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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 9/2 Mengel & Gianette
« Last post by richochez on September 02, 2014, 12:45:47 PM »
I wish it was Wednesday but alas, it is Tuesday.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 9/2 Mengel & Gianette
« Last post by magus on September 02, 2014, 09:20:06 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase means duality
   
GOOD ONES:    
none, but there were three references to poets instead of Star Trek   
   
BTW:   
Garden swingers   GATES [I thought prize fighters at the Garden --- must be punch-drunk]   
   
Tight-knit family   CLAN [a clan is large with no suggestion of closeness]   
   
   
RATING:    ;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 / Mon., 9/1 Amy Johnson
« Last post by magus on September 01, 2014, 09:24:44 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase relates to Little Red Riding Hood
   
GOOD ONES:     
Menace who…{& theme}   BIG BAD WOLF   
"Amscray!"   GET LOST ["scram"] along with PIG LATIN   
   
BTW:   
At any time, to Frost   EER [not sure Frost ever used the term which was a relic by the 20th Century, but even if he did once or twice, why not go with a poet for whom the term was not outre?]   
   
RATING:  ;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: Sat., 8/30 Martin Ashwood-Smith
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 31, 2014, 08:26:58 PM »
I wonder how many baseball players use this natural testosterone boosting formula. It's called N-Test 600 and is definitely not to be confused with "nuclear tests."

http://store.ndsnutrition.com/pmd-sports-nutrition/pmd-n-test-600/
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 8/31 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 31, 2014, 08:23:01 PM »
I'm seeing way too many foreign words in puzzles: ETE, ESTA, OTRO, AGUA, MER, ALOHA, TETE, ENERO, OJO, OSO and mnay others. Aren't there enough words in the English language to meet the needs of puzzle makers?

The puzzle by Merl Reagle in today's Los Angeles Times includes OTOO. The clue is "Scoreless tie." I object to this answer for two reasons. First, when a soccer game, baseball game or hockey game is in progress and nobody has made a goal or scored a run, the game is not scoreless. Zero to zero is the score. Second, I consider it sloppy to use a zero to represent the letter O.....or vice-versa. Most people, when giving an address or phone number with a zero in it, will say O instead of zero. O is a letter and zero is a number. In other words, Merl, a score can not be O to O!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 8/30 Martin Ashwood-Smith
« Last post by magus on August 31, 2014, 09:19:33 AM »
I believe I've seen it in headlines, but I can't say for sure since it has been crossword fodder for eons.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 8/31 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by magus on August 31, 2014, 09:14:52 AM »
THEME:   photography terms adding a second meaning to common phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
The IndyCar photographer used___   ZOOM LENSES   
The stressed out photographer___   FINALLY SNAPPED   
The fashion photographer worried about___  MODEL BEHAVIOR   
Play area   STAGE [I thought kids]   
Cab in a bottle, say   RED [I thought along the lines of a ship in a bottle, but with the surge in wine drinking of late, CAB is hip for cabernet]   
Farm workers   ANTS [in an ant farm]   
   
BTW:   
Schnauzer of fiction   ASTA [wrong!  It was a wire-hair fox terrier --- don't think this will go unreported to the AKC]   
   
Slip by   ELAPSE [in a way, but ELAPSE does not suggest anything but passage of time while "Slip by" suggests a loss]   
   
Dole out   ALLOCATE [same problem.  ALLOCATE suggests a particular distribution while "Dole out" means to give in small portions and suggests randomness]   
   
Foreign "gimme's" which I don't:  OTRO, sei, A MOI   
   
   
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 / Re: Sat., 8/30 Martin Ashwood-Smith
« Last post by wbg on August 30, 2014, 10:52:42 AM »
Has anyone seen N TEST outside of a crossword?
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 8/30 Martin Ashwood-Smith
« Last post by magus on August 30, 2014, 09:12:55 AM »
THEME:   none, but a quadruple spanning the center of the grid!
   
GOOD ONES: 
   
Mil. trial   N TEST [I thought courtmartial]   
One at the end of the line   WIDE RECEIVER [the football line of scrimmage]   
Joggers of a sort   LISTS [jog memory]   
Take the wrong way?   SWIPE   
Net funds   E CASH [not sure I know what that is]   
Hardly big shots   BBs [shots as in bullets]   
   
BTW:   
Old 442 rivals   GTOs [but there were GTO 442's aside from the Olds 442]   
   
Jack letters   MIC [jack as in electrical outlet, not car lifter which I thought]   
   
Time for les vacances   ETE [why is Time not also in French, and why isn't ETE clued as "Gam ending"?]   
   
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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General Support / Re: What's wrong w/ Friday's Across Lite puzzle links
« Last post by coralsun on August 29, 2014, 04:57:46 PM »
I would like to know, too.  Are these being permanently dropped from Across Lite?  I use the Crosswords app by Standalone, Inc. -- are they dropping access to these puzzles?  I'm not sure to whom these questions should be addressed, but it's frustrating to see the once-excellent, trouble-free access to various puzzles unravelling into a daily detective-work chore.

Thanks for your great detective work, pattybee. 
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