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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 9/24 Timothy L Meaker
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 24, 2015, 03:37:21 PM »
"Five-pointed, say" is STARLIKE. Real stars do not have points. And I initially thought REGIME was wrong for "Coordinated health program" since a regime is an authoritarian or dictatorial system of government. But my Webster's dictionary does indeed show the synonym "regimen" as the first definition of "regime."

Jules Markey's Daily News crossword includes LAIRS, BAIRNS, CHAIR, CONAIR, SEAAIR ("What sailors breathe"), PETHAIR, ASTAIRE, IMPAIRED, PRAIRIEDOG, HOMEREPAIR, PAIROFSOCKS, CLAIRVOYANT, UPTONSINCLAIR and UPSTAIRSDOWNSTAIRS. The "AIR" of each answer is in a single square. "Gas station supply"---and what is found in those answers---is COMPRESSEDAIR. And yes, the last three letters of COMPRESSEDAIR are also in a single square. And Markey came up with this clever clue: "Producer of many revivals" for EMT.

I would love to get Windows 10---and why was there no Windows 9?---but several friends have installed it and wound up losing files and graphics. Then they uninstalled it. Microsoft obviously has a lot of bugs to fix!
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 9/23 Jerry Wildenberg
« Last post by magus on September 24, 2015, 09:01:12 AM »
THEME:   the vowels plus Y found between the letter L and N at the outset of phrase
Half of a steep price   ARM [and a leg]   
Place to get a Cab   WINE BAR [Cabernet]

Fair grade   CEE [at which school?]   
Otto minus cinque   TRE[not in our language]   
Sorry I posted this a day late; I was operated on at the hospital --- lobotomy.

RATING:   2 grins
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 9/24 Timothy L Meaker
« Last post by magus on September 24, 2015, 08:39:47 AM »
THEME:   ELEVATOR can precede last word of phrase
J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson, e.g.   PROS [not Doyle]   
Part of a plot   ACRE   
Nutritional stat   RDA [why is this nonsense still being published?]   
For some reason known only to the ether world gods, I have been unable to use the editing tools yesterday and today.  {I did change over to Windows 10, but that was four days ago.}   
RATING:   2 grins
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Support / 9/18/15 LA Times doesn't download properly
« Last post by coralsun on September 23, 2015, 01:37:05 PM »
Under "Los Angeles Times
Puzzle Archive
Across Lite Files"
when I select Friday, September 18, 2015, the puzzle
actually downloaded is the Saturday, July 11, 2015, puzzle.

The other dates work with no problem.  I've tried this numerous times, the first try was on 9/19/15.
Today's Puzzles / My Own Musings On the September 22 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 22, 2015, 04:07:15 PM »
The theme of today's Los Angeles Times crossword by Frank Virzl is MOTOWN, "Record label founded in Detroit." When divided as M O TOWN, the name describes the theme answers: MELOTT, MARIEOSMOND, MIDNIGHTOIL and MORALOBLIGATION. I can readily see the M-O connection but I don't understand how the theme answers form a "town." Regarding my subject line, "My Own Musings On the September 22 crosswords," I thank you for your applause. I'll be here all week. :)

The Daily News crossword by Bill Thompson uses the clue "World hot spot" for MIDDLEAST and the long answers have EAST in the middle: GONEASTRAY, ADELEASTAIRE, FEASTS, YEASTY ("Like baking dough") and STAGEASTRIKE ("Walk out").

46-across, "Game with a 'perfect score' of 3,333,360" is PACMAN. I used to play Pac-Man and I was lucky to be able to get 50,000 points before I lost all my lives. The arcade version of Pac-Man has 256 levels. If a player can manage to gobble up every dot, every fruit and every blue ghost on every level and not lose any lives, his "perfect score" will indeed be 3,333,360. In 1999, Billy Mitchell of Hollywood, Florida, became the first person to achieve that score. Wired magazine has the story:

Another man reached that perfect score in 2012 and posted a video of himself completing the final two levels:

The Times puzzle included ANIS, ATOI, MER and TIOS. The Daily News puzzle included ESTADOS, ESTE, FREI and LES. To quote someone we all know and love, those words are "not used in English."
Today's Puzzles / Qwertyuiop: The September 21 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 21, 2015, 05:35:07 PM »
Scot Ober's Los Angeles Times crossword today includes PETERPIPER, ROTOROOTER, TRYOUT and PROPERETIQUETTE. "Typewriter area, letterwise" for those answers is TOPROW. They can be spelled using only the top row of letters on a typewriter. I wonder how hard it would be to write a short story using only those ten letters. It might be fun to try. "Terry, were we out? Trippy! I owe you." "You were too pouty, Peter. Try to quit!" "Try?" "Up to you, Peter." Not bad for a first draft! :)

Andrea Michaels' Daily News crossword includes the mystery books HARDYBOYSSERIES, the 1968 hit song HARPERVALLEYPTA and, for "Crimson alumnus," HARVARDGRADUATE. "Bit of textspeak, unshortened" is LAUGHINGOUTLOUD. The beginnings of the theme answers form HARDYHARHAR. But shouldn't the clue have said "Bit of textspeak, spelled out"? Is "unshortened" even a word? Fans of Jackie Gleason will of course recognize "Hardy-har-har" as the sarcastic laugh often uttered by Ralph Kramden to his wife Alice on The Honeymooners.

"Four-car garage" might have made for a good theme if the Universal Crossword creator had arranged the four long answers in a square and put the word GARAGE in the middle, but he didn't think of doing that. The grid includes CARTWHEELED, CARBONFIBER, CARAMELIZES and CARSICKNESS. Those words all start with CAR but otherwise have no connection. Any puzzle maker who wants to use my "four-car garage" idea is welcome to it. Perhaps names of automobiles could be used in place of words beginning with CAR.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 9/20 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on September 21, 2015, 08:39:50 AM »
Hadn't noticed --- good observation, Sheep1234
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 9/20 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 20, 2015, 03:37:21 PM »
I didn't do today's crossword. I couldn't. Here are some of the clues:

5-across: Lowers in intensity
17-across: Folklore monster
41-down: Plans for chairs
130-down: Gives in to gravity

There is no 5-across, 17-across, 41-down or 130-down. I figured the Los Angeles Times published either the wrong clues or the wrong grid. While reading the main news section, I saw a "For The Record" item explaining that the wrong clues were given. The correct clues and grid are online at I wonder if the printed clues are for next Sunday's crossword. We'll find out in seven days. How  in the world could such a huge error happen?
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 9/20 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Sheep1234 on September 20, 2015, 12:01:52 PM »
Note that A is also the only vowel in all their names. Pretty elegant!
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 9/20 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on September 20, 2015, 09:22:42 AM »
THEME:   famous men with at least one A in their first and last names
Title: AMEN [or A men]   
Dress with a flare   A LINE [not necessarily with an interesting style]    
Pitchers' deliveries   SPIELS [which are often curve balls]   
Surprises in bottles   GENII [that's good; I don't want any other kinds of surprises in my bottles]   
Seat for toddlers  LAP [oldie but goodie]   
General Assembly member   UN REP [needs "Abbr." doesn't it?]   
Hilo keepsake   LEI [mine lasted about three days --- hardly a keepsake --- maybe there are plastic ones]   
Remove politely   DOFF [or simply remove some clothing, usually a hat]   
Month before Nissan   ADAR [I must be an ant-Semite but I don't see why Hebrew months are in an English dictionary --- and, have you seen these terms anywhere but in Xwords? --- and if ADAR, why not avril or aprille or…?]   
This was a strong puzzle: it had LATS and PECS.    :-[
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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