Oct 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Ron Toth & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: And here's the pitch - Musically, that is. I think.

26D. Sheet music quintet, and with 31-Down, what the first letters of 16-, 22-, 36-, 45- and 56-Across represent : STAFF. 31D. See 26-Down : LINES

16A. Symbol of a good try : E FOR EFFORT

22A. Movie for all : G-RATED FILM

36A. Straight-A student's bane : B-PLUS

45A. "Lady Chatterley's Lover" author : D. H. LAWRENCE

56A. Noted O.J. Simpson attorney : F. LEE BAILEY

Argyle here. A lot of entries for a Tuesday but not a problem for our constructors a due. If you don't recognize Ron, it's our own JzB. The two climbers are as long as the theme entries but not much chance of mistaking them for theme. Good job on the fill. The quintet is in order but I still don't understand musical notation, though. Your results may vary.


1. 18th Greek letter : SIGMA. Carries the 's' sound.

6. Instagram account creator : USER. I know as little about Instagram as I do music.

10. Gunpowder container : KEG. The number of kegs we've had lately, Zed may have it wrong.

13. Contest submission : ENTRY

14. Campus sports gp. : NCAA. (National Collegiate Athletic Association)

15. Call, retro-style : DIAL

18. To be, to Cato : ESSE. Some Latin.

19. Just okay : SO-SO

20. Place to apply gloss : LIP

21. Use unwisely, as time : WASTE

26. Organ near the stomach : SPLEEN

29. Playground threat : "I'LL TELL!"

32. Rips : TEARS

33. Clash of clans : FEUD

34. Ornamental pond fish : KOI

35. JFK postings : ARRs. (arrivals)

38. Show sleepiness : YAWN

39. Christmas tree : FIR

40. Follow one's new job, in Realtor-speak : RELO

41. Private student : TUTEE

42. Go up alone : FLY SOLO

44. Persian Gulf ships : OILERS

48. Gaze intently : STARE

50. Before, to Frost : ERE

51. Like skyscrapers : TALL

55. Bee flat? : HIVE. Cute.

59. Bone-dry : ARID

60. Bartlett cousin : BOSC Pears.

61. Like the man of one's dreams : IDEAL

62. Marry : WED

63. ''Yeah, sure!'' : "I BET!"

64. Tractor maker : DEERE


1. Goes out with : SEES

2. Data : INFO

3. Classic Pontiacs : GTOs

4. "Won't you be my neighbor?" TV host : MR. ROGERS

5. Nautical consent : AYE

6. Not up to the job : UNFIT

7. Check (out) : SCOPE

8. Musical skill : EAR. Another theme reference.

9. Singer in an interrogation room? : RAT. Ok, this "singer" isn't musically related.

10. Musical inspired by "The Taming of the Shrew" : "KISS ME KATE". Originally produced in 1948 on Broadway. It garnered five Tony Awards in 1949.

11. Fort Worth-to-Dallas direction : EAST

12. Merriment : GLEE

15. Passed out cards : DEALT

17. Caramel-topped custard dessert : FLAN

21. Like some very bad pitches : WILD. And here we combine music and baseball.

23. Legal matter : RES

24. God, in Grenoble : DIEU

25. Reasons for school absences : FLUs. Shortened form of influenzas.

27. Danger : PERIL

28. "Seinfeld" co-creator : LARRY DAVID

30. Farther down : LOWER

33. Progressive Insurance spokeswoman : FLO. If you haven't seen Flo, I won't be the one to break your bliss.

36. "Dracula" star Lugosi : BELA

37. Furrow the fields : PLOW

38. Christmas season : YULETIDE

40. Part on stage : ROLE

41. Muscle spasm : TIC

43. Destroy, as files : SHRED

44. Premium plane seat, usually : ONE B

46. Pee Wee in Brooklyn : REESE. Great shortstop.

47. Upright : ERECT

48. "Pygmalion" playwright : SHAW. George Bernard Shaw.

49. Radial __ : TIRE

52. Out of the wind : ALEE

53. Goneril's father : LEAR

54. Country singer Lovett : LYLE. He's more than just country.

56. Source of DVD warnings : FBI

57. Easy throw : LOB

58. Help out : AID


Notes from C.C.:

As Argyle mentioned earlier, Ron Toth is our own Jazzbumpa. We made two puzzles earlier this year, and were lucky to get both accepted. This is actually our first puzzle. The second one was published in August.

We initially had NOTES  as a reveal entry. Rich, who is a pianist, pointed out (via Patti) that "EGBDF are more than just NOTES... they represent the LINES on the treble clef STAFF. Happily, those two words are 5 letters; hopefully you can find symmetric places for them in the grid."

As his blog write-ups show, Ron is very creative, witty and hardworking. I had fun working with him.


OwenKL said...

Payday has come, and the paymaster's call.
The musicians are queued up and down the hall.
A visitor asks,
"What is this task?"
I answer, "That's just a staff line, is all."

Enabling men to relax when they're stressed,
Good fiddling is essential to a gleeful fest.
Back in France a riot
Dance quelled to quiet --
For music hath charms to sooth the savage Breast!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

I couldn't suss out the theme while solving this one, but upon looking back I really appreciated the work that went into it. The fact that every theme answer started with a stand-alone letter was very nice.

I really liked the clue for HIVE ("Bee flat?") and really hated seeing FLUS as an answer. Between those extremes, everything else was just smooth and, on the whole, innocuous.

thehondohurricane said...

Good morning all,

Not being a musician , I let the across fills take care of 31D. Only issue was "is it KOI or Koa?" Decided LINES seemed more appropriate.

Growing up a NY Giant fan, I did not like any of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but Peewee REESE was decent guy and a pretty good shortstop. Anyone (Lemon, HG, Dennis) remember which Dodger was an avocado farmer in the off season?

Enjoy the day.

GOOGLE said...

Duke Snider

Lemonade714 said...

How wonderful to see another example of the Corner creativity. It is great to see a puzzle based on music by our resident active trombonist. Having it all in order is way cool and making still doable as a Tuesday is awesome.

Thanks C.C. Ron and as always Argyle.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Wow, Argyle, you're workin' overtime this week! Nicely done, JzB and C.C.

As Barry G mentioned the notes on the treble clef from bottom to top are E(very) G(ood) B(oy) D(oes) F(ine) -- OK, Barry changed it a little, but that's the mnemonic I learned as a kid. Adele Lutzewitz tried her best to make a piano player out of me. Didn't take, though. I didn't even get an E FOR EFFORT.

Misty is sure to appreciate the D.H. Lawrence reference.

I always thought Seinfeld was the creator of Seinfeld.

Lemonade714 said...

Oops, Duke Snider is correct, back in the day athletes did not make enough to not work in the off-season. The most bizarre off-season career was Richie Hebner the old Pirate third baseman who worked as a gravedigger his entire time playing baseball.

HeartRx said...

HA!! This time I actually looked at the constructors' names before I started, and it gave me a hint to the theme right away.

I liked all the non-theme musical references, too. At 10-Down, I entered "My Fair Lady" at first, but realized that musical was inspired by Pygmalion, not The Taming of the Shrew. KISS ME KATE was finally revealed by perps. But then Pygmalion popped up in the clue for 48-Down!

Only problem is, now I have that MR ROGERS ear worm that even LYLE Lovett can't displace...

Lemonade714 said...

Where is Lyle Lovett? His hook up with Julia Roberts did not help his career.

inanehiker said...

What a great puzzle Ron and CC! and thanks Argyle for the write-up.

I enjoyed hearing the Mr Rogers opening, it took me back to lots of wonderful moments with my kids. I remember that Mr Roger's mother knitted all the sweaters he wore on the show.

Avg Joe said...

I recognized the By Line immediately. And wasn't disappointed. Lots of good fill, and liked the fact that each of the letters was standalone at the beginning of a well known phrase. Good job, Ron and C.C. Looking forward to more.

But I learned the mnemonic as: Every good boy deserves favor. Moody Blues

Husker Gary said...

What a fun “Every Good Boy Does Fine” puzzle by Jazz and C.C.!

-Highest grossing G-RATED movies of all time (and tabs for other ratings)
-SIGMA means sum to us math heads
-NCAA football north of the Mason-Dixon line is just SO-SO
-A hard hit to the midsection can cause a ruptured SPLEEN
-I’LL TELL – All I did was plunk my sister in the backside with a BB gun
-C.C. is a great instructor until you’re ready to FLY SOLO
-When does a STARE turn into an Ogle and then into Harassment?
-Lovely versions of ERE I forget… (7:20) (replete with 60’s “do’s” and Chinese subtitles)
-I saw a student teacher yesterday that is UNFIT for the job. Barring massive improvement, I hope she has a Plan B for her life
-A fascinating test of your musical EAR (Click to agree and hit play on second page)
-Pee Wee’s befriending of Jackie Robinson makes him a hero to me
-Lyle was “punching above his weight” with Julia

desper-otto said...

Husker, interesting pitch test, though I can't imagine anybody getting any of those songs wrong.

If somebody had asked me which 1939 movie grossed more money -- Gone With the Wind or The Wizard of Oz, I'd have guessed they were pretty close in earnings. Bzzzzt! GWTW grossed almost 9 times as much. Who knew? Obviously, I didn't.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Congratulations to JzB and C.C. on getting their joint 1st submission published second.

I liked the puzzle. Apt for a Tuesday but I found it a little chewy which is OK. Glad to see they also like nautical talk like AYE and ALEE. Enjoyed the long downs, too.
FLO is one of my favorite insurance shills. BTW, I had a property damage claim once against a Progressive client, and the claims agent wrote out a check on the spot.
PeeWee REESE - Saw him and the Dodgers play at Ebbets Field in 1950. Main thing I remember was that the Dodgers lost to the Phillies that day.

SwampCat said...

What a great day! Fun puzzle, fun write up. And a limerick by Owen! Who could ask for more.

I loved the misdirection of the non-musical clues: 9D. Singer for rat, and Bee Flat for hive. I laughed out loud!

Good job, all.

CanadianEh! said...

What a great Tuesday treat. Congratulations JzB on your debut with C.C. Thanks Argyle.

Favourite clue BEE FLAT=HIVE.

I had ESSAY before ENTRY and ETA before ARR but perps fixed them.

DH retired from DEERE so that clue is always easy.

This summer, we have been to both Stratford for King LEAR and Niagara-on-the-Lake for some SHAW (Philander was interesting with the original Act III that is rarely performed). (My Fair Lady was performed in 2011 and was terrific.)

kazie said...

Great combo effort today, C.C. and Ron!
My only hitch was misreading "files" as "flies" and trying to fit SWAT in with too few letters, then having to squint and see that files are shreddable, not swattable.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Glad you enjoyed this puzzle. I was only the junior assistant on this one, The Musical Theme is C.C.'s.

Rich liked the puzzle as originally submitted, but thought it needed a bit more, hence the two part reveal. This is a great addition, and really makes this puzzle special and unique.

I owe C.C a great big THANK YOU for letting me work on this one with her, and thanks to Rich for raising it up a notch.

Full disclosure: Treble clef is not my normal home. I play mostly bass clef: G(ood) B(oys) D(o) F(ine) A(lways). YMMV.

Cool regards!

Lucina said...

Hello, Puzzlers!

Congratulations, JazzB and C.C.!

What a brilliant puzzle with Every Good Boy Does Fine theme. I loved it.

Ditto on bee flat, HIVE. A great clue.

FLUS didn't set well with me but there is so much other great fill, it's well balanced.

I wonder if anyone had a problem knowing Goneril, sister of Cordelia and Regan.

Thanks to you also, Argyle. It's comforting to know you're on the job.

I have to catch up on Saturday's and Sunday's puzzles though I did Friday's and loved it! I wished I could have commented on it but I was on the way to California for a 5K walk. Over 70 family and friends went on that walk in support of my niece who has cancer. We joined a few thousand others in Redlands on Sunday morning.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

kazie said...

BTW, the mnemonic I learned was "Every good boy deserves fruit". Healthier than fudge, but then we didn't know the word fudge in Oz, and "does fine" is an Americanism not known there at that time either.

Whatever works though, and the theme really helped me get started on the two lower names I'd have had difficulty remembering otherwise.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Today's theme was right up my street. I grew up in a musical family, and right at the center was my mom, the only piano teacher for miles around. I learned all the musical mnemonics early (such as All Cows Eat Grass, or All Cars Eat Gas). Despite all that I'm a terrible sight-reader of music.

Congrats to JzB and C.C.! Love the Bee Flat clue, I hope it's one of yours!

I have no idea what Lyle Lovett's life and career are like now, but I sincerely hope he has good memories of his brief time with a goddess. Most mere mortals never come close.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I breezed through this with nary a hesitation or write-over. Clean, clear cluing and fill. Congrats to Ron and CC and thanks to Argyle for the expo.

I, also learned the mnemonic Every Good Boy Does Fine. My mother sure wasted a lot of money on my piano lessons.

Lemon, Lyle Lovett recently appeared in a series called The Bridge on FX. It's a continuing series which will return, probably after the first of the year. He plays a very evil character involved in drug and human trafficking between Mexico and the U.S. At first, it was disconcerting to watch him, but after seeing him a few time, I decided he's not half bad and he is believable.

Flo may be annoying to some but, IMO, one of the most annoying ads is Time Warner's with Bill Cowher.

Have a great day.

Dennis said...

A bit squeezed for time today, but I wanted to stop and congratulate you two for a solid effort and another fun puzzle. Whoever came up with Bee flat -- well, that was one of the best I've ever seen.

Ron, are we going to see a solo effort down the road?

Hondo, good trivia question; I had forgoten that one. As Lemon said, Hebner's is probably the most remembered of those occupations.

Have a great day.

Nice Cuppa said...

As expected, another "practically perfect" construction.

The “Bee flat” clue reminded me of the naughtiest lines in Taming of the Shrew. I assume this did not make it Kiss me Kate”. Not sure about Lady Chatterley’s Lover:

Katherine: If I be waspish, best beware my sting.
Petruchio: My remedy is then, to pluck it out.
Katherine: Ay, if the fool could find where it lies.
Petruchio: Who knows not where a wasp does wear his sting? In his tail.
Katherine: In his tongue.
Petruchio: Whose tongue?
Katherine: Yours, if you talk of tails: and so farewell.
Petruchio: What, with my tongue in your tail? Nay, come again, Good Kate; I am a gentleman.”

― William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew


Sallie said...

Good afternoon everyone.

And desper-otto beat me to Every Good Boy Does Fine. And Lemonade said exactly what I would have said about this puzzle, especially after learning that Ron Toth is JazzB. Thank you Jazz, C.C. and Argyle.

Fun puzzle.


CrossEyedDave said...

Fun puzzle! Nicely done! (It must have been hard to find a way to fit all those notes.)

Reminded me of a time when I tried to write out all the piano notes over the staff in an attempt to improve my sight reading, (what a mess!) Yet, when looking today, I found it legibly printed! But some people prefer it this way...

Daughter #3 just got a Ukulele, being used to guitar the tuning has really got me going. (it didn't help that they transposed E & C on the staff) & just look at these wacky chords! (& again, they transposed the C & G in the title, as if it wasn't hard enough already!!!)

I posted this before, but now I have seen it with subtitles like "take notes!" & Give it a rest!

Misty said...

A Tuesday morning can't start any better than this! Got excited as soon as I saw it was a C.C. puzzle and couldn't wait to find out who "Ron" was. Congratulations, JazzB! Terrific job from both of you, and Desper-otto is right, you played right into my wheelhouse! Loved seeing D.H.LAWRENCE, but also G.B.SHAW, and Shakespeare's KING LEAR and TAMING OF THE SHREW. Other favorites included MR.ROGERS, LARRY DAVID, G RATED FILMS, and even FLO, who must love that she's become famous enough to appear in crossword puzzles.

So, thank you, thank you, C.C. and Ron, and Argyle, too, for a great start to my morning.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Another successful C.C. TUTEE gives us a great puzzle! Thanks, C.C., JzB & Argyle. Some enjoyably different fill. Fun and not quite as fast as yesterday.

I learned Every Good Boy Does Fine and All Cows Eat Gas. My mother was a piano-voice-horn-violin teacher. Mainly piano. I was a sore disappointment to her since my dexterity and enthusiasm was nil. My siblings are all paid musicians and two of my kids and several other of her grandkids perform as amateurs. One of her great grandsons is very talented and plays piano at church at age 15. (He's my grandson.)

Ol' Man Keith said...

I'm embarrassed that it took me so long to figure out the answer that I took to be GRATED FILM. (How d'you grate a film? And why on earth would that be something for the family to enjoy?)
My ol' brain saved me from everlasting shame just before I logged on here. A few moments later and --Poof!

Ergo said...

Thank you Ron and Argyle. Not only entertaining but informative as well. (I have little understanding of the mechanics of music)

Jazzbumpa said...

Dennis -

Very highly unlikely I would ever do a solo puzzle. Filling in a grid looks like black magic to me.

I'll note, too, that when Rich recommended the two-part unifier, C. C. had the new grid turned out in about a half hour. [Or so it seemed.]


HeartRx said...

HG, I went to your link for ERE, and got caught up in the "Dear kitten" Friskies ad. Hilarious! Oh, I did eventually listen to the NCM. Lots of memories!

I also took the distorted tunes test. I imagine that people with a tin ear can't "hear" notes, just as people with color-blindness can't "see" certain colors. Fascinating study.

Nice Cuppa, that "Taming of the Shrew" scene was on one of TBBT shows. Raj's sister Priya and Leonard act it out for each other in this clip @ 2:35.

thehondohurricane said...

Rich Hebner, as I recall, dug graves for either his family or his wife's.

As Lemon mentioned, pro players (all sports) needed to work in their off season back in the day. With the salaries of today, the players spend, spend, spend and too often it results in a date with the judge.

Music tyro said...

Husker Gary: Thanks for your linkages at 8:12. In Res: Today / New Christy minstrels - Although I am not familiar with either script, I think the subtitles are in Korean, not Chinese.

Also the tune pitch is rather difficult for one who has not studied music theory. All the tunes were, however, familiar ones. Thank you.

Irish Miss said...

HG @ 8:12 - I guess I don't have a "tin ear" as I scored 24 out of 26. Interesting exercise. Also enjoyed the two Today renditions.

Jayce said...

You, Ron, great job again! Excellent theme.

Love love loved the Bee flat clue.

I would never name a girl Goneril; it sounds like a disease. Well, come to think of it, back then it didn't. I wonder if it was a common name. Probably not; a lot of Shakespearean names are weird, such as Hamlet. Reminds me of Hammie in that very entertaining Baby Blues comic strip.

Got our FLU shots today.

Best wishes to you all.

Music tyro said...

On Husker Gary's Test your tin ear test (@ 8:12 ) I finally scored 23 out of 26 on my FIFTH attempt.

Either I can get musically very smart very fast

or this is another proof of the theory of Gestalt psychology.

Familiarity on a test breeds contempt.. ?

Definer said...

A professional certified to 'give' FLU shots is referred to as an Immunizer. He need not be a doctor or a nurse.

Would a person checking up on the size of a prostate gland be called an Analyzer ?

Chickie said...

22Hola Everyone, Great job C.C. and JazzB. I even "got" the theme. Every Good Boy Does Fine.

Loved the Bee flat/Hive entry. Right in there with the rest of the theme.

My one problem came with Ills for Flus. G rated Film quickly fixed that.

Bosc are my favorite fall pears. They are wonderful for baking.

Good for you and your family, Lucina, for participating in the cancer walk. We need all the help we can get to conquer that horrible disease. Too many family members have or have had cancer and we support the organizations that do research and raise money.

Have a great day, everyone.

Jayce said...

Yay, I got 26 out of 26 correct on that Distorted Tunes Test. Fun.

Avg Joe said...

I got 26 out of 26 on the tin ear test too. But there was one tune at about the 12 or 13 mark that I flat did not recognize. Assuming it was wrong, I got it right, but still have no clue what it was. I also wondered about the probability of universal recognition of Fur Elise. Sure, it's well known, but it's hardly Yankee Doodle or The First Noel. Might have been a control, I suppose.

On the Ere link, I didn't get past the "Dear Kitten" ad. That was worth the price of admission.

Jeaopordy made me feel really old tonight. There was a catagory where they named the lead singer, and the answer was the band. I got one. One! It's time to give it up, I guess.

Unknown said...

I believe the expression is A for effort as in grade A for a great effort.

Lucina said...

I just finished Sunday's puzzle and read the comments. ARANTXA was a complete unknown so that area flummoxed me for a long while and I finally researched it. Then STAR hit me like a ton of bricks.

Pauline KAEL was also unknown but it perped. Congratulations to Jake Braun if this is a debut puzzle.

I also took the ear pitch test and apparently I have a "fine sense of pitch" with 23 of 26 correct.

Husker Gary said...

-Funny Taming of the Shrew dialogue on TBBT @2:35 that was referenced here today
-I'm glad you enjoyed the "ear" test and that you did so well. Maybe a good ear has a correlation with intelligence.
-I agree on the Today link. It's a lovely song and TNCM looked like a period piece in dress, hair and style. They probably whipped right into Green, Green right after the ballad in true Hootenanny spirit.

Pat said...

Congratulations, Ron, on your second puzzle! Thanks to C.C. for her helping new constructors. Awesome as usual, Argyle.

I understood the theme. Years of piano lessons and being in the orchestra helped. I learned Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

I scored a 26 out of 26 on the music test. Thanks, H-G.

We're getting thunderstorms with a tornado watch for a couple more hours, then the weather should clear up. Hope nothing severe comes this way tonight.

Happy Tuesday evening.


Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Ron Toth and C.C., for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Wow, what a great puzzle. Really liked the theme. I picked up on the notes of the lines. I do play bass clef so I had to think a little bit.

Got FLAN easy enough, but I do not eat it. Not a custard fan.

Liked B FLAT. Very clever.

Also liked clash of clans, FEUD. Lots of good clues and answers today. New stuff.

I considerd a B PLUS a good grade. Something I was proud of.

Went to a hydroponics class today. Very interesting on how plants are grown without soil.

I am still tired from my Keggs and Eggs work in PA. Getting up at 4:00 AM to cook and serve eggs, potatoes, sausage, and sweet rolls is not my norm. I think they went through about 30 halves of beer. All done by 11:00 AM.

See you tomorrow.



Tinbeni said...

I'm glad I solve these "On Paper/In Ink" ... since I had a computer problem that only took 5 hours to correct.
But "I-got-'er-done! Yeah!

Ron & C.C. Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle.

Avg.Joe ... I only knew one lead singer also ... Yeah, I like the Doobies ... lol
Don't think I knew a single song by the others. (They're not played on "Talk Radio").

Fave today was KEG ... even though I prefer the ones that hold beer.

Jazzbumpa said...

Definer @ 4:52

Well played, but - though I'm a bit behind here - I think the correct [or at least more targeted] answer would be proselytizer.


Avg Joe said...

Oh my!

That is good.

Co-constructor and double entendreist extraordinaire. Very well played.

Anonymous T said...

Hello from Sin City!

Well, I wasn't going to do the puzzle today (meetings from 6-12 and then the conference), but did want to stop by. Well as soon as I saw C.C. and JzB at the top of the page, I closed my iPad and went to the lobby to print it. Why is it "high-end" hotels charge for everything? It was $5 just to print one page. But, it was $5 well spent. Argyle - great writeup as always.

WEES - Fav: Bee-Flat? Thank goodness for the ?

My only write-over was from putting only one R in LARRY DAVID's name. I love his show on HBO (Curb Your Enthusiasm), but can only take it in little chunks.

OK, I'LL TELL - I was up a whopping $5 on black-jack last night. I'm no good at betting LINES either.

Now to go play HG's hearing test. It will be with GLEE that DW knows I can't hear her :-)

Cheers, -T

Steve said...

Tin ear? That's me - not even going to embarrass myself with the test!

Fun stuff, C.C. and JzB. Thanks!

Anonymous T said...

Huh, 25/26... I need a new excuse. C, -T

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling thoughts":

One of my all-time favorite Tuesday puzzles - thanks to all the connections

I love music and even tolerated my piano lessons back over 50 yrs ago. I can still read music and can sit down at the piano and "play by ear". Of course it sometimes hurts the lobes, and I gotta be careful not to get wax on the keys! (Ba-dum-bum!)

Yes, I did get 26/26 on the pitch test

WEES - B Flat = HIVE is classic! Ron or C.C., take a bow; and especially since you used it in a puzzle whose theme was music and the scale/staff

Coming into my "busy" season so limericks will be few and far between

Jazzbumpa said...

If memory serves, this puzzle was done in January, and I didn't take notes on how it developed. I'm almost certain that "Bee flat" is NOT mine, though I wish it had been.


Dudley said...

Oh well, Bee Flat still has to be a contender for Best Clue of the Year. So good!

Bill G. said...

Regarding the Dodgers: Rats!

aka thelma said...

Bill G,
LOL - I agree...... :)

thelma :)

Anonymous T said...

JzB - re: Bee flat? Yours or not, take a bow. The puzzle was tight with theme and other cross-reference fun (all the music, sweet, sweet music, there was music in the air and records playin'...). I BET C.C. helped you out on this one, but you get an A+ and not an E (FOR EFFORT). Nice job puzzle pal!

Cheers, -T