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Software / Technical / New website where to solve and create crosswords
« Last post by Terteeran on March 19, 2015, 11:48:21 PM »
I've created a new crossword puzzles website where people can solve crosswords created by other people and create their own crosswords so other people can solve them. It doesn't require registration. It's very basic, it just limited to perform the actions mentioned above (for now). I really would like that anyone interested in crossword puzzles visits the page and participates if possible. Thank you.

http://www.allcrossword.com
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General Discussion / New website where to solve and create crosswords
« Last post by Terteeran on March 19, 2015, 11:47:33 PM »
I've created a new crossword puzzles website where people can solve crosswords created by other people and create their own crosswords so other people can solve them. It doesn't require registration. It's very basic, it just limited to perform the actions mentioned above (for now). I really would like that anyone interested in crossword puzzles visits the page and participates if possible. Thank you.

http://www.allcrossword.com
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 3/19 Ed Sessa
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 19, 2015, 06:01:46 PM »
DELI has appeared in a lot of crosswords recently while the names of Mel OTT, Yoko ONO and OPIE Taylor are appearing less frequently. Here is my theory: Crossword creators study each other's puzzles and when they notice certain words (such as LEI, SST, OGRE and ARENA) appearing in several puzzles each week, they will avoid using them for a month or two. Perhaps in May, we won't see DELI but we'll start seeing lil' ol' Opie Taylor more often.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 3/19 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on March 19, 2015, 08:50:06 AM »
THEME:   places for a massage   
      
GOOD ONES:       
Hamlet quote {& theme}   AY THERES THE RUB      
Hall of fame   ARSENIO      
Sub builder   DELI      
Star quality   EGO      
      
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: Wed., 3/18 Ryan McCarty
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 18, 2015, 07:19:57 PM »
I often complain about crosswords which contain outdated words such as EER, QUAFF and AFRO or names of nearly forgotten actors. Today I was surprised to see VUVUZUELA. The long South African noisemaker was originally made from the horn of a kudu---PETA would have staged massive protests if they had been around back then. The "vuvu" part of the name was in imitation of the sound made by blowing into the horn. Plastic versions have been popular since the 1960s. A few years ago, soccer fans starting blowing vuvuzuelas during matches and Brazil banned vuvuzuelas from the 2014 World Cup. Good for Brazil!

ELEMI was a word I was unfamiliar with. More properly known as canarium luzonicum, it's an oleoresin that comes from a genus of tree which grows in the Philippines. It's used in lacquers and varnishes...and in anti-wrinkle creams. Yeah, I can see how a coating of lacquer on my face would slow the formation of wrinkles! :)
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 3/18 Ryan McCarty
« Last post by magus on March 18, 2015, 09:03:34 AM »
THEME:   Phrases with lots of U's   
      
GOOD ONES:       
Any thing   NOUN      
It's a wrap   SARAN [usually it's "That's a wrap"]      
Pet problem?  PEEVE      
Official at a base   UMP [I thought army base]      
      
BTW:      
I'm trying to get used to the computer form of the puzzle.  I may be rough around the edges and probably will be posting a little later.      
      
      
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., 3/14 Gail Grabowski
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 15, 2015, 05:03:23 PM »
Yes, the clue is deceiving...but a Patriot has appeared in eight Super Bowls, even though no one Patriot appeared in all eight. If generic answers can be considered correct, then I can legitimately say that a President has led the United States of America since 1789. ;)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 3/15 Ellerin & Chen
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 15, 2015, 04:46:04 PM »
SPOILER ALERT: Anyone who has access to today's crossword by Merl Reagle and has not yet solved it should stop reading now.

And now I started thinking about an old joke by Soupy Sales: "Be alert---the world needs more lerts." Anyway, Reagle's crossword grid today is difficult to describe but I shall try. The entire row of squares second from the bottom is black. The squares on the bottom row are not numbered. Each of twenty specific vertical answers is one letter too long to fit. The across clues have to be solved first because the letter that has to be removed from the vertical words is not consistent. Sometimes the first letter has to be removed, sometimes the second, et cetera. The letter that has to be removed is to be placed in the bottom square directly below. The grid can be seen at http://www.sundaycrosswords.com/ccpuz/MPuz.php

The title is "Book Notes" and the theme answers are puns involving names of authors who were members of a rock group from 1992 to 2012. They promoted literacy and are reuniting this month for a performance at the Tucson Festival of Books. The rock group's name, which is also the unclued answer on the bottom row of today's crossword, is Rock Bottom Remainders. (I gave Merl Reagle a plug on the band's Wikipedia page.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Bottom_Remainders
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 3/14 Gail Grabowski
« Last post by magus on March 15, 2015, 10:03:57 AM »
The clue: "Player in eight Super Bowls."
The answer: PATRIOT.
My complaint: The clue gives the impression that one Patriots player has participated in all eight of the team's Super


The point is to misdirect yet still be correct; thus, while one first thinks a certain player (8 Super Bowls!!??), the answer is generic in that "a Patriot has in fact appeared in 8 Super Bowls.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 3/15 Ellerin & Chen
« Last post by magus on March 15, 2015, 09:54:50 AM »
THEME:   doubling an F in ordinary phrases yields odd phrases   
      
GOOD ONES:        
Complex airline route map?   THOUSAND POINTS OF (F)LIGHT      
What measures one's ability to endure traveling inconvenience?   DEGREE OF (F)RISK TOLERANCE      
Spirits that come in bottles   GENII [singular = genius]      
Sumatran swinger   ORANG [is there a Sumatran Sinatra?]      
Wise guy   SOLON [just the opposite of what it most often means]      
Johns of Scotland   IANS [I thought LOOS]      
Mag wheels  EDS [not the larger wheels on some cars]      
Dictator's assistant   STENO [I thought some bad guy; does anyone take dictation anymore, and if so, why?]      
Two masked men may be behind it   HOME [that is home plate: ump and catcher]      
      
BTW:      
They have heads   LAGER [needs "sometimes"]      
      
Grub   FARE [only barely are they the same]      
      
"Honest!"   IT IS [it is not, honest]      
      
IDEE and TOI   Nous ne parlons pas fran├žais ici
      
      
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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