Feb 5, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 C.C. Burnikel

 Theme: Go Ask Alice - The themes end with a word that can land behind WONDER.

17A. Dine : BREAK BREAD. Wonder Bread. What Diana Prince ate as a wonder child.

24A. Commonly controlled substance : ILLEGAL DRUG. Wonder drug.

35A. Roy Orbison classic : "OH, PRETTY WOMAN". Wonder Woman.

48A. 1967 Human Be-In attendee : FLOWER CHILD. Wonder child, a child prodigy; wunderkind (which strangely enough, is much more 'in the language').

58A. Awe-inspiring place where you might find the ends of 17-, 24-, 35- and 48-Across? : WONDERLAND

Argyle here with a puzzle from our fearless leader. Nice long vertical fill in all four corners.


1. Iraq's main port : BASRA. Map 54A. Country bordered by Niger and Nigeria : BENIN. Map 66A. English Derby site : EPSOM. Map 45D. Volga region natives : TATARS. Map

6. Nonspecific feeling : VIBE

10. Ukr. and Lith., once : SSR's. Ukraine and Lithuania were Soviet Socialist Republics.

14. Find repulsive : ABHOR

15. Waffle maker : IRON

16. Be on the mend : HEAL

19. Hathaway of "Les Misérables" : ANNE

20. Afrikaans speaker : BOER. Boer definition, a South African of Dutch extraction. Hence, Afrikaans is a West Germanic language.

21. Creator of Q and M : IAN. Fleming (James Bond)

22. Chicks together : BROOD

23. Back muscle, familiarly : LAT. Latissimus dorsi muscle.

27. '50s flop : EDSEL. It seems Edsel is popular in the crosswords.

29. His #4 was retired by the Giants in 1948 : OTT. (Mel) "Master Melvin" was a right fielder for the New York Giants.

30. Social suffix : ITE. (socialite)

31. Sink below the horizon : SET. Time for "Cheers!"

33. Public hanging : ART. Oh, that kind of hanging, not a necktie party.

34. Pontiac muscle cars : GTO's

39. __ even keel : ON AN

40. Glasgow veto : NAE

41. Shelley's "To a Skylark," e.g. : ODE. Did you know Buick produced the Skylark in these model years: 1953–1954, 1961–1972 and 1975–1998? "Hail to thee, blithe spirit!" - Shelly

42. Reunion gp. : FAM. (family)

43. D.C. figure : POL

44. Inviting door sign : ENTER

53. Gardner of the silver screen : AVA

55. Binary digit : ONE

56. WWII British gun : STEN

57. __ Grey tea : EARL

61. "__ sow, so shall ..." : AS YE

62. Sword with a bell-shaped guard : EPEE

63. Upper body : TORSO

64. "So __ say" : THEY

65. River down under? : STYX. We're not talking Australia here.


1. Go on and on : BABBLE

2. Like an American in Paris : ABROAD

3. Some linens : SHEETS

4. Howl with laughter : ROAR

5. First animal shelter : ARK

6. Like super-popular YouTube clips : VIRAL

7. Goodnight girl of song : IRENE. The Weavers recorded version was a big hit.

8. Fluffy wrap : BOA

9. Terminate : END

10. Broken piece : SHARD

11. Title for Miss Mexico? : SENORITA

12. Deserted : RAN OUT ON

13. Big hammers : SLEDGES

18. Cartoonist Keane : BIL. The creator of “Family Circus” cartoons.

22. Lunch menu letters : BLT. or have 36D. Deli order : HAM ON RYE

24. Robert of "The Sopranos" : ILER

25. Like many gangster movies : GORY

26. When tots become terrible? : AT TWO

28. "Pardon the Interruption" channel : ESPN. "Pardon the Interruption" (abbreviated PTI, remember this, you may be tested later) is a sports show(duh!) that airs weekdays on various ESPN TV channels.

32. Opera hero, often : TENOR. Basso = bad guy.

33. Gobbled up : ATE

34. FBI guys : G-MEN

35. Being walked, say : ON A LEASH

37. After-shower powder : TALC

38. Pigged out (on) : OD'ed

39. Quirky : OFFBEAT

43. Ink holder : PEN

46. "Yeah, but ..." : "EVEN SO ..."

47. Hit-or-miss : RANDOM

49. __ Post, first pilot to fly solo around the world : WILEY

50. Sweetie pie : HONEY

51. Book end? : INDEX

52. "Life of Pi" director Ang : LEE

56. Sow's supper : SLOP

58. Four-time All-Pro Patriots receiver Welker : WES

59. Choose (to) : OPT

60. Numbered hwy. : RTE.

You didn't think I'd leave without a song, did you? Wonderland by Night(3:14) by Bert Kaempfert.


Notes from C.C.:
1) Congratulations to our beautiful Melissa Bee for her new job! She started working for a tech firm last Monday.

Left to Right: Melissa's daughter, Melissa's mom Barbara B, Melissa
2) Happy 20th Birthday to Melissa's handsome son!

He was two years old in this picture. So cute!

3) Trip Payne, who was featured in the movie "Wordplay", has a puzzle extravaganza coming up. Please click here for more information. Trip has over 4,000 puzzles published in various newspapers and magazines, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, etc. He's also an expert solver.


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Another fine example from our fearless leader! I was a bit slow to catch on to the theme, but nonetheless had a speedy Tuesday solve.

Dudley said...

Learned the word Boer from the film Breaker Morant. It was a disturbing movie.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Fun Tuesday from our Fearless Leader. I struggled a bit with some of the names (ILER, BENIN, BASRA), but they were all known to me and the perps were enough to jog my memory. Had no idea that PRETTY WOMEN had OH in the title, so that slowed me down for a few seconds as well.

Cute clue for "Ian." And it's always nice to see a Patriot in the grid...

[Take two on the capcha]

thehondohurricane said...

Good morning everyone,

Thanks for the write up and explaining today's theme Argyle. It had me wondering. CC, an enjoyable solve, but only two sports clues?

Finished off the fills without too much trouble.

The I in the crossing on BENIN & WILEY was a swag. Both fills were a learning moment. Initially plugged in Kenya for 54A.

Never can remember the correct spelling for ILER. Needed perp help to finish it.

Commonly controlled substance/ILLEGAL DRUG made me WONDER. Aren't prescriptions written by MD's a controlled substance and to the best of my knowledge, they are legit. At least I hope mine are.

From cold and snowy (flurries) CT, have a great day.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Fun puzzle by our blog hostess. Is Wonder Bread still sold? I remember as a kid taking a slice of Wonder Bread and smushing it into a tiny cube.

I loved all the long answer, such as ON A LEASH and HAM ON RYE.

My favorite clues were: Public Hanging = ART; and
Book End = INDEX.

BENIN came to me through the perps.

QOD: A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson (Feb. 5, 1900 ~ July 14, 1965)

Dennis said...

Good morning, gang - a fun, albeit fast, offering from our Blog CCommander. No problems, but I had the same pause with ILLEGAL DRUGS that Hondo mentioned. I thought 'Title for Miss Mexico' was a clever way to clue this oft-used answer, SENORITA.

As always, great blog today, Mr. IronMan.

Slept away most of the weekend, but I felt better yesterday, finally. It was also the last day of the Warbirds show at the local airport, and I snagged one of the last rides on a B-17 Flying Fortress before the planes departed. Just a phenomenal experience. (I wanted to go up in the P-51 Mustang, but they wanted $3200 for a flight - unbelievable.)

Have a fun day.

Al Cyone said...

A fairly brisk solution though, like Barry G., I didn't know ILER and briefly omitted the OH in PRETTY WOMAN. I also continue to get caught off guard by fills with multiple short words (e.g. RAN OUT ON). [6:29]

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

When I saw BASRA at 1A I feared I'd Rip-Van-Winkled away a couple of weekdays. But it turned out to be a quick solve. Thanks, C.C. As usual, I never got the theme until Argyle 'splained it.

I just got around to watching the two-hour American Experience on Henry Ford. He had no regard for Edsel, or anybody else for that matter. Sure glad he wasn't my dad.

In my early ute I lived right on Main Street in a small (1100 pop) Wisconsin town. One of my oldest memories is lying in bed on a hot summer night. The windows are open and Good Night, Irene is playing on the jukebox in the tavern across the street. The bar owner had been mustard-gassed during WWI, and every few minutes I'd hear him coughing up a storm -- even louder than the jukebox.

I'm guessing that's Wiley Post standing beside Amelia in that drawing. I didn't know he wore an eye patch.

TTP said...

Good night IRENE ! I will most likely be in the minority here. but I failed. Should have had a V8 (or a cup of coffee.)

Thank you CC and thank you Argyle.

Initially had "social suffix" IzE and changed to ITE. Also "ink holder" was Pad. Fixed the a to e with FLOWERCHILD, but didn't correct the d, so my Nigerian neighbor was BENId.

Never noticed that error as I was flummoxed in the NW. Forgot usage of SSRS and entered USSR. Got SHARD, SENORITA and SLEDGES, but ended up with deserted as sANOUTON.

61A QED, time and again.

Liked Chicks together. Three pretty chicks at the bottom of Argyle's post.

Binary. OK GOOGLE fans. Enter Binary in your Google search and press enter. How many results do you get ? Try Octal and Hex as well. Maybe try searching ASKEW. Dudley, search DO A BARREL ROLL.

Fun stuff.

Middletown Bomber said...

Thank you to Argyle and CC for todays write up and puzzle. Took a few minutes and reading the blog to connect the theme up with the clues. Otherwise it was not very hard. Knew Wes as my son is a big patriots fan not sure why since I am down in Eagles country. Enjoy your tuesday all we are expecting snow again.

Mari said...

Hi everyone, great puzzle today. Always a treat to see CC's name in print.

I too liked the clues for ART and INDEX. I also liked 65A: River Down Under: STYX.

I wish the news outlets would quit showing that awful Go Daddy Commercial. I know they are trying to point out how awful it was, but I ABHOR it.

What do you all think of Tim Burton/Johhny Depp's remake of Alice in WONDERLAND? My favorite character was "Um from Umbridge". (And the Cheshire Cat, of course.(

Mari said...

pje @ 7:37 pm yesterday: "I watched the first half of the game last night, got bored, turned it off and read a book. Much more enjoyable." Smart thinking! I bet you had a great evening. What are you reading these days?

kazie said...

No real problems but noticed after I thought I'd finished that the first letter of 21A was missing. I never thought of James Bond and so filled in the 'I' simply because it was all that seemed logical there. I also didn't know WILEY, but perps got that one.

Congrats to C.C. for another awesome offering!

Melissa, good luck with that new job!

jilldinCA said...

Thank you CC for a" wonderful " puzzle and Argyle for the usual fine write up. I did not know Benin, had to guess Iler (never saw the Sopranos). Favorite clue - creator of Q and M - Ian! I haven't seen Skyfall yet, but like Daniel Craig almost as much as Pierce Brosnan (SIGH!) My grandpa used to give me Wonder Bread with butter and then sprinkled sugar on top as a special treat if I was good ( didn't get it very often!) Have a great day, everyone.

Anony Mouse said...

Thank you C.C. for a very nice, yet somewhat challenging puzzle. I loved it. I didn't know some of the popular figures, and would get 'trashed' in a puzzle competition, but today, I guessed pretty OK. I didn't know 'Anne Hathaway' - but that was the name of Shakespeare's wife .... I put 'Emily' Post first, before Wiley came up. I did know Benin ( I have coins and stamps of it ), Basra, Styx and 'Oh Pretty Woman'.

'Illegal Drug' - a 'commonly controlled substance' ? 'Controlled' means, it is made available for legitimate use, under strict medical conditions.... which is precluded in the answer. Crack Cocaine has no legitimate use.

Argyle, thank you for your lovely commentary. Never would have got the unifier answer. BTW, your 'Epsom' map does not have anything labelled 'Epsom'. Does that mean the majority of the area is Epsom ? ( somehow I had Ascot before Epsom).

I found it funny that ABHOR is 2 lines above BOER.

I got 'Ian' - creator of Q and M - just through the perps - although I've read most of the James Bond books. True spies are very rarely sexy, but the combination apparently, is a real money maker.

Have a nice week, you guys and best wishes.

Anony Mouse said...

Bill. G. when you have a chance , how about the answer to yesterdays - 6 pointed Jewish star-circles numbers problem. I knew the answers sum would be around 26, and that was a help, but I spent too many precious hours trying to solve it, but just couldn't swing it.

Don't waste a post on my account.

AnnieB8491 said...

Morning all - Thank you C.C. for a great puzzle and Argyle for a great write-up.

Fairly smooth for me today. I am also not familiar with BENIN OR WILEY so there was a blank there. I miss entered AVE instead of AVA, and put down EPSON (like my printer lol), so I came out with RENDOM. Didn't see the now obvious RANDOM until reading Argyle's comments.

I also wanted to put in USSR, but held off and for a bit, then SSRS was evident.

I did associate Q and M with James Bond but drew a momentary blank on IAN, BUT VIRAL and IRENE fixed that.

After high school I had a friend with a GTO - cool car!

I also didn't know OH was in the PRETTY WOMAN title, but perps filled that in.

A couple other unknowns were filled in with perps, only the BEN-N and W-LEY were blank.

Dennis - The War Birds were here in Venice the end of January. Pretty awesome sight. Glad you're feeling better.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Nice commentary, Argyle.

Good luck to Melissa B in her new job. Nice pictures.

WEES about the puzzle. I appreciated the long downs: SENORITA, SLEDGES, HAM ON RYE, TATARS, etc. Favorite clue: 'public hanging' - ART.

BOER - An Afrikaner word is also Dutch; L. German is 'Buur' and basically means 'farmer'. They are all pronounced the same (rhymes with 'sure'). German is Bauer. (rhymes with cower)

Have a great day.

Qli said...

Nice puzzle today, C.C. Thanks for the BENIN map, Argyle Funny, I'd never noticed it before. ( people in BENIN probably think the same thing about North Dakota.)

I liked the crossing of ODED and ODE. Nice to see ANNE Hathaway with long hair. She can really rock the pixie cut, though.

Have you heard that if you watch the Youtube video of that Paul Harvey "Farmer" commercial , Ram trucks and will donate to the FFA, up to a million dollars? Future Farmers of America is a high school organization that strives to groom leaders in agricultural industry. Lots of good kids in FFA around here.

It's good to see pictures of our fellow bloggers. Good looking group!

fermatprime said...

Hello all,

It is amazing how much you know, C. C. Great, thoughtful puzzle, not a speed run. Super write-up, Argyle!

No problems. Wonderful pictures, mb! Beauty runs in the family.

I notice that the cruel parodist of me did not have the courage to come forward. I could not bring myself to blog for several days. Thanks for shoutout yesterday, Santa and concern from LaLaLinda.

Have a good Tuesday.

Anonymous said...


Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, C.C., for a swell Tuesday puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the swell write-up. Enjoyed "Wonderland by Night." Remember it well.

BLT was my first answer. I love those, without mayonnaise.

Worked down and west through the center of the puzzle. That was fun. Zig Zagged my way down to the SW corner. Then I hit EARL for Earl Grey Tea. My favorite. I even carry it with me when I go to a restaurant. I learned doing crosswords that Earl Grey was the Prime Minister of England during the reign of King William IV. Early 1800's.

Theme appeared easily.

Enjoyed this, C.C. Great job!

Off to my day. see you tomorrow.


Abejo said...

As a follow-up. Melissa Bee, great photos of your family. Congratulations.


CrossEyedDave said...

Breezed thru this one, Tx CC!

I did not know Will Rogers was on Wiley Posts' final flight.

Break Bread?

Illegal Drug?

Wonder Woman?

Wonder Child?

A few pics i saw on Facebook that i thought you might enjoy...




fermatprime said...

BillG: so sorry about your loss.

Splynter: Good to hear from you yesterday! (Used to do a lot of carpentry. After a while I started keeping a handsaw in the tool drawer in the bedroom where it is unlikely to fall into a hole in space.)

Husker Gary said...

A very nice and just right Tuesday puzzle CC! Any puzzle with Roy O is a winner and I contend that the opening riffs of Pretty Woman is one of the most distinctive signatures in rock and roll! Nobody says “Oh”.

-OMG, the time from The Super Bowl until the first game of MLB is the doldrums for this sports fan!
-Wonderland By Night is reminiscent of the time when instrumentals were pop hits. Green Onions was my personal favorite.
-I’d be helpless on a test naming African countries. The BOERS ABHORED British rule
-My chicks were first a flock even though I heard MIL refer to the BROODer house many times
-A guy told me I had nice LATS in the weight room the other day. Hmmm…
-That sun is sinking later and later each day. Spring is nearing, SO THEY SAY.
-All the sportscasters said that Joe Flacco’s main attribute is he stays ON AN even keel
- El fallo México es una SENORITA muy hermosa
-I wonder what brand of SLEDGE Gallagher uses.
-Too many young children are having big problems because Dad RAN OUT ON them
-Wonderful pix Melissa and congrats!
-AM, I thought of Emily POST first too. At least she would have had used good manners in her flight ;-)
-Qli, my friend told me that FFA is very big in his central California school
-What fabulous movie had evidence in court that the ’64 Skylark had a regular differential?

AnnieB8491 said...

Oh - RE: Wonder Bread. It's made by the Hostess Brand company. Not too long ago they were threatening to close and there was a run on people rushing to the store stocking up on Hostess Twinkies. But I believe they are still in business.

chin said...

Nice to see the old format back. Good speed run today.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

What fun to find a C.C. solo special today. No real trouble spots, but a number of pauses. I learn a lot from your geography lessons, Argyle ~ it's not my strong suit. I filled in all the place names - some with perps - but it's nice to see where they are ... and then try to remember for next time.

Once again I didn't have the theme figured out correctly. I was thinking that BREAD, DRUG, WOMAN, and CHILD were somehow related to Alice's tea party in WONDERLAND. Wow - major DUH! Not enough coffee? Yeah, that's it.

~ Somehow I always call the Derby site in 66A 'Epson' instead of EPSOM, as AnnieB mentioned.

~ Favorites: 2D 'Like an American in Paris' / ABROAD and 65A 'River down under' / STYX.

~ My first boyfriend played a "Wonderland By Night" trumpet solo at a High School concert. Thanks for the memories, Argyle.

~ Nice photos, Melissa ~ beautiful family.

~ Glad you're back, Fermat ~

~ Husker Gary - my FAVORITE ~ My Cousin Vinny!

Spitzboov said...

HG - My Cousin Vinny re: What fabulous movie had evidence in court that the ’64 Skylark had a regular differential?

Dudley said...

Anne Hathaway? Yes, please! Short hair or long, that is one beautiful creature.

Earl Grey is my favorite tea. Jean-Luc Picard liked it too.

Spitzboov, would you mind dropping me an email? I've got some PA German text I'd like to show you.

TTP 6:57 - loved the barrel roll!

Dennis said...

Speaking of Roy Orbison, check out this version of Pretty Woman from the Black and White CD. An amazing backup group including Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Tom Waits, kd lang, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, T Bone Burnett, Steven Soles, and Jennifer Warnes. Some damn fine guitar work there.

How'd you like to have been in that small audience? (If you search 'Roy Orbison Black and White' on YouTube, there's more.)

Avg Joe said...

On a related note, Dennis, How I met Your Mother had an all star cast last night. They had all these mini-interviews with Canadian celebs that talked about when they knew Robin. k d lang was one of theme. It was hilarious.

Enjoyed the puzzle today. Good offering C.C. Lot's of fun and clever cluing.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Wonderful puzzle from our fearless leader today! I sailed through it and never even saw some of the answers that stumped others. I probably would have been stumped at WILEY, ILER and BIL Keane if they were not already filled in by perps. Whew! Dodged those bullets. Loved seeing HAM ON RYE and BLT in the puzzle with BREAK BREAD...hmmm, I'm getting hungry!

Have a great day everyone!

Abejo said...


I checked back in. Listened to the Roy Orbison link you put up. Excellent! Would have been something to have been there.

Speaking of B-17's. My dad was a B-17 pilot in WW-II, stationed in England. Flew 35 missions. I envy you on your flight in one.


Tinbeni said...

TTP: That DO A BARREL ROLL is a hoot!
Mari: I'm in the "ABHOR it" camp with you.
Dennis: Thanks for the OH, PRETTY WOMAN link.

Can't wait until my fave star SET.
(or until "It's Five'O'Clock Somewhere!")

Cheers !!!

Abejo said...

Oh, I forgot this. Wiley Post was piloting the plane that crashed with Will Rogers, way back when, somewhere in the arctic. They both died. Not sure if the plane was ever found.


Husker Gary said...

-Dennis, what a fabulous jam session! When I look at Roy, I can imagine him being the Paul Potts or Susan Boyle of 40 years ago on something like the Britain Has Talent show. Simon Cowell and the snarky audience would see this odd looking man with thick glasses and dare him to be entertaining. Then he would blow their doors off with his incomparable voice!

50°F today and so…

Yellowrocks said...

CC, you are amazing. Most people who learn a second language, even after they are fluent, take years to master crossword puzzles. The puns, misdirections, and lesser known usages are difficult for many non native speakers, especailly in the early years. And here you are constructing WONDERful puzzles.

Congrats on the new job, MB. Nice family pics.

I have always found Wonder BREAD too soft, squishy and moist. The only way I can eat it is toasted. As children we had crusty Italian or French bread. I also like Russian rye. Give me a bread with some substance. I my younger days, I baked homemade bread. I think it was much tastier than the kind you can make in bread machines these days.

Poor EDSEL Ford. All he is remembered for is the model that flopped. The cross word constructors perpetuate his memory

Lucina said...

Happy day, puzzlers. Thanks for a very good expo, Argyle, and congratulations to our C.C. for yet another notch in her belt.

An easy sashay with many auto fills that I didn't even notice such as OFFBEAT.

Loved public hanging, ART
chicks together, BROOD

However, had CHARD and CSSR, drat!

ANNE Hathaway is really good in Les Miserables. And she can sing!

NIce fresh clue for SENORITA.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

Misty said...

As soon as I saw C.C.s name on the puzzle, I knew it would be a total delight. And so it was! It wasn't a speed run, though, and when it was over, I had the same problem as LaLaLinda in thinking it had to do with "Alice in WONDERLAND." Is there BREAD in the story (think so), DRUG (absolutely, remember the hookah), WOMAN (Red Queen), CHILD (Alice)? It's all there, but still didn't somehow make total sense. So, thank you, Argyle, for clearing everything up for me, and thank you C.C. for a terrific puzzle!

Liked your shout-out to Tinbeni's sunset cheers, Argyle. And what lovely photos of Mellissa and family!

Finally, Roy Orbison. Oh my, that has to be the most magical voice on the planet!

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

Irish Miss said...

Good morning:

Great puzzle, CC, with a little extra bite for a Tuesday. A clever theme, with subtle cluing. Nice expo, Argyle.

Congrats to Melissa B and good luck with the new job. Family pictures are beautiful.

Glad to see Fermatprime back.

Have a super Tuesday.

Lucina said...

Melissa, good luck in your new job!
And as someone said, beauty runs in the family. Handsome son!

Good to see you. Worried about you.

Thanks for the link. I love Roy Orbison. WEES what HGary said @10:41

Is everyone's health restored? No reports about illness so far. Good!

61Rampy said...

Easy puzzle fact, easier than yesterdays. I didnt quite get the theme until I came here, though. I guessed something to do with WONDERLAND, but never saw that the word wonder went with the long answers. Originally thought EMILY for _Post, realized that wasnt right, then thought of Wilbur. No, he owned Mr.ED. Reached in the memory banks and came up with Wiley.
Many people forget that Edsel Ford had exquisite taste, and was the designer of the original Lincoln Continental of the '40s.

Dow Jones Reports said...

Popular sites on the Internet, like The NY Times, The Huffington Post, L.A. Times, Washington Post etc., were blocked by Google's Chrome browser with warnings about possible malware, emanating from an Internet advertising company, Netseer.

Netseer, of Santa Clara, Calif., had suffered a hacking attack and had been infected, on its website, but now claims that the malware has been successfully cleaned off its site.

Thus the company claims that its current ads are not infected with any virus, so the other sites are also safe.

Argyle said...

Anony Mouse, Epsom is the red dot on the southern edge of London. It isn't labeled.

thehondohurricane said...

Some kethcin up to do after reading yesterdays & todays posts.

Dennis, GREAT link.

Melissa, you have a lovely family. Good luck with the new position.

Ferm Glad you are back.

Bill G, sorry about your friend.

Pitchers & catchers report in two weeks. Spring can't be far behind.

Misty said...

Did you know that the poet Marianne Moore was asked by Ford to come up with the name for their new model car in 1955-56? Her suggestions: "Resilient Bullet," "Mongoose Civique," Turcotingo," and "Utopian Turtle Top." The Ford executives went with "Edsel" instead, and look what happened!

klilly said...

Thanks Dow jones for the info about yesterday's hacking. I was wondering what was going on.

Great puzzle.. Chicks together was a great clue. I knew the answer because I was raised on a farm.

I live reading historical fiction. I am fascinated that they found Richard the third's bones. I just finished readngTower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones.
It was amazing how many people were beheaded by the civilized English.. This also ties in with Phillipa Gregory's great series on the war of the roses.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Shall I say this was a WONDERful puzzle?

Smooth going in the top half, things slowed a bit when I got down under, and the theme was hidden until the reveal (D'OH!)

Les Miz is such a downer, probably won't see the movie. Looks like brilliant casting though.

Cool regards!

Awol said...

Wonderful to see the old blog format reappear today. Then it disappeared again the next time I checked the site.

I was a Wonder Bread kid until a visit to my rarely seen paternal grandfather Archie, who introduced me to toasted Roman Meal bread with fresh butter (we used post-war margarine at home). What a Wonderful treat ! Archie also had a Murphy Bed in his studio apartment, which was the Wonder of Wonders to me.

And FYI, Roy Orbison's Beyond Wonderful "A Black and White Night" concert (1987) can be seen in its entirety online at Netflix (Mr. O sadly died the next year at age 52).

Have a Wonderful day wherever in Wonderland you may be.

JD said...

Good morning, Argyle, C.C. and all,

Wonderful puzzle; wonderful write up with a sweet perk. Never knew the title of Wonderland by Night;I then mosied over to Stranger on the Shore.Thanks!

Like Misty and LaLaLinda, I thought it was all about Alice's wonderland until I came here.

Had some troubles getting going:Benin, Epsom, Tatars...but then started humming along. Had trouble with WilEy crossing as yE. My other choice was an L which would not work.

Hahtoolah, I wonder if all kids smashed their white bread with their thumbs..and ate it. Now the thought of it makes me gag.

Jill, we had a used spice jar that we filled with cinnamon and sugar and sprinkled HEAVILY over our buttered toast.

Melissa, loved seeing your "kids" and mama Barb. Hope you don't have to drive far for your new job. Congrats!

Bill G. said...

Good morning everybody. I enjoyed the puzzle and, as usual, this kind of theme eluded me completely. It wasn't until I read Argyle's explanation that I understood it.

I agree with JzB about Les Mis. Being a fogy, it's not my kind of musical with its sad story and dreary songs. I would much prefer a revisit to The Music Man or Guys and Dolls or ...? Those oldies had songs with memorable melodies IMO.

Anony mouse, talking with you is never a waste of a post. Without trying to draw a diagram, see if this is enough information. As you said earlier, the sum of each row is 26. In your diagram of a hexagram or six-pointed star, I assume you have one point at the top and one at the bottom. Here are the numbers (in one answer) at the six points starting at the top and going clockwise. 5, 6, 3, 8, 10 and 4. I'll be happy to figure out a way to describe the remaining six numbers if you want me to.

Geez, after previewing, I've made about five corrections in this post so far. I knew I shoulda had a V-8 instead of the grapefruit for breakfast.

As a kid, I was perfectly OK with Wonderbread. As an adult, after getting a breadmaker, I realized what I had been missing. I have been lazy lately, I need to get out that breadmaker again.

CrossEyedDave said...

Re: River Styx

Down Under, they have something called "road trains," & this is what they think of rivers.

Note: if you x out of the ad, & click on "see another road train here", there is another nice river crossing. & if you click on that links link... (oh, this is hell!)

desper-otto said...

Our local PBS station airs that Orbison Black and White concert at least once a year during beg-for-money season. And I watch it once a year... At least I've learned to DVR it so I can speed through the begging.

Congrats on the new job, MB. What sort of techie stuff will you be doing?

C.C. Burnikel said...

Chin & Awol,
I don't get your "old blog" format. Did the blog look different the past few days?

Marge said...

loingphHi all, I can't believe my second blog went through yesterday. I waited for a long time, then went away for awhile. When I came back to it it was still waiting to post. I turned it off finally and today when I looked, there it was. It was my computer and my DH finally did some cleaning up. Now it seems OK.

I remembered Wiley from some where in my past but wasn't sure how to spell it.I also spelled shard with a C.

61A-I never use the old King James Bible because I don't care for the 16th century language used. It's alson ot as acurate as modern translations.

Boer I remembered from the book 'Cry the Beloved Country'.

Thanks C.C. for a fun puzzle though it took me awhile.


Pinto said...

Nice tuesday puzzle by C.C. and nice blogging by Argyle. Talented people who, like most professionals, make it seem so easy.

I would never say wonder child. I would say child prodigy or maybe even wunderkind, but never wonder child. Oh...wait...I would say Wonder child if referring to Aisha Morris or Keita Morris or Kwame Morris or Kailand Morris or Mumtaz Morris or Sophia Morris. And Mandla Kadjay Carl Stevland Morris is definitely a Wonder child.

Btw, Stevie Wonder was a child prodigy but not a Wonder child. He was a Judkins child and a Morris child but never a Wonder child. Clear?

More Wonderland music.

Hahtoolah said...

Congratulations on your new job, MelissaBee. A change is good every now and then. Also, your son is very handsome.

Dennis said...

'Melissa Bee' and 'new position' does have a nice ring to it...

I know, I know -- straight to hell.

PK said...

Hi Y'all, Wonder Woman C.C. has come up with another fun one! Such a prolific constructor!

Great comments, Argyle! I, too, failed to get the theme put together right, but appreciated it.

27D Parma cheese is featured in John Grisham's great book "Playing for Pizza".

When I worked at a Buick dealership, we sold a used Skylark to a family for the kids to drive. Shortly thereafter, the oldest son drove all over the grassy city park knocking down all the newly planted little trees. One wag said, "He should have known that skylark was too big to perch in those little trees." He wasn't drunk, just having "fun".

Knew Wylie, but was unsure how to spell him.

Don't you remember the part, "Oh, oh, oh, Pretty Woman?" I watch the Roy Orbison tribute on PBS annually too. A fabulous classic. Another favorite is a duet by Roy with k.d. lang.

Welcome back, Ferm! Did you see my note to you on Sunday?

Montana said...

Good late afternoon to all. Great puzzle, CC, and great expo, Argyle. I did not get the theme until reading the blog.

I have a daughter-in-law from Lithunia. She was 16 when they broke away from Soviet rule. She has very interesting stories to tell. She was forced to take Russian from first grade on, but did get to add English in 5th grade. Her parents are fluent also in German and Polish, but they all speak Lithuanian now.

I have had several former students serve in Basra. Sometimes safe area, usually not.

I use my bread machine to make dough. It does the 'hard' work. Then I take it out, let it raise and bake it in my oven. I think it is better than some of my 'totally from scratch' bread.

DA was on at the same time as the football game. I don't have a recorder, so chose to watch DA.

Have a good evening,

Montana said...

CC, I usually read the blog on my iPad. Today I used my desktop computer. Often video links don't work on the iPad. After the comments, I read these later posts back on my iPad.

The format changed a couple weeks ago. One had a choice of web or mobile version, but the mobile was always the default. The web version looks just like the computer version.
As I checked it now, the default is the web version and there is no option to change it. So, it is back to the format I prefer.


PK said...

Man, I just had to get up and move it to "Boogie Wonderland". Gasp, pant! Those were some awesome tassels a couple of those guys were sporting with those flashy costumes. Brightened my day, thanks! Now I'll go up the blog and play some of the other offerings.

Anonymous said...

Was that JazzBumpa playing the tambourine with Earth Wind and Fire? Looks like he had a lot more hair back then.

Bill G. said...

As tired as I am of this annoying song, this video made me smile. Baby wakes up to dance!

Pookie said...

Congratulations to C.C. !!!!!!
Not an easy one for me today, but finally got it except cHARD .
Don't know what I was thinking.
TTP Those Google searches were interesting.
ZERG RUSH is another.
Thanks for hipping us to
Google Easter eggs.
Tried to find a list, but some don't work.
"Gravity" is another

Awol said...

CHARDonnay on the brain ?

CrossEyedDave said...

TTP & pas de chat,

Tx for the Google easter eggs, what i did not know, is that you can "do" stuff with some of them.

Note #1 gravity

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Thanks C.C. for another fun puzzle and to Argyle for the writeup. Both super efforts.

Some of the clues were nice for a change. For example, Ian, Styx, and Ott. Art for public hanging was exceptionally clever.

I didn't get the theme, though, until I read Argyle's writeup.

Wiley was dredged up from way down in my grey matter. It is amazing how some things come to light after so many years, and others just slide right out into space never to be recaptured.

I heard from Dodo today. She has had problems with her PC, but also has been in the hospital. Coumadin caused a bleed, but she is home now and recovering. She has been doing the crossword everyday, and says hello

TTP said...

pas de chat, et al

The "binary" clue in today's puzzle jogged my memory for some reason.

Aren't they fun ? There are beau coup, although a number of them are either disabled or are seasonal. Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, let it snow...

They have some fun in Maps as well, such as if you were to ask directions from Paris to New York, or if you ask for walking directions from Japan to China. I I haven't tried any of those lately. I've seen lists here and there, but haven't found one that lists them all.

Shows that Google has some fun and lets their teams have some fun beyond the Google doodles.

Search Hidden Eggs and you'll find other gems. There was a flight simulator hidden in someone's product. And you can find the hidden extras in the games that the kids like to play.

Microsoft has had them hidden in their spreadsheet, powerpoint and even in their Pinball game that comes standard with Windows.

Fun stuff.

Melissa, BTW, I missed it earlier. Congratulations to you, and Happy Birthday to your son !

Argyle said...

I like when google "anagram" you get "Did you mean: nag a ram"

Lemonade714 said...

mb best wishes in your new position, it will be nice to exercise the brain more than the body.

C.C. you continue to exercise your brain at an impressive rate. Argyle, always there to make things clear.

Still at work, enjoy all.

Chickie said...

Congratulations on your new job, Melissa B. Also, thanks for sharing your family pictures. Such a handsome group.

Fermatprime, good to hear from you today. Don't let anons get to you. They don't deserve the attention.

Killy, You might enjoy reading "Elizabeth of Wydville", The Slandered Queen by Arlene Okelund. Okelund is a professor of English at San Jose State University. I met the author at a book review a couple of years ago and enjoyed her book. You will have the background to enjoy reading yet another twist in the history of one of England's bloodiest times.

Al Cyone said...

Marge @3:23: "I never use the old King James Bible because I don't care for the 16th century language used. It's also not as accurate as modern translations..

I'll take literature and poetry over journalism any day.

Too ashamed to own up said...

Lemonade, I read your 'best wishes in your new position, it will be nice to exercise the brain more than the body'.

and I'm going Whaaaat ?

until I realized melissa b is/was a massage therapist.

Sounds funny for some reason.

Being a word maven yourself I'm sure you'll appreciate the humor, once you read it with a detached mind.

My Captcha word is ipollute ;-(

Anonymous said...

i think of it more as an insult, as if lmt's do not exercise their brains.

Jayce said...

Congratulations on your new job, Melissa!

Very cool puzzle, C.C. Fun to solve, some nice fill and clever cluing. Thank you.

Good to read all your remarks.

Been working my ass off these past several days, and now I'm gonna relax: I solved the problem.

Cheers to you all!

Pat said...

Another fun puzzle! One of these days I'm going to be able to conquer an end of the week offering. Thank you, C.C. Argyle, thanks for showing me the theme. I didn't get it.

Favorite clue: being walked, say= on a leash. As often as I walk dogs, this should have been a gimme. Unfortunately it took a few perps to figure it out.

Mari @ 8:06: I'm reading Lisa Scottoline's "Lady Killer". I enjoy thriller/mysteries.

Have a nice evening.


Pookie said...

CED Thanks for the link.
I have wasted much of the day on this stuff. LOL

Jayce said...

LW and I watched the entire Roy Orbison Black and White show on PBS a couple of years ago and were entranced. What a get-together! So much fun those guys had making music together!

windhover said...

What was the name of that small town?
In the 90's I had a friend in Owen, WI, half of the Owen-Withee metroplex, population about a thousand. It is 50 miles north of Eau Claire. The Irish and I went up there for a week and milked his cows to give his family a vacation.
We soon discovered that this small town had about 10 bars. It was a fun week.

AnnieB8491 said...

Dennis - Roy Orbison is one of the all time greats. What a gathering of talent, what a great performance. I’ll be checking out more. Thanks for the link!

Abejo - my dad was part of the Army Air Corps and loaded bombs in England. Not sure of the plane, I’ll have to check it out when I get home. Have some postcards he sent to my mother.

Love the song ‘Wonderland by Night’. I’m a sucker for horns, saxophone being my favorite.

Pinto - Thanks for the EW&F link. Think I’ll add that song to my running music.

AnnieB8491 said...

pje - I also enjoy thriller/mysteries. Usually Michael Connelly, Lee Child, David Baldacci (one of my favorites of his is Last Man Standing) Greg Iles, Vince Flynn, and such. I’m now reading One Rough Man by Brad Taylor. (suggestion by Dennis) I’ve read L.S. in the past but found these other authors to hold my interest more. I’m always looking for new authors to read.

Good luck to Melissa in her new job.

Til tomorrow...

HUTCH said...

If a guy told me I had nice lats and, if I were a woman, I would be wondering either about him or- my pecs.

Anony Mouse said...

Bill G. Thank you for the solution of Hexagram circles puzzle. My problem was, I thought that there was an easy, 'elegant' solution. I thought maybe, that the outer apexes had the largest numbers, in descending order - or the smallest numbers in ascending order... and to work the inner circles, later. However, as your answer shows, it is a combination of the two ranges, which makes it somewhat more difficult.

The answer could be described as 5, 6, 3, 8, 10 4. for the 'outies' apexes.

and 7, 11, 1, 12, 2, 9 for the 'innies' apexes.

as someone said, " To every complex problem, there will appear to be a simple, optimal, elegant solution - which is bound to be wrong" (lol).

The problem and the drawing seems to jiggle my memory of a hexagram, made out of large, stuck-together machine screw nuts, something you can easily put together, make at home with about 3 dozen screw nuts, half inch diam., and some silicone or with a hot HDPE plastic glue gun.

This is probably from a book, either by Martin Gardner or Jerry Slocum and Botermans.
You may also check out 'The Cube' ( The Ultimate Solution ) by 5 Fantastic authors - Erno Rubik, Jerry Slocum, Wei-Hwa Huang etc. Check it out at

melissa bee said...

another c.c. puzzle, great way to start the day.

thanks for the nice comments. the job is going smashing. keeping some private clients, but it was just too good of an offer to refuse.

i wasn't offended by the comment - definitely using a different set of muscles.

oh, and dennis ... i'll meet you there.

aka thelma said...

So many memories... my uncle was also stationed in England during WWll and flew many many missions. At one time I knew how many... I no longer remember. I know that he flew lead plane and that he flew the B-17 and the B-24. I was quite young but I remember my grandmother pinning his silver wings on the lapels of my coats.

Thank you for the memories... he was a wonderful man...