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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 6/14 Melanie Miller
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 14, 2015, 03:22:36 PM »
Merl Reagle's "Advanced Placement Test" crossword from last November got so much positive response that he created another such puzzle for today. In each theme answer, the positions of the words form part of the phrase:

Among the horizontal answers:

Repeatedly: TIMETIME (Time after time)
Oft-chronicled conflict: THETHEWARSTATES (The War Between the States)
Temporary peace: THECALMTHESTORM (The calm before the storm)

Among the vertical answers:

Bette Midler hit: MYWINGSWIND (Wind Beneath My Wings)
Way more than just smitten: LOHEADHEELSVE (Head over heels in love)
"Rules apply to all citizens": NOONETHELAW (No one is above the law)

Cleverest clue: "Early bird" for EGG.

And "Greeley's advice" was GOWEST, but Horace Greeley was not the first to give that advice. The complete sentence was "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country" and it first  appeared in an 1851 Terre Haute Express editorial by John Soule. Greeley, publisher of the New York Tribune, used the line in an 1865 editorial in his own newspaper.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 6/13 Christian & Chen
« Last post by magus on June 14, 2015, 09:39:49 AM »
I believe note and pitch are different to musicians (connotation) but not to lexicographers (denotation).
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 6/14 Melanie Miller
« Last post by magus on June 14, 2015, 09:35:10 AM »
THEME:   W added to ordinary phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Chronicle one's travels?   WRITE OF PASSAGE   
Smith kicking back?   WILL AT EASE [Will Smith; I thought a smithy]   
Gingerbread house feature?   WALL YOU CAN EAT   
Plymouth pit stop?   LOO [of course I thought the car, not toilet]   
Chick's hangout   NEST ["real" chicks]   
Waist management   CORSET [not Tony Soprano's stated business]   
Side problem?   THORN ["thorn in one's side" not ancillary problem]   
Really moved   SPED [not a feeling]   
Bangs on the head?   HAIR   
Third of eight   EARTH [3rd planet from the sun]   
Indian territory   DELHI [not American Indian]   
Once, long ago   ERST [note comma --- ERST meant "once"]   
Toy with long hair, briefly   PEKE [long-haired toy breed]   
   
BTW:   
Unhealthy gas   RADON   [I would think that the "erstwhile" difference between unhealthy and unhealthful would be maintained at least by editors of word publications, but I'd be wrong.]   
   
Class   STYLE [always thought it low brow to conflate STYLE with "class"]   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 6/13 Christian & Chen
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 13, 2015, 02:56:52 PM »
I, too, though "Challenging pitch" would refer to a type of pitch thrown in a baseball game. I know very little about music. I'm much like comedian Junior Simples, who once said, "The only stringed instrument I can play is a yo-yo." But the "challenging pitch" was HIGHC. High C, also known as Top C, Soprano C and C6, is a musical note. In music, is a pitch the same as a note? 

I thought that ZITRONEN, which is "sauer," might be a brand of bitter-tasting German liquor. It isn't. The word is the plural of "Zitrone," which means "lemon." Here is an explanation of why nouns in the German language are capitalized:

http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa020919a.htm
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 6/13 Christian & Chen
« Last post by magus on June 13, 2015, 08:50:15 AM »
THEME:   none, but crossed fifteens at center
   
GOOD ONES:    
Kennel pick up area   NAPE [ clue is good and hard:  bitches pick up their pups by the back of the neck]   
Challenging pitch   HIGH C [I thought baseball]   
One hanging out in a coll. office?   PHD [is that the person or the degree hanging on the wall?]   
   
BTW:   
Reaction to excessive attention to detail   BUT WHO'S COUNTING   [tin earism:  "but who's counting" is an ironic statement wherein the speaker is noticing the number --- there is no suggestion of excess and is spoken less often as a reaction than as a comment engendered by the speaker himself]   
   
Like Zitronen   SAUER [this entry is a lemon --- and German]   
   
   
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., 6/12 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 12, 2015, 08:03:46 PM »
There is another crossword discussion site where someone asked what "adin" means. The tennis term is not in many dictionaries; it means "the advantage being scored by the server." I do not understand the scoring methods used in tennis so I of course do not understand "adin" either. The discussion of the word is at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.puzzles.crosswords/05m9_ETfigU
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 6/12 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 12, 2015, 04:06:29 PM »
"Southernmost 48-states capital" was AUSTIN. That is incorrect. The southernmost state capital is Honolulu. The clue for AUSTIN should have been "Of the 48 contiguous states, the southernmost capital." And it drives me crazy when I hear people refer to the contiguous states as the "lower 48." The "lower 48" is every state except Alaska and Maine but people who use that term are taking it to mean every state except Alaska and Hawai'i. And they are incorrect.

Here is today's one-sentence history lesson: After the Republic of Texas was established in 1836, the town of Waterloo was chosen to be the capital and was renamed to  honor Stephen F. Austin, a Virginia native who had led the first successful colonization of Texas and became the Republic's first secretary of state.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 6/12 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on June 12, 2015, 08:56:33 AM »
THEME:   AD added to common phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Court term {& theme}    AD IN [tennis court score]   
Spy industry?  SHADOW BUSINESS [show business]   
Monk's "The piano ain't got no wrong notes," e.g.   JAZZ ADAGE [Jazz Age]   
Took sides?   ATE [as in a side order of bacon]   
Waiter at O'Hare   TAXI [not at a restaurant, but could be]   
   
BTW:   
Lowlife, slangily   CREEPO [is it "el creepo" as in "el cheapo" --- anyway, I'm not buying it without the "el," making me "el groucho"]   
   
Get ripped   TONE UP [hardly alike: "tone up" means to improve one's musculature; "get ripped" means to build massive muscles]   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 6/11 Danny Reichert
« Last post by magus on June 11, 2015, 08:35:05 AM »
THEME:   eleventh chapter titles of great books
   
GOOD ONES:     
Words creditors don't want to hear {& theme}   CHAPTER ELEVEN   
Is for more than one?   ARE [used, but good]   
Notebook owner   USER [still haven't gotten used to this term for the machine I'm using to write this; I thought TEEN in school]   
Pump part, perhaps   STRAP [shoe, not machine]   
   
BTW:   
Here, in Havana  ACA [but not in the USA]   
   
Spoil rotten   DOTE ON [it may spoil a person, and may even spoil him rotten, but to DOTE ON simply means to lavish affection upon --- in fact, it may even build up a delicate ego]   
   
It hits the nail on the head   PEEN [a peen (hammer head) does so only if the nailer is accurate; often it misses and mars the wood --- trust me]

I appreciated the references to the great experiences of my youth, and to do so this way is particularly creative.    
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 10, 2015, 06:34:29 PM »
All right, I accept your chastisement...and you all know I'm not the chastisement accepter I used to be. I agree that the word "racism" is almost always a pejorative but the word can not be equated with "militarism" or "sexism." the Medal of Honor is not restricted to members of any particular race, nor is the Mother of the Year award. The NAACP award is restricted to one particular race. To me, racism is simply the favoring of one race above another (or others). Obviously I need to come up with a different word besides "racism." As for American Pharoah, his name is misspelled and I refuse to talk about him. :)
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