Aug 7, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017 ~ Bruce Haight

Theme: Monday Jumble - The key word letter order is changed and placed in circles.

16A. High-altitude pilot's equipment: OXYGEN MASK

22A. Cellphone setting during flights: AIRPLANE MODE

35A. "Nobody's successful every time": "YOU CAN'T WIN 'EM ALL"

46A. Deli supply: LUNCHEON MEAT

56A. Postnuptial alteration, and a hint to each set of puzzle circles: NAME CHANGE

Argyle here with Bruce on a Monday. I haven't looked but I don't think Bruce does these jumble puzzles much. A nice grid spanner, lower left to upper right slash. Nothing really stood out to me but, all in all, quite pleasant.


1. "Hogwash!": "PSHAW!"

6. Group selfie: USIE. (us-e)

10. Hanes competitor: BVD. Named after the three founders of the New York City firm Bradley, Voorhees & Day (thus "B.V.D.").

13. Sierra __: Freetown's country: LEONE

14. Lace place: SHOE

15. Take wing: SOAR

18. Injection source, briefly: HYPO. (hypodermic needle)

19. Fundraising school gp.: PTA. (parent-teacher association)

20. Country singer McCoy: NEAL

21. Tub for water: BASIN

25. Like the house in a Hawthorne classic: GABLED. "The House of the Seven Gables", published in April 1851.

28. Elevate a golf ball: TEE UP

29. Eye impertinently: OGLE

30. Beer vessel: STEIN

32. Genre with spoken lyrics: RAP

39. Cake candle count: AGE

40. Hall of Fame pitcher Ryan: NOLAN. The Ryan Express, of the New York Mets (1966, 1968–1971), California Angels (1972–1979), Houston Astros (1980–1988), and Texas Rangers (1989–1993).

41. Facts, for short: INFO

42. Help desk prompt: [ASK ME]

44. "The Wind in the Willows" character with a "Wild Ride" at Disneyland: MR. TOAD

50. Fancy burger beef: ANGUS. The all black bovine.

51. Rowing tools: OARS

52. Baseball topper: CAP. I bet Nolan has a collection.

55. Author Silverstein: SHEL. {insert favorite poem here.}

59. Window ledge: SILL

60. Patron saint of Norway: OLAV

61. Fall zodiac sign: LIBRA

62. Photo __: media events: OPS. (informal term for photo opportunity)

63. Get one's feet wet: WADE

64. Some fitness ctrs.: YMCAs. We're getting some mileage from this old favorite.


1. Sit (down) unceremoniously: PLOP

2. Send a racy message to: SEXT

3. Georgetown athlete: HOYA

4. "Hulk" director Lee: ANG

5. Dog on a bun: WEENIE. Among other names.

6. Hawaii and Alaska are usually inserts on one: Abbr.: US MAP

7. "__ We Dance?": SHALL

8. iPhone platform: IOS

Ios Island, Greece.

9. "A mouse!": "EEK!"

10. High-voiced choir lad: BOY SOPRANO

11. Dull: VAPID

12. Robotic aerial spy: DRONE

15. SeaWorld orca: SHAMU

17. Square one: NERD

21. Designer Geoffrey: BEENE

22. Knighted actor Guinness: ALEC

23. Enjoyed home cooking: ATE IN

24. Opposite of ja: NEIN. German.

25. "The Naked Maja" artist: GOYA. (Hot stuff for a Monday.)

26. In awe: AGOG

27. Navy/Marines aerobatics squad: BLUE ANGELS

30. Florida univ. named for a canonized pope: ST. LEO. In St. Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa.

31. Pan Am rival: TWA

33. NATO alphabet word for "A": ALFA

34. Trudge: PLOD

36. Egyptian crosses: ANKHs

37. Alaskan seaport: NOME

38. Catcher's glove: MITT

43. Racing shell: SCULL

44. Cougar automaker, for short: MERC. (Mercury is defunct.)

45. How a poor decision might be made: RASHLY

46. Dogie catcher: LASSO. Dogie definition: a motherless calf on the range.

47. Far from cool: UNHIP

48. Wanderer: NOMAD

49. Novelist Binchy: MAEVE. Maeve Binchy.

52. "Mad Money" network: CNBC

53. Taj Mahal city: AGRA. India.

54. Little veggies in pods: PEAS. Petits pois in French.

56. Right away: NOW

57. In the style of: À LA

58. Objective: AIM. Accomplished.



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Bruce and Santa!

Took longer than usual for a Monday. Not immediate were: USIE, MEAL, HOYA, BEENE, BLUE ANGELS, ST. LEO and CNBC.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

OwenKL said...

His name was Shaw, just like the playwright G.B.Shaw
But his plays were VAPID, and always had a flaw!
His mentor told him, "I'm sorry, Payne
But you'll never become a famous name."
Today he proved his teacher wrong, and said to him, "P SHAW!"
Some women, men can wine and dine until they fall.
But LEO thought one woman was thinking very small!
He decided his ability
Called for a whole facility,
Alas, he failed and found, YOU CAN NOT WINE a MALL!
I hope my little poems keep you AGOG with awe.
That the iciest among you, will to my poesy thaw.
I live to hear the praise
Of my winsome turn of phrase,
So if you are amused, to your comments add "PS,HAW!"

{C+, A-, B-.}

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

EEK! DNF on a Monday! Unheard of. Absurd! But it happened. I thought the IPhone platform was EOS, ergo USEE. I Haight when that happens.

NOLAN Ryan now pitches foundation repair and Kroger sells his own branded beef.

I like the word VAPID, Also INSIPID.

Shall We Dance? is from The King And I.

Off to sulk...

Anonymous said...

10D had too many spaces for CASTRATO.

Lemonade714 said...

Bruce is among the most versatile constructors but his Mondays do have some challenge. I never heard of Neal McCoy or the term "USIE." I doubt many outside of Florida knew St. Leo or non iPhone user would know ios. I live in Florida and have an iPhone so I did not join D-O.

Thanks Bruce and Argyle.

Hungry Mother said...

I always have trouble with OLAV and "Olaf", but chose correctly this time. Never saw the name MAEVE before. Is it "Ma Eve"? The theme was helpful and obvious from the start.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

D/O - You are SO funny, even in defeat. I have your participation trophy ready for you to pick up. Thanks for playing.

One erasure today - I had "terp" for HOYA. I think I would have gotten it the first time had it been in the lower part of the puzzle. Even my decaf makes me more alert as I drink it.

I also didn't know USIE, NEAL McCoy, or MAEVE. Hand up for having to wait for OLA f/v. Favorite clue was "square one" for NERD. Had me thinking "anew" or similar. I also liked having SHALL, SILL, SHEL, and SCULL in the array. Also SCULL had its OAR represented. I think I have already plugged the fabulous book "The Boys in the Boat", but here's another mention.

Thanks Bruce for a fun Monday puzzle with a hint of crunch. And Santa is always a welcome sight for children of all ages.

inanehiker said...

Smooth Monday solve with a little crunch here and there. Funtheme.

HM - MAEVE is pronounced Mave - with long A - one syllable. She is from Ireland and they often have extra vowels slipped in. I've enjoyed many of her books -most notably "A Circle of Friends".

I just got back from a relaxing week on the Oregon Coast - so I'm still on PDT but headed back to the office- always a challenging day!

BunnyM said...

Good morning all!

Nice, easy, yet fun offering from Bruce. I thought the theme would be horses MANEs until the reveal of NAME CHANGE. Some nice long fills along the way, too. Thanks, Bruce for a delightful Monday!
Thanks, Argyle for guiding us along :)

I tried Weiner/WEENIE but that was soon fixed by OXYGEN and AIRPLANE.

Favorite was the cute "Square one"/ NERD

One of the most famous USIEs of all time was this one

I glanced at some comments from yesterday- Irish Miss, I pay .50 an ear/$6 a dozen for corn at my local produce stand. I'm not sure how much their tomatoes are per pound but I'm guessing around $2.99 based on what I paid. But I've only had 1-2 really good ones out of about the 8 or so I've bought from there this year- very disappointing. This is the second year in a row I haven't planted any but I think it wouldn't have been a great success. The weather hasn't been optimal here for growing them, so I'm guessing that's why even the ones from the local farmer aren't very tasty.

It's raining and chilly here. Between that and not having a car ( had to let DD#2 borrow mine since hers went to the dealer Saturday. This is the fourth time the power steering has gone out and the car is only a few years old! I could have driven DH to work and had use of his car but I didn't want to deal with the semi long commute twice in one day. If it's not raining tomorrow, he will ride his motorcycle and I'll have the car) it's a good motivation to get some cleaning and organizing done in the house. Or read and snuggle with the dog, lol

Wishing everyone a wonderful ( and hopefully sunny) day!

Irish Miss said...

Good Moring:

Bruce is one of my favorite constructors and this puzzle reinforces why. He has a certain playfulness with his themes and cluing which make even a Monday a bit more challenging. I had Sauna before Basin but knew IOS (thanks, Mini Brat!) and Usie. (I wonder is this insipid fad of selfies will ever end.) Maeve Binchey was a wonderful story teller and I especially enjoyed her earlier novels. (Hungry Mother, it is pronounced Mayve, silent E.) Thought of Anon T at Alfa, no matter the clue! Never heard of Neal McCoy and learning moment was Mr. Toad's ride. I love the word Ankh, don't know why, though.

Thanks, Bruce, for a fun and enjoyable solve and thanks, Argyle, for the grand tour; you're a real trouper!

We're due for some rain today but the rest of the week looks promising with 80's for temps, sunny, and less humid, I think.

Have a great day.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Nothing unknown in this puzzle for me except IOS (which filled before I read the clue) and where the dadgummed circles were. Thank you for a fun one, Bruce. Thank you, Argyle, for explaining NAME CHANGE. I couldn't see it.

Enjoyed hearing NEAL McCoy again after a very long time. Always liked him. I'd forgotten all about him.

MAEVE is one of my favorite authors. She writes such homey relationship stories.

The Naked Maja always looks so awkward somehow. Her expression makes me think she's ready to jump up and whap GOYA upside the head. He also painted her in clothes and the same position. She doesn't look at all relaxed.

AnonT: Did you see I had another note to you last night about pruning tomatoes and where to get tomato blossom set spray?

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Fun puzzle, although it seemed more like Wednesday difficulty than Monday. Unknowns were USIE and NEAL McCoy (although after reading about him at Wikipedia, I realize I have heard some of his music in the past), and the filing cabinet in my brain where HOYA is stored was locked, so I had to wait for the perps. Favorite clue/answer was "Square one" for NERD. Once again no circles, but I could see where they would have been after getting to the reveal. Thanks for the expo, Argyle.

I am off to spend the day with my darling granddaughter. Enjoy the day!

SwampCat said...

Crunchy for a Monday, but Bruce always gives us a good time. So many fun both GOYA and HOYA. and RAP and CAP. I'm not sure why that pleases me, but it does.

Thanks also, for the tour, Argyle.

Owen, what can I say?! PSHAW..... Parse it anyway you like!!

We had ten inches of rain in three hours on Saturday which left flooded streets and swamped cars. I managed to dodge most of the water and the traffic coming home but it took forever and was scary. And we are just in the beginning of hurricane season. Glub....

SwampCat said...

Jinx, you can never plug The Boys in the Boat too much. Great book!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Agree w/ Argyle: "Nothing really stood out to me but, all in all, quite pleasant. " But knowing the gimmick helped me get BEENE.
When 2d looked like SEXY, I immediately entered OXYGEN MASK. Perps were ample. No problems with the solve.
Liked seeing both NEIN and STEIN.
BOY SOPRANO - Here's a good example.
Freetown. - In 1982 the Brits sailed the Queen Elizabeth II, under great secrecy, into Freetown for bunkering so it could make the long round-trip voyage to the Falkland Islands to deliver soldiers and equipment in support of their aims in the Falklands War.

Husker Gary said...

-Golf ALFA Lima Yankee found it enjoyable as well.
-NEAL MCCOY led me on a search for better known NEALS for a Monday puzzle but it appears the other famous ones are NEIL
-The candle count for MIL’s birthday party last night was 95
-All INFO are not facts
-Nebraska State Fair Champion ANGUS named Herbster Huntsman 227
-Willie Mays was famous for losing his CAP while running. Right, Hondo?
-51A and 63A Options to cross stream – ROW vs WADE
-When the Aquatic Center (far left of drawing) opens this winter, Fremont, NE will have the largest YMCA in the world
-Dion probably didn’t consider, They call me the NOMAD (2:44)

Bill Graham said...

AnonT, re pollinating tomato blossoms. You can do it yourself without any help from various insects. All you have to do is 'tickle' each blossom with your finger. The pollen gets shaken into the proper receptacle and the job is done quickly, easy peasy.

Gary, congrats to your MIL!

CrossEyedDave said...

Re: Yest:

What you might find along the Niagara Gorge Trail today. (2:53)

Bill G, "Because Barbara's birthday is upon us, we got a free piece of Key Lime pie."
Hmm, does this mean Barbara's birthday is in the near future? Or are you fishing for
a free video cake link? More info needed pls..

Hmm, Mothers in Law... Do I link cakes for Mothers In Law?
Of course I do!

Re: Today

AnonymousPVX said...

A very nice Monday puzzle with just enough crunch to make it interesting. Again appreciate not needing the theme to solve.

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Bruce, for an enjoyable Monday, with clever cluing and great fill. Monday's usually don't hold great interest for me, but this was great!

Thanks, Argyle, as always, for your pics. I would love to see the Greek Islands!

Trubrit said...

Good morning Bloggers:

This was a bit challenging for a Monday, but fun. I thought "Amen' was the theme until I got to 56 across.

I, too, HM, get Olav and Olaf confused but chose Olaf and not knowing 'Maeve' didn't know it was wrong until the end check.

Happy day to all.

Bill Graham said...

CED: Barbara's birthday is the 9th.

It used to be that there would be a few days in the late summer when the weather in this SC coastal community would be uncomfortably hot and I would covet AC. It's gotten worse lately. Finally the heat and humidity has overcome my inertia. The new AC installation starts Thursday. The installation will be a bit of a hassle but I know I will enjoy the cool indoor breezes.

Lucina said...

Like d-o I'm aghast at a FIW on a Monday! EEK is right! Being somewhat of a Luddite I'm unfamiliar with modern phone parlance so IOS was WOS USWE seemed likely and why not? As a Greek island I would have known it.

Also unknown but perped was NEAL. BEENE, NOLAN, SHELL, MAEVE and even ST LEO are well known either through crosswords or in the case of MAEVE, reading her delightful books. And fourth graders loved SHEL Silverstein, especially The Giving Tree.

I also thought the theme might be AMEN until the reveal.

Thank you, Bruce and Argyle for knocking me down a few pegs.

P-SHAW! You are awesome!

Have a splendid day, everyone!

PK said...

Since I don't follow baseball, knowing Nolan Ryan is unusual. When he was at his peak, I went somewhere and realized on the way home that I had bought things for my girls, but not my son. At a truck stop where we had used the restroom, I saw some Nolan Ryan T-shirts and grabbed one. My son was playing little league baseball at the time. He knew who Ryan was even if I didn't and it became his favorite shirt. It went through the wash so many times, I couldn't ever forget the name.

Jayce said...

I found this puzzle to be a tad difficult but ultimately a pleasure to solve. Quite a few entries I did not know resulted in a dismaying amount of white space on my first pass through. Hand up for liking the clue for NERD.

Wow Owen! Your P SHAW was excellent!

inanehiker, I'm glad you enjoyed the Oregon coast. It is one of our favorite places.

Husker Gary, your ROW vs WADE comment made me laugh. Thank you for that.

Best wishes to you all.

Tinbeni said...

Needed ESP (Every-Single-Perp) to get USIE, NEAL McCoy & MAEVE Binchy ...
Otherwise a Monday level puzzle.


CanadianEh! said...

Thanks for the fun Bruce and Argyle.
Today is Civic Holiday here and I have no newspaper (they will put Mon. & Tues. CW in tomorrow's paper but I can't wait that long!). Cruciverb was down and of course the Mensa site has NO circles but they were not needed for the solve.

Like Dunno and Cmon yesterday, I had to shorten Win Them All to WIN 'EM ALL.
We had LASSO today not Reata.

HOYA reminded me that my flower of that name bloomed on the weekend. It only blooms once a year for me and is very fragrant in the evening.

LOL at AGOG after the GOYA artwork!

NAME CHANGE after nuptials can take months to complete according to my daughter and DILs. You must start with your driver's license with photo ID and wait to receive it before applying for other changes.
It took me months after my marriage to get used to answering to my new surname.
Quebec does not allow a woman to take her husband's surname after marriage.

HG, congratulations and HBD to MIL. My Mom will also be 95 in Sept.
OwenKL - PS,Haw!

Enjoy the day!

Misty said...

Whew! Thank goodness the Group Selfie was a USIE, otherwise I would not have gotten a perfect score on this crunchy Bruce Haight Monday puzzle. But I did it--Yay!--and it was a lot of fun. I love circles, so I was excited about this from the very beginning, and I figured out the NAME theme pretty quickly. Like others, my favorite clue was that SQUARE ONE NERD (I kept thinking geometry until I finally got it). I've finally nailed ANKHS from having it come up in crossword puzzles so often. And I must say I'm amazed how often German words are cropping up these days. My native language is beginning to come in handy--NEIN? Anyway, many thanks Bruce, and loved your pictures, Argyle.

"Shall We Dance" is one of my favorite musical songs. I was almost in my teens when I first saw "The King and I" and I think I had my folks let me go back to a couple more matinees because I just loved it so much.

Have a great week, everybody! And hope to see you tomorrow, Fermatprime!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

HG - My favorite NEAL is Boortz, a former talk radio gas bag. (He was also known as The Talkmaster and The Mouth of the South.) As a Libertarian he gave Dems and Republicans hell regularly. He dropped out of the Libertarian party when they decided that the party was against attacking terrorist installations in the middle east. He rejoined when Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination.

My favorite quote: "You can fix ignorance, but not stupidity."

My second favorite was the Ken and Bob Company on KABC, Los Angeles. Third was Car Talk on PBS when both brothers were alive and hosting.

I don't listen to much talk radio these days. None of the current personalities measure up.

Bruce Haight said...

Thanks guys!
This was tough for a Monday! I was excited to get my only grandson in there with NOLAN at 40-Across. And with things like SEXT, Naked Maja, Weenie, and a postnuptial alteration it had an interesting "edge" to it. Hope it was fun! Bruce Haight

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

At the airport drafting this after finishing the NYT (did LAT this morning)... Thanks Bruce for a crunchy Monday; much more so that the NYT (15 min & the ACTION was over!). What I enjoyed is most areas were a blank across and down until a known fill; then 1st & second thoughts filled. E.g. LEONE was my 1st, that's it! yielding, PLOP, SEXT, PTA, ANG, PSHAW, WEiner [bzzt]. Anyway, a joy to puzzle.

Thanks Argyle for the expo and SEXTy GOYA :-)

WOs: Hand up OLAf; WEiNer ->WEENir -> WEENIr (?) -> WEENIE *whew*
Fav: c/a for NERD. Misdirection, Priceless.


PK - FLN; yes, I did see that and watched a YouTube or two on pruning. I'll see if I can get the Walmart stuff on-line; I hate that store.

BunnyM... I misread your penultimate line and pictured you on the motorcycle :-)

Yep IM - Alfa! One hellava car (when it starts :-))

CED - LOL can't "fix" stupid.

Swamp - I just got to my hotel in NOLA. I'm going to find the Royale Oyster House for dinner.

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

When I finally got a chance this didn't take long. But I needed perps especially for that NERD. Did I tell you that I was a walking Breakfast Club. 3 Letters, Gang member and Honors classes. eg NERD.

Also, a bit psycho like the 4th clubber. No money though like #5

I love Dion. I mentioned that he almost got on Holly's plane but wouldn't come up with the dough.

Bruce, I spotted your MONIKER* and was looking forward to the solving. Likewise Argyle with the write-up. And of course...

Owen and his wacky l'icks. PSHAW was a favorite Nero Wolfe word.


* We had that once in here

PS. Owen, I wish C-Moe could see your Villanelle. In French it's not as difficult because rhyming is much easier. No, I'm not going to try a Villanelle en francais, not without some serious drugs a la Coleridge

Anonymous T said...

Swamp, Big E & Boo L. - I got it wrong it's the Royal House Oyster Bar at Royal & St. Louis in the Quarter. OMG the crab claws are so 'mmm good. If any y'all's Cornerite gets down here and goes there, order extra bread to sop up the sauce. Ahwee! I guarOntee. Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Last note for the fans: Doug Petterson of Doug & Patti Varol SAT LAT fame created the August '17 Southwest AIRlines' magazine pzl called "Wild Animals." Feels like a Hard Friday./ Med Sat Doug, I've almost got you (without turning the page!). Thanks Doug for keeping me entertained from HOU to NOLA on a bumpy flight. I'll finish your pzl on my flt home [Hotel had WSJ, so I'm playing that as I drift to sleep] Cheers, -T