Mar 9, 2009

Monday March 9, 2009 Ed Voile

Theme: Front Man


28A: Polite: MANNERLY

45A: Seacows: MANATEES


11D: Display dummy: MANNEQUIN

35D: Instruments similar to lutes: MANDOLINS

MAN! I failed again. Third day in a row.

Lots of false starts: MANNERED instead of MANNERLY. SEPARATE instead of SET APART (24A: Isolate). All my own faults though. We've solved quite a few Ed Voile puzzles lately, yet I still can not find his pattern.

"Cold War letters" (7D) would be an OK clue for USSR or SSR, but for USA? No! We've long entered the Obama era.

ADD (20A: What summers do) gave me lots of trouble. I could not figure out anything about the intersecting down clues, so I tried hard to think what summers do to me. But neither TAN or SUN fits. If there were a question mark behind the clue, I might have interpret "summers" correctly and thought of ADD. Sigh! I just mentioned a possible "Chinese summer?" for ABACUS last time.


1A: John L. or Jerry Lee: LEWIS. Did not know the CIO founder John L. LEWIS. President of the United Mine Workers of America from from 1920 to 1960. And a major player in the history of coal mining.

14A: Ward off: AVERT. I like how it crosses EVADE (2D: Escape cleverly).

16A: Gilbert of Teasdale: SARA

19A: Small piece: SNIP. New meaning of SNIP to me.

22A: Intrinsic nature: ESSENCE. PER SE is often clued as "Intrinsically".

39A: Cinematic nightmare street: ELM. "A Nightmare on ELM Street". I don't like horror movies.

42A: "William Wilson" writer: POE. Have never heard of this short story. "The Raven" & "Annabel Lee", that's all the POE work I know.

43A: Scantily: THINLY. Not fond of the LY repetition. "Without much density" is better.

49A: Airs out: FRESHENS. I kept thinking of AERATES.

56A: North sea bird: AUK. I was really fooled by this Penguin clip. Now your turn! (OK, It's an April Fools' joke.)

62A: Five-star: A ONE

65A: Profit's partner?: LOSS. Would EERS be an acceptable answer as well? Profiteers.


1D: Actor Fernando: LAMAS. No idea. He is the father of Lorenzo LAMAS (left).

3D: George of "Cheers": WENDT. Unknown to me also. I only recognize Ted Danson & Woody Harrelson in this picture.

5D: Stovetop utensils: STEWPANS. Holy cow! I've never heard of STEWPANS. Use slow cooker for stew.

6D: River to the Bristol Channel: SEVERN. Nope. Here is a map. Click on it, the map will enlarge. See the word SEVERN to the right of Newport? It's the longest river in Britain.

12D: Stoltz of "Mask": ERIC. Easy guess. Have zero familarity with this actor.

26D: Pekoe piece: TEA LEAF. Have you had chrysanthemum tea before?

33D: "Truth or __": DARE. Is this the movie about Madonna? I wanted LIES.

37D: Actress Van Devere: TRISH. Forgot. She was married to George Scott. I like his "Patton".

40D: Cushing/Lee horror film: THE SKULL. No idea. Looks terrifying.

42D: California observatory peak: PALOMAR. Spanish for "Pigeon house". Saw this clue somewhere before.

45D: Bub: MAC. This reminds me of the Baboo episode in "Seinfeld". But isn't baboo an offensive slang for Indian?

46D: Attributes: TRAITS. Did not come to me readily.

51D: Observant one: NOTER. This word feels like NEEDER/WANTER to me. It exists only in the dictionary.

55D: Corduroy rib: WALE. Like this. Ribbed twill is SERGE. Any SERGE Gainsbourg fan there? This picture looks so doctored. This is TRUER. Jane Birkin is very skinny.



Dennis said...

Good morning, C.C. & gang - man, what a quick puzzle! The only clue that gave me pause was 'What summers do'; a very clever clue, although I don't think I've ever heard someone use 'summers' in that context.

Today is both Employee Appreciation Day and National Panic Day. If you don't know any reason to appreciate your employees......panic.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise." -- Philosopher Lao-Tzu

Continuing the Mensa Invitational:

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high up.

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (My personal favorite)

C.C. Burnikel said...

"Quick puzzle"? I must experience some degenerate osteropornois then. A wide sarchasm between me and you guys I think. Many times I don't get your jokes.

International Women's Day is celebrated in Mainland China. Daylight Saving Time was moved forward by three weeks starting in 2007. The move was included in an energy bill Congress passed in 2005. What does "Hit for six" or "Knock it for six" mean in Australian slang?

Hmm, Lemon 714, how come I thought you would come to my rescue with STP?

Dennis said...

C.C., regarding your 'Cheers' picture, George Wendt is above Danson, John Ratzenberger (who did a TV show from my store that ran on the Travel Channel) is on his left, then Woody Harrelson, Shelley Long, and Rhea Perlman in the center.

C.C. Burnikel said...

According to your link, those commissioned officers "hold presidential commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate". How can senators have so much time to confirm each officer?

Yeah, I forgot the image I have of Jesus. He is thinly-built too. To me, "thinly built" does not mean "weak or sickly" though.

Hayrake & Elissa,
Both of you are fountainhead of Navy information. Spout often. I am intrigued.

C.C. Burnikel said...

What show? Sports related? When was it made?

I am sure Sarah Palin is pleased that you keep giving her free publicity here. "Drill, Baby, Drill"!

Keep those Fun Facts coming. You are right about van Gogh's ear, though I am not sure he cut it off to make himself or Gauguin feel guilty.

Daylight Saving TIME does fit in a Sunday 21*21. Now I think "All This Time" is very apt theme yesterday. Thanks for pointing it out.

Martin said...

You guys must have set the clocks back (or forward or whatever) because it's only 6:34 pm here.

I finished in 21 minutes... and I didn't do it online. ADD came to me from the perps (I got LAMAS and WENDT and I wanted ELUDE for EVADE). I also wanted SPATULAS for STEWPANS. (A PAN isn't really a cooking utensil: it's a kind of cooking basin.) I also wanted USR (somehow) for USA because the term USA does not exclusively belong to the cold war era.

SEPARATE for SET APART? I had SET ASIDE. I also started with METRE for LITER and then changed it to LITRE before settling on a spelling that I've only ever seen in crosswords. (Sorry but that's the truth.) And for LEERS I had out in OGLES: I changed it to LEERS when I realised that "looks" was a plural noun. Oh and I briefly had MAN for MAC.

Once I had the them it was very easy: themes which have the first three letters the same are probably the easiest because once you have a couple of them you can fill in as many as twelve more letters which, in turn, then makes filling in the other theme fills that much easier.

The last letter I filled in was the A in SAY and EASE. I actually didn't write it in until just now, thinking it was an L (as in SLY and ELSE). So, technically, I didn't actually finish in 21 minutes after all because I was one letter off.


C.C. Burnikel said...

Argyle has been guest-blogging a different puzzle here on Sundays for weeks. There will be a different one next Sunday if you want to join the discussion. 82 sounded so tempting!

No, I did not realize it's a joke.

The other Thomas actually used his name earlier. But he does not post here often. Maybe you can change yours into TJ?

Clear Ayes,
Busy yesterday?

Dennis said...

C.C., he does a show on the Travel Channel called "Made in America". A few years ago, they did a segment on baseball cards, and one of the manufacturers recommended my store. Ratzenberger and crew spent half a day here filming; he's a really great guy, and we ended up spending a good hour or so just talking about stuff while they were setting up the shoot.

Off to the gym.

Dick said...

good morning CC and all,...a relatively easy puzzle today. I was able to complete all of the fills with no help. The clue for 20A gave me some angst for awhile, but I finally saw the light after I remembered how to spell Wendt's name.

Dennis, it must have been fun to have a film segment shot in your store. Your facility must be larger than I envisioned.

I hope you all have a great Monday.

Mainiac said...

Morning All,

Stumbled terribly on this one. Didn't get 1D, 22A, 43D and 49A. I got all the theme clues except manipulate which caused trouble for the SE corner. I also didn't get stew pan as a cooking utensil right away.

I loved Wendt's character "George" in the show. His entrances were the best.

Have a great day!

Bill said...

Good Day today. Except for the fact that I dunt spel wel, I did this rather quickly. 7D had to be USE because I was SURE that manservAnt was manservEnt. I was so sure, that I refused to change it till I read the blog. Live and learn, I guess.
CY'All later

BTW, The IBANEZ guitar answer the other day came really easily for me. I've played the Ibanez COPY of a Rickenbacker 4001 Bass guitar for about 30 years.

Lemonade714 said...

Good morning:

C.C. thanks for the props (or because my name suggest an intimacy with exotic drugs?) on adding to the discussion.

GEORGE WENDT did make great entrances as NORM on cheers, and then he went on to make some really horrendous movies, where he was an alien who came to earth to clean up crime.

Puzzle was more of a Monday than last week and I wish you all a great week; my sons are on spring break so I should have some extra fun.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Man, I'm not ready for daylight savings time. I can't believe it's still dark and snowing outside as I type this....

Not a bad puzzle for me today. I made slow, but steady progress throughout, and my only real stumbling block was when I put STEAMERS and then STEWPOTS instead of STEWPANS for 5D. What the heck is a STEW PAN? I thought that a pan, by definition, was a shallow cooking utensil. In fact, now that I look it up, my handy desktop dictionary defines it as "a usu. broad, shallow, and open container for domestic use (as for warming, baking, or frying)." Seeing as how stews are all about being slow cooked with lots of liquid, I don't think it's possible to cook one in a pan. I call foul! Or fowl, in the case of chicken stew, I suppose...

[Of course, a quick Google search turns up quite a large number of STEW PANS, so what the heck do I know?]

Anyway... The only other unknowns for me today were SEVERN, TRISH and THE SKULL. Also, while I know who Edgar Allen POE is, I had no idea he wrote something called "William Wilson."

Oh -- and I loved the clue for ADD! Very tricky, but perfectly fair, even without the "?" appended to it. I knew it was a trick answer right away since Summer (the season) can't actually "do" anything, so it had to be some other meaning other than the season.

Did I mention it's cold, dark and snowy outside right now?


Anonymous said...

Arrrg !!! My puzzle does not have the same answers as you all. Apparently the current crossword is ceasing syndication so there are 4 new crosswords being tested. Each week for a month we will have a different crossword and will have to vote on our favorite. The LA times daily is what I did this morning. Pretty easy with using the PERPS and I had a few moments in the SE corner when I penned in Foodmover instead of Dealameal for Richard Simmons diet and then realised the pattern and the fact that nothing was working out for me. Anyways where do I go on line to do the crossword puzzle you all did?? Off for a walk .....

BTW Papajim ..Congrats on your wonderful addition.

Anonymous said...

opps... that was me not anonymous in the previous comment

NYTAnonimo said...

12:35 to finish online, in between eating my oatmeal-probably should do it after I eat for a true time! I also had trouble with the summer cluing for ADD-it was the last to fall.

What did they film in your store Dennis? I was out of town for a few days so am not up to date.

Hope you all have a great day! (Well as good as it gets on a Monday!)

NYTAnonimo said...

Here for the online crossword Anon @6:57.

Mainiac said...

Wendt's first name is George, his character was "Norm" on Cheers. Duh!

Col_Gopinath said...

This was easier than last Thursdays CW didnt know LAMAS, WENDT, TRISH and AONE however got it from the crossings

Dennis said...

NYTAnonimo, see my 5:42 & 5:54 posts.

Dick, no, the store's only 1500sq.ft., but I think they wanted something that had the feel of the old-time hobby shops, which is what I've tried to create.

kazie said...

G'day all,
Well, I got everything today except ADD, LAMAS and WENDT. I simply didn't get the trick clue until coming here. Of course I at first wanted WENTZ for 3D, so that held me up, then I changed it to WEN-T when I got SET APART, so I really had two blank squares.

I ditto Barry G on STEWPANS too. Those things on his link still look like pots to me! And I agree on the argument about USA--certainly in existence longer at each end than the cold war.

Those are cricket terms. I guess the batsman can hit the ball a certain way that generates an automatic giveaway of six runs. I really know nothing about cricket--a game that lasts for days on end doesn't hold my interest at all, but apparently there are Playstation versions of it now that advertize using that phrase "knock it for a six". Maybe the Colonel could help out with this?

PR said...

After Sat cw this was an easy Monday. The Duh momment hit when I got Add. Slow for the coffee to kick in.
CC the Senate confirms all officer commissioning and promotions. Its done through a confirmation bill and only held up through exception. Several nomination list a prepared each year. Vetting is done through staffers.

T. Frank said...


I am new to the blog and was not aware that you "wielded the laboring oar" in publishing and blogging yesterday's "Baloney Sandwich".

Thank you for your effort. It was fun.


kazie said...

I didn't show up for the baloney puzzle, because I hadn't had time to work it, but I just peeked in and saw your question.

To my knowledge, "sheila" is simply a name chosen to symbolize anyone of the female persuasion, like Tom, Dick, or Harry for males. It serves as the female equivalent of "bloke": e.g. "All the blokes and sheilas are at the beach." It's very old-hat these days and I doubt it's used much, if at all.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I mistakenly thought our Sheila might be an aussie when she first posted? Well, that was why, along with her mention of "steak and eggs aussie style".

Linda said...

CC; Very clever, "What do summers do?" indeed!
As to one of the answers in Argyle`s sandwich, the funniest bumper sticker I ever saw was a looped, pink ribbon over the words, "Save the ta tas."

Bill: I absolutely CLING to this pseudo-fact (because I`m a poor speller and look for any excuse): Highly intelligent people supposedly can`t be bothered by minute details such as spelling! (but if you combine that with a personality somewhat OCD, it can really cause disconnects!)

Dennis: Are you in the top 2 percent? Manapulate: Jockying for the best pillow. Hersely: saying/doing things slowly and solemnly (that last word should cancel the DFness!)Cammode: Olive drab "throne." Burple:What you do after eating too many concord grapes. Slosure: What lane-closings do to traffic.

ClearAyes; I`m suffering from poem withdrawal...

Auntie Naomi said...

Good morning C.C. and Co.,

I love Poe. I read many of his works when I was young.
I do not believe that I have had Chrysanthemum Tea. I drink tea daily, but mostly Dragonwell Green Tea.
I once had an affair with a sweet little French boy who was a big Jane Birkin fan :)

11:06 today. Not bad.

I feel that USA for Cold War Letters is just plain lame.
I got SEVERN and THE SKULL from the fills., as well as TRISH Van Devere. I vaguely recalled her name, but I did not know that she was married to George C. Scott. Whenever I think of him, I recall that he made a movie with Clint Eastwood in my hometown in Montana. In the movie, he drove a car through the large front window of a downtown department store. The other thing I recall about that film was that they also did some filming at a 'scenic view' site just off the highway down towards Helena. Unfortunately for them, there was a forest fire that scorched the whole area and it was no longer very scenic, at least not in a good way. There solution really tipped me off as to how much money was involved with movie-making. They bought tens of thousands of gallons of green paint and used helicopters to paint the whole place green. I assume they were required to use water-based paint.

Barry G., Summer can approach. I can also wax and wane. I totally agree with you about STEWPANS.

One day, not so long ago, while sitting in my usual spot out by the river, either doing the crossword or reading a book, this manatee swam right up to me.

I like this
. The song prominently features a mandolin.

Dennis said...

Linda, yes, became a member back in the 60's. It served a purpose at one time.

Just an FYI, should anyone be interested. I received a complimentary copy of a magazine called "Reminisce", and it's pretty interesting, especially for those of us who are, uh, slightly past puberty. Lots of personal stories from the 'remember when' days, interesting articles, and a crossword whose theme is from that same time frame. If anyone wants to check it out, it's at

Anonymous said...

NYT anonimo -

thank you for the link to the puzzle.

I just did my very first puzzle on line and I am not sure if I like it compared to using pen and paper. When I would fill in the boxes using the correct letter they were black and and whenever I was putting down a wrong letter the color changed. Hmmm..I finished the puzzle in 13 min and I have never done that before. Normally I have to think a little bit more.

OH well, easy puzzle and I have already walked my 5 miles ...Life is good

Mainiac said...

Here's an address for some Normisms.

Crockett: I think you had some directions for linking to the blog. Could you or someone send them again?

Linda said...

Dennis: I enjoyed "Reminisce" for quite a while...loved the old car husband is in a car club and we have some old cars...

Reminice: Good, old memories.

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everybody. The handwriting is on the wall. Today (Monday, March 9) in The Oregonian, the following announcement was made: "Beginning today, we will start testing four new crossword puzzles to replace our current crossword, which will cease syndication soon.

Looks like our only avenue will be to print out the online puzzle, but how ling will that be available? I'll be back later once I print out and solve today's puzzle.

Auntie Naomi said...


If what you are looking for is a simple tutorial on how to make a link in your post, click here.

Bill said...

Linda, In my case it's not the spelling as much as the penmanship. I could have been a doctor or a lawyer (I'm told).
Of course, with my writing being that bad, maybe there are a lot more misspellings that I just can't read!!! And, as to the disconnect; maybe that's what makes me what I am (whatever that may be!)

ferd 77 said...

Did it in 30 mins.Those brain pressups are working

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Sorry I wasn't around yesterday. I'll be mostly gone for another day or two. Sadly, a close friend of ours died very suddenly on Saturday morning from a heart attack. We've been spending a lot of time on the phone and with his 56 year old wife.

This was a 67 year old man who was slim and trim, ate properly, exercised daily, never smoked and drank very moderately. The general consensus is that if we lined up ten guys who are friends, he would have been at the end of the line for this to happen.

Pay attention to those symptoms folks! He was perspiring heavily and had jaw pain, but got annoyed and dismissive at his wife's concern. Less than a half hour later he collapsed and couldn't be revived.

Sorry to be the "downer of the day". I'll be back soon with more poems and (probably) endless comments. Have a good day and hug a loved one.

Bill said...

If you still can't link, e mail me and I'll send (what I hope will be) detailed instructions.

DoesItinInk said...

MAN, O MAN, this was an easy puzzle! My only unknown was The Skull, my excuse being that I do not like horror films. One of the few I have ever seen is The Ring that I went to see on my daughter’s recommendation without knowing anything about it. I was terrified throughout the film…and have never let her forget it! “Cinematic nightmare street” for ELM is a much better clue than “Massachusetts state tree”! And I loved ADD for “what summers do”.

To see how the BBC created the Flying Penguin segment, click here.

@PromiseMeThis…how exciting that the manatee swam up to you! I think they are fascinating animals.

For those needing information on how to link, here are my instructions from some some months ago:

I cannot type the actual html command here or it will appear as a link. So I will use GT for > and LT for <, meaning that wherever I have GT, you type >, etc. So the html instruction for a link is:

LTa href=xxxxxGTdddddLT/aGT

where xxxxx is the actual link including the http: portion, and ddddd is any descriptive text of your choice. This descriptive text is what will appear on the blog.

Here is a link to some common html commands.

I hope this helps.

Deepak Gopinath said...

Hi CC & Kazie,
Hit for six literally means hitting the cricket ball over the boundary line. In cricket if the ball rolls over the boundary of the playing area its 4 runs and if it goes over the boundary without touching the boundary its 6 runs. The term is also used to mean 'Completely devastated' like saying "I was hit for a six when I saw my poor results". 6 is the max runs that you can get off one ball.
Yes, test matches are played over 5 days so it can get boring but nowadays we have the 50 over per side matches called ODIs (one day internationals)and now the latest 20-20 matches which is just 20 overs per side and lasts for just 4 to 5 hours. The amount of money generated from ads and gate money in last years Indian Premier League the inaugural version of 20-20 tournament is unbeleivable.

kazie said...

Clear ayes,
Sorry to hear of your loss. Take your time getting back to us, until you feel ready. And thanks for the heads up on symptoms and the good hugging advice.

Elissa said...

I didn't have much trouble with this puzzle. Some missteps that were easily corrected with the perps. Definitely did not like Cold war letters=USA. I never heard of a STEWPAN (and think it is bogus to call it a utensil) and didn't remember AUK or know THE SKULL but it was an easy guess.

Fernando Lamas was married to Esther Williams (swimmer turned actress in a bunch of very odd movies which called for a swimming beauty) and probably best known now because of
Billy Crystal's riff on him and his accest - "You look maaaahvaaalaas" (marvelous).

I am a big Poe fan. I first became interested in puzzles by reading about solving cryptograms in "The Gold Bug". I have memorized a number of Poe poems and wrote a paper about the concept of "guilt" in Poe stories in 7th grade. I was a very weird kid. (I also wrote a paper about "images of death and disease in Shakespeare" around that same time.)

By the way it used to be that one was commissioned "an officer and a gentleman" - a neat trick for the woman officers and a complete misnomer for some of the male officers I knew. By 1976, when I received my commission, "gentleman" was gone from the commissioning document.

Anonymous said...

Re:upcoming crossword changes. My paper -Concord Monitor(NH) is testing two puzzles for a week -LA Times daily and one just called a commuter puzzle before switching to one of them. I gather that the Tribune Media services puzzle is soon to be defunct. Where or two what syndicate are the TMS puzzle creators going? Does anyone know if the Trib puzzle will still be on line? I enjoy this blog and check in almost daily, although I have only once addeded my comments. More importantly, if the TMS stops publishing, what happens to this blog? Thoughts, ideas, help???

Anonymous said...

good morning again,

Thanks crockett for pointy out the obvious for me. Though I am not sure if you knew you were. I should preface my dumbness with reminding all that I get up at 4 am to do the puzzle and this morning our paper had the LA Daily Times puzzle when I was linked to the online puzzle via NYT anon I did not even think to print the puzzle out and thought I had to do it online.. dah

HipHapa said...

I really need to get better at these repetitive clues....

Flair = "elan"
Corduroy rib = "wale"
Sea bird = "auk"

Auntie Naomi said...

Cricket is quite popular here in SoFL. This is, no doubt, due to the presence of so many who hail from Caribbean nations that were formerly British colonies. One of them, Trinidad, at one point saw a huge influx of immigrants from India who likely brought a love of Cricket along with them. The largest group of Trinidadian ex-patriots in the US lives here in Broward County.

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, ClearAyes. Best Wishes.

Anonymous said...

C.C. In answer to your Sunday question, my professional career started as a kindergarten-primary teacher. After a few years as a stay-at-home mom, I decided to reenter the work force but thought there would be too much stress if I were going from classroom to family cares every day, so I became a librarian. After a few years at a University Research Facility, I worked at a Utility company for almost 20 years. Took early retirement from there in 1988 and then taught for three years in a private school. Retired again and have been busy ever since!

Linda I agree with you, that neither Moses nor Noah was frail. In fact, Deut. 34:7 says of Moses, "And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated."

However, although Jesus was no doubt very strong, I doubt that he was an attractive, handsome man. The prophecy in Is. 53:1 said, "he hath no form nor comeliness, and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him."

He was indeed the second man, Adam, and as mystical as it sounds, the first man, Adam, was actually made in the image of the second. But I have always thought this refers not as much to the physical as the character, personality,etc. The ability to love, have compassion, grieve, etc. Qualities that make man superior to any other member of the animal kingdom. Dot

tobylee said...

It looks like the LA Tmes puzzle will be one of the choices in the Oregonian test. They are going to run 4 by us. The hard part is that we may not all have access to the same puzzle. I haven't even solved the puzzle for today. I will go give it a try.

carol said...

Crockett, Tobylee and other Oregonians:
Do any of you know how to access this puzzle on line? I have looked and cannot find it anywhere. Thanks Tobylee said, it would help if we were all doing the same puzzle! :)

DoesItinInk said...

Here is the link to today's puzzle on-line.

WM said...

Good Morning all.

C.C. The SP comment was just too easy to pass up.Thank you also for the link to the Flying Penguins! Awesome!

Does: thank you for the "making it" link.

Ferd@11:07 am LOL...maybe that's what I need to do.

Cruised through this puzzle with no hang-ups...Quickly changed POTS to PANS, even though I disagreed with it for all the reasons already listed. I did look up utensil and it does cover "vessels"...darn!So no complaining there.

Beautiful day...need to paint.

PMT: what a fabulous Manatee photo and I would imagine that was an exciting moment for you.

CA: Take care and so sorry for the loss of your friend.

Crockett1947 said...

That penguin clip is a riot!

@kristen I think you'll have to go to the online version and either solve it online or print it out and solve.

@mainiac I believe you're looking for the blog map, correct? There is now a link in the right sidebar that will take you there. It's in the "Olios" section.

@clearayes You are a good friend. Sorry for your loss of a friend.

@doesitinink Thanks for the penguin "how they did it" clip. Amazing. You just can't believe your eyes any more!!

@carol The link for the puzzle is in the right hand side bar at the top "Chicago Tribune's Website."

Linda said...

Anon. @12:13: I may be suffering from a misconception, but the "no form or comeliness...we hid our face from Him" quote I always took to mean when He was so disfigured from the beatings and crucifixion...since a verse or so on down in that passage it talks about all He suffered for our sicknesses and sins and because it talks about Him standing before His accusers without opening His mouth.
When I`ve studied the creation of man (iysh) woman (ishsha), I found that in some manuscripts, what Adam said when God brought the
woman to him was the equivalent of "WOW!". By that, I (rightly or wrongly) assumed they were both gorgeous (because anything God makes is, before sin mars it)and so would be the second Adam.
Good, thought provoking comments,Anon.

Mainiac said...

Hey Norm!.

Wow! I'm getting wicked high tech now!

Thanks to all!!

JD said...

Good morning CC and all,

This puzzle went very quickly for me. I used to like filling in names, but today there were so many, and I expect, boring for some of you. They seem to keep me on track so I know if my other answers are correct.I also had spatulas, then stew pots; couldn't believe when I had to erase again!I was so proud that I didn't have to eat a worm. Holy cow,I remembered wale and omoo.Holy cow II, I got the theme BEFORE I finished!Poe, and The Skull came with perps. I do not like scary .Speaking of which, it is said that Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button.

Linda, wow, I'm so impressed with your wordisms!!

Doesit, I am some day going to try and link. Your directions are great.

Clear ayes, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. It makes us think of the beauty we have with each day, and to appreciate life and frienship.

All of you who live in Naples must have good stories about your manatees to share.Their closest land relative is the elephant and that gopher-sized mammal, the hyrax.The manatees living in the Amazon are called dugongs.

Last fun fact: Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are 50 yrs. of age or older.

kazie said...

Manatees go by the name dugong in Oz too.

KQ said...

Man, this was an easy puzzle for me today. I like to do the puzzles with pen, and try to do the entire puzzle with no mistakes. Unfortunately, I immediately wrote in USR for Cold War letters, so there was one mistake. Except for too quickly writing in nap for nod, I would have not made another. Oh well. 9 minutes though.

While there were many answers that I wouldn't have known right away, they were all easily filled in with the perps. Like many of you, add was the last word filled in, even though I knew all of the down clues. I just couldn't figure out how it related to the answer until I looked here. Very clever, and I like the clue now!!!

Dennis, it doesn't surprise me that you had a long discussion with John Ratzenberger the consummate know it all from Cheers. I don't supposed that he is really like that in real life though. Did you know he was the pig in Toy Story also? His voice is so easily recognized.

CA, I am very sorry for your loss. It is tough. I was counting money at church this morning, and one of our fellow volunteers passed away this weekend also. She was found in bed in her home holding her rosary. God bless her, she was the sweetest thing. I guess when you are in your 80's this is not a bad way to go.

I just received notice that my daughter, who is playing her first tournament of the spring season shot a 76 this morning - a good round for her first of the season. We shall see what she does in the second round of the day. They often have online updates, but not this tournament. Looking so forward to seeing her play in Waco next weekend. As she is a senior, I am mourning the last few tournaments we get to watch.

Hope you all have a great day. Barry, I forget where you are from, but it sounds like the snow you are seeing today should be here tomorrow! Ouch. I guess I shall stay in and do crosswords then all day.

JD said...

promiseme, loved the picture ! Did you take it? I would love to see one. Bob grew up in Naples and they were a common sight back then. Many have been killed from the propellers of speeding boats.

Linda said...

ClearAyes: "Our life is but a vapor..."
Come back to us when you can.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Thanks for the Senate vetting information on officer commissioning and promotions. I was not aware of this complicated process. That's lots of work for those staffers. What does "Its done through a confirmation bill and only held up through exception" mean? What is "through exception"?

It's TJ (Thomas in Osseo) who mentioned "steak and eggs aussie style".

I think Chicago Tribune online puzzle will stay.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Why don't you send me a detailed instruction via email? I can publish a special Bill post and then link it as a permanent sidebar.

Nana, Kriten, Toby Lee & Carol,
Both LA Times and Commuter puzzle are part of TMS family, the same as our TMS Daily puzzle. LA Times has the best quality.

Hey, you made it. Perfect link!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Yeah, your exotic name. Mystifying!

Clear Ayes,
Life is just so fragile. Please take care of yourself. We need a cheerful, clear-eyed Clear Ayes.

Are you aware that Mensa means "stupid" in Spanish? Dennis is simply "stupid"!

tobylee said...

Dennis and Linda you are absolutely amazing. I love your "new" words.
CC and DoesIthink, The penguin video is amazing and I can't believe how much work went in to making it.
Clear Ayes, I am sorry for your friend's loss. She is lucky to have such a good friend like you. I lost my huisband almost 5 years ago. He was 57. He was very sick, but you are still surprised when they just don't wake up. It is important for all of us to reach out to those who are left behind. Well, I believe it takes eternity to live life to the full, so this is only the beginning.

Bill said...

I guess it's time to share my sadder news with (what I consider to be) an extended family.
On Feb 27 my mom (who,some of you knew, had been in a nursing home). passed away peacefully. Nancy and I were there and she had waited for us, apparently.
Don't be sad for me or my family. I've always felt that death is an integral part of life. From the time we are born we're all waiting to die. Whatever happens in between is all gravy!!

Linda said...

CC: Dennis is FAR from "stupid"... :)
"Estupido' is what I remember from my Espanol as in "Un estupido burro sabe mas que tu!" (which is what my professora would say under her breath when we would recite.)
May I ask where you got that meaning for the word?
These are what Mensa means to me: Latin:table, a constellation, an altar surface...and the one Mensa purportedly stands for "A round-table group."

Linda said...

Dennis: What did you do to tick off CC? :)

Anonymous said...

mark - Buenos Aires

My crossword has answers "Top drawer, Backstage, Front porch and Side saddle" TMS (C) 1996

My elation at solving has been surpassed by my sadness that its not the same beast as yours.

Last month I went to a cricket world cup qualifier here in Bs As - Argentina, Uganda, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Papua New Guinea - slow games, no
exciting, tension filled, skilful - yes, yes ,yes

WM said...

Bill: So sorry for your loss. Even when you are expecting it, it is never easy. Thoughts are with you. Thank you for letting us know. It is a sort of family here.

Dennis: re: Mensa?, mm, mm...should we Panic yet? I also always connected the word with table.

Valerie said...

Missed being here for a couple of days.......takes a while to catch up!
After the cw on Saturday, the puzzle today made me think I could apply for a membership to Mensa. The only problems I had have already been addressed.

CC-Yes, I'm a Dallas Cowboy fan. My computer recently crashed and I lost personal pictures. I have them on memory stick, just too busy/lazy to add them back on. I will work on it though.

Papajim-CONGRATS! Mine will be here Thursday!

Clear Ayes- I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dear friend. My heart is sad for you and the family.

Have a good day all!

Chris in LA said...

Bill, Clear Eyes - sorry for your loss, you will be in my prayers.

Not to stir the pot too much re: USA/cold war, but I think it's a perfectly legitimate clue. The USSR was established around 1917 and the "cold war" didn't start until the late 40's/early 50's and was mostly the result of the USSR "figuring out" the H/A-bomb. While NATO was involved, the primary combatants in the cold war were the USA & USSR (or SSR) so, IMHO, "USA" is a fair answer to the clue.

Haappy Monday to all!

PR said...

"Through exception" means if a single name on the list is not approved the entire list is not approved. Usually this is a very rare case, abreviated record review. However in the case of General Officers politics gets involved and can delay several appointments.

carol said...

NYT and Ink (and Crockett too) :)
Thanks so much for the link to the puzzle, I couldn't find it so I am grateful to you. I have bookmarked it, so I can get the puzzle each day. I prefer printing it out to solving on line. I have not done it yet.

Clear ayes, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Isn't it sad that so many men (and a few women) will deny symptoms especially obvious ones like he had! It is hard to believe that something like that could be happening to us, I know! Too long a story to go into here, but as you wisely said, PAY ATTENTION to those symptoms!!

Bill, I was sorry to read about your Mom! I know you said not to be, but it is still sad to have a loved one
die...we miss them but at least they live in us and we have all the memories.

Anonymous said...

Nothing about the puzzle from me; it's all been said.
Just two comments from me:
#1 - While she often admits to be baffled by old and obscure pop culture references and personalities, it is clear (although not so clear to some of today's posters) that our moderator/mentor CC has a lively sense of humor, and that those with whom she feels most comfortable are often the recipients of a deft and well aimed (and intentioned) needle. And what a pleasureable (needle)
prick it must be!
#2 - To several previous posters in violation of a blog rule: It is possible (try it) to entertain the idea that, like Olympus, it's all just myth, metaphor, and received knowledge. It is true that within about a 2000 foot radius of where I presently sit, I am neither the First nor the Second but merely the Current or Most Recent Adam.
This post obviously puts me in violation of the same blog
Rule, and to CC: I'm sorry, but I couldn't
help myself. The devil made me do it.

tobylee said...

Bill, I am sorry for your loss. We know it is part of life, but we miss their company and the sharing of the memories. You have a healthy attitude. God Bless You.

tobylee said...

Bill, I am sorry for your loss. We know it is part of life, but we miss their company and the sharing of the memories. You have a healthy attitude. God Bless You.

Dennis said...

Linda, I'm sure she meant it in the kindest possible way...

Wolfmom, not just yet.

Clear Ayes & Bill, I'm really sorry for you losses; you'd think that over time we'd become somewhat enured to losing friends/family, but each one opens old wounds all over again. My thoughts are with you both.

tobylee said...

OOps, sorry about the double post.

RichShif said...

Hi C.C. and gang,

Puzzle not to bad today, but I must be dense...I got 20A, but still do not understand the clue. Is it in reference of gaining an hour with DST? I would think not as this is a springtime occurance usually.

Clear ayes and Bill, Sorry for your loses.

Papajim, congratulations grandkids are fun....spoil them, then send them home with the parents!!

embien said...

6:03 today. One of the easier puzzles we've had recently, though c.c. says she had problems with it. Everything seemed straightforward to me, except for THE SKULL, which I'd never heard of (I don't watch horror movies).

Here I sit on March 9 watching heavy snow falling outside. Ugh!

For those whose newspapers are testing other puzzles (like The Oregonian (Portland)) is doing, you can access the LA Times syndicated puzzle via a link on the right side of the page at

The only blog I know of for the LA Times puzzle is Orange's Blog, and she just hits the high points of the several puzzles she does every day. If you want to feel inferior, note that she did the LA Times puzzle in 2:40 today! (took me 7:03--hmmm, exactly one minute longer than our TMS puzzle).

I'm guessing that the Made In America John Ratzenberger episode that was partially filmed at @dennis' shop is Fleer Trading Cards (Season 1 Episode 15). Season 1 Episode Guide

Supposedly there's a way to watch this online, but I couldn't find it in a minute or so of trying.

embien said...

I forgot to mention that you'll need the AcrossLite piece of software to do the LA Times puzzle online (and a whole bunch of other puzzles, as well). If you don't already have it, you can download a free version of AcrossLite software from the NY Times.

The software is easy to use, but maddeningly different in operation from the applet that the Chicago Tribune uses. You'll get used to it.

Dennis said...

Embien, you're correct about the Made in America Segment. And unfortunately, it's unavailable online currently, but in talking to their production people, I got the impression that that might change this year.

Linda said...

Agnastic: Touchy non-believer.

Buckeye said...

Guday c.c. Easy puzzle for me today. No major hang ups.

I mentioned Reminisce Magazine quite a while ago and was happily surprised how many of you already knew about it. It's published every-other month but you can subscribe to Reminisce Extra to fill in the alternating months.

@Clear Ayes and Bill, regardless of the circumstances, death is "RUDE". It's so permanent. My thoughts are with you.

Re; Heart attacks. The symptoms are various but usually predictable. Pain in the tri-cep of either arm, or the left or right side of the jaw, shortness of breath, sweating, nausia, and of course chest pain. The chest pain is like "acid reflux" only about 100 times worse. If you have ANY two of these symptoms, get to a hospital ASAP. Your chances of survival are tremendously increased if you are in hospital.

Dennis - I didn't know men could HAVE Mensa. I thought only women had them about every 28 days. I know I don't want to join up.

My daddy who, as many of you know, invented 6-up, Heinz 56 and WD 39, among other things, also invented the burglar alarm. Unfortunately, it was stolen from him.

I must be off

Dennis said...

Buckeye - that explains this damn string...

Anonymous said...

That would be me, alright; don't know, and very much aware of it. I am a student of Words as well, and since there is so much I don't know I still have a lot to learn. I enjoy pursuing knowledge, and celebrating the mysteries.
Good Word.

Auntie Naomi said...

In Windhover's defense -

Realot: One who fanatically believes in reality

Buckeye said...

Dennis. I got a new 'puter and lost spellcheck on this blog. I'm dying here. How do I get it back?


carol said...

Dennis, if you have a 'string' I think you would be a candidate for winner of the "National Panic Day"! Please do not pull it! You could end up with a dangling participle!

Buckeye, you offer good advice..also you are funny crazy. We love ya' - keep returning so we know you are ok. To *&$$ with spell check.

Auntie Naomi said...

Did you switch browsers? If so, try it with your old one. If not, try Mozilla Firefox.

JD @ 1:29pm,
Yes, I took that picture with my Sony Cybershot 10.3 megapixel DSC-R1. The camera is no longer state-of-the-art, but it still takes a pretty good picture. As for the manatees, it is a shame that so many people are either thoughtless, or think only of themselves. Right about the time you asked, there was (as there is most days) a boater that raced through the manatee zone. These people cannot plead ignorance since signs are posted at regular intervals informing them that it is a No Wake Zone.

Dennis said...

Buckeye, I'd play it safe and reenter all the words.

Carol, thanks for the great advice, but too late. Participles everywhere.

Anonymous said...

To Clear Ayes and Bill: Sorry to read about your losses. Clear Ayes, my first husband died of a heart attack at 58, and there's no question it was due to smoking all those years.
Bill, loss of one's mother is a special loss, unlike any other in my opinion. I think of my mother almost daily, and she's been dead for 37 years. They're not sad thoughts, just remembering thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Clear Ayes, My sympathy on the loss of your friend. Some people don't realize that it can be as sad to lose a friend as a relative. But close friends can be so valuable to us. I'm sure the wife is feeling that way about you, right now. Dot

kazie said...

I agree with Sallie, losing a mother is very hard. I lost both my parents when I was only 28, within 10 weeks of each other, and it was devastating. I often wish they had lived to see their grandsons, but maybe that's just me being selfish. For them too, smoking was the culprit.

You can only live on and remember the happy times, and know they're in a better place. You sound like you've made a good start at working through it, and our prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

1 across I wanted Smith as in John L. Smith Coach of the Michigan State football team. after seeing Jerry Lee I figured it out to Lewis. I've never heard of John L Lewis.

3 Down Wendt George, I remember him as fat Sam from the 1985 Chevy Chase movie Fletch