Aug 29, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011 Jennifer Nutt

Theme: Res - It's a legal matter. The unifier explains it quite well.

16A. *Not animated, in filmmaking : LIVE ACTION. Legal action, a judicial proceeding; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong.

23A. *Like replays that reveal bad calls : SLOW MOTION. A motion is a procedural device to bring a limited, contested issue before a court for decision.

49A. *One who can't function under stress : BASKET CASE. A legal case may be either civil or criminal. A dispute between opposing parties to be resolved by a court.

10D. *Ineffective executive : EMPTY SUIT. A lawsuit is a civil action brought by a plaintiff, a party who claims to have incurred loss as a result of a defendant actions and demands a legal or equitable remedy.

33D. *Hunk or babe's attribute : SEX APPEAL. After a final decision has been made, either party or both may appeal from the judgment if they believe there had been a procedural error made by the trial court.

59-Across. Where the ends of the starred answers are filed : COURT OF LAW

Argyle here. How did I get Lemonade's puzzle? It might be because I was trying to watch "Amistad" on TV at the same time I was blogging. It is the 1997 Steven Spielberg movie about the 19th century slave ship, events, trial, politics and eventually, the Supreme Court.

Six theme entries proves a Monday doesn't have to be minimal. I checked; Jennifer is proficient in this format. Always a pleasure.


1. Cookie holders : JARS

5. Baseball feature : SEAM

9. What gears do : MESH

13. Lake into which Ohio's Cuyahoga River empties : ERIE. "Cuyahoga" means "crooked river".

14. Alabama march site : SELMA

15. Austen novel : EMMA

18. Rotating cooking rod : SPIT

19. Grassland : LEA

20. Plunked oneself down : SAT

21. Disco dance : HUSTLE. You may avoid this ear worm if you like. Do the Hustle(4:00)

27. "Affirmative!" : "YES!"

28. Traveler's guide : MAP

29. Dental fillings : INLAYS

31. "A Doll's House" playwright : IBSEN. Henrik Ibsen.

34. __ noire: literally, "black beast" : BÊTE

35. Enveloping glow : AURA

38. "I __ Pretty": "West Side Story" song : FEEL

39. Doves' homes : COTES

40. Do-it-yourselfers' buys : KITS

41. __-Coburg, Bavaria : SAXE. Map, city of Coburg.

42. Like speaking : ORAL

43. Wee parasites : MITES

44. Word with power or reactor : ATOMIC

46. "Casablanca" pianist : SAM

47. iPhone download : APP

53. Mealtime lap item : NAPKIN

55. "That feels great!" : "AAH!"

56. Org. issuing many refunds : IRS

58. Garden of Eden's __ of life : TREE

63. Emblem of authenticity : SEAL

64. Proverbial waste maker : HASTE

65. Movie lioness : ELSA

66. Online business review site : YELP. Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics. The name "Yelp" comes from a friend of the founders who simply liked the word. But it also serves as a nifty contraction of "yellow pages."

67. Cut with acid : ETCH

68. Medvedev's "no" : "NYET". Dmitry Medvedev is the current President of the Russian Federation. Related- 34D. '90s Russian president Yeltsin : BORIS


1. Come together : JELL

2. Astrological Ram : ARIES

3. Opponent : RIVAL

4. "Get it?" : "SEE?"

5. Spat : SET-TO

6. Quarterback Manning : ELI. NY Giants.

7. __, amas, amat ... : AMO. One of the first things many people will learn when taking Latin.

8. Ways to get under the street : MAN HOLES

9. Army meal : MESS

11. Look happy : SMILE

12. Can't stand : HATES

14. Rascal : SCAMP

17. Nile dam : ASWAN

22. Italian "a" : UNA

24. Brunch staple : OMELET

25. Neckwear pin : TIE TACK

26. Santa Clara chip maker : INTEL. The world's largest semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue.

30. Central Washington city : YAKIMA. Map.

31. Uncertainties : IF'S

32. Actress Arthur : BEA. TV's Maude.

36. Numbered hwy. : RTE.

37. Barnyard brayer : ASS

39. Old buffalo-hunting tribe : COMANCHE

43. Like a he-man : MACHO

45. Kimono accessory : OBI

46. One of 50 : STATE

47. Unable to sit still : ANTSY

48. City of Light, in a Porter song : PAREE. Name That Song.

50. Mars neighbor : EARTH

51. Goofy : SILLY

52. Wipe off the board : ERASE

54. Brown seaweed : KELP

57. Whack : SWAT

60. Cheerios grain : OAT

61. Trojans' sch. : USC. University of Southern California.

62. Quagmire : FEN. "Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole." - Evelyn Waugh.



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

A bit of a bumpy ride for me this morning, but I suspect that has more to do with my Monday-addled brain and less to do with the actual puzzle...

I misread the clue for 10D as "ineffective excuse" for some reason, which held me back for awhile. Then I couldn't remember how to spell YAKIMA (I put in YAKAMA). I was pretty sure that 57D was SLAY, but alas it was SWAT. Oh -- and In really wanted to fit SEXINESS into 33D, but the puzzle was having none of that.

SAXE? Yeah, somebody I'll probably actually commit that to memory...

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Wow! This didn't feel like a Monday puzzle. It certainly more of a SLOW MOTION puzzle than a speed run. It was a fun, though.

It didn't help that I thought that Come Together meant to Join instead of JELL.

I hope all of you in Irene's path are safe. Although it seems not to have been as bad as predicted, it is far better to be prepared than not.

Today marks the 6 years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans.

QOD: Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. ~ Thomas A. Edison

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the write-up Argyle. And a fine job you did of explaining Lemonade’s puzzle, LOL. I definitely avoided the “Hustle” ear worm. But it’s still banging around in my head, anyway!

I started to enter JARS at 1A and checked 1D to be sure it was correct. When I saw “Come together”, I thought, “Hmm…that should probably be MESH”. But nope – that was the answer for 9A ! Other than that little hiccup, I flew through this in no time.

Nice to see six theme entries in a Monday puzzle, with nice clean fill, to boot. BASKET CASE and SEX APPEAL both made me chuckle. Great stuff, Jennifer!

Our power went out at 7:30 last night because a transformer blew. I had taken gallon zip lock bags and filled them with water and stuffed the freezer with them on Saturday. So they were frozen solid and kept the food from thawing. Yay! I love it when a plan comes together.

I hope everyone else came through OK? Happy Monday, everyone!

Dr. Dad said...

Good morning.

A relaxing puzzle for this Monday morning. Nothing hard about it. A couple I didn't know but perps filled those in. Yakima was one of them.

I really don't like Jell for come together. I think Gel is the correct term and Jell came from Jell-O. Could be wrong though, I have been before.

We survived Irene. By the time it got to RI it was a tropical storm but still had plenty of punch. I have one big branch down in my yard that I will have to saw up but nothing major. A few branches. There are a lot of trees down in areas around me so we were lucky. Never lost electrical power. Here's hoping everyone else was just as lucky.

An albatross can sleep while it flies. It apparently dozes while cruising at 25 mph.

An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.

At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.

Every year, $1.5 billion is spent on pet food. This is four times the amount spent on baby food.

Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.

Have a great Monday!

Lemonade714 said...

Hello everyone:
Back in So. Fla and computers; thanks for all the nice birthday wishes. This may be my favorite of my three 21st birthdays.

Puzzle was fun but my quickly out of practice brain had trouble believing YES was really an answer. Liked the theme, and Bête is one the words Kazie was teaching us in our French lessons where the accent (the circonflexe, or little triangle thingy) becomes an S in English.

Have a great end to August, I am off the Driver License bureau

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, all. Thanks for an enlightening Monda start, Argyle.

No problems on this puzzle, except for 'Aye' instead of YES. A quick check of the perps cleared that up, though.

Barry, be careful with your alternate spelling of YAKIMA. 'Yakama' makes the 'Wee parasites' into 'mates' instead of MITES. That could land you in a COURT OF LAW!

Argyle, I thought maybe you would title this one "SO SUE ME!"

Good to see our East Coasters reporting in and glad that the storm wasn't any worse.

Yellowrocks said...

Easy Monday puzzle. I like the song in Maria, "I Feel Pretty." That's the way you feel when someone loves you. Isn't is wonderful?

Although we survied the storm quite well, many here did not. The newspaper says, "It will go down as one of the most damaging storms to hit NJ in a century, if not in recorded history." So many roads and highways are impassable. So many homes are flooded. There are wide spread electrical outages. In the next town to us 50% of the homes have no electricity. Our neighborhood was very lucky.

Fermataprime, I took your advice and copied this as soon as I wrote it, just in case. Thanks.

kazie said...

Good and easy Monday. I appreciate Lemonade's shout out--nice to know my "lessons" are remembered by some!

Argyle did a nice job blogging too, and I'm glad to hear that those reporting in so far were unharmed by the storm. I hope that for the rest, their reports will come later, or perhaps that they suffer no more than power outages.

Oddly enough, I had to think twice about Coburg-Saxe. I am not familiar with that area of northern Bavaria, and wasn't sure why there should be a connection between it and Saxony, unless by royal alliance or older provincial borders. On checking Wiki I think it's a combination of both.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Another "Great" write-up.

I agree, 6 themes on a Monday is a major PLUS.

1-D, Come together, OK, I got JELL but my brain was in DF Land. What did you think Lois?

Gal-Pal used the term YELP just the other day.
YAKIMA all perps or I probably would have put in (incorrectly) Tacoma.

Well it's raining here. Weatherman says it is a lasting effect from Irene. Damn, that bitch has a long reach ...
Nothing like our NE neighbors had to put up with.
Glad to see y'all made it through safely.

Cheers !!!

Abejo said...

Good Morning, folks. Thanks, Jennifer, for a swell Monday puzzle. I enjoyed it. Thank you, Argyle, for your great comments.

Started in the NW and filled that whole corner in right away. Felt good.

Enjoyed the theme. Easy to fill and helped with the puzzle as a whole.

A few unknowns, but perps helped; ie; SAXE, YELP, UNA.

Have friends from YAKIMA, so that was easy.

Quite often TIE TACK is spelled TIE TAC. Both are correct I would bet.

Great start for the day.

Going back to Chicago today for another event. I am feeling better.

See you tomorrow.


Nice Cuppa said...

FYI, Barry and Kazie

Saxe-Coburg [and Gotha] is (in)famous in British history.

It was the "House" of the British Royal family since 1901. During World War I, George V decided a German name was not such a great idea given that so many young Brits were being killed [by Germans] at the time. So he changed it to "Windsor", after one of his castles/palaces.

I think it about the same time that the "German Shepherd" was renamed "Alsatian".

Both names have stuck.


kazie said...

I often wondered why Alsatians were called that in Oz but not here--one word seems so much easier!

Interesting too about the British "house". Of course they can't deny their German connection. I remember being told at the castle in Heidelberg how the two cousins, king and Kaiser in each country respectively, wrote to each other in desperation trying to figure out how to avoid the conflict which would become WWI. Germany was pretty much forced into that one because of its alliances at the time of the Austrian Archduke's assassination.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all. Weather yesterday reminded me of "Après moi le déluge." Do hurricanes hit France?

Great Monday puzzle. No real problems but I did have to change at 1d join to JELL. Also had tie clip before TIE TACK. Nice theme. Favorite fill was MANHOLES. Here is a diagram (see 2nd figure) of how steam turbine reduction gears MESH. A Navy meal is also called a MESS. The White House Mess is run by the Navy.

Time to go dry some stuff out.

Unknown said...

Argyle, great writing today!
We were spared here in NC. There are lots of outages and flooded roads, but mainly at the Outer Banks. The coast had some damage, but not as much as had been predicted. We had some strong winds and some rain, at times pounding, but little else. We are very thankful.
Today's puzzle was fun as well as informational. Thanks, for the history lesson!
I hope everyone has a storm-free, hassle-free, healthy week! Welcome Monday!

Anonymous said...

Good morning Argyle, CC, et al., What a wonderful ride! Just MESHed in an eERIE sort of way w/Ms. Nutt. Maybe b/c I dropped my SLOW MOTION ASS last night and I'm ready for some not just LIVE ACTION but MACHO ATOMIC action at that. JELL? I FEEL ya, Tinbeni. Doin' the HUSTLE on a MANHOLE with SEX APPEAL is a fine way to get some INLAYS and YELPing goin on. We'll see if you can hear the SMILE where you are.

Also loved seeing Comanche here. One of my favorite tribes in OK. Quannah Parker's name is everywhere in SW OK. Went to school w/his grand children and a grandson of Geronimo (Apache warrior). Love that history.

Just got power this morning - 3 days. No personal major damage. Plenty of friends w/trees on cars, houses, debris everywhere. No school. 18 schools w/out power and 3 w/damage. Flooding wasn't bad for the most part here.

Argyle, great job today. How'd your place hold up & your family?

lois said...

The above Anon is Lois. Why did my name not come thru in blue?

Ashley Eidbo said...

nice, do-able puzzle for a monday morning! nice theme. struggled briefly with the se corner, i guess because i don't know elsa the lion!

Yellowrocks said...

Speaking of man hole covers, see my new avatar. Picture taken along the Danube.

carol said...

Hi gang, Great puzzle....not too many unknowns, just 41A (SAXE) and 66A (YELP). 30D (YAKIMA) was a 'gimmie'- the last time I went through that area was in 1980, about 2 months after Mt.St. Helens blew up and the highway edges and surrounding land was piled with ash. It was fine if the wind was not blowing but in that part of Washington, the wind is always blowing to some degree. The ash blew up and covered the car in a thin sheet...we didn't dare use the wipers as it would scratch our windshield. We had to creep through that whole area (something over 25 miles) going about 15 mph. YUK!!!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

kind of a slow go for a Monday. Well constructed puzzle. I missed the down answers being part of the theme. They made it quite thematically rich.

I like the SAXE-SEX cross.

Looks like Irene pretty much ruined the State of Vermont - flooding rather than wind damage. Whole towns are flooded, roads and bridges washed out, highways undermined. Plus about $8 Billion in damages in NJ alone.

Even after scaling down, Irene had an enormous amount of water to drop. Big tragedy for those affected.


Zcarguy said...

Morning all, Argyle

I'm glad to learn that our east coast bloggers are safe and survived the storm.
Last week was hectic , did the puzzles but didn't have a chance to blog.
Today's was a fun solve , west central was only bump
Wanted JIVE at 1down but ERIE didn't allow it
I never heard of SPIT as a rotating rod. all and all it was a fine offering by Jennifer and nicely blogged by Argyle.

Spitzboov, I thought the Mess at the White House is run by Obama..!!

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle, C.C. and weekend survivors.

Argyle, thanks for the very informative writing.

Hand up for JOIN then JELL and TURN before MESH but sashayed all the way through the rest. We saw SAXE-Coburg not too long ago, maybe on a Sunday.

YELP as a website is completely new for me and interesting to know.

To all those visited by Irene, it's good to know you are safe.

Marti, what a clever idea to fill bags with water so they would freeze.

Have a super Monday, everyone!

Lucina said...

I just checked. SAXE-Coburg appeared on Sunday, July 24. My way of planting it in my memory.

Nice Cuppa said...


No politics please! It will only tempt others (including me).


Yellowrocks said...

I am disappointed that my avatar is not as clear and effective as the original photo. It is of a man in a hard had who is coming up from a manhole and resting his arms on the pavement. (The manhole cover is behind him.) Ladies in skirts beware!
Techies, is there any way I can enhance the avatar to make it show up better?

kazie said...

Zcarguy said: I never heard of SPIT as a rotating rod.--What about suckling pig roasting on a spit? Or those vertical ones used to make gyros or Turkish Kababs? I think you can even buy ovens and grills with rotating spits.

As I read your first post, I recognized your inimitable style and also wondered why you would post as anon. Must be more blitching.

Argyle said...

The Catskill area of NY got hit very hard and hence, the Schoharie Creek was flooded. If the Gilboa dam had breached...Katie bar the door.

I hope vtquiltmom is all right. I heard Montpelier had severe flooding.

Nice Cuppa said...


You're right about sex and SAXE. Queen Victoria had 9 children with her DH - Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. He died at the age of 42 or it might been more - "shagged out" I shouldn't wonder.

By a strange coincidence (this is beginning to sound a lot like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, their children went on to produce 42 grandchildren.

Now what was the question?


Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, Not much else to mention. Everyone seems to have it covered.

I did know SAXE-Coburg because of England's Queen Victoria connection. Although her father was a Hanover, her mother was a Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. When Victoria was 20, she married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and took his name. Victoria and Albert had 42 grandchildren. Their descendants include Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Harald V of Norway, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Margrethe II of Denmark, Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain. Victoria reigned for almost 64 years. Queen Elizabeth II is set to beat her great-great-grand mother's reign record on 10 September 2015.

Zcarguy said...

NC, just trying to be funny, I can see no one's laughing , I'll just stick to selling cars and abandon my persuit for a career in comedy. Sigh

Kazie , I only know rotating cooking rod as a Rotisserie. and that's the beauty of crossword puzzles , and all the wonderful people on this blog, I learn something everyday.
Thanks to all that contribute.

Anonymous said...

21 Across Disco dance : Hustle

Disco Gold you could dance the Hustle to this song.

Sister Sledge All American Girls

Sisiter Sledge

Fun Facts By Dave Letterman

Widely distributed in 1588, the world's first piece of junk mail was an advertisement for exotic wigs.

If you press Shift-Control-F5 on a Windows equipped computer, you'll see a video of Bill Gates dancing The Hustle.

Clear Ayes said...

Oops, sorry to NC for repeating some of his Victoria/Albert information. I had checked previous comments, but a lot can be posted in a 10 minute gap.

For me a rotisserie is the whole roasting appliance. It is fitted with a spit (rod) on which food is threaded and rotated over a source of heat. You can cook on a hand turned spit (over a pit...think major BBQ) without a rotisserie, but you can't cook on a rotisserie without a spit.

Bill G. said...

That was a pleasant Monday puzzle. The theme worked OK but seemed lacking in cleverness. Oh well, those themes can't come along every day.

Dr. Dad, if there really was an ultra sonic dog whistle recorded at the end of "A Day in the Life," it was probably beyond the sound range that an LP could record and most home sound systems could reproduce.

eddyB said...


Shades of yesterday. LOL. As I left the The Silent Girl last night, Det. Frost was having a cold jelly fish salad.
Decided to buy a copy when I found
out I was #87 on the library reserve list. Most of the action takes place in Boston's Chinatown.
Tess even weaves in the story of the Monkey King.
This is one of those books that you don't want to finish.


Bill G. said...

Here's a cute little 'mind-reading' puzzle that you might enjoy and then might enjoy trying on your family members.

1) Think of a number from one to 10.
2) Multiply that number by nine.
3) If that number is a two-digit number, add the digits together.
4) Subtract five.
5) Determine which letter of the alphabet corresponds to that number.
(a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, etc.)
6) Think of a country that starts with that letter.
7) Think of an animal that starts with the last letter of that country.
8) Think of a fruit that starts with the last letter of that animal.

What fruit, animal and country did you end up with?

Argyle said...

zcarguy, don't feed the trolls.

Anonymous said...

BillG, it's always going to be the letter 'D'. Most people will say Denmark, Koala, Apple.

Zcarguy said...

FYI to all;

As a non English speaking foreigner with Less than an eighth grade education I find the puzzles and this blog to be a good learning tool, yes I don't contribute much to this blog and am sure I won't be missed if I leave,but my eagerness to continue learning is what keeps me going, there are times when a simple word to all of you, might be the hardest for me, and yes I might ask for explanation from you.I hope that's not much to ask, if it is , let me know ,at the end of the day I pat myself on the back for finishing the Monday to Thursday puzzles with very little outside help.and I hope someday I can be of help to others.but for now I'm just gonna continue learning with your help or without,I prefer with .

Bill G. said...

Zcarguy, best to try to ignore the anons. There's at least one snarky one with no obvious redeeming qualities.

Hahtoolah said...

Denmark, Kangaroo, Orange

Marge said...

Hi all,

I found this a nice puzzle and not hard so I was surprised to hear some people thought it was hard for a Monday.

I didn't know a disco dance was a hustle and glad to learn una was A in Italy. I had team for seam (5A) and that had to change. Comanche was easy but I forgot how to spell it. That happens a lot these days.

I didn't know Saxe-Coburg, I had Sase first but Ses appeal didn't make sense. In fact, my early ancesters to the U.S. were from Bavaria. They went to Switzerland and then came to America in 1750 because they were persecuted for their religion.

As usual, this was a fun thing and I thank C C, Argyle and all others who make this possible

PS could someone tell me how to get a picture onto my blog?

ARBAON said...

Any word from The Marine?

Tinbeni said...

Bill G.
Yeah the number always equals 4.
Ergo the letter is 'D'.

Djibouti, Ibis, Strawberry.

Dominica, Alligator, Raspberries.

Dominican Republic, Camel, Lemon (or Lime).

Bill G. said...

Marge, click on your blue name. Then click on Edit Profile. Then go down near the bottom and click on the button to add a photo from your computer. Browse around to locate the photo you wish to add. Select it. Wait until it shows up. Save it. Go to the bottom of the page and save the changes. I hope that all works for you.

dodo said...

Greetomgs gang, on a great Monday.
How nice to have a puzzle that went as fast as I could write without stopping! TGIM! No trouble solving, but gettin the theme figured out had to wait (as usual) till I got here. I guess I'm just into the words.

I thought I was finished early but I see there are already 40+ comments, so I'll keep mum. Not much to say anyway!

Bill G. said...

Right. I understand how the 'trick' works. Most people end up with an orange kangaroo in Denmark.

Lucina said...

UNA is also feminine "a" in Spanish.

Unknown said...

To Zcarguy:
Ignore the sarcastic peeps who must get a charge out of being so snarky! Keep coming back here because on the whole this is an informative, kind and welcoming group of people. I enjoy reading the blog everyday and consider it a part of the mind-expanding I need to keep my aging brain a bit more agile.
Thank-you to all of you for enhancing my experience in the crossword world!

Yellowrocks said...

Zcarguy, please ignore the snarky anon. The regulars on this blog are a wonderful, kind, accepting bunch. I'll clue you in, we all have questioned things that seems very obvious to others and vice versa. In this exchange we all learn. A warm welcome to you! Please keep blogging.

Help!! I'm not so good at graphics. I really want to share my manhole "peeeper." I think he woiuld show well in a blog photo. How would I accomplish that?

kazie said...

We can all increase our screen size or view it on your profile "at full size". Not perfect, but better. Otherwise, if you have it on Picasa there's a way to do it too, by clicking on the photo, upload it, and when the image appears, right click it and choose "send image". A web address will appear in the message window. Without sending it anywhere, copy and paste the web address into the blog post as a link and it should appear here in blue. Here is my experiment with a photo of Augustusburg in Saxony from a distance.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A quick run in the park today for me today. Like Dodo, I put in the answers almost as fast as I could write.

Hands up for turn rather than mesh, so that had to be erased. Some clues were filled in and I didn't see the answers until I read Argyle's great writeup.

I liked the shoutout to my home town of Santa Clara. I lived there until I got married, then moved about 5 miles away to San Jose. We like where we live--a lot!

Yakima was also a gimmee. We've traveled in that part of Washington on our way to trade shows on the Eastern border of the state. I also have cousins who live there.

Have a great day everyone. I'm glad that our East Coast bloggers were pretty much spared from the wrath of Irene. Dennis had sandbagged his place and his business. I hope it worked.

Chickie said...

Yellow Rocks,
I clicked on your name, then on your picture "At full size" It was much clearer, and I chuckled at the figure coming out of the manhole. Was he a worker or was he a person there to cause people to take a second look? He looked like he was dressed all in a silver outfit.

Lucina said...

Yes, by clicking on the photo and then again to enlarge it, the man is quite clearly seen emerging. Nice job.

LaLaLinda said...

YAY! The power's back!

We'd been out since 7:00 AM Sunday ... an inconvenience to be sure, but certainly not as bad as some of the situations in nearby towns. More than half the state lost power ... the most in any storm in state history ... and restoration has been slow due to impassable roads in some cases. More than 500,000 are still without power.

There's been some damage in both coastal and inland areas. Downed trees and wires and major flooding seem to be the culprits in the hardest hit areas. Other than the power outage, all we we had to contend with was some yard clean-up. We feel very fortunate.

I think 'thehondohurricane' is in the eastern part of the state where most towns are reported to have 100% without power. I hope things are OK with him and all others affected!

Clear Ayes said...

Yellowrocks, I really enjoyed your new avatar. It reminds me very much of the 3 dimensional sidewalk art of Julian Beever.

Zcarguy, our administrators are very quick to delete offensive posts. As others have said before, just ignore them and keep on posting.

carol said...

Zcarguy, as others have said, ignore the's difficult at times as several of us know, but better in the long run. We appreciate you and your comments so please stay with us. We all have had puzzles that cause us 'grief' so never feel that you cannot ask a question here. :)

I do hope all the bloggers that we have not heard from today are just out of power and not something worse.

fermatprime said...

Hello All!

Great puzzle. Thanks Jennifer. Cool write-up. Thanks Argyle.

Agree with Dodo and Chickie--a speed run. Except for JELL pause.

Yellowrocks: If you have Photoshop, clip the picture. Enlarge if necessary. (PS files can be very large to begin with.) Save as jpeg. If you like, send it to me to clip and return!

(I can use PS as I refuse to upgrade to Lion until this issue is ironed out!)

Note: Zcarguy called out by NC rather than trolls. What are you guys reading? Anyway, hang in there ZC. Keep posting!!!


Clear Ayes said...

fermatprime, LOL, I was just going with what Bill G. said @ 1:54. The remarks were deleted before I had a chance to read them. That's the way it should be. Good work to C.C., Argyle, or Dennis for being quick to cut 'em off at the pass.

Irene is passing and we hope our missing friends will check in as soon as they get everything around home checked out. Good thinking, Marti about the homemade icebags.

creature said...

Great puzzle and write up. Enjoyed both.

Been trying to grab blogs and comments as I could. The puzzles have been a delight as well.

Chickie, Found an heirloom Striped German tomato at a farmers market. Oh my goodness; never tasted anything like it. Somehow, I remember your mention of "pink" in the name. Is that so? Going back for any more I can get my hands on.

Glad everyone came through this weekend's trials. The floods sound horrible. I'm so sorry for those folks.

CC and Argyle great blogging, too.

Seems everything happens in my life in globs. All good, thank goodness.


Husker Gary said...

Just back from the wonderful Nebraska State Fair where we went on a whim and in our Envoy! Weather was great and we had a good time despite driving 2 hours each way. Among a lot of other things, we saw a sheep being born with human assistance and AMAZING border collies herding steers through mazes. Great Stuff! We also heard the worst rendition of the National Anthem since Roseanne!

-If you have never seen an empty suit, I’ve seen enough for both of us
-Baseball pitchers throw 2 seam and 4 seam fastballs!
-I did learn the Hustle!
-No one ever did say, “Play it again, Sam!”
-I get no refunds from the IRS because I want my money during the year
-ILSA knew Sam and ELSA was Born Free.
-Didn’t know YELP but it couldn’t be anything else.
-BEA on Golden Girls? Priceless!
-A young lady I was trying to let into traffic on Sunday obviously was not familiar with driving a “stick”, couldn’t get her gears to MESH and killed the car six times.

Avg Joe said...

Gary speaks the truth. The line in the movie was: "You played for her. Play it for me. Play it Sam!"

As Time Goes By.

I'm thrilled that Irene turned out to be less than expected when fully experienced and pleased that so many have checked in with nominal reports of genuine trouble. Hopefully those that haven't are simply without power, not in any danger. Could'a been a whole lot worse. Could'a been Katrina squared. This was a gift no matter how ugly.

dodo said...

CA, let's not forget Czar Nicholas III(I think) who resembled Elizabeth !!'s grandpa, GeorgeV so closely that they liked to fool people exchanging places. (or so I read!)

dodo said...

Years ago I had a rotisserie in my oven(I think it wasa Hot Point). That oven also played "Tenderly" when the roast was done!

Argyle said...

48. City of Light, in a Porter song : PAREE. Name That Song.

No takers? How about Who Said Gay Paree?(3:41)

Annette said...

Seeing BEA Arthur in the puzzle brought a smile to my face since I was watching her Biography while doing the puzzle! It was much more interesting than I'd expected.

Anxious to hear from our missing bloggers in the NE - Dennis, John Lampkin, etc. Glad we had a few more check ins today!

It's always good to hear the damage wasn't as bad as feared, unless you're one of the smaller percent whose life has been turned upside down by the storm...

JD said...

Good evening all,

Enjoyable xwd , a quickie, although the perps had to fill most of the phrases before I could see 'em.Saxe and bete were unknowns, but easily filled, like yelp, which I never saw. I should have looked up the spelling of Yakima instead of doing it

THANK YOU Argyle, I would have never understood the theme XO

Jennifer, are you a west coast girl?Yes, we have lots of kelp. Most people don't use the correct city of Santa Clara for Intel,etc; we usually see Silicon Valley.

Lois, how do you do it? You just weathered a storm and your write up was again hilarious. Thanks for being you..and I'm so glad all of you are safe.

Dodo, are you kidding about your oven singing to you????

dodo said...

Nope. it's true. That's one reason we bought it! I wish I still had it.

dont delete me said... post of the day.

It was funny no matter at what or whose expense.

Keep it going.