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Today's Puzzles / September 25: A new brand of crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 25, 2016, 04:41:45 PM »
In today's crossword by C.C. Burnikel, "Corporate identifier" is TRADEMARK. Nine answers -- ten, if you include TRADEMARK -- are phrases with the initials TM. Among them are TRACKMEET, TENNISMATCH, TEXTMESSAGE, TIGERMOTH and TREASUREMAP.

A trademark is a recognizable name, sign, design, phrase or logo which identifies a particular product or service, such as the CBS eye, the NBC peacock, the Nike swoosh, the Target target and the Apple Computer apple. A trademark which is considered "common-law" by virtue of its continued usage but has not been formally registered is identified by ™ and a registered trademark is identified by ®. Modern trademark laws originated in France in 1857.  Information about trademarks is available on the United States Patent & Trademark Office website at http://www.uspto.gov/

"Per each" is APOP. Again. That phrase appears in two or three puzzles each week, along with ELHI, which means "elementary school through high school." I have never seen or heard APOP or ELHI -- or ASEA or AROAR -- other than in crossword puzzles. "Newspapers, radio, etc." is OLDMEDIA. Yes, I suppose so, but that answer is awkward, as well as a bit disrespectful. Many of us still enjoy newspapers and radio. "Mama of pop" is CASS. Cass Elliot, born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a member of the Mamas & Papas, whose 1960s hits included Monday Monday, California Dreamin', Words Of Love, I Saw Her Again and Creeque Alley. Cass died of a heart attack in 1974. She did not, as a popular rumor claims, choke to death on a ham sandwich.

"Youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate __ Yousafzai"  is MALALA. Born in 1997 in northwest Pakistan, Malala defied the local Taliban by demanding that girls be allowed to receive an education. The Taliban issued a death threat against her and then, when she was 15, shot her in the head. She survived and continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and again in 2014. She was a co-recipient of the Peace Prize in 2014 along with education activist Kailash Satyarthi. In 2013, Malala wrote a book, I Am Malala, which was banned in Pakistan's schools for "disrespecting Islam" and having a "negative influence." She now attends school in Birmingham, England, and continues to fight for women's rights. Details of her life and her goal of ensuring that all girls receive 12 years of education can be found at https://www.malala.org/

And thus ends today's discussion. Now I'm going to go practice my transcendental meditation. TM, get it? Never mind.
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General Discussion / Re: New website where to solve and create crosswords
« Last post by Thunder on September 24, 2016, 02:53:49 AM »
Nice, how often do new crosswords get put up?
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Today's Puzzles / The September 23 crossword: Mm-Mm good!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 23, 2016, 05:01:33 PM »
Today's crossword by Jeffrey Wechsler adds an M sound to five familiar phrases. In four of the phrases, the spelling had to be changed:

How a snail moves? ONTHESLIME
Comprehensive text on mints? TICTACTOME
Reaction to Bugs' continued evasiveness? ELMERSGLOOM
Seminal discovery by sports historians? THEFIRSTTEAM
"I plotted against Caesar completely on my own!"? CASSIUSCLAIM

Gaius Cassius Longinus (85 BC-42 BC) was the Roman senator who led the plot to kill Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Empire. The crossword answer references  heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay (1942-2016). In 1964, Clay joined the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim organization, and its leader Elijah Muhammad (birth name: Elijah Poole) gave Clay the new name Muhammad Ali. "Muhammad" means "One who is worthy of phrase." After receiving the new name, Ali announced that "Cassius Clay" was his "slave name."

ELMERSGLOOM references Elmer Fudd, cartoon nemesis of Bugs Bunny: "Ooh, some day I'm going to get that wascally wabbit!" In 1936, Borden created Elsie the Cow as a mascot for their dairy products. Four years later, a mate was created for Elsie. Elmer the Bull became the mascot of Borden's chemical products division. Elmer's Glue-All was introduced in 1947. Let's have a show of hands: How many of you have ever had a bottle of glue with a top that did not get clogged so badly that you had to get a utensil to remove the solidified glue? Well? Nobody? Yeah, that's what I thought.

THEFIRSTTEAM references The First Tee, a youth development organization which "teaches life skills and leadership through golf," although I'm not sure how anyone can learn life skills by using a club to hit a ball into a hole.....and then doing it again.....and again.....and again.....and again.....

https://thefirsttee.org/

"You got me there" is SOIDO. "So I do"? Huh?  "A in Acapulco" is UNA, which is not used in English. "Milwaukee: mine :: Marseilles: ___" is AMOI, which is not used in English. "Part of un giorno" is ORA. Those are the Italian words for "day" and "hour," respectively, and are not used in English. "Some kissing sounds" is MWAHS, which is an awkward answer, although singer/actress Dinah Shore hosted four different tv variety series (1951-61, 1970-74, 1974-80, 1989-92)  and ended each telecast by blowing a big "Mwah!" kiss to the studio audience and the tv viewers.

Okay, that's all for today. And I'm sorry if I disappoint anyone but I'm not going to blow a kiss. That was Dinah's shtick, not mine.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: WSJ now paywalled?
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 22, 2016, 06:40:25 PM »
A glitch, eh? I have an AOL account. One day the log-on name and e-mail for another AOL subscriber appeared on my screen. I called AOL and I was told, "It's some kind of glitch." I wonder how people explained technical problems before the word "glitch" was invented.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: WSJ now paywalled?
« Last post by paradog on September 22, 2016, 01:06:21 PM »
I got another response, this time from the puzzles group, saying that the policy hadn't changed and that there was a glitch of some kind earlier this week. But I'm still getting the sign-in screen, and they're going to look into it.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: WSJ now paywalled?
« Last post by paradog on September 21, 2016, 06:05:45 PM »
Well, the puzzle was not behind that paywall until earlier this week.  I emailed WSJ support and they confirmed that the paywall was in place:

>Non-subscribers are able to view and access past editions crosswords and puzzles, however the current editions puzzle is available only for subscribers.

>Though you may subscribe to gain access to the puzzle on the same day.

I wrote back suggesting that they offer a puzzle-only subscription option, like the NY Times. I'm happy to pay the NY Times $40 a year (and AV Club, Crossynergy, C&R, and Elizabeth Gorski $25 each), but $360/year for a full digital subscription at the Journal would be too much.

Thanks for the links! The last one isn't to today's puzzle, so I guess it's the latest of the archive puzzles they said they're making available to the public.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: WSJ now paywalled?
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 21, 2016, 05:53:01 PM »
The Wall Street Journal launched its website on April 29, 1996. It was originally known as Wall Street Journal Interactive Condition and was free until August 1996. Then the site began offering subscriptions and a free "trial period." But be ye not dismayed -- if your web browser is Firefox or Google Chrome, there are ways to bypass the paywall:

http://trendblog.net/how-to-quickly-bypass-the-paywalls-of-wsj-nyt-and-others/

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/02/26/read-articles-behind-paywalls-by-masquerading-as-googlebot/

If you prefer to avoid doing something which isn't quite ethical or legal, you can access each day's crossword at

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/puzzle-current.pdf

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Today's Puzzles / WSJ now paywalled?
« Last post by paradog on September 20, 2016, 08:12:21 PM »
I went to the Wall Street Journal to print out today's puzzle, but it's asking me to log in (I don't subscribe), and past puzzles are also blocked. I can't find anything about this in the news.

Ernie in Berkeley
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Software / Technical / Re: Across lite in ios10
« Last post by Vincehradil on September 17, 2016, 10:29:18 AM »
I'm not sure what your message meant, but I'm having problems with Across Liite- settings aren't working. Does anyone know if it's still being developed?
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Software / Technical / Across lite keyboard fixed in ios10
« Last post by excelon969 on September 14, 2016, 11:05:36 PM »
Omg! Not even an app update
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