Sep 6, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 Janice Luttrell

Theme: And this too shall pass - PASS can be added to the last word.

16A. Without a care in the world: FANCY FREE. Free Pass.

23A. Clove crusher: GARLIC PRESS. Press Pass.

37A. Big band venue: DANCE HALL. Hall Pass.

56A. Deceptive measure: SMOKE SCREEN. Screen Pass. (football)

64A. Log-on needs ... and, literally, what the ends of 16-, 23-, 37- and 56-Across can be: PASSWORDS

Argyle here. And this too shall be easier than Monday, eh? Fourteen 7-letter words makes this puzzle stand out.


1. Skatepark feature: RAMP

5. Tuxedo part: VEST

9. Flew the coop: LEFT

13. Old Voice of America overseer: Abbr.: USIA. (United States Information Agency)

14. Dislike intensely: HATE

15. Twisted shape: HELIX

18. Olympics segment: EVENT

19. Dipped chip: FRITO

20. Vatican City is one: ENCLAVE

22. Sweetie, in dialect: LUV

27. She, in São Paulo: ELA. (Portuguese)

28. "I think," in chats: IMO. (in my opinion)

29. Pointy hat wearer: ELF

30. CIA relative: NSA. (No Such Agency)

31. Prefix meaning "ten": DECA

33. Fictional visitors from space: ETs

35. Surprise victory: UPSET

41. U.S.-Canada defense system: NORAD. (North American Aerospace Defense Command)

44. Quite a long while: EON

45. Buckwheat noodle of Japan: SOBA

49. Tuna at a sushi bar: AHI

50. Okinawa okay: HAI. This concludes our trip to the Far East.

53. Fr. holy woman: STE. (Saint)

55. Hi-__ image: RES. resolution

59. Courtroom VIPs: DAs. (District Attorney)

60. Frozen convenience store offering: SLURPEE. Nationwide?

61. Funny Cheri: OTERI

63. Solitary: ALONE

67. Gung-ho, as a fan: RABID

68. Cuatro y cuatro: OCHO. 4+4=8 (Spanish)

69. __ Cong: VIET

70. Rare bills: TWOs

71. "That was a close one!": "PHEW!"

72. Odds partner: ENDS


1. Like some tuxedo shirts: RUFFLED

2. Usually: AS A RULE

3. Hand-held cleaner, briefly: MINI-VAC

4. Summit-ending agreement: PACT

5. TV channels 2 to 13: VHF. (Very high frequency)

6. Place for a ring: EAR

7. Iron alloy: STEEL

8. Like the bikini in a 1960 #1 hit: TEENIE

9. Burton of "Roots": LEVAR. What's he upto now? IMDb

10. Gridiron squads: ELEVENS. And Seven-Elevens are where you will find Slurpees.

11. Delicate handling: FINESSE

12. Extension on an unformatted document file: .TXT (text/plain)

15. Of assistance: HELPFUL

17. It's said that he said, "I never said most of the things I said": YOGI Berra

21. 25% of M: CCL. 1000x25%=250

24. "Absolutely!": "AMEN!"

25. Campus mil. group: ROTC. (Reserve Officers' Training Corps)

26. Won at musical chairs: SAT

32. Toothpaste-endorsing gp.: ADA. (American Dental Association)

34. "__ what I mean?": SEE

36. Start of a sequence ending in "thx": PLS. Please/Thank You

38. Stuck (to): ADHERED

39. Watering aid: HOSE

40. Feed the kitty: ANTE

41. "Stillmatic" rapper: NAS

42. Eponymous electrical current principle: OHM'S LAW

43. 1970 John Wayne film: "RIO LOBO"  Oops! This clip is from the 1959 Rio Bravo. It is a much better movie so I'll leave it.

                      Clip from Rio Lobo below.

46. Call for pizza, say: ORDER IN

47. Like Dumbledore and Santa Claus: BEARDED

48. Lends a hand: ASSISTS

51. Nile snake: ASP

52. Summer treat: ICE POP. From your freezer, not a store.

54. It used to be plenty: ENOW. Enough.

57. Actress Mila: KUNISIMDb

58. Arrive at: REACH

62. "Slithy" thing in "Jabberwocky": TOVE

63. Works at a museum: ART

65. One called Miss: SHE

66. Sty mother: SOW. Miss Piggy?



fermatprime said...


Thanks, Janice and Santa!

Fun puzzle. NAS perped.

Caregiver not here today. Had a banana and a chocolate protein bar. Harv showed up at 9:00 PM and we watched

some Murder in the First. Good show, we think!

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

A rare EVENT: I figured out an added-word type clue before I got to the reveal! (GARLIC let me feel safe concentrating on just the END words.

{C, B-, B+, C.}

On vacation, mountain roads, moving onwards;
Driving careful, enjoying vistas, going upwards!
Tailgaters, in aplenty!
Who'da thought, out in the country?
Passing zone, they've gestures, and rude PASS WORDS!

One night in the DANCE HALL, FANCY FREE,
One swain was inspired by sucking a SLURPEE!
To what he proposed
She was opposed,
And let him know with a well-placed knee!

She was more than eye-candy, I.M.O.!
Bazonga bazookas aimed, ready to go!
A better metaphor
To describe the score
Would be that she looked like eye-ammo!

There's many a fellow with no LUV for school.
They drop out early, AS A RULE.
But with tech arts
And business smarts
A few found companies where they reign and RULE!

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Bit of an odd duck today, I thought. Didn't know USIA, never would have thought of dipping a FRITO into anything, and had trouble parsing the clue "25of M" (which was apparently missing the "%" in the online version). Significantly slower than yesterday's time, but not too bad.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

ICE POP??? If you say so. Got SOBA only after UDON yielded to Wite-Out. Otherwise, this was a smooth solve. Thanx, Janice. And thank you, Argyle, for 'splainin' PLS -- I saw THX as the Lucas movie audio standard. Back in the day Edward R Murrow was head of the USIA. Like Barry, I have never dipped a FRITO.

Hungry Mother said...

Lots of write-overs, but no big problems.

unclefred said...

Argh!! A DNF because of OCTO instead of OCHO! Pure carelessness! Dang! Only write-over DEF:RES. Fun CW, Janice, thanx! Great write-up, Argyle, thanx! Owen, C-, B+, C, B+. Thanx for the grins.

inanehiker said...

Smooth fun solve today!
@D-otto --ICE POP is the generic thing- the most famous brand name is Popsicle. If you get in first like Kleenex and Band-Aid - the brand name becomes used more than the original term!
I think people used to dip Fritos more until tortilla chips took over as the most popular dip chip- then Fritos came out with their scoop shape and got back into the fray :)

Have a good Tuesday that feels like a Monday!
Thanks Argyle and Janice!

MJ said...

Good morning to all!

Thanks to Janice for an enjoyable puzzle. I definitely needed the unifier today to get the theme. Mila Kunis was a complete unknown and was 100% perpped. It was interesting to read about her early life on Wiki.

Thank you, Argyle, for leading us through this fine Tuesday offering.

Enjoy the day!

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A bit of a bite for a Monday and a FIW due to LaVar instead of LeVar which started out as LaMar. Had no clue to the theme until the reveal and then wondered what a screen pass was, even though I'm quite familiar with football terms. I guess the Hollywood screen had my attention.

Nicely done, Janice, and thanks for the enlightening expo, Argyle, especially screen pass.

Have a great day.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Fun Tuesday puzzle. I got it all, but wasn't sure until I checked the finished version here. Had to change coat to VEST, country to ENCLAVE and hei to HAI. Didn't know USIA, MINIVAC, LEVAR, ICEPOP, KUNIS, ELA and TOVE. Only sort of knew SOBA, RIOLOBO and ENOW. But the perps were well placed, and the rest were easy to guess.

Anyone else have trouble with the "I'm not a robot" pictures? On my laptop they are too small and some of the images are too dark to intelligently pick out the requested items.

desper-otto said...

Jinx, if you go blue you won't have to deal with the "I'm not a robot." I just ignore that block.

Tinbeni said...

My Tuxedo Shirt have been Pleated ... never RUFFLED ... I don't live in a Seinfeld world.

But pamp made no sense as a Skatepark feature so RAMP was my first write-over.

Irish Miss, I started with Lamar before LEVAR got me that HELIX and EVENT.

And I always like having a few TWOS ... especially for tipping at the Pub.

All-In-All, today's solve was a slog.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy again today. Getting the "schtick" helped. Fun theme. No look-ups needed.
RIO LOBO - Visited the outdoor set where the finale was shot, located near Tucson, about a dozen years ago.
TWOS - I keep a strap of uncirculated TWOS in my desk drawer. Give them out to grandchildren, as tips, or on rare occasions as bridge loss compensation. They are not rare; just not widely used. Banks carry them but you might have to make arrangements ahead of time with the head teller. Trouble is store clerks don't have a compartment for TWOS.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Janice Luttrell, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

This Tuesday puzzle was a little tough. Got it done, however, but with several inkblots.

Had EXE instead of TXT. Had OCTO instead of OCHO. Tried KING Cong before VIET Cong worked. Tried EVEN before ENDS became the answer.

Theme was clever. SMOKE SCREEN was my last to get because of not knowing KUNIS.

Liked OHM'S LAW. I lived with that all my working life. E=IR I=E/R R=E/I P=EI

Liked the RIO LOBO clip that Argyle put in. Looks like Ricky Nelson was in as well.

Lots to do today. See you tomorrow.


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C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Janice, for a fine Tuesday puzzle. Thanks to perps for 25% of M (CCL).

Very nice write-up, Argyle, including pics. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

WDOS: ICE POP? What the hell is ICE POP? Never heard of it. SODA POP, yes; ICE TEA, maybe – it's ICED TEA, actually. The generic of Popsicle would be ICED POP, wouldn't it, ih? Or POP ICE. Only Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary list ICE POP, and only Wikipedia lists POP-ICE (note the hyphen). But the Wikipedia link redirects the browser to Fla-Vor-Ice, another trademark. ICE POP?! . . .

STEEL is not an "alloy" of iron; it is a smelted mixture of iron and carbon. An alloy is a mixture of two or more metals.

Does anyone else remember when channels 2 through 6 were merely H[igh]F[requency] (even L[ow]F[requency] once upon a time), and VHF was reserved for channels 7 through 13?

A SOW is Mrs. Piggy, not Miss Piggy.

I've never had an OHM SLAW side. . . .

Yes, the "I'm not a robot" photos are ambiguous, at best.

Lucina said...

PHEW! I missed this word and had WHEW instead. Failed to check ICEPOW? The rest, however, was a breeze though FANCYFREE took a long while because I was sure WORRYFREE should be there but ASARULE was in place. It got sorted out, however.

We received TWO dollar bills in change when we visited Monticello many years ago.

Now that I see it, I like SLURPEE crossing ICEPOP. I feel cool just thinking about them.

LEVAR Burton became a household word (in our house, anyway) during the ROOTS miniseries.

Thank you, Janice and Argyle for a fun Tuesday!

Have a splendid day, everyone!

Jayce said...

Interesting puzzle, cool theme. Only writeover was HELPING to HELPFUL. There seem to be many words with double-E's in this puzzle.

SwampCat said...

I found this one easier than yesterday's . Things I didn't know I knew just popped into my head, like OHMS LAW. I had no idea what it is but somehow it appeared. The theme was good and easy to find. Thanks Janice. Thanks, Argyle, for the tour.

DO, I had udon before SOBA, too, but not for long.

Anonymous said...

@Abejo: It's King Kong, actually.

unclefred said...

Anon: chemically carbon is a metal. Alloys are mixtures of metals.

Spitzboov said...

STEEL - The fact that it has some carbon makes it an alloy by definition. Most steels have one or more metals included as a small %. Particularly nickel and manganese. Stainless steel is high in chromium.

CanadianEh! said...

Tuesday workout after a busy week when I did not get a chance to get here. Thanks Janice and Argyle for the fun.

Hand up for Phew before WHEW; needed perps for SOBA, LEVAR and USIA.
Smiled at NORAD which may be best known for tracking Santa's flight on Christmas Eve (which is only 108 days away for those who need to start shopping!).

TWOS are collectors items in Canada (as well as Ones), as we have Loonie and Toonie Coins.

STE was timely with the canonization of Mother Teresa (although she was not French).

Enjoy the day.

Anonymous said...

Rio Bravo 1959 ,Rio Lobo, 1970, Two different movies.

Misty said...

I too thought today's puzzle was easier than yesterday's Monday--and I got the whole thing without any trouble or cheats or look-ups! Yay! A great way to start the day--many thanks, Janice. And you too, for the fun expo, Argyle.

I thought about SCOTT FREE before FANCY FREE, but am glad I didn't put it in. But everything else was pretty smooth sailing, even though I don't dip FRITOs or slurp SLURPEEs. And although I know TWOs exist, I'm not sure I've ever seen one.

Anyway, fun start to a Tuesday morning, after a sweet cocktail party with neighbors last night.

Have a great day, everybody!

Argyle said...

By gum, I posted the wrong clip. It's ok tho; I'm watching "Rio Lobo" and the acting stinks.

Jerome said...

I also thought "Dipped chip" for FRITO was a little odd since you don't usually relate Fritos to something you would eat with a dip. However, a quick Google inquiry showed that there are eight different kinds of Fritos. One of them is Fritos Scoops, which are made for eating with a dip. I bet they would go real well with Rosarita refried beans cooked with a lot of sharp cheddar, diced green chiles, and slathered in sour cream. Hold the SOBA.

Husker Gary said...

-Funky Winkerbean had a Gatling Gun to get kids to show a HALL PASS
-Hmmm… Better song - SOLITARY MAN, by Neil Diamond or All ALONE Am I by Brenda Lee?
-TWO-dollar bills were very popular in Eastern Nebraska when this was popular
-ROTC used to be banned from some campuses
-Ricky Nelson and John Wayne in the same movie? Talk about your odd couple. Ricky doesn’t have the gravitas but he was there to put teenage butts in the seats.

Bluehen said...

Argyle, what do you expect? It's a John Wayne movie, a remake of a John Wayne movie, with a cast of not-so-good actors, singers, etc. I'll bet it's even a Batjak production. RE: John Wayne usually casting singers with little or no acting experience in a lot of his movies, one critic I read said of the original "True Grit", "Glen Campbell has never acted in a movie before. His record is still clear."

Ol' Man Keith said...

Like Lucina & CandianEh!, I had WHEW instead of PHEW, so settled for something called an ICEPOW for my "summer treat." And I took OCTO in place of OCHO, which left me in the peculiar situation of accepting two answers of STE! (at 53-A and 65-D).

Barry G. said...

Ad me to the list of those who regularly spend $2 bills. I get them by the strap at my bank and use them for allowance money, tipping and just general spending. Always fun to have people react like you've given them something rare and valuable!

Yellowrocks said...

I love Frito scoops with our favorite Mexican dip: refried beans, taco seasoning, grated extra sharp Cheddar, avocado, diced tomatoes, and sliced green onions. This is also a hit with square dancers.
Jerome, yours sounds yummy, too.

Ptolemy Monde said...

Pig Iron or even, cast iron, is made by smelting (A) iron ore ( iron oxides) ,
(B) coke or coal , to reduce the oxides to elemental iron, and provide the heat required,
and (C) Limestone, for slag to carry the impurities.

Pig Iron has 1 to 3 pct. carbon, and 2 to 4 pct. silicon. Cast iron has less of both.

Steel is made by lowering the carbon and silicon content, each, to less than 0.5%. Then other metals are alloyed to add desired characteristics. 18- 8 steel. the most common stainless steel, has 18 pct. Chromium and 8 pct. nickel. There are a million types of steels, with alloys in various combinations.

This above is a diluted precis from a 1288 page book. Obviously, it may actually be wrong and misleading.
BTW, Carbon is not normally considered to be a metal - read up on Google, to find out why. Even Antimony, is 'only' a metalloid.

desper-otto said...

I've never heard the expression "by the strap" before -- is that how Jacques was caught? I'm guessing it means a bundle of bills wrapped with a paper band (strap?). Same idea as a roll of quarters, I suppose. How many bills are in it?

CrossEyedDave said...

It started out like this...

& ended up like this...

But,,, maybe it's for good reason...

Anonymous said...

Steve Wozniak explains How to make your owwn, legal, two dollar bills

Wilbur Charles said...

I wasn't in the mood for thinking on a Tuesday xword so I found the clues less than DUCKSOUP (What's the statute of limitations for reissue if old xes).

I made all the mistakes already noted so I'll note that I had CARPED before SNIPED perped in Sunday.

Didn't the John Wayne character get his comeuppance from Myra Breckenridge's knee?

Thanks. Janice for giving us a lot of Friday on a Tuesday. Enjoyed Argyle
and Owen

Boo LuQuette AKA Boudreaux in Eunice, La. said...

ANON -T and TXMS Yep it was Coona$$ Yes I know a bunch of Theriots. Tx Ms what is your coworkers name ?

My PC is acting up so hence the short posts. The only hang with no TADA today was I put MINI vOc for VAC I don't know why a O got in there It's not even close to the A

Ya'll stay safe another 2 inches of rain today !!! Someone PLS turn the faucet OFF ~!~!

Spitzboov said...

D=O @ 1610 - # of Bills in a strap vary. $2 bills come 100 in a strap. I think $5's come in several strap amounts.

tawnya said...

I grew up eating FRITOs and bean dip - still a favorite. And a little league ballpark dinner favorite is chili and fritos. Here in Missouri, a common potluck dish is FRITO PIE. There aren't any 7-11s here so no SLUSHIES but we can get ICEEs at Target!

One of my instructors threw us a "Halfway" party today - I am PASSing everything with flying colors and officially halfway through my nursing program and on-pace to graduate in May. YAY!! Anyway, Professor gave everyone a little dessert fork and read this story. It's a neat little anecdote with a good moral.

Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday - off to do more homework :)


BTW - I'm sure it's been done but I think a fun theme would be POTLUCK dishes. Lot's of options there...

Bill G. said...

Several of you have asked for an update on how Barbara is doing. Here goes.

She was diagnosed with bladder cancer, had surgery to remove her bladder and nearby body parts. That all went pretty well and she has been getting better and stronger day by day. Today was her second appointment with the oncologist after various CT scans. I was in a state of depression for the last few days. The doctor said that all of the scans were clear with no sign of spreading of the cancer cells. Wow! What a relief! She will have to undergo a series of chemotherapy treatments as a preventative measure. I'm sure that won't be any picnic but it's way better than the alternative. It's like a sword of Damocles has been moved away a little bit.

Jerome said...

Well, Yellowrocks, I guess you and I should give tawnya's Frito Pie a try. Sounds like a simple dish that would be perfect for a backyard BBQ party.

TX Ms said...

Hi, Boo - my friend's maiden name is Broussard and, for the life of me, I can't remember her parents' first names. Never met them, but I heard a lot of good things about them for eight years since our desks were next to each other.

Just read Tawnya's post - Scarfing Fritos and bean dip from a can - great comfort food years ago before I started reading the ingredients label. Standard Friday night fare at HS football games in Brazoria County: small bag of Fritos split down the side, chili ladled in, with shredded cheese on top (onions optional) - nothing better on a cold night.

Will read posts later - chores to do before it gets dark.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Easy as (FRITO) Pie! Thanks Janice. Thanks Argyle for the expo.

WOs: UHF, TEENsy, wHEW, and SOBe.

Near WO was USDA - I wouldn't have been surprised if the farmer-spys* had a hand in VOA :-)


Cuteness: AHI then HAI; Lucina mentioned ICEPOP xing SLURPEE; and PLS stop TXTing; too much IMO :-)

TWO favs. I knew LEVAR as Geordi LaForge first, then w/ kids Reading Rainbow. I didn't learn of his Roots role until much later.

And how can I let NORAD pass with out a game of Global Thermonuclear War?

{B, A, B, B+}

Bluehen - LOL the critic's quip.

Bill G. - Great to hear about Barbara. I hope the cross is a bit lighter now.

Tawana - heartwarming story & keep up the great studies.

Boo - Dang! More rain? Thanks for confirming - who owes me $virtual? :-)
CED - Every one complains about CyberSec's policies... :-)

Cheers, -T
*When I consulted for the USDA, I told my buddy "It's like Men in Black, they're all ETs here, aren't they?" She said, "No, with offices in 200+ countries, they gotta be spies." FarmerSpys? That became our group's little joke until one day she sends me news article of subterfuge out of a USDA office overseas - Subject: They are FarmerSpys!

Anonymous said...

Carbon is a metal like tomato is a fruit. Put that in your refrigerator. When did you give up tomato juice for tomatoade?

Jerome said...

TX Ms- If all of us read the ingredients label we'd starve to death. If all of us read the side effects of our meds we'd be dead in a month because we wouldn't ingest them either...;)

But I'm sure you're kidding about going to a high school football game in Texas. No one goes to a high school game there. Okay, I'm kidding. I should support our local team more, but you can't have beer during the game. After the game it's too late for a beer, and if you have some before the game you don't give a damn who wins.

Boo LuQuette AKA Boudreaux in Eunice, La. said...

Tx Ms we call that chili fritos. All skating rinks and teen centers serve that. I know a lot of Broussards most of them are in the Lafayette Abbeville area. There is a town called Broussards also. As there is one called Theriot.

I forgot to comment on a clue from yesterday. Flower children was HIPPIES but BLOOMING IDIOTS wouldn't fit. Not that I am against flower children tho. I call stupid people that as a joke. LOL
I have never heard that before so I think I coined that phrase.

Lucina said...

Bill G:
That's good news about Barbara. I wish you both well and that cancer never returnds.

Good for you! Isn't it wonderful to see light at the end of the tunnel?
I like that recipe for Frito Pie and think I'll make it for our next family gathering.

Anonymous T said...

Finally finished with work... Some folk don't know - you can't hide from the CyberGuy...

BTW - CED, I missed your Cyber-Cat-Burglar link - LOL. Can haz PASSWORD?

Argyle - FLN - I found Spacey admiting his talent for admittance.

T-5hr 'till I do it again. Nite.

Cheers, -T

gmony said...

Hated this one. 9 abbr. Clues for a tuesday?? Ice pop frito cmon