, pub-2774194725043577, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 L.A.Times Crossword Corner: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Steve Blais


Jul 30, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Steve Blais

Theme: I resemble this theme - Three terms for a, shall we say, abundant stomach.

17A. What baguettes may be served in : BREAD BASKET

29A. Fifth wheel : SPARE TIRE

45A. Cozy place to read a book : BAY WINDOW

60A. Emotional response (which might be induced by 17-, 29- and 45-Across?) : GUT REACTION

Argyle here. I like that the three terms are not necessarily a bad thing; who doesn't like a bay window or a basket of bread? Yum! I understand some cars do not carry a spare tire any more. Not a good idea, here in the hinterlands. Oh, and I liked the puzzle, too.


1. Understand : GET

4. In a chair : SEATED

10. It may be crushed at a bar : ICE. Not to be found in any form at Villa Incognito.

13. Dinghy gear : OARS. A dinghy (or dingey) is a type of small boat.

15. Water-carved gulch : ARROYO. Most of the time dry except after heavy rains.

16. Traitor : RAT

19. Toronto's prov. : ONT. (Ontario)

20. Cover, in a way, as a car : INSURE

21. Baltic Sea republic : ESTONIA

23. "Hannah Montana" star Miley : CYRUS. Not what she looks like now. PIC.

26. Minor argument : TIFF

27. Mimic : APER

33. Bird: Prefix : AVI

34. Mobster's code of honor : OMERTÀ. Haven't seen this entry in a while.

36. Dashing style : ELAN

37. Old sheriff's badge : TIN STAR

39. Self-respect : DIGNITY

41. __-Seltzer : ALKA. Good entry for today's theme.

42. Jeans giant of the '80s : GITANO

44. Grant-giving gp. : NEA. (National Endowment for the Arts)

47. Identifies in a Facebook photo : TAGS

49. Penultimate-round game : SEMI. Before the final.

50. Egyptian life symbols : ANKHs

52. Numbers to crunch : RAW DATA

55. Title Gilbert and Sullivan emperor : MIKADO

59. Pub offering : ALE

63. Mud bath site : SPA

64. Manuscript fixer : EDITOR

65. Just : ONLY

66. __ ejemplo: Spaniard's "for example" : POR

67. Hate : DETEST

68. Cowboy singer Ritter : TEX


1. Mongolian desert : GOBI

2. Be worthy of : EARN

3. Very, in Vichy : TRÈS

4. Pirate's weapon : SABER

5. Time to remember : ERA

6. Latin art : ARS. The Latin word for art.

7. Casino gratuity : TOKE

8. Cause of blurry vision, perhaps : EYE STRAIN

9. Nashville's West : DOTTIE

10. Speck in a magnetic field experiment : IRON FILING

11. Kid's plea : "CAN I?"

12. Jazzy James : ETTA

14. Alfredo, for one : SAUCE

18. Timber trouble : DRY ROT

22. Frequently : OFTEN

24. Logon requirement : USER ID

25. Mar.-to-Jun. season : SPR. (spring)

27. Walled city of Spain : ÁVILA

28. Kids' digital deal-sealer : PINKY SWEAR. Shaking hands - except with only pinkie fingers.

30. When the cock crows : AT DAWN

31. Rent-a-car charges, e.g. : RATES

32. One-named Irish singer : ENYA. 'Fraid she doesn't fit with my singers today.

33. Run __: drink on credit : A TAB

35. Star brightness measure : MAGNITUDE

38. Cut, as logs : SAWED

40. "Wuthering Heights" genre : GOTHIC

43. One __ customer : TO A

46. Painted a picture of, say : IMAGED

48. Invite as one's date for : ASK TO

51. Target competitor : KMART

52. Coarse talk : RASP. Bit tricky.

53. Brand for a pooch : ALPO

54. Toiling away : AT IT

56. "__ She Sweet" : AIN'T

57. Mete (out) : DOLE

58. Jet-black gem : ONYX

61. GPS suggestion : RTE.

62. Camera named for a goddess : EOS



Martin said...


I tried STY (as in pig's sty) for SPA and BONO for ENYA but I eventually solved the puzzle with the help of the crosses. I still do puzzles sometimes but they are either too easy or too difficult so I usually have nothing to say.

Martin said...

I also briefly had SEE instead of GET.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Not too challenging today, despite the fact that I didn't know TOKE or DOTTIE.

I've heard of "GOTHIC Romance" as a genre before, but never just GOTHIC. Gotta get out more often, I suppose.

Had to read the clue for PINKY PROMISE a few times before I finally realized what it was talking about. Nice misdirection!

Maybe it's just EYE STRAIN that makes it so hard for me to read the capchas, but I suspect it's probably just old age...


River Doc said...

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Well, down to only five write-overs: SPAT for TIFF, PER for TO A, CAD for RAT, FAIR for ONLY, and EGO for ICE….

Since I drink mostly beer, the EGO getting crushed at a bar seemed a lot more plausible than ICE….

No fat jokes today. Too close to home…. Instead, how’s about this classic ALKA Seltzer commercial…?

I have Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson ARROYO on my fantasy baseball team this year. He lost on Saturday to the Dodgers (double dammit!), so his ERA is now 3.261….

Finally, while perusing You Tube for a link to the song “One TOKE over the Line,” I stumbled across the following unbelievable, amazing, absolutely incredible interpretation of the Brewer and Shipley “one hit wonder.” I usually try to link the original album version of a tune, but this one was just too good to pass up. Notice how the bandleader refers to it as a modern “spiritual” at the end of the clip. Must’ve been the phrase “Sweet Jesus” in the lyrics that had him all confusicated. Puff the Magic Dragon, anyone…?

Martin said...

Nobody mentioned that TEX Ritter was the father of John Ritter of Three's Company fame.

Argyle said...

Thank you, Martin. Glad you dropped in.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Amusing & fast puzzle. GUT REACTION caused by that deadly sin gluttony which I DETEST (another sin) in myself. Old age hasn't cured that one. Love that Alfredo SAUCE.

Didn't GET "penultimate-round" game = SEMI, although perps filled it. Thank you, Argyle, for clearing up that haze. I need to go look up penultimate. That crossed with IMAGED really confused me. Another noun turned into a verb which just doesn't seem right.

1a Aha, a desert I know about, unlike that Chilean one we had the other day. What was it called?

Never heard of a PINKIE SWEAR as a kid. Did you?

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. I am afraid this theme still evades me.

Good to see you again, Martin. It has been a long time since you have visited here.

I thought this was a bit of a challenge for a Tuesday. I initially wanted Spat in lieu of TIFF.

I thought Cover ... as a car = INSURE was a great clue.

QOD: Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves. ~ Emily Brontë (July 30, 1818 ~ Dec. 19, 1848)


Lemonade714 said...

A nice roundup of a very doable Tuesday puzzle. Many long down fill like EYE STRAIN IRON FILINGS and PINKY SWEAR.

Martin,nice to see you. Thank you Steve and Argyle.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for your crisp write-up, Argyle! I had never heard of a BAY WINDOW as a term for the abdomen. Where have I been living??

I also had "see" before GET, and had to rely mostly on perps to come up with PINKY SWEAR. Other crunchy Tuesday fill was having Spanish, French and Latin in the same puzzle (POR, TRES, ARS.) Not too tough, but not really early-week words, either.

Doha Doc, loved the clip of "One Toke Over the Line." Too funny that they all thought it was a modern "spiritual". (On second thought...well, maybe it is!!)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This was another speed run, once I'd changed SWORD to SABER.

I understand SPARE TIRE and BREAD BASKET, but BAY WINDOW? Really? Can't see through it.

PK, it means the one that precedes the last one. So I guess antepenultimate, as in the Limeliters song, means second from last.

Middletown Bomber said...

fun puzzle today liked the clue "digital sealer" for Pinky swear used to do them as a kid and when I really want my son to do something or vice versa we still bring out the pinky promise. Like every one else had see instead of get romance instead of gothic. Both Tex Ritter and his son john died suddenly of massive heart attacks. thank argyle for the great write up and to Steve for the wonderful Tuesday eye opener.

TTP said...

Thank you Steve Blais and thank your Argyle.

I might construct a bad short western.

TEX DETESTed CYRUS. Sure, they'd shared an ALE and a TOKE or two at the SPA, but TEX didn't think CYRUS EARNed that TIN STAR. It didn't help they had history.

They'd been in a TIFF over DOTTIE, that SAUCEy import from ESTONIA with the ONYX colored hair.

Having long lost her DIGNITY, DOTTIE was OFTEN SEATED by the BAY WINDOW in her GITANO jeans, and never minded showing A TIT. Wanting to avoid a SPARE TIRE, it wasn't uncommon to hear DOTTIE's RASPy voice sing out, "CAN I GET A TAB and ICE ?"

TEX noticed that CYRUS got EYE STRAIN as they faced each other in the ARROYO AT DAWN. With all the ELAN he could muster, CYRUS charged with his drawn SABER, only to trip over the SAWED off piece of DRY ROT Live Oak laying across the gulch, landing on his BREAD BASKET and causing a tremor the MAGNITUDE of a small earthquake.

"POR favor!" cried out CYRUS. "Don't shoot me!"

"I AINT gonna shoot you," Tex replied in a GUT REACTION. "But I suggest that you GET out on that RTE and hitch a ride with a SEMI to ONTario and don't come back !"

The end.

"Don't quit your day job" said the EDITOR as he tossed the manuscript in the trash and reached for the ALKA seltzer.

grams said...

Loved the Lawrence Welk clip! He was so sincere about the "spiritual."
Clever puzzle. Had spat before tiff. Great write up as always. Have a wonderful Tuesday.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day all,

Tough Tuesday in my opinion. Hand up for not understanding BAY WINDOW. PINKY SWEAR new too.

ARROYO reminded me of Luis Arroyo, former major league pitcher for eight years, the last four as a reliever for the Yankees. He was the 60's version of Mariano.

Do not remember GITANO jeans at all.

I too liked 20A. Cover a car/INSURE.

Finally, a lovely day weather wise. So I get to spend it being a "Taxi driver" for the Goodspeed .


Vidwan827 said...

Thank you Steve Blais , that puzzle nearly got my Ars. Not really, but I wanted to see how the word could be used in a sentence today ...... Ofcourse I remember the MGM Lion and his roaring, 'Ars gratia Artis' ..... which means, 'Art and Artists, are free' , right ? I always wondered why that was so when I paid an arm and a leg for my ticket.

Thank you Argyle for your always thoughtful and charming commentary. And I thought 'One toke over the line', had to do with snorting coke. I must really read up on that song. I had SEE before GET, and EGO before ICE, and SPAT then RIFT before TIFF. Tried to fit in GEORGIA before ESTONIA ..... Must get my sea's right.

A new month is starting tomorrow and my birthday comes up. This year is special - I have to renew my driver's license. I really, really dread the eye test. I sure do hope I get the same kind BMV lady, I got 4 years ago. The last time, I went to the office, in a pin striped suit and tie, and confidently read the eye test letters .... F, O, P, D, C .... And the lady leaned across the counter, and whispered, 'Sir, they're all numbers'..... But, as I said, she was a kind person and let me off the hook.

I really didn't get the theme ..... Does your gut bay, when you taste bay leaves ?

I read, 'Jet- black Gem', Ummm, that would be 'Jet' ? I have several samples of Jet, in my closet. Onyx comes in a million colors, Jet can only be black. I have several cup and bowl carvings of Onyx from Pakistan, and none of them are black. Hmmm.

Have a nice day, you all.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Steve Blais, for a very good puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the great review.

Tried SWORD for 4D, also. Tried WADDIE for 15A. After a while those did not work. SABER and ARROYO appeared.

I even got TRES right out of the chute. I am getting worldly.

Never used PINKY SWEAR, but it made sense.

Liked EYESTRAIN and MAGNITUDE. Compatible downs and they kind of go together.

Liked seeing DOTTIE West. She was one of the best, right along with Patsy Cline.

Doha Doc: Another beer drinker. Good for you.

Martin: Welcome aboard.

TTP: Your story was outstanding. Great job.

Off to my day. See you tomorrow.



Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Glad we had Toke sorta recently, otherwise it would have been an unknown. Hand up for not knowing Bay Window as slang for a generous belly. Even so, pretty much a speed run today.

I don't know much about Miley Cyrus, never having seen Hannah Montana. She's not attractive; I wonder whether she has a career anymore.

Doha Doc - wow, was Lawrence Welk really that unaware? Not a wholesome, family-type song choice.

Lucina from yesterday - it never occurred to me to post some construction photos someplace. I'll look into it. I've never used a photo sharing site; anybody got a recommendation? Are they free? How about viruses? Yesterday I clicked on Husker's Emma photo link and got a notice from my Norton AV that it had blocked some nasty malware.

Abejo said...

Vidwan827: The new month starts Thursday, I believe.



Mari said...

Good Morning Everybody! I hope your day is going well so far. Great puzzle today with some words we don't often see.

I'm with D-Otto, I'ver never heard of a BAY WINDOW in reference to a beer gut. It makes for an interesting visual though.

TTP: I like your westerns.

I've heard of GOTHIC novels, but don't think I've ever read one. Are they a genre of romance? I'm more faimilar with GOTHIC music.

Have a nice day.

Mari said...

Miley Cyrus wasn't always so scary looking.

Crushed Ego said...

Before I forget, TTP. I have to compliment you on a Really great story.

Your editor is full of nuts - tell him, I told you so .

TTP ,,, you could start a L A Crossword story Corner Blog.

Use some or all the clues in the crossword to tell the story - the hidden, subliminal theme that the constructor REALLY had in mind. Sort of, inner fraud, er, Freud.

Yellowrocks said...

Disconcerting- all these theme answers as names for an "abundant stomach" as Argyle says, caused by the sin of gluttony. as PK says. Using BAY WINDOW for a protruding stomach was another of my Mom's sayings. It paints a great word picture.
When I cleaned my drawers and closets I found that I wasn't wearing the nicest of my clothing anymore because it doesn't fit. Rather than buy new things I have started on a diet.
PINKY SWEAR is very old, from the 1860's. We young-uns used it and you still hear it today among kids. It is also used in Japanese anime.
Nice for this Gilbert and Sullivan fan to see MIKADO. A few days ago Ed Sessa used TESSA from G&S's The Gondoliers.
TTP, great story. What talent!

desper-otto said...

TTP, loved the western. You're right up there with Louis L'Amour.

Vidwan, I don't speak/read Latin, but I've heard that the motto means "Art for Art's Sake."

Husker Gary said...

Oh, the theme is both words on this fun Tuesday offering by Steve.

-I live in the BREAD BASKET of the country – “Don’t make fun of farmers with your mouth full.”
-Changing a SPARE TIRE is very complicated these days. I call 1 800 MY AM FAM because I INSURE with them
-The OMERTA makes being a RAT dangerous to one’s health
-Interested in deep thinker Miley CYRUS’s opinion on George Zimmerman?
-Husker ANKraH
-Most famous use of the word ARS
-Every teacher’s response to “CAN I go to the bathroom?”: “I assume you are capable, would you like to ask for permission?”
-Did Anthony Weiner PINKY SWEAR he wouldn’t do that again? Talk about no DIGNITY.
-My Class of ’64 ring had an ONYX stone.
-Fabulous Lawrence Welk link Doha! Talk about clueless.
-What TV series had an episode featuring an ersatz book called The Rooster Crowed At Midnight (not dawn) by Abigail Porterfield?

Avg Joe said...

Art for Arts Sake

kazie said...

Nice to see Martin after all this time--Welcome back!

A couple of unfamiliar items for me today, but I wagged them easily enough: ARROYO, DOTTIE, TOKE, BAY WINDOW (in that context).

Nice try on the soap/horse opera!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

WEES. Fairly easy solve. Only hang-up was ARROYO spelling.
TTP's comment on ATIT reminded me of this western scene.
MIKADO can also be clued as a locomotive.

PK said...

TTP, too funny! Sounds like a plot for a TV play.

HG, putting PINKIE SWEAR in the same sentence with Anthony Weiner gives a whole new visual IMAGE. Eeew!

The saving grace for the Lawrence Welk TOKE fiasco is that probably most of the Welk watchers had no idea what a TOKE was either. The next thing might have been for an audience member to sing that great new spiritual at church come Sunday.

Well, a bay window is an apt description since it protrudes from a house in a like manner.

thehondohurricane said...


Somewhere in my deep recesses is telling me it was MASH. My WAG for the day.

Husker Gary said...

-I agree PK! I loved the headline about Anthony staying in the mayoral race - “Weiner Decides To Stick It Out”. Double Ewwww!
-Thanks for all the good comments about Emma yesterday. She makes us proud and I know you’d enjoy visiting with her.
-I asked her when she wanted to leave to golf this morning, thinking she would say 7:00 or 7:30 but she suggested 10:30 and so Papa agreed even though I would usually have had 18 holes done by then. She is still sleeping and we’ll leave when she gets up. She deserves to sleep in when she’s north of the Platte River.
-p.s. -Good advice for all of us here after yesterday

Husker Gary said...

-You’re right Hondo and here’s a TRIVIA GAME about that episode.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A nice, solid Tuesday offering. Breezed right through, no bumps. Nailed Tin's nemesis because I couldn't be without it!

Thanks, Steve, for a fun Tuesday and thanks, Argyle, for a neat expo.

Another beautiful summer day.

Is anyone watching Under The Dome? Opinions? I just read there is going to be a second season, so I guess no one is getting out any time soon.

Have a great day.

Misty said...

Well, this started out as a speed run but soon slowed down and got quite a bit tougher. In the end I got it all, but without "getting" the theme until Argyle's expo. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be skinny. But still a lot of fun, many thanks, Steve!

Fun riff on the theme this morning, TTP and Husker. And nice to meet you, Martin.

Love the recent nods to Victorian novels--Jane Austen's "Emma" last week and now Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights." Wish I had time to re-read them.

Sorry to hear John Ritter is gone.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody.

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle and puzzle folk. Nice, crisp commentary, Argyle, thank you.

WEES. There isn't much more to say about this that hasn't been said. It was a fun romp with only one write over, CANYON before ARROYO.

I couldn't see the theme, so thank you, again, Argyle. Like others, I've heard of all but BAYWINDOW for a portruding GUT. That is very visual!

I once heard John Ritter in an interview describe his father, Rex, as the gentlest man he knew and how much he still missed him many years after his death. John's own daughter probably won't even remember him.

Seriously, is a TOKE really a casino gratuity?

I remember wearing GITANO jeans back in the day at 110 lbs. Since then the BREAD BASKET has caused much expansion.

Your story is very funny!

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

JD said...

Good morning all,

Thanks to Argyle and Steve.This one went quickly and some unknowns filled without me ever having to WAG. Did have to rely on perps for Gitano, raw data, and pinky swear.

Got a big laugh over bay window after reading Argyle's theme.

For Dottie I thought Denver, but fill said otherwise.

Wasn't familiar with Eos camera, just the goddess. It is part of some SLR cameras;seems to be an image conversion using a 14 bit image, rather than the usual 12, giving smoother tones and richer color.Correct me if I'm wrong, but it may stand for electrical optical system. Close?

Heading off to meet Jill and Chickie for a Starbucks chat. Garlic Gal is recuperating from the weekend Garlic Festival.

HeartRx said...

TTP, very funny story!

Lucina, yes. You always "toke" the dealer. It probably comes from the fact that the tip is usually in the form of one of the player's last remaining casino "tokens" or "chips."

Anonymous T said...

G'Morning All...

This was a workout for me, no Googles, but WAGs all over the place. I had many of the same write-overs as everyone else.

3d, 9d, 34a, 42a, 55a, 68d all perped. I am most embarassed by 34a as I'm Itallian (we do make our own SAUCES though).

49a made me go "Huh?" untill it DAWNed on me - semi-finals. I learned the word penultimate the same as I learned all my philosophers - Monty Python! ( link and link respectively).

TPP - very funny western.

HG - Maybe the moderator (Argyle?) can DOLE (out) a troll pic on the snarky anons at his EDITORial pleasure...



Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks to Steve and Argyle, this "Tuesday's child is full of grace...."

No, not much of a challenge, but certainly pleasant enough. There were some nice travel reminders--of a pleasant visit to AVILA in the '90s and a more recent cruise stop in Talinn, ESTONIA.

Hail, Fat Margaret!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Help, please - Somebody!

I wanted to post a link to an on-line photo, as many others have done, but I don't know--or have forgotten-- the formula for doing so. The URL will post, but it won't print out as a direct (blue-ink) link. What do I need to do?

Thanks in advance!


Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Fun puzzle today. Some terrific fill. Only 2 writeovers: GOTHIC made me change GITANE to GITANO, and I had to change SWORD to SABER.

TTP, great story!

Love Tex Ritter's performance of Froggy Went A-Courtin'.

I also do not find Miley Cyrus to be attractive. Quite the opposite, in fact.

From yesterday: I did not know that "editor" does not mean "one who edits."

Best wishes to you all.

Steve said...

I needed Arygle's expo for the theme here - I only knew "spare tire" referring to an ample middle. Pinky Swear was a new one for me too.

Anonymous T said...


I do it the hard way, but it always works. It goes like this
< a href="URL" > words in blue <\a>.

Take out the space after "<" and the \ goes / (in the closing TAG before the "a"), I had to write that way so it could be seen (and not in blue).


Anonymous T said...


I made it clickable for you. If you select view->source and search for Margaret, you can see the HTML.

Keith's link .


// that is one big storage facility!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Thanks, Anonymous T!

I'll experiment until I get it right!

Anonymous T said...


It is the least I could do as you gave me the RAWDATA for my pseudonym (weak plz reference, I know, ONLY don't DETEST this TEXan for going down that RTE)...


Tinbeni said...

Argyle: excellent write-up & links.

At Villa Incognito a TOKE is NOT a 'Casino Gratuity' ... just sayin'!
Fell into the 'spat' before TIFF write-over.
And (of course) wondered why 'Toiling away' was A-TIT?

Well ... "It's Five O'clock Somewhere!"

Ol' Man Keith said...

Fat Magaret .


Thanks, again, T - now I've got it!

CrossEyedDave said...

Enjoyable Tuesday, even with the totally unknown "toke", & the difference between a tiff & a spat is only a minor argument...

DohaDoc @ 5:48,,, One toke over the line with Lawrence Welk! LOL!

TTP@7:24 LOL Again! ( I can't wait to hear tomorrows story...)

I am having a little trouble differentiating an Arroyo from a dry wash...

Anyway, sorry about the brownies recipe yesterday. Daughter #2 also showed me this guy, which I hope makes up for anything that requires Alka Seltzer...

Bill G. said...

I am recovering nicely from an unprovoked attack by an artichoke yesterday. Thank goodness for Barbara's skill with tweezers!

While wasting time recovering at my computer, I came across this page of spectacular photographs from around the world while browsing Barbar's Facebook page. I really enjoyed them and I'm guessing you will too. Great photos. (Click on any photo and then use the arrows to browse left and right. Hmm..., the left and right browsing only seems to work some of the time. Maybe you have to have a Facebook account? Sorry about that.)

The Dodgers are hosting the Yankees today and tomorrow. There may be some friction in our house this evening...

Warren said...

Hi Gang;
Ruth & I had no issues finishing today's puzzle;

RE: 7. Casino gratuity, I couldn't resist a good song: One Toke over the line


Lucina said...

Thank you about TOKE in casinos. As I've said before, I lead a somewhat sheltered life. LOL.

Those are beautiful pictures.

Maybe ARROYO is used more in the Southwest since it is of Spanish origin.

Jayce said...

That photo of cactus that iced over during a freeze in Scottsdale, AZ, is amazing.

JD said...

TTP, very much enjoyed your creative story.

CED, wow.. that Cup Song was worth an encore!!

Bill, enjoyed those beauties.

CrossEyedDave said...

In case anyone is interested, I made a pizza using the standard recipe, except I switched one cup of water for beer (budweiser). While the resulting pizza was better than usual, it was not a thick & fluffy crust like Papa Johns. Also the dough was very sticky, & I was surprised that I ended up adding about a cup more flour than usual just to get it to pull away from the mixer bowl. (possibly too much olive oil?)

Of course, the dough was not refrigerated for 24 hours, I saved 1/2 the batch to try again tomorrow. I think if the dough was allowed to rise for an hour after rolling out, & before toppings, it should be a much airier crust.

Will advise more in 24 hours...

JD, per yr request, here is an encore link from daughter #2.

GarlicGal said...

Bill G. How about Brian Wilson signing with the Dodgers!? And I don't mean the Beach Boy Brian!

Bill G. said...

CED, much better. Well, it couldn't have been much worse.

GG, yes I just heard about it. Does he have anything left? I hope so. (They tried Carlos Marmol about a week ago and he hasn't been any help at all.) Is Wilson as weird as he looks? Will they ask him to shave his beard? It's time to settle in and see how they do against the Yankees. It's a no win situation for me. If they lose, I'm depressed. If the Yankees lose, Barbara is upset. Geez...

I just at a whole bag of chips. But they were 'reduced fat' so it was basically like going to the gym.

The best thing about telepathy is... I know, right?

fermatprime said...


Nice puzzle, Steve B.! Thorough write-up, as usual, Argyle!

I, too, puzzled about the BAYWINDOW.

Cute application of puzzle words, TTP!

I watch Under the Dome but do not consider it to be outstanding by any means. Would like to peek at the ending of the book! How many days must pass before we can discuss the particulars here?


Bill G. said...

It's interesting when things that are well known to some of us are foreign to others. I'm certainly familiar with the term 'Bay Window' to mean a big abdomen or a paunch whereas I've never heard the expression 'eat dirt' that seems to be familiar to others.

PK, yes I agree. I never heard the term 'Pinky swear' as a kid; only as an adult.

FP, at your advice, I did the Merl Reagle puzzle yesterday. I was about 90 percent finished and enjoying it. I didn't see how to save it so I saved the web page but the puzzle was blank this morning. Oh well...

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

What sort of person enjoyingly solves a puzzle to 90 percent completion only to Stop?


Anonymous T said...


The video of the one-"man"-boy-band almost makes up for you and #2's basomatic brownies. The gully-washers finished of the job.

I did forget to thank Steve for the plz and Agyle for the writeup. Thanks!

Bill G. - glad you survived the artichoke attack.