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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 22, 2014, 04:15:06 PM »
Akon is an r&b singer whose real name is Allaune Thiam. He's Muslim but I have no idea what "Akon" means---and Akon won't say. His hits include Lonely, Locked Up, Don't Matter and I Wanna Love You. Laff-A-Lympics was a 1977 Saturday morning cartoon show which featured dozens of Hanna-Barbera characters competing in Olympics-style events.

The Random House Puzzle Makers Handbook has several suggestions for "polishing" a puzzle. Among them: don't use a lot of words ending with S, change frequently occurring letters to less common letters, eliminate abbreviations and partial phrases, and avoid foreign words and variant spellings. Today's New York Times puzzle includes NYS (for New York State), OSH (as in Oshkosh), AAHED (as the past tense of AAH, which isn't really a verb), and FRAIDSO (a colloquialism). The puzzle maker settled for those four answers instead of making an effort to come up with legitimate words. Sloppy!

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General Support / bad links?
« Last post by pattybee on August 22, 2014, 10:17:24 AM »
Am I doing something wrong today? Getting the following responses when trying to download:

Wall St. Journal - Sorry, the page you were looking for could not be found.

Chronicle of Higher Ed - We are unable to locate the page you requested.

Inkwell - The requested URL /Tausig/vv140822.puz was not found on this server.

I Swear - The requested URL /puzzles/dailyrecord/DR140822.puz was not found on this server.


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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by magus on August 22, 2014, 09:46:36 AM »
THEME:   four 15-letter phrases meaning MERCURY
   
GOOD ONES:    
Clue for {theme answers}  MERCURY [needed to be determined before tackling the theme]   
Paul McCartney title   SIR [not a song]   
   
BTW:   
"Wicked!"   SWEET ["Bad!": isn't it odd that opposites are equalized in slang]   
   
Wow! There were four W's today.  Wonder when we'll see that anew.    
   
I can't understand why there are so many references to Star Wars and Star Trek in LA Times puzzles.  I know they are a part of our pop culture, but AW C'MON, gimme a break; I never saw either and I always struggle.  And speaking of pop culture, who the hell is AKON and what was LAFF-A-Lympics?  (at least I heard of Freddie Mercury)   
   
   
   
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 / Thu., 8/21 Mark Feldman
« Last post by magus on August 21, 2014, 09:11:14 AM »
THEME:   phrases containing dog sounds
   
GOOD ONES:     
Checkers' speech? {& theme}   DOG SOUNDS [and Nixon's infamous speech]   
Nickel and dime   COINS [I thought "cheap"]   
Kind and Queen   AUTHORS   
Gold brick   INGOT [note two words]   
Mixer?   BAR KEEPER [I thought some party or other]   
   
BTW:   
"That's a shame!"   ALAS [Tin-tin-itis!  ALAS is not used by a listener in response, as indicated by the quotes and exclamation point.]     
   
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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General Support / Bad link again - LA Times
« Last post by Kolohe61 on August 20, 2014, 10:21:23 PM »
Aug 21 link gives you July 30 puzzle.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 8/20 Amy Johnson
« Last post by magus on August 20, 2014, 09:23:46 AM »
THEME:   parts of proverbs
   
GOOD ONES:     
Spots for caps and crowns   TEETH [not heads]   
Lays down the lawn   SODS [what a difference an N makes…]   
   
BTW:   
"Kapow!"   BLAM  [seems a cartoon word that has not made it in Webster's.]   
   
Bare runners   STREAKERS [seems they ran off into the sunset of past fads]   
   
   
RATING:    ;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: Tue., 8/19 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by ktoonces on August 19, 2014, 05:31:42 PM »
This is a reply to this post and your post of yesterday. I have suspected for quite a while that this editor will accept puzzles from certain contributors without even examining them. Note that today's no fun puzzle and Sunday's boring and unimaginatively themed puzzle are by the same constructor. Often, when I see certain constructor's names I will work an archived puzzle instead.
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General Discussion / Re: LAT Link Seems To Be Broken?
« Last post by Bob on August 19, 2014, 02:02:11 PM »
If you go to the LA Times link on Puzzle Pointers.com, it goes to the Crossynergy webpage instead of the LA Times.  I  get the Times off the Arizona Republic on line website and it is totally different than the Crossynergy puzzle.
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 8/19 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on August 19, 2014, 09:07:48 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase can describe DROP
   
GOOD ONES:     
Painted setting…{& theme}    BACKDROP [the words are literally in BACK of DROP]   
Smith, to Abigail Adams   MAIDEN NAME   
   
BTW:   
Spanish month   MES [this messes up an otherwise flawless, if not terribly enjoyable, puzzle]   
   
Repeated musical accompaniment   RIFF [probably needs "at times" since riff usually means a single jazz run within a song]   
   
   
RATING: ;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 / Mon 8/18 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on August 18, 2014, 09:49:57 AM »
THEME:   first words of phrases are BIG, BOX, and STORE, respectively
   
GOOD ONES:     
Target convenience {& theme}   ONE STOP SHOPPING   
Podded plant   PEA [not "potted" plant]   
   
BTW:   
"In your dreams"   NOPE [Nope!  Requires a tin ear to hear a melody of the idiom "in your dreams" and "NOPE."  The former is far more emphatic.]   
   Oh, Oh!  Did I just accuse the editor of having a tin ear?  Sadly I have no choice but to believe it to be so, as a perusal of the last year's commentary will attest.  Perhaps some other line of work is in order for the gentleman.
   
   
RATING:  ;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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