, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Donna S. Levin


Mar 1, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Donna S. Levin

Theme: Who Can It Be Now? - Synonyms(4) for some of our blog commenters.

20A. Cop's often-unreliable lead: ANONYMOUS TIP

28A. Retailer's private label: NO-NAME BRAND

50A. Facetious name for a school cafeteria staple: MYSTERY MEAT

56A. "The Gong Show" regular with a paper bag on his head, with "the": UNKNOWN COMIC

Argyle here. I would think it hard to find something to complain about in Donna's offering today but I'm sure somebody will.


1. Rollicking good time : BLAST. "The party was a BLAST". It seems to have been a quiet year for Academy Awards parties.

6. "Pipe down!" : "HUSH!". Complaints from the neighbors of the party.

10. The man's partner, in a Shaw title : ARMS. Arms and the Man is a comedy by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid in Latin: "Arma virumque cano" (Of arms and the man I sing). (Wikipedia)

14. Western neckwear : BOLOs

15. Leer at : OGLE

16. "Très __!" : BIEN. Very good French.

17. Screw-up : SNAFU

18. Fuzzy image : BLUR

19. Jedi guru : YODA. Star Wars movie.

23. Apostropheless possessive : ITS

26. Start of a Latin I conjugation : AMO. AMAS, AMAT. (I love, you love, she/he loves.)

27. Snack for a gecko : INSECT

32. Milne hopper : ROO. Winnie-the-Pooh's friend.

33. Caroline Kennedy, to Maria Shriver : COUSIN.

34. Three-layer snacks : OREOs

36. Clerical robes : ALBs

37. "The Bachelor" network : ABC

38. Laundry : WASH

42. Martial arts-influenced workout : TAE BO

45. Chewed like a beaver : GNAWED

47. RR stop : STA.

52. Checkers demand : "KING ME!"

54. Glutton : PIG

55. Lic.-issuing bureau : DMV

60. March Madness org. : NCAA. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

61. Passed with flying colors : ACED

62. Up front : AHEAD

66. Former U.N. leader Waldheim : KURT.

67. Row of waiters : LINE. I got too tricky and stuck in CABS at first.

68. Dweebish : NERDY

69. Evian et al. : SPAs

70. WWII carriers : LSTs. Landing Ship, Tank

71. Swap : TRADE


1. Air gun pellets : BBs. 43D. 1-Down, e.g. : AMMO

2. Chaney of horror : LON. "The Man of a Thousand Faces".

3. Chicken-king link : À LA

4. Davenport, e.g. : SOFA

5. West Coast ocean concern : TSUNAMI. Tidal wave.

6. Mingle (with) : HOBNOB

7. Like an extremely unpleasant situation : UGLY

8. Inner city blight : SLUM. Ugly.

9. Jane Eyre, e.g. : HEROINE

10. Deep fissure : ABYSS

11. Tear gas target : RIOTER. Can be linked to 7- and 8-Down.

12. Sawbones : MEDICO

13. Shape up : SNAP TO

21. Harbinger : OMEN. Desperately seeking harbingers of spring.

22. Reverse : UNDO. Reverse and UNDO all this snow.

23. Machu Picchu architect : INCA

24. Home Depot buy : TOOL

25. Cold shoulder : SNUB

29. Right hand: Abbr. : ASST.

30. Mechanical worker : ROBOT

31. Circumference part : ARC

35. Performed in an aquacade : SWAM

37. "Washboard" muscles : ABs

39. Astounded : AWED. Are you astounded I didn't provide a link to ABs?

40. Fabric joint : SEAM

41. Rec room centerpiece : HD TV

44. Cyclone's most dangerous part : EYEWALL.

45. Harsh : GRIM

46. NFLer who used to play in Yankee Stadium : NY GIANT. The Giants played their first two games of the 1973 season at Yankee Stadium. Update: Those were the last games they played in Yankee Stadium. They started playing there in 1956. Thank you, thehondohurricane.

47. Striped stinkers : SKUNKS. OK, who said Refs?

48. Costner/Russo golf flick : TIN CUP

49. Anatolian Peninsula capital : ANKARA.

51. Some Horace poems : EPODEs

53. Pesky fliers : GNATS

57. "JAG" spin-off : "NCIS". Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

58. Penny : CENT

59. "Moonstruck" Oscar winner : CHER

63. Memorable time : ERA

64. Total : ADD

65. Color, in a way : DYE

Answer grid.


Who Can It Be Now(3:29) by Men At Work with lyrics in English AND Spanish.


Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - a simple Tuesday puzzle, but with Donna's unique touch, a fun solve.

I liked the fresh answers in this one: Hobnob, Tin Cup, Tsunami, HDTV, etc. I continue to spell 'Tae Bo' as 'Tai Bo', even though I have one of the CDs. Simple but fun theme; 'Mystery meat' always reminds me of the Chinese restaurant next to my store. Motto: "When the barking stops, your food's ready." And 'LSTs' always remind me of riding in one from Japan across to Taiwan for a training operation with the Chinese Marines; we caught the tail end of a typhoon, and in a flat-bottomed ship like an LST, it was a frigging nightmare. Even the sailors were sick.

Argyle, nice job with the blog, and thanks for the Who Can It Be Now link; always liked that song.

Today is Peanut Butter Lovers' Day and National Pig Day.

Did You Know?:

- The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing more than a million people.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - No complaints here for this smooth and elegant Donna Levin creation. I couldn't quite figure out how the NFL could fit into a baseball park, but the perps made it so.

Ah, Mystery Meat. We certainly had our share of such patties in school. We also called them Ptomaine Frisbees.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Easy, breezy puzzle today. ANKARA didn't spring immediately to mind at 49D and I couldn't quite figure out what LINE had to do with waiters, but the perps were solid and everything else was smooth. Cute theme as well!

Jacel said...

Easy solve for me. I enjoyed it.
Many answers came to me off the top of my head and I was able to figure out the the theme of today's puzzle.

Argyle--nice joy naming the theme.

In honor of Peanut butter Lover's Day, I think I'll make some peanut butter cookies today.

Mainiac said...

Morning Argyle, CC and All,

Smooth cruise this morning with most of my head scratching in the NE. Arms, I was clueless about and it didn't help that I had Adapts for 13D. Perp help from Yoda and Roo finally got the eraser going for a fun finish.

The slush froze last night and my driveway was a luge run this morning. Exciting way to start the day!

Thanks Argyle.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy this site a lot, Thanks. The only complaint I would have is in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel 1-down was Chaney of horror and 2-down was missing entirely. Took a couple of minutes to figure out the problem. Other than that nice puzzle.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks.

Fun puzzle today with lots of clever cluing. Argyle, one correction/modification to your excellent write up. The Giants played at Yankee Stadium from the late 50's until the Meadowlands opened.

After about a year+/- on the blog, I've become familiar with some of the constructors and Donna Levin has become a favorite of mine.

Row Of Waiters was a fun clue. Needed perps. Initially entered Rotor instead of Robot. Eyewall was a learning experience for me. So was Unknown Comic.

I been wondering if there is another crossword answer that has so many different clues to Identify it then Oreo(s). Or am I off base? Maybe Marti can offer her opinion.

Were in for a few days of almost springlike weather in Ct., but still too much snow cover to begin spring yard work.

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Enjoyed this puzzle. Thanks Donna. Thank you Argyle and C.C.

For a fleeting moment I thought was a Wednesday puzzle. I had a few "thinking" spots. Finished it all before I left for work. Always satisfied when that happens.

I vasilated between CHASM and ABYSS for a while. Thought of DOCTOR for MEDICO. Finally that corner came together.

Had SHUN for SNUB. COUSIN worked for both. SNUB won the day.

I never had MYSTERYMEAT in school. Carried my lunch for 12 years. Peanut butter for 12 years.

Learned a new word today, EYEWALL. Thank you, Donna.

Saw a good recipe last night on the blog. Thank you Jeannie. See you all tomorrow.


Argyle said...

Thank you, Hondo Hurricane. I added a update to the blog.

I also found this; I hope it's right.

The Giants would play their first two games of the 1973 season at Yankee Stadium and would play the rest of season at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, CT. After the 1974 season, it was announced that the Giants were going back to New York City to play at Shea Stadium until the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. The Giants played the first four games of the 1976 season on the road just in case there were any delays with the opening of the new stadium. The Giants made their debut at Giants Stadium on October 10, 1976 against the Dallas Cowboys before a sellout crowd. Per NY Giants Historical Wiki

HeartRx said...

Rabbit, rabbit! Happy first of March!

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for an amusing write-up, Argyle. Just right for this fun romp.

I created a SNAFU by filling in “chic” at 16A instead of BIEN, but otherwise this was a really smooth Tuesday puzzle.

I loved the clue “Row of waiters” for LINE.

thehondohurricane, one of the top answers has to be ERA:
Stat for Seaver or Santana
____ of good feelings
Time on earth
Fab rival
Part of B.C.E.
Cenozoic or Mesozoic
…well, you get the idea.

Dennis, shall we all "pig" out on peanut butter today? And I wonder what all those Indian workers do when they go on a trip - take the bus?

Have a great day everyone!

creature said...

Good Morning C.C.,Argyle and all,

Thanks for your great write-up, Argyle. Super title and link.

Always love Donna Levin puzzles. She has never let me down.
Learning moments:56A and 19A. I,too, always try to spell TAEBO with an 'i'.

Thanks to Lucina for her brothers recipe and CA for the link to that and Jeannie's yummy sounding recipe.

Sun is out.

Have a nice day everyone.

Husker Gary said...

Wow, what a lovely Tuesday puzzle. Clever cluing and chances for misdirection were trés bien!

- trés chic? Non!
-I have waited in MANY theme park lines!
-mom always said dufold and not couch or sofa
-do women as pretty and bright as the Rene Russo character really fall for men like Costner in Tin Cup?
-CHER not CAGE for Oscar
-maybe some of our posters can leave the darkness of this puzzle’s theme
-at 10 I had a BB gun in my hand and doing something I shouldn’t and my sister was going to go tell. Yup, I plunked her in the butt! It was the last time I can remember mom hitting me.
-I don’t know any BOLO wearers
-people in TAEBO commercials don’t seem to need it
-TS _ _ _ _ _ was a little disconcerting at first

kazie said...

I always like Donna's offerings, and today was no exception. I was glad she pointedly addressed one of my pet peeves: ITS. None of the possessive pronouns have apostrophes.

Great job as usual, but FYI, it's à la. The only acute accents in French are on é. I had the Men at Work song running through my head all through reading your blog after seeing your title. Thanks for that too!

We used to always refer to "mystery" things on the school lunch menu where I taught. Having never seen the Gong Show, I had no idea about the UNKNOWN COMIC, and didn't give much thought to the theme either. But perps and WAGs took care of all my potential problems.

Enjoy the day--our weather is finally warming enough to melt ice on the driveway.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning Argyle, CC, Donna and Tuesday's Child, whoever you are.

Just on little sticky spot on this one, the crossing of MEDIC_ and R_O. I alredy had MEDICs filled in (I read 'Sawbones' as being plural), but couldn't figure out what RsO was. OK, if it isn't an 'S' it has to be a vowel. I almost settled on 'I', but then the link between Milne, hopper and ROO slapped me upside the head.

We ate at a Mexican restaurant a few weeks ago that listed their various fillings as cheese, chicken or meat. A few people at our table wanted to know if the 'meat' was beef, pork, or other. There were two of us that simultaneously said "mystery meat". Those that ordered it still weren't sure of the source after eating.

Got to chuckle at SNAFU, one of my all time favorites. I doubt we'll ever see it's cousin that starts with 'cluster' in the puzzles though.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone.

sherry said...

All good. Don't like foreign clues as I am always at a loss.

kazie said...

Read my first paragraph right before your post!

Anonymous said...

'The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system ...a million people ' - and (believe it or not - ) half of them are actually working ( most times -).

Donna Levin, very nice puzzle - Thank you. Argyle - Great job on the blog, as always - Thank you.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Fun time today. Liked the theme. LINES threw me. I was stuck in the restaurant, not the Secretary of State's office.

We have a very high profile concert tonight. Besides The Flintstones theme, we have this arrangement on the program. We're just a bunch of fun-loving kids.

IMBO. Cheers!

Lucina said...

Good day, fellow solvers!

Donna Levin's name on the puzzle always thrills me. It was a BLAST as I sashayed through with no SNAFUs. Loved row of waiters, LINE and snack for a gecko, INSECT, I guess thinking of the Geico one paying with his credit card.

Unlike exotic and ancient Istanbul, ANTARA is almost generic in appearance and very westernized. That was a surprise.

Kazie, I'm with you on possessive pronouns: no apostrophe.

I love Moonstruck!

I record NCIS as I'm in class on Tuesday. Love it!

Have a delightful Tuesday, everyone!

Lucina said...

It's too bad you never got to eat at the Butcher Block, my brother's restaurant in Old Scottsdale. The food was outstanding, but he sold it three years ago. It is now an excellent Mexican food eatery.

Clear Ayes:
Thank you for setting up the recipes in the docs last night.

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

Well, LINE got me, too - had images of bored 'waitstaff' in a restaurant.

About right for a Tuesday, and I am very familiar with ANONYMOUS programs, as I have mentioned before...

SNAP TO for SHAPE UP? Meh, it'(apostrophe)s close...

I cringe at poor spelling and syntax(?) - had a secretary who was making twice the pay I was type up a note to tell us to stop parking our cars diagonally; it went like this:



Thanks for the EYEWALL image, Argyle, well done - I was skeptical at first.

Warming up, still see snow though~!


Tinbeni said...

Argyle, LOL at your puzzle title.

FUN appropriate Tuesday with Donna!

Hmmm, MYSTERY MEAT ... and there is that case against Taco Bell in California.

Well a "Cold-Front" just passed through here.
Damn, ITS down to 73 degrees.
No Sun until maybe 2:00 pm.
(Argyle & Mainiac I wish I could send you some warmth).

Per a recent report on CNBC, Walmart employs over 2.5 million Associates World-Wide.

Time for that Peanut Butter sandwich.

Cheers !!!

Bill G. said...

Fun puzzle today. I've never seen Mystery Meat or King Me! in a puzzle before. The row of waiters clue reminded me of the rows of dancing waiters in Polar Express. Do you remember them? Great animation!

Here's a link from late last night to a baby who has learned sign language before she could talk.

Here's an amazing shot of the ISS and Discovery taken from somebody's back yard with a modest telescope.

Dennis said...

Tin, you're right - Wal-Mart has overtaken the Indian Railway. The source book I used for that particular fact has a copyright date of 2006, so that's some pretty impressive growth.

Bill G., just a suggestion - there's really no need to keep repeating posts from the previous night; we all read them, if not at the time, then the next morning.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, a Tuesday morning with Donna Levin is a (21D) harbinger of a good day ahead.

I thought the theme was very clever, with great answers. Was the theme Donna's shout-out to the NO-NAME posters? I can understand some people being too shy or unsure to "go blue". As long as they are as friendly as today's ANONYMOUS(es?) have been, it's (proper placement of apostrophe :o) fine with me.

The Kennedy 33A/COUSINs, as well as almost everyone else in the family, have inherited Grandma Rose's jawline

56A/"The Gong Show" was an early predecessor of "America's Got Talent". It was mostly awful and was intended to be, but sometimes awful is funny.

Argyle, thanks for the link to 44D/ EYEWALL. I had never heard that word before. We Californians are more familiar with earthquakes.

Dudley said...

Enjoyed the Signing Baby link. My neighbor used a home-brewed sign language to communicate with her little girls, saying that it seemed to do a lot to ease the babies' frustration over barriers to communication (such as being too little to talk!).

Kazie - As has been said before, the its/it's mixups in America are a pet peeve! Now, despite actually caring about such things, I'm a little uneasy with collective nouns such as "group" or "family". British usage seems to differ from ours, so I sometimes get a bit confused. My strategy: rework the sentence to avoid the noun.

"None" is a tricky one. I chafe at the idea that it can be singular or plural.

For those who know: how do you go about re-working a baseball diamond in an old park to make a football gridiron? Is there any overlap in the seasons, such that either game might be on the grass in the same week?

kazie said...

I agree, those collectives can be a pain. I always go with the grammatically correct (none is singular) even if it sounds weird (e.g. none of us is there).

Your barking/Chinese restaurant comment made me think of that line in "Good Morning Vietnam": Don't eat at a restaurant with a dog pound next door.

I also had meant to thank you for the EYEWALL link, but I forgot before. I'd never heard of it, but the visual really makes it seem logical. The wall beside the eye, and it would be strongest there.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A quick solve today without any lookups. That is always ego boosting for me.

I enjoyed the long fills. I especially liked Anonymous tip. We get some of those here on the blog!

My favorites today were Milne hopper/Roo and Right Hand:Abbr./Asst.

Thanks Argyle for your writeup and the link to "Who Can It Be Now?".

Dennis, thanks for the Did you Know? today. We all missed them.

Lots to do today, so best be on my horse.

Jeannie said...

This was a little trickier than yesterday’s, but Donna is pretty good at some misdirections. Have I mentioned before that I love her puzzles? I caught onto the theme right away and couldn’t stop thinking about “No Name Steak” brand of steaks sold here in MN, when I saw mystery meat. Are they sold everywhere? I go to a wild game cookout every fall where we have to guess what the “mystery” meat is in the dishes. I have eaten squirrel, possum, rabbit, and even some raccoon. I did manage to dredge up “arms and the man” for some unknown reason. I needed some perp help with Ankar and Epodes. I thought of Thelma right away when “hobnob” showed up. I could hear her say so and so was going to “hobnob” with the highfalutin’! All in all, this was a nice way to spend my lunch hour. Thanks Argyle and Donna.

Hondo, although it’s 35 degrees here today, it’s supposed to dip down in the single digits again tomorrow, so I think my spring yard work won’t start until June at this rate.

carol said...

Hi all -

This puzzle rolled right along (thank you Donna!) until I got to the mid-bottom area and then I hit some unknowns (they weren't comic). Never heard of JAG so had no idea of the spin-off. Didn't know 46,48,49D either so that whole area was a mess until I looked up a few. Still, I had fun with it :)

Love peanut butter! I have it on toast most mornings.

Jacel, I'd bake peanut butter cookies today too....BUT, I'd end up eating most of them. Haven't baked anything like that in over 3 years.

National Pig Day reminded me of the bacon press I bought recently. It's so cute. It's cast iron in the shape of a pig. Works great too :)

thehondohurricane said...


There have been overlaps at Stadiums who were home to different sports teams. In football especially, one end of theFB playing field would on the baseball infield, dirt included. After the baseball season was complete, the infield would be sodded. It was not popular with players of either sport mostly due to higher risk of injury.

When the Giants were at Yankee Stadium... late 50's, early '60's ... they were always on the road for the first month of the season. It was always assumed the Yanks would be in the World Series and they did not want the playing surface to be torn up while their season was still in progress.

Off the top of my head, the only facility where BB and FB still share a facility is Oakland.


Dennis said...

Carol, I had no idea what a bacon press was until now, and now I want one. I love bacon; give me a pound of bacon, a loaf of fresh bread, mayo, and there'll be nothing left but wrappers.

Gunghy said...

I came here to comment that some of the stuff seemed hard for a Tues., but now I can't seem to find them.

EYE WALL is definitely new, but I compounded the problem by thinking tornado, not hurricane.

Anatolia sure doesn't look like a peninsula to me. How wide is the strait, anyway?

I lived on Peanut Butter for all my years in school. That includes the extra 31 years it took me to get out of middle school. But I can't stand peanut butter cookies.

You want bad grammar? I'll close with an exact transcription of a note I received from a substitute teacher. He wrote it to excuse astudents tardiness. "Jake Scroggins hurt back play toach foot ball he feel and twisted

Gunghy said...

I just went to preview and got sent to "Start a Blog." That ate everything. Fortunately, I had copied it. Turns out that that is now the log-in screen?? 'Cause when I pasted and tried to publish I got the same thing. Filled in my password and it brought me back to preview. Blitch? or just poorly designed log-in?

HeartRx said...

BTW, the information I posted at 8:09 came from the cruciverb site. There's no way I knew all that off the top of my head! The word "era" has 681 occurrences in that list. The other words that fill out the top 10 are area, ere, erie, ore, eli, one, ale, ali and are. "Oreo" comes in at # 25.

Just in case anyone wants to know...

Dudley said...

Kazie - I prefer "None has..." too. However, if the sentence gives enough distance between "none" and the verb, I sometimes get forgetful, and accidentally pluralize the verb. The same thing may have happened in your 8:35 post:

"...addressed one of my pet peeves: ITS. None of the possessive pronouns have apostrophes"

When the "none" and verb are side by side, I tend to get it right. I think.

Dudley said...

Hondo - I had no idea that footballers ever had to play in a skinned infield. Thanks for that info!

Come to think of it, I went to a baseball game at the Bank One Ballpark (the BOB) in Phoenix some years ago. I now recall that the building was set up to allow for football as well. The building is a rectangle, as usual for a civic arena, which is a natural fit for football but kind of odd for a diamond. The good thing is that it accomodates a lovely retractable roof.

fermatprime said...

Hi all!

Waiting for mattress--from 12 to 4.

Great work Argyle and Donna!

Puzzle went fairly swiftly. Unknowns were EYE WALL and NY GIANTS, but were easily filled in. LST is my late father's monogram, so that is always a gimme.

I sped through Oscar telecast. Pretty boring! Luckily recorded the next show so didn't miss Best Picture. Can't wait until some of these movies come on Uverse.

Hathaway was cute and indefatigable! Franco was meh. Was happy for Randy Newman!


kazie said...

Thanks for reminding me that none of us is perfect! LOL

That's what happened to me yesterday, except that I had forgotten to copy first. Then when it happened the second time, and I had copied, I did what you did--redid my password, and it returned me to everything normal here.

creature said...

Re: Try substituting 'not one' for 'none'-at least, mentally. It helps.

Anonymous said...

Enuf of the grammer polise!!

Dennis said...

creature, thanks for that - that's a great way to remember it.

Bill G. said...

But, but I like grammar! Its fun for me. I bet your the type that never makes misteaks. Whats you're name anyways?

Actually, I got a little grammar lesson from my friend the other day. He explained the difference between 'discrete' and 'discreet.' I don't know if I had ever paid any attention to the difference before.

I had to bite my tongue at the dentist yesterday. He and I were talking about the real estate ads in the local paper. He kept pronouncing realtor as 'real-a-tor.' But I decided I didn't want to take the chance of irritating my dentist while he was inside my mouth.

thehondohurricane said...

Argyle, Thanks for correcting my thinking. I'd totally forgotten about the Giants in Yale Bowl. I attended a least half the games. In their two years at Yale, the Giants won one game.

Marti, I like Oreo as a fill because it gets my appetite into action, which is not necessarily good for me.

Dennis, I'm with you on the bacon and if I ever was to partake, my cardiologist would go bonkers.

Jeannie, We may be starting yard work on the same day. This snow is taking its sweet time melting. We'll probably have a snowball fight at our Memorial Day picnic.

Lucina said...

Does anyone know why my computer would close down after I've viewed a link? It's really annoying!

As for signing on, I go directly to publish, no need to enter password or anything else. I like it.

Jerome said...

I just got back from surfing during a TSUNAMI. AM I NUTS?

Marge said...

Hi all!

I haven't had a chance lately to blog, or even read it. I enjoyed this puzzle, there were lots of fun clues and answers.

I had doctor first for medico, but got it with the "perps."

I didn't know NCIS was a spin off of Jag. I never watched that but we watch NCIS always, including many of the repeats on USA.

Jeannie, we have No Name steaks in south central Wis. too. I seldom buy any. I guess we aren't very far apart. I can never get steaks done right. My DH does better.

Our sun is shinning today, as it did yesterday. Two of my HS classmates died last week and a friend and I went to their Memorials services. It makes me realize how fast the time goes.

Have a good evening all!

Burrito34 said...

This was a very enjoyable and easy puzzle for a Tuesday. My favorite clue was 5D, "Davenport, e.g." (sofa), which I had not heard of before. I found that "Davenport" referred to a defunct company, A.H.Davenport that used to manufacture a series of sofas known by that name.

Argyle, great job on picking a theme for the puzzle. BTW, I happen to have that very same song as a cell phone ringtone for unknown callers!

Best to all,

eddyB said...


My cast iron press is in the shape
of a chicken. A pig shape makes more sense.

Dennis. probaly sells them. I know that the Vermont Country Store does.

take care.

Grumpy 1 said...

As I was growing up, those overstuffed pieces of furniture were 'Davenports'. 'Studio Couches' or 'Sofa Beds' if they pulled out to become a bed.

If none is a contraction of no one or not one, shouldn't there be an apostrophe? (i.e. n'one) (that was 'tongue in cheek' before the flames start)

I try to watch the its and it's but I guess I use the contraction more often than the possessive pronoun and it just gets typed that way unless I happen to be thinking about it as I type. I suppose I could try to claim that I did it on purpose to tweak Kazie since it was in the post immediately after hers, but, no, it wasn't intentional.

@ Jerome, yes, you are nuts, and it has nothing to do with those big waves. :)

Grumpy 1 said...

@Gunghy, it's not a blitch, it's a feature. It does that for all of us. :)

Bill G, if the dentist was using Novacaine you might have been biting your tongue literally and figuratively. (another pet peeve is the use of 'literally' when 'figuratively' would obviously apply.

Clear Ayes said...

For all those who love both peanut butter and pig, how about one of Elvis' favorites, the PBBB. If you are concerned about calories, just leave off the's practically health food!

HeartRx said...

Clear Ayes, that web site had the wrong proportions. Elvis used to use the listed ingredients on 2 slices of white bread, not 8! LOL

Bill G., I think pronunciation is often a matter of locale. I used to live in NH, and they pronounced the thing that starts your car as a "BAT-tree". And "peonies" were sometimes pronounced 'pee-OHN-knees".

Of course, I can't really say anything about someone else's pronunciation when I myself say "WIS-ta" for "Worcester" and "kah" for "car"!

Gunghy said...

@Lucina, I suspect that you don't turn off your computer or quit your browser. That will keep you logged in for a long time. I live alone, so that's what I do. However, as Dennis explained yesterday, bad things can happen when you do that. Today, for some reason, Google decided that I was logged out. It may be a time thing, in which case it will happen to you soon. Just log in and your stuff will reappear.

@Grump 1, If that's not a blitch, someone that isn't an engineer/tech nerd needs to design their log in screen.

@Clear Ayes, The best part of that recipe is the "Saute the bacon (Optional)". Cooking bacon isn't optional in my book. And 4 of those sandwiches?? No wonder he had weight issues.

carol said...

Dennis - glad you found the bacon press, EddyB is right too...I actually got mine from The Vermont Country Store. It's made by Old Mountain and instead of the wooden knob in the center, it has a coiled, stainless steal non-conductive handle. Bon appetite! :)

Dennis said...

Carol, eddyB, thanks; already ordered. And CA, thanks for the recipe -- that one, coupled with the Paula Deen recipe right behind it, will help me break in the press.
Got a feeling I'll be spending even more time at the gym now, but that's an acceptable trade.

Clear Ayes said...

HeartRx, you're probably right about Elvis and the sandwich portions. If you are going to eat one of those things, you might as well slice the bread length-wise and plop 12 slices of nicely crisped bacon on top of 1/2 cup of peanut butter and an extra large sliced banana.

Funny that grammar and sentence structure should be a topic today.

Gunghy, LOL, I think the Food Network left a little to be desired in their instructions. I believe that "optional" should have followed "12 slices bacon", not "sauteed until crispy".

Dennis, I hadn't noticed, but if butter and frying are involved, Paula Deen is sure to be in the neighborhood!

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Late to the party tonight. Late doing the puzz, too, but it sure was fun to do. Haven't read your comments yet, and will do so now. Best wishes.

carol said...

CA: you are right about Paula Deen's recipes. I received one of her cookbooks as a gift. Darned near gained weight just READING the recipes. I think she starts most of them with butter, cream cheese and regular mayo!!! YIKES. Hey, I love bacon, but even though it's mostly fat, there are only about 70 calories in one piece...and you can just eat the lean parts if you choose to. It's all about portion control anyway so if you love the high cal recipes, enjoy, just watch the size and how often you indulge. The more you work-out, the more you can get away with too - I love that !!

Chickie said...

Jeannie, We made your carrot soup for dinner last night. It was delicious. Next time I'll double the recipe as we didn't have any leftovers for lunch today.

Fermatprime, I hope you new bed is everything you have been waiting for.

We go through a lot of peanut butter here at our house. I'm with you, Carol, peanut butter goes great on Morning toast.

Lemonade714 said...


What do you know about Wistah? My father drove there once a week for deli and pastries.

Husker Gary said...

Hi Guys, the bacon press looks great for frying bacon in the pan (like Peggy Lee in Fever but for me cooking bacon is a sufficient reason to have a microwave with a bacon trivet! Great!

Jeannie said...

Chickie, I am glad that you enjoyed the soup recipe. I have posted several here.

HuskerGary, no microwave here, I find I and other guests like to wake up to the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing (even though I don't like coffee) but love the smell.

It's funny to hear all the different terms we have for different pieces of furniture. To me a foot stool is an "ottoman". I'll leave it up to one of you to look it up as I had a really long day mixed into a really hard drive home. The wind picked up substanstially and in my vicinity with any kind of powdery snow causes icy drifts.

HUTCH said...

re gammatical errors,I dictated to a collection agency-"you are casticating my client...".My secretary typed .." you are castrating my client." Upon proofreading the letter,I decided " Thats better,anyhow.!"

Jeannie said...

Dennis, please have your wife try the carrot soup recipe. I know you don't like your vegetables, but I keep trying.

This disturbed me fresh tomatoes on your sandwich?
Do you not know how much this MN gal is looking forward to anything growing out of the ground?

You swore you didn't like mushrooms ... hey, you gave me a shout out on my meatloaf. Just say'n.

Jeannie said...

Have to cause I need to...I love your guys. My number.

Dennis said...

Sorry Jeannie, no tomatoes, no carrots, no mushrooms. I just haven't eaten many vegetables since back in my single days. (That didn't sound right, did it?)

Besides, the fewer extraneous items, the more BACON!

Off to bed. Early, early workout tomorrow.

HeartRx said...

Lemonade, "Wistah" is one place where I have spent too much time (UMAss Medical Center), but there are better things to do. Piccolo's on Shrewsbury street is a nice cozy Italian restaurant. And there is a new pastry place called "Sweet" on Shrewsbury street that is to die for!! What is your father's favorite deli place?

JD said...

Create a blog-it's keeps dropping my note.

Anonymous said...

Good night all.

In that today's subject – other than grammar, which I love – seems to be bacon, I'll tell you our secret. We get the ready cooked bacon at Sam's Club. Just put on paper towel and nuke. Four slices is 70 calories, 6 grams of fat, and inexpensive. The ready-cooked in the grocery store is ridiculously expensive.

Sleep tight.

JD said...

Let's try this again.No energy left to rewrite, but....

thanks Argyle for the eyewall diagram(new to me) and the explanation of the of these days the light will come on.I will throw my arms in the air and shout ALLELUIA!

Thanks Donna, for a fun puzzle..laughed at mystery meat, and King me.

Dennis, thanks for continuing "Did you Know?"

Someone please explain sawbones/MEDICO.Surgeon/insurance??The USA Today xwd had the same clue a few weeks back and I had no one to ask.

Lucina said...

All I can tell you is that MEDICO means doctor in Spanish so that was easy for me. I don't know what to say about insurance, though.

JD said...

Thanks Lucina, I thought MEDICO was an insurance company.

Bill G. said...

JD, my take on Sawbones/MEDICO is that sawbones is a word for a doctor in old western movies. Medico, though Spanish, can be slang for doctor. Therefore, they are both slang words for doctor. At least, that's the way I looked at it.

Kath said...

Just right for me today...lived in Ankara for two years mid 1980's...I also thank Argyle et al!

Dennis said...

JD, I don't know why I knew it, but when I saw 'medico', I right away thought of a medical student.