May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Gareth Bain

Theme: One Clue - And all synonyms of the euphemistic meaning of the word.

17A. Rubbish : "BALDERDASH!"

21A. Rubbish : "HOGWASH!"

23A. Rubbish : "MOONSHINE!"

35A. Rubbish : "HORSEFEATHERS!"

51A. Rubbish : "POPPYCOCK!"

53A. Rubbish : "TWADDLE!"

57A. Rubbish : "APPLESAUCE!"

Argyle here. I could almost hear Col. "Sherm" Potter exclaiming them as I typed.

Sixty-five squares used for the theme. The long fill was in the columns and interesting in their own right. Excellent!


1. Wall calendar page : MONTH

6. Gimlet garnish : LIME and 14A. Martini garnish : OLIVE

10. Gangster weapons : GATs. A shortening of Gatling gun.

15. Everglades denizen, for short : CROC. A shortening of crocodile.

16. Muffin spread : OLEO

19. Rush-order letters : ASAP

20. Words of commitment : "I DO"

28. Speed contests : RACES. Two big ones on last Sunday.

29. Make, as a DVD copy : BURN

30. Expressive rock music subgenre : EMO

31. Speaker : SAYER. I'll leave it to Yellowrocks to find it in common use.

32. Teen's skin concern : ACNE

33. Lowest deck on a ship : ORLOP

41. __ zone: restricted air space : NO FLY

42. Understands : GETS

44. Colorado skiing destination : ASPEN

47. Help on stage : CUE

49. Pesky insect : GNAT

50. Psychologist Alfred : ADLER. 1870–1937, Austrian, founder of the school of individual psychology. (Looks like someone from Central Casting.)

55. Musical sensitivity : EAR

56. Cantina hors d'oeuvre : TAPA

63. Anemia treatment : IRON

64. Shipwreck survivor's refuge : ISLE

65. "Don't worry!" : "IT'S OK!"

66. Penny : CENT

67. "The Wanderer" singer : DION

68. Witherspoon of "Legally Blonde" : REESE


1. Unruly crowd : MOB

2. Suffix with plug : OLA

3. Zero, in soccer scores : NIL

4. Convenient meal named for what it was designed to be eaten in front of : TV DINNER

5. Listens to : HEEDS

6. Calculator readout, briefly : LCD. (liquid crystal display)

7. CPA's recommendation : IRA

8. Six-Day War statesman Dayan : MOSHE

9. Letter between Delta and Foxtrot : ECHO

10. "Skedaddle!" : "GO AWAY!"

11. Former German territory __-Lorraine : ALSACE

12. "Next week, on ..." bit : TEASER

13. Second-year students : SOPHS

18. Architect Mies van der __ : ROHE. Regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.

The Seagram building.

22. Sales meeting aid : GRAPH

23. CEO's degree : MBA

24. Pained cry : "OUCH!"

25. Yes-__ question : OR NO

26. "See ya!" : "I'M OFF!"

27. Electric shaver brand : NORELCO

31. Boozehound : SOT

34. Short basketball shot : LAY-UP

36. Wooden Mortimer : SNERD

37. Ages and ages : EON

38. Foam pad style resembling a dairy case container : EGG CRATE

39. City near Lake Tahoe : RENO

40. Legato's opp., in music : STAC. (staccato)

43. NASDAQ buy : STK. (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System / stock) and 61. NASDAQ listings : COs. (companies)

44. Invasive apps : ADWARE. Also known as malware.

45. Apply liberally and carelessly : SLAP ON. Didn't forget the sunscreen, did you?

46. Grammar stickler, e.g. : PEDANT

48. Fencing weapon : ÉPÉE

50. Top room : ATTIC

51. Cola Wars cola : PEPSI

52. Arafat of the 58-Down : YASIR 58-Down. West Bank gp. : PLO. (Palestine Liberation Organization )

54. __-back: relaxed : LAID

59. Thriller writer Deighton : LEN

60. Apply : USE

62. __ out a living : EKE



OwenKL said...

A broadcaster, Viola from Pensacola
Promised a PLUGOLA for some payola.
But the show was no-go,
Though the dough she did blow --
Now she works for CRAPOLA in Apalachicola!

[I wasn't sure if PLUGOLA was a legit word, but in the second source I checked I found "Promotional mention of someone or something on radio or television. Improper payment or favor given to people in media, films, etc., for promotional mention or display of some product." Also "see crapola." So looked up crapola: "RUBBISH"! This looked very promising. Checked rhymes for payola (neither plugola nor crapola was in the rhymezone database), saw Apalachicola and absolutely could not resist it!]

OwenKL said...

There once was a nautical cop
Who suspected goings-on in the ORLOP.
But instead of a plotter
He found only BILGE water,
Which he had to police with a mop!

[Never heard of ORLOP before, thought the lowest deck was steerage, the hold where steers or other livestock (including poor immigrants) were kept, or the bilge. Looked them up and found steerage is so-called because it's where the ship's steering mechanisms are. And I was reminded an alternate meaning of bilge is "RUBBISH!" Hi, Bill G.!]

OwenKL said...

Tweedledee and Tweedledum were both inclined to dawdle
And when they moved at all they had a tendency to waddle.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Are not alike to you or me,
We only speak of serious stuff, while they speak only TWADDLE!

Hungry Mother said...

Twoddle/slop did me in.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This [i]was[/i] supposed to be a Tuesday puzzle, right? I didn't find it all that difficult, but was certainly surprised to encounter stuff like MOSHE, ALSACE, ADLER, etc., this early in the week.

The theme was fine, except that I've never seen or heard MOONSHINE or APPLESAUCE used as a synonym of "rubbish" before.

SAYER and STK were, ahem, "less than optimal" in my opinion. You might even call them TWADDLE, HOGWASH or BALDERDASH, in fact. Weak sauce, even, although perhaps not APPLESAUCE.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day everyone,

Pretty straight forward (I thought) offering from Gareth today until I reached the SW corner. ADLER, PEDANT, ADWARE were all unknowns and I had to decide if it was TAPA or Taco. Ended up guessing right and had my successful solve until Argyle screwed it up.

I had 18D ROHr & 30A rMO, Neither clue was in my wheelhouse, but I felt confident about ROHr. Must have him confused with another German.

So an early week DNF,,,,, what a bunch of garbage. Hey, that's a good theme title for today!

Oh, and by the way, my Martini garnish is three olives. Mom always told me to eat my greens.

Rick said...

ADLER, PEDANT, TAPA and I never heard of SNERD either. had to look it up to see what it was.

Beautiful day today. CC's puzzle from Sunday was neat.

Husker Gary said...

-What fun to hear Sherm Potter’s scatological repertoire
-CROC could be a theme answer - THAT’S A CROCK
-How ‘bout this SAYER
-OMG, I knew ORLOP. How long have I been doing these things?
-Joann GETS me, but stays anyway
-Offstage CUE – “…or not to be”
-Eating liver or having anemia - hmmm… what’s worse?
-We’ve got a jar full of CENTS I’m taking to the bank after golf today
-I thought REESE showed another dimension in this 2011 movie
-Take a gander at this “nutrition” label from a TV DINNER
-Steve Lawrence knew he “was not supposed to be alone with you” when he sang, GO AWAY Little Girl
-I keep my NORELCO in the pickup so I don’t wake my lovely bride on the way to golf
-I heard Candace Bergen remark how it was a wonder she grew up normal after her famous dad had her on one knee and Mortimer SNERD on the other and she moved her mouth when he squeezed her neck
-Can you name the Broadway musical with this lyric saying IT’S OK – “We want you to sleep well tonight, Let the world turn without you tonight”

desper-otto said...

OMG -- WHMS (Hungry Mother)! And on a Tuesday, no less!

Mari said...

Good morning everybody!

Great theme! I loved all of the "rubbish" sayings!

Hondo's first paragraph pretty sums up my thoughts. I didn't know MOSHE, ADLER or PEDANT.

Have a GREAT Week!

Yellowrocks said...

I enjoyed all the colorful words for RUBBISH. I have heard and read every one of them. For me, APPLESAUCE is the most common. Col. Potter’s HORSE FEATHERS could be even more scatological. It is a euphemism for horsesh**.
Argyle, in re your challenge, IMHO, SAYER is a legitimate word, although uncommon. Here is a quote,”He is a SAYER, not a doer.” In Scrabble my BIL used to add –er to every word. SAYER is in the Scrabble Dictionary and the unabridged dictionaries.
SAYER is more common as the second part of a compound word: naysayer, soothsayer, truth-sayer.

"Accountants are the truth-sayers of finance and business. Accounting rules, enforced by global standards and auditors create confidence in stocks and markets."

"Much of the meaning of the Scarlet Letter resides in Pearl because she is the result of Hester's adultery. ... Pearl is the hardest truth-sayer in the novel."

In grad school I wrote a very successful essay comparing and contrasting Adler and Freud. Today I remember none of it, except the names.

buckeye bob said...

Good morning!

Easy but fun puzzle, although it ended up taking me more like Wednesday time for some reason.

The theme was obvious. WBS, I’ve never heard of MOONSHINE or APPLESAUCE as synonyms for rubbish.

Hand up for thinking SAYER was weak. Trivia – Rose Sayer was Katherine Hepburn’s character in The African Queen, one of my favorite movies.

We’ve had ORLOP before, so I knew it from crosswords.

I had HEARS before HEEDS, IRS before IRA, but the perps fixed them.

I didn’t know ROHE or STAC, and probably won’t again.

Anonymous said...

"I wrote a very successful essay...."


Steven J. St. John said...

Right on the money, Argyle! I was thinking the whole solve this was "Things Colonel Potter Might Say." Channeling him actually made it a pretty easy solve!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

The theme became obvious after the 2nd 'Rubbish'. The one I tend to use, based on a certain bovine function, did not appear, probably because this is a family newspaper.
No muss, no fuss. at least 3 gimmes; MOSHE, ECHO, and ALSACE. Much fresh fill and a joy to work on. Thanks Gareth.
Lorraine - The only extant geographic region retaining the name (Frawnchified) of the center kingdom from the division of Charlemagne's empire to his 3 sons after his death. Son is Lothar. Much of the rest of it became The Netherlands, Belgium, etc. Dutch is 'Lotharingen'

Have a great day.

HeartRx said...

Good morning everyone!

This one was a little gritty for a Tuesday, and I never heard MOONSHINE or APPLESAUCE used in that context. I'm sure they are perfectly legit, just not in my wheelhouse.

I slowed down at ORLOP, but once I had the **LOP, I finally remembered it from other puzzles.

My other hangup was in the SE - I put in EGGshell instead of EGG CRATE. I finally corrected it with REESE.

I need to SLAP ON some paint next door, but it looks like rain later today. Oh well...

HG, that would be "Jesus Christ, Superstar." That was the very first musical I ever saw on Broadway, and still remember how awestruck I was at the production. Great song!

C6D6 Peg said...

Cute theme, and smooth solve. WBS, I hadn't heard of APPLESAUCE or MOONSHINE in this context.

Thanks, Argyle. Liked your Colonel Potter link!

Lucina said...

Good day, all! No rubbish from you, Argyle. Thank you.

WEES about MOONSHINE and APPLESAUCE. It surprised me to see them as synonyms for the theme. All the others are familiar.

This started inauspiciously with the specific, MARCH but then MONTH emerged as the likely correct fill. All else was straight forward including ALSACE (fourth grade geography)ADLER (Psych 101) and DION. I love the music if not the words.

SAYER did seem weak but as YR said, it is more of a suffix, as in soothSAYER. Thought of Dorothy SAYER who wrote some mysteries aired on PBS.

ORLOP startled me, too. WOS, What Owen said about it.

Have a delightful Tuesday, everyone!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Another Gareth gem with a fun theme and clever cluing. Only write-over was March/Month. Hand up for never hearing of moonshine for rubbish.

Thanks, Gareth, and thanks, Argyle, for the informative review.

Lots of sunshine but a tad humid. I think rain may be in the picture later on today or tomorrow.

Now that the TV re-run season is in full swing, I have re-joined Netflix so I can catch up on all the good movies I missed. Quartet (Maggie Smith) is #1 on my list, followed by Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, The Butler, The Dallas Buyer's Club, etc. I'm not sure whether I want to see Gravity. Any advice from those who have seen it?

Have a great day.

TTP said...

Good morning all. Finished very early this morning, but had to jump on some issues at work. That fire drill is now over.

I never knew of MOONSHINE, TWADDLE and APPLE SAUCE as synonyms of Rubbish, but they didn't stop me from getting the melodic TADA. What Spitzboov said, depending of course on the setting.

Mies van der ROHE ? No problem. One of his buildings was my business address for years. Speaking of which, today is my 33rd anniversary with the company. So much for retiring at 30.

SLAP ON ? TWADDLE is not in my vernacular, so I could have easily entered SLoP ON and TWoDDLE, but SLATHER is the word that frequently comes to mind in the context of liberally applied, so I never considered SLoP.

I think grammar stickler has a different connotation than grammar snob. They'll often convey the same concerns with entirely different attitudes.

Thank you Gareth and thank you Argyle. Yes, I forgot to SLAP ON the sunscreen yesterday. OUCH!

HG, I played the Sayer video. Hadn't heard that song in years. I never knew that was only one person singing.

Back to work. See y'all later.

Tinbeni said...

At Villa Incognito, the MOONSHINE (in the Mason Jar) IS NOT Rubbish.
190+ proof ... pure Tennessean!

Enjoyed the Gimlet & Martini garnish of LIME & OLIVE.

Just what the blog's SOT likes to see in his grid.

A "toast" to ALL at Sunset.

Sallie said...

Good morning everyone.

Only after I left the puzzle to do some stuff did I figure out the Rubbish clues. It's funny how that works. I guess one's brain keeps working when one is doing something else. With a couple of answers from DH I did get it all. That came as a surprise in that I had many blanks before.
DH was a pilot so he could help with NO FLY, and sailed a lot so he knew ORLOP.


Lucina said...

I highly recommend the movie, Gravity. It's riveting! IMO, it deserved the Academy Award.

Misty said...

I love a Gareth Bain puzzle even when it's not a total speed run. This one was so much fun--many thanks, Gareth. And thanks for invoking Col. Potter, Argyle--one of my favorite characters of all time.

Never heard of APPLESAUCE as rubbish either--but it's always nice to learn something new.

Loved your TWADDLE limerick, Owen.

I knew you'd like this one, Tinbeni.

Irish Miss, I too would recommend "Gravity." I didn't want to see it, especially in 3D, but Rowland was keen on it, so we went to the theater, donned the glasses, and saw it. It was riveting. I too would have been happy if Sandra Bullock had won an Oscar for her performance--especially since she had to act in a spacesuit with face mask or with her whole body floating in space for much of the movie.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

GarlicGal said...

This puzzle made me smile...all the way through!

I thought Alder, orlop, Moshe and Yasir were all x-word staples.

Twaddle? I'm going to use that one at least 25 times today. Twaddle.. twaddle...I like the sound of it. Thanks for the Col. Potter clip. What a great character.

We are expecting high 80's/low 90's today. "The weather is here, wish you were beautiful"...

California coven convenes next week---BEWARE!

JD said...

Good morning all,

Took a few minutes longer to finish this Tues.puzzler.Obvious theme, but had to have a few letters in each before getting each one. Moonshine and applesauce were a-has.

Argyle,as always, enjoyed your write-up, especially Col. Potter's outbursts.

A couple of unknowns:orlop, Adler,Rohe,and STK, but the perps were good. Got egg, but had the most frustrating time remembering crate.
Cooling off in our area, low 80's. Limiting our water usage is hard on the garden.We use buckets of shower water to liven up the droopy guys .

HeartRx said...

Irish Miss, hand up for recommending "Gravity." It was quite an experience in iMax 3D, but I am not sure how it would translate to the small screen. And I totally agree that Bullock should have won the Academy Award for it.

Lemonade714 said...

As always, Gareth does a great job, I confess to having forgotten about applesauce meaning rubbish, and did wonder with whom YR converses that it was number 1 on her list, but it did not slow down the solve.
applesauce by 1739, Amer.Eng., from apple + sauce. Slang meaning "nonsense" is attested from 1921 and was noted as a vogue word early 1920s. Mencken credits it to cartoonist T.A. ("Tad") Dorgan. DAS suggests the word was thus used because applesauce was cheap fare served in boardinghouses..

john28man said...

Mies Van de Rohr was the Dean of Architecture at my college, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)when I studied there and the architect of the building I worked from for 17 years at 47th and Park Ave.

CrossEyedDave said...

Are you sure it's rubbish?

This hotel is a real dump...

OwenKL said...

Just happened to run across Sayer.

Steve said...

I wonder if MOONSHINE is more familiar in British English? I didn't hesitate over that one, but APPLESAUCE and HORSEFEATHERS were new to me.

Thanks for the expo, Argyle.

In the 80's there was a plan to put a Mies Van De Rohe tower in the center of London's financial district. Prince Charles decided to get meddling when he saw the drawings, calling it "a carbuncle on the face of an old friend" and "a giant glass stump".

He's always been a bit of a stick-in-the-mud. They eventually built a weird-looking kinda-sorta derivative of the building that was demolished on the site. Charles was happy, saner folk thought it sucked.

Yellowrocks said...

Lemonade @ 11:54. At my age it is impossible to know where the ideas, words and sayings that are familiar to me came from. Did I read them? Did I hear them in everyday discussions? Did I learn them in crossword puzzles? Do I come across them frequently or did they just make a big impression? Was it recently or long ago?
Steve's post @ 1:02 reminds me that some things that seem very common to me could be British.... or not. I read a lot of British novels, and see British movies and TV shows.
We are the sum of our life experiences, which by now are intermingled and inseparable.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh APPLESAUCE!! was common to The Little Rascals shorts. I think it was Jackie who always said it. Still trying to find a clip...

Irish Miss said...

Lucina, Misty, and Marti - Thanks for the input. I'll put it in my queue. (For someone with severe acrophobia, the small screen might be better for me.)

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Gareth Bain, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Got through this puzzle fairly easily. All the theme answers appeared effortlessly. I, also, never heard of moonshine as rubbish. So what. Probably is somewhere.

My hangup for a while was in the SW. ADLER, ADWARE, TAPA, and ATTIC all took me a while. Persistence prevailed.

ORLOP was easy. Have had it before quite a few times.

I cannot remember the last time I ate a TV DINNER. Not my favorite fare.

Really liked this puzzle. Better than ordinary.

See you tomorrow. Heading back to Chicago via New York City and Buffalo.


(similar iendct5)

Lucina said...

Are we to assume that MOONSHINE produced in the stealthy stills in the Tennessee and Kentucky or other foothills is rubbish or akin to it?


Brony said...

Another way to use "applesauce":

Tinbeni said...

MOONSHINE is another form of Aqua Vitae ...
The "Nectar-of-the-Gods" ...
Whose "Sweet Ambrosia" is to be relished.

JMHO ... Cheers!!!

Argyle said...

What I found was that the moon was responsible for crazy schemes and plans. Nothing to do with white lightening.

And, in the old days, apples that were unfit for the hogs could still be made into applesauce, extra protein included.

pje said...

Consarn it all! I know Mortimer SNERD but confidently put in SNEeD! FIW! Thanks, Gareth Bain. Loved the different phrases for "rubbish".

Argyle, I now have Leo Sayer's song as a ear worm. Not sure if I thank you for that or not. But I did enjoy the Col. Potter clip.

Hand up for not knowing moonshine and applesauce in this context. I learn things on this blog all the time.

Have a nice week, everyone!


Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-After family for four days, I got to play 18 today. Yay me!
-Yes, Marti, of course you are right! I loved the play and its powerful music. The title song asks every question you could have about Christianity
-Besides “Let the world turn without you tonight”, my fav lyric is Herod telling Christ, “Prove to me you’re no fool, walk across my swimming pool”
-Irish, the kids are stunned this NASA guy hasn’t seen Gravity but I can’t imagine topping the effects in Apollo 13
-Yeah, TTP, can you believe how dynamic “The Captain” was in that intro?
-Knowing the difference between Adler and Freud was a big part of passing one of my grad classes. I knew what it was then and don’t know/care now.

pje said...

Argyle: my apologies! As I was dusting, listening to Leo Sayre sing, it dawned on me: you didn't link it, HG did! Sorry 'bout that.


Anonymous T said...

Well Son of a...

Oh, sorry, that is so yesterday...

pje and I had the same error SNEeD and ADLEe, but I enjoyed a Gareth puzzle that I could almost GET(S). Thanks Argyle for 'splainin' ITSOK! I just kept trying to parse that - ITS OK, I'm just a dolt.

Back to work - I'll catch up later when the MOON SHINEs.

Cheers, -T

Lucina said...

I had forgotten to click on Leo Sayer. Thank you! I love it!

Also, Gravity is totally unlike Apollo 13. It's not about the effects, but a different aspect altogether. I think you'd like it.

PK said...

What a terrible week for Rory McIlroy’s ex-girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki. I mean it couldn’t get much worse short of her finding out that Rory was sleeping with countless porn stars and Perkins waitresses while they were dating. First Rory calls off the wedding then he wins his very next tournament after trailing by 7 strokes which basically says being single is going awesome and then she gets bounced in the first round of the French Open for the first time since 2007. Ouch. They had just sent out the wedding invites that would forever link her to one of golf’s best up and comers who signed a deal with Nike for enough money to live 500 lifetimes. All gone in a flash. That’s a bad week.

Lemonade714 said...

I see the difference between Freud and Adler like the difference between Ted Williams and Stan Musial.While they have some similarities, it is only in the parts that are not the same that they make sense.

Freud and Adler were initially teammates so to speak, working on developing psychoanalysis as a means of helping people. Freud stressed the tension between ID and EGO, basically urges and thought, and Adler eventually broke from Freud's sexually motivated interpretations. They did not part as friends. There are countless neo-freudian analysts still working, but not many neo-adlerians.

Bill G. said...

That was a typically pleasant puzzle from Gareth. I had never heard of MOONSHINE and APPLESAUCE in that context but I figured them out.

Owen, I'm happy you discovered BillG = bilge = rubbish. For some reason that had eluded me before though it seems apt...

TTP said...


1. ARBITRAITOR - A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonald's
2. BERNADETTE - The act of torching a mortgage.
3. BURGLARIZE - What a crook sees through
4. AVOIDABLE - What a bullfighter tries to do
5. EYEDROPPER - Clumsy ophthalmologist
6. CONTROL - A short, ugly inmate.
7. COUNTERFEITER - Workers who put together kitchen cabinets
8. ECLIPSE - What an English barber does for a living.
9. LEFT BANK - What the bank robbers did when their bag was full of money
10. HEROES - What a man in a boat does
11. PARASITES - What you see from the Eiffel Tower
12. PARADOX - Two physicians
13. PHARMACIST - A helper on a farm
14. POLARIZE - What penguins see through
15. PRIMATE - Remove your spouse from in front of TV
16. RELIEF - What trees do in the spring
17. RUBBERNECK - What you do to relax your wife
18. SELFISH - What the owner of a seafood store does
19. SUDAFED - Brought litigation against a government official
20. PARADIGMS - 20 cents

Anonymous T said...

TTP - Funny! Pair-of-docs is my fav. I don't know why...

Lucina - while waiting for the next storm, I turned on the weather (OR NOt) channel. I saw how hot it is in your neck of the wood and it's not even June - now there's some Bull S...

D-O - how did you guys fair up there? We had another 2.5" down here. The skeeters & GNATs will be out in full force.

Cheers, -T

fermatprime said...


Thanks, Gareth and Argyle! Great work!

Fun theme! I, too, was puzzled by MOONSHINE and APPLESAUCE!

Very amusing definitions, TTP!

Since no one came around yesterday, it has been a "crowd" with caregiver, Marisol, ersatz gardener, Edwin, Chris and Harvey. (Also, not starving.)


Mary Keller said...

A great run for me today. Hand up for being ignorant of APPLESAUCE and MOONSHINE. Had MARCH before MONTH, TACO before TAPA.
Loved, loved Jesus Christ Superstar.

Loved the definitions, TTP.

I'd like to see Gravity, but the screen on my TV is small. It would probably diminish the effects?

Bill G. said...

I've never understood gnats. Growing up in Virginia, I'd be mowing the lawn on a hot summer day and I'd run into a smallish group of gnats. They would be swarming together in space about the size of a beach ball. I'd run into them and they would get into my orifices, mostly eyes. They would be annoying but nothing more. No biting or stinging. I'm guessing other people's experience with gnats must be different.

Anonymous T said...

BIll G. Nope that's my experience with GNATs too. They taste awful. Oh, and the saying "tighter than a GNATs A**". Dad said that all the time.

Q: "What's the last thing that goes through a GNAT's mind when he hits the windshield?"

A: His butt.

I've heard APPLE SAUCE and APPLE butter from older aunts on my mom's side. It could just be a midwest thing. MOONSHINE is way out.

Oh, HORSEFEATHERS, I also messed up BOLDaRSHASH. I had HEarS before HEEDS, but never changed the A after IDO. It just didn't IRON itself out.

Cheers, -T
[Gotthard droupst] hehe

Argyle said...

I think some confuse gnats with black flies. Gnats look for moisture; black flies look for blood.

TTP said...

Sometimes you get stuff in your personal email that (you think) is worth sharing.

I can't claim creation of the definitions, but I thought they might be enjoyed here.

Anon-T, FWIW, I also ended up with I RO instead of I DO until I saw the commitment clue...

All this talk of gnats is driving me buggy.

Bill G. said...

A pirate-looking guy walked into a bar. He had a peg leg, a hook instead of a hand and an eye patch. One of the regulars offered to buy him a beer and then struck up a conversation.

Say, what happened to your leg?

I was swept overboad out of a small whaling boat when a shark bit my leg off.

Wow! That's terrible! What happened to your arm?

We got in a sword fight with another pirate band and I got my arm whacked off with a cutlass. They replaced my arm with this hook.

And what happened to your eye?

Oh, a seagull pooped in my eye.

Geez! You lost your whole eye just because of some seagull poop?

Well, you have to remember it was my first day with the hook...

Manac said...

Like others, I thought of Col. Potter's mild outbursts while solving this. Then when I got to
27D- Shaver Brand, I thought.... Argyle will never know that one!

No confusing Black flies around here. The little suckers are out in full force now. Mostly in the eves.
Skeeters I can live with, The deer flies come around July and just plain Suck!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Second Gareth Bain puzzle in a week. How'd we get so lucky? I thought it was fun & fast.

I was intrigued by POPPYCOCK so I googled it. It was said to be mid-19th century, from a Dutch dialect word "pappekak" meaning "soft dung". Oh, crap! And now I know.

With all these very colorful theme words today, I can't help but think all those proponents of the F-bomb these days are sadly deficient in vocabulary.

I had no idea what garnished a gimlet, but did know the OLIVE in a martini. I've never had either drink.

The post at 3:52 accredited to PK was the imitator again. How'd I get so lucky?

I did the puzzle at midnight, but this was shopping day so I'm just tuning in here now.

We have some tiny little gnats here that are hard to see and find but they really like to sting me. I don't know what they are called. I call them something like POPPYCOCK.

Thanks, Argyle and y'all!

Anonymous T said...

OK, I had to look it up. I thought a Gimlet had an onion not a LIME as 6a suggested. Turns out that's a Gibson.

The Gibson was coined for a State Department guy who didn't drink as much as his compadres and wanted an onion in his fake cocktail to tell the difference. Hugh Gibson IIRC. Of course, that could be apocryphal.

Manac - Have you seen S. Texas, LA, or MN skeeters? These things take your beer, change the channel, and then bite you. I will concede re: deer flies - those bastards hurt.

Apparently I had another natnik in BoLDERDASH/OLo. OH TWADDLing F-bomb! (sorry real PK)

Cheers, -T

Vidwan827 said...

It was a lovely puzzle - Thanks. Thanks to Argyle for the nice blog and the Col. Potter commentary. Thanks HG for the Sayer song. Captain and Tennille brings back a lot of memories.

Thanks CED, as always. The 2D shadow art of the junk pile arranged to look like two reclining figures - is called a Stereo-optic Art - but I could be wrong. I have 6 carved wooden blocks that totally change 'shape', when rotated 90 degrees, but I forget what they are called. One is a silhouette of a sitting donkey, and when you rotate him 90 degrees, he becomes a trumpeting elephant - like the Democratic party and the GOP.

Thank you, TTP for the cute 'daffinitions' .... two or three of them really quizzed my thinking. Especially 'Avoidable' !

I think Adler's theory was the Freudian theory without the sex(ual) connotations - and true to life, without the 'sex' appeal - a reader or practitioner, loses all interest - so his theory dropped out of sight ....

A question: If we can have virgin olive oil, can we have a virgin martini ?? ;~))

Have a nice evening, all.

Lucina said...

Yes, it's scorching hot here, 107 by Wednesday. Our community swimming pool has seen a lot of activity throughout the weekend and beyond.

I liked those "daffynitions". Thank you.

It makes me feel really old when someone doesn't know about Mortimer SNERD.

Gruesome but funny joke!

Anonymous T said...

Um, a virgin martini? I wouldn't know (and don't mention it out loud to Tin!) Maybe just a glass of water?

I take my martini dirty. 2 shots of Beefeater to one shot of Martini & Ross dry vermouth - shaken. Too, I like a snack when I'm done, so an onion sandwiched between two olives is just the right garnish. I'm getting hungry/thirsty....

Everyone have a great Wednesday! I'M OFF.

Cheers, -T