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General Discussion / Re: Looking for Mentor
« Last post by judgevic on August 28, 2015, 09:29:38 PM »
It's been a couple of weeks. Has anyone responded? If you still need a mentor, email me at
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 28, 2015, 02:45:48 PM »
"Layered snack" was OREO. So far this week OREO has appeared in four different crosswords. But another common product name, STP, hasn't been used much lately. I suppose the high number of OREOs offsets the low number of STPs.

Overused words in today's crossword: ADO, EEL, ERA, OAT, OHO, OLE, SIR.....and the aforementioned OREO. However, I was happy to see that Jeffrey Wechsler broke with tradition and used Yoko Ono's first name instead of her last name.
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 8/28 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on August 28, 2015, 08:50:24 AM »
THEME:   anagrams of POETRY in phrases
Metaphor for ballet {& theme}   POETRY IN MOTION   
One rarely without a comb   BEE [rooster didn't fit]   
Rocky field?   GEOLOGY [Coors Field didn't fit]   
Ivory alternative  DIAL   
These, to Therese   CES [but not to Tess]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 8/27 Timothy L. Meaker
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 27, 2015, 04:14:09 PM »
All right, crossword creators---It is obvious that you need a refresher course. One of you today used the word MAGI for "Gospel trio." I must remind you again that the Bible does not tell us how many wise men visited the Christ child, only that they brought three gifts. Many eastern religions say there were as many as seven wise men. All we know for certain is that there were at least two.

Here is how today's Universal crossword sizes up: The theme answers are BIGBUSINESS, SMALLCHANGE, LARGEASLIFE and LITTLEEXTRA. ("Sizes up," get it?)
I have always loved the comedies of Laurel & Hardy and BIGBUSINESS---well, actually, Big Business---is the title of one of their funniest films, a 1929 silent comedy in which they're attempting to sell Christmas trees door to door. James Finlayson does not want one and.......well, you'll all just have to see it:

Some people erroneously think Stan & Ollie were trying to sell Christmas trees in the summer. Nope, the boys aren't that dumb. It was simply Christmastime in sunny southern California.
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 8/27 Timothy L. Meaker
« Last post by magus on August 27, 2015, 08:53:33 AM »
THEME:   animal sounds replace first words (minus a final consonant) of familiar phrases
Statistical aid for sheep?   BAA GRAPH [except that's pretty much how we in Brooklyn said it /bahwr/, including the math teachers]   
Doomsday beginning?   DEE   
Code name   MORSE   
Served up a whopper   LIED [I know, it's "served a Whopper" but it sounds like McDonald's]   
Start of a big race?  ADAM   
It's a matter of degrees   ANGLE [I know, the term is "a matter of degree"]   
Longtime family-owned firearms company    BERETTA [not just a century or two or three or four, they've be around since the Renaissance]   
Nonthreatening type   PUSSYCAT [maybe, but mostly it's used to describe someone (or my dog, for example) that is thretening by appearance but is harmelss in reality]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 8/26 David Poole
« Last post by magus on August 26, 2015, 08:29:09 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with words of humor
Make fun of sweater styles?  MOCK TURTLENECKS [a mock turtleneck is also an article of clothing]   
Low digit   TOE [oldie but goodie]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Book Releases / Re: Welcome to the Books Board
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 25, 2015, 09:48:54 PM »
Four months after commenting on two books of Merl Reagle's Sunday crosswords, I now have to report the sad news that Reagle died August 22, two days after being diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and slipping into a coma. He was 65. Another collection of his puzzles, Merl Reagle's 100th Anniversary Crossword Book, was published in 2013, a hundred years after the first crossword puzzle appeared in the New York World:
General Discussion / Re: Merl Reagle has died
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 25, 2015, 09:40:53 PM »
In November of 2013, The Puzzleworks published Merl Reagle's 100th Anniversary Crossword Book. No, Merl was not a hundred years old.....but the crossword puzzle was. The first one, created by Arthur Wynne, appeared in the Sunday New York World on December 21, 1913. The collection of Reagle's Sunday puzzles is illustrated by Zits cartoonist Jim Borgman.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 8/23 Gordon Johnson
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 24, 2015, 06:05:57 PM »
Merl Reagle refused to use crossword software. He created all his puzzles with an ol'-fashioned pencil on a sheet of ol'-fashioned  paper, often in a cafĂ© or coffeehouse where he could see how the patrons reacted to his many puns. He was featured along with Will Shortz, Trip Payne and other puzzle creators in the 2006 documentary film Wordplay.
Today's Puzzles / Ahoy, mateys, it's the August 24 crosswords!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 24, 2015, 03:48:37 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times crossword by Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke includes these answers:

HULLHOUSE ("Historic Chicago landmark co-founded by Jane Addams")
CABINFEVER ("Anxiety caused by confinement")
DECKOUT ("Dress fancily")
HOLDBUTTON ("Old phone feature for multiple calls")

The first words of those answers relate to the theme: SHIPSHAPE ("In tidy condition"). The word "shipshape" dates from 1769 and was originally "shipshapen." "Shapen" is the now-archaic past participle of "shape."

Overused words in this puzzle are ADD, AHA, ALE, ASP, CEL, ERN, HUE, ILE, INN, MRS, SEA, TEE.....and OREO.

Overused words in John Westwig's Daily News crossword are APE, ERR, ETA, ICE, ODE, PTA.....and OREO.

"Early riser" is MORNINGPERSON. The puzzle includes the names of four people with the initials AM: sportscaster ALMICHAELS, actress ALIMCGRAW, Wimbledon champion ANDYMURRAY and Sony co-founder AKIOMORITA.

The Universal crossword includes SPLINTERGROUP, SPLITINFINITIVE and BROKENPROMISE. Nit-pickers might complain that the theme answers are not in agreement because two of the phrases begin with a verb while the third phrase begins with an adjective. Far be it from me to be a nit-picker! (No sarcastic comments, please.)

The 13x13 NEA crossword includes the usual high number of overused words and foreign words: ABET, ADD, CASA, ERAT, ESTA, ICON, OBI, ODOR, RTE, SRA, TEST and TIER.

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