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Jun 15, 2010

Tuesday June 15, 2010 Robert Fisher

Theme: Hirsute Tuesday - The four targeted entries contain an item to tame this Tuesday puzzle. 50D is the unifier.

21A. *"The simplest solution is usually correct" principle: OCCAM'S RAZOR. Warning: spelling variation! Occam's razor or Ockham's razor is the principle attributed to 14th-century English logician, theologian and Franciscan friar William of Ockham (or Occam).

46A. *Speedy square-rigger: CLIPPER SHIP. Image in a bottle.

3D. *Bees' creation: HONEYCOMB. Here is an image of a honeycomb that isn't within a structure. It doesn't happen much in the northern climes.

32D. *Fast-spreading blaze, perhaps: BRUSH FIRE. Let us hope our Southwest friends are spared from any this year.

50D. Target for items found in the answers to starred clues: HAIR. Here's a HAIR clip.

Argyle here. Wow! I think I put on ten pounds reading yesterday's comments. I have to find me some Ro*Tel today.

The Across entries cut the hair and the Down entries do the grooming.

Mr. Fisher has given us two Monday puzzles before; now he has moved on to Tuesday. I'm looking forward to his Wednesday. Thirty-six four letter entries and 24 five letter entries. Are there cheater squares? You tell me.

Across:

1A. Soda since the 1920s: NEHI. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly's favorite, grape.

5A. "Get lost!": "SCRAM!".

10A. Hangs (around with): PALS.

14A. Sour milk tip-off: ODOR.

15A. Barter: TRADE.

16A. Elide: OMIT. Word Origin & History (Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper) Elide - 1590s, a legal term, "to annul, do away with," from M.Fr. elider, from L. elidere "strike out," from ex- "out" + -lidere, comb. form of laedere "to strike." Phonological sense is first recorded 1796.

17A. Tomato ripening spot: VINE. I thought of (window)sill first.

18A. Tiny bits: IOTAs.

19A. Bear with cold porridge: MAMA. Papa's was to hot but Baby Bear's was just right. From Goldilocks and the Three Bears fairy tale.

20A. Absorbed, as a loss: ATE.

23A. Tugs: YANKS. Not the NY kind this time JD.

25A. Where the Styx flows: HADES. In Greek mythology, Styx is the river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld.

26A. Repeating series: CYCLE. First thought, baseball.

28A. Solid or liquid, e.g.: STATE.

30A. Nocturnal forest sounds: HOOTS.

31A. Turns on the waterworks, so to speak: BAWLS.

32A. Sports car protector: BRA. Image.

35A. Writer Bombeck: ERMA.

36A. Sentry's duty: VIGIL.

37A. It may be mopped or furrowed: BROW.

38A. Spider's "parlor": WEB.

39A. Jaunty cap: BERET.

40A. Something to fight for: CAUSE.

41A. Surfacing diver's concern, with "the": BENDS. Also called decompression sickness. The Wikipedia article was confusing, do we have a diver among us who can explain "the bends"?

42A. Ready to strike: POISED.

43A. Composer Edvard: GRIEG. Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (which includes Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King), and for his collection of piano miniatures Lyric Pieces.

45A. What some serum elicits?: TRUTH. Remember some of the old B-movies where the hero was threatened with truth serum. "We have ways of making you talk!"

49A. Govt. mtge. insurer: FHA. Federal Housing Administration

52A. Popular trend: RAGE.

53A. Lavish celebrations: FETES.

54A. Primitive timekeeper: DIAL. Sun DIAL reference, I assume.

55A. Bone-dry: ARID.

56A. Render harmless, as a gunman: UNARM.

57A. Spring bloomer: IRIS.

58A. River bottoms: BEDS.

59A. Cerebral segments: LOBES.

60A. Fiddling emperor: NERO.

Down:

1D. Bygone Chevy compact: NOVA.

2D. Make changes to: EDIT.

4D. Choler: IRE. Word Origin & History (Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper) Choler - late 14c., "bile," as one of the humors, supposed to cause irascibility or temper, from O.Fr. colre "bile, anger," from L.L. cholera "bile".

5D. Remote area, with "the": STICKS.

6D. Swamp swimmers: CROCS. Great alliteration.

7D. Pro __: RATA. In proportion; according to a certain rate.

8D. "The Wealth of Nations" author Smith: ADAM. Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher .

9D. Soldier's eatery: MESS HALL.

10D. 50-Down ointment: POMADE. Bonus theme related.

11D. Leave in shock: AMAZE.

12D. Upscale rides: LIMOs.

13D. Brigadier general's insignia: STAR.

21D. Binary system digits: ONES. The other binary system digits are zeros.

22D. "Phooey!": "RATS!".

24D. Calgary's prov.: ALTA.. Province of Alberta, Canada.

26D. Masticate: CHEW. Masticate - a word to make young boys snicker (because it sounds similar to masturbate.)

27D. Olden times: YORE.

28D. Swamis: SAGES. Some how the word, swami, developed a hokey feel even though swamis are religious teachers.

29D. Idiot, to a Brit: TWIT.

31D. Celtic great Larry: BIRD. He played basketball for the Boston Celtics through the 80's.

33D. Pink wine: ROSÉ.

34D. Impressed profoundly: AWED.

36D. Seeking payback: VENGEFUL.

37D. Worm on a line: BAIT. My favorite clue today.

39D. Electronic alert: BEEP.

40D. Cabal's plan: COUP. A cabal is a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority.

41D. Kangaroos and humans, e.g.: BI-PEDS. Come on, they use their tail as a third leg, should that make then tri-peds?

42D. Light benders: PRISMS.

43D. Harsh light: GLARE.

44D. Unbending: RIGID.

45D. When repeated, comforting words: THERE.

46D. "Hermit" crustacean: CRAB.

47D. Ashcroft's predecessor: RENO. John Ashcroft, 79th United States attorney general. Janet Reno, 78th Attorney General (and first woman in the position).

48D. Wild guess: STAB.

51D. Moreover: ALSO.

54D. Confused roar: DIN.

Answer grid.

JD's Crossword Story continues. Here is the updated version with letter E.

Argyle

52 comments:

Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - a smooth, fast solve this morning with few pauses. 'Occam's razor' was deeply buried, but popped out as soon as I got 'Occa....'. Perps got me Edvard 'Greig'. Usually we see 'Brigadier General's insignia' answered as 'one star'. For those who don't know, a Major General is two stars, Lieutenant General, three stars, and a General, four stars. Currently, there is no five-star General, typically called 'General of the Army', 'Admiral of the Fleet'. I think our last five-star was Eisenhower.

'Mess hall' didn't bring back happy memories - the food wasn't exactly four-star there. Favorite clue was 'Idiot, to a Brit' - 'twit' is one of my favorite words. And my only question mark was with 'Sports car protector'/'bra' - they're not excusively the domain of sports cars -- I've even seen them on mini-vans.

Argyle, great job, and nice catch on the difference between the across and down theme answers - never would've seen that. LOVED the Mini Cooper bra; my kinda car.

Today is Smile Power Day.

Paolo said...

Loved all the science related words: bipeds, prism, crab, state, lobes. Brand new to me: nehi and pomade. NW corner for some reason took me more time than the rest of the puzzle.

Hahtool said...

Good Morning, CC and all. It was a fun puzzle and I learned two new words ~ CHOLER and ELIDE. We've seen OCCAM'S RAZOR before, but not recently. Plus, in the past, it was probably a "spelling variation"!

We've also seen Grieg in the past.

I liked seeing both STICKS (fill) and STYX (clue) in the same puzzle.

Welcome to all the new BLUE newbies. I hope you come here often to join in the conversations.

JD, if I read your late night comment correctly, yesterday was your anniversary? Happy Anniversary.

And BP wonder's why we are angry.

QOD: Delay is the deadliest form of denial. ~ C. Northcote Parkinson

Argyle said...

Hi guys, here is a version of a clip I couldn't find last night.

The importance of having the right POMADE, from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Clip.

Argyle said...

Hahtool, I hope this is the link you were looking for. Grieg. Go to the comments of Clear Ayes said@ February 25, 2009 12:40 PM.

Hahtool said...

Well, Agyle, I was trying for the Arabian Dance from the Peer Gynt Suite, although the Mountain King, that CA had linked last year is good, too. Let's see if it came through this time.

Argyle said...

Ah, good! Because CA's link from lest year for "Mountain King" has been disabled.

Splynter said...

Hi there~~!!

Thanks for the Dapper Dan clip, Argyle, I enjoyed that flick. (and I liked Argyle in Die Hard, too!) Occam's Razor came right away, but I did have SILL for VINE to start, too. Ah, yes, I have been called a TWIT (see yesterday's comments), but 'mum' usually is referring to the sports teams on TV when she says it. Enjoyed the theme, the freebie POMADE, and to a certain extent BERET, too. I am on my way to day two at the new job. See you tomorrow

Richie

Tinbeni said...

Argyle, very informative write-up today. Thank you.

I wonder if BP's OCCAMS RAZOR, "The simplest solution is usually correct" principle, being applied, is to just completely ruin my beautiful Gulf of Mexico?
Luckily the beaches in Tampa Bay area are still pristine.
But we are keeping a close VIGIL.

Hahtool: Keep the clips coming.
My heart aches for the damage your area is enduring.

Just curious, is anyone still buying BP gas?
It's OK if you are. Most stations are not BP owned.
I use Shell. They have a station only a quarter mile from Villa Incognito.

We do have some swamp CROCS in the Everglades, we call them "salties.," Mostly we have a lot of gators.

Best clue was for BIPEDS, clever link between Kangaroos and humans.

THERE is here again for the second day in-a-row.

Bob said...

Supereasy puzzle today. 9 minutes to finish. Everything very obvious and straightforward.

Dudley said...

Morning, Puzzlers - Smooth sailing, except: had to guess at the I in NEHI/IRE. We've had Nehi before, but I can't seem to remember it...does it still exist? Never saw it on M*A*S*H either.

Janet said...

Today's theme was really clever. I didn't catch the difference between the Acrosses and the Downs either. It's too bad Mr. Fisher couldn't find a place for SCISSORS KICK.

I did see the location of the helper squares. But that is just for my own amusement.

Very sad stuff coming from the Gulf coast. There isn't a BP station around here, so I haven't bought it. In the future I definitely won't.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning all. Nice write-up, Argyle

Fairly easy, but the NE slowed me down. Did not know OCCAM'S RAZOR, got it completely from the perps. Somehow POMADE welled up from the depths of where I might have heard it before, a WAG. Some clever fills like TRUTH.

Believe the last 5 STAR was Omar Bradley.

re: cheater squares. After HADES and before GRIEG.

No foreign language words or Roman numeral calculations today.

Dennis said...

BP just ordered 32 machines which separate oil from water and recycle the crude, from Kevin Costner.

Wouldn't it be a bitch if the man who brought us Waterworld has an answer for this disaster?

sparky jean said...

"I'm a Dapper Dan man!" Too funny!

Fun puzzle, an easy solver, but I have to admit that they're all getting easier now that I found this blog. Checking in here has become part of my morning routine, so I figured it was time to stop lurking.

Dennis said...

Welcome, sparky jean, hope you enjoy the ride.

carol said...

Hi all - great little puzzle, the only real problem was OCCAMS RAZOR. That was completely new to me, so thank you Argyle for the info.

Did not know 43A Composer Edvard but the perps gave it to me.

JD: from last night, first of all - a very Happy Anniversary (if a day late). Second - wanted to tell you I loved your 'E' story. As Chickie said, I don't know how you do it, I can't remember the meanings of a lot of those words. I am eagerly awaiting your next 'installment' :)

Welcome to all the newbies, we hope you all choose to go 'blue' and tell us a bit about yourselves. We also hope you'll stay with us.

Jerome said...

Hair-raising tale-
POMADE made POE MAD (He was a raven lunatic)

There's no SHADE in HADES

Our local pot dispenser has a hotline named DIAL A LID

After a BRUSH FIRE you can REFURBISH. But beware the BUSH FIRER.

OCCAMS RAZOR-
"Son, what's the simplest solution to replacing Antonio Banderas?"

"C.C. AS ZORRO, MA"

Drew J said...

After stopping doing crosswords for a long time (since graduating college and not having boring lectures to kill time during) I've started up again and found your blog. Great resource, as I hate waiting for the couple answers I miss.

"The bends" is most commonly found in SCUBA divers that surface too quickly. Simply, in higher pressure environments, the inert gasses they breathe in saturate the blood. If you spend too much time in the deep,. you have to ascend slowly (possibly with stops along the way) to allow those bubbles to leach out. If you surface too quickly, the bubbles accumulate primarily in your joints causing extreme pain (and possibly death).

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, CC and all..

Welcome Sparky Jean!

Argyle, you had to have worked hard on this one. Bless you! Interesting version of Hair.The perps helped with all the names.Occam's razor..new one for me. Grieg? Adam Smith? Knew Reno, Nero and I miss Erma.Loved your pomade clip.

Favorite:"from the sticks" LOL! That is where CA lives!! I used to live in Three Rivers which was 30 miles from no where.First year of college I took a yellow school bus that we shared with the high school..a big change from living in the LA area.

Alberta Bound-love this video

Thanks for anniversary wishes..year 41. BTW, it is also World Elder Abuse Day according to Dear Abby.Be nice

Dennis, BP hasn't paid for those machines yet. Why are we not surprised?No BP gas for me.

Hahtool, keep those articles coming.

I may have to combine an F/G tale.Fen, faux, fiat, fief and fantan will not get 'er done.I now have a completely new understanding when I hear authors say that they have no idea where their story is going or how it will end.I remember an interview with J.K. Rowling.

carol said...

JD - Is this a day we abuse our elders??? Hope not, I have a dental appt this morning and don't like pain! LOL I think the 'day' should be re-worded.

Dennis said...

I'll be back in a bit - gotta go find some old(er) guy to abuse. Jeez, I almost missed it.

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle, C.C. and all puzzle people.

Good explanations as always, thank you, Argyle.

This was a lovely puzzle; I couldn't write fast enough it was so straight forward. We had a discussion on Occam's razor not too long ago; it might have been on a Sunday when attendance is low here.

I even honed in on Larry Bird; my LH avidly watched sports and I joined him many times, so some of those names are embedded in my brain lobes, to be ferreted out when needed.

Amaze and awed in the same puzzle, impressive.

I smiled at "sports car protector" anticipating the comments.

At the moment the desert brush is extremely arid so anything can set off a brush fire, especially careless campers, a flicked cigarette and lightning. It's a dangerous time.

JD:
You impress me with your amazing opus. I can't wait for the next letter. Will you really publish a book? You should. Belated anniversary wishes.

Welcome newbies. I'm fairly new myself and I can assure you, the company is great.

A special thank you to John Lampkin for Sunday's puzzle which I finished last night. Great fun, made me chuckle with some witty clues and theme.

Jerome:
A kick as always.

Smiling as I type this: I hope you are having a terrific Tuesday.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Thanks for an interesting and informative writeup, Argyle. Fun and rather easy puzzle today, as one would expect on a Tuesday, hirsute or not. No need to look anything up, and the fills I didn't know came easily from the perps. Loved the HAIR theme. Knew NEHI because it was on a recent puzzle. Knew GRIEG, ODOR, MAMA, BRA, ERMA, NERO, and others right away. Was stumped by "Elide", "Sentry's duty", "Ready to strike", and some others. OCCAMSRAZOR came easily, since I had recently written an essay on applying his theory to modern day engineering situations. UNARM got me again, similarly to how it got me in a puzzle a few weeks ago, and gave me the same images of an "unarmed" man being one who has no arms at all. I think of DISarm when it comes to "Render harmless, as a gunman."
I won't by BP gasoline; besides, I've been a user of Shell (a Dutch company, by the way) for years. Anybody who has any mutual funds has probably had them lose serious value during the past month. I'm glad they have decided to use Kevin Costner's machines; from what I read they are pretty cool.
Jerome @ 11:20AM, aaaaargh and groan!
Thanks for all the warm welcomes, welcome to Sparky Jean and Paolo, and best wishes to you all.

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone. Great write up, Argyle.
This one was fun to do. Especially since I could do it. It's the first time the theme clicked for me.
My fave is ready to strike, poised. Took some of the perps to get it.

I have read the BP gas stations are franchised, so those folks are hurting too. I use Sam's club.

Cheers

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice Tuesday puzzle today. Good theme. And great catch on the across vs down in your excellent write-up, Agyle.

I had a meeting in Ann Arbor yesterday, and rehearsal last night. Between times, I couldn't get to cruciverb, though it seems OK today.

So - never did yesterday's puzzle or visited the blog.

As much as I would love to boycott BP, I don't think it's possible. Oil is fungible, and gets onto the world market where sourcing is not traceable.

Also, here in the midwest, at least, gasoline come up from Texas in a pipeline. Brands are commingled, and become distinguishable by terminal blends, if at all.

It's probably a similar story everywhere.

Shell gas might be marginally better in some barely discernible ways (I am not making this up.) I have my own reasons for hating Shell, though. The oil companies are pretty much all the same - international behemoths with no respect for customers, nations, laws, mankind, or nature.

Yes - international corporations ARE evil!

I've been mulling over recently that corporatism is quite a different thing from actual capitalism. If anyone has thoughts along those lines, shoot me an email. I'd appreciate seeing them. jazzbumba@gmail.com.

I'm playing a gig on Saturday with a different band, and another on the 25th with yet a different band. Around these parts, a mediocre trombonist can get a lot of gigs, if he's willing to play for free.

Cheers!
JzB the suddenly in demand trombonist

JD said...

Lucina, a book? Yikes! no way-this was just a silly way to refresh my memory on all these new words.Thanks for the thoughts..and you too, Carol and Chickie...

oops...elder abuse AWARENESS day..forgot that part.LOL!

Argyle said...

Just found a fantastic cover of Almost Cut My Hair, originally done by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The group is Cactus Soul from Rochester, NY, but I can't determine if they are still playing.

sj said...

Thanks for the welcome!

Completely de-lurked now...

Dennis said...

sj, welcome to the blues. What sort of things do you write about?

JD, I wouldn't rule it out, out of hand - you've definitely got the gift.

Jerome, please share your meds.

ARBAON said...

Trying to "turn blue."

sj said...

Dennis, if you search Sonia Weiss you'll see a good representation but not everything as I also ghost. I'm currently editing a book about dogs for the Armchair Reader series.

Robin said...

Happiness is a new pair of shoes!

Paolo said...

Ciao tutti!

Thanks for all the warm welcomes.

Arrivederci!

Mainiac said...

Good Afternoon Argyle, CC and All,

A rough re-entry back into the working world after floating around on Chamberlain Lake for a week. I did the puzzle this morning and waiting for a council meeting to start so I have a chance to post. I won't say things came easy but it was peck and poke until I got the the NE where the Occams Razor and Pomade cross drove me nuts until I finally erased Baby (Duh) because I was quite certain about Star.

Dennis, I didn't ignore your post a couple of Fridays ago. Chamberlain is the third largest lake in the state and is part of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. We stay at Nugent's sporting camps that were originally built in the late 1930's. Lots of history on the walls and the new owner has done some well needed improvements. We still love the old owners, they just didn't have the physical or monetary resources of the new ones. Oh! The fishing was pretty average. About 120 between ten of us in five days. Togue (Lake Trout), Brook Trout that have the most spectacular color and White Fish. All were caught and released. The competition for the fish bets are fierce. Three categories; most fish, big Trout and big Togue, dollar for each entry!! Heavy stakes!! I caught the most fish this year. Big togue was only a seven pounder and the big trout was a three pounder. I've seen a 14 pound togue and 5 pound brookie. I would've replied earlier but I was seeking medical attention for nearly biting my tongue off not getting into the dust up!

The highlight of the week was having my father in the bow of a boat for a day. Plus he wrote two new "Toguin" songs that are added to the sing along list, which Dad leads on his guitar.

Had a great time and although I'm feeling tired and still looking for land legs, I feel rejuvenated.
Can you tell by the length of this post?!

Welcome all you new folks. I can see I got some catching up to do.

Great write up as the norm Argyle.

Off to the meeting.

Have a great evening!

Clear Ayes said...

Good Afternoon All, I loved seeing OCCAM'S RAZOR as part of the theme. All too often we (meaning I) complicate things far beyond what they should be. The RAZOR and K.I.S.S. go hand in hand.

Argyle@6:28, LOL, I'm glad you could find me and GRIEG on February 25, 2009. I would have looked in the refrigerator. That is where I usually find things I have misplaced....glasses, keys, etc.

And...thanks for the Dapper Dan POMADE clip. George Clooney is a wonderful actor and not too shabby in the looks department either.

JD is right, I'm from the STICKS, aka boondocks. We love it except when yesterday's dentist appointment disappears in their computer and I make an hour and 10 minute drive for nothing. It worked out OK...I went back this morning and got my cleaning for free.

Good to see you Robin. How is everything going for you?

Welcome to all the new Bluies, Paolo, Drew J, Janet, Splynter, Jayce and sj. If I missed anybody, I apologize. The blog is getting a wave of new friends. That always makes for interesting comments.

Please don't be offended sj, but I had to laugh when I saw the series of "The Complete Idiot's" guides to many things. I'm sure you'll be a big help to me and anyone else around here (you know who you are) who will admit to needing some of those guides.

Jerome said...

Dennis- I thought it was obvious I was out of 'em.

sj said...

Clear Ayes, no offense taken! Around here I'm known as the repository for useless information. Well, maybe not so useless when it comes to puzzles.

MJ said...

Good evening, Argyle, C.C. and all.

Argyle, top notch blogging these last couple of days.

Good Tuesday puzzle. Liked "Solid or liquid, e.g." for STATE. TWIT is a great word. I can remember my sister giving me that moniker as a child many a time.

J.D.-A belated Happy Anniversary, 41 years! And the "Alphabet Soup" story continues...

So many new posters. Welcome all!

Jerome, you've earned my "Grooooan" award for today.

Hahtool, thank you for the continued updates on your gulf coast and the horrendous BP disaster.

Enjoy the evening!

Argyle said...

I'm all set for the night; a bag of chips and Janet's dip with some black olives thrown in. Bring on the next puzzle!

Dot said...

I don't remember ever hearing of Occam's Razor before. Other than that, the puzzle went fairly smoothly.

Although there are many times when a boycott of a business is a good idea, I question whether boycotting BP would be wise. If we want them to pay for the damages this spill has caused, they'll need income to have money to cover the damages. If they go bankrupt, the gulf area and individual businesses will suffer even more. However, I've never patronized them. We're Road Ranger customers.

Dot

MJ said...

Argyle, I'm virtually there with you, dipping into Janet's yummy dip. So many of the recipes posted yesterday piqued my culinary interest. Ummm...

Night, all.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle
I made the only thing I know how to make.
Cheers !!!

Bill G. said...

I think a good example of Occam's Razor is the theories of planetary (planet = traveler) movement by Ptolemy, Copernicus and Galileo. Astronomers had noticed planets like Mars moving forward across the field of background stars, then hesitating and backing up for a few weeks or a month and then continuing their forward paths again. Ptolemy explained it (with an earth-centered solar system) by things called epicycles, backward loops in the orbits. Copernicus and Galileo, argued against the Catholic Church at great risk and proposed a sun-centered solar system. All the backward movements were then easily explained. Galileo is one of my science heroes.

Paolo said...

Re: sj @ 7:18: "Around here I'm known as the repository for useless information."

Reminds me of the time that my son (then 10 yrs. old; he's now 28) introduced me to his friend as "This is my Dad. He knows a lot of stuff, all of which is useless."

Paolo said...

Bill G @ 9:53:

Galileo is one of my science heroes.

Couldn't agree more. Nice concise summary.

sj said...

Paolo, remember "Kids Say the Darndest Things"?

I knew I'd be in good company here.

Jerome said...

MJ- OCCAMS RAZOR-

In Scotland there is a Spanish settlement called San Dundee. Its main tourist draw is the old headquarters of Scottish resistance to English rule...

CASA MCZORRO

Now that's a groaner!

JD said...

Argyle, here's your bedtime story to go with your dip.


A Cinder-fellah Story

Frodo came from a long line of FakFak fellmongers. As a wee tyke he was trained to flog fertilizer and fetch faggots from the dabby fen. Later he flunked out of F.G.U.(Farmer Geek Univ.)and was a failure to his family.
He fancied himself as a famous cuisinier who would some day prepare fantastic feasts at the "Fabulous Fief" where he could harken to Feursnot.His life of farina, farkleberries and flatulence was over.He decided to fry up some flying frogs, faux ferrets and fresh eggfruit fritters for the yearly foy.Donning a feathered fallow fedora and a flaming lambskin frock, he began to create dish after dish.
Fate was on his side. Folks fell for Frodo's fixin's;Figgy Fondue became the town favorite.I did not fabricate this tale. His future looks fine.
Finis

Bill G. said...

JD, "Frodo came from a long line of FakFak fellmongers. ... I did not fabricate this tale. His future looks fine."

I say, Fooey! (Var.) :>)

Anonymous said...

Bradley was our last five star. He died in 1980. Ike in 69.

gmony

Lucina said...

JD:
I almost fell out of my chair with laughter. Superb!

Good night all!