YES, BUT THEY ARE ALL ASLEEP
YES, BUT THEY ARE ALL ASLEEP
« Last post by mmcbs on August 05, 2016, 09:24:04 PM »
And just to clarify further, the five-letter limit only applies when it is a partial phrase (not a single word). So ___ pray, would be OK if the answer is LET US, but not OK if it is NOW LET US.
For a single word, there is no restriction. Washington ___ (MONUMENT)
« Last post by mmcbs on August 05, 2016, 09:17:02 PM »
The five-letter limit applies to what's in the blank (not the clue). This means WAR.
« Last post by sdgorrell1 on August 05, 2016, 07:46:02 PM »
I'm restarting this from a previous discussion. The rule in the NYT spec sheet is:
"Do not use partial phrases longer than five letters (ONE TO A, A STITCH IN, etc.)"
However I see many examples in recent NYT puzzles that violate this rule, for ex:
This means _ (9 leading-letter partial phrase, 7/7/16)
What I don't see (at least in my limited sample) are examples of partial phrases with more than five trailing letters. An example here would be "_ _ _ pray" (Now let us)
And since the examples are all leading, I'm not sure if it applies to trailing ones at all.
This is starting to feel like more of a guideline. If anybody has any insight on this, I would appreciate it.
I am Cruxiverbalist and I have just joined this forum. I am looking forward to seeing what questions, resources and new types of puzzles are available on this site. My only question for now is that I don't see many recent posts.
I am posting this on August 5, 2016, yet when I look at the "Post a Puzzle" page, the latest post is shown to be from September 2015!
Is this site still active?
I have been working on several puzzles in an attempt to get one accepted by the NYT. The feedback I am getting ranges from "Too straightforward" to "Did not excite Will enough".
I am seeking some advice on ways to improve or generate a reveal in a way that creates that "aha" moment.
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 31, 2016, 01:32:26 PM »
Art Nouveau is a style of art, architecture and decorative arts which emphasizes curved lines that harmonize with the natural environment. Art Nouveau was most popular in the years 1890 to 1910. And Art Nouveau, which means "new art" in French, is properly pronounced "är noo-vō" but is often mispronounced "art noo-vō" -- and that brings us to today's crossword by Jake Braun. It's titled "Art Nouveau" and includes eight words and phrases which are altered by the addition of ART:
Lewd weasel relative? DIRTYOLDMARTEN
Prefer not to serve the drinks? MINDBARTENDING
Apt wear when drinking gin cocktails? MARTINISKIRT
Special area for booting up again? RESTARTROOM
iPad owners' gatherings? APPLEPARTIES
Garb for the Scottish seaside? BEACHTARTAN
Group that controls film cartoons? ANIMATIONCARTEL.
Patterns for moving supplies? CARTONTEMPLATES
"French king" is ROI, which is not used in English. "French friend's address" is MONAMI, which is not used in English. "Civic duty, perhaps" is AUTOLOAN. "Honda Civic," get it? A very clever clue. "Promising, as mine walls" is VEINY. The word means "Full of or exhibiting veins; veined" and is used in reference to various parts of the body, especially the arms, legs or forehead. I suppose the word can also refer to a mine but I have never heard it used in that context. "When Will ___ Loved?: 1975 hit" is IBE. Yes, Linda Ronstadt had a #2 hit with the song that year but the song was originally a hit for the Everly Brothers. It reached #8 in July 1960.
"Blue text, often" is URL. When referring to words or speech, "blue" means "risqué; suggestive; off-color" but most URLs also appear in blue -- and are usually underlined. URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, a string of text which is used by web browsers to link to webpages, documents or programs. URLs are more commonly known as "internet addresses." A simple explanation of how URLs work is at the About Tech website, which you can get to by clicking on the, uh, URL:
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 27, 2016, 03:50:54 PM »
On television, "Ooh! Ooh!" was frequently exclaimed by Officer Gunther Toody on Car 54 Where Are You and Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter. In today's crossword by Jeff Wechsler, the exclamation -- or at least half of it -- begins six phrases:
Wonka worker: OOMPALOOMPA
Plays it like Cary Grant: OOZESCHARM
Expressions of delight: OOHSANDAAHS
Butterfingers' comment: OOPSYDAISY
Comet-filled region of space: OORTCLOUD
Chinese beverage, literally 'black dragon': OOLONGTEA
But does anyone who accidentally drops something ever say "Oopsy-daisy"? I highly doubt it. He would probably just say "Oops" -- or, depending on what he dropped, maybe utter a few cursewords. "Oopsy-daisy" is commonly uttered by an adult as he picks up a child, especially a child who has just fallen. The word is a variant of "upsy-daisy," which is a variant of "ups-a-daisy," which is a variant of the 18th-century expression "up-a-daisy," which is related to "lackadaisacal," which means "lacking enthusiasm or determination" and is an extension of "lackaday," which is a variant of an old expression of regret, "alack the day." "Alack" is a combined form of "ah, lack."
According to the Universe Today website, the Oort Cloud, which is named for astronomer Jan Oort, is "a theoretical spherical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals that is believed to surround the sun at a distance of up to two light years." It is theorized -- but has not been proved -- that this giant cloud is where comets originate:
In Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, a 1964 novel by Welsh author Roald Dahl, the Oompa-Loompas were black pygmies from Loompaland who work in the chocolate factory. In response to excessive criticism over stereotyping, Dahl put out a new edition of the book in which the Oompa-Loompas were white-skinned and golden-haired. The look of the Oompa-Loompas changed again in movie adaptations released in 1971 (starring Gene Wilder and Peter Ostrum) and 2005 (starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore).
"Juillet's season" is ETE, which is not used in English. "Stuttgart cubes" is EIS, which is not used in English. "Mimic" is APER, a word I have never seen anywhere outside of crossword puzzles. That concludes today's discussion. For our entertainment, let's all sing the songs from the 1964 Charlie & The Chocolate Factory movie. The lyrics are on the Roald Dahl Fans website:
We'll start with this one. The lyrics seem tailor-made for Cruciverb.com: "Oompa loompa doompety doo, I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you......."
Generally, no, I wouldn't expect it to be OK, except in some the edgier puzzles that often use words that most of us don't know.
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 24, 2016, 02:53:26 PM »
During the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, we can chant "USA! USA!" Today only, we can chant "USB! USB!"-- although it is certainly not mandatory. The USB, Universal Serial Bus, is the industry standard for connections between peripherals (such as mice, keyboards and printers) and computers. A "bus" is a communications system which transfers data via cable, optical fiber or software. Compaq, DEC, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, and Nortel teamed up to develop the USB in 1994-95. A detailed history of the USB is at
And yes, in computer terminology, "mice" is the preferred plural of "mouse," although most dictionaries say "mouses" is also acceptable. Perhaps -- but it just doesn't sound right:
Today's crossword by C.C. Burnikel is titled "Making Connections." Answer 120-down is USB, clued with "PC connection found in this puzzle's eight longest answers":
Sacred conviction: RELIGIOUSBELIEF
Gillette razor for women: VENUSBREEZE
2009 recession response: STIMULUSBILL
Not something to kid about : SERIOUS BUSINESS
Department of Commerce division : CENSUSBUREAU
Apple Store support station: GENIUSBAR
Omaha Steaks Private Reserve product: ANGUSBEEF
Eponymous explorer of the Aleutians: VITUSBERING
Vitus Bering was a Danish-born cartographer and navigator who led two exploratory expeditions to the northern Pacific region in the 1700s:
"Day after dimanche" is LUNDI, which is not used in English. "Madre's hermanos" is TIOS, which is not used in English. "These, to Luis" is ESTOS, which is not used in English. "'Fat chance, Friedrich!'" is NEIN, which is not used in English. "Protest topics: Abbr." is RTS. Yeah, I suppose -- but in the context of civil rights, "rights" is never abbreviated. "Morning hours" is AMS. That is another awkward abbreviation. Who ever makes a plural out of "a.m."? "Brightest star in Cygnus" is DENEB. Um, okay. "'I'm an idiot!'" is DOH, an exclamation which is popularly attributed to animated character Homer Simpson but originated with James Finlayson, a squint-eyed actor who appeared in 33 Laurel & Hardy comedies. Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer Simpson, did indeed adapt Homer's "Doh!" from James Finlayson.