Jan 16, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012 Janice Luttrell

Theme: Hang Your Hat Here - Whether you have just a cap, a ten-gallon, or un chapeau, you can find a home for it today.

20A. Dairy food with loose curds : COTTAGE CHEESE

38A. Dip for veggies : RANCH DRESSING

57A. Tenderloin often served with Béarnaise sauce : CHÂTEAUBRIAND

55D. Place to live, one of which starts the three longest puzzle answers : ABODE

Argyle here. Debut(?) puzzle for our constructor today. Three nice long themes and a unifier in a pleasing grid. No complaint from me.


1. Actress Anderson : LONI. Here is a WKRP clip(1:26) where she is laying it on for a Mr. "Breezy".

5. Like one who limps : LAME. Like Dr. House.

9. Exhausted, with "out" : WIPED. Yes, I had TIRED first. Good fake-out.

14. Sportscaster Hershiser : OREL. And 51D. Los Angeles ballplayer : DODGER. In 1988, he won the Gold Glove, Cy Young Award, the NLCS MVP and the World Series MVP with the Dodgers.

15. Director Kazan : ELIA

16. Biscotti flavoring : ANISE. More food.

17. Sagacious : WISE

18. Computer storage medium : DISC

19. Aquarium fish : GUPPY. Learn more, if you want, here.

23. Pub pint : ALE

24. Buddhist sect : ZEN

25. Many shoppers buy on it : CREDIT

28. Bare minimum : LEAST

30. Jibs and spinnakers : SAILS

33. Often-flowery verse : ODE

34. "Is it soup __?" : YET. Hard to believe but I can't find a video of this Lipton commercial.

36. Letters before an alias : AKA. (also known as)

37. Bed with a mate : TWIN

42. "I've Gotta __": Sammy Davis Jr. hit : BE ME. Recorded by a lot of singers.

43. Fair-hiring inits. : EEO. (Equal Employment Opportunity)

44. "Casablanca" pianist : SAM

45. Honest prez : ABE

46. Idyllic places : EDENS

48. Lukewarm : TEPID

52. Internal Revenue Code expert : TAX PRO

54. Stable diet? : HAY

56. Brian with the album "Music for Airports" : ENO. It's time for Mr. ENO to take a rest.

61. Pandemonium : CHAOS

63. Jackson 5 member : TITO. The third of the ten Jackson children.

64. Glitch : SNAG

65. Songstress Lena : HORNE. She didn't sing "I've got to be me".

66. Gunk : CRUD

67. Remote button : MUTE

68. Broke off, as talks : ENDED

69. Ballyhoo : HYPE

70. Suffix with road or hip : STER. Roadster or Hipster.


1. Like diet beverages : LOW-CAL. Low-Calorie.

2. Baltimore bird : ORIOLE

3. Lipton rival : NESTEA

4. Abba's "__ the Music Speak" : I LET. Clip.(5:19) One of their last songs.

5. Rocky projection : LEDGE

6. Martians and such : ALIENS

7. Catchall abbr. : MISC.

8. For one : EACH

9. Track transactions : WAGERS

10. Occupied, as a lavatory : IN USE

11. "Put a lid on it!" : "PIPE DOWN!" plus 47D. "Zip your lip!" : "SHUT UP!". Is our constructor a mother? I wonder.

12. Sixth sense, for short : ESP

13. Susan of "L.A. Law" : DEY

21. Ancient Mexican : AZTEC

22. Mercedes-Benz model series : E CLASS. Dennis?

26. Beatnik's "Gotcha" : "I DIG"

27. Finger count : TEN

29. "Auld Lang __" : SYNE

31. Hank with 755 career homers : AARON

32. Tina Turner's ex : IKE

35. Precisely, after "on" : THE DOT

37. Game-stopping call : "TIME!". A few called this weekend, eh?

38. Country singer McEntire : REBA

39. "Don't leave home without it" convenience : AMEX CARD. American Express Card.

40. Poor grade : DEE

41. Mythical man-goat : SATYR

42. Halloween decoration : BAT

46. Rubbed off the board : ERASED

49. Bar snack item : PEANUT

50. Present from birth : INNATE

53. "E.T. __ home" : PHONE

58. Cut with acid : ETCH

59. Breezy : AIRY. For Mr. Breezy, see 1-Across.

60. Doctrines : ISMs

61. Revolutionary Guevara : CHE. Castro's friend.

62. Darlin' : HON'



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Perfect Monday puzzle for me. No junk fill, interesting theme, smooth solve. My only minor hangups were putting GAMY instead of LAME at 5A and TETRA instead of GUPPY at 19A. Those were easy enough to fix, though, and then I blew through the rest of the clues in near record time.

Thanks, Janice!

fermatprime said...

Good morning, all!

Thanks for the fun puzzle, Janice; nice write-up, Argyle!

Did not realize that so much time has elapsed! Saw Orel at Dodger Stadium in his first season with Dodgers.

Not much to say. Did not have time to blog yesterday, as it would have taken me a looong time. Managed to scrape through puzzle; it took rather a long time and my shoulder was crunching a lot.

Got scammed by one of those "get $500 free for such and such" deals in my emails. It was impossible to finish. Am gradually getting out of everything; still, four things that came yesterday have to be returned by a certain date. Yada, yada. Live and learn.

Time to try to sleep!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Janice, for a swell start to the week. Thank you, Argyle, for the equally swell review.

I could not sleep so I got up and did the puzzle. My right hand gets continually tingly. Hard to sleep. Someone said it could be carpal tunnel. I will have to check that out.

Anyhow, got through this puzzle easily. Only hangup was trying to spell CHATEAU BRIAND. Got it with perps.

Enjoyed the Loni Anderson clip, Argyle.

PIPE DOWN is a much nicer phrase than SHUT UP, in my opinion.

Had TETRA the other day and GUPPY today. A trend?

Except for the beef dish, no french words. My hat off to Janice.

See you tomorrow.


thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

I was starved after finishing today's puzzle, Nothing wrong with a CHATEAU BRIAND for breakfast is there? A little RANCH DRESSING with the salad,,,, UMMMM. An ALE to wash it all down.

A nice start to the week, a big help to my sagging ego from last week. Three minor misdirections were my only slowdown, 19A Tetra/GUPPY, 25A online/CREDIT, & 54A Oat/HAY.

Quick work today with interesting clues.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Good puzzle for a Monday. I sped through the top half (with the exception of a minor bump at Tired out instead of WIPED out), then slowed a bit on the bottom half.

Favorite clues were: Bed with a Mate = TWIN.
I also liked Stable Diet? = HAY.

Use your Martln Luther King, Jr. Day wisely.

QOD: The only normal people are the ones you don't know well. ~ Joe Ancis

Jacel said...

I love Mondays (except for chemo every other Monday) because I feel like an expert puzzle solver. I zipped through this morning.

Great for a start of a week especially after last week. LOL

Dennis said...

Little late this morning - my wife got up around three this morning to go to the bathroom, hit the wrong button on the alarm (the panic button), and as a result, we had a nice get-together with a couple cop friends of mine who responded. Tough to get back to sleep after that.

This was quite possibly the fastest L.A. Times puzzle I've ever done -- it was absolutely as fast as I could write. Only did the acrosses until I got to Ranch dressing, then all acrosses again until 'Chateaubriand', then finished with all acrosses to the end.

Going back and looking at the downs, I probably would've stumbled over 5D, 'Rocky projection' and put 'arete' in, since I don't automatically associate a ledge with necessarily being rocky. Other than that one nit, everything else was very straightforward. Nice, clean Monday puzzle.

len said...

Hi all,

I hadn't heard the expression, "Is it soup YET?" so thanks for the explanation, A. As for ABODE, the place to live, it seems to me that you live on a RANCH, not in one, but I'm willing to be corrected as to the exact meaning of the word. Otherwise, pretty standard fare for a Monday.

As for DODGERS getting WIPED out in fast cars:


(You have to turn off the traction control, but we know Dennis is too nice to do this to a Merc.!)

Sayonara all!

Hahtoolah said...

Len: There is a style of home called Ranch. Splynter could probably provide more details, but I once lived in what was called a Ranch house and I didn't live on a ranch.

Grumpy 1 said...

Happy Monday, Argyle and all.

Hand up for tired before WIPED, but everything else fell in place with an occasional glance at a down to confirm my choice for an across. Several clues were unread until coming here for Argyle's autopsy.

W.W. Norton Publishing (Norton Anthologies) had a contest where high school students could create a video featuring a reading of one of eight literary pieces from their anthologies. My not quite seventeen year old granddaughter took first prize for her video of Shakespeares' "Sonnet 12".

You can watch all of the videos and find out more about the contest on the Norton website. Her video is the third one of the three finalists for "Sonnet 12". She is an honors student and will graduate this year from high school. She will also have an associate degree from the local Community College. Needless to say, Grandpa is quite proud of her accomplishments.

len said...

Hahtool Darlin'

I can DIG it, HON'!


Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

Yes, Hahtool is correct - I see many a ranch home in my area; the simplest description is a one-story house, with 1-4 bedrooms, but not much more than an acre of property, and 1/4 acre being the most common size; my parents live in one that looks just like the link.

I actually got the theme fills via WAG today, and maybe it is my carpentry background....

I had TETRA for GUPPY, and OAT for HAY.


Husker Gary said...

I liked Janice’s Monday debut? as well as I worked it from my domicile, house, casa, residence, ad nauseum.

-I love COTTAGE CHEESE and order it in lieu of a salad
-Loni was part of a stellar cast
-Orel was a fierce, talented player and is a great broadcaster and role model
-A local restaurant is not accepting Credit Cards because the bank’s swipe fee is so high. They do have an ATM in the lobby.
-“Is is soup yet?” is a common phrase at our house
-My “bed with a mate” was a BUNK
-Support of Mitt is TEPID
-Abe’s lack of photogenic attributes would trump his honesty today
-Pious Nebraska won’t allow casino WAGERS like Iowa and South Dakota, so guess what the majority of license plates are in the parking lots just across the river
-Does calling TIME to ice the kicker work?

Dennis said...

Len, what happens in the M-B stays in the M-B. (But it is very well-balanced for drifting, and very controllable throughout.)

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all. Liked the CHATEAUBRIAND pic. New constructor today?

Fairly easy. Did mostly acrosses but occasionally had to switch to downs for perp help, ie. BE ME and ENO. But there was no head scratching and no lookups. The theme came easily but it was not needed for the solve. No foreign words noted; tilting more to American slang such as CRUD and I DIG.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

$5 donation to Rex, $5 to CC. Thanks for the daily respite.

carol said...

Hi all - Nice, easy puzzle, perfect for Monday.

Favorite 'Miss Direction' : 25A - I thought of Amazon or some on line place.

I love beef but have never had Chateaubriand. Without the perps, don't know if I could have spelled it correctly either.

I put TARGET in for 35D but it was soon corrected.

My folks had a 3 bedroom ranch style house. They had a 'party room' (remember those) in the basement, complete with fireplace.
I really loved that house.

Avg Joe said...

Good mourning....mourning for the Donkeys and the Pack, that is. Arghhh!

Nice romp of a puzzle. Nothing too difficult, but no crap either. Even the theme is pleasant.

Yes, Ranch is a specific style of house as has been noted. So are Chateau and Cottage, so the theme is entirely consistent. As an aside to that, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in all their wisdom, recently came up with a new reporting format for appraisals. One specific requirement is that you can no longer use several common "style" descriptions for homes. Ranch is still OK, but 1 story, 1.5 story and 2 story etc. are verboten. So you have to be creative and use terms like Cape Cod, Colonial, Tudor and Georgian. Not that those aren't legit styles, but not every house fits in a neat box. Oh well, once again progress isn't always forward.

Argyle said...

And remember, it was de rigueur that it be split-level.

Virginia C said...

Yummy (all that food!) puzzle and nice write up, thanks!

I love Mondays too, this was a speed run for me - first time that ever happened.

Anejo, maybe you should see a chiropractor? Could just be something impinging on a nerve.

Grumpy - congrats to your grand daughter, that is impressive!

A shame we have to go all the way back to Abe to find an honest Pres.

Have a wondeeful day!

Seldom Seen said...

With all the other baseball-related clues, I thought an alternate theme could be "rounding third and heading for HOME"

kazie said...

Good start to the new week. I zigzagged through it without a problem. Just one brief misstep with TIRED, but I WIPED that out almost immediately via perps.

Enjoy the day! It's sunny and not too cold here, hopefully where you all are too!

ant said...

Crazy crosswording: AMEXCARD (in this puzzle) and VISACARD (in the CrosSynergy) are in the almost exact same spot in the grid today.

My HON Clementine (4:37) just doesn't have that same ring to it, does it? Two versions with different TIME signatures. The first features Connie Francis; the second (at 1:51) features Jonny Hills.

Same set-up here, with Roy Rogers and Gene Autry (at 2:46) singing versions of ABODE on the Range (4:45).

len said...

Honest Abe wasn't too impressed when he found out how much interest the Bankers wanted to charge him to finance the Civil War. So he told them to take a hike and created his own money supply, the Greenback. Used it to finance the whole war interest free. And no debt at the end! No wonder he was assassinated. CA could do the same thing.

Web of Debt

LaLaLinda said...

Hi Everyone ~~

This was easy but fun and I zipped through with just a few slowdowns. Like others, I had 'Tired' before WIPED and for 35D I started filling 'To a tee' before noticing the 'on.' Thanks for all the info in your write-up, Argyle. I always like the puzzle titles you come up with!

C.C. ~ I managed to pull a number of baseball-related clues out of this -- I did have to stretch a bit on a couple. ;-)

~~ OREL, TWIN, AARON, ORIOLE, BAT, DODGER, TITO, PEANUT and CHAOS-the Red Sox last September!

Enjoy the day!
~~ Just saw your post, Seen--good one!

ant said...

Speaking of Honest Abe, and of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream (17:28)

lois said...

Good morning Argyle, CC, et al., Great job, Argyle. Thank you for links. Love ABBA. Excellent job as usual. Loved this puzzle! Perfect for Mon.

GUPPY brought back some harsh memories of the 3rd grade when I learned the Guppy parents ate the babies. I was WIPED out for days.

Had to laugh at the presence of IN USE, LAME, and PIPE DOWN in the same area. Still fav was 37A, Bed w/a mate..TWIN. Relate to that one real well, but only b/c I'm the DODGER. And YET, 'as TIME goes by', 9 out of TEN TIMEs, it's with no CHAOS or SNAGs even if I (don't)LET SAM play it again. It's all good.

Dennis: LOL Even tho' what goes on in a M-B, should stay in a M-B, just like Vegas, Santa knows if you've been bad or good AND he knows what went on in Vegas and the M-B too. Cheers to Vegas and in M-Bs.

lois said...

Ant: great links and comparisons on songs. Prefer Connie's take on Clementine 3/4 time and absolutely LOVED Roy Rogers and the Sons fo the Pioneers on 'ABODE'. Great sounds. Thank you!

Seen: excellent! Good catch!

Argyle: viva la 'rigueur' !!!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Trouble with Cruciverb again today. It makes it look as though the puzzle file just isn't there. Sure looks like the same thing that happened last week.

Anybody else having a problem?

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-Hilarious Ranch Dressing commercial (well worth the wait through the 30 sec. commercial) (6:17)
-Abe didn’t bother with habeas corpus either when he felt the welfare of the country was in peril
-MLK’s dream speech is the best ever delivered!
-Sam played it for both of them but the word “again” was never used

len said...

ant@ 17:28

Here is the speech they DON'T play on MLK Day.

The Other MLK Speech

CrossEyedDave said...

Abejo, i have tingling in my right hand too, my doctor told me it was my neck! So dont take the advice of a crazy guy on the internet, and get it checked out. If it is Carpal Tunnel, CVS sells a variety of hand braces that might help.

len said...

Sorry, I meant ant @ 10:13

CrossEyedDave said...

Thank you Ant for the link info...

Nighthawk said...

Nice debut, Ms. Luttrell. Very solid theme and fill.

Nice to see something a little toothy like CHATEAUBRIAND in a Monday.

My one speed bump was at the beginning. My top of the mind Anderson actress, though I think LONI is fine and liked WKRP, is Bergman's Bibi. And a much better actress. But perhaps she doesn't have the Monday broad recognition.

Misty said...

Speed run on this one, and actually did most of it with perps. (How am I doing on blog lingo?). Many thanks, Ms. Luttrell, and Argyle for great write-up with beautiful pics!

So, just to keep improving my vocabulary: what's a M-B?

Grumpy, congrats to granddaughter's Shakespeare skills--terrific!And good luck with the chemo, Jacel. Abejo, it might not hurt to think about an MRI for that hand tingle--although it is most likely carpel tunnel.

Have a happy MLK day, everybody! We're off to the museum today to look at a bit of modern art!

Bill G. said...

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fun puzzle. Just right for a Monday. Thanks for the great writeup, Argyle.

Was there ever a better sitcom than WKRP?

Lucina said...

Happy MLK Day, all. Thanks, Argyle, for great links and super blogging.

What a lovely speed run from Janice Lutrell. I ERASED only TETRA for GUPPY and AMERICAN for AMEXCARD.

Otherwise worked across most of the way. Great way to start the week.

Favs, same as Hahtool:
stable diet, HAY
bed with a mate, TWIN

Today I'm going to lunch with my sorority sisters and taking spinach dip not RANCH DRESSING which my family loves.

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Hahtoolah said...

Jacel: All the best to you on the chemo.

Grumpy: A BIG congratulations to your granddaughter! That is really exciting for your whole family.

D's secretary said...

Misty, M-B is Mercedes-Benz. See Dennis' avatar.

Bill said, "was there ever a better sitcom than WKRP?"

Many, but it was good.

Tinbeni said...

FUN easy Monday offering.

Bill G: In no particular order (IMHO):

All in the Family
Bob Newhart Show (& Newhart)
Mary Tyler Moore
Barney Miller
3rd Rock from the Sun
Modern Family
Will & Grace
The Office
30 Rock
Black Adder
The Cosby Show
Happy Days
I Love Lucy
The Honeymooners

A toast to all at Sunset.

windhover said...

And the best of all time, Northern Exposure.

Anonymous said...

Northern Exposure was excellent. Also very funny at times.

However it was not a sitcom.

tawnya said...

happy monday to all!

loved the puzzle today - first time i've ever completed a puzzle with NO red letter help! (after i figured out i had TETRA for GUPPY) very exciting in my world :) @jacel - i love mondays too, it's nice to start off the week feeling intelligent. good luck in chemo, sending you healing thoughts.

@grumpy1 - congrats to your grand daughter, very impressive! she's going far i am sure!

i didn't understand the "is it soup YET?" guess that commercial was before my time.

loved all the baseball clues - go dodgers!! i saw orel pitch many times - he was amazing.

thanx for the MLK links - i'm going to share on FB to remind people why they got to sleep in today.

have a good day!


windhover said...

Could you say why, anonymously?

Misty said...

Thanks for the info, D's Secretary--cool car, Dennis!

And thanks for the fun trip down sitcom memory lane, Tinbeni. My goodness, what delight those programs have brought into our lives for those many years!

Avg Joe said...

Nobody's mentioned Taxi yet. It deserves a spot.

I think the case is pretty strong for Northern Exposure to be called a sit-com. It'd be on my list.

Anonymous said...

Why yes I can.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards Emmy's in recognition of television programming.

Northern Exposure was nominated for Outstanding Drama Series in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994, winning the Emmy in 1992.

The winners for Outstanding Comedy Series(sitcom) in those years were, in order, Cheers, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld and Frasier.


p.s. I thought you didn't watch t.v.

Tinbeni said...

I also liked Northern Exposure.
It probably falls into the classification of Comedy Series -v- Situation Comedy (Sit-Com).

Which could include, Royal Pains (my current fave).

Damn ... I forgot to list:
Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf.

Avg.Joe (oops I forgot to list):

Hey, it's just a partial list.

Steve said...


Well, almost. Although Husker Gary seems to voluntarily order COTTAGE CHEESE and actually pay for it, to me it's cruel and unusual punishment to find it on your plate.

RANCH DRESSING is a dipping sauce for french fries, not veggies, are you kidding me? :)

But CHATEAUBRIAND, ah, now you're talking!

Really slick puzzle, and great theme explanation, Argyle!

Lucina said...

I wish you well on your chemo treatments and shall send a prayer for you.

One of my nieces has breast cancer and has been undergoing chemo and radiation. It's monstrous.

I'll be thinking of you.

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

We were awakened at 8:50 AM by someone wanting to deliver wood. Not to us! Ah, retirement. Much better than cops responding to a panic button at 3 AM, Dennis.

I am with Jacel in loving Mondays. Good luck with the chemo. I wonder how Clear Ayes is doing.

Although this was not a speed run for me. Same errors as have been mentioned, plus some of my own. Had cat, not BAT, so ceme didn't make much sense. But I don't listen to modern music.

Grumpy, how wonderful for your granddaughter's accomplishments. You should be proud!


eddyB said...


No problem with last night or this morning. Usually copy grid at 7PM and check the answeres in AM before coming here. What time is the next day grid available on the East coast?

Brian trading in his Land Rover for a Jaguar XF. Can't wait to drive it.

Two rules to live by: Don't open spam and don't feed the Trolls.

take care. eddy

Anonymous said...

eddyB: The internet knows no timezones!

- troll

Bill G. said...

Count me in among the big fans of Northern Exposure as well as WKRP. Also, Picket Fences. I very much enjoyed Cheers, Frasier, Barney Miller, The Cosby Show, M*A*S*H and Fawlty Towers. The others, not as much.

I still remember one scene from Northern Exposure. Somebody was driving on a rural road outside of town when they came upon an unusual-looking fellow. (The troop from a traveling circus like Cirque de Soleil was in town.) The walking person declined the offer of a ride and identified himself as the Flying Man. Later, when the driver pulled into town, the Flying Man was already there ahead of the car though a bit out of breath.

lois said...

Husker: that clip is"Jacktastic"
crazy funny! Melissa McCarthy was my fav in Bridesmaids. What a hoot!

Grumpy: Congratulations on your Granddaughter's success. What a thrill to watch her grow up. I love that 'dual enrollment' for the motivated high school kids. I'm curious to know if you're requirements are the same as here where the kids get the college credit whether or not they pass the AP exam w/a 3 or better. Do you know?

Jacel: positive thoughts and prayers are all for you.

len: I never heard 'the other MLK speech'. Wow!

Sallie: me wondering how CA is doing. Keeping her in my thoughts as well.

Lemonade714 said...

You all have said it all about a very creative, but doable first puzzle. So instead, I give you:

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1..Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2..Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3..Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4..Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5..Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.

Lemonade714 said...

Part II

6..Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

7.. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8..Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9..Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10.Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one received extra credit.)

11.Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's, like, a serious bummer, man.

Lemonade714 said...

Part III

12.Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

13.Glibido: All talk and no action.

14.Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

15.Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

16.Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17.Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit yo u're eating.

Abejo said...

To: Grumpy1

Watched the video. It was very good. Congratulations to her.

If it was the one you referenced, she is from Lorain County.

I lived there and worked in Lorain and Elyria some time ago.


Dennis said...

anon@1:18, I'm not sure how publishing that makes it 'all about him', but Lemonade, just an FYI, there really is no Washington Post Mensa Invitational, and we've published those same definitions on this blog each of the past two years. They are timeless, however.

Dennis said...

Googling 'Washington Post Mensa Invitational' will provide all the details.

Grumpy 1 said...

@ Lemonade, loved the mangled Mensa vocabulary!

@ Abejo, while you were in Lorain County I was across the border in North Olmsted.

@ Lois, I'm not sure about the requirements for credits. Granddaughter only has one B, which is more than offset by extra credit A+'s.

Thanks to everyone that commented on her work.

desper-otto said...

Husker, couldn't get your SNL clip to play. The commercial played just fine. Then nuttin!

Lemon, you missed my favorite:
Frisbeetarian -- one who believes that when you die your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

windhover said...

You are correct (and incorrect). I have not owned a TV since December, 1973. I DO, and have on occasion, watch TV. Last Monday the Irish and I drove to Richmond (25 miles) to watch LSU embarass itself in the National Championship game. (I was rooting for the Tigers).

I believe NE ran from the early nineties to about the mid-nineties. From December 1991 thru June 1995 I was a student at Berea College (non-trad, of course) and watched some TV, including, I believe, most if not all of NE.

As noted, we often go to bars or someone else's home to watch a sporting event. I have watched two episodes of Seinfeld in my life, both on airplanes over the Atlantic. I have no knowledge whatsoever of any TV show (series) over the last 15+ years.

That said, NE depicted a "situation" - an eclectic group of characters living in a remote Alaskan village - and it was, for the most part a comedy. There was very little of what we normally call "drama". It seems to me that qualifies it as a sitcom. True, it was 44 minutes long rather than 22, but....

In any case, that's my argument, and I'm guessing neither of us wants to belabor the point. If you do, be my guest, and you may have the last word.

Lemonade's list, or a similar one, has been posted here before. None of it was "about him". I think you'd be happier with a feather in your a-- than that burr you're sporting. Then we'd both be tickled.

windhover said...

Sorry for the long post. Got carried away. I'll watch it in the future.

Dennis said...

It's ok - your last paragraph redeemed you.

Anonymous said...

Wh: I'll notify the Academy of their mistake.

- Joel

Anon @ 1:18 said...

Have you ever been with a group of people enjoying jokes and stories when a fresh face shows up and changes the mood and conversation?

Usually its the wife. Or the overbearing boyfriend. Depends on the original group!

That's all I was saying.

a Densa member said...

I think what you're referring to, Anon @ 1:18, is a CONVERSTOPTION.

Dennis said...

anon@1:18 @1:55, you made your point. Time to let it go.

Anonymous said...

Windhover gets 30 lines to admit that he is never wrong but I don't even get a nice short note to clarify my post.

I have a dream that one day bloggers will not be judged by the color of their name but be welcome to post anonymously...

Husker Gary said...

FP – I have learned that if something looks too good to be true…

Steve – the conclave that orders cottage cheese in lieu of a salad could probably hold meetings in a VW Beetle and I’d be an officer.

DO – if you can’t find my hilarious HRV commercial, go to and do a dedicated search e.g. HRV SNL

WH – Fargo reminded me so much of NE

Lemon – hysterical list

I watch very little commercial TV, although currently The Big Bang Theory is clever and full of science, but between The History Channel, TCM (a history channel of its own), Nat Geo, PBS, The Golf Channel, HBO, etc. I can always find something that is engaging when I want to and not an insult to my meager intellect.

Golden Girls is a big hit around here too for clever writing, a good ensemble and dignifying the lives of, uh, the elderly.

Argyle said...

I deleted Anon@1:18 based on the color of his comment. It smelled like a personal attack to me.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Geeze - just what I needed, a theme to whet my appetite.

With football on my mind, for "Baltimore bird" I entered RAVENS. HAY, it fit.

Would a TWIN BE ME. Nah. Anyway, my mom's a TWIN, I'm NOT.

Give CREDIT to your TAX PRO.

GUPPY CHAOS - big stir in the fish bowl.

MUTE OREL seems oxymoronic.

A LEDGE ABODE is an AIRY aerie.

Abejo -

My guess is you have nerve impingement at or near the 6th cervical vertebra. Get ye to a chiropractor.

Though, I must say that in my case, massage therapy was probably even more helpful.


Yellowrocks said...

Grumpy1, fantastic grandaughter. You have so much to be proud of. I thought her recitation was best.

Jacel and Lucina's niece, my positive thoughts are with you and yours as you continue with chemo. Here's to your steadily improving health.

Abejo, I hope you will get medical advice for the tingling hands.

I'll add The Honeymooners to the list of well loved sit-coms. My son has most of the old sit-coms on DVDs.

Splynter congrats on Saturday's good news. x4.

When we are eager for our meal to be ready, we laughingly say, Is it soup yet? When it is ready, we say Soup's on!

Lemonade, I loved your daffy definitons. They were not a conversation stopper, but a welcome addition. Bad attitude (Anon @1:18) was the conversation stopper.

Lemonade714 said...

Dennis: You are correct about reposting, and I do not dispute the lack of source, but we have so many new visitors, I was sure most had not seen the list, which to me is very appropriate for a site dedicated to words. I thought the newbies would enjoy.

G1; your granddaughter did you proud. I have done work for a family from Lorain County, and a piece of property too small to develop, next to a park in Sheffield Lake. Some very nice people. Thank you Dennis and WH for clarifying my intent.

Jazzbumpa said...

Sonnet 12, reduced to a haiku.

All ages, withers,
Dies. You too. Now - you look fine!
Let's make a baby.

JzB no Shakespeare

Jazzbumpa said...

Grumpy -

That was a fine reading by Ashley.

Ain't it great to be a proud grampa!


Avg Joe said...


Sounds like you're getting a lot of medical advice that is worth precisely what you're paying for it. That said, I'll toss mine in too:-) Go see an orthopod.

I've had more than a little nerve damage in my life and that would be my first move regardless of severity or the potential range of solutions.

dodo1925 said...

Argyle, I love when you speak French!

eddyB said...

I was responding to Dudley's comment about having problems. Some content is based on ET that we get at 7 instead of 10. Wondered if the grid wasn't available untill 10PM


CrossEyedDave said...

still have not found any "is it soup yet" video's, but i did find this

Troll said...

Once again eddyb, the internet knows no time zones. Cruciverb doesn't know if your in California or Costa Rica. Palm Springs or West Palm.

When something becomes available on the internet, its available for everyone.

Don't open any spam. Its the same everywhere too.

CrossEyedDave said...

i also found
this, if you are not familiar with he movie, they were trying to heat a can of soup with the car cigarette lighter. Apparently the joke is the soup is never ready because the clip is a continuous loop, so don't watch it for ten minutes expecting something to happen like i did.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone,I had much the same solving experience as others. Barry always says it best. Hands up for Tetra first and Target before The dot.

Jacel, Thoughts and prayers are with you and Lucina with your neice as well.

Grumpy 1, What a lovely granddaughter. You have a lot to be proud of. Her recitation was by far the best of the three.

Have a great rest of the day, everyone.

Anonymous said...

Abejo, I pinched a nerve in my elbow, the neurologist prescribed
gabatentine, which gets rid of the
tingly feeling.

dodo1925 said...

Good afternoon, solvers,

What Barry said in his first two lines. I didn't experience the same hangups.

Hand up for 'tired' before 'wiped', though. I started solving across but when I got to 36a 'aka' and noticed that I had 'ecla--' for 22D I almost filled the last two blocks with 'ir' but thought I'd better take a look at the clue, which had nothing to do with pastries!

I hope you all enjoy the holiday!
I liked the theme a lot. Thanks, Janice I hope we see more of you.
And Argyle, thank you too for your usual astute and enjoyable blogging.

Marge said...

Hi all,
I have'nt read the blogs but wanted to get this done. I always intend to write and then the day gets sidetracked.

This was a fun puzzle.I liked the 3 long answers, I actually got them.

Since Mid-December we have been having problems with our well. It has some disease causing bacteria in it so we have been getting bottled water in gallon jugs for drinking and cooking. We can use faucet water for some cooking if it has been boiling long enough.
There is a natural spring
about 4 miles from us that runs from a faucet,so we refill our jugs from there.It's wonderful water.
I became ill before Christmas,that's when we found the well problems. It has had one chlorine treatment so far and now we are waiting for lab results to come back again. My health is fine now.

We are adjusting to the Packers loss yesterday. There's always next year.
Good evening all!

Jazzbumpa said...

Avg Joe -

Are you suggesting the Abejo consult a crustacean?

JzB not that I have anything against arthropods . . .

Avg Joe said...

Slang notwithstanding, JazzB, Orthopedic is the most common spelling I've seen. As some support, I offer the Wiki entry. I realize that there are variations, but in the medical trade, they usually refer to them loosely as "orthopods".

However, I've always been a sucker for a White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. Cue Jimmy.

Anonymous said...

Great puzzle, comments and links! Good start to the week.

Lemonade, I had never seen the "mensa" words. Biggest laughs of the day for me. Thanks!

- PK -

windhover said...

Anon @ 2:13:
Good luck with your dream. If it's ever realized, we'll make your birthday a holiday and give all the wage slaves another day off. It would be nice if your birthday was in April. We could use a holiday in that month. But don't hold your breath.

If I could be serious for a moment (and I wish I could) I'd say congrats to Grumpy1 and let Jacel know I along with all here have you in our thoughts.

And I've been thinking about Creature as well. Hope things are getting better for you.

That's 5 1/2 for me, better quit now.

dodo1925 said...

The line about enjoying your holiday was supposed to be the last line. Often when I try to edit sections seem to lose their way and appear somewhere else. Just ignore, please.

Abejo, I second AJoe's suggestion. I've had two carpel tunnels repaired and they both started with tingling.

Grumpy, isn't it great to see our
grand kids doing such wonderful things? Ashley a poster child for the way we love to see our young

Jacel, good vibes coming your way, and to your niece, Lucy!

Aah! Northern Exposure! Loved it; and Barney Miller had the weirdest characters imaginable. Remember the gay couple?

Where are the good comedy writers who could make us laugh without resorting to bathroom humor and 4 letter words? No wonder the world is full of ill-feeling .

Qli said...

Great debut, Ms. Luttrell!

fermatprime said...

Jacel: I sincerely hope that your chemo is successful!

Grumpy: You can be very proud!

Lemonade: Well, I got a kick out of your posts! Even copied and forwarded them!

Evidently not all services are down today. My sometimes helper saw a Fedex truck arrive with a package in my driveway.

I have not watched a sitcom since Frasier. Watch the reruns when I run across them late at night. Am looking forward to watching Downton Abbey recorded last night. Excellent Masterpiece Theater.

I do not classify Royal Pains as a sitcom. More of a dramedy. Looking forward to the next 1/2 season coming soon! Am very upset that Eureka has been cancelled.

'nuf for now!

dodo1925 said...

Oli, where in ND are you? I grew up in Grand Forks I may know one of your grandparents!

Lucina said...

Thank you for the positive thoughts for my niece. She has outlived her prognosis by 5 years although the cancer has now invaded her bones.

I always get a big kick from those "mensa" daffynitions. Thank you.

eddyB said...

Ok. No straight answer. I'll assume 10PM ET. Way before any newspaper site likt LAT or Trib.


Steve said...

@Troll - you can definitely open capitalized Spam, but the only humane thing to do with it is turn it into Spam masubi, a strangely addictive Spam/sushi rice/Nori thing of wonderfulness.

Anonymous said...

Windhover: apply eddyB's rules to live by: Don't feed the trolls.

I'm so glad he added that to his rules to live by. (1 of 2)

Bill G. said...

I have started watch the Ellen Degeneres show from time to time. She's very clever and funny and her show is very enjoyable. Today, she had on a model/actress from Columbia named Sofia Vergara. She's apparently on a TV show called Modern Family which I've never watched. However, I have quickly (in one hour) fallen in love with Sofia. She is beautiful, sexy and has a great personality and sense of humor. She's 40 years old. It should be illegal for somebody to be so appealing.

Lucina said...

Bill G:
Last night Sofia Vergara won a Golden Globe for her work.

Bill G. said...

Yes, I briefly saw that award but as I said, I didn't know anything about the show or about her. Today, on Ellen's show, she was very cute by jokily saying that she already had her two golden globes and what would she do with three...

Seldom Seen said...

If you watched Jeopardy! tonight you heard a very naughty term uttered in incorrect answer.

I think Alex paused, but moved on to the next contestant who gave the correct answer.

My mouth dropped and I looked at my friend who asked "what's wrong?"
She had never heard of the term.

I wonder how many viewers were surprised. I'm still laughing about it now like I do at many of Dennis' df comments.

Bill G. said...

OK, so I just found tonight's Jeopardy show online. I found several references to an inappropriate response. When I watched it, I still had no clue as to what the problem was. I had to look the term up on Wikipedia. I guess I need to get out more...

CrazyCat said...

I'm very late tonight after having company all weekend. Hand up for TETRA before GUPPY. I live in a RANCH. They seemed to be the house of choice in post WWII Southern CA. A lot of them have walls of glass that open up to the back gardens. Nice in this clime.

Modern Family with Sofia Vergara is very funny. I hardly watch sitcoms anymore since hardly any live up to the ones that have already been mentioned. I like 30 Rock too.

Favorites of all time, Mash, Seinfeld, Taxi, Third Rock from the Sun and, of course, Northern Exposure. I also liked Welcome Back Kotter, don't think anyone mentioned that. Loved John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino and the sweathogs.

Seldom Seen said...

**Content WARNING**

I didn't think of checking YouTube. There are already 15 posts of it. If your curious go there and search "Jeopardy donkey punch." Both Alex and the contestant chuckle AFTER the correct answer is given.

Reminds me of the Newlywed Game's urban legend of "That would be the butt, Bob."

Newlywed Game

The Jeopardy legend would be that he never says "What is a donkey punch?"

Dudley said...

EddyB - I must have glossed over your earlier reply about Cruciverb.

Since Cruciverb makes each day's puzzle available at 10:00 PM Eastern the previous night, I generally grab the file about 11:00, and work the puzzle while half-watching the news.

For today's puzzle, however, I waited until this morning, by which time the file was fully expected to be available. It just wasn't there, or at least I couldn't get it using my usual routine on the iPad. I soon got it on my regular PC, still not on the iPad. That's a mystery.

I already got and completed the Tuesday puzzle, by the way. It's a technical DNF for me, unusual for a Tuesday. More tomorrow!


Seldom Seen said...

Northern Exposure's entire pilot(10 mins. at a time)

Very good. Smart and funny. But not a sitcom. It fits Fermatprime's word "dramedy" much better than sitcom. imho. ;}

CrazyCat said...

@Seen - true. I agree.

Anonymous said...

What a nice surprise! I googled my name and found this blog. Thanks Argyle for all the nice pix and links and thank all for the nice comments.

Pretty exciting to have my first puzzle published!


Argyle said...

What a nice surprise that you visited us. I hope you have some more puzzles to be published.

I copied your comment and added it to today's blog.

Argyle said...

I just discovered if you are using full screen, the preview is on the right but if you use a smaller window, the preview is below the comment box. Now is that weird or what?