Nov 4, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter

Theme: Don't Lose It - People giving work-related advice to stressed-out individuals.

17A. Mathematician's "Stay cool!"? : "COUNT TO TEN!"

29A. Golfer's "Stay cool!"? : "GET A GRIP!"

36A. Diver's "Stay cool!"? : "TAKE A DEEP BREATH!"

43A. Refrigeration mechanic's "Stay cool!"? : "CHILL OUT!"

58A. Realtor's "Stay cool!"? : "SETTLE DOWN!"

Argyle here. I've had my chill pill and things are firing on all cylinders. Marti has given us a sweet start to the week.


1. Credit card choice : VISA

5. Woman's address : MADAM

10. Nosegay : POSY. A small bunch of flowers.

14. Blogger's "That's what I think" : IMHO. (in my humble opinion)

15. Like beer in a cooler : ON ICE. A suitable use for ice.

16. Vogue rival : ELLE. Wikipedia has a long list of fashion magazines.

19. Radiant look : GLOW

20. Signed up for, as a contest : ENTERED

21. Bacon hunks : SLABS

22. Corrida cry : ¡OLE!

23. Hors d'oeuvres liver spread : PÂTÉ

25. Waist-tied kitchen protectors : APRONS

33. Pinot __: red wine : NOIR. No surprise to see this here.

34. Remove wool from : SHEAR

35. Half of the word "inning" : ENs. The letter N.

40. "Ewww!" : "ICK!"

41. Whistlestop places : TOWNS. Best I can find is that if you wanted to get off the train at a small town without scheduled stop, the conductor would signal the engineer who would proceed to blow the whistle twice as acknowledgement and to alert the station. It became political. LINK

42. Former Sony brand : AIWA. Aiwa began in the 50's as its own company. It was a Sony company only from 2002 to 2006 then kaput.

45. Take out a loan : BORROW

47. Senior advocacy gp. : AARP

48. Help out : AID

49. Roller coaster segments : LOOPS. Learn more HERE if you've the stomach for it.

52. Bedroom shoe : SLIPPER

57. "If __ a Hammer" : I HAD. The song was written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 and first recorded by The Weavers and then by Peter, Paul and Mary.


61. Arty NYC section : SOHO

62. Last new Olds : ALERO

63. Vicinity : AREA

64. Ruffian : THUG

65. Black __ spider : WIDOW

66. Legis. meeting : SESSion


1. '80s TV's "Miami __" : VICE

2. "That's my cue!" : "I'M ON!"

3. Closed : SHUT

4. Top-shelf : A-ONE

5. Refuges for overnighters : MOTELS

6. Battery terminal : ANODE

7. Morse code character : [DIT]

8. Stretchy bandage brand : ACE

9. "All the President's __" : MEN

10. Limb for Ahab : PEGLEG. Arrgh, the white whale got the real one.

11. Spanish stewpot : OLLA

12. Dinner's often on him : SLOB

13. Conifers with pliable wood : YEWS. Hence, their use for bows.

18. 1982 Disney sci-fi flick : TRON

21. Drummer Ringo : STARR

23. Chirps from chicks : PEEPS

24. Run __: get credit at the pub : A TAB

25. Bit of foolishness : ANTIC

26. Cook by simmering : POACH

27. Kipling's "__-Tikki-Tavi" : RIKKI. A short story in The Jungle Book about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.
28. Mined find : ORE

29. Treaty of __: War of 1812 ender : GHENT. A Flemish city now part of Belgium.

30. Show again : RE-AIR

31. Halved : IN TWO

32. "Horsefeathers!" : "PSHAW!"

34. Clinch, as a deal : SEW UP

37. Sky holder of myth : ATLAS

38. "Let's Make a Deal" choice : DOOR. one, two, or three?
39. Listening organ : EAR
44. What 46-Down totally isn't : LAP DOG. 46D. "Garfield" pooch : ODIE

45. Puff up in the wind, as a sail : BILLOW

48. Houston baseballer : ASTRO

49. Shopper's aid : LIST

50. "This can't be good" : "OH-OH!"

51. Waikiki's island : OAHU

53. High-tech hand-held gadgets, briefly : PDAs. (personal digital assistant)

54. Go (over) in detail : PORE

55. Baaing mas : EWEs

56. Genetic messengers : RNAs

58. Espied : SAW

59. Yalie : ELI

60. Turner of broadcasting : TED



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Fun Monday puzzle today with a terrific theme. A few minor hangups, including really wanting UH-OH instead of OH-OH, drawing a complete blank on GHENT and wondering what disqualified ODIE from being a LAPDOG, but everything else was smooth sailing.


OwenKL said...

When angry, he's told, COUNT TO TEN
The occasion comes up now and then.
Express lines at the store
Are well marked, "ten, no more,"
Yet he's behind a non-counter again!
When things started going to sh*t,
He was told, "you must GET A GRIP."
So he filled his with clothes
And now nobody knows
Where he went with that grip on a trip!
Once more, in a fight, Captain Sparrow
Finds himself on a wall much too narrow.
And smiling at death,
He'll leap to the sea like an arrow!
The Batman brings crime to its knees,
Like this guy, yclept Mr. Freeze:
When his gun's icy spout
Makes the Dark Knight CHILL OUT,
There's still a hot ACE up his sleeve!

Robin, his sidekick, swings round
With some bedding he purchased downtown.
There's a quilt for the Knight,
And a pillow for the fight;
Freeze's gun they finds won't SETTLE DOWN.

With feathers filling air like some chaff
At the cold gun our heroes can laugh.
Irate, they're not nice.
Soon the THUG is ON ICE.
(He'll be back in a year and a half.)

[A speed run until the very end. I had SENateS instead of SESSion. Mas is Spanish for more, so I just figured EWEN was a Spanish plural I was unfamiliar with, without even thinking mas might be mothers.]

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was a good way to start the work week. No serious problems, but a bit of a challenge and a fun theme.

Dinner's Often On Him = SLOB was my favorite clue.

The Whistlestops reminded me of Fanny Flagg's novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe.

QOD: America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system. ~ Walter Cronkite (Nov. 4, 1916 ~ July 17, 2009)


George Barany said...

Lots of good advice provided by this creative theme, as we get ready to tackle a new week having just gained an extra hour during the weekend. For those of you who missed it a week and a half ago, a bonus puzzle from Marti, entitled "Top Bananas," is posted here.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This was a nice speed run for early week fare. Thanks, Marti and Argyle. I vote for "Baaing mas" as my favorite clue.

Seeing SESSion and If I HAD a hammer fit right in with today's Thought for the Day from AWAD: This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer. -Will Rogers, humorist (1879-1935) And that was 80-odd years ago.

TTP said...

Top Shelf Monday puzzle Marti !

Loved "Dinner's often on him" for SLOB, plus the very descriptive "Puff up in the wind" for billow.

One type over at "Ewww!". Momentarily had YUK rather than ICK.

Speaking of Walter Cronkite, Bob Schieffer received the Walter Cronkite award a few days ago.

"Forget the need for ink and a printing press. Anybody who owns a computer, or an iPhone can be a publisher and many choose to be just that--qualified or not, well meaning or not, honest or not, informed or not," Schieffer said. "The result: we've discovered many smart new voices out there and excuse me for being blunt, a lot of people who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. We get more information but access to information does not always equate with wisdom. Even worse, much of what we get is just wrong, not just wrong but sometimes deliberately false, hateful and meant to harm."

Yea, I think Bob summed that up pretty well.

See all y'all later !

desper-otto said...

Lucina, from last night: That would depend on how long my resurrection lasted, wouldn't it?

[halfaig] -- partial breakfast?

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Marti, for a very good puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

This puzzle zipped right along, as it should, being Monday.

Needed some perps for AIWA.

Liked PEG LEG. SLOB, as well.

If I had a nickel for every MOTEL I had stayed at in my life. Wow!

I always get confused on RNA and DNA. I know they are tied together.

Liked your poem OwenKL.

Great QOD, Hahtoolah. And guess what? Some things never change.

Doctor's appointment at noon. See you tomorrow.



Argyle said...

I'm not sure but I think RNA is the messenger and DNA is the message.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Good intro, Argyle.

A greeting from Marti on Monday. How nice. Enjoyed the solve. No lookups or strikethroughs needed.
The diagonal black squares acted like a "Lofoten wall" and served to limit the connection of the corner fill to the opposite sides and to the center.

"whistlestop" - I live ~3 miles from the Utica Amtrak station. When atmospheric conditions are right, I can hear the double toot of the train about to leave the station.

Favorite fill - BILLOW

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." William A. Ward

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

What a fun Monday, Marti! I’ve violated all those sage pieces of advice but am getting better at it. Your perspective changes once you qualify for AARP. And, oh yeah, everybody has a gun and an attitude today so…

-GETting A GRIP on the club in 49° F weather ain’t easy
-IMHO and BACON t-shirts
-More than 50,000 ENTERED the NY Marathon. Great!
-I’ve had PATE in my mouth before I knew it was LIVER. Ewww…
-Many an evangelist has SHORN his flock
-Each hill or LOOP of a coaster must be lower than the preceding one one due to gravity and friction
-Is glorifying the THUG life today similar to how John Dillinger, et al were admired? Did Bonnie and Clyde really look like Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty?
-Burglars have forced us to keep our garage doors SHUT at all times
-Wanna test your ANODE?
-M*A*S*H and Seinfeld REAIRS do very well. Good writing lasts.

desper-otto said...

Husker, I'll bet that kid would also put his tongue on a steel swing set in below zero temperatures. That'd be a learning experience!

TTP said...


You you mean like Flick did to the light pole ?

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the fun write-up, Argyle. And I'm glad you picked up on the Pinot NOIR clue. Believe it or not, that was Rich's. I had "Somber genre."

The original submission had "deal with it" as one of the theme entries, but it really didn't jive with "cool it." I got lucky, since COUNT TO DEN has the exact same number of letters.

OwenKL, I have not heard the word "yclept" since HS, and you made me run to the dictionary to refresh my memory. Same goes for "Lofoten wall" from Spitz...thanks for the learning moments!

HeartRx said...

er, I meant TEN, not den...

BTW, this puzzle only took me 4:15 to solve...

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

What a pleasant way to start the week: a clever, fun offering from our own dear Marti, and a charming expo from our favorite Santa! Thanks to you both.

Fav clues were for slob and ewes. And picture Tin, what with the I C E word two days in a row!

Owen, you're amazing.

Hatoolah, DO, TTP and Spitz: Great quotes.

Have a great Monday.

JD said...

Good morning all,

Smooth fun puzzle; loved the theme.Only had write overs where I misplaced the answers.Grrr.Bacon hunks brought up much better visuals than slabs..ha,ha.

Thanks Marti and Argyle. Owen, tres bien!

Have a great week all.

CrossEyedDave said...

MArti, my only nit was to complain that it went to fast, but in the end, the NE corner gave me pause to smell the nosegay...

(Oh, & I had dot for dit until the perp that will be very unpopular with Tinbeni...)

CanadianEh! said...

Wow - record time today to finish and no red letter or Google helps! Thanks Marti & Argyle.

Last to fill was the unknown AIWA but perps helped.

I always have to remember the American versions ie. AARP not CARP.

Lots of 200th anniversary events in Niagara these last few years for War of 1812. We Canadians like to think we won. What really matters is our continued peaceful coexistence with our southern neighbour!!

Have a good day all.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice theme to relax with today, and a fine start to the week.

Well done, MADAM!

Barry - a LAPDOG doesn't drown you in drool.

Nosegay is such a weird word.

Misread "refuges" as "refugees." That was confusing.

"Baaing mas" looks like something in an obscure foreign language.

Fav clue is "Diner is often on him."

Seinfeld might have been good writing, but I never wanted to spend any time with those characters.



Cool regards

Mari said...

Good Morning Everybody, and welcome to the time change!

Great job Marti! Truly enjoyable puzzle. I especially liked the following clever clues:

55D: Baaing mas: EWES
12D: Dinner's often on him: SLOB
35A: Half of the word "inning: ENS

I liked 35A because the answer could have been: ENS, NNN or ING. Very clever.

Interesting word of the day: 45D: BILLOW

I hope you all have a great day and a wonderful week!

Mari said...

Desper-Otto @ 7:11 am: Loved your hafaig comment!

Lucina said...

Good day, friends! Yowza, two gift givers today, Santa and Marti. Thank you, both.

Owen, you must think in rhyme and it just spills out. Very impressive though I thought "yclept" was a typo.

Thank you again, Marti, for this sashay. I liked seeing both EWES and SHEAR in the grid. And though it was at least seven decades ago, I can still hear the baaas of the sheep being sheared at my grandmother's ranch;that and the calves being branded.

Like others I enjoyed the cluing for BILLOW and SLOB.

If you say so.

Enjoy your day, everyone!

Anonymous said...

I had POSH instead of POSY. I didn't understand the clue.

Bill G. said...

I saw Marti's name and I knew I was going to enjoy it. Several fun clues. Hands up for Uh-oh. Thanks Marti and Argyle.

I loved Fried Green Tomatoes. The parking lot scene is one of the best ever. Well, there are lots of memorable scenes...

HG, you can mail me your uneaten pate. I like pate, liverwurst, chicken livers, etc. The secret for liver is not to overcook it. Barbara's mother used to get beef liver and overcook it. Bad-tasting shoe leather would be about right.

Anonymous said...

Oh and I don't like the fill RNAS. RNA is chemical so it is uncountable. It would be as though the clue was "Something you drink" and the fill was WATERS.

Misty said...

Oh Argyle, you are so right: this great Marti puzzle was a sweet way to start the week! Thank you, Marti! I feel so good that I actually got practically all of the answers without perps or WAGs. Wonderful! Only AIWA was not in my wheelhouse.

Oh yes, DINNER IS OFTEN ON HIM has to be one of the funniest clues ever.

Little ODIE is just way too lively to be a LAPDOG. Our doxies are now ten years old, so they snooze right next to me on the sofa these days, practically LAPDOG style.

I could listen to Peter, Paul, and Mary sing "If I had a hammer" all day. Heard them once in concert in Gainesville, Florida, a kazillion years ago. They were wonderful!

Finally, I loved Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather (still angry about the way he was let go), and Bob Schieffer.

See, what good memories you brought back from the past, Marti? Thanks again!

Have a good week, everybody!

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A quick fun puzzle today. Thanks Marti for the gift and for Argyle for the explanations.

Hands up for Uh Oh at first and also for Yuk before Ick. Other than that things were a breeze today.

My favorite was Dinners on him/Slob.

My olla is cast iron. It is a workhorse during the cold months.

Owen, another great group of rhymes today. The first one is often so true.

Have a great day everyone

HeartRx said...

Anons @ 11:24 and 11:27:

nosegay link.

There are many different kinds of RNA : transfer, ribosomal, messenger and small nuclear RNAs all have different functions. And people do go to various health spas to "drink the waters."

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Excellent write-up & links.
Marti: Thank you for a FUN Monday puzzle.

Irish Miss: Yesterdays "Curling surface", (ICE) and ON-ICE, "Like beer in a cooler" are acceptable @ Villa Incognito.
Just as long as the Dimple Pinch scotch is served NEAT. (NEVER "ON-ICE!")

The SLOB clue/answer should win the 'clever-clue' monthly contest.

Only needed 4 perps to get AIWA ... then the V-8 can smack!

I prefer "Standard Time" ... the Sunset "toast" is earlier ... LOL !!!

HeartRx said...

Bill G. (from yesterday). I watched the 1000 dolphins link - it was really incredible to see so many at one time. Then I browsed down the sidebar links and got blown away by this little girl. 2:42

Bill G. said...

Marti, wow indeed! Such a beautiful song too. Thanks for finding that. Still, she needs to work on her enunciation. I couldn't understand a word of what she was singing about... Plus, I'll bet she can't swim as well as the dolphins. Of course, they can't sing opera as well as she can... So, I guess it's a stand off.

Lucina said...

Thank you for linking that Dutch girl. She does have remarkable talent!

And at 1202, did you mean "take the waters?" I would surely hate to drink some of those from the chemical pools not to mention all the people who go in them! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyable Monday run.

Got a chuckle at Marti's(Heart RX's) comment at 8:54 about how it only took her 4:15 to solve her own puzzle. Made me wonder what her Monday solve time on average was when she hadn't created the puzzle.

Spitzboov said...

HeartRx @ 1349. Talented little girl. Got a kick when the male judge said at several times near the end: "niet te geloven - echt" (unbelievable - really)

CrossEyedDave said...

What the heck,
is bothering me...

Manac said...

Wow! Mondays can never be bad when it starts with a Marti Puzzle.
You almost had me in the center with Ghent, Atlas and Towns. Atlas held up the world, No? Depos are stops, No?
What is sad is that I'm getting mail from AARP now. Where has the time gone?

Anonymous said...


Old age hits you like .... A bug hits a windshield of a car going 80 mph.

(Join the crowd).

The only thing worse than old age is not being there to enjoy it.

Now, if I can only read that damn capttcchha.

Anonymous said...

And kill the guy who thought up autocorrect !?$&!?$

I meant MANAC. .... Auto corrected .....

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Fun puzzle today. Marti, it immediately showed your humor and wit. I laughed out loud at the SLOB clue. Thank you for your contribution. Best wishes to you all.

Manac said...

Gee! That could have gotten ugly ;~)

Cotton picker said...


There , I got it right .... Take THAT, auto correct.

I just came across the funniest thing in along time .... ESPECIALLY the paragraph near the end, of what happened to the poor farmer James Parkes, living near. Madison county, Kentucky. .... !!!!

My stomachs hurting from all the laughter. I just couldn't help it.

Read it yourself

Link ... Hemp picking monkeys from South Africa !!??!! ....

Enjoy. ( crossword solving can get awfully dreary at times.)

Anonymous said...

correction for Sunday Puzzle..Tim Hardin wrote "If I Had A Hammer" not Pete Sieger...was a classmate and followed his career.

Puddly tat lover said...


You cat lover you .... Look at this enormous cat !

very! very! large kitty

JD said...

Bill, that little Dutch 9 year old brings back memories of 10 year old Jackie Evanco singing sensation who now has recorded a few albums... the Christmas one is probably ALREADY at your local Target TODAY!

JD said...

For all the cat lovers here..sorry if it has already been posted

Anonymous said...

Oops meant today's cw regarding "If I Had A Hammer" by Tim Hardin not Pete Seeger...tho he is gone, credit is due

Argyle said...

Close. "If I Were a Carpenter" by Tim Hardin.

River Doc said...

OMG JD, my cats would run, hide, and hiss like crazy any time the vacuum got brought out of the closet....

PK said...

Great puzzle, Marti! I did it early but haven't had time to post today. Fun theme! Thanks, Argyle, for putting things into perspective.

As for hemp and cotton-picking monkeys, sounds like whoever was circulating that story might have been hyping some primates he was trying to sell.

Misty said...

Aaarrghh. Another coyote attack on our two doxie tonight. I was calling them in after my husband was settled on the sofa by the caregiver, and just as they got to the patio door, a large coyote jumped our girl dachshund. I freaked and my screams drove it off, apparently, and neither dog was hurt. But I am totally rattled by having a coyote attack one of our dogs a foot from the patio door to our family room with me there right inside. Totally terrifying. I understand our homes are on what was once their wildlife preserve, but we have to figure out a way to satisfy their needs in the wilderness area so that they don't have to hunt our small dogs in our residential area.

Bill G. said...

Cats who enjoy vacuum cleaners. I never could have imagined. I learn so many things hanging out with people who solve crosswords...

Anonymous T said...

G'Night All:

Busy, busy, busy == $$$ :-) So no complaints.

Marti - That was fun! WEES. SLOB was the best. MIL always spill something on her shirt. The kids sit and wait for it. So double-smile at the fill.

Argyle & Owen - as always a great effort. Owen - I read your Saturday offering to MIL - she loved it too.

C.C. I may be a Twin's fan soon. I just saw that Ausmus will be the manager. He was a dang good catcher for the ASTROs for 10 years ago. The guy knew every batter's weakness for every game - every time. The Twins are lucky to land him (even w/o mgr. exp).

Off to bed... The new gig requires cubeville hours (i.e. before 9:00 am (and they are 50m away) - if you can't tell, I'm I night owl).

Cheers, -T

fermatprime said...


Swell puzzle, Marti; nice expo, Argyle!

Enjoyed the links today! Lots of fun.


Bill G. said...

Ooh, guess who tomorrow's constructor is? As a hint, the initials of the constructor can have both a hard and a soft sound.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G. Yippie! It should be fun!

Apologies to all for all my earlier typos, subject-verb mis-agreements, and words that just don't belong...

Hoepfulie I got thsi post rite... :-) C, -T

Bill G. said...

Anon.T, you are an embarrassment to all of the other good and faithful anons who make such thoughtful contributions on a regular basis. Please check out (or buy) a copy of Strunk and White and don't come back until you have it all memorized... Sheesh! :>)