Nov 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 ~ Andrew Sand

Theme: Eco-Puzzle - Sort out the letters found in the circles to get three main recycling components.

20A. Three Stooges movie, e.g.: SLAPSTICK FILM. Plastic.

25A. Induction cooktop alternative: NATURAL GAS STOVE. Glass.

47A. Fluffy dessert: CHOCOLATE MOUSSE. Metal.

53A. Eco-friendly request ... and a hint to sorting out the aptly circled letters: PLEASE RECYCLE

Argyle here with a new guy. Two grid spanning entries. Some new stuff but a lot of recycled crosswordese. Andrew, if I have found the right one, was a student at North Dakota State University and has been making crossword puzzles for some time. A good debut.


1. Like dorms for both men and women: CO-ED

5. Military sch.: ACAD. (academy)

9. Fall in folds: DRAPE

14. Chomp: BITE

15. Swimmer's path: LANE

16. More cold and wet, weatherwise: RAWER. This coming week's weather.

17. Serb or Croat: SLAV

18. "Liberal" pursuits: ARTS

19. Can't stop loving: ADORE

23. Michigan or Mead: LAKE

24. Update from a pilot, for short: ETA. (estimated time of arrival)

33. Double-reed woodwinds: OBOEs

34. "What did you say?": "HUH?". "The oboes were too loud."

35. Key with one sharp: Abbr.: E-MIN

36. Light brown: TAN

37. Driver's license test: EYE EXAM

41. Post-OR area: ICU. (intensive care unit)

42. Three-pronged Greek letters: PSIs

44. Buffet table coffee server: URN

45. River mammal: OTTER

51. Eisenhower's nickname: IKE

52. Hip '60s Brits: MODS

59. Vonnegut literary device: IRONY. Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction.

60. Enterprise captain born 3/22/2233: KIRK. Star Trek (no relation to Penny.)

61. Puts on TV: AIRS

63. Low card: DEUCE

64. Lawn border: EDGE

65. Finger or toe part: NAIL

66. Chose (to): OPTED

67. Evidence of ownership: DEED

68. Community org. known by its first letter: YMCA. (Young Men's Christian Association)


1. "Kevin Can Wait" network: CBS. I've never watched it. Is there a reason the title seems to be a riff on "Heaven Can Wait", the Warren Beatty film?

2. Lubricates: OILS

3. Bibliography list shortener: Abbr.: ET AL.

4. Reduce monetarily: DEVALUE

5. Denali National Park state: ALASKA

6. Price-fixing syndicate: CARTEL

7. Against: ANTI

8. Fam. tree member: DESC. (descendant)

9. NFL player selection events: DRAFTS

10. Give off: RADIATE

11. GI on the run: AWOL. Still on the lam!

12. Curly salon job: PERM

13. Before, in verse: ERE

21. Analyze grammatically: PARSE

22. One-named "We R Who We R" singer: KESHA. (Ke$ha)

25. Offensive to some, for short: NOT PC

26. Embarrass: ABASH

27. "Pagliacci" clown: TONIO

28. Treaty of __: War of 1812 ender: GHENT. Sure got our share of history today.

29. "La Cage __ Folles": AUX

30. Fails to include: OMITS

31. Bad habits: VICES

32. Accustom (to): ENURE

38. Winter holidays: YULES

39. __ of Good Feelings: ERA. The Era of Good Feelings marked a period in the political history of the US that reflected a sense of national purpose and a desire for unity among Americans in the aftermath of the War of 1812.

40. In a funk: MOODY

43. Bill Nye's field: SCIENCE. What a guy!

46. Florence's region: TUSCANY

Montepulciano, Tuscany

48. Approved: OKAYED

49. Come to light: EMERGE

50. Made fun of: MOCKED

53. Practice for the GMAT, e.g.: PREP. GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test.

54. Ill-mannered sort: LOUT

55. Struggled to make, with "out": EKED

56. Taxi trip: RIDE

57. Neeson of "Kinsey": LIAM. 2004 biographical film.

58. Idle of Monty Python: ERIC

59. Wedding vow words: I DO

62. Patty Hearst's abductors: Abbr.: SLA. (Symbionese Liberation Army)



OwenKL said...

Worked this one first on Mensa, so needed the reveal to guess where the circles were. Looked for anagrams of PLEASE first, Then spotted LGASS, then LAPSTIC, then LATEM. Then spent time searching for an anagram in EYEEXAM (MY EX?) and for PAPER (DⓇⒶⓅⒺ, if the same P can be used twice).

Actually, I have recycled MY EX. We were divorced about 17 years ago and re-married a year later! Going on 30 years total, we just count from the first I DO.

Interesting juxtaposition GHENT to AUX.

Watching romance in a LAKE, one can ADORE an OTTER.
She was playing hard to get, until an otter caught 'er!
In fact there were two foes
Who circled her as beaus.
If the inner one don't NAIL her, the outer otter oughter!


TTP said...

No circles here, but not needed. Easy to spot. Welcome Andrew. Thanks Argyle.

I wanted (new) laws (or acts)(or regs) for Liberal pursuits.

We RECYCLE. A big bin for all the regular waste. A smaller one for anything that looks like it might be recyclable. I don't know why they bother. Both bins get loaded into the garbage truck. The driver told me that it all gets unloaded at a sort facility.

We live in an unincorporated area. There are four or five garbage companies that pick up Monday to Thursday. So we have choice and competition; my bill is $25/month. Some guy that moved in from an incorporated area was pushing hard to have only one waste hauler. The backlash from area residents was swift on Nextdoor social media. The proposal for one hauler has made it to the township referendum before, and overwhelmingly defeated each time.

I'm thinking about getting one of these to haul the garbage out to the street.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

No problems this morning.....well, one. I had to change NON-PC to NOT PC. No biggie. Saw the circles, but forgot to look at 'em. Just as well, I also forgot to read the complete reveal clue. Thanx, Andrew and Argyle.

Our little town, pop 1535, just signed a new trash pickup contract. The recycling option would have added about $40/year to the cost -- overwhelmingly rejected by the local rednecks. Our county maintains a large recycling center about 5 miles away. DW makes a pilgrimage there a couple of times a week.

Today's mission: Find a solution for my narcoleptic computer.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Another day that required the eraser, to change "the Y" to YMCA. Didn't know TONIO or the Era of Good Feelings.

Interesting that the Era of Good Feelings was after the War of 1812, which ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. "GHENT" is a CSO to me; that's the area of Norfolk where I live. I co-owned my former (last?) racing sailboat with my neighbor, and we named it "Treaty of Ghent". I wrote up some of our exploits at

Welcome aboard, Andrew Sand. Nice Tuesday puzzle. And thanks to Argyle for doubling back to cover it today.

inanehiker said...

Nice quick zip through this one. Had to wait for perps on answers like TONIO - words I've heard before but never seem to stick!

We love having our single stream recycling which picks up at curbside in one bin, while the rest of the trash is in another. Only thing it doesn't include is glass, so we keep that in a separate bin and take it to the glass recycling at the park about every 3 months or so. What surprised me in a good way is realizing that 2/3 of our trash went into the recycling and 1/3 into the other! They pick up in different trucks but on the same day- so easy!

Thanks Argyle and congrats Andrew!

Dan said...

Was really hoping KE$HA would be KEBMO.

And today is recycling day in our neighborhood!

It's voting day here in Virginia. Hope we have an era of good feelings.

Coach J said...

Easy puzzle, typical Tuesday. Good day to all!

There once was a LOUT named KIRK
Common courtesy he did shirk
He was NOT PC
His desire, KESHA, did flee
When he flirted with her at work

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Tried to anagram the circles as I went down thru the solve. No joy. Then, after filling the reveal at 53a, the circles readily exposed themselves - glass - and then the others. Not a theme I would have proposed, but I liked the phrases chosen to display it and the overall allure.
AUX - One of my favorite French words. Combination of à and les. Somewhat like: de and les become des as in Des Moines.
NATURAL GAS - We enjoy access to natural gas. Our heating boiler, hot water heater, stove, dryer, and fireplace insert are all natural gas fueled. (The stove, fireplace insert, and hot water heater are operable during an electric power outage.). Pricing has remained near record lows (25 - 35¢/therm) for several years, now.

Don't forget to vote.

Yellowrocks said...

Welcome, Andrew. Nice puzzle.
Seeing PLASTIC right off, I was looking for container materials. GLASS and METAL confirmed it. I needed the reveal to think of recycling. Our taxes pay for garbage and recycling pickup. Six of us condo families assemble our cans in the same spot. The garbage collectors do not know whose is whose, so we can put out another can or so above what is specified. The total for all of us usually averages out. We use single stream recycling, including paper. It is so much better than years ago when we had brown, clear and green glass, aluminum, "tin" cans, newspaper and paper, all separate.
My favorite opera is Pagliacci. For entire operas I prefer the Italian. I like German operatic arias, though.
I will need a new kitchen range by summer. We are not set up here for natural gas, which I used my entire adult life, until I came here 26 years ago. I still prefer it to electric.
Lucina, from yesterday, I understand OCD somewhat and sympathize. My older sister has many personal "rul;es" as she calls them. She must do everything according to these rules or she feels very uncomfortable. The reason I was sort of surprised by the discussion is that my sister's rules only apply to her. They only affect others when we do something together and her part must be by her rules. She doesn't care about other people's towels and toilet paper. BTW, hers rolls under as does mine. Our mom did it that way, so it seems normal to us. Mom had six kids and didn't want us so easily unrolling the paper onto the floor. Sis wouldn't think of using it the other way around.

Husker Gary said...

-A wealthy family in our town put their very immature son into an ACAD. as a last resort. You can lead a fool to discipline but…
-Pursuing the ARTS and a comfortable living can be difficult
-I recently watched a documentary about how controversial it was for ABC to AIR Three’s Company. Talk about yer COED rooming!
-I’ve become more aware of NON-PC things I was used to saying
-Kids who were OMITTED or MOCKED on the playground don’t usually like reunions
-I’m off to do my NASA presentation for 60 seventh graders.

CanadianEh! said...

Good Tuesday CW. Thanks Andrew (and congrats on your LA Times debut), and Argyle.
I was on Cruciverb today and had the circles. Clever theme but not necessary to the solve.

We have recycled here for more than 30 years. Glass, tins, styrofoam, plastic in one bin, and paper, cardboard in another (and a compost container too). I have only 2 small grocery-size bags of garbage each week but I don't have diapers either! Two different trucks come on the same day; in fact, there will be 3 trucks this week because the large amount of leaves requires a separate compost truck. All included in our taxes.

The Treaty of Ghent maintained pre-war conditions and boundaries. Canadian author, Pierre Berton wrote of the treaty, "It was as if no war had been fought, or to put it more bluntly, as if the war that was fought was fought for no good reason."
"But the War of 1812 did affect Canada; the outcome left its territory intact instead of swallowed by the United States. But there also was a deep psychological change. Collectively fighting for their land, and seeing it ravaged by an invader, went a long way in hammering these people into a unified whole — into Canadians." (Toronto Star, June 17,2012)
History lesson for the day. Glad to be Canadian!

Enjoy the day.

desper-otto said...

Installing the TP "backwards" is mandatory when there's a kitten in the house.

SwampCat said...

Interesting puzzle today with some new fill. Thanks, Andrew, and welcome. NONPC filled itself in and I had no idea what that meant. Thanks, Argyle for 'splaining it.

Owen, I thought yesterday was a treat, but today was even better ! A++++

One thing that has always bothered me in all these CWs. It must be a quirk of Rich's, but we always get ICU clued as something akin to "post OR." as in 41 A today. But not all surgery patients go to ICU. Some spend time in Recovery and then go to a room. Or in today's weird medical insurance climate, some people go home right after surgery. I've done that twice recently. And my granddaughter had serious eye surgery recently and was discharged while she was still out of it from the anesthesia. Scared me to death!

Just a little nit of mine.

Irish Miss said...

Good Moring:

This was certainly an easy, breezy solve with nary a w/o or hiccup, just smooth sailing from start to finish. I even remembered Tonio!

Thanks, Andrew, for an enjoyable debut and thanks, Argyle, for your succinct summary.

Tuesday is our normal trash/recycling pickup day but because of Election Day, pickup will be tomorrow. The trash collection is covered in our taxes but the recycling is $39.00, annually, if you choose to do it. We were promised recycling containers on wheels (like the trash cans) several years ago, but they never materialized. Since I stopped getting the newspaper, my bin is much lighter and easier to carry to the curb.

Have a great day.

MJ said...


Congratulations on your debut puzzle, Andrew. Very clever. Thank you perps for TONIO and KESHA. And thank you, Argyle, for the expo and links. What a lovely photo of Tuscany. Also, I hadn't realized how many sizes of oboes there are.

I am off to visit a zoo with my granddaughter. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Yellowrocks said...

Swampcat, I mentally add, "among other things" or "one kind of". One kind of post OR area is the ICU.
This applies to so many clues. 31 D, "Some" bad habits are vices, some are not, like biting one's nails.
We have take these clues with a grain of salt. Very literal mindedness does not pay off in crossword solving.

Lucina said...

I was instantly on Andrew Sand's wave length and sashayed to a finish in record time (for me). I usually take my time, sipping coffee and answering the phone. So, thank you, Mr. Sand.

I haven't had coffee so this will be short. Scottsdale doesn't include recycling in multi-housing like condos and apartments but I do my own, taking newspapers to a collection bin and never use PLALSTIC bags if I can help it. I always keep reusable bags in the trunk and use them at stores, even department stores. When my daughter and her husband come over I give them my plastic bottles to throw into their recycle bin. My carbon footprint is as small as I can make it.

Thank you, Argyle. I think you've convinced me that KIRK and Penny are not related. LOL!

Have a delightful day, everyone!

Andrew Sand said...

As OwenKL points out, PAPER was one of the theme's OMITS, and I don't remember if I even considered that as a possibility, despite its availability to good anagrams. I was just happy to avoid trying to anagram ALUMINUM.

I, too, have single-sort recycling, which is fantastic. In fact, I've become so accustomed to single-sort that it was the idea of Mr. Norris to connect the idea of "sorting" which I thought was a clever addition. I initially found humor in the idea of recycling metal into a dessert, but then I remembered that maybe it's not so funny. That did remind me of this, though

Thank you for all the kind words!

C6D6 Peg said...

Thanks, Andrew, for an easy, but fun Tuesday. Congrats on the debut!

Argyle, as always, I love the pics.... Tuscany is beautiful!

Happy Tuesday to all!

Misty said...

Great debut, Andrew--a perfect Monday puzzle! I love seeing circles in the morning, and it was special fun to get those recycle-able (is that a word?) items. So you've given me a great way to start the week: I got the puzzle without a single erasure, the Sudoku, the Kenken, and the Jumble (without a STRUGGLE, Wilbur). A week doesn't start any better than this. I too liked your pictures this morning, Argyle, many thanks. And it was great to have you check in with us, Andrew.

Liked your OTTER limerick, Owen.

Have a great day and a great week, everybody!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Andrew Sand, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

Liked this puzzle. Got through it fairly easily. Theme came to me after I was finished and studied it a bit. I am an ardent recycler. My recycle bin is always more full than my garbage bin.

My wife and I both like natural gas for cooking better than electric. We just do not have it in Illinois at our house. We do have it in Pennsylvania.

KESHA was unknown. Perps.

Who said AUX was one of their favorite French words? I, myself, have no favorite French words.

TONIO was unknown.

Liked the trailer hitch, TTP.

Have to run. See you tomorrow.


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CrossEyedDave said...

When you combine 52a with 50d, you get...

Forgive me for being a cheap,
but why not just lean the garbage can handle against the tow hitch
and avoid paying the middleman?

CrossEyedDave said...

Oh, I almost forgot.

From yest,

Love watching Star Wars Canteen, never gets old...

But, I read the Blog (& do these puzzles) to learn something.
& yesterday (actually this morning) I learned I was totally missing
a Cross Eyed View...
(especially upsetting for me...)

I went to YouTube to see what was so special about Penne Arrabiata
that even Darth Vader was raving about it...

(Tasty recipe by the way, must try it...)

But the V8 can hit when the chef explained that Arrabiata in Italian means "angry."

AnonymousPVX said...

To the poster who liked today’s Monday’s Tuesday, haha. Hope you changed your clocks, Misty.

Fairly straightforward, a nice Tuesday puzzle, despite the theme which had little bearing on the solve.

I’ve got cats, they have never shown in interest in the TP...but one of them is a shredder, she’ll grab a paper towel or napkin if it’s left out.

Anonymous said...

Surprised that none of you sticklers for proper usage have not called out Spitzboov for calling his water heater a HOT water heater. After growing up with the incorrect usage it has taken me years to stop using it. The other one from my childhood was "this smorning". Now both stand out to me like a sore thumb.

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Thank you and welcome, Mr. Sand. Didn't know KESHA but not a problem.

Very interesting bit of history, CanadianEh!

Really good to see you say "sashay" again, Lucina.

Best wishes to you all.

Spitzboov said...

Swampcat - I agree with your sentiments about ICU. Many surgeries bypass the ICU afterwards. Either straight to a room or out the door. Others get directly to an ICU because of a heart attack, stroke, or other severe condition. But that's crossword cluing. Not every soldier uses a MESS TENT or sailor says AHOI or AVAST.
I do like to bask in the richness of the English vocabulary. One of the reasons I do cw's.

Misty said...

Oops, thank you for pointing out my error, Anon PVX. Boy, the weeks sure go by quickly these days, don't they? But hey, since I got Andrew's puzzle without erasing on the second day of the week, it makes me feel even better! Yay!

Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Good job on the write-up.

Andrew: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle.

Needed ESP (Every-Single-Perp) to get KESHA. Never heard of that song or the singer.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Better late than never, I guess . . .

WEES, this Tuesday xword was not too difficult; nevertheless, any debut puzzle deserves credit, in my book. My hat is tipped to those who can create these, make them both challenging and meaningful (theme-related), and give us something to talk about. Kudos to Andrew and Argyle - and thanks, Andrew, for coming here to comment on our comments. I am a recycle-r of metals, hard plastics, and glass (they go in the blue bin), as well as paper, cardboard and corrugated, which go in the yellow bin. Our recycle hauler won't take any plastic bags, especially white ones. Those all go in the regular trash

I obviously liked the clue/solve on 20a - "All the World's a Stooge" is a classic "SLAPSTICK" oriented short clip the Stooges made, pre-WWII

As I did the picture/photo of Montepulciano - and the TUSCAN wine regions it represents. I am a huge fan of Italian wines, yet Italy is still on my "bucket list" of places to visit

My daughter and her OBOE colleague at UGA have a symposium every year for prospective students, a la the NYOboes. They are the two "double reed" professors, and having heard a few of their concerts (via video streaming), it is always a pleasure to listen. Loved the clip, Santa

OK, my silly and extremely sophomoric limerick du jour is:

I just went to the loo, took a DEUCE;
And could tell right away, I was loose.
As I got up to flush
Looked in bowl, had to blush,
'Cause it looked a lot like CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

OK - sometimes, limericks have to revert to their obscene roots . . . One thing I DO try to capture, each time I create a lim, is the anapestic meter . . . otherwise, it's just a poem

Mark S said...

Nice puzzle. A few unknowns but perps to the rescue. Never heard of Kesha. Once had a Great Dane who never wanted me to leave the house without him — -separation anxiety, maybe. Those were the days I occasionally ate red meat. Before leaving one day I put the meat on top of the refrigerator to defrost. I also stored the tp in a linen closet. When I arrived home that night there was a path of toilet paper leading from the front door to the kitchen where I found Alexander licking the bone of what was left of the meat I was looking forward to eating. He looked up at me and I swear he had a twinkle in his eye that seemed to say “boy was that good.” I had takeout that night and I saw to it that Alexander became a work companion.

Thanks Andrew for an interesting workout.

Lucina said...

Do any of the grocery stores in your area recycle plastic bags? Ours do, all except Walmart, and I when I happen to have any I take them to be recycled. That includes the sleeve in which the daily newspaper is delivered. I have visions as shown on TV of dump sites crammed with thousands upon thousands of plastic bottles and bags. Imagine how much worse it will be in future decades.

Chairman Moe said...

Lucina---> @1:52

Yes, they do. Publix is close by and they accept plastic bags for recycling. I try NOT to get plastic bags when shopping as I use an insulated, re-usable bag for my groceries. Or, I get paper. Whenever I do get plastic, i use them in my small garbage bins in the BR's.

As you describe, the dump sites are filling too quickly. And not just plastic bottles and bags, but think of all the "disposable diapers" and "doggy bags" that are being tossed in the trash. Yes, the future of planet survival will be how efficiently the earth destroys its waste

desper-otto said...

The grocery stores in our area have only plastic bags, no paper. I recycle them myself, sort of -- I use them for my M-O-W deliveries. I had been using a re-usable bag, but that forced my "customers" to immediately unload the bag and return it to me. Plastic may not be as earth-friendly, but it sure makes my route easier.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Congrats to Andrew Sand upon his premiere offering,
and to Misty for no-erasures plus a trifecta of the other (lesser?) paper games!

Also, Misty, there was no need to compliment me yesterday for my pill-taking ability. As has been noted many times by wittier observers, one merely needs to consider the alternative...

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great first puzzle, Andrew! No circles at Mensa & wasn't sharp enough to discern the theme. Needed Argyle's explanation. Thanks, Argyle.

I thought KE$HA was a black girl who had been on Dancing With The STARS so was startled by the picture Argyle so kindly included. Who the heck was on DWTS with a similar name?

ERA of Good Feelings. Certainly not the current political scene! At the grocery store yesterday there were at least half a dozen military veterans who apparently had been at some type of meeting and were wearing hats or shirts with their former branch of service -- mostly Vietnam Era. One pair was having an interesting discussion in one aisle where I needed several things. I had to kindly move them a little and got so engrossed in their comments, almost forgot what I was doing. When the one left, the other followed me into the next aisle and talked for half an hour. Interestingly, he'd formed some of the same ideas I have that no one wants to hear. Impeded my grocery shopping, but as an old newspaper writer, sort of fun. Also worrisome if we're both right.

CanadianEh: Thanks for the interesting history lesson. I really don't know much about the War of 1812 except I had an ancestor in the Pennsylvania Militia then and have his service record. Didn't seem to do much.

We have separate rolling bins, one for recycling and one for trash. I don't have much trash, and unless there is something very smelly, it only gets rolled down the drive about once a month. Separate recycling truck comes every other week (confusing) and trash truck comes every week. Today is my recycling "trip". Pickup early tomorrow morning.

Off to the polls now. I vote about a block away in a retirement complex so short trip. Does your state require photo ID?

CrossEyedDave said...

Our town's recycling company has just advised that they will no longer accept plastic bags,
(supermarket or newspaper) because they get caught in the teeth of the recycling processor.
They have to shut everything down to strip the plastic out of the teeth that feed the gizmo
that separates the plastic from the glass and aluminium.

(I started putting all my plastic bags into one bag until it is full, and then hide
it under the cans...)

But what really irks me is they do not take styrofoam!
(Talk about something made from recyclables, that could be recycled again.)
When I inquired as to why, you know what I found out?
There is no money in it...

Be proud you recycle!

(I'll let you in on a secret,) Where I get my links from...

Actually, I kind of like this one!
What would you do with an old boat?
(but do you have to bail it when it rains?)

Wilbur Charles said...

Oops hit the wrong button and lost my post. I had nothing much to say.


Misty said...

Thank you for the kind comments, Ol'Man Keith. Yes, the other puzzles are lesser for sure, but they make feel better at the end of the week when I start flailing with the one here. And as for your pills, it's hard to tamp down my admiration nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

CED, I hope you are joking about sneaking those bags into your recycle bin but That is no laughing matter!

I had a neighbor who has hidden many objects in his trash such as half empty paint cans,batteries and even used oil. I shamed him for months and then cut off the post yard work beers until he promised me he'd stop. I also offered to get rid of it for him if he was "too lazy to do it properly. " I hope he's being honest with me that he grew a conscience.

Lucina said...

I'm in awe and admiration of all you who recycle! Apparently many states require it though ours is lukewarm about it. In fact, our legislature recently threated to punish the city of Bisbee for banning plastic bags! It's appalling.

SwampCat said...

Spitzboov and YR, of course I understand crosswordese. I never fail to get these ICU type answers. This is just a little nit of I said. Others have mentioned their own nits. We don't all have to be perfect.

TTP said...

Mark S, my boy (GSD) once snatched a chicken breast off the counter while DW had her back turned. Gone in 60 Seconds had nothing on him. It was more like gone in 15 seconds with four or five chomps. Raw chicken, bones included, are not a problem for them. Cooked chicken bones are an issue.

CED, I think it's the height, or angle, of the trash bin that becomes the issue. Your pics are funny.

Picard said...

Thank you Andrew Sand for a creative theme that must have been a construction challenge.

Here are some of my photos in FLORENCE in TUSCANY

My favorite museum there was the science museum with Galileo's original telescopes and Galvani and Volta's electrical inventions and much more. Unfortunately, they had strict rules against photography.

Today's unknowns: KESHA, TONIO, but the crosses were solid. ET AL seemed oddly clued. Had a hazy memory of GHENT that was correct!

Thanks, Lucina, and others for letting us know that there are still places that do not recycle. Here in coastal California land is way too precious to use for landfill. And many resources are running out and we soon will be mining those landfills!

Regarding the toilet seat PET PEEVE: Radio doctor Dean Edell recommends always leaving the SEAT UP when done. Flushing the toilet with the seat down sprays toilet contents onto the seat. I am just the messenger!

TTP said...

Spitzboov, true. I never ate in a mess tent. Never even saw one. We either ate in the mess hall (most often), or on the economy (when we could), or in the field when duty required it. C-RATS were awful, but sustaining.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Congrats Andrew on a LAT debut. 'Twas fun, if abbr. laden in the north: ACAD/DESC,AWOL, ERE, ETA, ET.AL. :-). Thanks for the puzzle, stopping by the Corner, and sharing the NPR story.

Thanks Argyle for the expo. Lovely picture of TUSCANY.

Nailed it!: KE$HA - because we just had it (8/2), thankfully.
WO: SLAPSTIComedy [sic] - I didn't realize I'd not finished STICK; ABASe, DueCE (dumblexia)
ESPs: TONIO. And, 28 & 29d, HUH? Whew!, that finished 'em. //Thanks C,Eh! For the history - the only thing I know about the War of 1812 is the year.

Fav: OILS xing CO-ED; too bad DW is out of town :-)
Runners-up: KIRK's birthday and ERIC Idle.

{A+} [cute] {yech! & LOL}

MarkS - Sinbad, my black-lab of ute, did the same thing...
I made and finished a sandwich. While walking out of the kitchen, Pop passed me for his Easter leftovers, "Why'd you put the ham back? I just said I was going to get a sandwich."
"I didn't; it's on the counter next to the fridge."
Nope, it was already under the table with a sated Sinbad licking ALUMINUM foil.
Tinker, Pop's 2yro CHOCOLATE Lab, is also a counter thief with better reach!

YR - that's a good way to put it... Rules that I apply to only me; everyone else can fold towels however wrong they want. :-)

CED - thanks for sharing your learning moment - now I've got one and it makes the canteen monologue even funnier in its construction.

Lucina - HEB recycles the plastic grocery bags. I seldom use it because I recycle them through the house - bathroom trash-liners, keep a paint brush fresh overnight, tomato ties (cut up of course), etc. Now I have to ask D-O, what is M-O-W? deliveries that you re-purpose 'em for?

Our recycle can is 2x the size of the normal trash and it's full of mixed-goods each Friday AM. I don't know if that will change 12 Dec. when we are incorporated into Sugar Land or not.

And, for Tawnya - SCIENCE! [Thomas Dolby]

Cheers, -T

TTP said...

Decided to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen today, and made braised country style pork ribs served over farfalle (bowtie for us crossword fans) pasta. Kicked it up a notch with homemade Emeril's Essence spice recipe. BAM !

Anon-T, I ciphered he was talking about Meals On Wheels deliveries. YMMV.

Anonymous T said...

TTP - 1) sounds delicious! And you Kicked it up a Notch!, nice. 2) Thanks. Meals-on-Wheels is much mo' better, and altruistic, than I was thinking... Something near C.Moe's limerick/ pets' "delivery" is where I was. -T

PK said...

Picard: Almost forgot. Great pictures again today. Thank you for sharing.

Lucina said...

Such a treat to see your travel pictures. Thank you. I loved Florence.

There is no doubt about the ability of those puppies to steal food. One year we were visiting my sis in CA and she left several (maybe 6-8) breasts to defrost in the kitchen sink while we went out somewhere. Yup. They disappeared! Her two golden retrievers had retrieved them. She found some of them months later when digging up her herb garden.

It's exciting watching the election results!

TX Ms said...

Picard, always enjoy your world vaca photos - loved your Florence pics. Curious, as I've always dreamed about visiting the ruins of Pompeii since reading about them in NG when I was a child, did your Naples itinerary allow this excursion? Oh, to actually live in Tuscany!!

Lucina, I had a headstrong but so lovable and personable Golden Retriever mix, and I too found all sorts of her buried treasures while gardening, years after she passed. The last three, which had withstood 10 years of weather, were very heavy leather gloves worn by the utility linemen while working along my back fence-line. I'm sure Daisy-Dawg was in her element. Happy memories, thanks.