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Feb 22, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010 Jennifer Nutt

Theme: How's that fit? As we grow older (not me) we like to wear pants that are more comfortable (ok, me). The first word in the theme entries combined with "fit" is a euphemistic term for bigger pants. (Update from C.C.: The first word of each two-word familiar phrase is a synonym of "leisurely"/"laid-back".)

21A: Dangerously uncontrollable type: LOOSE CANNON.

27A: Weekly dress-down times: CASUAL FRIDAYS.

48A: Music genre heard in elevators: EASY LISTENING.

55A: Chemically treated tresses: RELAXED HAIR. Go to 5D: Salon dos: STYLES. and have your curly hair straightened or your straight hair curled. Either way, money in the bank for the salon.

Older but no wiser Argyle here. I think this is our first look at a Jennifer Nutt puzzle. Her themes can be ...elusive. Good fill but some cluing could use some work.

Across

1A: Surgery marks: SCARS.

6A: "Hawaii Five-O" setting: OAHU. TV series from 1968 to 1980. Hawaii Five-O centers on a fictional state police force (named in honor of Hawaii's status as the 50th State). The term "Five-O" was adopted by American youth culture as a street slang term for the police.

10A: Heist target: BANK. What Five-O might investigate.

14A: Sully: TAINT.

15A: Whirled, as a top: SPUN.

16A: Opposite of windward: ALEE.

17A: Impressive display: ARRAY.

18A: Kids' plastic brick maker: LEGO.

19A: "What's in a __?": Juliet: NAME. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

20A: Sales agent, briefly: REP.

24A: Taken by a shoplifter: STOLEN.

26A: Pub order: ALE.

34A: Requests: ASKS.

36A: More than requests: PLEADS.

37A: Detroit-based labor gp.: UAW. (United Auto Workers)

38A: Supportive sound from the crowd: CHEER.

40A: Sidekick: PAL.

41A: Best-seller list datum: TITLE.

43A: Sch. near Harvard: MIT. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

44A: Ukrainian seaport: ODESSA.

47A: Dover flatfish: SOLE. Other flatfish may share the name but Dover remains the true king of sole. Dover sole is what soles caught in the Atlantic, off the coasts of France and England, usually are called. The city of Dover in England figures in by virtue of having been a main fishing port for the London market.

51A: Slithery swimmer: EEL.

52A: Letter-shaped shoe fastener: T-STRAP. On a high heel.

61A: Gallery display: ART.

62A: All done: OVER.

63A: Honey spirits: MEAD. Fermented honey and water.

64A: Still-life fruit: APPLE.

66A: Whimper: MEWL.

67A: Puzzle with only one way out: MAZE.

68A: Old anesthetic: ETHER.

69A: Artist Warhol: ANDY.

70A: Greek god of war: ARES.

71A: Cowboy's rope: LASSO.

Down

1D: Clear-night twinklers: STARS. Starry Night Over the Rhone. And 53D: Setting for van Gogh's "The Night Cafe": ARLES.

2D: Insertion symbol: CARET.

3D: Causes of in-flight "bumps": AIR POCKETS.

4D: Protein synthesis molecule, for short: RNA.

6D: Norway's capital: OSLO.

7D: Gibbons, e.g.: APES.

9D: It may direct you to skip, draw two, or reverse: UNO CARD. Fun for all ages.

10D: Forbidden: BANNED.

11D: Astronaut Shepard: ALAN.

12D: Nautilus captain: NEMO.

13D: "Peachy-__!": KEEN.

22D: "Movin' __": "The Jeffersons" theme: ON UP. TV sitcom 1975 to 1985, a spin-off of "All in the Family".

23D: Elite invitee roster: A-LIST.

25D: Cut with a surgical beam: LASE.

28D: European peaks, to Pierre: ALPES.

29D: "It's the __ I can do": LEAST.

30D: Spurious: FALSE.

31D: Celebrity signatures: AUTOGRAPHS.

32D: Southern pronoun: Y'ALL.

33D: Popeye's __' Pea: SWEE. In the comics, Swee'Pea is a baby found on Popeye's doorstep (actually delivered to him in a box), in a 1933 strip. Popeye adopts and raises him as his son, or, as he puts it "boy-kid".

34D: Very top: ACME.

35D: Denomination of Islam: SHIA. Shia Islam (sometimes spelled Shi'a), is the second largest denomination of Islam, after Sunni Islam. The followers of Shia Islam are called Shi'as but are also known as Shiites or Shi'ites.

39D: Wimbledon's official timekeeper: ROLEX.

42D: Stevie Wonder's "__ She Lovely": ISN'T.

45D: Perplexing problem: DILEMMA.

46D: Against: ANTI.

49D: Annual: YEARLY.

50D: Six-Day War country: ISRAEL.

54D: Wing: Prefix: PTERO. As in PTEROdactyl.

55D: Fontana di Trevi city: ROMA.

56D: Tied, as a game: EVEN.

57D: Lascivious: LEWD.

58D: Darling: DEAR

59D: Mist: HAZE.

60D: Fruity summer drinks: ADES.

65D: Educ. support group: PTA.

I'm making no comment on 57D and 58D.

Congratulations to Dan Feyer for winning the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament!

Answer grid.

Argyle

55 comments:

Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - just about as easy as a Monday puzzle can be; just over 4 minutes.
Not a whole lot to comment on; I'm still not sure of the exact theme, whether it's clothing- or lifestyle-related. 'Shoplifter' was timely, as I just caught one on Thursday. And both 'Legos' and 'autographs' are things I sell in the hobby store.

I had really hoped to get up to Brooklyn to the Crossword Tournament, but instead spent almost all of Saturday and Sunday on the roof/on a ladder clearing ice dams from the gutters. Very, very slow work, and hopefully it was in time.

Great hockey game last night, eh?

Today, in addition to Washington's Birthday, is Be Humble Day, Walking the Dog Day, and International World Thinking Day.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "Food is like sex: when you abstain, even the worst stuff begins to look good." -- Beth McCollister

And a few comments from Will Durst:

- "In America we pride ourselves on our ability to get a pizza to our door faster than an ambulance."

- "Don't you think it's a little too ironic the AARP appoints its executive director for life?"

- "Jesse Ventura refereed a WCW event and caused an outcry. The wrestlers were afraid the appearance of a politician would cheapen the sport."

10 & a w/u.

C. C. said...

Dennis & Argyle,
To me, LOOSE, CASUAL, EASY and RELAXED all suggestive of "tension-free". A leisurely & laid-back manner. "Fit" would be placed somewhere in the grid if it were a tie-in answer as Argyle suggested. Monday theme can't be so complicated. Besides, theme answers should never be directly clued as theme related contextually. CASUAL FRIDAYS (27A: Weekly dress-down times) is too close.

Dennis said...

C.C., excellent points. But I do like Argyle's theme better.

Off to the gym.

C. C. said...

Jerome,
Man, I never realize I am often HAN SOLO.

Lucina,
Thank you. I don't feel "lock" rhymes with "walk", but I do feel the a sound in "lock" is similar to the a in "aha" or "father", but my husband disagrees.

Bob said...

This one was no challenge at all. Every clue was obvious. 9 minutes.

Mainiac said...

Good Morning Argyle, CC and All,

I wrote things in pretty steady. Perp help gave me the theme answers but I never got the theme until reading Argyle's write up. I spelled Lewd wrong (Leud, Duh) and wrote in Maui instead of Oahu, which were my only erasures.

We had a great weekend at camp. Windy but warm and the fishing was adequate. Wore the dogs out so we don't have to worry about walks today. We had a couple of beautiful star and moonlit ATV rides.

Excellent Game!!! Ryan Miller was hot. 42 blocked shots. USA! USA!

Have a great day!

tfrank said...

Good morning, C.C. and all,

Smooth sailing today. I never saw any indication of a theme; did I miss it, or was it not there? My only unknown was uno card.

One minor quibble: the opposite of windward is more appropriately, leeward, although it and alee mean about the same, without checking any references.

My time was 15, online. I continue to be amazed at times achieved by pros like Dennis. I can't write or type that fast, much less think.

Have a good day.

C. C. said...

EddyB,
Have you redone your profile? Your birthday is not shown there.

Jazzbumpa,
Hope you are getting better.

Frank,
I have a "laid-back" understanding of the theme, though LOOSE does have a "promiscuous" connotation.

Hahtool said...

Good Morning CC. This was a good Monday puzzle that I was able to run through quite quickly. I liked seeing Requests (ASKS) and More Than Requests (PLEADS) side by side.

I though MEWL was a strange word for a Monday puzzle.

My take on the theme was more like CC's. When I got the first fill, I initially thought we might be focusing on the CANNON half, but the next fill made me realize that the focus was on the first word of the response.

I also loved seeing T-STRAP. All those consonants together are just designed to lead one astray.

Trevi Fountain is beautiful, but it is actually in a very tiny square in Rome, surrounded by buildings. Seeing photos makes one think it is all out in a big open space.

QOD: We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect. ~ Henry David Throeau

Gracie said...

Good morning! Today's puzzle was extremely easy. My solve time was less than 7 minutes, the quickest time ever for me. What an ego boost. I didn't have time to finish yesterday's puzzle, I need to do it today for some humble pie.

I did not know the Greek god of war. And ptero was unknown even when the perps filled it in. Pterodactyl. hmmm - what does that have to do with wings?

Hawaii 5-0. Book 'em, Dano!

Congrats to the USA hockey team. Two of the players have ties to this area - one from Michigan State and the other a Red Wing. Several of the ice dance teams train locally, I think right now they are in first and second place.

We're in the midst of a February winter storm, nothing like you on the east coast got, but enough to close the stores and keep people inside for a while. At least I'll be inside!

Gracie

Argyle said...

Pterodactyl

Literally wing fingers(Greek).

C. C. said...

Hahtool,
Is the apostrophe in Shi'ites similar in function to the ones in Hebrew B'nai & B'rith?

Argyle,
I like how you connected STARS with ARLES. Beautiful!

Grace,
Thanks for the DOGE information the other day. By the way, what prompted you to learn Italian?

Hahtool said...

CC: I would imagine so because Shi'ite is a transliteration from the Arabic alphabet. I do not speak Arabic, however, so am not familiar with actual Arabic pronunciations.

Gracie said...

CC, My parents were born in Sicily, so my heritage is Italian. I planned to visit the country, so a community college course in Italian seemed like a good idea. After a few semesters of adult education, I joined a small group of women who study Italian with the college instructor in her home.

Last summer, the instructor took a group of 6, including herself and me, to Rome, Florence, and Venice. It was very beautiful - I'm still studying and plan to go back again.
Gracie

MJ said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C., and all,
Flew through today's puzzle never seeing some of the clues until coming here. I, too, thought of the fit of pants such as Levi's from the theme fill, but alas, no unifying clue to verify.

Dennis-What do you do when you catch a shoplifter?

Enjoy the day!

Anonymous said...

@ Dennis,

I don't see how an appearance of a politician would cheapen the event since it is all fake anyhow.

Since they go to wresting school to learn how hit each other with chairs w/o hurting them selves or the other performers.

USA beat Canada last night in hockey! Still not as great as 1980 when the collection of US college team players came together as an Olympic team and defeated the Russian professional hockey players!

1980 USA-CCCP game

kazie said...

Easy Monday for me too. My take on the theme would be "comfortable" which I think encompasses all possible interpretations.

I agree about the Trevi fountain. It was very difficult to find, even using a map, because you can't see it from any distance, and when you do finally come upon it, it's a wonderful surprise.

C.C.,
I think the confusion over the pronunciation of the short open "o" sound is perhaps a difference between British and American English. I pronounce it more like it sounds in German or British English--more clipped and not quite so open as in American. Only an American would equate it with the sound in "walk", which I would say rhymes with "cork". In all the years I have lived here, I have never been comfortable with changing my pronunciation of some of these words, and my Oz friends have teased me about my amalgamation of the two in some words like those with a long "o", e.g. "home". Aussies say that sound like "a-o" with a slide between those two sounds, whereas in my efforts to fit in here, have changed to something which is neither aussie-like or American. I'm always in awe of British or Aussie actors who so easily change to an American accent.

MJ said...

C.C.-With respect to how to pronounce "lock" and "luck", and other words that follow the "rules" , I always used the initial sounds of familiar words for teaching these short vowel sounds. " A" as in apple, "e" as in elephant, "i" as in Indian, "o" as in octopus, and "u" as in umbrella. Hope this helps!

Dennis said...

Dennis-What do you do when you catch a shoplifter?

If it's a kid, and he's scared/apologetic, I'll give him a warning. Kid w/attitude, it's parents or cops. In this case, it was a guy in his thirties. What I used to do was block the door if the guy tried to leave until my cop buddies said that I could get sued for 'unlawful restraint', so now I give a shoplifter a chance to pay for what he took, tell him he's not welcome back in the store, and if he leaves anyway, get his license number (small parking lot), call the cops, let them see the video, and they'll go get him. Not very satisfying, but that's our legal system.

RSD, I think you might've missed the point. The quote was saying that politicians are so disingenuous that they could further cheapen an already-fraudulent event.

Anonymous said...

Other blogs agree with you on the theme, C.C.

Anonymous said...

C.C., see your email.

carol said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. and everyone,

Typical Monday, very easy and only 2 I didn't know: RELAXED HAIR, I thought of permed but it didn't fit. When I saw the answer, I realized my mistake..that treatment at a salon is not a 'common' thing to me. The other word was ROLEX, I was thinking of a referee type instead of a watch.

Cold here this morning (26) but clear and sunny and going up to 56. It has been beautiful the last few days, very spring-like...cherry trees are blooming, daffodils (early variety) are up, as are all the crocus. Glancing down tree lines streets,you can see a faint green haze as leaf starts are coming out. Our lawn could actually need mowing in a week. Rain back tomorrow. Probably more that any of you wanted to know about our weather - LOL.

Argyle said...

Anon, I don't give a whit what RP thinks the theme is. Unless Ms. Nutt says differently, I'm keeping my pants.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, CC and all,

Fast puzzle today, but didn't fill the W (lewd/mewl).Felt silly after seeing it.Wouldn't have known RNA without array.new word for me:spurious.Enjoyed seeing Andy Warhol and Van Gogh.thx for pictures, Argyle, and the info on Sunni/Shia. Is a caliph a leader of either denomination?

Argyle, we know who's wearing the pants today...always a good job!

Fav. clue: Wimbledon's official timekeeper..gave me a laugh.

So enjoyed that game! Will watch the rest of the ice dancing this a.m. Why are men so enthralled with the women pushing those rocks? Buckeye's description = LMAO!

Next Monday we'll be on the beach in Oahu. :)

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Once Across and once down to fill in a few remaining blanks. I could have missed PTERO but it had magically appeared when I reviewed the completed puzzle. Mondays are nice like that.

I enjoyed the crossings of Van Gogh's ARLES with ART and "still life fruit" APPLE. Van Gogh had a beautiful Still Life with Apples, Pears, Lemons and Grapes.

I liked Argyle's take on the theme. I've heard comfortable pants referred to by all those names. I don't buy "painted on" jeans anymore myself. I like Gloria Vanderbilt stretch jeans.

It was fun to recognize some of the names in the crossword tournament lists.

It rained most of yesterday, but it is lovely this morning. Think I'll celebrate the day and take Charley for a paseo. As far as celebrating Thinking Day, that ship may have already sailed. :o)

Hahtool said...

Do the California ladies still get together on occasion? I will be in SF / Berkeley in a couple of weeks. So if you get together ...

Jeannie said...

This one was almost too easy. I too just zipped through it as fast as I could type.

The best part of my Monday is JEANNIE’S DAISIES has arrived and it is simply breathtaking!

Lucina said...

C. C. and all:
Good morning! I am babysitting so I have to write this on the run. Today was extremely easy although I couldn't time myself because of the above. After noting loose, casual, easy and relaxed, I searched for a unifying theme but did not see one within the puzzle until I read your blog. It's too bad "fit" couldn't be part of it somehow. That would have been clever. (baby is now sleeping)

C.C.:
For pronunciation, it all depends on the movement of the mouth. As long as you open it to the desired degree, the sound will occur.

What most of us don't stop to think about is that our muscles are formed and fixed in place from infancy to concur with the sounds around us and for some speakers certain sounds are harder than others. Kazie is a good example because even though she speaks the language, her muscles are formed in a different way from ours. So while I agree with MJ that the usual way to teach sounds is with the words he cited, it is not so easy for a non-English speaker for the reasons noted.

Also, C.C. I noticed you wrote "an euphamistic" and here is a tip: when the "u" (e is silent here) sounds like "you" the article "a" is used because "y" is a consonant, so it would be "a euphamism", a university, a utility, etc.

Also, I stand corrected on "paseo". I checked in my trusty Webster and "paseo" is listed as a regular word, no indication of foreign usage, only the origin and the def. is "a leisurely stroll." My apologies to the constructor.

Hasta luego, amigos.

Lucina said...

I'm sorry, MJ, I said "he" when I should have said "she". It's hard to keep this in my aged brain with only initials to remember.

Carlos del Oeste said...

Mornin' y'all (I can use that term as I grew up in Charleston, SC)

I agree this was not a difficult puzzle, but not as "throw away easy" as some. I did hit a couple of speed bumps (ptero, uno card, meul) the latter being a fine example of how difficult our language is meul & mule are pronounced the same.

Kazie, I agree about how amazing it is when Brit and Aussy actors effect an American accent. American English seems to be so flat. Seems easier for an American to affect a Brit or Aussy accent. Case in point, my wife and I saw Avatar last night. WOW! Sam Worthington was completely understandable for me in the movie, but in on-line interviews his native language (Australian), I had a hard time.

New computer set-up going easier than I expected. I still prefer coming here on the laptop with my coffee and breakee on the table w/in reach.

I will walk my dogs today even though it is snowing again for the gazillionth time this winter. No little green buds popping out here in the high desert.

C de O

Carlos del Oeste said...

Lucina, I never think of paseo being adopted into our English language as have many other French, German, etc. words have. I think my first encounter with the word was here in Santa Fe with Paseo del Peralta, a main street downtown named after one of the early Spanish, ah-hem, visitors to this land. And, I have spell check on my side as paseo is red lined. S/C thinks I mean apse or paso. No clue why S/C accepts paso, but not paseo.

C de O

eddyB said...

Hello all.

Our latest storm is working its way East and should get there before the end of the month. MNs
should not count it as part of the March snow fall.

CC. See your gmail.
CdO. Hope you received and liked
the photos.
CA. I feel the same way about words in French. Seidel is not in my German/English dictionary.

Anyway, the vicar afraid to
pronounce Dors last name (FlucK)
changed it to Clunt.

eddyB

Argyle said...

Lucina said @11:41 AM
Also, C.C. I noticed you wrote "an euphamistic"....

Two, well, three things: You are right; it should have been "a".

Two: C.C. didn't write it; I did.

Three: The actual offence was an euphemistic and not an euphamistic (sp.).

(Now if someone will check my punctuation....)

kazie said...

EddyB,
Seidel is in my Cassell's ('62), Klett ('93) and also in my old Sprach-Brockhaus ('51). All say it's a glass (beer)mug, Cassell's says it's a half-pint, small beer mug. That's using a British pint which was 20 oz.

Anonymous said...

I agree that this puzzle was quite easy, and I didn't get the theme until I arrived here. It took me a while to get RELAXED as it only applies to those with curly hair. For most of us, the chemicals would be to dye the hair or something like that.

Magnum P.I. was created in order to further use the expensive production facilities of Hawaii Five-O when it concluded.

I'm headed for a nap. I feel a cold coming on and this would be a lousy week to be sick (as if any week would be a good one).

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Easy Monday puzzle, I suppose, but still a slog for me. Theme eluded me.

C.C. - the cold lingers. I'm quite tired of it by now. But, no complaints. It will end, and I know people with far heavier crosses to bear.

Lots of snow here today. All the schools are closed. We have a concert tonight, which I was hoping would be canceled, but it's on.

Gracie -
Brian Rafalski is actually from
Dearborn. That was an amazing hockey game. Lots to CHEER about. I don't recall ever seeing 3 consecutive breakaways before. Ryan Miller was spectacular.

I told my friend Jerry he should have a really old oldies group, called Jerry and the Atrics. But Pterry and the Dactyls is even better. (Or worse. YMMV.)

Cheers!
Jzb the not always EASY LISTENING trombonist

MR ED said...

hi CC, Argyle and fellow bloggers. Great job Argie, as usual. Only I never heard of the police called 'five-o' by the youth or anyone else. It must have been a regional saying.

Hi Dennis. Where've you been?

CC, I think the sound in 'lock' is like the sound in 'aah! What do you think?

Hahtool,
The word 'mewl' is not only unusual for Mon. but it is really obscure.

So today is allegedly "Be Humble Day"? Hmmmmm....

MR ED said...

Hahtool & CC,
the ' in shi'ite is so you pronounc the word with two syllsbles instead of one as in shiite.

MR ED said...

Excuse my typos. syllables and pronounce.

kazie said...

Mr. Ed,
Also your shiite reminded me of the old or perhaps cockney British slang pronunciation of shit as shite.

To me "aah" has the same sound as I use in saying Barb. I used to be misunderstood all the time when phoning and asking for a friend with that name, people thought I wanted her husband, Bob.

Lucina said...

Carlos del O (do you know that is an actual surname? I've known students by that name, Del O) my friend, I don't know what to tell you except that even when I glgd paseo it came up as a regular word. I'm puzzled, too.

Scratching my head . . .

Lucina said...

C.C:
Please accept my sincere apologies for directing that whole "an euphemism" to you.

This aging thing is just taking over!

Argyle:
I apologize to you as well; I can't believe I wrote "euphamism" since I am usually a strong speller, not as strong a proofreader obviously. Again, the aging thing.

I would be happy to check your punctuation anytime.

To all: if it were easy to transition from one's native speech to another, no one would ever speak with an "accent" which by the way, I find charming.

Hasta luego.

WM said...

Quick check in...fun, easy puzzle. My brain went with C.C.'s on the theme. No problems or hangups. Great write up Argyle. :o)

To Jeannie...so glad you liked them. The colors are always much more intense in person.

Loved wandering around Arles and loved stumbling across the "Cafe de la Nuit" which is, of course, painted to look exactly like the painting. To celebrate our bit of serendipity we all enjoyed a glass of Pastis in the warm Sept weather of southern France. I did two paintings of the square...neither have the Cafe...would be difficult to top a Van Gogh...lol :o)

Lastly...Dennis, great thing to quote Durst! My favorite politcal comedian and friend. He and his wife are wonderful and funny people and Deb was the voice of a character in Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton. Every year Durst and Co. have their big end of the Blow-Out comedy get together in venues all over the Bay Area...and a fun time is had by all.

Cheers to all...been uber busy lately and looks to continue. I do read through most days and always do the puzzles.

Carlos del Oeste said...

Lucina,

Around this part of the desert, the surname of C de Baca is prevalent. I've always wondered if they were shortening the name for convenience or maybe they just weren't too proud of the "C" side of the family . . . heh, heh.

Carlos del Oeste

Chickie said...

Hello All--I'm in agreement with everyone else about the puzzle today. Easy and quick. The theme escaped me until Arglye/CC gave us their takes.

"Peachy Keen" was used loooong ago by teens. Can you imagine someone using that exclamation today?!

We only saw the last few seconds of the Hockey Game as they broke into the Bob Sled finals to give us the score and the outcome. It was a spectacular game and the newspaper account today was great reading. There are 5 Sharks from San Jose playing on the two teams. The paper today said that the one young Shark on the US team will have something to lord over the others. I had to laugh at that.

Today is also my Father's birthday. He always said that the day off was in his honor. Now that there is a President's day the 22nd isn't celebrated as it was.

Robin said...

Help. I need to figure out the number of black turtle beans in a 24 OZ. net weight bag of beans. I'm Not very smart but it will help win a toy for a haitian child.

Bill G. said...

Can you find a bean similar in size to a black turtle bean (whatever that is)? Can you get access to an accurate scale for small weights like a postal scale or a pharmacy scale? If so, weigh the bean. Say it weighs 0.05 ounces. Then get a calculator and divide 24 by 0.05. In this case, you would get 480 beans. Otherwise, you could weigh 10 beans and divide 240 by their combined weight. Or divide 2400 by the weight of 100 beans. Dunno if this will help any. Good luck!

C. C. said...

MR ED,
Good point on the apostrophe in Shi'ite. Do you speak Arabic? Did your grandma teach you?

Lucina,
I really appreciate your pointing out the "a" & "euphemism" match. I'd have written "an" too. Don't worry about your "euphamism" typo. Everyone makes & understands spelling error.

Carlos del Oeste,
I pointed out your old Chuck of the West"" profile while you were away. Hope you can somehow log in.

C. C. said...

MJ,
Thank you for the tip on short vowels. The problem is my " a" sound in apple and the first "e" sound in elephant are the same.

Kazie,
Re: Luck/Cork & "aah" /Barb (Bob). You seem to swallow the "r" sound.

WM,
Hey! Always great to see you back.

KQ & Jazzbumpa,
Get well soon!

Jeannie said...

@Wolfmom, I am thinking I am not going to frame the picture...can I say once again how happy and peaceful it makes me feel? I can gaze at it forever. I promise to take a picture of the field of daisies I drive by day after day on my commute. Your rendition was spot on.

Robin, can you cheat and weigh an once, count them and then multiply? MWAG is 480 beans. Let me know how far off the mark I am/was. I also beg to differ, you had to take Math to have the profession you have.

Numbers are my curse. I tend to memorize them and they run through my mind when trying to sleep.

Heinz, 1930, 2800, 1345; Hormel, 1597, 1970; Georgia Pacific, 1700; etc..... those are the vendor numbers set up by my company.

Lemonade714 said...

576 beans.

They do not let "not very smart" people in helpicopters

good lcuk

eddyB said...

4 Kazie. Webster calls them a small glass. The on-line dictionary calls them a large
glass. My dictionary is a Langen-
scheidt circa 1962. When I G'ed
Seidel, I got the family history
of someone named Seidel. Only when I added bier krug to seidel, did I get everything under the sun from glass to pewter,small glasses to yards and boots and mugs to steins.

I still have my father's schooner.
(20 oz), the sorority party favor mug( 13 in tall and 40 oz) and my
fraternity tankard (32 oz). Guess they all could be called a seidel.

Enough of this.

eddyB.

Jazzbumpa said...

Well, we had a great night.

Our performance was at the Farmington Hills library. The event was part of Black History month. We played tunes by Duke Elington, Charlie Parker, Diz, Lester Young, Chick Corea, and Me.

This was the best performace yet of BLUES FOR NATE, and my best solo, maybe ever. For some reason, I was very relaxed, and I took Diz's advice, "Just play, man." It all came out well.

Time to call it a night.

Cheers!
JzB the tired but happy trombonist

MJ said...

C.C., I totally understand the difficulty of imitating unfamiliar sounds in a foreign language. My Swedish friends have tried so hard to help me with some of the sounds from their language, but, as yet, to no avail. For instance, I will probably never be able to correctly pronounce the Swedish word for the number seven (sju). Yet they understand what I am trying to say, they know I'm trying, and that's enough for us to communicate and get along. I admire your command and understanding of the English language, C.C., not to mention American-English.

Jeannie-Thank you for repeating your recipe for meat loaf a few days ago. My husband loves meat loaf, and I shall try adding the mushrooms next time.

Robin said...

Thank you my oh so smart friends. You must remember I use a calculator to check and double check my doses of medications. No guessing there. You have just won 100 bicycles for tots and young to middle aged children. Thank You, Thank you, from Haiti! also from my Mom who always said don't give me drugs in an emergency!!!!