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Aug 9, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Mike Peluso

Theme: Show Me the Money - The unifier instructs us to put CASH before the last word of the starred entries.

18A. *Duplicator in an office : COPY MACHINE. CASH MACHINE aka ATM.

24A. *Great Chicago Fire scapegoat : MRS. O'LEARY'S COW. CASH COW brings in a very high profit margin. Down on the farm, the cash cow not only produced a lot of milk but the milk had a high percentage of cream, where the real money is.

39A. *Classic chocolate treat : MARS BAR. CASH BAR, magic words on any reception notice. (My mistake, it is OPEN BAR we like to see!)

49A. *Take a path of least resistance : GO WITH THE FLOW. CASH FLOW - May yours never be negative.

60A. Seller's assurance of payment, and a hint to what the last words of the answers to starred clues can have in common : CASH UP FRONT. PSA: You should never give CASH IN ADVANCE for any online claim that you have money coming to you.

Argyle here. Typical Tuesday. Some names that are gimmes to some and unheard of by others. Some mild misdirection but four solid themes. All-in-all, a good continuation of the week.

Across:

1. The NFL's Montana and Favre, e.g. : QBs. Football quarterbacks.

4. __-wip: "real cream" brand : REDDI. The stuff in the can.

9. Rap's __ Rhymes : BUSTA. This gent.

14. Suffix with script : URE

15. Apply, as pressure : EXERT

16. Not cool, man : UNHIP

17. Marksman's skill : AIM. I'm not happy with this answer. Anyone can aim, the marksman can hit what he aims at. The answer needs a modifier, like 'steady aim', to be a skill, IMO.

20. Former boxer Ali : LAILA. She is the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

22. Musician's gift : EAR

23. Makes a decision : OPTS

28. Apt. complex unit : BLDG.

29. Ohio rubber city : AKRON. Four major tire companies, Goodrich Corporation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and General Tire, were headquartered in the city.

32. Canonized Fr. women : STEs

35. Grand Coulee, for one : DAM

37. Thief-turned-sleuth Lupin : ARSÈNE. Unknown to me; a French rival of Sherlock Holmes.

38. Nonpro sports org. : AAU. Amateur Athletic Union.

41. "Proud Mary" pop gp. : CCR. Creedence Clearwater Revival.

42. Throbs : PULSES

44. Watchdog's warning : "GRR"

45. Prog. listing : SKED. Sked is shortened version of the word schedule and often isn't indicated as a abbreviation as it is today.

46. Spot on TV : PROMO

47. Aptly named fruit : UGLI

56. Narrow cut : SLIT

58. Filmdom's Farrow : MIA. First gained wide acclaim for her role as Allison Mackenzie in the prime time soap opera Peyton Place.(1964)

59. Short vodka order : STOLI. Stolichnaya, but it is also trademarked as Stoli.

64. Sewing kit item : PIN

65. Starts the pot : ANTEs

66. Army base near Petersburg, Va. : FT. LEE

67. 12/24 or 12/31 : EVE

68. Iraq's main port : BASRA. Even though it is 34 miles from the coast. Map.

69. Ritual celebrating the Jews' liberation from Egyptian slavery : SEDER

70. __ Moines : DES. Iowa, "American Heartland".

Down:

1. Uneasy feeling : QUALM. Good word. Germanic?

2. Prickly bush : BRIAR

3. 18-wheelers : SEMIS

4. Automaker's bane : RECALL. Haven't had any lately.

5. Lead-in for skeleton : EXO

6. Bank statement abbr. : DEP.osit

7. Laundry appliance : DRYER

8. "Be that as __ ..." : IT MAY

9. Tampa Bay athlete, briefly : BUC

10. Opens, as a gate : UNHOOKS

11. Marine salvage crew's job : SHIPWRECK. It used to be the big job was bringing up the treasure; now it is keeping possession once it's up.

12. Glass darkener : TINT

13. Big galoots : APES

19. Latin art : ARS. You might find this interesting.

21. Throws softly : LOBS

25. Old Norse works : EDDAs

26. Biochemist's gel : AGAR

27. Singer Vikki : CARR

30. "... __ and for all!" : ONCE

31. Bookish type : NERD

32. '90s-'00s NFL Pro Bowler Warren : SAPP. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders.

33. Bull: Pref. : TAUR

34. Speakers at memorial services : EULOGISTS

36. Chow mein additive : MSG

37. "I can't believe this!" : "AARGH!"

39. "Feed me," in Siamese? : "MEOW"

40. Champagne word : BRUT. Very dry.

43. Cover completely : SMOTHER

45. Prepare, as flour : SIFT

48. Red Sox pitcher Jon : LESTER. LaLa Linda, care to comment?

50. Brat : IMP

51. Little fights : TIFFS

52. Bret who wrote gold rush stories : HARTE

53. Ran with ease : LOPED

54. Fruit yielding oil : OLIVE

55. Some cellar contents : WINES

56. Union underminer : SCAB

57. Head-turning Turner : LANA. Back in the day. Image.

61. Mex. neighbor : USA

62. Trite : OLD

63. Originally called : NÉE


Argyle

40 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty straightforward effort today. The only minor sticking point was the crossing of AAU and SAPP, neither of which I knew. Given the clue for AAU, however, it was pretty easy to guess that the missing letter was A for either "Amateur", "Athletics" or "Association".

Hahtool said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was another fun puzzle. I had no QUALMs about this puzzle. The starred answers came to me almost immediately without much though, but I did have to put think about the unifier for the theme.

My first thought for Head-Turning Turner was Tina, not LANA, but that is probably a generational thing.

My favorite clue was "Feed Me" in Siamese = MEOW.

Not sure that I would describe a NERD as being a Bookish Type.

I must confess, I had to look up ARSENE Lupin and the Bowler Warren person.

QOD: A human being must have occupation, of he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world. ~ Dorothy L. Sayers

Anonymous said...

Where is John Lambkin?

Mainiac said...

Morning Puzzlers,

My biggest problem was spelling Akron with a c which made me try to Unhitch the gate. Mrs Oleary's Cow and a Ship Wreck straightened that out. Nice puzzle.

Beautiful day on the Downeast Coast today.

Have a good one.

Anonymous said...

32. '90s-'00s NFL Pro Bowler Warren Again I thought of Moon.

Warren Moon

Red Sox Pitcher Jon (At first blush I thought of Papelbon)

Red Sox


Gimmes: Busta Rhymes and Proud Mary Group CCR.

CCR



Fun Facts by Dave Letterman

Ironically, 200 Americans a year have die of choking on Life Savers.

Flagstaff, Arizona is the largest United States city named for a kind of pole.

Hahtool, I thought the same I put Tina in there first and which gave me stit instead of slit . (Narrow Cut)

kazie said...

I had a few missteps today: JUSTA seemed logical for 9A, though I was tempted to put Fusta, thinking Florida for 9D. Misspelled BRIER/LEILA and guessed SEPP/SAPP--who would call their kid a sap?

Anyway running off today, so didn't take time to connect the theme concept either.

Have a good one, all of you!

Lemonade714 said...

I too found this a fun Tuesday, not too difficult, Arsene Lupin is well known to those of us who have devoured mysteries as he was part of the foundation of mystery writing, and Warren Sapp was from the U, played in Tampa Bay and now is a regular on inside the NFL on Showtime.

Loved the reference to Peyton Place which was so scandalous when I was a teenager, and the precursor to Dallas Dynasty and the rest. I also had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Tippi Walker at her high school, The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, right after she did the movie, The World of Henry Orient with Peter Sellers, and before she became a regular on PP.

Anyway, a nice summer breeze, take care all. Thanks C.C. and Marti for the bonus.

Husker Gary said...

I kept up a fruitless search for the theme after each * response but didn’t get it until the reveal but still a nice day at the puzzle!

Musings
-Favre rumors about “one more time” abound!
-Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier are walking billboards for the consequences of boxing
-Last week Akron was the site of a big time golf tournament and a soap opera about Tiger Woods and his ex-caddy. Interesting even if you are not a golf fan!
-Gotta love John Fogerty and that great voice!
-I hate interviews where politicians are LOBBED easy questions. Doonesbury had a great strip about a politician ducking a tough question.
-I can still recall the image of trash talking Warren Sapp completely worn out on the bench in the ’95 Orange Bowl as the Huskers upset the Canes for a national championship.
-I’ve known a lot of bookish NON NERDS!
-Hahtool, I struggle with that QOD every day. Damn this curse of being raised to be useful!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of pin up This one probably hung in every GI's foot locker during WW II. Rita Hayworth

Pin up

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, Argyle and the gang. Pretty smooth solve today. I got the right Turner, mainly because I already had it filled from across entries before I read the clue. I wasn't familiar with BUSTA or ARSENE, but perps filled them in. HARTE and LAILA have been in recent puzzles so they came to mind easily. Good thing, or I would probably have put an 'E' at the crossing of L_ILA/BRI_R.

We went to a meeting last night that was CASH UP FRONT for our dinner, had a CASH BAR, but no MARS BAR for dessert. Featured speaker was Chutney Goss, son of former CIA director Porter Goss. No, we didn't learn about any cloak and dagger stuff. Chutney's area of expertise is Washington budget analysis. It was an interesting presentation.

Argyle said...

RSD, I thought you would have linked this CCR(2:19).

Hahtool said...

Now I know why I thought of Tina Turner. She, too, had a version of Proud Mary. Her version, as she described it, was "nice and rough."

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

Mostly a straightforward solve today except for the AAU/SAPP cross. Both unknown to me so red letter help was finally applied. I don't personally care for animal sound/human wailing sound crossings (GRR/AARGH) because of lack of a spelling standard,

Enjoy the day.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Nice smooth solve today. The A crossing AARGH & ARSENE was a wag., my only "not sure of" moment. I too really liked the Feed me, in Siamese/meow offering.

Didn't know Proud Mary group or Raps Rhymes, but perps took care of them. Bldg had me scratching my noodle, but I guess it works.

Gary, I too remember that '95 Orange Bowl, but I was not happy with the outcome. W/O researching it, I believe that was the beginning of Miami's fall from the top echelon of Football factories.

Is the AAU still a viable association? Hardly hear of it these days.

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Great write-up this morning, Argyle! I really did find the link to ARS very interesting.

I had the same crossing problem as others with AAU/SAPP.

Spitzboov, you bring up an excellent point about "sounds" crossing. I would avoid that at all costs in a puzzle, and frowned when I saw it here. That, plus way too many proper names and partials. URE and TAUR are both pretty ugly on their own, without having both in the same puzzle.

Sorry, but I have to give this one a thumbs down. "Tomorrow is another day..."

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, My highlight was filling in Warren SAPP on the first try. Sports fill aren't usually easy for me.

OTOH, my literary chops are generally pretty good but today I had a problem. 37A/"Thief-turned-sleuth Lupin" gave me AUGUST. I was thinking of Poe's, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" detective, Auguste Dupin. I don't think I've read any of the ARSÈNE Lupin books.

The rest of the proper names came pretty easy.

I liked the theme answers alot. I thought they were just tricky enough for a Tuesday.

Favorite fill was EULOGISTS..something different.

CCR favorite? It's a toss up between Midnight Special and Susie-Q.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

I really enjoyed this puzzle. Of course, it contained two of my favorite things: Red Sox and MEOW! Thanks for the shout-out, Argyle. Jon Lester is a starting pitcher for the Sox and has accomplished much in his young life -- he's 27. He beat cancer in 2006, pitched in the World Series in 2007 and had a no-hitter in 2008.

I zipped through the puzzle, especially the sports references. I knew Warren SAPP from football but more recently from 'Dancing with the Stars.' I'm always amazed at how these big guys can be so graceful!

I, too, didn't catch the theme until the unifier. ARSENE and AAU were unknowns but perps took care of them. Was thinking 'Eulogizer' before EULOGISTS but needed the 'S.' I enjoyed all the musical links. Thanks!

Enjoy the day ~~

Bill G. said...

Here are my two favorite CCR songs. They're not the most well-known but their hooks are firmly attached to my brain.
Back Door.
Mary Lou.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice puzzle. Couldn't suss the theme without the unifier.

Well blogged, Argyle.

UNHOOKS took my thoughts in a different direction.

There's a SHIPWRECK museum near Whitefish Point in the U.P. We didn't go there.

Was Gorden Lightfoot a SHIPWRECK EULOGIST?

Two Brets in one puzzle.

Per the SKED, we have a housefull of granddaughters today, so IMBO.

Cheers!
JzB

Spitzboov said...

How to GO WITH THE FLOW. Goshawk aerobatics.

Avg Joe said...

DNF for me today. I mistakenly put in ElLogists and didn't know AAU, so it looked OK. Oh well. Otherwise, an OK puzzle. Decent beat, and you can dance to it.

In the CCR battle, I have to vote for Long as I can see the light

eddyB said...

Hello there.

Theme was kind of funny the day after I spent so much on new new tags for the plates. But, I'm good for another year.

Hand up for Tina. I was thinking of her version of Proud Mary. Am going to a You Tube link.

Pirates ended 10 game losing streak
by beating the Cubs!

Take care.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Wonderful write-up and links.
Thanks to all the others for the CCR links.

4 themes and a reveal = FUN Tuesday.

I wonder if MRS O'LEARY'S COW had a name?

Jazz, UNHOOKS also took me to DF-land.

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) gives me a migraine.
Yeah, yeah, I know there have been studies (both ways) whether or not this true.
All I know is that when I use to go to this particular Chinese Restaurant that used MSG, a few hours later I had a migraine.
Not my favorite way to spend an afternoon.

As for the GRR/AARGH crossing. I liked it.

Cheers to all at Sunset.

Tinbeni said...

oops! Forgot to add ...

Liked the BUC / SAPP shout-out to my Tampa Bay, where it is teeming for the second day in-a-row.

OK, that might mean I won't actually be able to "see" the Sun set. But I know it will still be happening. Sooooo, I will salute you all with my daily "Cheers!"

Lucina said...

Good day, Puzzlers! Argyle, I'm so glad you are back in good health.

Mike Peluso beat me up on his Saturday puzzle, but this was a breeze in comparison and I had to EXERT less effort.

Nothing UGLI about this with some familiar terms. LANA was my first thought, but then she was part of my youth and made our PULSES race.

Had no idea of SAPP or FT.LEE so relied on Argyle for help.

Feed me in Siamese, MEOW was cute.

Have a greaaat Tuesday, everyone!

Lucina said...

Thanks to all who linked CCR numbers. I love CCR.

Jacel said...

Ike & Tina Turner also sang "Proud Mary." Both yesterday's and Tuesdays puzzles took about 30 minutes. A few clues were a little bit hard for early week.

My favorite were the crossing of AARGH with GRR & UGLI.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Hand up for TINA undeniably head-turning Turner.

As usual, the sports clues were unknowns. At least EDDAS was in a recent enough memory cell.

Thx Argyle, and yes, the ARS definition was fascinating.

Bill G. said...

Growing up in Virginia, salads used to be a simple thing; a little lettuce, a little fruit or tomato and maybe some mayonnaise. Not much fancier in restaurants. When I moved to California, they became much more interesting with more ingredients and fancy dressings.

Today was Barbara's birthday so we headed out to lunch at a nice restaurant we hadn't been to in years. (Snarky anons, you should stop here.) It had changed ownership since the last time we were there so I didn't know quite what to expect. I started with a cup of lentil soup with subtle flavorings; the best lentil soup I've ever had. Speaking of salads earlier, we split one with baby greens, raspberry vinaigrette, apples, walnuts, and blackened chicken and shrimp. We had one of their appetizers for the main course. It was pan-seared scallops on a bed of corn medley. The scallops were perfectly cooked but the corn almost stole the show. It was crunchy and sweet, obviously just cut off the cob. I don't know what else was mixed with it but it was great. Because it was Barbara's birthday, they gave us a piece of Tiramisu for dessert. Everything was delicious.

The bill including drinks and tax was $39. A bargain, I thought, for such a super lunch.

Jalmar said...

eddyB, the Giants, not the Cubs.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. A little late to the party today, as I just racked up 6 hours of work before I could relax with the puzzle today. Liked it pretty well; it was fun to solve. Some cool fill, such as EULOGIST and SHIPWRECK. Lots of 3-letter fill, too.

The only reason I knew SAPP was because he danced on Dancing With the Stars a couple of years ago. Maybe if Jon LESTER had been on that show I would have known him too. ARSÈNE was unknown to me, too.

Poor ole Mrs. O'Leary's cow sure is famous!

Best wishes to you all. More later, maybe.

Hahtool said...

Nice photo, Bill G.

Chickie said...

HOla Everyone, The NE corner was the last to fall. I did not know Busta,or Arsene, so there were some squares that went begging. I finally Googled Busta and then had to erase Oafs and put in Apes before I could finish up completely.

Other unknowns were Sapp and AAU. Like Barry I guessed at the missing letter and that filled in from there.

The unifier gave me an aha moment to tie all the long starred answers together. A clever puzzle from Mike Peluso. Thanks, Argyle for the usual edifying blog.

Chickie said...

A little late in getting the puzzle done today. I made a batch of bread and butter pickles with cucumbers and onions from the garden. My kitchen smells of vinegar!

Bill G., Today is my husband's birthday, too. Happy Birthday to Barbara. Your lunch out sounds wonderful. I'm taking my DH out for dinner. He's at the office, now. At 80 he keeps young by keeping the business going.

We got a birthday call from Chamonix,France today where my kids are on vacation. They met our grandson in Geneva and will spend his two week Peace Corp vacation in France. He really needed the break as he's been sick with Dengue Fever. All better now, but the Alpine air is very healing.

creature said...

Have a certain place on the road to L'ville that Tina will take care of the rest of the trip with her Proud Mary.

Love it!

Yes, Mike, your puzzle too. I really had to work to come up with the theme. Actually, I went to Argyle, and he told it like it was.
Thanks, Argyle. ARS too! Very interesting,unexpected link.

Two puzzles- lots of entertainment.
Thanks, CC.

Love your new avatar, BillG and please wish Barbara a very Happy Birthday.

The lunch was delicious. I enjoyed every bite. You do have a way with words.MMM

fermatprime said...

Hi All!

Fun puzzle, Mike! Great write-up, Argyle.

Fav answer: MEOW. Also tried all vowels to get SAPP. Otherwise a pretty speedy puzzle.

I know several people who are sensitive to MSG. There is great pressure by industry to call it safe. I read the following
Book.

Nice avatars, BillG and CA!!!

Cheers!

Bill G. said...

Thank you for your kind words about the new photo. I think it's from about six or seven years ago. I probably haven't worn a tie since then.

I stopped as usual at the little café in Hermosa Beach where I have a macchiato every weekday afternoon. A woman and her son were ordering and I could hear a familiar accent. I struck up a conversation and found they were from Italy. They were making their first trip to the US. We enjoyed each other's company for about an hour making friendly chit chat. It was a very pleasant way to while away a bit of time.

Avg Joe said...

BillG, I have a question.

What is a "Tie"?

I know of no such attire or encumbrance. Do tell.

Bill G. said...

AvgJoe, as I remember, it's something you have to do to your shoes if you don't have Velcro or sandals. And it's something showy you can choke yourself with if you're not careful. I've also heard about long pants but I've kinda forgotten about them too.

Yellowrocks said...

Snake in the Grass