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Today's Puzzles / Re: Memorial Day, 2015 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on Today at 03:37:02 PM »
Yes indeed, it was nice to see an acknowledgment of Memorial Day in today's crossword, along with five answers which can be followed by "Memorial": AIRFORCE, CIVILRIGHTS, IWOJIMA, LINCOLN and PENTAGON. 

Every day of the year, car dealers sell cars, furniture stores sell furniture, clothing stores sell clothing, shoe stores sell shoes, mattress stores sell mattresses and department stores sell many kinds of merchandise. For the past several days, the newspapers have been filled with ads from these stores: Memorial Day Sale! Memorial Day Sell-a-bration! Memorial Day Sell-a-thon! Memorial Day Doorbusters! Memorial Day Sales Event!

Our veterans and their families must feel very proud that the day which honors their service to our country apparently means absolutely nothing to these businesses other than enabling them to include the words "Memorial Day" in this weekend's ads for the same things they sell every day of the year. 

Let us never forget the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who fight to keep our nation free.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 5/23 Croce & Vratsanos
« Last post by magus on Today at 09:38:16 AM »
Because we have no French Academie to keep our language "pure."
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Today's Puzzles / Memorial Day, 2015 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on Today at 09:31:58 AM »
THEME:   D.C. memorials
   
GOOD ONES:    
Late May‚Ķ {& theme}   MEMORIAL DAY   
   
BTW:   
ETE is only French   
   
Thanks, C.C. and Rich Norris for remembering.   
   
   
RATING: It's in the theme    :)
   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 5/23 Croce & Vratsanos
« Last post by LARadioRewind on May 24, 2015, 05:03:36 PM »
I, too, deplore the use of "healthy" as a synonym for "healthful." I also detest the use of "nauseous" as a synonym for "nauseated." When someone tells me he feels nauseous, I usually respond, "Really? You make other people sick?"

And why do "flammable" and "inflammable" mean the same thing?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 5/24 Mark Bickham
« Last post by LARadioRewind on May 24, 2015, 02:13:27 PM »
Merl Reagle's Sunday crossword includes our familiar foreign friends ANNO, ETE, MAI, SRTA, ZETA and ZWEI and a word I don't recall seeing before: ULU ("Eskimo knife"). And "Of the dawn" was EOAN. Oh yeah, there is a word we all use in our everyday conversation!

The puzzle's title: "See You Sooner Or Later." Each theme answer had CU added to make a new phrase:

Britain's baby Charlotte, for example? WINDSORCUTIE
Answer to "What makes you so smart, dude?" ACUMENBROTHER
Coffee addict's comment when he opens his kitchen cabinet? CUPSILOVEYOU
Actor John after not being cast? SADCUSACK
Book about a field trip that didn't end too well? LOCUSTHORIZON
Ad promise from an out-of-state math camp? CALCULUSASSOONASYOULAND
Popular ride at FordMotorWorld? MERCURYGOROUND

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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 5/22 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on May 24, 2015, 02:03:09 PM »
And if he does have to pay by the word, does that make him cross? :D
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General Discussion / Re: Reusing the word, "a"
« Last post by mmcbs on May 24, 2015, 09:58:38 AM »
I suspect A CHEAP IMITATION is a knockout. A HOST is problematic, not so much because of the repeated A (though that's not ideal IMO), but it's just a weak entry. So, yes, I'd get rid of both.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 5/24 Mark Bickham
« Last post by magus on May 24, 2015, 09:42:00 AM »
THEME:   last letter(s) of a two-word phrase read with the first letters of the second word spell the name of a bird
   
GOOD ONES:    
Signs of spring {& theme}   NESTING BIRDS [they are nestled in the phrase]   
Canine coat?   ENAMEL [tooth]   
Couple maker   AND [I first had TWO]   
Base path?   EVIL [note two words]   
Downed with a jolt   TASED [I thought whiskey, etc.]   
Series ender   ET AL [not the World Series]   
Apple product   SEEDS [not I-Pod]   
   
BTW:   
Where texts are often read   CELL [even after I wrote the word I thought it meant prison cell not phone]   
   
"Be My Baby" singers   THE RONETTES [one of my favorite R&R songs --- group was named for lead singer Ronnie Spector, wife of arranger Phil Spector now in prison for murder]   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g_FD_sYazk    
   
Mark made a particularly good puzzle with (aside from the clever clues noted above) many unusual clues for ordinary words, a wide variety of subject matter, and a clever theme appropriate for the time of year.   
   
   
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., 5/22 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by rbe on May 23, 2015, 11:21:13 AM »
3. Do you have to pay the website for each word you use?   8)

 :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 5/22 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on May 23, 2015, 11:02:07 AM »
rbe---

1. When I saw you had a comment, I said to myself he's probably found some mistake. ::)

2. Good editing, I omitted the E.   :-[

3. Do you have to pay the website for each word you use?   8)
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