Apr 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Gary Cee

Theme: Dizzy - Yes, you'll be dizzy too if you watch all these spinners.

63A. Ride around ... or what the ends of 18-, 24-, 39- and 55-Across can do : GO FOR A SPIN

18A. Superfluous individual : FIFTH WHEEL

24A. Compilation of wacky outtakes : BLOOPER REEL

39A. Summer blouse : HALTER TOP

55A. Olympian's achievement : WORLD RECORD

Argyle here. We're rolling like a wheel. Some nice tall columns in the corners. Gary Cee interview here.


1. Drain problem : CLOG

5. GI sought by MPs : AWOL

9. Jewish authority figure : RABBI

14. Fallon's predecessor : LENO. The Tonight Show.

15. "Get a __!" : LIFE

16. Estate measures : ACRES

17. Like single-malt scotch : AGED

20. Food from heaven : MANNA

22. Long-necked bird : EMU

23. Ivy League school : YALE

28. Pioneer Carson : KIT

29. PC key near Z : ALT. I looked.

30. Eastern path : TAO. The way.

31. Police warnings : SIRENS. Get out of the tao.

33. Some deli breads : RYEs

35. Part on the stage : ROLE

38. Stable female : MARE

42. Steer clear of : SHUN

44. iPhone voice-activated app : SIRI

45. Hunk of bacon : SLAB

49. Like many warm sweaters : WOOLEN

51. Snaky fish : EEL

53. Miner's discovery : ORE

54. Little terror : IMP

59. Have to have : NEED

61. Flight connection word : VIA

62. Capital of Senegal : DAKAR

67. Single : LONE

68. Occupied : [IN USE]

69. Currency symbolized by € : EURO

70. Coffee holders : MUGS

71. Fax forerunner : TELEX

72. Zipped : SPED

73. Editor's "Leave it in" : STET


1. Seaside eatery : CLAM BAR

2. Within the law : LEGALLY

3. Without variation, musically : ONE NOTE

4. "Please tell me that's not true" : "GOD, NO!"

5. Sitcom E.T. : ALF. (Alien Life Form)

6. PlayStation 3 rival : Wii

7. Put on the market : OFFER

8. "I'll handle this" : "LET ME"

9. Word before data or deal : RAW

10. In need of aspirin : ACHY

11. Crashing wave : BREAKER

12. Direct route : BEE LINE

13. Lands in the sea : ISLETS

19. Shades : HUES

21. Abbr. in many an urban address : APT. (apartment)

25. __ of Sandwich : EARL

26. Tree anchors : ROOTS

27. Airport waiter : LIMO

32. Performs hip-hop music : RAPS

34. Synagogue : SHUL. Easy for some, perpable for others.

36. Polynesian wreath : LEI

37. Blundered : ERRED

40. From square one : ANEW

41. Concert ticket info : TIER

42. "__ to Watch Over Me" : SOMEONE. The Incomparable Ella.

43. Optimistic : HOPEFUL

46. "Watch it!" : "LOOK OUT!"

47. Orchestrate : ARRANGE

48. Recuperation advice : BED REST

49. Proceed without preparation : WING IT

50. Smoked salmon : NOVA. Nova Lox: This lox, which comes from Nova Scotia, is actually cold-smoked after the curing or brining process. ~

52. Showed the way : LED

56. Hemingway's "The Sun Also __" : RISES

57. Really enjoy, as praise : LAP UP

58. Allays the fears of : CALMS

60. Prescription amount : DOSE

64. Bills coach Ryan : REX. Easy for some, perpable for others.

65. Wrath : IRE

66. Buddy of Wynken and Blynken : NOD. The Poem



Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty straightforward today. I remembered DAKAR for a change, which was nice. Also, I've been eating NOVA lox for breakfast five days a week lately, so that was a nice gimme. I did hesitate at CLAM BAR, however. Around here we have CLAM shacks and oyster BARS, but I've never heard of a CLAM BAR before.

In other news, Across Light is apparently incapable of displaying the symbol for the Euro. "Currency symbolized by" wasn't too helpful, but fortunately the perps were helpful.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning!

I agree with Barry on the CLAM spot. Hence I initially went with clam hut, although I am also more familiar with shacks. As a result, I strayed with BLOOPER REEL--couldn't see it. Instead of YALE, I always jump to Penn for the four letter Ivy--must be from writing all those checks whilst my son was there.

Otherwise a lovely Tuesday morn. Thanks Gary. Nice expo, Argyle.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Fun puzzle. I found this easier than yesterday's fare. I Zipped through this with no hesitation.

My favorite clue was Lands in the Sea = ISLETS.

The RABBI and the SHUL in the same puzzle! Shul is Yiddish and is derived from the German for School, because the synagogue is a place of learning. In my community, we say we are going to Shul instead of going to synagogue (which is actually a Greek word).

QOD: The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers; so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments. ~ Annie Sullivan (Apr. 14, 1866 ~ Oct. 20, 1936)

The Linker said...

A musical interpretation of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The Cymbalist said...

No euro symbol (€) on the Mensa site either.

Lemonade714 said...

It was nice to see a rare visit from an old crossword friend, KIT Carson; RABBI SHUL and NOVA all parts of my life; and clams and calms finished the picture.

My thought was this SONG which I heard a million times.

Thanks Scott and Gary

Chairman Moe said...

"puzzling thoughts":

69A - in our paper just had "Type of Currency" (did not have the EURO "symbol)

21D - I had AVE before APT; didn't check the perps. This was the LONE place where I ERRED

Nice SO to Tinbeni with 17A; although he and I both like a scotch called Black Bottle, which is a marriage of several single-malt whiskys that do not state their AGE. Any single-malt over 18 yrs of AGE is worth trying once; they're smoooooooooth

I solved this puzzle from top to bottom; When I saw WHEEL and REEL I was thinking the theme might have something to do with the reef-dwelling fish/snake; but then 51A showed up with EEL, and I realized there was more to revEEL!

Pretty much a speed run but the clues and solves were worth the effort; liked 66A clue. Here in SW FL where I live, 49A are rarely needed or used; had to think for a minute!! ;^)

Well, I NEED to get out and make a few bucks while the sun shines. Thanks to Gary and Argyle for starting me off on a positive note

HeartRx said...

Good morning!

Fun puzzle. I didn't even think about the theme because I was flying through it. I finally put on the brakes when I was almost done, so I could stop and smell the roses. But nope, I didn't see it until I got to the reveal.

Barry G, I agree about the CLAM shack and oyster BAR. But I'll have some, no matter what they call em!

Big Easy said...

Easy Tuesday puzzle this morning with only a couple of writeovers: AVE-APT, EAT UP to LAP UP,TIME to TIER, & CUP to MUG.

CLAM BAR- there are many oyster bars around here but I've never heard of a CLAM bar. SHUL was a new word for me as was NOVA lox. new fish?

REX RYAN's twin brother is the defensive coach of the SAINTS. Their father is BUDDY Ryan.

Where was a 'good' picture of a HALTER TOP?

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Another mostly easy puzzle. Cool theme. Media commentators do a lot of 'spinning', too. Only fill to give me pause was NOVA, but perps were solid. Figured it must have been Canadian, eh? Thanks for elucidating, Argyle.

Have a great day.

Walt M. said...

Barry G.@5:49 AM:

My copy of Across Lite printed the Euro symbol (€) just fine. Using Ariel here. Tried a few of the more common fonts - only plain Courier failed to print correctly.

Barry G. said...

@Walt: Thanks for investigating. I actually misspoke (mistyped?). I use Across Light for the NYT puzzle, but for the LA Times puzzle I use whatever native application is provided at the American Mensa website.

SwampCat said...

C. Moe, my paper also said "type of currency" for Euro, which could have been anything. Perps solved it, however.

Some good new fill made this one special. Thanks, Gary and Argyle, for a great morning start! Always a treat to hear Ella!

Anonymous said...

There are many CLAM BARS down the shore. Google CLAM BAR and you will find an abundance of them.
A gimme for this fried clam lover.

Abejo said...

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

OK, I will contribute. My paper, Chicago Tribune, said "Type of Currency."

Zipped through quite easily. Theme appeared.

A couple I did not know. SHUL was unknown. Even with four perps I was not sure. NOVA was the other one. Got it with perps. Appreciate the explanations by the Bloggers. Now I know what they are.

WING IT. Got that easy enough. That explains a lot of my life.

GO FOR A SPIN is something we do not do a lot of now. Gas is too expensive.

EARL of Sandwich was easy. We have a town called Sandwich right down the road. Sandwich is not far from Fairdale where a tornado hit last week. Two ladies killed. One of whom I knew for 25 years. Her husband is a good friend of mine. Too bad.

Never been to a CLAM BAR, but I have been to Crab Houses when I lived in the tidewater area of Virginia.

Have to get going. Stuff to do.

See you tomorrow.


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HowardW said...

Another who didn't see the € sign. 69A clue (at Yahoo) was "Currency symbolized by" followed by an empty rectangle. But no matter, as this was a speed run and three of the four letters had already appeared.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Somehow, my original post disappeared.

An easy, peasy Tuesdat "spin" around the block. Did need the reveal to catch the theme. Well done, Mr. Cee, and nice expo, Argyle. Auto correct changed Cee to CED.

Hope everyone has their taxes done-tomorrow is "T" Day.

Have a great day.

kazie said...

Very nice Tuesday level with no difficult spots at all. Great way to start the day, but then I came the computer and got sidetracked like I always do.

Hope everyone's day is going well!

kazie said...

To type the €, if you have the extra number pad on the right side of your keyboard, with the numeral lock on, hold the ALT key down and press the numbers 0128 while holding ALT down, and € should appear no matter what font you're using.

I don't know why those sites mentioned wouldn't have been able to produce in either this way or using the character map shortcut.

thehondohurricane said...

Good day all,

Not much to comment about today. This went smoothly with no hiccups whatsoever. I had no issue with CLAM BAR. I agree with ANON @ 8:59 AM, it's a popular term in Ct. too. No matter what it's called, fresh clams on the half shell are scrumptious.

Tin, did you celebrate Drew's grand slammer last night with a taste or two of some AGED malt?

I'm off to play the part of Wynken & Blynken's best buddy, NOD. Couldn't sleep last night.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

My Across Lite was also missing the Euro Symbol.

I guess I'm the only one who found this to be a bit on the crunchy side.

No major issues, NW was the last to fall. I guess there aren't any clam bars here in the Great Lakes region.

Stumbled a bit on the obvious BEE LINE. I have some trouble parsing two word verticals.

GOD NO seems like an odd bit of fill. Came totally from perps.

Missed TOP as part of the theme. D'OH!

Beautiful day here.

Cool regards!

Husker Gary said...

Man, two nice puzzles in a row where I also got the theme! Pair that with SHUL and new cluing for NOVA and I’d call it a success!

-My neighbor pulls his FIFTH WHEEL (interior shot) trailer with his pickup
-Some thought the East German shot put records might have been pharmacologically enhanced
-A FIFTH following AGED scotch? Hello Tinman!
-The ROLE of Charlie Babbit (Rainman’s brother) was offered to Bill Murray before Tom Cruise
-SIRI is great when you figure out how to phrase the question
-My fav breakfast (sans the Hollandaise) with bacon
-We’re at a stage where we can buy what we want along with what we NEED
-The cheapest flight from Omaha to Minneapolis is going backwards VIA DENVER first
- Judy Garland belts out Johnny ONE NOTE (2:17)
-A wonderful WII use
-I’ve taken thousands of kids on the BEE LINE Expressway in Central Florida
-In what movie did a young high school girl inappropriately sing Someone to Watch Over Me to Richard Dreyfuss?

C6D6 Peg said...

This was definitely as speed run, easier than yesterday's.

Thanks Gary and Argyle. Loved the picture of Dakar. You always show the places I've never been. Thank you!

JD said...

Good morning all,

Fun and easy... only pause was via/nova. Had never heard that, so thanks Argyle. No clam bars out our way, but it makes sense.

Remember when we could go for a spin for a quarter's worth of gas?

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: As always, I really enjoyed your write-up today. Good Job!

Gary Cee: Thank You for a FUN Tuesday puzzle with a great theme.

Chairman Moe @ 7:36 I thought AGED was a CSO to you and Irish Miss also.
My first thought though was "ALL Scotch is AGED" ... just some longer than others.

Only write-over, at 70-a, Coffee holders, I had URNS before I changed it to CUPS ... and then MUGS (my preference) finally appeared. Geez, is that area a mess. lol

And I finally "Started" and "Finished" my FORM-1040 ...
That's an "Hour-of-my-life" I'll never get back.
[and YES! I did it in Black Ink Pen on Paper forms ...}


Tinbeni said...

Hondo @ 9:47
I did refresh my glass with some PINCH after that Grand Slam!

GrannyAnny said...

Euro sign didn't appear on the Puzzle Society site either. Must admit that I didn't remember what it should have looked like until seeing it here, but doubted if it was an open square.

Misty said...

Fun puzzle with only a bit of trouble in the Northwest corner--although I'm not sure why. Once the answers dropped into place they were all reasonable, although like others, I'd not heard of a CLAM BAR. Still, a lot of fun, many thanks, Gary, and you too, Argyle for the nice pic of DAKAR.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

Bluehen said...

Am I the only person whose first thought for 38a. STABLE FEMALE was "wife"? She is the glue that holds our family together and my rock.

Lucina said...

Greetings, all!

Mr. Holland's Opus

A fun speed run which I finished in record time with barely enough to enjoy my coffee.

Thank you, Gary Cee! Thank you, Hahtoolah for explaining SHUL. It perped itself. My LONE trouble spot was DAKAR; had DOHAR at first then ARRANGE and CALMS forced a change.

My newspaper did have the EURO sign. As for CLAMBAR, since I am unfamiliar with any kind of CLAM serving, it filled without incident.

Thank you, Argyle, for a smooth SPIN.

Have a beautiful Tuesday, everyone!

coneyro said...

Easy and very enjoyable puzzle today. Had to reread it slowly when done, as the speed of completion caused the skipping over of many clues.

Loved the mini-Jewish theme. For many years our RABBI and congregation noshed on LOX and bagels(with a schmear) at the SHUL after Friday night services.

As an aside to all things Yiddish related, Religious people always write out the LORD as G-D. Never spell it out fully. We do not have that right as mere mortals. Growing up in that atmosphere, I felt uncomfortable even entering it in the crossword. Just didn't feel appropriate. Childhood teachings DO follow throughout one's life, even on a subconcious level.

The theme was a no brainer. I think this puzzle was the quickest ever. My mind couldn't catch up with the speed of my pen.

My paper, the Tampa Bay Times, did not, as well, have the Euro sign in the 69A clue. It just stated "type of currency". No problem, though.

The ALF entry reminded me of sitting with my son and husband watching the show together, along with a giant stuffed ALF doll. Enjoy your kids as much as possible. The present becomes a distant memory with only the blink of an eye.

Well, that's my Tuesday offering. Be happy, you all.

CrossEyedDave said...

Wees on type of currency Vs symbol, in the old days you would expect a newspaper to have all the fonts. But in todays digital age, it is probably too much trouble to change keyboard layouts for just one symbol...

Argyle, I could not view the Gary Cee interview link. Blogger said my account did not have access???

Easy puzzle, with two major inkblots.
9A rabbi, I automatically checked the perps for confirmation. 9D = raw, check. 10D = ache, check. (which left me with 23A Ivy School starting with E, Hmm, must be Eton...

49A like many warm sweaters, that was easy, "woolly!" I always like to wear a woolly sweater when it's cold, except 40D changed it to wooley? 50D smoked salmon = Yova??? (Dangit, this pen needs an eraser...)

Linker@ 6:48 Thanks for the Winkin duet. At the beginning I was sure the girl on the left was singing the high part, but by the end I was sure she was singing the low part... (now I am not so sure...)

Big Easy@8:08 Sorry about the missed halter top link...

Theme - spin, Hmm, now where can I find a funny pic for spin?

CanadianEh! said...

Nice speed run today, which was great since I am coming off BEDREST after a stomach bug. Many clues filled in with the perps.

This Canadian is not familiar with NOVA lox. I must live in the wrong province. (Yes I saw my CSO yesterday).

Finally we have some springlike weather!

The Linker said...

CED@12:36: I'm pretty sure that Carly Simon (on the left) is singing in a lower register (if that's the right word) than her sister, Lucy. Here they are singing the same song on the Phil Donahue show.

I thought I remembered it being sung by Peter Paul & Mary but couldn't find that version.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, A couple of problems before I finished up. I had Hope for instead of hopeful so In Use and Telex took a bit before I finally used the eraser and filled them in.

The upper west corner where Clog started everything off, I put in Plug, so that area was the last to fall. I was reluctant to put in God No for "Please tell me that's not true" answer.

Dakar was a given as my grandson was in the Peace Corp in Senegal. He flew in and out of Dakar.

All in all an ok puzzle for me.

I've been so busy the past few weeks that I'm out of touch with just about everything lately. I'm looking forward to a calmer and easier month coming up.

Have a great day, everyone. I'm off to a meeting, so I'll read the blog when I return.

CrossEyedDave said...

The Linker@ 12:55

Oh Wow!

That was Carly Simon?
She has a sister?
(The stuff I learn on the Blog!)

I only knew her from Your So Vain, which I thought was about James Taylor. Now I find out Mic Jagger sang backup?
(I have much research to do...)

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle today. I have a feeling I had the same reactions to some of the clues and answers that Argyle did. Knowing that SHUL derives from the German for school will help me remember it.

Northwest Runner said...

Am I being too picky (or maybe just wrong) to object "hues" being clued by "shades?" Aren't they different things? S is a shade of the hue H, right?

Jerome said...

Headline after the first Republican primary debate- GOP IN AFROS! That's what happens when you GO FOR A SPIN on public perception.

fermatprime said...


Nice work, Gary and Santa! Easy theme.

I also use the Puzzle Society site and scratched head at open box for euro sign. Also, never heard of a CLAM BAR. But every thing perped out OK in the end.

Friend Harv and I finally got the horrendous tax checks stuffed in proper envelopes with proper forms. (My tax guy e-files.) (Due to afore-mentioned damaged right hand, he fills out checks for me and I attempt to furnish reasonable signatures! I type the address labels and he tapes them on the envelopes.


Anonymous said...

From, "The noun hue means both a color and a shade of a color."
Shade is given as a synonym of hue in other dictionaries, as well.

Pat said...

Thank you, Gary Cee. This was a fun fast solve.I enjoyed your fun expo, Argyle.

No euro symbol in the Cincinnati, but euro is so often the answer for currency, I put it in. No problems with this puzzle.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


john28man said...

RE: Keyboard Symbols

I found the following:



PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun & fast puzzle! Great expo! Argyle.

SHUL was a gimmee thanks to one of my favorite authors, Faye Kellerman.

NOVA lox was also new to me. I got CLAM and waited for the rest to fill itself. Same with LEGAL to get LY.

Not ACHY BREAKie but ER.

Beautiful spring day with lots of blooming trees, so went grocery shopping. ER...If I could only BREAK this nasty eating habit...

Lucina said...

That worked! I used number lock, then Alt+0128. Thanks, Kazie.

The Short Cutter said...

Copy and Paste also works. It's not as elegant as Alt+0128 but it works.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of CLAM BAR

Avg Joe said...

I'll readily admit that I've never heard of a clam bar, but had no issues with the fill.

However, all this talk of fried clam strips has got me salivating like Pavlov's dog. Here in the middle of flyover country, you get nothing but a blank stare when you ask if it's on the menu. Does anyone....ANYONE.... Have a recommendation for a grocer that has a good supply of breaded clam strips? It's the one thing I miss about Florida. And I'd give my left....toe...for a good and reliable vendor that could satisfy this craving.

SwampCat said...

Anon at 6 PM, I've never heard of a Clam Bar either, not living in an area where clams are prevalent, but then there are lots of things I've never heard of.

I assume there are other things you have never heard of, also.

Anonymous said...

Joe, not sure how far from this place you are but Google is only a click away!

Argyle said...

Although I grew up a long way from the coast, Sandy's Clam Bar on South St.(The Street of Dreams) in Glens Falls has always been a fixture so I had no problem with clam bar. I will say the emphasis is on BAR and not on CLAM. We would go out to the coast if we wanted to get fresh clams at a clam shack.

Anonymous said...


Avg Joe said...

Anon at 6:38: at first glance I see that it mentions Lincoln, but doesn't cite anyplace local. But it gives me hope and I will look into it much further. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

How bout those teachers in Atlanta. Thats prolly the tip of the iceberg.

Jerome said...

When I'm hungry for seafood I never go to a CLAM BAR because of the money you have to shell out. I just go to the beach because the sand which is there are always free. By the way, CLAM BAR patrons always SLAM CRAB.

Spitzboov said...

Euro - On my Mac, simply push option +shift +2 and
voilĂ , €€€€€€€.

BTW, our paper had 'Type of currency', no €'s.

Spitzboov said...

You have got to see first, then watch the video clip. Good for a laugh and a gasp.
Italian Auction - only 44 seconds!
You don't have to understand Italian to follow the auctioneer:

A Chinese Ming Vase is up for auction. The bidding opens at a half-million Euros.
Bidding is brisk and each bidder is clearly identified as each raises the bid by 100,000 Euros.
(The exchange rate at auction time was 1 Euro = $1.43.) Within seconds, the bid stalls at
one million Euros, and the gasp from the crowd identifies the excitement that prevails in
the room. The successful bidder is the last one who bid one million , and the auctioneer
counts down the bid, "Going once, going twice, and sold to the gentleman sitting in front
of me for one million Euros."

Now, you are going to have to see the video for yourself.The auctioneer is exuberant.
The pace is fast. This is how an auction should be run. Please note the excitement on ​​

Italian Auction - only 44 seconds!

Bill G. said...

Spitz, I enjoyed your auction video. I could smell the ending coming from a mile away. The anticipation made it even sweeter.

Anonymous T said...

Spitz - you set me up good... I saw the end and gasped before I realized what it was. Nice. Thanks for the laugh.

69a was "Type of currency" in my paper too. I wonder if they call €s CLAMS like we do $s.

The puzzle was fun, I had the same issues as CED (WOOLly, ACHe, etc). Biggest inkblot is where I put 15a in 14a's slot.

I'll see if I can find a good BLOOPER REEL.

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

GOsh NO, nothing I can find we haven't seen or isn't "produced."

Gary - I forgot to list my favs today: TELEX v. SIRI and CLAM with CALM. Thanks for the effort. Argyle, your Mon & Tues efforts are well appreciated here.

Cheers, -T

Walt M. said...

Test! Test!

Walt M. said...

Test 2! Test 2!