Sep 3, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011 Barry C. Silk

Saturday Silk ~!

Theme: None

Words: 70

Blocks:27

A grid of triple sevens in each quadrant, and two 14-letter spanners, one of which may possibly be our constructor's seed entry;

19. 1966 Candlestick Park highlight : BEATLES CONCERT - their last live commercial concert; I knew the Giants of baseball played here; more from Wiki, very interesting

55. Subject of an annual contest held in Brooklyn : NATHANS HOT DOGS - a half-WAG for me, since I have heard of the contest at Coney Island; more Wiki

Onward~!

ACROSS:

1. Name thought to mean "father of many" : ABRAHAM - Took me a minute

8. Like Rubens : FLEMISH - was thinking cheesy, gooey, etc.

15. Song title words after "The future's not ours to see" : QUE SERA - "what will be, will be"

16. Novel genre : ROMANCE - nailed it

17. 20th-century Riyadh-born ruler : IBN SAUD - I had the _B_, so I WAGed the IBN part, and Riyadh is in SAUDia Arabia

18. Axes to grind : AGENDAS

21. Pier gp. : ILWU - I knew it was longshoremen, but the "W" part stumped me - the International Longshore and Warehouse Union

22. Correct : EDIT

23. "I give up!" : DUNNO - slang for "Don't know"

24. Inclement weather sounds : PEALS - of thunder

26. Early L.A. Times publisher Harrison Gray __ : OTIS - didn't know him; this little block did me in today, with 31A and 20D; had to switch to red-letter

28. Acronymous gun : STEN - just had this yesterday; acronymous means from the initial letters (acronym); the gun's designer's names

29. Old Turkish leader : SULTAN

31. "The Curse of Capistrano" hero : ZORRO - DAD GUM~!, shoulda know this one

33. Small missions? : OPS - Military OPerationS, small meaning abbr.

34. Baseball glove part : WEB - finger, thumb, heel, palm - AH - web

36. Theoretical extreme : Nth

37. Health facility : SPA

40. Not at all active : INERT - like atoms

42. Mainline? : AORTAL

44. Ride : SPIN - as in, "go for a _ "

47. Stiff : TAUT

49. Close call : SCARE

50. They're involved in joints : ULNAS - a break from "radius neighbor"; image

52. Old pol. divisions : SSRs - Soviet Socialist Republics

54. Emmy-winning NFL analyst Collinsworth : CRIS

58. Suppress : SQUELCH - great word, sounds suppressive

59. Ambushed : WAYLAID - I thought this was way-laYED, but I am wrong

61. "1984" superstate : EURASIA - I guessed OCEANIA, good enough to get started; 1984, the novel by George Orwell, and his "Big Brother" government - Wiki

62. Son of Aaron : ELEAZAR

63. Arrival time for the fashionably late? : TEN-PAST

64. Diminishes : LESSENS

DOWN:

1. EPA stat : AQI - just had this one, as well, last Friday - Air Quality Index

2. Aptly named soda brand : BUBBLE-UP - short history; and, 43D. Pops since 1905 : RC COLAs - Royal Crown

3. Circulation measure : RENEWALS - Not sure if this was referring to blood, or magazines before I got it

4. Charge : ASSAULT

5. Wave makeup : HEAT - I had "FANS" to start, like the stadium wave; HEAT WAVE, meh

6. "Any fool can make __": Thoreau : A RULE - it rhymes

7. Squeaked by : MADE DO - not EKED

8. Small part : FRACTION - thought this might be "walk-on" or cameo related, as in acting

9. Wikipedia's globe, e.g. : LOGO


10. Correct : EMEND

11. Nick of "Heartbreakers" : MANCUSO - seems a bit vague; more here

12. Move from the edge : INDENT - like paragraphs

13. "The Odds Against Me" autobiographer John : SCARNE - magician, and a card counting thing; the Wiki

14. 1956 Moses player : HESTON

20. __ bath : SITZ - got me; and I have not heard of these; uh, sounds like it makes sense

21. __ facto : IPSO - Latin

25. Shortened, in a way : SAWN - had MOWN to start

27. Certain Eur. miss : SRTA - ugh, had ELLE, ETTE, ETTA....

30. Old Nair alternative : NEET

32. Density symbols, in physics : RHOs

35. Military bigwig : BRASS HAT

37. Daydream : STARGAZE - a bit meh

38. Sartre, for one : PARISIAN

39. They may be brown or pale : ALES

40. Not stacked : IN A HEAP - I pictured pancakes "in a heap"

41. Rear : TUSH - backside, derriere, bum, bottom

44. Final stage, as of a career : SUNSET - SWAN SONG was too long

45. Memorial tablet : PLAQUE

46. How batters must bat : IN TURN - more baseball

48. Gardening gadget : TROWEL - masonry gadget, too

51. Hot stuff : SALSA

53. Old : STALE

56. CBS maritime drama : NCIS

57. Hair treatments : DYES

60. J et al. : DRs - Dr. J, Julius Erving, basketball fame

Answer grid.


Splynter

50 comments:

Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

I don't normally check the constructor's name before starting, but as soon as I got AQI at 1D I knew we were in for a Silky treat today...

Lots of rough spots today. In the NW, the crossing of ILWU and ASSAULT was a bit of a challenge, partially because I'm only vaguely aware of ILWU and partially because I had trouble matching ASSAULT with "charge." Having IBN SAUD up there didn't help things much.

The NE started out rough, mostly due to having FRAGMENTS instead of FRACTIONS at first. Fortunately, I somehow managed to pull MANCUSO out of nowhere and that let me pull the whole corner together.

The SE was a strain, mostly because of the completely unknown ELEAZAR and the fact that I never really thought of a TROWEL as being a gardening tool (more of a masonry gadget, as Splynter pointed out). I guess I'm not much of a gardener. Not that I'm much of a mason either, mind you.

To be continued...

Barry G. said...

The SW corner was what nearly did me in, however. I waffled between EURASIA and OCEANIA and kept switching back and forth between them. TEN PAST didn't seem particularly late to me, fashionably or otherwise. SQUELCH was not even on the mental horizon when I saw the clue (I wanted STAUNCH, but then realized that it was actually STANCH, and that wouldn't fit).

Once things finally started falling into place, I was left with PLAQ__ for 45D and stared at it thinking, "well, that can't be right." I'm not sure why. PLAQUE is a perfectly normal word which I've heard used all my life. For some reason, though, this morning it just didn't seem like the correct spelling to me. What else could it possibly be? PLACK? I dunno, some times my brain just plays funny tricks on me (and that's funny strange, not funny hah-hah).

HeartRx said...

Good Morning Splynter, C.C. et al.

Wonderful factoids today, Splynter. Interesting reading about Candlestick Park – I never knew there were so many problems with it!

TUSH and SITZ bath made me chuckle.

I filled in QUE SERA at the outset, but not too much else was easily forthcoming at the top. So I slid to the bottom and worked back up. The NE was last to fall, when I finally sussed FLEMISH (Rubens), which let me fill in FRACTION, change amend to EMEND, and dredge up SCARNE to finish. Whew!

Lots of fun fill made this a very enjoyable Saturday morning romp, and a fun way to start a long weekend with no chores lined up (for once). Have a good one, everybody!

Dudley said...

Hello Puzzlers - Man, that SW was a corker. I was in "1984" in 1976, and was thus certain the answer was OCEANIA. Nope. Didn't know NATHAN was the hot-dogger. Couldn't see the SUNSET due to fog. IMPEACH looked sorta right for a while - nope.

Had to red letter my way out of that mess.

Good going, Splynter!

Avg Joe said...

Good Saturday morning to all. A brutal Silkie to get the day off on the wrong foot. Finished, but with several googles. I simply could not let go of Oceania, even though I had squelch. Had Hot Dogs, but didn't know who's dogs. Finally, with Mr. G's help, that log jam broke open and Eurasia emerged. I bet I had 15 erasures in the SW.

Gotta go meet up with 85,000~ of my best friends today. Go Big Red.

Anonymous said...

What does 'red letter it' mean re crossword puzzles?

Yellowrocks said...

Two great puzzles and write ups in a row, although today's took more hard work to complete.

I got SITZ from the S in Beatles, which gave me ZORRO and led me to EDIT which changed MADE IT to MADE DO, which in turn helped me WAG OTIS.
NW was tough until I changed BREN to STEN, whioh led to MANCUSO.. I never heard of SCARNE and had to get every letter from PERPS.

AXES TO GRIND reminded me of our snarky ANON.

Nathan's Hot Dogs (and their contests)are very popular in the NY metropolitan area.

My first reaction to "Candlestick Park event" was the 1989 earthquake during the World Series,whch I saw live on TV, although I knew, of course, that this was not the answer here.

In the SW the Z in STAR GAZE gave me ELEAZER (Biblical character).

Happy weekend to all.

Red State Democrat said...

Good write up today Splynter.

I was able to finish thanks to google.

military big wig brass hat.

Barry Corbin (General Beringer) was brass hat at NORAD in the 1983 Matthew Broderick movie "War Games."

Wargames

Fun Facts by Dave Letterman

George Washington crossed the Delaware twice because the first time he forgot his hat.

The country most recently admitted to the United Nations is responsible for refreshments.

Grumpy 1 said...

Good morning, all. Good info, Splynter.

This was a Silkie smooth Saturday for the most part. ABRAHAM and QUE SERA opened up thayt corner nicely and it flowed over to the other side where the obvious LOGO told me it was ROMANCE instead of 'mystery'. MANCUSO and SCARNE weren't readily known, but HESTON was and the rest filled with perps.

ELEAZAR was unknown down in the bottom but gradually emerged.

We see AORTA or its plural quite often but I don't recall seeing it with the 'L' before.

I wonder if NATHAN'S HOTDOGS were sold at the BEATLES CONCERT.

Thank's, Barry, for a great Saturday puzzle.

Yellowrocks said...

Splynter,
I enjoyed your write up and informative links.
I have a big empty box on my screen between your 9 A and 10 A answers. Was it supposed to be a picture?

Tinbeni said...

Splynter: Outstanding write-up.

Saw it was a SILK, almost just put it down.
I cannot remember the last time I was anywhere near his WAVE-length.

Soooo .... another DNF.
But one really nice Ink-Blot.

For 58-D, J et al., I put in MIB (Hey, "J" was a "Men-In-Black").
Then at 61-A, I also had Oceania.
Never came off them. Never got even close.

Highlight and fave was the NATHANS HOT DOGS.
yum!

Will toast you all at Sunset!!!
(yeah, I missed that word, too).

Husker Gary said...

Hi from the stormy Great Plains. A huge storm (PEALS of thunder and an incredible display of lightning) chased us out of a HS football game at half time last night and showers might visit us in the south end zone seats today for the Husker opener in Lincoln. See ya there, Joe!

Memorial Stadium in Lincoln becomes the 3rd largest city in Nebraska (89,000) on Husker football days behind Omaha at 500,000 and Lincoln at 240,000. GBR.

What a nice Silk today with very long fills and some keywords that unlocked corners!

Musings
-I don’t think anyone heard a note of any U.S. Beatles concert for all the adolescent screaming but man, I loved that music!
-STEN is acronymous but not eponymous
-Speaking of joints, Willie Nelson is performing at the Nebraska State Fair tonight and a group of the legalization of marijuana will be collecting signatures outside the event center
-Lateness and tardiness are a real pet peeve of mine that says, “My time is more important than yours!”.
-I had to change the S to a W in ILWU to get RENEWAL
-Me too Splynter, I thought Small part was villager or spear carrier or some such
-I had a decent SUNSET time in my career and I knew it was time to pull the plug.

Tinbeni said...

Avg.& Husker Gary
Years ago I did some business in Lincoln.
The one thing I noticed was the lack of ANY parking anywhere near the stadium.
Since it always is jammed-packed (is there a 'seat' available?) I was totally impressed.

Hope you guys have a wonderful time today.

Cheers

kazie said...

Google fest for me to finally get everything today. But here is a better explanation of a sitzbath--known in France as a bidet, and available here through Kohler.

Husker Gary said...

Tinman, Parking is an adventure on game day in Lincoln but it is a big money maker for Greek houses, businesses, parking garages and homes near the stadium. There has not been a seat for sale for a game on game day since 1962 – 311 consecutive sellouts which is an NCAA record. I park in an underground garage at my SIL’s firm with my own garage door opener which leaves me a 10 block hike on beautiful fall days. Husker fans are also noted for playing the visiting team’s fight song prior to kickoff and applauding the opponents when they leave the field, win or lose. This really used to steam Mike Leach of Texas Tech before he got fired for putting Craig James’ son in a shed during practice.

Avg Joe said...

The sellout streak remains intact, but if you're willing to go to the stadium and take your chances, you can almost always score a pair of tickets. Scalpers are EVERYWHERE. And on less important game days (read today) if you're really patient, you can usually find somebody with freebies that just don't want them to go to waste.

Parking is indeed an adventure. We park in a University lot, but have to get there early to avoid the rush. It's about a mile walk to the stadium. There's always something at that kind of distance, but it typically costs at least $15. If you want to tailgate for the season, the extortion fee's are enough to send a kid or two to college.

See you there Gary. I'll be the one in red.

Barry G. said...

Anonymous: When you do the puzzle online, you have the option to do it at the "regular" or "master" skill level, and you can also change this option any time while solving from the "Options" menu. If you choose "regular," every wrong letter you enter into the grid is displayed in red to let you know you made a mistake.

So, if somebody is "red lettering" the puzzle, it just means they are solving it at the regular skill level and are getting a bit of help.

Nice Cuppa said...

Thanks Splynter and Mr. Silk

Must be an East-West thing - I immediately put in Eurasia - maybe because we have always been at war with them. We have never been at war with Oceania. I started (privately) reciting that piece of Orwellianism a few months back, when my company decided to adorn our cafeteria with slogans telling us what made us so great. They asked us for further suggestions. I bit my tongue - jobs are are not a dime a dozen (ten-a-penny, in Brit-speak) these days.

Stargaze immediately evoked Stargazy Pie, which is part of Cornish folklore made popular most recently by a children's book "The Mousehole Cat", by Antonia Barber. Note "Mousehole" is pronounced "Mowzel". No plot-spoilers, but I read it to my kids many times and strongly recommend it for all parents with young kids - reading it still brings a lump to the throat (must be a fish-bone).

STARGAZY PIE

THE MOWZEL CAT .

NC

Nice Cuppa said...

NC contd.

Otherwise plain sailing - I always think of PEALS in the positive sense - the PEAL OF BELLS from churchtowers resonating through the English countryside on a quiet Sunday afternoon, maybe close to SUNSET (when the pubs opened). Ah, Halcyon days.

Which then leads me to SUMMONED BY BELLS, an autobiography in poetic form by John Betjeman. An upper middle-class kid, he always seemed to get picked on and bullied. Here is an excerpt, where the day before one of the school bullies (Mandeville) had promised to beat him up the next day in the bike-shed. A GREAT ESCAPE ruse:

"And, in the morning, cornflakes, bread and tea,
Cook's Farm Eggs and a spoon of marmalade,
Which heralded the North and Hillard hours
Of Latin composition, brought the post.
Breakfast and letters! Then it was a flash
Of hope, escape and inspiration came:
Invent a letter of bad news from home.
I hung my head and tried to look as though,
By keeping such a stiff upper lip
And just not blubbing, I was noble too.
I sought out Mandeville. "I say," I said,
"I'm frightfully sorry I can't fight today.
I've just received some rotten news from home:
My mater's very ill." No need for more-
His arm was round my shoulder comforting:
"All right, old chap. Of course I understand."

John Betjeman

NC

Marge said...

Hi all,
I haven't tackled todays puzzle yet, but probably will have the same problem today as yesterday, which was hard.

We finally got our greatgrandson's picture on my blog. As you can see, he's a Packer fan.

I hope to get back here later after I work on the puzzle

Goodday to all!
Marge

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barry G.
Now what are 'bullets'?
Sorry to be a pest.

Lemonade714 said...

Puzzle solving is such an adventure everyday. A wonderful Barry Silk and Splynter you really have got this Saturday write up down, and I am sure the ladies appreciated you ecumenical choice of imagery.

FLEMISH and EURASIA were among my first fill, and while the L in ILWU was easy for me, this was the second time I had trouble with RENEWALS and Circulation, so the W hid for a while.

SAWN never looks like a word, and it has been years since I have seen BUBBLE UP. Martha Grimes used STARGAZEY in one of her Richard Jury mysteries.

Fun; thanks BS and S

LaLaLinda said...

Hi All ~~

What a great puzzle and a wonderful write-up, Splynter! When I saw it was a "Silkie" I expected it to take a while and thought I'd probably need some look-ups. But I was able to get most names, and the unknowns IBNSAUD, SCARNE and ELEAZAR luckily filled in with perps.

For 8A 'Like Rubens" I was thinking the sandwich (wrong spelling, I know) and it took a bit to clear that up. I had SEWN before SAWN for 'Shortened in a way,'

For the Candlestick Park highlight I was thinking sports until the -ERT on the end led me to CONCERT and then the BEATLES. NATHANS HOTDOGS opened up lots in the south and finally filled in the tough SQUELCH-EURASIA area.

I love puzzles like this one which involve thinking of the many definitions of a word ( 'Part of a wave') rather than having to know obscure names and dates. It did take a while but was thoroughly enjoyable!

GarlicGal said...

Happy Saturday to One and All.

It took an hour and 3 cups of coffee, but I finished it. Enjoyed the unusual fills - SITZ, TUSH, SQUELCH (really like that one). Didn't get J et.al. until I came to the blog. NATHANSHOTDOGS was a gimme. They are my favorite and the guy who always wins the Nathans NY contest is from the bay area. (It makes me belch just thinking about it.)

I turned on TCM this a.m. and a Zorro episode was showing. I used to love Don Diego!

Thanks Splynter for clearing up the mysteries of life. Have a fun long weekend. We have an afternoon of a little wine tasting and Dixieland
jazz planned.

Happy Trails.

fermatprime said...

Greetings, all!

No googling. Just red letters. Thanks, Barry, Splynter.

Big disasters here. Ordered a new MacBook Pro from Macconnection for many reasons. One was that I really needed an upgrade in features. It was advertised as running Snow Leopard. Hah! After 9 hours migrating my older book to this one, I discovered that this was FALSE. If anyone read my previous caveats about Lion and Safari 5.1, you would know that these are anathema to me. Cannot really give up Adoble Ill. and Photoshop and Quicken! Also, it is hard on my eyes and the learning curve is non-trivial.

Oh well, to add to my problems, my computer glasses fell apart.

I will spare you what else happened as it is pretty sickening.

TROWEL was the first word that I put in, before reds. Go figure!

Happy weekend!

Squeaky Clean said...

Kazie, from what I've read, the bidet is not the same as a sitzbath.

Splynter's link was just fine

jheaton said...

Nice puzzle. Two major missteps for me: I entered FRAGMENT in place of FRACTION, which slowed me down in the NE corner, and MADE IT instead of MADE DO. Spend a fair bit of time pondering what four-letter word meaning [Correct] was spelled EI-M.

Lucina said...

Greetings, Puzzlers! Splynter, you made me laugh, thank you.

What a lovely gift on a Saturday morning, a Silkie that took only an hour.

Words just fell in place starting with QUESERA, ROMANCE, AQI, IBNSAUD then it was easy WAGGING MANCUSO and SCARNE who is unfamiliar to me.

I can't say I think of a SPA as a health facility but I guess it is and that started me on PARISIAN for Sartre.

I checked the Bible for ELEAZAR and had COMPACT before SQUELCH emerged. NATHANSHOTDOGS fell in with NCIS in place.

The two Ws in RENEWAL and WEB were the last to fall as I, too, was thinking of blood circulation and I can think of a hundred other ways to clue WEB but it's Saturday.

Thanks, Barry.
Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!

Lucina said...

Kazie:
A SITZ bath must be taken while sitting in a tub. I know this from painful experience when I was pregnant.

Talk about a shock the first time I saw a bidet and had no idea about its use. I learned to love it, though.

Yellowrocks said...

I personally don't care for the bidet mentioned by Kazie, but---
On a Japaenes home stay. I discovered that the majority of households in urban areas and the majority of hotels have all-in-one combination bidets and toilets which I loved. There is a nozzle under the seat, controlled by a button, which moves forward to spray warm water on the rear or on the front for women. I have never felt so clean. It is handier and neater than a separate bidet. My room mate decided to push the buttons while sitting there and was shocked to be squirted in the rear. She screamed and jumped up allowing the spray to go all over the stall. I understand that these days, some sprayers turn off when the seat is unoccupied. Fancier ones have even more features, like heated seat,self sanitization, etc.
However even the most modern hotels have flushable porcelan squat toilets mounted horizontally on the floor. I heard they are convenient for women in kimono.

Spitzboov said...

Good afternoon Splynter and all.

Tough Saturday, but since it was a Silky, I wanted to do it. Eventually got most of it. Had to look up ELEAZAR and SQUELCH. IBN SAUD, SSRS, and PARISIAN were WAGS. I had forgotten that Rubens was a FLEMing. Had 'shovel' first for TROWEL.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Lucina said...

Splynter:
Thank you for that beautiful TUSH. I didn't click on it the first time. Yowza!

kazie said...

Thanks for clarification on the bidet sitzbath disconnect. I was merely going by the bidet next to the guy pictured sitting on the toilet in Splinter's link. I assumed it was the thing being discussed, and being in a hurry as usual lately, didn't read on.

The Japanese version sounds great.

Bill G. said...

A puzzle with TUSH and ZORRO. Pretty cool for a Saturday.

I have recorded and watch a few Frasier reruns. Geez that was a funny show with great writing and comedic acting.

I'm also watching Shawshank Redemption for about the fourth time.

Yesterday we went for lunch at a Greek/Italian restaurant. We split a Greek salad, Veal Piccata and a dessert. I would have voted for Tiramisu but Barbara picked baklava with ice cream and butterscotch sauce. They had a flaming cheese appetizer I've got to try next time.

Jayce said...

Yesterday and today, did not finish; did not care. Especially today.

Peppermint Patty said...

I was a Did Not even close to FINISHING, but I'm so glad I came and read your blog, Splynter.

I have never had a splynter, but I do have an overactive set of hammerrhoids, and the article on the Sitz bath, led me to Holly, who I feel can finally solve my problem. Gal, it'll be such a relief - I'm oohing and aahing just thinking about it. !

Now if I can only, also solve my vaginal yeast infections and genital herpes, at the same time. I think I should hook up with the condo guy who has the hot tub. I'm sure that'll help. Who says you can't learn from blogs ? Thanks a lot, Splyn.

Yellowrocks said...

Fermatprime, commiseration on your computer GLITCHES. They can really be B--CHES (rhyming word). Good luck sorting it out. We have a great service here (locally)that is well worth the money to solve these computer problems.

Hahtool, you have been in my thoughts and prayers all day. 20 inches of water? OMG! Are you and your husband okay?

Can anyone send me the photo I missed in Spynter's orginal write up?
YR (Is it dangerous to sign my first name?)

Anonymous said...

Still nothing from Mainiac, Dennis?

Bill G. said...

Jayce, as with many other things, we are in agreement.

My wife flipped the TV away from the USC football game (after asking) to the U.S. Open tennis. A women's singles match was one. Geez, they've gone from gentle grunting when they hit the ball to full-scale screeching. Very annoying.

TinoTechie said...

As for the Japanese toilets that wash your privates, I saw a stack of them (not a heap) at Costco. They replace the normal toilet seat.

Anonymous said...

At anonymous,

bullet is a crossword puzzle clue that we have spotted 1 time. There are related clues (shown below).
Referring crossword puzzle answers:

* CURE

Likely related crossword puzzle clues:

* Fix
* Make better
* Pickle
* Remedy
* Heal
* Medical breakthrough
* Restore to health
* Antidote
* Salt, perhaps
* Medical researcher's goal

Splynter said...

Hi again ~!

Here's the logo pic again

Wiki Logo

Glad to see my links brought some smiles - always my pleasure.


Splynter

Barry G. said...

Anonymous said...
Thank you Barry G.
Now what are 'bullets'?


Aside from the little metal pointy things people put into guns? It could be referring to items in a list (usually referred to as "bullet points"). Or not. Can you give me some context?

creature said...

Never heard of Nathan's (hot dogs);
had a few from that corner: SALSA,TEN PAST(guess), NCIS (maybe). If I had heard of this, there might have been a chance to finish. Really proud of what I did get.

No chance, so hate the puzzle and NATHAN'S HOT DOGS.

Here's to you, Splynter, you're the greatest! Thanks!

Jayce said...

Hooray for our hometown champion hotdog gobbler Joey Chestnut!

JD said...

Hi all,

Great write up Spylnter. This was a DNF, but I enjoyed what I got. Sometimes I surprise myself and can finish a silkie, but not on a Saturday. Bless you Spylnter.

Peppermint Patty, you made me laugh.You might want to know that Amazon has a nifty Carex Sitzbath for only $9.99,and...it's in stock. Best of all, it has WIDE contoured edges for added comfort to your tush.It's an ideal gift for anyone who has had a recent episiotomy ( that counts most of us out!!!)

I am hoping that we hear from Hahtool soon. She rarely misses.

Nathans hot dogs are delicious, if you like hot dogs, but I find those contests disgusting.

Mom speaks out said...

Ditto to all that has been said.
I know about Sitz baths and their European cousin, the bidet. Although both involve water; they really are different. One of my fancier (wealthier) friends installed the light-up, wash your fanny, electric seat up and down, warm air blowing toilet when she remodeled her master bathroom. The gadget really rocks! I asked my hubster for one when we remodeled. His answer was not no but hell no! Those little luxury potties cost a bundle! Oh well, maybe in my next life. Instead, he sprung for new toilets set to handicap height. What a guy!
Thanks, Splynt-man for an excellent job today!

Bill G. said...

MomSO, we had to get a new toilet recently. Our thirty-year-old one didn't flush well anymore. The new one is a low-flush model as required by city code. One option was a toilet with a little extra height, about two inches or so. It looks the same but it's sure easier to get up from.

Anonymous said...

Geez, TMI!

dodo said...

Hi, gang.

Jayce, you've said it all. Exactly the way I feel about this one. If I had known it was going to be a Silkie Saturday, I wouldn't have bothered at all.

About eight or ten years ago I bought a bidet attachment for my toilet onhe internet. It was just $100 dollars and simple to install. When I moved, I brought it with me and it's been a real Godsend. The Toto toilet is a combination and by now I suppose here are many others available. This has been the best $100 I've ever spent.

PepPat, a bidet wouldn't do the job for you, but maybe could be a preventive once you are 'cured'. I'm sure you can find a sitz bath that would solve your problems. Surf a little and see.