Jul 26, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 Jeff McDermott

Theme: Toast Toppings - The four themes contain a synonym for that sweet spread you might slather on your toast. Two in front. Two in the back.

17A. Filled to capacity : JAM PACKED

27A. Certain wildlife refuge : STATE PRESERVE

47A. Hit from the "Moulin Rouge!" soundtrack : LADY MARMALADE. A unique version.(3:36)

62A. Spineless one : JELLYFISH

Argyle here, in the grip of a summer cold. Luckily I didn't have to think much on this one.


1. Aaron of Cooperstown : HANK. Cooperstown, NY, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

5. Fast ender : MEAL

9. Drink in a Dixie cup? : JULEP

14. Lotion additive : ALOE

15. ___ breve: 2/2 time : ALLA

16. Get under one umbrella, so to speak : UNITE

19. Panel member : JUROR

20. Soaking and relaxed : IN A TUB

21. One seeking repayment : CLAIMANT

23. Form W-4 fig. : SSN

24. NFL mike wearer : REF

26. Ballpark fig. : EST.

34. Annoying kid at the pool : SPLASHER

36. Catch, as a podcast : TUNE IN

37. Panache : ELAN

38. What a fluid oz. measures : LIQ.. Man, did I overthink this one.

40. Half of MCDII : DCCI. 1402/701

41. Geometry measure : LENGTH

44. Was in pain : SUFFERED

49. Ending with Cray : OLA. Oddly worded clue.

50. CBS's Rather : DAN

51. Shakespearean exclamations : AYs

54. Ticking danger : TIME BOMB

59. Summer pitcherful : ICE TEA

61. Stradivari's tutor : AMATI

64. Star in the same constellation as Betelgeuse : RIGEL

65. Latin 101 infinitive : ESSE

66. Collette of "United States of Tara" : TONI. United States of Tara (TV Series 2009– ) on Showtime. "A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family." Ms Collette has many looks so I'll link Google Images..

67. Ouzo flavoring : ANISE

68. White House maiden name : TODD. Mary Ann (née Todd) Lincoln.

69. Name-dropper, often : SNOB


1. Pilgrims to Mecca : HAJIS. Once again, wait for the perps to determine the spelling.

2. Greenspan and Turing : ALANS

3. Area of uncertainty : NO-MAN'S LAND

4. Held on to : KEPT

5. Shakespeare's shortest tragedy : MACBETH

6. Yellowstone grazer : ELK

7. Guinness of "Star Wars" : ALEC. Obi-Wan Kenobi.

8. Soup kitchen volunteer : LADLER. Dispensing the soup.

9. Martial art emphasizing throws : JUJITSU

10. Word on a dime : UNUM. E pluribus unum.

11. Pre-euro Italian currency : LIRA

12. Harrow rival : ETON. Eton College and Harrow School.

13. Cheeky : PERT

18. New Age-y emanations : AURAs

22. Words before "of rules" : A SET

25. Have a hunch : FEEL

28. Like some barbecue sauce : TANGY

29. Periscope part : PRISM

30. Wrapped up : ENDED

31. Hiking or biking : RECREATION

32. Nasty habit : VICE

33. Oklahoma city : ENID

34. Broker's order : SELL

35. Entreaty : PLEA

39. Four-sided campus space : QUAD

42. BlackBerry network choice : T-MOBILE

43. Saintly ring : HALO

45. Made things harder for the lifeguard : FLAILED

46. Ornate : FANCY

48. Engine for missiles : RAMJET

52. Like some easy questions : YES/NO

53. Indian honorific : SAHIB

54. O'Hara plantation : TARA. It was a different Tara (66-Across) but still....

55. "See you," in poker : "I'M IN"

56. Star-struck trio? : MAGI

57. Hot times in the cité : ÉTÉs. L'été dans la cité Clip.(2:03)

58. Anka's "Eso __" : BESO. How about "Eso Beso" but by Trombones Unlimited.(2:09)

60. Young newts : EFTs. Image.

63. Source of some '60s trips : LSD



Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was a tasty morning fare for a Tuesday. Orange MARMALADE is my toast topping of choice.

Drink in a Dixie cup? = JULEP was my favorite clue. Nothing like a mint julep on a hot summer day.

I still occasionally use my CRAYOLAS.

QOD: A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally. ~ Oscar Wilde

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Sorry to say, but this one left me cold. Maybe it was the fact that I've never heard of STATE PRESERVE or LADY MARMALADE before. Or maybe it was fill such as DCCI, LIQ, A SET and ICE TEA. Or maybe, as Argyle mentioned, it was the waiting for the perps to figure out whether it was AURAE/AURA and HADJS/HAJJS/HAJIS.

I dunno. I did like some of the cluing ("Drink in a Dixie Cup" was nice), but even then many of the "tricky" clues were ones we've seen many times before, so there was no sense of wonder in getting them.

Maybe I'm just extra grumpy today and it's really a wonderful puzzle. It's too early to tell for sure...

Anonymous said...

Sorry Argyle but I prefer this version better. Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink and Missy Elliot.

Lady M

Barry The song was originally done in 1975 by Patti Labelle

Hahtoolah said...

Argyle said that he was providing an "interesting" version of Lady Marmalade. I prefer the Patti LaBelle version, myself.

Anonymous said...

42. BlackBerry network choice : T-MOBILE soon to be AT&T Since AT&T bought T-Mobile. AT&T is my network choice.

I have heard that BlackBerry's will soon be obsolete. That figures about the time I get one they are on there way out. The only compliant that I have about them is the camera. BlackBerry's camera is not clear and it pixelates and blurs ruining the picture.

After using a friends I phone camera I like that it takes clear non blurry photos. I have said in the past I didn't want one but if BlackBerry's become obsolete I may have to get one.

Fun Facts by Dave Letterman

When France gave us the Statute Of Liberty, they included the receipt in case we wanted to exchange it.

Harry Truman would often go on vacation and secretly have his twin brother Larry take his place.

Anonymous said...

I have to say that I like Patti LaBelle's version but I like Christina Aguilera's version also I think she can sing. She IMHO is the only talented person on the NBC show The Voice.

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Enjoyed this puzzle, Jeff M. Got through it easily and started my Tuesday on a happy note. Thank you, Argyle. Hope you are soon feeling better.

This is the second day in a row that I got through the entire puzzle with contiguous answers. I never had to fill in an answer that stood alone, except for the first one. Amazing.

Some old favorites: ALOE, EFTS, ELAN, DCCI, AMATI, ETON, ENID, TARA.

Had CREDITOR instead of CLAIMANT for a minute.

I still think it is ICED TEA instead of ICE TEA.

To Hahtool: Are the two letters "un" supposed to be in your QOD? Looks funny.

See you all tomorrow.


Hahtoolah said...

Abejo: Yup. The author of the quote is Oscar Wilde after all.

I also liked Fast Ender = Meal. A nice change from the usual type of clue where the answer consists of letters to make a new word.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Pretty straight forward offering today. State Preserve was a common term that I've heard used around my "playground" for most of my life. Lady Marmalade was a WAG as was TMobile. If I knew the soundtrack from Moulin Rouge, it's been long forgotten. TMobile another WAG. The only Blackberry I'm familiar with is edible.

I wasn't as hung up on the cluing as Barry, but the puzzle won't be long remembered either.

Time for FUN, FUN, FUN, aka Rehab.

Avg Joe said...

Pleasant offering. Maybe a little bland, but nothing that jumps out as really clunky. I for one don't object to Roman numeral clues if they can be solved as a stand alone. It's the totally random ones where they only take up space rather than provide any solvable clue that are irritating.

Just can't seem to get away from Ice Tea. Even the Family Circus is guilty today.

Hang in there with PT, Hondo. "No pain, no gain" is an absolute truism. I went through 16 weeks, twice a week for 1.5-2 hours each, and hated every minute. But wouldn't have recovered without it. In fact, my PT clinic is having a reunion on Friday night and I'm going gladly.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, ailing Argyle and solvers all. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery.

Not much to comment about so we may as well get back to ice/iced and the multiple spellings of the pilgrimage. Iced tea has been the spelling in almost all of the puzzles that I've done recently but there was a period where ice tea was showing up frequently. Me? I don't care how you spell it, just serve me one.

Smucker's "Simply Fruit" apricot to adorn my toast, thank you.

A pilgramage to Mecca as a Haji, Hajji, Hadji is not one of the items on my bucket list.

Have a great day all.

creature said...

Good Morning CC, Argyle and all,

Argyle, thanks so much for keeping on ‘keeping on ‘with a head cold. Hope that eases up quickly.
Neat link yesterday to “Me and my Gal”; someone mentioned it and I forgot to. Goodness, Toni really does have many faces and I recognized one of them- never have seen the show, though.

Jeff, you have done a fine job. Nothing wrong with making us stop long enough to think. Your theme , clues and fill are all refreshing and fun. A very upbeat puzzle. Really liked the ‘swimming pool fill: SPLASHER and FLAILING and RECREATION[ in a stretch]. Thanks.

Have a nice day everyone.

Unknown said...

Argyle, I do hope that the cold is better today! Thanks for blogging.
PT is a bitch but it does help. I amused myself during my trips to PT by making up racy names for the exercises. The therapist was not amused, however.
Favorite clue today was "mint julep". I was introduced to those little devils years ago at a Mississippi Delta picnic. The host/bartender demonstrated the macerating of the mint so that all the guests could make their own drinks while he tended the chicken on the grill. After a few of the juleps, I asked a gentleman to please help me make another one, but I totally mis-pronounced the word "macerate". I will leave it to your imagination as to the resulting word! My friends have never let me forget my faux pas.
With that, I'll say bye for now!


Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

Bright Tuesday puzzle, causing me to drool. Have orange MARMALADE every morning. Favorite clue was for JULEP. RIGEL is one of four recommended navigation stars in Orion and is its brightest star. (the five letters helped here). We sure are having a hot ÉTÉ here this year. Had 99º here the other day. Very unusual for upstate NY. Not much else to say. No look-ups; fun to solve.

Marti - sorry I did not have a chance to work on your opus yesterday. Maybe later in the week - I did not read the reviews in detail as a result.

Have a great day.

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Argyle, thank you for hanging in there for us! Summer colds are the worst, I think. But you are doing an admirable job, in spite of it.

I liked “Annoying kid at the pool” for SPLASHER. Funny visual. And “Drink in a Dixie cup?” for JULEP. But “Cray ender” for OLA? I agree that it is an odd clue, Argyle. But maybe it was the constructor’s aim to get an original clue that hadn’t been done to death.

Hondo, I have no experience with knee surgery, but when my mom had her knee replaced, she bought a used exercise bike and put it in front of the TV. She would just “cycle” very slowly and on the lowest setting for an hour at a time. Her PT was totally impressed with how quickly she recovered. I hope you have the same experience with a quick recovery!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Derby Party Vet said...

So Mom, do I understand that with some manual assistance, juleps come with mint, or is it the other way around?

carol said...

Hi all - This was fun and it's not every day one finds 'JUJITSU' in a crossword ;)

I always thought CHEEKY meant someone was being impertinent or sassy; especially to an elder. PERT just didn't fit for me.

I have never had a Blackberry so that answer was solved by perps.

Off to a bike ride...more later.

kazie said...

I guess I'm in the not totally impressed group today. I too don't think PERT and cheeky are synonyms, but we've had that argument before too.

I've never had a mint julep, but mint grows like a weed so a recipe might be useful.

I never took the time to think about a theme. Going through, it seemed themeless to me. Wasn't familiar with LADY MARMALADE or a STATE PRESERVE, only state parks.

Cooperstown didn't trip my trigger either. I had WOMAN'S before NO MAN'S seemed better.

TONI Colette is an Aussie. I first saw her in Muriel's Wedding and Japanese Story, neither of which I particularly liked.

Warren said...

Hi gang,

Here's the Moulin Rouge 'Lady Marmalade' song with words too!

I know that we saw this movie but I couldn't remember this song till just now.

Tune in podcasts? I download mine from iTunes. Is downloading similar to 'tune in'?


Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Mr. McDermott for a very nice puzzle, and Thank you Argyle for your bubbly, effervescent commentary.

Hahtool, I am familiar with Oscar Wilde, but the QOD has me confused. What DID he intend to say ? I know he always tried to / make light of every mannerism under the sun - but what is he trying to say?

If one were to read the QOD in an 'active' sense - it would mean that a gentleman is one who tries to/ or actually hurts someone's feelings intentionally ? - which obviously is ridiculous.

Maybe, I am somewhat dense this morning - but I do not find any humor ( sarcastic, ironical or otherwise - ) in that. Am I missing something ?

margo lane said...

As usual learned some new facts,it wasn't my best solving day especially for a Tuesday.

Wilde thang said...

Oscar was first and foremost a satirist, so the meaning can't be taken very literally.
But in general what he meant was that a gentleman is careful and refined enough that he would never accidentally say something hurtful, but also that being a gentleman would not preclude the occasional intentional insult. Get it now?

Anonymous said...


kazie said...

Maybe too, a gentleman would be clever enough to insult without the victim figuring out that it was an insult.

JD said...

Good morning all,

Argyle,I hope that cold is getting better..not fun,- great write up.

Not a lot of pzaazz on today's offering..lots of oldies and -ed's. Did take me a minute to figure out why julep was the answer.

I agree that 49 was oddly clued; my 1st thought was

Toni Collette is a fine actress, but she doesn't seem to get the best roles. I just watched In her Shoes again, a fun read by Jennifer Weiner.

Hey Warren, long time no see! Will you be having a pottery sale this summer?

Anonymous said...


Mint Julep recipe.

* 3 US fluid ounces (89 ml; 3.1 imp fl oz) Wild Turkey
* 4 to 6 sprigs mint leaves
* granulated sugar, to taste

Preparation Put mint, sugar, and a small amount of bourbon into the bottom of a mixing glass. Gently muddle the mint and sugar, then let stand for a bit to allow the muddled leaves to release their flavor. Strain and pour into a julep cup (or similar vessel), rotating to coat the sides. Fill with ice, then add the rest of the Wild Turkey. Garnish with a lightly slapped small mint sprig.

Dr. Dad said...

Happy Noontime! Hope everyone is well on this fine Tuesday.

Needed some perps in places but got the theme early on.

I wanted Drink in a Dixie cup = "shine" so bad but it wouldn't work out. I tried mint julep last year during the Derby in Louisville. Wasn't actually at the race but the julep was horrible, IMO.

I am in great fear of AT&T taking over T-mobile.

David Letterman on the Statue of Liberty got me to thinking. Did you know there are actual three original statues? One in New York on Liberty Island, one Bartholdi made in 1870 thatis currently in the Garden of Luxembourg in Paris, and another one on Swan Island by the Eiffel Tower. Of course there are also several copies made by Bartholdi himself.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

pert (pûrt) adj. pert•er, pert•est. 1. Trim and stylish in appearance; jaunty: a pert hat. 2. High-spirited; vivacious.
**Impudently bold; saucy.

Vidwan827 said...

We know each other only by our interests in crosswords, languages and some allied subjects that unexpectedly spring up, in the most unsuspecting corners.

On the other hand, our own personal and professional lives may span such a diverse variety of situations as may boggle the mind, even of a world philosopher.

But in that one percent of our lives, that this blog occupies, we find common ground, familiar roots, and share the joy, the elation ( and the depression - ) of ideas that move us. That is all we should expect of each other - and indeed, that is all we can expect - in this, or any other blog. No more. No more.

I realize Lemonade may not join our discussions, anymore. On the blog, I found him knowledgeable, erudite, a pacifist and a genial soul. His commentaries were a joy to behold. He taught us many things, especially in the areas of law and Judaism. I will miss him. Farewell, friend.

JD said...

clever group-Pilobolus, their version of Summer in the City

Kazie, you can always use your mint in your ice--iced tea.

Not so fast said...

He'll be back, as well he should be.

Lemonade714 said...

Good afternoon:

I am sorry everyone has the impression I have abandoned the blog with my tail between my legs because of comments and links, but such is not the case. I was out of town watching my son's band play and when I returned home, my computer was broken so I was unaware of this tempest in a teapot.

I will tell you all while my life has its blemishes, the attacks on me are based on falsehoods, partial truths and other foolishness. I am not ashamed of my life and I would be happy to discuss the matter in detail with anyone interested, but I hardly see it as relevant or interesting here at the corner.

It is fun to know those who condemn me continue to do so behind the shield of anonymity.

Maybe next I will be reading about my illegitimate children; remember, just because it is written does not make it true.

Now, let's get back to the puzzles.

C.C. Burnikel said...

And he will continue toiling away to entertain and inform you about Friday puzzles.

Argyle said...

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong but 48D. Engine for missiles : RAMJET is incorrect. I beleive missles use rockets(my first choice). Ramjets need to operate in the atmosphere to get oxygen to burn; rockets do not.

Lucina said...

Good afternoon Puzzle People. Argyle, you are a trouper! Thanks for blogging even through you SUFFERing.

And thank you, Jeff. IMHO a Tuesday puzzle should be a speed run and this was; I even sussed the theme since JELLY, JAM, MARMALADE and PRESERVES are all favorites on my breakfast toast.

I especially liked:

star struck trio, MAGI
not times in the cite` ETE

Toni Colette was very good in Little Miss Sunshine.

No problems with HAJIS since it simply emerged.

Feel better, Argyle.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

martydog19 said...

No additional comments at this time, just checking to see if I turned "blue".
Margo Lane

Lucina said...

Welcome back, Lemonade714! I miss your wit and wisdom; that along with learning and some friendship is all I expect on this blog.

Lucina said...

Welcome, Margo!

Tinbeni said...

Argyle, I agree with you.
Had rocket before those pesky perps made it RAMJET.
That invoked a "HUH?" as I looked at my 'Drink in a Dixie cup?' (which, of course, contained Pinch) and remembered that the clues are never wrong. lol

kazie said...

Thanks. I'll have to try it. I looked online too, some there were horribly complicated. This looks much better. Thanks again!

Thanks for your suggestion too!

Glad to see you're above the dirt that was thrown in your direction. Several of us were concerned for you.

Anonymous said...

Barry...You're the man. You're not grumpy, it was not a fun puzzle.

creature said...


A mint julep is made with 'simple syrup', mint and bourbon.
However, I make a 'fake' mint julep using the muddling method you describe with artificial sweetner{I know it's bad} and mint leaves then add bourbon. I've had quite a few takers.OH! add some water, a little,too.

JD, Pilobolus is fantastic. I've watched it twice.Thanks

Martydog 19, welcome! Dive right in anytime.

Hondo, I'm thinking about you lots. Keep us up on you.

Grumpy 1 said...

Argyle and Tinbeni, not all missiles are designed to operate above the atmosphere. Think air-to-ground, ground-to-air, and other relatively short range missles.

From Wikipedia (that 'never wrong' ultimate arbiter, LOL):Ramjets can be particularly useful in applications requiring a small and simple engine for high speed use, such as missiles (snip)

Grumpy 1 said...

Anonymous said...
Barry...You're the man. You're not grumpy.

July 26, 2011 12:49 PM
Hey, I represent that remark.

WM said...

Just wanted to post today to congratulate Marti on yesterday's wonderful puzzle...unlike today's, it was fun, clever and entertaining. Thank you Marti. :o)

Today's was, as Barry says...Meh. Put things in, took them out, put the same things back in...nothing difficult, just frustrating second guessing myself. :oP

As to the charming Mark Twain was quoted as saying..."the rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated" :o)

Lemonade714 said...


Thank you for linking Patti LaBelle; she is a classy talented lady who came and played at the Great Southern Music Hall in Gainesville back in the late 70's. Awesome.

The complete wikepedia ramjet LINK .

HeartRx said...

martydog19, Yayyyy!! Good to see you "blue"!

Anonymous said...

Wilbur Mills reel-southern Mint Julep.

1. Apply Mint flavored chap-stick ( on lips ).
2. Open bottle of Bourbon.

3. Give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to bottle - until you have revived.

windhover said...

From Anon post just now, let's see how good you old people's memories are. Who remembers Wilbur and Fanny Fox (or was it Foxe)?

Lemonade714 said...

Yes, there was a Wilbur more famous than Post, Mr. Mills and his Argentinian bombshell exotic dancer Fanny FOXE .

Lucina said...

Wilbur and Fanny Fox! That dredges up a memory . . . blurry, but still a memory.

Unknown said...

Welcome back Lemonade! You were missed. I agree with whoever stated the purpose of the corner was for information and friendship. I don't give a fig for any dirt on anyone.

The mint julep talk is a hoot! Down south we do love the little devils. We also like to add a straw with the mint sprig to tickle one's nose. By the time I 've had two or more of them, believe me, more thsn my nose is tickled! I really drink very little, so even one is a one-two punch for me.

Lemonade714 said...

Thanks MSO and the rest of you all; I get the feeling just thinking about a mint julep gets you buzzed, MSO, "more thsn my nose is tickled! "

dodo said...

Morning, all

Argyle, I hope you get over you cold soon. It's miserable to be sick in hot weather! Great writeup in spit of your ailment!

Nice puzzle, too. A comfortable spin for me. I loved the topping references. Guess I have a second breakfast! I got a new toaster, too. it's one where you put the bread in the top and it comes out the bottom. Hope it does a better job than the pop-ups I've had!

crazyhorse said...

I liked both puzzles today.

i too, had trouble printing the puzzle until I clicked on the side to print and then it was fine.

so glad to hear from you. I dislike posts from anons that just want to smear. We all have ghosts in our closets, but not all is real.I always enjoy your writeups.

Welcome back!

Husker Gary said...

Just in from 18 holes in 105 heat index! I had granddaughter in cart with me and a good time was had by all. I am now blogging from a Barnes and Noble on this “toasty” puzzle and day!

-Would all Cooperstown inductees be in today with all the social scrutinizing going on? Ty Cobb?
-A Julep in a Dixie Cup?
-Tune in a podcast? Nope, Open or download.
-Other than that, how did you like the play Mrs. Lincoln?
-Can’t decide about Macbeth!
-One currency in Europe is handy but is not so great for countries that pay their bills subsidizing those that don’t/won't/can't.
-Mom could not eradicate the mint growing as a weed on the south side of our house!
-Loved the Wilde quote Hahtool!
-How does one muddle or macerate mint?
-Climbing the spiral staircase to the crown of the statue of liberty is a HIKE!!
-Rock on, Lemon!

LaLaLinda said...

Yo, Lemonade! Glad you're back. I'm still at Misquamicut Beach ... four more days.

Lucina said...

I thank you for that quote, too. I love Oscar Wilde's writings. He had a wickedly satirical pen but all in fun.

Tinbeni said...

Grumpy & Lemon
Thanks for the additional RAMJET info.
Learning moments always add to my crossword experience.

At Sunset I'll think about that Mint Julep ...
But my "toast" to you all will be Avatar.

Cheers !!!

Avg Joe said...

I'd add a small tidbit to the ramjet conversation. There's another variation on that device called the scramjet that has a lot of potential (i.e. much higher speeds). One of my sons turned me onto an incredibly fascinating article in Scientific American in 2006 that described the possibilities and pitfalls. It was available on line back then, but alas is now only available by subscription. The Wiki article will have to do. ScramJet

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. I gotta agree with Barry G once again; I got little pleasure out of today's puzzle. The theme entries were cute and there was some good fill such as RECREATION, JULEP, MACBETH, SAHIB, and JUJITSU. Then there was some pretty blah fill such as SPLASHER, LADLER, and ICETEA, and the horrible abbreviations such as LIQ and EST.

Good to see all of you today.

Best wishes to you all from an Orange Marmalade guy.

eddyB said...


Some people add 2 and 2 and get 5.
Welcome back Lemon!

Got four books from Amazon. Now I have some thing to do at 2:30 AM.

JD. Warren said it would be the second week-end in Sept. See you at 2:00 on Sat.


lois said...

Good afternoon, Argyle, CC, & al, what a fun puzzle! A fly by! I love Mon and Tues puzzles and esp this wk's. Great job yesterday, Marti and today, Jeff. Thoroughly enjoyed both.

Had to laugh at 28A STATE PRESERVE. Am leaving Fri for the Wichita Wildlife REFuge in OK to play with those antelope, ELK, buffalo and ...and...wait for it...wait for it...COWBOYS!!!!! Yeeehaww!!!at least the sheep there can relax and won't have to be nervous for a while. ICE TEA isn't the LIQ this SPLASHER will be HANKerin' for, I guarohnDANtee ya! AMATI-ven have a FANCY mint JULEP or three but an ICE TEA would just BE-SO indicating I've ENDED the RECREATIONal VICEs that have provided the tilt to my HALO and the PERT-iness to my AURA(s). I'd FEEL like my JAM PACKED RAMJETs have FLAILED. Can I let that happen? uhh, NO, not in this lifetime!

Santa baby, I hope you feel better soon. Wish I could bring you something to warm you up - chicken soup if nothing else.

Enjoy your night.

Captain Obvious said...

What the.... were...

And its a fact you....


All these great minds but not one cares about character.

Futhermore....kabooooom...ooops my head just exploded.

Congratulations, you've rendered me speechless.

Warren said...

Just checking in, JD and eddyB

RE: pottery sale coming up?

I think it's supposed to be the weekend after labor day this year.

Keep an eye on the BHC page for updates and information.

Anonymous said...

Has the hard to believe series run it's course? It hasn't appeared for 3 days days just curious. I guess all good things must end.

JD said...

Lois, you are a treasure!! We've missed you and Lemonade too.I feel a song coming on... zip a dee doo dah!!! Looking forward to the rest of the week.

Thanks Warren & eddy, Chickie will want to go too.

Bill G. said...

I came across this video on the LAT homepage of an amazingly lifelike robotic seagull.

Packed and ready said...

Is this where I come to get a deal on Carnival Cruise Lines? Or am I too late?

Argyle said...

That ship has sailed. Perhaps you could go jump in the lake?

Bill G. said...

RSD, Christina can sing and has nice boobs that she shows off constantly but she sure butchered the National Anthem and not just by forgetting the lyrics either. Her interpretation was way too much about her instead of the song.

I sure like orange marmalade with the bitter orange peel. Tasty stuff.

Just curious said...

If you have been disbarred and are "not eligible to practice law in the State of Florida" are you still a lawyer? Or do you just forego the law again?

windhover said...

Hey Dude (or Dudette),
Did you ride to school on the short bus? You can keep the Crusade going as long as you like, but eventually you will discover that we ain't buyin' what you're sellin'.

You could save yourself a lot of trouble and the rest of us some minor annoyance by giving it up now. Or not. We've outlasted worse pests than you.

Anonymous said...

That is a legit question.

Dyno-mite said...

Thought your head 'sploded, s--- for brains.

Just curious said...

No, not me. Still here. Still waiting for answer. Anyone can answer. Hatool?

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I didn't finish the puzzle this morning. Got it started and then had to leave for an appointment. I didn't get back to it until this evening.

I found it to be a good Tuesday level puzzle, not too hard, but with a bit of challenge in some of the names and places. My one error was with Rocket instead of Ram Jet. Perps fixed that, but it was still an unknown. Thanks for the explanations today on the difference between the two.

Warren, JD and I hope to attend your pottery sale together. Jayce said he would be there at 2 P.M. That might be a good time to meet everyone.

Anonymous said...

Windy you are a trip. I don't think I've ever known a 60+ year old person like you.

You have a huge chip on your shoulder.

There are a lot of religious people on this blog yet you insult us every chance you get.(the other day with "Book of Mythology") And now you basically called someone mentally challenged.

Lighten up dude. Its only a blog on the internet. Nobody is attacking you in real life.

Chickie said...

A blackberry is not a phone at our house, but a berry that I've made into jam this month. In fact with all the berries and fruit we've had I've managed to make 5 different kinds of jam and jelly this July. My counter is full of more plums and apricots, just picked. It is a lot of work, but at Christmas time and other times when I want a gift, I just go to the cupboard.

Marmalade is one of our favorites, but our little sour oranges aren't ready for that until about Jan-Feb. time.

Argyle, A summer cold is NO fun. Take care.

Lemonade 714, good to see you. I hope your son's band was awesome. Sounds like you had a great time.

Have a lovely evening, everyone.

Anonymous said...

I have a special needs daughter. Every day a small bus picks her up and takes her to camp. She brings home a handmade gift every afternoon.

She is beautiful.

I thank God for her every night at bedtime.

windhover said...

At the risk of dislodging the chip, I'll simply say that do and always have, say what I mean, mean what I say.
If you don't like it, when you see my name just skip to the next post.
It's just like TV, if you don't like the show you're watching, flip the channel or turn it off. No one is forcing you to read the drivel I write.
And I will add, for the fortyeleventh time, that when I write, everyone knows who's behind the screen. Not so with cowards like yourself.

fermatprime said...

Hi All,

Puzzle was fun but hardly compares to Marti's. Just bad timing.

Creature--try Stevia--it is not an artificial sugar. It is a plant. I really like it.

Lemon--good to have you back.

Argyle--I haven't had a cold in 10 or so years. I take 2000 mg vitamin C daily. Also use vaporizer and deionizer. Have you checked for mold? Get well SOON!

Thought crayOLA was cute, as was JULEP. Too bad I never had one in my drinking days. Can't see how one could make a virgin version. (Had a 32 oz. virgin piña colada with Outback takeout last week. Was that ever good!)

Sleep tight!

fermatprime said...

Forgot to mention your cute new avatar, Hahtool. Just adore box turtles. Have 6 currently. You?

Jeannie said...

Hey come on Anon(s), it has been pointed out more than once that your comments are not welcome here on this blog. C.C. herself vindicated Jason, as well as many of us "regular" people that have the balls to put ourselves out there in blue. Yes, we know you know his name and now everyone else does. We are a fun group and all you do is pull the fun energy out of here. If you don't want to be here, go somewhere else. Hey, start your own "hate" blog.

C.C., Argyle, can't you delete the negative comments?

Lois, GREAT to see you, I have been a bit worried until I realized it was your summer break and were probably having fun. Enjoy your Cowboy experience(s). I wish I could join you for a couple of days so you could show me the "ropes". I'm thinkin' OK would never be the same!

Too busy for the puzzle but never too busy to check in every now and then. You are afterall, my cyber family. Good night and good wishes to each and every one of you in blue. Welcome to the newbies.

Jeannie aka Lolita.

Clear Ayes said...

There was just no time for the puzzle today. We were busy with doctor's appointment, shopping, etc. today.

Hi, Lemonade, hope you had a good time with your son and his band.

I'm glad I'm back in time to see that I've been tagged (along with most of the other regulars) as a "great mind".

It was interesting to see so many Oscar Wilde style "gentlemen" drop by today.

WH, I'll read your drivel any day.

Annette said...

Avg Joe, thanks for the Family Circus link. I saw that earlier today and immediately thought of the blog, but had forgotten about it by the time I got here.

dodo said...

Lemonade, glad you're back! How was the concert?

Martidog, welcome! Hope to see a lot of you.

Tenbeni, I find it very hard to see you enjoying Pinch from a Dixie cup.

If there's anything I dislike more than a mint julep, it's comments that refer to inside jokes or ones that might have been missed a day or so ago, and incomprehensible acronyms.

Anon @10:01 you sound a lot like an ex-member of this group. Were you ever blue?