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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 10/8 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on Today at 08:38:10 AM »
THEME:   DOW or an anagram in four random phrases
Wall St. phenomenon…& theme   MARKET SWING [DOW going up & down, in the grid also]   
Sources of inside info.?   MRI SCANS   
Hatch in the Senate   ORRIN   
Numbers game   SUDOKU   
Verse starter?   -UNI   
Your, to Pierre  TES [but not to Peter]   
Lycee student   ELEVE [my H.S. French taught me it's l'eleve, but regardless, it's not used in  English]   
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: Wed., 10/7 Howard Barkin
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 07, 2015, 03:13:21 PM »
The crossword by Kevin Christian and Bradley Wilber in today's Daily News includes HELLOKITTY, PANTYRAID ("College prank popular in the '50s"), TRUTHORDARE and the Duke Ellington song MOODINDIGO. The theme of the puzzle, and what is hidden in those phrases, is NORSEGODS. I know the names of Loki, Thor and Odin but I did not recognize the name of a god in PANTYRAID. I doubted that it would be actress Tyra Banks so I had to look it up and I discovered that the Norse god of war was Tyr.

"Hit bottom?" was a very clever clue for SPANK.
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 10/7 Howard Barkin
« Last post by magus on October 07, 2015, 09:01:32 AM »
THEME:   Hockey penalties found in random phrases
Hockey punishment {& theme}   PENALTY BOX   
Start of a spelling rule broken by deists?   I BEFORE E [would've been great without "spelling" to give it away; how many other spelling rules are there?]   
Jazz finale?   ZEES [even with the "?" I thought CODA]   
One at the front?   UNI [the prefix meaning "one"; not the dogface]   
Chance to swing   AT BAT [a baseball term for a chance to hit a pitched ball --- why it needs the "at" ot not "ups" has always been a mystery to me, as have so many other baseball terms and rules; maybe I'll write a book on the subject during the hot stove league, known to the baseball cognoscenti as winter]   
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 / Anagrammer lesson: The October 6 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 06, 2015, 03:09:08 PM »
"Anagrammer lesson" is similar to "grammar lesson." That was the only good caption I could think of. And with that.....Jerome Gunderson's Los Angeles Times crossword today includes

Foppish neckwear: SILKASCOT
Political nickname for the Pacific states: LEFTCOAST
Protective botanical layers: SEEDCOATS
Mexican seafood entree: FISHTACOS

The central answer is "Puccini title heroine" TOSCA, whose name is an anagram of the last word of each of those four phrases.

35-across, "European peak," is ALP. There are 160 mountain ranges in the United States, including the Rocky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Mountains. I have never heard any individual peak referred to as a "Rocky Mountain," "Blue Ridge Mountain" or "Appalchian Mountain." Similarly, I have never heard any individual peak of the Alps referred to as an "Alp"---except, of course, in crossword puzzles.

I'm reminded of a line spoken by Professor Quincy Wagstaff (Groucho Marx) while giving a lecture in the 1932 movie Horse Feathers: "Beyond the Alps lies more Alps and the Lord alps those that alps themselves."

Sometimes a crossword creator includes five similar words, each one containing, respectively, an A, E, I, O and U or the sound thereof. Today is one of those times. Michael Torch's Daily News puzzle includes RIVERSEINE, CRASHSCENE, LORDGIVEMEASIGN, CUTANDSEWN ("Like clothing customized from raw fabric") and COMINGSOON ("Phrase over a movie poster").

The Universal crossword includes COLLISIONCOURSE, COMMONCOMPLAINT and COLORCOMMENTARY. A medical doctor might say that the puzzle contains 3 CC's. Well.....maybe he wouldn't say that. But I would. In fact, I did. :)
Today's Puzzles / The October 5 crosswords are going swimmingly!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 05, 2015, 03:12:22 PM »
Michael Dewey's Daily News crossword today includes

Lose one's mind: GOOFFTHEDEEPEND
Attack an endeavor vigorously: DIVEINHEADFIRST

The puzzle also includes MAS, ORO and REY, which are not used in English, and ZIT for "Teen's facial blemish." Are there any more disgusting words in the English language than "zit" and "barf"? The word "zit" dates from 1966 and every dictionary I consulted says "Origin unknown." The Oxford dictionary gives the additional---and obvious---information that the word is "American teenagers' slang."

Brock Wilson's Los Angeles Times crossword includes

Like a lake during a dead calm: SMOOTHASGLASS
In a precarious situation: ONTHINICE

"Art form in which the ends [of those phrases] may be used": SCULPTURE

AMIE and ERAT are not used in English. "Right away" is INASEC, although I don't think the two phrases are synonymous. "Fearful" is TREPID, which dates from around 1650 and comes from the Latin trepidus. The much more familiar word "intrepid" dates from around 1680. In the early 1900s, "trepid" began to be replaced with "trepidatious." The lengthier word seems to me to be unnecessaryatious.

The Universal crossword, which often includes three long answers each containing one certain word, today has JANUARYFIRST, FIRSTLIEUTENANT and FIRSTDEGREEBURN. I thought crossword puzzle editors do not like seeing any word used more than one time in a single crossword. Perhaps the people at Universal Uclick never got the memo.
General Support / Re: WSJ Daily Puzzles
« Last post by rbe on October 05, 2015, 12:25:46 AM »
The site was down earlier today, but it's working now.

General Support / Re: WSJ Daily Puzzles
« Last post by cbrockman on October 04, 2015, 06:05:56 PM »
Apparently the server is down today. I can get to the calendar page but none of the links I tried could connect and download a .puz file. I tried two browsers and reports that the server is down.
General Support / Re: WSJ Daily Puzzles
« Last post by rbe on October 04, 2015, 11:18:15 AM »
Here are the instructions that William Johnson sent to me. After I refreshed the pages, it worked.

You have to refresh your Puzzle Pointers page and look under Saturday.
That now links to the 2015 WSJ calendar. Refresh that page too in your browser, as I did not change its name.
Then you should see that that I’ve pro-actively built links for the upcoming Saturday puzzles.
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/4 Amy Johnson
« Last post by magus on October 04, 2015, 09:52:19 AM »
THEME:   food homonyms substituted in phrases
Title:  Playing with your food   
Group that thrived during the borscht era?   BEET GENERATION [the Beat Generation actually coincided with the Borscht Belt hayday]   
Cake recipe overhaul?   TORTE REFORM   
They might be game   FOWL   [they're certainly not up for the game]
Intro to physics?   ASTRO-   
Gently or quietly?   ADVERB   
Lover's end?   -PHILE  [scared for a moment, then I thought end as in purpose --- wrong again!]   
Impressionist's forte   APING [I was sure COLOR was right]   
Advance in the race?   EVOLVE [if you believe all evolution is advancement e.g., most dinosaurs left the sea]   
Gut reactions?   OOFS   
Bed intruders   WEEDS [thought it was a person's bed for sleeping]   
Pod opener?   TRI-   
Sumac from Peru   YMA [if you've ever heard her you'd know she was poison Sumac]   
Explosion sources   HOTHEADS   
Farce set in a sandwich shop?   RYE COMEDY [except farces are the opposite of rye --- "skits" would be better than "farce"]   
Juan's first lady   EVA [not only Peron, but the generic Spaniard's first lady would be EVA, our Eve]   
His, to Henri   SES [in sociology and in education "socio-economic status" is routinely referred to as SES]   
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 / Sat., 10/3 Edited version
« Last post by magus on October 03, 2015, 09:23:42 AM »
THEME:   none
In a lather, with up?   SOAPED   
For instance, in Cannes  PAR EXEMPLE  [but not in Indianapolis]   
More cautious   SAFER [not sure being more cautious results in greater safety: grandma driving her SUV may be more cautious than her daughter, but I'd rather drive with her child]   
Crossing TINA clued by Weymouth, the undistinguished bassist for Talking Heads, with the French satellite launcher ARIANE at the N is sadistic, plain and simple.  >:(   
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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