Jun 18, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012 Jacob McDermott

Theme: Childs' Play - If they made a movie about Battleship, maybe HANGMAN is next.

17A. Prime minister, e.g. : HEAD OF STATE

25A. Fender-fixing facility : BODY SHOP

37A. Pencil-and-paper diversion where the starts of 17-, 25-, 48- and 57- Across denote incorrect guesses : HANGMAN

48A. Superpowers' weapons escalation : ARMS RACE

57A. Prohibition era gangster : LEGS DIAMOND

Argyle here. How to play HANGMAN here. Debut puzzle from Jacob McDermott, I believe. Good start, if so.


1. "Chicago" Tony winner Neuwirth : BEBE. Image.

5. Sentence component : PHRASE

11. Romney's religious gp. : LDS. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

14. Bell-ringing fragrance giant : AVON

15. Put gas in : FUELED

16. Suffer from allergies, say : AIL. Aaa-Choo!

19. "Fat chance, laddie!" : "NAE!"

20. City protected by Batman and Robin : GOTHAM

21. Inactive : IDLE

22. Lion of Narnia : ASLAN. From "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.

28. Burglar's headwear : SKI MASK

31. Funeral speech : EULOGY

32. Little fella : TYKE

33. Tropical straw hats : PANAMAs

36. Affirmative vote : AYE

38. Light switch setting : OFF

41. Disney creation : CARTOON

42. Red-carpet party : GALA

43. Follower of Ignatius of Loyola : JESUIT. Wikipedia article.

46. Inane : IDIOTIC

51. West, to Juan : OESTE

52. Chicken's home : COOP. Where the chicks learn their ABC's.

53. Makes fit : ADAPTS

56. Wine-and-cassis apéritif : KIR

62. Crackerjack pitcher : ACE

63. Gentle wind : BREEZE

64. Gave the boot : AXED

65. __ Palmas: Canary Islands port : LAS. Geography lesson.

66. Lots and lots : OODLES

67. Lavish affection (on) : DOTE


1. "Harrumph!" : "BAH!"

2. Motherless mother : EVE

3. Amazon squeezer : BOA

4. Final stage of a chess match : ENDGAME

5. Fizzling-out sound : [PFFT!]

6. "Pipe down!" : "HUSH!"

7. Adjust paragraph indents and such : RETAB

8. Memorable Texas mission : ALAMO

9. Tennis division : SET. Match, Set, Game

10. Central Dutch city : EDE. Map In Gelderland.

11. Crow's-nest cry : "LAND HO!". Crow's nest was a basket on the highest mast of the wooden sailing ships.

12. Most of a screenplay : DIALOG

13. Ready for bed : SLEEPY

18. Eugene O'Neill's daughter : OONA. She married Charlie Chaplin.

21. Cuba and Aruba: Abbr. : ISL's

22. Movie terrier : ASTA

23. Blue-bottled vodka : SKYY. Y 2 Y's?

24. Facebook button : LIKE

26. Claim as a right : DEMAND

27. Currency of China : YUAN

29. Ancient Greek military power : SPARTA

30. German philosopher Immanuel : KANT

34. IHOP '__: takeout food program : N'GO

35. Mine, to Monet : A MOI

37. Bad __ day : HAIR

38. Quaker product : OATS

39. Move lightly through the air : FLIT

40. Meet head-on : FACE

41. Zodiacal border : CUSP

42. Loses one's mind : GOES MAD

43. Wild canine scavenger : JACKAL

44. Beethoven's Third : EROICA

45. Campfire treats : S'MORES

47. Greek "i" : IOTA

49. Like pet parakeets : CAGED

50. '50s Ford failure : EDSEL

54. Woodworking tool : ADZE

55. Pumpkin desserts : PIES

57. Debt-heavy corp. deal : LBO. (Leveraged buyout)

58. Suffix with ranch : ERO

59. Good Grips kitchenware brand : OXO

60. Butterfly snare : NET

61. Five-star gen. of WWII : DDE. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Wow, maybe it's just the post-Father's Day Monday morning brain fog, but this was no walk in the park for me. EDE? LEGS DIAMOND? RETAB? YUAN? SKYY? All right, only the first two of those were totally unknown, but the rest seemed awfully obscure for a Monday.

Add in missteps like OCEANS for OODLES and FILL UP for FUELED [gotta love how "put" can be both present and past tense, eh?] and this ended up being one of my slowest Mondays ever.

The theme itself was interesting and enjoyable, but seriously -- EDE and LEGS DIAOMOND? On a Monday?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. While this wasn't a speed run for me, I had lots of fun with this Monday puzzle. What a clever theme.

I loved the fresh new cluing for EVE.

BEBE Neuwirth also played Lilith on Cheers.

I don't frequent IHOP, so didn't realize the restaurant had an actual takeout food program.

My initial thought for the Wild Canine Scavenge was Dingo, because it really did eat her baby.

Stay cool!

QOD: Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. ~ Ambrose Bierce

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

I loved your comment on the theme, Argyle - I guess they will make a movie about anything, won't they?

Like Hahtoolah, I thought of Lilith on "Cheers" for Bebe Neuwerth.

Barry, I would normally expect EDE to be clued as "Stamp finish" on a Monday, but he already had one of those type of clues for ERO ("Suffix with ranch"). But don't feel bad, because he also could have clued it as "Palindromic Nigerian town name"...

I thought the theme was clever, and made good use of common phrases for the body parts (well, maybe LEGS DIAMOND is a stretch for a Monday). But there aren't too many phrases beginning with "legs". Maybe "LEGS of lamb", but that phrase doesn't have enough letters.

So congratulations, Jacob, for a fine debut!

Yellowrocks said...

I can't say why this puzzle took longer for me to do than the typical Monday. After completing it, I can find little that is difficult or obscure. NGO is the only unfamiliar one. Perps filled that in and it makes sense.

Knowing the theme called for LEGS, my first thought was DIAMOND, the famous NYC prohibition gangster whose enemy was Dutch Schultz. LEGS was the subject of an Untouchables episode in 1960.

I liked Motherless mother/EVE.

Yellowrocks from Kathy

Barry G. said...

Oh, yeah -- I forgot about NGO in my list of non Monday-friendly answers today. Especially as clued. Granted, cluing it with reference to the first president or Vietnam wouldn't have been much better for a Monday...

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Jacob McDermott, for a swell puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the review.

As others, I would class this more of a Tuesday puzzle. However, it was not hard at all to complete.

I only had two write-overs, SET for 9D (had NET) and SKYY for 23D (had SKYE).

Thought EVE was clever for 2D. Needed the V to clue me in.

AMOI was easy for 35D, once I had PANAMAS, HANGMAN, CARTOON, and IDIOTIC. Piece of cake.

IOTA gave me OESTE.

The theme appeared as I progressed. Pretty clever.

If this is Jacob's first shot, good job.

Did not sleep too good last night. Picked up a cold on my trip and am a little miserable. I will survive.

Good to be home. Lots to do, however. Everywhere I go I seem to have lots to do.

See you tomorrow.


Anony-Mouse said...

While I cant imagine on thinking ( for a ) improvement on the clues for a Monday puzzle ( or any other day, for that matter - ), it is awe-spiring to see how the expert constructors go beyond the answer, and try to improve on the question itself... a totally different level of concepture (?, not sure of the word.)

Anyway, Thank you Mr. McDermott for a wonderful puzzle and Argyle for a spirited and informative commentary.

ALT QOD:- Charles M. Shultz... It's crazy to worry about the world coming to an end today when it's already tomorrow in Australia.

Phew, ... finally a quote that not controversial and plenty family friendly ....

Last week, the Chinese had an admirable rocket launch, into space, and among the team of 3, a female astronaut, Liu Yang. According to the the Chinese state-run news media,(NYT) the selection process ( for the female astronaut -) "determined that China's first woman in space should be married, preferably with a child". ( Hmm, something lost in the translation ? ).

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, Argyle and gang. Nice debut puzzle and great expo.

This wasn't a BREEZE. I had to keep checking the down clues to make sure I wasn't being misled, but everything worked out. It did seem to be a little trickier than the average Monday, but I enjoyed it.

Mari said...

Good job, Jacob! You gave quite a few of us a tough run for a Monday. This one took me longer to complete too.

I also loved the clue for EVE. If it weren't for those PERPS...

And Argyle, "Y 2 Y's?" cracked me up!

Lets have a great week everybody!

Anonymous said...


Sfingi said...

Also never heard of SKYY or EDE.
Looked up this booze. Reminded me of something I just learned this week: The sky is bluer in low humidity. Don't know why I never knew that. It explains why we don't get those skies much in the East.

Was there a mini-theme of OOs?

If a kid asks you where chickens live in the wild - they don't. Like a lot of farm creatures, developed for our pleasure, in a World w/o Us, they'd be gobbled up quick.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning Argyle and all.

Fun puzzle; not a romp, but easy enough, and no lookups were needed. Clever theme integrated with the unifier. Had trouble spelling BEBE, but the crosses straightened it out. DDE was easy. Among other meanings, DDE was also the classification of the Escort Destroyer on which I served. In 1962, DDE's were reclassified as DD's.

Have a great day.

Ron Worden said...

Good morning to all and happy Monday.Thanks for a fun puzzle Mr. McDermott, and to Argyle. Fun theme and some new cluing. Really liked motherless mother. Nice quiet monday for me DW at summer school,youngest at soccer all day just me and the 3yr old grandaughter, but that will keep me busy.Have a great day to all RJW.

Splynter said...

Hi There ~!

This one took longer than expected, especially since I got the theme right away - which I usually skip until I have done a round of DOWN clues;

Hand up for FILL UP over FUELED;

I went with ZEPHYR over BREEZE, maybe too much for a Monday puzzle, but then reading Argyle's WIki on HANGMAN, I see they used zephyr as an example - Huh~!


Anonymous said...

re 17A: A Prime Minister is NOT the head of state but he/she is the head of government. Presidents, kings or queens are heads of states.......

CrossEyedDave said...

Ack! I got "hungup" on a Monday!
( I just could not believe that Skyy had 2 Y's)

I did Sunday's puzzle in a hammock in the backyard, but then all these inlaws showed up, & I could not get to the Blog :(

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

I'm with those that thought this was a little tougher than a typical Monday. I did finish, but had a number of hesitations. LEGS DIAMOND, EDE, YUAN and NGO did not come to me and I had to rely on perps. I tried to avoid the unifier at 37A to see if I could figure out the theme, but I only came up with "body parts." It all made sense in the end. Nice work, Jacob McDermott!

Thanks for all the info in your write-up, Argyle. I enjoy your geography lessons!

Since I've recently been watching reruns of "Cheers" I, too, thought of Lilith at 1A.

Enjoy the day!

Spitzboov said...

Anon @ 0954 - I would cut the puzzle creator a little slack. For example, in Canada, while the Governor General is the titular Head of State, he has no power; the Prime Minister is the head of executive authority. If head of state is spelled with a small 's', I think the answer is alright.

Irish Miss said...

Good morning all:

Nice job, Jacob, and nice expo, Argyle.

I thought it was a tad more difficult than the typical Monday offering but I got the theme right away because I have an app for Hangman on my iPad to which I am slightly addicted. In the game, the phrases used are all news headlines so at least it's informative.

Mari, what did you think of The Killing finale? I was disappointed but I am going to watch it again to see if I missed something that might change my mind. As of now, though, I think it was weak and unsatisfying, especially after sitting through 26 hours of angst and red herrings.

Have a great Monday.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al,

I am gathering from most of today's comments that you usually breeze through Mon/Tues without using perps?? Maybe I lack confidence, but I ALWAYS use the perps, some days more than others.Enjoyed the theme and was able to fill in arms and legs, but waited for a few letters to help me finish.LBO,NGO, Ede,Kant could not have been filled without them.

Everyone knows that chickens live in coops there.

Oh Lilith, how could we forget that voice? " Oh, for goodness sakes Frasier, we've been intimate several times this last month. Look at my day planner. We were together every night this last."

Anonymous said...

Yea prime minister is NOT head of state!!!!!!! blew another one. not a monday puzzle. To many abbrs., sound answers (which can be anything the author wants it to be) and non english answers. But I still thought it easy. Looking forward to friday.

Anonymous said...

I loved the "motherless mother clue". In the Gospel of Luke, Adam is called "son of God". (3:38). Eve is God's daughter & Adam's too (?). Maybe God is a mother too?

Seldom Seen said...

Juan's La Puertas: Tierra a la vista!

Lucina said...

Greetings all. Thank you, Argyle, for your lively comments. OODLES to like about this puzzle.

Sashayed right through this one with only a few pauses. Like JD, I use perps all the way and was pleased to fill BEBE as I saw her in that role on Broadway, 1997, I believe. She can sing and dance!

WEES about EVE and SKYY, surprised to see double Y.

AYE and NAE in one puzzle, Cute.

And I'm pleased with any puzzle that includes KIR.

SKI MASK, a shoutout to HeartRx.

Low humidity and bright blue skies is what we have here in the desert.

Happy Monday, everyone!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

I'll see Barry, and raise him a near NATICK at the crossing of the unknown BEBE with the non-word BAH. Not a good way to start a puzzle.

Went from FILL UP to FUEL UP and didn't check the perps. EDE could just as easily be EPE.

IHOP has take out?!?

Lots of good stuff in this puzzle, as has been mentioned. It's awkwardly place on a Monday, though, with these obscurities. But, it would be awkward any other day since, once you suss the theme, it gives away a lot.

On balance, a mixed review.


Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Thanks Mr. McDermott for a doable but difficult Monday puzzle.
Hand up for FUEL up. Made SuT and EpE also wrong answers, but I don't play tennis and Epe looked as good as EDE for a town in the Netherlands.
Have never heard of HANGMAN, let alone played it. But body parts became obvious, to I got those.

So with two squares wrong, what do I call it? I did finish, but incorrectly.

And thanks for a clarifying write up, Argyle.


Lucina said...

As children we played HANGMAN since indoor activities were limited in those days. It's a good spelling activity, too.

eddyB said...

Agree with JD. Is it written down somewhere that perps are bad and only As may be answered?

Love IHOP's blueberry pancakes.

Thought this was a fast and easy Monday CW. We have had EDE before.


Husker Gary said...

I am stunned that this puzzle’s non PC theme from Jacob was allowed. I thought HANGMAN had gone the route of Red Rover, Dodge Ball, ad nauseum.

I did yesterday’s puzzle late due to a GREAT Fathers Day with everyone in the will! I thought of this for yesterday’s great offering - Aged Soldier? – ARMY COOT.

-Now here’s a Body Shop
-Could her SKI MASK lead Marti to a life of crime ;-)?
-What was the man’s name who wore a “pink PANAMA with a purple hat band”?
-A chicken COOP on an August afternoon is a sensory delight
-Ain’t never had me no KIR!
-Who found “OODLES of strawberries along the old town road”?
-BAD HAIR DAYS are remedied by caps
-Joann loves SMORES. Me? Not so much!
-Is any other American product more associated with failure than EDSEL?

Husker Gary said...

I hope your Fathers Day was as much fun as teaching a 10 year old how to play golf on a beautiful day, congratulations!

Lemonade714 said...

Happy Monday:

Isn't HANGMAN the poor man's Wheel of Fortune?

Edsel probably would get a financial run from New Coke. Oh and those medications like Phen fen which btw killed people. We also have in the non-product area Ishtar Water World and Battleship.

Is there anyone in the world who really finds two grapefruits implanted in a woman's chest, like HG's entertainer 1, attractive?

Lemonade714 said...


The picture is great and his swing with the arms extended is well done. Well done.

Lemonade714 said...

Plus you let him drive. Awesome.

PK said...

Thought this was at least a Wednesday puzzle! Thanks, Argyle for making some sense of it for me.

I work across and down in each block. When I couldn't get anything but BOA in the first block, I was annoyed. The second block was no better. I had FilL it. Finally got a start in the third block.

4D wanted iNcheck. 43D wanted coyote. 23D wanted toto. Knew SKYY was spelled funny but not how. Didn't catch on to the button for Facebook. Didn't know ASLAN. Never heard of HANGMAN.

Finally got body parts but missread the number and thought SKIMASK was included so thought I had that wrong.

Woke up cheerful. Now I'm grouchy. 90+ and windy here, so I'm trying to decide if I'm going to make the planned grocery store run. Tuesday at 8 a.m. before the puzzle sounds better for that.

Blue Iris said...

Didn't know 1A BEBE. Unnerving not to know the very first answer on a Monday. Upon finding out it was the same actress that played Lilith, I had to go back to image provided by Argyle.

15A- Also went FILLUP...FUELUP...FUELED misdirection.

18D- Would have known OONA if clued Charlie Chaplin's wife.

I like Harvest Grain N Nut Pancakes with lots of pecan syrup at IHOP.

Sfingi- Always like learning something new. Blue skies = low humidity. In the 70s, we drove from Kansas to NYC and then flew to Kenya. The skies in Kenya are an amazing blue. Back then you couldn't see the top of the buildings in NYC due to dirty gray smog. We assumed it was due to a lack or air pollution.

kazie said...

I've been at meetings all morning, but had no serious problems with this despite the unknown names. Perps took care of most.

I just had to post, even as late as it is, so I can share with you all that we got some great news last night: we are going to be grandparents--finally! It should happen around mid January, so it looks as if another winter trip to Germany is in our future.

I used to let students play French or German hangman on the board on days when there was a good reason not to pursue anything serious. Good spelling and vocabulary practice for those few who were left after a sports team left in the afternoon, or on a day when many were absent for other reasons.

Irish Miss said...

Kazie ~ Congratulations on your happy news!

HG ~ Is your Panama hat man Charlie Chan?

Marge said...

Hi all,

This was an enjoyable puzzle though it wasn't too easy. My favorite was Eve also-she had to learn a lot with no one to teach her.

Now I understand why the sky was so blue when I lived in New Mexico and later in NE Kansas. Kansas has a lot of humidity but when I came there in 1957 as a bride it was the tail end of a draught.

JD- I remember when we were in Kauai we saw a kid with a live chicken in his arms wandering around. We didn't know if he was going to play with it or eat it.

I also had fill up then fueled.

Here we are, still waiting for rain. It always goes either south or north of up. It really is dry.

CC- How often do you go to the Twins game? That was really a long one yesterday! Alas, the Brewers lost.

Good day to all.

Husker Gary said...

Musings and Answers
-Irish, sorry but here is the wearer of that Pink Panama With The Purple Hat Band
-Katherine Hepburn found those “oodles and oodles of strawberries on the old town road” in On Golden Pond.
-Like Dennis, I have issues about forgiving Jane Fonda for some of her past actions but I loved her in this movie. Her Nebraska-born dad was not Ward Cleaver!
-Congrats Kazie, this “leasing kids instead of owning them” ain’t all bad as you can see by my earlier linked pix.
-Marge, it’s near 100°F today but we just got a nice 2” of rain and cooler weather is on the horizon. Corn looks fabulous!
-Royals won a 15-inning marathon yesterday against I-70 rival Cardinals.
-Thanks for the comments Lemon! Huddie drove the ball and the cart quite well. We were on a 75’ narrow bridge when Huddie yelled, “Look Papa, a turtle!” I responded, “Keep your eyes on the road Hudson!” Notice how close I am sitting to him in the cart as he is driving!

Bill G. said...

That was a pleasant Monday puzzle. I've always enjoyed Hangman. I played it with our kids and now our grandson. A hard word to guess is RHYTHM because of the absence of common vowels.

I may have linked this before a while ago but I came across it again and enjoyed it all over a second time. It has great dancing re-edited with a great dance song. Rita Hayworth and Stayin' Alive. All of the dancing is excellent but Fred Astaire has got to be one of the best ever!

A chipmunk and a squirrel were stashing acorns in holes. The chipmunk hid three acorns in each of the holes it dug. The squirrel hid four acorns in each of the holes it dug. They each hid the same number of acorns, although the squirrel needed four fewer holes. How many acorns did each hide?

2poodles said...

I'm the new kid, just learning crosswords. But I was getting pretty good at solving early week puzzles without a lot of help. Till today. I worked on this one at the car dealership while they fixed a headlight (over an hour!) and still had a space or two unfilled. So it was a relief to come to the blog and find that others thought it was a more difficult than usual Monday!

Husker Gary said...

Pretty easy today Bill

H = # of holes chipmunk dug
H – 4 = # of holes squirrel dug

3H = 4(H -4)
3H = 4H – 16
3H – 4H = 4H – 4H – 16
-H = -16
H = 16 holes for chipmunk

3(16)= 48 acorns for chipmunk
4(12 ) = 48 acorns for squirrel

Yellowrocks said...

Kazie, great news! Enjoy! My 14 year old grandson is the love of my life. HG, your grandson is cute. With all the attention you give him, he is a very lucky boy.

Bill G. we did similar problems with our elementary students. They found the lowest common multiple, then used guess and check. Then on to the next lowest CM, etc.

We played hangman with our students whenever we had a few odd minutes to spend. It does have value as Kazie pointed out. The figure is so unrealistic looking, no one thinks of an actual hanging.

Rita Hayworth and Fred Astaire, yay!!!

Yellowrocks from Kathy

Anonymous said...

Has anyone mentioned the little girl from Davie FL who sings at the Heat`s games...or are we Floridians just not Heat fans?

Bill G. said...

I have forgiven Jane Fonda for her past actions; mostly I think because I have seen her interviewed a couple of times and she expressed her sincere apologies and seems genuinely sorry.

Yellowrocks said...

To all you algebra teachers:
Why is it that most algebra teachers insist of only one way of showing one’s work when solving an equation for X? Their way is usually not the style that the text or last year's teacher advocated. This makes it extremely hard for educated parents to help. As an algebra tutor, I had to spend much time to examine the student's notes and the examples that the student happened to work correctly to divine the accepted form. Of course, the failing tutee could not explain the method to me.

I know I am a free thinker, but as a teacher I accepted any method that was logical, arrived at the correct answer, and could be explained by the student. I loved students with heterodox opinions and methods in any subject if their way worked and the students could explain it. The brightest students came up with the most heterodox ideas and I celebrated that.
Yellowrocks from Kathy

Lucina said...

Congratulations, Kazie! You will love grandparenthood every step of the way. I'm really happy for you.

Bill G. said...

Yellowrocks (from Kathy):

You make a good point. I think students should be able to approach a new problem (like a Problem of the Week) with whatever tools make sense to them.

However, guess and check and other approaches aren't easy to apply for more sophisticated problems. If you agree that learning algebra is necessary to advance in higher math and physics, then a student needs to learn and apply algebraic approaches in an algebra class. If I gave an algebra test and a student didn't use algebra and show his/her work, they wouldn't get much credit even if they guessed the correct answer.

So it depends. Are you trying to encourage a students to solve discrepant problems or are you trying to teach a student how to use algebra?

Yellowrocks said...

Billl G. I am sorry to have mislead you. Guess and check is an elemenatry school strategy for simple problems and not a strategy for algebra. But for a neophyte it works for the simplest of problems like yours.

I am talking about real algebra that requires solving equations for an unknown quantity using all the principles of alegbra. It is not the application of these principles, but their notation that is questionable. Apparently you have not seen how rigid some teachers are when they do not even accept the notation taught by the textbook they are using.

BTW Yellowrocks from Kathy are hugs from me. Yellowrocks refers to big hugs in square dance language.

Irish Miss said...

HG ~ Thanks for the link. I don't think I have ever heard that song before. (I automatically associate a Panama hat with Charlie Chan but I should have known it would not be pink with a purple band!)

kazie said...

your grandson is indeed a cutie.

To all who have offered congrats,
Thanks for all the positive feedback on grandparenting. I'm hoping we won't have to break the bank going back and forth to spend time together, but it certainly is going to be exciting!

Dennis said...

Bill, you're a far better man than I. Alas, I think I'll be equally unforgiving if anyone engaging in activities leading to the deaths of American troops suddenly tears up and apologizes for his role in those deaths. Same with anyone who abets in a wholesale loss of American lives; I guess I'm just cold that way.

Jane Fonda laughed and joked around with the anti-aircraft gunners who were killing American pilots. But no, that wasn't enough - she then posed for pictures, smiling and sitting on those very same guns, simulating aiming at American planes. "Giving aid and comfort" to the enemy is the very definition of treason, in my opinion one of the most heinous of crimes. I know this is all ancient history, and has been rehashed many times, but I think it's important that people remember just what she did.

Funny that her most publicized apology coincided with the release of a movie in which she was starring -- but that's probably just me being cynical...

Sorry to be off-topic, but that hit a very, very sore spot. Back to crossword world.

chefwen said...

@Sfingi - We have Hurricane Iniki which blew through here in 1992 to thank for all our wild and crazy chickens and roosters.

Argyle said...

Good a time as any to link this: The Wyld Olde Souls - Gallows Pole Clip(5:50).

CFXK said...

A Prime Minister is NOT a head of state; a prime minister is head of government.
This is something any 5th grade social studies student knows. It's basic.

Argyle said...

Failing to read the previous posts is also egregious and inexcusable.

Anonymous said...

Like so many others, I thought this was harder than the typical Monday puzzle but we did solve it. I just had to add my congratulations to Kazie. At least technology today will allow you to stay in touch much more easily than when my grandsons were in Germany twenty years ago.


Jayce said...

Dennis, I'm with you on that.

fermatprime said...


Nice puzzle! Thanks Jacob, Argyle! A bit more difficult than usual Monday. (But, haven't we been BEBEd to death in the past few years?)

I agree completely with Dennis (4:44).

Argyle (5:16): my sentiments exactly.

Kazie: Great news. You will have someone to play HANGMAN with some day. Something I really used to enjoy. When they were younger (up to age 12, I think), taught two of the grandkids ETAOIN SHRDLU but they never seemed to remember it. (But they are bright kids according to their schools.)


Hahtoolah said...

Panama Hats are actually from Equador.

This is what our Oregon contingent has been doing. No wonder we haven't heard from them.

JD said...

Hahtoolah, Carol looked pretty good in that video. JK~hope she's reading.

Kazie,I am so happy for you and your family.It is pure joy.

CC, I hope that BAD weather did not reach your area.

Bill G., loved all 4:48 min. of Stayin' Alive. Amazing editing!

Dennis said...

Yeah, the Staying Alive clip was really well done -- that had to take someone a good amount of time.