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Mar 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Kevin Christian

Theme: Kevin Christian - An initial puzzle.

17. *Home of baseball's Royals: KANSAS CITY

24. *Diagonally: KITTY CORNER

34. *Large venomous snake: KING COBRA

51. *Hang out (with): KEEP COMPANY

60. *Martial arts move: KARATE CHOP

67. Strikeout victim of poetry, and a phonetic hint to the answers to starred clues: CASEY (K C)

Argyle here. A pleasant Tuesday.


1. __ torch: party light: TIKI

5. Gone from one's plate: EATEN

10. "Eleni" author Nicholas: GAGE

14. Nailed, as a test: ACED

15. Carne __: taco filling: ASADA. We have had it here at the corner before but I haven't had any personally. Ranchero Platter (for 2 persons) Carne asada (grilled shell steak), 2 carnitas (pork), chorizo, guacamole, refried beans, corn tortillas - $25.00 - at our local restaurant.

16. Loads (of): A TON. The amount of food that come with the Ranchero Platter.

19. Online journal: BLOG. Somebody asked me the meaning the other day and I couldn't tell them. "The definition of BLOG is "Web-log, online diary".

20. Terminate: END

21. Sign light: NEON

22. Dutch cheese: GOUDA. The five letter Dutch cheese.

23. Federal hush-hush org.: NSA. (No Such Agency)

27. Lament: BEMOAN

29. Clod: OAF

30. "Silk Stockings" actress Charisse: CYD

31. Wine collector's datum: YEAR

32. Gumbo vegetable: OKRA

33. Laugh half: HEE

39. Young fellow: LAD

42. Opposite of spicy: MILD

43. Nile wading bird: IBIS

47. Here, in Haiti: ICI. French.

48. Santa __ winds: ANA

49. GI's mess work: KP DUTY. We had ON KP Saturday.

55. X, in old Rome: TEN

56. Cultural spirit: ETHOS

57. Not on base when req.: AWOL. (Absent Without Leave)

58. Org. whose awards ceremony Vince Gill hosted or co-hosted from 1992-2003: CMA. (Country Music Association)

59. Indian bread: NAAN

63. Raison d'__: ÊTRE

64. Exchange suggestive glances, say: FLIRT. Some people's raison d'être.

65. Cub scout units: DENs

66. Marries: WEDS

68. Canadian tribe: CREE


1. Impressed with: TAKEN BY

2. Words when the blindfold comes off: "I CAN SEE!"

3. Japanese ball-and-cups toy: KENDAMA

4. Passports, e.g.: IDs

5. Enter slowly: EASE IN

6. Foppish neckwear: ASCOT. Not foppish if you got the panache.

7. Besmirch: TAINT

8. Summer hrs. at Yankee Stadium: EDT. (Eastern Daylight Time)

9. Thumbs-down vote: NAY

10. Eva or Zsa Zsa: GABOR, or Magda.

11. Out for a midday meal: AT LUNCH

12. The one without the patch, for Bazooka Joe: GOOD EYE

13. Dueler's cry: "EN GARDE!"

18. "Puppy Love" singer Paul: ANKA

22. Excel in one's career: GO FAR. Paul Anka did.

25. Ono from Tokyo: YOKO. She did too, in her own way.

26. Low-__ diet: CARB

28. Mork's planet: ORK

32. Med. condition that may involve excessive hand-washing: OCD. (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) Judi Dench as Lady Macbeth. Clip(4:33)

35. Apple desktops: i-MACS

36. Bogotá boy: NIÑO

37. Glittery rock genre: GLAM

38. Help: AID

39. Refurbished: LIKE NEW

40. Protective plastic film: ACETATE

41. Fanatically devoted: DIE HARD. The "Die Hard" franchise has been very good to Bruce Willis.

44. Cleaver user: BUTCHER

45. Agenda start: ITEM ONE

46. Neural transmission point: SYNAPSE

49. __ pine: paneling wood: KNOTTY

50. Gomer of TV: PYLE. "Shazam!"

52. Corn breads: PONEs

53. "Les Misérables" city: PARIS

54. Not clueless: AWARE

60. Col. Sanders' chain: KFC. (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

61. __ carte: À LA

62. Atlanta-based public health org.: CDC. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Mar 20, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017 Bruce Haight

Theme: And it's a grand day to be sure!

17A. Change one's route to avoid heavy traffic, say: MAKE A DETOUR. Grand tour.

23A. Likely successor to the throne: HEIR APPARENT. Grandparent

37A. "You're confusing me": "I DON'T UNDERSTAND". Grandstand, verb or noun.

48A. Sprained ankle, often: SPORTS INJURY. Grand jury.

59A. Climactic show ending, and a literal hint to this puzzle's circled letters: GRAND FINALE. The word in the circles can follow GRAND and they are the final word in their entries.

Argyle here. We have a quick return of Bruce Haight, a grid spanner; we have circles, a tight theme, a very necessary reveal. I hope we all have great week on this first day of spring.


1. Negative attention from the press, briefly: BAD PR. (bad public relations)

6. Deep-voiced opera singer: BASSO

11. "I knew it!": "HAH!"

14. Blazing: AFIRE. AWORD.

15. Gossip spreader: YENTA

16. Abu Dhabi is its cap.: UAE. (United Arab Emirates) Visit Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, if you dare.

19. Org. for marksmen: NRA. (National Rifle Association)

20. "You __ here": ARE

21. Pipe-cleaning brand: DRANO. (Not recommended for tobacco pipes.)

22. Composer Stravinsky: IGOR. His wife's name was "Katya".

26. Magnificent: SUPERB

29. Epps of "House": OMAR. His IMDb page.

30. Have no doubt: KNOW

31. Fabulist mentioned by Aristotle: AESOP. (fabulist - a person who composes or relates fables.)

34. Soda: POP

41. Capitol Hill fig.: POL

42. Quarrel: ARGUE

43. Machu Picchu resident: INCA

44. "Me neither!": "NOR I!"

46. Sacred river of India: GANGES

53. "Peter Pan" beast: CROC. Tic-toc croc.

54. Safe place?: VAULT

55. Help in finding the hidden treasure: MAP

58. Kept under wraps: HID

62. Blanc who voiced Bugs: MEL

63. "__ bet?": WANNA

64. Kind of panel or system: SOLAR

65. Keats work: ODE

66. Annual celebrations, for short: B-DAYS

67. Plot surprise: TWIST


1. The Crimson Tide, familiarly: BAMA. (Alabama)

2. In the distance: AFAR

3. Storied water barrier: DIKE. Dutch boy story, perhaps.

4. Ante-: PRE-. Prefixes.

5. Page turner: READER

6. Way to play music if you can't read it: BY EAR

7. Insurance giant: AETNA

8. Busybody: SNOOP

9. Good name for a lover of hearty meals: STU

10. Paddle: OAR

11. Gut feeling at dinner time?: HUNGER PANG

12. Packers quarterback Rodgers: AARON. Green Bay Packers, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

13. EKG organ: HEART

18. Smidgen: DRIB. Often found as dribs and drabs.

22. Nest egg acronym: IRA. (Individual Retirement Account)

23. Previously cut, as timber: HEWN

24. Penniless: POOR

25. Gig equipment: AMPs

26. Decide not to go to: SKIP

27. Loosen, as a knot: UNDO

28. Cylindrical water toy: POOL NOODLE

31. Director Lee: ANG. Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, not "Spike" Lee.

32. School URL ending: .EDU

33. "Comprende?": "SEE?". Spanish to English.

35. Fairy tale starter: ONCE

36. High-tech appt. books: PDAs. (personal digital assistant)

38. Sharp-tasting: TART

39. "Exodus" author Leon: URIS

40. Minuscule: TINY

45. Tolkien beast: ORC

46. __ of Mexico: GULF

47. Whistler, but not his mother: ARTIST

48. Blockhead: SCHMO

49. Jimmied (open): PRIED

50. The first Mrs. Trump: IVANA

51. Mary Poppins, e.g.: NANNY

52. Biblical betrayer: JUDAS

55. Timbuktu's country: MALI

56. "__, poor Yorick!": Hamlet: ALAS

57. Cheeky: PERT

59. Pres. #43: GWB.(George Walker Bush)

60. "Cool!": "RAD!"

61. "Immediately!": "NOW!"


Notes from C.C.:

1) Happy Birthday to dear Spitzboov (Al), our always cheerful and knowledgeable imp (Spitzboov is Low German for "rascal/"imp".) Spitzboov served in the Navy Reserve for over 20 years & retired as Commander. He continues to support the Navy in any way he can. The Annin flag he sent to me after I got my US citizenship is from the Navy. Hopefully you and Betty can meet with Argyle again this year.

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

2) Happy Birthday to John28man as well! He pops in on the blog from time to time.

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.


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


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.


Mar 6, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017 Kathy Jaschke

Theme: Oh No, Oh Yes - The letter "O" is added or taken away, depending on how you look at it.

17A. Place for a haircut and a whiskey?: SALOON SALON

27A. Storage solution for Disney?: CARTOON CARTON

43A. Farmer's wake-up duty list?: ROOSTER ROSTER

57A. How to ask journalist Roberts if she'd like an Oreo?: "COOKIE, COKIE?"

Argyle here with what appears to be a debut for this constructor. No reveal Monday. Personally, I liked the mental image of a flock of roosters arguing about whose turn it was to crow.


1. Scalawag: SCAMP

6. Barber's razor targets, at times: NAPEs. Back of the neck.

11. Folder identifier: TAB

14. Ann __, Michigan: ARBOR

15. "Haste makes waste," e.g.: ADAGE

16. Color: HUE

19. Tiny six-footer: ANT. Cute clue.

20. James Bond is one: SPY

21. Be itinerant: ROAM

22. "Ho ho ho" holiday guy: SANTA

24. "You're it!" game: TAG

25. James Watt, by birth: SCOT

33. Pago Pago's place: SAMOA

34. Singer Edith known as "The Little Sparrow": PIAF

35. Wicked: EVIL

37. Final notice?: OBIT

38. Taps instrument: BUGLE

39. Dust __: tiny house critter: MITE

40. Panhandles: BEGS

41. "Gotcha": "I SEE". Not "Gotcha!"

42. Problem during sleep: APNEA

46. Hawaiian strings: UKEs. Some are oval we've learned.

47. High-tech rte. finder: GPS. (Global Positioning System)

48. Yummy: TASTY

51. Exclusive: SOLE

53. Hockey great Bobby: ORR

56. __ Wednesday: ASH. Timely.

61. 2016 Olympics city: RIO. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

62. Blacksmith's block: ANVIL

63. "Lady and the __": TRAMP. Stored in a carton?

64. Again and again, to bards: OFT. (often)

65. Boglike: PEATY

66. Eye sores: STYEs but then sties can be eye sores, too.


1. Back talk: SASS

2. Losing casino roll: CRAP

3. How experts do their jobs: ABLY

4. __ juice: milk: MOO

5. Equitably divided: PRO RATA

6. Skylab org.: NASA. 18D. Canceled at 6-Down: NO GO

7. Eve's mate: ADAM

8. Buddy: PAL. 28D. José's 8-Down: AMIGO

9. I problem?: EGO

10. Electric eye, e.g.: SENSOR

11. Word after greater or less: THAN

12. Uncle's mate: AUNT

13. Test version: BETA

23. Efforts: ATTEMPTS

24. Brings forward for inspection: TROTS OUT

25. Mountain climber: SCALER

26. Sidewalk eatery: CAFE

27. Pole tossed in Highlands competitions: CABER

29. Numbered musical works: OPUSes

30. Landlocked African country: NIGER

31. Sheeplike: OVINE

32. Fertilizer ingredient: NITER. Wiki link.

33. Cry hard: SOB

36. Grassland: LEA. Where ovine animals may graze.

38. What muzzled dogs can't do: BITE

42. Sides of an issue: ASPECTS

44. Airport luggage checker: SKYCAP

45. Eye rudely: OGLE

48. Hawaiian food staple: TARO

49. "__ I care!": AS IF

50. Photograph: SHOT

51. "Laugh-In" segment: SKIT

52. Greasy: OILY

53. So-so: OKAY

54. "The __ of the Ancient Mariner": RIME

55. Gym units: REPs

58. "Just __ moment": ONE. "Don't put me on hold!"

59. Egg cells: OVA

60. Leftover morsel: ORT


Feb 28, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 C.C. Burnikel

Theme: Owies - The answers to the starred clues each contain two "OW"s.

18A. *In Hades, euphemistically: DOWN BELOW

30A. *Puffy Chinese dog: CHOW CHOW

49A. *Bovine yogurt brand: BROWN COW

3D. *Auto feature that doesn't need a crank: POWER WINDOW

27D. *Head rest on a sofa: THROW PILLOW

60A. Pained expression, and a hint to two cries hidden in each answer to a starred clue: THAT HURTS

Argyle here. C.C. has given us a neat Tuesday puzzle. The reveal may have not given actual answers but may have disproved an answer already entered.


1. __ New Guinea: PAPUA

6. Closest buddies, for short: BFFs. (Best Friends Forever)

10. Cleaning cloths: RAGS

14. Three through nine, in many golf club sets: IRONS

15. On the sheltered side, at sea: ALEE

16. Old flames: EXes

17. "The Daily Show" regular Black: LEWIS

20. Back to square __: ONE

21. Ballet skirt: TUTU

23. Every bit: ALL

24. Béarnaise sauce herb: TARRAGON. Edible leaves with a distinctive anise or licorice flavor.

26. Pearly whites: TEETH

29. Escorted by: WITH

33. Where to find a sleeper hit, perhaps: B SIDE

35. Lascivious look: LEER

36. "Good point!": "TRUE!"

37. "Raggedy" doll: ANN

38. 601, to Seneca: DCI

40. Obstinate mount: ASS

42. East, in Essen: OST. Essen, Germany.

43. Fishing poles: RODs

45. Leave out: OMIT

47. Actor Cary __ of "Kiss the Girls": ELWES

51. Part of a process: STEP

52. Adjust just a bit: TWEAK

53. "Way to go, sister!": "ATTA GIRL!"

57. Hook shape: ESS

58. "Very cool!": "NEAT!"

59. Where bovines graze: LEA. Cows, cattle, kine.

64. Makes angry, with "up": RILES

66. German automaker: AUDI

67. Commuter's choice: RAIL

68. Popped up: AROSE

69. Fountain of jazz: PETE

70. Poet St. Vincent Millay: EDNA

71. Poked at, cat-style: PAWED


1. First sitcom episode: PILOT

2. Hockey venue: ARENA

4. College, to Aussies: UNI. (University)

5. Per what was previously mentioned: AS STATED

6. Mistreating: BAD TO

7. Frilly addition to a skirt: FLOUNCE

8. "A __ Good Men": FEW

9. Capitol Hill lawmakers: SENATORS or 28. Lawmaking body: HOUSE

10. Put back in office: REELECT

11. Rock singer Rose: AXL

12. Prefix with political or logical: GEO

13. NNE opposite: SSW

19. Failed, as a fuse: BLEW

22. "That's awful!": "UGH!"

25. Divested (of): RID

31. Oil or gas follower: HEAT

32. Dampens: WETS

33. Stinging remark: BARB

34. Stifled laugh: [SNORT!]

35. Long ride, for short: LIMO

39. Intolerably confident: COCKSURE. Does the name, Anonymous, come to mind?

41. Put out bait, say: SET A TRAP

44. Beau or boo: SWEETIE

46. "Sign me up!": "I WANT IN!"

48. Relay race part: LEG

50. Trio member with Crosby and Stills: NASH. The lyrics can be found on the YouTube site.

51. Metro stop: Abbr.: STA. (station)

54. Electrical pioneer Nikola: TESLA. Old friend!

55. Dodger Pee Wee: REESE. He made the move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

56. Zapped with a beam: LASED

60. Activate, as a phone app: TAP. Beyond my ken.

61. Tint: HUE

62. Home security giant: ADT. Founded in 1874; 143 years ago, as American District Telegraph.

63. "Cool!": "RAD!). My comment about the above entry.

65. Nest egg initials: IRA. (Individual Retirement Account)


Feb 27, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017 Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke

Theme: Give me some skin, bro - One word that can be patched to the start of the entry phrases.

66A. Medical adhesive strip ... and a hint to what can precede the first word of 17-, 25-, 40- and 52-Across: SKIN PATCH

17A. Filled light pastry: CREAM PUFF. Skin cream.

25A. Gronk's position on football's Patriots: TIGHT END. Skintight.

40A. Magician's hand movement: FLICK OF THE WRIST. Skin flick.

52A. Like some pizzas and apple pies: DEEP DISH. Skin deep.

Argyle here, plus Gail with Bruce today. No "B" in this naughty blue Monday. The pics I could have posted boggles the mind but you already have been boggled enow if you watched the Oscars.


1. Seaweed wrap resorts: SPAs

5. Peaceful: CALM

9. Dozed: SLEPT

14. Small chess piece: PAWN

15. Baseball's Moises: ALOU

16. Flooring specialist: TILER. A tiler earns his pay putting tiles around pipes and the edges of the room.

19. Like good gossip: JUICY

20. Expand, as a collection: ADD TO

21. San __, California: MATEO

23. Comic Margaret: CHO. "I love drugs, but I hate hangovers, and the hatred of the hangover wins by a landslide every time." - Margaret Cho

30. Spiro ran with him: RICHARD. Late-’60s Maryland governor, Spiro Agnew, served as Vice-President under Richard Nixon.

34. Baby's bodysuit: ONESIE. Standard baby shower present.

35. Comm. system with hand motions: ASL. (American Sign Language)

36. Slowly withdraws: WEANS

39. Tablet downloads: APPs

44. RPM gauge: TACH

45. Unifying idea: THEME

46. Pierced body part: EAR

47. Moral values: ETHICS

50. Mob witness' request: AMNESTY, and entry into the witness protection system.

55. Purported UFO fliers: ETs. (Extra-Terrestrial)

56. Bond portrayer Daniel: CRAIG

58. "__ directed": medication warning: USE AS

62. Magna __: CARTA. Runnymede, 1215. It will be on the quiz.

68. Graceland idol: ELVIS

69. Military medal earner: HERO

70. Ivy League school: YALE and 11D. 70-Across collegian: ELI

71. Hosiery thread: LISLE

72. Hullabaloos: ADOs

73. Upright wall timber: STUD


1. Pet lovers' org.: SPCA. (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

2. Western chum: PARD. 1840-50, Americanism; by alteration and shortening of partner.

3. Left dumbstruck: AWED

4. Grab quickly: SNATCH

5. Bottle topper: CAP

6. University supporter, briefly: ALUM. An alumna or alumnus.

7. Lite, dietwise: LO-FAT. Both words are adspeak.

8. Civilian attire: MUFTIOrigin.

9. Virgin Islands isl.: ST. JOHN

10. Lucy of "Elementary": LIU. Holmes and Watson

12. Ab neighbor: PEC. Muscles, abdominals and pectorals.

13. Give it a whirl: TRY

18. Mostly shaved-head style: MOHAWK

22. Bigheadedness: EGO

24. Double Delight cookie: OREO

26. Hazmat suit problem: TEAR

27. Glimpses: ESPIES

28. Tries to bite, puppy-style: NIPS AT

29. "__ Rides Again": 1939 Western: DESTRY

30. Shot the rapids, say: RAFTED

31. Arrives after the bell: IS LATE

32. Overused expression: CLICHÉ

33. Bonkers: DAFT

37. To the __ degree: NTH

38. Mets' old stadium: SHEA

41. Greenside golf shot: CHIP

42. Plus-size supermodel: EMME

43. Ascended: WENT UP

48. Jewel box: CD CASE

49. Title for Connery: SIR

51. Emerson works: ESSAYS. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

53. Recent White House daughter: SASHA. Malia Ann and Natasha Obama.

54. Walked in the woods: HIKED

57. Early whirlybird, for short: GIRO. Autogiro, originally a trademark of Cierva Autogiro Co., is also known as gyro, autogyro, gyroplane, gyrocopter, or rotaplane.

59. Coup d'__: ÉTAT

60. Bill of Rights-defending org.: ACLU. (American Civil Liberties Union)

61. Lawn mower holder: SHED

62. Animation still: CEL

63. "Aladdin" prince: ALI

64. Homes on wheels: Abbr.: RVs. (recreational vehicle)

65. Shop __ you drop: 'TIL

67. Discouraging words: NOs

Owen inspired addition.


Feb 20, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017 Mark McClain

Theme: No Reveal Monday - A step above just a number sequence.

19. Panama Canal nickname: EIGHTH WONDER

34. When baseball closers usually shine: NINTH INNING

42. NYC thoroughfare that becomes Amsterdam at 59th Street: TENTH AVENUE

57. When time is running out: ELEVENTH HOUR

Argyle here. Missing: {JZ} The theme was easy enough so some of the fill was not. On balance, a good Monday.


1. Soothsayer: SEER

5. Quick fix for an elbow hole: PATCH

10. Underwater vessel: SUB

13. Cuba libre fruit: LIME

14. Lorena of LPGA fame: OCHOA. She played the Tour from 2003 to 2010.

15. Phony: FAKE

16. Votes in favor: YEAs

17. "My mistake": "SORRY"

18. Rice field draft animals: OXENDifference Between Ox and Buffalo(link)

22. Robotic maid on "The Jetsons": ROSIE

23. Inherently: BY NATURE

27. Where to find Lima and llamas: PERU

30. Like farm country: RURAL

31. Thanksgiving tuber: YAM

38. They're often big in showbiz: EGOs

40. Sparkle: GLEAM

41. "I'm hungry enough to __ horse!": EAT A

45. Vert. counterpart: HOR. (horizontal) 63A. TV signal part: AUDIO

46. Gandhi's land: INDIA

47. Garbage email: SPAM

49. "Get moving!": "STEP IT UP!". STAT, ASAP.

53. Wash or spin: CYCLE

60. Computer image: ICON

64. "Giant" author Ferber: EDNA

65. Four-sided campus area: QUAD. (quadrangle)

66. Extended families: CLANS

67. Cincinnati ballplayers: REDS

68. Tennis match segment: SET

69. Saintly rings: HALOs

70. "Garfield" pooch: ODIE


1. Not as forthright: SLYER

2. "Old MacDonald" letters: EIEIO

3. Webzines: E-MAGs

4. Mail again, as a package: RESHIP

5. Fancy-schmancy: POSH

6. Have __: freak out: A COW

7. Pulsate: THROB

8. Like grandpa's jokes, probably: CORNY

9. Contemporary of Mozart: HAYDN. "One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." ~ Gemälde von Edouard Leon Cortes.

10. Jazz combo horn: SAX

11. Don Ho's instrument: UKE

12. "Gone Girl" co-star Affleck: BEN

15. Mint of money: FORTUNE. Don't be minting your own fortune; it's frowned upon.

20. High school junior, usually: TEEN

21. Merit: EARN

24. Dickens villain Heep: URIAH

25. Totaled, as a bill: RAN TO

26. "Pomp and Circumstance" composer: ELGAR. Sir Edward Elgar.

28. Capital of Latvia: RIGA

29. Sch. near the Strip: UNLV. (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

31. "Abominable" critters: YETIs

32. Insurance rep: AGENT

33. Paris newspaper Le __: MONDE

35. Golfer's starting point: TEE

36. __ Christian Andersen: HANS

37. "Still sleeping?" response: "I'M UP"

39. Regular payment: STIPEND. One you receive, not pay out.

43. Precipitation stones: HAIL

44. A pop: EACH

48. Rescued damsel's cry: "MY HERO!"

50. Enlighten: TEACH

51. Throat dangler: UVULA

52. Bicycle feature: PEDAL

54. Encrypted: CODED

55. Monday, in Le Mans: LUNDI

56. Use the delete key, e.g.: ERASE

58. El __: weather phenomenon: NIÑO

59. Throw away: TOSS

60. Mensa nos.: IQs. (intelligence quotient)

61. Billiards stick: CUE

62. Breakfast grain: OAT

Note from C.C.:

Happy Birthday to dear Santa Argyle, who just wrote his 748th blog post this morning. Argyle joined me a few months after I started and has been tirelessly guiding us every since. Off the blog, he's also my trusted advisor and sounding board. Thanks for being you, Santa!

Argyle, Jan 29, 2017