Oct 29, 2008

Wednesday October 29, 2008 Barry Silk

Theme: GOOD VIBRATIONS (48A: This puzzle's theme song)

20A: Oscillators: ELECTRIC RAZORS

25A: Oscillators: STEREO SPEAKERS

42A: Oscillators: BUMBLE BEE WINGS

And a bit of musician sub-theme:

60A: New Age music superstar: ENYA

61A: Crooner Jerry: VALE. I don't know him.

10D: Leader of the Medicine Show: DR. HOOK. Unknown to me also. This sounds nice.

Also a river undertone:

47A: Ubangi feeder: UELE. Big stumper! OK, this is the best map I could find (It will enlarge if you click on it). See the two rivers? UELE is on the upper right corner. The word Ubangi is on the upper middle part, under "Central African Republic". Ubangi flows more than 1,400 miles to the west before it joins the Congo River.

11D: German border river: ODER. It divides Germany and Poland. Flows to the Baltic Sea.

27D: Flower of Paris?: SEINE. Flow-er.

The following two clues definitely need "for short or abbr.":

39A: Tussaud's title: MME

55D: Dallas hoopster: MAV

I also don't like the clue for INDY (50D: 500-mi. race). The abbreviation of "mile" does not please my eyes.

Not an easy puzzle for me. I struggled at various spots.


5A: Dana of "Baretta": ELCAR. No idea. Wikipedia says he is the FBI Agent Polk (aka "Hickey") in "The Sting". No wonder he looks familiar to me.

10A: Martial arts school: DOJO. Literally "place of way" in Japanese, from old Chinese "Dao Chang" (道場).

16A: Vitamin bottle figs.: RDAS. Wow, I just found out that those guide lines were adopted in 1941.

18A: Gradually declined: EBBED

34A: Joker: WAG. New definition to me.

36A: Between, in poetry: TWIXT And ETERNE (5D: Without end, in poetry).

40A: Dancer Verdon: GWEN. She is Lola in "Damn Yankees". She appeared in our puzzle before.

41A: "Lola" band: KINKS. I like the melody of "Lola". Don't quite get the lyrics. What does it mean when he sings "I know what I am, I'm glad I'm a man. And so is Lola"?

46A: Bad, in Limousin: MAL. The regional capital of Limousin is Limoges, which is famous for its porcelain. This is a unicorn Limoges style. I really like Franklin Mint's "Collector's Treasury" unicorn set. Very artfully done.

55A: Albert of Throneberry: MARV. I know neither Marv Albert or MARV Throneberry.

59A: Rework to make work: ADAPT

62A: Winged mimic: MYNAH. It's also spelled as MYNA. New to me. This is so cute.


4D: Charlatan's doings: QUACKERY

6D: Lustful desire: LIBIDO

9D: Crisis period: RED ALERT

12D: Benchley novel: JAWS. I like some of the Steven Spielberg movies, not "Jaws". "Saving Private Ryan" & "Schindler's List" are my favorites. "Munich" is good too.

21D: Lose will: TIRE. I don't think so. "Lose energy" yes.

22D: Gusto: ZEAL

25D: Whale star: SHAMU

28D: Period of stability: PAX. It's clued as " ___ Romana" in our puzzle before.

30D: Official positions: RANKS. "Official" refer to "Military official" I presume?

36D: Midnight: TWELVE AM

37D: Place to surf: WEB. My first thought was SEA.

38D: Bookkeeping entry: LINE ITEM. Does US President now holds the LINE-ITEM veto power?

43D: No Oscar contender: B MOVIE. I don't quite understand the concept of B MOVIE. What does B stand for? A, B, C? Bad?

44D: Icy satellite of Jupiter: EUROPA. Unknown to me. It's named after a Greek mythical beauty EUROPA, who was abducted by Zeus. Interesting, Europe got its name from EUROPA too. See Rembrandt's "The Abduction of EUROPA".

54D: Police jacket letters: S.W.A.T. It's also a film name. Pretty good. Colin Farrell is a great actor. I like his "Cassandra's Dream".



Dennis said...

Good morning, c.c. and gang - a fun puzzle this morning; I always have to think a lot with Silk puzzles. Seems like we were just discussing oscillations a couple days ago.

c.c., I agree that 21d would be better clued as 'lose energy', rather than 'lose will'.

Have a great day and GO PHILLIES! Three more innings...

C.C. Burnikel said...

How did you misread "bowling" yesterday?

Good point on the on-line PTS clue error. I agree, ATTS is strained, but it have been clued several times in the NY Times before.

Thanks for the Hell. Unique "blackout" definition.

The clues you missed yesterday are: 36D: Bamako's land (MALI), 50D: Takes the bait (BITES) and 63D: Acct. earnings (INT).

C.C. Burnikel said...

To all,
Please, please limit your comments to 3 per day. And don't waste them responding to any negative anonymous post. Thanks.

I don't think ILOILO is a theme answer. It does not fit the pattern. Besides, its 180 symmetrical answer is ADDS TO. Remember, theme entries are always symmetrical? Who is Miss March 1966?

You passed the test. Welcome!

Dick said...

Good morning Cc, DFs and Dfettes...difficult puzzle today. I seemed to struggle in most places and needed some help from Mr G. I tried to force ears for 32d and that just did not fit with anything. For some reason I put cav for 55d in lieu of mav and I knew better shame on me.

Oh well it was fun and got the old brain operating. Hope you all have a great day. More rain and cold here today with some snow.

Argyle said...

Good Morning,
I had a "g" instead of a "j" in the NE. Wasn't thinking, I guess. I had to guess yesterday but guessed right then.

I'll see if I can find a "definition" of "Lola".

Argyle said...

The following links are for uncensored versions so be carefull when and/or where you open them.

Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed lyrics

Dr. Dad said...

Good Morning To All!!!!!

This one was a thinker this morning.

I liked Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show. Here's one of their Best Songs. Also liked "Sylvia's Mother" and "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman" (the link C.C. posted).

I think the mile abbreviation for 50D was needed so as to tie in with Indy as the abbreviation for Indianapolis 500.

The TV show Baretta (Robert Blake - also starred in "Electra-Glide In Blue") had the theme song, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow" sung by Sammy Davis Jr. Every episode of Baretta began with the song, which contained the motto, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time." Ironic that Blake was faced with just that issue over the murder of Bonnie Lee Bakely (he was acquitted, though).

Today is Hermit Day (a quiet day to spend by yourself).

It is also the Internet's Birthday. 39 years ago today the first connection was made between remote computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Institute in which bits of data was transfered.
This connection would lead to ARPNET, the forbearer of the Internet.

Finally, in this time of financial crisis one should note that on this day in 1929, the stock market suffered the second catastrophic crash (Black Tuesday) resulting in the Great Depression.

Now - try to have a great Wednesday.

KittyB said...

Good morning, all!

I needed help with two letters to finish the puzzle. I had forgotten DR HOOK, and needed the "R" to finish the word. And, I needed the "U" in UELE, to be able to finish EUROPA.

I didn't know MARV, or MAV and don't normally think of PAX in terms of stability, but the answers came from the fills. I got SEINE, but didn't understand "Flower," again! I was stuck thinking of "Joker" as in the deck of cards, so WAG was slow in coming. I don't use the word WAG.

Dana Elcar was also in Stargate, the series.

I do love Barry Silk puzzles. I'm sure he slips things in to stir up the DFs, and YOU, C.C. build on his start! *G*

I have another of those crazy days. I hope you all have a good one!

Barry G. said...

Morning, folks!

Not quite a "hammer" for me this morning, but definitely a bit on the challenging side. In the end, I got flummoxed by the crossing of ELCAR and CNBC. ELCAR was a complete unknown, and for some reason I was thinking MSNBC for 7D and put MNBC instead of CNBC. Oops.

Other unknowns today were HOOK, GWEN and UELE. Gee -- all proper nouns. Go figure....

I liked the theme, but hated a lot of the sloppy cluing. Not only should "Dallas hoopster" and "Tussaud's title" have included "for short or abbr." as C. C. pointed out, but "O'Neil of basketball" and "Albert or Throneberry" should have included "familiarly." And, since PAX was a Latin word last time I checked, I believe "Period of stability" should have included "L."

As for the B in "B MOVIE", it really just means second tier. "A movie" and "A list" both indicate the best. "B list" and B MOVIE, on the other hand, are second best. You occasionally will hear about C or even D list or movies to refer to the bottom of the barrel.

Bill said...

Well,Barry Silk, you did it to me. I can usually get these, but today was my hammer. And "G" didn't help much.
Most of the top center and the first two theme answers were not gettable. (Actually, the whole thing reeked, IMHO).
With my tail tucked away, I'll now go out and deal with the 4" of SNOW that fell last night and is forecast to fall yet today>
CY'all Tomorrow

Martin said...

Actually, I knew EUROPA. I just couldn't get the last letters in MAV or INDY. It took me 24 minutes and 54 seconds to figure it out.


Leona Raisin said...

Anagrams can bewitch any word lover, especially if they are dishpan renters.

Dennis said...

leona raisin, please stop plugging your blog on this one. Thank you.

marme said...

Hi, I'm new to this site. This puzzle was hard for me and it was encouraging that people have the same problems I did. /everyone must finish much quicker than I do. It's cold here in the hills of PA and I can't see the grass. How discouraging it's not even Halloween!!!!!!

kazie said...

This was a hammer for me. Had to Google 5A and 10D, other things did fall into place but only after a struggle. I wanted fleur for 27, until I figured tween wasn't working for 36A nor was lord for 33A. PAX is "peace" in Latin. I didn't like the oscillator clues at all.

c.c., wag is probably British, referring to someone who likes to tell jokes and play harmless tricks. Americans would probably call him/her a "cut-up".

Thanks for the links today--I enjoyed the Carson bit and the film trailer for Cassandra's Dream, it looks like one to see.

Shortly after WWII reference was made to the Oder-Neisse line, which was decided upon at the Yalta conference as the border between Germany and Poland. The Neisse River is a tributary of the Oder, to its south, rising in the mountainous border with the Czech Republic.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Carson/mynah link. I froze the frame at 1:24when Johnny was imitating a monkey and had the best laugh in a long time! He was the best, his comedic style was so natural and effortless...

Anonymous said...

I need some clarification please. If 36D is "Twelve AM", then the intersection with 48A makes the L in "bumble bee wings" a V. Am I missing something here? Perhaps I'm overlooking something simple. Thanks!

kazie said...

Bumblebeewings is 42A, the v is in vibrations--48A

Miss FUBAR Reflects said...

Good morning, Mr CC. I think that I will just come right out and say that I did not like today's puzzle; it made me anxious.

In response to your question about "Lola," you are not alone in pondering its mysterious message. Rock and roll pundits with way too much time on their unemployed hands have mused about it for years, and some believe that the song is an ironic, perhaps even iconic, reference to a transsexual or a drag queen. (In fact, some claim to have actually met "Lola.") Others think that it is a paean to the sublimities of youth and the attendant sexual confusion that stems from puberty. Personally, with little or no time on my hands, I simply choose not to think about it at all and just enjoy the song.

Anonymous said...

I'm an idiot. Thank you :)

Miss FUBAR Reflects said...

SHAME on me. You look so much like a man in your photo that I called you Mr! Sorry, Ms CC!

g8rmomx2 said...

Hi c.c. and all,

I liked this puzzle. As Kittyb said I needed the "u" in Uele to finish Europa, did not remember either one of those clues. Otherwise, everything else went smoothly.

Have a wonderful day everyone! Chilly today in southwest Florida!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Carol and Cokato, for compliments on my picture I was able to post finally yesterday.

This puzzle was almost a hammer for me. I couldn't get the top NE, totally missed BumbleBeeWings, which is clever. And missed flower – again.
Agree that Pax is badly clued.

We're having a cold spell in SW Florida: it's only 52 out. Had to turn on the furnace.

Anonymous said...

Good morning all!
Struggled a bit with this puzzle. Had Hive instead of comb for 32D: Honey holder, which made things a bit tricky for awhile.

C.C.-B movie simply refers to a lower-budget film-usually they are a bit shorter than a regular motion pictures and are usually not nominated for any Oscars.

Have a great day!

papajim said...

Good morning cc, I have always thought the Lola song was about an accidental transgender encounter. We all got a kick out of it in high school.
This is a great site, I use it every day, thanks.

Ken said...

Good morning, C.C. and gang.

No puzzle for me today; I had too many early chores.

Word of the day

superficies /soo per FISH eez/ noun

* meaning in example

1: a surface of a body or a region of space.

*2: the external aspects or appearance of a thing.

The superficies of today's culture have not changed the dilemmas of humans from those of our ancestors.

crazyhorse said...

Good morning all
Like some of you, I struggled with this puzzle. I didn't have to use G, but it took me a looong time to finish.I managed the lower half first, and finally the top middle came through!
I really enjoy this site and get many laughs from all of you! Keep it up
Cold here today also, with snow on the ground yesterday.
Have a great day!

Ken said...

@Argyle: There is a 1962 movie "Walk on the Wild Side", directed by Edward Dmytryk. I've heard of anything else by him.
It is about the people in a New Orleans brothell.
The movie had Jane Fonda, Capucine(probably most remembered in "North to Alaska" as John Wayne's woman. It
As the intros scrolled, a cat walked through a seedy neighborhood to the a jazzy tune. I don't recall the song title; it may have been the same as the movie.
I do recall the chorus tho'.

One night of prayer, six nights of fun.
The odds against going to heaven are six to one.
The cat's walk stole the show for me.

@Drdad: Forgive me if I just noted a typo and you knew all this. The internet was formed as Advanced Research Project Agency by the Defense Department. I used it in the 70s as ARPANET, transmitting data from California to the Coast Guard in New York.
Under the aegis of the Defense Department, it seems to be termed
A part of the rationale was to tie military bases' computers together so that one missle wouldn't destroy a critical node. This was in response to the Sputnik launch.
Doug Engelbert, an Oregonian, was an intellectual giant, way before his time, who conceived many ideas we take for granted today.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, C.C. I understand your request to limit posts. It seems like there are so many newbies posting and everyone should get their opportunity to post within the 100 daily limit. I do have a question though. You often ask one of us to answer a direct question. Will that response be included as one of the three?

Welcome to Kooy, Marme and Papajim

Barry Silk's puzzles always make me look forward to a few difficulties, some smiles and a couple of "Ahas". I love how he teases us with the possibility of a pangram.

It started with unknowns ELCAR, MAV and UELE. FLOWER was definitely an "Aha" Smiles came with DR HOOK and GWEN (Verdon). "Damn Yankees" is a long time favorite movie. I got GOOD VIBRATIONS before I got the other theme answers. I had to wait for perp help to fill in the "Oscillators"

Drdad, A big YES to both "Cover of the Rolling Stone" and "Sylvia's Mother".

Wednesday usually is my "Hermit Day". G.A.H. is golfing and I like to catch up on "my stuff".

Barry and C.C. Sometimes movies start out on the C or D list and become "cult A list" favorites. "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and the original "Little Shop of Horrors" are examples. A cousin of mine was the original Audrey in L.S.O.H. and she has been amazed over the years how people are thrilled to meet her and can quote lines verbatim.

I always thought that LOLA was a song about a bar pick-up who turned out to be a transvestite. It was pretty avant garde for 1970. BTW Fubar, Look up C.C's real photo and you won't have any basis for your "Mr. C.C." joke. She's quite a "dish".

Bill, Marme, Crazyhorse and All, Snow, before Halloween? Now that is scary!

I have a favorite Halloween poem to post, but I have a couple of other "my stuff" things to do first. Be back later.

Anonymous said...

61A: Crooner Jerry: VALE. I don't know him.

Jerry Vale is an Italian enterainer. As an Italian American, these entertainers were my grandparents & parents favourites and mine also.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Mario Lanza & Bobby Darin.

Jerry Vale's Beautiful version of "Mama" from the long play album " I Have But One Heart" on Columbia Records CL-1797 released in 1962.

Jerry Vale "Mama"

Mario Lanza Italian tenor "My love"

Dean Martin "Nel blu di pinto di blu (Volare)"

Bobby Darin "Mack The Knife"

Frank Sinatra "It was a very good year"

C.C. Burnikel said...

Clear Ayes et al,
Thank you for the understanding on post limit. To make it clear, NO, the answer to my questions will not be counted as one of the three.

Marme, Anonymous @ 8:25am & 9:04am,

Miss Fubar, Crazyhorse, Dairygal & Anti-War Democrat,
Good to see all of you back.

Jeannie said...

I don't know if it was because I came here to read the comments today first before doing the puzzle, but the only google I had to do was for the icy satellite of Jupiter. Also, it seemed to me that the down clues were easier to get than the accrosses. Shoot, I didn't even have to read half the acrosse. Odd for me. Lots of fodder for dfs in the puzzle today. Oral, good vibrations, libido, adapt, zeal. With that it is off to the shed to try some of those things out. Anyone care to join me today for my little gala?

melissa bee said...

good morning c.c. and all,

perfect timing, we need some good vibes!

this one made my head hurt a little, though. took me almost 15 minutes online, about twice as long as average. i agree some of the cluing was sloppy. twixt seemed so appropriately placed, right in the center.

c.c., lots of things are officially ranked besides military positions. ranking exists in police and fire departments, competitive sports, religious orders, and can even apply to academic and social standings.

thanks for the carson clip .. miss him.

couldn't help but notice marv, oral, kinks, and swat in the same puzzle. marv albert, poor guy. used to be synonymous with basketball. now broad jumping.

here's another famous europa.

wishing you all good vibes today.

Mr. Ed said...

Good morning C.C. & all

Once again, a nice Barry Silk puzzle. I couldn't detect any editor defects but I didn't look very hard. I just see the name and smile.

I worked the puzzle online last night - a tick over 19 minutes. I got the blackout without too many misdirects. But, with my aversion to 'G', I felt weird having incorrect letters pop up red rather than figuring things out from perps. Just me! But(this is weird), I did the puzzle again when the paper arrived. It's amazing how much easier it became the second time through it. If you ever have too much time on your hands, try it. It's amazing how much more of a genius you become after about three passes through it. Okay, there's your insanity for the day. Buckeye, where are you when I need you!!!!

@C.C. - You may notice, if you go back and read my answer to you from yesterday, hell and heaven were uncapitalized.

I underestand SNOW in the NE??? Winter must be right around the corner but 'O' is 'Indian Summer' georgeous right now.

@Argyle... Honest, Arbyle was only a typo!!!! But, if you like it.... You can have Argyleville too if you'd like... no prob!

I really don't have time to work the xw yet another time so I'm outta here. I've almost got all the dots counted in the ceiling...


Dr. Dad said...

Answers to questions yesterday.

Clearayes - thanks for the comment on the pumpkin. Took about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Lois - I guess the trimming of bushes depends on what kind.

Cokato - what is the alternative for our "debauchery" that you mentioned yesterday? Also, I would accompany you (and anyone else) to the shed anytime. Sounds like a great place to be.

embien said...

14:44 today. Another fine workout from a Barry Silk puzzle. I got GOOD VIBRATIONS before any of the other theme answers, due to having several of the crosses wrong initially. ELCAR and UELE were my unknowns.

It was fun to see 14-letter theme answers (yes, including "cheater" black squares) for a change.

I also got a kick out of KILTS (highland skirts) crossing KINKS ("Lola" band). A lot of gender bending going on in that part of the puzzle!

As I have commented before, 16a: Vitamin bottle figs. (RDAS) is no longer the proper term. Go to the label on a vitamin bottle now and you'll see DV (Daily Value) which derives from DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) instead. the USDA has gone to this new system, and RDAs are considered passé, I believe. See, for example, USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center. Caution: I am not an expert in this area and could be wrong.

Jeannie said...

Drdad, there are many alternatives to debauchery that goes on in that shed. You'll just have to head on in there tonight and see. Make sure to bring your libido! Check out Carls profile and blogs to see one alternative option.

Buckeye said...

Guday c.c. and my fellow unmisanthropes. A typical Silk puzzle for me. Started out well, then went brain dead. Did the Jumble. Came back and got some more. Off to the cryptoquote, came back and got some more. Off to the sudoku and back to Barry for some more and then looked up to see I had finished his puzzle. The theme words were finally gotten by the down fills. 4d held me up as I rarely use "quackery" except when I crumble them to put in my "soupy".
Didn't know Dana (5a), and forgot Dr. Hook for a while, but they came together on trip three.

Clearayes; can't find the Joseph Campbell poem, but will keep looking. It was about dreams.

Carl: Don't worry about feelings of insanity. It's quite fun when you get used to it. I've got your back, Bro.

Sometimes on these puzzles, I think I know the answers but refuse to write them in. Maybe, in my old age, I'm becoming a bit indecisive. Now days when women tell me yes, I tell them to think it over.

Weren't we only the letter "F" from a pangram today?

I must be off.

Buckeye said...

Post 2.
Milessa bee; Did you notice "Oder", "Jaws," "Razors," "Kinks", "Swat", "Nays", and "Oh No", were on the right side of the puzzle and "Ah Me", "Kind", "Stereo", "Gala", "Good" and "Oral" were all on the left? What do you make of that?


Dennis said...

buckeye, I meant to tell you earlier - great job on the PC-overkill we're all subjected to. My compliments.

Clear Ayes said...

Argyle, I always liked Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side". Maybe because it was rather shocking for its time. Nowadays, not very much shocks....peek in the woodshed for examples (Go, Cokato!) Don't forget to add SWAT to the DF the most friendly, and in deference to Drdad, cuddly, way.

Melissa bee, Talk about GOOD VIBRATIONS! Santana is so great. It always adds to my day to hear him play.

Buckeye, As always, you gave me a good laugh for the day. "Think it over", indeed!

Here's the Halloween poem I mentioned earlier. It's a little longer than I usually post, but worth it. It was a favorite of my mother. It is definitely a poem to be read aloud to wide-eyed (but not too young) children. She loved to recite it on Halloween evening, complete with spooky voice and dramatic gestures.

Little Orphant Annie

Inscribed with all faith and affection to all the little children: - The happy ones; and sad ones; The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;The good ones - Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones.
Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away,
An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep,
An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board-an-keep;
An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done,
We set around the kitchen fire an has the mostest fun,
A-listenin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about,
An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you Ef you Don't Watch Out!

Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers,
-An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs,
His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl,
An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all!
An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press,
An seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess;
But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout:
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!

An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin,
An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin;
An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there,
She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care!
An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide,
They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side,
An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'for she knowed what she's about!
An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!

An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue,
An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo!
An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray,
An' the lightnin'bugs in dew is all squenched away,
-You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear,
An' cherish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear,
An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about,
Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!

-James Whitcomb Riley

melissa bee said...


Q: Did you notice [...] "Ah Me", "Kind", "Stereo", "Gala", "Good" and "Oral" were all on the left? What do you make of that?

A: a long weekend.

Buckeye said...

@milessa bee. Exxxxxxxcelent. I'll see ya Friday afternoon. I'll be the one on your left. Think it over.


Crockett1947 said...

Hello everyone! A struggle again that was only relieved by Mr. G. Had to come back numerous times, just like buckeye, but couldn't crack the nut without help.

C.C., Miss March of 1966 had the perkiest breasts this 19-year old had ever seen. They are seared into my memory.

Anonymous said...

Although stymied at first, loved the oscillators clues, good to see long answers.

Any Space Odyssey fans remember this: "All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landings there."

Halloween is a great time for B movies on TV, lots of old monster movies to check out on the movie channels.

RichShif said...

Good Evening C.C. and all

Just a quick note about the Kinks' Lola. I remember one of the DJ's on our classic rock station stating the song was written about and actual transvestite encounter. It was the bands manager who was dancing with him/her.

Had some of the same problems already addressed by others.

C.C. Sorry about the over posting yesterday. I kind of got caught up in the moment. Hope nobody took any offense other than anon. Just having some fun with some internet friends.

bellensav said...

I haven't visited in a week or so. Been zippin through the puzzles, but this one stumped me big time. Stalled out about half-way through. Thanks for the help C.C.!

Anonymous said...

herein lies the problem as I see it on the 3 post rule. some people only come on in the morning you would want to respond to. Some people come on in the afternoon that you want to respond to, and some people only come on at night that you would want to respond to. It kind of takes the fun out of this blog.

Chris in LA said...

@ anon 5:39
Get up earlier.

Dennis said...

anon @5:39, an excellent point.

Anonymous said...

gotta get

Anonymous said...

my three

Anonymous said...

posts in

I bet I am in the woodshed for a month for this one cokato. I better bring more barcardi

LOL Whoo

Jeannie said...

Okay, here is my third and last post of the day. Do I wait for Lois to post, nightowl, buckeye again, (I think he might have one left),clearayes again (I think she might have one left), whoo just burned his three, maybe xchefwalt might poke his head in? Oh well, off to the woodshed if I want to find any of those folks there. I don't usually agree with anons, but maybe that is how we should all post because noone knows who the hell they are. This one though was right on the money. Sorry C.C. if this offended you. But whoever anon was has a valid point.

carol said...

Cokato, well said and I'll be in the woodshed with the rest of all of you, we'll have more fun tonight!!

Unknown said...

'Lola' by the Kinks
Its about a guy who meets a girl at a dance and the girl turns out to be a man.
I think one of the lines was 'walks like a woman talks like a man'

Jeannie said...

In case anyone wants to join in on the fun in the shed. Go to Carl's profile, click on the woodshed and after all the verbage, there is in small print (posted by Carl) and a number of comments. Click on that comment line and you are in like flynn. Sorry, C.C. I am at four, but last night you said three or four.

Dennis said...

guys, I know I've said it a bunch of times, but please let's not plug someone else's blog on this blog - it's not right.

Jeannie said...

As I saw it, it was an extension of this blog. Didn't mean to offend anyone, especially C.C. I just miss chatting with certain people after I hit my 3-4 posts. Please accept my apoligies.

lois said...

Good evening CC and DF's: Thank you for the links, CC. Loved the Johnny Carson clip(s). Couldn't quit watching them all. Miss that funny guy.

This one was hard and fun...but that's how I like it and with Good Vibrations no less. What a day! Saw 'Dr. Hook' today ( my DDS)for an 'oral' exam. My 'libido' freaked out and went on 'Red Alert' when he said "Open wide".I had to sit there for 1.5 hours 'til it 'ebbed'. It's an in'seine' free 'flow-er'. Quite the 'mav'. It must 'hail' from the 'Ubangi' area 'cause it was 'twixt' and tween coming and going, giving a whole new meaning to oscillation. Yeah, my 'jaw's' 'tire'd, but my libido just can't 'adapt'. Just wants some 'Pax'. It's all good.

drdad: LOL. Funny guy! I got a honeysuckle bush that needs trimmin'.

Melissa bee: Great 'weekend' comment. Very funny. Would you define 'broad jumping' for Marv Albert, please? Cheers!

Anon 5:39: well said and not a 'minah' point either.

Argyle said...

Reply to Ken (11:20am)

I couldn't find the Brook Benton version but did locate a nice jazz instrumental version by Jimmy Smith. Walk on the Wild Side
Also, the lyrics.

And for C.C.

The Sunday puzzle from the Glens Falls Post-Star Oct. 25, 2008
21*21 72 blocks Edited by Linda and Charles Preston
No constructor given. Tribune Media Services
Theme: Witch's Choice

23A) Witch's favorite fairy tale - The Little Shroud
41A) Witch's favorite pets - vampire bats
50A) Witch's favorite drink - Bloody Mary
69A) Witch's favorite flower - Spider Lily
78A) Witch's favorite food - deviled eggs
99A) Witch's favorite movie - Horror of Dracula

xchefwalt said...

@dennis- congratulations on your Phils! I’m a Mets fan, so it’s good to see the championship in the national league again.

@anon 5:11- ‘2010’ with the late Roy Schider- awesome film, one of the best sequels made- ever.

The ‘Lola’ story I know is the manager’s encounter with the transvestite in a bar and being too drunk at the time to care. I love the line “Well I’m not the worlds most physical guy/But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine/ Oh my Lola…

Bill said...

Well, it's all over. Philly did it. But, the Rays went down fighting.
Sure took them a long time to play 3 1/2 innings!

Clear Ayes said...

Congratulations to the Phillies. I owe G.A.H. $5.00. I wonder if he will be willing to take it out in trade? At 66, I may be a little the worse for wear, but experience and expertise should count for something.

Crockett1947, If you want to refresh your memory, here is a website that displays Priscilla Wright, March 1966 Playmate. I didn't make it a link because the lovely Miss Wright is partially nude. Consider yourself forewarned.

Dennis @ 6:17 Cute. Clever way to make your own point.

Anon@5:15 The first time I saw 2001 A Space Odyssey in 1968, I had a tough time getting it. I was totally lost during the final "Star Gate to Star Child" sequence. I've seen it several times since and have come to understand it, at least better than I did the first time around.

I'm fortunate being a "West Coaster". Most of the morning comments have been made by the time I log in for the first time and by this time of night (7:22 Pacific time) everyone has pretty much said what they want to say. So I'm fine with the three post request. I can understand why others are a little discombolulated, but we've said it before...It is C.C.'s blog and she makes the rules.

Smile everyone, and enjoy warming up the chilly evening in the wood shed.

Barry S said...

C.C. & Solvers,

Hope everyone enjoyed my GOOD VIBRATIONS puzzle. I'm a huge Beach Boys fan and wanted to use that song as a themed answer in a puzzle. This puzzle was the result of that idea.

And even better, this puzzle was published on the day that my team, the PHILLIES, won the World Series! I'm sure that Phillies fans are feeling the GOOD VIBRATIONS tonight!

Couldn't have worked out better. Happy puzzling to all!

Barry Silk

melissa bee said...

@barry silk:

lovely of you to drop in again. this puzzle had me struggling a bit, really enjoyed it. congratulations on your phillies .. you are celebrating in good company.

kazie said...

On the subject of number of posts, I believe as long as one is adding to the pool of educational wealth of the group, relating to the puzzle in some way, it might be OK to exceed three posts if they were not too long.

However, some of the asides and non-related stuff gets old after a while.

Mr. Ed said...

Greets to all - just checking in as promised earlier.

@ Mr. Silk - Barry, thanks for remembering us on this site. Keep up the good work. I'm a fan.

@ dennis congrats on your Phillies. As previously stated, I'm not a baseball buff but I don't mind being in the minority.

& all else - have a very good night 'cause, I'm outta here to do tomorrow's Olschwang online. Shudder!


C.C. Burnikel said...

Barry Silk,
No wonder Phillies won last night. Tens of thousands of us worked on your "GOOD VIBRATIONS" yesterday.