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Friday, January 20, 2017

Constructor: Angela Olson "PuzzleGirl" Halsted

Relative difficulty: Easy


THEME: none 

Word of the Day: PITTI Palace (52D: Florence's ___ Palace) —
The Palazzo Pitti (Italian pronunciation: [paˈlattso ˈpitti]), in English sometimes called the Pitti Palace, is a vast, mainly Renaissance, palace in Florence, Italy. It is situated on the south side of the River Arno, a short distance from the Ponte Vecchio. The core of the present palazzo dates from 1458 and was originally the town residence of Luca Pitti, an ambitious Florentine banker. // The palace was bought by the Medici family in 1549 and became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. It grew as a great treasure house as later generations amassed paintings, plates, jewelry and luxurious possessions. // In the late 18th century, the palazzo was used as a power base by Napoleon, and later served for a brief period as the principal royal palace of the newly united Italy. The palace and its contents were donated to the Italian people by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1919. // The palazzo is now the largest museum complex in Florence.
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A woman constructor! First of the year! Who had January 20 in the pool? I love this puzzle, both because it is good, and because Angela is my good friend and I haven't seen her name in the NYT for a long time, and because the central crossing in this grid is perfect for today. That is surely a coincidence, but sometimes God smiles on your puzzle. If only 23-Down were TONY ORLANDO (it fits, Angela!!!). I have been to ORIOLES games with Angela. I have been to Yankee Stadium with Angela and seen MARIANO Rivera give up TWO home runs to my Tigers in the top of the ninth, only to see the &$^%ing Yankees win it in the bottom of the inning on Some Guy's walk-off homer (you see, Angela, I've repressed that part of the memory. I only remember Miggy hitting one out off your beloved MARIANOone of the greatest baseball things I've ever seen live). Oh my god I just want to keep talking about baseball. It's so much more pleasant and hopeful and soothing than anything else I might be forced to think about today.


I did not know PITTI Palace, but the rest of this felt pretty easy. I had issues with ENTICE ([Decoy] is a verb??) ("Sirens decoyed sailors to their deaths ..." Sounds off). I also had issues with the REPS / RETCH crossing, as I misread 25A: Training tally as [Training rally]. I also sometimes thing RETCH (25D: [Gag!]) is spelled with an initial "W." And it is. Just not with this meaning (either spelling makes a perfect cross for 38-Across today, tbh). We're probably gonna see a new HUAC soon, so that's timely. Obama (aka MR. RIGHT) EXITS, so that's sad (I just this second Unfollowed @POTUS on Twitter). SOP UP ... yeah, sure ... bribery, corruption. That works. That's coming. INANITY. Obviously. It's hard not to tea-leaves this thing. I mean, CAD / LEERS!? That's pretty spot-on. Change LEERS to GRABS and bingo. Or, hey, rebuild the grid and go the full SEXUALLY ASSAULTS (15!). So many appropriate options.


As with George Michael yesterday, I managed to make the cross-referenced clues work for me today, as the TOPAZ clue (50D: 1967 Cold War suspense novel by 9-Down) sent me teleporting into the NE via URIS (9D: See 50-Down). I'm totally biased, but I honestly don't see much here to sneer at. ESS? I guess. PSS. Yes. But that is nitpicking. I know from nitpicking, and that is nitpicking. There is no doubt this will be the most enjoyable part of my day today, so thanks, Angela. Love ya. XO.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

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143 comments:

Loren Muse Smith 6:32 AM  

Fun puzzle! I enjoyed this from start to finish. Cool to have those two T _ S _11’s coming down: TONY SOPRANO and TOY SOLDIERS. And there’s EXHAUST FAN, PIED-A-TERRE, AMEN CORNER, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW…

I got PIED-A-TERRE off the T, so I felt pretty smart and sophisticated. We won’t mention that it was probably because of my obsession with Million Dollar Listing. I guess for the rich fancy schmancy cheetah, a PIED-A-TERRE is much more impressive than a HOTEL ROOM.

First thought for 53D – “scores of these may plague high-schoolers” was “zits.” Oops.

I also snickered at RETCH and the clue, “sound heard at wedding receptions.” I tell you, people drink like fish at wedding receptions. KNEE-walkin’, commode-huggin’ drunk. It’s remarkable.

Loved the feline misdirect on the “chat across the Pyrenees.” I didn’t fall for it, but there again you have to remember that I got PIED A TERRE off only the T.

Had to erase “moniker/MCA” to sort out the northwest. EPITHET feels negative to me, so “The Great” in the clue threw me.

Way to go, PG. This is just what a Friday should be.

Anonymous 6:35 AM  

I'm a proud wearer of big boy pants.

Anonymous 6:41 AM  

Rex, I'm no conspiracy theorist, but in this case you may be right. This puzzle is about Bill Clinton.

Unknown 7:46 AM  

Still up from drinking last night, and the fact that I could finish before I go to sleep here... Pretty proud of myself for a Friday.

Irene 7:48 AM  

Loved it. Sailed through it (unlike yesterday's puzzle) thinking how clever she and I both were.

Moly Shu 7:51 AM  

Seemed easy here except for PIEDATERRE, never seen nor heard. Giant gimmies like OUTRANK, MARIANO, TONYSOPRANO, and AFROPOP certainly added to the easiness factor. Smooth and nice.
I hope OFL survives the day and is able to blog tomorrow despite his spot on impression of Chicken Little.
As for the outgoing POTUS, good riddance. I'll probably say the same thing in 4 or 8 years. My glass half empty general outlook and all.

Anonymous 7:52 AM  

I liked this puzzle. I'm not particularly interested in the sex or race of the constructor. I believe and I hope that Will chooses the puzzle based on merit without regard to that other stuff.

John Child 7:57 AM  

Excellent puzzle. The NW took the longest. Without having the faintest about MARIANO and wanting HAlTS For HAILS, either ENGLISH nor britISH helped much. Finally got it squared away in somewhat over averagefriday time.

ELTON John, Dame Judy DENCH, Fred ASTAIRE, and TRUMAN Capote all my generation. Problems for younger solvers maybe? Cape Anne was surely in New England until I had to back that out. NORTH SHORE is a really Bostonian expression, isn't it?

Sir Hillary 8:05 AM  

Oh boy, what a blast of a puzzle. Right in every one of my wheelhouses, so played easy here.

As @Rex noted, the broader January 20th applications of this grid are almost endless. I'm sure most of them will be noted on this blog before the day is done, so I will just say that I chuckled when thinking that our new president may use the White House as little more than a PIEDATERRE.

Hands up for an initial moniker/mcI error. Mr. Rivera quickly fixed that.

Speaking of whom...very apt to see the symmetrical Yankees MARIANO Rivera and Graig NETTLES in their usual position -- above the ORIOLES.

Anonymous 8:10 AM  

It's O-ver. Let's see how may followers @POTUS there will be now.

daveyhead 8:15 AM  

Instead of Jesus Children of America, I'm thinking Heaven Help us All.

Anonymous 8:26 AM  

Rex, what is going on today? Am I missing something? (I can dream...)

Really nice puzzle! I know PITTI Palace from Cole Porter's "Where Is The Life That Late I Led" (Kiss Me, Kate). Was stuck in the NE until I got English and then the rest just fell nicely into place.

QuasiMojo 8:29 AM  

I've seen a few stewards on planes "purse" their lips at customers. Wasn't there a "purser" on Love Boat?

Way too easy for a Friday. Smooth sailing except I had Euro Pop instead of Afro Pop. (I'd really like to know if that is a thing or not. Or is it just some tag a music editor gave it? Did Tower Records have an "Afro-Pop" section?)

Also I thought the clueing on "pied-à-terre" was a tad off. A pied-à-terre is not a second home. It's usually a modest-sized apartment that rich people keep in cities (sometimes several around the world) for convenience sake. In mystery novels they are often used as love-nests and trysting places. But the whole point of them is that they are not your home, legally or tax-wise. :)

I have more questions than answers today. Whatever happened to the Friday puzzles that took nearly two days to finish? I miss those.

Tita A 8:29 AM  

@John Child...yes...Bostonian. I have friends in Cohasset, and only learned this summer that it's on the South Shore. Thanks to that, the Cape Ann clue was easy.

Precisely what @lms said about both PIEDATERRE and CHAT.

@Sir Hillary...I think it's Craig NETTLES. Thanks for that flashback to when I was obsessed by baseball and every Yankee player.
Had never heard of AMENCORNER, but now I need one of my very own.

Thanks, Puzzlegirl...even if it was too-easy-for-a-friday.

Unknown 8:36 AM  

Totally agree. Fun puzzle today!

Sir Hillary 8:37 AM  

@Tita - Nope, just an unusual spelling of what sounded like "Greg". Interesting tidbit on Wikipedia on how the name came about and the confusion it caused on his baseball cards.

Z 8:43 AM  

Berryesque in its cleanness. More like these, please.

@Moly Shu - Let's put the over/under at 24 months. I'll take the under. I saw a list of executive branch criminal convictions by president. The recent record is 55 for Nixon's administration. The Donald is clearly going for the record.

"With out regard to that other stuff" Thus spake Zaruracist.

Anonymous 8:46 AM  

I think the racists are the ones who would judge by race.

Z 8:53 AM  

@Quasimojo - Definitely a thing. Also, I don't quite get what distinction you're making on PIED À TERRE. A modest sized apartment kept in the city for convenience sake, how is that not a "second home?"

Anonymous 8:53 AM  

I'm going with not a coincidence for 38A.

Wm C. 9:03 AM  

@LMS -- me too on zits. The chats misdirect also initially got me, but the "aha moment" was enjoyable.

I've been to the Pitti Palace (so no problem there), Uffizi, etc. in a family tour of northern Italy, including Cinque Terra, which is the image in a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that I'm currently struggling with.

Martín Abresch 9:10 AM  

Fun puzzle on a sad day.

The last three nights I have solved the NYTimes crossword with the aid of my partner, and each of the past three nights has seen a new personal record. Teamwork!

Just this week as a gift, our friend bought us tickets to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Charles Flaster 9:15 AM  

Liked this one but it belonged on Wednesday. Clue for REPS should have indicated a plural.
Liked the misdirect for ORIOLES as I was looking for an NFL team.
Graig NETTLES over ORIOLES was not a coincidence-- How about MR. RIGHT a dance step away from ASTAIRE.
I probably have not used a turnpike ticket since last century.
Liked cluing for OUTRANK and SNEEZES.
Thanks AOH.

Anonymous 9:16 AM  

Z - I'll take the over. Shall we say $10,000? Didn't think so.

Dan P 9:20 AM  

Seems like a missed opportunity with the definition of STD at 28D. How about: Possible gift from a 41A?

kitshef 9:22 AM  

DNF on NEedLES forNETTLES. The key crosses to get that right are a foreign word trickily clued and an obscure foreign proper noun, so I can't join in the praise today.

Plus, apart from that cross, way too eay for a Friday.

Roberto Escobar 9:28 AM  

Fun puzzle, with a faster than normal Friday time.

Quisimojo was right on the pied-a-terre answer. It's not a second home, it's a hideaway to escape from home.

We all seem to inhabit different parts of the pop culture world. I was never a Soprano watcher, so the Tony Soprano answer took me most of the crosses to get. On the other hand Pitti Palace was easy. A gimme for one solver is a a long putt for another.

jberg 9:37 AM  

Good puzzle, I agree, just a little on the easy side. This isn't a fault of the puzzle, but I felt like I was in strange era when you used a card to get into your hotel room, but were still getting paper tickets on the turnpike--not one, but two steps into the past. But no problem-- I'm old enough to know that TOY SOLDIERS used to be made of lead; you bought the molds, then melted the lead and cast and painted them yourself. That was my parent's generation -- remarkable that any of them had brains left.

@John Child, yeah, I live in Boston, and i had NORTH from the crosses, so it had to be SHORE, but I hesitated because it's so Boston-centric a clue. I don't think people in Maine call it that! I figure it's the New York Times, so I don't mind New York-centricism, but Boston-centricism is another matter.

Small point, and I'm far from a pop-music expert, but is Ladysmith Black Mombazo really AFROPOP? I think of them as more traditional; to me, AFROPOP has always meant performers like Papa Wemba. He does use some LBM-like bits in this piece, but the other bits are important, as well.

@Loren, I got it from the first E -- but I'm impressed that you got STAT first!

Anonymous 9:50 AM  

@kitchef I had to google 'pitti' as that was where I got stuck. I know the meaning of 'chat' as cat but kept thinking of it as the English word 'chat'. Watching the transition of power today is just awesome. What a great country we live in! George Bush and Laura looking great! Melania looks simply awesome!

Nancy 9:53 AM  

Lovely fill, no junk at all, but fairly mundane cluing (with the big exception of TOY SOLDIERS). Much too easy for a Friday. But that's not the constructor's fault. I hope we see this lady again. THE MARTIANS could have been a trap for me at 7D, but I knew that the Rivera guy's first name (15A) ended in a vowel, even though I couldn't remember it. So EPITHET to TOY SOLDIERS were my first entries.

PITTI Palace was best used by Cole Porter in "Where is the Life That Late I Led?":
And in Firenze, where are you Alice?
Still there in your pretty itty-bitty Pitti Palace?"


Wish this had been harder. But a nice job anyway.

seanm 9:54 AM  

almost halved my previous friday best time, first time ever under 10 minutes on a friday. everything was in my wheelhouse or this was super easy.

didn't know PITTI or GATO, had needles first instead of NETTLES, changed that at the end and that was my only real mistake

Hungry Mother 9:55 AM  

NORTHSHORE was obvious to me, but I am a frequent traveller to New England. Agree that it was a fun and easy Friday puzzle.

Nancy 10:00 AM  

@jberg (9:37) -- It's so interesting how differently people solve puzzles. At 13D, you had NORTH only from the crosses and I had SHORE only from the crosses.

Anonymous 10:02 AM  

Proud to be an American. God Bless the U.S.A.

Anonymous 10:04 AM  

"Civility is not a sign of weakness." - JFK

Dan v. 10:04 AM  

Super Easy except for the shared @kitshef and seanm NEEDLES/NETTLES mistake. Couldn't parse it either because of my lack of knowledge of PITTI and Gato so DNF. Boo.

Also feel that DECOY as a verb is awkward, but learned something new.

1820 Stone Colonial House 10:10 AM  

Hey, Mr. Oriole fan, remember Jeffrey Maier.? Yankee fans sure do. Tourist tip: the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, on the NORTH SHORE, is worth a visit. Largest collection of Fitz Henry Lane paintings in the country.

Mohair Sam 10:15 AM  

Wonderful Friday puzzle. The first time I've let the fun of solving be spoiled by OFL's finding politics where there were none. Boring enough the Trump attack and Obama lapping (I get this all day on the news), but shots at Tony Orlando for singing, and the sexist pig Will Shortz? Rex, get help.

Played a little easy for a Friday thanks to the gimme TONYSOPRANO being crossed by THEDEVILYOUKNOW which we got off the "Y" - that's a lot of territory. And gimmes like MARIANO and ORIOLES (I attended a game at Camden Yards years back and remembered driving south out of the park and noting the construction going on for the Ravens stadium) helped fill the corners.

Learned that PIEDATERRE had an "I" this morning, thought it was foot thing. Been to Florence, loved it, but still struggled with PITTI. Have read tons of URIS, his TOPAZ saved us in the SW. Don't y'all just hate record label clues? We do.

@Martin Abresch - Yes, solving with a partner will lead to many personal records, it's more fun too. When Lady Mohair or I solve alone we take much longer, we also get bored.

Giovanni P. 10:22 AM  

Good stuff Angela! Grats on the Friday debut.

Stay safe folks. Don't be stupid like this millennial degenerate :P

AZPETE 10:25 AM  

Me too. Otherwise no erasures. Must have been easy.

CDilly52 10:27 AM  

@Rex, pitchers and catchers report for spring training in a mere theee weeks and change so hope truly "springs" eternal! My World Champion Cubs will hopefully enjoy another season living the DREAM without any INANITY or reason for a "PITTI" party, although if they repeat perhaps a celebration in the Pitti Palace? Fun puzzle.

Roo Monster 10:31 AM  

Hey All !
Figured Rex would rate this easy. Not so much here. The NE corner almost made me give up. I had to Goog TOPAZ/URIS, cause just flat out didn't know that. That helped with HUAC and PIEDATERRE, which is a new one on me. After URIS, still flummoxed in the NE, so came here, opened the puz, but didn't look at the answers. Took one desperate re-look at puz, when DREAMON finally entered the ole brain, and managed to wrestle that corner down. Having geNuinE for SINCERE and RentAL for RACIAL sitting there definitely didn't help. So only one Goog for an unknown in good by me! Everything else correct. Counting as a win.

Some lively answers here. Liked it overall. EXHAUST FAN could be Democrats today. :-) Gonna have to SOP UP the RETCH after all is said and done. Two cents, and all that.

EXITS, NONE
RooMonster
DarrinV

mac 10:32 AM  

Good one, Angela! Nice puzzle.

So happy to know Mariano, and the "chat" misdirect was fun. I had the most trouble in the SW, where I put in Capone instead of Capote. Complicated the whole area.

GILL I. 10:36 AM  

This puzzle was very enjoyable for me. Right up my puzzle alley...
Any other man might be as unpleasant to live with - better THE DEVIL YOU KNOW - than the devil you don't....then you've got RETCH CAD LEERS until you find DREAM ON MR RIGHT.
I wonder how you get a small second apartment home from "foot on ground." PIED A TERRE...
the clue for SNEEZES was cute and you get on your KNEEs in the AMEN CORNER.
Thank you Angela for a quickie fun Friday...

Nancy 10:40 AM  

Oops! So did I, @mac. Put in CAPOnE instead of CAPOTE. Leaving me with TARnANS at 63A. Which I thought must have been a family name, strange as it sounded. So, unlike you, I never corrected it -- and thus DNF.

Unknown 10:43 AM  

The bottom half was much easier than the top half and the long answers were the gimmes while the short answers were the hmms. Backward puzzle for a backward day. But it's my birthday today so I'm going to celebrate in spite of all ... this...

Chapps 10:45 AM  

Felt too easy for a Friday, but still well constructed and with a few head-scratchers. Also felt firmly pitched to my generation, the - ahem - middle-aged crowd. Loved seeing AFROPOP for Ladysmith Black Mombasa, which I'm a fan of, so got right away. Been to the PITTI Palace a couple of times, so that just dropped in. PIEDATERRE made me smile once I had four across and it popped into my brain. I love it when something makes me grin during a solve. However, as a Californian whose never been to the Boston or Cape Ann area, NORTHSHORE was devilish - mostly because that will always mean the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii to me.

Well, that's the last bit of fun for this crappy day.

Hartley70 10:54 AM  

Very nice job by Puzzle Girl. I didn't find it too easy because both top corners gave me trouble. I had OUTRANK in the east immediately and then unfortunately went with britISH in the west. I finished the rest of the puzzle in good time, but had to return up top for the struggle. Since Ott clearly wasn't the baseball answer, I didn't have much to work with.

I love AMENCORNER and it's new to me. I'm not so thrilled with TING. Having done two weddings in three years, I would have gone with "clink", or if you're going for the premium crystal rental, a nice solid "ring ding". Don't get me started, I could talk wedding all day.

I didn't need NORTH or SHORE from crosses to get the down. I just needed "Cape Ann". It's geographic good luck, not brilliance as it happens. The PITTI Palace is not to be missed even if you have to fight your way through the tee shirt vendors.

The GATO clue was today's misdirection winner for me.

I would like to come down on the side of PIEDATERRE as a second home in NYC. Have you checked the price of a one bedroom apartment in Manhattan lately?

This took me every minute of my usual Friday time and I enjoyed it all.

old timer 10:55 AM  

Excellent puzzle but way too Easy for a Friday, Of course it helped that the first time I went to Florence the PITTI PALACE was my favorite place. (The other time, I took a bus there and then walked back down to the Ponte Vecchio, and it is a very pleasant stroll). Also helped that I know where Cape Ann is, so only a few crosses were enough to give me NORTH SHORE.

Going back to watch the Inauguration now.

Masked and Anonymous 11:01 AM  

HUAC! [Sound heard a lot around the U.S.A. today? But, hey -- why be sad … U should be putin on yer happy face!]

Fun FriPuz. Wanted IVANERS for 1-Across. First entry: ESS. [M&A was lookin for a ?-mark clue, and that was the first one he found.]

Some really nice long fillins. faves: (CAD and) MRRIGHT. EPITHET. EXHAUSTFAN. AFROPOP.

Thanks, PuzGal.

Masked & Anonymo4Us


**gruntz**

Anonymous 11:08 AM  

What we really need,but never get,is an almost complete turnover of an entrenched Congress. That's where the REAL PROBLEMS lie.

Leapfinger 11:09 AM  

@Gill, re PIED A TERRE: that's where you alight or 'touch down' when you're traveling.

Maruchka 11:11 AM  

A day of gloom, saved by fresh Puzzlegirl! Tusen tak, Angela.

Everything went smooth, except NW. Why oh why oh why oh, did I miswrite MAnuelO? My favorite closer, too. Dumb. Stuck with BritISH and HAltS too long, too.

Fav of the day - AMEN CORNER. A James Baldwin play (with 'The") I've never seen. Think it was made into a b'way musical..

TOPAZ was made into a fairly good Hitchcock movie. I loved that the film Cubans stayed at a hotel in Harlem, just as Castro and his posse had decamped to the Hotel Theresa in 1961. And a nod to Mr. Baldwin's generous stand on Cuba. A new HUAC a'comin'? RETCH.

Joseph Michael 11:13 AM  

Interestingly (versus boringly) easy puzzle.

Got THE DEVIL YOU KNOW off of the final -NOW and it was smooth sailing from there. However, DNF due to having "needles" crossing the "Pitei" Palace in the SW.

Thanks, Angela, for the diversion from the day's events. This was a Friday on which I would have liked a much longer diversion but I'm still happy with what I got.

Lots of great entries and very little drek. Especially liked TOY SOLDIERS, AMEN CORNER, and PIED A TERRE.

Nits: thought that recurring sound at wedding receptions was a "ping" not a TING. And never heard "decoy" used before as a verb.

Opening words to a young dog: SO,PUP...

Skin stains from paving goo: TAR TANS

Late night talk show host: STEPON Colbert



Matthew G. 11:33 AM  

But for the fact that it is themeless, this could have run on a Wednesday, it is so easy. I think the cluing could have been toughened up--my first two entries were THE DEVIL YOU KNOW and HOTEL ROOM, which enabled me to set a personal Friday record--but the grid was fantastic.

evil doug 11:34 AM  

Way to go, Michael--letting the steam cloud from your tireless/tiresome venting marginalize your friend and her fine puzzle....

Lewis 11:35 AM  

With the DEER, ORIOLE, PUP, and GATO in the puzzle, there was the animal vibe, which was balanced out by the backward NO PETS. Loved the clues for KNEE, TROOP, and GATO, and the answers DREAMON and PIEDATERRE. I love the cross of RETCH and HUAC (the perfect sound effect); maybe not so well matched is the cross of MR_RIGHT and TONY-SOPRANO. But nestling up to MR-RIGHT is ASTAIRE, a much better fit, IMO.

Now to find things to do to ENTICE my mind away from the remains of the day.

longoftooth 11:40 AM  

The political polarization of this site, starting with Rex, is a very good reason not to donate to his annual fund.

Surphart 11:40 AM  

Loved the NE side stack of AMENCORNER and NORTHSHORE. Being that golf and surfing are my two favorite sports,I would have clued it differently. 'Sometimes deciding holes at the Masters'and 'winter surfing mecca on Oahu'. Would have been more in my wheelhouse but may have toughened it up for those declaring this one easy.

Anonymous 11:46 AM  

Stop bellyaching about Trump. He's the president. He was elected fairly. Get over it. Work with him to make the country a better place, not a divisive one. Otherwise, you're just a bunch of juvenile sore losers who pout because you didn't get your way.

Anonymous 11:50 AM  

Almost got me Capote. Was thinking Dustin Hoffman didn't play Capone then realized wrong Hoffman.

Alex 11:57 AM  

I must respond to Anonymous at 11:46am - what an excellent idea! Tell me, did you suggest that to your elected Republican officials at any time over the last eight years?
Anyway, a fun puzzle. The northeast gave me some difficulty as 1) I didn't know the novel TOPAZ, thus URIS was difficult. And I didn't know where CAPE ANN was. Thus, I needed a bit of - er - "research" to open up that corner. AMEN CORNER, perhaps.

Anonymous 12:01 PM  

Why is there so much really scary rage from pro-Trump people on this blog? He won, after all. How much even scarier rage would there be if he'd lost? My prediction: There will scarcely be a single Trump supporter who won't regret his or her vote in 2 yrs or less. But by then it will be way too late -- both for them and for all the rest of us. As the Donald would say: SAD.

Giovanni P. 12:03 PM  

Take a shot everytime the word juvenile or globalist shows up in the comments in the next four years. At least we don't get a lot of that Reddit - tier terminology here, and for that I am grateful.

Crane Poole 12:24 PM  

Out of the gate with leprechauns (little green men) and pin number (something to enter with a card). Yow, was I off.

Did not know PITTI crossing NETTLES (I had needles). PIEDA TERRE also unknown. PSS & ESS if necessary, I suppose. Otherwise fine with me, excellent puzzle, enjoyed it a whole lot more than Thursday's.

Joe Bleaux 12:37 PM  
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Moly Shu 12:38 PM  

@Z no fair challenging a degenerate gambler to a wager. But, I'll bite. I got the over. Not happy about it, but at least I got action.

Carola 12:40 PM  

Lovely, lovely crossword. I agree with @Matthew G that it seemed Wednesday-level in difficulty - how nice it would be if a themeless like this could run mid-week.

Roo Monster 12:41 PM  

Here's some Random Nonsense for y'all, plus a couple at the end that you can make your own clues for! Have fun.
Heavy weight in Spanish? EL TON
Tolkien baddies cube? ENT ICE
Pull Asners broken car? TOW ED

Try out:
ST EPON
EX ITS
SINCE RE

RooMonster

pat 12:43 PM  

"Pied" is a foot reference. It's French for foot. I apologize if I misread your post as not being aware of that.

Joe Bleaux 12:47 PM  

Re record labels, they're usually either RCA or EMI, and often offer a welcome toehold, so I'm OK with 'em😏 .

jae 12:51 PM  

Mostly easy for me too. Had problems spelling PIEDATERRE and had NEedLES before NETTLES but that was about it for road bumps. Although, I did spend some time trying to remember the name of Dustin Hoffman's character in Rain Man.

Very smooth (@Z Berryesque works for me ) plus a fair amount of zip, liked it a bunch! Nice one Puzzlegirl!

Anonymous 1:08 PM  

I didn't know MARIANO, so the NW corner was HARD. "Decoy" for ENTICE is pretty oblique.

Teedmn 1:29 PM  

Great Friday puzzle, thanks PG.

I'll admit to blanking on GATO at first, even with GA_O in place. When I got it, there were no LEERS, just chEERS!

And the NW was once again the hardest. 19A was __G__SH (I left 4D at _ING for a while, not knowing if it would be dING or TING) and I'm afraid "doG diSH" did cross my mind. A last second aha on ENGLISH allowed me to finish with no further INsANITY.

Thanks, M&A, for that onomatopoeic HUAC crossing the RETCH.

Kelly Thatcher 1:34 PM  

Wonderful puzzle, Angela -- thank you!

Kelly <---aka Kelly Clark

JFe 1:35 PM  

Loved the puzzle and LOVED the write-up.

Thanks, Rex...check is on its way.

Joe Bleaux 1:35 PM  

I could not have asked for a more enjoyable Friday puzzle. Even for solvers on my C-plus level, it was a tad on the easy side, but the cluing was excellent, the aha moments gratifying, and the few relative toughies weren't WOEs or desperation fills. Thanks, AOH.

Numinous 1:45 PM  

@Tita, oops! Yeah, I forgot the tahini. I always add a big ole glop of tahini too. I think it's best to add it after the chick peas are all smushed up otherwise it turns into a nasty sludge that has to be poked and prodded in the blender.

Contrary to yesterday's prediction, I didn't crash and burn today. I finished this in a tiny bit over half my Friday average. Unlike @Roo, with OUTRANK in place, there is only one novelist of four letters whose name begins with a U. I don't recall TOPAZ but it it filled easily with crosses. I also fell into the NEedLES/NETTLES trap and wasn't thinking GATO for chat. I didn't put it in, but I was thinking space alIEns instead of TOY SOLDIERS. Yeah, they are both little and green. Once, when my step-son was small, Mrs. N was short one candle for his birthday cake so she put a TOY SOLDIER on the cake and lit it to make up the difference. Resourceful!

I'll go back and read the rest of y'all now and see what's what.

Tita A 1:49 PM  

@Crane...leprechauns for me too!

@Sir Hillary...I stand corrected. I was so sure of myself that I didn't need to Google.

Anonymous 1:57 PM  

I thought this very enjoyable, clever puzzle. Found it too easy for a Friday, but perhaps a coincidence that I knew much of this, and every guess was correct.

I particularly liked what I regard as misdirected cluing for 57D: what godforsaken Greek four-letter place was the boulder being pushed up the hill: Styx (couldn't be, no hill there), Elea, Ossa? I needed the crosses to come up with the obvious. Likewise, what 3-letter Greek name for 62D? But by now I realize clues around letters are becoming common in NYTimes puzzles, and I came up with ess at once. Has the NYTimes always had such clues? They are rife in Italian crosswords, where the constructor is desperate to find words that end in consonants. Thus two-letter answer to "in the middle of the river" (nel mezzo del lago), the answer being ag.

Anonymous 2:01 PM  

oops, for anon. 1:57 I wanted "in the middle of the lake".

Dick Swart 2:17 PM  

An intelligent and enjoyable puzzle for this depressing Friday!

Thank you, Puzzle Girl!

Larry Gilstrap 2:22 PM  

Very pleasant Friday effort with many elements very much within my wheelhouse. Those of us who attended Glendora High School were the TARTANS, and our regalia sported the Royal Stewart plaid design. Cue the bagpipes playing "Scotland the Brave." Stirring!

I live with a former flight attendant, so I am familiar with the role of the PURSER. Speaking of which, did anyone else see "Three Guys Named Mike" starring Jane Wyman on TCM last night? Ah, the glamorous life of a stewardess from 1951.

I've had a few phases in my life when I was single and was never quite sure whether I was MR. RIGHT, MR. RIGHT Now, or Mr. Goodbar. Now, I understand, they have algorithms for that.

Coincidentally, yesterday on KCRW, I heard a live performance of Ladysmith Black Mombazo including an insightful interview about the group's influences and history. They have many Grammy Awards and nominations, including for this year. Check it out! It's available in archive. Most music fans would associate them with Paul Simon's Graceland album from thirty years ago; time flies. They perform a cappella without the rhythmic guitar and trumpet riffs I would associate with the AFROPOP of Hugh Masekela, for example. But, defining genre is complicated.

Anonymous 2:28 PM  

There was a very nice blend in this puzzle of popular culture (Afropop, toy soldiers for little green men, amen corner, and Tony Soprano) with a flourish of cosmopolitanism (Afropop again, pied-a'-terre, palazzo Pitti, and gato for the cat across the mountains). It is a nice example of using popular culture without resorting to video games or daytime television.

Kate O'Neill 2:37 PM  

I've just decided to make a donation!

Kate O'Neill 2:40 PM  

Disappointing sophist.

Anonymous 3:01 PM  

I haven't checked in here in a long time. Now I remember why.

@Mohair Sam. Agree. Great puzzle that I enjoyed as well. Not aas easy for me as it wasn't in my wheelhouse. It's too bad Rex has to look to anything to be offended. Just can't even praise a "friend" for it.

@Kate. Just a donation? Why not be out there with the other true believers throwing rocks at cops, injuring them, breaking windows of innocent business owners, destroying public as well as private property and just generally making a mess. You must not be that committed. Also, I didn't see this behavior when Obama won twice. Just a bunch of spoiled brats throwing a tantrum that unfortunately cost EVERYONE!!! Costs for cops, equipment, insurance companies, the companies they insure, peoples livelihoods, etc. Sophist arguments from a sophist who can't look in the mirror.

GWood

Anonymous 3:10 PM  

I always think of "Amen Corner" as the address where the Times of London was published until the area around St. Paul's Cathedral was destroyed by German bombs.

puzzle hoarder 3:17 PM  

This was a good if rather easy Friday. Normally I only talk about the puzzle. I haven't commented the last few days as my father-in-law passed away on Monday morning. Ken was a stand up guy. A lifelong union roofer and democrat who believed that everyone deserved a fair shake. He was also a Korean war veteran. The nicest part of yesterday's funeral was the soldiers folding his coffins' flag and presenting it to his widow. They did so on behalf of the president. It was fitting that this was Barack Obama's last day in office. I don't think he would have wanted it to come from president bone spurs.

RAD2626 3:25 PM  

Totally agree with @Joe Bleaux and others that this was a delightful, clean, directly clued puzzle that was a total pleasure to solve. Loved the long fill. Easy for a Friday puzzle? Sure. Who cares.

Do remember Lady Black Mombazo from
Graceland and their performances with Pail Simon. Still a great album after all these years

MARIANO Rivera was such a special player. Will be a first ballot HOFer even as a closer. He dominated for so long with one pitch thrown at the same speed. Truly an amazing talent. And a good guy and teammate to boot. Yankee fans were spoiled for over a decade. Like the Packers going from Favre to Rodgers. Wait until they have a normal quarterback.

Wednesday's Child 3:26 PM  

Nice puzzle, too easy. Still, I DNF'd at needles for NETTLES. I completely missed the CHAT/GATO misdirect. Great clue, the best of the bunch.

Wednesday's Child 3:26 PM  

Nice puzzle, too easy. Still, I DNF'd at needles for NETTLES. I completely missed the CHAT/GATO misdirect. Great clue, the best of the bunch.

Nancy 3:45 PM  

@puzzlehoarder -- Please accept my condolences. Your father-in-law sounds like a wonderful man who will be missed.

Anonymous 4:08 PM  

@Puzzle Hoarder, my sincere condolences on the passing of your father-in-law. However, the Honor Guard and flag folding ceremony didn't occur on behalf of Obama. It comes from being an either deceased vet during wartime or after passing with an Honorable Discharge from service. Our retired servicemen and women deserve the respect they receive when they pass.
However, following your attribution of what President it comes from, if memory serves, if he was there at the beginning or middle of the war it was at the behalf of Truman (D). If after Eisenhower's (R) election and visit to Korea and the eventual armistice it would come from Eisenhower.
However, it is sort of like when after the Gulf of Tonkin when LBJ, (D) sent our forces into Vietnam and Nixon (R) got us out. Sometimes we don't remember our history. Again, thank your family for their service. GWood

Anonymous 4:27 PM  

Something along the lines of the following was said as the honor guard presented my grandmother with a flag at my grandfather's funeral two years ago:

On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Navy, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service.

I believe it is absolutely presented on behalf of the current president.

Andrew Hoss 4:32 PM  

Fun puzzle but one quibble: how does "Needs blessing, maybe" work for SNEEZES? A SNEEZER needs blessing, SNEEZES need blessing. What am I missing?

Anonymous 4:32 PM  

Major kudos to PG for getting KEB into the puzzle - Take that Buddy!

Z 4:42 PM  

@puzzlehoarder - condolences.

@Moly Shu - My standard bet is $.25*, but I'm thinking this bet might be worth a good craft whiskey wager. I'm thinking a fifth of Two James Catcher's Rye would be a worthy stake for me. What are you willing to put up? Also - I'm presuming you'd appreciate a good craft whiskey - if not there are other options.

@anonymous G. Wood - Maybe you should remember your history before giving Nixon credit for getting us out of Vietnam.










*Simple life rule - Never gamble more than you are willing to lose.

Pete 4:46 PM  

@Z - In case you missed it, Nixon's 'getting us out of Vietnam' has recently been verified

Anonymous 6:03 PM  

fun puzzle today - last area for me was NE, because ODS was still hard to see, even though I was fairly certain of the O from OUTRANK. Thought DREAMON was going to be some kind of rasta-phrase, because I was parsing it as something, -MON, but it all worked out.

Trying to keep politics out, I am willing to give the guy a chance, but I wish we Gcould get back to a state where moderates on both sides were not a rarity - they are practically extinct these days.

Several significant gimmes with TONYS..,MARIANO and ORIOLES. SATS also helped in the SW, another gimme- probably because I have a HS senior.

One last thing on the taboo non-puzzle subject of the day - this is the greatest example of the how our system is so different, even from other democratic countries - despite the most divisive election in memory, there is a place in our society for supporters and protesters, without fear of reprisals.

RT

Anonymous 6:03 PM  

I don't know. I've never met Will but I feel like I know him. I've seen him interviewed and have listened to him on "wait wait don't tell me" for years he seems like a really nice, fair man. I really find it hard to believe that he would discriminate against women. If the implicit indictment is that he should be recruiting more women. constructors, that is another matter and one on which I have no opinion.

Anonymous 7:34 PM  

Seemed like an easy one, but the intersection of EPIPHET and PING messed me up. Took forever that it was a P rather than a t. The wedding sound clue did me no good.

Anonymous 7:36 PM  

Of should I say that it was supposed to be a T rather than a P?

Anonymous 7:37 PM  

@anon 4:27pm - No offense meant. Since we have changed from a conscription/draft military to a volunteer military I would just assume that those who have perished would want the Honor to come from those whom they volunteered to serve. If I am wrong in regards to that, I sincerely apologize and respect your offering.

@Z and @Pete - The point was regarding the Korean War. Nixon is an easy target. One of my post months ago was the difference between Dem's and Rep's. We take out our own trash. Nixon wasn't impeached only for the fact his Rep colleagues told him to leave. Dem's celebrate their reprobates and defend them AFTER impeachment. However, you never touched on Truman and Eisenhower. But I'm sure you'll try.

GWood

Anonymous 8:10 PM  

Too darned easy for a Fri. Felt like a Wed. Rex liked it onlY because the constructor is his friend. Lots of crap Olathe fill here. Why does Rex not note it? Givề me a break. Was looking forward to a distraction from the gloom of today. No such luck.

Anonymous 8:18 PM  

The elephant in the room is that the attacks on the lack of diversity among constructors are also attacks on Will Shortz. Those in this forum who know and like Will Shortz should consider defending him.

Moly Shu 8:20 PM  

@Z. It's a bet. You win, I get you the Two James, I win, you get me Fireball. I'm going to start saving my money now. And, that's a great life rule you bring up.

Tita A 8:22 PM  

@Puzzle Hoarder...allow me to offer my condolences to you and your family.

Tita A 8:24 PM  

To Anon@4:08, and to those who have been drawn in to that discussion, please refrain.

No wish of condolences should have a second sentence starting with "However,..."

This is not the time to make a point. Be respectful, and move on.

If you feel the need to flame me out over this, please do so via my email address.

e.a. 9:04 PM  

@anon 8:18 (elephant):

i know and love will shortz

also, 27 straight days without a woman constructor is, like, real bad

anyway, great puzzle

Kathy 9:30 PM  

A very nice puzzle on a beautiful day.

Thank you puzzle girl!

@Rex tried to throw your thunder skewing your answers.. Ah...poor @Rex.

Trump OUTRANKed . I can DREAM ON. MR RIGHT won.
STEPON AFROPOP. Bring in the Military brass.

What a pride felt parade.

As a former girl scout, I was humbled to see them march. We proudly went around town, on field trips to help the eldery, homeless, hungry. In anyway helping others.

Womens march? Sounds like a party. Blechhh.

I worked and earned my monies for birth control. Never needed taxes to pay for it. My right yeah?

Bless you all





Rothgard Biggs 9:40 PM  

Easy for a Friday. Very clean. This is the kind of puzzle Rex refers to in his many post. Best puzzle this year and will likely wear the crown for a while

Rothgard Biggs 9:41 PM  

Easy for a Friday. Very clean. This is the kind of puzzle Rex refers to in his many post. Best puzzle this year and will likely wear the crown for a while

Rothgard Biggs 9:41 PM  

Easy for a Friday. Very clean. This is the kind of puzzle Rex refers to in his many post. Best puzzle this year and will likely wear the crown for a while

Anonymous 10:06 PM  

Trump s My Way dance ..awkward

Z 10:10 PM  

@Moly Shu - Excellent.

@Anon8:18 - Shortz certainly has been attacked here in the past, but I suspect that there is something more systemic than personal going on. This isn't the right forum for a long discussion on the difference between personal prejudices and systemic barriers, but when 600+ Saturdays go by with only 9 constructed or co-constructed by women something is amiss. I don't have to believe that Shortz is a misogynist to conclude that something is keeping women constructors out of the NYTX, or that the NYTX would be better if more women were being published.

@GWood - You mentioned Nixon, otherwise I'd not have brought up his duplicity. Sadly, Obama didn't learn from LBJ's mistake. As for "taking out our own trash" I am disgusted by those who led the charge to impeach Clinton (Hyde, Gingrich, and Livingston all guilty of multiple extramarital affairs, Hastert sexually abusing boys he was coaching - all of them elected on "family values" platforms) but the mental gymnastics "conservatives" go through to defend these scum and their successors (does "pussy grabbing" ring a bell?) disgusts me more. As for Eisenhower, best Republican president since the early 20th century in my opinion, head and shoulders above anyone the party has put forward since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act.

Wednesday's Child 10:25 PM  

What about other publications? Is there a dearth of female constructors across the board? Is it the lack of submissions, quality, preferential treatment? What?

Wednesday's Child 10:25 PM  

What about other publications? Is there a dearth of female constructors across the board? Is it the lack of submissions, quality, preferential treatment? What?

Anonymous 10:44 PM  

Nixon knew that he was toast and left. But, you had to have some sympathy for him. A boatload of personal issues like a terrible case of paranoia he had to deal with; Nixon was a very bright person with no people skills.

Democrats didn't celebrate Clinton's sexual predation. It hung over them like a cloud for the 2000 election. He was a effective politician with very good people skills but a lousy human being. We will see if Trump is an effective politician. Anyone have any doubts about him being a crappy human being?

Anonymous 10:49 PM  

Post hoc ergo propter hoc

Fountains of Golden Fluids 10:51 PM  

Does anyone remember laughter?

Ole Dirty Basterd 10:55 PM  

Hell, I wanna bounce on a hay bale with Lauren.

Anonymous 11:09 PM  

I think we should keep it real and not keep it in the abstract, Rex Parker ihas accused the New York Times of discriminating against female crossword puzzle constructors. I'd be interested in the NYT response,

Kathy 11:11 PM  

President Donald Trump.
For eight great years!

@Z- What a mere piece of Man you are.

Mohair Sam 11:13 PM  

@Anon 4:08 - I pulled funeral duty for about a year at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY back in '65. Trust me, that saying is on behalf of the current President. Used to love Irish funerals - you could count on an a brother saying, "Son, why don't you and the boys (we'd have three guys firing off a salute) come back to house for a quick drink?" Never knew when you'd get back to base.

Not going to bother looking back to see who it was defending Lyndon Johnson on Viet Nam. I guess the point was Johnson could have ended it in 1968 when he had 500,000 troops there. Sure. Stream the movie "The Fog of War" and listen to Johnson's voice in January 1964 (on his own tape) telling Robert McNamara that he won't pull out of Viet Nam as JFK had planned because he doesn't want to be the first American President to lose a war. On January 1, 1964 there were 23,000 US troops in Nam.

Z 11:15 PM  

@Wednesday's Child - CrosSynergy lists 17 constructors, 4 women. AVCX lists 3 women and 6 men (although the list is out of date - at least one constructor I can think of isn't listed on their home page). Liz Gorski edits Crossword Nation, a subscription puzzle. C.C. Burnikel gets puzzles published all over the place. Andrea Carla Michaels was the "Queen of Mondays" at one time but her byline appears even less often than she comments here now. I see Gail Grabowski puzzles everywhere but the NYTX. We lost Bernice Gordon two years ago (at 101 years). My quick look through shows that there are more men getting published, but hardly a dearth of women constructors.

Anonymous 11:31 PM  

@z - Look it up. Civil Rights Act

In the House, the measure passed by a 333-85 margin, with 78 percent of Democrats backing it (221 yeas and 61 nays) and 82 percent of Republicans backing it (112 yeas to 24 nays). In the Senate, the measure passed by a 77-19 vote, with 73 percent of Democrats and 94 percent of Republicans supporting the bill.

Too bad more Republicans haven't been in charge. Quit whining and grow up.

GWood

Wednesday's Child 11:32 PM  

What about other publications? Is there a dearth of female constructors across the board? Is it the lack of submissions, quality, preferential treatment? What?

Anonymous 11:35 PM  

@Fountains of Golden Fluid, please keep trying. I laugh every time I see your post, not to mention your user name.

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spacecraft 10:53 AM  

*sigh* Sans censorship, the infestation proceeds. Up till today, I liked everything Italian. Oh well. All it does is add a second to the scroll time. I can spare a second for freedom of...whatever that is.

On to the puzz. It looked daunting at first, but there were just too many gimmes sprinkled throughout to offer much Friday-style resistance. The clues, though, did their best. As it happened, I elbowed into the SW with SNEEZES --> TOPAZ --> URIS, etc. Working up that side I had THED to start the fifteener--all I needed.

I agree with OFL about the fill, nor will I pick the same nits. The rest of it is too damn good. Absent a viable DOD in the grid (sorry Judi, you're a hell of an actress, but...), why not give the nod to our constructress? I first tried to put ANGELA in at 21-across! A tap-in birdie.

Diana,LIW 11:43 AM  

TARTANS was first in.

Not sure what part of my brain was telling me that EPITHET was 1A. It sounds so "angry" in my mind. When I accepted it, it cleared up the great ding/TING debate.

Loved the chat clue for GATO. And Brownies with cookies...

Strange to read about politics 5 weeks later. 'Nuf said.

Diana, Lady-in-Waiting for Crosswords

Burma Shave 11:52 AM  

BRED @TEN_A.M.

It’s a PITTI that NONE of the INANITY is SINCERE,
you’re ENTICEd, and off to the HOTELROOM you go,
there’s an EPITHET for that CAD who calls you “DEERE”
when that SAINTE MR.RIGHT is THEDEVILYOUKNOW.

--- TONYSOPRANO

rondo 12:37 PM  

MARIANO a gimme, but turns out bMI is not a record label, rather a music licensing outfit, yet there it sat for too long so I went elsewhere. NEedLES fot NETTLES didn’t help either. Everywhere else clean, but a lot of wasted time in the NW and SE.

Around these parts, the NORTHSHORE is the NORTHSHORE of Lake Superior and everybody knows it as such. If you go to our NORTHSHORE, make sure to visit Grand Marais (where I spent much of the summer of 1978, with the local engineer’s soon-to-be-ex-wife).

So that’s the non-Master’s version of AMENCORNER. Never really thought where the term for that part of Augusta National came from.

I suppose back in the Roaring Twenties that other ASTAIRE, and now the other Adele, would have been considered a yeah baby.

I made this nice puz tougher than it needed to be with my own INANITY.

centralscrewtinizer 1:27 PM  

@Diana, LIW. Wholly agree, it is indeed strange, and kind of fun, to see the comments via the rear view. These days I think, oh boy, I can't wait to see what they say about this.
I only lament the increasing nastiness and predictable tit for tat.
Oh well, I have forty pounds of tat.

leftcoastTAM 2:07 PM  

Happy to see this one after yesterday's crash.

THEDEVIL... went right in, recently having seen Obama's Affordable Care Act referred to as just that, as opposed to a mysterious Republican alternative.

TONYSOPRANO (James Galdofini), on the other hand, was the devil you couldn't help but empathize with at some level.

The other long downs were good and helpful ones as well.

Haven't associated cheetahs with IRAN, didn't know KEB or PITTI, and wanted genuine before SINCERE. Crosses took care of them all.

The great MARIANO Rivera made the NW corner, too often a crash site, a safe and smooth landing place to finish up.



Anonymous 2:15 PM  

Good, tough puzzle that was fun to work. NW incomprehensible. No comments on "ting"? A wild guess - does that refer to the obnoxious beating of water glasses that infests parts of the country?

leftcoastTAM 2:21 PM  

@anonymous:
Good guess. My guess was the sounds of clinking glasses accompanying rounds of toasts.

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Ciao tuti e scusate de mio italiano. Io sono rumeno e non me nascondo: me chiamo Stefan Cumescu e sono stato sodomizzato con violenza da avvocato assassino Daniele Minotti di Rapallo e Genova, esatamente nel estate 2009! Infati, io ora tengo 19 anni. Quindi, 5 anni e pasa fa tenevo 14 anni. E bene, 5 anni fa avvocato di giri nazifascisti misti a Cosa Nostra, Camorra, Ndrangheta, Daniele Minotti di Rapallo e Ganova, mi diede tre grammi di cocaina da vendere misti a qualcosa che te fa perdere sensi... mi fece svenire apposta e mentre ero mas di morto che vivo, me sodomizzo'. Vi era anche pancione pieno di merda Giuliano Ferrara de Il Foglio a guardare, ridere, cercare de masturbarse invano esendo noto impotente da sempre. Vi era anche il banchero immensamente pedofilo Gabriele Silvagni di Banca Carim Rimini, e sua moglie, notia prostituta pedofila tante quanto, Rafaella Vaccari, sempre de Rimini. Il filio de putana avvocato Daniele Minotti, criminalissimo avvocato di Rapallo e Genova me sodomizzo' insieme ad altri sei di suoi giri fascisti e mafiosi. Ho anche prove di tuto questo. Io, ora, Stefan Cumescu di Genova, quartiere Caruggi, facio il muratore, basta droga, basta prostituirsi (como doveti de fare a seguito di questo stupro, per poter rimanere vivo, per non venire amazato, e doveti de prostituirmi proprie su ordine de Mafia Berlusconiana e Fascismo Berlusconiano, a Genova, rapresentati da questo bastardo sodomizza bambini de avvocato Daniele Minotti). Guadanio un decimo di quanto guadaniavo prima e lavoro il triplo di quanto prima. Ma preferisco di questo, sento la mia vita uno poco di maggiore securo. Ma avvocato di Hitler, Vallanzasca e Satana, avvocato filio de putana di Silvio Berlusconi e Giuliano Ferrara, nazista e mafioso pederasta Daniele Minotti di Genova e Rapallo, davvero fa parte di setta di maniaci sessuali omosessuali molto pericolosi. Ciao. Stefan Cumescu, sodomozate quasi a morte da pedofilo asasino Daniele Minotti, bastardo pederasta de Rapallo y Genova.

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