Apr 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017 Bruce Haight

Theme: Change Lanes to Pass - but as always, keep to the right.

17A. Friends of man's best friend: DOG LOVERS. Lovers Lane.

24A. Sport involving some rolling on the grass: LAWN BOWLING. Bowling lane.

37A. Forgetting the unpleasant parts: SELECTIVE MEMORY. Memory lane.

47A. Tidy sum that doesn't sound like much: PRETTY PENNY. "Penny Lane" Beatles (Back story)

58A. Highway segment for slower traffic ... and, literally, what 17-, 24-, 37- and 47-Across each has: RIGHT LANE

Argyle here(in the middle lane, usually). Except for two corners, NE and SW, everything is well interconnected and a fun solve.


1. Drop a line from the dock, say: FISH

5. Normandy battle town: ST. LO

9. Massage targets: ACHEs

14. Together, musically: A DUE. (in Italian)

15. Chips __!: cookies: AHOY

16. Formal-sounding will?: SHALL

19. Columbus craft: PINTA. The actual name of Pinta is unknown. Wiki link

20. For each one: APIECE

21. Diving lake bird: LOON. Our crossword bird.

22. Knight's title: SIR

28. QB-to-receiver six-pointer: TD PASS. Touchdown pass.

30. Rent-a-car giant: AVIS

31. Landed: ALIT, leading to 43. Sitting on: ATOP

32. TV show shown before: RERUN

34. Banned bug spray: DDT. The U.S. banned DDT for agricultural use in 1972.

41. "Good" cholesterol initials: HDL. (High-Density Lipoprotein)

42. Wishes: HOPES

44. List of computer options: MENU

45. "Movin' right along ... ": "ANYHOO...". Humorous alteration of ANYHOW.

52. Overhead trains: ELS. Shortening of elevated trains.

53. Steak order: RARE

54. Contemporary radio station named for its former "easy listening" playlist: LITE FM. (generic name)

56. Leaves out: OMITS

61. Used up: SPENT

62. "So THAT'S what you mean": "I SEE"

63. Physics particle: ATOM

64. Bacon work: ESSAY

65. Lysol target: GERM

66. Drive-__ window: THRU


1. Craze: FAD

2. Knot-tying words: I DO

3. Drug test placebo: SUGAR PILL

4. Beatles' second film: "HELP!"

5. File-renaming command, at times: SAVE AS

6. "Supernatural" network: THE CW. The "CW" name is an abbreviation derived from the first letters of the names of its two parent corporations (CBS and Warner Bros). OK then.

7. Oscar winner Sophia: LOREN. In 1962, she won a Best Actress Oscar for "Two Women", a foreign-language film.

8. Kvetching cries: OYs

9. Nile snake: ASP

10. Flu symptoms: CHILLS

11. Asian capital: HANOI

12. "Tiny Dancer" singer John: ELTON

13. Much street talk: SLANG

18. Many Rembrandts: OILS

22. Squirrel away: STASH

23. Loafed: IDLED

25. Exposes: BARES

26. Reproductive cell: OVUM

27. Cellar reds and whites: WINE

29. Gobbled down: ATE

32. Tear to pieces: RIP UP

33. New Year's __: EVE

34. "Duh ... figure it out!": "DO THE MATH"

35. Slobber: DROOL

36. Printing goofs: TYPOs

38. Newscaster Huntley: CHET

39. Broadway award: TONY

40. Possibly will: MAY

44. Medit. volcano: MT. ETNA

45. Song before the game: ANTHEM

46. Vladivostok veto: NYET. Russian.

47. Narrative writing: PROSE

48. Boat launching aids: RAMPS

49. Great Lakes natives: ERIES

50. Beethoven dedicatee: ELISEFür Elise(3:38)

51. Algeria neighbor: NIGER

55. London apartment: FLAT

57. Muddy pen: STY

58. Fix, as a fight: RIG

59. Neither here __ there: NOR

60. Down Under bird: EMU


41 comments: said...

Hi everyone!

Thanks to Bruce and Santa!

Fun puzzle! Nice theme!

No nits!

Thanks again for the good words! I think that I am a bit better!

(Forgot to mention that I really scratched my head at CALLA LILIES. Mine sure need drainage.)

Have a great day! said...

Is anyone else working the "I Win" daily crossword? It is rather different, lots of fun and sometimes perplexing. Have difficultly reading it, unfortunately, but, it's worth it usually.

OwenKL said...

The puzzle was as easy as any Monday, but the theme got me today! I thought it was the first word went with 'service'! DOG [grooming/walking/etc.] SERVICE, LAWN SERVICE, SELECTIVE SERVICE. PRETTY SERVICE? Well, I don't quite know everything, so maybe this one was something that had escaped me.

Total writer's block yesterday, and not much improved today.
{C, C.}

An EMU in Australia is not a rara AVIS.
A LOON in Manitoba, commonly he there is.
In RERUNS on the air
The roadrunner's not RARE.
The penguins in Antarctica are very like FISH!

A Yiddish sailor who hailed from HANOI
Instead of "hello", would call loudly AHOY!
It was never "good day"
That he'd bellow away.
We'd cover our ears, and softly say "OY!"

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks Bruce for a fine start to my week. No TAH DAH for me. I didn't check back, and I had anyway before ANYHOO. DROOL and TYPOS corrected that. The long fills came easily, but I missed the turn in the RIGHT LANE.

Thanks, Argyle. I think LOONs are dramatically beautiful. Were we ever as young as those Beatles? HELP!

From yesterday: When I went back to work after staying home with my kids, I toyed with not going back to teaching and trying something else. Then I randomly read Tracy Kidder's AMOMG School Children. That iced my decision.

Off to take my daughter to the Orthopod for a new cast. She has a broken foot and since she's a PE teacher who travels between schools, she's home on medical leave, and going nuts. I think this doctor visit will also involve lunch and other treats such as a manicure. Oh, Mom!

Have a sunny day regardless of your weather.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This one turned into a mad dash to the bottom with only a couple minor stumbles. Many clues went unread, because the answers were already filled in. Still, I enjoyed it. Thanx, Bruce and Argyle.

SELECTIVE MEMORY sounds like DW. She can remember every mistake I've ever made, including date, time and location. Other stuff, not so much.

Interesting that Nina was actually named Santa Clara, and the original name of Pinta is unknown -- maybe Santa Anita?

Have you signed up for CBS All Access? I decided to try the commercial-free version. It's fine until the promo break (commercial!) at about the 38-minute mark. Then the picture freezes while the audio continues. The only way I've found to view the rest of the program is to go back to the beginning and fast-forward to the promo. Grrr! That sucketh mightily.

thehondohurricane said...

Today was a smooth ride, especially considering this Damn flu bug. D-O, my wife has selective memory too. Trouble is her recall often skews the issues, replaced by what serves her viewpoint best. We've survived many moons inspire of it.

DOG LOVERS my favorite. Honors Casey and his predecessors.

Got to run, decided to try to get an appointment with the MD today. I'm betting I have two chances of success..... Slim and none.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

A lovely start to the week with a clever offering from BH. I'm always happy when the theme is hidden until the reveal, as was the case today. Chet next to Tony was cute except that that Tony is female, unlike our Anonymous T. Hey, male Tony! No nits, no fouls, no problems.

Thanks, Bruce, for a Monday meander and thanks, Argyle, for a good job, as usual, in keeping us on our toes. That clip of Fur Elise has had 24 1/2 million views; I wonder why so many. I never heard of the pianist and the rendition was nothing out of the ordinary, IMO. Maybe I'm missing something.

DO, could you please explain CBS All Access; I'm not sure what it entails.

Ferm, what is the I Win crossword?

Lots of sunshine right now but quite windy and on the chilly side. Spring has not really sprung unless you count the few days it was in the 80's.

Have a great day.

MJ said...

Good day to all!

A fun Monday romp from Bruce. Like desper-otto, I didn't see many of the clues before coming to the blog as the answers were filled by perps. LITE FM and THE CW were unknowns. Interesting story behind "Penny Lane", Argyle. Thanks for the expo and links.

Enjoy the day!

BunnyM said...

Good morning all

Thanks Bruce for a fun Monday- felt like I was in the "fast" LANE as I breezed through this clever puzzle.
Thanks Argyle for your great, informative tour with fun links.
I especially enjoyed the ELTON John. Every time I hear "Tiny Dancer" I think of this clip from the movie Amost Famous Coincidentally, Kate Hudson's character is named PENNYLANE .

I just read through Saturday's comments and wanted to thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and well wishes for me, my Aunt, Mom and our family. It is a difficult time and your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. I'm going back today to visit her. She is at home with Hospice care. Such a terrible waiting game that brings back memories of my Dad and Grandfather. Our family is close and it does help when we all support each other.

We did manage to have a lovely Easter celebration which cheered up my Mom immensely :)

Bill G- so glad to read that your dear Barbara is doing better. And yes, I need to fill out my bio! Thanks for the reminder- I will do that; I just keep forgetting ;)

Misty- I hope your Dad is doing better.

fermatprime- glad you're on the mend!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Husker Gary said...

-Dog, Selective and Lawn SERVICE looked like good a good shot at the theme but Pretty didn’t fit. That was my only hang-up in this nice Monday puzzle.
-Following a driver who is just below the speed limit in the PASSING LANE is maddening.
-Does anyone even say, “I SHANT be going.”?
-A big-time coach who didn’t believe in many TD PASSES
-YouTube RERUNS of my childhood TV favorites are terrible but I love to watch ‘em
-Wishin’ AND Hopin’ (2:58)
-Many cops shows set in Chicago feature a chase under the EL
-“Did I OMIT the fact that that price is APIECE and not for all ten?”
-Joann was SPENT after hosting 14 people yesterday for a big Easter dinner. Next year, “May I have your catering department please?”
-Have you ever added “To Go” when you’ve ordered in the Drive Thru lane? Uh, me either.
-“The Corvette will cost you $800/mo. and you make $900/mo. DO THE MATH!”
-I wonder why the Husker band plays our ANTHEM in a key that is just right for me to sing along but our High School band plays it in a key that is way too high

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Mimi from last night: Welcome aboard.

Happy Dyngus Day to all, especially if you are of the Polish persuasion.

Completed the puzzle easily enough. Don't see the theme connections as RIGHT LANEs; just Lane types.
FLAT - I've heard it used frequently in NYC.
LOON - Source of the $CAD

desper-otto said...

Spitz, each of the LANES are on the right-hand-side of the theme answer.

Spitzboov said...

D-D Thanks. I just didn't make the connection to the right side.

desper-otto said...

Are should'a been is. Grammar is apparently the third thing to go.

CrossEyedDave said...

I have gotten used to driving in New Jersey,
where signage is minimal, & if it is on the other side of the road
you cannot get there from here...

As opposed to a recent trip to Florida,
where they announce a right turn, three right turns before
you actually need to turn.

( I always end up in a shopping mall entrance...)

Spitz? Dyngus Day? Sounds Australian to me...

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Speedy solve of the Monday sort. As the theme answers emerged I looked for common ground, but couldn't manage without the reveal.

Howdy Argyle, enjoyed the details about Penny Lane.

Hope everyone had a nice Easter. We hosted our whole family - somewhat reduced in size over the years - for ham dinner. There exists just one youngster, our five year old grand niece, but she has enough energy by herself to tire out the rest of the clan. Wreckage everywhere!

Lucina said...

What a fun and witty theme; thank you, Bruce Haight. My pencil flew along so didn't have time to enjoy it until looking it over.

I liked Vladivostock veto as I've always liked just saying the name. It's where the TranSiberian railroad ends per fourth grade geography.

Bacon work was a great clue, though not new, still enjoyable.

I'll have to return and read all the links. Right now I have to finish packing for an upcoming trip.

Thanks, Argyle; you are always appreciated.

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

Lucina said...

Dudley, that's funny though not funny to clean up, I'm sure.

Our feasting was also wonderful with great food prepared mostly by my niece and her husband. We each took a side dish or two. Three in my case. About 30-35 people were in attendance and my talented sister had decorated beautifully.

Wilbur Charles said...

I hastily wrote DON'T ASK ME before MATH popped in. Terns hate MATH with a passion these days. Is it the way it's taught?

The change calculator is perhaps a symbol that Math is superfluous.

TBBT had a PRETTY PENNY who became a glib pharma saleswoman. Is the show still popular?

Even your C's are pretty good Owen.

Wilbur Charles said...

Oops. Terns may very well use Math but I meant teens. I was posing that walking pool problem about laps and times and might as well have been shoving a crucifix in Dracula's face.


Bruce Haight said...

When I first submitted this Rich said he liked the theme for a Monday, and wanted me to remove a couple hard words. I did that and resubmitted the puzzle that you see today-Rich wrote that he liked the fill now, but it was too hard for a Monday so clue it Tuesday/Wednesdayish. I did that, and told him I thought the theme was more Tuesdayish anyway. So he published it on a Monday! You just never know....

CrossEyedDave said...

Test post, (4 links in one shot...)

(Usually a right lane into the spam folder...)

Here goes:

Dog lover in the right lane?

Lawn Bowler in the right lane?

Selective Memory
(no judgement on what lane this guy is in...)

&, the 4th, SpamFolder Fodder: Pretty Penny?

Misty said...

A great way to start the week, with a delightful, smooth puzzle, good Sudoku and Kenken and Jumble--and a fun visit to the blog! Bruce, thanks for checking in, and I found your puzzle perfect for this Monday. And, nice write-up, Santa.

As my doxie Dusty know, I'm one of the DOG LOVERS. Not much lit in this puzzle (well, there's that Bacon ESSAY, I guess) but some music, ANYHOO, with ELISE and ANTHEM.

Glad you're better, Fermatprime, and thinking of you and your aunt, BunnyM. Thanks for asking about my Dad, who's okay and just hoping the therapy will get him back home soon.

And, welcome to the blog, Mimi.

Have a great start to the week, everybody!

CrossEyedDave said...

WooHoo! It worked!

(I dunno why,it probably won't work tomorrow...)

Which brings me to "anyhoo."

Forgive my lack of knowledge about the English language,
but, in the Blog,I always used "Anywho."

which I thought to mean,
"Who cares who's talking?"

Jayce said...

Enjoyable puzzle and good theme. Thanks, Bruce.

My wife seems to have SELECTIVE MEMORY too, and it operates just as desper-otto and thehondohurricane have described. I suppose I have selective memory, too, but I tend to remember the good times as well as the bad times. Of course, everyone often has different memories of the same past events, due to the differences in each person's viewpoint of them.

Here is a version of Für Elise that I really like. I hope you like it too.

Best wishes to you all.

Pat said...

This was a delightful Monday puzzle with excellent expo! Thanks, Bruce and Argyle!

Of course, my favorite was the DOG LOVERS! I hang out with several others at the shelter.

My neighbors are moving and down-sizing. They listed a bunch of stuff on Everything But The House where people bid on the items and when the auction is over, top bidder gets it. Today from noon to 7 pm people are picking up their "prizes". We're on the end of a cul-de-sac and there have been up to 10 vehicles at a time trying to find a place to park and a turn to get up the long driveway. It's been civilized so far.

Welcome, Mimi!


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Oops, forgot to even look for a theme. Fun & fast, Bruce. Nice one, Argyle!

Learning moment: Vladivostok is closer to Japan, Korea, and China than it is to Moscow.

Dyngus Day sounds like the old fashioned equivalent of wet T-shirt day. Can't imagine the girls putting up with it for long. Maybe that's why it didn't catch on outside the Polish community.

AnonymousPVX said...

A fun and straightforward Monday effort, no complaints at all

There's something worse than selective memory, and the would be FLUID memory. Here the person with fluid memory remembers things NOT as they actually happened but how they "remember" it, which is usually with them blameless for whatever thing is under discussion. Very frustrating, especially if the other person has an actual memory of the event.

desper-otto said...

Hmmmm, FLUID memory. Now who could you be talking about?

ANTHEM suggests this crossword clue: Last two words of the national anthem (8 letters)? Answer: PLAY BALL!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Nice Monday pzl. Thank you, Mr. Haight! Once more, I find myself thankful that Monday pzls are no longer lacking in challenge. This wasn't all that tough, but it wasn't a pushover either.
I wonder if it makes it all the more difficult to construct--to make a pzl calling for moderate brainwork but designed to yield to modest effort?
Thanks too to Argyle. I didn't see the theme until you pointed it out. I appreciated the Help! trailer and seeing the "Boys" again in their prime.

Dow Jones said...

FYI...The Tuesday (April 18) Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle ( is constructed by C.C.

Wilbur Charles said...

Misty, Rex Stout has a Nero Wolfe mystery called"Death of a Doxie". The deceased being a member of the oldest profession.

I don't like Florida signage at all. They refuse to put the sign at the place your turning. The best idea was painting signs on the road itself.

Oh yeah, FLUID memory rings a bell. As does, NO memory.


Terry said...

In the SF bay area, we get 2 episodes of TBBT a night M through F, in addition to the current episode. Good entertainment in the land of nerds.

SwampCat said...

Late to the party but I had to comment on the fun Momday! Thanks Bruce and Argyle.

C E Dave, I wondered about any hoo vs any who also.. Guess I've never seen it written down.

Owen, no, no ,no!... The Yiddish sailor in Hanoi was wonderful. What on earth was he doing there ?? Both A's I think. And thanks for the smile!

Misty said...

Wilbur, thanks for letting me know. I'll have to think about whether I can handle anything called "Death of a Doxie"--or whether Dusty would be okay with my reading something with that title.

Anonymous T said...

Thanks Bruce for a fun Tuesday puzzle that ran on a Monday. Fun theme that didn't show 'till the end. Nice.

Argyle: ++Music PEICEs and the PENNY LANE link. [aside - there was (is?) a head-shop in SPI called PENNY LANE; I remember going there as a kid w/ Mom and always associated the song w/ that PENNY LANE (and the smell of incense).]

WO: STore b/f STASH

Fav: Since we're DW dumping... DW oft overbooks herself time-wise...Honey, DO THE MATH, I say. Her reply: Oh, I SEE. Well can you... //sigh

I also liked all the computer: SAVE AS, TYPOS, MENU, RIG [the computer itself]. Of course HELP with PENNY LANE was icing. If only SIR was clue'd as Paul's title ;-)

{B-, A-}
Dow - thanks for the heads-up on Tomorrow's WSJ; I'll pick one up on the way home (or LIFT* one from the office).

CED - Men's Memory link was LOL!

HG - Re: 'To go' at the drive THRU. The guy at security said, "Have a good flight." I said, "You too." ANYHOO.... [hand up, thought it was anywho]

Would it be a TONY post if I didn't link RUSH's ANTHEM? [lyrics version so you can turn it down if you don't like early Rush.]

SELECTIVE MEMORY? Nope, not, me. My memory is like a steel-trap (rusted shut).

Where are you Mimi?

Cheers, -T
*SLANG for steal ;-)

Michael said...

Dear Lucina:

Funny you should mention Vladivostok ("Ruler of the East") ... my kids have been after me to take a vacation, and one of my extravagant thoughts was to fly in to Vladivostok, take the Trans-Siberian railway to Moscow, and on to Berlin, Paris, through the Chunnel to London, then the ferry to Ireland. The trip of a lifetime.....

Alas, age and common sense mean I'll probably get as far as San Jose or Stockton, and that if there is a tail wind.

CanadianEh! said...

Very late to the party. Thanks to Bruce and Argyle. I enjoyed the trip down all the LANEs.
I started this CW this morning and was thankful it was not a struggle after a busy weekend. I was moving along nicely between making casserole and pea soup out of the Easter ham/bone. Then the sunshine beckoned and we ended up in Niagara Falls, which is still as beautiful as ever! Hornblower (Canadian side) and Maid of the Mist (American side) boats are operating and the daffodils are blooming.

But I digress. I finished the puzzle tonight and here I am.
What!? The ANTHEM is not O Canada. AnonT's Rush Anthem will be the closest today. And we did have a LOON(ie) (thanks Spitzbooov). But we no longer have a PRETTY PENNY,

Bunny M, thoughts and prayers for your aunt and family.
Misty, glad to hear that your father is improving and hopefully he will be home soon.
Fermatprime, continue to improve.
Mimi, join us again!

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. thank you, Bruce Haight, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

The first three across were easy as pie. Then it slowed down. However, I got through this Monday puzzle in pretty quick time. As always, perps helped.

Good theme. Typical, but still a thinker.

SELECTIVE MEMORY reminds me that my wife says I have SELECTIVE HEARING. Hmmmmm.

Our new dog does not DROOL much, as others have that we have had through the years.

65A reminds me that we should not always try to eliminate GERMs. It is good for our bodies to be exposed to some, so that our bodies can create the proper defense. IMHO.

Never heard of LITE FM.

See you tomorrow.


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Lucina said...

What a lovely dream, to take the TranSiberian Rail all the way to Moscow! I wonder how long that would take? In Dr. Zhivago it seemed endless.

Anonymous T said...

What do you know? PENNY LANE is still there in SPI. Cheers, -T