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Apr 28, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter

Theme: Long Vowel Progression - The first part starts with an S and follows with a long vowel sound that forms a word.

17A. "Waiting for your signal" : "SAY THE WORD"

24A. Be in complete accord : SEE EYE TO EYE

39A. Sound that may be "heaved" in a classroom : SIGH OF BOREDOM

54A. Oath-ending words : "... SO HELP ME GOD"

64A. "Alphabet series" mystery writer (she's up to "X") : SUE GRAFTON

Argyle here, pleased to be doing a Marti puzzle. Nice fill and six packs in the corners. Nice start to the week and the end of the month. Is it safe to say spring is here?

Across:

1. Nile dam : ASWAN

6. Start a card game : DEAL

10. Stone Age dwelling : CAVE

14. "The final frontier," on "Star Trek" : SPACE

15. Fairy tale meanie : OGRE

16. Curved molding : OGEE

19. Forest growth : TREE

20. Coastline concern : EROSION. And canyon former.

21. Garden entrance : GATE. "Out of my window I can see them in the moonlight,
Two silhouettes saying goodnight by the garden gate."



23. R-V link : S-T-U

29. Fill completely : SATE

31. Ex-NBA star Ming : YAO. He retired in 2011 due to injuries to his foot and ankle. He is 7 ft, 6 in.

32. Beginning : ONSET

33. Federal property agcy. : GSA. (General Services Administration)

36. Strikeout king Nolan : RYAN. He ended his career in 1993

38. Airport screening org. : TSA. (Transportation Security Administration)

43. __-dried tomatoes : SUN

44. Potpourri : OLIO

45. Wrath : IRE

46. Nebraska's most populous city : OMAHA

48. Genetic letters : RNA

50. Turn, as a burger : FLIP

58. Dictator Amin : IDI

59. __ Minor: Little Dipper : URSA

60. Continent-spanning landmass : EURASIA

62. Spanish artist Joan : MIRO. ???


67. Needing mending : TORN

68. "Gone With the Wind" plantation : TARA

69. Spanish painter El __ : GRECO. Toledo.


70. Fellows : GUYS

71. Ooze : SEEP

72. PlayStation and Discman : SONYs

Down:

1. Evaluate : ASSESS

2. Ancient Greek city-state : SPARTA

3. Exit door : WAY OUT

4. Behaves : ACTS

5. Classic grape sodas : NEHIs

6. "Iron Man" actor Robert __ Jr. : DOWNEY

7. A star may have a big one : EGO

8. LAX incoming flight datum : ARR. (Arrival)

9. Pigeon's perch : LEDGE

10. Word before boll or Bowl : COTTON

11. Goes along with : AGREES TO

12. Geese formation : VEE

13. Wide shoe spec : EEE

18. Fair-hiring abbr. : EOE. (equal opportunity employment)

22. One making amends : ATONER

25. Hammer or anvil, anatomically : EAR BONE

26. Toy on a string : YO-YO

27. Polite rural reply : "YES'M"

28. Greek "H" : ETA

30. It came before the chicken--or maybe after? : EGG

34. Shallow sea hazards : SHOALS

35. Yahoo! alternative : AOL

37. Tycoon Onassis : ARI

39. Japanese heavyweight sport : SUMO

40. Pressed for time : IN A HURRY

41. Law partnership, e.g. : FIRM

42. Rock's __ Leppard : DEF

43. Scouring pad brand : S.O.S

47. Great blue waders : HERONs

49. May-December wedding issue : AGE GAP

51. Pay attention : LISTEN

52. Foolishness : IDIOCY

53. Steinways, e.g. : PIANOs

55. Personal histories : PASTS

56. "... __ daily bread" : OUR

57. Fast, short auto races : DRAGS

61. Puffy hairdo : AFRO

62. Item on a business sched. : MTG. (meeting)

63. Letters from one who is short? : IOU

65. Persian Gulf fed. : UAE

66. Before, to a bard : ERE


Argyle


73 comments:

OwenKL said...

- - - Good Guys - - -

SAY no evil, nor gossip, nor lies.
SEE things through the other guy's eyes.
SIGH with acceptance
SO you hear of no vengeance.
SOON you'll be classed with the (naive but) good guys.

- - - Not-So-Good Guys - - -

SAY no slander, so you're accused of no lies.
SEE things through the jury's eyes.
SIZE up the entire provocation
SO you understand the situation --
Then SUE the b⋆st⋆rds up to the skis!

No-Vice worder said...

Pretty straightforward. Anybody else do ante before deal?

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Zipped through this one at a pretty fast clip with little hesitation. Didn't notice the theme until I was done, but did appreciate it after the fact.

Juts to be pedantic, I'll point out that the Little Dipper is actually part of URSA Minor (the Little Bear) and is not just another name for it...

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Yep, No-Vice, hand up for Ante before Deal. Didn't take long to clear that one up. All in all a smooth solve of a crisp Monday puzzle. Nicely done, Marti!

Morning, Argyle, thanks for 'splaining.

buckeye bob said...

Thank you for the puzzle, Marti. Thank you for the review, Argyle.

Easy peasy Monday puzzle. I finished in just under my usual Monday time, but probably not statistically significant. I didn’t see the theme until I read Argyle’s review.

SIGH OF BOREDOM was the last to fall. I had to skip it and go back at the end when most of the perps were in place.

Hand up for ANTE before DEAL. I also had GAO before GSA (just confused) and ASIA before URSA (didn’t read the whole clue).

There were a couple of “wait for it” words: ETA / ETD / ARR, DNA / RNA.

Al Cyone said...

ANTE before DEAL here too. A sub-five minute speed run though, as usual, I didn't notice the clever vowel progression until I read the write-up.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was just the right level for beginning the work week.

Ante never even entered my mind. My first thought was DEAL, but it didn't seem quite right. I was reluctant to enter that word until after checking with the perps.

I liked how OGEE immediately followed OGRE.

El GRECO's given name was Doménikos Theotokópoulos and he was born in Crete. He didn’t move to Toledo, Spain until he was in his 30s.

I was once offered a job in OMAHA, but was told in the interview that I would suffer "extreme" cultural shock if I moved there. I declined the job offer.

QOD: You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone’s point of view. ~ Penelope Cruz (Apr. 28, 2014)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Got this one by using only the downs -- and then checking to make sure the across entries were real words. My only misstep was ROOST / LEDGE, but after fixing OGRE, that E still looked like an "O" and I wondered what sort of lodge let pigeons in. D'oh! Our HS mascot was the pigeon. Go figure! One year I suggested our class homecoming float theme should be "We'll crap on 'em." Vetoed by the class advisor!

RYAN was a gimme. Nowadays he dons cowboy duds and peddles his signature beef on TV, when he's not promoting Olshan foundation repair on TV.

MIRO was another gimme. There's a large abstract MIRO sculpture in front of a downtown Houston skyscraper. I worked in that building for a couple of years.

Middletown Bomber said...

nice puzzle for a Monday Marti. Great write-up as per usual from Argyle.

Owen: did you mean to say SKIS (plural of ski) or SKIES (plural of sky) on the last line of the 2nd poem.

NVW had deal before ante not sure why I put it down first but I did consider changing it ultimately did not.

And noticed the vowel progression after the Seeeyetoeye.

desper-otto said...

MIRO in Houston

HeartRx said...

Good morning everyone!

Thanks for the nice write-up, Argyle. I went back and checked my theme notes on this one. I rejected several possibilities because I wanted to have only the "S" and long vowel sound. SIGHS WITH RELIEF had an extraneous "S" at the end. I also considered the symmetrical pairing of SEE NO EVIL with SOUL MUSIC, but that would include the unwanted "L" in soul.

Finally, I really, really wanted to include SYFY CHANNEL to complete the vowel progression, but that entry included the double syllable SYFY instead of just SY. Also, SY-FY is pronounced like "sigh" instead of the SWY needed for consistency in the theme.

So you see? A simple Monday puzzle that you can finish in five minutes takes hours and hours of careful thought to make it seem easy!

Abejo said...

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

Good Monday-level puzzle. Enjoyed it.

I think my wife has read all the SUE GRAFTON books. I have read none of them. I should try one.

Had EEO before EOE. Easy fix.

We do not get the GOD in a puzzle very often. Just an observation.

Excellent theme.

Raining here today. We could actually use some.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

(throw ddrawflo)

Mari said...

Good Morning Everybody, Happy Monday.

Super easy Monday puzzle today. I liked 63D: Letters from one who is short: IOU.

No-Vice worder: I did have ANTE before DEAL.

Have a great day everybody.

Husker Gary said...

Coffee, a glazed doughnut, a Marti composition (boll or bowl, one who is short, …) and Argyle back in the saddle. What a way to start a week!

Musings
-All sports fans not living in a CAVE know that racist owner Donald Sterling is now the biggest OGRE in the NBA. No one can see EYE TO EYE with his horrible comments. Scroll down to see his wife of 50+ years and his girl friend who represents quite an AGE GAP.
-My daughter’s MIL is fearing the ONSET of Alzheimer’s which has a history in her family
-If you can’t sense a SIGH OF BOREDOM, don’t teach or preach
-TSA agents are in a “no win” situation patting down grandma or going through diapers
-Subbing in, you guessed it, OMAHA today. Hahtoolah, the culture there isn’t all that shocking ;-)
-URSA Minor contains the second most important star in our sky
-Those VEE’s of geese are heading toward Polaris now
-Part of Ukraine seems to prefer EUR and part ASIA
-Carol Burnett’s ”Here PIDGEY, PIDGEY” (9:18) with Tim Conway.
-Remember these most famous movie PIANO movers?.
-GOD – we went to Heaven Is For Real set in Imperial, Nebraska yesterday and it’s a nice little movie no matter your religious beliefs or non-beliefs. It simply purports that God represents love, not any of the esoteric trappings of any faith or cynicism toward same. The theater was packed for a 4:10 show and it has grossed $52M thus far on a $12M budget.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

SA E I O U what? Very clever theme. The vowel sequence actually helped me get SUE GRAFTON. A straightforward solve today. No searches or white-outs.
MIRÓ - I was first taken with his art in the Albright-Knox art gallery in Buffalo, 50 years ago.
SATE - When I was a kid and had all I wanted to eat I would say "Ich bin satt" (I'm full). Usually seemed to work.

TTP said...

Good morning all.

Marti, I know I always appreciate a well constructed Monday level puzzle. very well done. Thank you.

Thanks, Argyle !

Off to the work day grind.

Oh, BTW, Big Easy, did you work the Zurich on Sunday ? I saw taped coverage last night on the Golf Channel, and I thought I saw you. Were you wearing a green shirt ?

kazie said...

Very nice Monday offering, thanks Marti.

My only stumble was changing DEAL to OPEN when I expected ETA for ARR. Finally gave it up when EGO became obvious, and then everything else fell in.

As frequently happens, I got through it so fast, I forgot to think about the theme, so missed noticing the vowel progression. Just enjoyed the colloquial phrases.

thehondohurricane said...

howdy everyone,

No problems today. Only hesitation was the M for Miro & Mtg. 49D , clue & fill, have me scratching my dome.

I went wit DEAL from the start, never even considered Ante.

Hg, thanks for another Burnett/Conway classic. They were so great together.

Not only is Sterling an OGRE, he's got to be the dumbest one to existence.....past or present.

OwenKL said...

Middletown: Yikes! Yes, you caught a typo. Skies is what it should be. Spell-check does have its limitations.

Interesting juxtaposition of EURASIA ∪ AFRO.

LaLaLinda said...

Hi Everyone ~~
Thanks, Marti for a fast and fun start to a Monday ~ you even had sports stuff! ;-)

Nice write-up, Argyle ~ your ??? after MIRO caused me to look it up and I'm now wondering if I'm the only one on earth who didn't know Joan MIRO was a male. Oops!

I zipped through fairly quickly with just a few pauses at some of the abbreviated agencies. I knew TSA and EOE but not GSA. i also paused at EOE - I think I've seen EEO.

For no particular reason I liked: OGRE-OGEE, VEE-EEE YAO-YOYO, ETA-ARR and GSA - TSA.

Still waiting for Spring here ~ high tomorrow is supposed to be 47...SIGH.

JD said...

Good morning Argyle, Marti, CC, et al,
Quite a speedy one, but fun. Didn't see the clever vowel progression until Argyle's write up. Loved your choice of El Greco's... A beauty.Was mesmerized by his art work as a child.My dad sold big books of paintings (for Doubleday)when I was quite young . Hence my love of art.

My only error was putting in darn in lieu of torn, knowing that it was grammatically wrong...and so it was ..until I saw IOU.
No teacher wants to hears those sighs in a classroom.
Owen, nice verses today.
Wishing you all a great week and beautiful spring weather. My garden gate and arbor is lush with white baby roses. The first blooms are always the best.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Before I downloaded the puzzle, I was thinking that it's been awhile since we had an offering from Marti or CC, and, voila, here's Marti to brighten our Monday!

Nice, smooth theme which I noticed fairly quickly. Ante before deal and DNA before RNA, both corrected easily enough. Fav was clue for cotton. Nice shout-out to Husker Gary. Good job, Marti, and ditto to Argyle.

Have a great day.

C6D6 Peg said...

Thank you, Marti, for the relief after Friday & Saturday savage puzzles.

Yes, it does take hours and hours to come up with a great puzzle! Thank you for your hard work.

Nice write-up, Argyle. Welcome back!

Count von Count said...

So....OMAHA is also in the NYT today? So that is one, two...Two OMAHAS. Hah, Hah, Hah.

While we're teaching the kids today. I bet you know where the leg bone, thigh bone and hip bone are connected. But do you know to which the EARBONE is connected?

Don said...

The Headbone of course!

Hung up on TORN... Had WORN.

Gotta go

Ezekiel said...

I thought the headbone was connected to neckbone.

Misty said...

I love seeing a Marti puzzle on a Monday morning, and this was a fun speed run! Many thanks, Marti--and also for explaining what goes into decisions on what to choose. It does sound much tougher than it looks. And fun expo, Argyle, many thanks.

Spitzboov, I did my graduate work at the University of Buffalo a little less than fifty years ago. Thanks for reminding me where I probably encountered MIRO for the first time. Wasn't the Albright-Knox gallery wonderful!

Beautiful sunny day after a stormy, windy end of the week last week. Hope you all have a lovely Monday too!

john28man said...

Nice puzzle Marti and great write up, Argyle.

I think this my first solve with no write overs.

Yellowrocks said...

t is my understanding the ear bones were once connected to the jawbone in the embryo, but floated free later on and are not connected to any bones but each other in the newborn.
Wiki:
"Studies have shown that ear bones in mammal embryos are attached to the dentary, which is part of the jaw. These are ossified portions of cartilage—called Meckel's cartilage—that are attached to the jaw. As the embryo develops, the cartilage hardens to form bone. Later in development, the bone structure breaks loose from the jaw and migrates to the inner ear area. The structure is known as the middle ear, and is made up of the stapes, incus, malleus, (or the hammer,anvil and stirrups)and tympanic membrane."

Young children's familiarity with BEHAVE is in the context of behave well, to act in an acceptable way. When BEHAVE is used in upper elementary science classes, especially in reference to inanimate objects it means to perform in or react to particular conditions. (How is a gas' behavior under these circumstances different from a liquid's?) The kids find it hard to accept a new definition, much as do crossworders who find a familiar word used in a new (to them) way.

Lucina said...

Greetings to all! Glad your computer is all better now, Argyle, and thank you for your commentary.

Well done, Marti! This was a wonderful sashay through the alphabet connected by SUE GRAFTON, she of the alphabet books. I've never read any.

After ASWAN, DEAL filled because I could see DOWNEY would be at 6D.

LalaLinda:
Only if you know about him would you know that it's pronounced HO-AHN not the feminine JOAN. It's actually Catalan, a dialect spoken in Barcelona and other parts of northeastern Spain.

Marti, you may not know the Spanish language, but you certainly know Spanish artists.

Have a terrific Monday, everyone!

Steve said...

Thanks for the write-up Argyle, and for the puzzle Marti.

What is Sue Grafton going to do after she gets to "Z"?

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone,
A fast puzzle for me this morning. All the more fun when I noticed Marti's name at the bottom. I feel really smart on Mondays.

I did catch on to the vowel progression after the first three entries were in, so I filled in the first two letters of the last two for a head start on the fill.

I thought about Husker Gary, with the Omaha entry, but Miro was a total unknown. It crossed with MTG so I had to wait a bit to get a few more letters in before I knew for sure it was correct.

Thanks Marti for a fun start to my day, and Argyle for the expo.

I'm making bean soup today with the bone from our Easter ham. Can't wait for dinner time. The soup already smells good and it has just started to boil.

We're told our 65 degree weather will be up in the 90's by Wednesday. That is summer weather here in our area.

Have a great day, everyone.

O.N. Cale said...

SEE SIGH SEW SUM
I write the words of a hearty mum
Be it ink or be it lead
I can't wait for the links of CED

HeartRx said...

O.N. Cale, good one!

oc4beach said...

Marti, thanks for making me feel smart today. It was a nice puzzle and a great write up Argyle.

Steve: I think Sue Grafton will have to go to double letters. Then when she gets to the end of the "double" alphabet she will have to Top "ZZ"

PK said...

Hi Y'all! I thought the vowel progression was extra clever with the "drifts" of vowels in each area. Lots of "A's" in the NW; most noticeably "E's" in the NE, going clockwise "I's" and "O's" in the middle and "U's" at the bottom. Fun, Marti!

Great expo, Argyle! Enjoyed, "Let's go Dancing." Wish I could...

If Sterling is so anti-minorities, why does he have a black-Mexican girl friend? Odious old man! What a distracting mess for the Clippers who were doing well then lost last night.

Steve: Sue Grafton will probably be relieved to get to "Z". Her books have been few and far between for about the last six, despite their popularity. I think she got more interested in other things. I have them all.

oc4beach said...

I missed putting in a link to ZZ Top's Sharp Dressed Man.

Enjoy the day everyone.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Fun puzzle today. I enjoyed doing it. Even though I could have completed it almost with acrosses alone, I like to read the down clues anyway, to derive pleasure from seeing how answers I didn't even know had already been filled in were clued.

A guy I used to own a business with had an original Miro painting. At least he says it was an original. I don't know how he got it or how much he paid. He told me he doesn't really like it at all, but bought it solely as an investment, expecting it to go significantly up in value when the artist died. Sometimes he would gleefully rub his hands together and exclaim, "Soon he'll be dead!" whenever news about Miro's health or advancing age came to the fore. Yes, he was that kind of guy, the kind of guy who would, and did, sue his co-owner (me) for refusing to sell out his (my) share at a ridiculously low price simply because he (I) was "no longer needed."

Best wishes to you all.

Spitzboov said...

Misty @ 1141 said "I did my graduate work at the University of Buffalo a little less than fifty years ago"

I did graduate work at UB from 1964-1967, in water resources engineering. Perhaps our sojourns there overlapped?

BV Ahlers said...

The easiest one in a long time altho, at sub-15, I'm not as fast as Al Cy(cl)one! Got the vowel progression at "see eye to eye" and thought, "very clever Marti."
The three "ear bones" are actually connected to each other and to no other bone(s)!

Nancy Murphy said...

This was a great Monday puzzle. Thank you Marti, and thanks for the write-up Argyle. Marti, every time I do crosswords, I marvel at how anyone can construct them. I know it's something I could never do.

I have all of Sue Grafton's books and have read all but "W". I have so many books that I haven't had time to read. I buy them much faster than I can read them. Because I belong to a book club, that takes time from my ability to read the books I have on my shelves. Right now, we're reading "War Wives", a very enjoyable read.

River Doc said...

Happy Monday everybody!

No problems here, although there were a few write-overs, namely MOSS for TREE, ANTE for DEAL, and BLM for GAO.....

Still don't get that last one. I'd think the Bureau of Land Management would be the more appropriate Federal Property agency.... Just saying'....

Finally, never heard of Donald Sterling until yesterday. One day later, I've heard about as much of him that I can stand.... talk about your IDIOCY.... OTOH, you have to wonder about the timing of the release of these tapes, right in the middle of the playoffs....

pje said...

This was a fun way to start the week! Thanks, Marti. I didn't see the vowel progression, so Thanks, Argyle, for pointing that out. And welcome back.

WEES about the ease of this one.

CED: my daughter's birthday was Saturday, and, thanks to you, I went looking for an appropriate birthday cake. I found one to post on her Facebook page.

Spring is here. Today we had our first thunderstorm, with more to come during the week. I hope everyone who is in the path of the storms stays safe.

Pat

HeartRx said...

River Doc, my original clue for GSA was "Federal support org." But I think Rich's edit was fair also. The GSA helps to manage about $500 billion in federal properties, including buildings and motor vehicles.

The GAO (which is not in my puzzle, BTW) was initially responsible for auditing the use of public funds as the "General Accounting Office." But now it is known as the "Government Accountability Office," and has a slightly broader responsibility.

River Doc said...

I sit corrected!

Misty said...

Spitzboov,1:51, I was there from 1968 to 1972, in the English department--a very intellectually progressive program at that time. So I missed you just by a bit. But thanks again for the reminder of the Albright-Knox Art Museum!

Ol' Man Keith said...

What a sweet Monday pzl from Marti!
I found it fun and quick--and was delighted that the vowels moved in the AEIOU sequence. I hadn't noticed that until reading Argyle's account.

aka thelma said...

River Doc.... I wanted BLM too.... but the last time we had that clue I got it wrong :) so this time I waited... :)

Thanx Marti for the puzzle and Argyle for the write up.... enjoyed them both.....

thelma

CrossEyedDave said...

My solving experience:

6a start a card game = ante

(oh no! I have a major nit with a Marti puzzle! Not all card games start with an ante... How am I going to tell Marti?)

(The rest of the acrosses are filled with stress, because all I can think about is that stupid nit...)

7d wait a sec... I know this one
8d What? ETA doesn't with T?

Oh,,, It's "deal."

Never mind....


(Great, I spent half the puzzle freaking out over nit that didn't exist.)

(*&*%^^*%% Inkblot....)

Marge said...

Hi all,
What a fun puzzle! It took me awhile but I got it finished. Thanks Marti for a nice puzzle, and thanks Argyle for the "Love Came Dancing" site. I loved it.

In 39A I wanted 'relief' but it didn't fit of course. I have read all the Sue Grafton's alphabet books and also wonder what she will do after Z.

I also didn't know Miro was male but should have known it would have been pronounced as Spanish.

I have been spending a lot of time lately at the Doctor's office or the hospital having all kinds of tests. My blood pressure which had been controlled for a long time, suddenly went crazy. It turns out I have atrial fibrillation so I am taking some different drugs and the doctors have to get them regulated. So it goes!

Have a good evening all.
Marge

CrossEyedDave said...

Argyle, I have heard that Kinks Dancin' song many times over the radio, but never listened to the words before. I had no idea of the story it told! Thanks!

HG, I am lost on the tie in of that Carol Burnett link to todays puzzle, but about half way through I bookmarked all the side links for rainy days. And at about 8 minutes, I was LMAO! Plus, hearing that elephant joke come back at Tim Conway was priceless...

O.N.Cale@1:20 Oh The Pressure! I can't work under these conditions! Vowel Progression links are the hardest (& overdone) links to find...

Pje @ 2:29 Glad I could help! (& It's the perfect Birthday gift for those on a diet...)

Oh well, here goes...

#1

Hmm, then again,, maybe I can do some humanitarian work...

CrossEyedDave said...

Oh, I forgot,

HG, Have you ever seen The Piano Movers in color? (It just seeems wierd for some reason...)

+, Public Service announcement:
When I saw the title of this, I thought I had to check it out. But you need to make an awfully small pinhole to make it work...

How to see without glasses...

Montana said...

Thanks, Marti, for a neat, Monday puzzle.
Thanks, Argyle, for the expo.
Both were great!

Montana (back in Montana)

Montana said...

CED--you are the greatest!
I couldn't make out my fifth captcha, so I used your 'look through a small opening' trick and I was able to correctly read the letters. Thanks!

Montana

(This message I got a number captcha.)

Ol' Man Keith said...

CEDave,
THANK YOU, thank you for posting The Piano Movers! Colorized or not, that has got to be one of the funniest short films ever made. What a perfect team they were.
I remember when I was an undergrad playing in a GB Shaw comedy, I was stuck for a characterization - until I remembered Stan Laurel. My role was that of a Cockney, like him, and once I hit on my somewhat clumsy impression of him, I was home free.

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Thanks for pleasant puzzle, Marti! Nice expo, Argyle!

Hand up for ANTE. Otherwise smooth sailing.

Miro is a favorite of mine. (Picture of sculpture did not turn me on, however.)

Stopped reading Grafton as she is stuck in the past. A much better alphabetical series is the Alpine mystery series by Mary Daheim. She is up to Y! Darn!

Marge: I, too, have A-fib. I take Pradaxa and have red bruises all over my arms. My blood pressure has so far been pretty good though.

Wish some of you would try THREES on your iPad. It's basically a logic game and is very pleasant. One needs to get familiar with the numbers of the form 2 x 3^k. I broke 10,000 today. My intelligence is improving, at least in this regard!

Cheers!

Al Cyone said...

O.N. Cale@1:20: "...the links of CED"

There's something very mysterious and ominous-sounding about that phrase.

CrossEyedDave@5:10: "Oh The Pressure! I can't work under these conditions!"

Perhaps they should be known as the links of Dread?

pje said...

CED@5:10 My daughter is training for the Cincinnati triathlon at the end of June so real cake isn't on the diet at this time. the virtual version is perfect!

Pat

Lemonade714 said...

Late to the party, always enjoy a Monday marti presented by Argyle.

CED the pinhole video is superb and really shows how I learned to see before my first cornea transplant when I was 20. The concept comes in handy now that my transplants are old and tired.

Thanks

Lemonade714 said...

My son did his PHD work at Buffalo.

Sue Grafton had her next door neighbor, Henry Pitts create crossword puzzles. The few clues she offered were pretty lame, and I agree the books are tired.

ARBAON said...

Marti: Enjoyed solving your puzzle. Doing the "downs" first helped me to get "deal" instead of "ante." Again, what is the difference between "dna" and "rna"?

Kazie, was your son in any of the tornados in AR?

CrossEyedDave said...

Sorry I missed Sundays puzzle, I was attempting the 1st hike of the season...

Ramapo Torne, Harriman State Park, NY. (that's NYC about 40 miles behind me...)

Bill G. said...

Add me to the people who didn't know Miro was male. Silly me.

CED, I completely agree. Laurel and Hardy look just WRONG in color. The only things just as bad might be The Third Man and Casablanca. (That hike looks very scenic. I guess that's part of the idea of a hike, huh?)

FP, is there a way to play Threes on my Mac? I don't have an iPad.

Anonymous T said...

Hi Puzzle Pals!

Wheee! A fun Marti Monday with Argyle at the helm.

Hand up for ante before DEAL.

Two Houston sports icons, YAO and RYAN! We need Clutch now down 3-1. Go Rockets!

MIRO was unknown to me. Though I have worked near JP Morgan Chase Tower, I never bothered to look up the sculptor. Thanks D-O, now I know. I also love this one at the Lyric Center.

HG - Same as CED - watching Burnett get Conway back - priceless.

Chickie - hambone-bean soup; Yum!

Steve: AA is for AA Penlight Failure, BB is for B-Ball Butcher, CC is for... um, - our gracious host!

Cheers, -T

fermatprime said...

Bill: No, you need a tablet. It is a game with fingers!
There are so many things that you can do on an iPad!

OwenKL said...

Grafton's future books
AA is for Anti-Aircraft
BBs are for Guns
CC is for Crosswords
DD is for Bazongas
EE is for Shoes
FF is for Superheroes
...

Anonymous T said...

OwenKL - You are thinking beyond me... FF==Superheroes? Please tell...

Where's Tin today? Marit's puzzle didn't ice him out...

C, -T

TTP said...

Owen, you are a trip.

Anon-T, I'm guessing Fantastic Four ?

Time for me to hit the hay.

Good night !

Anonymous T said...

Doh! Yes - Thanks TTP! Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

OwenKL - I took me a bit, but...

GG is for Good GOD!

HH is for Holy Heaven!

II is for, um, Illicit, um, er. No I got 'nuthin'. C, -T

PK said...

II is for Ice It!

Anonymous T said...

Last post - I promise:

JJ is for Just Joking.

KK - (don't go there -T...)

LLLL - Laker's Leader Loses License.*

C, -T
*Last in Sue G.'s 79th book.

OwenKL said...

-T, TTP, & PK : thanks for the closing comments! Ya did good, of course, since you all use just letters :-).