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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 8/27 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on August 28, 2014, 08:47:41 AM »
Hi, Bill---

You're right about a discussion regarding BCE not being a propos to this site.  I mentioned it because BCE is a neologism with political overtones.  Perhaps I was wrong to express my opinion about the term, but a little spice once in a while...

If you'd like to discuss the issue further, please contact me at magus@triad.rr.com or at www.anthonymagarello.com.   I simply can't figure out any other reason for its creation.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 8/28 Bernice Gordon
« Last post by magus on August 28, 2014, 08:33:55 AM »
THEME:   terms meaning PITCH
   
GOOD ONES:    
none   
   
BTW:   
Nemo's creator   VERNE [wonder how many thought Disney]   
   
Zealot   DEVOTEE [a devotee is not a zealot, but a zealot is a devotee, except zealots want you to join them.  I'd choose a different clue, one less zealous, like "Follower" or "Adherent"]   
   
All 26 letters used!   
   
   
RATING:    ;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: Wed., 8/27 Gareth Bain
« Last post by wbg on August 27, 2014, 10:51:18 AM »
This has nothing to do with the puzzle, but I don't think one needs to hate Christianity, or religion in general, to think that coming up with a label not explicitly referring to Christ for a now-universally-used dating system was a reasonable idea.  (I don't know just where "Common Era" came from either.)

Bill
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 8/27 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on August 27, 2014, 09:39:18 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can be preceded by T
   
GOOD ONES:    
Sporty car roofs {& theme}   T Tops   
Italian hot spot   ETNA [oldie but goodie]   
It can't help being negative   ELECTRON [I thought "Your mate"]    :)
Paris pop   PERE [not soda or music]   
   
BTW:   
Pre-A.D.   BCE [means "Before the Common Era" except I have no idea what the Common Era is or whether what came before it was "uncommon."  Actually it's just a term created by haters of religion or of Christianity, a word which might be changed to Commonanity --- you know, to go with BCE.  To quote Dylan, "I used to care, but things have changed."   
   
   
RATING: ;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., 8/26 Robert E. Lee Morris
« Last post by magus on August 26, 2014, 09:10:18 AM »
THEME:   first and second word of a phrase begins with AC, respectively
   
GOOD ONES:    
none   
   
BTW:   
Clairvoyant's claim   ESP [if she is, her ESP is more than a claim]   
Clairvoyant   SEER [see?]   
   
   
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: LA Times conversion not done - again, still, yet, even...
« Last post by Kolohe61 on August 25, 2014, 01:05:59 PM »
When the LA Times goes AWOL, it always starts on a Monday.
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General Support / LA Times conversion not done - again, still, yet, even...
« Last post by Jack R. Lewis on August 25, 2014, 09:59:31 AM »
Once more into oblivion, my friends - someone has forgotten to perform the LATimes .PUZ conversion and post it on this site.

Once more, I call for either automation of the process, or handing it off to another individual who has the time to perform it.
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 8/25 Marron & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on August 25, 2014, 08:51:02 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase relates to CIRCUS
   
GOOD ONES:     
Performances in a big tent {& theme}   CIRCUS ACTS   
   
BTW:   
Why choose Spanish for ANO when you can clue it "Sajak request"?   
   
State of matter   SOLID [to get philosophical, it could be spiritual; to get scientific, it could be liquid; to get accurate, add a modifier like "at times."   
   
   
   
RATING: ;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: Sun., 8/24 Gail Grabowski
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 24, 2014, 03:23:10 PM »
I've seen SIDEB and BSIDE in quite a few puzzles recently. A few artists still release albums on vinyl, but 45-rpm singles haven't been produced in the US since the early 2000s. (45s are still produced in Australia and Great Britain---don't ask me why.) I've said that AFRO should no longer be used in puzzles. Now I maintain that SIDEB and BSIDE should also be retired from puzzledom. While we're at it, let's retire AVA too. Who remembers Ava Gardner anymore?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 24, 2014, 03:12:05 PM »
I didn't notice that at first. From now on, I will try to be less woebegone and world-weary and more watchful when I wildly wend my way to www.cruciverb.com. Will that serve you well?
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