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Nov 28, 2008

Friday November 28, 2008 Allan E. Parrish

Theme: Same Rhymes

18A: Comden/Green musical: AUNTIE MAME

24A: Rainout remedy: MAKEUP GAME

37A: University of South Bend: NOTRE DAME

54A: Cooperstown attraction: HALL OF FAME

61A: Delano or Alva, e.g.: MIDDLE NAME

I wish I could say "I CAME, I saw, I conquered". With all those ?AME endings, you would think I should have finished this puzzle without googling or wite-out.

I love the appearance of SURI (33A: Daughter of Tom Cruise). I also like the clueing of ALASKAN (3D: Palin, to name one). I could picture this constructor having fun working out his puzzle rather than sitting in the libary and laboring over some archaic fills.

I only wish LONGA (7D: Ars__, vita brevis) were clued differently. You know, with MAME, GAME, DAME, FAME and NAME, don't you think LONG A would be a better fill? How about the clue "LAME part?"

Across:

5A: Moolah: GELT. I've never heard of this slang before.

9A: Canada's __ National Park: BANFF. I bet no other English word ends with *NFF. What a strange name! I like how BANFF intersects NIAGARA (11D: Famous falls).

14A: Stitch's sidekick: LILO. I can never remember this Disney film. Always confuse LILO with REN ("Stimpy's pal").

15A: Melville novel: OMOO. The "Typee" sequel.

16A: Historian Durant: ARIEL. I would not have got this name without the down fills. I am more familiar with "Disney's Little Mermaid" clue. ARIEL Durant and her husband spent over 40 years writing "The Story of Civilization", and they died within 2 weeks of each other. How moving! I like this Will Durant quote: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within".

17A: Comet rival: AJAX

20A: Legendary Cardinal: MUSIAL (Stan). A rare gimme for me. He is in HOF.

22A: Stan of sax jazz: GETZ

27A: "Bambi" character: ENA. Also the "Spanish queen".

52A: Toshiba rival: NEC

53A: Channel island: SARK. See this map. It's new to me.

59A: Golf warning: FORE. I think the most dangerous shot in golf is shank. Are you a hooker or a slicer?

64A: Australian lake: EYRE. It's in South Australia. Saw this clue somewhere before. I am sure Jane EYRE is happy to stay away from this unwanted Xword limelight.

66A: Reebok rival: AVIA. The other 4-letter rival is FILA.

67A: Weizman of Israel: EZER. I googled. EZER Weisman was Israel's 7th President (1993-2000).

69A: Ex-Georgia Senator Miller: ZELL. I watched and loved this interview, but I forgot the senator's name. I wanted Zoey.

Down:

1D: Big house: SLAMMER. Slang for prison. "Big House" is new to me. I was thinking of mansion.

2D: San Diego's sister city: TIJUANA. The answer revealed itself after I filled in the surrounds. I did not know this before.

4D: Roker of "The Jeffersons": ROXIE. Which one is Roker? I've never heard of this actress or "The Jeffersons". I am surprised that ROXIE is not clued as "Velma's rival in "Chicago", since this constructor seems to be in a rival mood today.

5D: Gridiron upright: GOAL POST

6D: Big bird Down Under: EMU. Look at this EMU egg. Is it edible?

8D: Kind of pole: TOTEM

9D: Joan of folk: BAEZ. Here is Joan BAEZ and Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind". I think I like Peter, Paul and Mary's version.

13D: Language of Flanders: FLEMISH. Most Belgians seem to be fluent in French, FLEMISH and English.

25D: Natural vessel: GOURD. This reminds of my grandma's GOURD scooper. What's the difference between GOURD and squash?

26D: Normand of silent movies: MABEL. She appeared in many movies with Chaplin. I've never heard of her name before.

42D: Fulminations: TIRADES. "Fulmination" is a new word to me. The spelling is so similar to fumigation.

45D: Break down: ANALYZE. Do you like "ANALYZE This"?

46D: Imation rival: MEMOREX. I had no familarity with MEMOREX.

47D: Ham actor's nosh: SCENERY. See Chew the SCENERY origin.

56D: Tear out: LEAVE. Is this a slang? I've never heard of it.

57D: Tears out: FLEES. I used to be very bothered by the same clue for different answers. Not any more. It's not a crossword construction sin.

59D: "___ Joy" (1972 Supremes hit): FLOY. New song to me.

63D: Inch fraction: MIL. Brewers fans probably want another clue for MIL.

C.C.

59 comments:

Martin said...

This was a real hammer for me: GELT, OMOO and LONGA were complete unknowns and they intersected for there was no help from perps so I had to google them when I got home. (My wife and I went out this afternoon so I bought a newspaper.) I also misspelled ARNAZ as ARNEZ so that gave me EVIA instead of AVIA. The rest of the puzzle I eventually got: MIL has been in a crossword recently (as has ENERO) and I had heard of MEMOREX even though I'd never heard of Imation. It took me a while to get MABEL because I had guessed BALI instead of MALI and that meant I had BABEL for a while. It also took me a while to get STAR: I had STAY but that gave me YOXIE instead of ROXIE. I got ARIEL, MUSIAL, ENA, FLOY, EYRE, EZER and ZELL (all proper names) from the perps. I also needed the perps to get NEC. Worms again for dinner, C.C.?

Obviously I appreciated the intersection of BANFF and NIAGARA but, as for the theme, I thought it was REALLY LAME. I know Alva is the MIDDLE NAME for Thomas Edison. I turns out Delano is Franklin Roosevelt's middle name. I had guessed MAIDEN NAME but the perps told a different story.

I guess we should consider it a compliment: the only way to stump us now is to throw some proper names and Latin phrases at us. Boo!

Martin

Martin said...

C.C., I also wanted MANSION instead of SLAMMER. Oh and SARK was another proper name unknown that I got from the perps.

Martin

Anonymous said...

gelt n. Slang Money.

Yiddish, from Middle High German geld, from Old High German gelt, recompense.

MEMOREX to me is a brand name of audio tape that came in 30,60 or 90 minute lengths they now make blank CD's

I'm doing the green thing I do the puzzle online now. It took 22 minutes 02 seconds today.

Anonymous said...

Tear out: LEAVE.

Means in a hurry. The police tore out of the station to investigate the drive by shooting.

C. C. said...

Martin,
I thought you and Geri would appreciate the BANFF & NIAGARA intersection. Yes, worms for dinner your NEC boner, after all our NEC talks a few weeks ago.

Democrat,
Oh I had no idea that GELT is Yiddish. Thanks.

Anonymous @ 5:44am,
Thanks for "Tear Out". I could only picture tearing out a page from a book.

C. C. said...

Jeanne,
Your potato filling sounds delicious. I made myself turkey and pineapple rice balls once. They didn't taste so good.

Barry,
Thanks for chiches. SOLA appeared in a TMS Sunday puzzle before. Otherwise, I would not have got it. But after reading the complicated exchanges between Kazie and Argyle last night, I think a musical scale related clue would be much sensible. Fa SO LA.

Mark,
Thanks for decree NISI & decree absolute. Both are unknown to me. Oxygen?!

Crockett,
Boomer's mashed rutabaga turned out pretty good. What are web-feet?

C. C. said...

Argyle,
What a great post @ 10:11am yesterday. Perfect length, perfect content. Your puzzle looks impossible to me.

Jimbo,
I hope you are feeling better now.

Kazie,
Thanks for the Pointe du Hoc links yesterday. I still think the clue for SOLA is asking for a noun.

J.D.,
Lovely poem, so evocative. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

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Best wishes

james

Argyle said...

Good Morning, C.C. and all,

It appears Mr. Parrish made a mistake on 18A) Comden/Green musical - Auntie Mame.

Betty Comden and Adolph Green, wrote the screenplay for the movie, Auntie Mame (1958) The legendary musical-comedy writing team departed from form to do straight comedy for Warner Bros.', adapting a stage hit from another great writing team - Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The Broadway play had, in turn, been adapted from the Patrick Dennis novel. The 1966 Broadway production of Mame had music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.

Argyle said...

4D) Roker of "The Jeffersons" - Roxie

Roxie Roker, 1929 – 1995, was an American actress of Bahamian heritage who was best known for her groundbreaking role as Helen Willis on the sitcom The Jeffersons, half of one of the first interracial couples to be shown on regular prime time television. She is the second from the left, back row. The first man in the back row played her husband.

Bill said...

How is MIL an INCH FRACTION?

C. C. said...

Argyle,
Wow, you are right. The constructor made a cluing mistake.

I don't understand the following 2 clues:

1) Little pool figure - Steno

2) Doomsday, to Stanley Kunitz - "...the eighth day of the week."

I don't believe three brothers are part of the theme answers. It does not fit the other pattens.

C. C. said...

Bill,
MIL is 0.001 of an inch.

Nancy D said...

A lot of Googling this morning!!! Let's just say, this was not one of my best. Never heard of GELT sa a slang with moolah. lots of names I never heard of except for the 2 Stans - GETZ and MUSIAL.

As you can tell, I am NOT a Black Friday person - hate the crowds.

Have a Great Day
Nancy

louie said...

a bit more about Roxie Rover. not only was she a ground breaker as one in an interracial TV couple on the jefferson's, but she was also a in an interracial marriage in real life. her son from that marriage is Lenny Kravitz, musician, and "baby daddy" to two of Lisa Bonet's children. they are divorced. Lisa also is a product of an interracial marriage. so what does that make lenny and lisa's marriage. intRa racial? anyway you look at it the whole bunch are/were talented in their fields (acting/music)

Dennis said...

Good morning, c.c. and gang - a bit late this morning - didn't get to bed until sometime after 3.

I was motoring right along with this one until I hit the SE -- didn't know 'eyre' or 'ezer', and only got them when 'memorex' and 'analyze' became apparent from the other perps.

I liked this puzzle - thought it had some interesting clues.

Today is "Make Your Own Head" day -- ah, there was a time when we'd have a field day with this one.

Have an outstanding day - I hope everybody's getting a four-day weekend - and enjoy those leftovers.

Barry said...

Morning, folks!

Very slow getting started on this one. Maybe my brain is fried from too much turkey and stuffing yesterday. I stared at the NE corner for ages in total dismay as absolutely nothing came to me. I finally remembered LILO from the Disney movie (which I actually took my wife to see on our second date), but the rest of that section still eluded me for the nonce. I finally abandoned it entirely and came back to it at the very end, when my brain cells finally started firing on all cylinders and I was able to solve it.

Unknowns for me today included SARK, EZER, EYRE, ZELL, ROXIE, MABEL and FLOY. I knew MEMOREX, but not the clued word "Imation", so that took awhile. Interestingly enough, I read a column in the newspaper just before doing the puzzle where the author used the phrase ars longa, vita brevis, so that was a gimme for me.

Anyway, I wouldn't call this a hammer because I was finally able to finish it unassisted, but it was certainly a challenging puzzle. What saved my bacon was the fact that I FINALLY remembered the name of Bambi's aunt (ENA), grew up in a Jewish household and therefore knew all about Hanukkah GELT (not to be confused with traditional Jewish guilt), knew from singing Renaissance music that FLEMISH composers came from Flanders, remembered that Melville wrote at least two other novels aside from "Moby Dick" (OMOO and Tyree) and was able to pull MALI out of the deep recesses of my cerebellum.

Have a great day!

jeannie said...

Dennis, Make your own head day?? My mind is racing...just look at all these answers:
Longa, totem, stamina, sexy, and GOO! What did you expect? Sassy is my middle name and I should roll on into the hall of fame!

kazie said...

Hi all!
Well, I folded in the NW corner, and resorted to Google. Hadn't thought of STAR, SLAMMER, AJAX or TOTEM, because I spelled GELT as GELD, the German word, and had MAKE-UP DATE instead of GAME. Didn't know MUSIAL, ENA, ROXIE, TIJUANA, AVIA (I had EVIA too) or ZELL.

BTW, German has a verb, gelten, which means to have value, to be worth, obviously related to the roots quoted by @democrat.

c.c.,
Lake Eyre was gimme, and yes, the EMU EGGS are edible. I've seen photos of an omelet made with one egg filling a huge oversize skillet.

"Analyze This" is a terrific movie--you'll LOL most of the way through it.

I remember having MEMOREX reel to reel tapes as well as cassettes.

I think SOLA can work as a noun, despite its adjective form, as I commented last night. But that was my confusion as well.

Little pool figure - Steno--The typing pool in an office setting is generally thought of as a whole lot of typist peons doing paperwork for the CEO, or boss. they are often called STENOS, short for stenographers.

James,
Do you have any idea how expensive it is to send foreign cash from here now? Maybe if you want to flog your book here you should provide a secure way to pay by some other method.

Argyle 6:13 & 6:38,
Thanks for those histories. You are amazing!

lois said...

Good morning CC & all, Interesting and most enjoyable puzzle. Didn't know 'lam' could be a verb and had most of the same stumbles as already stated. Love all the 'female' references throughout the puzzle and that Notre Dame is in the middle with knock, gourd, & ideal crossing. Make-up game cracked me up, esp. with 'goo' beneath it. Uma is completely spelled by feminine words (IMO)then followed by 'fore' and 'roll on' in sequence. Thought that was very funny. Then there's sassy and sexy in the end, which is my preference too. There were a few more related words too, but my 'gams' are taking me on the 'lam' to the Black Friday frenzy...again. Had great success at 4 AM and will enjoy the 'scenery' more this time around...it'll be daylight now.

Enjoy your day.

lois said...

Argyle: good catch on Auntie Mame. You're amazing.

Argyle said...

kazie and C.C., steno I get but the little pool reference seems odd, unless the "little" is there to indicate the shorten version of stenographer.

C.C., I didn't understand that one, "and Doomsday is the eighth day of the week."- Stanley Kunitz, or "Progress a comfortable disease." - e.e. cummings, but I really didn't understand "Ignorance is the mother of admiration."- George Chapman


Thank you for thinking I'm "amazing" but I'm just putting off going to work.

And thank you, louie, for the extra on Roxie Roker.

Anonymous said...

mark -Buenos Aires

Yes, "oxygen"

"gone mad carrying axes? Your life depends on it"

anagram of gone, with axis x and y.

Try:
"American woman´s escort" (5 letters)

Time for siesta

chau

Chris in LA said...

Good morning CC etal,

Same stumbles as everyone else.

Does anyone remember the old "is it live or is it Memorex" commercials - saved my bacon in SE corner.

Got the "ame" theme relatively early, which helped. Liked "slammer" & "Tijuana" next to each other - been there, done that a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away - no details (probably can't remember them anyway).

SE corner still kicked my butt today, even with "memorex" - "analyze" & "scenery" were elusive, "eyre" & "ezer" were unknown.

Carpe Diem for you crazy shoppers - hope you get what you need!

Anonymous said...

I was hammered in the SE, and came to C.C. to find the answers. I did google Imation, to no avail.

I was gone for a week having a great Elderhostel about China, and therefore apparently missed whatever went on to tone down the not–so–double entendres that had made up so much of the blog before. I'm not unhappy, just curious.

Barry said...

Errrr....

When I said earlier that the NE corner caused me a lot of initial difficulty I really meant the NW corner. Damn lack of sense of direction....

Dennis said...

Chris in LA - I, like you, was a guest of the Tijuana police in one of their luxury one-room dirt-floor suites. My crime? Getting hit over the head with a chair.

Chris in LA said...

@ Dennis:

A chair was involved as well, but as I remember it I was the "hit-er", not the "hit-ee". My offense was late 80's and I hope against hope it wasn't you!

Anonymous said...

When traveling in Belgium, don't speak French if you are in Flemish territory. If you are speaking French, let them know you are not French or they won't help you. Belgium is a good example of more than one operative language polarizes a country.

Don't know about cooking emu eggs, but I do know it takes about 2 hours 50 minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.

I love your blog. I visit you every morning here in Los Angeles.

Doreen

kazie said...

Dennis and Chris inla,
What a funny coincidence that would be!

Argyle,
"Ignorance is the mother of admiration."- George Chapman--maybe we just think you're great because of our own ignorance? It's easy to impress someone that knows little. Other than that, maybe just Chapman cashing in on a simple play on the mother of invention quote

Dennis said...

Chris - nope, mine was in the 60's. A fight broke out on the other side of the club between other Marines and some locals, I stood up to run over, and the lights went out.
Took every penny I had, plus my watch, to get out.

Chris in LA said...

@ Dennis:

Whew! That would have been way too weird. Sorry about your watch.

Argyle said...

(This is a natural)
for Chris and Dennis:
Tijuana Jail

Anonymous said...

Anyone else think that 66A was a gimme and put in Nike to start?

Chris in LA said...

@ Argyle:

LOL!!!!!!

Thanks - made my day! Hopefully Dennis got a giggle as well!

Ken said...

Good morning, C.C. et al. I've not had time for the puzzle of late. I did catch the blog today.

@C. C. Will Durant was sole author on most of the Story of Civilization, but Ariel worked with him throughout the series. I read a dozen or so in the 60s while at sea. I finished the set as they came out over the last years. I enjoyed them all very much.
It is a very painless way to learn of our roots and those of other cultures.

@Argyle: I agree that the "little" is a hint that the answer is a shortening of stenographer. I think we've seen somelike like Off. worker before.

Happy post Thanksgiving Day to all.

johnboy said...

I must be in a very forgiving mood. I knew "Auntie Mame" wasn't a musical, but I didn't growl too loudly.

"Ham actor's nosh" was very clever. Bad acting is sometimes referred to as "chewing the scenery".

Since we heard from the Kingston Trio a week or so ago, here's
Tijuana Taxi by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

melissa bee said...

good morning c.c. and all,

haven't found the time to post, but have been doing the puzzles every day. was disappointing to see no holiday theme yesterday or today. enjoyed today's puzzle for the most part but the rhyming theme is not my favorite because i think it makes solving too easy, although i did like silk's middle earth theme the other day. the 'earth' string was subtle enough to make it challenging.

louie beat me to the kravitz reference .. one of my favorites.

speaking of musical names ending with z, clever crossing of getz and baez. the only other musical ???Z words i can think of are JAY-Z and JAZZ.

brilliant LONG A observation c.c.

JD said...

Good morning C.C. and all,
an enjoyable, and challenging puzzle for me. I used my "MagicRub" (eraser) quite a bit. At 1st I thought it was a g/word theme, but those g-words were only on the top 1/2. Lots of rivals, thus adding a new page to my notebook.Did you know that San Diego has 15 sister cities? Had never heard of fulmination, enero,gelt,avia, or Mr. Astor.Couldn't believe FLOY was correct, so I checked. I do not remember that song, although I loved the Supremes.7D brought back memories of Latin I: "Via est longa."Knowing brevis must mean short, I guessed longa.Sark came with the perps, but there are quite a few of those islands off CA. It is the setting for Island of the Blue Dolphins.Ena also popped into place, but thanks Barry for telling us who she was in Bambi. As for Musial, I was not thinking baseball; I was stuck at the Vatican and those C's donning the red hats.I also had Iyre, for Eyre.

Nancy, I am not a shopper either. Did you hear about the shopper who was trampled this am at a NY wal-Mart? People are crazy for bargains.

Argyle, thanks for the Kingston Trio ; I have all of those albums and have decided to fix my record player rather that to get rid of my ancient collection.

It's another gray day here, but we're supposed to have sunshine over the weekend.And hopefully my teacher friend who is stuck on an island in Thailand, will be able to find a flight, so I don't have to go to work next week.She is safe, just stuck.

melissa bee said...

meant to say about that youtube link to the kravitz video .. it's a song kravitz wrote about his late mother roxie roker. beautiful. her picture is displayed throughout the video.

carol said...

Good Morning C.C. and all, Surprised myself by getting all of the puzzle except 5A "Gelt" (I've never heard that word before) and 7D "Longa". I had the onga, but nothing else made sense in there so I left it blank til I peeked at C.C.'s answers.

Jeannie, LOL!! Good one!

So, it's make your own head day? You gotta wonder where that came from, huh?
I've made my own bed, and I'm happy to be in it most all the time, but make my own head? Hmmmmmmm, oh yeah.

kazie said...

Make your own head day? What about putting a head on a glass of beer? Of course that's difficult with American beer--much easier with German or Aussie beer!

jeannie said...

Carol, I say we females should analyze the scenery and make up a game of slamm'er through the goalposts.

carol said...

Jeannie, we could do that but usually it's the females that 'get slammed' thru' the 'goal posts'!

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everyone. Had to work a bit on this one, but got everything, although SARK, SURI, EYRE< EZER, ZELL, ROXIE, MABEL, and FLOY were unknowns. C.C., I vodka your clue suggestion for 7D. A bit of DFness in your question on 59A! If you ever get a chance, go see BANFF -- the Canadian Rockies are spectacular!!

@c.c. Web-feet are the human denizens of Oregon. It rains so much here that we need them to get around. It's also a neutral term. We have the Oregon (Ducks) and Oregon State (Beavers) Civil War football game tomorrow. So, instead of saying "We Beavers take care of our own" or "We Ducks take care of our own," I opted for "We web-feet take care of our own."

@james @6:10 So what in the world is a crossword setter?

@argyle Your research is amazing (Auntie Mame).

@bill My question, exactly! Which c.c. answered quickly
@barry Wasn't the other Melville novel TYPEE?

@jeannie I'll bet modesty prevented you from saying that you were SEXY, right?

@chrisinla and dennis Maybe you should sit down together and talk this one out.

@carol Careful, the dark side is showing!

jeannie said...

Carol, that's why I said slamm'er. You know how this DFette mind works.

jeannie said...

Ah Crockett, you sure know how to make a girl turn to goo. I also love that picture of you.

Dennis said...

Jeannie, you goo girl!

(Sorry - I know, that was terrible.)

Crockett, events twenty years apart? Might not be much to 'talk out'.

Argyle, you're quickly becoming "The Go-To Man" on here - outstanding job with all the research. And speaking of research, where the hell (sorry, ladies) is Drdad??

Melissa bee, where ya been?

Carl said...

G'day all
I finally got the blackout but it was a long time coming this morning. Finally had to 'g'! I had to put this one aside four times because the south hammered me pretty bad.

Blazers/Hornets tonight then O's civil war tomorrow. Rose Bowl, or not to Rose Bowl....

Hope y'all have a good day... I'm outta here!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi C.C,
Very hard for me today, except for Banff, if you ever get a chance it's a must!
I had to agree with Martin, too many unknowns for me as well. Not one of my favs.
Back to the fireplace and couch with Nelson DeMille's latest. It's raining up here today.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.
Happy shopping!
Geri

jeannie said...

Is it just me or did anyone else chuckle at the clues gridiron upright, kind of pole and lasting power all being in the same puzzle? Have I gone right off the DF diving board?

Crockett1947 said...

@jeannie Thanks. I've changed my pic for the season. Sorry, Argyle. SPLASH!

@dennis Just for the fun of actually getting together.

OOPS! Posted this by error on yesterday's blog -- here it is for today.

carol said...

Jeannie if you've gone off the diving board, there are a few more of us that will be swimming with you. We'll kick our 'gams' and see if the guys have the 'stamina' to keep up. At least they will enjoy the scenery! That ought to do something to their heads ;0

Crockett, HO,HO Santa Baby! You comin' in swimming with us?

Anonymous said...

Gelt is a Yiddish word meaning chocolate coins usually covered in foil eaten on Hanukkah. It is usually traditional to give "gelt" or money coins to children during Hanukkah.

Sam

embien said...

10:39 today. A real slog through the SE corner. If anyone is looking for a definition of the type of puzzle I hate, it would be this one. Lots of obscure and semi-obscure proper nouns, many of them crossing. When I see a puzzle like this I usually think it was constructed using a computer--a human would have never come up with some of that fill, IMHO.

It was ugly cluing a well-known tape brand (MEMOREX) with one that is relatively unknown (and I haven't seen in stores recently)--Imation.

@crockett: the crossword "setter" that James refers to is what we in the US call a crossword "constructor".

Martin said...

It was ugly cluing a well-known tape brand (MEMOREX) with one that is relatively unknown (and I haven't seen in stores recently)--Imation.

Good point! I wonder what would have been a better name to clue with. BASF? JVC? (Do they do tapes?) Alas, everything is on DVD now so it's hard to remember.

Martin

Steve said...

3Down. Being British i was looking for something to do with Monty Python;s Flying Circus :)

JD said...

Good afternoon C.C. and all,
I did not do a great job on today's puzzle. I would love to blame it on the interruptions of little Truman,and/or the noise of my gracious son-in-law- who is making me a lovely mantle, but I started out all wrong. Like chrisinla,I had Russia and pliers. Couldn't get enough perps to wake up my brain. I know most of the stone-age tools of the Neolithic Age, but have never heard them referred to as neoliths...but hey, why not?I loved the 7D and 54A clues.Piquant may have been the only new word for me today; I just need a new brain.
Crisinla, The Italian Sunset sounds yummy, but I'll pass on Scarface.
I happen to like rats. They make wonderful classroom pets, better than hamsters who escape easily. I also had a Golden Mantle Ground Squirrel(everyone though "Chip" was a chipmunk)in college. I read somewhere that muscrats were the cause for a levee breach in Mississippi last June.So most of those little critters can be very destructive. Has anyone evr been to Austin, TX and seen the nutria who live by the river? They look like beavers.

Gotta run.....

Diney said...

OMG. I am so thankful I found your site, it makes the morning chores finally get done in the morning!