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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 4/9 Marti DuGuay-CARPENTER
« Last post by magus on April 09, 2015, 09:50:40 AM »
THEME:   DOPE is inside random phrases  (I have already alerted the authorities)
   
GOOD ONES:     
Skinny, so to speak, and {theme}   INSIDE DOPE   
King output   NOVELS   
   
BTW:   
ESA =NG   
   
Pressure for payment   DUNS [in my neighborhood it was guns; "dun" meant only finished as in, "I'm DUN wit dis!"  :-[
   
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 / Wed., 4/8 Nichols & C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on April 08, 2015, 09:40:25 AM »
THEME:   name of a Master's winner in random phrase
   
GOOD ONES:     
Feathers one's nest in a way   MOLTS   


BTW:   
Slot machine part   ARM [no longer; many have no arms, so "mostly" is needed]   

Louisville slugger wood   ASH [it was when I played, but maple bats have become popular despite their cracking, often dangerously --- ash is hard to get, but as a Yankee fan, cracked bats may be a sign to rejoice; it least someone made contact]   
      
   
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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General Support / Re: LA Times
« Last post by oneputt on April 06, 2015, 09:53:06 AM »
LA Times link broken again.  Of course it's Monday.
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General Support / LA Times
« Last post by foodfanataholic on April 06, 2015, 04:27:16 AM »
LA times out again
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 4/5 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 05, 2015, 01:33:25 PM »
Merl Reagle's crossword in today's Los Angeles Times is one that was used in last year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. It's 19x19, smaller than the typical Sunday puzzle. Shouldn't tournaments use 21x21 grids? Anyway, the theme is "Silence Of The Lampreys." It took me a while to figure it out. The theme answers are familiar phrases with the EEL-sounding  syllable, regardless of spelling, removed. Eel. Lamprey. Silence. Get it? Examples:

Way to avoid kittens? FIXTHECAT
Saw a rock star in concert? CAUGHTSTING
All 11 members of a football team? THECAPTAINANDTEN
Sister city of Thigh, New York? WINGWESTVIRGINIA

I have one quibble, though---whatever a "quibble" is. The  WINGWESTVIRGINIA answer dropped HEEL, not EEL.

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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 4/5 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on April 05, 2015, 01:12:07 PM »
Must've had my head in the clouds.  Told you I need an editor.  Anyway, it's fixed.  Thanks, rbe.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 4/5 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by rbe on April 05, 2015, 12:04:26 PM »
Hebrew for "skyward" = ELAL (airline)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 4/3 Jim Quinlan
« Last post by magus on April 05, 2015, 09:56:59 AM »
I relied yesterday but somehow it did not post, so I'll try again.

Foreign words, in my book, are okay if they are used in our language --- often in names.  So Eine is part of a famous classical music title; Zeta is used in Greek college organizations; IRAE is part of a prayer title; and LOCO is part of the Latin phrase in loco parentis or the term for crazy we got from the Spanish.  I hold, but in this I am in the minority, that words from elementary foreign language classes when not used in our language are not fitting in English puzzles.  Maybe I'm loco.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 4/5 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on April 05, 2015, 09:43:00 AM »
THEME:   First word of phrase or portmanteau is a superlative
   
GOOD ONES:     
Five-star flugelhorns?   TOP BRASS   
Five-star headgear?   SUPERVISOR
   
Remedy from a doctor?   SPIN [spin doctor]   
Whistler, for one   ARTIST [but only his Mother knew him]   
Five-O booking agent   DANO ["Book him, Dano"]   
Break for Mom   NAP TIME[theirs or hers]   
Remedy for a freeze   RESTART [computer freeze, that is]   
United divider   AISLE [the airline]   
   
BTW:   
Where___   ITS AT [substandard English, but even so it needs quotation marks]   
   
CORONET & ROBUSTO are cigar shapes   
   
This, in Toulouse   CET [but not in London or even on Toulouse St. in New Orleans]   
   
Deutschland donkey   ESEL [an asinine entry]   
   
Magi origin   EAST [yes --- in my case, the East Coast]   
   
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., 4/4 John Lieb
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 04, 2015, 02:32:44 PM »
Spelled-out letters, such as EMS, ESS, ELL, CEE, DEE and VEE, are appearing more frequently in crosswords. Why do such spellings even exist? Why isn't the letter S simply spelled as "S"? Why can't D be spelled as "D"? Turning individual letters into three-letter words is ESS-TEE-U-PEE-I-DEE!

SEI, NEIN, MEA, TERRE, TETE, TRES, CASA, ANNO, BIEN, MER, ELLA, ESOS, SRA, ENERO and other foreign words should not be used in American crosswords. The English language has more than enough words to fill a puzzle grid. Crossword creators have more than 1,025,000 words to choose from:  http://www.languagemonitor.com/number-of-words/number-of-words-in-the-english-language-1008879/

I liked the clever clue for PASTTENSE: "Acceptable form of back talk?"
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