Saturday, 12/17/11 | (2022)

CS5:25 (Sam)

Tom Heilman’s New York Times crossword

NYT crossword solution, 12 17 11 1217

Call me crazy, but my single most favorite thing in this entire puzzle is the bizarro clue for the humble word EATS. 26d: [Manducates]! You can faintly see the etymological connection to your chewing mouthparts, your mandible. (Not man education, no ducal mandates, not Manchurian dates.) But have you ever seen this word, which my dictionary labels “formal”? I have not. I don’t know if I will ever encounter manducate again, but I’m oddly tickled to learn it.

I’m less pleased to learn 38a: SPEKE, [John __, English explorer who named Lake Victoria]. Never heard of him. But now I want to boss around a dog. “Speke, boy! Shake hands! You want a treat? Manducate!”

1a: SALSA DIP nearly lost me. This phrase keeps showing up in crosswords and I keep thinking, salsa salsa, not salsa dip. I suppose if you mixed the salsa with beans or cheese or sour cream, you’d have yourself a salsa dip. Mmm, sounds good.

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Highlights, in brief:

  • 16a. ARMPIT! I like Florida because it clearly has an armpit to its geographic anatomy.
  • 25a. [Have a heated phone exchange?] is a terrific clue for SEXT.
  • 32a/60a. The 13-letter ASIAN AMERICAN is split across two entries.
  • 42a. “FLOOR IT!”
  • 52a. [Lowest number on a clock] confused me, but if you look at the bottom of a clock face, there’s the SIX down there.
  • 11d. “I’M JUST SAYIN‘,” y’know. Favorite answer in this puzzle.
  • 54d. Another nutty word in a clue: [One guilty of pseudologia], or false words, is a LIAR.

It’s time for ELI to quit being clued as [TV title lawyer Stone] or the like. If you ran for about a year and the critics didn’t complain bitterly when you were canceled, I’m afraid you have lost your crossword cred. I may need to edit a clue in another crossword that has Maria Bello as the star of Prime Suspect (the U.S. version)—they’ve aired nine episodes and there’s no guarantee the remaining four eps will ever run. If you’re a movie that hardly anyone saw or a song that was never a hit, nobody wants to be quizzed about you in a crossword.

Anyone else try to make 45d: [Dos for dudes] be SHAGS? Is that a hairstyle for men? The answer is STAGS, meaning stagparties, “dos” being a fairly British word for “parties.”

3.75 stars.
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Randolph Ross’s CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword, “It’s Your Choice” – Sam Donaldson’s review

CrosSynergy/Washington Post crossword solution, December 17

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Decisions, decisions. Today’s puzzle puts to us five different choices:

  • 17-Across: The [Choice about a deal] is to TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT. I usually take it and wind up wishing I had left it.
  • 29-Across: The [Choice about personal taste] is to LOVE IT OR HATE IT. I kept wanting LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, as I’m more familiar with that phrase from the popular bumper stickers of the 1970s.
  • 34-Across: The [Choice about an expiring offer] is to USE IT OR LOSE IT. Most of the time I don’t really lose it when I lose it, except for when I lose it on accident. Trust me, that makes sense.
  • 42-Across: Apparently one’s [Choice about acceptance] is to LIKE IT OR LUMP IT. Say what? That expression is entirely new to me, so I sent Google digging for 0.07 seconds. One website says that when “you tell someone to like it or lump it, you mean they must accept a situation they do not like, because they cannot change it.” Putting aside the singular/plural problem in that sentence, if that explanation is correct then it seems like there’s not much of a choice there. If the expression is synonymous with “like it or not,” there’s no choice to be made, right? Moreover, how the heck does “lump it” mean “accept it anyway?”
  • 55-Across: The [Choice about going all out] is MAKE IT OR BREAK IT. That’s a nice ending, a lively phrase that you hear in conversation all the time (though I tend to say “go big or go home” to express the same sentiment).

Some may subtract points for repetition–the “___ IT OR ___ IT” means you’re only digging for two of the five words in every expression. But I liked it. I’m still a bit baffled by LIKE IT OR LUMP IT, but I decided just to let it go (hey, like it or lump it, right?).

I liked the fill and clues even better. [The time of one’s life] is a fun clue for AGE, even though it didn’t fool me. It feeds GO AWOL, [One way to get the attention of MPs]. There’s a nice shout-out to PHIL Donahue as the [Pre-Oprah talk-show host], [Sheepish statement?] as the clue for BAA BAA, [Brave Henry] for the former Atlanta Brave Hank AARON, [Triumphant shout] as the clue for YES (I have my reasons), and good entries like I’M OKAY, and OPT OUT. Lots to like.

With five theme entries and 71 theme squares, some compromises are almost required. Fortunately, the worst here is probably either AABA, the [Swedish group with a spelling problem] [Rhyme scheme of “Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening”], or AT. NO. (short for “atomic number”), clued as [8 for O and 6 for C] (i.e., 8 for oxygen and 6 for carbon). TACET, to [“Be silent,” in a score], didn’t really bother me, but I think that has more to do from the very gettable crossings.

Barry Silk’s Los Angeles Times crossword

LA Times crossword solution, 12 17 11

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I worked this puzzle last night so it’s not that fresh in my mind, but I don’t remember a single reference to Philadelphia. There is, of course, baseball right at 1-Across: A WILD PITCH can be the [Cause of a run, perhaps]. Because if there are two things Barry Silk’s wild about, you’re looking at Philly and America’s slowest-moving national pastime.

There are a few three-word answers today:

  • 15a. [Two-time Best Situation Comedy Emmy winner] is an oldie but a goodie, I LOVE LUCY.
  • 35a. [Butter up, perhaps] clues BE NICE TO, which looks strange in the grid. BENICETO? Is that an Italian pope name? Why am I thinking about Benicio del Toro and connecting him to 26d: THE MATADOR (26d. [2005 Brosnan/Kinnear film with a bullfight scene])? And does Benicio really wish the Chicago Bulls mascot wasn’t named Benny the Bull?
  • 67a. [“I need a hand!”] clues “HELP ME OUT.”
  • 27d. [Aces] on the golf course are HOLES IN ONE.

Other favorite answers and clues:

  • 9d. [It’s always number one]? That’s HYDROGEN, #1 on the periodic table of elements. This has nothing to do with micturition, other than that the water content is H2O.
  • 14d. TEXAS TOAST is that fat-sliced white bread that makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich.[Southern side]? Really? Wikipedia says yes, toasted Texas toast is a side with barbecue, fried catfish, and other Southern meals.
  • 28d. [Lottery draw] clues INSTANT WIN. I don’t get how the clue works, though. I thought instant wins didn’t have to wait for the lucky numbers to be drawn.
  • 39d. [Construction site sight] is a BOX LUNCH. I thought construction workers usually brought a lunch box, whereas a box lunch is catered in.

Tough stuff:

  • 21d. [Karl Benz or Henry Ford] fairly shouts CARMAKER but the answer is EPONYM, as they named their cars after themselves. An eponym is either the person a thing is named after or the thing that’s named after a person. Isn’t that lazy, using the same word for both sides of this equation?
  • 31d. [Town in Salerno] makes me want Salerno butter cookies. Suitable for wearing as rings on your fingers! The answer, however, is EBOLI. I never understood the memoir/movie title Christ Stopped at Eboli, because when was Jesus hanging out in Italy? Turns out (according to the Wikipedia discussion at that link) the Eboli area hadn’t fully embraced Christianity. Today, I have learned something new about a word that’s crosswordese to me.
  • 12d. [Featuring built-in columns] clues PILASTERED. Can you use that word in a sentence? “I drank too much Schinapps and got pilastered.”

Nothing much in this puzzle to make me have NOSTALGIA (great clue: [It “isn’t what it used to be”: Peter De Vries]) for it next year, but it’s solid, even if it would’ve beenmore fun with a GAR at 10d. 3.5 stars.

Stan Newman’s Newsday crossword, “Saturday Stumper,” attributed to “Lester Ruff”

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Newsday crossword solution, "Saturday Stumper" 12 17 11

If this Stumper stumped you less than you expected, give thanks (or blame, if you’re a crossword masochist) to Stan’s “Less Rough” alter ego. It was still tougher than today’s NYT, if you ask me, so Lester could have made things easier.

This will be a quick post because my kid needs the computer to work on making a zine (!) for homework.

The toughest clue, for me, was 26d: [One seater]. My first thought was BOBSLED, but then SLEDDED popped up at 14d: [Went over banks], which is where I wanted FLOODED. The [One seater] is the MAITRE’D who seats a party of one (or more). I don’t love the clue.

Seven more clues:

  • 15a. [Saint who named a city] is LOUIS IX. St. Louis, Missouri? Yes.
  • 22a. [Robert Turner III] is TED Turner.
  • 26a. MEAD, the old honey booze, is a [Beer progenitor].
  • 64a. [What Adam and Eve never did, per Twain] is TEETHED.
  • 30d. [Stains, or removes stains] could certainly be BLOTS (my first guess), but it’s SPOTS. I think of “spot removal” and “spot treatment,” but not “spotting” to remove stains. And you?
  • 38d. The San Diego [Chargers’ group] is the AFC WEST.
  • 39d. [Scrabble player’s favorite card game] is the super-Scrabbly BEZIQUE.

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What is special about December 17th? ›

The US Code directs that Wright Brothers Day commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier than air, mechanically propelled airplane. Orville and Wilbur Wright made that first successful flight on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

What was the number one song December 17th 2011? ›

Chart history
Issue dateSongArtist(s)
December 3"Without You"David Guetta featuring Usher
December 10"We Found Love"Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
December 17
December 24
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What day is Dec 17tg? ›

December 17: Day of the Week

December 17, 2022 is the 351st day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 14 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday. If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is sábado.

Who famous has a birthday on December 17? ›

17. Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Ernie Hudson, Eugene Levy, Mike Mills, Nat Wolff, Peter Farrelly, Pope Francis, Sarah Paulson, Wes Studi and more.

Who has december 17th birthday? ›

Actor Sean Patrick Thomas (“The District”) is 51. Drummer Eddie Fisher of OneRepublic is 48. Actor Marissa Ribisi (“Pleasantville”) is 47. Singer Ben Goldwasser of MGMT is 39.

What was the hottest song in 2011? ›

Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was the number 1 song of the year, topping the Hot 100 for 7 consecutive weeks. Four of Katy Perry's singles, "Firework", "E.T.", "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" and "Teenage Dream" managed to enter the list, with "Firework" and "E.T." being numbers 3 and 4 respectively.

What's the most sold song of 2011? ›

Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars was the biggest-selling digital single of 2011, it has been revealed. The track sold more than 12 million copies worldwide last year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

Who was the most popular singer in 2011? ›

The soul singer topped Rihanna, Katy Perry and last year's champ, Lady Gaga to take Billboard's prize.

What celebration is on 17 November? ›

The International Students' Day is celebrated all around the world on November 17th.

What is celebrated on 17th November? ›

17th November- International Students Day

The Nazi troops established International Students Day on November 17, 1939.

What is the special on 17th December 1903? ›

It is codified in the US Code, and commemorates the first successful flights in a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, the Wright Flyer, that were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

What birth stone is December 17? ›

December | Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise

December birthdays have claim to three gemstones; Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise.

Is December 17 a cusp? ›

Sagittarius Capricorn Cusp: 4 Personality traits of the people born under the Cusp of Prophecy. People of Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp are born between December 18 to 24. They are born under the cusp of prophecy with all the good qualities and potentialities in them.

What is my age if I was born on 17 December 2007? ›

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Is December 17th a Capricorn? ›

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)

Capricorns always tell the truth sometimes without a coat of sugar but are incredibly open-minded and non-judgmental. Capricorns can determine a person's intention by their intuitive Instinct.

What are those born in December called? ›

They are either Sagittarius or Capricorn. Those born through December 21 are Sagittarius, while those born after December 22 are Capricorns. Sagittarians are known to be extremely generous, idealistic, and downright hilarious. Capricorns, on the other hand, are responsible, disciplined, and masters of self-control.

Is 17th birthday special? ›

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Was 2011 a hot year? ›

Despite how it is ranked, 2011 was yet another exceptionally warm year compared to the rest of the climate record since 1880.

What was number 1 2011? ›

Rihanna and Calvin Harris's huge Number 1 We Found Love shifted over 902,000 to finish at 5 – and RiRi's S&M finished 12th on 644,000.
Official Top 40 biggest selling singles of 2011.
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What was the most sold album of 2011? ›

Adele's second studio album, 21, was the most successful and highest-selling album of 2011, spending 13 non-consecutive weeks at number one.

What song has been #1 the longest? ›

"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song in history to be certified diamond.

What's the number 1 song in the world ever? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

Who has the number 1 album of all time? ›

Michael Jackson's Thriller, estimated to have sold 70 million copies worldwide, is the best-selling album. Jackson also currently has the highest number of albums on the list with five, Celine Dion has four, while the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Madonna and Whitney Houston each have three.

What was the number one rock song in 2011? ›

Chevelle's single "Face to the Floor" tops the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, and stays for the rest of the month, and eventually for 12 consecutive weeks, running well into 2012. The Black Keys release their seventh studio album, El Camino.

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Arijit Singh is renowned as the “King of Playback Singing” and is well-known for his “love ballads.” He has received numerous awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the IIFA Award for Best Male Playback, the Mirchi Music Awards, and many more.

Who was the biggest boy band in 2011? ›

2011 was an incredible year for anyone who was a teen in the '90s because the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block embarked on a joint tour, forming the super-group known as NKOTBSB. Though they also could have called themselves "Intense Faces and Even More Intense Leather."

Which special day is today? ›

National Family Health History Day.

Is November 17 a Peace day? ›

November 17, 2022 in the World

World Peace Day is celebrated on November 17, 2022. Peace is a sign of harmony characterized by the lack of violence, conflict behaviors and the freedom from fear of violence. We have placed a detailed description of this event on this page: World Peace Day 2023.

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December 17, 1963 (Tuesday)

Charter. The number of permanent members, given the power to veto a Security Council resolution, remained at five, while the non-permanent members were increased from six to 10. The Clean Air Act of 1963 was signed into law by President Johnson.

Is December 11 a special day? ›

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Is December 13 special? ›

December 13th Holidays

Famous birthdays include Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, and Steve Buscemi. December 13 also marks National Horse Day, National Ice Cream Day, National Violin Day, and U.S. National Guard's Birthday. We have 9 holidays listed for December 13.

What was the number 1 song December 17 2012? ›

Bruno Mars'

Locked Out Of Heaven” holds at #1 on the Hot 100 for the second week.

What was number 1 in the charts in 2011? ›


What does December 17 mean on TikTok? ›

The alleged TikTok threat encourages students to bring weapons to school on Dec. 17, prompting concern from administrators and parents. The supposed challenge has been labeled “National Shoot Up Your School Day,” reported.

What was the number one song December 11 2010? ›

Chart history
Issue dateSongWeekly sales
December 4"Forget You"192,000
December 11"Firework"232,000
December 18212,000
December 25201,000
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What was hot in 2012? ›

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", featuring Kimbra, became the year's biggest-selling single, topping the Billboard Year-End Hot 100. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and Maroon 5's "One More Night" tied for the longest-running number-one single of the year, both spending nine consecutive weeks atop the chart.

Why 2012 was the best year for music? ›

2012 was a vitally important year in music — the beginning of the mainstream opening its doors to alternative stylings and genre-free ideology. Without it, our music landscape today would look very, very different. And that's exactly why the year was the best for music of the decade.

What was the biggest hit in 2012? ›

For 2012, the list for the top 100 Billboard Hot 100 Year-End songs was published on December 14, calculated with data from December 3, 2011 to November 24, 2012. At the number-one position was Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra, which stayed atop the Hot 100 for eight consecutive weeks.

What bands were around in 2011? ›

The 20 Best New Bands of 2011
  • David Wax Museum. Hometown: Boston, Mass.
  • Tennis. Hometown: Denver. ...
  • Kopecky Family Band. Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee. ...
  • Rubblebucket. Hometown: Brooklyn, New York. ...
  • The Belle Brigade. Hometown: Los Angeles. ...
  • Caveman. Hometown: New York. ...
  • Generationals. Hometown: New Orleans. ...
  • The Lumineers. Hometown: Denver. ...
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What is the TikTok threat for 12 17? ›

The “December 17 Challenge” encourages students to call in bomb or shooting threats to school buildings. This is a nation-wide challenge and is NOT specific to Perry Local Schools.

What was the TikTok threat? ›

There's been a nationwide TikTok trend where people were talking about creating school shootings and bomb threats for every school across the country on Friday, Dec. 17, according to The trend began as a plea for everyone to stay home from school on Dec. 17.

What does 1@ mean on TikTok? ›

You'll notice who the first "@” on your TikTok is when go to tag someone. It's easy to get lost in translation while navigating TikTok. However, when it comes to deciphering what the first @ means, it's simply the first account that comes up when you attempt to tag someone in a post or comment.

What famous person has a birthday on December 11? ›

1. Hailee Steinfeld. Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin.

Who Xmas number 1? ›

The Official Christmas Number 1s
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Is December a good time to release a single? ›

November and December Is the Most Competitive Period in the Music Business. The most challenging months to release an album are typically November and December. Since all established and major independent labels release their newest tracks, the public and the media frequently pay attention to established acts.


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