May 6, 2013

Monday, May 6, 2013 Jeff Chen

Theme: Dress Right - The unifier emphatically explains that when preceding the end of the theme entries, why you'll be asked to leave a business.

20A. Blew a fortune : LOST ONE'S SHIRT

35A. Prim and proper sort : GOODY TWO-SHOES. Link to the origin of the expression.

52A. Protector of the president : SECRET SERVICE

65A. Emphatic refusal, and words that precede the ends of 20-, 35- and 52-Across in a restaurant warning : "NO! NO! NO!"

Argyle here. "No shirt, no shoes, no service" doesn't apply if you are doing the puzzle at home, so relax. A similar theme as Ice, Ice but the unifier is just one entry. It is part of the stacks of six-letter words in the corners. I wonder who is responsible for all the clechos. A nit-free Monday, I say. I hope you all had a safe Cinco de Mayo.

A note to all you bridge players at the bottom.


1. Soak up like a sponge : ABSORB

7. Iranian leader toppled in 1979 : SHAH

11. Chicago transit trains : ELs

14. "Hear hear!" : "SO TRUE!"

15. Roll down the runway : TAXI

16. Accessory with a muumuu : LEI

17. Kind of deli roll : KAISER. Kind of clecho. Thought to have been named to honor Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria.

18. Squadron, e.g. : UNIT

19. Bedevil : VEX

23. Twittering bird : WREN

25. Affectionate squeezes : HUGS

26. Bat mitzvah scroll : TORAH

27. Comedian's asset : WIT

28. Comedian's bit : GAG

29. "Consarn it!" : "OH, RATS!"

30. Emcee's opening : INTRO

32. User trying to get through a firewall : HACKER. Yesterday's theme.

39. Stretch (out), like a dog in the heat : SPRAWL. (glad that 'the' was there)

40. Burning crime : ARSON

42. Major blood lines : AORTAs

45. Letters on a tinkerer's kit : DIY. Do It Yourself.

47. Email attachment format : PDF. (Portable Document Format)

48. See-through : SHEER

49. Utopia : EDEN

51. Face-to-face exam : ORAL

55. Bi- minus one : UNI. (prefix)

56. Close margin at the track : NOSE

57. "__ Fideles": carol : ADESTE

60. Mohawk-sporting muscleman : MR. T

61. "The Wind in the Willows" hero : TOAD

62. "Hold your horses, will ya?" : "IN A SEC!"

63. Watch closely : EYE
64. "The __ the limit!" : SKY'S


1. Pose, as a question : ASK

2. Poser's neckwear : BOA

3. Heel type named for a dagger : STILETTO

4. Welles of "Citizen Kane" : ORSON

5. Is sorry about : RUES

6. "Big" 23-Down cannon : BERTHA. Now it's merely a golf club. 23D. Conflict that ended Nov. 11, 1918 : WW I

7. Hurt, like a barb : STUNG

8. Underwear brand : HANES

9. Revolving point : AXIS

10. Calls it a night : HITS THE HAY. If you're going to sleep in the hay, try to find some that has been put up loose. Much better than the baled stuff.

11. "Mistress of the Dark" film hostess : ELVIRA

12. Ogle : LEER AT. Great pairing.

13. Trivial Pursuit wedges, vis-à-vis the whole pie : SIXTHS. Game trivia.

21. Should, informally : OUGHTA

22. Lugosi's genre : HORROR. (Bela Lugosi)

24. Phone sound : RING

28. Christening VIPs : GODPARENTS

29. Gives a thumbs-up : OKS

31. Roll call listing : ROSTER

33. "How adorable!" : "AWW!"

34. More chilly : COLDER

36. Age abbr. : YR's

37. Barista's concoction : ESPRESSO

38. Jerk's concoction : SODA. I've heard the soda fountain is making a comeback.
41. Niners' org. : NFL

42. Presuppose : ASSUME

43. Storywriter known for irony : O'HENRY

44. Quote by rote : RECITE

46. To no avail : IN VAIN

49. Test answer in a blue book : ESSAY

50. Scouts do good ones : DEEDS

51. Watery expanse : OCEAN

53. Stole : TOOK

54. SSN, for example : ID NO. (identification number)

58. X on a sundial : TEN

59. "The Name of the Rose" author Umberto : ECO. Give me his last name and I can remember the first.


Note from Jeff:


Now bridge players who enjoy crosswords can combine their favorite pastimes! For this book, New York Times and Los Angeles Times crossword constructor Jeff Chen has designed 52 brand-new crosswords with bridge-themed clues and solutions, providing hours of challenge and fun. The puzzles in this book range from Easy (N.Y. Times Monday level) to Challenging (N.Y. Times Thursday level).

Amazon link


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Almost awake this morning, but not quite...

Fine and fun puzzle. No nits to pick, although I'll admit I couldn't figure out what BOA had to do with posers at first. I associate BOAs with cabaret dancers for some reason, but I obviously need to get out more (or watch more TV, I guess).


Lemonade714 said...

What a nice combination, Jeff Chen and Argyle. The theme escaped me until the reveal, but all in all very doable Monday.

Congratulations JC on the book, I am sure you dealt us some grand slams.

thehondohurricane said...

Hello everyone,

Nice start to the week with a easy, fun puzzle. Had a couple of momentary slowdowns, but resolved them quickly. 19A started with Hex, but ELVIRA got me to VEX. Had Day in 45A. INVAIN took care of that goof. DIY new expression for Hondo.

See ya!

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and Friends. Fun way to start off, what I know will be an otherwise stressful, week.

I really wanted Slice instead of SIXTH for that piece of the Trivial Pursuit pie.

I mis-read and did a double take on that Dog Stretching Out in the Heat!

O. HENRY is the pen name of William Sidney Porter. He lead an interesting life.

QOD: Time spent with cats is never wasted. ~ Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 ~ Sept. 23, 1939)


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Yup! Another hand up for missing the "the." So SPRAWL didn't seem right. Otherwise, no problems today. It was a speed run top-to-bottom.

I figured the theme was clothing, so was mystified when SECRET SERVICE showed up. NO NO NO straightened me out.

Have a great Monday!

Yellowrocks said...

It's so nice when an easy Monday puzzle is also fun, like this one.
I was sure we had a clothing theme, too, until I came to SERVICE.

I liked SODA jerk. It reminds me of the old 1940's movies. We still had malt shops in the early 50s.

HACKER- I have just finished the Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. The "girl" was an expert HACKER. Larsson planned 10 books in this series, but died after writing 3+ books. I enjoyed this action packed series. I think most series become formulaic after 4 or so books, so I'm glad Larsson stopped at3.

We do a line dance to Elvira.
Link Elvira

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

WEES. Fun puzzle; snappy theme. No lookups, no nits.
@ 58d, TEN, for CED that's four bells.

Have a great day.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody - happy new week!

I had SLICES instead of SIXTHS for the Trivial Pursuit pieces in 13D. Otherwise everything went well. Not much else to say - no nits here.

Have a good day.

desper-otto said...

YR, I read that trilogy about a year ago. I also enjoyed it. She doesn't get mad, she gets even. I haven't seen the film, though. (Anybody?) I understand there's a problem with the second film. It apparently won't be released until sometime next year.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Jeff Chen, for a fine Monday puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the swell review.

Went through this pretty quickly after not finishing Sat or Sun. I was too busy to concentrate on those.

DIY was not on my map. I got it with perps, but still did not get it, until I read Argyle's comment. Actually, I am one of those. I do most things myself, to my wife's chagrin.

I see the SHAH made it again. At least he was not called a tyrant or despot this time. He was an autocrat, I'll give him that.

I've heard of Big BERTHA, the gun. Cannot remember which side she was on.

Theme was clever.

Off to the dentist this morning and then off to selling onions.

See you tomorrow.



Argyle said...

I think I'll add this video of Big Bertha to the write-up. LINK(1:59)

Jeff Chen said...

Thanks for the book mention, Argyle! It was a fun endeavor to put together. I love bridge (Rich and I play once a week) so the idea of writing a book of 52 bridge-themed crosswords tickled me.

Happy Monday!

Montana said...

Good Monday morning to all.
Thanks Jeff and Argyle for a great start to the day!

Have had a 10 day stretch of medical/dental woes, but seem to be good today. Plus, I am back in my own home.

I did not ‘waltz’ through this puzzle, but it fell together quite nicely. CruciVerb wasn’t working early, so I got up and printed it from my online newpaper, crawled back into bed, and solved it.

Started with HEX, changed to VEX. Some clues were very blury so waited on 29A & 55A. Couldn’t figure out what a MRT was until I read the expo and Mr. T popped out. Duh! Also didn’t see a connection between poser and BOA until I read Barry’s comments. Got DIY immediately. Maybe because of DIY magazine subscription.

Fun start to the week.
I am off to a retired educators luncheon 70 miles east today. Usually a nice visit with others from NE Montana.


Anony Mouse said...

Thank you Jeff Chen for a very nice and delightful puzzle. I really enjoyed it. I saw your book at the Amazon page, but I can't understand one thing ....

The new book, Bridge Crosswords, is listed for $12.95, now down to $ 11.54. Ooh-Kay. The resales are at $ 8.51 .... BUT, there are 4 used ones at $ 27.51 ! - and no free shipping !

Now, how does this thing work ? As an ardent, potential market arbitrager, I am 'always' interested. Do I buy, say, a dozen books, mar them somewhat, dog-ear them, and put in a few highlighter points, and then resell them at more than twice the original price ?? What gives ?? The last time I came across a deal like this, was in the 1970's - before 'wear-out, stone-washed' machines were 'invented' - you could buy a new pair of jeans, say Levis, wear them out, cut holes at the knees, and 'sell' them back at a 40% premium. ( I hear, some hobos made a 'fortune' at this, which proved to be their eventual demise ! lol ). If it were today, they'd probably hire some Bangladeshis to do the same thing.

Thank you Argyle, learnt something new and interesting from your commentary - about Goody-2 shoes and 'Jam tomorrow !' .... who knew ? Lewis Carroll - Charles Arthur Dodgson was a very good mathematician. He was also the ultimate puzzlist. His stories may have been a fantasy for kids, but the puzzles within them, between the lines, are worthy of serious mathematicians and intricate logicians.

Thank you Yellowrocks, for 'Elvira' - loved it. I was reading about some 'Ryokans' ( bed & breakfast cum spa ) in the US ( See Berkshire shirakaba) in yesterday's travel section, with tatami mats, and yukata robes and futon beds - and thought of you. Hope you are coping well.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Fun puzzle from Jeff today - thanks for stopping by! I "got" the theme when I saw SOCKS / SHOES / SERVICE, but had filled in the downs in the SE corner without looking at the acrosses. So I had to go back and actually look for the reveal!

Have a great start of the week, everyone!

kazie said...

Fast run today with no hesitations, despite not really looking for a theme. I thought at first it might be old fashioned expressions, but then forgot about checking again when it was all done.

I wouldn't have known O'HENRY or SIXTHS connections without perps getting them before I really had to think about them.

The SPRAWLing dog made me think of the Oz expression: "flat out like a lizard drinking" which is used to enhance the phrase "flat out", as in "He escaped by running flat out".

Anony Mouse said...

Thank you Argyle for the Big Bertha link. Very interesssting ! (Hogan's heroes - ). I would have suggested to Abejo, the 'Arms of Krupp' by William Manchester (preferred - ) and the 'House of Krupp' by Peter Batty.

I used to think of Big Bertha as the massively long cannons, railroad hauled, concrete embedded, that were used to blow away Paris - but those were the 'Paris guns', but still 'made by' Krupp ... with a range of 75 miles.

The Germans have always been ahead scientifically and technologically to any other country, other than the US, in the last 150 years. If only they had better political leadership, without the hatred and racial fanaticism and xenophobia, and appreciated their jewish citizen contributions - instead of killing them, they could have easily ruled the world economically.

.... as they do right now ( other than the US - ), if dominating, herding, and managing, a bunch of half a billion plus EU people who are work avoiding, pension loving, spendthrifts is an ambition, to be desired. The EU GDP is 12% larger than the US.

Thank you, Hahtoolah, for showing that Freud got his sex-obsessed theories of dreams and other motivational factors - by watching cats.
Who would have thought of it ? lol. ( ^ r ^ )

Argyle, if you think this is a political diatribe - feel free to delete it.

Have a happy day, you all.

JJM said...

Stieg Larsson's trilogy was a made for Sweedish TV a few years back. The first made for TV film is verrry similar to the Daniel Craig/Rooney Mara version. I bet you can get the other movies on Amazon.

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle, C.C. and all.

WEES especially about the "dog in THE heat" which I also misread and it took me a long time for SPRAWL/COLDER. I had COOLER.

But on rereading the clue it all worked out.

This was SHEER delight so thank you, Jeff Chen for an easy but entertaining puzzle. And congratulations on the book.

Consarn it? That really made me laugh.

Nice play on pose (ASK) then poser (BOA).

All three DVDs of "The Girl" series are available in Swedish with English subtitles. I'm not sure about the American version.

Have a lovely Monday, everyone!

Misty said...

I love a speed run on a Monday morning: makes me feel smart! Well, not totally. I stupidly spelled KEISER wrong and so assumed a BOE was some sort of new neckwear I hadn't encountered yet. Duh! And mind you, I'm from Austria, once the land of KAISERs. But this was total fun, Jeff, and congratulations on the new book!

Loved your Elvira pairing, Argyle. What's a CLECHO again? I've forgotten.

Have a great week, everybody. We're having house painting done (once the rain stops) and need to arrange substitute caregivers, but otherwise are hoping for a good one ourselves.

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmm, speedrun today, but not enamored to the theme, because there are exceptions to every rule.

I thought the teachers on the Blog might get a kick out of this...

&,, I wonder what Sigmund Freud would think of this cat video.
Note that the sound starting at 0:20 is not the cat "inside" the box trying to get out.)

& Spitzboov @ eleven minutes before 6 bells, what if you slept thru the forenoon set of bells & got them mixed up with the afternoon bells???

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Good one, Jeff! Congrats on your book. I was too dumb to catch on to bridge though when someone wanted to teach me. This puzzle was a 12 minute solve which is very fast for me. Fun!

I noticed we had both ORSON and ARSON. And under TORAH we had an anagram +"s" Oh RATs. Always some hidden things in Jeff's games.

Thanks, Argyle!

Another gloomy day. I'm off to the grocery store to hopefully find something really delicious to cheer me up.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Hands up for Hex to start with, but that was easily resolved when Elvira was entered.

A quick easy solve today. Just right for a Monday. When I saw Jeff Chen's name on the CW today, I thought that I might have a Wed. or Thurs. puzzle on my hands, but it all came together, nicely.

Thanks to Argyle, the Monday solve was complete with his usual erudite writeup. I didn't "get" the theme until he 'splained it.

Have a great day, everyone. Off to a busy week ahead.

Lucina said...

C.C., thank you for clarifying about the UNDERWEAR drawer (from yesterday). They looked pretty enough to be yours and I imagined you would like those vibrant colors.

I really liked the links you posted, but then, I always do.

Husker Gary said...

I played golf at 8 am this morning, came home and am now subbing with HS Jrs. so I did the puzzle online while they are working.

-Theme was fun but took Argyle to point it out
-I wonder who wants the SHAH back
-Have you ever TAXIed out and waited for an hour? Me too
-Somehow I don’t see Chefwen in a muumuu and a LEI
-Link to a race not decided by NOSES (no html on this machine)
-Big BERTHA was the first of the oversized drivers
-I had to RECITE the Gettysburg Address and “Friends, Romans and Countrymen…” in school
-Gotta go talk about Watergate. Read y'all later.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Wonderful puzzles yesterday and today. Thanks to the constructors.

Bok Choy is great stuff, good in almost anything. Stir-fried with prawns is good, with just the tiniest splash of soy sauce, plus, of course, finely chopped ginger root and garlic. We also use a lot of bok choy in zhou.

Best wishes to you all.

Irish Miss said...

Hi everyone:

Late again due to appointments and chores. Tried to do the puzzle last night but Cruciverb was down again so I just finished the one in the newspaper.

Great job, Jeff. After filling in One's shirt, and Two shoes, I expected a Three something or other. Secret Service sort of threw me until I got to the unifier and then it all made sense. Clever theme and cluing for a nice start to the week. Nice expo, Argyle, as usual.

Enjoy the rest of the day.

Yellowrocks said...

I doubt I would like to watch the Trilogy in Swedish which I don't understand. Unless I have at least some acquaintance with the language, I grow impatient with English subtitles. And sometimes even when I do get a little of the language, I prefer to listen in English. I accidentally ordered a Netflix movie this weekend without realizing it was in English subtitles. I couldn't watch it.

Anonymous said...

CED, you the man ! Thanx for the t-test video yesterday. Explained everything just about right. People have no right to be ignorant in this day and age - if they got access to a computer.

Virginia said...

Fun and fast puzzle today for me, thanks for that and Argyle's write up. Wondering about the juxtaposition of "pairing" and that picture of Elvira ;-)

The last of Larsen's books was piblished posthumously, if he wrote 3+, does that mean there's another? They were so great!. I really wish he had lived to do all ten, they were rivetting! And amazingly, Rooney Mara was fantastic in the movie. The scene where Lisbeth is getting even with the guardian makes one a little fidgety, but all in all, fantastic! See it if you can Yellowrocks!

Spitzboov said...

CED @ 11 past 6bells said "what if you slept thru the forenoon set of bells & got them mixed up with the afternoon bells???"

Here you might run afoul of the UCMJ Art 115 - Malingering, or even worse. If learning this special time system becomes problematical, I would recommend the Army or perhaps remaining a civilian. The food is good asea, so I would not take this decision lightly. Hope this helps.

Yellowrocks said...

The Fourth book.
Link text

CrossEyedDave said...

Spitzboov @ 7 bells (Oh, I hope I got that right...) Malingering? (Oh if they gave out awards for that, I am sure I could win it!)

As much as I love boats, I get terribly seasick. So the Navy's good food would be wasted on me. The Army? no way, I have herniated disks & a bad knee! No, It has to be the Air Force for me! Oh to be a pilot! But I would probably wind up being a mechanic for being chronically late... (would you let me work on your plane???)

Anywho,,, That brings me to my personal WWII hero! Maynard Harrison Smith (aka Snuffy Smith.) The Wiki is woefully incomplete. He won the Medal Of Honor because other crew members of his squadron were able to see his act of bravery because there were so many bullet holes in his plane, they could see him running from fire to fire, extinguishing them with the only liquid he had left, (he pissed on the fires) & then aided the remaining wounded.

And, when they came to pin the Medal Of Honor on him, Generals waited, the crowd waited, but he could not be found! (He got in trouble again, & was on KP duty...)

Ah,,, My hero!!!

Bill G. said...

Ah, a pleasant Monday puzzle. I did figure out the theme after the NONONO and before coming here. Thanks Jeff and Argyle.

Nobody else commented on ASEA yesterday for "Befuddled." It seemed like a mistake to me instead of AT SEA. Two online dictionaries seemed to confirm it.

I've just started watching Foyle's War on PBS; the second half of The German Woman. I think I'm going to like it. I think it will be easier to get into late as opposed to Downton Abbey. It doesn't seem to have any continuing story line or a large cast of important characters to figure out like DA does. Are any of you watching it? What do you think?

Bill G. said...

The previous several posts reminded me (for some reason) of this cute little WW II puzzle: Saving the RAF's bullet-ridden planes.

It was a dark and stormy night at a secret airfield somewhere in England during WW II. The Royal Air Force had summoned one of England's most noted mathematicians to help them solve a problem. German anti-aircraft fire based on the ground was inflicting heavy losses on the Brits. Their planes were being shot down right and left. The RAF had to do something to diminish their losses.

Clearly, they could put armor plating on the bottoms of the fuselages and the wings but there were several problems with that idea. Their range and their ability to carry bombs would be considerably reduced because of the additional weight. They had to be very selective!

A nameless mathematician crawled underneath the planes and looked at where the bullet holes were on the underside. They were all over the place as you might expect -- in the wings and the fuselage, and seemingly distributed randomly on the undersides. He studied hundreds of planes, took pictures, drew a number of sketches -- and then he made his recommendation.

The question is, where did he recommend putting the armor plating on these planes -- and why?

My actual Captcha just now: {rypoop}

Lucina said...

When Foyle's War was originally aired I watched it every Sunday and loved it. Michael Kitchen is excellent in the lead road. And no the episodes are not connected. Each one stands alone.

Thank you for linking the 4th book information. I knew that Steig Larsson had written a large chunk of it and that his partner wanted to finish it but was obstructed by Steig's father and brother who claimed ALL of his estate since Steig and Eva were not married. I truly hope it can eventually be published.

Time to get ready for my speech which I have to deliver to the graduating ESL class from SMCC where I taught for 26 years.

Lucina said...

Oops. "leading role" not leading road.

Pookie said...

Thanks Jeff, fun puzzle.
Thanks Argyle for your informative write-up.
DNF today had STiNG instead of STUNG.
That gave me iNIT instead of UNIT.
No time to check answers this morning
'til now. Tired from driving in the driving rain today.

Manac said...

Hmmm... Dogs in THE heat


Some dogs just know how to live!

61Rampy said...

Zoomed through todays puzzle with only one major WAG- the E in ADESTE/ ECO.
Like others, I had to do a double take on "like a dog in THE heat".
I could easily LEER AT ELVIRAs pairings.
I watch DIY network all the time.
WHOO HOO, I am on vacation for two weeks!

HeartRx said...

Bill G. @ 4:36, my gut reaction would be to put plating to protect the pilot...

Bill G. said...

Thanks Lucina. I am about halfway through the conclusion of "The German Woman" episode.

Marti, that makes sense. The expected answer has two parts; the location of the armor and why.

1) The mathematician's conclusion was to put the armor on all of the places where the shot-up bombers had NO holes.

2) What was his reasoning?

Manac said...

Because those bombers survived and made it back home.

TTP said...

Good stuff. Thanks Jeff. Thanks Argyle.

Anony Mouse said...

Funny, Yellow rocks, my attitude towards English subtitles - especially SDH ( for the hearing impaired - ) is the exact opposite. I love English subtitles even of english language movies, because I don't miss a thing, can 'read' all the lyrics to the - Rap and Hip-hop songs ( yes, they actually have words in them which, are supposed to, - try to make sense - ) and I can follow the dialog, word for word.

God bless, subtitles - what would I do without them.

I read all the 3 Larson novels - they were somewhat violent, for my taste, but thrilling stories, and the Salander character had a dark, but very efficient and a strong feministic appeal. Some women think the author was a misogynist- but I disagree. Unfort. most of the sex, is accompanied with violence - but some of the characters attitudes and behavior is uniquely Swedish. The good guys are very, very honest and upfront - and there is an understated decency in their behavior. The average Swede behaves like an upper class Englishman or lady - with impeccable manners.

Bill G. regarding the patching or reinforcing of the bomber planes, with no holes, this story has been attributed, (like everything else - ) to Winston Churchill.

TTP said...

Manac, I just noticed the consecutive GSDs in the posts.

She was such a pretty girl. Are you thinking of another ?

Just gave my boy a marrow filled cow bone. Keeps his teeth clean and his breath fresh.

That's something I might need if I can find out where Abejo is selling those Vidalia onions.

Bill G. said...

I found the armor-plated bomber puzzle on Car Talk. Manac had the right idea. The bombers with holes made it back so their damage wasn't critical. The mathematician noticed that there were a few spots that all of bombers had in common that had no bullet holes. He had to assume that the planes that hadn't returned had bullet holes in those locations. They were in the English Channel someplace.

chefwen said...

Husker Gary - Maybe a tank top, board shorts and a Lei, never a muumuu.

Manac said...

TTP, Yes, she was a sweetheart. I think CED would have liked her. I believed I mentioned before that I was starting to look for another but said I refuse to go to a puppy farm.
I will wait for the right opportunity.
They really are so much fun!

TTP said...

Manac, well... that didn't take long. The marrow is pretty much gone and the perpendicular cuts from the butcher's band saw across the bone have been replaced by erose edges.

We got this boy from the local animal shelter. He just needed a good home and a little bit of interpersonal skills training. Like that bone, he's still a little bit rough around the edges, but the loyalty and protection instincts are unsurpassed.

Bill G. said...

Matt Lauer's joke on Ellen:

Two ten-year-old boys were in the shower together. One points down below the other's waist and asked why he looked different down there. The other boy said it because he was circumcised. The first boy said, Whoa! Didn't it hurt? The second boys says it sure did! I couldn't walk for a year!

Manac said...

TTP, I had to chuckle at that post.
I once gave her the bone to a prime rib we got for Xmas and in 30 minutes
it was gone, meat, marrow and bone!

I check the shelters frequently.

TTP said...

Manac, I could tell you a story about the previous boy and what he did to a thawed freezer-burnt T-bone that was too aged for human consumption. Is rancid a good puzzle word ? He didn't care. Gone in 60 seconds was probably a description that was 45 seconds too long. But I won't tell you about it.

Over and out. All, have a good evening.

Bill G. said...

Lucina, I finished one installment of Foyle's War. I enjoyed it. I like the main character too.

NBC had a poll asking people what the most stressful number of children was; One? Two? Three? Four? More than four? The result of their survey agreed with my own opinion. What do you think?

Lucina said...

Bill, I'm glad you enjoyed Foyle's war.

I read that poll and I believe the most stressful number was three.

Have a good night.

Ol' Man Keith said...

First time I actually thought I might score a DNF on a Monday! Naturally, I didn't in the end. I mean I completed it in reasonably short time. But there was something about OH RATS and IN VAIN that slowed me to the point of despair. I can't explain--other, I guess, than that I wasn't expecting two word answers.

I detected a mini-theme with the coincidence of KAISER and Big BERTHA.