, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Monday, March 21, 2011 David Levinson Wilk


Mar 21, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011 David Levinson Wilk

Theme: NMI - Just the first and last, No Middle Initial, is used to link our theme men; each is an R. O. Man.

17A. *"Barry Lyndon" star : RYAN O'NEAL

59A. *Lead singer of The Cars : RIC OCASEK

10. *"Oh, Pretty Woman" singer : ROY ORBISON

30. *Henry Ford contemporary : RANSOM OLDS

40. Caesar, e.g. (or each of the answers to the starred clues?) : ROMAN

Argyle here. Mundane Monday. Many partials. If all four men were in the same field or all were in different fields, it would have been better. Also, entirely too many names.


1. King, queen or jack : CARD

5. URL starter : HTTP. I've posted before what words the letters stand for, but still have know idea what they really mean.

9. Van Gogh setting : ARLES. The
visitor's center in Arles provides a walking tour map of ten reproductions on easels depicting actual places throughout Arles.

14. Alan of "M*A*S*H" : ALDA

15. Davenport's state : IOWA

16. Dracula's title : COUNT

19. Singer Lauper : CYNDI

20. Against : ANTI

21. Used to reach a high shelf : STOOD ON. Clue/answer doesn't feel right.

23. Sodom escapee : LOT. He didn't look back.

26. Armored vehicle : TANK

28. Being off target : ERRING

29. Genesis mountain : ARARAT. Another Biblical reference.

31. Brandy's music genre, briefly : R AND B. Perhaps all the girl singers are to offset the four man theme.

33. Under-the-chin helmet securer : STRAP

34. Saintly circle : HALO

35. Types : ILKS

39. Suffix with tele- : THON

41. It may be reserved : SEAT

42. Heavy drinkers : SOTS

43. Functions : USES

44. Second longest African river : CONGO

45. Deed holder : OWNER

47. Sea between Greece and Italy : IONIAN

48. Start of Juliet's balcony plea : "O ROMEO". Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

51. Male heirs : SONS

53. Opposite of SSW : NNE

54. Virgin Mary : MADONNA

56. Poet Silverstein : SHEL

58. Like the Leaning Tower : ATILT

64. Mazda rival : HONDA

65. Apple computer since 1998 : iMAC

66. Fairy tale beginning : ONCE

67. Dread : ANGST

68. Turkey meat choice : DARK

69. Fake coin : SLUG


1. Elevator compartment : CAR

2. One of the Khans : ALY. A socialite, racehorse owner and jockey, he was the third husband of actress Rita Hayworth. He was passed over for succession as Aga Khan but served as Pakistan's representative to the United Nations.

3. Nutritional no. : RDA. Recommended Dietary Allowance.

4. "The X-Files" agent Scully : DANA. Partnered with fellow Special Agent Fox Mulder.

5. Suggest : HINT AT

6. Wheel alignment service : TOE IN

7. First coml. airline to show in-flight movies : TWA

8. Friends : PALS

9. Harmony : ACCORD

11. Day before mardi : LUNDI. (Monday) Lundi Gras is a relatively recently popularized name for a series of Shrove Monday events taking place during the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

12. __ a happy note : END ON

13. Attack, bee-style : STING

18. Ready to serve, as beer : ON TAP

22. Mortise insert : TENON.

23. Doesn't fade : LASTS

24. Big name in garden care : ORTHO

25. Medium's card : TAROT

27. Adversaries in a Hoffman/Streep film : KRAMERS. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

32. "Woe is me!" : "ALAS"

34. Siphoning aid : HOSE

36. Russian Revolution leader : LENIN

37. Elena of the Supreme Court : KAGAN

38. Weapon for David : STONE

40. Sentence that should be two sentences : RUN-ON

44. Trig function : COSEC

46. Charged angrily : WENT AT

47. Like pawned items : IN HOCK

48. Nebraska city : OMAHA

49. Boca __ : RATON

50. Taking too much : ODing

52. Sesame Street grouch : OSCAR

55. Parched : ARID

57. Thailand neighbor : LAOS

60. Britney Spears's "__ Slave 4 U" : I'M A

61. NBC weekend revue : SNL

62. Old French coin : ECU

63. Oktoberfest need : KEG

Answer grid.

Congratulations to Dan Feyer, who won ACPT again this year.



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Strange little puzzle today. It mostly blew past very quickly, but then there were complete unknowns thrown in the mix like ALY and LUNDI that just made me stop and go, "wha???" The theme is a good one, but I completely didn't get it until well after solving the whole puzzle (for some reason, I kept trying to think of what each of the theme answers had to do with "Caesar" instead of ROMAN).

I also managed to spontaneously suffer from adult onset dyslexia in a few spots. Or maybe it's just old age and presbyopia. Whatever the case, I misread the clue for SEAT as "It may be reversed" and the clue for ODING as "Talking too much."

Anybody else try PISAN instead of ATILT for 58A? Or SLING instead of STONE for 38D? Calling David's weapon a STONE is like saying I killed somebody with a bullet instead of a gun...

Argyle said...

Well, Barry, you know what they say, "Guns don't kill people; bullets do".

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Good to see you back, Argyle. I hope your computer is now up and running.

I rather liked this Monday puzzle. It was pretty easy, but I liked the fresh cluing. Lots of names, though, which will make a lot of people unhappy.

I always liked The Cars. Here's RIC OCASEK and his wife, Paulina Porizkova.

QOD: Every wrong attempt discarded is a step forward. ~ Thomas Alva Edison.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

I did not find this challenging at all today evidenced by the fact that I completed it making my first pass of the across clues. It's been ages since I've accomplished that.

Barry touched on the one clue I did not like at all.... atilt. Asked to describe the Leaning Tower, I would say it's leaning, never is atilt.I realize it is a clue that pops up from time yo time in puzzles, but to me use of the word should be left to the poets.

At least David gave a shout out to Husker Gary in 48D, Omaha. Even though I knew 38D. Stone was correct, I don't think it was a correct usage of the word. IMO ,the weapon was the sling, the stone was its threat.

Enjoy your Monday.

Mainiac said...

Morning Argyle, CC and All,

Budget preparation and process is what I call "March Madness" around here. Been difficult fitting in a puzzle.

The SW corner was the last to fill in with this speed run. ATILT was the first to fall and a head slap went with OROMEO. I was trying to make to much out of that one.

My hand is up for Sling.

Have a great Monday.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Haven't done the puzzle yet.

Thanks to Spitzboov for linking the Marlborough Airport video last night. Never occurred to me to go look for one! Did you know it was there? BTW, the airplane in the video is a Cessna 172, similar to mine, 1972 or older.

Husker - Yes, the trees at the approach end do add to the challenge, and they've grown over the last 20 years. As was seen in the video, there's a busy road at the opposite end of the runway. There's a chain link fence separating road from runway - and years ago somebody with a sense of humor hung a stop sign on that fence. As if a pilot needed to be reminded...

kazie said...

Thanks for the Arles link. That was interesting. When I was there, all I remember seeing was les arènes (the arena).

Well, I managed to get what might be the only error any of us admits to today, having COSIN for COSEC, and not caring about SHIL for Silverstein's name. As Argyle said, altogether too many names. It's been too many years for me to remember that cosine was not abbreviated to cosin in normal usage.

Other unknowns were ALY, RANSOM, RIC OCASEK.

If anyone wants a list of the rest of the French days of the week, here you go: lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi, dimanche. None ever have capitals unless starting a sentence.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle, I often wonder whether doing the Monday write-up is a little bit boring for you.

Thereby driving you to drink ... my 'sub-theme' to this puzzle.

Resident SOTS here.
Wanting to put that KEG, ON-TAP and have a SLUG (or two). Oy veh.

No ANGST in solving this grid.

Well it is heading to 82 and perfect in Tampa Bay.

Soooo, I'll just END-ON this surprise.

I think it is time to go walk on a beach.

Cheers !!!

Anonymous said...

I spent a moment or two trying to figure out who Rans Omolds was. I also read "talking too much".

sherry said...

Got me originally on stone tried sling first. Knew the Lundi as a N.O. native. Also, put cosin for cosic, forgot the abbr. Never heard of toein for 6 down always thought it was tow in. Of course Ryan O'neal cleared that up.

Grumpy 1 said...

Happy Monday, everyone.

Sailed through this one fairly quickly, in spite of a few
unfamiliar names or unfamiliarity with the role associated with a name.

I, too, scratched my head over 21a. I 'used' a stool to reach the high shelf, could be replaced with I 'stood on' a stool... but when you leave out the object that was used the clue just doesn't seem to make sense. Anyone figure out a way to make sense of that one?

We've seen ATILT so often I didn't give that one a second thought.

Agree, the sling is the weapon, the STONE is the missile or threat. Of course, in the case of a spear (or cruise missle) the weapon and threat might be considered to be the same thing.

kazie said...

I agree on 21A. It really doesn't work grammatically at all. Although this was a fairly easy Monday, there are a few sticky spots, like STONE.

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

Well, I didn't even realize I fixed the theme until I came here - I had SALAD in there to start, as a WAG, and then the perps changed it to ROMAN, and never connected the R. O. to the names....

I thought it was people who kill people, neither the guns nor the bullets - and I am on the fence about the SLING/STONE - I can see both arguments....

I thought LUNDI was odd for a Monday, since I had to guess MUNDI, and therefore ARMES was not working for me (me and the French, ugh) - stared at a finished grid for a minute before I figured that one out.

I am waiting for that Monday, hondo, when I can do ALL the across and be done - maybe if I do all the DOWNS to start, I might have a better chance - well, there's always next week....


Husker Gary said...

Argyle et al, Happy Monday from the gray Great Plains!

-Theme was fun but not utilitarian. It took me a while to see it after I was done!
-As I’ve said before, Roy Orbison was the homeliest Rock and Roll balladeer ever, but OMG what a voice. He’s my absolute favorite!
-Jay Black (Jay and the Americans) was singing on a PBS telethon event in Pittsburgh Saturday night and nature has been very kind to his voice. He knocked Cara Mia out of the park (falsetto and all) with backups 1/3 his age.
-HTTP and other programming “languages” are pretty esoteric, that’s for sure! I got pretty good at BASIC before it went away! I was a gosubbing fool!
-Hondo, didn’t seeing OMAHA and Boca RATON side by side provide a good compare and contrast!
-It occurred to me that I am the one blogger who is farthest from an ocean or international border! I think the geographical center of America is in Kansas. C.C. may be my closest (geographically) blogger friend.
-Off to the park with grandkids!

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

I thought this was going to be a breeze when I sailed through the across clues through 16A. Then I got to 17A… I never saw “Barry Lyndon” so RYAN O’NEAL never entered my mind. Then I had a problem with the perps: 2D I wanted “Aga”, but already had “AL-“ , so I tried Ali. I didn’t know DANA Scully at 4D, and for 6D I had “TO- - -“, so I entered “Towed”. ***OWIE***, did that ever hurt my chances for a speed run. Perps finally changed it to TO-IN, but I still didn’t get it and entered TOW IN.

I managed to finish the rest of the puzzle with only perp help, but finally had to gg (gasp! On a MONDAY!!) Barry Lyndon.

I agree with the other comments about STOOD ON. I do like to see multiple-word answers in a grid, but that one seemed forced. I can’t think of any other clue that would have been better, but “______ ceremony”; was formal might have been a possibility.

Overall, a “meh” for me. Have a great day, everyone!

Zcarguy said...

Morning all,
Not much to mention on this one,,I thought 21a meant .. Got shorter in a way but ofcourse that wouldn't fit, I even tried shorten..
I agree with Splynter about guns and people.

Can someone explain 40d for me, I don't get it.

Oding seems odder to me than Atilt.

Grumpy 1 said...

When comparing constructors and there ilk
Mr David Levinson Wilk
Is certainly no Barry Silk


kazie said...

Zcar Guy,
40D: a run-on sentence is one that is too long and should have been split into more than one.

lundi for Monday has the same root concept as English, but from Latin instead of Saxon--they both mean "moon" day--make of that what you will! The lun- is from luna = moon, mon- related to Mond in German meaning moon. Most of them are based on the ancient gods of the things represented. Here's a full explanation with examples of all the major languages.

Zcarguy said...

Kazie. Thanks for the explanation.

Bill G. said...

Zcar, a sentence that goes on and on is called a run-on sentence. Teachers of younger kids are always on the lookout for those. I don't remember ever having a tendency to use them. (I see Kazie already took care of this one.)

COSEC is the abbreviation for cosecant, the reciprocal of sine.

Roy Orbison wrote Blue Bayou, a favorite when I heard it sung by Linda Ronstadt.

LOTS of rain here yesterday. I won't have to turn on my lawn sprinklers for a couple of weeks.

carol said...

Hi all - is it really Monday???

Argyle, I agree that there were way too many names(most of them unfamiliar to me).

I had a terrible time in the SE corner so had to look up a few. Never heard of RICO CASEK (59A).

I have always been at a loss about anything 'math' so a TRIG FUNCTION (44D) was a mystery, although I have memorized the word SINE which usually fits most of those clues, this time it didn't.

Barry and Argyle: "People kill people with guns"(that fire bullets) - unlike 'Cows with Guns" :0

cherylptts said...

Puzzle not as easy for me as for some. Ceasar was Roman, not royal, and am still trying to figure out "oding". I too, read clue as talking too much. Wanted to use "oh, romeo." Did not work.
"Tenon"--a new word for me and probably a commonally used in puzzles.
Thank you, Lucinda, for the welcome.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning, fun for me. Most of the R.O. names were pretty easy. RANSOM OLDS was new, but once the perps got me through it, I figured he was the Oldsmobile man. The girl singers fill were easy too. I've never heard it, but 60D Britney Spears's "__ Slave 4 U" had to be I'M A. Even 54A/MADONNA was...oh, that's the other MADONNA.

I couldn't get with 21A/STOOD ON either. The clue seems to be calling for a noun. STONE was sticky but OK by me and I still remember all the French days of the week.

HG, ROY ORBISON the homliest? :0) Check out Hahtool's RIC OCASEK link, or David Crosby if we are sticking to balladeers. There are/were some really "unusual looking" singers out there.

Congratulations to Dan Feyer. I was heartwarmed that there were 133 contestants in their 60's, 41 in their 70's and 11 Seniors (over 80 it looks like) who competed. Way to go!

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Hands up for seeing Talking too much for ODing. I think it was too early for my Monday Morning brain.

There were many unknowns for me today. Dana, Lundi, Ransom Olds, and Ric OCasek. I'm with you Kazie in that I had Co-sin so Shil and OCanek looked ok to me.

The theme totally went over my head as I was trying to think of something Roman not R O Man. Thank you Argyle for sussing that out for me today.

A nice shout out to Husker Gary today with Omaha in the fill.

My learning moment for today was Lundi. Again, Argyle thanks for the explanation. I tried to put Shrove in but it didn't fit.

Clear Ayes said...

Here's an adult SHEL Silverstein poem. It is really 16 lines, but they are long ones, so I'll finish it in the next post.


Never bite a married woman on the thigh
'Cause she just can't rub it off, no matter how she'll try.
And when she gets home at night, her man will ask her why
Then she'll say it's just a birthmark or some other silly lie.
But he'll get suspicious and then he will start to pry.
Then she'll get hysterical and she will start to cry.
And he'll say, "I don't blame you, but tell me who's the guy?"
So she'll admit to everything and he will say "bye-bye".

Clear Ayes said...

And here's the rest of the poem:

And he'll buy an airline ticket and he'll fly across the sky.
And then he'll come and find you and he'll punch you in the eye.
Then he'll rent a cheap hotel room and he'll hang himself with his tie.
And when she gets the news, she'll take an overdose of sleeping
Tablets and she's gonna lie on the couch and die.
So never, never, never, never, never, never, never,
Bite a married woman on the thigh!

Jerome said...

"Rocky, do like ROY ORBISON?" "YO, NO SIR, BRO"

RANDB- First letters of BRAND

ATILT- What knights go to

OMAHA- Mantra moment

DARK- What you find on D'Ararat

At RIC OCASEK'S chicken ranch you can watch him RAISE COCKS. And because the coops look like castles, he's also known AS COCK SIRE.

Vidwan827 said...

I finished the puzzle in record time ( for me, that is - ) sooo .... I have no complaints that other people seemed to have had. My philosophy is - don't sweat the small stuff....

I too had SLING before STONE, JOB before LOT, and was puzzled by Ran Somolds (?), before I came to this blog. Thank you Mr. David Wilk, for a very nice puzzle. Thank you Argyle for a very nice blog, loved it.

I studied the ACPT results in great detail ( too great probably ) to see if I caould see some familiar names CC, Argyle, Marti, Lemonade, PuzzleGirl etc. I did recognize Donna Levin ( judge) and Rick Norris came in 54th !!. Imagine - a great editor may not be a great solver - maybe a different algorithm is needed. The puzzle clues were obfuscation personified !!! Note to myself: If the ACPT is held in my city, should probably move out of state, temporarily.

Chickie said...

Stood On was also a stretch in my opinion. I was looking for an item (noun) and not a verb. I'm not sure how that could have been clued other than changing Used to Done--Done to reach a high shelf.

This still does not really define stood on. Stood on what? I think Heart RX had the best idea with "Stood on Ceremony."

Busy day with a visit to the tax accountant. I will be glad to have that done.

Anonymous said...

Clear Ayes - Great poem - nice and sweet ( Though not too happy ...).Thank you for posting.

.... but I've always made out in the dark, between the sheets -

Question: Do 'bite' marks phosphoresce ? ;-D, :-))

Jerome , LOVED your OMAHA 'moment' - you are truly a genius of a rare kind. Maybe thats what the cattle chant, in Omaha, when they're being dispatched to the 'wild blue meadows in the skies, far away, up yonder'.

Alternate QOD: If you're on a golf course and see lightning, hold up a one-iron. Not even God can hit a one-iron. - Lee Trevino.

Lucina said...

Good day, LUNDI puzzlers!

Thank you, Argyle, and I'm glad your computer is well. I had no idea about the theme.

This puzzler was almost a speed run with the same speed bumps as most of you. I looked at STOO_ON for a long while since I did't know LUNDI; it was quite disconcerting. Ut was pure WAG.

Also had COSIN but RYANONEAL popped up after I looked upward and rechecked the top, saw TOEIN where I had TOWIN.

RANSOMOLDS has been in many xwds
along with ATILT and SHEL Silverstein has made an appearance as well.

STONE simply emerged so no problem there.

Have a lovely LUNDI, everyone!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Hand up for all the misreadings, SLING (though it doesn't bother me) and being totally perplexed by the theme until I saw Splynter's comment.

R. O. MAN - oh, man . . .

I found this unusually hard for a Monday, and not a great deal of fun. Not sussing the theme will do that to me. Also, far, far too many names.

OTOH, thinking through 21A I get --
Used a ladder (frex) to reach a high shelf, or -
STOOD ON a ladder, etc.
A bit awkward, but not out of bounds.

Cheryl -

O.D.-ing is overdosing, as on drugs or Thanksgiving dinner. As common as that is in crosswords, I sat gaping at it for the longest time.

Harmony consists of chords in ACCORD.

Pushing a person off the roof doesn't kill him. It's that impact with the ground

JzB OWNER of a middle name

TinoTechie said...


HTTP = HyperText Transfer Protocol. Hyper in this context meaning "more than just text".

The HTTP:// on the front of a URL (Universal Record Locator) tells the Internet Browser what Protocol to use when it goes to get the content at the URL.

There are other keywords that you can use in your address bar. For example, if you type "file://C:/" into your browser address bar, it will show you a listing of your computer's C: drive.


HeartRx said...

Tinbeni @ 8:42, why must you persist in torturing me with your daily weather reports? It is #%$^ SNOWING here again!!!!

Bill G., hand up for "Blue Bayou". Great song.

Jerome, very funny, as always! Loved OM - AHA!

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon. Thanks Argyle for explaining the puzzle's theme.

Quite an easy puzzle but due to all the proper names, I had to rely more on the perps than usual and then return to the NE to get the missed fill. Did not need the theme to finish. Small victory, I did get ATILT on the first try.

Dudley: Sometime back I stumbled across the fact that people who landed at out-of-the-way airports seemed to like to post approach or departure videos on You Tube. So I just tried it for Marlborough. Makes for convenient armchair travel when the mood indicates.

We had snow here the first full day of Spring. Don't laugh, Naples.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. and all,

Sailed thru this one with just a few stumbling blocks.Oblivious to the theme; it would have helped me unravel Ocasek; I was looking for Rico's last name... have never heard of The Cars.Not knowing Ecu and coseC didn't help.

Like HeartRx, Ryan Oneal did not jump out. It took a WAG for toein..odd, me thinks. Odder yet was 21A.

Argyle, enjoyed your write up and going to "the visitor's center."

Spitzboov, so enjoyed the beavers

CA, Shel S. is just too funny.

Roy Orbison may not be pretty, but his vocals are soothing and smooth.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Once again I think Barry G has expressed it very well, and my experience with this puzzle was similar to his and all of yours. The killer spot for me was the cross of RICOCAS_K and _CU; I simply couldn't think of what letter to put in there. Guessed at C, which was wrong.

By the way, change that semicolon above (the one between "_CU" and "I simply") to a comma and you have a run-on sentence.

Hands up for entering SLING for 38D, then having to change it.

Argyle, thank you for blogging.

Speaking of Marlboro(ugh), my brother lives there and he still doesn't know which is the correct spelling of that town. He humorously (to some) calls it Moleburrow.

Husker Gary said...

C.A., Roy Orbison has a perfect face for radio but you're right, Ric Ocasek could make a train take a dirt road! I love the music from Crosby, Stills and Nash (favorite - Southern Cross) and David Stills ain't takin' no beauty prizes home! What the hey, they all make sweet music!

Roy's movie "Fastest Guitar in the West" still is among the worst movies ever committed to celluloid!

Jayce said...

Jerome @ 11:22 AM, that was coffee-snorting-out-the-nostrils funny!

JazzB, very good point about pushing someone off the roof. By the way, we recently listened to The Four Seas Interludes from Peter Grimes, and the snarling trombones in the storm section made me think of you. As a trombone player, not a snarler.

Anonymous said...

David Crosby
Steven Stills
Graham Nash
Neil Young

creature said...

Good Day C.C., Argyle and all,

Argyle , thanks. I really liked my trip to Arles visitors’ center.. The photographer did a nice job.

In spite of the names, I thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle and the theme. It kept my attention. Themes with reconditioned words also require perps to expose themselves. Hence, names , in this case, act the same way. A complicated task; or, so it seems.

Thanks, David, for your extra effort. I STOOD UP on the first try, so it hit some of us on what to do.

Anon {posted today at 10:2?, on last night’s comments} the two phrases are interchangeable.

CA, You are something else! My only addition to that little ditty, would be a brief notation on the difference between a ‘bite’ and a ‘nibble’.

Have a nice day everyone.


lois said...

Good afternoon Argyle, CC, et al., Great job, Argyle. Love your work. Puzzle was easy enough but I also misread some clues. I knew most of the names, oddly enough. Ricocasek? Never heard of him.

Like Tinbeni, I saw the subtheme early on. I like DARK beer; got TANKed more than ONCE on that with the Irish OWNER and his SONS of Keagans. My HALO got a wee bit ATILT there on St. Pat's by the ROMAN hands of the SOTS that were there that night. It was their LOT to learn they were ODing when I STOOD ON their fingers when they thought they were dancing. They remaind STONED but all ANGST left when they regained their SEAT and had another SLUG or two of good Irish brew. It's all good. Erin Go Braughless! and she did! That was some party!

Loved the shout out to Dennis' Boca Raton. New Smyrna Beach is my destination this summer.

Splynter said...

Hi Again ~!

Thanks, kazie, for the link - I went one step further to find out why we of planet Earth all seem to agree on the seven-day week, but after that, the "start" of the week is up for grabs, and so are the names; the fact that there are dozens of different names for the "same" thing (e.g. moon, sun, etc.,) is fascinating to me.

Once every seven days I try to "rest", too, but it never seems to happen....


Warren said...

Hi Argyle, C.C. & gang, I'm with Barry G. and etal, I first though of 'sling' for 38D and only got 'stone' after my wife left for work -- I finished it online in ~10 minutes that way...

I always remember this Cyndi Lauper song from 1983, We were on a bus trip to San Pedro island TX (spring break) from MN and this song was one of the 10 played endlessly on the radio at the time. And I rembember that back then the speed limit was 55 mph! Does anyone remember the "I can't drive 55" song?

Marge said...

Hi all,

Enjoyed the puzzle but had to have some help. I still don't get oding.

As for Aga or Aly Khan, any reference to him and Rita Hayesworth always called him Aga back in the days of her career. I guess it changed later. She had two daughters, one with husband Orson Welles and one with Aly Khan.

My husband knew toein, I never would have known it. Clear Ayes- I loved that poem. How funny!

Husker- CC might be closer to you,but those of us from southwest and south central Wisconsin are almost as close. For tele-thon I first had tele-phon.Had to change it when 'lasts' came along in 23d.

Have a nice evening all!

Jerome said...

Marge- Oding is short for Overdosing

HeartRx said...

Creature, you make a very good point about having to rely on perps whether it is a theme with reconditioned words, or names. My problem is when there are names that ARE the perps. Then I often have to rely on WAGs and gg.

In this puzzle there was an abundance of proper nouns (Arles, Alda, Cyndi, Ararat, Congo, Ionian, Romeo, Madonna, Shel, Honda, Aly, Dana, Ortho, Kramers, Lenin, Kagan, Omaha, Raton, Oscar, Laos and -maybe? - SNL). Add the theme entries, and that's a whopping 146 letters, or 77% of the puzzle!

Unknown said...

Ho-hum. Not bad for a Monday. I tripped over ilks. Go figure.
I loved Roy Orbison and all the R O guys!
Dinner to cook!

Jayce said...

Hello Warren. Good to see you. Gosh, I don't remember the "I can't drive 55" song. It would apply to me, though, since I tend to go 70 on a freeway.

Warren said...

For Jayce I can't drive 55 by Sammy Hagar.

BTW, in San Jose right now we're having a rain storm with small hailstones also. Weird.

Anonymous said...

Got caught on the trig function. Technically speaking the abbreviations are sin, cos, tan, cot, sec, and csc - nothing with 5 letters.

Jayce said...

Thanks, Warren. By the way, I happened to be driving on a freeway during one of those downpours a little earlier today. Needless to say, I sure as heck wasn't going 70. Amazing how many other cars did not have their lights on, making it very difficult to see them. It was raining cats and dogs, and you know what? One of those cats hitting your windshield makes a lovely Jackson Pollack painting on the glass. Haha.

Bill G. said...

Since the six trigonometry ratios show up in crosswords from time to time, I'd be happy to list them along with their abbreviations if anybody has forgotten them and is interested.

Dunno why exactly but this makes me smile.

Hahtoolah said...

Bill G: That is a cute little video. Wonder where they are all running!

Jazzbumpa said...

Jayce -

I have snarling tendencies, but try to suppress them.

Off to shove air through a variable length flared metal tube.


kazie said...

Jazz, have fun with your metal tube!

Bill G and Hahtool,
Just for the heck of it, I looked at the "previous" one too, and it was quite amusing, as well as instructional.

carol said...

Bill G...laughed right out loud watching those Canada geese hot footin' (webbin') down that street!
When on a bike ride several weeks ago, we saw at least 800 to 1,000 or more on a large school yard. They were all just resting. Beautiful birds (and larger than I though)...although I know farmers and golf courses have less affection for them.

As for Roy Orbison, he wasn't all THAT homely, his voice was something no other singer could even come close to. He had a very sad life and still had the courage to continue with his music.

Clear Ayes said...

"I Can't Drive 55". Sure Warren, Sammy Hagar grew up in my old hometown in Southern CA. My sister was his sister-in-law, for a while. I am still friendly with one of his sisters. No foolin'. Small town.

Bill G.@4:41, made me smile too! is a very interesting site. I followed Kazie's lead and watched the previous clip and then the one before that and then...etc. That was about 1/2 hour ago. Thank goodness it is almost dinner time!

Warren said...

Clear Ayes: Did you see in today's news that Mr. Hagar says he was abducted by aliens?

Jerome said...

A sight to remember- Standing on the shore of Donner Lake in Truckee, California. Winter. Big, big, soft, soundless falling snowflakes. Out of nowhere two snow geese, low to the ground. Fast flying. The loud whoosh of the wings. White geese against white snow against white mountains. Ghosts gone in ten seconds. But lingering still.

creature said...

HeartRx, I liked your clue For STOOD ON the best.

I guess I viewed a lot of the names as gimmes in the perps. I suppose I was just lucky they turned out that way today. Thanks for pointing this out to me.

Plus I did find 2 more proper nouns:LOT and IMAC.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. I enjoyed this puzzle. Thanks, David. Nice to have you back Argyle. You a the best!

I zipped through this pretty quickly. Caught the theme with ROMAN. R. O.

STOODON through me for a loop. I never heard of an item called a "Stood On". However, it fit.

Haven't seen ECU for a while. But, I remembered it. Nice to see our new Supreme Court Justice, KAGAN, in the puzzle.

I got an early start on the puzzle, but could not log on to the Blog until now. Had a busy day at work.


creature said...

HRTX, also ROMAN and IOWA.

Carol, "Webbin" Great!

HUTCH said...

Must be getting puzzle weird!Read it talking also and immediately put in "oding".Makes sense to me.

Husker Gary said...

My trips around the golf course take me to places others might not visit and yesterday I walked within 10 feet of two huge Canadian Geese, hit my shot and they didn't even flinch! Spectacular!

ps So is Roy's voice! Crying and In Dreams are my favs!

Clear Ayes said...

Warren, I am not surprised. Sammy H. had a rough younger life. I'm rather curious to read his book and see what/if he has to say about his ex, her brother (my sister's ex) and other family stuff.

Jerome, haiku-ish.

That's 5 for me. See you all tomorrow.

JD said...

Bill, that is a great little site.I had seen the video about the boys who built a "soccer platform" on the ocean.Heartwarming!
Geese made me laugh.

Jerome, a lovely visual

HeartRx said...

Creature, sorry, I missed those four! There wer just so many...and that brings the grand total to more than 80%. Wow! Like you, I thought most of them were "gimmies", thank goodness!

Kazie, thanks for the "heads up" to the previous clip to Bill G's link. Very interesting lecture to sit in on! I also tried the "next" link, and found some young men entertaining me with "Flight of the Bumble Bee" played on beer mind is reeling!!

Bill G., maybe it was just such a nice day, the geese just decided to walk?

Jerome, very poetic. Ala "RobertFrostish" (is that an allowable xword??)!

Jeannie said...

I am buried knee deep into foodshow preparations. I love the Cars and have seen them in concert more than once so Ric Ocasek was a gimmee. For those of you that don't know....The Cars good memories...

Jeannie said... my number.

dodo said...

Hi, Puzzle Pals,

IMHO 21A is just plain wrong, wrong, wrong! There.
Otherwise the puzzle was okay.....easy but all those names?Also, I thought 'ilk' was both singular and plural, but I guess I'm wrong. I wanted 'sling', too.

Jerome, you're a closet poet!

CA,loved that Shel Silverstein poem!

Argyle, thanks for the great blog and Bill G. for! A riot!

Am I correct in thinking the Aga Khan was Ali's dad? I think after the Aga died, then Ali became Aga??
And of course, O'Neal doesn't spell his first name Rian. Oh, well,I must be out of lines.


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