Sep 1, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014 Amy Johnson

Theme: Huff & Puff - Follow-up on three little sty upgrades.

18A. Unlucky thing to draw : SHORT STRAW

26A. Tabletop game requiring steady hands : PICK-UP STICKS

47A. Go on strike, in slang : HIT THE BRICKS

60A. Menace who destroyed houses made of the ends of 18-, 26- and 47-Across : BIG BAD WOLF

Argyle here with a rabbit, rabbit and three little pigs. A simple premise with some testing entries but not beyond doing. There are some cute plums in there too. I never heard the house made of bricks was destroyed.

Across:

1. Junk email : SPAM

5. "A Streetcar __ Desire" : NAMED

10. Talks and talks and talks : GABS. yadda, yadda, yadda.

14. Strauss of denim : LEVI

15. Double-reed instruments : OBOEs

16. Author __ Stanley Gardner : ERLE. Perry Mason creator.

17. Fateful date for Caesar : IDES of March.

20. Poverty-stricken : DIRT POOR

22. Share and share __ : ALIKE

23. Banned apple spray : ALAR

24. Solved, as a cryptogram : DECODED

30. Witch trials town : SALEM

31. Like a prof. emeritus : RET.

32. Narrate : TELL

36. Supermarket chain initials : IGA. (Independent Grocers Alliance)

37. McCain's title : SENATOR

41. Pizzeria order : PIE

42. Male offspring : SONS

44. Univ. proctors, often : TAs. (Teaching Assistant)

45. Seat of New York's Oneida County : UTICA. Hi, Spitzboov.

51. Vehement speeches : TIRADES

54. Have in mind : MEAN

55. "I'll do whatever you need" : "USE ME"

56. "Language" that gave us "amscray" : PIG LATIN. 10D. "Amscray!" : "GET LOST!"

63. Common quitting time : FIVE

64. List-shortening abbr. : ET AL.

65. "... had a farm, __" : EIEIO



66. Bullpen stats : ERAS. In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched

67. Really annoy : RILE

68. Rose essence : ATTAR

69. Hankerings : YENS

Down:

1. Got one's uniform dirty, as a base runner : SLID

2. Feet pampering, briefly : PEDIcure

3. State confidently : AVER

4. Error : MISTAKE

5. "Never gonna happen" : "NO SOAP". I haven't heard that phrase in quite a while.

6. Finds repugnant : ABHORS

7. Tie up in the harbor : MOOR

8. At any time, to Frost : E'ER

9. Summer hrs. : DST. (daylight saving time)

11. Extra Dry deodorant : ARRID

12. Eubie of jazz : BLAKE



13. Embroidered, e.g. : SEWED

19. Potato bag : SACK. A day at the races.

21. Future prunes, perhaps : PLUMS

24. Weight loss plan : DIET

25. Opposite of endo- : ECTO

26. Trident-shaped Greek letters : PSIs

27. "Othello" villain : IAGO. 49D. Wife of 27-Down : EMILIA. Common knowledge?

28. Scottish family : CLAN

29. Garbage : TRASH

33. Larger-than-life : EPIC

34. Kiss from a dog : LICK

35. Grazing grounds : LEAs

38. Suffix with major or Smurf : ETTE

39. D.C. baseball team : NATS. Short for the Washington Nationals.

40. Beyond the burbs : RURAL

43. Shuffling gait : SHAMBLE

46. "30 Rock" creator : TINA FEY

48. Brainstorm : IDEA

50. Request earnestly, as mercy : BEG FOR

51. Potato or yam : TUBER

52. "Lord, __?": Matthew : "IS IT I?"

53. Fit for a king : REGAL

56. Couplet creator : POET

57. Michelin product : TIRE

58. Tennis great Lendl : IVAN

59. Mythical monster's loch : NESS

61. Org. with narcs : DEA. (Drug Enforcement Administration)

62. Oscar Wilde's forte : WIT

I found this fitting ditty while looking for something by Eubie Blake and couldn't pass it up.




Argyle