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Hey peeps!

Back in June I started solving NYT Crossword puzzles. It’s often really hard for me — except for baseball trivia that everyone else bitches about — because, you know – not my language, not my country and so on. But it’s also a great fun. Such great fun that I actually got into constructing, too, and true to my family motto “Aim high, miss goals, assure disappointment” I decided to become a first Croatian to publish a NYT Puzzle. I have already created and submitted (per post, with instructions to “include my e-mail, if I have one”; modern times at NYT) three puzzles, so wish me luck on those. As you are my window into the intellectual soul of America, I might engage you from time to time, to tell me if a term is known in the States or something to the point.

For example, the last one I did has a theme revealer COLD OPEN (that’s how the cool kids write the answers, always all caps) clued as “Typical SNL start”. And the four theme entries are ARCTIC MONKEYS, FROZEN ASSETS, POLAR OPPOSITE and COOL PAPA BELL. I queried a Facebook constructing group on the appropriateness of the first and the last, and the majority meant that Arctic Monkeys are known in the US, at least after AM, and that Cool Papa Bell is not so hot. To which I, of course. said fuck it, and kept Papa, because I just love the lore of the Negro Leagues in general and that of Cool Papa Bell in particular. I sent it in this way, and if needed can substitute Papa for COOL CUSTOMER or COOL RUNNINGS.

I have one idea though, that is probably not easily achievable, if at all. I would like to have ALGEBRA as a theme, because numbers. And the idea I’m entertaining is to have a series of theme entries, which when read aloud sound like a simple algebraic equation. Right now, I’m sitting on:
WISE ONE {Sagacious Person}
HALF AXE {Hatchet with a blade and a hammer}
IS WHY {“That ___ I love you”}
WHAT SEX {Census question, maybe (with “are you?”}
AXIS TWO {Second coordinate}

When read out, it should sound just like:
Y = 1
X/2 = Y
X = ?
X = 2

This is not good enough, for more than one reason. Clue for WHAT SEX is very stretched, to start with. Perhaps it would fly, but I doubt it. But an even bigger problem is that crosswords are symmetrical and to pull this of, I would need 6 clues of 7 letters each.

So, IS WHY is too short.

Do you have any other idea of a phonetic identical? Or of a whole set. Generally, dupes are not allowed (same words repeated in answers).

All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!

298 thoughts on “Cross Words

  1. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 16,2019 8:51 am
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  2. dmoas Dec 16,2019 9:39 am

    What about “Which Ex?” And pick some famous American known for being married to multiple women and generate a clue off of that?

  3. andeux andeux Dec 16,2019 9:39 am

    I like the cold open theme. And yeah, Cool Papa Bell might be a bit obscure for the hoi polloi, but it’s worth a shot.

    For the math one: you can always put the odd (in both senses) -numbered theme answer in the middle of the grid to preserve symmetry. But I’m not sure the theme really works. Those are all kind of short to be theme answers, but also kind of strained both as everyday phrases and as representations of math (“ax” instead of “ex” for x, “is” for equals, “half y” for y/2, aren’t really things people would say in a math context). Trying to improve one problem is likely to make the others worse. Something like that theme might work in a cryptic context, where you can build the wordplay and dual nature directly into the clues (“We hear reliever Dennis’ abbreviated years in Oakland were derivative”)

    If you ever need an extra test solver for one of your puzzles, let me know.

    TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Dec 16,2019 10:15 am || Up

      Thanks. Yeah, it is a pretty long stretch, and while I would like it to work, I have my doubts it’s really doable. I didn’t venture into cryptic yet, but I’ll check it out. And yeah, I would love it if you could test solve some of my work

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  4. elcroata elcroata Dec 16,2019 10:43 am

    Also, as I know that Shortz changes 90% of the clues, I’m placing baseball everywhere. So BARON is {Michael Jordan, as a baseball player}

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • colin colin Dec 16,2019 2:31 pm || Up

      Awesome that you are working on this. I have gotten pretty addicted to the NY Times crossword lately. There were several baseball-related clues in the most recent Sunday puzzle.

      • elcroata elcroata Dec 16,2019 10:27 pm || Up

        A couple of months ago, one of the answers was BLEEDER as in the hit that barely makes it out of the infield. There were quite a few comments to the effect of having played baseball for decades and never having heard it. To which I responded that they were all too good of a hitters, then; I’ve heard it plenty.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • colin colin Dec 19,2019 7:33 am || Up

          From today’s puzzle:

          I was disappointed with myself because it took me a while to figure out the first letter that goes with _ELLY GREEN

  5. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 16,2019 10:51 am

    I’m assuming the Algebra one has to targeted for a Thursday. It’s probably going to be too difficult for earlier in the week, and Friday/Saturday usually aren’t themed. You can get pretty weird on a Thursday, so I’m wondering whether you could somehow work the equations themselves into the puzzle, either visually or otherwise. For example, using a rebus to get the word equals into a square, putting an x on top of a y in various places throughout, etc.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 16,2019 11:00 am || Up

      Another thought: having various answers combine to form an equation, the solution to which is the answer to the solver clue. There was a sunday puzzle earlier this year that did something like this with a chess move.

    • elcroata elcroata Dec 16,2019 12:41 pm || Up

      I was targeting a Thursday (my first three are all kind of Tuesdayish), but forgot that I might use visual placements in the grid, as well, perhaps to visualize a quotient or something. Doesn’t make it easier, but opens up quite a few new possibilities.

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 16,2019 1:34 pm || Up

        Maybe you could use the black squares to represent an operation sign or a variable or something.

  6. MikeV MikeV Dec 16,2019 11:42 am

    I’m not smart enough to understand this.

    And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

    Thanks, and go As.

    • Soaker Soaker Dec 17,2019 4:03 pm || Up

      You’re not alone here. I occasionally do a crossword puzzle in my head when there’s one on the back of the box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs but that’s the only time.

      Support locally made sausage!
  7. ptbnl Dec 17,2019 10:18 am

    FK the NYT crossword – go for the Guardian cryptic.

    Crptic crosswords have a unique answer to every clue and don’t depend anything like as heavily on arcane general knowledge (and even when they do, since there are two parts to every clue you can infer the answer from the cryptic part even not knowing the literal part).

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • elcroata elcroata Dec 17,2019 10:41 am || Up

      Oh, it’s a sentimental thing. I want to publish one in the NYT, but true – more I hear about cryptic, more I like them

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • ptbnl Dec 17,2019 10:45 am || Up

        Look for Araucaria in general and his holiday prize crosswords in particular. The alphabetical ones (no clue numbers, but one answer starting with each letter of the alphabet to be fit into the grid provided) were an annual treat.

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • andeux andeux Dec 17,2019 11:21 am || Up

        I am not really a fan of the British-style cryptics, where not every letter crosses. Arcana is very much in the eye of the beholder, it seems, and they can be unsolvable if you aren’t on the same wavelength as the constructor.
        But I really like “variety cryptics.” For a good (as in easy) introduction to the form, the New Yorker has just started reprinting some of theirs. Once you get the hang of it, WSJ has one every four weeks, or there are the archives from John de Cuevas who was also publishing one monthly until he died last year.

        TINSTAAFK
        • ptbnl Dec 18,2019 12:14 am || Up

          I don’t understand the distinction between heavy lines and filled squares as word-separators – in neither case does every letter cross. Plus the filled squares open the possibility of very pretty doily patterns. Uncle EC’s paper snowflake crosswords could be the next big thing.

          I do understand wavelength though, and there are compilers I won’t even try. When you find someone you get though it can be mesmerizing. Bobbing on the creek in Caz with Araucaria is my annual downtime.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  8. ptbnl Dec 17,2019 10:30 am

    So if a player reacts to racist chanting they get sent off, but if the chants are calling out a Nazi-sympathizer the match gets abandoned.

    But the Italian FAs anti-racist monkeys takes this week’s prize for tone-deafness.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  9. elcroata elcroata Dec 17,2019 10:42 am

    Came up with the new theme.

    MESONS OF ANARCHY – Out of control accelerator particles
    MEWING COMMANDER – Cat in charge
    ME FIRST ATTITUDE – Selfish way to go through life, plus hint for other two

    First, do you like it?

    And second, that’s too little, right? On one hand, there are 45 Letters in it, but I only have two puns. I’m not sure the grid can take much more, because to grow, I would need at least two sevens which would take me to some 60 theme-letters and probably compromise the quality of the fill.

    What do you think?

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • elcroata elcroata Dec 17,2019 10:51 am || Up

      Perhaps METHANE OF CAWDOR – “Highlands fuel source” as the fourth one?

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • andeux andeux Dec 17,2019 11:24 am || Up

      I like it.
      But yeah, the typical daily grid is 15×15 and trying to fit in four grid spanners could be challenging.

      TINSTAAFK
      • elcroata elcroata Dec 17,2019 12:16 pm || Up

        I managed. There is glue, of course, but nothing that was not published in Shortz era. Can I send it to you tomorrow, after I have another look and write the clues? .puz OK?

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 17,2019 12:47 pm || Up

          Shortz will allow any measure of questionable filler as long as you get Brian Eno in there.

          • elcroata elcroata Dec 17,2019 12:49 pm || Up

            He’s only #125 on the all-time list, but it sure feels like more than that

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • andeux andeux Dec 17,2019 1:13 pm || Up

          Yes, please do.

          TINSTAAFK
  10. AV AV Dec 17,2019 11:00 am

    yes i went around the corner to see if he was still there.

    he wasn’t.

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 18,2019 11:48 am || Up

  11. ptbnl Dec 17,2019 11:42 am

    The house just passed both the FY20 appropriations minibus bills … as part of the National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • colin colin Dec 17,2019 11:44 am || Up

      Have you checked what it does for DOE science funding?

      • ptbnl Dec 17,2019 12:13 pm || Up

        $7B for the Office of Science, compared with $6.6B at the equivalent stage last year.

        Within OHEP specific earmarks for SURF ($30M), HL-LHC ($100M) & LSST ($15M).

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  12. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 18,2019 10:42 am

    Late entry for best tweet of the decade.

    • elcroata elcroata Dec 18,2019 11:47 am || Up

      I don’t know. At this point I fear it will be in 2024, after he makes place in the WH for Tucker Carlson

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 18,2019 1:33 pm || Up

        He apparently outlived all of his voters.

  13. elcroata elcroata Dec 18,2019 11:07 am

    As I don’t think you hang in the Worldplay comments…

    Most of my Wednesdays:

    6:00 AM This will be the one
    6:02 AM OK, it’s a little bit tough, but I can do this
    6:20 AM It’s going well, I already have 20 squares filled, and some of them might be correct
    6:30 AM New Wednesday rule, personal names of people I have never heard of may be researched
    6:40 AM Did I say people? I meant people and brands
    6:50 AM I wanted to leave for work half an hour ago
    7:00 AM OK, as Wednesdays are tougher, I am allowed to reveal one square
    7:01 AM Actually, as Wednesday is the third day of the week, that should be three squares
    7:06 AM Resist taking into account that today is December 18th which would make 18 revealed squares the most logical choice
    7:15 AM I really have to go to work
    8:00 AM Get to the lab, put all projects on hold, take one last look
    8:30 AM Steady progress
    8:55 AM “Congratulations, you have filled 1/4, keep going”
    9:25 AM Realize my KQER/OQUO crossing is probably wrong, start over in the NW corner
    9:42 AM Angrily explain to my bosses that lab experiments just take time
    10:03 AM Click “Reveal Puzzle”
    10:05 AM “Ooooooh, that’s what they meant, how clever”
    10:06 AM Go hang with the cool kids and write inane comments
    05:30 PM Come home and shout, “Honey, I did the Wednesday one again!”

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 18,2019 11:12 am || Up

      I only jump in there when I am mad about a clue and want to complain. It’s a pretty excellent community though.

      • elcroata elcroata Dec 18,2019 11:20 am || Up

        It is, both funny and smart, very deep linguistically, I learn something every day

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 16,2020 9:34 am || Up

          I was frustrated with what I thought was a bad execution of a theme in today’s puzzle. Went to Wordplay and found that everyone there hated it too. Yay!

          • elcroata elcroata Jan 16,2020 10:27 am || Up

            There was some furious feedback

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • andeux andeux Jan 16,2020 10:39 am || Up

              I thought it was fine. Kind of tricky in that they were purely phonetic, which I didn’t fully get until the end, but they were consistent. And Erik Agard puzzles are always good.

              TINSTAAFK
              • colin colin Jan 16,2020 10:46 am || Up

                Theme was definitely tricky. The parts that I was suprised by were a) that one of the theme answers was down while the rest were across and b) one of the theme answers was a person’s name, and not an overwhelmingly famous person. I ended up getting stumped on a couple of non-theme squares and eventually solved it with a little bit of brute force.

                • elcroata elcroata Jan 16,2020 11:47 am || Up

                  on a) it was symmetric with the revealer, so I guess it makes the overall theme symmetric, too

                  All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • elcroata elcroata Dec 18,2019 11:26 am || Up

        History made

        Better attendance than at any Giants game this year

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  14. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 18,2019 11:30 am

    I enjoyed this deconstruction of the Succession score by the composer. His work on that show is just fantastic.

  15. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 19,2019 8:40 am

    Joe Posnanski is counting down his top 100 players in baseball history in The Athletic with 100 essays in 100 days.

    So far:

    100. Ichiro
    99. Mike Mussina

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 28,2020 11:35 am || Up

      59. Reggie

      This is a pretty fun one, framed around Reggie hitting a pinch-hit grand slam in 1970 after being benched on Charley Finley’s orders.

      Jackson looked at the ball for an instant, as he sometimes did, and then he lumbered slowly around the bases. The few fans still at the game cheered madly. When Jackson got to home plate, he threw off his batting helmet and then he looked up to the owner’s box. He could not believe what he saw — there was Finley smiling and applauding like he’d had something to do with that.

      And that, finally, was too much.

      Jackson lifted his middle finger toward Finley. Then he unmistakably shouted out the two words in the English language easiest to lip-read, the two words that one newspaper called “the classic defiant unprintable” and another called “one of your more obscene expressions.”

  16. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 19,2019 8:44 am

    LOL Tulsi Gabbard. My theory is she misunderstood what Putin meant when he asked for a present.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 19,2019 8:57 am || Up

      At some point, I would like to find out what the hell her actual deal is.

      • AV AV Dec 19,2019 12:02 pm || Up

        i can’t wait for the podcast.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • dmoas Dec 19,2019 9:20 am || Up

      Of all the decisions she had, that was the least Presidential she could possibly make.

      Yes: Agreed with the charges.
      No: I don’t think there’s enough evidence, believe it was rushed, too partisan, want to wait to see more testimony, etc.
      No Show: I wasn’t there for some defensible reason.

      But “Present” says “I couldn’t make up my mind, I’m indecisive, hopefully no one attacks us if the people were dumb enough to vote me in as President because I’ll sit there and hem and haw over whether to attack back or defend ourselves or throw up a white flag.”

    • andeux andeux Dec 19,2019 10:47 am || Up

      Now picturing her crooning “Happy Birthday, Mr. President…” to him.

      By now everyone should have realized that in no meaningful sense is she a progressive, right?

      TINSTAAFK
      • dmoas Dec 19,2019 11:26 am || Up

        Progressive? She’s not even a Democrat.

        • MikeV MikeV Dec 19,2019 12:13 pm || Up

          This.

          And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

          Thanks, and go As.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Dec 19,2019 12:35 pm || Up

        everyone but bots/trolls and bernie sanders

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  17. doctorK doctorK Dec 20,2019 3:25 pm

    Merry Christmas (or whatever), FKers!

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 20,2019 4:31 pm || Up

      I’m still recovering from the War on Thanksgiving.

      Also howdy doc!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  18. sslinger Dec 20,2019 6:50 pm

    I know news of this tournament has been out there a while, but I don’t think I’ve seen it mentioned on here. There could be some really interesting matches. Confession – I don’t know anything about Rutter, and didn’t really see much of Jennings’ run though I have seen him since, like when he went up against Watson. So Holzhauer is the only one I’ve seen a lot of. Any thoughts on a) one you like best, and b) favorite to win?

    • vignette17 Dec 30,2019 11:25 am || Up

      I think I would put James as the favorite with Brad in second. Brad’s gotta be the favorite over Ken as head to head, Brad is consistently better. James is similarly skilled, has better betting strategy, and most importantly, has played recently enough that his timing should be the best.

      As for who I like best? Ken and James have the advantage since I’ve seen more of both, and Ken is funnier than James. Ken is who I will root for, with James second.

      • andeux andeux Jan 7,2020 9:34 pm || Up

        Going into the first game, I agreed with this handicapping:
        Brad over Ken, though only by a small amount, based on past matchups, and James over both of them, based not just on strategy, but on better percentages on daily doubles and final jeopardy as well.

        First match thoughts (SPOILERS):
        Given the quality of the competition and the format, it’s not surprising to see them all adopting the aggressive tactics: the way to win is to have the lead before FJ, and the way to do that is to get ahead using the DDs.
        It ended up backfiring for Brad, who found 4 of the 6 DDs, but missed three of them. He also managed to ring in a lot less than the other two in the first game, and was the only one to miss one of the FJs. (I didn’t know either one.)
        Ken was on fire, including hitting the other two DDs. He was quick on the buzzer and didn’t miss any questions in the first half, though he did miss a few easy ones at the end of the second game.
        James was James, but just not able to dominate like he did against lesser competition (i.e. pretty much anyone else).
        I’d still put James as the favorite, but it will continue to come down mostly to who hits the DDs.
        Lots of good questions. A few too many read by celebrities, but not too much other BS.

        TINSTAAFK
        • colin colin Jan 8,2020 5:14 am || Up

          The wordplay questions were so hard!

          • vignette17 Jan 8,2020 3:03 pm || Up

            Both Triple Rhyme Time and Before, During, and After were ideal categories as they not only show off the contestants knowledge, but their sheer quickness on clues. And Tahiti graffiti treaty! Those clues should be a must for each of these finals.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 8,2020 8:08 am || Up

          I found the game play slightly less engaging that a regular Jeopardy match, especially in the first half, because there were almost no incorrect answers. While the knowledge depth was impressive, it made it more of a buzzer contest. Ironically, as they loosened up the interactions got more engaging, but they missed more questions.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • sslinger Jan 8,2020 10:49 am || Up

            FK, forgot to set the recording! Will have to for tonight.

          • vignette17 Jan 8,2020 3:05 pm || Up

            At that level, it’s a fine line between making the clues too hard and the audience knowing nothing and giving up perfect scores. I was thoroughly engrossed, but maybe I’m too much of a Jeopardy geek.

            • andeux andeux Jan 8,2020 3:23 pm || Up

              Yeah, I thought the level of difficulty was good. I only knew 2 of the 6 daily doubles (though probably should have gotten one or two more) and neither final Jeopardy.
              I get the complaint about a buzzer contest, but these three all know so much (and presumably a lot of the same stuff) that it would be hard to avoid that without making all the questions so hard that no one could play along at home.

              TINSTAAFK
        • vignette17 Jan 8,2020 3:04 pm || Up

          Brad actually had the highest Coryat score in game 2. So he’s not out of it yet, even with his first loss to a human in Jeopardy history. I’d agree and still say James seems like the favourite though.

          • colin colin Jan 9,2020 7:07 am || Up

            He also got totally jobbed when Alex cut off that one answer before he got the chance to add “ly”

            • andeux andeux Jan 9,2020 9:31 am || Up

              Seemed like he was kind of on tilt on day 2. He missed the “adverb” part of that clue, seemed to misunderstand the chromosome DD as well, and then just kind of lost it after that.
              But he also pulled out some “how the hell did he know that” kind of answers, so vignette is probably right that he should not be counted out yet.
              James showed why he was the favorite, leading both games into FJ, though Ken at least managed to stay pretty close again.

              TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 10,2020 8:36 am || Up

            Through three days Brad seems substantially outmatched on the buzzer, I don’t see that getting any better for him.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • vignette17 Jan 10,2020 10:34 am || Up

              Yep, I think it’s unlikely he notches a single victory. Ken and James seem to be buzzing in quicker than him. Which compared to past tournaments is a surprise (especially vis a vis Ken).

              • andeux andeux Jan 10,2020 10:47 am || Up

                He even mentioned it himself in the interviews yesterday.
                Also 4/9 on DDs, while Ken is 4/4 and James is 4/5.
                Tough luck that despite having control of the board so much less he is doing so well at finding them, but then they are hurting rather than helping him. That part could still turn around, but the buzzer issues probably won’t.

                TINSTAAFK
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 10,2020 3:55 pm || Up

                  He’s gone first in the Double Jeopardy round maybe all six possible times, and at least 3 of those he’s hit the DD on the first selection, and I think missed them all.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • sslinger Jan 14,2020 9:46 pm || Up

              He had a rough showing. James’ comment was pretty funny – I hope they’re all friendly enough that Brad didn’t take offense.

              • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 14,2020 10:03 pm || Up

                Light sabrmetrics!

                "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • sslinger Jan 15,2020 12:13 am || Up

                  Perhaps his highlight.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 15,2020 4:09 pm || Up

                  If inspired, note that the next opportunity to test in is Jan 28-30. After hearing that James failed to get in for years before succeeding I’m not so optimistic.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • colin colin Jan 16,2020 7:23 am || Up

                  I have taken the test for the last ~3 years and am planning to sign up again. Good luck to any FKers taking part!

                • AV AV Jan 16,2020 8:46 am || Up

                  is this about star wins above replacements?

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • elcroata elcroata Jan 9,2020 9:23 am || Up

      Is there anything available online about this. I only found this really crappy YouTube video

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  19. Soaker Soaker Dec 21,2019 7:53 pm

    This is the Rangers new place. They need a retractable mound for concert events and the like. The Coliseum allegedly has the retractable mound as well, but Holy Toledo, I didn’t envision it being on this scale.

    Support locally made sausage!
    • dmoas Dec 27,2019 9:44 pm || Up

      The coliseum’s isn’t so much a retractable mount as it’s a mobile mound.

  20. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 21,2019 8:24 pm

    I have no love for the 49ers, but man, they sure do play exciting games.

    I’d ask andeux if I could join the Bills bandwagon, but I think I know how it ends.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Dec 21,2019 8:48 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 23,2019 1:42 pm || Up
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 23,2019 3:09 pm || Up

          Christ, what A Hill Patriots fan.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Dec 22,2019 1:46 pm || Up

      With the Steelers and Titans both losing this morning, the Raiders playoff hopes apparently remain alive.
      They need:
      Wins against SD and Denver.
      Steelers lose to Ravens.
      Titans lose to Texans.
      Colts beat Jaguars (This must be for a strength of schedule tiebreaker?)

      Each of those individually is reasonably likely (all are teams with better records beating teams with worse records), though of course the overall parlay is still a long shot.

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 22,2019 4:12 pm || Up

        Not dead yet, but still frauds. Go Frauds!

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 29,2019 4:13 pm || Up

          Well that was predictable. Pathetically, hideously predictable.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 30,2019 8:38 am || Up

            With more Zebra intrigue and tons of questionable play calls. This season was about as perfect of a summary of OAK pt2 as you can get.

            Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
            • Soaker Soaker Dec 30,2019 11:40 am || Up

              And their first act as the Las Vegas Raiders is handing Richie Incognito a contract extension.

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              • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 30,2019 12:52 pm || Up

                When you have a chance to keep a crazy guy with injury issues you have to act fast!

                Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 30,2019 1:57 pm || Up

                  In fact, a crazy racist bully guy with injury issues.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 23,2019 8:20 am || Up

        I also heard Browns beat the Bengals. But just being in a theoretical conversation at this point is pretty amazing for this injured wreck.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • Soaker Soaker Dec 23,2019 9:57 am || Up

        Los Angeles’ level of interest in the Chargers, three years after their move from San Diego, was on hilariously glorious display yesterday. Unless the team turns into the Patriots for the next decade, becoming the #2 team in the Rams’ stadium looks like a move destined for epic failure.

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    • Soaker Soaker Dec 29,2019 9:57 pm || Up

      I didn’t watch that much of the NFL this year but I did happen to see both of the Seattle vs. San Francisco games and yeah, they were both pretty good.

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      • dmoas Jan 5,2020 9:48 pm || Up

        Gotta figure the NFL will push for a winner take all rematch in the Conference final.

  21. Future Ed Future Ed Dec 22,2019 10:45 am

    It took me too long to say, the son was sent off early a day late

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  22. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 23,2019 5:02 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  23. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 24,2019 8:25 am

    Nice story in The Athletic about Doug McWilliams, Berkeley resident and photographer of the 70s A’s and others, featuring this lovely quote from FK friend Vida:

    “He was a mild-mannered guy,” Blue said. “I mean, he had to deal with Mr. October. He had to deal with Sal Bando. He had to deal with Catfish Hunter. Most of all, he had to deal with Charlie Finley — the horse’s ass of horse’s asses.”

  24. ptbnl Dec 25,2019 6:18 pm

    Happy holidays to my favorite FKers.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 26,2019 8:48 am || Up

      Merry FKing Christmas and a Happy as FK New Year!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 26,2019 9:36 am || Up

        Very much this and a belated Rickeymas one and all!

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. elcroata elcroata Dec 27,2019 6:07 am

    Zorionak, feliz navidad, cestit bozic and the rest of the works to you all.

    An accounting question for those better versed in that stuff. I am reading Grisham on holidays (don’t judge, I’m in Spain with screaming relatives around me all the time, no brain for anything else). Anyway, I just read The Partner, and the very basic premise of the book is that a guy stole 90 million and got caught some four and a half years afterwards. He returns the money, and after some negotiation they all settle on 3% interest. However, once they do they come up with the sum of $113 million. Is there some interest calculation in accounting that I’m not aware of? Because the alternative would be that none of the zillion editors for what is possibly world’s best-selling author can do even basic math. Or that I have drank so much over the holidays, that I can’t either.

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 27,2019 8:59 am || Up

      $113 million or $11.3? If you do 3% a year on $90 it comes close ($11,295,792.90 after 4 years assuming you add the previous interest to the principal).

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
      • elcroata elcroata Dec 27,2019 9:22 am || Up

        113 million all together

        Jaynes looked up from his notetaking and asked, “Three percent,
        right?”

        “That’s right. From March 26, 1992, until November 1, 1996.
        Total comes to a hundred and thirteen million, plus some change,
        which we’ll ignore. One hundred thirteen million, even.”
        The figure had a nice ring to it, and it certainly sounded good to
        the government boys. They each wrote it on their legal pads. It
        looked large. Who could argue with a deal that brought so much
        back into the hands of the taxpayers?
        To offer this much meant only one thing: Patrick had taken the
        ninety and invested well. Sprawling’s boys had crunched some
        numbers earlier. Assuming Patrick placed all the money in
        investments earning eight percent a year, the loot would now be
        worth a hundred and thirty-one million. Ten percent, and the
        value would be one hundred and forty-four million.

        Rounding it to 4.6 years, I come up with roughly 103 mil with 3%. The other calculations are in the ballpark, assuming they rounded to 5 years.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 27,2019 9:50 am || Up

          yeah, I guess they just assumed everyone would just say “big numbers durrr bigger numbers durr…”.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
          • ptbnl Dec 27,2019 10:13 am || Up

            But they’re close enough on the higher rates that they weren’t just pulled out of thin air … my guess is that someone mis-transcribed $103M as $113M and everyone else just went with it.

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
            • vignette17 Dec 30,2019 11:44 am || Up

              There’s two other possibilities: the book adds inflation of around 2% on top of 3% returns, while the 9-10% return estimates have that inflation baked in.

              Or the thought was 3% interest and a $10 M fine that got lost in editing.

              I recently sat the level I exam for the CFA and these type of time value of money questions are always fun.

  26. Future Ed Future Ed Dec 27,2019 7:49 pm

    ” frameborder=”0″ allow=”accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture” allowfullscreen>

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  27. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 27,2019 8:14 pm

    Date night at Chase Center for the Semiens. Once he gets the extension he’ll spring for better than the Suns.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Dec 28,2019 8:16 am || Up

      there was a HS connection, yeah?

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  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 29,2019 10:06 pm

    The Cal men’s basketball team dropped a home game to Harvard. Pathetic.

    • andeux andeux Dec 30,2019 7:48 am || Up

      Yay Crimson!

      TINSTAAFK
    • Future Ed Future Ed Dec 30,2019 10:09 am || Up

      Call me when you lose a tournament game against Princeton

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  29. elcroata elcroata Dec 30,2019 12:20 am
    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • andeux andeux Dec 30,2019 7:48 am || Up

      Yay Bills!

      TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 30,2019 3:40 pm || Up

        I’m on board. Also after 12 straight bye-week teams have made the Super Bowl I figure we’re due for a 3+ seed this year. Of course, it’ll probably be the Patriots (vomits).

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  30. sslinger Dec 30,2019 11:19 am

    My son-in-law’s mom has been writing them for years, and for christmas we all got copies of her first book.

  31. Soaker Soaker Dec 30,2019 11:43 am

    Today’s Redbox BLUEbox Bowl could be an epic on par with last year’s 9-interception Cheez-It Bowl. Cal’s offense is #117 in FBS (out of 130 teams) in yards per game, Illinois is #119. Cal is -6 with O/U at 46.5. GO BEARS!!!

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    • Soaker Soaker Dec 30,2019 4:03 pm || Up

      The passing game was functional for only maybe 7 or 8 quarters spread over several games during the season. A lot of that was injuries and inexperience and those issues started to resolve themselves in the last few games. This has to be the most effective four-quarter performance since Jared Goff was around.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 30,2019 4:33 pm || Up

        I see the Bears open next season in the new Raiders monstrosity. I assume you will be in attendance.

        • Soaker Soaker Dec 30,2019 4:57 pm || Up

          I’ll consider it. That’s the first college football game in there and one of the first events (a couple Raiders exhibition games and maybe a concert before that) so I bet ticket prices would be pretty excessive for a Cal-UNLV game.

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 31,2019 11:46 am || Up

            Some of the young bears were talking Rose Bowl after the game, so maybe wise to save up.

            • Soaker Soaker Dec 31,2019 12:01 pm || Up

              To get to the Rose Bowl next year, Cal would have to go undefeated and be ranked #1 or #2. The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl are the semifinal games in the playoff. If Cal made the playoff but were ranked #3 or #4, they would not be assigned a “home game” in California and would be sent to New Orleans.

              The winner of next year’s Pac-12 championship game (which is moving from Levi’s Stadium to Allegiant Stadium BTW), if not a playoff team, will go to one of the three wild card New Year’s Six bowls (Cotton in Arlington, Peach in Atlanta or Fiesta in Glendale AZ; the Orange Bowl specifically excludes the Pac-12).

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          • Soaker Soaker Jan 21,2020 4:17 pm || Up

            Glad to see the acrimony has already begun, even before it’s absolutely certain the roof will be on in time (the Raiders do have a lease option at the Coliseum for the 2020 season, ugh ugh ugh). Customary Adelson News link warning but this is the point:

            UNLV has games scheduled against Louisiana Tech on Sept. 5 and Arizona State on Sept. 12. Unless the sides resolve the issue, those games probably will be played at Sam Boyd Stadium instead of Allegiant.

            The Rebels open their season Aug. 29 at Allegiant against California, and that game is not in dispute.

            “Right now, we’re saving that availability for Raider games,” team president Marc Badain said Thursday of those two September dates. “We may need it for concerts and other events.

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            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 21,2020 5:35 pm || Up

              If I learned only one lesson from my dealings with the Raiders (and Marc Badain specifically) it’s that they are in it for themselves only. Merely expressing the opinion that they should consider another party is an act of disloyalty from which you never recover.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  32. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 30,2019 12:13 pm

    There are many contenders for the title of Least Consequential Bowl Game, but the one played on a Monday morning between Western Michigan and Western Kentucky in a stadium named after Gerald Ford, but not that Gerald Ford, is going to be hard to beat.

    • 5Aces 5Aces Dec 30,2019 12:53 pm || Up

      Not THAT Gerald Ford almost made me spit out my drink-thanks GM!

      Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 30,2019 3:37 pm

    I listened to about 30 minutes of Joe Starkey and had no idea what the score was, or even who was winning, the whole time.

    • Soaker Soaker Dec 30,2019 4:06 pm || Up

      “Starkey retires” is only a little bit below “Trump is defeated” on my 2020 wish list, but I’m pretty sure he’s trying for 50 years (this is the conclusion of the 45th) or ha ha calling a Rose Bowl.

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  34. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 30,2019 3:44 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Dec 30,2019 3:48 pm || Up

      More detail from The Chron. He designed and paid for his own uniform and bought his own better quality condiments.

      https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Famed-local-hot-dog-vendor-who-always-sold-food-14936671.php#

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Dec 31,2019 10:35 pm || Up

        The Athletic:

        He also thought the sauerkraut at the Coliseum was bad so he started carrying in a preferred brand, Pleasant Valley, which he found to have a better texture and crunch. He said it was affordable; a case was $18 and he was trying to get the A’s to replace whatever they were using with this brand he had found.”

  35. Soaker Soaker Dec 31,2019 9:30 pm

    1/1/70: A third grader in Walnut Creek.
    1/1/80: Cal didn’t have sufficient student housing so I had a studio apartment and commuted. Pretty neat location just off Grand Avenue at Lake Merritt; it was a dump but rent was $185/month.
    1/1/90: The apartment in downtown Hayward. Commute to work was a three-minute walk. Hayward was the most boring place I’ve ever lived though.
    1/1/00: Converted garage in Rockridge. I loved that place, lived there for 8 years. Short walk to Rockridge BART and to work from there. I wanted to do something symbolic for Y2K so actually the night of 12/31/99 was spent camping in Death Valley.
    1/1/10: The first place at Tahoe, a nice rental townhouse behind the Elks Point Safeway. I would have lived there longer but the owner ran into financial trouble during the Great Recession and had to kick me out so he could move in.
    1/1/20: Chateau Soaker, which I bought in 2013.

    Happy New Year FKers. May the 2020s bring us World Championships, and a new ballpark for FK’s sake.

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    • ptbnl Jan 1,2020 9:52 am || Up

      1/1/70 – The house I was born in, originally the stable where the gentry left their horses while taking the waters in Epsom (hence the salts).
      1/1/80 – The last days in my stepfather’s house on the outskirts of Leatherhead before being thrown out and going back to live with my father at the increasingly dilapidated above. By this time all the power came from two massively overloaded wall sockets, the roof leaked, and several rooms were filled floor to ceiling with surplus paintings. By the time he died, there was a tree growing inside the house and out through the roof.
      1/1/90 – Lodging in Stoke Newington while being overwhelmed by 2 simultaneous masters degrees, just round the corner from the wonderful Ridley Road street market where the local Jewish, Turkish, Pakistani, West Indian and white working class communities converged.
      1/1/00 – 2nd Oakland home of 3, a 1-bedroom Mediterranean rental in Temescal before it was hip.
      1/1/10 & 20 – 3rd Oakland home bought in Baja Piedmont, watching Broadway Auto Row slowly being transformed beyond recognition.

      Happy New Year … and remember, hindsight is FKing 2020.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 1,2020 9:36 pm || Up

        1/1/70-Almost out. In three months, I’d live in San Gabriel. My parents first home, I had my own room early, but was not sleeping well at night. I would scream and scream. Against all parenting advice of the day, my mom decided to stay in the room to try to sooth me down. That night she discovered that the hippie kid of the people they bought from had panted a glow in the dark peace sign on the back of the door. I was fine after it was painted over.

        1/1/80-my parents third and still current home.

        1/1/90-I really have no idea. I may have been living in seattle, I am pretty sure I didn’t last in San diego past 1989. Maybe my parents house again. I THINK i was living with three friends at one of their grandparents townhomes in Costa Mesa. That period of my life is a real alcohol and drug induced blur.

        1/1/00- Seattle. With SLF. great One bedroom overlooking downtown on Capitol Hill. the Stingbert apartments. (St. Ingbert). Such a great place. paying mid $500s. with parking

        1/1/10, 1/1/20 current place in the Mission. I am in the beginning of a purge that I hope cuts the clutter in here in half. I expect 30, 40 and 50 to be here too.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • sslinger Jan 2,2020 12:10 am || Up

          I guess I’ll try to play too, but remembering years that things happened is not my forte.
          1/1/70 – 2 E. Pleasant Lake Rd., North Oaks, MN Commonly referred to as “the Pink House”
          North Oaks was a gated community, considered snooty even back then. We moved there from Brussels in ’67, so it was the first US home that I knew. Our house was very near the entrance, and had a large front lawn and was a sprawling rancher painted bright pink. It was pink when they bought it and when they had to re-paint they kept it that way, so it was truly one of the most recognizable houses in the area. By happenstance, on a trip back to MN with the kids we drove by only to see that the house was on trailers, it had been sold and the new owners were going to build new so they sold the house and had it trucked off.
          1/1/80 – Employee housing at Winter Park, a Colorado ski resort. Worked there part of the ski season and then left for mardi gras with my then new girlfriend, now ex-wife.
          1/1/90 – Oakland in a nice bungalow in the Temescal – before it was hip – that I rented for over 10 years.
          1/1/00-10-20 In our Berkeley house that we’ve been in since the late 90’s Don’t think we’ll ever sell it.

          • colin colin Jan 2,2020 7:24 am || Up

            1/1/80 — still a few months away from conception
            1/1/90 — Recently moved from Sausalito to Muir Beach house designed by my dad. Parents still married at this point.
            1/1/00 — Sophomore year of college. I was presumably back in Muir Beach over winter break, but my housing that year was in the Mirrielees apartments. My roommate was never around and I was on the opposite side of campus from most of my friends, so I remember spending a lot of time in the dark listening to a scratchy Wish You Were Here lp.
            1/1/10 — I let my lease run out on my last Chicago apartment and I briefly moved back to Muir Beach to finish writing my thesis
            1/1/20 — House in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati. First place I have ever owned.

            • Soaker Soaker Jan 2,2020 9:38 am || Up

              I spent a fair number of spring and summer Saturdays and Sundays listening to Bill King while Bill Kinging it below the houses at Muir Beach so you may have seen more of me than you needed to at some point. It would be a good place to focus on writing a thesis but it sure didn’t seem a practical place to commute to work or school from, or to wake up and say “Crap, we’re out of milk and eggs”. Especially when the highway went sliding down the hill every few years, although I guess the folks out in Stinson and Bolinas have an even tougher time with that.

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              • colin colin Jan 2,2020 11:18 am || Up

                There was a school bus that went from Tam High to Muir, Stinson, and Bolinas. But I ended up living in Mill Valley for most of high school after my mom remarried, which made it much easier to get around without a car. Later on I just learned to drive that stretch of highway 1 at terrifying speed.

            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 2,2020 5:03 pm || Up

              Got mine together, required some fact checking since, like sslinger I suck at remembering the years stuff happened.

              1/1/1970: Navy quarters in Mechanicsburg, PA, eldest of three sons to parents who I only now understand had not even turned 30 by then.

              1/1/1980: House in Hawaii, walking distance to Aloha Stadium and many AAA Hawaii Islanders games. Also one or two games of the short-lived World Football League Hawaiians franchise.

              1/1/1990: Couch surfing at friend’s Oakland house on Brooklyn Ave, with my gf-to-be-ex-wife, culminating a decade in which I lived in Hawaii, Northern Virginia suburbs, Evanston IL, Chapel Hill NC, Washington DC, Oakland, South-Central LA, Koreatown LA, and Pasadena.

              1/1/2000: Rental house in “Baja Piedmont” Oakland, unbeknownst to me a mere 1,000 feet as the crow flies (and 12 lanes of raised I-580) from a guy I’d later come to know as ptbnl.

              1/1/2010 and 2020: Small Berkeley flatland Victorian which I’ll probably stay in for several more decades until I have to sell it to buy Soylent Green pellets to live on in my dotage.

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
              • doctorK doctorK Jan 2,2020 9:58 pm || Up

                1/1/70 – Living in Pleasant Hill, with a great view of Mount Diablo. Still a year and a half away from my first A’s game.
                1/1/80 – After living most of the decade in Hawaii, now in Cupertino.
                1/1/90 – 4.5 years into my doctoral program in Ames, Iowa.
                1/1/2000 and 1/1/2010 – In Sunnyvale, getting older and fatter.
                1/1/2020 – Still in Sunnyvale, but now in a mobile home (yes, I’m TRAILER TRASH now) as I’m letting my older daughter and family live in our south Sunnyvale house at well below market rate so they don’t feel compelled to move somewhere like Austin. Also about 30 lbs less of me.

                • Soaker Soaker Jan 3,2020 4:27 pm || Up

                  “Upscale trailer park” would be an oxymoron; nevertheless, a trailer park in Silicon Valley conjures up a much more favorable image than these Tweakerville Estates places I see in Carson City, where homes explode every so often because an occupant’s chemistry work has gone awry.

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  36. elcroata elcroata Jan 1,2020 6:24 am

    Happy 2020, everybody

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 1,2020 9:16 am || Up

      Happy FKin New Year!

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Jan 1,2020 9:42 am || Up

      FK 2019. Happy new year!

      TINSTAAFK
  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 1,2020 4:36 pm

    Granted I’ve seen roughly two movies released in 2019, but if Little Women doesn’t win Best Picture I’m rioting.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2020 3:34 pm || Up

      I’m up to three 2019 movies now. Uncut Gems and Knives Out also get my upturned thumb.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 3,2020 4:16 pm || Up

        If Adam Sandler can be in an actual quality film then maybe there’s hope for other unlikely outcomes, like my Powerball ticket or a 2020 A’s World Series berth.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2020 4:23 pm || Up

          Sandler is fantastic in this, as is, perhaps even more improbably, Kevin Garnett.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 13,2020 2:21 pm || Up

      OK, it got nominated, and got a couple of acting noms, so that’s good, but it clearly isn’t going to win since Gerwig got snubbed for Best Director and it didn’t get a cinematography nod. I’m changing my demands to Gerwig winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Ronan winning Best Actress or I am not responsible for my actions.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 7,2020 8:08 pm || Up

        Seiously dude??

    • mikeA Feb 11,2020 11:20 am || Up

      Best year for movies in awhile. Little Women was also my favorite. Pain and Glory, Knives Out, Uncut Gems, Parasite also great.

  38. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 2,2020 10:41 pm

    The term “seamhead” is underrrated and should be used more.

    Apparently seams equals dingerz.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  39. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 3,2020 1:35 pm

    Today I saw a car in Berkeley with a Williamson for President bumper sticker

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • doctorK doctorK Jan 6,2020 2:57 pm || Up

      They aren’t true believers unless they also have an anti-vaccine, anti-5G, or anti-chemtrail sticker as well (or a combination).

  40. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 3,2020 4:22 pm
    • lenscrafters Jan 3,2020 6:25 pm || Up

      Can we save him from the Mets somehow?

  41. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 3,2020 4:23 pm

    I gave up betting on football, but the best value going for awhile now is underdogs against the spread on wild card weekend. 8-0 last two years. Take the Bills and the 2.5 points. FSU’s lock of the year.

    Sadly, though, the Patriots will probably win by 100.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Jan 3,2020 10:04 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2020 10:18 am || Up

        Presumably you and Mrs. andeux are at the garage sales this morning looking for cheap tables.

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        • andeux andeux Jan 4,2020 10:22 am || Up

          Saw these at the Buffalo airport last week.

          TINSTAAFK
          • sslinger Jan 4,2020 11:32 am || Up

            That’s classic. Are you going to watch at 3Rock?

            • andeux andeux Jan 4,2020 12:03 pm || Up

              No, I think I’ll be planted on my couch for this one.

              TINSTAAFK
      • andeux andeux Jan 4,2020 5:19 pm || Up

        Also known as the kiss of FKing death.

        TINSTAAFK
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 4,2020 8:25 pm || Up

        I will now predict wins by the Saints and Seahawks. A perfect 0-4 is in reach.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • elcroata elcroata Jan 4,2020 1:42 am || Up

      See you tonight, FSU!

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2020 11:45 am || Up

      Repeating that I haven’t seen that much NFL this year and can’t analyze this intelligently, but I’m surprised to see that the Patriots are only -4.5 this morning, particularly given that EC’s ESPN link above has them at 8.3% to reach the Super Bowl with Tennessee only at 1.1%. On the surface it seems like New England would be a solid choice to break that underdog streak.

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      • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2020 8:27 pm || Up

        That was delightfully wrong. Bye Bye Brady!

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  42. elcroata elcroata Jan 4,2020 9:45 am

    While waiting for the game, another crossword question for you. I have a theme where I add a single letter to a well known phrase at the front of it. The letter and the first word of the phrase make a new word which then, hopefully, makes for a fun entry. Which of these do you find good, if any?

    GSTRINGTHEORY (13) – Lingerie postulate
    EBAYOFPIGS (10) – Porcine exchange
    CFLATEARTHER (12) – Musical conspirator
    DMINORPROBLEM (13) – Rogue fugue
    FBOMBSQUAD (10) – Drunken sailors
    GSPOTREMOVER (12) – Bad lover
    GFORCEDSMILE (12) – Astronaut’s facial expression
    IPODOFWHALES (12) – Cetacean music source
    JLOANDBEHOLD (12) – Lopez watch
    JPEGLEGS (8) – Photographic limbs
    KPOPAQUESTION (13) – Get on one knee while listening to an Asian boy-band
    MCATRESCUE (10) – Help for failed doctors
    QTIPJAR (7) – Ear doctor’s collection bin
    TBARBRAWL (9) – Skiing dispute
    TREXSTOUT (9) – Jurassic refreshment
    XBOXCRABS (9) – Marine gaming community

    Also, do you have any changes/improvements for the clues, or other entries that you can think of? The finished phrase should be up to 15 letters, although up to 21 would be an option, too.

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • ptbnl Jan 4,2020 10:54 am || Up

      Not surprising given my preference for the cryptics, but I like it.

      One observation is that while the first letter/first word combo always gets its own clue, the other clue sometimes refers to the full phrase (eg. FLAT EARTHER = conspirator) and sometimes just to the remainder of the phrase (eg. OF PIGS = porcine). I think it needs to be one or the other but not mixed.

      On the specific answers/clues:
      – isn’t the phrase POP THE QUESTION, not A?
      – I think “Drunken sailors” is a stretch – how about “Cursed crew”?
      – You’re not supposed to put Q-Tips in your ears!

      As to other examples, there are tons of S/HOT possibilities, from SHOTDOG (Coney Island photo) to SHOTANDBOTHERED (Over-excited by guns [that clue still needs work]) to SHOTUNDERTHECOLLAR (Jugular injection).

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • elcroata elcroata Jan 4,2020 11:00 am || Up

        Thanks.

        Yes, I need consistency there, you are right. SHOT would not work like the other ones, because “ESS” is not pronounced separately. I tried to only pick the ones where the first letter has its one pronunciation.

        Love “Cursed crew”!

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • ptbnl Jan 4,2020 11:05 am || Up

          Ah – I’d missed that requirement. Then I’ll just offer

          AHOLEINONE (10) – Tiger Woods

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • ptbnl Jan 4,2020 10:57 pm || Up

            A better clue would have been “Trump’s scorecard”

            If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
    • AV AV Jan 4,2020 8:58 pm || Up

      ok, i may be stoned.

      but that c-flat earthers one is deep.

      because THERE *IS* NO C FLAT. that’s just B.

      whoa.

      *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  43. batgirl batgirl Jan 4,2020 12:17 pm

    Happy New Year! Haven’t been around a lot, but one of my resolutions this year is to go to more A’s games, so hopefully I can fix that. Hope you all had wonderful holidays.

  44. elcroata elcroata Jan 4,2020 1:41 pm

    YAY BILLS! FK this

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  45. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 4,2020 1:45 pm

    Perfect start for Josh Allen except omg those dance moves.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • andeux andeux Jan 4,2020 4:25 pm || Up

      Bad end.
      Not dead yet!

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2020 4:48 pm || Up

        I thought it was going to end as the greatest January 4 teASe ever. I don’t think tying it up and going to OT qualifies for that.

        Support locally made sausage!
      • AV AV Jan 4,2020 9:04 pm || Up

        me, when i saw terry gilliam trending earlier.

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  46. elcroata elcroata Jan 4,2020 3:10 pm

    Nay Cuse (although they only need to beat Duke to have a good season)

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  47. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 4,2020 4:45 pm

    The drama of this finish is exceeded only by its ugliness. Crazy.

    I imagine the name drop of Scott Norwood was not appreciated in Bills homes.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  48. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 4,2020 5:04 pm

    This game is so ugly Rich Hill and his wife are trying to force their way out of the stadium.

  49. Soaker Soaker Jan 4,2020 5:20 pm

    I was expecting to see more political advertising with the Nevada caucuses being 7 weeks from today. Only Tom Steyer checked in (twice) during Bills-Texans.

    Support locally made sausage!
  50. ptbnl Jan 4,2020 11:18 pm

    Combine a famously vocal crowd (even as the visitors) with a hated ex-player in the commentary box:

    https://t.co/WwtlZ87WdW

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  51. sslinger Jan 5,2020 11:28 am

    And now I’m even getting the first half tease.

  52. sslinger Jan 5,2020 1:27 pm

    Wow, didn’t see that coming! I guess I can’t bitch about Cousins anymore.

  53. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 5,2020 1:39 pm

    Saints fans think the NFL should make PI reviewable. Oh wait…

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2020 9:19 am

    • andeux andeux Jan 6,2020 10:22 am || Up

      I wonder what that means about stadium plans. Can’t be anything good.

      TINSTAAFK
      • 5Aces 5Aces Jan 6,2020 10:42 am || Up

        I was actually wondering if Greenfield Sports Group will somehow get tied into the building.

        Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2020 10:43 am || Up

          Brownfield Sports Group would be more appropriate given the site.

        • sslinger Jan 7,2020 11:26 am || Up

          According to Chron article today Greenfield is going to market and help implement All Access type programs to other teams in all types of leagues.

      • Soaker Soaker Jan 6,2020 10:56 am || Up

        It shouldn’t mean anything directly about the stadium because that’s Kaval’s domain, not Giles’. I guess it’s possible that Giles thinks the stadium is a lost cause and he’s the first rat to flee the sinking ship.

        Support locally made sausage!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2020 5:43 pm || Up

      Hmmm…

      “We thank Chris for his contributions to the A’s and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” team president Dave Kaval said in the statement.

      The A’s said Kaval would have no further comment on Giles…

      In a phone interview Monday, Giles said he decided to leave the A’s and create his own firm — to be called Greenfield Sports Group — to market similar, customized memberships to other franchises and create software that can enable teams to execute them.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2020 11:20 am || Up

        Perhaps I’m credulous but I can believe this. By all accounts the A’s think they’ve got something good going with the membership style season ticket approach. And other teams are curious. I can imagine Giles seeing this as a business opportunity.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2020 11:23 am || Up

          Oh I definitely believe him. My suspicion is that Kaval et al. might not be thrilled with him franchising the model out so soon.

        • andeux andeux Jan 7,2020 11:34 am || Up

          Even as an “access member” I’m still not convinced that this

          Instead of buying a season-ticket plan with a set number of games, fans pay a monthly fee based on how many games they want to attend — from 10 to all 81.

          is a meaningful difference. The parts that make it (maybe) worthwhile for me are the deep discounts on concessions and parking, plus the flexibility to exchange tickets, but those aren’t unique to the access model. Maybe other people are taking more advantage of the general admission access.

          TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2020 12:53 pm || Up

            Many of my single and/or childless friends make frequent use of the walk-up entry privileges. If the A’s can figure a way to extend those behind just the Treehouse (as they did in Aug and Sept) it will be even more popular.

            Where I question the portability of the model is for teams that can’t count on so many open seats for most games.

            "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
            • sslinger Jan 7,2020 3:47 pm || Up

              Per Andeux the concessions are indeed a key part of the appeal, but I have availed myself of the random game walk-up and it just kind of feels cool to be able to get in with the pass. And I agree with FSU about the effectiveness for teams with very high average attendance, but there have to be a lot of teams across the sporting spectrum (including NHL? Minors? maybe even some college programs?) that it could work for.

              On another note, have any of you with a flex plan gone through the game selection process yet? Whew, set aside plenty of time in your day. While it’s nice to be able to pick your seats, it does feel a bit like they’ve out-sourced their labor onto the ticket buyer.

              • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 14,2020 2:43 pm || Up

                Selecting my games now. This is an enormous pain in the ass.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 14,2020 7:17 pm || Up

                  It’s the same clunky interface as last year, which ticks me off since I complained early and often about it. My theory is that it’s mlb-standard, and not a problem for other teams since they don’t allow the kind of select and exchange flexibility that the A’s offer.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  55. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 6,2020 11:29 am

    Keith Law to The Athletic now. This should be interesting:

    One of the many other reasons I came to The Athletic was the chance to write about labor issues in baseball, which will only become a more important topic as we head toward the next CBA negotiations, and as Major League Baseball’s proposal to realign and consolidate the minor leagues continues to attract unhelpful attention from various presidential candidates. Minor-league players are underpaid and often asked to work in suboptimal conditions, but they lack the protections of a union to give them a voice in any negotiations — and neither MLB nor the minor-league owners speak on behalf of those players. I hope to cover all of those negotiations, and the increasingly public nature of the battle, in a way that considers all of the stakeholders, whether or not they have an actual seat at the bargaining table.

  56. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2020 8:17 am

    Maybe our playoff problem is that we’re the only team in the AL not cheating.

  57. lenscrafters Jan 7,2020 10:25 am

    Thoughts on likely punishments for the Astros?

    I’m hoping for lifetime bans on Luhnow/Hinch, but expecting just season long bans at best.

    And it’s pretty ridiculous that no players are likely to be punished.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 7,2020 10:41 am || Up

      Players need to have something.

      My ideal punishment is losing ~20 home days a year. Every year for the next three years, they lose 1 home game to each team they play

      Batters all lose 3 consecutive games.

      Personal fines on hinch and coaches.

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2020 3:27 pm || Up

      Each other AL West team gets to select one player from the Astros 40 man roster, expansion-style.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  58. ptbnl Jan 7,2020 12:44 pm

    United – City could turn into quite the thrashing.

    If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2020 4:27 pm

    I feel decidedly less safe than I did before Soleimani was assassinated.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 7,2020 4:54 pm || Up

      This situation is so dangerous and so unnecessary. I’m having trouble even processing the magnitude of the stupidity and cavalier malice.

      It really does not help right now that the dumb, impulsive, impeached CinC is surrounded by a bunch of “acting” heads of various important national security posts and that the Secretary of State is both a toady and a war enthusiast.

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 7,2020 5:25 pm || Up

        At least an old unrepentant warmonger like Bolton had enough experience to know you think through the what comes next scenarios before striking first. I doubt anyone in Trump’s inner circle even knows how to do that, especially since the boss disdains any objective info which diverges from his preconceptions.

        Cavalier malice is a good way of putting it.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 7,2020 7:41 pm || Up

          On a baseball front, I miss the days when we were the only ones complaining about Aubry Huff

          I have $5. No I don\'t.
          • andeux andeux Jan 7,2020 7:43 pm || Up

            I saw he was trending today, and decided not to look it up.

            TINSTAAFK
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 8,2020 12:10 pm || Up
              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • elcroata elcroata Jan 8,2020 1:57 am || Up

        I saw somewhere Khomeini explaining the call of “Death to America” to what I assume was a Iranian Congress. He was soft-spoken and he clarified that it’s Trump and Pompeo who were meant by that; not the American people, who he has no issue with. Rhetoric as it may be, it was chilling to realize that the Leader of the Axis of Evil(TM) sounds less radical and more eloquent than the Leader of the Free World (TM).

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Future Ed Future Ed Jan 7,2020 8:16 pm || Up

      But, this guy

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
  60. Future Ed Future Ed Jan 8,2020 12:22 pm

    This feels wrong to me

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 8,2020 12:47 pm || Up

      A metric which scores Semien worse than Profar may have some issues.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  61. andeux andeux Jan 8,2020 7:41 pm

    Thursday’s NYT puzzle is the toughest one in a while.

    TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Jan 9,2020 6:34 am || Up

      No chance of solving it, but man, what a constructing feat! Did you read the constructor notes? Y’all should

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • colin colin Jan 9,2020 7:21 am || Up

      12:35, but I saw this comment first so I was on the lookout for a clever theme from the start.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2020 8:42 am || Up

        Very impressive regardless. 35:11 for me.

      • andeux andeux Jan 9,2020 9:21 am || Up

        Almost 21 minutes for me (and my Thursday average is < 8). Sorry for semi-spoiler. I realized early on that something weird was going on, but it still took me 10 minutes to figure out exactly what, and then another 10 after that.

        TINSTAAFK
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2020 8:39 am || Up

      Very challenging. Even once the penny dropped on the gimmick, there were several difficult clues.

  62. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 9,2020 12:40 pm
    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2020 1:10 pm || Up

      I would like to learn more about the “distraction blows” the officers hit him with in the ambulance. I did not know that was a thing.

  63. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2020 1:50 pm

    #41 on the mlb.com prospect list (Puk and Murphy are 42 and 43)

    • lenscrafters Jan 9,2020 3:01 pm || Up

      And someone who was linked to the A’s in the Kyler Murray draft.

  64. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 9,2020 7:10 pm

    Friday’s puzzle has a special clue for us.

    • andeux andeux Jan 9,2020 8:27 pm || Up

      Tough week. Lower left killed me on this one.
      But also a good excuse to mention that today’s constructor has my favorite indy puzzle site with a themeless every Monday and a themed every Thursday, all free. Moderate to hard (not usually as tough as that one).
      The other xword that you should all do is the Muller monthly music meta which is what it sounds like. The puzzles themselves are moderate to easy, but often with tons of theme entries fit in very elegantly. The metas start out easy in the early part of the year, but can get tricky later in the year. The first one of this year will be next Tuesday.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 10,2020 6:24 am || Up

        Bottom left corner took me longer than the rest of the puzzle combined. I had to sleep on it to get the last four squares.

      • colin colin Jan 10,2020 7:26 am || Up

        Yep. Lower left was brutal. Even after getting everything else, I was left just cycling through the alphabet to find the first letter of 59 down.

      • andeux andeux Jan 16,2020 7:00 pm || Up

        BEQ has one for AV today.

        TINSTAAFK
        • AV AV Jan 16,2020 8:50 pm || Up

          wait. i thought this was gonna be all revealed already. now i gotta do it? sheesh.

          i guess this comment went unposted for ~50 minutes.

          HA! nice.

          at first i was, oh no i don’t know that podcast! but finally i got the theme after i changed bell bottom jeans to its correct answer.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
      • andeux andeux Jan 23,2020 7:06 pm || Up
        TINSTAAFK
  65. AV AV Jan 10,2020 9:27 am

    i don’t know who needs to hear this but somebody has to say it…

    N E R D S ! ! !

    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
  66. elcroata elcroata Jan 10,2020 2:01 pm

    Now, that’s a brawl

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
  67. elcroata elcroata Jan 10,2020 2:05 pm
    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 10,2020 4:00 pm || Up

      LSU has looked unbeatable, but six points is a lot to give to a team as experienced as Clemson. These championship games have seemed to be teams trading haymakers so I imagine it’ll stay close through three quarters then LSU takes control and wins by 10.

      Betting against my football picks is a lucrative angle.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. andeux andeux Jan 11,2020 7:26 pm

    I would have taken Baltimore -10 over Tennessee.

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 12,2020 10:23 am || Up

      Me too, did not see that coming. Lamar Jackson was awful, 2 INTs and fumble lost and seemingly every thrown pass wobbled. I see KC and GB winning (and covering 10 and 4 pts respectively) today, which means it’s time to call your bookie and go all in on the underdogs.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • andeux andeux Jan 12,2020 10:36 am || Up

        I was already thinking about what a great matchup Jackson vs. Mahomes was going to be next week. Instead Tannehill won while throwing for 88 yards. I don’t know what to make of the Titans. Buffalo beat them 14-7, in Tennessee. But in addition to their playoff upsets, they’ve already beaten the Chiefs once, and had a number of other high-scoring wins.

        In the NFC, I’ll pick Seattle today. That one should be a good matchup next week either way.

        TINSTAAFK
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 12,2020 12:30 pm || Up

        Not looking great so far FSU.

        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 12,2020 12:40 pm || Up

          Yeah if I was going to make a lock of the week it would’ve been KC. But Chiefs humiliation is an excellent consolation prize.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • andeux andeux Jan 12,2020 12:47 pm || Up

            We may have failed to take the Andy Reid factor into account.

            TINSTAAFK
          • andeux andeux Jan 12,2020 1:52 pm || Up

            Did you bet the under?

            TINSTAAFK
            • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 12,2020 2:01 pm || Up

              Yes and also the under on turnovers and special teams TDs.

              So many huge plays, that was exciting. Can the second half possibly match it? I’M BETTING NO!

              "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 12,2020 1:50 pm || Up

          They’re going to cover, aren’t they.

  69. elcroata elcroata Jan 12,2020 6:03 am

    If anyone wants to give andeux a spell and test solve a Thursday level (easier for all of you, for sure) baseball-themed puzzle for me, I’d be grateful.

    .puz format is pretty limited, so the grid is not displayed correctly – it should look like this:

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • sslinger Jan 12,2020 4:45 pm || Up

      That was a fun one. I’m not sure about the point of the circles – usually they are a scramble of all the same letters, or maybe four different words that make a phrase that reveals the theme. All that said, nice work!

      • elcroata elcroata Jan 12,2020 8:11 pm || Up

        Thanks! I’ve put them in, so that it’s easily seen what 23A and 44A mean. Probably shaded squares instead of circles would be better, but .puz doesn’t do shades.

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
        • AV AV Jan 12,2020 10:18 pm || Up

          maybe gray would be better.

          ’cause as-is the hints are: once, twice… black!

          no rhythm.

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Jan 12,2020 10:25 pm || Up

            aye has an e.

            better clue that needs shortening: the 3 repeating diphthongs that english speakers hear as ai-yi-yi.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • AV AV Jan 12,2020 10:36 pm || Up

            i guess by rhythm i mean that if you’re doing 3 clues, and 2 are of one type and 1 of another, it’s not satisfying.

            even though the middle one is the odd one out, so there’s symmetry at least, it’s just not as cohesive as an excellent puzzle would be. and we’re going for excellence here, i suspect.

            do all 3 the same way, or all 3 progressively, or all just differently.

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • elcroata elcroata Jan 13,2020 1:18 am || Up

              I’m not sure I understand. Could you explain what you mean by once, twice, black?

              OPENING DAY means that the puzzle opens with the letters D-A-Y
              CORNERS IN means that the corners of the puzzles have moved in, as in the picture here and as it would appear in NYT (.puz replaces the voids there with black blocks)
              DOUBLE PLAY means that the P-L-A-Y appears doubly, in words PLAYA and SPLAY

              Each one has a very specific meaning and I don’t see how I could clue them in a same way

              All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
              • AV AV Jan 13,2020 1:41 pm || Up

                oh, i interpreted the first hint to be the circles themselves, not the position of the word.

                in this case, the solution is:

                second hint, as you have it.

                third hint, gray those boxes. (circles would work just as well if they didn’t imply jumble.)

                first hint, purely and solely the position of the word (no circles or gray). the giveaway is going to be that the word appears twice in the puzzle overall, which is an oddity in puzzles, though backed up in this puzzle by ‘nother words appearing repeatedly. even if the reader doesn’t get to the repeated word by contextual cross-fills, when they try the solution out and see it repeating they’ll know it’s the right solution.

                ~and my name is carmelitaaaaah!~

                (which i usually say with a curtsy and signals i’ve finished.)

                *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • AV AV Jan 12,2020 10:28 pm || Up

          in the history of this puzzle, what are the odds that there’s already been a theme: bunt single, double header, triple play?

          1/1 right?

          *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
          • elcroata elcroata Jan 13,2020 1:17 am || Up

            That wouldn’t work, because the theme entries would be 10, 12, and 10 letters long. For a theme to work you have to pair the entries by length or the middle one has to have odd length

            All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
            • AV AV Jan 13,2020 1:42 pm || Up

              ok.

              we’ll make it bustier.

              “ddouble play”

              *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Jan 12,2020 8:31 pm || Up

      If we’re being picky, largest radio dish for sure but arrays like ALMA or VLA are larger.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • elcroata elcroata Jan 13,2020 1:12 am || Up

        Nerd!

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • colin colin Jan 13,2020 8:35 am || Up

        ALMA and VLA baselines are longer than the Arecibo diameter, but Arecibo still has ~5x the collecting area of VLA and ~11x the collecting area of ALMA. CHIME actually comes in a little bit ahead of ALMA. My ruling is that ec’s clue is legit.

        • ptbnl Jan 13,2020 8:36 am || Up

          What are the numbers for NGVLA and SKA?

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • colin colin Jan 13,2020 8:56 am || Up

            Arecibo is like 73000 m^2 (but only ~1/2 that if you just count illuminated aperture). SKA should be 1e6 m^2 or else they are engaging in some false advertising. NGVLA is going to be 244 x 18m dishes, so that’s 62000 m^2, still a bit smaller than Arecibo.

  70. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Jan 12,2020 3:35 pm

    Meanwhile Troy Aikman looks like he woke up in a ditch 30 minutes ago.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 12,2020 5:15 pm || Up

      Jimmy Johnson looked like he might not survive that Hall of Fame announcement.

  71. elcroata elcroata Jan 13,2020 7:59 am

    Can someone explain the pun in ” A home in the major leagues?” leading to OAKLAND? Is it because of the search for the new site?

    All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 13,2020 10:00 am || Up

      It plays on the ambiguity between “A” as an indefinite article (“a home”) and “A” as as a reference to a player on the Athletics. It only works when the ambiguous word begins the clue, so that it has to be capitalized.

      • elcroata elcroata Jan 13,2020 10:56 am || Up

        Duh! Perfect, thanks!

        All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!
      • colin colin Jan 13,2020 10:58 am || Up

        I interpreted that clue as one where any of the 30 MLB cities could have been a correct answer — only one fits the puzzle of course.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jan 13,2020 11:06 am || Up

          I think the question mark means there had to be a double meaning, so it could only be “Oakland” (or, “Coliseum” or something).

  72. andeux andeux Mar 17,2020 10:34 am

    With a big assist from ec in coming up with a grid that fit my theme answers, I have created a puzzle for you fkers:
    https://www.xwordinfo.com/Solve?id=90490&id2=859
    Feedback in the form of constructive criticism or insincere flattery welcome.

    TINSTAAFK
    • sslinger Mar 17,2020 1:04 pm || Up

      Site pitching woo!

      I liked it, took me 23 minutes so a bit of a challenge but not too bad, and I never claim to be fast. And yes, we need more baseball.

    • mikeA Mar 17,2020 1:51 pm || Up

      This is great! I was all ready to type in “Steve” for 6 down…

    • colin colin Mar 17,2020 1:56 pm || Up

      Definitely a tough one. I finished pretty quickly (10:28), but had some lucky guesses and there are some clues that I had to look up afterwards (13A, 55A). Theme was great!

    • doctorK doctorK Mar 17,2020 4:43 pm || Up

      Love it. Especially, as sslinger mentioned, “site pitching woo”.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 17,2020 5:17 pm || Up

      I lack the patience to try. Please accept my actually sincere flattery instead.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  73. andeux andeux Jun 23,2020 8:06 pm

    ec’s version of today’s theme was better.

    TINSTAAFK
    • elcroata elcroata Jun 23,2020 10:20 pm || Up

      Thanks. I think so, too, but they seem to go for phonetic a lot lately.

      All I can say about stats is SCOTT BROSIUS!!

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