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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 4/22 Mart- DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 22, 2015, 05:28:09 PM »
Today's crossword included LIENEE. I know that the suffix "ee" refers to someone who is the recipient or beneficiary of a specific action, e.g., addressee, honoree and trainee, but I had never heard the word "lienee." It is not in the Merriam-Webster's dictionary but a detailed definition is in the Legal Dictionary:

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Lienee

In 2010, schoolteacher Tony Hearn posted an essay in which he decried the growing trend of creating words ending in "ee." Everyone who reads this essay will be a "reader" and I suppose that will make Tony Hearn a "readee." (Sorry.)

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/meaning-of-the-suffix-ee/
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/18 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on April 22, 2015, 09:20:47 AM »
Instead of starting a new thread for each day's puzzles, do you think it would be better to have just a single ongoing thread for all the puzzles?

No --- I asked that you use your own format to start a new thread.  On a separate note, you may have realized that after years of doing so I have stopped posting Monday and Tuesday puzzle commentaries because they continue to be designed for newbies and speedsters and not for more experienced solvers.  (This may be your big chance!)
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 4/22 Mart- DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on April 22, 2015, 09:10:18 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase is an object that can be cracked
   
GOOD ONES:     
Begin working {& theme}   GET CRACKING   
Classic cop show catchphrase  BOOK EM DANNO [it's also a "catch phrase" (& so well known that even someone who never saw the show knows it)]   
Sticks figures   HICKS [not stick figures]   
Help-wanted sign?   SOS   
   
BTW:   
Fun time   GAS [last time I heard GAS used that way was by Sinatra trying so hard to be hip in the '60's]   
   
Plastered   LIT [plastered = dead or very drunk; LIT = only slightly drunk or affected by alcohol]   
   
   
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: Sat., 4/18 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 20, 2015, 11:25:53 PM »
Me again. I still do not see any April 20 thread from Mister magus when I come to this forum. If he did indeed start one today, perhaps it will show up tomorrow. In the 1940s we had "gremlins." In the 2010s we have "glitches."

One of the words in today's Times crossword is TRAY. The clue is "Seatback airline feature." What exactly is a "seatback airline"? The clue should have said "Airline seatback feature." And if I want to be really technical, I could insist that the "seat" is the part we sit on and the back of it is not a seat. At least I couldn't sit on the back of it.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/18 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 20, 2015, 04:30:46 PM »
Well, I'm going to discuss the April 20 crosswords on this thread about the April 18 crosswords. The reason? When I opened this forum just now, I saw no April 20 entry from Mister magus but, considering that three times I have started a new thread for a specific day's puzzles and a day later discovered that magus had started one---but for some reason it didn't appear on my lil' computer screen---I'm assuming there is already a thread for today's crosswords, even though it isn't showing up when I open this forum.

Twice, each time during a 30-day period, I have compiled a list of the most common words in crosswords. Both lists are posted on this site---Go look! In the past week, the word BRA has appeared in four different puzzles. The word is used much more frequently now and will likely soon join EEL, IRA, IRE and LEI at the top of the list.

There are five words which appear in both the Times and Daily News puzzles today. That could be a record---if indeed anyone keeps track of such things. Both puzzles included EDYS, EWERS, HOE, OOZE and TAO.

And how about SNICKER as the answer to "Tee-hee"? Shouldn't the answer be GIGGLE?
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General Discussion / Re: Interpreting a NYTimes rejection
« Last post by billzachar on April 20, 2015, 09:09:31 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, gentlemen!
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General Discussion / Re: Interpreting a NYTimes rejection
« Last post by mmcbs on April 20, 2015, 06:04:55 AM »
Speculating (based on my recent rejections) . . . "didn't interest" I think just means the theme idea wasn't in the ball park of what Will likes to receive. You've probably noticed that most NYT puzzle have themes that are really creative. "Solid work" - you know how to construct a puzzle. I sometimes get detailed feedback on the theme, other times not. Also, sometimes feedback on the fill, even though theme didn't cut it. May have to do with how much time is spent reviewing them. Keep trying, and be assured that you may get these rejections approved by other publishers, if they are indeed "solid work". I've been doing this for about a year and a half and still learn something new almost every week.
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General Discussion / Re: Interpreting a NYTimes rejection
« Last post by YankeeHata on April 20, 2015, 02:57:00 AM »
If they felt the themes were subpar, there's a good chance they didn't look that closely at the fill. But I don't think he would have said "solid work" unless he felt that the fill was pretty good. In my most recent rejection Joel said the theme didn't excite Will and laid out the reasons without mentioning the fill at all.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/18 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 19, 2015, 05:44:40 PM »
Mister magus, two years ago another site---name available on request---had a lot of software problems for several weeks. Hundreds of posts disappeared. Some later returned, often within just a few minutes, but many didn't. Also, several posts would disappear and then reappear on a different thread. It was very frustrating. We might respond to someone's post and then the next day his post would disappear. Then our posts made little sense. The problem was eventually fixed and the site is now trouble-free. Whatever infected that site must have been contagious and Cruciverb.com caught it!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/18 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 19, 2015, 03:56:37 PM »
Mister magus, this has happened three times now. I go to the Cruciverb site and there is no thread for that day's puzzle. I start one...and then the next day I discover that you had started one earlier. Obviously there is some kind of glitch (a software engineer's term meaning "I have no idea what the heck is wrong") which occasionally prevents the latest thread from appearing on my lil' computer. When that happens, I start one and, to be consistent, I maintain your style for the topic. I blame the Cruciverb software, AOL and Microsoft Windows (in that order).

Instead of starting a new thread for each day's puzzles, do you think it would be better to have just a single ongoing thread for all the puzzles?
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