Jan 27, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014 Patti Varol

Theme: Meanwhile, back at the lodge - Things you might find around the base of the mountain after a day on the slopes.

17A. Hitchhike : BUM A RIDE. Ski bum.

25A. Far from being in agreement : POLES APART. Ski poles.

39A. What a pep talk is meant to do : LIFT ONE'S SPIRITS. Ski lift (and spirits for Tenbeni).

51A. Graduation garb : CAP AND GOWN. Ski cap.

63A. Time relaxing in a chalet, and where the first words of 17-, 25-, 39-, and 51-Across may appear : APRÈS SKI. After ski.

Argyle here. Patti may have been inspired by Marti for this puzzle. A couple of moguls make it a bit harder than usual but a smooth run down Mount Monday.


1. Apply, as with a cotton swab : DAB

4. Dinner bills : TABs. Can you run a tab for dinners?

8. Defeat decisively : THRASH

14. Dean's email suffix : .EDU

15. Overlook : OMIT

16. "Respect" singer Franklin : ARETHA. The Queen of Soul.

19. Rented : LEASED. Maybe a little A-frame chalet in the mountains.

20. Write back : REPLY

21. Amazement : AWE


23. Pod fillers : PEAs

24. Out of the wind : ALEE. The warming hut.

28. More in need of moisturizer : DRIER. Your skin after a day on the mountain.

30. __ noire: dreaded thing : BÊTE. A person or thing especially disliked or dreaded: literally, black beast. (or a good name for a diamond ski run.)

31. Before today : AGO

33. Contact lens care brand : RENU

35. Indian prince : RAJAH

43. Pixieish : ELFIN

44. Strong veiny cheese : BLEU

45. Chanced upon : MET

46. Chess corner piece : ROOK. Castle.

49. Pizazz : OOMPH

55. Quantity of 53-Down : REAM

58. Grifter's game : SCAM

59. Diminish : EBB

60. Prima __: opera star : DONNA

61. Schoolchildren : PUPILS

66. Some nuclear trials : A-TESTS

67. Earth's natural satellite : MOON

68. Archaic : OLD

69. Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo : NERUDA. Ode to Broken Things.

70. Graph's x or y : AXIS

71. Nintendo's Super __ console : NES. (Nintendo Entertainment System)


1. Actress Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA


2. "I challenge you to __!" : A DUEL

3. Took out, gangland-style : BUMPED OFF

4. Conservative Brit : TORY

5. Bordeaux boyfriend : AMI

6. Offer at Sotheby's : BID. (auction house)

7. Great bargain : STEAL

8. "Honor Thy Father" writer Gay : TALESE

9. 1,000-year Eur. realm : HRE. (Holy Roman Empire, 962–1806)

10. Come back into view : RE-APPEAR

11. In a total fog : AT SEA

12. Use wool clippers on : SHEAR

13. Owned, in the Old Testament : HADST

18. K.C. Royal, e.g. : ALer. Baseball.

22. E.B. White's "Charlotte's __" : WEB. Hey, man, check this out; there at the bottom. Wiki.

25. Ball-__ hammer : PEEN

26. Normandy river : ORNE. In northwestern France.

27. Naturally lit courtyard : ATRIUM

29. Clothing patch type : IRON-ON

31. Pale or malt brew : ALE

32. Baseball's Hodges : GIL. Played most of his career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.

34. PC-to-printer port : USB

36. "Sesame Street" puppeteer : JIM HENSON

37. Had a meal : ATE

38. FDR successor : HST

40. Italian dessert sometimes made with espresso : TIRAMISU

41. Like much post-Christmas business : SLOW

42. Drudge : PEON

47. Black Sea port : ODESSA

48. Old USSR spy gp. : KGB

50. Golf instructors : PROs

51. TV from D.C. : C-SPAN

52. Sharp, as an eagle's eyesight : ACUTE

53. Photocopier supply : PAPER

54. Only U.S. president born in Hawaii : OBAMA

56. Foot-to-leg joint : ANKLE

57. Hotel cleaning crew : MAIDS

60. Cozy rooms : DENS

62. U.K. business abbr. : LTD

64. Chicken __ : POX

65. French king : ROI

Argyle here.


OwenKL said...

I don't really get much of a thrill
From being outside in the chill.
And I won't learn to SKI,
Because take it from me,
From the start, it's all going downhill.

To learn, a SKI BUM sets your goals;
How to use your crutches - er, SKI POLES.
How to ride a SKI LIFT
Up over the snow drift,
All while wearing a SKI CAP with just eye-holes!

The only reward I can see
Is a cup of hot chocolate, or three.
Can't even watch bikinis
On snow-surfing wahines;
They're in parkas of kapok, ÀPRES-SKI!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Mostly smooth sailing today. I did wonder for awhile what the heck a Ball-MEEN hammer was supposed to be until I realized 25A was POLES APART and not MILES APART. Also, had DRYER instead of DRIER at 28A, which had me thinking that 29D was going to be something bizarre like Y-SHAPED instead if IRON-ON.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Wow, this puzzle was right up my alley! Although, I didn't realize it until I got to APRE SKI. Like Barry, I had "miles" APART before POLES.

Great write-up, Argyle. I loved how you linked a bunch of the non-theme answers back to the theme. I also enjoyed NERUDA's "Ode to Broken Things." Thanks for posting.

Fun poem this morning, OwenKL…so, I take it you are not a skier?? (^0^)

Have a great start to the week, everyone.

Lemonade714 said...

I found this to be a fast and furious Monday solve, I just got going downhill and did not stop until the bottom.
I think any bill can be a TAB as it merely means a Tabulation, or as the Frech say L'addition.
Have a great final week of January 2014. Thanks Patti and Argyle

Lemonade714 said...

Meanwhile, Pablo Neruda was one of dear Clear Ayes favorite poets. Good to remember.

At Sea said...

An Author instead of Across? What does that mean?

HeartRx said...

Oops - I think I really do know how to spell APRES...

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

You were in fine fittle this morning, Argyle. I zipped and zoomed through this one. My only misstep was writing TIA MARIA where TIRAMISU should be. What was I thinking!

Remember back in the old days when you used the parallel port for the printer and a serial port for everything else? There was no such thing as USB.

Learning moment: APRESSKI is not the last name of a sports figure. It was filled in before I read the clue, and I couldn't parse it.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Nice to have a manageable Monday to reset the confidence meter. To put it in ski jargon, it was a bunny slope.

Lucina from last night - I hope Julian has a plan! It won't do for Bates to seek his own justice, unless of course he isn't caught. I'd like to see Lord Grantham get involved and get really, really angry. That could be fun. Not much screen time was spent on Edith's doctor visit, but it was enough. This could get messy. And what is that nefarious Thomas up to now?

thehondohurricane said...

Good day to all,

Rather easy solve today, even for a Monday. My computer illiteracy almost did me in though. I don't use contacts, so RENU meant nothing to me and PC-to printer port was a ????????????. On top of which I had Orle for a Normandy River. I caught that mistake and ORNE arrived . After taking it one letter at a time, RENU seemed to make sense. Have know idea what USB stands for or its purpose. The computer "stuff" is Lucy's area of expertise.

Thank you to Argyle & Patti for getting the week started off on the right foot.

Yellowrocks said...

Clever blog, Argyle.Bunny slope was a good description of this puzzle,Dudley. No moguls, at all. Smooth skiing.
Here is a beloved Duel poem from my childhood.
The Duel by Eugene Field
THE gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t'other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)
The gingham dog went "bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied "mee-ow!"
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Never mind: I'm only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

Yellowrocks said...

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, "Oh, dear! what shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw-
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don't fancy I exaggerate-
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)
Next morning where the two had sat
They found no trace of the dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)

Doesn't care about Bates said...

The incessant Downton Abbey gossip is off putting.

Dudley, Lucina and any other fans, please take your discussions to your e-mail accounts or create your own forum.

Your theories and observations EVERY Sunday, Monday and sometimes Tuesday are a little over the top. Don't you think?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

I appreciated the theme more after completion than while the solve was in progress. The 'after ski' words were actually quite clever. Liked SKI BUM. Nice to see a grid spanner, too. We've had NERUDA before, so that was fair. I had only heard and used 'bar TABS'.
Funny how BUM A RIDE and BUMPED OFF cross.

Have a good day.

CanadianEh! said...

Easy Monday puzzle today. I always do the ACROSS clues first and then the DOWN and that filled in the majority today. I had none of the theme answers at first but a second pass filled them. Last to fall was the SW corner because I did not know NERUDA or CSPAN.

Like Marti, I say "Great write-up, Argyle. I loved how you linked a bunch of the non-theme answers back to the theme".

Ear-worm for today will be RESPECT!
We got ODESSA again.

I had the best TIRAMISU at an Italian restaurant in Nairobi. My 2 year old granddaughter loved it too and ended up eating half of my piece!

CanadianEh! said...

enjoyed the poem YR!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Easy, breezy Monday except for a couple of miscues: miles apart and dryer. Didn't get the theme until the unifier. Thanks, Patti, for a fun start to the week and thanks, Argyle, for a witty write- up.

YR, loved the poem. All I could think of while reading it was CED and Manac! Also enjoyed Owen's offering.

It's gray and gloomy here and snowing. Frigid temps returning tonight.

Stay safe and warm.

CrossEyedDave said...

Ski Bum

Ski Pole?

Looks like the lift snagged another Ski Bum.

Ski Cap. (er, what ski cap?)

Apres ski? (no way,,, I aint finished yet...)

Husker Gary said...

A big, fat error on a Patty’s lovely Monday puzzle. Couldn’t let go of the more common MILES APART, even though I suspected PEEN was right and who knows about European rivers. I got APRES SKI but thought that was un peu difficile for Monday as well.

-Would you let her BUM A RIDE?
-Some idiot voters have lame excuses when they OMIT naming players like Hank Aaron and Willy Mays on their baseball hall of fame ballots. No player has gotten in with 100% in their year of eligibility
-It was tolerable yesterday when we were ALEE, but in the 40 mph wind…
-What rock and roll classic full of metaphors starts, “A long, long time AGO…”
-How safe do these ABOMB witnesses look? Yikes!
-In DEUEL county Nebraska two men with DUAL-tired pickups could get out and have a DUEL
-BUMP OFF? How ‘bout the Godfather baptism scene juxtaposed with multiple gangland murders? Modern Family did a fabulous spoof of that scene
-Mike Myers as verklempt Linda Richman on SNL, “The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire, discuss”
-As we left our Disney Hotel, we saw an army of MAIDS descending onto the property

TTP said...

Good morning all. Brrr ! It's cold !

Thank you Patty Varol. A very nice and very clean puzzle. Only two fills were unknowns. TALESE and BETE, and perps easily filled all but the intersecting E. That was an easy wag.

Already had the PO from PEEN and ORLE. Otherwise I too may have erroneously entered miles.

Argyle, thank you for you writeup.

HG, AP by DM

Lemonade714 said...

Actually "Doesn't care about Bates", this forum has always been open to many areas of discussion, and there appear to be many Downton Abbey fans here. I cannot imagine why any of this would be off-putting, as one can merely not read the part one is not interested in reading.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi Gang -

Internet is is misbehaving today.

Cruciverb doesn't have today's puzzle up, And I cant get to the LA Times website, nor the Det Free Press.

This leaves me puzzled, but without a puzzle.

Cool regards!

JD said...

Good morning all,

Loved all the extra tid bits this morning, Argyle, esp. the Ode to Broken Things.YR, that poem was another of our family favorites that we recited at the dinner table. Owen, loved your creation today!

I felt a tad rusty, kind of like I hadn't been on skis for awhile. Nothing seemed hard; I was just very slow.Had seed for peas and ere for ago at 1st. Couldn't get onto Cruciverb while in San Diego.Glorious weather and big waves for surfers...Lego Land is a kids' paradise, but my idea of fun is a day at the zoo. Came home to fog...may get rain later this week.

Lucina said...

Hello, Puzzlers! Yes, you are in fine fettle today, Argyle. Thank you especially for the NERUDA poem. I also thought of Clear Ayes.

This was a sparkly sashay from Patti Varol. It was a downward slide all the way with a bump at MILES APART but PEEN altered that.

Of course I immediately thought of Marti with the SKI theme.

I love the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat! Thank you.

Thank you for your response to Doesn't care about Bates. I shall also add that many of us here don't care for sports and often the details are discussed ad nauseum (for me) but we have never heard a peep about that. We respect each other too much.

Have a fabulous Monday, everyone!

Mari said...

Good morning everyody - I hope you're staying warm.

This Monday puzzle had a few stumpers for me. I didn't know BETE or NERUDA. And I had MILES APART instead of POLES APART.

Most of the rest filled in nicely, and I liked seeing the word OOMPH!

Have a great week.

Bill G. said...

That was a fun Monday puzzle. Thanks Patti and Argyle.

Lemon, Lucina and others; well said. I usually find it all interesting. But if I don't, I don't read it. Easy. I haven't watched DA yet. Maybe tonight.

Gary, yes, she could bum a ride from me. I used to hitch a ride up the big hill at Cornell to get a girl back to her dorm on time. I once hitched rides from Cornell to Philadelphia to visit a girl friend. It was a fun experience until it started snowing. Barbara and I picked up a guy walking along near Washington D.C. at night in cold, snowy weather. I was a little worried but he looked as if he needed some help and I may have saved his life.

thehondohurricane said...


Don't know if anyone has answered yet, buy I'm pretty sure it's American Pie. Sung by ...Mclean?

Misty said...

Patti, I always love your puzzles but hit a Natick this morning with RELI instead of RENU (I wear glasses instead of contacts) and ISB instead of USB (I'm clearly not a techie). But the rest was a lot of fun--many thanks! Also fun write-up with cool pictures, Argyle.

Loved the poem, Yellowrocks--many thanks!

Don't read this, Don't Care for Bates. I was so relieved that Hughes finally told Bates what happened and so moved to see Bates and Anna reunite. But that ending is ominous, I fear.

Have a great week, everybody!

Sallie said...

Good afternoon everyone. Late to the dance because we slept until 9:15. I do love retirement.

What Barry said.
DNF because I couldn't figure out CSP--. Therefore didn't know whether it was an ATEST or an N test. So two blank spots.

Thanks for the welcomes back yesterday.


john28man said...

Hands up for MILES APART also putting in RAISEONESPIRITS (sic).

I think I need to try and solve the revealer first. That would have avoided both problems.

Here on the front range the cold front that keeps dropping in to Midwest and East Coast keeps moving West over us and then receding so we get highs of nearly 60 followed by the teens the next one or two days. That's better than my old home town, Chicago.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Thanks, that was ACUTE picture of the Eagle.

Hand up for 'miLES' before POLES.

Favorite theme today was "Lift ones SPIRITS" (my daily Sunset Ritual!).
And the "Sun IS OVER the yardarm!"
So ... Cheers!

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A little crunchier for me than most Monday puzzles.
I didn't know the brand for Contact lenses, and Telese didn't come right off the bat.

Hands up for Dryer before Drier. I've ironed on many a patch but the Y threw me.

Orne was not known, so had to rely on the perps for the river.

Owen, I'm with you as far as skiing goes. I've never enjoyed the cold weather and I'm all for the hot chocolate and warm fire.

Yellowrocks, Thanks for posting ' "The dual". Also one of my favorites.

Have a great day, everyone. Off to run errands.

Chickie said...

Oops, " The Duel". I'm still asleep and it is 11:00 in the morning!!

Ol' Man Keith said...

I think Argyle's question about the appropriateness of TABS for dinners is based on the word's more common application to a "bar tab" and to the idea that one "runs" such a tab because one doesn't know at the outset how many drinks may be knocked back. Lemonade is of course correct that any bill can be said to be a TABulation, but I think more to the point is that most dinner checks are, like bar tabs, cumulative, and therefore are "run." Unless you order your desert at the same time as your appetizers and entrees, your dinner check is in fact a running tab.
The French, and many other Europeans, are notoriously slow at table service in restaurants. Even reckoning the tab (L'addition or die Rechnung) can be a snail-paced piece of performance art. It is not wise to plan a dinner out within two or three hours of a curtain time.
I once made that mistake in Avignon. We had seats at a festival concert. I advised our waiter in advance, but that did no good, probably because of my atrocious accent. Further attempts to hurry him did not help.
It was finally too late.
I left him two excellent tickets as his gratuity.

Argyle said...

Our school once placed an ad for a teacher to fill a "duel" position. And you wonder why students are failing English.

Ol' Man Keith said...

In re. "Doesn't care about Bates," I can only wonder why anyone bothers to be bothered? Is anyone actually grabbing DCAB by the scruff and forcing him or her into a discussion?

I am only moderately interested in follow-up chat about Downton, but I enjoy seeing what my fellow puzzlers like to talk about. Whether it is a TV show, a game, a book, or a piece of passing news, I appreciate being allowed to "eavesdrop" on your interests.
Thanks for sharing!

momnature said...


Thanks for linking the Wiki on Charlotte's Web...coincidently, today's Colorado Springs Gazette (Colorado Springs is where Charlotte Figi lives) had a story on that particular strain of cannabis that is indeed named for her. Fortunately for epileptic children, it is legal in Colorado!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I HADST a harder time than usual for a Monday puzzle but enjoyed it. Thanks, Patti!

Bravo, Argyle! Your comments had a certain OOMPH to them.

I was solving downhill, as could be deemed appropriate for a SKI puzzle, so my "P" was in place before I saw the clue and I thus avoided the problem. However, the ORNE/RENU/USB cross was a natick. ORNE was a new river for me to learn. NERUDA/LTD also tripped me up. I remembered NERUDA but thought the "D" was a "V" or "S" or "L" or "T". Oh, D....

I don't do cold slick stuff so don't SKI. I like to watch it on TV. I can't watch Downton Abbey because my ears no longer can interpret the English accent into something intelligible. Otherwise I'd watch it and enjoy it. Discuss it to your heart's content. Okay by me.

KJINC, thanks for the Pink Try clip last night.

Bill G. said...

Regarding the accents on DA and Foyle's War, I turn on the Closed Captioning so I can read if the accents befuddle my ears and brain.

River Doc said...

Happy Monday everybody!

Almost, almost finished a puzzle w/o one write-over. However, I confidently entered API where ALE eventully slid in, so....

I tried snow skiing once in high school. My experience was cold, wet, and miserable. Maybe it's because I'm a Leo. Or maybe it was because I stupidly was not wearing gloves. In any case, I prefer water skiing - it doesn't hurt as much when you fall....

That being said, my favorite APRÈS SKI scene is from The Pink Panther - David Niven and Robert Wagner each vying for Claudia Cardinale's attention....

Finally, CED, I have to admit to being just a little leery about clicking on your Ski Pole link after seeing what Ski Bum revealed...!

Argyle said...

momnature's link.

Yellowrocks said...

River Doc, I, too was a little leery about CED'd Ski Pole link after seeing Ski Bum.
For all you non sports fans, consider the sports cross talk here to be a favor. If you read it you may not understand or remember it all, but you will gain a passing acquaintance with sports names,terms, stadiums, etc.for future crossword solving.

Lucina said...

That is what I normally do when the discussion turns to sports. It is a source of learning and also understanding what others are interested in. If it becomes too technical I simply move one.

Husker Gary said...

-I second the breadth of the discussion here and retain my right to skip over quietly that which does not interest me as much as other items. Downton is a phenomenon not only here and Britain, but in Sweden, Russia, South Korea, the Middle East and dozens of other countries. Julian Fellowes’ writings may not be Shakespearean but they are a lotta fun and never dull. Therefore, we may see Bates BUMP OFF Mr. Green. Or Green might die at the hand of Anna, Mrs. Hughes, or Cora, Lord Crawley or…
-BTW, it ain’t like we’re debating the characters and plot elements of 2 ½ Men but all are welcome!
-This dovetails with my policy of never criticizing Rich and the constructors as they daily expand my horizons beyond what I thought possible (NERUDA today). My limited areas of expertise should provide no inclusion barrier but I believe our crossword muses are nearing the physical limits of how YOKO ONO may be clued ;-)

PK said...

BillG, That's a good idea. I have no idea whether I even have Closed Captioning on my set or how to turn it on. I'll have to look into that.

As for the Ski Bum, I got a good laugh, but I was wondering why he has that sunburned looking area on his back and nowhere else on the trunk. I figured anyone skiing in the buff in that much snow has either been into Tin's antifreeze or that's Colorado and he's high on their new legal substance.

Pat said...

An easy Monday puzzle. Thank you, Patti. Your review was a pleasure, Argyle.

I knew Gay TALESE. APRES SKI filled in quickly and helped with the theme answers.

I don't watch much TV, and I'm not into sports. I read the discussions anyway because, invariably, when I don't, someone refers to a comment later in the day. Then I have to go back and read the post so I know what's going on. Besides, I usually learn something.

One more day of bitter cold weather. I hope that's the last of it for this season.

Have a great week!

Jayce said...

I still love learning new things. Sometimes I go out of my way to research a topic to learn more about it.

TTP said...

Hey Jayce, me too !

I learned, after reading Argyle's writeup and some of today's comments, that I never read the clues for PUPILS, ATESTS and NERUDA.

KJINKC, from about a month or so ago... Kevlar Jacket ?

Hondo, it was American Pie and Don McLean.

Tinman, I asked the local liquor store proprietor to show me a bottle of Pinch. I just wanted to see it. He doesn't carry it anymore. Nice guy though. He gave me a bottle of Glenlivet, gratis, even though I tried to decline. It is one of those little bottles that they sell you on airlines.

Tinbeni said...

Dimple Pinch

The unmistakable triangle-shaped bottle was patented in 1958—actually the first glass container to be registered as a trademark in the United States.

BTW ... nothing wrong with your Glenlivet free sample (other than the size, lol).

Both are very smoooooooooth!!!

TTP said...

Tinman, Thanks for the pic. That's a pretty neat (get it ?) looking bottle.

If it doesn't warm up here in the next month or two, I'm going to have to pop the seal on that bottle of Glenlivet !

I was watching the national news and they were showing that much of the Gulf Coast and inland from just west of Houston through the panhandle of Florida may get extreme cold, and possibly ice and snow.

Anoa Bob, are they calling for freezing in your area ?

desper-otto said...

Weather hysteria has taken hold in SE Texas. Not only have school districts wimped out for tomorrow, several have already thrown in the towel for Wednesday. And the temp at the moment is still 59!

TTP: From the other day, we used to live about 6 blocks from Westbury High -- just across Hillcroft off Ludington. All the local kids went to Westbury.

Anonymous said...

I don't watch downtown abbey but dw does. I can ask her questions about it from what I read on this blog. She thinks I'm interested and provides for conversation so everyone is happy. Please keep posting about it. Like wees; I skip over posts I'm not interested in; very simple to do.

Argyle said...

It took awhile but I found a suitable version of Canadian Sunset.(2:56)

TTP said...


I have been racking my brain for almost two hours and can not think of the street I lived on. It will probably come to me in the middle of one of these upcoming nights.

SwampBuggy said...

The gulf coast is looking cold! New Orleans is shut down tomorrow and Wednesday...offices and schools closed, emergency declared, people advised not to venture out. Yes, we're wimps,, but nobody here knows how to drive on ice!

CanadianEh! said...

Argyle -Thanks for the Canadian sunset link. Beautiful scenery (Rockies I assume), and music by Anne Murray & Glen Campbell

Manac said...

Yeah, We've had a cold snap up here.
But we New Englanders find ways to cope.
One way

The wrong way


And finally...

A winters poem ( Apologies to YR, I loved your Duel Poem ) :-)

Argyle said...

Locations for the film "Downhill Racer".

Doesn't Care About Bates said...

I agree we should skip over posts that bore, upset or otherwise offend us. Can you?

PK said...

No snow here, but the winds the past week or so have blown so many small branches down the poor mail man has had to rearrange them to make a path to my porch. A drift of leaves has appeared on my porch. I think they are blowing over from my neighbor's yard. She has no trees and her yard is full of leaves from my trees. What goes around comes around again, I guess.

Enjoyed "Canadian Sunset" with the mountain scenes. Too rugged, I thought. for Colorado.

Anonymous T said...

Good eve everyone....

It's so cold the ink in my pen could hardly over-write the a to an E in BETE / TALESE at the "that's my final answer" point in this puzzle (I like to do the puzzle in the man-cave with a Sat. radio and evening ALE) before I came here.

Fun, Monday puzzle from Patti. Nice tie-ins Argyle. It was a little harder for me, but the sparkle was there with BUMPEDOFF (I'm Italian :-)) and JIMHENSON (I grew up with his muppets).

DRIER didn't get me, but TORi did untill I hit REPLY - just not REPLY all at .EDU.

Look out for the new SCAM that targets Target customers with fake messages around their cards trying to "help." Also, Neiman and Michael's - 5 more stores to follow...

For the tech-challenged USB = Universal Serial Bus. We used to have 25 pin parallel ports (for printers) and Serial ports in 25 and 9 pin. My last two laptops droped the db9s and now I have use a USB to db9 to talk to routers and swtiches intimately.

For my "Abby" moment (read & learn, or ignore and skip):
Parallel communications are signals sent at once accross the wires (in parallel). Serial is the same message sent in bits one after the other real fast to catch up. Serial is easier with respect to timing (i.e. you don't need any).

See that was easy to skip :-)

CED - I'm glad I wasn't at work clicking your links. Our networks are monitored closely. I know this 'cuz I'm the monitor :-)

Tin - I think I mentioned this before, but as a kid I had a Pinch-bottle lap in my room. My dad was the liquor buyer for a region and got it as a promo. It was a darn cool lamp with the gold wire and all.

D-O. Yep, we got the call that schools are closed in the AM. DW is off the hook too. DW said I should stay home. I don't work for the state - I'll be at work just after the idiots get off the road. The wreaks should be cleared by 8:20.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

oops, should have read "Pinch-bottle lamp... Way different meaning...

Anonymous said...

Poles apart (Monday)? Never heard of it. Miles apart, yes. Poles apart. Never.