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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 29, 2015, 09:30:45 PM »
All right, Mister magus, you consider my comments about overused words to be annoying and ill-conceived and I consider the frequent use of ALE, ALOHA, ASP, EEL, EPEE, IRA, IRE, LEI, ODE, OLE, ORE, OREO and SPA to also be annoying and ill-conceived. In an effort to keep the peace, I will henceforth refrain from commenting on overused words. Happy?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 8/29 Don Gagliardo
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 29, 2015, 03:27:57 PM »
"Classified times" is AFTS. It took me a while to figure out what the clue means. In classified ads, "afts" is an abbreviation for "afternoons," e.g., "Call 555-1234 afts or eves."

When I was a child, most boys preferred Mickey Mouse Club performer ANNETTE Funicello ("One of the original Mouseketeers") but I liked Karen Pendleton and Darlene Gillespie. Among the other original members were future Lawrence Welk Show regular Bobby Burgess, future My Three Sons co-star Don Agrati (later known as Don Grady) and future singer and The Rifleman co-star Johnny Crawford.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on August 29, 2015, 09:26:15 AM »
Okay, now I'm fed up!  Unless you are a constructor you cannot know how important these "overused" words are in linking longer entries and theme words.  (Words with two vowels in a row are particularly useful.)  Furthermore, the number of three-letter words is small by comparison to longer words, so repetition of them is more likely. 

Now, the term overused is a pejorative suggesting in this case that other words should be used in their stead.  I suggest you try alternatives to see if rarer words can be substituted.  When you fail, perhaps we will no longer have to see your annoying and ill-conceived lists.

Okay, I suppose the same can be said of my carping about ETE and SUS; but I have reason on my side even if the majority in the Xword biz disagrees.  And I offer alternative clues: "Gam ending" for ETE and "Pending intro." for SUS
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 8/29 Don Gagliardo
« Last post by magus on August 29, 2015, 08:58:52 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 26 blocks
   
GOOD ONES:    
Stand for things   ETAGERE   
   
BTW:   
With several book and author references, this was one of the more literary offerings I can recall.   
   
"What's COOKING" is even older than ANNETTE, and I rememeber them both as if it were yesterday.  "Hey, good lookin', whatcha got cookin?  How about cookin somthin up with me?" was a song my aunt used to sing to me --- and the last person to refer to me so.   
   
Not always the best roommates   SNORERS [nor are schnorrers, a favorite Yiddish word of mine for an acquisitive pest ]   
   
ESA in NG   
   
   
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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General Discussion / Re: Looking for Mentor
« Last post by judgevic on August 28, 2015, 09:29:38 PM »
It's been a couple of weeks. Has anyone responded? If you still need a mentor, email me at vicfleming@att.net.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 28, 2015, 02:45:48 PM »
"Layered snack" was OREO. So far this week OREO has appeared in four different crosswords. But another common product name, STP, hasn't been used much lately. I suppose the high number of OREOs offsets the low number of STPs.

Overused words in today's crossword: ADO, EEL, ERA, OAT, OHO, OLE, SIR.....and the aforementioned OREO. However, I was happy to see that Jeffrey Wechsler broke with tradition and used Yoko Ono's first name instead of her last name.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on August 28, 2015, 08:50:24 AM »
THEME:   anagrams of POETRY in phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Metaphor for ballet {& theme}   POETRY IN MOTION   
One rarely without a comb   BEE [rooster didn't fit]   
Rocky field?   GEOLOGY [Coors Field didn't fit]   
Ivory alternative  DIAL   
   
BTW:   
These, to Therese   CES [but not to Tess]   
   
   
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: Thu., 8/27 Timothy L. Meaker
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 27, 2015, 04:14:09 PM »
All right, crossword creators---It is obvious that you need a refresher course. One of you today used the word MAGI for "Gospel trio." I must remind you again that the Bible does not tell us how many wise men visited the Christ child, only that they brought three gifts. Many eastern religions say there were as many as seven wise men. All we know for certain is that there were at least two.

Here is how today's Universal crossword sizes up: The theme answers are BIGBUSINESS, SMALLCHANGE, LARGEASLIFE and LITTLEEXTRA. ("Sizes up," get it?)
I have always loved the comedies of Laurel & Hardy and BIGBUSINESS---well, actually, Big Business---is the title of one of their funniest films, a 1929 silent comedy in which they're attempting to sell Christmas trees door to door. James Finlayson does not want one and.......well, you'll all just have to see it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkQuABG4FT8

Some people erroneously think Stan & Ollie were trying to sell Christmas trees in the summer. Nope, the boys aren't that dumb. It was simply Christmastime in sunny southern California.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 8/27 Timothy L. Meaker
« Last post by magus on August 27, 2015, 08:53:33 AM »
THEME:   animal sounds replace first words (minus a final consonant) of familiar phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Statistical aid for sheep?   BAA GRAPH [except that's pretty much how we in Brooklyn said it /bahwr/, including the math teachers]   
Doomsday beginning?   DEE   
Code name   MORSE   
Served up a whopper   LIED [I know, it's "served a Whopper" but it sounds like McDonald's]   
Start of a big race?  ADAM   
It's a matter of degrees   ANGLE [I know, the term is "a matter of degree"]   
   
BTW:   
Longtime family-owned firearms company    BERETTA [not just a century or two or three or four, they've be around since the Renaissance]   
   
Nonthreatening type   PUSSYCAT [maybe, but mostly it's used to describe someone (or my dog, for example) that is thretening by appearance but is harmelss in reality]   
   
   
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 / Wed., 8/26 David Poole
« Last post by magus on August 26, 2015, 08:29:09 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with words of humor
   
GOOD ONES:     
Make fun of sweater styles?  MOCK TURTLENECKS [a mock turtleneck is also an article of clothing]   
   
Low digit   TOE [oldie but goodie]   
   
   
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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