12.01.2009

TUESDAY, December 1, 2009
Dave Hanson


Theme: "Eewwwww!" — Theme answers are common phrases that include the letter string ICK twice.

Theme answers:
  • 20A: Dickens hero with "papers," as he is formally known (MR. PICKWICK).
  • 51A: Unflattering Nixon sobriquet (TRICKY DICK).
  • 10D: Surprise football plays (QUICK KICKS).
  • 29D: Girls-night-out film (CHICK FLICK).
Happy December, everybody. Despite its theme, I didn't see much ICKiness in today's puzzle. QUICK KICKS didn't come to me right away, but it seems like a perfectly fine theme answer. (Any football fans out there want to weigh in on how common this phrase is?) I sort of feel like I should find CHICK FLICK offensive, but I just never have for some reason. Maybe because it sounds so ridiculous, I can't really take it seriously.

Since you're all up-to-speed on your Latin, these clues were all easy for you:
  • 15A: Not often seen, to Caesar (RARA). As we've discussed here before, RARA is most often clued "___ Avis." Kinda nice to see a change-up here.
  • 23A: The "A" in A.D. (ANNO). That's ANNO Domini, or "In the year of our lord."
  • 38A: "Elder" or "Younger" Roman statesman (CATO). I've been doing crossword puzzles exactly long enough for this to be a gimme for me. I threw it right down without even thinking about it and it kind of surprised me!
  • 2D: Latin love (AMOR). And if you want to review AMOR's conjugation, Orange took us through it back in August.
What else?
  • 6A: Mandolin ridge (FRET). This is how dumb I am. I thought Mandolin referred to some geographic area in Asia and I entered Ural. D'oh!
  • 16A: Spreadsheet reversal command (UNDO). Anyone remember an old IBM TV commercial where some co-workers send out an inappropriate to their boss and then they're all like "Unsend! Unsend!"
  • 57A: Singer Tennille (TONI). So glad this wasn't clued as TONI Basil or we'd have this stuck in our heads all day:

  • 4D: In "Macbeth," it opens with thunder and lightning (ACT I). Ya know, I see these clues for "ACT [whatever]" and I always have to get the actual act number for the crosses. This time I was so proud of myself for remembering that Macbeth starts right out with thunder and lightning. I remember it because I saw the play once and it was really freaky with the sound effects and the lightning — Prospero and Miranda were running around all scared .... Oh crap. That was The Tempest.
  • 5D: How many models are built (TO SCALE). Me: "Really tall with really long legs? What? What do you want here?"
  • 7D: Paul Harvey's medium (RADIO). Is he still alive? Nope. He died earlier this year. I remember listening to him when I was a kid.
  • 8D: Guitarist Clapton (ERIC). This is to make up for the previous clip (apparently his wardrobe assistant called in sick that day):

  • 32D: "__ the season ..." ('TIS). It sure 'tis.
  • 43D: Annual period beyond the current fiscal one (OUT-YEAR). Don't recall ever hearing this term but, again, it sounds totally legit to me.
Crosswordese 101: "The term EDDA ... applies to the Old Norse Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, both of which were written down in Iceland during the 13th century. They are the main sources of medieval Norse mythology and skaldic tradition in Iceland. Some of the older poems included may predate the date of their recording by several centuries, establishing continuity with the Viking Age." (Wikipedia) The Prose Edda was written by Snorri Sturluson and consists of three separate books: the Gylfaginning, the Skáldskaparmál, and the Háattatal. Words you'll find in clues for EDDA include: Icelandic, Norse, old, ancient, mythology, anthology, source, Scandinavian, Snorri Sturluson, and 13th-century.

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P.S. PuzzleMom sent me a great story yesterday that I'd like to share with you.
Two weeks ago, our neighbor, Emily, came by to ask if she could use our Internet connection to make a SKYPE call. (They've been waiting two years for a phone line; things don't always move so fast here in Costa Rica). Emily's best friend, Keren, who lives in LA, had just sent word that she is engaged. Emily was thrilled for her and found email an entirely inadequate vehicle for her response. She sat in our library for more than an hour talking with Keren about the proposal, wedding plans and all the things that best friends would talk about in such a situation. She had the door closed, but we couldn't miss the joy and laughter eminating from the little room where our computer sits. Here's what she reported when she finally ended the call:

Keren and Eddie have been together for some time now, and it has become their habit to begin the day with the LA Times Crossword Puzzle, which they complete online.
One morning, Eddie told Keren that he'd tried his hand at constructing a puzzle. He gave it to her to complete, challenging her to finish the puzzle without his help (something that doesn't happen with the LA Times Puzzle). It was filled with personal questions: Where did Eddie and Keren meet? What is Keren's mom's pet name for her? Things like that. When she was finished, she found its theme: spread through the puzzle were these words: Keren will you marry me? Of course, she said "Yes."
So, Keren and Eddie, if you're out there a big congratulations to both of you!

Everything Else — 1A: Attacks (HAS AT); 10A: Resign (QUIT); 14A: BP merger partner (AMOCO); 17A: Defeats soundly (ROUTS); 18A: Like many Keats poems (ODIC); 19A: Chilled, as coffee (ICED); 22A: Clothed (CLAD); 24A: More certain than not (LIKELY); 26A: Chewing gum substances (CHICLES); 30A: Office furnishing (DESK); 31A: Nut in a mixed nuts can (CASHEW); 32A: Airport building (TERMINAL); 36A: Indian spiced tea (CHAI); 37A: Manet's "The Luncheon on the Grass," e.g. (OIL); 39A: Mind readers (PSYCHICS); 42A: More sluggish (POKIER); 44A: County on the Strait of Dover (KENT); 45A: Mussed up, as hair (TOUSLED); 46A: Dover landmarks (CLIFFS); 49A: Pretzel topping (SALT); 50A: Megastar (IDOL); 58A: Prefix with -drome (AERO); 59A: Spine-chilling (EERIE); 60A: Milton's "Paradise Lost," for one (EPIC); 61A: Overflow (with) (TEEM); 62A: Hitting serves past (ACING); 63A: Potato holder (SACK); 64A: Old Norse poetic work (EDDA); 65A: Pinkish wines (ROSES); 1D: Hurt (HARM); 3D: Chowder or bisque (SOUP); 6D: Displeased looks (FROWNS); 9D: One bringing down the ball carrier (TACKLER); 11D: Title for Remus (UNCLE); 12D: Epitome (IDEAL); 13D: Hot alcoholic drink (TODDY); 21D: Had the answer (KNEW); 25D: Belief suffix (-ISM); 26D: Initials on an old ruble (CCCP); 27D: Derisive laughs (HAHS); 28D: "My word" ("I SAY"); 30D: Tierra __ Fuego (DEL); 33D: Carpentry fastener (NAIL); 34D: Suit to __ (A TEE); 35D: Lady's man (LORD); 37D: Columbus Day mo. (OCT.); 40D: Playboy Mansion resident, familiarly (HEF); 41D: Like colleges with the lowest tuition, for residents (IN-STATE); 42D: 1840s president (POLK); 45D: Washington city (TACOMA); 46D: Credits as a reference (CITES); 47D: Parkinsonism treatment (L-DOPA); 48D: Greek architectural style (IONIC); 49D: Fathered (SIRED); 52D: Clarinetist's need (REED); 53D: 1920s-'40s art style (DECO); 54D: Spring bloomer (IRIS); 55D: French film (CINE); 56D: Frat party containers (KEGS).

43 comments:

SFINGI said...

Wrong puzzle? LA has OIL in middle, not QUITSAGOODTHING.

PuzzleGirl said...

Sorry about that! Fixed!

JOHNSNEVERHOME said...

Dave Hanson put together a pretty decent puzzle for a Tuesday, but again, we’re getting too much footballese.
TACKLER, QUICKKICKS, and ROUTS are all pretty obvious even for a non-football fan like me. I prefer the more literate entries like MRPICKWICK, ODIC, EDDA, UNCLE Remus, CATO, and Macbeth ACTI.

There sure were a lot of double ICK’s in this puzzle, but I’m not quite sure how that fits a theme.

Puzzlegirl, you had a nice Latin lesson today with AMOR, ANNO, CATO, and RARA; and that’s good for me... I'm a Latin dummy.

Loved the Toni Basil "Mickey" clip
and Eric Clapton was a real treat too. What ever happened to Toni Basil... we never see her anymore?

“How many models are built” (5d) Ok, Ok, how many other guys quickly put in STACKED? Is it just me who thinks that way?

We had a dual clue today with (44a) KENT (Dover) and (46a) CLIFFS (Dover). How common is that in a non-themed sense?

My fave today was CHICKFLICK crossed with CHICLES.

Well, now that Black Friday, Sunday Night Football, and Cyber Monday is behind us, what are we going to call today?
??? Tuesday. (Now keep it clean!)

Crosscan said...

Muskrat Love.

You are welcome.

Eddie Q said...

Oooh, I hate you so hard right now for that Toni Basil video. I had forgotten who she was, so I clicked on the video anyway. Devil!! Guess that will be stuck in my head all day.

I grew up and live in Alabama, home of football and church (and in some places, in that order) so I can attest to QUICKKICKS. That is common ligit terminology. I can't remember exactly, but I believe it's when a team is punting and they want to get the ball gone before the defenders have a chance to try and block the punt.

A lot of Latin today, but fortunately, most of it I knew from previous xwords (and this blog...thanks!), but CATO gave me troubles.

Fun puzzle, enjoyable Teusday!!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Tinbeni said...

An "ICKy" puzzle. Tuesday LAT seem to be overtly on the easy side lately.

Learned EDDA 64a from CW's and I like that it isn't used that often by "the constructor's."

Liked TODDY 13d-Hot Alcoholic drink, I'll take a 'Hot Buttered Rum.' Wished they had one of these with Scotch. Oh,well.

Don't mind the football clues. QUICKKICK 10d is a good acceptable cluing/answer. I reside in Tampa Bay so the suffering ROUTS 17a have become too common this year.

CHAI 35a Indian spiced tea was new to me, I'm a coffee, never tea person, and I enjoy having to google something when I'm done.

OUTYEAR 43d I've only seen with Gov't Budgeting, it became a 'new term' in 1981, but it's a fairly
obscure accounting term even to me.

PG Great write-up, especially the Mickey & Eric clips.

Orange said...

I like your Norse-related photo, PG! The purple Vikings are my son's second-favorite team after the hapless Bears. My poor husband is a Packers fan with a lifelong NFC loathing of both the Bears and the Vikings. "How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a child who declares allegiance to your team's archrivals."

PG, I saw The Tempest on Broadway with Captain Picard in the lead role. Prospero was always saying "Make it so."

I can't believe there's no Captain & Tennille "Do That To Me One More Time" video. Blatantly sexual song that we all blithely sang along with as children, having no idea what it all meant—my mom can't have liked that.

shrub5 said...

Besides the theme answers, there were a lot more "ics" in the puzzle but none with a K (ODIC, CHICLES, PSYCHICS, EPIC, IONIC, ERIC.)

EDDA, FRET and OUTYEAR were all unknown to me, so I learned something new today! I always forget with CCCP - how many Cs, how many Ps? Maybe it will stick this time.

@PG: Cute engagement story from PM. Hello to fellow LAT puzzle solvers in Costa Rica!

Rex Parker said...

QUICK KICK is a G.I. Joe.

Didn't like this. There are lots of ICKS, but they don't go together very well. There's just ... two of them. I would have bought QUICK KICK, CHICK FLICK, SLICK RICK ... and other two-word phrases where both words end -ICK. This just feels too loose. But lots of "K"s, that's cool. Rest of fill was OK. I'm sure OUT YEAR is something, but ... ick. Grid construction put that "Y" is a very unfavorable position — otherwise no way we'd have seen OUTYEAR. That's not a marquee answer.

rp

GLowe said...

Man, I was so sure we'd see a pic of Kato Kaelin on the blog today. He's cool because:

a) He's a houseguest. That's IT, baby! A fakkin houseguest, what more do you want? Career, family, hobby? Nope.

b) If you reverse-age his picture, you get ... a cabbage patch baby! Real cabbage patch dolls, of course, express a little more intelligence on their fat little faces, though.

Puzzle's pretty good, OUTYEAR is new to me. I'd have thought that ICK-ICK, repeated 3 times, with an ICKY-ICK compromises the theme. (It sure would if *I* tried to submit it ....) ! did I say that out loud?

GLowe said...

OT: Today, I wrote in all six theme answers in the syn. NYT, with no crosses and no looking at other clues. Never done that before, never will (try to) do it again now that I've finally acomplished it. It's like eating the middle of the oreo first; the rest is kinda boring.

jazz said...

I didn't care much for today's. It felt forced, I don't know why. Lots of ICKs and ICs, that's fine, but for some reason the solve didn't seem to 'flow'.

I like EDDA in the comic 9 Chickweed Lane. She's a dancer and pianist in NYC, and the artwork is drawn beautifully.

Agree with the previous writer(s): enough football already! I'm a fan, but that's what sports pages are for (well, a football clue once in a while is OK).

bluebell said...

This was fairly easy. I would like to register my dislike of "odic" as a word--Keats wrote Odes. How can an Ode be odic? Or can another poetic form be Odic? An ode is what it is. There, I got it said.

I knew Pliney (sp?)the Elder and Younger (I think), but had to get Cato from crosses.

pg2 said...

A football team has 4 tries to go 10 yards. If they don't make 10 yards on 3 tries, they usually punt on the 4th try. Otherwise, the other team can take over the ball at that spot if the offensive team goes for it on 4th down and fails. A QUICK KICK is usually a surprise play to punt the ball on 3rd down. Because it is unexpected, it catches the defensive team without a man back to receive the ball and keeps them from advancing the ball forward. It's purpose is to hopefully give the offense a better field position. Although seldom used, it is standard football strategy.

Crosscan said...

A QUICK KICK, while still rare, works better in Canadian football. On a punt, the kicker and any player behind him are onside and can recover the kick.

hazel said...

@TINBENI - I was at the Falcons/Tampa Bay game on Sunday. You almost won. So what if it was our 2nd string QB (Redman) passing to Roddy White (spectacular catch) with 20 sec. left that made the diff. No ROUT there. More of an EKEOUT. If you're a Falcons fan. Probably a WHATEVER if you're a TB fan.

@Orange - pretty funny - I think Afternoon Delight falls in that category too.

The puzzle - if you pretend that there's not an actual ICK theme, and you don't worry about any sort of underlying symmetry, the puzzle's pretty good to me. I like all the ICK words in and of themselves - particularly TRICKYDICK.

*David* said...

Is this DAVE HANSON the hockey player who was in the movie SLAP SHOT? A member of the HANSON BROTHERS, not to be confused with the HANSON brothers who sang Mmmmbop?

crazycatlady said...

Nice easy schmeezy puzzle to get back into the swing of things. I enjoyed all the double ICKS, especially good old TRICKY DICK and CHICK FLICK. SACK could be a football term as well, right? We had some fine ROSES with our multiple turkeys, since the daughter is in the Wine Biz. Didn't know OUTYEAR or EDDA. That Tony Basil song will be stuck in my head all day, but hopefully it will remove an equally annoying song by Aqua called Best Friend that someone played for me over the weekend. Nice engagement story P.G. Thanks!

John said...

The "Elder" or "Younger" always sends my brain to Pliney, and I have to notice the missing letter to get off of it.

GLowe said...

A quick kick is different than a pooch-punt, or a coffin-kick, or your average squibber. :-)

chefwen said...

@jazz - Plus, Edda has a really cool cat.

Puzzle, O.K. but pretty easy

mac said...

It may not have been a perfect theme, but I liked the icky words, and I finished the puzzle very quickly. I also thought "Pliny" immediately, then Cato.

I have to look up "skaldic", new word for me. Thanks PG, also for the charming puzzle proposal. Beats skywriting any day.

@Orange: so that is Captain and Tennille!

I am a tea person but chai is just an assault on the tastebuds. I like them a little gentler, like ginger-lemon. Just finished mine. I'm having my holiday sale and I finally have a lull. The next crowd expects soup, bread and cheese and pate. And let's not forget the wine, though no rose.

Tinbeni said...

@Hazel
You are very kind. Whereas last weekend the YUCs (oops, I mean the Buccaneers) lost in the last minute (and we SACKed your QB six times). They also lost in the last minute against Miami, 3 weeks prior, but 6 of their 10 losses were routs. 1-10 record is sick.(got the 1ck thing in there).

@GLowe - the Quick Kick can also be a pooch, coffin corner or squibber. As @pg2 rightly pointed out, it's the punting on 3rd down, 2nd or even 1st, when the defense does not expect it, that you are not lined up in a punting formation, that makes it a QK. Haven't seen it in an NFL game in at least 20 years (or is it 30).

And THAT "Hey Mickey" tune won't leave me alone. It just keeps rolling around and around in my head. ... tears ...

Jet City Gambler said...

@Tinbeni
The only one I remember is Randall Cunningham, he was pretty proficient at quick kicks. In fact, wiki says he did 20 of them during his career, including a 91-yard punt (one of the longest in NFL history).

split infinitive said...

The ICK award today goes to.....CrossCAN for Muskrat Love! Remember when TONI Tennille & Cap'n scandalized the world by playing it for QEII? PG: smooth clear blogging today, as always.

Pliney and CATO are confounded in my mind but the four letter slot helped clear the air.
BTW: 21st century Icelanders can still read the 13C. EDDA works with relative ease -- compare that to how we struggle with Shakespeare's works, written much later.
Maybe songstress Bjork can turn a few verses into a pop song?

OUTYEAR and QUICKKICKS were a stretchy pair of guessimates for me, but legit, nonetheless. CHAI is referred to as "Ugh in the Mug" here in Splitsville -- major ICK factor, imho. Brandy might deaden the taste, maybe?

Tinbeni said...

@Jet City Gambler
Thanks for the info, I found it on Wiki too.

Got me thinking about Drop Kicks.

They are still legal for Extra Points or Field Goals.
Turns out the only one in the last 60 years was by Doug Flutie on 1/1/06 for an extra point ... it was also his last play as a pro.
Prior to that the last one was 12/21/41 ...

Another thing I'm Thankful for is the NON re-hashing of L'Dopa!

JOHNSNEVERHOME said...

A few things surprised me today in the comments:

I didn't hear the same complaints as the other day with LDOPA. Maybe now it's in everyones vocabulary and it's being accepted as standard crosswordese.

Heard some non-CHAI remarks, but no one mentioned Hot TODDY... where did all those scotch-lovers go?

No women mentioned their favorite CHICK-FLICK (except for PG and her photo of The Notebook).

None of you art historians mentioned that Manet's painting "The Luncheon on the Grass" (37a) was perhaps one of the most scandalous moments in art history.

obertb said...

@johnsneverhome: I wanted LIKEABRICKSHITHOUSE for [5D How many models are built?] but it wouldn't fit. Sorry, high school creeping into my brain.

Crazy coincidence that lately, for some unknown reason, I have been thinking about the name "Snorri" and here it is in PG's write-up. Sounds like the name of Snow White's eighth dwarf.

Nice puzzle made infinitely more difficult by the fact that I can't spell TOUSLED. Had TOSSLED, which gave me OSTYEAR, knew that couldn't be right, but still couldn't correct the spelling error. Oh, well. I got Snorri's EDDA right.

Tinbeni said...

@JNH
I did mention Hot Toddy @ 8:02 am post ... and my preference for a Hot Buttered Rum earlier.

Also contemplated whether there is a Hot Toddy using Scotch. I guess I could heat up a Rob Roy ... but I prefer my Scotch in a Brandy Snifter, two fingers, neat ... and that is warming enough.

crazycatlady said...

@JNH Oui! Le Dejeuner Sur la Herbe was tres scandalous! L DOPA was in yesterday's puzzle also, or maybe it was DOPAMINE.They all make me DOPEY who was another dwarf.

I wanted to say that Models were built, TOO SKINNY. My fav CHICKFLICK - Sleepless in Seattle. So there ya go.

hazel said...

I keep thinking about the QUICKKICK and looked around to see if it was more of a college thing - because it seems awfully familiar to me (Bobby Bowden? Spurrier?) - I know I've seen it more than once or twice, but maybe it was a long while ago.

Anyway, couldn't find out the details I was looking for, but I did find out from College Football HOF site that it was "invented" by Amos Alonzo Stagg - he also introduced the end-around, hidden-ball trick, fake punt, man-in-motion, double reverse, huddle, backfield shift, Statue of Liberty play, padded goal posts, and numbers on players' backs.

And he lived to 102!

Sticky wicket - another cool ick phrase.

ddbmc said...

AND another cool phrase- "Sick Ticket", which is what @CrossCan is for including that damn "Muskrat Love!" Next, it will be "Xanadu" or "Let's Get Physical!" Arrrh. Talk about your Ick Factor! "Sloe Hand" Clapton was excellent, tho.

Was just talking to college son #1 this afternoon about past Presidents! Before I got to do the puzzle! I must be psychic! Tricky Dick came up, but as I remember the bumper stickers from that era: Dick Nixon-Before he D**** you! (don't shoot the messenger!)

For @JNH-Chick Flicks I like: "Chocolat" and "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Amelie!"

@Glowe, I, too, thought of the vapid Kato Kaelin! I must develop a more refined thought process! Marcus Porcius Cato has quite a few stria in his brow! @Sfingi, apparently, there was a Cato of Utica! Any relation?

Sadly, I caught some of "Don't Mess with the Zohan," the other day on cable. Zohan was punting a cat around playing "hacky sack." Ick-and sick to boot. Apparently, apart from Middle Eastern football, hacky sack is another form of entertainment. Probably improves the soccer skills.

We had Brett Favre, redux today? I like the purple anyway.

@PG, loved the Skype story! Cheers to the newly engaged LA Times CW afficionados! They couldn't get married on the blog, could they? I mean people have gotten married in stranger places! :)

JOHNSNEVERHOME said...

@crazycatlady
@ddbmc
It's funny, I liked "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Amelie" also, and I'm no chick. Perhaps it was because of those male-charmers: Meg Ryan and Audrey Tautou. Movie producers are no fools.

Another ICK-ICK word would be PICKUP-STICKS. Does anyone remember that game? Oh, to have steady hands again!

Sfingi said...

Thought TOSCALE was "HOscale," as in toy trains, and thought, therefore, that "hasah" was some sort of Arab palindromic war effort.

Didn't know ACING, QUICKKICK and thought ball carrier had something to do with New Years Eve.

Liked all the ick and ic.

Hubster hates Capt. and Tennille. Apparently everything came together to make a cathexis of all he shkeeves in a performance. First, the ad hominems: Tennille has a toothy overbite making her unsexy, and the captain wears that hat and is Italian and shaming the race, and his father, Carmen Dragon. Then the music: they either have lousy songs (that rat song) or lousy interpretations. Whatever.
@Puzzlegirl - I appreciate the Eric Clapton; clears the mind of the rest.

@ddbmc -
Cato the Younger (of Utica, Tunisia)d. 46 B.C.E. is a famous "model" suicide written about by Dante and Addison, among others. Utica was a port, but was "silted in," the opposite of what will happen to NYC, all of FL and Holland. Utica, NY was named during the Classic Revival period. My family's been there only 3 generations. P.S.I like the movies you mentioned.

@Splitinfin - I believe the Eddas were translations, whereas Shaks. isn't. I remember one day in my 30s, I was listening to Shaks. on tv and realized I totally understood, unlike in HS.

@Hazel - thanks for Stagg. My favorite people categories are lefties, suicides, Sicilians and centenarians.

@Mac - could you pleeze look up my comment yesterday and tell me if you know anything about my Oscar/Oskar and the gyms?

shrub5 said...

@JNH: On my favorite chick flicks list: "Ghost", "The Way We Were" and "An Officer and a Gentleman." A recent one I saw, but not going to make the cut for the favorites list: "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock -- predictable but still enjoyable.

@bluebell: Agree with you re ODIC.

@Hazel: Wow, that Amos Alonzo Stagg was one creative guy!

@ddbmc, Orange, Crosscan, Sfingi, Eddie Q, crazycatlady, tinbeni, etc: "Muskrat Love" and "Hey Mickey" are nothing! The worst song in the world to get stuck in your brain is "It's a Small World After All" from Disneyland. This devious tune will give you a headache, then rob you of dozens of IQ points. May also be linked to early onset Alzheimer's disease and brain cancer.

crazycatlady said...

@ddmc - Love Like Water for Chocolate - I forgot about it. One of my favorites of all time. Also forgot to mention that my sixth grade class performed MACBETH and I was in ACT 1 with the thunder and lightening. I had a minor part as Banquo even though I was/am a girl.

Crosscan said...

@shrub5: I'll be in Disney World next week, and will think of you at Small World.

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JOHNSNEVERHOME said...

Puzzlegirl, I sure am glad you spelled out Eewwwww! for me. I never knew how many W's to use before.

ddbmc said...

@Shrubb5! OMG, I had totally forgotten about "It's A Small World!" Now I know why I couldn't get into an Ivy!(lol) Actually saw that exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, NY! (Flushing Meadows, to be precise)-and several times with kids at Disney World.

I'm surprised this song hasn't been used to torture war criminals to gain stategic advantage. This may be the way to end the war in Afghanistan! Erect loud speakers on the mountain tops and in caves! We could drive the Taliban to distraction. We'll need to provide our troops w/ ear plugs)

Also liked movies you mentioned. Old time fav is "Philadelpia Story." Anything, too, with Cary Grant acting silly and debonaire.

@Crosscan, enjoy DW, but really, stay away from "Small World......" You've been forewarned!

shrub5 said...

@ddbmc:
LOL! Fantastic idea for using "Small World" in Afghanistan. Hey, I think this could help speed up our troop withdrawals by years and save us billions!! bin Laden will likely give himself up!

ddbmc said...

@shrubb5, now that we have a solution to end the war in Afghanistan, do you think we should sneak into a state dinner at the White House, so we can tell President Obama? (lol)