Jun 8, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019, Brian E. Paquin

Themeless Saturday by Brian E. Paquin

Today celebrates one of my favorite bakery items, Jelly-Filled Doughnuts. When I am vying for Husband Of The Week, I buy my lovely bride her fav, a cinnamon roll with maple icing. But while in the store, I buy myself a long john and have the girl go in the back and inject that long pastry (yeah, I know it's not in any way a doughnut) with a generous dosage of raspberry jelly. Yum! BTW, can it truly be called a doughnut with filling where a hole should be? 😏

Today I am blogging my fifth Saturday themeless by Brian Paquin in less than a year. 

I ripped through this in twenty-five minutes and enjoyed a lot of the fill (no jelly) and cluing along the way.

I hope you enjoyed Brian's puzzle and had a nice doughnut brimming with your favorite jam or jelly while completing the exercise.

Now let's see what has filled our grid today:


1. "Yikes!": OH NO and 53. Harassed "SNL" clay character: MR BILL - Having MR BILL and his signature cry of distress in the same puzzle can not be an accident (:05)

5. "Dance of the Seven Veils" play: SALOME John The Baptist lost his head over this dance

11. Common commuter letters: MTA But did he ever return?

14. __ red: BEET.

15. Got around: ELUDED - Dr Kimbell ELUDED Lt. Gerard for five years on TV

16. Slur in musical notation, e.g.: ARC - A slur ARC joins different notes not to be performed separately. It's called a tie when it connects two notes of the same pitch

17. Not at all slack: TAUT.

18. Shocking weapons: TASERS.

19. Spendable amount: NET - If you win a million in a Nebraska lottery, you will NET $406,700 after taxes. You will NET $700,000 if you take the 30 year annuity payout

20. Set of keyboard keys: ARROWS.

22. Season ticket holders, usually: HUGE FANS - Huskers have sold out every FB game since 1962

24. Personal ad "looking for": ISO - In Search Of... 

25. Boo-__: HOO.

27. Gates of philanthropy: MELINDA - She and her husband have formed the world's largest private charitable organization. 28. Impressive: NO SLOUCHes they, when it comes to sharing their wealth

31. Votes against: NAYS - When "independency" was first proposed to the Continental Congress on June 7, 1776, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and South Carolina voted NAY

32. Make a bad situation worse: FEED THE FIRE - Sometime said about a bad relief pitcher (Last Saturday we had "Treading Water - NO WORSE)

36. Magnificence: STATELINESS - I saw it while in the redwoods!

38. Many a "Twister" character: STORM CHASER - I enjoyed the Helen Hunt/Bill Paxton movie but this KC farm team on the prairie stirs things up 35 minutes from my house

40. "Not happening!": AS IF.

43. Colors in the family: SHADES OF Click on any color to see SHADES OF that family

45. Rascals, old-style: VARLETS.

49. Bard's preposition: ERE.

50. __-pitch: SLO - SLO in/fast out

51. High seas greeting: AHOY MATE - And on the telephone if Alexander Graham Bell had gotten his way

55. Salon acquisition: TAN.

56. 1887 Verdi debut: OTELLO - Original poster for when it was performed at the Theater At The Stairway (Teatro Alla Scala)

58. __ rage: ROID - One side effect of taking a steROID is the rage it can generate

59. "__ too!": ARE - Am not, ARE too, ad infinitum 

60. Kind of calendar: JULIAN - Pope Gregory XIII's calendar replaced it in 1582 as the 1,500 year old JULIAN calendar was 11 days (correction) off

61. Girl of Avonlea: ANNE.

62. "Gnarly!": RAD.

63. "Either way": I'M EASY An academy award winning song for a one-hit-wonder

64. Roman Catholic prelate: Abbr.: MSGR- The MonSiGnoR at my grandson's first communion lost the kids after 15 seconds but went on for 15 minutes anyway


1. Come into: OBTAIN.

2. Learns about: HEARS OF.

3. Obsessions, often: NEUROSES - Road Rage is listed an example of a NEUROSIS

4. German aviation pioneer Lilienthal: OTTO - In 1912, Wilbur Wright said of this glider pioneer, "He presented the cause of human flight to his readers so earnestly, so attractively, and so convincingly that it was difficult for anyone to resist the temptation to make an attempt at it himself"

5. Has every intention that one will: SETS OUT TO - Wilbur and Orville SET OUT TO take OTTO's curved surface gliders/flyers and put a motor on them

6. In the manner of: ALA.

7. Well-kept, as a lawn: LUSH - Ours has to be mowed every third day

8. Concert hall: ODEUM - A small theater of Greece or Rome

9. Emulate Time and Warner: MERGE - Our Time/Warner  cable company is now Spectrum

10. Ford who championed the Model A: EDSEL - Henry and son EDSEL unveiling the 1928 Model A

11. Procrastinator's word: MANANA Sung here by the surprising cowriter 

12. Fashionable: TRENDY.

13. Plays the role of: ACTS AS.

21. New Orleans Saints chant: WHO DAT.

23. Tactful handling: FINESSE.

26. Earth pigment: OCHER.

29. Unleashes: LET'S FLY

30. Big wheels: HELMS - Here's one on the RMS Titanic 

33. Sheet of microfilm: FICHE  from French fiche "card, index card, slip, form". Here is a microfiche reader that magnifies the fiche card where the information has been shrunk and stored

34. Singing like Pentatonix, e.g.: IN HARMONY - Acapella was one letter short

35. Keeper of many books: READER - Books fill his shelves or his eREADER

37. Meetings: SESSIONS.

39. On the road: ROLLING.

40. Gamer's icon: AVATAR.

41. About 30% of Africa: SAHARA - From space

42. Did a laundry job: IRONED.

44. Office item: FOLDER.

46. Tiny birthday cake, perhaps: EMOJI - Yeah, I've used one before too

47. Art of jazz: TATUM Here ya go (alt. Goose of the Globetrotters) 

48. Stone marker: STELE - The seven foot tall basaltic STELE, Law Of Hammurabi, is now housed in the Louvre 

52. Director Kazan: ELIA He named names to the HUAC and was a Hollywood pariah from then on

54. Name on the cover of "Dracula": BRAM - A $10,000 first edition 

57. Syllables in some madrigals: LAS Can you count the TRA'S and LA'S

Go ahead and comment. I have a raspberry filled long john waiting for me!


JCJ said...

Took me longer than 25 minutes but I got there. Initially put ROAD rage rather than ROID. All in all, a fun puzzle.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

The NW quadrant was tough. So was the SE, NE, SW, and center. CSO to moi at 4d and YR at 36d. With HOME FANS, SEMIS, ODEON and SHADE SET, I was off hunting for the Wite-Out. All fixed, and still finished in better than normal time. Thanx, Brian and Husker.

MSGr: The chef at the Chinese restaurant.

MAÑANA: Peggy Lee sings of the many oldies on my music server.

SALOMÉ: Just when the dance was gettin' good, they bring in John the Baptist's head on a platter. Sheesh! [ala Jayce]

Smoke Porterhouse said...

My friends and I are HUGE FANS of the movie Caddyshack and, to the dismay of others, quote the movie constantly(on and off the course).

So I smiled broadly as I filled in NO SLOUCH.

I enjoyed a jelly filled doughnut, also raspberry, as much as the next guy but my go-to when I had a sweeter tooth was the Boston creme filled with chocolate icing.

desper-otto said...

Doesn't the chocolate icing go on the outside? :)

Noonan said...

*Boston creme-filled with chocolate icing. (Does a dash fix it? Idk)

OTTO, you're the best at noticing those misplaced modifiers. And yes it goes on top. That's why it's called icing. :) Per wiki, if it goes inside it is called filling. So I guess "and icing on top" is redundant?

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Tough puzzle but got 'er done. Thanks, Brian! Thanks, Gary, especially for confirming that this had no theme. I searched long and hard for one.

Jelly doughnut: I had one raspberry filled very morning of the months in 1961 when I worked in a big office in Massachusetts. Sweet memory, thanks, Gary.

Just now dredged up the meaning to 20A "set of keyboard keys" = ARROWS. ESP that I couldn't figure out. Use 'em every day to do the puzzle. DUH!

ISO = InSearchOf. Gary explained. Don't have personal ads in my papers any more.

Quote we used to use: "Unhand me you VARLOT!" No idea what movie that came from.

RoaD before ROID rage. Both dangerous. Acapela before IN HARMONY. Love Pentatonix.

Thanks to our Louisiana Corner friends, I knew WHO DAT right away.

Big Easy said...

Oh NO! This puzzle definitely didn't say I'M EASY. But it wasn't a BOO-hoo morning. And I'm NO SLOUCH when it comes to finishing puzzles. My VARMITS changed to the unknown VARLETS and it wasn't ROAD rage but the type caused by hemorRHOIDSs, or was it steROIDS?

CODE before BEET
MOWN before LUSH

WHO DAT! Well that was a gimme.

OwenKL said...

Back near the start of Common Era
A dancer named SALOME had a cheerer.
He OBTAINED for her a favor
For a dance he could savor,
A simple tray from the local cafeteria!

Once there was a Moor named OTELLO,
By all accounts a very skillful fellow.
They say he was NO SLOUCH
At putting foes to rout,
Demonstrating that he was no SHADES OF yellow!

{A-, B+.}

Anonymous said...

For PK

"Unhand me, you varlet. You know not whom you touch"
- Hawkeye Pierce to Cpl. Klinger, M*A*S*H

TTP said...

Good morning. Thank you Brian and thank you Husker Gary.

I was AWOL yesterday. Spent most of the day pruning all the deadwood out of my huge crabapple. It's nearly 30' tall and has about a 30' drip line. Probably between 50 to 60 years old. Big job. Heading back out there in a little bit to finish the job. Township brush pickup is Monday.

A fine puzzle today that required some thought.

Never heard of VARLET(S) that I recall, but it had to be.
WHO DAT ! - That's what I'd say to put my boy (as seen in my AVATAR) on alert.
Arena before ODEUM.
Always want to spell it OCHre instead of OCHER.
Still have my handheld microFICHE viewer, and a small library of manuals on film.
FINESSE is required to shoot the masse pool shot we saw yesterday.

Me too, Gary. I've already mowed 16 times this year, and tomorrow afternoon will be the 17th. Last year by June 8th it was only 9 times, but in looking at my log from 2017, it was also 17 times by June 9th.

Well, I can't put it off to MANANA. That tree awaits.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

ROID was not on my radar at all. VARLETS, WHO DAT, and SHADES OF were ultimately gettable. The rest was fun to fill.
HOO - Is Boo HOO the opposite of Woo HOO?
In Search Of - Another ISO, (after ISO-bar of yesterday.)

JULIAN - Gary, I think you mean 11 days. It was replaced in the English World in 1752. It changed Washington's Birthday from Feb. 11 to Feb 22.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

Great puzzle, Brian. Thank you.

A fine tour, Gary. I'm glad I didn't hear your raspberry long john story years ago, or I would have had another addiction. I can barely go into the local bakery without growing weak-kneed.

This ex-English teacher loves misplaced modifiers. They were so much fun to collect and use as teaching tools. Fun lessons!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Though I had some hiccups along the way, I finished in 28 minutes, a respectable Saturday time, for me. Varlets and Mr. Bill were totally unknown, as were Otello and Otto, as clued. Otto (Hi, DO) is becoming as ubiquitous as Erie (Hi, Abejo). Nice CSO to our "Who Dat" contingent. Hand up for Ochre/Ocher, Road/Roid, Stile/Stele, Semis/Helms, and Fuel/Feed. The NE corner was the last to fall when I finally realized that Melissa was Melinda.

Thanks, Brian, for a challenging and rewarding solve and thanks, HG, for the informative review. Two learning moments stand out: I had no idea Art Tatum was almost blind and that he died so young; I had no idea that Keith Carradine ever sang an Academy Award-winning song. Based on listening to the audio, pickins must have been slim that year for a more worthy song, let alone for a singer who was actually a singer.

Have a great day.

Judge Smails said...

Madame Defarge, did you see my question @730a? Does merely an added dash fix that doughnut or does it require more modifying?

Brian Paquin said...

The connection between 1A OhNo and 53A MrBill sailed right past me. It's amazing how many of those connections happen by accident.
A connection that I DID make was:
42D Ironed "Prepared to finish the laundry" and
44D Folder "Finisher of the laundry"
..but it didn't survive the editing process. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

Nope. Couldn't connect with the clues. Only got 1/4 of it. Who irons anymore?

Yellowrocks said...

Although June 8 is National Filled Donut Day, yesterday Dunkin' Donuts was giving away a donut when you bought a drink, a day early. We went there today and they gave Alan a free donut anyway. His favorite Is Boston Kreme. Most of the filled donuts, like that one, Bavarian Kreme and jelly donuts donut have no holes. But my favorite is the cruller, so light and eggy.
On Shrove Tuesday my mom used to make Fastnachts with a yeast dough which was then deep fried. Hers were a triangle shape with a slit instead of a hole in the middle. They are named after "fast night," the night just before the Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday. Delicious memories.

Alice said...

Gary, I don't think we need that apostrophe in 29 down...

Misty said...

A Saturday toughie for me, although I got some of the names, like BRAM, EDSEL, and OTELLO, though I had MELISSA instead of MELINDA. Also got MSGR, from my Catholic days, and TASER, but never heard of ROID. Only got four hours of sleep last night, so not in the best shape this morning, but hopefully a nap will help.

Have a good weekend, everybody.

Steven said...

The explanation of 60-across contains a slip-up. The difference between the Gregorian and Julian calendars increased to 11 days (not minutes) in the year 1700, and increased to 12 days in the year 1800.

Jayce said...

Little by little and pretty soon (30 minutes and 4 seconds, to be exact) I dood it. Often I find solving multi-word answers harder and today was no exception. Lots of fun and satisfaction, though. After solving the whole thing I got no Tada so turned on red letters to see where I went wrong; it turns out I had ROAD instead of ROID and didn't even notice that errant ROLLONG. Oh, and filling DESERT instead of SAHARA and WASHED instead of IRONED stymied me for a while in the SW area. Interesting that SAHARA is simply the Arabic word for desert, so saying the Sahara Desert is like saying the Desert Desert, much like the oft referred-to The La Brea Tar Pits.

My fave is a creme or custard filled "long john." Chocolate icing is the, um, icing on the cake.

Good wishes to you all.

Bill G said...

Hi everybody. Saturdays without a theme are not my favorite. I did finish with red letter help to point me in the right direction a few times. Thanks Brian and Gary.

I used to play slo-pitch softball. We were the champs several times. It was lots of fun but I got injured too often. Typically, you'd stand around with nothing to do for while and than have to move quickly after a line drive or running the bases after a hit. Various pulled muscles and then a ruptured Achilles tendon convinced me to give it up.

I've stopped recording NCIS and erased all of the past shows from my DVR. I always found Mark Harmon too assertive and self-confident for my taste. Never apologize indeed!!?? Apparently Pauley Parrette agreed with me. She quit the show because of his aggressive demeanor and behavior. His character's personality seems to be a reflection of his own personality.

Lucina said...


Thanks, Brian and Gary! I started this at the beauty salon while awaiting my turn for a hair cut. It turns out I was an hour early for my appointment!

Some of this information is in my wheelhouse: SALOME, MELINDA (couldn't be Bill), BRAM, AVATAR, SAHARA, ANNE, MSGR, MANANA, then I sussed the rest with perps and WAGS.

EGAD gave way to OH! NO! then OTTO (hi, d-o).

IRONED fell because it's something I still do. I really dislike the current fad of wearing wrinkled clothes.

Since I'm a collector of books, I'll take a CSO at READER. It's what I like!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

AnonymousPVX said...

Well, I asked yesterday what Saturday held for us, we have our answer....a third day of tough puzzling. Like I had to ask...

Not many posts yet, it’s nearly 3PM EDT....toughness related?


Had to keep working this one, going back and forth....finally filled it.

From yesterday, I think WC asked if he should get a colonoscopy at 74....I just got one, I’m 66, and I’ll do this every 5 years as suggested. I would ask my doctor that question if you’re thinking of not continuing, colon cancer is not my idea of fun. No one likes the prep, but’s it’s just temporary aggravation and then the nice meal after.

Tinbeni said...

Husker Gary: Wonderful write-up.

Well, it was raining at Sunrise, so I solved a Saturday puzzle.

This one was more on the "level" of a Wednesday but I am not complaining.

A "Toast-to-ALL" at Sunset.

TTP said...

Well, the tree is about as pruned as it is going to get. Now I'm tired.

Jayce, thanks for that tidbit about Sahara desert meaning desert desert.

Anon @ 1:55, really ?

Ol' Man Keith said...

I always find it tough to read a short summary of ELIA Kazan's life and work that centers on his "naming names" to HUAC. Yes, Kazan became a pariah ever after--to some--in tight Hollywood. This was even though he rec'd three Oscars for his direction, the last being for "Lifetime Achievement" in 1999--long after the HUAC scandal.

The rap against "Gadg" Kazan is that he traded his integrity for continuing employment in Hollywood. The pro-Kazan position is that he (a) was honestly disillusioned with the thuggish tactics of certain Communists, and (b) that, like several others, he only named names that were already known to the committee. (He stood by the first point; others made the second.)

I met him briefly when he came back to give a talk at Williams, his alma mater. Although he was well represented in film, I think of him primarily as a theater artist. His stage career preceded and continued after he worked in Hollywood. He won three Tony awards and was, to my mind, the single most brilliant of all 20th century directors of the English-speaking stage--especially of the super-naturalist drama. His book, Kazan on Directing, compiled from his voluminous rehearsal and research notes, is far and away the most impressive guide to the modern art of directing.
Just my two cents.
A singleton on the near side.
This anagram is a curious one. It refers to a character trait, as seen in one of the actors that Kazan raised to prominence. I'm speaking of Marlon Brando, whom Kazan cast to play Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.
Stanley, a disreputable prole lout with an offbeat charm, could be said to possess ...

jfromvt said...

A few too many fill in the blank clues, but otherwise a nice Saturday puzzle. Third straight sunny day in VT, but my golf course is still very wet.

Wilbur Charles said...

Speaking of O'Neill, this was a long days journey and it is indeed nearing night. All sorts of w/o's Inc like Misty, Melissa Gates. I thought the NE would kill me.
Thanks PVX for the reassurance; Betsy thinks it's dangerous. I'll load up on life insurance first.

I had ROAD, OH OH, FUEL THE FIRE, and MR BIGG. I wasn't sure how to abbreviate Monsignor.

Kazan also authored"The Arrangement". I read that cover to cover.

OCHRE got me too. But, after Phil said "It's NOT Mr BIGG!" I got wise. But he wanted QWERTY for the keys.

A Saturday that lived up to its billing.


Wilbur Charles said...

What helps is having done tough Saturdays so impossible is not possible. If I have to go at it all weekend c'est la vie

Lucina said...

Interesting observations on Mr. ELIA Kazan. Thank you for that insight which I respect since you speak from a director's perspective. I've certainly enjoyed many of his films including the aforementioned one with Stanley.

Wilbur Charles said...

Did I confuse O'Neill and Tennessee Williams? I took college English as a math major. But, I did read the guy whose quote I just saw...

" Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others."
Fyodor Dostoevsky

CrossEyedDave said...

My introduction to mixed modifiers...

Mad as a March Hare...

Abejo said...

Good evening,folks. Thank you, Brian E. Paquin, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, Husker Gary, for a fine review.

Well, I went to Springfield today. Riding with a friend for a Masonic Meeting, and took my iPad with the puzzle downloaded from cruciverb. It worked today. 3 1/2 hour drive each way. I worked the puzzle going down, off and on. And worked the puzzle coming back, off and on. Finished about the time we got North of Kankakee. It was tough. I probably spent about 3 hours total on it.

Varlets is a new word. Perps. ROID rage? New to me. I wanted ROAD rage. After reading the write-up, I realized what it stood for. 39D ROLLING made me keep it.

The three horizontals in the center took me forever to get. FEED THE FIRE came first. Then STORM CHASER, and then STATELINESS.

Tried QWERTY for 20A. Eventually I deleted that and with a few perps ARROWS became obvious.

Of course I tried WILLIAM for 27A. That did not work well, so I figured out his wife's name with a few perps that I eventually got. ODEUM, MERGE, EDSEL.

WHO DAT was unknown. I do not watch the Saints that much. I will probably never forget it, though.

Anyhow, I am glad I stuck to it. Great puzzle!

See you tomorrow.


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WikWak said...

Well, I finished.
In 25 minutes.
But wrong.

I usually like Mr P’s Saturday offerings but today not so much. No idea why, but I never could get a toehold on this one. Had to turn on red letters to finish. Brian really beat me up and took my lunch money. It took Husker’s explanations to understand some of the clues/answers.

Did I mention that I finished, but wrong?

Not ol’ WikWak’s shining hour, for sure.

Bring on Sunday!

Anonymous T said...

EGAD! I ink'd ENTERS at 1d and wouldn’t let it nor, unlike Lucina, EGAD go. DNF in the NW.

Hi All!

Thanks Brian for a fine Saturday puzzle. Thanks HG for an enjoyable expo.


{A+, B+}
Cute OMK....

@7:08 - Love me some Caddyshack.

Thanks to xwords and my Corner pals, I knew what a Pentatonix is [Neville used it 31 March - also a Sat expo'd by HG].

This is a Honeymooner. When I go see Pop in SPI, Mel-O-Cream is compulsory. I also like the Maple-iced 'long johns.'

TTP - OCHre - is that the British spelling? :-)

WC - LOL that you cite'd Fydor. I'm sitting here jonesing for nicotine and keep telling myself "But, I need it to think*... Just one drag!" This is day 6 and two days longer than I've ever gone w/o since I was 19.

When I worked at the DOD, I had too much time on my hands, so I taught adjunct classes at Oklahoma City Community College. Since I knew C, they assumed I could teach C++ (which I didn't know and the languages are NOT the same at all). To teach myself C++, I took Unix's cal program and Object-ified it. That's when I learned about the Gregorian reformation. I lost the source-code along the way but I still have the .exe. 1752. //anyone who wants the .exe - just ask and I'll share.

Y'all wanna see something really cool that Tom Bodett [he'll keep the lights on for you] re-Tweeted? Pendulem Physics. [1:31].

Cheers, -T
*I've been so ADHD today that I'm finishing this post 4 hours after starting... Squirrel!

Anonymous T said...

Didn't refresh b/f posting...

Abejo - don't supposed you stopped at one of the Mel-O-Creams while you were in Springfield today?

Cheers, -T

D4E4H said...

Hi Cornies.

I have finally completed this Saturday CW by Brian E. Paquin. I had to reveal the "O" at 1, and the "R" at 20 A and 3 D. Thank you sir for this challenging CW.

Thank you Husker Gary for your excellent review including "jelly-filled doughnut day."

Yellowrocks at 11:40 AM, thank you for noticing that "Dunkin' Donuts was giving away a donut when you bought a drink, a day early." That is because they were observing National Doughnut Day Friday, June 7, 2019, which is followed today by National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day: June 8, 2019.

I put on five pounds just researching and posting these important National holidays.



Ol' Man Keith said...

Wilbur ~
The Arrangement was quasi-autobiographical. He adapted it into a film in 1969 (with Kirk Douglas as Kazan's alter ego).
It was quite a different biographical take than his earlier, more sentimental screenplay, America America (1963).
He wrote and directed both.
But probably the nearest in intensity to his life story was On The Waterfront (1954) which he directed two years after his appearance before HUAC. He didn't write that one; Budd Schulberg did. But it was truly his cinematic apologia for being an "informer."

CrossEyedDave said...


I had seen The Pendulum effect before, many years ago.
But it wasn't until today (your post) made me realize
the effect is caused by each ball being on a different length
of string, causing the variations in swing length.

But more importantly, how the varied frequency oscillations
cause varied harmonies in the visual display.

Being a (musician) I find it fascinating that frequencies can be
combined into harmonies, and that oscillating harmonies can be displayed in a visual manner...

Now, if it were possible, what what that visual representation
of harmonies sound like?

I do not have the wherewithal to construct such a representation,
but if each ball were assigned a note, like Do, Ray Me Fa So La Te Do...
& sounded at 90 degrees of swing, the harmonies would be remarkable...

CrossEyedDave said...

AH nuts!

I got excited thinking
i was onto something new...

Throw me another bone will ya?

Wilbur Charles said...

As they used to say at the laundry: What goes around comes around.

Kazan is the subject of this Elia and Tennessee

According to reviews of "The Arrangement" I'm not the only one who loved it


-T, no one ever dies of NOT Smoking. Try ice cream if the craving is too much

Dostoevsky: In the Idiot, a group play a "game" where each recounts his worst sin. Each "sin" has a redeeming quality except for the originator who had falsely accused a maid of his own theft thus ruining her.


I was so "in" to FD

Wilbur Charles said...

Oops. That link disappeared. Feel free to Google.

Anonymous T said...

WC - My entire family may die of "not-smoking" :-)

CED - Your link is so nifty I just Tweeted it to Tom Bodett.

I made Eldest watch my link because she's a Music Major. I thought she'd see each string's length / balls'-period* analogous to the innards of a piano. You, Good Sir, saw it!

You want some Beethoven maths?

Cheers, -T
*zip it Jinx :-)

CrossEyedDave said...


Ooh, Freakin Awesome!

Thank you for the link...

WikWak said...

Anon -T:

We had Mel-O-Creme in Jacksonville too, once upon a when. One of the saddest days (when I was in H.S.) was when they closed. Hadda drive to Spfld if we wanted some. Of course, giving a high school kid a reason to drive anywhere eased the burden some. That frequent round trip also gave me my first look (and smell and taste) at a McDonald’s. As I remember, there was no dining room; you walked up to the window, ordered your food, took it back to your car, and ate it there. Heaven! I think it was on Wabash somewhere around maybe Laurel; I disremember exactly. Fifty-some years have taken their toll.

Anonymous T said...

How did all of us mid-west folks find each other on a Crossword blog? says...

WikWak - that you mentioned both Wabash and/or Laurel makes me think you ain't just whistlin' Dixie. -T

WikWak said...


My dad worked for the state; his office was in Spfld (Spring St, across from the Capitol bldg) and he drove back and forth every day on the Old State Road. I bet you called it the Old Jacksonville Road. I spent lots of time there.

And I knew it was Cream, not Creme. I blame those same 50+ years.