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General Support / LA times
« Last post by foodfanataholic on March 23, 2015, 04:08:04 AM »
LA times link down again
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 3/22 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 22, 2015, 09:13:18 PM »
Today's New York Times crossword by Will Shortz---I wonder if he has a brother named Jim---is titled "Making Connections." One of the answers is the popular website LINKEDIN and the theme answers are common phrases prefaced with IN. Examples:

Diapers? INFANCYPANTS
Desk chairs? INBOXSEATS
Diet? INTAKECONTROL
Atheistic Cuban leader? INFIDELCASTRO
Add to the Video Clip Hall of Fame? INDUCTTAPE

"Drunk's favorite radio station?" was WINO. The late George Carlin did a hilarious routine about "Wonderful WINO Radio" but there really is a radio station with those call letters. It's in Odessa, New York, and simulcasts the programming of WRFI in Ithaca.

http://www.prx.org/station_accounts/1011-wrfi
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 3/22 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 22, 2015, 04:53:31 PM »
Today I learned two new words. Well...actually I think only one is a real word. Merl Reagle's crossword in the Los Angeles Times included EGERIA for "Female adviser." Merriam-Webster says the word comes from the name of "a nymph who advised legendary Roman king Numa Pompilius." But EARMAN for "otologist"? Yeah, I suppose "earman" could be a word...but I don't like it.

The puzzle is titled "On The Road Again" and the theme answers are common phrases with CAR inserted. Among them:

Sign outside a cheap hotel? SORRYNOCARPETS
Part of a horticulture series? BIRTHOFACARNATION
Little Boy Blue's girlfriend? LITTLEGREENCARMEN
Comment about a kid who prefers the old Tonight Show? LIKEFATHERLIKECARSON
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 3/22 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on March 22, 2015, 09:24:00 AM »
THEME:   synonyms for golf terms
   
GOOD ONES:    
They may reduce sentences   EDITORS   
   
BTW:   
LOI is not used in our language, nor is EN AMI, which in our language sounds just the opposite of the French.   
   
Green   ECOFRIENDLY [to me, green still means raw (new), envious, or sickly --- not what the eco-minded would prefer us to think  --- of course, eco-terrorists are another thing altogether]

This puzzle seems to have been more fun (and challenging) to construct than to solve.

RATING:    ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun

I've done the last few days' puzzles on the computer which today returned a "score" of 3800 or so points.  There doesn't seem to be a key to the scoring.  Does anyone know how the scores are derived?   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 3/21 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 21, 2015, 08:19:20 PM »
STLO is one of those words that often appear in crossword puzzles. It's an abbreviated form of Saint-Lô, a French town which was almost completely destroyed during the Battle of Normandy in World War II. A detailed history of the battle is on the iBiblio site at http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-A-StLo/index.html and a history of the town is on good ol' Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-L%C3%B4
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 3/20 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 21, 2015, 08:09:14 PM »
In that case, I think I'll go down to Baskin-Robbins and order a banana shared. :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 3/20 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on March 21, 2015, 09:26:46 AM »
Split is another term for shared.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 3/21 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on March 21, 2015, 09:23:54 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 28 blocks   
      
GOOD ONES:        
Strikes out   DELES [oldie but goodie]      
Star movers   LIMOS [I thought, "What in heavens could it be?"]      
Opposite of "stand"   HIT ME [in poker]      
Outlet worker   ELECTRICIAN      
Fine points   PRONGS [not sure how fine their points are, though]      
      
      
BTW:      
Hail Mary  LONG BOMB [a bomb is a long pass; hence, long is redundant and probably very rarely uttered]      
      
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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General Support / Re: Bad link again - LA Times
« Last post by Kolohe61 on March 20, 2015, 11:56:16 PM »
It's starting to happen again, but only in the crosswords app, not in across lite. I hate across lite, btw... :-)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 3/20 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 20, 2015, 04:29:01 PM »
When I saw that SPLITPEASOUP was a hint to the theme, I assumed the theme answers would start with P or PE and end with EA or E. It turned out that the theme answers are two-word phrases in which the first word ends with P and the second word starts with P. Only one P appears in the answer, though, which means the P is not "split"---rather, it is shared.

Another crossword in today's Times was titled "Cerebral." The theme answers were NOBLEMINDEDNESS, SELFEXAMINATION and PENCILSHARPENER. That last answer may not seem cerebral...but it is. The clue is "Puzzle solver's need."*

*Except for those of us who use a pen.  ;)

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