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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 12/18 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on December 18, 2014, 08:34:02 AM »
THEME:   long phrases ending in UP
   
GOOD ONES:     
What sports stats are usually shown in {& theme}   DESCENDING ORDER   
Hard-to-do dos   MOPS [mop is usually unruly hair, and dos means hairdos (an apostrophe may be needed to pluralize do)]   
   
BTW:   
Pizza topping   ONION [in that "anything" can, and is, used to top a pizza crust, but no self-respecting pizza allows onions on itself]

Freedom, in Swahili   UHURU [wonder what's Sanskrit for ridiculous]   
   
   
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: Tue., 12/16 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 17, 2014, 09:10:48 PM »
"Cee" and "Dee" might be legitimate spellings...but why do certain letters even have such spellings? Why isn't "C" simply spelled "C"? Why isn't "D" simply spelled "D"? Each letter spells itself, without the e's being added. And when I ask why, I mean "W-H-Y," not "Double-yoo-aitch-wye."
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 12/15 Schlapfer & Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 17, 2014, 09:04:17 PM »
Joining the Department of Redundancy Department requires the payment of an initiation fee. You might have to go to the ATM machine and enter your PIN number and get some cash.

(Now let's see how many people notice what I did there. :) )
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/17 Fred Piscop
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 17, 2014, 09:02:03 PM »
A clue in today's Daily News puzzle is "React, just barely." The answer is BATANEYE. I know that "bat an eye" is a common expression, and I suppose it's possible---albeit gruesome---that someone could remove one of his eyes from its socket and hit it with a baseball bat, but otherwise it is not possible to bat an eye. We bat our eyelids or eyelashes.
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General Discussion / Re: Minimum Theme Squares - NYT
« Last post by Jon-O on December 17, 2014, 03:18:46 PM »
I'm sure it depends on the theme, but I think it would be unusual to dip below 40.  A fairly recent Monday had only 37 (two 11's and a 15); that's the least I can remember seeing, as far as traditional (not rebus or otherwise unusual) themes go.

- Jonathan
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General Discussion / Minimum Theme Squares - NYT
« Last post by JLU on December 17, 2014, 01:37:35 PM »
Does anyone know the minimum theme squares for a weekday puzzle for NYT?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 12/16 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by magus on December 17, 2014, 08:49:08 AM »
You're right about each word modifying light.  Still, the puzzle was flat and not much fun to solve.

As for CEE and DEE, etc., these are the correct spellings of letters of the alphabet.  Check the OED for the date of entry into the lexicon.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 12/17 Fred Piscop
« Last post by magus on December 17, 2014, 08:41:37 AM »
THEME:   HOP spans both words of a phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Words to a hitchhiker {& theme}   HOP IN   
Card for a seer   TAROT [not a poker player]   
Drop in the ocean   EBB TIDE   
Round numbers   ZEROES   
Housewarming buy?   STOVE [with a hyphen, the question mark would not be needed]   
   
   
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 / Re: Tue., 12/16 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 16, 2014, 02:12:09 PM »
This was a very impressive crossword. A lot of puzzles include phrases that begin or end with a word that fits the theme but today's puzzle included four two-word phrases---FLASHFLOOD, GASSTOP, GREENSTREET, STARSEARCH---and LIGHT could be appended to each of the eight words. And yes, I know GREENSTREET is an actor's last name but I think it still counts as a two-word phrase---especially for anyone who lives on a Green Street somewhere.

Forty black squares meant there were a lot of three- and four-letter words, and that meant that there were a lot of the usual Crosswordese words: ADO, AGE, ALEE, AOL, APE, EAT, IOTA, OGRE, TEE, USES.....and ESS, clued with "Superman's symbol." The correct answer is "S," not "ESS." Many puzzles include CEE, DEE, ESS, or VEE. Who ever decided to turn certain letters into three-letter words? I'm guessing a crossword creator came up with the idea. Does anyone know for certain? I'm sending out an ESS-O-ESS.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 12/15 Schlapfer & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on December 16, 2014, 08:59:50 AM »
Would it be possible for me to join the Department of Redundancy Department, maybe?  I might could represent the Carolina faction where "might could" is common.
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