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Jun 24, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski

Theme: Three Runners - The unity is in the clues.

20A. Runner on a corridor floor : HALLWAY CARPET

40A. Runner in a long race : MARATHON ENTRANT

58A. Runner in a nursery : PLANT OFFSHOOT

Argyle here. I like the cop shows where they confront a suspect and he takes off, "We've got a RUNNER!" We caught three runners today. Some stumble spots but the perps get it in the end.

Across:

1. "Dracula" author Stoker : BRAM

5. + or - particles : IONs

9. Ocean movements : TIDEs

14. Wine city near Sacramento : LODI. So it's not so bad to be stuck in Lodi again.



15. "The Bridge on the River __": 1957 film : KWAI. Link to the story behind the score.



16. "Step __!": "Out of my way!" : ASIDE

17. Goes on to say : ADDS. "I'm important; let me through!"

18. Pizazz : ELAN

19. Trademarked copy : XEROX

23. Derisive expression : SNEER. This goes along with 16- and 17-Across.

24. Harbor structure : PIER

25. Public health agcy. : CDC. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

28. Brake part : DISC. I feel old; I put in drum first.

31. Actress Loren : SOPHIA. She began her career at age 14 and is 79 now.

33. Sunscreen letters : SPF. (sun protection factor)

36. Twenty-one-gun show of respect : SALUTE

39. Multi-vol. references : OEDs. (The Oxford English Dictionary)

43. Steam-emitting appliance : IRON

44. "__ Fideles": carol : ADESTE

45. Qt. halves : PTs. Gallons and quarts and pints, oh my!

46. Dry twigs for a fire : TINDER

48. Old Russian ruler : TSAR

50. DDE's predecessor : HST

51. Eye protector : LASH

54. Stiller's comedy partner : MEARA. (Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) Parents of Amy Stiller and Ben Stiller.

62. Sheikdom of song : ARABY. For Bill G.



64. Sunburn soother : ALOE

65. Golden Fleece ship : ARGO

66. Access Facebook, say : LOG ON

67. Prefix with bucks : MEGA

68. Vitamin __: PABA : B-TEN

69. Noisy migratory birds : GEESE

70. Subtle call for attention : [PSST!]

71. Satisfy to the hilt : SATE

Down:

1. Slight depression, with "the" : BLAHS. Not as deep as the blues.

2. '50s sci-fi monster : RODAN

                           Specifications

3. Confuse : ADDLE

4. Gave false clues to, e.g. : MISLED

5. Swedish furniture chain : IKEA

6. Big-eyed : OWLY

7. Civil rights org. : NAACP. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

8. Mount climbed by Moses : SINAI

9. Many an H&R Block employee : TAX PRO

10. "It's clear now" : "I SEE"

11. Very inexpensive : DIRT CHEAP

12. Old name for Tokyo : EDO

13. Male or female : SEX

21. What a cuff may cover : WRIST. Links.
22. Is indignant about : RESENTS

26. Failed to : DIDN'T

27. Lets the lure fly : CASTS. Cute one.

29. Desertlike : SAHARAN

30. Bumbling sort : CLOD

32. __ ejemplo: Juan's "for example" : POR

33. Patti of punk rock : SMITH

34. City on the Seine : PARIS

35. Where the major headlines are : FRONT PAGE

37. A, in Arles : UNE

38. Diagnostic aid : TEST

41. "What's more ..." : "...AND..."

42. Tigers and Cubs : TEAMs. Oh my!

47. Comical Boosler : ELAYNE. Why oh why did she use a Y?

49. Fixes up, as a fixer-upper : REHABS

52. Snail-mail attachment : STAMP

53. Putters' targets : HOLES

55. Primary artery : AORTA

56. Name synonymous with synonyms : ROGET. Roget's Thesaurus.

57. More than apologize : ATONE

59. Debt-laden corp. takeovers : LBOs. (leveraged buyouts)

60. Clouds (up) : FOGS

61. Accomplishment : FEAT

62. Calc. prerequisite : ALG. (calculus/algebra)

63. Fish delicacy : ROE. (shad roe on grits)

                     Source


Argyle

Notes from C.C.:

1) Happy 26th wedding anniversary to Dennis and his lovely wife Linda  (second from the right)! Dennis is ageless. He looks the same as he did when he joined our blog in Feb 2008.



2) Happy 25th anniversary to TTP and his wife as well! I recall you really annoyed your wife the first time you met, right?


3) Today also marks the 500th post Argyle blogged for us. Every time I hear "One Night in Bangkok", I think of the young Marine Argyle. He has lots of stories to tell, but he's not a talker.  Thank you for all you've done to help me, Santa!


15-year-old Argyle

54 comments:

OwenKL said...

I go to garage sales and peep
At thing folks will no longer keep.
Some vintage what-not
Might sell for a lot,
But most prices are RUNNING DIRT CHEAP!

The reporter is earning his wage
With stories of violence and rage.
Wherever there's trouble
He's there on the double,
And his by-line is RUNNING, FRONT PAGE!

RODAN face to face with ROGET?
This is surely an interesting day!
A flying pterosaurus
Versus a thesaurus
One will soon be fleeing/flying/scampering/RUNNING away!

OwenKL said...

I think Norris is playing a game with us. SINAI 8-down was 4-down in yesterday's puzzle, and 1-across (BRAM, short for Abraham) was 4-down (ABRAM, variant of Abraham) the day before. Sunday we had PAN-ARAB, today we have ARABY.

A Cryptic clue for one of the answers in today's puzzle:
Accountant says small nails are favored

HeartRx said...

Good morning everyone!

Happy anniversaries Dennis and TTP! And that’s quite a milestone, Argyle – congratulations!
¸¸¸.•*¨*♫♥♫¸¸¸.•*¨*♫♥♫¸¸¸.•*¨*♫♥♫¸¸¸.•*¨*♫♥♫


I had blues before BLAHS, and Arabi before ARABY (Elaine looked better to me than ELAYNE). I put in RODAN, took it out, then put it back. Hands up for drum before DISC, Argyle! And so this was a little sticky for a Tuesday.

HG from yesterday – Cap a pie was referred to at 66-A “From head to TOE.” OwenKL and BillG, I’m afraid your cryptic clues and puzzles are way over my head. I don’t think I understood them even after you explained them!!

Another beautiful day in the Northeast. Enjoy yours!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all (and Happy Anniversary to Dennis, TTP and their respective spouses)!

Pretty straightforward for me today, except... OWLY? Seriously? I mean, I can figure out what it's supposed to mean, obviously, but it's not even in my standard dictionary.

Elsewhere, I had a minor misstep with LOG IN instead of LOG ON, but fortunately I was able to grok the clue for LBO.

OWLY???

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gail and Bruce, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine 500th review. Wow!

This puzzle seemed more like a Monday to me than Monday's did. Got through it quickly. Thank goodness cruciverb worked today. I was able to start early.

Liked the theme. Runners. I am not a runner, but a walker. I can walk many a mile, but choose not to run. Knees hurt. I used to walk a mile for a Camel when I smoked, decades ago. Glad I quit that.

Remembered BRAM for some odd reason. I believe we have had him in the past.

I used to work near LODI, CA. Citrus Heights and Roseville.

Yes, I tried ELAINE first, then fixed it to ELAYNE.

Watched "Non-Stop" last night. One great movie. Sat on the edge of my seat the whole time.

Happy Anniversary to Dennis and TTP and wives. And, many more.

Spitz: Left you a note in yesterday's blog.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

(345)

thehondohurricane said...


Happy anniversary to Dennis and Linda. Also TTP and his better half. TTP, you out performed me. It was our third date before I managed to tick Lucy off!

CanadianEh! said...

A little crunchy today for a Tuesday - maybe because I was trying to rush before going to work. Needed red letter help looking for the Y in Elayne!

Haven't seen our old friend ALOE for a while.

Happy Anniversary to Dennis and TTP! Congrats Argyle.

Beautiful day here.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody,

I'm with Barry G on OWLY. I first entered OGLE, which didn't work. Then I thought it might be OGLY (?) I never saw OWLY coming.

Other than that - smooth sailing. Have a great day.

Lemonade714 said...

Argyle, not only ws this your 500 the blog (WOW! marti, we will need to do this for 6 more years to reach that milestone) but one of your best. Love the cuff links link, Rodan's vital and the the skinny on the Roe/Grits victuals. Nice to see the classic Sophia Loren be recalled.

Did not remember vitamin B-10, but I was not beaten by the fill as the perps bailed me out.

ELAYNE comes from an interesting family and earned her comic stripes with some greats.

Lemonade714 said...

Many happy returns of the day for our anniversary couples, Dennis and TTP.

I had a friend come into town last Thursday and we have had our usual afternoon thunderstorms every day. She asked when the rain would stop and I told her, "November." Hey it is the tropics. So stay dry Dennis and the 4 of you enjoy.

Argyle said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Link owly

June 24, 2014 at 7:42 AM

HeartRx said...

Anon @ 7:42, interesting etymology. Thanks!

Here's a different OWLY link.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-We have some trees with annoying PLANT OFFSHOOTS (AKA suckers) that have to be cut off every year
-KWAI is a fabulous movie about Japanese, British and American cultures and military discipline/insanity
-When you see who coming you’d “better step ASIDE. A lotta men didn’t ‘n a lotta men died”?
-What someone says might be fine but what he ADDS …
-15 words like XEROX that started as brand names and are now also common nouns or verbs
-America’s most famous SNEERer?
-It seems to be cool to have brake discs visible these days
- 21 gun SALUTE soldiers are getting older with no one to replace them
-Mom had no steam iron; she used a Pepsi bottle with holes in the lid to dispense water
-The TSAR fiddled while Russia starved
-This list shows the surprising (to me) number of presidents who, unlike HST and DDE, had no military experience
-It’s not what comes out of the GEESE’s beak that causes problems on our golf course
-I can get OWLY when I have the BLAHS
-Have you heard this hip, new pronunciation of DIDN’T
-Congrats to Dennis, TTP and Argyle on their very significant milestones.

TTP said...

Good morning all.

Happy Anniversary to Dennis and Linda ! That day in history

500 puzzle reviews by Argyle ? Wow ! Stalwart comes to mind. You are a rock Argyle. Congratulations to you too.

I liked the way you tied 16,17 and 23 together. Also, I agree. Why did Elayne use a Y ? No TADA for me today.

CC, you have excellent memory. I tailgated into the office without badging in to the security system. That was on my first day after relocating from Houston. My future bride occasionally filled in at the receptionist's desk so the regular could go to lunch. She reported me to management !

Thank you all for the Happy Anniversary wishes.

desper-otto said...

Good morning, a tad late. Harold, again.

I got a dreaded DNF on a Tuesday! I never changed that "i" in ELAINE. Hand up for the brake DRUM. OWLY came to me immediately, but I see from Argyle's link that it's common usage in the upper midwest. Did I wait in line to see RODAN back in 1956? I sure did.

My one-time boss used to say Dint. He also aksed (sic) questions. His best though, was when he went on and on about the faux pas wall finishes he'd seen over the weekend. Yes, I've mentioned that before, but it bears repeating.

Argyle, are those angle worms atop the shad roe?

Happy Anniversary, Dennis and TTP (and you married her after she turned you in?). Congrats on reaching the big D, Argyle.

Off to get those choppers cleaned....

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

No speed bumps, except that I can't ever remember that Rodan name. I dimly recall seeing the film long ago, but that doesn't help. Enjoyed reading about the regional meanings of Owly.

Morning, Argyle, and congrats!

Husker - I gather that some former trademarks get downgraded through legal action, while others just get worn off. Kleenex and Scotch Tape come to mind. I wasn't aware that Kerosene was a trademark, but as I recall, Gasoline once was.

PK from yesterday - loved your swallow story! We have a nest in my old barn, which is close to the new house. We enjoy those cheeky little birds. They raise a fuss whenever they see our cat, dive-bombing and generally scaring her. It's amusing to watch.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Congratulations to all our celebrants!

The clod clue always reminds me of a Mad Magazine parody of the Daffodils poem by Wordsworth.
[I wandered lonely as a cloud]

I wandered lonely as a clod,
Just picking up old rags and bottles,
When onward on my way I plod,
I saw a host of axolotls;

for the rest, go to:
Axolotl Poem Link

SwampCat said...

HG
ya betta step ASIDE for Tennessee Ernie Ford after he loads 16 Tons.

Ah, that was real music!

kazie said...

Clear sailing today, but a couple of perps meant I never noticed what they were crossing, so I didn't "see" IONS or TAX PRO until I came here. CLOD appeared when KLUTZ wouldn't fit, and I wasn't sure whether it was LOG ON or IN, but I guessed right.

Congrats to Dennis, TTP and their respective wives, also to Argyle. Was that era of the photo when you started to use Argyle as a nickname?

Yellowrocks said...

Happy anniversary to Dennis, TTP and their wives.
Congratulations, Argyle, on your 500 blogs and thanks for everything else you do for the corner. You are a superstar. Thanks for saving my OWLY etymology post.(I posted as Anonymous early this AM)) Sometimes Firefox will allow me on a site, but then will flag it went I try link it. This is the second one you have saved for me. I enjoyed reading the story behind Bridge on the River Kwai.
VS, thanks for the AXOLOTL poem. I had forgotten it. The ending reminds me of Tinman.
PK, cute swallow story yesterday.

Lucina said...

Greetings, puzzlers!
Congratulations all around, to Dennis and Linda, Mr & Mrs. TTP and Argyle's 500th!

It's also the birthday of one of my sisters-in-law, coincidentally named Linda married to my brother, Arthur Dennis whom we always called Dennis.

And thanks to Gail and Bruce for another fun run. Hand up for DRUM before DISC, ELAINE then ELAYNE and LOG IN which I didn't change. Drat, the dreaded Tuesday DNF!

It was amusing though to see ASIDE, ADDS, ARABY, ADESTE, ALOE, and ARGO like staunch sentries flanking the wings. Only ALAN was missing at 18A but it had ELAN.

Oh, me, I need another cup of coffee.

You all have a lovely Tuesday!

Brenda Bachrack said...

Clever
More clever
Cleverest

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Fun offering from Gail and Bruce, as usual. Had shoe, then drum and finally disc. Also, blues before blahs. Otherwise, everything slipped into place quite easily.

Happy Anniversary to Dennis and Linda and to Mr. And Mrs. TTP. Congrats to Argyle on his entry into the 500 club and thanks for today's expo.

Our long stretch of beautiful weather is ending later today with rain lasting into tomorrow. No complaints, though, as we have had many lovely sunny and mild June days.

Have a terrific Tuesday. My captcha number is completely blacked out.

Yellowrocks said...

I forgot to mention that I spelled ELAYNE with a I even though I know ARABY needs a Y, so a DNF on a super easy puzzle.
Under a beech tree in our yard at a previous home the only thing that would grow were beech offshoots which had to be lopped off. My neighbor seeing me doing this onerous chore asked me if I said, "Son of a beech," each time I snipped one off.

CrossEyedDave said...

Bill G (Re: Yest) I think Owen answered my question, (but I am still not sure...)

Rats! I had araby, & changed it to arabi because I had never heard of Elayne...

16/17A was reflected in todays Andy Capp!

Runner motivation #1

Runner motivation #2???

The Winner!

Happy 25th TTP (Note, actual 25 candles!)

Happy 26th Dennis & Linda!

Happy 500th Argyle! (but I wouldn't light it if I were you...)

Misty said...

Not a speed run, but pretty close and a lot of fun--many thanks, Bruce and Gail! And Argyle, 500 posts--awesome! A huge thanks to you for that.

Took me a few minutes to figure our that the theme was RUNNERS even though each clue started with just that word. Duh!

Happy anniversaries, Dennis and TTP!

Fun CLOD riff on the Wordsworth poem, Virginia S!

Hi Lucina--appreciated your post yesterday!

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

Argyle said...

On a need to know basis: The story of the shad and grits dish.

Recipe

Tinbeni said...

Dennis & TTP: Happy Anniversary !!!
Argyle: WOW!!! 500 write-up's (AND counting!).
Great job, I'm very impressed.

Bruce & Gail: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle.

Fave today was OWLY. As clued, "Big-eyed" made sense to me.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle! Bruce & Gail. I was MISLED on the first block. I knew BRAM but don't remember ever hearing of RODAN. Hand up for "blues". Didn't know LBOS, ELAYNE, or LODI.

ROGETs took awhile. I owned one but never used it. I tried SASES before STAMP.

Having worked in a car dealership, I went directly to DISk then DISC brakes.

Happy Anniversary to Dennis & TTP and their ladies! Very impressive diligence, Argyle! Thank you!

YR, "Son of a beech" -- too funny!

Bill G. said...

Good morning! Happy anniversary Dennis! Happy anniversary TTP! Best wishes for many more.

Thanks for everything Argyle. I appreciate what you do for all of us.
I loved your Django link. Put him together with St├ęphane Grappelli and you've got some great music. Did you know he had two bad fingers on his left hand?

Marti, my original puzzle wasn't that hard; Owen made it more cryptic. The first clue was Reduced price you got when you applied these: Deductions, Discounted. The second was a very fast drum: Supersonic, Percussion

Speaking of Elayne, I wonder if that spelling was given to her by her parents? If so, it doomed her to a life of having to spell her name for everybody.

Sallie said...

Good afternoon everybody.

What B said.

Happy anniversaries Dennis and TP and your spouses.

This was a DNF for me. The SE corner did me in. Putting in "repair" for 49 down did not help at all!

Cheers

Sallie said...

PS: Thank you Argyle for all your answers. They are much enjoyed.

Dennis said...

Afternoon, gang - a very enjoyable puzzle today from yet another dynamic duo. 'Runner in a nursery' really got me; I had PLANTOFF..... and had absolutely no idea what the answer was gonna be. Very clever. Also read 47D as 'Comical boosTer' which slowed things a bit. The only thing I found a bit off was cluing 'Is indignant about' for 'resents'. Not sure I agree with that one.

Thanks very much for the anniversary wishes. The hotel where we stayed for the first 45 days when we came down here invited us to come for dinner and a free room, so I think we'll take them up on the offer.

TTP, a very Happy Anniversary! Now for the next 25, right?

Argyle, you've been the ironman of the blog since I can remember; so much so I began to wonder if you were twins. Also, I didn't know you were in Bangkok - we should compare notes sometime.

Anonymous said...

in·dig·nant : adjective
Feeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment. (Sounds like "RESENTS" to me).
"He was indignant at being the object of suspicion."

Synonyms: aggrieved, RESENTFUL, affronted, disgruntled, displeased, cross, angry, mad, annoyed, offended, exasperated, irritated, piqued, nettled, in high dudgeon, chagrined

If you're going to get "in·dig·nant" about a clue I thought you would be agreeing with "Mr. Depth of a Mirror" Barry G.

HeartRx said...

YR, big chuckle over "son of a beech."

Argyle, I actually copied that recipe into my files. I have made shrimp and grits - according to the recipe from Crook's Corner (where I first tasted them - yumm!!) If Bill Smith makes shad roe and grits, I'm sure it must be good.

Bill G., as I said, even with the explanation, I still had to stare at them for a looonng time before the light dawned. Boy, do I feel dumb.

Bill G. said...

Marti, since you certainly aren't dumb, maybe they're not very good puzzles then.

I've never seen any photographs of the ocean quite like these. Spectacular surf photos

Lemonade714 said...

Most clever of you Brenda Bachrack

Sallie, it is always great to hear from you.

Dennis great to see you as well

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice puzzle today. DRUM before DISC, of course.

What about these corridor runners?

Is this for the birds?

Barry protests about OWLY;
I imagine him looking quite scowly;
'Cuz he's never heard
This strigiform word;
And thinks they have treated us fowly.

Cool regards!
JzB

Jazzbumpa said...

Congrats to Dennis, TTP and their respective spice on their anniversaries, and to Argyle for a MIND BLOWING milestone.

Cheers!
JzB

Avg Joe said...

Is it safe?

Nice breezy offering today. I really hadn't paid much attention to the theme while working, so when it was filled I went back and looked at the 3 theme answers....not the clues. Took about 10 seconds to realize what they had in common... In the clues. Doh!

Congratulations Dennis and TTP on your anniversaries. And 500 is quite the milestone Argyle!

HeartRx said...

Bill G., it just takes me a while to catch on sometimes - but I have been able to solve "some" of your "easier" math puzzles!

Oh, and what was a fantastic link to the ocean waves - that guy is incredible! But darn you, I ended up clicking on other links on that page, and ended up spending a half hour on them…and dinner is not going to cook itself!!

Grumble, grumble, grumble. (I'm feeling quite OWLY right now…)

GarlicGal said...

Good Tuesday afternoon to everyone.

Happy Anniversary to the couples and a BIG WOOT! WOOT! to Argyle. Thanks for your dedication.

I had "PADS" before DISC. BLUES before BLAHS like a few of you, but was all over LODI! It used to be a sleepy little town then BINGO...wineries began springing up. Now it's quite a popular wine region, especially for Zins.

Speaking of Bingo...that would have been an appropriate clue for B-TEN.

Thanks for the Django clip. I agree with BillG. Django+Stephane=beautiful music!

Soooooooooo long.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Hand up for the I instead of Y at 47d / 62a. I'm not going to RESENT Bruce and Gail for that in this fine puzzle and fun theme.

BRAM I recall from the movie ads years ago -- "BRAM Stoker's Dracula." XEROX took a few minutes to fall, I was even hesitant about TAXPRO 'cuz, really other than XRay & Xylophone - what starts with an X? :-)

DIS(C/K?) took one of my fav's CLOD to fall. Also, LEns before LASH. I started spelling 31a like eldest's name - with an f instead of ph. Ooops.

Other fav was c/a on ROGET. Cute.

IRON near MARATHON ENTRANT made me look for man. Not to be.

Thanks for the write-up (and all you do around here) Argyle. 500! Wow...

TTP & Dennis - HA to you and your DWs!

Dirty Deeds Done DIRT CHEAP Warning: Not what you may consider beautiful music - but I like it (I bet Splynter does too).

Bill G. Wave pics were Totally Tubular!

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Oh - Owen #3 was LOL as was CED's Argyle cake. Thanks for the laughs guys. C, -T

Spitzboov said...

Congrats to Argyle on his milestone blog and
Happy Anniversary to Dennis and Linda. Semper Fi.

Happy 25th anniversary to TTP and the Missus.

Solved it this morning but was gone all day. Agree with Argyle's take. Perps were ample and helpful. No strikethroughs of searches needed.

OwenKL said...

Virginia: fun axolotl poem. I forwarded it to a website I know that collects funny poetry.

CED: funny links, as always. And as always, thanks for ferreting them out and sharing!

Jazz: great limerick! Strigiform is my new word for today.

I'm disappointed no one responded to my Cryptic clue.
Accountant says small nails are favored
[TAX PRO(fessional)] = [homophone of][TACKS]+[PRO(in favor of)]
Here is an article I wrote explaining Cryptic clues. It was written for Freemasons, but after the first paragraph the rest is for anyone interested in this fascinating variation on crossword puzzles.

Anonymous T said...

Owen - very nice explanation.

I've tried those types of puzzles before, but I've found I'm just not dense enough to get through an American Thursday or (Whoopie! a Friday pzl). Cyptics are out of my league. Now, to go read your link on something more in my bailiwick - Cryptograms!

Cheers, -T

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

(Have read neither Mon. or Tues. blog yet. Problems, problems.)

Really enjoyed last two puzzles. Thanks to all involved!

Congratulation, Argyle!

Happy Anniversary, Dennis and Linda!

Put in First PAGE instead FRONT PAGE. Was pretty sure about Y in ELAYNE. (Maybe she didn't have anything to do with it.)

Cheers!

Bill G. said...

Owen, I screwed up. Since I enjoy a challenge (if I can solve it, that is), I went back through all of the clues until I came across TAXPRO. Though I don't fully understand cryptic clues, I was sure that was the answer you were looking for. But I stopped there and didn't respond. Since I always enjoy it when people take the time to respond to something I commented on, I am embarrassed that I didn't take the time to respond to your comment.

I'm glad that some of you enjoyed the surf photos. I had never seen anything quite like them before.

Did any of you watch America's Got Talent? Some of the show is a waste of time but there are some gems among the chaff. I thought the 12-year-old girl was an extraordinary singer. Very cute too. The older man at the end could have been Frank Sinatra if I closed my eyes. The guy who jumped over a speeding sports car was impressive as were some of the other acts. I hate the magicians who claim to have mental powers. The one who claimed to use brain power to break a glass pitcher was just performing a trick, one that I've seen before. The physics is clever but his brain power was weak. I was disappointed that everybody included the judges gave him a standing O.

Anonymous T said...

Fermatprime: I wanted AboveTheFold, but it DIDN"T fit.

Bill G. I was too embarrassed post TAXPRO 'cuz I just didn't get why that made sense to a CLOD like me and didn't want to fail his TEST... ;-)

The paper had an article about Houston rollerblader in 'Talent.' All I could think is "Um, OK." Is there entertainment there?

I'm with you, I can't stand bad "magic." I SALUTE guys like Penn & Teller who provide comedic entertainment with misdirection and tells you its all BS upfront. It's just a (plantoffs)HOOT* to watch.

Cheers, -T
*I admit it's a MEGA stretch and lame.

aka thelma said...

Always enjoy the puzzles whether I finish them or not..... even when I don't quite agree... :)

And, always enjoy the write ups from each of you who spend so much time to make our solving complete...

Definitely enjoy all the comments from the many people who share their thoughts with all of us.... and to all you who have had occasions I missed.... I hope they were wonderful :)

I don't comment often... for many reasons.... but I do want to say thank you to you all....

And of course.... many thanks to Argyle... congratulations on your 500 milestone.....

Dennis and TTp.... Happy Anniversary to you both and to the women you love... hope your day was grand....

thelma :)

aka thelma said...

That should have been TTP.... not TTp..... :( sorry....
thelma :)

Anonymous T said...

I'll ADD - heck, curiosity got the best of me and I looked it up. Dancing AGT Houston Rollerblader. The video is about 1/2 way down - do the same with your speakers. TTP & D-O -- you know, we gotta love the weird in Montrose.

PSST - don't be a stranger aka thelma.

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

AnonT, yep, I love Penn and Teller. Where did those goldfish come from??

Another magician of that same ilk is Ricky Jay. He often tells or shows you what he's going to do and it is still fun to watch it happen.

The roller blader was worthwhile only in that he had the chutzpah to think he was doing something in front of millions of people that would be worth watching.

Thelma, ditto.