Feb 27, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012 Lila Cherry

Theme: Dale, Jr., at Daytona? - If Junior pulls off a win today at Daytona, in the manner suggested by the words in the front of the first three theme entries, his popularity will surge higher than it ever has before.

17A. Backstage : BEHIND THE SCENES

24A. Got married : TIED THE KNOT

43A. Forefront, as of technology : LEADING EDGE

56A. Returning to popularity, or what you'd have been doing if you followed the sequence formed by the first words of 17-, 24- and 43-Across : MAKING A COMEBACK

Argyle here. If you think today's constructor is Lila Cherry, that's really Rich. A good example of what a Monday puzzle can be, even if there is that shameful plug for the paper. (24-Down. Los Angeles daily : TIMES) If you have any nits, today is the day to lay them on; our editor can take it.

The Daytona 500 was rained out on Sunday, the first time in the history of the race.


1. Fight-stopping calls, briefly : TKOs. (technical knockout) May be called by the referee, fight doctor, or a fighter's corner.

5. Discourteous : RUDE

9. Ireland patron, for short : ST. PAT

14. 10 million centuries : AEON

15. Soon, to the bard : ANON

16. Chicago airport : O'HARE. It is an important hub for United Airlines.

20. The second story, vis-à-vis the first : UPSTAIRS

21. Tough Japanese dogs : AKITAs. Info.

22. Coll. football's Seminoles : FSU. Florida State University at Tallahassee, FL.

23. Over, to Oskar : ÜBER

29. Wee lie : FIB

32. Forster's "A Passage to __" : INDIA. Trailer. (3:24)

33. Off one's rocker : NUTS

34. Dashboard gadget prefix with meter : ODO

35. Robin's Marian, for one : MAID. Robin Hood. Maid Marian is more complex than I thought, according to Wikipedia.

36. Market express lane units : ITEMS

38. Car : AUTO

39. North Pole helper : ELF. Still on vacation.

40. Muscle pain : ACHE

41. Desi who married 60-Across : ARNAZ and 60-Across. Ball of Hollywood : LUCY

42. Sneaky : SLY. Note it is tied into TIMES. (24D)

46. USA or Mex., e.g. : ABBReviation

47. "Do __ favor ..." : ME A

48. Blood deficiency that causes weakness : ANEMIA. Reduced number of red blood cells.

51. Embodiments : EPITOMEs

58. Informal bridge bid : ONE NO. (one no trump)

59. Activist Parks : ROSA

61. Praise : KUDOS

62. Sheltered valley : GLEN

63. Brown or cream bar orders : ALES. A small misdirection towards popsicles


1. "Forbidden" cologne brand : TABU. I am a little confused here. TABU is a perfume by Dana, launched by the design house of Dana in 1932. TABU is classified as a luxurious, oriental fragrance and is called "The forbidden fragrance".(If you go to this site, scroll down to read some interesting comments.) "Forbidden" cologne is new and isn't the same fragrance.

2. Hang on to : KEEP

3. Partners of aahs : OOHs

4. Fit of agitation : SNIT

5. Pungent salad veggie : RADISH

6. Fictitious : UNTRUE

7. Cries from Homer Simpson : D'OHs

8. Opposite of WSW : ENE

9. Plugging-in places : SOCKETS

10. "... all snug in __ beds" : THEIR

11. Cool off, dog-style : PANT. Why do dogs pant? Answer, possible TMI.

12. Locale : AREA

13. "__ of the D'Urbervilles" : TESS. A novel by Thomas Hardy, first published in 1891.

18. USA/Mex./Can. pact : NAFTA. (North American Free Trade Agreement)

19. Wooden shoes : SABOTS

23. E pluribus __ : UNUM

25. Counting everything : IN ALL

26. Spiritually enlighten : EDIFY

27. Completed : DID

28. Kicked with a bent leg : KNEED

29. No longer lost : FOUND

30. Luggage attachment : ID TAG

31. Hooch : BOOZE

36. Swelling treatment : ICE BAG. It may be needed after 28-Down.

37. "__ she blows!" : THAR

38. Exist : ARE

40. White whales, e.g. : ALBINOs. "THAR she blows!"

41. Colorful marble : AGATE

44. Levy, as a tax : IMPOSE

45. Upscale retailer __ Marcus : NEIMAN. Headquartered in the Dallas, Texas.

46. __ acid : AMINO

48. Unrestrained way to run : AMOK

49. Half of Mork's sign-off : NANU. Mork's better half, reporting to Orson.(1:57)

50. Barely made, with "out" : EKED

51. Environmental sci. : ECOL.

52. Beatles nonsense syllables : OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA, life goes on.

53. Manhandle : MAUL

54. Caesar's "Behold!" : "ECCE!"

55. "The __ the limit!" : SKY'S. Tom Petty's "Into the Great Wide Open" (3:47)

57. Neighbor of Braz. : ARGentina

Answer grid.



Dennis said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and gang - down to 18 days before the move, and even going about 18 hours a day, we've still got a good month's worth of work to accomplish before the movers get here. And that's with the movers doing the packing; you'd have to see it to believe it. Plus, selling a business is not the walk in the park I thought it'd be, but rather a fairly complex process.

Anyway, a nice little speed run this morning, another one of those fast-as-you-can-write Mondays.

Favorite answer was my favorite dog, 'Akitas'. Least favorite was 'kneed' for 'Kicked with a bent leg' -- a kick, by definition, is a blow with the foot. 'Struck with a bent leg' would've been better, at least in my opinion. Overall though, a well-done, smooth Monday offering.

Argyle, Mr. IronMan, great write-up as always.

Hope it's a great day for everyone - pushing 60 here again, which is truly remarkable for this time of year in the Philly area.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Blew through this one with almost no hesitation. In fact, I had to force myself to slow down and enjoy the scenery a bit, as it were, so I didn't solve all the acrosses without at least looking at the clues for the downs.

Minor slowdowns at ABBR (needed the perps for that one) and UBER (which I always get confused with OBER), but that was really it.

As for the theme, it was completely unobtrusive while solving. Not bad, but it didn't add anything to the experience.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was quite the speed run this morning, but a good way to start the day. My only error was to think that Forefront, as of Technology was Cutting Edge instead of LEADING EDGE.

I had to go back and read some of the down clues, since they had been filled in on my first across pass.

QOD: Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them. ~ Albert Einstein

thehondohurricane said...

Good day folks,

No problems whatsoever today. Never connected the themes and the unifier until Argyle "splained" it, but it did not impede my progress one bit.

Only have one nit. I do not ever recall anyone using Lucy when mentioning Lucille Ball. She was Lucy Arnaz, but always Lucille Ball in public life. Admittedly, this may be another example of a fading memory for yours truly.

Dennis, regarding your disposal of the business, bet your thinking it would have been a lot less complex without the lawyers.

Dennis said...

Hondo, without using the words I'd like to use, the answer is yes. As Dire Straits said, "money for nothing".

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Lila (AKA Rich), for a swell start to the week. It was easy, but should be for a Monday. Thank you, Argyle, for the equally swell write-up.

As has been said this was a speed run. Only had one write-over, misspelled NEIMAN as NIEMAN.

Did not know 52D, OBLA, but perps got it.

63A, cream ALES, reminds me of Genessee Cream Ale from Rochester, NY. Pretty good stuff. They sell it out here now. I think Genessee Brewing Co. got bought out.

SABOTS is an old crossword word. Haven't seen it in a while.

Today I am going to vote in the Illinois Primaries. We have early voting, stating today.

See you tomorrow.


HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the fascinating bits of information this morning, Argyle. I always used to like TABU as a teen, so that was a real eye-opener when I read about its origins! I couldn't open the link for NANU, so now I'm curious what it might have been?

This was a fine example of a straight-forward Monday puzzle, and who could do it better than our own editor? I liked how ACHED crossed both ICE BAG and KNEED. Youch!

Like Barry, I had to force myself to quit filling everything in too quickly, so that I could at least read the down clues. Fun run, though.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Middletown Bomber said...

An easy monday morning puzzle blew through the first 2/3rds in record time. Saw the theme immediately though I take issue with the cluing for (43a forefront of technology should be "Cutting Edge") but that would not go with the theme. (I see that hahtool made the same call that I did)Slowed to a crawl on the bottom quarter thanky to argyle for the great write up enjoy your work week I have a short one as my son only has 3 days of school this week.

Yellowrocks said...

Dennis, good luck on your move. Relocating your home and selling your business at the same time must be terribly frustrating and time consuming. Just relocation by itself was bad enough for me. Think how happy you will be in your new life.

Even for a Monday this puzzle was too easy. No second guessing, always the first answer that came to mind, no puns. I usually skip the second puzzle in our paper for that reason. I did it today and found it more satisfying than this. Argyle, your interesting blog made it worthwhile.

I think TABU was fair. "Forbidden" was in quotes.

Lucille Ball is frequently referred to as Lucy in her biographies and in other print. There was a show called the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. My kids watched so many I Love Lucy reruns we could say the dialog by heart.

The Oscars: Did you notice that the same actresses appeared on both Best Dressed lists and Worst Dressed lists? So subjective, it's silly.

desper-otto said...

Morning, all.

It was fast, wasn't it? I agree with Dennis on the kicked/kneed business. And Dennis, taking it one line further, are the chicks for free?

I think I remember reading that the Dutch threw their sabots into the gearworks of the looms, because they were afraid that mechanized weaving would put them out of work. And thus the word sabotage was born.

AWAD published an interesting thought for the day over the weekend: Standard English is a convenient abstraction, like the average man. -George Leslie Brook, English professor, author (1910-1987)

Mari said...

I sped through this one faster than Dale Jr.

I also did not know OBLA. Nore did I know ONENO. That reminds me that I want to learn to play bridge and chess. I'll add them to my bucket list.

Coach J said...

Speed run but down-shifted to relax a bit. Only clue I didn't like was 60A. I've never heard her called Lucy Ball, only Lucille. Although her showed was called I Love Lucy, just didn't seem right to the ears. Oh well, fun but mindless workout even with shameless plug for the LA rag. Enjoyed the summary, thanks Argyle.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

KUDOS to Lila, or Rich, or whomever. Good Monday puzzle. A few erasures, unreal before UNTRUE, eons before AEON, Fla before FSU, but it all got straightened out. No lookups needed. Couldn't enter ÜBER without remembering the charade between Newkirk and Hogan('s Heroes). Who was the Überführer and who was the Unterführer, Great stuff.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

What a fun puzzle in the midst of high school basketball mania around here, Rich, er, Lila! BTW, who edits the editor?

-Theme was fun to see at the end
-The most famous TKO of all time was probably when Frazier’s corner threw in the towel a few seconds before Ali’s corner was going to do the same in the Thrilla in Manila. Ali was never the same again.
-UPSTAIRS is a big deal at Downton
-A little FIB (along with SLY and UNTRUE) can be helpful sometimes but Argyle exposed Rich today in his fine write-up. You can’t fool Santa.
-We all know Robin made Marian
-I can get my ITEMS through the self-checkout line without help about 25% of the time
-Desi didn’t love JUST Lucy!
-My wife’s Greek heritage makes her prone to ANEMIA
-Uncle’s RADISHES would make a stone cry
-A lot of SABOTS are sold at the Pella, IA tulip festival (great info Otto!)

CrossEyedDave said...

Pretty straightforward, minor bumps were the "B" in uber, and the "M" in maul, not really WAGS, i just wasn't 100% sure. WEES about Lucy.

Argyle, my Orson link would not work, after a little HTML digging, i found this on YouTube that matched the 1:57 timing. Hope this was it: orson

(just an Elf trying to help out Santa...)

kazie said...

Easy for me too today and I also missed reading a couple of down clues before finishing. I always pause at the spelling of ARNAZ/ARNEZ, and it took going back to find ID TAG to sort it out. I did remember who Lila Cherry was, but had forgotten how the anagram aspect of it worked.

I even got Saturday's CW out unassisted after a long slog, but had no time to come here and rejoice over it.

Maybe with über and ober you could think of them as opposite of the usual English equivalents: ober is upper, and über is over. It won't always work, but it's close.

Yellowrocks said...

Acadamy Awards:
Lucy has never won an acadamy award. She played in a good many B movies. Her big success was in TV.
Link Lucy

Hooray for Meryl Streep, my favorite current actress. I agree she could have won for so many of her performances. I have seen at least a dozen of her movies.

Virginia C said...

Nice quick puzzle this morning. Only problem is a personal thing. When I was in High School, Sr. year, I rode to school with a gal that drenched herself inTABU. First thing in the morning that stuff is horrible!!

Needed perps for SABOTS, I thought those were small sailboats.

Dennis, If we didn't have lawyers, we wouldn't need them. I don't know who said that but it is very profound!

I almost forgot, to me 36D is an ice pack. An ice bag is what you purchase on a camping trip to keep the beer cold.

Spitzboov said...

Kazie - Lila Cherry is Really Rich

tawnya said...

good morning all!

what a fun run this morning! easy and enjoyable as a monday should be! loved the dog answers (pant, akitas) and agree with the lucy/lucille thing.

my mom and i "race" doing the monday puzzle and as usual, she won. but only by 12 seconds. i don't mind losing to her - she's been doing these puzzles for longer than i've been alive and she can type much faster! i'll take losing to her for as long as i can!

have a great day everyone :)


Argyle said...

Thank you, CrosseyedDave, that is indeed the clip I wanted. What I had was what happens when you leave out the space in /a href.

An old-fasioned ICE BAG.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Straight forward puzzle, but it's never a speed run for me.

I liked the theme, but never would have gotten it without the reveal.

Desper-oto - interesting background on SABOTAGE. During the industrial revolution, mechanization created more jobs than it destroyed. I don't believe that is true any longer. Factory automation has eliminated many low-skill jobs. Medium skill jobs are next.

At least the AUTO industry is MAKING A COMEBACK.


desper-otto said...

Hahtool@6:12 : Do you suppose Einstein was referring to the speed of light when he said that?

Anonymous said...

The clue for 52D is stated as a plural and the answer is singular. Just a nit.

Irish Miss said...

Good morning to all:

Great write-up, as usual, Argyle. Nice use of the shamrock for St. Pat. His day is right around the corner.

Easy puzzle, no help needed, no write-overs. I prefer a little more of a challenge but it is Monday, so there you go.

Even though I picked Jean Dujardin to win best actor, I was surprised that George Clooney didn't get it. Also surprised that Meryl Streep won over Viola Davis simply because VD was considered a shoo-in. Looking forward to seeing The Iron Lady on DVD; Streep is just a joy to watch, no matter what the role is.

Happy Monday everyone.

Lucina said...

Greetings, Argyle et al.

Thanks, Argyle, for your ever great commentary. Interesting about Maid Marian.

Speed run for me, too, which is a nice change once in a while. I have heard of Lucille Ball referred to as LUCY by her friends.

Very interesting about sabotage.

While it's true that automation has destroyed many jobs, isn't technology now the superior employment opportunity?

Yea,yea, Meryl! She is fantastic in all she does.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Lucina said...

I wanted to say, too, about TABU, isn't that a play on the word taboo?

Misty said...

Speed run this morning--many thanks, rich Lila! And you too, Argyle, for the Tabu write-up. My husband is allergic to perfume, so the stuff is effectively Forbidden in our home.

One question to the German speakers on the blog. I always thought that when a word with an umlaut was represented in an English context, an 'e' was added to the vowel. I would therefore have thought it should be "ueber" rather than "uber"? Has that changed?

Also, are 'white whales' really albinos? I ask because I finally finished "David Copperfield" (Dora, it turns out, is David's first wife, not his second wife) and am about to start "Moby Dick." I just want to keep my whales straight.

Finally, fascinating bit on 'sabots', Desper-otto 7:41--many thanks.

Have a great start to your week, everybody!

Bill G. said...

Fun puzzle and writeup. Thanks. I agree that "Kicked with a bent leg" seems a bit off. Maybe hit with a bent leg would have been better. Anon (10:15), the clue is plural and there are two syllables. What's the problem?

Meryl Streep is great for sure. Her character was so believable torn in The Bridges of Madison County. However, I will never watch or think about Sophie's Choice again. Some concepts are too unpleasant to consider experiencing them twice.

Speaking of Maid Marian, I think the movie Robin and Marian is fantastically good. A great adventure and a wonderfully emotional love story. It's one of my favorite movies.

eddyB said...


Raining again at Daytona. Race being pushed back. Pulling for Stewart to win.

Yellowrocks said...

Misty @11:06 there is a fascinating article about uber, with and without the umlaut in Wikipedia under uber.

ANON @10:15 The clue at 52D was plural because the answer has two syllables OB LA.

I knew the beluga whale is called the white whale, but decided to take white in the clue as naming a color instead of naming a type of whale, so albino came quickly.

DO Thanks for your interesting note on sabotage. You inspired me to read more about it, like a good teacher would. Your theory is the most common. There are others, too.
Link more on sabotage

Misty said...

Many thanks, @Yellowrocks 11:38--for suggesting the Wiki article which is incredibly interesting and informative. You just helped to keep my language skills updated!

kazie said...

Thanks for "Really Rich", but I did catch it in Argyle's comments too. I just meant I didn't take the time to think it through when I was doing the CW.

BTW, Argyle had so many interesting links today, I took longer reading his blog than it took me to complete both the CW and the sudoku!

Argyle said...

I figure if the puzzle is solved before the coffee has cooled enough to drink, I'll do my best to keep you occupied to the last drop.

Ron Worden said...

Good afternoon to all and happy Mon. Nice and smooth for a start of the week. Thanks Argyle for your write-up. I have the same recolections of tabu as you VirginiaC. When I was in school worked with a waitress that wore it so heavy that to this day I can recognize that smell anywhere UGH! To anon @10:15 I wonder who edits the editor? A great day to all RJW

PK said...

Hi Y'all,

Saw "Lila Cherry" before starting the puzzle and thought it sounded like an alias for a stripper. Whatever, it was a relaxing change from the very difficult puzzles of the past week. Thanks for stripping away the mystery, Argyle. Fun links.

Some relatives worked in factories during WWII and apparently there was talk around home of sabotage. Mama took me to a crowded public place when I was two years old and was embarrassed when I pointed to some man and yelled very plainly, "That man's a SABOTEUR!" I guess a lot of heads turned and stared.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A fast, easy puzzle today. A good Monday level with not many unknowns.

I filled in the across and downs as I flew along and didn't even see some of the answers until I came here for Argyle's excellent writeup.

Hondo, I had the same HUH? as related to Lucille Ball. I wanted an abbreviation hint for Lucy, though the previous clue for Desi Arnaz maybe would have given us the hint for Lucy.

Does anyone else have a different configuration for the posting section of the Blog? My window came up without the side bars telling us how to do things, and a list of the previous interviews, etc. I haven't done anything different to my computer. The blog has been on my Favorites list forever.

Chickie said...

Also, the preview button put all of my comment off to the side in a single word row! Everything has been condensed, smaller print, and pictures--everything.

Yellowrocks said...


Anonymous said...

Must have been a different puzzle in my paper today. Even when I found the answers for the puzzle, there was no 50 across or 52 down. I cannot come up with anything that fits. I'm slower than the average bear.

Seldom Seen said...

Yellowrocks, are you "p"ing?

CrossEyedDave said...


Thanks, i was just going to ask the same thing. I just finished a Defrag of my PC and thought something went wrong.

Seen (re: Yellowrocks)
LOL, not too many letters that would work with. (it's a good thing it wasn't an "F") Yellow rocks, what happened?

Tinbeni said...

Rich: KUDO'S to a puzzle with BOOZE & ALES.

Did you have FUN creating that little DF middle?

I would be "Off one's rocker" to comment on what ITEMS were KNEED so they ACHE and need an
(Cute grouping of crossing answers).

Seen: Too funny!


Argyle said...

Something is amiss with the blogger.

Bill G. said...

I had the TV on (while doing something else) a few minutes ago and came across this Target commercial. I liked the sound of it so much I rewound the DVR and watched it twice more. I looked it up on YouTube and watched it again. I found out the name of the singing group was The Delta Rhythm Boys from the 1940s and 50s. Then I found another video of their singing Paper Doll. They are sure fun to listen to.

Target commercial (The advertisement and song starts at about the 30-second mark.)

Paper Doll

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmmm, i wionder if YellowRocks@1:04 got caught up in a Google Blogger update?

(or maybe something more sinister happened?? Could it be Sabotage???)

YELLOWROCKS, i live just two towns over,, (we are practically neighbors) if anythings wrong, just yell and i will come running!

Anonymous said...

Oops! Wrong puzzle. I'm not usually THAT brain dead!

Irish Miss said...

Why are our pictures on the left instead of the right side of the post?

And why is this printed like this?

Irish Miss said...

Forget the second question; the preview looked weird but it corrected itself.

CrossEyedDave said...

Re: Blog Post Appearance;

i have 3 theories,,,

1) Google is making changes

2) Orson, from Ork is mad at my link.

3) The Chicago Tribune online puzzle
says it was Edited by Rich Norris!

I guess constructors can edit their own puzzles!! MAYBE RICH IS EDITING OUR BLOG!!! aacckkk!!!!!!!

(Rich, can you fix my spacing?)

eddyB said...


No news on Eagles and Falcons.
Race now scheduled @7PM EST. Don't know if we will get it in real time
or taped delayed.
Latest cigarette shipment from
Kyrgyzstan. Getting to be fun guessing from where they will come.


Yellowrocks said...

I tried to see how the blog worked with this glitch. I just repeated one letter and planned to dete it. When I tried to preview my peeing, it published for all the world to see. BLUSH. BLUSH.

Susan said...

Chick and others--mine's all goofed up also. It started out as usual but changed after I clicked on some links. Creature of habit that I am, I don't like it like this.

Marge said...

Hi all,
The blog is very different today and I see several of you have the same thing happen so I'll just wait and see how it all comes out.

I did enjoy this puzzle as it was easy. I was also prepared to put in Lucille until I saw there was only spaces for four letters. There is a channel on our DISH Sat.that has some of the old Lucy shows, I was watching a bit of it last evening.

The Akita dog is beautiful. Our last pet, a cat, died several years ago and we decided no more pets. I miss them but we travel fairly often and someone has to come feed them. When we had dogs we took them to the kennel. That can get expensive if we were gone for a month.

Marge said...

My blog disappeared and I thought I had lost it. I was previewing it and thought it got lost. But it published.

Something is sure strange today!

Have a good evening all'

Anonymous said...

its like this at Rex's too

Bill G. said...

A bit of rain has been expected and I can hear it starting on the skylights. No bike ride today. It should snow in the local mountains.

The new blogger format looks very nice, an improvement over the dreary old style that I had gotten used to. The preview screen sure looks messed up though.

My sister-in-law has had several Akitas. No children but she doted on her dogs more than most people do with their grandchildren. As a result, they were spoiled and poorly behaved. They are good for crossword puzzling because of all the vowels.

Anonymous said...

No like the new format.Printing is too small to read. Read sunday's blog this AM & it's the same format.What's going on?

Spitzboov said...

Anon @ 4:35 I agree with you. I don't like it either. Maybe it is a work in progress.

Tinbeni said...

Awww, NUTS !!!

You get familiar with something in the "wired world" and someone comes along and "improves" it by making unnecessary changes that make you feel like a "newbie" again.

Hit the PREVIEW button before you publish and "post length" and typos are neigh on impossible to catch.

Tears ...

Jayce said...

Gotta love it when the programmers, who usually have very little idea of what makes a good user interface, think they're making something better but actually make it worse. Like Tinbeni, Marge, and others, I don't like what changes have been made to this blog layout. It's not just because it looks different, it's because it flat out doesn't work right any more.

Chickie said...

Hit the preview button and it comes out like this:

Susan said...

We had an akita mix once that we all loved. He seemed to sense people who needed help. My mother was legally blind and he would stand in front of her at the porch steps and not let her pass without one of us. He also wouldn't let children around our horses.

After he got in a fight with another dog and put out its eye, killed our cat, and killed a little dog next door, we had him put down. The really scary thing was he attacked the little dog with my husband yelling at him to stop--totally out of control.

tawnya said...

ick! someone tweeked the blog since i was here this morning and all i can say is "ick!"

thanx to all of you the dj in my head has been going back and forth between two songs today: Sabotage and The Beatles

as you can imagine, it's quite loud between my ears today!

(hope the tweeker undoes whatever has been done soon!)

hahahaha - pppp'ing!


Lucina said...

Yikes! This is a weird format for the blog. Why, oh, why is the writing all on the left?

Tinbeni said...

If the writing wasn't "all on the left" ...
it would probably be alright.

After it does that "down thingy" for a ways ... then the PREVIEW is below the "Choose an idenity" area and you can NOT judge your comments length.

Why can't the programmer's figure out a way to improve things like:
1) Eliminating the National Debt?
2) Magically make our bank accounts larger?
3) Actually IMPROVE something ...

Oh well, Cheers everyone.

Misty said...

I just want to see if posting still works. I too hate changes when something is working perfectly fine.

Hahtoolah said...

Hmmm... The whole thing looks a bit odd, doesn't it?

CrazyCat said...

Hi everyone. Just now reading the posts. It seems like something is amiss.

Super easy Rich/Lila puzzle. Spent 4 hours today at City of Hope and another hour getting home in the hail, rain and thunder.

Good news! Big C free after 4 years!

Other than that, an Akita once attacked one of my dogs and bit her 30 times. The Akita got out of his yard when the gardener left the gate open. My dog was on leash. The good news is that my dog was okay after $1000 in vet bills. The Akita owner paid. So I'll try this out and see what happens!

Misty said...

@Crazy Cat 8:13--that sounds like fabulous news! I'm so happy and relieved for you!

Bill G. said...

CrazyCat, that's great news. You have all my best wishes for good karma to keep on coming. :>)

CrazyCat said...

@Misty - Thanks. It is always welcome and relieving news! Driving home on the freeway with hail was terrifying. I'm toasting sunset somewhere with a glass of wine - and then off to bed zzzz......

Somehow our email addresses are not an option in our comments anymore. Hmmmm?

CrazyCat said...

Thanks Bill G! You r a sweetie!

Yellowrocks said...

If this is to be our new format, I'd like to change my line of ppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp to ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.
This afternoon my homepage also went crazy. It is now back to normal. In addition, when I tried to access sites I was interested in, sites I had visited this AM came up instead.

I was out this evening and some of my friends also had probs with the Internet today.

CE Dave, Thanks for the kind offer of help. I'm okay. I looked you up a while ago and realized that you are my neighbor

Tinbeni said...

My "nightcap" toast is to you.
That is such GREAT NEWS.
You go girl !!!

This Daytona 500 has not been an enjoyable viewing experience.
KUDO'S to whoever it was that invented the TV clicker.

I'm starting to think when they get the race re-started, around Mid-Night, my time, the RAIN will come in and put an end to this debacle.

Cheers !!!

fermatprime said...


Fell asleep after reading about half of the blog.
A nice easy Monday. Thanks Rich, Argyle.
Remembered Lila Cherry immediately!
A smidgen of rain here today; skies gray.

fermatprime said...

Preview seems to be working OK now!

Argyle said...

Here it is Tuesday and the Daytona still has 20 laps to go!

Lucina said...

Ha Ha! So is the blog taking a political stance now?

Argyle said...

Finally over, Dale, Jr., finished second.