, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Tuesday April 20, 2010 Kevin Christian


Apr 20, 2010

Tuesday April 20, 2010 Kevin Christian

Theme: RIGHT onyms - Three semantic definitions of RIGHT.

20A. RIGHT: SYNONYM FOR JUST. (meaning the same)

38A. RIGHT: HOMONYM FOR WRITE. (sounding the same, meaning different)

50A. RIGHT: ANTONYM FOR LEFT. (meaning the opposite)

RIGHT is capitalized because normally it's an answer. Clue/Answer shift today.

I'm Argyle and I'm back.

First, let me say there are no helper/cheater squares in this puzzle, ok. Second, welcome to a new constructor today, assuming it's not a new anagram of our editor.

A rather easy Tuesday puzzle but quite nice. We have a good start to the week.


1A. Indian region known for its tea: ASSAM. Map (from a tea blogger.)

6A. Etta of old comics: KETT. Etta Kett was launched as a single panel by Paul Robinson in Dec., 1925, it originally offered tips to teenagers on manners, etiquette and the social graces. Robinson, however, saw a narrative potential, devising a strip of wholesome humor that maintained a readership over five decades. Drawing with a polished, clean-line style, he expanded his teenage characters into a daily strip and Sunday page about energetic Etta Kett, her middle-class family and friends in a suburban setting (and becoming a crossword staple).

10A. Winery vessels: VATS.

14A. "The Lord of the Rings" hero: FRODO. Portrayed by Elijah Wood in the movie even though Frodo is a middle-aged hobbit in the book.

15A. Trendsetting: EDGY.

16A. Words after laugh or whoop: IT UP.

17A. Lisa of "The Cosby Show": BONET. They say Bill Cosby was not happy when she was in the movie, Angel Heart.

18A. Popular depilatory: NAIR. (a hair removal product)

19A. Frozen breakfast brand: EGGO.

23A. Stephen of "The Crying Game": REA.

24A. Charged particle: ION.

25A. Polar bear's domain: ARCTIC.

29A. Nonpaying train rider, perhaps: HOBO.

32A. Balloon-breaking sound: POP.

35A. Irritant "in your side": THORN.

36A. Verdi's title princess: AIDA. Opera.

37A. Brett Favre's number: FOUR. Football

41A. Thor's father: ODIN. Thor is the Norse god of thunder. He is a son of Odin and Jord.

42A. Mideast bigwig: EMIR.

43A. __, meenie ...: EENIE.

44A. Anatomical egg holder: SAC. The "egg sac" or ovary.

45A. Maxwell Smart's nemesis: KAOS. The bad guys on the TV spoof of spy shows.

46A. Make plump: FATTEN.

47A. That boat: SHE.

49A. Ending for refuse: NIK.

58A. Comedian Roseanne: BARR. She does have Chutzpah: 64A. NERVE.

59A. "One giant leap for mankind" site: MOON.

60A. Figure of speech: IDIOM.

62A. Colored part of the eye: IRIS.

63A. Feel concern: CARE.

65A. Use a keyboard: TYPE.

66A. Help badly?: ABET. (help illegally)

67A. Prepare to be knighted: KNEEL.


1D. Langley or Laughlin: Abbr.: AFB. (Air Force Base) Langley AFB is in Hampton, VA, and Laughlin AFB is located near Del Rio, Texas.

2D. Sellout signs: SROS. (Standing Room Only)

3D. PlayStation maker: SONY.

4D. Yemen port: ADEN.

5D. Ramada, for one: MOTOR INN.

6D. Land of Obama's father: KENYA.

7D. Cheese in red wax: EDAM.

8D. "Yay, tomorrow's Saturday!": TGIF.

9D. Neophyte: TYRO.

10D. Mission __, California: VIEJO. A city located in southern Orange County, California in the Saddleback Valley. There is no Spanish mission in Mission Viejo, and the name is an ungrammatical use of a masculine adjective with a feminine noun. The correct Spanish term meaning "old mission" is "misión vieja." Per Wikipedia.

11D. How banks are usually robbed: AT GUNPOINT.

12D. Port pullers: TUGS. Aliteration

13D. Dog in a primer: SPOT. Do they still use, "SEE SPOT RUN. RUN, SPOT, RUN."?

21D. Japanese information technology giant: NEC. NEC Corporation is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions.

22D. Brazilian hot spot: RIO.

25D. One of the Musketeers: ATHOS

26D. Valerie Harper role: RHODA. A spin off of the Mary Tyler Moore TV show.

27D. "FoxTrot" or "Dilbert": COMIC STRIP.

28D. Suffix with cyclo or jumbo: TRON.

29D. Old sound systems: HI-FIS.

30D. Febreze target: ODOR.

31D. Ingot: BAR.

33D. Bellybutton type: OUTIE.

34D. Fuss over oneself: PREEN.

36D. Bullets and such: AMMO.

37D. Worry: FRET.

39D. Affirmative vote: YEA.

40D. Vulnerable spot in a chain: WEAK LINK.

45D. Barbie's guy: KEN.

46D. Christmas tree choice: FIR.

48D. Trigger, e.g.: HORSE. Let's play match the horse and rider. Roy Roger and Trigger. Dale Evans and ?

49D. Three trios: NONET. A group of nine.

50D. More than 51-Down: A BIT.

51D. Not even 50-Down: NARY. Cute combo.

52D. Village People disco hit: YMCA.

53D. Ancient kingdom near the Dead Sea: MOAB.

54D. "Look out, golfers!": "FORE!".

55D. Snake-and-fruit story setting: EDEN.

56D. Blaze: FIRE.

57D. "Slithy" thing in "Jabberwocky": TOVE.

61D. Filmmaker Gibson: MEL.

Answer grid.



Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - well, today marked a first for me. My pen ran out of ink after just 'Assam' and 'AFB', so on a whim I did the rest without writing. It actually was fairly easy, since this was a Tuesday puzzle, and I had but one unknown, 'Tove'. I think most everyone on the blog would be able to fill in this puzzle just by reading the clues, without even seeing the grid; lots of classic 'crosswordese'.

Argyle, I know the Dale Evans answer, but I'll leave it for someone else. How 'bout Gene Autry's horse? Tonto's?

Favorite answer was 'kneel', but I have no idea why...

Today is Look Alike Day and Volunteer Recognition Day.

Today's Words of Wisdom: "Ever notice that 'what the hell' is always the right decision?" -- Marilyn Monroe

And a few Fun Facts that aren't really 'fun':

- On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.

- About 8,000 Americans are injured by musical instruments each year. (Jazz, be careful)

- On a topical note, nearly 1,000 people every year die as a direct result of volcanic activity.

Chris in LA said...

Re: 48D (from today's USA Today xword) - "Buttermilk"

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, CC and all. I don't generally like puzzles where the theme is a single word, like RIGHT. Once I realized that we were looking for "ONYMs", however, I felt better.

I especially liked many of the perp clues/fills: MOTOR INN, AT GUN POINT, COMIC STRIP, and WEAK LINK

I am not sure about seeing BAR and BARR in the same puzzle, though.

I knew immediately that Trigger was a HORSE and didn't refer to the Gun that was Robbing the Bank.

QOD: Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends. ~ H.L. Menchen

Lemonade714 said...

Welcome back Argyle, great puzzle work yesterday C.C., and now Good morning:

Another fast but fun puzzle, after all it is a little disconcerting to start the day with a word SY_ _ _ _ _, but the puzzle filled very quickly. I did appreciate the equal time given to Bellybutton type: OUTIE, after last week’s navel clue. Dennis, I often do the Monday or Tuesday without pen as a way to stretch the experience. I am surprised you had trouble with TOVE as we have had many discussions of this Poem

The appearance of RefuseNIK during the anniversary of the founding of the modern Jewish state is interesting, as the plight of Soviet Jews is one of the many story lines of Israel.

We also get a reference to LISA BONET the Cosby kid who grew up as a pretty girl, but somewhat of a whack a doodle as she had her name legally changed to Lilakoi MOON (for which she could have been in this puzzle twice), and was determined to not be the girl next door, from her movie roles to her antics with her husband Lenny Kravitz

Dick said...

Good morning Argyle, CC and All, for some reason today’s puzzle was not as easy for me as it should have been being that it is a Tuesday puzzle. I finally managed to complete it, but it was a struggle even though I did get the theme. Having misspelled several words did not help in solving this crossword.

Hahtool, I loved your clip on the Weak Link. LMAO

It will be sunny and warm here today so it might be time to hit the little white ball.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Another easy, breezy puzzle for me today. The only minor stumbling block was TOVE, which I was able to get via the perps. As with Hahtool, I wasn't initially thrilled with the theme, but I liked it much better once I realized the extra dimension.

Thanks (again) for all the kind words about my vacation. Although they're now saying that flights may resume sometime this week, we've decided to not risk it (plus, who wants to go on vacation when everything is likely to be coated in ash?) The main reason we chose this time of year was to save money, but we've decided to ignore the cost and have rebooked for the end of July/beginning of August. Hopefully, by then the volcano will have finally stopped erupting and all we'll have to worry about is the usual plagues, terrorism, hurricanes, alien invasions, etc.

Dick said...

@Barry G, I spoke with my friends in Germany Sunday and they said it was very unusual as the sun was out and it was a beautiful bright day. Who knows what nature will do next?

Tinbeni said...

My Avatar liked the BAR, BARR in the grid.
Like Hahtool, I thought the four long downs were more interesting than the themes.
Got a smile came from the EENIE, OUTIE cross and then another at HOBO.
I would be very surprised if this puzzle was a THORN in the side for any of "the usual suspects" today.

Dennis: Autry's horse was Champion, I think.

Dennis said...


kazie said...

25A is ARCTIC not ARTIC.

Nice and easy, despite so many names. REA and TOVE were the only ones I had absolutely no clue about but perps did them.

Our German family members have been out for walks, etc. Apparently the ash doesn't settle, but is up in the stratosphere or somewhere.

Interesting about Lisa Bonet, I didn't know any of that.

Anonymous said...

25a - ARTIC - or ARCTIC - Without the c Dilbert and Foxtrot (27d) aren't very comical....

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all. Easy Tuesday; agree with Dennis. No lookups nor erasures. Did not know TOVE or TYRO, but the perps took care of that.

THORN - is also a letter 'þ' in the Icelandic alphabet and in Old English and has the sound quality of the 'th' in thing or thick. Could be clued as 'Icelandic letter'. (Waiting for Eyjafjallajökull to be a theme word in a puzzle whose theme is volcanism or travel, but then we would need at least a 16 X 15 grid).

Enough ruminating.

tfrank said...

Good morning, all,

Clever theme today; took me a while to suss it out, but once I got the first, the rest were easy. I, too, liked "at gunpoint".

Re bellybutton type, I used to be an innie, but after a colectomy last year, I am now an outie. The incision went right through it. Don't neglect having a colonoscopy; it can be a life saver.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

On yesterday's comments about where to do the crossword puzzle, how about in the waiting room while your son is getting an EEG? That was quite the experience. I found this one a little harder than usual but that might be due to our being sleep deprived, both he and I (he more though) for this test. I did like the theme in the end though, and caught on after a while.

Dennis, quite impressive doing the puzzle without a writing instrument. My last fill letter was figured out in the car while driving home. I wasn't familiar with VIEJO, so was going through what letter to use to add to UST that would be a synonym for RIGHT. Yep, brain is working a little slow this am.

FOUR is a gimmie for this former cheddarhead. Elijah Woods is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, my husbands home town. We travel there often, and his parents used to own a deli in the local mall - it was my favorite and we went there every time we visited. I wondered why it closed, until I heard they moved to California to support his career. Big loss for me, but he is a good actor and great to see him do so well in those movies. Wonder what he is up to?

Barry, good choice on the rescheduling. I saw today that, while the air travel is beginning to loosen, they are expecting the volcano to increase in intensity so it may be back to square one soon. Better to wait if you are flexible.

Will fill in on the results of the EEG after the neurologist's visit.

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everyone.

Dennis, Tonto=Scout? Memory banks not quite sure about that.

Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday.

windhover said...

Gunghy from yesterday @ 12:46 PM, re;
Easterners horning (pun intended?) in;
Check Sunday @ 6:32 AM. I doubt being first in line will gain either of us much. ;-}

Dennis, also yesterday, I only claimed to be a bystander, not innocent. Of course, those are the same claims made by Adam; look where it got him.

Argyle said...

Crockett1947, you are correct.

Where we stand now:

Roy Rogers / Trigger

Dale Evans / Buttermilk

Gene Autry / Champion

Tonto / Scout

Lone Ranger /

(Thank you, kazie and anon. I fixed it.)

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Silver
Hi Yo away ...

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I liked the ONYM theme, but I liked the Down entries, MOTOR INN, AT GUN POINT, COMIC STRIP and WEAK LINK even more.

Slithy TOVE isn't a problem for me, because it is also a Scandinavian name. One of my Swedish cousins has a daughter named TOVE.

For anybody who wants to take a walk down "Cowboy Memory Lane", with the famous (and some forgotten), here's a list of names, with photos and horses names. For instance, did you ever wonder what Paladin's horse's name was?

It's raining in Northern California this morning. I don't think the wet weather will help my laryngitis. I've added congestion and sniffles, so it looks like it is turning into a full-blown cold. It's been over a year since I've had a cold and I hope it is over quickly. I'm drinking Lemon Zinger tea with honey and Ginger tea. Any other suggestions?

Warren said...

Hi Argyle, C.C. & gang, we didn't manage to finish today's puzzle before my wife left because it was hard (at first) to understand the theme. I finished it in ~10 minutes after I got one of the theme entries.

Jabberwocky is still my all time favorite poem so I got Tove without too much trouble, let's see... Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gymble in the wabe...

tfrank said...


I am not sure about cold treatments, but I have found that zinc is a great preventative. As a supplement, I take two capsules every morning containing calcium, magnesium and zinc. The amounts are 500, 250 and 15 mgs, respectively. I have not had a cold in over a year, and when I do get one, it is very mild.

The maker is Nature's Way, and it can probably be found in most health food stores.

Bill G. said...

CA, I enjoyed the Cowboy Memory Lane link. I was pleased to see I correctly remembered the names of Tom Mix's and Hopalong Cassidy's horses. I also enjoyed seeing Bob Steele's name. I'd almost forgotten about him.

Lucina said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C., fellow bloggers.

A Tuesday treat today; Argyle, thanks for Mission Viejo info; it's a thorn on my side when Spanish names aren't in sync although non speakers I'm sure have no idea, but it must be so in other languages as well.

Clear Ayes, glad to know about Tove; I always thought it was a made up word like so many others in Jabberwocky.

Tugs, tyro, type, tron, tgif, tove caught my eye today. And love anything with the musketeers, Athos.

Did their horses have names? Not that we know, I believe.

Have a tremendous Tuesday!

Clear Ayes said...

From what I've been told over the years, rest and fluids are the best treatment once a cold has taken hold. I am taking some over-the-counter cough medicine with zinc.

This poem seems like a good one for the way I'm feeling today. I think I'll just spend the day curled up in a blanket with a book and maybe take a nap or two.

On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness

The tusks which clashed in mighty brawls
Of mastodons, are billiard balls.

The sword of Charlemagne the Just
Is Ferric Oxide, known as rust.

The grizzly bear, whose potent hug,
Was feared by all, is now a rug.

Great Caesar's bust is on the shelf,
And I don't feel so well myself.

- Arthur Guiterman

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice puzzle today, though the theme gave away too much. I knew was too early 50A had to be be ANTONYM FOR LEFT.

Is a COMIC STRIP jokes with a peel?

FRODO might have been middle aged, but hobbits live long and age slowly. The other complaint I've heard from female Tolkein fans is that Woods is just too darn cute to be a hobbit.

In Old English, the rune THORN and the letter eth (Ð ð) seem to have been used interchangeably, with both characters indicating either the unvoiced "TH" of THORN or the voiced "TH" of though.

In script, THORN looks enough like a "Y" to give us things like "Ye Olde Gift Shoppe."

Both characters are in this excerpt from the Maxims section of The Exeter Book.

Longað þonne þy læs þe him con leoþa worn, oþþe mid hondum con hearpan gretan;
hafaþ him his gliwes giefe, þe him god sealde.

"Longing is less troublesome to one who knows many songs, or can touch the harp with his hands; He has a gleeful gift that God gave him."

Interesting word changes over the ceturies: gretan (greet) meaning touch or grasp, sealde (sold) meaning given as a gift, and gliwes (gleeful) meaning the specific joy of song and poetry. Back in the day, songs and poems were the same thing.

Buckeye -

Good to see you back. Do keep us posted.

Dennis -

I've pinched a finger a few times bringing my slide into first position, which can also be tooth-rattling, if you're not careful.

Any activity has it's risks I guess. Keyboard players have to watch out for carpal tunnel.

Also, I've heard that a National
flat-top steel guitar is every bit a good as a baritone saxophone in a brawl.

Trombone and violin slinging are very asymmetric activities, and. can lead to all sorts of imbalances.

With that as my excuse for this overlong post, IMBO.

JzB the precisely balanced trombonist

Dennis said...

Jazz, I never realized instruments could cause so many problems. I've often wondered if you could get hurt by other musical devices, say, organs. Anyone? Lois?

carol said...

Good morning everyone:

Fun puzzle, not much trouble but I do have a question about 49A...I don't understand it. Lemonade, your link showed Russian refugees, but is that the whole meaning of the word?

I put PRIMP in for 34D at first but got that corrected quickly, so I didn't really need my V-8 can today.

Loved the clue for 55D...since we seem to have EDEN is almost every other puzzle, it was a fresh clue for a very stale answer.

Dennis: I can't believe your 'Pen' ran out of ink doing a crossword!

CA: (10:04) cold remedy suggestion: In a word - WHISKEY, in a glass with hot water, lemon and honey. Drink and repeat until you don't give a rip whether you have a cold or not. :)

TFrank: You were just lucky on the 'cold front'. There is no medical evidence that zinc or echinacea or any of those OTC herbs do anything to prevent colds.

Jeannie said...

This was a fairly smooth Tuesday ride. Some I got without knowing such as Assam, Kett, kaos, nik, moab and tove. Those were all perp help. I think Lewis Carroll might have been a little under the influence when he wrote Jabberwocky. I just re-read the poem and can’t tell which words are made up or not.

Today is volunteer recognition day? Crockett it seems to me that you were just given an award for your volunteer work, so here’s to you!

CA what Carol said.

We are having beautiful weather here which makes it really hard to be cooped up inside.

Dennis, what a coincidence, kneel was my favorite answer too.

Tinbeni said...

CA Thanks for the cowboy and their horses list.

Only OTC remedy I know (for everything) is Scotch.
Cures the common cold.
Cures memory loss I think?
Cures ham, though it is an acquitred taste.
Cures the Blues. Though that Pink Elephant can become a problem.

Chickie said...

Hello All--An easy, quick puzzle today. Rea and Kyos were unknowns, but were easily gotten with the perps. I enjoyed the Onym theme and after the first answer I had the others in quick succession.

I agree with several others that the four long down answers were as enjoyable as the theme answers.

My favorite answer was Port pullers. Maybe because I enjoyed reading to my First Graders about a little tug boat. Kind of like the "Little Engine That Could" story.

CA, Our old GP said that at the first sign of a raspy throat you must gargle with warm salt water. It works, but tastes awful. One of his other remedies, was home made mustard plasters! In any case your plans for the day sound like good medicine. Take care.

kazie said...

There's an interesting bit in Smithsonian this month on Lewis Carol, but I haven't finished reading it yet.

I've always found taking up to 4 echinacea capsules several times for a couple of days when I first feel a sniffle coming on stops a cold in its tracks. Whether it's all in my head or not, it works.

I seem to have lost my teacher's immunity after four years of retirement, but I still have only had one cold during that time, and that was when I didn't react soon enough.

I'm surprised to hear your organ is musical. I've always assumed the music resulting from beans or cabbage came from elsewhere.

Chickie said...

Jazz, I enjoyed your comments on the Old English spelling and pronunciation. I went back and read the late posts from last night and lo and behold, a discussion about English, it's flux and change. What will our language look like several hundred years from now? Will we look as strange as your piece from the Old English?

Rain here today, so my lovely plants from the Nursery will have to wait to be put into the ground. One warm day or two and I'll be back in business.

Have a lovely day, everyone.

Dudley said...

JazzB - Your observation about Nationals and Bari Saxes as equal instruments of war is THE funniest damn thing I've ever read in a blog! Thanks for the laugh!

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, CC and all,

It is a beautiful rainy morning, and the snails were too stupid to hide before I went out.

Quickest c/w for me in awhile.I did need a letter or 2 for Frodo, Bonet, Rea, Oden,Etta, tove,and moab to jog my memory.Four and nonet were WAGS.

Liked "at gun point" and "weak link." Great link Hahtool.

When I was trying to decipher "synonym for just", I was missing a few letters and thought it was reading I was contemplating JUST FOR ???? D'oh

Ca, so enjoyed the list of my favorite cowboys; had forgotten Gabby Hayes.Very few of those cowboys used their birth names as actors.LOL..some very interesting.

Funny poem, but a little sad.In our world who knows what will happen to us. Will scientists decide to grind up our bones for elixirs of some sort, or will we continue to transplant our "parts"
for others ? If so, will it become such a big business that people will be kidnapped for their organs? Just thinking about that poor grizzly bear.

Many thanks to all who volunteer ...Chickie,Crockett, and my Bob :)

Buckeye said...

Guday, all. Unlike most of you I was not thrilled with this puzzle. Fifteen Proper Noun references and three "suffix" clues, although stated in different forms, is a little weak. I realize it's a Tuesday, and I got all of the proper noun answers, but I was still not that enthused. How 'bout that! Two days back and bitchin' already. (PPD).

Loved your poem, Sis. Whoever said, yesterday, that although we're twins, you're prettier, knew what they were talking about. Remember when we were kids, Mom used to hang a pork chop around my neck just to get the dog to play with me?

My cousin and I always played the cowboy/horse challenge. My toughest one was ALWAYS "Poncho's" horse. (Loco). I could never remember it until he told me to just think about myself in Spanish. I haven't forgotten it since.

I must be off!

seen, not heard said...

that gunpoint place sure has its share of crime: so and so help up at gunpoint, an old lady carjacked at gunpoint, young man robbed at gunpoint. anyone remember the electric horseman's horse?

Gunghy said...

My new place for doing a crossword: in the dentist's chair. I had an 8:30 filling repair. Was seated almost on time, and had the puzzle done by 8:38. The topical hadn't even taken affect. Since I'm not a speed solver, I thought it was way too easy for a Tuesday.

Sure wish I could embed. All this talk about thorn makes me want to link to one of my favorite artists, Paul Thorn.

CA, if you caught what's been running around Fresno, you are in for a long one. I fought it off in 2 weeks, and everyone else I know that had it said that was fast. Before I gave that stuff up, Tinbeni's avatar was my favorite cure. Don't overdo the zinc, some people react poorly to it. It can cause nausea and other unpleasant symptoms. One cold-ease makes me sick for a week.

If you treat a cold yourself, you should have it for 7-10 days. If you go to your doctor, he can cut it down to 1 to 1 1/2 weeks.

Partly cloudy here when I left for the dentist. I almost rode my cycle. In the 45 minutes I was in the chair, we must have received half an inch of rain. I was held up by 2 major accidents in the 7 miles I traveled to get home.

There is a reason Californians can't drive in the rain. They are predicting about one inch of rain today, and the talking head mentioned that that is about 9% of our yearly average.

Windhover, Me? pun?? Heaven forbid!! I thought your Sunday comment meant you abdicated. I clearly indicated I'm willing to go the extra mile to do a crossword.

KQ, once again, I hope yours turns out as good as ours did.

Anonymous said...

Gunghy - Ha I did a puzzle in the dentist last week when I was having a crown prep done. It took me a while longer though as it was later in the week, and I was so nervous about the pain. My lower back molars are really hard to get numb so I was skeptical. All worked out though. How funny!

On to the doc again.

windhover said...

Carol @11:14, re: pen and ink,
You win today. Very nice!

And Gunghy, grudgingly, you win on yesterday. I have got to be more clear, although in the '90's I made that trip several times on a 650 Honda Nighthawk for the express purpose of doing a crossword at 990 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Mn. My crossword partner no longer lives there, but I still consider it a shrine of sorts. 896 miles, 15 hours flat, elapsed time, gas stops every 110 miles. The prospect of doing that particular crossword focussed the mind, exquisitely, as did the speed.

But that was then.......

Buckeye said...

Been having some problems with my "pump" so Nurse Ratchet said she would arrange for me to see ol' Doc Feelgood. Friday Doc. pulled his van into the parking lot of the GBRV (the side of his van reads "Doc Feelgood's mobile clinic and tire repair service") and Ratchet walked me out.

"Sup, Buckeye?" Doc asked.

"Want you to check out my heart, Doc", I replied.

"Well, take off your shirt and lay down on that there WWII army surplus cot. Hey, "Sure Shot", grab your Polaroid and take a pitcher of Buckeye's chest - and leave that ceegar over thar. I don't want no ashes all over my sheet. I just worshed it day before yisterdee."

"Sure shot" came over and put an old Polaroid "Land" camera to my chest and snapped off a pic. Doc grabbed it, peeled of the outer paper and stuck it in his left arm-pit.

"How's Mom an' 'em, Buckeye. I know she's passed on, but I got to fill time for 60 seconds 'til this here pitcher developers. Well, looks like your circumflex is 70% blocked but that ain't 'nuff to worry about. Get more sexercise and cut back on your lard and suet. Now put on your shirt and get the hell outta here. Me and "Sure Shot" gotta check on Connie Lingus to see if her gallbladder growed back."

And that's the truth!


Gunghy said...

Windhover, last summer I did 650 miles from Grass Valley to Pendleton, OR on a Yamaha Raider. 13 hours total with stops every 140 Mi. Damned near killed me and no crossword at the end. A lot of mountains, so the speed wasn't up where it could have been.

Carlos del Oeste said...

Dennis- Gene Autry's horse was Champion, and Tonto's was Scout. I'm pretty sure I'm right, and I did not google that. I have no idea what Lash LaRue's horse was named, nor Paladin's!

Off to print.

Carlos del Oeste

Spitzboov said...

Lash LaRue's horse was Black Diamond.

Clear Ayes said...

Thank you all for the good advice. Gunghy is correct. I had to visit the doctor today anyway and it looks like I will be cured of my cold in about 1 week. His advice is warm lemonade with honey. Ah, the miracles of modern medicine!

BTW, actually, Buckeye and I look very much alike. It's just that I wear a mask in my avatar.

Now for that nap!

Argyle said...

Ok, a couple of horses that didn't make the list that CA linked: What was the name of Zorro's horse and the name of Wilbur Post's horse?

Warren said...

For Gunghy, @13:00 Sure wish I could embed. All this talk about thorn makes me want to link to one of my favorite artists, Paul Thorn.

FYI, C.C. has posted how to post a link

RE: Motorcycle rides?

I don't ride anymore, my wife is afraid of bikes and there is too much traffic anyways in CA but in 1983 I went cross country on a Honda Gold Wing Cross Country from MN to OR and back again logging over 5,500 miles I think I remember. I learned a lot on that trip.

Jazzbumpa said...

On the Vanity of Earthly Notables

Like bari saxes crushed in brawls
With Nationals in billiard halls,

Once plucked righteously, they're just
Closeted, moldering in dust.

The grizzled keyboard, once so grand
Now Untouched by human hand.

The old trombone has gone to hide,
Not heard since the music died.

- JzB

Dennis said...

Toronado/Mr. Ed?

Hahtoolah said...

Surely Mr. Ed can tell us the name of Wilber Post's horse.

Bob said...

Nothing difficult about this one. Finished it with no errors in 14 minutes. Everything was pretty straightforward.

Dennis said...

Windhover, Gunghy, Warren, I never owned a motorcycle - I think I realized that with my love for speed, I'd kill myself in short order. But on the subject of speed runs, back in '76 I got the craving one night for chili dogs from the famous drive-in restaurant in Atlanta, The Varsity. Called my buddy, talked him into it, and we left at 7:00 that Saturday night from Philly.

Eleven and a half hours and 750 miles later, we were sitting in one of the drive-in stalls. This was in a '66 corvette convertible. Got stopped only once, and got off with a warning (because of the Marines emblem on the back of the car).

Funny epilogue: Three months later, my buddy went into the seminary. I guess he figured if he was gonna see God, he'd do it on his terms...

Warren said...

The horse Mr. Ed show was Bamboo Harvester

Gunghy said...

Warren, Thank you. If this doesn't work, then I need help finding the Bill that CC mentioned. Bill G. joined after CC posted the directions, and he's the only Bill I've seen chime in. I am one of those Macs that work differently.

Paul Thorn

Bob said...

I'm a long-time Bob Steele fan (born Robert Bradbury)--the guy with a five gallon head wearing a ten gallon hat. He made a ton of B westerns. For an interesting change of pace, catch him with John Carradine in "Revenge of the Zombies" (1943). He was also in numerous episodes of F-Troop (Trooper Duffy from 1965-1967), "Hang 'Em High" with Clint Eastwood, and many others. He has an interesting biog (son of a Hollywood director, in films since age 14, etc.) He died, age 80, in 1988.

Gunghy said...

Oh dear, Warren, you may have people cursing your name. It worked.

lois said...

Good evening Argyle, CC, et al., Cute puzzle and a fairly easy Tuesday for me. I also don't get 49A 'refuse-nik'? Most fell into place w/out any trouble or perps took care of 'em.

All in all, it was a 'right' and 'just' puzzle that 'left' me wanting to play it again but not 'as-Sam' would have done it. I would only 'at gun point' and with several 'vats' of wine in me and on the 'bar' or wherever I wanted to do it and however I wanted to do it... perhaps w/out pen and ink, like Dennis, or perhaps 'kneel'ing with a 'fatten'ed full 'moon' over me. 'Yea', that's the ticket. A clear sight, I mean night, a 'spot' of wine, and 'a bit' of a 'fire' in the box, and I'd 'pop' it 'four' times. 'Ken-ya' ask for more than that!

CA: good poem. will never hit a billiard ball again w/out thinking of a mastadon tusk. Just glad it was the tusk tho'. Hope you feel better quickly.

Dennis 11:12 organs causing injury? The mouth organ can be dangerous. Supposedly one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play can leave the tongue quite tender and down right sore. But that was from a lot of practicing too. Maybe others aren't as dedicated to perfecting the art as some. it's all good.

KQ: anxious to hear the results.

Thank you for keeping Brooke in your thoughts and prayers. She woke up yesterday and asked to see me. Sweet kid. She was told what happened to her. She took it well. Day by day.

Warren said...

For Lois:refusenik

"–noun Informal.
a Soviet citizen, usually Jewish, who was denied permission to emigrate from the Soviet Union.

Bill G. said...

Gunghy, I am no expert but I can follow directions. I have followed the directions for posting a link several times and it works OK on my Mac. I have trouble, though, getting it included in a sentence rather than sitting alone at the end.

carol said...

Warren (6:42) I think you meant the Refusenik explanation for me instead of Lois. Thank you!

Lois, I am so glad that Brooke is doing a bit better. What did happen, if you care to tell us.

Re the mouth organ, gotta watch that tongue in cheek...could have a bad outcome!

Mainiac said...

Hey all!

This was an easy one even for me at 4 PM and a couple of rums under my belt.

Our family reunion is going as suspected! Thankfully I have internet access to attempt to keep up with the real world!

Kids have played publicly which was a huge hit. Snorkeling and diving have been a hit with all as well.

The great part of the music is it transcends 3 generations.

Really cool island vibe in STX!
Yep, I'm Drunk! Sorry. Try to check in later in the week with pics.

Good to see you back Dennis!

Hope all are well!!

Anonymous said...

I also didn't get refuse-nik.

Anonymous said...

@Warren: Thank you.

Jeannie said...

Funny, typed two long posts that disappeared and am afraid I was too witty(ha-ha) and can't repeat myself a third time as I need sleep.

C.C. if you find the first one post it.

The end of it was, please think of My Mom as she heads into surgery tomorrow. Okay, think of ME as well as I can't be there.

Bill G. said...

Did you say what your Mom's surgery was for? If so, I forgot. I'm sure tomorrow will be a tough day for you. In any case, best wishes for her and for you for sure.

Crockett1947 said...

Lolita, you and your Mom are in my thoughts. Best to you both (and your Dad)!

Lucina said...

Lois, I'm glad to hear Brooke is doing better. I'll continue the prayers.

Jeannie, I shall be thinking of you and your Mom tomorrow. Did you tell us her name. So far I've prayed for "Jeannie's Mom".

Good night everyone!

Anonymous said...

I'm a newbee, 4/21 4D Zilch
there is not enough space for Zero.