User

Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
 
 
 
Forgot your password?

Navigate

Resources

Donations


You can help support this site by making a small donation using either a PayPal account:

or with a major credit card such as:

 

 

Click here for details.

Google Ads

Recent Posts

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 10
21
Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 11/18 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 18, 2014, 03:50:26 PM »
Crosswords often include ERIE or EERIE but today's is the first one I've seen with both words. The puzzle also has 42 black squares---too many!---and four foreign words (BON, EAU, LOO, MAI).

As magus noted, the beginning and ending letters of the three theme answers spell SHOT. The answer that conveys the theme is OUTSIDESHOT. "Outside chance" is a common phrase. "Long shot" is a common phrase. "Outside shot" is not. That's the title of a book by Keith O'Brien about a Kentucky high-school basketball team but I've never heard any basketball announcer use the phrase. I don't think I've ever heard anyone use the phrase.
22
Today's Puzzles / Tue., 11/18 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on November 18, 2014, 08:47:48 AM »
THEME:   S,H,O,T separated by an ordinary phrase
   
GOOD ONES:     
Short change?   OUTSIDE SHOT [the word SHOT is broken up such that it is on the "outside" of the phrase]   
   
BTW:   
As MAI clued as a French month is inappropriate, I'd go with the actress.   
   
   
RATING:    ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
23
Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 11/17 Timothy L. Meaker
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 17, 2014, 05:25:27 PM »
I assumed today's puzzle had no theme. Mister magus thinks the theme might be "center." With that in mind, I looked at the puzzle again. HEART, HUB, CORE and MIDDLE begin four different words and a fifth answer is CENTERLINE. I don't think there's a coincidence here. Meaker did have a theme...but it wasn't overly obvious.

Today's grid had 40 black sauares---Aarrrggh!---and far too many foreign words and Crosswordese words: ADORE, ALAI, AMEN, ANTE, ASTRA, EEL, ELM, ERA, ETAL, OCHO, OLEO and REDO. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that Meaker included the name of SABU, a young actor who appeared in seven films, including Elephant Boy, Arabian Nights, The Thief Of Baghdad and the 1942 version of The Jungle Book. He was born in 1924 in Karapur, British India. His birth name was Sabu Dastagir...or Sabu Francis...or Selar Shaik Sabu. Take your pick.
24
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 11/16 Merl Reagle
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 17, 2014, 05:08:49 PM »
Well, Mister magus did not take a break on Sunday. He was just later than usual in making his post. It's okay, though---we each discussed a different crossword. I wonder if anyone knows how many different Sunday crosswords are syndicated. When my wife and I travel to other states, I like to buy newspapers and it seems that there is a very small number of puzzle makers whose crosswords appear in the Sunday papers. The same puzzles---and the same comics---appear in almost every major newspaper.
25
Today's Puzzles / Mon., 11/17 Timothy L. Meaker
« Last post by magus on November 17, 2014, 01:38:46 PM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase means center --- I think
   
GOOD ONES:     
There are none --- guess we need the valleys to appreciate the hills --- though this may be a chasm   
   
RATING:    :'(
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun
   
I have Time Warner high speed cable.  With it comes Time Warner low speed modem repair --- two days!   
   
   
26
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 11/16 Drew Banneman
« Last post by magus on November 17, 2014, 01:34:36 PM »
THEME:   C [sound] substituted for P [sound] as first letter of a phrase
   
GOOD ONES:     
Farmer?   CROPPER NOUN [proper noun]   
Judge?   COURT AUTHORITY [port authority]   
40's-'50's first lady with her dog?   CORGI AND BESS [Porgy and Bess]   
Some picked-up pickups, briefly?   REPOS   
Home run run   TROT   
   
BTW:   
EIS isn't nice.   
   
   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
27
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 11/16 Merl Reagle
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 16, 2014, 05:22:20 PM »
You won't hear me complain about Mister magus taking a break today. He deserves a day of rest once in a while. I'll start the thread today. Exactly six years ago today, on November 16, 2008, puzzle creators Merl Reagle and Will Shortz appeared (in cartoon form) in an episode of The Simpsons titled "Homer & Lisa Exchange Cross Words." Lisa entered a crossword tournament and was angry when she discovered that Homer had bet against her.

Reagle's puzzle today is titled "Ode to Homer Simpson" and the 16 theme answers include FAT or BALD. Examples: GARIBALDI, IFATFIRST, FATHERLESS, HERBALDIET and ALECBALDWIN.

I'm glad that Reagle didn't include D'OH among the answers. Any true Laurel & Hardy fan knows that the expression "D'oh" originated not with Homer Simpson but with James Finlayson, who appeared in 33 Laurel & Hardy comedies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Finlayson_(actor)
28
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 11/15 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 15, 2014, 03:33:17 PM »
Yep, only 26 black squares...and twelve ten-letter words. Very nice! But an ulna is "out on a limb"? The ulna is in the limb, not on the limb---unless the person has suffered a very serious bone fracture.

"California gold rush town" is NEVADACITY. Many people think that the city was named for the state and such is not the case.  In 1849 in California, gold was discovered near Deer Creek and a settlement developed. It was originally called Deer Creek Dry Diggings but in 1850 was renamed Nevada, the Spanish word for "snow-covered." In 1851 the state legislature created Nevada County and the settlement became Nevada City in order to distinguish it from Nevada County. The Nevada Territory was created from western Utah Territory in 1861 and Nevada became a state three years later.





29
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 11/15 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on November 15, 2014, 09:19:29 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 26 blocks
   
GOOD ONES:     
Worked in a rush?   MINED [gold rush]   
It's out on a limb   ULNA

BTW:
Distinguishing feature of this puzzle is KLEENEX BOX: two X's in one entry and crossed by LEXUS and MAX ERNST.   
   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
30
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 11/14 Steve Salmon
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 14, 2014, 04:06:46 PM »
Another puzzle with Roman numerals, foreign words, abbreviations and initials...but today I have a bigger complaint. I, too, object to SIPS ON, but my complaint involves the misspelling of "MISSPELLING." Five words are deliberately misspelled in today's crossword. The clue for 52 across is "This puzzle's five longest answers are common ones." The answer is MISPELLINGS. Since there is no such word as "mispellings," the puzzle's theme answers can not be mispellings. They are misspellings. The puzzle's creator should have misspelled only four words and then used MISSPELLINGS, spelled correctly, for 52 across.

Mister magus probably remembers when Mrs. Morganroth asked him to spell "weather" and he said "W-H-E-A-E-T-T-H-I-E-R." She exclaimed, "That's the worst spell of weather we've had in a long time!" :)
Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 10
Powered by EzPortal