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Aug 15, 2015

Saturday, Aug 15th, 2015, Michael Wiesenberg

Theme: None

Words: 66 (missing B,H,J,Q,W,X,Z)

Blocks: 36

I think this might be my fastest Saturday solve, ever.  I have blogged only one puzzle from Michael, and prior to that, his Sat LAT offering was a "no E" grid.  Today's, offering, however, seemed to be a much easier, although visually interesting, construction.  Triple 10's in the Down paired to two 15-letter climbers, with almost triple 10's in the Across, and another pair of 11-letter climbers;

4. One of an orange trio : TENNESSEE AVENUE - brilliant - Monopoly, the board game


10. Source of flashes : ELECTRICAL STORM

 

8. Didn't compute : MADE NO SENSE


23. Trading principle : RECIPROCITY


En Avant~!

ACROSS:

1. Stay __ Marshmallow Man: "Ghostbusters" icon : PUFT - Gotta love starting with a clue about one of my favorite movies - I have dressed as a Ghostbuster for Halloween

5. Mild cheese : EDAM

9. It may be found in sheets : METAL

14. Put __ in: test : A TOE

15. Dancer who appeared in "Golden Boy" after being discovered by Sammy Davis Jr. : LOLA FALANA

17. Stagger : STUN

18. Leads astray : MISDIRECTS

19. Shore bird : TERN - by now, I was wondering if I might have solved the wrong puzzle

20. Modern traveler's purchase : eTICKET

21. Heraldic band : ORLE - oops, not HALO; more here

22. O. Henry, for one : IRONIST

25. Their nos. might appear on shields : RTEs - like this one, found in my neck of the woods - I don't have an I-495 shield, but I do have a RTE 97 sign - not stolen, mind you, but given to me by a state worker


26. Diamond words after two or three : MEN ON - ah, baseball for C.C. - but makes me think of this song

Lyric @2:50

27. Stand : RISE

31. Fine things : ARTS

32. Experts : ACES

33. "__ corny ... ": song lyric : I'M AS - ah.  song from the musical South Pacific - before my time

34. Word for a loser? : LITE - not DIET; 75% correct-ish

35. "Yow!" : YIPES - I had yiKes, and that was close enough

37. Mil. ranks : CPLs - not SGTs

38. Sport for people in suits : ÉPÉE - I put this in, but I thought it was the sword, not the sport

39. Gasp : PANT

40. "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle," for one : ARIA - sounds Frawnche - OMG, people, lighten UP~!  It's a joke~!  I don't give a rat's a** if there's more French, Spanish, Italian or German in a puzzle; in fact, I've been saying "Frawnche" for so long, I couldn't recall that it's from a clip in 30-year old movie

41. Medical supplies : SERA - oops, put an "S" in at the end - Bzzzt~!

42. Pension law acronym : ERISA - Employee Retirement Income Security Act

43. Tax : LEVY

44. Like caps : VISORED

46. Style for jazzman Crothers : SCAT

47. Indictment feature? : SILENT C - indYTEment; learned watching Law & Order

50. Thames museum : TATE

51. Show no hesitation about starting : PLUNGE INTO - speaking of "plunge", see 52d.

55. Lex's henchman in "Superman" films : OTIS - I remember Ned Beatty playing the role in 1978


56. Sell shares : ISSUE STOCK

57. Torn : RENT

58. Spud : TATER

59. Versatile tubers : YAMS

60. Texts: Abbr. : MSGs

DOWN:   

1. Bucolic musical pieces : PASTORALES

2. Bosh : UTTER TRIPE

3. Offensive, perhaps : FOUR-LETTER - like, say, epee and orle  :7))

5. Common street name : ELM

6. "Moi?" : "DO I~?" - and more Franwche

7. Gore and more : ALs

9. Yankee whose #9 was retired in 1984 : MARIS - more baseball for C.C.

11. Sailor's maneuver : TACK

12. Get in the game : ANTE

13. Not flag : LAST - ah, the verb "to flag"

16. Blend : FIT IN

22. "Could happen" : "I MAY"

24. Hold 'em holding : ONE PAIR - Texas style poker.  Just to show how much I love the French, I'm giving you an image of "one pair" of their pantyhose


28. Curses : IMPRECATES - new word for me, from the Latin "to pray"

29. Showing anticipation, in a way : SALIVATING - see 52d.

30. Some finals : ESSAY TESTS

36. Dutch village : STAD

42. Colorado's __ Park : ESTES

45. Actress Stevens : INGER

47. Turner in cooking : SPIT - like Ike or Tina, in music (Turn-er.)

48. To whom Rick said, "The Germans wore gray, you wore blue" : ILSA

49. Relish : LUST - se7en, the movie, was on this week - another one of my favorites

52. Tishby of "The Island" : NOA - how have I never seen this woman~?...hamuna-hamuna


53. Old films channel : TCM

54. Approvals : OKs - 52d gets my approval

Splynter

48 comments:

Lemonade714 said...

I enjoyed this effort which has a grid design which I do not recall seeing before.

I did not realize how much went into the creation of STAY PUFT

We also have two very attractive celebrities, LOLA FALANA INGER STEVENS with sad lives and some fun fill like UTTER TRIPE and IMPRECATION.

An inspired write up also, thanks Splynter and Michael.

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This ended up being a very quick Saturday solve for me as well. The big thing was that I was able to throw down all the long answers with little or no perp help, and that took care of the stuff like INGER and NOA that I didn't know. Seriously, though, I really thought I had finished with errors when I saw those two short answers in the grid.

I'm not sure I would have gotten LOLA FALANA so easily had it not been for the fact that she also appeared in another puzzle I did last night, but there you have it.

Anonymous said...

"Offensive, perhaps : FOUR-LETTER - like, say, epee and orle"

I still don't get it.

Help?

Anonymous said...

Never mind.

Four-letter like "f..k"

Nice that my mind's not in the gutter.

TTP said...



Good morning all. Thank you Michael Wiesenberg and Splynter.

I was SALIVATING before I took the PLUNGE INTO into this series of MISDIRECTS, stubbed A TOE on some clues that MADE NO SENSE, yelled YIPES and a couple of FOUR LETTER words as I spun around like LOLA FALANA doing a pirouette. My very first entry was going to be PASTORALS, but idyllic vision of country life that was one letter short of the word needed for the pleasant pastoral music pieces known as PASTORALES. Good grief.

I have a feeling there will be some MSGS today that IMPRECATES this puzzle. Some might call it SCAT, want to SPIT on it, or call it UTTER TRIPE. If so, please take a different TACK and consider deferring to Thumper.

I had to go red letter, and that surely helped. Made me rethink a few of the answers I'd already FIT IN. That's ok, because even though zooming through most of the puzzles each week buoys my confidence, it's struggling with the tough ones that broaden my knowledge.

unclefred said...

I got a grand total of eight (8) answers, then gave up, not wanting to spend half my day wrestling with it. You know, for a guy with three college degrees who pretty well keeps up on world affairs, my own ignorance in so many areas is amazing. I was sure the sport is called "FENCING", not épée. Never heard the word "IRONIST" refer to a writer. "IMPRECATES" is a total new word for me, which I'm sure I will totally forget in fifteen minutes. "SILENTC" was an answer that I would never have come up with for "Indictment feature". Dang!! I just can't seem to do Saturday puzzles. Not to say it wasn't a good puzzle, it is in fact a TERRIFIC CW puzzle. And a SPLENDID write-up, too, thanx, Splynter!! Just way over my head, unfortunately. :-(

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

I was making little progress out west -- probably because I had REEL and COPS where STUN and RTES needed to be. East of the Mississippi things went much faster. I was finally able to swing clockwise back up the west coast and finish it up in normal Saturday time. Gotta love a puzzle with RECIPROCITY and IMPRECATES (conveniently mirroring FOUR LETTER) in it.

ORLE used to be a cwd staple. Don't see it that much, anymore.

IRONIST is what came to mind when I read the O'Henry clue, but I hesitated putting it in. Is that really a word? Does that make one who washes clothes a laundryist?

I liked INGER Stevens in Hang 'Em High. Hers is a very sad story.

OwenKL said...

A limerick that IMPRECATES can be sometimes absurd.
Political correctness makes UTTER TRIPE blurred.
It MAKES NO SENSE
To skirt offense
When you can't even use a FOUR LETTER word!

PASTORAL music might seem to conform
To bucolic rest, and a leisurely norm.
But interest ensues
When the tempo pursues
The crashing and vigor of an ELECTRICAL STORM!

A game of Monopoly can get quite intense
Make-believe moguls SALIVATING for RENTs,
It's always a race
To purchase Park Place,
Or is TENNESSEE AVENUE worth the expense?

Lemonade714 said...

The third is superb Owen.

unclefred your mind is just not twisted enough.

EPEE is both the sword and the sport.

Thunderstorms here early today, we are still 10" below normal in rainfall.

OwenKL said...

Dang, I forgot I was going to put IRONIST in as a Monopoly player. But that's anachronistic now anyway, isn't it.

Epee was one of the few sports I was good at, and I hoped to move up to the other classes of fencing, foil & saber, but never did continue.

I did manage to complete today's puzzle on my own, with no reds, but lots of perp help and time! Such an odd-looking grid! Did it this morning instead of last night, as I normally would, so I'm a couple hours late in posting today.

HowardW said...

From the grid shape, I expected this would be easier than it turned out. In the end, it took about average time. Loved the "one of an orange trio" clue, though only when VENUE showed up at the end, did the Monopoly reference became apparent. That fixed some mistakes: PUFF for PUFT, REEL for STUN. Couldn't drag ORLE out of the cobwebbed attic of my mind, and had no idea about NOA. I also had no idea about the details of Inger Stevens's life, although I remember her appearances in Hang 'Em High and Twilight Zone. I've never encountered IMPRECATE as a verb, only its noun form. More mis-steps: PLOUGH INTO rather than PLUNGE INTO, and my loser was SORE. Stumped by the clue "Tom" -- when RENT emerged as the answer, I realized that the clue is "Torn". Need stronger glasses or a different font.

Excellent puzzle, and great write-up, Splynter!

unclefred said...

Thanks, Lemonade, for the kind encouragement "your mind is just not twisted enough". I guess it IS in fact mental flexibility that makes for a good CWer. I hope you are enjoying the good rain this morning, I know I am, living in Fort Lauderdale, we, like you, are severely behind on rain. BTW, since you live not too far away, if you should find yourself in central Fort Lauderdale, I tend to hang at McGuires Hill 16, usually after 4 for Happy Hour. Ask the bartender, they will point me out. I'll buy you a beer, and see if I can pick your brain about getting better at CWs!!

unclefred said...

Last comment today: Thanks, Owen, for the limericks, I always enjoy them.

Bronx Boy said...

I think I had a crush on INGER Stevens when I first saw her in The Farmer's Daughter back in the '60s. This video includes commercials for Lark cigarettes ("with the 3-piece Keith filter"), one of the show's sponsors.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Kudos to those who found this easy as I struggled mightily, especially with the northwest quadrant. I knew that 4D was a state but not having Puft filled in, I was left to guessing. I finally tried Tennessee, but was spelling it wrong. Anyway, after much angst, I managed to complete that corner and, therefore, the puzzle w/o help but with much brain-bruising and way too much time. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the challenge and the solve.

Thank you, Michael, for a Saturday stumper and thanks, Splynter, for your usual spot-on summary.

Great limericks, Owen.

The three H's are back; 90's for the next couple of days. Thank goodness for a/c.

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

The fill, cluing and the grid itself were great! I can’t imagine how anyone constructs these. With a little persistence everything did fall out nicely.

Musings
-Siri can MISDIRECT your RTE
-Disney E-TICKETS, et al
-I still remember the IORNY of Ransom Of Red Chief 55 yrs later.
-Me too, Otto, COPS had numbers on their shields first and Howard, I also saw Tom for Torn.
-Omaha instituted a tax LEVY on restaurant meals with a sunset clause. Surprise, that sun ain’t gonna set!
-The judge who coined this phrase. He was later, uh, indicted.
-George Carlin waged war on censorship of FOUR-LETTER words
-Sailors TACKING into the wind
-SALAVATION causes
-ESSAY TESTS are easy to construct and a bear to grade. How much adolescent drivel can you read?
-Barney didn’t care for this RECIPROCITY. What was Gomer yelling?

Madame Defarge said...

Happy Weekend.

Great start to a busy day. Enough of a struggle, yet very doable. Thanks Michael.

I wanted tangerine before TENNESSEE. Ha! I agree with Lemonade that UTTER TRIPE and IMPRECATION were fun fills. My favorite: Indictment's SILENT C. Otherwise, I think even this early, WES.

Splynter, Merci. I see you sent us Forward~ in FRAWNCHE. Tres Bien! Thanks for the tour and the clip from Better Off Dead. That should solve any anxieties about your usage. ;-)

It's going to be a hot one today; it is August after all. Enjoy the day!

Anonymous said...

MD said..."I agree with Lemonade that UTTER TRIPE and IMPRECATION were fun fills."

The fill was IMPRECATES.

C6D6 Peg said...

Great puzzle, with some learning moments. DH learned RECIPROCITY. When I said it, he repeated "Arrest a Prostitute?"

Thanks, Splynter, for your usual fun write-ups. Guess you're learning Frawnch(En Avant), huh?

Stay cool!

Madame Defarge said...

Sorry, didn't proof: IMPRECATES

Misty said...

Well, I almost never get a Saturday puzzle anymore, and this one was no exception. But I did get about 3/4 of it, with only the NW column giving me real trouble. So many thanks, Michael, for getting my weekend off to a better start than usual, and thanks to you too, Splynter.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling thoughts":

I'm with unclefred on this one; I struggled for most of the puzzle and even when I looked up the clues on Google, it didn't make things easier. Like desper-otto, I tried REEL b4 STUN; and had LAPD and then COPS before RTES. I think I had WANT before LUST in 49d and AMC before TCM in 53d. This whole puzzle was full of 18a. And I sorta said "meh" to the 9a/13d combo of METAL/LAST and 34a answer of LITE. I used several 3downs while doing this, and thought the whole thing was 2down!!

TTP - clever comments

Owen - I also liked #3, but as Nice Cuppa pointed out yesterday, please try to pay attention to the meter of your limericks. What makes limericks so much fun is when the meter is correct - just a constructive comment!

Enjoy your weekend, all ...

coneyro said...

Not much to say except "OUCH".

I started off with putting "puff" instead of "PUFT". Then for 9A, I had "music" instead of "METAL". For 25A I also had "cops" instead of "RTES". And so downward I went, stumbled and fell.

LOLAFALANA was, amazingly, a gimme for me. Was a hugh fan, back in the day. She was beautiful.

There were too many unknowns for me to make much headway. IMPRECATES, PASTORALES, RECIPROCITY..not in my vocabulary. Monopoly clues..not my thing. French..minimal interest in...

In conclusion..I respect the effort made by the constructors, but it was WAY beyond my level, as most Saturday puzzles are. But I always make an ernest effort.

'Til next time..


Big Easy said...

The first thing I noticed was the perfect symmetry of the puzzle. But the long fills were surprisingly easy to guess. But after filling IMPRECATES as the last word ( only because it made the crosses fit) made me look up the word in the dictionary to see if it was a real word. So I did finish. 37A could have been either CPLS or COLS, 40A- ARIA was unknown, aw were both IM AS corny and OTIS.

I didn't have a V8 moment of TENNESSEE AVENUE and I really didn't think about Monopoly. ORLE, an old crossword staple, is a word I haven't seen in a while. NOA-that was the only fit for 52D but not known to me. Other than 28D & ARIA (thinking ALIA)- Frawnche & Italian- my only other unknown was DOI but figured the dancer had to be LOLA instead of LILA.

Fairly easy for a Saturday and thanks for the T&A Splynter.

I do have a problem with my newspaper's fonts because i misread 'Modern' as 'Modem' and 'Torn' as 'Tom'. the 'rn' looks exactly like a 'm'.

Diamond word- I was thinking both Neil and jewels. MEN ON came from perps and the light went on.
ESSAY TESTS- teachers are getting very lazzzzzzy not wanting to grade tests and using scantron for everything. Even my granddaughter's HS Chemistry teacher gave multiple choice for all tests. Not once in the entire year did she have to grade an actual worked out problem.

Bluehen said...

When I first saw the layout of today's puzzle I was afraid that it was going to be extremely difficult. No one is going is going to put that much effort into puzzle construction and have it be Monday level. I dove in anyway and son of a gun, my solving experience pretty much mirrored Splynter's. I think this might have been the fastest Saturday solve of my short career. The only complete unknown was IMPRECATES, but the cluing for RECIPROCITY also had me scratching my head. Plenty of perps to rescue me. A very satisfying Saturday solve. Thank you, Michael. Thank you, Splynter, for an entertaining, informative exposition.

A beautiful day today. My sons have some friends over. We're going to be grillin' and chillin'.

Cya

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Anon @ 0951 - Methinks thou dost overimprecate.

Strongly compartmentalized grid today. Made it difficult to expand into an unsolved area from a friendlier completed one.
After starting with about 5 scattered entries, I finally was able to fill out the SW - NE sector and then the SE, The NW took longer but I finally settled on PASTORALES and TENNESSEE AVENUE. Ultimately I still needed red-letter help to get the f in PUFT. I was slow in sussing FOUR-LETTER. But it got done and it was fun; the main thing.

Jayce said...

Whew, what a struggle. Enjoyed struggling, though, and eventually finished it with a little bit of help from Google and from two red letters. Awesome construction. Fabulous words. I agree with Sptizboov about the compartmentalization, and found it mildly frustrating that filling in one area often didn't help much to fill in another area. And now Saturday morning is done and it is time for lunch. Best wishes to you all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Got 'em all with just a little help. Enjoyed the clever cluing in places but did not like "Could happen" for I MAY. Just not a neat fit; the answer not as pat a phrase as the clue.
I remember "Golden Boy" (the musical) on B'way. Not as hot a show as it should have been.

Avg Joe said...

My solve was much like Jayce's and Spitz's. it took time to get any traction, but eventually had a swath from SW to NE filled. Then the march to complete the long columns remaining began. Reel held me up forever. Even when I gave it up, it evolved from reel to spin then eventually stun. While I never filled it in, I really, really wanted Puff for 1a, so that created its own mental road block for Tennessee Avenue. And so it went. The P in imprecate was the final cell, and with no familiarity with the word, it was a guess between P and O. P won, thankfully.
Very challenging, but satisfying once done,

CrossEyedDave said...

Took one look at this puzzle & said, "oh boy! lots of short fill to give me perps for a change!

After the easy ones (edam/elm/als...) i was totally stonewalled.
Which is really mind boggling, because looking at this after it is filled out, every clue/answer makes sense. Except 44A. Like caps : VISORED, I have no idea what this means, & Google isn't helping at all... (spellcheck doesn't like it either.)

Learning moment: Imprecates!

(Now, how to use it...)

I once gave my Auntie a coffee mug that said "Auntie" all the way around it.
I still can't understand why she got so mad at me?

Hmm, maybe I can use imprecate with Tech help?

Anonymous said...

CED said...Except 44A. Like caps : VISORED, I have no idea what this means, & Google isn't helping at all

Caps (e.g. baseball caps) have visors so, in crosswordese, they can be said to be VISORED. Just as hats with brims could be said to be brimmed. You don't have to like it. It's just part of the puzzle.

Nice Cuppa said...

Given my comments yesterday, mea culpa. if you happened to pick up my last limerick as it is did not follow the AABBA rhyming scheme. However, I managed to delete.

Here is an alternative. You may need to check older meanings of "gird".


There once was a man named O. Henry
Whom workers in metal would envy
When a man of gird
Used that four letter word
The ironist claimed reciprocity!

NC

Lime Rickey said...

NC: I think the third line is missing a syllable. And the fifth line has one syllable too many.

Nice Cuppa said...

CRYPTIC LIMERICK 101

There once was a man from Tennessee
Who demanded reciprocity
“My TURN for a RAISE”
Met the ironist’s gaze:
“That’s ERISA! You have it! So easy!”

Lime Rickey said...

NC: I don't think you get the whole meter thing.

SwampCat said...


Waaay over my head today! But the grid was fascinating. And I loved the expo.

HG, the boats pictured in your link seem to me to be BEATING into the wind. I don't see anyone tacking. But then, I put BEAT before TACK into the puzzle, too, and that was before I saw your link!

Owen. I loved all of the limericks today!

Nice Cuppa said...

Lime Rickey

You are correct that the syllabic count is not perfect in lines 3 and 5, but it's written as "Accentual verse": 3,3,2,2,3, capitalized below. I could have written "When a man of the gird", but then the pun does not work so well. A 5-syllable word like reciprocity will always have secondary accents, so I have just chosen the main one - poetic license.

there ONCE was a MAN named o. HENry
whom WORKers in METal would ENvy
when a MAN of GIRD
used that FOUR-letter WORD
the IRONist CLAIMED reciPROCity.

NC

Nice Cuppa said...

Lime Rickey

Same again 3,3,2,2,3, but this time I used both the primary and secondary accents in RECIPROCITY - more poetic license.

there ONCE was a MAN from TENessee
who deMANDed REC-i-PROCity
“my TURN for a RAISE”
met the IRONist’s GAZE:
“that’s eRISa! You HAVE it! So EAsy!”

NC

Jayce said...

Yeah, beat, jibe, or TACK.

Chairman Moe said...

NC, I think what Lime Rickey was referring to is using anapest verse, where the rhyming scheme is "duh-duh-DUH, duh-duh-DUH, duh-duh-DUH for lines 1, 2, and 5; and "duh-duh-DUH" for lines 3 and 4. Like this:

When the MARSHmallow MAN called "Stay PUFT",
Joined a GYM, in attEMPT to get BUFFED;
Had a SLIP and a FALL
Throwing MEDicine BALL;
One could SAY that his EFfort was FLUFFED.

OwenKL said...

The earliest limericks were like
Hickory, dickery doc
The mice ran up the clock
The clock struck one,
The rest escaped unharmed,
Hickory dickery doc.

The first and last lines were the same nonsense phrase.
Edward Lear took this and expanded the formula

There was an Old Person of Ewell,
Who chiefly subsisted on gruel;
But to make it more nice,
He inserted some mice,
Which refreshed that Old Person of Ewell.

No more nonsense phrases in The Book Of Nonsense. But the last line still echoed the first, and both usually ended with a place name.
A. Nonymus took it from there, adding risque as feature, while eliminating the residence and reprise.
And my own expansion on the form is to abandon the strict anapest pest, and to only insist of myself the lines 1,2,& 5 have the same number of stressed syllables, and 3 & 4 likewise agree.

If mouses are mice and dies are dice
Then the language of English isn't quite nice
But still
It will
Continue for crosswords and cusswords suffice!

CrossEyedDave said...

Recently visited Daughter #1 in Manhattan, & we took a walk in Central Park.

The object of this walk was to sail a toy sailboat she gave me for my Birthday last year.

When we got to the place I remember, it had turned from a large fountain style pool
into this large lake. & you could rent an R/C sailboat for $11- per 1/2 hour...

I got the only red hull boat (#22) so I knew which one was mine..

If only I had an (imprecate) breeze!

Anonymous said...

Fouls:
14A Put A TOE in: test
25A Their nos. might appear on shields: RTES (what is a shield?)
38A Sport for people in suits: EPEE? What about polo? baseball? football? basketball? swimming?
22D Could happen: I MAY?
49D Relish: LUST

Yes, unclefred. How 'bout –in future – valid clues, real words?

Nice Cuppa said...

Chairman Moe

I am not claiming to be an expert in this. Anapest verse is one form of accentual-syllabic verse, which is very common, but Limericks in general do not need a fixed syllable count or foot. This is an example from Edward Lear:


“There WAS a Young PERson of CRETE,
duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH 8

Whose TOIlette was FAR from comPLETE;
duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH 8

She DRESSED in a SACK,
duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH 5

spickle_SPECKled with BLACK,
duh-duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH 6

That omBLIFerous PERson of CRETE.”
duh-duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH-duh-duh-DUH 9



NC

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Nice work, Michael and Splynter!

Wasn't easy, but finally materialized.

(This after yesterday's horrible disaster.)

Am enjoying the "war of the limericks."

Cheers!

Bill G. said...

I came across a cable channel with old TV shows; Andy Griffith, MASH, early Superman (with George Reeves), Welcome Back Kotter and others. Superman was campy but enjoyable. Welcome Back Kotter seemed obvious and pathetic, not funny at all though we used to enjoy it back at the time. Maybe the good ol' days are misremembered...

I still enjoyed the old Gunsmoke, Bonanza, etc.

I am impressed with all of you who can create fun limericks using the puzzle theme and words. It does seem like the right meter for a limerick is a necessity. I haven't made up any to rival those presented here regularly. I do remember some great ones from my college days. They had two necessary characteristics; they always scanned perfectly and they were always dirty.

CrossEyedDave said...

Uhhmm...

Paul in Montebello said...

Got it all but took longer than I expected. Did not know Lola Falani so I had to work around it.