Feb 4, 2010

Thursday February 4, 2010 James Sajdak

Theme: ??? - I had to stop to think about the theme title but it never came to me. I guess I forgot to start up again.

17A. Start of a quote: DID YOU EVER

23A. Quote, part 2: STOP TO THINK,

38A. Author of the quote: A.A. MILNE

51A. Quote, part 3: AND FOR GET TO

60A. End of the quote: START AGAIN

Boomer here.

I was not thrilled with this quote theme, even though the constructor worked "Author of the quote" into the center of grid, a significant improvement over the old formulaic Alan Olschwang style Thursday quip under Wayne R. William regime: Start of quip/Part 2 of the quip/part 3 of the quip/end of the quip.

I did like the baseball references:

5A. Grass surfaces: TURFS - Interesting that the Twins are opening Target Field in a couple of months. They are calling their new surface grass. They've been playing on artificial TURF in the Metrodome for years.

52D. 'Stros, for example: NLERS - Tired of seeing the non-existing ALERS and NLERS in crosswords? Houston Astros belong to the National League.

62D. Baseball's Cobb and Cline: TYS - HOFer Ty Cobb is one of only two players to amass over 4000 hits in his major league career. Ty Cline kicked around the majors for 12 years and amassed only 437 hits. Neither was Buster Brown's dog.


1. Clip contents: AMMO

10. Whirlpool: EDDY. I think a whirlpool is called an Eddy because of Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds' first husband and Liz Taylor's fifteenth or so. Because when you fish for sunfish and hook one, they tend to swim in a tight circle and create an eddy.

14. Wagered: LAID. Bet didn't fit. Normally when you LAY a bet you are giving odds.

15. Slanted: ATILT. Something to avoid when playing pinball.

16. Like undecorated walls: BARE. Goldilocks encountered three of them.

19. Slammer at sea: BRIG. Hoosegow didn't fit. "Slammer" slang for "prison". BRIG is sailor's prison.

20. VIP roster: A LIST. Is there a "B" list? I'm probably on it, but not on the first page.

21. With no margin for error: EXACTING

26. Grifter's easy mark: LIVE ONE. Bernie Madoff and Tom Petters found a few.

29. Prohibition action: RAID. I'm picturing Elliot Ness with a spray can of insect repellent.

30. It's gnus to the lions: PREY. Since there is no NFL team called the gnus, I'm afraid Detroit will need to look for different prey. Nice gnus/news wordplay.

33. Pilgrim's destination: MECCA. Plymouth Rock didn't fit.

42. Photographer Adams: ANSEL. His photos are all black and white. Kind of like Minnesota streets in the winter.

44. Curly poker?: MOE. And STOOGES (45D. Curly group?) - Larry, Moe, and Jack were the original Stooges. Curly came along later Wup, Wup, Wup, Wup.

45. Geisha's cupful: SAKE. Japanese rice wine.

46. Ragtime piece that became Vincent Lopez's theme: NOLA. Also a city in Louisiana - good luck in the Super Bowl!

49. Hit, as flies: SWATTED. The sultan of swat was Babe Ruth. He hit some BIG FLIES!

54. Quivering: AFLUTTER. Peanut sitting on a railroad track. Heart was all aflutter. Train came rolling down the track, Choo Choo peanut butter.

55. Salad bar pair: TONGS

59. Cuernavaca crowd?: TRES. Spanish for "three". Idiom: Three is a crowd. Cuernavaca is in Central Mexico.

63. Raced: TORE

64. "Whoopee!": OH BOY. One of Buddy Holly's early hits. One day after the anniversary of the day the music died. Feb 3, 1959.

65. Logician's word: ERGO. "Cogito, ergo sum". I took four years of Latin in HS and I still don't understand it.

66. Empire until 1991: Abbr.: USSR. I thought an empire needed an emperor. Russia had a Premier, but I guess he thought he was an emperor.

67. Doesn't put anything away for a while?: FASTS. Put away: eat.

68. Harbor hauler: SCOW


3. Skirt length: MIDI. I don't see these much any more. Passing fad?

4. Homeric inspiration for Joyce's "Ulysses": ODYSSEY. Also the name of a putter. I think the PGA still allows them, as long as there are no square grooves.

5. Ancient cross shape: TAU. Greek T is cross-shaped.

6. Beehive State native: UTE. I don't know why Utah is the Beehive state, it just is.

7. Bit of bridge-building hardware: RIVET. Many are still wishing they had used stronger ones on the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi.

8. Biceps, e.g.: FLEXOR. MUSCLE fit nicely into the little boxes. I had to use Wite-Out later.

9. Sedimentary rock layers: STRATA. Also a Top Flite golf ball brand

10. Good time for a beachcomber: EBB TIDE. Looking for Sharks' teeth.

11. "Splish Splash" singer: DARIN (Bobby). More famous for "Mac the Knife". "Oh the shark has, pretty teeth dear, and he shows them pearly whites......"

12. Manhattan, for one: DRINK. The best is a VO Manhattan on the rocks with a little bit of cherry juice. One's the limit if you're driving.

13. Safecracker: YEGG. This is a real word?

18. Name of four Holy Roman emperors: OTTO. Also the name of SGT. Snorkel's dog.

22. Doorbell sound: CHIME. Our doorbell goes "ding dong".

24. Four-F's opposite, in the draft: ONE A. I was ONE A once. Then I became PVT.

25. Wave maker: PERM. I wanted to put a part of a boat here. I don't have enough hair to think about a permanent wave.

26. Women's links gp.: LPGA. Great players. Now that Annika has retired, the door is open for the next wave of stars. No squared grooves though - that's cheating.

27. Pressing need?: IRON. Missed the boat. This is an LPGA tool of the trade.

28. Examiners of boxers: VETS. So when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear, did he go to the Vet?

35. Greek salad slice, briefly: CUKE. Not sure why it has to be a Greek salad. I put cuke slices on lots of things.

36. Like good bourbon: AGED. Many things get better with age.

38. High, as a kite: ALOFT. Avoid Charlie Brown's Kite-Eating Tree though.

39. Get rid of: LOSE

40. Ex-Speaker Gingrich: NEWT. Are his eyes used in witches brew?

43. Retail computer buyer, e.g.: END USER. When I buy a computer I use the whole thing, not just one end.

47. Much: LOTS OF

48. First name in soul: ARETHA (Franklin)

53. Up for __: GRABS

54. Alaskan island closer to Russia than to Alaska: ATTU. Maybe that's where Sarah Palin goes to see Russia.

56. DEA raider: NARC

57. Cautionary data entry acronym: GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out). OK, if you say so.

58. Winter blanket: SNOW. I'm familiar with that. I've shoveled the blanket a few times this year.

61. Twaddle: RAT. No idea. When we ratted on someone, it was called tattle. (Corrected later: The answer is ROT, not RAT).

Welcome back, Papajim! Your blue profile is still there.

Answer grid.



Dennis said...

Good morning, Boomer, C.C. and gang - deja vu all over again. A Thursday quote! I half-expected to see Alan Olschwang's byline at the top. Clever, working A. A. Milne's name into the middle.

Once I had the the first two pieces of the quote, I knew the rest, but had no idea it came from Milne. No real unknowns, but I did need perp help to get a start when there were multiple answers possible. I liked the two 'Curly' clues; he was definitely the best. Did not like seeing 'Winter blanket' - we're supposed to get hammered with a good one Friday night/Saturday.

Favorite clue: It's gnus to the lions. Overall, a fun puzzle, perfect for a Thursday.

Boomer, a very nice job, as always.

Today is both Create a Vacuum Day and Thank a Mailman Day. I'm not about to say it.

Today's Words of Wisdom: " Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable." -- Sydney J. Harris

Some more definitions:

- Romance: a love affair in other than domestic surroundings. -- Sir Walter Raleigh

- Rudeness: the weak man's imitation of strength. -- Eric Hoffer

Bob said...

Easy Thursday puzzle, with two references to the Three Stooges no less. No lookups or errors. 14 minutes.

Dick said...

Good morning Boomer, C.C. and All, I enjoyed this puzzle once I got some traction in the top half. My problems occurred in the south central area when I put “beers” for Stros. I guess they still make Stroh’s beer. That little maneuver caused me much pain and time before I corrected the error.

I did not know the quote nor the author and kept looking at the double As at the beginning of the name and I also had toss for lose for awhile so a bit of difficulty in that area.

I liked the two clues/answers for Moe and Stooges.

Difficulty level was about right for a Thursday IMO.

Hope you all have a great Thursday.

Hahtoolah said...

Morning, Boomer, CC and Friends. I am not generally a fan of Quote themed puzzles. I struggled with the quote, but got AA Milne on the first pass. There were some good clues, though.

Clip items threw me for a loop at first, but once I got the AMM through the perps, I had my Aha moment.

I also wanted MEAL instead of PREY for the "gnus to lions."

Not a big fan of the 3 stooges, either, but recognized the shout out to them.

Thanks for the compliment, JD. I enjoy your comments and contributions here, too.

A nasty, cold and rainy day here.

QOD: To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks. ~ A.A. Milne

lois said...

Good morning Boomer, CC, et al., Boomer, excellent job. LOL at several of your comments. Funny guy! Really well done. I had no idea of 57D GIGO. Thanks for that explanation.

Great puzzle. It helped knowing the quote but I still struggled a bit in the the South. 13D Yegg? Holy Moly! Is that what a yicken
'laid'? yep!

And 'moe' 'snow' is on the way here too. For goodness 'sake'! There 'otto' be a law!

It's a school day finally. I'm going to go deal w/those who
'create a vacuum' between their ears daily. I'll thank our
'mail'man all right. He does have some outstanding qualities.

Enjoy your day.

ipo said...

Wow, after only a few weeks of solving, a Thursday puzzle I finished without help, and a gimme. Last evening, I was with friends at the art walk here and one of the treats available was SAKE . I had just read the article, so I was able to dazzle the crowd with my insight. I have seen you all write about how things pop up coincidentally, and I guess this is my first. As a teacher, whenever I think of rice wine, I also think of SAKI all of which explains why learning English must be so hard. What do you think C.C. and Kazie?

Dick said...

Lois, you are a hoot. I enjoy your comments.

Mainiac said...

Good Morning Boomer, CC and All,

Took me awhile to get going on this one. I had to put it down for a bit (plus I had to work) and then the top started to fill in. Quite a bit of erasing. Docs instead of Vets (couldn't get my mind off of boxing),
Muscle for Flexor were among the many. I'm with Hahtool on the quote puzzles. Needed help in the end for Nola, Ansel and Milne. Not a bad grid and a typical Thursday difficulty.

Great write up Boomer! Very funny.

Ipo, I haven't been to Moody's for years. I don't get across the bridge much. ;)

Jeannie, My dad started me on sardines early on. It seemed to be a tradition when I was doing carpentry to have a can with saltines at coffee time. I've had to scale back since I've had this job. My fellow department heads didn't appreciate the smell at staff meetings.

Snowed again for a couple of days. No great accumulations, just kept coming. Dennis, start stretching your back out, looks like your in for another dumping.

Have a great day!

Jeanne said...

Morning all,

Thursday puzzles are my favorite and today was no exception. No major hang ups since it actually seemed easier than a usual Thursday. Boomer, you did a great job--loved your humor.

I have three Ansel Adams like photographs hanging in my family room which were done by my son when he was in college. Very special to me. Midi length skirts are very unflattering unless one is wearing high boots and possibly holding a whip! On really bad days, my husband will make us a terrific VO Manhattan and for awhile, all is right in the world. Love terms like GIGO, LIFO, FIFO--all accounting related terms.

We have had only a total of 5 inches of snow this entire winter but things may change as of this weekend. Sincerely hope we miss the foot or more of predicted snow south of us. Moving up activities, so Saturday can be spent safely indoors. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

If 64 across is OHBOY, how can 61 down be RAT. I have ROT

Dennis said...

Wow, I don't think we've ever had someone call a puzzle 'garbage' before. I hardly think it's garbage, or even a bad effort; it's an appropriate difficulty level for a Thursday, especially with the quote.

anon@8:10, you're correct.

Mainiac, good advice; thanks.

Jeanne, are you that far from Philly? They're talking about as much as 18" here in south Jersey. Lois, how many inches are you getting?

Jeanne said...

@Dennis, We live in Berks Co. about 50 miles north and west of Philly. Our predictions are for 4-8 inches. We never got the big storm you did about 6 weeks ago. Last weekend we didn't have even a flake when I know people to the south of us had plenty. I guess we are due.

windhover said...

Is that 18" of snow, or 6" three times?

RD said...

Anonymous is correct on 61D being rot not rat. Twaddle is silly talk etc, which rot fits better and ohboy 64A proves it.

kazie said...

Great write-up, Boomer!
G'day to all.

For a Thursday I had really smooth sailing until I hit the south, especially the SW. I also missed what was going on with the last words of the quote, part 1. I've never heard this quote before so was pulling at straws with that.

At the bottom TRES was a pure guess, since I never did make the crowd connection with the 3's a crowd saying. Also have never heard GIGO before.

Thought the clues for PREY and FASTS were clever. Got it all with no outside help. Pretty good for Thursday!

kazie said...

As another discussion topic, I submit skirt lengths. My idea is that it all depends on your gams. When midis were in, tall boots were also in, and I think that was because the skirt length is not too flattering to any legs. Only some people can wear minis, though many of us tried in the 60's when we shouldn't have. But have you looked at photos of some of the celebs that shouldn't be wearing them and do? Knobbly knees definitely shouldn't! About the only length everyone is safe with is the maxi.

I'm wondering if you mistook my origins as Austrian rather than Australian? I grew up speaking English. However, having taught foreign languages for so long, I'm accutely aware of the differences, and the kinds of pitfalls foreigners fall into. The Germans use German idioms and word order in English to very amusing effect. Pronunciations and spellings in English are a bear--think of though/thought/through/cough/tough/plough, though the last is only in British English. We've discussed those here before.

Some of the difficulties in English stem from its multilingual origins and the spellings and pronunciations in the original forms of the borrowings. This also applies to its grammar rules, and it's why we hear that there are as many exceptions as there are rules. Not so in German: once you know a rule for pronunciation or grammar, you're pretty safe in applying it in every situation. But learning the rules is a dandy!

Anonymous said...

@entropy, you must be a twin of tinbeni.

ipo said...


No I understood you were from OZ; I was referring to what I had perceived was your background as a teacher of the English language to others; you as a techer complement the experience C.C. has had learning English.

Then again, there are times I do not understand much of what an Aussie is saying, so....

Time to GI GO

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everyone!

Boomer!! So nice to have you doing the blog today. Looks like it's right up your alley (lane)! A very delightful and offbeat write up. It's nice that you found pappajim's profile for him.

I originally had NINES for NLERS, thinking of the number of players on the field. Had to correct ODYSSEY from ODYSSES to get my congratulations screen.

@dick Also did the TOSS/LOSE switch.

@dennis Isn't that a bit of a very personal question for lois?

Have a fantastic day. Shout Hooray, It's Thursday!!

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Nice job, Boomer.

Love A.A. Milne and loved the puzzle. I don't recall ever reading the quote before, but it flowed very easily with just a few perp letters to get me started.

I had a little trouble with FLEXOR. I went with MUSCLE the first time around too. GIGO was a new term for me and I had to google post puzzle to find out what it meant.

My "D'oh!" moment was with 28D "Examiner of boxers". I had REFS, until I just couldn't anymore. Oh...dogs!

ANSEL Adams was a gimme. We live close to Yosemite and every gift and souvenir store has his prints.

I think the STOOGES must be a "guy thing". Many men I know think they are hysterical. Most women just shrug their shoulders.

For "ladies of a certain age", I think a hemline just below the kneecap works best. High heel mid-calf boots make any skirt length look good. I have boots, but only one dress. I bought it for my sister's wedding 10 years ago. The next time I wear a dress will probably be to one of my grand children's wedding.

Kazie, don't forget "slough", pronounced sloo. My father used to refer to the "Slough of Despond" from Pilgrim's Progress, whenever one of his daughters was caught being less than truthful and should have (but probably wasn't) feeling guilty.

Warren said...

Hi Boomer, C.C. & gang, I think my wife and I finished ~50% of today's puzzle before she left for work. I went online and quickly got the quote, the rest of the puzzle was easier after that. I'd forgotten the GIGO acronym until I got here.

Here's the scoop on
"The Beehive State

Most of the nicknames associated with Utah are related to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, that first settled in the territory. Deseret, in The Book of Mormon is actually a honeybee. Early Mormon settlers have been described as having carried "swarms of bees" with them."

Jeannie said...

I’m with you Dennis, I thought I was doing a TMS Thursday puzzle. As you know I am not a big fan of quote puzzles but thought having the person who made the quote in the puzzle a nice twist. I did get some perp help with Tau, yegg (thought I had something wrong there) and gigo. Favorite clues were “clip contents”-ammo and “wave maker” perm. I must admit my DF mind wanted “gals” for examiners of boxers. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

Dick said...

Jeannie, Great line for examiners of boxers, “gals”. I guess DFness is hard to cure, but then who wants to cure it.

Barb B said...

Blogger Barb B said...

Boomer! Nice to see you in print again. Very nice, humorous write up.

We’re still on a wave of relatively easy puzzles; I’m enjoying them. No googling, but James Sajdak had some unusual and tricky clueing that had me stopping and starting all through the puzzle. As Boomer pointed out, lots of things didn’t fit. CLIP CONTENTS and GRASS SURFACES took me a while to figure out. I loved GIGO. Learned it in the computer world; didn’t know it was also (first?) an accounting term.

My apologies for misplacing the Tuesday, Crockett was right, of course. It’s a Portland station. I don’t watch TV so they’re all on-line for me, and I sometimes confuse them. Or they confuse me. Or... oh, never mind.

Anonymous said...

For a quote puzzle I thought this one was a keeper, probably because I can relate to the quote all too much. Lots of nice clever cluing and liked the two references to the STOOGES. I too blanked on VET for examiner of boxers. The dog didn't come to mind for a long time. No problems finishing today, but also did it online with red letter help. No printer in San Diego, so I have to do the puzzles online when I am here.

I am going to pass on thanking my mailman today, partly because I am out of town, but mostly because if I run into him it is a half hour before I can get him to leave. He is a nice guy, means well, a great mailman, but very lonely. I think he takes twice as long to do his route as anyone else. He makes it his business to know what is going on in people's lives, in a well-meaning way, but sometimes too intrusive. He came to my dad's funeral and was one of the few people that was crying there. A little awkward. That is enough of that!!! Dennis, why did you bring that up?

Boomer - awesome job today. Of course, being a Minnesotan, I loved all the references.

Hope everyone has a fabulous day!!!

papajim said...


Argyle said...


Once I listened to it, I realized I've heard it before

kazie said...

Thanks for the beehive explanation. I've wondered about that before too.

Actually, I've only taught French and German as foreign languages, though I had a stint back in 1970-71 as an assistante d'anglais in France, and have had many opportunities to help our exchange students from our sister school in Hessen. Most of them had such good English instruction there though, that they really didn't need much help. It makes a difference when they start in 5th grade and it's compulsory right through high school! If only that were so here!
As you said though, Aussie, or 'Strine to the natives, is another language even I only partly know, since it has changed over the years I've been gone.

My problem with that just below the knee length is that my lower legs are too short, and they always look dowdy. I loved when the maxis were in. At the school where I taught for a year when we were first back here in '74, one day when I wore something shorter for the first time, one of the kids exclaimed "She's got legs!".

I have a book of Ansel Adams' work given to me by a former student visiting from Oz. At the time I didn't really appreciate it, knowing little about him then. Now I treasure it. Recently I saw examples of his color photography in Smithsonian Magazine--those are great too.

Clear Ayes said...

I should have said "slough", pronounced either "sloo" or "slou" to rhyme with cow. It is interesting to me that a word can be spelled the same way, mean the same thing and be pronounced in more than one way.

Nowadays, it is "letter carrier". My sister was a letter carrier and even a bear of little brain can be a letter carrier. Thanks Sis. Thanks Pooh.

We've had several Milne poems, but not this one (I hope). It seems appropriate and goes with 28D "High as a kite", ALOFT.

Wind On The Hill

No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It's flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn't keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes...
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.

-A.A. Milne

3 of Four said...

Great Job BOOMER ;~)

Sanna frassin rackin frackin...

Still no change at the SUB-Standard/Times here in San Angelo. Still using the WRW instead of the LAT.

Boomer - thanks for the rememberance of the old Olschwang quips. I don't know if WRW is still using such, because I refuse to look at the puzzle page in the newspaper. Strickly an on-line solver now.

Thought is was fun to have 2 prohibition clues with two drinking clues...I was hoping that "High as a kite" would refer to an overindulgence with the spirits.

Absolutely wild about Adams photographs. Can sit and look at them for hours on end.

I think I'll go fly a kite...

carol said...

Hi Boomer, C.C. and gang - I actually finished this one without help so that makes 4 days in a row, be still my heart!
I did have major trouble in the NW corner for the longest time, but I finally just moved on to another area and came back to it later. I just could not think of AMMO for 1A..I knew 3D would have to start with the letter 'M' but it could have been MAXI,MIDI or MINI. I used to wear mini skirts all the time (in the 60's) but age catches up with all of us. I still have long slender legs, but somehow it's not the same. :0

Boomer: great write up - you have a refreshing sense of humor!

CA: glad you said that you think the Stooges might be a 'guy' thing. I think so too...Joe thinks they are funny. I really dislike most of slapstick. It is sort of like fireworks, most guys are right in the middle of firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles etc...most women (and girls) would just as soon be somewhere else. Public fireworks displays are different, and I enjoyed them.

GIGO was a new one (as far as the abbreviation was concerned). I have heard the phrase.

Bill G. said...

I got the NOLA answer somehow and recognized it from the clip. It sure doesn't sound like a ragtime piece though.

Lemonade714 said...


YOu forgot one;
you have
slough1  /slaʊ for 1, 2, 4; slu for 3/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [slou for 1, 2, 4; sloo for 3] Show IPA
–noun 1. an area of soft, muddy ground; swamp or swamplike region.
2. a hole full of mire, as in a road.
3. Also, slew, slue. Northern U.S. and Canadian. a marshy or reedy pool, pond, inlet, backwater, or the like.
4. a condition of degradation, despair, or helplessness.
and then you have
slough2  /slʌf/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [sluhf] Show IPA
–noun 1. the outer layer of the skin of a snake, which is cast off periodically.
2. Pathology. a mass or layer of dead tissue separated from the surrounding or underlying tissue.
3. anything that is shed or cast off.
4. Cards. a discard.

Three sounds for one word; gotta love English

eddyB said...

Hello all.

I remember the old TMS puzzles and all of the quotes.

Ansel started using color later in life when he was teaching.

Madden NFL has predicted a Saints victory. They have been right 5 of the last 6 times.

For Strols, I had BEERS for a while. Very tired of NLERS.

Was named Eddy because I go around
in circles - sometimes.

Would rather have rain than all of that snow. Our last storm should be
in IL by now.


eddyB said...

Hello all.

Lost my comments and have to start over.

Aptly named Eddy since I go around in circles - sometimes.

Madden NFL has predicted a Saints
victory. They have been correct
5 of the last 6 times.

Raining again. But, I would prefer that than all of that snow.
Our last storm should be in IN by now.

For Strols, I had BEERS for a while. Very tired of seeing NLERS.

A Adams started using color later in his career when he started teaching.


Kelev said...

So the PC term is now "letter carrier" and not mailman? That explains why my magazines are either delivered to the wrong address or are mangled when I get them. It also explains why I get my neighbors' non-letters on an all too frequent basis.

john28man said...

I knew NOLA because my wife and I spent our honeymoon in NYC and stayed at the Taft Hotel. Vincent Lopez was playing in the basement bar then. We went every evening.....early.

Buckeye said...

Guday, all. I thought today's x/w would be a "bear" for me since I was up all night studying for a blood test I had this morning. What a waste of time. Not a single question about blood. They only asked me one question:
"What's your birthday"?
"September 16th".
"What year"?
"Ah - every year".
I told her, "Be gentle. I have a morbid fear of those "N" things".
She asked, "Needles?"
"No," I responded. "Nurses. You should see the one we got at the GBRV".

Anyhoo, I came back home only to find out I had hit a "time warp". I was solving a Thursday, Alan Olschwang x/w. It felt like the "Ground Hog Day" movie. It was fun and rather easy for a Thursday LAT x/w.

So, I agree with Dennis' 5:39A post, but would never have the cajones to ask Lois, "How many inches are you getting"? as you did in the 8:28A post. Your's are "Solid Brass", Dude!!

Great job Boomer and very clever. I knew Buster Brown and his dog was not named "Ty" but rather "Tyge", short for "Tiger". We played together as kids. He had shoes; I didn't!

I don't really like the Three Stooges either. As a male, I like Garland, show tunes, Manilow, Torme, and opera. I have always proudly proclaimed I'm a LESBIAN. I like to play "around" with women, and play "a round" from the red tees.

YEGG has been in many x/w's and used often in 1930's "B" movies.
"We need help knockin' off that bank. We need a yegg".
"I know a swell yegg, Rico".

Carol: what's with the dress lengths? I thought Maxi, Midi and Mini were pads.

Everybody be careful tomorrow. It's "Disaster Day"!!!!!

I must be off!

KeaauRich said...

"Thank a Mailman Day" reminds me of a Ricky Gervais interview a while back where he described his history as a practical joker. "I used to send me mum postcards with messages like 'Is your mailman still a pedophile'?" (which he pronounced "peed-a-file")

JimmyB said...

It's tough having to follow Buckeye and K-Rich.

But I will say: Boomer, you should do this more often.

Argyle - Thanks for the NOLA link. It sounds strangely familiar, like something I might have learned at piano lessons (the slower first part, that is).

Crockett1947 said...

@3outof4 WRW still does a weekly quote puzzle, but it's on Wednesdays now.

@bucyeye So nice to have a chuckle added to the day. You are a certified riot, my friend!

carol said...

Buckeye: (2:09) LMAO - you are 1/3 correct, sir! Actually, I thought Maxi and Minnie Padd were residents of GBRV.

Buckeye said...

Carol: You are correct. The Padd twins have been here a while. Maxi, the male and Mini, the female both have the same congenital problem. Their noses bleed every 28 days.
Other than that, "Cute Kids!!"


Anonymous said...

Afternoon, all, I think a "yegg" is a name for a professional safe breaker.

Lemonaide, I had thought of "sluff" but wasn't sure it was American English. However, my grandson has a ball boa for a pet and he would probably spell the word the way I just did. He just calls it shedding. I like slough; sounds Brit.

Yes, it was a good one today. I did almost the whole thing with perps. Oh, I knew yegg, Nola(although I first put Lola, it's so long ago), and I guess quite a few more than I realized. Bill, I didn't think Nola sounded like ragtime, either. It's usually played much faster, but even then, it doesn't strike me as such.

But whadooIno!

Enjoying all the comments very much. Do you all have to scroll back to remember who said what, in order for the comments to make sense? Entropy asked how Mahler got into yesterday's chat,frinstance. It was CA's comment about Educating Rita, and I followed up which confused things a bit. Mahler had nothing whatever to do with the puzzle. Is that allowed?

Anonymous said...

And who is Boomer?

Dennis said...

anon@2:59, good stuff. You should consider getting a name and 'going blue'. It'd make it easier for us to address you properly.

Boomer is the husband of our leader, C.C., and also a bowling superstar.

Hahtoolah said...

Mahler was a perp response (10 D) in yesterday's puzzle, hence the susequent discussion and his music.

eddyB said...


Sorry for the double entry. I got an error message and the comment
section went blank. ???


Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Boomer - BRILLIANT blogging. Well played, sir!

This turned out to be a pretty good puzzle, due to the clever cluing, but I was DEEPLY disappointed to see a quote theme, even one I can relate to personally (as is the Sidney Harris quote.) POOH, I say. I believe this is the first in the 10 mos. or so I've been hanging out here, and sincerely hope it is the last.

I only know YEGG from puzzles, and still can never remember it. Always struggle with the spelling of ODDYSSY. Also confidently put in LOW TIDE. (sigh)

Whether its pads or skirts, I could not come up with MIDI. So, I thought the quote was starting with DINE OUT . . .
which, of course, made no sense. ERGO I felt SWATTED and not much of a LIVE ONE.

Oh, well. Tomorrow's a new day, and I'll START AGAIN.

If I remember.

JzB the LAID ATILT trombonist

Buckeye said...

Council Of Nicea

In keeping with c.c.'s religious tenets, here's a bit of light reading on Biblical History. Read it if you want and keep your opinions limited or to yourself.


Dennis said...

Very nicea to do that.

Buckeye said...


Argyle said...

If you listen to the whole Nola clip, you will find it can't be played much faster than he does.

I remember one time C.C. linked a song that started off ok so she linked it. It turned into heavy metal, I believe it was.

Buckeye said...

Post #4. Boy, was I just in a quandary. (Is that a place where they make metal castings? No, that's a foundry).

I had put on a few lbs. over Xmas and today, while posting, I popped the waist button on my slacks. I looked all over my office for it -ran the vacuum, the dust mop and even dusted and cleared my desk. No button. A few minutes ago I went to relieve myself, and after I had started the button fell in the toilet. TRUE STORY!!! WHAT TO DO?? So, I threw eight quarters in the toilet, pulled them out along with the button, flushed and cleaned my hands, the button and the eight quarters in the sink using a disinfectant soap. Damn the button, but I was NOT going to flush two dollars away!!


Hahtoolah said...

What is this I hear about a 6.0 earthquake in northern California? I hope everyone out there is okay.

Rain, Rain, go away, but even if you don't, you can't dampen our NOLA spirits and parades. The Mardi Gras and Saints season is really kicking into gear.

Lemonade714 said...


It was off the coast EARTHQUAKE . You can track them at TRACK

Clear Ayes said...

Yay, just finished up Turbo Taxing our 2009 returns. The drinks are on me! Well, not exactly on me, but adjacent anyway.

Lemonade@1:10 LOL Absolutely right. I'd forgotten about "sluff"...maybe I didn't want to remember about that dead tissue.

Kelev@1:27, not just PC, but official....postal workers, letter carriers, mail handlers and rural letter carriers...not a gender among them.

Anon@2:59, is that you, dodo? I know dodo commented about Mahler and Death In Venice yesterday.

No earthquakes around here. I understand that it was off the coast, near Eureka (they found it!), which is not heavily populated.

lois said...

You guys are killin' me! LMAO!

Dennis: LMAO! It's only about 3 inches but there's hope that that estimate will grow.

WH: LOL! I like how you think - 6" 3 times. Requires a little more time measuring, but then again, it triples the pleasure.

Buckeye's "tanks" reminded me of a 3 Stooges question: Moe asked Curly "What's 5Q plus 5Q?" Curly said, "Ten Q" and Moe replied, "You're Welcome."

Carol & Buckeye: LMAO w/you two. Great comebacks!

Argyle: thank you for the NOLA link. I played that years ago and have always loved that piece. Will have to 'pull it out again'. Always have been reprimanded for playing too fast (imagine that!) and I first thought those teachers must've been right when Nola started. I felt vindicated when he really cranked it up. Fast - just the way I like it - that piece too.

Dick: thank you.

kazie said...

Glad you left coasters haven't been quaked.

On the subject of mail workers, my mother worked in the Sydney GPO (General Post Office) during WWII as a mail sorter. Since this was a male job (don't ask), they were only employing females because so many of the men were gone to war. So her official title was "temporary female mail sorter". As soon as th ewar was over the men returned and all the women were laid off. Can you imagine doing the sorting by hand? They had to memorize all the routes for the whole state.

Buckeye's at his best again today!

You reminded me of a story told by our d-i-l recently. Someone her parents know had too much to drink one night at a party held in one of those little garden plots they own or rent on the edge of towns which have a lot of apartments. People don't have their own yards so they entertain in their gardens. The toilet facilities are like the old outdoor "dunnies" in the country, so they don't get emptied too thoroughly. Anyway this friend hurled in the toilet and lost her false teeth. They had someone come and do a complete cleaning of the facility to retrieve them, and found seven sets of false teeth in there.

I can't really believe anyone would want to use them again even after disinfecting, but it made for a good story. Obviously the previous hurlers had given up on theirs and left them for posterity, perhaps posteriors.

Robin said...

Buckeye, will you adopt me??

carol said...

Kazie: (5:46) LMAO!!! I'm still laughing. Oh the pictures that conjured up. I'd gladly pay the price of new dentures no matter the cost. When I was about 11, my aunt visited us and got sick, losing her dentures in the toilet. I didn't hear about it until years later (people didn't tell kids things in those days) but apparently she fished them out, cleaned them up and away she went...I wonder how long it took her to smile.

Well, hell, Lois - 3" ??? Now, I know you can make something out of that.
WH had the idea, but 3x6 is 18...geez, that might be too much of a good thing!


Good Evening, All! Good write up, Boomer! After reading all the posts, I'm LMAO and don't really care to comment on the CW I did hours ago which was fun to do back early this morning. Had to work so didn't have time to log on here until now.

Buckeye, you are a riot!! I love your posts!

Buckeye said...

Robin: Of course I will, darlin'.

Does answering a question constitute a post? I guess to the purists it do, so I'll conclude this evening with another true story.

I was a scribe at the Council Of Nicea (that's why I still do the x/w's in quill), taking down the minutes of the "get-together" and at the end of the council Constantine said, "O.K.! You holy dudes get editing all those books and get me something I can sell to those Pagans. And all you Gnostics! Don't go stealing anything and burying it in some cave in Egypt".

Then he turned to me and said, "Buckeye, here's the keys to the boat. You take Thelonius the Monk and jazz on over to the Troy MacDionysus and pick us up some burgers, fries and milk shakes. They call them "frappes" over in Troy. Might as well bring back some wine for later. I hear MacDionysus' got some good stuff."

And that's the way it was!
June 19, 325 in Nicea, Bythynia

BTW Made a hell of a deal on an antique coin this afternoon. It has the picture of Moses on the front, and the Red Sea on the back and is dated 4010 B.C. Immagine a 6000 year old coin!! (That's a sextialmellinialcentenial anniversary - See Fred). I got it for only $500.00, It's got to be worth twice that.

Carol and I had a vaudeville act in the 29's. We were known as Burns and Allen.

"Say goodnight Gracy!"


Clear Ayes said...

Kazie, about humans memorizing postal routes (what address goes to which carrier) and sorting letters by is still being done for letters that can't be read by machine. During my first 10 years working for USPS, I learned the routes (California cities) for West Covina, Alhambra, Pomona, Oxnard and Ventura. Happily, I didn't have to learn, or retain, all of them at the same time.

Thank goodness the Council of Nicaea prohibited self-castration. I guess it must have been a common enough practice for them to call attention to it. I think that is one prohibition all us, religious or not, would agree was a good idea. I bet that one was Buckeye's contribution...besides the burgers, fries and frappes. (I bet that stingy Constantine stiffed Buckeye for the food too.)

carol said...

Goodnight ;)

CA: geez, self castration???? Puts a whole new meaning on 'get a grip'!

MR ED said...

"Splish Splash" was one of Bobby Darins' best songs in my book!

We are neighbors and I hope we don't get the snow predicted for our area.

I was in Atlantic City last weekend and it snowed there quite a bit. Didn't you get any snow then?

Need help?

Jeannie said...

It has come to mind that anon might be right. I have been chuckling to myself all day about the clue "examiners of boxers" and what "sprung" to mind. Carol, Lois, Melissabee, Robin, Annette, C.C., yes I am throwing you in there as well. I am still chuckling.

Also disappointed in you know who you are.

Dick, you earn the Jeannie pot pie. Name your flavor.

MR ED said...

Thanks fopr the Nicea link. Very interesting reading.

How've you been?

Dennis said...

Mr. Ed, yes, but only a couple inches.

Jeannie, disappointed about what?

PJB-Chicago said...

Good evening, Boomer, C. C., and gang.

Great way for you to start the day for us, Boomer: you scored a 300 in blogging, and with your humor. Thanks.

Like most people who survived the WRW era, I have "Post-Tramautic Quote Theme Syndrome." This one allayed the usual symptoms of wincing, sobbing and sweating, with a short, sweet quip, and clever cluing. (p.s. I didn't know NOLA, but it's a nice hummable tune. Thanks, Argyle.)

Lots of fun and funny comments today! Made the trip home from teaching much
more fun.

Quips that didn't make the mark:

Ma'am, we don't rent out the vowels, we sell them." --Pat Sajak

The only place I "get" the Cosmos is in a bar. --Carl Sagan

JD said...

Good evening Boomer, CC and all,

Snazzy write-up, Boomer. Enjoyed the Buddy Holly clip.You are a funny guy. Lucky CC.

Wonderful puzzle! Never liked the quotes in the past, but somehow knew this one.It sure helped.
CA, loved the poem. Isn't it odd that Milne used the same line "nobody knows" in one of his other poems?...and nobody knows,Tiddly Pom, how cold my toes...are growing

I did have to G for Nola..nice clip, Dick.I think our kids have missed out on a lot of good music.Rarely do they bring those "oldies" back.So many of our songs reappear in movies.

Ebb tide is a wonderful time to visit our tide many fascinating creatures like sea anenomes, sea urchins, hermit crabs.CA does not have beautiful
shells like FL, but there are so many little critters.

I confused midi (the unattractive skirt length) with middy, which is a hip length blouse with a sailor collar. It was our school's Sunday uniform( worn with white very unattractive); mine is now in amongst the Halloween costumes, along with a maxi peasant dress that I actually at one time wore in public!

Enough! I still feel yeggy, or maybe I have a bit o' the rot in my throat.

fav clues-"curly poker", although I am so not a fan of slapstick
"it's gnus to lions"

hugs to all/welcome back papajim

dodo said...

I was not the Anonymous who asked who Boomer is, but I'm glad to know the answer. How dedoo,Boomer, nice meetin ya. You and CC do a great job!

Argyle,Lois would probably know this: I think that Lopez played Nola while the dancing was going on. Then there was a pause and he played the other composition; I don't think that was part of Nola. Listen again and see what you think. How about it, Lois, do you remember? But even played faster it still doesn't seem very raggie to me. Joplin's Solace was slow but it sounded like ragtime.

MUch ado about nil.

I thought I had wiped out my message but lo and behold it appeared anyway.
Who knew?

This is No. 2 and I'm getting too wordy. ta ta.

Argyle said...

How cool is this? Hope you have a player. A midi version of NOLA. (Yeah they're the same.)

JD said...

Argyle, now I recognize the tune.

Kazie, funny story about all those teeth. My s-i-l, who ALWAYS has funny things happen, swallowed a gold crown while the dentist was putting it in. Well, she had to wait and check, wait and check for a three days before retrieving it, and, yes, she had it cleaned up and it was carefully reset.

Oh joy, it is raining. It's hard to believe our weathermen; the mailman is more accurate. He wears shorts every day.

Bill G. said...

Very enjoyable Nola. It's still not very close to ragtime though. Somebody more knowledgeable than me might be able to explain the syncopation subtleties of ragtime music. I love Scott Joplin!

Lemonade714 said...

Ick, keep the tooth- I do not do poop patrol.

Frances Reid died, for all those of you who had old relatives who watched Days of Our Lives like I did. (Mimi) The suckiest part of aging is watching them fall like tenpins.

Ah well, cheer up, it is Friday soon

lois said...

dodo: The same thought flew thru my mind but it's been a long time since I've played it. I found my copy of Nola (miralce of all miracles) and it is not the same rendition that Lopez is playing. He has taken that second part and turned it into the Jo Ann Castle (sp?) style of Honky Tonk, it seems to me. It's the same theme, just cranked into Honky Tonk. My sheet music is straight rag with syncopated rhythm. I want Lopez's version. Since you mentioned it, isn't Solace a great piece? That music is one reason The Sting is my All Time Fav movie...Redford and Newman are two other reasons. Scott Joplin is the King of Ragtime and I play a lot of his stuff. Do you play an instrument? That was a great catch on Lopez.

Argyle: you genius! that's the copy I have! Exactly! I could read along with it! Good Job, Santa baby!

Annette said...

Well, I got home tonight and there was no mail...I guess too many people slowed him down with their "thanks"!

I thought this puzzle was easier than a normal Thursday puzzle. I've heard the quote before, but never would have guessed the author without the perps! Red letters helped a few times too.

Hahtool: I loved your QOD! It definitely helps put a lot of things in perspective - not just the letter "A".

Anon: Yes, I do a lot of scrolling back and forth to figure out who said what. I also open a new email when I start reading the blog, so I can jot down comments as I read along, which I edit ad nauseam as I go along and before copying into the blog. Yet, I still screw it up at times!

Annette said...

Lois: Only on this blog would I run into anyone who knows Jo Ann Castle! :-) I loved the colorful upright piano she played. I wonder if she was always so upbeat.

Jeannie said...

Guys, it doesn't matter at this point. If I have to point out the obvious, I'm not gonna do it.

Dick (how appropriate),no offense to you Dick, won the prize.

I await your selection on a recipe. If I could I would cook it for you too.

Argyle said...

Okay, I had to look her up, so here she is, Jo Ann Castle, Jelly Roll Blues.

Frenchie said...

Good Evening, Boomer, C. C. and cadre of critical commentators,

I enjoyed the quote theme style and the misleading clues didn't let me down. Knus to Lyons, HA HA! I didn't like get rid of/lose. I throw out or donate to a charity when I want to get rid of something. If I lose something, I feel bad and look all over for it. Have you ever gone to the extent of searching through the trash for an important paper e.g. you lose? I have a time or 2.
The clue for 'curly' may easily have been, "Frenchie's hair!" You'll see when I get around to changing my icon. Growing up, we had reception to roughly 4 TV stations. The Three Stooge's reruns played every day and my siblings and I watched avidly.

I see the Gator Nation abounds! Let's see, A UF law school graduate L714, a soon to graduate law student, son of IPO and IPO, you are a Florida alum., too?

lois said...

Annette; How wild is that! I always admired her 'upright' equipment too but have long since expanded my appreciation of that virtue to other things. What I remember best about her, besides her outrageous fabulous playing, was her smile. She always looked into the camera smiling and didn't miss a key. She is/was phenomenal and I think she was playing on TV at a young 21 or so. Never heard of her or saw her again after the Lawrence Welk show, but I got interested in the organ by organ, boys....or maybe it's church boy's organ. I got distracted at any rate.

Bill G. said...

Re: Jelly Roll Blues. Ain't creativity and talent wonderful? That was fun.

I took classical-style guitar lessons for years from a wonderful teacher. For him, the music flowed. For me, it was rote memorization and practice. I could play some songs fairly well but it was never easy.

PJB-Chicago said...

Thanks for the Jo Ann Castle and Big Tiny Little clip Argyle. What fun to listen and watch them tear up the piano -- and to see how they "choreographed" their moves. I'll be humming that tune well into tomorrow.

p.s. The "quotes" in my prior post weren't real! I suspect you all knew that, but just in case!

lois said...

Argyle: Thank you for that Jo Ann Castle link. I LOVE her music! My Dad played honky tonk piano like crazy and my mom was classically trained. Together they sounded a lot like this clip but their arrangements weren't as elaborate, however, their renditions of Sunrise Seranade and Muscrat Ramble? were outstanding. You Rock! Thank you. Made my night!

dodo said...

Argyle, I love you. Thanx! I don't recognize the name but her rendition is more like it. I found another one: Liberace, of all people. That one really does sound ragtime, if you can bear all the sequins.

Lois, Solace gives me gooseflesh and I could weep! Loved Sting, too. How about the score for Butch Cassidy? You asked: I played the clarinet for about two weeks in middle school. I can read music fairly well and had piano lessons de temps en temps but was really lousy about practicing. I guess I must have been ADD. Maybe still am. In fact one time when my dd was having a hard time keeping up with our conversation and complained my answer was, and I'll never hear the end of it, "My mind doesn't hover very long in one place." My DH used to tell me to think before I spoke, but I keep forgetting.....

Annette, thanks for reassuring me that I'm not the only one who has trouble digesting all the clever repartee and remembering. Your idea sounds like a good one but I don't have that amount of talent with the pc. I'd could use some help with how to add a link, too. I'm more or less self-taught, and I told you about my mind....

Annette said...

Argyle: Thank you for the link! I enjoyed seeing her play. She always looks like she's having SO MUCH fun! She was so vivacious! After watching a couple more of her videos, I remembered hearing someone comment about how she had her piano decorated to fit the theme of her song each week.

She was so bouncy, with her feet constantly moving, I never could figure out how she could keep her place on they keyboard too! I'm not at all musical, so maybe I just don't "get" it. She must have amazing balance, to sit so ladylike, move her feet, bounce, play the piano, look into the camera, smile, and ham it up too!

I did come across this other video of her playing, and Lawrence Welk getting silly with her, that I thought was hysterical: Jo Anne and Larry hamming it up

Dodo: Here's a link to C.C.'s explanation on how to create a link in your post. If you have any problems with it working when you preview your post, check for extraneous spaces first... I'm bookmarking it myself this time! Creating Links

Lemonade714 said...


I guess everyone is off on a musical memory meander; it seems nothing gets the crowd going like music or Buckeye and his tales of terror from the home/

Insomnia has struck again, maybe I can cure it with a little amnesia. Can you have a little amnesia>

Anyway, you live in Phoenix, which where Robin is plying her present nurturing nursedom; do you two know each other, as you seem to have started about the same time. Or maybe Buckeye already adopted you and you are sisters. BTW Buckeye the damsel is one of those N things!!

Do any of us have family members who do crossword puzzles? My brother has done the NYT since he was little, but no others and is not the blogging type.

damn morning comes early too

Annette said...

dodo: The worst for me is trying to remember everybody's blog names when I want to refer to them! I'm afraid I'm going to offend someone if I spell their name wrong...

And I'm always looking for easier ways of doing things that will compensate for a bad short-term memory.

Jeannie: I couldn't resist skimming the blog before heading out this morning to see what's happening. But it's hard to do that and NOT see any clues/fill sometimes. One that had caught my eye was your answer for boxers! Sure enough, when I finally did the puzzle hours later, I couldn't help typing in GALS first! When it didn't fit and I couldn't think of anything that fit for the boxers in a ring, I moved on. I forgot all about it (perps had taken care of it without my noticing) until I came here and saw Booomers explanation - in a totally different direction I'd never thought to go!

Boomer: I hope C.C.'s okay, and you just took a turn at commentating for the fun of it! Good to see you here again.

Annette said...

Lemonade714: My mother and I used to take turns working the TV Guide crossword puzzles when she awas alive, but I didn't do the larger puzzles until more recently.

I know one b-i-l does the USA Today puzzles, probably on paper. We didn't get to talk much at Thanksgiving, but I sent him the links for theirs, the LAT and the blog. I haven't followed up with him on it yet.

His wife does the other USA Today puzzles online so she can impress him when he gets home (he's a pilot). I had fun doing a couple of the LATs with her and another sister while I was there, but I think they got frustrated when they tried doing it on their own after I left. I tried to tell them to only do the ones early in the week until they felt more confident...

Maybe the next time we get together, I'll try again.

JD said...

Argyle, smiling was my only reaction watching the Jelly Roll Blues. We never watched Lawrence Welk, and I can see we missed a lot.

BTW, Annette, I have short term memory problems too and it took me a long time to get to know who was who, even though I have most everyone written down in my "new vocabulary" spiral.It throws me when people change their avatar, although I love seeing them, but I really don't know who belongs to what cat, or brandy snifter.And, I don't think people will be offended if you spell their made up name wrong. I think Jazzbumpa has been spelled many ways; I usually do JzB. Bumpa means he's a very loved Grandpa.

I'm going to bed and listen to the rain. :)

Frenchie said...

Lemonade714 said...


I guess everyone is off on a musical memory meander; it seems nothing gets the crowd going like music or Buckeye and his tales of terror from the home/


Insomnia has struck again, maybe I can cure it with a little amnesia. Can you have a little amnesia>


Anyway, you live in Phoenix, which where Robin is plying her present nurturing nursedom; do you two know each other, as you seem to have started about the same time. Or maybe Buckeye already adopted you and you are sisters. BTW Buckeye the damsel is one of those N things!!


Do any of us have family members who do crossword puzzles? My brother has done the NYT since he was little, but no others and is not the blogging type.


damn morning comes early too


February 4, 2010 11:59 PM

MamaRuth1950 said...

I'm a bit surprised by all the people who enjoy Patricia Cornwell's books. I stopped reading them because they were too creepy and violent. I enjoy Margaret Truman's books and regret that there will not be no new ones since she died last year. Other mysteries I enjoy are the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters, Marcia Muller's books featuring a woman detective in San Francisco and JD Robb's stories about a woman police detective in NYC in 2059. For dog lovers, try Susan Conant-- all her books include dogs. Rita Mae Brown has a co-author who is a cat though I enjoy her fox-hunting series more than her mysteries (the fox is followed until it goes underground and is never killed).

Can someone please give me the short answer on how to register my name and avatar?

ipo said...

@ Frenchie- yes we are the Gator Nation! It is a small world. I will watch for Tim Tebow's commercial during the Super Bowl this weekend, it drawing controversy in the Gainesville/Jacksonville area.