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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 6/26 Joseph Groat
« Last post by magus on June 26, 2015, 09:12:53 AM »
THEME:   A T is added to ordinary phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Facetious tribute for Hollywood's Stone?   ROAST OF SHARON [rose of sharon]   
   
BTW:   
More challenging than entertaining.   
   
   
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 / Thu., 6/25 Venzke and Grabowski
« Last post by magus on June 25, 2015, 08:58:58 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase is an anagram of MEAT
   
GOOD ONES:     
Like much rock {& theme}   METAMORPHIC   
   
BTW:   
Casing filler   SAUSAGE MEAT [redundant --- particularly poor since it was a theme entry and a phrase upon which the entire puzzle is built]   
   
Ratt or Poison   BAND [I'm afraid I had stopped listening before these musical genii recorded]   
   
"Little Things Mean A LOT," however, is a fav from my youth.   
   
   
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 / Wed., 6/24 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on June 24, 2015, 09:00:37 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase is a kind of party
   
GOOD ONES:    
Wayne's World catchphrase {& theme}   PARTY TIME   
Works in a museum  ART [the noun, not verb]   
Made a point of?   SHARPENED   
   
BTW:   
"Let me help"   WHAT CAN I DO [in a way, but awkward]   
   
Not doing one's job   DROPPING THE BALL [in a way, but awkward: are these clues designed to be tricky or clever?  I find them neither.]   
   
Afternoon ora   TRE [apparently mixing English and Italian as my mother did is acceptable]   
   
"HIP to be Square" has a clever lyric and a catchy arrangement (a bit jazz-like).   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Pph3p6zww
   
   
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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General Support / LATimes
« Last post by foodfanataholic on June 22, 2015, 03:28:02 AM »
LA Times link not working again
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 6/21 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 21, 2015, 05:53:57 PM »
I was pleasantly surprised to receive a prompt reply from Merl Reagle after I told him about the error in the reference to Howard Keel:

"hey, you're right. i read that it was 'leek' in ephraim katz's great film bio book the film encyclopedia, a book that newsweek once called 'the best movie reference book, hands-down.' it was so correct and authoritative on so many fronts that i never thought to doubt it. also, when it rains it pours -- 'hi lili' is from the leslie caron film lili (duh), not an american in paris. when my brain plays tricks on me, it goes all out."

It is obvious that Merl had used up his supply of capital letters for today's crossword and had none left for his e-mail. :)

 
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 6/19 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 21, 2015, 04:14:05 PM »
Sfachime as an epithet is variously translated as dick, scumbag, bastard, lowlife
or SOB. I suppose, to paraphrase a line from Alice In Wonderland, it can mean whatever we want it to mean.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sfacim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea_mEpI6Ti8

http://www.beginningwithi.com/2006/11/06/italian-slang-s/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ken-bank/bob-grant-returns-to-wabc_b_65099.html (Fifth paragraph)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 6/21 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 21, 2015, 03:27:15 PM »
Anyone who wishes to contact Merl Reagle can send an e-mail to  puzzwrks@merlmedia.com

To sign up for Reagle's mailing list and receive news about puzzles, books, conests and personal appearnces, simply enter your e-mail address at http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001ojzLQF2eJYF13WWRnDzTfNNf1awgBAN-DWFsBcVTZawANQUhehNAimrYfvSi4poKtZhxTVBPw8KgdVGDfahrWgQWIod9nvA-

That web address is a puzzle in itself! :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 6/21 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 21, 2015, 03:08:50 PM »
G, I would really love to discuss Merl Reagle's Sunday crossword. (See what I did there?) The title: "Hot Topic." The theme: CLIMATECHANGE. Each of the nine theme answers included seven shaded squares containing various combinations of the letters in CLIMATE. Among them are WITHOUTMALICE, DELICATEMATTER, MEALTICKETS, CHEMICHALTEST and the 1957 horror film FROMHELLITCAME.

"Actor-singer whose real name was Leek" was a reference to Howard KEEL but that is wrong. Howard Keel's real name was Harry Clifford Keel. The story that his real name was "Leek" was put forth by the MGM Studios publicity department in the 1950s. And yes, I'm writing Merl Reagle about the error.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 6/21 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on June 21, 2015, 09:18:02 AM »
THEME:   GI are initials of two-word phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Legislation signed 6/22/44…   GI BILL [today is 6/22, 71 years later]   
High-end bar?   GOLD INGOT   
Wise guys?   MAGI [yes, indeed!]   
Friend's address   THEE [Quakers are known as Friends]   
Sweet finish?   ICING [physically and spiritually true]   
It passes between Swiss banks   AARE [not gold ingots or other monetary units between institutions]   
   
BTW:   
ETE, ANGE, and UNAS are aliens, so to speak.   
   
Like New York's Waldorf Astoria   DECO [what happened to the ART, especially since the clue uses "Astoria" which is often omitted from "Waldorf"?]   
   
Sleekly designed   AERO [what happened to "DYNAMIC"?]   
   
I enjoyed going from Paradise Lost and Moby Dick to King Kong and Happy Days.   
   
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: Fri., 6/19 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on June 20, 2015, 09:40:28 AM »
What is your authority for the definition of sfachime, which as far as I know has no agreed upon meaning other than some kind of expletive.
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