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General Support / Re: LA Times link not working again
« Last post by rbe on January 26, 2015, 12:20:41 PM »
Yep, another Monday and no puzzle.
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 1/26 Clement McKay
« Last post by magus on January 26, 2015, 08:51:21 AM »
THEME:   car wreck
   
   
RATING:    :'(
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 / LA Times link not working again
« Last post by foodfanataholic on January 26, 2015, 01:53:45 AM »
The LA Times is down again, what is wrong with the link that it is constantly down - it doesn't get fixed for days. Anybody know of any other sources for the LA Times. This is beyond frustrating
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 1/23 Sam Buchbinder
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 25, 2015, 01:27:42 PM »
There are nicotine patches that can help people quit smoking. If you smoke briars, perhaps you can check with your local drugstore and see if you can get a briar patch. (If no one else thinks that is a clever pun, at least Br'er Rabbit thought it was funny!)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/25 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 25, 2015, 01:22:12 PM »
G'day, mates! Merl Reagle's puzzle in today's Los Angeles Times is titled "Accent on Australia." The theme answers are phrases spoken with an Australian accent which sound similar to familiar American expressions:

Twin Aussie babies? DOUBLETYKES
Scornful feeling among Aussies? SOURGRIPES
What Aussies use to order holiday desserts? PIEPHONE
Query to Mr. & Mrs. Pig after an Aussie vacation? HOWWASYOURSTY
Rare occurrences in Aussie courtrooms? HAPPYTRIALS

The New York Times crossword is titled "Changelings." Those are the word games in which you have to change one word to another by changing one letter at a time. Example: Change LOOK to EYES in seven moves. Answer: LOOK, hook, hood, hoed, hoes, does, dyes, EYES. Among the "changelings" in today's puzzle:

Children show their affection for modelKate above all others:
KIDSKISSMISSMOSSMOST
Friends who have never been to the beach don't walk by the girl so often:
PALEPALSPASSLASSLESS

Both of today's crosswords are very clever! Once again, I is impressed!
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 1/25 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on January 25, 2015, 09:55:38 AM »
THEME:   phrases containing four G's
   
GOOD ONES:    
Title: "4-G Network"   
Alley pickups   SPARES [not the seedy]   
Train station waiters   CABS [I thought people, not cars]   
Hair removal brand   ATRA [I thought creams, not razors]   
Dupe   REPRO [I thought fool, not duplicate]   
   
BTW:   
Extremely hot   ALL THE RAGE [I'd leave of "extremely" and reserve it for the sexual --- unless I were Jimmy Fallon]   
   
Locker room problem   EGO [I've played on teams and chatted in faculty lounges, and ego is a far bigger problem in the latter.]   

Wonder if Barbara called her husband GORGEOUS GEORGE.
   
Must've been fun, and difficult, to find the theme phrases.   

At last night's (Saturday) dinner party a Microsoft engineer used the term Big Data (used in yesterday's puzzle), not in the sense of its being difficult to handle but as a new computing concept.  So the entry wasn't as bad as I made it sound. 
   
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: NYTimes link doesn't work for me...
« Last post by annspear on January 25, 2015, 08:25:07 AM »
Same problem. A file downloads with the name "daily-2015-01-25.puz" but it is corrupted. This has been happening all week. Does anyone ever have an answer for these complaints?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 1/23 Sam Buchbinder
« Last post by magus on January 24, 2015, 10:34:22 AM »
No wonder you is still confused.  I never trust websites that don't spring from print ---anything can be found in them.  Editors are needed, and the best books on language are edited by panels of experts, rather like me --- bald, bearded, and briar-smoking.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 1/24 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on January 24, 2015, 10:27:44 AM »
THEME:   none, but the puzzle was a challenge
   
GOOD ONES:     
Lighter   LAMP [Zippo didn't fit]   
Lightweight boxer?   PUP   
Drive in the bedroom   LIBIDO [Oh no!  Outrageous!]   
More rare, in a way   BLOODIER [I thought unique --- bloodier is used by those who like well-done steak, otherwise it's redder]   
   
BTW:   
Being a low-class Italian, the only Michelin I knew about is on my Porsche.  But I'll match my wife's meals with any of those listed in some guide.   
   
Venerable   ESTEEMED [interesting that it also means old, but old is no longer to be venerated in this society --- and just when I got there!]   
   
   
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: Fri., 1/23 Sam Buchbinder
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 23, 2015, 02:34:28 PM »
I often wonder how puzzle creators can come up with particular themes, and I was especially impressed with today's theme: referencing KINGMIDAS with phrases that contain an added AU (the chemical symbol for gold, short for the Latin aurum). Have any puzzlemakers ever discussed how and where they get their ideas?

As for the term BIGDATA, Webopedia defines it as "a massive volume of structured and unstructured data that is so large that it's difficult to process using traditional database techniques." More details are at  http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/B/big_data.html and, after reading everything, I is still confused!
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