Feb 13, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 ~ Brian Gubin

Theme: Weather Report - no precipitation coming down as sleet at least.

4. Baseball overtime: EXTRA INNINGS. Rain.

8. Bellyache: STOMACH AILMENT. Hail.

14. "We're trapped in here!": "THERE'S NO WAY OUT!". Snow.

22. Frank Lloyd Wright house built around multiple cascades, and what's literally found in this puzzle's circles: FALLING WATER

Argyle here. Brian gave us downward dog in December and now rain is coming down. Can cats be next? A plethora of people today. 


1. Suffix with silver or glass: WARE

5. 1980 Dom DeLuise film: "FATSO"

10. Cry noisily: SOB

13. Acme: APEX

14. This evening, on marquees: TONITE

15. Actress Longoria: EVA

16. Fiction's opposite: FACT

17. Drag race racer: HOT ROD

18. Women's __: LIB

19. Trick-taking game: ÉCARTÉ. The rules seem worthy of Calvin and Hobbes.

21. "Stay With Me" singer Smith: SAM

22. A-OK: FINE

23. Fixes: REPAIRS

25. Does harm to: DAMAGES

27. Prefix with gram or graph: IDEO-

28. Earth sci.: ECOL. (ecology)

29. World's largest cognac producer: HENNESSY

33. Cry of distress: "HELP ME!"

37. Economist Greenspan: ALAN. Former Chairman of the Fed.

38. Marilyn Monroe's first name at birth: NORMA

40. Pakistan neighbor: IRAN

41. Game piece with pips: DOMINO

43. Refused: SAID NO TO

45. Former House leader Gingrich: NEWT

47. Gurgling sound: [GLUG]

48. BBC TV series about cars: "TOP GEAR"

51. "You don't have to tell me": "I'M AWARE"

55. Kia subcompacts: RIOs

56. '60s-'80s Red Sox nickname: YAZ. Carl Yastrzemski.

58. Makes happy: ELATEs

59. Raised railroads: ELs

60. Really tired: DONE IN

62. President before Wilson: TAFT. William Howard Taft.

63. Nintendo's Super __: NES. (Nintendo Entertainment System)

64. Steam shovel scoop: BUCKET

65. The "E" in the HOMES mnemonic: ERIE. (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior)

66. Dr. with Grammys: DRE

67. Jouster's horse: STEED

68. Ceremony: RITE


1. Kit Kat layer: WAFER

2. Quickly: APACE

3. Brief summary: RECAP

5. Egg __ yung: FOO

6. Carpenter insects: ANTS

7. Rant: TIRADE

9. Multivolume ref. work: OED. (Oxford English Dictionary)

10. Former baseball commissioner Bud: SELIG

11. Sheeplike: OVINE

12. Innocents "in the woods": BABES

20. It ebbs and flows: TIDE

24. "Meh": "SO-SO"

26. "The Simpsons" beer server: MOE. Moe Szyslak.

29. Fooled: HAD

30. "Xanadu" gp.: ELO. (Electric Light Orchestra) Here is Rush doing their version of Xanadu.(11:09) (It would have been linked later anyway.)

31. '60s war zone: NAM

32. Coll. periods: YRs

34. For: PRO

35. Gym cushion: MAT

36. Musical Brian: ENO

39. Nativity trio: MAGI

42. Formerly, in bridal announcements: NÉE

44. Two-part: DUAL

46. Hypnotic state: TRANCE

48. General tendency: TREND

49. Refueling ship: OILER

50. Old West outlaw chasers: POSSE

52. Video game pioneer: ATARI

53. Equip anew: REFIT

54. Cosmetician Lauder: ESTÉE

57. "The Wizard of Oz" farmhand: ZEKE. Portrayed by Bert Lahr.

Dorothy wakes up with Professor Marvel, 
Hickory, Hunk and Zeke watching over her.

60. Sound units, briefly: dBs. (Decibel)

61. Mil. roadside hazard: IED. (improvised explosive device)



fermatprime said...


Thanks to Brian and Santa!

I thought this was a bit hard for a Tuesday! Everything are out OK, but here are some of the things that puzzled me:


We had a smidgen of rain. We sure could use more!

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

OwenKL said...

This winter's weather can't be beat
For RAIN and SNOW and HAIL and sleet!
While in the Southwest
We've a drought-fest,
Tho we enjoy our year-round heat!

There was a stone mason named SAM
Who was called to REPAIR a small dam.
He replaced the BUCKET
(A REFIT in their budget),
Then instructed, "Don't DAMAGE the damn dam!"

{C+, B-.}

KS said...

Great puzzle. Loved it.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Despite the SNOW, there was no Wite-Out required for today's puzzle. Saw the circles. Forgot to look at 'em. Failed to read the full reveal clue. Some things never change. Also forgot that Candle In The Wind was originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. Thanx, Brian and Argyle.

MAGI: Because Jesus, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny was way too long.

ERIE: Because Abejo said so.

Big news this morning: The Texas Hornshell Mussel has been placed on the endangered list.

Oas said...

Thanx Brian and Argyle. Fairly quick solve with lots of unknowns that filled via perps. The theme and reveal showed early on. Not too many hesitations . Temps are moving up :-)

Jinx in Norfolk said...

FIR, and my eraser finally got a day off. Like Oas, I had a lot of unknowns but was saved by the perps.

I went to the Museum of Drag Racing last Saturday. Don "Big Daddy" Garlits owns and operates the museum. Definitely worth spending a few hours touring, and one building has a collection of historic (non-racing) cars that makes it worthwhile even for folks who aren't into racing. It's located at I-75 exit 341 in Ocala.

If you want to be good at playing the game that has pips, go to DOMINO college.

Thanks to Brian and Santa. Fun Tuesday. And thanks to Pat for all you do with the critters.

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

Slow start (again) in the NW corner (again)...seems like a conspiracy. The trouble was around Écarté, which ended up being 100% perps. Everything else, smooth sailing. Nicely crafted puzzle, IMHO.

I remember that Yaz used to star in TV ads for Hillshire Farms Polska Kielbasa. The tag line was something like: “When you hear it from a guy with a name like Yastrzemski, ya gotta believe he knows.” Fair point.

Hand up for forgetting that Candle in the Wind began with Marilyn Monroe.

I’ve had fun watching the occasional Top Gear episode on YouTube. Jeremy Clarkson was certainly a presence on that show, but I find it easy to believe he could be a combative sort to work with. It’s not a surprise he was fired. Haven’t seen the re-boot of the show.

Husker Gary said...

-I_EO/TI_E took a while. “Neither TIME nor TIME wait for no man”
-People who don’t know if the moon landings were FACT or FICTION should adjust their tin foil hats
-The trick-taking game with _ _ A R T _ was not HEARTS
-I’ll be you know who is sitting on this giant steam shovel and where it was the picture was taken
-A few syringes of this stuff killed all my Carpenter ANTS in a matter of a few hours
-Henry Fonda was in the movie The Ox-Bow Incident that showed the worst posse ever
-Every school I go to has been REFITTED with these on the ceiling

Yellowrocks said...

Another easy peasy 1-2-3 puzzle. I used perps to recall and suggest some answers, but the only truly unknown was SAM Smith, easily perped. Women's __ could have been many things. Prefix with gram or graph, also. Needed one perp to narrow each of them down. NES, ECARTE, ESTEE, ENO are crossword regulars.
ZEKE - I can't count how many times I have seen Wizard of Oz.
My baseball loving family made YAZ easy.
As a waitress I have served HENNESSY. Not my cuppa tea or cognac. Something for the Tinman.
CSO to Chairman MOE and Abejo's ever present ERIE.
I love waterfalls and am fascinated by Wright-designed Falling Water house in PA. I think its name is lovely, too. It is on by bucket list.
I like the beginning of winter, but have had enough of winter's cold and snow by now. I still enjoy the four seasons. I like the change. Spring is something to look forward to. My favorites are spring and fall. I wouldn't want to miss them. I couldn't cope with 12 months of hot weather.

Anonymous said...

Fun puzzle. Got my day started out right!

CrossEyedDave said...

Have not read the Blog (or last nites late) yet,
But Irish Miss requested I post this for her...

Lab vs Pugs

As far as posting links from an Ipad,
your guess is as good as mine.
It seems to be different with every update to their operating system.

For images, I just hold my finger on the image until the option to copy appears,
then paste on the Blog (sometimes it works,)
The same should be possible for videos, but getting it to work is an enigma.

It is part of the reason I do not post when down in Florida away from my desktop...


Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

No real bumps or hiccups but needed perps in a few places. Unknowns were Zeke and Rios but no w/os, surprisingly. CSO to Moe and Abejo as noted. Repairs right next to Damages caught my eye. Cute theme and reveal.

Thanks, Brian, for a fun solve and thanks, Argyle, for the "weather" report! 😎

I'm still on Cloud 9 over the winner of the Non-sporting Group at Westminster, my much loved Bichon Frise! On to Best in Show!

Have a great day.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Got the theme early so circles were no problem. Perps helped with the few unknowns like ECARTE and RIOS. No searches were needed.
FALLING WATER - Spectacular architecture but poor engineering. The large common room is just above the creek. When the creek runs quite high during a severe flood, the water runs right through the living room. A prime example of encroachment into a flood plain, but which is not publicized.

Irish Miss said...

CED@ 9:08 ~ I was typing my first comment as you posted yours so I now thank you for providing the link. Those poor Pugs!

Misty said...

Woohoo! Woohoo! I know it sounds silly to be cheering on a Tuesday, but I had to hold my breath to see if YAZ (never heard of him) was right before I could be sure I got the whole thing. Yay, it worked, even though I also had to guess at ZEKE, even though I've seen "The Wizard of Oz" lots of times in my younger years. But I loved this puzzle--many thanks, Brian--which is why I'm so happy I got it. Some unknowns, as has been noted, but perps helped, and I loved having the circles give us the FALLING WATER (some of it a little frozen) of the reveal. Also, great write-up with lots of neat pictures--many thanks, Argyle.

I really liked your first poem, Owen. And, yes, my goodness, that was a pretty greedy Lab, wasn't it, snapping it up before the poor pugs got their birthday cakes. Let's hope it was his birthday and not theirs.

Have a good day, everybody!

Anonymous said...

//funny Argyle!

Picard said...

The only "trick" game I have heard of is BRIDGE. No one else tried that first? It hung me up a long time in the NW until ESP forced the utterly unknown ECARTE. Tried TENTH INNINGS first which added to my confusion.

Otherwise a fun, smooth cascade of FALLING WATER!

YAZ is one of the few sports names I know. Otherwise I might have guessed DEKE before ZEKE. It wasn't until I watched the WIZARD OF OZ in college that I realized the OZ characters were people in Dorothy's normal life. It was also the first time I got to see it in color.

Learned HOMES from doing puzzles. Did anyone learn this mnemonic in school? It is handy! We have seen ERIE a lot lately.

This cleanup near our home was the result of our own OILER which was in the national news in May 2015.

This spot is a ten minute bike ride from our home. It is about ten miles from the spill, which is why it does not look so terrible. Cost-cutting by the OIL pipeline company led to a spill that cost them a lot of money. Along with plenty of dead animals and ecosystem damage.

Lucina said...

Were there circles today? My newspaper was not delivered so I had to print it from Mensa.

Thank you, Brian Gubin for an easy Tuesday puzzle! YAZ was unknown to me and the Z was the last to fill; though I've seen The Wizard of Oz numerous times ZEKE did not come easily.

TAFT was president when Arizona was admitted to the union on February 14, 1912. When I was in elementary school it was a holiday.

HENNESSY was completely perped and of course, I thought of Tin.

Thank you, Argyle, our faithful guide; I had no idea what IED meant though I've encountered it many times.

It's good to be back home after spending the weekend in Charlotte with my sister. Surprisingly, it's colder here than it was there! The only puzzle available was the Sunday one and I enjoyed it.

I hope you all have been well and have a good Mardi Gras day!

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Brian Gubin, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Argyle, for fine review.

A few sticky spots, but otherwise it flowed nicely. I notice my home lake was here today, ERIE. I see D-O remembered. Thank you.

Liked the theme. Good photo of Falling Water, Argyle. Another Pennsylvania setting.

HENNESSY was a new one for me. I don't think I have ever had a cognac. Tin? What about you?

I see IRAN made the puzzle today. Another old stomping place of mine. Hence my nickname, Abejo.

NES was with perps.

Have to run. Off to Wheaton today for Election Judge Training. Then up to Waukegan tonight.

See you tomorrow.


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Tinbeni said...

Argyle: Good job on the write-up.

Brian: Thank you for a FUN Tuesday puzzle. I enjoyed the theme.

Fave today, of course, was the answer HENNESSY. I've enjoyed a cognac a few (hundred) times.

Also, with "Spring Training" opening in my "neck-of-the-woods" tomorrow, EXTRA INNINGS was a timely entry.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset ... hope I don't freeze today ... it is down to 81 degrees.


Anonymous said...

A little urban education for you older, non-hip readers out there. :)

HENNESSY is popular among the rappers and they refer to it as Henny. It's often mentioned in lyrics and one artist in particular who used it in song was in my thoughts last night. You see, there was an artist named The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls. He rapped, "F*ck up the party before it even start.
Pissy drunk, off the Henny and stuff". Why mention this vulgarity? Well, the standout puppy from last night was a Pug named Biggie. Coincidence? I think not!

Anonymous said...

Btw, Biggie was murdered in LA in a drive-by shooting on March 9th in 1997 at the age of 24.

I haven't heard if the pug is named in honor of The Notorious B.I.G..

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

DNF, as I failed to get DONE IN/DBS. My Natick, today - had just one WO, in 31d. Don't know what I thought it was (DMZ, perhaps?).

Both Monday and Tuesday puzzles were a tad crunchy this week, but very solvable.

Mailyn Monroe (NEE, NORMA JEAN SHELTON) and my father shared the exact same birthday - 06/01/1926. As did Andy Griffith. Speaking of birthdays, I see that Kim Novak is 85 today, and Peter Tork (Monkees) is 74, and Peter Gabriel (Genesis) is 68. Feeling rather old ...

Nice SO to Abejo (ERIE) as well to my paternal grandfather (MOE) ...

Hope all are "enjoying" the day before Lent. Fat Tuesday; Fassnacht Day; et al. Kind of weird that in this year, Lent begins on Valentines Day, and Easter will be celebrated on April Fools Day (which some historians mark - April 1 - as the actual beginning of the New Year).

One of my old stand-by jokes about the upcoming "season" is: What is the definition of a loser? It's a man whose wife gave up sex for Lent, and he didn't realize it until Good Friday.

My silly and goofy MOE-ku du joir is:

Flatulent flutist
Has bad temper. Always known
For breaking his wind.

Chairman Moe said...

As an aside, back in my school days, I'd always get an F in art.

Mark S said...

Nice puzzle. A few unknowns but easily filled.

Three very interesting and enjoyable movies starring Matthias Schoenaerts can be seen on Netflix:
Suite Francaise, Disorder and Rust and Bone.



Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle. Couldn't remember the farmhand's name, and unsuccessfully tried LUKE at first. Like Gary, I put in HEARTS as the trick-taking game. Nope, that wasn't it. I thought the earth sci. would be GEOL (of course I would think that); at least I was half right. Got into trouble by spelling HENNESSY wrong (I spelled it Hennesey.) I've tried cognac as well as non-cognac brandy; never liked it for some reason. As for hard liquors, I'll stick with scotch and vodka. As for wines, I'll stick with ... sheesh, there are so many. As for beers, I like the malty ales such as many of the Belgian Trappist types and the English brown ales; Cerveza Negra Modelo from Mexico is pretty good, too. Another favorite is Not Your Father's Root Beer, which is really an alcoholic beer but tastes like root beer; quite a unique product.

In sum, a fine FATSo DOMINO tribute; thank you, Brian (not ENO) Gubin. Best wishes to you all.

CrossEyedDave said...

Finally finished my chores.
Took the neighbors dog to the dog park.
(Poor thing needs to get out while her Owners are at work.)
*&%# Huskies, Why do they always have to be the Alpha Dog!
Every dog on dog encounter seems to start with a fight!

2 WAGs propped up by perps,
Ecarte/tide and Yaz/Zeke

Hmm, falling water, what to post?

Maybe I should give up trying to post silly stuff...

Tht dog just plain wore me out...

AnonymousPVX said...

This was a well put together puzzle, absolutely no issues.

CrossEyedDave said...

Chairman Moe,
Flatulent Flutist,
F in Art...

Reminds me of Benny Hill, Arts and Farces.
But when I Google it, this is the only thing that comes up...

Oh well,

there's plenty more where that came from...

PK said...

Oh, no, CED, please don't stop posting silly stuff! I need your dose of silly or don't get my RDA of it. LOL!

Ol' Man Keith said...

I had the pleasure of visiting FALLING WATER back in the early '80s. The views were wonderful, although the place seemed seedy, in need of better upkeep, and the floors sagged a bit. Spitzboov, I agree with your comment re. the engineering.

At the time of my visit, the volume of water had depleted. That may have been because of the time of year I was there, but I should have thought springtime would have had a decent supply of water.

Speaking of water volume, Misty, Picard, and other Califoria colleagues: it looks like we're in for another major drought this year. And not just SoCal, as I've been reading of the hottest, driest starts on record for 2018 throughout the state.
We could certainly use some of the RAIN, SNOW & HAIL conjured in today's pzl.

Ta- DA! My thanks to Mr. Gubin for a solid pzl and decent workout. Argyle, your ability to respond so quickly and well - and to choose and post such illuminating & pleasant illustrations - is superbly impressive.

Diagonal Report: We have another 3-way swath. NW to SE. No hidden message, unless somebody can make sense of these short words, prefixes, and suffixes: FIT, TAR, OSO, MAG, TRA, TID, & ILM.

Yellowrocks said...

Spitz , thanks for your post about Falling Water. Interesting, There was a flood in summer 2017 that was said to only damage the property and not the main house. I would be interested in reading your article about the flooding of the living room..
The engineering problems I am aware of have a different basis.
There were engineering problems from the start concerning the stability of the cantilevered concrete floor system. The owner, the engineer and Wright, the architect, all stuborn men, could not agree on the reinforcement needed. From the very beginning the lack of reinforcement caused serious deflection which continues in spite of many remediation attempts.
structural problems

Jinx in Norfolk said...

CED, there's an old saw that explains why Huskies always have to be the Alpha Dog. "If you ain't the lead dog the view never changes."

Misty said...

Well, I'm not crazy about RAIN (or SNOW or HAIL, for that matter), but yes, Ol'ManKeith, we sure do need it and I will be thankful if we get just a bit more before summer.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Brian - this puzzle is all wet. Thanks for the fun Tuesday run. Thanks Argyle for the sparkly expo and, yeah, RUSH! LOL.


Sparkle - all the fun we can have with music!
Argyle nailed RUSH
The only Stay with Me I know is Rod Stewart
And YAZ could be clue'd with Don't Go [FACT: Yazoo was their UK name; they were know just as YAZ in the US and CA, eh?, C, Eh! and tawnya?]

Funny - I read on Kreb's today that NEWT was hacked. [NEWT is ticker symbol for NewTec]

{A,B} {groan :-)}. Art -F ha!

C. MOE got the CSO today.
Thanks Jinx for the Jimmy B.
LOL, CED, that's my Pop's Choc. lab v. Bitsy.

Welcome back Lucina!

Cheers, -T

Spitzboov said...

YR @ 1620 - No article. We toured FW 20 years ago. Docent explained many details of the house. When we were in the living room, he was rambling on, and I began to realize we were located low and almost in the creek. When his spiel concluded, I simply asked if the room experienced flooding problems during high creek flows. He said "Yes".
The house was built around 1936 so it seemed to be suffering some aging issues. Water leaks from weather intrusions seemed to be a problem on a lot of the exterior.
A few miles away is another Wright designed home, The Hagan House or Kentucky Knob. Built in the 50's. Well worth a visit. Wright basically supervised its building from a distance. (Wisconsin?). Among other things the bath shower was designed to be triangular, unlike the more usual rectangular. When it came time to install the shower head, the plumber kept contacting Wright on how he wanted it done; no position seemed workable. Finally Wright gave up and told the plumber to figure it out himself. Also, on touring the house, we transited a long but unusually narrow corridor with some jagged rock-like projections to the Master bedroom. We sat on a large, very wide chair. I asked the docent how the chair was gotten into the bedroom. She said, "through the window."

Pat said...

Today was a fast solve. Only a couple write-overs, I'm familiar with F.L.Wright and FALLING WATER so found the theme easily. Thank you, Brian G., for the fun. Great expo, Argyle.

I grew up in Michigan and never learned the mnemonic HOMES until I started doing this crossword puzzle!

One of my nieces posted on Facebook today that the company she works for made Ice Dance costumes for teams from Japan, Turkey, South Korea and USA!

OMK and OAS, thanks for the kind words. What I do at the shelter is therapeutic for me. Whether it's a "normal" dog or one with issues, they give me so much pleasure and satisfaction.

DH is leaving in the morning to visit his dad so we had our Valentine's Day celebration tonight. Dinner and exchange cards. Have a nice evening.

CanadianEh! said...

Late getting to the CW but at least by then I had a newspaper and the circles. Thanks for the fun, Brian and Argyle.

Like Picard, I entered tenth inning but resisted the S because the clue did not call for plural. That gave me THIN inside the circles, which made no sense when I got the FALLING WATER theme. When I returned to my sea of white in the NW, EXTRA appeared and the plural made sense.

Luckily TAFT filled in with perps since I haven't memorized that list of Presidents yet.
But I did know NORMA Jean (oh, wrong President!).

Cross of YAZ and ZEKE was almost a Natick but I WAGGED it. Like Misty, I could WooHoo.

I smiled at the Rush link and your comment, Argyle.
AnonT, sorry I don't remember YAZOO or YAZ. Wikipedia says they were called YAZ in North American because of Yazoo Records.

I noted IED and OED. Also WARE and I'M AWARE. And FATS(O) DOMINO.

The BUCKET was not quite positioned properly to catch the FALLING WATER. Maybe ERIE was meant to catch it (but that would be the wrong choice in HOMES because it is Ontario that receives the Falling Water at Niagara Falls).

That's all from me for TONITE.
Off to watch some more Olympic programming. Happy that Canada has 10 medals already.

Lucina said...

Thank you for the welcome! It's good to be back; I especially miss puzzling and blogging with all of you and though I always have a puzzle book with me, it's not the same.

Wilbur Charles said...

Lucina, it's likewise welcome to see your posts. I liked CED's analysis, especially FATSo DOMINO.

I found the clueing right in my wheelhouse: YAZ and NAM particularly .

Yaz had his own song composed and sang by Jess Cain of the old WHDH - " The man we call YAZ" . That was during his Triple Crown year of 1967.

Nam was referred to as "In Country", the USA was "The World" . That was 50 years ago this month.

WC who suspects the restaurant slipped 'real' into the decaf last night .

Loren Muse Smith said...

Man oh man oh man are y'all nice over here! I love that my name is there at the top with Bruce's; he's a beast of a constructor. And a swell guy. And amiable fellow. So even though I probably just carry his luggage on collaborations, he deftly finesses it so that I don't really feel that way.

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!