Nov 14, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011 Betty Keller

Theme: I can't tell you. - But you'll guess soon enough.

17. Big corporations, lawsuit-wise : DEEP POCKETS

27. Godiva choice : DARK CHOCOLATE

48. Anonymous fan : SECRET ADMIRER

64. "For your ears only" ... and a hint to first words of 17-, 27- and 48-Across : "MUM'S THE WORD"

Argyle here. For those of you that like to solve in just one direction, this is your puzzle.


1. Out of the office : NOT IN. Post election, this phrase takes on added significance.

6. NRA part : RIFLE

11. La-la lead-in : TRA

14. Madison Square Garden, e.g. : ARENA

15. How some losses are shown : IN RED

16. French water : EAU

19. Sprint alternative : AT&T

20. Alan of "M*A*S*H" : ALDA

21. Retriever restraint : LEASH

22. Folk music's Kingston __ : TRIO. Their song about a deep, dark secret. Tom Dooley.(3:02)

23. Divining implement : ROD. Dowsing, from Wikipedia.

25. Native blanket makers : NAVAJOs

32. Sch. in the smallest state : URI. The University of Rhode Island.

33. Bull: Pref. : TAUR

34. Petite pastries : TARTS

37. Money maker : MINT

39. More factual : TRUER

42. Hop, __ and jump : SKIP. The triple jump is sometimes referred to as the hop, step and jump or the hop, skip and jump. This is one answer you need the perp to decide which is right.

43. Lox holder : BAGEL

45. Hollywood Walk of Fame feature : STAR

47. Campus URL ender : .EDU

52. Shapewear fabric : SPANDEX

54. Quaint stopover : INN

55. Sir __ Belch of "Twelfth Night" : TOBY. Sir Toby, Olivia's uncle, drinks a great deal, keeps late hours and is generally rowdy by nature.

56. Lavish celebrations : FETEs

59. Bangkok tongue : THAI

63. Play for a sap : USE

66. V.P. Biden's state : DEL. Ah, the state with an arc on its northern border.

67. March march VIP : ST. PAT

68. U or I, e.g. : VOWEL

69. Armani competitor, initially : YSL. Yves Saint Laurent was founded in 1961.

70. Flashy tank fish : TETRA

71. Part of a college application : ESSAY


1. Nothin' : NADA

2. Baseball's Hershiser : OREL

3. Ready for kickoff : TEED. Usually with UP.

4. Out of gear, as a car : IN PARK because neutral doesn't fit.

5. Hammock snooze : NAP

6. Paddy product : RICE

7. Durante song title word : INKA. Rare record recording version.(3:05)

8. City ESE of San Francisco : FRESNO

9. Murderous : LETHAL

10. Newspaper VIPs : EDs. Editors.

11. Two-hanky film : TEARJERKER

12. Betting odds, e.g. : RATIO

13. Traffic jam components : AUTOS

18. Passé : OLD HAT

22. Breezy bye-byes : TATAs. Word Origin & History - "good-bye," 1823, a word first recorded as infant's speech. Abbreviation T.T.F.N., "ta-ta for now," popularized 1941 by BBC radio program "ITMA," where it was the characteristic parting of the cockney cleaning woman character Mrs. Mopp, voiced by Dorothy Summers. Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

24. Leaf-peeping mo. : OCT.

26. Winery container : VAT

27. Idiotic : DUMB

28. "La Traviata" number : ARIA

29. Sounds familiar : RINGS A BELL

30. Pronoun for you and me : OUR

31. Sicilian pizza has a thick one : CRUST

35. Ocean phenomenon : TIDE

36. Cowpoke's prod : SPUR. I was watching an early TV Lone Ranger(#2, I think) when he tamed Silver and proclaims he and Silver will be compatriots for life and his trusty steed will to his bidding out of friendship. So why is he wearing spurs?

38. Itsy-bitsy : TEENY

40. Expected coming-in hr. : ETA

41. Red root veggie : RADISH

44. HDTV feature, often : LCD

46. LBJ follower : RMN. Lyndon Baines Johnson & Richard Milhous Nixon.

49. Prove wrong : REFUTE

50. Not subject to taxes : EXEMPT

51. Paired up : IN TWOS

52. Hit the books : STUDY

53. Prepares to be photographed : POSES

57. Old Russian despot : TSAR

58. Bluesy James : ETTA

60. "__ it going?" : HOW'S. ¿Qué Pasa?

61. Word with dining or picnic : AREA

62. Lazy way to sit by : IDLY

64. Hrs. in Phoenix, Arizona : MST. Mountain Standard Time.

65. Eden's second resident : EVE



Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle. This seemed a tad more difficult for a Monday for me. Neither NOT IN nor NADA came easily to me, so I didn't get off to a good start. On the other hand, in other sections of the puzzle, i had the fills before i read the clues.

We saw Leaf-Peeping Mo = OCT recently. How was the foliage this year?

QOD: Like gaining confidence, finding one's courage is gradual rather than all at once. ~ Barbara Barksdale Clowse.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Easy breezy walk in the park Monday for me. Which is a good thing, since I stayed up waaaay too late last night watching the Patriots play a good game for a change and can barely see straight right now as a result.

I hit a brief speed bump in the far west corner after putting in DAFT instead of DUMB at 27D, but that was about it. The theme remained completely hidden during the entire solve, but it didn't matter a whit.

A lot of leaf-peeping in our neck of the woods. Surprisingly, despite our early season blizzard a few weeks ago, there are still plenty of leaves on the trees right now and they're gorgeous!

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Loved your take on the theme, Argyle!! I like a theme that has a phrase beginning with the first words of the theme entries. You never know what hit you, until the reveal, and this one is really wonderful. DEEP…DARK…SECRET, with the reveal MUM’S THE WORD. Great stuff!

I didn’t have any hang-ups with this one, which is just right for a Monday. Matter of fact, I think I solved by doing only the across clues. Except for “Sir ___ Belch”. Needed perps for that one!

Hahtool, with a 10" snowfall landing on the trees that still had foliage, it was really a bizarre season this year.

Have a happy start to the week, everyone. Go Pats!

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

Easy start to the week. Finished by only filling in the across clues. Never picked up on the theme until the unifier, but it didn't matter.

Our fall, in a word, stunk. Colors were pretty drab. Windy this past weekend, so the time has arrived for some serious use of the leaf blowers.

SouthernBelle said...


No deep dark secrets for a whiz of a Monday puzzle!

Tinbeni said...

NO-TIN ... Haaa!
I'm right here.

Argyle said...

Our color came on overnight, didn't last much longer than that and was drab to boot. We were lucky on that snow storm; wasn't that much and wasn't that wet. Other parts of the county weren't so lucky but still nothing like what other areas got.

ant said...

MST might be our (Phoenix) time zone right now, but that isn't always the case. Since we don't observe Daylight Saving Time and adjust our clocks, the effect is that we "spring forward" to PST and "fall back" to MST.

Not much foliage to speak of in Phoenix, so Northern Arizona is a popular leaf-peeping destination for us. Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott, and Payson are all gorgeous this time of year. However, they also were hit by early snowstorms, so I don't know how it was this year.

TTFN (made even more popular by Tigger)

Lemonade714 said...

What makes solving so much fun is the variety of experience; for me this was the easiest puzzle of the year and like others i did not see most of the down clues.
Thanks Argyle and Ms. Keller.

ant said...

Correction: we "spring forward" to PDT, not PST.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Betty, for a swell Monay puzzle. Thnk you, Argyle, for the write-up. I tried the Durante link and it would not work for me.

Enjoyed this easy puzzle. Quite a relief from Friday and Saturday of last week.

Made my goal of not entering an answer unless it crosses and connects with a previous answer. I try that every day.

All the theme answers came quickly, as well as the two long down answers, 11D and 29D.

I caught HOW'S, 60D, and equated that to the only spanish phrase I know, Que Pasa? I do know a Spanish word, Cervesa. I was working in Gilroy, CA, once and went into a bar to order a beer. I did that and the barmaid could not understand me. So, I used my one and only Spanish word and got a beer (Cervesa).

See you tomorrow.


Sfingi said...

Cute and easy puzzle. The only one I didn't like was AREA. Just too general.

@Hahtool - leaves not that great, this year. Too much Sept. rain knocked many off, even in the Adirondacks. Like you, I had some fill before the clues.

Whenever I see, "rings a bell," I think of Quasimoto.

INKA dinka dink, Mrs. Callabash, wherever you are.

Mari said...

My only stumper today was: 55A Sir __ Belch of "Twelfth Night": TOBY.

I wonder if Milhouse Van Houten was named after 46D?

Husker Gary said...

62°F today and so I will be out hunting par today and my ball will get TEED up. Oh, the golf days dwindle down to a precious few (lyric from my favorite Durante tune). This puzzle seemed to offer a decent challenge for a Monday. Thanks Betty.

-My first thought for Godiva’s choice was clothing
-The translation of Eau de Toilette is a little unnerving
-Joann thought Alan Alda’s left brained character in The Four Seasons was my alter ego
-Kingston Trio frequents my iPod
-Can you shake that “money maker”?
-I’ve seen some SPANDEX in Wal Mart that was having its tensile strength tested to the max
-Biden:Dem. = Perry:Rep.
-I don’t like TEARJERKER movies and Jo loves ‘em
-Hahtool, re: QOD, some men at Penn State never did find any courage
-Abejo, you went into an American bar where the barmaid didn’t know the word beer?

kazie said...

I had a couple of missteps to begin with: IN IDLE for PARK, DAFT for DUMB--resolved quickly without problems. Wasn't sure if Madison Square Garden was for opera or ARENA--I've never been to NYC. Many clues unread because of automatic perping as I went through. Got the theme after the second one.

When I was a toddler, my mother used to have me wear a sun bonnet whenever we went for walks. She would always bring it out and say something like "Let's go ta-ta!" Apparently, I then caught on and thought the bonnet was a "ta-ta", so started calling it that. I seriously doubt the word is as recent as 1941.

KQ said...

Just wanted to say HI. Have been AWOL on the blog for so long. I do the puzzles several times a week, but have fallen out of the practice of coming here regularly. Good to see you all.

I thought the puzzle was extremely easy - probably did it in record time, but fun none the less. Nice for a Monday am.

Off to exercise. I am headed to an aerobics class in an indoor trampoline building. Fun stuff but extremely EXHAUSTING. Apparently you burn 1,000 calories per hour. I need it to get rid of this excess weight!! Have a good week.

kazie said...

Eau de Toilette is not referring to what its name implies, but the fact that when one arises for the day, "on fait sa toilette" (one takes care of one's personal grooming), presumably in the bathroom, but not in the toilet. Remember that "toile" in French means cloth, so the original meaning of toilette implies the use of a cloth--facecloth and/or towel.

Our leaves here in WI were fantastic this year, best in my memory for several years.

Husker Gary said...

Kazie, of course I was aware of all that, but still “toilet water”? Come on ;-)!

Leaves were as spectacular as the crops here in the Hinterlands. However that beautiful maple tree outside my sunroom window is now attired much as Lady Godiva was on her famous ride.

Marti, I share your love of the Pats because I like Brady and Belichick and they have that great Nebraska (not Husker) boy Danny Woodhead.

MST hardly ever gets mentioned for TV times. 10 Eastern, 9 Central and 7 Pacific.

Tin, like Lucy Van Pelt, you are never “NOT IN”.


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Thanks for the commentary, Argyle.

Easiest one in several weeks. TOBY was the only one needing some perp help/confirmation. Sussed the theme with SECRET ADMIRER before getting to the unifier at 64a. I thought the clue for AREA was apt. Many newer homes don't have a dining room per se but rather a dining 'area' as part of a great room. Same with picnic area as part of a greater park setting. Area is one of those catch-all words, but I thought its usage here was fairly focused. Thanks Betty for a good start to the week.

Abejo said...

To Husker Gary. Yes, that is correct. I thought it strange, as well. However, here are a lot of seasonal workers in Gilroy to pick th garlic. I suspect I as in a bar that was frequented by those folks. Abejo.

Splynter said...

Hi there ~!

Well, I missed NOT IN to start, but that was about it - had to cahnge GALAS to FETES.

Madison Square Garden is where my Rangers play, and we had some good peeping on the Island here, but the wind this past week swept it all into the Atlantic....

So sad I missed yesterday's blog; I won the skills competition at UPS and collected a shirt and cap for my efforts - and there's a hockey link, to boot ~!!

Oh well, thanks for the write up, Santa, and we're both gonna be busy over the next few weeks ~!


Seldom Seen said...

The foliage around here sucked, as usual. The leaves died. They fell to the ground. I had to rake them up.

Anony-Mouse said...

Thank you, Ms. Betty Keller for a very nice and charmingly predictable Monday puzzle, .... loved it ! Thank you dear Argyle for an excellent commentary. I didn't know that Divining was a 'pseudo-science' ( Bull S--- ...), I always thought , perhaps, some people had that special ability. Thanks to you and Wiki, now I know. I wonder if Feng Shui and Vasu Shastra ( India) have any more relevance.

I put in 'Tony' for the "12th night", - I should have realized that the old names were more 'likely' to be 'Toby'.

I had to drop off my relatives, yesterday (Sunday), at 3 a.m., at the Amtrak railway station, in downtown, Cleveland, OH, on their trip to NYC, and the 'Browns Dawg pound' tailgater fans were already jamming the roads, for a 1 pm. game ! With portable barbeques, and kegs of beer, in tow ! So, I guess, its poetic justice, (as I see it - ) to read today's paper, that the Browns lost. Again. Maybe, just maybe, they can make an enchanting habit of this.

Anony-Mouse said...

ALT QOD:- There are only three ages for women in Hollywood. Babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy. ~ Goldie Hawn.

Have a good week, you all.

Unknown said...

Up early this morning and finished the puzzle before breakfast!
Easy one today; wasn't it?
The leaves here in NC are beautiful ! The Blue ridge Parkway is ablaze with color, or so I hear. We have been to busy to take the drive, even thought it's at our backdoor.
Thanks, Argyle for the blogging!
Have a fab day everyone!

carol said...

Hi All -

Fast puzzle, I had the same experience as some of you, I filled in the so many before I read the clues. I had 55A filled in by doing the Downs so even though I didn't know the answer, I got it anyway.

For some strange reason 12D BETTING ODDS/RATIO stumped me until the perps answered it.

As to the the leaf color; NW Oregon is beautiful this year!!! Prettiest fall I can remember in a long time. Reason: not much rain and not much wind - two things we usually get starting in Oct.
I have never heard the term "Leaf-Peeping" - is it new? regional?

kazie said...

Spanish is the same as my DH's knowledge of French--just what's essential!

OK, I guess I thought the origin might be of interest. But do you know the difference between eau de toilette and eau de parfum? Check "concentration" about a fifth of the way down for all definitions of strength.

kazie said...

Somehow the beginning was lost: Your knowledge of Spanish...

VieginiaC said...

Goldie should have started law school long ago!
I felt this was a fun and satisfying Monday puzzle, even chuckled at a couple of answers. good way to start the week.

ViRginiaC said...

Darn! can't even spell my own name, how do I ever expect to be good at crosswords?

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle, C.C. and all. Great links, Argyle. Thank you.

Lovely Monday puzzle and fun to sashay right through it. Even OREL Hershiser didn't stump me as I learned his unusual name long ago.

Hand up for GALAS before FETES but otherwise a breeze.

Loved TEARJERKER in its entirety and have never heard hop, STEP and jump, so SKIP was immediate.

Thank you, Betty Keller, for an entertaining puzzle with a shoutout to Phoenix, AZ and the NAVAJOS.

Have a delightful Monday, eveyone!

Misty said...

Easy, fun Monday puzzle--I needed that after Saturday. Many thanks Ms. Keller, and Argyle for the always great write-up.

Got 'Tearjerker' right off the bat, probably because I watched a lot of soap operas in my youth, and then zoomed through the rest.

Funny thing about those Fall leaves. I've lived in southern California for close to 25 years now, and always missed the changing colors. But driving home from the dentist the other day, noticed block after block of trees with beautiful gold and orange colors in the median strip of the road. Did some northern or mid-western city landscapers do that to make us transplants feel less homesick? Sweet!

Lemonade714 said...

KQ, great tio see you are still with us some. How is your son? Come back and say hi often, and on the 23rd.

KQ said...


What is the 23rd? My son is doing well. He seems to be controlled with medication and maturity. A few bouts of seizures and no driving has helped him to remember to take his meds more consistently. Thanks for asking. That was a lot for him to handle when heading off to college.

As for leaves here in Minnesota, we were supposed to have the best fall in a long time. It lasted longer than usual, however, it seemed the trees all turned at different times. I missed the intense color of all of them changing together. It seemed like we never had a peak this year.

Vikes and Packers tonight on Monday Night Football. Despite living in Minnesota - GO PACK!!!!!

Gunghy said...

Greetings from Fresno. Thought I ought to check in since I can't guarantee I'll be anywhere near a computer on the 23rd. This 'shout-out" was too good to pass up. I'm still doing the puzzle daily, but I'm trying to figure out why I have no time at all and I'm retired.

With our hot dry weather, some of the local foliage is just coming out of estivation in October, so our foliage was green.

Misty, I suspect your trees were Chinese Pistachio. It's a medium sized deep-rooted tree, so it doesn't tear up sidewalks. Also fairly drought tolerant, so it doesn't need all the water that things like the sequoia need. That's something that has always galled me: I can count over 20 redwoods from my door (either) and we live in a desert.

Steve said...

@Abejo - you asked yesterday about the print edition of the LAT on Sunday - for some reason the puzzle in there is the syndicated Reagle, not the one posted on the LAT website. I'm guessing it's something to do with syndication rights, but that's a WAG.

Enjoyed the theme and the long downs today. Liked WORD/VOWEL/ESSAY on top of each other in the SW.

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Loved this doable puzzle. Thanks Betty. And thanks for the great write up, Argyle.

I've been absent at home with a cold. We don't get colds in Florida, so I don't know how this one happened. Couldn't even get up enough zap to try the weekend puzzles. So was happy for today!

I put in the OB very lightly for Toby because I wasn't sure. But the perps convinced me.

Off to the doctors' tra-la.


Misty said...

Thanks for the lovely photo of the Chinese Pistachio, Gunghy! The trees I saw were a bit smaller and more oval in shape, with more yellow foliage. But maybe that's just how they look when they're younger! How cool to learn about Chinese Pistachios! Many thanks!

Clear Ayes said...

Good Morning All, I usually start the puzzles in the Down direction. It worked well this morning because I only had to go back once Across to fill in the longish theme answers.

24D)Leaf-Peeping mo:OCT kind of confused me at first. I thought it might be APR when leaves first start "peeping" out. OCT would seem to me to be a leaf-gawking mo.

I tried to find the purposeful flaw in 25A)NAVAHOS blanket. It was beautiful and I sure couldn't find a flaw. I do need some new eyeglasses though.

I got 55A)TOBY Belch without a problem. I don't recall reading "Twelth Night", but I may have got the plot via CliffsNotes. Those study booklets sure came in handy when I didn't study as thoroughly as I should have.

Hahtoolah said...

Argyle: since you mentioned the BBC with reference to Ta-Ta, you might be interested to know that the BBC radio began its domestic broadcasting 89 years ago today.

Also, Ta-Tas has another connotation that does not mean good-bye. But I am sure y'all knew that.

JD said...

Good morning all,

Argyle, great theme title, and nice write up. You're right. This was almost a one-way solver. Had to perp Toby and corrected galas to fetes. Orel had an e, not an a.Quick and fun.

Kazie, I liked your daft better than dumb.

At 1st I thought the theme had to do with pockets/chocolate.. You'd think by now I'd see the Mon./Tues themes.

KQ, nice to see you. Are you still going back and forth to S.D.? How is your son doing?

The Liquid Ambers on our street are almost in their glory. Without a storm they should be gorgeous in a week or so.

Anonymous said...

Great puzzle & writeup. Argyle, thanks for "Tom Dooley". Newly married, I saved my pennies, bought a little record player and that Kingston Trio LP album. TD is a major earworm for me. I'll be "hangin' my head down" all through the grocery store in a while.

NADA was a given I rejected because it wasn't clued as Spanish. Guess it's become more mainstream. That was the only minor stumble.

My city neighborhood has been well planted with gorgeous fall foliage trees and ornamentals. So I've been living in a golden and bronze domed bubble for weeks. I revel in the sensation! Then I pay the yard man to clean them up and still feel lucky.

My very good corn and soybean crops are in the bins and sold for a good price this past week so I can be comfortable another year. Feel lucky here, too.


JD said...

Argyle, enjoyed the Tom Dooley link.I hadn't realized there was a true story behind those words.
Although the T. Dooley is about another soldier with the same name, one of my greatest memories was when Dr. Tom Dooley arrived at our H.S. in a helicopter (1960). We all devoured his books about his humanitarian efforts in Viet Nam and Laos, places we had never heard of.Six months later he passed away from a malignant melanoma.

Clear Ayes said...

I'm surprised that Avg Joe or WH hasn't suggested a link to Ian Tyson's Navajo Rug.

I know they were waxing romantic over Neil Young last night, or as I call him, "He Who Must Not Be Named".

Now Ian Tyson is somebody I can agree with them on.

Abejo said...

To Steve: Thank you for confirming that I had not lost my head about the Sunday L A Times. I am still confused as to why the Sunday L A Times does not print the Sunday L A Times crossword. Maybe it was just a one week error. Maybe they normally print it.

To Kazie: I do not speak very good spanish. I alluded to that in my initial response today 7:51 AM.


Bill G. said...

Excellent Monday puzzle. I enjoyed the write up and all of the chatter from everybody.

Here's a different kind of photo courtesy of MSNBC.

kazie said...

If you read what I said carefully--a bit difficult I guess with it split between two posts, you'll note that I was implying that cervesa might be the only word you used with confidence --just like my DH's use of the French "une pression" (a draft beer)--it's all he knows in French, though his Spanish is passable.

Bill G. said...

Dear Abejo. No offence intended but do you read all of the posts? I answered your question about the Sunday puzzle in the LA Times twice yesterday and Fermatprime answered it one more time. Here it is again.

The LA Times, for as long as I can remember, runs a different puzzle on Sunday. Lately it's been the Merl Reagle puzzle. Before that it was one by Sylvia Burszten who died in January of this year. I don't know why they don't run this puzzle also but they don't and they haven't for a long time. Rich Norris could probably explain why but he hasn't so far. Maybe you could write to him and ask him. I'd like to know the reason also.

Yellowrocks said...

Gary Husker: LOL When I was a kid it was called "toilet water." (Check any dictionary. That's a legit. word.) Being kids, we had a good laugh about it, even when we were old enough to understand where the word came from. Today it is more often called "eau de toilette."

It reminds me of one of our Japenese classes. BOWLING is borrowed from the English and is pronounced (approx.)BOH RIN GU in Japanese. I said it was an appropriate name because BOWLING is BOH RIN GU (I soft pedaled the final U sound). All the Americans thought it was funny. The Japanese teacher did not get it. Outsiders view of foreign words doesn't always register with native speakers.

Yellowrocks said...


Culture has so much to do with what we understand and find funny.

When our class was not adept enough to tell a story in good Japanese, a class member told a "LIGHT BULB" joke in Japanese with many mispronunciations and syntax errors. We all roared. The teacher said, "I don't understand. That was very bad Japanese and you all understood it, but I didn't." We repeated it in English with many explanations. It just did not translate.
On the other hand, when she told jokes in Japanese and explained them in English, we did not get it.
Culture influences so much of what we understand.

Link Light Bulb Jokes

Scroll on down to Q and A to read the jokes.

Husker Gary said...

Kazie, thanks for the lesson on various scent levels. I was just saying earlier today that the English translation of eau de toilette just sounds like a canine punch bowl. Now I have learned something interesting from my friend from “the merry old land of Oz.”

As Hahtool said, I don’t even want to start on what tata’s have come to denote after that word migrated from Europe.

I played 36 holes on a beautiful day and, mostly for Tinman, I left an eagle putt 6" short.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Good theme today, and lots of familiar words. Still, I thought it was just a tad on the tough side for a Monday.

We had a fine fall for colors in MI.

Here is an example.



Tinbeni said...

Husker (re: Eagle putt ...)
Well that RINGS-A-BELL.
6 inches or 6 feet, an Eagle putt should NEVER be too short.

OUR "leaf-peeping" sucks. We're stuck with green.

Alternate theme today ... INN:
NOT IN ...
INKY dinka doo.


Wanda Woman said...

Easy breezy Monday puzzle.

Mmmm, DARKCHOCOLATE is my favorite treat, but I can't eat too much or I won't fit into my SPANDEX outfit.

Tongue FIRMLY in Cheek said...

Q: How many CW Corner denizens does it take to change a light bulb?

A: a DOZEN - 1 to change it; 8 to thank him (profusely) and tell him what a wonderful job he did (and maybe add a little tidbit about their day); 2 to correct the 8; and 1 to add some snarky back-stabbing comment that has no actual relevance to the bulb.

Anonymous said...

A fun puzzle.

Anonymous said...

lol that is sooo true!!
@tongue in cheek

Funny as hell said...

you forgot:

One to tell tongue in cheek to "go blue"

One to tell me to stop feeding the trolls.

One to say he met the light bulb once and he was very nice.

One to tell us all to stuff it or he will stuff it for us.

One to ask for a Neil Young song.

One to link a Neil Young song.

One to say they don't like Neil Young....

Tears in my eyes said...

One to tell us how to say "light bulb" in German.

One to say that the English don't change there light bulbs.

One to point out that I used the wrong "their"...

Steve said...

One to tell us they don't use light bulbs and therefore shouldn't be expected to know anything about them ..

Argyle said...

"But soft, what __ through yonder window breaks?"

windhover said...

The various anons and cute-name people;
Glad you're having fun poking fun at a quality group of people, but you should know,
People with class don't s--t where they eat.
Have some respect.

kazie said...

Tears in my eyes said...

One to tell us how to say "light bulb" in German.
Funny you should mention that--it's really quite cute in German. Since the bulb is pear shaped they call it a Lichtbirne, literally a 'light pear'.

There that's my fifth, so I'm gone for the night. I actually LOL'ed at the kidding. Sleep well all.

One more Windy said...

One to post an anagram of LIGHT BULB JOKES:

"Honey there are ants in the kitchen again"

"Oh, another KILL THE BUGS JOB?"

By the way, it is said...

...once you go blue, you CAN go black.

Joe Kennedy once said...

"If you can't laugh at yourself, the going gets tough. And I'll be damned if I'm going to make things tougher."

Or something like that.

Yellowrocks said...

Kazie, I enjoyed Lichtbirne (light pear) for light bulb. As a thoroughly assimilated German American I can see humor in so many German words formed like this.

Kazie, I also LOL at the kidding. Light bulb jokes are un-PC, statiric, ironic. I respect and feel a kinship to our posters, but it is good to laugh at ourselves. We all, myself included, have our foibles. As the shopper said when the grocer tripped and dropped a dozen eggs on her, "The yolk's on me."

Yellowrocks said...

"Oops" is the word of the week. I wrote statiric when I meant satiric.
Good night all. BTW, Sunday's NYT puzzle was fun and relatively easy. Do you agree?

Lemonade714 said...

KQ The 23rd is the second annual stop in and say hello for all lurkers, ex-regulars, sometimes posters, any and all welcome to thank the the Rich, constructors and the corner for lots of entertainment.

Anonymous said...

Have you heard that Taylor Swift song about snarky people that says, "all you'll ever be is mean!"


Abejo said...

To Bill G. Yes, I read the posts. I was just responding to another comment. I also did not get that you said they never run the puzzle. Probably my oversight.

For what it is worth, they print it each Sunday in the Chicago Tribune, where I get it. They actually print two puzzles each Sunday. This is one of them. The other is quite easier.

Thanks for your interest. Possibly I will write to Rich Norris.


fermatprime said...

Hi all!

The puzzle was fun and the write-up outstanding, as usual.

CA: Agree with you about leaf-peeping!

Enjoyed the light bulb humor! Do not think it was meant as criticism!

The pineapple trick worked only once, darn. (See Sunday.)

Misty--Why not go blue?

Will try to get to sleep early. Hah!