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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri. 7/31 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 01, 2015, 10:09:30 PM »
I thought of IRA more as an over-used word than as a name but you are right: I should have included it among those other names. Actually, I fudged a little.....and you all know I'm not the fudger I used to be. Those eleven (now twelve) words are names but they were not all clued as names. I just thought it was odd to see so many could-be names in a crossword.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 8/1 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 01, 2015, 10:02:13 PM »
Today's crossword included AGUA, BUENO and OLE. Why is it so difficult for puzzle creators to make crosswords with only English words? And I don't know how a TRADESCHOOL can be a "Teacher of skills." A trade school is a building or an institution. Even in this modern age, buildings do not talk and they certainly do not teach. The clue should have said "Place to learn skills."

Barry Silk likely creates his puzzles several weeks in advance of publication. When he included COLE for "Phillies pitcher Hamels," he could not have anticipated that Hamels would become the first major-league pitcher to be traded immediately after throwing a no-hitter. Four days after pitching a no-hitter against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, he was traded on July 29 to the Rangers in exchange for pitcher Matt Harrison and five prospects.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri. 7/31 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on August 01, 2015, 09:10:19 AM »
Ira is a name.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 8/1 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on August 01, 2015, 09:08:23 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 27 blocks
   
GOOD ONES:     
Links letters   PGA [recalls Art Linkletter]
What "8" may mean, Abbr.   AUG [apropos for the day]   
   
BTW:   
In truth, there were many clever clues that stretched my crossword-solving ability.  When I started it did not appear I was up to the task --- often the case on Saturdays.   
   
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: Fri. 7/31 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 31, 2015, 03:54:54 PM »
The 13x13 NEA crossword never has a theme and seldom has any words of more than seven letters. Each puzzle includes a large number of over-used three- and four-letter words. Today's includes ABET, ERA, ICE, IRA, OLE, PEA and SOS and the names ANN, EARL, ERIC, LAO, LARA, NINA, RENEE, ROD, TINA, VAN and VERA. Eleven first names in a single crossword and my name was not among them. I feel slighted.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri. 7/31 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on July 31, 2015, 08:59:28 AM »
THEME:   entries spelled either left or right, up or down depending on meaning
   
GOOD ONES:     
Ring punch   SSORCTFEL [left cross kind of "crosses" one up since it is written from right to left]   
Level-headed   DOWN TO EARTH [literally, one reads down to the word earth]   
Ness, for one   LOCH [I thought Eliot]   
Pepper, for one: Abbr.   SGT [I thought food]   
Brest friend   AMI [I read it "Best"]   
Canon offering, briefly   SLR [cameras, but I thought church law]   
Animal house   ZOO [I thought the movie]   
   (That's five clues that misdirected me suggesting either I am rather a dupe or Kurt is rather clever --- or both.)
   
BTW:   
Chooses the window instead of the aisle?   ELOPES [in old comedies the window is the means by which the woman gets out of her house to marry on the sly --- I guess]   
   
Neither juillet nor ete is used in our language.   
   
Govt. group that began in 1908   FBI [I thought there was a mistake so I looked it up ---turns out it had undergone only a name change under Hoover in the mid-Thirties --- that's what comes from getting one's "history" from Hollywood]   
   
   
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: Wed., 7/29 Ian Livengood
« Last post by magus on July 30, 2015, 08:44:20 AM »
I didn't like WETLY either, but I thought it possible to be used --- probably in a bad novel --- "She slithered out of the pool and kissed him wetly on the lips."  I have, by the way, copyrighted that line.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 7/30 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on July 30, 2015, 08:39:14 AM »
THEME:   TRYST hiding in random phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Romance novel staple {& theme}   SECRET MEETING   
Approach to a landing?   RISER [of a step]   
Bottled up sort?   GENIE   
Road runners   AUTOS [not birds]   
One's earning play money?   DRAMATISTS [I thought Monopoly]   
   
BTW:   
Homer's beloved   MARGE [sad that one who never saw a moment of the cartoon knew the answer right off --- how did it become so much a part of the zeitgeist?]   
   
"YOUTH, I do adore thee" shows the superior vision of the Bard since he knew as a relatively young man what it took the "Magus" a lifetime to realize: youth is adorable.   
   
   
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: Wed., 7/29 Ian Livengood
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 29, 2015, 02:12:54 PM »
Several more over-used words today: ACT, ARC, EEL, EPEE, LEA, ORO, SEE and STY.

"In a damp manner" was WETLY. I don't understand how something can be done "wetly" or "in a damp manner." "Wet" and "damp" are conditions, aren't they? I is confused.

The answer to "Gilligan's Island co-star" was ALANHALE. I don't think so. Alan Hale died in 1950 and the tv series ran from 1964 to 1967. The Gilligan actor was Alan Hale Jr. A very popular trivia question is "What was Gilligan's first name?" Series creator/writter Sherwood Schwartz gave Gilligan a first name but it was never used on the tv series. It was Willy.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 7/29 Ian Livengood
« Last post by magus on July 29, 2015, 08:38:47 AM »
THEME:   First word of phrase can sail in air
   
GOOD ONES:    
Sponsor's purchase {& theme}   AIR TIME   
Places to stand and deliver?   DIASES[speeches not bravery]   
They can call you out   UMPS [not darer's prompting you to "stand and deliver"]   
Green span   LEA [not Alan]   
   
   
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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