OLLA /OL.uh or AW.lyah/ n. a ceramic pot used for cooking stews, storing and cooling food, and irrigation, especially in the American Southwest
Having been introduced into the American Southwest by the Spanish, clues for the olla will often play on this pedigree with Hispanic preceders like PUEBLO (a communal village), CASA (a house or mansion), or CANTINA (a bar).
Perhaps most frequently, clues will reference the stews and soup dishes for which this pot is widely used. The most important culinary dish to recognize is a Spanish meat and bean stew called olla podrida…
but you’ll also find references to other elements of Spanish cuisine, including PAELLA (a saffron-flavored seafood, chicken, and rice dish) and FRIJOLE (a large family of beans, including the PINTO bean, used in Mexican cookery).
Speaking of frijole, here’s a short video that not only shows you how to make an authentic Frijoles de la Olla, but also tells you how to pronounce it properly…
Let’s finish off with some practice. Find a four letter word that answers to each of the following clues…
See how kind this month’s Crosswordese theme has been to your morning solve?
OLEO /OH.lee.owe or OWE.lee.owe/ n. a shortened colloquial form of oleomargarine preferred in the US (over margarine used in Britain and other parts of the world) which is a butter substitute made from vegetable oils
Here are a few crossword clues today’s word should help you solve…
Marg : Brits :: ___ : Americans
It’s not butter
Spread on the table
Promise, for one
And just in case you didn’t understand that last one…
Deriving from the Latin OLEUM (plural OLEA), meaning ‘oil’, today’s word has a few handy extensions. The most widely known of these are probably OLEOGRAPH (a picture produced in oils) and OLEORESIN (a mixture of oils and resin).
The reason I’m familiar with the latter is that my Scrabble program once responded to my opening play of OLE with the ever-so-slightly jaw-dropping…
Can you even begin to imagine finding that in a game?!
P.S. here are the answers to yesterday’s puzzle…
“____ thou and peace may meet”: Shelley
“We shun it ____ it comes”: Emily Dickinson
“____ fancy you consult, consult your purse”: Benjamin Franklin
“Maid of Athens, ____ We Part”: Byron
“____ upon my bed I lay me”: Longfellow
“Blood hath been shed ____ now”: Macbeth
“A little ____ the mightiest Julius fell”: Shak.
“I hope to see London once ____ I die”: “Henry IV, Part 2″