Human-shaped board game piece / SAT 1-7-23 / Bell of the synth-pop duo Erasure / Eco-centric college class, informally? / Bit of casino restaurant fare? / Word at the center of Rhode Island's flag / J. M. Barrie boatswain / Produced as digital currency / 1996 horror classic originally titled Scary Movie

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Constructor: Adam Aaronson

Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium

THEME: none 

Word of the Day: MEEPLE (43D: Human-shaped board game piece) —
meeple is the playing piece or token in a board game, usually having an extremely stylized human form. The word meeple comes from blending the words my and people. A word consisting of blended words is called a portmanteau. Meeple was coined in the year 2000 by Alison Hansel to describe the wooden figures in the game Carcassonne. Since the year 2000, the term meeple has spread to describe the token in any board game, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015. The plural form of meeple may be rendered as meeple or meeples. (
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Yeah, this was definitely the Friday puzzle, or at least more the Friday puzzle than the actual Friday puzzle was. The NW (i.e. the start) and the SE gave me some trouble, but not too much, and the rest of it fell like a souflée would fall if I made a souflée, for sure (though one of my New Year's resolutions is to cook more, so maybe unfallen souflées are in the cards for me, who knows!?). This puzzle also had the whoosh-whoosh that I look for / want / expect on a Friday, with longer answers just shooting everywhere, pew pew pew. I mean, look at this opening—this is less than a minute after I got the NW corner under control:
AT A MINIMUM led quickly to STAND-UP GUY and "DID YOU HEAR...?" Just a lovely, lively set of longer answers comes pouring out of that NW corner. They aren't all stunners, but, well, one of them literally is STUNNERS, and they're all really very good. Being able to get feelers into every quadrant early seemed to bode well for my likely solving success and ... bode well it did. It boded, alright. Harbingered and omened and boded. I destroyed the NE section so fast I had ITALIAN LIT all the way filled in before I ever even saw the (great) clue (33A: Eco-centric college class, informally?)—Umberto Eco is the "Eco" here. They hid the capital "E" on you and everything. Wicked. But not wicked, I guess, in that I never even had to struggle with it. Still a good clue. The SW was about as easy as the NE. Which leaves the SE, where ... OK, look. I don't play modern board games, or board games at all, so my having no clue about MEEPLE (a common term if you play said games) is irrelevant here. What is relevant to anyone with ears and a sense of how words work is—how in the world is that term a singular!? Who let that happen? That is a collective term. It comes from the blending of "my" and "people," so GOSH DARN IT, who turned that term singular, and why did the rest of you not say, "No, David [I assume that was the culprit's name], we are not doing that." And it looks like SHEEPLE, too, ugh, it's so awful (esp. as a singular). MEEPLE—OK (though still uncomfortably infantilizing) as a collective, but completely ****ing ridiculous in the singular (at least one person on Reddit agrees with me, so I feel vindicated) (I assume MEEPLE was clued in the singular because, well, this is Friday and they wanted to **** with us non-gamers. Wait, is it ... "gamers"? Are board game players also (like video game players) gamers? Well, you're all MEEPLE to me now. I mean, MEEPLE, what in the world ...?)

I grew up with Cookie Monster and today is the first I'm hearing that he is named SID (57D: Cookie Monster's real name). Sigh. "C" is for "Cookie," and that is, indeed, good enough for me. You could've put any three-letter name there and I'd've had the same reaction, i.e. [shrug] OK, whatever. As for THE U. ... Miami? Lots of universities are referred to "casually" as THE U. The University of Minnesota, for instance. All over the Twin Cities it's just "casually" called THE U. I'm sure there is some college football angle here that makes Miami THE more iconic U., but I still say 'bah' to this clue. The MEEPLE / SID / THEU onslaught made parsing THESE PARTS really hard for a little bit there. This was the source of most of my post-getting-started difficulty today. Very, very localized trouble. The NW and the SE: THESE PARTS were kinda tough. The rest, not even close.

Loved the clue on TIN. I think I actually laughed at its resigned self-awareness (22A: Only chemical element whose name fits this answer's length). Like, "It's an element, it's three letters, you've only got one option, genius." It's good when clues taunt you. I was thrilled to see ANDY Bell—kind of niche, as music names go, but right up my alley, as Erasure played on my stereo a *lot* in my first years of college. And if ANDY Bell is "obscure" to those who never cared about '80s / '90s college-radio synth-pop, he's only four letters and the crosses are extremely fair and it's Saturday, so there. 

I started this puzzle with "NOT IT!" / "TMI!" where "GOOSE!" / "EEK!" are supposed to be (1D: Kids' game cry / 21A: "Yikes!"). I don't normally "enjoy" starting so badly, but that particular pair of mistakes made me laugh, particularly the TMI-for-["Yikes!"] bit. Pretty creative answer, I thought. I love the SCARE AWAY / SCREAM / EEK! collective, though I guess I don't love EEK! and EKED in the same grid. A minor flaw. Overall, tasty, not GAMY, thumbs-up, see you tomorrow.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld 

P.S. a single BAKED CLAM is ... odd (11D: Bit of casino restaurant fare?). I think the clue is referring to the dish "clams casino" (?), which, according to, are "clams on the half shell typically topped with bacon, bread crumbs, green pepper, and Parmesan cheese and baked or broiled." (my emph.)

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Anonymous 12:16 AM  

Great puzzle, loved seeing Ken JENNINGS, Umberto Eco, and learning John VENN -- of course a set theorist!

Melrose 12:18 AM  

A good fight, fun misdirections. Very slow start for me, walked away from it for a while, didn’t think I’d finish, then returned and it all came together. Northeast the last to fall. Yay!

Joe Dipinto 12:34 AM  

Some restaurants give you the option of ordering a single clam casino. They know that occasionally you really can't handle more than one. Have two, you'd turn into Mr. Creosote.

jae 12:34 AM  

Easy. @Rex - Yes, this is yesterday’s puzzle! MEEPLE, THE U, and SID, ANDY, and HOPE (as clued) were WOEs, but the rest was pretty breezy. Very smooth and very solid with some sparkle and a couple of fine long downs, liked it.

Anonymous 12:44 AM  

Very easy, for a Saturday. Anyone understand why BAKEDCLAM was a question mark? Perhaps I've spend too much time in casino buffet lines.

okanaganer 1:15 AM  

Just a great mix of longer answers. For 38 across "He's a mensch" I had REGULAR GUY. But then I decided the answer to 23 down "policy at some bars" was NO TIES (that is my kind of bar!!) I changed it to AVERAGE GUY. Still wrong!!

For 56 across "Here, to locals" looking at --------TS I put in HEREABOUTS even though I knew better.

[Spelling Bee: Fri 0, my last word was this familiar 4. I'm on a nice 3 day mini QB streak!]

egsforbreakfast 1:23 AM  

Was it the soprano’s gun that killed him?

Who undresses SUNDRESSES? Let no man put asunder asundress.

I guess @Anoa would have to call 11D (BAKEDCLAM) a SOC (Singular of Convenience).

There was a delicious feel to my solve. I started out with a considerable lack of success. I was feeling almost desperate with how few answers were occurring to me. But gradually it built to a rollicking crescendo. Thanks, Adam Aaronson.

Lojman 2:59 AM  

Very nice puzzle!

During this year’s Super Bowl, when players do their little video intros, surely one will be an alum of Miami and will introduce himself with: “firstname, lastname, The U.” It’s a thing. A goofy thing, but definitely a thing.

Anonymous 5:20 AM  

Wonderful puzzle. So smooth, felt fresh, my favorite in awhile.

Anonymous 5:22 AM  

i know you won't read this but yes, Miami is iconically 'the U' - and i say this as a new yorker. the 30 for 30 about Miami's college football team is called 'The U' for example.

Robin 5:54 AM  

I finished this Saturday a minute and half faster than the Friday, which I solved in less than half the time then that fricking Thursday took. So I'm counting it as easy-peasy.

Member of my family attended U. Miami and Miami U., so, whatever.

Conrad 6:11 AM  

Any Saturday when I don’t need help from Sergey & Larry is a good Saturday. Hands up for @Rex notit/tmi before GOOSE/EEK. MEEPLE was enough of a WOE that I was surprised when I typed in the M and got the happy tune. gOAd before COAX made PICS hard to see, but TENOR SAX fixed it up.

The University of Miami is perhaps more “U-ish” than other schools because the logo on their football helmets consists of a “U”.

OffTheGrid 6:41 AM  

This was fun and less difficult than some Saturdays, which is fine with me. Couldn't get a hold in NW so solved click-wise from NE. SEE-___(THRU) clue needed "var." added. THRU is of course a ubiquitous substitute for THRoUgh**. But I don't really think See-THRU is much of a thing. My other nit is the conflation of ADDICTS and enthusiasts. We don't really describe someone as a heroin enthusiast who crosses a line and becomes an ADDICT. ADDICTion is always a problem. Enthusiasm is really never a problem. I loved 56A Here, to locals/THESEPARTS, folksy and amusing to me.

**Saves three letters or keystrokes one can use elsewhere, so very useful abbr.

Anonymous 7:05 AM  

Loved this puzzle despite the ease. The answers felt fresh and lively. This is what I come to NYT for!

Wanderlust 7:13 AM  

The corny IOWA joke made me think about other options. I’d tell you a joke about Indiana but it’s too racy. I told a joke about Kansas but it fell flat. DID YOU HEAR the gossip about Florida? It’s quite juicy. Did you hear the latest news about Alaska? It’s really big.

Any DADS out there, feel free to offer your own.

This went really fast for me too. Only the NW gave me any trouble at all. After everything else was done, I had only AT A MINIMUM up there. But a few good guesses on other downs got me GOSH DARN IT and OUT OF TOUCH. Not a PR for a Saturday but close.

andrew 7:50 AM  

Was stuck on MaNuALWORK, thinking THa U was some cool way to call THEU and Cookie Monster name was SuD (why couldn’t it be?)

Had I done more MENTALWORK, would have seen the error of my ways. Oh well, an enjoyable Saturday with fresh phrases and not a lot of PPP.

(But agree with Rex - TMI would have been perfect for “yIkes”…)

mathgent 7:53 AM  

Great puzzle. Eighteen sparklers, 18 longs, minimum threes, plenty of crunch. My first time through the clues only yielded JENNINGS.

My biggest kick was seeing that 38A might end GUY and boldly writing in STANDUPGUY.

Son Volt 8:24 AM  

Had some fun with this - maybe not Stumper level but well done nonetheless. The grid itself is elegant with the use of those Tetris blocks. The Eco clue was fantastic and liked IN THESE PARTS and IN THE LOOP.

My wife scoffs at the idea of a single BAKED CLAM but thought the casino tie-in was cute. THE U definitely stems from their early football glory with Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson - producing a ton of future all pros. Liked DM and Yaz but not Erasure.

@pablo and bocamp - the Stumper today is more segmented and abstract in its cluing - from a constructor I don’t think I’ve seen before. Gettable but you’ll need more effort.

Enjoyable Saturday solve.

Dar Williams

Anonymous 8:32 AM  

Cookie Monster... Missed opportunity for Henson, etal.. Chip... The name should be Chip!

Twangster 8:32 AM  

Started with ONEATATIME for "How hors d'oeuvres are served," which shares many similar letters with ONAPLATTER and is funnier.

kitshef 8:34 AM  

Much easier than yesterday’s.

Very clever clues for BAKED CLAM and ITALIAN LIT.


Anonymous 8:36 AM  

ANDY Bell is absolutely a gimme for me, but even if not, the crosses were fair and the name is common enough that you could probably guess it with a couple letters filled in.
I know Rex thinks they're "niche" but their 200+ songs released and 28 millions albums sold (plus, they're still releasing albums and touring) would make it seem otherwise.

Also in agreement that this was the Friday puzzle and yesterday's weirdly-spelled proper name onslaught should've been the Saturday.

Anonymous 8:37 AM  

Amy: liked it, but found it tougher than Friday's. Love the Umberto Eco clue.

Anonymous 8:43 AM  

There’s a whole explanation at the end of the post

Anonymous 8:56 AM  

ANNA and ANNE were both in my brain before ANDY.

pabloinnh 8:58 AM  

Wanted to start with NOTIT but of course that didn't work and for the longest time I had TIN and not much else. Two Stumpers on a Saturday? But things eventually started appearing and I finished with relative ease. A HERO'S journey indeed, which was the last thing to fall, even though I have read more than a few things that fit the description.

Major hold up with TACOMA before HELENA. Sort of in the right part of the country at least.

MEEPLE is a real thing, it seems, and I'll never cease to be amazed at the number of different ways there are to clue ICET.

@wanderlust-The old joke in THESEPARTS is, "New Hampshire, don't take it for granite".
Also the variation of the license plate motto-"Live freeze and die". Not this year though.

Absolutely Amusing Saturday, AA, and thanks for all the fun.

Off to the Stumper, which sounds daunting.

Anonymous 9:00 AM  

Minnesotan here. I got hung up on “THEU” because I figured all state universities are called that, but I really needed almost all the letters for “GOOSE.”

My brain: Why are kids shouting “goose” in a game?
My brain much later: Oh! It’s gray duck!

SouthsideJohnny 9:11 AM  

Needed Rex to explain the clue for BAKED CLAM, which in retrospect is a pretty good one. I would also count the clue for SCARE AWAY (Drive off) among the highlights today.

Agree with Rex regarding the whole THEU, VENN, SID, MEEPLE situation. They also added in ENTRE, Guy Fawkes and one of their “capital of a random county” or “seat of so and so county” clues so in the end that section, while having the NYT’s fingerprints all over it, is not NYT-worthy in my opinion.

SMEE AND EERO are two friends that I only know from CrossWorld - although I always want Snee and EEnO for some reason.

Wanderlust 9:25 AM  

Four more: I had a joke about Hawaii but it’s way out there. I tried to come up with one for Rhode Island but there’s just not much there. I’ve got one for Louisiana that is quite steamy. I finally came up with one for Oklahoma but I wish I’d thought of it Sooner.

I’m sorry! I can’t stop until I get to 50!

bocamp 9:30 AM  

Thx, Adam, for this smooth Sat. construction! :)


Couldn't get a foothold in the NW, so headed east and started with DAD'S root beer. Moved down, around and up to finish in the NW.

Pretty much breezed THRU this one, thx to fair crosses.

Took a moment to grok the CLAM connection with 'casino', i.e., dollars.

Still don't get 'Eco-centric' for ITALIAN LIT, nor 'Go green' for ROT. Will look forward to reading the commentariat for clarification.

Fave clue was for ATMS.

Have learned to think horizontally, rather than vertically, e.g., a piano keyboard, to quickly suss out the 'above/below' notes.

Currently watching Downton Abbey, featuring lots of 'hors d'oeuvre' PLATTERS.

Speaking of STUNNERS, the 'Miracle on Ice' from the 1980 Winter Olympics immediately came to mind.


"Unalaska (Aleut: Iluulux̂;[4] Russian: Уналашка) is the chief center of population in the Aleutian Islands. The city is in the Aleutians West Census Area, a regional component of the Unorganized Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Unalaska is located on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands off mainland Alaska. The population was 4,254 at the 2020 census, which is 81% of the entire Aleutians West Census Area.[5] Unalaska is the second largest city in the Unorganized Borough, behind Bethel." (Wikipedia)

Enjoyed today's stroll THRU the park. :)

On to Lars G. Doubleday's Sat. Stumper. 🤞 (hi @Son Volt, pablo, kitshef, et al)
Peace 🕊 🇺🇦 ~ Compassion ~ Tolerance ~ Kindness to all 🙏

Anonymous 9:54 AM  

At least in a college football context, when someone says "THE U" they mean Miami. The logo on their helmets is a "U", fans make a "U" symbol with their hands, and their ESPN 30 For 30 documentary is called "The U". Maybe a little silly, but a lot of college football is (that's why it's so fun!)

Bryhove 9:55 AM  

ESPN Documentary on "The U"

RooMonster 10:04 AM  

Hey All !
SID. Who knew? Talk about deep level knowledge of Sesame Street. Next you'll tell me Big Birds name is HELENA.

Good puz. Initially stuck in every section, as per usual for a SatPuz, but managed to finish in a faster time than normal for me (23 1/2 minutes).

Another EERO? Wow. That's becoming the new OREO. Har. Didn't know EERO was such a popular name.

Had PLASMA__, and wanted UV or somesuch there, as the ole brain decided to insert "television" into the clue. Silly brain. Once I got THEU, I put in TV, reread clue to see that no, it didn't have "television" in it. GOSHDARNIT.

Originally had UOFF (U OF F) for THE U, waiting to hear the kerfuffle that would've caused.

SCREAM originally called Scary Movie. Har. SCREAM was a spoof (although well done, not campy) of slasher filmed, and Scary Movie was a spoof if SCREAM (campy). Good stuff.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone.

One F

burtonkd 10:06 AM  

Thanks Rex for the Baked Clams question mark explanation.

I had a wrong answer that led to "chores, typically" being womensWORK. I've been reading Rex too long, and considered the editors might have let that go.

I backed into the fabulous Eco clue. I looked at the puzzle, and Italian fit for the lit - then read the clue for a great aha!

Thinking of LMS with her love of evolving language: @egs, your use of the "crescendo" is my particular pet peeve, being a musician. People say "it built, then reached a crescendo". The building IS the crescendo. I see that everywhere now, so I may just have to accept that it has a technical meaning and a metaphorical meaning. Just like "literal" has the accepted meaning of metaphorical or for emphasis, as in "I was literally killing it out there".

Whatsername 10:10 AM  

Can’t help wishing we could get a Saturday this smooth EVERY TIME but I’ll take it even for one day. Loved the combo of the long stacks and long downs too. THESE PARTS, OUT OF TOUCH, STANDUP GUY, DID YOU HEAR. Just bursting with originality. Dare I say a STUNNER? Thanks Adam. It’s nice to do a fun Saturday that’s not so hard it makes me want to SCREAM for a change.

Aaron 10:13 AM  

I wonder if Minnesotans will struggle with getting GOOSE, having only ever played DUCK DUCK GRAY DUCK (or so I once learned years ago in college.)

B-money 10:15 AM  

Found this way easier than yesterday, and also a bit more fun. (A connection?)
Only struggle was the "M" in MEEPLE.

And clearly Rex is not a college football fan. That was no more esoteric than the 80s/90s pop star in the right hand corner whose name I have forgoten already but never heard of.

beverly c 10:17 AM  

Yay for MEEPLE!
Another fan of Umberto Eco.
Wanted “Well I heard…” for 27D.
Does the BAKEDCLAM clue refer to the slang use of clams? Or casino games being “baked?”

@bocamp - I sometimes pick up a lemon from my fruit basket and find the bottom is green and furry.
@wanderlust - Keep going! 😀

Barbara S. 10:22 AM  

A young and Star-Wars-savvy friend took me to task yesterday over my shocked response to YODA's death, clued in Friday's puzzle. (He sometimes reads this blog because he thinks it's funny.) He informed me that Yoda became one with the Force in Return of the Jedi, one of the films I've seen, so why was I getting all upset now? He impaled me with a look that said "This I Know." Oh dear. How to explain to the young the vagaries of the aging memory? (And heck, let's get real here: that movie came out 40 years ago!) Anyway, I promised I'd print a mea-culpa today and acknowledge that I must have known about Yoda all along. However, I'll also say: appropriate, for such a wise and benevolent character, two mourning periods seem. (Hi, N!)

Anonymous 10:23 AM  

5 Down: They’re just above C’s

It earns a grade of F in the three Rs.

Because every time you use an apostrophe to make a plural, a puppy dies.

bocamp 10:38 AM  

@beverly c (10:17 AM) 😊

Thx; I knew someone would come to the rescue! 🍋
Peace 🕊 🇺🇦 ~ Compassion ~ Tolerance ~ Kindness to all 🙏

Gary Jugert 10:43 AM  

@Smith 9:35 AM yesterday: I completely missed EMORY as it went in from crosses. Doubt I will ever forget it's near the CDC. Ha! Thanks for the reminder. Today's puzzle had STARK in it and they missed the opportunity to clue it as [Community college in Canton, Ohio, down the street from Dairy Queen.]

As usual needed to Go-ogle some of the people, but in so doing I learned a bit about set theory that will prove useless in the future. And as will happen, we get a Montana county clue -- like you do when you've given up on writing well.

Nice little puzzle. ITALIAN LIT was the last to go in after every single cross because it makes no sense to me, but I am sure 🦖 will explain.


1 Where one wallows alone after a promising evening gone wrong.
2 Those underclad coeds destined for the chainsaw.
3 Pleasant pirate.
4 "Do it or you're grounded."
5 How you know the joyous moment of springtime is upon us.
6 The belief wearing sunglasses on a miniature stage in a bar out by the railroad tracks isn't as ridiculous as it seems.
7 Knowing it'll be in C-sharp on the final theory exam.
8 My friends who oppose everything.


Newboy 10:52 AM  

Being sure of zealoTS off that STYE was a wonderful way to block seeing the obvious Ken, ALEUTS & DID YOU HEAR intersections! Trampolined around the grid until Umberto EChOed in my ear finally. Then began the MENIAL WORK to COAX out the other gimmes like Bill’s TENOR SAX, etc. All in all about what I expected from Young Master Aaronson whose Saturday grids always puzzle (though fairly).

Anonymous 10:56 AM  

As Rex said, this was a great Friday puzzle. Smooth, clever, fun, a pleasure to solve. It took me almost 2/3 the time of the actual Friday puzzle, which had way too much arcane PPP for my taste.

Anon@10:23, there's nothing wrong with using an apostrophe in that circumstance. It wasn't that long ago that the apostrophe was kind of standard IMO.

Wanderlust 10:58 AM  

Clearly, I am going to get nothing else done today even if no one actually reads these.

My joke about Utah is quite salty, but the one about North Dakota is really- and I mean really- cool. My joke about Georgia is peachy but the one about Pennsylvania is really bad, so steel yourself. Any jokes at all about New Hampshire should not be taken for granite (thanks, @pabloinnh!). My joke about Missouri is best told archly. And the one about Texas is great - I wouldn’t steer you wrong! And let me tell you, it was a bear coming up with a California joke.

I don’t know how much longer I can keep this up, but kind of like my joke about Colorado, it could get rocky.

Counting the Iowa original, that’s 18. Still a long way to go…

Smith 11:01 AM  

TIL who was the VENN of Venn Diagrams, set theorist, natch.

When I got 11D I was puzzled. Then thought of the comic BC (is it now called BCE?) and clams and thought maybe it's slang for losing badly... "really baked my clams last night"... it took less time to have the entire thought than to write it.

Other than that, lovely puzzle!

MickMcMick 11:04 AM  

I found this puzzle much more difficult than yesterday. I guess a lot depends on wealth of knowledge. Never heard of Meeple. Tenor sax and sundresses were the only gimme’s for. Great Saturday!

Camilita 11:06 AM  

Did this fast for me for a Saturday, at 22 minutes. The irony is I got stuck on ITALIAN LIT even though I was an Italian Lit major. The Name of the Rose came out (the English Translation) in 1983, when I was in Grad School (at SUNY Binghamton) and my Italian professors were so in love with that novel, they talked about it constantly.
Looking this up, it seems it came out in 1980. My professors acted like they read the Italian version, but they didn't read it until 1983. Hmmmm. Maybe once the English Translation came out, it made the best sellers list and that got their attention at that time.
Someone gave me Il Nome Della Rosa in Italian as a graduation gift in 1984, but it was too slow and difficult for me to read in Italian.
After all that, this clue stumped me, even after I had it from crosses, i didn't get the ECO. I guess my mind is starting to go! Along with my body but that's a story for another time!
I keep meaning to ask Rex if he knew Dr. Anthony Pellegrini, who was my professor at SUNY Binghamton and a world famous Dante Scholar. Since Rex teaches Dante at that same fine institution.
My biggest recollection of that school was the contant snow and puddles of melted snow INSIDE the entrance to the Library Tower, all the way through May.

Anonymous 11:07 AM  

I’m on a : hour bus ride Leicester to London, so I tried something new and solved this one on my phone. What an awful experience! It took two or three jabs of the finger to get the right space in the grid, and then it would jump around erratically.

As for football—I’m hoping the sad story of Damon Hamlin leads to its abolition at last. I’m certainly not going to memorize pet names for teams that can’t even manage to be in the right state.

I associate Hanna-Barbera with The Flinstones and other low-budget cartoons of the 50s, no idea they created Tom & Jerry, so I resisted that M.

Fine puzzle in retrospect, but I don’t think I’ll do another iPhone solve.


Nancy 11:20 AM  

A tough, "keep the faith" puzzle that I wasn't able to enter in the NW (other than EEK which was no help). I had to go all the way over to the homophonic EKED in the NW to get a toehold.

(This puzzle is clued with great difficulty, but EKED isn't. I actually don't think it's possible to write a tough clue for EKE or EKED. I know because I've tried on my own puzzles. Let me know if any of you can come up with a tough clue. I'll steal it.)

My biggest help in solving the puzzle was avoiding all of my initial thoughts. For "living under a rock," OsTriCH fit perfectly at the end of 14A, but I didn't write it in because I didn't have the first 3 letters. OUT OF TOUCH came in much later.

I also avoided writing in ON CRACKERS for the hors d'oeuvres clue-- which I was happy about when the answer turned out to be ON A PLATTER.

I needed plenty of crosses for my own name which I could not get off of just the EEK.

Are there really restaurants with a NO TIeS policy?

I had the V and guessed VENN -- only because I've heard of the diagram.

MEEPLE???!!! I mean really!

There were a few easy clues: BED (or was it COT?); JENNINGS; TENOR SAX; IN THE LOOP (or was it IN THE KNOW?) -- and after I finally solved, the puzzle looked easier than it had seemed along the way. But along the way I found it to be a worthy and very enjoyable Saturday challenge.

A Grimwade 11:24 AM  

Guy Fawkes Night is fireworks and bonfires and burning Guy Fawkes in effigy. Not a mask to be seen.

Joseph Michael 11:28 AM  

Top notch puzzle. Loved it.

A few suggestions for clue edits:

What Kevin McCarthy said after the 1st vote: NADA
What Kevin McCarthy said after the 3rd vote: NUTS
What Kevin McCarthy said after the 5th vote: GOSH DARN IT
What Kevin McCarthy said after the 7th vote: EVERY TIME
What Kevin McCarthy said after the 9th vote: EEK
What Kevin McCarthy did after the 11th vote: SCREAM
What Kevin McCarthy felt after the 12th vote: OUT OF TOUCH
What Kevin McCarthy felt after the 13th vote: DOOM
What Kevin McCarthy felt after the 14th vote: HOPE
What Kevin McCarthy became after the 15th vote: MEEPLE

webwinger 11:29 AM  

I’ve made this point before here, but not for a while, and since no one else on the blog ever seems to, here goes again:

My regular solving partner is a guy named G. O. Ogle, whose strengths are perfectly complementary to mine. He’s no help at all when clues feature clever misdirection (agree that Eco-centric and casino clams were excellent examples today), but boy does he know his way around PPP. Largely as a result of this collaboration, yesterday’s puzzle went down more easily for us by a good bit than today’s, on which we had a close to average Saturday time. I DO NOT CALL THIS CHEATING, any more than I would say using a calculator when solving a math problem is cheating. (I do eschew hits that are clearly xword specific, which seem wrong in spirit.) This collaboration saves human me a lot of time while adding to my enjoyment of the activity, and no harm done to anyone.

Wanderlust 11:30 AM  

Naturally, my Delaware joke is the first one that came to mind.

My Idaho joke is half-baked, and my Montana joke borders on Loonie.

My joke about Virginia is for lovers of bad puns.

My joke about the Nutmeg state didn’t really connect with audiences so I cut it.

Wow, my Alabama joke puts me on a roll - a tidal roll!

I will try not to badger you with too many more - except for my Wisconsin joke, that is.

Halfway there now!

Whatsername 11:31 AM  

@Wanderlust: Loving your stately remarks. Keep ‘em coming! 😂

egsforbreakfast 11:39 AM  

@Nancy. How about “Dyslexics’ fright” for EKE?

RooMonster 11:40 AM  

Hey @Nancy,
How about - It's often on the out? - as your tough EKE clue? Or tweak it as needed.

RooMonster Hasn't A Clue Guy

lit.doc 12:08 PM  

Yes there are meeples, but there are also peeples. Google it. And "Top Cat" was also a Hanna-Barbara production. Gotta throw a flag on that one.

J.W. 12:09 PM  

It used to be a thing for certain steakhouses that made a point of their carefree looseness to cut off your tie if you walked in with one. It was a part of an early episode of Frasier (maybe even the first, but the memory is foggy now). I'm sure a number of complaints have put that gimmick asunder by now.

Masked and Anonymous 12:18 PM  

Primo nickname, THEU.
Had to get started over in the more compact, M&A-brain-friendly NE. Then STUNNERS and JENNINGS allowed the solvequest to branch out to other parts. Good, feisty SatPuz.

ITALIANLIT has one of them SatPuz-only type of clues. And only a handful of such clues, max, even on a SatPuz, Shortzmeister. (Don't make us come down there.)

Some fave stuff: GOSHDARNIT. OUTOFTOUCH. MASKS. SCREAM & SCAREAWAY. INTHELOOP. MEEPLE [somethin U don't see often, in THESEPARTS]. DIDYOUHEAR. STYE clue [for medicinal purposes only].

staff weeject pick: SID. We have a close friend named SID, and will now give him grief, for not keepin us INTHELOOP, about his Cookie Monster roots.

Liked the SCREAM schlock flick reference. We watched a coupla nice, weird schlock flicks last night at our regular FriNite Schlockfest. One of em, "Cabin in the Woods", was extra raised-by-wolves-good. Just recommendin. The other one was Italian with Christopher Lee and subtitles and tried hard but mostly just came off as pitifully funny, to us. Ditto on the House Speaker vote show, which we watched a little bit of, after the two other schlock features.

Thanx for the themeless fun, Mr. Aaronson dude. Real good job.

Masked & Anonym007Us


Wanderlust 12:19 PM  

My Nevada joke is sinfully entertaining.

You’re Raleigh going to like my North Carolina joke.

My Tennessee joke has a soulful, country kind of humor.

My Wyoming joke is a whole new rodeo.

Honestly, my Massachusetts joke is hahdly worth telling.

You may not cotton to my Mississippi joke.

Now I am really in a rush to tell more jokes, like the one about South Dakota.

Tom T 12:19 PM  

The streak continues--5 consecutive Saturdays solved in roughly 25 minutes (less than half my Saturday "average" time, and both faster and more successful than the corresponding 5 Fridays (which included 2 dnf's).

Really enjoyed this ride.

Dropped in OUT OF TOUCH as my first answer which eliminated the "not it" misdirection.

Read 33A clue as Ego-centric (instead of Eco) and figured there was some silliness going on with the I in ITALIAN--hah!

Minor nit at 56A: Here, to locals, is IN THESE PARTS! THESE PARTS would refer to items at the butcher or auto repair shop.

Heard a funny joke about Georgia--it was a real peach.

MEEPLE had to start with the M, because Tom T has a brother named Jerry, and we were kids in the heyday of the classic Hanna-Barbera duo, 42A!

Carola 12:24 PM  

Gosh darn it, While the puzzle seems to have been served up on a platter for many of you, my brain was totally out of touch with the constructor's sensibility. Out of the gate I could come up with nothing but chicken feed: BED, DADS, TIN, HEM, after that advancing all the way to four-letters: STYE, SMEE, GAMY, EERO. Anyway. It took me forever to get the long entries. A fair fight, and one that was fun to win. Love the Eco and casino clues.

Do-overs: not it, IN THE know, tacomA. No idea: VENN, MEEPLE. Most ridiculous: ON A PLATTER.

@Wanderlust, I'm enjoying your take on the fifty nifty United States. This Badger thought you might go with cheesy.

Nancy 12:25 PM  

@Gary Jugert (10:43) -- No, that community college near Dairy Queen is NOT the best way to clue it!!

Anonymous 12:31 PM  

Someone told me a joke about New Jersey, but it stinks.

Joe Dipinto 12:34 PM  

@Nancy – here's a cryptic clue:

"Manage to stretch small headless Chinese toy" (3)

p.s. I got the noon Phrazle in 1 :-)

The Joker 12:47 PM  

@Wanderlust. I have some jokes about Arizona and New Mexico if you like dry humor.

pmdm 12:54 PM  

Kind of liked the puzzle. Not much to say about it, but I agree with Adam that THEU is a pretty odd entry.

From yesterday, I enjoyed DiPinto's reply. I seem to remember the incident. I remember going to a ballet program in BAM where dancers were dancing to a musically minimalistic composition. They "danced" in circles for the whole piece and seemed to be topless, but I sat far enough away to not see very clearly.

By the way, should have mentioned Du Pré as a cellist I listened to while growing up. Such a shame her career was shortened by her tragic illness.

Wanderlust 12:56 PM  

You’re right - simpler and better!

J.W. 12:58 PM  

I never correct people's spelling these days, as it's never taken in the right spirit, even when it isn't motivated by ugliness, to say nothing of it also often being classist, ableist, etc. But given that you're a cruciverbalist and also, if I have read right, have a day job involving teaching something to do with English, I think you can take me telling you this: it's soufflé.

The dawning of realization on ITALIAN LIT elicited the biggest, loudest "oh my GOD" I've let out in a while. Top-tier clue.

MEEPLE is whatever. I'll probably never use it myself, though not out of distaste. It just seems unnecessary. And no, board game players are not "gamers". That's a word that is now irreversibly loaded with certain connotations about attitude and ethical slant that applies exclusively to a certain breed of video game player (one that, as someone who plays his fair share of video games, I can tell you, should be avoided like the plague).

I like DOOM crossing SHROOMS. Sounds like a bad trip.

Liked D FLATS too. Anything that activated the old band nerd brain gives me a small thrill.

"Hordeolum" (28D) is one of those great unnecessarily clinical words that inevitably take up permanent residence in my brain. Same sort of vibe as "horripilations" for goosebumps.

SE was tough. Had THESE PARTS, thought it was wrong, so deleted it, was pleased when it turned out to be right.

This one had just the right amount of crunch for a themeless. My progression was nearly identical to egsforbreakfast's. That's how I like 'em. I think today's and yesterday's both could run either day and really it's down to the subjective tastes of the editor doing the deciding.

Nancy 1:04 PM  

That is so, so good, Joe!!! I don't know if the NYT would accept it -- they use cryptic-ish clues from time to time, but not pure cryptics, it would seem. But it's definitely the best EKE clue that I've ever seen.

Which leads me to ask: why aren't you creating your own puzzles, Joe? You would seem to have all the needed talents. And if you have neither the patience nor aptitude for working out a grid, you can always collaborate as I do.

I got the second Phrazle in 2. No matter how well I do, you always do better. Always. (Sigh.)

Wanderlust 1:08 PM  

I am truly mining the depths of humor with my West Virginia joke.

My New Mexico joke got a chile reception, and my Oregon joke really cratered.

Ironically, my New Jersey joke is actually old hat.

My Nebraska joke is just plains silly.

I never Seattle when it comes to humor about Washington.

Wright-Young 1:10 PM  

At first I had a “PPP phooey” attitude here, but I hopped around picking off answers and finished declaring, “Fun!”
Nice taut puzzle!

Photomatte p 1:21 PM  

Sorry, Miami, but the University of Utah is the real "The U," as anyone who's ever been to SLC knows. While we're on the subject of inappropriate collegiate names, why does every former Buckeye refer to their school as "The Ohio State University," when all their jerseys, hats, hoodies, etc all say, simply, "Ohio State University," or else they just say OSU? If these pedants really want to insist their school be called "The Ohio State University," they need to change all their apparel so it has TOSU stitched on it. Whenever they're playing on tv, the graphics team needs to have TOSU on the screen.
Meeple? That's a first

Teedmn 1:27 PM  

This Saturday-ed nicely for me due to the NW. Dye for "Go green, perhaps" and raTS for "Shoot!" held it up along with my conviction that if "Shoot!" was raTS in one answer, then 1A had to be using "Shoot!" in its "go ahead and ask me" meaning. Wrong, GOSH DARN IT! But eventually, EEK and finally seeing SCREAM from ___AM, got me past that.

For the rest, only zealoTS before ADDICTS (quickly changed due to no knowledge of an Unalaskan people starting with Z) really caused a hang-up.

Thanks, Adam Aaronson, it's always nice to see your byline on a puzzle.

Anonymous 1:34 PM  

Perfect! Thank you for the hilarious connection to the insanity that is our current political nightmare - I fear the worst is yet to come.

Not a playa 1:36 PM  

Since the clue is singular, should the answer be MERSON?

Camilita 1:39 PM  

@joe dipinto 12:34 does the 3 mean its a 3 letter word? Cause I solved half of it but it's a longer word than 3

Suzie 2:10 PM  

I found this puzzle shockingly easy for a Saturday, so I just came by to make sure I wasn't the only one bugged by "meeple" being singular. (I DO play a lot of board games and I've never heard this term. Guess my board-gamer friends aren't up on the lingo.)

puzzlehoarder 2:20 PM  

About the same amount of time to solve as yesterday's puzzle. I initially bounced off of the phrases in the NW and started in the NE with DADS supported by EKED.

Those first three letters of STUNNERS we're a mystery to me and I had to backfill the NW off of _FLATS and ATAMINIMUM.

The SW was probably the easiest section. We just had a SPY vs. Spy clue. Interestingly I thought the previous appearance of SHROOMS was recent but it was back in August of '18.

My final entry was the M of TOM and MEEPLE. I just didn't think Hanna-Barbera went back that far and MEEPLE was a WOE. It ought to be in the Scrabble dictionary. It would make a great bingo.

@Nancy, I guessed VENN off the V also.

SB: Sun-Fri -0

ChEDave 2:26 PM  

The official name is “The Ohio State University”, blame the legislature. Actually had a thesis rejected because I left off “The” on the title page!

ChEDave 2:30 PM  

Meeple is a thing. Games that involve worker placement use the term. And yes, I am a board gamer.

Regarding “The U”, if you follow college sports, it is Miami. Some locals may refer to a college by the term, but nationally there is only one school.

Wanderlust 2:30 PM  

Love it! And I don’t have Arizona yet

Wanderlust 2:34 PM  

Accidentally posted this in the wrong place so adding it here to keep it in the thread:

I am truly mining the depths of humor with my West Virginia joke.

My New Mexico joke got a chile reception, and my Oregon joke really cratered.

Ironically, my New Jersey joke is actually old hat.

My Nebraska joke is just plains silly.

I never Seattle when it comes to humor about Washington.

Wanderlust 2:57 PM  

I actually had to go out and live life for a while but I am back and determined to gopher more jokes, like the one about Minnesota.

You don’t like my Maryland joke? Oh, stop being so crabby.

My Michigan joke is truly the Cadillac of comedy.

I’ll admit my Vermont joke is kind of syrupy.

If you like Erie humor, you’ll love my Ohio joke. But if you have a dry sense of humor, you’ll like my Arizona joke better (thanks @The Joker)

Only six to go!

egsforbreakfast 3:07 PM  

@Wanderlust. I’m amazed at the state of your jokes. I’m equally amazed at the jokes of your states.

Nancy 3:10 PM  

A heads up for people who do the Variety puzzles in the Sunday Mag. Will Shortz's wonderful set of three puzzles, BUILDING BLOCKS, contains a printing error in Building Block #2.

You'll think you're losing your mind -- but you're not. Trust your own instincts. Everyone's talking about the error over on Wordplay, but it seems everyone managed to figure out the puzzle on their own anyway -- despite the error.

Joe Dipinto 3:25 PM  

@Gio 1:39 – yes that's what it means. It's the word that @Nancy at 11:30 invited us to come up with a tough clue for. (As a cryptic clue, mine couldn't be used in a regular x-word.)

Wanderlust 3:30 PM  

Accidentally posted these below so adding them here to keep the string intact:

I am truly mining the depths of humor with my West Virginia joke.

My New Mexico joke got a chile reception, and my Oregon joke really cratered.

Ironically, my New Jersey joke is actually old hat.

My Nebraska joke is just plains silly.

I never Seattle when it comes to humor about Washington.

Deb Sweeney 3:52 PM  

"""Lots of universities are referred to "casually" as THE U. The University of Minnesota, for instance. All over the Twin Cities it's just "casually" called THE U."""

So true Rex so true. Four of my children have attended "The U"

Also the correct answer for one down is GREY DUCK. Five letters, my foot.

Wanderlust 4:15 PM  

My Kentucky joke takes me into the homestretch!

A joke about Maine? Sounds fishy to me.

I had a joke about Carolina, but it went South fast.

They think my jokes are razor-sharp, back in Arkansas.

In the Land of Lincoln, though, they think my jokes are just an ill noise.

And finally, in the Borscht Belt, they just love my catty skills in telling jokes about New York.

Whew. That makes 50!

kitshef 4:28 PM  

@Son Volt, pabloinnh, bocamp. Stumper I thought was fairly accessible today, although as is often the case I had a one-letter DNF (25D/33A cross).

Joe Dipinto 5:03 PM  

@Nancy – I just came upon the error in Building Blocks #2. You can solve the whole rest of the puzzle and it will become obvious at the end, so it's not really a huge problem. But geez.

Re your 1:04 post, I don't have any interest in creating a regular x-word. I would never be able to think of a good theme. I did make a cryptic once, which was fun, but there was a problem spot I couldn't quite fix. I might attempt another one though.

bocamp 5:29 PM  

@kitshef re: Sat. Stumper:

Agreed re: 'accessibility'; my snag is at 1A / 3D. No idea what the missing letter might be. Running the alphabet has borne no fruit, so I'd say I'm looking at a dnf, in any event. :(
Peace 🕊 🇺🇦 ~ Compassion ~ Tolerance ~ Kindness to all 🙏

Okdbiznadk 5:51 PM  

Really liked this puzzle. Just found it a bit unbalanced. Ran through 75% then came the SW. Glad I finally parsed it but for a while thought I’d end up with a big old DNF.

Tom’s is also a treat. I think Rex will hate it.

kitshef 6:01 PM  

@Whatersname - What about Guam, USVI, Northern Marianas Islands, Puerto Rico, American Samoa? And I guess DC - full points only if you can avoid mentioning the government.

@bocamp: Funnily enough, 3D was my entry!

@Nancy - thanks for the heads up. I probably would have beat my head against the wall for a long time on the building blocks.

Mr. Benson 6:01 PM  

Any complaints about THEU are misplaced. If the clue referred to “The U” and the answer were Miami, OK, some local state schoolers might have some beef. But it’s the other way around, and there’s no denying that “The U” is a term they casually use for a Miami school.

JC66 6:10 PM  


I'm surprised you didn't think of the space station.

other David 6:18 PM  

Well yeah, the "casino" connection with clams is cute, but any casino has a real kitchen and the only place you'll be getting clams casino from an oven is at your friend's card game in a home. If you're in a casino, or restaurant, your clams casino will have been stuck under the salamander to broil, and your baked stuffed clams (think chopped clams with herbs and breadcrumbs pressed into a clam shell) will be baked in the oven. So you'll get a baked clam in a casino buffet, but you'll also get broiled clams casino. (What do you call a singular clams casino?)

Not that I care... Very nice puzzle today.

Except Meeple. Not a word and, if it is, it's ugly to look at, ugly to say, and ugly to hear. Just stop it.

that's all

dgd 6:24 PM  

About addict, that is the way people talk, so it is a valid clue. It is used al the time : I am addicted to Free Cell. I have played it
200,000 times in 12 years, says the counter. (Unfortunately true about me) you might not like it but that is language.

Made in Japan 6:42 PM  

Great puzzle! My one complaint was the clue for MINED. Mining for crypto is the ridiculous practice of using huge amounts of energy to run useless calculations as a sacrifice to the crypto-gods in order to be blessed with precious digital money. One could perhaps make the same argument about the minting of coins, particularly the penny, which should have gone out with the telegram, but the use of resources there is a fraction of what crypto-miners use.

There. I'm done with my rant.

Brian Canes 6:45 PM  

Go Canes!

J.W. 7:30 PM  

The clue specified a duo, though...

Anoa Bob 7:35 PM  

1A GOSH DARN IT reminded me of Al Franken's Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley. I thought it was part of one of Smalley's self-affirmations but it was actually "doggone it" as in "I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!"

I like the juxtaposition of 14A OUT OF TOUCH with 30D IN THE LOOP. Nice TOUCH.

I checked with Cousin Google and it's "baked clams" or "clams" casino" so agree with @egs singular of convenience (SOC) call on 11D BAKED CLAM. Also on display were several plurals of convenience (POC). There's even one that is in super-POC territory. That's a POC that also facilitates other POCs, here 61A SUNDRESSES. It's plural itself plus it facilitates four other POCs ATMS, LAWS, HEROS and MASKS. The mother of all super POCs is ASSESSES. I see at that it has been in the NYTXW nine times in the Shortz era.

Shirley 10:22 PM  

I thought it might be wordplay, clam being slang for money

JC66 10:32 PM  


You jest.😂

Anonymous 10:53 PM  

None of you geniuses who 'got' the italianlit-eco clue ever explained it. Perhaps you didn't and are just faking? I'm still lost.

NOTIPS - show me a bar or restaurant who does this. One near us tried it a couple years ago and it lasted a couple months. Now I find every takeout joint, or just about any store with a counter has a tip jar.

Funny I didn't get early flat screes as PLASMA TV - I am still using one!!!

Who TF is Guy Fawkes?? (not even worth googling to me. Sorry, Guy)

Eventually finished, but not happy with many answers that seemed unnatural language. When was the last time you described your neighborhood as 'THESEPARTS'?? I know MENIAL LABOR before MENIAL WORK. And as an old school solver, EERO has always been SAARINEN.

Anonymous 12:12 AM  

“Umberto Eco is the ‘Eco’ here” is a direct quote from the write-up. As for Guy Fawkes, I don’t know what to tell you, but maybe u should Google?

Anonymous 4:17 AM  

Apostrophe in that case is not necessary. "Cs" is the plural; "C's" is the possessive.

Anonymous 4:47 AM  

Even better, the University of Utah is The UU! Gotcha, Miami! 😉

Anonymous 4:49 AM  

Good one! Not a playa - are you shore? 😉

Anonymous 6:48 AM  

I’m just not getting how DFLATS are “just above C’s”. What am I missing?
Isn’t Bflat above C?

Anonymous 10:08 AM  

Very clever, thank you, that was fun.

Anonymous 11:00 AM  

The University of Miami - The U - is in Florida. Miami University is in Ohio.

Anonymous 12:58 PM  

My Washington joke made a Puget sound

Anonymous 1:01 PM  

Re 29D, moss truly does grow on the north side of the tree, surrounds standing dead ones though

Lori 2:43 PM  

Rex, my sincere condolences about your cat. And I'm sorry to hear you are dealing with Covid. Nothing but admiration for you to continue to do what you do, every day, on this blog; despite other obligations and worries. FWIW, for me this is absolutely one of those rituals that offers solace during frustrating or scary times. (Today I'm dealing with TWO failed external hard drives, and feeling a little lost RN :( Many. many thanks, and I will show my appreciation as best I can with a donation.

Today's puzzle was tough for me. I find that there are some constructors that are easier and some that are harder to get in synch with, and today's is the latter. The first themer I got was "euphoric", one word; and I wasn't looking for two-word solutions on the others, so that got me stuck for longer than it should have. I solve on paper and there was no explanation but I thought it was pretty evident what we were looking for and that the blank spaces would spell a phrase, so that helped. The sound element to me was hard. When I hear a word I see it, spelled correctly, in my mind - and to disconnect from that and just listen to the sound was mind-twisting, but in a fun way.

Okay, back to trying to recover my data!

Sian 1:04 PM  

Did this just now as I was sick all week. I'm very sad to learn that cookie monster had a real name. And not everyone knew that. I bet his mum hated everyone calling him cookie monster. Poor Sid

thefogman 10:23 AM  

Easy-medium? No way. MEEPLE ruined it for me. DNF. Had MEoPLE and HoLENA. I sensed it might not be right but could not bring myself to putting in an E instead of the O. The editor(s) dropped the ball here. Specialized gamer/internet lingo should be a no-no. Agree with Rex and his spot-on blow up about it. MEEPLE? Really? GODDARNIT I feel so OUTOFTOUCH now.

thefogman 10:28 AM  


spacecraft 11:33 AM  

Yikes! This may be the all-time king of misdirected clue sets. "Bit of casino restaurant fare?" = ...yeah right. THAT casino. Wow. And then Eco-centric for the name instead of the movement? Double wow. Here's another: Note takers...oh, THOSE notes. C-notes. Doh! And this is supposed to be easy-medium? You're kidding.

Other groaners that contributed to my sour taste: the dreaded RMK (DFLATS) and the even more dreaded EKED. EEK!! Dishonorable mention to PLASMATV.

That MEEPLE thing had to be forcibly crowbarred in with crosses. I was trying to picture a sculpted chess set. No board game I have ever seen had human-shaped pieces save the artwork just mentioned. Thank goodness I knew HELENA (well, but for Honolulu and my home town Harrisburg, the only H-state cap I know), and was able to suss out the long acrosses down there to complete a true HERO'S journey.

Hard as hell and irritating. Bogey.

Wordle par after BBBBB.

Anonymous 11:33 AM  

Tom and Jerry are NOT Hanna-Barbera creations!

Diana, LIW 11:48 AM  

Bit by bit did most of it. Then...looking up 1 (one) name (yes, a rapper, ICET) helped me fill in the rest. So this was a lot of fun for me!

Diana, Lady-in-Waiting for Crosswords

Diana, LIW 11:53 AM  

And...sorry @Foggy, Meeple is singular. First definition from Google search says, in part, "a small figure used as a playing piece in certain board games, having a stylized human form.
"each player is given eight wooden meeples""

Lady Di

thefogman 2:11 PM  

@LadyDi My issue is not whether MEEPLE is singular or plural it is simply that it is a niche jargon word that gamers might know about and most people don’t. The editor(s) should disallow such words just as they (usually) disallow archaic or specialty words that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

Burma Shave 3:16 PM  


or DIDYOHEAR what SUE said?
"MENIALWORK? GOSH, too much,


rondo 3:39 PM  

Only write-over was raTS to NUTS, so kinda easy. ANDY Bell a gimme since I have seen Erasure live thanks to the missus' bucket list.
Also a wordle par after BBBBB start.

Anonymous 4:53 PM  

@thefogman 10:23am :
You seriously thought one of the 50 state capitals was Holena???

fakt chekker 7:47 PM  

@Anon, from wikipedia;

Tom and Jerry is an American animated media franchise and series of comedy short films created in 1940 by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Best known for its 161 theatrical short films by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the series centers on the rivalry between the titular characters of a cat named Tom and a mouse named Jerry.

thefogman 11:09 AM  

I don’t know all the state capitals so yes. HOLENA sounded possible. As in HOLENA wall.

Meredith C 5:47 AM  

I had a Virginia joke but I lost it.

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