Play it Cool

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Cool cucumber: Detroit-based McClure’s Pickles; mcclurespickles.com.

Glacial: Freeway speeds during road-repair season.

Ice water: Lake Superior, which registers an average 46 degrees in July.

Cooling-off period: Auto company bankruptcies.

Cold shoulder: What Dateline NBC gave to Detroit.

Cold war: Conservative Nolan Finley and liberal Debbie Dingell sparring on Am I Right? on Detroit Public TV.

Cold cuts: The layoffs of thousands of Michigan workers.

Cool jazz: The live entertainment at Cliff Bell’s in downtown Detroit.

Stone cold: The Detroit Curling Club; detroitcurlingclub.com.

Cool your heels: Jimmy Choo Light-up Platform Sandals.

Frigid pink: The raspberry frozen yogurt at Purple Spoon, Royal Oak (inside Dale & Thomas popcorn).

On ice: Air-conditioned car seats, in the new Ford Taurus, for example.

Cold water: Under indictment, Mary Waters runs for state Senate.

Cool-aid: The $30 million in federal money Michigan is receiving to improve energy efficiency in existing residential and commercial structures.

Cool-whip: Ray Basham, Michigan Senator Minority Whip, who helped extinguish cigarettes in bars.

“Cooler Than Me”: The breakout single from Southfield native Mike Posner. (See page 25.)

Brain freeze: Wayne State’s One-Minute Professor explains the physiology; wayne.edu/oneminuteprof.

Cold cash: What Kwame Kilpatrick owes his former city.

Cool hand: Detroit Tigers pitcher Phil “Coke” (ice-cold Coke).

Joe cool: Joe Louis Arena, the out- moded home of the Red Wings, will host the hockey team for at least another season.

Big chill: The chilliest July in metro Detroit was in 1891, with the mean temperature reaching only 67.1 degrees Fahrenheit. More recently, the second-chilliest July happened in 1992, with a mean temp climbing to only 68.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Icebox: The cheese vault at R. Hirt Jr. Co. in Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Cold medicine: Too many offices, bars, and restaurants dial the AC way too low. Skip the energy-wasting deep freeze in favor of a sidewalk café, tavern rooftop, or restaurant terrace, where the breeze and a sip of something cool will do the job.

Cold storage: The on-site storage vaults at Dittrich Furs, which are kept at 34 degrees Fahrenheit.

Common cold: The ongoing relationship (or lack of) between L. Brooks Patterson and Detroit.

Big chill: The Michigan Supreme Court schism.

Cold blooded: The lake sturgeon, largest fish in the Great Lakes.

Cold case: The 1968 unsolved murder of the Robison family in Good Hart, Mich.

Cold hard fact: Michigan’s unemployment rate of 14.1 percent [at press time], the highest in the nation.

Cold turkey: Thousands who were forced to quit smoking in bars and restaurants on May 1 as a result of the statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants.

Chiller: “Coldest beer in Michigan,” at Cantina Diablos in Ferndale.

Cold fish:  Angler’s Ale from Battle Creek-based Arcadia Brewing Co.

Cold steel: Real Steel, Steven Spielberg’s robot-boxing movie starring Hugh Jackman, being filmed here.

Cold call: The officiating during the Red Wings’ dashed 2010 Stanley hopes.

Frostbite: The HIV-positive Clinton Township man charged with bioterrorism for biting his neighbor.

Cool: Kid Rock.

Cool-headed: Detroit Public Schools’ Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, in a system fraught with hotheads.

Frozen assets: Ray’s ice-cream molds with a cordial center, for an adults- only summertime dinner-party treat.

On ice: The unfinished structures of Bloomfield Park, the 93-acre site on Telegraph near Square Lake Road in Bloomfield Township.

Cool million: Despite the plunge in housing values, what some mansions in the Grosse Pointes and Bloomfield Hills cost — and beyond.

Deep freeze: Detroit’s Cooley High School (cooled permanently).

Icy hot: Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

Cool, calm, and collected: Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

Chilly Willy: Southfield City Councilman William Lattimore (allegedly bribed by Sam Riddle and Monica Conyers).

Cool mist: Wind-blown spray from the Chevrolet Fountain at Comerica Park.

Cold-hearted: Monica Conyers.

Frozen custard: Bob Jo’s, in Wyandotte since 1947.

Cold drink: Smoothies at Grape Leaves restaurant, Troy.

“Cool runnings”: The Bex Runner from Cool Palms is a hand-cooling device for joggers/marathoners; bexrunner.com.

Chilly dogs: Coyotes stalking metro Detroit neighborhoods.

Cold blast: Detroit River kayak tours; riversidekayak.com.

Frosty: The relationship between Matty Moroun and the Canadian government.

Cold-cock: What newbie Tigers slugger Brennan Boesch does to the baseball.

Cool jerk: Sam Riddle.

Cold comfort: Calder Dairy ice-cream parlor, Lincoln Park.

Cold duck: The wine cocktail that was invented in 1937 at the former Pontchartrain Wine Cellars, on Larned.

Cool & the Gang: Eminem and Jay-Z, who will perform Sept. 2 at Comerica Park.

Cold feet: Democratic State Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, who withdrew from the Michigan gubernatorial race, making it an all-male contest.

Cool cat: Larson, one of three lions rescued from a Kansas junkyard last year (named in honor of the late Detroit Zoo board member Robert C. Larson).

Icebreaker: “We’re from Detroit.”

Too cool for school: Manny Harris, a U-M basketball guard who decided to bypass his senior year in order to be eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Chilled: The Traverse City-made Left Foot Charley Cabernet Franc Rosé (2008 vintage).

Cold play: Polar bears cavorting in the water at the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life.

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