Jun 15, 2011

Wedesday, June 15, 2011 Jennifer Nutt

Theme: oh, botherthe first word of each theme phrase is a synonym for predicament.

17A. *Aid for loose-leaf filing : HOLE PUNCHER

10D. *Pay for a verdict : FIX THE JURY

14D. *Random sample : SPOT CHECK

29D. *Improvisational gig : JAM SESSION

32D. *Deli container : PICKLE JAR

61A. Trouble at the starts of the answers to starred clues : PREDICAMENT

melissa here. right up my alley today. what else? problem, mess, trouble, quandary, dilemma. and a few other unmentionables. pretty straightforward theme, but fun when the theme answers are both across and down.


1. Highlands miss : LASS

5. Soup and a sandwich, sometimes : LUNCH. bill g., what's on the menu today?

10. "The dog ate my homework," e.g. : FIB. my first thought was 'excuse.'

13. Issues : EMITS. tricky.

15. Opener : INTRO

16. Hosp. area : ICU. intensive care unit.

19. '90s collegian, probably : X-ER

20. Chemistry subject : ISOTOPE. dr. dad?

21. Actor Matthau : WALTER. HIGH-larious.

23. Certain two-seater : TANDEM. '...but you'd look sweet, upon the seat ..'

26. Quite : OH SO

27. Goal : OBJECT

31. Go by : ELAPSE. time.

33. Refuse : TRASH. sneaky, noun - not verb.

34. Done, in Dordogne : FINI. french.

35. Piece of work : JOB. nice.

38. Former Fiesta Bowl site : TEMPE. arizona.

39. Geese flight formation : VEEas each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. i can think of another reason, too.

40. Unrefined : CRUDE. but no one here, of course.

42. Hosp. areas : ORS. operating rooms.

43. Highlands family : CLAN

45. Popular Japanese beer : KIRIN

46. American realist who painted "The Gross Clinic" (1875) : EAKINS. i had no idea. the painting depicts physician samuel david gross overseeing a surgery and lecturing to a class of medical students.

48. Was overly sweet : CLOYED. echh.

49. Bridge call : PASS

51. Sprout incisors : TEETHE.

53. Apartment dweller, often : LESSEE

55. Commits piracy, in a way : HIJACKS

60. Former press secretary Fleischer : ARI. thought of this ari.

64. __ Pepe: sherry brand : TIO

65. Consumer : EATER

66. He's got the life : RILEY. the life of riley.

67. Egg producer : HEN

68. Serengeti grazer : ELAND

69. Like variable work time : FLEX. flex-time.


1. Mormon prophet, or the Utah city named for him : LEHI. not up on my mormon prophets.

2. Israeli writer Oz : AMOS. or my israeli writers. he is also a professor of literature at ben-gurion university in ve'er sheva. my favorite amos.

3. Missile housing : SILO. scroll down this page for pics.

4. "Let it stand" : STET

5. Summer suit material : LINEN

6. Auntie's mate : UNC

7. Utmost degree : NTH

8. Sailor : CREWMAN

9. Dance involving a chair, perhaps : HORA. tradition.

11. Frozen sodas : ICEES. never really thought of it as a frozen soda.

12. Sancho Panza's mount : BURRO and clecho 47. Biblical mount : ASS

18. __ the crack of dawn : UP AT. or if you're a teen, the crack of noon.

22. Spanish article : LOS

24. Moat purpose : DEFENSE

25. Writer Wiesel : ELIEjewish-american writer, professor, political activist, nobel laureate and holocaust survivor.

27. "Beetle Bailey" dog : OTTO. relied on perps, did not remember his name.

28. Uncle Remus title : BRER

30. Psychic power : ESP. extra sensory perception.

36. "Garfield" dog : ODIE. big tongued dog.

37. Road turn : BEND

39. Roof spinner : VANE

41. Brazil's capital until 1960 : RIO

44. Word-for-word : LITERAL

48. À la mode : CHIC

49. "The Bell Jar" author : PLATH. sylvia.

50. Eagle's home : AERIE

52. Wade Boggs's base : THIRD

54. Fencing blade : EPEE

56. "I __ you are": "Ready?" answer : AM IF

57. An amoeba has one : CELL. cute.

58. Patella's place : KNEE

59. Charon's river : STYX. mythology.

62. Part of a pilot's announcement, briefly : ETA. estimated time of arrival.

63. TV room : DEN. a little dated ... anymore, this could be any room.

Answer grid.



Dennis said...

Good morning, Melissa Bee, C.C. and gang - this was a fun puzzle for me; I enjoyed the fresh cluing and the long fills.

I had to bounce around quite a bit to finish - the first pass had about 60% filled in. I needed the perps for 'Lehi' and to get a start with 'chic' -- 'a la mode' had me going in a different direction. Took me until the third theme answer to pick up on it.

Mustang Mel, great job with the write-up -- had a great laugh w/the Grumpy Old Men outtakes; loved those guys together. Also found the missile silo link most interesting.

Today is Smiley Power Day.

Did You Know?:

- The earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Off to the gym.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty straightforward and fast today. EAKINS and TIO [Pepe] were complete unknowns, but the perps took care of them in short order. Figuring out the theme actually helped me to get the beginning of 14D.

LEHI was a bit of a misdirection, since it refers to a scriptural prophet (from the Book of Mormon) and not a modern-day prophet (church leaders today are referred to as "prophets" and I thought they were going for somebody like Joseph Smith or Brigham Young).

My favorite clue was "An amoeba has one" for CELL.

The earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Oh, good. And here I was all worried about all the stuff we were launching into space and the effect it would eventually have on our planet's gravity... ^_^

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Melissa Bee and Friends. I loved your Winnie-the-Pooh take on this puzzle. I breezed through the top and bottom third of the puzzle, but slowed down a bit in the middle section. Fun puzzle with some fun clues

I learned that "The Dog Ate My Homework" is not as serious as a Lie, it is only a FIB.

For the readers, I highly recommend Amos Oz's book, A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Jeannie: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your niece. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

In keeping with Melissa's Theme, here is today's QOD: Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again? ~ A. A. Milne

Mainiac said...

Morning Melissa B, CC and All,

Great write up Melissa. Keeping to your theme I was like Tigger bouncing all over the place as well. Starred clues didn't print which left a lot of holes. Spot Check gave me Hole Punch and perps gave way to Predicament. That was enough of a foothold to get finished. Really enjoy Wednesdays. Great job Jennifer.

Donna's puzzle kicked butt yesterday!

Jeannie, Sorry for your loss. Positive mental brain waves heading your way.

Belated Anniversary wishes Bob and JD. Jill and I are celebrating our 15th today.

Happy Hump Day!

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

A fun puzzle with a lot of clever cluing that had me scratching my noodle. Lehi, cloyed, Kirin, Eakins & chic were the main culprits. 10D had me reeling. I was thinking the resultant penalty phase, not an assurance of acquittal. The NE & MidE were a grind.

MB, thanks for the links, especially Grumpy Old Men. Jack and Walter never let me down, alway hilarious.

Favorite clue was 66A, "He's got the life"/ Riley. Jennifer, my pup thanks you for recognizing him.

Jeannie, deepest condolences for your loss.

Rain has moved on, my mood has brightened, so it's time to get my butt in gear. Happy hump day.

Mainiac said...

Have to show her off a bit. As you can see I married up. She's a lot smarter than I am also. (I'm gonna make sure she sees this tonight! Hee, Hee!)

Dick said...

Good morning Melissa and all, a really fun puzzle today. I seemed to be exactly in tune with Jennifer and found the cluing to be straight forward and easy. Normally I struggle with the Wednesday puzzle, but not today. I struggled a bit with the NW corner as I did not know Lehi, but the perps took care of that. Cloyed and Tio were pure guesses for me. Otherwise, a fun and easy puzzle.

Melissa, I really liked your links today, especially the Walter and Jack outtakes and the silos.

Thanks Jennifer for an entertaining run this morning.

Jeannie, I am sorry to hear of your loss.

Here is wishing you and the Misses a Happy 15th anniversary Mainiac.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday.

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Seems like just a couple hours ago I was here.

Thank you Jennifer Nutt for a great Wednesday puzzle. I was able to get through it easily. Seemed like a Tuesday edition to me. Thank you Melissa for the swell review, as always.

Got started easily in the NW. Perped LEHI. The theme was easy and it helped with the entire puzzle.

We just had STYX the other day.

Always like AERIE. Been a CW answer forever.

I wish the geese in our area would form a VEE and fly away for the winter. They stay and leave quite a mess. I believe all the water retention/flood prevention ponds are what keep them here.

Steak Fry tonight! See you tomorrow.


Tinbeni said...

Melissa; Excellent write-up & links.

Enjoyed the JAM SESSION shout-out to Jazz.

My PREDICAMENT was the NW corner.
LEHI & AMOS were wags followed by a WTF?

EAKINS, the "Realist" who painted the aptly named "The Gross Clinic," all perps.

Three learning moments on a Wednesday.

Thanks for a FUN time Jennifer.

Hmmmm, a KIRIN at sunset would be a nice change.
Cheers !!!

Anonymous said...

I loved Melissa's Winnie the Pooh take on this puzzle.
No fib!! Imagine the razzing I took as a teacher when I had to report that the dog ate my paycheck. The same dog also chewed the cover off my science book. I hope the subject was not too hard for her to digest.

kazie said...

In a rush today, but I got through it despite all the names I don't know.

Great blog Melissa, but I have to come back to go to all those links later.

Dennis said...

Mainiac, congratulations on your anniversary. And you're right - as the saying goes, you out-kicked your coverage.

JD, a belated Happy Anniversary to you and Bob.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jennifer Nutt for a very nice puzzle and thank you Melissa for the very nice links and a wonderful blog commentary.

I loved the picture of Winnie the Pooh - so very cute -

and the pictures of the missile silos just about floored me .... I never knew those photographs would have been unclassified, by the government. The detail presented in those pictures was unbelievable .... if the Russians ( and the other nuclear countries - ) know about them, I guess we, the citizens might as well - since we (just about ) paid for them. Still, the pictures are awe spiring and somewhat very scary - this is what nuclear holocaust is all about.

Have a nice day, you all.

Lemonade714 said...

Good morning,
Sometime you feel like a NUTT, sometimes our own mb. What a fun puzzle and write up.

I see the TANDEM as the minitheme, as we have Highlands miss : LASS, Highlands family : CLAN: Hosp. area : ICU., Hosp. areas : ORS. operating rooms.:Beetle Bailey" dog : OTTO, Garfield" dog : ODIE.

Speaking of the Highlands, anyone else read the Hamish Macbeth mysteries by M.C. Beaton?

Dennis, now if the earth is gaining 100 tons a day, maybe that explains why I gain a pound a day- it is space dust, not the cranberry orange scone! I see why that fact led you to the gym.

part one

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Anniversary JD and Maniac.

Jeannie, my prayers are with you and your family in this most awful time.

Husker Gary said...

Happy Hump Day Puzzlers! Nice blog and picture MB!

-So Sorry Jeannie.
-Wanna build a nuke? You’ll need isotope U235 not U238.
-I thought TANDEM was an adjective and not a synonym for the bike
-Fiesta Bowl scandal this winter did not help college football’s image
-Geese were not on course yesterday. Must have been snacking elsewhere now that the goslings can fly. Definitely made for greens with less, uh, clutter!
-Do you think The Gross Clinic had some sanitation issues? Gross!
-No idea on TIO, LEHI, EAKINS or KIRIN but perps got ‘em.
-Old home town had underground Silos built among huge above ground grain repositories during my high school years
-Ann Margaret attracted to Walter Matthau? Hope springs eternal!
-Happy Anniversary Mainiac and JD.

Argyle said...

How about a short video about Border Collies, Canada Geese and golf? Clip

windhover said...

A variation on what Dennis said, you're over driving your headlights, but then aren't most of us? The trick is to not slow down and hope they don't notice. After all, we fooled 'em once, didn't we? Happy anniversary, and to JD as well.

Jeannie, sorry.

PS: Road trip in the rain (1st in 3 weeks) today. Don't anyone tell the Irish I'm blogging and driving. I'll be in deep _____. Wait, I can't say that, can I, Dodo?

Husker Gary said...

Argyle, What a great clip! I forwarded it to my club manager and know he’ll get a kick out of it. The geese bother him and the grounds crew a lot more than they do me. I love seeing them and it is cool how you can go up to within a few feet of them and they don’t even flinch when you swing a club. My opinion might be altered if I had to deal with massive volumes of goose dung day in and day out but I enjoy them and the other wildlife on the course. The animals are just a natural consequence of being located next to a major river like the Platte.

I heard him say he put out some coyote decoys last year that turn in the wind and it helped a lot but they got stolen by someone and he had not replaced them.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks for the write-up, Melissa.

Not too difficult for a hump day solve. I did stall for a while in the ENE, but it got sussed out ok. The solve progressed top to bottom through the center and then outward to the edges. No PREDICAMENTS were encountered. Note that 6d and 64a are both 'uncle' clues. Seemed to be a higher than normal % of 'J' and 'K' words. BRER was a gimme. I enjoy Brer Rabbit™ brand blackstrap molasses with my oatmeal every morning. Délicieux. Thanks Jenn for a fun puzzle.

Jeannie, sorry for your loss. Bummer.

Have a good day.

Hahtoolah said...

Happy Anniversary, Mainaic! May you and Jill have many, many more.

HeartRx said...

Good Morning melissa, C.C. et al.

Loved the Winnie Ille Pu theme, Melissa! And thanks for all the great links. The picture of Elie Weisel is particularly haunting, I thought. You can see all the suffering in his expressive eyes.

I loved this puzzle. I fell asleep last night before I finished it, so it took me about 9 ½ hours to complete. Not exactly a speed run, eh? This theme has been done before, but Jennifer has packed six theme entries into this one, with two of the long down entries intersecting the others, which makes it much more elegant, IMO.

Argyle, I loved that golf link. Reminds me of a few years ago, when I hit a fairway wood on one of the long water holes at my local course and actually hit a goose with the ball. It’s the only time I have ever had a “birdie” on that hole!

Maniac, great picture! You make a lovely couple, and I think you done good!

Jeannie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. She must have been quite young? So sad.

Have a lovely day, everyone.

Husker Gary said...

MB, I just went back and looked at the wonderful pix of the silos you posted. It is disgusting to contemplate what great uses that could have been found for the money spent on those holes back in the 60’s.

Of course the picture of the man and woman at their consoles reminded me of the opening scenes of War Games where one man refusing to turn his key led to the disastrous implementation of the WOPR computer

Anonymous said...

Husker Gary: Since there will always be those who try to overtake and loot other peoples of the world, a strong defence will always be the best offence. Those who believe otherwise usually get overtaken and looted.

Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone.

Happy fifteenth anniversary Maniac and Jill, and belated happy anniversary to Bob and JD. How many years?

Liked this puzzle; I could do it, all but the NE corner. Had "lie" which didn't help figure out what to do with the jury.

Melissa B. what a great write up. I too like the Winnie the Pooh print for an intro.

Argyle, thanks for the Border Collie link. They are such special dogs. The Ft. Myers airport uses them to keep birds away. I've seen a couple of competitions. Wonderful to see.


windhover said...

Aah, a new development: not just an idiot Anon, but a paranoiac as well. The Huns are just over the hill, right? Husker is right, what a waste.

eddyB said...

Hello all.

Liked this one alot.

Also married a Jill. Something special about them.

I'll never forget Brian sticking his head inside a Titan III at Vanderberg.

Lived in Tempe when the first bowl game was played.

Splynter, one to go.

Take care.

Lemonade714 said...

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got, and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper,
To old Dame Dob, who patched his nob
With vinegar and brown paper.

use your imagination

Anonymous said...

windover's right, we did not need those nasty missiles. we could have all sat around the campfire singing kumbaya and no one would have bothered us.
how terribly, terribly naive of mister 'my opinion is all that matters'.

thank you for an otherwise enjoyable blog. there was no need for a personal attack again from the same person.

Lucina said...

Hello, Cyber Friends! Thanks, Melissa, for a lovely blog.

What a smooth Wednesday puzzle! I filled most on the first pass but waited for AMOS and LEHI to emerge which they did. There is a LEHI, AZ as well. I often wondered how it was named.

Also waited for LAS, LOS as it could have been either one. Agree that UNC and TIO are part of the TANDEM.

TEMPE, AZ, yea! The new Fiesta Bowl president is expected to clean up the organization.

I really liked the long fill and actual words with very few abbreviations. Thank you, Jennifer.

Everyone, have a wonderful Wednesday! It's the gym for me.
Belated anniversary wishes, JD and Bob!
Happy anniversary, Mainiac and lovely wife!

Bill G. said...

Fun puzzle. I never equated chic with a la mode. What's the connection?

Happy anniversary to Mainiac. MB, to answer your question, we are going to get something fancier than soup and a sandwich today. It's our anniversary too. Forty six years. Hard to believe. So we're heading off to one of our favorite little restaurants a few miles up the coast for a nice lunch.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Fun puzzle, and fairly tough for a Wed. I also hopped like Tigger (X-L-ent, Maniac) and fell into all the traps. LEHI and AMOS got me.

Wonderful Pooh connection, MB. It's almost AERIE -- oops -- ARI (dang) . . . I mean eerie how the puzzle seem to find just the right blogger!

In case DR. Dad doesn't check in, here is the official ISOTOPES page.

Lemonade @ yesterday. You are too kind, my friend. Still had the headache this morning. Made an unscheduled visit to the chirocracker, and he thumped on almost everything north of the shoulder blades. Now that my head's back on straight, I'm doing much better.

IMBO. Yard work never ends.


Jazzbumpa said...

Jeannie -

Sorry to hear about your niece. This is a tough time and you have my best wishes.

To those celebrating anniversaries and other love birds, cherish the moment. Life is short, love is sweet and (with Escher in mind) it's best if you both can marry up.

Worked the LW and me, anyway.

Tigers and Indians battling for first place! Has that EVER happened before?

JzB still procrastinating

JD said...

Good morning Melissa, C.C. et al,

Once I got going, this was fun. Clever title, Melissa, plus great links.Out takes=hilarious. Who doesn't love Pooh? "Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them."

Lehi and Amos were WAGS, and then I decided to do some learning. Looked up Eakins, Plath and Tio.
* The Tio Pepe wind vane in Jerez, is the Guinness world record holder of the largest wind vane that works.
*The Bell Jar will be a movie next year starring Julia Styles, and Virginia Madsen.Good book?
favorite? a la mode= chic

Happy 15th Mainiac. Love your avatar. Sallie,thanks, ours was our 42nd.

Wise Old Owl said...

To C.C.: I've been reading your blog for almost a year now, and love the education and conversation I've found here. But I must tell you, Mr. Windhover again strikes a discordant note with his latest unprovoked attack, replete with his usual name-calling, on someone who expressed, in non-confrontational manner, an opinion contrary to that held by Mr. Windhover. If you're trying to stifle free expression of opinions here, as well as lose readership, this gentleman is certainly accomplishing that.

Thanks for reading this. Respectfully,


Lucina said...

Bill G:
Happy Anniversary! I'm so happy for all you love birds.

Anony-mouse said...

WH, why do you have to take things so personally ? What my 'twin' brother said was reasonable, not polemic. It was merely a personal opinion, not intended to hurt or 'label' other people.

You really shouldn't have to label/slur/libel/denigrate other peoples intentions/ frame of mind/opinions .... your own personal opinions are just as welcome.

BTW, I think you and the/a/an ? Irish are wonderful people/couple/pair/item .... but for the sake of your own blood pressure, do try to control your ire/shoulder chip/temper/bile.

And, sincerely, have a great day and I would like to extend that to all of the readers.

Mainiac said...

Good one Lemonade!

Jack and Jill went up the hill
Each with a dollah and a quartah

When they came down
Jill had Two Fifty......

I don't think they were aftah watah!

Spitzboov said...

An old guy was working out in the gym when he spotted a sweet young thing.
He asked the trainer nearby, "What machine in here should I use to impress that sweet young thing over there?"
The trainer looked him up and down and said,
"I would try the ATM in the lobby."

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, me neither about LEHI. I started with LEVI, but finally remembered that is my nephew and one of the tribes of Israel. Had to wait for --L---NCHER to double back and fill in the blanks.

I really like mb's "oh, bother" theme. My daughter's earliest bedtime stories were of the 100 Aker Wood.

melissa's 23A)link was charming. When I think of a TANDEM bicycle built for two, I think of HAL's Daisy. Maybe not Isaac Asimov (according to Hahtool's QOD on Monday), but I bet some people suffer from logizomechanophobia due to HAL.

My mother's notion of a naughty song was substituting "But you'll look sweet, upon the sheet of a folding bed built for two." Oh yes, she was a wild one! :o)

Happy Anniversary to the Mainiacs and Bill G.s.

HeartRx said...

Jeannie, I went back and read last nights posts - it must have been so frustrating to the family, not even knowing what caused her to become so ill at such a young age.

Creature, Ha, ha, you know how I love jigsaw puzzles. But I couldn't open your link. So I searched google instead and found this fun site, where you can actually do them online! So thanks for the push in that direction.

MR ED said...

Elie Wiesel is to be admired.

carol said...

Hi all -

Not bad for a Wed puzzle :)

Like Dick, the NW corner beat me up a little. I did know LASS, SILO and STET but had no idea of the Mormon prophet, writer Oz or Isotope. I had to look those up.

Had to laugh at 47D BIBLICAL MOUNT/ASS. Great mis-direction.

I don't equate CHIC with A LA MODE. I think of ice cream on top of pie (or cake).

Argyle, I could not get the clip to got stuck soon after it started.

JD: sorry I missed wishing you and Bob a very happy anniversary. I know you will enjoy your gift. :)

Bill G and Mainiac: I also want to wish you a very happy anniversary. Mainiac, thanks for a great picture of you and your 'better half'

Husker Gary, nice new avitar for you too!

Jeannie, so sorry for the loss of your niece.

Argyle said...

My secret to slow downloads from YouTube is to mute it, minimize it, then check it after 5 minutes.

JD said...

Happy ann., Bill! a drive up the coast for lunch sounds good....

hot here again. I think I will be doing that pyramid puzzle later on, Marti..looks addicting.

Right now I need to shake off a little space dust.

windhover said...

Blood Pressure was checked at Drs.' office Tuesday. 112/69.

Clear Ayes said...

Marti, is fun for any jigsaw puzzle fan. I see you can choose the simpler puzzle of the day all the way up to 247 piece triangles.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Thanks for the writeup, Melissa. I too found the missile silo page interesting; brought back memories of my tour of duty at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, way back in the mid 60's.

Nice fun puzzle today. I thought it was well constructed and interestingly clued. Also liked the long fill. I, too, am not up on the Mormon prophets or Israeli writers, so the NW corner was a bit tough. Overconfidently filled in ASAHI for the Japanese beer, TARGET for goal, and FAIT for the French "done," which threw me off for a while.

Smile producers: TEETHE, RILEY, CELL, and LITERAL.

Frown producers: OHSO, ICEES, and UNC.


Dennis said...

Clear Ayes, Marti, et al - being the rocket scientist that I am, several years ago I came up with the idea of putting a card table in the store and always having a jigsaw puzzle in progress. Customers who were shopping could stop, maybe put a few pieces in, and maybe realize the fun in putting one together and buy one.

Enter the Senior Citizens With Nothing To Do All Day. After two weeks of opening-until-closing company, I tactfully shut it down, citing the need for more space for products. Some stuff hits the wall and sticks, some doesn't.

By the way, if you've never tried a two-sided puzzle, don't. You'll end up with bags under your eyes that would make American Tourister proud.

Anonymous said...

just wanted to let you know this crossword puzzle was in the fond du lac, wi paper today "The Reporter" I did not know the newspapers use the same crossword puzzle!

carol said...

HeartRx, thanks so much for the jig saw puzzle link. In my younger years I really did not like them, but now I enjoy the challenge. I spent so much time on one about an hour ago, I was almost late for an appt. :)
I know I will enjoy these for a long time to come.

Dennis: LOL about the 'seniors', good of you to be tactful about it and not just kick the old duffers out the door ;)

Anonymous said...

Marti Heart, Dennis -

Have you tried the Staves jigsaw puzzles ?

Look at their website. They are the Cadillac, sorry Lexus, of jigsaw puzzles ( low price $ 650.00 ). I don't know if this could be considered an endorsement, but Barbara Bush was one of their customers (!). Their 'pieces' are made of soft wood, are hand cut, with finials, (your) initials, square edges inside the puzzle, empty spaces inside the puzzle, come with upto 3 layers, non-straight edges and corners on the outside of the puzzles, and they will even put in pieces in shape of - golf clubs and tennis racquets in the puzzles, on request.

Clear Ayes said...

Dennis & Marti, I don't know if this is really The World's Most Difficult Jigsaw Puzzle, but I do know that it was scattered all over my dining room table for almost a full January a few years ago. A rather sadistic relative thought it would make a "fun" Christmas present. For weeks afterward, at night I was counting double-sided dalmatians instead of sheep.

The radiology department of one of our local hospitals has a couple of tables with jigsaw puzzles. One is in the patients' treatment waiting room and the other is in the "waiting for a patient" room. The patients usually don't have to wait more than 15 minutes OR SO, but their friends/drivers (who aren't allowed inside the radiation department) have a little more time to fiddle with their puzzles. It's a good pastime.

HeartRx said...

Dennis, I cracked up when I read about your puzzling dilemma with the "seniors".

Anon @2:06, thanks for the link - those look like really beautiful puzzles. But I guess I'll have to stick with the cardboard ones...constructing crosswords doesn't really pay that well !

Clear Ayes, that dalmation double sided one looks like hell on wheels. Someone gave me one with all wine corks, and I thought that was bad. But it doesn't even compare to yours!


Dennis said...

Clear Ayes, yeah, that one's brutal. Buffalo Games makes some very tough puzzles, but that one is even more devious because the reverse picture is 90 degrees offset from the front one.

Anonymous said...

There is a very nice Google doodle today - on the lunar eclipse - and the 'degree', and shading of the eclipse can be 'manipulated' by the user.

Husker Gary said...

Joann and I just returned from Omaha where our primary objective to see Omaha’s fabulous Lauritzen’s Gardens Botanical Gardens.

We then drove to the waterfront and had a nice lunch on the banks of the ANGRY Missouri River that is flooding on both sides but more on the Iowa side. Omaha is consumed with sandbagging around everything down there as their trademark event, The College World Series is being held in Omaha's brand new $128 Million T.D. Ameritrade ballpark.

Frenchie said...

Good afternoon, Melissa Bee, C.C. and folk,

On the first go 10a. FIB could have been LIE but not for long! 10d.FIX THE JURY and 12D.BURRO provided a quick correction. Though not related, I'm hungry and I wished I'd asked Dora to make A BURRO (burrito) for me today! She was very busy so I ordered a pizza instead!

These days 13a. ISSUES are what drama queens have though I thought of magazine issues.

38a. Tempe is a given as my daughter went to ASU and still lives in Tempe and it is just 11 miles from my house.


I will come back to the jigsaw links, I really enjoy those!

@Jeannie, :`( I send positive energy your way!
Maniac, happy anniversary! You are still newlyweds! Beautiful couple!
@BillG and JD, happy anniversary!

Have a great evening and

I'm out.

Lemonade714 said...

Hats off to Frenchie for an entertaining link. I was so glad it was not another poor little dog being tortured to wear a hat for its master. Imagine a chihuahua with a sombrero¡Ay, caramba!

Husker Gary said...

Five and out – to put a cap on our discussion today, here is a picture of the 17th Fairway with geese and offspring where I play. If you look closely, you may be able to see quite a few of my golf balls in that little creek at the left.

Hahtoolah said...

Marti: Love the jigsaw site. I'll have to bookmark it so I can play more often.

Happy Anniversary to Bill and Barbara!

Avg Joe said...

The local paper had "issues" this morning and I didn't get my CW fix until after noon. Not the way to start the day.

First, Jeannie, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Nothing is worse than losing someone at that age. Nothing.

The puzzle was entertaining, but not enough to get me over my snit about the late delivery. The blog was far better. Thanks Melissa.

Your link to Ari doing a Boss cover made me think of this bit. It's juvenile humor, but it is funny.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, My mistakes made me stub my toe (again) today. I put in Lie for Fib, Erg for Job, and Left for Bend. That whole NE corner took way too long to finish.

I also had Ahso for Quite, so the Spanish article became Las which could have been correct, No?

I was glad to see that others didn't know Lehi, Kirin, Eakins, & Amos Oz. I had to look up these names in order to finish the grid today.

The Biblical mount being Ass and not the name of a mountain took me off guard for a while. But I had a nice laugh when I did fill in with the perps.

All in all a good learning puzzle for me and a great writeup, MB. Thanks.

Belated happy anniversary, JD. Bill G. and Maniac a happy anniversay to you and your wives. Enjoy your day.
I thought the Google Moon Eclipse graphic was really great!

Chickie said...

Jig saw puzzles have been a part of the Jury waiting room here in San Jose for a while. At least when you have to wait, sometimes for several hours, to resume a trial or get picked for a jury there is something to do besides read.

The hardest jig saw we've had here at home was one with spools of thread covering the whole puzzle. At least some of those were different colors. All black and white would be impossible!

Clear Ayes said...

As long as we've got covers of Bruce Springsteen songs, how about a semi-incognito Boss plus Neil Young (Jimmy Fallon's spot-on impression) doing a cover of Willow Smith's Whip My Hair. Just too funny.

Seldom Seen said...

How about this jigsaw puzzle.

You could work for days to complete the puzzle only to have another puzzle to solve.

fermatprime said...

Hi all,

What a nice puzzle, Jennifer. Thanks for Winnie, mb!

No cheating, but did not know LEHI, AMOS and EAKINS!

Third doc appt. in a row today. Cannot keep eyes open. Happy anniversary to the Mainiacs, JDs and BillGs.

Lemonade--I love M. C. BEATON. Have read everything that she ever wrote. I wolf down her books when I get them! (That TV version of Hamish MacBeth was a travesty, IMBO.) Am surprised that no one else has responded to your query!


HUTCH said...

Fouled up by putting in "obits" instead of"emits"; I still like "ahso" instead of "ohso".

JD said...



If this works, thanks CA...just another goal

JD said...


Anonymous said...

Did anybody also 'see' the 'skull' of the Man-on-the-moon, in the Google doodle ? It is on the extreme right hand corner, and appears when the eclipse is half-over.

Avg Joe said...

I'm kinda excited. Our resident Northern Mockingbird returned today. This will be the 3rd summer-long stay if it holds up. They aren't without issues, but they can be very entertaining.

Jerome said...

Clear Ayes- You made my day with the Springsteen/Fallon gig. It's even better if you follow it up with the "backstage" clip.


Jeannie said...

First of all, thanks to all my blog friends here at the corner for their condolences. I had no time to attempt the puzzle as I came back to work to numerous problems and about 500 e-mails.

I am still sad and listless which usually isn't my M.O. I was actually hoping that some vendor could have pissed me off, if that makes any sense. I do know how to bitch in "business terms" and it might have taken an "angry edge" out of me.

MFFarmer, maybe with your so called "angry" issues you might understand?

MB, I did read your write up, which is really weird when you don't actually attempt the puzzle, but found all your links enjoyable. Loved seeing Pooh.

Dennis said...

Seen, thanks for that link - I'm gonna see if I can carry that puzzle in the store.

Congratulations to the Boston Bruins - helluva story there.

I agree with Jerome -- the Springsteen/Fallon clip was excellent.

kazie said...

I heard him interviewed on NPR when I was in Little Rock, and he talked about that clip and what it was like working with Springsteen. So it was neat to actually see it as well--I knew what to expect. I never watch Fallon, as it's a bit late for me usually, so I hadn't realized how many impressions he's capable of.

Jeannie said...

C.C., Dennis, I have been a part of this blog for a long time. You have really disappointed and hurt me by not acknowledging my family's loss.

Cokato/Jeannie/Lolita. Not an anon.

Chickie said...

Avg Joe, We have a Mockingbird pair nesting in a shrub next to our garage. Except for the singing in the middle of the night, we enjoy seeing the birds defending their nest, and chasing other birds away.

My husband did his Master's thesis on the Mockingbird Song--way back when, and we've raised baby mockers by hand.

We are getting dive bombed when we get too close to the nest area.

Bill G. said...

Chickie, we too raised a baby mockingbird who had fallen from the nest. I've always been curious about their beautiful songs. Do they really imitate other birds or do they just have a very varied singing style? Maybe your husband can shed some light on that for me.

Still a Jeannie fan said...

Hey Jeannie, what is going on with you? Are you keeping a check-off list of everyone who said they were sympathetic? You are a grown-ass woman in your forties. Asking for recognition from people you only know from a blog is not productive. This may be a group of mostly friendly people, but they aren't your family. You're feeling bad, so spend some time talking with the parents of the young woman who passed away. They are your family, brother or sister and are the ones who need the consolation. You can help them and you'll feel better.

dodo said...

I remember what I wanted to say yesterday:

I love the Hamish McBeth stories! I did not see the movie and I guess I'm glad, Lemonade and Fermatprime. I haven't got into Agatha Raisin, but my daughter recommends them.Beaton does a good job of making Hamish look good even though he's kind of a goldbrick. They're a short light-hearted read, some what like the Alex McCall Smith books.

I rather liked today's puzzle. Didn't really have any trouble with it except for an idiotic misreading of Jiuliet for Juilliet. I know the French month names, too. Fortunately the perps put me straight! I blame it all on age-onset dislexia!