Jul 9, 2008

Wednesday July 9, 2008 Michael T. Williams

Theme: Color Songs

17A: Fruitful infatuation?: ORANGE CRUSH

24A: What fellow travelers live in?: PINK HOUSES

38A: Cowardly hero?: YELLOW SUBMARINE

52A: Murex shower?: PURPLE RAIN

63A: Valuable ticker?: HEART OF GOLD

The color GOLD in the last one seems to be positionally out of order with the other theme answers. Can you think of another 11-letter song whose title starts with color GOLD (or red, blue, or any color)? I thought of "GOLD Digger", Kanye West's signature song, but it's 1 letter short and therefore symmetrically impossible to be clued for 63A.

There are TINGES (51D: Slight traces) of smallness in this grid:

16A: Slightest bit: TAD

19A: Smallest bill: ONE

60A: Jerkwater: ONE-HORSE. Both the clue and the answer are new to me.

61A: American lizard: ANOLE. No idea. Obtained it from the down fills. Dictionary says it's related to iguana, "characterized by a distensible throat flap" and the ability to to change the color of their skin among a wide range of green and brown shades." That's very gecko-ISH (62A: Sorta), isn't it? Hmmm, very interesting photo, good timing!

11D: Molecular building blocks: ATOMS

I like how MEDAL (59D: Badge of honor) intersects GOLD. Hate the 64D: Isl. off Australia (TAS). TAS is not a commonly accepted abbreviation of Tasmania, TASM is.

Lots of wild guesses today. I did not know that "Murex" is purple color, and had no idea what connects "Fellow travelers" with color "PINK".

ACROSS:

1A: Produced roe: SPAWNED

14A: Cleanliness: HYGIENE

26A: Equestrian game: POLO. Where did Water POLO get its name? There is no horse play involved. The colors of those balls are hard to tell. Can't be blue though.

44A: Roman unlucky number: XIII(13). My instinct first response was IDES.

46A: Aussie's friend: MATE. Or Bloke.

50A: Parks or Convy: BERT. Pure guess. I know neither of them.

67: Esq. affixer: ATT (Attorney). I am starting to get tired of this "affixer" lawyer clue. Isn't ATT the ticker symbol for AT&T? Wait... Oh, no, it's T now. I did not know that.

68A: Nerval novel: AURÉLIA. No idea. I've never heard of the novel nor the author. Wikipedia says he successfully translated Goethe's "Faust" into French. And Marcel Proust was greatly influenced by his surrealist work.

70A: Oh yeah, __ who?: SEZ. The clue needs quotation marks.

71A: John of "20/20": STOSSEL. He is not my type.

DOWN:

2D: Funeral piles: PYRES. I saw this old Life magazine (June 1964, the Cremation of Nehru) at the flea market a few days ago. It's in pretty good condition.

3D: Former name of Hagatna, Guam: AGANA. Capital of Guam.

4D: Pitcher's motion: WINDUP. My favorite pitcher (Johan Santana) in mid-WINDUP position.

5D: Images in rev.: NEGS (Negatives)

8D: Full of vigor: SPUNKY

9D: Violinist Elman: MISCHA. Unknown to me. This is a beautiful serenade. Slow can be so good. Who is your favorite violinist? Here is a bit of Sara Chang for you.

12D: Dugout: CANOE. I only know baseball's "Dugout".

22D: Ponderer: MUSER

30D: Soak flex: RET

39D: Body liquid: LYMPH

40D: Actress Anderson: BIBI. I've never heard this actor/actress. To me, BIBI is always Netanyahu, my old unfruitful infatuation/CRUSH.

41D: Demeanor: MIEN. And 52D: Composure: POISE

48D: Shaped like a cylinder: TERETE. New to me.

49D: Bogus: ERSATZ. Gimme Gimme. Spent several years working for an IP investigation firm in China.

53D: Family of Indy winners: UNSER. Learned from doing crossword. I am not into racing at all.

54D: Actress Ada: REHAN. How quickly I forgot about her! She appeared on June 29 Sunday puzzle. Very very obscure actress.

65D: Into circulation: OUT. What? Magazines? Coins? Virus?

C.C.

76 comments:

Dick said...

Good morning Cc & DFs. Not too bad today but had to Google for 54D REHAN and then remembered I saw that recently in another puzzle. Shame on me! If I got 63A HEARTOFGOLD then I have no idea why 65D is OUT for Info circulation. So far I cannot find any Loisims in todays works.

Dick said...

YCc your link to the ANOOLE might set Lois off again!

Dick said...

Oops I can't spell It should read ANOLE and I don't know where the Y came from before Cc. Guess I cannot type either.

Nancy D said...

Not too bad this morning - had a problem with Purple Rain and One Horse - only other ont tyhat gave me a hard time was Pink Houses once my brain engaged and I got plow and IOU's then I got the "PINK"

Going home anf getting some sleep soon Have a Great Day

Nancy

Dennis said...

Happy Hump Day, C.C., and fellow DFs - Got through this one pretty quickly, with the usual perp help. The theme certainly helped, but I'm still puzzled by 'pink houses'; what's the reference to?

Everything else was ok, although 'one horse' for 'jerkwater' took a bit before I realized it's a description for a tiny little town.

C.C., between the lizard link and the water polo players (and they could be blue balls - depends on how long they were in the water), you've given Lois today's schedule.

And Dick, you underestimate Lois - even 'tools' could set her off.

Hope it's an outstanding day for everyone.

Argyle said...

'morning all,

"Pink Houses" is a song by John Mellencamp, fellow travelers refers to communist sypathizers, while they weren't Red, they were called pinko's.

Oh, but ain't that America for you and me
Ain't that America we're something to see, baby
Ain't that America, home of the free
Little pink houses for you and me

Katherine said...

Good morning CC and gang.
I had a hard time with this one today. I never heard of "jerk water", teret, aurelia, or Bibi Anderson.
That was a cool picture of the American lizard, and I loved the Sara Chang video.
Have a good day everyone........

Dick said...

Thanks argyle for the John Mellencamp information I would not have remembered that one.

Argyle said...

my new people:
Bibi Andersson
Ada Rehan
Nerval and his novel, Aurelia

new words:
murex - I thouhgt it was a pill, like Nexium, the little purple pill.
Hagatna/Agana - but I'm sure we've had it before.
anole - same
terete - totally new

Dick said...

Wow I read 65D as INFO and not INTO no wonder it didn't make sense.

To Dennis I am sure you are right about tools but I did not realize that Lois was that far gone. Guess we will need to be very careful!

Argyle said...
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drdad said...

Good morning!
Can't think of anything to replace "Heart of Gold."
The anole, aka American chameleon. Here is the "real" chameleon." And the interesting thing about the chameleon is (this is for Lois if the anoles don't do it) they have very long tongues!!
John Cougar Mellencamp has a song called "Pink Houses." It was on the same album that had "Authority Song." I liked "Small Town" and "Scarecrow."
There were small towns in the Old West that were often referred to as "one-horse" towns.
Bert Parks hosted the Miss America telecast from 1955 until 1979. He was fired after the 1979 pageant on the grounds that he was too old. Talk show host Johnny Carson led a campaign on "The Tonight Show" to have Parks rehired, but this was unsuccessful.
All I know about Nerval is that he was known to have fits of madness and Aurelia had something to do with the visions he had during those fits.
Dugout canoes are made from logs that have the interior "dug out."
I guess if something is into circulation it is "out" on the market or "out" on the newsstands (if it is a magazine).

Enough babbling. Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. With Chocolate and Strawberry Sundae Day, we are celebrating too many sweets.

Have a good one.

Barry said...

Ugh.

Just... ugh.

Well, the good news is that I [eventually] managed to finish this puzzle unassisted, but it would have been impossible if it weren't for the fact that I figured out the colorful nature of the theme early on (although, to be honest, I didn't realize they were all song titles). I mean, it's bad enough when I've never heard of half the answers (AURELIA, STOSSEL, AGANA, MISCHA, REHAN, TERETE), but when I don't even know what the freaking clues mean (MUREX) I get a bit frustrated.

Add me to the list of people with no idea what PINK HOUSES has to do with "Fellow Travelers." I'll accept Argyle's explanation, but I've never heard the term "fellow traveler" used to refer to communist sympathizers before.

Anybody else bothered with the cluing for 15A? Since the N in PIN stands for "number," I don't think the clue should include the word "number" as well, do you?

And with that, I think I'll go find myself a nice sugar cookie.... ^_^

drdad said...

Barry - I agree with you on PIN. The clue is okay, however, because of people referring to it (and this is one of my pet peeves and I often chastise them for doing this) as a "PIN number." Why they do so I don't know, but most do call it that. I guess they don't realize "N" stands for "number."

Barry said...

Well, I guess if you're gonna call it "an ATM machine" you're going to use your "PIN number"....

I don't mind all that much when people do that, though. I reserve my pet peeves for things of greater import, like using "loose" instead of "lose" and "could care less" instead of "couldn't care less." It's the end of modern civilization as we know it, I'm telling you! ^_^

drdad said...

One other thing I found just for Lois (and Carol, MelissaB, et.al). This week is - - -

NUDE RECREATION WEEK!!!!!

Count me in!!!

NYTAnonimo said...

Band of Gold and Goldfinger are also one letter shy. Liked the theme-didn't realize they were all songs either until I googled PINKHOUSE to understand the clue. Thanks for explaining argyle.

Regarding water polo, found the following explanation here:

Early games used an inflated, vulcanized rubber ball imported from India known as a "pulu" (the single Indian word for all "balls"). Pronounced "polo" by the English, both the ball and the game became known as "water polo."

Tyler Hinman recently clued ATT as:
Old N.Y.S.E. ticker symbol that's now just "T" in an NYT puzzle.

Finished the puzzle without googling but didn't know the following:

MISCHA
AGANA
STOSSEL
REHAN
BIBI
TERETE
AURELIA

CC you have a HEART OF GOLD-thanks for doing this blog!

Argyle said...

White Rabbit

flyingears said...

Bert Parks used to emcee the Miss America Pageant and Bert Convy used to emcee a game show and he died of a brain tumor.

KittyB said...

Yes, C.C., I second nytanonimo's thanks! I have really enjoyed my visits here.

Argyle, I'm of a generation who knew him as John COUGAR Mellencamp. I know he dropped the middle name in the past few years, but the meter of his name seems odd without it, now. Rehan and Nerval were tough for me, too.

ANOLE
AGANA
TERETE
slowed me down, but I finished the puzzle without Googling. I didn't care for 22D as "Muser" and thought 31D "ula" was cute, once I got it. Thanks to Bruce, I know OBO now.

C.C!! Wow....I may have to join Lois' side given the pictures this morning! (fanning my face...) Dennis, EVERY woman needs her tools! (preferably pink) dr.dad, I'd sign up for the volleyball, but that darned sand gets everywhere!

Barry said...

Thanks to Bruce, I know OBO now.

Bruce? ^_^

Jeanne said...

Morning all,
Had a terrible time with heart of gold which caused some problems with the bottom half.
Do you guys think that Lois will spawn a crush on a marine that is a one horse act but has a heart of gold?

Bill said...

C.C., Two off the top of my head:
Red Clay Halo - Gillian Welch
Black Velvet - Robin Lee.

Back later. Gotta go to the bank and then music rehearsal.

Argyle said...

Booker T. and the MG’s – “Green Onions”

The name Cougar wasn't Mellencamp's idea, the record company did it. I like he insisted on using Mellencamp and eventually dropped the Cougar.

Anonymous said...

Just found your amazing blog, and doing our daily crossword will never be the same! Thanks for posting this blog to assist your fellow CW fiends out there.

Our paper never posts the name of the "theme" of the puzzles, so that makes it a bit more difficult to figure out. I may write to the paper today to ask them to include the theme title each day - we'll see. We get the Sun Sentinel in Broward County, FL.
Kevin and Tom

KScribe said...

Kevin again here - just signed up for Blogger and looking forward to reading your blog each day and contributing to the messages/posts. Tom and I do the puzzle every morning and your blog is GREAT!

KittyB said...

(SMACKING MY FOREHEAD) Sorry, Barry.....At least I got the "B" part of it right. *G*

"Ugh.

Just... ugh."

louie said...

in the thirties, fellow travelers were more socialists than communists and often were associated with the very strong union movement, and particularly with the International ladies garment workers union. they had very strong socialist leanings and were often referred to as "parlor pinks" in the day. ergo "pink houses" is an adaptation of that notion.

Dennis said...

louie, great information; thanks!

kscribe, the theme is of C.C.'s doing - and they're always on target.

kittyb, loved the comments.

jeanne, where's the marine reference? I missed it.

C.C., you ok? Haven't seen you much the past couple of days.

Jeanne said...

Dennis: as in yellow submarine.

MH said...

I was able to finish the puzzle without help but I have to admit that I made a few guesses and got many answers from the perps. I only got the color part of the theme - didn't grok that they were all songs. I think CCs comments on water polo will be plenty to set Lois off. I have a friend who played water polo in college - it's a grabby game, especially some of the stuff you don't see underwater.

lois said...

----------------------------------------Good morning CC & DF's: Great links, CC and drdad. Set me off? Oh yeah!!! Dick, the very first word is 'spawned'! Yippee! then SMU (great parties), then 'Ace' intersecting Eden! Holy hotwicks! I can get pretty spunky over that real quick. Canoe? Not to mention 'mate', 'tools' (as Dennis pointed out already...great job!)and 39D body liquid! Geeze! I'm going to find me some polo players, unhook their terete tools that are not ersate, and stay tru ... OBO...yeah, don't fence me in or pin me down...well, may reconsider that last one. That would not be uncommon. However, I intend for my polo men to wind up needing aid from rn's...esp if they try to run. Then drdad coms along w/that great tongue job! Oh my goodness! That 'bout does it. OH, BTW, Stossel can park his shoes beside my bed any time! What a hottie!
Enjoy this liquid sunshine day!

lois said...

jeanne: I'm all about spawning w/marines...

Barb B said...

Morning all,

No real problems today.

A colorful puzzle. Funeral pyres wasn’t really the way I wanted to start the day, colored the way I interpreted body fluids in an unpleasant way. Blek.

But orange crush and yellow submarine made me smile. Pink houses and purple rain were not familiar to me – needed Melissa B for the musical connection– but got them from the crosses. I know Ticky Tacky houses.

Don’t have a favorite violinist, but I watched “Music of the Heart” this week, and loved it.

Terete was a new word for me, Aurelia too. Aurelia is not in any of the six libraries in my county consortium, but Marcus Aurelius is. Guess it was one letter too many.

In the library, a book is checked “out” – in circulation.

Another pretty day in Oregon.

flyingears said...

Neil Young sang "Heart of Gold" and became a hit I believe in the early '70s. I can still hear it in my memory bank... I was in the Philippines on my way to Nam... I got home sick every time I heard the song...

melissa bee said...

good morning c.c. and all,

in the midst of prep for the annual girls weekend out (plans this weekend lois?) so the puzzle has taken a back seat. and of all the days not to puzzle, it's a musical theme. enjoyed all the links and comments.

Can you think of another 11-letter song whose title starts with color GOLD (or red, blue, or any color)?

yep.

she was swinging by the bangles in a main street store
a while before we met
the most dangerous angels that you ever saw
ahe spied her amulet

Anonymous said...

Jerkwater was a termed used in the 1960's.

Danielle said...

Tough puzzle for me, but I liked the color theme. I knew most of the songs but didn't get "Pink Houses" (not so familiar with John M's music) until I read explanations in this blog - thanks!

Even google didn't help with Murex - came up with something about snails that was no help - I finally got Purple Rain just from filling in enough to "see it".

Bert Parks was longtime host of Miss America contest (his signature was singing that dopey song), but I'm not familiar with Bert Convy.

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning everybody! Made it through this one, but had no idea PINK HOUSES was a song title. New words/names were REHAN, AURELIA, BIBI, and TERETE. C.C., those little anoles were sold in pet stores as chameleons because they do change color. They are only about 4 inches long in the body. "Fellow travelers" is a reference to communist supporters, so in American slang they would be considered to be "pink" or "red." Confusing, I know, and I may not be explaining it correctly. (I see that Argyle did a better job of explaining this.) I'm sure some others will chime in. Lois is long gone after the water polo link. You are soooo bad!! Into circulation could be so many things. Dick, I think you mis-read the clue to 65A -- looks like INTO to me, not INFO. (I see you caught that later.) I thought 1A and 8D would be more than enough to set Lois off again. Kevin and Tom, the theme is C.C.'s creation -- the syndicate doesn't publish it. She is the creative genius here!! Dennis, the MARINE is part of 38A. (Also pointe out by jeanne.) MH, what is GROK? Lois, as always you are off the charts! Hello Barb, nice to have another Oregonian on board.

Crockett1947 said...

pointed

C. C. said...

Crockett1947,
I am a good girl. Dennis and other DFs just like to misinterpret and distort what I write.

Dennis,
The weather has been preciously gorgeous here in MN, so I've been loitering around the edges of various EDENIC greeneries searching for beauty in life. Are you missing me?

Argyle, Bill & Melissa,
Good sound titles, thank you very much. Obviously you've got music in your blood.

Dennis said...

C.C., no one's buying the "misinterpret and distort what I write" line - we all know you're a fellow DF. And of course I miss you - you're our ringleader.

Melissa Bee - girls' weekend out - will there be pictures??

Lois, "don't pin me down"? You're kidding, right?

C. C. said...

Dick,
You can always PREVIEW your comments before you publish them. Some of the spelling mistakes could be avoided.

Dr. Dad,
Those tongues are indeed very long.
Thanks for "Dugout".

NYTanonimo,
"Water POLO": Thanks.

Kevin,
Welcome on board!

Barry,
Re: Your comments @7:05am. Is that the reason why you did not get "BLING" last time? Rappers tend to sing/talk ungrammatically.

Barb,
The clue for PYRES could be better phrased. These rites are sacred, aren't they?

Dennis,
I am totally & incorruptively functional.

Dennis said...

C.C., "incorruptively functional"? We'll just see about that...

And an addition to your comment on spelling errors -- we all use a lot of space with follow-up entries correcting previous mistakes. I'm assuming we all think that each of us is astute enough to know how to spell, so when we see a spelling mistake, we take it for what it usually is, a typo; no need to correct it, unless it somehow changes the context of your post. Thoughts?

And if there's a typo in this one, it ain't getting corrected...

Barry said...

Re: Your comments @7:05am. Is that the reason why you did not get "BLING" last time? Rappers tend to sing/talk ungrammatically.

Errr... Honestly, I don't remember why I didn't get "BLING" last time. However, as a rule, my grammatical pet peeves don't normally prevent me from understanding people. They just bug me is all. ^_^

C. C. said...

Dennis,
Indeed, no follow-up corrective message is needed if it's simply ONE typo. However, I do like comments that are well-written, well-structured and grammatically correct. The "PREVIEW" button is there for a reason.

C. C. said...

Barry,
Please do feel free to let me know if I blunder on any English word usage. I hate to become your "pet peeve" bugger/abuser.

NYTanonimo,
How long have you been doing NYT & TMS puzzles? Does the position of "GOLD" in the theme answer bother you at all?

Lois,
I am glad you are safely back home. Any Ralph Fiennes "Mile High" thrill on air?

KittyB said...

crockett, on mh's behalf:

Grok

I hope the link worked!

Grok is such a part of my being, and I assume, mh's, that we simply assumed it would be the same for you. *G*

flyingears said...

Agree with C.C. on mistakes. Correcting grammatical mistakes or any mistake is OK, as long as it is done nicely and respectfully. The reason is that it helps for us that do X/W puzzles. I personally don't mind at all.

Dennis said...

flyingears, where in Vietnam? I was in I Corps, Chu Lai and Danang.

lois said...

Melissabee: I've got the dime but not the time. Where are you meeting up? I hope you give 'girls gone wild' a whole new dimension. I'll toast to you when I break out of here. Dennis wants pictures. Such a guy!

Dennis: I did reconsider 'don't pin me down' even in my 1st post. Pinning is great, winning is being on top, and the 'end' justifies the means.

MH said...

kittyb, thanks for putting the link to "grok" in the blog. I haven't been following all the comments today - too many when actually have to do real work for a living - and missed seeing crockett's request. Your link explained it much better than I could have.

lois said...

CC: no ralph fiennes high jinks but I sat btw 2 nice gentlemen, one a jazz afficionado and the other a fireman. So, I did make 2 new friends on the flight...just not in the br. We gave the term 'lay over' a deeper meaning later.

Crockett: I know I am soooo bad. But I'm so good at being sooo bad. Trouble just finds me; I have to be good at it by now. I'm proof positive that practice makes perfect. I'm Carnegie Hall ready, baby!

NYTAnonimo said...

I like the way GOLD crosses MEDAL. It is different from the other theme answers in that it doesn't start the song name but ends it. That doesn't really bother me though-I think the song titles (release dates from 1967-1989 And I'm getting old!) were cleverly woven together in the grid. I'm biased though-I like the song!

I've been doing the TMS puzzles off and on throughout the years and the NYT puzzles for a little over a year.

Keep enjoying that beautiful weather cc!

NYTAnonimo said...

Nice link kittyb-GROK was new to me too.

Crockett1947 said...

Kittyb, thanks for the grok link. I guess I was looking for a lay definition as opposed to a wiki one.

MH said...

Crockett,

grok: to comprehend or understand to the point of fully absorbing the meaning into oneself.

pete said...

so... I did this puzzle in AM New York this morning and found your cool site because of AURELIA (dang it!). Anyway, the editor of the puzzle in my paper is "Wayne Robert Williams"- is he the same as Michael T Williams?? A bit strange... At any rate, I'll pop this on my bookmarks 'cause I like it! good work!

NYTAnonimo said...

Check out the links in cc's sidebar pete for some interesting stuff. Here is the info on the editor and his aliases and relatives. And welcome to the group!

KittyB said...

@mh, my pleasure. I'm glad to find someone else who enjoys Heinlein.

@NYT I'm glad to be able to help. Give the book, "Stranger in a Strange Land," a try. Heinlein's at the top of my list for science fiction.

@crockett....I knew you could have wikied...but their definition was too good to pass up. If you were to talk with afficionados of this book, you'd hear the phrase "grocking in the fullness of time. The story is filled with social commentary on our times. It was published in 1961 and has never been out of print since. The original was severely pruned by the editor. When Heinlein died, his widow had the original manuscript published. I have only read the original publication. I think I may pick it up, and re-read it!

Lois!!! Jazz on one side, a fireman on the other, you have all the luck! You have to get a copy of "Stranger in a Strange Land" for the time when you get stuck with someone less interesting. The main character founds a cult for free love and free thinking. You'd be certain to be appointed as one of the vestal "virgins" *G*

flyingears said...

Dennis,

I was in the USS Hancock, an aircraft carrier off the coast of Da Nang, but flew into Nam several times to pick up wounded Marines. Made a couple of cruises there.

melissa bee said...

@lois: we're gwo'ing in a small town on the coast, south of SF. nine of us .. for four days.

@dennis: this is a well-documented event. including, but not limited to, 'naked cooking.'

sure you can't spare the time, lois? we wouldn't even have to initate you ..

melissa bee said...

oh and about the spelling thing ...

when i see a misspelling here i assume typo and don't need an explanation. i personally am a big fan of the preview button, but that's just me.

Dick said...

Hello Cc, I did not intend to cause a controversy over typos/spellings. I think all of us would be above average spellers and have a firm grasp of English and its usage. My errors are more of trying to type too fast, for a poor typist, and then posting without a good review.

Barb B said...

cc,

Sorry, I didn't mean to be rude about something sacred; just don't like the subject for my crossword. Also would prefer not to see funeral or mortuary, which are perfectly good words. They just aren't fun,

lois said...

Spelling is highly overrated.

As lnog as the frsit and lsat ltetres are rhgit, you can raed aynhtnig. Inst the bairn an azmniag tinhg?

Still others go phonetically and get their point across, writing the way they talk. This is an example of Oklahoman.
Melissa: I wud luv tah goe, butt Im skeered I wud see a mere and mah haid wud sprang offn my nack. I am grain wid envy tho. I haf tah stay ratcheer fo now.

This one is from Arkansas...the senior reading exam.

M R Mice
M R Not
O S A R
C M EDBD Feet?
L I B
M R Mice

Barb B said...

Lois

LOL, that was fun.

From my southern grammar book:

Spell:

Now yawl kin spell sum words 'r
yuh kin cast a spell on someone 'r
yal kin jist sit a spell 'n relax.

melissa bee said...

@lois: LOL .. i actually understood that.

C. C. said...

Lois,
What does that Sr. Reading Exam say (8:44pm)?

Mike Williams said...

Thanks for all of the comments...

This puzzle (For me anyway) was all about the clue for Yellow Submarine.

I looked for another 11 letter color song to replace Heart of Gold. But, needless to say I did not find one.

lois said...

CC: Them are mice
Them are not
Oh yes they are
See them itty bitty feet?
Well, I('ll) be!
Them ARE mice.

This is just a funny joke. The same can be said of the Aggies in TX, blondes in general, the people in W VA...even Okies. I fit almost 3 of these categories. No wonder I understood it right away.
Here are two more:
M R Farmers (M R snakes)
M R Not
O S A R
C M M T Pockets? (C M B D I's)
L I B
M R Farmers (M R Snakes)

lois said...

barb b: That is cute! I think I'll just sit a spell.

C. C. said...

Mike,
Thank you for stopping by. We are always happy to hear from constructors.

Lois,
So complicated. I think I need time to digest.

Mike Williams said...

Thanks CC. I just found your site today. I enjoyed your comments. It was disappointing that the Three Doctors puzzle turned out to be hard to solve. It was a lot of fun to construct.

C. C. said...

Mike,
The Three Doctors was indeed a very hard puzzle, great theme though!

Sallie said...

CC and Dennis, thanks for your directions to doing the puzzles online. Pain not to be able to print tho.