Apr 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 6 2016, Gareth Bain

 Theme: Put a RING on it - The first letter of the four letter combo is orderly moved to the back until we reach RING. 

18. Burn unit procedure : SKIN GRAFT

26. "Rogue Lawyer" novelist : JOHN GRISHAM

44. Rockefeller Center centerpiece : SKATING RINK

56. Quartet of Wagnerian operas, and a hint to the progression in this puzzle's circled letters : RING CYCLE 

Solving without circles makes this trickier. Did you get it?


1. Fabric mimicked by jeggings : DENIM. I tried JEANS first.

6. Dallas NBA team : MAVS. Mavericks.

10. Indian mausoleum city : AGRA. Had a little brain blip when I first filled in AGHA.

14. In the company of : AMONG 

15. __ bargain : PLEA.  

16. Fountain contribution : COIN 

17. Midler's "Divine" nickname : MISS M

20. Allow to enter : LET IN

22. Big name in auto racing : ANDRETTI

23. Kerfuffles : ADO'S

25. Advanced degs. : MA'S. Master of Arts.

31. Whiskas eater : CAT

34. Pulitzer winner Walker : ALICE. Writer and activist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Color Purple.

35. Actor McGregor : EWAN 

36. Dance in a pit : MOSH 

37. Hull fastener : RIVET. Hull of a boat.

38. Group : SET

39. Mazda MX-5, familiarly : MIATA

40. Big nights : EVES

41. How-to component : STEP

42. Follow, as a hunch : ACT ON

43. __ Plaines : DES

46. Farm enclosure : STY. Tried PEN first.

47. Bit of naughtiness : NO-NO

48. Doze : TAKE A NAP

53. Disney character with a white tail : BAMBI

58. Regal headpiece : TIARA

60. Bordeaux brainstorm : IDEE. French for idea.

61. Down-to-earth : REAL

62. 2001 scandal subject : ENRON

63. Boilermaker component : BEER. A boilermaker is a glass of beer with a shot of whiskey.


64. Prohibitionists : DRYS. Have never heard that used as a noun.

65. City near Florence : SIENA


1. Reservoir creator : DAM

2. German actor Jannings : EMIL. No idea. Popular in the 1920's.

3. Sommelier's asset : NOSE. Cute.


4. Examples : INSTANCES

5. Classic British two-seater : MG MIDGET

6. Base cops, briefly : MP'S. Military Police.

7. __-Seltzer : ALKA

8. Corpuscle conduit : VEIN

9. Dreamy guy? : SANDMAN

10. Lots of plots : ACRES. Nice clue.

11. Butter in a farmyard? : GOAT

12. Africa's Great __ Valley : RIFT


13. Naysayer : ANTI

19. Light weight : GRAM

21. Hide-hair link : NOR

24. Afternoon break : SIESTA

26. Actor/singer Leto : JARED

27. Green hue : OLIVE

28. Homes with buzzers : HIVES

29. "Ni-i-ice!" : SWEET

30. Quaint headpiece accessory : HATPIN

31. Raccoon kin : COATI

32. __ Martin: 007's car : ASTON

33. Acknowledge in an Oscar speech, say : THANK

36. Barely-there dress : MICROMINI

39. Powerful people : MAGNATES

41. Rock band Lynyrd __ : SKYNYRD

44. Legato's opp., in music : STAC. Short for staccato.

45. San Francisco's __ Hill : NOB

46. "Like a Rock" rocker : SEGER

48. Chicago paper, for short : TRIB

49. __-de-camp : AIDE. New to me. Definition:
A military officer acting as a confidential assistant to a senior officer.

50. Bermuda shorts endpoint : KNEE. As opposed to the micromini.

51. One with an untouchable service : ACER

52. Word with fair or foul : PLAY

54. Unadorned : BARE

55. Fairway choice : IRON

57. PGA star from South Africa : ELS. Ernie.

59. Santa __ Mountains : ANA


Note from C.C.:

Husker Gary has updated our Crossword Corner map. Please click here to see his latest work. Big and clear. I've archived the map under Olio on the blog front page. Please feel free to email Gary if you want your name added or deleted. Thanks for enormous time and effort you put on this map, Gary! 



OwenKL said...

Been awhile since I've done anything other than limericks. The pigment sienna, BTW, gets its name from terra de SIENA.


When you're rushed and hurried into a tizzy -- TAKE A NAP!
When doubt and worry make you feel dizzy -- TAKE A NAP!
When puzzles need solving, but your brain is fizzy -- TAKE A NAP!
When trying to remember is keeping you busy -- TAKE A NAP!
But if the SANDMAN is scattering dust of SIENA,
So you're sleepy at midday -- have a SIESTA!


fermatprime said...


Thanks, John and mb!

Thanks, Gary. Lots of work for you! Some of those names I do not remember, though! I take it we cannot squeeze in parts of Canada (or, no one cares).

Fun puzzler. Easy to see theme w/o circles.

Also tried "pen" first for STY.


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

No circles, so no theme joy for me. I did figure out what was supposed to be going on after getting the theme reveal, though. Either way, it didn't affect my solve at all, which went very quickly for a Wednesday. Sadly, however, I finished it with an error -- I had SEGAR/IDEA instead of SEGER/IDEE. I really should have read the clue for 60A more carefully.

Lemonade714 said...

This seemed like a Monday puzzle to me though it was nice to see Gareth back. He also slipped in a CEO to our own Divine Miss M, marti and to South African golf.

Emil JANNINGS received the first best actor Oscar in 1929, though as you can see, wiki says the dog who played Ron Tin Tin received more votes.

Melissa thank you, how are you, your mother and daughter doing? Gary thanks for the update and Gareth thanks.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Nice easy romp for mid-week. Thanx, Gareth and Melissa.

Defective RIVETs may have played a big role in the sinking of the Titanic in 1914.

It could be argued that Emil Jannings received the first-ever Oscar. The Oscar was introduced in 1929. Jannings was heading back to Europe, so he received his award before the official ceremony.

Gotta run...

billocohoes said...

During debates over Prohibition, those in favor of the 18th amendment were "drys", those opposed were the "wets." Newspaper shorthand.

Jannings' US career was over because the talkies had just been introduced and he had a heavy German accent.

TTP said...

No circles, but the reveal was clear and the jumbled rings were easy to spot.

Never heard of MICROMINI, but it was easy to see. Couple of words that might have slowed me down or tripped me up perped in like STAC and SIENA. And in other cases, I never read the clues or saw the words until Melissa's writeup.

Fun puzzle. Thanks Gareth. Thanks Melissa.

Anon-T from yesterday, I knew of GNU as not unix before I ever heard of the animal.

Nice work on the map Husker Gary !

To paraphrase Garlic Gal, I have to get tax crap stuff to the tax crap guy.

See all y'all later n'at !

TTP said...

Oh yeah, and for whatever reason, I woke up at 1 AM and this song was playing in my head. In perfect time, and I could hear the horn just as it is in the link. I haven't heard it for years, and I didn't have spicy food last night, so I don't know what triggered it. It was a favorite so many years ago. Just weird that it popped in and woke me up...

Herb Alpert - This Guy's In Love With You

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Melissa and friends. This was the easiest Wednesday puzzle we've had in a long time. Fun puzzle.

Since 2014, Many opera companies are performing The Ring Cycle to commentate the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth in 1813. We will be going to Houston later this month to see the third opera in the 4 opera series.

Hope to get my laptop fixed soon so I can fully participate in the blog.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Gareth Bain, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Melissa Bee, for a fine review.

Thank you, HG, for the map. I will print it.

This puzzle was not very easy to me. Caught the theme, but had them all by then.

Did not know MISS M. Perps.

John Grisham was easy. I have read most of his books. Including the one referenced.

DES Plaines, IL, right down the road a piece. That is where I bought my tuba.

RING CYCLE unknown. Perps.

SIENA perps.

BEER was easy, but I do not do boilermakers.

Another MIATA. Common household word now.

ALICE Walker ??????? Never read her stuff.

Have to run. Doing a church service at a nursing home up the road this morning.

See you tomorrow.


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Brian said...

I guess I'm just going to have to get used to a puzzle format that uses the circles. There seems to be more of them lately. Fun cluing had me smiling throughout. 28. Homes with buzzers : HIVES

Avg Joe said...

I'd agree this was quite easy for a Wednesday. Had the circles and saw the jumble, so the reveal was anticipated, but I hadn't noticed the systematic progression. I'd evidently forgotten that Skynyrd had the second Y, so I left it blank and wait for the expected E or A. Luckily it all worked out. Thanks Gareth and MB.

Tinbeni said...

melissa bee: Nice write-up and informative links. Good Job!

Gareth: Thank You for a FUN Wednesday puzzle with a "RING CYCLE" theme.

OK, my fave today ... as if you have to ask ... was 63-a, Boilermaker component, BEER.

Followed quickly by my "least-favorite-answer-of-the-year" at 64-a, Prohibitionist, DRYS ...

In fact there was a "LAW" passed (at Villa Incognito) that "prohibits" DRYS from being LET-IN.
I guess you could say we are "ANTI-DRYS" ...

Perfect day ... just right for a walk on the "Dog-Beach" at Honeymoon Island.

CanadianEh! said...

What! We have circles again. Oh well, I didn't need them for the solve. Thanks for the fun, Gareth and Melissa Bee.

Thanks also to Husker Gary for the map. Yes, fermataprime @5:39, Canada is just the great white north! I still think that there must be more Canadians lurking on the blog.

Hand up for Pen before STY. MIATA again. The mid-west had a lot of unknown names that waited for perps to fill in. I noted 36D MICROMINI beside 54D BARE. Favourite clue 11D, "butter in a farmyard?=GOAT"! SANDMAN clue was cute also.

I have memories of the beautiful RIFT VALLEY from our time in Kenya. I don't know how to link my own photos but these are similar. You bargain for jewellery, carvings, blankets etc. at those wooden gift shops with the wonderful view.


Have a great day. We are still cold and snowy.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I'm always happy to see Gareth's byline and certainly wasn't disappointed today. My first thought with the circled letters was "grin" but the reveal proved me wrong. I, too, missed the letter progression; how neat!

Thanks, GB, for a mid-week treat and thanks, mb, for the frosting on the cake!

My birthday celebration was fun and enjoyable; I received lots of cards and gifts and an added bonus was the presence of our Bishop Emeritus, who was dining with a group of priests. (No, he didn't say Grace for us! 😇)

Have a great day.

unclefred said...

Wow, I was SO IMPRESSED by myself running through this CW as if it was a Monday; then I came here and discovered everyone thought it was easy for a Wednesday. Rats. I haven't suddenly gotten smarter. Anyway, fun CW with lots of good cluing, thanx, Gareth, really enjoyed it!! And terrific write-up, too, thanx, Melissa!

thehondohurricane said...

Thanks you for the write up Melissa, you certainly made it clear to me where & why I messed up today. I do not agree with those of you who think this was easy though, especially the SW corner that gave me a FIW because my wags were not even close. 41D SKYNYRD & 56A RING CYCLE were total unknowns to me. My lame efforts were RINGCorLE & SKYNoRn. Should have caught ACES, DRYS was unfamiliar territory. Because my wags were pure guesses, I wouldn't argue if I had to take a DNF. But whatever, I missed the boat.

There were e few others I lucked out on; MOSH, EWAN, & SIENA (thought there should be two N's).

That'a it for the dumb ass from Connecticut today, hope tomorrow is more successful.

HG, thanks for the map update.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

After I finished the puzzle, I went back to check on the letter progression in the theme answers, and sure enough, Gareth fit in a perfect sequence. Beautifully done! MBee noticed it too, I see from the write up.

Fun clues today, favorite has to be "butter in a farmyard".

Nice to see familar rivets today - the photo example that MBee linked is a boat hull, of course, but riveted aluminum construction has been the dominant form for aircraft since the days of the DC-2, which soon led to the famously durable DC-3. Aircraft rivets have evolved over the years but the basic idea is the same: they're made of aluminum alloys which are soft enough to be shaped at installation, either by impact hammering or by continuous squeezing, until they swell up to fill their assigned holes completely. In the process they become harder, and stay that way. It takes practice to do riveting properly, and you can bet that the WWII female workforce represented by Rosie the Riveter got to be pretty darn good at it.

Husker Gary said...

First of all this morning, I am editing the Crossword Map that was posted today and will post a revised version with spell check later today. It is mostly correct but I am still getting some input.

oc4beach said...

HG: Would you please add me to the center of Pennsylvania on your map.


Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Only one square of white-out today; missed the 2nd Y in SKYNRYD which I didn't know how to spell. If I'd'a filled in RING CYCLE 1st, it would have been OK. Sigh. Otherwise, I enjoyed the solve very much as is the case with most of Gareth's offerings. Neat theme.
ENRON - CSO to our Houston denizens.

Yellowrocks said...

Fun, easy puzzle. After seeing INGR in the first set of circles I expected a GRIN jumble. By the time I got to Wagnerian opera, I was ready for RING CYCLE. I enjoy selections from the RING CYCLE operas, but listening to an entire one of those operas is too heavy for me. I prefer Italian opera. I liked the progression of the jumble. I knew SKYNARD and that it had an odd spelling, but I had to wait on perps for the Y's.
Loving Americana novels, DRYS was easy.
I remember when MICRO MINIs were in style. I was young then, but even so it was a bit unnerving. You couldn't stretch your arms up high or bend over without revealing too much. Bums you out. I think that the acceptance of slacks for women came more quickly soon after that because the micro mini was so risque. These days such extremely short skirts are banned in many schools.
OWEN KL, you are correct about your B- for the last two lines, but the first four were A+ in my book. Great!
Tonight one of the local square dance clubs is putting on an amateur murder mystery where the audience has to guess WHO DUNNIT. Very campy. We dance in between acts and afterward. It is always great fun, especially because we know the actors personally.

Bill G. said...

Hi everybody. Really spectacularly good weather here, both yesterday and today. Rain due this weekend. I hope so.

I did the puzzle on the Mensa site with no circles. Before reading the 'reveal' and going to Cruciverb, I had decided the theme must be 'mixed up GRIN.' Close enough thought I... Thanks Gareth, Melissa and Gary.

Avg Joe said...

Dudley, as a testament to the strength of rivets: One of my early jobs in the work force was building pre-engineered steel buildings. On one project, we had erected the frame and were ready to skin it, but had one overhead door jamb out of plumb. This wasn't a structural steel member, but it was still pretty heavy duty. We'd taken out all of the upper bolts and thought it was free, but it wouldn't budge. So, we hooked up a 3/8" log chain in the effort to "encourage" it to move, powered by a 1974 Ford Econoline. It straightened out the hook on the log chain without moving the jamb at all. Then we discovered one 1/8" pop rivet (a steel rivet, not aluminum, but still...) After that was drilled out, you could move it by hand. So, yep. Rivets are tough.

SwampCat said...

Thanks for the map, HG! Such a lot of work!

Could you add me to the. bottom of Louisiana, please?

Loved the puzzle. I'd. post a clip of Lynyrd Skynyrd...but you probably wouldn't thank me for it! Good memories from long ago, but LOUD music!

Jerome said...

Someone might be giving a "Toast to all at sunset" with BEEFEATERGIN

Nice Cuppa said...

• I typed in ETYPEJAG for 5D before the perps forced me elsewhere, otherwise smooth ride.

• Learning moments:

– Beer and Whisky CHASER is also called a BOILERMAKER.

– MOSH(PIT) - never heard of it and wish I hadn't. We used to call is SLAMMING - not much dancing involved though - just jumping into other people.

• I read up on EMIL JANNINGS. After winning the first Oscar (apparently RIN TIN TIN - a GERMAN SHEPHERD - won the most votes, but in a brokered convention the Academy decided that a GERMAN MAN would be more appropriate than a GERMAN DOG - and so history repeats itself...). After returning to Germany, JANNINGS' next award was from none other than JOSEPH GOBBELS who named him "ARTIST OF THE STATE", and he got caught up in making Nazi Propaganda films, so was barred from further acting after the war. Coincidentally, HITLER called WAGNER's work the "embodiment of his own vision of the German nation"... that "glorified the heroic Teutonic nature". And WAGNER's legacy has been taking the heat ever since.

Jayce said...

Cool puzzle. No circles, but no problem. Seeing it was by Gareth Bain I thought it would be harder. Melissa, you are a woman of few words.
Best wishes to you all.

Lucina said...

Fun and easy puzzle today. Thank you, Gareth Bain! And thank you, MB for adding to the merriment.

Since my paper had puzzles I, too, thought it would be a PLAY on GRIN and when it came to RINGCYCLE I was stymied having spelled SKYNARD and patting myself for knowing that. Not! That little area held me up until I looked it up and finished.

Loved dreamy guy, SANDMAN and butter in the farmyard, GOAT!

Have a splendid day, everyone!

Lucina said...

Gary, thank you for you dedication and hard work on the map!

PK said...

HI Y'all! Great fun, Gareth! Good to see you again, Melissa!

No circles so didn't even look for a theme.

Just finished re-reading "Rogue Lawyer". A short pre-quel to the book was now published which I read but couldn't remember the first book at all, so went back and read it. I don't know why I buy new books. Half the time, I can't remember what was in them after reading them.

Lot of MIATAs lately. Is Rich taking an advertising fee? I've only seen one that I know of in my life. Then we have an MG MIDGET and an ASTON Martin neither of which I've ever seen. Today's puzzle is a veritable exotic car parking lot.

I've taken an ocean of ALKAseltzer for the aspirin in it the last three months.

Mom had a book of pictures of the RING CYCLE. She and a cousin had a memorable trip by train to Chicago (I think) to see a week of this opera performance. This would have been in 1930's. I spent a lot of time looking at the book as a kid. The music was too much gloom and scary mahem.

BillG: We got a nice rain last night not predicted soon enough by meteorologist. My yardman conjured up the wet by applying DRY dandelion killer to my yard yesterday. Try it. It's almost a sure bet.

Husker Gary said...

I think we have the map up to date. To get the latest, click on the Blog Map in the side bar under Olio and NOT on C.C.’s link. oc4beach is added, Canadian Eh is still in Canada, Melissa B is in Oregon and some other things are right. I also hope I got the wavy red lines gone. The devil is definitely in the details.

Anonymous said...

Of no particular relevance to today's puzzle, but I have known people to solve crosswords in this fashion:

Misty said...

Delightful Wednesday puzzle--many thanks, Gareth. Thankfully the LA Times puzzle has rings, so I actually figured out the theme early and even saw the progression. And I knew the RING CYCLE, which helped with SKYNYRD, which I would never have gotten otherwise. The song "Mr. SANDMAN" has now been buzzing in my ear all morning. A lot of fun, and I liked your expo, Melissa.

Great map, Husker Gary--many thanks.

And fun to see you try new poems, Owen.

Have a great day, everybody!

Pat said...

I've tried twice to post a comment and they've both disappeared! Maybe the third time's the charm.

I aced a Gareth Bain puzzle! I was very proud of myself until I came here and most everyone thinks it's an easy puzzle. Excellent write-up,MB!

I got the theme at the third set of circles and thought we were working on a grin. Close but not quite. I had pen before STY. Easy fix.

HG: Thank you for the map! I find the visual helps a lot to remember where people are located

I don't know how she did it but Maggie, my avatar, caught and killed a squirrel this morning. She showed it to me, then buried it. I have disposed of the carcass. I know it's what terriers do but I don't like it.

Happy Wednesday!


CrossEyedDave said...

Thought I was on Gareth's wavelength today, as the answers came easy.
Except miniskirt b/4 micro mini, & Skynard b/4 Skynyrd.

Now I find out I was not on his "wavelength" at all, because I thought
it was a ring jumble. Now I see it was a perfect progression!

Nicely done Gareth! I solved the puzzle, but you still fooled me!

Never saw a shot glass like that before! If you want to buy one,
it's called a ball bottom shot glass.
(see the Harley Davidson store...)

HG, you've got me on the border of PA & NY,
when I should be more of on Splynters SW corner!

Speaking of Splynter, it would be doing him a disservice not to link
how the micro mini enhances the legs...

Direct link of Anon post @ 1:35...

&, only because I could not stop laughing when I saw this,
How to teach your children how to start a vacuum...

CrossEyedDave said...

Luckily, even tho I misinterpreted the theme,
I think I came out squeeky clean after doing this puzzle!

Ol' Man Keith said...

EMIL Jannings brings back a complicated memory. He is the German actor who won the first Best Actor Oscar ever! - back in 1929 for his role in The Last Command. In it, he played an ex-Czarist Russian officer fallen on hard times as an extra in Hollywood. The plot echoes so much of Jannings' personal life. He was also famed as the professor who takes a social fall when he comes under the spell of the vamp Lola, played by Marlene Dietrich, in Blue Angel. Jannings seemed to specialize in upper-class characters who fall from grace.
His own life story followed a similar arc. From the height of his Oscar fame, he soared even higher as the favorite actor of Joseph Goebbels under the Third Reich. He and Dietrich split dramatically as she sided with the US and the allies during the war, and he starred in several pro-Nazi films. After the war, of course, he had to undergo de-Nazification protocols, but he was never again trusted in Hollywood. It is said he would carry his Oscar statuette around with him as he approached studios to try to find work, but nowhere was he welcome.

PK said...

PJE, I can't see a dog anywhere in your "avatar". All I see is two nice ladies. ???

tawnya said...

Well done Gareth! Like everyone else, I thought I was just on your wavelength and ran thru in probably my best ever Wednesday time. Super fun! I'm sure most of us would appreciate it if you would please do a Saturday puzzle for us ;)

@Cuppa: I remember when it was called SLAMMING or SLAM DANCING but it all is done in the MOSH PIT! Always end up with very bruised feet and many bruises but it's way fun anyway!

I love the map! It's pretty fun to see where everyone is...although Canadian Eh at least deserves province boundary!

Have a great day all - more homework and baseball for me, as usual.


Pat said...

PK @3:00--thanks! I forgot that I had changed my avatar. Maggie has center stage now!


desper-otto said...

YR, your comment on the MICROMINI -- bums you out -- made me laugh out loud.

Spitz, ENRON wasn't really a CSO to Houston. Most Houstonians consider ENRON to be a four-letter word.

PK, if you open PJE's profile, you'll see the photo she's talking about. Reminds me, DW and I were on our morning march a few days ago and came upon a German Shepherd racing wildly around a tree. Up above, a squirrel peered down and chattered at it. DW opined, "Do you suppose any dog has ever actually caught a squirrel?" At that very moment, the squirrel leaped to the ground. The dog grabbed it in its jaws, shook it violently and killed it. DW: "Oh no, it's my fault. I doomed it!"

CrossEyedDave said...

HG, Re: Map

Yeah, That works!

Almost spot on, but soon you are going to have to move me to Naples Fla.

Which reminds me, how do you place Abejo?
He's always on the move...

Spitzboov said...

D+O @1604. I was just pokin' at it to see if it would move.

According to Wiki, Chevron is now the owner/major tenant of the Enron property.

Spitzboov said...

Husker Gary: Nice map.

You've got Canadian Eh parked over Isle Royale. I think she's on the Niagara Peninsula near Niagara Falls, Ont.
My area's kind of crowded; thinking of moving to Wyoming.


desper-otto said...

Hmmmm. Apparently nobody's going to take me to task for putting the Titanic disaster in 1914 -- two years after the fact. OK, I will....

Avg Joe said...

Well D-O, we tend to give folks a pass when their memory gets a little fuzzy about something that happened during their own long, long life. :-)

All kidding aside, it was an interesting article, and food for thought as it relates to more modern efforts to cut costs. I also really enjoyed the Rift article from Canadian Eh. Sounds like a wonderful trip and a beautiful place.

In closing, RIP Merle Haggard.

PK said...

D-O, I did open PJE's profile and thar warn't no doggone dog there at that time. Just two ladies.

I probably complained about this at the time but my late departed cat took naps in a big flower pot. When squirrels came to drink out of his water dish, he'd rise up and slay them. I was mad at him at the time. Now I wish he was here. The squirrel population is getting out of hand. But I have seen a fox trotting across my yard a couple times. Maybe...

Pat said...

D-O: between the time that PK mentioned that my avatar was not the dog and the time you went to my profile I had changed the picture. I'm sorry for the confusion. I didn't look at my post after I published it so I forgot that I had changed pictures a couple months ago.


Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

WEES - Best / Fastest Gareth pzl, like, ever! Thanks for the fun Gareth and thanks for the write-up Melissa B.

Re: Wave-length - Every 1st thought was the answer, every 2nd was, "No, it's a Wednesday", every 3rd thought, "Dang, that's right!"

WO: Second Y in SKYNYRD. Also a near fav w/ the band x-ing Gimme Three STEPs (IMHO, their funniest song).

Not a WO - with all the SEGER talk the other day, I learned it's not SEGaR. I can be taught!

ESPs: 2d, 26d, 35a, 44d.

Theme: Noticed early, saw the progression (nice touch), but was looking for on a finger / wedding bells. Nope; Gareth went for the CYCLE.

Fav: ANDRETTI tooling around in all the autos RIVET'd into the puzzle. Tho, it woulda been nice to see an Italia Alfa in there :-)

HG - Thanks for the Map work. What software are you using to build it?

TTP - Funny re: GNU.

YR - Like D-O, I too caught "Or bending over ... Bums you out." BEER out the NOSE LOL!

D-O's right - ENRON is a NO NO in H-Town. We even made sure ENRON Field was renamed Minute Maid Park. Speaking of which, 'Stros are 1-0 on the season and in 1st place! :-)

Cheers, -T

Avg Joe said...

All time favorite from Lynyrd Skynyrd for me is a toss up. I tend to be a B side fan, so Free Bird is out of contention. But I always really really liked "Simple Man" as well as Tuesday's Gone. Can't choose between them.

CanadianEh! said...

Anon T, thanks for the ode yesterday. Loved it.

Spitzboov and Husker G, I am happy to represent Canada in the centre of the map until we get more Canadians on it!

Argyle said...

We have had SEGAR before though; E. C. Segar, was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of Popeye.

Anonymous T said...

Doh! - Now you're confusing me Argyle...

AveJoe: COIN-toss goes to Simple Man in my book.

MICRO-MINI and BARE x-ing BAMBI? CSO to a stripper? :-)

Apologies for post deletions Argyle. I PLEA guilty. I went to bed (TAKE'd A NAP?) at 1am and DW's phone went off at 3am so she could pack for Ashville, NC. I'm Running on Empty (Browne) this EVE.

Cheers, -T