Jun 27, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Herre Schouwerwou

Theme: Rhyming - Phonetic rhymes.

36A. Old group of movie kids that, in a way, the answers to starred clues could be a member of: OUR GANG

17A. *Time for discount drinks: HAPPY HOUR

23A. *"Homicide: Life on the Street" Emmy winner: ANDRE BRAUGHER

48A. *Dictator's authority: ABSOLUTE POWER

59A. *Kiefer Sutherland's "24" role: JACK BAUER

Argyle here. Tad difficult due to the proper names. Herr's second appearence in LAT.

Across:

1. Valuable quality: ASSET

6. Place for piggies: STY

9. Water carriers: PIPES

14. Honking birds: GEESE

15. Rebel Guevara: CHE

16. Atlantic __: OCEAN

19. Durable suit fabric: SERGE

20. Song from Verdi: ARIA

21. Funny bone's place: ARM

22. John or Paul (but not Luke): BEATLE. A little twist there.

26. Hunch over: STOOP

27. Homebuilder's lot size: ACRE

28. Read the riot act to: SCOLD

29. King's scary St. Bernard: CUJO. Stephen King.

31. Scissors sound: SNIP

35. Chewie's shipmate: HAN. Star Wars.

39. Mex. neighbor: USA

40. Poems of praise: ODES

42. Scoffing sounds: HAHs

43. "Death of a Salesman" family name: LOMAN. "Willy" Loman.

45. Slack off: LOAF

47. In a funk: MOPEY

53. Hot Wheels toymaker: MATTEL

54. Wrestling's __ Flair: RIC

55. "Not gonna happen!": "NOPE!"

58. City in upstate New York: UTICA. Big beer making town.

61. Green energy type: SOLAR

62. Inquire: ASK

63. Hard-hit baseball: LINER. The old frozen rope.

64. __-level job: ENTRY

65. Cry with a fist pump: "YES!!"

66. Easy paces: TROTS

Down:

1. Ottoman honorific: AGHA

2. Charbroil: SEAR

3. Antique photo feature: SEPIA TONE

4. Language in Sevilla: ESPANOL. They speak Spanish in Seville.


5. Mystery writer Josephine: TEYWiki entry

6. It may be tied: SCORE

7. Mitten part: THUMB

8. "Programs! Git __ programs here!": YER. "Can't tell the players without a program."

9. Big phony: POSEUR

10. Very cold periods: ICE AGES

11. Western Australian port: PERTH


12. Sharp-eyed bird: EAGLE

13. Lip-curling look: SNEER

18. Plucked instrument: HARP

22. Part of 60-Down: BACON. 60-Down. Layered sandwich, briefly: BLT


24. Extinct flightless bird: DODO

25. Mumbai bigwigs: RAJAs

26. Whole bunch: SCAD

28. 2017 "Twin Peaks" airer, for short: SHO. (SHOWTIME)

29. __ brewery: independent beer maker: CRAFT

30. "That's just nasty!": "UGH!"

32. Big cheese: NUMERO UNO

33. "What more can __?": I SAY

34. Frying utensil: PAN

37. Trailer rental company: U-HAUL

38. Post-sunset effect: GLOW

41. Toy racer on a track: SLOT CAR. You can get them powered by bicycles now.

44. Like many summer concerts: OPEN AIR

46. Chicago Fire Mrs.: O'LEARY

47. __ turtle soup: MOCK. What Is Mock Turtle Soup? If you are so inclined; Link You might say, "30-Down".

48. Get a laugh out of: AMUSE

49. Stick passed on a track: BATON

50. Clown's leg extension: STILT

51. Remove pencil marks: ERASE

52. Mining tools: PICKS

56. Amanda of "Something's Gotta Give": PEET

57. Slips up: ERRS

59. Noisy bird: JAY. A little something to drive your cats crazy.




Argyle

Jun 26, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017 Bruce Venzke & Gail Grabowski

Theme: No Reveal Monday - B(vowel progression)TT

17A. Cellphone revitalizers: BATTERY CHARGERS

23A. Cake mix giant: BETTY CROCKER

36A. Confection not as sweet as the "milk" variety: BITTER CHOCOLATE

48A. Lowest dresser compartment: BOTTOM DRAWER

57A. Affectionate touches with one's lashes: BUTTERFLY KISSES

Argyle here. While the theme may be simple, the execution is not. Three grid spanning entries and two 12's, all in the language, makes it a worthy Monday puzzle.

Across:

1. Cars for stars: LIMOs

6. Vagabond: TRAMP

11. Clock setting for MI and MO: CST. Four counties of the Upper Peninsula in
Michigan and all of Missouri are in Central Standard Time Zone.

14. Go through entirely: USE UP

15. Riveter painted by Rockwell: ROSIE

16. Grazing area: LEA

20. Looker that's usually blue or brown: EYE

21. "Ring around the collar" detergent: WISK

22. Hard-to-resist impulse: URGE

27. Falls back: RECEDES

30. Driver's protest: HONK

31. Japanese soup noodle: UDON

32. Electrical unit: WATT

33. One dressing to be noticed: FOP

41. Muddy barnyard abode: STY

42. Fashion's Chanel: COCO

43. App symbol: ICON

44. Moccasin or loafer: SHOE

45. Tranquilizes: SEDATES

52. New Balance competitor: AVIA

53. USAF truant: AWOL

54. Alien crew in sci-fi films: ETs

62. Right-angle shape: ELL

63. Writer Zora __ Hurston: NEALE


64. Singing sensation Boyle: SUSAN. Where is she now?

65. Take notice of: SEE

66. Lustful deity: SATYR

67. Perot of politics: H. ROSS

1. Job with an oil change: LUBE

2. Dr. Watson outburst: "I SAY!"

3. Parcel (out): METE

4. So last week: OUT

5. Gushed: SPEWED

6. On-the-sly romantic meetings: TRYSTs. With a SATYR?

7. Like much of Maine's coastline: ROCKY

8. Volcanic debris: ASH

9. Actress Farrow: MIA

10. In accordance with: PER

11. Court assistant: CLERK

12. Twilled fabric: SERGE

13. Law enforcement shocker: TASER

18. Ceremonial act: RITE

19. Oozy stuff: GUCK. I wanted GUNK.

23. Flexed: BENT

24. Bush Labor secretary Elaine: CHAO

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

26. Aware of, as a scheme: ON TO

27. Barbecue coatings: RUBS

28. Work on a script: EDIT

29. Cosmetics giant: COTY


32. Reporter's question: WHO

33. Fiction's opposite: FACT

34. Oklahoma tribe: OTOE

35. Will-signing needs: PENS

37. Empty hallway sound: ECHO

38. Floor plan division: ROOM

39. Sent a dupe letter to: CCed

40. "You made that up!": LIAR



44. PDQ, in the ICU: STAT

45. Finn's friend: SAWYER

46. Furry "Star Wars" creature: EWOK

47. "Yum!": "DELISH!". A Rachael Ray comment.

48. Innocent sorts: BABES

49. Seed-to-be: OVULE

50. Book name: TITLE

51. Good news on Wall Street: RALLY

54. Canadian gas sign: ESSO

55. Tetley products: TEAs

56. Bank acct. IDs: SSNs. (Social Security number)

58. Chekov's "Star Trek" rank: Abbr.: ENS. (Ensign)

59. Actor Stephen: REA

60. Budgetary excesses: FAT

61. California's Big __: SUR



Argyle

Jun 25, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017, C.C. Burnikel

TITLE: SCUSE ME




Husker Gary reporting today where our brilliant LA Times Blogspot mistress C.C. Burnikel has given us a lovely Sunday puzzle with a fun theme and always clever cluing! The title and gimmick she used reminded me of this famous tag line for Steve Martin. She has given us eight, two-word themers where the first word starts with "S" and the second with "QU" which amounts to eight SQU's or phonetically: SCUSE. 


As you can see in the grid, six of the theme fills were horizontal and two more were vertical and intersected two of the horizontal fills. Last Sunday C.C. called this a "classic Gail Grabowski design".



There's  no SCUSE to not enjoy this puzzle and so let's first look at C.C. theme answers:

23. It begins in , April : SECOND QUARTER - Ah April, where I can make my final 2016 payment and fill out another lovely form and my first payment for 2017.




33. Yahoo! Finance offering : STOCK QUOTE - On June 16, a STOCK QUOTE for Yahoo! Inc. would have been $52.59




49. Jamie Lee Curtis or Fay Wray : SCREAM QUEEN - Jamie Lee was a great SCREAM QUEEN in the Halloween franchise. Her mommy was also pretty good at this skill in a Hitchcock classic. Fay Wray only had to contend with an animal that went, uh, ape over her!




86. Test for trivia fans : SPORCLE QUIZ - Probably obscure for most of you but I knew this from subbing. Some teachers let their kids take fun and/or educational quizzes at this online site and they stay occupied. Yay! Below, you must type in as many of the nine countries starting with "L" that you can in 60 seconds. Go!




100. California prison town : SAN QUENTIN - Perhaps you'd like to try the 9 mile swim from SAN QUENTIN to the other famous prison in the neighborhood




117. Pielike veggie dish : SPINACH QUICHE - Looks yummy to me!




15. What screen icons exude : STAR QUALITY - This show calls it the X-Factor




67. Granite excavation site : STONE QUARRY - This wonderful 1979 movie featured characters (including 101. "Far from Heaven" actor : Dennis QUAID)  who called their bike team the Cutters because of the STONE QUARRY industry in Bloomington, IN. They raced the Indiana University team. Guess who won.





Now let's look at the rest of the fill from this SUNDAY's QUEEN of the puzzle




Across


1. Mark Cuban's NBA team : DALLAS


7. Scene : LOCALE


13. Quaint light : GAS LAMP


20. Lizard with a "third eye" : IGUANA - The primitive white spot between his two eyes that only detects light and dark






21. Like grandfather clocks : ANALOG - Digital is just so wrong here

22. Tin mints : ALTOIDS


25. In an imposing manner : GRANDLY


26. Things on rings : KEYS


27. Lemons : DUDS


28. "__ Death": Grieg work : ASES  Ã…se's Death from Peer Gynt. Yeah, I knew that and did not need the crossings. 😅


30. Dot follower : ORG


31. Grips : CLASPS


38. Went for a bite? : FISHED - A statue of a very famous "Gone Fishin'" trip in Mayberry, N.C. Okay it's in Mount Airy, N.C. but still...



41. Review using stars : RATE


43. In __ of : LIEU and 99. Inscribed tablet : PLAQUE - I have received several PLAQUES IN LIEU of cash


44. Glob : WAD


45. Punk rock icon Smith : PATTI - She performed in a benefit concert in 2011 with crossword's favorite Beatle wife




46. Poetic measure : METER


47. Trac II cousin : ATRA


48. Like Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 : IN G 


52. Steamed state : IRE



53. "Blue Sky" Oscar winner : LANGE - She made a controversial appearance before the House Agricultural Committee on the strength of her role in this 1980 film.

55. Bun contents : HAIR


56. Wish undone : RUE


57. Executed : DID


59. Legend in one's own mind : TIN GOD


60. Port of 79-Down : ADEN and 79. Nation across the gulf from Somalia : YEMEN


61. Brat's output : SASS


63. What some wallow in : SELF PITY


66. Give up the single life : WED


67. Prepared for a selfie : SMILED - This smile could be gone in a hurry




69. Dana of "Body of Proof" : DELANY


70. Smooching on the bus, for short : PDA - Have you ever chaperoned an adolescent dance?


73. Some studios : ATELIERS - Yeah, I knew that and did not need the crossings. 😅 400 sq. ft ATELIERS in the Robespierre district of Paris run about €800/month. 

75. Titles of respect : SIRS


76. Bath buggy : PRAM - Lady Mary could drive from 1 hr. west from Downton Abby to Bath, England to get a PRAM for her baby


77. Lidocaine brand : ICY HOT 


80. Sch. with a Harrisburg campus : PSU - Football scandals have rocked this fine school 


81. Summer in Provence : ETE


82. Burial isle of many Scottish kings : IONA Yeah, I knew that and did not need the crossings. 😅




83. Ersatz fat brand : OLEAN



84. Activity-tracking letters : GPS - "Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?"

90. Clyde cap : TAM - You might find one on IONA


91. Jacob's twin : ESAU


93. Poker pile : CHIPS


94. Charlotte __ : RUSSE - "Oh great! Another women's clothing store!" 😡


95. Is for two? : ARE - Stan  is one but Stan and Ollie ARE two

96. Stop : QUIT


97. Lyon lover's word : AIME - Je t'aime (I love you)


98. Golf phenom Jordan : SPIETH - Where are the golfers with personality?

103. Pennysaver revenue source : AD SALE


105. American rival: Abbr. : UAL - Give me the cheapest fare. End of discussion


106. Topps figure : STAT


108. Historic Tuscan city : PISA - After teaching about Galileo at PISA for decades, I had a breathless moment when I walked through the arch and saw the leaning tower for the first time




109. Wikipedia entries : BIOS - Isn't C.C. about due to have an entry?


113. "Right on!" : I HEAR YA


120. Prisoner's restraint : LEG IRON - I'll bet you know what character is trying to rid himself of said restraints here




121. __ à trois : MENAGE - What were you thinking?




122. Sophisticated : URBANE


123. Pain reliever : ANODYNE - Yeah, I knew that and did not need the crossings. 😅




124. Think highly of : ESTEEM


125. Eldest Dashwood daughter in "Sense and Sensibility" : ELINOR




Down


1. Pancake shape : DISK


2. Pulitzer novelist James : AGEE - I wonder if C.C. and Boomer have this AGEE card in their collection.


3. "Peanuts" fussbudget : LUCY

4. Golden Triangle country : LAOS


5. Taylor of fashion : ANN







6. Seat at Churchill Downs : SADDLE - Pretty Spartan



7. Heaps kudos on : LAUDS


8. Living it up : ON A SPREE


9. Budget choice : CAR - Once again, show me the price on your rental CAR


10. Ski resort near Snowbird : ALTA


11. "How to Succeed ... " composer Frank : LOESSER - Ya gotta dig pretty deep to find Music and Lyrics by Frank LOESSER.



12. Everglades bird : EGRET


13. Practical joke : GAG


14. "Today" weather anchor : AL ROKER


16. Future sound? : LONG U - FYOO' CHER - The first "U". Love it!


17. Help out : AID 


18. 16th-century date : MDL - July 7, 1550 is the traditional date chocolate is believed to have been introduced to Europe


19. Aspiring therapist's maj. : PSY


24. Squat beneficiary : QUAD - Wow!




29. Pool-heating option : SOLAR


31. __ seeds: omega-3 source : CHIA - From a silly gift to health food




32. Fill to the brim : SATE


34. Ticket for speeding, say : CITE - Oldest daughter got out of a speeding ticket in Lincoln but when the officer saw her then last name and  said he liked me as a teacher. "Dad, that's the only time it's been worth knowing you!"


35. Being in debt : OWING



36. Latin ballroom dance : TANGO - Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar doing the TANGO in Scent Of A Woman 

37. Barely beat : EDGED


38. False impression : FACADE


39. Words of resignation : I TRIED - no comfort when first words were 110. Volunteer's offer : I CAN


40. Strict : STERN


42. Looks after : TENDS


45. "Baloney!" : PSHAW


46. Granola cousin : MUESLI


50. Baseball mascot partner reintroduced in 2013 : MRS MET - They have both come and gone since the 1960's




51. California's state bird : QUAIL - You're my age if you know who sang, "Hey Bird Dog keep away from my QUAIL"


52. Remains in neutral : IDLES


54. "__ takers?" : ANY


58. Mil. roadside danger : IED - Improvised Explosive Device


59. Christmas strands : TINSEL


62. Escapes slowly : SEEPS


64. Mall handouts : FLIERS


65. Medicare program offered by private insurers : PART C 


68. Hosp. employees : DRS - Many DRS around here have abandoned their private practices to be "employees" of our hospital for legal reasons


70. "In Search of Lost Time" novelist : PROUST -The Guinness Book Of World Records says it is the longest novel of all time 




71. Breakfast pastry : DANISH


72. Blow away : AMAZE


73. "I knew it!" : AHA



74. It may be served with pickled ginger : SUSHI - I am not a big fan of ginger but it appears you can get it like this

76. Spark : PIQUE - These daily exercise never fail to PIQUE my curiosity

77. Tiny bits : IOTAS


78. Santa __ : CLARA


84. Dieter's setback : GAIN

85. Masters strokes : PUTTS


87. Strong cotton : PIMA


88. Where to see slanted columns : OP-ED PAGE - Where you might find Charles Krauthammer and Paul Krugman side-by-side


89. Lake bordering Ontario : ERIE - Last Sunday, Gail Grabowski's ERIES were The Cat Nation People


92. "Lolita" (1962) actress : SUE LYON - In ads the promo was, "How did they make a movie out of this?" The answer seems to have Nabokov's screenplay make Lolita 16 instead of 12 as in the novel and toned down the content




93. Happy hour offerings : CANAPES



98. Scout's accessory : SASH - His SASH runneth over

102. Response at the door : IT'S ME


104. Order to attack : SIC 'EM


107. Windshield option : TINT


109. Netanyahu of Israel, familiarly : BIBI


111. "This is horrible!" : OH NO - Ah, Mr. Bill!

112. Interpreter of signs : SEER



113. Wharf workers' org. : ILA - International Longshoreman's Association - Were they the bad guys who beat up Terry Malloy (Brando) in this gritty movie?

114. Egg source : HEN

115. Narcissist's problem : EGO


116. Hydrocarbon suffix : ANE


118. "Not gonna happen, lassie" : NAE - "Timmy is not in the well girl!"


119. Bing result : URL



Well, I SHOULD QUIT and let you guys hold forth with your pertinent and impertinent remarks.