Oct 3, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 ~ Roland Huget

Theme: Let's Make A Deal!

42D. "Agreed!" ... and what can be said about the start of the answers to starred clues: "IT'S A DEAL!"

17A. *Boot camp newbie: RAW RECRUIT. Raw deal.

66A. *Defensible alibi: GOOD EXCUSE. Good deal.

11D. *Grand scheme of things: BIG PICTURE. Big deal.

29D. *It may be rational, in math: REAL NUMBER. Real deal.

Argyle here, dealing from the top of the deck. Roland makes a rare trip to the start of the week. It is a pinwheel but then again, it sort of looks like a Q.


1. Carpet thickness: PILE

5. Crowbar, basically: LEVER

10. Vanishing ski lift: T-BAR. More accurate than yesterday's clue.

14. Preemptive rescue op: EVAC. (Evacuation) Is the hurricane season over?

15. Wear down: ERODE

16. MasterCard rival: VISA

19. Not fer: AGIN. For and against.

20. Slap in the face: INSULT

21. Play the hand you were dealt: STAND PAT. 36-A. Starts the kitty: ANTEs

23. Smooth engine sound: [HUM]

25. __-Locka, Florida: OPA. Opa-tisha-wocka-locka (Seminole)

                               Historic City Hall.

26. Aetna's bus.: INS. (insurance)

27. Michelin product: CAR TIRE

31. Ancient vase in a museum, say: RELIC

33. Fuel-efficient Chevy: AVEO

34. Physics work unit: ERG. The erg is a unit of energy and work equal to 10−7 joules.

39. Truth stretcher: LIAR directly above 44-A. Untrue: FALSE

40. Nebula Award genre: SCI-FI. Awarded for the best science fiction or fantasy works of the previous calendar year.

43. Undiluted: PURE

46. Acquired: GOT

47. __ Minor: Little Bear: URSA

48. Chinese menu promise: NO MSG. (MonoSodium Glutamate)

51. Company co-founded by J.P. Morgan: US STEEL. Founded: 1901 by Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, Charles M. Schwab, Elbert Henry Gary.

53. "The Simpsons" disco guy: STU

55. Sport-__: 4 x 4: UTE. A utility vehicle.

56. 90 deg. at the North Pole, e.g.: LAT. (latitude)

57. Overly long and generally unproductive activity: TIME SINK. Related to "fun sponge"?

60. One of Santa's reindeer: DASHER. Time to start getting them back into shape.

65. "SOS" pop group: ABBA

68. Baked desserts: PIEs

69. Latest craze: MANIA

70. Ointment additive: ALOE

71. Tortoise racer: HARE

72. Spiritual guardian: ANGEL

73. Identity hider: MASK


1. Prefix with scope: PERI

2. Hall of Fame catcher Rodriguez: IVAN. Iván Rodríguez, "Pudge". In his career, he played for the Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. Wikipedia

3. Newton's motion trio: LAWS

4. Color of raw silk: ECRU

5. Professors' talks: LECTURES

6. Boot the ball: ERR

7. "Parlez-__ français?": VOUS. "Do you speak French?"

8. Manuscript fixer: EDITOR

9. Make another recording of: RETAPE. This is as dated as the T-bar.

10. Promo on the tube: TV AD

12. From China, say: ASIAN

13. Tirades: RANTS

18. Pre-college, briefly: ELHI. Grades 1 to 12. (ELementary and HIgh-school)

22. Simba's playmate: NALA. I'm not lion.

24. Defunct Ford division, for short: MERC. (Mercury)

27. Baby whale: CALF

28. Sports shoe brand: AVIA

30. Sculptor's subject: TORSO

32. Data to be processed: INPUT

35. Band tour booking: GIG

37. Highland tongue: ERSE

38. Close tightly: SEAL

41. Basketball transgression: FOUL

45. Grounded Aussie birds: EMUs

49. Mark of disgrace: STIGMA

50. Columbus, by birth: GENOAN 

        The Biosphere and the Porto Vecchio in Genoa.

52. Lay's chips-in-a-can brand: STAX. Pringles competition.

53. Dangerous bacterium: STAPH

54. Knee-to-ankle bone: TIBIA

58. Lessen, as pain: EASE

59. Skull Island ape: KONG. (King)

61. Rip-off: SCAM

62. Island dance: HULA

63. Those, in Mexico: ESOS

64. Cause serious nose-wrinkling: REEK

67. Stop working, as an engine: DIE


Note from C.C.:

Today dear Santa Argyle wrote his 800th blog post. Day after day, he's here for us. Thank you, Santa.


fermatprime said...


Thanks to Roland and Santa!

Things that were perped: OPA, US STEEL, IVAN, STAX and DAASHER.

A miracle happened and I beat the guy who is always number one at Word Solitaire. (He went back later and tied me.)

Have a great day!

fermatprime said...

Oops. DASHER. Duh.

OwenKL said...

FIW¡ A¡IA + A¡EO killed me, a couple brand names I didn't know, though I think both have shown up in puzzles before. Also needed the reveal to get the gimmick. Ah, well. Some days you're the mosquito, some days you're the windshield.

"Give me a LEVER," said a RELIC of the Greek,
"A long enough STEEL BAR, whose quality don't REEK;
And a fulcrum, one that
In place will STAND PAT,
And I'll flip my teenager from his bed, to next week!"

A fiction writer is just a fine LIAR
A DASHER off of lines that didn't transpire.
But especially wry
Are the lies of SCI-FI,
Where PURE and FALSE REALITY combine to conspire!

{C, C-.}

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Fun, but a little crunchy for a Tuesday IMO. My RECRUIT was new before he was RAW, and I had ecoli before I got STAPH.

My unknowns were AVEO, Nebula Award, Skull Island, STAX and TIME SINK. Didn't know "fun sponge" either, Santa.

Thanks to Roland and Santa for a good start to today.

CanadianEh! said...

I'll post early today after being AWOL due to busy fall schedule.
Thanks for the fun Roland and Argyle. Straightforward solve today.
Hand up for EColi before STAPH.

Congrats fermatprime on attaining first place.

Have a great day.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Guess who failed to read the complete reveal clue...again? It was the same guy who didn't get the theme, but he did like the puzzle. Thanx, Roland and Argyle.

We still say "I taped it" chez d-o. It's more comfortable than than "I DVR'd it" or "I recorded it." It probably helps that the DVR controls are similar to the VCR controls.

RIP Tom Petty.

Hungry Mother said...

Didn’t need the theme, but noted it as I went along. Didn’t know IVAN, but everything else was clear.

inanehiker said...

Nice fun Tuesday - though I'm with Jinx having new and ecoli before RAW and STAPH. Also DANCER before DASHER- but easily changed by the perps!

Thanks Argyle for today's blog and the 799 before it!

MJ said...


Thank you for your 800 days of service, Argyle, as our faithful early week guide. I agree that today's clue for T-BAR was much more accurate than yesterday's clue. I haven't seen (or ridden) a T-BAR in nearly fifty years. As for the puzzle, all flowed smoothly. The term TIME SINK is new to me, but perps were friendly. Thanks for today's offering, Roland.

Fermatprime--Congratulations on your Word Solitaire accomplishment!

Enjoy the day!

Steven Coppage said...

That map showing the Tropic of Cancer is seriously wrong. It goes through Mexico and is always south of the US mainland.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great puzzle! Roland. Just crunchy enough to make me think a little.

Dear Argyle, 800th blog post is certainly an outstanding achievement! Thank you for all your dedication and entertainment.

Never heard of TIME SINK or IVAN.

Yay, Fermatprime!

I loved my red 1996 Merc.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I moved right along with just a few hiccups; I'm not familiar with Time Sink but everything else was known. I didn't grasp the theme until the reveal; I think having down theme answers throws me off a little, especially when they are *starred*, my mind wanders away from what I'm filling in. Overall, a clean, smooth solve.

Thank you, Roland, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Argyle, for your wit, wisdom, and the work ethic that benefits us all every Monday and Tuesday! Your dedication is much appreciated.

Seeing Nala today reminded me of Sunday's kettle of fish with Elsa, Ella, Elle-Belle! It's tough keeping the lions and princesses straight!

Have a great day.

Billocohoes said...

The announcer for “The Late Show” still opens wiith “And now, live on tape from the Ed Sullivan Theater” and I think “they’re not still using tape, are they?”

Big Easy said...

"Let's Make A Deal" after Monty Hall died this weekend. Okay.

I had a few learning moments today. Frito-Lay make a copy of Pringles- STAX. I finally remembered that it was OPA instead of OPI, and perped TIME SINK, which I'd never heard of. IVAN and ESOS were perped.

'From China' and 'Chinese Menu promise'- My next door neighbor are 'From China' and on their Restaurants menu, you can request 'NO MSG'. Their daughter's name is Cecelia but everybody calls her C.C.

Does anybody out there drive a Daewoo Kolos? How about a Chevy AVEO? No me. I have two MERCs- one MERCury and one MERCedes Benz and a Murano. DW gives them names. AARP car, Max, and Mindy Murano.

Husker Gary said...

-I ran into the reveal before I could try to figure it out and learned TIME SINK
-A BIG DEAL according to him
-No matter the EVAC order, someone is going to stay and require rescuing
-I always try to sub on 3.14 - mathematical PIE/PI day
-Last year’s school MANIA of fidget spinners seems to have passed
-ERR - I RETAPED David Letterman right over the only video I ever shot live of a Shuttle Launch
-A tap on the arm is a FOUL 18’ from the basket but under the basket most anything goes
-Baseball/movie fans will recognize the quote “EASE his pain”
-Congrats, Argyle. You’ve pulled my bacon out of the fire on occasion!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Congratulations to Argyle on passing the major milestone of 800 blog postings. This blog is privileged to have him in our midst. I have always felt it a special honor to have met up with him at the Washington Co. Fair in August of 2014.

Another easy one today. No searches or strikethroughs. Guessed at the V in the AVIO/AVEO crossing.
OPA seemed like a SO à moi. Five grandchildren call me Opa which is German for Grandpa.

Have a great day..

desper-otto said...

I enjoyed C.C.'s WSJ puzzle today. No, I didn't get the theme....if it had one.

Argyle, congrats on your accomplishment. C.C. must've posted it after I'd already read the blog. You could build quite a fence with all those posts.

xtulmkr said...

TIMESINK = Facebook
I try to tell myself not to go there but I don't listen very well.

Lucina said...

Hello, everyone! It's GOOD to be back after a fabulous weekend with a large contingent of my family and walking the 5K and remembering my late niece as well as so many cancer victims. The city of Redlands and Stater Bros. go all out for that event. Congratulations to them and to all participants. Registration closes at 10,000 so it's a huge crowd!

And congratulations Argyle! 800 posts! Whew! Thank you for being our faithful guide every week.

The puzzle was quick and fun, thank you, Roland Huget. Except for TIMESINK, everything else was familiar and I even saw the theme. Yay!

Congratulations, fermatprime, on your number 1 in solitaire!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

PK said...

Lucina, what a wonderful event and so wonderful that no crazy person spoiled it.

CrossEyedDave said...

I believe the T-Bar
was the replacement for the J-Bar,
which was quickly replaced the first time some one misplaced it...

Thank you Argyle for aall you do. You deserve a cake!

Argyle said...

Looks great! I'll take a little more insulin and dig in.

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Roland, for a relatively easy Tuesday. Nice theme and cluing. TIMESINK was new to me, but wagged it.

Congratulations, Argyle, on #800! Whew.... you really deserve the kudos! Thanks for always guiding and directing us.

Jayce said...

Nice puzzle today. I liked it. Sure enough, ECOLI before STAPH. And I put in DONNER at first. Thought of fermatprime at REAL NUMBER. The Tortoise and the HARE was an answer on Jeopardy last night. I learned the term TIME SINK from C.C. who said Facebook is a huge time sink. Makes sense to me as an engineer who uses heat sinks.

We always gave our cars names, too. Coincidentally almost every name had an X in it. Our Nissan Maxima was, you guessed it, Max. The Mazda RX-7 was Rex, the Honda Accord LX was Alex, and the Camry XLE was Axel. Then we ran out of X names. Our current car is just Buddy. Our old Datsun 510 was Dot-dot until we gave it to our teenaged son who had it lowered and renamed it Squat-dot.

Argyle, thank you.

Roy said...

Has anyone ever seen ELHI outside crosswords? We always said "grade school".

desper-otto said...

Roy, ELHI supposedly refers to grades 1 thru 12. But, no, I've only seen it in cws. The educators among us all hate the expression. I'm neutral.

GJ said...

Way to go Argyle! You're the best!
Fun solve with the reveal neatly showing the theme. I learned how to drive in my dads Mercury Monterey, what a tank! That thing would have squashed an AVEO in a collision.
"If you build it he will come"... "EASE his pain".

GJ said...

Jayce, I also recalled Jeopardy when I filled in HARE. If you have not been watching Jeopardy lately you should check out the current champion. He's been averaging nearly $40,000 per win which is a record for the show. He's quirky but impressive so far.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Huge Congratulations to our Argyle on his 800th posting!
Gad! Whatta Deal - I, along with so many colleagues, am enormously impressed!

Today's pzl by Mr. Huget was a visual treat, allowing me to run a perfect diagonal from the NW to SE, from PILE to MASK, on my first run. Such a beauty I took a photo of it before continuing to my Ta- DA!

Misty, you back yet? Hm. Guess not. We're waiting for a report on your 55th reunion!

LAT., anybody? Argyle's posting of the major LATitutdes reminded me of my traveling days. Janice & I have crossed three of the five lines.
Hands up if you crossed more!

TIME SINK? C'mon! That's a real thing? Makes sense; it's just that I never heard it used. Nobody else here seems to have encountered it either. "Make work" is the usual expression, isn't it?

He's not doing so well these day, is he? - Columbus, that ol' GENOAN?
Always knew he was from Genoa despite his Spanish funding. I was born and raised in San Francisco where the heavy Italian presence in the North Beach district came mainly from Genoa. I suppose the parents of A.P. Giannini, the San Franciscan who founded Bank of America, were from Genoa.
Every Columbus Day, there would be a large parade along Columbus Avenue, and then we'd watch a reenactment of the "discovery," with an elderly Italian gent arriving in the first of three tiny fishing boats to claim possession of Aquatic Park on the northern tip of the SF peninsula.
When I was a boy scout I would march in the parade. It was really a big deal. I wonder if it is still held. Anybody know?

PK said...

Keith, very interesting about the Genoans in California.

GJ, I've been watching the Jeopardy champ. Amazing! Quirky, I guess. I bet if he really cut loose, he'd be hilarious. Robin Williams-type funny.

AnonymousPVX said...

Seemed like a typical Tuesday puzzle. No issues.

Irish Miss said...

I'm Little Miss Grumpy right now and, since I live alone and have no one to vent to, I'm going to share my grumpiness with my cyber family and hope I don't get ostracized. I had a haircut/style appointment at 12:00 today; I was there at 11:45, my stylist arrived at 12:10. I'm usually in and out of there in 30 minutes as I have short hair and require minimal styling. Today, I was there an hour and silently (but not happily) endured 45 minutes, non-stop, hearing about the multitude of medical issues afflicting my stylist's 84 year old mother.

Completely unrelated but just as irritating was receiving an EOB from my HMO today, showing a .07 correction on a payment of over $1,000.00 for anesthesia services on 9/23/2015. Two years, 6 pages, an envelop and a stamp, not to mention someone's time, all for .07! I am still shaking my head.

Venting over. Thanks for "listening!" 😁

PK said...

Speaking of REAL NUMBERS, my grandson informed me he will be age 17 on Nov. 17, 2017. He thinks that is neat. He's a neat kid, so I think so too.

IM: We don't mind if you rant. I hope we can listen and make you feel better. What I wonder is whether she managed to properly cut your hair in the process? I've twice had ranting hair dressers get carried away and cut off way too much.

GJ said...

PK, you are right on with the Robin Williams comparison.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Grumpy Irish M,

I hear you. Allowing for a bit of tardiness in the normal run of daily events, your stylist's gap was pushing it. Anyway, the permissible delay should all be on the client's side.
And smart hair dressers/barbers know to take their conversational cues from the customer.

As to your .07 underpayment, I rec'd a medical bill for .03 a couple of months ago. I dutifully sent in a check for three whole pennies & had it returned a week later with a note saying my debt had been "forgiven."
(Ayay. There goes the rain forest.)

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Congrats on your 800th blog post. Good job, as always!

Roland: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle. Enjoyed the theme.

The "V" for AVEO and AVIA was a total WAG (Wild-Ass-Guess).
Not familiar with that Fuel-efficient Chevy or that "Sport Shoe Brand."
(I wear New Balance since they are "Made-In-America").

TIME SINK was a "learning moment" that I've already forgot.

A "Toast-To-ALL" at Sunset.

Bill Graham said...

Thanks Roland. I thought that there were lots of original-sounding clues in this puzzle. I enjoyed it.

Thanks Argyle for all that you do.

For those of you who are curious about 29D, REAL NUMBERS and Rational Numbers, here's a little not-too-technical info. Real numbers are the ones most of us use every day. They include whole numbers, negative numbers, fractions, decimals, square roots, pi, etc. They don't include Imaginary numbers like the square root of negative nine (3i). These so-called Imaginary numbers are very useful in analyzing many technical problems in electrical engineering for example.

Rational numbers are a subset of these Real numbers. They include all numbers that can be written as a ratio or a/b. Examples include fractions such as 2/3, decimals like 0.17 or 17/100, whole numbers like 5 = 5/1, repeating decimals like 0.44444... = 4/9, etc. Numbers that are not rational are called Irrational numbers and include numbers that cannot be written exactly as a ratio such as Pi, square roots that don't come out even such as the square roots of 3 which is approximately 1.732... etc.

Too much information? Questions?

CrossEyedDave said...

Irish Miss,


I guess hairstylists need to vent too...

But I know exactly what you need...

Bill G.

I dunno, is that a mathematicians rant?
I think I know what you need,
A way to get people interested in Math from the beginning...

If you want to hear a Linkers rant,
I accidentally recopied Irish Miss' link onto Bill's.
Then trying to fix it, erased Irish Miss's link.
(I wont go into what it took to fix it, but maybe I should get a haircut at
Irish Miss' stylist and give her an earful...)

Irish Miss said...

PK @ 2:33 ~ Actually, for most of that 45 minutes, she was just talking, fiddling with the combs, brushes, curling iron, etc. so I think I escaped any major problems but I, like you, have had a few experiences with getting almost scalped by scissors-wielding "Chatty Cathies".

OMK @ 2:44 ~ I wasn't upset with her being 10 minutes late but I did mind being subjected to a 45 minute diatribe about her mother's medical issues and the doctors who either caused them or ignored them. Way, way TMI, particularly about someone whom I don't even know. The .07 idiocy wasn't that I owed the .07; it was just an explanation that .07 was not allowed, so the anesthesiologist was paid .07 less than what was billed.

I think maybe a Dewar's (on _ _ _) may be called for. Maybe even two!

Irish Miss said...

CED @ 4:28 ~ I was typing while you posted so I just now watched the video. Thanks to you (and the pups), the grumpies have magically disappeared and all is right in my world again. 😊

Ol' Man Keith said...

Irish @ 4:53,

Yes, thanks, I understood you - on both issues.

TX Ms said...

Lurker, lurker to OMK @ 1:59 re Columbus - forgot this tidbit: "Columbus didn’t 'discover' America — he never set foot in North America. During four separate trips that started with the one in 1492, Columbus landed on various Caribbean islands that are now the Bahamas as well as the island later called Hispaniola. He also explored the Central and South American coasts. But he didn’t reach North America, which, of course, was already inhabited by Native Americans, and he never thought he had found a new continent. You may also remember that it is believed that Norse explorer Leif Erikson reached Canada perhaps 500 years before Columbus was born, and there are some who believe that Phoenician sailors crossed the Atlantic much earlier than that." – Washington Post, 10/14/13. A nit: guess he did discover the AmericaS.

Argyle - 800!! - wow - congrats - and you're still going strong!

"DR." CED - yeah, that's exactly what IM needed (and for all dog lovers here). I've forwarded your link to my canine-loving niece.

IM, you NEVER can go wrong with an extra dose from Dr. Dewar's! How long have you been going to this stylist? Like OMK said, good hairdressers always take their cues from their customers' reactions. I think I would have interrupted her and asked for "a magazine, please." But then, again, that might not have been the right move - who knows how your haircut would have ended up? Maybe a "punked-out rocker IM"!

SwampCat said...

Roland, the puzzle was wonderful. Thanks . Argyle, congratulations!!

IM, loved your rant. I have been there with hair cutter. At least you weren't scalped.

And the medical charge for .07.... What can I say? I was whisked to the ER Sunday with a severe allergic reaction after brunch at a verrry fancy restaurant . A few shots of Benadryl and I was fine. But they kept me there for two days.. for "observation ". Observing my pocketbook was more like it! I can't wait to get the bill. And I had to pay for brunch, too!

Dewers, definitely!

Wilbur Charles said...

This was a very fast solve. Owen, I really liked your l'icks. I appreciate the imagination that goes into them.

Argyle thanks for 800 write-ups. This would be a good beginner's xword.

I mentioned I was slogging along on the 0910 NYT. I took YR's advice and did a lookup. Or, maybe two. Found as usual my handwriting did me in. Also, the Rex blog sucks. Excusez moi pour le francais.

But, since it's a slow beginning to the week I thought I'd share a clue, answer and theme. The latter: Drop SI and you get an expression. The clue!: Order to a pool hustler to suck up some broth.
And the Answer:

SHARK, SIPHON SOUP. (Shark Fin Soup)

The interesting angle was that some(including me) rhyme SIPHON and Shark fin.

Finally, there was pushback for the use of YAHWEH for Hebrew name of God. Having gone to a Catholic college YAHWEH is very familiar.

WC apologizing for possibly wasting bytes.

PS. Go Twins!!!*

* That'll get me back in CC's good graces

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Sorry Roland, you're second-fiddle today :-). Thanks Argyle for all 800 expos/party-starters. I came in too late to catch your first 200 or so posts but I'm sure I first encountered one of your Corner posts that kept me coming back.

Thanks Roland for DEALing us a fun Tuesday Puzzle; I HUM'd along with only a few hiccups.

WOs: New RECRUIT b/f RAW thus PANO @1d (is that even a thing?) - It was an INSULT that set me straight. Hand-up STrep b/f STAPH

Fav: CSO to our Santa @60a.
Runner-up FALSE under LIAR.

I know TIME SINK (Jayce, yes, I think it's the EE usage) It's unproductive in the sense, you may like it, but it takes time you ain't got [e.g. I like baseball but, it's a TIME SINK, so I don't go to games oft - that and it's a $200-bill to take the girls to a game].


Big E - Thought of Monty Hall too; saw that this weekend. I think there would have been more news coverage but for Vegas. Ditto Tom Petty... This was the theme of my 626 - It was the first song I heard when I got Charlie.

Jayce - LOL Squat-dot!

OMK - Love that part of SFO; everyone looks like family :-). ITALIA, er, GENOA!

IM - frustrating TIME SINK for sure. Glad you don't end up like this. :-)

I think if we didn't off-shore so much "billing" programming we'd never see invoices for <$10; that being lots of money there. A US programmer made of STEEL would STAND PAT that it's not worth the paper/toner to print the bill much less make a customer INPUT a check for remittance.
Ditto for refunds of <$10; except the US programmer would put the rounding ERR into his/her "special" account ala Richard Pryor in Superman II.

Wait - the Company loses 2x. So, that why the "dumb" happens... GOT it? :-)

Cheers, -T

Ol' Man Keith said...

TxMs @5:28,
Yes, you're quite right about the general misunderstanding of what it was that Columbus bumped into. I didn't go into that (other than to put "discovery" in quotation marks *), but I suppose it is smart these days to keep correcting the record for those who aren't aware.
I applaud the efforts of many parts of the country (including L.A. just recently) to re-name the day in honor of indigenous peoples. I'm not sure we have avoided some newly awkward labels, though.
We certainly don't want to celebrate a guy who made slaves out of the new (to him) folk he found. But I would prefer (if anyone asks!) a name or phrase that would honor ol' CC's efforts in making the "lasting connection" between our continents.
I wonder what that day would be called...

* BTW, I know he didn't discovery Aquatic Park either. (Just to be clear.)

PK said...

SwampCat, I'm glad you are okay after your allergic reaction. Pretty scary when they happen. Did they give you an Epipen for future possible use? Do you have any idea what caused it? 1991 I was in the hospital for a week taking tests after I had a strange allergic/neurological reaction to an asthma inhaler that the doctors didn't want to believe caused my symptoms. We could have saved a lot of time and money if they'd believed what I'd said in the beginning.

Wilbur Charles said...

One source told me that Columbus wife was related to the Scottish Captain who sailed to America circa 1460-70. Columbus, so the story goes, had the Charts which explained why he was so sure he was near land on October 12th.

Of course the longitude of the Scottish landings put Columbus in the Caribbean. He lucked out and we know the rest of the story.

The legend is that the Scots buried a Knight's Templar member in Westford Mass. I've seen the monument.


Big Easy said...

TX Ms- Columbus never set foot on the N. American mainland but to add to your comment:

" He also explored the Central and South American coasts"

Last I checked "Central America' was still in NORTH America. Most people don't even realize that Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, and most of Columbia ( named after Columbus) are NORTH of the equator but in South America.
C.C. I worked your 'Troublesome' puzzle in the carpool line, waiting for my grandson to come out of his school. I bought a box of TRISCUITs last week. I always liked them but hadn't seen them in stores for years.
OMK- whether anybody likes it or not Columbus definitely deserves all the honors that have been bestowed on him posthumously. Trying to judge historical figures by the standards of today is foolish. Will you refuse to accept one, two, or twenty dollar bills because they have pictures of Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson? Should we rename the months of July and August?

TTP said...

Congrats Argyle ! Seems like it was only last year when you hit 700.


Wilbur, as a Pirates fan, yes, I know of the Homer in the Gloamin. Honus, Pie, Big Poison and Little Poison that year. Paul had his worst year in years. All four of them are in the HOF, and the Bucs got hosed that year. They should have played the game next day, and the makeup games should have been played.

BTW, Paul and Lloyd have more hits all time than any other brothers in the history of baseball. And that includes the 3 DiMaggio brothers and the 3 Alou brothers. I'm sure you heard of the Waners as they played in their later careers in Boston.

Dash T - 1993 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits - a must have album. INRE billing... Those rounding errors helped me retire so early. :>) Thinking about jumping back into the fray. Heard that Equifax (#Dimwits) are looking for a VP of Cybersecurity.

See all y'all next month.

Anonymous T said...

TTP - Nice to see you back. And your appreciation of music qualifies you for EquiFax's CyberCzar. //ducks -T

Michael said...

OMK@8:18 --

But we're stuck on two problems. First, absolutely no one is indigenous to North America. Depending on the time scale used, we are all originally imports, the only difference being sooner, or later.

Second, I was born in Pasadena, so am I not also 'indigenous' and 'native'?

Ol' Man Keith said...

Michael @1:10am,

*#@! excellent points!


Picard said...

Congratulations Argyle on #800! Thank you for your informative write-ups and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions when I am mystified!

Did not realize Monty Hall died this week. Was this a tribute to him or just coincidence? In any case I enjoyed the puzzle and got the theme quickly.

Did not know Skull Island, so KONG came via perps. Only know NALA from these puzzles and I never remember it. IVAN also unknown. STAX, too, but it made sense.

My grandparents sent a postcard from OPA Locka when I was a teen and they were scouting out retirement places to live.

Hand up for E COLI before STAPH. Also tried SHAG before PILE.

I had a brief career teaching high school physics and never heard the term ELHI.