One-sided curiosities / FRI 11-17-23 / Common receptacle in beer pong / Presider over weddings, in Greek myth / Heated discussion of who's responsible for a failure / Dom Perignon's winery, informally / Abbott longtime role on The Young and the Restless

Friday, November 17, 2023

Constructor: Hemant Mehta

Relative difficulty: Easy

THEME: none 

Word of the Day: MOBIUS STRIPS (8D: One-sided curiosities) —
mathematics, a Möbius stripMöbius band, or Möbius loop is a surface that can be formed by attaching the ends of a strip of paper together with a half-twist. As a mathematical object, it was discovered by Johann Benedict Listing and August Ferdinand Möbius in 1858, but it had already appeared in Roman mosaics from the third century CE. The Möbius strip is a non-orientable surface, meaning that within it one cannot consistently distinguish clockwise from counterclockwise turns. [...] The many applications of Möbius strips include mechanical belts that wear evenly on both sides, dual-track roller coasters whose carriages alternate between the two tracks, and world maps printed so that antipodes appear opposite each other. Möbius strips appear in molecules and devices with novel electrical and electromechanical properties, and have been used to prove impossibility results in social choice theory. In popular culture, Möbius strips appear in artworks by M. C. EscherMax Bill, and others, and in the design of the recycling symbol. Many architectural concepts have been inspired by the Möbius strip, including the building design for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Performers including Harry Blackstone Sr. and Thomas Nelson Downs have based stage magic tricks on the properties of the Möbius strip. The canons of J. S. Bach have been analyzed using Möbius strips. Many works of speculative fiction feature Möbius strips; more generally, a plot structure based on the Möbius strip, of events that repeat with a twist, is common in fiction. (wikipedia)
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Really liked the first half of this puzzle, so let's talk about that. The first half had the whoosh I'm always looking for on Friday (or any day I can get it), and boy did it come fast. I hadn't even finished filling in 1A: Presider over weddings, in Greek myth (HERA)—I was only 90% sure she was right, and so was checking her crosses one at a time—when I hit the "R," looked at 3D: Common receptacle in beer pong, and—

Had a very beer-pongy reaction to that one—"BRO! Did you see that! Right in the damn cup, first shot! [High five!]" (actual-high-five-may-or-may-not-have-happened). Actually, my beer-pong reaction was probably a little delayed, as I had to check crosses to make sure RED SOLO CUP was indeed right. But, YEP, nailed it, and just like that I was off, whooshing through the grid so fast that the next time I had any meaningful resistance I was already here:

BOAST actually took some thinking (40D: "Veni, vidi, vici," e.g.), as I had to exclude TOAST ("Did Caesar say 'Veni, vidi, vici' at a wedding?") and ROAST ("Did they have ROASTs in ancient Rome? Who would dare to roast Caesar? Cicero, maybe?"). But when I hit on BOAST, that seemed the best option. And then ... stuck. Couldn't move through that little bottleneck easily. Had "HO-" and thought 42A: "That'd be nice!" was "HOW ... something!" Like "HOW NICE!," only not NICE because NICE was in the clue and also didn't fit. Took one look at the "B" at 40A: Split (BISECT) and wrote in BEAT IT ... then immediately "confirmed" BEAT IT by crossing the second "T" with ODIST (the first sign the puzzle was taking an ugly turn) (28D: Keats of Shelley). So I had a wrong answer in this (SE) section, and I had ODIST, so ... things not off to a great start (nothing screams "only in crosswords!" like ODIST). But they immediately got worse. I'm sorry, "Longtime role on 'The Young and the Restless'"??? Not even the actress, but the *role*!?!? The world can't be that devoid of TRACIs.

But then came the real downer, the answer that nearly sucked all the life out of the puzzle. A low pressure system, followed by ... the BLAME STORM, which, as far as I can tell, is a storm sent to wreck your puzzle with its extreme fictionality (26D: Heated discussion of who's responsible for a failure). I've heard of "the blame game" and I've heard of a "tweet storm," but BLAME STORM feels like it was coined on the spot. I assume it's a phrase someone has used at some time or it wouldn't be in the puzzle, but yeeeeeeesh it really feels like something an uncurated wordlist coughed up (is it from the business world??). ODIST TRACI BLAMESTORM! Pass x 3. 

[21A: Group of bats]

But then ... things picked up again, as I got hoisted into the NE corner via MOBIUS STRIPS, a delightful answer, even in the plural. I didn't find CHEETO DUST as charming as others might have, mostly because I don't really find Ellen Degeneres charming, and the answer seems entirely Degeneres-dependent (i.e. a term that would have no currency but for her). But I enjoyed the bouncing LOTTO BALLS and the PHONY / CLONE juxtaposition, so the puzzle got some of its snap back there at the end. More assets than debits by the end, for sure. If you "DON'T REMIND ME" of the SE corner, my feelings about this one are almost entirely positive. "AND I MEAN IT!" See you tomorrow.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld 

P.S. we're in a pretty grim, long stretch of all-male constructors. I noticed it a few days ago and it's just kept going. It's been a full week now. Only one woman in the past 11 days. Only 3 in November (well, four women, three puzzles—two of the women were co-constructors). I expect there to be ebb and flow with the gender numbers, but it's worth noting that you never, ever, Ever see things swing this far toward women. I mean, seven women in a row!? It's unimaginable (outside of some tokenizing "Women's Week" or something). Women have been involved in making 34% of the puzzles so far this year, which is on track to be the best number of the Shortz era. But it's still not a great number (men will actually have been involved in far more than 66% of the puzzles, since "being involved" includes M/W collaborations). Anyway, it has been a damp, drizzly November where gender parity is concerned, and I hope things turn around soon. Tomorrow, if possible.

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maverick 5:47 AM  

Funny, I think the place where Rex has shaped my opinion most is in the repeated clue department. I used to not mind them at all. Now, I like to get mad at them unless they are absolutely spot on. Surprised he liked it here. It was a challenging clue for me for both of them for some reason and made that section by far the hardest for me and least enjoyable.

Otherwise, a really enjoyable puzzle. Mostly easy with some bits of crunch here and there. Really clean for the most part, though I agree BLAMESTORM is incredibly stupid.

Conrad 5:52 AM  

One overwrite, eros before HERA as the wedding presider (1A), and two WOEs: PACER as a fitness test (32A) and TRACI Abbott (34A).

I'm a retired computer geek and we used the term "blamestorming" all the time. It's like "brainstorming" but done after the disaster so everyone knows who the culprit was.

David 6:19 AM  

Yep. BLAMESTORM definitely a thing. This is where one's specific background and experience makes a hug difference. I'm less likely to get older movie references (and newer musical references), but MORE likely to get the business ones. BLAMESTORM was a gimme for me. :)

Woke Millenial 6:38 AM  

Had sordid instead of TORRID forever so the NE quadrant took a lot normal
than usual. I wonder when Rex is concerned about the dearth of “women “ constructors if he is referring to adult human females. I have no idea how these constructors identify. Seems transphobic.

Bob Mills 6:41 AM  

Got it done without cheating, thanks to the luckiest sequence of guesses ever. Never heard of MOBIUSSTRIPS, and I flipped a coin before choosing BLAMESTORM over "blame story." That meant DMED was the answer to "Sent a private note," which I still don't get.

I don't watch much TV. i had no idea what Ellen DeGeneres recommended, so I just took a stab and the happy music started. If this is my lucky day, maybe I should seek out some LOTTOBALLS.


Son Volt 7:11 AM  

Other than the unfortunate plural cross of MOBIUS STRIPS x LOTTO BALLS - this was fun. Liked all the colloquial stuff - DON’T REMIND ME, AND I MEAN IT and the misdirect on RACE COURSE. If your occupation forces deadlines and daily accountability you’ve heard BLAME STORM - very common. Second sighting of ASS this week.

Pleasant Friday morning solve.

AGE of Consent

Susan 7:23 AM  

Speaking of a dearth of female constructors in NYT xwords, I’ve been wondering for a while what percentage of commenters to this blog are males? Seems to be a lot of chest beating and stern proclamations in the comments (usually aimed at Rex) that suggest men by far. Women are usually a bit more polite in their opinions.

Lewis 7:28 AM  

Freshness from eight NYT puzzle debuts, which are so lovely, let me list them:


When you add in the non-debut NOODGE, TORRID, and MULL, it makes for an answer set with shine. My immersion in such beauty while in a state of focus – what a sweet place to be!

Speaking of beauty, Scotland’s ISLE of MULL (a superb abutting PuzzPair©, BTW). If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you put it on your list. Some of the most gorgeous terrain I’ve ever traversed – my jaw kept dropping lower and lower. Vast tableaux of stark splendor, unforgettable!

In the puzzle, it was also nice to see a rare-in-crosswords five-letter semordnilap: PACER.

Hemant, I loved your newly-harvested answers, and I loved the sweet work involved uncovering them. Thank you for all you put into this!

kitshef 7:30 AM  

Bit more challenge that we've had lately on Fridays.

In my slow troll through older puzzles, I just completed November 4, 1994 and was surprised at how easy it was. While some older puzzles are substantially more difficult than today's, there are certainly exceptions.

Also surprised at Rex's reaction to BLAMESTORM, which is exactly the kind of modern coinage I don't like seeing in puzzles, but Rex usually adores.

Anonymous 7:30 AM  

100% this ⬆️

SouthsideJohnny 7:30 AM  

I had never heard of ASCOT Racecourse (which seems a little weird with all the Xwords I’ve done). It looks like quite the majestic place, although I don’t know if I could get used to all of the horses running around the wrong way. I wonder why it hasn’t shown up more frequently.

A definite yes on the RED SOLO CUP. I would have preferred that we take a pass on CHEETO DUST - but hey, it’s kind of quaint in an almost dad-jokey kind of way, so no harm there.

Some potential pedantry for Rex - you mentioned “More assets than debits”, which is fine and makes the point. It seems to me like “more assets than liabilities” and/or “more debits than credits” might flow a little better due to the accounting/financial tie-in. “More assets than debits” seems like a cross between a mixed metaphor and something Archie Bunker would have said.

kitshef 7:36 AM  

@Bob Mills 6:41 - the Cheeto quote is not a recommendation but a complaint. Cheeto dust, like glitter, gets all over everything and is hard to get rid of.

Ted 7:39 AM  

Agreed on TRACI being an ugly outlier as clued... but how else to clue her?

I say: be bold! Traci Lords! :)

- Traci Lords is an American actress, singer and former pornographic actress. She entered the adult film industry using a fake birth certificate to conceal that she was two years under the legal age of eighteen. Wikipedia -

THAT would generate some letters to the editor!

Anonymous 7:42 AM  

DM denotes a direct message on X , I think. So, DMED is a sent direct message.
Don’t quite get the need for gender parity other than have gender parity. Why? Are women discriminated against in the selection of puzzles? I have no reason to believe that Shortz does not apply the criteria he says he applies in selection. They are not in any sense pro-male.

Anonymous 8:00 AM  

Had a couple not-quite-rights that slowed me down: CHEESE DUST (“confirmed” by SORDID), TEN for TKO (thinking of the ref counting out a knockout).

Ed D 8:11 AM  

Women involved in 34% of puzzles this year,
Can’t be sure that’s good or bad since we don’t know how many puzzles are submitted by women.
Maybe it’s fewer than 34%,meaning times is helping women constructors.
Or maybe the puzzles themselves,as judged by the staff and editors,are better.
Anyone know the breakdown of submissions by gender?

Nausee 8:12 AM  

47A TUBS puzzles me (What may be behind the curtain). What am I missing? Is this a Wizard of Oz reference?

Anonymous 8:13 AM  

DMED=Direct Messaged

Anonymous 8:24 AM  

I’m pretty sure it’s referring to shower curtains!

Anonymous 8:27 AM  

All these comments about Rex’s disappointment over the streak of men constructors feel like they should be on the red pill subreddit 🤔
Count me among the people who didn’t know what blamestorm was! We don’t have those in medicine (well, not with that specific name anyway).
I really enjoyed this puzzle! Was challenging, but slowly chipping away was well rewarded!

Anonymous 8:33 AM  

Not this male. Raised by two older sisters.

Rich Glauber 8:35 AM  

How many puzzle submissions are by women? That is the important statistic if one is trying to make the case that there is a problem with female representation. Absent that information, there is nothing to complain about.

Nancy 8:41 AM  

Blissfully free of pop culture and proper names, this puzzle still included three things I've never encountered in real life:

CHEETO DUST. Ellen's snack faves are different from my snack faves: CHEETO DUST sounds like something unpleasant you'd encounter on an African safari.

MOBIUS STRIPS. Every once in a while I see them in the NYTXW, but I still don't know what they are. The 8D clue, however, provoked enormous curiosity in me -- and anything that does that is a terrific clue.

RED SOLO CUP. I don't even know exactly what beer pong is, much less what kind of "receptacle" you'd use.

But mostly a pretty easy, enjoyable, and nicely clued puzzle. The clues I especially liked were for STUDENT ID, LOTTO BALLS, BEAD and TUB. Trying to figure out TUB drove me crazy: I don't have a curtain in front of mine. I can't stand TUB curtains, btw -- they're claustrophobic and trap the hot air right in there with you so it's hard to breathe.

While this wasn't especially challenging for a Friday, I nevertheless found it enjoyable.

egsforbreakfast 8:48 AM  

I guess there's a difference between a TORRID love affair and a sORdID one. Who knew? And, after all, CHEEseDUST seemed somewhat reasonable until it didn't.

Is a class on the Civil Right Movement a RACECOURSE? I'm critical of that theory.

@Lewis will surely appreciate the LADY sitting on her ASS.

George Santos claims to have founded a chain of Vietnamese noodle soup joints throughout the Empire State. They're called PHONY.

This blog often becomes a BLAMESTORMing session, with the constructor, the wordlist, the editor and the evolution of English vying for attention. In fact, though, most of the problems arise from people not reading a broad assortment of news. I liked this puzzle ANDIMEANIT. Thanks, Hemant Mehta.

Anonymous 8:49 AM  

As in “shower curtain” though it could be called a bath curtain

Anonymous 8:54 AM  

Something wrong here. Easiest Friday in memory, by far.

Nancy 9:02 AM  

This is for @Southside Johnny who, poor thing, has never heard of the Ascot RACECOURSE. And for anyone else who wants to experience Alan Jay Lerner at his wittiest and most droll.

RooMonster 9:03 AM  

Hey All !
Pretty easy, here. Which is welcome for me! Save those precious brain cells.

Like OFL, the SE corner put up the most resistance. As out for RACECOURSE? I was thinking of the neck scarf/fake turtleneck thing.

Nice fill, however, maybe DMED is junky, but definitely a thing.

Friday! Yay. Not very verbose today. A welcome respite for y'all! 😁

One F

walrus 9:50 AM  

mobius strip sans umlaut is akin to spanish ano sans tilde. moebius was too much to hope for.

Anonymous 9:56 AM  

What the heck is a NOODGE?

pabloinnh 9:57 AM  

This one caught me smack in the wheelhouse, and it was the fastest Friday in quite a while. Off to a flying start with EMASCULATE off the M and didn't really encounter any major slowdowns until TRACI (How do you do?) and BLAMESTORMS, which I hadn't heard but makes sense. IMED before DMED had me thinking that good old Spanish "muy" had somehow become "mui", but MUD fixed that, and soon after I was all done, and too soon, because I was having a good time.

Kudos to OFL for not having a fit on seeing EMASCULATE, and I liked the intersection of WATER and WORDSALAD, which sounds like the ultimate zero-calorie diet.

DAIS has been in so many puzzles lately that I can now spell it without hesitation.

Very nice Fridecito indeed, HM. Had Me smiling at lots of answers and clues and thanks for all the fun.

Kid Phoneme 10:02 AM  

Sordid = dirty, filthy "morally ignoble"
Torrid = passionate (Also, hot and dry weather/climate-wise)

Gary Jugert 10:12 AM  

Tough one. When RED SOLO CUP is the highlight of the puzzle, you know it's a meh kinda day. NOODGE made me happy.

Tee-Hee: TIPSY (on TEA at socials)? LOTTO BALLS (they said, you know). ASS is having a good week.


1 Sign you're about to stick your fingers in your mouth.
2 Today's crossword.
3 What no NFL fan wants.
4 Grow up and switch to stemware.
5 My subsequent activity after failing to complete a puzzle cleanly.


My Fascinating Crossword Uniclue Keepsake from Last Year: A priest, a preacher, and a rabbi walk into a bourgeois gallery in the big Apple and laugh and laugh at the so-called nudes. ELATE MOMA TRIO.


Newboy 10:16 AM  


Anne Lindley 10:17 AM  

If anyone is puzzling about Möbius strips, you can make one in a jiffy. Take a strip of paper about 10” x 1” and get a bit of Scotch tape. Hold the two ends of the strip together as if you were making a wrist band for a concert. Then take one end of the paper strip, give it a half turn to flip it over, and then tape the two ends together.
Now draw a pencil line on this loop of paper. Where do you end up? The loop only has one side!

Joe Dipinto 10:25 AM  

Another weekend non-challenge.

Carola 10:34 AM  

This one was really hard for me: reading the clues felt like staring at a blank wall...where answers failed to materialize. I was very happy to finish.

Do-overs: MOno-something before MOBIUS; MUse before MULL, pot BEdS before BETS, Underworld gOds before DONS - that was plenty to mess up the NE.
Memory at half-staff: MAMIE went right in, HERA was last.
Help from previous puzzles: NOODGE, REESE.
Favorite pair: TORRID affairs and frosty RIMES.

Anonymous 10:41 AM  

Years ago, our lovely Andrea Carla Michaels told me that Ellen was a bitch but I didn’t believe her. Surely she was just having a bad day? Now that her behavior has been brought to light, I have apologized profusely.

CarlosinNJ 10:51 AM  

I was glad the SE was tricky, or else the puzzle might have flown by too fast. REDSOLOCUP was a delight. Everything else shined under its glow. CHEETODUST and MOBIUSSTRIPS were magical in their way too.

Anoa Bob 11:18 AM  

I'm surprised no one has posted this Toby Keith country classic RED SOLO CUP. Definitely a bunch of people having fun and getting TIPSY. The video includes quite a few cameos plus a CHEETO at the end.

Anonymous 11:25 AM  

True story: Aretha Franklin called in a piano technician because the keys to her piano were sticking. He found the cause was an orange substance between the keys. Cheeto dust!

Whatsername 11:34 AM  

A nice classy Friday, not too hard and not too easy. I loved CHEETO DUST over LOTTO BALLS. Didn’t there used to be a Cheeto type snack in a round ball shape? Or maybe there still is. Don’t think I ever tried them because they were the baked kind and I like the crunchy ones.

Speaking of the balance of male to female constructors, I couldn’t help but notice how badly the fairer sex was outnumbered in today’s puzzle. There are DONS and ODISTS, Messrs. RIPLEY, DIOR, and REESE; a BRO, a BRUT, Oliver Twist, and - my personal favorite - Dom Perignon. Not to mention the macho TKO and FIELD GOALS. In contrast, the LADY side is represented only by HERA, MAMIE, TRACI and Ellen D. But when I think about it, those ladies combined equal some pretty awesome woman power among them.

CT2Napa 11:34 AM  

@Anne Lindley

And after you have drawn the line, use your scissors to cut the strip in "two" by cutting on the line.


Niallhost 11:38 AM  

For some reason, I was confident about CHEEseDUST, which meant I was confident about an affair being sORrDID, which meant I was trying to figure out what word could possibly start with MeB, instead of MOB which baffled me until the CHEETO thing made more sense. Other than that no real hang-ups. BLAMESTORM is silly, never heard of DOGIT before, but was able to get them pretty easily. Graduated from TULANE so that was a gimme.

jb129 11:53 AM  

I liked this a lot. I had Muse for 10D MULL so I couldn't figure out Mobius Strips (which I didn't know anyway) & I couldn't understand why RIPLEY wasn't happening because it had to be. And COLONY for "It's settled" threw me for awhile. But all in all, a really enjoyable Friday (along with NOODGE).

Thank you, Hemant!

BTW - I appreciated your comment on lack of women constructors, Rex :)

andrew 12:18 PM  

@Susan 7:23 - since virtually everything is approved to be published, the proportion of women’s comments on this site reflects the number submitted. As pointed out by many above (mostly men, presumably), this also relates to how “problematic” the current streak of male constructors really is.

Agree that Lords would be a much easier clue for most men - chests are not the only parts of the anatomy we beat!

gekko422 12:25 PM  

They tripped me up on blame storm, because the minute I thought it was blame, I went straight into blame game.

No tripping on ascot, I grew up reading Dick Francis mysteries and got it straight away.

Anonymous 12:29 PM  

Very easy for a Friday. I found the BLAMESTORM kind of fun to reveal - never heard of it, but that’s OK. Seems like ETSY has to be in every puzzle now?

jae 12:40 PM  

Medium but it probably would have been easy-medium if I hadn’t stuck with sORdID before TORRID for way too many nanoseconds. The rest was pretty whooshy with lOve tO before HOPE SO the only serious erasure. Solid with some excellent long downs. Liked it.

bocamp 12:41 PM  

Thx, Hemant; perfect Fri. offering! 😊


On H.M.'s wavelength most of the way.

Needed crosses for RED SOLO CUP.


Taking Duolingo's Spanish COURSE, so HOLA was good to see.

Trysts before TORRID.

Very enjoyable WOOD SALAD today! 🥗
Peace 🕊 🇺🇦 ~ Compassion ~ Tolerance ~ Kindness ~ Freudenfreude & a DAP to all 👊 🙏

Anonymous 12:51 PM  

Water is not a beverage. A beverage is, by definition, a drink other than water.

MrBanjoPierre 1:12 PM  

I look forward to seeing KLEINBOTTLE in a puzzle someday! (And in real life, too.)

Anonymous 1:20 PM  

@walrus—if you included the tilde in an answer, would it be considered incorrect? I always get a laugh when the “correct” answer is COMO ESTA ( no acute accents) for “How are you”which has become “ I eat this…”

Pete 1:25 PM  

@Andrew - So, a middle-aged cis-gendered heterosexual male finds no significance in the under representation of any peoples unlike him? Could that smugness be part of the problem? I'm guessing you're doubling down on the smugness, thinking no, not I. No, you're probably thinking 'no, not me' because grammar schmammar.

johnk 1:46 PM  

I found a better name for one of my fictional characters today: LADY LOTTOBALLS! Did she graduate from TULANE with a BS in beer pong? If so, I'd have to change too much.
The only annoyance in this easy puzz was the keola DMED, but it was easily inferred. Without good crosses, I'll never know if we have IMED, PMED or ...

jberg 2:02 PM  

Me too for having a sORdID affair. Nuy I avoided the cheese balls problem because I was very confident of the MOBIUS strip. (By the way, NOET is lacking an accent as well.) And that led me to a cologne called BdUT. I almost looked it up before I saw the light.

Am I the only one here who didn't know the peanut-butter-cup guy was named Harry? That could have been a stumper.

@Nancy, thanks for the clip from My Fair Lady. That show came out when I was 13, and I listened to the sound track album repeatedly. I liked that song despite not knowing what either Ascot or a gavotte were.

John S. 2:08 PM  

Does diversity, equity and inclusion make for better puzzles?

Anonymous 2:18 PM  

Muse instead of Mull, Cheese Dust instead of Cheeto Dust. Sordid (better answer IMO) instead of Torrid. Had no idea why Riply wasn’t working. Mobius Strip was not coming. Otherwise, easy puzzle.

Anonymous 2:24 PM  


Visho 2:39 PM  

Knew Ascot, but thanks for the movie clip!

Liveprof 2:46 PM  

Anon (12:51), is that really the case about water not being a beverage? Merriam Webster defines beverage as "a drinkable liquid" and does not exclude water. Before I start pestering friends about another small fact they are not interested in -- do you have some authority?


T 3:14 PM  


Anonymous 3:25 PM  

Super easy, but fun. Red solo cup made was a gimme - because I think that was my daughter’s major in college. :)

Georgia 3:27 PM  

Remember the horrors expressed when some clues leaned into menstruation apparatus?! Something quite normal to women for decades?

Georgia 3:29 PM  

Someone who nags and pushes relentlessly.

Masked and Anonymous 3:40 PM  

har. sooo … it took a LOTTOBALLS to fill this puzgrid. Made for a great corner, tho -- what with CHEETODUST, MOBIUSSTRIPS, WORDSALAD, and RIPLEY, believe it or not.

Went with CHEESE+? and SORDID, at first. Lost some precious nanoseconds, there. Overall, I'd hafta rate this puppy about an average FriPuz feist-fest, tho.

staff weeject pick: YEP. A most agreeable weeject.

Thanx, Mr. Mehta dude. Good job.

Masked & Anonymo6Us


Unknown 4:11 PM  


Sandy McCroskey 4:27 PM, Collins and Wikipedia have entries for BLAMESTORM. It has not yet made Merriam-Webster, which is only two decades at least behind, as says, “First recorded in 1995–2000; blame + storm, on the pattern of brainstorm.” The Wikipedia page was last edited in September 2019.
Not sure I'd ever heard or seen it before, but I find it delightful to learn a new term from working a crossword. That's one reason I work the London Times cryptics! Now, the novelty did slow my solve by a whole couple seconds.

andrew 4:35 PM  

@pete 1:25. BRO! (Or SIS or CIS - I shall assume nothing about you).

Are you off your DMEDs with that BLAMESTORM? (Sadly, posting this late in the day, the best jokes - LOTTOBALLS - have already been used)…

Your assumptions on my age, CIShood, sexual preference and level of smugness (you forgot whiteness) are triggering. A little alert would have been nice!

Don’t want to go on and take space from the underrepresented women trying to post here who can’t get through with me tying up the web.

Besides, I’m about to beat my, um, “chest” watching the Traci Lords’ holiday special, “O Cum, O Cum, Emmanuelle”. A true Christmas CLASSIC!

Dgd 6:39 PM  

I would assume the blog name is sarcastic and of course the comment is also.
Don’t know about this blogger, but most of the people who use the word woke now are DeSantis or Trump supporters or similar type politicians Just like PC woke has become an insult.
It started as a
a compliment among Black American. Now it is that Florida governor’s favorite word. Sigh.
Apparently, it is getting old because he ain’t doing all that well, nor did most of the “anti woke” local candidates do very well in the recent election.
Some good news.
Without using any politicized insults, I would point out that Rex has been championing a broadening of the talent pool from which the Times selects it constructors.
I see nothing wrong with that. More variety is definitely better in this case. Anyway, what is wrong with fairness. ?

Anonymous 6:42 PM  

I learned the term from the Times puzzle. Be advised that it will show up again because it is very convenient for constructors!

B$ 6:53 PM  

I thought this was lovely, and frankly BLAMESTORM was one of the highlights.
I'm sad to see that rex is back on his anti-male kick for constructors.
Perhaps he's forgotten how many female constrictors' puzzles he has slammed over the past year or so.
Gender does not equate to quality, necessarily. Just look at the recent addition to our supreme court.

Anonymous 6:58 PM  

Good point about mixed metaphors.
Didn’t like Cheeto Dust answer but as you said no big deal
About Ascot, I learned about Ascot when I first heard the My Fair Lady cast album and then later seeing the movie. Thre is a very funny song Ascot Opening Day set naturally at the race course

dgd 7:12 PM  

Science and history have shown that discrimination is often unconscious. Sadly, discrimination exists in all fields even when people are open minded. For example, studies and experience have proved that women are significantly more likely to get hired after blind auditions for orchestras than from the traditional method. I am sure that the orchestra officials were sure they weren’t discriminating, but they were.
There are many other examples, in hiring situations. I see no reason why crossworld would be any different.

Anonymous 7:33 PM  

I agree with Pete except about grammar!
But that whole it is I vs me thing is a leftover from an error made centuries ago by early students of English grammar, who at the time were all steeped in Latin, and therefore erroneously applied Latin grammar to English. For centuries before that English speakers, educated included , always said it is me. (Btw, French, a language descended from Latin is quite happy with c’est moi.!).

pabloinnh 8:03 PM  

@Anon 7:33 That may be true in French, but in Spanish (also descended from Latin) if you say "No es mi", you will be making a laughable mistake, as no Spanish speaker would say that.

I know because I tried it once while I was learning the language and was quickly corrected to the proper "No soy you", which is also interesting because it actually translates to something like "I am not I", raising philosophical questions, but that's how it works.

Anonymous 9:10 PM  

Anon 7:33
When on Earth did the predicate nominative become the objective case? Citation please.

Joe 4:44 AM  

I got hung up on what I thought was my only problem area: BLAME STORM. I had problems with the T and the M. Nothing worked. I didn’t realize that I also had an error involving TORRID and CHEETODUST. I put SORDID and CHEESODUST. ARGGGGGGH!

Anonymous 8:43 PM  

Not a fan.

Anonymous 3:36 PM  


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