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Jun 20, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011 Kelly Clark

Theme: Blunt-force Trauma - (Non Sequitur comic) I counted four synonyms surrounding a fifth in the middle of the squared ring. The unifier is standing alone in the NW corner and an extra standing in the SW corner.

1A. "Yipe!" (or an apt title for this puzzle?) : "OUCH!". The unifier.

The protagonists:

17A. It's roughly between a batter's chest and knees : STRIKE ZONE

39A. Maynard G. Krebs of old TV, notably : BEATNIK

64A. Begin traveling : HIT THE ROAD

11D. Whence fruity drinks are ladled : PUNCH BOWL

34D. Pie-throwing comedy : SLAP STICK

and

58D. Animal hide : PELT. The extra.

Argyle here. Somewhat unusual Monday. Our first puzzle from Kelly but by no means her first puzzle. Read here. She constructed one ACPT tournament puzzle this year.  I was struck by the imagery and the lack of abbreviations and yet still a doable Monday.

Across:

5. San Antonio shrine : ALAMO

10. "__, sesame!" : OPEN

14. Skin cream ingredient : ALOE

15. Popular plastic wrap : SARAN

16. Without a stitch on : NUDE

19. Terminates : ENDS

20. Ryan who played Granny on "The Beverly Hillbillies" : IRENE. Image.

21. Cornerstone abbr. : ESTD. Established.

22. "Shoo!" : "SCAT!"

23. Polynesian wrap : SARONG. Tutorial.

25. Quarter half : EIGHTH

27. Puts to work : USES

29. Within view : SEEABLE

32. Put in the "circular file" : TOSS

35. Recent: Pref. : NEO

37. Sing soothingly : CROON

38. Actor Holbrook : HAL. Image.

42. "Ease on Down the Road" musical, with "The" : WIZ. Clip(2:39).

43. Self-mover's rental : U-HAUL

45. 2,000 pounds : TON

46. __-ran: loser : ALSO

47. Visible means of __ : SUPPORT

50. Pesky little biter : GNAT

52. Mad magazine specialty : SATIRE

54. Play in the pool : SPLASH

58. Brad of "Ocean's Thirteen" : PITT. Image.

60. Attorney's matter : CASE

62. Expensive fur : SABLE

63. Arab ruler : EMIR

66. Doily material : LACE

67. Like neon and xenon : INERT

68. Crisscross pattern : GRID

69. Toddler : TYKE

70. Slalom curves : ESSES

71. Europe's highest active volcano : ETNA. Image.

Down:

1. Desert refuge : OASIS

2. Extreme : ULTRA

3. Gadget to remove apple centers : CORER

4. Abominable, as a crime : HEINOUS

5. Enzyme suffix : ASE

6. Stretch out in the recliner, say : LAZE. "Ahhh!"

7. Stood up : AROSE

8. "Praying" insect : MANTIS. No image.

9. Tense : ON EDGE

10. Poor movie rating : ONE STAR

12. Old Norse poetry collection : EDDA

13. Bird's home : NEST

18. Barbie counterparts : KENS

24. Kelly of song and dance : GENE. Does our constructor like to get her name into the puzzle? I wonder.

26. "What the __!" : HECK

28. Dead __ Scrolls : SEA. A collection of 972 texts from the Hebrew Bible and extra-biblical documents found between 1947 and 1956 at Khirbet Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea from which it derives its name.

30. Superman's Lane : LOIS

31. Automaker Ferrari : ENZO. Fast lane.

32. Therefore : THUS

33. Pearl Harbor's island : OAHU

36. Giant Mel of Cooperstown : OTT

39. Sponge up : BLOT

40. Yuletide cupful : NOG

41. Travelers' havens : INNS

44. Like a cornered cat : UP A TREE

46. Not yet captured : AT LARGE

48. "Hello" singer Lionel : RICHIE. Clip(4:04).

49. Lionels under the tree : TRAINS. Cute connection.

51. Church recess : APSE

53. __ Park, Colorado : ESTES

55. Scrub the launch : ABORT

56. Done in, as a dragon : SLAIN

57. Hopper of old gossip columns : HEDDA. Trivia: She had one child, actor William Hopper, best known for playing Paul Drake in the Perry Mason series.

59. "If __ make a suggestion ..." : I MAY

61. To be, in Bordeaux : ÊTRE. French.

65. Elevs. : HTS. Elevations/Heights.


Argyle

68 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Total speed run this morning, as is fitting for a Monday. I could have done without SEEABLE, but that's the only minor quibble. Everything else was very smooth. And fast. Very, very fast... ^_^

Today is my little guy's last day of Kindergarten. It's hard to believe how fast the time has flown. We have him home with us for a week and then it's off to Summer day camp...

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Smooth sailing today. For all the times we've seen ETNA, I think this is the first time we've had a photo - thanks, Argyle!

ALOE is a more versatile ingredient than I knew.

Saw HAL Holbrook doing his solo Mark Twain impersonation in a local theatre, very convincing, and very funny.

Hahtool said...

Good morning, Argyle and friends. I loved this Monday puzzle. It wasn't quite a speed run for me today, but I did savor the clues and answers. I got a bit hung up in the middle east. Like Barry, I didn't care fore SEEABLE and was reluctant to write it down.

30-Down gave us a nice shout out to our two Lois's.

I hope all the dads and granddads had a wonderful day yesterday.

QOD: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. ~ Albert Einstein.

fermatprime said...

Hi All,

Cool puzzle and write-up! Thanks, Kelly and Argyle. Do not think I have worked one more speedily. Loved all of the theme answers.

There is one abbrev., Argyle!

Just watched Hercule Poirot. Great show! With lots of steam engines! Have any of you ridden any of those steam trains in England? There must be some open to the public (?) (I especially liked Poirot's last line!)

Time for beddy. Bye.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Finished by only referring to the Across clues. Never looked at a Down clue until I was finished. I understand Monday's are supposed to be easy, but this seemed too easy. I was OK with Seeable.

I too saw Hal Holbrook do his Mark Twain gig. Very entertaining.

It was a pleasure watching Rory torch the USGA field at Congressional this weekend. He's a breath of fresh air in a sport that can use it.

Mainiac said...

Morning Argyle, CC and All,

Wicked speed run today. Nailed the theme right from the start. Very smooth ride and never used the eraser.

I'm with you Barry. Dropped my youngest off at football camp yesterday. My oldest just got his learners permit. Never a dull moment!

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Thank you Kelly C. for a great start to the week. Argyle, thank you, also, for a great start to the week. Enjoyed the Etna photo.

I zipped through this totally on the bus this morning. Never had a write-over.

Enjoyed the two Lionel clues next to each other. Clever.

I sure miss the answer ASP or ASPS being used. We usually see that every other day.

In a couple weeks I will be hitting the road to Pennsylvania. We just bought my father-in-law's house and I want to check it out. He died in January. Had a good life.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for pointing out the theme entries, Argyle. I sped through this one so fast I didn't even notice them as I ran by.

This, to me, is the quintessential Monday puzzle. The theme entries are all solid, with a mix of acrosses and downs, and the fill is about as clean as it gets (seeable wasn't a prob for me, either). How neat is that? I hope we see more of Kelly, as she sure knows how to do it right.

I hope everyone gets off to a good week today!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

Scooted right through this one, starting with OUCH!. Very few perps needed to resolve alternates. Good to see SARONG for change vis-à-vis 'sari'. Always remember: Sari I was sa-rong:-). Theme fills were fresh. No look-ups or hesitations. Good start to the week.

The Summer Solstice will occur tomorrow at 1716UT. (That's 1016 am for you denizens keeping PDT.)

Have a great day.

kazie said...

I sped through this too. Didn't see all the down clues either, only when checking on the way through. Liked HEINOUS in a Monday CW, and also the fresh clue for ETNA. Made me wonder for a second if it was another volcano.

Only thing faster today was the sudoku in our paper. Nice start to a Monday with laundry and a meeting to attend to.

Argyle,
I enjoyed the link to "Ease on down the Road"--nice to see Michael looking like he should have looked.

creature said...

Good Morning C.C., Argyle and all,

Argyle- great! Thanks. I, too, loved the shot of Etna- and Richie link. You opened the door to this puzzle for me- theme wise and otherwise. I was so speedy, I never looked around.

Thanks, Kelly, for your appropriate ‘speed run’ and its Monday inspiration, ENZO Ferrari {the WIZ kid?}.
He was the inspiration for Garth Stein’s “Art of Racing in the Rain” and dear ENZO, who has a special place in my heart forever. And, besides my DH and entire family - the rest of America.

I figure, if you can have a foreseeable future- it will eventually be SEEABLE.

I see Kelly’s talent in ‘special order’ puzzles!

Have a nice day everyone.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle, Nice write-up. Thanks for the Non-sequitor and Tutorial.

FUN Monday !!!

Really liked how Kelly was in the cluing.

Y'all can enjoy your Yuletide NOG.
I'll stick with a Pinch of something else.

carol said...

Hi all -
Great Monday offering! I zipped right through it too. I have never seen the word 'SEEABLE' in print. "In the foreseeable future" is what came to mind.

I had no idea that the Hopper of Perry Mason was Hedda's son.

I don't like the 'SLAP STICK' genre.. I think we discussed the 3 Stooges before, but I never thought they were funny even though most males I know loved them. Now, I can laugh myself silly if someone accidentally falls down or gets hit in the head with a rake, etc. (and not hurt). Hmmmm.

Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone.

Nice write up for a wonderful Monday puzzle, Argyle. Thank you for Brad Pitt and Etna.

My only hang up, needed to use to perps, was ENZO. Thank you Creature for linking the name to "The Art of Racing in the Rain", which is one of my favorite books also.

Have a great week all of you. My DH's 17 year-old granddaughter will stay with us for a week. It should be interesting. Maybe I'll teach her how to shift gears in my '96 Honda Civic. She has an automatic, but I think everyone who drives should know how to shift. Her father won't teach her on his Corvette. (I wonder why.)

Cheers

Husker Gary said...

How bad is the weather and flooding in eastern NE? Jim Cantore is coming to town! 1-ACROSS!

Musings
-Gave granddaughter’s age as 24 instead of 14 in yesterday’s picture!
-Saran Wrap followed by Nude – Oh my!
-Dorothy Lamour was the most famous sarong wearer and Road… costar Bing was most famous crooner
-Mom tossed all my Mad magazines along with my baseball cards!
-I LAZE in my recliner as I do these puzzles
-KFAB said today is Lionel Ritchie’s 62nd Birthday
-Some nice items in your write-up Argyle!
-Hedda’s boy pulled Raymond Burr’s fat out of the fire quite often
-Me too, I am teaching my oldest granddaughter (not on a stick shift like the one on which I learned) how to drive and my youngest starts kindergarten this fall (she’s bought her uniforms!)

Husker Gary said...

Lemon, re your question from yesterday, Super 8 was a decent summer action flick and contained many Spielberg elements (his movies have a “feel” just like Hitchcock films)

-Kids are smarter than adults
-Military is stupid
-Aliens are benign at heart
-FLASHLIGHTS! OMG, the man loves flashlights in the mist and fog!
-Incredible special effects

The story was rougher than ET and Close Encounters (one of my all time favorites) and had much more violence and the resolution was totally unsatisfying to me with many questions left unanswered! It is still worth an hour and a half in the dark and I’m glad I went and that my lovely bride who abhors violence was a good scout and stayed to the end – She said she just kept saying to herself, “This is not real, this is just a movie!”

The language is much coarser than I thought it might be, especially from the potty mouth kids and Abrams took advantage of the current rating code to drop the “f bomb” one time and one time only in a PG-13 movie for no apparent reason.

Elle Fanning (Dakota’s sister) stole the show and is an amazing actress for her age or any age!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Easy Monday, but nicely done, and fun. Actual speed run for me - 20 seconds under 10 minutes.

Good theme, and it didn't beat me up. I like the answers going both ways. Good catch on PELT, Argyle - and a fine write up.

I noticed a visible means of SUPPORT in your 47A image. Not NUDE, but what SARONG with that?

I found 2 abvs.

July 2 we will HIT THE ROAD and SCAT off to FLA to visit the clan fragment residing in the panhandle. At 3 1/2, is Josh still a TYKE? We'll probably find ONE STAR lodging along the way.

Nate missed the STRIKE ZONE and hit two batters last Thus. He was really upset by it.

I wish SARAN and SARONG could have crossed.

That's a WRAP.

Cheers!
JzB

Anonymous said...

please explain "lionels under the tree" I get "loinels" but why "under the tree?"
I would think most toy train collectors would never put them outside.

Grumpy 1 said...

Lionel trains were frequently given as Christmas presents, thus "under the tree" is indicating a physical object rather than a person.

I had an American Flyer train set under my tree. It had an authentic looking track with two rails. None of that phoney looking 3 rail Lionel track for me.

Not much else that hasn't been said. Fun, but very easy, even for a Monday.

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Nice, easily completed puzzle. Favorite fill were HEINOUS and then directly below UP A TREE.

GAH is a big boxing fan, but I tend to agree with Argyle's link to the Non Sequitur comic strip.

Our California summer AROSE over the weekend and we had a couple of indoor temperatures in the 90's before we realized what was going on, closed the sliders and turned on the AC.

creature & Sallie, ENZO and "The Art of Racing In The Rain" has been on my to-read list for a while. I'm still reading "Cleopatra, A Life". I'm enjoying it, but I have to admit non-fiction is always slower going for me than fiction.

Anon@10:07, Lionel under a Christmas tree.

Buckeye said...

Barry G.: Blink an eye, and your little "rug rat" will be in collage. Use your time well.
Ferm: I did the Poirot thing, too. Great fun.
The puzzle was a "Monday". Some fun stuff and one or two "thinkers". (Stinkers.)
Lois:We need more of the "Old Stuff". Innuendos. Bring back some humor, while still keeping the essence of the puzzle. Where has the "whimsie" gone on this blog?
When I was told that my "Father's Day" poem was inappropriate because it struck "too close to home", my non PC said, " Get over it". The poem was not meant for you. The earth does not revolve around the center of your butt. Just move on.

The folks from the Golden Buckeye Retirement Village says "Hiddy", espicially Phil A. and Rhoda Dendren, and the Hammer brothers, Trip, Sledge and Ball Peen.

I must be off!

Buckeye said...

I rarely post now. It started with a Saturday post that was a "serial" story about health care. It was a five post story that I made up, but reflected my experiences. Those who know me, loved it. Those who had an agenda, requested that c.c. remove me from the blog.
c.c. let it go through.
I request, that those folks out there who are entrenched in idiology, ignore my posts. I truely believe, "That those who believe in a lifelong idology, without questioning that idiology, are the doom of rational intellengence."

IMBO

C. C. said...

Buckeye,
Could we please move on already? It bores me to talk about the past.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Only one speed bump today and that was putting in Bare for Nude. Once that was corrected the rest was a smooth ride.

Thanks Argyle for a great take on the theme today. I didn't see it until you pointed it out. Also, thanks to Kelly Clark for a well constucted and tight Monday puzzle.

Barry, Buckeye hit the nail on the head. Don't blink too many times and enjoy that son of yours while he's little. They grow up too fast.

My first post disappeared. Don't know what I did to have it go into cyberspace.

My DH and I are celebrating our 57th anniversary today.

Lucina said...

Good day, Argyle, C.C. and all.

What a delightful speed run today! Thank you, Kelly, and how clever of you to include your name when cluing GENE.

It was an OPEN and shut CASE as the saying goes and usually didn't see the downs until I was finished.

Wow! William Hopper was HEDDA's son? I had no idea but I loved that handsome hunk.

I, too, thought of The Art of Racing in the Rain with ENZO. Such a delightful book!

Tomorrow we shall HIT THE ROAD on SW airlines. I can't wait for some cooler temps.

I hope your Monday is marvelous, everyone! I'll check back today but won't be posting for a week after today.

Lucina said...

Chickie, happy anniversary to you and your DH! I hope you will be doing something special.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. What a terrific puzzle it was today! Monday easiness, but with all the virtues HeartRx mentioned. I enjoyed working it.

Dear wife and I once had a lovely family meal at an Italian restaurant in Carmel, the name of which I truly do not remember, which was owned and operated by a fellow who claimed to have known Enzo Ferrari personally. Guess what was parked in front? His bright red Ferrari, of course, with ENZO license plates. We'll never forget that.

Argyle, thank you for the photo of Mt. Etna. Nice to see what it actually looks like.

Creature, well said about seeable and foreseeable.

Buckeye, a hearty handshake.

Jayce said...

And hearty congratulations to you both, Chickie!

C. C. said...

Chickie,
Happy Anniversary to you and Bill, I'm envious of your fresh berries. And your persimmons in the fall.

Belated congrats to JD & Bob, Mainiac & Jill and Bill & Barbara. Awesome photo, Mainiac!

eddyB said...

Hello.

Great race by Dario yesterday.
Glad that it didn't rain.

Still have my Lionel train that I received in 1945. Third rail and all. Have added rail and rolling stock.

Time to cut down some more ivy.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al,

WOW! Happy Anniversary Chickie and Bill...how impressive!

Argyle, thanks for cluing me in to the theme. I thought it was going to be baseball when I filled strike zone.Lovely photo of Mt Etna.

I too did this one so quickly that I did not see most clues for the downs.

Thx Grumpy for explaining under the tree.

Lemonade, Super 8 was thoroughly enjoyable, but a little too unreal for DH. Elle DID indeed steal the show.

Another hot day in the Bay area.Good for the tomatoes!

Anonymous said...

CA: Thanks...It`s so hot, Christmas never crossed my mind.

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the puzzle and writeup. SEEABLE seemed OK to me too. Monday puzzles are always more relaxing.

Sallie, I have always taught our kids to drive, first on an automatic to get the gas, steering, etc. down pat and then on a stick. No matter how many times I explained the operation of the clutch, they always stalled the car a few times before they got the hang of it. There's hardly anything more terrifying than having them stop on an incline at a stop sign or traffic light while you are worried about them stalling and rolling backward. Then another car pull up close behind. I found some local residential roads with no traffic and a gradual incline. It was a good place for them to practice starting up on a hill.

Many years ago, I had a good relationship with a girl I had tutored in algebra. Her parents called me to 'tutor' her in driving a stick. I guess they figured if I could teach her algebra effectively and patiently, I could do the same thing with gear shifting. Yes, it did all work out well.

creature said...

Chickie,
57 years is really impressive; Thks for sharing and congratulations!

Bill G. said...

Chickie, congratulations and continued good wishes. I hope we can do as well.

Buckeye, you seemed to be a beloved figure around here. I enjoy your posts including the health care 'serial.' As far as I know, I was the only one who mentioned feeling uncomfortable over your Father's Day poem. I didn't say or think it was inappropriate, I just didn't like it much. No offense intended. Why you got your knickers in such a twist, I can't imagine. In hindsight, I guess I should have kept my mouth shut.

Husker Gary said...

Chickie, Happy Anniversary!! My math indicates you were married back during the presidency of DDE. How great to make 57 years together!

My best friend of my childhood had a Lionel set that was on a 15’ x 10’ table and had EVERYTHING on it including trees, trestles, towns, cars, roads, ad infinitum. It had two tracks and was all LIONEL! His mom gave it away only 2 years ago when her son was 60! Lots of good memories about that setup!

The aforementioned boy got flooded out on the Missouri last month and he and his wife are now living in his mom’s basement where the train once stood. And the beat goes on…

Jim Cantore just did a standup from Omaha as we are in a big time thunderstorm watch that could aggravate the flooding plus there is an 80% chance of tornadoes hitting eastern Nebraska tonight during the College World Series with 25,000 peeps in the stands.

kazie said...

Chickie,
Congratulations on your anniversary!

The weather is so muggy here today. I thought we'd get more rain, but not as yet. Right now I'd welcome it.

We went to a Parade of Homes over the weekend, and were amazed at the size of some of them. I thought it was passé in these times of austerity to be building huge homes so expensive to heat/cool and maintain. They must be for people with more money and less environmental responsibility than I thought was the norm these days.

Hahtool said...

Happy Anniversary, Chickie and Bill! I hope you have a wonderful 57th celebration.

eddyB said...

Lucina, Have a nice trip. 90s and 100s untill Thursday. Currently 96 in the back yard shade.

Just spent an hour tryin to get a Rx refilled that the doctor doesn't
want me to take any more. Was the last to know.

Buckeye said...

To Bill G. and c.c. Sorry! But as Popeye said, "I yam what I yam."

To c.c.: When I post, I shall try not to include the past nor be boring.

A whale and a herring went into a bar and ordered drinks. They did this, every day, for five weeks. Then one day the whale came in alone. The bartender said, "Hey, Mister Whale, where is your friend, Mr. Herring?"
The whale responded. "How should I know! Am I my blubber's kipper".

Maybe see y'all in the fall. The "whimsie" is gone. Talk about boring....

IMBO

Buckeye said...

BTW. "Maybe" was intentional! It gives "Anon" something else to bitch about!

IMBO

Frenchie said...

Good morning C.C., Argyle, and folk,

Thank you Kelly Clark! We needed a fun puzzle just about now!

No OWCHES really. Liked the memory of IRENE RYAN, The Beverly Hillbillies was a real favorite of mine growing up.
Liked HAL HOLBROOK AND LOIS LANE among others.

Are you youngsters on the blog familiar with Hedda Hopper"? Probably IMO, one of the more innocuous things she was noted for was her choice of large, flamboyant hats.
"I can wear a hat or take it off, but either way it's a conversation piece."
Hedda Hopper

Growing up in New England, I recall wondering if the expression was "AT LODGE" or "AT LARGE"
Ha! Ha! An accent accident.

Wasn't familiar with "An Old Norse Poetry Collection: EDDA".

Now on to read the Write up.

Have a fantastic day all!

I'm out.

creature said...

Some one said it was Lionel Richie's B'day-- Can't find who.

It is his b'day, which makes me wonder what we have missed.

Frenchie said...

Please accept my correction!
OUCH! not OWCH.

Conrad Birdie said...

Bye Bye Buckeye!

Sweet Apple, OH said...

Don't associate him with me!

Frenchie said...

Part Deux:

@Chickie, Happy Anniversary! Make it your best yet!

@carol, I agree. I am not amused by slapstick. And it seems many men do love 'The Three Stooges.' Buckeye's poem was of the sort that many men find humorous. If I sent it to my husbands office (building construction) they would bust a gut!
Being female, I find humor in some juvenile topics...but I won't go there. (hint, it lies within the official STRIKE ZONE

@Buckeye, Tell those hammerhead's I say hey right back at them!

dodo said...

Kelly, I really loved this puzzle! And Argyle I enjoyed your writeup, as usual! I liked the Lionel Ritchie "Hello". A lovely song.

I'm really getting excited about the 'gathering' on Thursday. It's hot, gals, but we're nicely AC'd, so don't worry.

Wish we could ALL meet some time.

HeartRx said...

Chickie, I just came back to catch up on what I missed today. Happy, happy anniversary!

Wow, 1954 was the year that Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio.

And, that was the year that they first began mass vaccination against polio. I wasn't hit with that SHOT until a few years later.

RCA launched the first color TV set !

Rock 'n roll officially began, with Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" hitting the charts.

The McCarthy trials began...

The words "Under God" were added to the pledge of allegiance. Did anyone notice the big flap about the USGA promo this weekend, that deleted those same words?
Link.

The Miss America contest was broadcast on TV for the first time.

Ellis Island was officially closed.

The Dow Jones reached 382.74 - the first time it was that high since the crash of '29.

The first Burger King opened in Miami, FL.

Wow, and you shared all these events with your DH. I hope you have many more to experience!

Jayce said...

Speaking of terrible attempts at humor, we watched Meet The Fockers last night. Made me wince, gag, shudder, and cry out "jeeez" but never made me laugh. Sorry we rented it. (Even Roger Ebert didn't like it.)

Hedda Hopper was one of a kind :)

Buckeye said...

Bill G: Never keep your mouth shut, unless you rethink your position before you blog. I have written many posts, and after re-reading them, decided they were inapproprite. But, then, I'm a pragmatist and an A** H***. I do not believe it's a hoe; I believe it's a small F****** shovel.

Lemon: Hurry back.

Birdie: Bye, Bye. Leave your humor at the door.

IMBO

dodo said...

Buckeye, don't desert us again! When you quit posting the whimsie went with you, don't you realize that?I wasn't here for the serial but very sorry I missed it!

Chickie, Congratulations on 57 years! We made it to three months short of 57. I think we (you and we) and other long timers)may be in a minority! It was all worth it!

I didn't say 'thanks' for the Etna photo, Argyle. Sorry; it is beautiful. I can never remember if Etna is in Italy or Sicily. Enna is the other one.

creature said...

Caught it in the paper, then realized I had read it in the blog.

It was HG's blog. Thanks,HG. I missed it. Makes the puzzle much more.

Kelly really went out of her way; thanks.

I'm so envious of your get together, Dodo. At the same time, I'm thrilled for you. Have a great time and say HI for me.

Jayce said...

I hope to make it to our 57th. We're at our 45th right now.

I'm monitoring California for temblors, what with Lucina and the coven convening soon.

Buckeye, please don't let the turkeys get you down.

Husker Gary said...

Marti, I enjoyed the milestones for when our little Chickie said, “I do!” I was 12!

Jayce, I really enjoyed Meet the Parents (ya gotta love the cat and urn scene) but found the sequel abominable beyond belief! Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro and Babs Streisand couldn’t even save it. I wish I could turn in stuff like that for over ten million per effort. I am looking forward to Tom Hanks’ new flick coming out soon!

creature said...

It in my 6:27 post is: Lionel Richie's birthday today. Noted in HG's post today.

I'm off to read and go to sleep.

I think.

dodo said...

I knew William Hopper belonged to Hedda, but I also thought Dennis was his brother. Am I wrong?

Can't stand the Stooges but I will admit to enjoying some of the slapstick in "The Great Race!" I never liked Stan and Ollie that much, either.

Loved 'Racing in the Rain', too.

lois said...

Good evening Argyle, CC, et al., What a fun trip! Loved this puzzle! Went so fast missed almost all the down clues including my name. Great job, Argyle. Your theme title was perfect. I also thought baseball. Really enjoyed the links, esp the Mt. Etna one. Don't remember seeing it before. Really pretty.

Had to laugh at the placement of some of the answers..almost WIZzed my pants b/c of the HALacious top half. Always wanted to wrap my NUDE self in SARAN and OPEN the door for my husband. He'd probably have told me my suit needed ironing
-OUCH- so I got ice cream with a SPLASH of Amoretta AL-A-MOde, TOSSed it where it was SEEABLE all over me,LAZEd on the bEDDA perfumed sheets and my MAN-TIS still CROONin. INERTia at its best.

Chickie: Happy 57th anniversary! You guys must've gotten married just out of the cradle! What a wonderful accomplishment! I wish you many many more.

Enjoy your night!

carol said...

HeartRx, what a fun comment you just posted at 5:34. I had forgotten some of those high points in that year, of course I really was a child at the time! I especially want to thank you for the shout out to the beginning of 'Rock and Roll' - one of my pet peeves is the use of that term for so many styles of music that have NOTHING to do with the original R&R. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has people/groups in it that boggle the mind (at least my mind).
end of rant. :)

Buckeye, you rock! I know you won't let certain forces get to you for real. You keep us entertained and I, for one would miss you terribly if you went away. You are on here too infrequently as it is. I miss the good ol' days here, anyone else, or are you even reading this anymore? Where is Lois, Melissa, DrDad, Dennis, Embien, and all the other DF funsters? Sob.

Chickie, a very happy anniversary to you and your hubby!!! 57 years is so great!! I know you feel fortunate to have reached that milestone and I also know you will have many more. I hope your celebration is very special.
You are a sweet person.

lois said...

Buckeye: we enjoy you so much. It's so much more fun w/you here. This too shall pass but don't leave before your time.

Dodo: please post pictures of the gathering, ok? How many are expected? I'll be heading for Cancun on Thurs but will be also be watching for reports of tremors in your area. What great time! One of these days I'll join you.

I've been having trouble posting for a while now b/c of the google account deal. Is this a common problem? I lose comments often and don't have time to redo them. And then often I just don't have time period. But shcool's out for summer (sounds like a great song :)so I'll be around inbetween trips.

Carol: I miss the old days too. What a hoot! Where is Dennis?

When I see Santa Baby here, all's right w/my world then. I've been really good, Santa Darlin'. I can give you references if you'd like.

Chickie said...

Just checking in to thank everyone for the wonderful anniversary wishes. We celebrated with our kids yesterday at a great 100+ year old restaurant on the coast.

Three of our four daughters and their husbands were there and three grandchildren. We had a great time and the coast was absolutely beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a better time. It is difficult to get the kids all together in one spot anymore.


Heart RX, Thanks for the "good 'ole days milestones. Yes, Husker, we were married during the DDE term. I voted my very first time for him.

Avg Joe said...

I've been short of time since my trip back to my childhood this past weekend. Still not caught up.

But....there was a sad event during that time that's worthy of note. Clarence Clemons passed away.

Here's to you Big Man. Thanks for all the wonderful memories.

JD said...

Lois, you just bring so much life and pzazzz to this blog. You always tickle my strike zone. And Buckeye, so do you.You leave me speechless, but always laughing.That birdie needs to buzz off.

Dodo,and Carol, I'm not a fan of slapstick either.But, I did enjoy Meet the Parents..well, not all of it.

Argyle, I don't believe I thanked you for posting Brad's picture. It is delicious.

Anonymous said...

For all the sports car owners

Anonymous said...

Good night all.

A late happy anniversary and hope you have many more.

Buckeye, it's always a pleasure when you visit.

Tomorrow is another day.

Abejo said...

Good Evening, folks. Thought I would check back in.

Happy Anniversary, Chickie. Hope you have many more.

Keep 'em coming, Buckeye!

Abejo

Lucina said...

Buckeye:
Do come for a return visit. I remember some of the serial story and thought it was hilarious! That is one of the reasons I turned "blue"; everyone was having such a good time.

Lois:
You, too, bring such a sense of humor to the blog. I shall miss you all for a week.

Have a good night, everyone!

Buckeye said...

Anon posted this earlier.

"While women who did find a man who drove a Porsche more attractive as a date, she did not find him more desirable as a marriage partner for a long-term committed relationship, the study authors explained.

In fact, researchers found that women inferred from men's flashy spending that they were only interested in uncommitted sex.

"When women considered him for a long-term relationship, owning the sports car held no advantage relative to owning an economy car," study co-author Daniel Beal, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice University, said in the news release. "People may feel that owning flashy things makes them more attractive as a relationship partner, but in truth, many men might be sending women the wrong message."

Yep! That's why I still have my bright red "Hupmobile" convertable, and not a Prius!

IMBO