It’s My Birthday!

October 24, 2014

It’s going to be a “Made Nice”* day!

Lunch at The NoMad….

No Mad

…and dinner at EMP.

Eleven Madison Park

The celebrating continues tomorrow when Jen and Louis join us for dinner at betony.


I’m stoked!

*Note: Made Nice NYC is the corporate name of EMP and The NoMad.

NYT Sunday Puzzle – October 12, 2014

October 21, 2014

NYT Sunday Puzzle - October 12, 2014

Title: Inner Workings

Theme: Common phrases with the pattern _____ in a _____ are presented literally.

23A. Leading indicator = Coal Canary Mine
31A. Misfit = Round Square Peg Hole
49A. One who’s enthralled, metaphorically = Candy Kid Store
66A. Never = Million Not Years
84A. Much ado about nothing = Tea Tempest Pot
97A. Deteriorate rapidly = Hand Go To Hell Basket
112A. It’s hard to find = Hay Needle Stack

In the “I learn something new every day” category:

19-Down: Atmospheric probe. Answer: Sonde

58-Across: First steamship with a planned circumnavigation of the globe. Answer: Argo

69-Down: Gun brand not endorsed by the 111-Down (NRA). Answer: Nerf

NYT Thursday Puzzle – October 9, 2014

October 11, 2014

NYT Thursday Puzzle - October 9, 2014

Theme: Across + Down. Clues are provided at the Across numbers but not for the down numbers. Ergo, two-word answers with the same initial letter.

1-Across/Down: Corn or cotton = Cash crop
5-Across/Down: Western wear = Jean jacket
9-Across/Down: Where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World = Cape Cod
15-Across/Down: Homer Simpson’s workplace = Power plant
27-Across/Down: Dessert often made with cream cheese frosting = Carrot cake
40-Across/Down: Places where wheat are stored? = Bread box
44-Across/Down: New U.N. member of 2011 = South Sudan
47-Across/Down: Lab item = Bunsen burner
48-Across/Down: Alternative to a fade-out in a movie ending = Freeze frame

I figured out the theme quite easily. Still, getting all the fills wasn’t entirely a snap with the South Sudan section of the grid giving me the most difficulty. I was able to fill in the rest of the grid on Thursday but didn’t figure out all the answers for that section until Friday morning.

Some interesting answers including a few from the South Sudan section:

25-Across: Feature of Polyphemus from “The Odyssey.” Answer: One eye.

31-Across: Comic Cenac formerly of “The Daily Show.” Answer: Wyatt. (Not a show that I watch.)

41-Across: Org. with an antipiracy stance. Answer: MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).

26-Down: Word origin. Answer: Etymon.

38-Down: Architect Louis. Answer: Kahn.

NYT Sunday Puzzle – October 5, 2014

October 9, 2014

NYT Sunday Puzzle - October 5, 2014

Title: Timber!

Theme: TREESs are “falling.” Seven Across answers take a dog-leg turn Down before resuming the answer Across with the Down part of the answer being the name of a tree.

10A. William Henry Harrison’s nickname = TipPECANoe
27A. Lucy Ricardo’s friend = EthELMertz
58A. Cavorted = PranCEDARound
60A. Like many a stain before washing = PresOAKed
68A. Sick bay = InFIRmary
103A. Old roadside advertiser = BurmASHave
106A. Accusing of misconduct = ImPEACHing

It took me a while to figure out exactly what was going on here. Even so, working out the correct answers proved fairly challenging. A very clever and entertaining puzzle!

A few interesting answers:

30-Across: Source of the word “mantra.” Answer: Sanskrit.

74-Across: Shortest Old Testament book. Answer: Obadiah.

77-Across: Queen Amidala’s home in “Star Wars.” Answer: Naboo

120-Across: “Middlemarch” author. Answer: Eliot (George = Pen name of English novelist Mary Ann Evans).

131-Across: L.P.G.A. star Ochoa. Answer: Lorena

2-Down: Source of the words “mamba” and “chimpanzee.” Answer: Bantu

70-Down: The New Yorker cartoonist Roz. Answer: Chast (Gotta love a clue that includes my first name!)

Dining Out: July – September 2014

October 3, 2014

Le Bernardin:  Mary Ann & Lou's 50th Anniversary

New York City
Le Bernardin
The Modern Dining Room

The Gander
Eleven Madison Park

Late Supper:
The NoMad Bar

New Jersey
Drew’s Bayshore Bistro

The Shrimp Box
Chez Catherine

New York City
The NoMad
BLT Prime

The Modern Bar Room
Union Square Café (Brunch Menu)
Luke’s Lobster
Eleven Madison Park

Shake Shack

Late Supper:

New Jersey
Pascal & Sabine

Osteria Cucina Rustica
Taste of Smoke BBQ

New York City
The Modern Dining Room

Eleven Madison Park

New Jersey
Anemos Greek Cuisine

NYT Thursday Puzzle – October 2, 2014

October 3, 2014

NYT Thursday Puzzle - October 2, 2014

Theme: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

19-Across: 20th-century figure with a famous 56-Across represented literally six times in this puzzle. Answer to 19-Across = Einstein. Answer to 56-Across = Equation.

26-Down: Subject explored by 19-Across. Answer: Relativity.

9-Down: Recognition received by 19-Across. Answer: Nobel Prize

The equation for his theory, E = mc², is represented visually with a rebus: the E and the MC inside a single “square.” All the rebuses are located in squares in the six answers related to the theme. Also, those six squares are the only ones in the entire grid with the letter “E.”

While getting the theme was easy, figuring out the rebus was a real challenge. A very clever puzzle!

NYT Sunday Puzzle – September 28, 2014

October 2, 2014

NYT Sunday Puzzle - September 28, 2014

Title: Four by Four

Theme: Four-word answers with each word having four letters. Easy!

23A. 1975 Tony-nominated play about an extended affair = Same Time Next Year
46A. The Crossroads of the West = Salt Lake City Utah
92A. Warm way to welcome someone = With arms wide open
119A. Common slogan for a music radio station = Less talk more rock
16D. “Don’t be ashamed” = Hold your head high
36D. Reagan’s challenge to Gorbachev = Tear down this wall

A few interesting people answers:

35A. Chief justice during the Civil War. Answer: Taney (Roger)

57A. _____Watts, English hymnist who wrote “Joy to the World.” Answer: Isaac

77A. Writer painted by Valasquez. Answer: Aesop

125A. “CSI: Miami” actress. Answer: Eva La Rue

41D. Earliest-born member of the Carton Hall of Fame. Answer: Nast (Thomas)

5775: L’Shana Tova Tikatevu

September 25, 2014

Rosh Hashanah Symbols

NYT Sunday Puzzle – September 7, 2014

September 9, 2014

NYT Sunday Puzzle - September 7, 2014

Title: All-Encompassing

Theme: A rhebus wherein the 4 points of the compass fill 8 squares of answers that cross each other – N & S down and E & W across. In addition, each of the 4 unchecked squares in the center of the grid is filled with one of those letters according to its compass position.

3D. Kicks everyone out, say = cleaNS house
30A. Nasty storm, e.g. = foul WEather

8D. Big name in auto racing = uNSser
17A. “No lie!” = I sWEar

13D. Cousin of zucchini = acorN Squash
33A. Film director who said, “I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.” = Orson WElles

50D. Karate instructor = seNSei
63A. Fan of pop’s One Direction, perhaps = tWEen

57D. Stretching muscle = tensor
64A. Veered off course = yawed

66D. Dodo’s lack = commoN Sense
98A. Southern farm concern = Boll Weevils

73D. 1960’s sci-fi series = Lost iN Space
100A. “No need to worry” = don’t sWEat it

Unchecked Squares:
47A. _____child (playful side) = inNer
80A. Atomic clock part = maSer
53D. Small flycatcher = peWee
55D. “_____ Satanic Magesties Request” (Rolling Stones album) = thEir

NYT Sunday Puzzle – August 10, 2014

August 10, 2014

NYT Sunday Puzzle - August 10, 2014

Title: Number-One Friends

The theme is found in 62-Across: What the answer to each of the six starred clues starts with. Answer: White House dog. The answers are common phrases beginning with the dog’s name. To determine the correct name related to the clue, the name of the relevant White House occupants is provided in brackets.

24A. *What to call a female ambassador [the Johnsons] = Her Excellency
116A. *Pairing up for safety [the Clintons] = Buddy system
3D. *Cleaning supply [the Bushes 43] = Spot remover
15D. *”My Fair Lady” co-star [the Reagans] = Rex Harrison
67D. *Singer with the 1964 #2 hit “My Boy Lollipop” [the Bushes 41] = Millie Small
70D. *Egg order [the Obamas] = Sunny side up

I knew the names of the dogs belonging to the Johnsons (their other dog was named Him), the Clintons (who also had a cat named Socks), and the Bushes 41 (Barbara wrote a book called Millie’s Book) but never heard of the singer Millie Small. Even though I had no idea what the other dogs’ names were, the clues made it pretty easy. The Reagans’ dog was the easiest. Who hasn’t heard of Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins? With regard to the Bushes 43 dog, my elementary school first reader Fun with Dick and Jane had a dog named Spot in it: “See Spot. See Spot run. Run Spot! Run! Run! Run!”

Reading the comments on Rex Parker’s site, I discovered something which totally escaped me: the blackened squares in the center represent a dog’s face.

Some interesting answers:

11-Across. “Coffee Cantata” composer. Answer: Bach. Keens Chop House has a delicious dessert called the “Coffee Cantata.”

46-Across. _____prosequi (“proceed no further” court entry). Answer: Nolle

68-Across. Max Peel, for example: Abbr. Answer: Anag. I had no idea what “Anag” was until I read the comments on Rex Parker’s site explaining that “Max Peel” was an anagram for the word “example.”

89-Across. Modern know-it-all? Answer: Siri. The voice on the iPad.

121-Across. Earthy deposit. Answer: Marl

79-Down. Actress nominated for a Golden Globe for “Rhoda.” Answer: Anne Meara. I enjoyed that comedy series.

52-Down. Last song Rodgers and Hammerstein did together (1959). Answer: Edelweiss. In The Sound of Music.


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