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Apr 20, 2020

Monday April 20, 2020 Joe Kidd

Theme:  MAD SCRAMBLE (59. Frantic rush, or a hint to each set of circles)

17. Like a versatile wardrobe: MIX AND MATCH.

28. Partner for the big high school dance: PROM DATE.
 
35. Seafood-based party bowlful: CLAM DIP.

38. Chess game blunder: BAD MOVE.

48. Dined: HAD A MEAL.

Boomer here. 

I am not "MAD" at all. Our Minnesota governor, Tim Walz decided that the golf courses in Minnesota may open up.  Covid-19 rules apply. One person per cart, no ball washers, no rakes in bunkers, and modified holes so you can retrieve your ball without touching the pin. We had a 60 degree day Saturday here in the land of 15,000 lakes and the courses were busy.  I talked with one of my golf buddies on Saturday and we decided to wait a couple of weeks and let the grass turn green.  Six feet distancing still applies.

Across:

1. Open spaces: GAPS.  We have a GAP store in Maplegrove and C.C. also found one a few years ago in Las Vegas.

5. Ancient Roman orator: CICERO.



11. Tablet download: APP.

14. "This doesn't look good!": UH OH.  A 7-10 split ?

15. "The old-fashioned way" to make money, in an old ad: EARN IT.  Or stay at home and wait for your stimulus $$$ to show up.

16. Hawaiian welcome: LEI.

19. Implore: BEG.  Excuse me for saying this, but I really do not like the ASPCA ads on TV.

20. Mark of Zorro: ZEE.

21. Gloomy thinkers: BROODERS.

23. Sub detection device: SONAR.  You can detect a submarine or also find out how deep is the water.

26. Devious: SLY.  "And the family Stones."

27. The "E" in Q.E.D.: ERAT.  Latin for "WAS".  I have no idea about Q and D.

30. Full of pluck: GRITTY.  Is this NITTY ??

32. Place for a bud or a plug: EAR.  What?  I can't EAR you.

33. Solves, with "out": FIGURES.  Sorry, I just cannot FIGURE OUT these puzzles.

42. Hastily donned: THREW ON.  Sure would like to watch a new MLB game this summer.

44. Geese flight formation: VEE.  We have a grocery chain from Iowa called "Hy-Vee". Last Monday they were out of milk!!

45. Alabama seaport: MOBILE.

51. 2010 Apple debut: IPAD.

52. Butter serving: PAT.  A name for Patrick or Patricia, or a tap on your behind.

53. Young women: GIRLS.

54. Sell for: RETAIL AT.  The Mall.  They have high rent, they have to gouge you.

57. Bikini top: BRA.

58. Little hill crawler: ANT.

64. Hair-stiffening stuff: GEL.  Wow, it's been years since I used that stuff.  "A little dab'll do ya".


65. Not ready to eat, as fruit: UNRIPE.  I am not so old...I still buy green bananas.

66. Fairway club: IRON.  I carry a 3,5,7,and 9 Callaway metal woods.  I only use irons when I get within about 75 yards.  I know it sounds crazy, but I am old.

67. Before, in verse: ERE.

68. Up-and-down playground fixture: SEESAW.  Teeter totter, bread and water ...

69. Auction-ending word: SOLD.  Going Once, Going Twice ...

Down:

1. Chewing __: GUM.  Did you know that Judy Garland of Grand Rapids Minnesota, (Not Michigan) was named Frances Gumm ?


2. Sushi tuna: AHI.


3. Quaint curse: POX.   Sounds like a TV network.

4. Captain Marvel's magic word: SHAZAM.

5. Formally hand over: CEDE.  I give up!

6. Beatles' "__ the Walrus": I AM.

7. Seafood item needing to be cracked: CRAB LEG.  I have never tried them.  I usually have shrimp for lunch on Fridays.

8. Way to get in: ENTRY.  Or a lottery chance to win a dollar. That's all we ever win.

9. Puerto __: RICO.  I have not heard much about Covid-19 from Puerto Rico.  They got whacked by a hurricane a couple of years ago.  I hope they are all safe.

10. Roman emperor for three months: OTHO.


11. Physicist Einstein: ALBERT.  Was he FAT??

12. View with interest: PEER AT.

13. Pen for porkers: PIG STY. I seem to remember my Mother using that name to describe my bedroom.

18. Unhip type: NERD.  Lambda, Lambda, Lambda got their revenge

22. Reason-based faith: DEISM.

23. Blueprint detail, briefly: SPEC.

24. Daunting exam: ORAL.  Open wide.

25. Romance writer Roberts: NORA.  Crummy DA on Law and Order.

26. R.E.M. frontman Michael: STIPE.


29. Blazing: AFIRE.  Jack London wrote a story about how not to build one.

30. Three-legged piano: GRAND.

31. Color of Hester Prynne's "A": RED.

34. WWII naval threat: U BOAT.

36. Crete's highest pt.: MT IDA.  Remember Charley Weaver from Mount IDY ??


37. UPS competitor: DHL.  Maybe so, but I do not think UPS is worried.

39. Mind-matter link: OVER.

40. __ marsala: Italian restaurant choice: VEAL.  I am stuck on pork chops and hamburger.  Worried about all the processing plant closures in the U.S.

41. Sniggler's catch: EELS.

43. Doodad: WHATSIS.

45. Desert illusion: MIRAGE.  Nice hotel in Las Vegas.  Expensive buffet though.

46. First game in a series: OPENER.  Still waiting for the MLB.  Of course we will need to see 6 feet of distance between fans.

47. War movie scene: BATTLE.  "In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississippi."

49. Taj Mahal city: AGRA.

50. Great Lakes natives for whom an Ohio county is named: MIAMIS.

52. Mission priest: PADRE.  San Diego MLB player.

55. Irreverent Don of talk radio: IMUS.  Never listened to him.

56. Turnpike division: LANE.

57. Make, as tea: BREW.  Milwaukee Baseball team, "The BREW Crew".

60. Tax whiz, briefly: CPA.

61. Sis' sib: BRO.

62. Online "Ha-ha!": LOL.  Not funny.

63. Come to a close: END.  This is it.  We made it.

Boomer
Notes from C.C.:

Dear Agnes lost another sibling. Her sister Mary passed away last Monday. Here is the obit page. Thanks for the Legacy page, Spitzboov!. Here are the happy sisters at St Patrick's Day in 2019.

L-R: Anne, Agnes, Eileen, Mary, and Peggy.
 

39 comments:

Lemonade714 said...

Very sorry for your loss Agnes.

A nice Monday with a wonderful write-up that brought back memories of CLIFF ARQUETTE and the entire family acting DYNASTY

Be careful out there Boomer; thank you, Joe Kidd.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

We had ZEE and VEE, CRAB LEG and CLAM DIP. That's some nice stuff for an early-week puzzle. Took me longer than usual; I had to think about some answers. Mondays are often just a sled ride to the bottom. Thanx, Joe and Boomer. (Maybe I should take up golf. I'd have no trouble maintaining at 6-foot distancing from the hole.)

CICERO: Also a major avenue in Chicago. It runs right past Midway Airport.

IM, sorry to hear about your sister. I can relate, having lost a brother and sister in the last few years.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

IM, I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved sister.

FIR, but erased ask for BEG and eer for ERE. DNK STIPE or OTHO.

I've played in a lot of duffer golf tournaments, and everyone has always gotten along. No MAD SCRAMBLEs in the crowds I play with.

Most golfers sometimes use woods in the fairway and irons off the tee. Just watch the next PGA tournament. I will.

I'm not fond of Nora Roberts books. But I really like her work when she writes as J. D. Robb.

I always thought the late IMUS was lame. I was a Stern fan. Guess its like being a Yankees fan or a Red Sox fan. You can be either or neither, but you can't be both.

My friend owned and raced a Hobie 33 sailboat named MIRAGE. His mast broke in an offshore race and damaged hull beyond reasonable repair. He bought another Hobie 33 and named it My Rage.

Thanks for the fun, easy puzzle, Joe. And thanks to Boomer for yet another chuckle-filled tour.

Hungry Mother said...

No problem, no write-overs, no sweat. I caught on to the theme early on and used it to advantage.

OwenKL said...

How many of you remember this CICERO? (That's not Spitz, is it? No, wrong instrument.)

Porky's nephew was CICERO
Typically mischievous kid, UH-OH!
He could prove,
With one BAD MOVE,
To the speaker's stand he shouldn't go!

inanehiker said...

Amusing puzzle with a quick Monday solve to get me to work on time!

When I lived in the Chicago area we lived a block off of CICERO in the near south suburb of Oak Lawn at 10909 S , but we were involved in an inner city ministry in the west side of Chicago at 110 N. It was a long trek up CICERO St. passing by Midway airport through the suburb of CICERO and many stoplights! Fortunately on Sunday mornings there wasn't much traffic!

Thanks Boomer - hope you get to golf soon! and thanks to Joe for the puzzle!

My condolences to Agnes- I'm glad you had a long time of sisterhood with her!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy Monday. Reveal had you go back to see what had been put in the circles. OK this time. Liked the theme fill except HAD A MEAL seemed a tad forced. No matter; the solve was fun.
MAD - Magnetic Anomaly Detection. MAD gear (usually flown by helos or P-2's) was used to verify SONAR contacts. I remember standing on the bridge wing next to the pelorus in the dead of night with a double headset on; getting SONAR ranges and bearings and then vectoring a P-2 Neptune out from our location to the presumed contact. If contact was made, the aircraft would report "MADMAN. Because of the short MAD range the aircraft would fly at 100 - 200 ft altitude. Our ship would have a GUMball/strobe light at the mast-top lighted so the plane would know where to start his run. (And I thought crop dusters had nerve.)

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-Golf courses are very busy here and Menards’ parking lot are completely full also
-C _ _ _ _ _ - Capone ran CICERO
-I downloaded the Zoom APP to play Scattergories with our kids in Lincoln Saturday
-Allied SONAR couldn’t FIGURE out where U-BOATS were at night when they routinely operated on the surface
-Has anyone ever paid the MSRP for a vehicle?
-Our SEESAWS were 16’ long 2 x 12’s above hard ground. Now they’re 6’ of plastic over a cushioned surface
-Mind OVER Matter? Winter golf in Nebraska
-Now current Great Lake snow birds make the winter trip to MIAMI
-My condolences Agnes

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

SHAZAM! an easy Monday. One ink over: HAD/ateAMEAL but stay away from this CW if you have a seafood allergy...CLAMDIP, EEL, CRABLEG.

Got the MAD jumble theme right away for once but thought it was going to lead " It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" theme. That would have been funner.

VEE and ZEE (sorry Canadian Eh, not zed).

CICERO, S.Italian dialect for Chick pea (CHEE - chair - oh) Latin: "Cicer". refers to facial wartlike feature of one his ancestors. Like a nickname.

POX itself is part of a curse "a POX on you" (unless the inference is that the disease itself is the curse.)

Who woulda thunk a tribe called MIAMI would hail from the frigid Great Lakes.

Hope we stay healthy from the current "POX"

To ruin your day...

Pessimistic hen.....BROODER

Unnatural fear of the Taj Mahal ____ phobia...AGRA

Porky's cravat or his favorite Asian cuisine.....PIGSTY

The worship of Doris or Dennis....DEISM

______

On a serious note. Condolences to Agnes, Irish Miss.

Shankers said...

Speedy solve this morning. No hangups at all. The visual shown above at 64A of a tube of Brylcreem brought back an unpleasant college memory of the morning after the night before when I mistook a tube of Brylcreem for a tube of toothpaste. Well, you get the picture. No more hangovers, or at least fewer, after that.

Yellowrocks said...

Easy today. Simple theme. Something for every taste. I see only two names, NORA ROBERTS which has appeared before and STIPE, unknown to me. I know STIPE as a botanical word. The stem of a mushroom or fern, for example.
I look forward to the more complicated themes on Friday and Sunday.
Veal or chicken Marsala, yummy. I haven't tasted a restaurant or deli recipe that I like as well as homemade.
I went grocery shopping today for the entire month of May. The meat counter was well stocked, beef, pork, chicken, ham, ground beef, fresh fish.
The only empty shelves were for soap bars and hand washing liquid. No TP, but I have enough.
I love crab legs.

Lucina, thanks for sharing my worries about my sister whose condition mentally and physically is not very good. Her dementia will leave her unable to care for herself when she leaves the hospital. She needs a nursing home, but will not consent to go.
Agnes, my condolences on losing Mary. I hope your fond memories help to sustain you.
It is wonderful to see your close knit group of sisters. Our family is like that, too. Such a joy .

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Joe and Boomer.
I arrived here to discover that I FIWed. STIPE was unknown, and I had the wrong tense for 42A (Throw gave me Stipo!). But I did find the SCRAMBLEd MADs.

Oh no changed to UH OH with perps.
OTHO and DLS needed perps also.

d'otto - we had a whole seafood feast; besides the CRAB LEG and CLAM DIP, I found AHI and EELS. (Ray found some of them too!)
Yes, I too noted VEE and ZEE (although you know that this Canadian wanted Zed! thanks for the sympathy, Ray).
Those CPAs work with FIGURES.
Speaking of which, I smiled to see GIRLS over BRA.
I also smiled at the appropriate location of END.

IM - thoughts and prayers on the loss of your sister (especially so soon after your other sister).
Continued thoughts for your sister, YR.

Wishing you all a good day. Stay safe.

Lucina said...

Hola!

Thank you, Joe Kidd! I saw that seafood platter, too: EEL, CRABLEG, CLAMDIP and AHI tuna. PADRE and DEISM gave us a little religion.

Quod ERAT Demonstratum I believe is the entire quotation, meaning, "what is shown." Perhaps ALBERT Einstein would have said that.

A book I read on the life of CICERO expressed the view that he was not a very nice person though a good orator.

Otto? OTHO? I had the former and changed it when MATCH forced it.

Agnes, I am so sorry about the loss of your sister and so soon after losing another. It's especially sad that you can't be with all your family at this time.

Thank you, Boomer; you are wise to not venture out just yet.

Have a splendid day, everyone! Stay safe.

SansBeach said...

Good morning, all. After 3 days of xword crow, finally a confidence builder, FIR. Thanks Joe and thanks Boomer. Sorry for your loss, Agnes. My dad passed about a month and a half ago. I didn't realize I'd miss him as much as I do. Lots of years, never enough...

Wendybird said...

Thanks, Joe, for a smooth ride so I could FIR after my weekend struggles.
Also it’s a relief there were no rants against the constructor. Isn’t this supposed to be a friendly place?
My sympathy for your loss, Irish Miss. Jack is from a close, loving family of 8, and the loss if his sister a few months ago was/is so tough. He says that’s the down side if all being so close.
Thanks for the always entertaining tour, Boomer.

AnonymousPVX said...


IM, so sorry for your loss.

This Monday XWord went quickly.

No write-overs today.

From Saturday...BE...George Reeves was shot, what’s not clear is who did the shooting.

Being 67 is a lot like being 66, haha. At least, so far.

See you tomorrow.

Wilbur Charles said...

FLN, I sure called it with Bobbi. But keep posting, I love reading your take. I'm still mystified how one can solve Saturday and be AT SEA on Sunday. I could see about 5-8 empty boxes that needed some grok'ing. My first pass on Saturday had the Indian Ocean a sea of white.

But .. I came on to mention that OTHO. was one of (Year of) the Four Emperors. In the early 3rd century, there was five in one year . OMK, there's a quote re. "Uneasy lies the head… "? And, re. CICERO, Do you recall the Cat? I now see Owen does

Hmm. STIPE perped in and I never saw it until Boomer's (always entertaining*) write-up.

Agnes(IM), My prayers for your sister.

Gary, I remember leaving with a Ford Tempo and noticing snickers on the way out. I got HOSED.

Boomer, that was "Down the mighty Mrs. Sipp".

WC

*Love the baseball. See it's not just me!**
** Just saw the Seinfeld rerun on Elaine and the "Exclamation marks! "

Misty said...

A delightful Monday puzzle--thank you so much, Joe. I got every bit of it, although the bottom was the easy part and I had to work my way to the top. I got the MAD theme early on, even before the solution at the bottom. Nice to see CICERO and ALBERT Einstein turn up at the top. GIRLS, PROM DATE, BRA, GEL, all reminded me of high school. And it's always cute to get END at the END of the puzzle. Boomer, your write-ups are a pleasure, and C.C., thank you for giving us the sad news about Agnes's loss, and a link to Mary's obituary.

Have a good week coming up, everybody.

Anonymous said...

I'm relatively new to this board.

In these comments, what does "FIR" stand for? What are other common acronyms that posters use?

I'm assuming that Monday puzzles are the easiest of the week. Is 4:55 slow or fast for such a puzzle?

Pat said...

Agnes, my condolences for the loss of your sister. No matter how many years young they are, it's never easy to lose a loved one.

Welcome Monday! I worked on Friday/Saturday/Sunday but I'm not up to that solving level yet. Needed lots of peeks at the grid. Today was a happy solve, thanks, Joe K. Thanks for the fun expo, Boomer.

I think I'll take a CSO at 52a Butter serving PAT.

I-75 goes through MIAMI County, OH. Having made many trips to Michigan and back over the 30+ years we've been in Cincinnati, it was a gimme.

Sunny, 58*, fresh green leaves on most of the trees, high pollen count--yes, it's Spring! Have an enjoyable day!

oc4beach said...


No circles. Didn't get the theme because of the Merriam-Webster web site.

I motored through the puzzle, but like CanadianEh I didn't know STIPE and I used the wrong tense for 42A, THRoW AT vs THREW AT. So it took a few minutes of going back through the puzzle to figure out my mistake(s). Also, I wanted to put a Z in WHATzIS instead of WHATSIS. Otherwise it went well today.

Perps were mostly forgiving today, except for the aforementioned STIPo and THRoW.

With the sheltering in place, there are a lot of projects for me to catch up on, but so far I've been able to avoid most of them. I should do some of them, though. It proves that when many people say they would do something if they just had the time, they are lying. I did replace a CFL light in the dining room chandelier, but in the process I snapped the bulb. I'll have to go to another hardware store for another replacement bulb, because I got the last one that ACE Hardware had.

Agnes, I'm so sorry for your loss. No matter when it happens, it's too soon.

Be safe everyone.

PK said...

Hi Y'all! Great fun puzzle & expo, Joe & Boomer!

Liked the MAD SCRAMBLE theme.

Only place I had trouble was with the CICERO/I AM cross. Didn't know the Beatles song & tried Caesar then Cacius before just letting the down perps lead me.

Tried cUd before GUM, DsL before DHL. Duh!

Just finished a NORA ROBERTS book. She's a good antidote for the GORE of the prior book I read.

Happy Birthday, Anon PVX! I like your posts.

Agnes, so sorry about the loss of your sister. Losing a sibling is such a reminder of our own mortality.

My daughter brought me packages of hamburger last night. Today I read where some of the workers in the state meat packing industry have tested positive for COVID. I'm hoping the virus is killed by cooking to well done after washing the packages with soap & water. !!! And I was just worried about not having food...

SwampCat said...

Agnes, I was so sorry to hear about Mary. You’re in my prayers.

Thanks, Joe, for the Monday romp. I thought some of the clues were a bit strange, but easy enough to get the fill. Is the LEI the welcome or a symbol of the welcome? I’m over thinking a Monday, I realize! Boomer, thanks for the giggles.

I have some questions about CRAB LEGS. I ve never eaten a leg....no meat in them. The Claws are where the sweet meat is. I’ve caught, cooked, cleaned, and eaten bushels and bushels of CRABS. I suspect this as a regional thing.

Except for soft shell crabs. But those soft legs are mostly batter.

Jinx, I loved your story of boat names. Some are such fun!


Jinx in Norfolk said...

Oh wow, Pat. Were Mabley and Carew and Shillito's there when you arrived? My mother used to take us three kids there every fall for back-to-school shopping. I learned responsibility and dependability by being turned loose downtown and told to be back at Carew Tower after a time (one hour at first, two hours in later years). My mom had metal charge cards for those two stores that were used to make an ink impression on the sales slip. They weren't credit cards, and had to be paid in full when billed. That was way before you arrived of course.

I'm sure you know that Miami University is 100 years older than its Johnny-come-lately namesake in Florida.

Anon, welcome to our mostly-friendly group. Usually the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday puzzle are pretty easy, though I wouldn't say that they get more difficult as the days pass. Thursdays are decidedly more difficult, Fridays harder still, and Saturdays are usually beyond my capabilities (though many people at the Crossword Corner sail right through them). Sundays are usually Thursday-level in difficulty (to me, YMMV), but the size of them requires P&P. YMMV= your mileage may vary; P&P=patience and persistence. FIR=finish(ed) it right; FIW=finished it wrong; DNF=did not finish (or finished by looking something up, Googling or calling a friend). You'll find other abbrs in the "abbrs" section on the right-hand side of the first page of this blog.

Lucina said...

AnonymousPVX:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You should e-mail C.C. with your birthday details so that she can post it for everyone to see and you will also get a virtual cake from CEDave.
I hope your celebration is happy though maybe subdued.

OwenKL said...

Anonymous@12:36 Here's a list of abbreviations.

C.C., on the comment posting page, there's a mention that this abbreviation list exists, it's even in bold type, but wouldn't it be better to put an actual link to the file there?

OwenKL said...

Oh, Anon@12:36 again. Time is over-rated, except in relation to yourself. An occasional natick can happen any day of the week, but I generally FIR 2/3rds of the time on Fri and Sat, and nearly always the rest of the week. I think that's better than a lot of folks here. But even a Monday can take me half-an-hour. I think nearly everyone here would consider that abysmal!

Hahtoolah said...

Good Afternoon, Boomer and friends. We can now tell the days of the week by the ease of the puzzles. This must be Monday.

So sorry for your loss, Agnes. May your sister's memory be a blessing.

QOD: If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them. ~ Pietro Aretino (Apr. 20, 1492 ~ Oct. 21, 1556), Italian author and satirist

Ol' Man Keith said...

W.C. ~ The quote is from Henry IV, Part 2, Act III. In the opening soliloquy, Henry questions how sleep can visit the lowly "sea-boy" in the midst of a rocking ship amid heaving waves and yet not come to a king:
"Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude;
And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then, happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

It's a theme Shakespeare visits many times Probably the best version of this idea occurs in Richard II, Act III, sc 2 when Richard begins:
"For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings..."

You can look it up. The language is at his best. It reminds us that real-life kings and queens aspire to be nearly as eloquent as old Will. Their tutors make them learn this stuff.
~ OMK

Pat said...

Jinx, I've never heard of Mabley, I only know of the Carew Tower. Shillito's had just changed it's name to Shillito-Rikes a few months before we moved here. A few years later it became Lazarus, then in 2005 it became Macy's. A store had been built in the Beechmont Mall, I hate to drive downtown and I don't like to shop so I never go downtown. If I want something I shop the smaller, close to home store.

My daughter and I toured Miami Univ. when she was college shopping but I didn't know it was so much older than the southern school. She chose Indiana Univ. in Bloomington.

Irish Miss said...

Hi Everyone:

Thank you all very much for your kind words of condolence. After losing three siblings in three months, I'm numb from shock and grief. My sister's visitation (family only) and burial were delayed until today because of the limitations on the number of burials allowed each day. Unfortunately, there was no Funeral Mass permitted, but the graveside service was more extensive and personalized than usual. Seeing everyone wearing a mask and keeping their distance from each other at a wake and burial of a loved one was beyond surreal.



Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Anonymous...took me awhile to remember what the abbreviations meant. Heck have enough trouble remembering answers to the clues.

Thanks for bringing it up though. I reviewed the list and realized one I didn't know. WEES "what everybody else said." I thought it was plural for WE. As in "WEES solved the puzzle but yous didn't."

Smtmes 2 mny abbrevs mk the cmmts 2 hrd 2 rd.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Ray, love it.

Pat, that figures. I still refer to Riverfront as "the new stadium". The only time I was there was when the Dodgers (IIRC) beat the Reds on the stadium's opening day. Used to go to Crosley Field a coupe of times a year, with side trips to Coney Island and Dreamland.

Anyone want to make some money in crude oil? It closed today at cheaper than free. Yup, they will pay you to take it off their hands. Only catch is you must take delivery of all of the oil in the contract (typically 42,000 gallons) on May 1 in Oklahoma.

Jayce said...

I enjoyed solving this puzzle and reading all your comments.

Be well, Agnes. Good wishes to you all.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Dear Agnes (Irish Miss) ~
Please add my name to the growing list of friends offering condolences for your loss. I can partly empathize as I have also lost siblings--two of them younger than myself--but I have not had to endure the deaths of so many in a such a short period of time.
Truly, that must be a horrendous and shocking deprivation. My heart goes out to you.
May you hold only the happiest memories in your heart.
~ OMK

CrossEyedDave said...

For AnonymousPVX, Keep that mask on!

Irish Miss,
My sincerest condolences...
With MIL in the hospital two weeks ago with a colon blockage,
we all thought the worst. But she survived and is home by some miracle.
But we all know it is only a matter of time...
The current situation is everybody's deepest nightmare when it
comes to how the heck we are going to say goodbye, & to whom...

Which brings me to silly themage links,
I was going to post Mort Drucker, from Mad magazine,
but it just doesn't seem appropriate.

So, for Irish Miss, I hope this may cheer you up,
The Ultimate Mad Scramble...

Boomer said...

Precious Agnes. Nothing hurts worse than losing a family member and C.C. and I offer our condolences. Especially due to the terrible virus going on, you are not able to offer a traditional funeral. So sorry for your loss.

Bill G said...

Dear Agnes,

I wish I could express my condolences half as well as the other folks here have done but I feel hopelessly inadequate. Sincere best wishes coming to you from me. Please try to stay in touch with all of us when you feel up to it.

Love, Bill G

Anonymous T said...

Irish Miss - I'm so sorry to read of your Sisters' recent passings. And during these times where gatherings prohibit a proper Irish wake. My deepest condolences. -T