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Mar 20, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 C.C. Burnikel

Title:  Intravenous Therapy

Four down answers hiding IV:
3D. Handheld cleaner :   MINI VACUUM.

9D. 2006 cop drama set in Florida :   MIAMI VICE.

31D. Reagan Library site :   SIMI VALLEY.

34D. Like much Norton software :   ANTI-VIRUS.

And the reveal:
24D. Hosp. fluid-administration methods hidden in 3-, 9-, 31- and 34-Down : IV DRIPS.

TTP here after being called up from the minor leagues.  Honored to be asked.  Delighted it's a C.C., but unfortunate timing as I think of our dear friend Argyle.


1. Affectionate sideline greeting : HI MOM.  The stereotypical shot of the football player waving to the camera and mouthing the words after a big play. You tend to see these in televised coverage of college bowl games. 

6. "I understand now!" : AHA.   Often an exclamation.  I understand now (revelation) the effort and skills required to blog the puzzle.  Plenty of first-time blunders and some AHA moments along the way.  I'm looking forward to Argyle's return. 

 9. Mud bath coverings : MASKS

14. Gal pal, in Genoa : AMICA.  Female friend in Genoa, Italy. 

15. Searchlight used by Gotham police : BAT-SIGNAL.  Police Commissioner Gordon most often used the BatPhone in the ABC TV Series. BAT-SIGNAL   

17. One changing pitches : TUNER.  Piano tuner comes to mind.

18. "Are you declining?" : IS THAT A NO ?   Please clarify your position.

19. "Tell me!" : SPILL IT !   Yes or no !   

21. Response to a tasty treat : YUM.   Yum! Brands was renamed from Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc,  in 2002 to match its NYSE ticker symbol.   It is based in Louisville, Kentucky.  Yum ! sounds better to me. 

22. Understand : GET.  Clecho with 6A, but perhaps without as much excitement.  Are you picking up what I'm putting down ?

23. "Va-va-__!" : VOOM

24. Long Island town : ISLIP

26. Dog-tired : BEAT

28. 605, to Seneca : DCV.   The person, not the people.  Roman philosopher and statesman.  He would have read 605 as DCV in Roman numerals. D = 500, C = 100,  V = 5. 

30. Stop, to swabs : AVAST

33. Circle segment : ARC

34. "Humble" home : ABODE.  Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

36. "Why would __?" : I LIE. The question, "Why would I lie ?" was asked eight times in The Tubes 1983 Top 10 hit "She's a Beauty."  The music video became an MTV staple. Not going to link it.   

37. Dealer's query : YOU IN ?   Yes ?  Then ante up. 

39. Class with smocks : ART

40. Punctuation in many lists : COMMA

42. Sign of disuse : DUST

43. Like yoga teachers : LITHE

45. Many a craft beer, for short : IPA - India Pale Ale

46. Online box filler : EMAIL

48. Cough up the cash : PAY.   Lucina, I imagine that ESL students might struggle with idioms.

49. Enterprise rival : AVIS

50. KitchenAid appliances : OVENS.  One of many countertop and major appliances bearing the company name.    "I don't care what you call it, but I know it's the best kitchen aid I've ever had!"  That was purportedly the response of the wife of a Hobart Company exec after she received and used a prototype mixer.  Paraphrased from Wikipedia.  

52. __ colada: rum drink : PINA.  The "Pina Colada" song by Rupert Holmes is actually entitled "Escape." 

54. Old vitamin bottle no. : RDA

57. Shiba __ : Japanese dog : INU.   A spitz breed of dog of Japan.  INU is the Japanese word for dog.

58. Scored well under par, in golf lingo : WENT LOW.    A PGA Tournament television color commentator's standard, often used in describing the leader's 18 hole score relative to par.  

61. Bart Simpson's "Holy cow!" : AY, CARAMBA

64. "Love Me Like You Do" singer Goulding : ELLIE.  Knew neither her nor the song "Love Me Like You Do", but with 1,702,176,952 views (and counting) of the official video,  I decided to listen.

65. Apple Store support station : GENIUS BAR

66. Preps, as potatoes : PEELS.  Peeling potatoes on KP duty probably means using one of these.  50 to 60 pounds peeled in a jiff on the 6460.  Beetle Bailey and Sad Sack would have loved one of these.

Irish Miss, does your sister rent one of those for her St. Patrick's Day gatherings ? 

67. Icon tappers : USERS

68. Bashful : SHY

69. Risky rendezvous : TRYST.   "At a bar called O'Malley's..." in the song "Escape."


1. Fashionable Kentucky Derby array : HATS.   Fashionable hats will also be on display at the upcoming royal wedding. 

2. "My turn to bat" : I'M UP.   Baseball lingo with the "to bat" modifier.

4. Spotted wildcat : OCELOT

5. Thomas of "That Girl" : MARLO

6. Somewhat : A BIT

7. Polishes off : HAS.   Food or drink.   Finishes. 

8. Legal dept. staffers : ATTYS.  Attorneys, abbreviated.

10. Star's rep. : AGT.  Representative, Agent.  Probably didn't need clarification.

11. Hose mishap : SNAG.  Hose inconvenience ? Kink ?

12. Welles' "Citizen" : KANE.  Orson Welles, "Citizen Kane."  The classic.  A Viewer's Companion to 'Citizen Kane' by Roger Ebert.

13. Schedule opening : SLOT

16. Six-time Super Bowl coach Don : SHULA.  One with the Baltimore Colts.  Five with the Miami Dolphins.  Born near Abejo's lake, but on the Ohio side, near Painesville.

20. Website with film profiles : IMDbInternet Movie Database. 

25. __ Alto, Calif. : PALO.  Silicon Valley.

26. Tampa __ Buccaneers : BAY.  I love puzzles.  They can take you from the Silicon Valley to the Gulf Coast of Florida in seconds.

27. Slowly wear away : ERODE

29. West Virginia natural resource : COAL. Just read that as of 2014, twenty-five states produced coal.

32. Allegro, largo, lento, etc. : TEMPI.  The plural of tempo. 

35. Bluesy James : ETTA

38. Japanese golf great Aoki : ISAO.  Isao Aoki with Arnold Palmer.  

He credits watching Arnold Palmer for giving him the inspiration to pursue a golfing career.  "Isao Aoki only plays with golf balls marked with the number 5.  That number is pronounced “Go” in Japanese and it also represents the worst score he wants to make."  He was elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004.  Source - World Golf Hall of Fame.

41. Remote batteries : AAs

44. Promote aggressively : HYPE

47. Dunham and Olin : LENAs.  New York born actress Lena Dunham and Sweden born actress Lena Olin.

49. Buck horn : ANTLER

51. Anesthetizes : NUMBS

53. Bumbling : INEPT

54. Sauce brand with an accent on its last letter : RAGÚ.

55. Salon colorings : DYES

56. OXY 10 target : ACNE

58. Suspicious (of) : WARY

59. Art store buys : OILS

60. Wild or Old area : WEST

62. Balloon filler : AIR.   Hot Air Ballon Rides near Chicago, and other local sightseeing deals,  as seen on Groupon.

63. Scrooge's scoff : BAH

Argyle,  come back soon. 

See all y'all later n'at.

Notes from C.C.:

1) TTP (Took the Plunge) has kindly agreed to take the Tuesday helm while Argyle is recovering from his surgery. TTP has been with the blog since 2012. He quietly helped me navigate many troubled spots, often behind the scenes with various technical issues. Without him, we might still be in the Google Hell. And many of the comments on old blog posts might never see the light of day.

2) Happy 80th birthday to dear Spitzboov (Al), a big milestone! Al has been with our blog for a long time. His posts and emails are often knowledgeable, witty and light-hearted, befitting his rascal avatar.  Al served in the Navy Reserve for over 20 years and retired as Commander. Thanks for being part of our family, Commander Al! Boomer and I are always proud of the flag you gifted me, the best in the neighborhood.  

Argyle and Spitzboov
(August 23, 2014, Washington County Fair)

3) Happy Birthday to John28man as well! How are you doing lately, John?

Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday March 13, 2018 Rich Proulx

Theme: The measurement in each theme entry is clued by its metric measurement.

 20A. 113-gram sandwich, more or less : QUARTER POUNDER

 24A. About 1.8 meters deep : SIX FEET UNDER

 46A. 37.9-liter topper, roughly : TEN-GALLON HAT
 54A. Proceed another 1.6 kilometers or so : GO THE EXTRA MILE

C.C. here. Argyle is sick. I'm going to just put the skeletal entries here. Will fill in more later.

Back now.

Looks like this is a debut from Rich Proulx. Congratulations! He gave us 72-worder today. It's in the themeless territory.


1. Kind of guitar : BASS

5. Foul-smelling : FETID. This word looks dirty too.

10. Bouillabaisse, e.g. : STEW

14. Where the Jazz play : UTAH

15. Dodge : EVADE

16. Weighty book : TOME

17A. Signed up, as to vote : REGISTERED. We also have 60A: Double-checked before cutting: REMEASURED.  Often constructors avoid long Across entries for fear solvers will think they're themers, but today the clues make the theme clear.

19. Military group : UNIT. Tiny clue/answer dupe: 35. Mall unit : STORE. Did you go to the Fashion Show Mall last week,  Big Easy?
22. Sleeping woe : APNEA

23. Like Oberlin College since it opened in 1833 : CO-ED

31. Watch pocket : FOB

34. Approaches : NEARS

36. Word after New or teen : AGER

38. Hidden drug supply : STASH

40. Big gulp : SWIG

41. Insurance case : CLAIM

43. TV ex-military group led by Hannibal Smith : A TEAM. Only know Mr. T was in it.

45. Mario Bros. console : NES

49. Fatty liver spread : PATE. Have some!

50. Hybrid pack animals : MULES

59. Christmas tree topper's topper : HALO

61. Congregation's "I agree!" : AMEN

62. Geometry calculations : AREAS

63. Track assignment : LANE

64. Arnaz with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : DESI. I just learned that Gene Autry had five stars.

65. Toy truck brand : TONKA

66. Old Russian leader : TSAR


1. Traditional Islamic garment : BURQA

2. Thoroughly delighted in : ATE UP. Nope, Picard, I did nothing special for Chinese Spring Festival. I did treat myself with a bag of Chinese dumplings. As for places in China, I suggest Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'an (my hometown), Hangzhou and Tibet.

3. Cosmologist Carl : SAGAN

4. Counties across the pond : SHIRES

5. Lavish party : FETE

6. At any time : EVER

7. Firewood protector : TARP Also 18. Wood finish : STAIN

8. Logical beginning? : IDEO. Ideological.

9. Subtract : DEDUCT

10. They often have class : STUDENTS

11. Softened, as rhetoric : TONED DOWN

12. Kuwaiti leader : EMIR

13. Rainy : WET
21. We, to one who says "oui" : NOUS. Just French "we".

25. Ballot markings : Xes

26. Deadly : FATAL

27. Muse for Shelley : ERATO

28. German industrial city : ESSEN

29. Cleveland's lake : ERIE. How long have you been with Amazon, Abejo?

30. Govt. agency rules : REGS

31. Something known to be true : FACT

32. Eye rudely : OGLE. Also 47. Eye rudely : LEER AT

33. Tall, skinny sorts : BEANPOLES. Great fill.

37. Tubular pasta : RIGATONI

39. "So there!" : HAH

42. Course with squares and cubes : MATH

44. What babies create, and vice versa? : MAMAS. I got via crosses.
48. Ruckus : TUMULT

51. Turkish coins : LIRAS

52. Kagan of the Supreme Court : ELENA

53. Meal where the 10 Plagues of Egypt are recalled : SEDER

54. Mario Bros., for one : GAME

55. Architect Saarinen : EERO

56. Magneto's enemies : X-MEN

57. Hardwood prized for outdoor furniture : TEAK

58. Tabula __ : RASA

59. Owned : HAD

Updated at 11:15am:
Santa was admitted into the Saratoga hospital last night. His friend Jennifer said he was dangerously sick yesterday. He'll be in the hospital for a few days.

Please send him your positive thoughts. Keep him in your prayers.

Thank you! Get well soon, Santa!

Argyle our Santa

Mar 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 ~ Bill Zagozewski

Theme: Timely - SPRING is placed ahead of the last word in the theme answers.

20A. Have things finally go one's way: CATCH A BREAK. Spring Break.

36A. Mosquito-borne disease: YELLOW FEVER. Spring Fever.

42A. Engage in hard-nosed negotiations: PLAY CHICKEN. Spring Chicken.

56A. Make an annual clock adjustment ... and what the end of 20-, 36- and 42-Across may literally have: SPRING AHEAD

Argyle here. Bill is averaging a puzzle a year.


1. Easy thing to do: SNAP

5. Lobster serving: CLAW

9. Great time: BLAST

14. Skin opening: PORE

15. Tra-__: refrain syllables: LA-LA

16. Main artery: AORTA

17. Snapchat co-founder Spiegel: EVAN. Only 27 years old.

18. Cyberzine: eMAG

19. Parakeets' quarters: CAGEs

23. Photo __: media events: OPS

24. Charged particles: IONs

25. Intl. news broadcaster: VOA. (Voice of America)

27. Singer's quavers: TRILLS

30. Recently: AS OF LATE

35. Harry's pal Weasley: RON. Harry Potter books.

38. Penne __ vodka: ALLA. Penne alla vodka is a pasta dish made with vodka and penne pasta, usually made with heavy cream, crushed tomatoes, onions, and sometimes sausage, pancetta or peas. Wikipedia

40. Singer Damone: VIC

41. Trig ratio: SINE

47. "Just a __!": SEC

48. Dress-for-success accessory: POWER TIE

49. New York Giants legend with 511 career home runs: MEL OTT. Cool! Whole name.

51. Used a bench: SAT

52. Location: SITE

53. Sponsors' spots: ADs

62. Georgia state fruit: PEACH. But do you dare eat a peach?

64. Smell: ODOR

65. Gold rush animal: MULE

66. "Orange" tea grade: PEKOE

67. Kind of pittance?: MERE

68. The "A" of NEA: ARTS. (National Endowment for the Arts)

69. Drive too fast: SPEED

70. New England NFLers: PATS

71. Barnes & Noble reader: NOOK


1. Job detail, for short: SPEC. Specification.

2. Old Chevy: NOVA. Production‎: ‎1961–1979; 1985–1988. The 1985-88 Chevrolet Nova was a joint venture between General Motors and Toyota.

3. "I smell __!": A RAT

4. Crossword solver's choice: PENCIL

5. Remove dirt from: CLEANSE

6. Petting zoo youngsters: LAMBS

7. Bygone apple spray: ALAR

8. Regular pay: WAGE

9. "Not so close!": "BACK OFF!"

10. Extended pd. away from work: LOA. (Leave Of Absence)

11. Golden Fleece ship: ARGO

12. How-to instruction: STEP

13. Soviet news agency: TASS. Founded in 1902, Tass is the fourth largest major news agency.

21. Sanctified: HOLY

22. Declare emphatically: AVOW

26. Drinks in schooners: ALES

27. Maria von __, family singers' matriarch: TRAPP

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont

28. Rich boy in "Nancy" comics: ROLLO

29. Groom's new relative: IN-LAW

30. Author Hoffman: ALICEBio.

31. Foot cover: SOCK

32. French dispatch boat: AVISO. An oldie but goodie.

33. Guiding principle: TENET

34. Standing tall: ERECT

37. Heinz varieties count, to Caesar?: LVII. (57)

39. Those in favor: AYEs

43. Failed suddenly, as a laptop: CRASHED

44. URL letters: HTTP. URL yesterday, HyperText Transfer Protocol today.

45. Political fugitives: ÉMIGRÉS

46. __ profit: make money: NET A

50. __ Brothers: defunct financial firm: LEHMAN

52. Equine outburst: SNORT. Play this good and loud; see who comes to find out what is happening.

53. iPhone downloads: APPs

54. __-sea diver: DEEP

55. Drink with sushi: SAKE

57. Frolic in a lively way: ROMP. Too much sake?

58. Thinking output: IDEA

59. Currency named for a continent: EURO

60. Choir voice: ALTO

61. Student's workplace: DESK

63. Runner Sebastian: COE. He ran a sub-4-minute mile. Roger Bannister was the first person to run a mile under 4 minutes. He died Saturday.


Feb 27, 2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 ~ Jake Halperin

Theme: Synonym Toast - The ends of the theme words are loose synonyms for business.

17. Regularly go out (with): KEEP COMPANY

23. Getup for Woody of "Toy Story": COWBOY OUTFIT

38. What "2 + 2 = 4" is an example of: BINARY OPERATION

50. Preferred way of doing things: BEST PRACTICE

61. Front part of a hand tool, say ... and the last word of 17-, 23-, 38- and 50-Across?: BUSINESS END (i.e., the chain on a chain saw is the business end.)

Argyle here with what I thought was one of the toughest Tuesdays we've had in awhile. YMMV


1. Actress Swenson: INGA. I remember her from Gretchen Kraus, Benson, ABC, 1979-86.

5. Pops out, as a DVD: EJECTS

11. White lie: FIB

14. "Little" Dickens girl: NELL. The Old Curiosity Shop is a Dickens' novel.

15. Golf goof: MISHIT

16. Mined metal: ORE

19. Old horse: NAG

20. Rip off: STEAL

21. URL suffix for charities: .ORG

22. __ time: never: AT NO

27. Like some consonants, as the nasal "n": PALATAL

30. Actress de Matteo: DREA. Andrea Donna "Drea" de Matteo is an American actress, known for her role as Angie Bolen on ABC's "Desperate Housewives".

31. Press into service: USE

32. Invalidate: VOID

35. "The Lion King" lion: SIMBA. Simba was inspired by Disney's "Bambi ".

42. "Say cheese!": "SMILE!"

43. Spreadsheet info: DATA

44. Baton Rouge sch.: LSU. (Louisiana State University)

45. Unlikely to throw dirty clothes on the floor: NEAT. 2-Down. Old hair-removal brand: NEET

47. Word after systems or psycho: ANALYST

54. "__ girl!": ATTA

55. __Kosh B'gosh: OSH. (children's apparel)

56. Listless feeling: ENNUI

60. Old electrical unit: MHO. Reverse of OHM.

64. Emeril exclamation: "BAM!"

65. Tarzan and others: APEMEN

66. Like villains: EVIL

67. Having five sharps, musically: IN B

68. Creates anew, as a password: RESETS

69. Alluring: SEXY


1. Color printer refills: INKs

3. TV show about a high school choir: "GLEE"

4. Llama-like mammal: ALPACA

Da Ya Think I'm Sexy

5. Expressive punk genre: EMO

6. Good name for a phys ed teacher?: JIM

7. Finland's second-largest city: ESPOO. FYI, West of Finland's largest city, Helsinki.

8. Careful: CHARY

9. Overbearing leader: TIN GOD

10. Messy room: STY

11. Group of related typefaces: FONT FAMILY

12. Tehran native: IRANI

13. Fathered, in the Bible: BEGOT

18. Congeal: CLOT

22. Accepted the loss, financially: ATE IT

24. Like permed hair: WAVY

25. "True __": HBO vampire series: BLOOD. I don't have HBO.

26. Constellation bear: URSA

27. Watering holes: PUBS. 61-Down. Watering hole: BAR Clecho.

28. "Sure __ standing here ... ": AS I'M

29. Shrine in Moscow's Red Square: LENIN'S TOMB

33. Hoppy beer, for short: IPA. (India pale ale)

34. Coup __: D'ÉTAT. Literally meaning a "stroke of state" or "blow against the state".

36. Big cheese: BOSS

37. "Sometimes you feel like __ ... ": classic candy jingle: A NUT

39. "Prince Valiant" queen: ALETA

40. Bring in: REAP

41. Hindu princess: RANI

46. Traveling acting band: TROUPE

48. Half of all blackjacks: ACEs

49. Contact __: LENSES

50. Disney deer: BAMBI

51. Filmmaker Coen: ETHAN

52. Pack animals: ASSES

53. Bell tower sound: CHIME

57. Campbell of "Scream": NEVE. Also of "Mad Men"

58. Windows alternative: UNIX

59. In a lazy way: IDLY

62. Earn after taxes: NET

63. Naval rank: Abbr.: ENS. (Ensign )

I'll leave you with this Queen parable.


Feb 20, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 ~ John Lampkin

Theme: ?, ?, ?, ?, and ? - The five things a reporter should report.

17A. *"Never!": "WHEN PIGS FLY!"

37A. *"Not another problem!": "WHAT NOW?!"

58A. *"I don't need a second opinion!": "WHO ASKED YOU?!"

11D. *"Happenin' scene, man!": "WHERE IT'S AT!"

28D. *"Cool your heels!": "WHY THE RUSH?!"

46D. Journalism's traditional set of questions, obliquely addressed by the answers to starred clues: FIVE "W"s

Who? Argyle. When? Tuesday. What? A nifty puzzle. Where? On the Corner. Why? Because YellowRocks wanted a John Lampkin puzzle yesterday.


1. Hebrew scholar: RABBI. A teacher, sometimes; a scholar, always.

6. Borden spokescow: ELSIE

11. With 25-Across, "Scream" director: WES. 25-Across. See 11-Across: CRAVEN

14. Watery expanse: OCEAN

15. Double-check, as totals: RE ADD

16. Shakespearean prince or Broadway producer Prince: HAL. Prince Hal, later to be King Henry, in Henry IV, Part 1, is portrayed as an irresponsible, fun-loving youth, Prince of Wales. or, Harold Prince, his IMBd.

19. Incoming flight info: ETA

20. Flower parts: SEPALS. Ah! The petals trap.

21. Visit: SEE

22. Fedora feature: BRIM

23. Valley with wine cellars and sellers: NAPA

27. Rock gently: SWAY

29. "Is this a good move for me?": "SHOULD I?"

31. Folk singer Phil: OCHS

32. Steeped beverage: TEA

33. Become a pro at: MASTER

36. After "no," "Not possible!": WAY. (No way!)

39. State: SAY

40. Appetizer follower: ENTRÉE

42. That woman: HER

43. Tortoise racer: HARE

44. Carpenter's cordless cutter: HAND SAW

46. Temper tantrums: FITS

47. Tank type: SEPTIC. If you're a home owner, this might be the first tank you'd think of.

48. Mix: STIR

50. Jelly holders: JARS

51. Turf roll: SOD

53. Olympic segments: EVENTS. Timely.

57. Outback bird: EMU

60. Sit-up targets: ABs. Me? 63A. "Nope": "NAH"

61. Sporty Chevy: VETTE

62. Angler's danglers: WORMS

64. Portfolio part: ASSET

65. Snooty sorts: SNOBS


1. Lettered theater locations: ROWS

2. Post-workout soreness: ACHE. Me? 63A. "Nope": "NAH"

3. Warning toot: [BEEP!]

4. Fruit that grows in bunches: BANANAs

5. Like catchable foul balls: IN PLAY. Soon.

6. Physicist's work unit: ERG

7. Not so pricey: LESS

8. Seattle's __ Field: SAFECO. Since the Inaugural Game on July 15, 1999, Safeco Field has been the home of the Seattle Mariners.

9. Unsubstantiated bit of gossip: IDLE RUMOR

10. Ice cream maker Joseph: EDY

12. Enjoy home cooking: EAT IN. 32-Down. Things to "do" after you 12-Down: THE DISHES. Me? 63A. "Nope": "NAH"

13. Shut angrily: SLAM

18. Web access co.: ISP. (Internet Service Provider)

22. Brief briefs?: BVDs. Founded in 1876. Wikipedia

24. On the water: ASEA

26. "There oughta be __!": A LAW

27. Read quickly: SCAN

30. Yoga system: HATHA. Moi? 63A. "Nope": "NAH"

31. Be in debt: OWE

34. Glasses holders: EARS

35. Pumpernickel grain: RYE

37. Took one's turn: WENT

38. Latest buzz: NEWS

41. Knocks quickly: RAPS

43. Joined the staff: HIRED ON

45. Skedaddles: SCOOTS

47. Brazilian dance: SAMBA. Not a boot scootin' boogie(3:20)

49. "__War": Shatner novel: TEK

50. Novelist Auel: JEAN

52. Time stamp component: DATE

54. "Stoned Soul Picnic" songwriter Laura: NYRO

55. Archaeological site: TOMB

56. Figure (out): SUSS

58. Harpers Ferry st.: WVA. (West Virginia)

59. Jazz gig unit: SET

Time to scurry and scoot outta here.


Note from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to dear Santa Argyle, who turned 73 today. If I recall correctly, Santa's first comment on our blog is "Ahem...."

Santa just wrote his 836 blog post for us this morning. He was a Marine, and he continues to protect us and this blog like a Marine. He never complained, even when he broke his ankle last summer. It was hard for him to walk from his bedroom to the computer desk to check on our blog.
Hard to believe that I've been talking with him nearly every day for nearly 10 years. Thanks for being here for me, Santa!


  Santa was a fifteen year old and a Freshman (1960)

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)


Feb 6, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 ~ C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Wet Borders - Names of border lakes in the circles. The circles are on the borders of the entries.

17A. Cold dish topped with hard-boiled egg: CHEF'S SALAD. Lake Chad, borders Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria

25A. Longtime Susan Lucci soap role: ERICA KANE. Lake Erie, borders Canada and the United States.

38A. It clicks on the dance floor: TAP SHOE. Lake Tahoe, border between California and Nevada.

50A. Appear intermittently: COME AND GO. Lake Como, Italy and near the Swiss border.

61A. It may be a boundary between neighboring countries ... or what each set of circles depicts?: BORDER LAKE

Argyle here. Lake Como seems to be the outlier here. It's 5 minutes by train from Como to the Swiss border. So many beautiful pictures, so I didn't choose any.


1. Jazz singer Simone: NINA. The Animals version was a cover of this Nina Simone original.

5. Colorado ski resort: ASPEN

10. Apple computer with a Magic Keyboard: iMAC. Why Magic?

14. Ambulance-calling situation: Abbr.: EMER.. "911, what is your emergency?"

15. Take off: LEAVE

16. Fizzy drink: COLA. 44A. Fizzy drink: POP

19. Grasp: HOLD

20. Sent to the canvas: KO'd. Knocked out.

21. Japanese beef city: KOBE

22. Wisdom tooth, e.g.: MOLAR. 41A. Crown installer's org.: ADA. (American Dental Association)

23. Having many curves: SNAKY. Better to be SNAKY than snarky.

28. Bully's warning words: OR ELSE

30. A cat may climb one: TREE

31. Beginning: ORIGIN

32. Skater's surface: ICE

33. Tiny amount: DRIB. Partner of drabs.

37. Place for pillow talk: BED

42. Picked out of a lineup, briefly: IDed. (identified)

45. "Here's the deal ... ": "LISTEN ... "

47. Metal in steel: IRON

49. Hire, as a lawyer: RETAIN

54. Nocturnal calls: HOOTS

56. Wonderland visitor: ALICE

57. Simplify: EASE

59. Tiny insect egg: NIT

60. Bread for a gyro: PITA

64. Nights before: EVEs

65. Confess: ADMIT

66. Radar screen spot: BLIP

67. Take a break: REST

68. Medicinal amounts: DOSES

69. Flies on a fast plane: JETS


1. Mandolin parts: NECKS

2. Bit of gratitude from an award recipient: "I'M HONORED"

3. Driver's invitation: "NEED A RIDE?"

4. [I want a treat!]: [ARF!]

5. As well: ALSO

6. Naval builder: SEABEE

7. Not as tanned: PALER

8. Juan Perón's wife: EVA

9. Homer Simpson's friend Flanders: NED

10. "The pressure was too much for me": "I CHOKED"

11. Greenbacks: MOOLA

12. Hunter Quatermain of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen": ALLAN. Not the character on the soap opera General Hospital.

13. Close-knit group: CADRE

18. Like greenhouses: SKYLIT

22. West of old films: MAE

24. Brewery container: KEG

26. Rash symptom: ITCH

27. New Orleans cuisine: CREOLE. Just Sunday we had Creole vs Cajun.

29. Attach with a click: SNAP ON. And a lot of moola.

31. Back-tied sash: OBI

32. Co. for Web users: ISP. (Internet service provider)

34. Underlying reason: RATIONALE

35. Police artist's composite pic maker: IDENTI-KIT

36. Blackball: BAN

39. Duck's habitat: POND

40. "Your choice": EITHER

43. Like many metal toys: DIECAST

46. __ Tomé: SÃO. São Tomé is the capital city of São Tomé. Its name is Portuguese for "Saint Thomas".

48. Singer Carly __ Jepsen: RAE

49. Rock band's helper: ROADIE

50. Zany adventure: CAPER

51. Martini fruit: OLIVE

52. Tiny parasites: MITES

53. Causes of illness: GERMS

55. Fitbit units: STEPS. Fitbit: wearable technology.

58. Film backdrops: SETS

61. No longer edible: BAD

62. Prefix with meter: ODO

63. Prez whose library is in Austin: LBJ