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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 7/28 Nichols & Burnikel
« Last post by wbg on Today at 09:42:42 AM »
Rewind, my personal favorites are ETUI and ADIT, which I have never once seen or heard except in a crossword. (Amusing, though, to think of a drug user saying to his friend "Jake, have you seen my etui?")  What really bugs me, though, is sticking "RE" in front of any old verb, even if it is not actually used.  RELED appeared recently somewhere, clued with "took the reins again" or something like that.  Filling a grid can be hard, but it seems to me that this really should be avoided.

Bill
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 7/29 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by wbg on Today at 09:20:06 AM »
JAS was used as an abbreviation for James in the old days, around the time those guys were active.  Fair clue.
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 7/29 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by magus on Today at 09:07:39 AM »
THEME:   words and phrases containing 4 A's
   
GOOD ONES:     
Battery {& theme}   AAAA [didn't know about these guys]   
Missed the bus, forgot lunch, argued with the boss, etc.   HAD A BAD DAY [enjoyed the length and related]   
Napkin holder   LAP   
   
BTW:   
Madison or Monroe, for short   JAS [I had JIM and I'm right!  What this Jas. jazz?]   >:(   
   
Busybody   YENTA [Only among Jews is the Yiddish term possibly to be heard, and since we have a term in English, it seems superfluous.  I like spritz and shhmooze but not ganef.]   
   
   
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: Mon., 7/28 Nichols & Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on July 28, 2014, 05:40:41 PM »
There are a few hundred short words, mostly of three or four letters, that are very common in puzzles. Collectively they are known as "Crosswordese." (I could have called them "Arthur" but I didn't want to steal a gag from the Hard Day's Night movie.) Among the words that appear in several puzles every week are LEI, ALOHA, ESE, OTT, SRTA and ELLA. Subscribing to the Times, Register and Daily News gives me a lot of puzzles to work...but I get dismayed at seeing the same words in several puzzles a week, although I enjoy seeing how many different clues the editors can come up with for the same word. When "LEI" is in three puzzles every week, they can't make it obvious by using the same clue each time. Today's Times puzzle may have set a record for the greatest amount of Crosswordese in a single puzzle: ETA, ETTU, EERO, BLT, BAD, ADO, REO, CHAI, LULU, INCA, NCAA, ASP, OAR, YES, TAI, TLC, ZITI, ELATE, OREO, LASER and TASER. I'd love to see some puzzles with more originality!

Magus, maybe most of us stand pat and it's only the lazy people who sit pat. :)
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 7/28 Nichols & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on July 28, 2014, 08:42:54 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can be preceded by HELLO
   
GOOD ONES:     
Friendly greeting {& theme}   HELLO THERE   
JFK prediction   ETA [I thought the man not the airport:  I'm so easy]   
Aww-inspiring?   CUTE [The Animal Planet has a show called Too Cute which I enjoy:  I'm so easy]   
   
BTW:   
Refuses to make changes   SITS PAT [seems a mixed idiom:  stands pat and sits tight]   
   
   
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 / Sun., 7/27 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on July 27, 2014, 09:35:57 AM »
THEME:   familiar sentences reinterpreted
   
GOOD ONES:    
"You shoulda seen the one that got away"   FINSHING LINE   
"The children were angels and in bed by eight"   SITTING BULL [still laughing]     
"A daily jog is good for you"   RUNNING ARGUMENT   
"Who's ahead?"   LEADING QUESTION   
One may be seen with glasses   OPERA [given the make-up, it's better seen from afar]   
Organ with a drum   EAR [most musical]   
Like this answer   ACROSS   
Ain't good?   ISN'T [so why does AIN'T have an apostrophe?]   
Tweeting locales   NESTS [might've been a problem for today's wired youth]   
   
BTW:   
Lot's of literary allusions today.   
   
Spouse on the Seine   MARI [but not on the Thames]   
   
   
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: LA Times bad link
« Last post by coralsun on July 26, 2014, 05:37:39 PM »
I downloaded the 7/25/14 puzzle yesterday and it does have the correct date.

Just after midnight this morning, I downloaded today's puzzle and it's also the right one, 7/26/14.
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General Discussion / Re: Games Magazine response?
« Last post by mmcbs on July 26, 2014, 11:38:04 AM »
Answering my own question, I finally (after sending an email to a couple of people in the "Contact Us" page of the Kappa web site) got a reply that they couldn't use any of my puzzles, and stating "Unfortunately, I am accepting a very limited number of puzzles these days, and after reviewing yours, I am going to decline. They are all solid puzzles, but I have to be extremely selective about the ones I accept." There was no indication of what type of puzzles they're looking for nor any indication of why they couldn't use these. Would be interested in comments from others - trying to determine if it's worth the trouble to submit any more.
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General Discussion / Re: methods of crossword construction
« Last post by wbg on July 26, 2014, 10:31:24 AM »
Another factor in the mix is a person's attitude toward computers, maybe.  I like them; bought an original IBM PC in late 1982.  The full-power version.  64K of RAM, not just one floppy drive but two, each with a capacity of 160K!  With a small monochrome (green) monitor and a dot matrix printer, the setup cost around $4000.  Had at least one ever since.  So I enjoy using the software.

If you enjoy constructing by hand, great!  Do it!  If you like doing it using software, do that.  It doesn't seem like a question of moral superiority to me.  At the end, when you decide the grid is done, it is what it is and it doesn't matter how it was created.  (I remember seeing a book of sudoku puzzles that proudly proclaimed on the cover that the puzzles were hand-crafted by Japanese masters.  Sheesh!  A bunch of numbers!)  Then, of course, it has to be clued, and there, it seems to me, software is much less useful.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 7/25 Jacob McDermott
« Last post by magus on July 26, 2014, 09:10:50 AM »
Obama; I blame him for everything else.  :D
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