Oct 8, 2015

Thursday, October 8th 2015 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Riches to Rags - The Dow goes up, the Dow goes down, the Dow goes up, the Dow goes down.

2D. Common comedy club requirement : TWO DRINK MINIMUM. Noooo problem!

4D. Xbox 360 rival : NINTENDO WII. The company name roughly translates as "leave luck to heaven".

22D. "Right Ho, Jeeves" writer : P. G. WODEHOUSE. If you've not seen the BBC adaptations of the books starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, you're in for a treat over on YouTube. All the episodes are available.

10D. "Where was the mistake?" : WHAT DID I DO WRONG? The crossword-solvers lament.

and the reveal:

16D. Wall Street phenomenon suggested by this puzzle's circled letters : MARKET SWING

What ho! Steve here sailing into uncharted Thursday waters - I'll see if I can find Marti's navigation notes somewhere! Circles from C.C. - she told me last week that Rich adds the circles, she doesn't construct with them.  I like this one - the reason the theme entries run north-south rather than the usual east-west is so that the word DOW can run up and down, not side to side. (Note from C.C.: I did have circles in this puzzle submission, Steve, but used "... and a hint to the four letters in the answers to the starred clues in this puzzle" for last week's WILD CARD. That extra circled A in 4-Down caused some confusion for a few of our regulars.)

A thumping 63 letters of themage, including two grid-spanners. Let's see what else we've got:


1. Night table : STAND

6. Covers a lot of ground : SPRAWLS

13. One learning the ropes : NEWBIE

14. Stir-fried dish with rice noodles : PAD THAI. Food! Once of my favorite Thai dishes. I'm lucky enough to have a Thai market close by that carries the "secret" ingredients - pickled radish, lime leaves, Thai basil and tamarind paste.

15. Receipt datum : AMOUNT

16. Sources of inside info? : MRI SCANS. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, according to WebMD. People tell me it's claustrophobic inside the scanner.

17. Heart : MIDST

18. European coal region : SAAR. Partly in Germany, partly in France.

19. Your, to Pierre : TES. Thursday-level French.

20. Pre-splashdown stage : RE-ENTRY

22. Rice source : PADDY

24. Sports media consultant Fleischer : ARI. Former White House Press Secretary under G.W. Bush.

26. Hiding places : NOOKS

27. Moo goo __ pan : GAI. Yay! More stir-fry - Chinese this time. 蘑菇雞片

28. Good times : FUN

29. Blue Devils' school : DUKE. Perennial basketball powerhouse.

30. Strolled in the shallows : WADED

33. Invite as one's date for : ASK TO

35. UFO crew, so it's said : E.T.S

37. Willow twig : OSIER. Crosses for me. I think I knew this, but I needed lots of help to prod the memory.

38. Cut even shorter, as a green : RE-MOW

39. Chips source : SPUD. The largest potato was grown in the UK in 2010 and weighed in at a whopping 8lbs 4oz. That's a lot of chips!

41. R&B group __ Hill : DRU

42. Ristorante suffix : INI

43. "Pearls Before __": Stephan Pastis comic : SWINE

44. Tuba syllable : OOM

45. Supernatural benefactors : GENII

47. Do-it-yourselfer's website : WIKIHOW. Current front-page items include "How to wrap wontons", "How to help someone with low self-esteem" and "How to choose a good dairy cow breed". Fascinating.

49. Boxer Laila : ALI

50. Typically rectangular glass piece : PANE

51. Hatch in the Senate : ORRIN

54. Attractive : TEMPTING

57. Numbers game : SUDOKU

58. Produce eggs : OVULATE

59. Online newsgroup system : USENET. Is this a thing any more?

60. Pangs of conscience : REMORSE

61. Largely submerged threats : BERGS


1. Cargo carrier : SEMI

3. Cyberbullying, e.g. : ABUSE

5. "NYPD Blue" rank : DET.

6. Attacks in a hose fight : SPRAYS

7. Tango team : PAIR

8. Byways: Abbr. : RDS

9. LAX tower service : A.T.C. Air Traffic Control at my local airport. A lot of people think this is the control tower at LAX - it's not, it's a restaurant.

11. Like highways : LANED

12. Actress Spacek : SISSY

13. '60s hot spot : 'NAM

18. Stir up : STOKE

21. __-turn : NO U

23. Remote batteries : AAA'S

24. Way out yonder : AFAR

25. Trick : RUSE

31. Designer Saarinen : EERO. This is one of his - the TWA Flight Center at JFK.

32. One frequently hit on the head? : DRUM

34. "Un-break My Heart" singer Braxton : TONI

36. Sudden increase : SPIKE. As in voltage spikes.

40. Verse starter? : UNI. Cue some Beatles from the album "Let It Be".

43. Jolson classic : SWANEE

45. Swamp thing : GATOR

46. Lycée student : ÉLÈVE. Definitely Thursday-level French.

48. Monastic group : ORDER

50. Cherry discards : PITS

52. Turner and Clanton : IKES

53. Aficionado : NUT

55. Gaza Strip gp. : P.L.O. Palestine Liberation Organization.

56. It covers a lot of ground : TAR. There are approximately 2,500,000 miles of paved roads in the USA. That's a lot of blacktop!

57. One coming off the bench : SUB

Just time for the grid and my work here is done. Have a great day!


Notes from C.C.:

1) I apologize for those cringy entries today, everyone. You know I got desperate when I put OSIER in. Limited theme entry choices, heavy themage and the middle 13 all gave me troubles. I even used two corner black cheaters (Rich does not like them at all).
2) Happy Birthday to dear Jayce, who lights up my day every time he comments. Jayce lived in Taiwan for a few years and integrated himself into the local culture and tradition. He speaks fluent Chinese and eats many of the same authentic Chinese food I eat. Boomer thinks they're weird and never touches my fried Tofu or seaweed salad, yet he puts soy sauce on freshly cooked rice, weird!

Jayce and his lovely wife on their wedding day

Click here for a few more photos of Jayce and Mrs. Jayce (she won't like two of today's theme entries).