Jan 22, 2009

Thursday January 22, 2009 Alan P. Olschwang

Theme: RUN ON (50D: Talk and talk)

20A: Start of a quip: A MAN IS NEVER

33A: Part 2 of quip: TOO BUSY TO

41A: Part 3 of quip: TALK ABOUT

52A: End of quip: HOW BUSY HE IS

I don't believe "Talk and Talk" is Olschwang's original clue for RUN ON. He is too professional and experienced to make this kind of clue/answer duplication mistake. His original might be "Gab and gab".

I also don't think LEAD (32A: Blaze the trail) and LED (51A: Set the pace) belong to the same grid. They are just one word in different form, which should not be allowed in crossword construction. Would be alright if LEAD was clued as "Component in recalled toys" or something metal related.

I hope you enjoy this Inauguration Tribute ("Air and Simple Gifts"). I really love the clarinet solo part. What a stellar quartet: a Jewish violinist, an Asian cellist, a Black-American clarinetist and a female Latino pianist. Isn't America beautiful? In fact, Chinese characters for America "Beautiful Country".


14A: Numskull: IDIOT. "Numskull" is a new word to me. The adjective is "Numskulled". Does the stupid "ding-a-ling" have an adjective form?

17A: "West Side Story" heroine: MARIA. Also the heroine of "The Sound of Music". Very nice clip. I have not heard/seen "Raindrops on roses..." for almost 3 months.

43A: Manitoba tribe: CREE. The answer is invariably CREE for any "Canadian tribe" clue.

44A: Gray and Moran: ERINS. Memorized this name from doing crossword. I know either of them. I suppose both of them are of Irish ancestry?

50A: Long, narrow inlets: RIAS. See this photo.

59A: Publishing grp.: ABA (American Booksellers Association). New abbreviation to me. I am used to seeing ABA clued as "Lawyers' org.".

6!A: City on Baranof Island: SITKA. I guessed. Had no idea where Baranof Island is. Wikipedia says SITKA is the largest city in the US by area.

64A: Range of the Rockies: TETON. Hmm, The Grand TETON. I think TETON (French), TITTEN (German) and TIT (English) might all derive from one word. What word is it then?

67A: Borneo ape, briefly: ORANG. I got the answer. Did not know where "Borneo" is. Dictionary says it's "an island in the Malay Archipelago, politically divided among Indonesia, Malaysia, and the British-protected sultanate of Brunei".


2D: First grandfather: ADAM. "First father", "First husband", "First" of all. "Second offender" though. Look at how happy this future "First grandma" (Marian Robinson) looks.

10D: Honorable retirement title: EMERITUS. It's a title for those retired professors, right?

12D: Eagle's nest: AERIE

25D: Draft org.: SSS. Here is the SSS classification. ONE A appears in our puzzle almost every week. I don't know where I got the idea that SSS does not exist any more.

27D: Queen of Olympus: HERA. Wife/sister of Zeus. This lady is constantly jealous of and extremely vindictive of her husband's lovers.

28D: Justice Warren: EARL. Surprised to see Chief Justice John Roberts stumbled at Obama's swearing-in. Obama did vote NO at Robert's confirmation though.

33: Disney sci-fi flick: TRON. I just can't remember this film name.

34D: Mongol's tent: YURT. The Great Wall of China was built during Qin Dynasty (Xi'An is its capital city) to prevent the Mongol intrusion.

36D: Persons: ONES. I have never seen plural ONES referred to as "Persons". Only familiar with the singular ONE. Can you make a sentence with ONES for me?

38D: Western lawmen: MARSHALS

46D: Stops in open water: LAYS TO. New nautical term to me. Dictionary defines LAY TO as "To put (a ship) in a dock or other place of safety".

47D: Above it all: BLASE. I got the answer, but I did not quite understand "Above it all". Is it a slang?

48D: Picture puzzle: REBUS. Here is a NY Times' Valentine's Day REBUS puzzle. A big heart will emerge once you connect all those embedded small "heart". Very creative, isn't it? Our editor has never offered us a REBUS puzzle. I think we are smart enough to handle one.



Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C. and gang - this one started just like the last two, very quickly, but unlike those, it continued to be easy throughout. The only unknown was 'Publishing grp/ABA', and the perps quickly got that. I'll betcha hammer time's just around the corner.

Melissa Bee, regarding your post last night - it's one of those things that requires 'hands-on' instruction. Fun discussion, by the way.

Today is National Blonde Brownie Day - and I'm not touching that one.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "You end up as you deserve. In old age you must put up with the face, the friends, the health, and the children you have earned." -- Writer Fay Weldon

Dick said...

Good morning CC and all. Certainly no hammer today and I managed to capture the lower have with no problems. No help, no Googles just fills as fast as I could write. I'll bet Dennis sets a record time today.

The theme came easy as soon as I got a few perps. 34D almost got me as I can never remember YURT, but the theme answer got that one.

Hope you all have a great Thursday. It's off to the gym.

Dick said...

Oops I meant half not have.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Re: Hands-on. "Share and what?". I remember you mentioned it as your MOREL principle once. Is there a National Brunette Brownie Day also? I don't understand the BLASE clue.

Were you a FBI agent or CIA agent?

Barry G,
Thanks for the KO explanation. I agreed with you on the sloppy clues for INTONER and SEED POD yesterday. Here is another question for you. Theme answers:

Car Chase History
Searched Money
Marching Dynasty

Theme title: Sole Custody ???

Dennis said...

C.C., blase means world-weary, so a person who's blase finds most things beneath him, which would make him feel above it all. And the use of 'ones' -- you might point to a group of people and say, 'the ones over there'.

And you lost me with 'share and what'; did you mean 'sharing is caring'?

C.C. Burnikel said...

FYI: YURT is a Turkic word meaning "dwelling place".

Oh, yes, I just googled our blog and found out that your MOREL principle is indeed "Sharing is caring". I also found out that your MOREL philosophy is "Use it or lose it."

Re: "Panda bear, fisher cat, sea horse". Great examples, thanks. How could that PAWNEE guy sleep with his stiff hair?

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for getting back to me on those questions. Paraphernalia is indeed a good Xword word, vowel-laden.

What's the difference between "a historic moment " and "a historical moment"?

What is a "new walker"?

I like your SLOW clue.

Dick said...

Thanks CC for the YURT reference. I know the word from c/x's and always associated it with a Turkish tent which is, as you said, a "dwelling place." But, for some reason the word does not stay in my mind very long and by next week I will not remember. Oh well....!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Nice and easy puzzle today. I thought the quip was cute, even though I don't really agree with it. Lately I've been so busy at work that I don't even have time to explain how busy I am when somebody interrupts me.

Only a few unknowns today: ABA, SITKA and IKON. The crossing of SITKA and IKON was potentially thorny, but the "var." cluing for 57D let me know that it probably wasn't ICON and SITCA. I was actually hoping the answer would be DITKA, but what can you do...

I agree with C. C. about LED & LEAD in the same puzzle, especially as they were clued. LEAD could have been clued as something to do with pencils, I suppose, or LED could have been clued as something to do with modern television sets.

Car Chase History
Searched Money
Marching Dynasty

Theme title: Sole Custody ??

Oh, that's an easy one! It's, er, well...

All right, I'll admit -- I got nothing.

Dennis said...

Regarding 'sole custody' - they all contain (have custody of) 'arch'.

Bill said...

CC, What a fantastic learning environment you have created! Any knowledge that could possibly be used by the general public can be found among the pages of the last years entries. And the learning never stops!
"G" never really was Google, was it? And, I'll bet I've missed other things, too!
Youse guys were just doing stuff on the sly and I never caught on 'til yesterday. Darn, I've missed so much, in life, by being a day late and a dollar short!!!
Anyway, a better day today. I got the quip and the rest fell easily.
OVAH came from the adjacents, and it's a good thing, 'cause I had no idea.
Gotta go,
CY'All Later

Argyle said...

Good Morning All

Things were moving so fast this morning, I missed the "var." in 57D and so I had Sitca for 61A. D'oh! (numskull also numbskull)

61A) City on Baranof Island - Sitka / Baranof Island is one of the Inner Passage Islands in SE Alaska. It is part of what some call the ABC Islands, Admiralty (to the East), Baranof, and Chichagof (to the North).

Blasé - Funny story: Our high school English teacher told one of our girls that she was "blasé". Forty-five years later and we still remember exactly who she is!

Can you make a sentence with ONES for me?

"Marshall, the bad guys are in the saloon."

"Which ones are they?"

Barry G. said...

Regarding 'sole custody' - they all contain (have custody of) 'arch'.

Ah. I noted that all the phrases contained "arch," but I couldn't figure out what that had to do with "sole." Are we talking feet here? I mean, I know the sole of your foot has an arch, but they're not synonyms, are they?

NYTAnonimo said...

Belated congrats on your anniversary c.c.! Tried to post this last night but it wouldn't complete for some reason. Thanks for all the work you put into this blog.

Did not have the var. clue for IkON online and had ADoPT instead of ADaPT. Otherwise an easy solve. Hope everyone has a great Thursday.

Words to the song, Lord of the Dance which was a truly beautiful renditon (in many ways) at the inauguration ceremony:

I danced in the morning
When the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon
And the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven
And I danced on the earth,
At Bethlehem
I had my birth.

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

I danced for the scribe
And the pharisee,
But they would not dance
And they wouldn't follow me.
I danced for the fishermen,
For James and John -
They came with me
And the Dance went on.


I danced on the Sabbath
And I cured the lame;
The holy people
Said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped
And they hung me on high,
And they left me there
On a Cross to die.


I danced on a Friday
When the sky turned black -
It's hard to dance
With the devil on your back.
They buried my body
And they thought I'd gone,
But I am the Dance,
And I still go on.


They cut me down
And I leapt up high;
I am the life
That'll never, never die;
I'll live in you
If you'll live in me -
I am the Lord
Of the Dance, said he.


Copyright 1963 Stainer & Bell Ltd. London, England

Dennis said...

I mean, I know the sole of your foot has an arch, but they're not synonyms, are they?

No, but neither are most of the answers to C.C.'s different posers; related, yes, synonymous, not necessarily.

lois said...

Good morning CC et al, Good puzzle even w/the quip. The only thing is 54D wise = sage? adj vs noun? It messed me up. And 'lays to' being
'stops in open water'? Now after all this time I learn that our fun has a legitimate and descriptive nautical term. Learn something new every day!

Bill: Haven't we all missed something for being a day late and a $ short. 'Awareness' is the first step in recovery. Need a tutor?

Argyle: thank you for that 61A link and explanation. I think I'll remember it now.

Enjoy your day.

Superfrey said...

A nice and easy puzzle today.... got the quip right away... I did think 14A Clue was supposed to have a B in it... Numbskull??? Implying a numb head...but then again I am one so what do I know.

CC I was a Special Agent in Military Intelligence (Army) for 3 years. We did mostly routine background investigations but occasionally something more interesting. We were Maxwell Smarts or Inspector Clousseaus in the Army.... We cared no guns, thankfully.

Dick said...

Gee! G spot refers to Google. I learn something new every day.

Bill said...

Lois, first class is in May!!!!!
And, I promise to try to pay more attention and try not to miss so much. I'm sure that I'll still miss things but, as I said, SOMEONE here will surely lead me, I mean, set me straight!!

Dennis said...

Superfrey, I thought the same thing about numskull, but evidently 'numbskull' is just a variant. Being one, you'd think I'd know how to spell it...

Dick, when I coined that expression for google-searching, I had no idea it would cause any controversy. (Insert innocent look here).

Argyle said...

yeah (insert belly laugh here)

kazie said...

G'day all,
No g'spotting today but I missed a couple of letters by guessing: I had ERIC (and TROC), and ANA (and RENUS).

IKON would be the spelling for the religious ones that are common in the Russian orthodox churches.

SAGE is and adjective meaning WISE.

A bean is a seed pod, vanilla beans look just like a brown bean. In German recipes, you often see "vanilla sugar" used. You make it by storing a vanilla bean in a quantity of sugar for some time until the flavor is absorbed into the sugar.

I had to look up historic(al) to give you an answer. Webster says historic is "famous in history" and historical is "of, relating to, based on, having the character of history". I think I'd interpret "historic" as something momentous enough to be added to the annals of history, whereas "historical" would be an adjective to refer to something already in history. Looking back at this though, I seem to be contradicting myself. Anyone got a better definition?

Bill said...

Kazie, try this.
Tuesday, at noon, was an historic moment. Today it can be considered an historical moment. I take historical to mean something in the past.
But, what the heck do I know. I'm still marveling at the "G" thing!!!

kazie said...

Thanks, but at least you know where mine is now!

Anonymous said...

Hi Folks. I apologize for being a day late. It's one of my multitudinous bad habits. Just need to carry forward a few comments:

J.D. - I'm the guilty party raving about the old 49er's. I lived in San Fran, Tiburon and at Tahoe 1964 - 1984; suffered through the Golden Gate Park "stadium" days, the John Brodie years and then jumped up and down watching the Bill Walsh era teams playing amazing football.

Kazie - It never occured to me that the original mention of G spot referred to Google. I was way off. Thank you so much for being open and straight with me about the real G spot. It takes a good Aussie, eh? Your directions are very similar to illustrations I found in Google. So, now I must go in search of one.

Carol - Thank you for that suggestion. I agree with you, learning some technique will certainly help me.


Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, No problems with today's puzzle. As always on Quip Thursday, I work with the Downs first and then finish up the Acrosses. It seems to go more quickly and the weirder quips are easier to finish.

How about "Stadium billboard displays, briefly" for LED?

Bill, 60A is APIAN, making 53D OPAH.

Kazie, Funnier than LMAO. It's a good thing we are all friends!

DoesItinInk said...

@cc: I loved watching Yo Yo Ma during the performance at the inauguration. He was so obviously enjoying the moment! It was an emotional high just to observe his face.

A few years ago I discovered naturalist/author Redmond O’Hanlon when I read his book Into the Hear of Borneo about the journey he and poet James Fenton made from the coast up Mount Tiban in the Kalimantan range. His travel literature is like no other I have read. After reading about his hilarious mishaps and experiences in Borneo, I wonder how he managed to attract other traveling companions for his trips to the Amazon (In Trouble Again) and the Congo (No Mercy. I have read all three of these books and enjoyed them immensely.

@lois: “Sage” can be both an adjective and a noun.

kazie said...

clear ayes,
Funny thing is, I don't think I could be so blunt with people I really know!

Auntie Naomi said...

Good Afternoon C.C. and Company

C.C., according to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the word 'tit' is Old English. However, it is of German origin and is related to the Dutch 'tit' and German 'Zitze'. I assume the it came to French from the Franks who were originally a German tribe that got displaced when the Huns invaded (as did much of the rest of Europe).

Bill, I see that ClearEyes covered this but I thought I would go ahead since I already did it with the links.
The answer for 53D: Moonfish is OPAH not Ovah. 60A: Concerning bees is APIAN. An apiary is a place where beekeepers keep beehives.

DoesItInInk, thanks for the information about Into the 'Heart of Borneo'. I have not been to Borneo, but I have been to that part of the world. Last spring I went scuba diving in the Celebes Sea. Perhaps, I will read that book.


Clear Ayes said...

C.C. Thank you for the link to Tuesday's quartet. I'm a little ashamed that I had never heard of Anthony McGill or Gabriela Montero. Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman are long-time favorites. Itzhak Perlman had polio when he was a little boy and still needs crutches to walk. What a wonder that his arms and hands weren't affected.

Kazie, Don't worry, it will be our secret.

Jeannie's comment last night reminded me of this poem by John Henry Dryden.  Dryden was an English poet of the 17 century. So many of the poets of that era wrote about sex so charmingly.

Song From An Evening's Love
  After the pangs of a desperate lover,
When day and night I have sighed all in vain,
Ah, what a pleasure it is to discover
In her eyes pity, who causes my pain!

When with unkindness our love at a stand is,
And both have punished ourselves with the pain,
Ah, what a pleasure the touch of her hand is!
Ah, what a pleasure to touch it again!

When the denial comes fainter and fainter,
And her eyes give what her tongue does deny,
Ah, what a trembling I feel when I venture!
Ah, what a trembling does usher my joy!

When, with a sigh, she accords me the blessing,
And her eyes twinkle 'twixt pleasure and pain,
Ah, what a joy 'tis beyond all expressing!
Ah, what a joy to hear 'Shall we again!'

John Henry Dryden

Linda said...

As to "sage" being an adjective (and it is as used per today`s clue...usage being the operative principle), we once did a classroom "exercise" to see if any noun could be used as a verb and vice versa. The results were quite hilarious.
(It started with "Bork" and "being Borked"...but I wax political, yet again...)

Anonymous said...

18:39 today

57 down Sacred image var IKON. Has anyone else ever heard of this? Or was this the puzzle makers idea of being cute?

62 across dine I wanted eat or ate.

43A: Manitoba tribe: CREE. The answer is invariably CREE for any "Canadian tribe" clue.

CC did you know a hockey player named Johnathan Cheecho is a Cree Indian. He played for the KY Throughblades. In 2001 the KY Thoroughblades moved to Cleveland and became known as the Barons.

Dennis said Today is National Blonde Brownie Day, That is a dessert at Applebees that is served with vanilla ice cream and walnuts.

Anonymous said...

mark - Buenos Aires

c.c I dont understand why if the tent is from mongolia, the word is Turkic.

Just about any word in English can be adjectivised. The language adapts to let new and made up words become part of the vocabulary if people understand what is meant. The new stuff mainly comes out of USA and is a tribute to their thinking out of the box. For instance "guesstimate" is very popular in financial reports to signify that the figure is better than a guess but not a bona fide estimate.

Redmond O´Hanlon (his cousin is Esmond) is the grandson of the founder of the company I worked for. (Founded in 1870). I agree the books are very good, he is certainly 5 cents short of a dollar at times. He used to visit and pass out signed copies.

Anonymous said...

44A: Gray and Moran: ERINS. Memorized this name from doing crossword. I know either of them. I suppose both of them are of Irish ancestry?

Erin Grey was an actress on Buck Rogers. She was also on Silver Spoons.

Here's Erin back in the 1970's.

Erin Moran was Joanie from Happy Days & Joanie Loves Chachi. Happy Days a 70 sitcom that was set in 1950's Milwaukee WI.

Dick said...

NYTAnonimo, thanks for the lyrics to Lord of the Dance.

WM said...

C.C. The Grand(e) Tetons were named by French explorers who apparently thought the mountains were evocative of what they were sorely missing. Teton is the French word for breast...OK everyone, don't go all DF.

Also...Blonde Brownies are most often referred to Blondies.

Didn't do too badly on the puzzle, but had to walk away from it a few times.

carol said...

Good morning C.C.and friends, I liked this "g"spot or c/w dictionary so that pleased me. I did get hung up in the lower section over "OPAH" and "APIAN" but it resolved itself quickly. For once I actually got the quip right away!

Dennis, somehow I have difficulty picturing you with an innocent look on your face ;) Tongue in cheek maybe (depends on whose cheek though).

So glad we all could help Hayrake with his education! We apparently even helped Bill and that surprised me!!

Off to ride.

Anonymous said...

who is the quote attributed to any boy know?

Anonymous said...

the question should be any body know? Sorry I left out a letter.

Red Smitty

Anonymous said...

Kenny Lattimore Never Too Busy

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I am commenting. I have been reading your blog for a while, and really enjoy it. It helps when I get stuck sometimes. I almost never post anything as I don't have much to add. You guys all do this so early in the morning and I can hardly get to the crossword until afternoon or evening sometimes. You amaze me.

However, I do the puzzle daily, and really need my fix or I am disappointed. C.C., I though I would let you know that today when I filled in lead and led I knew that you were going to comment on this. I love the way you analyze the puzzle. It certainly makes it more fun.

Keep up the good work. If I ever have anything of significance to add, I will probably post again.

Anonymous said...

10D: Honorable retirement title: EMERITUS. It's a title for those retired professors, right?

Means a person who retires in good standing. Example Maury Hannigan is a Commissioner Emeritus of the California Highway Patrol

Auntie Naomi said...

"who is the quote attributed to any boy know?"

Sounds like a Freudian slip to me, Red :D


Auntie Naomi said...

It was the 'I', right?

Dennis said...

Karen Q, good of you to 'come out' and join us. Yes, C.C. has created a masterpiece and we all enjoy it immensely - and there's always room for new and fresh opinions/comments, so don't just lurk. Join the fun.

Auntie Naomi said...

OK. As long as I have decided to be an instigator, I will refer back to C.C.'s comment about politics, "I think a little bit of politics adds zest to the blog ..." and offer up this:

“The point of this brief overview is to show that for many of its victims, the real nature of fascism revealed itself as a very unpleasant surprise, and that this revelation occurred only after fascism had taken power. In its beginning phases, fascism often appeared to naïve observers as a movement promising idealism, national unity, an end to political squabbling, parliamentary haggling, and class struggle, plus reform, moral renewal, and a decisive break with the corrupt and discredited practices of the existing political establishment. To some, it even appeared as a liberating force which appealed to young people and the best and most active parts of the nation.”
from "The Making of a Manchurian Candidate" by Webster Griffin Tarpley

Why does this sound so very familiar?

Dennis said...

Gang, you have to check out this video - one of the funniest I've seen. This guy is amazing:

Dancing Skeleton

kazie said...

Promise me this,
How else would Hitler have fooled so many? This time we're seeing what is a reaction to something which, in many ways, but less skillfully, approached what Fascism became. This time, I hope the promise is for real. So far in the last two days, I'm very excited to see what's being done already.

See my 8:51am on IKON. I've never seen a Russian word spelled with a "c". See Russian Ikons

lois said...

Dennis: LMAO ROFL that is absolutely hysterical! Thank you!

DoesItinInk said...

@mark in Buenos Aires…Based on Redmond O’Hanlon’s writings, it does not surprise me that you describe him as being a nickel short of a dollar. I would love to meet him if only to try to understand a person who would attempt such ventures. I love “adventure traveling” but could never imagine dealing with the hardships he at times endured. If you feel like it, I would be interested in any other recollections or insights you have of him.

@PromiseMeThis…If you do read any of O’Hanlon’s books, let me know what you think!

C.C. Burnikel said...

I hope you don't buy Webster Tarpley's conspiracy theory. This kind of Lee Atwater style insidious fearmongering is deeply disturbing.

Auntie Naomi said...

The jury is out for me on pretty much all theories, conspiracy or otherwise. I make it a point to seek out alternative views, though; something that fascist masses do not do. I DO think it is worth considering the characteristics of Italian pre-fascist culture that Mr. Tarpley wrote of, particularly in light of today's political climate. Particularly, the point he made about people not seeing the writing on the wall until it is too late.

(PromiseMeThis intones monotonously, ..... "It can't happen here!")

Anonymous said...

Buckeye . . if the "West Coast" offense was indeed started and developed in Middletown Ohio as you say, I hope you will accept my apology. That would have been way before my time and I certainly didn't intentionally short change your high school or coach Ellison.


Auntie Naomi said...

I failed to mention earlier that I really enjoyed the link you posted to the performance of 'Air and Simple Gifts' at the inauguration. Like ClearEyes, I had not heard of McGill. I am not so much ashamed of that as I am of the fact that I had no idea who was the principal flutist for the Met. I know some of the others, though. I am partial to Emmanuel Pahud's playing. He is principal flutist for the Berlin Philharmonic.
Given your appreciation of that inaugural performance, I thought you might appreciate this. I know you do not live here in South Florida, but the subject is certainly fascinating and, perhaps somebody who does live around here might be interested in attending.

Dick said...

@ Dennis, how did you get the dance film from my wife showing me at the last dance at the club. The film was really funny, I hope he got lots of money.

@ Buckeye, if the West Coast Offense started in mid America how can they call it a West Coast offense? It would have been called a Mid America offense wouldn't it? What do I know, just asking.

carol said...

Dennis, I absolutely LOVED the Dancing Skeleton!!!! I hope someone offers him a contract!! Thanks!

Dr. Dad said...

Good evening to all.

An easy puzzle and the perps got those I didn't know.

The SSS was eliminated (I think) from 1977 to 1982 (you didn't have to go to the post office to regisrer (I tried and was turned away). I think that the SSS was reinstituted in 1982-83 in case they had to begin a draft again.

Tetons is back and C.C. got us going with Titten and Tit.

Dennis likes Brownies as he was a Boy Scout (if I remember correctly).

As far as adjectives (and this is not really in the same vein) Google is a web site and "googling" has now become a verb to mean searching the web. Us DF's have started some time ago calling it the G spot. When will that terminology hit?

On the anniversary, Congrats!!! I stumbled on the blog shortly after it was started and it has been a fun ride.

Dennis - we saw that "Dancing Skeleton" a while back when we were in Atlantic City (or at least something similar).

JD said...

What is a "new walker"?

a tot.. wasn't that the puzzle answer?

JD said...

Democrat, Cheechoo now plays for the San Jose SHARKS.He is one of the most loved players but this year he isn't doing as well; had an injury at the beginning and got moved to another line.

Anonymous said...

C.C., I saw a real cute small round cropped version of that picture of you seated on a bench. Why don't you use that one on your blog pages instead of the Twins baseball player? Just a thought. He's cute, but we would much rather see you.

Thanks CC.

Donald David

Auntie Naomi said...

Clearly you are a 'Yes we can!' Obamanite and I hope you are right about him. I do think it is fair to question your characterization of Webster Tarpley as being simply a Lee Atwater type fear-monger. I do not have that impression of him. Frankly, I hope you are right. If not, and if Tarpley is correct, the implications are far more disturbing than Lee Atwater's simple 'fear-mongering'.
Have you seen this film?
We expend about 10 calories of energy for every calorie of food energy that we produce"?

lois said...

Drdad: Dennis was kicked out of Boy Scouts at a young age b/c he liked brownies a bit too much, blonde and otherwise. I think he considered them an appetizer. I'd like to know what he considered an entree and esp. dessert. Regardless, I'm sure he licked the platters clean and probably invented the 'finger lickin' good' motto.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the update on JC. Since the strike they haven't televised too many games it's just hard to keep up with them around here.

snatchbeast said...

I remember my first year of college I thought my professor's name was "Emeritus". Thankfully, I learned much in college!