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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 26, 2015, 05:01:30 PM »
Ooh, I hate it when that guy takes over my computer! Mister magus, when you mentioned sleeping in class, I thought of a scene in the Marx Brothers' 1932 movie Horse Feathers. Groucho plays Professor Wagstaff:

"Have we got a college?"
"Have we got a football team?"
"Well, we can't afford both. Tomorrow we start tearing down the college."
"But, Professor, where will the students sleep?"
"Where they always sleep: in the classroom."

Yes, I know that there would be no classrooms if the college was torn down. The dialogue is illogical...but still funny.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 26, 2015, 04:53:57 PM »
Hey, Mister Benson Hurst, I'se gonna talk ta youse in yer own language so's ya can understand what I got to say. When I was in P.S. 132 in Brooklyn, my teachers would grade a poorly-written essay wit' an F. Not an "EF"---a simple F. An' I looked in the Merriam-Webster dictionary what I got and it says "class" is "a body of students which regularly meets to study the same subject" or "the period during which such a body meets" or "a course of dintruction." It do not say dat a "class" can be a classroom.

Now if youse will excuse me, the Honeymooners marathon is starting on channel 12.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 4/26 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 26, 2015, 04:44:08 PM »
When I saw that Merl Reagle's Sunday crossword was titled "On a Scale of 1 to 8" I assumed that each of the eight theme answers would include one of those eight numbers. I was wrong. The "scale" is a musical scale and each theme answer has a musical note added: DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI and DO. (Cue the Sound of Music soundtrack!)

Among the answers:

Answer to "How long has it been, compadre?" MANYYEARSAMIGO
What easy mazes and gourmet cheeses may lead to? SPOILEDLABRATS
Bringin' up a kid who constantly mumbles? RAISINBRANDO
Why my dad owns five copies of Amahl & the Night Visitors? HELOVESMENOTTI

This is one of the mostest cleverestest crosswords I've ever seen! And it didn't even include ALE, ARENA, EDAM, ERE, EVE, IRA, IRE, LEI, ODE, ONO or SST.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 4/26 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 26, 2015, 04:35:42 PM »
The story of Rin Tin Tin is a fascinating tale. He was one of a litter of puppies who an American soldier had rescued from a French kennel which had been severly damaged during the first World War. The original Rin Tin Tin appeared in 27 movies. There have been several generations of Rin Tin Tins. There was a Rin Tin Tin tv series (1954-59).....and, of course, a biography:
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on April 26, 2015, 10:21:00 AM »
Dear Mr. Ben Stein,

I've been sleeping in your class, so I never heard you tell us how to spell F, but what's wrong with spelling it ef?  And, if I wasn't sleeping in class, where was I sleeping?  Doesn't class mean classroom


Benson Hurst
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 4/26 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on April 26, 2015, 10:10:50 AM »
THEME:   A tee sound is added to an ordinary phrase creating an odd one: Title:  TEA TIME   
GOOD ONES:       
Sale of Babe Ruth to the Yankees?   MIGHTY MISTAKE ["my mistake"]      
Babe's home   STY [the pig, Babe]      
Ideal chaser?   ISM      
Arabian pop   SIRE [mix of the exotic and mundane --- and "pop" can mean several things]      
December number   NOEL [rather incongruous to refer to a specialty song by the mundane "number"]      
More work   UTOPIA [More, the writer]      
Esthetic and egis, for example   VARIANTS [they can be spelt with A's: spelt is also a variant]      
Dog star's first name?   RIN [Rin Tin Tin, not the heavenly body]      
Digs in the snow?   IGLOO      
Tongue site   SHOE [I thought palette and deli]      
Car starter?   ECO      
Covered in ink   TATTED [kind of a neologism; it used to mean "knitted" which is kind of obsolete]      
LAP cat may be found on some web list, but I'm not buying it; is it like a lapdog?      
Sulky state   SNIT [denotatively yes, but a snit connotes agitation --- opposite of a "sulky state"]      
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      
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 25, 2015, 03:58:37 PM »
Good morning, class. Today we'll be discussing two of today's more challenging crosswords. The Los Angeles Times puzzle included two 9-letter answers, eight 10-letter answers and two 11-letter answers, and the Daily News puzzle included nine 15-letter answers, three at the top, three in the middle and three at the bottom.

More specifically, I'd like you to think about two of those answers. "Place to stretch one's legs" was YOGACLASS, but do any of you think that a "class" can be considered as a "place"? I think the answer should have been YOGACLASSROOM. And "Bad marks" was EFS. You all know that I have never given a grade of EF on any of your essays. Can any of you cite an example of a teacher who has put an EF on a student's paper?

Today's Puzzles / Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on April 25, 2015, 09:12:01 AM »
THEME:   none
Place to stretch one's legs   YOGA CLASS   
Field laborers   OXEN [never thought of animals as laborers]   
Dump closing?   STER   
ESTA is Spanish only   
EGAL is okay because we see egalite in the French motto, but it does not mean same as much as equal, which I see as different.   
Important star group   A-LIST [as heavenly stars are neither important nor unimportant, I'd go with "Major"]   
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: Thu., 4/23 Julian Lim
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 24, 2015, 04:11:26 PM »
Dr Pepper, which is flavored mostly with cherry, vanilla and walnut---no prune juice, contrary to popular belief---has been spelled without a period since 1954. The company adopted a new logo that included an "r" which was a straight line and a dot. It looked somewhat like  |° and a period would make the "r" appear to be an "i" and a colon. The period was dropped from the name and it has never been restored. The Dr Pepper logos are shown at
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 4/24 Harald Hornung
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 24, 2015, 04:02:52 PM »
One clue was "Old sitcom redhead." That could be interpreted as either "Old redhead in a sitcom" or as "Redhead in an old sitcom." My first thought was REBA, which has appeared in many puzzles. Then I thought of LUCY. The answer was OPIE. The first five seasons (159 episodes) of The Andy Griffith Show were filmed in black and white. Seasons 6 through 8 (90 episodes) were in color. Ron Howard appeared as Opie in only 209 of the series' 249 episodes. Most of those 209 were black and white and that is why I didn't immediately think of Opie as the "sitcom redhead."

Today's Daily News crossword was challenging. It included four 8-letter answers and six 11-letter answers, including COMEUPPANCE, GRANDNEPHEW and MICKEYMOUSE. It also included OPIE, this time clued as "Mayberry moppet."
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