Solving => Today's Puzzles => Topic started by: magus on November 23, 2015, 09:35:58 AM

Title: Sun., 11/22 Pam Amick Klawitter
Post by: magus on November 23, 2015, 09:35:58 AM
I was unable to log on yesterday morning, so here it is a day late and likely a dollar shy.   

THEME:   RY (RE sound) added to phrases creates other phrases
Title: "Forced Re-Entry"   
Forgetting to put the milk in the fridge?   GROCERY NEGLIGENCE [sounds like gross negligence minus the /re/]   
Old boomer   SST [not Bill Clinton]   
Like most people   ASIAN [do they comprise more than 50% of the world population or are there just more of them?]   
Blue state   SADNESS [with all the premature 2016 election news, I thought Democratic]   
Pieces of pizza in Plymouth?   ZEDS [Plymouth, England where Z = zed]   
Jump in the pool, perhaps?   BET [in an office pool]   
Spy's favorite plant?   BUG [so a plant can be a bug]   
Start to date?   PRE   
This puzzle has set the record for French terms --- I lost count.   
IDEES, AZUR, SOLEIL, & ANDALE are not used in English, though "Bain de Soleil" is a product we use.  PAISAN also is not used, though paisano is found in dictionaries.   
Working for Christmas, say   SEASONAL ["Working" could be a verb or noun; SEASONAL is an adjective]   
I'll bet Thomps2525 is irked by ENTWIST when twist is enough.   
RATING:    ;D ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun
Title: Re: Sun., 11/22 Pam Amick Klawitter
Post by: Thomps2525 on November 23, 2015, 03:25:40 PM
I, too, tried to post yesterday but the site was down. I could access the home page but nothing else. Now is back but with a less appealing color scheme.

Yes, I objected to the word ENTWIST ("Braid, e.g."). Merriam-Webster says "twist" dates from 1555 and means "to unite by binding: twisting strands together; to interweave; twine; coil." I have never heard "twine" used as a verb but it predates "entwine." The words "entwist" and "entwine" date from 1590. In contemporary usage, however, "twist" can refer solely to bending a single slender pliable object (such as a straw or a washcloth) whereas "entwisting" involves two or more objects.

"Religious zeal" was IDOLATRY. That is defined as "worship of a physical object as a god." I don't believe idolatry is necessarily a form of zeal, but then I've never been an idolater.

The crossword altered familiar phrases by adding RY:

Backdrop for a gangster film? CRIMESCENERY
Well-protected garment room? BULLETPROOFVESTRY
Well-designed room for a tot? PRACTICALNURSERY

I had fun coming up with more phrases all by my lil' self. Among them:

Foreign-made cement mixture: ETHNICSLURRY
Courtroom dozen who haven't eaten? HUNGRYJURY
"Get a move on, Mr. Carson!": BENHURRY

Title: Re: Sun., 11/22 Pam Amick Klawitter
Post by: Thomps2525 on November 23, 2015, 04:10:21 PM
The redesign of the Cruciverb site was accompanied by a disappearing act. All the posts from November 10 through November 21 have vanished. Are they gone forever or will they eventually be restored? We need to call in some experts from CSI. No, not Crime Scene Investigation---Cruciverb Site Investigation.