Jul 7, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014 Jerry Edelstein

Theme: Songs in the key of ME

1A. With 66-Across, 1967 Petula Clark hit, and a hint to the three longest puzzle answers : "THIS IS...

23A. 1927 soft-shoe classic : "ME AND MY SHADOW"

35A. 1971 Janis Joplin chart-topper : "ME AND BOBBY MCGEE"

47A. 1972 Billy Paul #1 hit : "ME AND MRS. JONES"

66A. See 1-Across : ...MY SONG"

Argyle here. Well, it was tough listening to all these songs but I did it for our blog's sake. ;~)


7. Address book no. : TEL.

10. Bal. sheet expert : CPA

13. Lure : SEDUCE

14. Gas station machine : PUMP

15. Amtrak and B&O, e.g. : RRs

16. Readied for new paint : PRIMED

17. Thing left out : OMISSION

19. __ Paulo, Brazil : SAO


20. Web surfing devices : MODEMS

22. Baseball's Rose : PETE

26. Body sci. : ANAT. (anatomy)

27. Charlotte and Norma : RAEs. A character actress and a character.

28. Swear to be true : AVER

31. Singer Ives : BURL. Almost made the cut. For Me And My Gal(2:26)

32. Suitable : APT

40. __ diem : PER. (for each day)

41. Morning brew : JAVA

42. Excellent : A ONE

43. "Pretty Woman" co-star Richard : GERE

44. Med. plan options : PPOs. (preferred provider organization)

52. "The Thin Man" dog : ASTA

53. Andre of tennis : AGASSI

54. Fall back, as a tide : EBB

57. On the floor above : UPSTAIRS

59. Johannesburg section : SOWETO. A bit easier cluing, especially if you remembered it from Saturday.

61. Coloring agent : DYE

62. Pledges exchanged at the altar : "I DO"s

63. "I'm a __, not a divider": Bush : UNITER. Dubya, based on a Texas pronunciation of "W".

64. Spanish "that" : ESA. (feminine)

65. Guidance counselor's deg. : MSW. (Master of Social Work)


1. Recipe amts. : TSPs

2. Wife of Zeus : HERA

3. "Pound the pavement" or "break the ice" : IDIOM

4. Addition result : SUM

5. O'Neill's "The __ Cometh" : ICEMAN

6. "Red Rocks" resort near Flagstaff : SEDONA. A little confusion here; mixed up with Red Rocks Amphitheater, Colorado. Probably should have been just "Red Rock resort area".

7. Upside-down puppy's massage : TUMMY RUB. OK, let's see your favorite tummy rub video.

8. Diplomatic representative : EMISSARY

9. Hi-fi spinners : LPs. (Long Play) and 36D. Spun 9-Down at a party, say : DJed

10. Sobbed : CRIED

11. Prefix with plasm : PROTO. Famous scene in "Ghost Busters".

12. Good __: fixed : AS NEW

14. Ode, for one : POEM

18. Health resorts : SPAs

21. Banned bug killer : DDT. (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane)(Don't ask again)

24. Make, as money : EARN

25. Ship's wheel : HELM

28. Current unit : AMP

29. Gesture from a winner : VEE

30. Corn serving : EAR

31. Finance major's deg. : BBA. (Bachelor of Business Administration)(If you remembered it from Wednesday, June 25.)

32. In times past : AGO

33. Calligraphy tool : PEN

34. Golf ball raiser : TEE

37. Some tavern workers : BARMAIDS

38. Crowd with foliage : OVERGROW

39. 24 cans of beer, e.g. : CASE

43. Annoying bug : GNAT

44. Nightwear, briefly : PJs

45. Death-feigning critter : POSSUM

46. Like some dips : ONIONY

47. Bea Arthur title role : "MAUDE". "...and then there's Maude."

48. Cable sports awards : ESPYs. (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award)(if you remember it from Monday, June 9.)

49. On a freighter : AT SEA

50. Smart-alecky talk : SASS

51. Deal with : SEE TO

55. Bingo call : B TEN

56. Bjorn with five Wimbledon wins : BORG

58. Goal : AIM

60. Green Bay's st. : WIS. (Wisconsin) One for the road. Everybody sing!



OwenKL said...

I didn't get back to the blog until late last night, so here's the solution to yesterdays Cryptic, a trick/technique called a "double definition":
Tramples | rubber devices (6)
[STAMPS (with the feet)] = [STAMPS (embossed symbols or patterns)]

And a fresh Cryptic clue from today's puzzle. Once again, this has one type of wordplay inside another.
Deliverer put behind affectations and higher position (8)

Again, an article I wrote myself on how to solve Cryptic puzzles should be here.

OwenKL said...

This limerick was written by me!
The rhymes are the way they should be;
If the meter seems busted,
Or just maladjusted,
It's Anonymous' fault, so blame he!

Some may question, "is a limerick a POEM?"
Well this limerick surely should show 'em!
It's in lines and has rhymes,
That's enough, or my name isn't Owem!

Some say I'm a narcissist,
Others say that I'm an artist.
But while they're debating
I'll keep on creating
'Cause I'm a compulsive limerickist!

Narcissus loved his reflection,
A vision of human perfection.
Had he been a poet
His verses would show it
With ideal idyllic inflection!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty smooth Monday solve for me. I knew all three songs, which helped a lot.

I Didn't know/remember BBA or MSW. The first looked reasonable, however, whereas the second looked like a typo that I was sure had to be wrong, except that it wasn't. Master of Social Work, eh?

SOWETO was also a bit of an outlier for a Monday, but fortunately I just saw it in another puzzle a day or two ago.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Nice Monday romp. I made a mess with HMOS before PPOS showed up. MSW looked wrong, but I let it stand, because OVERGROW was solid.

Hand up for being a Badger. Any others here at the corner? (Numen lumen.) Argyle, thanks for posting that song. I always wondered what the words were supposed to be.

Have to do that three-mile march on my own today. DW starts teaching her 6-week summer session today.

Yellowrocks said...

Happy Monday. There is almost no traffic this morning. I guess many are on vacation.
I didn't know the songs, but perps and wags made them obvious. I gleaned that they would all begin with ME AND...
We started getting EARs of Jersey corn a few weeks ago. Delicious! And yesterday I had the first tomato in months that tasted like a tomato, so yummy after the long months of doing without. It was not quite up to local tomatoes, but still soooo good.
The shrubs at our condo are more OVERGROWn just now than ever before. Where is the landscaper? The downside of condo living.
Over 50+ years I have worked with plenty of MSWs. Lucky you for not needing that service.
I got the Cryptic yesterday. I am still debating what I think of this type of puzzle.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody,,

Nice smooth puzzle today with no hang-ups. I actually knew all of the songs listed.

I usually see 45-D spelled OPOSSUM, but I know it can be spelled both ways.

Have a great day everybody!

Montana said...

Argyle, I do so much enjoy your blog on my iPad. There are no big white blank spaces and every link works. Thanks!

My daughter has a BSW but also an MBA. Social workers get paid barely above minimum wages in MT, but with the added degree she gets paid an adequate salary.

I was part of a small, singing, touring group in college. Our stage dresses were very much like Petula's. Fond memories.

Have a good day, everybody. We had enough of a light thunderstorm overnight, that I don't have to drag hoses out to water my yard.


Husker Gary said...

-ME AND M… with Pet Clark too!
-JANIS was an acquired taste like Joe Cocker. The ear of the beholder…
-Female teachers who SEDUCE their male students seem to receive markedly lighter punishment than their male counterparts
-The RR’S built towns every 10 miles or so along Hwy 30 so farmers could get grain and animals to market. Some are now almost deserted. Not my hometown of Arlington though!
-There are lies of commission and OMMISION
-The smoking gun that got Pete ROSE banned for betting on baseball
-State Farm cut down expense account PER DIEM abuse when it required traveling employees to pay with their own money first and get reimbursed later
-I’ve heard it said Pretty Woman is a crude version of My Fair Lady. Hmmm…
-Like ROSE, AGASSI had his own scandal
-My vanity will never drive me to DYE my hair
-I have a masters degree in guidance counseling and it ain’t a MSW
-Don’t we all know peeps whose artificial knees have made them good AS NEW?
-God help the defendant on welfare who tells Judge Judy what he “EARNS”
-I incorrectly had BAR MAIDS for TAP ROOMS last week
-A little OVERGROWN?
-Don’t we all know “the saddest words of tongue or PEN”?

Anonymous said...

36D "DJED" is misspelled. Because DJ is an abbreviation, the past tense is formed by an apostrophe-d, not "ed": DJ'D (= DJD, in X-words).

49D "On a freighter" = "AT SEA" should be ASEA. "AT SEA" means confused (in X-words).

desper-otto said...

Somebody didn't get her morning cocoa!

Got the cryptic this morning. Of course, there weren't very many 8's to choose from.

HeartRx said...

Good morning everyone!

Fun puzzle, and wonderful links to the oldies, Argyle! How about a uromastyx (now there's a good xword word!) tummy rub?

I groaned when I saw "Readied for new paint," because we are nowhere near close to getting the property next door PRIMED. Ugh, and it's only going to get hotter and muggier this week.

OwenKL, loved your offerings this morning - you tell those snarky anons like it is!!

Have a wonderful day, and stay cool!

SwampCat said...

Fun puzzle and a speed run for me. Great write-up, Argyle, and the oldie links were wonderful.

Owen, your best effort ever! You told 'em!! Loved it!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Fairly easy Monday. Got the theme fill ok. ME AND (repeating) was helpful. No issues; no searches.

AGASSI - Always get hung up on the spelling. Louis Agassiz was a world famous scientist and did much to work out the early theory/history of past ice ages. Lake Agassiz, named for the scientist, was largest of the ice-margin lakes that once covered what are now parts of Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan in Canada and North Dakota and Minnesota in the United States. Lake Winnipeg is a remnant of that Lake.

Have a great day.

thehondohurricane said...

Good morning folks,

Nice start to the week with a fun offering from Jerry to whom I say thank you. knew all the songs so that allowed me to progress without any hold ups.

Back in the day, BARMAIDS always seemed to get prettier the longer I stayed. `

Day one of what is supposed to be first heat wave of the summer. Hurry October.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fast & fun! Thanks, Jerry. I didn't see any red at all today. I like the "personal level" musical theme. Musical treat from Argyle, too! Thanks.

I don't remember that Petula Clark song at all. I gave birth that year, probably why. But then I had never heard of Janis Joplin until she died.

Didn't know PPOS, but the perps were solid all the way through.


PK said...

I'd like to have a dollar for every time I played the cornet part to "On Wisconsin" with a freezing cold mouthpiece chapping my teenaged lips. I wasn't anywhere near Wisconsin. Our band teacher loved the fight song.

kazie said...

I also live in WI. Whether you meant that, or were simply indicating your origin, I don't know, but what part are/were you in? We're in the SW unglaciated hills, the driftless area.

Anon @ 8:10 am,
I agree with you on both points, but with X-words, we have to be a little tolerant, I think. It must be hard to find absolutely grammatical fill for everywhere.

The reason possum and opossum are both accepted is that they are different animals. The possum is a marsupial found in Australia and New Guinea, a more attractive animal than the opossum here. Aussie possums usually have a brushy tail. Our good friend who lives in Sydney volunteers for the bush rescue organization there rescuing babies whose mothers have been killed on the road.

No puzzle problems for me today. Now back to listen to Argyle's great blasts from the past!

Sex, always on my mind, said...

I got the cryptic, I got the cryptic.

tramples | rubber device (6)

- Condom.


Prairie Woman said...

PK, I, too, played The Wisconsin fight song a lot in the cold. It was the tradition of our marching band to play our own high school song and then the one from the opposing school. Here in Illinois most high schools chose either the U of I fight song with their own name inserted or the song from Wisconsin. Those were permanently enclosed in our band folders. Now I wonder about copyright laws.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A nice, easy, breezy start to the week, especially after the recent DNF's . Only write-over was entice/seduce. Thought of Misty's Doxies, Dusty and Misty, at tummy rub.

Thanks, Jerry, for some Monday fun, and thanks, Argyle, for the trip down a musical memory lane.

Hondo, the 3 H's are here with a vengeance. Expecting heavy rains later on.

Have a great day.

PK said...

I chased an opossum away from the cat food bowl on my porch twice last week in the wee sma' hours. However, I didn't call it by its species name. Very fat medium sized animal. I don't know if its a pregnant female or just fat from the cat food.

kazie said...

Did anyone else notice the label on the first view for Me and my Shadow was German?

We found out over the weekend that our little Lea has been in hospital over the weekend with bronchitis. She couldn't swallow, so hadn't been eating or drinking and had lost over a kilo in weight. They aren't so keen on popping antibiotics there as they are here, so didn't start her on penicillin until the end of the week, by which time she needed an I.V. to get some liquids into her.
We're hoping for news of a recovery soon.

desper-otto said...

Kazie, I grew up in central WI, between Green Bay and Wausau. Spent several years in Madison attending UW. I was wondering if we had any other UW alumni at the corner.

Insatiably curious said...

Marti, thanks for the Uromastyk tummy rub video.

With all those tummy rubs, they duplicate themselves, and become Duomastyk-cated. (domesticated).

I know, groan.

If a Uromastyk is adopted in the States, does he / she become a Dollarmastyk and increase in size by 36% ?

Barmaids could also be clued as, the Pinch deliverers who often get pinched.

(Sorry, Tinbeni.)

Misty said...

What a fun way to start the week--many thanks, Jerry, for a great puzzle! I only got the first two songs but knew the third would start with ME AND MY so that helped. And how great to have PETULA CLARK, BURL IVES, and EUGENE O'NEILL all in the same puzzle.

Great expo, Argyle, and loved the last limerick, Owen.

Irish Miss, I wondered if Dusty and Misty put Jerry Edelstein up to including their beloved TUMMY RUB in the puzzle.

PK, have been thinking of your brother over the weekend. Let us know how his surgery went,

Have a great week, everybody!

kazie said...

My DH is a UW-Madison grad--Economics major graduated in 1969. Our older son also is a grad of UW-Madison, mechanical engineering 1999. I was mostly educated in Oz, so not me.

Lucina said...

Hello, puzzlers. Argyle, thank you for taking one for the team by listening to those songs.

I knew them all so that made it fun and the fact that all started with ME AND ...

SEDONA is of course a gimme and I wish I were there amid the cool buttes. But I digress.

This was a fun sashay, thank you, Jerry. Yes, I do recall SOWETO from Saturday, thankfully, and some of those downs like BBA just emerged.

A fun solve with an ONIONY flavor, what could be better?

I have a cooking suggestion for you since you own America's Test Kitchen cookbook; on page 495, try Crispy Mashed Potatoes. Mama mia! They will make your taste buds sing and they're easy.

Have an excellent Monday, everyone!

Anonymous T said...

Good morning puzzle pals.

I only knew ME AND BOBBY MCGEE (but didn't know how MCGEE was spelled), so the puzzle was a tad hard for me. I also had to wag the O at 59a 56d perp. Whoot - I got it right even though BORG makes me thing of TNG.

@23a I kept wanting Hush Puppies or some other classic "soft shoe." Doh!

Thanks Argyle for all the song links. I knew Joplin, but never heard that recording. I like how she said, turn it down, I'm not really that good at the beginning. Also, it seems there's some hanky-panky going on if Mr. Paul is singing about Mrs. Jones. Mmmm - I won't judge. I saw Petula Clark (I think) on CNN's 60's show last night. The universe aligns.

Thanks Jerry for a fun puzzle.

Owen - Keepin' it real. You've PRIMED the PUMP.

Cheers, -T

desper-otto said...

Lucina, Do you mean the Crispy Smashed Potatoes? -- baked on a cookie sheet, then smashed between two cookie sheets, oiled and re-baked? They do sound good. I've put a sticky-tab on that page. Thanks.

Montana said...

One of my nephews graduated from UW-Madison..

I just looked up school songs for MT high schools. 40 of them use "On Wisconsin!" I, too, played it a lot of times in the pep band.


CanadianEh! said...

Interesting Monday puzzle with only a few holdups which were solved by the perps.

Enjoyed the tennis clues (AGASSI, BORG) after last week's Wimbledon match. Unfortunately our Canadians, Raonic & Bouchard, did not win but they are young and hopefully will grow from this experience and won't be so nervous next time!

5D was the dreaded ICEMAN for Tinbeni. LOL!

Kazie, hope little Lea is feeling better soon. It's upsetting when little ones are ill and you feel helpless.

CanadianEh! said...

Huge thunderstorm here last night and more predicted today and all week. But it is cooler and I don't need to water the garden.

K-Dub said...

A good Monday puzzle, no nits. Thanks, Jerry, Argyle.

I noticed a few Badgers in the Corner Crowd. I graduated in ChE in 81. Found a job in suburban Chicago and have been here ever since.

Argyle - thanks for the fight song with subtitles. I'm an alum and an avid Badger sports supporter but I didn't know the words!

Lucina said...

I almost forgot to tell you I hope you soon receive good news about Lea. It's so difficult when babies are sick since they can't tell you what's wrong.

Thanks, too, for the information on POSSUM/opossum. I had not realized they were two different animals.

Yes! Half the recipe worked well. I was looking for a way to use the miniature potatoes which I had bought on a whim and that one is a winner. Also, I used fresh basil from my herb garden. Zowie.

If anyone wants the recipe I'll be glad to post it. It's quite simple, really.

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Wonderful write-up and all the song links ... ME AND MY SHADOW will be my EARworm all day.

Jerry: Thank you for a FUN Monday puzzle with some great clever clues.

Kazie: I hope little Lea is feeling better and is completely over her bronchitis soon.

Marti: Enjoyed the TUMMY RUB link. TOO FUNNY !!!
Husker: I wasn't aware of the AGASSI scandal. Thanks for the info and your other great links.

D-Otto: re:BARMAIDS being "Pinch deliverers who often get pinched."
Don't really know if they get "pinched" ... but they do get SEDUCEd ...

Yeah, SEDUCE and BARMAIDS were my faves today ... along with the CASES of beer and my morning JAVA.

A "toast" to ALL at Sunset.

Anonymous T said...

Lucina - Yes!

First to Kazie - I know how you feel about Lea - our youngest was just in for X-Rays and blood work. She's had a 102 +/- 2 all weekend. I'm sure both our broods will be fine - medicine, while still "practiced," is much better than even 10 years ago.

What Lucina said - I didn't know oPOSSUM/POSSUM were two different critters. Thanks.

Lucina - don't violate copyright laws, but I am interested! I was thinking of left-over smashed potatoes pattied-up in olive oil the next morn. My smashed-potatoes:

Unpeeled cut 1/2" (or so) cubed potatoes into boiling water.
In large bowl add 1 stick butter, and finely chopped 3 cloves garlic & 1 sm. ONION.

Drain potatoes and dump into bowl. The heat of the potatoes will cook the onion & garlic and melt the butter.

Smash like Hulk Smash. Add white-pepper and salt to taste.

Add heavy cream, but keep mixture "chunky."
Eat w/ meatloaf or roasted turkey :-)

Morning leftovers - patty-fy them and fry in olive oil. Enjoy w/ eggs and JAVA.

Go back UPSTAIRS for carb-induced nap :-)

Please "fix" my recipe w/ p 495.

Cheers, -T

HeartRx said...

Kazie, so sorry to hear about Lea. You must be feeling pretty helpless, not being there. Now that she's getting IV fluids and antibiotics, hopefully she will bounce back quickly.

Lucina, yes. Recipe, please?

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Jerry Edelstein, for a swell puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Still no cruciverb. This is the 8th day in a row. Did mine again on the Chi Trib site.

Got the theme and answers easily. Knew the first 2 songs, but not Me and Mrs Jones.

BURL Ives is one of my favorites forever.

No morning JAVA for me anymore. Only Earl Grey tea.

Aha, crosswordese ASTA. Have had that dog many times.

Liked B TEN. Good one.

Liked the POSSUM and OPPOSSUM commentary. Very interesting. Found one in my back yard years ago, flat on his side. I came back a half hour later and he was gone.

Lucina and D-O: Enjoyed your discussion of the potatoes and the cookbook, page 495. Potatoes are my favorite food. I might check that out.

OwenKL: keep those puzzles coming.

Karl: where are you in suburban Chicago?

On our way back to suburban Chicago. I have been gone a month. I wonder how high the grass is. My daughter was to handle it. We will see.



On our way

Yellowrocks said...

Interesting link about why asea does not mean confused:
I cannot link these last few days without an error message. I am always switched to htttps when I link.
I see that Oz has an entirely different critter called POSSUM, but everywhere I've lived possum is a very common informal substitute for opossum.When someone is
pretending to be asleep we say he is "playing possum." we never say he is playing opossum.
I have seen deejayed spelled out, although very informal. I have never seen DJed or worse, DJd.
Lucina and Kazie, I am sending healing thought for your little ones. It is hard to be so far away from them at a time like that.

K-Dub said...

Abejo - We're in Mt Prospect (NW suburbs), western edge, near Busse & Central (if you know the thoroughfares). We built our house here almost 20 yrs ago. The last son leaves for college on 30 Aug and we will be empty nesters.

Where are you? Beware - the grass has been growing like crazy!

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmm, a "this is my song" theme,,, me & mine.

This is the song I have been hearing lately...

I have been taking care of the neighbors dog, & even tried giving her a few singing lessons.

It might be that we are just not on the same page...


Sorry I missed the start of the month rabbit rabbit....

I was off doing something different.

Complaint dept...

Oh well... time to wrap this up...

Irish Miss said...

Kazie - I hope little Lea will be back to normal very soon.
Also, Anonymous T, speedy recovery to your little one.

Marti - Tummy rub link brought a smile.

Tin - How did I ever miss mentioning your old nemesis, the _ _ _man?

Owen, I believe I've solved the cryptic, but I can only figure out 2/3 of the clue. I'm sure it will be clear when you explain it.

Never knew the possum/opossum difference nor was I aware of Agassi's dark years. I don't follow tennis.

Irish Miss said...

Owen - Ignore the 2/3 clue remark. I forgot that I did figure out the entire clue. Are there any memory pills out there? I could use a few!

PK said...

Misty, They postponed my brother's brain surgery and consulted another neurosurgeon. That Dr. moved him to another hospital where he was in ICU for 24 hours. They moved him to a regular room and had him out walking. He is to have a brain angiogram today to decide whether the blockage in his temporal artery is a clot or plaque. Possible surgery tomorrow. He is in good spirits. He, wife & kids sang patriotic songs around his bed on the 4th. Music for him is a healing force.

Kazie, hope Lea responds well to the meds and is better soon. Such a worry when they are tiny!

fermatprime said...


Thanks, Jerry and Argyle! Cute efforts!

Had to scratch head over MSW.

Hope those babies get well! Good luck to PK's brother!

Computer (MacBook Pro) stopped working due to heat last night. Oh, goody, it's that time again. Left AC running all night and woke up freezing.

Enjoyed Endeavor last night.


Unknown said...

Kazie, best wishes for Lea's speedy recovery. Owen, enjoyed your limericks.

This was a typically easy Monday puzzle. I never heard of "THIS IS MY SONG" before. All of the other ME AND songs I knew right away.

Argyle, thanks for the "ME AND MRS. JONES" link. I really enjoyed it. I saw Janis Joplin in concert at the Winterland in San Francisco.

SEDONA was a gimme because when my father lived in Scottsdale, we went to Sedona a couple of times. Beautiful!

JJM said...

Irish Miss
You can control the heat on your MBP by downloading a small little app called smcFanControl. Install it and you can control the heat generated by the CPU by controlling the fan settings. I use on my iMac and it works great!

Lucina said...

Too funny!

Ok zealous cooks. Here is the recipe with a bonus. My complete menu for Sunday night dinner was
Meatloaf (lipton onion soup recipe),
Crispy smashed potatoes, (full credit to America's Test Kitchen)
Carrots in orange-basil butter
Salad greens tossed with cucumber and grape tomatoes/ Ken's balsamic raspberry vinegar dressing
Chocolate fudge pudding

2 (or 1) pounds Red Bliss potatoes (about 18/9) I used Klondike gold miniatures
6 tablespoons (or 3) extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (sorry I said basil earlier)


Anonymous T said...

Kazie - It is harder when they're younger. Youngest is 11 - she'll be fine. X-Rays show no bronchitis, so waiting for lab blood results to see if antibodies are apropos. Wishing you good news too.

CED - Glad to see you back! Bongo-boy spider was a hoot.

Abejo & Karl - My brother just moved to Naperville. Look out for him on the freeway. The rest of the fam is downstate while I sweat it out in Houston (and, like D-O said yesterday, if A/C's set to less than 78, the unit runs 24/7).

An H-G like musing*:
47a reminded me of the Counting Crows Perhaps Mr. Jones had his own issues.

And THIS IS MY SONG made me think of Judybats' OUR SONG from Down In the Shacks where the Satellite Dishes Grow. Check out the Kudzu!

Lucina - still waiting on the smashed potatoes (though tonight it will likely be garden surprise w/ pasta).

Cheers, -T
*with all due apologies

Lucina said...

1. Adjust the oven racks to top and bottom positions and heat the oven to 500 degrees. Spread the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, pour 3/4 cup water into the baking sheet, wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Cook on the bottom rack until skewer or paring knife slips in and out easily, 25 to 30 minutes (poke the skewer through the foil to test). Remove the foil and cool for 10 minutes. If any water remains on the pan, blot dry with paper towel (or drain).

2. Drizzle 3 (or 1 1/2) tablespoons of the oil over the potatoes and roll them to coat. Space the potatoes evenly on the baking sheet. Place a second baking sheet on top; press down uniformly on the baking sheet until the potatoes are roughly 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with the thyme leaves and season generously with salt and pepper; drizzle evenly with the remaining oil. Roast the potatoes on the top rack for 15 minutes. Transfer the potatoes to the bottom rack and continue to roast until well browned, 20 to 30 minutes longer. (Check for doneness as that might be too much time.) Enjoy!

Anonymous T said...

Doh, Judybats link didn't take. C, -T

Lucina said...

Here is also the recipe for carrots. That was also yummy.

Carrots in orange-basil butter
2 medium carrots, cut into julienne strips
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/8 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
A pinch dried basil, crushed (I used fresh, 1 tablespoon, finely diced)
Place carrot strips in a 1-quart casserole. Sprinkle with water. Micro-cook, covered on 100% power for 2 to 3 minutes or just till carrot strips are crisp-tender. Let stand, covered while preparing butter mixture.
For butter mixture, in a custard cup combine butter or margarine, orange peel and basil. Micro-cook, uncovered, on 100% power, about 30 seconds. Drain the carrots if necessary. Drizzle butter mixture over the carrot strips. Garnish with snipped parsley if desired. Makes 2 servings. C.C., my apologies if I went over the limit.

OwenKL said...

Glad to see some people got today's Cryptic, a charade clue with an acrostic clue in the middle of it!

Deliverer | put | behind | affectations | and | higher position (8)
[UPS] + {[puT] [end letter]} + [AIRS] [=] [UPSTAIRS]

Re:Endeavor , I've never caught why it's called that instead of D.I. Morse? Watched that and D.I. Banks on PBS last night, but had to skip The Musketeers to do so. Glad they're not calling it The 3 Musketeers, since there's always been 4 of them.

kazie said...

Anonymous T and PK,
I certainly hope for a fast recovery and best possible prognosis for both of those you have worries for right now too.

Thanks to all for the kind thoughts and wishes for Lea. I'll certainly keep you posted when I hear more. This blog is really a caring community!

Bill G. said...

Kazie, good wishes for Lea, PK's brother and all of the families. I hope there's a satisfactory and speedy resolution.

Ooh, AnonT too... I forgot your situation. Geez, good luck to all and to everybody else with family members and friends with health concerns.

60 Minutes continues to recycle old shows though they imply they are new. I feel like they are a little less than honest. Still no Lara Logan...

Irish Miss said...

JJM @ 3:21 - Thank you for that info but it's Ferm who had the problem. :-)

PK - Best wishes, prayers and thoughts to your brother and his family and you, of course.

Lucina, did you fix that lovely meal just for yourself or was there a lucky soul who enjoyed it with you?

Lucina said...

C.C., more apologies. This is my 6th post; perhaps it can balance out with days when I have posted only once or twice.

Re: Endeavor. That is Morse's first name, Endeavor Morse. If you recall in the Morse series he was only ever called Morse.

I have a very special friend who joins me for dinner.

Anonymous said...

The narcissist Craptic clues are getting worse by the day.

Getting Smarter said...

I got it ! I got it !
uh, the cryptic.
Deliver put behind affectations higher positions (8)


Deliver food, but not on in your behind,


affectations higher positions

hence RUB

When you rub someone else's tummy you always rub to the 'higher positions' never the lower ones, otherwise its considered indecent and suggestive ( wink, wink).


Boy, I'm so glad I finally figured out the scheme.

Jayce said...

To paraphrase the music man, Trouble starts with a capital "T" and that rhymes with "P" and that stands for Pool!

Misty said...

Lucina, I never got that "Endeavor" was Morse's first name! I think we missed the first episode of the new series, so we never learned that. Many thanks for info!

Marge said...

Hi all,
Fun puzzle today!

Argyle-Thank for ON WISCONSIN! It was great.

Anonymous T said...

Thanks for all the concern today about our Z. Turns out it's just a virus she'll have to endure. Kazie & PK, you guys have the bigger crosses to bear (not to mention you YR - I couldn't imagine).

Lucina - if anyone moans about you over-posting after those recipes, I'll wipe them from the Internet post-haste :-) Those carrots are going to join my smashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table!

Owen - well snot. I guessed EMISSARY because I assume they're all spies (like the USDA farmer spies (google it)) and had to put their affections behind them for the mission. Oh, well.

Did anyone look at Judybats' Our Story? The music is pretty good but the kudzu takes over.

To all who actually type out Anonymous -T (thanks again for the moniker Keith!). You can call me Anon -T, A-T, or just -T. You know, like Johnson.*

Cheers, -T
* I thought it was JONES until I finally found it. I fondly remember grandpa Ray laughing his butt of at this.

Martin said...

ONIONY. Ooooh. Now I get it.

PK said...

Anon-T: I somehow skipped over the part about your little sick one and had to go back and find out what everyone else was talking about. My prayers for her.

My brother's news was a full clot in the basilar artery that cannot be removed or stinted. The good new was that the body's restorative process is trying to make bypass vessels to nourish that part of the brain. Dr. thinks it is a miracle he is alive. Before the angiogram he was talking and laughing unimpaired. This will be a wait and pray situation day to day.

Thank you all for your kind wishes.

We are in the midst of a thunderstorm.

Anonymous said...

PK, how scary, but it sounds like a good outcome is quite possible. I am pulling for you and your brother.
Kazie, my thoughts are with Lea, too.
AT, I am sorry I missed the post about Z. I wish her a quick recovery.
Alan still has symptoms off and on, most days. They continue to be mild, but he has been too weak and dizzy to work for weeks. At the gym he spends more time sitting than exercising.