Dec 11, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017 ~ C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Cover Up - No conspiracy, just items you can wear over your regular clothes, even shorts.

16A. Gift-wrapping need: CLEAR TAPE. CAPE

37A. Hipster: COOL CAT. COAT

56A. Garment fittingly represented by this puzzle's circles: OUTERWEAR

10D. Outdoor lot for cars: PARKING AREA. PARKA

23D. "Blurred Lines" singer: ROBIN THICKE. ROBE (He is a son of actor Alan Thicke)

Argyle here, and C.C. doing back-to-back puzzles.


1. Cushions for gymnasts: MATS

5. Guard's shout: HALT

9. Rectangular Apple: iPAD

13. Tons: A LOT

14. Student's repetitive cry with a raised hand: "OH! OH!"

15. Sports page news: TRADE

18. Country singer Steve: EARLE

19. Rowdy crowds: MOBS

20. "Mr. November," for Derek Jeter, e.g.: MONIKER

22. Put pen to paper: WRITE

24. Rep.'s campaign rival: DEM.

25. Title for a knight: SIR

26. Home for a pride: LIONS' DEN

28. Genesis paradise: EDEN

30. Exile island for Napoleon: ELBA

31. Dance for which "it takes two": TANGO

33. JPEG relative: GIF. (Graphics Interchange Format)

36. Quotable boxer: ALI. Muhammad Ali

39. Duffer's dream: ACE. Hole-in-one in golf.

40. Air circulator: FAN

41. Capital of Yemen: SANA'A

42. Large First Nations tribe: CREE

43. "__ does it!": THAT

45. Meddling type of "driver" who's not actually driving: BACKSEAT

48. "Never heard of them": "WHO?"

49. Golf great Ernie: ELS

51. "Don't sweat it!": "RELAX!". "Chill!"

52. "Is that really your opinion?": "THINK SO?". Truncated "Ya think so?"

54. Not wavering in the least: SURE

55. TV host Lake: RICKI. I don't believe she has a show currently.

61. Signed in pen: INKED

62. Leisurely gait: TROT

63. Doing nothing: IDLE

64. Bird's snack: SEED

65. Drinks slowly: SIPS

66. Dragged to court: SUED


1. Apple computer: MAC

2. Every bit: ALL

3. Little piggy: TOE

4. Staying power: STAMINA

5. Place of rapid growth: HOTBED

6. Light-bulb moments: A-HA's

7. Prune, as a branch: LOP

8. Unifying idea: THEME

9. Aggressive poker table words: "I RAISE" but they could be bluffing.

11. "Inferiority complex" coiner Alfred: ADLER. (1870-1937) A bit tough for a Monday.

12. Doe or stag: DEER

15. Half a score: TEN. Didn't fool me; a score is twenty. (Counting on your fingers and toes then making a mark. My thoughts.)

17. Goes bad: ROTS

21. Last Greek letter: OMEGA

22. "O Pioneers!" author Cather: WILLA. Recent visitors here, both the book and the author.

24. Paternity test sites: DNA LABS

26. One of many that fall in the fall: LEAF

27. School near Windsor: ETON

29. Tiny speck: DOT

32. Final Four org.: NCAA. National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball play-offs.

34. Mountaineer's tool: ICE AX. Tinbeni axes the ice.

35. Thirds of a yard: FEET

37. Civil War side: Abbr.: CSA. (Confederate States of America)

38. Hall's pop music partner: OATES. We mentioned this "Sara" song recently.

42. Narnia creator: C.S. LEWIS. He is best known for the seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series.

44. Tooted one's horn: HONKED. Misdirected?

46. Salad oil bottles: CRUETS

47. Deborah of "The King and I": KERR. No tango here.

48. Complain with self-pity: WHINE

50. Ransacks: LOOTS

52. "Divergent" films heroine: TRIS. Tris Prior, Wiki "Divergent".

53. Baby goat: KID

54. "Enough!": "STOP!". Nope, four more.

57. School in the smallest U.S. state: URI. (University of Rhode Island)

58. End of a school address: .EDU

59. Malt beverage: ALE

60. Color of most pomegranate seeds: RED



fermatprime said...


Thanks to C. C. and Santa! Nice puzzle!

Thanks also C. C. for yesterday's grand puzzle!

No caregiver, no friend Harvey today. Kind of hard when one is bedridden.

Cough persists.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

OwenKL said...

ALI Baba needed to RELAX and mend
From the time he spent in the LION'S DEN!
Would STOP his plans,
But in V.R. he could WRITE in his quiet E-DEN!

ROBIN got a rip in his CAPE!
patched it up with CLEAR Bat-TAPE.
When the cape would dangle,
The tape would tangle,
But spread to billow, it worked Bat-ACE!

{C, B.}

Unknown said...

Well I think I'm first this AM. Did the puzzle all crosses almost LOL.

Thanks CC and Santa for the great morning. I didn't finish Sunday yet, but I will...

I did see the post that D4E4H posted tho..... Never in my mind did I think you were one of those.. You have been here before the BRAND NEW suspects started. In fact you were pro for the pics if I remember right...

I have a eye Doc appt. at 230 so I will be out of pocket for a while and a but load of stuff to do in my repair shop for a few mowers that came in.. No Sneaux blower repair just yet LOL ~!~!

Plus Tard from Cajun Country ~!~!

OwenKL said...

It seems as if most of the Internet is down! I have ISP accounts with both Verizon and Xfinity/Comcast. The Verizon one hasn't had an Internet connection since last night. I can find a few websites -- here, Google, Facebook -- but most can't be found! I got the puzzle off Mensa early, but it's now AWOL, along with Cruciverb, and Jigidi, where I want to put up my daily quota of jigsaw puzzles. A massive cyber attack? Forest fires took out a key node of the Web? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Here is Robin Thicke's unrated version of Blurred Lines. Yes it is NSFW!!!

This is for you Splynter!!!

Rock on...

Anonymous said...

Yes, she is real. Her name is Emily Ratajkowski.

Argyle said...

NSFW means not suitable/safe for work so don't open the video. Emily Ratajkowski is the main nearly naked girl in the video. There are several. She has a substantial Wiki page and is quite interesting.

Argyle said...

I mean so don't open the video if you're at a place that is unsuitable for nudity or if it offends you.

Lemonade714 said...

All C.C. all the time.

Did not remember Steve EARLE. MONIKER was slow to come.

Mr. Yankee, Derek Jeter who now is a principal owner of the Miami Marlins began his career here by trading current NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. Hmmm.

There is much to like about EMILY .

Still chilly (50 degrees) this morning. Praying for California fires to burn out.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I wouldn't mind having a long string of CC puzzles, even Saturday ones over which I would trip. This one was Monday-easy, and I FIR sans erasure or lookup. Favorite was "tooted one's horn" for HONKED. Didn't know ROBIN, but I did know there were two THICKEs in showbiz. Also didn't know TRIS or anything about Divergent, but perps made it easy.

Thanks CC and Santa for a fun start to the work week. I'm off to taint not-so-young minds today. After this week I'm off until late April.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Interesting puzzle, but I am not keen on circle puzzles. I had a bit of trouble at the top, by wanting Me! Me! instead of OH! OH! It also didn't help that I am not up in my country singers, so Steve EARLE was all perps.

I also tried Easy Does It in lieu of THAT Does It.

Still cold, but the snow has all melted.

QOD: Literature becomes the living memory of a nation. ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Dec. 11, 1918 ~ Aug. 3, 2008)

Oas said...

Thanx again for a not too difficult puzzle for monday wake up coffee. Needed to check on capital of Yemen , not sure if the clue was asking for city or currency . Didn't know ncaa off hand either . Enjoyed the crossword now on to the sudoku . Windy w blowing snow . To stay positive I'll just say I LOVE summer!!

Yellowrocks said...

Thanks CC and Argyle. With CAPE I suspected the other circles would contain analogous garments, though this was not needed to solve. Easy fun Monday.
Toot one's horn in another sense is CSO to musical JazzB.
EARLE and TRIS were solved by perps. No other unknowns. We studied Adler when I was working on my MA in 1990. I haven't used any info from that psych course except in x-words.
OKL, the first 4 lines of the first poem are A+ and have better possibilities than a B or C. It might be worthwhile trying to reWRITE the last line. I still sound like a teacher! Tsk, tsk.
I solved the weekend puzzles and read the blog. I forgot to hit publish before I closed my Friday post. Poof! Gone! I did most of Saturday's in 20 minutes, but had a big fail in the NW. Still it was fun. Great Sunday puzzle, CC. FIR w/o help. I aim to return to posting every day.

inanehiker said...

Fun Monday puzzle with a little crunch! ADLER takes me back to Psych 1 class in college- he's arguably more famous than Freud there, and certainly more applicable!

Feel like I'm headed to work to rest up after a busy weekend!

Thanks CC and Argyle!

Hungry Mother said...

Lots of trivia with proper names, but got through it. Easy and helpful theme.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

TANGOed merrily along with the crossword muse until C.C. told us at 56a what was supposed to be in the circles. Checking that I had indeed filled in OUTERWEAR where needed, I buttoned it up and reflected on another fine puzzle from C.C.
No searches were needed.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks C.C. for two enjoyable mornings in a row. Although, I didn't finish yesterday's until late in the day. Favs today: HONK and TRADE. I wanted score first until I ran into Half a score with TEN. Nice fill. Thanks for the fine tour, Argyle. Also thanks for yesterday, Gary.

Lots to do today. I'm falling behind in my knitting. At least none of it is destined for Christmas this year. Now if I can only find some CLEAR TAPE!!!

Great QOD, Hahtoolah. Wish I had that in my room whilst I was still teaching.

Boo: Sneaux!!! I love it!! [Certainly enough in Buffalo!] Glad you're hanging around also. Merci!

Everyone stay safe and cozy today.

D4E4H said...

Lucina FLN 506P
-She said "the halibut cost $44!"  I'm sure glad I C / Ped to my work note pad.  I thought the entree prices at Denny's had really skyrocketed since last I was sated by Denny.  What I saw as Four Hundred Forty-one, and I had 00/100 sense. can actually be consumed for the bargain basement price of just "$44" she exclaimed.  I hope she ordered it "Just for the halibut."
-Is there an English teacher on this flight?  Did I need to capitalize the $ when it started the quote?  The last word in the sentence was "exclaimed."   Do I need the period or does that last word act also as the punctuation mark? Please parse this ASAP if not sooner.
I'm puzzled
-(I don't want to leave Fermatprime hanging on the Corner by herself, so here goes.) Disregard previous comment.  I forgot to refresh.  BTW Ma-am, may Harv. return to your side soon.  Thanks to C.C. and Argyle for this enjoyable Monday romp.  Thank you A+ for the musical links.  As a fan of the "Country," spit, how had I missed Steve Earl?
The blow by blow
-I concentrated on the North till it shone in black.  On two answers I exclaimed "How did I know that."  They were 55A RIKI, and 27D THICKE.  You always ask where I placed my last letter?  Today it was at the natick of 54A SURE, and 42D C. S. LEWIS.
To Post
Dave 2

Anonymous said...

Splynter and Roy Moore love the video.

Big difference, Argyle, between a female body used to celebrate the beauty of the human form and exploitation for profit and to titillate a mans sexual fantasies.

jfromvt said...

Is it just me, or are these circled answers too gimmicky? Enough! Let's get back to real crosswords!

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you CC and thank you Argyle.

Just finished my first cup of coffee. Slept in after staying up watching the Steelers / Ravens last night. What a game !

Appropriate puzzle for the cold front that's moving in. I'll be donning the OUTERWEAR as I head out to the store later today.

J from VT, I don't see them as gimmicky. I like the layers in themed puzzles.

D4E4H said...

Lustier Amusing
Boo LuQuette 354A
-Thanks for the fine compliment that should go to another.  Tomorrow is my one month's-aversary, so I am a newbie, getting older as we write.
-I translated the machines that you want to repair into French as souffleuse à neige, but when I tried Cajun it said "These words do not exist.  There is no need for them on the bayou."
Yellowrocks 739A
- She said "I still sound like a teacher!"  Yes you do, and please continue.  I appreciate your efforts.
Hungry Mother 758A
-Are you related to Tinbeni, 12-8, 1243P?  I can see the family resemblance in your avatars.
Madame Defarge 900A
-She said " I'm falling behind in my knitting."  Are you paid by the piece?  Are there children going barefoot without gloves or hats?  Hurry up or I'll ask you to "SEE ME!"  I could have answered my questions if I had just read one more sentence. I have mea culpa all over me. Please forgive.
-She opines "Certainly enough in Buffalo!" (sneaux that is), hence the quote "Shovel off in Buffalo" 
jfromvt 916A
-Asks "Is it just me?"  Yes.
And Post
Dave 2

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

What a pleasant surprise seeing CC's byline two days in a row! I caught the theme early but the reveal tied it all together nicely. I had Score before Trade and needed perps for Earle and Tris, but the rest was smooth sailing. I like the word " Moniker" for some unknown reason.

Thanks, CC, for starting our week so gently and thanks, Argyle, for the expo and for brightening my day with Mr. Brynner and Miss Kerr. OTOH, however, the less said about Robin Thicke and Emily R the better. (No need (or interest) to open the link as their performance was shown on TV, albeit heavily redacted.)

Snow coming later today into tomorrow, then an Arctic blast, and then more snow Friday and Sunday. Old Man Winter has arrived! ☃💨❄️
Have a great day.

Tinbeni said...

Nice write-up Argyle!

C.C. Thank you for a FUN Monday puzzle. I enjoyed the OUTER-WEAR theme.

Fave today, of course, was 65-a, SIPS... the "other-way" to properly drink Scotch.


Anonymous said...

Could do without the circles, they get in the way, don't need the distraction.

Mark S said...

Thanks C.C. for a nice Monday puzzle, And Argyle for a good write up. C.C.: I greatly enjoyed your puzzle yesterday and look forward to more of the same. Today’s puzzle had a few unknowns like Robin Thicke and Tris; but perps filled them nicely.

Fermatprime: get better soon.



Dick Swart said...

I liked the "outer" placement of the circles at the "outer" extremes of the words. The payoff at 56 across was well-earned!

Misty said...

Could anything be better than a Sunday C.C. puzzle? Only if it's followed by a Monday C.C. puzzle! I was just thrilled to see it this morning, and to see that it also had circles! (Sorry, Anon and J from VT--but when you're a bit puzzle-slow, like me, circles are a big blessing). Anyway, this too was a delight although I was surprised to run into two naticks (is that what they're called? what is a 'natick,' anyway?). Didn't know the capital of Yemen or the Final Four org., and so worried that SANAA might not be correct. Also didn't know TV host Lake or the 'Divergent' films heroine, and so worried about RICKI and TRIS. But, thank goodness, it all worked out and I got the whole thing. Yay! So, thank you, thank you, C.C. And thank you too, Argyle, for including another Yul Brynner, Deborah KERR pic--two days in a row, Yay!

Fermatprime, so sorry to hear what a rough day you're having without Harvey and with your cough. Hope you'll be okay and that all will be better tomorrow.

Have a great week, everybody!

Bill G said...

Well, I enjoyed that but then again, I was expecting to. When I saw Oh! Oh1 in the puzzle, I immediately thought of ... what character in which sitcom?

We can use "Whine" to mean constant complaining or a high-pitched mechanical sound. Brits use a different word for the complaining meaning. That would be "Whinge." I like it! "Hey kid. Stop your whinging." Of course, it doesn't do much good if you then have to explain yourself.

CrossEyedDave said...

Looks like Emily could use some of CC's Crossword Theme....

My excuse, & I'm sticking with it...

I found that unwrapping this puzzle to be
a Creative work Of Art!

Learning moment, Hands, Hands, Feet and Toes...
(No, wait a sec, that's twenty two...)

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

First off, it's been crazy busy now that the "season" is upon us here in S FL. And by that I don't just mean Hannukah and Christmas. The snow birds are back, and are "flocking" everything up! 😜 Worked back to back double shifts on Fri and Sat, no no time to post, although I did solve the puzzles.

Re:,today's; another clever effort from CC, and excellent recap from Argyle. No errors, cheats or write-overs. C S Lewis filled in with the perp from CREE. Otherwise, I found this easy to solve, yet very interesting. Great start to the puzzle week

Moe-ku #1 --->

Did anyone else
See "52-down" clue as:
Speaker of the "Tribe"?
(Cleveland fans should get this)

Seeing the discussions from previous posters regarding the Robin Thicke / Emily Ratsjkowski certainly brings to mind the "difference" between women posing nude for photos vs men posing nude for photos. With females it's considered art; with men it's considered being an exhibitionist. While I won't argue that nude pictures can titilate, it's too bad that our country treats nudity only as this, rather than as just a healthy/natural choice of OUTER WEAR. 😜

Which of course leads to Moe-ku #2:

Nude pastry chef signed
Non dis-"clothesure" agreement;
Aka: "Bare Clause".

To TTP: i too watched our Steelers until past the witching hour ... I was not RELAXed until we converted 3rd and 13 on our final drive that led to our 4th "killer Bee's" FG. I just hope we can finally defeat the Patriots and earn the number 1 SEED in the AFC

Would one say that Chairman is my "MOE"-NICKER?

Chairman Moe said...


Not sure if this was from Friday or Saturday puzzle, but I submit today's "Moe-Ku" 3 with a pun from one of the clue/solves:

My Bible-based, punny haiku:

Unemployment list
For those who've suffered God's will,
Is called: "JŌB MARKET".

AnonymousPVX said...

An easy Monday puzzle, IMO. Gimmack innocuous and not needed to solve.

D4E4H said...

Misty 1126A
-She asked "What is a 'natick,' anyway?"  A good explanation can be found on the Comments Section Abbreviations

On the home page right side, page down to Olio.  Under that click on Abbr.

Dave 2

Husker Gary said...

-I’m blogging late because I’m subbing for my friend Janelle and she actually expected me to teach today – First - Reflexive/Intensive pronouns and then Christmas Carol. The nerve!
-My other friend C.C. has given us a fun puzzle but I failed to see the circles together and therefore loved the reveal!
-Lunch is over and here comes a gaggle of 7th graders and we are going over this book.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I want to thank D4E4H for answering Misty's question as to the meaning of "Natick." Although I knew the answer, I did not know of the existence of the "Comments Section Abbreviations." That is a great help to users of this blog - and not just to beginners.
(Go to D4E4H's posting for the link!)
And thanks, of course, to our founder, C.C. for today's fine pzl, and with it a return to the easy-peasy Monday practice of yore. As one who's been calling for chewier Mondays, I confess that a return to a breezy quick-solving week-starter is most welcome - at least occasionally. Today's simplicity, combined with a neat batch of circled letters, was fun to face.

Argyle, thank you for your yeoman commentary. The photo of SANA'A stuck in my mind for some reason. Hmm.
Oh, I know! To see such a picture - of what appears to be a large city - identified as the capital of a country, and to realize I'd never heard of it before, is mind-blowing. It's a reminder of how much of the world I know nothing about. Regardless of my travels and great curiosity, and despite my advanced years, I don't believe I know anything about SANA'A - not even how to pronounce it!
"What fools these mortals be ..."

PS. Yes, today's grid allows for a Touché solve!

Jayce said...

A fun puzzle. Always a pleasure to sink my teeth into a C.C. puzzle, whether Saturday-hard or Monday-easy. Only misstep was the same as Hahtoolah: ME ME at first, changed to OH OH. Images of Horshack now haunt my mind. Strangely, the name TRIS passed through my mind last night; I don't know why. Wasn't she in a recent puzzle? Loved the clues for TANGO, LEAF, and BACK SEAT.

Lucina, I have to say I did not know of the Salt Cellar restaurant, but after a quick look at its website and at Yelp I think I would like to try it. Yes, it's expensive but presumably the food is good. Did you like it?

Good wishes to you all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

SANA'A is pronounced with the accent on the second syllable - Suh-NA, to rhyme with Ta-DA!

It is one of the oldest and highest (7500 ft.) cities on earth. It has nearly two million inhabitants. It is the capital of Yemen according to the constitution, but the government has recently been run from Aden, as Sana'a has been subject to battles and takeovers by the Houthi Insurgency.

Yellowrocks said...

Gary, in my school as a substitute you would have taught every single time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of sharing your knowledge and class interaction expertise with eager elementary kids. They are not jaded, nor too cool to call out, "Me! me!" Our substitute teachers actually teach. My criteria for asking them back was discovering next day what the students learned. This way there is so much more satisfaction for the substitute than mere place holding. If you lived in my area I would have recommended you.
I have seen Sana'a in many X-words, but didn't know the pronunciation. Thanks, OMK.
Alan has gone to work willingly for almost six weeks. I am positive he was not gold-bricking or faking illness. How stress free our mornings are for both of us! The psychiatrist and I do not know whether our interventions had anything to do with this improvement or whether it was spontaneous, so we are holding. Do not mess with success.Still I am glad I did not quit. I have a never say die personality. Like Thomas Edison, I believe in try, try again. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and support.

Irish Miss said...

Jayce @ 2:27 ~ Your comment and question to Lucina re the Salt Cellar restaurant piqued my interest so much that I had to see their menu for myself. My conclusion: If I lived in Scottsdale, I would be their best customer, at least until I was arrested for the bank robberies that allowed me to eat there! Seriously, while their prices are high, good, fresh seafood is worth it, IMO, especially in Arizona, no less. The menu made my mouth water!

CanadianEh! said...

Back after a busy weekend with the family. Happy to start the week with a straight-forward solve. Thanks for the fun C.C. and Argyle.

I needed my PARKA to go for a walk today and now the snow is starting to fall. But nothing like Buffalo yesterday. (And no snow for the MLS Cup Toronto win yesterday.)
Good observation, Dick Swart about "the "outer" placement of the circles at the "outer" extremes of the words".

Hand up for wondering if I had a Natick with cross of RICKI and TRIS. But like Jayce, TRIS sounded familiar. (I found her in the Jun 4/17 CW)

CMoe - I groaned at your Moe-Nicker!
Sorry you are alone today and still coughing, fermatprime.
YR, glad to hear the report about Alan.

Wishing you all a good day. Hoping our California bloggers are all safe.

Misty said...

Many thanks, Dave, for giving me the information on Natick and other abbreviations--a huge help.

Yellowrocks, so great to hear your good news!

Chairman Moe said...


We needed warm OUTER WEAR this past weekend here in S FL as the temps dipped to the low 40's overnight. Reached a high of 59 on Sunday. Nice break from the '80's and high humidity, but hoping it won't stay cold for too long. And in case you're wondering what a "local" wears during these cold spells, here's a link ---> south Florida winter footwear

OwenKL said...

Anyone know how to make a video? I'd was just sent a Christmas e-card with music of Jingle Bells, and I'd like to return it with my version of the words as the video:

Start with a tortilla,
Then ground beef cooked just so,
Lettuce shredded,
Diced tomatoes,
Cheese spread on like snow!

Sour cream is good
To make it taste just right!
Then sauce that's hot
To burn your mouth,
An epicure's delight!

Oh, Taco Bell, Taco Bell, Tacos all the way!
Oh what fun it is to drive up to Taco Bell today!
Oh, Taco Bell, Taco Bell, Tacos all the way!
Oh what fun it is to drive up to Taco Bell today!

Bill G said...

Since abbreviations, CW's and otherwise, have been discussed, what do you think of the following? Sometimes people use unusual abbreviations like NSFW or others and then feel the need to explain them. If so, then what was the advantage of using the abbreviation in the first place? This is not intended as a criticism but just an insignificant observation. (I'll go back to being quiet now...)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Wow, another great one from C.C. and Argyle! I had more trouble with this one than I should have because of sleepiness then went back to bed and slept 12 hours. I had had a four hour nap earlier. Wish I knew what's causing this.

Deborah KERR was a gimmee. Favorite musical of all time. My niece & her family are now economical missionaries to Thailand, the former Siam about which the book was written. My oldest brother is there now in a tropical resort instead of our cold.

Ms Lake: knew she was _icki. Micky, Nicki, Vicki, Licky, sicki, OH OH RICKI.

Like IM, not interested in watching ROBIN THICKE's link a second time. Saw it on internet once and couldn't get my dropped jaw to shut for days. Tune was catchy tho.

OUTERWEAR: My daughter sent me pictures of my granddaughter performing with a Loyola music combo at the House of Blues in New Orleans last Friday. The male keyboardist was wearing a PARKA and wool-lined earlap cap in honor of the weather. Not a fashion statement one sees often in New Orleans, I betcha. My lovely granddaughter wore a long-sleeved shirt and slacks and played a sax solo in one number. The other three girls wore sexy minidresses. Granddaughter wants to be taken as a serious musical artist -- not a sex symbol. LOL! She'd have to wear a paper bag over her head to not look lovely and that might interfere with her horn. Glad she's sensible. Her mother wished she'd dressed up a little more but I said when she gets famous enough to hire body guards, she can dress like Tina Turner.

PK said...

Fermatprime: I'm feeling compassion for your circumstances. Very hard to be sick and alone. Hang in there!

Picard said...

Crunchy and enjoyable! That is what I am coming to expect from CC, even on a Monday! Thanks!

Had CLEAR WRAP at first which gave my first circles as CRAP. I figured that must be wrong! After I got it right, I enjoyed the THEME.

Only know WILLA and ELS from these puzzles, but I am trying to remember them.

Hand up that NCAA/SANAA was a Natick for me, too. But we have seen both recently. Two answers began with unexpected consonant sequences: DNA LABS, CS LEWIS

EARLE/ADLER another Natick to WAG. The only EARLE I know is the amazing oceanographer Sylvia EARLE. She has spent more time underwater than any other human being. Don't miss her film Mission Blue if you have not seen it yet. A treat to get to meet her three years ago.

Here I was using an ICE AX on Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska.

Learning moment those dressing holder things are called CRUETS.

Tried KERN before KERR. RICKI/THICKE another Natick. First tried RIKKI. Thanks, Anonymous at 4:17, for the... artistic... NSFW video.

There is a variant of the AHA moment called the AH DUH moment. You think you have a brilliant new idea and then you realize it was obvious.

Thanks for the good wishes, PK and others, regarding the Thomas fire here. The evacuation zone is now just eight miles away. Unbelievable. It started sixty miles away. Even with the respirator masks the air is foul to breathe. At least our home is OK. The fire fighters have too much perimeter and territory to guard now. The only hope is a change in wind direction.

Lucina said...

I finished C.C.'s remarkable puzzle early today and almost didn't make it to post. I've been in bed all day! At 3 A.M. I went to the ER feeling woozy and dehydrated. Amazingly, I was the only patient there and had the undivided attention of all the staff! After several tests they concluded what I already knew, gave me some liquid then sent me home. Bad cough, though. And I was supposed to go to a funeral.

OUTERWEAR came through loud and clear. Like others I knew Alfred ADLER from psych courses.

Yes, the food at the Salt Cellar is excellent! IrishMiss, perhaps PK can advance you some of her winnings from her Nigerian friends. LOL!

Stay well, Fermatprime! I know the travails of a constant cough.

I hope you've all had a wonderful day!

Lucina said...

Argyle, thank you, as well. Gorgeous pictures!

CrossEyedDave said...

I have a comment...

Bill G. @ 4:18

Every abbreviation needs to be explained to me,
because I don't know if it came from North, South, or Freakin' West...

C.I.F. (Case in point)

Stuff I am posting because what I wanted to post was not suitable for,
well anything...

(P.S. The yellow sign stands for Special High Intensity Training...)

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks C.C. - perfect Monday puzzle to stroke my solving ego w/ just enough crunch to make it interesting. Thanks Argyle for the expo and the pics... I caught the 'shorts' allusion to Steve's post & Hatoolah's follow-up from last week :-). Funny.

WO: C.S. LouIS

Fav: THINK SO? SURE... Sharing the same row.
Runnersup: LEAF was cutefully clue'd as HONKED was a nice misdirection clue.

{C+,B} {cute, funny, (groan-NICKER), ha!}

Fermat - I'm so sorry to hear you're alone and ill again. You do have dinner coming, no? I'll call a food-taxi if you need... //Really - email me.

YR - That's so good to hear about Alan.

OKL - Thanks for looking up SANAA for us. I had no idea either.

C, Eh! - Thanks for looking up last time we had TRIS. It's an H short of mom's name - I can't believe I recalled something from June!

Picard - 1st, thanks for checking in. I've been thinking about you & our California Cornerites every time I hear about the fires (read: all day). 2nd, Ha! -- AH D'uh! If I had a nickel for every one of those I'd have the million I initially thought the idea was worth :-)

Then, I could pay $44 just for the halibut. //go-ahead say it aloud and then groan :-)

CED - I you look at your 'art' link just wrong, it looks like a plumber's butt. [SNL]. //Warning - you won't un-see it if you go back to CED's link :-)

Cheers, -T

Anonymous T said...

Oh, C. Moe - your winter in FL link reminded me Sneaux in Houston. [with apologies to BooL :-) ]. //THAT was our back-yard Friday morning. -T

Chairman Moe said...

-T: Neaux sneaux here. I think it might've up in the Panhandle. Totally weird weather year.

Chairman Moe said...

Why Floridians should not put lights on Palm Trees

PG-13 (sophomoric humour)

Ol' Man Keith said...

Chrmn. Moe,

You're in the clear.
Although our blog rules clearly state, "No politics, no religion and no personal attacks," they do not ban obscenity!

Lemonade714 said...

Moe: there is a morel to that story!

Lucina, do you take any heart medication?

Chairman Moe said...

OMK, Well, I figured this was no worse than the SNL plumbers crack!! 😜

Lemony, it does kinda resemble a mushroom ... I know that photo's been floating around cyberspace for awhile

MJ said...


Just now did the puzzle after a day of caring for my mother and then taking grandsons to their hockey practices. ROBIN THICKE and TRIS were unknowns, but filled easily via perps. Thanks for the delightful puzzle, C.C., and thanks for the expo, Argyle.

Fermatprime and Lucina, I hope you both feel better soon. I will keep you in my thoughts.

YR--Wonderful news about Alan! I hope whatever is behind this positive streak continues.

As Fermatprime says, "Hope to see you all tomorrow."

Lucina said...

No, I don't take hear medication. Every 5 years or so I go in for a stress test but have no heart problems otherwise.

Thank you.

Misty said...

Lucina, so sorry you're not feeling well--my heart goes out to you. Take good care of yourself and I'll hope you feel a bit better tomorrow.

Misty said...

Owen, loved your "Jingle Bells" jingle--a total delight!

Anonymous T said...

Misty - don't encourage OKL's bland taste in tacos :-)

C.Moe - That's funny. We had lights on the palms one year... Makes me wonder what the neighbors thought :-)

Boy, did I mess up my 1st post... OMK, not OKL, thanks for lookin' up SANA'A... CED - If you look at it...

Naughty hackers
kept at bay another
day. 'Nite
(Does that qualify as a Ku-anything?)

Cheers, -T

Chairman Moe said...


The naughty hackers
Were kept in check yesterday.
Like the Pat's offense!

Sorry Lemon and WC ...

Picard said...

Thank you for your concern Anonymous T! And thank you for sharing in the amusement of the AH DUH moments!

D4E4H said...

C.C. and A+,

Can you hear me now?

E-mail me if this went to your in box.

Dave 2

D4E4H said...

Can you read me now?
Dave 2