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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 7/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by magus on July 22, 2015, 08:38:09 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with a prime number followed immediately by a word that can be defined as a TIME
   
GOOD ONES:     
…prized programming slot {and theme}  PRIME TIME [two entries]   
Joint where kids are welcome?  KNEE   
Newspaper figs.   EDS [editors are figures and so are numbers]   
   
   
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: Feasting on the July 21 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 21, 2015, 10:57:55 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times crossword included LOLLOP ("Lounge about, in British dialect"). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the word dates from 1745 and is an extension of "loll." The end of the word is patterned after "gallop."

More definitions are at http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lollop
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Today's Puzzles / Feasting on the July 21 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 21, 2015, 04:22:44 PM »
Today's crosswords make a fine feast for food fans. Daniel Nierenberg's Los Angeles Times crossword included this clue: "Enthusiastic smorgasbord words." The answer was WHATASPREAD. Circled letters in each theme answer spelled the name of a type of spread...and the letters themselves were spread out:

DOUBLECROSS - OLEO
POSTAGEMETER - PATE (properly spelled "pâté")
BOUNTYHUNTER - BUTTER
SEDIMENTARYROCK - MAYO

Peter Collins' crossword in today's Daily News includes four food items and toppings which can go on them. Each "topping" was immediately above the "food": CHEESE was on BURGER, ONIONS was on HOTDOG, HOTFUDGE was on ICECREAM, and MARINARA was on RIGATONI. Very clever!

I keep track of all those over-used three- and four-letter words (and a few five-letter words). Twice on this site I have posted the results of 30-day analyses of several daily puzzles. Today, Nierenberg used ADO, ALP, ANT, ATE and ERR. Collins used ALOHA, ALEE and ANO (minus the tilde). The NEA crossword included AAH, ALE, AMA, APO, ARIA, ARMS, EASE, EAU, EKE, IMP, OLE and UKE. The Universal crossword included ACNE, ALERT, ALI, ALOE, AMMO, ARGO, ATOM, EEL, OSLO and TSAR.

Combined, today's four crosswords included thirty words which are used far too frequently. Twenty of those words begin with the letter A and only one begins with a consonant.

And now I have to go get something to eat. I'm suddenly hungry. :)
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Today's Puzzles / The cut-and-dried July 20 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 20, 2015, 04:34:07 PM »
Today's Daily News crossword by Mike Buckley has no theme so there is not much to talk about.....except for one word. "Dried plums" was PRUNES. Dried grapes are called "raisins." Why is it that we have to call dried plums and dried grapes by any name other than "dried plums" and "dried grapes"? We don't rename any other dried fruit, do we? When an apple is dried up, it's just a dried apple. When a kumquat is dried up, it's just a dried kumquat. Perhaps some fruit growers long ago decided that the names "prunes" and "raisins" sound more appealing than "dried plums" and "dried grapes".....although the word "prune" doesn't sound all that appealing either.

Andy Kravis's Los Angeles Times crossword included JURYVERDICT, JOINTVENTURE, JUGULARVEIN and JUSTVISITING ("Words on Monopoly's Jail square"). Those phrases correspond with the answer to "School's underclass team": JVSQUAD.

The 13x13 NEA crossword had no theme. It never does. Never. What it does always have is a large number of over-used words. Today's included EIRE, ERR, ETE, EWE, INCA, MESA, OLE and  SEA.

And now I'm going to go snack on some bledinias. They're actually dried blueberries but I decided to call them "bledinias" because that is a more appealing name. :)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 7/19 Frank Virzi
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 19, 2015, 12:00:26 PM »
In today's "Pun Clearance" crossword, Merl Reagle uses some puns which he said were "piling up around the house." The puns were fairly elaborate:

Most popular car in India? DODGEMAHAL
King with a wicked sense of fairness? SOLOMONGOMORRAH
Utterly unable to eat breakfast without bread? LACKTOASTINTOLERANT
What a certain car insurance company is considering for its next commercial? GECKOROMANWRESTLING
The story of a priest? AGENTLEMANANDHISCOLLAR
(Get it? Like "a gentleman and a scholar.")

The puzzle also included the Roman numerals III and the over-used words ADO, AGE, AIL, ALE, ALI, ARGO, EGAD, OBIT and OREO but there was one word which I had never seen in a crossword.....until today: REDAN ("V-shaped fortification").

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/redan
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 7/19 Frank Virzi
« Last post by rbe on July 19, 2015, 11:32:42 AM »
PEKOE PERFORMANCES
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 7/19 Frank Virzi
« Last post by magus on July 19, 2015, 09:05:27 AM »
THEME:   The long O sound is added to familiar phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
"oh, I get it" for the title   
Glass insulation consideration?   WINDOW CHILL FACTOR [wind chill factor]   
Skits at teatime?   PECOE PERFORMANCES [peak performances]   
One known for high living?   TIBETAN [two miles high!]   
Nice view  MER [the city is pronounced with a short I]   
Lab attendants   VETS ["black lab attendants" might be more fun]   
Place for sweaters   SPA   
   
BTW:   
"80's IBM flop nicknamed "Peanut"   PC JR [never knew till now that my first computer was a flop; to me it was a miracle]   
   
ALMAS no es englais.   
   
Soup in "That's Amore"   PASTA FAZOOL [FAZOOL is not a word here or in Italy; it's fagioli --- in the song it is pronounced /fazool/, so the clue should indicate it is the sound, not the word.  Sfachime!]   
   
MASH UP crossed with APU is too tough for the un-TV generation unlikely to fans of "The Simpsons" or especially "Glee."   
   
   
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., 7/17 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on July 18, 2015, 08:41:45 AM »
T-man---

I'm they sure are but less sure they read this space.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 7/18 Roland Huget
« Last post by magus on July 18, 2015, 08:39:02 AM »
THEME:   None, but a triple fifteener!
   
GOOD ONES:    
Mag wheels?   EDS [magazines not cars]   
Running group, informally   ADMIN [not politicians or milers]   
   
BTW:   
"No way!"   UH UH [the clue is emphatic, but the answer is anything but]   
   
Broken glass dangers   FLATS [passe for cars; don't know about bikes]   
   
   
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., 7/17 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 17, 2015, 04:25:53 PM »
For me, one clue stood out: "Obi, e.g." The answer is SASH. The word "obi" appears so frequently in crosswords, I appreciated seeing it as a clue instead of an answer. And now I have a clever idea for someone to work on: Create a crossword filled with seldom-used words and using clues which contain the over-used words. The grid would not include ALE, ALOHA, APE, AREA, ARENA, ASP, ELI, ERE, IRA, IRE, LEI, MER, OAT, ORCA, ORE, ORO, SEA, SPA, UTE, UKE et al., but those words would be part of the clues. Merl Reagle? Jeffrey Wechsler? C.C. Burnikel? Are you up to the challenge?
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