Jan 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015 Clement McKay

Theme: It's Clobberin' Time! - Just read the first words of the entries and you have Batman meeting The Thing.

17A. Like the 1920s-'30s, economically : BOOM OR BUST  BOOM!

24A. Excellent work : BANG UP JOB                                       BANG!

35A. Dramatic weight-loss program : CRASH DIET              CRASH!

49A. Deadeye with a rifle : CRACK SHOT.(or crackshot)     CRACK!

59A. Hectic pre-deadline period : CRUNCH TIME               CRUNCH!

No reveal.

Argyle here with what appears to be a new constructor. The theme probably has been done before but if so, I doubt it was done as well. Impressive grid with the seven letter risers in two corners. I'm running late and I have some linkin' to so, so here goes.


1. Parking lot fillers : CARS. Too easy?

5. "Me too!" : "SO AM I!"

10. Cutlass automaker : OLDS

14. Nike competitor : AVIA

15. Valuable violin, for short : STRAD. (Stradivarius)

16. Genesis or Exodus, e.g. : BOOK

19. Wild revelry : ORGY

20. Audition hopefuls : ACTORS

21. Enjoyed a sail, say : BOATED

23. Indian melodies : RAGAs

27. Dean's email suffix : .EDU

28. Japanese sash : OBI

30. Back of a flipped coin : TAILS

31. 2,000 pounds : TON

32. Uncooked : RAW

34. Greek messenger of the gods : HERMES. Hermès, if you're fashionable.

38. Geek Squad member : TECHIE. The boys at Best Buy.

41. Fireworks reaction : [OOH!]

42. EPA-banned pesticide : DDT. Some controversy now that maybe an out-right ban was too strong for the good that it does.

45. Roger who broke Babe Ruth's record : MARIS

46. Refusals : NOs

48. Prior to, in poems : ERE

53. "A Doll's House" playwright : IBSEN

55. Decorative inlaid work : MOSAIC

56. Watchful Japanese canines : AKITAs

57. Comet Hale-__ : BOPP

61. Thought from la tête : IDÉE

62. Hayes or Hunt : HELEN. Both great actresses but from different eras.

63. Slaughter in the Baseball Hall of Fame : ENOS

64. Surrender, as territory : CEDE

65. Grab : SEIZE

66. Emailed : SENT


1. Musical set at the Kit Kat Club : CABARET

2. Guacamole fruit : AVOCADO

3. Tear gas weapon : RIOT GUN

4. Margaret Mead subject : SAMOA. "Coming of Age in Samoa"

5. Georgia and Latvia, once: Abbr. : SSRs. (Soviet Socialist Republic)

6. Horseplayer's haunt, for short : OTB. (Off Track Betting)

7. Island near Curaçao : ARUBA. Win enough at OTB and you can be here.

8. Perry in court : MASON. With Della Street at his side.

9. Convention pin-on : ID TAG

10. Section of a woodwind quintet score : OBOE PART

11. Conrad classic : "LORD JIM". A novel by Joseph Conrad originally published as a serial in Blackwood's Magazine from October 1899 to November 1900. I missed it. My subscription lapsed.

12. Guard that barks : DOG

13. Big __ Country: Montana : SKY. Big shout out.

18. Approximately : OR SO

22. One-to-one student : TUTEE

24. Prejudice : BIAS

25. Corrida cry : ¡OLÉ!

26. Undergraduate degrees in biol., e.g. : BSs. (Bachelor of Science)

29. Scottish hillside : BRAE

33. Detective's question : WHO

34. Sunshine cracker : HI HO

35. Massachusetts city crossed by four Interstates : CHICOPEE. Two are auxiliary Interstates.

36. Insurance covers them : RISKS

37. "Please stop that" : "DON'T!"

38. Film lover's TV choice : TMC. The Movie Channel is on Showtime. Yes, I tried TCM.

39. Corn serving : EAR

40. Hardly roomy, as much airline seating : CRAMPED

42. Preordain : DESTINE

43. "It'll never happen!" : "DREAM ON!"

44. Most uptight : TENSEST

47. Many a Punjabi : SIKH

50. Goldman __: investment banking giant : SACHS

51. New employee : HIREE

52. Eyelike openings : OCULI. Oculus, singular.

54. Tugs at a fishing line : BITES

56. Clearasil target : ACNE

57. Clic Stic pen maker : BIC

58. Poem that extols : ODE

60. Pince-__ glasses : NEZ


Jan 25, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: 4-G Network. Every theme answer contains 4 G's sprinkled throughout the fill. 

Our lovely hostess is working weekends again and has acquired the services of GreGarious Guy Gary to blog for her very nice Sunday puzzle. Having  six theme answers across and two down supplied a nice element too. She produced some real learning for me with some of the theme fill and as usual provided entertainment with her always sparkling cluing.

I'm sure it was just serendipity that Don G had GettinG GoinG in his great Thursday puzzle! 

23A. What winners earn : BRAGGING RIGHTS - Texas and Oklahoma fight for these each October in Dallas  (1/2 orange, 1/2 red in Cotton Bowl)

41A. Search feature that tries to finish your thought : GOOGLE SUGGEST - New to this digital cowboy

60A. Grounded V-formation fliers : GAGGLE OF GEESE - Hey, once they take off they're a flock 

83A. Completely : BAG AND BAGGAG- "I threw him out, BAG AND BAGGAGE"

96A. Way to generate fresh website content : GUEST BLOGGING - I think that's what all of us do

120A. Flamboyant '40s-'50s wrestler : GORGEOUS GEORG- George Wagner from Butte Nebraska cut quite a figure in the 50's rasslin' game

40D. Kellogg's product slogan : LEGGO MY EGG

44D. Revelation nations : GOG AND MAGO- Not a clue

1. Give up : CEDE - The land Mexico CEDED to the U.S.A. after the Mexican-American War

5. 27 for Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," e.g. : OPUS 

9. Body sci. : ANAT 

13. Fingers-in-one's-ears syllables : LA LA LA - If I can't hear you, it doesn't count... 

19. Subtle vibe : AURA

20. "Hogwash!" : BOSH - Would Rich have allowed "Chris of the Miami Heat"?

21. Rao's competitor : RAGU

22. Polling place sticker : I VOTED 

26. Pan creator : BARRIE - Mary Martin as Pan on NBC in 1955  is a fond memory for me

27. Like a designated driver : SOBER - I don't think driving drunk is taken lightly any more

28. Coptic Museum city : CAIRO - tradition has it that the Holy Family visited this part of Cairo while fleeing from Herod

29. Toffee bar with a crown in its logo : SKOR - one of my favorite candy bars as long as my teeth are good!

31. Bread sometimes prepared with chutney : NAAN - I've yet to sample either

32. Bowler Mark who was four-time PBA Player of the Year : ROTH - along with Boomer, a man who has had a lot 127A. Alley pickups : SPARES

34. Trellis piece : LATH

36. Wipe clean : ERASE 

38. The NFL's Falcons : ATL - They got an NFL expansion franchise in 1965 so they wouldn't go to the pre-merger AFL

44. Coll. transcript stat : GPA 

47. Rake's look : LEER 

49. Big diamond-mining country: Abbr. : RSA - a 507.55 carat white diamond taken from the Cullinan Diamond Mine in South Africa in 2009

50. Tells a tall tale : LIES - George Costanza, "Jerry, it's not a LIE, if you don't think it's a LIE"

51. Melodious winds : OBOES - As mentioned on Monday, also the voice of the duck in Peter And The Wolf 

53. Ready to drive : IN GEAR

55. "Fear not!" : BE BRAVE - It's probably not as bad as you think it will be

59. Aptly named baby carrier brand : SNUGLI 

62. Usher in : HERALD - Hark!

63. Drudgery : MOIL - I will learn this word. I will learn this word. I will... 

64. Ninth-century pope : LEO IV  - Served from DCCCXLVII - DCCCLV

65. Ousted Iranian ruler : SHAH - he was a despot but, by God, he was our despot

67. Dundee denial : NAE - "Nae, I did na think she was bonny"

68. ''Chances Are'' crooner : MATHIS - You can't be my age and not have, uh, "pitched woo" to this record

70. Japanese IT services giant : NEC 

72. Map feature : LEGEND - This map and its LEGEND tell you where most people live in my, Joe's and Ergo's state.

74. Stable diet? : HAY - cute

76. Trace : HINT 

77. 2008 Jordin Sparks/Chris Brown duet : NO AIR

79. Letters on the back of a jersey : NAME - Coachspeak: 

81. Certain daisies : OXEYES

87. Trials and tribulations : RIGORS

88. Rhine temptress : LORELEI - I listened for her while floating down the Rhine, but all I heard were people at the ship's bar

89. "Under Siege" star : SEAGAL

90. Church doctrine : DOGMA - The Golden Rule is all I need

91. Kiara's mother in "The Lion King" : NALA 

92. Org. promoting hunter safety : NRA 

94. Fuss : TO-DO - Miss Bunting seems intent on creating a TO-DO whenever she is at Downton Abbey

95. Comic Philips : EMO - I always thought he was an odd little man

102. Airer of "Family Feud" reruns, briefly : GSN - How much Family Feud can you really watch? 

103. Hulu service : NET TV - Now that we have a "smart TV"...

104. Palm starch : SAGO - Harvesting the pith from the Sago Palm to make starch

105. Besties : PALS - BFF's (which last about a week in middle school)

107. It can precede Bravo : ALFA - Take it from Golf Alfa Romeo Yankee

110. "If that's true ..." : THEN - Simple If/Then flow chart

112. Dupe : REPRO - If a brother can be "bro",  a 
reproduction can be a REPRO

114. Online savings accounts offerer : E-LOAN - I've seen 391% APR on those babies

118. Text file with instructions : READ ME 

123. Blini topper : CAVIAR - EGADS! You eat caviar with a metal spoon! How gauche! 

124. Sweetie, in Tahiti : AMIE - Parlez vous Français in Tahiti? Mais oui!

125. In the know about : ONTO - Yeah, no one was ONTO Tony and Jack

126. Glimpses : SEES

128. Scorch : SEAR

129. Reflexology targets : FEET

130. Throw, as a party : HOST


1. Train station waiters : CABS - Our resident oenophile Marti might have clued this differently!

2. Vatican City coin : EURO - The cheapest tour of the Vatican will set you back €32,00

3. Lackluster : DRAB 

4. Champing at the bit : EAGER

5. Kimono closer : OBI

6. Wet weather wear : PONCHOS - The Pope wore the same cheap rain PONCHO when visiting the faithful in the Philippines. A true man of the people.

7. Org. that tests balls and clubs : USGA

8. Piercing : SHRILL

9. Specialized idioms : ARGOTS - We have 'em here! 

10. "Pass" : NAH - Coupled with NAE today

11. NSA figures : AGTS 

12. Rosa Parks' birth city : TUSKEGEE - She'd had enough, decided to BE BRAVE and showed true courage 

13. Some fall babies : LIBRAS 

14. Clark's "Mogambo" co-star : AVA - She was forced on director John Ford who wanted Maureen O'Hara

15. "SNL" creator Michaels : LORNE

16. Hair removal brand : ATRA - I guess shaving is hair removal

17. "Well, I guess you don't know everything about women yet" speaker : LEIA

18. Yemeni port : ADEN

24. Pirate's brew : GROG - A staple for Captain Hook in Pan?

25. Wrath, in a hymn : IRAE

30. Tram loads : ORES - Gold ORE in a slightly bigger mode of 

33. Manager with four World Series wins : TORRE - Four Yankee titles

35. Expressive dances : HULAS

37. Salisbury Plain monument : STONEHENGE - YouTube has many great theories about how STONEHENGE was built

38. Irreverent Sacha Baron Cohen alter ego : ALI G - Not my (Nice) Cuppa tea!

39. Break hr. : TEN AM 

42. Talky get-together : GABFEST

43. Hand over : GIVE

45. Big name in windows and doors : PELLA - In Iowa, it's a town with a fabulous Tulip Festival

46. Private remark : ASIDE - Bob Hope was a master at this in the "Road Films"

48. Aqua __: gold dissolver : REGIA - Literally Royal Water. Nitro-hydrochloric acid

52. Rough case : BUR

54. Extremely hot : ALL THE RAGE 

56. Locker room problem : EGO - A crossword stalwart with a huge EGO

57. '60s counterculture event : BE IN

58. Common crime drama theme : REVENGE

59. Plush carpet : SHAG

61. Ken of "thirtysomething" : OLIN - Another stalwart here

65. On the skids : SLIDING

66. Sage, say : HERB

69. Bad reception? : HISS - My MIL's radio HISSES constantly but it was a gift from her late son

71. Shade of black : COAL 

73. Pester : NAG AT - LA LA LA... 

74. Large crowd : HORDE

75. Geometry basic : AXIOM

78. Hydrocarbon suffix : ANE - It's been very warm this week and so I refilled my proPANE tank earlier than usual to BBQ

80. "Oh my goodness!" : EGADS

82. __ Kippur : YOM - Will 9/23 - 9/24, 2015 be long enough for me to atone for all my sins?

83. Hightail it : BOLT - Col. Pickering, "Where's Eliza?" Professor Higgins, "She's BOLTED!"

84. Spirited horses : ARABS 

85. Yoga posture : ASANA - I can do some of these 

86. Tesla Motors CEO Musk : ELON - He's building space vehicles too

88. City on I-15 : LAS VEGAS - 5 hr and 49 min north and you'd be in Salt Lake City. Hmmm...

91. Rembrandt's home: Abbr. : NETH

93. Comeback : RIPOSTE - here's one with our crossword weapon of choice

97. States : UTTERS

98. Minnesota, vis-à-vis Nebraska : LARGER - C.C. said she originally had Missouri but Rich put in Nebraska. Yeah 
right! ;-)

99. Arch in some Gothic architecture : OGEE

100. Vanish : GO POOF

101. __ club : GLEE

103. It's the pits : NADIR 

106. Play in the tub : SLOSH

107. Lob paths : ARCS - The result of many a Lob pass

108. Bound : LEAP  - See above

109. Bean variety : FAVA

111. Alaskan gold rush town : NOME - What great 1960 song has the lyric, "Below that old white mountain, Just a little southeast of NOME"?

113. Mysterious letter : RUNE - Early Germanic writing system

115. Snack sometimes fried : OREO 

116. Long stretches : AGES 

117. Place to find eggs : NEST

119. West in pictures : MAE - She really knew her, uh, assets

121. Coastal inlet : RIA

122. Figured out : GOT - I was so happy I GOT to blog this fine puzzle for my 
friend C.C.!

Thanks for this great puzzle C.C.! This site is now charging into its 8th year with you firmly ensconced in the position of leadership. How fortunate we are!

Husker Gary

Note from C.C.:

Ralph Bunker, the co-constructor of George Barany's "Enigma Variations" meta puzzle, visited MN yesterday, so our local constructors had another gathering at the University of Minnesota. The conference room we were at is named after George's parents, both Holocaust survivors. George also gave us a tour of their chemistry department and showed us this huge periodic table where you can touch some of the elements.

Marcia Brott, C.C., Tom Pepper, David Hanson & Nancy Herther
  Tariq Samad, George Barany, Ralph Bunker, Tom Pepper, C.C., David Hanson, Marcia Brott & Nancy Herther

George Barany, Nancy Herther, Tom Pepper, Marcia Brott, David Hanson, C.C.m, Victor Barocas,  Tariq Samad & Ralph Bunker

Click here for a few more pictures.

Also, the Fourth Minnesota Crossword Tournament will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Please click here for more info. 

Jan 24, 2015

Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015, Julian Lim

Theme: None

Words: 64 (missing J,Q,Z)

Blocks: 37

  I would have to say I did a 43a. on this puzzle - but I did actually finish, with just one cheat, and one bad cell.  I consider it a victory.  A rare grid structure, with a high block count and a pair of central staircases of 4,5,6,7,7,8-letter words, but the ambiguous and nebulous cluing made this one a real grind.  Always the case with Mr. Lim on Saturday.  Two climbers of 12 letters and two spanners of 13;

6d. One of an elite eatery trio : MICHELIN STAR - I did not get this until I read that there's only "three" stars given out; technically, you can actually get zero, but that's not very elite....

18d. Subject of a 1996 holiday craze : TICKLE ME ELMO - DAH~!!! the --MEEL--- in the middle just messed me up; I went to Google and typed in "1996 holiday craze" and he came up; I was taking shots at him upstate

22a. Run using water, as a plant : HYDRO-ELECTRIC - ah, that kind of plant; at first I was thinking of the "roots and leaves" kind, and yes, those do run, using water, but....

35a. Greeting words : NICE TO MEET YOU



1. Meg, to Jo : SIB - no clue to start, but I surmised it would be "SIS" or something - a Little Women reference

4. Lighter : LAMP - ummm, meh

8. Fashion first name : COCO - Chanel; I was born one month after her death

12. Cathedral feature : CRUCIFIX - ummm, yeah, but I can find that in a local church, too - I was thinking more like PIPE ORGAN, which didn't fit

14. "Frère Jacques," e.g. : CANON - a musical canon, referring to the "in a round" style of singing;   hey - two birds with one stone~!

Frère Jaques on Pipe Organ

15. Heartfelt class? : AEROBICS

16. Dismiss, in a way : WAVE AT - meh.  I would wave OFF to dismiss

17. Adopted : RAN WITH

18. Daughter of Oceanus : TELESTO - there's more about the Saturnian moon on the internet than the mythology

19. Monopoly acquisition : DEED

20. Installments : EPISODES

24. Unsettled items : I.O.U.s

25. Gets absorbed : SINKS IN

26. Lightweight boxer? : PUP - Har-har~! Boxer, the dog breed

27. Redcap's workplace: Abbr. : STN

28. "__ Down In Darkness": Styron novel : LIE - Perps, all perps

29. Little projectiles : BBs - we shot Elmo with a .22

32. Hardly keeps cool : SEES RED - I was seeing the red of his fur....or is that Stoat?

34. Rock __ : SALT

37. Like some pasta : HOME-MADE

38. Full of vitality : GO GO

39. Filing aid : DIVIDER

40. Call before a head-to-head contest : EN GARDE

43. Reacted to a sock : REELED - yep, this puzzle punched me in the gut

44. Fruit sometimes fried : PLANTAIN - I had the "P", but still struggled to think of a fruit - then the V-8 can flew

45. City on the Rhone : ARLES - I threw in ESSEN, which was only 20% correct

46. Like some fancy stationery : EMBOSSED

47. Forest coat : MOSS

48. "Walkabout" director Nicolas : ROEG - just an 'ugly' clue/fill; more here

49. Many boomers: Abbr. : SRs - Baby-boomers, who are well on into Senior Citizen status now


1. Plastic surgeon's concern : SCAR - scaB?  The crossing didn't help

2. "Roger that" : "I READ YOU" - always reminds me of this scene - "Do you like movies with gladiators?"

3. Reduced to ashes : BURNED UP

4. Drive in the bedroom? : LIBIDO - cute

5. Words with throw or have : A FIT - ugh; throw yes, have, meh. Just MHO

7. Spots for private shoppers?: Abbr. : PXs - Private, Army style

8. Gave : CAVED IN

9. "Almost ready!" : "ONE SEC~!"

10. Covers : COATS - like paint

11. More than not sure about : ONTO - implying some sort of shadiness

13. Quails : COWERS - ah, the verb, not the bird

14. Nutritionist's unit : CALORIE

16. Lincoln Center locale : WEST SIDE - I had ----S-D-, and it kinda came to me; had to guess EAST or WEST

21. Sword's superior? : PEN - "The PEN is mightier than the SWORD~!"

22. Not square : HIP - your social quality

23. Venerable : ESTEEMED

27. Forms a new state : SECEDES - had it, spelled it with two "C"s, took it out, put it back in

29. Aquatic plant that reduces erosion : BAY GRASS - Total WAG from "B------SS"; in fact, it was not until the write-up that I actually noticed it did not change

30. More rare, in a way : BLOODIER - ah, like your steak

31. __ Redman, Gary Sinise's role in Stephen King's "The Stand" : STU - I thought it was SYD, but then "nice to meet you" had to be correct

32. Like expressions? : SIMILES - an expression using the word "like"; 'her eyes are like pools of water'

33. Fuel __: reactor component : ROD - nuclear reactors

34. Rabbit predators : STOATS - new clue for the old "ermine/mink kin" answer.  I found this video of a stoat hypnotizing a rabbit

35. They have plots : NOVELS - yes, they do

36. Traditional beverage : EGG NOG

37. Prefix meaning "sacred" : HIERO - so, Hieroglyphs are sacred carvings, eh?

39. Scotch serving : DRAM - thank God it was not three letters~!

41. Local theater, informally : NABE - short for "neighborhood" (ney-bər-hoo d)

42. Purposes : ENDS

44. __ se : PER - Latin, "in itself"


Jan 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015, Sam Buchbinder

Theme: Sure Auric, we will be happy to make some gold paint for you; we will just add gold to the base.

The periodic table symbol for Gold (AU) is inserted in existing phrases to create new and entertaining fill. Two phrases have the AU added to the final word, at the end thereof; one added to the end of the fist word; and the final before a one letter phrase. Mr. Buchbinder, who is 28 and a teacher had his debut in the NYT August 19, 2014. There are two gridspanning theme answers. As marti pointed out yesterday, the big challenge for a theme is establishing symmetrical theme fill. 15, 10, 10, 15 is a common format; here we have the central reveal also at 9 letters, giving 59 in the theme. As a result we have many 3 and 4 letter words, but there are also some nice 7 letter fill to make this a Friday, such as BIG DATA,  CURTAIN, DRIVE-IN, FEATURE, HAN SOLO,  IT’S TRUE, NEUTRAL, OBJECTS, ONE EACH, SYNERGY, TRAPEZE, TRUCKER . Welcome to our world Sam.

16A. Striking painting of paddles, net and ball? : PING PONG TABLEAU (15). Ping pong table and crowd the plate are both sports references. I like the visual of the painting, but this fill does not really change the meaning of the phrase in the same way the two of the other themers change their phrases.

23A. Extraordinary northern bird? : SPECIAL AUK (10). We go from a cereal to one of our favorite crossword birds.

46A. Alaskan insects? : JUNEAU BUGS (10). June bugs might emigrate to Alaska and be Juneau bugs, I guess.

55A. Overdevelop a high plain? : CROWD THE PLATEAU (15). A baseball reference really transformed.

34A. Mythological figure who touched 16-, 23-, 46- and 55-Across? : KING MIDAS (9). The poor man could not eat or fool around.


1. "Mad Men" productions : ADS. Madison Avenue Admen.

4. Bark elicitor : SPEAK. I love the simplicity of this clue.

9. Lax : SOFT. The modern parent?

13. Force (open) : PRY.

14. Close-fitting dress : SHEATH.

15. Powerful dept.? : ENERgy. Pun one.

19. Uber : VERY. German. Our first clecho 48D. Uber : ULTRA.

20. Facebook button : LIKE. How many of the Corner use FB? A show of hands?

21. Truncation abbr. : ETCetera.

22. Austin of "Knot's Landing" : TERI. She had lots of HAIR.

26. Statistician's challenge : BIG DATA. Computers have created an exponential increase in data.
28. Plot component : ACRE. Misdirection two. Land, not a novel.

29. "__ thoughts?" : ANY.

30. Reasonable : SANE.

32. Purim heroine : ESTHER. A wonderful story. LINK.

36. Available : ON HAND.

39. Anthony Hopkins' "Thor" role : ODIN.

40. Channel for old films : TCM. Turner Classic Movies.

43. Noodle : BEAN. Interestingly I can find no references to why bean means brain or head. I just know in baseball throwing at the head is a "bean ball" and people are rewarded for "using the old bean."

44. "I'm not kidding!" : IT'S TRUE.

51. Chief Justice Warren : EARL. Appointed by Dwight Eisenhower, he led a court which drastically reformed the interpretation of individual rights.

52. Subjects of some conspiracy theories : ETS. Extra Terrestrials.

53. Specks on cartes : ILES. Carte is French for "MAP."  Along with 9D. Sprinkling on French fries? : SEL, (which means salt) and all the EAU words, I might guess Sam likes French.

54. Enthralled : RAPT. Do I have your attention yet? I want to warn you, I have a...

60. It may be cautionary : TALE.

61. "I shall be late!" speaker of fiction : RABBIT. WATCH? (2:00). Oh how punny?

62. Letter director : ZIP. Code.

63. Narrow opening : SLOT. Started with SLIT, picturing some of Splynter's favorite dresses.

64. Indo-__ languages : ARYAN.

65. Nixon has two : ENS. Not ears, or eyes, but the letters. Misdirection three.


1. Angry Birds, e.g. : APP. I know this but have never actually seen it.

2. "Happy Days" setting : DRIVE IN.

3. Cooperative action : SYNERGY.

4. "Dexter" airer, for short : SHOwtime. Anyone watch the entire series?

5. Write : PEN.

6. Scout rank : EAGLE.

7. Top story : ATTIC. At 11? Nope of my house, misdirection 4. So we get the clecho two 11D. Top story : FEATURE.

8. Uniform material : KHAKI. Urdu?

10. Free sample limitation : ONE EACH. Do you think you can pay for your Sam's Club, COSTCO etc membership just from eating the free samples?

12. Cab driver? : TRUCKER. At least the answer was not TAXIER.

14. One of a pair of Mad adversaries : SPY.

17. Off the __ : GRID.

18. Arthur of "The Golden Girls" : BEA.

22. Sched. uncertainty : TBA. To Be Announced.

23. Witness __ : STAND. In the US we sit so it all sounds silly.

24. Sharp feeling : PANG.

25. Rowing beneficiaries, for short : LATS. Latissimi dorsi. Side back.

27. Z-zebra link : AS IN. I doubt that will be Sue Grafton's choice.

31. Dashboard Confessional's genre : EMO. No idea. Still rock and roll.

32. Changes, in a way : EDITS.

33. Without : SANS. A French word now accepted in English.

34. Rosebud's owner : KANE. Orson Welles' sled.

35. "Cool, man!" : I DIG. Maynard G. Krebs.

36. Things : OBJECTS.

37. __ color : NEUTRAL.

38. Fictional pilot with the iconic line, "Laugh it up, fuzzball" : HAN SOLO. I told you last week Star Wars references were coming.

40. Circus staple : TRAPEZE. With the greatest of ease....

41. Sun block : CURTAIN. Meh.

42. "The Producers" screenwriter Brooks : MEL. Too many wonderful scenes and movies to link.

45. Milk dispenser : TEAT. We had the the bird TIT, the idiot BOOB and now we actually have a milk dispenser. Udderly amazing.

47. Help : AID.

49. "The View" alum Joy : BEHAR. The word BEHAR is Hebrew for on the mount.

50. Milk carton words : USE BY.

54. Snitch : RAT.

56. 18th Amendment opposer : WET. This was the Prohibition Amendment. Our HISTORY.

57. Cops' org. : PBA. Patrolmen's or Police Benevolent Association. Unions for the police.

58. Harvard grad Jeremy who's now a Laker : LIN. Made a brief splash with the Knicks, signed to big money by the Rockets, and now exiled to the Lakers.

59. Rises : UPS . Man, ending on a downer.

Well another Friday in the record books, I had fun. I hope you all did and for those who do not wake up to 70 degrees and sunny, stay warm. Lemonade out.