Jan 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 ~ Bruce Venzke & Gail Grabowski

Theme: TCOB - "Taking Care of Buisness"

17A. *Crimes of violence, e.g.: SERIOUS OFFENSES. Serious business.

23A. *Jungle gym: MONKEY BARS. Monkey business.

37A. *Not-so-humorous humerus spot: FUNNY BONE. Funny business.

54A. *Young boy's role model: BIG BROTHER. Big business.

61A. Fledgling enterprise ... and what the first word of the answers to starred clues can literally do: START-UP BUSINESS

Former businessman Argyle here. Great puzzle from Bruce and Gail. Two spanners and triple seven letter columns in all the corners. A few nuggets to crunch on.


1. Groups of orcas: PODs

5. Quaint "Holy moly!": "EGAD!"

9. Teases: JIVES. 1928, "to deceive playfully", like gibe but not as mean.

14. Scott Turow memoir: ONE L. Crossword staple, "The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School"

15. Stubborn critter: MULE

16. Calendario page: ENERO. Spanish for this month, the one named after Janus.

20. School sport, or its setting: TRACK

21. Inheritance recipient: HEIR

22. "Singin' in the Rain" dance style: TAP. What a production number! I found this tidbit: "The title number, filmed on a street set two blocks long on the MGM backlot, took seven days to film, with six hours of fake rain each day. The water was mixed with milk to make it show better on camera, but the mixture made Kelly’s wool suit shrink. The perpetually drenched Kelly had a bad cold and fever the whole time. Dancers Gwen Verdon, Jeanne Coyne, and Carol Haney dubbed Kelly’s tap sounds and splashing noises in post-production." >Huffington Post<


26. Operatic princess: "AIDA". Verdi opera.

27. Mo. with no holidays: AUG. (August) But there are some observances. Link

28. Patriotic org. since 1890: DAR. (Daughters of the American Revolution)

29. Lightly colored: TINGED

31. Fraction of a min.: NSEC. (nanosecond) A very small fraction of a minute, I'd say.

33. Go quickly: RUSH

36. Golden __: seniors: AGERS

40. Formal will?: SHALL. A small misdirection, following 'seniors'.

43. Trampled (on): TROD

44. Doesn't keep up: LAGS

48. Lightweight straw hat: PANAMA

50. Swiffer product: MOP. Any personal reviews?

52. Divide before the deal: CUT

53. Departure notice?: OBIT

58. Game with matchsticks: NIMLink

59. "Catch a Falling Star" singer Perry: COMO

60. Verdi opera "__ Miller": LUISA. Not seen here nearly as much,if at all, as "Aida". Wiki link.

65. __ limits: extremes: OUTER

66. The life of Riley: EASE

67. Folk singer Burl: IVES. Too late for one of his many Christmas songs.

68. Snorkeling spots: REEFs

69. Inventor's spark: IDEA

70. Formally surrender: CEDE


1. One who "rings twice," in an old film: POSTMAN. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946 film) A short clip.

2. Burdensome: ONEROUS

3. Drive up the wall: DERANGE

4. Smooth-talking: SLICK

5. Avian Aussie: EMU

6. Astronaut Grissom: GUS

7. "Welcome to Oahu!": "ALOHA!"

8. Schedule for later: DEFER

9. Boo and hiss: JEER

10. Stopover with a "keeper": INN

11. Slight trace: VESTIGE

12. Barnes &amp; Noble Nook, for one: E-READER

13. Steel wool scrubbers: S.O.S PADS

18. Gave one's blessing to: OKed

19. It may be pumped in victory: FIST

24. Knitting need: YARN

25. Full force: BRUNT

26. Well-behaved tot: ANGEL

30. English golfer Poulter: IAN. Leaving no doubt he's English.

32. Key equivalent to B: C FLAT

34. Damascus is its cap.: SYR. (Syria)

35. Weapon in a 1952 test: H-BOMB

38. Einstein's birth city: ULM

39. Baking-soda-in-the-fridge target: ODOR

40. One buying time, perhaps: SPONSOR

41. Regular patron: HABITUÉ

42. Bring to life, as cartoons: ANIMATE

45. Accomplish: ACHIEVE

46. Acted desperately on "Jeopardy!," perhaps: GUESSED

47. German street: STRASSE

49. "__ Ben Adhem": ABOU

51. __ sci: POLI

55. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame architect: I.M. PEI

56. Spoil: GO BAD

57. Roman garment of yore: TUNIC

59. NBA big men: Abbr.: CTRs. (centers)

62. Whistler between baskets: REF

63. Take advantage of: USE

64. Beach house view: SEA



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Bruce, Gail and Santa!

Nice puzzle!

Nothing was puzzling!

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

fermatprime said...

Forgot to mention that (gasp) it is finally raining here! What a relief!

Happy belated birthday to Pattii!

Yesterday's puzzle was harder, but managed to pull through!

OwenKL said...

ABOU Ben Adhem, may his tribe increase,
Invited an ANGEL to come to his feast!
But what to serve
To a being half bird?
Angel-food cake and a feather-light quiche!

The mad scientist was eccentric and strange.
His IDEAS came to JIVE music strains!
Once a chemical mix-up
Caused his oven to blow up --
That's when the mad scientist became totally DE-RANGED!

{B, A.}

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fun puzzle, thanks, Gail & Bruce. Fairly easy but with some challenging words which perped well like VESTIGE, ONERUS, DERANGE, HABITUE.

Thank you Argyle for an outstanding expo. I didn't quite "get" the theme until you explained it, altho it was simple enough. DUh! Liked the anecdote about "Singin' In the Rain". I remember seeing that movie with the unforgettable Gene Kelly scene as a starry-eyed little girl. Went home and danced around the house singing it. Couldn't tap dance but didn't care.

I use a Swiffer dust Mop & wet mop. Like both and find them easier & cleaner than some other types of mops.

Ian Poulter hasn't worn that distinctive hairdo for a few years, since some newby came on imitating his style. Don't think the newby lasted, but Ian is still making the rounds, I think. Has had some good wins in the last few years.

Toga before TUNIC. Not just Romans wear TUNICs. So do I.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

This corner HATBITUÉ did not find this one to be ONEROUS. I liked it. No Wite-Out required. Thanx, BV and GG and Argyle. I even got the theme, once you told me what it was.

Remember Perry Como's "voice from the clouds," Frank Gallop? Frank had a minor hit in '66 with The Ballad of Irving.

Enjoyed the Pickles strip, Argyle. I like to follow the adventures of Opal and Earl.

Adding a second 'g' to Singin' in the rain cost a contestant a WoF win and raised quite an online stink.

During the Mercury program Gus Grissom toured a General Dynamics factory and was asked to say a few words to the employees who'd gathered to see him. Gus stepped up to the microphone and said, "Do good work." Gus wasn't known for his verbosity.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

A little sticky in spots, but made it through. Theme appeared and did help me on a couple.

HABITUÉ was a new word for me. Thank goodness for some perps.

ABOU Ben Adhem is a favorite poem of mine.

Tried SUAVE before SLICK.

Heading back to Illinois tonight. Flying this time.

See you tomorrow.


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Anonymous said...

The answer to 9A should be JIBES (alt. spelling GIBES), not JIVES. JIVE, as a term of speech, means to lie deliberately, not to tease or taunt.

EMU "avian"? Linguistically, perhaps, by the root; but it's one of those "flightless" birds Down Under.

SHALL indicates determination or imperative, not formality. Also it is merely the correct future tense for the first person (I, we).

Oas said...

Thanx to Bruce and Gail for an enjoyable puzzle. Favorite clues were Departure notice and. Formal will. Brain fart today was when I wanted the e befor i in achieve.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Finally a FIR! But only because I EWAGged NIM x HABITUE and LUISA x STRASSE. (I'm American, and by federal law I'm only allowed to know one language.) Two consecutive erasures: ieDA for AIDA and Apr for AUG.

Back-to-back basketball references were my favorites today. Seems like the traditional positions (CTR, fwd and guard) are being used less by players and coaches in favor of positions (1 - 5). The traditional will live on via announcers and writers.

IAN (or is it INN) Poulter is a so-so golfer until the Ryder Cup competition, then he becomes almost unbeatable. He's now over 40, so maybe he won't be quite so competitive this year.

We got Panama (hat) again today. It always brings to mind the sultry oldie hit of the same name performed by Van Halen.

I'm off to the motor home today. If we have enough snow melt to get out of storage, we're leaving for the Sunshine State tomorrow. I may not check in until Sunday, but I'll be copying the mail in the interim.

Husker Gary said...

-I think these MONKEY BARS of my yute are now illegal
-Of course there’s 12 Spanish months but ENERO always seems to be the answer
-Nursing homes seem to be the “HEIRS” to many fortunes
-A more controversial group of war daughters. BTW, many links to this organization would not open.
-I did a double take the first time I received an unsolicited senior discount
-One more IVES rendition of Holly Jolly Christmas might have sent me over the edge
-Everybody thinks their tax burden is ONEROUS
-Football DEFER question
-I recognize that TV INN, Argyle!
-SPONSORS are getting rebates for time they bought on NFL games that are playing to shrinking audiences
-I’ve seen this word but looked up how to pronounce it

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Fun and easy puzzle (easier than yesterday's fare!).

My favorite clues was Whistler Between Baskets = REFS.

I never saw The POSTMAN Always Rings Twice, but I did read the book.

It's definitely warming up here.

QOD: In the face of an obstacle which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid. ~ Simone de Beauvoir (Jan. 9, 1908 ~ Apr. 14, 1986)

inanehiker said...

Fun puzzle with a little crunchiness here and there to wake the brain up!
Didn't get the theme until the reveal clue - but the more I added the more I wondered what it would be. Thanks Bruce and Gail!

Thanks Argyle for all the musical fun - Perry Como to Bachman Turner Overdrive - I have my earworms set for the day!
Time to start "Takin' Care of Business" or is that taking care of least no ice to contend with this morning

BunnyM said...

Good morning all!
Thanks to Bruce and Gail for a fun puzzle and to Argyle for a great review. Loved the link to BTO's " Taking Care of Business". As a child I thought the lyrics were " taking care of biscuits" :) My BIG BROTHER teased me relentlessly and still JIVES me about it!
FYI Anon @7:40 - Jive is slang and when used as a verb can also mean "to engage in kidding, teasing or exaggeration" per

Nice to see ONEROUS, VESTIGE and HABITUE on a Tuesday.

I tired Tinted/TINGED and didn't know NIM, IAN, ULM, ABOU and LUISA. Many learning moments today.

The ice from yesterday has melted for the most part and the temps are supposed to keep rising. Forecast is calling for near 60 degrees by Thursday but snow by Friday night into Saturday morning.

Hope everyone has a great day :)

Yellowrocks said...

Zip,zip, zip, quick sashay today. I waited for tinted or tinged. I have heard of NIM, but used ESP. No other unknowns.
POD is common for orcas, but it reminded me of a high school course we had. P.O.D. Problems of Democracy. I haven't thought of it in years.
Abejo, Abou Ben Adam is a favorite poem of mine, too.
YARN, CSO to Madame Defarge
Thanks for the lovely tunes, Argyle. How uncomfortable for Gene Kelly to tap dance in a milk bath hours a day for almost a week. Ugh! Lovely dance and song as a result.
QOD, the problem with many people is that they think that too many things are impossible. I tend to err on the other side, but a CAN DO, NEVER SAY DIE attitude has helped me tremendously in my life.
LIU for today:
The Grammarist says, "In questions, it is still appropriate to use shall for first person singular (I) and plural (we). However, using shall usually carries a subtext of comedy or irony. MOST USE WILL IN ALL CASES.
In the future tense, the use of shall and will is easily distinguished. One is ALWAYS expected to use will.
The original usage of will and shall was able to carry more meaning. If a person wanted to have what he or she said carry a sense of duty or honor, he or she would use shall for the second and third person, and will for the first person. In today’s usage, the meaning would be lost on most."
JIVE has several meanings. From "To talk in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way." Yer puttin’ me on. You’re jiving me.
AVIAN means bird related, flightless or not. An emu is still a bird whether or not is flies.
We have a heat wave today, temps in the high 20's already, heading above freezing.

Yellowrocks said...

I remember my mom reading this poem to us.

Abou Ben Adhem -by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold:—
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the Presence in the room he said
"What writest thou?"—The vision raised its head,
And with a look made of all sweet accord,
Answered "The names of those who love the Lord."
"And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"
Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low,
But cheerly still, and said "I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his fellow men."

The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night
It came again with a great wakening light,
And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

What Fermat said. Not much else to say. I do always like the Gail - Bruce collaborations. A few nostalgic entries.

Have a good day.

Tinbeni said...

Nice write-up Argyle ... Thanks for the NIM link, never heard of that game before.

Bruce & Gail: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle that made me think a bit.

No booze answer ... so "No fave" today. (Hey, it is how I rate ALL puzzles, but you know that!)

Also needed ESP (Every-Single-Perp) to get that Roman TUNIC ... couldn't get my mind off of TOGA.


Rick Papazian said...

Thanks to Bruce and Gail for a tremendous effort. It was easy but, this is Tuesday. Hardest part of constructing are the long stacks (albeit vertical) and then filling it with interesting words. Complete with spanners. Special thanks to Argyle for the Postman clip:
-Cats are poor, dumb things.
-They don't know a thing about electricity.
-Killed her deader than a doornail.
Yes, the cat's dead, all right.
Well, accidents can happen
in the weirdest sort of ways.
So long, laddie.
l never saw a prettier cat.
Killed her deader than a doornail.

I never saw the film, read the book and although it wasn't great literature I don't remember the dialog being acted out so poorly. I don't think I'll watch the rest of the movie.
I played the computer in that VIM game. You can't beat the computer. Don't even try.

Read more:

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

It's always a pleasure to see Bruce and Gail's byline. Got right down to "business" and sashayed (Hi, Lucinda) through to the tada with nary a bump in sight. My only w/o was Daisy instead of Luisa (Miller); I think "Daisy Miller" was sort of a risqué novel ala Harold Robbins style, but I'm not certain. Yesterday, we had Puli, today we have Poli; I prefer dogs to Pols! Nice CSO to our "yarn" expert, MmeDefarge!

Thanks, B and G, for the fun romp and thanks, Argyle, for taking care of business, as usual, and for the trip down memory lane with Gene, Perry, and Burl.

BunnyM, so nice to have you back.

Jinx, happy trails and safe journey.

Glad to hear our California crew is getting some rain.

Hatoolah, FLN, alas, those Nigerian princes are replaced faster than you can blink your eye. As I mentioned yesterday, they have now relocated to India!

Have a great day.

Mike Mc said...

For What it's worth, Wikipedia
says it's a myth that the rain in the "Singin' in the Rain" scene was mixed with milk.

Lucina said...

Yes, this was a quick sashay! We've seen much of the fill in prior puzzles so that helps. Unknown to me is NIM but I have learned STRASSE. Part of my limited German vocabulary.

I just can't adjust to an E-READER. I like turning paper pages and holding a book in my hand. For my birthday I received a Book Seat which is wonderful. The book rests on it and holds it upright while I read.

Thanks to Bruce and Gail, a mighty duo and special thanks to Argyle for taking care of BUSINESS. You knew that was coming today.

How wonderful that the west coast finally had some rain! We're expecting it tonight.

Have a special day, everyone!

Northwest Runner said...

The week is off to a rough start. If this is what Rich is throwing at us for Monday and Tuesday, I shudder to think about what we have in store. Puzzles were definitely well constructed though. Just hard.

C6D6 Peg said...

Thank you Bruce & Gail for a nice puzzle this am... not a "walk-in-the-park, but easily completed. Theme was good as well as the fill and clues!

Thanks, Argyle, for always, a great review!

MJ said...


Thanks to Bruce and Gail for today's fun puzzle. NIM was the only unknown. Thanks for the expo and musical links, Argyle. Your reviews yesterday and today were both stellar.

Enjoy the day!

Larry Jordan said...

Henry James

Misty said...

I love Bruce and Gail puzzles and this one just fell into place so smoothly with so many fun clues and answers--many thanks, to you both. Always nice to get the grid-spanners without any problems. Enjoyed your write-up, Argyle, and just hope that 'Singin' in the Rain' story isn't entirely true--it makes the delightful movie a bit sad, doesn't it? Funny Golden Ager cartoon. This week is getting off to a much better start for me than last week, puzzle-wise--a great relief!

Thanks for giving us the whole poem, Yellowrocks. Long time since I've heard it.

Liked both of your poems, Owen.

Have a good trip, Jinx.

Hope the rain stops tomorrow when I have to go to a morning meeting. Won't be checking in to the blog until later in the day.

Have a great Tuesday, everybody!

Maverick said...

I nearly messed up the southwest corner when I penned in for 40D. One buying time, perhaps: SPEEDER. I thought I was quite clever. Drive fast to save time but risk paying a speeding ticket. Get it? My wrong was abetted by 53A. Departure notice? EXIT. And NIM, a game certainly invented by cruciverbalists, was of no help. The jig was up when I arrived at STARTUP BUSINESS and the OUTER limits.

CrossEyedDave said...

I had an awful time with this puzzle...

I have so many WAGs circled to check that I can't read
my mistakes thru the inkblots...

Jibes instead if Jives, (11d slight trace, bectina???)
29a Tanned instead of tinged, (Perp chaos unsues...)
adding insult to injury 36a Golden blank:Seniors. I had Years,
making 26d well behaved tot = Aaneel
(not my fault, I have never seen a well behaved tot!)
55d (I dunno...)
66a life of Riley = Lase???


I should have taken a DNF instead of an FIW so bad
it's embarrassing...

Oh well, lets get down to business...

I have given this a lot of thought...

I could sell virtual cakes!

CrossEyedDave said...

65a blank limits,

no prob wwith this one,

we 1st got a B&W TV set when I was 6 or 7.
I watched this and was scared ****less...

Yellowrocks said...

Mike Mc@ 10:23, thanks. That dancing in the milk thing seemed so improbable and uncomfortable. I am glad it isn't true.
NIM - As Argyle linked, "The origin remains uncertain and the current name of this game is a loan word from the German verb nimm (meaning "take!"). Nim-type games have existed for centuries around the world, and the first European references date from the 15th century."

Cruciverbalists are of more recent vintage. "In 19th-century England, word squares had become the basis for primitive crossword puzzles for children, sometimes with pictures as clues or with an educational slant. Adults didn't do them until the World's word-cross, " (the first newspaper published crossword puzzle,) "appeared in 1913." Word cross was later changed to the term, crossword

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Echoing NW Runner's comments; the first two puzzle days have been more advanced than usual. I finished it correctly, though, with a few write-overs; and used perps and WAGS, too. I, like Tinbeni, couldn't see a TUNIC, when TOGA(E)or(S) had to be correct ... 😜

Irish Miss said...

CED @ 11:47 ~ You have to decide if you want to be Mr. Cake 🎂 or Mr. Meow 🐱. Please advise at your earliest convenience! 😈

Picard said...

Thanks for an enjoyable puzzle and fun theme. I had to finish the whole puzzle before I finally understood the point!

I have been a part of several STARTUP BUSINESSES. A bit hectic at times, but it is fun to dive into engineering design and not have to worry about any bureaucracy. It does mean having to do all needed jobs. Including cleaning toilets sometimes.

Thanks for the links, Argyle. Amusing to see that long list of AUG observances! The US has fewer paid holidays than other industrialized countries.

Here is a sequence of photos I took of a ship passing through the PANAMA Canal

I did not see any PANAMA hats there! Yes, interesting to see this twice in a row.

ABOU was new to me. Learning moment to read it. I am a non-fiction prose kind of guy, so poetry is a challenge for me.

CTRS, IAN, LUISA filled by perps. ONE-L I only know from these puzzles.

Yes, Husker Gary, too bad that so much of our youthful play is now banned. Not just MONKEY BARS. I miss the real swings we had, too. The biggest loss? Kids being free to roam around on their own. Times are so much safer now than when we were kids, but people are so much more fearful now.

Picard said...

Yes, we are getting rain here in Southern California. But it is going from famine to feast and not in a good way. Five people died last night in our small city. The freeway that connects us to the outside world is flooded and closed.

The fire caused by lack of rain has destroyed the vegetation that would hold the soil. We are in for a lot more destruction before it gets any better.

Roy said...

PANAMA hat reminds me of Dodie Stevens, not Van Halen.

TOGA before TUNIC. Never heard of NIM or LUISA Miller.

Did not get the theme until Argyle explained it.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU for the Burl Ives video!

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta- DA!

My thanks to Bruce & Gail (& to Argyle too) for a happy three-pronged diagonal start to today's pzl!

For me this was a perfect balance between a not-so-chewy level of difficulty and needing to solve three lines of interior letters before proceeding to a complete finish.

(I wonder if any creative puzzle-maker will ever take it into his/her head to send a message using just the letters that form a diagonal? I hadn't thought of this before today, but the idea came to me when I noticed the central diagonal contained consecutive rows of three "E"s and three "O"s. Accidental, to be sure, but it raised the notion of a pattern.)

Thomas Blevins said...

If anyone ever passes near Salem Indiana or Spring Mill Park to be exact, be sure to stop at the Gus Grissom memorial there in the park. One of the space capsules that he flew is there and one can read about the remarkable man that he was and learn the tragic story of his demise. Quite a humble and sobering place.

PK said...

IM: I don't think that CED can be categorized as either Mr. Meow or Mr. Cake. How about Mr. Fun Guy or the Fabulous Web Surfer instead. No limits to what he shares, please!

Michael said...

Here's a "Second!" to PK's motion.

Ol' Man Keith said...

That photo of IAN Poulter made me wonder if the Brits have any rules against wearing the Union Jack as clothing. We are often told that it is improper flag etiquette in America, so I wonder.

AnonymousPVX said...

I’m with the others thinking that this has been a “crunchy” week so far.

But no issues. Had 29A as tinted but that got fixed thanks to Vestige. And that’s it.

CrossEyedDave said...

Thank you PK (2:40) & Michael (2:45)
but I do think some limits are in order...

You see, dear IM has set me up!

She knows I am infatuated with a little pussy
and I am sure to stick my foot in my mouth...

Plus, I hate cake, too sweet, I like tart things...
(she knows this too...)

So the only thing I can do is to try and Segway...

Maybe I can get Yellowrocks involved, because infatuation is the wrong word.



Oh great, I am going to hell...

CrossEyedDave said...

Oh bother, I meant Segue.

Words keep tripping me up,
especially words of foreign origin.
(which is why I tilt at crosswords daily...)

Irish Miss said...

PK, Michael and CED ~ I think you all misunderstood my position. I'm referring to which TITLE our Linker-in-Chief prefers, not what subjects he posts. It was my tongue-cheek teasing because he's always been Mr. Meow to me, no matter how many cakes he posts! Sorry for unwittingly upsetting you two, PK and Michael. 😉

Yellowrocks said...

Picard said, "The biggest loss? Kids being free to roam around on their own. Times are so much safer now than when we were kids, but people are so much more fearful now.The biggest loss? Kids being free to roam around on their own. Times are so much safer now than when we were kids, but people are so much more fearful now." I totally agree. In my generation and my sons' generation we just ran outside and picked up a bunch of other kids, free form, spur of the moment, play it by ear. What fun! Now kids must have a play date. And they are not even allowed to walk around the block alone or the parents are reported to Child Protective Services.

CE DAVE "infatuated with a little pussy," Lust??? I won't touch that one with a ten foot pole.

Argyle, is your picture the "200-year-old Stratford Inn" on the 1980's Bob Newhart Show?

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle, cool theme, and some excellent fill such as HABITUÉ and ONEROUS. I always like Bruce and Gail's collaborations. At first I was skeptical, but a little research taught me that the key of C flat is the enharmonic equivalent of the key of B. I was skeptical because the key of C flat major has 7 flats while the key of B major has 5 sharps, and because I did not understand the concept of enharmonic equivalency. Big time learning experience, and a good one.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Nope, two early week FIW in a row :-(. 60a xing 47d was not an E.

Thanks Gail and Bruce. I enjoyed the rest of the puzzle; lots of fun words in the 7 stacks. Nicely done. Thanks Argyle for the expo... YR just beat me to guessing Newhart and, of course, I loved BTO's TCOB.

ESPs: AIDA, NIM, LUIS[a|e]. //you won Jinx :-)
Fav: RUSH xing HBOMB [warning: some disturbing images]
Runner-up: c/a for FUNNY BONE

{B+, A}

Picard - I heard about the 5 today on the radio. You guys can't catch a weather break this year. Stay safe.

Can't let JIVE pass without the obligatory link.

Cheers, -T

JD said...

Always enjoy a Bruce and Gail creation. Great vocabulary for a Tuesday, which slowed me down . HA!HA, as if I’m speedy. Had a few write overs, like years to agers. For some reason I remembered only the stra of strasse, so had to redo the end. Never heard of Nim or Ulm. Loved the clue for obit.

Thanks Argyle for the theme title and explanation. I’m always slow to catch on.

Lovely rain in our area, but then we don’t have fire debris that seems to be creating mud flows in those damaged areas. Hope the temps warm up for many of you who are living in frigid weather.

CanadianEh! said...

Late to the party again. Easier today than yesterday IMHO. Thanks for the fun Bruce and Gail, and Argyle (wonderful music links).

Like AnonT, I FIW with an e instead of a at cross of 60A and 47D. I should have used my "call a friend" to check STRASSE with Spitzboov.

I filled in Golden AGERS immediately today (unlike the other day). PANAMA again also.
Hand up for Jibes before JIVES.

Some Canadian disadvantage today. ODOR doesn't count any more - I am used to the missing U. But I had to wait for perps to confirm OFFENSES instead of Offences. And we don't have all the same holidays in Canada. We have Civic Holiday on the 1st Monday in August (although it is not a statutory holiday).
But Argyle gave us some Canadian content with BTO and then AnonT gives us Rush! -but when I clicked on the link, it was NOT the Canadian band

Like PIQUE yesterday, I smiled at BRUNT today. Love those words. Vestige is a good one too.

IMHO, HEIR is already included in the word inheritance. Is that cluing allowed?

Enjoy the evening.

CanadianEh! said...

Here we are for AnonT

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh! That was RUSH's official video for Manhattan project. Recall, Geddy's folks fled the holocaust. -T

Anonymous T said...

C, Eh! How about Live in Dallas?. -T

CanadianEh! said...

Yes! Great.