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Monday, June 1, 2015

When is a door not a door? When it's AJAR! When is Rex Parker not Rex Parker? When he's GUEST BLOGGER ANNABEL THOMPSON!

Constructor: David Woolf

Relative difficulty: Easy


















THEME: "Chicken Soup for the Crossword Lover's SOUL/SOL/SOLE/SEOUL" — Theme answers feature homophones of "soul."

Theme answers:

  • SOL CERVEZA (17A: Popular Mexican brew)
  • SOLE BENEFICIARY (27A:  The only trustworthy one?)
  • SEOUL SOUTH KOREA (48A: Where Kia and Hyundai are headquartered)
  • SOUL SISTER (63A: Woman's closest female friend)

Word of the Day: LOVE-IN (6D: Groovy 1960s event) —
A love-in is a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, and/or use of psychedelic drugs. The term was coined by Los Angeles radio comedian Peter Bergman, who also hosted the first one in March or April 1967 (sources disagree) in Elysian Park.[1][2] It has been interpreted in different ways by different organizations, but is often connected to protesting local, social or environmental issues.[3][4] Such protests were held in opposition to the Vietnam War.[5]
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This puzzle was a SNAP for me, actually; I got at least half the across clues on my first round, and I don't expect down-only people had much trouble today either. The fill was just OK, honestly, didn't learn a lot of new words and there weren't any neat arrangements. I did like all the Spanish words peppered throughout! ESOS...PESO...SOL CERVEZA...even DOS although it's supposed to be talking about hair arrangements. But I never took Spanish. Ay caramba!

The theme was...a Monday theme. Not much to say here. Except that I had GIRLFRIENDS in 63A for the longest time and was driving myself nuts wondering why nothing would work with it. (I briefly considered "gal pals," but it obviously wouldn't fit.) Until I realized "duh, that's a theme answer."

Wow, that really wasn't a very glowing review of this puzzle at all. Am I turning into Rex??? I͓͚̞̳͝ͅs̕ ͕̰ṭ̦h̨e̟̥̖̮͔̬̲ ̷͚̣̖t͖̱͖͔r̷͎͇͓a͍̲̙̥͕͈͕n̗͇͍̠ş͎̼̠̠f͉̕o͕̰͝ṟ̣͟ͅm̻ͅa̦t͕͍̗͎i͙̻͎̫̫͉͡ọ̸n ̴̼̞̰̫͇s̭͈̙̣͉ṯ̼̰͓͞a̴r̦̙͚̪͙͍͓͝t҉̼̮i̴͖̘̭̣̼̩n҉̯̗̝̹̙̭g̵͓?͉̤̟̘͕͢?͎̭̖͇ͅ?̭̺͙̪̮ͅ?̫̤

Bullets:
  • LIQUORED UP (29D: Three sheets to the wind) — I have never once heard this expression used in my life. Maybe that's just how the kids don't talk these days?
  • OPAL (15A: Milky gem)— I'm at the point where I can't see the name of a gemstone without thinking of Steven Universe. So, here you go! 

  • IN HEELS (22A: Wearing party shoes) — Please give credit to anyone who wears heels, ever. Prom happened the other weekend, and let's just say that I got way more blisters from my stilettos than I did from six days hiking the Appalachian Trail, even when I fell over a rock and, later, almost got bitten by a snake. And we're expected to dance in heels? Next time there's a formal dance, I swear I'm going in combat boots.
And finally, y'know, some guys just can't hold their ARSENIC..

Signed, Annabel Thompson, tired high school student - and that's the last time I'll be writing that. Get ready for Annabel Thompson, tired RISING COLLEGE STUDENT, to start blogging!!!

112 comments:

Charles Flaster 3:33 AM  

Annabel- nice review and I agree with your comments.
Especially liked SOLE BENEFICIARY.
CrosswordEASE--URDU and TNUT.
The proper names were all straightforward leading to an easy solve.
Q: When is a boy not a boy?


A: When he is a little hoarse!
Thanks DW and AT.

joho 8:04 AM  

Annabel, charming write-up as always. I was also glad you found this to be easy because I wondered if a couple of answers were Monday level. Mainly PHO. If the cross hadn't been the easy RHO I might've had to TEAROUT my hair! Also I've never heard of SOLCERVEZA, CERVEZA, yes, but not the SOL. However, that was totally inferable by the other theme answers.

Loved ICECUBES above LIQUOREDUP. And especially liked REESE Witherspoon next to JUNECARTER.

Whenever I see a Q I look for a pangram but not today. Why not? W not!

Fun and interesting start to the week, thank you, David Woolf!

Rhino 8:05 AM  

SOL CERVESA? Is that like saying Coors Beer? Or, "I'll have a Bud Light beer, please."

Other than that, I thought the puzzle was thoroughly adequate.

Z 8:11 AM  

@joho - I found two double u's, URDU and TUTTUTS.

NCA President 8:13 AM  

SOLCERVEZA...who drinks this? Anyone? I don't know if I've ever had it either...but if I was going to buy a Mexican beer in this style, I'd buy Corona. Like just about everyone else. Sure, there are many other *really* good cervezas out there, but this light style with the label printed right on the bottle boils down to two: Corona and Sol. No one I've ever met drinks Sol. So, "Popular Mexican brew" is a tad...um...wrong. Hey, I could be wrong here. Maybe a lot of you drink Sol...but I'd be surprised if anyone would admit it publically. I'm many things snobby, but I'm not a beer snob...so it isn't like I look down on Sol, but I'm just surprised it has found a market at all in the US given how dominant Corona is.

Pepsi. Speaking of, do people still drink this? I live in the south, finding a Pepsi drinker is rare indeed.

A breezy Monday.

imsdave 8:16 AM  

I have no problem with the theme (in fact, I couldn't have finished the puzzle without it (SAL/ESAS v.SOL/ESOS). Spanish is not my forte, so I'm not sure if its wrong to have ESOS and ESTA in the same grid. Top third with ANAL,ASS, and NAZI?

Rug Crazy 8:25 AM  

TUTTUTS sucked.

The song that woke up Woodtock:

https://youtu.be/AqZceAQSJvc ( Soul Sacrifice
)

Michael Fuchs 8:33 AM  

@NCA Prez, the most interesting man in the world (not me, the one on TV) would like you to drink Dos Equis, which is not bad brew. My own favorite is Negra Modelo. Please try them. Without lime wedges.

As a long-time New Yorker, I'm partial to Pepsi, which is based in the Empire State. Coke, to me, is such a Southern thing. It's interesting to me how commercial brands of all sorts coalesce into different tribal identities. I'm sure it's sometimes by marketers' conscious design. But I believe it's often an organic and mysterious process determined by consumers themselves.

Annabel is charming. I hope she enjoys college, and drinks good beer every weekend, like I think I did. I can't remember what happened exactly.

Carola 8:34 AM  

Liked it - I thought it was a creative exploitation of a four-part homophone. Unlike Annabel, I found it a tough-ish Monday. I had no idea about SOL CERVEZA - or whether its cross would be ESOS or ESaS, so I was slow to get started. However, once SOLE came into view, things sped up.

HIC (but not HI-C) makes an apt complement to the LIQUOR and beer. RHO x PHO - an eye rhyme, right?

Ludyjynn 8:40 AM  

Hi, Annabel. I feel your pain re dancing IN HEELS. You may be pleased to hear that Cybill Shepherd, at the height of her popularity in the '80s, wore day-glo orange hightops w/ her stunning strapless black designer gown to the Emmy Awards! She was duly chastised by the fashion NAZIs. Sally Field, not quite as bravely, on one occasion, changed from her Oscar ceremony heels to canvas sneakers to attend the Vanity Fair after party, while still wearing her red Valentino ball gown. Pictures of both ladies may be Googled at your discretion.

Normally, I do not drink beer, but when I am in Mexico, it appeals to me because I only drink bottled LIQUids due to tap water issues there. Beats drinking PEPSI or ARSENIC. I agree w/ NCAPres. that Corona is the way to go. Have never heard of SOLCERVEZA til this puzz.

SOULSISTER reminds me of lyrics to "Lady Marmalade" a/k/a Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? by the Pointer Sisters. Now it is earworming its way in my head.

Easy, breezy Monday. Thanks, DW and WS.

Ludyjynn 8:43 AM  

Oops! "Lady Marmalade" was by Patti Labelle. I conflated the song w/ the Pointers' "Voulez-vous". Sorry about that!

Michael Fuchs 8:48 AM  

BTW, Hi-C was my mom's idea of good parenting. Kool-Aid, but with vitamins!

@Carola, I can't think of any word that actually rhymes with PHO. I believe it's pronounced somewhere between pheh and phuh. So it's gotta be an eye rhyme.

Billy C 8:49 AM  


@Annabel --

Not surprising that "three sheets to the wind" would not be in the lexicon of a gentile high school student like yourself. Hope it stays that way when you're a gentile Wellesley student. Just stay away from those MIT fraternity parties. ;-)

FYI, this nautical expression refers to sheets (ropes tied to sails to position them properly) on a sailing ship. If several are loose and blowing in the wind, it would lead to a ship being out of control, causing it to wallow in the high waves. Much like an inebriated person might stagger down the street.

(Not that I had any personal experience with such behavior in my Cambridge days. Nor, I hope, did my daughter when she was at Wellesley.)

Lewis 8:57 AM  

Anyone who's looking for it can find a PISA ASS in the NW.

I think this was too easy for a Monday. Too many gimmees even for the easiest puzzle of the week. I greatly liked LIQUOREDUP and TUTTUTS as answers and they look good and go well together. Is IRA HISS related to Alger? The grid is clean and we have a mini theme in words that end with A: PISA, AURA, ESTA, IRA, YENTA, SPA, and two of the theme answers. Minor nit: I don't believe TRILLS are exclusive to sopranos. The puzzle had a lively feel.

As with @imsdave, the theme helped me with the beer name, which I've never heard of.

Fredd Smith 8:59 AM  


@Ludy --

I too drank only bottled water at Mexican resorts. When I was walking down to the beach I spotted a hotel worker out back filling bottles from a hose; thereafter, I drank only from bottles with a sealed cap.

mathguy 9:01 AM  

I need a hint for Switchbacks, the Patrick Berry puzzle in yesterday's magazine. I thought that MAIDEN, BACON, and CORNERS were gimmes, but I can't get any of them to work.

Ludyjynn 9:09 AM  

Okay, now I am going completely crazy...turns out "Lady Marmalade" and "Voulez-Vous" ARE the same song AND it was recorded by Labelle, AND Pointers AND more recently, Pink, L'il Kim and Christina Aguilera!

@Fredd, your story emphasizes why I only drank the beer in Mexico!

Put a fork in me; I'm done.

NCA President 9:10 AM  

@Michael Fuchs: Don't misunderstand, I enjoy lots of Mexican beer. Negro Modelo Especial, Dos Equis, Bohemian, etc., but like I said, in this class of beer, Corona and Sol are very similar (kind of like Coke and Pepsi), and most everyone I know who buys this kind of beer, buys Corona.

So yeah, for the record, I like Mexican beer...and my point was that Sol is not "popular."

Anonymous 9:12 AM  

@Billy C.: I'm posting anonymously for this correction, so you won't hate me, but this is really something you should be aware of for future reference. Annabel may indeed be a Gentile (a term Jews use for anyone who's not Jewish) or she may not be, I have no idea. But what you meant in describing someone who's well brought up and free from vulgarity or rudeness is GENTEEL.

Caryl Baron 9:17 AM  

Must have been too easy for a Monday—I finished in record time with no checks, lookups or anything.

Billy C 9:18 AM  

Well, I never said I went to Harvard. It was Cambridge Community College, and I think I missed that day.

Billy C 9:19 AM  


@anon9:12 ---

Yes, indeed, how embarrassing. Wnen I was writing the post it occurred to me that "gentile" has the meaning of non-Jewish, but for some reason I let it pass. [Blush!!!]

chefbea 9:24 AM  

Fun easy Monday puzzle...and great write up Annabel I too was looking for a pangram but @Joho..there is no G either.

Andrea Ojeda 9:29 AM  

Just my two cents: you say either a SOL beer (which, granted, sounds pretty weird) or a CERVEZA SOL. Like that, in Spanish, wih your noun first. In English you don't go around asking for Coors beer, that's right. But in Spanish you do want to say you want beer firt and then which kind (and we have plenty different kinds, gotta admit).
Anyway, just wanted to say something because it really bothered me when I saw it written like that.

Cheers!

quilter1 9:43 AM  

I thought that somehow the TV Guide puzzle was accidentally inserted for the NYT puzzle. So bad, too easy, even for Monday. Thank goodness for BEQ.
Congratulations on graduating, Annabel.

Loren Muse Smith 9:48 AM  

Thanks, Anabel – enjoyed the write-up. David Woolf – loved the ear rhymes.

@Lewis – good one = PISA ASS. You get the gold star for the day!

@joho – I looked several times for that W, too. Good rebuttal, @Z. @chefbea – GUN IT.

Honestly, I’ve never had a bad beer. @Billy C - close your eyes and picture an 11 month old just learning to walk. That was me heading back to the keg of Old Milwaukee at UNC at 1:30am.

I liked DOS and DOER together. I guess a stylist is a DO DOER?

I tell you, every single day I teach, I'm the SOLE BENEFICIARY of HEELS by some Israeli genius. Ditch your Mephistos and Merrells and run get you a pair of Naots.

LIQUORED UP is just a great phrase, but it seems kind of civilized. Jeeves was a tad liquored up when he served the coq-au-vin without his customary elan. For me, though, if you're likkered up, things are taking a decided turn for the worse and you'll probably be part of the lead story on the 11pm news.

If there's a word out there comprised of your name followed by an ISM, then you better be a good sport. My students howled when I asked if it was "musket-loading" season (it's actually "muzzle-loading"), and apparently this is a Smithism that will live on for a while.

SOL CERVEZA, LIQUORED UP, HIC, GUN IT, TEAR OUT, ICE CUBES… Once? When I was in Innsbruck? . . .

TNUT keeps making me go immediately to Pnut. Which reminds me actually of a true story, but it's rather long, so most of you will want to skip this (and I probably already shared it).

When I was a TA at Carolina teaching Linguistics 101, another TA who taught the same class in the same room immediately after me asked if she could sit in on mine because she was terrified of being in front of a class and wanted to already be in the room when it was her turn. No problem. So this one day I was trying to get across the idea of a phoneme, which is a pretty hard concept – very different from just a phone. I gave examples of words with the T sound – top, stop, pot – and said that those T sounds were similar but fairly different in the world of phonetics; aspirated, not aspirated, unreleased… but that they all shared lots of characteristics of a "T" – in a moment of inspiration, I said, "It’s like they all share a "T-ness." Marjorie liked this explanation so much that she used it for her class, too. She sought me out later sheepishly and said she should have stuck to my choice of the voiceless stop T because without thinking, she had gone with a different voiceless stop, P (pot, spot, top), so she ended with, "It's like they all share a P-ness…"

joho 9:48 AM  

Hi, @chefbea! How about GUNIT?

Arlene 9:50 AM  

Leaned a lot for a Monday - so things were a bit slower for me.
SOL CERVEZA - and three sheets to the wind.
OH - And I don't wear heels.

Charles in Austin 9:54 AM  

Please, please, please do not turn into Rex, Annabel.

Lojman 9:57 AM  

@NCA President:

Having been to Mexico on only a couple occasions, mostly on business and away from tourist areas, I can assure you that plenty of people drink Sol. A much smoother drink than Corona, which to my palate runs skunky. Given the choice, I'd take Sol every time. I've had it on a few occasions stateside - best served ice cold on a very hot day with some spicy fare off the grill.

Congrats on graduating, Annabel! Something tells me this will be a minor early step in a stellar academic career!

-Lojman

chefbea 9:59 AM  

@Joho and @Loren...thanx..didn't see it!!!

Z 10:09 AM  

I don't wear heels either.

@NCA Prez - I see lots of SOL being drunk in Mexicantown here in Detroit. Corona is more popular, but SOL is growing in the states. I wonder if it is on the PBR hipster popularity arc.

@LMS - For you. Personally, I appreciate seeing a variety of opinions stated here.

jberg 10:09 AM  

I keep thinking all those Us should come together to make one double-u, but I guess that doesn't count.

I had Tsk-TskS before TUT-TUTS, so I can't say it was too easy, but it was easy. I never heard of SOL either, but who cares/

Thanks, Annabel! Hope you don't get too busy for us once college starts.

Andrew Heinegg 10:11 AM  

I thought so too.

Andrew Heinegg 10:11 AM  

I thought so too.

Leapfinger 10:18 AM  

Hi @Lewis! Somehow I missed the PISA ASS, but got an eyebrow-waggle out of COQ over T[he] NUT. Seemed the midWest there was an O-ZONE for SECTS.


Nice puzzle. Not a SOLEcISM insight.

Norm C. 10:21 AM  

@mathguy - Those words are correct. Did you remember to include the semi-circular spaces as places to put letters?

Nancy 10:23 AM  

You could never turn into Rex, Annabel. You have much too good a sense of humor and it's the best kind -- the self-deprecating kind. But what were those crazy typographical marks over that sentence? Is there such a thing as "morphing marks"? Calling Stephen King.

Nor are you alone in suffering hugely in heels -- a torture device probably invented by the same guy who thought up Chinese foot binding. The good news is that, the older you get, the freer you will feel to dispense with heels entirely. There will be much less peer pressure, as other women kick them into the gutter right alongside yours. And when I finish this post, I'm going to @Ludyjynn's link and look at the gorgeous celeb women who are wearing sneakers with their designer dresses. Way to go!

Found the puzzle harder than most Mondays. I needed the theme answers to get SOL (rather than SaL) CERVEZA. Because I had TEAR OFF instead of TEAR OUT at 25D, I had SEOULS OF THE -OREA for the longest time. Also loved the clue for SOLE BENEFICIARY. An unusually nice Monday, I think.

Joseph Michael 10:43 AM  

This puzzle was a SNAP even for a Monday.

Nothing to HISS at or TUT TUT about except perhaps for PHO, as in fee FIE PHO fum?

Liked GUN IT crossing TEAR OUT and the SPARKS hidden in the SE corner near SOUL SISTER.

It's a theme with a hopeful story: the SOL shines on a SOLE SOUL in SEOULE.

AliasZ 10:45 AM  


The other problem with SOL CERVEZA is that in Spanish, and correct me if I am wrong, it should be CERVEZA SOL, if the word CERVEZA is even said at all with SOL. The way it is, it sounds to me akin to saying "Let me have a beer Budweiser."

I think SOL would have been better served by SOL INVICTUS (invincible sun), the official sun god of the Roman Empire, or if that's too obscure for a Monday, the "Concerto en SOL MAJEUR pour piano et orchestre" by Maurice Ravel.

Other than that, I can't complain if a Monday puzzle seems too easy for me after 45 years of solving NYT puzzles. I keep thinking of newbies for whom this is a welcome respite from Thu-Sun. But ANAL and ASS was pushing the boundaries a bit, and I am not sure I would like to see JUNE CARTER all LIQUORED UP.

A nice and easy Monday romp this was. I enjoyed it - thanks, David "big bad" Woolf.

dk 10:45 AM  

🌕🌕 (2 mOOns)

Easy peasy.

Nice write up future 7 (not soul) sister.

ps Rex yells at us when we post bad jokes

Charles kluepfel 10:47 AM  

Didn't know what vowel to put at the intersection of ESOS and SOLCERVEZA.

Hartley70 10:57 AM  

For the first time, I found the Monday Mini a greater challenge than the Daily. Thanks Mr. Fagliano!

Thank goodness I am late enough to see the gentile-genteel kerfuffle played out. I was gobsmacked by the initial post and very relieved to see @Anonymous explain the error which had eluded me. Phew!

High heels are instruments of torture, Annabel, but I bet you looked gorgeous! Sometimes a pair of Birkenstocks just won't do, but that occasion is very rare indeed. They'd work just fine under your cap and gown. Have a fun graduation night with happy feet!

L.F.N. Child 11:01 AM  

The musical interlude for today: the Dead March from SOL

Can you Handel it?

Bob Kerfuffle 11:11 AM  

Nice puzzle; nice write-up.

Thematically speaking, good to see that Annabel hasn't sold out; hope she never does.

Warren Howie Hughes 11:19 AM  

This MONXWDP offering, courtesy of our OPAL David Woolf, was a Groovy 1960's LOVEIN, that I was completely SOLd on, even prior to my having solved it!
I sent a comment yesterday at 2:32 PM introducing myself, however no one acknowledged it or welcomed me here with open ARMS in Rexville...no problem, perhaps this comment will catch most everyone's eyes?

Have a great month of JUNE (CARTER) everyone, glad to be aboard!

SOLomon 11:21 AM  

For the marginally confused:

It's a SOLecISM to say that you don't want no stinkin' grammar corrections, and a SOLipsISM to think you serve a desirable social function in the guise of a Grammar Nazi.

Lips that touch SOLipsISM shall never touch mine.

Noam D. Elkies 11:34 AM  

PIty to have "like" in both 41D:LIKE_MIKE and the 19A:SNAP clue, especially when Joel reveals at xwordinfo.com that the clue for 38A:SURREAL was changed from "Dreamlike" to "Dreamy" for the same reason…

RAD2626 11:47 AM  

Wanted the center answer to be SoulfuL rather than SURREAL but of course that SOUL was already condemned to the puzzle's nether regions. Too bad. Otherwise agree that it was an easy start to the week.

When MLB opened its season on Easter Sunday 1999 in Monterrey, Mexico, one of the visiting US officials came to the stadium LIQUORED UP. The only phrase anyone heard him use the entire evening was "Dos cerveza por favor". I doubt very much if he cared whether it was SOL, Dos Equi, Corona, or Pabst Azul Cinta. He had quite the night.

Warren Howie Hughes 11:50 AM  

A combined sigh of relief, as both ASS and ANAL are Behind us!

Anonymous 11:53 AM  

Disappointed to see GUNIT clued as GUN IT instead of G UNIT, which is way more fun and also would have been an opportunity to plug 50's slew of post-rap business ventures: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201406/50-cent.

Anoa Bob 12:02 PM  

The psychological theory that said being "Excessively focused on something" (12 Down) is ANAL was hatched at a time when the prevailing medical theory said that health is a matter of balanced body humors and barbers were still using leeches for bloodletting to treat illness.

Both theories have long-since been discredited and abandoned by mainstream psychiatry/psychology and medicine. Why, then, does the NYT xword give the imprimatur of legitimacy to the former theory by always clueing ANAL as if we're still in the late 19th century?

That's such a handy, convenient four-letter sequence that we have and will continue to see ANAL in grids on a regular basis. It would be refreshing to see clues for it that were more 21st century friendly.

Just goes to show you that when an idea or belief gets accepted widely into a culture, it's damned hard to eradicate, no matter how wrong it's later shown to be.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to check my horoscope.

Huff.

mathguy 12:12 PM  

@Norm C.: That was it. I didn't think that the semi-circles contained letters. Thanks a lot.

AliasZ 12:18 PM  


Howie,

You are welcome to join us, as is anyone and everyone else. I am personally pleased as punch to see you. Anyone with his birthday one April's Fools Day and a lovely Librarose by his side is a welcome sight.

One word of caution: we have the unwritten self-policed rule at Rexworld of limiting our comments to max. three per day. So make them count!

Masked and Anonymo10Us 12:35 PM  

@muse: Hey, maybe this puz coulda snuck in even more soul sounds, if it HAD went sorta phonetic...
* SOLONGSUHWEETIE
* SEWLIKEYOURMOM
* SOLARPANELDISCUSSION
* SOLDFORSCRAP
* SOWLOVESABOAR (subtly desperate)
* SUELAZEDROUND (mainstream desperate)
* SOLIDGOLDHITS (eye rhymer)
* SALTANDPEPPER (TOO desperate)
* SOLOPERFORMANCE
* SOYLENTGREEN (great schlock flick)
* etc. etc.

Shoot, enough stuff there for a SunPuz.

fave moocow easy MonPuz clue: "Letter after bee"
fave weeject: PHO. Historic note: if there woulda been one more Greek letter, this was scheduled first in line. Yo, bro, go pho ho.
better symbiotic clue dept: For CREE: {Tribe after Bree??}

M&A

**gruntz**

M and Also 1:19 PM  

p.s.
@Blu-'Bel: primo writeup. Congrats on movin up the academic ladder, but sorry U are tired so much. Or is that only when stayin up til midnight to subpost for @63? Anyhoo, U might oughta try cinnamon rolls, to combat that. Caution: do not mix with Sol Cerveza.
p.p.s.s. I always thought the company was Cerveza and the beer was just called Sol? (short for SO Looped on beer I woke up in Tijuana)

@Warrin' Howard Hughes: day-um. For real? Kicked outta Wordplay? That's sol surreal. Did U not play well with the other words? Anyhoo, yo, bro, pho what it's wo.

So lo pho no,

M&A

Strike III 1:33 PM  

p.p.p.s.s.s.
Nope. nope. Wrong again, cerveza breath. Painstakin research reveals...

"Cerveza" means "beer" in Spanish. Learned somethin. And it's only Monday.

M&A

Lewis 1:41 PM  

m&a -- "Tribe after bree" -- great one!
@warren -- welcome!

Lewis 2:06 PM  

Factoid: In 2008, for the first time, engineers proclaimed that the leaning Tower of PISA stopped moving, and it is expected to remain stable for at least another 200 years. (The top of the tower is more than 13 feet off vertical.)

Quotoid: "Ninety percent of the politicians give the other TEN percent a bad reputation." -- Henry A. Kissinger

Anonymous 2:18 PM  

The condescension with which old people address young people on this board is consistent and disgusting.

grampa 2:49 PM  

What's the matter, you whiny little wimp? Your momma not here to tell us how great you are? We didn't give you a trophy for participation?

GILL I. 3:09 PM  

Donde esta la cerveza? SOL and Corona are muy Americano...e.g. UGH. If you go to Vallarta and sit outside try a San Miguel or Bohemia. Pleeeeze...stay away from Dos XX. Not even a lime stuffed in that little hole can make it taste better. I will admit though that I'm not much of a beer person except when I go to Mexico. Viva Zapata!
OK puzzle...Like PHO RHO and SEOUL SOUTH KOREA (where else is Seoul?)
I always think of my friend, Yung Suk who smells of kimchi...She introduced me to fermented cabbage and how to laugh at all accents - including her own...
An old boyfriend from San Francisco took me to see Buffy Sainte Marie sing...My first CREE experience. I loved her name and her voice so I looked up everything CREE and now I'm an expert.
Woolf!

Z 3:36 PM  

@Gill I - Actually, most of the beers you mentioned are Dutch. Corona and Modelo (and Bud) are now owned by a Belgian company. InBev has 25% of the global beer market? Yikes. Especially since something better is likely being brewed within a few miles of you, wherever you are.

@Warren Howie Hughes - Welcome. Make sure you don't condescend to the youngs... (anyone figure out WTF that was about?).

mac 4:06 PM  

Congratulations, Annabel! Ask your mom to buy you a really superb pair of flats (Chanel anyone) and you will never have to wear spikes again.

@Loren: I will take -esque over -ism any time. But a tut is as good as a tsk.

@Fredd Smith: watch Slum Lord Millionaire.

@Charles in Austin: I have no idea why you decided to be so rude. In fact, why are you here?

jae 4:38 PM  

Medium ho-hum Mon.  for me.  You pretty much said it all Annabel.

A cold Corona on the beach in Cozumel works for me.  Definitely better than SOL.

Questinia 4:59 PM  

Mid-grid:

CO Q [SURREAL] TEN

Quite a rascally Woolf.

Fine toothcomb 5:55 PM  

Anon 2:18:
Searched high and low for the condescension you say you find towards young people on this blog. Couldn't find a trace of it. Plus the fact that mostly no one knows the various ages of people here, so one might end up condescending to a 96-year-old by mistake.

Teedmn 7:27 PM  

David Woolf, nice Monday puzzle, and Annabel, fun write up and thanks for the link to my favorite scene from "Chicago". Hadn't heard of Steven Universe before, had to watch the OPAL tie-in.

A friend of mine is a dean at a Hmong charter school and has been thereby exposed to PHO, which she says is pronounced "phuh" as per @Michael Fuchs. (I graduated from high school with 3 people whose last name was Fuchs - they pronounced it "fox", not the eye rhyme.)

@M&A, nice first one on your list. @Leapfinger is probably still thinking of England after that one. @Lewis, nice PISA ASS (by which I mean the joke of course :-). )

GILL I. 7:43 PM  

@Z...Just about everything I know about beer, I probably owe to you. I now proudly order an American style IPA beer - preferably a Russian River Blind Pig from Sana Rosa or maybe a Surly Furious. I pick them for their names (just like my race horses) and strangely enough, they taste quite good...
@W Howie H....welcome, welcome.....New blood is always a good thing!

kitshef 7:51 PM  

Easy peasy lime-wedqe squeezy. Nary an overwrite. Don't know how popular SOL is, but you see it all over in DC. I do feel SOL CERVEZA is green paint. The words fit together just fine, but no one uses them together. You would order simply a SOL. But still enjoyed the puzzle muchly.

I learned PHO as rhyming with 'huh', from a couple of first-generation Vietnamese immigrants. That does not mean it is correct, but there it is.

Agree with @joho - JUNECARTER and REESE Witherspoon side by side was nifty.

ANAL, ASS AND ARSE (NIC) all in the same puzzle.

Anonymous 8:11 PM  

Condescension: paraphrasing: "Oh someone as gentile [sic] as annabel wouldn't know that expression." Assholes.

Z 8:45 PM  

@Gill I - Besides brewing great beer, Surly also supports one of the top Masters Ultimate teams in the nation (Masters = Old Guys and Gals), so you get bonus points from me for liking Furious. (BTW - former commentariat member @Seth G played for Surly).

@Anon8:11 - What, exactly, do you think genteel means? Or have you only heard it with the "affected or ostentatious" meaning? Sometimes a compliment is just a compliment. Really.

The new three and out.

MDMA 9:11 PM  

We few, we happy few, we band of puzzlers;

For he to-day that shares his solution with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,

This day shall genteel his condition

Aketi 9:14 PM  

Finished the puzzle last night, just reading all the comments about CERVEZA now. There are two reasons for drinking CERVEZA in developing areas, a) it's usually less contaminated than the water and b) mosquitos won't bite you, I do remember reading somewhere that Katherine Hepburn suffered from mosquito bites when filing the African Queen, but Humpfrey Bogart did not because he only dran liquor, never the water.

As a Peace Corps volunteer we drank PRIMUS which was nicknamed Peulple Revolutionaire Integre Massivement Dans L''Union des Soulards. I also sampled many Belgian beers thanks to the nuns and priests who ran the high school where I taught bio and chem . Belgiand always have special glasses for different types of beer. The glass for Kwak beer is the most challenging to drink from especially if you are LIQUORED UP.

@GIll I, I hate to admit that l am fond of DosEquis and that my Dad used to disparage Corona as "Colorado koolaid". I also confess that I also often pick beers for their names too. I like Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut Down beer because I went to elementary school in Lagunitas and because of the great back story about the choice of name for that beer. Blind Pig and Surly Furious sound like something I would try just for the name.

@Anabelle, always love your write-ups. Sometimes you can find platforms thst aren't as hard to walk in as HiGH HEELS that are just as attractive. Personally I prefer bare feet or flip flops now.

Louise Aucott 9:36 PM  
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Aketi 9:51 PM  

@MDMA lovely

@z, liked the link you posted for lms. Since you are the CERVEZA expert, any extra special beer you would recommend as a celebratory drink if I happen to survive my black belt test this Saturday?

@Nancy, will you be running around the reservoir this Friday at your usual

Michael Fuchs 9:56 PM  

@Teedmn, as I'm sure you know, "Fuchs" means Fox in German. They pronounce it "fooks" there. Your friends picked a much better pronunciation than my family did -- "fewks." What can you do? Parents!

I see another newcomer actually introduced himself. I just barged in. Sorry. I am a long-time solver, non-constructor but tournament curious middle-aged guy. I finish all the puzzles, with maybe a Google or two every couple of Saturdays or so. I'm in the 8 minutes on Monday, 30 minutes on Thursday, 50 minutes on Saturday category. Love words, and love word lovers. After lurking here a little while, I think you guys are an almost ideal mix of erudition, silliness and feisty character, apparently in all ages and shapes.

Hope you don't mind if I join you.

Nancy 10:10 PM  

@Aketi -- I was a lifelong tennis player, never a runner, even when younger, but I do WALK around the reservoir fairly frequently and that's my neck of the woods in Central Park. And I always take the reservoir or bridle path to and from the tennis courts, where I still hang out, as I know zillions of people there. I am almost never in the park before 11 a.m., but I often stay there until 5 or 5:30. A lot depends on the weather; I really hate heat and humidity. I'm available to meet you on pretty much any day and at any time after 11 a.m., at your convenience. But not THIS Friday -- It's my high school reunion and I'm not sure I'll be in the park at all. If I am, it wouldn't be for that long, as reunion events start in the late afternoon. Pick any other day and I'll meet you somewhere on or near the reservoir. East or West side, 86th-96th, I don't care. As long as the meeting place is in the shade. Sorry I can't do this Friday, but let me know what else works for you. Would really look forward to it.

Z 10:19 PM  

@Aketi - Always risky to recommend without knowing what someone likes. NYC... For ease of getting I'd suggest Ommegang's Hennepin for a celebration. For blog related reasons I'd suggest Eternal Wit but I don't know how easy that is to get. If you are adventuresome you might try Binghamton's Black IPA, but that doesn't strike me as a celebration beer. You are in NYC aren't you? I've got the NCers, Midwesterners, and Hawaiians down, but I keep mixing up the right and left coasters.

Kate Mark 8:05 AM  


Am here to testify what this great spell caster done for me. i never believe in spell casting, until when i was was tempted to try it. i and my husband have been having a lot of problem living together, he will always not make me happy because he have fallen in love with another lady outside our relationship, i tried my best to make sure that my husband leave this woman but the more i talk to him the more he makes me fell sad, so my marriage is now leading to divorce because he no longer gives me attention. so with all this pain and agony, i decided to contact this spell caster to see if things can work out between me and my husband again. this spell caster who was a woman told me that my husband is really under a great spell that he have been charm by some magic, so she told me that she was going to make all things normal back. she did the spell on my husband and after 5 days my husband changed completely he even apologize with the way he treated me that he was not him self, i really thank this woman her name is Dr Aluta she have bring back my husband back to me i want you all to contact her who are having any problem related to marriage issue and relationship problem she will solve it for you. her email is traditionalspellhospital@gmail.com she is a woman and she is great. wish you good time.
He cast spells for different purposes like
(1) If you want your ex back.
(2) if you always have bad dream
(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) HIV/AIDS CURE
(10) is the only answer to that your problem of winning the lottery

Contact him today on: traditionalspellhospital@gmail.com

Stace Bruno 1:24 AM  

How i got my boyfriend back.Am Stacey Bruno by name I never believed in love spells or magic until I met this spell caster once when i went to see my friend in Indian this year on a business summit. I meant a man who's name is Dr ATILA he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one's gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I'm now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 5 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 3years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 7 days when i returned to Canada, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn't believe it cos the Dr ATILA only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is: atilahealinghome@yahoo.com

james mack 10:23 PM  


An amazing testimony on a spell caster who brought my husband back to me.. My name is Karen Tanya,i live in Florida,USA,and I'm happily married to a lovely and caring husband ,with two 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.{ogbonispelitemple@hotmail.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 {8}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,if you are in any condition like this,or you have any problem related to "bringing your ex back. So thanks to the Dr Ogboni for bringing back my husband ,and brought great joy to my family once again. {ogbonispelitemple@hotmail.com }, Thanks..

Steven Mogan 9:06 PM  

There is help out there i have always thought life is a complicated issues until i met this great man the Dr Ehi of drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com, it all started when my wife and i had problems it was almost tearing my home apart our relationship was almost non existent until i lost my job all the problems were now compounded and my threatened and filed for divorce i had nothing to do and nowhere to go then i came across a post on the internet on how Dr Ehi of drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com helped one woman who was in need, i never knew all this spell casters are powerful so i decided to give it a shot and behold i was surprised when he told me not to worry that everything will be alright i never believed him i had my doubts because my wife was a very stubborn woman someone very hard to convince so i did everything he asked of me and to my surprise my wife started begging me to accept her back that she didn't know what came over her and i was called back in my place of work and compensated and i was also promoted all thanks to one man Dr Ehi of drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com, if you are ever in problem or in need don't look anywhere else just contact this one man drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com and he will help you out in whatever situation you find yourself again i want to say thank you sir for all you done for me your son from the UK steven mogan.

Steven Mogan 9:06 PM  

There is help out there i have always thought life is a complicated issues until i met this great man the Dr Ehi of drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com, it all started when my wife and i had problems it was almost tearing my home apart our relationship was almost non existent until i lost my job all the problems were now compounded and my threatened and filed for divorce i had nothing to do and nowhere to go then i came across a post on the internet on how Dr Ehi of drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com helped one woman who was in need, i never knew all this spell casters are powerful so i decided to give it a shot and behold i was surprised when he told me not to worry that everything will be alright i never believed him i had my doubts because my wife was a very stubborn woman someone very hard to convince so i did everything he asked of me and to my surprise my wife started begging me to accept her back that she didn't know what came over her and i was called back in my place of work and compensated and i was also promoted all thanks to one man Dr Ehi of drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com, if you are ever in problem or in need don't look anywhere else just contact this one man drudebhuluspelltemple@yahoo.com and he will help you out in whatever situation you find yourself again i want to say thank you sir for all you done for me your son from the UK steven mogan.

Anonymous 11:21 AM  

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Anonymous 5:10 PM  

Things are always hard to believe until you have your own personal experience then you will become a believer and not a doubter, When my wife left me i never believed that there was going to be anything on this earth to change her by making her come back to me, But i was surprise when i read some stuff about Dr.Worrior Africa on the internet and his capabilities of restoring broken marriages and relationships, Then i contacted Dr.Worrior Africa through these details drworriorafrica@gmail.com and via mobile +2348112276982 which i took from the internet and through the help of Dr.Worrior Africa my marriage that was crushed was restored back as a matter of fact my wife is back home. Dr.Worrior Africa also specialize in curing the following disease:
*HIV/Aids
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*Diabetes
*Hypertension
*Stroke
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*Infertility/Impotency
*Cancer
*Eye Problem
*Skin Problem
*Fibroid Tumor
*Ulcer
*Prostate Problem
*Asthma
*Weight Management
*Gonorrhea/Staphylococcus
*Candidie
*Low sperm can
*Weak erection
*Weak ejaculation
*Pile *Elephantiasis
*Skin Infection
*Paralysis
*If you want your ex back
*If you always have bad dreams
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Ross Mary 10:05 PM  

Hello my name is Ross mary,Been a diabetes is just like been through hell; well special thanks to God almighty
for using DR.EZIKE the greatest spell caster in curing my diabetes disease. I was
diagnosed of this disease in the year 2008. Thou I was taking my medications buy
I was not myself. Until last two weeks. My friend came to me and told me that he saw many test
imonies on how a spell caster cured people diabetes snick . Thou I never believe in
spell, I said to myself "seen is believing" I took his name and searched it on
GOOGLE, I saw many testimonies myself. Quickly, I copied his
email drezikespellcasterhome@outlook.com I emailed him, he gave me a form to
fill which I did, then he called me and told me that his gods required some items
in which he will use in casting a curing spell on me. And di told him to get the
listed items needed to prepare my cure because by then i have little faith in him,
few hours later he called me and told me he is through preparing the cure. so he
send it to me I got my parcel, it was a herbal cure as described by DR.EZIKE.
I took the herbal cure and after taking it for a week and some days. He told me
to go for check up, I went to the hospital and had a test,and i was cured. Quickly
I called him and tell him what happened he congratulated me. I promise to tell
the world about him. You can contact via email drezikespellcasterhome@outlook.com

Ross Mary 10:05 PM  

Hello my name is Ross mary,Been a diabetes is just like been through hell; well special thanks to God almighty
for using DR.EZIKE the greatest spell caster in curing my diabetes disease. I was
diagnosed of this disease in the year 2008. Thou I was taking my medications buy
I was not myself. Until last two weeks. My friend came to me and told me that he saw many test
imonies on how a spell caster cured people diabetes snick . Thou I never believe in
spell, I said to myself "seen is believing" I took his name and searched it on
GOOGLE, I saw many testimonies myself. Quickly, I copied his
email drezikespellcasterhome@outlook.com I emailed him, he gave me a form to
fill which I did, then he called me and told me that his gods required some items
in which he will use in casting a curing spell on me. And di told him to get the
listed items needed to prepare my cure because by then i have little faith in him,
few hours later he called me and told me he is through preparing the cure. so he
send it to me I got my parcel, it was a herbal cure as described by DR.EZIKE.
I took the herbal cure and after taking it for a week and some days. He told me
to go for check up, I went to the hospital and had a test,and i was cured. Quickly
I called him and tell him what happened he congratulated me. I promise to tell
the world about him. You can contact via email drezikespellcasterhome@outlook.com

Anonymous 11:26 PM  

Hello, my name is Suzanna Jerry, i want to use this opportunity to share my testimony, i was marred with a man called Johnson, we have been living happily for the past 8 years no problem, one day when he go out with a friend he came back late to the house very drunk, then i was very sad cause i have not see him in such manner before, then the next day morning he said he is going to the office, then after some hour later my friend called me i respond to the called she shouted at me that what am i doing at home when my husband is in the hotel room with another woman, i was so shock to here that i trust my husband with all my heart i did not know that he can do a thing like that, later the day when he came back he just change automatically i greeted him he did not respond to my greetings i was lost of hope, after two day later when he came back from work he drove me out of the house with a machete, then i parked out of the house i really, i love my husband with all my life soul and heart, i could not resist it then i went to my friend house to help me beg my husband to allowed me come back but still yet no way, after 8 months i was still thinking of him cause i could not forget him thought on my mind, then i look for a spell caster to help me bring him back but know one want to help me but just to eat up my money, until my friend introduce me to once Dr Henry olu a great spell caster from the accent Paris of Africa, who help me to bring my husband back, when i first met him he told me that my husband will come back to me but i did not believe cause i have tried so many spell caster but know way, he said that he is a different man that he can help me i said okay let me give him a try really after i have done with what he ask me to do my so lovely husband came to my house with his friend begging me for forgiveness i have no choice that to forgive him, ever since then we have be together with love, happiness, trust and so much more, please you need to contact this man cause he is a real spell caster he is great, please his email contact is agagulovespell@gmail.com please you real need to contact him now.

Anonymous 1:58 PM  

My name is CYNTHIA am from TEXAS never believed I could be happy again because my life became a mess.My husband left me after 11 years of marriage with two children and i loved him with all my heart have never be myself since he left me for another woman. I love my husband and I think about him every second of my life, so I can not let go because I know well that he is the love of my life, so I decided to go into Internet on how to get back lost lover. In the blog ??gmail was the way I saw a woman who witnessed the great things that dr ogogo did for her after reading I was convinced to give it a try to see Dr ogogo if he can help me too and that was how I contacted the native man email.and told him my problem. So when i told him my problem he just told me not to worry that I'll have the husband back within 48 hours after making the necessary things that he told me to do, so I did and to my greatest surprised my husband called me and said he was so sorry for
everything that happened. I was so surprised and was short of words,because i did not believe what I was hearing. Now we are living happily my friends out there who need
help going to advise you to contact drogogodspellcaster @gmail.com here You can contact him if you need help in 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) Have you been scammed and you
want to recover you lost money.
(10)if you want to stop your divorce.
(11)if you want to divorce your
husband.
(12)if you want your wishes to be
granted.
(13) Pregnancy spell to conceive baby
(14)Guarantee you win the troubling
court cases & divorce no matter how

(15)Stop your marriage or
relationship from breaking apart.:me
THANK YOUR DROGOGO FOR SOLVING MY PROBLEM

Rose008 4:45 PM  

I never use to believe in spell casting until i met Dr Oga a powerful spell caster who helped me to be a happy person again. My name is Rose James and i reside in USA. After 4 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids. I felt like my life was about to end and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a Great spell caster called Dr Oga which i met online on one fateful day when I was browsing through the internet, i came across a lot of testimonies about this particular Great spell caster how he has helped so many people. he has helped people to bring back their Ex lover, some testified that he restores womb, cure cancer and other sickness, and so on. I also came across a testimony, it was about a woman called Anita, she testified about how his spell made her to be pregnant after so many years of bareness and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr Oga's email address. After reading all these, i decided to give it a try and i contacted him and explained my problem to him and he assured me that in less than 48 hours, my husband will call me and beg for forgiveness but i thought it will not work. When he had finished casting the spell, the next day my husband called me and he was begging for forgiveness just as Dr Oga said. This is not brain washing and after the spell has been cast, i realized that my husband love me like never before and the spell caster opened him up to know how much i love him and how much love we need to share. We are even happier now than before. Dr oga 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 a genuine spell caster to solve all your problems contact Dr Oga now on Drogaperfectspells@yahoo.com or just visit Drogaperfectspells.blogspot.com and see so many he has helped that are testifying about his good work. He will help you solve all your problems. Once again thank you Dr Oga for your good deeds.

Rose008 8:42 AM  

I never use to believe in spell casting until i met Dr Oga a powerful spell caster who helped me to be a happy person again. My name is Rose James and i reside in USA. After 4 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids. I felt like my life was about to end and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a Great spell caster called Dr Oga which i met online on one fateful day when I was browsing through the internet, i came across a lot of testimonies about this particular Great spell caster how he has helped so many people. he has helped people to bring back their Ex lover, some testified that he restores womb, cure cancer and other sickness, and so on. I also came across a testimony, it was about a woman called Anita, she testified about how his spell made her to be pregnant after so many years of bareness and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr Oga's email address. After reading all these, i decided to give it a try and i contacted him and explained my problem to him and he assured me that in less than 48 hours, my husband will call me and beg for forgiveness but i thought it will not work. When he had finished casting the spell, the next day my husband called me and he was begging for forgiveness just as Dr Oga said. This is not brain washing and after the spell has been cast, i realized that my husband love me like never before and the spell caster opened him up to know how much i love him and how much love we need to share. We are even happier now than before. Dr oga 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 a genuine spell caster to solve all your problems contact Dr Oga now on Drogaperfectspells@yahoo.com or just visit Drogaperfectspells.blogspot.com and see so many he has helped that are testifying about his good work. He will help you solve all your problems. Once again thank you Dr Oga for your good deeds.

Stacey Gates 10:19 AM  

IMMEDIATE LOVE SPELL WITHIN 2 DAYS .. DR ZADSON

Hello everyone am on this blog to testifying about the goodness of EDUDU ZADSON TEMPLE in my life for helping me bring back my lost love in a space of 48 hours. I saw comments of how he helps people amend broken relationship and bring back lost love and decicded to let him help me also when i lost my ex 5 months ago. To cut it all short it is the evidence of his fast results that reuslted to me testifying about his good works. If you are in such situation, cry no more but contact Dr Zadson on eduduzadsontemple@yahoo.com and experience an amazing turn around in your situation...

Burma Shave 10:19 AM  

DOER INHEELS

I made LOVEIN the OZONE with a SURREAL SOULSISTER,
we were all LIQUOREDUP, but I’ll TELL you I kissed her.
In each other’s ARMS we had SECTS, there were at least SIX TRIES
before she said, “STOP being so ANAL, you’ll RUNE the surprise!”
After TEN REPS in the SAC, LET me say with ELAN I’m indebted
as the SOLEBENEFICIARY of the woman that ABETTED.

--- GEN. IRA GUNIT

spacecraft 10:45 AM  

I am hanging on here by the most gossamer of threads. Today I had to scroll down SIX FEET (!) to get past the spellcaster crap--that's as tall as I am!--just in order to report on another piece of crap: this puzzle. Sometimes I really don't know why I bother.

Sorry, guys, I am not Hispanic! I know, I know, that puts me in an ever-shrinking minority. But you just can't cross two foreign entries like that. Is it ESOS or ESAS? Either--as far as I know--is correct. So what is the beer? How am I supposed to know? Oh, I see. It's a "OLE" theme, so I get to solve that natick from sideways ("around by Funston's," my mom-in-law used to say). Gee (letter after eff?), thanks.

I got down as far as the beginning of 44d: TU______, and thought, "you're not actually going to make me write TUTTUTS, are you?" Let's look at 62a: yep, URDU. OK, forget it, I'm not writing that. I quit. This makes it another CNBMTF: Could Not Bring Myself To Finish. I have already had to endure IDEST, TNUT, RHO and PHO...Just...no.

Where is Will Shortz? Are there NO standards AT ALL? Could we maybe have a grid where at least half of the entries are in (shudder) ENGLISH??

@Cathy: If you wish, you can choose "Name/URL" and put any username in there; that way you wouldn't have to be "Anonymous" and sign your blog at the end. Up to you how you want to do it.

rondo 11:42 AM  

Must be a record for spellcasters. Wore out the mouse wheel scrolling through.

Whaddya mean junk fill?
RHO FIE PHO PESO
URDU ESTA ISM ESOS
IDEST CEE TNUT BROS
UPS RTE INC DOS
That’s a lot. HIC.

REESE Witherspoon, yeah baby.

I did have a favorite answer in JUNECARTER. I have probably related this before, but I once played in a band that opened for Johnny Cash and his lovely wife JUNE at the MN State Fair (first ever sellout, 20,000+). She and the CARTER Family band did a few tunes before Johnny took over the rest of the show. Of course the transition was Johnny and JUNE singing their duet “Jackson”.

Goodbye, that’s all she wrote.

rain forest 1:37 PM  

Definitely Monday-easy, but it did the trick. Piece of crap @Spacey? Harsh.
Now, don't TUT TUT me on that.

I first had PHO about six years ago, and it is great. Even made my own from scratch, and it's just as good. Pronounced "pheu", kinda.

When I wrote in SECTS, I just knew that @Burma Shave would include that in his poem. Didn't disappoint.

When in Mexico, I prefer Pacifico and Sol to Corona, mainly to be different because all three are similar, though not great. Bohemia, otoh, IS great.

Hey @Cathy. I sign in as @Spacey suggested. Down here in Syndiland, it is relatively unimportant to have a profiled identity with avatar, but it's nice to see your name up top. Same goes for you @Ron Diego.

Stacey Gates 2:53 PM  

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DMG 3:13 PM  

Seems like I am te only the only poster who had a write-over, BROS over BudS. Thought it was a good Monday puzzle. Used to go to Mexico, mostly Baja, a lot, but can't say I remember SOL. In those days I demonstrated my worldliness by ordering Tres Equis, which was supposedly unavailable north of the border due to a higher alcohol content. . Ah, that was a long time ago, but the memories are happy.

See the spellcasters have invaded Syndieland- at least this one was short winded! Wonder why/how they pick on Rex's blog- or do you suppose they are everywhere, like Big Brother?

helen Tracy 4:26 PM  

i am Helen and i want to thank Dr.otonu
for bringing back my ex boyfriend, we broke
up for more than 8 month and he told me
that he will never want to see me in his life
again. i love him so much to the extend that
i could not think of dating any man again, i
was confused and depress due to the love i
had for him,i did everything i could do to
have him come back to me but all went in
vain. so i decided to contact a spell caster, i
did not believe in spell casting i just want to
try it may be it would work out for me. i
contacted Dr.otonu for help,and he told
me that he have to cast a love spell on him, i
told him to do it. after 5 days my boyfriend
called me and started to apologize for
leaving me and also he told me that he still
love me. i was very happy and i thank Dr
otonu for helping me get back my ex back
to my hands. his spell is the greatest of all
over the world, it was the love spell he cast
on my ex that make him come back to me.
all you ladies who want back their ex back i
want you to contact Dr.otonu for the
return of your ex boyfriend and also your ex
girlfriend he can also cast any kind of spell
you want him to cast for you. his contact
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or call (+2348169616855) just try him and there will be a
solution to your problem

Cathy 5:33 PM  

Holy smokes!

What's with all the spell creepers?

This puzzle was so so. Didn't care for esos and esta. Funny I parsed solcer veza thinking maybe solcer was Mexican for seltzer until I caught the theme. Doi.

While on a cruise to Mexico , coronas were 6 bucks. Sol 3 bucks. Guess what I was drinking! Hubby was drinking martinis. So the sols helped the bar bill!

@Rondo- Awesome you opened up for Johnny Cash and June Carter! I had the pleasure of waiting on the family in Lake Tahoe quite a few years ago. Never got to meet Johnny or June, but listened to the whole concert backstage:)

So I'm posting this with@Spacecrafts suggestion with my name. Fingers crossed!

Happy there wasn't a ring of fire around my house after the 4th of July!
Cathy ( just in cause)

Cathy 5:36 PM  

Yippee!!

leftcoastTAM 5:37 PM  

The abandoned ones and their spellcasters have weirded me out today.

rondo 9:56 PM  

@Cathy = nice refs to The Man in Black. If you've never heard his cover of Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down", you should look it up. He knew he was on the way out. Haunting.

Rose008 9:44 PM  

I never use to believe in spell casting until i met Dr Oga a powerful spell caster who helped me to be a happy person again. My name is Rose James and i reside in USA. After 4 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids. I felt like my life was about to end and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a Great spell caster called Dr Oga which i met online on one fateful day when I was browsing through the internet, i came across a lot of testimonies about this particular Great spell caster how he has helped so many people. he has helped people to bring back their Ex lover, some testified that he restores womb, cure cancer and other sickness, and so on. I also came across a testimony, it was about a woman called Anita, she testified about how his spell made her to be pregnant after so many years of bareness and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr Oga's email address. After reading all these, i decided to give it a try and i contacted him and explained my problem to him and he assured me that in less than 48 hours, my husband will call me and beg for forgiveness but i thought it will not work. When he had finished casting the spell, the next day my husband called me and he was begging for forgiveness just as Dr Oga said. This is not brain washing and after the spell has been cast, i realized that my husband love me like never before and the spell caster opened him up to know how much i love him and how much love we need to share. We are even happier now than before. Dr oga 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 a genuine spell caster to solve all your problems contact Dr Oga now on Drogaperfectspells@yahoo.com or just visit Drogaperfectspells.blogspot.com and see so many he has helped that are testifying about his good work. He will help you solve all your problems. Once again thank you Dr Oga for your good deeds.

Rose008 9:44 PM  

I never use to believe in spell casting until i met Dr Oga a powerful spell caster who helped me to be a happy person again. My name is Rose James and i reside in USA. After 4 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids. I felt like my life was about to end and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very long time. Thanks to a Great spell caster called Dr Oga which i met online on one fateful day when I was browsing through the internet, i came across a lot of testimonies about this particular Great spell caster how he has helped so many people. he has helped people to bring back their Ex lover, some testified that he restores womb, cure cancer and other sickness, and so on. I also came across a testimony, it was about a woman called Anita, she testified about how his spell made her to be pregnant after so many years of bareness and at the end of her testimony she dropped Dr Oga's email address. After reading all these, i decided to give it a try and i contacted him and explained my problem to him and he assured me that in less than 48 hours, my husband will call me and beg for forgiveness but i thought it will not work. When he had finished casting the spell, the next day my husband called me and he was begging for forgiveness just as Dr Oga said. This is not brain washing and after the spell has been cast, i realized that my husband love me like never before and the spell caster opened him up to know how much i love him and how much love we need to share. We are even happier now than before. Dr oga 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 a genuine spell caster to solve all your problems contact Dr Oga now on Drogaperfectspells@yahoo.com or just visit Drogaperfectspells.blogspot.com and see so many he has helped that are testifying about his good work. He will help you solve all your problems. Once again thank you Dr Oga for your good deeds.

OGUDUGU SPELL CASTER 5:34 PM  

I have never been a fan of Africa and there traditional way of worshiping, But what changed my mind and my view was when i came in contact with this powerful spell caster called Dr.Ogudugu who used his Africa powers to bring back my lover who has left me long ago.Through the effectiveness of Dr.Ogudugu spell my lover came back to me within 48 hourS and since then i have promise myself that i am going to publish the contact details of Dr.Ogudugu in every internet site i lay my hands on. And the details are +2348066421534 and via email: [GREATOGUDUGU@GMAIL.COM]

WELCOME TO MIRACLETEMPLE PLACE OF HELP 6:29 PM  

thanks to the great man who help me with my marriage problem my ex husband left me for another lady for more than 11months i was just all alone with my kids so i was so confuse till i got this great man on line who i contacted for help and he told me to wipe away my tears that my problem are over that my ex will come back to me within 4days begging on his knees i never believe till that faithful day he came knocking on my door begging so i was so surprise that this kind of powerful spell caster is still in existence so that was how i got my man back i advice any one who have any problem contact this great my for help his email miracletemple11@gmail.com cell phone +2348151795598 for help

albert Uwa 10:31 AM  

i will love to share my testimony to you all the people in world.
My name is Clara James form new york i got married to my husband about 2 year ago we start having problems at home like we stop sleeping on the same bed,fighting about little things he always comes home late at night,drinking too much and sleeping with other women out side i have never love any man in my life except him. he is the father of my child and i don't want to loose him because we have worked so hard together to become what we are and have today .few month ago he now decided to live me and the kid,being a single mother can be hard sometimes and so i have nobody to turn to and i was heart broken.i called my mom and explain every thing to her,my mother told me about Dr aluda how he helped her solve the problem between her and my dad i was surprise about it because they have been without each other for three and a half years and it was like a miracle how they came back to each other. i was directed to Dr aluda and i explain everything to him,so he promise me not to worry that he will cast a spell and make things come back to how we where so much in love again and that it was another female spirit that was controlling my husband he told me that my problem will be solved within 2 days if i believe i said OK So he cast a spell for me and after two days my love came back asking me to forgive him i Am so happy now. so that why i decided to share my experience with every body that have such problem contact Dr aluda the great spell caster on his email Id: aludaspelltemple@gmail.com

Luiza Lopez 3:59 PM  

GREETINGS..... My name is Luiza Lopez, I had a serious quarrel with my husband due to my parent, my parent never like him to be my husband, but i love him so much that i will rather die to let him go off me, that was how i met this great man called Dr. Believe online, he told me that everything will be fine that he can do a spell that will make my parent love my husband and allow me to marry him without any quarrel, thoroughly it came to pass my mum and dad love him than before we are now happily married with a baby boy,please help me in thanking him for his help, here is the email: Authenticspellcast@yahoo.com ALSO CONTACT HIM FOR HELP IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF PROBLEM. You can view on his website: http://authenticspellcast1.wix.com/authenticspellcaste or call him on his mobile number : +1 (541) 497-7939 or view on my blogger site: http://luizalopez208.blogspot.com

Dr Purva Pius 9:31 PM  

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Sandra james 4:24 AM  

My love life has changed for better since the interference of this great and amazing powerful spell caster on earth called Dr.Ehi in my relationship, My testimony today is in regard of the help Dr.Ehi render to me when my lover departed from me. My name is Maria Tanya from Spain and it gives me amazing joy today in writing this testimony to the whole world to see as a way of showing my appreciation to Dr.Ehi and at the same time i am using this opportunity to advise those that are finding stress and pains in their relationship or marriages to contact Dr.Ehi who is the best spell caster in the world through these contact details via email: shomorikaspelltemple@yahoo.com OR call +2349038669448 Because Dr.Ehi is the only one that can restore back your destroyed or divorced marriage or relationship.

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