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Jan 18, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010 James Sajdak

Theme: Terms of Endearments - The first word of each familiar phrase is a word one might address a loved one.

20A: "The Nutcracker" dancer: SUGAR PLUM FAIRY

32A: Piano bar piano, often: BABY GRAND

45A: Pooh's food source: HONEY TREE

58A: Executive's golden parachute, e.g.: SWEETHEART DEAL

Argyle here. Baby Grand here. A cute Monday puzzle with echos from yesterday.

1A: Gremlins and Hornets, briefly: AMCs. (American Motors Corporation)

33D: Car: AUTO.

44D: Popularly accepted tales: LEGENDS. (Acura Legend)

61D: Pervasive emanation: AURA. (Saturn Aura)

Vehicles may be TWEAKED. (9D: Fine-tuned.) That might make them RACY. (12D: Risqué.) Then take them out where the road is PAVED.(65A: Covered with asphalt.) And if they're a bright color 27A: Canary color: YELLOW. like this, even better. Just watch out for guys like these, 5A: Bay Area law enforcement org.: SFPD. (San Francisco Police Department)

Across:

9A: When repeated, consoling expression: THERE. "There, there" and a pat on the back does wonders.

14A: Cat's cry: MEOW. Cats and Dogs 3D: Welsh dog: CORGI. 51D: __ apso: dog: LHASA. Lhasa is the capital city of Tibet and apso is a word in the Tibetan language meaning "bearded," so Lhasa Apso simply means "long-haired Tibetan dog."

15A: South Seas edible root: TARO.

16A: Female: WOMAN.

17A: Being, to Brigitte: ETRE. Language lesson. 67A: Behold, in old Rome: ECCE.

18A: Sleep like __: A LOG.

19A: Heroic tales: EPICS.

23A: Well-thrown football pass: SPIRAL.

24A: Like the night: DARK.

25A: Omaha's state: Abbr.: NEB..

38A: Ross of "Lady Sings the Blues": DIANA.

39A: Currency on the Continent: EURO.

40A: Lieu: STEAD.

42A: Bit of affection from Fido: LICK. From all the avatars we've been seeing, this must be a gimme for many.

43A: In the least: AT ALL.

47A: Zoo swinger: MONKEY. A lot of animals mentioned today.

49A: Grand Canyon State sch.: ASU. (Arizona State University)

50A: Neuter, as a male horse: GELD.

53A: Blows, volcano-style: ERUPTS.

62A: Pantomime performer at the circus: CLOWN.

63A: Border on: ABUT.

64A: Roy's cowgirl partner: DALE. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans

66A: "No problem": "SURE".

68A: States unequivocally: AVERS. 4D: Take a vow: SWEAR.

69A: Bio lab gelatin: AGAR. Bio lab is an echo, too. (Sat. 53A)

70A: Take ten: REST.

Down:

1D: "What __!": "Yuck!": A MESS.

2D: Got together (with): MET UP.

5D: Desktop tools: STAPLERS.

6D: Apple-picking season: FALL.

7D: __ as a peacock: PROUD.

8D: Religious doctrine: DOGMA.

10D: Navajo neighbor: HOPI. Our Southwestern Indians Map

11D: Mideast chieftain: EMIR.

13D: Naval Acad. grad: ENS..

21D: "You __?": butler's question: RANG. I immediately thought of Lurch.

22D: Cook in oil: FRY.

26D: Shower alternative: BATH.

28D: Light, happy tune: LILT.

29D: Lion's den: LAIR.

30D: "Fool me __, shame on you ...": ONCE.

31D: Waves behind a ship: WAKE. What's the story behind Wake Forest?

32D: Smile from ear to ear: BEAM.

34D: Muffin stuff: BRAN.

35D: The sun in sunny side up: YOLK. Also yellow.

36D: Prefix with classical: NEO.

37D: Comic Carvey: DANA.

41D: Military runaway: DESERTER.

46D: Mongolian tent: YURT.

52D: Fix, as a computer program: DEBUG.

54D: Milk source: UDDER.

55D: Quiet companion?: PEACE.

56D: Locker room powders: TALCS.

57D: Icy winter weather: SLEET.

58D: Many a Balkan native: SLAV.

59D: Made on a loom: WOVE.

60D: Washstand pitcher: EWER.

62D: Tax returns pro, for short: CPA.

Answer grid.

Argyle

63 comments:

Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - this was absolutely, positively as fast as I can do one of these, and I know now that I'll never be in the ranks of those sub-three-minute solvers. Ah well, I'd rather have the tough ones anyway...

Got nothing even comment-worthy; everything was unambiguous and straightforward. I'll bet most everyone on here would know the answers just from the clues, without even seeing the grid.

Today, in addition to MLK Day, is Winnie the Pooh Day, and National Thesaurus Day.

Today's Words of wisdom: "When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion." -- Voltaire

And a few words from Siddhartha Gautama, who, in 483 B.C. became the Buddha, or"'enlightened one":

"It is better to travel than to arrive."

"I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act."

Dick said...

Good morning C.C. and All, a very easy solve today. Nothing much to comment about today.

I am off to Florida this morning for a few days of sunshine and warmth I hope. See you iin a few days.

Hope you all have a great Monday.

Argyle said...

Now what really raises my hackles is when some sales person I don't even know, calls me by one of these names.

Hahtool said...

Good Morning, CC, Argyle, and Friends. This was one of the easiest puzzles in a long time. I had to go back to read some of the perp clues after I had already filled in the answer.

I didn't see the theme as Terms of Endearment until I came here, though. I though it had something to do with candy and sweets, so I missed BABY as being one of the theme responses.

I also recognized the continuation of yesterday's car theme with AMCs and AUTO, but didn't pick up on the makes (Legend and Aura).

My favorite clue was Milk Source: UDDER.

Since today is Winnie the Pooh Day, it is appropriate that HONEY TREE was one of the responses.

QOD: A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. ~ Joseph Roux.

Bob said...

Usual easy Monday puzzle. No help or errors. Not much thinking required. 10 minutes.

Anonymous said...

Sweet puzzle. Sweet interview. It's a beautiful morning.

Lemonade714 said...

Happy MLK day to you all, and I hope you all get to rest and enjoy our amazing land. In the meantime, this was the easiset LATimes puzzle I have ever seen. Like you Argyle, I thouth of Lurch, and could here him in my mind. It was a thought which was appropriate for the Stella Daily interview, as she bemoaned all of the old TV references many of us old people enjoy.

The story of WAKE FOREST is not very exciting, lots of trees in town named for the Wake family, and the original location of the University.

Hahtool said...

Argyle: Huh? Calls you what? What am I missing?

VTQUILTMOM said...

Good morning, Everyone! Nothing to add to what's already been said. Straight forward and simple to go through.

Like Hahtool, I also was back tracking to read the clues after filling the squares.

We're having some 57D this morning which will, hopefully, melt when we reach the mid 30s later today.

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Here's a book to go with the puzzle:

http://books.google.com/books?id=tnwAlLgWEhAC

From one of the 5 glowing reviews at Amazon:

There's a chapter on terms of endearment, and one on words of desire, and one on words of beauty, and so on. The introduction also includes a web site address where you can go to read some samples from the book, and where you can also suggest other words that might be included in the next edition. ... The book is often hilarious -- the author has a wicked sense of humor! I highly recommend this book for anyone who's interested in language...

Anonymous said...

Oops-Forgot to give the title:

The lover's tongue: a merry romp through the language of love and sex
By Mark Steven Morton

Red state DEMOCRAT said...

I read the clue as this, 41D: Military runway I thought of tarmac but it wasn't until the end that saw that it was RUNAWAY.

Bon Jovi sang Runaway in 1984

BON JOVI

I agree it was easy but I misread a few clues and it caused me some trouble. I also misread Grand Canyon state sch. I wondered how ASU was Grand Canyon State. Was following the lead from 25 Across and thought 49 Across was themed the same way.

Fun Facts with David Letterman

FUN FACTS

Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 7:28

If you would to post a link CC prefers that it be hyperlinked.

Copy this string:


Then in between the two double quotes, paste the link where I have URL, and something descriptive to click on where I have text:

text

here is the finished product.

The lover's tongue

Anonymous said...

(no spaces after href


text

Anonymous said...

After several attempt I was unable to publish intructions on how to hyperlink.


Look for the September 5, 2009 10:09 AM blog and look for this post.

Al said...

@Mary;

Copy this string:


Then in between the two double quotes, paste the link where I have URL, and something descriptive to click on where I have text:

text

Then click preview to test and make sure it works before publishing.

tfrank said...

Good morning, C.C., Argyle and all,

I agree with all that this was the easiest cw in quite a while. My time was 17, and the only way I could do it any faster would be to enter all the across answers and never have to enter any down ones.

My congratulations to you Vikings fans; they were terrific. Message to the Cowboys: be good enough to win your division, get a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The system is stacked in favor of those who can do that.

Have a great day and week.

Anonymous said...

hyperlink instructions 09/05/09
09/05/09

Andrea said...

Good morning, all -

I had to work a bit on this one. It wasn't difficult, and I finished pretty quickly; I just needed help from the perps to get some of the words. Looking back on it, it does seem very straightforward, but kind of a nice way to ease into the week. Maybe my brain was a bit slow because I stayed up late to watch the playback of the Golden Globes? Happy that Meryl won for Julia - she was great in that role.

Like RSD, I first read Military Runway... This seems to be happening more and more lately... time for readers?? Maybe I'll just turn the light on in the kitchen and see if that helps first!

It was hard rooting for Dallas yesterday, but when the Packers are your team, and the matchup is Dallas and Minnesota, what are you going to do. I probably won't admit this in public, but it was kind of fun to see Favre so excited in the locker room after the game. DO NOT tell my husband I just typed that! :)

Enjoy the day.

AmieeAya said...

Good morning all! Thank goodness for a quick one today; I needed the encouragement!

I liked Office Space

and Dogma

both movies made me laugh...

and thanks for the hyperlink explanation! It was literally on my to do list to learn this weekend!

AmieeAya said...

oops, I meant STAPLER

I got too excited about hyperlinking to pay attention to what I was doing :)

kazie said...

Like others, I found this a no-thinker. I even had the sudoku done as well before my breakfast was finished!

I don't really know how it would be possible to do any CW without using perps though. For example, I thought of TARED (but it should have been TARRED) before PAVED, and there are often similar dual (but correct) possibilities. I simply have to look at the downs to double check before writing most answers.

Thinking of the "50 ways to call your lover" title, I was going for "four ways to call your lover" as the theme.

lois said...

Good morning Argyle, CC et al., Great job, Argyle and good catch on the car theme. I wouldn't have seen that 'at all'but as a 'woman' more interested in a good grease 'monkey', I admire your knowlege of 'auto's..that's just one of the things. Lots to admire about you. Who raised your hackles? 6:00am post? 'There, there" OOOXX You should only be called by these 'terms of endearment' today. Ignore it.

This puzzle was so easy I missed a lot of the Down clues. Almost went 'spiral'ing out of control with speed but had to stop for a few moments of silence when I got to 50A Geld. That always makes me sad, esp if it is a smart and sweet horse.

Loved seeing 'Baby Grand' here. Just returned yesterday from the opulent Greenbrier Resort in WVa where out of 5 grand pianos that I saw, only one was a Baby. It was locked. Too bad. Toured 'The Bunker' and am thankful that
'peace' prevailed and it was never used as a 'fall'out shelter. Very impressive 50,000 ton concrete structure w/its 30,000 lb doors. And that was a secret for 30 yrs until 1992? Amazing.

Back to the 'yurt's and the SE corner with Ecce, Sweetheart Deal, erupts, rest and peace. 'Hop I" can commemorate Winnie the Pooh Day and find a Honey Tree with a limb I can climb.

Enjoy your day.

Anonymous said...

17-Across ETRE is an infinitive, not being.

Jeannie said...

Democrat, it seems we were on the same wavelength today as I misread the military runaway clue as runway and Grand Canyon State sch as just the Grand Canyon. I didn't see the theme either but as was noted already it was a fast fill.

Enjoyed seeing Favre throwing those "spirals" all day long yesterday. I'm still flying high.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning all.

A real piece of cake today. Easy even for a Monday. Filled in as fast as I could writel. Echo Dennis' comments about the speed. and preferring the tough ones. Agree with Argyle about hackles.

UDDER - nice fill, not often seen. Reminds one of the cow that jumped over the barbed wire - 'udder disaster' :-)

ÊTRE - We just had this. Assumption is the clue is French. Same spelling is not uncommon in other languages. Not a real issue today, though.

Enjoy the day!

Spitzboov said...

Anonymous 9:39 FYI:

être2 /ɛtʀ/
masculine noun
~ humain human being;
les ~s animés et inanimés animate and inanimate things;
un ~ sans défense a defenceless (BrE) creature;
person;
un ~ cher a loved one;
de tout son ~ with one's whole being;
blessé au plus profond de son ~ hurt to the core.

JimmyB said...

My all-time fastest puzzle! Finally did one in the single digits: 9 minutes with pencil and paper. The only thing that slowed me down was, like others, not seeing the "sch." after Grand Canyon State.

I knew a lot of the answers would be ample fodder for the "double entendrettes" in this group, and Lois, you did not disappoint! You might say it was an UDDER delight!

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, CC and all,

Fastest ever me thinks, but didn't anyone else pause when reading "pervasive emanation"? It so rudely crossed with agar; that's where my speed sputtered.I'm sure glad I knew all the words that crossed YURT because that one was new to me.

Kazie, I usually check the perps to see if my answers will fit, esp. if I'm solving with a pen.Don't most people? I used to do all the A's 1st, then the D's, but now I do the top 3rd, both ways, and move on.

We finally have real rain with wind. Be happy for us. It's lovely except for the inane people who live on cliffs,etc.We'll hear all about them in a day or two.

Argyle, very much enjoyed the Baby Grand duet.

Lois..enjoy the day!

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JD said...

Here are some AA Milne quotes in celebration of Winnie the Pooh Day

"My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."
-- Winnie the Pooh

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I'm a wobbly speller. Reader, too, with some of you on "military runway."

Sometimes I put fills in the wrong spots. Anything to make an easy puzzle more challenging.

I still think "Pooh" in the clue demands HUNNY in the answer.

Everything else to be said, has been said, and even that was said already.

Going to go do some menial labor.

Cheers!
JzB

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Any problems today were of my own making. I was zooming along on the Downs and most of the Acrosses filled themselves.

Then I got to that sneaky "Military runway". I had no idea what it could be. Even after the perps filled in DESERT, I was thinking, "What Iraqi military code word would that be?". Finally, I went back to the clue....all together... "D'OH!"

Argyle, I think it is mostly men who are called "HONEY(Hon)", or "SUGAR", usually by young sales women. You can't imagine the jolt when either a young man or woman calls you "Ma'am" for the first time. The tendency is to look over your shoulder to see who they are talking to. :o)

AimeeAya, If you liked "Dogma", you might like "The Invention of Lying". "Dogma" was very dark at times. Other than being very funny, "The Invention of Lying" raises some very interesting philosophical/ethical questions.

JD, you made me laugh!

I spent many hours reading Pooh creator, A.A. Milne's books to my daughter when she was very young. (Milne poem coming up soon.)

Remembering MLK. We could use more people who refuse to resort to violence to achieve their goals. I look forward to hearing his "I Have A Dream" speech every year.

Hahtool said...

In honor of Winnie the Pooh and his Wobbly spelling, here is the synapsis of a recent study:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Olny 55% of plepoe can raed tish, and I'm one of tehm.

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windhover said...

Entropy:
While I have never known anyone with a dog named Fido, there was (is?) a Cajun comic named Justin Wilson who claimed to have a dog named Phideaux.

Chickie said...

Hello All--A fast, easy puzzle as everyone else has already mentioned. My only hang up was wondering what AMCS meant. I couldn't get a sports team out of my mind for Gremlins and Hornets. Duh!

Those are the names our Little Leagers and Bobby Soxers choose for their teams. Thanks Argyle for the car link-up. It all makes sense now.

Hatool, What we see and what our brain connects isn't always the same! I could read your Cambridge study, though I didn't see runAway right away as a clue today.

Chickie said...

JD, is Hatool's comment considered Wobbly Spelling?

Hahtool said...

Windhover: Justin Wilson died in 2001 at age 86.

Also, in southern Louisiana, nearly every work that ends in an "O" sound is humorously spelled with an "eaux", as in GEAUX SAINTS, or speaking of the day last year when we got SNEAUX. Hence, any generic dog is referred to as PHIDEAUX

KQ said...

Sweet puzzle it was. Here is something special for Winnie the Pooh Day. I used to play this incessantly for my kids when they were little, and it never gets old. Neither does Winnie the Pooh.

I did this puzzle in the waiting room at Children's Hospital. My son annually has to have an ultrasound of his testicles - yes, that is right, his testicles. In 7th grade a mean kid kneed him, and he swelled so badly he ended up having two surgeries. Most embarrassing place for a growing boy to have to get examined over and over again. Incredibly painful for him, and scary too. He absolutely hates this annual appointment so I never tell him until the evening before. Lots of itty bitty kids in the waiting room and then there is my 6'2" son.

The boys are busy studying for finals and they get testy this time of year, all that stress and such. It has been a tough weekend. My 15 year old (the 6'2" one) was beside himself and he needed some hugs to calm him down. Kind of funny hugging a kid to make him feel better, and he overshadows me by 7" or so. A few more muscles than I too. It's that awkward combination of man and child. My days as a nurturing mother are numbered I guess. Wonder how I will take empty nesting in a few years.

JD, love your avatar. So cute.

Clear Ayes said...

A. A. Milne wrote a lot of poems in addition to his famous Pooh stories. This one is narrated by Christopher Robin. I think we should all have such a friend. (It would certainly help on those days when we have crossword solving problems.)

The Friend

There are lots and lots of people who are always asking things,
Like Dates and Pounds-and-ounces and the names of funny Kings,
And the answer's always Sixpence or A Hundred Inches Long.
And I know they'll think me silly if I get the answer wrong.

So Pooh and I go whispering, and Pooh looks very bright,
And says, "Well, I say sixpence, but I don't suppose I'm right."
And then it doesn't matter what the answer ought to be,
'Cos if he's right, I'm Right, and if he's wrong, it isn't Me.

- A. A. Milne

Anonymous said...

Does CC reply to each email?

JK

KQ said...

JK @ 2:44, I am not certain of your question. If you email her directly with a specific question, I presume she would always reply. But if you are expecting a response to each post, that would be rare. She would never get anything done.

Jeannie, so sorry. I just read the late posts on Friday. I did not score tickets to that fabulous Vikings game. I did get an awesome dinner at Oceanaire, a diamond necklace and dinner out with the family on Saturday evening. My hubby treated me like royalty. It was sooooooo nice.

As for the venue that you chose, it is a superb place. Too bad, we are good friends with a former catering director. She would have treated you so well (not that others won't). She loved working there, but had to switch jobs as she had children. Lots of night and weekend hours. I have been to many events there and all are well done. Nice spot. I hope it works well. You will have to let me know the dates and possibly I can pop in.

Anonymous said...

@ Argyle, NY Sun 'Yummy Monday' book (page 67) has a same puzzle named "Terms of Endearment". The long answers are: Sweetheart Deal, Sugar Pill, Honey Fitz, Babe in the Wood.

Anonymous said...

@CC, you should interview Peter Gordon. His NY Sun had the best puzzles ever.

Anonymous said...

link

Clear Ayes said...

It has been pouring down rain here most of the day. It is supposed to keep it up for the next few days. Kind of cabin-feverish around the house, but California needs the rain so badly, that we will just have to dig around for a book to re-read.

JK, I agree with KQ. C.C. gets all the blog posts in her email box, so it might take some time to sift through to find a specific question. (Then too, an answer could depend on how personal the question might be.)

Anon@4:41&4:46, this blog concerns the LAT crossword puzzles. I think C.C.'s interviews concentrate on constructors who have had puzzles published in the LAT. Of course, we all like to hear about other places for great puzzles :o)

Mary said...

CC, Argyle and blog buddies,
Thanks for all the fun comments. You make a simple Monday puzzle go on all day. And on the hard days your comments massage the pain away.

Anonymous 7:28, thanks for the book info, anon 7:59 thanks for the link info. Also, see CC's sidebar to the right of the daily blog.

CA, perfect Pooh poem for today. My husband and I loved the Pooh books every bit as much as our kids.

And who wouldn't laugh about Phideaux. Hahtool, I loved your list of eaux words. I remember Justin from a cooking show on PBS, right?

Add me to the list of those who got caught on the military runway. I'm sure that was deliberate misdirection, as well as bad eyes...

Jeannie said...

KQ, I am not so sure how to answer this post correctly...diving in...
My brother was born with one testicle that didn't drop and of course my parent were worried. They assured them that "one" would do the job when the time came. (Two kids later) When he entered into the Navy nuclear sub program, he still all his wisdom teeth (which came in naturally) and noticed his one ball. Before he could take "a dive" he had to have his shriveled up ball removed and his wisdom teeth. He came home and wanted to know if I wanted to see his scar....I declined. They also pulled his perfecly placed wisdom teeth.

MR ED said...

It seems as though the number of bloggers posting here is dwindling. Has anyone else noticed?

Anonymous said...

30D: "Fool me __, shame on you ...": ONCE.
Fool Me once

PJB-Chicago said...

Good evening, Argyle, C. C., and puzzlefriends.

A sweet, quick but not boring solve today. I got hung up with the consoling expression "THERE, there" but was reminded of Gertrude Stein's observation upon to returning to her hometown of Oakland CA after residing in Paris. With her home, school and synagogue all gone, she famously commented: "There's no there there." People who have translated her works into French had a struggle on there hands rendering that expression into something meaningful in the Gallic tongue!

My first car was an AMC Gremlin, silver and anemic, but I loved that car! The next was a Buick Skyhawk that never really soared as the name might imply! It was A MESS, and the bucket seats were hardly conducive to my burgeoning lovelife! [lol].

I didn't know LILT was a noun. I've tried using DEBUG in reference to non-computer-related problems, and that just has gained no traction in the language.

PJB-Chicago said...

Whoops, I slipped in a typo: "there hands" should've been "their." Talk about "wobbly spelling"!

Thanks for the Pooh/C. Robin poem, ClearAyes. I thought of you when Sandra Bullock took home a statue from the Golden Globes!

Jazzbumpa said...

KQ -

My mom will be 89 in a few months. In my experience, mom's never stop nurturing.

Nests do empty, though.

Cheers!
JzB

JD said...

KQ, I so enjoyed the K. Loggins version of Return to Pooh Corner, and CA, that poem was very sweet. AAMilne certainly wrote for both adults and children. His characters were just mirrors of different personalities, some lovable, and others, like Eeyore, were irritating.

Very wobbly, Chickie, but surprisingly very readable.Did anyone have trouble reading it? Some of us have to turn on the light.

KQ, hopefully your children will come back and forth a few times. It makes the final empty nest a little easier.Then come the grand kids...so much fun!Our 3rd one will arrive in June!

Clear Ayes said...

PJB, I didn't see the GG's last night. I was rather surprised that Ms. Bullock won an award, although I haven't seen the movie. I was also surprised to read that "Avatar" won for Best Motion Picture....but that is just me.

KQ and Jeannie, I'm glad that you felt comfortable enough with us to let us in on your family's medical problems, although it might not be a good idea to let them know you shared. :o) Did you notice that our blogs guys were very silent when testicle injuries/surgeries were being discussed?

ipo said...

Like everybody else I was fooled by the runaway runway. I did enjoy the HONEY TREE, and as a new solver being able to finish the puzzle.

Annette said...

I was speeding thru the puzzle at a record "Dennis" speed - about as fast as I could write, barely needing any perps. My only problem was 51D. I spelled LHASA as LLASA, and couldn't make sense of SWEET LEAR? DEAL for the life of me! Forgot to even look for a theme though...

We used to be an AMC family, so 1A was a happy memory for me. My Mother drove a blue and white Hornet, later replaced by a '76 powder blue Pacer. PJB, my first car was also a Gremlin - a used, light green '75. I loved it too! My current Honda is much more reliable and has needed very little care in it's 9 years, but it's not as FUN to drive as that Gremlin was. Of course, those were my college years, so I was doing a lot more fun (memorable?) things at that time too!

ipo said...

Well I am glad to see some of you have had fun gremlin, Hornet and pacer moments, my early car was a VW and I had a hard time learning to drive stick shift; odlest doomed my future marriage.

ipo said...

This kind of addicitng, but I do not seem to have a speel check, what in the world does "odlest" mean?

Anyway, Dennis you said, "It is better to travel than to arrive." I was not certain what that meant, but perhaps it is a reflection of life being a journey and death a destination.

I know I love to travel, but I do like arriving, too. Ah well, too much from a newbie, but I got excited.

Whatever happened to DENNIS 2 and CAROL 2?

windhover said...

IPO, re: Dennis2 and Carol2,
Like most sequels, they had a very short run.

Frenchie said...

C. C., Argyle and fellow bloggers,
First respect to MLK. USA becomes a better place when we have people like MLK to bring in correct ideas to help the quality of life in this US of A. (ASU/USA)
Finally a cw I flew through! I needed the feeling of the success of completion as I have slogged through for several days now. I am now fine tuned, tweaked and ready for this week's offerings.
Sunday's puzzle showed me how little I know about cars. Not a good time as my daughter, Annie, is about to start looking for a new car. She has had the same Isuzu Rodeo since the end of high school, through ASU and now into her first job out of college. The Isuzu is about to bid adieu. I insisted she drive a rugged car as it is safer than something small. Now, I will stand back and let her make her own choice. Perhaps she will choose a yellow car! My car is race yellow and it just may be, "like mother, like daughter!" perhaps.
@Bob, I'm impressed yet again!!! 10 min.! wow

Lemonade714 said...

Frenchie:

Time to post a a picture and be a full time blue.....yellow car or not!