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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 12/13 Fludzinski & Maurer
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 13, 2014, 01:46:20 PM »
Not only is DOSADOS an obscure term (unless you're a bookbinder or a square-dancer), in today's puzzle the first letter also began DARC. And the puzzle included LYONNAISE, making three French words. I can overlook the usage of French words and another set of Roman numerals because the crossword had a unique grid which contained four 10-letter words and twelve 9-letter words. That meant that there were very few of the usual three- and four-letter Crosswordese answers. I was impressed. (And I know how much the puzzle makers want me to be impressed. :) )
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/12 Ian Livengood
« Last post by magus on December 13, 2014, 09:48:28 AM »
RBE, thanks for the "lace" help; I never thought shoelace.

Rewind, I think phrases like "pre-heat the oven" make it easier to say that "before the cooking, the oven must be at a certain temperature" or something like "Before placing the food in the oven, the temperature should be at...." 

I do agree about phases like pre-sifted flour, pre-ground coffee, and others you mentioned.  What do you think about "predate" or "prequel"?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/11 Ian Livengood
« Last post by magus on December 13, 2014, 09:17:30 AM »
Good thing you're not a statistician.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 12/13 Fludzinski & Maurer
« Last post by magus on December 13, 2014, 09:15:50 AM »
THEME:   none, but a centered grid cross
   
GOOD ONES:     
Words from one who doesn't see   I'M OUT [poker player not the bewildered]   
Jack feature, perhaps   ONE-EYE [picture card, not car lift or a man]   
Man and others   ISLES [not a male or an interjection]   
Letter man   POSTMASTER [not a writer or Dave]   
   
BTW:   
I liked The Godfather reference crossed with that of King Lear.   
   
DOS A DOS is a "don't a don't."   
   
Sass   RETORTS [Retorts may or may not be sass --- would be as valid as the clue "Words of reply (cleverness, disagreement, etc.)"

Yesterday's newspaper had the wrong constructor's name.  Should be C.C. Burnikel. Thought it odd to have the same constructor's work on successive days.   
   
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., 12/12 Ian Livengood
« Last post by rbe on December 12, 2014, 10:09:54 PM »
A shoeLACE is threaded through an eyelet.

I had DIECUT for the jigsaw puzzle. PRECUT makes no sense. You couldn't have an uncut puzzle, it would just be a picture.

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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/12 Ian Livengood
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 12, 2014, 06:17:42 PM »
But wait---there's more! When we want to cook something in the oven, we'll often turn on the gas and let the oven reach a certain temperature before we put the food in. We heat the oven. (Actually, the oven heats itself.) There is no need to say pre-heat. And how about all those credit-card offers that say we've been "pre-selected" as opposed to just "selected"?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/11 Ian Livengood
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 12, 2014, 04:38:34 PM »
Statistics can be interpreted in many different ways. For example, if you and I competed against each other in a foot race and you beat me, I would be statistically correct in saying that I finished in second place and you came in next to last. :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/12 Ian Livengood
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 12, 2014, 04:36:16 PM »
One definition of eyelet is "In embroidery, a small hole with finely stitched edges, forming part of an ornamental pattern." "A neighbor" was a clever clue. When I saw "Rocky hellos," my first thought was the familiar "Hiya" uttered by Rocky the Flying Squirrel. The reference was to the YOS of Sylvester Stallone's movie character Rocky Balboa.

Today's crossword puzzle included a description of a jigsaw puzzle: PRECUT. Come on! If a jigsaw puzzle is not cut into pieces, then it's not a puzzle---it's just a large picture. I have long decried the unnecessary use of the prefix "pre-." I go to the store and see pre-sifted flour, pre-ground coffee, pre-sliced rolls, pre-stirred yogurt, pre-washed jeans, pre-shrunk jeans and pre-lit Christmas trees. And I hear people talk about having a "pre-existing condition." If someone has a condition, obviously the condition exists! There is no reason to say "pre-existing" or even "existing." "Prefix" is a legitimate word. In all those other examples, the "pre-" is unnecessary.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/11 Ian Livengood
« Last post by magus on December 12, 2014, 09:01:54 AM »
Rewind---

Good thing you're not a statistician.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 12/12 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on December 12, 2014, 08:56:30 AM »
THEME:   two poets at each corner of the grid
   
GOOD ONES:     
Westminster Abbey attraction {& theme}  POETS CORNER   
Swear words   I DO   
Intro to zoology?  ZEE   
Private entertainers, briefly   USO   
A neighbor   B-FLAT [I first thought a clue word was missing; didn't realize the A was not an indefinite article but a note]   
   
BTW:   
Peut-ETRE: no maybe's about it; it's definitely the bottom of the slippery slope.   
   
Lace place   EYELET [I like the rhyme, but its meaning eludes me --- which I'm sure exposes a gap in my education]   
   
Ancient docking site   ARARAT [had the clue used Old instead of Ancient, I might've thought computers]   
   
I especially enjoyed the clues placed in the corners of the grid and that the references were to poets and not Star Trek characters.  Yet the wide subject matter of the rest of the entries provided something for everyone.  And there were some real goodies!  (Joining Kilmer to Keats made me cringe a bit but it couldn't be helped.)  This one has to be among the best of 2014.   
   
   
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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