Aug 21, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 David W. Cromer

Theme: location, location, location - The unifier can be located behind the last word in the three theme entries.

17A. Former kids' show title character named for the large pockets in his coat : CAPTAIN KANGAROO. Kangaroo Court, a court that jumps to a foregone conclusion on an invalid basis.

27A. Fuse blower : SHORT CIRCUIT. Circuit Court, where a traveling judge would preside over over various locations at set intervals. If you were locked up, you had to wait for the judge to come to town.

44A. Apollo Theater tryout for nonpros : AMATEUR NIGHT. Night Court, convenes at night for the quick disposition of charges and the granting of bail. And an excuse for this clip: Necco Wafers(3:30)

58A. Judge's demand, and a hint to this puzzle's theme words, which end 17-, 27- and 44-Across : ORDER IN THE COURT. And a little more from Night Court.(0:41)

Argyle here; I have to tear myself away from those clips and write this post. A crossword regular, Mel Tormé, was often on the show.

A little more standard puzzle today. Two impressive grid spanners, a nice mix of other length entries and no cheater squares. Throw in a clecho and no Naticks that I noticed and we're good to go.


1. Like a visit from Benedict XVI : PAPAL

6. Ginormous : VAST

10. Currier's partner : IVES. "The Fair Ground"

14. Sans chaperon : ALONE. (sans = without)

15. Mystery writer __ Stanley Gardner : ERLE. Perry Mason creator.

16. Maryland athlete, briefly : TERP. The Maryland Terrapins.

20. U.K. record label : EMI

21. Egg container : NEST

22. Popular name for a tree-lined rd. : ELM ST. In the day.

23. Any of the "Be My Baby" singers : RONETTE. No lip-sync Clip.(2:46)

26. Scott of "Happy Days" : BAIO. Chachi Arcola.

32. Like the first stage of a car wash : SOAPY

35. Really riles : IRES

36. TV Guide's "We don't know yet" : TBA. (To Be Announced)

37. Pseudo-sophisticated : ARTY

38. Chopper blade : ROTOR. (helicopter)

40. "__ Harry Met Sally..." : WHEN

41. Understand : GET

42. Mrs. Dithers of "Blondie" : CORA

43. Nuisances : PESTS

48. Morse creation : CODE

49. Yellow-disked flowers : DAISIES

53. Puppet pal of Fran and Ollie : KUKLA

55. Pants part : SEAT. Hand up for SEAM.

57. Teachers' lobbying org. : NEA. (National Education Association). The other NEA.

62. Hymn starter : "O, GOD ..."

63. Brussels-based defense gp. : NATO

64. Where eagles dwell : AERIE

65. Toy with theme parks : LEGO

66. No.-crunching pros : CPA's. (Certified Public Accountant)

67. Kennel club classification : BREED


1. Harness race horse : PACER. And trotters.

2. Texas mission : ALAMO

3. Show up unannounced : POP IN

4. Tiny soldier : ANT

5. Where the herd grazes : LEA

6. Plywood layer : VENEER

7. Boats like Noah's : ARKS

8. Blind component : SLAT

9. Perfect score : TEN. If you're into quantification.

10. Slanty, typewise : ITALIC

11. Martini ingredients : VERMOUTHS. The Perfect Martini: gin, dry vermouth and sweet vermouth.

12. Love personified : EROS

13. Notice : SPOT And 24D. Notice : ESPY

18. Division word : INTO

19. Shifted car parts : GEARS. If you have a standard transmission.

25. Biblical possessive : THY

26. Oktoberfest draft : BIER. Beer in German.

28. One of a powerful race of gods : TITAN. The elder gods, ruled the earth before the Olympians overthrew them.

29. __-Magnon : CRO. The first early modern humans.

30. "As if!" : "I BET!"

31. Beachgoers' hues : TANS

32. Epic story : SAGA

33. Utah city : OREM

34. Junkyard guard : ATTACK DOG

38. Casanova : ROUE

39. Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby : ORR

40. Makes moist : WETS

42. Fragrant wood : CEDAR

43. __ Beta Kappa : PHI

45. City west of Cleveland : TOLEDO. T-town.

46. Gem State potatoes : IDAHOs

47. Scandal suffix : GATE. As in Watergate or Nannygate.

50. Accustom (to) : INURE

51. Paranormal, say : EERIE

52. Filled completely : SATED

53. __ & the Gang: "Celebration" group : KOOL. Clip.(2:20)

54. Yen : URGE

55. Go past one's breaking point : SNAP

56. Jazzy James : ETTA

59. Ltd. counterpart, in the States : INC.

60. Airport queue vehicle : CAB

61. Above, in verse : O'ER



Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was a speed run for me. It seemed easier than yesterday's puzzle.

I enjoyed the theme. I remember CAPTAIN KANGAROO. In my state the CIRCUIT COURT is appellate court, where one goes to appeal a decision of the trial court.

My favorite clue was Egg Container = NEST.

I'll have what she's having.

Nice shout-out to our friend, Jazzbumpa with TOLEDO.

I liked the crossing of AERIE with EERIE.

CEDAR must be the word of the week.

QOD: Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper. ~ George Orwell

Spitzboov said...

Good morning all. Good comments as usual, Argyle.

Nice fun-to-do easy peasy Tuesday puzzle. I, too, liked the AERIE/EERIE crossing. The grid spanners came easily. Did not know RONETTE and guessed at BAIO, but the perps were solid. At one time I was attached to a NATO sub-command SACLANT (Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic).

Did you know? - In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

Have a great day.

Tom said...

Good morning. That was over before it started. Might have to go back though it just using the down clues.

That was a funny clip from Night Court.

Yellowrocks said...

This was a "done in the blink of an eye" puzzle. Argyle's Night Court clips and Hahtoolah's When Harry Met Sally clip made it all worthwhile.

When I was a naive 18 year old waitress, I could take drink orders, but not serve them. I asked the barkeep for a martini and told him to "make sure it was just right." He asked me if the order was for a Perfect Martini, the particular type Argyle described. Boy, did I get razzed.

When I married, my husband introduced me to ultra dry martinis with just a kiss of dry vermouth. Now I prefer Merlot and other red wines for my toast at sunset.

thehondohurricane said...

Hello everyone,

Said the heck with it today and took a few minutes to tackle a puzzle. Have a bunch of family issues these days that require most of my attention. No health, money, or legal stuff, just the kind of family matters we all experience from time to time. Hopefully, all will be back in order soon.

Fortunately, I chose a pretty straight forward puzzle. The only unknown was BAIO and the perps did their job. Only gripe was the plural usage for 11D. There are many Vermouth brands available, but only one is used per drink (at least in mine).

Previously, some of you have asked about my "better half's" artwork. FINALLY, she has a web site. It is

Hope to be back regularly soon.From reading the daily posts, sounds like everyone is doing OK.

Avg Joe said...

Speed run here as well, and notably easier than yesterday. Kukla was the only one that gave me any trouble, but it perped out quickly.

I liked martinis when young. Liked them dry. Very dry. And since you have to have vermouth involved to call it a martini, I had a bottle of vermouth that I would take off the shelf and "show" to the glass after I'd put in the gin. When we moved 5 years ago, I threw out an unopened bottle of vermouth with many other archives from earlier times.

Extending the food conversation from yesterday, has anyone tried Scottish Eggs? The mother of all cholesterol bombs!

Yellowrocks said...

Avg Joe, no I have never heard of Scottish eggs until I looked them up just now. In a somewhat similar style my MIL sometimes put whole hard boiled eggs in the middle of her meatloaf before baking it. . It looked attractive when it was sliced. This morning I remembered the bridies we had in Scotland. They are like pasties, but smaller, with meat and sometimes onion, but no potatoes. They have a very flaky crust and are even better than pasties. Have any of you had pasties in the U.S.? Is the outer part crisp and crunchy or soft and doughy?

Referring to last night's discussion, I have tried brains. The thought doesn’t turn me off, but the very unpleasant texture does. I do like cold smoked tongue. It is considered a delicacy by many around here.

Avg Joe, your martinis were just a tad drier than ours which had one drop of vermouth. The bottle of vermouth lasted for years. The Perfect Martini of my youthful embarrassment had two vermouths, one dry and one sweet.

Anony-Mouse said...

Thank you David Cromer, for a nice, but a lil more dif puzzle - still very enjoyable, and thank you Argyle for all those lovely oldies, real earworms. 'Night Court' was real funny, when it was on.

I thought of a city, west of my unfortunate hometown ... that would be Detroit or Chicago, yes ? ... just kidding JazzB. I was going to visit Toledo, when the city fathers built and financed a 'Riverfront' shopping mall development - but then 2 yrs later, it went bankrupt. That's so Ohio, in a nutshell.

Foods, which were not supposed to be eaten - I bot a 100 grams of fresh super-hot 'ghost' peppers - from a Mexican neighbor, who obtained the seeds from India. ( It costs like $ 22.00 per lb.). They produce Capsaicin, like testosterone - a tiny bite kept me awake all night... a whole pod could easily flip a whale. You think, maybe I could slip it into the old lady's soup when she is in her one of her nagging moods .... naw, I'd probably never hear the end of it....

ALT QOD:- Just my luck. I'll never be able to date Anderson Cooper. And I really wanted to meet his mother. ~ Joan Rivers.

Have a nice week, all you all.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody. Nice easy puzzle today, pretty straight forward. Hand up for SEAM. I went with BEER instead of BIER, but what's a SHORT CERCUIT?

One of these day's I'll remember it's BAIO and not BIAO.

Spitzboov: Interesting about domesticated animals.

Hondo: Good to hear from you. I liked your wife's Polaroid Transfer titled BB (image 2 of 18).

Have a pleasant Tuesday.

Avg Joe said...

YR, I'd not heard of bridies, but they do sound similar to pasties as well as delicious.

Other than my own attempts to make pasties, I've only had them at one place. A little roadhouse in Wheat Ridge, CO back in the late '70's where it was the only thing on the menu. They weren't overly soft, but I wouldn't call them crisp either. I sure do miss them.

I'll have to try your meatloaf recipe. Might even use duck eggs.

Anony-Mouse said...

Here, in southeastern Cleveland, we have domesticated a fairly large herd of white tailed deer .... we've trained them to eat all our annuals in alphabetical order, and get their RDA of Vitamins, and especially gourmandize our delectable expensive shrubbery. Now, we are still working on teaching them on how to enter our garages and lie still, so WE can have some fresh meat in the winter ....

Middletown Bomber said...

Great write up Argyle:
This was a speed run for me.

On the drinks topic not much into Martinis as I do not like the flavor of Juniper/Sloe. I use my Dry vermouth for cooking in place of white wine as it is less expensive. As for Vodka I believe it is a sin to mix it with other Alcohol and should be enjoyed from the freezer straight up in a shot glass Vodka can be mixed with Tonic, or other juices.

On the food conversation I used to like tongue until I found out to was from a tongue my brother still enjoys the occasional tongue and chopped liver sandwiches.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, David W. Cromer, for a very good puzzle. Thank you, as well, Argyle, for the swell review, and clips.

The Night Court and Ronettes were excellent. Good job. We just had Necco Wafers not long ago.

Good clip, Hahtoolah. I guess I missed that movie, as I do most of them.

Went through this with hardly a hiccup.

BIER was initially BEER for me as well. Fixed that.

That crossed BAIO which I, as well, perped.

We think alike, Mari. Only I got the SEAT right off the bat.

LEGO was a wag.

Enjoyed the theme. All fell together quite easily.

Nice to hear from you, Hondo. I will check that web site.

We got some much-needed rain yesterday, Hooray.

Lots to do today. See you tomorrow.


Sfingi said...

Comments today more interesting than puzzle---

@Avg Joe - Scotch Eggs is very like Sicilian Braciole. With this, the hard-boiled eggs are wrapped on beef round breaded with Italian style bread crumbs (i.e., with Parmesan cheese and spices). If the bread crumbs are browned in olive oil, the crumbs are called Modega. My mother-in-law never chopped the egg, but left it whole. The closest on the internet is Andrea's.

@HondoHurricane - very nice. I know my sister would like your wife's art. My sister, Dedree Drees is at the other end of her career, Prof. Emeritus in Baltimore. Also interested in trees and nature. She's at
or just Google her images.

@Spitzboov - possibly minks. A fellow in Poland has bred minks toward a domesticated type, rather than for fur, but I can't find the article.

desper-otto said...

As most of you have noted, it was a speed run today -- it went as fast as I could write.

I expected a foreign answer for the "sans chaperon" clue.

Mari, a SHORT CIRCUIT is an electrical circuit with no resistance, allowing the current to avalanche, ending in sparks and melted wire.

And I thought pasties were an article of women's clothing...or lack thereof.

Abejo said...

Yellowrocks: Just read yesterday's posts. I, too, had Hog Maw while I worked in eastern Pennsylvania, York. A friend of mine's wife cooked it and they had me over. It was great. Have not had it since. But, if I ever get back there. . . . .


kazie said...

Speed run here too except for the KUKLA/KOOL crossing for which, being a Natick for me, the first K was a complete WAG. Had to rely on perps elsewhere but no other problems.

Liked seeing the eerie/aerie crossing.

Tinbeni said...

S/H/B the Monday puzzle. FUN, speed run.

I'm not 4,000 years old ... and I'm domesticated. (Gal-Pal may disagree. She says I'm an animal. lol).

Thanks for the clips Argyle.


Abejo said...


Checked your wife's art Site. Excellent. Read a lot of the processes she goes through to create the art. I am impressed.


Yellowrocks said...

I seen many authentic Sicilian braciole recipes. Some have quite a few raw eggs mixed in with the bread crumbs used for stuffing. Sfingi's has hard boiled eggs embedded in the stuffing. There are many different sauces used. Some bracioli are breaded on the outside and some are not.

For my favorite, I pound thin slices of top round to make them thinner still. I make a stuffing of fresh bread crumbs, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and seasonings which I spread on the beef and roll jelly roll fashion. After browning I cook them in marinara sauce and slice them to serve.

All this talk of food might cause me to ask last week’s question, “Do these pants make my butt look big?”

Yellowrocks said...

I meant I've seen. I hope this post will not count as one of my 5.

TTP said...

Thank you Argyle ! Thank you David Cromer.


YR, we vacationed with our neighbors on the Keweenaw peninsula in the UP of Michigan about ten years ago. Stayed in cabins at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, near Copper Harbor. That became our introduction to the pasty. Here's a lift from one of the UP websites:

The Pasty, pronounced pass-tee, is one of the staples of the Upper Peninsula, brought here by the copper and iron miners from Cornwall , England (Cousin Jacks). "The pasty is a sort of portable beef stew folded into a purse of pie dough and baked to a rich, golden brown. Warmed on a shovel held over a candle, the Cousin Jack's pasty provided him with a nourishing, well balanced meal no matter how far underground he was working. Together with the vegetables which went into it, it made just the dinner a hard worker required."

"Warmed on a shovel held over a candle..." Vivid.

They recently sold their shoreline property on Lake Superior, and never fulfilled their dream to build there. But they still go up almost every year, and always bring us pasties. Yummy. You might try

Anonymous said...

like I said yesterday inconsistent. this should have been yesterdays. Friday is the only consistant weekly puzzle from these guys

Irish Miss said...

Good morning:

A nice, easy Tuesday offering. Thanks, David, and thanks, Argyle for the expo and links.

Finally watched my Netflix DVD of Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close. Enjoyed it very much, but it was sad. If GC had not been competing against Merle Streep, I think she would have won the Oscar for this role.

But, as Sheldon said:

"If ifs and buts were candy and nuts,
We'd all have a Happy Christmas."

Happy Tuesday to all.

Lucina said...

Hello, puzzlers. Argyle, thanks for the clips. I loved NIGHT COURT WHEN it was on.

Good to "see" you Hondo and Bomber.

A speed run today as it was for most of you. I couldn't write fast enough. Loved egg container, NEST and some downs didn't even notice such as O'ER and ORR,

Hand up for BEER then BIER and IRKS before IRE. CIRCUIT set me straight.

Some of the foods you all have mentioned are totally unfamiliar to me and though I've been to Scotland, I don't remember the culinary experience much except a Tex-Mex restaurant in Edinburgh.

Class starts tonight so must get to my files.

Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!

Anonymous said...

The perfect drug: VERMOUTH

Oktoberfest drug: BIER

Lotsa legalized drugs around here...

Misty said...

Well, we're back from our little local vacation and it's good to be able to blog again after doing the morning puzzle. This one was a fun speed run for me, so many thanks, David--and you too, Argyle, for the fun write-up.

I loved the trip down TV memory lane with this one: CAPTAIN KANGAROO, KUKLA, Fran, and Ollie, "Happy Days." And I've always loved "Blondie," and like it even more now that Dean Young and his writing partner have given Blondie a catering business, and made the whole thing much more sophisticated.

I needed a good morning, since yesterday's was sad. While still at our hotel, our house-sitter called to say that my little cockatiel was dead. I found him on a street in 1989 and he's been a sweet, happy companion to me for 23 years. I'll miss his cheerful "I'm a pretty bird," every morning.

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmm, just got back from a 2 day camping trip, (boy am i sore!) & i have not done Mon/Tues yet, but i had to read Sunday's to make sure you guys were not talking about me.

I enjoyed all the links, but Hatoolah's 1st post, the 1st sidelink was sports injury! (which i had to send to some friends!)

But i must take offense at CC's write up of 126A not easily distracted=rapt. i mean, really, is that what you guys think of me!
I should really....


Irish Miss said...


That is so sad. I am so sorry.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice puzzle today with a solid theme. I always wince at AERIE, since you never know how it's spelt. But crossing EERIE was a nice touch.

Too bad ERIE wasn't worked in. That's close to TOLEDO. I believe I may have passed through there once or twice, on my way somewhere . . .

LORD before O GOD!

The NIGHT COURT clip was hilarious.

One of the guys that worked for me raises race horses. Trotters and PACERS have to run with a different gait, and I never could keep track of what was what. If a horse breaks stride in a race it's disqualified.

My old work group has its annual picnic this afternoon, so I get to have the challenge of pairing up names and faces. The beer helps.

One of my old colleagues has the family name MARTINI.

Near as I can tell, the only purpose for vodka is to get as drunk as possible as quickly as possible.

Cool regards!

TTP said...


I've read somewhere, perhaps here, that one superior use of Vodka is to restore the shine on chrome bumpers. Never tried it. Don't know that I've ever had it either.

Chickie said...

HOla Everyone, Fast and fun this morning. I thought that Hatoolah's comments matched my sentiments to a T. I enjoyed the court references in relation to the TV shows--all of which were watched at some time in my past.

I somehow got into watching interviews with the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" after watching one of Argyle's links. Thanks a lot. Too much time spent watching more of this very funny show.

Lots to do today.

Have a great day, everyone.

Husker Gary said...

Just had to do the across words on this easy, breezy puzzle.

-CAPTAIN KANGAROO and his retinue were a big part of my “ute”. So was KUKLA, Fran and Ollie.
-Lawyer Abe Lincoln rode a CIRCUIT rider
-Jerry Seinfeld hated the POP IN
-Sonny Bono was a promo man for Phil Spector and the RONETTES. He introduced his girlfriend Cher to Phil and she sang backup for the group. Whatever happened to her?
-When drive thru car washes were new, they scared our daughters
-I think of IRE as a noun and IRK as a verb.
-Call it ART and it’s automatically sophisticated to some. Me, not so much.
-Dagwood’s boss’s wifes name and his dog were in the lineup today
-Neighbor’s post appendectomy daughter gently slid down the stairs on her SEAT since she was so weak from lost blood.
-Plywood ain’t the only thing with a thin VENEER.
-Neighbors golden lab is not an ATTACK DOG but he is now out of the house after nipping 18 month old grandson
-We went to the Meryl Streep movie Hope Springs that confirms people north of 60 still have libidos. She and Tommy Lee Jones lived in Omaha in the movie and in one scene he was reading the Omaha World Herald (which is where I do my cwd exercise every day) at the breakfast table.

Gunghy said...

Back near a computer for 24 hrs.

Hands up for SEAM, and I had to turn on red letters, because of it. I never red the down clue and GAME sure looked like a Tuesday answer.

I'd be in heaven if all my TV showed was Night Court and WKRP.

I guess I'll need to go back and read yesterdays food discussion. Before I do, I'll just throw in Buche. It was a year before the local Carneceria (Mexican meat market) would tell me what it was. (pig stomach) Sure is good though. I agree with Yellowrocks, brain's texture makes it unpalatable.

Gunghy said...

Spitzboov, Check out the fox. They are kind of

desper-otto said...

Husker, I'm glad you cleared that up. In your post the other day (yesterday?) it sounded as though the grandson didn't live there anymore.

Spitzboov said...

Gunghy @1239 - Interesting point. Nat Geographic and others use the word 'experiment' to describe the Siberian effort of fox taming.

Husker Gary said...

Otto, thanks for pointing that out and please excuse my syntax. The golden lab, Beau, has a chair in the corner of the neighbor’s living room and when he is sleeping there, he is boxed in. Their grandchild Boston ran up and hugged Beau unexpectedly and the dog nipped Boston on his right cheek just below his eye. It took two stitches to close the wound and Boston has much discoloration there as well. My other neighbor put Beau’s info on a lab rescue site but when he received no responses, Beau was taken on a teary ride to our very nice animal shelter here in town yesterday. We all will miss Beau but the neighbors have other grandchildren and the threat will always be there.

Off to the Y!

Bill G. said...

I always worry about dentist appointments. This morning's went by mostly uneventfully; the worry was worse than the reality. We have to keep buying into the school district's group plan which has gotten pretty expensive since we retired.

KUKLA, Fran and Ollie brought back memories of what I think was the most clever old puppet show; Time for Beanie.

Gunghy, I've found a cable station which occasionally has a few episodes of WKRP back to back. Great stuff!

2poodles said...

I'm finally starting to feel like a real solver! Got yesterday's and today's with no lookups! Yellowrocks, my mom, who grew up in southwestern Wisconsin, made pasty every Sunday. She just used her regular pie crust recipe and put meat, potatoes and veggies inside. I still make it occasionally just for the nostalgia. What you call bracioli, we in Wisconsin call spiedini. And the talk about putting eggs in things reminded me of my attempt to make authentic Sicilian Easter Cakes one year. You make a dough and form it around a raw egg and bake it. Not for me, but the Sicilians I served it to loved it!

JD said...

Good afternoon Argyle and all,

T'was an enjoyable quickie! Loved the long fills.Kept thinking it was the Rondelles, which wouldn't fit, so let the perps decide. They also filled terp, EMI and roue.

Kukla, Fran and Ollie brings back great memories of sitting on my grandma's bed with her-as she puffed away on her Lucky Strikes. She always turned on my programs when we were together.

Favorite drink? lemon drop martini... yum! ... only for special occasions.

Avg Joe said...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the reprise by Ronnie Spector singing "Be my little baby" in the Eddie Money tune Take Me Home Tonight Phil's evidently not a very nice guy, but he did have an ear for talent.

Misty said...

Many thanks, Irish Miss. Losing a pet is still losing a family member, so I greatly appreciate your kind word.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Man oh man did I ever get started down the YouTube path after laughing at the Necco Wafers clip Argyle linked to. Spent a lot of time watching Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart bantering back and forth. And the of course there was Night Court's Markie Post, the woman I had a crush on back in those days. Thanks, Argyle.

Oh, the puzzle. Was there a puzzle? I finished it almost before I realized it. Although it wasn't for me, I can see how the crossing of KUKLA and KOOL could be a Natick. I, too, was expecting a foreign word for "Sans chaperon," so I entered SEULE (French for ALONE) at first. I agree it was eerie to have AERIE and EERIE cross.

Best wishes to you all.

Hahtoolah said...

Misty: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your pet bird. Pets are such integral parts of one's families. I know you will miss him.

Misty said...

Thank you too, Hahtoolah--you make me feel a little less silly.

Blue Iris said...

I don' time myself. Just enjoy solving experience, but this one went pretty fast. Ginormus = VAST was "huge" for awhile.

Collect blue and white dishes. Use antique Currier and IVES for everyday dishes.

I have vivid memories of watching test pattern until CAPTAINKANGAROO came on. Now we have a VAST number of channels and can't find anything to watch.

My great-grandma was named CORA. My daughter says she wants to name a little girl " Cora "

Thanks for all the links. Good evening!

Marge said...

Hi all,
This was an easier puzzle and fun but it took me all day because I didn't have time to stay at it.

I knew Baio,kukla,had beer instead of bier. Don't drink either.

When we lived in SW Wisconsin we found that it was pastie country, for the same reason as the Upper Michigan-mining people from Cornwall,Whales, etc. We went to a lot of churches who made them to raise money. We like them and buy them sometimes. As for the dough I've had them both ways.

Scott Baio was in Happy Days with Ron Howard. It was a great show. We don't get that kind these days.

I got Capt. Kangaroo early and it helped with the other long ones.

Have a good evening all!

Bill G. said...

Misty, I'm so sorry about your cockateil. I still open the front door of our house and halfway expect to be greeted by our old sheepdog.

Interesting. After checking Yelp, I discovered the new coffee shop I've been frequenting has the highest rating of any in the Los Angeles area.

Anonymous said...

The puzzle was a speed run for us.

All this talk about pasties has me drooling. My cornish father-in-law ran a pasty shop in the UP at one time. He maintained that pasties with rutabaga or turnips in them were just for people too poor to buy enough meat. Years ago, his brother made pasties in Detroit and took them to the auto factories at the lunch hour to sell. Irv said they made several hundred in their kitchen every day with all members of the family working on the production line. Now you can buy pasties in Mineral Point, WI and at Myles Teddy Wedgies just off Capitol Square in Madison. In my opinion, the crust has to be firm enough to hold the pasty in your hand.

Anonymous said...

Pasties? :)

Jayce said...

Bill G, I'm sure you liked their coffee even before reading their review on Yelp. But yes, interesting, though. My wife and I get a certain degree of satisfaction from reading good reviews of a place we have frequented and liked.

Newton Minnow was right: TV is indeed a vast wasteland.

Speaking of sheepdogs, and speaking of TV, we saw an interesting show on PBS about dogs. Shepherds of various breeds are amazing. They mentioned that if you throw a ball, don't expect a sheepdog to fetch it; he'll run around and around it, trying to herd it. Heh, what an image.

Manac said...

Misty, I don't know why you would feel silly at all. Cat, dog or bird person. A family pet is a part of the family. It took a toll on me me when I lost my dog last year. She was by my side constantly, protected my house and was the best babysitter anyone could ask for. I still look down at my feet and expect to pet her.
Sorry, I'm rambling but just so you know we've been there.

TTP said...

Checking back in after another long day in the (figurative) mines. So many posts to comment about. However, in the interest of time...

Misty, I feel for you. So sorry for your loss.

Lucina, if you check back in, I agree. Some of the foods mentioned were unfamiliar to me as well, but when it comes to the savory pies, I'm all in. From chicken pot to pasties to empanadas to calzones, I'm there.

Blue Iris, my mother started collecting flow blue in the early 60s, and it became an unexpected source of my parents retirement income. She had many highly-desired and sought-after patterns. As well with my dad's collection of Shirley Temple glasses and silver certificates and coin collection.

Marge, DW and I drove up to Sauk City / Prairie du Sac for the Wisconsin Chip Throw Festival one year, and stayed at Devil's Head that evening. I competed in the chip throwing contest, but didn't place. The Sauk County Pork Producers Association or whatever it was called had chops on a stick. Might be the best pork chops I've ever had. What a great time !

We also frequented Coachman's Inn and Golf Resort near Edgerton on an annual golf holiday with 4 to 5 other golfing couples. What a deal they have ! As I write this, I'm wondering why we haven't moved to SW Wisconsin. Such a beautiful area, and everyone is so, so nice.

Manac said...

Jayce, eerie, you posted as I was typing before. My dog was a German Shepherd of east German decent. I used to joke that she was around 100 lbs. 80 lbs of it is teeth. To prove it I would throw a new tennis ball out and she would bring it back.. deflated.

Yellowrocks said...

Misty, so sorry about your bird. Somehow it seems worse to lose a pet while away on vacation.

Thanks for all who wrote about pasties (pass tees, not pay stees).
TTP, I enjoyed the site you recommended. The story of heating them on a shovel over a candle was interesting. However, I didn't order from there. The prices are very reasonable but the shipping is out of this world expensive. After much research I will attempt to make my own, after all I can make good pie crust. My pastie crust will be dry and crisp.

Also I now have my taste buds primed for braciole and will have to make some soon.

Qli said...

Misty, so sorry about your cockatiel. They are such personable birds.

Enjoyed this puzzle. It brought back childhood TV memories.

The comments today have been a hoot!

JD said...

Misty,you should not feel silly;23 years is ALOT longer than any of us have had our cats or dogs.We become very attached to our furry and feathered friends, who really are a part of our families. Birds are sweet, and each one does has a distinct personality. A parrot flew into our backyard years ago and we didn't find his owner for 6 months. It was hard returning him,but we babysat him whenever they went on vacation.He was a talker too...said "Hello Fred" mostly; also hooted the wolf whistle.

Misty said...

Again, thank you all--Bill G., Manac, TTP, Yellowrocks, Qli, JD, and others I may have missed. Not only am I moved by your sympathy but by realizing that we all lose pets, that you've all lost pets, and that it's painful. So my special thanks to you all for understanding--especially from your own experiences.

fermatprime said...


Great puzzle and expo!

Another disaster today. $20K repair needed in second bathroom which evidently has leaking tub which has destroyed surrounding studs, etc. Plaster destroyed inside and out. (These construction guys should have noticed the damage to the plaster outside of the house, as they repainted the house a year ago with money I received from city for installing solar panels.)

Spent 2 hours signing escrow papers for reverse fixed-rate mortgage with notary. (As right hand has been badly damaged, this was a horrible ordeal!)

Haven't read the comments above yet. Will do that later!


Manac said...

Just could not resist this one on the wolf whistle. wolf whistle
Just jump to around 3:30 in the video

Lucina said...

I'm having trouble posting. Help, please.

CrossEyedDave said...

Wow! it's hard to catch up after 2 days in the woods, but from what i remember...

YR, pls invite me for dinner sometime!

All that talk about Vodka, the best i ever had was in a Penne Vodka Pizza from Nonna's, (Awsome!)

Vermouth ( i could drink it straight, if it was dry...)

Manac, i hear ya! it's hard to lose a best friend!

Manac said...

Sorry but I can't see 20k in damage for a leaky tub. Did you get anything in writing? Any pics? This is my area of expertise and I would hate to see anyone here being taken advantage of if I could help it.

CrossEyedDave said...

Lucina, i would like to help, but you posted! exactly what is your trouble?

plus it is really late, & i would like to go to bed...

Bill G. said...

Yes. Lucina, what is the nature of the problem? E-mail me or someone if you can't post.

Fermatprime, have you got a second and third opinion from somebody with good references? Good luck.

Lucina said...

Thank you. I installed Firefox as a requisite for accessing data and e-mail from the College where I teach. Since then most of my links and contacts have malfunctioned. Now my profile and sign-in account is gone from here.

Time for that tomorrow as I'm going to bed, too.