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Apr 6, 2016

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Apr 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Donna Karan - Words with the same initials, DK.

17A. *Game with a barrel-throwing gorilla : DONKEY KONG

37A. *Lock insert : DOOR KEY

61A. *Karl Marx opus : DAS KAPITAL

11D. *Temporary housing for Fido : DOG KENNEL

33D. *"The Court Jester" star : DANNY KAYE

68A. Go to pot ... or a phonetic hint to the answers to starred clues : DECAY (D-K)

Argyle here. Nit pickers may be disappointed but an excellent Tuesday for the rest of us. C.C. gave us a nice pinwheel with the reveal if you needed it, tucked in the lower right corner.

Across:

1. Riffles (through) : LEAFS. Not exactly a riffle but fun to watch.



6. Kitty cries : MEWs

10. Like some chatter or threats : IDLE

14. Birdbath buildup : ALGAE. Unwanted green growth.

15. Plant "pet" : CHIA. Wanted green growth.

16. Bellyache : MOAN

19. "Flip or Flop" cable channel : HGTV. (an initialism for Home & Garden Television) “Flip or Flop” is about buying a home to resell, basically.

20. Dueling sword : ÉPÉE

21. Stare unsubtly : GAWK

22. Slammer : POKEY. Hoosegow, the joint.

23. Wreck completely : DESTROY

25. "Moi?" : "WHO, ME?"

27. __ Lingus : AER. The Irish airline.

28. Reason for an R rating : VIOLENCE

31. "I __ thought of that" : HADN'T

34. Place to overnight : INN

35. Crooner Cole : NAT. Nat King Cole.



36. Stat that's better when it's lower : ERA. (earned run average)

41. Expressive rock genre : EMO

42. Architect Maya __ : LIN. Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

43. Serengeti grazer : GNU

44. Crease-resistant fabric : ORLON

46. Sewer system entry points : MANHOLEs

49. Back when : AGO

50. Alpine warble : YODEL

51. Art form profiled in the documentary "Between the Folds" : ORIGAMI. Inferable.

55. Joint sometimes twisted : ANKLE

57. Fishing decoy : LURE

59. Have __: be connected : AN IN

60. "Are you for __?!" : REAL

63. Motown's Marvin : GAYE

64. Prefix meaning "all" : OMNI. All my Omni's.

65. Singer Baker : ANITA

66. Call router: Abbr. : OPERator

67. Bread served with chicken tikka masala : NAAN


Down:

1. Stored in the hold : LADED

2. Become running mates? : ELOPE

3. Dancer de Mille : AGNES

4. Skin bronzing from a bottle : FAKE TAN

5. "Understand?" : "SEE!"

6. Jim of "Wide World of Sports" : McKAY

7. Self-help website : eHOW

8. [Don't take me too seriously] : [WINK WINK]

9. Hang loosely : SAG

10. Announcement from the foyer : "I'M HOME!". Lucy?

12. Behind schedule : LATE

13. Green-eyed monster : ENVY

18. "Son of Frankenstein" role : YGOR. It's pronounced "Igor".

22. D.C. insider : POL

24. No longer working: Abbr. : RET'D

26. Sharpen : HONE

28. Computer invader : VIRUS

29. Hunter's garb, for short : CAMO. (camouflage)

30. Thames school : ETON

31. Captain's position : HELM. Not the bell captain.

32. Opera highlight : ARIA

38. Stare rudely at : OGLE

39. "He's a priest," not a beast, per Ogden Nash : ONE L LAMA

The one-L lama, he's a priest.
The two-L llama, he's a beast.
And I will bet a silk pajama:
there isn't any three-L lllama!

40. Bear or Berra : YOGI

45. Propecia rival : ROGAINE

47. Shout out : HOLLER

48. Glorifying verse : ODE

49. Word after work or play : AREA

51. Pest control company : ORKIN. Orkin has more than 400 owned and operated branch offices and 58 franchises in the U.S. The company also has international franchises and subsidiaries located in Canada, Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, the Mediterranean, Africa and Mexico. ~ Wiki.

52. Bit of slapstick : ANTIC

53. Sporty Mazda : MIATA

54. Cavity filler : INLAY

55. Jason's vessel : ARGO

56. Half-moon tide : NEAP

58. Midshipman's sch. : USNA. (United States Naval Academy)

61. Ex-Dodger manager Mattingly : DON

62. __ Thai: rice noodle dish : PAD


 Argyle



Notes from C.C.:

1) Happy Birthday to dear Irish Miss, our gentle & caring Agnes (3-Down). I've been working with Agnes on a few puzzles and I'm constantly in awe of her resourcefulness, wit and efficiency. Agnes has two puzzles in Rich's queue now. Hopefully you'll see them soon.


Eileen (sister of Agnes) & Agnes, Nov 22, 2013

2) Happy Birthday also to Abejo (Bradley), who's always busy traveling and volunteering for various causes. Abejo is Persian for "beer". Bradley worked in Iran for a few years.

Bradley and his Tuba, Church Fat Tuesday Event
3) Five more days to go for Peter Gordon's Fireball Newsflash Crosswords project. If you love crosswords, news and trivia, be one of the backers. For only $7, you get 20 quality crosswords handcrafted by Peter, one of the very best in the business.

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Apr 4, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016 Mark McClain

Theme: Late - Things after dinner.

58. When one might have a mint ... or where the first words of 18-, 24-, 37- and 48-Across can be found : AFTER DINNER

18. Hotel lobby supervisor : BELL CAPTAIN. Dinner Bell

24. Working the room, as at a banquet : TABLE HOPPING. Dinner Table

37. Time of reckoning : DATE WITH DESTINY. Dinner Date

48. Congressional majority, e.g. : PARTY IN POWER. Dinner Party

Argyle here. Barely awake and no, it wasn't a rough night.

Across:

1. Website pop-ups, e.g. : ADS

4. Brush with liquid while roasting : BASTE

9. Jeweled headwear : TIARA

14. Morse code bit : DAH. Well, no dit.

15. Electric razor brand : BRAUN. What's a razor?

16. Like some short-term committees : AD HOC

17. Make a boo-boo : ERR

20. Bathtub insert : PLUG

22. Texter's "Wish you hadn't said that!" : TMI. (too much information)

23. Practical, as a solution : VIABLE

27. Words before uproar : IN AN

28. Dipstick wiper : RAG

29. Gumshoes: Abbr. : PIs. Private Eye.

32. Madrid museum : PRADO


35. Little kid : TOT

36. Went to the bottom : SANK

41. Is the right size : FITS

42. Yea's opposite : NAY

43. Short, but probably not sweet : TERSE. Like this write-up?

44. Sneaky : SLY

45. Warm lining : FUR

46. Feline king : LION

53. Nielsen of "The Naked Gun" films : LESLIE. And "Airplane!"

56. Canon SLR camera : EOS. Are they all DSLR now?

57. Indian wrap : SARI

61. Santa visitor's seat : LAP. Ho Ho Ho!

62. Fable's lesson : MORAL

63. Rear, to an admiral : STERN

64. Mao __-tung : TSE

65. Unlike poetry : PROSY

66. Blended ice cream drinks : MALTS

67. Buddhist sect : ZEN

Down:

1. Quite competent : ADEPT

2. "Our Gang" girl : DARLA. Never knew this. Not a bad voice.


3. Decorative foundation plant : SHRUB

4. Consumer protection gp. : BBB. (Better Business Bureau)

5. "Respect" singer Franklin : ARETHA

6. Upstream swimmer : SALMON

7. Dutch bulb : TULIP

8. Britannica, e.g.: Abbr. : ENC. (encyclopedia)

9. Wrapping, as an ankle : TAPING

10. Rover's collar attachment : ID TAG

11. Melville's obsessive whaler : AHAB

12. Stir up : ROIL

13. Clearasil target : ACNE

19. Fly : AVIATE

21. Flies like a seagull : GLIDES

25. Sufficient, in poetry : ENOW

26. Cattle poker : PROD

29. Low poker hand : PAIR

30. Quaint lodges : INNS

31. Hebrides isle : SKYE

32. Many emailed image files : PDFs. There are programs to change JPG to PDF or change PDF image to JPG but I have no experience with it.

33. Train wheel guide : RAIL

34. Suit filer: Abbr. : ATTY.

35. " ... hallowed be __ name" : THY

36. Dictation takers : STENOs. (stenographer) It seems STENO is a stand alone word and not an abbreviation.

38. Accustomed (to) : INURED

39. Small fruit pie : TART

40. Four-way __ : STOP

45. Without prejudice : FAIRLY

46. Big name in little trains : LIONEL. Fantastic in full screen!

47. What an editor's caret indicates : INSERT

48. Sincere entreaties : PLEAS

49. Busybody : YENTA

50. Dance in triple meter : WALTZ

51. Wipe out : ERASE

52. Mature, as fruit : RIPEN

53. Desk light : LAMP

54. Get an __ effort : E FOR

55. Houston player, informally : STRO
59. School-of-thought suffix : ISM

60. Hosp. staffers : RNs

Argyle


Apr 3, 2016

Sunday April 3, 2016, Gail Grabowski

Title: THIN IS IN

Gail's fun gimmick on this Sunday is right in the title. If you take the TH off THIN, what's left is IN. Gail has removed the TH from common words and left us with nine fun and silly phrases to brighten up our weekend. Seven are across and two are down. C'mon, ya gotta love GAR BROOKS

Gail's puzzle didn't really offer a (TH)ROUGH WAY to finish and so now let's look at her handiwork in detail

Theme Answers

27. Bud who's been fired? : CANNED BROTH - A fired friend OR... (Is the phrase CANNED BROTH familiar to you?)


29. Search online about auditory issues? : GOOGLE EARTH - "Would someone please GOOGLE EAR to see why Papa can't hear very well" OR a GOOGLE EARTH shot of my house below




46. GEICO gecko's financial counterpart? : CREDIT CARD THEFT - Changing the TH removal to inside the phrase putting our CWD friend EFT in a VISA promotion OR stealing your CREDIT CARD, e.g. using this "skimmer" inside a gas pump



68. One fastidious about table manners? : THEATER CRITIC - "Get your elbows off the table!" OR Bill and George checking out the reviews for Hamlet and Pygmalion 

90. Editor's marks in the margin? : LATERAL THINKING -"...er, How about 'Listen to me' rather than 'Lend me your ears', Bill?" OR NASA spinoffs such as where wire developed for space is now used to make lower cost MRI's here on Earth



105. Displeased reaction to election turnout? : VOTING BOOTH - "Only 10% showed up for the primary?" OR a structure invented in Crete, Nebraska 105 years ago by my friend's great grandparents 



109. Streams stocked with elongated fish? : GARTH BROOKS - Ugly, long-nosed fish in a small stream OR the performer who added four shows to his scheduled two in Omaha last year after 90,000 tickets were sold




39. Consequence of a heist injury? : THROBBING PAIN - A second-story man falling OR for me, a toothache



42. Part of a project to recycle golf accessories? : TEETH GRINDING - Questionable practice of remaking golf pedestals OR a problem requiring this


Across 
        
1. Let the tears out : BAWL


5. Fast-food pork sandwich : MCRIB £4.19 in London


10. Oar : SCULL - A boy using two SCULLS (on rope for training/safety)




15. Datebook opening : SLOT - C.C. gives me an occasional SLOT for blogging


19. Ad, basically : LURE


20. "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," for one : ELEGY - Typically a lament for the dead


21. Riveting woman? : ROSIE - Lots of ROSIE'S 
didn't return to their old way of life after WWII and America was changed forever

22. Break-even transaction : WASH - Raise = $100/mo. Insurance increase = $100/mo.


23. Twistable snack : OREO


24. Rock guitarist Eddy : DUANE - 1958's twangy Rebel Rouser is my fav


25. Bungling : INEPT


26. Off-the-wall answer? : ECHO

31. Sources of complaints : ILLS


32. Porch furniture material : RATTAN


36. Breakfast grain : OAT


37. Course accomplishment : BIRDIE - Golf mini-theme with Irons and Tees


40. High-altitude home : AERIE - One at Kennedy Space Center I've been past many times




41. Maine course : LOBSTER - Nice!


45. 1941 FDR creation : USO - First one opened in DeRidder, LA 10 months before Pearl Harbor

50. "Bambi" role : ENA - Bambi's mother's sister. 


51. Talmudic scholar : RABBI


53. Pull-down beneficiaries : LATS




54. Some tech sch. grads : EES - Electrical/Electronic Engineers


55. Spew out : EGEST


57. "Happy to help" : NO BOTHER - I prefer the Aussie version!

59. Trickles : SEEPS

61. Smooth transition : SEGUE - Speaking of thermonuclear war...


62. "Hedda Gabler" playwright : IBSEN


63. Colorado county or its seat : PUEBLO - Just west of Pueblo is...




65. Kept for later : STORED - I STORED my Cheesecake Factory Monte Cristo Sandwich for four days and then, uh, pitched it


66. Reunion attendees : KIN


71. Medit. country : ISR


72. Bing's co-star in "The Bells of St. Mary's" : INGRID


75. Use as support : REST ON


76. Oscar winner Williams : ROBIN - Brilliant comic/actor whose dementia drove him to an untimely end


79. March VIP : ST PAT - Inside our ST PAT'S church here in Fremont




80. "Papa Bear" of football : HALAS - George who founded, owned and coached the Da Bears


81. Chicago's "in the Park" time : SATURDAY - "I think it was the fourth of July"


84. Mazda sports car : MIATA - Bought one and then my midlife crisis passed


85. Rocks in rye : ICE - "Oz never did give ICE to the Tinman"


86. Primatologist Fossey : DIAN


88. Easily deceived : NAIVE


89. One-time Capitol Records parent : EMI


95. "Get it done" : NOW


96. Alley game : TENPINS


98. Moto portrayer : LORRE - Some think Slovokian-born Peter's role as an Asian was racist




99. Evens up : ALIGNS - Keeping ALIGNMENT was very important here




101. High bond rating : AAA


102. Willowy : SVELTE


104. Radio-active sort? : CBER - "Breaker one-nine, ya got your ears on?"


114. Rare cry from the slots : I WON - See 88 Across - NAIVE

115. Come from behind : RALLY


117. Asian capital : HANOI


118. Technology prefix : NANO


119. It may be reserved : SEAT 


120. Guadalajara gal pal : AMIGA


121. "What the Butler Saw" playwright : ORTON - "A risqué British comedy"




122. Chain with stacks : IHOP


123. Puts in : ADDS


124. Polite title : MADAM


125. Picking out, as a perp : IDING - Sometimes from a police lineup


126. Team that's played in the same park for 100 years : CUBS - Last World Series win predates even 
Wrigley Field


Down


1. Political coalition : BLOC


2. Intangible quality : AURA


3. Little singer : WREN


4. Ex-Soviet leader Brezhnev : LEONID


5. One getting too personal : MEDDLER - Ann Landers - "Is anything better because I do this?" 


6. Caddies carry them : CLUBS


7. Back : REAR


8. "That's not important" : IGNORE IT - "... and it'll go away!"  "Right!"


9. Tournament pass : BYE


10. __ Lanka : SRI


11. Dance in a line : CONGA - Wedding staple!


12. Apply to : USE ON


13. Slimming option, for short : LIPO - I should call today so Dr. Su could USE it ON me!




14. Release : LET GO OF


15. Term of affection : SWEETS


16. Make more potent : LACE


17. Org. with an Anti-Retaliation webpage : OSHA 


18. Red-bearded god : THOR


28. Brings forth : ELICITS


30. Blood work, e.g. : LAB TEST - Even on man's best friend 




33. Cultural pursuits : ARTS


34. It may be a sign of stress : TIC


35. Caddy contents, perhaps : TEA - Here's one for our tea fans




37. Ruin in the kitchen : BURN


38. Golfer Aoki : ISAO

40. Purim month : ADAR


41. Lower in price : LESS

43. Comes after : ENSUES 


44. Like "American Sniper" : RATED-R - Words and sex don't stop us but violence does


47. Supreme Court appointee after Sonia : ELENA


48. Land on the sea? : REEL IN - Cute clue! Who's landing whom?




49. Stop on a line : DEPOT


52. Tiny Tim's dad : BOB - An employee of Scrooge and Marley at 15 bob/week


56. Graphic beginning? : GEO


58. Be mindful of : HEED


59. Breakaway factions : SECTS - Because of limits on SEX?


60. Iberian river to the Mediterranean : EBRO - Also Spain's longest river exclusively in Spain




63. Kitchen gadget : PEELER - Beetle Bailey's gadget on KP (from Mark Skoczen's March 23rd puzzle)


64. __ Minor : URSA - Contains the North Star


65. Conan Doyle, by birth : SCOT


66. Fate : KISMET


67. Eventually : IN TIME


69. Barely detectable amount : TRACE - We and Omaha got a TRACE of snow on 3.22.16 but NW of here...




70. Tabriz native : IRANI


73. State secrets? : RAT


74. Salad bar choice : ITALIAN


77. Criminal likely to get caught : BUNGLER - And maybe get ROBBING PAIN


78. Portfolio holding, for short : IRA


80. Stage successes : HITS - Like Springtime For Hitler in The Producers! :-) 


81. Benefit : SAKE


82. Lady's company? : AVON - We had many bottles of this for the 360 kids on my detasseling buses to repel bugs in the corn fields




83. Trees used for archery bows : YEWS


86. Scuttlebutt : DIRT - What candidates are uncovering on their opponents these days


87. Concerning, with "to" : IN REGARD


91. Parties, to pirates : ANAGRAM 


92. Part of IPA : ALE

93. Bit of cybermirth : LOL


94. Picking up : NABBING - Some wonder why Brussels police weren't NABBING the Paris bomber mastermind sooner


97. Goes over the wall? : PAINTS 


100. Having a twist : IRONIC 




102. Not flimsy : SOLID - Remember the PR  IS  M reveal on 3.25.16 being clued as Solid

103. Europe's longest river : VOLGA


104. Sing like Rudy Vallee : CROON


105. Plastic choice : VISA


106. Had to pay : OWED - At least the minimum on your VISA


107. Despicable sort : TOAD


108. The Tide : BAMA


110. Dead set against : ANTI


111. Island where Bette Midler was born : OAHU 


112. A lock may be in one : KNOB - KNOT was undone by CUBS for my last fill


113. Soaks (up) : SOPS


116. Holiday veggie : YAM


117. __ polloi : HOI - Just us folks or who ALL candidates say they are for until they cross the Potomac


Hanks, Gail, I ink is puzzle's eme was ouroughly enjoyable and not ird-rate to ose of us here! Now let's rill to e  comments of oers!



Apr 2, 2016

Saturday, Apr 2nd, 2016, Patti Varol & Doug Peterson

Theme: Two Double Stacks

Words 68 (missing J,Q,X,Z)

Blocks: 27

Phew~!  This one was a toughie, yet upon reviewing it, there really wasn't a lot that couldn't be worked out - but I have to admit to one Google - the crossing of two proper names and some other vagueness in the SW slowed me down tremendously.  Nearly blank on the first passes, but a few educated WAGs at some longer fills gave me some toe-holds, and I was able to hammer out the remainder.  Two double stack spanners, tied to 11-letter fills, and a couple of paired 8's in the Down;

15. Like many a Beverly Hills party-goer :  
FASHIONABLY LATE - I think she's going to be fashionably late


17. Heeds sound advice : LISTENS TO REASON

46. Bird named for its large-scale migrations :  
PASSENGER PIGEON - I was curious, so I looked it up; I did not know they were extinct

49. DVD special feature, perhaps : ALTERNATE ENDING - I wanted alternatIVe, but the double "E" was messing me up; I couldn't see it for a while




~!

ACROSS:

1. Law school accrediting org. : ABA - looking back, this should have been a gimme (American Bar Association)

4. Current information source : TWITTER FEED - I am not on Twitter, nor Facebook - I get my news the old-fashioned way; rumor

18. Former seniors : ALUMS

19. Points for a piano tuner? : TINES - ugh.  The tool, not the person


20. "Murder in the First" airer : TNT

21. Crossword legend Reagle : MERL - should have gotten this on the first pass

22. Primed : READY

23. "Hogan's Heroes" setting, briefly : WWII - the show was before my time; I have been watching some "World War II in color" history on the AHC channel

24. Word with wash or wear : EYE - eyewash, eye wear

25. Zen teaching techniques : KOANS - I WAGed the "K"

26. "Aw, mom!" sound : GROAN

27. Zsa Zsa's older sister : MAGDA

28. "I think you'll like it!" : "TRY ONE~!"

29. Sweat inducer : SCARE

31. Desolate tract : WILDS

32. One good at figures? : SKATER - figure skater; I was on that wavelength

nice figure

33. Sea : BRINY - nope, not OCEAN

35. Mirren of "The Hundred-Foot Journey" : HELEN - this was my only ACROSS fill on the first pass

36. Thugs : GOONS - hockey players, in some instances

37. BART stop : SFO - OK, I took a stab at this one on the first pass, too; San Fransisco Airport on the Bay Area Rapid Transit

40. Hard to grasp : EELY - I went with this, then OILY came to mind

41. Complex : DENSE - I had TENSE; that's 100% 80% correct

42. Dutch word meaning "farmer" : BOER

43. Triple Crown stat : RBI - ooops, I was thinking horse racing, not baseball

44. "Tequila Sunrise" writer/director Robert : TOWNE - no clue, and the "W" was my last fill - but the "ta-DA~!" was there~!

45. Beverly Hills retreat : VILLA

50. Time for fluff pieces : SLOW NEWS DAY - I always find it a little contradictory when the 6 o'clock news spends 22 minutes talking about terrorist attacks, floods, riots, wages going down, taxes and gas prices going up, and then 2 minutes on the cute puppy that chases its own tail....

51. Soapmaker's supply : LYE - OK, I got this one on the first pass, too

DOWN:       

1. Lit : AFLAME

2. Castle wall : BAILEY - So glad I am a huge castle person; I knew this
It's hiding - think courtyard

3. Promise : ASSURE

4. All scores? : TIES

5. Wooed successfully : WON

6. Rather : INSTEAD

7. "Orphan Black" star Maslany : TATIANA - I really wanted to try this show out, but never got a chance to watch

nice figure

8. Govt. obligations : T-BONDS - another good guess

9. __ de los Timbales: Tito Puente's nickname : EL REY - I figured it was "king", but forgot the "El" part

10. Bakery output : RYES

11. Where Hollywood is: Abbr. : FLA - oh, that one - I'm sure a lot of our regulars got it

12. "American Sniper" director : EASTWOOD - I did not remember Clint did this one as well

13. Many British prime ministers : ETONIANS - graduates of Eton school

14. Tooth layer : DENTINE - ENAMEL was too short

16. Web page standard : HTML

22. "I copy" : "ROGER." - we were just talking about "Airplane~!" at the restaurant yesterday

23. Not straight, in a way : WRYLY - like some humor

25. Black on screen : KAREN - Before my time; I would have known Karen ALLEN

"We...are...not...thirsty"

26. They can be silly : GRINS

27. Bristol bro : MATEY - I am reading P.G. Wodehouse, a prolific writer his whole life, with a focus on English life - so this word pops up frequently.  I love his writing.

28. Interlace : TWINE - dah~! Not WEAVE

29. Its first national tournament was held in 1932 in Atlantic City : SKEE-BALL - I did not know this, but I tried "-BALL" at the end, and that helped hugely

30. Nymph who ultimately became the stars of Ursa Major : CALLISTO - I had an A - INSTEAD (6d.) - of O at the end; also a moon of Jupiter

32. Hillary aides : SHERPAS - oh. that Hillary.  The explorer, not the candidate - my housemate is tuned in to CNN 24/7 right now, and it's a bit much

33. Tied hats : BONNETS

34. Snow-White's sister, in Grimm : ROSE RED - found this; Disney making a movie

36. Trifle : GEWGAW - this has appeared in crosswords before, but it was just not coming to me

37. Été blazer : SOLEIL - Le Frawnche sun

38. Grand theft auto, e.g. : FELONY - since it's not capitalized, it's not the video game

39. Santa Ana's county : ORANGE

41. "Holy Sonnets" poet : DONNE - my Google - the Wiki

42. City NNE of San Antone : BIG D - Dallas, TX (colloquial names) Hi there, D-Otto~!



44. Arctic-to-Antarctica migrating bird : TERN - good guess off the "R"

45. Like clematis : VINY - I knew this was going to be something like "VINED"

47. Needle : SEW

48. Gravel designation : PEA - sizing



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