Mar 1, 2009

Sunday February 22, 2009 Linda and Charles Preston

Theme: Over and Over (Blogged by Argyle)

23A: Resumé accompaniment: COVER LETTER


64A: President from New Jersey: GROVER CLEVELAND

90A: Bill Holman comic strip: SMOKEY STOVER

111A: “Lethal Weapon” sidekick: DANNY GLOVER

14D: Road arrangement: CLOVERLEAF

71D: Bulldozer: EARTHMOVER

Theme Song


IA: Rice dish: PILAF. Chow Time

6A: Defensive or end: ZONE. Defensive zone: hockey. End zone: football.

10A: Pilot’s place: PALM. Redneck Palm Pilot

14A: Leader Guevara: CHE. Castro’s amigo.

17A: Peninsular mideast region: ARABIA. map

19A: He finishes the cake: ICER.

20A: Steel support: I BEAM.

22A: Fall behind: LAG.

23A: Resumé accompaniment: COVER LETTER. A letter to coalesce the various items in the resume.

25A: Hugo hero: QUASIMODO. Victor Hugo wrote “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and Quasimodo was the hunchback.

27A: Compass pt.: E N E.

28A: Wells vegetarians: ELOI. The Eloi are one of the two post-human races in H. G. Wells' 1895 novel The Time Machine ; the other race, the Morlocks, are not vegetarians.

29A: Beyond help: SUNK. A goner.

30A: “When ___ Cry”: DOVES. The “Artist” Prince has muted all YouTube versions of his song so here are some originals.

31A: Wise ___ owl: AS AN. Wise as an owl.

32A: Acted like a chick: PEEPED. They’re coming soon. PEEPS!

35A: Actress Moorehead: AGNES. Agnes Moorehead, on the radio version of The Shadow in 1937, portrayed Margo Lane, The Shadow's confidant. The Shadow’s famous ability to "cloud men's minds," made him an invincible crime fighter, a figure never seen, only heard. Very convenient for radio!

36A: Ooze: SEEP.

39A: “Pal Joey” author: O’HARA. Pal Joey is a 1939 epistolary(written as a series of letters) novel by John O'Hara, which became the basis of the 1940 stage musical comedy and 1957 motion picture of the same name.

40A: Enter the picture: APPEAR. This reminds me of a clip I saw. Two elderly women are dozing in chairs at the beach; their camera on the table beside them. Some boys come along and one sneaks up and takes the camera.
“Oh,” you think to yourself, “he’s stealing the camera.” But instead he takes a picture of another boy ‘mooning’ the camera and then puts it back on the table and they go on down the beach.
I would have liked to have been there when the women got those photos back.

42A: Cowboy: CATTLE DROVER. One who drives cattle to market.

46A: Spruce: NEAT. Spruce, meaning smart, neat, fashionable, and spruce, the tree, come from the same root(Prussia) but by very different roads. The word, Pruce, indicates from Prussia, where the spruce fir came from. Also, a very fine leather came from Prussia and apparel made with 'spruce leather' was neat and dapper.

47A: ___ Cruces, NM: LAS. Famous for it's breathtaking sunsets.

50A: Fireplace residue: ASH.

51A: Spur: INCITE. The cattle drover spurred his horse and incited it to move faster.

52A: “The Lion King” villain: SCAR. Animated Disney movie

53A: Gave for a while: LENT. ‘Gave up for a while’ time?: LENT

54A: Creepy Christopher: LEE. He doesn't look so creepy...wait a minute...yes, he does!

55A: “The Jungle Book” bear: BALOO. Nothing scary about this bear.

56A: Does nothing: IDLES.

58A: Paul Anka hit: DIANA. 1957, singing about his babysitter.

59A: Grasso or Raines:ELLA. Ella Grasso, 1919 – 1981, was an American politician, and first woman elected governor of Connecticut. She was elected governor "in her own right," without being the wife or widow of a past governor. Ella Raines, 1920 – 1988, was an American actress. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for movies, the other for TV.

61A: Wire gauge: MIL. one mil = 0.001 of an inch

62A: Inter ___: ALIA. Inter Alia, means among other things, in Latin.

63A: Go into a huddle: CONFER.

64A: President from New Jersey: GROVER CLEVELAND. Stephen Grover Cleveland, 1837 – 1908, was both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Cleveland is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms (1885–89 and 1893–97) and therefore is the only individual to be counted twice in the numbering of the presidents.

69A: See 107 Down: SEEGER. 107 Down: PETE. An American folk singer and song writer. as the author or co-author of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", "If I Had a Hammer ", and "Turn, Turn, Turn!". Pete Seeger with his wife Toshi Seeger, founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc., an organization that seeks to protect the Hudson River through advocacy and public education.

72A: Med subj.: ANAT.. Medical subject: anatomy: the study of the structure of animals.

73A: Fled: RAN.

74A: Eastern discipline: YOGA. In Hinduism, a set of mental and physical exercises aimed at producing spiritual enlightenment.

78A: Actor Delon: ALAIN. Alain Delon is a César Award-winning French actor. He rose quickly to stardom, and by the age of 23 he was garnering comparisons to famed French actors such as Gérard Philipe and Jean Marais, as well as American actor James Dean. He was even called the male Brigitte Bardot.

79A: Reno or Jackson: JANET. Janet Reno was the Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001). Janet Jackson is an American recording artist and entertainer. She is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians.

81A: Velvety fabric: PANNE. A soft, lustrous, lightweight velvet with flattened pile.

83A: Down in the dumps: LOW.

84A: Bog: MIRE.

85A: Foodless day: FAST.

86A: Stuck one’s neck out: RISKED.

87A: “___ Sentimental Mood”: IN A. A jazz composition by Duke Ellington. I expect someone to give us a link to their favorite version of this composition.

88A: Tuck into a torte: EAT. Tuck into is a verb phrase meaning to eat with gusto and a torte a rich cake made with many eggs and little flour and usually containing chopped nuts.

89A: Big rig: SEMI. Tractor-trailer While we use the term semi to indicate the whole rig, it is more exact to call it just the trailer. A semi-trailer is a detachable trailer for hauling freight, with wheels at the rear end, the forward end being supported by the rear of a truck tractor when attached. A full trailer is a trailer supported entirely by its own wheels.

90A: Bill Holman comic strip: SMOKEY STOVER. Smokey Stover was a comic strip written and drawn by Bill Holman from the 1930s until he retired in 1973. Distributed through the Chicago Tribune, it featured the misadventures of the titular fireman, and had the longest run of any strip in the screwball genre.

93A: Priam’s wife: HECUBA. She was the wife of Priam, King of Troy therefore she was the queen in Greek Mythology. Priam and Hecuba had nineteen children. Nadya Suleman hasn't caught up with her...yet.

95A: Moisten the marigolds: WATER.

96A: Collie’s concern: HERD. Look at those eyes.

97A: Inlay: EMBED. Embed has more meanings than just inlay.

98A: Less benevolent: MEANER.

100A: London district: SOHO. Soho has the densest concentration of restaurants, cafés, clubs and bars in central London, and represents the vibrant, bustling heart of the city. The area immediately surrounding Old Compton Street in the southern part of Soho is widely recognized as London's premier gay village.

103A: Decorate: ADORN.

104A: “Schindler’s ___”: LIST. movie, 1993, Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes. It is about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish Jews.

105A: Celebration: GALA.

106A: Choose, with for: OPT.

109A: Religious observances: DEVOTIONS.

111A: “Lethal Weapon” sidekick: DANNY GLOVER. As Sergeant Roger Murtaugh, he is afraid that Sergeant Martin Riggs(Mel Gibson) will get him killed in this series of films.

115A: In accord: ONE.

116A: Mead’s milieu: SAMOA. Margaret Mead authored of Coming of Age in Samoa.

117A: “Rigoletto” rendition: ARIA. “Rigoletto”, an opera (1851) with music by Giuseppe Verdi but not an individual aria so I feel this is a bad clue.

118A: Fly: AVIATE. You can’t be an aviator unless you aviate.

119A: Ukr., formerly: SSR. Ukraine is an independent country in Eastern Europe now, but at one time, it was a Soviet Socialist Republic.

120A: Not any, with a: NARY. I always heard it as “nary a one”.

121A: Make money: MINT. In debt, just mint more money(reserved for government use only).

122A: Where cats congregate: ALLEY. But at one time, they were on Broadway!


ID: Single step: PACE.

2D: Nutritional need: IRON.

3D: Wash: LAVE.

4D: Saperstein or Vigoda: ABE. Abe Saperstein was founder, owner, and coach of the Harlem Globetrotters Basketball Team. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970. Abe Vigoda is an American movie and television actor. He's best known for his portrayal of Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on TV’s “Barney Miller”.

5D: Occasions for alarms: FIRES.

6D: Rigatoni relative: ZITI.

7D: UN Day month: OCT.. United Nations Day is the 24th of October.

8D: Society-page word: NEE.

9D: Stray: ERR.

10D: Stimulate: PIQUE.

11D: Plenty: ABUNDANCE.

12D: News source: LEAK.

13D: Bell and Barker: MAS. “Ma” Bell refers generally to all AT&T companies. “Ma” Barker’s sons went on a crime spree but she is thought to have not been involved in any actual crime. After she was killed in a shootout, J. Edgar Hoover tried to portray her as the leader to justify her death.

14D: Road arrangement: CLOVERLEAF. Interchange

15D: Pluto’s place: HADES. Pluto was the Roman version of the Greek God, Hades. The Romans called the underworld Hades. Confused yet?

16D: Inflatable items?: EGOS. Cute clue.

18D: ___ breve: ALLA. Alla Breve is tempo marking indicating a quick duple meter with the half note rather than the quarter note getting the beat (2/2 rather than 4/4). I’m sure somebody will explain it better in the comments section.

21D: Very small: MIDGET. Very small for its kind.

24D: Years on end: EON. Comprised of two or more eras.

26D: ___ Lisa: MONA. Aw, you know what she looks like.

29D: Practice punching: SPAR.

31D: Inclined: APT.

32D: Snapshot: PHOTO.

33D: Roof edge: EAVE.

34D: Poetic preposition: ERE. Before.

35D: On ___ with: equal to: A PAR.

36D: It’ll give you a weigh: SCALE. Clever.

37D: Art supporter?: EASEL. Used to be clever.

38D: Merman or Mertz: ETHEL. Ethel Merman, 1908 – 1984, was an American actress and singer known for musical theatre; well known for her powerful voice. Ethel Mertz is a fictional character played by Vivian Vance in the 1950s TV sitcom I Love Lucy, where she was Lucy’s friend and landlady.

39D: Baltimore Batsman: ORIOLE. A baseball player on the Baltimore Orioles team.

41D: Soup veggies: PEAS.

43D: Prog.: LIB.. I think they meant a member of a PROGressive party. Party members are LIBerals.

44D: Captivate: ENAMOR.

45D: CCXVIII tripled: DCLIV. 218 X 3 = 654

48D: Prince Philip’s daughter: ANNE. Prince Philip is Queen Elizabeth’s husband and their four children are Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

49D: Show-stopper: STAR. But the show must go on.

52D: Eastern European: SLAV.

53D: Jitterbug dance: LINDY. This is NOT how we did it at our record hops.

56D: ___ ease: uncomfortable: ILL AT. Ill at ease; socially uncomfortable

57D: Spare fare: DIET. Another clever clue.

58D: Oxford bigwig: DON. The English have Dons instead of Deans like American Universities.

60D: Certain marble: AGGIE.

62D: Sebaceous gland problem: ACNE. Sebaceous is such an icky word.

63D: Cinema site: CANNES. I pondered this clue for awhile, thinking they wanted a type of theater. The Cannes Film Festival is one of the world's oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. The private festival is held usually in the month of May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.

65D: Stimpy’s pal: REN. The Ren and Stimpy Show is an American/Canadian animated television series created by Canadian animator John Kricfalusi. The series first aired on MTV before going to Nickelodeon. They had a reputation for controversy, mostly stemming from imagery and cartoon violence. They pushed TV animation to new, borderline-tastelessness with episodes such as “Stimpy’s First Fart.”

66D: Carry on: RANT.

67D: School item: ERASER. Often a crossword item, also.

68D: Like Lincoln: LANKY. There is talk of getting some Lincoln’s DNA to see if he did, in fact, have Marfan’s syndrome.

69D: Identical: SAME.

70D: Literary pseudonym: ELIA. The pen name of Charles Lamb, 1775–1834, English essayist and critic.

71D: Bulldozer: EARTHMOVER. Early Japanese bulldozer.

75D: Popeye’s favorite color?: OLIVE. Popeye’s favorite gal, Olive Oyl.

76D: Hopeless case: GONER.

77D: Oscar or Tony: AWARD. Oscar is awarded for achievements in motion picture production and performance. Tony is awarded for achievements in theatrical production and performance.

79D: Door part: JAMB.

80D: Near East: ASIA MINOR.

81D: Tightwad: PIKER.

82D: NY hours: EDT. Eastern Daylight-saving Time.

85D: Clan clash: FEUD.

86D: Learning method: ROTE.

89D: Hunts like a hound: SCENTS.

90D: Ruth’s sultanate?: SWAT. The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout

91D: Chess piece: MAN.

92D: Triumphant cry: OHO.

94D: Spanish river: EBRO. The main river (Rio Ebro) of northern Spain.

97D: Barbara and Anthony: EDEN. Barbara Eden is an American film and television actress and singer who is best known for her starring role in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. This is one outfit that never made it on to television. Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon, 1897 – 1977, was a British Conservative politician, who was Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957.

99D: English-class assignment: ESSAY.

100D: Utter: SAY.

101D: Gymnast Korbut: OLGA. Olga Korbut, Gold Medalist 1972 Olympics, the Munchkin of Munich.

102D: Turkish treat: HALVA. A confection consisting of crushed sesame seeds in a binder of honey.

103D: Commotions: ADOS.

104D: ___ Linda, Cal: LOMA. Here

105D: Pesky insect: GNAT.

106D: Egg-shaped: OVAL.

107D: With 69 Across, “Turn! Turn! Turn” composer: PETE.

108D: Deck member: TREY. As in a deck of cards, the three. If there had been nautical clues/answers in the area, this could have been a stinker.

110D: Rock musician ___ Hunter: IAN. Ian Hunter was formerly frontman of Mott the Hoople;

111D: Beaver’s construction: DAM.

112D: Onassis’ nickname: ARI.

113D: Diarist Anais: NIN. Anais Nin (1903-1977). She wrote Delta of Venus which has been called porno for poets.

114D: It may be crude: OIL.



Anonymous said...

blog is for a different puzzle than the PDF link you posted.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Anonymous @6:07am,
Argyle's Post Star only keeps a 1-week archive and puzzle is changed every Sunday morning.

I noticed quite a few partial fills in this "Over and Over": ILL AT ease, On A PAR with, Wise AS AN owl, etc. Too much in my opinion. Did not know ELOI is a vegetarian race. Great clues for OLIVE, FEUD & LEAK. DON got me, once again. Wonderful links today. Great writeup as well. I will remind Lois to bring more cookies to you next Christmas.

Argyle said...

Good Morning, Anon,

Which puzzle did you get?
"Monster Mash" is 3-1.
"Over and Other" was 2-22.
"Finger Poppin' Time" was 2-15.

We had a problem with Dennis getting the puzzle from the week before, one time.

I saved copies if you want one.

Dennis said...

Argyle, another great job! I really liked this puzzle, and reading the blog, I get the sense you did as well.

The comment about Ma Barker was interesting - all this time I'd thought she was the ringleader. Hoover certainly must've done a good job in creating public perception.

I'm curious - how many man hours did it take you to do this one (the blog)?

Anonymous said...


Monster Mash

Argyle said...

Dennis, the doing isn't's the re-doing that gets ya'.

One claim about Ma Barker was they went so far as putting a tommy gun next to the body and taking pictures.

Anonymous said...

Any one know the Stephen King work


Anonymous said...

Any one know the Stephen King work


Never mind once I typed it in I figured it out.

Argyle said...

Anon, email me if you want the "Over and Over"

DEMOCRAT IN A RED STATE, that's from this week's, I've only glanced at it. I won't blog that 'til next Sunday. Slow down.

redsmitty said...

I've finished Monster Mash with thanks to the google and oneacross.


If you would like to compare answers, locate my email address from my blog page.

Argyle said...

OK, let's do Monster Mash today.

JD said...

Wow Argyle,

Great job! I loved all the information you added for us, esp about Pete Seeger. I remember my parents talking about doing the Lindy. Can't picture them doing that dance.LOL! I got tired just watching!
I loved this c/w.I had 3 inc. words when I "finished": Quasimodo,alia, and eloi, and 2 errors.I started with Donna, for P. Anka's song, then went to Joana. Who sang that? I can see right now that I misspelled it. "Joanna, I am but a fool...."

I have not heard spruce used as an adjective, only a verb, as to spruce up the house a bit, before the company comes.

Thanks for putting so much time into this!

Argyle said...


"Oh, Carol" by Neil Sedaka

Argyle said...

If you plan on doing the "Monster Mash" puzzle, you might want skip the next post, although they're mostly gimme's.

Argyle said...

Monster Mash 3-1
I was thinking of not blogging it anyway. The theme is one of the ANSWERS! Well, I never!

22A Legendary deejay: WOLFMAN JACK
37A Mel Brook's monster spoof: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
56A Stephen King work: SKELETON CREW
85A Bill Murray smash: GHOST BUSTERS
98A Andrew Lloyd Webber musical: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
122A Bobby Pickett hit: MONSTER MASH

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I'm confused. I finished "Over and Over" and checked here to see what the bloggers have been saying about it. Did I miss a link for "Monster Mash"? I see Argyle has switched to M.M. Somehow I missed it, so can you give the link for that one?

Oh yes, "O & O" was very enjoyable. I had no idea who SMOKEY STOVER was. I had MISER for 81D, but eventually changed to PIKER when I remembered that PANNE (81A)
was some kind of fabric.

Thanks Argyle for the interesting comments. You do a great job with the links.

Argyle said...

Clear Ayes, it is the same link, different day. If you were to click on the same link from yesterday, you would get Monster Mash.

WM said...

Argyle: Once again, a fabulous job. I enjoyed this puzzle and actually got through it a bit faster than I expected. The Theme answers were relatively easy and I filled several of those in even before doing the perps.I was originally thinking CREW for TREY...wrong deck. No erasures this time.

Also loved the Red neck Palm Pilot link!!!LOL.

I can't find the day with the link to your puzzle and, like ClearAyes would like to print out the Monster Mash one, especially if you are blogging it. Can you please repost the link?

Just another note: Today is a Red-Letter day as I finished my first NYTimes xword!! It is the Barry Silk THE CRUCIVERBALIST...Whoo Hoo!!!80) It was published in our local San Jose Mercury News. I will see if I can get a absolutely fun puzzle. I can definitely say that before December when I started on this blogspot there is no way I could have gotten half of this puzzle. Thanks to C.C. and all of the incredibly knowledgeable people on this blog, my xword skills have grown by leaps and bounds...a big round of applause for you all.

JD: Thanks for the email...had so much fun reminiscing!!!

JD said...

Wolfmom, thanks for the heads-up on today's puzzle! Just found it!

JD said...

Thanks Argyle for the correct song title.DOH...the old gray mare she ain't what she used to be....

WM said...

JD...have fun!

Argyle: I G'd your paper's website, found the puzzle and bookmarked I'm good to go now!

WM said...

RE: Barry Silk NYTimes xword...No online access through the Merc's website...80(

redsmitty said...

I don't know about anyone else but the monster mash theme puzzle was 7 months too early?

At least that's what Erica thought.

Argyle said...

...or 4 months late.

121A Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

maria said...

Good evening, c.c. & co.
Very nice puzzle, and am pleased to say after looking the blog over i have no errors, mind you i struggled for hours
That 10A Pilot, had me going could not fit Cockpit in there , then i got Quasimodo and the equasion changed, lot of erasing, grrr . . .
I also feel like Wolfmom, months ago I could not have finished such a puzzle on my own, so my C/W skills are improving.

Byt Argyle, you know 43D LIB i believe stands for Libretto which is the Program one gets at the Opera

Argyle said...

Maria,I can find no abbreviation for libretto(but I'm not lucid anymore).

WM said... be sober 'nuff to take a photo of the kitty Absinthe bottle peeking from around the (WTF?) bottle. Is that some kind of Bloody Mary mixer thing?

Apparently you need to stock up as all that Alabama snow be coming your way tomorrow! Wouldn't want to get caught short...or on empty.

Argyle said...

Sorry the picture didn't come out better but, yes, it is a very spicy Bloody Mary mix. It is made by Lemon-X (I've never heard of them before.)

I'm trying to clear out all my old liquor because it is so old the alcohol is evaporating. I'm talking decade old and some is pretty nasty. Mary's Devil can cover up quite a bit.

maria said...

No rush Argyle, you have a good one , will talk to you soon
just had a small piece of triple chocolate cake, which unfortunately will keep me awake for some time tonite
Ta, taa, too lo loo, aufviedersehen, happy dreams

Auntie Naomi said...

Red Neck Palm Pilot? LOL. I'll bet Brad paisley has one of those.

"Spruce, meaning smart, neat, fashionable, and spruce, the tree, come from the same root(Prussia)"
Interesting, I had not made that connection. When thinking of Prussia I often recall a book that I once read that claimed that the Italian Renaissance was not so much a movement of 'secular humanism' as is popularly believed, but rather, a 'neo-platonic revival'. That revival, centuries in the making, was spurred along by such people as the hermeticist Frederick of Prussia:
"He was patron of the Sicilian School of poetry. His royal court in Palermo, from around 1220 to his death, saw the first use of a literary form of an Italo-Romance language, Sicilian. The poetry that emanated from the school predates the use of the Tuscan idiom as the preferred language of the Italian peninsula by at least a century. The school and its poetry were well known to Dante and his peers and had a significant influence on the literary form of what was eventually to become the modern Italian language."

I must confess that I did not know Paul Anka's song 'Diana'. I do know In a Sentimental Mood, though.

"The area immediately surrounding Old Compton Street in the southern part of Soho is widely recognized as London's premier gay village."
You seem to know quite a bit about this. I know you can't be gay ... even a gay man would not be caught dead in that red suit of yours, Santa ;)

If that ironing board, OLIVE Oyl, is Popeye's favorite gal, he's a GONER.

Auntie Naomi said...

er ... Paisley
What kind of name is that for a self-respecting, so-called, straight man, anyway?

RichShif said...

Great Job, Argyle!!!

I had agate instead of aggie which gave me a problem with Seeger, Alain, and mire.

maria said...

Pmt. @9:31pm
interesting stuff about Sicily, and Sentimental Mood ?

oh my God, it gave me chills i hadn't heard the melody in years , Brecker's rendition is divine
thanks for posting it

maria said...

Pmt. @9:31pm
though it sounds like " Someone to watch over me "

is it the same song ?

NYTAnonimo said...

Didn't have time to do the puzzle but got a kick out of reading your blog Argyle. Loved the theme song, the redneck palm pilot and your comment about Paul Anka. Interesting article on Pete Seeger in the NYT in case you hadn't seen it before.

kazie said...

Thanks so much for doing this. I finally got it done tonight and had trouble with PIKER, because I was sure it was MISER. Then couldn't figure out what Swat was and of course SmoKey.

You really did a great job!