Feb 5, 2018

Monday, February 5, 2018 ~ Jeff Eddings

Theme: Big Game - not really about the game, just words that start with a B and G.

17A. Nonconformist Harley-riding groups: BIKER GANGS

25A. Rose and Orange: BOWL GAMES

38A. Places where critters procreate: BREEDING GROUNDS

46A. Honey Ryder and Mary Goodnight: BOND GIRLS

59A. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb ... and a hint to 17-, 25-, 38- and 46-Across: THE BEE GEES

Argyle here. A debut from this constructor but there may be more in the near future.


1. Closest pal, in IM shorthand: BFF. (Best Friend Forever)

4. Fish-eating raptor: OSPREY

10. Wretched: VILE

14. Period of history: ERA

15. Put a new flannel layer in, as a coat: RELINE

16. Fruit punches: ADEs

19. Picky details: NITS

20. Chief Norse god: ODIN

21. "Hulk" director Lee: ANG

22. Photoshop creator: ADOBE

23. Longtime "SNL" announcer Don: PARDO

28. Hoppy brews, for short: IPAs. (India pale ale)

30. Dog command: HEEL

31. Shake, as with fear: QUAVER

34. Demeanor: MIEN

35. "__ on a Grecian Urn": ODE

41. Camera initials: SLR. (single-lens reflex)

42. 35-Across, e.g.: POEM

43. Gulf War reporter Peter: ARNETT

44. Cancún house: CASA

45. Quick cash sources, initially: ATMs. (automated teller machine)

50. "Fantastic!": "SUPER!"

54. Like beer in a cooler: ON ICE

55. Unit of resistance: OHM

57. Lost fish in a Pixar film: NEMO

58. Letter before eta: ZETA

62. Rowing tools: OARS

63. Pine secretions: RESINS

64. Antonym of post-: PRE

65. Gin fizz fruit: SLOE

66. Remove, as a chin strap: UNSNAP

67. The "S" in iOS: Abbr.: SYS. (Internet (i) and operating system)


1. Jazz style: BEBOP

2. Mexican artist Kahlo: FRIDA. Self-taught painter (1907-1954) Wiki

3. Fire-walking mystic: FAKIR

4. Bruin legend Bobby: ORR

5. Nintendo rival: SEGA

6. Backup strategies: PLAN B's

7. Drummer Starr: RINGO

8. London's land: Abbr.: ENG. (England)

9. "Okay": "YES"

10. Graffiti creator, perhaps: VANDAL

11. Figure of speech: IDIOM

12. Do not disturb: LET BE

13. Letters before tees: ESSES

18. Curly salad green: ENDIVE

22. Child psychologists' benchmarks: AGE NORMS

24. Where to find columns with views: OP-ED PAGE

26. Millard Fillmore, partywise: WHIG

27. Ogle: LEER AT

29. Melodic passages: ARIOSI. Italian

31. NFL play callers: QBs. (quarterback)

32. Internet address: URL. (Uniform Resource Locator)

33. __ Lingus: Irish carrier: AER

34. Roaring-lion studio: MGM. (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

35. Washington's bill: ONE

36. Banned pesticide: DDT. (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)

37. Winter hrs. in most of Michigan: EST. (Eastern Standard Time)

39. Not far: NEAR

40. Like heroes deserving more recognition: UNSUNG

44. Jewel box: CD CASE

45. Hearth receptacle: ASH BIN

46. Obnoxious clowns: BOZOS

47. Basketball's Shaq: O'NEAL

48. Part of TNT: NITRO

49. Rich soil: LOESS

51. Pals, in slang: PEEPS

52. Nail-filing board: EMERY

53. Kentucky Derby flowers: ROSES

56. "American Beauty" actress Suvari: MENA

59. __TV: Turner channel: TRU

60. Farm layer: HEN

61. Telepathy, e.g.: ESP. (Extrasensory perception)



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Jeff and Santa!

Nice, easy Monday! Nothing unknown.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

D4E4H said...

Spoiler alert, FLN !

2-5 409A EST, I'm backing thru the 2-4 Corner from Blogger to Home when I see a post from YR 110P " I especially liked that the answers were real people." Now I have to review more. Oh boy ! Thank you YR for pointing that out so I LIU.

I just rereviewed the comments. YR When you said the answers were real people, did you expect us to recognize them.

Ophelia Payne is the main protagonist of Amateur Surgeon 3: Tag Team Traum

Eaton Wright is the longtime mystery critic for The State (Columbia, SC)

Rick Kleiner is a shareholder of PICOR

Then the name well went dry. I wasn't so lucky with ALONSO GREENE, ADELINE MOORE, MERL O'DALEY, LES OFFENBACH, or LAURA BIDEN. I found no "notable" listings for these names.


OwenKL said...

Today's theme wasn't just BG, it was BGS -- they all ended with plural S!

"Mi CASA es su casa" is what we say
In the ADOBE casas of Santa Fe!
That IDIOM, id EST,
Means we'll do our best
To make you feel welcome when you come our way!

A POEM is beauty, music and more so!
The rhythm melodic, a sweet ARIOSO!
The QUAVER may be odd
In a paean to a god,
But an ODIN ODE can transform a BOZO!

Our Crossword Corner is a BREEDING GROUND
Where future fabricators can be found!
An itch, like a flea
That ONE cannot LET BE,
Till they essay a grid, and pass out face down!

" a fish needs a bicycle" is what they say.
Would VILE trout BIKER GANGS be leading the fray?
They would laugh at dangers,
Have tats of "Hell's Anglers",
And feel raptor when they say, "let OSPREY!"

{B, B-, B+, A-.}

D4E4H said...

Good Morning Cornerites,

Thank you Mr. Jeff Eddings for this Easiest Peasiest Monday CW ever. Letters flowed thru my fingers to the screen, and I FIR in 19:25, but who's counting? Thanks Argyle for such a fine review. Remember Bs before Gs except over seas.

31A Shake, as with fear: QUAVER, means tremble or trill. Her voice quavered during the speech.

Quiver, means to shake or move with a slight trembling motion. Her lips quivered when she heard the bad news.

Now all we need are quever, quover, quuver, and sometimes quyver, and we will be completely confused.

43A Gulf War reporter Peter: ARNETT I had one letter left to complete this word with AR_ETT. All I could see was our friend "Arret." Stop !

44A Cancún house: CASA, and a humble one at that. The palm tree seems to be growing out of the pool.


desper-otto said...

Good morning!

The snow had a bit of crust on it this morning. I read 1a as "Closet Pal." WHA? CD CASE showed up for an encore. Initially, Millard was a WHIT...then I remembered. PLAN Bs seems contrived. And ASH BIN sounds British to my redneck ears. You? Thanx, Jeff and Argyle.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, but had to erase ASHBox. Jeff left out the Bond Girl from my favorite 007 movie, Goldfinger. Pussy Galore (and her flying circus) really had cachet. OK PEEPS, we are going to get "jewel box" and similar clues until we can all fill it correctly. I felt Tin QUAVER when "ON ICE" described the beer.

I don't know the Greek alphabet. My sisters both joined sororities in college, but for some reason it just didn't interest me. Also hadn't heard AGE NORMS, LOESS or MENA (but I'll never forget her um, face).

On Saturday I received a jury summons for federal court starting tomorrow. Now I have to write a "the dog ate my homework" email explaining that I'm almost 1,000 miles away from the courthouse.

Oas said...

Thanx Jeff and Argyle . FIW but enjoyed it any how. LOESS and MENA were new to me and looked wrong but needed to stay stay in. Wanted an I to start Irish carrier so Quiver stayed in to the end . Daughter visited Ireland this past yr might have known the carrier. CD CASE was in a puzzle a few days ago so it was still fresh in my mind. Didn't get the theme , not sharp enough with a slight headache goin on. Liked some FBall clue . Tho I Like Tom Brady and his accomplishments I was rooting for Philly . Very exciting game . Some of my family had friends and family at the game . They were Viking fans so not sure whom they cheered for. Stay warm -- the ground hog went back to hibernation - don't blame him.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Thanks, Jeff, for an easy Monday sweep. No NITS for me. Congratulations on your debut!

Thanks, for the summary, Argyle. That Cancun CASA is looking mighty fine!

Also no NITS with SB LII, an old Black and Blue team escapes the "never won" list. Great game. SB's are usually a letdown after the playoffs. I thought Tom Brady would UNSNAP his helmet with a win because, I suspect, as Al Michaels said, "I've seen this movie before."

Have a very good day. Stay cozy!

Jinx in Norfolk said...

I'm sure Tom is feeling a little deflated today.

Oas said...

OKL ---- I've been thru Santa Fe a few yrs ago , hope to stop over for a few days sometime especially to see the Miracle Staircase . Son in law and daughter # 2 say it's quite something . Tho semi retired now stair building was one of my favorite carpentry pastimes and I still get asked to build some now and then.

Yellowrocks said...

Thanks, Jeff and Argyle,
I saw the B and G in each theme fill early on and thought of THE BEE GEES.
I agree with Dave 2 that QUAVER mostly refers to voice, sound or music. In fact I could not find any other kind of reference. We are more likely to QUIVER with fear.
I remember MENA because I know someone by that unusual name.
AGE NORMS reminds me of how careful we had to be when saying a student's behavior was immature. The comeback was always, "Of, course she's immature she'e only ten years old." We meant her behavior doesn't meet the age norms.
I think VANDAL is a good epithet for a graffiti creator or tagger. Taggers say they have a right to express themselves, but the building owner has a greater right to express himself through his own pristine building.
I waited for ash CAN, PIT or BIN.
PLAN B is very familiar to me. I usually have a PLAN B ready or I immediately come up with one when things go awry. Never say die. With Alan I often need to come up with PLANS C, D and E.
I wrote ARIOS- and waited for the final vowel. After perping the I, I realized that, of course, it's a plural.
I remember LOESS from teaching science. We teachers retain more of our lessons than the students do.
Alan is proudly wearing his Eagles hat today.
There was a slight crust of ice on our sidewalk and driveway early this AM. Even though it is very cold, a dose of salt and bright sunlight soon melted it.
Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy. Have a good day.

Oas said...

Jinx --- I really like one liners with double meanings :-()

Oas said...

Yellowrocks I imiss John Denver

Jinx in Norfolk said...

In "Subterranean Homesick Blues" Bob Dylan wrote:
"Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't want to be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles"

I think OKL could have ghost-written this classic.

TTP said...

Good morning all. Thank you Jeff Eddings and thank you Argyle.

Congratulations to Jeff on his debut.

Late to the party after the late party.

No headache and no issues. Read the Wiki overview on FRIDA as that was the only answer that was unknown; perps were needed there. Perhaps I will remember the name in the future.

Brrr. It's cold here, and snow is the way.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

I had one problem area because I (again) confused Mira Sorvino with Mena Suvari. Also, I stubbornly held onto Loamy much too long before Loess nudged its way in and then all was well. The only other faux pas was Shiver>Quiver>Quaver. Noticed Ang/Eng and Unsung/Unsnap. Saw the B G pattern early but didn't really guess that the reveal would be The Bee Gees. Overall, a pleasant start to the week.

Thanks, Jeff, for a fun solve and congrats on your debut and thanks, Argyle, for your Monday morning quarterbacking!

YR, I got a kick out of your Plan C, D, and E comment.

My driveway looks like a skating rink. I hope the sun melts it before I have to put the trash out.

Have a great day.

Northwest Runner said...

A very nice puzzle. A little tough for a Monday, so I hope it doesn't scare off novice solvers. I won't spoil it for those who have yet to work on the NYT puzzle, but these two have something in common today.

Husker Gary said...

-After the second B*G* the theme stuck out like an honest politician
-Very early BEEGEES, (2:00) way before disco with a Beatles song
-First time I heard of a musical QUAVER (:03) was in Close Encounters
-My best SLR shots were when I kept both eyes open
-Do you say POEM with one or two syllables?
-Putting in a card, punching a few buttons and getting cash still amazes me
-Nothing to UNSNAP here
-This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this ENGLAND – Richard II
-Speaking of pronunciation - 3rd one is common here where much of it is found

CanadianEh! said...

This was a Better Grade CW. No NITS today. Thanks for the fun, Jeff (congrats on your debut) and Argyle.

I nearly had a Natick at the cross of PARDO and FRIDA but I WAGGED the A.
Fortunately TRU filled in with perps. I learned TCM here and have now added TRU to my memory bank of American TV channels.

I had to wait for PAGE after filling in the usual OPED.
ORR today not ESA (and I didn't have to "Get it" from DH - LOL Dave FLN).
Jewel box did not trick me today either.

IDIOM today, ODIUM the other day.
I smiled at RINGO beside ENG.
Is ON ICE okay for TIN as long as the ice is not IN?

If you LEER AT, you will be considered VILE.

I resisted QUAVER but was certain of AER. says that QUAVER refers to "the shaking of one's voice" while Quiver refers to "the shaking of an object of person".

BOWL GAMES today after the Super Bowl last night. Exciting game right to the last second (and I am not even a football fan!).

Enjoy the day.

Lucina said...

Thank you, Jeff Eddings! This was a quick sashay.

I did, however, have some erasures at SEGA, BIN and ORIOSI with the same errors others had.

I haven't watched many BOND movies though have heard the GIRLS' names but did see American Beauty and recall MENA Suvari. It was a strange movie.

Today my newspaper printed a strange version of the CW puzzle. The clues were there, but in the grid was the complete solution for Saturday's puzzle with the same answers in the insert. Someone was asleep on the job! Luckily Mensa has a printable version available.

Thank you, Argyle, for your guidance. I didn't even look for the theme, so I appreciate that and I love the BEEGEES. I didn't realize that Barry is the oldest and yet the only one surviving.

Have a fabulous day, everyone!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Puzzle had more of a Wednesday "feel". Wanted 'shiver', then 'quiver', but then AER Lingus was firm so QUAVER it was! Most LOESSes are interpreted to be aeolian, with the source material (in N America) coming from the barren glacier margins during the Pleistocene.

Canadian Eh! - It was was very thoughtful of Canada to include the US in its anthem. IMO we can't get anthemized enough. "-)

Picard said...

Agree this seemed a bit crunchy for a Monday, but no problems getting the theme and solving it all!

So, is it true that the names in yesterday's puzzle were supposed to be real names? If so, they must be quite obscure as Mr Google did not find them.

Here is my photo of an OSPREY nest with two OSPREYs on the nest.

This was in northern Australia.

Here again is my video clip of an OSPREY aircraft in its death-defying takeoff at the Camarillo Air Show.

Good to see BOND GIRLS after seeing JANE SEYMOUR recently.


Appropriately a BONDage scene in Live and Let Die.

From yesterday:
Lucina, AnonT and CanadianEh: Thanks for the kind words about my GENEVA and other photos. Not sure my photos are comprehensive enough to publish a travel guide, but thanks for the encouragement! At CERN the Large Hadron Collider was running, so no humans were allowed inside. But I do have other photos at the facility.

SwampCat said...

Thanks, Jeff, for a good debut puzzle. I found it a bit crunchier than others here, but I won in the end. LOESS, I didn't remember but it was filled in before I got to it.

I got the theme early on and that helped. I struggled with "Wretched " because I thought of someone feeling wretched as in ill, not being wretched as in VILE.

Learning moment was that Fillmore was a WHIG. Who knew?

Owen, all A's for the chuckle worthiness.

Jinx @8:11, LOL!

Yellowrocks said...

Gary, I have never heard LOESS pronounced. I have only read about it. I say LES to myself. Spitz, how do you pronounce it?
I say poem with two syllables, but give the schwa in the second syllable very short shrift.
Thanks for the Bee Gees tune, Gary. It brought back happy college days and being in love.
Canadian Eh! I see you join Dave 2 and me regarding quaver. I am surprised this got past the editor.
Quaver- The music students at Susquehanna U. used to love to say, hemidemisemiquaver, just for the heck of it.
"In music a note having the time value of one sixty-fourth of a semibreve. Usual US and Canadian name: sixty-fourth note."

Montana said...

I got the BG theme right away, but this was one of the hardest puzzles I've done in a long time. It was a complete fail for me. Red letter help was necessary everywhere.

See you tomorrow. I'm snowed in,


Spitzboov said...

YR re LOESS - Merriam's pronounces it 'less'; I say lös the oe sounding like the oi in oil pronounced by Baltimore people. Like the Norwegian ø. The word's origin is German.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

Lots going on here in Moe-ville; but I had a few Moe-ments to stop by, say hi, and post a few comments.

Did all previous days' puzzles; most were correct, some needed cheats

Re: today's ---> SHIVER > QUAVER; ASH TIN > ASH BIN ( but to my defense, I always try to solve Monday puzzle without looking at the "reveal clue". But BG had to be on there for sure

SO of sorts to Tinbeni (ON ICE) - guessing only beer and wine is chilled at his CASA

My Moe-ku mind has taken over my limerick mind. Here are a few from past (and current) puzzles, with puzzle words in caps:

The baseball player
Reconfigured computer
To allow POP-UPs

Winfrey likes Marx Bro's.
And when she's told to DRINK UP,

Eve gave him a Mac.
"What is this thing called?" he asked.
"The 'ADAM'S Apple'?"

The Star Wars couple
Just bought a Chinese FRY pan
On-line. An "e-Wok"

Wouldn't you agree
To calling Boston PADDLEs
As: Bobby ORR's OARS?

Have a great week ....

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. Thanks for the fun, Jeff and Argyle. It was fun to see the theme of this puzzle also built around my initials. Woohoo!

Gary, I pronounce POEM with two syllables. Similarly, there's a local news reporter here named Amy Powell. I would say Amy Pow-ell. They pronounce it more like Amy Pow. The second syllable seems to get swallowed up.

Misty said...

Fun puzzle this morning, Jeff--a great way to start the week. And congratulations on the debut. Always good to see you too on a Monday morning, Argyle. By the time I got to BREEDING GROUND, I had figured out the BG theme, which helped with the rest. And although I'm not actually familiar with THE BEEGEES, I got the reveal with no problem. Lots of pleasure solving.

Loved your first poem, Owen, and yours too, Chairman Moe. Fun comments, Husker Gary.

Sorry for the snow on the ground for so many--we have another sunny morning here in California.

Have a great week, everybody!

CrossEyedDave said...

My only slowdowns were
Loess not loams...
and tru not TMC.

FLN D4E4H, I once had a cat with thumbs!
but I was sure Anonymous-T would link the Craven cat commercial...
Here is a recap...

Equal time for Irish Miss...

And I do believe thaat the teeth may be the reason for some of those misheard BeeGees lyrics...

note, i did not watch any of these vids in their entirety,
(So you don't have to either...)

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Fast & Fun, thanks, Jeff! Thanks, Argyle!


Husker: your BEE GEES clip was BD (before dentistry). What is amazing about the early BEE GEES is that they sang much lower than after they went thru puberty and then used higher voices for most of their greatest hits. Misty: how could you not know this trio. For a few years, they were on the air and in movies all the time. Their music in two movies "Saturday Night Fever" & "Stayin' Alive" launched John Travolta big time.

OAS: I've seen the Miracle Staircase and it is thought provoking.

Snow on the ground and sub-freezing temperatures. But I've had internet for two days & nights. Unbelievable.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. A nice puzzle today. Agree about QUAVER. Hardest part and last to fill was the LOESS, TRU area.
I pronounce POEM with 2 syllables and LOESS as "less."
So, plan B's or plans B?
Eagles played excellent football yesterday.
Best wishes to you all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I like Monday pzls getting tougher. Thanks, Jeff Eddings, for a decent workout. This Ta- DA! is for you!

My wife was unhappy that I held onto PEE GEES for the longest time. I thought the relevant perp was ASH PAN, so naturally those singing lads had to be the PEE GEES. Something in me, deep down, suggested I check with her, so I must credit her with that fix. Still, our household merits the Ta- DA! - on the same principle that allows us to claim credit when we shout out our joint Jeopardy answers.

Misty is very kind about not rubbing it it, folks, but our SoCal weather just happens to be deliriously gorgeous - probably outclassing anything else this great land has to offer. We were in our 80s for Super Bowl Sunday and are now heading for the 70s on this bright sunshiny day.
I would really hate me for lording it over you - if I had never left the California cocoon. But I have had my share of zero temps and white-outs and have earned the right to make comparisons.
I suppose the coldest years for me were those I spent in NW Massachusetts, bordering on NY state and on Bennington VT.

When we first moved there we were warned that there were only two things one could do for recreation in snow season.


Sadly, I never learned to ski. I regret it now, but at the time, the appeal of alcohol by the fireside was impossible to overcome.
Ah, well... At least that is a combination I don't have to abandon because of age.

Diagonal Report: A neat mirror 3-way swath, from NE to SW. No hidden message - unless the repeated word AGE (on the vertical plane) is meant as something. Is Mr. Eddings trying to say something to me?


Tinbeni said...

Chairman Moe: Beer "ON-ICE" is OK by me ... LOL

Needed ESP (Every-Single-Perp) to get FRIDA, ARIOSI and the actress MENA. Unknowns I forgot by noon.

Cheers to the Eagles and their fans.

Lucina said...

PLANSB gets my vote. I wasn't going to say anything but since you mentioned it, I'll agree and it likely sounds better when multiples are involved, PLANS A, B, C and D as YR used in her post.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Sure, if there is more than one PLAN B.
But after you say PLANS A, B, and C, and then focus in on only one, it becomes PLAN A or PLAN B, or PLAN C, etc etc.

(And anyway, if there were multiple PLANS B, I would probably refer to them as the B PLANS.)

Jayce said...

Ol' Man Keith, good point.

Irish Miss said...

CED @ 12:22 ~ Thanks for the "reigning" Cats 🐈 and Dogs 🐩 links!

Yellowrocks said...

Loess sorta reminds me of Was ist los? German for What's up.
Spitz, I know the German pronunciation of loess, but realize so many foreign words are changed in English. Our tongues, mine too, can't get around that vowel. My dictionaries say, loh-es, les, luhs. The first one is almost Lois.

For me Plan A is the original plan and Plan B is the back up plan. There is a maxim, always have a Plan B. After I have to move on to Plan B, only then do I think of Plan C, just in case. I never think of A,B, C,D, at the onset, just one step ahead at a time. Plan B is frequently used, usually no C, D etc.
I have no multiple Plan Bs, just successor plans as each one fails. Oy veh (Woe is me)

Plan B today,
My washer left the clothing sopping wet after the final spin.
Plan B, take the wet clothes to the Laundromat. Activate the service contract. I have thought of no Plan C, except cross my fingers.

Plan A, pick Alan up from work.
My car's transition acted up on the way home.
Plan B, drop the car off at the nearby dealership and get a loaner car.
My car preformed more and more poorly and finally stopped completely on the turn around ramp, just before the dealership.
Plan C call the police to direct traffic and call AAA for towing to dealership.
Multiple glitches with AAA and long wait. Police and other drivers are getting anxious.
Plan D have the police call a tow truck, pay and submit the bill to AAA later.

I got a loaner and will probably will have a huge repair bill.I still feel upset and shaky. I called my square dance co-president and begged off attending tonight. I was made to feel guilty.
Plan E, I'll have a couple of glasses of Merlot. Oy veh, indeed.

Yellowrocks said...

Plan F, learn how to spell perform. LOL

desper-otto said...

YR, ya gotta love autocorrect: transition and preformed.

D4E4H said...

OwenKL 516a
I know Sue Casa, a lovely woman. She says first poem is an "A."

Jinx in Norfolk 742a
Is the first to CSO to the Tin Man today. Vive le Tinbeni !

Your jury summons reminds me of my multiple tours of civic duty. The last trial was years ago, and the graphic pictures haunt me still. We found two young men guilty of murder and sentenced them to life sans parole. I will decline any future summons. I am not able to walk the distances required to serve.

Oas 817a
No need to wait for theAmazing St. Joseph Staircase.


Avg Joe said...

Autocorrect, just like Karma, is a batch. (sic)

I practically roared at the "transition" comment, YR. Haven't linked a tune in well over a year, so had to review the instructions, but just had to add this: David Bowie

And living less than 70 miles from what I hear tell is the second large loess formation in the world, I've always pronounced it "Less". But there is little agreement. Cest 'la vie.

Michael said...

OMK: when my wife and I went to New York for school, as Californians we had never known water to freeze outside of a refrigerator. One Saturday in middle fall we got the car washed, and a few hours later we went out to go somewhere. I put the key in the lock ... but it wouldn't go in! The car wash's water had frozen in place!

In that one moment, we knew we "weren't in Kansas anymore", and we discovered why New Yorkers' cars stayed so dirty all winter. Talk about culture shock -- never dreamed it could be aqueous.

CED -- I don't know where you find your vignettes and cakes, but keep 'em coming!

AnonymousPVX said...

Had QUIVER before QUAVER, and that’s about it, a nice easy Monday puzzle.

OAS said...

Dave @ 4:15 thanx for the link. Makes me even more decided to put it on my bucket list.

Misty said...

Oh dear, Yellowrocks--what a difficult day you've had. So sorry to hear that--my heart goes out to you. Take good care of yourself, and by all means, enjoy a few glasses of Merlot to calm you down. Hope you can get some sleep tonight.

Misty said...

Enjoyed your comments, Ol'Man Keith, and after times in freezing weather, it's okay for you to enjoy a little sunshine here in the Southland.

SwampCat said...

Ol man Keith and YR... I cringed at PLAN Bs. Surely Plans B or just The Alternate Plans would be better. It did hit me that the fill was PLAN BS! Maybe after A it is all BS.

HG, I pronounce POEM as two syllables but what do I know.

OAS said...

Anon T FLN @3:13 Chuckled at your advice to Anon @2:33, been a long time since I heard that one. (:

Yellowrocks said...

I am flabbergasted at the resistance to Plan B. It is such a tremendously common idiom. There are countless references. LIU. I don't concede, but I give up.

Anonymous T said...

Move over Oas and hand me an OAR... We're in the same FIW-boat with QUiVER.

Hi All!

Thanks Jeff for a Monday w/ some Crunch. It took me a bit to get to inking.

Thanks Argyle for the fine expo. I kinda wish I'd stopped there because I missed the fact that I missed 38dx31a until Oas said it; sadness ensued [but at least I'm in good company. TIN, toss us some IPAS you have ON ICE as we row by, please.]

The only Frat I was in was the Army... but, thinking about it, it's rather amazing how much Greek one picks-up studying OHMs and other EE stuff.

WO: YES, I had YEp @9d
Fav: I really liked seeing Don PARDO [Wiki] in the grid.

{A,B-,A :-), A} {meh, cute, cute, ha!, groan :-)}

HG - 2
YR - Oy! Yes, enjoy that Merlot!

OMK, Lucina - I didn't notice but now that you mention it... There should only be one PLAN B otherwise you're just throwing s*** at the wall and seeing what sticks. YR's Plans A-F today isn't so much planning but, as we said in the Army, "Adjust, Adapt, and Overcome"-ing [have another glass YR :-)]

@8:11 Jinx - LOL; I stole your quip and dropped it during pre-staff-meeting chatter. One of my co-workers, who's son plays for Detroit, laughed her butt off. Thanks.

Good to see you Ave Joe.

Cheers, -T

Abejo said...

Good evening, folks. Thank you, Jeff Eddings, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for fine review.

Got through the puzzle just fine, however, it was a little tougher than most Mondays. That's OK with me. I would not say the same thing about Saturdays though.

Caught the theme and it jived with the long answers I already had. I lucked out.

Some crunchy ones for me: PARDO, QUAVER, ARNETT, FRIDA, ENDIVE, ARIOSI, PEEPS. However, with perps and wags I got them.

I don't really care for beer ON ICE. I like it at just a hair below room temperature. I keep mine in the basement on the floor and that works just fine. When it is too cold you cannot hardly taste the flavor. My two cents.

So, as I was Guarding the School Crossing this morning, at -7 degrees, I thought of my sister in Florida, and another sister in Georgia. I wished them well.

It is snowing now in NE Illinois and we will see what tomorrow brings.

Just finished Sunday's puzzle this afternoon. I will go to that page and comment.

See you tomorrow.


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Argyle said...

Ol'Man Keith, Williamstown?

OwenKL said...

YR: I don't think anyone has a problem with PLAN B. But some attorneys general would object to PLAN B'S. Now, PLAN B.S. they might go along with.

To pave the road would be a pain,
The silt would wash with every rain!
Even Superman
Agreed with the PLAN,
So they just left the dirt road as a LOESS lane!

There once was an announcer, PARDO,
Whose voice made the whole show go!
Until the night
He tried to write
All his lines as a witty PO-
2 syllables.

Ol' Man Keith said...

I taught for four years at Williams & served as assistant director of the Williamstown Theater Festival. This was back in the mid-'60s.
Do you know Williamstown?

SwampCat said...

YR, I'm not sure anyone objects to Plan B. Most of us have a Plan B. It's the plural that's hard to digest. If Plan B fails, surely we move on to Plan C. Do we really need more than one Plan B? Interesting nuance...

Yellowrocks said...

SwanpCat, you and I could conceivably come up with different strategies or Plan Bs. maybe we could strategize together and come up with one terrific plan.

Bill G said...

YR, sorry for your travails. I hope things start improving.

I liked jury duty the one time I served. I ended up being selected foreman and felt very good about helping a stuck jury reach a consensus. Subsequently I've begged off due to age and health issues. They don't ask me any more.

Anonymous T said...

Aww - I just heard on BBC's World Service that 'Frazier's dad,' John Mahoney passed. Ever cross his path OMK?

Not to start a war with YR says...
I see (the awful series of events) that happened as things you didn't "plan" when sketching out the day... It's not like you thought "and. if the transmission goes out, I'll call the cops and then AAA but then take a police-recommended tow and bill it back to AAA" before picking up Alan. That you were flexible and faced the tribulations as they were thrown at you... That's how 1/3 folks deal with it. -- 2/3rds? "OMG, I don't know what to do now? It wasn't in my Plan. Help me!" [citation: my youngest sister]).
I might be generous @1/3 :-)

I do know folks that have a Plan A but no, "OK, if that critical path goes 'boom' then what?"
Of course, there's always the 7Ps - Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. You had AAA in the event that anything car-wise goes south. That's holistic-planning. //and why I too have the AAA (the family package w/ Eldest @OU [and me w/ an Alfa :-)])

Where was I?

Oh, don't argue with YR on language :-)

Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

To avoid jury duty in Florida one simply registers as a Democrat. And vv.

Monday has become the toughest of the early week xwords. I blew it on ZETA/BOZOS having BOBOs. And someone just recently posted the Greek alphabet.

Getting sleepy


Lucina said...

I agree that a person has only one PLAN B but what if you and I each had PLANS B? And what if I have several projects pending and I have several PLANS B, one for each project?

It all sounds very awkward, I know.

What a terrible day you had! I'm so sorry about that and hope it all resolves itself better than you anticipate.

Argyle said...

I know Williamstown basically by passing through it on Rt 2, headed up to N. Adams and beyond. I've took the Mohawk Trail years ago. And I've gone through the west end on US 7. I come over the Petersburgh Pass just for the scenery. Rt 2(Mohawk Trail) is the long and slow way to go from Albany to Boston.

Anonymous said...

By Gawd, I loved this daily.