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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/18 Ed Sessa
« Last post by LARadioRewind on Today at 02:23:48 PM »
Mister Magus, I aim to please. The Sanskrit word for "ridiculous" is अभिहस्य, pronounced as "ab-hi-ha-sy-ah."

Three long vertical answers ended with UP but I don't understand the "descending order" theme. All vertical answers can be said to be in descending order. Today's puzzle is the second this week to include SHIITE. It also includes NINO, which is misspelled; the word is NIÑO. The grid has 42 black squares, which I consider to be too many. The large number of black squares today means there are shorter words and more Crosswordese: APE, AYE, ELM, ERG, ERN, NEE, ODE...and is AREAR even a word? And ELHI, referring to elementary school and high school, is a word I have never seen outside of crosswords. Today's puzzle is a rarity in that the design is non-symmetrical.

"Shout before Silver" was HIYO. Earle Graser played the Lone Ranger on radio from 1933 to 1941. His cry was "Hi-ho, Silver!" Following Graser's death, Brace Beemer took over the role and continued until the series' end in 1954. Beemer's cry was "Hi-yo, Silver!" Many of us purists prefer "Hi-ho" to "Hi-yo."
General Discussion / Re: Minimum Theme Squares - NYT
« Last post by JLU on Today at 11:10:14 AM »
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 12/18 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on Today at 08:34:02 AM »
THEME:   long phrases ending in UP
What sports stats are usually shown in {& theme}   DESCENDING ORDER   
Hard-to-do dos   MOPS [mop is usually unruly hair, and dos means hairdos (an apostrophe may be needed to pluralize do)]   
Pizza topping   ONION [in that "anything" can, and is, used to top a pizza crust, but no self-respecting pizza allows onions on itself]

Freedom, in Swahili   UHURU [wonder what's Sanskrit for ridiculous]   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 12/16 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 17, 2014, 09:10:48 PM »
"Cee" and "Dee" might be legitimate spellings...but why do certain letters even have such spellings? Why isn't "C" simply spelled "C"? Why isn't "D" simply spelled "D"? Each letter spells itself, without the e's being added. And when I ask why, I mean "W-H-Y," not "Double-yoo-aitch-wye."
Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 12/15 Schlapfer & Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 17, 2014, 09:04:17 PM »
Joining the Department of Redundancy Department requires the payment of an initiation fee. You might have to go to the ATM machine and enter your PIN number and get some cash.

(Now let's see how many people notice what I did there. :) )
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/17 Fred Piscop
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 17, 2014, 09:02:03 PM »
A clue in today's Daily News puzzle is "React, just barely." The answer is BATANEYE. I know that "bat an eye" is a common expression, and I suppose it's possible---albeit gruesome---that someone could remove one of his eyes from its socket and hit it with a baseball bat, but otherwise it is not possible to bat an eye. We bat our eyelids or eyelashes.
General Discussion / Re: Minimum Theme Squares - NYT
« Last post by Jon-O on December 17, 2014, 03:18:46 PM »
I'm sure it depends on the theme, but I think it would be unusual to dip below 40.  A fairly recent Monday had only 37 (two 11's and a 15); that's the least I can remember seeing, as far as traditional (not rebus or otherwise unusual) themes go.

- Jonathan
General Discussion / Minimum Theme Squares - NYT
« Last post by JLU on December 17, 2014, 01:37:35 PM »
Does anyone know the minimum theme squares for a weekday puzzle for NYT?
Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 12/16 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by magus on December 17, 2014, 08:49:08 AM »
You're right about each word modifying light.  Still, the puzzle was flat and not much fun to solve.

As for CEE and DEE, etc., these are the correct spellings of letters of the alphabet.  Check the OED for the date of entry into the lexicon.
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