Feb 18, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013 Dan Schoenholz

 Theme: Presidential Connection - Before and after variation in honor of President's Day. The last names of four American presidents are also the first names of four other famous people, one of whom was also a president (CSA)

20A. Jefferson : THOMAS OR DAVIS. Thomas Jefferson/Jefferson Davis (leader of the Confederacy)

27A. Washington : GEORGE OR IRVING. George Washington/Washington Irving (author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow")

43A. Jackson : ANDREW OR BROWNE. Andrew Jackson/Jackson Browne (singer-songwriter, Running on Empty 4:58)

51A. Truman : HARRY OR CAPOTE. Harry Truman/Truman Capote (author of "In Cold Blood")

Argyle here on the day presidents sell stuff, or so it seems. Dan has come through with tight themed Monday with some late week crunchies thrown in.


1. Old flatboats : ARKS. A temporary boat, used to float goods down river then dismantled for the lumber. Wiki article.

5. Stag party attendees : MALES

10. Fixes with thread : SEWS

14. Skid row sort : WINO

15. River joining the Missouri near Jefferson City : OSAGE. Harry S. Truman reservoir.

16. "Is there __ against that?" : A LAW

17. Skating maneuver : LOOP

18. Gnatlike insect : MIDGE

19. Strauss of blue jeans : LEVI

23. Hibachi residue : ASH

25. 18-wheeler : RIG

26. Black cats, to some : OMENS

32. Baton-passing event : RELAY

33. Singer Brickell who's married to Paul Simon : EDIE

34. "You got that right, brother!" : "AMEN!"

35. In first place : ON TOP

37. Crab's grabber : CLAW

41. Impressionist : APER

42. Chicago airport : O'HARE. Orchard Field.

48. Coffee lightener : CREAM

49. Word with popper or dropper : EYE

50. Fishing stick : ROD. Some "sticks" cost over a $1,000.

56. Bump up against : ABUT

57. Jeweled headpiece : TIARA

58. Reverse, as a computer operation : UNDO

61. It ebbs and flows : TIDE

62. Kauai and Tahiti, for two : ISLES

63. Read bar codes on : SCAN

64. Large amount : SCAD

65. Gets things growing : SEEDS. Soon, soon.

66. Number picker's casino game : KENO


1. Leatherwork tool : AWL

2. Brazilian port, for short : RIO. (Rio de Janeiro)

3. Lumber blemish : KNOTHOLE

4. Frosh, next year : SOPH

5. Christina Crawford's "__ Dearest" : MOMMIE. Christina was one of four children adopted by Joan Crawford.

6. Italian cheese region : ASIAGO. Interesting; it can assume different textures, according to its aging, from smooth to a crumbly texture. Plus, 13D. Deli cheese : SWISS

7. Youngsters : LADS

8. "Simply delicious" waffle maker : EGGO. Lads and lassies protecting their Eggo's.

9. Tea leaves reader, e.g. : SEER

10. Deli meat in round slices : SALAMI

11. Dreaded business chapter? : ELEVEN. Dreaded by whom? A business may restructure and eliminate debts and continue in operation.

12. Greeting from a distance : WAVING

21. Wild revelry : ORGY

22. Went off the high board : DOVE

23. Taj Mahal city : AGRA

24. Come across as : SEEM

28. Competed in a 10K : RAN

29. Back in style : RETRO

30. Altar vow : "I DO"

31. Pants seam problem : RIP

35. Not shut, in verse : OPE. (open)

36. Just out of the box : NEW

37. Comedian Margaret : CHO. And more: American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter.

38. "Sons and Lovers" novelist : LAWRENCE. (D. H. Lawrence (1885 – 1930))

39. Florence's river : ARNO. Italy, sometimes clued as Pisa flower.

40. Crab grass, e.g. : WEED. Soon, soon.

41. Military force : ARMY

42. Black-and-white cookie : OREO. but not 52D. Spunkmeyer of cookie fame : OTIS

43. Middle East language : ARABIC

44. 1971 Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo : NERUDA. (Pablo Neruda (1904 – 1973))

45. Scooted : DARTED

46. Brought to maturity : REARED

47. Cardiac surgery technique : BYPASS

48. Chews the fat : CHATS

53. Get out of bed : RISE

54. Auto racer Yarborough : CALE. Back in the day.

55. Elephant's incisor : TUSK

59. "The Da Vinci Code" author Brown : DAN

60. John's Yoko : ONO


Notes from C.C.:

1) Happy Birthday to dear Lois! Hope you're succeeding in fighting the Nazi regime.

2) Happy Birthday to Awol (A Woman Of Leisure) as well! Look at her cool hair.



Barry G. said...

Morning, all (And Happy Presidents Day and Happy Birthday to Lois and AWOL)!

Nicely done theme today. Wasn't that familiar with Jackson BROWNE, but all the rest of the theme answers came quickly.

Overall, I finished this one more or less in regular Monday time, but it seemed to take longer as I solved it due to the "late week crunchies" that Argyle mentioned.

Not sure why the clue for SALAMI needed to include "in round slices." As opposed to all the other deli meets that are in triangle slices?


Middletown Bomber said...

Thank you to Dan and to Argyle for puzzle and write-up got the theme at the first clues and it was smooth sailing. This was a speed run for me.

Liked the NE deli corner. For Barry think corn beef ham and pastrami as they are other deli meats which are not in round slices though my deli slices salami and bologna in angled oval slices. Like the flash back to on jackson browne I first recall his video for somebody's baby from fast times at ridgemont high. I think the link below should pop up a you tube video

Enjoy your monday all or your holiday which ever the case may be.

Hahtoolah said...

Good morning, Argyle and friends. Interesting Monday puzzle. It went quickly, but there were some interesting "non-Monday" clues and answers.

Clear Ayes introduced me to Pablo NERUDA. His given name was Nefalti Ricardo Reyes Basaolto and he was the recipient of the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature. There has been a recent investigation into the manner of his death. He may have been murdered back in 1973 for political reasons.

I liked seeing the SEEDS and WEED in the same puzzle.

D.H. LAWRENCE is more famous for Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Didn't O'HARE appear in yesterday's puzzle?

Cookies by OTIS? He's not as famous as Amos.

Chapter ELEVEN Bankruptcy is probably a dreaded chapter to the creditors of the business.

Today is also the 80th Birthday of 60-Down: Yoko ONO.

Happy Birthday, Lois. Hope you have a great day.

Happy Birthday, AWOL. Nice to "see" you on your special day.

QOD: Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. ~ E.B. White.


thehondohurricane said...

Good morning everyone,

A quick and easy solve on this presidents Day. Happy birthday Lois & AWOL. Enjoy the day.

I finished this by filling in the across answers with only an occasional glance at the down clues. Theme was clever with the Presidents name appearing first and the second name a variety of personalities.

A special thanks to everyone who recognized my birthday on Friday. It was a relaxing day and my Youngest son and his current lady friend joined us for dinner. I finally met her daughter, a precocious nine year old who I immediately became genuinely fond of. I hope they will visit us often.

I read the weekend write ups and I'm going to throw in my two cents about Ct residents in Fairfield County. My DH has had several art shows in the area..Greenwich, Westport, & Stamford stick out in my mind. The folks that I met were for the most part very down to earth. Yes, there was a SNOB or two, but in general, lovely people. i have done plenty of card shows in that area, again really nice folks.

desper-otto said...

Good morning.

Bomber, for some of us every day is a holiday. Love it!

This was a nice, easy romp. Just what you'd expect early in the week.

Happy Birthday to Lois and AWOL! Give 'em hell, Lois.

Remember those mail-order glasses I've mentioned? With luck they should finally arrive tomorrow. Maybe then I won't misread so many clues. Or not.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Did not know Browne, but the rest of it was cake. Cool theme; apt for the day. Perps helped get LAWRENCE and Browne. At least I had heard of NERUDA. No lookups were needed. Overall, a nice easy start to the week.

Did you all see 60 minutes last night? They interviewed Maggie Smith, and I thought I heard her say there would be a 4th season. They were in production, now.

grams said...

Loved the QOD bout prejudice. Good write up, enjoyed Jackson Browne clips. Happy President's Day!

Sfingi said...

Very nice, smooth puzzle.

One nit - SCAD (like sud) is plural only.

So, one KNOTHOLE in this Schone Holz.

AnnieB8491 said...

Good Monday All - Thanks Dan for a smooth run and Argyle for a super write-up and ARK link. I was not familiar with that def.
Only one mistake today - had HOBO before WINO. 1D fixed that pronto.
Got the theme on the first one - before and after - very clever. A couple unknowns, but perps filled in easily and when reading Argyle's write-up, I realized there were some clues I never read.
My hubby is an avid fisherman and I join him occasionally.
Love DAN Brown books.

Happy Birthday Lois and Awol.
I always enjoy your QOD's Hahtoolah.
A good puzzle is always a good way to start the day :).


TTP said...

Happy President's Day !

Thank you Dan Schoenholtz and thank you Argyle. Happy Birthday Lois and Happy Birthday AWOL.

I wanted punts for 1A after yesterday. If there were any tough clues or answers (NERUDA), I missed them. None the less, I liked the theme.

Here you go, Middletown Bomber: Jackson Browne - Somebody's Baby Are you thinking of that scene where Phoebe Cates climbs out of the pool ?

Hondo, I'm confused. Your profile says you are male. Yet you write, "My DH has had several art shows in the area." Or is it that DH does not mean Dear Husband in your context ?

If you concatenate the first and last names of the theme answers, you'll get a couple of football players and an actor. I couldn't find anything on a Harry Capote.

Hope everyone has a great day !

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Dan Schoenholz, for a very good Monday puzzle. Thank you, argyle, for the swell review.

HBD AWOL and Lois. Many happy returns.

Learning moment on ARKS. Thank you. Got it with perps.

Had LEAP for 17A. Changed to LOOP.

Theme was great for Presidents' Day.

Did not know LAWRENCE. Figured out after a few letters.

One of our favorites, AGRA.

DAN Browne is one of my favorite authors.

Busy day today. See you tomorrow.



Anonymous said...

Bracing Monday stroll through the park. Thank you.

"Dreaded business chapter? : ELEVEN. Dreaded by whom? A business may restructure and eliminate debts and continue in operation."

For private businesses, it is dreaded by owners who would rather not have the stigma of failure attached to their names.

For public companies, it is dreaded by CEOs who care about keeping their jobs, and who would rather avoid paying stratospheric interest rates on future loans -- which also holds true for owners of private businesses.

"QOD: Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts. ~ E.B. White."

QOD 2: For every stereotype, there is at least one kernel of truth.

61Rampy said...

Easy Monday fare celebrating President's Day. Sailed right through with nary a hitch. Anybody watch "Killing Lincoln" on NatGeo last night? I thought it was good, but not great. Couldnt understand some of the dialog because the background music was so loud, and, while I realize they didnt have much light back then, I couldnt see some of the movie because it was so dark. Maybe I'm just old.
HBTY AWOL and Lois!


Anony Mouse said...

Thank you Dan Schoenholz (beautiful/pretty, lumber/wood) for a very nice puzzle. I really enjoyed it. Thank you Argyle for a wonderful commentary. I had 'arks' without knowing why - now I know ( a little bit more - ).

Thank you TTP, for 'concatenate' - must look up the word, and use it, sometime soon.

I had the president's first name and the 'or' - and it became a game to find out what the second word would be. Very interesting.

Somebody had sent us a $100 gift certificate to a fancy restaurant, and as usual, we never used it. And it has now expired. But I was looking a the delectable 'Asiago' cheese preparation pictures on the cover of the card, yesterday. Useful for today's crossword.

I have been invited to 'join' the local school education advisory board. I am trying to decide whether my participation can actually make a little bit of a difference, or whether it is merely 'community-diversity' window dressing.

Have a nice day, you guys, and best wishes.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi Everyone ~~

Fast and fun today ~ sailed through, pausing only at 44D - NERUDA is new to me. I did have one write-over. I had 'Amos' before OTIS at 52D - I had no perps in at that point and I mixed up the cookie guys! Thanks for another great write-up, Argyle.

~ I'd like the SALAMI with SWISS and ASIAGO, maybe followed by some CREAM in my coffee with OTIS's cookies.

~ Happy Birthday, AWOL - love the hair!

~ Happy Birthday, Lois ~ hope you'll stop in today!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

I found I really liked today's Presidential Puzz! A bit more pepper than the average Monday.

Happy Birthday, Lois and AWOL. Morning, Argyle, a tad breezy over at your place today?

TTP - let me just say that Phoebe Cates can climb into or out of my swimming pool anytime she wants. Never mind that I don't have one, I'll dig one if I have too!

I feel a bit grumbly about the Downton Finale. GRRR.


Anonymous said...

QOD3:- After three 'experiences', of a common trait, a human mind will form a 'stereotype'. Those three commonalities are the 'kernel of truth', that are required, with which, to form a stereotype.

But your fourth experience may not follow the stereotype. That fourth experience may be the 'outlier', that sets the limit of, and may indeed, disprove the stereotype.

Since we learn from experience, and our 'efficient' brain, codes such information, often in rigidly prominent areas, for our protection, - a stereotype may be something we should have, and often do, at the back of our minds, but the information should not be considered obsessively so. To ignore stereotypes altogether in a cavalier manner would depreciate our learning capacity, and put us at peril for even repeated`experiences.

Anonymous said...

I've been quite distressed since our newspaper stopped printing the LA TImes Crossword. Not only do I miss the puzzle but I also enjoyed the blog. I've gone on line and can't figure out if there is a way that I can get a printable daily puzzle so I may continue my morning routine. Please inform me if possible. Thanks so much.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

HBD, ladies!

I really enjoyed today's theme. Kinda funny, if you turn it around and make clues from these kind sof answersanswers, as is sometimes done, they seem pretty lame, IMHO.

Decent puzzle. Not much to add.

I saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High for the first time recently. Actually a pretty sad movie. Jennifer Jason Leigh was 20, and played a 15-yr-old. A lot there her character would like to UNDO.

Happy President's Monday


Lucina said...

Happy Presidents' Day!

As DO said, for some of us every day is a holiday!

Happy birthday Lois and AWOL! Lois, I hope you check in today.

Loved this speed run which, rarely for me, I did in pen as it was handy. Only one writeover, DALE/CALE and that was before I saw CAPOTE.

ASIAGO, SWISS and SALAMI have made me hungry. CALE, too, as it is too much like KALE.

There is a wonderful film, Il Postino, about Pablo NERUDA visiting Italy. Very tender and sweet.

Dudley, I hear you about DA.

Have a super Monday, everyone!

Montana said...

Happy Birthday to Lois and AWOL.
Belated anniversary wishes to Husker and Joann! Hope you had a fun day.
Belated HBTY to Ron, too.

Typical Monday puzzle today, however, I needed to glance at several ‘down’ clues before filling in answers. I even got the theme. Agyle, thanks for a couple learning moments. I didn’t know that definition of ARKS and I didn’t know there was a Harry S Truman reservoir.

Anony Mouse: I don’t know what state you live in, but you might check your state’s law regarding gift cards/certificates. In Montana, gift cards are not allowed to expire, so even if one has a card that appears to have expired, state law says it must be honored.

Do any of you CA bloggers live within coffee shop distance of Highway 1?
I am flying to Sacramento near the end of this week and then taking a driving trip down the Pacific Coast highway to Hemet, CA. Probably will start near the Monterey area. Any places you suggest I should be sure to see? Thanks in advance. I have never been there.

Snowed last night. Time to go shovel walk of a couple inches.


Tinbeni said...

Argyle you amaze me. You always make the early week puzzle write-ups very informative.

Dan S. Thank you for a FUN President Day puzzle.

Happy Birthday Lois and Awol. Hope you both have a great day.

Hmmm, First there is A-LAW (crossing Chapter ELEVEN) and then I learned that crabs have a C-LAW.

Always like ORGY in the grid.


Don said...

For Anon @ 9:57
The Chicago Tribune website is your best bet. You can print it out or work on line (red letters or not)
Hope this helps.,0,4198286.htmlpage

klilly said...

I love AWOL. What a great name.I had not seen her post before. Enjoyed the puzzle.

No one has mentioned downton abbey from last night. I will not spoil it. The best thing is going on twitter after and see all the comments. It really makes you laugh when you are so mad at the ending.


AnnieB8491 said...

Well a good run today. My first ED day - Extended Distance. 3.7 (about 6K) today. (My preferred distance is 5K.) I'll increase it each week for the next 4 weeks to be ready for the St. Patty's Day 8K March 16th. i'm no speedster - but If I can run the whole thing - I will be happy.

Misty said...

A delightful Monday speed run--many thanks, Dan S. And I didn't even "get" that it was because of President's Day until I read Argyle's expo. So many thanks to Argyle, too.

Never heard of OTIS Spunkmeyer cookies, but the picture sure made me hungry for one. Dang this pre-diabetic condition--I miss my chocolate and my cookies.

How terribly sad that Pablo NERUDA may have been murdered.

Ah, D. H. Lawrence. He and his wife lived in Taos, New Mexico for a while, if I remember correctly. We saw a great little museum collection on his work there or in Santa Fe on a visit many years ago.

Finally happy birthday, Lois, AWOL, and Yoko Ono! Cool hair, glasses, and earrings, AWOL.

Have a great start to your week, everybody!

Lucina said...

Re: Downton Abbey. In today's New York Times which is available on line, Julian Fellowes explains the ending and why it had to be. It is quite an eye opener.

If you can't access the NYT e-mail me and I can summarize it for you. It helps somewhat to know his reasons.

Avg Joe said...

Good morning all and HB ladies.

A fun romp this morning. No major snags and quick to solve, but crunchy enough to be fun.

Jackson Browne has been very prolific since he was a teenager. Here's just one sample of his lesser known work: For A Dancer

Snorkley said...

Montana, if you're going to Monterey, then a must see is the aquarium. Do drive down Hiway 1, thru Big Sur and see why California is such a world wide destination. If time and budget permit, have a coffee or whatever at one of the wonderful places there. There are so many spectacular natural wonders here (none of which sound like Disneyland, or any of the other tourist attractions) you can spend a lifetime enjoying them (as I have). Bienvenides amigo a California!

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the theme. I got stuck in a couple of spots but crossing words came to the rescue.

Happy birthday Lois! I hope to hear from you more often.

Happy birthday AWOL! Stylish specs!

Spitz, yes I watched 60 Minutes. I thought all three segments were excellent. Maggie Smith is fun! The segment on The Africa Mercy ship brought tears to my eyes.

Anony Mouse, you should check with the restaurant to see if they will still honor it. I'm not sure but I don't think gift certificates are allowed to expire. It would be bad form for the restaurant not to honor it because, as you should tell them, it will piss off both you and the person who gave it to you.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Really enjoyed today's offering. A very clever theme and a tiny bit of bite for a Monday, Thanks, Dan, and thanks, Argyle, for your fine expo.

Watched Trouble With the Curve and The Words over the weekend. Thought the former was a light-weight vehicle for an aging Clint Eastwood, and the latter had me so confused, I'm still not sure what actually happened. Next in my Netflix queue is Flight with Denzel Washington which I am anxious to see.

Happy Birthday to Lois and to Awol; hope you both have a great day.

Enjoy your Monday.

thehondohurricane said...

TTP @ 8:14AM,

You are right, I am a guy and my wife is a gal. When I refer to her as DH, it's for Dear Heart. Maybe in the future I'll refer to her as SLIM... Sexy Lady I Married. She'll appreciate being called SLIM.

Sorry about the confusion.

HeartRx said...

I think I'm just squeaking in under the wire when I say "good morning"...

Fin puz, but I have to run. TTYL!

Awol said...

Thanks for all your kind Birthday wishes. Didn't know I shared my birthday with Yoko Ono; fine company, indeed.

Mis-entered ELEVEN with an L instead of V and then for the longest time couldn't figure out who the Jefferson DALIS were.

Montana...the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the all time great drives. Savor it. And visit Pacific Coast Highway before you go.

Hondo (11:56): LOVE "SLIM" !

Must offer a shout-out to my trombonist nephew,Ryan Keberle, for all you Jazz fans.
He got a nice write-up yesterday in Sunday's NY Times.
His band is Catharsis and the album "Music is Emotion" releases tomorrow. Listen on Amazon, iTunes or wherever.

And to Hahtoolah's fine QOD, I might add:
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."
Daniel Patrick Moynahan

Have a great President's Day.


PK said...

Hi Y'all, Great puzzle Dan! Thanks, Argyle!

Happy birthday, Lois! I looked at the puzzle for a suggestion for a gift and came up with a nice ORGY!

Happy birthday, AWOL! Have a nice day.

At 3 a.m. a little giddy with lack of sleep, I edding at the puzzle for something to blog. I was amused by some of the puzzle crossings and adjacents:
28D RAN crosses 32A RELAY. MALES/LADS.

A KNOTHOLE in the bottom of the 1A ARKS might cause problems.

27A Washington IRVING wrote RIP Van Winkle.

EDIE said I DO to Paul Simon.

51A HARRY abuts ABUT and are sorta DF.

43A ANDREW JACKSON was in the ARMY 41D. BROWNE above EYE.

11D chapter ELEVEN is A LAW 16A.

48D CHATS /ARABIC ( I only chat in English.)

ASH in AGRA where cremation is a major funerary choice.

62A ISLES 53D RISE above the sea on the horizon.

Do you think these crosses were part of Mr. Schoenholz's mental processes or accidental?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Don. I got my crossword puzzle and I'm a happy camper : )

Husker Gary said...

Tight theme with late week crunchies (NERUDA?) works for me, Argyle! My first thought was Jackson POLLOCK but didn’t fit. However Capote was right there for Truman.

-A day full of family made for a wonderful 46th Anniversary yesterday. Thx again for lovely wishes.
-Posting late today because I am giving a NASA dog and pony show at my old middle school.
-Our town drunks were not WINOS, they were BEEROS (huh?).
-I ain’t likin’ the waist size on the back tag of my LEVIS
-Apollo 13 took off at 13:13 military time in Houston to arrive at the Moon on April 13. OMEN?
-Will Royals finish ON TOP of AL Central this summer?
-I’ve never heard anyone use APE as a verb or APER as a noun except our lovely constructors.
-Ctrl + Z or UNDO is a lifesaver on this keyboard!
-Chefwen lives on the east side of Kauai just down from a very famous movie star who found her lost dog. It’s a great story.
-The old 25¢ KNOTHOLE seats of Lincoln’s Memorial stadium now cost $60/game
- I had to RISE an hour earlier to make down here to teach.
-QOD corollary – Don’t confuse me with facts, I’ve got my mind made up!
-OMG, Last night’s DA twist may have done me in! Send me the link , Lucina.
-Interest in Dan’s Angels and Demons should be piqued by recent events in Rome
-61Rampy, we turn on Closed Captioning for DA to not miss dialogue.
-HBD Lois and AWOL!
-More 13 year olds coming in blissfully ignorant of manned space flight!
-In what movie does the little girl eschew CREAM and take her coffee black, like her men?

Java Mama said...

Good afternoon, and Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone! Thanks to Dan for a nice-n-easy Monday puzzle, with a very entertaining theme. Had fun trying to guess what the “after” would be as each presidential name appeared. Great write-up, Argyle.

Favorite clue/answer was Dreaded Business Chapter? = ELEVEN, although I see Argyle’s point about it being perhaps less dreadful than Chapter 7, which results in the liquidation of the business (right, Lemon and Hahtoolah?). Filled in R---ED for Brought to Maturity, then waited on perps to see whether it was REARED or RAISED this time. As a long-time Paul Simon fan, I was glad to see the shout-out to his lovely wife EDIE Brickell (4:02).

A very Happy Birthday to Lois and AWOL. Hope the day is filled with all your favorite things.

Lucina @11:15, thanks for the heads-up about the NYT interview with Julian Fellows. Explains a lot. I don’t think it gives anything away to say I was muttering “You wouldn’t dare!” at the TV.

Have a great day, all.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. and all,

Happy Presidents' Day! Fun puzzle Dan.Excellent write-up, Argyle. It may have been the speediest ever for me.Only had to change Dale to Cale, and let the perps fill aper and Edie. With Osage, Agra, and Neruda, I just needed one letter each to set me straight as we've had them before.

Loved the theme..not too many famous Trumans .. Tom Hanks' son.. and another little guy who just started T ball last week :-)

Thanks Lucina for the heads up on the NYT story. I get it, but... ??! Isn't it interesting that last night's episode was a year later than the previous one? Must have been a very dull year and they needed that time for the story line.

HBTY Lois and AWOL ♪♩♬♫•*¨*•.❤.•*¨*•♫♪•.¸¸.•´♫♪♩♬*¨*`•.♥.•´*♫♪♩♬

HeartRx said...

HG, ooh, ooh!! I know that one! It's one of my favorites: "Airplane." But my favorite scenes are the deadpan lines delivered by Leslie Nielsen.

HeartRx said...

OK, now I have time to read all the comments and write-up.

Happy birthday to my favorite DF blogger Lois! And AWOL, you are too cool! Hope your birthdays are a hoot.

I didn't find anything crunchy about this one, and zipped through it too quickly. Loved the before/after theme. Really nice for this President's Day.

PK, keen observations on the complementary entries. I don't know if Dan did that intentionally, but if he did, it adds a whole new level of juiciness to the puzzle. Cool!

Java Mama said...

Husker Gary, Marti beat me to the answer – but surely I can offer the clip from Airplane … and don’t call me Shirley.

chefwen said...

I'm with Lucina with dALE before CALE, my only tripping point on the Monday easy and enjoyable puzzle.

Happy Birthday to Lois and AWOL (trippy glasses, love the hair)

lassisa - Lassies little sister!

Bill G. said...

Gary, that movie would be "Airplane" I think. (I see a couple of others were quicker than I was. In fact, that happens to me all the time... others being quicker. Maybe I need to try Red Bull or double my intake of V-8.)

I too turn on Closed Captioning when watching Downton Abbey or a few other shows with heavy accents.

In case anybody else is interested, I found a couple of websites regarding Downton Abbey. One of them explains the different tiers of servants in a household like Downton. The other has a full synopsis of every season and every episode. It helps me to understand some stuff I may have missed the first time through.

Lemonade714 said...

Late to the party; HBDTY Lois and AWOL and many more. Lois, did you take PK up on her offer of an Orgy for your present? I like a prty with a theme, and they are so easy to dress for.

Thanks for the puzzle and the write up.

It is pretty obvious Downton is coming back, but will all the characters be there? It was a reel nice episode.

Ree said...

Happy Birthday to all, Presidents and bloggers included! Pretty straight forward today and enjoyable! Enjoy the music of Jackson Browne, (and his former writing partner Glenn Frey!) Loved the way the names were done in the puzzle today!

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. This puzzle was as cool as Awol's glasses are. Liked the theme and how it is sort of a reversal of the "Unser and Gore" = ALS clue and answer structure (as alluded to by Jazzbumpa.)

I've often thought about how some names that have traditionally been surnames are now frequently used as first names, such as Jordan, Truman, and Madison. The fact that it is extremely common in Arabic (Sherif, Omar, Hussein, etc. can all be first or last names) makes me wonder if that practice becomes more common as the language ages. Then again, maybe not. Chinese is a very mature language and I can't think of any names that can serve as either a surname or given name. So much for that theory.

Best wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

Lucina, thanks for the tip re the interview with Julian Fellowes in the NYT. Very interesting reading.

CrossEyedDave said...

Fun puzzle today, my only slow downs were i thought it was "Carl" Yarborough at 1st, & that it was Presidents 1st, & middle names until "or" popped up.

HBD Lois


Re: Yest. Bill G. Tx for the Heel Toe lesson! Manual shifting comes natural for us motorcycle riders, but i can't imagine braking, raising rpm & engaging a clutch with just 2 feet! Also, i have a Bradford Pear Tree in front of my house, I should have trimmed it years ago because it is now 10 feet wide & fifty feet tall.

For all you retired teachers on the Blog. This should bring back some memories of some of your more memorable students...

& excuse me for venting, but i hate wasted food

But to get back to CW's, here is something for you constructors trying to make a pangram. Check out the meaning of the word Qualia (found somewhere in the middle of this 9:35 video)

thehondohurricane said...

Just caught up on Sunday's blog so again, I'm late to the party.

Happy birthday Ron W & special congrats to Joann & HG. Time truly does fly when all is good.

Marge said...

Hi all,
This was a fun puzzzle, got the theme, with George or Davis. The only one I had trouble with was Browne.I got a lot of answers from the perps.

Happy birthday Lois and AWOL. Thanks Don for the puzzle.

I just finished reading the book 'Lonesome Dove' finally. I had started reading it several other times but this time I plowed thru. I didn't know it was pant of a tetralogy. It certainly ended suddenly.

I had a relative in an earlier generation whose 1st name was Truman. I remember Capote because he wrote the book about the farm family who was killed in western Kansas in the late 50s or early 60s. We were living in Kansas then and it was very scary

Have a good day all!

Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Enjoyed the puzzle, which I could do since it is Monday. Did half before and half after a noon dentist appt. All is well, but it still costs an arm and a leg, to coin an expression.

Belated happy birthday Ron Wordon. I have missed you. And a belated happy anniversary to Husker and Joann.
And a timely happy birthday to Lois and Awol. I've missed you, Lois, also. And I enjoy your posts – as well as your hair – Awol.

Have a nice Presidents' Day everyone.


prairiewoman said...

Timing sometime stinks. When I accessed CED's link about the Girl Scout Cookies, the advertisement just on top of the headline was "A new way to stamp out obesity. Click here."

Awol said...

Here is the Girl Scout Cookie Fiasco link

Awol said...

Prairiewoman (4:29): There are no coincidences.


JD said...

PK, enjoyed your pairings...good eYe, which reminds me, I did have to change the i to a Y in bypass.

CED, funny link on MU.Would have loved to see their flash mob.Ah yes, every class has an Andy Fungus.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Happy Happy Lois and AWOL.
I enjoyed this theme a lot, especially crafted for President's Day, I'm sure.

I didn't get to this until lunch time, but had it finished by the time I was done eating. BUT I had one mistake. I had Mates for Stag Party attendees, because I wouldn't give up Tads for Youngsters. Lads and Tads would be male, as opposed to what for girls?

I did see the 60 Minutes interview with Maggie Smith. Fun to see her in a different context, other than the Dowager and Professor Mc Gonagal in the Harry Potter films.
Was really surprised at the last episode's ending last night for Downton Abbey. Season four is indeed in production. Lots of changes coming up I guess.

Montana, If you have time the Point Lobos State Park just out of Carmel South down Hiway 1 is a beautiful place to stop. A small State Park fee will give you some of the most beautiful ocean views you could hope to see. The Lone Cypress which was made famous in several photos is in this park.

GarlicGal said...

Not so late here on the West Coast, so I'm checking in.

First, happy birthday to one and all!! (I have been remiss in posting lately.) Birthdays are a wonderful thing to have...especially considering the alternative.

WEES about the puzzle. Sped right through it.

Oh, all you high-brows, talking about Downton Abbey. I haven't watched it because it's on the same time as "REVENGE". Now there is a guilty pleasure!

Montana...ROAD TRIP...lucky you. I live about 40 mins. from Monterey/Carmel and it truly is a beautiful spot. Highway 1 from Big Sur south is a gorgeous drive IF the sun is out and the weather is decent - a cliff on one side and 2 lanes. Otherwise, in fog and/or rain, not so much. San Simeon. Hearst Castle, Cambria By The Sea, all scenic places along Hwy 1.

There's my two cents. Oh wait, the California Coven is doing lunch tomorrow! AND we get to met a new Bay Area Blogger. Only wish Dodo could join us.

Later, Peeps...

Manac said...

Evening everyone,
I've had better weekends but forget about that! I think I found out CED's secret of his Links

Chickie said...

I've wondered for some time about the relationship of Jessica Fellowes who plays O'Brien on Downton Abbey and Julian Fellowes. He is her Uncle. She has played in several of the popular PBS presentations. The most recent one we have seen is a niece in Hetty Wainthrop Detective Agency.

JD said...

Garlic Gal, I also watch Revenge, but when there are 3 programs on at the same time, I watch one, tape one and go to Xfinity on Demand for the other program, Revenge.Was that the season closer last night? The other program was The Good Wife

Manac, ha,ha,ha

CanadianEh! said...

Happy Presidents Day to my American friends. We have Family Day today in Ontario.
Happy Birthday to Lois and AWOL.
This one seemed to take a little longer than the usual Monday. Maybe just too much family time??
No newspaper today so I did the puzzle online (with no red letter help).
Hand up for HOBO
Didn't know NERUDA but eventually the others filled things in.
BROWNE was the last to come.

CanadianEh! said...

Trying out a new avatar. Tabby plays chess

Jayce said...

Sorry, Chickie, but the Downton Abbey Jessica you are probably thinking of is Jessica Brown Findlay, who played Sybil. O'Brien is played by Siobhan Finneran.

Bill G. said...

Mr/Ms Eh, tell your cat that I recommend the Ruy Lopez opening for tabbies.

My son, Tim, called me this afternoon and suggested I take my bike and ride to visit a pair of HUGE tanks that had been off-loaded from a big barge and were going to be transported tomorrow night to the local Chevron oil refinery in El Segundo. They will close PCH to normal traffic for about eight hours and move them about five miles via the same kind of moving equipment that transported the space shuttle a few months back. These two tanks are each as big as a normal house; maybe 30 feet in diameter and maybe 100 feet in length.

Big tanks

More about the local mega-pod of dolphins on NBC news telecast tonight.

More dolphins

Chickie said...

Jayce, You are so right. My error. I had looked up a web site which had a picture of O'Brien and under it was Jessica Fellowes name. I've gone back to look for it and can't find it, but did find Jessica Fellowes. Thanks for the corretion.

GarlicGal said...

JD - re: REVENGE (I have to use caps to convey all the drama!) That wasn't the season finale. It's due back in March. The Oscars are on next Sunday and the following week some new program is having a 2 hr. debut. :(

See ya tomorrow!

fermatprime said...

Hello all.

Slept most of the day. Sorry about not contributing sooner. Now it is:


Knew about the DA ending in advance, so was no shock. That castle in Scotland blew me away!


fermatprime said...

CC: Yes, (after reading Mercola) I bought a juicer. Friend Harvey has used it to make several interesting concoctions!

Watched the three episodes of Monday Morning finally. Really enjoyed it! Anyone else?