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Oct 12, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015 Ron Toth & C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Synonyms - Did you grasp the idea?

17A. *Strapless handbag : CLUTCH PURSE

38A. *Party favors holder : GRAB BAG

10D. *Runner-on-third play : SQUEEZE BUNT

25D. *Carpe diem : SEIZE THE DAY

63A. Warning in a roller coaster, and a hint to the first words of the answers to starred clues : HANG ON TIGHT

Argyle here. JzB and C.C. third time here. Pin wheel grid today with Monday level theme and fill. Eleven letter vanes with a seven letter hub. Very nice.

Across:

1. Frozen treat shown on its package with syrup : EGGO

5. Computer storage media : DISCS

10. Sunscreen letters : SPF. (Sun Protection Factor)

13. Maxwell House decaf brand : SANKA

15. From Taiwan, say : ASIAN

16. On the __ vive: alert : QUI. "on the qui vive", on the alert; attentive; from French, literally: long live who?, sentry's challenge. "Vive-le-roi!"

19. www address : URL

20. "Whoops!" : "OH, OH!"

21. "Get this away from me" : "I HATE IT!". Interesting pairing.

23. Former great : HAS BEEN. Still better than, "Never was".

26. Carolyn who created Nancy Drew : KEENE. The original Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, begun in 1930, was ended in 2004 and a new series, Girl Detective, was launched, in which the title character drives a hybrid electric vehicle and uses a cell phone.

27. "Aha!" : "I SEE!"

28. Home __: Lowe's rival : DEPOT

32. Old Russian autocrat : CZAR

33. Neglect, as duty : SHIRK

35. "Ten-hut!" reversal : "AT EASE". "I'll be in the area all day."

37. "Oh yeah? __ who?" : SEZ. Another interesting pairing.

41. Physique, briefly : BOD

44. __ Field: Brooklyn Dodgers' home : EBBETS. Ebbets Field, built by club owner Charlie Ebbets, was partially built on a garbage dump called Pigtown, because of the pigs that roamed there.

46. Piano practice piece : ÉTUDE

48. Sagan's sci. : ASTR. (astronomy)

50. Wined and dined : FETED

53. Frosty flakes : SNOW. Cute.

54. Physical therapy, briefly : REHAB. (Rehabilitation)



56. "Better luck next time!" : "NICE TRY"

58. Pizza seasoning : OREGANO

61. Like much fall weather : COOL

62. Very angry : MAD

68. Org. for shrinks : APA. (American Psychological Association) or (American Psychiatric Association)

69. Fur fortune-maker : ASTOR. John Jacob Astor (1763 – 1848)

70. "Everything all right?" : "YOU OK?"

71. Introverted : SHY

72. Start of a wish : I HOPE ...

73. Texter's goof : TYPO

Down:

1. PC undo key : ESC

2. 65-Down's lass : GAL; 65D. 2-Down's fellow : GUY

3. Bearded antelope : GNU

4. Bavarian "fest" month : OKTOBER

5. Novelist du Maurier : DAPHNE. Lady Browning DBE. Interesting LINK.

6. Ames sch. : ISU. (Iowa State University of Science and Technology)

7. "What can I help you with?" iPhone app : SIRI

8. __ cow: big income producer : CASH. Origins.

9. Go furtively : SNEAK

11. Dog Chow maker : PURINA

12. Coffeemaker insert : FILTER

14. Workout woe : ACHE

18. Cleared weeds, say : HOED

22. Nero Wolfe and Sam Spade, briefly : TECs. (de-tec-tives)

23. Snake's sound : HISS

24. "Off the Court" author Arthur : ASHE

29. Blue Ribbon brewer : PABST

30. Horseplayer's letters : OTB. (off-track betting)

31. Herbal brew : TEA

34. CIA Cold War foe : KGB. The Ruskies.

36. Mellow, as wine : AGE

39. NFL official : REF

40. Consumed : ATE

42. Smell : ODOR. Pigtown, so they said.

43. Damp at dawn : DEWY

45. Blow one's own horn : BRAG

47. "The Waste Land" poet : T.S. ELIOT

48. Kitchen allures : AROMAS

49. High-ranking angel : SERAPH

51. "Play another song!" : "ENCORE!"

52. Singer Celine : DION. "Pour que tu m'aimes encore"



55. Persian faith that promotes spiritual unity : BAHÁ'I

57. Perfume giant : COTY

59. Poet Ogden : NASH

60. Not fooled by : ON TO

64. George Bush's org. : GOP. (Grand Old Party)

66. Dance for teens in socks : HOP

67. Fight ender, briefly : TKO. (Technical Knock Out)

 Argyle



Note from C.C.:

Jazzbumpa (Ron) came up with this puzzle idea and the neat reveal entry. I went for a super smooth ride.



52 comments:

OwenKL said...

There once was a snake (with intentions perverse)
Courted a mortician (and her fat PURSE).
They were soon to be wed.
The invites all read:
"Personalized gifts should be marked, HISS and Hearse!"

Heaven had gone wild, it was almost as if
God had resigned over some petty tiff.
There were gunfights in the bar
Till a stranger with a star
Sauntered in and informed all that, "I'm the new SERAPH!"

There once was a librarian, a little bit screwy,
Kept some books outdoors, as part of her duty.
The tomes in the grass
Were all about maths
Because she preferred her decimals be DEWY!

No-Vice worder said...

Not much trouble today. Had to go back and correct Sanka and Oktober.

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Thanks, CC and Ron! Santa, too!

Great puzzle. No complaints!

Late bedtime.

Cheers!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Today's easy trip was a nice contrast to the drubbing I took yesterday. Thanks JzB &C.C.

It's windy, and it's cold, but Vienna is still superb!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Pretty smooth sailing today. Hand up for OCTOBER before OKTOBER. Also, COTY was a complete unknown and I still refuse to accept OH-OH in place of UH-OH.

It's supposed to be close to 80 today, which is rather bizarre for Columbus day...

Tinbeni said...

Happy Columbus Day!
It's COOL here in Tampa Bay (66 degrees) heading for a High of only 77 degrees.
(Yeah! The first Non-Eighty degree day this Fall!)

Argyle: Nice write-up and links. I enjoyed the tunes.

Jazz & C.C. Thank You for a FUN Monday puzzle with an interesting theme.

OK, I will admit to needing ESP to get DAPHNE, KEENE and COTY.
All learning moments, always a good thing, especially on a Monday.

Fave was the cluing and answer AT-EASE, my way of living life.

Will be rooting for the Royals, Blue Jays, CUBS and Mets in today's games.

Pretty sure the "First-Toast" will be WAY-before Sunset.
Cheers!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This was a nice romp! Missed the theme, as usual, but it was fun nonetheless. Congrats JzB and C.C.

Interesting article about Dumaurier, Argyle. I thought she was from the Victorian era. As it turns out, she was younger than my mom.

Some folks think AT EASE means do whatever you want. Not so. It means "relax, but keep your right foot planted" so you can immediately pop to attention, if required.

Most of Munich's famous OKTOBERfest occurs in September.

Jerome said...

How odd is it that the writer of "The WASTE Land" has a name that anagrams to TOILETS?

thehondohurricane said...


Thanks CC & ron for a fun start to another week of crosswords.

Saw my first major league game at Ebbets Field. Only time I was there. At the bottom of the right field fence there was an advertisement. If a better hit the ad on the fly, he won. Who was the advertiser and what was the prize?

My rooting interests today will be Stros, Rangers. Mets, & Cubs.

Area restaurant has Oktoberfest in process. Great Sauerbraten. hmmmm....think I know where we'll be dining tonight.

Temps going crazy this week Mid 70's today, mid to low 50's by the weekend. I feel a cold coming on.

thehondohurricane said...


Line three...Better should be Batter.

Madame Defarge said...

Happy Monday!

I'm on Dudley's page. A great puzzle for me today after yesterday's rare DNF. Great lay out. Fun theme, once I finally caught on. Thanks JazzB and C.C. Argyle, thanks for another interesting morning tour.

Have a good day, everyone.

GO CUBS!!!

Freond said...

How COOL! An OKTOBER weekend when Bears, Blackhawks and Cubs all won. I think that HAS BEEN rarer than a blue moon! Deserves to be FETED. I HOPE that happens again. Chicago is looking for an ENCORE next weekend, and for the Cubs to make it to the World SIRIes.

SwampCat said...


Interesting Monday! Thanks, JzB and C.C. I loved the theme and some of the new fill. Have we had SANKA or OREGANO before?

My only hangup was SIRI. Perps filled in the letters but I couldn't figure out how SIR, I.... would equate to offering to help someone. V-8 can was painful!! Good clue.

And we got the alternate spelling for that old Russian autocrat.

Thanks, Argyle, for walking us through it.

Owen, you are in rare form today! Loved the limericks! DEWY decimals, indeed.

Anonymous said...

That's the first appearance of CZAR for a Russian ruler in crossword puzzles in years. It's usually TSAR for Russians, CZAR for drugs and other big biz. Jus' sayin'.

The 6D clue coulda been "Terre Haute sch." or "Normal sch."

Husker Gary said...

Nice job C.C. and Ron! Purses and baseball should have alerted me to one of you.

Musings
-Someday I’ll look up why URL’s have no spaces and are in lower case
-UH OH (not quite OH OH) (:21)
-Many authors ghostwrote Nancy Drew under the pseudonym Carolyn KEENE and Hardy Boys under the namd Franklin W. Dixon
-My Fair Lady had a song with “The Lord above gave man an arm of iron, so he could do his work and never SHIRK”
-The first SNOW is a wonderful event and then…
-This football player doesn’t like “NICE TRY” sentiments
-ASTORia, OR on the Pacific was the then unnamed end of Lewis & Clark’s expedition
-She’s against wishin’ and hopin’ (with preface) (3:48)
-Many churches around here have a CASH COW doing daycare
-SNEAK – ever been in a trunk going to the Drive-In movie?
-Huge new betting option in America
-This very talented family group played in our town last night. Their ENCORE was a preview of Christmas – Carol Of The Bells
-Do you remember this movie where CARPE DIEM led to tragedy?
-Gotta run. Hopefully chiropractor will let me play golf today.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Nice interesting puzzle by JzB and C.C. to start the week. Argyle summed it up pretty well. Liked the 11 ltr pinwheel acrosses and downs. Liked seeing lesser used fill such as DAPHNE and SERAPH. Appreciated CZAR, too. Suspect the authors might have been trying to nudge puzzledom a bit.
EBBETS Field - I was fortunate to attend a game there in August of 1950. Phillies played the Dodgers; Phillies won. Guess a 12 yr. old remembers that stuff.

NASH poem:

The hunter crouches in his blind
'Neath camouflage of every kind
And conjures up a quacking noise
To lend allure to his decoys
This grown-up man, with pluck and luck
is hoping to outwit a duck

HowardW said...

Spitzboov -
If your game was at night, it would have been on Aug 8, 1950.
In the daytime, Aug 9.

I love baseball-reference.com.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Easy, peasy Monday offering. Caught the similar theme beginnings quickly, so the reveal was easy, except I entered hold before hang. No harm, no foul, though. I read a lot of Daphne D's work and Nancy Drew mysteries were a must read in my younger days. Anyone remember Trixie Belden?

Thanks, CC and Ron, for a fun start to the week and thanks, Argyle, for your continued guidance.

Having the use of only one hand is difficult and frustrating, to say the least, but last night was the proverbial straw that ..........I was trying to get a can of Pepsi out of the 24 pack carton which was on the floor of the foyer closet, and while struggling with the packaging, the can flew out of my hand, hit the tile floor and burst open, spraying the floor, the walls, a throw rug, items in the closet and me! Talk about a mess. Clean-up was not easy, believe me.

Great job on the limericks today, Owen.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

HowardW - Aug 9 sounds about right. It was an afternoon game. Date had to be before (corn) silo filling, starting ~Aug. 20.

RAC'em said...

Good puzzle today.

If we are remembering old baseball games...

I was there at Forbes Field for the 1960 World Series between the Pirates and the Yankees when Bill Mazeroski hit his home run. Not the one in the 7th game for the walk-off win, but the lesser known one that he hit in the opening game of the same series. Pretty remarkable for a guy who only hit just over 8 home runs per year for his 17 year career.

We geezers do remember such things.

Avg Joe said...

An enjoyable Monday outing. Had some crunch, but no major hang ups. Congratulations on another collaboration Ron and C.C. And Thanks Argyle.

Jazzbumpa said...

Hi gang -

Looks like most of you liked the puzzle. That's gratifying.

When I pitch a theme idea to C. C. we generally have to massage it a bit to make it work. I'm pretty sure SQUEEZE BUNT was hers.

Then she does the heavy lifting of filling the grid. I think this pinwheel array with a center entry is especially creative and pleasing.

And I was delighted to se CZAR in the fill. TSAR always rubs me a little bit wrong.

Jerome - sometimes the soil stacks up that way.

I'm still hoping for a Mets - Jays series, but would not be disappointed by Astros - Cubs.

There is nothing good to say about the Lions' performance yesterday. I hope this is the bottom so things can start to pick up.

At least the Wings won their first two.

The rest of this week is quite busy. I might not have time for puzzles, and will be surprised if I get a chance to check in here. So - back at y'all next week, if not sooner.

Now i have to slide on outa here.

Cool Regards!
JzB

TTP said...

Good morning all. Thank you CC RON and ARGYLE. Liked the puzzle and theme; it was very clean. Great job Argyle.

-No idea on DAPHNE, but the perps were solid.

Had SQUEEZE PLAY before BUNT. There are two types of SQUEEZE (BUNT) plays. The SAFETY SQUEEZE and the SUICIDE SQUEEZE. In the former, the runner on third waits until the ball is safely bunted into the field of play before making the break for home plate. In the latter, the runner is usually heading home concurrent with the pitcher's delivery. In case you missed it, Manager Joe Maddon called consecutive SAFETY SQUEEZE BUNTS, with the runners scoring both times as the CUBS took Game 2 against the CARDINALS on Saturday.

My Boy is getting older, and has learned to sleep with both eyes closed. When I want him to go "on the QUE VIVE", I'll say "Who dat ?" in a commanding voice. No PURINA for him.

As we age, we find that we don't have to have a workout to end up with an ACHE.

With my two immediate elder sibs being girls, and the older one a collector, I probably ready most every Nancy Drew mystery. Not ashamed to say that I loved them. They were much more mature reading than all of those Dr Seuss, and DICK and Jane books that I had been reading before then.


I almost entered the distances from my house to the nearest Menards, Home DEPOT, and Lowe's respectively, but that would make it very easy for someone to triangulate exactly where I live. Suffice it to say that there is at least one of each within ten miles, and three each of two of them with in the distance. Yeah, this is what big city suburbia is all about these days.

Southern rockers 38 Special suggested that you should Hold On Loosely but don't let go.

Bill G, Lucina, (inre last night's comments), There was nothing furtive or SNEAK with the way this little old lady used to walk down the street each morning and take my neighbor's newspapers out of his box. She thought they were hers.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2
-Exceptional limericks today, Owen! Can’t pick a favorite
-What a hoot to see that old Brooklyn Dodgers lineup in your link Howard. My dad lived and died with the “Bums”!
-With the shorter 60’ bases I’ve seen many more SQUEEZE BUNTS in softball than baseball
-Here’s a link to the group we saw last night. This family’s musicality was unbelievable. Give them a little listen.
-Re: yesterday’s puzzle. Here’s the song Frankie Avalon sang to DIDI Conn in Grease
-My Royals just can’t score any runs.
-Windy here today! “HANG ON (TIGHT) Sloopy!”
-FWIW, roller coasters are better for me if I don’t hold on so tight and “go with the flow”

TTP said...

I seldom proof my ramblings, and it shows. "... with in...' versus within, for one, and it should have been SNEAKy, for another...

BTW, she had to walk past six or seven houses and paper boxes to get to his. It was inexplicable.

For soldiers, the AT EASE command has different implications and expectations depending on whether the soldier is in formation (parade) or not. The "AT EASE" - "I'll be in the area all day" implication (go about your business) is non-parade usage. Probably different for sailors and marines on board a vessel.

Back home, the weekly auction at The Grange always had a few boxfulls of GRAB BAGS up for sale, usually sold at 50 cents each. The auctioneer would call for GRAB BAGS about mid-auction when he wanted to take a break for ten minutes or so as the bags were being bought, change was made, and the bags passed down the aisles. Variable weekly, these were the peck to grocery store sized brown paper bags, and they were generally filled with worthless trinkets. To keep the interest from waning week to week, there would always be some bags sold with moderately valuable "pieces" inside, worth well more than your fifty cent investment. It was like our own weekly "Let's Make a Deal" Monte Hall kind of entertainment.

C6D6 Peg said...

Fun puzzle Ron & C.C. Really liked the reveal!

Very nice write-up, as always, Argyle.

Misty said...

Oh dear, Irish Miss--so sorry to hear of the rough time with your healing hand and the mess. Hope things get better for you soon.

Delightful speed run this morning, C.C. and JazzB. Really enjoyed it--many thanks. And you too, Argyle.

Terrific poems this morning, Owen, and loved the Nash, Spitz.

Great way to start the week--have a good one, everybody!

Lucina said...

Good day, friends!

Laughed out loud, Owen, at every stanza! Thank you.

And thank you, C.C. and Ron! I sashayed nicely right through your lovely grid with a breakfast start of EGGO and SANKA. And there was Frosty Flakes, too , though I don't get the SNOW reference.

OREGANO is often used in puzzles that I've seen but it's a first for SANKA. Oops! FIW. Had TSAR since it's so common but when SQUEEZE appeared forgot to change the T to C. Drat!

IrishMiss:
I'm so sorry to hear of your travails and hope you can soon use both hands.

Argyle, more than a NICE TRY today, super! Thanks!

Have a beautiful day, everyone! No sign of autumn here yet.

Lucina said...

BillG:
From last night. That particular neighbor was a cantankerous sort who was sometimes nice and sometimes surly. Eventually he and his family moved away but retained their condo and rented it to a really nice person who lived there several years. Suddenly, one day he was asked to move out and the former neighbor's wife moved back after she had divorced neighbor #1.

Incidentally, my newspaper is still delivered over the fence.

Anonymous T said...

Hi all!

I sensed it was a Corner Constructor at 10d, looked down and I SEE JzB & CC! Whoot!

I liked both the theme and the fill. So many fun words & phrases to play with. Thanks CC-duo! Thanks too to Argyle for kickin' off the MAD after-party.

W/os - Hand up for OcTOBER. I also had GiftBAG before I had a PABST (actually, it's a Karbach).

Fav - 37a. SEZ who? SEZ me; YOU OK with that?

My brother & fam are still here. We all have OH-dark-30(@:30) flights tomorrow but are totally AT EASE CLUTCHing to our last day of a long weekend trying to SQUEEZE every bit of fun out of it.

Even though it's a vaca-day, I'm not SHIRK'n nor SHY'n away from my duties, well not until the 'Stros game comes on (followed by a Cards/Cubs chaser tonight).

OKL - ++ on #2!

HG - A computer has to parse domain names (the 1st bit of a URL) and spaces would mess that up. Most original web servers were UNIX-based, hence URLs case-sensitive. Originally, you couldn't start a URL w/ numbers, but 800-flowers changed that.

I HOPE you have a great Columbus Day. It HAS BEEN fun!

Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...

"puzzling thoughts":

Ron and C.C. - great puzzle (especially for a Monday); clues and solves were well thought out; excellent theme, although I am not a big roller coaster fan.

I had a few write-overs (all spelling errors) as well as a FIW (had TZAR instead of CZAR) as I was unable to figure out TECS in 22d

Don't know if there are any classical music fans here, but tonight at 8:00pm EDT, my daughter will be performing her faculty recital on the bassoon. She is the bassoon studies professor at Univ of Georgia, and has been playing since Junior High. She will be doing some contemporary pieces as well as an Opus from the late 18th C. If you want to see the performance and hear her play, this is the website to visit:

http://music.uga.edu/streaming

Nice Cuppa said...

Jerome@6:56am

And T.S. Eliot's full name, Thomas Stearn Eliot, is an anagram of "EARTH'S MOLESTATIONS".

coneyro said...

Pretty easy Monday puzzle.

I also had HOLD before HANG, and it also makes sense with the starred clues. Perps showed me my error.

EBBETS field...Worked in that Brooklyn neighborhood, Crown Heights, for many years. On the site is now a large high rise housing complex, Ebbetts Field Apartments.

SANKA...My original "go to" decaf. Some time ago I tried it again after many years. It tasted awful. Decaf has come a long way.

Favorite clue was frosty flakes/SNOW. Much better to read it, than to be in it though.

Lucina..The SNOW reference to frosty flakes: Frosty, meaning cold, and the flakes are its form.

Owen. You're in top form. Excellent poem, as usual. How you do this at a "moment's notice" is beyond me.

Happy Columbus Day to all.

Lucina said...

coneyro:
Thank you! I guess if I had spent any time thinking about it, it would have occurred to me, frosty flakes. Hmmm. That and the last time I saw snow was in 1966 in Denver.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Link to Moe’s Daughter on Bassoon at 8 pm EDT
BASSOON

VS

Bluehen said...

Hello, everyone. I'm back and just in time for a delightful offering from CC and Ron. Well done, guys and brilliant expo, Argyle.

DW and I spent the last week high in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia enjoying the beauty of the fall foliage. Where we have our timeshare is so remote that there is no cell phone service, Wi-Fi, and the cable TV is circa 1980's. There isn't much to do but get out and enjoy nature, and we did that in spades. DW and I even managed to sneak up on some unsuspecting trout one day. Great times.

Great limericks, Owen. You have a gift.

Enjoyed the Nash poem, Spitzboov. It reminds me of my no-nonsense father's comment after he found out that I had spent all of my haying money on fishing gear. "You spent all that money so you can outwit a critter with an IQ just above a stuffed owl?"

Nice Cuppa said...

I HATE IT, SEZ SIRI, when I SEE a COOL GUY
SNOW joke, I’m A TEASE…. Ask me why!
So I asked the TEC for a BOD as well
But all he gave me was a URL!
AS-HE SQUEEZEd my BUNT. NICE TRY!

Abejo said...

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

OwenKL: Great limericks, as usual!

Puzzle was a little tough for me to get started, but that did not hold me back. A plunged ahead and got bit done.

Most of Oktober Fest is in September. It ends at the start of Oktober. I went there once. Great time. Great food.

Happy to see CZAR instead of TSAR. The other day a friend entered TZAR on Words with Friends. Maybe there is a third version.

Had REP before GOP became obvious. Inkblot.

Had DETS before TECS became obvious. Another Inkblot.

BAHAI religion brings back memories.

Liked the theme. Made sense.

Not familiar with DION. Perps.

Worked on the Sunday puzzle all the way across Ohio, Indiana, and part of Illinois. Could not get it done. Might look at it tonight again.

Cubs game tonight. Have my book club in the middle of it. Hope it is a short meeting.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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VirginiaSycamore said...

Thanks Ron and CC for a great Monday offering. And to Argyle for the writeup.
My favorite clue was frozen treat shown on its package with syrup” for EGGO.
Another Flanders and Swann song. On the MUPPET SHOW.
I'M_A_GNU

Knew KEENE because Nancy Drew was one of my favorite reads as a girl.

I had watched the movie and read the book, “Don’t Look Twice” by Daphne Dumaurier. The movie is creepy, scary and has a naked sex scene with Donald Sutherland when he was a BOD.

I watched the movie because 4 foot tall Meredith Eaton in the movie, “Unconditional Love,” states that “no one messes with a dwarf in a red raincoat". I had to find out what this iconoclastic film reference was.

Unconditional Love was Meredith’s film debut and she has been a regular on Family Law and NCIS TV shows.
EATON
Lots of other great actors, Kathy Bates as a housewife, Dan Akroyd as her nasty husband [not great in that role IMHO], Rupert Everett as the dead singing idol's lover and Jonathan Pryce as the dead singing idol.

VS

jarades said...

Am a lifelong fan of noir fiction, especially Hammett (Sam Spade), Chandler (Philip Marlowe), less so Stout (Nero Wolfe), and others. Neither "TEC" nor "TECS" (22 Down) is used within the genre. "PI," "PD," "Private Dick," "Shamus," yes, but not "TEC."

navy davy said...

Thanks to C.C.and JazzB for today's enjoyable puzzle, and to Argyle for the great review.

My teams for today seems to be the same as most with a small variation. Rooting for Mets, Astros, Blue Jays and the Cubs. With regards to team salaries, out of 30 teams the Dodgers are first with $273M, Rangers# 8 with $142M, Jays #10 with $122M, Cards #11 with $121M, Cubs #13 with $119M, Totals #16 with $114M, Mets #21 with $101M, and Astros # 29 with a paltry $71M. You have to say they have over-achieved this season.

Nice Cuppa, very clever!

I actually live in FRISCO (N.C. that is)

Can't stand auto correct. Totals above should be Kansas City. As this is being written, the Astros are having a nightmare top of the eighth. So far they have gone from 6-2 ahead to 7-6 behind.

Fair winds and following seas.

Anonymous T said...

Arggg! While JzB & I were wrong that the 'Stros would collapse by the All Star break, our pen is why we don't stand a chance in the World Series. Throwin' it back to KC to see if we can play the Jays or Dallas (thhppp on Dallas).

It was a good day...

Naw' all's still good, my brother & I are together and we have a Cubs/Cards game to watch. And we're not out of beer yet!

Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...

VA Sycamore @ 1:51 - thanks for adding the link. My daughter Amy said that the streaming will commence right about the moment the recital begins. Here is a list of her repertoire:

Join me and the fabulous Damon Denton for an evening of exciting and interesting bassoon and piano music. The recital

The recital will also be available live online, beginning at 8:00pm :

Amy Pollard recital



“Strange Interludes”

Prélude et Divertissement Eugène Bozza (1905-1991)

Strange Interlude No. 3 James Lassen (b. 1959)

Interférences I Roger Boutry (b. 1932)

Intermission

Niggun Philippe Hersant (b. 1948)

Hexen (Witches) Miguel del Aguila (b. 1957)

Konzertstück, Op. 2 Franz Berwald (1796-1868)

Jayce said...

Very fun puzzle, imaginative and well-constructed. Fun to solve.

thehondohurricane said...


Spitz,my only visit to Ebbets Field was a game vs the Phils. Dodgers won. Irv Palica pitched a complete game and was the offensive hero too. I had the box score bookmarked but it seems to have disappeared into cyber space.

Surprised no one answered my question. Abe Starks, a Brooklyn clothier, was the advertiser. Anyone who hit the sign on the fly won a two piece suit. Red Barber often referenced it during game broadcasts.

Your right Spitz, I have great recall to events from my youth, but now
I have trouble remembering what I had for supper last night!

Chairman Moe said...

well, a bit embarrassed as the University of Georgia web site has apparently "lost" their live concert video streaming page. My only guess is, that this recital was to have been performed back in February, and they rescheduled it for tonight. Someone perhaps forgot to tell the webmaster!! Anyway, there will be a video recording on DVD, so proud Dad will just have to wait awhile longer to hear his "little girl" perform . . .

Blue Iris said...

Husker Gary, Concerning Royals...O yea of little faith!

HowardW said...

hondo -
Perhaps this game?

Husker Gary said...

10 - 4 Iris! They broke out of a horrible hitting slump in incredible fashion! Now if the Huskers could do that!

Chairman Moe said...

Steelers pull a rabbit out of their hat! Wow, sure glad they won ...

Anonymous T said...

H.G. - KC had a nice comeback. While I HATE IT, it was a good game; as was the Cubs win over STL. NY Mets clobbered the Dodgers (not even fun to watch).

I can't help but notice; JzB had a CSO(?) to himself... COOL man :-)

My car to the airporrt comes in 4.2 hours, time for a nap. See y'all in Denver tormorrow.

Cheers, -T

TTP said...

Chairman Moe, yea, how about that comeback ? I was satisfied that they were going to kick a field goal and tie it up.

Anon-T, sorry to see the 'Stros lose like that, but kudos to KC.