May 10, 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010 Dan Naddor

Theme: Gents - The end of these common phrases are men's names beginning with J (all in plural form).

18A. Ground beef concoctions on buns: SLOPPY JOES. Image

23A. Dried meat sticks: SLIM JIMS. Image

33A. Winter underwear: LONG JOHNS. Image

50A. Toronto ball team: BLUE JAYS. Image

56A. Fruit-and-cinnamon-flavored cereal: APPLE JACKS. Image

Quite low block count for a Monday. And triple stacks of 7 -letter non-theme answers in each Down quadrant. 5 Scabbly Js.

Argyle here. A Naddor on a Monday. Everything seems to be in order.


1A. The U.S. minimum is $7.25 per hour: WAGE. The statutory minimum wage was first introduced nationally in 1938 at $0.25/hr.

5A. In the phone directory: LISTED.

11A. It can follow poli or precede fi: SCI. (poli sci - political science)(sci-fi - science fiction)

14A. One out of two: HALF.

15A. Break out of jail: ESCAPE. A great movie, The Great Escape.

16A. Refusals: NOs.

17A. Amo, amas, __: AMAT. Latin

20A. Nervous twitch: TIC.

21A. Kitchen cabinet stack: PLATES.

22A. Light beige: ECRU.

25A. War's opposite: PEACE. Together, a very long book.

26A. Apprehension: UNEASE.

27A. Food fish that's often red: SNAPPER. Image Red Snapper with Lemongrass

29A. Quechua-speaking country: PERU. Quechua is the language of the Inca civilization, presently spoken by about 7 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

30A. Two-time loser to Ike: ADLAI. We may have some discussion about using Dwight David Eisenhower's nick name to clue Adlai Ewing Stevenson II's first name.

32A. Radical '60s org.: SDS. Students for a Democratic Society.

37A. Doofus: ASS.

40A. "Do __ See God?": Jon Agee palindrome book: GEESE. It appears this maybe an entry in his 1991 book, "Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! and Other Palindromes".

41A. Meat-inspecting org.: USDA. United States Department of Agriculture

45A. Visibly embarrassed: BEET RED.

47A. Lynx family member: BOBCAT.

49A. Kind of carnival show: RAREE. A peep show, usually "raree-show".

52A. Airline to Ben-Gurion: EL AL. Ben-Gurion airport is located near the city of Lod, southeast of Tel Aviv, Israel. EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd is the flag carrier of the State of Israel.

53A. On the train: ABOARD.

55A. Rockies hrs.: MST. Mountain Standard Time

58A. Samoa's capital: APIA. Samoa Islands.

59A. Go after in court: SUE.

60A. Surgeon's tool: LANCET.

61A. Long race, for short: TEN K. 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)

62A. Military gps.: TPS. Troops?

63A. Military instructions: ORDERS.

64A. Coastal raptor: ERNE. Sea Eagle


1D. Bugs's question to "Doc": "WHAT'S UP?".

2D. Pooh's creator: A.A. MILNE. Winnie the Pooh.

3D. Ice Age remnant: GLACIER.

4D. Young newt: EFT. "They're so cute when they're young." Image.

5D. Nielsen of "Naked Gun" films: LESLIE. His movies are a farce.

6D. Muslim religion: ISLAM.

7D. Highlanders, e.g.: SCOTS.

8D. Record, รก la Nixon: TAPE. Minus the an 18½ minute gap.

9D. Omar of "The Mod Squad" movie: EPPS. The 1999 movie. He is Dr. Eric Foreman on TV's "House".

10D. "L.A. Law" co-star Susan: DEY. Another TeeVee show.

11D. Nestle brand named for its covering of tiny white confection balls: SNO-CAPS. Image.

12D. Strong-armed: COERCED

13D. Publishers, e.g.: ISSUERS.

19D. Cherokee on the road: JEEP.

21D. Jammies: PJs. Pajamas.

24D. Handle roughly: MAUL.

25D. "Royal" annoyance: PAIN.

27D. Gin flavoring: SLOE.

28D. Slangy "No way": "NAH".

30D. Elderly: AGED.

31D. School dance VIPs: DJs. (disc jockey)

34D. Grimm beast: OGRE. (the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales)

35D. Formerly, in wedding news: NEE.

36D. Math or soc. studies: SUBJ. (subject)

37D. Side by side: ABREAST.

38D. Sea lion newborn: SEAL PUP.

39D. Pancho's ponchos: SERAPES. alliteration

42D. Run playfully: SCAMPER.

43D. Motel with a sunrise in its logo: DAYS INN.

44D. On the line: AT STAKE.

46D. Relate: TELL.

47D. Pops, as a bubble: BURSTS.

48D. Multivolume ref.: OED. (The Oxford English Dictionary) What I would dearly love to have.

50D. Italian bowling game: BOCCE.

51D. Southern California hoopster: LAKER.

53D. Open just a bit: AJAR.

54D. 57-Down, for one: BAND.

57D. "Xanadu" rock gp.: ELO. (Electric Light Orchestra). We don't need to hear "Xanadu" again, do we?

58D. Chowed down: ATE.

Answer grid.



Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - well, except for bike ass, I managed to survive the past two weeks. It'll be nice to get back to normal for a while.

The puzzle was a breeze, and Dan's clues made it more enjoyable than just filling in spaces, but I'll bet his original submission was 'dumbed down' quite a bit to fit a Monday puzzle.

'Sloppy Joes' and 'Slim Jims' made it pretty obvious what the theme was, and of course I loved the triple stacks. The only answer I didn't agree with was 'tps' for 'Military gps.'; I've never seen 'troops' abbreviated that way. Favorite answer was 'snapper' -- no idea why. And along with Raisinettes, SnoCaps were a movie theater staple back in the day. Argyle, I'm with you, The Great Escape was a great movie.

Yesterday, we did our town's version of 'Race for the Cure', a 5K walk/run around town that was a lot more walk than run for me. CA, you were the reason/inspiration for our participation, and we'll continue to do them as they come up.

Today is Clean Up Your Room Day. Hope it's a great day where you are.

Lemonade714 said...

Good morning:

Wow, a Dan Naddor where I did not struggle, the man could do it all. This was a Monday difficulty puzzle, that slipped in a word I did not know, RAREE lots of other names beginning with the letter J ) other than…) five (5) theme answers on a Monday! I just SCAMPERED through this one in my PJs after my breakfast of APPLE JACKS, with SNO CAPS for dessert. Have a great day all.

PS you have atypo on 10D, it is Susan DEY

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Decent puzzle overall, but I agree that TPS left a bad taste in my mouth. I seem to recall that many of Dan's puzzle have featured made up (or perhaps I should be kind and say "non standard") abbreviations. Didn't he use TNS as an abbreviation for "towns" in the past?

I have a conference call scheduled with the new VP over me this afternoon, so hopefully I'll find out exactly what's going on then. I obviously want to remain employed, but this seesawing back and forth is driving me to distraction...

Lemonade714 said...

Also, for those who want to remember, a Susan Dey moment from THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY and one from LA LAW .

Dennis said...

Barry, on the positive side, as long as there's dialogue going on, anything's possible. I have a feeling this is gonna end well for you.

Argyle said...

Lemonade714, I fixed REY/DEY, Thanks.

Re: 62A. Military gps.: TPS troops seemed to be the only thing that came close. I sure hope they weren't Target Practice.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

Easy puzzle today as expected but Dan made it fun. Don't remember RAREE before. Theme words were easy, but only 'got' the theme after coming here.

ABREAST reminded me of Line Abreast , a formation of naval ships. (Your humble avatar is second from left with humble correspondent ABOARD. Photo taken Aug. 1959 returning from a Bermuda visit)

Bob said...

No difficulties with today's puzzle. I worked out 32A (SDS) but had no idea what it stood for and still don't after reading the solution. Not an organization I have any memory of. 12 minutes.

Lemonade714 said...

Maybe Rich Norris likes TPS , as we had it before in a Bruce Venke puzzle.

Who took the pic SB?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, CC and all. This Dan Naddor puzzle just flew by. I had to go back and read some of the clues after I completed the puzzle.

My only quibble with this puzzle is that a SEAL PUP is not the same species as a
Seal Lion. The offspring of both seals and sea lions, however, are called PUPS.

We got a bonus name, albeit one that did not begin with "J", with BOB CAT.

Happy Monday, all.

QOD: I really don't think I need buns of steel. I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon. ~ Ellen DeGeneres

Dick said...

Good morning All, a nice stroll in the park this morning. I thought the puzzle was easy even for a Monday. Not much to comment on except I agree with others about TPs. I did not know 49A raree, but it got filled with the perps and was in when I got to the clue so no sweat.

The theme came early and easy with the fill of sloppy Joes and slim Jims.

Barry G good luck with you job search.

Hope you all have a great Monday.

Mainiac said...

Good Morning Argyle, CC and All,

Although I liked completing a Naddor grid in this fashion I much prefer Dan's Wednesday difficulty. I got a little twisted around in the SW because I originally wrote Oaf instead of Ass. Abreast straightened that one out.

Great pic Spitzboov. Reminds me of some of my grandfather's.

Barry, I'm thinking along the same lines as Dennis. Good luck!

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - What a nice Monday puzzle. Hand up for RAREE, never heard of it. It never dawned on me that SLOE might be a flavor, I thought it was just a name.

So pleased to see the young Susan Dey again! I was hopelessly in love with her about 1976 - that would be sixth grade - to the point where I even bought Partridge Family trading cards just to get her picture. One of my meaner classmates snitched the hole punch from my school desk and hole-punched Laurie Partridge's face on every card. Mean...

Tinbeni said...

Argyle your write-up took me longer to peruse than the puzzle.

Dan Naddor on a Monday. Definitely his easiest ever.

Raree, a street show or carnival, was one of the first CW101 words I ever learned. Probably 35 years ago.

A perfect puzzle for any newbie.

lois said...

Good morning Argyle, CC, et al., Holy Moly, a Dan Naddor puzzle on a Monday! What a surprise! And I loved it - fresh clues (except tps).

Had to LOL with 1D 'What's up' preceding some of my favorite men being 'listed': 'Slim' and 'Red' being favorite cowboys and of course Texas 'Long John' being uh, tall. He did wear big boots.
'Leslie' oddly enough had the same last name as my maiden name but we were unrelated. We called him "Les" and I finally understood the saying 'Less is more'. He got married and named his daughter
'Leslie'. I thought that was neat.
'Scot(s)' and I would keep
'abreast' of the latest movies -at a drive in theater. 'Jay' was not a 'half' ass', he was a complete one. I called him 'Sue' to 'tic' him off. Past the 'Jims'
'Jacks','Joes', 'Bobs'and 'Tell'y, the one that would melt a 'glacier' with his handsome looks was 'Lance-T' - John-John handsome and one of 13 children. Ah yes, thanks for the memories. Great puzzle - greater theme!

Excellent job, Argyle. I agree w/you on 30A..Ike vs Dwight. Ike made the connection easier for me tho'.

Barry G: Good luck. Keep us posted. Sometimes it's hard to see what they're thinking...the Peter Principle in all its glory.

Jeannie: I was so touched by your comment last night and taking care of 'Jen'. You are such a remarkable person. I'm glad to know you.

CA: again, thank you for the inspiration by being you.

Spitz: cool picture. Like Lemonade asked, who took it? I went under one of our battleships the other day in the tunnel. Couldn't get a pic tho'. So impressive!

Enjoy your day.

kazie said...

Like the rest of you I enjoyed Dan's cluing and was surprised at getting one of his this easy. My greatest pause was also RAREE, until ABREAST became obvious. I had also thought of CPS (corps) for TPS, but the C at the end of my as yet unfinished abreast didn't seem promising. I didn't know what SNOCAPS were but it was an easy guess.

have a great Monday everyone!

Spitzboov said...

L714: The picture was most likely taken by a photographer's mate from the bird farm (carrier Valley Forge) in a helo or fixed wing S2F Grumman. The ships are at about half the normal minimum spacing between vessels for such a maneuver so the photo could be taken.

Ice Age remnant - GLACIER was not my first choice since I was thinking of the detritus left by the Ice Age glaciers such as eskers, kames (gravel pits) or moraines, or even animal remains such as mastodon.

Anonymous said...

@ Bob 6:21 a.m.

Link to SDS:

Crockett1947 said...

Good morning, everyone!

Nice to have a Naddor on a Monday. Fun puzzle to work.

Tinbeni, RAREE was also one of the first crosswordese words I learned. Haven't seen it much lately.

Dudley, kids can be so mean to each other!

BarryG, good luck in navigating the choppy waters. Beware of the sharks!

Tinbeni said...


Years ago, on the 1972 show Banacek, George Peppard's character looks at one of the perps who is doing the NYT Crossword and said "ITER, Roman Road is ITER." I started doing crosswords shortly thereafter and have never forgotten the word.

Raree, Adele (Astaire's sister), Eddy, Yegg, and a few other were my early crosswordese words learned.

Dennis said...

Got pretty much the same list, with the addition of Peri, for Persian fairy, and idee fixe.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

A surprise treat to see a Dan on Monday. A bit tougher than avg, I thought. Lots of fun, though.

WHAT'S UP is what's AT STAKE.
Do you ERNE a WAGE? (Sorry)
Ever SCAMPER on a GLACIER, or climb SNO CAPS in a SERAPE?
Was the BAND on TAPE?

My 8th grade crush was Haley Mills. (Sigh . . .)

JzB the AGED trombonist

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, What a lovely Monday Dan Naddor puzzle and Argyle's blogging to show it off.

Maybe (I'm reaching here) since the clue for 62A is "Military gps", in which the R and vowels OU are left out of the abbreviation, that is the same rationale for TPS being the abbreviation of T(ROO)PS. Of course that would mean the abbreviation for F(RUI)TS would be FTS and so on.

Hahtool is correct. According to SeaWorld.ord (They should know) "Seals and sea lions/fur seals differ in a number of ways, but here are four that are easy
to spot. Sea lions/fur seals show external ear flaps; seals show only ear holes. Sea lions/
fur seals have long, hairless, front flippers with short nails; seals have short, fur-covered
front flippers with long claws. Sea lions/fur seals can rotate their hind flippers forward
to walk on land; seals hold their hind flippers straight and move on land in a forward
rolling motion of their bellies. Sea lion/fur seal whiskers are smooth; most seal
whiskers are beaded or crimped." Apparently sea lions are also known as fur seals, but FUR SEAL PUP wouldn't fit the letter count for 38D.

I have heard of 49A RAREE, but only in the sexual peep show sense (don't ask!), so the clue "Kind of carnival show" didn't mean anything to me.

Eighth grade crushes Susan DEY and Haley Mills? What about the one (according to GAH) compared to whom all others fell flat (pun intended) Annette Funicello.

Thanks again to Dennis, Lois, Jeannie for the nice words and deeds.

JimmyB said...

I was flying through this Monday puzzle when I suddenly ran into a Wednesday puzzle in the SW corner. Started with OAF instead of ASS, and RAREE was something I had never heard of. I knew it was some kind of PUP, but TPS just made no sense at the time.

But it was a Dan Naddor puzzle, so there were a lot of smiles. And we know there's not many of Dan's puzzles left. So just like mothers, we've got to appreciate them while we have them.

Tinbeni said...

I'll see your "idee fixe"
and raise you "ipse dixit" ...

When I began doing xwords, very quickly I realized that I better learn a lot more of the Latin Legal Terms.
Over time a lot of the French & Spanish I had in school (and forgotten), and now German, were "fair game" if used in a scant manner.

As such, it is a rare grid where I don't have a "learning moment."
Something I consider equal to the "FUN Factor" I enjoy with Crossword Puzzles.

Gunghy said...

Perped RAREE, although it was buried somewhere deep, because it elicited an 'Oh, yeah.' OED is new, an I didn't like it; although Argyles explanation helped. Missed TPS until I got here, it was also totally perped. APIA is also new to me.

I didn't like ELO as a band, and it's one of those crossword fills that I could happily never see again.

I knew 38D had to be SEALPUP, but for reasons already discussed, I didn't approve. Incidentally, I believe fur seals and sea lions are related, but not the same animal.

Are SLIMJIMS really meat??

After completing about half of Saturday's, I took my daughter and future SIL racing. We finished 3rd. More importantly, my daughter, who was always too busy to participate, was bitten by the bug. She's currently on the phone to her boss trying to work out vacation days so she can crew for me in nationals.

Jeannie - I'm glad Lolita is on the water. let's round up some friends and out-photograph Spitzboov.

Dennis' choice of days is appropriate, as my daughter just closed on a short sale and the place is trashed. Today, I "get to" patch 2 large holes in the drywall. In the ceiling, no less!! Then I'll repair the front door which had delaminated and replace the 4 or 5 that the previous owners had holed. I didn't post yesterday, because I was dragged down there early to install a toilet. (Notice that I didn't say 'replace', there was a upended bucket over the hole and it had been that way since the kids first looked at the house.) Someday soon, I'll mow the yard. There was a boat in the yard the first time I saw the house and I walked by it without seeing it; the weeds are that high.

Time to go work, joy to all.

carol said...

Hi all - fun puzzle, great Naddor clues and answers.
I was even able to answer the baseball one (50A).
Fun having ASS, BEET RED,SUE, RAREE & SERAPE all nestled together in the SW corner. Hope Sue has fun!!

CA: I felt the same way when I saw the answer for 49A...Raree indicates a 'naughty' peep show. I think it was found in the back areas of some of the carnival mid-way booths...this is according to Joe who found them as a youngster. Can't keep those things secret from a 14 year old boy! LOL.

Barry G - was any reason given for 'bouncing' you around this way?
As Crockett said, beware of the sharks - silent but deadly. We are all hoping for a good outcome for you!

Lois, thanks for the picture of sweet. Thanks too for the update. I am just amazed that someone could actually get up and leave the hospital 9 days after a heart transplant. Just think, my Mother stayed in the hospital 2 weeks after giving birth to me...just normal procedure then.

eddyB said...

Morning all.

Told you it was fun last night.

Raree is as old as the hills. It is also probably 35 yrs for me.

Always fun to visit Bermuda and buy a gallon of duty free Scotch.
Used to keep one and sell the other four to a bar in Boston.

Maybe military gps is a Rich reclue.


Jerome said...

Dennis- Speaking of word lists... This is from 2001 and was compiled by Bob Klahn. I'm sure the info hasn't changed much, if at all. The info comes from years of research of thousands upon thousands of puzzles.

Most popular puzzle entries-

Single word- ERA
Abbreviation- ENE
Animal- ANT
Foreign- OLE
Place name- ERIE
Person- ELI
Drink- ALE
Food- OLEO
All consonants-TNT
Letter- E

Lucina said...

Good day, Argyle, C.C. and puzzlers.

Late today with a minor case of sniffles which kept me in bed longer than normal.

However, Dan Naddor awoke me with a start! Yea! Very nice for a Monday, but yes, Like Miniac, I do prefer the later, more difficult ones. Still fun.

It took so little time that I had to review the fills afterward.

A word about Ike/Adlai and many of you will recall this. The campaigns were saturated with "Ike" buttons, slogans, and signs. Who can forget "I like Ike". Whereas Adlai was always only Adlai, so it's natural to asssociate Ike/Adlai together.

Hand up for raree, iter, ole, oed and so many of those words that I learned early on in solving xwds.

I recall "raree" being clued as "peep show".

I have often wondered why Samoa has a capital with a Roman name, Apia as in "Via Apia" in Rome.

Cheers to all who run for the cure!

I hope you are having a great Monday!

Jeannie said...

It is unusual to see Dan Naddor’s name on a Monday puzzle and had I not noticed it was one of his puzzles I never would have guessed it. This one seemed too easy for a Naddor puzzle as I usually have a little bit of trouble completing it unaided. Today was the exception, maybe I’m just getting better at it! Too bad all the theme answers weren’t food related as “long johns” certainly could have been. I wracked my mind for a food item that ends in Jays to no avail. The new word for me today was a raree show. I did manage to get it with perp help however, as well as Apia and eft. I had scapel for lancet until I moved on with the downs and that straightened itself out. I liked “Royal” annoyance – pain.

Lois, good to know you too!

Everyone enjoy your day. It’s gloomy, windy, and cool here in MN.

lois said...

Santa Baby: I just love it when you give us a 'heads up'. Can you pass along any other hints - like who's on the good list?

Carol: Yeah, isn't that miraculous? In bed for 2wks for having a baby and out in 9 for having a heart transplant. I'm blown away too.. over the same thing. She feels great. So far no changes in her food preferences.

Raree may be as old as the hills, like Eddy said, but I have never heard of it.

Dudley: Do you remember who those boys were who punched your cards? Ever seen them again after you grew up? Do you know what became of them? Just wondered if they're in jail.

Jerome: thanks for the word list. That's interesting but seems kind of short.

Bob said...

Lucina: I don't believe the capital city (and only city) of Samoa (Apia) has any relationship to anything Latin. Apparently it is a name that derives from the village which preceded it at that geographical location and therefore likely is Samoan rather than Latin. The Roman road you refer to was the Via Appia (two p's, not one) and was named for Appius Claudius Caecus (340-273 BC), the statesman who oversaw construction of the first segment of the road. I don't think it's related to the Latin word "apis" ("bee") or to the ancient Egyptian bull deity, "Apis," which is a shortened form of "Hapis." In short, there are lots of look-alike words when you go from language to language and culture to culture--only some of which are actually related. Incidentally, Robert Louis Stevenson (author of "Treasure Island," etc.) is buried at Apia, and his former house is now the state residence, where I believe the Prime Minister lives.

Bob said...

Tinbeni: FYI The genitive form of Latin "iter" is "itineris" ("of the road"), in which you can begin to see its direct descendant in English--"itinerary." Derivatives in general (but not always, due to consonant and vowel shifts) look a lot like the original word and must mean something similar. "Iter" can also mean "journey," which brings it very close in meaning to "itinerary." "Apia" looks like some Latin words but lacks the vital connection in meaning.

MJ said...

Good afternoon, all.

Monday morning with a Dan Naddor puzzle. What could be better? More clever cluing than a typical Monday, but also very doable.

Like Jeannie, I thought the theme entries, besides being "J" names, were food related until I got to BLUEJAYS.

Argyle-Thanks for the blogging and for the quarter info. Beyond the fifty commemorative state quarters, the U.S. Mint issued six additional quarters in 2009 for the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories--Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands. So far the ones for D.C. and Puerto Rico are the only two I have come across in my loose change.

Off to clean my room. Enjoy the day!

Jerome said...

Lois- Bob's data base as it relates to puzzle info contains, I believe, a couple of million words, phrases, clues, etc. Certainly you didn't want me to print the whole thing. :)

JD said...

Good afternoon Argyle,CC and all,

Another great job, Argyle.I had no idea that Samoa had a commemorative quarter.

Hand up for scalpel.What an amazing feeling to finish a Dan Naddor puzzle without help. True, it was easy, but fun.Raree was my new word for the day.Had to let the perps fill in Sno-caps, eft, apia and sloe( I was thinking lime).

Hilarious QOD, Hahtool.

Dudley @6:56 LOL!

Jeannie, you sure have a big heart.I think we are getting to know the real you.

Lois, Brooke is lovely.So glad she is doing well.

My DH and I do a lot of volunteer work for the ACS. In our area we have "Relay for Life" events that are held at parks and schools.We just finished one and will be doing 2 more in July. One member of a team (and there were about 32 teams in that last one) has to be walking around the track during the 24 hrs...the larger the team, the less amount of walking. It's fun; people set up tents, and decorated luminares guide the walkers after dark. Each bag is dedicated to a friend or family member( my mom) that have passed away from cancer.My girls did not get to know their grandma, but I see her sweetness in them.

It's also windy, gray and showery here in sunny CA.

Lucina said...

Thank you. It didn't occur to me that the spelling would be different, they simply sounded alike. What a wonderful learning moment.

I was surprised as well to know that additional quarters were minted. I have collected the states' and DC for my granddaughter, but was unaware of the others and the folder I purchased has no spaces for them.

I agree. Brooke is beautiful and I'm so thrilled for you and her that everything is going well.

My Webster has TPS as the abbreviation for township, but I suppose anything can be shortened as we wish.

I have been cleaning up my room; 13 year old granddaughter spent the night Saturday and a few things were out of place, don't you know!

Clear Ayes said...

Just got back from a dental check up. The drive took about 10 extra minutes because about 50 cattle and a half dozen mounted cowboys were moving across the road. I had to smile because one of the cowboys had an orange traffic flag and was directing the stop/start of the car traffic. Sorry you missed it, Lois.

I liked the balance of 3D GLACIER and 11D SNO-CAPS, even though it is another kind of SNOW CAPS. Perhaps you'll believe that I had a "GLACIER" poem waiting in the wings. If not, that's OK too. I like this short 1899 poem by Charles Keeler.

To An Alaskan Glacier

Out of the cloud-world sweeps thy awful form,
Vast frozen river, fostered by the storm
Upon the drear peak's snow-encumbered crest,
Thy sides deep grinding in the mountain's breast
As down its slopes thou plowest to the sea
To leap into thy mother's arms, and be
There cradled into nothingness.

Barry G. said...

Barry G - was any reason given for 'bouncing' you around this way?

Well, at first I assumed they were just being jerks, hoping I would quit (and therefor forgo severance pay). Turns out, though, that they really rushed into purchasing our company and didn't have time to really think everything through. They are currently scrambling to re-hire a few of the people they laid off last week, and they are also making select exceptions to their firm "no remote employees" policy.

It now looks, btw, as though I may be one of those select exceptions. They don't have anybody in their company who can fulfill my role and my outgoing boss has convinced them that they'll never find anybody more qualified. And so... I guess I am still fully employed and will remain so for the foreseeable future. The one twist is that I will be working from home, which is going to take some massive adjustments on my part. The commute will certainly be better, however.

I guess I didn't really need to buy that Chrysler 300C after all, huh? Not that I regret it, mind you, but it will probably end up just sitting in the driveway most days...

Thanks again for all the kind words and good wishes!

Dudley said...

Lois 1:31 - I think that particular classmate moved while still school age. I would not be at all surprised to learn that he grew to live on the dark side!

Chickie said...

Hello All--When I saw Dan Naddor's name at the end of the puzzle, I gave a huge sigh, thinking that it wasn't really Monday, but Wednesday. However, I sailed along, filling in one after the other of the answers, UNTIL I hit the SW corner. Oaf, instead of Ass, Turn red instead of Beet red, and not knowing Raree really put me into a funk. I had to walk away from the puzzle and come back later to finally finish it. However, I didn't have any lookups so that was a plus.

Sno caps are an unknown treat. I've never had them, and didn't recognize the package when I clicked on the link. They look good.

Argyle and MJ, thanks for the info on the commemorative quarters. I didn't know that there were any more out there. I've collected a set of the US States quarters for a grandchild and it would be nice to add to that set for him.

Also, thanks so much for the right click trick to go to links. My husband keeps telling me there are so many uses for the right click button on the mouse. I just never seem to remember to do it. It works great.

Lois, thanks for the picture of Brooke.


Lucina said...

Great news, Barry!

The abbreviation finder cites 20 meanings for TPS, including troops.

The JVN said...

Mixed difficulty -- I roared through the northern half, then bogged down badly across the line. It gradually fell together with just a few peeks into my crossword dictionary.

I rarely recognize a puzzle's theme, but today I caught it early enough to make use of it!

18A - I'd put in HAMBURGERS, but the perps didn't care for the flavor. I already had 23A SLIMJIMS, so when those pesky perps gave me enough letters to recognize SLOPPYJOES, the theme leapt to mind.

43D - It seems to me that the motel's logo ought to be a sunset. One seeks a motel at the end of the day.

Argyle - 15A - The Great Escape is indeed a Great movie.

62A, GPS - I agree with BarryG. I got it from the fills, but even then, I wasn't sure what it was supposed to mean.

27D - I'd heard the term "sloe gin" but it never occurred to me to ask what the word meant. Flavor??

I recall a one-liner "Sloe gin makes a girl fast." The use of "girl" to mean "young woman" is a hint to the age of the joke. And myself.

Hahtoolah said...

Chickie: SnoCaps are semi-sweet chocolate drops with little round confections. They are my favorite movie candy treat.

I first saw The Great Escape when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I loved the movie.

Argyle said...

The other really great but much more subdued, escape movie is The Shawshank Redemption. A real 'Must See' movie.

Jerome said...

A sloe is also called a blackthorn. It's a fruit. Throw it in with some booze and you've got, voila, sloe gin.

MJ said...

Chickie and Lucina,
I also have collected a set of the commemorative quarters, and wondered why the folder I bought to contain them didn't have spaces for the D.C. and territory coins. Come to find out that the legislation to continue the commemorative quarter program was not passed/enacted until 2007 or 2008.

Such good news on a number of fronts:

Lois-Awesome news about Brooke! Thank you for the continued updates.

Barry-Great news about your job! Hoping for the best case scenario for you when all the dust has finally settled.

Frenchie said...

@lemonade714, raree is a new one foe me, too. Last week, I didn't like raring...I thought it sounds like, "Yea, rah! Rah!" Then I found in a sentence, the word was use like this,: I ready and raring to go. Growing up with a New England accent, leaving out 'r's made it difficult to visualize correct spelling in words with 'r's.
I always enjoyed a story my fil would tell. He grew up in Natick, MA. (He and my mil met in art school at Yale. I like that story, though it's not relevant here.) At any rate, he accepted a job to put together an art program at the University in 1926, (and run it as a 1 man show!) I believe. When he said car...(caa no r's needed!) Nobody knew what he was talking about or they teased him about it. Until the day he died, he used the word 'automobile' which he judiciously chose to use in place of car, thus eliminating the word 'car' from his vocabulary.
Oh, L714,one more thing, I pegged you for the type to sleep in your birthday suit!!??!
@Argyle, you made me laugh at the comment referencing 62A!
Among my first words, I remember ogee (in carpentry, molding )and (olie, a jug)
I drank quite a few cups of kava kava in Fiji. It was with a tribal leader. You had to specify low tide, high tide and tsunami...I had Tsumanis. What a great memory! They gave me my own 1/2 coconut shell to use if I had kava kava in the future .

I'm out!

Jeannie said...

Sloe gin, ah that takes me back. We used to mix up a concoction in college that was called "sloe-screws" which was sloe gin and orange juice. Mighty tasty and well you know....JVN the rest of the story.

Barry, I envy you. I would gladly have the opportunity to work from home. I have an 85 mile commute every day and it's not fun in the winter to say the least. I even offered to buy a fax machine. All the company would need to do is load our Alpha system onto my computer. Realistically, I don't meet a vendor in person very often.

JD, yep the jig is up. I'm a softie. Sshhhh. I do have my moments though. Don't treat people I care about or me badly as I do have a temper too; as has been witnessed here a time or two on this fine blog.

Dennis, sorry about your bike ass. Have you figured out yet why snapper was your favorite answer? I thought it might have been

Lemonade, my dear counselor...most of the links that are posted are somehow blocked from my work space. Rest assured I "click" on them when I get home.

Carol, how is your eye doing, and when is the next one scheduled?

It's really windy here and I am worried about a little robin that just built a nest in one of the flimsier trees in my yard. She just laid eggs too. Softie, party of one....

carol said...

Barry G - sure good news about your job, especially the part about working from home.

Jeannie - the eye is great!!! Can't wait to get the left one done and that will happen June 29, wanted it the first part of June but the surgery schedule wouldn't work then. If any of you are facing this (cataract surgery) fear not, it is really 'a piece of cake', no pain, fast in and out and aside from a lot of eye drops, a very positive experience.

Barry G. said...

Frenchie: I also grew up in Natick, MA! Of course, it was 40+ years after your FIL, so I doubt we know any of the same people...


And yes, working from home can be a great thing. Or not. I've done it before for a couple of years and, while it certainly had its pluses, I really missed interacting face to face with co-workers. But it certainly beats unemployment!

ARBAON said...

Enjoyed the Monday puzzle with an almost Thursday flavor. Speaking of flavor, red snapper is quite popular here but I prefer grouper sometimes just for halibut. I thought "Cherokee on the road" was clever but had to look @ "tenk" quite a while to see it as "ten-k."

43D is the only bone I have to pick. Since "Days Inn" is obviously a play on the phrase "day`s end", that logo would be a sunset, not a sunrise.

My local "Relay for Life" team does several beans and cornbread luncheons to help raise money. Then, our walk/runs go much faster!

ARBAON said...

Blew my own joke...should have read "just for the halibut."

Spitzboov said...

Re: 43D, Day's Inn Logo. Since their motto is “A New Day Dawning.” I would have to go with 'sunrise'.

JD said...

Woo Hoo for you Barry!!!Will you be "home alone"? We found it difficult (well, I did)for us both to be home when we 1st retired.Bob already had his Mon.. Tues..schedule and then there I was.LOL! So glad you still have your job.

Chickie, I've never seen Sno-Caps either. Maybe we don't have them.

Frenchi,cute story. You must have grown up eating pizzer, while we all had Peet-za. Was that a schwa?

JD said...

oh..escape movies...don't forget Cool Hand Luke! Paul Newman, sigh. Didn't he eat 50 hard boiled eggs to prove a point in that film?

Jerome said...

ARBAON- From my BALI HUT I've seen dancers do a HULA BIT just for the HALIBUT.

Tinbeni said...

Well, I know I have never mentioned this here before (OK, only a bizillion times), my vote for the Days Inn logo would be for "Sunset!"

I'm not always up for sunrise, but I never miss a sunset if I can help it.

It's an Avatar thing ...

JD said...

What have I missed? I ate Milk Duds!

"The Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate & Cocoa Company, started in 1911 in the Philadelphia area, manufactured its first candy product in 1922. It was called the Bob White, a large (2 1/2 inch in diameter) nonpareil. In the late 1920's, the size of the Bob White was reduced drastically to small, rounded wafers of chocolate covered with tine pellets of sugar. These were marketed under the trade name of Sno-Caps."

This company also created Goobers and Raisinets.

Annette said...

I swear the word RAREE was in an old-fashioned song, but the only one I can think of is "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", as sung in the final scene of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Jeannie: You had me crying just reading your post last night. Imagine the great night's sleep Jen had last night, thinking about how her new friend turned what might've been a really tough, lonely, emotional day for her, into a memorable, loving experience!

I was impressed by Snocaps, but really preferred Good & Plenty or Milk Duds for the movies.

Dot said...

This was an easy, fun puzzle. Had the same questions as so many others - raree & tps, especially.
American Samoa is the only territory quarter I do not have. Since it came out in 2009 it seems I should have found one by now. I don't know how many of the territory quarters have been minted but they seem to be scarcer than the states were. I collected all the states for all ten grandkids but decided they could collect their own territories. I'm glad I haven't tried that because I've seen so few of any of them I would have been frustrated.

I saw a poll recently asking if Puerto Rico should become a state.
From what little I know about the status and privileges of territories, I don't know why they would want to become a state.


Anonymous said...

Goobers and Raisinets, wow that brings me back. Brady Joe loves raisonettes and I will gladly treat him with those rather than just plain chocolate.

Jeannie, you seem to be as nice of a gal that I discerned you to be. For you to hold your new friend Jen's hand through the walk and not even know her and then to stop to buy her shoes touched my heart. Your Mom offering to pay for those said shoes also was touching. How wonderful that you have such a force in your life.

Gunghy said...

My dentist prefers Milkduds, too. Calls them crown pullers and claims they put his daughter through college.

Jeannie said...

Aw shucks guys, you do go on. (That's Thelma speak and I think WH would catch on to that) There are a lot of nice folks here on this blog. I was just inspired by one or more to do what I did. Tarrajo, you are one of my heroes being a single mom raising a wonderful young man (IMO). You too, Lemonade; although raising boys being a single (male) parent might be a little easier than a female trying to raise a male. I might be totally wrong on that.

Sleep tight everyone and think good things as you drift off. That is my "sleep aid".

Jeannie said...

I forgot to thank you C.C. for creating this wonderful blog. I wouldn't have known all these wonderful people if not for you. I grog you.

Otis said...

Good evening,

A couple of FYIs:

Another easy way to look at links without losing your place on the comments page is to click on the roller ball thingymabob in the middle of the mouse (if your mouse has one). If you use a browser that offers tabbed browsing, clicking on the roller ball should open the link in a new tab (this works on my versions of Firefox, Chrome, and IE). I often open links in new tabs and after I've opened half a dozen or more, look at them. After I've closed each of the "links" tabs, I am back to my original tab - the comments page - right where I left off.

Also, for the coin collectors among you, there are another fifty-six coins to look forward to collecting. This is perhaps old news to folks, but another commemorative coin series is being issued, starting this year.

(This is my first attempt at posting a link - hope it works.)


kazie said...

Thanks for an even easier way to get the new tab!

Great news about the job! Definitely the silver lining in your cloud.

I join the others in applauding your weekend feat. A wonderful way to touch someone's heart.

I too have an album for the state quarters. There are spaces for both mint versions, and I find it a lot harder to get the 'p' ones than the 'd'. In fact, I still don't have a 'p' for Iowa, one of the earliest to come out. I keep a list in my coin purse of the missing ones, but lately it's gotten more hopeless because I so rarely use cash. I worked at our local thrift shop for our church today and got the Alaska 'p', so I guess hope springs eternal.

Bill G. said...

Kazie said: "I keep a list in my coin purse of the missing ones, but lately it's gotten more hopeless because I so rarely use cash."

It's been going the other way for me lately. I tutor some students after school and I ask to be paid in cash. So I end up with a bunch of 20s that I use to pay the supermarket and other bills. It feels different from writing checks or using a credit card but it feels good too.

dodo said...

Hi, all. I learned 'raree' many years ago from crosswords.I have never heard it used in speech or read it. The clue used to be "street show". Never really looked it up.

I have read about"sloe-eyed beauties" and often wondered what a sloe was. They must be edible but I've never heard of them in any other way than the above and in sloe gin fizzes. I think they must look something like a black olive?

Jeannie, you are really something! Will you see Jen again? Did you say she is fighting cancer herself? If she's homeless that must be very hard.

Lois, I'm so happy for beautiful Brooke. She has a smile like Julia Roberts. I hope she enjoys good health for many years.

Good Monday puzzle. No lookups and quickly done. I never time myself. I forget to look when I'm finished.

We've had a dreary cold day today with lots of wind. Just when we think summer's almost here, Ma Nature pulls a fast one! There was even snow in the mountains! Ckearayes, are you cold and rainy up in them thar hills?

dodo said...

Here's a sloe gin recipe some of you might want to fool around with:

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Frenchie said...

Frenchy has told the goblins in her washing machine they have 24 hours to give back the socks or the anon gets it!!