May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Apt - Memorials for Memorial Day.

17A. *Cause championed by Martin Luther King, Jr. : CIVIL RIGHTS. Montgomery, Alabama

26A. *Military branch : AIR FORCE. Arlington, VA

51A. *Five-sided figure : PENTAGON. Southwest side of The Pentagon.

18D. *Bearded Mount Rushmore president : LINCOLN. Western end of the National Mall

35D. *Iconic WWII flag-raising island : IWO JIMA. Arlington National Cemetery

United States Marine Corps War Memorial
61A. Late-May observance, whose first word can follow each answer to a starred clue : MEMORIAL DAY

Argyle here. Moment of silence at 3:00 pm local time. A unique grid from C.C. today. A fitting tribute.


1. Barn birds : OWLS

5. "A Fish Called __":1988 Cleese film : WANDA

10. Jordan Spieth's org. : PGA. (Professional Golfers' Association) Spieth won his first major at the Masters in 2015.

13. Hair-removal brand : NAIR

14. Olympics chant : "USA! USA!"

16. Onassis nickname : ARI

19. Nintendo's Super __ : NES. (Nintendo Entertainment System)

20. Somme summer : ÉTÉ

21. "Love __ Open Door": "Frozen" duet : IS AN. If you want a listen...Link.

22. Paris tower designer : EIFFEL

24. "I __ noticed" : HADN'T

28. Archaeological artifact : RELIC

29. Cold War CIA foe : KGB. (Комите́т госуда́рственной безопа́сности)

30. Assents at sea : AYEs

31. Capital of Libya : TRIPOLI

33. Morally bad : EVIL

36. "Catch my drift?" : "SEE?"

37. On the __: escaping : LAM

38. Like steak tartare : RAW

39. Unused : NEW

42. Reverse, as a computer operation : UNDO

43. Newman song played after a Dodgers home victory : "I LOVE LA"

45. Pass up : SKIP

48. Long or Peeples : NIA. Actresses.

50. "The Grapes of Wrath" family : JOADs

54. Mottled mount : PINTO. What Little Joe used to ride.

55. Sign up : ENROLL

56. Old MacDonald's place : FARM

58. Seething state : IRE

60. Brian of ambient music : ENO. Crossword staple.

64. Org. with narcs : DEA. (Drug Enforcement Administration)

65. Buffalo NHL team : SABRES

66. "__ Dinah": Frankie Avalon hit : DEDE

67. Moth-eaten : OLD

68. Papas' partners : MAMAS

69. Vietnam neighbor : LAOS


1. __ in a blue moon : ONCE

2. "Don't move until I get back" : "WAIT HERE". (but they never do.)

3. Be habitually dishonest : LIVE A LIE

4. __ Lanka : SRI

5. German sausage : WURST

6. Japan's locale : ASIA

7. Words from a beleaguered spouse : "NAG, NAG". Ladies, your husbands will get the job done. You don't need to remind him every six months.

8. "Boy, am I dumb!" : "DUH!"

9. Daisylike flower : ASTER

10. Cook in a skillet : PAN FRY

11. Plato's country : GREECE

12. Theater walkways : AISLEs

15. "Yeah, right!" : "AS IF!"

23. Stable baby : FOAL

25. Guacamole, e.g. : DIP

27. Spain and Portugal : IBERIA

28. NFL linemen : RTs. (right tackle)

29. Japanese robe : KIMONO

32. Young fellow : LAD

34. Actor Kilmer : VAL

39. "Clever thought!" : "NEAT IDEA!"

40. Legendary city of gold : EL DORADO. Home to “The Woman in Gold"?

41. "What __ I thinking?" : WAS

42. At most : UPTO

44. Maria __ Trapp : VON. "Sound of Music" fame.

45. Skimpy swimwear brand : SPEEDO

46. Hound hotel : KENNEL

47. Damaging encroachment : INROAD

49. Break the news to : INFORM

52. Charitable gift : ALMS

53. Sparkle : GLEAM

54. Overly proper type : PRISS. Yes, I tried PRUDE first.

57. Pi r squared, for a circle : AREA

59. Baby blues : EYES

62. CEO's degree : MBA. (Master of Business Administration)

63. "Bad" cholesterol letters : LDL. (low-density lipoprotein)


Note from C.C.:

Big Easy sent me this picture last night. He said:

"Granddaughters Jenna and Kelsey with TOBY KEITH and Jason Aldean today at the Bayou Country Superfest held in Tiger Stadium.  How they got to get a picture with those two is baffling."


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Well, the American Mensa website was still showing Saturday's puzzle and the Merriam Webster site was still showing Sunday's puzzle, but I was finally able to find today's puzzle at the original Chicago Tribune website ( Which is to say, it pretty much took longer to find the puzzle today than to solve it...

Nice theme for Memorial day. I wasn't familiar with the Pentagon memorial, so that was a learning moment. I also was completely unfamiliar with ILOVELA and DEDE. The former could be inferred from the clue, but I needed all four perps to get the latter. Everything else was smooth sailing today.

Time to fire up the grill! Have a great Memorial day, all.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Nice speed run to start the holiday. Well done, C.C. and Argyle.

I remembered DEDE Dinah immediately. You can thank me now for not linking it. It was probably the absolute WURST Fankie Avalon song -- and there weren't any good ones.

Six months are up....time to get to those chores.

Madame Defarge said...

Well, good morning. Pretty smooth all around. Thanks C.C. for a bit of relief after the weekend's non-solves for me. Just didn't have enough time. Today's theme is certainly timely. Nice links in your expo, Argyle. Thank you.

Hope the weather cooperates for your gatherings today.

thehondohurricane said...

Hello everyone,

Nice to have a walk in the park after a weekend of Mission Impossibles! Thank you for the respite CC and thanks for the shout out at 45A.

When it comes to Frankie Avalon, D-O and I are on opposite sides of the street. Oh well, I still look forward to his daily posts and occasional puzzle constructing.

Learning moments of the day: SPEEDO & PRISS. (I too began with prude.)

Enjoy your cookouts.

Mensa Freeze said...

Another alternate site: It doesn't load as quickly as the Mensa site (at least on my old computer) but the interface is the same (which, if I recall correctly, is not true of all alternate sites).

Yellowrocks said...

Fun puzzle, CC and interesting expo, Argyle. Nice to have an easy one after the difficult Sat an Sun ones. I found most of Sunday's puzzle easy, but a swath down the west coast was very difficult.
DEDE was the only unknown today, although perpable.

Thank you all for your concern about Alan. Yesterday my next door neighbor took me to visit him. Although he was very sleepy and weak, he talked some and moved around in the bed a little. He seemed more with it, but he still is very weak and can’t walk or swallow. They are giving him general antibiotics. After the blood cultures have time to grow, which will take several days, they will find more specific antibiotics to give him. Things seem to be looking up.

Gary, I am glad you are on track for the reconnection. I hope all goes well.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

YR, that is encouraging news about Alan. Please know you are both in our thoughts and prayers. Hang in there!

What a meaningful tribute on this revered and somber day of recollection. Thank you, CC, and Argyle for starting the week off on this note.

Have a great day.

Qli said...

Thanks for the great puzzle with such a meaningful theme, C.C., and the great links, Argyle.

My favorite clue today was "hound hotel"!

I tried PRIGS for priss, but perps fixed that.

We put flowers on the grave of my husband's uncle, who died in WWII. A cousin took a picture and posted it, and darned if the ND and hasn't knocked them sideways! Better get out there before the Memorial Day program.

Have a good weekend, all. and thank a veteran!

Qli said...

Thanks for the great puzzle with such a meaningful theme, C.C., and the great links, Argyle.

My favorite clue today was "hound hotel"!

I tried PRIGS for priss, but perps fixed that.

We put flowers on the grave of my husband's uncle, who died in WWII. A cousin took a picture and posted it, and darned if the ND and hasn't knocked them sideways! Better get out there before the Memorial Day program.

Have a good weekend, all. and thank a veteran!

HeartRx said...

What a wonderful Memorial Day tribute, C.C.! My flag is flying at half staff until noon today, in honor of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Now to go out and enjoy that deck...

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!


Perfect fun puzzle for today. Thanks C.C. and Argyle (6mo NAG gag cracked me up).

Hiccups: w/ Love in 21a's clue I thought 43a couldn't be I LOVE LA, but it was. I ENlisted before ENROLLing and GLitz b/f GLEAM.

C.C. & JzB explained the lag in puzzle-time, so I know C.C. didn't put 5d in the puzzle just to prove me wrong re: "there's no triple-U" from two weeks ago. 'Tis the WURST way to learn :-)

Favs - AYES & EYES, Pi r squared (no, pie are round!), KGB above EVIL and the non-*'d homage to the Marines w/ TRIPOLI.

To my Brothers in Arms - Salute!

Cheers, -T

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Nice, simple solve, perfect for a Monday, and especially perfect for today, with a couple memorials I didn't know about.

Excellent construction with no clunkers, and some sparkling fill. Really well done C. C.

Looked like rain here, and a few drops fell, but now the sun is out. If you don't like Michigan weather, wait a minute.

Got some yard work to do. Royals on at 1:00, Tigers at 4:00, Eastern.

Thinking about all our fallen veterans just makes me kind of sad.

Cool regards!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Nice romp through the tulips this morning. Mostly a top to bottom solve. Couple unknowns like ENO and DEDE came from solid perps. Liked how USA USA crossed NAG NAG.
Nice apt theme today. MEMORIAL DAY was first observed at Waterloo, NY, about 100 miles west of here. In the earlier years it was called Decoration Day from the practice of decorating the graves of the war dead.
I'm presently reading the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant; written as he was suffering through his terminal illness of throat cancer at Mt. McGregor near Saratoga.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Hope you are all having a lovely Memorial Day. The sun is finally shining here after a soggy week of gloom. I had no luck at all getting an on-line puzzle cite to let me on. I'll try again tomorrow. My newspaper carrier left me a paper, however, so I was able to do C.C.'s delightful puzzle. I'm only supposed to get a newspaper on Sunday and on-line the rest of the week.

For some reason, I failed to put a "T" in the RTS/TRIPOLI cross. DUH!

YR: very good news about Alan. I looked for your posting yesterday to see how he was and was worried.

As a married woman, I had my own set of tools which I called my "anti-NAG kit". I used them often. One of my favorite shower gifts to give prospective brides was a set of hand tools with a note calling it an anti-nag kit. Always got a laugh from the older women. The bride usually couldn't figure out why I gave them tools until they went to hang pictures in their new home and the husband hadn't come with a tool kit. I sent my oldest daughter off to college with a tool kit and she was the most popular girl on the floor of her dorm -- no one else had a hammer or pliers or screw driver.

Thanks for great expo, Argyle.

C6D6 Peg said...

Nice applicable theme for today and a pretty smooth solve. Thank you C.C.

Argyle - loved your comment on NAG NAG. Yes, once every six months is not enough!

Lucina said...

Hello, friends!

Thank you, C.C., for an appropriate MEMORIAL DAY puzzle! It was a fast and easy sashay along the grid. No problems with PRISS; I just let it work itself out. However, had NEET before NAIR.

Loved KENNEL and baby blues, EYES.

Thank you to all who serve, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice!

My prayers go out for ALan and you. I'm glad to hear he's improving.

Have a memorable day, everyone!

coneyro said...

Marched right through this one on a sunny MEMORIAL DAY.

WEES bout the relief felt after this weekend's brain freezers.

I loved the reference that a PINTO was the type of horse that Little Joe rode. For those who don't know, this refers to the youngest son of Ben Cartwright, patriarch on the Ponderosa, which was the ranch on the show "Bonanza". IMO, the best western ever broadcast on TV. Better than "Gunsmoke".

Just read that Anne Meara died. Wife to comedian/actor Jerry Stiller and mother of actor Ben and sister Amy. She was a funny, funny lady. Loved how she and Jerry were the Hollywood exception, and stayed married for 61 years. RIP.....

Sorry for more sad news, but John Nash and his wife were killed while riding in a N.J. cab from Newark Airport. Nash was a brilliant Nobel prize winning mathematician, who Russell Crowe played in "A Beautiful Mind". Fantastic film, fantastic but troubled man. Such a shame, and a cruel twist of fate. He changed his original plans, and arrived earlier.

For tennis fans: French Open....Think Nadal is going to come back from his slump and keep his French crown? Will his arch rival, #1 Djokovic, finally achieve his long sought after win? Stay tuned...

Three o`clock today is a moment of silence in memorandum. Please participate.

Until tomorrow then. Think happy thoughts.

Misty said...

I woke up this morning wondering if we might get a C.C. Monday puzzle--and Voila! Opened the paper and there it was! But I wasn't expecting a Memorial Day theme, which was an especially lovely surprise! Many thanks, C.C. for a great puzzle, and thanks, Argyle, for write-up and pics. Loved the "nag, nag" commentary.

Yellowrocks, so glad you got to see Alan and that he's improving. My thoughts and prayers will be with him this week.

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone!

Argyle said...

My very favorite 'nag, nag' song. I could see Stiller and Meara doing this as a bit.

The Bucket Song

abby said...

Hi all, you can get the daily, Sunday and the Merl Reagle Sunday on the LA Times website.
I enjoy all the comments and have learned so much from all of you about solving crosswords. Happy Memorial Day.

Anonymous said...

I remember "NAG, NAG, NAG" uttered by Clint Eastwood. I'd thought he said it to Tyne Daly as Harry Callahan but Google proved me wrong. It was from the movie 'The Gauntlet' and he said it to Sondra Locke.

Couldn't find the video so...

Gus Mally(Locke): Ben Shockley don't you die on me Open those F@*cking eyes

[Shockley rolls his eyes and opens them]

Ben Shockley(Eastwood): Nag, Nag, Nag!

Anonymous T said...

Argyle - I HADNT heard any other song from the Banana Boat guy. That was funny and shows that arguing about it takes longer than just doing it. Dad and I joke about the button on our bum that alerts respective DWs we're sitting down.

The song also includes whet-stone which I thought was wet-stone until x-words. Now I know... and have to pronouce the H /ducking... ;-)

C, -T

Jerome said...

"I don't think you like my new KIMONO"
"NO, I'M OK with it"

Husker Gary said...

An A+ to C.C. for a lovely and timely puzzle!

-Can Spieth, McDonald or anyone else ever be the next Tiger?
-Eiffel designed locks for the Panama Canal but was accused of financial misdeeds and fined and given a jail sentence (later suspended)
-Interesting data table about NEW car depreciation
-We all tried to ENROLL in the classes with easy prof’s ASAP
-OLD, RELIC? Were you thinking of me C.C.? ;-)
-Fewer people have to LIVE A LIE in this more enlightened time
-This PAN FRIED lunch over a Saskatchewan camp fire may be the best meal I ever had.
-I have some medical issues, YR, but really feel for you and Alan! I hope everything gets better from here.
-Well, I’m off to do some work Joann has been, uh, persistently reminding me to do.

Jayce said...

Nice puzzle. Thanks, C.C.

Anonymous T said...

Jerome - cute. When I got to KIMONO I thought about this. (warning profanity laden). If you just want the pic of KIMONO. Yes, I'm still wearing my Rush concert T and, yes, I know I'm an OLD geek.

Girls & I went to Michaels for poster board and $20(???) acrylic paint, ATM and HEB (grocery). Beautiful RAW T-bones are dry-rub'd w/ Omaha Steak spice (have you tried that?); I've got garlic cloves in olive Oyl (^H^H^H oil (old-school UNDO)) and oiled-salted potatoes wrapped in foil. Quick nap and then yummmo.

MAMA'S out-o'-luck; she's at a conference in Austin (who does that on MEMORIAL DAY? Not a NEAT IDEA).

Cheers, -T

Lemonade714 said...

Ork, how about solving ISIS and world hunger?

C.C. your puzzle was wonderful, timely and we thank you for all you have done not only with the Corner but as an inspiration

SwampCat said...

Thanks, C.C., For a lovely, appropriate Memorial Day puzzle! What fun to solve it.

And the write - up was spot-on!

Good day all around. Thanks!

kazie said...

Not too many of us here today. I arrived home only yesterday afternoon after 16 days away on a tour of China. What a wonderful experience! C.C., whose timely and appropriate CW today was a welcome easy return after the break away and jet lag, had warned me of a few things like paperless public toilets, so there were no nasty surprises.

Instead we were constantly pleasantly surprised and amazed. We'd hoped to lose some weight with all the energy consumed on the ambitious itinerary, but they fed us too well for that, and I returned home with all too much of myself still intact!

A few photos will be forthcoming after I sift the 700 or so remaining after the first edit.

Thanks again for your good advice!

Anonymous T said...

Welcome back kazie!

2x Wow - I'm HERE to INFORM you the Rockets beat Golden State (we're still in it baby!) and I'm watchin' one heck of a storm. We've musta' had 5" by now and it just keeps coming. The light show is amazing.

Your Ark done D-O? I'm gathering FARM animals (no mosquitoes this time)...

Cheers, -T