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Jul 22, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013 Billie Truitt

Theme: It will floor you - The last letters of these two word phrases will knock you out, K. O.

17A. Genre with listener participation : TALK RADIO

25A. Homeric protagonist : GREEK HERO

38A. Some fight endings, and a hint to the word endings in 17-, 25-, 46- and 60-Across : KNOCKOUT PUNCHES

46A. Three-time Masters winner : NICK FALDO. Congratulations to Phil Mickelson on his British Open victory.

60A. Enter forcibly, as a home : BREAK INTO

Argyle here. Tough Monday (in more ways than one). Cool span reveal that didn't help me until it was too late. Just something about the way the clue was written that I didn't get. Your mileage may vary.

Across:

1. "__ to you, buddy!" : SAME

5. Mon. or Jan., e.g. : ABBR. abbreviation, not date

9. Ringo of the Fab Four : STARR

14. Fan club focus : IDOL

15. Painfully tender : SORE

16. __ for: sublime : TO DIE. Sublime - exalted, noble.

19. Cook in an oven : ROAST

20. Clean air org. : EPA

21. Olympics sword : EPEE

22. Harboring a grudge : BITTER. Looks like a place for the QOD.

23. Milkshake insert : STRAW. But not hay. Glad we got that straightened out.

27. Den piece : SOFA. It's what bears sleep on during hibernation.

29. Pitching whiz : ACE

30. Outfielder Suzuki : ICHIRO. Plays for the Yankees.

33. Mexican Mrs. : SRA. SeƱora

34. Ice cream drink : SODA

41. Tonsillitis-treating MDs : ENTs. (ear, nose, throat)

42. Have a bite of : TRY

43. Boozehounds : SOUSES

44. "__ Believer": Monkees hit : I'M A

45. "Class dismissed" sound : BELL

51. Very very : ULTRA

55. Like some clothing patches : IRON-ON

56. Grand-scale tale : EPIC

58. Have a bite : EAT

59. Eva of Argentina : PERON

62. Leaving nothing out : IN ALL

63. "__ your pardon" : I BEG

64. Rain like crazy : TEEM

65. Singer Furtado : NELLY. Sorry about the ad. Update: The 30 sec. ad only appears if you watch it directly on YouTube.


66. Keyboard goof : TYPO

67. Avg. levels : STDs (standards)

Down:

1. Web destinations : SITES

2. Get used to new conditions : ADAPT

3. Place for a dental crown : MOLAR

4. Broad-antlered deer : ELK

5. On the double, in memos : ASAP

6. Latino corner store : BODEGA

7. Prickly shrub : BRIER

8. Vintage touring car : REO. Vintage crossword.

9. Swing and a miss, say : STRIKE

10. Incisor, for one : TOOTH

11. See 61-Down : ... A DATE". 61D. With 11-Down, "See you then!" : "IT'S ...

12. Choir platform : RISER

13. Nostalgically styled : RETRO

18. Edit considerably : REWORK

22. All-purpose answer to "Why?" : "BECAUSE!"

24. Sneaker brand : ASICS. Colorful.


26. Lawman Wyatt : EARP

28. Butler's underling : FOOTMAN

30. Prez after Harry : IKE

31. MSNBC rival : CNN

32. Sweltering : HOT

33. Pig's place : STY

34. Racing shell : SCULL

35. Sounds of surprise : OHs

36. Barely passing grade : DEE

37. Donkey : ASS

39. __ Mountains: Eurasian border range : URAL

40. "Can't catch a break" : "NO LUCK"

44. "Wouldn't that be nice!" : "IF ONLY!" These two seem to fit together.

45. She lost her sheep : BO PEEP. (nursery rhyme)

46. __ the bud : NIP IN

47. Goodnight girl of song : IRENE

48. Snorkeler's vista : CORAL

49. Hillock : KNOLL

50. Churchill Downs event : DERBY. at Louisville, Kentucky.

52. Basis of a creed : TENET

53. Given four stars, say : RATED

54. Tiny elemental components : ATOMS

57. Othello's confidant : IAGO

60. Bridle mouthpiece : BIT


Argyle

Note from C.C.:

JD's new grandson Dylan Flint arrived on July 19th Friday evening "just in time for Grandma to slip in to witness his arrival". JD said: "Words cannot express that miracle. He weighed in at  8'9".


Hello, Crossword Corner!


 Big brother Cameron, Dylan & the proud Dad

71 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This one started out as a typical speedy Monday but didn't stay that way for long. I paused briefly at 5A, but figured out the trick there pretty quickly. And then I hit the cross referential cluing at 11D, which slowed me down a bit more. And then I ran into ICHIRO, ASICS, NICK FALDO and KNOLL, and things just sort of ground to a halt while my brain went on a brief vacation...

I did manage to eventually get everything thanks to the perps. Never did figure out the theme, though. I got as far as realizing that every theme answer ended in the letter "O", but I completely missed the "K" component. Ah well...

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desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Theme? There was a theme? No, I didn't get it until Argyle explained it. Thanks, Argyle. This one was a bit more al dente (MOLAR TOOTH) than a typical Monday. But it came with a STRAW and a SODA to make up for it.

JD, congrats on your latest relative. He's a hefty guy.

For those of you who enjoyed finding the "bean" among the beans in CED's link, here's another. See if you can find the cat. I'll tell you that it's not a caricature, it's a real cat, and its entire body is visible. Good hunting! And C.C., thank you for posting it for me.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Today is Monday?? Ouch! I thought this was tricky theme and difficult puzzle for a Monday. There were a lot of crossword staples, but a lot of non-Monday words, too. Nothing really jumped out at me, though.

I never heard of ASICS before.

Congratulations, JD for your new grandson!

And for Argyle, here's today's BITTER QOD: I never forget, I never forgive. I can wait. I find it very easy to hold a grudge. I have scores to settle. ~ Tom Wolfe (b. Mar. 2, 1931)

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thehondohurricane said...

Good day everyone,

Agree with Argyle and Barry, a tough Monday. I got through it OK, but needed a lot of reliance on perps.

As usual, never figured out the theme, but not knowing it didn't make it any tougher either.

Am I the only one who thought of Jack Nicholas before NICK FALDO appeared? Had forgotten Sir Nick won the Masters three times. I think Jack won more then three, but I didn't bother looking it up.

Long weekend doing card show and long drive back and forth is my KNOCK OUT PUNCH. Long time since I've been this spent.

Today's our 52nd. Heading to Block Island tomorrow for a few days. Good beaches, excellent emporiums, & lots to ogle. I might even get a little sleep too.

Talk to you this weekend.

Hahtoolah said...

Happy Anniversary, Hondo!

thehondohurricane said...


How could i forget? JD, congrarts on new family addition. He's going to be a handsome little guy.

C.C. Burnikel said...

Happy Anniversary, Hondo, send me a picture!

Yellowrocks said...

Doing Across and Down together the answers were the first words that popped into my head with no WAGs, except for three or four in the SW.
ASICS appeared on its own from all the crosses. I never heard of it.
In the SW I knew NIP IN, IRENE, IRON ON, PERON, IN ALL. I had NI---ALDO. So I "WAGged" NICK which quickly led to CORAL, KNOLL and NELLY, then lastly, IF ONLY.
JD congratulations on the new arrival, two darling little boys.
Hondo and DW, happy anniversary . Enjoy the beach. The cooler weather today should make it just right.
BECAUSE is such an unsatisfactory answer to why. As a kid, I found, "Because I said so," even more unsatisfactory.

Barry G. said...

@desper-otto: Took awhile, but I finally found the cat!

Anonymous said...

Found the cat rather quickly!

TTP said...

Good morning all. Another scorcher awaits in the long winded city. Supposed to be 90+ and another high dew point. But first thing first.

Very nice puzzle Billie Truitt.

Argyle, when I got to the grid spanner and solved it, I paused to look back at 17 and 25 across. Nothing was readily apparent, so I moved on. A few minutes later and this puzzle was down on the mat and the referee was counting to ten.

Never heard of NELLY Furtado and Hillock is a new word to me, but the perps resolved both.

Argyle, you are sorry about what ad ?

Desper-otto, I got the cat in just over 2 minutes; slightly longer than it took to find the face in the beans.

CC, to answer your early morning question... I can make the girl spin either way by shifting my focus away and then back.

Hondo, Happy Anniversary !

JD, Happy Addition ! That's a big boy.

Anonymous said...

WBS about the theme. Totally figured out the puzzle, but still didn't get the theme, since I was just looking at the ends of the second words, not the first words, felt like a Wednesday or Thurs.
ASICS was a gimme for me, as they mostly have running shoes and everyone (but me) runs in my family. We have stacks of ASICS and MIZUNOS in my mud room.

kazie said...

It tells you something when starting at the NW, the first thing I got was BODEGA--a word from a foreign language I've never studied. I agree with Argyle, there is something about the clues today that gave me the feeling I just wasn't quite there for a Monday. I didn't know some of the names, but not nearly as many as I felt I was missing. Other than that, my only misstep was STROKE/BOTTER, which it never occurred to me to rethink before I came here.

The theme significance only partly made sense to me because I was only looking at the second word of each, seeing the "O" and thinking it was the hole left when you use a hole punch.

Congrats to JD on another fine looking grandson!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Billie Truitt, for a swell puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the fine review.

Really had no problem with this puzzle. A few unknowns that I perped. Such as ICHIRO, BODEGA, NELLY, ASICS

Theme was fine. Got it after I finished.

Cruciverb had no puzzle today, so I went out and got the paper.

D-O: I could not find the cat. I will try again after a while.

JD: Cute new baby. I am sure everyone is proud and happy.

Hondo: Happy Anniversary. 52 is a long time, but I am sure it flew by.

Off to my day. Much to do.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

(aoter4)
(sunlyrn)

Anonymous said...

Here Kitty, Kitty!! Help

Montana said...

JD, thanks for the pictures of the grandsons. Grandchildren are great!

Hondo, Happy Anniversary!

As I was working this puzzle, I thought I would not even post today. Who has a DNF on a Monday?!?!? I kept plugging away though, across and down, and I did finish it, but it was a struggle. What does that bode for the rest of the week?

I know next to nothing about golf (serious golfers don’t live in MT; weather doesn’t cooperate.)
ABBR, ROAST (could only think BAKE-didn’t fit), MALT (for SODA), EAT (for TRY), TEEM, STDS, BODEGA, BRIER, DDE (for IKE), gave me troubles.
But I hung in there and prevailed. Read Argyle’s blog before I looked for the theme so missed it.

I watched Ichiro play during the summer of 2001 in Seattle. I bought an Ichiro necklace. No idea what ever happened to it. I have seen the cat picture before. Took me awhile back then, but spotted it easily today.

Have a good day, everyone,
Montana

Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Billie Ttruitt for a nice and crunchy Monday puzzle. Enjoyed it very much.

Thank you, Argyle, for your always dependable blog and your nice comments.

Congratulations, JD for another cute, hale and hearty grandson.

D-OTTO I found the cat. It was more difficult than the coffee head, which was easy. I used to think that having one working eye may be a disadvantage but maybe, perhaps, not so.

SPOLIER ALERT, it is at (x,y) at (15%, 45%).

Hahtoolah, I find, at my age, it is much better to let go of grudges right away. I will always remember one of your earlier QOD's which I find is more appropriate and applicable to the tenets of my life ....

"If you bear a grudge against someone - you let him stay, RENT FREE in your mind - and needlessly occupy it. - perhaps, forever. "

I have a small nit - I did not realize that coral could also be used to refer to an area of an the ocean - say like a reef. I used to think that coral was just the genus of the marine invertebrates ..... and their colonies.


Have a nice day, and a nice week, you all.

JD said...

Good morning all,

Had a difficult time getting a toe hold at the top. Bodega was all perps and abbr. didn't come to mind for awhile. I also thought of Nicholas, but Bo Peep said otherwise.

Since I had nip in, I had Telly instead of Nelly.Thanks for pointing out the theme... Never saw it.

Thanks for the nice comments . It will be so nice to have a baby around again.Won't be long before Dylan is rough housing with his brother and cousins.

Loved watching Mickelson win the British Open yesterday. Somehow just being back there and seeing the course made it more fun to watch.

CrossEyedDave said...

Radio, hero, Faldo, into/knockout punches???

oooohhhhh!

Tx Argyle, I misread the reveal also.

Ichiro/Asics crossing, I WAGed the wrong vowel again...

Ther are Knockouts, & then there are Knockouts.

Funny Knockout GIF

CC: (Re: spinning girl illusion.)
In order to be able to read the Blog, I have my PC screen zoomed in 150%, & I noticed that with the spinning girl on the same screen, about 4 paragraphs down is the word "addendum." If you focus on the word addendum, it is easier to see the girl spinning either way.

found the cat on the 3rd pass, that's a tough one.

Happy Anniversary Hondo!

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Boy, it's a good thing you pointed out the theme - I could not even made a WAG as to what it was, even with the revealer and going back and looking at each theme answer. I'm not "in" to boxing, so I wondered what on earth a RADIO punch or HERO punch might be. But I knew I had never heard of a FALDO punch!! (That gave me my first hint to look elsewhere for the theme...still couldn't see it, though!)

On the other side, the puzzle seemed pretty easy, if a bit crunchy for a Monday in spots. Nothing perps couldn't help with, though.

Congratulations on the new grandson, JD! And happy Anniversary, Hondo! Have a great day at Block Island - it really is a neat little place.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Horrors of horrors! A Monday FBI, (finished, but incorrectly) had Ichuro/Asucs instead of Ichiro/Asics. Never heard of Asics. Had to use pen and paper today as Cruciverb is on vacation somewhere. I didn't get the full theme until reading Argyle's cogent expo. Otherwise, what Thumper said.

Happy Anniversary, Hondo; have a wonderful time on Block Island.

Congratulations, JD, on your newest grandchild.

DO, I found the cat in a little over a minute; I guess my eyes are sharper than my brain this morning!

Another nice day so far, but t-storms are predicted for later.

Have a great Monday.

Anonymous T said...

G'Morning All!

Thanks Bille for the fun pzl and Argyle for the write up.

I got the theme early after ink-over for REWORd/K. The theme aided with all the names in the SW. With NIPIN, I WAG'd NICK, leading to IRENE.

Hands up for malt instead of SODA, but(t) ASS was a gimme.

What body-of-knowledge does 47d come from?

Abejo - use zoom & scroll about - you'll see the cat in 15 seconds.

VID - QOD much better fits with my quest for Zen. Like Assisi's (sp?) prayer... Change what I can, accept what I can't.

Congrats JD & Hondo!

This is my 1st attempt at posting with an account. I'm still working on the the avatar.

CED ADMIRER said...

CED, Our Super Duper Archive Videographer ------ I finally located your link for the spinning girl picture - in yesterday's blog. Not only did I see her spinning in both ways, err, directions, very easily - but on reading the article, I realized ;

A) I don't need protein for my brain. On with the surplus carbs.

B). I am ambi-dexterous 'dominant'. Is there such a thing as a Gay Brain ??

C). I need to stop focusing on women, and get on with my life ....

(although, it would have nice, if there was some color on the spinning girl, and some detail - ).



Further to the QOD that Hahtoolah provided, in consonance with one of today's clues :


I bear my grudges, through a sieve,

I never forget, I never forgive,

( with my high blood pressure, and multiple heart attacks ) ,,

I have not long to live ......

Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone.

I always try on Monday and Tuesday, but today was a DNF. I missed one square: the I in ICH_RO and AS_CKS. And I agree it was pretty crunchy for a Monday.

Good looking grandson, JD. And big!

Cheers

Yellowrocks said...

Anonymous T, congratulations on going blue. Welcome.

Coral can refer to a single polyp or a whole colony.
From 2 dictionaries:

1.the hard, variously colored, calcareous skeleton secreted by certain marine polyps.
2. such skeletons collectively, forming reefs, islands, etc.

Coral: Polyp or polyp colony together with its membranes and skeletons.

Good Night Irene sung by Willy Nelson
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Anonymous said...

PS: Happy 52nd anniversary, Hondo. I posted early and hadn't yet read most of the comments.

And I found the cat easily, desper-otto. That was fun too.

JD said...

Congrats Hondo, have a great celebration!

BTW, isn't there a flower that sounds or looks similar to the word hillock?

Yet anther Anon said...

Phlox ?

Lucina said...

Hello, friends.

I would love to say I ACEd this but alas, ASICS/ICHIRO defeated me. I've not heard of ASICS and so ICHURO looked all right.

Otherwise this was a quick sashay around the grid. I didn't know NICK FALDO either but that filled in with the PERPS. Hand up for TELLY before NELLY, another unknown.

JD:
Congratulations! What a beautiful hefty grandson.

Hondo:
Congratulations on 52!

Now, I'll go look for the cat. You all have a marvelous Monday!

desper-otto said...

JD, how 'bout hollyhock?

Congrats on making it all the way to 52, Hondo.

kazie said...

Enjoy your anniversary, Hondo!

Lucina said...

I think I found the cat though I expected it to be larger for some reason.

Misty said...

Well, the blog was a great relief this morning because this puzzle was a toughie, and after a rough Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week, I wondered if my solving days were going to start getting shorter. But Argyle put me a bit at ease, and I missed the ICHIRO/ASICS cross like Sallie, Lucina, and others--making me feel I was not alone. And, surprisingly, I did get the theme, though it took me a few minutes to figure out how it worked. Anyway, tough start to what's going to be a tough week for us anyway. But thanks for the comfort, everybody.

I could have sworn BRIER was spelled BRIAR. I got it because of EPEE, but still. Live and learn.

Adorable baby, JD, and Happy Anniversary, Hondo.

Have a great week, everybody!

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Thank you for an outstanding write-up & links.

Hondo, Happy Anniversary!
JD, Cute grandson!

D-O, I found the cat ... but I also noticed my "lost sunglasses" and was wondering ... who do I contact to get them back.

Figured out the "K-O" theme and just groaned ... pretty lame IMHO.
But all-in-all it was a FUN Monday offering.

Cheers!

River Doc said...

Happy Monday everybody!

DF today (no, not DysFunctional, Did Finish).

Found the cat, after searching through the trash for too long.... Totally confounded by the spinning girl. Kind of reminded me of the silhouette of the young girl whose profile can also look like an old hag....

Nice second knockout Dave. Te quiero mucho, Raquel!

Welcome to the blue side T....

Argyle said...

Re: video. The 30 sec. ad only appears if you watch it directly on YouTube.

Anonymous T said...

Doha - your post just made it dawn on me that DNF == Did Not Finish... I always read it as i Didn't kNow F***. At least that's how I feel with most Th-Sat. pzls.

Yellowrock - thanks for the info/link. I'm not a fan of C&W, but Willie is a legend in all GENREs...

Thanks all for welcoming me to the Bule Side...

Cheers,

-T

Lucina said...

I decided to check out ASICS as I knew nothing about them. The name is an acronym for a Latin phrase "anima sana in corpore sano" or, sound mind in a sound body. It's a Japanese company and they are quite pricey at over $100 per pair.

I won't be buying them anytime soon.

Avg Joe said...

WEES. Pretty tough for a Monday, but did manage to get it done. Knew enough of the names to stay out of trouble, including Ichiro and Nelly. Like Misty, I thought briar was misspelled, and Johnny Horton apparently agrees. And like Tin, the theme seemed a bit meh, but I did figure it out after taking a minute to think.

Finding that cat was a toughie. At first I worked on the premise that cats like to be as high up as possible, so I thought it was in the upper right corner. After a few more looks I finally did find him. Clever!

Dennis said...

Good afternoon, gang - this one went quickly, although it took a while to see the K O connection. Very nicely done Monday puzzle, and great write-up as always, Argyle.

Hondo, congratulations on one hell of an accomplishment, and JD, congrats on the big guy. I'm sure your daughter's relieved that that's over.

Here's a pretty neat video of what happened when a little old white-haired lady walked into a drum store. Makes me wish I would've kept up my lessons.

If time permits, I've got a pretty good rant I might share here, just to get some opinions from this august group.

Husker Gary said...

Amen on your assessment, Argyle! I first saw T__K__O at TALK RADIO and then dialed back to K__O after I finished the puzzle.

Musings
-Tiger puts butts in the seats, but everyone loves Phil
-Why is ABBReviation such a long word ;-)?
-We don’t ROAST sweet corn now that we use the fabulous no muss, mo fuss microwave method
-BTW, we had our first BLT with our own T last night
-The EPA has delayed construction of a bridge across the Platte south of town by 2 years
-Re Bitter: Didn’t Hahtoolah have this Mandela quote recently “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”?
-ICHIRO is part of the Yankee’s AARP lineup
-I’m a Believer was written by some guy named Neil Diamond
-I BEG your pardon; I never promised you a rose garden
-A “swing and a miss” is better than a called STRIKE three
-I bought a RETRO Schwinn. Wish I hadn’t!
-It’s SWETLTERING today but low 80’s the rest of the week
-Very funny Barney NIP IT IN THE BUD’s
-Congrats to JD can Hondo!
-Who played the drunk Egbert Souse’?

Tinbeni said...

Husker ... W.C. Fields
(For me that's a gimmie ...)

Husker Gary said...

-All right, AND Hondo! Don’t CAN him. I hope you get some tonight, Clint (he knows what that means). Uh, sleep, that is.
-Right you are Tin man! Who doesn’t love The Bank Dick?
-How ‘bout them 58 – 41 Tampa Bay Rays?

River Doc said...

HG - that would be one of the all-time great misanthropes, W.C. Fields, in the classic movie The Bank Dick. I often wondered if John Cleese was channeling Fields with his character Basil Fawlty in the TV show Fawlty Towers (complete with the requisite nagging shrew of a wife, Sybil).

PK said...

Hi Y'all! A puzzle on my wavelength, yay Billie! I didn't get the theme without Argyle's great help. But I filled this baby in with seeing only one red-letter the whole trip: an "A" in BRIER. I've finally learned not to agonize over something that doesn't immediately come. Go on and let perps fill it if they will.

Only unknown: ICHIRO.

MOLAR TOOTH: I just made an appointment to have one filled before I came to the blog.

Someone did something unspeakable to me. My co-worker said, "Don't get mad, get even! Let's figure out a good way." I'm not a vengeful person. I get sad, not even. I want the satisfaction that I did what was right and fair, if others don't.

I wish you many more happy years, Hondo!

YR (from yesterday), Sorry about your sis. Dealing with such a situation can be draining for you.

Lovely baby, big brother's face is so full of delight!

Irish Miss said...

Dennis, I can't wait to hear your rant. In the meantime, I have one of my own. A few weeks ago, I mentioned how annoyed I was that AARP sent me a renewal invoice on July 1 for my membership that doesn't expire until November. (This happens every year and I guess I have had enough because not only will I not renew my membership, I cancelled both my car and homeowner insurance policies which were through AARP sponsorship. And I saved money, to boot.)

However, O magazine out- chutzpah's AARP by a mile. Saturday, I received an invoice for renewal of my subscription that doesn't expire until SEPTEMBER, 2014! O is getting cancelled, too.

End of rant.

HG - I envy you; with the Spring we had, I don't think we will see any local tomatoes until November! A little exaggeration, perhaps, but I'm sure we are in for a long wait.

HeartRx said...

Anonymous T @ 10:16, welcome to the "blue" bunch!

Misty, BRIaR and BRIER are both accepted spellings. FWIW, I also put in BRIaR at first, before checking the perps...

Dennis, that drummer granny was incredible!

desper-otto, I did find the B&W kitty cat in the garbage heap. Once you see it, it seems to stick out like a sore thumb!

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Happy anniversary to Hondo.

Did the puzzle this am in the Albany Times-Union before heading back from the Saratoga area. A little crunchy as Argyle described. Only one strikethrough, though, and no lookups.

Congrats JD on the new grandchild.

Lucina - from yesterday. Although not a dog, I must be mindful not to get into a doghouse predicament :-)

Have a great rest-of-the-day.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Pretty much a speed run, except for the fact that I misspelled Ichiro (Ichero), so Asics was wrong. I have never heard of that brand of sneakers. I don't buy many pair these days and don't have to buy for young people anymore.

So a DNF for me today with that wrong spelling. I didn't get the theme until I read Argyle's write up. Oh well! I always learn something new every day. This was my learning moment today.

Congratulations on your anniversary, Hondo. Enjoy your trip. It is lovely to get away for a relaxing few days.

Thanks Lucina for the info on the sneakers. I won't be buying any of those soon, either.

Irish Miss, What annoys me even more about the renewal of magazines is the fact that now some renew you automatically and you have another year added on when you haven't authorized this. They say that you authorized this when you signed up with them for multiple years. But I prefer to know when my subscription is up and renew or not depending on the circumstances at the time. I've cancelled two magazines just this past year as a result of the auto renewal "clause".

Yellowrocks said...

I'm not good at the find the cat thingy.
I loved the drummer granny.
BTW, from last night, I did find out how to change ALL CAPS to lower case.
Highlight the all caps passage or word.
Press shift F3 once, all lower case.
Press shift F3 again, only first letter of the words is in caps.
Press shift F3 again and you are back to all caps.

PK thanks for understanding.

Irish Miss, I get those months early renewal notices, too. What irks me more is that I have one that automatically renews and I should get one bill. I get months of notices, regardless, and even worse I get weekly renewal calls by phone. Arrgh!

desper-otto said...

Irish Miss & Chickie: Since we're ranting today... Every now and then I order a book from America's Test Kitchen. Their new twist is to force you to sign up to "preview" future book releases (Shades of the old Columbia Record Club). Only by agreeing can you get to checkout. But both times that it's happened, I've responded to their confirmation email, and they've agreed to take me off the preview list. Maybe it's just me, but I hate that type of marketing.

Irish Miss said...

Chickie @ 3:54 - That is precisely what O magazine is pulling but I deliberately paid for the original subscription by check, so they cannot charge a credit card automatically. They will probably continue to send invoices which I will just ignore. I tried to cancel on line but I can't because it was a special two-year offer.

Spitz, if you were at the track, I hope you had some luck.

Anonymous T, welcome to Club. BTW, where is Anony-mouse these days?

Anonymous said...

Thanks Yellowrocks for the info on changing all caps to lower case, etc.
Most helpful to know.

Marge said...

Hi all,
I plowed through this puzzle and got some of it quick but most of it was hard. However I did get it finished.

JD-beautiful grandchildren. Our daughter and her family are getting here Sunday so we will see Logan soon.

Happy aniversary Hondo. They come faster every year.

My son sent me that cat link awhile back and I found the cat but totally forgot so had to find it again.

I had problems with both Ichiro and Nick Faldo. I tried Mickelson for Falso but it never fit. Ha!

I couldn't get 5A Abbr fooled me It was the last to come.

When I turned my computer on I saw the Royal Baby has arrived. A boy at 8 pounds 6 ounces. That's a good size for a first baby.

Have a good evening all!
Marge

HeartRx said...

HAH!! JD's grandson has it all over the new royal baby, by a whopping 3 oz!!

Misty said...

Marti, thanks for letting me know about the BRIAR/BRIER double spelling. Makes me feel a bit less dense--really helpful today!

PK said...

Nick Faldo was a gimmee for me because he works as a golf announcer and is a favorite of mine. He played in the British Open the first two days, but didn't make the finals cut this year. Don't think he competes much anymore but would qualify for this.

I went back and watched the Sunday taped coverage even though I'd seen Phil's last shot and knew he'd won. I was curious how things had changed so drastically from Saturday. Sure a nail-biter. Phil's golf angel had to be helping with those shots. He's such a congenial guy, I have to cheer for him.

Spitzboov said...

Irish Miss - Main purpose of the trip was to help celebrate oldest grandson's 14th birthday. Thanks for the good wishes.

desper-otto said...

Irish Miss@4:13 -- Maybe I dreamed this, but I think something happened to the AnonyMouse profile, and those posts are now being labeled Vidwan827. Maybe Vidwan will confirm or deny.

Warren said...

Hi gang, just checking and saw JD's new grandson, congrats JD!

My wife and I finished today's puzzle without any online help.

I'm surprised no one posted:

Wouldn't it be nice a classic hit from the Beach Boys?

Irish Miss said...

DO @ 5:15 - I believe you are correct. Why I forgot that, I'll never know. Thanks for the heads-up. Sorry, Vidwan.

Java Mama said...

Good evening, everyone! Thanks for the great Monday eye-opener, Billie. And thanks for the swell write-up, Argyle.

WEES said about this one being a bit on the crunchy side for a Monday. Got it done, but scored a “swing and a miss” on the theme. In the days before spell-check, I was lucky to catch the TYPO in estate documents I typed which would’ve left everything to the testator’s surviving SOUSE instead of his surviving spouse – Yikes! DH’s late aunt used to make cheesecakes that were TO DIE for.

Congrats on the new grandson, JD – he and big brother are just precious. Happy 52nd Anniversary, Hondo; hope you and your lovely wife have many more.

Finally found the face in the coffee beans (thanks, Lemony), so now I’ll take a crack at the spinning girl. Have a great night, all!

thehondohurricane said...


Hi again,

Thank you all for your congrats, but the heroine of this celebration is Lucy. She put up with a lot of stuff over the years and always kept her positive outlook and constant smile. I AM A LUCKY GUY'

Tin, you would love Block Island. It's always five o'clock, PM! Admittedly, I'm out of (drinking) shape, so I could be in for a whole lot of "whatever".

Riley Damn near knocked me over getting out of the car at the kennel. He met a gal..Chloe...on his last visit and I suspect he's anxious to get reacquainted, even though he is out of business.

Be in touch Friday or Saturday. Have a great week and no DNF's.

Hahtoolah said...

I had actually selected a much nicer QOD, but Argyle's commentary indicated that BITTER just cried out for a QOD.

Yellowrocks said...

JD, your Dylan sure is a delightful charmer. So adorable.

Bill G. said...

JD, congratulations on the grandson! You and the Queenie both!

Hondo, very excellent! I am looking forward to the photo you are going to send CC.

The TV has been almost alive with attractive women. Last night on 60 Minutes, Lara Logan. And this afternoon, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Since it's said that good things come in threes, who will grace my TV next?

JD said...

LOL! Bill, I bet the Queenie isn't the cuddly type.Ya think?

Desperato@ 11:16. THANKS! That was the flower I was visualizing, not a mound.

Chickie, I order our mags. thru NEA, so much cheaper and they keep track of what I've ordered and when. They send out a reminder, not like the annoying ones from the mag. companies.They certainly waste a lot of $$ sending out bogus renewal notices.

Asics: our youngest daughter started running 1/2 marathons a year ago and switched from New Balance to Asics.She's not a big spender usually, so they MUST feel good.

Warren, good song!

Lucina said...

Today's Jeopardy! contained a reference to Mary Anning who is the subject of the book, Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier. It's a wonderful story about a real person who was one of the first to recognize the importance of fossils.

It was our Book Club's latest selection.

Anonymous said...

This is in response to the spinning girl. (7/21/13) I could see her spinning clockwise and counter-clockwise. Fascinating!

Anonymous T said...

HRx - thanks for pointing out my TYPO - I saw right after submit..

Hohtoola - Just ribbing re: QOD.

Irish Miss - You made me double-check my Anonymous spelling (mouse?). Thanks to D-O for getting me square.

Where is Keith? I owe my handle to him!

Cheers,

-T

Lemonade714 said...

Aren't we all waiting for Dennis' rant? Imagine we are an 'August' group and it is only July.

Congratulations J.D. and Hondo. I saw Charlotte every day this weekend and was with them at the beach Sunday when she had her first encounter with waves. So far the pool is ahead.