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Today's Puzzles / Re: Merry Christmas and Good-bye
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 25, 2015, 04:06:47 PM »
Would this be the same Los Angeles Times which today ran a lengthy column titled "Naughty and nice of 2015"? The "naughty list" included Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who is a Christian and believes homosexuality is a sin and refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The "nice list" included the Supreme Court for legalizing same-sex marriage and the state of Nebraska for abolishing the death penalty. I am not surprised that this leftist newspaper would not have a Christmas-themed crossword. I was slightly surprised, however, that the "Naughty and nice" column ended with these words: "Merry Christmas, everybody. Here's hoping that your nice list is a long one."

The crossword included four familiar phrases but with two consonants reversed:

Word game for beginners? SCRABBLELITE
Memoirs of an African river explorer? IWALKTHENILE
Radial destroyed during testing? SACRIFICIALTIRE
Ordinary little insect? STANDARDMITE

But "It starts in juin" as a clue for ETE? The overuse of the French word for "summer" in crossword puzzles is bad enough, and now it's clued with another French word? And the French word AMI was also in the crossword. My wish for everyone is for a happy Christmas.  My wish for crossword creators is that they can find enough English words to fill the grids without having to resort to French, Greek, Latin, Italian, German and Spanish words. My wish for Mister Magus is that he finds another source for crosswords, ones which he will find more challenging. Check out the archived crosswords---easy, medium and difficult---on the website of New York Times puzzle creator Brendan Emmett Quigley. Print them out and have fun!

http://www.brendanemmettquigley.com/hard/
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by magus on December 25, 2015, 09:27:08 AM »
rbe---

"Needs no ghost from hell tell us this."

Thank you for stating the obvious and restating what I wrote in green.

Another theme answer is CARD SHARK, and it does not match the others.
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Today's Puzzles / Merry Christmas and Good-bye
« Last post by magus on December 25, 2015, 09:20:39 AM »
I completed the puzzle today, but as I did, a few things that have consistently annoyed me began to weigh more heavily than usual.     
        1. Of course, the puzzle ignored our great national holiday; but it was also the worst puzzle of the year, somewhat challenging but meaningless with a clever theme so covert I am sure few if any noticed.  Nothing in it gave me pleasure.
        2. The LAT supports the deconstruction of the traditions of the vast majority to favor a minority, albeit a powerful one.
        3. By commenting daily I have lent some support to the LAT.

   
From the time I began a few years ago, the daily readership, although small, has about doubled.  I know that for some it has been part of their daily routines --- a quick peek at what a solver of the same puzzle noticed or thought about.  To them I am sorry I am no longer interested in the LAT because it continues to disappoint. 

But to everyone, I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   
   
Magus   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 24, 2015, 02:35:30 PM »
I agree that the expression "No fair" is colloquial. It should be "Not fair".....unless you're saying that, due to budget cuts, no fair will be held this year.

For "One with deck skills," I wrote CARDSHARP and later realized that there is no such thing as a "parate chop" so I had to change CARDSHARP to CARDSHARK. Good ol' Wikipedia gives the etymology of the terms. "Card sharp" predates "Card shark." Both terms are negative.....or perhaps both terms are positive.....or perhaps one is negative and one is positive.....or.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Card_sharp
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by rbe on December 24, 2015, 12:52:57 PM »
The theme answer is 57 across: WRAPITUP.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 12/24 Herre Schouwerwou
« Last post by magus on December 24, 2015, 09:49:37 AM »
THEME:   items that can be gift wrapped
   
GOOD ONES:     
Gift counter request {& theme}    WRAP IT UP   
Take-out order?   DELE   
Some Millers   LITES [note cap M]   
Safe to bolt down?   EDIBLE [Safe is an adjective here, not a noun]   
Stocking stuffers?   BARE FEET   
   
BTW:   
Theme answer, CARD SHARK, suggests cards are gift wrapped, but they are not --- what am I missing?   
   
Friend, in Haiti   AMIE [but not in Salt Lake City]

Him, to Jacques  LUI [but not to Jack]   
   
If the colloquial NO FAIR is used, "Shot spot" could have been ASS as easily as ARM [I had the A and I was unsure ARM was correct].   
   
   
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 Support / Re: Kevin McCann, Your Email Doesn't Work
« Last post by admin on December 24, 2015, 01:25:12 AM »
Interesting. Can you try again?

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General Support / Re: Here we go again...
« Last post by admin on December 24, 2015, 01:22:52 AM »
Why do you feel you need to be rude?
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General Support / Here we go again...
« Last post by Kolohe61 on December 23, 2015, 04:32:31 PM »
LA Times, where is it?
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 12/23 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by magus on December 23, 2015, 07:58:40 AM »
THEME:   EYE added to an ordinary phrase yet can modify one or both of the phrase's words
   
GOOD ONES:     
Web site   ATTIC [where spiders build real webs]   
Like some matters of the heart?   AORTAL   
Make a lasting impression?   ETCH   
   
BTW:   
Lexus competitor   ACURA [not sure Lexus owners would appreciate the comparison]   
   
Smartphone message   TEXT [still think what makes a phone smart is its ability to transmit the spoken voice; text not so much --- but then I don't text, tweet, or toot]   
   
   
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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