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Feb 28, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011 Jeffrey Lease

Theme: Rank - that goes with the first parts of the answers to starred clues: CAPTAIN.(38A.)

17A. *1968 sci-fi classic remade in 2001: "PLANET OF THE APES". Without going to deep into it, CAPTAIN PLANET is a TV animation with a "green" super-hero.

23A. *Chili competitions: COOK-OFFS. CAPTAIN COOK was an actual British explorer of the Pacific Ocean.

50A. *Reason for rhinoplasty: HOOK NOSE. CAPTAIN HOOK, of course, was from the story of Peter Pan.

58A. *1980 Disney comedy about an all-night puzzle-solving race: "MIDNIGHT MADNESS". CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT was first broadcast as a radio serial from 1938. Captain Midnight was a code name. He wasn't a super-hero but an extremely skilled aviator with an ability to fly almost any aircraft superlatively.

Argyle here and running late. This appears to be our first encounter with this constructor. I liked it and thought the grid layout was pleasing to look at.


1. One with a degree : GRAD. The first of several words are shortened versions of the parent word but seem to stand alone and aren't considered abbreviations, at least by some.

5. Double reed instrument : OBOE

9. Bit of campaign nastiness : SMEAR

14. Assistant : AIDE

15. Course of action : PLAN

16. Croatian-born physicist Nikola : TESLA. He's back!

20. Jewish : SEMITIC

21. Rotten : BAD

22. Conference including Duke and UNC : ACC. Atlantic Coast Conference.

28. Liver secretion : BILE

30. "What's up, __?" : DOC

31. Clean the floor : SWEEP

32. Was victorious : WON

33. Dissertations : THESES. The plural of THESIS.

36. It can be airtight or waterproof : SEAL

37. Fishing pole : ROD

40. Support garment : BRA

41. Slightly : A BIT

43. Jump (on) suddenly : POUNCE

44. Tennis call : LET

45. Keg party attire : TOGAs. A reference to the movie "Animal House".

47. Band-Aid and Barbie, e.g.: Abbr. : TMs. Trademarks.

48. Like much wine and cheese : AGED

52. Rover's warning : "GRR!"

53. Corn unit : EAR

54. Inexpensive brand : CHEAPIE

63. Overindulge, as kids : SPOIL

64. Wrinkle remover : IRON

65. Fight for air : GASP

66. Wedding dresses : GOWNS

67. Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA

68. School attended by many princes and prime ministers : ETON


1. Spaces : GAPS

2. Annoy : RILE

3. TV Batman West : ADAM

4. "I did not!" is one : DENIAL

5. __ nerve : OPTIC

6. Voting group : BLOC

7. Palooka : OAF

8. Tolkien's Treebeard, for one : ENT

9. Texas Roadhouse fare : STEAKS

10. Grassy fields : MEADOWS

11. Sixth sense, briefly : ESP

12. Pub pick : ALE

13. Dorm supervisors: Abbr. : RAs. Resident Advisors.

18. "And so on and so forth," for short : "ETC., ETC."

19. "True Blood" airer : HBO

23. Party disguise : COSTUME

24. Indian and Arctic : OCEANS

25. Lacking strength : FEEBLE

26. Dreaded : FEARED

27. Bug-hitting-windshield sound : SPLAT

28. Owie : BOO-BOO

29. Spectrum color between blue and violet : INDIGO

30. Train stations : DEPOTS

32. Ire : WRATH

34. Occurrence : HAP

35. Start of a guard dog command : "SIC"

39. Approached : NEARED

42. Deceived : TAKEN IN

46. Slow mollusks : SNAILS

49. Farm : GRANGE. Word Origin & History - c.1112 (implied in granger ), "granary, barn," from O.Fr. grange, from M.L. granica, from L. granum "grain." Sense evolved to "outlying farm" (late 14c.), then "country house" (1550s). per Online Etymology Dictionary.
51. Nonprofit's URL ending : .ORG

52. The Gold Coast, since 1957 : GHANA

54. "Let's roll!" : "C'MON!"

55. __ moss : PEAT

56. "This __ silly!" : IS SO

57. "Monday Night Football" channel : ESPN

58. Chinese food additive : MSG

59. Wall St. debut : IPO. Initial Public Offering, a chance to get in on the ground floor, assuming the price goes up; not guaranteed.

60. Wall Street index, with "the" : DOW. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA).

61. Smack : HIT

62. Prefix with athlete : TRI

Answer grid.

Argyle. I picked a good day to run late. Phew!


Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - running late too; a very long night.

A typical Monday-level puzzle, no pauses, but I needed the unifier to see the theme - I've just never heard of 'Captain Planet'. The perps got me 'hap' before I even saw the clue, but I don't like it as an answer. Who uses it? I've never heard it before. Other than that, no muss, no fuss.

Argyle, nice job considering the circumstances.

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day, and Public Sleeping Day. I'll pass on the first, but could definitely use the second.

We had several people over last night because the wives all wanted to see the red carpet/Oscars shows, and long story short, one of my buddies thought it would be good to sneak a comment on the blog under my name, which I deleted as soon as I was tipped. Apologies to anyone that saw it; I've learned not to stay logged on the laptop when certain friends are here.

Lemonade714 said...

Morning Argyle and the elves:

Well, a Monday with two gridspanners in the theme plus three more words, for a total of 53 letters, make this an ambitious, though very easy puzzle. The closest to an unknown would be GRANGE, which is a more popular word in Britain, except it was filled in before I saw the clue.

The only comment I can think of is the inadvertent (?) Jewish minitheme: SEMITIC, HOOK NOSE, SMEAR (like of cream cheese on a bagel), DOC (so many!) and the hopefully humorous CHEAPIE. If we cannot laugh at ourselves….oh, I almost forgot, MSG, because we all know Jews love Chinese food.

Who is Jeffrey Lease?

Good week all

Tinbeni said...

Argyle, Great write-up (as always)!

Easy, breezy, FUN Monday.

Enjoyed the CAPTAIN theme.
Caught it at PLANET-OF-THE-APES.

Then there was our best buddy TESLA.

HAP (abbr.) for occurance was my only hold-up for probably my fastest Monday, ever.

Well, I've already been to the gym and done the puzzle ... SOOOO, I guess a trip to the beach for Sunrise is in order.

A toast to all at Sunset.

Cheer's !!!

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the write-up, Argyle! I thought I was going to be in heaps of trouble when I filled in "alum" for the first word, since it did not indicate "for short" in the clue. So that corner took a couple minutes to straighten out. Other than that, it was a typical Monday speed run.

When I think about Monday puzzles, and how simple they are for me to solve, I have to give the constructor credit. After all, there are so many more words that are acceptable for a Fri/Sat puzzle that just cannot be used in a Mon/Tues puzzle. This was a really nice start for the week, with a fun theme and fresh fill.

Have a great day everyone!

Argyle said...

Now that's interesting. HAPPEN comes from HAP so you couldn't really call 'hap' an abbreviation.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and Friends. Hand up for running late this morning!

Although this was an easy Monday puzzle, I must admit that i stumbled A BIT in the Mid-East. SWEEP didn't immediately enter my head, so I wrote SWABS (yeah, I knew the clue was singular and my answer was plural, but I was reluctant to let it go.)

I am not familiar with Captain PLANET or Captain MIDNIGHT, but got those fills easily. Lots of Captains were "snubbed", though. What about our friend Captain Kangaroo, whom we discussed last week, or Captain Kirk, or ...

I thought of HAP, but was reluctant to write it in because it didn't seem quite right. Finally, it made its appearance after I filled in the perps.

QOD: Every government has as much of a duty to avoid war as a ship's captain has to avoid a shipwreck. ~ Guy de Maupassant

Anonymous said...

Who is Jeffery Lease? Could be the Mel Gibsen of crosswords! Thanks for a Monday AM giggle. Part of the tribe.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Argyle, thank you for your write up. My reaction to the puzzle is a big blah or SPLAT. Until I saw Argyle's explanation, TMS had me wondering what the heck it was.

Like others before me, Captain Planet was an unknown and I reluctantly wrote in HAP for OCCURRENCE.

The puzzle's complexity factor was a typical Monday, but the content was boring. Only fill that brought a smile was CHEAPIE. It brought back memories from a long time ago misspent youth.

Rain in CT today. Guess I'll do 2010 tax return. UGH!

Argyle said...

We might note the juxtaposition of the theme answers. Captain Planet is a modern creation, I gather something like the Power Rangers in that they can combine to become a more powerful being.

Captain Midnight comes to us from the golden age of radio. I'm...ahem...too young to remember listening to the show but I certainly would have.

Of our other two rhyming sea captains, one is fictional and the other historical.

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks! Thanks to Jeffrey Lease for a nice easy puzzle to start out the week. We certainly had some tough ones over the weekend (I am still working on Saturday's).

Thank you Argyle for your steady efforts. Always, the best.

Never heard of Captain PLANET, but it fit.

29D INDIGO. I recalled the old mnemonic ROY G BIV for that answer.

49D GRANGE was a good one, for farm. This is also a fraternal order and insurance provider for farmers in the U.S. I am a fraternal guy, so I relate to these groups.

See you all tomorrow.


MH said...

Yes, fairly easy as one would expect on a Monday. We had a Grange Hall when I lived in a small town in Colorado - it was sort of like an Elks Lodge - a large meeting place. I never associated it with farming, but I suppose it was some sort of meeting place for local farmers. Like others I had never heard of Captain Planet but I didn't need the theme to complete the puzzle. Have a nice week everyone and good writeup!

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, Argyle, CC and Monday people all.

Nice smooth run this morning. There were several entries that were completely filled by perps and I didn't even see the clue until I read Argyle's writeup.

I wondered about HAP and the cluing. I guess it could be a slangy shortening of happening. We know there has to be a HAP out there somewhere that someone really wants, otherwise one could not be HAPless.

GRANGE as an English term? Those of us that grew up in rural farm towns certainly know the word. Farmers meetings were held at the Grange Hall. The Grange organization grew into a powerful political voice for the farmers across the country. Farm price support programs largely grew out of the Grange movement.

Grumpy 1 said...

It looks like we had three of us writing about GRANGE at the sametime.

kazie said...

I just lost a comment because when I posted I was taken to a site asking me to start a blog, which I have no interest in doing, since this one takes as much of my time as I need to spend on it.

So abbreviated comments follow:
Argyle did a nice job as usual.

I was slow to start in the NW, the rest fell easily, but HAP is an unknown usage. GRANGE means barn in modern French.

Captain Cook explored the east coast of Australia for the English in 1770. 18 years later the First Fleet arrived just in time to beat the French La Perouse from staking a claim in Botany Bay.

Public Sleeping Day could be observed in the Madison capitol building each night for the last week or so.

Nice Cuppa said...

Thanks Argyle and Mr. Lease

I thought this was a perfectly respectable Monday (don't you have a day-job?) solve.

Isaac Newton "invented" the color indigo (there is really nothing between blue and violet) - so there would be 7 colors to match the musical scale - "music of the spheres" and all that.

Odd that "semitic" is now nearly always equated with "Jewish" even though most reference books define it with a broader meaning to include most Arabic peoples and their languages.

"Grange" reminds me too of more innocent, orderly times. So do MEADOWS, for that matter. Just getting old I suppose.

HAP certainly happens to be archaic. Note that we still have the occasional MISHAP, some of us more often than we would like. MISHAPS HAPPEN - doesn't that sound nicer than that crude alternative.

SIC as a command to a dog (origin from SEEK apparently) is unknown in the UK. I got it because we have had it before.

GRAD is OK. ALUM is not better as it is also an abbreviation (of alumnus).

Right, back to that day-job.


creature said...

Good Morning C.C., Argyle and all,

Thanks, Argyle, for your write-up.
The HAP of a Monday puzzle is always a pleasant way to start the week, because you accompany it.

I have always associated a GRANGE with a building, not the farm, itself. Never heard of Captain Planet, but that's OK.

I would venture to say this should have been a Tuesday; not because of difficulty, but obscurity. Just MHO.

Have a nice day everyone.

carol said...

Hi everyone,
Sort of an unusual puzzle for me...some clue/answers were off my radar and the rest were super easy.

HAP????? what the heck is that? I know it's 'short' for happening, but I am with Dennis, I didn't like it at all.

I HAPpily put in COOKOUTS for 23A so that messed up that area.

13A....Never heard of RA's, but then I was never in a dorm.

I still do not understand 62A 'TRI'.
I have heard of a TRI-athelon but that is an event.

Cuppa: cute comment on HAP...I agree.

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

This one was, er, "easy", and I'll explain some other time...for now, I got the theme, but there were two guys I had not heard of...
Midnight and Planet.

GRAD, eh, "What's Up, Doc?" no ABBR?

The Home Group for my Friends of Bill W. is "The GRANGE" - an historic structure, deemed a landmark by the Town of Riverhead, and built in 1831- there's a plaque on the front with two grain stacks. It's long been a meeting house of two floors.

I have seen HAP before, not great, but it's a word...

GAPS and GASP, too


Lemonade714 said...

Semitic as associated with Jews, as opposed to Arabs, their first cousins and both direct descendants of Abram/Abraham, is likely a product of centuries of hearing anti-semitic sentiments leveled at Jews. I know this group has a few members who do not stress the strict rules of grammar, or the proper historic meaning of words, but this might prompt an ANTI-SEMANTIC debate. Relax, it is like the Oscars, all entertainment. never let it be said I am smart of enough to know when to shut up.


Argyle said...

Triathletes compete in triathlons.

Poor quality video here, but it does explain where Captain Planet comes from.

HeartRx said...

N.C., why of course you are right about "alum" being an abbr also. Duh! But I guess it is also used the same way as "grad", when referring to both sexes. Anyway, you can see how foggy my mind was this AM.

I grew up in a small rural New England town, so GRANGE was also very familiar to me, as others have mentioned.

Lucina said...

Good day, Puzzlers!

Thank you Argyle, for always being there even if late. I wouldn't know.

This was a fast dance and some fill I didn't notice it was so quick. As it happens I had BOUNCE not POUNCE so HAP came from the blog. I think it's use is poetic and NC filled in the GAPs.

Never heard of Capt. PLANET, but the clue made it obvious.

Wouldn't TRIathletes participate in a TRIatholon?

Shoutout to Windhover on 49D, farm!

Jeannie, I hope you see yesterday's post. I'm still thinking about the carrot soup!

Have a marvelous Monday!

Lucina said...

Sorry for the duplication, Argyle, I was writing as you posted, about TRIathlete.

Bill G. said...

That was a pleasant Monday puzzle. I'd heard of Captain Planet before though just barely. What about Captain Marvel? SHAZAM!

My bedroom window faces east. It's interesting to notice that the sun is a little higher in the sky each morning and rises about a half-degree farther to the north each day. Speaking about the eastern sky, Venus and the crescent moon make a pretty sight tomorrow morning before dawn. Do you get up early enough to be able to observe them?

We got a call from our daughter last night. She thought she was having appendicitis. So, it was off to the emergency room. After a while, the pain subsided and we came back home. I watched the recording of the Oscar telecast. Fun I thought. I especially enjoyed the final scene with the public school choir from Staten Island. I wish my grandson were exposed to music instruction like that.

Zcarguy said...

This was a tap- in eagle putt , compared to my triple bogey on Saturday ,
Grange was a learning moment.
Had BOUNCE @ 43a so HAP didn't come easy.
All and all a good Bounce back from the wkend .

Annette said...

From last night: Lemonade, thank you. It had come across differently. We're still good!

Windhover, what's the birth count up to? Are you getting any sleep?

No time to do the puzzle yet, so I'll return later.

carol said...

Argyle and Lucina: thanks for the TRI explanation....I just didn't think of the word TRIATHLETE because there are lots of different athletes, not just the ones that do the triathlons; ball players, golfers, weight lifters, etc.
I was going to put PRO in but not all athletes are pros.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, this was a nice Monday puzzle. As usual, because of the longer theme answers, I went the way of the Downs first and then came back to fill in the Acrosses. It worked very well and I had only a few blanks left to review.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS was the last theme answer to complete. As much as I like movies, I can't (and don't want to) see them all.

There are quite a few towns in the U.S. named La GRANGE, Wyoming, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, California and even more. GAH and I live about 8 miles from little (official population 250) La GRANGE, CA. There are really several thousand of us in the area, but the highway sign hasn't been changed in about 20 years.

Bill G. did your daughter find out what was causing her pain?

Husker Gary said...

Hi Argyle and Lunes solvers! Vanilla puzzle made for a nice Monday and I echo all concerns above. The word Grange was never mentioned here in Nebraska to refer to a farm, only to the organization.

Captain Midnight and sidekick Icky Mudd were staples of Saturday Morning TV in my youth! At school I have youtube issues and so I can't post a link to that schlock show.

I am posting late as I am subbing. I just had a 6'4", 260 lb boy ask if he could go to the bathroom. Weird!

Clear Ayes said...

Sad, but mayHAP (the poet used it three times!) many of us have been in this situation once or twice

If I Had Known

If I had known
Two years ago how drear this life should be,
And crowd upon itself allstrangely sad,
Mayhap another song would burst from out my lips,
Overflowing with the happiness of future hopes;
Mayhap another throb than that of joy.
Have stirred my soul into its inmost depths,
If I had known.

If I had known,
Two years ago the impotence of love,
The vainness of a kiss, how barren a caress,
Mayhap my soul to higher things have soarn,
Nor clung to earthly loves and tender dreams,
But ever up aloft into the blue empyrean,
And there to master all the world of mind,
If I had known.

- Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

I did not find this to be a typical (and therefore easy) Monday puzzle for me. I missed several that I should not have, maybe because I was doing it in a hospital waiting for DH to get his cumadin checked.
But I could not get .ORG as a nonprofit, as it is my son's URL, and he is most definitely not non-profit.

Spitzboov and LW, we hope you have a safe trip back to the frozen north.

I still don't get a line count from preview. Maybe because I'm on a Mac?


Anonymous said...

Nice poem, Clear Ayes. But my online dictionary says "mayhap" is archaic and means perhaps or possibly. That's nothing like "event"!

Husker Gary said...

-sun coming up earlier and earlier makes for a tough a.m. drive into Omaha these days.
-I will look for Venus and crescent Moon on drive tomorrow!
-punted the Oscars last night completely! Instead I watched Joan Crawford in her Oscar winner Mildred Pierce. I’d a slapped Ann Blyth too!
-Marti, I agree that Monday puzzles must be a bear when you can’t use all the arrows in your quiver. I made a cwd for my 5 year old granddaughter last week. Tough!
-HAP Arnold better?
-kids always asked where INDIGO was when I taught ROYGBIV colors of the rainbow.
-hand up for PRO and SWABS
-never listened to shows on radio, just Rock and Roll and Husker football

Jeannie said...

Thankfully I got the theme once the unifier emerged as I had never heard of Captain Planet or Captain Midnight. Otherwise this was a fun easy Monday offering. New word for me today was “palooka” – sounds like an oaf to me! Re: inexpensive brand –cheapie, does anyone remember when generic products started coming out in the white packaging with the black lettering? Is that even out there anymore?

HuskerGary, even 6’4” 260lb young men need to use the bathroom!

Lucina, I am glad that you enjoyed the soup recipe. I do too.

BillG, good to hear it wasn't something serious with your daughter.

Gunghy said...

I would be happier with both TM and RA being clued without the ABBR being added than I am with HAP. But that's my nit-pick. Did miss CAPTAIN America, But I couldn't quickly think of a clue/answer. Otherwise, some great Monday fill.

It's recently penetrated my slow moving brain that the Mon./Tues. puzzles usually take up more room on the page. I counted squares and measured box-size (thinking they were bigger for beginners) before finally realizing that there was an increase in number of clues pushing the puzzle down. Nothing important, but a clue on how warped my brain is.

Speaking of warped, has anyone else hear read any of the children's books staring CAPTAIN Underpants?

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice Monday puzzle, with quite a few familiar words in the top part. Good theme. I didn't like HAP at first, but the comments changed my mind.

Pretty easy, in contrast to my DNF on Friday. (Starting to be a habit -- GRR!)

I once saw a PhD candidate wearing a button that said "feces on THESES."

Just some of the stuff that HAPS, I guess.

We played at a benefit for the homeless Sat night. Events like that are very rewarding for your resident humble trombonist.

Busy week in store. IMBO.

JzB who spent much of his life with windshields and SEALS

Gunghy said...

Jeannie, While in Canada 2 weeks ago, I was struck with the amount of generic materials in the grocery store. It reminded me that I hadn't seen it here in years. Up there, it was yellow and black, which I remember as being more common than white out here.

Gunghy said...


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - I'd like to put in a mention for today's "Jumble" puzzle. It has significance for Cornerites.

Clear Ayes said...

I have a question for C.C., Dennis and any others who want to chime in.

I take C.C.'s request, "cap your post length at about 20 lines" seriously. Since that request showed up under "Leave your comment", I always Preview, always count my lines and often edit out an unneccessary line, or three. More than that and I save it for another post. Sometimes a line splits into two, even though it previewed as one. It did for the poem today, so that post wound up with 22 lines.

It seems to me that "about 20" cuts off at a maximum of 23 lines. More than that and we are getting into the "less than 30 lines" area. I understand that Dennis and our guest bloggers are exempt, as should be. I don't count other posters lines, I am just concerned with my own posts.

So what does "at about 20 lines each" mean?

Dennis said...

Dudley, yeah, I noticed that too; forgot to mention it. Good catch.

CA, I think C.C.'s intent was/is to curtail the overly-long posts. The 20-line guideline is an attempt to establish a rough boundary, but you shouldn't feel like you have to precisely count each and every line. Just be in the ballpark, and I think your statement about 23 is an excellent one.

And no, I don't think any of us can or should be exempt, except of course for C.C. (and I'd be in a cardiac care center if we ever got more than twenty lines from her at one time.) Matter of fact, I was recently criticized (rightly so) by a poster for violating the 'twenty' guideline, which is why I dropped the 'Did You Know' stuff.

Hope this helps.

Lucina said...

Don't perhaps and possibly mean "could happen?" I just don't have a problem with HAP.

Good, Jeannie, I wanted to make sure you know how much I loved that soup.

Husker Gary said...

Great line Jeanne! I know they do (Everybody Poops as the books says) but he was huge and looked like he should be able to do anything he wanted. I'm used to 13 year olds.

My wife is Captain Generic! She never buys the "name brand" but does check ingredients. Of course, Wal Mart has the two sitting side by side on the shelf. I live and die with Naproxen Sodium but NEVER buy Alleve that is much more expensive! I haven't seen the black/white generic cans in a while.

Argyle said...

Poems count as one line...that's my opinion.

creature said...

Argyle, I agree with you. Poems count as One line per poem. They are such a lovely addition to our blog. And CA does such a masterful
job of choosing just the most appropriate one.

Also, I think Dennis'"Did you knows" are a super addition to the blog.I've come to look forward to their hap.

Clear Ayes said...

Sallie "But my online dictionary says "mayhap" is archaic and means perhaps or possibly. That's nothing like "event"!.

Did someone define "mayHAP" as "event"? NC referred to "misHAP", which would be an occurrence that went wrong. In the poem, mayHAP would be an alternate occurrence, as in maybe, perhaps, or possibly.

BTW, I don't get a screen line count, I just count the lines.

Thanks for the explanation, Dennis. I'll probably still count to stay in the ballpark, but I won't stress about it.

Argyle & creature, LOL, how about a little Tennyson or Longfellow?

Anonymous said...

If something is ( universally) INTERESTING ... and, whats more, preferably very funny - then the whole paragraph counts as one line as well. As the master, Einstein would have said - length of the subject matter, like Time, is only a relative term.

Dennis said...

No, that'd be wrong. Besides, who predetermines that something will be universally funny?

Jeannie said...

Dennis, I have been wondering where the “did you knows” went. They usually add a little bit of fodder for later in the day. Please bring them back!

I almost didn’t post that recipe the other day for fear that I would go over the limit and yes I did. I think in the future I will just have to add a word attachment of some sort. However, not everyone has the same software. So, do recipes count as one line too?

Gunghy, what part of Canada were you in recently? If I had to place a wager I would guess Vancouver.

Huskergary….I can see why you would have found that a little weird for that big of a guy asking permission to pee or poop as you so eloquently stated.

Zhouqin (C.C.) Burnikel said...

Clear Ayes,
Dennis explained my position clearly. We took acount of the discrepancy between PREVIEW and the actual lines when the decision was made, hence the "at about..." qualifier.

Your 23 understanding is perfect. Thanks for taking my requirement seriously.

JD said...

Good afternoon Argyle, C.C. and all,

"What's the haps?" was a very common expression in our house when our girls were teenagers. I thought this was was pretty easy puzzle. IPO and Midnight Madness were the only 2 unknowns that filled easily.

Not knowing Captain Planet didn't slow me down, as I rarely try to use the theme as a help.Enjoyed the link though, Argyle. DON"T LISTEN TO THE THEME SONG! ouch

Truman is so into super heroes and we play a matching hero card game. Last night he explained to me that he had been saying Captain America incorrectly. I liked it better as Captain Camerica...and he has also added the S to Spiderman...sigh

OK, I'm counting now....

Gunghy said...

CA is very good about choosing poems of reasonable length or linking to the longer ones. My vote: Not only are poems one line, but so are recipes. Imagine getting the ingredients, but having no instructions on what to do with them.

As a too often violator, who is working hard to comply, I have to side with Dennis about everything else. While Anon 2:23 makes a good point, who's to be the judge? I'm betting Husker, among others, would enjoy a good dissertation on Quantum Mechanics as much as I would, but it would make most peoples' eyes glaze over. I find most un-PC off-color material funny, even as I feel guilty. Should I share it?? Not in public!!

However, Dennis, I wish you would bring back the "Did you know."

eddyB said...


Golf in Tucson or NASCAR in Phoenix? Tough choice. Waiting for St Pete weekend..

Remember Sat radio on the crystal set. Good old Quaker Oats "box" and copper wire.

New record! 27 miles on odometer for Feb .

Two eggs in each nest. 4155 people in chat room.

Still have the middle of Merl's to do. Also is a funny, punny take on the Oscars.

Take care.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, My sentiments have all been stated. I didn't think we had seen this constructor before.

My one problem area was the NW corner as I do the across and downs together. My first entry was Retort for "I did not", so that fouled me up until I had a few more answers in.

Dennis, I looked forward to the "did you knows?". Maybe you could do one or two a week.

CA, loved the poem today. Thank you.

Jeannie, I copied the Carrot Soup Recipe into my computer recipe book. After Lucina's raves I will definitly try it.

Have a great Monday everyone.

It is warming up here, though we still have our tender plants all shrouded in sheets.

Chickie said...

WM sent out postcards for her art show that is coming up. I'm looking forward to seeing her paintings in person this coming Friday.

Each month we have a "First Friday" Art Event in the downtown San Jose area. Galleries are open and there are shuttles to take people around to those far apart.

It should be lots of fun.

LaLaLinda said...


I, too, look forward to the "Did You Know" at the end of your first posting. Hope you'll bring it back!


I've been working on "Merl's" since yesterday. I still have a few film titles to work out.

Zhouqin (C.C.) Burnikel said...

Sorry, no exceptions. Solutions:

1) Split your post into two if it's too long;

2) Link;

3) Email to those who are interested in your topic.

windhover said...

I would. I'm rarly mistakan.

windhover said...

For Denis @ 2:28

Bill G. said...

CA and Jeannie, thanks for your concern regarding my daughter. No official diagnosis but we're all guessing it was something she was having a hard time digesting. Or..., maybe she'll need to plan a doctor visit if it recurs.

CA, it doesn't sound as if your poet was lucky in love...

Dang, it was I who brought up the delicious cream of carrot soup I'd enjoyed in a local bistro. Don't I get a little credit too for recognizing a good thing when I taste it? :>)

eddyB said...


Speaking of Quantum Mechanics, just started a course by Ben Schumacher of Kenyon College.

Was Hartford a test of some sort?

Tinbeni said...

Thanks for the explanation on HAP. It looked like an abbr. to me.

Husker Gary:
I enjoyed Mildred Pierce last night also.
Hmmm, now maybe if I actually went to ANY of the movies nominated I would have watched the Oscar's.

We've had such perfect weather here in Tampa Bay for the last 3 weeks that I have come to the conclusion that it WILL be raining that week in St.Pete.

Jeannie said...

Bill G, I thank you for it’s been a while since I have made that delicious soup!!

Anonymous said...

Dennis: I too miss your "Did you knows?" Maybe a second post for them as so many of us like them.

I forgot to say Argyle that it was a great write up, as it always is. Thanks for explaining so many things I missed.

It's almost time for "Cheers" here on the left coast.

Husker Gary said...

Jeannie, lest you think I invented that book here is the link to Everybody Poops. I have seen it in many homes where parents have small children. Must be quite a read!

Tinman, I too did not see any of the nominations this year except Toy Story with the short people which diminished my interest. However, I would like to see Social Network andThe King’s Speech but my wife just isn’t comfortable at R movies.

50F and sunny tomorrow! Fore!

Jayce said...

Heeeey peeps! What's the haps? :)

Lucina said...

Bill G:
I can't thank you enough for asking about carrot soup! Every time I make it, and it will be often, I shall think of you and Jeannie.

Well, what a timely discussion as I've been in a quandry about the carne asada recipe. It's quite long and I was hesitant about posting it. It's from my brother, Fred, who is also a superb cook and has owned two restaurants.

Jayce said...

Lucina, your brother owns 2 restaurants? I'm impressed. And are they in the greater Phoenix area? If so, the next time we are in that area, we surely want to have a meal at one of them!

HeartRx said...

Dennis, I miss your "Did you know?" lines as well. Maybe you could do them as a link somehow? I know I would click on it every time!

Husker G., if Mondays are a bear to construct, I can't imagine how hard it must have been to do one for a five year old!

Bill G., thanks for reminding Jeannie of the carrot soup recipe so we could all share in your gustatory delights. And I hope your daughter's diagnosis was not just a quick fix from an overworked ER MD. But she should definitely seek additional advice if it recurs.

Funny, but one of the only movies I actually went to see last year was "The King's Speech". Both DH and I really enjoyed it, and thought it should win Oscars when we came away from it!

Lucina said...

CARNE ASADA a la Santa Fe, New Mexico style. It feeds up to 15 people.
3 LBS flank or flap steak
1/3 cup white or white rice vinegar
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 limes juiced
1/2 cup olive, veg. or grapeseed oil
1 tsp. sea salt or other
1 tsp. black pepper cracked
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder (not salt)
1 tsp. chile powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin, if desired
2 large tomatoes chopped
1 white onion quartered
4 cloves of garlic peeled
4 dried New Mexico chile pods, peeled
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
2 dozen taco sized corn or flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups grated cotija or cheddar cheese
2 limes cut into 1/8 inch wedges
Directions to follow.

Jayce said...

Lucina, oops, read that wrong. "has owned". Dang :)

Lucina said...

1. Lay flank or flap steak in a large glass baking pan. in a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, four cloves garlic, juice of two limes and oil; season with salt and pepper, garlic powder, chile powder, oregano, paprika and cumin if desired. Whisk well then pour it over the steak. Turn steak over once or twice to coat both sides. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for 1-8 hours. Don't hurry the process.
2. In a small bowl stir together the chopped white onion, cilantro (coriander) and juice of one lime. Set aside as relish.
3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Toast chile pods in the skillet for two or three minutes then remove to a bowl of water and soak for about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 dgs F.
4. Place tomatoes, one onion, chiles, and four cloves garlic into a baking sheet. Roast in the oven for about 20 mins. until toasted but not burnt. Place the roasted ingredients and soaked chile pods into a blender along with the salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cut the marinated meant into strips or cubes. Cook, stirring constantly until the meat is cooked through and most of the liquid is evaporated.
6. Serve generous amounts on warm tortillas, corn or flour and top them with a sprinkle of chopped onions and a spoonful of relish. Add cheese. Serve with lime wedges.

Lucina said...

C.C., I truly apologize but I omitted the recipe for relish. It's short.

1 medium white onion chopped
1/2 cupt finely chopped cilantro (coriander)
1 lime, juiced

Mainiac said...

Evening All,
Scrappy little puzzle for me but I'm doing it at the end of my day. Snowed like crazy this morning and then turned to rain. Been Fun!
Argyle, Great write up as usual.
Typical Monday level with few twists. Definitely enjoyable at this hour and mental capability.
Went to camp the end of the week to scratch the ice fishing itch with the kids. My brother joined us which was a good thing. Ice conditions there were questionable. For those who dabble in the sport, amazingly, still slush on the lakes an hour away. The Nor'easter on Friday was wicked fun and added a new dimension. Great time!
Need sleep!

Warren said...

Hi Lucina,

Quick question on your Carne Asada recipe, what type of cheese is

I copied it to a MS word file, sounds good enough for me to show it to my wife,

Jeannie, that's what I did also for your soup recipe and stored a copy of it in your file...


Seldom Seen said...

Monday learning moment for me. I drive on Grange Hall Road occasionally. Never knew why it was called that.

But, when I filled it in, I thought of this.

Warren said...

Never mind Luciana, I found it on Google: Cotija Cheese

Seldom Seen said...

I forgot to mention that the drummer's last name is Beard!

But, you already knew that...

Seldom Seen said...

Mainiac...any fishin' story is a good story for me. Especially when kids are involved.

Clear Ayes said...

With Google Docs you can save those longer recipes and post a link. The following is Lucina's Carne Asada recipe, if you would like to print it out or save it to another file.

Lucina's Carne Asada

In case you didn't get it last week, here is Jeannie's Cream of Carrot Soup

BTW WH, I would always trust you to be the arbitrator of what's universally funny.

That's it for me for tonight. Have a good evening everyone.

Bill G. said...

Jeannie, we haven't tried the soup yet (going to soon, thanks) 'cause we're going to get some takeout southern soul food for dinner. Probably including fried chicken, greens, corn bread, etc.

Here's a video of a baby who can use sign language but hasn't learned to talk yet. Pretty surprising and pretty neat I thought! Signing baby

Argyle said...

Husker Gary left a comment @4:26 but it got tagged as spam. I detagged it and if you want to see it, go back to 4:26. Name of the book kicked it out, I guess.

Jeannie said...

Muchos gracias (sp) Lucina...I can't wait to try that recipe. My mouth is starting to water already. I'm not kidding...when I read a recipe and my saliva runs from under my tongue to the top I know it's a good one.

Your dinner sounded divine as well BillG...just what this "southern spawned" child would love to eat on a winter day to bring me back to spring/summer. I still to this day cook my cornbread in a "well seasoned" (Granny's) cast iron skillet. I have seen those go at antique stores for over $200, as I also have the lid...not selling.

Bill G. said...

Rats! We shoulda made the cream of carrot soup. The soul food place is closed on Mondays. So, being in the mood for takeout, we ordered thin crust pizza and Greek salad instead.

Cornbread in a cast iron skillet. I'll have to try that next time. I like cornbread with a minimum of flour and sugar. I found a recipe that had buttermilk too. Can't go wrong with buttermilk.

I have watched 'Two and a Half Men' a few times and usually found it funny. No more though. Charlie Sheen has worn out his welcome.

Jeannie said...

BillG, I think this my last post. But you can't just use any cast iron skillet and it must be well seasoned (oiled....not buttered). I will divulge Granny's recipe tomorrow. I am still up in the air on that one (family secret) as it's the best corn bread I ever tasted and she made it in a cast iron pan in a wood-stoked stove.

Southern folk make the best corn bread and biscuits in the world as far as I can tell. One thing I could never wrap my hands around was grits. Thankfully my Northern Dad didn't either, but when you went south you were obliged to try them at your "kin" folks.

Windhover wouldn't you agree?

windhover said...

Of course. I've never disagreed with you Jeannie. ;-}

windhover said...

And thank you, CA. That was nice of you.