Ward of "The Fugitive" / MON 9-7-2015 / Often-difficult part of a jigsaw puzzle / Arthur of tennis / Pre-GPS guide from a travel org

Monday, September 7, 2015

Soooooo...today isn't a grumpy Rex Monday. But it isn't a high school student Monday either. Or even a soon-to-be-college student Monday.  Hmmmm, guess means this writeup is being done by a.........


Constructor: Paula Gamache

Relative difficulty: Easy

THEME: "IN THE HOLE" — Theme clues are all golf-themed.

Theme answers:
  • DRIVEWAYS (17A: They lead to garages)
  • PITCHFORK (30A: Tool for moving hay)
  • CHIPBOARD (37A: Pressed, recycled paper used for notepad backing)
  • PUTT PUTTS (48A: Slow motorboats, informally)
  • IN THE HOLE (62A: Having debts...or where to find a ball after 17-, 30-, 37- and 48's starts?)

Word of the Day: CLARA (61A: Pioneering nurse Barton) —
Clarissa "Clara" Harlowe Barton (December 25, 1821 – April 12, 1912) was a pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She worked as a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, and as a teacher and patent clerk. Barton is noteworthy for doing humanitarian work at a time when relatively few women worked outside the home. She had a relationship with John J. Elwell, but never married.
When Barton returned to the United States, she inaugurated a movement to gain recognition for the International Committee of the Red Cross by the United States government.[15] In 1873, she began work on this project. In 1878, she met with President Rutherford B. Hayes, who expressed the opinion of most Americans at that time which was the U.S. would never again face a calamity like the Civil War. Barton finally succeeded during the administration of President Chester Arthur, using the argument that the new American Red Cross could respond to crises other than war such as natural disasters like earthquakes, forest fires, and hurricanes.
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This was a really nice little Monday! I know easy puzzles can be annoying for veteran puzzlers, but I can see this being great for someone just starting out. Plenty of obvious clues, but some harder ones too - as you can see, I had no idea what ISL or SELA were, and that clue about jigsaw puzzles had me stuck for a while thinking the word was END or something. (Not all jigsaw puzzles even have a SKY in them...what about puzzles about cats?)

OK, no offense but the theme's boring (watching golf is just standing around - come to think of it, playing golf is too) so let's talk about something more interesting - my first two weeks of COLLEGE!!!!! (Geez, I'm OLD.) So I'm probably joining Hillel (my mother will be so proud), as well as hopefully helping out here and there with TECH for an upcoming show (A Taste Of Honey; if you live in the Boston area you should totes come see it). But dude, this school rocks. My personal favorite building is the Science Center, this huge weird awesome building featuring a ton of taxidermied animals, and we also have this huge tower where people play songs on the bells every day. Also, in my res hall, every Sunday is Sundae Sunday. That is, ice cream sundae Sunday. #freshman15 much?

  • 9D: Voice higher than tenor (ALTO) — First of all, I'm getting reeeeal tired of this word, it's definitely been in at least three first Mondays this year. But second of all, I auditioned for an a cappella group! Only it wasn't at all like the Pitch Perfect auditions where you just have to show up, be Anna Kendrick, and sing the cups song...you have to be good at complex sing-y stuff like pitch matching and tonal memory. Which, uh, I'm not, yet (I think my tonal memory lasts about three notes). Oh well, there's always next year!
  • 33D: "Little  __ of Horrors" (SHOP) — As I'm sure has become apparent by now, I'm a sucker for musical theater clues. FEED ME, SEYMOUR!
  • 68A: Prefix with -naut (ASTRO) — When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut, but I wanted to make sure I only went on day trips to space so I could tuck my kids in at night. No comment.  
  • 44A: Waters parted in Exodus (REDSEA) — Okay, okay, sorry for such a song-heavy writeup, but THERE CAN BE MIIIIIIIIIRACLLLLLLLES 
Signed, Annabel Thompson, tired college girl.

Oh, and by the way: http://www.wellesley.edu/

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chefwen 1:07 AM  

Way too easy, yes I know it's Monday and those skew easy, but this was EEESY! I was done before I knew I was ASTIR. I didn't know Lisa LOEB, turns out I didn't need to know her, filled itself in.

Ready for a Tricky Tuesday.

jae 2:12 AM  

Easy Mon. for me.  Cute theme that was light on the dreck.  My only problem was that if you have to follow a PITCH with a CHIP you probably shanked the PITCH.   Plus, I personally would need a middle iron shot after the DRIVE, Jordan or Tiger OTOH probably not.

Delightful Annabel.

Liked it.

stuart 2:28 AM  

always a pleasure reading your comments, Annabel.

Thomaso808 5:10 AM  

Fun, easy puzzle by Paula Gamache. But if on one hole you have a DRIVE, PITCH, CHIP, and two PUTTPUTTS that's usually not good. It's the PITCH and CHIP combination that is not good. Should be one or the other. That being said, I confess I'd take a 90 for a round!

Really great to see Annabel here. Also great to have a good 5-word theme with minimal dreck. Good job, Ms. Gamache!

AliasZ 6:23 AM  

Butylated hydroxytoluene? Ooof!

Why must Monday puzzles have a theme? Especially a golf theme? It makes for as exciting an exercise as watching paint dry or watching golf on TV. Unless there is a sea monster lurking in the water hazard.

But Paula has an ace IN THE WHOLE, if not up her sleeve today: the large number of delicious TIDBITS strewn around the grid that we don't often see on Monday. We have ECHELON on a WARPATH with TRAITOR SEPHORA, EMIRATE (am I late?), the TERROR of NECTAR, HUSTLES and INSPIRE, and a boatload of words ending in AHS. RAH, SHA, SPA, CHA, BAA, LORNA, CLARA, NASA, SELA, the one-L LAMA, the ONE I Cyclops IN A TIE with the ONE I TOO fear, et ceterah.

It all adds up to a box of delicious Monday truffles covered by Ms. Gamache, containing not a touch of butylated hydroxytoluene or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. Dee-lish!

aging soprano 6:29 AM  

Hey Annabel! No comments. Hmmm. Do you not know how to approve them?
Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with us. Glad you are so enjoying your college experience. Sorry you didn't make choir. Maybe they have some junior choirs which can prepare you for the elite one. To sing well, your ear is as important as your voice, and both need to be trained. You may need to invest in a PITCH FORK.
At Hillel don't be to hard on us Israelis. Things are really not black and white over here. They never were, even back in the days the Israelites crossed the RED SEA, and in HEROD's time..
Thank you for the details about CLARA Barton. When I was a kid I read her biography and she was one of my childhood heros, along with Jane Froman.
Easy and fast puzzle. I would prefer a tennis theme, personally. I liked ASTIR and ASTRO at opposite corners. TEETHE was a new word for me, and SELA and LOEB right on top of one another complicated the mid south for me since I didn't know either of them.
Keep up the glow. If your spirits WANE, just remember that girls your age over here have to do 2 years in th military or national service before they can go to college.
We don't have Labor Day here but we have the New Year in a week. So, l'Shana Tova to any of you who celebrate that. It means I won't get Monday or Tuesday's puzzles next week. Humff!

Loren Muse Smith 6:44 AM  

Anabel –I wish you all the best at Wellesley. Loved the Miracle song you posted. I caught the tail-end of a great movie last night when I couldn't sleep.

Do you believe in miracles?

I've golfed only once. I was so bad, it took my breath away. Needless to say, the reveal absolutely didn't apply to my experience. I'm not sure if I PITCHed or CHIPped – if I did, it was possibly quite by accident – but you wouldn't have found my golf ball(s) IN THE HOLE. If it hadn't been a scramble, I'd be on about the fourteenth hole, years later.

CHIP BOARD was a new one for me. I'm sure lots of us led with "cardboard." Then I had a dubious "clip board." So there was that. I guess with the constraint of separating the golf words out as its own word in the phrase, CHIP BOARD was it. CHIPS AHOY or CHIPMUNKS won't work. Too bad it's not CHIP N DALE. Whatever the case, I got it easily with the crosses and was glad to learn a new word. The other true woe was BHT.

Nice sevens in each corner. What's not to like about WAR PATH and ECHELON? Dad will not know SEPHORA, but it's fairly crossed.

To the guy on the ladies' TEE, THE rule is that you have to take your shot from the men's tee.

George Barany 7:27 AM  

What a nice start to my morning, reading @Annabel's upbeat report, the lovely musings of this blog's muse, @Loren, and the entertaining commentary from @AliasZ. In Minnesota, school always starts the day after Labor Day [a function of the annual State Fair timeline], and it's a joy to interact with young minds eager to learn.

Re @Paula Gamache's puzzle, certainly up to par for a New York Times Monday, though BHT is going to challenge some beginner solvers, and SEPHORA got a big "huh" from me. Given current interest in the US Open, tennis edition, it was lovely to see a shoutout to Arthur ASHE.

Mike D 7:50 AM  

Anabel, you seem a little 13D 13D re: Wellesley. I heae there football team is good this year.

Mohair Sam 7:50 AM  

Clearly our Anabel is having no difficulty adjusting to college life. Way to go Anabel - enjoy every second. Yesterday Mrs. Mohair and I guessed she'd mention Natick today, but noooo. Next month we expect a full report on the town.

Straightforward Monday, clean grid, nifty theme. Although the only hole you'll find a golf ball in after a DRIVE is a sand trap (or in my case a pond).

Old Lady 8:20 AM  

Most clubs now discourage the term "ladies' tee" and call them the forward tees. "Guys" such as you, who are new to the game, should be hitting from the forward tees so that you don't embarrass yourselves and slow the game up for the rest of us.

chefbea 8:20 AM  

Great write up Annabel!! Enjoy your college experience!! I use to play golf many years ago...even won a trophy. Now I just watch it on TV

Easy puzzle.

Happy cookout day..enjoy all your hamburgers and hot dogs and all the sides!!

Lewis 8:35 AM  

@M&A -- Only two U's but you have to smile at PUTTPUTTS, an M&A-worthy gem, not to mention that backward HAR in the NE.

And, as @aliasz points out, lots of fun in the puzzle. Not only that SPA/CHA/RAH/SHA group, but right under OLD is a Boggle-style BAT, we have SHA forward and backward, there is a backward ALES crossing REHAB, and we have NAT IN A TIE.

Never heard of SEPHORA, but easily crossed. A clean and solid Monday, with good cheer from Ms. Annabel, who is sounding well, and intrigued by Hillel.

Hartley70 8:46 AM  

Annabel, I'm delighted to hear that you're in a state of bliss at Wellesley and thanks for sharing your first adventures with us. I can't help thinking Wellesley is lucky to have you, and we'll be lucky each Monday you stop by and bring us a taste of freshman year again!

Fine Monday, although on the easy side of easy, making it easy peasy.

I was golf obsessed for 3 years until I wasn't. I now see all sides of the boring/not boring controversy, whether playing, watching, or puzzling. All are good excuses for a walk.

quilter1 8:53 AM  

Annabel, your excitement about college is great. But we all knew you would be. Good write-up. Not a bad Monday with ECHELON and other rarely seen answers. Still easy and enjoyable. Everyone be safe and happy this Labor Day. I'm cleaning a closet!

RooMonster 8:54 AM  

Hey All !
My Patented one letter DNF at LOEw. Thinking of the home improvement chain? Heck, REHAw seemed a feasible name for a record!

Liked this puz. Easy, zippy, low dreck, if any. Kind of an odd clue for IN A TIE.

Great to see tired college girl Annabel! So you're saying you like college? :-) That's awesome! Just don't get into too much mischief out there!

This puz was ONE I enjoyed. Some good TIDBITS, wasn't a NOWIN, TERROR filled puz. It wasn't done in a MINUTE like the speed solvers, HERE it SORT OF lasted longer, without TRASH. I TOO liked the BAA, SPA, CHA, RAH rhymers. Even NO TIP and NO WIN wasn't an EWE!

PUTT PUTTin away

joho 9:10 AM  

I watch golf and find it fascinating so no wonder a DRIVE, PITCH, CHIP, PUTT, INTHEHOLE theme is right up my fairway ... fun!!

ECHELON is beautiful.

Thank you, Paula!

And you, Annabel, for your always fresh look at the Monday puzzle.

And you, too, Loren, for the golf joke which I've heard but never seen!

Wm. C. 9:13 AM  

Hi, Annabel -- Sticking with today's theme, you should go across Washington Street on the south side of campus and play Wellesley's cute nine-hole Nehoiden Golf Course. Only $3 for a student 9-hole pass. Gonna be hot this week, though, up over 90 degrees by early afternoon.

I too had trouble with the Sela-Loeb-Rehab. Had to guess (successfully, fwiw) to finish.

Ludyjynn 9:39 AM  

Some of my favorite memories of Summer include playing miniature golf or PUTTPUTT with my family at the Jersey shore. We played nearly every evening by popular demand. Our favorite 'course' consisted of 18 fairly complex HOLEs and the treat was that at this place a block off the boardwalk in Asbury Park we got to go around twice. If the golfer made a hole in one on the 19th hole, the next 36 holes were free! I don't think they made much money off of us, as we all learned to master that one! Unfortunately, the owner of the property was made an offer he couldn't refuse, and he sold it for a small fortune to a condo developer. None of us was ever INSPIREd to take up 'real' golf. Go figure!

Golf theme reminds me of my favorite off-color joke, which unfortunately I will not be able to recount here. It has been my go-to laugh getter since I heard it in 1982!

Thanks, PG and WS for a super easy Monday requiring no labor. Glad to hear you're settling in to your new life as a collegian, Annabel.

Bob Kerfuffle 10:02 AM  

Ostensibly a golf-themed puzzle, today's offering is actually a thinly veiled religious lesson.

Consider 14 A, LAMA; 30 A, PITCHFORK (the Devil you say!); 44 A, RED SEA; 65 A, HEROD; 11 D, Judas; and 45 D, SEPHORA (wife of Moses, thinly veiled.)

And tying it all together is the reveal at 32 A, combining religion and grammar: We have often seen "belief system" as a clue for an ISM, but here, shedding the indefinite article for the definite article, we have "Belief in the existence of God" calling for THE ISM!


Hi, Annabel!

Ellen S 10:32 AM  

I thought there were way too many partials, and it seemed extra easy, even for a Monday. Quite a gap between this and last Saturday. @Annabel, always a joy to read your blog posts.

@Loren -- if you never heard of BHT (never mind spelling it all out like that showoff @AliasZ), that can only mean one of two things: you eat only fresh food that doesn't have any labels or at least no preservatives, or you don't read the labels. I hope it's the former. I don't understand all the fuss about the Ladies' Tee. One big fight now is (that I wish we could get to, that is, if marriage equality and racial profiling could ever be resolved, then we could move on to ...) use of gender-labeled toilets by transgendered folks, especially in schools. So, the demand is, people should be allowed to use toilets that are labeled according to how they label themselves.

Before anyone jumps in and says how wrong that idea is, I just want to add that for years, decades, maybe forever, the State of California has allowed people to choose their own sex designation on their driver's license. You don't have to strip and prove you're a boy or a girl. You don't need a note from your doctor. You just check off whichever box you want and that's what your license will say. So once you can drive or get a state ID card, you can use whichever bathroom you prefer, or whichever tee.

I kind of understand the fuss about bathrooms. Although with stalls, a basically unisex bathroom shouldn't be a problem, and didn't seem to be a problem at Ally McBeal's law firm. But I know some people get all nervous at the thought of a unisex one-holer, that only one person can be in at a time. But the ladies Tee?? I have never played, only a couple of times at a driving range, but never a real golf game (the Wii doesn't have separate men's and ladies' tees), never heard of this "ladies' tee" thing. Is it real? And so what? Does the club keep score, or the other people you're playing with? I've seen lots of movies where some corporate bigwig is playing a round with some sycophants, and he cheats like mad and nobody in his group criticizes. Let alone some buttinsky with a bullhorn. It looks like in the real world, there are numerous tees to choose from -- women "on average" don't hit the ball as far as men, but neither do some men, and there's a lot of literature admonishing men to "swallow their egos" and play from the tee that matches their handicap, not whether they piss standing up.

Carola 10:33 AM  

My "Oh, no, not golf" after DRIVE, PITCH, and CHIP was outweighed by the cute PUTT PUTTS and the clever reveal....and then the pleasure of an Annabel review.

GILL I. 10:49 AM  

Paula usually peppers her puzzles with playfulness. This felt phhhtish.
I guess PUTT PUTTS is kinda cute and then there's SADO-masochist.
I want to do a CHA but the other half is just missing for moi.
Best part of today so far is reading Annabel. I well remember my first days at university. I attended University of Madrid (Filosofia y Letras) and the students were rioting. Franco ran everything with an iron fist and many of us were tired of reading Unamuno over and over again. Bring on Trotskyism!

Unknown 10:52 AM  

Those of us who worked in the recycled paperboard industry are quite familiar with the grade of paperboard known as chipboard, which was aptly described by the clue.

Myuen88 10:52 AM  

Enjoy college, Annabel! I enjoy reading your write-ups, because I'm new at this, too.

Joseph Michael 11:10 AM  

Not a golfer, so kind of a ho hum theme for me. Though I did like discovering a TEE hidden in the SE.

A few good 7's such as WARPATH, TRAITOR, and HUSTLES.

Thought that ATHEART sermed awfully obscure for a Monday. Perhaps the Greek god of creativity? Then I realized it was two words. Duh.

Never heard of SEPHORA but it didn't matter since the crosses were easy. Actually most of this didn't matter. On to Tuesday.

Rex Parker 11:19 AM  

Dear person screaming into the void about having his comment deleted,

It's because you were being a distracting, off-topic jerk.

Comment on puzzle, comment goes up. Not, not. Ad hominem, mean-spirited, off-topic b.s. gets cut, as do ALL comments about how you *feel* about the comments section. Cut. Stop wasting my time.

And thanks, Annabel, for a great write-up. Probably the best you've ever done.


old timer 11:21 AM  

From the tables down at Mory's, to the place where Annabel dwells, to the dear old Science Quad we love so well. We're the Whiffengirls assembled, with our glasses raised on high ....

I say, start your own little group. The more you sing, the better it will sound. And I'm glad you are still taking the time to do First Mondays. I was looking forward to it.

mathgent 11:29 AM  

Nice write up, Annabelle.

As an ultra-experienced solver, I almost never enjoy the Mondays. But I can do them quickly and I am then eligible to join the discussion here. But last night, The Closer wanted to do it. She's very good. She often digs me out of holes (hence her name) by thinking outside of the box, especially on ? clues. However, she couldn't finish last night and I thought that you might be interested in why.

She loves filling in the squares. I can see her delight as her pen flies over the paper. But when she hits a snag, she runs out of patience and wants to do something else, last night watching the new BBC miniseries.

What's my point? I think that the best solvers are dogged. When they get stalled, their juices start running and they stare at the grid menacingly until it is intimidated into giving up the answer. So I think that becoming a good solver is largely a matter of will.

Wm. C. 11:44 AM  

@Hartley --

I'm sure you'd want to know: at Wellesley, there are no "Freshmen," There are "First-Years," though.

Also, on golf, although the attribution is uncertain, some say that it was Mark Twain who called golf "a good walk spoiled." It

jp flanigan 11:51 AM  

Anybody else bothered by the clue to 23A? (How some games end before overtime). Seems to me, if regulation ends INATIE, then the game isn't over yet.Other than that, monday, monday, monday.

Billy C 12:06 PM  

I'm glad @Annabel signs her blog posts. Otherwise, they'd be hard to distinguish from @Rex's. Not.

Explainer 12:23 PM  

One person's "general knowledge" is another's "never heard of it" ergo: No such thing as General Knowledge" since there is no such thing as a "General Person"

Lewis 12:31 PM  

@ludyjynn -- Well, now that you've teased us about this joke, you have to tell it, with whatever modifications or misspellings needed.

Masked and Anonymous 12:38 PM  

Theme kinda reminded me of a typical M&A performance on a par-3 hole, when I still played golf. Drive off to one side or the other of the green. Then dub the pitching wedge shot. Then chip on -- zooming way past the pin. Then putt-putt-putt. Score: a vulture.

Always excited, when butylated hydroxytoluene makes the MonPuz. Better to have it in yer puz, than in yer chow. Maybe ok, in yer chipboard. Anyhoo, fave weeject definitely = BHT.

Only 2 U's, but for some reason a snoot-load of H's (14).

@Blu-Bel: Primo write-up. Sounds like a fun campus. Free sundaes! At my alma mater, Friday was mystery fish day.


Steve J 1:00 PM  

Agreed with Annabel that golf is boring. I fully agree with the old saw, "Golf is a good walk spoiled" (@Wm. C.: Like so many things attributed to Mark Twain, this almost certainly doesn't belong to him; someone did some digging into the origins of the quote, and the association with Twain came decades after a variation of the quote first appeared).

Despite golf's lack of redeeming qualities, this was a fun little Monday puzzle. It's nice to have a Monday theme where the revealer doesn't just restate the obvious. The fill had some nice TIDBITS like WARPATH, ECHELON, REHAB and, um, TIDBITS. ONE I and AAA MAP were a bit ungainly, but this was pretty clean overall. While they all go too quickly, it would be nice if Monday puzzles like this were the norm and not the exception.

Elephant's Child 1:12 PM  

Dear Explainer, here's a "General Pat On the Back" for you.

Numinous 1:21 PM  

I couldn't care less about golf so i didn't see the theme developing even after PUTTPUTT until I did 62A. Then it was "Oh, okay." Blah. I did like some of the groovier answers: THEISM, INSPIRE, SEPHORA, WARPATH. I didn't mind any of the short answers and never noticed BHT because it was thoroughly covered by crosses.

@Annabelle, re SKY. Right now, on the table in the living room, thre is a jigsaw puzzle that is about 50% finished. It's been sitting there untouched by my wife and the local eleven year-old for at least a week. The remaining 50%? SKY.

Recently, on facebook, I saw someone addressing recent high scool graduates saying, "Congratulations on completing the easiest part of your lives." Annabelle, enjoy the second easiest part of your life, college. There will be some hard lessons to learn here, I'm sure you'll do well. My step-daughter was disappointed in completing her two degrees at University of Georgia. They only gave her one piece of paper instead of one for each degree: Criminal Justice and Sociology. She is now in the recruitment process to enter the Navy as an ensign in intelligence.

The carrilon at school must be nice. I grew up within two blocks of the University of California in Berkeley. The great landmark of that campus is the Campanile. Off and on, over the years, there has been someone to play music on the carrilon. I always enjoyed hearing it.
I'm glad you stil have time for us, Annabelle, Thank you.

Tita 2:57 PM  

@Numinous...my mom loves jigsaws more than crosswords. The SKY is my specialty...not cause I like the challenge, but because it lets me help with the puzzle while advancing the absolutely painful parts for her. The conversations that take place over puzzles are priceless. It is an activity that can still be done socially.
It's also funny that nobody can walk past a puzzle-in-progress without stopping to put in "just one piece".

@Anabel...@Numinous' 2nd paragraph ... Me too.

And we always enjoyed hearing the carillon in Heidelberg. Even here in Danbury we have one that attracts players from around the world. (I guess they can't bring their instruments with them...)

@Paula...is NASA in the grid because golf is the only sport played on the moon?

Not sure if my earlier comment made it through...if not, let me thank Ms. Ganache here.

Z 4:39 PM  

REHAB was an especially ill-timed hit as its release coincided with the heroin epidemic hitting the U.S. Amazing that the epidemic has been raging for a decade already. Here's one (maybe only) good thing the Taliban did, help keep heroin expensive.

@Ellen S - way back in 1979 my dorm had an ungendered bathroom. It was most likely an oversight (it was the first year that dorm housed men and women) but we all seem to manage it without any life scarring ramifications.

@Rex - What a tease. I guess you're not into public shaming.

@mathgent - also "belief." Henry Ford (not Mark Twain or Winston Churchill) is reputed to have said, "whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." Although Saturday's puzzle was beyond belief for me.

@jp flanigan - yep. Then I recalled that there didn't use to be overtime.

@Numinous - Here's hoping your step-daughter puts the lie to, "military intelligence is an oxymoron."

chefbea 6:14 PM  

The toughest jig saw puzzle I ever did was a map of the USA. No right angle pieces. Just the map as it is. Florida was terrible to put together

Charles Flaster 10:02 PM  

Congrats to AT on loving college.
EZ/ tres EZ.
Thanks AT.

Teedmn 10:05 PM  

My mom had a jigsaw puzzle which was a map of the moon. No SKY and all in shades of white and gray. We put it together every year or so and it was always a challenge.

Thanks for the fun Monday PG, and Annabel, I hope college continues to be as thrilling as you make it sound.

Pie Jesu 11:25 PM  

Eli, Eli, LAMA sabachthani?

Leapfinger 1:55 AM  

OWE well, a Golf theme! I never got beyond a few rounds of PUTT-PUTTS, so I don't have a strong basis for an opinion, but the only thing I think less comprehensible than playing golf is watching someone else playing golf. As I see it, its main raison d'etre is the delightful series of stories PG Wodehouse wrote on the subject and its hapless devotees. All the same, isn't it a bit of a cheat to have THE TEE so near to THE HOLE?

@GeoBarany, at least there's no reason to complain about these PUTTS, right?

Nice to see NASA in a high space, although it's as far from SKY and ASTROnaut as EWE is from BAA. Since it's found down at the very bottom, guess that isn't a Frontal LOEB.

Always a pleasure to have Ms Ganache return and have HER OD on INSPIREd TIDBITS, like starting the NW with OWES, then stuffing it full of AYES; like kindly reminding us we barely have 3 more weeks of the SEP_HORA before we'll be changing to the Oct_HORA.

Thanks for that and much more.

ps, this would've been phoned in much sooner had there been a network available...

Leapfinger 2:13 AM  

ps. I have it on good authority that WARPATH was 'Horváth' until the last revision, in honour of Csaba Horváth, a chemist who worked with DDT.

Brian 11:25 PM  

Grid has 13 vowel strings. I have this post-solving solitaire game of joining the vowels with a line. A winner is to join all the vowels without lifting the pen - a single line. This happens rarely, maybe 2 or 3 times a year. I don't stop when a break occurs, but finish joining to see whether my all time total of 12 can be exceeded. This puzzle did it. PG13 indeed.

Brian 11:27 PM  

Oops - that comment was meant to be for Tuesday's puzzle.
Sorry - will you delete?
Can you post in Tuesday or do I need to?

Unknown 2:33 PM  

I loved Wellesley, too! But I graduated a long time ago...1992! Loved that ice cream was available at every meal, and I came to know the science center well, as I was a Bio major. As for today's puzzle, it was a bit too easy, but I enjoyed it anyway. Good luck in school and maybe try out for choir? I loved it!!

Burma Shave 10:28 AM  

SORTOF NOTIP (Caddyshack Redux)

The LAMA should INSPIRE you, there’s THEISM ATHEART,
In golf TEETHE ball higher the MINUTE EWE start,
Your DRIVEWAYS so much for being NOWIN the fairway so far
With a CHIPBOARD the dance floor, and INTHEHOLE under par.


rondo 11:35 AM  

What’s not to like in a puz about golf? Pretty easy, but that’s OK for today. But we are missing the long iron shots and/or fairway woods that I seem to be hitting a lot. I’m not a big hitter like the LAMA.

If I had a nickel for each of the number of times I’ve been in a SEPHORA store, I’d take all the Syndies out for a night on the town. It’s one of the wife’s favorites and cannot be avoided..

Always love seeing yeah baby SELA show up. Upper ECHELON for sure. And Lisa LOEB the bespectacled but beauteous musical yeah baby.

We’ve got the SKY and the EWE, if BAA had been MAA we’d be talking U of MN. Probably need to be Minnesotan to get that reference.

So I’m a golfer ATHEART and this puz should INSPIRE me to get out a few more times this year.

BS2 12:31 PM  


I am SORTOF a TRAITOR, you SEE, ITOO went back on my OATH,
Now the wife HUSTLES down the WARPATH with a PITCHFORK for us both.


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