"Three Little Words" - August 6, 2021

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Shout out to Freddy Mercury and Queen (6D and 6A ==> Bohemian Rhapsody reference), the best piercing falsetto rock singer of all times.
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I have a nit to pick with 32A: "Not for the hoi polloi." Hoi polloi means "the people," so saying "the hoi polloi" is saying "the the people." I realize there is linguistical debate on this topic, but it made my eye twitch when I read it.
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TeaJenny wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:10 am I have a nit to pick with 32A: "Not for the hoi polloi." Hoi polloi means "the people," so saying "the hoi polloi" is saying "the the people." I realize there is linguistical debate on this topic, but it made my eye twitch when I read it.
English tends to repeat foreign words in English when they have no native meaning in English. La Brea Tar Pits are literally The Tar Tar Pits as an example.

I had a same thought when reading the clues, but upon reading online usage comments by various dictionaries have come to accept the hoi polloi as acceptable if not preferred usage as hoi has no native meaning in English. For example Merriam-Webster.
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This meta reminded me of one a few years ago where four-letter words were only included in the clues and not the grid. Those words formed a clue that led to the answer with 4-letter words: Name That Tune.
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Bob cruise director wrote: Fri Aug 06, 2021 8:50 pm
Chantellebeal wrote: Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:22 pm On shore earlier today. Fairly new at this so it was nice to solve one of these easily.
CHANTELLEBEAL - CONGRATULATIONS.

YOU ARE OUR 1000TH MUGGLE.

OUR GROUP HAS BEEN INCHING TOWARD THIS MILESTONE EACH WEEK AND YOU ARE THE LUCKY ONE WHO HIT THE MARK

GREAT TO HAVE YOU AND ALL THE OTHER MUGGLES HERE.
Thank you, Cruise Director Bob! That is cool!
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JordanianTomlinson wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:25 am I paused a bit before submission thinking “I’m pretty sure that was ‘90s.” Janet Jackson. Not Sister Hazel.
Same! I could have sworn the Janet Jackson song was 90s. I didn't even think of Sister Hazel but that was the first to show up on my google search of the song tiltle.
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TeaJenny wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:21 am
LadyBird wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:59 pm
TeaJenny wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:38 pm

Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
Considering our location, we should probably be wary of Land Sharks! Anyone for a Candygram?
I'm going to pick up something from the Samurai Delicatessen. You want anything?
I still like to karate chop at my shoulder and knee as i head out for my contact lens appointment.
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I wasn’t seeing anything on Thursday so I checked the clues. I wrote down all the three word, three letter clues and their grid answers and settled in, expecting it would be a long haul for Sunday as usual. But All for you was right there!!

It was my first true solo solve that wasn’t a WAG or INTJ hail mary pass. Very satisfying. It also helped that our nudgor in chief told me I could get this one.
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Laura M wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:46 am
(For some reason, the actual first song I thought of was "All of Me" - the jazz standard, not the John Legend song, although that's a good song too. But two of the wrong title words, either way...)
Also Cole Porter's "All of You." Two out of three ain't bad, though it's also not the meta.
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mntlblok wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:18 am
TeaJenny wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:38 pm
DrTom wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:31 pm

90's. 90's - huh late comer!!! No Coke, Pepsi darn it!
Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
Some fun trivia. Most probably know that the title of the show *isn't* "Saturday Night Live", in spite of "SNL" being universally understood. But, I suspect that few remember that a different show came out in the fall of 1975 that *did* have that name. :-) Rather post a spoiler, I'll ask how many here remember or know about it. Suspect this group would would have a much greater percentage who (that?) knows, but bet it's still a pretty small percentage.
Is football a game or a religion? 😁
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hunkra wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 11:05 am
mntlblok wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:18 am
TeaJenny wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:38 pm

Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
Some fun trivia. Most probably know that the title of the show *isn't* "Saturday Night Live", in spite of "SNL" being universally understood. But, I suspect that few remember that a different show came out in the fall of 1975 that *did* have that name. :-) Rather post a spoiler, I'll ask how many here remember or know about it. Suspect this group would would have a much greater percentage who (that?) knows, but bet it's still a pretty small percentage.
Is football a game or a religion? 😁
Was so stumped by that response that I had to resort to google. The hint helped. :-)
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A very nice summer turnout and success rate this week: 1636 entries, about 87% correct, well above our usual rate around 75% so congrats, solvers. Lots of 3-word titles out there to guess incorrectly, including SAY MY NAME (19), LET IT GO (9), IN DA CLUB (7), I GOTTA FEELING (4), TAKE A BOW (4), and many many others.

Congrats to this week's winner: Dan Robey of Falls Church, Va.!
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whimsy wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:57 am
TeaJenny wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:21 am
LadyBird wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:59 pm
Considering our location, we should probably be wary of Land Sharks! Anyone for a Candygram?
I'm going to pick up something from the Samurai Delicatessen. You want anything?
I still like to karate chop at my shoulder and knee as i head out for my contact lens appointment.
https://www.google.com/search?client=fi ... ptometrist
Some of Belushi's best stuff. :-) Buck ended up with a Bandaid on his forehead during one episode. :-)
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MikeMillerwsj wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 12:02 pm A very nice summer turnout and success rate this week: 1636 entries, about 87% correct, well above our usual rate around 75% so congrats, solvers. Lots of 3-word titles out there to guess incorrectly, including SAY MY NAME (19), LET IT GO (9), IN DA CLUB (7), I GOTTA FEELING (4), TAKE A BOW (4), and many many others.

Congrats to this week's winner: Dan Robey of Falls Church, Va.!
Mike didn't SAY MY NAME this week
I'll just have to LET IT GO
Cause I'm not yet in IN DA CLUB (of Mug Winners)
But I GOTTA FEELING
Someday, I'll get to TAKE A BOW
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RPardoe wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:22 am
TeaJenny wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:10 am I have a nit to pick with 32A: "Not for the hoi polloi." Hoi polloi means "the people," so saying "the hoi polloi" is saying "the the people." I realize there is linguistical debate on this topic, but it made my eye twitch when I read it.
English tends to repeat foreign words in English when they have no native meaning in English. La Brea Tar Pits are literally The Tar Tar Pits as an example.

I had a same thought when reading the clues, but upon reading online usage comments by various dictionaries have come to accept the hoi polloi as acceptable if not preferred usage as hoi has no native meaning in English. For example Merriam-Webster.
We see hidden articles in many words derived from Arabic. Think of your mathematic or scientific "al" words, where "al" is the Arabic definite article:

Algebra
Almanac
Alchemy
Alcohol
Algorithm
Alkali
Albacore
Alcatraz
Alcove

There's also a sneaky article in "azimuth", a transliteration of Arabic's "as-samt", 'the ways'.

The phrase "the hoi polloi" is, in my opinion, less organic and likely satirical in origin, but I think it's unlikely that the majority of users are even aware that "hoi" is a Greek article.
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mntlblok wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:18 am
TeaJenny wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:38 pm
DrTom wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:31 pm

90's. 90's - huh late comer!!! No Coke, Pepsi darn it!
Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
Some fun trivia. Most probably know that the title of the show *isn't* "Saturday Night Live", in spite of "SNL" being universally understood. But, I suspect that few remember that a different show came out in the fall of 1975 that *did* have that name. :-) Rather post a spoiler, I'll ask how many here remember or know about it. Suspect this group would would have a much greater percentage who (that?) knows, but bet it's still a pretty small percentage.
I remember. It wasn’t on NBC. It’s host was not (intentionally) funny. And the fact that it was live was a big deal at the time but the show was quickly forgotten.
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PHOFER wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 4:26 pm
mntlblok wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:18 am
TeaJenny wrote: Sun Aug 08, 2021 10:38 pm

Cheeburger! Cheeburger!
Some fun trivia. Most probably know that the title of the show *isn't* "Saturday Night Live", in spite of "SNL" being universally understood. But, I suspect that few remember that a different show came out in the fall of 1975 that *did* have that name. :-) Rather post a spoiler, I'll ask how many here remember or know about it. Suspect this group would would have a much greater percentage who (that?) knows, but bet it's still a pretty small percentage.
I remember. It wasn’t on NBC. It’s host was not (intentionally) funny. And the fact that it was live was a big deal at the time but the show was quickly forgotten.
ABC. Earlier time slot.
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Well I got this from my alderman today… I think he’s on to me…

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RPardoe wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 9:22 am English tends to repeat foreign words in English when they have no native meaning in English. La Brea Tar Pits are literally The Tar Tar Pits as an example.
My favorite is 'Table Mesa'. Here in Boulder we used to call it 'table table'.
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sharkicicles wrote: Mon Aug 09, 2021 4:50 pm Well I got this from my alderman today… I think he’s on to me…

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So you can get a shot and a beer :)
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