May 18, 2010

Tuesday May 18, 2010 Timothy L. Meaker

Theme: Trip - Counterculture phrase formed by the first two words of 20A, 37A, 53A, and coined by 66A in the 1960's.

20A. Provide some room illumination: TURN ON THE LIGHT

37A. TV promo exhortation: TUNE IN TONIGHT

53A. Disappear from the radar, so to speak: DROP OUT OF SIGHT

66A. Timothy who preached the message found in this puzzle's theme: LEARY. Notice the constructor's name Timothy also?

Argyle here.

Today's puzzle is like a mini-quote. Dr. LEARY recommended the use of LSD to achieve his message ("Turn on, tune in, drop out"), resulting in "trips". Unfortunately, some of these trips turned back. I hope no one here has a flashback from doing this puzzle.

Ah, yes, the puzzle. Easy theme (if you can remember the '60's) with decent fill. I'm blogging from my sister's laptop so I'm somewhat discombobulated.


1A. Resolute about: SET ON.

6A. Unwanted e-mail: SPAM.

10A. Church recess: APSE.

14A. Wind: Prefix: ANEMO. A typical wind anemometer.

15A. Doily material: LACE.

16A. Dom Perignon producer, familiarly: MOËT. Moët et Chandon champagne.

17A. Grammy winner Jones: NORAH. She is the daughter of Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar. (An echo of the '60's.)

18A. Gillette razor: ATRA.

19A. College in New Rochelle, N.Y.: IONA.

23A. In the past: AGO.

24A. Monogram of a '50s White House aspirant: AES. Adlai Ewing Stevenson.

25A. Speedy: RAPID.

27A. "Popcorn" shellfish: SHRIMP.

30A. Conditions: IFS.

32A. Anthem contraction: O'ER.

33A. On the fence: NOT SURE.

36A. Really long time: EONS.

40A. Decorative vases: URNS.

41A. Bright spot on a lunar halo: MOONDOG.

42A. Brit's rainwear: MAC (Mackintosh)

43A. Hymnals may be found in one: PEW.

44A. Marked down: ON SALE.

48A. Emergency tire: SPARE.

50A. Lab greeting: "ARF". Labrador Retriever.

52A. Teachers' org.: NEA. National Education Association

58A. Kennedy half, e.g.: COIN. The half dollar coin.

59A. Resting on: ATOP.

60A. Dote on: ADORE.

61A. Thoreau's Walden __: POND. Published in 1854, the title didn't mention the pond. "Walden; or, Life in the Woods"

62A. Jeweler Lalique: RENÉ. Renowned for his stunning creations of perfume bottles, vases, jewelery, chandeliers, clocks and in the latter part of his life, automobile hood ornaments. I did not know that.

63A. More under the weather: ILLER. The only real clunker in the bunch.

64A. Golden Fleece ship: ARGO.

65A. Went lickety-split: SPED.


1D. December temps: SANTAs. Can you believe it, this gave me trouble!

2D. "Stop!": "ENOUGH!".

3D. More than just fear: TERROR.

4D. Arabian Sea nation: OMAN.

5D. Manhattan area above Houston Street: NOHO. Stands for North of Houston Street . Soho is South of Houston.

6D. Pool table layer: SLATE.

7D. They may be beaten: PATHS.

8D. Farm unit: ACRE.

9D. Cafeteria offering: MEAL.

10D. Chihuahua gal pal: AMIGA. Spanish for "girlfriend". Chihuahua doesn't refer to the dog but the state in northern Mexico.

11D. Express disdain for: POOH-POOH.

12D. Conscious: SENTIENT.

13D. Greek vowel: ETA.

2D1. Quiet period at day care: NAP TIME.

22D. 1040-issuing org.: IRS.

26D. AMA members: DRs.

28D. Holiday buildings?: INNS. A reference to the movie, "Holiday Inn"?

29D. Bartender on "The Simpsons": MOE.

30D. Red meat nutrient: IRON.

31D. Keep away: FEND OFF.

34D. Winter blanket: SNOW.

35D. __-Aztecan languages: UTO. Got from the perps.

36D. Bacon go-with: EGGS.

37D. Hidden way out, maybe: TRAP DOOR.

38D. Hardly sympathetic: UNCARING.

39D. Electrical particle: ION.

40D. Speaker's hesitations: UMs.

43D. Get-up-and-go: PEP.

45D. Zambia neighbor: ANGOLA.

46D. "PBS NewsHour" anchor Jim: LEHRER.

47D. Hash house, e.g.: EATERY.

49D. Sonata movement: RONDO.

50D. Make things right: ATONE.

51D. Blocked (off), as a crime scene: ROPED.

54D. Dory propellers: OARS.

55D. Sun Bowl Stadium coll. team: UTEP. The University of Texas El Paso.

56D. Go to sea: SAIL.

57D. Goofing off: IDLE.

58D. 22-Down employee: CPA.

Answer grid.



Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - a pretty typical Tuesday puzzle, with some clever cluing. Didn't catch the theme until the end.
I thought both 'Lab greeting' and 'Holiday buildings' were just great clues. Argyle, I think the latter clue refers to the chain rather than the movie. And I agree about 'iller'; it's never gonna seem right, no matter how many times we see it.

Needed perp help for 'Uto-Aztecan languages'. 'Moondog' was a word I learned from doing crosswords; matter of fact, looking at the puzzle, there's a few that crosswords hammered into my brain: apse, Iona, rondo, and anemo-. Always a learning process with these, plus doing them hopefully helps 'fend off' alzheimer's, at least until.........I'm sorry, what was I saying?

Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, and Visit Your Relatives Day. Should you have dirty dishes, just take 'em to your relatives.

C.C. Burnikel said...

ILLER always reminds me of your ILER clue last time.

Hmm, only the MOREL guy Dennis has stolen my "identity" few times. Argyle is such a moral guy. He would not do so. I am disappointed that you can't recognize my "voice" any more.

Lemonade714 said...

I thought this was a bit of a challenge for a Tuesday; it took me a while to focus on the prefix in ANEMOMETER , especially as an American who knows little world geography, my first thought was not OMAN . I put it in right away, but was not sure of MOON DOG especially as I was not happy with FEND OFF, but the rest was fun.
Loved DECEMBER TEMPS as SANTAS, and HOLIDAY BUILDINGS as INNS. I agree it is the motel chain as the reference
Any puzzle with ARGO is good with me...

Dick said...

Good morning Argyle and All, a nifty little puzzle today, but not a speed race for me. There were a few places that caused me to pause and think a bit. Argyle, I raise my hand for having difficulty with 1D Santas and that was the first place to cause me to pause sentient is a new word for me, but was completed by the perps. I had no idea about uto, Aztecan languages, but it was also filled by the perps.

I agree with the others about iller. Ugh! Even my spell check does not like the word.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Spitzboov said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. and all. Not a difficult puzzle. A few clever clues like SANTA. Agree with others about ILLER. No look-ups needed; perps helped with spelling questions. I believe Navaho is an UTO-Aztecan language.

Enjoy the day

Bob said...

It took a few minutes for me to get started on this puzzle, but then everything went pretty well. Made one stupid mistake by rushing through it this morning. I meant to put ANEMO at 14A and put ANERO instead. 16 minutes.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, CC and all. I'm back home and had a paper so could do the puzzle this morning. I though the top half was difficult, but I 65A'ed through the bottom half. After getting LEARY, I knew I wasn't hallucinating, but would need to TURN ON, TUNE IN, and DROP OUT.

SANTAS immediately popped into my head for December Temps. This was one of my favorite clues.

I also liked Holiday Buildings = INNS, and They May Be Beaten = PATHS.

Poor Mr. Stevenson. His legacy is relegated to being a crossword puzzle clue.

ANGOLA is also the name of the Louisiana State Penitentiary. The land on which it is located was a former plantation, and many of the slaves working there were from the African country of Angola.

I was not familiar with the term MOON DOG.

The full Timothy LEARY quote is thus: My advice to people today is as follows: if you take the game of life seriously, if you take your nervous system seriously, if you take your sense organs seriously, if you take the energy process seriously, you must turn on, tune in, and drop out.

Another QOD: Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~ Timothy Leary.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

UTO was definitely my "WTF Moment of the Day," I can never remember how to spell LEHRER, I had no idea that MOET made Dom Perignon, and I never knew that pool tables had slate under all that green felt. Despite all that, though, the puzzle was a smooth and relatively painless experience for me today.

Seeing EONS in the grid reminds me of something I saw in another puzzle a few months back. The clue was "a dog's age" and the answer was EONS. That just seemed wrong to me, since, while both mean "a long time," the first usually means 10 or so years while the second usually means a billion years. I mean, that would be like cluing PARSEC as "a long day's walk." Or am I just being too literal?

Mainiac said...

Good Morning Argyle, CC and All,

Fun puzzle this morning with Moon Dog requiring perp help. I caught the theme early on which led to a fairly quick solve. I didn't care for the Conscious clue for Sentiment, but I'm feeling a little Tuned Out today.

Thanks for the write up Argyle!

Have a good one!

Anonymous said...

Great QOD Hahtool. I found this to be a little more challenging than the normal Tuesday. I was focusing on the end word of the theme clues, not the beginning so I didn't quite get the theme. I never did fully complete the NE corner not being familiar with the word SENTIENT or IONA. As I had MDS vs DRS, RAPID wasn't working either. I did get SANTAS and INNS right away though, cute clues. I wanted TAPED vs. ROPED, and that was my only other sticking point, but I did figure that one out without help.

We saw Norah Jones in concert the year she made it big at the Northrup Theater on the Univ of MN campus. She has such a lovely voice. When she came out, the man introducing her announced how she had now "made it" in his eyes, because just that day she was a clue in the NYT Crossword puzzle. I thought that was great. Here she is again today. I have seen her as a clue several times since.

Our neighbor passed away last night at 47. Basically alcoholism did him in, but it was complicated by contracting Hepatitis. Not sure which one but they said it was the kind you get from restaurants. He has three high school age boys and I believe the last couple of years have been extremely tough on them. Their oldest will graduate with my son. Cruel disease. I hope that legacy will not pass on to his kids.

Absolutely stunning weather we are having. My youngest gets confirmed today, so a good day for all.

Tinbeni said...

After my mug-of-java, now that I'm SENTIENT, this was a FUN Tuesday though nothing new or learned. POOH POOH on that.

Biggest problem was remembering how to spell Jim LEHRER's last name.

SANTA'S was clever, nice clue.
"ENOUGH!" brought back memories of Mom. Being the youngest of four, I was the out-going scamp.
UTO-Aztecan, was recently reading something that made this a gimmie.
AMIGA, Mexican gal-pal was my fave.

I guess after you TURN ON, TUNE IN and DROP OUT you fall through that TRAPDOOR.
Aah, the 60's, I'm almost ready to leave them.

ILLER, only seen in crosswords. I prefer the "more ill" connotation.

Well, off to scrape the face with that ATRA.

Dennis said...

Mainiac, just a heads-up: 12D is 'sentient', which means conscious, or aware.

Andrea said...

Morning, all.

Some very clever cluing, especially for a Tuesday, I thought. I had PAT_S for they might be beaten, and all I could come up with was PATES... I know you don't beat Pate (can't get the accent over that e...), but didn't get PATH until the perp gave me the H.

We still a visiting relative from the big Princess birthday party - fil is staying through tomorrow. So nice to spend some quality time with him! He's also great at doing dishes, so No Dirty Dishes for us while he's here.

I remember R was the commonly-used abbreviation for Thursday in college - had lots of TR classes, and lots of MWF classes.

Haven't had any Morels this season, and I think I've missed my chance. We had a bunch at the restaurant, but I never made it in for any of the specials. One of my favorite spring treats.

Enjoy the day! It's a gorgeous one here.

Mainiac said...

Dennis, Thanks......Duh! I didn't read my own handwriting. Trying to go Rapidly.

kazie said...

Somewhat distracted today--could have posted over an hour ago, but it's funny how the computer rules my life once I start answering emails.

Only one pause today on SANTAs--couldn't stop thinking about temperatures until perps kicked in. So many other downs self filled today and were unnoticed until reading the blog. But I did have one wrong because I didn't know Adlai's middle initial. I had SLATH for the pool table layer.

I've had a couple of meals of morels, but I'd never pay the prices asked for them. Both were gifts.

Warren said...

Hi Argyle, C.C. & gang, my wife left for work today before we finished the puzzle but we had ~90% done by then. I knew 5D was either SOHO or NOHO but 1A was the hardest for me somehow to 'get' this early? I thought the most clever clue was December temps - SANTAS. What's the plural for Santa? my spellchecker doesn't like Santa with a S at the end?


it seems that you can find a band named anything these days...

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, 35D UTO was a new one, but I was pretty self-satisfied (is that a nicer word than smug?) with words I remembered from puzzles past. AMENO, MOONDOG, RONDO and the previously dreaded UTEP all came easily. No lethologica for me today. Even SANTAS and LAB were "can't fool me" fill.

That doesn't mean I didn't make at least one dopey mistake. Even after I had filled it in via the perps, my brain read 12D SENTIENT as SENTIMENT. It seemed like an odd connection to "Conscious", but I breezed past it. Now all I can do is channel Emily Litella.

Ah, the theme....loved it. I had some problems filling in the second and third phrases and hopped around until I came to 66A. A big lightbulb blinked on and I went back and filled them in. I really enjoyed the way the phrases rhymed too.

I won't admit to everything I may, or may not, have done in a few semi-misspent years, but I never tried LSD. I knew plenty of people who did, but it never appealed to me.

Jeannie said...

Maybe it’s the beautiful sunny weather, but I breezed right through this one today too. It always helps when I “tune in” to the theme right away. I have never heard of moondog and sentient was buried somewhere in my “conscious”. I do admit to some perp help with anemo, Iona, and Uto. Having never been to New York, I knew of Soho, but have never heard of Noho. Some favorites of mine today were “Kennedy half” – coin, “December temps” – Santas (shame on you Santa baby), and “they may be beaten”-paths. Clever! I have been looking for morels the last couple of weeks to no avail. My sister in Michigan is an avid hunter too and hasn’t had any luck either. They say when the lilacs are in bloom it’s time to ‘shroom so they should be out there. Andrea, I am curious what dishes your restaurant used them in.

Jazzbumpa, I am guessing that you enjoy playing Jazz more than the symphony.

Everyone enjoy your day.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Pretty good puzzle, but not RAPID. Took me 14:50, which is a couple minutes long for a Tuesday. Never heard of MOONDOG - Lemonade, thanks for the link - so it was slow to develop.

The 60's echo could have been reinforced with Tom Lehrer, rather than Jim. He had gigantic wit, extraordinary command of language, and better than decent keyboard skills. Most of his songs were political jabs. And of course, there's the Vatican Rag, from a quaint time when church controversy was about Mass in the vernacular. But it's religion, so I won't go there.

This one is typical, and not political in the sense of anything overtly partisan in American politics.

Expressing disdain for A. A. Milne's story-book bear is to POOH POOH Pooh.

NORAH Jones is OK, but she's no Diana Krall.

JzB who has said ENOUGH

Anonymous said...

Is MOREL L.A. Times Crossword Corner jargon?

Jerome said...

Geological time spans, in years-

Eon- Half a billion plus
Era- Several hundred million
Epoch- Tens of millions
Age- Millions
Argyle- Thousands

Lucina said...

Good day, Argyle, C.C. and fellow solvers.

Nice speed run today; only picked up on the theme at the very end with Leary's name, though the phrases filled in easily.

Thought Santas was cleverly clued and held out until I was sure it had nothing to do with temperatures.

I agree about inns, a very clever clue. I, too, have heard of Soho, but not Noho and didn't we have a discussion about "dogs" in astral usage some time ago? I'll have to check the blog.

Hand up for disliking "iller".

I like that 12D, sentient is somewhat paired with 38D, uncaring.

Uto-aztec is a new term for me though amiga is not.

We are heading toward 100 degs. here! I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Seemed like a firm texture for a Tuesday, but then I was working on it in the pre-coffee period. I was aware of Soho in NY, but not of Noho. Coincidentally I was in Northampton Mass. while puzzling - that town is sometimes called Noho, but it doesn't appear to have caught on.

Only got UTO with perps. Another hand up for ILLER.

Anon: MOREL is a mushroom - presumably a tasty one, but too expensive for me to try. In the French film "Amelie" we are told by the painter that the picnickers in Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" are having morels as part of their meal. Never noticed, myself.

Both hands plus arms up for Diana Krall! She has been known to appear at the local music halls in Noho (Mass.) We are lucky like that.

Throwback to yesterday: Later posts than mine demonstrate my ignorance of Roy Rogers et al. It didn't dawn on me that they would have been big screen features before li'l screen ones. Just born too late, I guess - but the plus side is that I never tangled with Vietnam or LSD.

Clear Ayes said...

Here's a poem for the Ages, Eras and Eons. I'm going to do some carpe diem-ing myself and sit on the patio for a while and watch the tanagers, mockingbirds, crows and maybe a red-tail hawk looking for lunch.

Carpe Diem

Age saw two quiet children
Go loving by at twilight,
He knew not whether homeward,
Or outward from the village,
Or (chimes were ringing) churchward,
He waited, (they were strangers)
Till they were out of hearing
To bid them both be happy.
"Be happy, happy, happy,
And seize the day of pleasure."
The age-long theme is Age's.
'Twas Age imposed on poems
Their gather-roses burden
To warn against the danger
That overtaken lovers
From being overflooded
With happiness should have it.
And yet not know they have it.
But bid life seize the present?
It lives less in the present
Than in the future always,
And less in both together
Than in the past. The present
Is too much for the senses,
Too crowding, too confusing-
Too present to imagine.

- Robert Frost

Jeannie said...

Anon, many moons ago Melissabee posted a picture of a big morel mushroom that had an uncanny appearance of a certain part of the male anatomy. So, Dennis and others have been called "morel" guys one time or another.

C.C. I took one for the team.

lois said...

Good afternoon, Argyle, CC, et al., Another fly by. Guess I relate to Leary pretty well. Who'd o' thunk it! Love that Norah was here. 'Adore' her. 'Slate' was a gimme as was 'Rondo'. Perps took care of everything else that didn't readily come to mind. Really enjoyed this one.

Jazz: Hilarious!!! Too many songs by...Tom Lehrer! Great catch!!! I love the Vatican Rag and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, The Elements, OMG so many outstanding ones. My girls and I used to sing these warped songs and just laugh so hard. One of them heard the Pigeons song recently while out and about and just busted out laughing being reminded of our fun times. Yeah, I won't get nominated for mother of the year but we had fun. Thanks for the link too.

Lemonade: thank you for the moondog link. Always wondered.

CC: your 'voice'& blue name were why I was sooo confused and that's why I asked. Santa baby confirmed what I thought/knew initially. Thank you again Santa baby.

As for the issue of MORELITY: Gotta watch those MOREL characters. Ya never know when they're going to morph, jump right out and getcha. Ya gotta keep on top of those tricky fellows.

Enjoy your day. Looks like ours is getting brighter.

MR ED said...

Argyle, you might want to buy your own laptop. LOL. Although you did a pretty good job with sis's.

Clear Ayes said...

Dudley and Anon@11:24. Jeannie has explained about "morel" being part of Crossword Corner DF (DysFunctional) lingo. Here is a photo of the fungi (insert "fun guy" joke here) so you can judge for yourself. To my knowledge, Dennis and other morel guys have never made a disclaimer about possible comparisons.

Gunghy said...

UH, what's a HAC? I don't know how I got so many write-overs. Must have been on a totally different wavelength than the author. Looking back, I don't have any real problems, but I slogged through this one.

I'm surprised no one has cheered WINTER BLANKET/SNOW, and, of course, any puzzle that can put in SAIL and ARGO...

Some illumination led to TURN ON THE LAMPS, since they produce less light than the overhead LIGHTs. The rhyme saved me on that one.

I always thought it was Moon Dawg. (This is a live version, so it takes 30 seconds to actually get to the music.) But then, Molly says that Dog is correct. Just a couple of examples of why Jazz and I will probably never sit and listen to music together.

And, for Dudley and the other 'youngsters', another QOD: If you can remember the sixties, you never lived them.

Dennis said...

To my knowledge, Dennis and other morel guys have never made a disclaimer about possible comparisons.

And never will...

Dudley said...

ClearAyes - D'oh, I missed the point completely! Pass the V8, please. Good thing you're more on the ball than I am. That particular morel doesn't look all that good to eat...

Ghungy - You definitely have a point. My youthful '60s experience was of a vicarious nature - I had three much older brothers who were, shall we say, at a more "experimental" station in life. I found myself disinclined to travel their paths, and as such I can remember the decade even if they do not.

The recent NIXON fill & link had me looking around at lots of YouTube Laugh-In clips. I had forgotten just how adorable Judy Carne was! And to think she was about 30 at the time. What a difference when compared to "I Dream of Jeannie" just a few years before, when the decency standard called for a covered navel.

eddyB said...


This one took a few minutes longer
because I had tape instead of rope.
It isn't really tape either

Used to love and watch Mark Russell
on PBS. Really funny satire.

Back to Indy practice. No rain today.

Getting new windows tomorrow and wall being built at half the price
that the other guy wanted.

Amgen Tour also tomorrow. Will try to get photos of Lance.


kazie said...

I do remember the sixties, but I guess I wasn't "living" in the sense of that quote. 1960 found me in 9th grade, 1969 in my third year of teaching. Since I had never smoked or wanted to smoke anything, drugs had absolutely no appeal, but I made up for that with alcohol for a few years.

Not being part of that scene, the expressions in today's theme had no connection for me and I missed it entirely, other than the rhyming aspect.

Xtulmkr said...

Jazzbumba said,
"NORAH Jones is OK, but she's no Diana Krall."

Neither is Tom Lehrer.

Spitzboov said...


AXOLOTL seen in the last Silky is from a UTO-Aztecan language.

Chickie said...

Hello All--To me this was a bit harder than most Tuesday puzzles. For one, I started out with Soho instead of Noho and Iran instead of Oman. I filled in the NW corner very last. I finally decided that Set on had to be correct, so I finally got that corner to work.

Sentinent and Uto-Aztecan were new to me. I had Moon_og and didn't know what letter should go in until I finally filled in Fend off. Thank you for the explanation of Moon Dog. It is a new expression for me.

My favorites today all dealt with a Winter theme, December Temps= Santa, Holiday buildings=Inns, and Winter Blanket for Snow.

Speaking of Winter, our weather today is back in the 50's, cold, rainy, and overcast. I'm ready for some sunshine.

I had an election board 3 1/2 training session this morning, so I'm "thought" out at this point. Have a great rest of the day everyone.

Chickie said...

Oops, that should have read 3 1/2 HOUR training session. Even with proof reading I got it wrong.

The JVN said...

Though I completed the puzzle (including 66A), I didn't notice the Leary theme.

Dr.Leary was debating a math teacher from a San Francisco college. Leary seemed rather bleary, but at one point, very clearly said "If you value your ability to do logic, do not do acid!". I took him at his word. I'm an engineer and computer programmer, and I valued my career at IBM.

1D December temps --
Argyle, this gave me trouble too. I'm (far from) Wisconsin, where winter features bitterly cold temps. But none of the perps worked.

15A Doily material --
A gimme. A few days ago I visited The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, CA.

18A Gillette razor --
We see this frequently. Am I the only one to whom it appears to be an advertisement?

41A -- Moon Dog --
There is also a similar phenomenon called a Sun Dog.

42A Brit's rainwear --
I wanted wellies, but too many letters.

62A Rene Lalique --
I know him from watching PBS's Antiques Roadshow.

Dennis -- Good thing I did my two day's dishes after breakfast but before coming here. I'll visit my Wisconsin relatives in June and July, but first visit some local ones for graduations.

Gunghy -- I shudder at 34D Winter Blanket / SNOW -- I fell off a cliff and was nearly smothered by the stuff, back about 5th grade. When IBM offered a job in Los Angeles I took it and ran.

eddyB said...

Tin. Don't worry. You'll see Pinch
before Macallan. The ans maybe Pinch Me tho.

Chickie. It's 70 on the back patio
on our side of town.


Clear Ayes said...

I've been a Tom Lehrer fan for over 50 years (Yikes!). A few years ago I got a 3 CD set titled "The Remains of Tom Lehrer". I love to sing along in the car.

Chickie, I've been working at the polls on election day for five years now. It is such a loonnngg day, I really can't figure out why I still do it, except to visit with neighbors we don't see very often. The pay is lousy, but California does give out some really cool flair badges to hang on our nametag lanyards....."You mean I get $75.00 for 14 hours, plus a half day training AND a badge too? WOW!!" Am I easy, or what?

Jerome said...

Chickie and Clear Ayes- A big Right On! for being poll workers.

Use it or lose it, and never think it can't happen here.

Bob said...

Spectacular Moondog photo:

Yukon Moondog

Lucina said...

Do you have a link for the uto-aztecan language? I have been unable to confirm about Navaho (Dine) being in that family. Pima, Yaqui and some others found in AZ are mentioned. Fascinating stuff.

I have seen many students whose names contain x, y, z, or tl (Xochitl is quite oommon for girls)which seem to be indicative of their ute-aztecan origin.

Tinbeni said...

Chickie and Clear Ayes:
I concur with Jerome. Your service is commendable!

If they had an election only for Dog-catcher, or MOONDOG catcher, I would make it my priority to go to the polls and VOTE !!!

I would be very surprised if this was not the same feeling of everyone here.

Of course, I would also study the issues and do my OWN vetting of the candidates but that probably leans to being political so insert CA's Emily Latella clip here.

Jazzbumpa said...

Xtulmkr - Re: Tom Lehrer vis-a-vis Dianna Krall. That is not just an apple compared to an orange. That is a peach compared to an episode of Laugh In.

Jeannie - What prompted your comment? It raises a question that I have actually never pondered. I love both, thought they are very different. Rather like grandchildren in that respect.
I do have to say, though, that playing PICTURES, and doing it so well, as we did, was the ACME (to borrow some crosswordese) of my musical life.

In contrast, I also play in a concert band in the Summer. I do not love that music - though I do love the experience.

Gunghy - Buy me a couple beers at Moon Dawg's, and I might prove you wrong.

Subdivision board meeting tonight. Gotta run.

JzB the I RON low brass man

Hahtoolah said...

And speaking of Timothy Leary, anyone remember Legends of a Mind by the Moody Blues?

Spitzboov said...

Lucina, I said I 'think' and I erred. The Hopi, Comanche and Shoshone are inferred to be uto-aztecan. The Navaho are Na-dene or Athabaskan.

Sorry about that.

Chickie said...

CA, Yes, we do have a long day, but I think you should come and work in my county. We get $95 per day. That includes going in the night before and setting up. My only big complaint is that I have to be there at 6:00 a.m. on election day and I hate getting up that early!!!

I do enjoy seeing my neighbors and chatting. Since we've lived here over 40 years many of my neighbors are old friends. I even have had some of my former students come through the voting line.

Annette said...

The bottom half of the puzzle felt like a speed run, filling in almost as fast as I could write, although I had WAG for 50A instead of ARF.

In the NW, I had IRAN and SOHO too. I knew SET IS wasn't right, so I changed it to SET AS, because I still didn't remember having recently heard of NOHO. I had to come here to get that mess straighted out.

He's come up in the past, but I couldn't let MOONDOG pass by without this reminder: Moondoggie

Jeannie said...

I have a glitch in the system and am unable at this time to give my count down. I had some unplanned expeditures come my way and can't justify the money to visit the parents as planned. I guess that's in the cards as I wouldn't get to see my two youngest nieces as they are with the DBD that weekend and my little sis is going off with friends. I will however, plan a trip this summer sometime come hell or high water.

EddyB, enjoy your race experience at Indy.

Lemonade, I am so glad you got to visit your son this past weekend.

I am still going to take some me time to do whatever the heck I want to over the long weekend. It will most likely involve some "water time" and "cocktails" maybe on little 'ole Lo-li-ta. Who knows, I might even wet a line Mainiac. I have the technology.

Bummed out, party of one...

kazie said...

Sorry to hear your plans aren't working out, Jeannie.

Maybe when you do go, everyone will be there and it will be a real family reunion.

Clear Ayes said...

Jeannie, I'm really sorry to hear that you have to postpone your visit to see your folks. It doesn't seem like much comfort, but summer is only a couple of months away and you will be able to see your nieces then too. Enjoy your weekend on Lolita.

Chickie, LOL, thanks for reminding me that we have to set up the night before and don't get paid for that either. Seriously, I don't mind doing it, but like you, I sure wish we didn't have to be there at 6 AM!

Frenchie said...

Dear C.C., Argyle and folk,

At first 'look see,' I thought I was in for a Friday style Tuesday. Once I got my bearings, theme and all fell into place.

66A. Timothy who preached the message found in this puzzle's theme: LEARY.
I at first thought in the biblical sense, Timothy, preached the message,) and couldn't be further off! Timothy Leary is perhaps one who preached the opposite of the 'good book' and I know because I snitched his book from our local public library, circa 1969!

Dennis @ 5:30 AM,
"Today is No Dirty Dishes Day, and Visit Your Relatives Day. Should you have dirty dishes, just take 'em to your relatives." Ha Ha! Peep holes in the door were invented to prevent that. If I look out and see Annie out there with dirty dishes, I'm not opening the door!

Clear Ayes @ 10:19am,
"I won't admit to everything I may, or may not, have done in a few semi-misspent years..." Touche!

Hahtool @ 6:49am Good Observations and enjoyed the QOD!
QOD: Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~ Timothy Leary.
Well said!

Lemonade714 @ 5:46am, I had similar musings with clues you mentioned though I'm quite surprised! No reference to Timothy Leary??? Late, though it is, here goes: YOUR BRAIN IS GOD

I'm out.