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General Support / Re: LA Times
« Last post by micke on Today at 11:05:33 AM »
I was able to download the Sunday, Nov. 29th LA Times .puz file from the cruciverb link. This was the first time in a couple weeks. But today, Monday, it wasn't available again. Hope we get it back soon!

General Support / Re: LA Times
« Last post by jalperin on Today at 10:00:11 AM »
Also the LA Times archive web site is gone from the listing so cannot go back and get the older puzzles when they get online
General Support / Re: LA Times
« Last post by Joyceegg on Today at 08:57:50 AM »
agree with fluff......worked yesterday but not today. i wish the site manager would respond. :(   or better yet fix ALL the problems.
General Support / Re: LA Times
« Last post by fluff on Today at 08:04:39 AM »
Worked yesterday, but not today.
General Support / Re: LA Times
« Last post by srenauer on November 29, 2015, 08:44:31 PM »
I was just now able to download across lite version of today's LAT.
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 11/29 Schlapfer & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on November 29, 2015, 09:30:47 AM »
THEME:   Two-word compounds each word of which can be modified by MAN
Title:  Man to Man   
Official arachnid of South Carolina   WOLF SPIDER [two fictional characters]   
Tipped toppers  HATS [almost non-existent today]   
Stroll around the station?   SPACE WALK [and a theme answer]   
Shout target  STAIN [the detergent, not the call]   
Boat trailer   WAKE [water, not the hitched carrier]   
Crack gp.?   DEA [crack as a noun can mean a drug; as an adjective it can mean excellent]   
Healthy bar creations   SALADS [the word healthful has gone the way of hat-tipping]   
Louisville Slugger material   ASH [the wood that was once exclusive for baseball bats but now shared with the weaker maple]   
ESA is not used in English   
All-bark, no bite type   PAPER TIGER [a paper tiger is a metaphor for an argument that is easily refuted; an "all-barkā€¦ type" is a thing that appears threatening but is not]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
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: Sat., 11/28 Greg Johnson
« Last post by uneequeone on November 28, 2015, 08:13:44 PM »
What matters in the end is that the solver understands the clue...and since clues are not always sentences...whatever gets the job done.
Data is is more common speechwise.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 11/28 Greg Johnson
« Last post by Thomps2525 on November 28, 2015, 07:57:48 PM »
"People" and "animals" and "automobiles" are also collective terms and I never hear anyone say "people is funny" or "animals is hibernating" or "automobiles is for sale." I prefer "The data show an increase" to "The data shows an increase" but I checked several language and grammar websites and whether the word "data" is treated linguistically as a singular or plural seems to be a matter of personal preference. Merriam-Webster says the word "data" is a "plural noun but singular or plural in construction." Wikipedia---always an excellent site to quote from---Wait, what?---says the word is more commonly used as a singular than as a plural but adds, "The debate over appropriate usage continues." The Los Angeles Times treats "data" (and "media") as plurals. Mignon Fogarty, who writes the Grammar Girl column, responds to the question "Is data singular or plural?" by insisting that "both usages are standard."

So....I say "are." You say "is." Are, is. Is, are. Oh, let's call the whole thing off. (My apologies to George and Ira Gershwin.)
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 11/28 Greg Johnson
« Last post by uneequeone on November 28, 2015, 05:16:38 PM »
Numbers are crunched.   Data is numbers.  Therefore, data (are) is crunched. 
Since data is a collective term it makes sense to use the singlular "is".
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 11/28 Greg Johnson
« Last post by Thomps2525 on November 28, 2015, 03:57:55 PM »
The word "crunch" dates from 1706 and is a variant of "craunch," which dates from 1631 and is echoic of the sound made when someone bites into something hard. One of the modern definitions of "crunch" is "To perform mathematical computations on: numbers crunching."

Today's crossword clues DATA with "It may be crunched." Since "data" is the plural of "datum," The clue should say "They may be crunched."

I know everyone expects me to make another bad pun but I don't always make puns on a data-day basis. :)
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