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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on January 20, 2015, 09:08:29 AM »
My dear Virginia, I have been given access to each LAT puzzle along with the answers --- a courtesy for those writing about their publications.  I never look at them because I want the solving process to be fun and my comments to be honest.  So in the spirit of honesty, how did you determine the theme, and if you did not get it from another source, how long did it take you to figure out?  And if you spent more than 20 seconds on it, was it worth the time?
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 1/20 Michael Dewey
« Last post by magus on January 20, 2015, 08:50:52 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with the names of football running backs
   
GOOD ONES:    
BACK IN THE GAME   
   
   
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 / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by coralsun on January 19, 2015, 10:23:56 PM »
Yes!  The puzzles are available!  Thanks! :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 19, 2015, 05:51:20 PM »
How many people under the age of 50 are familiar with the Mills Brothers? How many people other than soldiers know what "hospital corners" are? And INTERESTGROUP is two-thirds of the phrase "special interest group." The clues probably made sense only to Army veterans in their 70s...and even they would probably be unfamiliar with RIEL, a Cambodian currency. I can understand Mister magus's one-teardrop rating for this puzzle.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by pattybee on January 19, 2015, 04:11:37 PM »
Ah, thanks for the explanation.  :D
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 19, 2015, 12:58:44 PM »
Yes, Virginia, there is a Puzzle Theme. (Sorry---I couldn't resist.) One answer was the United Nations' GENERALASSEMBLY. The word GENERAL can precede the first words of MILLSBROTHERS, HOSPITALCORNERS and INTERESTGROUP to form new phrases.

My one complaint: "Happy sign for a realtor" is SOLD. The realtor is happy when she sells a property...but how can the "SOLD" sign be happy? (I have a similar complaint when food is referred to as "healthy" instead of "healthful.")
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General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by fluff on January 19, 2015, 09:05:40 AM »
It'so back!!!!! Many thanks!
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on January 19, 2015, 08:45:02 AM »
THEME:   ?
   
I have no idea if there is a theme; there are certainly no interesting entries.  Perhaps a theme exists, but if so it is in deep cover.  That is why the LAT should offer titles for puzzles as they do on Sunday.  As it stands, I've moved on with my day's work.   
   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/17 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 18, 2015, 08:32:57 PM »
In the 1950s, several musicians experimented with fuzz guitar and other distorted sounds. Marty Robbins' 1961 hit Don't Worry featured Grady Martin's fuzz guitar---but it was unintentional. A preamplifier had burned out and caused the distortion. Here are both parts of the Ventures' The 2000-Pound Bee, which stalled at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1963:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9UI92m77bY
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Doesn't Cruciverb answer any of these issues?
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