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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on Today at 10:21:00 AM »
Dear Mr. Ben Stein,

I've been sleeping in your class, so I never heard you tell us how to spell F, but what's wrong with spelling it ef?  And, if I wasn't sleeping in class, where was I sleeping?  Doesn't class mean classroom


Benson Hurst
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 4/26 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on Today at 10:10:50 AM »
THEME:   A tee sound is added to an ordinary phrase creating an odd one: Title:  TEA TIME   
GOOD ONES:       
Sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees?   MIGHTY MISTAKE ["my mistake"]      
Babe's home   STY [the pig, Babe]      
Ideal chaser?   ISM      
Arabian pop   SIRE [mix of the exotic and mundane --- and "pop" can mean several things]      
December number   NOEL [rather incongruous to refer to a specialty song by the mundane "number"]      
More work   UTOPIA [More, the writer]      
Esthetic and egis, for example   VARIANTS [they can be spelt with A's: spelt is also a variant]      
Dog star's first name?   RIN [Rin Tin Tin, not the heavenly body]      
Digs in the snow?   IGLOO      
Tongue site   SHOE [I thought palette and deli]      
Car starter?   ECO      
Covered in ink   TATTED [kind of a neologism; it used to mean "knitted" which is kind of obsolete]      
LAP cat may be found on some web list, but I'm not buying it; is it like a lapdog?      
Sulky state   SNIT [denotatively yes, but a snit connotes agitation --- opposite of a "sulky state"]      
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      
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 25, 2015, 03:58:37 PM »
Good morning, class. Today we'll be discussing two of today's more challenging crosswords. The Los Angeles Times puzzle included two 9-letter answers, eight 10-letter answers and two 11-letter answers, and the Daily News puzzle included nine 15-letter answers, three at the top, three in the middle and three at the bottom.

More specifically, I'd like you to think about two of those answers. "Place to stretch one's legs" was YOGACLASS, but do any of you think that a "class" can be considered as a "place"? I think the answer should have been YOGACLASSROOM. And "Bad marks" was EFS. You all know that I have never given a grade of EF on any of your essays. Can any of you cite an example of a teacher who has put an EF on a student's paper?

Today's Puzzles / Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on April 25, 2015, 09:12:01 AM »
THEME:   none
Place to stretch one's legs   YOGA CLASS   
Field laborers   OXEN [never thought of animals as laborers]   
Dump closing?   STER   
ESTA is Spanish only   
EGAL is okay because we see egalite in the French motto, but it does not mean same as much as equal, which I see as different.   
Important star group   A-LIST [as heavenly stars are neither important nor unimportant, I'd go with "Major"]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 24, 2015, 04:11:26 PM »
Dr Pepper, which is flavored mostly with cherry, vanilla and walnut---no prune juice, contrary to popular belief---has been spelled without a period since 1954. The company adopted a new logo that included an "r" which was a straight line and a dot. It looked somewhat like  |° and a period would make the "r" appear to be an "i" and a colon. The period was dropped from the name and it has never been restored. The Dr Pepper logos are shown at
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 4/24 Harald Hornung
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 24, 2015, 04:02:52 PM »
One clue was "Old sitcom redhead." That could be interpreted as either "Old redhead in a sitcom" or as "Redhead in an old sitcom." My first thought was REBA, which has appeared in many puzzles. Then I thought of LUCY. The answer was OPIE. The first five seasons (159 episodes) of The Andy Griffith Show were filmed in black and white. Seasons 6 through 8 (90 episodes) were in color. Ron Howard appeared as Opie in only 209 of the series' 249 episodes. Most of those 209 were black and white and that is why I didn't immediately think of Opie as the "sitcom redhead."

Today's Daily News crossword was challenging. It included four 8-letter answers and six 11-letter answers, including COMEUPPANCE, GRANDNEPHEW and MICKEYMOUSE. It also included OPIE, this time clued as "Mayberry moppet."
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on April 24, 2015, 09:26:22 AM »
Thanks, rbe; odd that the paper omitted them.  But the history of orthography has been shaped by printers and newspaper editors, so maybe change is afoot.
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 4/24 Harald Hornung
« Last post by magus on April 24, 2015, 09:20:06 AM »
THEME:   phrases starting with FOR but which could be read without FOR [most clever]
King's downfall   MATE [in chess; also at times in royalty]   
Balancing aid   EAR [I was sure it was BAR]   
Coat material   PAINT   
Boat propeller   OAR [oldie but goodie]   
Excuse that last jeer?   FORGIVE A HOOT [lack of parallelism: the word "that" is definite, but "a" is indefinite]   
Discovered accidentally    LIT ON [Maybe found in some on-line glossary, but it's not in English… "hit upon" is the term.]   
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   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by rbe on April 24, 2015, 12:35:24 AM »
Org. and No. did have periods in the Across Lite version of the puzzle.
Book Releases / Re: Welcome to the Books Board
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 23, 2015, 08:28:20 PM »
I've often commented on the clever themes and clever clues in Merl Reagle's Sunday Crosswords which appear in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. Since it's called a "Sunday Crossword," it makes perfect sense that it would appear on Sunday, right? Anyway, his puzzles have been released in several volumes of books titled---of course---Sunday Crosswords. One hundred twenty of those puzzles have been repackaged in two new books titled The Best Of Sunday Crosswords., Volume 1 was released on October 1, 2014, and Volume 2 came out on April 1, 2015.
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