Jul 23, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011 Barry Silk

Saturday Silkie

Theme: None

Words: 72

Blocks: 28

Well, now, what a stark change from last week's offering - IMHO. I seemed to sail through this one, with a LOT of WAGs, and just a few gaffes. Yet another Barry Silk Saturday - I think he might have more than any other constructor. Triple stacks in a pinwheel fashion again, with a grouping of unique answers in the NE corner -

5. They're waved : MAGIC WANDS - I am in no hurry to see the final installment of Harry Potter, despite having read all the books, and being a huge fan

16. Much of it is shipped via the Strait of Hormuz : IRANIAN OIL - map, here - top right

18. Critical period : CRUNCH TIME - the Eleventh hour, the Two-minute warning, etc.; for me, Crunch Time is 9am, trying to get 30+ trucks rolling for "timely" parcel delivery


1. __ Cup: Canadian football trophy : GREY - I prefer the Stanley Cup

15. Sound detected with a stethoscope : RALE - BEAT, no, RASP, no....

17. What injured parties may try to get : EVEN

19. Gumshoe : TEC - DeTECtive

20. Walked : TROD

21. "It will be fair weather: for the sky __": Matthew : IS RED

22. Gallery event : ART SHOW - nailed it

24. Like some candle scents : PINY - looks funny, to me

26. Bach, e.g. : GERMAN

27. Reasonable : SANE - I had FINE first, as in "Gimme $10 for it? - that's FINE"

28. Dave Matthews Band label : RCA

31. Lander at Orly : AVION - French for aeroplane, found this in my search

32. Library supporter? : BOOKSHELF - nailed it, great clue/ans

34. "Little Caesar" gangster : RICO - been in a few puzzles recently, right?

35. They extract oxygen from water : GILLS

36. With 40-Across, nocturnal noisemaker : HOOT ; 40. See 36-Across : OWL - can't help it - I'll take #3, keep the beer....

37. "Help!" predecessor : BEATLES VI - Contained "Eight Days a Week", the only song I recognize

39. Viking language : NORSE

41. Fleshy-leaved plant : ALOE - WAG, but a four-letter plant in a CW?

42. Blackmailer : GOUGER

43. Part of NBA: Abbr. : ASSN - had NAT'L to start

44. Bridge units : TETRADS - group of four, not necessarily in bridge

45. Unalaska denizen : ALEUT - WAG - map - bottom left

48. See : DATE

49. Govt.'s Laboratory of Hygiene, now : NIH - National Institute of Health - also been popular lately

50. Ancient rock engraving : PETROGLYPH - nailed it, but I am a big fan of "Ancient Aliens" on the History Channel, and they talk about these all the time

53. Gershon of film : GINA - this fine lady

54. City near Randolph Air Force Base : SAN ANTONIO, Texas

55. Sea of __, shallowest in the world : AZOV - still, at 46ft, it's pretty deep - map

56. Colorful : OPALESCENT

57. Pool member : GENE


1. "Ninotchka" star : GRETA GARBO - All "guy" links today, so I will add some balance

2. Pan's opposite : RAVE REVIEW - how does my hunk pic do?

3. Outlet type : ELECTRICAL

4. Itch : YEN

5. .000001 meters : MICRON

6. Mall map symbol : ARROW - as in "You Are Here"

7. Showy trinket : GAUD - and hence, "GAUDy"

8. Place to retire : INN

9. Title spelled out in Art. 2 of the U.S. Constitution : C.I.C. - Commander In Chief, the POTUS - President of the United States

10. Surfer girls : WAHINES - pronounced "wah-hee-nee", it's a Hawaiian boy or girl; slang it's a surfer girl - I would guess the equivalent of a "Tom Boy"

11. Restless : ANTSY

12. Film __ : NOIR

13. Olive branch site : DIME - Drinks are $1.10 in the vending machines as UPS, so I bring a pocketful of dimes with me to work

14. Winter scene staple : SLED

20. Comparison word : THAN

23. 1930 tariff act co-sponsor : SMOOT - and some interesting history here

24. Philadelphia suburb : PAOLI - Pennsylvania - map

25. Pens' contents : INKS - had the K from "Bookshelf", so it wasn't "PIGS"

27. Unravel : SOLVE - the 'good' kind of unravel - this puzzle, not your sweater

28. Overhaul : REORGANIZE

29. Got ready to trap : CLOSED IN ON

30. Occasional stinger : AFTERSHAVE - not gonna link it....

32. Nomadic grazers : BISON

33. Time to attack : H-HOUR - like D-Day

35. Stylist's stock : GELS

38. Warning to an overindulgent bar customer : LAST ONE - or it can lead to drunken bar brawls

39. Bank robber's aid : NOTE - a .45 comes in handy, too

42. Break 90, say : GET HOT - despite hitting 100° here yesterday, I was thinking about a low golf score, aided by 44D

43. Acoustic : AURAL - I have an article that describes Blue Öyster Cult as "Aural Liquid Plumbr"

44. Green stroke : TAP-IN - Putting green

45. Lhasa __ : APSO - cute

46. Spring : LEAP

47. 1928 destroyer of the village of Mascali : ETNA - WAG

48. Physics unit : DYNE

51. Sporty cars : GTs

52. __ cit. : LOC - Legal term; I defer to the Legal Firm of "Dewey, Cheatem & Howe"

53. __ order : GAG - more legalese

Answer grid.


Note from C.C.:

Here is another mysterious "Hard to Believe" picture from a blog regular. One hint: Egypt 1993.


fermatprime said...

Hello fellow solvers!

I eventually cheated and used red letters on this pleasant Silkie. Great write-up, Splynter. Had no idea about a few of these. Like HHOUR, PAOLI. Nothing stands out as terribly amusing, and I could have used a good laugh!

PINY seems wrong to me too, but the spell checker thinks it's OK. Lets try piney. Hmmm. Likes that too.

Treated my friend Harvey to dinner from The Outback. Do they have those elsewhere? (We brought it to my room and ate in comfort, watching Monday's Eureka!, after going through many lanes at Lowe's to find all kinds of things that he needed and that I discovered that I needed!!! You know how that is, perhaps?)

Happy weekend all!

Anonymous said...

Double treat from Barry Silk--LA Times and Newsday's Saturday Stumper. Both are challenging but fun to solve.

Yellowrocks said...

Tomato Man
Of course, you can fry ripe tomatoes. I have been doing so since I was 10 years old. We had a large family and that took a lot of frying. Becasue fried tomatoes were my favorite, I was in charge. We could have them more often if I did the honors.
I use ripe tomatoes like Beefsteaks that are meatier and not so wet inside. I prefer to use ripe tomatoes because of they taste better. I cut them into 1/2 inch slices or a little smaller. Dip them in flour, beaten egg, and packaged cracker crumbs. I pan fry them until cisp and golden. If you get the right frying temperature to make a crsip crust they stay together. Some recipes use corn meal which I don't care for.

July 23, 2011 6:04 AM

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This one seemed extremely daunting at first. My initial pass through the horizontals only yielded TEC, AVION, ALOW, ASSN, GINA and PETROGRAPH (which was wrong, but at least it got me started down there). After many, many passes through both the verticals and horizontals, though, I finally got the job done.

Did not know (or remember, at least) PAOLI, GREY, RICO or AZOV. Did not understand TETRADS for the longest time (until I finally realized that it referred to the number of players and not any aspect of the game itself). And did not like PINY or INKS. One pen has ink in it, and a hundred pens also have ink in them. What, are two glasses full of milks?

Learning moment of the day: There's an olive branch (next to what looks like a branch from an oak tree) on the back of a dime. I never noticed before.

Enough is enough said...

Is this a tomato blog or a crossword blog?

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Splynter, C.C et al.

Thanks for the great write-up, Splynter, and yes I give your "hunk" link a RAVE REVIEW! So adorable...(Didn't care much for the guy in the construction hat, though).
I'm with you on thinking about golf for the "Break ninety" clue. But I wanted to put "bogied" (72+an extra shot on each hole would be 90). But no, that couldn't be right because if you "break" 90, then you are below that score. So, 89?...hmmmm. Oh well, whats the next clue?

Favorite answer today was MAGIC WANDS. Loved the triple stacks, as they really helped solve the rest of the puzzle in quick order.

I think I'm on the fence about INKS. I could go either way on the plural use:
-Various inks used in calligraphy, lithography,etc.
-My pens all have different colored inks.
-My pens all have different colored ink.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Anonymous said...

Dear Enough Said
Welcome. If you read this blog long enough, you will discover that we are a group of crossword aficionados who have bonded into a kind of virual family. We discuss the weather, books, food, whatever. Most subjects are loosely related to the puzzle of the day or are a continuning thread from past discussions. We support each other in our health and other problems. Although I am a crossword nut, the longer I participate, the more I also appreciate the part of this blog that is personal and not strictly crossword related.

Anonymous said...

34 across RICO

When I see this I think of The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act.

It has been speculated that the name and acronym were selected in a sly reference to the movie Little Caesar, which featured a notorious gangster named Rico. The original drafter of the bill, G. Robert Blakey, refused to confirm or deny this.


Fun Facts by Dave Letterman

Socrates was the first person to ask why we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway.

Due to a typographical error, Ohio law mandates a 3 day waiting period before you can buy gum.

Husker Gary said...

Hi Splynter and weekend puzzle warriors! I came, I saw and I mostly conquered. Got half of it and then went to Redletterville for just a few kicks in the mental pants and had a good time!

-Some great college QB’s have good luck on the CFL’s huge field
-Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning
-HH made me wary of Hoot/sHelf
-I had ROVERVIEW for Pan opposite – any port in a storm
-GAUD is a noun?
-Great SMOOT info! Has anyone followed Diane Sawyer’s ABC News installments on what we own that is actually made IN America? When she empties houses of foreign made goods, there’s not much left.
- Ted Turner owns a LOT of Nebraska land where he is trying to repopulate with BISON. His restaurants sell great Bison burgers!
-I thought the bank robber had a MOLL (like Gina Gershon?)
-3 letters = ERG, 4 letters = DYNE
-Game of the day – Captions to go with our bloggers Egyptian Picture – along with guessing ID. Start, “I see you have not been flossing regularly!”

Yellowrocks said...

I posted as anonymous at 8:13. Sorry. I must have hit the wrong button.
In PETROGLYPH we have the petr- prefix meaning rock that some questioned last week.
I, too, wondered about HH at33D, only to come up with HHOUR, which might be an extension of the DDAY concept.
I googled one word. If I had been more patient, it was easy enough and should have come to me.
I forgot to thank CA for the beautiful Longfellow poem yesterday. It was new to me.

Husker Gary said...

Enough is enough; I am a big fan of Tony Kornheiser’s podcasts. His show is ostensibly a sports show on an a D.C. ESPN radio station but like this blog he wanders into movies, politics, wedding gifts,ice cream, Glee, musicals, ad infinitum and that is what gives the show staying power. One thing he said to a sports talk radio show wannabe was, “Anyone can do sports on Monday, waddaya got on Thursday?” He is also famous for getting in trouble for outlandish comments and hyperbole to the max (DF?). He gives AND takes verbal jabs expertly with his colleagues and his voice on my iPod has gotten me through a lot of empty miles on the highway and in the Y’s workout room.

I have been immensely educated by comments on this blog that use the puzzle as a springboard and have enough intellectual curiosity to peruse topics that wouldn’t seem to be of interest me. Like others here, I have also mastered the use of the down arrow for topics that don't interest me at all.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning Saturday Silkie Solvers. It took a while to get on Barry's wavelength, but finally things started to drop in place. Great puzzle, Barry, and great blog, Splynter.

That double H kept me from putting in the obvious HOOT OWL for a long time, but perps forced it in and H-HOUR finally emerged.

I tried every meaning of 'pan' except bad rewiew, finally settled on the photographic meaning to go with VIEW, even though REVIEW was already there. DOH! Pass the V8 can please.

F/P, I also like Outback Steak House. They're a part of the Carrabba's, Bonefish Grill, Roy's and Fleming's group of restaurants and are nationwide. I can usually count on a gift card or two for those restaurants in my fathers' day and birthday cards.

Unknown said...

Splynter, Way to go! Thanks for the "hunk" link; it made my morning.
Great Silkie puzzle today. Was it easier or am I getting better at this?
In answer to the question of whether this is a crossword blog or a tomato blog; both and much more.
The bloggers on this site are all interesting, enlightened and witty! I enjoy most of the comments and am educated everyday about something. I also endorse the use of the down arrow if you find a subject uninteresting. Use it.
Favorite clue today was, sled. Why? Well, considering the heat index is at 100+ here, conjuring-up snowy sleds is a cooling thought.
Keeping sane in this heat is a daily task. Of course, in the south we expect it. Dry heat vs. humidity is like an oven vs. a sauna. It's still as hot as the hinges on the gates of Hell, or as my mother used to say, "It's as hot as Billy Blue Blazes!"
The sun always shines when you're cool!
Have a cool Saturday y'all!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Great commentary, Splynter.

Another Silky Saturday Solve. After taking 2 breaks, I finally slogged through this one without any searches or red letter help. The SE fell last but came home after sussing out AFTERSHAVE. Many somewhat obscure long fills, but I kept in mind that Barry almost always offers word (phrases) that we commonly use. Clever clues included those for RAVE REVIEW, INN, GENE, and GAG order. Especially liked the long fills of MAGIC WAND and PETROGLYPH. Bridge units - mainly focussed on words like 'truss' even though I play bridge. Finally gave in to the partial fill 'tet---s" and selected TETRADS. If I termed my bridge partners as tetrads I would probably be refused refreshments. But it was a good clue. BZ Barry. You did good.

I think today's mystery person is Sallie.

Have a great weekend.

Argyle said...

I know I shouldn't bring up current poltics but it was Splynter's link. At the bottom of the Wiki article on Smoot-Hawley Act:

"United States Representative Michele Bachmann has been mocked by commentator Keith Olbermann and Maureen Dowd for incorrectly referring to the act as "Hoot Smalley," and for blaming Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the act, when in fact it was sponsored by two Republican senators and signed into law in 1930 by President Herbert Hoover, a Republican." YouTube/C-Span clip.(1:00)

This video is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Anonymous said...

I know I shouldn't bring up current poltics

A most astute observation.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - pretty much blasted right through, having had a head start by guessing IRANIAN OIL. Could not parse RAVE REVIEW, however - needed Splynter's help to see that!

Unknowns included PAOLI, HHOUR, GAUD, and AZOV.

Micron is an older name for a micro-meter, a millionth of a meter. Officially, a micron is no longer recognized by Systeme International authorities, but in practice the unit is widely used in physics, astronomy, machining and so on. The Angstrom, an even smaller unit, is treated about the same way.

Mystery photo: Egypt? That sounds like something Kazie would do.

Avg Joe said...

Good morning Tomato lovers, cross word aficionado's and anon riff-raff:-)

This puzzle felt like forty years in the desert, but I finally did finish with one Google. The SE corner just about whipped me. Didn't know Gina Gershon, and couldn't figure out GAG. Once I did know Gina, everything else fell into place. Typical Silk puzzle with a lot of trickery, but worth the time spent.

Still hot here today. And the one tomato that's getting close to being ripe is still hanging on to it's green shoulders. There's simply no justice!

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I keep trying Barry Silk's puzzles because they are so challenging and sometimes I even manage to complete one. Not today though. I had too many blanks and mis-fills.

For instance, for 6D the only mall map symbol I'm interested in is this.

I thought it was BAUD (like, maybe in BAUBLE) for 7A. I wasted a lot of time in that area.

I didn't know SMOOT, H HOUR, PAOLI, NIH, AZOV or LOC.

Too many blank spaces, both on the grid and in my brain, so I think I'll go make a lemon meringue pie, using the vodka pie crust recipe that Jeannie turned us onto.

Anonymous said...

Used to live and teach school in Paoli.

Seldom Seen said...

Another great talent dead at 27 years old.

Amy Winehouse


Bill G. said...

I got jostled awake about 12:35 last night with the room shaking and the windows rattling. It was a 3.3 earthquakes centered about five miles from here. No harm done except to my sleep.

Lucina said...

Good day, Weekend Warriors! Great blogging, Splynter, and thanks for the links. I can appreciate a hunk.

Ditto to what most of you have said except that my first guess was ARABIAN OIL and like a ninny I left it without checking.

I love the long fill but it takes a while to finally "see" the phrase.

BOOKSHELF and MAGICWAND were especially clever.

Saw many BISON at Yellowstone Park.

Love the word OPALESCENT.

DNF on GOUGER and TETRAD because I had ITSHOT and wouldn't let go.

Thank you, Barry, for today's challenge.

Have a lovely Saturday, everyone! I'm going to a wedding.

Bill G. said...

Not much facial detail in today's photo. Could it be Lucina?

windhover said...

Nope. No DD's.

Seldom Seen said...


Not a good guesser said...

Eleanor Roosevelt?

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

This was a DNF for me. The long ones are just too intimidating. Did get petroglyph because I've long been interested.

Clear Ayes, as to your map symbol, my late first husband was in the airport and a woman came up and asked, "Quick, am I a moozie or a zanie?" (I'm sure my spelling is wrong, but she needed your symbol.)
I hope one of our linguists can decipher it and tell us what language.


Nice Cuppa said...


Perhaps we should rename Spoonerisms then. How about....

"Bachman-Turner Overdrives" ?

Just a thought.


Clear Ayes said...

I'm going to (probably) keep batting .100 and join Seen with a guess that today's HTB is Hahtool. No inspiration for a comment.

Not a Good Guesser, Aww, want to try your hand at This one. Here's a hint, the one on the right is Fala.

WH, observant and funny.

I don't have any in utero photos, so the latest avatar is about the furthest I will go.

Amy Winehouse's death is sad, but the bombing and murders in Norway are abhorrent.

Back to finish off the lemon pie. We have a dinner invite for tomorrow night. They are furnishing the filet mignon, so the least I can do is take care of the dessert.

Lucina said...

Wh is right. Not me. I haven't been to Egypt but did ride a camel in Morocco.

So tragic about the shootings in Norway, a place which seems peaceful and sad about Amy Winehouse.

eddyB said...

psst. Don't tell Jill. She thinks that the squirrel is eating the tomatoes. yum.

I really shouldn't since they are high in Potassium.

Not a good guesser said...

Clear Ayes, got it: It's Mrs. North and Asta, right?

Dick said...

Hello crossword friends, a rather intriguing puzzle today. It took me a long time to complete, but I was able to finish with lots of perp help and some swags. Had two hesitant moments with inks and piny, but they appear to be legitimate even if my spell check does not like piny. Overall a fun puzzle to solve and it was a challenge for me. Good.

From the blogs of the last few days I see that there must be several tomato experts here. I have been looking for a tomato seed called Tefft’s O German and cannot find them. Do any of you experts know this tomato and if so where can I get seeds?

Have a great weekend all.

Grumpy 1 said...

I have to agree with the comments about soil and tomatoes. I grew up in Findlay, OH, soil so rich and limestone base that the area was the center for Heinz tomato growing. I moved to the Cleveland area, sandstone base soil. My dad and I split a flat of tomato plants, each of us planting six plants. They all did well and produced beautiful tomatoes but the ones grown in Findlay had great flavor. the ones grown near Cleveland had very little flavor. No explanation except for soil difference.

kazie said...

No, I've never been on the African continent.

I did pretty well today for a Saturday. Only messed up the SE corner because I had AFTERSHOCK instead of SHAVE. Never thought of GAG, and I was left with -INO, -ZOC, and -ENK, so I gave up. The rest needed some tickling to get out, but all were perped and wagged successfully.

The newsletter is almost done, so in another week it will be printed and I can relax again.

Bill G. said...

We just got back from lunch at a local Hawaiian restaurant. Not what you would call gourmet food but most of it was tasty and there was plenty of it. We passed on the Spam delicacies though.

The carafe in our old auto drip coffee maker has coffee stains that won't come out with normal washing. Any ideas?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, buy a new one.

windhover said...

The Irish has a seed catalog called "Totally Tomatoes" from the Vermont Bean & Seed Co., but she tells me they are not particularly strong on heirlooms. She recommends the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in Virginia. Google will probably locate them for you.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. I will guess the mystery person is Hahtool, based on the hair.

Grumpy 1 said...

@Dick, a quick Google search indicates that the Tefft's Old German was named that because someone got some seeds from Ray Tefft who said he got them from an Old German. Apparently the known line of seeds got cross pollinated a few years ago and are not being traded. There may be another name for the same variety, but it doesn't seem to be known.

There are other varieties known as Old German that, from pictures I've seen, resemble the ones we get here in Florida called Ugly Ripes. They are very ribbed and misshapen, but are very tasty. They generally sell for a premium over the price of any other tomato in the store.

creature said...

Hey Everyone: CC, Splynter and gang,

Thanks for a lively write-up, Splynter. Lots of interesting stuff; not interested in the cowboy either.

The NE almost ruined me, but I only had small damage and a few more that were not exact- that means I missed a few. Thanks for a great puzzle Barry. Keep ‘em coming.

How about Fermatprime? I was originally going for CA, but her comments stopped that. Dodo also came to mind. Hmmm.. I’ll go Ferm, Dodo and Sallie. Then again, Chickie comes to mind. That’s it! Chickie!

I think I’ll go look again.

Later, gang.

Yellowrocks said...

Bill G.
I fill the coffee maker water reservoir with vinegar and run it through. I do this twice. While the carafe is still wet with vinegar I clean it with a Scrubbie. Then I run clean water through for two cycle to remove any vinegar residue. Also stains can be removed with a paste made of baking sodsa and a little water.

I apologize for all my typos. I am a good speller, but a shaky typist and apparently not so good a proof reader. I wish this blog had spell check.

Avg Joe said...

Dick, I've looked at all the current year catalogs I've got and have only come up with a variety called "Old German" in two of them. No mention of Tefft's in either case. Both descriptions are very similar. The fist hit was with Totally Tomatoes from Randolph, WI. It's on page 21 as item #00519. The second was with HPS, which stands for Horticultural Products and Services. Again, from Randolph, WI. The item # is the same, so it looks like the companies are interlinked.

I don't have any experience with heirloom tomatoes, but have noted that some of my former hybrid favorites have become extinct. President, being the first example that comes to mind. I've been told by more than one nursery person that if I can find them, I shouldn't buy them because they're imposters. The real deal is not being sold any longer, period.

Yellowrocks said...

Bill G
Be sure to keep the empty coffee basket in place or water will flood everywhere. In addition the vinegar will clean the coffee basket with a little additional scrubbing with baking soda.. White vinegar is beat. Good luck.

Seldom Seen said...

More tomato talk? I grow a heirloom that I received from a 90 year old. He told me his family has grown and sold them on a farm in Washington Court House, Ohio since the 20's. They called them Smith's(his last name). Since I am now the sole caretaker I've renamed them the Pink Beavis.(yeah I'm a butthead).

Following WH's advice, I found these. The picture and the description are dead on. So now I might call them Granny Cantrell's Pink Beavis.

Btw, my family has been serious tomato growers for years and we all agree these are the best we've ever had.

Lucina said...

I doubt if it is Chickie. She is taller than the woman in the pic.

Well, my friends are now married and I hope shall live happily for a long time. They are each 70.

Avg Joe said...

How'z about a music break? Seems like a good idea. Try this.

Anonymous said...

Politically I don't agree with the Minnesota Congresswoman but I think she needs a refresher course in American history. Never have I heard a politician not know about history. I can understand her getting the name of the bill confused but to get the content and which Senator sponsored, co- sponsored and which president signed the bill into law there is no excuse.

For those keeping score at home the bill was sponsored by Senator Reed Smoot (R) Utah and Representative Willis C. Hawley (R) Oregon (1st) and Herbert Hoover (R) signed the bill onto law not FDR as Ms. Bachmann claims.

Young Turks

Anonymous said...

Concerned Lurker, very interesting.

Anon@8:39, inappropriate for this blog, I believe.

windhover said...

Concerned Lurker:
You will find that a small percentage of us are not paranoid about our real identity being known. For example, you can find out enough about me from my profile to drive to my farm gate and drive in. Whether you in fact have the balls to do that is entirely another question. Do you?

Anonymous said...

AT Bill G.

Yes baking soda ice cubes and salt

the ice cubes act as a scrubber.

Concerned Lurker said...

Windhover, I have been the victim of fraud. I was merely sharing this information because this man is a convicted felon who has spent time in federal prison for preying upon unsuspecting innocents.

His latest con seems to be taking advantage of the poor and unemployed. Not to mention aspiring teachers.

This blog seems to have many trusting members and I was rightly concerned.

I don't care where you live. I don't wish to meet you either.

Anonymous said...

And of course, the prerequisite macho crap from windhover.

JD said...

mmmmm, I was going to say "howdy all" , but maybe I'll come back tomorrow.I don't think this is a place for being "outed" or being called a dick. Loved the tomato talk, and will use your recipe, Yellowrocks..thanks!

I have done the puzzles the last 3 days - 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there, and enjoyed them all, using HEAVY red letters. But Barry Silk is a master. I have only completed a few of his, but learn so much each time.

Boomer, wanted to say I loved your blogging. What a treat! Actually, everybody's write ups intrigue me, so I keep reading.

CA, I agree with your mall sign. The other one would be "YOU ARE HERE" I like to know that too.

windhover said...

As one of our American and Kentucky heroes (Crossword favorite Ali) said, "It aint braggin' if you can really do it".
Come on down, we'll talk about it.

JD said...

Splynter, I didn't mean to leave you out, or Marti. Reading your writes ups are more fun than my journey through these puzzles at times.

BTW, I think that lady is Hahtool, a very savvy traveler.

Marti, YES, I did stay in a rat trap during spring break in Palm Springs at The Westward Ho many years ago. It lived up to its name.It was awful, and to make things worse the maid used my camera for some skanky pictures. YOWZER..that was a surprise!

Anonymous said...

hey windy...why so angry?

most things in Kentucky mellow with age...

Unknown said...

How did I miss a pie crust recipe! May I have it, please? To the anons and lurkers; You have certainly spiced things up. I am not sure if that's a good thing or not. This blog is entertaining and informative, but slings and arrows, not so much.

ltl said...

Windhover, if only you knew how you come across.

Abejo said...

Good Evening, folks. Thanks, Barry, for a great, but tough, Saturday puzzle. Thank you, as well, Splynter, for the write-up.

I enjoyed this puzzle, but had a real tough time with it. However, I was somewhat distracted while working it. Did it off and on while at a Scottish Rite meeting in Dallas.

Had a few that I could not get. So, it was a DNF.

Had BED for INN.

Had ISNEW instead of ISRED.

And a few more.

See you tomorrow.

By the way, Merle Haggard wrote and sang "Swingin' Doors" and Buck Owens just sang it.


windhover said...

I just looked at the complete discography of Buck. Swinging Doors is not mentioned. It's all Merle.
Anon and ltl:
I really am not too concerned about how I come across. I just say what I think. Don't you?

Anonymous said...

No, most people have a filter so they don't say things that look foolish/childish.

Tired of Windy's bullying said...

Buck Owens

Album: Sweet Rosie Jones
Released: 1968
Track: 4

Have another beer windy

Anonymous said...

I was never a big fan of Dennis (I think it's an authority thing), but at least he had tact when dealing with a situation. He never bullied.

windhover said...

I am so embarrassed. Can I ever be redeemed?

WH defender said...

You be the judge.
"Swinging Doors"
Single by Merle Haggard
from the album Swinging Doors
Released February 28, 1966
Format 7"
Genre Country
Length 2:51
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Merle Haggard
Producer Ken Nelson
Fuzzy Owen

Let's put this to rest said...

That is exactly what Abejo said.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I did finish the puzzle today, but with Googling to find those unknowns like Grey, Gina, Azov, Paoli, and Smoot.

I always feel good about finishing a Silkie puzzle, even if I have to look up things. It is always a learning experience. I'll have several tidbits to file away for future use.

Loved the tomato talk. Dick, what color is your Tefft's O German tomato? We have enjoyed a German Strawberry tomato, but it is yellow with red streaks in the flesh when you cut into it. Also, Granny Cantrell sounds like a winner. My grandmother's maiden name was Cantrell, and the family was originally from Kentucky! Who knew?

Sorry, Creature. Even though my SIL is from Egypt, I've never been there. But I loved the picture of the camel kiss! I vote for Sallie.

CA, Funny, your comment about Fala on the right! Good comeback.

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everybody.

It was fun having so few guess my pic with a camel. Spitzboov did not have any inside information; he just saw me recently when he & BH were here in Naples.
(So why didn't you get it, Grumpy 1?)
It took DH about a week to get a photo onto my computer (he uses a PC, this is a Mac.) I had a great time in Egypt, rode a camel, had a cruise down (up?) the Nile.

Didn't do well on this most clever puzzle. Got the obvious answers, but missed the theme ones.

Thank you C.C. for this most wonderful blog and today's write up.