Myth-Labeled (06-03-2012)

Posted in Bitchy on June 4, 2012 by ericandabbie

Guys.  Did you think we’d go a whole year without a post!?  Well, we did too.  But, in honor of Kristen’s birthday, even though she’s being a little impatient with us being four days late / eleven months late, we are back.  In a big way!  Almost…

So, to catch you up to speed… since we last posted, Eric has left his job, the space shuttle program has ended, and we now live together, which makes you think we have more time to do this… but listen, do y’all have RedZone!?  That shit takes up a Sunday like nobody’s business.  Touchdown Montage for the win!  So that’s where we were this fall.  This spring is harder to explain.  Suffice to say that, well, time flies when you’re having fun and when the WordPress interface blows.  GUI, hahaha.

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Also, we’ve completed seven puzzles over the last year. Or, rather, seven puzzles in 2011, and um, we’re ohfer in 2012. And yes, these are obviously hanging over the mantle.

On to the puzzle.  The theme was a bigoted attempt to make fun of people with lithpth.  At least, because we’re super-racist, that’s what WE assumed (note: people with lithpth are a rathe).  Turns out, the puzzle has a really stupid theme about what would happen in myths had warning labels (eg. 96A “WARNING: Do not open” PANDORA’S BOX).  In typical bigot fashion, however, there was not a single reference to Jews.  Way to go, Will.  Way.  To.  Go.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 22A: Saint Clare of Assisi’s Sister (AGNES).  This is a highlight because there is some Saint Agnes that Abbie claims to have read about who chopped off her boobs in the name of the Lord.  Granted, she went to a kind of weird Catholic school.  Anyhow, we have checked out St. Agnes on Wikipedia and we do not believe that this is real.  We have verified by googling “Saint who cut off her boobs.”  It was Agatha.  Our b–, y’all.
  • 91: _____ Creed (statement of religious beliefs) NICENE.  We like the clarification because otherwise we thought it was THE BEST BAND EVER IS.
  • 2D: Actor Cary (ELWES).  Twuuuuue Wuv.
  • 15D: Antediluvian (AGE OLD).  We like this because if you
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    Genesis 7: And lo the waters raged upon the earth, forming vaginas to swallow up all but the lucky animals saved on Noah’s ark.

    wikipedia antediluvian (which we had to do because we did not know what the word meant), you learn two things.  First, antediluvian means before the “deluge” (or biblical flood), and two, it is quite possible to draw a flood as a vagina.

  •  42D: Oscar winner for “Little Miss Sunshine” (ALAN ARKIN).  “She’s a superfreak.   Superfreak.  She’s super-freaky…”
  • 61D: Fictional friend of Peter the goatherd (HEIDI)  We’d like to discuss this clue.  First, who is Peter the goatherd?  Why isn’t he a goatherd-er?  Is he the herd?  Crazy.  Second, we like the idea of a fictional friend, as opposed to an imaginary friend.  An imaginary friend is someone who isn’t real, but a fictional friend is a friend who you write a book about to justify the fact that, still, he is not real.  Also, why is her name Heidi?  Is she a goat?  A goatherd?  Or a goatherder?  Fun fact: Abbie’s boobs are named Ingrid and Heidi.  Eric’s balls are named Matt and Damon.  Seriously dude, contact us.  (Keepin’ it classy on WordPress.  Sorry there’s no butt sex this time, but we are trying our best to make up for it.)
  • 46D: Like Spam (PRE-COOKED).  Yum.  We mean, yum?  Also, Abbie once had a Spam calendar.  Like every
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    This is the actual calendar. Available for purchase at barnesandnoble.com. Umm, do they know it’s 2012?

    month came with a different recipe.  She got it for like 30% off because it was already March when she got it.  But it included such hits as “January: Put it on bread” and “February: Barf it back up”.

  • 99D: “Young Frankenstein” role (INGA).  Roll, roll, roll in zie hay.  It was between her and Igor.  “Walk this way.  No, THIS way.”

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES

  • 72A meets 68D: Saloon singer Sylvia / “Bewitched” regular Paul (SYMS / LYNDE).  Our only mistake.  We correctly guessed the vowel sound would be a short ‘i’, but we went with the ‘i’ and not the sometimes ‘y’.  Damn you Will Shortz.Image

 

  • 37A: John (LAV).  Hey John!  Sorry we ignored your call during the puzzle, and even sorrier that your name means toilet.  And even more sorry that Sam tried to pretend like Eric was cheating on you with Abbie when in fact we all know that you’re the dirty slut in this sexy-ass three way.  Anyway…
  • 4D: WARNING: May cause damnation if swallowed (FORBIDDEN FRUIT).  Are you calling the Bible a myth?  It is the Word of God, and we are offended.  Super offended.  Obviously our previous notes about boob-cutting are proof that we take God very seriously.  Greek religion?  Total crap / myth.  Our religion.  Don’t play.
  • 75D: Gainesville athlete (GATOR).  Fuck Florida.  Still not over the 2007 BCS massacre followed immediately by the 2007 basketball massacre and followed yet again by the 2008 football massacre.  Slash, speaking of the bible, Fuck Tebow.  Did you know there is apparently a bounty out in the NFL for whatever girl takes his V-card?  There is.  Abbie’s in.  (So is Eric.)

On that note, it’s time to say goodnight.  We’ve hit the f-bomb quota (thus we can’t say it in this line), and we are out.  We would like to wish Happy Birthdays to pretty much the entire planet (except those with birthdays in June.  We did not miss your birthdays) since we’ve missed everybody else.  But mostly to Kristen.  We love you so much that we have resurrected a dead blog for which we no longer knew the password, but did eventually hack into the mainframe.

Security is tight at WordPress.  Adios,
ericandabbie

Myth-Labeled (06-03-2012)

Posted in Bitchy on June 4, 2012 by ericandabbie

Guys.  Did you think we’d go a whole year without a post!?  Well, we did too.  But, in honor of Kristen’s birthday, even though she’s being a little impatient with us being four days late / eleven months late, we are back.  In a big way!  Almost…

So, to catch you up to speed… since we last posted, Eric has left his job, the space shuttle program has ended, and we now live together, which makes you think we have more time to do this… but listen, do y’all have RedZone!?  That shit takes up a Sunday like nobody’s business.  Touchdown Montage for the win!  So that’s where we were this fall.  This spring is harder to explain.  Suffice to say that, well, time flies when you’re having fun and when the WordPress interface blows.  GUI, hahaha.

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Also, we’ve completed seven puzzles over the last year. Or, rather, seven puzzles in 2011, and um, we’re ohfer in 2012. And yes, these are obviously hanging over the mantle.

On to the puzzle.  The theme was a bigoted attempt to make fun of people with lithpth.  At least, because we’re super-racist, that’s what WE assumed (note: people with lithpth are a rathe).  Turns out, the puzzle has a really stupid theme about what would happen in myths had warning labels (eg. 96A “WARNING: Do not open” PANDORA’S BOX).  In typical bigot fashion, however, there was not a single reference to Jews.  Way to go, Will.  Way.  To.  Go.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 22A: Saint Clare of Assisi’s Sister (AGNES).  This is a highlight because there is some Saint Agnes that Abbie claims to have read about who chopped off her boobs in the name of the Lord.  Granted, she went to a kind of weird Catholic school.  Anyhow, we have checked out St. Agnes on Wikipedia and we do not believe that this is real.  We have verified by googling “Saint who cut off her boobs.”  It was Agatha.  Our b–, y’all.
  • 91: _____ Creed (statement of religious beliefs) NICENE.  We like the clarification because otherwise we thought it was THE BEST BAND EVER IS.
  • 2D: Actor Cary (ELWES).  Twuuuuue Wuv.
  • 15D: Antediluvian (AGE OLD).  We like this because if you
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    Genesis 7: And lo the waters raged upon the earth, forming vaginas to swallow up all but the lucky animals saved on Noah’s ark.

    wikipedia antediluvian (which we had to do because we did not know what the word meant), you learn two things.  First, antediluvian means before the “deluge” (or biblical flood), and two, it is quite possible to draw a flood as a vagina.

  •  42D: Oscar winner for “Little Miss Sunshine” (ALAN ARKIN).  “She’s a superfreak.   Superfreak.  She’s super-freaky…”
  • 61D: Fictional friend of Peter the goatherd (HEIDI)  We’d like to discuss this clue.  First, who is Peter the goatherd?  Why isn’t he a goatherd-er?  Is he the herd?  Crazy.  Second, we like the idea of a fictional friend, as opposed to an imaginary friend.  An imaginary friend is someone who isn’t real, but a fictional friend is a friend who you write a book about to justify the fact that, still, he is not real.  Also, why is her name Heidi?  Is she a goat?  A goatherd?  Or a goatherder?  Fun fact: Abbie’s boobs are named Ingrid and Heidi.  Eric’s balls are named Matt and Damon.  Seriously dude, contact us.  (Keepin’ it classy on WordPress.  Sorry there’s no butt sex this time, but we are trying our best to make up for it.)
  • 46D: Like Spam (PRE-COOKED).  Yum.  We mean, yum?  Also, Abbie once had a Spam calendar.  Like every
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    This is the actual calendar. Available for purchase at barnesandnoble.com. Umm, do they know it’s 2012?

    month came with a different recipe.  She got it for like 30% off because it was already March when she got it.  But it included such hits as “January: Put it on bread” and “February: Barf it back up”.

  • 99D: “Young Frankenstein” role (INGA).  Roll, roll, roll in zie hay.  It was between her and Igor.  “Walk this way.  No, THIS way.”

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES

  • 72A meets 68D: Saloon singer Sylvia / “Bewitched” regular Paul (SYMS / LYNDE).  Our only mistake.  We correctly guessed the vowel sound would be a short ‘i’, but we went with the ‘i’ and not the sometimes ‘y’.  Damn you Will Shortz.Image

 

  • 37A: John (LAV).  Hey John!  Sorry we ignored your call during the puzzle, and even sorrier that your name means toilet.  And even more sorry that Sam tried to pretend like Eric was cheating on you with Abbie when in fact we all know that you’re the dirty slut in this sexy-ass three way.  Anyway…
  • 4D: WARNING: May cause damnation if swallowed (FORBIDDEN FRUIT).  Are you calling the Bible a myth?  It is the Word of God, and we are offended.  Super offended.  Obviously our previous notes about boob-cutting are proof that we take God very seriously.  Greek religion?  Total crap / myth.  Our religion.  Don’t play.
  • 75D: Gainesville athlete (GATOR).  Fuck Florida.  Still not over the 2007 BCS massacre followed immediately by the 2007 basketball massacre and followed yet again by the 2008 football massacre.  Slash, speaking of the bible, Fuck Tebow.  Did you know there is apparently a bounty out in the NFL for whatever girl takes his V-card?  There is.  Abbie’s in.  (So is Eric.)

On that note, it’s time to say goodnight.  We’ve hit the f-bomb quota (thus we can’t say it in this line), and we are out.  We would like to wish Happy Birthdays to pretty much the entire planet (except those with birthdays in June.  We did not miss your birthdays) since we’ve missed everybody else.  But mostly to Kristen.  We love you so much that we have resurrected a dead blog for which we no longer knew the password, but did eventually hack into the mainframe.

Security is tight at WordPress.  Adios,
ericandabbie

Body Enhancement (7-10-11)

Posted in Bitchy on July 14, 2011 by ericandabbie

Ugh we know, we know. We’re late AGAIN. We’re not sure how you’ve made it this far in your week without knowing how many letters we missed in the crossword and we are truly sorry for any agony we’ve caused. We have a couple of good excuses: Eric traveled all the way to Fort Worth on Sunday to learn things about teaching an AP class…or something. Let’s be real, we all know teachers just booze it up and talk about how much they hate their students at these conferences. Meanwhile, Abbie’s been working a lot and also has spent every free hour moving in with Eric (and some Persian guy)!! That’s right, ericandabbie are now both a crosswording machine AND housemates. We imagine that this amount of symbiosis can only be extremely beneficial to our honed crosswording craft (or totally detrimental; only time will tell!!) Abbie’s been trying to live up her title of John 2.0 (we miss you, John!) while also slipping in as many pink things as possible into the apartment (surprise, Eric and Sam!)

Anyway, ON WITH THE SHOW:

Body Enhancements. Tee hee. Wait, damnit – we’re not talking about boobs?!? Yeah, this puzzle seriously didn’t live up to the hype. Basically, take a body part (like FINGER) come up with a phrase that involves said body part (like CHICKEN FINGER) and now add a random letter that turns that phrase into a zany answer (56A: Disorderly poultry workers? CHICKEN FLINGERS). Hilarity ensues! And by “hilarity,” we mean disgruntled groaning.

Easy theme aside, the puzzle was really difficult!! A lot of the clues/answers were really obscure, lots of long answers that weren’t themed, and it took us almost 2 hours to complete. BUT we struggled through and only got three wrong (which, trust us, had you seen our grid about 20min before we finished, you’d be proud of us too).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 25A: Mount for the god Neptune (SEAHORSE) So first off, pumped for the Roman god name instead of the Greek Poseidon! Yeah, Rome! Second, Abbie was pissed at herself for not recalling some undersea mountain…until she remembered everyone riding around in Seahorse-pulled chariots in The Little Mermaid. Disney to the mythological rescue, as per usual.
  • 62A: Opera (WORKS) Eric would like to give Abbie some mad props for getting this one near the end and opening up a flood gate to a tricky area of the grid. Abbie would like to note that she’s embarrassed that it took her 1.5 hours to remember that ‘Opera‘ is the Latin plural of  ‘opus‘ meaning ‘work’ but she never turns down praise and attention so thanks, Eric!!
  • 109A: Point in the right direction? (EAST) Eric thinks it’s hilarious that Abbie has cardinal direction dyslexia and still has to say “Never Eat…” aloud before knowing that EAST is to the right. Whatevs, y’all; there’s no “East” in outer space.
  • 121A: Senders of some Christmas gifts (AUNTS) In this weeks addition of Abbie Knows the Answer 10 Minutes Into the Puzzle but Eric Disagrees and Won’t Write it in til the Very End – Eric wanted ANON here (like…anonymous?? Who sends ‘anonymous’ Christmas gifts?? Even Santa signs his name or eats all your cookies to let you know he’s been there) but obviously since Abbie’s the Christmas celebrating one here, Eric should have defaulted to her. Fail.

Notice how none of these highlights have to do with actual clever clues? Yeah, this puzzle blew.

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES

  • The theme answers: major groanage here. You’ve got LIMP SERVICE to describe a tired waiter, FACET POWDER as dust on the edge of a diamond, BROWN BEATEN as a headline in a Providence sports section, and RABBIT PEARS as ‘fruit for lagomorphs.’ Just yuck all around.
  • 71A: There may be many in a family (GENUSES) Calling you out, Will, for the severe missed opportunity of PENISES here. Especially since it’s crossed with 16D: Hinged Implements (NUTCRACKERS)
  • 120A: Didn’t just spit (SHOWERED) Ew. Will Shortz, that’s gross. Take your “say it, don’t spray it” jokes back to 4th grade where they’ll still be unappreciated.
  • 70D: Morse T (DEH) We had DOT, which made sense. But apparently you need to sound out the noise that morse code machines make when they beep out letters and the one singular note makes a DEH sound. Duh, guys. We got the H later due to the cross so we even knew we were looking for the sound and STILL didn’t guess the right vowel. Blerg.
  • 74D: Stale Italian bread? (LIRA) So…we think there’s a “we call ‘money’ dough” joke here…but like, it’s stale because they don’t use LIRA anymore, they use the euro? Or…um…we got nothing.
  • 85D: Maintaining one’s composure, say (TEARLESS) Oh come on, that’s just awful. Have you EVER described someone as “tearless” in this context? Like, “Yeah she took the news really well, she was totally tearless.” No, that’s horrible. Stupid word, Will.

Side note: we got home from Starbucks after what, we thought, was an epic performance given how hard the puzzle was. And then Sam told us about how the US women came back against Brazil and we watched those highlights and basically our performance maybe wasn’t as epic as we thought. Here’s to a repeat for us and the women this Sunday!

USA! USA! USA!

ericandabbie

My Treat (07-03-2011)

Posted in Most Bitchy on July 3, 2011 by ericandabbie

Happy 4th of July (almost)!  In typical Will-Shortz-Hates-America fashion, today’s puzzle will never reference America’s 235 birthday, though we do get ANAL crossed with LOINS, right next to DAMN, which, um, we just don’t have anything to say about that.  I mean, granted, the puzzle is about ice-cream, and thus obesity, which is just as American as apple pie, which, really, we should probably lay off.  We think that if Michelle Obama wants to curb obesity then she should start the movement towards “as American as Carrots!”

Yup.  The theme was Ice-Cream Sodas, which, do they even exist anymore?  The theme answers were witty comments about things having to do with ice cream sodas like CHOCOLATE and SELTZER WATER.  Other clever answers included FLEXIBLE STRAW and even TALL GLASS.  Good work, Pete Muller!  You’ve included all the ingredients with random hints like TWO SCOOPS.  And if after all those clues we were still confused, thanks for the picture.  So realistic, we gained weight looking at it.  Also, we learned some new things about the physics of ice cream sodas.  Did you know that while glasses are see through in terms of seeing straws and spoons, ice cream just hovers near the top.  You can see a little bit through the glass, but mostly not.  Wow!  You can make the picture by connecting random Ds, Is, Ns, Es, and Rs (which spells DINER, where you might get an ice-cream soda if you lived in 1947).  Note that you don’t connect all the Ds, Is, Ns, Es, or Rs, just the ones that Muller wants you to.  It’s not like he designed a puzzle where the letters made a picture.  Instead, he made a puzzle then drew a shitty picture on top.  Ours is already on the fridge.

It's an Ice-Cream Soda! Get it? Note: If you do, please consider taking antipsychotic medications.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mary.  Despite her best efforts, Mary was somewhat helpful today.  She nailed 68A: French kings’ coronation city (RHEIMS) and 31D: Meas. of screen resolution (DPI), which we were stuck on for quite some time.  She was over an hour late, and her insistence that 92A: ___ Fields was CAS, (it’s MRS) detracted from our ability to think.  But still, thumbs up for Mary’s last crossword.
  • Abbie.  We don’t know for sure, but Abbie may have gotten the whole puzzle if not for Eric’s shitastic performance and general insistence that Abbie was not only wrong, but TOTALLY OFF.  We have counted, and there were honest-to-God 10 of our 14 errors that Abbie was trying to change to the correct letters.  Unfortunately, Eric was holding the pen today, and we ended up with 14 mistakes.
  • 69A: Imprudent (RASH).  Haha.  69.
  • 129A: Versatile utensil (RUNCIBLE SPOON).  No, the answer was SPORK, but loyal readers will know that a runcible spoon is a spork!
  • 100D: Artist whose name is an anagram of ‘artisan’ (SINATRA).  Puzzles turn out to be much easier when they give you the letters in the clue.  Also, who knew!?
  • 41D: Jewish deli order (KNISH).  Question: What order at a deli isn’t Jewish?  Answer: BLT.

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES

  • 34A: “_____, danke” (NEIN).  Detracts from the pro-Jewish slant to include Nazi words, don’tcha think?
  • 5A: Start of a nursery rhyme (ABCD).  That is not a nursery rhyme!  Jack Sprat… There was an old woman… Little Miss Muffet… Humpty-Dumpty… Jack be Nimble… really, when you think about it, _ _ C _ should be JACK.  Any parents who are using the alphabet as a fairy tale for their kids at night should not be surprised when their kids are good readers with no morals.
  • 24A: Spanish for “rope” (REATA).  Eric was dissapointed with himself for not knowing this word since Abbie totally rocked her Latin clue.  Then we looked up the definition and determined that REATA is the Spanish word for a lariat, which is a fancy word for “lasso”.  Lassos are made of rope, but it’s like saying that chair is synonymous with wood.  Very, very weak, or should we say, debil.
  • 4D: Container for a 117-Across [which was ICE CREAM SODA] (TALL GLASS).  Really?  A GLASS isn’t good enough?  It has to be tall?  Although, to be fair, you wouldn’t be able to fit a 84D: Utensil for 117-Across (LONG SPOON) in a regular glass.
  • 37D: Possible response to “You’ve got spinach between your teeth” (SHUT UP BITCH!  YOU DON’T KNOW ME!)  We’re not kidding.  That was the answer in the puzzle!  Just kidding.  It was not.  DO I?  Yes, you do, that’s why I said it in the first place.  No, sorry, I think it’s fun to tell people randomly about the spinach in their teeth and watch them pick.
  • 60D: Pots and pans for baking (OVEN WARE).  Note to chefs: If you are putting your pots in the oven, you might want to consider a career change.
  • 42A: ____ honor (IT’S AN).  Blech.  We don’t like pronouns in the puzzles.  It’s just lazy writing: be specific.  ____ honor (BEING HERE WITH YOU, MR. PRESIDENT IS AN), that we’re fine with.
  • 94D: Bit of gymwear (SNEAKER).  This is not a ‘bit’.  It’s 50% of your footwear.  A ‘bit’ is like a piece of rubber on the sole of a shoe.
  • 18D: Bristle (SETA) Well that’s not fair.  We thought SETA was Latin for “morbid internal growth.”  How were we supposed to know it had a double meaning?  Actually, according to William Whitaker, SETA has a heptuple meaning: hair; coarse; stiff; bristle; brush; morbid internal growth; and fishing-leader.  We should find excuses to use ‘heptuple’ more often.
  • 116D: Old U.S.P.S routing codes (RFDS).  This is probably not a mistake, and we’re fine with this clue.  Here’s the problem: when we read the clue to Mary and showed her RF_S, she started shouting “D!  R-F-D-S!”  We excitedly thought she knew the answer and asked her what it meant.  Still yelling, she declared “ROUTE FORWARDING DIRECTION…S”  We doubted her, and it turns out she knew nothing.  “Rural Free Deliveries.”
  • 14D: Obscure things (ESOTERY).  Google asked us if we meant “esoteric”, and we’d like to ask Will Shortz the same thing.
  • 9D: Baby baby? (EMBRYO).  Whoa.  We don’t need this to be a debate on the merits of abortion.  This just got real heavy.  Although, to be fair, obesity and abortion debates pretty much sum up America.  Happy Fourth, y’all!

ericandabbie

T Mobile (06-26-2011)

Posted in Bitchy on June 26, 2011 by ericandabbie

T-Mobile blows, so you know it’s not going to be a good puzzle.  David Levinson Wilk, you are on notice.  The theme was pedestrian.  Take a phrase with a ‘t’ somewhere in it and move the ‘t’ one space left or right.  Now you have a new phrase that kind of makes sense.  Take, for example, 40A: Celebration after a 1964 heavyweight championship? (FETE OF CLAY).  So, take the incredibly common phrase “feet of clay”, move the ‘t’ one space to the left, and you have the celebration for Cassius Clay, or rather of Cassius Clay (good work with the preposition there, NYT).  So, yeah, basically, that.  We got five wrong, but two we just forgot to update after we caught our mistake.  So, three wrong.  Abbie only got two wrong, but she was outvoted by Mary who felt so confident that she promised us that we could choke her if she was wrong.  She was and then had a suddenly urgent appointment to get to.  Odd coincidence, no?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 20A: Cry from a balcony (O ROMEO).  Eric had LOOK OUT BELOW, HOW’S THE WEATHER DOWN THERE, and LOOK AT ME, none which were right.  Props to Abbie, as per yoush.
  • 25A: Penn State campus site (ALTOONA).  Hey Mr. Ryan!  Go Lions!
  • 68A: Shriners’ headwear: Var. (FEZES).  Fez is a great word, not used nearly enough.  And, more importantly, fezes are not worn nearly enough (which perhaps explains the uncommon usage).  Also note how we spelled the word.  The plural of “fez” should probably be “fezes”.  Why is this a variation?  Is there another spelling? (Fezzes?)  (Note: yes.)
  • 59A: Scarlett O’Hara’s real first name (KATIE).  Mary assured us that it began with an ‘s’ and her middle name is Carly, thus leading to S.Carly, thus Scarlett.  We’re not sure why we hang out with Mary.  (For those who are interested Scarlett was her middle name (good try Mary).  Her full name is Katie Scarlett O’Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler.  In retrospect, a better book would have had her marrying Misters Caldwell, Anthony, Harding, Thomas, Orwell, and Adams, making her Katie SOHCAHTOA.  Good effort, Margaret Mitchell, good effort.)
  • 110A: Team that once played at Enron Field (ASTROS).  Technically, every team in the National League once played there, the ‘Stros just a few more times than most.  Go Houston!
  • 102A: Love before war? (PRE-MARTIAL SEX).  Theme clue that didn’t suck.  We spent a while with PRE-MARTIAL LAW before Abbie pointed out that that didn’t make any sense in any way.  Hee-hee.
  • 107A: Shocking, in a way (TASING).  Abbie once saw a guy volunteer to get tased for two Tecates.  He was tased, he got the beers, it’s a win-win.  ericandabbie would not have agreed to this exchange.  Tasing for Andre’s.  Bring.  It.  On.
  • 3D: One hit by a tuba (LOW NOTE).
  • 18D: Thief, in Yiddish (GANEF).  Doctor Ganef, if you’re out there, not every malady requires four MRIs and a PET scan.
  • 88D: Southwest Africa’s ____ Desert (NAMIB).  We got this, and then Abbie pointed out that this might have something to do with Namibia being in Southwest Africa.  We don’t care enough to check it out, but it probably does.  We will be accepting this as fact from now on.

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES

  • 31A: “Hang on ___” (A MO).  This is what you yell when you die before you can tell someone to hang on a moment.  We guess.  Also, AMO lends intself to a pretty classic clue.  “____, amas, amat” anyone?
  • 48A: Not so big (RUNTIER).  First, that’s not a word.  Secondly, it should be “not as big” since we’re using the imaginary comparitive of the imaginary adjective runty (runt with an arbitrary ‘y’ at the end).  When clueing fake words, grammar is key.
  • 24D: When doubled, a number puzzle (KEN).  Yes, we know you also make Ken-Ken, Will Shortz.  Stop whoring yourself out.  “____ Shortz, best editor in the world.”  That sucks.
  • 1980s music references.  1A: KDLANG, 79A: LET’S DANCE, 95A: ELO.  As far as we’re concerned, one is pushing it.
  • 1940s movie references.  54A: LOY, 59A: KATIE.  Seriously?  The people who enjoyed those films are dead.  Or senile.  Or Abbie, whose dream man is Jimmy Stewart, so…
  • 42A: Filmmaker Allen (IRWIN).  Irwin Allen?  Apparently he was kind of the shit in the ’60s and ’70s.  That punk-ass bitch Woody came in and stole the title of Filmmaker Allen.  Sorry Irwin.  Also, sorry that your name is Irwin.  Unfortunate.

That’s it.  Sorry we sucked.  Especially to John.  This was John’s last puzzle before he moves to Chicago this week.  He will be popping-in for some Skyped cameos, but we will miss his levity and ignorance.

Fuck you John,
ericandabbie

Say What?! (06-19-2011)

Posted in Bitchy on June 20, 2011 by ericandabbie

Dammit.  Two wrong.

36A: Skunk, e.g.  We guessed DUD because, I mean, why not? Like, maybe you skunked something which means you fucked up and now everyone thinks you’re a huge DUD? Apparently the answer is FUR. Skunks have fur. And we suppose some people wear that fur right before having red paint thrown on it by PETA. Screw you, PETA. We’re blaming y’all for that mistake.  (Fun Fact: The new “blood splattering” is getting “glittered” by gay-rights activists.  We think this is fabulous.  Plus, how angry can you be when someone throws glitter at you?)

Otherwise, a pretty quick and dirty puzzle. Stupid theme – certainly not worth the exciting slang term + QUESTION MARK EXCLAMATION MARK that the title thew at us.  It’s basically expressions.  Like 104A: “Just keep doing what you’re doing, suitcases” (CARRY ON BAGS), but then you also get shit like 44A: “You’re in danger, tall hill” (LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN).  Not only is that not a term we’re familiar with, but suitcases is a viable alternative to ‘bags’.  Tall hill?  Really?  Patrick Berry, you are on notice.  We don’t hate you as much as Paula, but you’re certainly no Xan [Norwegian guttural noise].

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 39A: Big-screen canine (ASTA).  Holla!!  Our favorite movie dog because he makes it rain, y’all.
  • 6A: Bates’s “Misery” costar (CAAN).  Abbie and her brother watched this movie when they were about eleven, and Will had to sleep under her bed for three nights because he was so scared of Kathy Bates.  True story.
  • 21A: Something well-preserved? (WATER).  Get it, guys?  Well?  Like in a water well?  Eric was thinking of Mimi’s cherry preserves, so this was kind of a let down for him.
  • 27A: What you might get by moving a head? (PEZ).  Yay!!  Pez!!  Cuz one, pez is delicious, and two, what a clever clue!?  PEZ: Bringing the nation toward a diabetic coma one little piece at a time
  • 107D: Life saver? (NOAH).  Clever pun.  Also, Eric knows a random line in Hebrew that is about Noah, so he feels pretty good about himself right now.  (Noah ish tamim hayah, b’dorotav).  Abbie is unimpressed because her people do it in Latin.  (That’s what ella said.)
  • 90A: Sistine Chapel ceiling figure (EVE).  Three-letters.  Not God.  This took us like an hour.  In our defense, Adam has four letters.  So, that’s pretty complicated.
  • 34D: “Rugrats” father (STU) Yay!  Rugrats!  Also, Happy Father’s Day.  We’re a little miffed that there wasn’t more Father’s Day cluing, but at least there also wasn’t any anal sex cluing (see Mother’s Day post).  We’ll call it a draw.
  • 99D: Wayne’s pal in “Wayne’s World” (GARTH)  Abbie was a little too excited about this clue.
WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES
  • 85A: “Goodbye, place I used to live” (FAREWELL ADDRESS).  Goodbye equals farewell.  We’re with you so far.  The “place I used to live” is your “address.”  Really?  What about the place you currently live?  In a puzzle of lame-ass theme clues, this one took the shit-cake.
  • 103A: Speak for everyone in the room (ORATE).  The preposition is not correct.  Abbie has memorized all forty-nine prepositions via a handy song, and after a quick rundown… ‘to’ is better.  Good try!  (Preposition, preposition, starting with an ‘a’…)
  • 97D: Runcible spoon feature (PRONG).  Oh.  My.  God!  We have always wondered whether “spork” had a technical name.  The answer is… no.  It’s called a fucking spork.   Runcible spoon, my ass.  Get in the cafeteria line with the rest of us, Will Shortz.
No pictures because Abbie has a date!  (Not really.  Sorry Dianne.  I know you got your hopes up there.  If it makes you feel any better, Eric doesn’t either.  But he’s totally going to go hang with Abbie’s dad, who, it turns out, is a baller!  Thanks for letting me crash!)
Peace,
ericandabbie

PULLET (06-12-2011)

Posted in Least Bitchy on June 12, 2011 by ericandabbie

Ladies and Gentleman –

Scratch that.  You’re reading THIS blog.  In that case…

Slackers and Loafers –

In my life, I have made mistakes.  I have let love slip away, and I have cowardly stood down when I knew I should stand up.  When they came for the Catholics, I didn’t speak up because I’m getting a little sick of Abbie and Dylan and, to be perfectly honest, Benedict.  But, I have never before stood with my head bowed in such disgrace as I do now, for failing to post a blog this past week.  Abbie had family in town and a business trip and she entrusted me (if you still don’t know, this is Eric) with the blog.  I wish I knew what General Rommel said to Hitler after D-Day.  I would use those words now to apologize for the shame I have brought on myself, my family, and my people (Jews and Gays… a double whammy) by not posting last week.  I know not how I will make it up to you, but I hope that you will be satisfied with this small entry:

Last week, we didn’t do good.  Mary was here, which was fun.  Maddy and Will were not helpful, and we were recovering from our BEER AND SKITTLES high the week before (did I say high?  I meant tummy-acheL).  The puzzle was written by a Jew‼  That is all.

Moving right along..

WE DID IT‼  We sat in the same seats we sat in two weeks ago, lightning struck twice in the same place (and it’s totally to blame for the fact that we broke two porcelain Starbucks mugs in our excitement today… our b), and we have a second framed puzzle for the mantle (to go with the Purple Glaze ceramic dragon, obviously).

The theme was (Abbie votes “ehh” and Eric votes “yucky-poo”) not great.  It’s things you pull: in an expression like ONE’S LEG, literally like a GUN TRIGGER, or via a mesmerizing machine like SALT WATER TAFFY.  No trick, no pun, we got half the clues and were still like “Dammit!  What are we missing?”  Turns out, nothing.  We are not celebrating with BEER AND SKITTLES today because when you win once in a while, it’s fun.  But when you win all the time, it just causes indigestion.  From now on, we are using the phrase “BLOG AND NAP” to describe the joy of winning.  GET PUMPED!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9A: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tale of ____ Saltan” (TSAR)  Eric likes this spelling better.
  • 28A: Stickers? (SYRINGES).  It’s just clever, cuz they, you know, stick you.  Also, the Titty Towers.
  • 30A: ___ Day, May 1 celebration in Hawaii (LEI).  Pronounced “Lay Day”, and you presumably understand now why it’s a highlightJ
  • 49A: Something that’s drawn (BATH)  It’s clever cuz it’s true.  Although, really, who takes baths these days?  Why are they wasting so much water?  Do they want the world to end?  How much you wanna bet Will Shortz takes baths… gah!
  • 99A: Loughlin of “Full House” (LORI).  Eric was excited about “Full House” in sort of a general way.  Abbie was specifically
    excited that she got to run through the whole damn family-tree of the Tanner household (+ Kimmy and Steve).  FUN FACT: Steve was the voice of Aladdin in, um, Beauty and the Beast, we think.  No.  A different Disney film.  “Like seriously, Steve is like my dream man.  It’d be like Steve, Aladdin, and Jimmy Stewart.” –Abbie  (Note that two of them are not real and the other one is dead.  Dianne, definitely pin your grandchild hopes on the other two.)  (See below for what Abbie’s dream fantasy land might look like.)
  • 40D: Trolley sound (CLANG)  Technically, the trolley goes “clang clang clang”, but we accept.  It most certainly does not go “ding ding ding”, which would be the bell.
  • 66D: Ain’t fixed? (IS NOT)  “Well, he ain’t… I mean, he IS NOT”  Oh, Will Shortz!  You silly grammar Nazi, you!
  • 110D: Old NASA landers (LEMS) Whoot, whoot!

WILL SHORTZ’S MISTAKES

  • 14D: Old Church of England foe (_ _ _ IST).  Obviously the answer is CHRIST.  Henry VIII wanted to divorce and behead his wives. Jesus didn’t, so Henry declared war on Christ.  As far as we know, the jury is still out on who won.  PS – The answer was actually PAPIST.
  • 46A: Rest spot (COT).  You get no rest on cots.  That shit is uuuuuuuuuncomfortable.  You’re totes better off on the floor.
  • 47A: Place for a pickup? (NAPE).  At first, ericandabbie were trying to turn each other on by tickling the back of the other’s neck (which was met by some curiously excited stares at our gay Starbucks).  Abbie has since figured out that the clue must refer to how mama dogs carry their babies by the NAPE.  I mean, we guess that’s what it is.  Stupid though.
  • 107D: S.C. Johnson brand (RAID).  What isn’t an SC Johnson brand?  Basically the clue was “four-letter word (not THE four letter word, just A four letter word… or maybe THE, not sure if SC Johnson has managed to trademark that yet…)”
  • Roy.  We believe that Will Shortz used his demonic powers (where is Buffy when you need her!?) to direct Roy to the table next

    We didn't manage to snap a pic of Roy but we're pretty sure this is what he looks like. Do you know this man?

    to us.  He generously asked an old man reading a newspaper whether he could share the table to work (which was weird since there were empty tables), then he began peppering this poor guy with questions and talking about a play that he wrote or directed, or, whatever.  Then  he reaches over to the next table and starts talking to that guy about the books he’s reading.  He stopped a woman to ask if she bedazzled her own jeans or bought them that way.  And then, horror of horrors, when we were discussing 104A: Killjoy (SOURPUSS) he leaned over and asked us, “What’s sourpuss?”  Eric stared at the puzzle and pretended to concentrate.  Abbie, not being a huge bitch, said “It’s an answer.”  And he snootily replied, “Well, I know that!”  And we’re not so sure that he did know that!  Anyway, after two more minutes of trying to get rid of him, he found someone else to bother.  She maced him.  Not really, but we think that would have been a fitting end.  We’re going to go ahead and blame Roy for our wrecking two ceramic mugs, too.

Guess it’s time for a nap,

ericandabbie

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