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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 11/15 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 15, 2014, 03:33:17 PM »
Yep, only 26 black squares...and twelve ten-letter words. Very nice! But an ulna is "out on a limb"? The ulna is in the limb, not on the limb---unless the person has suffered a very serious bone fracture.

"California gold rush town" is NEVADACITY. Many people think that the city was named for the state and such is not the case.  In 1849 in California, gold was discovered near Deer Creek and a settlement developed. It was originally called Deer Creek Dry Diggings but in 1850 was renamed Nevada, the Spanish word for "snow-covered." In 1851 the state legislature created Nevada County and the settlement became Nevada City in order to distinguish it from Nevada County. The Nevada Territory was created from western Utah Territory in 1861 and Nevada became a state three years later.

Today's Puzzles / Sat., 11/15 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on November 15, 2014, 09:19:29 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 26 blocks
Worked in a rush?   MINED [gold rush]   
It's out on a limb   ULNA

Distinguishing feature of this puzzle is KLEENEX BOX: two X's in one entry and crossed by LEXUS and MAX ERNST.   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 11/14 Steve Salmon
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 14, 2014, 04:06:46 PM »
Another puzzle with Roman numerals, foreign words, abbreviations and initials...but today I have a bigger complaint. I, too, object to SIPS ON, but my complaint involves the misspelling of "MISSPELLING." Five words are deliberately misspelled in today's crossword. The clue for 52 across is "This puzzle's five longest answers are common ones." The answer is MISPELLINGS. Since there is no such word as "mispellings," the puzzle's theme answers can not be mispellings. They are misspellings. The puzzle's creator should have misspelled only four words and then used MISSPELLINGS, spelled correctly, for 52 across.

Mister magus probably remembers when Mrs. Morganroth asked him to spell "weather" and he said "W-H-E-A-E-T-T-H-I-E-R." She exclaimed, "That's the worst spell of weather we've had in a long time!" :)
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 11/14 Steve Salmon
« Last post by magus on November 14, 2014, 09:27:37 AM »
THEME:   commonly misspelled words
This puzzles five longest answers are common ones   MISPELLINGS [including this one!]   
Selling points   MALLS [places, not assets]   
Island loop   LEI [flowers, not travel]   
Sicilian capital?   ESS [the word, not place]   
Attorney's thing   RES [Latin for thing, not belonging to a lawyer]   
Douglas and others   FIRS [trees, not people]   
Place with berth rights   MARINA   
As the worst speller in Mrs. Morganroth's third grade class, the "misspellings" made sense to me.   :-[   
SIPS doesn't get ON:  She sipped the tea; she sipped tea; she sipped on tea?  But, the Koalas chewed on eucalyptus; the rich supped on filet mignon and Spaghetti-O's.   
FILS is purely French.

Two gems in a row!   
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   
General Discussion / Re: Clue for KHAKI
« Last post by mmcbs on November 14, 2014, 08:24:23 AM »
I'll chime in with "Navy hue" or "Uniform tan" (U.S. Navy still wears khaki uniforms) - both of those should get some solvers off the track.
General Discussion / Re: Clue for KHAKI
« Last post by acpracht on November 13, 2014, 04:39:54 PM »
"Dusty tan" might suffice, but I was thinking to phrase it in such as way as to cause a possible mis-interpretation of "tan" (as in the color) for the verb "tan."
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 11/13 Jerome Gunderson
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 13, 2014, 02:59:18 PM »
TIN was clued with "English can," a clue that is also used for LOO.

The Los Angeles Daily News is always four weeks behind in publishing each day's New York Times crossword. I know not why. But the puzzle appearing today had no across clues or down clues, just clues. For every square that began an across word and a down word, there was a single clue and both words shared the first letter and combined to form a phrase. Clue #1 was "Corn or cotton" and the answer was CASHCROP, with CASH going across and CROP going down. Clue #27, "Dessert often made with cream cheese frosting," referred to CARROTCAKE, with CARROT going across and CAKE going down. Among the other combination answers were FREEZE & FRAME and BUNSEN & BURNER. The theme of two-word phrases with a shared letter was a very clever idea, one which I had never seen before.

The best clue/answer, however, was "Be unsuited?" The word was SKINNYDIP. :)
General Discussion / Re: Clue for KHAKI
« Last post by LARadioRewind on November 13, 2014, 02:46:31 PM »
Hey, fella, I don't like your khaki attitude! Now that I've gotten that horrible pun out of the way, I will point out that colors are of a certain shade, not in a certain shade, but "Tan of a dusty shade" sounds awkward. I sugget using "Dusty shade of tan" or perhaps just "Dusty tan."
General Discussion / Re: Question about weekday themes
« Last post by mmcbs on November 13, 2014, 11:14:59 AM »
Unless there is something unusual about the theme that requires the non-standard format, it would be expected to be symmetrical. You might get by with just the two 11's and the 15 in the center, but 4 or 5 themers would be more conventional. See "basic rules" in the resource section (left menu)
General Discussion / Question about weekday themes
« Last post by pucks1968 on November 13, 2014, 10:59:10 AM »
With regarding to a weekday theme, must there be “symmetry” if I have four thematic answers?
I was thinking of 11 letters top left… 11 letters bottom right… then 15 letters going straight through the middle. 
Can I then have 11 letters going down somewhere?  Or is symmetry needed, and thus, another down answer required?
Thanks in advance for any responses!
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