, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Thursday February 19, 2009 Adele Mann


Feb 19, 2009

Thursday February 19, 2009 Adele Mann

Theme: "What, Me Worry?"

17A: Start of a quip: WORRY IS A ROCKING

34A: Part 2 of quip: CHAIR THAT

45A: Part 3 of quip: WILL NEVER

66A: End of quip: TAKE YOU ANYWHERE

The original Glenn Turner quote is: Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.

Most of the worries are unfounded. Some people are trapped and paralyzed by their gloomy imaginations. Worries can easily morph into fears or phobias. Don't worry. Be happy.

This is a better puzzle than Alele Mann's last quip. It held my interest. But why "Chic" for (4D) though? To me, "Chic" is stylish, but PERT is "lively". Katie Couric used to be PERT.


1A: Short distance: STEP. This STEP is definitely not a "Short distance".

5A: Hullabaloo: FUROR

16A: Present starter?: OMNI. Omnipresent. Actually, "Present opener?" is a better clue.

21A: "Havana" star: LENA OLIN. Easy guess. I've never seen "Havana". Nice to see her full name in a grid.

25A: His in Hyeres: SES. Hyeres is on the French Riviera. I did not know that.

30A: "Barney Miller" co-star: SOO (Jack). Learned from doing Xword. I wonder why he changed his name into SOO. Japanese nickname for Suzuki?

42A: Explorer Johnson: OSA. No idea. Here is a safari photo of OSA and her husband Martin Johnson. If she is OSA, her husband should be OSO. A bear couple.

44A: Star in Cygnus: DENEB. "Cygnus" is Latin for "swan", cygnets are young swans. See this diagram again.

54A: SASA, e.g.: ENC. Wrote down ENV first.

58A: Deviant: ABNORMAL

68A: Mythical Hun king: ATLI. I don't know why the answer is ATLI when it's clued as Norse god related, but ATTILA when the clue was "The Scourge of God".

69A: Founder of the Ottoman dynasty: OSMAN. Oh, I did not know this either. More familiar with Ottoman Empire, not dynasty. China had over 20 dynasties. Qing was the last, overthrown by Sun Yat-Sen in 1911.

72A: Renaissance fiddle: REBEC. Absolutely no idea. See here for more information. It's pear-shaped and was replaced by viol after the Renaissance period.


1D: Disseminates: SOWS. Remind me of my theme title yesterday: Go, Sow Your Wild Oats.

3D: Stone or Pound: EZRA. Know poet EZRA Pound. Forgot who EZRA Stone is.

5D: Like Snow White: FAIREST. Good clue. Better than "Most ..."

7D: Qum coin: RIAL. Qum is in Iran. See it? It's to the south/southwest of Tehran.

11D: Ludwig and Jannings: EMILS. Jannings is the first winner of Oscar for Best Actor ("The Way of All Flesh"). Ludwig is a German author known for his biographies of Goethe, Napoléon, etc.

12D: "Tomorrow" singer: ANNIE. Nice clip.

19D: Actress Jones: CAROLYN. I guessed. Not familiar with this actress at all. Is CAROLYN and Caroline the same?

23D: Not by any means: NO HOW. Mine was NEVER.

29D: Itchy skin problem: TINEA. New word to me. It's also called ringworm.

31D: Mirage, maybe: OASIS. OK, maybe.

38D: Fiji's capital: SUVA. PGA golfer Vijay Singh attended high school here, according to Wikipedia. He is very cold in person, very arrogant.

48D: Cast off: UNMOOR. I wanted UNSHED. Silly, since SHED is the correct word.

51D: Mongolian invader: TATAR. I think China had the largest territory when it's ruled by Genghis Khan.

53D: Braided linen tape: INKLE. Oh, I did not know there is a special term for braided linen.

57D: Everygreen tree: YEW. Are these berries poisonous?

59D: Eye in Aix: OEIL. Trompe l'OEIL. Surreal, isn't it? Julian Beever never ceases to amaze me. Pavement Picasso indeed.

64D: Ireland: ERIN. The poetic name for Ireland is EIRE. Hibernophile is a term to describe one who love all things Irish, esp the Corrs & Bono. Hibernia is Latin for Ireland. Sounds cold, doesn't it?



Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C. and gang - barely made it through this one without g-spotting. Lots of our favorite tired old 'crossword words' in this one, and that saved me. I did like the quote, but I think that as of late, the saying "you get what you pay for" is appropriate regarding our puzzle contributors.

I still have yet to ever hear anyone use 'scad' in the singular, and I still don't think a deed is necessarily a heroic exploit, although "doing the deed" in some cases truly was, back in the day.

Today is National Chocolate Mint Day; perfect on a pillow.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." -- Confucius

Dr. Dad said...

Hold onto your hats folks! Dr. Dad made it for a visit. Long time no see or hear.

This was an easy one. No g-spotting. I was surprised to see that Dennis had a bit of trouble.

Jack Soo made the coffee on Barney Miller and it was (in the show) horrible. No one drank it. When he got cancer, Hal Linden (Barney Miller) saw him in the hospital just before he died and Jack reportedly said "it must have been the coffee." The show after his death that honored him did so by showing all the cast members with a cup of coffee. I think he also played with John Wayne in "The Green Berets."

I don't know about yew berries being poisonous but the yew bark is a source of Paclitaxel (Taxol) which is a potent anti-cancer drug.

Anyhow, it's great to get here at least once in I don't know how long. Hope everyone is fine. I'm off to have a cup of coffee and a chocolate mint. I see that Dennis is doing a good job on keeping everyone up to date on what "Today is---."

Have a great Thursday.

Dr. Dad.

Dr. Dad said...

Oh, BTW C.C. - thanks for asking about doing a guest blog. If it comes up again I will try.

Zhouqin (C.C.) Burnikel said...

I haven't heard any fee cut on TMS puzzle. I think it's still $50 for a weekday 15*15, and $200 for a Sunday 21*21.

Dr. Dad,
Were you out of town in the past few days?

Melissa & Ink,
Clues are rarely used as part of theme. NT Times did have a brilliant one last Dec.

What's your logic for UTICA being Xword HOF again?

Zhouqin (C.C.) Burnikel said...

Happy Birthday! Now you are a grown-up. Time to spread your wings and learn how to fly.

Merde! I should have paid more attention to what I link.

Great posts on facts/truths.

I've been enjoying your posts. They are all so informative and educating. Thanks.

Zhouqin (C.C.) Burnikel said...

Remember Mies van der ROHE's motto? "Less is more!" Too many long comments from you in the past few days! Are you daring me to impose a strict 5 post/person/day limit policy?

Dennis said...

I haven't heard any fee cut on TMS puzzle.

Then why aren't we getting the "a-team" anymore?

Happy Birthday! Now you are a grown-up. Time to spread your wings and learn how to fly.

Uh....I don't think "wings" are what Lois had in mind...

Martin said...

20 minutes 21 seconds (online). Unknowns were SOO, OSA, ATLI, OSMAN, REBEC, EZRA, PERT, RIAL, TINEA, SUVA, TATAR, INKLE, TERI and the quip. I wanted SKIP for STEP, AYES or NAYS for YEAS, DRIP for OOZE, KAHN for ATLI, POSH for PERT, NO WAY for NO HOW and LAID for LAIN. I also never know whether to put in EIRE or ERIN for Ireland. I did the puzzle online so some of my guesses helped: INFERNAL for ABNORMAL gave me three black letters; changing my answer to INFORMAL gave me two more black letters.


Argyle said...

What's your logic for UTICA being Xword HOF again?

because it needs all the help it can get?
Seriously, I think it is one of the most common crossword cities there is; right up there with Enid, Orono, and Reno.

The crossing of Atli and inkle got me today.

Lemonade714 said...

Good morning:

I agree that PERT is a very poor answer for CHIC.

I thank you for using SOW in your theme yesterday, it made it jump out today.

CAROLYN JONES is famous for her role as Morticia Addams, on the classic 1960's show "The Addams Family." You really should go to TV Land and watch a few episodes, a most creative show. She also was married for a while to Aaron Spelling who produced much of television from the 60's until his death in 2006.

Jack SOO I believe was the first Asian to be a regular on a US prime time show.

C.C, , I appreciate the kind words, it is always fun to learn and to share.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Well, I'm glad to see that Dr. Dad felt this was an easy one and that Dennis was able to finish it unassisted. As for me, I crashed and burned.

I was pretty proud of myself for knowing esoterica like RIAL, REBEC, OSMAN, SOO and DENEB. There were some unknowns, like OSA, CAROLYN, TINEA, but I was able to get those via the perps.

And then, I hit the SW corner and everything unraveled. I did not know who ATLI was and had to rely on the perps to get him. Unfortunately, French is (as you all know by now) not exactly my forte, and I therefore incorrectly guessed that 59D was OEUL instead of OEIL. And I didn't have a freaking clue as to INKLE. I finally guessed that 68A was ATTU on the theory that the often seen Aleutian Island was actually named after somebody and that this was just an obscure way of cluing the word. And that gave me INKTE instead of INKLE, which frankly looks just as likely to me.

I guess if you know a bit of French and remember ATLI from past puzzles, the SW corner was easy enough to figure out. It was totally unsolvable for me, however.

I also screwed up in the NE corner, when I incorrectly put EMILE instead of EMILS and wondered what weird language had EES as a word. It was a simple mistake, but once again my lack of proficiency in French bit me in the butt and kept me from noticing it. Of course, it probably wouldn't have mattered, since I had never heard of Hyeres and didn't even realize the word was supposed to be French in the first place.

Oh -- and I agree with everybody about PERT. I had PE_T and refused to even consider the possibility that the missing letter was "R" until the quip became obvious.

lois said...

Good morning CC et al., Fun puzzle for me but not a fast one. Like Argyle, Inkle and Atli hung me up, but I at least was well hung in good company. 7D clue and answer cracked me up. It's all in the name. What a coin! I'd like to have that one in my pocket.

Dennis: LOL You nailed me for sure! I'll put a mint on your pillow.

CC and everyone: Thank you all for the birthday wishes. It was a great time and has made for an ibuprophen pacing morning now - a sure sign of a wonderful time. High hilarity at its best.

CC: About that growing up thing...what? and give up all this?

Dick said...

Good morning CC and all,... I guess I was Barry G's copilot as I crashed and burned on this one also. Too many TV and movie names for me, they really make me struggle. The cross of inkle and atli stumped me until I Googled.

Sure nice to see you back Dr Dad. Has your company loosened up on computer use?

More damn snow here today. Probably a plowing morning. Hope you all have a great Thursday.

kazie said...

Hello all,
I succeeded without g'spotting to day, but with a lot of guesses and two wrong letters: SORRY for WORRY, for some reason SOWS didn't come to me and I thought the rocker was being anthropomorphized, and REBYC for REBEC. I can never remember the spelling of NAE versus NAY. I guess I'd prefer to keep the E for YEA.

The French clues were a gimme. Hyères is one of the posh areas of the Riviera I could never afford.

I agree about PERT, which came from perps. ATLI was another guess. It sounds like a nickname shortened from ATTILA.

Also, I've never shouted YOW, have you? I say something a little stronger, or simply ouch! Germans say Aua (pronounced owa with the w sounded), and I can't remember what the French say other than merde. Any other international cries of pain you can think of?

Auntie Naomi said...

Good Morning C.C. and CO.,

This one gave me fits.
I wanted 'Sorry is a rocking chair ...'. Like others, I also was hung up by the INKLE/ATLI cross.

The mention of DENEB brings to mind a song by RUSH. The song is about a journey through space to the black hole at the heart of the constellation Cygnus.

"I set a course just east of lyra
And northwest of pegasus
Flew into the light of deneb
Sailed across the milky way

On my ship, the rocinante
Wheeling through the galaxies,
Headed for the heart of cygnus
Headlong into mystery

"Are these berries poisonous?"
Apparently the aril is not, but the seed, however, is highly poisonous.

"Make not your rosary of yew-berries, / Nor let the beetle, nor the death moth be / Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl / A partner in your sorrow's mysteries..." Keats

That was a very cool Julian Beever video. Thanks, C.C.

kazie said...

BTW, that street art is amazing!

Anonymous said...

I heard and used the word a SCAD of times back in the day.

JIMBO said...

Hi C.C. et al,

I crashed on this one also and would have "burned" had it not been for Mr Google.
Was surprised to see "Osa" Johnson in the lineup. Had not heard of Martin and Osa for many years. She was a gimme for me though since one of the programs my dad put on in his tent theatre was a documentary that they filmed in the early 30's titled "Across the world" with Martin and Osa Johnson.

BTW Happy belated birthday Lois and many more. Be like me and AEN, "ME WORRY"? Think positive always and I believe you do.

carol said...

Good morning C.C. and all, lots of fun until i got to the SW area (not just the corner) Did not know many there.
I had no idea about INKLE but was glad C.C. showed the picture. TINEA was a new one too.

The quip was kind of cute.

Here is one I like:
"Give a man a potato, and he will eat for a day, teach him to grow potatoes and he will eat for a lifetime, lean how to distill a potato, and he won't care either way!" (credit to Wizard of Id by Parker)

Dennis (aka..candle in the wind) I am glad you were heroic in your day. You deserve the mint!

Anonymous said...


What about Bruce Lee on the "Green Hornet"?

ferd 77 said...

Yew fruit (both aril and seed) are poisonous.The was a case in UK not long ago of a suicide from ingestion of these.
Ferd 77

ferd 77 said...

I sent that in tribute to Clif Cleburne of "cheers".

Ferd 77

DoesItinInk said...

This was not a difficult puzzle though I had two squares that for me were blind guesses. I seem to know the names of no stars other than our sun, so the final E in DENEB was a lucky guess. Obviously I also was unfamiliar with TINEA, the fungus that causes ringworm, or I would have known DENEB. My other wild guess was 68A “mythical Hun king” ATLI. At first “Atui” looked to be a possible, but “Atui” is in Papua New Guinea and the “U” did not look even remotely acceptable for 53D “braided linen tape”. Finally “L” did look like a good guess…INKLE close enough to ANKLE to make it seem like a real word. Here are some pictures of inkle weaving pictures. So I did work the puzzle in its entirety, correctly and without Google, but NOT without some luck!

Is PERT really a synonym for “chic”? I think not!

@cc: ATLI is the subject of the medieval Norse poem Lay of Atli in which ATLI (the Hunnish king Attilla) is the villain who is slain by his wife Gudrun to avenge her brothers.

It might be a good idea to send today’s puzzle to IL Sen.(?) Roland Burris so that he can read the clue and answer for 39A. In the future then when asked “did you EVER talk to any members of the Govenor’s staff or anyone closely related to the Governor (Blagojevich)…about your desire to seek the appointment (to the US Senate) prior to the Governor’s arrest?”, he will understand that EVER means “even one time”! (Capitalization of EVER and words in parentheses are mine.) Is this a great state or what? Aieeeeee!

Last night I worked the 1/8/2009 NYT crossword puzzle (the on-line version is five weeks out of date). I am feeling very good about that!

WM said...

I'm with Dick and Barry...crashed and burned...I knew CAROLYN Jones OEIL, ATLI and a few others but really struggled with some of the answers. Also had ENV instead of ENC. Maybe I got up too early and my brain isn't in gear yet.

I certainly admire C.C., Dennis, Dr. Dad, Kazie and others who cruise through. I possibly just haven't been doing xwords for long enough to appreciate this one.

Dennis, another terrific quote.

Everyone have a great day and I may just have that mint right now...

Argyle said...

Has anyone seen the word inkling in a puzzle before.
As in, "I had no inkling of how to make an inkle untill I read the link provided by DoesItinInk.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I didn't care for the quip, but I understand the restrictions of making the words fit the grid. So that is a minor quibble.

Other than that, there were several challenges, particularly in the lower half where perps didn't help with ATLI and INKLE. I always have trouble remembering what SASE means.

Were Dior or Channel designers of PERT couture?

I did remember Dennis' recent protest of DEED and Dick's defense of his youthful heroics.

I had no problems with the people names. I even remembered OSA and Martin Johnson from some Saturday matinee movie serials when I was quite young. That was when my mother would give me 50¢ (10¢ for RT bus, 25¢ for the double feature plus extras, 10¢ for popcorn and 5¢ for candy or pop) , point me to the corner bus stop and send me to the movies ALONE!! As long as I was home before dark, nobody ever worried about me. Hmmm, maybe they were abusive parents and I didn't even realize it.

Sorry to all the residents of Illinois for the latest scandal. Maybe Burris thought EVER was a comparative word and that unless the question was "EVERest", he was in the clear.

Anonymous said...

I do wish the solver of these puzzles would put down ALL the answers. I can't find a lot of them so will just have to wait until I get tomorrow's paper. Maybe we are supposed to be so smart that we don't need ALL the answers. Unfortunately I do.

Dennis said...

Ignore, ignore, ignore.

Auntie Naomi said...

You forgot to include the ;)

Anonymous said...

wasn't Carolyn Jones one of the Addams Family??-Morticia

kazie said...

I'm not sure "sailed" is an accurate description for me today. Were it not for a knowledge of French and French geography, as well as a lot of guesses, I'd have crashed too.

BTW, I've always associated TINEA only with athlete's foot, but I suppose a fungus is a fungus.

Add to that my amusement when I was in France, and someone was complaining that they had a "champignon" on their hand, and it took me a moment to realize they were referring to a rash--fungus is fungus, as I said above!

WM said...

Kazie@12:14 LOL A "Champignon" on the hand...I never thought of it that way...kind of visualize a palm full of little mushrooms.

I can usually get most French words and quite a few of the Spanish and Italian, especially if they are food-related words, and a very little bit of German. Other than that I am at the mercy of the perps.

JD said...

Good morning CC and all,

To quote Wolfmom:
"I certainly admire C.C., Dennis, Dr. Dad, Kazie and others who cruise through. I possibly just haven't been doing xwords for long enough to appreciate this one."

I always enjoy doing the puzzles even though I struggle, esp Thurs.Favorite new word:inkle
Least favorite:Atli, too much of a struggle just to find out that it was Attila!I do not see pert as being chic, but I think Sarah Jessica Parker would fit both, pert in her youthful days of performing in Annie and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"; much more chic today, just her shoes alone!!

I had the hardest time coming up with the a in Tatar. I tried all the vowels on Google and found some pretty funny stuff. There is a cartoon called Tatir Bari Benger Basha.

Heroic exploits can be considered deeds; Hercules' 12 Labours were often referred to as deeds, but maybe that is just my 6th grade vocabulary.

Clear Ayes said...

Anon@12:06, see Lemonade at 6:25, re: Carolyn Jones and The Addams Family.

Many of us have only heard it in the plural SCADS, so thanks to Calef for filling us in on SCAD. We're still learning, Calef.

I'm with Kazie. YOW is not a word I would use to express pain. Little children, when not screaming blue murder, usually cry, "Owie! Owie!" for a scratch or bug bite. My Swedish grandmother used to say, "Skit" (sp?), which I think is pronounced "schweet", when she was scratched or mostly just annoyed. My understanding is that is means the same as the French word merde.

kazie said...

Clear Ayes,
It looks as if it would be related to our word for the same thing, doesn't it?

DoesItinInk said...

@Clear Ayes...Yes, EVERest! Thanks for the chuckle.

For anyone who has enjoyed Monty Python's Holy Grail, check out this send up for a good laugh!

Lemonade714 said...

Ferd77, it is actually CLIFF CLAVIN as the postal worker on CHEERS.

1008 Anonymous, yes i certainly remember Bruce Lee during the one year "Green Hornet" was on television; it brings me back to my earliest memories of television, because Van Williams played Britt Reid, the Green Hornet (who was the grand nephew of the Lone Ranger, if you like trivia) and Van Williams was one of the rotating Warner Brothers stars on "Bourbon Street Blues" and "Surfside Six" which along with shows like "Maverick" (shared by James Garner and Jack Kelly and later a young Roger Moore) "77 Sunset Strip" "Tenderfoot" "Cheyenne" "Bronco" would each be on about once a month, in the same time slot, which was a concept revived by "Columbo" and "Macmillan and Wife" in later years. TV Land has them all , I think. Many fine memories and really terrible actors. Clint Walker was a big, strong looking handsome man, who looked great as a cowboy, but he studied at the George Maharis school of acting. "Route 66," for you Corvette fans.

Barry G. said...

I do wish the solver of these puzzles would put down ALL the answers.

Yeah! Come on, C. C. -- what do you think we're all paying you for, anyway?

Oh, wait. Never mind... ^_^

WM said...

DoesltinInk...The link is a Python fan I really enjoyed it and sent it on to a couple of other fans...Thanks ever so much...

Barry G...LOL@2:01...You know...Dennis is going to get you for that!

I am so thrilled that I completed the new Barry Silk puzzle from the link C.C. provided. Made up for today's puzzle. A great BIG thanks to you C.C.

Auntie Naomi said...

Here is one from the book I am currently reading. It is crosswordy in that it has a lot of vowels. It is not crosswordy in that it has no Q, X, Z or other rare letter.

Clue: Monastic Officials (14 letters)

WM said...

PromiseMe...I actually met Ken Follet many years ago at KRON TV in SF, which was very cool, since I am a fan of his writing...He is an absolutely lovely man and hugely(is that ok?) talented author.

carol said...

Promise me, I just finished "World Without End" by Ken Follett and loved every one of the 1,014 pages!! Did you read the first book? "Pillars of the Earth"?

embien said...

15:25 today. Ugh. Total guess on the 'L' at the cross of ATLI and INKLE, and amazingly, the 'M' of LAMB was my last fill (my brain just wasn't comprehending what was meant by Wee wooly one. I kept thinking of the caterpillars that cross the road in the fall.

embien said...

@anonymous 12:24: I do wish the solver of these puzzles would put down ALL the answers. I can't find a lot of them so will just have to wait until I get tomorrow's paper.

Others have told you how to see the answers online. I'd email you, but you are anonymous, so here's the step-by-step again.

1. At the very top of the blog, c.c. has thoughtfully put a link to the Chicago Tribune's website. If you don't find it there, here it is again Chicago Tribune Website

2. Click on the "Featured Puzzle" for today's date (near the center of the page).

3. Select "Regular Skill Level"

4. Click on the "Solve" menu (upper right)

5. Select "Solve Puzzle" from the dropdown list. The grid will fill in automagically.

6. Select "Look Over This Puzzle" and you can examine the filled-in grid at your leisure.

Hope this helps.

Auntie Naomi said...

"He is an absolutely lovely man and hugely(is that ok?) talented"
It works for me 8)
Seriously, it's cool that you were able to meet him. I hope he writes more stuff like PotE and WWE.

Yes, I did read 'Pillars of the Earth'. I loved it.

Are you a Calgary native? I consider that my neck of the woods, being from central Montana.

lois said...

Jimbo: thank you for the belated birthday wish. I absitively think posolutely. Complieve in that beletely...AEN knew what was right! And the party here continues....I think they're trying to test my party-stamina. Man, do they have a lot to learn. Those young puppies just have no idea about the bite in this old bulldog. Party on!

Clear Ayes said...

Embien, Very good. I copied and saved your how-to for online puzzle solution, just in case you are unavailable to re-re-remind the Anons where to find the answers.

PromiseMeThis, I really enjoyed Pillars of the Earth. Thanks for the heads up on World Without End., here I come!

Lemonade714, WOW..and I thought I remembered a lot of old TV shows. Your rundown sounded like a version of the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon", with everybody having appeared in everybody else's series.

Speaking of lousy TV actors (I don't mean Kevin Bacon, he's great.), my favorite of the late 1950's westerns was Sugarfoot starring the cute Will Hutchins. "Cute" was just about all he had going for him, that and the sing-along-able Sugarfoot theme song.

RichShif said...

Hi C.C. and gang,

Got the quote fairly quick today. Did not know SOWS for disseminates, but got it through the perps. Also didn't know TINEA, thought DENEB was correct but was unknown. Had a problem with ATLI and INKLE. AS everybody else did not like PERT for chic.

Enjoyed Jack Soo in Barney Miller. Many of his deliveries were so deadpan. Barney Miller Moments Would have linked Addams Family, but was beaten to the punch since I have to do the nasty deed of work everyday. Here is a song for today. What, Me Worry?

WM said...

The thing that is absolutely scary is that I grew up watching all the shows that Lemonade listed with the possible exception of Bourben Street I getting old!

ClearAyes...I also liked Texas John Slaughter(although he may have been a Disney invention)...he was part of all those great cowboy shows.

A Jack Soo mini-factoid...He also had musical talents and was once, a very long time ago, in a San Francisco stage production of Flower Drum song. My dad, who was a local music teacher, had once taught the girl who played the lead and so we got to go backstage to meet the cast, I may even, somewhere, still the the autographed program...

Lemonade714 said...

Clear Ayes:

It is amazing what will trigger the memory, though my recollection of Will Hutchins, is of a rather effeminate hero, expecially compared to James Garner, Clint Walker, Ty Hardin and John Russell, Jane Russell's 'little' brother. Jane was quite a millihelen manufacturer in her day as well. I am sure all of those shows would be pretty lame now, but they seemed entertaining at the time.

carol said...

Lemonade 714 and Clear ayes...thanks for the trip down memory lane! I used to love Death Valley Days and even earlier Wild Bill Hickok(sp)- always got such a kick out of Jingles (played by Andy Devine)..his voice was his trademark.

In the 60's one of my favorites of that genre was Wild,Wild West and Paladin.

Lemonade714 said...


If I said Bourbon Street Blues, sorry; it was Bourbon Street Beat, starring Richard Long, Andrew Duggan and Van Williams. Long is most famous for "Big Valley." Enough old tv, before I get involved in "Hawaiian Eye" Connie Stevens and Robert Conrad.

Auntie Naomi said...

Will Hutchins was no Brad Pitt, but I suppose he was worth a few hundred millihelens. Did you know he was in The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington? Who knows, given the right time and place he might have been a MILFME.

Did I mention how much I like your theme for today's puzzle, C.C. ?

RichShif, I am going to have to figure out a hack to allow me to link that song to each of my posts.

RichShif said...

Don't forget Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) in Rawhide

Clear Ayes said...

PromiseMeThis, I had no idea of where Will Hutchins career veered off...The Happy Hooker??

Should the male equivalent of a millihelen be a millipitt? My vote would be for millibanderas, or milliclooney.

RichShif said...

Here is some info on Will Hutchins

Auntie Naomi said...

"Should the male equivalent of a millihelen be a millipitt? My vote would be for millibanderas, or milliclooney."
Perhaps some classical designation would be more appropriate. Might I suggest miladonis?

Good Night!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 11:24 AM,0,250019.htmlpage

here is the online version of the puzzle select solve puzzle from the drop down menu and the site will give you all the answers.

Anonymous said...