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Dec 6, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Katherine Stearsy

Theme: Two faced - Both parts of each theme entry can follow "Baby".

17. Bake sale confections made with root veggies: CARROT CAKES. Baby Carrots. Babycakes (term of endearment?)

24. Shine-minimizing makeup layer: FACE POWDER. Babyface. Baby Powder.

34. Wireless networking protocol: BLUETOOTH. Baby Blue (color or song). Baby Tooth.

46. Pop's pop: GRANDDADDY. Baby Grand(piano). Baby Daddy (American sitcom)

55. Driver's alert about an infant, and a hint to what can precede both words of 17-, 24-, 34- and 46-Across: BABY ON BOARD

C.C. here. Saw no draft from Melissa this morning. Hopefully she'll return next Tuesday. Santa Argyle has made progress on this post, so I'll just finish his.

This looks like Katherine's LAT debut. Congratulations! It's challenging to come up with a set of entries where both words can precede or follow. Five themers with a 9 in the middle also added constructing difficulty.

Across:

1. Rodent Templeton in "Charlotte's Web," for one: RAT

4. Provide with more than enough: SATIATE. We have SATE more often.

11. Miner's target: ORE

14. Flightless bird: EMU

15. Memorable Greek shipping magnate: ONASSIS (Ari)

16. Aggravate: VEX

19. Finish off: EAT

20. Chance for a hit: AT BAT

21. Asia's __ Darya river: AMU. It flows into Aral Sea. Darya is Persian for "river". We also have 47. Abu __: DHABI. Abu means "father of". I don't know what "Amu" means,


22. Cornstarch brand in a yellow-and-blue container: ARGO

23. Chair or bench: SEAT

27. Harmonious: TUNEFUL

29. Scare: DAUNT

30. Soon-to-be grads.: SRs

31. Vanity cases?: EGOs

33. Plagues: BESETS

36. Degenerate, like Agnew's snobs: EFFETE. Googled afterwards: "effete corps of impudent snobs". Is that Agnew's own words or his speechwriters'?

39. Apt name for a Dalmatian: SPOT

40. Mil. academy: OCS. (Officer Candidate School)

43. Black, in Bordeaux: NOIRE

44. Like the flame at Arlington National Cemetery: ETERNAL

50. Vacation site you might sail to: ISLE

51. Painter Magritte: RENΓ‰

52. Managed care gp.: HMO. (Health Maintenance Organization)

53. Follow, as advice: ACT ON

54. "Fear the Walking Dead" network: AMC. (originally stood for "American Movie Classics")

58. Peace symbol: VEE

59. Central Texas city: ABILENE

60. Bestow, to Burns: GIE. Scottish variant of give.

61. Chemical suffix with benz-: ENE

62. Cut at an angle: MITERED

63. Always, to Poe: E'ER

Down:

1. Finds new players for: RECASTS

2. One who plays without pay: AMATEUR

3. Wrapped headdresses: TURBANS

4. Chimney residue: SOOT. Santa's coat is still clean and nice.

Argyle our dear Santa

5. Colony insect: ANT

6. Tic-toe filler: TAC

7. Father of Jacob and Esau: ISAAC

8. Words on a volunteer's badge: [ASK ME]

9. Highway headache: TIE-UP

10. Half a figure eight: ESS. Great clue. 8

11. Late in arriving: OVERDUE

12. Substance used for chemical analysis: REAGENT

13. Obtains via coercion, as money: EXTORTS. Did you all see Jennifer Aniston's "Derailed"? Really scary.



18. Part of APR: RATE

22. Knee-deep (in): AWASH

24. Bach work: FUGUE

25. Therapeutic plant: ALOE

26. Prince Siegfried's beloved, in "Swan Lake": ODETTE

28. Like pool tables: FELTED

32. Ave. crossers: STs

33. Swag: BOOTY

34. Suisse capital: BERNE. We just had BERN yesterday.

35. Newspaper page with views: OP-ED

36. Personalize at the jeweler's: ENGRAVE. Oh I don't have a personalized jewelry item. But look at this street. It's in Siren, Wisconsin. The road is named after Bill Burnikel, Boomer's great-uncle, who had a farm there.


37. Work site supervisors: FOREMEN

38. Bride-to-be: FIANCEE

40. Performing in a theater: ON STAGE

41. Dieter's unit: CALORIE. Followed by 42. Thin: SLENDER

45. Man who "wore a diamond," in "Copacabana": RICO

48. Realm of influence: AMBIT. Not a word I use.

49. Holmes' creator: DOYLE

53. Still sleeping: ABED

55. "Kapow!": BAM

56. "__ the land of the free ... ": O'ER

57. SSW's opposite: NNE
 


Happy Birthday to dear Lucina, whose posts are always cheerful and upbeat. Lucina has also traveled extensively and met with many blog regulars, including Windhover and me.
Windhover & Lucina, July 24, 2015

50 comments:

fermatprime said...

Greetings!

Many thanks to Katherine, CC and Santa!

Nice puzzle. Cute theme.

To ophthalmologist this afternoon.

Great swim today. (Have to use my heavy wetsuit. Makes it extra difficult.)

Have a great day!

OwenKL said...

CED, fln: the town of Limerick apparently hosts a noted cooking school, so googling produced a surfeit of false leads. All I found was here. I'm not into recipes myself, so won't attempt it!

{A-, A, A, A, B+.}

RICO would TIE UP his head in a TURBAN
He said, "It's great in areas urban!
Secreted in there
Are three snakes and a hare,
Which would otherwise be quite disturbin'."

The gaggle once BESET by bullies as EFFETE
Could ultimately do some fine feats with their feet!
In parades some went prancing,
ON STAGE some went dancing,
And from dojos some handed those bullies defeat!

Said the board to the bishop, "I determine the AMBIT
Of where you can use your nefarious gambit!
My squares, blanche et NOIRE,
Define who you are,
To try to act different would be just a sham bit!"

Said the RAT to the EMU, "It surely must VEX,
You've no hands for a phone, so can't send a text!"
Said the bird to the rodent
"Your remark would be cogent,
But you SATIATE yourself with naught but phone sex!"

RENE enjoyed his life, fancy free!
"Monogamy ETERNAL? That's not for me!
I'm no BABY DADDY,
That would drive me BATTY,
I want to stay single, live FIANCEE free!"

TTP said...


Good morning all. Thank you Katherine. Loved the theme. Great job. And thank you CC and Argyle.

Happy Birthday Lucina !

Rushed to a FIW. Had hAUNT for scare, not DAUNT. My initial reaction is that I wouldn't normally equate daunt and scare. Daunting may be formidable or onerous, but not necessarily scary. I suppose that in some senses or viewpoints they could be considered the same. Rich passed it, so it must be good.

I may not know Prince Siegfried's flame, but I can run a trot line.

Continuing to quibble, those of us with a Central Texas heritage would suggest to you that Abilene is west-central Texas, not central.

On a lighter note, Who says cats aren't sneaky ?

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Chewy Tuesday offering. Tried SATIsfy before SATIATE showed up. AMBIT seems distinctly unTuesday-like. Nice theme for a debut puzzle, but it did necessitate a lot of unwordly 3-letter fill; I count at least eight examples. Thanks to Katherine, and thanks to C.C. for subbing today.

C.C., it looks like Siren is going the way of many small Wisconsin towns. 2000 population -- 988; 2010 population -- 806. Agnew loved his alliteration: "nattering nabobs of negativism" and "the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history"

Hungry Mother said...

I think Pat Buchanan penned most of Sprio's memorable quotes. Fun puzzle today.

Lucina said...

Charlotte's Web was a favorite movie with the fourth grade crowd so Templeton is well known. And Swan Lake is one of my favorites to see ONSTAGE so ODETTE slid easily into place.

Thank you, Kathereine Stears for providing today's entertainment and thank you, C.C. for being available and for thinking of me. It's number 79, a DAUNTing one.

AMBIT appeared after SPHERE which obviously didn't fit. Fortunately perps provided AMU and REAGENT and how nice to see BERNE again today. We got ONASSIS not just ARI.

I'm pleased that my new car has BLUETOOTH available.

Now I shall return to bed from which I was aroused by my neighbor's barking dog.

Have beautiful day, everyone! I know I shall.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I thought this was really crunchy for a Tuesday offering. Erased seGO for ARGO and AbC for AMC. Unknowns included AMU Darya river, GIE, and AMBIT. Two errors - ABaLINE and hAUNT. I think opposite of TTP - I hated hAUNT because I don't associate it at all with fear, but I do have trepidation for DAUNTing tasks. However, being on decaf by doctor's orders, I didn't have enough acumen at this time of the morning to fix it.

Congrats to Katherine on your first LAT. I hope you contribute often. And thanks to CC and Santa for filling in with a nice reveal.

unclefred said...

Thursday came on a Tuesday this week!! A was hoping to run thru this one, but determined to look at the DOWN clues so I didn't mess up like yesterday and leave two errors in place. Instead I struggled to roughly twice my usual Tuesday time. Quite the challenge, thanx, K.S.! Terrific write-up, thanx, C.C.! Owen, now you're just showing off. I remember in school, I got an "A" once. So there.

thehondohurricane said...


Well, I muddled my way thru todays offering, but it sire did not seem like a early in the week puzzle. Lots of wags and erasures.

60A GIE, 34A BLUE TOOTH, 12D REAGENT & 26D ODETTE sure aren't words/expressions I am familiar with. 0

NW corner went quickly, but things changed quickly. It turned into a real slog.

CARROT CAKES a favorite here.

UCONN ladies travel to Notre Dame tomorrow evening. No predictions here, but it could be close or either one could blow out the other. The Huskies have been playing a lot better then "us" fans expected, but whatever happens, come March it won't matter.

Big Easy said...

BABY DADDY- American Sitcom? Not if you have ever seen Maury Povich's show.

BABY CAKES- A few weeks ago some imbecile who bought the minor league baseball team in New Orleans changed the name from ZEPHYRS to the NEW ORLEANS BABYCAKES.

I didn't fly through it this morning and never caught the theme. I had SATISFY initially before SATIATE worked its way in. Most of the rest was easy. I always thought VEE was for victory, not peace. Churchill. It looks like the EFFETE snobs of the OP-ED pages have lost their AMBIT( a word that I didn't know; all perps). They don't know what to do with the president-elect. I had some self inflicted trouble in the SE, misreading 'Copacabana' as CASABLANCA. RICK before RICO. GIE- didn't know it but it might become a girl's name in the future-MIA, NIA, CIA, GIA- you never know.

MITERED-'Cut at an angle'- obtuse, right, or acute; the term is misused to describe an 'acute' angle.

inanehiker said...

Fairly quick but with a little crunch for fun!

Thanks CC/Argyle for filling in! Congrats to Katherine!
Happy birthday Lucina!

Yellowrocks said...

Loved the theme. Katherine, welcome to the LAT constructors' family. Today's puzzle took Wednesday level thought and time for me.
Lucina, a very happy birthday to you. I always look forward to your posts, a day brightener.
Owen KL, terrific today, all A's. LOL
MJ, glad to hear your mom is improving and that your sister is back home to help cope.
Favorite, vanity cases = egos and finish off = eat. Sometimes a box or jar of something is not finished off before a new one is begun, so when I shop I think I have plenty and don't buy more.
IMO, DAUNT is a second level synonym for scare. DAUNT can mean frighten off or scare away, not just plain scare. HAUNT also has some nuance related to scare in the sense of pursued by fear.
It seems crosswords do not always use exact one-to-one synonyms. but sometimes use second or third level synonyms. Some of my friends do not like crosswords because they are not simply and literally exact, like a prosaic vocabulary test, with no nuance and no puns. I like all that stuff very much and find the flexibility required stimulating.
TTP, thanks for the funny "sneaky Pete" animal clip.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

This was great. I, too, thought it would be less crunchy, but it was fun all around. Fresh fill. I especially liked ESS, half a figure eight. I also liked the double theme entries. Thanks, Katherine. Congrats on your debut.

I agree with TTP. IMHO, Texas is so big it most certainly needs more than N,S,E,W and Central to describe a locale.

Thank you, C.C. and what must be a very busy Santa at this time of year--SOOTy or no. I love the street sign, C.C.

Happy Birthday, Lucina. You are quite the fooler with that number. AND that's all it is--a number. Enjoy your special day!!!

Have a sunny day wherever you are!

Anonymous said...

For Hungry Mother at 7:28AM It was William Safire who wrote "Nattering nabobs of negativism."

See for example,

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/attytood/Nabobs_natter_about_the_passing_of_William_Safire_1929-2009.html

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Happy Birthday, Lucina. Always enjoy your posts.

After being a bit AWASH, managed to muck through unscathed. I think what made it slow going was the high degree of fresh fill. So it turned out to be a fun solve. Thank you Katherine.
NOIRE - Couldn't help but think of Garrison Keillor's detective character, Guy Noire.
VEE -thought along with Big Easy that VEE stood for victory. To whit: V-E day, V-J day.
OCS - To the extent academy means school, I guess the clue is OK. We never called OCS, 'academy', however.


desper-otto said...

Oops, forgot to wish Lucina a very special birthday! There, that's better.

MJ said...

Happy Birthday, Lucina, and good day to all!

Fun puzzle from Ms. Stearsy. Needed perps for AMBIT. And definitely needed the reveal to catch the theme. Thanks for guiding us today, C.C. and Argyle. Fun to see the "Burnikel Rd." sign.

TTP-cute cat link.

Thanks, HuskerGary and Yellowrocks for the kind words of encouragement.

Enjoy the day!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Breezed right through with just a few unknowns.

Carrot cake is a favorite here too. I have a delightful neighbor for whom I do handyman tasks now and then, and the usual medium of payment is her expertly crafted carrot cake. Mmmmm

A sunny, happy birthday to you, Lucina! Many happy returns of the day.

Morning C.C., I didn't know that Jennifer Anniston movie existed. It looks intense.

Yellowrocks said...

Remember the Beatniks during the Vietnam War? I can still picture them flashing the V sign for peace. I took VEE to be the verbalization of V.
. During the Vietnam War, in the 1960s, the "V sign" was widely adopted by the counterculture as a symbol of peace.
Anon @ 8:47, thanks for supplying the name William Safire. I was thinking of him as the speech writer, too.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Crunchy doesn't begin to describe this Tuesday puzzle - certainly not Tuesday-esque with words such as EXTORTS, AMBIT, FUGUE, ENGRAVE, et al. Cute theme and quite difficult for the second puzzle of the week. I usually don't have to google answers on Tues, but I did today

HBTY Lucina πŸŽ‚πŸŽ†
Good assortment of limericks today OKL

Speaking of which, I looked again at yesterday's puzzle which had so many pun opportunities / limericks. I chose one of the words to use and came up w two possibilities - maybe Yellowrocks or Anon T will chime in and choose which one works better (or maybe neither does!! 😜)
On our trip we encountered a glitch
With our truck; ended up in a ditch.
Traveling south, from St Paul,
Towing an 8' UHAUL,
Thought our move would go without a hitch

Or

Thought our move would go without a hitch,
But on trip we encountered a glitch.
Traveling south, from St Paul,
Towing an eight foot UHAUL
Axle broke; ended up in a ditch.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

This had more bite than usual for a Tuesday but nothing that couldn't be solved. Finish off=eat threw me for far too long, such an easy c/a, too! I, too, needed the reveal to see what was going on. Overall, an enjoyable offering.

Congrats on your sparkling debut, Katherine, and thanks to CC for pinch-hitting and thanks to Santa for just being Santa! "soot loose and fancy free!"

Lucina, have a most Happy, Happy Birthday! πŸΎπŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ‚. You are our daily dose of sunshine!

William Safire used to write a column for the Sunday NY Times Magazine and I believe it was called "On Language." He was a brilliant man and an extremely talented writer.

"Derailed" is a very intense movie that showcases Jennifer Anniston's dramatic acting ability. She's no Meryl Streep (who is?) but she turns in a solid performance as a not-so-likable con artist.

Off to get my haircut and pick up some more outrageously, sinfully overpriced greeting cards. End of rant!

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-C.C.’s learned assessment is, as usual, spot on!
-Everything is better with BLUE TOOTH (:33)
-101 DALMATIANS set off a spree of people buying this somewhat high maintenance pet
-Russo and Descartes are usually our early week RENE’S, aren’t’ they?
-This VEE (and Beethoven’s 5th) were for Victory
-I can think of movies where RECASTING (remaking) produced a flop
-I always thought towns with numbered ST’s that cross numbered AVE’s like here in Columbus, NE can be very confusing
-A typical “Payday Loan” has an APR of 400%
-Happy Birthday, Lucina!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Katherine Stears, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, C.C., and Argyle, for a fine review.

As others said, this was a little tough for a typical Tuesday. However, got through it just fine.

Theme was very good. She used both words of each entry to tie to the theme subject.

Only one inkblot. Had ERE instead of EER for a short while.

Did not know RICO, AMBIT, AMC, or AMU. Perps bailed me out.

Put on my insulated boots yesterday and went outside when the sole fell completely off one. I have had them for many years. Threw them away today after pulling out the shoe strings. They were still good.

Off to the store for some food for tomorrow's dinner. I am making Golabki (cabbage rolls) for 25 people. I will be busy.

See you tomorrow.

Abejo

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Abejo said...

Happy Birthday, Lucina. And, many more.

Abejo

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Montana said...

Good morning from chilly Montana. It's 1°.
Nice Tuesday puzzle. Perps filled the few I didn't know.
This could have been my son's puzzle. He spent a lot of time in Abu Dhabi, so much so that I read a local paper written in English.
Then he was based at Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX.

I'm off to Connecticut.

Have a good week everyone,

Montana

Montana said...

Happy Birthday, Lucina!!

SwampCat said...

What a crunchy Tuesday. Lots of good stuff. Thanks, Katherine. Please send us some more! And thanks, CC for 'splaining it.

Owen, this was the best offering yet. All A's!

Big Easy, I wondered if you'd comment on Baby Cakes. I had never heard that expression before! Still not sure what it means, but it invites way too many unpleasant sports headlines.

Lemonade714 said...

Welcome Katherine, nicely done.

Lucy happy, happy birthday and happy year.

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Katherine, for a wonderful Tuesday offering, and Congrats on your Debut! A lot of nice fill and great theme!

Thanks, C.C., for filling in. Always there for us!

Anonymous said...

Good morning!

First and hasty thoughts: saturate for satiate; haunt for daunt; and was thinking along the lines Amber Alert for 55A (duh!).

OCSs are known as academies, as in USMA (Army), USNA (Navy), etc. My son is a grad of one of them. Guess which one? "Go Army, beat Navy!" Big game is this weekend!

A wonderful day to all.

JD said...

Thanks Katherine for a fun, but crunchy Tuesday Morning.And, thanks to C.C. and Argyle for filling us in . There were a few times when I had to zip thru the alphabet for a single letter and there were a few words besides ambit, that are not in my vocabulary.Spelling extorts/exhorts did not help.


HB ♪♩♬♫•*¨*•.❤.•*¨*•♫♪•.¸¸.•´♫♪♩♬*¨*`•.♥.•´*♫♪♩♬ dear Lucina! Have a great day!

thehondohurricane said...


My unintentional omission....... Happy birthday Lucina, have a great day.

AnonymousPVX said...

I must be on a different wavelength, the only issue I had was the D in oDette, but Daunt took care of that.

Happy BD.

Montana, going from Montana to CT, why? It's,not that much warmer, haha. Used to live there my whole life until I was retired, moved to SC.

NO SNOW HERE!

Bill G. said...

Thanks Katherine and CC. Very nice.

Is auto-correct your worst enema?

Very happy birthday wishes to Lucy, one of the many classy, intelligent and kind people who inhabit this little Corner of the world.

Anonymous said...

AMC is a channel, not a network.

CrossEyedDave said...

Derailed looked like a must see movie,
IMDB only gave it a 6.6 rating, but the review says the ending is great!

Learning moment: Ambit
2nd learning moment: it is not spelled ambat, & it is not Abalone...

Have a very happy Birthday Lucina!

Hmm, the puzzle, I dunno,
all I can think of is the ride home from Chipotles...

Although, they do seem to be directing advertising to a younger & younger crowd these days...

Jayce said...

WEES about the puzzle, about Katherine Stearsy, about Burnikel Road, about Argyle's red coat, and about AMBIT.

Happy birthday, dear Lucina.

Misty said...

Delightful puzzle--many thanks, Katherine! And delightful expo, C.C. and Argyle. I especially liked the Margritte pipe (or not).

My only erasure was SATISFY before SATIATE, like others, I see.

Happy, happy birthday, Lucina. You are one of my favorites, too.

Am hosting a Holiday Tapas party at my home tonight, and although I'm only making one item, salmon on toast, am already having trouble with it. Hope I survive the day.

Have a good one, everybody!

CanadianEh! said...

This was a workout for a Tuesday but I enjoyed it. Just ASK ME! Thanks Katherine and C.C.
The NE was the last to fall. I had to do an alphabet run to get DAUNT.

I had Irk before VEX and End before EAT. I was attempting to fit in the usual Ashes before SOOT., and I started with Loot before moving to BOOTY.
AMBIT was new to me, and I use the Canadian St. Lawrence corn starch and did not know ARGO. Perps also helped with APR, OCS, GIE and AMC.

I smiled at the clue for EGOS. I also like the word AWASH (but ABED, not so much!).

CW favourite ALOE again and BERN with the e today. (Switzerland actually has 3 official languages - English, French and German.)

Happy Birthday Lucina.

Wishing you all a great day. I am off to a Christmas party.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Gotta rush today. One of my favorite things -- a visit from an ex-student -- is about to happen. I always love these occasions, but the preparation jolts me out of my routine & I can't help feeling nervous.

(Funny - Just as I wrote that [above] I realized it is one of drama scholars' favorite discussion topics, Brechtian alienation. We mean by this any theatrical device that "jolts" spectators out of their familiar way of seeing things!)

Enjoyed today's easy & smooth pzl!
See you tomorrow!

Michael said...

"OCS - To the extent academy means school, I guess the clue is OK. We never called OCS, 'academy', however."

Dear Spitz....

In the Army, OCS had a considerably more earthy name -- "academy" was bit too ethereal for ground pounders.

Lucina said...

Dearest Blog friends,
Thank you so much for the good birthday wishes! And thank you, CEDave for the birthday cake in my favorite flavor! A picture of chocolate is about all I can enjoy these days though once in a while I sneak in a bite or two.

You are all thoughtful and kind people whom I appreciate and look forward to each day. I learn so much from each of you. Tonight I'm going to my daughter's home for dinner and will be surrounded by those I most love.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Catching up - to wish LUCINA a belated HBD!

A visual cake has its advantages; you won't soon be sated.
Hope it remains satisfying from your first eyeful down to the very last glimpse.

Yellowrocks said...

I can't link since this blog glitch arose. Arrgh!
Please see www.amcnetworks.com AMC is a channel as well as a network.
I know BABYCAKES, similar in my mind to sweetie pie. As a name for a male sports team I haven't heard of it. It seems so effeminate or TWEE.
Busy, busy day. We wanted to, at the least, put our indoor tree in the stand tonight, but I am almost too bushed to stand or even to stand up a tree or a bush. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow.....

tawnya said...

Hi all!

Congrats on the great debut, Katherine! I had something before just about everything until perps straightened me out! Not hard, just had all the right answers for a completely different puzzle ;) Good job on the write up everyone...I love how everyone pitches in to help on this blog. And HBD Lucina!

I am almost finished with this semester and then finally get a whole month off from school. I'm planning on reading fiction novels. My last semester starts in January and we graduate in May - then I start my new job as an ER nurse in June! I officially accepted the offer and could not be more pleased :)

Not a huge country fan, but I certainly appreciate the greats. Here's some Waylon for you.

And all the baby talk brought this to mind...oh my god, Becky

@owen - great job today! A's all around :)

@TTP - love the kitty video! I had a 18 pound mean cat, Mojo, that would do things like that. My dogs were terrified of him. I would find 5 dogs, all weighing at least 50 pounds, stranded on the other side of a door or trapped in a room because Mojo was sitting in the way. On purpose.

Happy Tuesday!

t.

Tinbeni said...

Happy Birthday, Lucina ... My "first" Sunset Toast was to you!

C.C. Great job Pinch Hitting ... hmm, that gives me an idea ... LOL

Katherine: Thank You for a FUN Tuesday puzzle. Enjoyed the theme.

Learning moment was the AMU Darya River. Always a Plus!

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to every person who has served in our US Military in this blog, the word academy shouldn't mean offense to anyone, and as said in other posts, it simply means, by definition, a school. There is nothing "ethereal" about the word academy. Our US service academies were named such according to the protocol of the times when our forefathers founded them, beginning with West Point.

Pat said...

Thank you, Katherine, Argyle and C.C. Enjoyable puzzle and expo.

Most important: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUCINA! I hope you've had a great day!

MJ, I understand what you're dealing with regarding Mom. Bless you for your devotion to her.

Today was rainy, chilly temps, windy, but I woke up above the grass so it's a good day! Tuesday is almost over in my time zone so Happy Wednesday!

Pat

Anonymous T said...

Late to the party but I can't let the day go by w/o wishing Lucina a Very Happy Birthday!

Congrats Katherine and thanks C.C.

Got nothing to add to WEES. Hand up for HAUNT. FIW.

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

Well, I'm all caught up , including Wed. OCS is the generic name but I believe the Marine corps was the only one using exactly those initials.

And, if we agree that Quantico is an academy

Name the Heisman trophy winners that played for Military Academies?

I'll take answers over in Wed blog

WC.