Jul 4, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011 Peter A. Collins

Theme: Fourth of July - The date of the adoption of the declaration and, coincidentally, the date the author of the preamble and the author of the document itself passed away within hours of each other.

39A. Chief author (who died 7/4/1826) of 5- and 9-Down : THOMAS JEFFERSON

5D. With 9-Down, document signed 7/4/1776 : THE DECLARATION and 9D. OF INDEPENDENCE

7D. With 51-Down, chief congressional advocate (who died 7/4/1826) of 5- and 9-Down : JOHN 51D. ADAMS

Argyle here. Happy and safe holiday! Due to the constraints of the theme, the puzzle has MIRROR crossword symmetry. Good fill considering the length of the main theme entries.


1. Racecourse setting for a "My Fair Lady" scene : ASCOT

6. IHOP beverages : OJs. With or without pulp?

9. Unseats : OUSTS

14. Coach Bill whose 49ers won three Super Bowls : WALSH. 1981, '84 and '88 (XVI, XIX, XXIII).

15. Highchair user : TOT

16. Camera setting : F-STOP

17. Fill with joy : ELATE

18. "__ will be done ...": Lord's Prayer : THY

19. Prefix with -clast : ICONO. A person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.

20. UFO pilots, in theory : ETs

21. Speak dully and endlessly : DRONE ON

24. Actor Beatty : NED. He should not be confused with Warren Beatty.

25. Fate : KISMET. From Turk. qismet, from Ar. qismah, qismat "portion, lot, fate," from root of qasama "he divided."

27. Stick (to) : ADHERE

29. Sprinted : RACED

31. Starting squad : A-TEAM

32. Dote on : SPOIL

34. Bruin Bobby who wore #4 : ORR

36. Chopin's instrument : PIANO

42. NASA vehicle : LEM. lunar excursion module

43. Cheers for : ROOTS ON

44. Like Robitussin: Abbr. : OTC. Over-the-counter cough medicine'

45. GM navigation system : ON-STAR

47. Danish birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen : ODENSE. Map.

49. Drew, as a magnet : ATTRACTED

53. Video game pioneer : ATARI

56. Org. for drillers? : ADA. American Dental Association(Did it fool anyone?)

57. Innocent ones : NAIFs

61. "Bedtime for __": Reagan film : BONZO. 1951.

62. Used a chair : SAT

63. Nav. officers : CMDRs. Commanders.

64. Sir Arthur __ Doyle : CONAN. Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.

65. HBO alternative : TMC. The Movie Channel (TMC) on Showtime.

66. Moray fisherman : EELER

67. Ollie's partner : STAN. Laurel and Hardy.

68. Bat wood : ASH

69. Matches, as a bet : SEES


1. See 38-Down : A WEEK. 38-Down. With 1-Down, every seven days : ONCE

2. 1972 U.S./Soviet missile agreement : SALT I

3. Pupils' places : CLASSROOMS

4. East, to Ernst : OST. German.

6. Director Preminger : OTTO. Austro–Hungarian-American but not German.

8. Eye malady : STYE

10. Pac-10 sch. : USC. University of Southern California.

11. Worker with rocks : STONE MASON

12. Copier filler : TONER

13. Fine china brand : SPODE. Spode is a Stoke-on-Trent based pottery company that was founded by Josiah Spode.

22. GPS suggestion : RTE

23. Feedbag grain : OAT

26. Injure badly : MAIM

28. What can't be parted after it's departed? : HAIR. Ha-ha, very funny.

30. School where belts are earned : DOJO. Japanese martial arts.

31. Sounds from pounds : ARFs

32. 1944 battle city : ST-LÔ

33. Withdrawn diet-drug combo Fen-__ : PHEN

35. Like a gen. who no longer has men : RET.

37. Have-__: the needy : NOTS

40. Put mail in boxes, say : SORT

41. Third of a yard : FOOT

46. "__ of the Apes" : TARZAN. I actually read the book and discovered the ending wasn't anything like what Hollywood had me believing.

48. Mingo portrayer on "Daniel Boone" : ED AMES. Oh boy, a chance to link one of my favorite clips.

50. Certain Jamaican believer : RASTA

52. Hidden problem : CATCH

53. Preschool basics : ABC'S

54. Honk : TOOT

55. Kournikova of tennis : ANNA. What? She plays tennis, too? Cowgirl.

58. Not doing anything : IDLE

59. Gratis : FREE

60. Lith. and Ukr., once : SSRs. Soviet Socialist Republic.

Answer grid.



fermatprime said...

Hello all!

Nice puzzle, Peter; swell write-up, Argyle.

Not a speed run. Enjoyed the references to July 4, etc. Was familiar with dates of death of the 2 presidents. My grandfather was born on July 4. So have collected trivia relating to this day unwittingly on the old hard drive!

Hope everyone has a nice holiday!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I was hoping to get a 4th of July theme today and was not disappointed. I didn't know WALSH and got a little bogged down by all the cross-references, but overall a pretty easy puzzle.

Gotta go start getting ready for today's BBQ (weather permitting, of course). Have a great one!

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Fourth,

Well we begin with a really nicely put together 4th themed puzzle. Not only did Adams and Jefferson die the same day, but Adams last words were, "Thomas Jefferson still survives." Sadly, this was not correct as Jefferson died earlier in the day, but they had bad cell service back in those days. It also was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the declaration.

It was as much of a speed run as I get these days, with me feeling so dense but I did not remember ODENSE, but the rest went quickly.

Have a great day and be careful around fireworks everyone.

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

Like BarryG, I was looking forward to a theme for the Fourth, and this one was spectacular - I like to see theme answers cross like that, even if it means a variation in the puzzle's symmetry.

And for all it's complexity, there was really no fill that made me cringe - unknowns were ED AMES (but I remember that clip, Argyle) and ODENSE, and does anyone think STONE MASON was a 'hint' at something else, too?


BBQ here, too, if the same East coast weather holds out - but I will watch other people's money go 'up in smoke'....


Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and Friends. Like Barry G, I was hoping of a special Fourth of July theme. Theme-wise, it was pretty easy, but nice to celebrate the county's birthday.

Did you know that a third American president also died on the Fourth of July, albeit a different year? James Monroe (b. 1758) died on the Fourth of July in 1831.

I wasn't fooled by the ADA. We have seen that clued like that before.

OTTO Preminger's movies was Exodus, which also makes frequent crossword appearances.

I initially wanted Lenox instead of SPODE for fine china.

What Can't be Parted After Its Departed = HAIR was the best clue we've seen in a long time.

SALT = Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty.

QOD: May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country! ~ Daniel Webster

creature said...

Happy 4th C.C,, Argyle and all,

Good theme with the famous names and uncanny death dates connected to the 4th.

30D was unknown to me. What does it stand for?

Have a nice day everyone.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks & Happy Fourth of July,

This was as easy a puzzle as I've attempted in some time. Completed by filling in the across clues, never having to rely on a down. That was good because some of the Downs that would have been a problem. 13D, 28D, 33D & 50D were the culprits.

Never even noticed 28D, Hair, until Hahtool mentioned it. It is a "kick."

Jefferson & Adams were complete opposites of each other in their private lives, bitter rivals for a time, but, as I recall, of the same mind when writing the Declaration. And the friendship was renewed before their passing.

Hope today's puzzle success is a sign the week will be a good one.

Creature, I believe Dojo is a martial arts school.

yellowrocks said...

A dojo is a school where karate or judo or other martial arts are taught. Karate has a ranking system where the student earns different color belts as he becomes more proficient and moves up the ranks. White belt is the lowest and black belt is the highest rank.
I have been enjoying this blog for some time. Thank you to all the constructors, people doing the write ups and regulars.
I am no longer anon.

Jacel said...

Good morning everyone. Happy Fourth of July. Happy 13th Anniversary to my son & his wife.

I woke up couldn't get back to sleep at 2:00 a.m. so I worked the puzzle then. ADA did fool me even though one of sons is a Dentist. I loved the Independence Day clues.

Husker Gary said...

Happy 4th America and fellow puzzlers! Our town had wonderful fireworks last night but we had to use a blanket as it was a little chilly.

Mr. Collins here is your assignment – make a 4th of July themed puzzle with a Monday feel and some fun cluing, cross references and a couple of obscure/gettable words. Mission Accomplished!!

-Liza urge her ASCOT horse to “move your bloomin’ arse”
-I try to restrain my iconoclastic tendencies
-The LEM on Apollo 13 supported 3 men for 4 days when it was designed for 2 men for 2 days
-Iconoclast Houdini upset Conan Doyle’s belief in spiritualism
-Annie’s Sandy had a famous “Arf!”
-Tarzan movie on TMC last week made me wonder where Jane got her makeup and hair done in the Jungle (now rain forest)
-Anna hasn’t won a big tennis tournament and Danica hasn’t won a big race, but they manage!
-I loved the Ed Ames/Johnny Carson clip but also remember Ed singing this wonderful song

Avg Joe said...

Very easy, but enjoyable puzzle. As has been noted, no real clunkers, but no real hangups either.

My grandfather on my dads side was also born on July 4, in 1876.

I remember that Ed Ames clip from the best of Carson shows as well, Argyle. Ed played it for all it was worth, but it was also Johnny at his best. Just letting the humor sink in for a while. :-) But I do have one issue. Now the Hamms Beer commercial is my earworm. To exorcize that here's a nice tune by Ed Ames

Husker Gary said...

p.s Any guesses on the year for my new avatar as I get into this vintage pix?

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the ED AMES clip, Argyle - that is one of my all time favorite Carson bits, too!

This wasn't exactly a speed run today, but I can't really say it was because of any obscure clues or answers. Matter of fact, there was plenty to like in this one and I got a real chuckle out of the HAIR clue.

I filled in 5D and 9D early on, so that gave lots of perps sprinkled throughout. But like Barry, cross-references always slow me down.

I had to stop and think about the JEFFERSON and ADAMS clues because the way I first read them, I thought that they had died of THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. Weird, but I had to read each clue three times before I got them. D'OH!!

Anyway, have a happy Fourth, everyone!

HeartRx said...

Husker, my guess would be 1963.

creature said...

Thanks,Hondo and Yellowrocks,for the DOJO info. First I've seen of it.

Welcome, Yellowrocks. Go blue.

Argyle, your write-up was great. I love the Carson clip; One of my favorites, too.Thanks.

Avg Joe said...

HG, I'd also guess 1963. Possibly '62. I'm not sure exactly when mine is, but one of those two years as well.

kazie said...

Not much to dislike today. At first I groaned when I saw all the interconnections between clues, but light dawned quickly and all was well again. Nice job, Peter!

Argyle, brilliant as usual. I loved seeing Johnny again and I recognized Ed Ames, though the name meant absolutely nothing to me before that.

Welcome, Yellowrocks,
You should go blue, so none of the nasty anons can steal your I.D. What kind of yellow rocks? Topaz, or gold nuggets?

kazie said...

Was that a uniform of some kind?

I'm certainly enjoying all these new/old photos. Doesn't it seem as if we show our real selves more with them than with the more recent ones? I like to think so anyway. Although, with most people, personalities mellow and mature, becoming better, while our bodies fade into less capable versions of themselves.

Yellowrocks said...

I hate to admit it, but I don't know how to go blue.
Yellowrocks is code for my favorite activity. I will clue y'all in sometime soon. I was hoping someone, even an an anon would recognize the code.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Happy Independence Day!

Argyle, thanks for the write-up, and for Anna in particular! The Ed Ames clip has to be the funniest moment in vintage TV.

Zoomed right through this well crafted puzzle. Loved the theme, of course, and I'm still amazed Peter could fit everything in.

Need exercise today, the last two days have been eat, eat, eat. Don't ya love American holidays?

Grumpy 1 said...

Good Morning and a happy 4th to all. Thanks for the write up, Argyle.

We hopped a plane to Ohio last night and will spend a couple of days with kids and grandkids. I had to do the puzzle in AcrossLite to get my daily dose of brain teasing. No problems encountered and a very appropriate theme for the day.

HuskerGary, I'd say 1964 since it looks like it might be your senior high picture and you're about five years younger than me.

Tinbeni said...

Good job Argyle.

Peter (and Rich): Thank you for a FUN Holiday puzzle.

I think the RASTA had a different kind of TOOT.

Since the perps took care of it, before I looked
at the clue, thought 48-D was an internet lady,
E-DAMES. lol

Cheers to all at Sunset.

Argyle said...

It's official, the parade has passed me it's off to the BBQ!

fermatprime said...

Kazie--Thanks for noticing. I believe it was a glee club uniform, but it's hard to remember. Most of my old pictures were destroyed by an evil woman who stayed with me for a few years, so I can't cross reference. I was 15, I think.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. and a happy 4th to all,

It's watermelon weather here.Am looking forward to tonight's ribs.

A fun puzzle..was hoping for an Americana theme, a good time to pick up new facts.Thanks Argyle.

I thought this was a little harder for a Monday. I was without an E at Odence/edames.Naifs, dojo and spelling of phen came with perps. Cross references have me baffled 80% of the time, but I got them today...even all of the dreaded abbreviations.

I agree, BEST clue was for hair.
Also, loved seeing Bill Walsh. What a great mentor he was to many future coaches.

Welcome Yellowrocks! I bet you are the anon who has been giving us lots of good information.

carol said...

Hi all - hope you all enjoy the holiday!

Great write-up Argyle. Thanks for the explanation for some pesky stumpers: DOJO, NAIF, A.D.A.(yes, it fooled me) and OST (yikes, I never would have gotten that!)
I got 48D only with the perps, I have no idea who that was...and I watched the old TV program too.

Hahtool, I agree with you about the clever clue/answer for 28D.

Husker Gary, I'd say about the same vintage as mine...I'll give you about 4 years though ;)

Husker Gary said...

Marti, me too! I wondered how they died OF the Declaration.

The picture is my Class of '64 (not 1864) “portrait”. When I went to college in the autumn of that year, the school I chose had twice the usual enrollment of the early sixties as many guys were trying to duck the draft and get a 2-S deferment.

windhover said...

My eldest son, Kelly, was born Sunday, July 4, 1965.

Unknown said...

Happy 4th to all!
The puzzle was easy and fun. That is a very nice thing to say on this hot July day.
We had the Brazilian tornado on her decorated trike for the neighborhood parade and picnic today. She and her wonderful parents have gone home and I am headed to the bedroom for a nap!
Have a fab day everyone!

eddyB said...

Hello all.

Have a happy and safe 4th. Flag out.

I have the ribs and potato salad ready to go.

Nikon Transfer Software not working
so, no avatar yet.

Thanks JD. Loved the flow ers.

HG. Guess you don't consider the Twin Ring Motegi race major.

take care.

Jayce said...

Happy Fourth of July, everybody. As kazie with the winsome, come-hither eyes said, "I'm certainly enjoying all these new/old photos." It's fun.

Extremely well-constructed and fun puzzle today. Enjoyed it a lot. Knew Bill WALSH, even though I usually know very little about sports or sports figures. Didn't know ODENSE either. And yep, Husker Gary, I too wanted FRAN at first, not STAN.

Love love love that Ed Ames, clip! Oh boy, glad you got a chance to post it, Argyle.

The clue for HAIR is memorable.

The first half of the 1960's were awesome years!

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Happy 4th to all.

A fun, Independence Day puzzle. The long fills were the easiest. I had a pause with the crossing of Odense and Ed Ames. I wasn't sure of either so guessed as I had in most of the letters for both.

If any of you watched the series on John Adams' life the July 4th death date was part of the last episode.

Our first grandchild was born on the 4th.

Bill Walsh was a given, since he was the coach of the local team that we follow. He also coached at Stanford U. A wonderful coach and teacher.

How many have Spode Christmas Tree to use during the holidays?

Welcome Yellowrocks. Is panning for gold your hobby?

Jayce said...

So, should we have been calling Austria Eastria all these years?

Jayce said...

I'm dying to know what "yellowrocks" is code for.

Holy cow, fermatprime, you were 15 when that photo was taken?

Husker Gary said...

Hi Eddy, I don't follow racing that close but I consider a major race to be one I have heard of (I went to an Indy 500 and was blown away!). I saw the Japanese win online but didn't think of it as major.

When she started racing, Danica was adamant about being taken seriously as a driver and then eventually used her other assets and now makes a comfortable living by being a decent driver and model just like Anna makes a decent living playing tennis and modeling. Kudos to both of them!

Hahtoolah said...

Alright, I'll play along, too. I'm the one with the frizzy hair. First on to guess the gentleman in the middle gets a gold star.

Jayce said...

Hahtool, I'm going to guess that's your grandfather.

Marge said...

Hi all,
An interesting puzzle, fun but not real easy.

Hair was also my favorite. I remember reading a novel about Adams or Jefferson and their differences were mentioned a lot.
History was my favorite subject.

Husker-Thanks for the Ed Ames song, I didn't remember him on "Daniel Boone" but remember his singing.

Our daughter was born in Feb. 1964 but we didn't meet her until the age of 8 weeks, when we brought her home from the adoption agency.

My name always comes in blue on the blog but my info doesn't come up. I use my URL for ID and filled out the info for the blog twice but never can get it to come up.I mention this because Yellowrocks said he didn't know how to get in either. Can someone help? Thanks.


Jayce said...

Marge, next time you post, click on Google Account. You will be asked to log in if you already have an account, or to create one if you don't. Essentially, you create a profile on Once you've done that, you can upload a photo if you want, and others can see your information. Click on some of our names to see examples of how we have made our profiles.

Busy Lady said...

Yellowrocks and Marge too, you need a Google account to have a Profile that you can edit to include a photo avatar and whatever other information you want known about yourself.

On the first page of this blog, where you log on, to the right of the daily blogger's explanation comments, you'll see several different lists in Blue. Go down and click under the OLIO section on "How To Post A Comment". You should read it all, but steps 4 and 5 are the instructions on how to get and edit your Google account and Profile.

Take your time and you should be Blue before you know it.

Anonymous said...

When I get blue, I want to know it.

kazie said...

Austria in German is Österreich, literally eastern regime/kingdom. So yes, it was the eastern part of the German speaking world when it came into being as a kingdom.

Hope you're all enjoying the 4th! Our mosquito problem is so severe, we are staying inside and we hear nobody else outside cooking out either. Thankfully, we had our cookout and family get together up north of here with DH's sibs on Saturday.

windhover said...

A former presidential candidate?

Marge said...

I'll try it.

Marge said...

Thanks Jayce and Busy Girl,

It worked once, I'll see if it works again.

Hahtoolah said...

Nope, he is not my grandfather, father, husband or any other relative. Nor is he a presidential candidate, past or present. That's closer, however, and it is a person all Americans should know of.

Anonymous said...

Hahtool, Looks a little like George McGovern.

Spitzboov said...

Hello everyone. Reporting my return back on board.

Easy puzzle today but loved the 4th of July theme. The fact that Adams and Jefferson both lived exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence signing and died on the same day is beyond comprehension. Solve had both OTTO and TOOT. Do words that are the inside out form of another word, have a special name? These 2 are both palindromes.

CMDRS - When writing to address a person of the rank of Commander, the abbreviation CDR is used, and is standard DOD usage.

Have a great evening.

Lemonade714 said...

This being a family day, I thought I would post today's picture with little Mia, my grandniece. He mother took the picture of Mia and her gruncle jason, which is an appellation i will wear proudly.

carol said...

Hahtool....Col Sanders?????

Well, it is the 4th and I was thinking of fried/BBQ chicken :)

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Happy 4th, everyone.

Nice puzzle, and quite an accomplishment to work in all the facts and relevant - good job, Mr. Collins!

Parted and departed - fun!

Here's a picture of me as a tyke.

Gotta run. Josh wants to play


windhover said...


Not a good guesser said...

Barak Obama?

HeartRx said...

Lemonade @ 5:07, what a cutie !! (And your grandniece is nice, too!!)

Jazzbumpa, fun pic of you, too – is that your dad?

HG, my second guess was ‘64…but I had to take a stand!

Yellowrocks, do you search for uranium with a Geiger counter? Or are you one of those craggy miners who just look at rocks for bands of yellow??

thehondohurricane said...

Darn Hahtool, I know the face, but can't connect it with a name. This is 100% WAG, but he almost resembles a hefty Jimmy Stewart.

Not a good guesser said...

Eleanor Roosevelt?

Bill G. said...

This is probably the most spectacular astronomical video I've ever seen. I think it's best when viewed at full size on your computer screen.

Chickie said...

Hahtool, Supreme Court Assoc. Justice, Kennedy? It looks like him, but I can't enlarge the picture enough to really get a good look.

Spitzboov said...

Hahtool - I'm guessing William Rehnquist

Not a good guesser said...

Given the poster -- Golda Meir?

Hahtoolah said...

Bingo! Spitzboov gets the gold star. I was in law school and he taught a course in Constitutional Law. He also happened to have a summer home not terribly far from where my grandmother lived in northern Vermont.

creature said...

Marti, that's a cute pic.

BillG., Loved the 'ocean sky' link.
Don't know how to fill the page with it.

Lemon, both of you are cute. I agree w/ Marti.

Jazz, I love the sweet look on your Dad's face. A super pic.

Hahtool,fun little curly haired one.
Also, quite something from an historical perspective.Is the lady your Gmom?

Spitzboov, what made you guess with such accuracy?

Marge, I think it's working now.

NED Beatty is from Louisville.
'Deliverance' is something, I devote my life trying to forget.

Yeah to America and my blog buddies.

Night all.

Spitzboov said...

Creature - I enlarged the picture somewhat so I could see it better. It just hit me about Chief Justice Rehnquist's distinctive face. And it made sense knowing Hahtool was a lawyer.

fermatprime said...

Jayce--I think so. I was a late bloomer! Why do you ask?
PS. I had long reddish hair then. It was pulled back.

dodo said...

Eb'nin' folks,
Just checking in to say Happy Fourth. Nice puzzle today; a bit harder than the usual Monday, but very doable. Many of the answers cam without reading the clues.

Fermatprime, terrific picture! What a smile!

Had a great surprise today: my Christmas cactus has two blossoms!