Feb 25, 2012

Saturday, Feb 24th, 2012, Steve Salitan

Theme: None

Words: 72

Blocks: 28

Triple stacks of 11's with 'almost' triple stacks of 10's make up today's grid from constructor Steve Salitan - his last LAT contribution was mine, too - a bit like JZB this week with Gareth's contribution. Long baseball proper name to start, pure C.C., and I needed perps to get it. Otherwise, the words that broke this one out for me were -

25A. Raced on a lake, perhaps : SCULLED - Skated was too short, Ice Boated too long and awkward; after the perps, I still needed the "LL", but then the V-8 can....Rowing ah, a wet lake, not a frozen one - it's a hockey thing

and its counter-fill -

44A. Really messed up : SNAFU'ed - Considered "BLOTTED", but then again any collection of letters can usually describe being messed up; this one is an acronym, Situation Normal: All F'ed Up - since I spent a fair amount of time being 'drunk', let's see how many words there are....Wrecked, Plastered -

Onward ~!


1. Dodger shortstop after Leo Durocher : PEE-WEE REESE - C.C., I defer to you (From C.C.: For the Brooklyn Dodgers. Known for his ardent support for Jackie Robinson.)

12. "I kiss'd thee __ I kill'd thee": Othello : ERE

15. Mediterranean arm : ADRIATIC SEA - well, I filled in the SEA part, and waited for the 'other' part

16. 24-hora period : DIA - Spanish for hour and day, Italian, too~? I took Latin in High School, so....

17. Where sheets are spotted : LINEN CLOSET

18. Suppositions : IFs

19. Coat of a kind : PEEL

20. Chick chaser : HEN - Not a GUY, like me, chasing the cuties

21. Adjective showing confidence : DOABLE

23. Cost of membership : DUES - I have not paid any Union dues at UPS; I think it's a charge for FT associates (drivers) only

26. Many "Twilight" series readers : 'TWEENs - not a fan of the whole Vampire thing

29. Racket : CLATTER

30. Pharmaceuticals co. division : Research AND Development

31. Upside list : PROs - I had my list of UPSIDES and CONS for applying for the management position; still in the "hurry up and wait" phase of the hiring process, for those curious

32. Horse with a high tail carriage : ARAB - well I was going to guess one of the two horse words I know of 4-letters, ARAB and ROAN, but I left it for a few perps

34. Past, in the past : ELD

35. Accommodates : OBLIGES

38. 2011 Hiroshima Art Prize winner : ONO - not a fan

39. Take off the top : SKIM

41. "Hogwash!" : LIES~!

42. "The Supremes __": 1966 #1 album : A'GO-GO

46. Glossy-coated tree dweller : MARTEN - Image

47. Crusty entrées : POTPIES - I like Chicken Pot Pies

48. Notice on the links? : FORE~!

49. "Be right with ya" : ONE SECecond

50. Where chads became famous: Abbr. : FLA - Ol' Jeb and George Bush, putting one over on Al Gore....

51. Stanza rhyme scheme : ABAB - ARAB and ABAB

55. 1880s White House monogram : CAA - Had this, took it out, put it back in; reminds me of this scene, @ 7:45

56. "Basic Instinct" co-star : SHARON STONE - and we remember this scene, right~? TV-MA~!!!

59. Cassis cocktail : KIR - black currant liqueur with white wine; sounds tasty, but no longer a choice for me

60. Drug delivery mode : TIME RELEASE - not INTRAVENOUS; always wanted to try Heroin....

61. New alums, last yr. : SRs

62. Outward impressions : APPEARANCES


1. Insect sensor : PALP - new one for me, more HERE

2. Emmy winner Falco : EDIE

3. Ocean flier : ERNE - not TERN....

4. Used with skill : WIELDED - Like a sword

5. Suffix with Ecuador : EAN

6. Aquatints, e.g. : ETCHES - Learning moment for me

7. Gets upset : RILES

8. Subj. involving bread? : ECONomy - bread = money, etc.

9. What a collective noun usually lacks : ESS - Like FISH; good for a little mis-direction in crossword construction

10. Pea pod, e.g. : SEED CASE

11. Celebrate, in a way : EAT OUT

12. Radish, for one : EDIBLE ROOT

13. Shooting site : RIFLE RANGE - there is a shooting range along one of the routes I regularly take; something I would like to try

14. Reduced : EASED

22. Ski resort near the Great Salt Lake : ALTA - Map; no snowboarding allowed

24. Reverse : UNDO

25. Tough jobs : SLOGS - Classic Saturday crossword verb, yes?

26. 25% of doce : TRES - 1/4 of 12 = 3

27. Revels in the moment : WALKS ON AIR - despite not being a TV show, this could be paired/traded with its neighbor, like yesterday;

28. Conclude with an emotional demonstration, perhaps : END IN TEARS - Walks in tears, Ends on Air ????

29. Shouted : CRIED

31. Practices : PLIES - like a trade; always makes me laugh when I hear a doctor/lawyer has a "practice" - I'd rather they were at game ready levels....

33. Benefit : BOON

36. Good stock : BLUE CHIP - this was a fill from last Saturday, no ~? uh-uh; a clue from the Feb 4th puzzle

37. Mineral-rich European region : SAAR - Not RuhR

40. Google __ : MAPS

43. Increase : GREATEN - a 'meh' moment, tho I know it's a word; "the more I blog, the more I greaten my chances of being read"....?

45. Ford subcompact since 1976 : FIESTA - European, mostly; I watch the UK Top Gear 'motoring' show, and they "assaulted a beach" in a bright green one; just another practical test of the car's capability

46. Malcontent : MOANER

47. Hail damage marks : POCKS - not DINGS

48. Area plants : FLORA

50. "... get one __!" : FREE - it's Saturday, so you don't get the "BUY ONE" hint....

52. Former U.K. carrier : BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corp. - the Wiki story

53. Le Havre handle : ANSE

54. Some school competitions : BEES - I love this "Bees" track - TM Juke

57. One often turned up in a club : AMP - thought this might be a mis-direction of the deck of cards variety, and tried ACE; I have found a fellow guitar player, and we have been jamming a lot lately; been cranking up the AMPs

58. '70s radical gp. : SLA - once again, I can never remember which one is which; SAS, SDS, SLA ??? This is the Patty Hearst one...oh well....

Answer grid.

gotcha ~!  Splynter


fermatprime said...


Wow! An early write-up!
As usual, on Sat., had red letters on for a bit. But some things just popped out, like SHARON STONE! Was a bit easier than usual.

Hand up for Ruhr before SAAR, tern before ERNE.

I thought capsules should be TIME(d)RELEASE.

Didn't know that FIESTAs were still made, but once I had FI...

Had a very tired day. Must try to sleep!


Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers -

I expect to work hard on a Saturday, and this tricky puzzle delivered. Lots of bad guesses including the TERN and RUHR bits already mentioned.

The one long fill that went straight in was SHARON STONE. I was glad to have that much solid ground. Her famous "beaver shot" from that movie seems so tame nowadays, but it was steamy at the time. Thanks for the memories, Splynter!

Argyle said...

Good Morning,

Good learning moment; smoke grenades fit in the FIESTA's cup holders. Just the thing John McClane would want to know.

Patty Hearst said...

Maybe this will help you remember the Symbionese Liberation Army, Splynter

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

This one was a real SLOG most of the way through, but proved to be DOABLE in the end. Lots of delightfully tricky clues and a few clunkers as well.

I really resisted putting in SNAFUED until the bitter end. I know what SNAFU means as a noun, but I've never seen it turned into an adjective before and it just looks weird to me. And I'll ditto Splynter's opinion of GREATEN. Meh.

A few missteps (DINGS for POCKS, IN A SEC for ONE SEC) and one total unknown (BOAC). Plus, I'm embarrassed to admit that I had no idea who was president in the 1880s, even after getting CAA via the perps. In fact, I just had to look it up. Hello, Chester A. Arthur!

HeartRx said...

OK, so everyone probably knows how this one started out for me, staring at 1A with an eleven letter fill and a baseball reference. Sheesh!

So I immediately switched to the downs, and held off putting PALP at 1d, since I wasn’t sure it was correct. EDIE and ERNE filled in quickly, but then I thought of “prints” at 6D. I wasn’t thinking of a verb, of course. I messed up at 9D by putting “an s” instead of ESS. Finally figured out ADRIATIC SEA, which helped get LINEN CLOSET, showed me my errors, and confirmed PALP.

…then a golden light shone down from the heavens onto my iPad, and as if I were seeing a heavenly finger pointing to the letters, P-E-E-W-E-E-R-E-E-S-E appeared from the mists of some ancient forgotten time in the recesses of my mind…

(well, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but I was pretty proud of myself for filling in 1A without have to resort to a look-up!)

Anonymous said...

Quite a struggle with this one but enjoyable nonetheless. If we can have ODed, why not SNAFUed. Better than the answer in one of the puzzles I solved yesterday--Clue:selling for Ans:repping.Brad Wilber's offfering on Newsday's Saturday Stumper is well...a real stumper.

desper-otto said...

Greetings Saturday Soldiers!

I found this one to be easier (and faster) than the average Saturday fare. For some reason I immediately filled in PEEWEEREESE (the only shortstop name I know), KIR, SAAR, BOAC, SLA (remember Tanya with the rifle?), and SHARONSTONE (she's on the cover of the current AARP Magazine). The rest just fell into place.

Learning moment: Aquatints = ETCHES. I thought they were probably shades of blue. Thanks, Splynter. I almost called you to task for 44A. Your "F'ed" looked like "Fed".

desper-otto said...

OK, so it was Tania, not Tanya. Memory fades...

Jacel said...

To HeartRX,

How are you doing the LAT Crossword on the iPad. I have to use my computer because the site I go to requires "Flash" which the iPad does not allow.

Good Morning All,

I'm sorry I don't post very often, but the Chemo treatments have made me sick. Luckily, I feel good today.

Like everyone else said, the long entries were tough.

Husker Gary said...

The seemingly daunting triple stacks fell easily and then it was a little SLOG to finish this fun Saturday entry that worked eraser a lot as well – e.g. END IN TEARS not NOMINATION

-Pee Wee not only stood by Jackie Robinson, he was also the sidekick of Dizzy Dean on the Saturday baseball games on TV that were in black and white with the main camera high up behind home plate.
-Venice is trying to defend itself against the Adriatic with MOSE
-Have anyone ever heard a CLATTER and then “sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.”?
-I love POTPIES too Splynter, however these numbers are scary!
-Al Gore needed FLA because his home state didn’t vote for him
-The line of presidents from Grant to TR remain fuzzy to me
-Edamame is a popular 10 Down here
-Try a rifle? Yes. Heroin? Not so much.

HeartRx said...

Jacel, I have the "Crosswords" app from Stand Alone, Inc. ($9.99 at the app store). Since I spend so much time on puzzles, I thought it was well worth it.

Yellowrocks said...

This puzzle took me slightly longer than a normal Sat. but I succeeded. I had Peewee Reese in my head somewhere, but it took some perps to draw it out. I also "knew" BOAC, but couldn't dredge it up quickly. I knew it wasn't BMOC, but regardless that kept get getting in the way. I had many of the same write overs as most of you.

I,too, was on the lake ice for a while until the LL brought up SCULLED.

I thought MARTEN right away. I could even picture their cute faces, but I doubted for a time that they lived in trees.


JACEL, sending healing thoughts your way. Glad to hear from you whenever you can post.

VirginiaSycamore said...

Can anyone explain why ANSE is a Le Havre handle?

Also, I agree that GREATEN is a meh. I also think of SNAFU as a noun, the proper verb form being F....d Up.

Scanning the Wikipedia article on PALP, it seems more like a multipurpose appendage than a sensor. So this is a semi-meh besides being obscure.

Anyway, I am so happy I got PEEWEE REESE after some perps. Thanks for the history that he befriended Jackie Robinson.

We have a little snow here in Northen Ohio, but the worst was blasting winds yesterday.

Hope Everyone has a happy Saturday,

Steven J. St. John said...

A weirdly easy Saturday solve for me - the NW fell very easily. My dad's favorite ballplayer growing up was Pee Wee Reese, so that helped a lot. The right letters popped up to make Adriatic Sea fall quickly too. The SW took awhile. I had INASEC before I saw it was ONESEC, had TRIM before it was SKIM, and tried DINGS early for POCKS.

Although it didn't ENDINTEARS, it may very well have ended with ENDINTEARS - that might have been my last entry. Nice construction, very smooth.

Tinbeni said...

"Flew in from Miami Beach, BOAC"
Yup, "Back in the USSR" by the Beatles was the ear-worm during my solve.

PEEWEE REESE was a gimmie.
That's what happens with a Baseball Nut.
Also ADRIATIC SEA from my time in Croatia.

Thought 'Drug delivery mode' might be 'In a paper bag.'

Write-overs at Ruhr, in-a-SEC, trIM for SAAR, ONE-SEC & SKIM.
Got lucky picking SLA -v- SDS as my '70's radical group.

Cheers to all at Sunset.

(Edited for content by Tinbeni @10:51)

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Steve, for an exceptional Saturday puzzle. Really enjoyed it. Thank you, Splynter, for the swell write-up.

Started with EDIE and ERNE in the NW. Those helped with ADRIATIC SEA and LINEN CLOSET. PEEWEE REESE fell next.

Next EDIBLE ROOT and RIFLE RANGE appeared.

The SE and SW were not as easy. Had IN A SEC for quite a while for 49A. That slowed down that whole corner. Finally got it all.

BOAC was easy, as was BEES. Still don't know what ANSE means, but it fit.

SEED CASE rang a bell. Just got my shipment from Burpee for my gardens, one in IL and one in PA.

Traveling to Springfield today. Did this on my IPad enroute. Love this little machine.


Irish Miss said...

Hi All:

Finished but with many write-overs. Had ace before amp, SDS before SLA, eats up before eat out, in a sec before one sec. Overall, more difficult than the usual Saturday. Or maybe my " thinking cap" needs tightening.

Happy Saturday.

BTW, has everyone finalized their Oscar predictions. Any upsets versus the critics' consensus?

Irish Miss said...

Sorry, I forgot to thank Splynter and Steve for a great expo and puzzle.

Yellowrocks said...

Le Havre is a city in France. I looked up "tranlate French to English: anse" and found handle as one of the results. I guessed it while doing the puzzle because we have often seen ANSA clued as a handle for an urn or a vase.

I consider edamame a bean. As a snack, the pods are lightly boiled in salted water, and then the seeds are squeezed directly from the pods into the mouth with the fingers. There are recipes for dips and salads using these beans, but i have only tried the squirt it in your mouth recipe. I also enjoy edible Chinese peapods. Yum.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone. Doff of the cap to Splynter for a fine write-up.

Not much to add. Slow in coming, the central west was last to fall. I had Ruhr before SAAR became obvious. Finally remembered BOAC. Flirted with Théron before the perps coughed up SHARON STONE. Clever clueing for AMP and LINEN CLOSET. ANSE was a WAG. ABAB was picked based on the down clues. I say 'slow' release for TIME RELEASE of which I take one. Also had in a sec before ONE SEC.. Good meat grinder today.

Enjoy the day.

Bill G. said...

That was more enjoyable for me than my usual Saturday experience. Thanks for the writeup, Splynter.

Best wishes and good thoughts Jacel.

eddyB said...


Waiting for the Nationwide race
from Daytona. Danica has the pole
but will have to start at the back of the field tomorrow.

Stress and fatigue start my AF attacks. You don't want this either. Gets very scary.

JD. 300 pages into The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. 500 to go.

Watched the 4 moons with the 4 inch
telescope last night.


Lucina said...

Greetings, Splynter and all weekend solvers.

Thank you, Splynter, for your insights. Your write overs were in many cases similar to mine.

WEES. After finishing this I realized it was easier than I made it to be by over thinking some clues. APPEARANCES are deceiving!

Once TWEENS appeared the entire SW corner filled nicely. I finally had to look up SHARON STONE but not PEEWEE REESE. Go figure! A few perps and it was clear.

I really liked where sheets are spotted and of course, cassis cocktail, KIR. I may toast everyone with it tonight.

May your Saturday be a FIESTA, everyone!

LaLaLinda said...

Hi Everyone ~~

When the NW section was a speed run, I thought this seemed too easy for a Saturday. That didn't last long. I got bogged down in the same places already mentioned by others. Lots of erasures today, but I managed to finish with no look-ups ... always a great thing on a Saturday puzzle.

~~ I was thinking 'Paddled' before sculled and that really held me up in that section. 'Trim' before SKIM, also.

~~ R AND D ... the 'and' thing got me again. That whole area was the last to fall.

~~ I had a ? next to GREATEN and ELD. I don't remember ever seeing them before.

Fun puzzle and another wonderful write-up, Splynter!

Vairnut said...

First pass resulted in little more than a few words filled in, one of which was SHARONSTONE. Next pass had the entire South done. Took a lot of head scratching, but, like HeartRX said, the magic light shone suddenly on PEEWEEREESE. With that filled in, I WIELDED my pen in a DOABLE way and managed to finish. Agree with the others: SNAFUed? I somehow wanted BASKS ON AIR at first. No, it doesnt make sense, but many CW answers dont. Hand up for TERN, SDS, and ACE also.

Husker Gary said...

Musings 2

-YR, being the neophyte I am, I ate the pod (bean not pea) too until my daughter told me that was not cool. But I have been known to eat the tail of fried shrimp so…
-Irish, Oscars seem to be like the Nobel prizes, Emmy’s, Grammy’s, etc. There are politics and “behind the scenes” forces at play. There is a consensus that John Wayne won for True Grit as a reward for years of service but, hey, it’s all for fun anyway.
-That’s why some of us prefer sports – you keep score and have to earn the victory. But even so we debate Mickey Mantle vs. Babe Ruth, etc.
-I tried growing radishes indoors this winter and all I got was a tall, skinny stalk with one leaf. Any hints?
-Does anyone remember the song Dizzy Dean sang when the game was pretty much over?

Off to the Y!

Misty said...

Well, this one was too tough for me. I eventually got a lot of it with a lot of cheating, but still don't understand "Le Havre handle" even with Yellowrocks 10:41 explanation. And I'd give GREATEN a double Meh. But this may just be a slow morning for me, even though I got my first 7 hours of sleep last night in months, it seems. So thanks Mr. Salitan and Splynter.

We're hosting an Oscar party for 8 people tomorrow night: pizzas and voting sheets provided. I'm rooting for George Clooney in "The Descendants." Am not crazy about the way he discards girl friends every couple months, but I thought that was a moving and awesome performance. And the movie brought back happy memories of DH's and my first trip to Kauai many years ago.

Jacel 8:08, my thought are with you. Have a great weekend, everybody.

Barry G. said...

Misty: ANSE is the French word for "handle." They speak French in Le Havre. So a "handle" in Le Havre is ANSE.

Jayce said...

Hello everybody. Pretty much WEES. I guessed 51A was going to be ABAB, ABBA, ABBB, or some such, so I put in the first "A" and relied on the perps for the rest. SHARONSTONE was a gimme for me, perhaps because she was freshly in my memory, having been on the cover of AARP magazine, as desper-otto pointed out. Wanted TWEENS but hesitated to pencil it in because I thought, "Nah, it can't be that straightforward." Gosh, sometimes I'm too overconfident and sometimes I'm too cautious.

Entries like SNAFUED, ELD, and ANSE make me think of the following scenario. Constructor ends up with something like ANSE, then hopes like hell research will result in it being a "legitimate" fill. "Whew, got lucky on that one. Didn't have to rework it."

At first I misspelled ADRIATIC as ADREATIC, and EAN as IAN, which snafued (ugh!) me in that corner for a while.

Best wishes to you all.

Misty said...

Thanks, Barry 6:29. I guess I don't have much of an ANSE on my French.

Rube said...

ADRIATICSEA was my first entry 'cause, like @Tinbeni, spent time there -- only I was on the Italian side and remember it as Mare Adriatico. Had 4 Es in 1A and going for the 5th when I realized it had to be PEEWEEREESE. From there on this was a breeze, although, the middle took some time. Did have most of the same writeovers as others and, as usual for me, needed most of the crosses for SHARONSTONE.

ANSE is old timey crosswordese. It appears in my list in the plural as Ansae meaning "Looped handles (e.g. some hilts)".

Had heard of MARTENs but didn't know anything about them, so checked out Wikipedia and... "In the Middle Ages, marten pelts were highly valued goods used as a form of payment in Slavonia, the Croatian Littoral and Dalmatia. The Croatian word for marten, kuna, is the name of the modern Croatian currency."

Thanks @LaLaL for pointing out ELD. Didn't see that during the solve. Apparently it refers to old age. It's obvious when you think, old & elder. Will take note for the future.

Marvelous puzzle, if not a little too easy for Saturday.

CrossEyedDave said...

Just in it for the learning moments, Saturday is way too hard for me.

Splynter, since you "gotme" with the Marten image, (i had it written down for research later) i think its only fair that i "getcha" back. SLOTHS were never as cute as Martens, but they are now...(& they are easier to catch.)

Your 9D explanation made me look up "collective nouns," and guess what,,,(Oh Bugger! I just went to get the link & discovered i typo'd "clatter" as "clutter") Oh well, it doesn't tie in with the puzzle, but maybe some constructor can use the clue, "proper word for a litter of grown cats" = CLUTTER

Sallie said...

Good afternoon everyone.

Got eleven correctly today. So happy that Monday will be here soon. As I live in FLA I did get the hanging chads. But the few answers I did have had many of the errors already mentioned.

Be well, folks.


Sallie said...

PS: Yesterday we had GAYDAR and today SNAFUED. So we're getting pretty bold lately.

Katherine said...

Hi CC.........I don't know how all of you get all those clues. On Saturday, I don't "have a clue"! I just can't get'em.....but I have to say that chicken pot pie sure looked yummy!
I love reading the post's....

JD said...

Good morning all,

Thanks Mr. Salitan for cluing Adriatic Sea and Sharon Stone so that I could get somewhat of a foothold on this one.Ironically, my last fill was end in tears..could not see it for the longest time.

I also thought the Ford Fiesta was no more, but it seems it is a big seller in the UK,Asia, Australia and S.A. and has had many facelifts over the years.Last year it came back to the US with an S sedan and a 5 door SES.

Jacel, nice to hear from you. I do the xwd on my ipad when I'm out of town. I signed up on my computer with cruciverb.com, then used my e-mail and password to get it on my ipad.Hope it works for you. Get plenty of rest.

Yellowrocks said...

I doubted that martens are arboreal, but I learned that in Europe and the USA they are called pine marten. See how cute they are.
Link martens

Having taught elementary science for many years, I found PALP an easy opening entry to this puzzle.
From dictionary.com
palp or palpus (pælp, ˈpælpəs)
either of a pair of sensory appendages that arise from the mouthparts of crustaceans and insects.

Bill G. In finding the key to your numerical progression last week, was my add 2, add 3, add 4, etc,. off the mark?

Dudley said...

JD - Are you using the Crosswords app? If so, drop me a line and I'll describe a more direct way to snag the puzzle.

GarlicGal said...

Hey all. This was a fun solve.

Yes Tinbeni, Back in the USSR, still humming it!

I have a string of Martens hanging in my closet that were my Mom's. I'll never forget the first time my daughter saw it - "MOM, IT'S STARING AT ME"!!! She couldn't believe women used to wear them.

Had the same missteps as many of you - tern/erne, inasec/onesec, SDA/SLA - finally got the whole POCKS/TEAR/CAA corner. Whew....

Thanks to all the constructors who make these very clever puzzle possible. And of course to all the daily warriors who give us these excellent write-ups!

Bill G. said...

EddyB, what kind of telescope do you have? I've got a four-inch reflector bought about forty years ago.

Yellowrocks asked: In finding the key to your numerical progression last week, was my add 2, add 3, add 4, etc,. off the mark?

If I remember right, the numbers were 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, etc., right? You are absolutely correct. Also, they are called triangular numbers because you can arrange those number of dots into an equilateral triangle. For example, think of the triangular arrangement of 10 pins in a bowling alley set up for Boomer to make a strike. You can make that shape with each of the numbers. If you are interested, Google triangular numbers and check out the first few links.

Chickie said...

Hola Everyone, Thanks Splynter for clearing up some empty spaces today. Great writeup.

I had about 75 percent of the answers today and what I did have was correct. As I filled in the missing squares all the letters I had in fit just fine.

I had the same missteps as others today. Dings for Pocks, and In A Sec for One sec. Also, had Tern for Erne, but Pee Wee Reese fixed that one pretty quick. Ruhr for Saar also put me in an eraser mode.

Good Saturday puzzle. Difficult, but challenging and good learning moments with Ono, A GoGo and Tweens for Twilight Series Readers.

Have a great weekend everyone. Our weather is turning colder. We've had 70's the last few days. Winter isn't over yet. Pray for more rain. The news stated last evening that we've had the driest winter in 100 years.

Husker Gary said...

Stunning sight in the sky tonight with crescent moon, Jupiter and Venus! Very much worth looking into the west sky!

Chickie said...

Heart Rx, That adjective that we had in the Crossword today--DOABLE really fit your attitude today. I would loved to have seen that heavenly light shining down on your i-Pad!! LOL.

Jacel, Sorry to hear you've had a rough time with the Chemo. Here's hoping things will get better for you, soon. I'm glad you can post when you are able. Keep us posted on your health.

Yellowrocks, we are enjoying our snap peas from the garden. We love them sauteed in a little butter with a vinegar and marmalade glaze to finish them off. So good. Winter crops do well here in our area.

A fiesta right back at you, Lucina.

eddyB said...


Demolition time again tomorrow?
The moral of the story is to not let your team mate on your back bumper. Danica forced into the wall again. Don't think she is a happy camper right now.

Bill G. It is about a 30yo Celestron refractor. The reflector that I wanted was 2x the price.
It doesn't matter to me that Tycho
appears in the wrong place. Hope that the SW sky is clear again.

The best part about Top Gear is when the celebs race around The Silverstone circuit.

Pens took care of the Bolts. Malkin with a hat trick.

Sharks @Nashville tonight.

Probably no escaping the Oscar hype. Don't plan to watch the 3 hr
tape delay on the West coast.

See you all Monday. eb

Bill G. said...

The first video is from Betsey of a really large pod of dolphins trying to get someplace in a hurry. Dolphins

The second one is of a young bird who needed a place to sit and rest for a spell and found it on a guitar in a bluegrass band at about 1:30. Bluegrass birdie

Abejo said...

On my way back from Springfield. Had a great day and a great meal. I am going yonder if the Sunday Crossword is available on cruciverb. If so, I will be working it.


PK said...

Bill, love your videos as usual. Makes me wonder what's going on under the ocean to cause the dolphins to act like that. Or maybe they have an annual powwow to choose mates?

I love the bird. I had a mouse behind my washer once that would sing when I did. Gave me the creeps, but it was memorable.

Bill G. said...

PK, I'm glad you enjoyed them. It sure did look as if the dolphins were trying to escape from something.

The bird reminded my of the baby mockingbird we nutured after it fell out of its nest. After it got old enough, we left it outside one morning in the backyard. When I came back after school, I didn't see it. An hour later I went out again and there it was perched in a bush huffing and puffing. It was delighted to climb on my finger and come back in the house for a few more days.

The baby hummingbirds are lying together in that little nest; sometimes facing the same way and sometimes one will get switched around and be facing the other way. I'm guessing that happens when one of the parents comes back to feed them.