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General Discussion / Re: Sunday NYT
« Last post by tgray on July 22, 2014, 05:43:43 PM »
On the left hand side of the screen, there is a heading called "Resources."  Click on Publisher Specifications and then the NYT for max # of blocks and other pertinent information.  For recommended # of theme letters, click on Sage Advice under "Resources" and then "Advice on making a 21 x 21 puzzle" by Nancy Salomon.  Hope this helps!
General Discussion / Re: Tuesday, July 22 crossword clue.
« Last post by wbg on July 22, 2014, 11:43:29 AM »
Law schools hold "moot court" competitions, where students argue a made-up case.  The Ents held an "Entmoot" to decide whether to go to war in The Lord of the Rings.  But there is also a "moot point", which I think can be taken to mean "subject to argument," with a flavor of not being worth it because there's no way to come up with a correct answer.
General Discussion / Tuesday, July 22 crossword clue.
« Last post by frankgould on July 22, 2014, 10:44:55 AM »
I just wanted to point out that the clue for "moot" (assuming that was the answer) had almost the opposite meaning: the clue given was "debatable".
Today's Puzzles / Tue., 7/22 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on July 22, 2014, 08:44:44 AM »
THEME:   SEAL found in random phrases
Elite Navy group {& theme}   SEALS   
Big Mack   SEMI [note K]   
Boring outcomes?   HOLES   
Prop for van Gogh   EASEL   
First name in popcorn   ORVILLE   
Journalist Russert   TIM [I'd prefer "Late newsman Russert"]   
"The Flintstones" pet   DINO [I'd prefer "Musical Martin"]   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Discussion / LA Times
« Last post by cmgarcia on July 22, 2014, 07:13:45 AM »
Is there a problem with the LA Times again?
General Discussion / Sunday NYT
« Last post by jrob on July 21, 2014, 08:38:02 PM »
Where have I seen the specific specs for NYT Sunday? (max # of blocks, recommended # of theme letters?...)
General Discussion / Publisher specifications oddity.
« Last post by wbg on July 21, 2014, 05:35:35 PM »
The writers of submission specifications seem to borrow from one another.  Oddly, two of them illustrate the desirable tactic of building interesting facts into a puzzle with the "fact" that Lake Erie is the deepest of the Great Lakes, when it really is the shallowest by quite a margin.  (Superior is the deepest.)  Peculiar, no?

Today's Puzzles / Mon., 7/21 Lila Cherry
« Last post by magus on July 21, 2014, 09:27:19 AM »
THEME:   last syllables of five words begin with B and then, respectively,  a, e, i, o, u. [clever theme surrounded by the mundane]
2014 French Open winner Raphael   NADAL [hot off the presses, for Xwords]   
Christian of fashion   DIOR [I know it's Monday, but "Fashionable Christian" wouldn't be too demanding --- and there other clues for which improvements could be made without slowing up the speedsters or stumping the neophytes.  Mondays are tedious!]   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 7/20 Fred Piscop
« Last post by magus on July 20, 2014, 09:01:09 AM »
THEME:   end of the first word of a phrase and the beginning of the second form a Greek letter
One spans two words…   GREEK LETTER   
Toaster opening   HERE'S   
Reptilian tail?   -SAUR   
Points at the table   TINES   
Impressive work, especially to get IOTA and OMEGA in, but for this solver it was less fun than it might have been.   
It's a fact   DATUM [maybe yes, maybe no]   
Pequod co-owner   PELEG [must've made a bigger impression on me that I thought as I remembered the name (after I had PE) though I haven't read the book in over 50 years --- good goin' Herman!]    :)
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Discussion / State Puzzle Project?
« Last post by wbg on July 19, 2014, 11:54:50 AM »
Newcomer question:

There's a forum here for the State Puzzle Project.  No posts in a long time.  Was this project ever completed, and if so, where does one find the results?

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