Dec 19, 2017

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 ~ Grant Boroughs

                          Theme: Musical Ascension - 

17A. Music medium that succeeded the cassette tape: COMPACT DISC

24A. Music legend known as the First Lady of Song: ELLA FITZGERALD

38A. Equipment for rock bands: GUITAR AMPLIFIER

48A. Lennon-McCartney collection whose publishing rights were once owned by Michael Jackson: BEATLES' CATALOG

58A. When strung together, musical sequence represented by the initials of 17-, 24-, 38- and 48-Across: C MAJOR SCALE

Argyle here. It's been over a year since Grant's debut, a Monday. Quite a different follow-up, I'd say. Ol' Man Keith has his diagonal solve but from right to left, bottom to top, aptly for this puzzle, eh. It certainly had me wondering until the reveal. The entries are all somewhat musically connected.


1. Fire remnants: ASHES

6-Across is at the end.

11. Dazzle: AWE

14. Companion of reduce and recycle: REUSE

15. Log dwelling: CABIN

16. Composer Rorem: NED. Amazingly prolific. Selected works

19. Martini liquor: GIN

20. Confer knighthood on: DUB

21. Camping gear retailer: REI. (Recreational Equipment, Inc) We've had it often enough that I remembered the letters if not the exact order.

22. Verdi creation: OPERA. Ned Rorem has a few.

29. Yale grads: ELIs

30. State strongly: AVER

31. Gelatin dish: ASPIC

33. Lucy's old sitcom partner: DESI. Desi Arnaz, Sr.

35. 42-Across doubled: TWO

42. 35-Across halved: ONE

43. Grandson of Adam: ENOS

44. Formally gives up: CEDEs

45. Test for an aspiring atty.: LSAT.(Law School Admission Test)

47. Anti-fur-farming org.: PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

54. South Beach city: MIAMI. Life's a beach.

55. __ Baba: ALI

56. Michelle of the LPGA: WIE

57. Bath's land: Abbr.: ENG. (England)

63. Birthday count: AGE

64. Gold purity unit: KARAT

65. Lives like a nomad: ROVES

66. Partner of neither: NOR

67. Searches for: SEEKS

68. Stockholm native: SWEDE


1. Paris' __ Triomphe: ARC DE

2. South Korean capital: SEOUL

3. Comeuppance that's "eaten": HUMBLE PIE

4. Seer's claim: ESP. Not 'every single perp' like some claim.

5. Watery expanse: SEA

6. Group of eight: OCTET

7. Spanish port city: CADIZ. And this concludes today's travelogue.

8. __-Wan Kenobi: OBI. Star Wars. Has anybody seen The Last Jedi yet?

9. Prefix with spell: MIS

10. "Play more music!": "ENCORE!"

11-Down is at the end.

12. Really out there: WEIRD. 13. Flamboyant Dame: EDNA. 12-, and 13-Down, now there's a pairing!

18. NFL sportscaster Collinsworth: CRIS

23. Golf course standard: PAR

25. Came down to earth: ALIT

26. Pay stub acronym: FICA. (Federal Insurance Contributions Act)

27. Surprised sounds: GASPS. Kids with their first pay check and discover FICA.

28. Rotten to the core: EVIL

31. Before now: AGO

32. Daylight provider: SUN

33. "Divine Comedy" poet: DANTE

34. Revealing rock genre: EMO

35. Coastal flooding cause: TIDAL WAVE

36. Tiny: WEE

37. Surgery ctrs.: ORs. (operating room)

39. Genuine: REAL

40. "Law & Order: SVU" actor: ICE T

41. Greek cheese: FETA

45. Go on the __: skip town: LAM

46. Hangs (around): STICKS

47. Au __: live-in nanny: PAIR. Originally, French for ‘on equal terms’ but now a young foreign person, typically a girl, who helps with housework or child care in exchange for room and board.

48. "You got it!": "BINGO!"

49. Raring to go: EAGER

50. "Wheel of Fortune" host: SAJAK. Pat.

51. Coagulates: CLOTS

52. Quieted, as noisy hinges: OILED

53. Birds in a gaggle: GEESE

54. Not at all nice: MEAN

59. Sassy West: MAE

60. "Roses __ red": ARE

61. H.S. grads-to-be: SRs. (seniors)

62. Dairy farm animal: COW

6. "__, all ye faithful ... ": O, COME. 11D. Heavenly being: ANGEL



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Grant and Santa!

Nice puzzle! Did not know CRIS, but it filled itself in!

A bit better today.

Insomnia terrible because haven't been swimming. Only number 2 at word game. Sigh!

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

OwenKL said...

A farmer from the Punjab, a Sikh,
Had a feud with an Arab, re his fief.
Should his land be CEDED
That he'd already seeded?
Or for judgement, should the Sikh SEEK a sheik?

There was an AGED man from CADIZ
Honed his hearing by eating goat cheese!
Those Vegans at PETA
Objected to FETA,
'Twas a feta worse than deaf, was their screed!

Lemonade714 said...

A new variation on a letter theme- well done. There were no unknowns.

Cris Collingsworth attended the University of Florida in Gainesville where he began as a quarterback, throwing a 99 yard TD pass in his first game as a Gator. He then became an All-American wide about it HERE . I was still living there during his heyday.

Really fun write-up Argyle. Thank you and thank you, Grant.

Oas said...

Nice quick puzzle thanx . No write overs or look ups. Had to wait alittle for the K in karat , sometimes C sometimes K . In my part of the world catalog looks better with ue ending. Did not know rei nor cris but r looked like the only option.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. The theme answers quickly fell into place. As with Oas, the only unknown was CRIS and REI, but CRIS was the only logical spelling of the name.

I tried Roams before ROVES.

QOD: The mere imparting of information is not education. ~ Carter G. Woodson (Dec. 19, 1875 ~ Apr. 3, 1950)

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Had some overwrites in the SE, but otherwise this was a race to the bottom. It wasn't a TIDAL BORE. With LOG in place, I knew it had to be CATALOG, so I wrote CATA in the wrong squares. Natch! I read the reveal answer, looked at the four theme answers, and still couldn't figure out what CEBG was supposed to tell me. D'oh! OAS wrote, "Did not know rei nor cris but r looked like the only option." Ditto. Was thinking Charles instead of Cris, but then I was also thinking Collingwood rather than Collingsworth. It's hell to get old. Thanx, Grant and Argyle.

Argyle, I gave up on the Star Wars franchise years ago. It was the film with Jar Jar Binks that sealed the deal.

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Grant Boroughs and thank you Argyle.

Yes, it was a race to the bottom and I finished in record time, but no TADA.

ELLA FoTZGERALD. Hit the O instead of I when entering the very familiar CRIS.

Bet none of you pen and paper solvers get that type of error very often.

Canadian Eh, could it be ? Is it possible ? Perhaps you have a countryman solver here on the blog !

D4E4H said...

I am only able to give your puzzle a "C." The "Major" reason is it is to scale. Thank you for a workable Tuesday CW. A+ showed that your previous CW was for a Monday. I anticipate your next test, a Wednesday CW.

When you moved 6A, and 11D, you forgot to provide the facial tissue alert. Tears of Christmas joy began when the cello joined the Flash Mob.

Ol' Man Keith,
When you make your Musical Ascension remember to start at Middle C. You have titles for the cross CW paths. On this setup from lower left corner to upper right, "____________" do you write with your left hand while standing on your head?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Dave 2

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Easy peasy, but cranial flatulence caused me to erase SWEed for SWEDE. I only sorta knew DANTE for Divine Comedy; I would have nailed it of the clue was Inferno. CADIZ is also near Ft Campbell (KY), home of the 101st Airborne. Storied heroes that jump out of perfectly good airplanes. My favorite clue was "confer knighthood on" for DUB. We usually get an obsolete reference to audio tape.

I know many contributors pile on criticism whenever we get PETA as fill. I agree that they do some ill-advised and occasionally even very bad things, but they are great neighbors. I think that on balance, the world is much better off because they exist.

Thanks to Grant Boroughs for a fast and fun puzzle. I would have titled it C to Shining C. And thanks to Santa for taking time from North Pole activities to guide our play today.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy Tuesday. Didn't get the theme until the revel at 58a when the solve was almost done. Interesting gimmick to include each letter of a music scale in an ordered sequence.
CADIZ - Near Cape Trafalgar.
ELIS - Played bridge last night with an ELI

inanehiker said...

Quick Tuesday - but I'm still going to be late for work! Needed the reveal to get the theme- this would have been a good puzzle for JzB!

We went to "The Last Jedi" last Friday - (We have a friends who always want to go on opening weekend- we wouldn't get there until a month later on our own) Enjoyed it - and as per the one 2 years ago - very true to the original 3. Nostalgic watching Carrie Fisher - knowing that she died shortly after the filming and central role for Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalker for this film. Rey is still my favorite character of these 2 - great to see women in strong roles!

Thanks Santa and Grant!

Husker Gary said...

-I needed the reveal and chuckled when I read it. Fun!
-DISC(K) and C(K)ARAT and sometimes ERIC(K)(Q)
-ASHES are all the remain in parts of California
-Wonderful video and write-up, Argyle.
-Have we ever had DUB clued as this ubiquitous veteran of hundreds of movies?
-It’s sobering (but not crippling) when your AGE begins with a 7
-Neither snow NOR rain NOR…
-Someone the other day said The Last Jedi is the second movie in the third trilogy of this franchise
-FICA and mandatory teacher retirement look good now
-The SUN will soon supply 1.5 MW of electricity right next to our coal-fired plant
-A BINGO dispute served with HUMBLE PIE (1:59)

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Grant, for a fun run this Tuesday morn. I liked the theme and caught it on a second try. My favs today were DUB, and AVER--an oldie but goodie that used to be weekly regular when I was very young. I believe the BEATLES CATALOG, included the wonderful Wisconsin fight song: "On Wisconsin!" Hence, it was used for cheese commercials at one time. I know the Beatles bought the rights to other music. Any Cheeseheads out there that can confirm or deny this for a Flatlander?

Santa, you've outdone yourself during your busiest season. Thanks so much. The travel photos are wonderful.

Old Man Keith: Can you direct me to the date you introduced (discussed? presented?) the idea of the diagonal solve. I am at a loss as to what you mean, and it sounds interesting. I know I missed something important along the way here.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Ray-o-sunshine said...

As usual our newspaper doesn't provide the theme with the puzzle so although it was easy and quick to finish didn't realize the musical theme until I read these comments

oc4beach said...

Ray-o-sunshine @8:47am: The theme is made up (ie. named) by the blogger who does the write-up during the week. The author only provides the theme title on Sunday.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Thank you, Grant and Santa for the nice Tuesday puzzle and write-up.
I loved the 5 Strings caroling video but kept wondering if they could let the house occupants run inside and get their coats on.

Owen, the "feta worst than deaf" line will surely go down as one of your best, or is it worse, puns."

I misread the reveal as "C MAJOR CHORD" and couldn't figure out where the B came from since the first 3 letters were CEG. So I had to come here to get the "Duh" moment.

Happy Christmas to all.
We are having a mid-winter thaw of 50 degrees here in Cleveland


Magilla Go-Rilla said...

58A: C-E-G-B does not in itself constitute
a C major scale. It’s a C major seventh chord.

SwampCat said...

Thanks, Grant and Argyle, for a fun Tuesday romp. Like Hahtoolah, I had Roams before ROVES, but perps saved me.

Favorite clue was Daylight Provider. My first thought was something like light bulb. Oh. That big light bulb in the sky.

Owen, what can I say? Someone's already mentioned "feta worse than deaf." There will never be a line to top that!!

SwampCat said...

D-O, it may be hell to get old, but the alternative is worse!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Big ape - you have to use both words in the big clues: C - D - E - F - G - A - B - C

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Well, Little Miss Muffet fell off her Tuffet for the second day in a row with a FIW! And Pat Sajak and Carat are to blame. E instead of A = No Tada. I, too, needed the reveal to catch the theme and then, when I realized all the theme answer were musically related, I appreciated the extra layer of tightness. That moment of realization came about 10 seconds before reading Argyle's same conclusion. Overall, a smooth, effortless solve.

Thanks, Grant, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Santa, for a fun write-up. You deserve some extra cookies for your dedication.

Have a great day.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Grant Boroughs, for the musical interlude! Not only was there a MAJORSCALE but ELLA FITZGERALD and NED Rorem, as well.

All filled easily until the moment of a big decision: C or K for KARAT. STICKS decided.

I have beautiful memories of both Bath and CADIZ. In CADIZ we stayed in a hotel that had been a castle. They served a formal dinner with five courses. It was lovely.

No, I'm not a Star Wars fan but my daughter and her family are and I'm sure they all attended opening night. Their Christmas wish list contains mostly Star Wars themed items. I can never go wrong choosing anything with that logo.

Thank you, Argyle. Are you ready for your big night?

Have a joyful day, everyone!

Unknown said...

Karat refers to the purity of
gold. Carat to the weight of
gemstones They are not

D4E4H said...

Mental yoga, awe go asana.
inanehiker 826A
-"Great to see women in strong roles!" -- Great to see strong women in roles!
Husker Gary 840A
-Walter Taylor, aka "Dub" got his name thusly. While living in Georgia as a boy, Walter, Jr., got his lifelong nickname when his friends began calling him "W" (double-u) and then shortened his nickname even farther, to just "Dub".
-My "AGE begins with a 7" and my eyesight with a 20, and yet I had to run my cursor over each word of your post to find the 2 hidden links. Please make the link words bold before their insertion. They will be so easy to spot.
-Do you agree with my count, did you include 11 answers? My first count was 8.
Magilla Go-Rilla 950A
-Thanks for explaining that C-E-G-B is a C major seventh chord.
SwampCat 1000A
-Which is more important the sun or the moon? The moon because it is out at night when you need it.
Dave 2

oc4beach said...

Today was a relatively fast solve using the the across clues. I only got to use some or the down clues at the bottom of the puzzle. Good one by Grant and Argyle's write-up was enlightening.

I think we've had the discussion before about a Gaggle of Geese or a flock being correct only when they are on the ground. In the air they can be a plump, skein, team, or wedge. That's the problem with collective nouns, we use them incorrectly, but who cares. If others know what you mean, then so what.

Have a great day.

Misty said...

Pretty amazing Tuesday puzzle, I thought--many thanks, Grant. Just couldn't believe those long across fills, but so glad I got ELLA FITZGERALD right away, and NED Rorem, and the BEATLES. A relief because even though I filled everything in perfectly and identified the CDEFGABC sequence, I didn't 'get' the theme, being just not musical enough. But no matter, I still loved the puzzle. I too agonized over CARAT/KARAT--interesting to learn they're different, Larry. Argyle--I mean Santa--I loved your picture of CADIZ. Never heard of the place, but it looks beautiful! If I were still traveling, that would a place to visit.

Lots of folks dropped off little presents (many look like wine bottles) at my party on Sunday. Will have to take a little time to open them today.

Have a great day, everybody!

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle done in record time for me of 10 min. BINGO! Thanks, Grant! ENCORE! Thanks, Argyle!

We ATE CROW yesterday and HUMBLE PIE today. Are we all adequately contrite?

"R" in CRIS/REI was last to fill. Educated guess. mOVES before ROVES. No other MIS-fills.

Knew the name NED Rorem from cws, but couldn't tell you a thing he composed. Was shocked to see his awesome list of works. Didn't see a thing I could hum from just reading the title. Maybe if I heard a few,,,

My brother who did university medical research for 30 years was never thrilled by PETA. He worked only with rats and he didn't see why anyone would get emotional about what was being done to rats who probably deserve what they get.

Tinbeni said...

Nice, informative write-up Argyle.

Grant: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle.

Fave today, of course, was 19-a, Martini liquor, GIN ... booze is always a fave!


CrossEyedDave said...

Bah Humbug!
(Thumper be damned!)

I must be having a bad day...

1st, Daughter#3 stole my Crossword because an article she wrote
was printed on the back...

2nd, *&%#^ Computer would not let me look at the digital
version of todays paper. (I can only find it using my Ipad bookmark)
because they call it something totally irrational.

3rd, not being able to use ink on a dead tree,
I went Menza/masters version (no red letters) & totally screwed up!

Urge b/4 Aver
Shack B/4 Cabin
"8 tracks" b/4 CDs (ass backwards as usual...)
Wow b/4 Awe
Jello b/4 Aspic
Roams b/4 Roves

And then the dang thing would not give me a TADA
because of the French!
Arche b/4 Arc De.

Oh, and I also had a wrong letter beginning 42a Enos,
Why I don't know, I don't remember putting anything in there...
(I have a lot of sticky keyboard keys...)

Learning moment: (Get a new keyboard, & Pulteney Bridge.)
I was fascinated by the water feature, and went looking for more.
One of only four bridges in the world to have shops across its full span on both sides.

^*%$^ stupid scales...

Oh No! I'm tilting!

Yellowrocks said...

Easy, fun puzzle. My only doubt was the R in CRIS and REI, but it was the only reasonable choice, as many said, so FIR. That is an odd way to spell CRIS. I tent camped for 40 years and visited many camping stores, but I do not remember REI equipment.
When I was a neophyte practicing scales on the piano they consisted of octaves. Will someone knowledgeable about music please respond and expand on Magilla Gorilla's post @9:50?
From yesterday, Dave, I used tesselate in the sense of covering a PLANE figure using a single shape, in my case a diamond, w/o gaps or overlapping. The only way it would apply to a honey comb is that the hexagons form a single flat layer of wax and fit together without gaps or overlaps. I mixed a new batch of sand tarts just now and will bake them tomorrow. It has been suggested that the name comes from the dusting of sugar on top.
CE DAVE @2:04 LOL.
Thanks Santa and Grant for a pleasant breakfast interlude.
I'm beat. I am glad I am retired. I fold more quickly than I used to. Just thinking of all I crammed into a single day when I worked makes me incredulous.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I paused like Misty & Irish Miss before the CARAT/KARAT question, but 46D (STICKS) finished that off quickly. The only real unknown today was CRIS, crossing with REI, a Natick in my book. But the "R" seemed the only likely fill, so I pressed on.

In all other respects Mr. Boroughs' pzl was a full-on "gimme." The theme was nice, but neither helped nor hindered in solving. I reached today's Ta- DA! much sooner than usual, while still at the breakfast table (before moving to my study).

Wishing everyone a Happy Shipping Day! (The last day -so we are informed - for ordering Xmas gifts to arrive in time by standard shipping!)

Picard said...

Quick fun Tuesday run for this musician! I was also puzzled for a bit like the "big ape" until I realized the added cleverness of the two word answers.

Hand up for ROAMS before ROVES. Thanks for parsing the odd "name" ICET. Confuses me every time.

When I was a child in Europe we visited this amazing ship just put on display in STOCKHOLM

It is a ship from the 1600s then called the Wasa. Now called the Vasa. It is the only ship from that era on display anywhere.

One of my closest friends is from BATH and I have happy memories there in the 70s.

Natick crossing of NED/EDNA but I did WAG it correctly.

Other unknowns: ENOS, CRIS. We do have an REI store in our small city.

Hope your foot is better, Wilbur Charles

Misty said...

Ol'Man Keith, I wonder if you saw Madame Defargue's 8:41am question about how your diagonal solving works? I'm actually curious about that too, if it's not too complicated to explain.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I'm not quite sure I follow the first part of your message, but I believe you're pointing out the "mirror" diagonal in today's pzl. I confess I was not on the lookout for it. Once I saw that a regular diagonal (NW to SE) wasn't possible, I just moved on. Normally, I don't look for a mirror unless it's in addition to a regular diagonal, but your eagle eye caught this one.
Yes, indeed, if you go from square 15 down to square 211 today you will see a mirror diagonal (angled like a forward slash).

Madame Defarge, I don't recall the date I first mentioned the diagonal solve. It came up when colleagues were chatting about their own solving methods. It is just an aesthetic thing for me. It "looks" good - so I do it whenever it's possible. I start in the upper left corner - as most of us do - and then I see if there are enough contiguous white squares to solve in a direct diagonal (with no breaks or interruptions by black squares) down to the lower right corner. That's all.
A "pure' diagonal is when the squares line up tip-to-tip from 1 through 225. It is the narrowest diagonal possible. A "broad" diagonal is a real find. This is when squares 2 and 16 join in the fun. That's what we had yesterday - if you want to go back and check.

Diagonal solving is just for fun on easy puzzle days. But on tougher days it poses an extra challenge. On those days, if a diagonal is possible and yet I am unable to solve the relevant words first, I count that as an extra failure. When that happens, I may end up completing the whole pzl, but in my heart of hearts I'll know I failed the diagonal challenge.
As noted above to D4E4H, the "mirror" diagonal is when the grid pattern allows for an extra diagonal, running NE to SW.

Hahtoolah said...

Picard: You forgot to mention, however, that the Vasa sank on its maiden voyage.

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle; I liked it. WEES.

Argyle, extra good stuff today. Thank you.

Argyle said...

Ol' Man Keith, didn't read my expo? The diagonal runs from the SW to the NE, forming a rising slant, à la, C Major scale. Coincidence? I think not.

Mike Sherline said...

Yellowrocks at 1543:
A scale can go for as many octaves as you want. 88 keys on a full size piano = 11 octaves; the pattern just keeps repeating.
Magilla was only using the initials of the 1st words of the theme answers -
C ompact
E lla
G uitar
B eatles

These notes (C,E,G,B) form a C Maj. 7th chord, as he said.
To answer the reveal, you have to use the initials of both words of each theme answer, giving all the notes of the C scale (as Jinx replied at 1015).

Yellowrocks said...

Mike S. Thank you. I also was only using the initial of the first word. Using the initials of both words matches my understanding. I get it. That also makes the construction more impressive. Doh! I misread the reveal.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Argyle, I'm sorry I didn't mention your name. But you will see above that I acknowledged the "mirror" diagonal in my reply to D4E4H.

I didn't mean to purposely cut you out. I try to give "credit" whenever I can, but I don't always succeed.

For any others interested in the subject, I should point out that the diagonal need only consist of a single letter within each word. It is way too much to expect entire words that aren't interrupted from the top left or right corner down to the opposite bottom corners!

(But you all knew that - right?!)

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Every Good Boy Does Fine but I couldn't save FACE... HUMBLE PIE is in order as I, GASP, FIW. I had the UK spelling of FITsGERALD [go ahead, analyse that :-)]

Thanks Grant for a fun double-musically theme'd puzzle. Like IM, I appreciated that the themers were music-based too. Thanks Argyle for the expo and the lagniappe tune.

WO: Brain-fart: had AGo @63a
Fav: BEATLES CATALOGue. I listened to Sgt. Pepper's at the office after finishing the grid.
Runner-up: Having all of ELLA show up in the grid.

{A, A+; WEES!}

D-O: Jar Jar curbed my enthusiasm too. I've not seen SW since.
CED - 62d reminded me of your MOO COW xword cartoon yesterday :-)

Argyle - you missed one musical reference: SEOUL-music. //Too lame? Think K-POP then. I've got more folks...

Lucina @10:42- Ha! KARAT STICKS
Did you see the new 'insert-here' golden-veggie emoji?
It's a 24-KARAT carrot caret.

//And, with that...I'll see myself out
Cheers, -T

D4E4H said...

And with that, I'll see myself in.
YR 253P
-Duh When you said "Diamond" all I could picture was the gem. After your review today, I dug out my Plane Geometry from the attic of my mind. There in plain mind was the diamond shape such as the playing field or the red suit that is not hearts. Thanks for sanding the tarts for me.
Ol M K 348P
-If you are stuck on "Middle C," the "Musical Ascension" won't work when you describe the diagonal, running NE to SW.
Hahtoolah 426P
-Thanks for the link to the "Vasa." I'm amazed with the quality of the pics from 10 August 1628
Dave 2

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

OK. Now I see it. Thanks for the clarification.

CanadianEh! said...

Very late to the game today. Thanks for the fun Grant and Argyle.
Loved the musical theme and discussion. Clever re the diagonal scale from SW to NE.

FIW today with CadEz instead of CADIZ. We have MEC stores here for camping gear and I couldn't remember REI although we have had it before. My Natick today.

This Canadian did not know FICA either. It would be a similar payroll deduction to our CPP (Canada Pension Plan) and UI (Unemployment insurance) deductions. We don't have Medicare or any payroll deductions for health insurance. (Ontario has an income-rated health premium paid on annual income tax with max. of $900.)

Oas@6:18 - Where is your part of the world? You beat me to a comment on CATALOG (I was going to say that the British Lennon and McCartney would have spelled it as CATALOGUE.) AnonT knew the proper spelling LOL. Has TTP@6:53 outed you as a Canadian? Nothing to be sorry for (that's a Canadian insider's joke!).

Enjoy the evening.

SwampCat said...

Anon T..."every good boy deserves fun!" Hehehehe. Same difference....

Ol' Man Keith said...


I was surprised to see your link to the "Vasa" led to a different piece of a ship than the one we remembered.
When we were in Sweden, we visited a very different display of The Vasa, 1628.

This is the one that sank in the harbor on its very first voyage.

Misty said...

Thanks for explaining, Ol'Man Keith. I doubt I can do it, but I may try that diagonal solve on an easy Monday or Tuesday sometime.

Picard said...

Thanks for your interest in the Vasa, Hahtoolah.

Yes, Ol Man Keith, that is quite different view of the Vasa than what we saw. Remember, I was just a child. I am guessing they either found more of it or else they did some kind of reconstruction.

Joe said...

Just gonna leave this right here... Enjoy....or not