Oct 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Gareth Bain

Theme: "Be Mine" - Words that indicate a relationship begin the theme entries.

20. Put on trial, in the military : COURT MARTIALED

32. Fruity loaf : DATE BREAD

43. Caption under a monkey covering its eyes : SEE NO EVIL

58. End dramatically : GO OUT WITH A BANG

Argyle here. No unifier or reveal today and it wasn't needed. Some learning moments but not likely to become common crosswordese. I did smile a lot while solving; what more could you ask for?


1. Medicine-testing org. : FDA. (Food and Drug Administration)

4. Brief chat : WORD. But if you're having words, it's not good for today's theme.

8. Destructive insect : MOTH But not 68A. Long-tailed 8-Across : LUNA

12. Tolkien henchmen : ORCs

14. Astrological Ram : ARIES

16. Days of old : YORE

17. Frequent prank caller to Moe's Tavern : BART

18. Snicker : TE-HEE

19. Ostrich cousin : RHEA

23. Forrest Gump's Army friend : BUBBA.  LINK  Lt. Dan fit also.

24. "Nifty!" : "NEAT!"

25. Chowed down : ATE. Shrimp!

26. One of the Gulf States: Abbr. : ALA. Home to Forrest and Bubba, Alabama.

27. Springsteen's "__ to Run" : BORN

30. One who hems but doesn't haw? : TAILOR

35. Séance sounds : RAPS

36. Even-steven : TIED

37. Indian prince : RAJA

40. "Nerts!" : "DRAT!"

48. Casual comment : REMARK

51. __ helmet: safari wear: PITH
52. "__ Yankee Doodle ..." : I'M A

53. Sleeve filler : ARM

54. Broadcasts : AIRS

56. Parachute fabric : NYLON. (ripstop nylon, woven with a double thread approximately every quarter inch to prevent the expansion of small rips.)

62. Catches some rays : SUNS. Hand up for TANS.

63. Freeze over : ICE UP. Never at Villa Incognito.

64. Committed perjury : LIED

66. "Miss __ Regrets": Porter song : OTIS. I love this song. LINK(3:33)

67. Perform brilliantly : SHINE

69. Approach : NEAR

70. Sinusitis docs : ENTs. (ear, nose, and throat)

71. Darn or baste : SEW


1. Watch chain : FOB

2. Bram Stoker's count : DRACULA

3. Nimble circus performer : ACROBAT

4. Light bulb unit : WATT

5. Utah city : OREM

6. One-named Barbadian singer : RIHANNA. Barbadian may refer to anything of or relating to Barbados. She was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, but her name comes from the Welsh name Rhiannon.

7. Brand that "Nothing runs like" : DEERE

8. British pianist Hess : MYRA. Dame Myra Hess, DBE (1890 – 1965) classical pianist.

9. "C'est magnifique!" : "OOH LA LA!"

10. "Rock-a-bye baby" spot : TREETOP. Rock-a-bye my Saro Jane(2:46)-Flatt & Scruggs.

11. Painful-looking soccer shots : HEADERS. Even a dog can do it. LINK


13. Puny pencil : STUB

15. Tuned to, as a radio dial : SET AT

21. Synagogue leader : RABBI

22. Call __ day : IT A

23. Defective : BAD

28. Miner's discovery : ORE

29. Wine shop section : REDS

31. "Dies __": hymn : IRAE. (Day of Wrath)

33. Jones of jazz : ETTA

34. Half of sechs : DREI. German 6/3

38. Colony crawler : ANT

39. Sloop in a Beach Boys hit : JOHN B. Hugh write-up in Wikipedia; interesting. LINK

40. Seems to last forever : DRAGS ON

41. Require to detour : REROUTE. No problem with GPS.

42. Strong-smelling cleaner : AMMONIA

44. Oscar-winning "Casablanca" co-screenwriter Julius or Philip : EPSTEIN. Trivia.

45. Lithuania's capital : VILNIUS. A combination of old and new. MAP

46. Comic Coca who worked with Sid Caesar : IMOGENE

47. PC-to-PC system : LAN. (local area network)

49. Wharf rodent : RAT

50. Fuzzy green fruits : KIWIs

55. Wealthy, in France : RICHE

57. Southern pronoun : Y'ALL

59. U.S. ally in WWII : USSR

60. Follow the game? : HUNT. Game = prey.

61. "Planet of the __" : APES

65. Margery of nursery rhymes : DAW. A close shout out for Marge.

See-Saw, Margery Daw,
Jacky shall have a new master;
Jacky shall have but a penny a day,
Because he can't work any faster.



OwenKL said...

A romantic theme for a TWOSday!

Lawyers are hired to exhort
Judge or jury to rule on their tort.
But when pleadings, relational,
Are non-confrontational,
It's presumptive they're going to COURT.

The person who always is late
Has inevitably, a punctual mate.
They seem, to bystanders,
To use different calendars;
It's a wonder when they agree on a DATE!

Adolescents, with hormones at sea
Are uncertain of boy-girl degree.
When are they ready
To start going steady?
Is it dating, just one person to SEE?

In romance, there's some kind of myth
That commitment requires great pith.
In truth, it is easy:
Don't be cloddish or cheesy,
Who you came in with is who you GO OUT WITH!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Cute theme today, although I completely missed it during the solve (and it took a few minutes after all was said and done to suss it out).

Pretty easy overall, but I did get bogged down a bit with all the names. Down south was the worst with VILNIUS and DAW (good thing I knew IMOGENE!). Up north I had no idea where RIHANNA came from, so that took a few perps as well.


Anonymous said...




TTP said...

Good morning all. Thanks Gareth !

As Barry said, fast solve. I didn't look for the theme. Thanks for pointing it out Argyle. Your writeup was great, but I don't get that song about Miss Otis. Maybe I'll listen to it again. Must have missed something.

Hand up for almost losing it with VILNIUS and DAW, but LUNA gave me the needed L and U. I never heard that nursery rhyme.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. I didn't so much care for this theme, but OOH, LA LA! I though there were lots of other fun clues.

I laughed at Sleeve Filler = ARM.

Follow the Game = HUNT was my favorite clue.

Hand up for Tans before SUNS.

I also wanted Taps instead of RAPS for the Seance Sounds.

The plural of Y'ALL is All y'all.

I am Required to Detour because of construction in my neighborhood.

QOD: The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith (Oct. 15, 1908 ~ Apr. 29, 2006)


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This was a nice Tuesday offering with some interesting fill. It was nice to see RHEA rather than the over-used EMU. My state already had the _LA so I immediately inked in the F -- oops! ALA!

Argyle, that remark about ripstop was elucidating. I'm surprised that Vilnius is so far from the Baltic. How did Marko Ramius ever become a sea captain?

Erudition Magician said...

I've never before been on a blog where people are so vain as to think others care what their captcha is. Who sits there and thinks, gee, I'll bet everyone would love to know what my arrangement of letters is?

There can be funny ones, and they're great to share, but the meaningless ones? Just an exercise in vanity.


Mari said...

Good morning everybody. Good puzzle today easy enough theme. I liked 60D: Follow the Game? HUNT.

I can't say I've every used the word "Nerts" in a sentence.

Have a wonderful day!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you Gareth Bain, for a swell puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for the fine review.

Great poem, OwenKL. I look forward to these each day.

The puzzle was just right for a Tuesday. Had to skip a few, but came back when I had a few more letters. RIHANNA is an example.

DEERE was easy. Big name in Illinois, Moline.

After a couple perps VILNIUS fell.

I think we had OOH LA LA recently, or a variation of it.

Yes, the USSR was our ally in WW-II, but that sure changed right after the war ended.

Theme was neat.

Well, that's it. See you tomorrow.



kazie said...

Hand up for TANS until REROUTE appeared. I didn't know IMOGENE or RIHANNA, but they perped out.

Vilnius was a gimme since our younger son spent 10 days driving all over Lithuania before meeting us in Chemnitz last month. He was couch-surfing again, and said the people were wonderful, and the scenery really interesting.

Argyle said...

d-o, I was a parachute rigger in the service so I know a little about ripstop nylon.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Good blog, Argyle.

I had 'tans' before SUNS, too; my only stumble. Didn't know RIHANNA was Barbadian. The theme sprang right out.
VILNIUS was Capt. Ramius' hometown in 'Red October'
REROUTE - Here is some Detour music.
Good job, Gareth; Thanks.

HeartRx said...

Good morning all!

I skipped over "Destructive insect" because "carpenter ant" and "termite" wouldn't fit. For RHEA, I wanted EMEU and for COURT MARTIALED I had entered COURTMARshalls. Duh!! So the NW corner was a real mess until I started looking at the down entries.

Then OOH LA LA, the entire puzzle just flowed from there. Great job, Gareth!

Anonymous T said...

G'Morning All!

Fun puzzle from Gareth & a second day of Argyle's wonderful follow-up.

1st write-over was MARsha... uh-oh. Then I recalled there is MARTIAL when SETAT fell.@67a I had SHoNE until I thought that Eo in 44d doesn't feel right.

Biggest slowdown was in SE. Finally, I just WAG'd 68a & 71a. Imagine my suprise that I got it right! (Once in a row...)

The album BORN to Run is 10x better than The Boss' BORN in the U.S.A. I find it peculiar that the latter is used for patriotic music at rallies considering the lyrics not in the title.

Good day to all - SEENOEVIL...
Cheers, -T

Montana said...

Good morning, everybody. Thanks Gareth and Argyle for a nice start to Tuesday. Thanks, Owen, for the limericks.

This was easier for me than yesterday’s puzzle. I needed perps here and there, but not many.

My grand-daughter’s other grandparents live 60 miles from Vilnius in Kaunas, LT. They often go to the beach of the Baltic Sea in the summer. It isn’t very far—it is a small country.

I am a volunteer counselor who helps people with Medicare issues. Start of Open Enrollment Period is today, so I am off to work. I have a very nice office in our County Nurse’s building and enjoy helping people without computers or family nearby.

Have a good day,


Husker Gary said...

Subbing today and my first class had surnames of Mendoza, Morales, Rivera, Mancia, Calderon, Esparza, Alarcon, Monterroso, Romero and Munoz. It reflects the change in demographics in our town and the kids are great and speak two languages flawlessly.
-I had to go back to get the theme as I steamrolled through this BAD boy
-Two famous movie COURTS MARTIAL this one and this one
-The Colts went out with a WHIMPER and not a BANG last night
-BUBBA and ALA juxtaposed neatly
-If you believe in SEANCES, I’ve got some ocean front property south of Omaha I’d like to show you
-LIED in Lincoln
-After two days of rain, the sun has just started to SHINE here
-The COUNT on Sesame Street was much more benign
-There seems to be a link to HEADERS and concussions
-There is no pencil STUB so small a 7th grader won’t try to use it
-My GPS did not know a bridge was out and it tirelessly kept trying to REROUTE me back to it
-Great quote Hahtoolah!
-Gotta go teach the Cartesian Plane!

Anonymous T said...

HG - Your class sounds like an MLB team. Though, I wouldn't let the 1st guy bat unless he's an NL pitcher* :-)

C, -T
*For those who don't get it see this.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Oh, NERTS! I didn't come close to figuring out the theme until Argyle's reveal. Thanks! But I did enjoy the puzzle, Gareth. Fast solve.

My WORD, that would be a very brief chat. For some reason, the "w" there was the last fill. WATTs that all about?

I knew RIHANNA was an island girl, but wasn't sure which one. Perps filled a few letters and I got her. She became more famous after being beaten up, but what a price to pay.

VILNIUS was new to me.

Montana, do doctors take Medicare patients in your state? In this city it is difficult to find a doctor who will take new patients or patients on Medicare. I have to pay up front. Medicare may reimburse me if I ever meet my deductible which doesn't happen most years.

kazie said...

Really cute grandbaby photo in your icon! That beach area on the LT coast seemed to be very touristy when I was researching a bit for my son. He must have gone through Kaunas en route to the coast from Vilnius.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Missed the theme totally.

Needed perp help here and there, but no major problems.

Some excellent vertical fill.

Gareth never disappoints.

Nor does Owen. Very clever.

Not sure if I should be amused or bemused by the lack of self-awareness displayed in ego-referencing comments.

LUNA is one of my favorite Harry Potter characters. Strangely, she doesn't have a MOTHer.

Verlander on the mound tonight. If Leyland pulls him after 7 innings and 100 pitches, I'm going to have to do some really serious drinking.

No other hitter in the AL terrifies me like Big Papi.

Cool regards

Qli said...

Thanks, Gareth and Argyle, for an enjoyable start to the morning. I was glad to see the theme revealed; I was so tickled by a recored solve time that I missed it till I came here.

Interesting take on LUNA and MOTHer, JazzB :) I got into HP after my sister(who was reading the books to her daughters) raved about the series. I still haven't checked out the newest Rowling novel.

We have already greatly exceeded our yearly precipitation average. Wonder what kind of winter we will have? Lots of HUNTers following game last weekend. It was the pheasant season opener.

CrossEyedDave said...

I was so unsure of my 1st pass answers on this puzzle that I think I have perfected the light touch of penciling in with a pen...

That said...

The rest filled in nicely, but it was annoying to have to fill in each box twice...

A dating theme? I didn't see it at all, but here's a tip.

See/Hear/Speak no evil? Not on this beach...

Early Imogene Coca & Sid Ceasar. I can imagine Jackie Gleason, or a dozen other comics doing this bit, but for some reason, I have no idea what to expect when these two do it...

Anonymous T said...

CED - I'd never seen Imogene before - no .clue in ~.

That was funny - like we discussed yesterday, the old-time comedians are the best (if not dated; I'm sure DW would take exeption to the sketch - she rear-ended someone a week ago. *&^$#ing iPhone...). Thanks.

Owen - I kept forgetting as I burned posts to thank you for the fun daily rhymes.

JzB - I think snarky someone doesn't know the history of when the CAPTCHA was introduced and annoyed folks & that was appened as protest. This was explained about 6 weeks ago and at least once since I asked :-)

D-O how much rain did you get up there? I show 2.5". I heard Austin got 12" Sunday and canceled "City Limits."

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Burning posts here - but for MLB fans this NYT sports article from yesterday. It talks about BARTman 10 years later and how he can get back to Wrigley Field. I think he should walk the goat around the outfiled next year...


Lucina said...

Hello, friends! You SHINE, Argyle. I was surprised to learn of your work with parachutes. That's an important task!

I had a fun solve with Gareth Bain's puzzle and learned a few things. I had no idea of RIHANNA'S origins, nor that BART made prank calls to Moe's Tavern but that was my immediate fill.

MYRA was new to me, too, but easily perped. DREI was a WAG and hand up for TANS before SUNS.

VILNIUS is familiar to me but had to wait for it to work out.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Misty said...

Gareth, I love your puzzles and this one was a delight, even though I couldn't figure out the theme and needed Argyle's help on that one. And I love ROMANCE--go figure! But I actually knew most of the proper names for a change, and so had a lot of fun doing the solving. So, many thanks, and to you too, Argyle, for the great expo. Never heard the second verse to the Margery DAW poem, thanks for posting it.

Marti, I'm glad I'm not the only one who almost goofed with COURT MARSHALED instead of COURT MARTIALED.

Great limerick set this morning, Owen.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

I always enjoy a Gareth offering and this was a fun one but, alas, a FIW due to Rana instead of Raja. I knew it looked odd, especially with the Beach Boys sloop being NohnB, but I left it, so no TADA. I also didn't get the theme until reading Argyle's fine expo.

Naturally thought of Tin at Ice up (Heaven forbid!). Speaking of Heaven, does anyone know how to make Holy Water? Boil the Hell out of it!

Still enjoying beautiful Fall weather. It's supposed to be 70 today with lots of sunshine.

Thanks, Owen, for starting our day with a smile.

Happy Tuesday.

Montana said...

PK, I don't know of any doctors in Montana who do not accept Medicare patients. Some doctors limit 'new' patients due to overload, but not just Medicare people.

Kazie, the girls are wearing their dresses from Lithuania. Grandparents don't speak English, but they Skype once a week. In Lithuanian I know Hello (labas) and Thank you (aciu)which sounds like one is sneezing--that's all. Maybe I'll learn a few more words this winter. I guess I know gramma (mociute)and grandpa (senele).



Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Congrats on your puzzle yesterday with C.C. in the NYT.
C.C. Nice "Double-HEADER" on Monday.

Needed all the 'perps' to get MYRA and VILNIUS and 'hand-up' for tans before SUNS.

Like how the theme ended "WITH A BANG"... kinda like some first dates 'in-my-ute'. LOL !!!

ICE-UP isn't gonna EVER happen at Villa Incognito.
Dimple Pinch NEAT (or not at all)!

Anonymous T: The link info about Mendoza Line was interesting.

Jazz: I would have walked Big Papi ... even with the bases loaded.
("Bases Loaded" just love that expression. I wonder why?)
Cheers !!!

Yellowrocks said...

cerivesI started off on the wrong foot writing FOB across and FDA down, so nothing fit in the NW. When the rest fell together very easily I knew I had a mistake in the NW. After I reversed across and down I completed it quickly.

PK your comment reminded me of a friend. People would say to him, "I'd like a WORD with you," Then they would open up with "Tom.." Tom would reply, "You've just had your word."

Parachute material reminded me of the days when we primary school kids would collect milkweed pods for the war effort. But then I remembered that the milkweed silk was not used for parachutes but for filler for life vests and flight suits. It replaced kapok which had become very scarce. I collected bags and bags of it. Did any of you?

The Margery Daw line, “Jack shall have but a penny a day because he can't work any faster,” reminds me of my son. He is paid by the units completed. Driving him to work costs me more in gas than he makes in a day. Ten miles there and back home twice a day = 40 miles. But the intangibles are well worth it: purpose, self-esteem, time to socialize with real peers, a sense of accomplishment. He now is working a fourth day a week at his request. He talks more, smiles more, and is beginning to take more of an interest in everything, even the printed word.

Although luna moths are pretty their larvae are destructive to plants. During the three to four weeks after hatching, the Luna Moth larvae will consume large quantities of trees and shrubs as their skins molts. The caterpillars feed on birch, alder, persimmon, sweetgum, hickory, walnut, sumac, and tomato plants.

desper-otto said...

Seeing MYRA Hess in today's puzzle reminded me of this comedy sketch, from a live performance of Beyond the Fringe. If you can understand the accents in Downton Abbey, you shouldn't have any trouble with this one.

Anonymous-T, We had a downpour about 30 minutes ago. Lasted at least 3 minutes. During the past two days we've accumulated maybe a quarter of an inch.

Argyle, did you ever have to pick one of your self-packed chutes at random and make a jump with it. I'd heard chute riggers were required to do that every once in a while.

Argyle said...

Yes, twice while at school in Lakehurst, NJ. And not that static line stuff either, free fall. (with a reserve chute)

CrossEyedDave said...

From the "posted before" files:

Parachuting cats.

Barts prank calls.


Husker Gary said...

-AT, we got three welcome inches of rain here in eastern Nebraska
-Also, I watched the Bartman special and have never felt so sorry for a sports fan than what that guy had to endure at the ball park and at his house later. He’s in hiding after ten years and has no intention of every telling anyone where he is. He does not even use a credit card for fear his name will be seen. Here’s what happened
-Incredible use of a NYLON Parachute
-Better use for NYLON

With encouragement from Owen (still got my day job, Owen)

Nylon that goes into a parachute
Can be useful beyond dispute
When seen on her legs female
Colbert made a car fishtail
Which sure beats the hell out a pantsuit

Wolfman Jack said...





Misty said...

Yellowrocks, what good news about your son. Thanks for letting us know.

maverick said...

Hand up for LT DAN on my 1st pass. Also went another direction on the Gulf State with UAE. Recently was re-setting up my stereo, turntable and albums after a remodel so my Sleeve Filler was LPS (wasn't comfortable with the plural answer though). It all got worked out pretty quickly.

Bill G. said...

Count me in with those who didn't get the theme until Argyle explained it. Barbara and I went to see Josh White in a club years ago. At intermission, I went upstairs to request Barbara's favorite song of his; Miss Otis Regrets. He did it so well.

I feel sorry for Bartman. I know I would have reached out for the treasured foul ball too when it was falling right in front of me. Too bad...

HG, yes, there's something about nylon stockings...


Bill G. said...

Second half of Hollywood Squares:

Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A.. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A.. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark..

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh

creature said...

Great puzzle , Gareth; and thanks to you Argyle. I will now spread my wings with you and CC, and see if I can accomplish 2 puzzles a day and still pore over all the great bloggers [my friends in my heart]. I have no idea how I would fare, if OwenKL went missing as some of my friends have from time to time.(good to see you NC-didn't we serve on some self- appointed committee?)
I wish OwenKL would publish his works (soft backed, of course) and sell it to us on an annual basis. What a treat!

VILNIUS was new to me also. I was old enough and young enough to know Imogene and Rihanna. I don't know how long that's gonna' last. Hmm

Mari,I think it takes a special kind of person-a nut with an offbeat angle- to boot. I have someone in mind.
Oh my, Irish Miss. I love your recipe for Holy Water!
YR, good to see you back..dear story with such promise.

Have a nice evening everyone.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Another easy solve today. I didn't see the theme until Argyle pointed it out. I was looking at the last word and not the first in all the theme answers.

Clever clues today: Follow the game/Hunt and One who hems but doesn't haw/Tailor.

I wasn't sure of the spelling of Rhianna's name or the spelling of Vilnius but both came with the perps.

When growing up an uncle gave me a parachute. It was just after the war and yardage was hard to come by. We made several garments out of that parachute--a couple of dresses, a blouse, and even a Halloween costume. There is a lot of material in one of those things.

Owen KL, Loved the poems today. You have a very clever way with words.

Nerts was a favorite of my FIL. He never swore otherwise, but used this very gentle oath when things didn't go quite his way.

Have a great day everyone.

Chickie said...

Montana, What a rewarding volunteer job! People need people like you to help. Thank you for your time and service.

And Husker--Does that seventh grader's pencil often gets stuck in the pencil sharpener? They have no sense of size and space, I think.

The persimmons are ready to pick. They are such a beautiful orange color. I love having a bowl of them on the kitchen counter. However, they don't last very long as they get eaten almost as fast as I bring them.

Yellowrocks, What a lovely story about your son. We all need to be needed, don't we?

Lucina said...

Captain Philips is a terrific movie! I just went to see it and was riveted the entire time even knowing the outcome. I highly recommend it.

Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca were just wonderful, weren't they? As are those hilarious clips BillG posted. I haven't laughed that heartily in a long time. Thank you, CED and Bill!

Hahtoolah said...

Lucina: we,too, saw Captain Phillips. I thought it was fabulous. I am with you on the recommendation.

Bill G. said...

YR, I certainly enjoyed hearing the story about your son.

Lucina, are you referring to the one-liners from Hollywood Squares? What is there about those old dudes that makes them seem so funny to us? Better writers? I feel sure none of the jokes was ad-libbed but I'm just guessing.

I'm off for a short bike ride, a macchiato and then an hour of tutoring. Then, the Dodgers game. Can they do it again?

fermatprime said...


Thanks Gareth, Argyle!

Zipped through this one faster than Monday puzzle. Got the theme.

Waited to put in SUNS or tans!

Did not remember VILNIUS, but a few perps helped.

Loved IMOGENE Coca!

Great work, Owen, as usual!


Keith Fowler said...

What can I add about a Tuesday Xword?
Let's see...

I got it. It was easy.


The appearance of MYRA Hess and NYLON in the same puzzle bestowed a WWII flavor on it. No?

Yellowrocks said...

Bill G. I enjoyed your Hollywood Squares one-liners. I heard the stars were given the questions in advance. Maybe I am naive, but I assumed they had time to come up with their own quips.

I loved the Caesar/Coco clip. They are among the oldies but goodies,one of my long time favorite duos.

Montana, how generous that you can volunteer that way. You have a good heart. How far away do you have to travel? I am astounded by the miles you put in.

After a day of a zillion errands we ate at one of my favorite Italian restaurants where they used to make delicious fried calamari. Today and the time before that it was very tough. The owner said it must have been a bad batch from the usual supplier. They buy it battered and frozen. I believe they must have changed cooks who don't know how to cook it properly. What do you foodies think?

Alas, tonight Jeopardy has been co-opted by a debate between the NYC mayoral candidates.

CrossEyedDave said...

Yellow Legs

The story of how Nylon got its name...

TTP said...

I read About Miss Otis Regrets

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Late again. Dog tired again. Did the puzzle hours ago, so it's not fresh in my mind, but certainly enjoyed the pleasant theme.

YellowRocks - my hat is off to you, I greatly respect the inconvenience you cope with on your son's behalf. You rock!

About Reroutes: I keep my old Garmin GPS set for the British English verbal instructions, mostly for fun. We call the female voice Alice. Any time I fail to accomplish a turn that Alice intended, she says "recalculating!" in a remarkably snide way, implying but not adding "Dumbass." Sigh.

PK said...

YR, How nice that Alan enjoys his work and that you both can enjoy a little more freedom. I'm sure it is a relief for you to know that he can adjust to time away from you. You have expressed your concern about his life should you no longer be able to care for him. Hang in there! And take care of yourself!

OwenKL said...

The version I can recall from my childhood went:
See Saw Margery Daw,
Jacky shall have a new master;
He shall earn but a penny a day,
For he can work no faster.
which is slightly different from Wiki's version.

Husker Gary: Excellent limerick! I do hope everyone realized that the word "her" in the third line was a typo that didn't belong there.
Nylon that goes into a parachute
Can be useful beyond dispute.
When seen on legs female
Colbert made a car fishtail,
Which sure beats the hell out a pantsuit!

Anonymous T said...

HG - I liked the array of gams! DW still has a pair that make this coyote's eyes pop out. Arrroooga!

Bill G. - With the price of playoff tix the game had to be a dissapointment, esp. in the 9th with the poor base running. Dodgers could taste it until then...

Dudley - I wish there was a smart-a** GPS. Siri's feelings get hurt when I call her Jane (SNL - MA advisory).

And a bit of a sad note. Today marks the 15th anniversary of Jon Postel's death. Between him and Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee couldn't have built HTML and we wouldn't be blogging here today. All hail Jon!

That's 5. WORD-up
Cheers, -T