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Jan 10, 2009

Saturday January 10, 2009 Tom Pruce

Theme: None

Total block: 30

Total words: 68

I just noticed this morning that all of the Tom Pruce puzzles we've solved are themeless. Have never seen his name in other newspapers before. I sure hope he starts to look for other venues. What a mess with Tribune!

Mr. Williams, if you are reading this blog, please talk to your constructors, pay what you owe them for God's sake. You are losing the loyalty and trust of those capable puzzle makers by continuously keeping silent.

Not a hammer, but definitely a gavel for me today. Lots of troubles with lower right corner. Most of the time I find down clues to be easier than the across ones, but today is an exception. Can you still clue ITO (3D) as "OJ's judge" after his recent trial? How would you clue Judge Jackie Glass then?

Forgot to show you this huge Crossword Building earlier this week. It looks like an empty grid in the day time, but all the words become visible when the light is on in the evening. Tell me how different it is from our puzzle pattern other than that it has an additional gray shade.

Across:

1A: Armed robbery: STICKUP

8A: Spanish port: ALMERIA. Arabic for "The Mirror". Unknown to me. See here. It's a seaport in south Spain on the Mediterranean Sea.

17A: Astronomer of Alexandria: PTOLEMY. I surprised the hell out of me by getting his name with only letters PT_ _ _ _ Y filled in.

18A: Huge statues: COLOSSI. I only knew the adjective colossal. Can you give me an example of a COLOSSUS?

24A: Physics Nobel laureate Isidor: RABI. Googled his name. Nobel winner 1944.

26A: Of Rome's predecessors: ETRUSCAN. I simply forgot this word. Saw the clue before. Wikipedia says ETRUSCAN civilization extended between 1200 BC to 100 BC.

34A: Member of a Catholic order: PAULIST. It's "a member of the Roman Catholic Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle, founded in New York in 1858." Another unknown to me.

40A: British weapon: BREN. See this picture. I only knew STEN.

41A: Bootleg liquor: HOOCH. Have never heard of this word before. Does not sound like a liquor name to me.

45A: Tolkien creature: HOBBIT

46A: Anglo-Saxon tax: GELD. Nailed it this time. But does "Neuter" sound like an offensive clue? "Anglo-Saxon tax" strikes me as very obscure.

48A: Garment with a tight waistband: BLOUSON. Like this? I only know blouse.

53A: Rod shaped bacteria: BACILLI. See this picture. Why some of them have black dots on? It's another new word to me. Dictionary says BACILLUS is rooted in Latin "baculum" meaning rod/walking stick.

59A: Serengeti hunter: LIONESS. I don't get this clue. LIONESS is being hunted, how can it be "hunter"?

Down:

4D: Very pale green: CELADON. Hmm, "Very pale green" indeed. Good to learn this word.

7D: PGA golfer Stewart: PAYNE. Gimme to me. He died in a plane crash in 1999. He won three majors in his life, 2 US Open, 1 PGA Championship.

8D: Discover: ASCERTAIN. New definition to me. Always associate ASCERTAIN with "To make certain".

13D: Singer DeLange: ILSE. Have never heard of this Dutch country singer. She looks very pretty.

23D: Elvis Costello hit: ALISON. I got it from the across fills. Not a familar song to me. Could not find a YouTube clip either.

26D: Moray catcher: EELER. Sniggler is "Moray catcher" too.

27D: Mediterranean evergreens: CAROBS. Oh, good to know. CAROB is always powder to me. Are those ripe pods edible also?

28D: R & B singer Keys: ALICIA. Here is her "Fallin'"again. "... Lovin' you darlin'..."

31D: Ghastly quality: LURIDNESS. I wanted pallidness, but it did not fit.

35D: Mother-of-pearl sources: ABALONES. NACRE is often clued as "Mother-of-pearl".

36D: Of the chest: THORACIC. Oh well, I guess I don't know my own chest.

39D: Roger of Byrds: McGUINN. Another google. I've never heard of "The Byrds" either. What songs are they famous for?

42D: Pointed monolith: OBELISK. Why is it also called "Cleopatra's Needle"?

45D: 1962 John Wayne movie: HATARI. New movie to me. Wikipedia says the title means "danger" in Swahili.

48D: __ out (eject): BAIL. Is this another Janus phrase? I thought BAIL out means rescue, like the current bailout package.

49D: Currency of Georgia: LARI. No idea. See this picture.

55D: Letters before the World Series: LCS (League Championship Series). I think ALCS or NLCS is a more popular term than LCS itself.

56D: Addams Family relative: ITT. The cousin. Everything I know, I learned from doing Xword.

C.C.

57 comments:

Dick said...

Good morning CC, I will get back to the puzzle later. We had a few inches of snow last night and I need to go plow. That will take a couple of hours so I will be back about 9:30 or so.

C. C. said...

Dick,
A couple of hours? That's lots of snow.

Martin, Razzberry & Sallie,
The vowel sounds in "wear" and "where" are the same to me. But I do notice that "h" is somehow pronounced by those southerners, the same with their "when" and "why". Sallie's "feel a puff of air when saying where. Not so with wear" explains it very well.

Razzberry,
What is yung2?

PromiseMe,
How did you develop an interesting in playing flute and how long have you been playing?

C. C. said...

Dr. Dad,
FYI, Barry Silk's original clue for JAMES A GARFIELD is "He has second shortest presidency in U.S. history". It's more accurate.

Linda,
I like your bubbling personality.

Gatormom & The Whoo,
Nice to see you two again.

KittyB,
Thanks for lento, largo and legato. Hope I can remember the differences.

C. C. said...

Argyle,
Thanks for always taking care of the leftover business on previous days. I read each one of them. You are an awesome Santa.

Useless Organ said...

Ah, that makes sense! Thanks, CC =) I'm slowly starting to delurk.

Anonymous said...

CC,

Elvis Costello Alison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs6HbYit5-A

26:25 today I just struggled with it. For Costello hit I wanted Veronica. The other song I know Watching the Detectives.

NYTAnonimo said...

Gave up on today's puzzle-didn't know the names (ILSE, LESLIE, McGUINN, RABI(why was there an abbrev. with this name?)) or the arcana (ALMERIA,BLOUSON,LARI). Also had STEN for BREN. Oh well! Hope you're all staying warm. I'm beginning to dream about the Caribbean-a lot!

cc have you read FACTORY Girls by Leslie T. Chang yet? I just started it and it is an intriguing story. Thought you might be interested if you hadn't seen it already.

Dennis said...

Good morning, c.c. and gang - struggles abounded today; needed lots of g-spot help. I won't bore with the list of the ones I didn't know, but got especially stuck by continually thinking 31D was 'ghostly quality'. Nice having a bit of a hammer finally.

C.C., the lioness is the hunter of the family; the male usually just lays around and waits for the kill (food), then helps himself. I'm sure that's a familiar scenario to some on here...
Also, you bail out (eject) from a failing airplane.

Words of Wisdom for today - "To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Today is Peculiar People Day - celebrate where appropriate.

Have a great weekend.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Well, this may have only been a gavel for C. C., but it was definitely a hammer for me. This bad puzzle spanked me so hard I won't be able to sit down for a week. And it started out so well, too! I mean, that NW corner was such a breeze...

There were three major thorny spots that I wasn't able to finish on my own. The first was the NE corner, which I should have been able to get except that I just didn't think of MALIBU. I didn't know ILSE, ALMERIA or RABI and was stuck with _ALI_U for 10D and just couldn't come up with it. Part of the problem was that I kept seeing ALGERIA in my mind when I looked at AL_ER_A for 8A. Even though I knew it wasn't ALGERIA, my brain kept putting the initial G into 10D and I just couldn't think of a beach that would fit GALI_U.

Next up was the SW corner. BLOUSON was another complete unknown, as were LARI and MCGUINN, and I just couldn't guess the letters where they intersected.

Finally, the SE corner killed me. I vaguely remembered the John Wayne movie, but couldn't remember whether it was HATORI, HATARI, HITARI or HITORI. And, although I know what BACILLI means, I simply couldn't retrieve it from my brain. Although it doesn't make any sense, I was thinking a rod-shaped bacteria might be something to do with botulism, and therefore the answer might be BOCILLI or BOCILII (hey -- I said it didn't make any sense). Oh -- and LCS got me once again. I remember it was in the puzzle once before and got me then as well, but it just isn't something that sticks in my brain. Maybe next time. Anyway, as a result of all this I ended up with HATORI, BOCILII and ICS.

Other unknowns that were gettable via the perps included BREN (I, too, wanted STEN), CELADON, PAYNE and ALISON. And my vote for ugly, made-up word of the month definitely goes to UNMOLD.

As for COLOSSI, the most famous was the original Colossus of Rhodes in ancient times. A modern example would be the Status of Liberty, which was nicknamed "The Modern Colossus."

Jeanne said...

Good morning all,
This was definitely a hammer for me. The list of the unknowns was too long to mention. I started googling way to early for my likes.

We were also hit with a hammer yesterday--actually another car. My husband and I are fine, although a little stiff today, but the car is not doing as well. A young woman with a baby in the car pulled out of a driveway w/o looking. I was more concerned for the young mother and baby who appeared fine physically but emotionally not as well. I have never been in an accident my whole life; just thanking God it wasn't more serious. Just a reminder how quickly it could all be over. Later went grocery shopping in our second car and bought all kinds of comfort food. I'm not feeling guilty right now--needed it.

Take care and drive safely. We are staying put today as 3-6" of the white stuff is in the forecast.

Linda said...

CC:...and I like the way you "put the ball in motion and let your `kids` run with it." You`re very kind.

Bill said...

Hammer my foot! More like a large post mall!!
Wow, I got off to a great start and finished about 2/3rds pretty quickly and then slowed down. Way down!
BLOUSON, Roger McGuinn (spelled it mcgWinn) BREN (I had STEN), ALMERIA (no clue; I knew it wasn't Algeria, but that was all) and 33a, MIS? don't understand that one.
The STAR PART threw me till just a second ago. I just figured out, if you star then you are the lead actor/actress! Didn't have a thing to do with those things in the night sky.
29d! I refused to enter NIGHTY cause it was too easy. I looked for something a lot harder but finally had to give in!
-5 F this AM, but it's all the way up to +10 now. Regular heat wave!
CY'All Later

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who had to Google early today!! I thought it was just me... Some of these were fairly obscure.

Lola said...

Tom Pruce is always a hammer. I think he deliberately chooses obscure or little used words. I'm so glad he is not a frequent contributor. It's been so long since we've seen one of his puzzles, that I couldn't guess who'd made this monstrosity.

winfield said...

About the Byrds
Formed in the ’60’s they took the name, the Byrds, misspelled à la the Beatles & Monkees
Most famous member was David Crosby who later became part of Crosby, Stills, & Nash(and sometimes Young)
Most well-known songs are four by Dylan:
Mr. Tambourine Man
My Back Pages
All I Really Want to Do
Chimes of Freedom
In fact they recorded so many Dylan songs they released an album of songs written by him
And two by Pete Seegar
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
The Bells of Rhymney
And finally two written by the band
So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star
Eight Miles High

Argyle said...

After the easy ones, we get this!
Turn, Turn, Turn
Appropriate, I'd say.
And bren for sten, British gun will never be a gimme again.

kazie said...

I too felt hammered today, but finally managed, after much erasing and guessing to get it all by g'spotting LARI, MCGUINN and CAROB. Hubby knew ALMERIA, or that corner would have meant a map search, and BACILII looked fine to me until I came here, knowing nothing about world series. The rest sort of fell into place after much mulling and cogitating.

c.c.,
Bail does mean to eject, if you think that someone bailed out of jail is ejected, or let out, like those getting out of their debts in the bailout, or bailing water out of a sinking boat.

Dick said...

I'm back from the snow plowing and a trip to the grocery store. @CC it takes a while to plow the snow because I plow my drive and turn area which is fairly large. Then I plow four of my neighbor's drive ways. Pittsburgers are a crazy lot. As soon as it starts to snow they descend on the stores to get toilet paper. I don't know why but it is always an event with snow.

As for the puzzle, I wish I would have stayed out and plowed more snow. It would have been more fun. I like others had too many unknowns to list. The NW and SE corners went smoothly but the remainder was a a female dog. I had 8D and 26D and knew they were correct and that kept forcing my mind to think only of STEN for 40A.

Jeanne happy to hear nobody was injured in your accident.

Oh well better luck tomorrow. Drive safely and stay warm. It is snowing so hard here I need to plow again.

Bill said...

And, I really don't get 55d. The World Series games to decide a championship between two leagues. The LCS are games to decide who gets to play in the World Series.
So, shouldn't the clue be "Series BEFORE the World"? or "Series BEFORE the Series" or at least something to indicate that it's not the LCS World Series?

kazie said...

Jeanne,
I was going to say that I'm glad nobody was hurt. And you really do deserve all that comfort food. Have a few hot toddies too.

Dick,
We always say toilet paper manufacturers benefit from all the assholes around here. Is that true of Pittsburgers too? Except you of course--very neighborly to plow for your neighbors. It's amazing though, how people do flock to the stores before a storm.

g8rmomx2 said...

Hi c.c. and all,

Well, definitely a hammer for me and I, too, googled very early. Didn't know PTOLEMY, but got it thru the perps. I also had sten instead of bren, but did change it. I wanted corset instead of blouson and so was trying to fit in another letter to get it, maybe a variation of the spelling??? Finally got it though.
Anyways, googled too many to mention.

Linda: I answered your earlier post on yesterday's blog not sure if you saw it. GO GATORS!

c.c. Thanks for the welcome back!

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, First of all, Jeanne, glad to hear that you and your husband are OK, as well as the others involved. An accident sticks with you emotionally for a long time, even if you are physically alright.

It was a pretty rough puzzle this morning. But I do get a bigger kick out of solving one of the toughies, than one of the super easy one. There weren't any unknown names except for ILSE and RABI. But the perps came to the rescue on those.

For 31D I misread it to be "Ghostly quality" and my first idea was LURKINESS. I thought Tom Pruce may have been one of this blog's lurkers. :o)

It was interesting that, although the puzzle was themeless, words like PTOLEMY, COLOSSI, ETRUSCAN and OBELISK hinted at an "Ancient" theme. Hey Calef, even ALMERIA is ancient in the "been around for a long time" sense. (Sorry about that, C.C.)

Democrat in Red State, here’s your link for Alison, one of Costello's best songs.

Winfield, Loved the Byrds,
Argyle, Thanks for the song!
The Mamas and The Papas sang about their own start and mentioned McGuinn several times in Creeque Alley.

kazie said...

Jeannie,
Re last night's evidantly--I too sometimes err through a typo, so I would not be disappointed, knowing you know better.

Regarding BLOUSON--does anyone know what it really is in English? The link c.c. gave is not tight at the waist at all, and I only know the French usage--a loose garment like a lab coat donned to protect the clothing under it.

carol said...

Hi C.C. and gang,
Claw, sledge or ball peen - this was a hammer for me. I will not bore anyone with all the unknowns either. I do like a difficult puzzle and they are more interesting than the puff balls we have had lately,but really!

I think blouson is incorrect for the clue, as it doesn't seem to be tight at the waist..corset or girdle would be.

Peculiar People Day hmmmm? Well, Eat,Drink and be Merry for tomorrow they may make it illegal!

Dick, It is so nice of you to plow your neighbors driveways..now go get them some toilet paper! That is a hoot!

Jeanne, I am so glad no one was injured in the car accident! You are correct, we are all only a second away from disaster!

isisdawnra said...

HI c.c.,
How about the "Colossal of Memnon". The 2 statues of Ramses, near the entrance to the Valley of the Queens, in Egypt.
They are overwhelmingly stunning!!!
Lucky me .....I saw them twice, in "06".
winter and fall

Dawn
An admirer

Linda said...

This is the man who waits patiently for breakfast until I complete the puzzle!(unless he decides to fry up something...is why I`d rather he wait!)

Clear Ayes said...

I always think of BLOUSON as a vintage style at the end of the 19th century, maybe this or that.

JD said...

Good morning C.C. and all,

I too gave up after completing 3/4 of the c/w. Even the few ah-has were fun.
So here are the few things I do know about. Certainly the Colossus at Rhodes was a colossus, being 110 ft tall, and also the Statue of Liberty, but I also think the gold statue of Zeus at Olympia, 40 ft tall, would have been. Also, there were many huge statues of Ramses II built at various temples.His temple at Abu Simbel had 4 seated statues of his image, and had to be cut out of the limestone hillside and moved when the Aswan Dam was built.

Cleopatra's Needle has nothing to do with Cleopatra, except that, when it was moved from Alexandria to London, the ship was called "the Cleopatra". Speaking of RamsesII, this obelisk was inscribed by him to commemorate his military victories long after it was built. It also was not originally built in Alexandria, but later moved there and housed in a temple that had been built by Cleopatra.. so there were 2 connections to Cleopatra.

Anonymous said...

The Colossus of Rhodes is an example...

John

JD said...

Jeannie, I'm so glad you are all right, and were able to go out and drive afterwards. You are a trooper!

Dennis, excellent quote today

isisdawnra....very special name. You must be a lover of Egyptian mythology.. me too.

Those of you who are having rain, please send it our way. We do love our CA weather, but we also like the color celadon.

Jim on the left coast said...

The puzzle was a bear.
Regarding 48D, though (Bail out) clued with "eject" was easy for me, having been strapped into an ejection seat in a fast moving tactical aircraft for many flying hours. If you need to get out of the airplane in a hurry (bail out is still the term used casually, even though it comes from pre WW1 when pilots actually jumped over the wing) you pull the ejection seat handle/ring depending on the seat manufacturer and eject, or "bail out"

Clear Ayes said...

Welcome to Charles. Wow, there were some night owls last night. I'm not surprised that Jeannie hasn't checked in yet.

JD, How right you are. We need a lot more rain.

More snow today? North-Easterners and Mid-Westerners have to be a stoic group. I'm just a sissy Californian, but I do appreciate how beautiful snow can be.

The Snow Man

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

- Wallace Stevens

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everyone! Had some problems with this one, but I self-corrected and got everything (I think). Got the NW easily, worked down the W, then tried the NE and couldn't even get started. OK, so finish the SW, do the SE, then work upward. Had STEN for BREN, and the following unknowns: ALMERIA, RABI, GELD (I know, we just had it recently), BLOUSON, CELADON, ILSE, ALISON, CAROBS (had no idea they were evergreens), MC GUINN, and LARI (This is my brother Larry and my brother Larry?).

C.C., on the Serengeti, in the lion family, the female (LIONESS) is the hunter/provider for the family. That big old guy with the mane lives off her largess.

@clearayes I think your "this" illustrates BLOUSON correctly.


@jim Good to see you again. It's been a while.

@jeanne So glad there were no serious injuries. Enjoy your comfort food.

Have a great Saturday, everyone!!

Argyle said...

Colossi of LotR
Argonath

and...

Blouson - A garment, such as a dress, shirt or jacket, with a fitted waistband over which material blouses.

Barb B said...

I had to google ILSE and MCGUINN, which gave me enough clues to solve the ton of words I didn’t know. Lots of wags that turned out to be lucky. I would have given up, but there were fun words to keep me going; NW corner was fairly easy and that was also encouraging. Loved KNEEDEEP, PTOLEMY, HOOCH, TWADDLE, HOBBIT.

I’m celebrating Peculiar People Day – my natural element.

Jeanne, thank God you’re all ok. I think you should get a full body massage, the sooner the better. Not only comforting, but very healing, to the psyche as well as the body.

Clear and fair weather here today.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
In my youth "hootch" was whisky produced by rural individuals, mainly for their own use but also sold to city folk. It was not a brand and was illegal in most situations. I lived in Ohio/Illinois and the stuff I knew about came from Kentucky.
Calef.

Dr.G said...

Hammer? Gave.? Certainly a --- buster! I had more trouble with the SW rather than the SE.

Is there any connection between the name of Almeria and Almerimar just down the coast?

C.C. The blue dots in the baccilli might be from left over Grams stain dyes which use both red and blue. Baccili are frequently gram negavitive (red( and cocci (blue)
Also, carob is an alternative source for chocolate, very tasty.

Bill, I agree with your LCS observation

PromiseMeThis said...

Hi C.C. and all,

C.C., I just started playing the flute a few years ago. I toyed with the idea for a time before I actually got my Pearl flute. Everyone says you really need to have a teacher for the flute, but I taught myself. I have been reading music since I was eight years old when I began taking guitar lessons. My teacher also sat me down and introduced me to the piano. In the ninth grade, I started playing the trumpet, which I played throughout high school. Thanks for asking.

The puzzle was a hammer for me, too. I didn't know LARI, McGUINN or BLOUSON. I guessed RARI and McGLINN and wound up with BROLSON. The rest I either knew or got from the fills. I, too, find the harder ones more of a pleasure.

Glad to hear that you guys are alright, Jeanne.

Dick, Talk about running to the store before a storm ... you ought to see it around here (Florida) when a hurricane is approaching. The supermarkets become madhouses.

I have to run. I have an early dinner and the Eldar concert.

Buckeye said...

Blogger Buckeye said...

Had to come out of the trees for this one. Jeannie - "inevidantly" is perfectly correct. (See Fred).

From Fred: "In-EV-i-dant-ly. pronoun, exaggerating a verb of some sort, and meaning 'it's gonna happen whether you like it or not, bitch!'". (His quote, not mine. Forgive me c.c.)

Back to lurking for a while.

I must be off

Buckeye said...

Oh! One last thing before I seclude myself into the cedars for a while. I went out for breakfast this morning and the waitress asked me if I wanted a chicken omelet. I said, "What? You want me to devour two generations of fowl in one meal? Do you have a serial chicken killer back there in the kitchen? That's not breakfast - THAT'S A VENDETTA!!!"

IMBO

Dennis said...

Jeannie, glad to hear you're ok - be ready for 'second-day stiffness' - as we age a bit, the onset is delayed. Also, your accident is yet more proof for the 'carpe diem' school of thought, of which I am a proud member. You just never know what's around that corner.

Jim, great to see you back. What did you fly? One of the top items on my bucket list is to snag another backseat ride in a fighter - I was lucky enough to fly in an F-4 Phantom twice, back in the sixties.

Calef, you're right about 'hooch' I was a counselor at a YMCA camp in north Georgia my senior year, and the local moonshiners would favor us with a mason jar of hootch on occasion. I'm surprised I still have stomach lining...

Useless organ, have you considered Viagra?

g8rmomx2, good to see you back as well; hope you'll be a frequent contributor.

Crockett, from the Department of Redundancy Department, you're right about the lioness, lol.

Dick said...

@ Dennis, I liked your comment at 2:19 pm "Useless organ, have you considered Viagra?" It made me go limp with laughter.

Linda said...

promisemethis: So... you`re another "Cracker"...are you native born?
g8rmomx2 seems to be from the Sunshine State as well. Wait a minute!!! Are you the one who hates the Gators?

Buckeye said...

Last one! Dennis; If you catch a ride in a jet fighter, call me. I'M THERE!!!

Finally, someone asked me to describe Nurse Ratchet. She's 6'2" tall, weighs about 190#, is 42D-30-40, has dyed red hair, yellow eyes (they might be light brown, but it's hard to tell in my drug induced state), looks like Arnold Swartzeneger's sister and can bench press a 1959 Buick. She hates men, dislikes women and abhors children. Her goal is to "Rid the planet of all 'pukies'", whatever that is. She administers a "hypo" the same way "Braveheart" administered a sword. She freely admitted that the only way she can reach sexual satisfaction is with a D-10 Catapiller Tractor. She scares the "bejesus" out of me. And worst of all, she refers to me as "Toy". I'm in SO much trouble!!

IMBO

Clear Ayes said...

What are you complaining about, Buckeye. Rachet sounds like a mighty formidable woman...and stacked too! She is the dominatrix of many men's dreams! So get out your black mesh stockings (yes, yours, not hers), relax...but not too much... and enjoy!

Kay said...

Your comment on "hooch". It's a Prohibition word used by those who
had been there. My dad (1908-1984) often called liquor "hooch" in a laughing sort of way. Like the booze was illegal...well, not in the 1960's, but he still used the word.
(Lived in Wisconsin most of his life though he served in South Pacific in WWII.)

PromiseMeThis said...

Linda,
I guess am a 'Cracker'. I was born and raised in Montana, but I have lived in Florida for a very long time now. I do not hate the Gators, but football is not my favorite sport (I can enjoy it, though.) My game is hockey. Maybe that is because Montana has as much in common with Alberta as it does with any other state. I see Dick is from Pittsburgh. Boy! The Panthers sure beat the p!$$ out of the Penguins last time, didn't they? How many power-plays has it been since Sid the Kid scored? I should talk. The Panthers haven't made the playoffs in .. oh, I don't want to think about it! So, I like hockey and I play the flute. I guess today I should celebrate myself as one of those Peculiar Persons.

PromiseMeThis said...

I thought I would share something before I run off to the jazz concert. This is the piece I am currently working on. It is the second movement. I chose it because it is slower than the rest of the piece. Some say it is sad.

Ciao

kazie said...

Charles,
Sorry I forgot this earlier today, but welcome! I checked last night's posts this morning and meant to let you know I'm a fellow WI-ite from a little west of Madison. Good to have another Badger in the group.

PromiseMeThis said...

C.C., Ah ... I forgot to mention that I have a friend from Lvov, the city with the Crossword Building. He is quite a character. He is a former member of the USSR Olympic Fencing team. Very cool building, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi C.C. 59A Lioness - unlike with humankind, the lioness does all the hunting and the lion does the eating. A nice arrangement if you ask me.

I learned all about them on a photo taking safari in Kenya a few years ago. For anyone who hasn't done it, I highly recommend you do it.

Bedeviler

jeannie said...

Okay, I am starting out just telling all you people I didn't even have a peep at the puzzle today. After reading your comments I am kind of glad I didn't as my week at work was way too cerebral.
I spent most of my time today in an icehouse drinking toddies and dangling a line (whatever those guys put in those toddies is a guess). Whatever...I outfished them all!! Bonus...I didn't have to clean the fish. Okay, I did have to cook them though.

Dennis, in the great, white, north the men are generally all hunters bringing home the prey and us gals have to figure out how to make the shit taste good.

Re: made up word...thank you Kazie, I feel much better now that you acknowlegded it.

Linda, what a nice man you have and shared with us! Makes me smile :)

Clearayes, I was on the friggin' ice in an icehouse this morning from 8am till about 2pm. Give me a break!

Buckeye, do you have your mapquest all set to put you through MN on your way to MT? I'll put you through your paces. Nurse Rachet gave me your itinerary. I'll add a few different herbs to your remedies. ((whisper)) she'll never know.

Dennis...you crack me up...have you tried Viagra? LMAO

jeannie said...

Kazie...of the one post I meant to send to you, I sure didn't want to mispell a word.

ACKNOWLEDGE.

There, I feel better.

Clear Ayes said...

Jeannie, My post at 12:57. All I meant was that if I had been posting at 1:30 in the morning I would have been sleeping in as late as possible the next morning. Sorry if if sounded like something critical. It wasn't meant that way.

tobylee said...

You all made me feel better. I had a terrible time with the names. Clear Ayes I am so impressed that you new the names. I had to use the G spot to make progress.
We had terrible snow for Christmas in Oregon. I am glad to see the rain, though I feel bad for those suffering from the flooding in Washington State. It seems like the season to get too much weather of every kind.

PromiseMeThis said...

"I had to use the G spot ... "

Tobylee,
Better you than me. Oops, am I outta line? Story of my life!

jeannie said...

clearayes, no offense taken. I SHOULD have been sleeping in, but the damn phone and friends wouldn't let me be. In a way though, it was the perfect winter day in MN. No wind, temps in the upper teens, and totally sunny. It was a day meant to spend outside on the ice if in MN. I had a helluva week at work last week and I can promise you one thing. I am going to bed now and may not rouse myself until NOON.