicate one in the kitchen? : DAINTY COOK - Probably never heard of comedian DANE COOK



Across         

1. Walk casually : AMBLE


6. Work : OPUS - A compilation of Michael Jackson's work




10. Soul, to Aristotle : ANIMA


15. In addition : ALSO


19. Place for highlights : SALON - Before and after




20. Walked out : WENT

21. Complete : TOTAL


22. __-pedi : MANI - I had one of these in a SALON and felt like a fish out of water


25. Path : TRAIL


26. Organic food giant : EDEN - New to me




27. Arabian pop : SIRE - A black Arabian Stallion




28. Canadian roadside sign : ESSO 


31. Ideal chaser? : ISM. Idealism.


33. "Wanderlust" actor Alan : ALDA - He'll always be Hawkeye, won't he?


35. "Love Jones" co-star Long : NIA - Okay, new to me




36. Ice show venues : RINKS

42. Elantra competitor : CIVIC - Kelly Blue Book says it was the 9th best selling vehicle in 2014


44. "Head and Shell" artist : ARP - One of Jean's pieces




45. Cal. listing : APPT - I've got APPT's with four different doctors this upcoming week just for checkups 


46. Exhausted : BEAT - Have you ever heard exhaustd as, "All in but your shoelaces!"


48. Aleve alternative : ANACIN - You're near my age if you remember this




52. Chilling spot : SOFA


54. Shanghai locale : ASIA


56. Stick together : COHERE 


59. Lennon's love : ONO - Our ubiquitous crossword resident


60. "Edda" author __ Sturluson : SNORRI (11-79 - 1241) - Yeah, if you thought I knew this guy, I've got some ocean front property in the Nebraska Sandhills I'd like to sell you


66. First, second and third : ORDINALS - Here compared to Cardinal numbers




69. More work : UTOPIA - Thomas More's 1516 work


70. Sea damaged by Soviet-era waterworks : ARAL - In 1989 and 2014




71. Like some breezes : GENTLE

72. Windows runners : PCS - We now officially have nary a Windows machine in our house!


73. "Murdering Airplane" and "The Hat Makes the Man" : ERNSTS - This is Dadaist Max Ernst's 1920 "Murdering Airplane" collage that depicts man's powerlessness against modern warfare




75. Mountain lake : TARN - From the Scandinavian tjǫrn


77. H.S. cooking class : HOME EC - My Family and Consumer Science colleagues bristled when I said Home Ec. BTW, no one takes "Shop" anymore either.


79. According to, with "in" : AS STATED 


84. Waffle : SEESAW - To be or not to be, make a decision already, Hamlet!


86. Bach's "Mass __ Minor" : IN B - Sure, I guess...




87. Surfing needs : BOARDS


88. 4 for He, e.g. : AT WT - 4x heavier than H, but doesn't blow when used in blimps!


91. Spanish surrealist : DALI - For him 
time didn't fly, it melted


92. Rankle : FESTER - Let it go, already! 





94. Talk back to : SASS


96. Exercise consequence, maybe : ACHE


99. __ cat : LAP - Ours is named Lily





100. Early Indo-European : ARYAN


106. Eddy : WHIRL


109. Poseidon's realm : SEA


111. Bullring cries : OLES


112. Chicago's __ Center : AON - At 200 East Randolph Drive




116. Condé __ : NAST

118. Societal troubles : ILLS


122. Run in place : IDLE


123. Jetson at the Little Dipper School : ELROY - George and Jane's 'toon boy


126. Traffic sound : TOOT - Road rage ain't worth it!


127. Provide, as money : PUT UP - As noted above, Harry Frazee sold the Babe so he could PUT UP money for theatrical productions


128. Mid-seventh-century year : DCLI - Into each puzzle some compromise must fall


129. Way around Paris : METRO - A single ride ticket is 
1,80. Unlimited day pass €7 ,00 and up





130. Grandson of Adam : ENOS


131. Hit hard, biblically : SMOTE - Adam's youngest son was SMOTE by his older 
brother 


132. Check : TEST


133. Time-time link : AFTER - A lovely song by Cyndi Lauper  
 

Down:
 
1. Some hieroglyphic squiggles : ASPS - There he is




2. Niger neighbor : MALI - Sure, it's between Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger 


3. Indistinct memory : BLUR - Joann said we had the month of March this year, but it's a BLUR to me


4. Chinese menu offering : LO MEIN


5. Upper-level doc? : ENT - These docs work on our upper-levels




6. Is behind, perhaps : OWES

7. "Frankenstein" torchbearers : PEASANTS - Pitchforks too


8. Incalculable : UNTOLD


9. Babe's home : STY 


10. Naan flour : ATTA - New to me




11. Like a shutout : NO RUN - Don Larsen's no hit,  NO RUN, perfect game in the 1956 World Series




12. Right-leaning, in a way : ITALIC

13. Curaçao cocktail : MAI TAI


14. Side (with) : ALLY


15. Longtime de facto U.S. national anthem : AMERICA - Rasmussen Reports survey said 82% of Americans favor keeping The Star Spangled Banner


16. Weighed down : LADEN - See Sherpa above


17. Stealthy sort : SNEAK


18. Pen emanations : OINKS


24. Update, as charts : REMAP - Before the Corps of Engineers channelized the Missouri River, the Nebraska/Iowa border had to be REMAPPED every so often


29. Lot : FATE - My feeling on FATE




30. Pickling liquids : BRINES

32. __-puf: old laundry product : STA


34. Home to the skyscraper Burj Khalifa : DUBAI


37. Considerable number : MASS


38. Maine college town : ORONO -Proud home of




39. Available to the highest bidder, say : UP FOR GRABS - If you don't buy Boardwalk when you land there, it's this

40. Bar brew, briefly : IPA - India Pale Ale that is regularly on tap here


41. Rides for tycoons : YACHTS - From the Dutch word Jacht which 
means "hunter". They were originally fast boats for chasing pirates


43. "Esthetic" and "egis" : VARIANTS - Can also be spelled Aesthetic and Aegis 


47. Miss Gulch's bane : TOTO


49. Large-grain seasoning : COARSE SALT - They sell 'em both





50. "__ Dinka Doo" : INKA - A signature song for Jimmy Durante who wrote the music


51. December number : NOEL - One more Christmas Carol in December and I might have lost it


53. Gung-ho : ARDENT


55. Uses Gchat, e.g. : IMS  - Instant Messages. See 29A. in theme answers above for a stupid one


57. Plugs : HYPES - We'll be hearing HYPE from now until Nov. 3, 2016


58. 34-Down dignitaries : EMIRS


61. Dog star's first name? : RIN - A staple of my youth




62. Supposedly : IN THEORY - Bobby Burns warning on what should work




64. Prada competitor : GUCCI - C.C. have you got $750 for Stonewashed GUCCI jeans to go with your Jimmy Choo shoes? ;- ) 



65. Covered in ink, with "up" : TATTED - Don't complain if you interview with all your TATS showing and fail to get a sniff at the job


67. Word heard coming and going : ALOHA - I hope to say this to our friend Chef Wendy on Kauai someday


68. Nocturnal primate : LEMUR


72. Watched the cats, say : PET SAT - Our dear neighbors PET SAT Lily while I was in the 
hospital. It was very comforting to know she was in good hands


74. Motor oil letters : S.A.E. - Society of Automotive Engineers.


75. Week-ending cry : TGIF - Everyday is Friday when you're retired!!


76. Crackerjack : A-ONE 


78. Pencil points and erasers : ENDS - Johnny Carson's pencils famously didn't have both





79. Cut taker: Abbr. : AGT 


80. __ Lama : DALAI


82. Big band era singer Ray : EBERLE - Sang with Glenn Miller


83. Sounding stuffy : NASAL


85. Picnic cleaner : WIPE - A staple at our house




89. Yuletide quaffs : WASSAILS


90. Where to see old MGM movies : TCM - Gets a lot of play here


93. They often have concentric circles : TARGETS - I think most of you know that the highest score in Darts is not in the innermost concentric circle or Bull's Eye.




95. Tongue site : SHOE

97. Marriott competitor : HYATT


98. Car starter? : ECO - Ecocars.Some of these cars are routinely getting over 100 MPG


101. Shelter : ASYLUM


102. Not far from : NEAR TO


104. Bridge holding : TENACE - Holding a broken honor sequence such as A
❤ Q❤. Our Bridge players knew that.


105. Danny Kaye was its first celebrity goodwill ambassador : UNICEF


106. Blog, say : WRITE



107. Wore : HAD ON 

108. Digs in the snow? : IGLOO


110. Have __: be ready with an excuse : AN OUT - My sister always has one when she skips family functions and she fools no one


114. Acct. entries : DEPS - Early in our marriage, our DEPS and W/D's were pretty close 


115. Blog, say : TYPE


117. Sulky state : SNIT 


119. Ex-senator Trent : LOTT - Did LOTT's wife looked back when she left D.C.


120. Traditional accounts : LORE - I wonder if C.C. remembers any folkLORE tales from her days in Guangzhou (From C.C.: Have any of you heard of Cantonese opera? It's steeped in Cantonese folklore)





121. Hershey's toffee bar : SKOR - Love 'em


124. Banned pesticide : DDT 


125. Sumac of Peru : YMA



Husker Gary