06.17.12 — Play a BLE

The Sacrifice of Isaac 1966, Marc Chagall

According to the biblical story, God commands Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice. (Genesis 22:5 and 22:8). After Isaac is bound to an altar, the angel of God stops Abraham at the last minute, saying "now I know you fear God." At this point Abraham sees a ram caught in some nearby bushes and sacrifices the ram instead of Isaac. ~ Wikipedia


Sunday, June 17, 2012 — Fathers Day

PLAYABLE, Puzzle by Kyle T. Dolan / Edited by Will Shortz

Eight common phrases have the letter-string BLE inserted, accompanied by appropriate clues for the resulting new phrases — fairly amusing, crossword-wise.

  • BUMBLE RAP (22A. Falter while imitating Jay-Z?)
  • RUMBLE PUNCH (24A. Something thrown in “West Side Story”?)
  • WARBLE ON DRUGS (38A. Sing high notes?)
  • THERE’S THE RUBBLE (54A. Cry upon arriving at an earthquake site?)
  • DROPPING TROUBLE (77A. What the turnover-prone football player had?)
  • NOBLE NONSENSE (92A. Shenanigans at the royal court?)
  • QUEEN MUMBLE (110A. Nickname for a hard-to-understand monarch?)
  • HUBBLE CAP (114A. Lens cover for a large telescope?)

Other — AMOROSO (62D. Lovingly, to a musician), ART SHOW (35D. Where pieces are put together?), GESTATES, GLOATED, HANDYMAN, HOTNESS, IGNEOUS, INERTIA, KASHMIR, MALT SHOP, NEPENTHE (79D. Mythical elixir of forgetfulness), OH BROTHER (4D. “Are you kidding me?!”), OPEN WIDE, ORIENTS, PERPLEX, TIE-LINES (12D. Telephone system connectors), UPPER DECK, YOU TUBE (8D. Source of a viral outbreak).


Five — AGAIN, Knock for A LOOP, AMUSE, ARNAZ, BELOT (30A. Trick-taking game), Fort BRAGG, CELEB, DOLOR, ERASE, GET IT, GO SEE, NABOB, NACRE, NILES, NO TAX, PLATO, POND, PRIOR, REGIS, TAMIL (3D. Source of the words “mulligatawny“ and “catamaran“), TOUCH, UPTON, YEAST, YPRES, ZEPPO.

Short stuff — ABEL (73D. Genesis son), ABES, AMAH, AMEN, AMOK, AOK, ALB and APB and APO, “Giovanna d’ARCO“, ASIA, AVES, BAHN, BOK and BOR and BORO, BRA and BSA, BTU, CDR, CHI, CRAW, CRIP, DIP, DONS, DQED (104D. Threw out of a contest, informally), EAVE, ECTO, American ELM, ESO and OSO, EROS, EURO, Burkina FASO, FEES, GAH and GAR, GEEK (40D. Many a Silicon Valley hiree), GIN, HA HA, HAS, HUE, I SEE, KENT, LESS, LITH, MALL, MIN, MOT, NATO, NOSE, OBOE, OLEO, OON, OP ED, PEEN and PEON, PLOT, POR favor, RENO, RUN, SDS, SETH (42D. Genesis son), SHAH, SLR, SOL, SOME, STUN, SWAB, TARA (21A. Mammy‘s place), THAN, UDO, WAND.


You Never

You never said I'm leaving
You never said goodbye
You were gone before I knew it,
And only God knew why
A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried
If Love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died
In Life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place,
That no one could ever fill
It broke my heart to lose you,
But you didn't go alone
For part of me went with you,
The day God took you home

~  Author Unknown

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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Grp. With an alphabet; 5. Message from police HQ; 8. It makes bubbly bubbly; 13. Tar; 17. Eastern nurse; 18. Brooklyn, e.g., informally; 27. “Is that clear?”; 29. Dickensian setting; 31. Like pomice; 33. Game-ending cry; 34. See 107-Down; 42. 1970s exile; 45. Noted 2011 TV retiree, popularly; 47. Reduce marks?; 48. Kind of column; 49. Nesting site; 50. Wall street type; 52. Develops slowly; 58. In a frenzy; 59. Dines on; 60. X, on campus; 61. Bridge locale; 62. It may follow “forever and ever”; 63. Didn’t conceal one’s smugness; 67. Region of 70-Across for which a type of wool is named; 69. Animal stomach; 70. See 67-Across; 72. Suffix with ball; 73. “All systems go”; 76. Tuition and others; 82. Fountain location; 84. El Pacifico, e.g.; 85. Ball-shaped part; 86. “Hmm …”; 90. W.W. I battle locale; 91. A bad one may contain holes; 95. Not a lot; 97. Mil. Leader; 98. Points in the right direction; 100. Ball partner; 104. Begin a tour; 108. He wrote “Knowledge is the food of the soul; 109. Senescence; 116. Classical bow wielder; 117. Eats up; 118. Outer: Prefix; 119. Blood rival; 120. Oxford Profs; 121. Feature of grocery purchases, often; 122. Coral, e.g.; 123. Numbers game. — DOWN: 1. Bigwig; 2. Put a smile on; 5. Fives; 7. Fort ___, N.C.; 10. Robe for one tending a flock; 11. Fa-la connector; 13. Taser, say; 14. Airport security item; “Giovanna d’___” (Verdi opera); 16. German train track; 19. Dentist’s directive; 20. Record listing; 23. Neighbor of Poland: Abbr.; 25. The Atlantic, in a common phrase; 28. Quick preview; 31. Subject of Newton’s first law of motion; 32. Canon product, for short; 33. “Have a look!”; 37. Most holes in one; 38. Nomad; 39. Baseball’s Justin or B.J.; 42. Genesis son; 43. “Ver-r-ry funny!”; 44. Some Monopoly properties: Abbr.; 46. Exasperated outburst; 51. Cry just before disaster strikes; 53. “The Magic Flute” protagonist; 55. Mercedes-Benz luxury line; 56. ___ choy (Chinese vegetable); 57. Troop grp.; 63. Fairy tale girl; 65. That, in Tijuana; 66. Fiesta bowl?; 68. Sex appeal; 69. A tabloid keeps tabs on one; 71. G.I.’s address; 73. Genesis son; 74. Promise, e.g.; 75. Alter ego who carries a notepad; 77. Sorrow; 78. Arctic waters, on historical maps; 80. Long-jawed fish; 81. Where cheap seats are in a baseball stadium; 82. Part of r.p.m.: Abbr.; 83. Useful husband, say; 88. Spanish bear; 89. Befuddle; 93. Nobel Prize subj.; 94. “Frasier” character; 96. Outdoor promenade; 99. iPod ___; 101. Brooch feature, maybe; 102. Over; 103. One of the Marx Brothers; 105. Prefix with zone; 106. Lowly laborer; 107. With 34-Across, what “<“ means; 109. Concerto soloist, perhaps; 111. Its stem is used in miso soup; 112. Witticism; 113. Cup holder?; 115. Energy meas.

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