Mar 13, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Easter is April 16, in case you've taken a break from Mass since Christmas.

20. Postgraduate degree: MASTER OF ARTS

36. Mob kingpin: MAFIA BOSS

41. Vase material named for its white color: MILK GLASS

54. Turning point in tennis, and a hint to this puzzle's circled letters: SERVICE BREAK

Argyle here with C.C. back for another puzzle. Back to back can't happen very often. Do note MASS is split three ways: 3/1, 2/2, and 1/3.

Across:

1. Tie up at the pier: DOCK

5. Basics: ABC's

9. Expressive chat image: EMOJI. Emoticon on steroids.

14. "That works for me": "OKAY"

15. "Dang!": "DRAT!". (It didn't work for me!)

16. Cars sold at auctions: REPOS

17. Nabisco chocolate-creme cookie: OREO

18. Vermeer or van Gogh: OIL PAINTER

22. First-class: A-ONE

23. Sailor: TAR

24. Tanning lotion letters: SPF. (Sun Protection Factor)

27. Golf hole benchmark: PAR

29. Snacked (on) to excess, briefly: OD'ed. (overdosed)

32. Pinup queen Page: BETTIE. Don't tell Mrs. Claus.


34. __ buco: veal dish: OSSO

38. PG-13 issuing org.: MPAA. (Motion Picture Association of America)

39. __ vincit amor: OMNIA. (love conquers all)

40. Restful resorts: SPAs

43. Window insert: PANE

44. Wiped off the board: ERASED

45. Genghis __: KHAN

48. '60s tripping drug: LSD. (Lysergic acid diethylamide)

49. Took command of: LED

50. "Morning Edition" airer: NPR. (National Public Radio)

52. Lion's den: LAIR

59. Casino big spender: HIGH ROLLER. Lets me out.

62. Veggie in a green smoothie: KALE


63. Sleep lab study: APNEA

64. Where Norway's Royal Family resides: OSLO

65. Biblical paradise: EDEN

66. L.A.'s region: SOCAL. Southern California

67. Pics on ankles: TATS. (tattoos)

68. Hair-coloring agents: DYES

Down:

1. Gloom partner: DOOM



2. Cajun veggie: OKRA

3. Course including romaine and croutons: CAESAR SALAD

4. Greenhouse gas protocol city: KYOTO


5. Loved to death: ADORED

6. Get-up-and-go: BRIO. 1725-35; < Italian < Spanish brío energy, determination < Celtic *brīgos; compare Old Irish bríg (feminine) power, strength, force, Middle Welsh bri (masculine) honor, dignity, authority

 7. New cow: CALF

8. Mar. 17th honoree: ST. PAT. Timely.

9. Horn of Africa nation: ERITREA


10. Clothing store department: [MENS]

11. Withdraw, with "out": OPT

12. G.I. doll: JOE

13. Dead Sea country: Abbr.: ISR. (Israel)

19. Lawrence's land: ARABIA



21. U2's "The Joshua Tree" co-producer Brian: ENO

24. "Enough!": "STOP ALREADY!"

25. Residents around the Leaning Tower: PISANS

26. __ up: came clean: 'FESSED

27. Saddle knob: POMMEL

28. Aim high: ASPIRE

30. Madame Bovary: EMMA. Debut novel of French writer Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856.

31. Language of Copenhagen, in Copenhagen: DANSK

33. Culinary meas.: TBSP. (tablespoon)

35. Acorn droppers: OAKS

37. Pike or trout: FISH

39. Seasoned expert: OLD PRO

42. Army leader: GENERAL. Usually, an old pro.

46. Last Olds models: ALEROs, but they live on in crosswords.

47. Catch red-handed: NAB

51. Place to keep a camper, for short: RV LOT


53. Irritated: IRKed

54. Mets' old stadium: SHEA

55. "Casablanca" woman: ILSA

56. Boston NBAer: CELT. Boston Celtics, timely also.

57. Protected from the wind: ALEE

58. Some male dolls: KENs

59. Owns: HAS

60. NASDAQ debut: IPO. (initial public offering)

61. Health supplements co.: GNC. Read about a Saint Patrick's Day Link.


Argyle

49 comments:

OwenKL said...

Did you know the OREO cookie is an Illuminati-Freemason plot to make everybody eat Satanic communion wafers? I just read about it yesterday, but turns out there are beaucoup pages about it on the Net!

[The first stanza stands alone, as it was written to a Facebook thread, but I thought it could be expanded here.]

I saw a chicken cross a road, and wondered why.
So I went up to her, and looked her in the eye.
"I want to know your reasoning
For that flagrant jaywalking!"
She 'FESSED, "I walked across the road because I didn't fly!"

"Is that really all?", I said, "I would have thought was more!"
"Did you know that chickens, with moo-cows are at war?
Now I'm heading for a tryst
With a CALF-eyed moo-cow miss.
Inter-species lesbians proving OMNIA VINCIT AMOR!"

After that, I sought a cow, to get a GLASS of MILK.
I almost ran into some MILK-GLASS, smooth as silk!
Had I broken through that PANE
I'm sure it would have caused me pain
And made me drop my OREOS (or cookies of that ilk)!

As this story's drawing out, the rhyme is getting heady;
Poetry is something that cannot be parsed EMOJI !
An OLD PRO provided 💩💩💩 parts
(He who's called MASTER O' FARTS!) --
By now I'm sure you're wishing that I'll STOP ALREADY!

fermatprime said...

Hi everyone!

Thanks to C.C and Santa.

Nice puzzle. Had no clue about BETTIE.

Still have pneumonia symptoms. Am miserable.

Good work, Owen!

Have a great day!

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Worked this one while listening to Morning Edition on NPR. I glided through it, and didn't notice it was a C.C. creation until getting here. Had the circles, but forgot to look at 'em. Plus, the reveal was already filled in, so I totally missed the theme. My personal service break began decades ago. Thanks, C.C. and Argyle.

Our city recently passed an ordinance banishing RVs to designated lots, but current RV-owners were grandfathered, so you can still find RVs in driveways on every street.

Visited Kyoto many years ago. There were many beautiful buildings there including a castle with dolphin finials on the roof and the Golden Pagoda -- a major tourist attraction.

Our deciduous trees have all decided to burst into full leaf. Guess that's why they're called deciduous.

thehondohurricane said...

No ides about either EMOJI or ERITREA so I wagged an A resulting in a FIW. Ditto for the crossing M for 39A & 30D, but that wag was OK.

Always thought Ms Page's first name was spelled Betty, but if I was looking over her pics, correct spelling was never foremost in my mind.

Mets first stadium was the Polo Grounds, my favorite ball park where there Giants called home until departing in 1957. My last visit was that summer. Cubs were the opponent and Mays won the game with a walk off HR.

A" nor easter" is going to kick our butts tomorrow with up to two feet of the white stuff and gale force winds predicted. I'm getting to old for this kind of weather.

Jinx in Norfolk said...

Nice Monday puzzle. Thanks CC and Santa. I used the theme as a check after I finished the fill. I had three unknowns together in a personal Natick - OMNIA, DANSK and EMMA. DANSK and EMMA just looked right, so they gave me OMNIA. No erasures or bad cells today.

I forgot that I had filled in SHEA (although I once saw the Dodgers play the Mets there while on a business trip to Connecticut), and thought CC's mandatory baseball reference was a CSO to Pete Rose with her HIGH ROLLER fill.

Tinbeni said...

Nice write-up Argyle.
FUN Monday puzzle. Thank you C.C.

Looking forward to some rain later today.
Glad I'm not in the path of that Nor'easter ... y'all stay safe.

Hmmm, it is Pie-Eve-Day and I heading to the store.
Guess I'll buy a pie.

Cheers!

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-I need a BREAK from weekly MASS but this physics teacher saw a different MASS
-This short-lived TV show portrayed the dangerous world of REPO
-Not only is this not worth much, it’s illegal
-When 6,000 TARS get into DOCK, they are lookin’ for some action
-How about PAR on this hole
-Studies and mere observation show the MPAA’s standards are getting more lenient
-What ever happened to that nice couple and their boys in EDEN?
-Farm kids learn a lot watching a new CALF enter the world
-Some actions of the NEA have caused many teachers to OPT out
-We were all shouting STOP ALREADY up to November 8 last year
-Would John Wayne hold on to the POMMEL horn?
-The fabulous Eddie Mayehoff voicing The OLD PRO
-I had two girls get NABBED shoplifting at Sea World on a field trip
-I never saw a customer in our GNC. Uh, it closed.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

What a great way to start the week: back-to-back CC puzzles. And, unlike yesterday, this one was an easy, breezy sprint to the finish line! I saw the Mass theme (how could you miss it) but the reveal came as a complete surprise and really underscored the width and breadth of CC's imaginative scope. I like certain kinds of fish, Oreos are okay if you like sweets, (Tin's pies, too) but I do love a good Caesar salad! I'll bet Steve makes a mean one.

Thanks, CC, for a fun, enjoyable solve and thanks, Argyle, for the neat expo.

So far, our forecast calls for 12-18" of snow with blustery winds. Dudley, I think you're in for even more snow and, Hondo, I think you're in for a blizzard. Spitz, what does it look like out your way? How about the Jersey contingent? Stay safe, everyone. (I wouldn't go near a grocery store today if you paid me!)

Have a great day.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-Sidebar to last week’s WAHOO fill. Wahoo, NE is a town of only 4,500 but Wahoo Bishop Neumann and Wahoo Public have produced state champions in many sports for generations.
-This year, Wahoo Neumann beat Wahoo Public for a state basketball championship.
-There must be something in the drinking water down there

BunnyM said...

Good morning all

I had a feeling this might be a C.C. CW so was delighted to see it was when I came to read the blog. Two days in a row- what a treat! Thanks Argyle for your write up. Seeing "Gloom, Despair and Agony On Me" brought back memories of watching Hee Haw while I was growing up. I think it was on Saturday nights? But that's really testing my memory, especially on the Monday after the time change :)

Not too many problems with this one and saw the theme early on. Just a few unknowns that were helped by perps: OMNIA, EMMA, ERITREA and KYOTO. Loved all of the long fills and little but of crunch for a Monday- fun stuff!

OwenKL- interesting link about Oreos. I never gave much thought to the pattern as I'm too busy eating them, lol

Looks like we're missing the brunt of the predicted storm. Mostly rain turning to a mix with snow overnight. I hope those in the path of this late season storm stay safe. Sounds like it will be pretty bad in the Northeast.

I tried to go to bed early Sat and last night to offset the impact of the time change. It didn't help much but that was probably due to not sleeping well. I will (as usual) be "off" for the better part of the week. However I'm happy to have an extra hour of daylight!

fermatprime- I do hope you're feeling better soon.

Happy Monday- hope everyone has a great day!

MJ said...

Good day to all!

Enjoyable Monday puzzle. I like the way MASS was split progressively, as Argyle pointed out. BETTIE Page was the only unknown. Thanks for the puzzle, C.C., and thanks for the expo, Argyle. "Gloom, Despair & Agony" gave me a chuckle.

Enjoy the day!

MJ said...

I hope all in the storms way stay safe.

Fermatprime, feel better soon.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Good intro, as always, Argyle.

Easy Monday, but edgy enough to keep my EMOJI primed. Didn't know why we were splitting M A S S until near the end, when SERVICE BREAK loomed. Well done, C.C. BTW congrats on the back-to-back. That's got to be rare. No searches needed.
HIGH……… - One of those English words where the 'gh' has gone silent. Its Germanic cousins have retained the voiced guttural sound. German hoch, L. German hooch, and Dutch hoog.

IM - We are forecasted for "Storm totals of 10 to 15 inches by Wednesday,
with localized amounts up to 18 inches, especially over the
higher elevations."
No bridge tonight since 2 of our group have bad colds.

TTP said...


Good morning all. Thank you CC and thank you Argyle.

No idea on the pinup Page, but she easily perped and wagged in. She looks somewhat like Pauley Perrette.

OMNIA was unknown, but ERITREA was easy. Remember it's capital Asmara for future crosswords. Vowel friendly.

Had a great time in Kobenhaven, even though I couldn't speak Dansk. Watch out for the bicyclists !

Husker Gary, I can't see how they get to 964 yds. Also, Joe Tess Place
in south Omaha was a feature on Triple D "Deep-Fried Favorites" this weekend.

Welcome back Hondo. Don't be a stranger.

Roger said...

Yesterday I bought the world's worst thesaurus. Not only is it terrible, it's terrible.

Hungry Mother said...

Had "Eritria" and "Bittie" and didn't change it, so a fail. Otherwise, no problems. I split from mass a long time ago also. No snow coming here.

Lucina said...

What a treat! Back to back C.C. puzzles! This one was full of BRIO and when I saw MASS split thought it would have a religious theme. E.G., something about the schism in the Church. Oh, tennis.

Nicely served, C.C. and Argyle, too. By linking on the photos they enlarge and even the grid was blank today until I clicked on it then it came to life!

Fermat:
Please get well soon. Pneumonia is not fun.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and stay safe all who are snowbound!

CrossEyedDave said...

LOL Roger @ 10:15!

Thanks OwenKL, that Oreo link was fascinating!
Also, you beat me to what I was going to comment on...
My last fill was the crossing of 20a & 6d.
( I was going to ink "S")
Wait a sec, get-up-&-go= Bris? (Ouch!)
Postgraduate degrees are Masters Farts?
(Thank goodness I paused long enough to come up with the "O")

HG, Interesting! Scrabble doesn't allow Oreo?
it's in the Merriam Webster?

How to eat them has all ways been controversy...

Food for thought?

Finally, my Horoscope for today:
Libra- In a way,it is selfish to point
out your own flaws or flubs. It brings the attention to you in a not very educational or entertaining way.
(Aw nuts! There goes my whole shtick!)

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-TTP, I’m embarrassed that Joe Tess’s has been around since before we were born and I hear it is a great place, but we haven’t made it there yet. Heck we only got to Boys Town last year. Sad!
-Dave, most sites say OREO is a proper noun and therefore not eligible to be used. However, the Merriman/Webster dictionary list OREO as usually disparaging :  a black person who adopts the characteristic mentality and behavior of white middle-class society which seems somewhat racist to me but definitely not a proper noun in any way, shape, matter or form. Waddaya think?

Spitzboov said...

For all you OLD PRO TARS out there, here is an Article describing the retired aircraft carrier USS Independence being towed from Kitsap, WA around the southern tip of South America to the breakers in Brownsville, TX, a 4½ month voyage. The site also presents a short "album" of its service.

desper-otto said...

Back in the day I made a seven-month WestPac cruise aboard a flattop -- a much older rust-bucket than Independence. That ship was decommissioned in '71 and sent to the scrap yard in '92. I toured USS Lexington in Corpus Christi a few years back. She was an older sister to the ship I served on. She started earlier, but stayed active longer. I was surprised at how modern her crew quarters were, compared to the 3-stack wire-mesh hammocks we had back in the '60s.

Michael said...

Just when it can't get any weirder, we get Masonic Oreos (!!) with spider protein fillings.

After that, who dares say that crosswords are dull?

CrossEyedDave said...

HG, I agree with you,
I just could not believe what Merriam Webster printed for Oreo.

Very bad taste...

Ol' Man Keith said...

A fine pzl. Nice & chewy from our C.C.!
And thank you, Argyle, for the illustrations. I particularly enjoyed the old geezers drinking from the Clorox bottles.

And I shall remember this day as my introduction to advanced Oreo studies...

Misty said...

Wahoo! Wahoo! Two C.C. puzzles in a row--a week can't start any better than this! And this one was a delight--I sailed right through it, no problems, no erasures, no look-ups, no cheating! Wahoo! Wahoo! Only I'm still not sure I get the theme. I sure attended MASS a lot when I was young, but don't understand what it has to do with tennis. But I of course know that Mass is a SERVICE and I got the BREAKs, thanks to the circles. But thank you once again, C.C. You are an amazing constructor as well as a fearless leader!

Loved the KALE cartoon, Santa, and the pic of Mrs. Claus. And it's nice to finally get the meaning of SPF after all these years.

Fermatprime, take good care of yourself. So sorry to hear about the pneumonia symptoms.

Have a great week, everybody!

CanadianEh! said...

Wow, two C.C. puzzles in a row! Thanks for the Monday fun (and Argyle too).

Straight-forward solve today and since I was using pen and ink in my newspaper, I had the circles. I was delayed in getting to the puzzle by my trip to the grocery store (not too badly crowded Irish Miss) to stock up before our predicted storm (30-35 cm. for here which is 12 to 14 inches of snow).

My only inkblot was 32A. Like Hungry Mother, I had Eritria before ERITREA which gave me Bittie. Then I thought of Betty Grable and corrected to the E. Bettie Page is unknown.
NPR and GNC are not familiar either (although we may have seen them here before?) but perps to the rescue.

We get our veggies today with OKRA and KALE.

AnonT from last night. There is a Dictionary of Canadianisms 2nd ed. being published online this month to coincide with the 150th birthday of official Canada. It has a 4,833-word entry for “eh” (and still not complete!). LOL
Canadianisms

Have a great day.
Hope you feel better soon fermatprime.

Yellowrocks said...

Don't kill the messenger. Merriam Webster just reports how words are used. That site does call this slang disparaging. I have frequently encountered Oreo used this way. We can't deny such usage exists. Many ugly slurs are duly noted in the dictionary.The mere dictionary reference doesn't offend me. Using it in a puzzle or in everyday discourse would certainly cause offense.

A similar slur is Rino, Republican in name only. Or Cracker.

Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

I saw C.C.'s by-line early on and thought Whoot! But, I didn't expect that OMNIA/DANSK xing... Thankfully, the theme corrected my MoFIA spelling and I was able to guess the N in OMNIA (makes sense now that Argyle 'splain'd it). Thanks for the puzzle.

Great link Argyle - I don't think I've seen Hee Haw since my Grands past. Brought back memories of evenings w/ them. Thanks for that and the rest of the expo. Above (or below?) PAR.

WO - see above.
ESP - see above, BRIO. All else was smooth sailing [well, BETTIE was perps and a WAG]

Fav: I wanna say 20a [see below] but I'll go w/ Biblical EDEN under Service Break both xing STOP ALREADY. Yeah, I've not been to MASS since Christmas and only went 'cuz Eldest had a solo.

I also liked NPR in the pzl clue'd with Morning Edition - like DO, I was listening as I solved.

{A+} and LOL OKL. When I stepped back to admire the completed puzzle I saw FARTS and had to re-read the clue. MASTERful turning of phrase w/ poo-EMOJI.

Fermatprime - please don't go too much longer w/o seeing the doc!

C, Eh! - Oh, I'm so buying/sending a link of that dictionary for/to my buddy :-)

This may seem braggadocios considering many y'all are about to get slammed by snow... Eldest and I just finished putting in 15 tomatoes, 10 peppers, cukes, eggplants and all the kitchen herbs [no OKRA though] in the garden. If you feel IRKED, please remember -- after June 1st none of the tomatoes will bloom 'cuz it's too hot!

Anyone else try to stuff Paisan in for PISANS? [near the end]

Cheers, -T

Irish Miss said...

CanandianEh @ 2:14 ~ I'm glad you survived your trip to the grocery store. Canadians probably don't overreact to such dire weather forecasts with as much urgency as a lot of us do. You would think we were going to be trapped in our homes for a month, rather than just a day or two.

YR @ 2:33 ~ Amen, I couldn't have said it better myself.

Yesterday, I played "Exeunt" in Words With Friends and it was rejected. Is it considered a foreign word? WWF can be very arbitrary as it also rejected "Bristled" and, to this day, I have no idea why, but I'm still bristling over it! 🙃

Ferm, I hope you feel better.

Trubrit said...

Thanks for a good, fairly easy puzzle today. Couldn't think of Dansk, Danish didn't fit. I must be the only person in the USA who does NOT like Oreos.
Irish Miss don't forget NCIS Nola tomorrow, Tuesday, Chelsea will be on again. It is back to back shows, I think she is on the first but check it out.
Have a happy week

Bill G. said...

I like Oreos OK but my mother always got Hydrox. As I can barely remember their taste, it was very similar to Oreos but I think Hydrox were a little less sweet and I liked them better; maybe because they're what I got used to.

Lucina said...

The rules for Scrabble specify that to be used in the game, the word must be in the Scrabble dictionary. In my opinion, it's time for a revision of that rule, but that's how it is.

Irish Miss said...

Trubrit @3:39 ~ Thanks for the heads up. I'll DVR (Rest easy, big easy 😉) both shows. Re Oreos, I don't dislike them but I don't eat them, either. Cookies, Meh; Chips, Yay!

desper-otto said...

CanadianEh! Almost 40 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting an Ontarion (???) who attended one of our heavy equipment training sessions in Iowa. He told a (somewhat off-color) joke where the punch line involved the "little man in the boat." I've never heard that description before or since. Does that count as a Canadianism?

Jayce said...

Double C.C. (C.C.C.C.?) (or C.C. squared?) to start the week; what a treat! I liked this puzzle, as I like pretty much every puzzle she has ever constructed. It took me about 15.7 seconds to grasp the SERVICE BREAK reveal; damn imaginative.
At first I didn't want to accept ERITREA as Horn of Africa nation; I thought the nation at the horn was Somalia. But after looking it up I learned that Eritrea is one of four horn nations.
I thought of Lucina when I got DRAT.
I never liked Oreos much. I found the filling to be too un-creamy and the chocolate to be somewhat bitter.
LW and I saw the movie "Arrival" on Saturday and it got me sidetracked into researching the "variational principle" of physics, which took me through a longish journey that led to Fermat's principle of least time, which in turn made me think of our dear and currently pneumonia-suffering Fermatprime. I think my brain, or what Ol'ManKeith likes to call the old gray walnut, deepened some wrinkles and grew a few new ones. Mind boggling stuff.
Best wishes to you all.

Yellowrocks said...

Oreo's only Scrabble problem is that it is a brand name.It's slam meaning is
Valid. The Scrable Dictionary needs to catch up.
IM, exeunt is a valid stage direction and bristled is so ordinary, I am turned off this game.j



Chuck said...

Oreos are fine.

But the burning question of the day is:

How many Lowe's could Rob Lowe rob if Rob Lowe could rob Lowe's?

Lemonade714 said...

Since we do not get John Lampkin puzzles as frequently, to me he is the king of the clecho, I love what constructors like C.C. are doing to amuse themselves and the solvers.

Along with kale, okra and caesar salad we have this trifecta...

13. Dead Sea country: Abbr.: ISR. (Israel)
19. Lawrence's land: ARABIA
21. U2's "The Joshua Tree" co-producer Brian: ENO

all with a subtle, non-confrontational religious commonality. No religion, but it is fun to think.

Lemonade714 said...

Not Canadian- Roman

Don't look if you do not want to see LITTLE MAN

The Edge said...

No love for U2?

A little known tuneagement from Joshua Tree. A dark song about a dark subject plaguing middle America. Running To Stand Still. Hopefully the next song in queue will be Red Hill Mining Town as it was for me. Another lesser known song from this epic album.

TTP said...


Husker Gary, I know, right ? We see places on Triple D that are in and around Chicago and the burbs that are relatively close, and yet we never seem to make it there...

Dudley, I almost forgot. You may already be aware, but there's a three part series on PBS, "City in the Sky" that you might find interesting.

Yellowrocks, don't take it the wrong way, but I saw a surname in my readings and immediately thought of you. Wordlaw. Probably due to your defense of clues and answers, while providing supporting citations.

CrossEyedDave said...

TTP, I enjoyed City in the Sky episodes 2 & 3.
I missed episode one and they play hide and seek with it online

Another excellent show is Air Disasters on Smithsonian, there is usually 1 episode on cable every day. (Great stuff if you don't fly a lot) It is fascinating to see the Sherlock Holmes style deductions that go on trying to explain why an accident occurred, & even more so the real reasons. (The Hawaiian airlines ceiling ripped off is a shocker, and not for the squeamish...) But again,they play hideand seek with the episodes. here are someclips if you are not getting on a plane anytime soon...

(Hmm, it looks like they play hide and seek with where the links go to...)

Anonymous T said...

HG, CED, et.al. I've heard OREO as cited and usually it was a black guy saying it to another black guy. I can't recall the comedian that plead for black guys stop sayin' it to keep their Brothers down. That was about 20 years ago.

YR & IM - Re: Allowed words/dictionaries. I play W.E.L.D.E.R which is a fun word game while you're not doing nuthin' else (e.g. on the can). I'm flummoxed when I lose a move 'cuz what I entered isn't in the dictionary [and it was just in the xword!!!]. On the plus side, when 'tiles' refill, sometimes, words will self-form and I get points & learn a new word. [clicking an unknown word takes you right to the online dictionary].

CED - remind me not to fly with you :-)

Karma's a bugger! I bragged about my garden earlier while y'all are bracing for snow. While cleaning up tonight I stepped wrong - Tha' Hoe hit me square in the chin!

It was like something out of The Three Stooges. It's funny now. :-)

Cheers, -T

Misty said...

Chuck, you made me laugh.

Anonymous said...

Lemon was unnecessary.

CrossEyedDave said...

Anon-T, LOL! The Hoe strikes back!

Also, you missed my post 3 years ago where I described
what i would do in a 737 on a missed approach...

(I think I made HeartRx airsick!)

It was about an aborted landing, climb to stall straight up,
full right rudder
a little right aileron up/left aileron down to compensate for
the extra lift on the left wing turning faster above us...
turning into a nose down dive,
and pulling for all its' worth to get the nose up towards the runway again!

( I think HeartRx said the same thing you did...:)

CrossEyedDave said...

Hmm,

I think I got it backwards,
in a direct climb to stall, it should be
a little right aileron down/left aileron up
to compensate extra lift on one wing over the other...

(Come to think of it, I wouldn't fly with me either...)

Anonymous T said...

CED - I forgot to link George and Fork to complement your OREO link.

And, while looking for that Seinfeld clip... This ad played thus tying together flying and OREOs :-) Cheers, -T

Wilbur Charles said...

I finally ran off this xword about midnight. I don't look at the author until I'm in the puzzle but the cluing gave it away.

Quick NPR/ NYG ref. They had a spot on Lefties and why we survived Darwinism. One theory was athleticism and cited the great "New York Giant" pitcher Lefty Gomez.

Lefty of course, as Hondo(nice to see ya) would point, pitched for the Yankees

I was reminded of a Misty comment while waiting to check out at Publix. Now Misty has to go to the grocery store for the reveal unless someone else figures it out.

WC