Oct 5, 2008

Sunday October 5, 2008 Michael T. Williams

Theme: Let's Face It

23A: Offer no resistance: TURN THE OTHER CHEEK

34A: All talk and no action: LIP SERVICE


66A: Avoid danger like an ostrich? BURY ONE'S HEAD IN THE SAND

86A: Ideal of perfection: APPLE OF ONE'S EYE

96A: No time for photographs? BAD HAIR DAY

111A: Be way overcharged: PAY THROUGH THE NOSE

I always thought APPLE OF ONE'S EYE means something/somebody one loves and treasures. Besides, IDEAL is the answer for 37A: Perfect example. So I am not fond of 86A clue.

I've never heard of OMER (104A: Hebrew harvest month) before. But it's not really a Hebrew month, isn't it?

I dislike the clue for APRICOT (Peachlike fruit). Nectarine looks like peach, APRICOT? No!

The clue for ADIEU (19A: Farewell, mon amour) made me laugh. If you clue it as "mon amour", why don't you clue RIEN (36D: Nice nothing?) as Edith Piaf's "Non, je ne regrette RIEN"? Or better yet, clue SES (88D: His, in Hyeres) as Pascal's "Le coeur a SES raisons..."? We can launch a whole new discussion about love & reason today.

Great puzzle though, very nice theme concept and great execution. I think I like having 7 theme entries (all Across fills) for a Sunday 21*21. It requires longer theme answers and makes the grid look simpler and prettier. Oh, by the way, nearly all of quip/quote puzzles have their theme answers structured in the across clues.

As usual, I had to google. Some of the names are too obscure to me. But I only used Liquid Paper a few times, so I must be getting better.


16A: Dawber of "Mork and Mindy": PAM. I like her BANGS (60D: Forehead cover).

20A: Dishevel: TOUSLE

22A: Troy, NY sch.: RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). I can never remember this name. Wiki says it's "the oldest technological university in the English-speaking world". Which university is the oldest in the world, Cambridge?

27A: Initials of the "Wizard of Menlo Park": TAE. A stands for ALVA.

29A: Hodges of baseball: GIL. Gimme. He was the manager for the 1969 Miracle METS (63D: Queens Nine).

41A: Ex-quarterback Boomer: ESIASON. No idea. Only knew him as Boomer.

50A: Roman galleys: BIREMES. Another unknown. See this picture. It has two tiers of oars on each side.

51A: Baltimore player: RAVEN. Or the "Nevermore" bird.

53A: Liquid appetizers: APERITIFS. I've never had ouzo, have you?

57A: "Woman Drying Her Feet" painter: DEGAS. OK, here is the painting. He painted so many "After the Bath" scenes.

62A: Larry McMurtry western, "Streets of ___": LAREDO. I forgot. It appeared in our puzzle before.

63A: Grayish violet shades: MAUVE. I like this James Whistler line: "MAUVE is just pink trying to be purple". You'll find Whistler's Mother at Musée d'Orsay also.

65A: Six Day War battleground: SINAI

72A: Production figure: QUOTAS

74A: Guitarist Lofgren: NILS. Vaguely heard of his name. Who is Keith?

75A: Crushes to mush: PULPS. I penned in PUREE first.

76A: Amount of charm: SUAVENESS. If you say so.

79A: French solider of WWI: POILU. New to me. It's a slang for French solider during WWI. Literally, hairy one.

80A: More crude: CRASSER. I wanted COARSER.

106A: Not a people person: ASOCIAL

109A: The Racer's Edge: STP

116A: Cacoon fiber: SILK. This reminds me of a big childhood mulberry tree our neighbor used to have. Silkworms ate mulberry leaves, and I ate mulberries.

117A: "Bewitched" grandmother: ENDORA. I forgot. I am going to eat worm if I forget her name again next time.

122A: Arctic bloom: AVENS. No idea. They seem to have long STEMS (6D: Flower holders).


1D: Type of comb: RAT TAIL. Why is it called RAT TAIL?

2D: Da Silva of soccer: EDUARDO. Nope, I've never heard of his name before. Is he very famous?

11D: Saul's uncle: NER. Got it from across fills.

12D: TV screener?: V- CHIP

13D: Threat ender: OR ELSE

18D: Kitten's loss: MITTENS. Pure guess. Was not familiar with the "Three Little Kittens" nursery rhyme.

24D: Possess like a Scotsman: HAE. Scottish for HAVE.

25D: PC pic: CGI. No idea. Computer Generated Imagery?

30D: Terrible czar?: IVAN

34D: Sayer the singer: LEO. I had no idea that he is the original singer for "When I need you". Beautiful song.

38D: Sexual desire: LIBIDOS. Hmmm, I did not expect such a clue/answer.

40D: Romaine: COS. Originated from Greek COS/KOS Island.

43D: Radon, originally: NITON. Big stumper. I've never heard of it before.

45D: Playboy's founder, fondly: HEF. What a strange life he has lived!

47D: Fountain of coins: TREVI. Have you seen "La Dolce Vita"?

48D: Walter of golf: HAGEN. Gimme for me. He was the first American to win British Open.

53D: Composer Berg: ALBAN. No idea. This is a clip from his opera "Wozzeck". I only understood one word: Marie.

54D: 1945 Nobel Prize winner Wolfang: PAULI. Another unknown.

56D: Point NW of San Francisco: REYES. No idea. See this picture of Point REYES National Seashore. How to pronounce REYES?

67D: Distant beginning? EQUI

68D: Roman dictator (82-79B.C.): SULLA. No idea. Wikipedia says "His character was once described as being half fox and half lion, due to his perceived cunning and bravery." And Machivelli alluded to "this description of SULLA in outlining the most desirable characteristics of a prince."

69D: Jump aboard: HOP UP

75D: Sophie's Carlo: PONTI. Great marriage. PONTI produced "Doctor Zhivago".

77D: Tampa sch.: USF (University of South Florida). I did not know this.

78D: Kyushu volcano: ASO. Only know the Chinese word for ASO mountain (阿蘇山). Wiki says it's "the largest active volcano in Japan." By the way, is A SO the same as AH SO (Charlie Chan)?

79D: Tony or Carlos: PENA. So many great baseball players are from Dominican Republic.

81D: Sleep letter: REM (Rapid Eye Movement)

82D: "Lolita" novelist: NABOKOV. He also created the first Russian crossword.

83D: Worsted cloth: ETAMINE. Not familiar with this fabric. It's stamen in French, see this flower picture.

85D: Asian goat: TAHR. Too ugly for me to remember. It's a kind of Nepolese mountain goat.

87D: Be a buttinsky: PRY. "Buttinsky" is a new slang to me.

93D: Kind of socks: ARGYLE. Great ARGYLE socks.

97D: Iron Mike of the Bears: DITKA. Wikipedia says DITKA and Tom Flores are "the only two people to win Super Bowls as a player, an assistant coach and a head coach." I know neither of them.

100D: Earthy color: OCHRE

101D: Dove and Rudner: RITAS. Have never heard of poet RITA Dove before.

107D: Brewskie: SUDS. "Brewski" is also a new slang for me. I don't drink beer.



bud417 said...

63a is 'mauves'(as you indicated) so 49d is 'Hagen'(not Hagan)

Walter Hagen won the British Open the year that I was born.

C.C. Burnikel said...

My bad. Thanks. So you are 86 years old?

TMS Sunday is not available online anywhere.

I read Ken & Doesitinink's answers before I tried myself. Wakeful.

Bon voyage! I am going to miss you.

Dr. Dad said...

Good morning C.C. and DF's.
Only one cup of coffee and two "G" spots this morning. Not bad for a Sunday puzzle.

I found a reference to Counting of the Omer which begins on the day in which The Omer (a sacrifice containing a measure of barley) is offered in the Temple of Jerusalem. Thus, I don't think it is a Hebrew month (could be wrong, though).

I knew of triremes but not biremes.

C.C.!! Don't forget Agnes Moorehead/Endora!!

I think because the comb resembles a rat tail. I also know of rolling a wet towel up into the form of a rat tail that can be used to "snap" a person's legs at the swimming pool. Hurts like hell.

Wolfgang Pauli - the Pauli Exclusion Principle which says that no two electrons (among other things) can occupy the same quantum state (i.e., have the same set of quantum numbers).

I liked how "Sao" Paulo and "Aso" were close by (a rearrangement of the letters).

Today is World Teacher's Day.

Have a great Sunday!

Anonymous said...

Paper was late again. good puzzle, but ihad troulbe in the southwest corner since i did not kno9w severl of the clues. Once i got "lolita" it seem to fall inot place. i never did get "poilu" i guessee but it was wrong. great way to spend an eraly sunday monrning. thank you Michael T. Williams where ever you are/

abogato from Alabama ( the tide just about lost that cgame toKentucky)

Dick said...

Good afternoon Cc etal. Again I liked the puzzle and that makes three very good ones this week. Had a few trouble spots and had to see Mr G but for the most part the puzzle came together very nicely.

Cc I realy enjoyed the link for Edith Piaf - Non Je Ne Regrette Rien.

Mike Ditka was a gimme as he and I were attended the University of Pittsburgh at the same time. Ditka comes from western PA which has produced so many fine professional football players. For example Namath, Dorset and many others.

Originally I had 42A as long of the tooth in lieu of long in the tooth. Finally got this straightened out when I saw 38D libidos. And Cc this was a rather surprising clue and answer.

Hope the rest of your week end is a great one.

Dennis said...

Carol, clear ayes, no, I'm bringing Spence from Sham Wow (the guy with the runaway eyebrow who appears to be on crack) to clean up the overflow...

melissa bee said...

good morning c.c. and all,

don't get the tms sunday puzzle (will attempt the nyt sunday after coffee) but wanted to check in.

fun theme. would not have known biremes, poilu, alban or pauli.

point reyes (pronounced "rays") is not far from me, and is a beautiful spot for hiking and backpacking. the alan watts mountain center is being built there.

loved seeing nils lofgren clued, what a phenomenal guitarist and song writer. he is a member of the e street band, and imho, has more talent in his little finger than bruce springsteen has in his whole body. 'keith don't go' was a perfect link to include, c.c., it is an ode to rolling stone keith richards.

happy sunday.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I still haven't been able to find a area newspaper that publishes the Sunday puzzle. Nevertheless, I have to check in to see what I missed and what comments have been left.

It is really serendipitous after leaving a post about Dennis' handy man status yesterday, that RITA Dove was included in today's puzzle. That may seem like a strange remark, but it really does connect. Here's how.

This morning I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know much about Rita Dove, who was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995, so I did some googling. I found quite a few poems, but I also found out that Ms.Dove is a pretty accomplished singer. Here's a song (I'm not sure, but I think she wrote it) which could be an ode to any of the terrific Handy Men on this blog.

I thought of all the Portland area folks last night. G.A.H. and I went to the theater last night and saw a Portland based six person group named "The Vagabond Opera". The music ranged from klezmer to jazz to slavic traditional to energetic gypsy swing. They all play instruments beautifully, and three members sing. Their female vocalist even plays the saw. It was very enjoyable and definitely not your typical theater evening.

C.C. We went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner and I had some Tsingtao beer. Is "chin dow" really the correct pronunciation?

You asked for a discussion of love and reason. There are so many poets who have written so beautifully about love. How can you choose between Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron or Wordsworth? All I can do is post one of my favorites by Williams Butler Yeats.

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

- William Butler Yeats

Ken said...

Good morning, C.C. et al. No puzzle here either but, like others, just checked in for the comments.

@Clear Ayes: What a surprise to learn of a Portland group I didn't know via your comments. We'll have to look them up.

Last night we went to a Tarahumara Indian's Children's Hospital benefit dinner. From the silent auctions and the oral, I estimated they pulled in about 125K. I won a hot air balloon ride, something we've both always wanted to do.

@Carol. Thanks for the comment on Marnie. She is 12 now, in her sixth year of piano lessons and is loving it more every day. My family doesn't have a particular tradition in music, but I hope that between the two of us, we get one started.

Ken said...

@C.C. The Romans, and possibly other nations of that era, also had triremes, ie three sets of oars.
Also, in your quest of heteronyms, today it is raining in Portland. However, one might say "it is precipitating" or "we have precipitation" if you wanted to use five syllabes when one would do.
That brings to mind the word precipitate. Drdad will chime in here, but a basic chemical reaction is to cause a sediment to form. It is termed a precipitate; I used the process in Inorganic Qualitative Analyis. I don't recall all the components, but a Silver compound treated with nitric acid would form Silver Nitrate. This would tell the student that the unknown given by the lab manager contained Silver.
Drdad will probably have comment here.

However, as a verb, precipitate means to cause an action as in "1000s of subprime loans precipitated a bank crisis".

@Clear Ayes: Yeats' poem is a lovely work, especially to those of us with a few years behind us. I always thought the second line of the last quatrain meant that the lover had died, but the wording sounds like the lover left. Poetic license, I suppose.

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning everyone! Half hour brfore heading to the airport. Then I'll be gone for three weeks. C.C., Thank you.

kazie said...

Hi all.
c.c., I too have a different puzzle on Sundays, but I checked wiki and according to it, Oxford is the oldest English speaking uni (1096) versus Cambridge (1209). I was amazed at how many of the older non-English ones were in the Middle East.

Mark, It occurs to me, have you ever thought what would be involved if a left driving nation were to switch to the right, or vice versa? They'd have to retool all the existing vehicles to the other side steering. Have you ever driven a left-hand drive vehicle on a left-hand drive road? It's impossible without a co-pilot to see what's coming the other way! I did this in in England in 1970, in a German DKW and it was hell. You have to really trust your driving partner to the utmost.

Clear Ayes said...

Let's hope Crockett has a safe trip. I'm looking forward to hearing from him again in three weeks. The Portland contingent will be missing one of their aces.

Kazie, I have had enough problems with just walking across a street in England, and trying to remember which way the traffic was coming from. I don't think it would have been a good idea for me get behind the wheel and endanger millions of pink-cheeked, uniformed school children.

Ken, I think that the Yeats' poem refers to a dead lover too. (His face is hidden among the stars of heaven.) It is a lovely sad poem about "almosts". Even if we have found enduring love later, I think we can all relate to an "almost" relationship in our lives.

I don't think "precipitate" is a heteronym, since the different meanings are pronounced the same...aren't they? It is a homograph though. Here's a website that explains the differences homograph, homogram, homophone, homonym, and heteronym

I had to smile at your photo of granddaughter Marnie pushing that wheelbarrow around. It reminded me of a line in "Golden Pond". The Henry Fonda character, when speaking of children, says something like, "What are they good for, if they don't do chores?"

Obviously Marnie is more than a "Grandpa assistant", even if that is a lot of fun for both of you. How wonderful that she is on her way to becoming an accomplished pianist at only 12 years old.

C.C. Burnikel said...

But why the title "Keith Don't Go"? Where is Keith planning to go? I like your new picture. Where is Barb B? I miss hearing comments from her.

Clear Ayes,
"Tsingtao" is Cantonese spelling, so "Chin dow" is close enough. I am used to Mandarin spelling Qingdao Beer. My Chinese name Qin is also spelled as Chin in Cantonese.

What's the gist of Nash's poem "The Bargain"?

Can you also explain to me in plain term Pye's "But I more fatal arms to you impart/By Venus forged to wound the human heart/This weapon placed in your victorious hand/No cunning shall elude, no force withstand/Nor shall the brave resist, or coward fly/But all mankind submit, adore, or die".

C.C. Burnikel said...

Are you of Polish descent? What's your impression of Poland when you visited?

Thanks for the Oxford information. What puzzle do you have on Sundays? Who is the editor?

Argyle (93D: "Kind of socks"),
Time for a new computer?

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Sunday's crossword, Oct. 5th but I had to comment on 65 down. There is no such word as severer. It is more severe or most severe. I have seen several instances of incorrect usage of english words in other crosswords and and it kind of irks me. Crossword Puzzle creators should only be allowed to use "proper" english terminology and spelling.


Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Anonymous; it is very frustrating.

DoesItinInk said...

The Chicago Tribune did not print the clue for 113D and 114D. Bad editor, bad! So I did not get the "V" where the two clues crossed. That was one of only four red squares in todays puzzle. And had I spelled NABOKOV correctly, there would have been only three! I did not know OMER and HAGEN. I confused Walter HAGEN with Ben Hogan, except I spelled it Hogen. Ah, well.

cc: I have drunk OUZO. It is an clear,anise-flavored drink that turns milky-white when water is added. I like to drink it only in Greece where I think the salt in the air gives it a different flavor. Here I find it somewhat distasteful.

A RAT TAIL comb was an important tool for anyone wearing a beehive hairdo in the 1960s. To achieve "loft" a woman "teased" the underlayers of her hair, sprayed it in place, then combed over a smooth top layer of hair. If the hairdo became pressed down, a person could use the tail of a RAT TAIL comb to pull it up into place again.

Because of the work involved in a beehive hairdo, it was rumored that some people did not wash their hair regularly. There were at times "urban legends" of girls who washed their hair so infrequently that cockroaches began breeding there. This "spider" version of this urban legend is particularly funny to me because I grew up in Evansville, IN.

Anyone: What is the clue for 114D?

Ken said...

@Clear Ayes: Thank you for your kind comments on Marnie. Before she moved to OK, I had her after school for several years. As a non-jock, she was definitely second fiddle to her older brother. We both started lessons together(I still play the tunes I learned, but the store went out of business.) and it gave us a very strong bond that endures. It might have been the best parenting decision I ever made.

As for precipitate, the a is long in Chemistry as in Tate Gallery. However, when I've heard the word in speech referring to some event triggering a result, I've heard the last syllable pronounced with a short i, ahem...blush..almost like tit but shorter, almost a short u.
I'll check out your link on these English vagaries. Thank you for sending it along

DoesItinInk said...

Ken: The different pronunciations of precipitate are for the verb and noun forms of the word. If a verb, it is pronounced as a long a. If a noun, it is pronounced as as the "i" in tit. Check here for the verb pronunciation. Then click on the noun, and you will be offered the choice of the pronunciation again.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Toni & Cat Lover,
Here is the right place for today's comments. Both of you misplaced them on a wrong post.

113D: Ump's relative
114D: USNA part

Ken said...

C.C. Yes, I'm Polish; my father was born there, and my mother's parents were also. I've not been there yet, but perhaps this summer. Thank you for asking.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Ha ha! You said you saw Yul Brynner's "The King and I" in Portland. I misread it as Poland.

lois said...

Good afternoon CC & DF's: Just checking the comments. Love the links CC...esp the FLOWERS. If I had a bouquet of those, I could give a whole new meaning to 'pistil' packin' mama. Anthurium would be much more preferred, however.

Ken: Liked your parenting comment. IMHO there's no bad reason to start piano any age. It's really cool that you did it together. Where in OK does Marnie live now?

Crockett will be missed. Hope all goes well.

melissa bee said...

c.c. wrote: But why the title "Keith Don't Go"? Where is Keith planning to go?

lofgren, a big fan of the stones and particularly keith richards, was touring england with neil young in 1973 and kept hearing rumors about richards' poor health. this is a quote from lofgren:

It is intended to be a giant thank you note to Keith on behalf of all of us fans. The ominous chords and melody were also a great backdrop to implore Keith to take care of his health for his sake and ours, and to continue sharing his great gift with us all. [...] In the late '70's it appeared on Night After Night, a live double album and I sang "Keith Don't Go, back to Toronto..." alluding to his trial at that time. However, this was years after the initial composition.

richards was arrested in 1977 at a toronto hotel for posession of heroine. he was allowed to return to the states for treatment of heroine addiction before his trial.

barb b is around .. i miss her comments too, i expect she'll pop in soon.

carol said...

Hi C.C.,DF's,ette's, and all, Just like to check in to read all the comments on Sunday. Sure wish we had the puzzle in our paper, I made a stab at the NYT but it is always a brain buster for me.

Did Crockett say why he is going to Germany? Is is a vacation? I feel as if I missed something here.

C.C. great links today as usual, enjoyed the flowers, art work, etc.

Ken, you lucky guy! I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. I also want a ride in the Goodyear blimp, but won't be holding my breath for that one! When do you go? The weather is not good now so maybe next summer?

Dennis, I don't know who Sham Wow Spence is, but "run-away" eyebrows sounds intriguing to me, I'll bet they would tickle my fancy! ;)

Clear Ayes said...

Ken and Doesitinink, Thanks for the pronunciations of "precipitate". That does make it a heteronym. I'll have to try working both into casual conversation ...might not be too easy, LOL.

Doesitinkink, First of all, who is the motley crew in the photo? It’s obviously a well viewed snapshot. Second, apparently, I have no shame and will post just about anything on this blog. circa least no spiders or other bugs in there....but what what I thinking?

Carol, don't you think Rita Dove's song should be Dennis' theme song...or maybe it should be yours??

C.C. Gosh, so many of your questions are so "right to the point" and tough to answer too!

"The Bargain" is definitely one of those poems that can mean different things to different people. We cannot "buy" a new life, but if we could we might seek a cosmic bargain and buy more than one, so we could make choices regarding which one we wanted to live.

The poet is assured by the seller that he would be happy forever with any of the lives, and he buys them all, thinking he has outsmarted the seller.

But has he been duped by a trickster god? (Maybe, like a person shopping for a huge home with an adjustable rate mortgage, he has heard what he wanted to hear and believe.) The truth is that no matter how good a promised life might be, human nature is such that we eventually become dissatisfied. Forever is too long a time for an imperfect human to be happy with anything.

I think the underlying moral is that we should make the best of what we have in the here and now, rather than yearning for some perfect life that can't possibly exist.

Pye's poem is dedicated to "a lady's fan". That is the weapon (arms) in her hand. No man can withstand this particular lady as she flutters her fan charmingly. They MUST succumb to her allure or die. I agree with Byron, and everyone else of that period, it is pretty mediocre.

Clear Ayes said...

Dennis, is this the ShamWow guy? He certainly has unusual eyebrows. Pay attention, Carol!

carol said...

Clear ayes, nice "rat" job on the hair!! I have a picture very much like that, I'll see if I can dig it out. Why did we do that?? I think we were so focused on the actual "do", we didn't think about how it would be in perspective to our faces, bods,etc. We can't really make too much fun of the "goth"look and some of the other god-awful looks on the kids today.
I have to claim ignorance, I don't know any of Rita Dove's songs..or her for that matter. Shame on me!!

carol said...

GEEZ: Doesn't that ShamWow guy have someone in the studio that might give him a little (a lot) of help with his eyebrow?? I notice it's just the one..
Dennis, you're right, he does look a bit crazed. LOL Reminds me of that guy in Taxi, who later made the movie "Back to the Future", but at least he was funny.
I just won't answer my door.

Clear Ayes said...

Carol, check my 11:19 link for Rita Dove song, "Handy Man".

Ken said...

@Lois: They live in Perry, OK about 25 miles from Stillwater, home of OK State U. My dtr met a man online and my parental hackles flew to the skies. However, he is a good man and a great match for her. Perry is the home of DitchWitch, the industrial trench digger. (I didn't know any of this until they moved there.)

@C.C. I did wonder where you got the notion I'd already been to Poland. If you think learning English is difficult for a Chinese woman, learning Polish as an old guy is a bit daunting too.

Ken said...

Carol: "Jim Ignatowski" from Taxi and "Dr. Emmett Brown" from "Back to the Future" was played by Christopher Lloyd, one of our finest actors.

kazie said...

c.c., My Sunday puzzle is the New York Times CW. Today's was by Cathy Allis Millhauser, editor Will Shortz. They publish the answers elswhere in the same section of the paper, so no real challenge if you cheat. If I do it, I always try not to, but it just takes too long.

DoesItinInk said...

Clear Ayes: I don't know who the group is. I chose that photograph because it was the best example of the beehive hairdos that I remember from my high school days. I had one not unlike the one the girl was sporting except for the bow in the front!

There was a hairdo for males from the 1950s that I remember referred to as the D.A., so called because it resembled a Duck's Ass.

I guess girls did not have an exclusive on looking ridiculous...then or now!

carol said...

Clear ayes, thanks so much for the clip of "Handy Man", you are right, good theme song for, me, Lois, Melissa and Cokato..and any other "siren".

Ken, thanks for the info on Chris Lloyd, I just couldn't remember his name. Have always loved the old "Taxi" shows. Another great one from that show was Andy Kaufmann (sp). He had a very different style and you either loved him or hated him - seems there was no "in-between". He died so young, it was a shame.

Ken said...

Carol: Andy Kaufman was ..was it Latka? He and his girl friend spoke in that same languge and I believe it was a made up language that they used only for the show. I can't recall the actress's name.

Clear Ayes said...

Carol Kane played Simka, Latka's wife on Taxi. Some of the best scenes were between those two.

lois said...

Dennis: You are so welcome for the 'last leaf' comment. I meant every word of it too.

Ken: I'm familiar w/Stillwater. Partied there a few times but hovered around Norman, OU more. Don't know Perry or that form of
ditchwitch....guttersnipe is another story though. Most of my family still lives in Lawton, a couple of hours from Stillwater. Small world, huh.

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

I'm hoping you can help me. I'm trying to find a site or someone who has archived the Tribune's Daily Crossword. My wife's been an avid crossworder forever, and after I sustained a disabling head injury in 2003, I started doing puzzles as a rehab.

The good news is that it has helped. The bad new is we burn through them faster than I can download them from the Hewlett Packard's site.

If anyone know where I can find an archive of them, I greatly appreciate it.

If anyone can suggest an online source for another puzzle that's about the same skill level and also as easy to deal with as the pdf format of William's Daily, it would be great to hear about it.

We've tried at least a dozen other online puzzles and they are either ridiculously hard or stupidly formatted for printing. (it's worked great for us to print them on the back of anything that comes in the mail with a black back.)



DoesItinInk said...

Progressivefromoregon: Here is a link to the Newsday puzzle that is of a comparable difficulty level. In addition to being able to work it on-line, it prints out nicely. Good luck to you and your wife.

Clear Ayes said...


Try these

Star Tribune St. Paul

Los Angeles Times Puzzles

Newsday. They have a two week archive.

They are all on the save level as the daily puzzle on this blog.

Good luck.

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