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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on January 21, 2015, 09:00:11 AM »
I understand --- that you did not answer any of my questions.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 1/21 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on January 21, 2015, 08:55:54 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase is a term for the hip version of MAN
   
GOOD ONES:    
Lead singer {& theme}   FRONT MAN   
Band aid   AMP   
Stretches on the road   LIMOS   
Orange coat   PEEL   
Some jerks   SPASMS   
Make one's Fortune last longer?   RENEW [note capital F]   
   
BTW:   
English class lesson   USAGE [see below]   
   
Clueless   ASEA [ASEA=on the ocean; AT SEA=clueless --- in common USAGE]   
   
   
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: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 20, 2015, 01:58:37 PM »
I follow a general (sorry!) rule: if a puzzle contains three or four long horizontal words, those words almost always fit a theme. In the January 19 crossword, the clue for GENERALASSEMBLY notes that each of the first words of the three theme answers can comprise the answer. "Assemble" the word GENERAL before HOSPITAL, MILLS and INTEREST and you get three new phrases.

When I work a puzzle, I usually start by filling in the answers to clues that contain a blank space, such as "Santa ___ winds" or "One ___ time." Then I work on the words that intersect them. I don't put much effort into figuring out the theme. When I have the grid at least halfway completed, the theme becomes obvious.

And may I say that there seem to be a lot of people named Virginia on this thread. :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 1/20 Michael Dewey
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 20, 2015, 01:46:08 PM »
What is the old spelling rule? "O before E except after T"? Something like that. One clue in today's crossword is "Oklahoma tribe." The answer is OTO. I have seen OTOE in many puzzles but, until today, never OTO. The Wikipedia entry says "Otoe or Oto" but I have never seen the "Oto" spelling anywhere else. The Otoe tribe's website---yeah, they have a website---spells the name "Otoe." In Nebraska there is an Otoe County, established in 1855 and named after the tribe. The county name was variously spelled as Otoe, Oto and Ottoe before "Otoe" was finally agreed upon. Michael Dewey had to spell the word "Oto" to make it fit the grid...but I insist that he's wrong.

http://www.omtribe.org/?culture-history

http://www.co.otoe.ne.us/pdfs/about/otoe1-9.pdf
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General Discussion / Newbie Seeking Theme Advice
« Last post by wogget on January 20, 2015, 12:50:31 PM »
Hi, first time poster here.

I'd like some advice on a theme, possibly for a 21x21.  Centered in the grid is
a sentence my teenage daughter always asks me "Where's my charger?" surrounded
by different types of chargers-- Dodge muscle car, AC Adapter, under plate. 
None of the entries or clues would use the word charger.

Some of the ideas are clearly symonyms of charger:

footballplayer (San Diego)
whipitcanister
musclecar (Dodge)
AC adapter
heavyhorse
underplate (or maybe serviceplate)

Some I have might be a stretch to call a "charger" (though some I really like):

thelightbrigade
americanexpress
teslacoil (or vandegraaf generator though I doubt I could make that work)
grandjury (better yet district attorney)

Other options I'm playing with:

cavalryhorse
cartridgeclip
ammunitionclip
whiterhino

Does anyone have any feeling on this idea? Does the theme have legs? Should I dump all those entries I have a questions about or are some of them legit? What about footballplayer? Is it better to be specific and shoehorn San Diego into the entry or is the generic footballplayer clear enough? 

Thanks for any feedback

-Ted
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 1/20 Michael Dewey
« Last post by richochez on January 20, 2015, 12:30:29 PM »
Well, it is really a theme for football positions that end in the 4 letters "back". A corner-back is a defensive position, not a running back and a quarterback is generally not expected to run but rather hand off or pass. Of course, now-a-days, there are some Qbacks that run quite a bit!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on January 20, 2015, 09:08:29 AM »
My dear Virginia, I have been given access to each LAT puzzle along with the answers --- a courtesy for those writing about their publications.  I never look at them because I want the solving process to be fun and my comments to be honest.  So in the spirit of honesty, how did you determine the theme, and if you did not get it from another source, how long did it take you to figure out?  And if you spent more than 20 seconds on it, was it worth the time?
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 1/20 Michael Dewey
« Last post by magus on January 20, 2015, 08:50:52 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with the names of football running backs
   
GOOD ONES:    
BACK IN THE GAME   
   
   
RATING: :'(   
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: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by coralsun on January 19, 2015, 10:23:56 PM »
Yes!  The puzzles are available!  Thanks! :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 19, 2015, 05:51:20 PM »
How many people under the age of 50 are familiar with the Mills Brothers? How many people other than soldiers know what "hospital corners" are? And INTERESTGROUP is two-thirds of the phrase "special interest group." The clues probably made sense only to Army veterans in their 70s...and even they would probably be unfamiliar with RIEL, a Cambodian currency. I can understand Mister magus's one-teardrop rating for this puzzle.
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