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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 10/18 Julian Lim
« Last post by rbe on October 18, 2014, 11:34:40 AM »
Houdini's birth name was Erik Weisz.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/17 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by magus on October 18, 2014, 10:02:20 AM »
I think you're right, ktoonces, about two sheets to the wind --- didn't occur to me how clever the clue really is.

LARewind --- went to the site you provided but neither rope nor line appears.  I read Chapman's when I sailed, and as I recall, sailors use rope generically and depending on its use it can be a sheet, halyard, or line.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 10/18 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on October 18, 2014, 09:57:28 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:    
Lee side: Abbr.   CSA [I though weather not generals]   
TV cooking show?   BREAKING BAD [meth cooking]   
Juice amounts?   WATTS   
Encouraging start?   ATTA [atta boy!]   
   
BTW:   
Like some self-appointed critics   ARTSY [don't see how they're relatated --- why is a self-appointed critic artsy, or what's artsy about being a self-appointed critic --- any adjective, e.g. tall, could define ARTSY and be as apt]   
   
Dollar bill depiction, familiarly   US SEAL [that is the Great Seal, and what is "familiar" about it?]   
   
Guess I'm too old to comment fairly on "Super Mario Galaxy systems"; ARYA Stark; WAR CRAFT based on "Azeroth"; "Raise Your Glass" singer; the singer PINK (just saw the group PINK on Kimmel); but it appears these puzzles continue to stress pop culture over traditional culture, and for a curmudgeon like me I say, "Bah, humbug!"  And, isn't curmudgeon a SEXIST term?  It is never applied to women.  What about references to the culture of good, old Euro males, like George Eliot!   
   
   
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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General Discussion / Re: Looking for a test solver
« Last post by Jonathan L. O'Rourke on October 18, 2014, 03:50:08 AM »
That's great!  I've just sent my most recent puzzle to you.

- Jonathan
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General Discussion / Re: Looking for a test solver
« Last post by admin on October 18, 2014, 02:29:23 AM »
Hey Jonathan, I sent my email. Looking forward to trying your puzzles!

-km
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/17 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 17, 2014, 08:56:28 PM »
Sailors don't call ropes "ropes." Depending on what they're used for, they are "sheets" or "halyards" or "lanyards" or "bobstays" or.....well, you can learn about the different ropes at http://phrontistery.info/nautical.html

And here is the 1978 country hit by Jacky Ward and Reba McEntire, Three Sheets In The Wind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJiNKw3vV9I

We learn a lot on the Cruciverb site! ;)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/17 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by ktoonces on October 17, 2014, 06:52:48 PM »
Funny, I just remarked to my husband that I really didn't know what "three sheets to the wind" meant. Having served in the Navy, he explained it to me the same way.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/17 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 17, 2014, 05:20:23 PM »
On sailing ships, the ropes that secure the sails are called "sheets." When three of the four sheets come loose, the sail flaps wildly in the wind and the ship starts to rock and sway. I suppose drunks do the same thing: rock and sway. :)

In addition to Once Upon A Time and Wind Beneath My Wings, todays puzzle also included Time In A Bottle (ATIMEBOTTLE) and Moon Over Miami (MOONMIAMI). All four theme answers were vertical. I've been coming up with hundreds of other song titles that would fit, such as Blue On Blue (BLUEBLUE), Time After Time (TIMETIME), Upside Down (EDISPU), You're In My Heart (MYYOUREHEART)  and Tangled Up In Blue (BLDELGNATUE). A hoirizontal answer could be TEG, for Get Back.

Today's puzzle is the fifth in two weeks to include SSTS. This time the clue was "Droop-nosed fliers."
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 10/17 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by ktoonces on October 17, 2014, 11:26:30 AM »
I thought this was a great puzzle too.
The Bette Midler song was "Wind Beneath My Wings".
I have always heard "drunk" as being three sheets to the wind so two sheets would be tipsy.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 10/17 Pancho Harrison
« Last post by magus on October 17, 2014, 09:10:44 AM »
THEME:   Song titles with missing prepositions that must be read literally
   
GOOD ONES:    
Gaye/Wells hit… aptly    ONCE A TIME [the song is "Once Upon a Time" and the answer (down) has the word ONCE upon TIME]   
Midler hit … aptly   MY WINGS WIND [the song is "Wind Under My Wings" and the answer (down) has WIND under WIND]   
Neapolitan kin   SPUMONI [I thought cities not pastry]   
Dante's love   AMORE [I thought Beatrice not language]   
   
BTW:   
I thought the cluing throughout was particularly good, except for:   
   
Two sheets to the wind?   TIPSY [the idiom translates to "very drunk," but tipsy means only a little drunk --- and why the question mark?]   
   
   
RATING: ;D ;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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