Aug 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015. C.C. Burnikel

Theme: ALL SQUARE. In the words of those two great American philosophers, Huey Lewis and Sponge Bob, It's Hip To Be SQUARE




You had to be pretty sharp to get hip to the theme that the eight long horizontal fills were all SQUARE in shape! C.C. is very interested in how many will suss out the theme with no reveal. Couple that with her usual clever cluing and you have a wonderful Sunday adventure! Now let's get SQUARED up and see where we finish.

23. Refrigerator message : STICKY NOTE - A 3M staple. These are 3" x 3"



25. Fight spot : BOXING RING - Somewhere between 16' x 16' and 25' x 25'. 



38. Pastime that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 : CROSSWORD PUZZLE - Today's was 21 cells x 21 cells, just like Melanie Miller's ET puzzle last Sunday



54. One of a game's 100 : SCRABBLE TILE - Here they are, each 3/4" x 3/4"



80. Picnic purchases : PAPER NAPKINS - Usually 6" x 6"



93. Soup toss-ins : SALTINE CRACKERS - These washed down with tea were mom's cure for upset tummies. These are 2" x 2"


110. Audiophile's collectible : ALBUM COVER - I wore this record out when I was a ute. 12" x 12"



113. Place to find a mate? : CHESS BOARD - Professional tournament boards are 18" x 18". Can you see White's one move checkmate?


Now for the not so SQUARE fills:


Across       


1. Palms in your hands : PDAS - Smart phones have replaced them and lots of other devices!




5. Used Google Wallet, say: PAID - Having paid, you are now SQUARE

9. Washington or Ford : ACTOR - Denzell and Harrison e.g.


14. __ shot : SLAP - The start of one



18. Event before a closing : SALE - I know a store that had a closing SALE for two years

19. Bug : ANNOY


21. Milan-based fashion house : PRADA - What the devil wears


22. Duel measure : PACE  - Hamilton and Burr were back to back, strode ten PACES, turned and shot. Hamilton got second place




27. Toe preceder? : TAC - I had to let TIP go. In War Games, the computer had to learn that some games have no winners, including  Tic TAC Toe and Global Thermonuclear Warfare 




28. Really hot : ON A TEAR - Let it ride!


30. Attach, in a way : PIN - Tail on the donkey e.g.


31. Fair attractions : RIDES - You game? Me either!




32. Ball standout : BELLE 


34. Weasel relative : STOAT - A group of STOATS is a "caravan".  You're welcome.




36. Barfly : SOT


37. Spinner? : PR MAN - No, no no! That wasn't a gaffe, what my candidate meant was...


45. Agree to another tour : RE-UP - A military tour


46. Campus bigwig : DEAN


47. Surfing mishap : WIPE OUT - Also the most famous rock 'n roll drum riff?


48. __ Center: L.A. skyscraper : AON

49. "X-Men" actor McKellen : IAN




50. Yellowstone sight : ELK


51. Hi-__ monitor : RES 


52. SFO info : ARR - ARRIVAL. Some say the O in SFO stands for San FranciscO, some say San Francisco/Oakland and some say it stands for nothing


53. "The Long, Hot Summer" director : RITT - 1958 classic where Martin RITT directed Mr. and Mrs. Paul Newman in this movie the year they got married


58. Last courses : DESSERTS - Bad guy get their just deserts


60. Buy from : SHOP AT


61. 2000 MapQuest acquirer : AOL


62. Morph- ending : EME - Smallest grammatical unit in a language




63. Too cute, in Chelsea : TWEE - Just like our Brit Steve!


64. Not real : ERSATZ - Is oleo ERSATZ butter?


67. "Raging Bull" Oscar winner : DE NIRO - Some say De Niro and Scorsese's best work




69. Attention : CARE


71. __-wop : DOO


72. CBS hit set in Vegas : CSI - ...and Miami and NY...


74. License : PERMIT


78. Tour of taverns : PUB CRAWL - A sometimes dangerous 21st birthday exercise


83. Any one of a 1963 all-brothers Giant outfield : ALOU - Jesus, Matty and Felipe on Hondo's team!




84. Enjoy some courses : EAT


85. Bodega pronoun : ESA - In slang, ESA is a word for Spanish "homegirl"


86. Big name in lip balms : EOS - Cute container

87. Med. checkup initials : LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein - Bad cholesterol

88. N.Y school overlooking the Hudson : RPI - The fightin' Redhawks of Rennsellaer Polytechnic Institute


89. Expanse : STRETCH - We once drove the STRETCH from 
Cheyenne to Yellowstone. Not much to see.


91. Downward movements : SAGS - The less said the better


92. Award named for a Muse : CLIO - For excellence in advertising, design and communication 




96. Invitee : GUEST - Even anon's are welcome GUESTS here and add to the mix even when snarky or rude


97. Pink label : RCA - We don't have any of her music. Do you?




98. Cockamamie : INANE


99. Lover of balance and harmony, so they say : LIBRA


100. Like TV's "Wayward Pines" : EERIE


103. Swabbie : GOB - American sailor. Origin unknown


105. Where most people get into hot water : BATHTUB


108. __-K : PRE


115. Puffed-up : VAIN - In your You're So Vain, Carly has claimed she is is talking about a composite of three men


116. Track bet : PLACE - If you bet $2.00 for American Pharoah to PLACE (come in second) in the Belmont Stakes, you won $2.80


117. Unit of purity : KARAT - 18K gold is 18/24 or 75% gold and 25% other metals to make it more durable


118. Move with a mouse : DRAG


119. "Anything __?" : ELSE - "Will that complete your order?" is now McDonald's version


120. Its mascot uses fowl language : AFLAC - Ubiquitous insurance duck


121. Seasoned salts : TARS - Some more GOBS


122. Blue-bottled vodka : SKYY


Down


1. "Over here!" : PSST


2. Records concern : DATA BREACH - In 2014, Target and these




3. 2013 Literature Nobelist : ALICE MUNRO - No clue


4. Instant : SEC


5. Two-time U.S. Open winner Stewart : PAYNE - A natty dresser and fine gentleman who died at 42 in a plane accident




6. Actress Paquin : ANNA - Once again, no clue but perps to the rescue


7. How some games are won, briefly : IN OT - Overtime 


8. Spoils : DOTES ON - What? You think we're spoiling our kitty?


9. SFPD alert : APB - All Points Bulletin.


10. Midriff-revealing wear : CROP TOP - A public service to those of you who didn't know what one was...




11. Airport arrival : TAXI - How a pilot gets to the gate at SFO or a passenger can get to SFO on the road


12. Asgard head : ODIN - Asgard is one of the nine worlds of Norse mythology


13. Tried to win, with "for" : RAN - Lifelong Minnesotan Harold Stassen RAN for president 10 times between 1940 and 2000


14. Quick squirt : SPRITZ




15. Set, as a trap : LAID - The best LAID plans of men and mice...


16. Troubling spots : ACNE - Ah, one of the many vagaries of my ute


17. Spots for coats : PEGS


20. First Literature Nobelist from Ireland : YEATS - William Butler YEATS


24. German city, to Germans : KOLN - Not Cologne 


26. Tiler's need : GROUT


29. City SSE of Santa Fe : ROSWELL - Home of the International UFO Museum 




33. Tablet holder : LAP


35. "__ man should have money in his head, but not in his heart": Swift : A WISE


36. Eggs on : SPURS - I don't know if American Pharoah's jockey used spurs but he used his whip 32 times in the home stretch at the Kentucky Derby


37. Goody two shoes : PRISS


38. One taking a selfie : CELL - Now you can use a selfie stick



39. Casino chip collector : RAKE - They RAKE in a lot more than they push out!

40. Software instruction file : READ ME - I don't


41. __ Tracey, one of the original Mouseketeers : DOREEN - She wasn't Annette but still...


42. Rumble in the Jungle setting : ZAIRE - They used the 25 Across SQUARE


43. Lenya of "From Russia With Love" : LOTTE - My LOTTE LENYA is a name in Mack The Knife


44. Tolkien tree giants : ENTS 


46. Ownership consequences, often : DEBTS


51. Carnival city : RIO - Probably won't find a 37 D PRISS in their parade (finally found a picture modest enough to display)





53. Edit a lot : REWORK - Rich's job here. Either with a scalpel or a chainsaw ;-) 


55. Brief glance : APERCU - In a sentence - "Gaston Boissier, L'Afrique (1895), is a picturesque but somewhat superficial APERCU of the principal Roman ruins." Again, you're welcome.


56. Less adorned : BARER - What many other Carnival pictures I found were!

57. Passion tea maker : TAZO


59. Throat condition : STREP


62. Singer Adams : EDIE - Mrs. Ernie Kovacs and cigar pitcher


65. Pop-up producer : ADWARE - nasty stuff


66. Pre-Aztec Mesoamerican : TOLTEC




68. "None for me" : I PASS

69. Mea __ : CULPA - A husband's Latin motto!


70. Hot and bothered : ABOIL


72. Game show with a Red Light Challenge : CASH CAB 


73. Place for peels : SPA


75. Milwaukee Brewers' home : MILLER PARK - Looks like a theme park from I-94




76. Disorderly : IN DISARRAY


77. Letter-shaped opening : T-SLOT


78. 3, 4 and 5 : PARS - The USGA says any hole longer than 691 yards is a PAR 6 and there are hardly any of them 


79. MetLife competitor : AETNA


80. Praline piece : PECAN


81. Back : REAR


82. Nutmeg-flavored quaffs : NOGS


89. Order to attack : SIC 'EM


90. Area south of SoHo : TRIBECA Triangle Below Canal Street





91. "What did I tell you!" : SEE THAT


92. Baby panda : CUB


94. Holy threesome : TRIUNE - Often used as another name for the Holy Trinity


95. Talent : KNACK


96. "Shadow Dancing" singer Andy : GIBB


99. Craves, with "for" : LUSTS - Even Jimmy Carter admitted to looking at women with LUST in his heart


100. Gutter locale : EAVE - I had Boomer's LANE first


101. Carrier with a King David Club : EL AL - Every passenger is interviewed before boarding


102. Jeter's 1,311, briefly : RBIS Runs Batted In. Some now write RBI since Runs is already plural. 75 RBI sounds odd to us old, er, veteran baseball fans


103. Holey pursuit? : GOLF - A Par 6? Holey Moley!! 


104. Track : OVAL - Here's a banked OVAL - no SQUARE here!





106. Vindictive goddess : HERA


107. Onetime Russian monarch : TSAR - 1917 was their swan song


109. Liable to snap : EDGY


111. Nos. expert : CPA - Only they speak fluent IRS


112. __ hall : REC


114. Pigs out (on), for short : ODS - Get those Fritos out of sight!


Like Teddy Roosevelt in the early 20th century, C.C. has given us a SQUARE DEAL on this enjoyable Sunday exercise. Was anyone else surprised she didn't include a certain SQUARE  that is 90' x 90' with rectangles at three corners and a pentagon at the fourth? I'll bet she gave it some thought.