Aug 20, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Steve Blais

Theme: A One and a Two... - Music related terms.

38A. Best Picture of 1965, and a hint to the ends of 18-, 23-, 50- and 59-Across : "THE SOUND OF MUSIC"

18A. Thing to make when a Post-it isn't handy : MENTAL NOTE

23A. Fan magazine for teens : TIGER BEAT. Vintage cover.

50A. Warm, muted color : EARTH TONE

59A. Frenzied state : FEVER PITCH

Maestro Argyle here. OK, I'm not really. If you have questions, save them for Jazzbumpa. I hope he shows up today. I'm glad there wasn't anything about female deer or jam and bread beverage. Nice straightforward Tuesday puzzle, anchored by a grid spanner.


1. Red planet : MARS

5. Put down stakes, maybe : CAMPED. A cute misdirection.

11. Jack Sprat's no-no : FAT.

"Jack Sprat could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean."

14. "Yeah, whatever!" : "I BET!"

15. It traditionally translates to "O come" : "ADESTE...". Fideles

16. Elem. school basics : RRR. The three R's: reading, writing, and arithmetic.

17. Facts and figures : DATA

20. Surgeons' tools : SCALPELS

22. Call it a night : TURN IN

25. Exclusive, as communities : GATED

26. Veto vote : NAY

27. "Blessed __ the peacemakers": Matthew : ARE

29. Carrying a weapon : ARMED

32. Clearance event : SALE

34. Enveloping glow : AURA

41. Geologic periods : EONS

42. Any time now : SOON

43. Not up to the task : INEPT

44. Distant : FAR

45. Supermarket chain with a red-and-white logo : IGA. (Independent Grocers Alliance) Not a chain, in the common sense. IGA operates as a franchise through stores that are owned separately from the brand. A lot of small town, Mom and Pop stores.

46. Take off : LEAVE

56. Former Indian prime minister Gandhi : INDIRA

58. College class staples : LECTURES

61. Shabby wear : RAGS. Not newspapers this time.

62. Prefix with cycle : TRI

63. Sprawling property : ESTATE

64. To be, to Berlioz : ÊTRE

65. Scale fifth : SOL

66. Game with falling blocks : TETRIS. (electronic game)

67. Revolutionary Trotsky : LEON


1. Central position : MIDST

2. Beaded calculators : ABACI

3. Change the price of : RETAG

4. Blah quality : STALENESS

5. Paid a visit : CAME BY

6. Fred's dancing sister : ADELE

7. High-IQ group : MENSA

8. Pasadena winter hrs. : PST. (Pacific Standard Time)

9. Floride, par exemple : ÉTAT. French for Florida indicates French for state.

10. Downpour : DELUGE

11. Forward-facing side : FRONT

12. Clarinetist Shaw : ARTIE

13. The way things are going : TREND

19. Gun lobby org. : NRA. (National Rifle Association of America)

21. Site of much Spanish art : PRADO. The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid.

24. Eagle's picker-upper : TALON. There are some super videos out there of eagles using their talons.

28. Gridiron enforcer : REF

29. Had a bite : ATE

30. Pi follower : RHO. More common Greek letters today.

31. Dudes : MEN

32. Sleep-disturbing sound : SNORE. Hah, not to the snorer.

33. Excitement : ADO

34. In the altogether : AU NATUREL. Or how to use make-up so it looks like you aren't using make-up.

35. Take advantage of : USE

36. Shred : RIP

37. Not just sit by : ACT

39. Springsteen's "Born in the __" : USA

40. Physical strength : MIGHT

44. Polecat relative commonly kept as a pet : FERRET

45. Needs scratching : ITCHES

46. London elevators : LIFTS

47. Month after diciembre : ENERO. Notice the lack of capitals.

48. Aleve competitor : ADVIL

49. Be in the game : VIE

51. Raised church area : ALTAR

52. Prefix with linear : RECTI. Rectilinear - characterized by straight lines.

53. Give a speech : ORATE

54. Part of UNCF : NEGRO. (United Negro College Fund)

55. German steel city : ESSEN

57. Church recess : APSE

60. Former comm. giant : ITT. The company was founded in 1920 as International Telephone and Telegraph.


Note from C.C.:

Isn't this picture sweet? Lemonade's granddaughter Charlotte at a Lemonade Stand!


River Doc said...

Morning, all!

Now THAT was Monday-like! The few unknowns were easily defeated by perps….

Only two learning moments = IGA and RECTI (ouch!)….

Favorite answer = RRR (see Doha Doc profile….)

I find it hard to believe that TIGER BEAT is still around, since it was founded in 1965 - the same year THE SOUND OF MUSIC came out….

As much as I look forward to the DELUGE of Corner links to AU NATUREL, the NAY-saying censors here MIGHT not let them through their GATED internet….

Did any of our former teachers ever hear a SNORE during one of their LECTURES…?

MEN ARE from MARS, Women are from “gosh darned” Alpha Centauri, at least according to this guy….

Finally, speaking of someone whose USE of SCALPELS was INEPT at best, Here’s my favorite FERRET Face….

Lemonade714 said...

Argyle I love the way you have the 'peacemaker' gun picture wrapped by those two clues. Hard to believe Sound of Music was almost 50 years.

C.C. and Don created today's NYT.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Argyle, I ,too, wondered if that pistol was to illustrate PEACEMAKERs or ARMED. I never heard of Tiger Beat; guess I was too old in '65 to take notice. Today's theme was readily apparent and the cluing was straight-forward. Translation: speed run. So thanks, Steve and Argyle.

Nice to see Rhapsody in Blue making an encore. My favorite version is the Misha Dichter recording.

We had an IGA store in my little home town way back when. Also a Red Owl.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Loved your links this morning! And I agree with lemony about putting the gun between those two clues – clever, indeed!

I almost entered PRADa instead of PRADO…I guess my mind was on handbags this morning. I also enjoyed seeing ITT clued as something other than an Addams family cousin. Nice theme, and refreshing cluing made it a very enjoyable solve.

Lemony, how cute to get a picture of Charlotte selling your favorite beverage.

Off to do the NYT puzzle – have a great day everyone!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Speed run again today. Got the cute theme. Nice one Steve B. Thanks, Argyle! Enjoyed the links.

Several IGA stores out here now are called Apple Markets. Don't shop there so don't know why. The one in my old home town was the only grocery there except for a small mom & pop operation.

Unknowns: RECTIlinear & TIGER BEAT (begun the year my first baby was born. Who cared about celebrities?)

I interviewed a woman once and did a story on her ferret rescue operation. There were six or eight of the little furry varmints scampering back and forth in her living room while I'm trying to take notes. I was usually unflappable, but that almost made me blow my cool, they had such negative appeal to me. One came running up my leg and I'm proud to say I didn't scream and whack it off.

My own snoring sometimes wakes me up.

Mari said...

Good Morning Everybody, Great puzzle today. I liked 24D: Eagle'spicker-upper: ALON. Great words: MIDST, DELUGE, AU NATURAL.

This puzzle didn't make me feel INEPT. Now if I could only say that on Friday...

Off to read last night's posts. Have a great day!

...Oh! And Great picture Lemonade. Too perfect! :)

Vidwan827 said...

Lemonade, that picture is so cute ! I can bet that photograph was taken by a professional photographer. I speak from experience - it is very difficult to get a tot in that pose or mood. But, it is a fantastic picture. Definitely, worth entering into a photography contest. Enjoy your little one, while they are at your home.

Mr. Blais, thank you for a very nice and easy puzzle. Mr. Argyle thank you for the cogent commentary. Enjoyed the solve and the blog reading.

Au Naturel was the most confounded answer .... Took me some time. The Au Naturel in Youtubes are all long theses on nudist colonies.

Have a nice day, you all.

Argyle said...

Here is an ad currently running on TV. Au Natural

kazie said...

Great picture, Lemonade!

Shout out to Dennis at MENSA, and a nice run through this Tuesday offering. A couple of clues didn't get read at all, since the answers filled themselves.

We had an IGA here only a few years ago too. Glad to see LECTURES clued for tertiary level. I hate it when high school teachers speak of lecturing their classes. Induction, explanation, yes. Lectures, no.

Martin said...

It's funny. I had THE ... OF ... from the perps so I was able to write THE SOUND OF MUSIC. I was able to finish the puzzle before class.

Montana said...

This puzzle was just the right difficulty for a Tuesday. Perps helped fill in the unknowns.

I shop at an IGA store in my town of 2000 people. I am driving to the big city (420 mile round trip) this morning to attend a volunteer training recertification. Also giving a neighbor a ride to her foot surgeon.
I am considering taking a 'concealed weapon' class our sheriff offers for women. There is a waiting list for his 7th class. I don't think I could ever use a gun if I had one, so sort of seems pointless. Several friends are trying to encourage me into it.

Only taking my iPad on my trip so see you tomorrow IF Cruciverb is working,


Mari said...

Hope you're enjoying the puzzle. Don’t cheat!

Montana said...

Forgot to say, "Beautiful picture, Lemonade!"

I tried to lecture as little as possible when I taught. Students were asked to read a page or two of a geometry lesson and answer 5-8 questions about the reading, first. The next day, we would discuss what they didn't understand (and when? in real life, they would ever need to know this information.) Their assignment would be 12-15 problems using the new concept, plus 4 review problems, and read a new 1-2 page lesson before coming to class the following day.


Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Steve Blais, for a fine Tuesday puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the swell review.

Well, I had to print this puzzle from MENSA because cruciverb did not have yesterday's or today's puzzles. I did Monday's today as well. No time yesterday.

Liked Blessed ARE the peacemakers. That is one of the beatitudes from the bible.

I confidently entered GTE for 60D. That is my only inkblot when I corrected that to ITT.

Took me a while to get NEGRO for 54D. I was looking for something tied to United Nations.

APSE and ALTAR in the same puzzle and pretty near each other, as well. Good job, Steve.

Now I will go to yesterday's blog and report innfor that puzzle.

See you tomorrow from Johnsonburg.



Abejo said...

Great photo, Lemonade. She is a sweet child.



Anonymous said...

RIP, Elmore Leonard.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

As Louis XV said, "Après moi le DÉLUGE". No real point to this other than downpour was in the puzzle :-)
Straightforward solve today. Briefly got hung up on the NAY spelling - wanted 'nae', but CAME BY took care of that. I guess nae is Scottish while nay is used in the parliamentarian sense. Favorite fill was AU NATUREL.
Thanks Steve for a good outing.

Glad many of you liked the Gershwin link yesterday.

Have a great day.

Dudley said...


Blogger rejected all my attempts yesterday.

desper-otto said...

Anonymous T (from last night): I like the changes to the Barnacle's Star section. I don't read the comics, so I wouldn't notice if one went missing. The Cryptoquote is better than the insipid rhyming thing it replaced, and they've switched to a better (IMHO) class of sudoku. BTW, my formula for Bill G's puzzle was: d/60 + d/40 - 2d/50 = 6

Mari, about my avatar: A stray momma cat dropped her litter in our back yard 6 years ago -- one solid black, one solid white, one solid gray, and one (avatar) with siamese-like markings, except with tiger stripes where the points should be. Solid white we gave away. Solid gray ran away. We've still got the other two. Or perhaps I should say, they've still got us.

Zcarguy said...

Morning all ,

I made a Mental Note that the last words of 18 and 50 across are anagrams and thought maybe that was the theme , but the Sound of Music confirmed otherwise !

We are in the Midst of moving to a new house that's Earth Tone colored in a Gated community .

The power washer man Came By and gave us an estimate of $500 , I thought that Might be high , but my wife doesn't think so , what's a fair price ??

Beautiful picture Lemon , god bless her.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

I guess I'm back in business. Easy enough puzzle, only unknown was Tiger Beat. Love the Three R's, you gotta say it's charming.

I played clarinet for a lot of years, but never quite like Artie Shaw. I didn't get acquainted with the work of the great clarinetists until many years after I stopped playing; I now wish I had had YouTube and similar resources back then, because I'd have been more inspired to keep playing.

Sound of Music: I spent a lot of time in Salzburg in '83, and the youth hotel I was in showed the movie every afternoon for newcomers. This was mainly to drum up business for the driving tours to all of the major filming locations. Georg's beautiful house, owned by Harvard University, was the main destination. The famous gazebo got so many visitors each year that it was chosen to move it far away on the property, so as not to disturb the house guests.

Dudley said...

Spitz from yesterday -

Because of the glitch I was unable to pile on about enjoying the Gershwin clip. Marvelous! I wish that pianist had been my music professor...only in English.

Construction update: drywall is done. Man, that's one seriously messy job. I'll be cleaning for months. The mason is due back to build a stone hearth (for a woodstove, not fireplace) which will include an antique ceramic tile I found among my mother's things in the old homestead. After that, it's interior paint and flooring, 4" maple.

Dennis said...

Good morning, gang - first off, you gotta love any puzzle that has AU NATUREL in it. Nicely done Tuesday puzzle, although.....first time I can remember needing perps for a Tuesday clue, but TIGER BEAT was a total unknown. Anyone remember the same type of magazines back in our day? Seems like I remember girls reading 'Teen' or 'Photo' something. My choice was always my step-father's hidden stack of Playboys, Swank, etc.

Kaz, thanks for the 'shout-out shout-out', but I suspect if I had to retest, I'd be more suited for DENSA than MENSA. Doesn't stop them from sending renewal ($70) emails, however, even after 20-some years.

Saw We're the Millers over the weekend; just a funny, funny movie with excellent casting. And Jennifer Aniston (who plays a stripper) is not hard on the eyes. Should you see it, be sure to wait for the outtakes at the end.

The theater we went to has an upper 'lounge seating' area, where one price gets you a reserved easy chair, unlimited popcorn/soda, free valet and you can have your dinner at your seat. The dinner part sounded like a great idea, but in the dark, I'm pretty sure I ate a couple decorative items on the table along with my food. Possibly a small pepper shaker.

Lemon, great picture. I think that would win a lot of photo contests.

HeartRx said...

Zcarguy, you can buy your own power washer for less than $300. DH has one, and he uses it for everything - washing the cars, patio, decks, and he does one side of our house each year (it's a really big house.) You can add bleach or detergent to do windows, and can use a sand blasting accessory to prepare surfaces for painting. I'd say it has saved us way more than $500 in the few years we have had it!

Dennis said...

Zcarguy, I second what Marti said - I bought one at Sears a few years back for just a bit under $300 on sale, and it's plenty strong for just about any application. I've never had to use it at full power.

Had to share this; I start laughing all over again every time I read it:

A blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car and was pulled over by a woman police officer, who was also a blonde.

The blonde cop asked to see the blonde driver's license. She dug through her purse and was getting progressively more agitated.

"What does it look like?" she finally asked. The policewoman replied, "It's square and it has your picture on it."

The driver finally found a square mirror in her purse, looked at it and handed it to the policewoman. "Here it is", she said.

The blonde officer looked at the mirror, then handed it back saying, "OK, you can go. I didn't realize you were a cop..."

Apologies for the length; thought it was worth it.

Lucina said...

Hello, Argyle, and all!

I sashayed right along on this one though I had VENITE before ADESTE since VENITE literally means "come" and ADESTE means "to here." Translations are not always literally parsed as I'm sure the linguists here know.

Another write over was STALENESS where I had STALE NEWS which gave the WOUND OF MUSIC and I knew that wasn't right!

TIGERBEAT was not known and I wasn't even sure that it was right but left it since it all worked out.

My MENTAL NOTES quickly disappear so I can no longer rely on them.

Crosswords puzzles are my favorite things so thank you, Steve Blais.

What a gorgeous picture of Charlotte, Lemonade.

Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!

Misty said...

Off to a great start this morning--many thanks, Steve. I got it all, even though I had an undecided moment over RECTO/RECTI and TETRIS/TETROS. But I made the right choice.

Curiously, I had the same problem with PRADO/PRADA as Marti, even though I'm not into handbags and have at least seen the PRADO from the outside. (We were in Madrid only for two days, and sadly it was closed). But THE SAUNA OF MUSIC just didn't seem right and the ADO perp solved the problem.

Totally forgot to figure out the theme, so thanks, Argyle.

Dennis, we too have a fancy movie theater that offer meals. Your story cracked me up and convinced me to stay with the popcorn.

Adorable Lemonade pic, Lemonade.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

JD said...

Good morning all,

Thought this was a perfect Tuesday puzzle, easier than yesterday's. But it took me awhile to change seventeen to Tiger Beat..never heard of it.Lectures wasn't my 1st thought, and recti linear is not in my wheelhouse.

omg Lemon,Charlotte is so ready to be a model for anything sweet!!
Last night my blog got erased and I didn't take the time to redo it, but I always thought Swee' Pea was a girl. She wore that red dress, but her hat was iffy.So she was probably a he.

Jayce, glad you stuck with your job.It's rare that people really enjoy their work. It's too bad that people can't always pursue their passion.

Lucina said...

I forgot to tell you how much I admire you for taking the high road. If it's a job you love, I'm sure you excel in it and hopefully that, too, should bring satisfaction.

Anonymous T said...

G'Morning all - WBWS (What Berry Would Say). To me this felt crunchy. Googled ADELE (6d) after not being able to break that area open 15a was also unknown. I guess I'm just not MENSA quality...

Other clues were fun (11a, 16a, 27a, and 50a - NAY ecru!). Agree - Argyles juxtiposition of the Peacemaker with the two clues made me smile as did the plz's theme.

D-O your right, I left out the 2 in 2d/50. I actually USEed .5d/60+.5d/40-d/50, but in late-night typing... I didn't do the wordy gurdy, but MIL did.

Dudley - when my dad was getting his chimney redone the mason told him about how in new hearths they are adding pizza doors to the top. Just a thought...

Have a FAR-out Tuesday!


Husker Gary said...

-They don’t make ‘em like The Sound of Music any more
-Ah, TIGER BEAT, when stories of teen idols didn’t contain drugs, theft or public sex
-Would you take this trip to MARS?
-My brother was Jack Sprat. He weighed 120 lbs and his wife weighed north of 200.
-“I vow to clean house in Washington D.C.”, I BET!
-Mom and Pop closed the store and now shop at Wal Mart
-Wonderful RAGS to Riches
-Bill Cosby’s take on God talking to Noah before the DELUGE
-When kids brought FERRETS to school the foul smell was overwhelming
-Radar got LIFTS in an episode of M*A*S*H
-How come when Joann has an ITCH, I wind up SCRATCHING?
-I’ve seen hour long LECTURES with note taking to 13 year olds by lazy teachers
-Great snap Lemon.
-What famous movie had this slogan on an office wall “His judgment cometh and right soon”?

Tinbeni said...

(The) Shawshank Redemption

PK said...

HG: Well, who better to scratch Joann's itches?

Some things I remember about the ferret story: The smell. The lady said they can't be "housebroken". Since they tended to leave "calling cards" along the walls, she had layers of newspaper lining the floors there around the living room.

Ferrets are nocturnal animals. She had room darkening shades on the windows so the animals would be active in the daytime. (I was taking notes in a darkened room.) They left the lights on where the animals were so they would sleep when she and her husband wanted to.

I thought the ferrets would be caged or I wouldn't have agreed to do the story.

chin said...

Never heard of Tigerbeat but perps took care of it.
I always thought the A in IGA was Association. We have them here in SC and when we lived on upstate NY, we shopped at one. Also, I saw one in Sydney, Australia.

I have my house power washed every year. I pay $125. I own a small washer but it doesn't do a great job on the upstairs level so I pay.

Anonymous said...

Mari - thank you for your wonderful link on Anti Cheating Blinkers.

They appear to be a definite improvement on Burgas, burquinis and chadors !

Most of all, they are uni-sexual so men can also 'benefit ' from them.

Dennis, thank you, for your wonderful blonde joke. That was hilarious. Now, I can ascribe it my favorite ethnic group ... And make it even more funny. ( just kidding).

Anonymous said...

This video from Japan, shows that the continued use of the Abacus can lead to some pretty amazing powers in the field of computational mathematics.

The latter half of the video shows 'expert' kids who can use a mental abacus as a calculator, in their own minds.

Pretty mind blowing.

Abacus Video


Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I whizzed through this puzzle faster than a Monday offering. Even with Tetris and Tigerbeat not within my realm, I managed to perps things I didn't know.

I got the theme and so "Sound of Music" was an easy fill. This is one of my favorite movies.

Lectures were some times hard to sit through as many were so boring they put people to sleep--literally.

Congratulations C.C. and Don on your NYT's puzzle today.

Lemonade, that picture of Charlotte is beyond cute. She is a real charmer.

Lots to do today.

Have a good one, everyone.

Ford Models said...

Better copyright that photo, Lemonade,

And get thee to a modeling agency.

Your grand kid has all the trappings to be a baby super model. And don't wait. She will get older all too soon, and then maybe she'll be over the age and cutemness limit.. Time is apassing. In this case, time is also money and fame.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Fun puzzle today. I thought it was a lot easier than yesterday's.

Argyle, love that peacemaker!

Dennis, interesting dinner-theater experience. Funny joke, too. Thank you.

Our son will be opening his new cell-phone repair (named CPR, believe it or not) business at the Pavilions in Scottsdale the end of this month. We are rooting for him!

Best wishes to you all.

Zcarguy said...

Thank you Marti and Dennis , apparently the estimate includes cleaning all the windows inside out , gutters and so on , being a 3700 Sf house , and was vacant and unkept , it doesn't sound too bad , I'm still gonna look into buying my own power washer tho .

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Very late to the dance due to a busy, busy day and not getting to the puzzle until now, thanks to Cruciverb being AWOL. (I normally do the puzzle the evening before and then I can come straight to the blog in the morning.)

Kudos, Steve, for a fresh and clever theme and thanks, Argyle, for a witty expo.

I took 6 or 7 nieces to see The Sound of Music when it first came out. Thinking about that now makes me wonder how I kept track of them. Ah, youth! On another occasion, I took my mother who promptly fell asleep.

Lemon, that picture is adorable and Charlotte is a beautiful child; I love her smile!

Jace, I also like your new Avatar; you look very happy!

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you for all the kind words, and yes it was a professional photographer who knew nothing of my secret identity here

desper-otto said...

I think that's what the guy who invented the word "serendipity" was thinking about.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I only blew it on TETRIS. I know - it's a small thing, but since it is sounded as a schwa, the "i" in TETRIS could be almost any vowel. In this case, the perp didn't help because I couldn't automatically distinguish between RECTO- or RECTI-, or even RECTA-.

Fun to see ABACI again this week. I came across it in the NY Times Sunday pzl. There the clue was simply "Counters," a dazzling misdirection, I thought.

Ol' Man Keith said...

And yes, I agree-- what a sweet and appropriate photo of Charlotte!

Java Mama said...

Good evening, everyone! A nice-n-easy Tuesday romp today – thanks Steve. Even with the theme-heavy fill, there were very few holdups along the way. Thanks for the great write-up, Argyle. I enjoyed the photos of ADELE and Fred Astaire – she was gorgeous.

Some really fun clue/answer combos: Eagle’s Picker-Upper = TALON, Put Down Stakes = CAMPED, and my favorite, In the Altogether = AU NATUREL. Was never a fan of teen magazines (even when I was a teen), but managed to pull TIGER BEAT out of the recesses. Some nights when DH starts to SNORE, it can be like trying to sleep next to a freight train; I usually resign myself to a night on the couch.

Lemony, thanks for sharing the delightful picture of Miss Charlotte, Entrepreneur. What a cutie!

Bill G. said...

For the last several years, Barbara has ordered Major League Baseball video feed from ESPN so she can watch her Yankees. With one of the local stations that shows the Dodgers blacked out by TimeWarner, I have been using it also to watch the Dodgers. The game is blacked out until about 90 minutes after it's over. Oh, the pain and suffering... We are having Verizon's FIOS installed Friday. That'll make TW sorry!

I just did a CW on the MSNBC webpage, a Universal puzzle by Henry Quarters. I thought it was surprisingly good, pretty equivalent most of our Monday through Wednesday puzzles. How is he regarded in the ranks of constructors? I have never noticed his name on the LAT puzzles.

Lemonade714 said...

Bill G. I often do the Universal as it is in the Miami paper and they are all right, just do not seem as tight as the LAT. I have seen some of our constructors published there.

Puzzles is puzzles.

Bill G. said...

I want to read an Elmore Leonard novel. Which of his were the most popular? Any personal recommendations?

I am rereading a Nero Wolfe mystery due to indecision as to what else I would enjoy. Suggestions?

Bill G. said...

Oh, and I just started reading a novel my daughter was discarding, a NY Times bestseller called "A Reliable Wife" by Robert Goolrick. Any opinions? Am I likely to enjoy it? Some of the reviews I read on Amazon range from lousy to unputdownable

As you can see, I'm desperate to find a new book I am likely to like.

Lemonade714 said...

Bill you can not go wrong with old Nero Wolfe, but if you want to tackle Leonard the Get Shorty and Be Cool twosome are a place to start.

There also many foreign authors like Kerry Greenwood, or Ian Rankin who are story tellers.

Have fun

Dudley said...

Cruciverb is STILL out to lunch. That's three days running. Grrrr

PK said...

BillG: I agree with Lemonade that "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool" are two of the best of Elmore Leonard. However, I think guaranteeing that you will like them is iffy. I did, but he's not a favorite author for me. Picking a book for someone else is almost like picking a spouse or a pet for someone else. Never know what will appeal to someone else.

Irish Miss said...

Bill G @ 10:11 - Re A Reliable Wife: I read it when it was first published. Personally, I liked it, even though the characters and story-line are way, way out of the mainstream. From what I "know" of your sensitivity and genteel outlook, I don't think you will like this book. However, I could be wrong; only you can answer that question. (-:

Anonymous T said...

G' Eve all:

Lemonade - cute kid. Also, thanks for pointing me to C.C.'s NTY effort with Don. The corner store still had a paper and I just finished the pzl (I think, I'll let Rex tell me where I err'd). C.C. It was fun, thanks!

Bill G. Book: I just finished Gulp (not for the week stomach, but the science is cool), Can't Buy me Like (you might like the data-mining stories), and Dark Spots on the Map (secret bases & places). I'm not one much for fiction...

IM - Are you a lefty? Your emoticons are "backwards" like DW's. Do you also open cereal boxes upside down or is that just DW?

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

Lemon, PK and Irish Miss: I really appreciate your input. I'm thinking you have a good read on my tastes in books and movies. Maybe Elmore Leonard is not the author for me but I'll give those two books a try anyway. And based on what I read on Amazon, I'm guessing you are right that I might not like "A Reliable Wife" so much either. But, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Maybe I'll try the two authors Lemon suggested. Anyway, I appreciate the helpful advice. Thanks.

AnonT, lefty emoticons! I never noticed. Good catch!

Irish Miss said...

Anonymous T - No, I'm not a leftie. That is just the way I have been doing the emoticon. So, it should be -:)?

Irish Miss said...

BTW, Anonymous T, no, I don't open cereal boxes upside down, or any other way, for that matter, because I don't eat cereal! -:)

Anonymous T said...

IM - My wife is a lefty and (-: is her "smiley face." I said, you have it backwards and she said "looks fine to me." Scott F at CMU wrote an email suggesting it in '82 WikiLink . Of course, if it conveys meaning and falls withing the symbolic construct - its a word (DH taught me that), so no worries just curious. Keep it however you like.

I just finished Rex's blog on the NYT. What a bunch of ... well, lets say the first posters were not kind to C.C.'s puzzle. Gareth & Chefwen stood up for the work, but the NAY sayers are just nasty folk. I like the good folks here...

BTW, Jayce - love the new Avatar. I want a hat like that...
HG - I'll go to MARS one-way when NASA makes powdered vodka to go with the TANG :-).

Chhers, -T