Jan 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter

Theme: It's all hush-hush _ I can't tell you anymore; I'm sworn to secrecy.

18A. Grand Prix series designation : FORMULA ONE. Secret Formula (Every product has one.)

23A. Controversial Vietnam War defoliant : AGENT ORANGE. Secret Agent Song(3:05)

37A. Avon or Fuller Brush work, e.g. : DOOR TO DOOR SALES. Secret Door. Song "Green Door"(2:15)

52A. What Al Capone led : LIFE OF CRIME. Secret Life. Walter Mitty had one.

58A. "Shh! Don't tell!" and hint to what can precede the starts of 18-, 23-, 37- and 52-Across : IT'S A SECRET

Argyle here; that's no secret. No secret the grid spanner is a dying occupation. Marti, any secret insights on the puzzle's construction.


1. "Say it isn't so!" : "OH NO!". The "Say It Ain't So, Joe" story was most likely not true.

5. Slick : OILY

9. Japanese poem with 17 syllables : HAIKU. so limericks today take a backseat to haiku will they entertain

14. More than simmer : BOIL

15. Natural skin soother : ALOE

16. Caravan stop : OASIS

17. '50s-'60s Ramblers, briefly : AMCs. (American Motors Corporation)

20. Brings in, as salary : MAKES

22. Geeky types : NERDS

26. Onetime Leno announcer Hall : EDD

29. Salt, in France : SEL

30. "__ we there yet?" : ARE

31. Add to the staff : EMPLOY

33. Serving at Popeyes : BREAST. Which piece?

36. Gutter site : EAVE

42. Too : ALSO

43. Country bumpkins : YOKELS

44. "I hope you've learned your __!" : LESSON

47. Pro vote : YEA

48. Little white lie : FIB

51. "__-hoo! Over here!" : YOO

56. Collar attachment for Spot : ID TAG

57. "MASH" setting : KOREA

63. Cheesy sandwich : MELT

64. Dance in a line : CONGA

65. Actress Garr : TERI

66. Autobahn auto : AUDI

67. Like a truck climbing a steep hill : IN LOW

68. Flower part : STEM

69. Tiff : SPAT


1. White House family : OBAMAs

2. Respect that's "paid" : HOMAGE

3. Coin with a buffalo, once : NICKEL

4. Designer Mary-Kate or Ashley : OLSEN

5. Klutzy fellow : OAF

6. U.N. worker protection gp. : ILO. (International Labour Organization)

7. Doone of Exmoor : LORNA. Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor is a novel.

8. Red Sea republic : YEMEN

9. "Texas" poker variety : HOLD'EM. A little search thru the TV channels should turn up a game.

10. Very small batteries : AAAs

11. Prefix with metric : ISO. (isometric)

12. Kith and __ : KIN. Friends and Relatives

13. Exploit : USE

19. Hankering : URGE

21. Button that gets things going : START

24. Sandwich cookie : OREO

25. Raring to go : READY

26. Airline with famously tight security : EL AL

27. Symbol of peace : DOVE

28. Hair colorings : DYES

32. Vegetables in pods : PEAS

33. The "B" in TV's former The WB network : BROS. (Warner Bros.)

34. "Your point being ... ?" : "SOO...?" The "what" is implied.

35. Target city for Godzilla : TOKYO

37. Tyne of "Judging Amy" : DALY

38. Margarine : OLEO

39. __ buco: veal dish : OSSO

40. Scuba diving area : REEF

41. Not tight : SLACK

45. Familiar adage : OLD SAW

46. Evening, in ads : NITE

48. Inflame with enthusiasm : FIRE UP

49. Marcos with a shoe collection : IMELDA

50. "Take a hike!" : "BEAT IT!"

53. Verifiable findings : FACTS

54. "Snowy" wader : EGRET

55. Sauce tomatoes : ROMAS

56. "Othello" conspirator : IAGO

58. Here, in Le Havre : ICI

59. Truck weight unit : TON

60. NBC late-night comedy hit : SNL

61. Before, in poetry : ERE

62. Tiny Dickens boy : TIM



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Easy, breezy Monday puzzle today. I had AND instead of SOO, which hung me up for a little bit, but the perps came to the rescue and that was pretty much my only snag. Well, that and the fact that I tried OPEL before AUDI just because I've been conditioned to do so by past puzzles...

OwenKL said...

I got the first two theme entries, starting with FORMULA & AGENT, and knew we were going to have chemistry. Nope. Continuing last week's theme of "SECRET" societies, so some very Masonic poetry today, with generalizations so broad as to be funny to those in the know.

Do Masons have the SECRET of a mystic glitterati?
Does it only go to leaders in their sacred obbligati?
From the rank and file hidden
Until to high degrees they're bidden?
No, that's confusing Masons with defunct Illuminati!

Do Masons have the SECRET of some spirit revolutions?
Do they have an inside track to the planet's resolutions?
Within their breast is burning
The ancient source of learning?
No, that's confusing Masons with esoteric Rosicrutians!

Do Masons have the SECRET of fraternal brotherhood?
Of loving one another once the SECRET's understood?
To their families ever faithful,
To their God and nation grateful?
Yes, that's Masons making better men of those already good!

Oops, Argyle wanted HAIKU. Maybe later. 33a sneaking in a taboo term, heh heh. Godzilla made a bunch of these.

Lemonade714 said...

Quite an ambitious theme for a Monday with 57 spaces. The 10, 11, 15, 11, 10 pattern is familiar as are the Olsen twins appearing soon after their younger sister Elizabeth.

I had not thought of IMELDA in a long time and wasn't RAMBLER and odd name to give a car?

Thanks martin and Argyle

Bill V said...

I initially had FOLDEM instead of HOLDEM but corrected that easily with HAIKU. Paused a bit in SE corner until ROMAS and KOREA gave me a toehold.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. This was a good puzzle to ease into the work week.

There was a shoe store in town called IMELDA's.

We saw a fast-food POPEYE's right next to a 5-Star hotel in Lima, Peru.

QOD: There’s a lot more to life than how fat or thin you are. ~ Kirstie Alley (b. Jan. 12, 1951)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No stumbles on today's puzzle, but that's the way a Monday should go. I figured there was a theme in there somewhere, but didn't get it until the reveal. Well done, Marti.

That Jim Lowe song includes an HOMAGE to another hit song, Hernando's Hideaway -- "When I said, 'Joe sent me' someone laughed out loud behind the green door."

Speaking of songs....for years I thought that guy was saying "Secret Asian Man."

TTP said...

Good morning all.

It was a good puzzle to ease into the week. Thank you Marti and Argyle.

For years you it was "Secret Asian Man ?"

Hah ! I always thought it was CONGo line.

thehondohurricane said...

Hello all,

Pleasant start to the week. Thank you Marti & Argyle.

This was darn near a FIW, but for once I checked the theme entries and found a goof. Couldn't for the life of me figure out what SECRET and FaRM had in common. Discovered I again wanted ILa instead of ILO for 6D. Not the first time I've done this.

I ran into HAIKU in a couple of Creative Writing classes. It was the fun part for me....17 problem. Had a couple published in one of the school pubs.

Always liked Judging Amy and Tyne DALY was one of the reasons why I did.

Have a good day

Madame Defarge said...

Thanks Marti and Argyle. This was a smooth start to the week.

Edna St. Vincent Millay claimed she thought in sonnet form. I wonder if crossword constructors think in grid form. . . .

Have a good day all.

HeartRx said...

Madame Defarge, good question. I do know that I think in black & white...

This was a pretty straight forward puzzle. Rich accepted it as submitted, and didn't ask for any revisions.

He did change some of my clues, though. One that really stood out was the clue for SOO. I had referenced the SOO Canals, but maybe that would have been too hard for a Monday.


inanehiker said...

Thanks MArti and ARgyle, quick and fun start for the week!

Madame Defarge said...

Marti @ 7:53

Thanks for the insight. It's interesting to learn about the construction process that ensues before I get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Argyle said...

I might have gone with Jack Soo but I was a big fan of Barney Miller.

HeartRx said...

I liked "Barney Miller," too. But Jack SOO would have been even more obscure than the canals, since he's been dead for over 35 years now. (Boy, does that ever make me feel old!)

kazie said...

Good start to the week--thanks Marti!

Pretty much a straight run through for me today.

Audi is one of four brands of auto that were all part of the German Auto Union group: Audi, DKW (Deutsche KraftWagen), Horch, and Wanderer. Originals of all these are on display at the Horch Museum we visited in Zwickau a couple of weeks ago. It was very interesting, but I was disappointed there was no example of the old DKW like I drove all over western Europe in 1970. It did have one of a DKW racing car that still holds a speed record made in 1934.

OwenKL said...

An anecdote: my senior year in high school we studied haiku. I argued that it wasn't poetry. It didn't rhyme, and in English merely 17 syllables wasn't even lyrical, though it may be in Japanese. Teacher insisted I turn some in anyway. It was a period in my life when I was fanatically Christian (opposite of now), so rather than write any, I searched out 17-syllable Bible verses, wrote them out 5-7-5, and turned that in. Found several mostly in Proverbs and epistles that met the esthetic requirements as well as the mechanical one. Don't recall the grade I got, just that it passed. I think teacher gave in because she was just exasperated with me.

It's chemistry or commerce.
Who can say which one?

SECRET of success:
No matter how good you are,
You need an AGENT.

SECRET of good LIFE:
Bother what anyone says,
It's your LIFE to live!

SECRETs in the Moon,
The dark side is never seen.
Is there a DOOR there?

A SECRET of Mars:
Does the bloody red planet
Harbor LIFE of its own?

SwampCat said...

Owen, you are in fine form today. First the Masons, then the SECRETS. Thanks! You make me smile!

Marti, thanks for the puzzle. You almost had me stumped. I, too, had ILA for 6d....but couldn't figure out what a FARMULA was. Just pass the V8 can.

Anonymous said...

*sigh* Cruciverb not working

Anonymous said...

Whoever thought of teaching English "haiku" to kids should have had their teaching license revoked. It's not haiku. There is no English haiku. Japanese is a syllabic language (hence no oral spelling bees). English is an alphabetic language.

Spare us the faux-ku.

End of rant.

Yellowrocks said...

Interesting early week puzzle,
Marti. Good way to start the week.
Owen, Your limericks were great.
I have not learned to appreciate English haiku. Some call it pseudo-ku. The English 17 syllables don't fit and tend to be longer than the Japanese 17 due to pronunciation. I love the traditional classical Japanese haiku. They have very strict rules and subject matter.

Lemonade714 said...

marti, i think despite the time passing Jack SOO from Barney Miller would be easier than the SOO Canals which have appeared on every day of the week except Monday.

It is interesting to see Hernando's Hideaway linked again so soon after it was linked. It is a catchy tune and there are so many rec ordings by different atrists.

Husker Gary said...

Winter’s icy grip
Makes us long for diversions
Marti comes through

-I did landscaping DOOR TO DOOR SALES for 5 years to supplement horrible starting teacher pay and hated it
-Best (only?) AMC in the movies
-60 Minutes revealed the head of the Univ. of Pittsburgh Hospital MAKES $6M per
-Learned your LESSON? Sports fans here know that FSU QB Jamies Winston seems incapable
-It’s hard to track all the Downton FIBS, whether they are of commission or omission. Why does Edith want to be around Marigold, etc.
-All you need to know about KOREA today
-I remember using a NICKEL to buy a Coke, a song on the jukebox, a pinball game, a comic…
-YEMEN’s biggest export seems to be terrorists
-Good pols can steer a debate away from FACTS and get back to his/her talking points
-What Christmas Carol employs the word, uh, EMPLOY?

Lucina said...

Good day, friends. Very nice, Marti, to start the week with your puzzle.

HOMAGE next to OBAMAS, that's very interesting.

For some reason I can't ever recall the organization part in ILO so had to wait on FORMULA.

Thanks, Marti and Argyle, for a fine beginning to this week.

Have a wonderful Monday, everyone!

Lemonade714 said...

Jameis Winston is incapable of what?

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

What a pleasant way to begin the week: a Marti-constructed puzzle and an Argyle-summary of it. Theme was hidden until the reveal, which is always fun.

No nits, no snags; only write-over was leash/ID tag but that was short-lived. Soo, thanks, Marti and Argyle, for a smooth Monday meander!

Hondo, I, also am a big Tyne Daly fan and loved Judging Amy. I'm enjoying her brother, Tim, in Madame Secretary. Tia Leoni is outstanding in the title role, IMO.

Have a great day.

Ergo said...

Thank you Marti and Argyle. That was a fun little Monday romp!

I didn't post yesterday. Was hoping an extra nights sleep might help me through the Sunday puzzle. Sadly it remained a mystery.

I did read the Sunday thread today. Seems like virtually everyone was able to nail it with minimal problems. Oh well, just wasn't the time or place for me. And it gives me greater appreciation for a fun little Monday offering.

thehondohurricane said...

No wonder I am feeling old............can it be 35 years since Jack Soo's passing?

Many, many moons ago, when my dad or mom would pass a car on the road, I liked to roll the window down and tell the driver to put a nickel in so the buffalo could pull it. Mom would always admonish me & some times the slow driver would direct an obscene gesture at me.

Zcarguy said...

Morning all.

Also , Osso , Soo
Oleo , Oreo , Yoo

I liked tho...!

Husker Gary said...

Jameis seems incapable of “Learning his lesson”. Stealing, shouting obscenities in the cafeteria, BB gun vandalism, stealing again, suiting up for a game where he was ineligible, and many other things from which the Tallahassee Police knowingly sheltered him. Every time he gets caught, he claims he has “learned my lesson” but then proves he hasn’t.

That’s one of the reasons the Heisman Trophy vote looked like this

Marcus Mariota: 2,534
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III: 1,250
Alabama WR Amari Cooper: 1,023
TCU QB Trevone Boykin: 218
Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett: 78
Florida State QB Jameis Winston: 51
Indiana RB Tevin Coleman: 44
Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott: 42
Arizona LB Scooby Wright: 21
Baylor QB Bryce Petty: 13

Some voters were so disgusted with his off-the-field actions, they would never vote for him no matter how well he played. I hope he matures and has a successful pro career.

coneyro said...

I felt SO smart today! Got the entire puzzle done quickly. I know for most of you "SMARTIES" the Monday entry is overly simple and boring. But for those if us "AVERAGES", it uploads our confidence when we can finish without assistance. Even figured out the long fills immediately. Let's see if tomorrow brings the same victory. I'll let you know.

Rainman said...

Thanks, Marti and Argyle. Learned about Exmoor National Park today; didn't know the LORNA Doone title nor the place. Thx.

Niles and Fraser used to argue over HAIKUs. Drove their dad nutz. I like 30-minute sitcoms… cause that's the length of my attention span? Close to it.

Used to love Popeye's spicy BREASTs when each was $1.60. Their sides, such as red beans and rice, cost almost as much today. Declining value, says this appraiser. Happy Monday.

Rainman said...

Just xing a box. From iPhone. Probably won't work.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

haters of haiku
have contempt for syllables
i say they don't count

Fun puzzle, Marti, and that's no SECRET.

Though I question SOO.

Got hung up on YAHOOS for YOKELS. Cut me some SLACK.

Owen - top notch!

IMBO - We're off for a Costo run.

Cool regards

Misty said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Marti--for a delightful Monday speed-run. This puzzle had such a diversity of topics-literature (LORNA, IAGO, Tiny TIM, HAIKU), TV, dance, chemistry, cars, food, and much more. I loved TYNE DALY in "Cagney and Lacey"--anyone remember that program years ago? Fun expo, as always, argyle. Great way to start the week.

Coneyro, some of us are smarties only early in the week--then it's all downhill--though it never stops being fun. Good luck tomorrow!

Have a great week, everybody!

Lemonade714 said...

As Tyne Daly fans did you all watch our locally shot series Burn Notice which co-starred Sharon Gless? Tyne and Sharon were reunited for one episode

desper-otto said...

How many remember Tyne Daly as Kate Moore, partner of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry?

coneyro said...

I felt SO smart today! Got the entire puzzle done quickly. I know for most of you "SMARTIES" the Monday entry is overly simple and boring. But for those if us "AVERAGES", it uploads our confidence when we can finish without assistance. Even figured out the long fills immediately. Let's see if tomorrow brings the same victory. I'll let you know.

Lemonade714 said...

So coneryo, will you post again at 1:13PM CST?

Yes I recall Tyne with Clint and Tim Daly on WINGS and recently on HOT IN CLEVELAND

Anonymous said...

I'm finding lemony very annoying today. First post seems to conducting his own write up. Then insisting his version of Soo is somehow important. Trying to call out Husker on his perspective of Jameis and then never giving in by saying, "oh, I see." Recent post infers the Clint Eastwood was on Wings with Tim Daly. I thought to myself, "what a mood lemony is in today, I bet he is annoying other blogs too." I checked, yep, I was right.

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon everyone.

WEES. Thanks Marti for leading us into the week. Well done puzzle. Wondered where the theme was going until 'getting' the SECRET unifier.
Jack SOO - also played the KOREAN black market dealer whom the doctors sold off Henry Blake's desk to in M*A*S*H. (Couldn't find a video link.)
(From Wiki: Jack Soo, known for his role as Barney Miller's Sgt. Nick Yemana, appeared twice; once as black market boss Charlie Lee, with whom Hawkeye and Trapper made a trade for supplies in "To Market, To Market" (1.2); and in "Payday" (3.22) as a peddler who sold Frank two sets of pearls: one real, the other fake.)

OwenKL @ 0824 - Interesting anecdote. Thanks.

Have a great day.

Tinbeni said...

Marti & Argyle, Thank you for making Monday morning SOOOOOOOOOOO very enjoyable.

Husker: You can imaging my angst, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the first draft pick ... I am hoping they figure out that Mariota, the Oregon QB, is a better choice.
[Geez, I don't want that FSU guy!!!]

Fave today was EGRET ... since one was walking past the patio while I solved.

If I want BREAST ... instead of going to Popeyes ... I'd probably wink at Gal-Pal.

Well it is raining "Cats-and-Dogs" (but it is 75 degrees) ...
Soo maybe my Sunset wouldn't be that great ... but the Scotch will be!

Bluehen said...

Marti and Argyle, WTS. Thanks for a fun speed run. I came within 3 fills of using only the across clues.
I hesitated at FORMULAONE, even though logically I was sure that was the correct fill. I was a big fan during my college days. The fill was just so uncrosswordese(?)I had a hard time convincing myself it was correct. As I filled it in I thought to myself, "She's going to take us on a wild ride". Yup, I was right.
The clue/fill for 41d reminded me of two related oxymorons: Tight slacks and Slack tights.
That's enough for now. My next post will be a recipe for sawmill gravy. Bye for now.

CanadianEh! said...

Fun Monday puzzle. Thanks Marti and Argyle. I got the theme early. It reminded me of the old TV show I've Got a Secret with Garry Moore.

Some old favourites today - ALOE, TERI, SPAT, OREO, ROMAS.

I had LEASH before ID TAG, EARNS before MAKES, HIRE ON before EMPLOY. (HG at 9:41 - Joy to the World)

Canadians may have no cents but we still have NICKELS!

Does how quickly we answered the NAM and MASH clues have any connection to our age?

44A I hope you learned your LESSON reminded me of more "Momisms" (ADAGEs)like "If you don't stop doing that your face will stay like that"!

luxor said...

tinbeni and his new-found love of the bold function reminds me of a kid discovering crayons for the first time. They both tend to overuse.
I suppose anything that changes up his monotonous 'drunk' routine on here is good. Just so boring.

Bluehen said...

Sawmill gravy is basically a milk gravy or cream sauce or b├ęchamel sauce, call it what you will, with browned sausage in it. The ingredients are:
One tbsp. cooking oil (to get the sausage started browning)
One pound of breakfast sausage
One quarter cup of flour
Two cups of milk/cream/half and half/whatever.
Warm the cooking oil in a large skillet, break up the sausage into it and cook sausage thoroughly. Remove sausage with slotted spoon and drain. Measure one quarter cup of sausage drippings and reserve remainder for frying eggs. (Yes, really). Return the 1/4 cup drippings to skillet and add the flour. Whisk until the flour stops foaming and/or the bubbles are noticeably smaller. You have just made a blonde roux. Stir in the dairy component of your choice, being careful to scrape up the brown bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet. There is a lot of flavor in those bits. When the gravy has thickened, add the sausage back and stir until all is up to temp, just a minute or two. Taste and adjust seasonings. Yields about 2 1/2 cups. Traditionally served over biscuits.

Haiku Wannabe said...

Some folks think I have A-D-D
But I'm sure I don't agree,
Oh look, a chicken.

Sad stories in Paris, France
The editors never had a chance
The moving finger has been lanced.

Extremists with guns and views
Dominate the national news
Lets have a protest rally. For peace.

Monday's puzzle so light and airy,
Gives us strength and fills us merry,
Doom awaits us tomorrow.

OwenKL said...

Yellowrocks: Appreciate your comments on haiku. What little I know about Japanese, I suspected haiku sounded very different in that language, but you're the first I've read to confirm it.

Husker, Zcarguy, Jazz: glad to read your verses!

Haiku Wannabe: I'm afraid you don't get what it takes to be a haiku, but you do have a nice grasp of what makes a good poem. I enjoyed those better than most haiku, especially the lighter first and last ones! The other two were well-constructed (by the non-haiku a-a-b format you adopted) and properly evocative, but "enjoyment" isn't the word for such somber topics.

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle, thanks Marti.

CrossEyedDave said...

I had to delete my 2:29 post, when I double checked it, I got a McAfee site advisory on the last link. Here is a recap

Secret meeting of the Elks

How to own an expensive car...

& the link that was bad was simply "no one knows your a cat on the internet."

(it didn't sound like you...soo...)
Marti, Tx for the Soo explanation.

Round two:

Owen, Tx for the check engine light link last nite. I stopped by Honda & they wanted $120- to read the code. They said it was probably the 3rd gear pressure sensor. When I told them I just had the 3 gear pressure sensor replaced, they said it was probably the 4th gear pressure sensor... (guess what I told them..)

Anywho, in my last (deleted) post, I totally forgot to use my secret formula for finding funny crossword theme links. Soo, here goes again...

Secret Formula (actually, they had an episode where Plankton finds the secret ingredient, & it turns out to be Plankton...)

Secret Agent... (Mere cat... LOL!)

Here is the secret door I originally wanted to go with. but now I like this one...

Secret Life

By now you should know my secret formula to finding funny theme links. (If u can't find anything funny, go with a cat pic...)

TTP said...


Drop by your local auto parts store. They'll do a reading for free. If they don't, go to your next local auto parts store.

Hai Choo said...

No doom tomorrow
Cherry blossoms in the rain
The Corner will gush

thehondohurricane said...

D_-O @ noon,

Remember her well. Harry exposed her inexperience in class, had her assigned as his partner (which made Harry really ticked) & died in the closing scenes on Alcatraz.Good movie, sad ending for Ms Daly. Can't remember her role name.

Bill G. said...

Random thoughts:

~ I think it's gotten to the point with some TV shows and the CBS news radio station that I listen to, that there is more time devoted to advertisements than there is to programming.

~ Some young modern people can insert so many "likes" in their casual speech that it's hard to notice. They come by so fast that they are almost impossible to count.

~ Many people use "as well" instead of "also" or "too." It seems a little pretentious to me. Also, "impacted" seems to be often used to replace "affected" though I don't see a good reason for it.

~ I try to be patient when the light turns green and the car in front of me doesn't start to move. But I think I'm become less patient lately because I think it is often due to their paying more attention to texting than the traffic light.

~ Name a US city that becomes another US city when you move its last letter to the front. (If you know the answer, give a hint rather than a spoiler.)

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Marti DuGuay Carpenter, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

OwenKL: Brother Owen: Great poem. It is not too often the Masons make it into print. We need more of that.

The puzzle was very good. I got through it with no inkblots. Major accomplishment for me.

Liked the theme. Also a grid spanner in the center. Great job!

Was not sure of ICI, but perps helped.

EGRET had me stumped for a minute, then remembered white.

Never really played Texas HOLDEM. Have heard a lot about it.

Spent the day at the Elgin Community College volunteering at the book store with my Kiwanis Club, the Golden K Kiwanis of Elgin. Great Group!

Book Club meeting tonight. We are reviewing "Iron Lake" by William Kent Krueger. The book was pretty good.

See you tomorrow. Working again at the ECC book store.


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fermatprime said...


Thanks, Marti and Argyle!

The theme was great!

Nothing to add to aforementioned comments.

Enjoyed the poems and haikus.


Anonymous said...

tonight game is played
not known yet who will prevail
betcha it is nuts

Anonymous said...

buckeye is a nut
peanut chocolate candy
national champion

TTP said...

I thought this was worth posting.

Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg

Anonymous said...

haiku has some rules
syllables are important
but who is counting

Lucina said...

Thank you for posting the Miniatur Wunderland. It's fascinating!

You should be commended for your extensive community service.

Today I received the DVD set of season 5 (the current season) of Downton Abbey! I signed up for a promotional pledge on PBS and that was the reward. I may have myself a DA marathon.

Ol' Man Pappy said...

I wasted my day on the porch, as well, but I had no EGRETs.

Anonymous T said...

Hi all!

Thanks Marti for SECRET fun (I hide the puzzle in my top-drawer...). Thanks Argyle for the writeup and everyone for the fun links.

This puzzle had SOO many fun words: YOKELS, YOO, HOLD 'EM (I paid for gas with my winnings during Desert Storm), FIRE UP, HAIKU, etc. 63a - mmm, ham & swiss MELT on rye... OH YEA.

Is it me, or have we seen a lot of OLSENS this year?

I liked seeing my ROMAS today after plums last week.

ITS A CRIME to send NERDS even on ONE SALES call. He won't earn a NICKEL. I couldn't get ORANGE in there :-(

D-O & TTP: DW thought it was Asian Man; I thought it was CONGo line. ALSO, TTP, I wanna see that mini-city in real-life. Another bucket item? At this rate I will never die!

CED - I want the garage-door staircase if, for nothing else, to teach people not to put crap on the stairs :-)

Cheers, -T

Anonymous said...

big ten played tonight

vaulted enemies tried real hard

Ohio State are Champs!!

Anonymous said...

Invent a new game

Who is the number one team

Ohio State wins

Anonymous said...

vaulted enemies?

destiny manifesto...

look watermelon!

Anonymous T said...

Wearing OU sweatshirt*
It is fifteen years old now
Another win for warmth

There, my first HAIKU. Did I get it right Owen?

*It's my OU 2000 Nat. Champs sweatshirt. I need a new one!

Cheers, -T

Anonymous said...


have not an idea
thought it was 5/7/5
maybe is was not