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Apr 15, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013 Patti Varol

Theme: No Kidding - Four leaders you should follow or else.

16A. *Comforter-and-sheets set for a large mattress, say : KING-SIZE BEDDING

22A. *Gaga way to be in love : HEAD OVER HEELS

36A. *Big tourist draw : MAJOR ATTRACTION

50A. *Industry-spanning work stoppage : GENERAL STRIKE

59A. Simon Says relative, and a hint to what happens after the starts of 16-, 22-, 36- and 50-Across : FOLLOW THE LEADER. "Mother, May I?" is in the same family.

Argyle here. While the theme doesn't do much for me, the three grid spanners on a Monday is impressive. The fill is consistent, user-friendly. All and all, a pleasant start to, for some, an unpleasant day.

Across:

1. Wynonna or Naomi of country music : JUDD. Country music's mother and daughter duo. Mama He's Crazy(3:08)

5. "Doctor Zhivago" heroine : LARA. Many versions! This is an instrumental. Lara's Theme(3:32)

9. Files opened with Adobe, for short : PDFS. (Portable Document Format)

13. Licked cookie : OREO. Ho! Ho! Ho!

14. Underage person : MINOR

15. La Scala showstopper : ARIA


19. Enter gingerly : EASE IN

20. Bigfoot cousin : YETI

21. "__ Misérables" : LES

25. Follow one's new job, in Realtorese : RELO. Realtorese? Really?

26. "Cheerio!" : "TA TA!"

27. Sci-fi vehicle: Abbr. : UFO

30. Attention from Dr. Mom : TLC

32. Answers an invite, for short : RSVP's. You notice; three ways to clue an abbreviation.

41. Movie trailer, e.g. : PROMO. Not an abbr. so much as a shortened word.

42. Sun, in Spain : SOL

43. Sea shocker : EEL

44. Hieroglyphic snakes : ASPS

47. Lovers' spat, say : TIFF

55. Right-angle piece : ELL

56. Pamplona runner : TORO. Have you seen the ad where the hook is "Now the bulls run from US!"

57. Professor's security : TENURE

62. Shade provider : TREE. In another month, maybe.

63. In __: mad : A RAGE

64. Not right in the head : LOCO

65. "Auld Lang __" : SYNE

66. Nevada gambling city : RENO

67. Auto repair figs. : ESTS. (estimates)

Down:

1. Comic's delivery : JOKE

2. Dickens villain Heep : URIAH

3. Like a thicket : DENSE

4. Folded corner : DOG-EAR. A way to mark your page and a bane to librarians everywhere.

5. Tina's "30 Rock" role : LIZ


6. "... for __, a tooth ..." : AN EYE. Old school, Old Testament.

7. Poet Frost : ROBERT. My kind of poet.

8. Franklin of soul : ARETHA. My kind of soul singer.

9. Hippie's digs : PAD. My kind of living quarters.

10. Dentist's tool : DRILL. Not kind.

11. Traffic violation consequences : FINES. Not kind, either.

12. Slumps : SAGS. See 5_Down.

14. Camera maker that merged with Konica : MINOLTA

17. Fries, for one : SIDE

18. Coke Zero competitor : DIET RC

23. Battery unit : VOLT. Standard automotive battery is 12 volts.

24. Sunup point : EAST

27. Baseball official : UMP

28. Gary Larson's "The __ Side" : FAR. Oh, how I miss it.

29. Pedro's peeper : OJO. I knew better but stuck in ORB anyway. D'oh!

31. Dol. parts : CT's. $ and ¢

33. Compete : VIE

34. "The Raven" poet : POE

35. NBC sketch show : SNL

37. Yemen neighbor : OMAN

38. Met, as a difficult challenge : ROSE TO

39. Decays : ROTS

40. Somewhat : A LITTLE

45. Like political hawks : PRO-WAR

46. "Hell is other people" French dramatist : SARTRE. (two R's, two R's)

48. At no charge : FREE

49. Big operatic ending : FINALE

50. Morning __: flower : GLORY

51. DeGeneres's sitcom : ELLEN. Only her talk show now, right?

52. Actress Lindsay : LOHAN

53. Praise : KUDOS

54. Straight up : ERECT

55. Young newts : EFTS

58. Greek Cupid : EROS

60. Golfer Trevino : LEE. I get a kick out of this ad.


61. Self-importance : EGO


Argyle

63 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!


Blew through this one like a greyhound on steroids. I think I paused briefly at 18D when the RC part of DIETRC didn't spring immediately to mind, but that was it.

The theme was a bit underwhelming, but I didn't even notice it until I finished, so no harm, no foul.

And in honor of tax day, I offer the following:

Simplified Tax Form

[rinanco]

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Fun write-up, Argyle, and I got a real chuckle from your 7-11-Down comments. DRILLS and FINES, oh my!

WBS. (I just looked at your simplified form, and surprise: It looks like they owe me a ton of money!!)

Happy (?) tax day everyone!

fermatprime said...

Cute puzzle! Thanks Patti and Argyle! The speediest for me yet, I think!

Another dark day here. Forecast says things will improve by Thursday. (Can I just sleep until then?)

Cheers!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Patti Varol, for a swell Monday puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the swell review.

I agree with Barry. This went quite easily. I started in the NW and headed South and East.

I did not get the theme until I was finished. The theme clue was at the bottom.

EASE IN. Ha Ha Ha.

RELO was easy. I did that four times paid for by the company. I did it myself about 25 times.

Just had RSVPS the other day. I think yesterday.

Now I know OJO. Just had that, too.

Well, pulling into Erie (crosswordese).

See you tomorrow. Hope I can get my medicine that I forgot.

Abejo

(otivesrn)

Abejo said...

Fermatprime: A dark day in California should mean rain. You should be happy!

Abejo

(yijaso)

Dennis said...

Good morning, gang - a fun, sub-four minute flat-out speed run this morning; I still can't understand how anyone breaks three minutes.

Couple of DF answers made it an interesting solve, otherwise a very straightforward Monday puzzle.

Argyle, nice write-up -- I'm with you regarding the theme.

Spent last night working on taxes (can't rush into these things). Let's just say I won't be 'celebrating' tax day today; the post office is gonna have to pry the envelope out of my hand. But, it's still Florida here, so no complaints. Hope it's a bearable Monday for everyone.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy one today. KUDOS to Patti for a fun romp. Neat theme. No lookups or nits. On 6d, my font rendering was A LITTLE unclear so I wasn't sure what was meant. But the perps took care of it.

Here is a Morning GLORY SPILLWAY.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Zip-Zap and it was done. I didn't know ELLEN ever had a sitcom, and I thought SARTRE was pretty crusty breakfast fare. But heck, it was still a total speed run. Dennis, I can't see anyone breaking six minutes for the same reason you can't see anyone breaking three. I just can't write that fast.

Seventy degrees at seven AM -- spring has definitely sprung in SE Texas. The hummingbirds are back and already fighting. These are the smallest I've seen, only slightly larger than a wasp.

Mari said...

Easy peasy today, I finished this on the train on my way into work.

My federal tax refund arrived Saturday, so I'm in the clear. For those of you still struggling, if Barry's form doesn't help perhaps this tax form might.

ABEJO: Is that a church key as your avatar?

Avg Joe said...

Yup. A speed run (though not a 4 minute one) and a whelming theme.

I got my return filed a month ago and have had the refund for over a week. Even had the 1st quarterly payment sent early last week. Why put off until tomorrow the things you hate to do today :-)

And for Harry fans: Morning Glory Story

Dennis said...

desper-otto, good to know the little guys are on the way - we just put the feeders out yesterday. I'm looking forward to seeing what we get down here.

Mari, that form looks a bit like my end result yesterday. May save that one for next year.

I understand I missed a rare appearance by Martin, who was with us back in the early days of the blog. Martin, if you're still reading the blog, please email me; I have a chance to go to Taiwan in the fall, and I have a few questions.

Spitz, how's the little guy doing?

kazie said...

Pretty easy Monday, considering all the names in there. I did catch the theme early but as others have remarked, not terribly mind bending or helpful, since not much help was really needed.

I got an email this morning from a cousin in Oz, saying she is sending by snailmail a collection of copies of old photos of our dads' family as they were growing up. I'm wondering if I'll be able to decipher who's who, since there were nine boys and only one girl, and I've never seen more than one photo of two of them as kids before. The boys were all completely bald as adults, and several I really never met at all. It should be an interesting challenge if they aren't labeled.

Nice start to the week!

Argyle said...

Hey kazie, how 'bout an Aussie in a green jacket?

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-I can’t improve on Argyle’s summation
-If you have a bunch of young boys and each has a bike, a game of FOLLOW THE LEADER will erupt along with bumps and scrapes. In another context, this non-optional idea in North Korea has been disastrous.
-Daughter bought a sleeper sofa for us at her house but after years of KING beds, that queen doesn’t work
-Reagan dealt unions a severe blow when he fired all the PATCO members who were in a GENERAL STRIKE
-Daughter Ashley JUDD is/was running for office in Kentucky
-Hey, somebody’s watching those TV shows that are looking for Bigfoot, Yeti and UFO’s
-A robin in A RAGE (LOCO?) yesterday kept flying into our window for hours. The web said he was mistaking his reflection for a rival during breeding season and so I taped paper over the window and he quit.
-Billy Crystal parses Auld Lang SYNE at 2:00 of this final scene of the great movie When Harry Met Sally
-My respect for books prevents me from DOG EARING
-Old Testament – “AN EYE for an eye…” New – “Judge not that ye be judged” Take your pick
-My favorite FROST poem speaks to me about the serendipity of life, plus it’s short and The RAVEN takes more effort ;-)
-My cwd pencil sharpener sounds like a dentist’s DRILL and Joann hates it
-Great Master’s finish yesterday, Kazie! Adam Scott became the first Aussie to win the Masters and his caddy is from New Zealand and had suffered the indignity of being suddenly fired by Tiger Woods a few years ago. Hooray for the down under brigade!

Anonymous said...

You better follow the leader when riding the bus in Lincoln, NE, huh Gary?

Nebraska nice?

HeartRx said...

HG, I also would never dog ear a book I am reading. I just have too much respect for my iPad (^0^)

Forgot to mention how happy I was to see Adam Scott win the Masters. After all, what would Angel Cabrera do with two green jackets?

CrossEyedDave said...

Did the across & downs, & took a break to make the puzzle last. I was checking last nites late comments & was rolling on the floor laughing (abbreviation omitted for emphasis) at the banter between Bill G & manac.

manac, I disagree that you cannot make cats do anything (except be herded) & will spare the Bloggers of all the videos, because my love of friends has superseded just cats & dogs... (6:38, but I could not help but watch the whole thing...)

GarlicGal said...

A real speed run for me. Sometimes on Mondays I just go as fast as I can... not "sub-four" like Dennis, but a sub-seven for me!

The BIG news...got our Tax Crap back from our Tax Crap Professional yesterday and guess what? We are getting a refund! YAY!! My DH and I talked it over last night and I have decided to blow it ALL on the California Coven. Yes-siree. Chickie, JD and JillD - coffee is on me next time we meet! AND if we forgo Starbucks and maybe hit a 7-11 I might even be able to cover a couple of breakfast burritos!! WOO-HOO.......Thank you Uncle Sam.

Happy filing everyone.

Spitzboov said...

Dennis @ 0806 - Funny you should ask. He has been visiting here part of the weekend. He and his Dad are leaving in a little while. He seems to be coping ok and he seems close to his Dad and vice versa. He loves to read, play computer games, and, when inclined, talks a blue streak.
Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

GarlicGal, you realize that is YOUR money that Uncle Sam is "giving back to you", don't you?

Personally I think we should treat government like a spoiled teenager: "We'll give you some more money when you learn how to be more responsible with it!"

I mean, seriously, how many jail cells are there?

Husker Gary said...

-Anon @ 8:56? Exsqueeze me?
-Marti, glad to hear you would never DOG EAR an eBook, eMag, eArticle, et al ;-)
-Late night post from Manac a few days ago about bad jokes reminded me of the OAF that sat near me on our 10-day trip. He turned to tell me every racist, poop and sexist joke I had not heard since junior high. After I ignored him on a few, he quit.
-Last night’s post with Al Bundy and the woman in the dressing room? Yeah, that’s gonna happen :-0
-I always want a small or no federal refund so D.C. who can’t find worthless spending can’t have my money tax-free one second longer than necessary. Flat tax me instead of thousands of pages of tax code.

JJM said...

I like to go fast on Mon. Sub 6 for me.

Montana said...

This puzzle was even speedy, easy for someone like me!

Off to a funeral.

Catch you all later,

Montana

Misty said...

I love a speed run on a Monday morning. It feels like . . . the beginning of a good week! So, many thanks, Patti. And I enjoyed the theme because those answers were so long, and I still got them!

Argyle, thanks for 'splaining PDF for us. I never even wondered what it stood for (or knew that it stood for anything!). So I learned something.

Also, for the photo of La Scala. My husband and I had an afternoon only in Milan before coming back from Italy a few years ago. We paid a taxi $100 to take us from the airport into town so we could take a quick tour of the gorgeous cathedral and La Scala while the driver waited for us. It was worth every penny!

Have a great Monday, everybody!

Lucina said...

A good morning to Argyle and to all!

What a nice speed run today! Since I sip coffee between fill, I take my time and still, it took about 15 minutes and half a cup.

So at 6D we have AN EYE and at 29D we have OJO. I like it. Be warned, however, that OJO can also mean a wellspring or natural artesian well.

For the first time in more years that I can recall, I had a refund from the Fed this year and it has been banked for over a month as well as the state refund. I'm saving it for my upcoming trip to see the Coven!! Yea, yea!

Have a delightful but hopefully not TAXING day, everyone!

goesFun (seriously, that's my captcha)

kazie said...

Argyle and Husker,
Yes, I guess that is really something. I suppose they'll be waving the flag on that for a while, if they can take time off from celebrating at the local pub! I wonder how spoiled brat Tiger is reacting.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Easy, breezy Monday. Not too keen on the theme, but a worthy effort anyway. Nice expo, Argyle.

Welcome, PAcrossB and congrats, Kazie, on the first Aussie Masters champ. What an amazing finish!

Abejo from last night: I live in Troy, NY, which is across the Hudson River from Albany.

A pox on anyone who would dog-ear a page in any book!

Happy Monday.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. An easy, fast puzzle today. I never keep track of how long it takes me to solve, but I am aware of deliberately slowing myself down this morning by making it a point to read all the clues.

Well said about Tiger Woods, kazie. Spoiled brat indeed. Quite frankly, I think he is a fundamentally dishonest person.

Best wishes to you all.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al,

Fast yes, but unexciting. Would not have filled ojo without promo.
SAGS was my least favorite. Who needs to be reminded.

Argyle, thanks for that lovely version of Lara's Theme.

Garlic Gal, lets skip the burrito. Those crates of fake logs are uncomfortable at 7-11.

Like many others, we ended up giving more to our govt. due to having to take $$ out of DH's IRA- whether you want it or not...which also raised our Medicare payments.
Let's hope that one day our tax dollars will be used wisely.Pipe dream.

Another beautiful day.. aphids seem to enjoy it too.

Kudos to Adam Scott!

Ree said...

A fun, fast puzzle, so enjoyable as I try to increase my solving abilities! I could use a few more Monday puzzles in a week!! Wish I could learn how to link, as the daffodils in our nearby park are in bloom and are impressive; would love to share. Alas, my techno skills are worse than my crossword skills! Maybe someday!

Bill G. said...

That was a pleasant Monday morning diversion. Thanks Patti and Argyle.

CED, I enjoyed your duck video. Ducks are great animals. One of the schools where I taught was near a pretty pond. Regularly, a male and female pair of mallards would be hanging somewhere around our campus. Never one of them; always both.

Ree, there's an explanation of how to link in the right-hand column of the first page of this blog down about three windows under "Olio." If you still don't get it, e-mail me and I'll be glad to help. The trouble is, you have to link something with a URL on a webpage. If you can post your photos onto a webpage, then I can help you link to them. Otherwise, you could send one or two to CC attached to an e-mail and she will include them at the end of a future blog. I love daffodils too.

Tinbeni said...

Easy, breezy FUN Monday offering.

MINOR nit:
Per Wiki, Electric EELs inhabit FRESH WATERS of the Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America, in floodplains, swamps, creeks, small rivers, and coastal plains.
Ergo, they do not live in the Sea.

Cheerio!

lois said...

Oh yeah! What a happy moment on this otherwise oppressive, overcast, depressive, perfect-for-tax-day blood-letting afternoon. I loved this puzzle. And thank you, Santa Baby, for the links. LOL at the Trivino et al commercial. Arnie was great! very funny!

My interest piqued w/KING SIZE BEDDING.. followed by 19A, 22A, RELO (as in SAGS) TATA, then jumping to the MAJ ATTRACTION of 54D, 58D and sadly ending w/a TIFF and A RAGE. Man! That was a lot of LOCO TORO riding. I need a drink and YET-I kept coming back for more. Great puzzle! KUDOS to Patti! Most fun I've had w/my clothes on in a long time!

Enjoy your day.

Spitzboov said...

French frigate D 646 Latouche Tréville facing big waves.

Lady Interviewer: Do you drink every day?
Man: Yes.
Lady Interviewer: How much a day?
Man: Around 3 six-packs starting at noon.
Lady Interviewer: How much does a 6-pack cost?
Man: Roughly $10.00 at a pub.
Lady Interviewer: And how long have you been drinking like that?
Man: 15 years.
Lady Interviewer: So with a six-pack costing $10.00, and you consuming 3 six-packs a day, you are spending roughly $900 each month. In one year, you would then be spending $10,800, correct?
Man: Correct.
Lady Interviewer: If in 1 year you spend $10,800 on beer, not accounting for inflation, 15 years puts your spending roughly $162,000; correct?
Man: Correct.
Lady Interviewer: Did it ever occur to you that if you did not drink for the last 15 years, you could have bought a Ferrari?
Man: Do you drink?
Lady Interviewer: No.
Man: So where's your Ferrari?

Dennis said...

Spitz, great video - I think my decision to be a grunt was a wise one.

So today in the mail I received a shipping catalog addressed to me as 'Manager, Shipping Dept' at CC Ross Word Corner. So I'm here for any of your shipping needs. (Sorry, Splynter)

TTP said...

Turn on the television. Explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Anonymous said...

Spitz and Dennis: Please check your news.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun little speed run at 12 mins. It would have been faster, but my cursor and I often are not in the same square when I type. Only clue I had to perp was PDFS. First time ever that I never saw a red-letter. Woo hoo!

All cat lovers doing their taxes need to see "Non Sequitur" cartoon today.

Spitz: Misnomer on the spillway. It should be "Go to Glory" spillway. What a scary hole!

DO: Ellen "came out of the closet" on that sitcom.

Lois: What? you passed over ERECT? You're slippin'!

Slept through part of the Masters. Every time I woke up, someone else was leading. Finally got so exciting, I stayed awake. Loved Adam Scott's win. The best part was the heart-felt embraces from Angel Cabrera. He did his best to win, but he was happy for Adam. What a great warm human being! Walking off with their arms around each other! Priceless. Better than a jacket.

As for Tiger, anyone who believes he didn't realize his cheat is too naive to live. Win at any cost is his motto. I turn off the TV if he's sure to win, mute it if he's talking and look where his face isn't.

PAcrossB said...

Hello folks! Pretty much WBS. There's nothing like a crossword during lunch, especially when it's very fast (5:43 - fastest ever for me on pen and paper). Thank you for the fun romp, Patti! Thank you for the write-up, Argyle!

I love the "simplified tax form," Barry G! Thank goodness I filed my taxes a couple of months ago.

I visit RENO every year to see relatives. It's very hot during the summer, but I'll take dry heat over moist heat any day.

When reading a book, I'd rather write notes on a separate sheet of paper than make DOG EARs. I have too much respect for the paper!

Congratulations to Adam Scott for winning The Masters yesterday! I feel great for him, especially after his painful collapse at The Open Championship (British Open) last year. Here's to many more for the Aussie!

Anonymous said...

Stay strong Boston.

Barry G. said...

Hard to believe what I'm seeing on the news right now.

desper-otto said...

PAcrossB, welcome to the party. I'm guessing you don't live too far from Carol, another regular here.

YR, after the latest software upgrade my Kindle (not a Fire) has an option to display the position in the book (xx%), reading time remaining, either for the current chapter or the entire book. From the Setup Menu -- the same one which includes "Turn On/Off Wireless" and "Shop Kindle Store" I've got a "Reading Progress" option. You may have a similar option on your Fire.

That's terrible news coming out of Boston. The skittish stock market didn't like it either.

HeartRx said...

I cannot believe this is happening again in Boston. The JFK Library was also targeted. My heartfelt wishes to all those involved.

Bill G. said...

I first found out about the tragedy in Boston from reading posts here. Terrible news on television now. So sad. I see from Gary's blog map that several of us live in that area. Good luck to them. Best wishes heading eastward for everybody affected by this horrific situation.

PAcrossB said...

Oh no – what an unspeakable tragedy at the Boston Marathon. It breaks my heart that something like this happened. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, witnesses and their families.

thehondohurricane said...


RE: Boston. Horrific event. Prayers for the injured.

Marti, multiple winners at Augusta have only one green jacket. They use the same jacket at the presentation ceremony. The jacket never leaves tAugusta National & can only be worn there. But, I was happy to see Adam win too.

fermatprime said...

So far, two dead, 99 injured, some with limbs blown off. No word on perpetrators. A terrible tragedy.

Manac said...

Cowardly pieces of Sh!t whoever the perps were!

CrossEyedDave said...

I have to take a break from watching the news...

Re: puzzle, saw "Doctor Zhivago" heroine & thought, nuts,,, easy for CC, impossible for me. I also did not have 5 & 6 down, but after some WAging, Lara's theme came to mind. (but I still have no idea who she is...) Argyle, Tx for the Lara's Theme link. I was listening to it, & then got sidetracked by some sidelinks I had never seen:

Airplane Landing! Followed by Jonathan Winters as a pilot...

I was skeptical the 48D at no charge was free...

Lick Oreo's,,,please,,,licking oreo's has now been raised to an art form... And then...there is this guy...

Fell into the bull/toro trap. Maybe they could change the clue to fast lawnmower or something?

Spitz, loved the ship at sea! I saved it to watch again after I get some dramamine.

Irish Miss? Ouch? All my sheet music books on the piano are dog eared. It's the only way I can find any songs I know how to play! ( plus it helps when you need to turn a page fast!)

Ree@1:16pm, Yes, follow the instructions on the right side of the Blog under "olio." & if you want to post yr own pic, the easiest way is to put it on Facebook, right click the mouse, choose copy URL, then paste it where it says to in the Olio instructions. You can use any photo that is on a website, like my favorite hiking spot that i just copiy/pasted from my Shutterfly collection of photos.

Oh dear, I am running long, & I didn't get to the theme, follow the leader...But what if your chicken?

Dudley said...

What Manac said.

Jayce said...

Manac at 6:35 PM, Well said!

Misty said...

I just posted a message about my distress over Boston, and it sent me to Google to sign in. Hope that's not necessary.

Bill G. said...

There doesn't seem to be much new news coming out of Boston. I guess that's a good thing. As is often the case, I agree with Manac.

Hondo, what happens with the green jacket if the winner is heavier than usual? Tall? Short? Short arms? Super-fast tailoring?

Spitz, that video made me queasy just watching it. I would never survive as a passenger/crewman on that ship. What causes waves like that? A big storm close by?

So we know Tiger is a known cheat in his personal life. But golf is self-policing; on the honor system; unlike a baseball outfielder who has just trapped a sinking line drive but holds it up trying to convince the umpire that he has caught it. Does Tiger cheat at golf? Do you golfers think that he was cheating in full view of the cameras or just made a mistake? I know what PK thinks. :>)

Dennis said...

manac, on the money. I wish I could really believe we'll hurt somebody over this.

Bill G. said...

"Hi. This is James with Western Solar. This is not a sales call; it's just a courtesy call to let you know..."
This is the seventh or eighth cold call I've gotten today. I don't care if they're giving it away. Screw em.

On a more pleasant note, here is a nice slide show from NBC about the signs of Spring. This should be especially welcome for you folks in the midwest with more snow in April.Signs of Spring.

Dennis said...

CrossEyedDave, great links -- thanks for the laughs; much needed.

Blue Iris said...

Just heard that one of the dead is an 8 yr old boy. So sad. Hoping this is not a domestic attack, not that it would make ant difference to those so badly injured. We are praying for Boston on this Patriot's Day.

I did the puzzle late in the day, but haven't read Argyle's write up or other comments.

Al Cyone said...

Yesterday I made reference to my "unavoidable (and hopefully temporary) return to the ranks of the unemployed". Well, that was a case of wishful thinking (aka a Freudian slip). I've actually returned to the ranks of the employed. But I thank Bill G. for his kind remarks.

Ree said...

Thanks for your advice Bill , will give it a try this week ! Love & prayers to the innocent & their families in Boston! This is getting too much to handle !

Lemonade714 said...

My prayers are with all in New England. Many happy memories. I too hate cowardly scum.

Speechless. Sad.

Sfingi said...

Nice to see SARTRE quote from No Exit, which would make another good fill.

chefwen said...

Thanks for the slide show Bill G. I particularly liked the lamb photo. A nice spring break on this sad day.

Bill G. said...

So Al, you're hoping your return to the ranks of the 'employed' is temporary? I like your style.

Do you all know it's Jackie Robinson Day in major league baseball? It's an especially big day for the Dodgers.

Ree, I see you're in education as I was (and many others here) but otherwise, your Profile is bare. I'm sure we would enjoy knowing more about you so we get a feeling about who we are communicating with. As for me, that goes for all you other guys who haven't got much of a résumé or Profile. I can't see any downside to having an informative Profile.

Thanks Chefwen, I'm glad you liked it.