Apr 16, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Progression - The second word starts with the letter 'P' followed by a phonetic long vowel (A to U) progression & L.

17A. Lost color in one's cheeks : TURNED PALE

26A. Bartender's twist : LEMON PEEL

38A. Stack of unsolicited manuscripts : SLUSH PILE. (learning moment)

53A. Tribal carving : TOTEM POLE

63A. It may be filled with a garden hose : KIDDIE POOL

Argyle here with our fearless leader's Tuesday puzzle. Enjoy those verts in the corners. You might say C.C. is becoming a "corner" specialist.


1. Soccer officials : REFs

5. "You __ dead!": "I'm telling mom!" : ARE SO. 15A. "No way!" : "NEVER!". 11D. Terse critical appraisal : "I HATE IT!". Or could be clued, "Teen critical appraisal of everything"

10. Location : SITE

14. Berry in healthy smoothies : ACAI

16. Jazz classic "Take __ Train" : THE 'A'

19. Greasy spoon grub : [EATS]

20. Hit hard : RAM

21. Like blue hair : DYED

22. "Faust" dramatist : GOETHE. Faust is the guy who sold his soul to the Devil.

24. Fred's dancing sister : ADELE

28. Beer to drink on Cinco de Mayo : CORONA
30. Four quarters : ONE

31. Tax agcy. : IRS

32. Archaic "once" : ERST

33. Talk show pioneer Jack : PAAR

36. Residential bldg. units : APT's

41. Bush secretary of labor Elaine : CHAO. Short bio.

43. Madeline of "Blazing Saddles" : KAHN. Here she does a routine with George Burns.

44. Emails the wrong person, say : ERRS

48. U.S./Canada's __ Canals : SOO. The name, Soo, is shortened and anglicized for the two cities named Sault Ste. Marie, in Ontario and in Michigan. Sault either means "jump" or "rapids" in French.

49. Sunrise direction, in Köln : OST. German town also known as Cologne.

51. Buyer's "beware" : CAVEAT. Caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware") (Important to someone who goes to flea markets.) ;-)

57. Go : LEAVE

58. City on the Rio Grande : EL PASO. Home of the UTEP Miners.

59. Feed the kitty : ANTE. Poker.

61. "Cool" monetary amt. : MIL. Short for million.

62. Even-handed : FAIR

66. Helsinki resident : FINN

67. Actress Burstyn : ELLEN

68. Hip-swiveling dance : HULA

69. Vexes : IRKS

70. Extremely poor : NEEDY

71. Ruin Bond's martini : STIR. James prefers them shaken.


1. Daily grind : RAT RACE

2. Besides Chile, the only South American country that doesn't border Brazil : ECUADOR

3. __ market : FARMER'S. Limited selection in the spring.

4. Break a Commandment : SIN. Moi?

5. "Toy Story" boy : ANDY

6. Fend off : REPEL

7. Dance around : EVADE

8. Somme salt : SEL. Somme is a department of France, located in the north of the country and is part of the Picardy region.

9. Where Nike headquarters is : OREGON. Beaverton, OR, seven miles west of Portland.

10. Considerable, as discounts : STEEP

12. Ties to a post, as a horse : TETHERS. I can't picture a cowpoke actually using the word though.

13. Art gallery props : EASELS

18. Delightful spot : EDEN

23. "Paper Moon" Oscar winner Tatum : O'NEAL. She was ten when she won.

25. Many, informally : LOTSA

27. Change from vampire to bat, say : MORPH

29. Kwik-E-Mart owner on "The Simpsons" : APU

34. Extend an invitation for : ASK TO

35. "I knew it!" : "AHA!"

37. Thorn in one's side : PEEVE. Used as a noun here.

39. Appears strikingly on the horizon : LOOMS

40. Co. letterhead abbr. : INC. (incorporated)

41. Welcome summer forecast : COOL AIR

42. Noticeable lipstick color : HOT PINK. Cute pairing of 'cool' and 'hot'.

45. Come down hard on : REAM OUT

46. Filled pasta : RAVIOLI

47. Top-notch : STELLAR

48. Golden Slam winner Graf : STEFFI. (tennis)

50. Said : SPOKEN

52. Away from the wind : ALEE

54. Takes home : EARNS

55. Punch bowl spoon : LADLE

56. Over and done : ENDED

60. Hard to see : TINY

64. French landmass : ÎLE

65. Acidity nos. : PH's. A scale of 0 to 14, where less than 7 represents acidity, 7 neutrality, and more than 7 alkalinity.


Note from C.C.:

Happy 85th Birthday to dear Dot! And a belated Happy 99th Birthday to her husband Irv!

Left to Right: Kazie, Dot, Irv & Andrea, Sept 2009


Lemonade714 said...

Nobody has the pull of this pairing of C.C. creating and Argyle discussing. A great way to start Tuesday.

HBDT Dot and Irv so glad you keep on.

STIR the martinis a num d have a great day

fermatprime said...

You are really prolific, CC! Thanks for fun puzzle. Swell review, Argyle!

Happy birthday, Dot! Happy belated birthday, Irv! What are your longevity secrets?

Watched Kill Bill, Part 2 with Harv tonight. (He brought back my truck.) A bit boring in spots, but lots better than previous bloody mess. (Carradine must have been twice Uma's age.) Any thoughts, anyone? (Needed the escapist fare.)

Latest I read is 3 dead, 144 injured, many amputations. Just dreadful.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all (and Happy Birthday to Dot and Irv)!

Still trying to process yesterday's tragic events here in Boston. The fact that one of those killed was an 8-year-old boys makes it just that much harder for us.

The puzzle today was a welcome diversion. Not quite the speed run that yesterday's was, but very smooth overall. Didn't notice the theme until afterwards, but thought it was very well done once I did.


HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for providing some much-needed diversion this morning, both of you. I had forgotten how much I used to like Madeline KAHN, so thanks for that link.

I really didn't notice the theme as I was solving, but I love to go back afterwards with ones like this and say the words out loud. PAY PEE PIE POH POO!!

Loved the shout out to my dad (RIP) at 66-A, FINN. And when I saw "Ruin Bond's martini," I immediately wanted "add ice." STIR quickly appeared, though.

I missed the initial broadcast of yesterday's tragedy because I was out buying three rose bushes to replace ones that didn't survive the winter. So I will plant them today - one for each victim. It's ironic, that one of them is white...

Lemonade714 said...

For our Minnesota members, congratulations to the Minneapolis Star Tribune for winning two Pulitzer prizes. They won for local reporting and Steve Sack for editorial cartoons. The only other multiple winner was the NY Times.

I pray for all the family and friends of the Boston tragedy. Too bad Spenser does not exist to track down the awful people.

Argyle said...

Hey Marti, ya think "Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!" started out as a puzzle theme?

grams said...

Fun puzzle. Nice diversion after tragedy - unspeakable, evil.

Pray. Take care.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Almost as fast as yesterday. Never noticed the theme, even after I'd finished it. I liked the long fill in the corners. RAVIOLI made a repeat pasta appearance today. Deja Vu all over again.

Let's hope the number holds at three. I fail to understand why anybody would do something like that.

61Rampy said...

Smooth almost speed run today. Wasnt sure if it was LOTtA or LOTSA, especially since I have never heard of SLUSH PILE. Got it figured out quickly, though.
It just seems that the world is going insane lately. My heartfelt condolences to anyone involved in the goings-on in Boston. What a tragedy.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody,

My grid has a lot of write overs in the NE. One small screw-up and the whole quadrant went kaput! It didn't help that I didn't know GOETHE.

Oh well! The rest of my grid came out nicely. I liked 63A: It may be filled with a garden hose. I couldn't get this one for the longest time. I was picturing a large uncoiled garden hose taking up a lot of space in a storage shed. [AAANT! Wrong Answer!]

Happy birthday, Dot! Happy belated birthday, Irv! May there be many more delicious birthday cakes in your future.

Still shocked about Boston. All tragedies are bad, but an 8 year old kid? Just terrible.

TTP said...

=Good morning all. Happy birthday Dot and a belated happy birthday to Irv.

Thank you Argyle and thank you CC.

Made a mess of the NW by keying in RoutimE (typo m for n) instead of RATRACE at 1D, and then modelo instead of CORONA at 28A. Left that area in a quandary and proceeded OST and sud. 29D Kwik-e-Mart owner APU was certain, so changed modelo to CORONA and solved the NW.

Also had other temporary ERRors with hitches rather than TETHERS, stephi rather than STEFFI, and stated rather than SPOKEN.

Keep 'em coming CC !

Yellowrocks said...

Thanks for a great puzzle, CC and a fine write up, Argyle. I enjoyed hearing the A Train while I read your blog. I made this crunchier than it really was because I placed the right answers in the wrong squares and wondered why the obvious crosses didn't fit. I also misread one of my write overs which held me back from a very easy answer. I finished correctly in too much time for a Tuesday. I have an appointment with the eye doctor. I suspect I need cataract surgery.
We read the Gretchen episode of Goethe's Faust in German Literature class, a really tragic tale.
Instead of , “You ARE SO dead,” my kids said, “You are dead meat.”
Happy birthday, Dot and Irv.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, C.C., for a swell Tuesday puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the swell review.

Got started in the NW and spread over and down. Did not know OREGON for 9D until I got most of the letters.

Easily got CORONA, even though I do not like it. For Mexican beer I like Dos Equis Ambar.

We have not had ADELE in a puzzle for quite a while. I have seen old spots of her and Fred.

Theme appeared after a while. I had to lookmfor a U in the fifth answer. Argyle explained it, phonetic,

Too bad about the Boston tragedy. I hope they catch the perps. The government has a lot of resources.

Made it to Johnsonburg with no problems. The high school boys in this small town came in second in the state of PA in basketball, in their division. Beat by some team in Philadelphia. Like David against Goliath, only Goliath won this time.

See you tomorrow.



Husker Gary said...

Turned Pale, Totem Pole, and Trash Pile (had to fix that) showed up when I started looking for a theme and I thought, uh oh, TP. Not so much. The theme was much more clever and sequential to boot to complement the wonderful fill.

-Even oceans can’t insulate us from cowardly evil today. What tragedy in Boston.
-It looks as if I can do cwd’s without ever having to actually watch The Simpsons (APU, DOH, MOE…)
-A SLUSH PILE is what the maintainer throws up at the end of your driveway after you think you are done
-KIDDIE POOLs have to be filled early around here so the sun can heat up our 55F water
-I’ve never had a soccer REF explain offside’s to me adequately. Can you imagine basketball with that rule?
-I really enjoyed my musical trip on the A train this morning
-APTS are springing up all over Omaha and Lincoln. I guess no one wants to do yard work.
-Madeline as Lili Von Shtupp? She’d even STIR up Bond – Is that a Beretta in your pocket James?
-I use after shave, never any Köln
-EL PASO (4:38) - back when songs told a story – album cover brought back memories.
-All coaches ask of even bad REFS is that they be FAIR (consistent)
-ROUTINE for RAT RACE made for a bad start
-We may have to wait until July 4th for our FARMER’S Markets this year. Brrr…
-A politician’s success depends on his ability to EVADE any hard question (a PEEVE of mine)
-When COOL AIR descends on the Midwest in the summer, interesting weather can result. Where’s Dorothy?
-HBD, Dot and Irv!
-All right, what musical featured a baseball player that sold his soul to the devil?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Nice puzzle, C.C. Enjoyed the intro, Argyle.

I did enjoy the vertical corners. And C.C. had HOT PINK next to COOL AIR. Awesome. Enjoyed the theme, too. Ms Kahn always sets me of with her 'wed woses'.
I passed across the SOO waterway 50 yrs ago. Crossed from Ontario to Michigan by a ferry which was subsequently replaced by a high level auto bridge. The Soo locks raise and lower ship traffic about 20 ft. between Lakes Superior and Mich-Huron.

HBDY to Dot and Irv.

Bill G - Late yesterday you asked about high ocean wave causes. Waves are caused by high sustained winds. We experienced waves such as in the video frequently in the North Atlantic, particularly in the Fall and Winter. They were caused by hurricanes or extra-tropical storms, or in Winter by wind patterns such as would cause a nor'easter on land. Wave height is a function of wind velocity, length of time of the high wind, and fetch (openness) of the area. (Obviously, if you are ALEE you will experience much diminished wave ht.)

Barry G. said...

All right, what musical featured a baseball player that sold his soul to the devil?

Damn Yankees?

kazie said...

Nice fast flowing puzzle, C.C.

Happy Birthday Dot, and happy belated one to Irv!

Argyle, thanks so much for the Burns and Kahn link. I don't remember it, but much of the humor was enriched by remembering the burns and Allen it was based on.

I think we'll be following the aftermath of Boston for a long while. Unfortunately, there will always be scum in our world.

Tinbeni said...

C.C. Thank you for a FUN Tuesday offering.
Argyle: Nice write-up & links.

Happy Birthday Dot, Happy Belated Irv.

No "toast" tonight at Sunset. Just a prayer.
tears ...

CrossEyedDave said...

Easy puzzle, but a rough day for me. (I can't even find a pic of a funny totem pole, oh well,,,)

HBD Dot & Irv!

Soo Locks time lapse

It is said that if you yell "Andy's Coming" at the Toy Story Characters in Disney World. they all fall down. So far I have not found a clip to prove it...

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang

Fun puzzle from CC today. Lots to like in it, even beyond the theme.

I saw Damn Yankees from the orchestra pit in 1965.

There is so much evil in the world. And it always begets more evil.

Have a blessed day, everyone.

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle and all puzzlers.

Happy birthday, Dot and Irv!!

Life is precious so let's hang on and enjoy every second. What happened in Boston is so distressing. I'm sending my prayers their way.

C.C., you ARE SO prolific! Thank you for the fun puzzle which provided a bit of distraction from the horrible events that befell Bostonians.

I have a houseguest so my time is limited. She is a friend who moved to Alaska many years ago and visits her family and friends here.

Please take care, everyone, and enjoy your day; hug your family.

Virginia said...

Loved the puzzle and the write-up, Thank you both for a welcome respite from the news. My heart goes out to all in Boston.

I remember Damn Yankees on Tv many years ago. Was fascinated by Gwen Verdin, her legs seemed to go all the way to her armpits.

Better tomorrows!

LaLaLinda said...

Hi Everyone ~~

An enjoyable puzzle ~ thanks, C.C. I at first thought the theme was a vowel letter progression - I had the a-e-i-o- ... but when the 'u' didn't appear at 63A, I realized it was a vowel sound progression.

~ I, too, started with 'Routine' at 1d but ACAI quickly led me to RAT RACE. I really liked 'Ruin Bond's martini' / STIR.

~ ELLEN Burstyn has been a favorite of mine since the movie "Same Time Next Year" with Alan Alda.

~ I enjoyed your write-up, Argyle - great info, pics and links.

Yesterday I watched the Red Sox at 11:00 AM - they always play at this time on Patriot's Day. It was a great 9th inning walk-off win. Watching the events that took place in Boston shortly after, quickly changed the tone of the day. So difficult to watch the terror on the street, but heart-warming to see those who risked their own safety to help others. My heart aches for all those affected.

A very Happy Birthday to Dot and Irv!

Yellowrocks said...

Madeline played Lili von Shtupp, a seductress in Blazing Saddles. Was Lili's last name a play on words? If your remove the H and one P you have a crude street slang word.

Bill G. I plan to cook your Cauliflower/Slilton soup recipe tomorrow. It is one of my favorites.

Misty said...

Yes, when tragedy strikes, the routines of the day help retain at least a little feeling of normalcy. So thanks for a wonderful Tuesday puzzle, C.C. Like LaLaLinda, I got theme early and expected it to end in a PU. But surely it had to be KIDDIE POOL, not KIDDIE PUMP. That's when I finally got that it was a sound progression. Great expo, Argyle, as always.

What a rough day yesterday. The first toll I heard was 2 dead and 48 injured, which horrified me. And then it went up and up with more and more horrifying details emerging. I simply can't comprehend how anyone for any reason could do such a thing to innocent people. We can only pray for the victims at this time.

Hope everyone has the best day possible.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been on the blog for ages. The reasons are too long to list but the top one is I broke 2 vertebra in my neck and have been in a brace for 8 weeks. That interferes with typing. However, Kazie sent me a b.d. greeting & said she saw it on the blog so I had to come here to read and thank you all. Hopefully, within a couple of weeks I'll be back "to normal" and will join you all again. Dot

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Whenever I see CC's "byline," I know I'm in for a treat and today is no exception. I just marvel at the creativity which, apparently, in CC's case, knows no bounds. Clever theme and nice Tuesday-level cluing. Great expo, Argyle.

Happy Birthday to Dot and Irv.

I am filled with such sadness and grief for the victims of yesterday's horrific attack. Thoughts and prayers to all.

LaLaLinda said...

Good to "see" you on your special day, Dot, but so sorry to hear of your troubles. Wishing you well and looking forward to your return to the Corner!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

I happened to find a seat near the TV in my favorite café today; normally the TV is muted, but today the sound is on and of course the news is all about Boston. The resultant weight of sadness is about all I can bear.

Still I'd like to thank our crafty leader for another clever puzz, and our hard-working Argyle for the post-game wrap up.

Cheers All, any way you can

Bill G. said...

Very enjoyable puzzle. Thanks CC and Argyle.

Happy birthday Dot and Irv! Dot, best wishes for you and your neck and I'm hoping to see your name around here more often. Good luck!

YR, I'd love to try your soup but I don't deserve the credit for the recipe.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great one, C.C.! I was starting to get the theme as the puzzle progressed. Fun! Good links, Argyle!

8d Somme salt sounds like a kid's roll-over flip.

12D No lie, Argyle! Real cowboys do say "TETHER". I lived with one.

I wrote in CORONA, but wanted Tecate. Has anyone had Tecate Beer? I've been to Tecate, BC, Mexico and went past the brewery. Don't drink beer.

I did a big ERRS this week. I sent birthday cards to my two grandsons that I see briefly once a year. They have birthdays in an "A" month. Unfortunately their "A" month is August. I neglected to send a card to their little brother who also has an "A" month birthday in April. Happily, there is still time to get that one sent. "Ol' timers" has done set in. Is this enough grounds to get me declared incompetent, Lemonade?

I loved Copley Square when I lived the short time in Mass. Too awful! I keep thinking of something I read once: "they have unleashed the dogs of war."

Misty said...

Dot, so sorry to hear about your recovery in a neck brace, and belated birthday wishes to you and Irv. Take good care of yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Cry Havoc! And let slip the dogs
of war.. Shkspr's Julius Caesar

JD said...

Good afternoon Argyle, C.C., et al,

Whenever I see that we have a C.C. puzzle, I know we are in for a treat. The theme helped me with slush pile. Didn't know sel or Soo, but blessed be those perps. They also helped with the spelling of Goethe.

Argyle, wonderful clips. George Burns was always a class act. And what mom wouldn't teat up a bit over that scene in Toy Story. I was one of those silly moms who saved all my girls' toys, and now I have grandsons.The Cabbage Patch kids are truly unloved and forgotten.

Hugs to you, Dot. OUCH! Take care, and have a lovely birthday.

Just can't imagine anyone doing such a horrific act. My heart goes out to everyone in Boston.

PAcrossB said...

Hello folks. Hopefully life is moving normally for all of us today after yesterday's senseless tragedy in Boston. It sounds like all the regulars here are fine.

Fun puzzle, C.C.! It was smooth sailing for me just about the entire way (8:47), except for LOTTA/LOTSA. I saw the phonetic progression with KIDDIE POOL and TOTEM POLE. I love the write-up, Argyle! I couldn't resist a chuckle at your "teenage appraisal" comments.

Happy birthday Dot and Irv! Get better, Dot! I only hope I can live such a long, fulfilling life.

Like Lucina and fermatprime mentioned, you are very prolific, C.C.! In fact, you are the prolific puzzle maker so far this year - 11 puzzles published (8 solo, 3 with Don), including today's. You might have 35 to 40 great puzzles published this year alone!

Have a good and save day everybody.

Bill G. said...

JD wrote: "And what mom wouldn't teat up a bit..." Ooh, goodie! I am certainly looking forward to that...!

Lucina said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your trouble and certainly wish you well. Prayers for your quick recovery.

I'm impressed that you know those exact numbers.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Super fun puzzle today, with LOTSA terrific fill. Thank you, C.C. And thank you, Argyle, for your comments and wit.

Wanted WADING POOL at first, but SPOKEN corrected that. Am not familiar with the term SLUSH PILE, but I like it! The clue "Feed the kitty" made me laugh.

Best wishes to you all.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A little late today, but I haven't been able to read the blog or comment for several days.

I loved today's offering, but I had trouble in the SW corner as I had never heard of the Soo Canals. I also couldn't remember Elaine Chou's name, so had to rely on surrounding words to finally come up with the fill. I did see the theme, and that helped fill in Totem pole, but had to say the words in order to hear the u sound in pool.

Happy, Happy Birthday Dot and belated birthday to Irv. Such longevity deserves a special shout out for sure.

I was horrified by the tragedy in Boston yesterday. My prayers and condolences are sent to everyone harmed in yesterday's event.

Have a great rest of the day everyone. Mine will be spent in a baking marathon.

Bill G. said...

A few months ago, I recorded "The Help" from cable and watched it a second time. I'm watching parts of it a third time since Barbara got the DVD from Netflix and was watching it while I was having lunch. What a great movie and what a great star vehicle for Emma Stone. She seems so likable and intelligent. I saw her a week or two ago on one of the late-night talk shows and I liked her there too. She's just a very appealing person.

Since reading that book and seeing the movie, I have been wondering how much of that kind of behavior was going on around me growing up in Virginia. I never saw my parents treat anybody badly but there may have been some prejudice just beneath the surface. When my parents had somebody come to the house to do yardwork or something similar, they always gave them lunch but it was outside on the picnic table as I remember. I didn't notice any bathroom controversy but maybe I was too young and naive to have been aware of it. I wonder about Lois's memories...

Chickie, what are you baking? If I pay the postage...?

Pat said...

Back home yesterday after visiting Mom. Breezed through the puzzles yesterday and today. These easy ones make me feel smart.

HBTY, Dot, and HBBTY, Irv. May you celebrate many more.

Years ago DH, daughter and I toured some of the UP (Upper Peninsula). We took a boat trip through the SOO Locks. Also went to Tahquamenon Falls, Pictured Rocks and toured a couple defunct silver mines in Copper Harbor.

At the shelter, in warm weather, we put some water in WADING POOLS for the dogs to play in. Some of them love it.

I cannot understand why anyone would want to cause so much pain and destruction. what need does this fill for them? My thoughts are with the victims and families of those involved in Boston yesterday.



TTP said...


Here's a few winter scenes from yesterday near Eagle River, WI. It's also on the Keeweenaw Peninsula, perhaps 20 miles from Copper Harbor.

Eagle Harbor

CanadianEh! said...

Fun puzzle. Thanks C.C. Nice diversion after Boston tragedy. Much concern about local runners taking part in the race but so far no report of any Canadians hurt. Prayers for all involved in any way.
Like LaLaLinda and Misty, I was looking for the vowel progression.
There is beautiful scenery north of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario up to Wawa. But only if the weather is good. The rain and snow can blow in from Lake Superior until you cannot see the turns in the road!

Anonymous said...

Once again, baseball helps America to heal. The Yankee organization shows a lot of class by playing Boston's Fenway Park's anthem Sweet Caroline during the game tonight. The players are wearing the Dodgers' great Jackie Robinson's number 42 as well.

Show much to appreciate. Hard to type with my eyes so bleary...

Anonymous said...

Oh, what the hell!! Here's to you Boston! Nobody does it like you. Can't wait to see you sing it again on Friday.

Marge said...

Hi all,
This was a nice puzzle C.C. I didn't get it all but got most of it. It was fun.

I found it interesting that Tatum O'neal and Madeline Kahn were both in this puzzle. They were both in the movie "Paper Moon" and the movie was on one of our Dish channels tonight.

For 38A I first had brush and then trash,finally got it right when I read Argyle's blog.

I finished yesterdays puzzle easily and was sure I would do the blog but so many things were going on I didn't get to it. Now I need to read the blogs for the past week.

Have a good night all.

PAcrossB said...

Lucina @ 3:12 PM: It turns that I just finished making an Excel sheet that contains data for the LA Times (and NY Times) puzzles. Included for each puzzle are the constructor(s), the day of the week and the date of publication, how long it took me to solve (to the second), and the mistakes I made. I can quickly sort the data to see who is the most prolific constructor for each day of the week and overall. That's how I know C.C. has 11 puzzles. Basically my spreadsheet is like what JimmyB did (see the post “LA Times Daily Crossword 2010 Info”), except mine only starts on 1/1/13, but it has many more details that I didn’t mention.

Anon @ 9:09 PM: It’s a sign that the healing has already begun. That was great that the Yankees honored Boston with “Sweet Caroline.” It’s such a great song!

It’s sad to hear that the great football announcer Pat Summerall died today (per a bunch of news outlets). He and John Madden made quite the team on CBS and Fox. I loved watching those two together broadcast the Super Bowl.

Awol said...

This is for CED

Funny Ketchikan Totem Pole