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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 12/21 Mike Peluso
« Last post by magus on Today at 09:10:25 AM »
THEME:   second word of a phrase has an additional two letters, the first being an A
   
GOOD ONES:     
Speech at a revival?   TENT ADDRESS ["tent dress"]   
Approval from above?   HEAVEN ASSENT ["heaven sent"]   
St. Louis tourist?   ARCH ARRIVAL ["arch rival"]   
Extra clothes?   SPARE ATTIRE ["spare tire"]   
Bologna bone   OSSO  [as in the dish "osso buco" --- I pictured a deli bologna with a bone]    :-[
More than just this   THESE   
Angels' home   ANAHEIM [not heaven, especially to a Yankee fan]   
   
BTW:   
That, in Tampico   ESA [but not in Leeds]   
   
SEIS should be deep-sixed.   
   
The only OLD ROSE I knew was Mrs. Kennedy.    :-[
   
   
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   
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 12/20 John Lieb
« Last post by magus on December 20, 2014, 09:46:28 AM »
THEME:   none, but 29 blocks
   
GOOD ONES:    
Go figure?   DO THE MATH   
Makes bad calls?   MISDIALS [I thought along the lines of umps]   
Poetic rapper   RAVEN ["suddenly there came a tapping as of someone gently rapping, rapping…"]   
   
BTW:   
Material for Caesar   GAGS [well, Sid wasn't a gagster as was say Henny Youngman; he was a comic actor, but I guess he did gags in some of his skits with Carl Reiner]   
   
Coming-out party   BELLE [party correctly refers to an individual in the legal sense; a BELLE comes out in the social sense --- but it's still clever]   
   
Quality of a good math proof   RIGOR [Rigor has nothing to do with a mathematical proof, only validity;  ease would be as valid in describing a proof]   
   
Best in a mess   OUT EAT [perhaps if the clue were "Best at mess" it would make better sense]   
   
Uncreative threat   OR ELSE [uncreative seems an odd way to describe the threat; perhaps "familiar" would sit right]   
   
Vier and zwei, maybe, but ACHT is just not ever said or written in English.   
   
Despite my quibbles, I enjoyed the challenge.   
RATING:  ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/12 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 19, 2014, 11:48:54 PM »
But wait---there's more! An AOL News story today (December 19) begins with this sentence: "Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples after they were linked to five deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states." What is wrong with saying "packaged"? Why "pre-packaged"?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 19, 2014, 06:33:05 PM »
Wow, I'm impressed! Thank you for posting that! Yeah, I imagine a puzzle with names both directions would be almost impossible without resorting to obscure names such as VLORT ("Warsaw munitions factory worker") and TYSHA ("Hair salon employee in Biloxi"). If there really is a Vlort in Warsaw and a Tysha in Biloxi, I apologize.

The bi-weekly Christian newspaper Sword Of The Lord publishes crosswords that are filled exclusively with words appearing in Bible verses. Of course there are many thousands of such words. There are many millions of names...but are there enough common ones to fill more than one puzzle? 
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Last post by Sheep1234 on December 19, 2014, 04:11:11 PM »
Rewind,
There is a puzzle (linked below) by Joe Krozel, where all the Across answers are people's names. Not sure if there is a puzzle that also does this with the Downs, but I'd say it's a bit unlikely.

http://tinyurl.com/pwcksnq
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 19, 2014, 02:58:31 PM »
Today's puzzle included the all-too-familiar words ALOHA, ALPS, OAT and ORE and the all-too-familiar names of Brian ENO and OREL Hershiser...but it also included the seldom-seen names of LEONA Lewis, LEORA Arrowsmith (a character in a Sinclair Lewis novel), LeRoy NIEMAN and WILMA Rudolph. Now I'm wondering: Has anyone ever constructed a puzzle in which every answer is someone's name? If not, somebody should make one!
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 12/19 John Lampkin
« Last post by magus on December 19, 2014, 08:55:23 AM »
THEME:   AR subtracted from a word in a phrase
   
GOOD ONES:    
Noble gas {& theme}  ARGON [ar gone]   
Shirt that hardly covers anything?   MINIMALIST T [minimalist art]   
Ruckus at a coven?   BROOM BRAWL [barroom brawl]   
What Rudolph used to be called   NAMES [I thought there was some story I knew nothing about]   
Part of a team observation   NO I ["There's no I in team"]   
Digital filer's target   TOENAIL [not IRS filer]   
Stands by an artist   EASELS [not Gertrude Stein]   
Counter man   GEIGER   
   
BTW:   
Margarita condimento   SAL [not used enough by English speakers to mean salt, but there's "My Gal ___"; or ___ Mineo; or ___ "the Barber" Maglie; even "What Dali's American friends called him, maybe."   
   
Noon in Paris   MIDI [but not in London]   
   
   
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   
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Book Releases / Re: Welcome to the Books Board
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 18, 2014, 06:53:25 PM »
Are we allowed to mention a website if the mention constitutes free advertising? Oh, what the heck---it's Christmastime. I'll take a chance. Barnes & Noble is offering 52 different crossword puzzle books. They're "buy two, get one free" and there is no shipping charge on orders of at least $25. No dates are shown but I'm guessing this sale is good only through Christmas.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/books-sale-book-deals/379003624/
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/18 Ed Sessa
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 18, 2014, 02:23:48 PM »
Mister Magus, I aim to please. The Sanskrit word for "ridiculous" is अभिहस्य, pronounced as "ab-hi-ha-sy-ah."

Three long vertical answers ended with UP but I don't understand the "descending order" theme. All vertical answers can be said to be in descending order. Today's puzzle is the second this week to include SHIITE. It also includes NINO, which is misspelled; the word is NIÑO. The grid has 42 black squares, which I consider to be too many. The large number of black squares today means there are shorter words and more Crosswordese: APE, AYE, ELM, ERG, ERN, NEE, ODE...and is AREAR even a word? And ELHI, referring to elementary school and high school, is a word I have never seen outside of crosswords. Today's puzzle is a rarity in that the design is non-symmetrical.

"Shout before Silver" was HIYO. Earle Graser played the Lone Ranger on radio from 1933 to 1941. His cry was "Hi-ho, Silver!" Following Graser's death, Brace Beemer took over the role and continued until the series' end in 1954. Beemer's cry was "Hi-yo, Silver!" Many of us purists prefer "Hi-ho" to "Hi-yo."
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General Discussion / Re: Minimum Theme Squares - NYT
« Last post by JLU on December 18, 2014, 11:10:14 AM »
ThanksJon!
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