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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 10/14 Jacob Stulberg
« Last post by magus on October 14, 2014, 09:34:22 AM »
THEME:   both words of a phrases can precede WATER
   
GOOD ONES:     
1954 Oscar… {& theme}   ON THE WATERFRONT ["in front of" water]   
   
BTW:   
A shame that such a clever theme is set in so pedestrian a puzzle.   
   
   
RATING: :'(   
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 Discussion / Re: "NCA" -- Will Shortz accept?
« Last post by admin on October 14, 2014, 12:19:39 AM »
Will Shortz wouldn't reject NCA because he's overly fussy or pedantic. He'd do so because he is a good editor. It's worth noting that no other editor has accepted NCA (at least among the puzzles in my database). When it comes to acronyms, they have to be very well known. If you're faced with something like NCA, don't try to justify it or blame the editor(s). Yank it out and rework that area of the puzzle. The more you stick to this line of thinking the better you will become at making salable crossword puzzles.

-Kevin
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 10/13 Carol Hacker
« Last post by magus on October 13, 2014, 09:16:06 AM »
THEME:   first and second words of a phrase begin with R and V, respectively
   
GOOD ONES:     
Place for Winnebagos {& theme}   RV PARK   
   
BTW:   
Chutzpah   AUDACITY [guess if you're Jewish and speaking with friends, chutzpah works instead of audacity or nerve, but it gives me agita (acido)]    
   
   
RATING:   :'(   
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: Bad link again - LA Times
« Last post by Kolohe61 on October 12, 2014, 10:27:49 PM »
Has happened a couple times more. I usually use the crosswords app. I found that if I get the wrong day's puzzle in crosswords, I get the correct one in across lite. I don't like across lite, but it'll do. :-)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 10/12 Skoczen & Varol
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 12, 2014, 07:42:16 PM »
I subscribe to a lot of puzzle magazines. One recent issue contained crosswords with no themes. The editor explained that themeless puzzles are harder to fill in because the longer answers have no similarities with each other. I don't know if that's true...but themeless puzzles certainly aren't imaginative. With the thousands of puzzles that appear every year, I'm surprised that the creators can continue to come up with clever themes without repeating themselves (or each other).
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 10/12 Skoczen & Varol
« Last post by pattybee on October 12, 2014, 04:38:42 PM »
Thanks for clarifying the theme.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 10/12 Skoczen & Varol
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 12, 2014, 02:37:39 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times crossword by Merl Reagle is titled "Uncommon People." The last part of each theme answer is a title of nobility, such as DUKE, EARL, COUNT, LORD, LADY and QUEEN. Another answer is ENDTITLES, which describes movie credits and is also the idea behind the puzzle's theme. Very clever!

Today's puzzle is the fifth in a month to include SSTS, this time clued with "Mach-1 breakers." INTERLOCKING was the answer for "Like crossword words." Crossword words intersect. Crossword words criss-cross. Crossword words don't really "interlock." And Reagle used one clue that is one of the most horrible puns ever made: "Sound of ju-bull-ation?" The answer is OLE, which appears in a lot of puzzles. At least Reagle came up with a clue that is different than the usual "Bullfight cheer." I give him a D- for the pun but I give him an A for effort.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 10/11 Tom Heilman
« Last post by magus on October 12, 2014, 09:25:59 AM »
NOHOW was clued with "'Forget about it!'" The word is substandard English and the clue doesn't even make sense.

LARR---

"No how" is substandard, but it does make sense, kinda.  When the guys in my old neighborhood said "Forget about it" they did not actually mean to forget, but to ignore any debate.  "No how" suggests the same.

"She ain't no good now how" and "She's so bad forget about it" both suggest the case against her is closed --- at least in the Brooklyn projects.

 
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/12 Skoczen & Varol
« Last post by magus on October 12, 2014, 09:13:49 AM »
THEME:   Despite the "Twelve Step Puzzle" title I don't know the theme --- I'm sure it's clever, but I lack the patience to figure it out.  :'(
   
GOOD ONES:    
Zesty start, in London?   ZED [Z is first letter of "zesty"]   
When two hands meet?   AT NOON   
Short side?   SLAW ["side" dish of cole "slaw"]   
Household cleaner   RAG [not a product for purchase]   
Gamer's game face   AVATAR [not his expression]   
Peek or bug ending    A-BOO [not the end of snooping]   
   
BTW:   
IRIS-IN is an effect we no longer see in movies --- I suspect it's distracting, except maybe in comedies.   
   
I'd accept quatre and sept, but not ONZE because the French 4 and 7 are found in words we see and their roots are deciferable; not so of the French 11.   
   
O.K., I felt bad about the theme so I spent some time on it.  The last word of phrases can precede "STEP."   
   
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: Sat., 10/11 Tom Heilman
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 11, 2014, 05:09:02 PM »
Today's puzzle included SSTS, clued with "Former fliers." In the past month, this is the fourth puzzle to use SST or SSTS. The clues for the other appearances of SST were "Bygone boomer," "Orly bird, once" and "Former Mach 2 flier, briefly." I wish puzzle makers were as good as coming up with different answers as they are at using the same answers far too often and coming up with different clues.

NOHOW was clued with "'Forget about it!'" The word is substandard English and the clue doesn't even make sense. Another clue was "Previously in print" and the answer was ABOVE. If a passage in a published story or article contains a reference to something that had already been mentioned, the passage might include the word ABOVE in parentheses, but only if the second reference appears on the same page and in the same column. The clue is inappropriate because the word "previous" usually refers to an earlier time or to a former condition. The clue could have been "Aforementioned in print" but it still would not make sense unless a second mention of something appears beneath the original reference. A front-page story may mention an SST and the page-7 continuation of the story may mention the SST again, so we can say that the first reference was "aforementioned" but it is certainly not "above." Yes, I'm picky. I know. Let's forget the whole thing and change the clue to "Buck Owens hit, '____ & Beyond.'"
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