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Sep 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter

Theme: ¡Three Amigos! - Actually, besides their first names, this trio doesn't have much in common.

18A. Selling point for a house on the coast : OCEAN VIEW. Billy Ocean

25A. Sin forbidden by the Second Commandment : IDOL WORSHIP. Billy Idol

43A. Fortuneteller's tool : CRYSTAL BALL. Billy Crystal

55A. Cop's night stick, and what the beginnings of 18-, 25- and 43-Across could form : BILLY CLUB

Argyle here. A fun Monday from Marti. Fresh cluing and a few edgy words. My personal trouble spot was the cross of 45-Down(recognition) and 47-Across(spelling).

Across:

1. Southwestern plateaus : MESAs

6. "The jig __!" : IS UP

10. Equivalent, in France : EGAL. Liberté! Égalité! Fraternité!

14. Bucking beast : BRONC. He's thrown the 'O' off the back.

15. Brother of Abel and Cain : SETH

16. Prado hangings : ARTE. The Museo del Prado is the Spanish art museum in Madrid.

17. Yoga position : ASANA. My asana position.


20. Amble past : STROLL BY

22. Ranked in the tournament : SEEDED

23. Top bond rating : AAA

24. Red and Yellow : SEAs

30. Auditor of bks. : CPA

33. Crazes : MANIAs

34. Like the Oz woodsman : TIN. and no ice in sight.

35. Avoid like the plague : SHUN

36. Circular gasket : O-RING

37. Meat with eggs : HAM

38. Envelope closers : FLAPS. with ham and eggs.

39. Frozen sheet : FLOE

40. Watch pocket : FOB

41. One taking bets : BOOKIE

42. Aficionado : FAN

45. Crate piece : SLAT

46. Antlered critter : ELK

47. Lounging robe : CAFTAN
 
 
50. Hold a parking lot party : TAILGATE. 'Tis the season.

57. Get-go : ONSET

58. New York canal : ERIE

59. Inner Hebrides isle : IONA. Part of an archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland...and still part of the United Kingdom.

60. Appraised : RATED

61. Auctioned auto, often : REPO

62. Pirate's booty : SWAG. Pirates are still hanging around?

63. Jackets named for an English school : ETONS

Down:

1. Some CFOs' degrees : MBAs. (chief financial officer/Master of Business Administration)

2. Once, old-style : ERST

3. Fly like an eagle : SOAR

4. __ Domini : ANNO

5. Scamp : SCALAWAG. Also, scallywag; especially British, scallawag.

6. Weather map line : ISOBAR

7. Cabinet dept. head : SECY. (secretary of __)

8. Sport-__: off-road vehicle : UTE

9. Gradually introduce : PHASE IN

10. Overhangs around the house : EAVES

11. Crossword puzzle component : GRID

12. Suit to __ : A TEE

13. Lascivious : LEWD

19. Minimum-range tide : NEAP

21. Thailand neighbor : LAOS

24. Wedge of wood : SHIM

25. "Later!" : "I'M OFF!"

26. Alfalfa's sweetheart : DARLA



27. Bagel flavor : ONION

28. Connector of two points : LINE

29. Wild guesses : STABS

30. Grammy winner Khan : CHAKA. Chaka Khan "Ain't Nobody"(4:31)

31. School kid : PUPIL

32. Yosemite photographer Adams : ANSEL. Ansel Adams.

35. Untidy type : SLOB

37. "Joy to the World" songwriter Axton : HOYT. Selective list of Hoyt Axton songs, take a look. List

38. Traditional tales : FOLKLORE

40. Saint from Assisi : FRANCIS

41. "__ Ha'i": "South Pacific" song : BALI

43. Sculptor's material : CLAY

44. Lipton unit : TEA BAG

45. Fifth-cen. pope called "The Great" : ST. LEO. What made him great?

47. Driver with a handle : CBer. Citizens Band Radio

48. Suffix with million or billion : AIRE

49. Fix up and resell quickly : FLIP

50. Sashimi staple : TUNA

51. Tiny biting insect : GNAT

52. Regarding : AS TO

53. High schooler : TEEN

54. Scheduled takeoff hrs. : ETDs

56. Almost on "E" : LOW. (gas)


Argyle


55 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

A mostly smooth ride for a Monday, but with a few minor potholes along the way. I stuck in SECT instead of SECY at 7D which made things a little wonky up north until I finally got around to fixing it. CAFTAN was a weird word for a Monday and I couldn't remember if it began with a C or a K. HOYT was unknown (or unremembered, perhaps).

None of these were major issues, and each was taken care of by the perps. But they did slow me down...

Lemonade714 said...

What a wpeek, C.C. Sunday and Marti today. I really loved the Billy Club theme. It is so fun to see how a puzzle maker turns everyday stuff into an entertaining workout.

I too had forgotten (?) that Hoyt wrote that song but how many Axtons are there?

Scalawag as spelled was unknown but I got the idea.

Have a great day, thanks miss m and happy asana Argyle

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I confidently inked in SCOUNDRE -- oops! And for some unknown reason thought a bagel might be ANISE flavored. D'oh!

I remember Hoyt Axton best for Boney Fingers -- Whaddya get when you work your fingers to the bone? Boney Fingers!

I had to research "The jig __" IS UP to find out where that expression came from. In Elizabethan England a jig was slang for a trick. It's an archaic "Gotcha!"

Marti, I enjoyed your puzzle, even though you caused me to DNF, and on a Monday! Shame on me. I spelled it SHAKA and SPA looked perfectly fine, so I never glanced at the clue.

Argyle, your caftan photo didn't make it. It just shows "Image hosted by Tripod."

Argyle said...

I know better, too. Tripod is one to stay away from.

OwenKL said...

In the annals of history where conquerors ride,
Leading their hordes, their chargers astride,
There are names that strike fear into daughter and son
And high on that list is Attila the Hun!
Children, stay quiet when sent to your beds
Or Attila may come and cut off your heads!
Brutal and cruel, he raged through the land
An army of Huns at his beck and command!

Rome was a city with which few could compare,
With power and pomp, and wealth was all there.
To the Goths and the Vandals, an apple of gold.
To the Huns and Attila, a place to be bold.
So down from their northland the barbarians came
To lay waste to Rome, and Rome's empire, shame.
Roman armies were thin, spread 'cross the land,
No thought that the center would need a guard band.

To the gates of the city rode the army of Huns
From the gate of the the city stepped only one.
One man faced an army, a bloodthirsty mob.
One holy man, and the faith in his god.
Pope Leo, the First, with words had fought heresy.
With words he now faced a king with no mercy.
What words were there spoken history can't say,
But Attila and his horde, in peace, rode away.

Argyle said...

OK? Same picture, different source.

Mari said...

Good morning everybody,

Good puzzle today, but I was surprised at all of my unknowns (for a Monday). I didn't know Axton HOYT, BALI Ha'i, or EGAL.

Looks like I've got some learning to do!

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

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

Got home last night about 9:00. Had a good trip.

Puzzle was fine this morning. I got 2/3 of the theme. never heard of Billy Ocean.

ASANA was not known. Perped it.

As was CAFTAN. Perped that too.

As was CHAKA. Perped that.

The rest all fell into place. Liked ANSEL Adams. His photos are great. All B&W.

TEABAG got my attention. Only Lipton does not make Earl Grey, to my knowledge.

ERIE canal was easy.

HOYT Axton is a good entertainer.

I love ONION bagels, with cream cheese.

Lots to do today. Preparing for a memorial service tonight of a good friend that died.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

(339)

Prof T said...

Really fun puzzle today, albeit a little challenging for a Monday. Even after getting finishing the entire puzzle, it took me a while to see the theme. Then the "Duh" came. Learning moment...I always thought a watch "Fob" was the chain that held the watch, not the pocket.

Lemonade714 said...

LIPTON EARL GREY .

Lemonade714 said...

Prof T, I agree but according to wiki we have:

Fob pocket, a small pocket in trousers or waistcoats originally intended to hold a pocket watch
Key fob, a medallion used to identify a key ring, or position on the ring
Watch fob, a medallion or ornament attached to a pocket watch to assist in handling

Barry G. said...

Ohhhhhhh... that "Joy to the World"! The one with Jeremiah the bullfrog. I was thinking the Christmas carol.

Still didn't know who actually wrote the song, however.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Good intro, Argyle. Liked your ASANA position. LMAO.

Marty was gentle today. Liked her offering. Some fresh fill with the likes of SCALAWAG and CAFTAN. Surprised to see CHAKA on a Monday.
Can't think of the Hebrides without recalling that the Vikings held sway there for several hundred years. (Until 1266)
Thanks Lemon and PT for clarifying the meaning of FOB.

Have a good day.

pk said...

Hi Y'all! The reveal brought a chuckle since I was wondering if the puzzle was themeless. Good one, Marti! Fun & fast.

HOYT didn't bother me a bit. I didn't even see the clue until Argyle listed it in the blog. Hunh? HOYT? I had forgotten about him, although I always liked his music. What's not to like about "Joy to the World". I'll take some any day. Thanks, Argyle, you brought joy to my day.

Never heard of Billy OCEAN, but if you say so....

I'd forgotten about CAFTONs. Back when they were first popular, I sewed one for myself once and loved it. The sleeves were raglan. Was wearing it once and sitting on one foot with company present. Somehow when I stood up my foot got caught in the material and tore it to rags, leaving me somewhat exposed momentarily. Very strange and embarrassing.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-erSt/aSana and Cber/Caftan added just enough spice on Marti’s lovely puzzle
-Billy IDOL was a performer in a long line that kids loved and parents (who loved Elvis and Little Richard) hated
-The STROLL MANIA time capsule . (2:30)
-At liftoff exhasut leaked past an O RING on a cold launch day and caused the Challenger disaster
-When first offered the fight with Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa rejects the idea and refers to himself as just a “HAM and egger” or a “nothing special” fighter
-I always thought a FOB was what was in the small pocket like this one I carry
-We saw a movie last week that was RATED 4% by critics and 70% by the audiences on Rotten Tomatoes
-Cabinet heads and ambassadorships are often patronage gifts
-At first I didn’t have a CLUE about GRID ;-)
-Lucky Lindy’s path between two points on our round planet was not a straight line on a flat map
-If only Pete Rose had avoided his BOOKIE…
-How my Acadia saved me from 56 D yesterday

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

What better way to start the week: CC on Sunday and Marti on Monday, PLUS Asana Argyle, to boot. Really enjoyed this puzzle.

I don't know anything about Billy Ocean or Billy Idol, but from what I see and hear about Billy Crystal, he is a class act. He was on The View last week reminiscing about Robin Williams with Whoopie Goldberg. The three of them were very close onstage and off.

Nice CSO to our Tinman and to Abejo with that ubiquitous lake/canal/city and tea bag. Thanks, Marti and Argyle for a fun Monday outing.

Just found out that my Discover card has been comprised. (Used it recently at Home Depot, so I guess that's the reason.). Someone in Bethlehem, PA. made three $1.00 charges and another for $91.14 at AT & T, all on this past Saturday. Now I have to wait 7 days for a replacement card.

Have a great day.

CanadianEh! said...

Fun Monday puzzle (thanks Marti) although I thought I was going to need a lot of STABS with the SEA of white after my first pass through the Across. Perps to the rescue!

I too thought FOB was just the watch chain. I saw the CSO to Abejo at 58A.

I loved THE JIG IS UP and SCALAWAG (although I would use the Scallywag spelling).

I had LOOT before SWAG and I always need to wait for perps to decide between IN RE or AS TO. Thanks for explaining ALMOST ON E=LOW, Argyle. I was thinking musically and FLAT would have been more appropriate. Lightbulb moment.

Favourite tea of course is Red Rose (only in Canada eh!). But I think Salada, Lipton, Red Rose all fall under the Unilever brand.

Avg Joe said...

This was a nice start to the week with more bite than normal. The solve was going pretty smooth, so when Ocean and Idol filled in sequence, I thought "Weird. The only thing I can think of is Billy. That can't be it." Had stopped thinking about it when Crystal filled, but the light went on with the reveal. Good job Marti, and thanks for the review Argyle.

Liked yesterdays puzzle too. It wasn't that tough, but took forever to get started. First fill on it was actually the Roman numeral calculation. Thanks C.C. and Gary for the pinch hitting.

Huskers G & C. I've been to nearly 100 games in Memorial Stadium so far, and I've never seen anything like the game Saturday. The atmosphere was electric and the crowd was more fed up than Bo by the 3rd quarter. Very interesting to see first hand. But the best part was the tunnel walk. With Milt Tenopir, Charlie McBride and Jack Pierce, it almost brought tears to my eyes. A moving moment for sure.

Ergo said...



I knew all the Billie's so the puzzle was a snap.

--> Avg Joe: Agreed about the electric atmosphere in the stadium on Saturday. Although today's puzzle had a bit of a sting with the word TALEGATE. A riot broke out a few blocks from the stadium. Twenty people were arrested and one police officer hospitalized. This is not characteristic of our fans or program at all.

Sallie said...

Good morning everyone.

Had a bit of trouble on the mideast. But finally got it with DH's help with ORING.

Nit: A fob is not the watch; it is the chain for it.

Cheers

Anonymous said...

To OwenKL -
nice ode to St. Leo the (truly) Great

Yellowrocks said...

Easy, breezy Monday. Unknowns, ASANA and HOYT filled themselves in with perps and wags. With a letter or two I dredged up CHAKA from somewhere. However, for the theme I didn't catch on to the BILLYS. Pass the V8 can, please. Good job, Marti and Argyle.

PK, I, too, remember the hostess caftans of the 60'and early 70's. I can just picture your embarrassing moment.
Link caftan

OWEN, thanks for the delightful history lesson about LEO the Great.

SEEDED is an odd word that can be its own antonym. I buy SEEDED rye bread with seeds added. Chilies are sometimes seeded. The seeds are removed because they are so hot. DUST is another word that can be its own antonym. I dust the furniture removing dust, but I dust the cookies by sprinkling on a dusting of powered sugar.

Lucina said...

Hello, puzzlers. A great way to start Monday with Marti and Argyle in tandem.

From the ONSET, MESAS started my sashay with only one write over, STROLL ON to STROLL BY.

All the BILLYs are familiar to me and TAILGATE parties are in institution at games although alcohol is now banned there.

I caught the CSOs at TEABAGS, TIN and ASANA though Argyle certainly gives that a new meaning. LOL

The few times I've seen CHAKA Khan, she has an electrifying presence even through the TV.

Sallie:
See Lemonade's post at 8:38 re FOB.

Have a happy Monday, everyone! I'm OFF.

Misty said...


What a great way to start the week--with a Marti puzzle. (C.C. so sorry I don't get the NY Times on Sunday and so missed your puzzle). Anyway, this was a lot of fun although I too was mystified about the theme until I got to Marti's reveal BILLY CLUB. Then I got it, even though I've never heard of BILLY OCEAN. Saw BILLY CRYSTAL on TV recently, mourning his good friend, Robin Williams.

Had a little trouble with the spelling of SCALAWAG and never heard of HOYT. Got LOW for the "almost E," but thanks for the explanation, Argyle (cool ASADA pic, by the way).

A great way to start the week, as I said. Have a terrific one, everybody!

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Sweet puzzle Marti. Had no clue on the clever theme until the unifier.

Needed some perp help, but no major difficulties. Nice Monday entry.

Owen - most excellent!

I drink Twinings decaf Earl Grey, straight. On hot days, I'll ice it up. [Don't tell TIN]

Cool regards!
JzB

CrossEyedDave said...

Am I the only one with a nit about (17a) Sanskrit crossing (4d) latin? (talk about a Natick!) But a successful WAG...

ANywho, I was so puzzled by the entire NE corner, (Never heard of Egal, seeded, or art with an E.) that when grid finally tied it all together I was so happy to be able to put this puzzle down.

Little did I know that I should have done it on a PC. That NE corner was only a mini TADA because reading the Blog, I came across "meat with eggs?" (which I had misread as meat and eggs) = Ham? (I don't remember Ham in the puzzle?)

Sure enough, when i pulled out the wrinkled paper, I had never filled in the "H" in ham. (& worse, I had 24d wedge of wood = chip?) Apparently I was so happy to be done with that NE corner I left the puzzle unfinished...

Oh well, no use beating myself up over it...

Carl Spackler said...

The funniest BILLY CLUB.

Oh, Billy, Billy, Billy....

Lucina said...

I'm surprised so many have forgotten ASANA as it has appeared in many puzzles. But it must generate the same reaction I have to sports trivia, names and terms. ANNO as in ANNO DOMINI (year of our Lord) is also a well known term CED.

I likely would be unfamiliar with HOYT Axton except for reading his extensive obituary when he died some years ago. Then did I realize what a talented and prolific fellow he was.

Nice Cuppa said...

Thanks M & A


Surprisingly good Monday Crossword. Now if the rest of my day could be so good.

"JIG IS UP" is purely U.S. If its origins are 16th Century, it must be one of those words/phrases the Brits lost from our common language after the Great Ocean Split of the 17th C.

Odd, my dictionary states that "SCALAWAG" is "the North American spelling of SCALLYWAG". I have only ever heard the latter.

M, you might have considered "Buckin' Beast" for 14A, to point to the informal variant of BRONCO.

Scary moment : cross of REPO and FLIP.

Well I knew all the Billy's so they must be famous outside (of) these shores.

As for Chaka Khan & Hoyt Axton, I suspect I am not missing much.

TTFN

NC

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

A good Monday project from my clever state-mate Marti! I keep meaning to visit her, but I might get put to work painting...

Howdy Argyle, you've got to learn to relax more. :-)

Husker 9:11 - those loose exhaust gases first had to get by the J-seal in the adjacent SRB case joint; I've wondered for years what the cold soak did to the seal material, and whether some leakage at the J-seal was normal even for warm weather launches. I no longer have colleagues available to discuss it with.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Nice PZL, Marti,

I wasn't even aware of the "Amigos" theme until reading Argyle's exegesis.

And now I know what a CAFTAN is. I always confused it with that thingamabob that lifts spars and hauls cargo.

Jayce said...

CanadianEh, my favorite tea is also Red Rose.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-I gave up my great single seat at Husker games because I hated sitting alone and grew tired of the hassle but the spirit of the game on TV was very evident. Miami had their usual repertoire of cheap hits and cocky attitude and so beating them soundly felt very satisfying.
-Mistaking Homer for Virgil yesterday was all me! Sorry to my literary friends. Now if you want the starting -lineup for the ’62 Yankees or ’14 Royals… ;-)
-Jazz has been good enough to help out with my embedding videos issue using HTML code! Thanks Ron!
-14 words that are auto-antonyms - can be their own opposites
-Dudley, great point on the Challenger. Generally NASA blames the cold weather for shrinking the O-RINGS and allowing a side discharge at liftoff and skips the more esoteric issues but I enjoyed your making me go back and look at them again.

Tinbeni said...

Marti: Thank you for a FUN Monday puzzle.
Nice CSO, just wished once Pinch was in the GRID.

Surprised how many mentioned they didn't know BILLY OCEAN.
I bet they remember this Caribbean Queen (3:31)

Cheers!

Tinbeni said...

shhhhhh ... Argyle, I really enjoyed your write-up ... but I didn't want to wake you ...

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Several unknowns for me today. Hoyt, Darla--I put in Dorla, and Egal.

I filled in all but the Mid-west area without a problem, but for some reason Floe didn't click for Ice sheet, until I finally erased "See ya"for "Later" and put in "I'm off". I finally did get the whole puzzle, but it was a bit dicey for Monday. The theme was totally over my head.

Thanks, Marti for your contribution to our crossword learning and to Argyle for the teaching.

Have a great day, everyone.

Chickie said...

My education in music is lacking past the big band era. I know I should be more observant and listen to other than my classical station, but I have never been good at remembering music lyrics, and the names of those who write and perform. I hum the tunes, though.

We attended an Oakland A's Baseball game last Saturday. My first for the A's, and while trying to find a parking place in a large lot, we found that the tailgaters had taken up 3 4 and 5 parking spaces with their tables, chairs, grills, and games. I had not seen any tailgate activities before and was really astounded by the array of things people had brought with them for the day.

We had to park well over a block from the stadium proper before we found spaces for just cars.

For those of you who know Wolf Mom, I met Kathleen at our thrift shop last Friday when she brought a trunk load of things from her Mom's estate. Kathleen is well, busy with trying to clear out her Mom's things and trying to find time to paint for a show in Dec.
I'm sure she does the crossword still, but commenting on the blog has been put on the back burner.

Anonymous said...

Nice Cuppa must've gone to boarding school.

HeartRx said...

Hi, all!

This is one of those puzzles that almost created itself. I was reading an article about police brutality, and my mind totally warped into another direction. BILLY – CLUB? Hmmm… It was accepted on the first submission. SO, here’s a hint to all you constructors who want to get published: submit a MONDAY-FRIENDLY puzzle. They may be the hardest to construct, but Rich is always short on puzzles for that day.

OwenKL, lovely tribute to ST LEO!!

YR, it was fun to read about words that are their own antonyms. There is even a word for that: “contronym.” HG already linked some of my favorites!

NC @ 1:12, oops, my bad! I take full responsibility for the clue, and you are right – “Buckin’ beast” would have been better for BRONC. Duly noted…

Dudley, for sure, you will be handed a paintbrush while we have this spell of beautiful dry weather. The trick is, to come on a rainy day. Then you are totally safe!

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone, and have a nice evening!

Bill G. said...

A couple of days ago, Barbara's three-year-old Toyota with 8,800 miles needed four new tires. I took one of the old tires to a local guy I trust and he agreed that the tires were cracked where the tread meets the sidewall and should be replaced. So my question to Toyota was, OK but how did this happen with practically new tires? I haven't heard back from the Service Manager.
Also, I have a 1993 Camry that I keep a bike rack on and use only to get my bike and me down to the bike path for my daily ride. I was putting gas in it when another fellow told me that my front tire was completely worn out with the steel belts showing through. I don't pay much attention to that old car since it's driven so little but replacing the tires was now a small emergency. So four more new tires plus an alignment. Oops, then the front axles turned out to be worn out and needed replacing too. Oh me...

Boo luquette said...

Hi all,

Finished with a FIW cafian for caftan. Oh well cest la vie !!

Here's a nit I always thought a fob was picket watch CHAIN not the pocket the watch goes into.!!

Man Billy Ocean looks old, that's giving away my age. Played his music when I was 18 and older giggle on that when I was spinning vinyl for a living !!

Ok did you look that video up ?

Bon Jour Toute le monde from Cajun Country !!

Bluehen said...

Marti,
I loved this pzl. Thnx. Only unknown was EGAL but perps solved that quickly. Argyle, a fun, informative reveal as always. Knew all the Billys, so that was no problem. Re: the Billy Ocean "Caribbean Queen" vid, I remember the version (probably filmed for advertising purposes) with the cast of "Romancing the Stone", version whatever, singing
backup. Obviously lip synced. Anyway a fun, fun puzzle. Argyle, we share the same ASANA position, probably far too often, according to my doctor. Re: Hoyt Axton: wasn't he the father who brought home a pet gremlin for his children in the movie by the same name?

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Thanks Marti and Santa!

Never heard of BILLY OCEAN. Forgot ASANA again.

Nonetheless, all filled in by perps!

Really liked Masterpiece Theater.

Cheers!

thehondohurricane said...

Hi everyone,
Marti, nice start for us bloggers to the week. HG, congrats on Sunday's blog. Glad I did not realize the Corn Husker's & Cane's were playing so early in the year, otherwise Joann would be enjoying fresh NE lobster shortly!

Still not into puzzles too much. Riley is in bad shape . PLEASE,no sympathetic posts. I'm pretty sure I know those of you who care. If you want too express yourselves, send a couple of $ to your local rescue shelter.

See ya,

Hondo

Dudley said...

Hondo - Understood. Please put me in the "Cares" column.

Lucina said...

fermatprime:
I share your enjoyment of Masterpiece Theatre and especially liked the second episode last night.

BTW, how are you?

aka thelma said...

Thank you Marti and Argyle for a fun stroll down memory lane.... :) and thank you D Otto for LOL memories of Boney Fingers... :) definitely brought back lots of smiles.....

I knew all the Billies and Hoyt and Chaka - met her a number of years ago..... her birthday is the same day as mine.... :) she of course is younger... :) :)

I did enjoy the puzzle and any questions I may have had were answered by Argyle....

Tho... :) even after four semesters of french I had to wait for EGAL to fill itself in.... :) :)

Hondo, please put me in the "Cares" column also....

Hope you all have a great evening....

thelma :)

Bill G. said...

~ Why do people say "Maybe, maybe not." Isn't that the whole point of maybe?

~ What do you say if you don't like tea? "It's not my cup of coffee"?

~ Why does Waldo always go out at such busy times?

Hondo, best wishes for you guys and Riley.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Long day work then kid's ballet. Thanks for the diversion Marti while I waited on the little HAM. Thanks to Argyle for the writeup!

WEES re: hang-ups and Monday crunch. Of course, shooting one's self in the foot at the ONSET with MASAS before MESAS doesn't help. ARNT looked good ERST but alas I had to sWAG an S.

Fav - CBER. I kept thinking of file-handles for a system driver. V8!

Did anyone watch the new Mrs. Marples last night?

For those not knowing BILLY IDOL, here's Dancing with Myself. The '80s were weird.

I would link History of the World Part I "The Jig IS UP" but I don't want anyone to SHUN me. My CRYSTAL BALL says some may :-)

Hondo - the check will be in the mail this week. -Cares.

Cheers,
-T

Chickie said...

Loved the Miss Marples last night. I'm looking forward to next week, also. I had read the "Caribbean Mystery" by Agatha Christie, but I couldn't remember "Who dunnit". It was a long time ago that I had read the book.

I'm also looking forward to the new Inspector Lewis series coming up on our local PBS station later this month.

Anonymous T said...

Chickie:

Thanks for the title - I was watching it and the kids' something or other (times 2) started recording and the channel changed and I missed the end! When I got PBS back there was a different mystery on -- Miss Marples solved that one too. Hopefully, they re-run Caribbean soon. Also, thanks for the heads up on Inspector Lewis' return. That show is RATED fun too.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Oh - I forgot to brag about my lunch today (eat your heart out Bill G. :-))

Mascalzone. It was 1/2 pizza 1/2 calzone with different "toppings" inside the calzone. OMG! All fresh, all good, perfect crust; and not served on a metal plate. My buddy ate all his, I saved some for tomorrow's lunch.

D-O: If you ever STROLL BY Westheimer outside the belt, look for it. Best $20 spent this week (including the olive appetizer).

Bonzo's bedtime.

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

AnonT, this is what I just read.
The house specialty and restaurant namesake is half calzone and half pizza and all delicious. Also on the menu: pasta, pizza, appetizers and entrees, including black squid-ink pasta with lobster and veal scallopini with mashed potatoes and broccoli ($19.50).
Geez, that other stuff sounds great too! Can I come? Please? Please? That is, if I have any money left after eight new tires, etc.

Anonymous T said...

Bill G - You're always welcome here. I feel your pain on the tires. I just got mine replaced. Fortunately the motor mounts and clutch are still hanging in there.

Did you read about the oven - it's the only one in the U.S. (or so I'm told). It has a turn-table inside so it evenly cooks the pizzas & Mascalzones. The owner was out today, but he's supposed to be back the rest of the week - sounds like a good excuse to PHASE IN the rest of the menu.*

Cheers, -T
*yeah, I know; weak pzl reference... but there you are.
(Captchas are now mail-boxes!)

David Bowman said...

To me, a FOB has always been a short ribbon, or strip of leather or cloth, possibly with a medallion or other ornaments attached to it, which is attached to a pocket watch, to allow its owner to easily handle the watch without dropping it. The FOB usually hangs out of the watch pocket. HOWEVER, I now see that the American Heritage Dictionary gives a first definition as "a small pocket at the waistline of a man's trousers or in the front of a vest to hold a watch or coins." How did the word FOB come to mean two entirely different things? It is possibly from the German "fuppe," meaning pocket. Who knew?