French WWI general Ferdinand / MON 3-23-15 / Old Russian autocrat / Hit TV drama starring Gary Sinise / Egyptian cobra / Boat with double-bladed paddle / 1977 hard-rock hit by Ted Nugent / Hajj destination / What bracketologist is caught up in

Monday, March 23, 2015

Constructor: Michael Dewey

Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium (for a Monday)


THEME: All The Rage — two-word phrases (mostly) where second word is a kind of public uproar:

Theme answers:
  • KLEPTOMANIA (17A: Compulsion to steal)
  • MARCH MADNESS (23A: What a bracketologist is caught up in)
  • "CAT SCRATCH FEVER" (37A: 1977 hard-rock hit by Ted Nugent)
  • FASHION CRAZE (48A: Miniskirts or oversize sunglasses, once)
  • MEDIA FRENZY (59A: What a major scandal results in)
Word of the Day: Ferdinand FOCH (26D: French W.W. I general Ferdinand ___) —
Marshal Ferdinand Foch (French pronunciation: ​[fɔʃ]), (2 October 1851 – 20 March 1929) was a French soldier, military theorist and the Allied Généralissime during the First World War. (wikipedia)
• • •

This theme is somewhat timely, given that it's currently the season for MARCH MADNESS, and it's also (coincidentally) the day after I rewatched this 1980 classic for the first time in probably thirty years:

[This movie came out in 1980. MIT Mystery Hunt started in 1981. Coincidence? Ha.]

It's pretty straightforward, as themes go. Far more straightforward than most NYT themes. But Monday can be a good stepping-on point for tyros, so if the theme is excessively graspable, no big deal. The grid as a whole is sufficiently lively, so "easy" does not mean "dull" today. I really disliked FOCH in this grid, largely because he seems like a massive outlier, familiarity-wise (in that he lies outside my familiarity entirely, and is probably the least recognizable / generally known answer in this grid by a long shot … though ANYA Seton's fame is sustained almost entirely by crosswords, I think). But I ran my "FOCH sochs!" theory by constructor friends and no one had a problem with it, so it now seems entirely possible that I'm the one who's the outlier. Hmm. The tables are turned. Not sure I like this.


I flailed (!) a lot around the tail-end of FASHION CRAZE. FASHION didn't trigger any familiar phrases in my brain. I guess FASHION CRAZE is a thing. You gotta get to the "A" in "CRAZE" before google actually recommends the phrase FASHION CRAZE, but it seems familiar enough. Fill is a little crusty around the edges (EEK IBEAM ABATH ONA OKIE ETE USOFA CSINY MGT ANYA CZAR), but it holds up.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

121 comments:

jae 12:08 AM  

Medium for me, but it should have been easy-medium as I spelled OZARKS with an S and TYKE with an I and erasing is a time suck.

Zippy theme and a reasonably smooth grid, liked it.

And, @Rhino I've been known to tear up during movies on occasion.

Steve J 12:19 AM  

Nice Monday. Nothing wrong with straightforward themes early in the week, especially when they're composed of lively phrase/words like this. This was more interesting and engaging than most Mondays for me.

(Re: The Icehouse video. I had completely forgotten about that song. Haven't heard it in probably 25 years. Liked it at the time, but like many things from the late 80s - epic mullets and keytars, say - it hasn't aged well.)

Carola 2:03 AM  

I thought it was an excellent Monday, with theme phrases that were more than just solid - with CAT SCRATCH FEVER a great grid spanner - and nice long downs. It was more challenging for me than a usual Monday, which I liked (I didn't know JAMAL or the Ted Nugent title and needed some crosses to remind me of FOCH and guess at CSINY). I was surprised to see ANYA Seton reappear so soon.

An unlikely pair: GO GRAY and FASHION CRAZE. I liked NUDIE crossing (bump and) GRIND.

chefwen 2:41 AM  

Loved it! Some crunch on a Monday is embraced by me.
Wasn't super easy, as Monday's seem to be. Perfect start to the week. Hope it continues.

Thomaso808 4:03 AM  

Really good Monday. A Cosby show clue two days in a row. YMA and ANYA again.

CATSCRATCHFEVER has quite a colorful group of definitions in Google.

Loren Muse Smith 4:46 AM  

I agree with y'all – good, easy, straightforward Monday. Very Dad-friendly (FOCH you just have to overlook.)

One of my first entries was the brilliant "mimer" off the MIM of 6D. Hmm. Mimer/MIMIC. So could a "toner" be a tonic? An up-and-comer an up-and-comic? Borer/ boric?

46A may speak to, well, us of a certain age. I choose to try to hide my age with miniskirts and oversize sunglasses.

Speaking of GO GRAY, I keep seeing it parsed wrong. "Watch out, Ivan! That arch villain Ozarkayak has been spotted near Mir, and his gog ray is lethal."

Let me be the first to point out the word ladder: OARS, OURS, OUTS. Hah!

@Rhino – I cried when @Tita cried about the coffee.

My husband cries at Folgers commercials and during the animated Cinderella movie when the mice start to sew her dress.

Good job, Michael. Spot-on Monday.

TrudyJ65 5:22 AM  

ANYA Seton is still pretty famous among historical-fiction buffs. I wonder how great the overlap is between that constituency, and crossword solvers. Significant, I'd guess.

pfb 5:28 AM  

Nice Monday puzzle. A fast clean solve only requiring crosses to get FOCH and NUDIE.

Lewis 6:37 AM  
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Lewis 6:39 AM  

All the theme answers had pop, as did FLAILS and BICKEROVER. Like last week (and all January) , a Monday that didn't insult the intelligence -- keep this new level up, Will. It's still easy enough for beginners. And thank you Michael.

The grid is clean, and we have an echo from yesterday: TUBES (The great "Is YOUTUBES a verb?" controversy.) There is a mini theme -- seven answers ending in A. Never heard of FOCH, but my brain did a double take when I saw "FOCH you" in @lms's second sentence.

Didn't read the yet-another-dramatic-tale from @Lisa above, but my eye fell on one sentence: "Ukaka is the man that you need in all rampart." This will be going through my head all day.

GILL I. 6:51 AM  

I hate MARCH MADNESS because I can't watch my favorite "Mike and Molly" on our local TV station.
I did like this Monday though. Seemed so fresh and GOG RAY....
NUDIE is cute and I liked the HAITI, OKIE, MECCA, US OF A sections.
Good Monday fun Michael Dewey.
Oh...@Rhino from yesterday....If you're still in the basement, please come out and make me laugh again!

AnnieD 7:09 AM  

This Monday was just perfect...great way to start the week. Only major misdirection I had was at 50 Down...I had SCIFI instead of NUDIE. Shows where my head's at....

NCA President 7:39 AM  

I know there are at least two ways to spell CZAR/tsAR, but I could have sworn that the tsar version was the one most used for Russia/slavic countries because the C in those languages makes a ts sound. So, for us in the west Tsar is the closest phonetic spelling and Czar is the best phonetic approximation in the slavic areas. At any rate, CZAR was a hang up for a little while.

For a long time I didn't know what an ARTHI-STORY was. Some kind of Arthurian legend that those guys painted? Oh, wait...after a few large swigs of coffee, it popped out to me: ART: HIS STORY. Makes much more sense...whoever "Art" is and whatever his story might be.

There. That's my pun contribution for the week. You're welcome.

John Child 8:08 AM  

Hi. My name is John Child. Here is what I said yesterday: "I wish Rex would block anonymous comments and make everyone log in with some sort of identifiable "tag." Of course someone can fake an id, but even then they are accountable in some measure for what they said yesterday and will say tomorrow using that id. Anonymity makes it too easy for people with weak ethical standards to be uncivil."

You know my name is John Child because look, it's right there at the top of this post, in blue. So there's NO WAY I could be anyone else but John Child. The one and only John Child. I am therefore accountable (in some measure) for what I said yesterday and what I will say tomorrow, using my ID, which is John Child. Because I have a name, in blue, at the top of this post, I am NOT anonymous, and as "not anonymous," my comments should be taken VERY SERIOUSLY, at least MUCH more seriously than all of those poseurs who post anonymously. If I wanted to, I could even put a picture of a dog, or a six-pack of beer, or a celebrity's face, or a cartoon character, next to may name, in blue, and then I'd be even LESS anonymous and I'd have that much more clout on this blog. Because we should (as rex does) judge people by their name rather than by the quality of their comments. In fact, we shouldn't even read comments from people whose identity we can't verify. Posts from strangers on an obscure crossword blog are very important to me, and to the world in general. No WAY should I have "weak ethical standards" or be considered "uncivil," because I am completely identifiable by my name. John Child.
Thank you,
John Child. (That's me.)

Z 8:11 AM  

Three trainer-ese in today's puzzle, YMA, ANYA, and FOCH. If you're new to crosswords, lock those away. You will be seeing them again.

Flew through this. My beans were dRIeD first, that took a second and a half to fix. Otherwise it felt like record setting time, except I didn't check the clock before starting.

@Steve J - I include Ted Nugent in the "hasn't aged well" category. I do recall blaring both CAT SCRATCH FEVER and Hair of the Dog (by Nazareth) out of car speakers. Nothing better than your pet rock if you need a good cry.

Z 8:13 AM  

@fake John Child - Wow, you had me fooled.

Ludyjynn 8:20 AM  

Very pleasant easy, breezy Monday w/ a well-executed theme.

General FOCH was not a woe for me. But an alternate clue I would like to see in a future puzzle would lead to the answer Nina FOCH, who was a beautiful Dutch-born actress w/ a lengthy career/HISTORY in film and television. Roles ranging from Gene Kelly's wealthy ART patron in "An American in Paris" to Dr. (Ducky) Mallard's mother on NCIS, she was briefly married to James Lipton (CHAI, anyone?) of "Inside the Actor's Studio" fame.

'Foofaraw' is such an odd-sounding word. Looked up its etymology and found a potpourri of language backgrounds, French, Spanish mangled into English! Much ADO.

I like MEDIA circus over FRENZY, but that's just me.

Thanks, MD and WS.



John Child 8:22 AM  

Wow. I'm in illustrious company with my very own troll!

>John Child 8:08 AM

AliasZ 8:26 AM  


I thought MegaloMANIA, Facebook FEVER, Cha-cha-cha CRAZE and Feeding FRENZY, would have been more appropriate choices for MARCH MADNESS, but I liked this light and airy Monday puzzle the way it was just fine.

"IVAN the Terrible" is an epic movie directed by Sergei Eisenstein (1898-1948). It was planned as a massive trilogy depicting the life of CZAR IVAN IV. Part I was enthusiastically received and even approved by the Party, the megaloMANIAC Joseph Stalin identified himself with IVAN as a national hero. Part I was the recipient of the coveted Stalin Prize. The yet unreleased Part II however received heavy criticism from various state authorities who had seen it, and Stalin was personally offended by it, because it depicted state terrorism at the hands of a mad IVAN. Therefore he ordered the production of Part III to cease immediately, all footage from the film was confiscated, and it was rumored to have been destroyed, though several filmed scenes still exist today. Part II itself was released only after Stalin's death and his denunciation during the "Khrushchev Thaw", in 1958, when Eisenstein had already been deceased for 10 years. The musical score for "IVAN the Terrible" was composed by Sergei Prokofiev. Here is a brief excerpt.

In nuclear physics three types of radiation are classified: Alpha (α) radiation consists of helium nuclei and is readily stopped by a sheet of paper. Beta (β) radiation, consisting of electrons or positrons, is halted by an aluminum plate. Gamma (γ) radiation is damped by lead, and it is produced by the decay of atomic nuclei as they transition from a high energy state to a lower state known as "gamma decay". The most dangerous type however is the one in which the Greek letter omega (Ω) is inserted between a double dose of gammas, hinting at the fact that once you are hit with it, it's over, baby. It is called γ-Ω-γ radiation commonly referred to as GOG RAY.

Have a happy Monday
And avoid the GOG RAY.

Doug Garr 8:30 AM  

Top half over easy; bottom half medium. I filled in FOCH last -- never heard of him, like Rex. A classic Monday, eh?

George Barany 8:35 AM  

@8:08 Poster, I have viewed the blogger profile of @John Child. I communicate regularly with @John Child. @John Child is a friend of mine. @8:08 Poster, you're no John Child.

Bird 8:35 AM  

A very good puzzle. FOCH and ANYA were unkown (unremembered?), but this is a crossword puzzle and the crossing words were known. Because it's Monday I don't have the same issues as Rex but I guess he needs to complain about something.

@John Child (if that is your real name) - lol

joho 8:53 AM  

I'm in the " liked it" crowd." This was a fun, easy and interesting Monday.

EEK crossing MEEK tickled me.

The only thing that jumped out at me as off was the double MAD in MADLY and MADNESS.

Which brings up the fact that "Mad Men" starts it's final season April 5th ... I can't wait!

Thank you, Michael Dewey for getting us off to a great start this week!

Tita 8:53 AM  

Fun Monday.
I know FOCH from the many Avenues, but couldn't tell you too much more about him, other than he's famous enough that he's got at least one place name in just about any French town.
(I may be in a bunch of those towns coming up soon - maybe I'll create a guided FOCH-based tour.)

I need a decision tree for the GOGRAY choice...I always said I would, but now that the first ones are appearing, coinciding with looking for a new career opportunity, I wonder if I need to succumb. I may also try miniskirts and big sunglasses, but not sure what kind of work that would get me...

Thanks for a fun start to the week, Mr. Dewey.

chefbea 9:10 AM  

Fun easy puzzle. Of course I knew Ozarks and have been there many times
@Rhino..to answer your question I always check the posts from the day before in the morning when I get up so see who posted after I went to bed.

jberg 9:12 AM  

Signs you're too old: you studied FOCH in grade school. ESE I liked: IBEAM instead of -bar.

All I've got time for.

John Child 9:12 AM  

Barany, THAT cracked me up!
--John Child (or not)

Evid Doug 9:16 AM  

After I watch a NUDIE I always get the CATSCRATCHFEVER.
--evil

Roo Monster 9:20 AM  

Hey All !
First, no, you can't have my six pack, faux Child!😁

Also, (at the risk of getting "trolled" by an anonymeese) who really cares who's who on a basically anonymous blog? All blogs start out with anonymous posters, however, as time goes by, some people gravitate toward one another, like minds and such, and become friends, either virtual or IRL. As the blog goes on, other people join the fray, and in a perfect world, all get along and play nicely. But it's not a perfect world, so you get the occasional meanie now and again. But, like I said before, who really cares? It's not like this crossword blog will affect world history.

About the puz, nice easy MonPuz, just what the ole brain needs. Liked the themers, some good fill, a sconce high on threes. IMO :-) Only one writeover, cAnoe for KAYAK. Liked the GOG RAY explanation @Alias! How about : Souhtern st. with problems? = FL AILS.

GAFF
RooMonster
DarrinV

Whodunnit? 9:21 AM  

Afipia Felis, then Rochalimea Henselae, now Bartonella Henselae. Make up your mind!

Vladimir Putin. 9:25 AM  

Damn, I love this blog. Not only do we get to discuss whether JAMAL is a suitable entry for 1A, the welcome mat of the puzzle of the week's easiest puzzle on a Monday (it's not), but we also get to bear witness to the socio-political weakness of relying on civility as a saving construct for society in a microcosm, played out right before our very eyes.

People of all political leanings, left, right, moderate be warned: that's not the issue! It's a foolish belief in civilization, that a belief that a secure, comfortable society can be formed about a common sense of good behavior. It can't, never has been, never will be. Anarchy will always find the flaws in your system, throw a wrench into what you naively believe to be a safe, stable, comfortable existence, leaving you sobbing in a corner, begging someone, anyone, to restore order. Argue all you like about how if everyone just behaves well all will be well, it's a fools dream.

What is needed is one, strong, virile authority to assure order. A man who when, for example, sees someone upset the common ethos of a system as did the fake John Child, take steps to have this behavior stopped. Say like what happened to Boris Nemtsov. That's what society needs.

Lewis 9:26 AM  

So... did anyone catch the answer from the puzzle that @lms hid in her post??????

I'm in Mufti too 9:28 AM  

Bic Kerover,second cousin once removed to Bob Kerfuffle.

@"Evil", that middle vowel is an A, not an O.

Hartley70 9:31 AM  

@Tita and @LMS, good choice with the giant sunglasses. They'll hide your teary eyes. The mini-skirts, not so much, unless you get busy and hide that gray and tone those thighs....your FASHIONCRAZEd Advisor.

Nice Monday. It hung together well, but who wants to follow Ellen as the Oscar host? It's not going to play well, sorry Neil. Yesterday has already moved into the mythic category for me.

Airymom 9:32 AM  

I truly enjoyed this puzzle. Since my husband went to Duke, March Madness has been one of the biggest events of the year for almost 30 years. As far as "Anya"..we crossword puzzle regulars know her name without even thinking about it. Constructors who want to skew contemporary, may consider switching to "blogger Kamenetz".

Go Blue Devils!

BillyC 9:34 AM  

Barany, that was so funny that it's now OK with me if you refer us to all of the Puzzles you want. In fact, the more the better.

Aketi 9:40 AM  

I enjoyed getting my gold star for the week and this puzzle. Since I permit myself to cheat the rest of the week I'm not eligible for gold stars.

@ real John Child, I am MADLY jealous that you have your own troll. I merely had the collection of troll dolls when I was a kid. I did have a donke trol with blue hair. Just not the same as the real thing.

@ faux John Child, can you tell me more about when your KLEPTOMNIA of names began? Perhaps my dh could help you. He's a shrink. Hope it doesn't push you over pthe EDGE, but you aren't a very good MIMIC.

@ Coffee lovers, I must confess that I do like to add milk that is FOAMy so I suppose that is yet an additional flavor. @ Tita, sorry you cried over yours.

@ Loren Muse Smith, can I borrow your GOG RAY? Maybe my niece who writes for Marvel can incorporate it into some future Marvel movie for a battle between blue haired donkey trolls and GRAY haired crossword nerds.

Bob Kerfuffle 9:49 AM  

Good one.

The theme answers are different enough from "kerfuffle" that I don't think I'll pursue a copyright infringement suit. Now, "BIC KEROVER," on the other hand . . . :>)

A theory I have proposed before: I notice that @jae, in the very first comment at 12:08 AM, used the word "spelled," and, by golly, there is a post from a spellcaster at 4:03 AM, after what seems to have been a significant lull. I can't help thinking the two are connected. (No, I'm not suggesting @jae is in cahoots with the witch doctors! I blame it on the bots.)

Casco Kid 9:51 AM  

@rhino Don't feel bad. Tomorrow -- I guess that would be today -- is another day! (sniff) You'll be back. (sniff) You could still be a contender. (sniff)

Why, you could even be Speaker of the House! In more ways than one!

The Real Billy C 9:54 AM  


@fauxBillyC9:34 --

Heh, heh. I'm glad to be in the company of those admired enough to be impersonated. A living legend on this blog, and all due to the help given me by the good Professor. Thanks, George!

BTW, and FWIW, I gave his post a pass because it was not his puzzle that he referenced.

Kudos to George for his great job in channeling Lloyd Benson!


Casco Kid 9:55 AM  

@BillyC, Ain't Barany the greatest! Welcome to the club, man!

go 'heels! 10:06 AM  

@Airymom,
Sorry you're married to a prick.

Tita 10:08 AM  

@LMS and your confession yesterday...I too, all alone beweep my outcast state when skipped...or so I thought. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone with your all-too-perceptive description of that 'silly' thought process!
Gripped by the grid? Guilty!

Tsar Nicolas 10:12 AM  

Oh Vlad,
Maybe you should add rex to your inner circle and you and he can take Ukraine!

quilter1 10:12 AM  

Super easy fun Monday puzzle. Lots to like, little to dislike. I'd rather ANYA turn up more often than Miss Eyre.

John Hagen 10:16 AM  

"Foch" is a good word if only that it is fun to say, and hear.

Joseph Michael 10:35 AM  

Good way to start the week.

Ms. Sumac seems to be popular these days in Crossworld. Or maybe that's just her troll.

Z 11:01 AM  

Hey! Math and Science Types might find this interesting.

Schadenfreude/politics lovers might find this amusing.

Z 11:03 AM  

The second link - apparently I messed up the first time.

Mohair Sam 11:17 AM  

Fun Monday, gotta respect a constructor who can make early week puzzles enjoyable. Totally agree with @Rex today, most unusual, right down to being an outlier on FOCH.

I had always thought YMA Sumac was Ima, and that Anya Seton was Anna - but they're endless appearances in crosswords have saved me.

@Finally, the real @John Child comes forward! Or do we have a Sybil in our midst?

Masked and Anonymo6Us 11:43 AM  

Rat fudge. I don't believe any of U are who U say U are.
That's comin from an anonymous dude who's wearin a mask, tho...

Liked this MonPuz; it had some tough bark on it. Plus, if U is still climbin the walls, U can get FOCHUH, on the way back down.

M&A always reverently pauses, to admire YMA. (Young Men's non-Christian Association) Sounds like it needs its own runtpuz theme, to do that sweet lil weeject proper justice...
am startin to tear up. sniff. day-um it, @Rhino...

fave moo-cow MonPuz easy clue: {Ancient city undone by a large wooden horse}. Makes yah think. EQUS? MRED? PITT?

Splish Splash, by Bobby Darin. Rub dub, relaxin in the tub. Long about Saturday night. But I nostalgiate...
anyhoo, good save, for a partial, Mr. Dewey. **If** that is yer name...

M&A

grammar nazi 11:43 AM  

@Mohair Sam: "they're?!!" Really?!

Lewis 11:59 AM  

Factoid: Caucasions tend to GO GRAY earlier (and redheads earliest of all), then Asians, followed by African Americans; the general rule is that 50% of the population has about 50% gray hair at age 50 (what dermatologists call the 50-50-50 rule).

Quotoid: "...the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of TUBES." -- Ex-Senator Ted Stevens, (AK)

mathguy 12:09 PM  

@Z: Thanks for the link. I don't know which was more surprising. That a top NFL player is an excellent mathematician or that an excellent mathematician came out of Penn State. I'd always considered Penn State to be a football factory.

I thought that the fake John Child made a pretty good stab at satirizing the point the real John Child made. And I didn't find it offensive. But the strong point made by the real John Child was not weakened by it.

Vladimir Putin 12:14 PM  

As an added inducement to joining me, I also shoot self appointed grammar Nazis. Welcome to the dark side?

Aketi - or am I? 12:15 PM  

@ Mohair Sam, Sybil faked her multiple persona. Instead of Sybil we have the Invasion of the Name Snatcher.

@ Masked and Anonymo6Us
Cow patties. U don't really exist at all. U R merely a figment of my imagination.


I am not a robot, but I am a cyborg thanks to a snowboarding accident. Sadly I don't get the satisfaction of setting off the beepers going through TSA screening because I don't have enough titanium in my body yet.

Anonymous 12:30 PM  

I liked the fake John Child post and George's response. One of those guys was Quayle, but I can't remember the other. Should I youtube it?

I agree with those of you who call us anonamice and meece and similar names. After all, we are different than you are, and you should always make fun of people different than you are. That's how you show you're better.

Nancy 12:32 PM  

This blog is proving really useful to me in a way I couldn't have predicted even a few months ago. For years I just skipped Monday and Tuesday (and sometimes even Wednesday) because I didn't find the puzzles challenging enough. (I like to "suffer" when I'm doing a puzzle, and there simply wasn't any suffering on those days.) Now, I no longer skip automatically. I come here, don't look at any of the answers, but skim the comments to get an impression of whether people liked the puzzle and thought there was any challenge at all. If the solvers I most admire -- people who can do Friday and Saturday -- thought the puzzle was at least interesting, I pick up the NY Times and go to it. This new approach has kept me from missing some pleasant and diverting puzzles. Today was better than most Mondays and I'm glad I did it. So thanks, Rex, for a blog that's useful in a way you may not have even thought of. Anyone else use the blog this way?

F.O.G. 12:54 PM  

The humor on this blog is a relief from my daily GRIND.

While no MECCA for the MEEK and frequently much ADO about nothing, OFTimes this cyber FLAILing and BICKERing is entertaining to the MAX.

Right, HUH?

Lewis 1:30 PM  

@nancy -- I do Mondays and Tuesdays even though they're easy. I usually learn something from them, and they still give my brain a little jog. There is an art to making a good Monday/Tuesday puzzle; they can shine as brightly as those later in the week.

It's kind of like lounging by the pool rather than swimming laps.

grammar nazi 1:44 PM  

Oh Vlad, there is no doubt that I deserve to be summarily shot. Sadly, or not, two more grammar nazis will (goose-)step in for me as soon as I am dead.

Roo Monster 1:45 PM  

OK, see? This is why I don't usually share my opinions on a blog (Anonymous or RooMonster). They seem to get misread and twisted. I am one of the most self-depreciating people out there (think Alan from Two &A Half Men). All I said was we are all basically "anonymeece" and who cares about others' opinions? I know that sounds harsh, and I actually like all the regular peeps here, vut you know what they say about opinions...

So, I will keep commenting here, and keep reading the others' comments. I just won't inject my personal feelings.

I know, I know, go cry in the corner! :-)

RooMonster

Zeke 1:46 PM  

@Lewis - You're point is well taken, but I think Nancy's decision process was whether or not to invest in buying a copy of the Times.

bigger, badder grammar nazi 1:50 PM  

@ Grammar Nazi - Seriously? You deserve to be shot summarily for splitting your infinitive (which isn't wrong in the first place).

Numinous 2:16 PM  

@Roo Monster, in that corner you will be in good company especially if you bring unflavored coffee.

Was JAMAL not a gimme for anyone?

I god DiN eFfed at the tsAR/CZAR corner leaving me to think, "What the FOCH?" Anyway, I'm not going to BICKEROVER it.

I was briefly distracted by the NUDIE-Cutie showing down in the GRINDhous so I had to STARE.

All in all I'd say this was a good Monday done basically with the Across clues. Now, if I can only stay out of the sights of the GOG RAY.

Billy 2:24 PM  


@BBGN --

Respectfully, "to be summarily shot" is not a split infinitive. The infinitive in this construct is "to be."

"To summarily be shot" would be splitting the infinitive.

Roo Monster 2:26 PM  

LOL!
Drat, I like Caramel creamer in my coffee...

Roo

grammar nazi 2:35 PM  

YO--BBGN. I didn't split no stinkin' infinitive. You see, a split infinitive means the words in the infinitive "to [verb]" are SPLIT. As in "to boldly go where no man..." I henceforth and therefore dub thee "smaller, not-nearly-as-bad, small-town, ineffective mall cop.

M and A Psychiatry Annex 2:43 PM  

har. M&A has yer grammar nazi immunity; I mean, where would the poor dude start and how would he find the time? Heckuva way to earn yer armband.

@muse: My left eyepit began to well up, when I done realized I would not be the first on my block to mention that there word ladder.

@aketi or somesuch: U have a real extra spooky weird imagination, which has begun to loop back upon itself, so that U are now talkin to Alias-U. Not a good sign. Recommend rest and cinnamon rolls, the latter to be administered intervenously.

M&A
"Real Unreal"

Anonymous 2:48 PM  

C'mon Roo, time to start passing out those beers. Even to us worthless mice. (Except for M&A, who I am convinced is always drunk.)

Anonymous 2:58 PM  

No, to be is the infinitive, shot is, in this case the past, participle of shoot. Thus [infinitive] adverb, [verb].

Roo Monster 3:01 PM  

He's not always drunk... he's, well, off an octave, if you will! But without M&A, well, life sure would be duller. And no Runtz. And no U appreciating. And no extra-spicy commentations on wee-jects and what-nots. Hell, weove 'im!

Oh, and that six pack is purely for show, I've already drank'em! Hic!

Roo

BBGN 3:03 PM  

@GN--

Gettin' dubbed an ineffective mall cop by the likes of you is an insult, up with the likes of which I cannot put!

;-)

Roo Monster 3:03 PM  

Meant... We love 'im! Course, suppose you can Weove him if you truly wanted to...

grammar nazi 3:34 PM  

Taken in the spirit in which it was intended, which.

Destined For Eternal Anonymity 4:19 PM  

My existence is composed of an endless foraging through the fields of the internet in an attempt for recognition and love. I am a pariah, a nonperson in the observable world. My exclusive respite is found within the confines of the blogosphere. I aspire to be acknowledged in these small communities of staunch rapport. Here I am heard but not seen. I can hide my hideous soul from judgmental eyes. On occasion I can invoke a rejoinder from those that I antagonize. This is all I have. Take pity upon me. Be my friend or be my enemy. Just know that I breath. I’M SO LONELY.

Anonymous 4:25 PM  

@DFEA

Breathe please...take another breath...and avoid grammar nazis

grammar nazi 4:29 PM  

Now you're all just writing grammar nazi bait on purpose. Breath, indeed.

mac 4:31 PM  

Well that was a good time! First the puzzle, then the write-up and comments.

Very good Monday puzzle, plenty of theme and good words. Just a q and a w would have made it a pangram.

Like @Tita, Maréchal Foch was known to me, also mostly because of the avenues and roads in France.

Anonymous 4:48 PM  

Dear Will Shortz,

Is it TSAR or CZAR? Can we pick one please?

Best, Greg (posting anonymously because I'm too lazy to open an account.)

Sheila Bell 5:05 PM  

Nina Foch Beautiful actress Fosh?

Mohair Sam 5:14 PM  

@grammar nazi. Aaaargh. You're insult is well-deserved and taken with shame. You have no idea how I hate seeing that particular mistake, now I've made it.

Well their now, I feel better.

Nancy 5:22 PM  

@Zeke -- I've had Times Home Delivery for like since forever (yes, I know, grammar nazi, I know.) My decision isn't whether to buy a paper; my decision is: will it be more educational and productive to actually READ something for a change,rather than do a crossword where my mind is wandering because it's so easy? (I saw Zeke's comment and felt I had to respond immediately; thus I haven't seen anyone else's comment since then. I'll go back now and take a look.)

Aketi 6:09 PM  

@Anonymous M and A Psychiatry Annex

I prefer chocolate almond croissants to cinnamon rolls and rest just activates the part of my brain that gets myself into trouble.

Off to MMA class. If I were to do anything via IV it would be beer, but since I'm training for my black belt test in June I've sworn off the stuff til June. After a more than usually vigorous double class of MMA and BJJ one night I sank myself into an Epsom Salt Lavender Foam bath I discovered that if you drink just the right amount of wine from you wine glass, it will float without sinking under the foam bubbles.

Teedmn 6:15 PM  

Looks like the only one with a six pack left is Vladimir Putin, albeit probably photo-shopped.

@Tita, I was having the GO GRAY discussion with the woman who cuts my hair. She said, "Don't do it"! because quitting is harder than starting. And in an article in the NY Times, a woman writing on the subject said when she asked people their estimates of her age, coloring her hair only gained her around 3 years off the actual. But then I may be rationalizing because I'm too lazy and cheap to color my hair (I'm in Lewis's 50-50-50 range) so you may want to ignore my take on the subject.

Nice Monday puzzle, Mr. Dewey. I didn't tear up once, not even from the CATSCRATCHFEVER.

jennefer Flew 7:34 PM  

How on earth can i that Doctor Atete? What can i use to appreciate him for his kind gesture towards me? What should i give to thank him? Some one please advise me Because Doctor Atete has really wipe my tears and put a smile on my face with his spell. Years back i broke up with my husband because he was cheating on me and he nerved recognize or treat me as his lovely wife just as every man is suppose to do instead he always insult me, call me all sort of rubbish names and most times beat me up because he told me that he was tired of me and do no love me anymore, i cried every night hoping and begging God to change him. i have contacted different spell caster all they did was to take my money and demand for more and more without solution or solving my problems so one day after reading some testimony on the internet about how Doctor Atete has helped different people i decided to contact him via email: doctoratetespelltemple@hotmail.com) his response to me was i will help you with my spell. Doctor Atete is a man of his word and he has wipe my tears and put a smile on my face just as he said. Do you have any difficulty in your relationship or do you need help of any kind? Contact Doctor Atete today because it is 100% guarantee that he will wipe your tears just as he has do for me. DOCTOR ATETE IS A GOD ON EARTH. Contact him today via Email: (doctoratetespelltemple@hotmail.com) website:(http://drzazazworldofpowerfulspellwebscom.webs.com) or Whatapp:(+2348068784784) or call him:(+2348068784784 or +2347056505954)

Norina Robin 8:21 PM  

I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real on line spell caster that is powerful and genuine,this is unbelievable!! I still cant believe how Dr AKUBU brought my ex husband back to me in just 24hours.. I actually did not believe that i would one day be writing this testimony. because I was the world’s biggest skeptic. I never believed in magic spells or anything like that, but I was told by a trustworthy source by my friend,that Dr AKUBU is a very devoted, talented, and gifted spell caster, and after much cajole she got me to visit his websites: http://drakubuspelltemple.webs.com/It was one of the most excellent thing I have ever done in my whole life. My husband life was in total mess after my husband dumped me for another woman. I had been through two divorces and was on the brink of a third. I just couldn't face another divorce, and I wanted to try harder to make our relationship work, but my husband didn't seem to care. So, with nothing but my pride to lose, I checked it out. I was flabbergasted. This man is for REAL. He did whatever magic he does, and and behold – no more than 24 hours later, I had my husband back! It was like a miracle! many people have problem like mine but there is nobody like you to help them solve their problem like you do, if anyone need the help of this nice man contact him now:drakubuspelltemple@yahoo.com thank you Dr AKUBU and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..so contact him urgent by his email address:drakubuspelltemple@yahoo.com

Norina Robin 8:21 PM  

I want to quickly tell the world that there is a real on line spell caster that is powerful and genuine,this is unbelievable!! I still cant believe how Dr AKUBU brought my ex husband back to me in just 24hours.. I actually did not believe that i would one day be writing this testimony. because I was the world’s biggest skeptic. I never believed in magic spells or anything like that, but I was told by a trustworthy source by my friend,that Dr AKUBU is a very devoted, talented, and gifted spell caster, and after much cajole she got me to visit his websites: http://drakubuspelltemple.webs.com/It was one of the most excellent thing I have ever done in my whole life. My husband life was in total mess after my husband dumped me for another woman. I had been through two divorces and was on the brink of a third. I just couldn't face another divorce, and I wanted to try harder to make our relationship work, but my husband didn't seem to care. So, with nothing but my pride to lose, I checked it out. I was flabbergasted. This man is for REAL. He did whatever magic he does, and and behold – no more than 24 hours later, I had my husband back! It was like a miracle! many people have problem like mine but there is nobody like you to help them solve their problem like you do, if anyone need the help of this nice man contact him now:drakubuspelltemple@yahoo.com thank you Dr AKUBU and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..so contact him urgent by his email address:drakubuspelltemple@yahoo.com....

chefbea 9:05 PM  

Anyone watching Dancing with the Stars??? They just did a dance to .....My Sharonna!!!!!

George Barany 9:33 PM  

Congratulations to @Michael Dewey for a theme-dense Monday puzzle that elicited numerous responses from this blog's commentariat, quite a bit of which was unrelated to his puzzle.

Earlier inquiries touched upon TSAR vs. CZAR. First of all, great news, even non-subscribers can access xwordinfo.com (c/o @Jim Horne and @Jeff Chen) this week, in honor of the ACPT. TSAR appears 698 times in their database, including 217 times during the @Will Shortz era. CZAR, only 117 total, 64 of which are from the Shortz era.

I suspect the reason for these relative frequencies rests in T and S being far more crossword-friendly letters than C and Z, rather than any great etymological insight. Supporting this hypothesis, a google n-gram shows that TSAR didn't even start until the late 1800's, and has at best a 2-fold advantage since 1930 or so.

Tita 10:30 PM  

@Teedmn...lol...I must be going to the wrong woman...
Mine is obviously more mercenary...she says "The time to start is now - before anyone notices...".

Like you, my cheapness and laziness will prevail - I would be the one with the 3" roots.

Zeke 10:38 PM  

@Nancy - In reality I offered that as an explanation (and will someone please explain why explain is spelled the way it is, and explanation is missing the ever so important 'i'?) to forestall trolls from jumping ugly on you. They have, in the past, picked on people for saying they don't do early puzzles because they're too simple. Not to worry though, Dr. Akubu assured me that not only can he get your errant spouse back for you, he can protect you from trolls, for the very reasonable price of $500US. We've grown so close over the past few days I felt you were worth it.

Nancy 11:13 PM  

@Zeke: I'm really glad I came back to this site before turning in for the night. That was so nice of you! Extremely chivalrous in an age that lacks chivalry in spades. Thank you. As is probably apparent to everyone, I'm a real babe in the woods when it comes to posting on the Internet. (I've only even had a computer since 12/08.) I have no idea what makes people angry or why. My recent hideous experience with hostility and bullying came as a result not of my discussing politics or religion or even the easiness of early week puzzles; it came from -- are you ready for this? -- soup. As in whether soup is a first course or a side dish. I kid you not. Possibly my naivete in how to post in a way that doesn't upset anyone (read completely colorless and innocuous) means I shouldn't post at all. But I was really, really touched by the way so many people came to my defense and that makes me want to hang around for a while. Which Law is it that Bad drives out Good or some such? It's not Murphy's. Is it Gresham's? It's too bad that it happens. because so many people on this site are extremely nice. You would appear to be one of them and I am grateful. Thanks, Zeke.

Leapfinger 6:21 AM  

I'm surprised that nobody mentioned that GOG and MaGOG RAYs great armies in the final battle of Good vs Evil. That was quite a Revelation and should have been obvious given the current travails within Rex-blog.

@Aketa, so you're going for the black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu? Wow. Good luck... I mean: Boa sorte, with your Brazilian whacks!

Sorry that I missed yesterday: a spritely puzzle and a busy blog. I do like it when Earnest answers Satire.

A special Hello to LD/JHNY and I'll quite understand if nobody responds to this.

Leapfinger 6:35 AM  

@Zeke,
'Explain-explanation' is just following the lead of 'pronounce-pronunciation'. In this case, I O U. Kind of.

@Nancy
'...an age that lacks chivalry in spades'??!!
I say!

Andiamo.

How I Got My Ex Husband Back 9:48 PM  

OMG!!,I am out here to spreed this good news to the entire world on how I got my ex husband back. My name is Natasha Johnson,i live in Florida,USA,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with three kids. A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my husband .so terrible that he took the case to court for a divorce.he said that he never wanted to stay with me again,and that he didn't love me anymore.So he packed out of the house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get him back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and he confirmed it that he has made his decision,and he never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my husband .So i explained every thing to him,so he told me that the only way i can get my husband back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for him too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow his advice. Then he gave me the email address of the spell caster whom he visited.{bravespellcaster@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address he gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my husband back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my husband who didn't call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that he was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how he came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and he apologized for his mistake,and for the pain he caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster. So, i will advice you out there to kindly visit the same website { http://enchantedscents.tripod.com/lovespell/},if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Brave for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. { bravespellcaster@gmail.com }, Thanks..

dr abel justus 6:26 AM  

This is my testimony about the good work of a man who helped me..My name is NINA GEORGE. and I base in London.My life is back!!! After 8 years of marriage, my husband left me and left me with our three kids. I felt like my life was about to end,and was falling apart. Thanks to a spell caster called papa Justus who i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I was searching for a good spell caster that can solve my problems. I came across series of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and so on. There was one particular testimony I saw, it was about a woman called grace,she testified about how papa Justus brought back her Ex lover in less than 72 hours and at the end of her testimony she drop papa Justus e-mail address. After reading all these,I decided to give papa a try.

I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 3 days, my husband came back to me. We solved our issues, and we are even happier than before. papa Justus is really a talented and gifted man and i will not to stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man...If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve that problem for you. Try the great papa Justus today, he might be the answer to your problem. Here's his contact: drabeljustus@gmail.com
Thank you great Justus. Contact him for the following:

(1)If you want your ex back.
(2) if you always have bad dreams.
(3)You want to be promoted in your office.
(4)You want women/men to run after you.
(5)If you want a child.
(6)[You want to be rich.
(7)You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
(8)If you need financial assistance.
(9)Herbal care
10)Help bringing people out of prison
(11)Marriage Spells
(12)Miracle Spells
(13)Beauty Spells
(14)PROPHECY CHARM
(15)Attraction Spells
(16)Evil Eye Spells
(17)Kissing Spell
(18)Remove Sickness Spells
(19)ELECTION WINNING SPELLS
(20)SUCCESS IN EXAMS SPELLS
(21) Charm to get who to love you.
(22)Business spell.
(23) Find your long lost family.
Contact him today on:
drabeljustus@gmail.com,
+2347033354868.
You can also CONTACT HIM ON whats-app on the same phone number.

karina jones 2:04 AM  

Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Royal was able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and doing different ungodly act..
My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite with my husband, not until i met Dr Royal the great spell caster who was able to bring my husband back home, Dr Royal cast a love spell for me, and after some time i started seen results about the spell....
Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy, with Dr Royal all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage, friends in case you need the help of Dr Royal mail him on( Royallovespell@gmail.com )(Royallovespell@yahoo.com) or his website (http://Royallovespell.webs.com) or call him on +2349037171626, Sir i will forever recommend you!!!

karina jones 2:04 AM  

Hello everyone i want to share a live testimony on how Dr Royal was able to bring my husband back to me, myself and my husband were on a serious breakup, even before then we were always quarreling fighting and doing different ungodly act..
My husband packed his things out of the house and we had to live in different area, despite all this i was looking for a way to re_unite with my husband, not until i met Dr Royal the great spell caster who was able to bring my husband back home, Dr Royal cast a love spell for me, and after some time i started seen results about the spell....
Today my family is back again and we are happy living fine and healthy, with Dr Royal all my dream came through in re_uniting my marriage, friends in case you need the help of Dr Royal mail him on( Royallovespell@gmail.com )(Royallovespell@yahoo.com) or his website (http://Royallovespell.webs.com) or call him on +2349037171626, Sir i will forever recommend you!!!

Anonymous 5:16 PM  

Is good to shear a good thing to the entire world, i am mrs Mata Morgan from united kingdom, I promise to share this testimony all over the world once my boyfriend return back to me, and today with all due respect i want to thank DR. OGUDU for bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family. I want to inform you all that there is a spell caster that is real and genuine. I never believed in any of these things until i loosed my boyfriend, I required help until i found ogudumagictemple@gmail.com a grate spell caster, And he cast a love spell for me, and he assured me that I will get my boyfriend back in 48hours, after the spell has been cast. within that 48hours my phone rang, and so shockingly, it was my boyfriend who has not called me for past 10 years now, and made an apology for the heart break, and told me that he is ready to be my back bone till the rest of his life with me. DR. OGUDU released him up to know how much i loved and wanted him. And opened his eyes to picture how much we have share together. As I'm writing this testimony right now I'm the most happiest girl on earth and me and my boyfriend is living a happy life and our love is now stronger than how it were even before our break up. So that's why I promised to share my testimony all over the universe. All thanks goes to DR. OGUDU for the excessive work that he has done for me. Below is the email address in situation you are undergoing a heart break, and I assure you that as he has done mine for me, he will definitely help you too.ogudumagictemple@gmail.com

Anonymous 5:17 PM  

An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my wife back to me.. My name is Andy Sowers,i live in Australia,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring wife,with two kids.A very big problem occurred in my family seven months ago,between me and my wife.so terrible that she took the case to court for a divorce.she said that she never wanted to stay with me again,and that she didn't love me anymore.So she packed out of my house and made me and my children passed through severe pain. I tried all my possible means to get her back,after much begging,but all to no avail.and she confirmed it that she has made her decision,and she never wanted to see me again. So on one evening,as i was coming back from work,i met an old friend of mine who asked of my wife.So i explained every thing to her,so she told me that the only way i can get my wife back,is to visit a spell caster,because it has really worked for her too.So i never believed in spell,but i had no other choice,than to follow her advice. Then she gave me the email address of the spell caster whom she visited.{ogudumagictemple@gmail.com}. So the next morning,i sent a mail to the address she gave to me,and the spell caster assured me that i will get my wife back the next day.What an amazing statement!! I never believed,so he spoke with me,and told me everything that i need to do. Then the next morning, So surprisingly, my wife who didn't call me for the past seven {7}months,gave me a call to inform me that she was coming back.So Amazing!! So that was how she came back that same day,with lots of love and joy,and she apologized for her mistake,and for the pain she caused me and my children. Then from that day,our relationship was now stronger than how it were before,by the help of a spell caster DR benedict. So.
So,if you are in a similar problem or any kind of problems you can also contact him via his email(ogudumagictemple@gmail.com}he is the solution to all your problems and predicaments in life.his email again is{ogudumagictemple@gmail.com}.

HE ALSO SPECIALIZE IN THE THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS;

(1) If you want your ex back.
(2) If you want to be promoted in your office.
(3) If you want a child.
(4) If you want to be rich.
(5) if you have any sickness like ( H I V/AIDS ),(CANCER) or any sickness.

once again make sure you contact him if you have any problem he will help you. his email address is(ogudumagictemple@gmail.com}

clarke white 11:52 AM  

Hello am Mrs Clarke, i want to share this testimony on how
this powerful spell caster help me brings back my ex back within 2 days, i
was having a terrible problem with my husband which leads us to a
relationship breakup. Until i contacted this spell caster through my nephew
friend who he once help, she help me and actually, we are now real lovers . So i will advice you to contact her now at princessolokuntemplee@GMAIL.COM, she will help you get him/her back to you immediately without stress.
if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below:

1) If you want your ex back.
(2) if you always have bad dreams.
(3) You want to be promoted in your office.
(4) You want women/men to run after you.
(5) If you want a child.
(6) You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
(7) How you been scammed and you want to recover you lost money.
(8)if you want to stop your divorce.
(9if you want your wishes to be granted.
(10) Pregnancy spell to conceive baby
Goodluck princessolokuntemplee@gmail.com

Lucenira Ferreira 2:42 AM  

Hello every one out here
Am Lucenira Ferreira, from USA, I have be married for nine years my husband and i where living happily and just two months ago my husband meant his ex girl friend whom he had in school days and all of a sudden he started dating her again and he never cared about his family again all he does is to stay late at night and when he come's back he will just lie to me that he hard some fault with his car,there was this faithful day i caught the both of them in a shop,i walked to them and told the girl to stay of my husband and when he came home that evening he beat me up even despite the fact that i was pregnant he was just kicking and warning me to never point a finger on his girlfriend again,i have suffered too much in the hand of a cheating husband but thank to Dr iayaryi whom i got from a blog site after a long search for a real spell caster i was so happy that he fulfilled all what he said in just less than three days after the spell was cast they quarreled and he broke up with the girl and his senses are fully back and he now care and love me like he have never done before and if you are their suffering from a broken marriage or your husband or ex cheats? you can email (driayaryi2012@hotmail.com) his spells are pure and very powerful without any doubt.

Tracy Jones 9:56 PM  

Unimaginable and unbelievable. I am Tracy Jones from the United States and i have a good news to share to the entire world. Do you need your ex husband or lover urgently? I wanna tell you that you need not to worry because i have a good news for those out there that are faced or similar to such situation because there is always a hope and a solution to all problem. There is a great spell caster called Dr Eku who can really solve your problem. Getting my lover back is what i can't imagine but when I was losing Newton, I needed help and somewhere to turn badly but my Aunty told me about this spell caster who also helped her on the internet. I thought it won't work but i just tried to give this man a chance and i ordered a LOVE SPELL. Two days later, my phone rang. Newton was his old self again and wanted to come back to me! Not only come back, the spell caster opened him up to know how much I loved and needed him. This Spell Casting isn’t brainwashing, but he opened up his eyes to know how much we have to share together. I recommend anyone who is in my old situation to try him because he will help you and make things be the way it ought to be. If you have such problem or similar to this, please contact him on his email
drekuperfectspells@yahoo.com and just visit DREKUPERFECTSPELLS.blogspot.com and see so many people testifying about his perfect work. thank you Dr Eku and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..

Tracy Jones 9:56 PM  

Unimaginable and unbelievable. I am Tracy Jones from the United States and i have a good news to share to the entire world. Do you need your ex husband or lover urgently? I wanna tell you that you need not to worry because i have a good news for those out there that are faced or similar to such situation because there is always a hope and a solution to all problem. There is a great spell caster called Dr Eku who can really solve your problem. Getting my lover back is what i can't imagine but when I was losing Newton, I needed help and somewhere to turn badly but my Aunty told me about this spell caster who also helped her on the internet. I thought it won't work but i just tried to give this man a chance and i ordered a LOVE SPELL. Two days later, my phone rang. Newton was his old self again and wanted to come back to me! Not only come back, the spell caster opened him up to know how much I loved and needed him. This Spell Casting isn’t brainwashing, but he opened up his eyes to know how much we have to share together. I recommend anyone who is in my old situation to try him because he will help you and make things be the way it ought to be. If you have such problem or similar to this, please contact him on his email
drekuperfectspells@yahoo.com and just visit DREKUPERFECTSPELLS.blogspot.com and see so many people testifying about his perfect work. thank you Dr Eku and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..

Tracy Jones 9:56 PM  

Unimaginable and unbelievable. I am Tracy Jones from the United States and i have a good news to share to the entire world. Do you need your ex husband or lover urgently? I wanna tell you that you need not to worry because i have a good news for those out there that are faced or similar to such situation because there is always a hope and a solution to all problem. There is a great spell caster called Dr Eku who can really solve your problem. Getting my lover back is what i can't imagine but when I was losing Newton, I needed help and somewhere to turn badly but my Aunty told me about this spell caster who also helped her on the internet. I thought it won't work but i just tried to give this man a chance and i ordered a LOVE SPELL. Two days later, my phone rang. Newton was his old self again and wanted to come back to me! Not only come back, the spell caster opened him up to know how much I loved and needed him. This Spell Casting isn’t brainwashing, but he opened up his eyes to know how much we have to share together. I recommend anyone who is in my old situation to try him because he will help you and make things be the way it ought to be. If you have such problem or similar to this, please contact him on his email
drekuperfectspells@yahoo.com and just visit DREKUPERFECTSPELLS.blogspot.com and see so many people testifying about his perfect work. thank you Dr Eku and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..

Tracy Jones 9:57 PM  

Unimaginable and unbelievable. I am Tracy Jones from the United States and i have a good news to share to the entire world. Do you need your ex husband or lover urgently? I wanna tell you that you need not to worry because i have a good news for those out there that are faced or similar to such situation because there is always a hope and a solution to all problem. There is a great spell caster called Dr Eku who can really solve your problem. Getting my lover back is what i can't imagine but when I was losing Newton, I needed help and somewhere to turn badly but my Aunty told me about this spell caster who also helped her on the internet. I thought it won't work but i just tried to give this man a chance and i ordered a LOVE SPELL. Two days later, my phone rang. Newton was his old self again and wanted to come back to me! Not only come back, the spell caster opened him up to know how much I loved and needed him. This Spell Casting isn’t brainwashing, but he opened up his eyes to know how much we have to share together. I recommend anyone who is in my old situation to try him because he will help you and make things be the way it ought to be. If you have such problem or similar to this, please contact him on his email
drekuperfectspells@yahoo.com and just visit DREKUPERFECTSPELLS.blogspot.com and see so many people testifying about his perfect work. thank you Dr Eku and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..

Tracy Jones 9:57 PM  

Unimaginable and unbelievable. I am Tracy Jones from the United States and i have a good news to share to the entire world. Do you need your ex husband or lover urgently? I wanna tell you that you need not to worry because i have a good news for those out there that are faced or similar to such situation because there is always a hope and a solution to all problem. There is a great spell caster called Dr Eku who can really solve your problem. Getting my lover back is what i can't imagine but when I was losing Newton, I needed help and somewhere to turn badly but my Aunty told me about this spell caster who also helped her on the internet. I thought it won't work but i just tried to give this man a chance and i ordered a LOVE SPELL. Two days later, my phone rang. Newton was his old self again and wanted to come back to me! Not only come back, the spell caster opened him up to know how much I loved and needed him. This Spell Casting isn’t brainwashing, but he opened up his eyes to know how much we have to share together. I recommend anyone who is in my old situation to try him because he will help you and make things be the way it ought to be. If you have such problem or similar to this, please contact him on his email
drekuperfectspells@yahoo.com and just visit DREKUPERFECTSPELLS.blogspot.com and see so many people testifying about his perfect work. thank you Dr Eku and may your gods ever reward you for your good deeds..

Anonymous 3:39 AM  

Hello am Mrs Clarke, i want to share this testimony on how
this powerful spell caster help me brings back my ex back within 2 days, i
was having a terrible problem with my husband which leads us to a
relationship breakup. Until i contacted this spell caster through my nephew
friend who he once help, she help me and actually, we are now real lovers . So i will advice you to contact her now at princessolokuntemplee@GMAIL.COM, she will help you get him/her back to you immediately without stress.
if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below:

1) If you want your ex back.
(2) if you always have bad dreams.
(3) You want to be promoted in your office.
(4) You want women/men to run after you.
(5) If you want a child.
(6) You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
(7) How you been scammed and you want to recover you lost money.
(8)if you want to stop your divorce.
(9if you want your wishes to be granted.
(10) Pregnancy spell to conceive baby
Goodluck princessolokuntemplee@gmail.com

Anonymous 3:40 AM  

Hello am Mrs Clarke, i want to share this testimony on how
this powerful spell caster help me brings back my ex back within 2 days, i
was having a terrible problem with my husband which leads us to a
relationship breakup. Until i contacted this spell caster through my nephew
friend who he once help, she help me and actually, we are now real lovers . So i will advice you to contact her now at princessolokuntemplee@GMAIL.COM, she will help you get him/her back to you immediately without stress.
if you are out there passing through any of this problems listed below:

1) If you want your ex back.
(2) if you always have bad dreams.
(3) You want to be promoted in your office.
(4) You want women/men to run after you.
(5) If you want a child.
(6) You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
(7) How you been scammed and you want to recover you lost money.
(8)if you want to stop your divorce.
(9if you want your wishes to be granted.
(10) Pregnancy spell to conceive baby
Goodluck princessolokuntemplee@gmail.com

Marina Panes 3:02 AM  

My name is Marina Panes and I base in USA... My life is back!!! After 3 years of broken marriage, my husband left me with three kids. I felt like my life was about to end i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to the great spell caster called Dr. Ebakor, which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I came across allot of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer and other sickness. Some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and so on. I also come across one particular testimony, it was about a woman called Sarah, she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr. Ebakor e-mail address. After reading all these, I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 12 to 16 hours, my husband came back to me. We solved our issues and we are even happier than before Dr. Ebakor is really a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man... If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems for you. Try Dr. Ebakor anytime and he might be the answer to your problems. Here's his E-mail contact: Doctorebakorspelltemple@hotmail.com'', Mobile contact: ''+2348135254384'' and lastly his Website: http://doctorebakorspelltemple.webs.com

Anonymous 5:34 AM  


Need a spell caster?then think of DR,OBEYED he is real reliable and he does what he promise you.I know all this because he helped with my marriage problem.For security reason i will not live my name here but i can tell you all he did to help me.Me and my family live in the US military base here in America,my wife is a solider and i love it that she is and i support.But being a solider means she is half my wife and fully the U.S army.before her three tour we were so in love and we had a kid son who we both love him.It all changed after her two tour in Iraq and Afghanistan,i noticed the distance her second tour she stopped call at first i thought maybe she was part of an accident but i found out that she was OK in Afghanistan.She explained that she always on patrol.It got ugly on the third. I guess in the last two tours she found herself a new lover and then totally forgetting me and our boy.I can not say i did not notice because she always has to be some where instead of with me,coming up with some silly excuse not to be with me that is ( have sex ) and her entire behavior told me all i needed to know. i did my research and i had a hint that it was her squad lieutenant.I had know evidence so a could not take the matter to any body.It killed me to seeing this happen i was going suicidal.What hurt me the most was she going home knowing that i suspect she infidelity,she kept lying to me over and over again.The power of positive thinking helped me a lot.I thought that maybe i can find in the help on the internet with the people who had being in the same problem with him.I found a lot of ways but nor worked except DR,OBEYED spell.At that time five month ago i was so confused that i could do anything to get my wife back so i contacted DR,OBEYED with his email address i saw in some comment on the internet at drobeyedspellcaster@gmail.com..I laid down my problem to him and told him the entire story and he even confirmed my hint was right, how he did i do not know but he was right because my wife told me later after the spell was made effective. DR,OBEYED cast a spell on them both do not know what he did but it seem he made them both forget they ever crossed path romantically speaking like they never know each other expect there official relationship that is squad leader and solider.I owe my life to DR,OBEYED what he did saved my marriage.I can tell you this because i have tried and it worked for me.Your case also have a solution with DR,OBEYED contact him with his email: drobeyedspellcaster@gmail.com,, THIS IS HIS EMAIL: drobeyedspellcaster@gmail.com...

He can also help you get a child if you have know child..

Doreen 5:58 AM  

My Name is Doreen Ann, From Canada I wish to share my testimonies with the general public about what this man called GREAT MUTABA has just done for me , this man has just brought back my lost Ex husband to me with his great spell within 24 hours. I was married to my husband Bill Ferio, we were together for a long time and we loved our self’s but when I was unable to give him a child for 2 years he left me and told me he can’t continue anymore then I was looking for ways to get him back until a friend of mine told me about this man and gave his contact email greatmutaba@yahoo.com then you won’t believe this when I contacted this man on my problems he cast a very strong spell for me and bring my lost husband back within 24hrs, and after a month I miss my monthly period and went for a test and the result showed that i was pregnant. i am happy today am a mother of a baby Boy,thank you once again the GREAT MUTABA for what you have done for me.Contact him on his private email greatmutaba@yahoo.com if you are out there passing through any of this problems or predicaments in your life

Sarah Jacoby 10:31 AM  

My name is Sarah Jacoby from USA, Three weeks ago I and my boyfriend had a conflict, so with that he broke up with me saying he no longer wanted to associate with me anymore, I never knew he was interested in working out his marriage with another girl, I was helpless because I loved him so much more than myself, after begging and pleading with him I realized it was out of my hands, he really was leaving me, I could not stay without him, I tried to figure things out with him but he is not listening me, he told me that he is no longer interested that I should look for someone else, I tried all my best but things were not working out, so I had no choice than to look around for help, I went into search of spell caster to help me bring him back to me with the help of spell and after searching I actually finalize to work with (maduraitemple@yahoo.com) in regards of my lover. after 3 days as Dr Madurai told that my lover will return. my lover returned in surprising way, I was chocked and was so happy I can't say how much I'm grateful, My lover not only came back to me, but has left his other girl and now has engaged me, we are getting married next month, I don't know what I would have done without this spell caster you can contact (maduraitemple@yahoo.com) him today . is spell is for a better life

Wimberly William 9:32 PM  

My passion for love and life has made me to take to the internet to
warn internet users particularly those in search of solution to their
problems to beware of and avoid comments about spell caster that can
use their magical power in helping you out with your problems. I don't
want anyone to be fooled because i was a victim of this fraudsters
who claimed to be spell casters. I am Wimberly William and i was having
a difficult time in my relationship as my wife couldn't give birth to a
child. Although my wife and i loved each other very much as it were.We kept on
hoping and for 6years there weren't any sign of breakthrough .As days
goes by,i will always weep because at that time i was really down.
Even though my wife tried to always be by my side,only time would
tell as we couldn't cope with pressure coming from friends and she had to leave
me for another man. I was now left to face my problem alone even
though my mom would always talk to me and console me on phone. Things
went from bad to worse when i was sacked from the private organization
i was working because been happily married was a criteria that was
needed and that i was now lacking owing to my failure to have a child that has made my
wife leave me for another man leaving me single. I kept on
searching and hoping i would find a solution to my problem but there
wasn't any coming. I contacted lots of spell caster as i saw them on
the internet but all were scams as they demanded money from me
frequently and nothing happened. i had to relocate from Texas city
United state to Jamaica where my mom was residing and also because i
became racially abused because of my color .I spent 4 months with my
mom and together we kept on looking for solution still to no avail.
There came a faithful day when i met my high school mate who knew i
was happily married and living in Texas city United state with my
wife and had to ask why i flew back to Jamaica. I explained my
problem to her and with sincere desire in wanting my problems solved
she led me to DR JAMIN ABAYOMI. Although i was doubtful but soon as i
explained my problem to him,he laughed and gave me a maximum of
72hours for my wife to come back and for she go give birth. I
did all i was asked to do which included me traveling back to Texas
city United state. I traveled back to Texas city united state,on my
arrival during the early hours of the morning,my phone rang and guess
who?it was my wife who called asking for my forgiveness and saying
she was coming back home. She came few hours later and on her knees she
pleaded for forgiveness. Although it was a tough decision for me to
make because of all the pains i have been through. I love her and
needed her back so i had no option but to forgive her. We sat together
and while she was resting her head on my chest we had romantic
conversation and talked about things that we have never spoken about
and like husband and wife the urge came to have sex and we had sex for
a very long time that day. The next day which was still within the
72hours given by DOCTOR JAMIN ABAYOMI she felt something different in her
body and immediately she went for a check up and to our greatest
surprise,she was pregnant. How possible could this be but it happened
and am very thankful also my skin color that made me racially abused
was changed to the preferred and now we are now happily married again
and no racially discrimination. All thanks to DR JAMIN ABAYOMI for his
solution.
ARE YOU FACED WITH SIMILAR PROBLEM OR ANY KIND OF PROBLEM.PLEASE KNOW
THAT DR JAMIN ABAYOMI isn't on the internet so kindly contact him via
EMAIL:drjaminremedy@outlook.com

spacecraft 11:32 AM  

Looks like we've been HEXEd by the spellcasters again. I'm not sayin' their clients are dumb, but kindly scroll up to the last two lines of Wimberly William's entry. 'Nuff said.

On to saner (?) subjects. Or not. Is 5a supposed to be a revealer? Not sure the two MADs belong in the same grid. But you want sports MADNESS for real? Try Big Fight Week. I hear seats are going for $1,000 apiece--and that's only for the WEIGH-IN!! I will be SO glad when this is over.

Ah yes, the puzzle. Amusing. Does USOFA mean we have become a nation of couch potatoes? Did Gen. FOCH have a daughter named Nina? If he's an "outlier," what about CHAI? New to me. Splish splash, Hedy Lamarr was takin' ABATH--and that's about the last time anybody called it a NUDIE. And finally, can't we give poor YMA a break? She's been singing her tonsils off lately in grids.

I would GOGRAY--if I had any hair left. Th-thea-th-thea-th-that's all, folks.

--Daffy

rondo 1:28 PM  

The CZAR spelling makes it more like Caesar, to which it is etymologically related. My Russian wife definitely pronounces it TSAR, with a lot of T (not CHAI) in it, so that’s what it sounds like. Now, take your pick, I just always fill in the --AR and go from there, knowing the options. BTW the Russian word for “tea” is CHAI, some other languages as well.

The Motor City Madman’s song was my favorite entry today; remember it well. But what made him so right-wing? Off the scale.

Crazy, easy Monday, but nothing to BICKEROVER. Liked it fine.

rain forest 1:58 PM  

Spellcasters, grammar nazis, nit-pickers, faux-witty punsters. Just a little much.

Monday-easy puzzle which was clean and theme-dense. Liked it. Perfect one to tackle after a 3-day golf trip with 11 close friends.

4648 Nope

Burma Shave 2:00 PM  

DEMO GRIND

IBEAM as I STARE at your REAR, and IOU my duty
to say, “No JOKE, no LAI, this FASHIONCRAZE shows your beauty.”
And I MADLY wish to the MAX that DENIM were NUDIE.

--- CZAR IVAN MIR KAYAK OARS

leftcoastTAM 3:56 PM  

@Burma Shave: Yours is the one regular post on this blog that I can count on for a good chuckle. Thanks.

Burma Shave 5:04 PM  

@leftcoastTAM - thank you and @Spacey and @teedMN and the others who have acknowledged the effort. It has been +/- 90 poems in +/- 80 consecutive days as either @Burma Shave or @BS2. I wasn't keeping track at the beginning - who knew I could carry on so long? With the multiples, maybe I can get to a whole years worth within a year's time, but there will definitely be days between now and October where I won't be able to write, especially Sundays. So that's why 2 somedays. That and they're low-hanging fruit. We'll just have to see how long it goes.

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