Apr 27, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015 Mark Bickham

Theme: Thumbs

17A. Color named for a fruit : LIME GREEN. Green thumb, the ability to grow healthy plants.

37A. Legendary Lady Godiva watcher : PEEPING TOM. Tom Thumb, disambiguation There are several.

42A. Stiff from horseback riding : SADDLE SORE. Sore thumb, something you don't want to stand out like.

62A. Clumsy ... or what the ends of 17-, 37- and 42-Across are? : ALL THUMBS

Argyle here. Bit unusual to have entries longer than the themes but not confusing. They add some panache to an easy-peasy Monday.

Across:

1. Flat-topped hill : MESA. Not loma this time.

5. Bash thrower : HOST

9. Arctic or Antarctic : OCEAN

14. "Are you asleep yet?" response : "I'M UP". Would not be my response.

15. Not tricked by : ON TO

16. Modeler's wood : BALSA

19. Like a mosquito bite : ITCHY

20. "Ah-oo-gah" horn : KLAXON



21. __ rally : PEP

23. Howls at the moon : BAYS

24. "Hold on a __" : SEC

25. Seek the affections of : WOO

27. Stop producing opportunities, as a financial market : DRY UP

29. Prefix with red : INFRA

31. What a musty room needs : AIRING

34. Ancient invader of Rome : GOTH

39. Converse competitor : AVIA

40. Gets rid of, as weight : LOSES

41. Park path : LANE


44.Soon, quaintly : ANON

45. Set aside a day for : PLAN ON

46. Word before house or plant : POWER

48. Oafs : LOUTS

50. Tyke : TOT

51. Eric Stonestreet's "Modern Family" role : CAM. In his role as Cameron Tucker on Modern Family, Stonestreet has earned three consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2010, 2011 and 2012), winning the award in 2010 and 2012. He also received three Golden Globe Award nominations (2010, 2011 and 2013) for his work on the series.

54. New Zealand fruit : KIWI

56. Affirmative vote : YEA The other side. 13D. Negative votes : NAYS

58. Pepsi competitor : RC COLA

60. Slip past : EVADE

64. Judge's hammer : GAVEL

65. Jacob's first wife : LEAH

66. Lewd material : SMUT

67. Go on tiptoe : SNEAK

68. Like centerfolds : SEXY

69. Glazed Easter meats : HAMS

Down:

1. Does a farm job : MILKS. I guess mucks isn't a Monday word.

2. Author Zola : ÉMILE. "J'accuse"

3. "Poison" plant : SUMAC

4. Peak : APEX

5. Cornucopia : HORN OF PLENTY

6. "__ Life to Live" : ONE. A soap opera that had a 43 year run. Any fans?

7. Dance move : STEP

8. Got into shape, with "up" : TONED

9. __-Wan Kenobi : OBI. Star Wars.

10. Agile thief : CAT BURGLAR

11. Yosemite monolith popular with rock climbers : EL CAPITAN

12. Pale as a ghost : ASHY

18. Red-carpet garment : GOWN

22. Commendable : PRAISE WORTHY

26. Black-and-white cookies : OREOs

28. Yang counterpart : YIN

29. "That never occurred to me" : "I HAD NO IDEA"

30. Ancient storyteller : AESOP

32. Forbidden act : NO-NO

33. Fed. agents : G-MEN

34. Quick inhalation : GASP

35. Running track shape : OVAL

36. Seaside disaster cause : TIDAL WAVE

38. 1995 Reform Party founder : PEROT. (H. Ross Perot)

43. Singer Reed : LOU



47. Engrave on glass, say : ETCH

49. Makes watertight : SEALS

51. Punctuation mark in large numbers : COMMA

52. Scrapbook : ALBUM

53. Supports for sails : MASTS

54. Tapped beer holders : KEGS

55. Tennis great Lendl : IVAN

57. Out of the wind : ALEE

59. Like an easy job, slangily : CUSH. (cushy)

61. Moose relative : ELK

63. Southern Cal. airport : LAX


Argyle


1) Belatedly Happy Birthday to Lea's grandma Kay (Kazie), who joined this blog the year I started. I'm awfully sorry that I blanked on Saturday morning, Kay! We've been in a frenzy to prepare for our card show next week. I hope Barry and you did something special.

Kay and her husband Barry on Tamborine Mountain, overlooking Brisbane

2) The real Big Easy sent me these pictures of Justin Rose, the winner (22 under par) of the Zurich Classics. Big Easy has been volunteering for the event for years.  The other Big Easy skipped the event.




Apr 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Don Gagliardo & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Tea Party. Adding a TE, TEE or TY to a common phrase for a punny result was enough, but C.C. and Don also made a vowel sound in the new phrase with an alternate spelling. This made for a delightful "TEA PARTY" that is short on finger food but long on wit and cleverness.



It was a hoot to work and I am tickled to try to 'splain some of the wonderful fill these two great constructors have provided us! I am so pleased C.C. chose this FAULTY GUY to blog her and Hard G's construction!


Theme Answers


23A. Profitable agreement? : PLUM TREATY - Some of those treaties were more plum for one side than the other. One side didn't get so much as a PLUM TREE




29A. Ending a relationship in a text? : FAULTY BREAK - Talk about being on different pages! Maybe it happened during FALL BREAK and someone was feeling restless. Still a gutless thing to do!



37. Sherpa's responsibilities? : MOUNTAIN DUTY - After having a MOUNTAIN DEW?


63. Sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees? : MIGHTY MISTAKE - Mated autographs of the greatest baseball player ever and the idiot who sold him to the Yankees to finance some Broadway musicals. Did he ever say, "That was MY MISTAKE!"




81. Search for the right beard? : GOATEE HUNTING - You could GO HUNTING among these for what you want. Do you recognize all the famous owners?




103A. Adoring father-to-daughter words? : THAT'S MY CUTIE - When she looks at me like that, THAT'S MY CUE to tell her what a cutie she is!




113. Result of substituting fabric strips for chips? : RAGGEDY ANTE - Yeah, substituting these for poker chips might make for a sloppy game even for RAGGEDY ANN




124. Delicate one in the kitchen? : DAINTY COOK - Probably never heard of comedian DANE COOK



Across         

1. Walk casually : AMBLE


6. Work : OPUS - A compilation of Michael Jackson's work




10. Soul, to Aristotle : ANIMA


15. In addition : ALSO


19. Place for highlights : SALON - Before and after




20. Walked out : WENT

21. Complete : TOTAL


22. __-pedi : MANI - I had one of these in a SALON and felt like a fish out of water


25. Path : TRAIL


26. Organic food giant : EDEN - New to me




27. Arabian pop : SIRE - A black Arabian Stallion




28. Canadian roadside sign : ESSO 


31. Ideal chaser? : ISM. Idealism.


33. "Wanderlust" actor Alan : ALDA - He'll always be Hawkeye, won't he?


35. "Love Jones" co-star Long : NIA - Okay, new to me




36. Ice show venues : RINKS

42. Elantra competitor : CIVIC - Kelly Blue Book says it was the 9th best selling vehicle in 2014


44. "Head and Shell" artist : ARP - One of Jean's pieces




45. Cal. listing : APPT - I've got APPT's with four different doctors this upcoming week just for checkups 


46. Exhausted : BEAT - Have you ever heard exhaustd as, "All in but your shoelaces!"


48. Aleve alternative : ANACIN - You're near my age if you remember this




52. Chilling spot : SOFA


54. Shanghai locale : ASIA


56. Stick together : COHERE 


59. Lennon's love : ONO - Our ubiquitous crossword resident


60. "Edda" author __ Sturluson : SNORRI (11-79 - 1241) - Yeah, if you thought I knew this guy, I've got some ocean front property in the Nebraska Sandhills I'd like to sell you


66. First, second and third : ORDINALS - Here compared to Cardinal numbers




69. More work : UTOPIA - Thomas More's 1516 work


70. Sea damaged by Soviet-era waterworks : ARAL - In 1989 and 2014




71. Like some breezes : GENTLE

72. Windows runners : PCS - We now officially have nary a Windows machine in our house!


73. "Murdering Airplane" and "The Hat Makes the Man" : ERNSTS - This is Dadaist Max Ernst's 1920 "Murdering Airplane" collage that depicts man's powerlessness against modern warfare




75. Mountain lake : TARN - From the Scandinavian tjǫrn


77. H.S. cooking class : HOME EC - My Family and Consumer Science colleagues bristled when I said Home Ec. BTW, no one takes "Shop" anymore either.


79. According to, with "in" : AS STATED 


84. Waffle : SEESAW - To be or not to be, make a decision already, Hamlet!


86. Bach's "Mass __ Minor" : IN B - Sure, I guess...




87. Surfing needs : BOARDS


88. 4 for He, e.g. : AT WT - 4x heavier than H, but doesn't blow when used in blimps!


91. Spanish surrealist : DALI - For him 
time didn't fly, it melted


92. Rankle : FESTER - Let it go, already! 





94. Talk back to : SASS


96. Exercise consequence, maybe : ACHE


99. __ cat : LAP - Ours is named Lily





100. Early Indo-European : ARYAN


106. Eddy : WHIRL


109. Poseidon's realm : SEA


111. Bullring cries : OLES


112. Chicago's __ Center : AON - At 200 East Randolph Drive




116. Condé __ : NAST

118. Societal troubles : ILLS


122. Run in place : IDLE


123. Jetson at the Little Dipper School : ELROY - George and Jane's 'toon boy


126. Traffic sound : TOOT - Road rage ain't worth it!


127. Provide, as money : PUT UP - As noted above, Harry Frazee sold the Babe so he could PUT UP money for theatrical productions


128. Mid-seventh-century year : DCLI - Into each puzzle some compromise must fall


129. Way around Paris : METRO - A single ride ticket is 
1,80. Unlimited day pass €7 ,00 and up





130. Grandson of Adam : ENOS


131. Hit hard, biblically : SMOTE - Adam's youngest son was SMOTE by his older 
brother 


132. Check : TEST


133. Time-time link : AFTER - A lovely song by Cyndi Lauper  
 

Down:
 
1. Some hieroglyphic squiggles : ASPS - There he is




2. Niger neighbor : MALI - Sure, it's between Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger 


3. Indistinct memory : BLUR - Joann said we had the month of March this year, but it's a BLUR to me


4. Chinese menu offering : LO MEIN


5. Upper-level doc? : ENT - These docs work on our upper-levels




6. Is behind, perhaps : OWES

7. "Frankenstein" torchbearers : PEASANTS - Pitchforks too


8. Incalculable : UNTOLD


9. Babe's home : STY 


10. Naan flour : ATTA - New to me




11. Like a shutout : NO RUN - Don Larsen's no hit,  NO RUN, perfect game in the 1956 World Series




12. Right-leaning, in a way : ITALIC

13. Curaçao cocktail : MAI TAI


14. Side (with) : ALLY


15. Longtime de facto U.S. national anthem : AMERICA - Rasmussen Reports survey said 82% of Americans favor keeping The Star Spangled Banner


16. Weighed down : LADEN - See Sherpa above


17. Stealthy sort : SNEAK


18. Pen emanations : OINKS


24. Update, as charts : REMAP - Before the Corps of Engineers channelized the Missouri River, the Nebraska/Iowa border had to be REMAPPED every so often


29. Lot : FATE - My feeling on FATE




30. Pickling liquids : BRINES

32. __-puf: old laundry product : STA


34. Home to the skyscraper Burj Khalifa : DUBAI


37. Considerable number : MASS


38. Maine college town : ORONO -Proud home of




39. Available to the highest bidder, say : UP FOR GRABS - If you don't buy Boardwalk when you land there, it's this

40. Bar brew, briefly : IPA - India Pale Ale that is regularly on tap here


41. Rides for tycoons : YACHTS - From the Dutch word Jacht which 
means "hunter". They were originally fast boats for chasing pirates


43. "Esthetic" and "egis" : VARIANTS - Can also be spelled Aesthetic and Aegis 


47. Miss Gulch's bane : TOTO


49. Large-grain seasoning : COARSE SALT - They sell 'em both





50. "__ Dinka Doo" : INKA - A signature song for Jimmy Durante who wrote the music


51. December number : NOEL - One more Christmas Carol in December and I might have lost it


53. Gung-ho : ARDENT


55. Uses Gchat, e.g. : IMS  - Instant Messages. See 29A. in theme answers above for a stupid one


57. Plugs : HYPES - We'll be hearing HYPE from now until Nov. 3, 2016


58. 34-Down dignitaries : EMIRS


61. Dog star's first name? : RIN - A staple of my youth




62. Supposedly : IN THEORY - Bobby Burns warning on what should work




64. Prada competitor : GUCCI - C.C. have you got $750 for Stonewashed GUCCI jeans to go with your Jimmy Choo shoes? ;- ) 



65. Covered in ink, with "up" : TATTED - Don't complain if you interview with all your TATS showing and fail to get a sniff at the job


67. Word heard coming and going : ALOHA - I hope to say this to our friend Chef Wendy on Kauai someday


68. Nocturnal primate : LEMUR


72. Watched the cats, say : PET SAT - Our dear neighbors PET SAT Lily while I was in the 
hospital. It was very comforting to know she was in good hands


74. Motor oil letters : S.A.E. - Society of Automotive Engineers.


75. Week-ending cry : TGIF - Everyday is Friday when you're retired!!


76. Crackerjack : A-ONE 


78. Pencil points and erasers : ENDS - Johnny Carson's pencils famously didn't have both





79. Cut taker: Abbr. : AGT 


80. __ Lama : DALAI


82. Big band era singer Ray : EBERLE - Sang with Glenn Miller


83. Sounding stuffy : NASAL


85. Picnic cleaner : WIPE - A staple at our house




89. Yuletide quaffs : WASSAILS


90. Where to see old MGM movies : TCM - Gets a lot of play here


93. They often have concentric circles : TARGETS - I think most of you know that the highest score in Darts is not in the innermost concentric circle or Bull's Eye.




95. Tongue site : SHOE

97. Marriott competitor : HYATT


98. Car starter? : ECO - Ecocars.Some of these cars are routinely getting over 100 MPG


101. Shelter : ASYLUM


102. Not far from : NEAR TO


104. Bridge holding : TENACE - Holding a broken honor sequence such as A
❤ Q❤. Our Bridge players knew that.


105. Danny Kaye was its first celebrity goodwill ambassador : UNICEF


106. Blog, say : WRITE



107. Wore : HAD ON 

108. Digs in the snow? : IGLOO


110. Have __: be ready with an excuse : AN OUT - My sister always has one when she skips family functions and she fools no one


114. Acct. entries : DEPS - Early in our marriage, our DEPS and W/D's were pretty close 


115. Blog, say : TYPE


117. Sulky state : SNIT 


119. Ex-senator Trent : LOTT - Did LOTT's wife looked back when she left D.C.


120. Traditional accounts : LORE - I wonder if C.C. remembers any folkLORE tales from her days in Guangzhou (From C.C.: Have any of you heard of Cantonese opera? It's steeped in Cantonese folklore)





121. Hershey's toffee bar : SKOR - Love 'em


124. Banned pesticide : DDT 


125. Sumac of Peru : YMA



Husker Gary

Apr 25, 2015

Saturday, Apr 25th, 2015, Daniel Nierenberg

Theme: None

Words: 72 (missing Q,Z)

Blocks: 30

  If I was feeling better about last week's Silkie, then this week's offering left me feeling downright blissful.  I liked getting an early 10-letter across fill with confidence, followed by an 11-letter down-er, and despite a few proper nouns which slowed me up, I was able to get through this one with little resistance, in about half my personal time.  Oh - and four four-letter gimme words today, too (*).  I hope your solve was just as enjoyable ( individual results may vary ).  Some of the longer fill:

15a. Video game that comes in a World Tour version : GUITAR HERO - call me ".22 caliber Splynter", because I nailed it ( I was driving nails into concrete today with my Ramset ).  I find the game harder to play than a real guitar


11. Freetown is its capital : SIERRA LEONE - I don't know why I put in Sierra Madre first


22. Dieter's brand : LEAN CUISINE - nailed it
O N W A R D ~! 

ACROSS:

 1. Breakfast spread : APRICOT JAM - really just too many choices to even start with WAGs

11. Attempt : STAB

16. Part of the Louisiana Purchase : IOWA - now this was a W.A.G.; I figured Ohio was already in the union, but now I see that it joined a mere 60 days before the U.S. spent $15mil for 828,000sq. miles

17. Meditation goal : INNER PEACE - I'm still looking for a piece of my inner peace

18. Vet : EX-GI

19. Allowed : OK'D

20. Bull or cow, perhaps : RHINO - popular this week

21. Pipe material : BRIER - lead, copper, plastic~? Oh, that kind of pipe


22*. One may be compulsive : LIAR

23. Imposed : FORCED

24. Patsy : PIGEON

27. Copernicus Science Centre site : WARSAW - a strange occurrence; I had -ARSA-; just needed the "W"s

29. "Herbie: Fully Loaded" actress : LOHAN

30. Place to stretch one's legs : YOGA CLASS - yes~! yes~! stretch those legs~!

33. Like many a quote: Abbr. : ANON - and many a snarky commenter

34. Like some cereal : OATEN - dah, I was going to throw this in, but hesitated

35. What we have here, to Jorge : ESTA - in other words, 'this'

36. Sports demographic : NASCAR DAD - I am a "wannabe" hockey dad - I got the hockey part taken care of....the daddy part, not so much.  My NY Rangers eliminated the Penguins last night

38. Bach's "Jesu, meine Freude," e.g. : MOTET

39. Pisa native : TUSCAN - I am not familiar with specific locations of Italy - other than Rome - but once I had TU-C....as a builder and drafter, I feel the need to visit the Leaning Tower; I never had the chance to visit the World Trade Center, and I live 60mi away.


40. UTEP athletes : MINERS - popular on Saturday

41. Caroline portrayer in "Untamed Heart" : MARISA - Tomei; IMDb - you gotta read the summary

43. One may be recurring : ROLE

44. Important star group : A-LIST

45. "The Fountainhead" architect : ROARK - I am ashamed that I did not remember his name; it came to me once I had -O-RK.  Loved the book.

47. Hophni's father, in the Bible : ELI

50. Fictional knight : JEDI - Star Wars

51. Software for screenwriters : MOVIE MAGIC - Star Wars was movie magic; this is the software Wiki

53. Field laborers : OXEN

54. Secret discovered by a woodcutter : OPEN SESAME - ah, those woodcutters

55. Medium __ : RARE

56. Dating option : PERSONAL AD - SWM, 5'9", looking for SWF, never married, no kids; blue-eyed, dark-haired, about 5'4"; long legs preferred.  Contact me here at the blog

DOWN:  

1. Currency exchange fee : AGIO - I can never recall this

2. Kind of rock : PUNK

3. Zest source : RIND

4. Urban ending : ITE - urbanite

5. Buzzard attractor : CARRION
 
6. Bruce Wayne, e.g. : ORPHAN - all perps; didn't realize I got it til I came here

7. "The good is oft interred with __ bones": Shak. : THEIR - WAG

8. "Sleepy" woman in the song "Daydream Believer" : JEAN - odd; this was playing on the muzak at the restaurant this week


9. Violist's direction : ARCO - not pizzicato

10. Springfield bartender : MOE - more Simpsons this week
12. "Erin Brockovich" subject : TOXIC WASTE

13. "Rats!" : "AW GEE~!"

14. John Logie __, inventor of the first mechanical TV : BAIRD - there was a science program that discussed this invention, and I was fascinated; more here

21. Anjou cousin : BOSC - pairs of pears

23. Drescher of "The Nanny" : FRAN - liked her more as Bobbi Fleckman - what movie am I referring to~??  No cheating~!

24. Design : PLAN

25. Hebrides isle : IONA - I'm getting better with this clue/answer

26. 2007 Nicolas Cage title role : GHOST RIDER - seen some of the movie, but not intentionally

27. Odin's Germanic counterpart : WOTAN - perps and WAGs

28*. Like fine port : AGED

30. "Blah ..." : YADA

31. Dump closing? : STER dumpster; I need to rent one in June

32. Coll. acceptance factors : SATs

34*. Sea predator : ORCA

37. __ mgr. : ASST

38. Old calcium source? : MILKMEN - har-har

40. To a greater extent : MORE SO

41. Academic declaration : MAJOR - I declare that my only major in college was alcohol consumption, and I only "graduated" 10yrs ago

42. "Spy Kids" actress Vega : ALEXA - her first name is 55.5% of the way there

43. Comes down : RAINS - not ALITS

45. Partition, with "off" : ROPE

46*. Done : OVER

47. Alike, in Arles : EGAL - Frawnche

48. It was founded as Ciudad de los Reyes in 1535 : LIMA

49. Decorated, in a way : ICED

51. Cleanup aid : MOP

52. "__ result ..." : AS A - this is the last clue; as a result, I am signing off

Splynter