Tuesday, December 13, 2022 Rebecca Goldstein
Sewing Class: Pick your fabric patterns and let's get sewing. The circles spell a type of fabric pattern.
16-Across. Burlesque act: STRIP TEASE. Stripe.
22-Across. Truck seen during a power outage, maybe: CHERRY PICKER. Checker. The most recognized Checker(ed) dress is probably Dorothy's.
47-Across Ricotta-filled pancake often served on Shavuot: CHEESE BLINTZ. Chintz. Everything you wanted to know about Chintz, but didn't know to ask.
Shavuot is a Jewish Biblical holiday that occurs in the Spring. It is one of the three Pilgrimage Festivals. The book of Exodus refers to it as the wheat harvest. (Exodus 34:22) Traditionally, Shavuot is considered the day that the Torah was revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai. Dairy foods are also traditionally served on Shavuot, hence, the Cheese Blintzes.
57-Across. Serves as matchmaker: PLAYS CUPID. Plaid. Everything you wanted to know about Plaid, but didn't know to ask.
And the unifier:
36-Across. Flight paths above busy airports, and what the sets of circled letters literally are?: HOLDING PATTERNS.
Here's the Grid, so you can how the circles form our fabric patterns.
I found this to be a challenging Tuesday puzzle. What did you think?
1. Game played with a bouncing ball: JACKS. I had forgotten about this game, so needed the perps to job my memory. I had a set of Jacks back in the day.
6. Cavort: ROMP.
10. "For shame!": TSK.
13. "We feel the same way": US, TOO.
14. Cooking initialism popularized by Rachael Ray: EVOO. As in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Everything you wanted to know about the difference between EVOO and Regular Olive Oil but didn't know to ask. [Name Adjacent.]
15. "Good point": TRUE.
18. Wrath: RAGE. // And 40-Across. Wrath: IRE.
19. "__ we meet again": 'TIL.
20. Rower's blade: OAR.
21. Four-door car, usually: SEDAN.
27. Part of, as a private joke: IN ON.
28. GI show gp.: USO. As in United Service Organization.
29. Roast hosts, briefly: MCs. As in Master of Ceremonies.
31. Like 11-Down: SWEET. // And 11-Down. Sucrose-rich stalk: SUGAR CANE. Lots of sugar cane fields in South Louisiana. You don't want to be behind a cane truck during harvest season.
34. "Yeah, don't think so": UM, NO.
35. Energizer size: AAA.
41. After-bath powder: TALC. Everything you wanted to know about Talc, but were afraid to ask. You can even get lavender-scented powder.
42. Sushi bar beverages: SAKEs. Sake is an alcoholic drink made from fermented sakemai rice.
43. Payroll service co.: ADP. As in Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Hand up if you knew of this company.
44. Cell service initials: LTE. Hand up if you knew that LTE stood for Long Term Evolution. I've seen it, of course, but never questioned what it stood for.
45. Navigates bunny slopes: SKIS.
51. Surfer's plank: BOARD.
52. "Way cool!": RAD.
53. Freezer buildup: ICE. Hi, Tinbini. I hope you are well.
56. Organ with lobes: LUNG. Ears also have lobes.
61. Not fooled by: ON TO.
62. __ Matthews Band: DAVE. [Name # 1.]
63. Like-mindedness: UNITY.
64. "Dynamite" K-pop group: BTS. This band appeared in last Sunday's puzzle. Had it not appeared recently, I would not have had a clue. [Name # 2.]
65. Used a hatchet on: AXED. Paul Bunyan (whose birthplace is really in Bangor, Maine), wields a mighty AX.
66. Reusable grocery bags: TOTES.
1. Equitable: JUST.
2. Italian sparkling wine: ASTI. Everything you wanted to know about Asti wine, but didn't know to ask.
3. PC key combo for "copy": CTRL C.
4. Colorful pond fish: KOI.
5. Soak (up), as sauce: SOP.
6. Gain back: RE-EARN.
7. Fallopian tube neighbor: OVARY.
8. Wks. and wks.: MOs. Weeks and Weeks make up Months. 52 weeks make up a year.
9. Writer for whom the Edgar Award is named: POE. Murders in the Rue Morgue, which was published in 1841, was written by Edgar Allan Poe (1809 ~ 1849). It is considered to be the first modern detective story. The Edgar Award is an annual award that honors the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater of the year. For a list of the 2022 Edgar Award recipients, check out this list. [Name # 3.]
10. Corporate symbol: TRADEMARK.
12. Eager (to): KEEN.
15. Difficult journey: TREK. Hi, Picard!
17. Lawn care brand: TORO.
21. Makes room on a pew, say: SCOOTS IN.
23. Made haste, quaintly: HIED.
24. Having the right (to): ENTITLED. I had an employee once who felt entitled to come to work late because she lived far from the office.
25. Mountain cat: PUMA. Did you know the Puma has many names?
26. "This __ about you": ISN'T.
30. Back talk: SASS.
31. Branch of Islam: SHIA.
32. Requirement for some school essays: WORD COUNT.
33. Mammals with tusks and trunks: ELEPHANTS.
34. Scannable bars on mdse.: UPC. As in Universal Produce Code.
37. D.C. MLB team: NATS.
38. Utter joy: GLEE. Glee was also a musical comedy-drama about a high school glee club.
39. Opposite of west: EAST.
45. Crushed it in a drag show: SLAYED.
46. Baby goats: KIDS.
48. Thus: ERGO.
49. Courageous: BRAVE.
50. "Quiet!": ZIP IT.
51. Splotch: BLOB.
54. Include in a bibliography: CITE.
55. Sherbet brand: EDY'S. Edy's has become a crossword staple. Sherbet or Sorbet?
57. Kissing on the subway, e.g.: PDA. As Personal Digital Assistant? Just kidding, it's short for Public Display of Affection.
58. Permissive: LAX.
59. Use scissors on: CUT.
60. Game with Skip and Reverse cards: UNO.
I appreciated all the birthday wishes last week.
This will be my last commentary for 2022. Hubby and I are taking off for a trip to southeast Asia. We'll be gone for several weeks, but will return again sometime in January. I know you will be in good hands while I am gone.
Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas.