Oct 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014 Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme: Body Parts by the Number - Just in time for Halloween, some fun decorations for the lawn. Or combine them all into one freakish monster.

17. Casino machines : ONE-ARMED  BANDITS

28. Novelty item whose user always wins a coin toss : TWO-HEADED NICKEL

49. Cooperative picnic running contest : THREE-LEGGED RACE

61. Game involving eight knights : FOUR-HANDED CHESS. Link

Arghoul here. What a delightful terror! Jeffery has given us with four grid spanners to boot. I see a couple Easter eggs, too. Be on the look out for them. (Easter egg - an unexpected feature included as a joke or a bonus.)


1. Indian prince : RAJAH

6. Bert, to Ernie : PAL

9. Formal agreement : PACT

13. __ Gay: WWII bomber : ENOLA

14. Dutch cheese : EDAM

16. Tibet's continent : ASIA

20. Small stream : CREEK

21. Dashboard prefix with meter : ODO

22. Fleur-de-__ : LIS

23. Sound from a Guernsey : MOO

25. Intense fear : TERROR

27. Suffix with formal or custom : IZE

32. Divide into shares : ALLOT

33. Foldable self-cooling device : FAN

34. Eyeglasses glass : LENS

35. From __ to riches : RAGS

38. Connecticut Ivy : YALE

40. Nailed, as a test : ACED

43. Banking convenience, briefly : ATM

45. Log home : CABIN

53. Actor Stephen : REA

54. Strikes lightly : TAPS ON

55. Work on a hem, say : SEW

56. Org. auditing 1040s : IRS

57. Comedian Margaret : CHO. I don't find her that amusing but her outfit is just right for Halloween.

58. Opinions : VIEWS

66. Head of the manor : LORD

67. Christian of couture : DIOR

68. Weddings, e.g. : RITES

69. French summers : ÉTÉs

70. Twice five : TEN

71. Perturbed : UPSET


1. __ Speed Wagon: classic truck : REO

2. "Today" anchor-at-large Curry : ANN

3. Snoopy, when he's wearing shades : JOE COOL

4. Banned fruit spray : ALAR

5. Loser to the tortoise : HARE

6. Looked when you shouldn't have : PEEKED

7. Contribute : ADD

8. In 2014, it fell on September 1 : LABOR DAY. 2015, Monday, September 7

9. Writing tablet : PAD

10. "... my way" : "... AS I LIKE"

11. "__ Kane": Welles film : CITIZEN

12. Fez danglers : TASSELS

15. "Like a Prayer" singer : MADONNA

18. Prefix with physics : META

19. Formal "Me neither" : "NOR I"

23. NYC subway org. : MTA. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

24. Hooting bird : OWL

26. TKO signaler : REF

29. Massive group : HORDE

30. Train schedule abbr. : ETA

31. Easy to grasp : CLEAR

36. Round Table knight : GALAHAD

37. "Drive faster!" : "STEP ON IT!"

39. Flat panel TV component : LCD. (liquid-crystal-display)

40. Slightly : A TRIFLE. A British trifle.

41. Cigar with open, untapered ends : CHEROOT

42. Sign of a changed test answer : ERASURE

44. British sports cars : MGs. (Morris Garages)

46. Droopy-faced hounds : BASSETS

47. Freezer cubes : ICE

48. Hot off the press : NEW

50. Scratch into glass, e.g. : ETCH

51. Run the country : GOVERN

52. City near Tulsa : ENID

59. Earth tone : ECRU

60. Blender speed : WHIP

62. Charing Cross and Abbey: Abbr. : RDs

63. Forest female : DOE

64. Understand : SEE

65. Former Air France jet, briefly : SST. (SuperSonic Transport)


Note from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to Boomer, who's thoroughly enjoying his volunteering work for his old high school (Benilde-St. Margaret's). Look at their 2014-2015 roster on the right, two of the kids are from Shanghai and one from Vietnam. The host families are very supportive of kids' bowling interest. They have to pick up the kids after each practice/match.

Tim (Boomer's friend), Boomer & C.C., 2003


OwenKL said...

CCW has nothing exact today, but several close parallels.
LAT 8d. In 2014, it fell on September 1 : LABOR DAY
ST 1d.Childbirth : LABOR
LAT 1a. Indian prince : RAJAH
ST 61d. Old British rule in India : RAJ
LAT 21a. Dashboard prefix with meter : ODO-
ST 25a. Wine: Prefix : OENO-
LAT 27a. Suffix with formal or custom : -IZE
ST 62a. Suffix with expert : -ISE

"ONE if by land, or TWO if by sea
And if they're coming by air, make it THREE."
I told him quite CLEAR,
Forgot Star Trek I fear,
Must be transporters, it's FOUR lights I see!

JOE COOL is a beagle, don't confuse him with BASSETS
Though ears on both breeds are like TASSELS as assets.
Summer, an ear is feral,
STEP ON IT at peril,
But LABOR DAY sees Joe back as Big Dog On Campus!

Bluehen said...

Pretty much a fun speed run today, especially after I "got" the theme. Never needed the down clues. Very enjoyable puzzle, JW, thank you. I always enjoy your reveals, Argyle, but I guess I'm dense. Where were the Easter eggs?

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty smooth solve today. I've never heard of FOR HANDED CHESS, but by the time I got down there the answer was already almost totally filled in by the perps and I knew the theme, so it was very easy to guess.

AS I LIKE didn't really make much sense to me, to be honest. At first I thought it was supposed to be words that preceded "my way", but then I realized it was supposed to be an equivalent phrase. Except, who says AS I LIKE?

Too early on a Monday morning to loom for Easter eggs, sorry...

Barry G. said...

Make that FOUR HANDED CHESS. Did I mention this was a Monday morning?

Bluehen said...

Where are my manners. Happy Birthday, Boomer, and many happy returns!

thehondohurricane said...

Morning folks,

Got through puzzle successfully without much hesitation, but couple of learning moments. Picked up the order of progression for the theme clues early, but hand up for never having heard of FOUR HANDED CHESS. Margaret CHO also previously unknown.

Scratched the dome trying to figure out what a ODO Meter was and then the light AHA moment,,it's one word, ODOmeter.

New avatar...Meet the family. From left to right, Chris, youngest son, Yours truly, Lucy & Mark, oldest son. Pix was taken at Lucy's NYC opening in March.

thehondohurricane said...

OOPS...did it again.

Happy birthday Boomer. I'll bet CC has an enjoyable day planned for you.

HeartRx said...

Good morning on this last week of October.

Happy Birthday, Boomer! How fun to be able to teach something that you have a passion for! I hope your day is special.

I thought I "got" the theme, but didn't see the connection of body parts until I read your write-up, Argyle. Man, do I feel dense today! Couldn't find any Easter Eggs either, so I hope someone can clue me in on those as well. (I wonder how you make Easter Eggs on a loom, Barry?)

I thought the clue for REA was entirely vague. Looking at his bio, I can honestly say I never heard of any of the movies he has been in. I think I would have had better luck if the clue had been "Mens ___: (Latin for guilty mind)"

Other than that it was pretty straightforward easy-peasy Monday fare.

Fun poems today, OwenKL.

Great looking family, hondo!

Lemonade714 said...

A really COOL Monday with 4 grid-spanners and still very doable. JW showing off his versatility with this early week entry.

Enjoyed the inclusion of META MTA and ETA all close to each other.

Many happy returns Boomed!

Lemonade714 said...

You never saw The Crying Game marti? The movie where Forest Whitaker burst on the scene?

Argyle said...

Owen already caught the beagle / basset connection. I felt there were other words that fit the theme, like TERROR. Your results may vary.

HeartRx said...

Lemony, no, I never saw "The Crying Game." Reading the IMDB, I can see why - not my cup of tea, I guess. I never saw "The Last King of Scotland" either. That's the one that won Whitaker so many awards.

Argyle, now I know why I can never solve the Meta puzzles that the NYT sometimes puts out. Waaaay over my head!

Anonymous said...

Easter eggs? What fun but I've never heard of this before. I hope someone 'finds' them and shares for all to enjoy!

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling thoughts":

Good to see an Owen poem;

HBD Boomer

WEES, a fun puzzle to start the week. Unlike Bluehen, I used clues both across and vertical but never had a scare. It took me awhile to fill AS I LIKE, simply because I, too, was looking for words preceding "my way"

If memory serves, Stephen Rea appeared on the sitcom Wings, though maybe not (too lazy to look up!)

In Vegas, a ONE ARMED BANDIT is found,
About anywhere, when looking around.
But when Doc Kimble looked
For his one-armed" crook,
The Fugitive covered acres of ground!

Montana said...

Happy Birthday Boomer! Have a wonderful day.
I didn't know bowling could be a 'sport' in schools. But I don't live where there are bowling alleys, either. How fun to coach something you love and to students who 'want' to improve themselves.

This puzzle wasn't one I was able to rush through, but moving slowly, I did solve it. Theme helped.

Off on a journey for normal checkup with doctor. Road report shows mixed snow/rain. I'll drive carefully there. By noon and return trip, it shook be only rain.

Have a great day everybody,


Bluehen said...

CM, re: "Wings". Are you possibly thinking of Stephen Webber (sp)?

Chairman Moe said...

Yup, Webber - told you I was too lazy to look it up!! :-)

Then I, too, have no clue as to who Stephen Rea is. Only know that his name appears often as a puzzle clue/solve

Husker Gary said...

Sequential grid spanners at a Monday level? Wow!

-Nebraskans flock across the Missouri River to the Iowa ONE ARMED BANDITS. Nebraska gets all the attendant problems and none of the revenue.
-Yeah, chess isn’t hard enough so…
-We CUSTOMIZED the heck out of these in my salad days. We only sniffed the glue briefly!
-The Royals may not win the Series but they have gone from RAGS to riches anyway
-Granddaughter told/showed us via iPhone FaceTime that she gotten her own SEWing machine yesterday
-Was Tim Russert the last real newsman who hid his own VIEWS while grilling both sides?
-Later we learn Sheldon PEEKED (1:32)
-Remember when school started after/around LABOR DAY? This year it started on August 11.
-Trying to find interpretations of And Cause never was the reason for the evening, Or the tropic of Sir GALAHADmakes for interesting reading
-Scandalous ERASURES in this era of high stakes testing
-Happy Birthday, Boomer! You’d have been easier to spot in Minneapolis if you’d have worn that lovely ensemble! ;-)

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Happy Birthday, Boomer!

Straightforward solve today - top to bottom. No erasures or searches needed. Enjoyed the theme fill and their grid-spanning.
Good write-up from Arghoul as always.

Have a great day.

Ergo said...

Fun theme today. Nice offering for a Monday.

Was in Kansas City this weekend visiting my younger son in grad school. He was the Technical Director for a theatrical production called "Caucasian Chalk Circle."

Got home late Sunday and enjoyed the Silky from Saturday (Although a DNF). Still have the Sunday offering to start my week today.

Avg Joe said...

WEES. Impressive to have 4 grid spanners. Didn't know 4 handed chess, but it only took a few perps to get it.

Hope you have a wonderful Birthday Boomer!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This was a fun and easy solve. Clever theme with the number progression paired with a body part, and, as our wise wIzard of words, Arghoul, pointed out, apropos with Halloween in the wings.

Thanks, Jeffrey, for an enjoyable Monday romp, dutifully explained by Arghoul. (Poor Tin-those dreaded freezer cubes, AKA _ _ _rear their ugly head yet again!)

Happy Birthday, Boomer; hope it's a fun-filled day!

Have a great day.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Impressive grid today! Four wall to wall theme answers, in numerical order - wow!

Hand up for not knowing Rea or Four Handed Chess, but that didn't matter much. Barry - I took the whole phrase to be "I'll do as I like!" which seems familiar to me.

Morning Argyle, I have to agree, that Margaret Cho clip didn't exactly have me ROFLMAO.

HBTY Boomer, and many more!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

[Rant warning] Soddenlink decided today was a good morning for an internet outage. I really hate that there's no phone number to call to report an outage -- just an automated attendant who cheerfully tells you to unplug the modem, wait ten seconds, and plug it back in. There were still only two lights on the modem, but AA now wanted to restart the router, and then restart the computer. Hey, AA, there are only two lights showing on the modem -- the problem isn't the router or the computer! Grrrr! [Flame off]

Anybody still using a CRT for the TV or computer? I finally came into the new century about a year ago.

Learning moment: There really was an REO Speed Wagon, not just the band.

Happy birthday, Boomer! Roll a 300!

kazie said...

Happy Birthday Boomer!
No nits or real problems for me today, except not knowing REA and CHEROOT, so misspelling them with an "I" at the crossing. I proudly admit to knowing nothing of cigars or any other smoking apparatus. My parents were both lifelong smokers which caused their early demise, both in their 60's. I decided early I never wanted to smoke.

Bill G. said...

I enjoyed the theme though I'm thinking the FOUR HANDED CHESS was the result of a desperate need to find the fourth theme word. Still, if that's what's needed to finish a pleasant Monday puzzle, it's OK with me.

HBD Boomer!

D-O, unplugging and then restarting a modem is a common fix for most problems. I've done it often.

I had a bad experience yesterday afternoon. I got back from my bike ride, unloaded my bike from the bike rack and was walking it on the sidewalk toward my garage as a group of middle school students were coming the other way with a dog straining at a leash. As I was about to say "Hi", I felt a sharp pain in my shin, looked down and saw blood coming from a dog bite. The kids were shocked and very apologetic. I told them I was fine and that they weren't in trouble. The boy who owned the dog was very upset. I reassured him again and got his phone number. I went in the house, cleaned the small gashes, took off the bloody sock and Barbara applied some Neosporin and a bandage. About that time there was a knock at the door. The boy and his mother were there, having come to apologize and see if I was OK. I appreciated that. The socks and shoes have been washed and I seem to be fine.

Misty said...

Brilliant puzzle this morning, Jeffrey--many thanks! And "Arghoul" was funny! Had no problems at all with this one, not even with Stephen REA since I did see "The Crying Game." But like others, I don't get the Easter egg reference--please explain, somebody.

Ergo, is the playwright for "Caucasian Chalk Circle" Berthold Brecht? Haven't thought about that play in eons.

Bill G., what a scary experience. So glad the kid and parents were caring and apologetic. They need to think carefully about letting that dog out in public.

Finally, have a wonderful, wonderful birthday, Boomer! Loved the photo!

And have a great week, everybody!

Lucina said...

Greetings, friends.

Hi, Arghoul! Let the fun begin.

Happy birthday, Boomer! May all your bowling scores be 300s!

I actually finished this grid very early today while waiting for my sister to get ready to go the airport. Got the number sequence theme in ONE, TWO time and it filled fast. I also noticed the body parts. Way to go, Jeffrey.

REA came quickly because we see it so much in puzzles. No ERASURE to be seen though since I used pen that made TWO ink blots where I started with WOODEN NICKELS but soon realized it was wrong.

Here school has started way before LABOR DAY for at least 10 years, usually in early August.

Have a delightful Monday, everyone!

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Puny kid at home today - the Dr said she's fine, no Ebola (can I tell you how many times I was asked?)

Jeffrey's offering was fun. My only holdup was in the SW. Though I do partake cigars, I didn't know. Thanks for the great writeup Argyle AKA Arghoul....

Hand up for never knowing of FOUR HANDED CHESS (I knew it had to be right, but wha?) I didn't let it UPSET me.

Argyle - Easter Eggs (at this time of year?). I've got STEP (ON IT) x-ing THREE LEGGED, Sir GALAHAD (insert Python here) x-ing the 8-knight game. I can't META-relate the other two spanners & x-ings. Help.

I do like Ms. CHO. I've seen a few of her specials and she's not Carlin funny, but still.

Bill G. Glad you're ok. Sounds like it happened in the blink of an eye.

Anyone remember ERASURE from the '80s?

Cheers, -T

CanadianEh! said...

Fun Monday puzzle.
I always have to remember that American version is ATM while Canadians have ABMs (automated banking machine). And of course LABOR without a U just doesn't look right! Our school doesn't start until after Labour Day.

LORD made me think of Downton Abbey coming to PBS Jan 4/15 (already started in UK).

We have Municipal Elections today so I was a good CITIZEN and went to vote for mayor, councillors etc. to GOVERN.

HBD to Boomer.

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh? As an American English speaker my whole life, I've read ALLOT of Brit. Lit; labour, colour, etc. still look more correct. Our elections are next Tues - I'm sure US CITIZENS will ADD to the bedlam in DC.

I forgot to wish Boomer a HB! HB Boomer!

Cheers, -T
Arygle - HORDE x-ing HEAD? Do tell after CED & Lucina have had a swing at it.

Argyle said...

I'm afraid my Easter eggs turned out to be rotten eggs. Don't worry about it.

Tinbeni said...

I've lost count of how many DNF's this makes ... due to not filling in a certain three letter word
... since I like my puzzles NEAT. lol

Hondo: Nice family picture for your new Avatar.

Happy Birthday Boomer!


Anonymous T said...

OK Argyle - Toss those rotten Easter Eggs at my house this Friday, but at least tell us what road you were going down so we are CLEAR.

R.Doc - I've been rooting for the Giants in the WS. I've been a FAN of Hunter Pence since he debuted with the Astros. I hope the kid gets the ring.

Tin - I filled _ _ _ and thought you'd have a Monday DNF. Sorry PAL.

8th grade Science teacher pronounced it Thermo - metere.* ODO was easy.

Cheers, -T
*how was that C, Eh? :-)

CrossEyedDave said...

HAven't read all the posts yet, have to run out. but wanted to send a HBD to Boomer.

Plus I got side tracked today,

3 legged race... it's not who wins, its how you play the game...

4 way chess? What next?

I was having trouble finding funny slot machines & 2 headed coins when I tried combining them together. Up came a video on how to make an ATM spew money!

I gotta go out now! see ya later...

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great puzzle, Jeffrey! Great expo, Arghoul! Too funny! Fun & fast, but I, too, puzzled longer than reasonable over AS I LIKE.

No FAN of CHO at my house.

Happy birthday, Boomer! What a great fun coaching gig! Keep 'em rolling.

Hondo, enjoyed seeing you & your family.

BillG, hope your bite still feels okay tomorrow and the next day. Probably could stand several washings with hydrogen peroxide to get the deep dirt. Hope you asked whether the mutt's shots were up to date. Bet you were very tasty.

Yellowrocks said...

Happy birthday, Boomer. I hope you are having a special day.
This theme and the progression of one,two,three,four was easy to suss.
Like others,I learned REA from crosswords.
I enjoyed the film, the Last King of Scotland. Whitaker's portrayal of IDI AMIN was spot on. He deserved the Oscar. The character of Dr. Garrigan was not as believable. He was portrayed as way too callow for the position he held.
I never heard of FOUR HANDED CHESS, but perps made it easy. Apparently it was invented way before this puzzle. "For more than two hundred years, people have invented and reinvented chess variants for four players on a board, formed by adding a few (two, three, or four) rows to each side of an eight by eight board."
Bumgarner's shut out last night was masterful. Thrilling game. Go Giants!

Pat said...

What a fun start to the week! Thanks, JW and Argyle!

Didn't know Stephen Rea. Don't like Margaret Cho.

Happy Birthday, Boomer!

Daughter's Doberman was diagnosed with bone cancer last week and now is THREE-LEGGED. RACing will have to wait for a while.

BillG, sorry about the bite. I hope the pup is current on shots. Nice that the owners have taken responsibility.

Have a great day! 80* here for probably the last time this year.


PK said...

Having seen some long studious waits between chess turns, I wonder how long between turns if there are four players? Could you ever finish a game? Or does it move faster with wall-to-wall pieces?

fermatprime said...


Thanks, Jeffrey and Arghoul!

Fun puzzle.

More later. Gotta run!

Bill G. said...

Thanks for asking about the dog. Yes it happened very fast. Apparently it's a rescue dog (Weimaraner maybe?) and it seems to have issues with bicycles. The family has only had the dog for a couple of weeks. I think it needs some serious obedience training with a choke collar so it will walk properly on a leash. Also, the boy of the family was letting his friend hold the leash and the dog is too much for younger kids. The mother just called me to see if I was doing OK. Very considerate.

Avg Joe said...

Bill, Weimeraners are wound pretty tight and they can be downright neurotic. If it had a history of abuse in its pre shelter life, that would only make it worse. I've been bitten 5 times in the line of duty, and you actually do get used to it. But a responsible owner is the single largest element in that equation. Sounds like you have one in this case. Glad it wasn't worse than it was.

Jayce said...

Happy birthday wishes to you, Boomer. Boom boom boom BOOM, uh huh huh HUH!

Great puzzle. Impressive theme and construction.

The nickname Arghoul for you, Argyle, made me laugh.

Lucina said...

I forgot to commiserate with you on the dog bite. I'm sure that is very painful but how considerate of the mother to check up on you. She may have pictured a worse case scenario, such as having the dog put down. It happens.

What? Moi? Would I wreak havoc about a HORDE hounding humans and high handedly beHEADING them so that poor headless herds run amok among us? I think not.

Juan Melendez said...

I spent too much time trying to figure out which bowlers from Boomer's high school team were from Vietnam. I'm guessing it's Elyse Vandersteen and Erin O'Shaughnessy.

HeartRx said...

Bill G., I may be the worst cynic here, but I am betting that the mother's concern about the dog bite was more about being sued than your well-being...

Ergo said...

Misty @ 11:59 Yes, the playwright for "Caucasian Chalk Circle" is Berthold Brecht? As you are aware, it is a play within a play, and has a complexity of story threads running through its theme.

Yeah, I was one proud father to watch the scenery glide, swivel, and morph from one act to the next; knowing that my son not only captured the imagery, but also designed the methods to make it all unveil like the worlds largest origami creation.

Irish Miss said...

Juan Melendez - Your guess could be correct. My niece and her husband adopted a child from Viet Nam and his name is Ben MacAvoy. (I think you comment was made tongue-in-cheek, though.) :-)

Barry G. said...

Is it too late to wish Boomer a Very Happy Birthday?!?

I was really out of it mentally this morning, sorry...

Dudley said...

And now for something completely different: I can't a song out of my head, specifically Queen's "We Will Rock You". You see, over the weekend I was helping to wash dishes after a church supper. The kitchen has really big sinks, and the one I was using had just the right percussive properties for the stirring stomp-stomp-clap backbeat that makes the song famous. Well, I couldn't help myself, so I fired up that beat on that sink, and within seconds all of us fifty-somethings in the kitchen burst into song. Forget decorum - we were hot and tired and this was just what we needed. Been rattling around in my brain ever since...

fermatprime said...

Sorry about not wishing you a HBD sooner, Boomer!

Hope it was great! Did you have chocolate cake?

Had a great swim! Then my "breakfast" and a short nap.

I did not like Death Comes to Pemberley on Masterpiece Mystery. Female lead is good actress but very homely. Not Elizabeth Bennett 7 years later than Pride and Prejudice.

We have had Stephen Rea several times. Of course, if you saw the movie, you never forget the actor.


Anonymous T said...

Dudley - you mean like this? There should be no shame in whistling while you work.

Owen - I like the JOE COOL verse.

CED - I have enough issues playing CHESS on a screen much less a cylinder. I like my pieces laid out on the 8x8. I got a really nice alabaster board in Cairo.

PK - Of course Bill G is tasty - haven't you kept up with his lunch posts :-)

Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

Re. playing chess, I know how to play and do OK against Jordan. But I will never be any good because of mental oversights. I can play against a computer and hold my own when I set the computer to its dumbest mode. But in any other scenario, I will be playing along happily until the computer decides to take my queen that I've accidentally left in jeopardy.

Marti, you've never seemed cynical to me. You may be right but the mother seemed very nice and genuinely concerned. Of course, maybe she's an accomplished actress...

Eye lyk Katz said...

Bill G. its ALL about money. And you are just going to make some REAL big ones. Dog bites are a jury favorite. Go to the Emergency Room, immediately. Yell like a madman, and ask for the rabies shots - 20 right in the stomach. That'll get you another 20,000 big ones in the courtroom. Also ask for a ton of Oxy Contin and Hydro codone tablets- thats the proof of the pain. Howl like a dog. That'll scare the nurses.

Keep your blood sotted socks in a polythene lab bag. Them's evidence. Also you should have taped the boy's and the mother's confession. Then (like the cur's bite ) it would be an 'open and shut' case.

Call 1 866 DOG BITE. Desperate barracuda lawyers are standing by, with bated breath. All work strictly on the contingency basis !!

You'll be referred to a Rottweiler bred, Pit Bull reared, Ivy league lawyer in your state. In CA, its worth at least 30,000 smackeroos - if you survive.

Don't worry if they don't have third party dog insurance. Sue them on their homeowner's insurance. The adjuster will probably settle within a month for at least 15k or 20k.

Good luck.

Call now.

Desperate lawyers are waiting with bated breath.

Make them pay !

Anonymous said...

Bill G., just let it go. It's not a big deal.

Or maybe you could see if the mother could sic the dog on the poor kid who wouldn't break the rules and give you extra cheese for free.

Spitzboov said...

Heart Rx @ 1802 - That's what I was thinking.

Bill G. I would make sure the dog was up to date on its rabies shots.

Bill G. said...

One day, a mother's 10-year-old son hides in the closet during one of her romps with her boyfriend. Her husband comes home unexpectedly, so she hides the lover in the closet.
The little boy says, “it’s dark in here.”
The man whispers, “yes, it is.”
“I have a baseball,” the boy responds.
“That’s nice.”
“Want to buy it?”
“No, thanks.”
“My dad’s outside.”
“Okay, how much?”

In the next few weeks, it happens again that the boy and the mom’s lover end up in the closet together.
“It’s dark in here,” the boy begins.
“Yes, it is.”
“I have a baseball glove.”
The man thinks about the last time they were in the closet together, and decided to cut to the chase — “How much?”

A few days later, the father says to the boy, “grab your ball and glove. Let’s go outside and play some catch!”
“I can’t. I sold them.”
“How much did you sell them for?”
“$1,000,” the boy replies, smilingly widely.
His father responds, “it’s terrible to overcharge your friends like that. That’s way more than those two things cost. I’m going to take you to church to confess.”

The two go to church, and the boy’s father escorts him to the confession booth. Once inside, the boy states, “it’s dark in here.”
The priest replies, “don’t start that crap again!”

Dudley said...

-T - yes, quite similar, only I don't recall quite such a big audience. :-)

Too bad, the church could use the funds.

Oh, and the tempo was a bit slower. We're getting on you know.

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. thank you, Jeffrey Weschler, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Long day today.

Did I spell Weschler correctly? I think it might be wrong in the newspaper.

Anyhow, I have been gone all day. Did the puzzle just before midnight.

Liked the theme. Four long answers. Great.

CHO was unknown for 57A. Perped.

SST, an old favorite.

Spelled TASSELS wrong the first pass. Fixed it. I own a bunch of fezzes, all with tassels and all different colors.

Anyhow, I am getting the hay. see you tomorrow.



C.C. Burnikel said...

CrossEyedDave et al,
Thanks for the birthday wishes for Boomer. He had a full day yesterday, traveling league in the morning, coaching in the afternoon and his big dog league in the evening.

No chocolate cake. He did have a chocolate cookie (he brought different types of cookies to the kids practice). He also had pumpkin waffles for breakfast. Enough sweets. He's a diabetic.

Bill G,
Scary experience!

C.C. Burnikel said...

Looks like the kid from Vietnam dropped out. I think his surname is Vang.

Freddy Mercury said...

Dudley: did you change the words to: we will, we will wash you (stomp, stomp)?