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General Discussion / NYT Wait Times
« Last post by rgh on February 26, 2015, 04:55:43 PM »
I see in the Wordplay blog that today's (Thursday) themed puzzle was accepted for publication back in July 2013. That's a 19-month wait time.

Is this kind of wait time par for the course these days? I read somewhere (maybe in this forum) that 9-12 months was more like it.

My first, an unthemed, was accepted last May (9 months ago). Maybe I should put the debut in the back of my mind and the time will pass more quickly!

Thanks to anyone who can respond to this.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 2/26 Mike Buckley
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 26, 2015, 04:28:41 PM »
The Peter Gunn theme song was recorded by Ray Anthony and reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. It was the second tv-show theme song to become a top-ten hit. The first one was also by Ray Anthony. Any guesses? The answer is below---don't peek!

Today's crossword included ESOTERY, a word I was unfamiliar with and which is not in any of my dictionaries. "Esoteric" means "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone; requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is limited to a small group." Thanks to the good ol' World Wide Web, I learned that ESOTERY means "esoteric or secret wisdom; mystery" and is the opposite of EXOTERY which is "wisdom suitable to be imparted to the public."

The first tv theme to become a top-ten hit? Dragnet, which reached #3 in September of 1953. (The number-one song at the time was Vaya Con Dios by Les Paul & Mary Ford.)


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General Discussion / Re: Regarding LA times submission specification
« Last post by SJS on February 26, 2015, 04:12:33 PM »
Yes, just the theme clues and words in the body of the email and attach your crossword compiler or across lite saved file to the email. 
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 2/26 Mike Buckley
« Last post by magus on February 26, 2015, 09:31:34 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase means UNTRUE
   
GOOD ONES:    
Race errors {& theme}   FALSE STARTS [starts of phrases mean FALSE]   
Center of excellence?   ELS [spelling of EXCELLENCE]   
More of that   THOSE   
Has a sudden inspiration   GASPS   
Modern art?   ARE ["How sweet art thy lips."]   
   
BTW:   
Lotsa phrases I grew up with:   
Rest one's dogs   
Has AN OUT   
Gets to   
JACKED up   
Told ya!   SO THERE   
Really dug   ATE IT UP

Thanks, Mike, for the Peter Gunn memory.   
   
   
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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General Discussion / Regarding LA times submission specification
« Last post by psbhat89 on February 26, 2015, 08:53:11 AM »
Hello,

Hello, this is my first post here. I have a few questions regarding submission of a crossword to LA Times for review:
1) In the body of the mail, should I only list the theme entries and theme clues?
2) How do I submit the grid and clues? Should I copy the grid and clues to wordpad/notepad and submit as an attachment or should I only attach the .ccw file with the mail?

Thanks,
-Parikshit


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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 2/25 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 25, 2015, 07:55:03 PM »
A cameo originally was---and still is---a carving, as of a bird or a human figure, which appears in relief on a vase, a piece of jewelry or other object. A cameo is raised above the surface and is the opposite of an intaglio, which is carved below a surface. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "cameo" came to also mean "a short literary sketch or portrait" and now refers to any small role in a movie, usually a non-speaking role and usually involving a well-known actor. Twenty-five of the mostest bestest cameo appearances can be seen at:

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a27826/best-a-list-cameos/
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 2/25 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on February 25, 2015, 08:50:59 AM »
THEME:   reinterpreted movie phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Jeweler's movie role?  CAMEO APPEARANCE   
{theme}  TYPE CASTING   
Heavy metal cover   ARMOR [I'm so hip (once a cool cat) I thought rock records]   
   
BTW:   
Invite as a member of   BRING INTO [what if the invitation is not accepted?]   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 2/24 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on February 24, 2015, 09:07:31 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase can be preceded by STUFFED
   
GOOD ONES:    
Comment after a feast {& theme}   I'M STUFFED   
   
BTW:   
Cash for fun   PIN MONEY [can be, but mostly it's a small amount of money that can be used in case of emergencies --- or perhaps incidentals]   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 2/23 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 23, 2015, 04:37:30 PM »
CALIFORNIARAISINS was too lengthy to fit in Krauss's puzzle...and that's fine with me. The California Raisins were an anthropomorphic r&b group who appeared in commercials for the California Raisin Advisory Board in the latter half of the 1980s. The fictitious group even released four albums! Some people liked the Raisins. I did not. Krauss's puzzle included ADE, MEMO, PYRE and STAY. Read on.

I seldom work the NEA crosswords which appears in the Daily News because they are only 13x13 and are far too easy to solve. Seldom are there any words of more than eight letters. Today I was bored so I did the NEA puzzle. There were 36 black squares, an awfully high number for such a small puzzle. "Lion sound" was ROAR. "Jai ___" was ALAI. "Uncommon" was RARE. I told you these puzzles are far too easy to solve! And guess what? Today's also included ADE, MEMO, PYRE and STY.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 2/22 Alex Vratsanos
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 23, 2015, 04:23:40 PM »
Washington's birthday was combined with Lincoln's birthday (which was celebrated by only a few states) to create the Presidents Day holiday. Some states still acknowledge Washington's birthday. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln's_Birthday

Veterans were outraged in 1971 when the Veterans Day holiday was moved from November 11 to the fourth Monday in October. In 1978 it returned to its original date.

Merl Reagle's Sunday Los Angeles Times crossword, published on the day of the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony, had a theme of "Two Stars". Among the theme answers were these:

Comic actor + comic actress = ? CRYSTALBALL
Actress Lauren + star of West Side Story = ? HOLLYWOOD
Actor Jack + a Best Actress Oscar winner = ? BLACKBERRY
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