"AP English" - January 8, 2021

A place to discuss the weekly Wall Street Journal Crossword Puzzle Contest, starting every Thursday around 4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Please do not post any answers or hints before the contest deadline which is midnight Sunday Eastern time.
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Made it ashore!
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Glad to see others not buying into hurt feelings over the word “starve” - imagine what would happen to the Quality of puzzles if constructors had to worry about everyone’s peculiar emotions that belong in the therapist’s office and not on this forum.
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Our final count is 10 on the ship and 182 on the shore.

Joining the ship's fun party are
jhseeman
rosiegirl
Wordsmith
and WSJosh

Making it to shore since lunch are
Nalugirl
Fkelly
zacmoretz and Aunt Norma
Vincent
Commodore
Orsys
Janet P
Eguinan
yourpalsal
Dennis
ErkThor
Mord
and howardl
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mheberlingx100 wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:37 pm
Tom Shea wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:28 pm
HunterX wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:19 pm

Thanks! I always wondered (but not enough to search/check), but doubted it was one and the same, due to the lack of clues/answers with cows, dinosaurs, and frumpy ladies wearing a house dress and cat-eye glasses.
Three of my favorites. (how can you have only three?)

Cows in recliners. Phone rings. "There it goes again. And here we sit without opposable thumbs."
Crow answering phone calling to wife in horn-rimmed glasses: "Doris, phone caw!"
Rat couple arguing: "Clean it up! Clean it up? It's *supposed* to be a rat hole!"
“Now this end is called the thagomizer, after the late Thag Simmons”. And now it’s the accepted name for the spiky tail end of the Stegosaurus!
Or the classics:

Boy carrying books and leaning, pushing hard against the door to a building with a sign "School for the gifted." Door has sign "Pull."

"The real reason the dinosaurs went extinct." Picture of dinosaurs smoking cigarettes.
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Joe Ross wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:50 pm 'caT Fud' sign leading to open dryer door, with curious cat cautiously investigating and dog on darkened blind side wishing, "Please, oh, please, oh..."

(With deep, but not all that sincere, apologies to my younger sister.)
I REMEMBER THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!! 😆
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On shore, just in time, thanks to some helpful nudges!
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Ashore just in time! Whew!
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Dog-wife at kitchen counter, wearing apron & cat-eye glasses. Dog-husband at table, opening a sandwich, peering at her over his shoulder, and thinking, "Another chicken-leg bone... I think she's trying to kill me."
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Ashore. Very busy weekend. Just got to it. Solved the meta in a couple of minutes, but days late. How is that scored?
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Two cows in a field watching Chicago burn: "It seems that Agent xxx has accomplished her mission".
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I believe it was the Midvale School For The Gifted.

“Oooh! Look what Og do!” Cavemen sitting around fire, painfully cooking meat in their burnt bare hands while one has the meat skewered on a spit.
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Sabretooth tigers have eaten a caveman: "I've heard all kinds of sounds from these things, but 'yabba dabba doo' was a new one to me"
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Martin wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:32 pm Ashore. Very busy weekend. Just got to it. Solved the meta in a couple of minutes, but days late. How is that scored?
A solve is a solve. All solvers have the same chance at a mug as long as the answer is submitted timely.
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Hmmm favorite Gary Larson cartoon - like picking your favorite bourbon/wine/pizza/etc. it all depends on where you are and who you are with. That said, the one that I first saw and still makes me chuckle today (even now as I write this): Group of cows standing in the field smoking and talking, next frame one cow yells "CAR", next frame all cows grazing in the field, next frame (with car gone) back up talking...I wonder to this day whenever I pass a herd of cows in a field.
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Landed my boat on the shore (without nudges) literally at the 11th hour when a wind gust of insight suddenly filled my sails, and then I found the navigation guide to the beach. Was really sweating bricks while stuck in irons until then.

Three weeks ago I had a Sunday night breakthrough too. Hope this doesn't become a pattern; it's tough on the nerves.
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The most memorable Larson cartoon for me that is too often close to home is the picture of a building labeled "Crisis Center" with flames leaping out of it floating down rapids and about to go over a waterfall.

The next one is a picture of two dinosaurs smoking cigarettes, one of whom is lighting up a third dinosaur's cigarette with a match, with the caption "The real reason dinosaurs became extinct".
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Tom Shea wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:42 pm
DrTom wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 6:38 pm By the by - dis anyone do the Saturday Crossword by Gary Larson? I thought it immensely clever. The answers were of course interesting but the cluing...I assume this is the "Far Side" Gary Larson and I have always liked his rather twisted humor. But if it is NOT that Gary Larson, I like his twisted humor as well.
Different guy, but also enjoyable.
Thanks Tom, I tired to look it up but really did not get anything confirmatory. As a speaker I often "borrowed" his cartoons to add levity to a stirring discussion of say " Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Agents and their Effect on Renal Perfusion" which sorely needed levity.

Imagine a cartoon showing a group of surgeons extracting a porcupine from the belly of a patient and saying "Well I guess that explains the abdominal pain"

CARTOON REMOVED - HEAD HUNG SHEEPISHLY - THOUGH THANKFULLY NOT FROM A PLAQUE ON THE WALL

I've often wondered if using one without asking was considered Larsony? (was alerted to comment from Gary Larson RE: "borrowed" works https://www.thefarside.com/about/48/a-l ... ary-larson)
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DrTom wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:37 pm Thanks Tom, I tired to look it up but really did not get anything confirmatory. As a speaker I often "borrowed" his cartoons to add levity to a stirring discussion of say " Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Agents and their Effect on Renal Perfusion" which sorely needed levity.

I've often wondered if using one without asking was considered Larsony?
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Waiting for the answer drop - it should happen AP any time now
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