Jul 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke

Theme: y'all - Dixie diversion.

20A. Conflicting goals : CROSS PURPOSES. Southern Cross Song(4:49)

35A. "Bandit Queen" of the Wild West : BELLE STARR. Southern Belle (Our own)

41A. Best Western rival : COMFORT INN. Southern Comfort. CSO Tinbeni

59A. Like dishes with collard greens, and a hint to the starts of 20-, 35- and 41-Across : SOUTHERN STYLE

Argyle here, doing the best I can for a Northerner. Another interesting theme without some of the little nits from Monday. Some entries may be considered a bit stiff for a Tuesday but doable.


1. Barracks array : BEDS. Hands up for COTS.

5. Highlights segment : RECAP

10. Civil rights icon Parks : ROSA

14. Shepard who walked on the moon : ALAN

15. Get away from : EVADE

16. North Carolina university : ELON

17. Pitchfork point : TINE

18. 1995 Reform Party founder : PEROT. Ross

19. Charging result : DEBT

23. Odin, for one : DEITY. Odin is the major Norse god. Plus 55D. Odin's race : AESIR. The gods under the leadership of Odin in Asgard.

25. Plains native : OTOE

26. __-tip: beef cut : TRI. To go with the mess of collard greens?

27. Dessert table vessel : URN. After-dinner coffee.

28. Disney's "__ & Stitch" : LILO

31. Blender option : PURÉE

33. Sacks : BAGS. The literal, not the figurative sack.

38. Latin 101 verb : AMAS

40. Diva's number : ARIA

45. "Love It or List It" cable channel : HGTV. (initials for Home & Garden Television)

49. Martian, e.g. : ALIEN

50. Not as : LESS

52. Once-sacred snake : ASP

53. Countdown starter : TEN

54. Follow, or the one doing the following : TAIL

57. Tamale wrappers : HUSKS

63. __ dixit: unfounded assertion : IPSE. Latin for "He, himself, said it".

64. Look after : SEE TO

65. Hairdo : COIF

68. Prehistoric predator, for short : T-REX

69. Map in a map : INSET

70. New coin of 2002 : EURO

71. Part of CNS: Abbr. : SYST. (central nervous system)(not a TV channel)

72. Kicks back : RESTS

73. Initials on invitations : RSVP


1. Cavern critter : BAT. Great alliteration.

2. Manning of the Giants : ELI

3. Martha Graham forte : DANCING

4. Helmet-sporting comics hound : SNERT. Hägar the Horrible's dog.

5. Weightlifter's count : REPs

6. Pre-holiday times : EVES

7. Arrangement among commuters : CARPOOL

8. Score after deuce : AD OUT. (or ad in, depending)

9. Prefix with chemical : PETRO

10. Update, as the bathroom : REDO

11. Fake fat : OLESTRA. Beware the side affects.

12. Less tipsy : SOBERER

13. More prone to fidgeting : ANTSIER

21. Spindly Olive : OYL. Popeye's 'goyl'.

22. Cola choice : PEPSI

23. Name : DUB

24. Period sometimes named for a statesman : ERA

29. Support beam : I-BAR

30. "__ we forget" : LEST

32. Zion National Park state : UTAH

34. Out of danger : SAFE

36. Roped-off pool part : LANE

37. Coastal divers : ERNs

39. One of a dozen : MONTH

41. Watches a pet : CAT-SITS

42. Grand Tennessee entertainment : OLE OPRY

43. Negative aspects : MINUSes

44. Malady : ILLNESS

46. Like neon or nitrogen : GASEOUS

47. "That's a no-no" : "TSK!"

48. Nixon and Ford, once: Abbr. : VPs. (vice-president)

51. Timid : SHY

56. "I'll see you in my dreams" girl of song : IRENE

58. Stomach woe : ULCER

60. Book bag book : TEXT

61. Editor's "leave it in" : STET

62. Preschoolers : TOTS

66. Sportscaster Cross : IRV. Former NFL cornerback, he became the first African-American to work full-time as a sports analyst on national television.(CBS)

67. One dressing to be noticed : FOP. A real dandy.


Note from C.C.:

Let's meet Anon-T,  another serious foodie! He went to Egypt last February for a computer project (He actually posted a few comments while frolicking there). As you have glimpsed from his remarks on the blog, Anon-T is a totally devoted family man. He solves LA Times with his mother-in-law at times.

Anon T, Giza, Feb 2014


OwenKL said...

This poem is addressed to y'all
Who enjoy a nice languid drawl
The sound of the SOUTH
Comes out of the mouth
If you've spent time in Dixie a'tall!

There was a young man from Mobile
Who enjoyed a SOUTHERN-STYLE meal;
Collard greens, grits and gravy
And on the side, maybe,
Some butter-soaked biscuits: cornmeal!

That's all in the SOUTH U.S.A.
But one can go farther astray.
To the SOUTH antipode
Where trans-solar nodes
Form new constellations to array!

Should you venture to foreign lands austral,
You'll see flags with the SOUTHERN CROSS astral.
In the antipodes
They can do as they please
In matters vexillological!

OwenKL said...

Today's Cryptic clue should be super-easy to guess just from the numeration, but you get no credit unless you can see how it's arrived at.
Grouse of backed-up toilet with fellow commuters (3,4)

BTW, I lived in Mobile for 3 years in my college days. Love biscuits and gravy, can't stand collard greens, hominy grits, or especially okra! My wife was allergic to okra -- we found out after spending a day helping a church group harvest a field of them!

Lucina: Thanks for explaining Endeavor. Guess I've missed noticing it any time it's been used, so I thought it was some sort of code-name.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Smooth sailing for a Tuesday. Didn't suss out the theme until I got to the reveal, but didn't need it to solve anything. Wasn't crazy about SOBERER (I prefer "more sober"), but that's a really minor nit. Everything else was, as I said, smooth.

HeartRx said...

Good morning Argyle, C.C. et al.

Thanks for the fun write-up, Argyle – love that SOUTHERN STYLE!! Yes, hands up for “cots” before BEDS.

For “Charging effect,” I wanted “ions” before DEBT appeared. I never heard of a TRI-tip beef cut, but I see that it originated in central CA, so that could explain it. Also squinted at AESIR. I’m sure I have heard of Odin’s race before, but it still looked odd.

I liked the hat tip to several outstanding women today: Martha Graham, the undisputed queen of modern DANCE; BELLE STARR, the notorious wild west outlaw; and ROSA Parks, icon of the Civil Rights movement.

Nice picture of TTP – thanks for posting, C.C.

Hahtoolah, I just finished reading “The Golem and the Jinni” last night. Great book!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Nice, smooth solve with no write-overs. Hand up for thinking COTS. Figured CNS was a railroad; knew AESIR immediately, and never saw IRV (or the theme).

Got the cryptic clue immediately. Wow, that makes two days in a row!

Time for that 3-mile march....

thehondohurricane said...

Hello everyone,

I was sure I had a DNF today because the crossing T for 26A' ---tip & 115, Fake fat was a wag. Neither clue was close to being in my wheelhouse.

I thought today was a little dicey for a Tuesday.

Me too for Beds before COTS. Also wanted Foul before DEBTS for 19A

I always enjoyed IRV Cross as an analyst. It's not widely known, but he was also Athletic Director at Idaho State in the 90's. I believe the hire was made to enhance the schools football program, but it never happened and he was dismissed roughly two or three years after he was hired.

HH &H supposed to start percolating today. Maybe the forecaster has screwed up again. Yesterday turned out really nice.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody,

Smooth puzzle today. I had a couple of minor write-overs, but most of it went well.

I thought of COTS before BEDS, but I held off until I got some more fill in the NW corner.

I don't think I'd ever use SOBERER in a sentence. I also prefer more sober.

Have a great day!

Mari said...

PS: Nice to meet you, Anon-T!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

WBS. Plus a hand up for Cots before Beds, and for being totally unaware what CNS stood for. I was thinking railroad too!

Morning, Argyle, hot enough for ya?

Nice to meet you -T.

Dudley said...

Hey Puzzlers, I have a question for you.

Over the years I have heard such phrases as "86 the special" in restaurants. I take it to be waiter jargon, meaning the daily special has run out. Today, however, I spotted a headline "locals 86 a tourist attraction". Hmmm. Maybe 86 is used more widely than I thought.

So the question: are you familiar with 86 as used above? Do you connect it with restaurants, or is it more general?

Husker Gary said...

-Piece ‘o cake with only “had to be” AESIR as a speed bump
-CROSS PURPOSES – YouTube providing limitless, free videos that are prefaced by annoying ads
-These OELESTRA products went through me like Sherman went through Georgia. Yikes!
-The quiet dignity of ROSA trumps every angry rapper
-“Cape Cookies” were the groupies readily available to the Mercury 7 astronauts in Cocoa Beach and Alan was famous sampling a lot of ‘em
-Some think PEROT’s candidacy got Clinton elected in 1992, some not
-For me? – Sacks. For Marti? – I’ll bet it’s BAGS
-The beautiful corn crop is just starting to tassel, HUSKS will be here soon enough
-Musical SEE TO (about) me (2:23)
-Map INSET – Do some kids today think Alaska and Hawaii are south of Texas?
-Too many people showed up at the reunion last week without RSVPing which caused much scrambling at the banquet
-REP nonsense?
-Woe unto the man who does not notice his wife’s new COIF
-Statesmen be damned, this is the ERA we speak of around here
-Great snap, AnonT! Can a guy get a drink out there?

desper-otto said...

Husker, in my ute the standard yardstick of a decent crop was whether the corn was knee-high by the Fourth of July. During my brief teaching stint there were wall maps of Guam and the US on the classroom wall -- both about the same size. And that's what the kids thought. They didn't believe me when I told 'em that Guam would fit nicely inside Lake Winnebago.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Great pic of Anon-T. Thanks for sharing.

Another very fine Gail & Bruce puzzle, albeit a little cranky. Liked the theme a lot. Had 'add in' before AD OUT. Misspelt it. Sigh. Had not heard of a TRI-tip, so I learnt something. (Once had an Indian friend who said you should learn 5 new things every day.)
FOP - Using the word in ordinary conversation would also draw attention to oneself.

Have a good day.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Another enjoyable puzzle from Gail & Bruce!
Great expo, Argyle!

Square 72 was my last fill. AESIR was unknown and for some dumb reason, I tried tESTS for kicks back. Duh!

Never heard of TRI-tip beef cut, but didn't see the clue until Argyle's fine expo, so it perped in okay.

I don't understand AD OUT=score after deuce. Cards? What?


I was singing the wrong song for "I'll see you in my dreams" at first. Good night!

Fun to put a face on our Anon-T.

HeartRx said...

HG, yep, I bring my groceries home in BAGS. And I also carry my BAG with me when I shop, not a purse.

HeartRx said...

PK, AD OUT = tennis. This article will explain the AD and DEUCE courts.

Dennis said...

Good morning, gang - a no-pause solve this morning, but with one nit: I've never heard a serviceman call the thing you sleep on in a barracks a BED. Each branch called it something; in the case of the Marines, we called it a rack, or occasionally a bunk. And if you were lucky enough to get a rack in your rack, you were doing well...

Dudley, I've heard '86 it' used in various situations, not just restaurants.

Great, booming thunderstorms here each day lately; perfect for catching up on reading. Currently, just for grins, I picked up a book on sale called 'The Snark Bible', subtitled as 'A reference guide to verbal sparring, comebacks, irony, insults, and so much more.' It's a great book for those of us whose friends constantly engage in trashing one another. As time permits, I'll try to post some of the better lines.

Have a fun day. (Great pic, Anon-T)

Abejo said...

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

I am back in Illinois now. Doing the puzzle via the newspaper, my favorite way.

Dudley: Bartenders can "86" a patron if he is being too rowdy or otherwise offensive. He must then leave.

Nice photo of Anon T. Those pyramids are something.

Puzzle was fine today. I also thought of COTS for 1A, but my habit is to always check a perp first, before writing it down. Therefore BEDS was written in. No write-overs today.

PEROT was easy enough, but thought the date may have been earlier. I know I voted for him in 1992 and 1996.

ELON has become crosswordese.

AESIR was unknown. Perped it.

OLESTRA was not known. Perped and wagged it.

I love collard greens. When I lived in Virginia I ate them a lot. Up north, seldom, if ever.

Theme was good. Made sense.

Did not even check cruciverb today, since I am home.

Thunderstorm last night. It seems we have had a lot of rain since I was last here, a month ago. Everything is real green, including the weeds in my garden.

See you tomorrow.



Abejo said...

Karl: From yesterday, we are in Bartlett, just east of Elgin. I know exactly where you are. I have been spending time at the Friendship Park Conservatory on Algonquin in Des Plaines, part of the Mt. Prospect Park District. We have quite a few in the Chicago area.


Misty said...

This was a Tuesday puzzle? I got it but it sure was no speed run--much more like a Wednesday or even a Thursday. Still, I've always liked Gail and Bruce puzzles, even this bit of a toughie. And always enjoy your expo, Argyle.

Marti, loved your tribute to the ladies!

Anon T, that looks like a wonderful trip!

Have a great day, everybody.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Gail and Bruce never disappoint so today was an easy, enjoyable solve. First thought was cots but glancing at 1D called for beds. Had ipso before ipse. Thought of Lucina at tamale wrappers and CED at catsits, although right now he is dog sitting. Didn't get the theme until the reveal.

Thanks, Gail and Bruce, for a fun offering and thanks, Argyle, for your breezy expo.

PK - Continued best wishes for your brother's full recovery.

Nice picture, Anon-T.

Have a great day.

Eager Beaver said...

Today's cryptic answer

Grouse of backed up toilet with fellow commuters (3,4)

ful (a) s*** ?

Irish Miss said...

Owen - Cryptic solved and parsed! (Too easy today.)

Lucina said...

Greetings, all.

Gail always provides a touch of freshness to her puzzles, IMHO.

WEES. Hand up for COTS before BEDS as it seemed completely right but of course BATS and DANCING disabused me of that notion.

Otherwise this was a lovely SOUTHERN sashay. It brings to mind when my family and I started our biennial trips to Charlotte. It was a culture shock! The food, though, was superb, especially seafood.

BAGS and purses are my preferred usage. Sacks would never occur to me. I always use my own BAGS when I shop and eschew plastic.

AnonT, how wonderful to see you. Thanks for the pic.

You're welcome about Endeavor all who commented. If you watched Morse when it ran he referred to himself as E. Morse. Endeavor is a prequel from when he started as a detective.

I'm wishing you all a delightful Tuesday!

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Great write-up. Agree with the "Y'all" theme.

Learning moments today: That Martha Graham forte was DANCING. Esp. enjoyed the link.
Never heard of TRI-Tip: beef cut, guess I try it for dinner tonight.
Only needed 5 perps to get AESIR.

But I knew the "Cavern critter" wasn't a cat. The Manning of the Giants wasn't oli ...
So I went with BAT & ELI ... and BEDS emerged.

And ... I'm the one who gets the "SOBERER" comment here at Villa Incognito. lol

kazie said...

Got this great news this morning:
Lea is getting better, IV is out. But because she still has fever they want to keep her there a couple more days. She got to play outside yesterday and was laughing and climbing things like a happy little girl.

Thanks again for all the kind wishes yesterday!

I too wanted COTS, but like Mari, held off for the perps. But I did screw up in the NE corner, not knowing ELON, OLESTRA or TRI, I tried OBESE BRA for 11D, coming up one letter short, but didn't notice. Couldn't imagine what BRI tip could be, but at that point wasn't too interested. The rest came fairly easily.

In March, we saw quite a bit of the Southern Cross while in Oz. My first and only trip on an ocean liner was on the Southern Cross, which I took from Sydney to Perth in 1965. It later became a cruise ship known variously as the Calypso, Azure Seas and Ocean Breeze. Its sister ship before that was the Northern Star, which also traveled from England to Australia and New Zealand.

Robot Wannabe said...

$ 10 to anyone who can parse, understand, make meaning of today's Google Doodle. What is this subliminal message ?!@#

The letter r shaving the letter G.

Has today's soccer match been already 'fixed' ??

Tinbeni said...

The "r" is the referee, drawing the 10 yard line for the blockers to stand behind on a free kick ...
Then having some fun with the white-line-spray ... maybe getting ready to give a shave.
(Futbol players are known for their 5-day beards).

Dudley said...

So, I guess this whole 86 thing is well known, thanks all.

It occurred to me to check for a Wiki page on the topic - sure 'nuff, it's there. A number of theories exist as to the origin of the use of 86 in this way.

john28man said...

I believe Irv Cross worked with Brent Musburger doing NFL games during the 70s. I also seem to recall that he did the pregame for a while too.

Steve said...

Wow, I've got some internet connectivity today! First time in a week!

Dudley - the "86" term I'm pretty sure originated in a bar - there was a place in New York with two entrances, one was on 86th Street, the other on the cross avenue. If a customer got rowdy, he'd get tossed out of the door onto 86th Street which was the nearest to the bartender. It became known as being "86'd".

Well, it sounds convincing to me!

Steve said...

I love how the Google doodle letters in the wall have their hands crossed over their "crown jewels" just like the players do.

@Tinbeni - I'd never seen the tri-tip cut before I moved to LA - it's part of the sirloin. Use your favorite dry rub on it (I use garlic powder, chili, paprika, black pepper. sea salt and a little ground coffee) - sear it on both sides and then grill it on a low heat turning once or twice until it reaches your "done-ness" level (about 40 minutes for medium-rare). Tent it in foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes, the carve thin slices across the grain. Serve with your favorite barbecue sides. Yum!

K-Dub said...

I changed by blog name (aka Karl) to something a little more obtuse as most of the Cornerites use a nom de plume.

Abejo - I know the conservatory very well. I work a block away. Follow Algonquin east to the next light and my company occupies the NE & SE corners of intersection. I've been there 33 yrs, the company has been there since the mid fifties and we just celebrated our centennial on June 17th.

Bill G. said...

Steve - I've always heard the area covered by the soccer players' hands called the "family jewels." If hit there while protecting, it doesn't result in a "hand ball."

What do women player use their hands to protect when there is a penalty kick?

CrossEyedDave said...

Argyle, I enjoyed CSNs Southern Cross! (Haven't heard it since I switched from LPs to CDs...)

Here is another "Southern Cross" song from my roots down under. (a bit hard to listen to, but SpitzBoov might get a kick out of some of the sailing videos.)

I needed it as a lead in for my next link.

Did you know The Southern Cross (Crux) contains "The Coalsack" as mentioned in StarTrek & Space Odyssey. I would include a pic (but there is nothing to see...) How about the jewel box instead...

One thing I knew nothing about was Collard Greens. Sounds terrible, but this video makes it look good. A little garlic, oil, lemon, onions, & some creative slicing & dicing & I am ready to try it...

Always look forward to an Anon-T post! (He's the only Anon I know...)

Which reminds me, HGs impressive posts are always a source of knowledge & entertainment. & OwenKL, while I love the poems, I have yet to figure out a single cryptic clue. But I would not deep six them any more than I would give up on the Saturday Stumper. (Something to aspire to....)

Sorry if I left anyone out. but the 20 line police will be after me...

Anonymous T said...

Good afternoon all...

Well, the CAT's out of the BAG - I'm not completely Anon anymore :-). That was me in Giza before it was closed to tourists. For the record, it was windy and that's not my normal COIF :-)

Thanks for the nice mini-bio C.C. Too flattering, but I'll take it :-)

Gail and Bruce didn't disappoint today, though I had a few unknowns - AESIR and TRI-tip come to mind.

Likes - c/a for 54a (TAIL) and having a countdown for Mr. Shepard heading to ALIEN worlds.

Thanks Argyle for another great writeup on your way to 600.

Kazie - Glad to hear the good news!

Dudley - The Wiki says 86 was also the number of the part for electrical equipment which was the lock-out device. As an EE, I like that expo the best.

I was going to link the use of "86" as "throw away" or simply "stop", but it may be considered too political. It's from a Key and Peele sketch called Obama loses his s***.

Cheers, -T

HeartRx said...

Kazie, thanks for letting us know about Lea's progress. Sounds like she's well on her way to recovery!

OwenKL said...

Time for today's Cryptic clue reveal. The numeration, the (3,4) at the end, is how Cryptics indicate an answer is two words, with successively 3 and 4 letters. That alone narrowed it down to only 3 possibilities in today's puzzle.

Grouse of | backed-up | toilet | with | fellow commuters (3,4)
[CARP] + {[reversed] [LOO]} [=] [CAR POOL]

Hand up for COTS. CNS was perped in by the time I got to it, but I would have guessed Canadian Northern (Pacific Railway) System, which still would have given me SYST.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, I started the puzzle at the Dermatologist's office and didn't finish until after lunch.

Thanks, Argyle, for 'splaining Minuses-duh! Couldn't see it for the life of me.

Hands up for cot before beds. Bat and dancing took care of that error. Almost all of the rest of the puzzle came together without any problems. A good Tuesday puzzle.

The plums are at their peak right now, so I've made a batch of jam the last two days. Other than the plums staining my hands and some of my dishtowels, the jam turned out well. Good for Christmas gifts and hostess gifts.

Have a great rest of the day, everyone.

Bill G. said...

Chickie, years ago I got introduced to Santa Rosa plums and they kinda spoiled me for the other varieties. I know SRs are early. What kind do you have?

Last night I stumbled upon "Circle of Friends" with much younger Minnie Driver, Colin Firth, Alan Cumming, et al.

Now it's time to head down to the beach for a short bike ride with Jordan.

Chickie said...

Kazie, Such good news about Lea. Children bounce back much faster than we adults.

Owen, Thanks for the Southern pome. My grandmother was a fantastic southern cook--especially biscuits and cornbread. However poke greens were one of her dishes that I couldn't eat! After spending a month with her and hanging out with my cousins I came home with a drawl and a half!

Lucina, We have to take our bags to the grocery store as all bags, especially plastic, are banned here in our area. We have to pay a dime for paper bags.

Bill G., We have Santa Rosa plums. The tree is loaded this year, but they are small because of the drought. Still tasty, though.

TinoTechie said...

Tri-tip seems to be the local BBQ in the Santa Maria/San Luis Obispo area. In fact, they have a Santa Maria rub for it. Our son went to Cal Poly and it was a frequent choice for dinner.

Enjoyed the puzzle and write-up. Thanks to all.


Argyle said...

Cruciverb is back.

fermatprime said...


Thanks, Gail & Bruce and Argyle!

Hand up for cots before BEDS! No other problems.

Great news, Kazie!

Swell pic, Anon T!

I bought some of the old Morse DVDs to watch again. I was very sad when John Thaw died, shortly after he died on the show The Remorseful Day.


TTP said...

Hi all,

Thanks Gail and Bruce ! And thank you Argyle. BTW, who have you blogged the most ? Gail and Bruce ?

I was a GI (General Issue), so cots was not first to mind. We had bunks. And foot lockers. And sleeping bags. No cots.

Abejo, welcome back. Yes, we've had lots of rain and cool weather. The skeeters are fierce !

Never heard of Tri-Tip until we went to San Jose a year or so ago, and my nephew made it, just as Steve said. It was excellent. They don't sell it here, except occasionally at Costco.

Anon-T, nice picture. I've never been to Egypt, but I have been to (passed through) Cairo (Illinois).

Spitzboov said...

CED - Had issues with You Tube earlier but finally got to listen to your Southern Cross link. I had not heard that sea chanty before but I enjoyed your link immensely. Thank you for posting it.

I have never been in the Southern Hemisphere, but I have seen Crux from the Caribbean Sea. It is spectacular to view, and it is on my bucket list to see again.

Anonymous T said...

Thanks for all the kind wishes today - I wish I could send pics from Scotland, but they are all pub-taps of beers we'd never seen but had to taste.

HG - I don't think there's booze in Giza - about 5 weeks after I left the MB said they'd kill any foreigner in the area. In Cairo suburbs though, a bicyclist would deliver it from Drinkies (I love that name).

Other puzzle RECAP fun - I never heard of collard greens before moving to Louisiana - one taste of 'em with shrimp and hot-sauce made a believer of me.

SOUTHERN COMFORT was one of those HS drinks. We used to dip cigars in it. We were stupid.

DW of 26 years is a SOUTHERN BELLE - 1st major was RTVF (Radio TV Film). Took 'em days to get her to say "oil" not OYL and "earn" not URN.

CED - Hubble vid was way cool.

And just 'cause I love it - Countdown. T-MINUS TEN, nine, eight...

TTP* - I've been through Cairo IL too!

Cheers, -T
TTP Marti mixed us up again :-)

Bill G. said...

Did you watch Jeopardy? I thought the woman challenger made a very bad last bet. She got the answer right and could have tied for the lead if she bet it all. I don't think she thought her options through clearly. Pressure I guess.

Boudreaux said...

Ok I'm trying to comment

Argyle said...

Go ahead and comment.

Unknown said...

I love this blog and have been reading for several years. Now I am able to post via windows phone. Here's the question how do I post without doing the captas everytime?

Boudreaux said...

I think I'm getting the hang of it