Jan 29, 2009

Thursday January 29, 2009 Alan P. Olschwang

Theme: Practice Makes Perfect

17A: Start of Joe Paterno quote: THE WILL

18A: Part 2 of quote: TO WIN IS

39A: Part 3 of quote: IMPORTANT

42A: Part 4 of quote: BUT

44A: Part 5 of quote: THE WILL TO

61A: Part 6 of quote: PREPARE

65A: End of quote: IS VITAL

What next? A Bobby Bowden quote? Has he said anything interesting that may catch Mr. Olschwang's attention?

Joe Paterno might be inspired by Paul "Bear" Bryant, who once said: "It's not the will to win that matters - everyone has that. It's the will to prepare to win that matters".

I was surprised that HOPER (53D: One with aspiration) is a real word. I googled HOPER, then I was asked "Did you mean Hopper"?

Some of the clues are very annoying today. I don't believe they are Olschwang's originals:

27D: Tea brand: LIPTON: TEA is already the answer for 36A: Oolong, for one. "Unilever brand" might be too vague. If you can come up with a great clue for LIPTON without mentioning the word "tea", please post in the Comments section.

31D: Took seats: SAT. Unnecessary letter duplication. "Took a chair" would be just fine.

61D: Prefix's prefix: PRE. Just awful. So many creative ways to clue PRE. Lois would probably love "Vent opening?" clue (PREvent). I would go with "Season opener?". Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in two weeks.

I don't understand the clue for STREETS (73A: D and C, in D.C.). Why?

Also, I would like someone to guest blog Barry Silk's Fairfax County Public Library crossword. If you are interested, please email me at I want it published here next Tuesday or Wednesday.


1A: Surveying instrument: ALIDADE. Unknown instrument to me. Looks like an antique item. Is it still in use today?

8A: Token amount: MODICUM. Also, IOTA (43A: Bit), NIBLET (34D: Canned corn morsel), and DRIB (35D: Small amount of liquid), which is a new word to me. I've only heard of driblet though.

16A: Ground hugging stems: STOLONS. Oh, so there is a special name for this part of the plant. Good to know. Same pronunciation as stolen. My strawberry STOLONS were stolen by squirrels last year.

22A: Scarcity: DEARTH. Took me a while to get this word as I had CLASS rather than A LIST for 5D: Social category.

33A: On the front burner: IN MIND

55A: Online newsgroup system: USENET. Got the answer, but I forgot what USENET really is. Wikipedia says it's a "precursor to the various web forums".


6D: Oracle site: DELPHI. The site for Temple of Apollo. Those are Doric columns. How is the Delphic Sibyl different from Pythia?

12D: Implied idea: CONNOTATION. Easy long word. Not like yesterday's SALMAGUNDI. Learned that the spicy Jamaica Solomon Grundy is a corrupted form of SALMAGUNDI. I guess both has pickled herrings.

20D: Reverse direction of an electric current: COMMUTATE. New word to me. Related to mutate, I suppose?

22D: Texas airport letters: DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth). What does X stand for in LAX?

24D: Mark above a vowel: ACUTE ACCENT. Like été.

50D: Day's end: SUNSET. Fishing? What a waste of the beautiful SUNSET.

64D: Writer LeShan: EDA. I wonder why her mom named her EDA instead of Ida, or Ada. Just to be different?



Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C. and gang - I enjoyed this puzzle, especially when I could read the clue right. My paper had a crease right at the clue for 16A, which I read as 'ground-hugging sterns', and I kept trying to figure out synonyms for ass-dragging. Once I finally got the perps, I recognized 'stolons', read the clue properly, and smacked myself in the forehead.

Some clever cluing in this one - I particularly liked 73A. Thought the quip was decent as well.

Today's our day - National Puzzle Day.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience." -- Victoria Holt

C.C. Burnikel said...

I don't get 73A clue at all. Any particularly regrettable moments in your life?

That nerd in "American Idol" sounds like you. I like your nerdy "Pascal's Wager" comment. It fascinates me.

Good point on KIEV clue yesterday.

D'oh! Eli Wallach.

Dennis said...

C.C., Lipton could have been clued as Peggy of 'Mod Squad' or James of 'Inside the Actors Studio'.

Also, D.C. uses lettered streets. Basically, streets oriented North/South use numbers, and streets oriented East/West use letters. There's some omissions and exceptions, but that's the simple explanation of the clue/answer.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Is crabtree the same as crabapple tree? I did not know that turkeys fly.

True Blue Sheila,

"Psychology is the name of the game for me at school during the day....IB, AP, Intro, and psych in film...". What are IB and AP?

Sunday puzzle is not available online.

Anonymous said...

36:55 (29 Jan 2009) arrrgh! I don't even want to discuss how dumb I was today other than to say way too many unknowns!

Smooth Jazz today:

Rio de Janeiro Blue - Randy Crawford

January 29, 2009 5:25 AM

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for D.C. Wonderful LIPTON clue. Now, how is "ass-dragging" connected with "Ground-hugging sterns"?

Nice to see you again.

Calef & Barb B & Linda,
Regarding the two prophets who did not die, ELIJAH & Enos/Enoch. Is Enos the same as Enoch?

Sorry about your loss last night.

C.C. Burnikel said...

WashPost Solver,
Washington Post has stopped its own crossword puzzles, right? Now what puzzles do you solve on non-TMS puzzle days?

Crockett & Gator Mom,
At least SALAMGUNDEE would have made the puzzle look more balanced.

Here is Barry's puzzle.

Dennis said...

C.C., as far as regrets, no. I really do believe in that quote. I've made life-changing mistakes, but I've learned something from them. Regrets are a waste of time and energy.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Is HOPER a legit word? If so, after today's disaster, you can be a HOPER.

So true! Better to look ahead than look back and regret, though I often find myself trapped at certain past moments of my life.

Argyle said...

Good Morning

My weekly paper had a cute quip this week.

I've dieted and worked out and now I have the body of a god. Unfortunately, it's Buddha.

Buddha wasn't a god though.
I did better than I expected today. When I finished up by guessing at the letters I was missing, I was not surprised that I didn't get "congratulations" screen(online) so I switched to regular skill level. I was surpised my guesses were right but had misspelled 'paean'. Another case of not double checking the perps.

I'm off to the diner to work on my "Buddha body".

NYTAnonimo said...

ALIDADE would appear to be part of a sextant.
More here
and here.

NYTAnonimo said...

From this I would gather that an ADILADE is not used much today.

Today, electronic devices such as radar and loran are widely used in navigation. Most vessels use an automatic pilot. Since 1978 a satellite system managed by the United States Air Force, called Global Positioning System, has been providing continuous worldwide coverage adequate for determining latitude and longitude to within about 30 feet (10 meters) and, in many places, altitude, with the same accuracy. The digital computer, another tool, works so fast that it can provide continuous information. It also has a memory to store information for use when needed.

NYTAnonimo said...

Map showing C and D Streets in DC

NYTAnonimo said...

For the X in LAX see here.

When the Wright brothers first took to the air in 1903, there was no need for coding airports since an airport was literally any convenient field with a strong wind. However, the National Weather Service did tabulate data from cities around the country using a two-letter identification system. Early airlines simply copied this system, but as airline service exploded in the 1930's, towns without weather station codes needed identification. Some bureaucrat had a brainstorm and the three-letter system was born, giving a seemingly endless 17,576 different combinations. To ease the transition, existing airports placed an X after the weather station code. The Los Angeles tag became LAX, Portland became PDX, Phoenix became PHX and so on. Incidentally at the historic sand dune in Kitty Hawk where the first flight occurred the U.S. National Parks Service maintains a tiny airstrip called FFA—First Flight Airport.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Another challenging puzzle, at least in spots. I did not know ALIDADE, STOLONS or COMMUTATE, but was eventually able to get them via the perps. The NW corner was especially thorny, partially because I initially had CLASS instead of ALIST for 5D, but mostly because I couldn't figure out what DJIA referred to and therefore couldn't get the missing letter in ALI_ADE. I was thinking it was something to do with the Department of Justice...

I finally abandoned that section and did the rest of the puzzle. What saved my bacon was actually the quote, which (after I got the rest of it), let me guess that 17A was THE WILL. That "W" gave me _OW for 4D, and that was enough to make me realize that DJIA stood for "Dow Jones Industrial Average."

I agree that the clue for PRE was bizarrely bad. Just no excuse for that.

Oh -- and here's my version of Argyle's quip:

I've tried to diet and work out and now I have the body of a 19-year-old. And boy, when he sees what I've done to his body, is he ever going to be mad...

Dick said...

Good morning CC and all. Another struggle for me today. It was doable, but required a lot of thought.

CC I have an instrument that looks very similar to the "alidade" you have pictured. I got it from my Grandfather many years ago.

I had "class" for 5D which caused some problems in the SW corner. I also struggled to get "inmind" for 33A and did like the clue for 73A and thought it was sneaky.

NYTAnonimo said...

I cannot read vertically for the life of me-had one letter wrong in this puzzle WRiNG instead of WRUNG and could not find it. I agree cc, some of these clues were wanting-DEARTH or MODICUM of editing here.

Anonymous said...

The quote proves Joe Pa has nothing new to add to life, paraphrasing the Bear

lois said...

Good morning CC et al., "PRE" vent, CC? Perhaps yesterday, but today I like "POST"vent b/c I'm about to go off on this puzzle like a Howitzer! I just need room. And then I'm going to need that GPS to find somebody's
"ground-hugging stern" with my shoe stuck in it.

Enjoy your day.

Frey said...

Nice puzzle.... I missed 5D Social Category since I had ELITE for my answer.. which caused me trouble with 1A ALIDADE. I did get the quote rather quickly and that made the rest of the puzzle easy.
@LEMONADE714: I agree... It's time for Joe Paterno to go.

g8rmomx2 said...

Hi c.c. and all,

As others have said I also had Class instead of Alist which messed me up. I googled Alidade and stolons. Never heard of either of them. Commutate I got from the perps. Streets I got at the very end, and then it was a "duh" moment when I realized what the clue meant as Dennis has already explained. I also had Psalms instead of Paeans at first, but changed it. The quote was fairly easy to figure out so that helped a lot in finishing the puzzle.

Off for a haircut and then the gym. Have a great day everyone.

Dennis: great clues for Lipton!

kazie said...

I'm with Lois on this one--I hated it!
I missed all of the following by either not knowing or because of having KERNEL instead of NIBLET, since I've never bought canned vegetables of any kind, preferring to add my own salt and spices: 33A, 39A, 42A, 43A, 44A, 46A, 49A, 51A, 54A, 20D, 28D, 30D, 35D, 40D, 45D. UGH!!!

I also don't think of TORTE as cake. And is TOLS right for 51A? That means nothing to me.

Yes, it's a crabapple tree. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who didn't know turkeys fly! After today's puzzle, I'm wondering if I really know much about anything!

Col_Gopinath said...

Hi all,
Got stuck in the mid-east corner as I had DROP instead of DRIB and ORTS instaed of IOTA. Anyway learnt a lot of new words today. Kazie - 51A is TOLD and not TOLS as 47D is EDT.

Argyle said...


Anonymous said...

Lipton clue: Famous brewed beverage

Bill said...

Good Morning, Have I mentioned that I HATE snow?? Well, consider it mentioned!!!
Oh, BTW, this x word wasn't much better! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who found it to be a pice of S***! (That's SNOW, to you) I'm waiting for the day that Olshwang clues the WHOLE across grid as a quip. I'm sure that's what he's shooting for. I'm thinking that when thursday comes, next week, I'll just leave the paper in the S***bank and check my E mail instead.
CY'All later.

JIMBO said...

Hi all
As always, I did a lot of guessing which for the most part was correct and I did finally get the quote, but too many words that I did'nt know the meaning of: Alidade, Stolons, Paeans, Commutate and Acute accent to name a few.
Also, I thought that DST was for summer, unless the east coast stays on EST.
Needless to say, I needed a little help to finish.
Vaya con Dios Linda and AMEN.

Anonymous said...

Hi to you all. Nya, nya; it's 73 here in Naples. And sunny.
Yesterday's queries about beano: I've never heard of a game called by that name, but I have a bottle of pills called Beano. It's for control of posterior breezes commonly caused by eating beans.
On that happy note, enjoy your day.

kazie said...

Maybe we all need to send our posterior drafts to Olschwang!

Thanks Col_Gopinath.
Like Jimbo, I was thinking EST, for Eastern Standard Time. But he's right, they should have Daylight Savings time too, shouldn't they?

Dennis said...

47D is EDT - Eastern Daylight Time. We usually just see DST - Daylight Savings Time.

Linda said...

CC: Enos/Enosh was the name of the grandson of Adam...(l Chron. 1:1)

Enoch was listed as the "seventh" from Adam (Jude 14) ...Enoch was the one who "walked with God and was not for God took him."

Jimbo: Welcome back!

NYTAnonimo: I can`t configure up and down either (word finds have helped some)

Lemonade714: Perhaps you don`t know how The Bear got his name...he actually wrestled a bear for money in his teen years. (neither "won" was "you get payed if you stay in" a certain number of minutes.)

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everyone. Lots of goofy clues today. ALIDADE was the only REAL unknown -- the others were living there in the cobwebby recesses of my mind. I had many false starts today: AKIN for 51A, ROC for 48A, PSALMS for 49A, LALA for 58D. I also did not care for the clues for 31D and 61D.

C.C., how about 27D Peggy of The Mod Squad? For 61D Noted distance runner, for short (Steve Prefontaine). There are many streets in our nation's capitol that are just letters: thus C and D are STREETS. I'm certain that an ALIDADE is an antique instrument. Nowadays, you see lasers and other electronic gear used.

IMBO -- more later

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, As usual on Thursday, I start with the Down clues. It's a good thing, otherwise I never would have figured out ALIDADE and MODICUM would have been slowed down. The quote came easily after about half of the spaces were filled.

I thought of "Onion soup and dip mix" for 27D. Hasn't everyone dipped a chip into LIPTON onion Soup Mix combined with sour cream on a Super Bowl Sunday?

Yesterday, I found a alternate recipe for SOLOMON GUNDY. It turned out to be pickled herring and onions, just like Grandma used to make. Grandma's TORTEs were always very rich cakes with about seven or eight thin layers, filled with homemade jam or custard. I don't have the patience to try making either recipe myself.

BTW, in her later years, Grandma's pantry was full of canned vegetables, including NIBLETS. After "putting up" vegetables and fruits most of her life, she thought canned produce was the height of luxury.

I have lots of regrets, but only where my poor choices affected someone else adversely. I have tried to make them "do better next time" lessons, but I am still sorry that another person was hurt.

Auntie Naomi said...

Good Morning C.C. and Gang,

I had planned to offer something similar to Dennis for Lipton. The Mod Squad's Barnes Since the answer is the actress' last name, it seems appropriate to use her character's last name.

18:19 for me on this one. I got STOLONS wrong. I think I have made that mistake before and wound up with the same wrong answer. I went with ORO instead of OTO and I opted for MAS rather than MSS. Consequently, I ended up with SROLONA. It looked bizarre, but I thought it might just be a strange word. I may have let it go because it seemed familiar. It probably looked familiar because, as I said, I think I made the same mistake once before. GRRRrr
I also did not know ALIDADE, but got it from the fills.

C.C., do you plan to blog about the Fairfax County Fair XW?

Unknown said...

Mod Squad Peggy

Dennis said...

From our Department of Redundancy Department.

Unknown said...

The District of Columbia, our capital has streets named with letters, hence "D Street" and "C Streets". Washington D. C. is not unique in that. Many cities in the midwest call streets by letter and perpendicular avenues by numbers, hence "5th Avenue", etc.

Auntie Naomi said...

[... rolls eyes ...]

Clear Ayes said...

It's a good practice to read previous posts before adding in "your two cents worth". That avoids redundancy and redundant....redundancy.

There is a reason for this. C.C. has requested that we keep to a limit of 100 posts per day and five posts per person.

When folks comment about things that have already been covered in previous posts, for instance Peggy Lipton or D.C. street names, it might keep a brilliant world changing idea from being posted.

Clear Ayes said...

Oops, I forgot to mention that C.C. has said additional posts to the basic five are OK if they are in answer to a question from her.

Sadly, I forgot my brilliant world changing idea when I pushed it out of my brain to add the note above. Instead....for those who are sick and tired of snow, you are not alone.

Central Park at Dusk

Buildings above the leafless trees
Loom high as castles in a dream,

While one by one the lamps come out
To thread the twilight with a gleam.

There is no sign of leaf or bud,
A hush is over everything--

Silent as women wait for love,
The world is waiting for the spring.

- Sara Teasdale

Auntie Naomi said...

A lovely poem, ClearEyes. Might I suggest that people read it while listening to "Central Park West."

Anonymous said...

I like all your comments but there weren't too many answers today. Are there any websites that show the completed crossword? Or maybe you could just list the rest at the end of your blog? Thanks

Anonymous said...

The old manual alidade in your picture is seldom used today for surveying. In the 60's, civil engineering students learned to use it along with hand calculations to measure angles from some fixed reference point. I took surveying as an elective just so I could spend a summer outdoors mapping the Appalachian mountains. What fun!

The alidade is commonly part of an instrument called a theodolite. Today, most theodolites use lasers and computers to make their measurements.

Seattle John

Crockett1947 said...

@dennis LOL about your clue mis-reading.

@martin Thank you for not making comments about the daily puzzle in your late night/early morning comments that you put on the previous day's puzzle. I always check to see if anything has been added to yesterday's blog before going on to today's.

I see dennis has chimed in on some of the items I mentioned above.

I understand the comments on redundancy, but reading through all the posts and then going back and deciding which ones I can now comment on and be "new" is too much like work. I sometimes can read/comment in snippets during the day. If it bothers you, just skip over it.

@anonymous at 1:50 See the link at the top of the daily post on the right.

Anonymous said...

The clue to 20 down confused me. Yes, commutate is the action of periodically reversing the direction of an electric current, thus changing AC current to DC or vice versa. Commutators are used in generators and motors.

I was focusing more on the direction of the current flow itself than the action. The reverse direction of an electric current is the direction of electron flow. Electrical current flows positive to negative, electrons flow minus to plus. I couldn't make the connection to a 9 letter word.

Seattle Sam

Anonymous said...

HI C.C and all,
Thank you for your kind words, my crying towel is soaked!

good one re Beano

YVR is Vancouver International Air Port. There is one common link among Canada's International airpots designations: They all begin with the letter Y


Anonymous said...

Lipton clue- Mod Squad Peggy

Clear Ayes said...

PromiseMeThis, Nice musical accompaniment to poems yesterday and today.

Crockett, Gosh...I'm regretting that post! Honest, I wasn't referring to anything you posted. Sorry if it sounded that way. It's only when it is a singular comment and it's the 4th time around that the redundancy is noted.


Dennis said...

Crockett, the above posts weren't directed at you.

I'm curious - does anyone remember the name of the young girl who starred in that old TV series, "Mod Squad"?

Linda said...

Dennis; (Today`s Grand master of Redundancy) You make me LOL!

Linda said...

CC: "stern, rear, backside" et al are euphemisms for what Dennis thought was "dragging" when he mis-read the "stolon" clue as "stern".

Dennis: Couldn`t find where you answered that...if you did, I`m sorry. And, hey, I`m sorry. :)

Dennis said...

Linda, touche!

Crockett1947 said...

All. Thanks. I didn't take the comments personally, I was just there at the time. Maybe others are in the same situation that I am on certain days of the week, is what I wanted to get across

Auntie Naomi said...

"reading through all the posts and then going back and deciding which ones I can now comment on and be "new" is too much like work."

I side-step the trouble by doing the same thing that I advised Argyle to do a few days back. He had a problem wherein he lost a long post that he had composed due to some kind of technological glitch. I informed him that I always compose my posts using good ole notepad. I always open Notepad after reading the first question that C.C. poses to which I have an answer. I then proceed to read the existing posts and pend my notepad entry appropriately. This may sound like work, but I assure you, it is a simple thing that saves a lot of time.

Ciao :)

Crockett1947 said...

@promisemethis I do a similar thing with two Firefox tabs open on the blog. On the left one I have a window that will not lose my place when I click on a link and return (it doesn't show the avatars), and on the right one I have my "Leave your comment" window open (avatars are visible here). Since they are both in Firefox tab windows, transitioning from one to the other is easy (until I forget where I am and go Google something, thus wiping out my comment -- I hate when that happens, LOL!) Maybe I should give the notepad system a try. Thanks for suggesting it once more.

Dennis said...

The Illinois legislature just ousted Blagojevich.

RichShif said...

Hi C.C. and gang,

This puzzle needed an alidade to help me find my way around it. Too many clues went over my head. It took me the longest time to realize D and C were the streets and not the initials for District of Columbia, and dI use to live in the area and work in D.C. To add to Dennis's explaination of EDT and DST; the winter hours are EST which is Eastern Standard Time. Hopefully this comment won't be considered redundant, if it is well just Dang Me. But, before you hang me, do heed this advice You Can't Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd.

Argyle said...

From what I've gathered, an alidade is part of most field compasses.

Tetley rival - Lipton

Auntie Naomi said...

I use Firefox, too. I currently have 23 tabs open, which is not unusual.

As for Blogo what's his name ...
I think they should take him out onto the Capitol steps and shoot him (only after a sufficient crowd has been able to amass and plenty of 'Pay Per View' tickets have been sold, of course.)

-'The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled"-Cicero

WM said...

Dennis @4:55...Well, ya know, according to Govenor F-word..."the fix was in..."

Wasn't there someone on the Mod Squad called Peggy TEA? or something resembling TEA...

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Dennis said...

Peggy Tetley?

WM said...

Yeah...I think that sounds familiar or was it P.(for Peggy)G. Tips...Nope, I think it must have Tetly.

Linda said...

Richshif; Are you a REAL Roger Miller fan? If so, complete this line: "Two hours of pushin` broom...

Anonymous said...

After all the complaining I've done about the cold and snow in Wisconsin, I'm suddenly glad to be here. I wonder how Democrat in a Red State is doing. I hope he has electricity. Dot

WM said...

Linda...Buys and eight by ten four bit room
I'm a man a means by no means...King of the Road.

(Didn't have to look it up even, loved Roger Miller songs)

For you...Dang me, Dang me, outta take a rope and hang me...

Sorry...being snarky today...nothing has quite gone as planned...I'll be quiet now.

g8rmomx2 said...

Linda: I Love that song "King of the Road" by Roger Miller.

c.c.: I used to work off of Oakland Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale and there is a Lipton Toyota. Well, you did ask not to use tea in the answer. I know, I know, very obscure!!!

Great evening to everyone!

carol said...

Lois and Kazie, I'm with you both on this puzzle...had waaaaay too much trouble with it. I really did try. I did not want to use the G spot, but gave up. I ran out of time and just gave up.

Sallie at 10:10, LOL - I will have to remember that cute euphemism for "fart"!

C.C. I also wondered (as did Anon at 1:50) why not all the answers were listed in your original post. There were almost no answers for the Down clues.

Argyle said...

Dang me, Dang me, outta take a rope and hang me...

they outta take rope and hang me, high from the highest tree. Woman, would you weep for me?

Chugalug, Chugalug...?

RichShif said...


My dad use to play a Roger Miller album when we were kids. I probably didn't care for that "old timer" then but remember many of his songs and see the humor that he injected into them.

England swings like a pendulm do, Bobby's own bicycle two by two, Westminister Abbey, the town Big Ben, the rosy red cheeks of the little children.

RichShif said...

BTW, wolfmom gave the next line to King of the Road before I returned. I believe the opening goes; Trailers for sale or rent, rooms to let 50 cents. No phone, no food, no pets...I ain't got no cigarettes.

carol said...

OK - I join the Roger Miller fan club here :) his songs were just plain fun!
I still remember all the lyrics even tho' I haven't heard them for YEARS.

Clear Ayes said...

The London Metropolitan Police Service came into being in 1829. British Home Secretary Robert Peel persuaded Parliament of the importance of a new police force for London so that rampant crime and disorder could be controlled. The famous Bobbies were named after Sir Robert. There was resistance to the new system from those who regarded an organized uniform police force as a threat to their civil liberties. Eventually the Bobbies won over the affection of their more law abiding countrymen. It is interesting that, except in special circumstances, English police do not carry firearms.

WM said...

Yea Richshif, Argyle, Linda, Carol and all you other Roger Miller fans...His songs were just plain fun and easy to sing along with...Sorry Richshif...Like I said, I apologize for my snarkiness. Bad day...but Roger Miller has a brightening effect.

ClearAyes...great info as always. Bobbies are almost always very pleasant and extremely helpful, especially with directions.

Off to babysit our 11 mo. old granddaughter...Ciao for Niao.

Argyle said...


JD said...

sigh...Thursday's puzzles suck!

maybe I'll go do some research on that old Mod Squad show

Martin said...

If you can come up with a great clue for LIPTON without mentioning the word "tea", please post in the Comments section.

Here's two:

"Actor's Studio's James"
"Brand for 36A"

I see Dennis remembered James Lipton. Peggy Lipton of the Mod Squad would have been a bit obscure for me. How about "James or Peggy" as a clue?

COMMUTATE. New word to me. Related to mutate, I suppose?

More likely related to commute, which could be defined as "to go back and forth".

Mark above a vowel: ACUTE ACCENT. Like été.

Exactly. Which is why I was going for ACCENT ECUTE.


lois said...

You guys are hilarious! I'm just tea kettled over here LingMAO. Peggy? Peggy who? From where? Didn't quite get that yet.

Yea for Roger Miller. Count me in as a fan too. Love his songs to this day.

Clear Ayes: great info on the Bobbies. Always wondered where that name came from.

Auntie Naomi said...

"off of Oakland Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale ... there is a Lipton Toyota."
There is? That street is just a few blocks north of me and I have no idea where Lipton Toyota is. That car company must be out in the burbs! Honestly, if it's east of 95, forget it ;)

"an organized uniform police force"
Would that be better than a disorganized multiform police force?

"except in special circumstances, English police do not carry firearms."
They have them, though, ... just in case. Can't say the same for the English citizenry. Looks like they are stuck with their system. But hey, there are over a million surveillance cameras in London. What can go wrong?

Martin, are you sure Lipton makes an Oolong?

JD said...

Ready ... set.. go

And I wake up in the morning with my hair down in my eyes and she says hi
And I stumble to the breakfast table while the kids are going off to school, Goodbye.
And she reaches out and takes my hand and squeezes it and says how you feeling hon?
And I look across at smiling lips that warm my heart, and see my morning sun.
And if that's not loving me, then all I've got to say,
God didn't make the little green apples, and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summer time.
And there's no such thing as Dr. Seuss or Disney Land and Mother Goose, no nursery rhymes.
God didn't make the little green apples, and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summer time.
And when myself is feeling low, I think about her face and go and ease my mind.
Sometimes I call her up, at home, knowing she's busy.
And ask her if she can get away, meet me and maybe we can grab a bite to eat.
And she drops what she's doing and she hurries down to meet me, and I'm always late.
But she sits waiting patiently, and smiles when she first sees me, because she's made that way.
And if that ain't loving me, then all I've got to say,
God didn't make the little green apples, and it don't snow in Minneapolis when the winter comes.
And there's no such thing as make-believe, puppy dogs or autumn leaves, no bb guns.
God didn't make the little green apples, and it don't snow in Minneapolis when the winter comes.

I could tell that some of you did not sing along..

Auntie Naomi said...

"I could tell that some of you did not sing along"
I did.

My lyrics were a bit different. They were fine until I got to, "And there's no such thing as Hey Seuss".

Anonymous said...

rich shif

Ah, but, 2 hours of pushin broom buys an 8 x 12 four bit room I'm a man of means by no means King of the road.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of old songs try this one from 1954............