Feb 26, 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018 ~ Robert E. Lee Morris

Theme: No Politics - Theme word can be to the right of the target word(center).

17A. School group excursion: FIELD TRIP. Center Field.(baseball)

31A. First single by a rapper to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100: "ICE ICE BABY". Center Ice.(hockey)

36A. Somewhat conservative, politically ... and where the first word of 17-, 31-, 43- and 60-Across can literally be found: RIGHT OF CENTER

43A. Economize: CUT CORNERS. Center cut.(meat)

60A. Actor's pseudonym: STAGE NAME. Center Stage(theater)

Argyle here in the middle which happens to be where the reveal is.


1. Perp chaser: COP

4. "E pluribus unum" language: LATIN

9. Agreement to stop fighting: TRUCE

14. Tycoon Onassis, familiarly: ARI. Aristotle Onassis, second husband of "Jackie" Kennedy.

15. Enticing smell: AROMA

16. Steam, e.g.: VAPOR

19. Santa __ racetrack: ANITA

20. Absolute: TOTAL

21. Ad infinitum: NO END

23. Oakland's county: ALAMEDA

26. WWII craft: LST. (Landing Ship, Tank)

27. Prime rib au __: JUS. Prime rib with its own natural juices from cooking.

30. Costner's "The Untouchables" role: NESS. Kevin Costner/Eliot Ness.

34. Feudal drudge: SERF

35. In the altogether: NAKED

41. Pink cocktail, for short: COSMO


42. Greek "i": IOTA

46. __ Linda, Calif.: LOMA. (Spanish for "beautiful hill")

50. Vintage auto: REO

51. Earl Grey, for one: TEA

52. Optometrist's test: EYE EXAM

54. Infant in a crèche: JESUS

56. Railroad in Monopoly: B AND O

57. Continuous humming sound: THRUM

63. Reeves of "Bill & Ted" films: KEANU

Wyld Stallyns 

64. More than ready: EAGER

65. Civil War soldier: REB. A subtle SO to our constructor?

66. Winning: ON TOP

67. Operative: AGENT

68. Evidence on "CSI": DNA. (Crime Scene Investigation/DeoxyriboNucleic Acid)


1. Lounging robe: CAFTAN

2. Baltimore bird: ORIOLE. The Baltimore Orioles are in the same division as 6-Down. Canadian A.L. East team: TOR. The Toronto Blue Jays.

3. Michelangelo sculptures: PIETÀs. He was working on this Pietà when he died.

4. Soup scoop: LADLE

5. Singer Garfunkel: ART. Did You Know: Despite being a native New Yorker, Garfunkel is a lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan.

7. "You can count on me!": "I'M IN!"

8. Seaport in Italia: NAPOLI. (Naples)

9. "Rabbit ears" on an RCA cabinet, back in the day: TV ANTENNA

10. Mapmaker __ McNally: RAND

11. News org. since 1958: UPI. (United Press International)

12. Camper's snoozing spot: COT

13. Pitcher's stat: ERA. (Earned Run Average)

18. Hightails it: LAMS

22. Upper-left PC key: ESC. (escape)

24. Lose weight: DIET

25. Prefix for phobia meaning "height": ACRO. Acrophobia.

27. One of the Blues Brothers: JAKE. John Belushi was "Joliet" Jake Blues. Dan Aykroyd was Elwood Blues.

28. Ride for hire: UBER

29. Pink Floyd guitarist Barrett: SYD. Song originally written by Syd as a teen during the height of Bob Dylan mania in Europe (pre-Pink Floyd).

32. Jennifer Hudson's "Dreamgirls" role: EFFIE

33. Slugger's club: BAT

34. Typical Western: SHOOT 'EM UP

36. Don Juan: ROUE

37. Analogy words: IS TO

38. Yukon automaker: GMC. ((General Motors Truck Company))

39. Apple throwaway: CORE

40. Craftsy website: ETSYLink

41. "Lookin' Out My Back Door" band, initially: CCR. (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

44. High-__ graphics: RES. High Resolution.

45. Queasy feeling: NAUSEA

46. Like unfatty meat: LEAN

47. Ventura County's largest city: OXNARD. Henry Oxnard ... intended to name the settlement after the Greek word for "sugar", zachari, but frustrated by bureaucracy, named it after himself.(1897) History

48. Lunatics: MAD MEN

49. Single-celled organism: AMOEBA

53. Film critic Roger: EBERT

54. Jupiter's wife: JUNO. Roman deities.

55. Guys-only: STAG

57. Boxing outcome, for short: TKO. (Technical KnockOut)

58. Farm clucker: HEN

59. Stool pigeon: RAT

61. Cake candle count: AGE

62. Mil. bigwig: GEN. (general)

Did it seem like a baseball sub-theme to you? Think I'll sit and look out my back door.



OwenKL said...

LATIN was the language of the Legion
That conquered all the Roman Empire region.
To negotiate a TRUCE
Garlic VAPOR they'd produce --
A Roma AROMA helped them reason!

Once there was a Don Juan named KEANU
Who gained a reputation as a ROUE.
EAGER girls averred
He was the lover they preferred!
Only he could do what he'd do -- by canoe!

{B, A-.}

fermatprime said...


Thanks to R. E. Lee and Santa!

Lots of things perped for a Monday: ALAMEDA, COSMO, EFFIE, SHOOT 'EM UP and CCR.

Thanks also to JW and CC for yesterday. No problems with that one! Went to bed early and forgot to visit the blog when I arose!

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

Montana said...

Nice Monday puzzle but I absolutely couldn't get the theme.
Thanks, Argyle, for the explanation.


Jinx in Norfolk said...

Ran out of ink and the replacement cart didn't work, so I solved the grid at the LAT site for the first time. Better than nothing, but I like reviewing all the clues and fills instead of getting a "TADA" before I've looked everything over. I also didn't have the chance to think about the theme. WAH! Poor Jinx!

I raced a lot out of Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County. One of the best competitors (but not in my class) was a big beautiful boat named OXNARD Boulevard.

Thanks to RE Lee for a nice, easy Monday to ease my transition to online solving. And thanks to Santa for 'splainin' the trick.

Anonymous said...

You started with "no politics." Why not "no religion" at 54A?

Lemonade714 said...

Anon 6:54, Argyle made no religious comment. The Corner does not control the content of puzzles only the nature of the comments posted.

Learned about OXNARD, that LOMA is hill in Spanish (sort of from Spain?) and THRUM. Goos to see you Montana and enjoy the rest of February all.

Oas said...

Good morning all.

Thanks to R.E.Lee for the puzzle and Argyle for the review and for explaining the theme.

A couple of unknowns today filled by crosses SYD. EFFIE,ETSY, and CCR.

Interesting intersection at 54A and 54D.

Thanks L714 for your comment

Two California counties brought memmories of a trip DW and I made to Palo Alto to visit son and daughter inlaw and young grandson at the time . Daughter inlaw had been lnvited to Stanford for Post Doc studies . Very proud of her accomplishments in her chosen field of research- - physiology. She has shared some of the teams findings in conventions ln several European cities as well as US and Canada.

Very proud of them both as their researches are having some impact for the betterment of the human confition.

Anonymous said...


When working online, just remove one known letter before you completely fill the grid... then you'll be able to peruse your work before later re-entering that letter for your "tada". That's my approach. Have fun!

Yellowrocks said...

Nice walk in the park today. OXNARD and EFFIE were new to me, but perps and wags got them.
I didn't understand the theme until Santa explained it. I was hung up on the fact that the first words were left of center. Duh! Now that I see the theme, I like it. Thanks R.E. Lee and Santa.
Last week we talked of pietas made by various artists. Today I learned from Santa that Michelangelo sculpted several, inspiring me to LIU.
Jinx, I too, like to see all the clues and fills at the same time, which is why I prefer paper. On the computer I get into trouble when hit the space bar for two word answers. I often find I am writing down when I intend to wrote across.
When I saw 1A perp chaser, I thought of "crossword solver," LOL, but it was only three letters.

FLN - PK, my condolences for the loss of your family members. It is even more tragic to lose so many so close together.
FLN - Northwest Runner @ 5:08, it is not obvious to me. ????

Oas said...

Also good to see you post fermatprime You sound like your cheery self again. (-:

Husker Gary said...

-CAFTAN, ROUE, EFFIE and THRUM on a Monday gave me pause
-CCR’s John Fogerty, CENTER FIELD and this time of year calls for this song! (3:51)
-The Oakland Raiders will leave Oakland ALAMEDA Stadium and their “lunatic” fans to play in Las Vegas next year
-Speaking of Oakland, BANDO first made me think of this player not B AND O
-NAPOLI was in the throes of a garbage strike when we visited. We simply got off the bus and boarded a ferry for Capri
-A Smithsonian display of the most famous COTS in the world

D4E4H said...

Good Morning you Cornerarians,

Thank you Mr. Robert E. Lee Morris for this crunchy Monday CW with lots of fiber (fruit and fibre.) I pulled letters from under my toenails in order to FIR in 22:09!

Thank you Argyle for 'splaining the unexplainable. The review looks delicious. I look forward to enjoying it.

Today's paraprosdokian: Silence is golden, duct tape is silver.


Jinx in Norfolk said...

Thanks Anon @7:54. I'll do that next time. My printer is working again; the orientation while in storage must matter. (Expires 11/19, so that's OK.)

D2, my favorite paraprosdokian is from a posting at the Poop Deck Bar in Hermosa Beach, CA: "time flies like a golden-tipped arrow; fruit files like stale beer".

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Well, I sailed right through this with nary a w/o. There were a few unknowns but perps were fair as could be. I didn't notice a baseball sub-theme but I did notice a nod to California with four references. After I completed the puzzle, it took me a minute or so before I "got" the right of center meaning. Very clever, indeed.

Thanks, Robert, for a nice, easy start to the week and thanks, Argyle, for the gentle guidance.

PK, I'm sorry you've had so much sadness to deal with.

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Neat theme. Not needed for the solve but reflected on it afterwards. Got CCR from perps. Some fresh fill - OXNARD, THRUM CAFTAN.

CanadianEh! said...

Slightly crunchy Monday CW. Thanks for the fun, Robert and Argyle.

I got the theme and smiled about the "no politics on the blog" rule.
I also saw several CSOs - STAGE NAME for OMK (did you have one?), LOMA LINDA (not Lala), double ICE for Tin (shudder), FIELD TRIP for all our educators, and I'll take one with TOR.
And "perp chasers" for all of us (hello YR).

Besides the mini baseball and California subthemes, is there a Left of Centre subtheme with CAFTAN, NAKED, COSMOS and 66A?

OXNARD and ALMEDA are not familiar to me and required perps.
I am more acquantied with LAM as a noun and fought the verb LAMS initially.
We have seen more exciting clues for IOTA.
NAUSEA brought back unpleasant memories from my first trimester of pregnancies with all 3 children.
THRUM is a wonderful example of onomatopoeia.

OwenKL- was your Don Juan a Canadian with his canoe antics? LOL!
(I'll let you in on our Canadian secret re making love in a canoe. Nothing in the myth decrees that the canoe must be floating -run it aground first!)

YR @7:56- I echo your comment re PIETAS. My LIU found this (probably the source of Argyle's photo).

D4E4H @8:45 - I needed to LIU and find definition of paraprosdokian. ("Paraprosdokian is a derivative of a Greek word that means “beyond expectation.” It is a wordplay type of literary device in which the final part of a phrase or sentence is unexpected.)
Thanks for the Olympian smile.

Enjoy the day.

Lucina said...

Crunchy Monday solve today. Thank you, R.E.L. Morris.

ICE ICE BABY left me doubtful, but perps supported it. And FIELD TRIP reminded me of the many I took with my students, the zoo, various museums, wildlife park, science center, etc.

Yes, a definite CSO to California. I haven't been to OXNARD, but have enjoyed LOMA Linda's beautiful beach, once to Santa ANITA'S race track and many times to Oakland. I'm sure Picard will have photos.

I, too, am sorry so much sorrow has engulfed you. Even the one you didn't like has impacted you in some way.

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Lucina said...

Thank you, Argyle, and especially for linking CCR. Love it.

Misty said...

Did you miss me yesterday? Never checked in because my dog Dusty once again yelped with some pain, and I ended up taking him to Emergency Veterinary Hospital (it was Sunday, and regular vet not open), where I spent hours with no real answer to the problem. Just some food cans and pills to give him (what for?). By the time I got home I had to get ready for the visit of friends from Riverside and never finished the puzzle. This morning a different problem--got everything but that middle left (right) corner with references to bands and cars and drinks I didn't know. Not my best beginning to the week, and I have to get my cataracts checked on today. Will hopefully be more cheerful when I check back in tomorrow.

Have a good day, everybody.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. Thanks Mr. Lee and Mr. Argyle.

That's my favorite CCR song.

PK, good wishes and kind thoughts headed your way.

Jinx: I've ridden my bike past that bar in Hermosa Beach many times, even stopped in once. It fits the definition of a "Dive" perfectly.

When you are sick and getting close to vomiting, do you say that you are Nauseous or Nauseated? I was always taught that the second word is correct.

"Nauseous should be reserved to mean causing that feeling, not having it. But it's used so often now to mean 'feeling sick,' that dictionaries define it that way. Here's how to use the word if you want to tuck in your shirt and be proper:

It does not contain iodine, but is said to possess all the therapeutic qualities of cod-liver oil without its nauseous taste. (Encyclopedia Britannica)"

Lemonade714 said...

What Argyle wrote - "intended to name the settlement after the Greek word for "sugar", zachari" - which made me think that this must be the root of the Latin word saccharinum but I did not see it in the etymology site I went for research. So
ζάχαρη- zachari -which does mean sugar, still makes sense. I do like words.

Argyle said...

More about the name Oxnard.

CrossEyedDave said...

Throb b/4 thrum,
Funny that I WAG'd the "O" in Loma.
(must be because it is Spanish, all my French WAGs are always wrong...)

Thanks for some great musical links today!
Would you believe I had never heard Soul Man
until The Blues Brothers did it on SNL?
(They had a different slant on things...)

Mr. Morris must be a California native,
they are the only ones who would know all those counties...
Me, I would have to look them up on a bus ad,
(or maybe the Yellow Pages)
but I knew ALAMEDA because of Chekov!

Warning, the unrelated next clip is 11 minutes
of unbearable cuteness...

VirginiaSycamore said...

Nice, fun Monday puzzle. Thank you, Robert and Argyle.
Jinx, I put an X into the end of a column, usually replacing an S so I can save the puzzle to look over.

I am not sure if this is a papaprosdokian but it is a humorous quote about time.
“Time flies. You can’t. They fly too fast.”

Live Well and Prosper,


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Smooth sailing.

For those who know California: what’s wrong with Oxnard? I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard it scoffed at now and then. I see that it’s on the coast, but on the other hand, much of that coastline is gobbled up by the Navy’s Port Hueneme shipyard. Maybe it’s all industrial and unattractive.

On The Big Bang Theory’s “Jiminy Conjecture” episode, a soon-to-be both unemployed and divorced professor was dreading his upcoming life, forced to move in with his daughter in Oxnard. He made it sound like a double whammy.

Northwest Runner said...

Gary I was also thinking that Sal would be a perfect clue for a tie-in with Oakland.

Northwest Runner said...

Spoiler alert: Regarding yesterday's comment about the Sunday Wapo puzzle.

To paraphrase the clues in question:
Clue #1: Acted sad
Clue #2: Yamaha product

Answers to both: MOPED

Foul or not? The entries appeared in completely separate sections for the puzzle if that makes any difference to your deliberations.

Jayce said...

Fun puzzle. Didn't get the theme until reading Argyle's explanation. I also like the word "thrum." My weakest point was the E crossing ICEICEBABY and EFFIE because ICEICEBABY just didn't look right.

Yes, for some reason OXNARD jus' don' get no respect. We've driven through it and around it, and it always struck us as a pretty unattractive (okay, actually ugly) area, as Dudley said. I won't repeat the ox testicle joke.

Good wishes to you all.

Jayce said...

Northwest Runner, I don't know if the WaPo has a rule against having the same answer twice in a puzzle, but I suspect twice having MOPED, however it is pronounced, would not be allowed in the LAT puzzle. Sure, it's cute that the two pronunciations of that sequence of 5 letters were exploited by the constructor, but I would say it is up to WaPo rules as to whether it is a foul or not.

TTP said...

Northwest Runner, I noticed the same, and more. It was intentional.

Take another long look at all of yesterday's WaPo answers. Then think about the title, "Deja Vu"

The puzzle took 30.53 to solve but I only scored 1425. Two typos and a dumb mistake.

The really tough part to solve was the meta that was hinted at by “Which song from a famous Broadway musical is hinted at by this puzzle’s theme?”

I spent more time getting the meta than I did on the puzzle, and then had to look the song up to find out the name of the famous musical.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Additional Thoughts

Thanks for what LST stands for, Argyle.

Also Oxnarrd on BBT with Lewis Black


Picard said...

I totally did not get the theme until you explained it, Argyle! I was trying to put RIGHT with the theme answers. Not obvious they wanted to put CENTER with the theme answers. Never heard of CENTER ICE or CENTER CUT so I was not impressed with the theme.

Seemed like a lot of gimmes for some of us in California, but a challenge to those of you elsewhere. I lived in ALAMEDA County two different times. We were in OXNARD recently for a Tall Ships event. It is about an hour from here. Some of OXNARD is scary with a lot of crime. But the waterfront area is very beautiful. Glad you had some good times there, too, Jinx.

Cross of unknowns ICE ICE BABY, JAKE and SYD seemed a bit hard for a Monday, but did WAG it correctly.

Here are two photos I took of ART GARFUNKEL when he performed here in 2015.

Sad that he and Paul Simon are not on very good terms these days. I would love to be able to see them perform together.

North and South Korea technically are still at war, with only a TRUCE keeping things mostly calm for over 60 years.

EARL GREY TEA is the beverage of choice for the "real" Captain Picard. CCR sounds like they are from the Bayou, but they really are from suburban El Cerrito, California. Just north of ALAMEDA County!

VirginiaSycamore said...

Sorry, typo on link.


AnonymousPVX said...

Nice Monday puzzle, went straight through, no issues.

Dudley said...

VS - That’s the episode! Notice how Oxnard takes one on the chin.

Picard - I didn’t know that! I thought for sure CCR was a Louisiana, or similar, group. Never googled them, apparently.

Abejo said...

Good afternoon, folks. Thank you, Robert E Lee Morris, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for a fine review.

OXNARD was nice. I worked there years ago in the GTE Central Office. Also worked near there at Port Hueneme.

Theme worked out. Caught it before I finished.

Had to remember how to spell LADLE. Tried LADEL first.

Liked CCR Looking Out My Back door. Favorite song from a while back.

EYE EXAM. I get one next month. I never miss now. I am dealing with Glaucoma.

See you tomorrow folks. Off to Calvary Commandery tonight.


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Argyle said...

Ah, the strange trip Google can take one on.

From the El Cerrito, California, site: "John Fogerty, and Tom Fogerty, musicians from the band Creedence Clearwater Revival, grew up in El Cerrito; Band reunited to play its last concert during El Cerrito High School reunion at Golden Gate Fields in Albany."

Albany, my state's capital but this is Albany, CA. Then from their Wiki site: "In 1909, voters changed the name of the city, primarily to distinguish the city from the adjacent section of Berkeley which had previously been named Ocean View. On a vote of 38 to 6, the city was renamed in honor of Albany, New York, the birthplace of the city's first mayor, Frank Roberts."

Michael said...

Amazing, that there should be so many link-ins to Oxnard here. My first parish is there, our first son was born at St. John's Hospital in Oxnard, etc., et cetera.

The reason the town gets a bad rap is two-fold: first, Ventura -- its neighbor -- is higher toned and has better PR and a Spanish mission [Oxnard doesn't]. Second, Oxnard used to be (and maybe still is) the local celery capital, which vegetable was fertilized with definitely odorous by-products.

Ol' Man Keith said...

No I didn't use a stage name - other than my own. Keith Fowler always had a "bright" ring to it, I thought, and most actors who change their names do so to improve them. I agree that Roy Rogers was a step up from Leonard Slye, as was Cary Grant from Archie Leach.
You can't always be sure you will get to use your own name when you turn pro by joining Actors Equity. The union lets you know when you apply for membership.
I wondered if I would be allowed to keep mine because I was aware of the writer who had my name before me. I never met the original Keith whose credit showed on the TV screen for many early shows. He wrote for the George Burns and Gracie Allen Show among several others. It turned out he had never acted, so I got to keep my name.
A little later on I met the famous Tony-winning writer Abe Burrows after a show that was co-directed by his son, Jim Burrows, a classmate of mine. Abe shook my hand, saying, "Funny, Keith, you've gotten so much younger since our co-writing days."

Misty, we've had to take one or more of our mutts to the emergency vet on occasion. We probably use the same service. They aren't the most convenient, but I am very grateful they exist!

Sorry to sign on so late today. I had to do a routine blood test this morning, and didn't get back till now. Today's pzl was a neat not-too-political start to our week from Robert E. Lee Morris. (Any relation to the quondam general? An homage, perhaps? The use of two middle names is otherwise somewhat odd.
Not criticizing, just curious.)

Diagonal Report: Just the one center diagonal NW to SE.

Oas said...

Canadian Eh?
I ran across an article that might qualify as a Paraprosdokian .
Three friends married women from different parts of the world...
The first man married a Greek girl. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning.
It took a couple of days, but on the third day , he came home to see a clean house, And the dishes washed and put away.

The second man married a Thai girl. He gave her orders to do all the cleaning, dishes and cooking.
The first day he saw no results, but by the next day it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a woman from Canada. He ordered her to keep the house clean , dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry done, and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn’t see anything, the second day he didn’t see anything either but by the third day , some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwitch and load the dishwasher. He still has some difficulty when he pees.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I remember OXNARD as the town I would drive to in order to take a boat out to the Channel Islands for the most wonderful Scuba diving!

I always thought it a regrettable name - OXNARD. I can't quite put my finger on it, why it sounds so unpleasant. I have absolutely nothing against the place, as I hardly know it, but there is something disappointing in its nasality.

Could it be the letdown when you expect to hear Oxford?
Or the sound-alikeness with "Sneer" and "Nerd"? And of course the echo of that famous dummy, Mortimer Snerd?

I'm just not sure.

Lemonade714 said...

CED, I am not sure if you have seen this LINK , but it has your paw prints all over it.

Lucina said...

Apparently there is no rule about repeating fill. Today a puzzle I worked on a puzzle that had BOBBLEHEAD crossing SWELLHEAD and each time HEAD was separate. Of course, it wasn't edited by Rich Norris.

I forgot that Abejo had a CSO at Earl Grey TEA, his favorite.

I hope all goes well with you today. It is truly frustrating when so much goes awry and I hope Dusty is feeling well.

CanadianEh! said...

Thanks OMK. Always interesting to hear your "stage" stories.

Oas - LOL! Watch out for those Canadian women.

CanadianEh! said...

Misty - I echo Lucina's wishes for you . . and Dusty.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks RELM for a Monday w/ some crunch. CAFTAN I've seen before, ROUE not so much; ditto for THRUM, LOMA, and OXNARD.

Wonderful choice of expo music Argyle. HG & CED - yous too for the after-party.

WO: put CORE in ETcY->ETSY's place.
Fav: KEANU as clue'd. Fun movie w/ George Carlin too.

{A,A-}. (FLN: A-, B-}

Sorry to hear about Dusty Misty.
Funny, YR, Perp chasers :-)
Thanks VS for the BBT link. I love Louis Black's stand-up.

C, Eh! - I too had to lookup D4's 'paraprosdokain'; LOL OAS!

Well, the only song we've not linked today is ICE ICE BABY...
Let's keep it that way :-)

Cheers, -T

Picard said...

Lucina: Sorry I missed your earlier post. What were you thinking I have photos of? Oakland? Sorry for my confusion!

Dudley: Glad to know I offered a learning moment about CCR!

Argyle: Albany (CA) is where I lived on my second stay in ALAMEDA County. I was working in a factory in Richmond (CA). The owner's son graduated from El Cerrito High School. He was very proud that CCR had also gone to El Cerrito High School.

The CCR people were in the military reserves at the end of the US War in Vietnam. They were not able to leave California during that time. It is amazing to think how powerful their music was, yet they really had never been anywhere at all.

Picard said...

PS: I forgot to note that ICE ICE BABY also crossed the unknown EFFIE.

I just listened to ICE ICE BABY. Never heard it before and hand up with AnonT you are missing nothing. But... I instantly recognized that they had stolen a memorable bit of the Queen/David Bowie song "Under Pressure" that you probably do know.

Here it is listed first in a list of ten landmark music copyright cases.

Good to know they had to pay for stealing from the real musicians Queen and David Bowie!

Anonymous T said...

Picard - I knew about that Vanilla Ice & Bowie/Queen lawsuit but forgot about it until just now. Thanks.

Oh, and want to see something totally awesome that never happened? Mercury and Bowie Under Pressure together. //what's funny is the "I was at that concert" comments under the video.

The mashup is known as the Rah Mix. [scroll ~1/2 way down].

Cheers, -T

D4E4H said...

My mind played a trick on my eyes at 9D "Rabbit ears" on an RCA cabinet, back in the day: TV ANTENNA
I thought it read "Tin foil on the 'Rabbit ears.' "

CanadianEh! 955A
It's your turn in the barrel.

Just as I needed Argyle to explain right of center, I need you to explain left of center. What do CAFTAN center, NAKED center, COSMOS center and 66A center mean?

"Making love in a canoe" reminds me of Candy Jones. Jim, Linda, Candy and I went to a lake for the afternoon. Jim brought his canoe. Candy and I were on it when a rain storm came up. I pulled it up on an island, and inverted it. She and I were sheltered as we snuggled under our small roof. Jim and Linda could not see us, and spent their time searching from the bank. After the rain ended we canoed back to the scared wet couple. Worse than that, Candy was allergic to poison ivy. She even had it in her mouth.

I found the "para" word on the profile of Loren Muse Smith. She and I have been having e-mail fun with it.

My profile has contact info, hint, hint!


Wilbur Charles said...

I liked seeing Boston on the top of the signs. The Brahmins called Boston "The hub of the universe"


Bill G said...


Rain is reported to be on the way. I'll believe it when I hear it on the skylights...

Wilbur Charles said...

And Albany was named after....?


Argyle said...

Duke of Albany.

Wilbur Charles said...

I had a Disbursement office near DaNang and an old tape fed stereo. Which played CCR constantly.

Lucina said...

Bill G:
Ditto about the rain. The forecast calls for rain on the west coast then moving east to AZ. I'll believe it when I hear it.

I thought surely you would have photos of one of those California places in the puzzle.

CanadianEh! said...

Dave @9:14pm
You are reading too much into my comment. Wow, if I could think up another crossword theme and become a constructor. . . ,
No, I saw a connection with those answers that I described as left of centre, thinking of social, moral views or perhaps "Playboy" philosophy.

We will have to make you and Candy honorary Canadians after your "canoe" story!

Wilbur Charles said...

Argyle, I'd have said the original name of Scotland. Ok. LIU

But before I comment . Ok I had SHOOTER UP and THRUR . Mondays keep biting me

Anybody see the FB - Powerball scam with 100Gs to someone selected at random? Here's the ketch: you get a FB Messenger message from someone you know saying he just got the cash ànd my name and picture was posted as a winner*.

Ok. Got me for a few minutes. Then I asked an expert: My son Phil . He must love me, he did not ROTFL.

Misty, I hope Dusty is better . Cataract surgery is not difficult but shop around before spending on the expensive drops .

I haven't finished Sunday, thanks for the spoiler alert. Bad enough that Sirius MLB told me JT won the Honda . And I religiously stayed off Golf. It's running on tape as I post .


* The clue: My picture isn't on FB

PS . I had the money spent 😞

D4E4H said...

Bill G 1050a
Wrote "When you are sick and getting close to vomiting, do you say that you are Nauseous or Nauseated?" Neither, I ask "Where's the men's room?"

Dudley 1247P
"His daughter in Oxnard" was not at the beach. She was at the Giant onion field in Oxnard California.


Argyle said...

" Wilbur Charles said...
Argyle, I'd have said the original name of Scotland. Ok. LIU"

I did. So it maybe the original name for Pictland.

It remains Albany, NY, was named for the Duke of Albany but I take it that wasn't your question?

Wilbur Charles said...

Re. Albany . It like the ancient name or Scotland but the city was indeed nme for the Duke .

And of course the tape ended when they began extra holes.


PS. When I perped in Oxnard it sounded familiar . Thx for TBBT answer

Anonymous T said...

Argyle - some things cannot be explained... Like this and my 1st thought @9d. [TMBG 3m] //Where are you tawnya? :-). -T

Picard said...

Lucina: Thanks for explaining your request! Yes, I have many photos in OXNARD and in OAKLAND and in other parts of ALAMEDA County.

For now I will just share these photos at OXNARD Harbor two weeks ago during a Tall Ships event!

Thanks for asking!