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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 4/13 Ray Hedrick & C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on April 14, 2015, 09:38:49 AM »
Hey, you are wrong.
"Hissed 'Hey!" means "the equivalent of saying 'Hey' via hissing."  The clue need not have the word equivalent since it's syntax suggests same. 
General Support / How to import Crossynergy to Crossword App?
« Last post by fluff on April 14, 2015, 09:25:14 AM »
Now that Crossynergy (Washington Post) is in across-lite format, is there a way to import it directly into the Crosswords App? I can play it through Safari, but find it awkward.
General Support / Re: Bad link again - LA Times
« Last post by Kolohe61 on April 14, 2015, 06:54:58 AM »
Happened again April 13 and 14.
Today's Puzzles / Mon., 4/13 Ray Hedrick & C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 13, 2015, 04:35:54 PM »
Product names used to be taboo in crossword puzzles. Used to be. In today's Los Angeles Times crossword, the theme is PAPERTOWELS. The fisrt word of each theme answer is a brand of paper towels: SCOTTJOPLIN, BOUNTYHUNTER and VIVALASVEGAS.

The theme of today's Daily News crossword is BOARDGAMES. The first word of each theme answer is the name of a board game: RISKTAKER, CLUEMEIN, LIFERAFT, TROUBLEAHEAD and SORRYCHARLIE. The puzzle also includes ATARI, ATRA, SBARRO and TESLA.

So...a lot of free advertising for paper towels and board games.

The NEA crossword includes ASEA, a word which I don't recall seeing anywhere except in crosswords. The Universal crossword includes RIGHTOFWAY, RIGHTANSWER, LEFTBRAINED and LEFTFIELDER. The Times puzzle includes PSST, clued with "Hissed 'Hey!'" I maintain that a hissed "Hey!" would be "Hey!", although there is no way to hiss a word which does contain the letter S. The clue should be "Hissed equivalent of 'Hey!'" Hey, am I right?

General Support / Re: LATimes
« Last post by oneputt on April 13, 2015, 08:25:28 AM »
It must be Monday.  Why does the link work fine all week but always seems to break down on Mondays?
General Support / LATimes
« Last post by foodfanataholic on April 13, 2015, 01:32:05 AM »
LA Times out again, ugh
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 4/12 Alex Vratsanos
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 12, 2015, 02:34:12 PM »
Mister magus, you're tired of seeing ULEE in crosswords? Well, guess what? ULEE is also in Merl Reagle's Sunday crossword today. *Sigh*

Reagle's puzzle also includes four foreign words (ESTE, ETRE, PESO, STRASSE), another set of Roman numerals, and far too many overused words (AGE, EDEN, EEL, ELI, ELO, ERIE, OGLE, ORE, RYE, SPA). But it also has a clever clue: "Core ingredients" for APPLESEEDS.

The theme: "Funny You Should Ask." Among the answers:

"____ seeing in Indiana?" HOOSIERDADDY
"____ with this duck costume?" WADDLEIDO
"____ to meet the founder of Rolling Stone magazine?" WENNERWEGOING
"____ despite your objections, Monsieur?" MAISOUIPROCEED
"____, a hex or a spell?" WITCHESWORSE
"____ find this country on a map?" KENYAHELPME
"____ at Western Union?" WIREWESTOPPING
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 4/12 Alex Vratsanos
« Last post by magus on April 12, 2015, 09:59:38 AM »
THEME:   first words of random phrases are second words of John Grisham titles      
GOOD ONES:          
Capital of Cypress?    SOFT C         
Close to closed   AJAR         
Sheep's clothing?   WOOL         
Unbelievable   FISHY [too much of a stretch: fishy = hard to believe]         
Slanted column   OP ED [not if it's a good one: position on a topic is not necessarily "slanted," which is a pejorative]   

ULEE is becoming a bee in my bonnet: saw it again recently and it, like the entry, is rather tedious      
RATING:    ;D (given 21 x 21)      
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun         
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/11 D.C.D. Dekker
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 11, 2015, 02:44:39 PM »
This crossword had a name I was unfamiliar with. "Krombacher output" was BIER. I assumed that Krombacher is a company which makes the stands on which coffins lie prior to burial. It isn't. In this case, BIER is the German word for "beer" and Krombacher Brauerei is a brewery in Kreuztal-Krombach, Germany.

And speaking of foreign words, in today's Daily News puzzle I saw something I had never before seen in a crossword: a foreign word used as a clue to a foreign word in a different language. "Beaucoup" was the clue for MUCHO. Oy vey!
General Support / Suggestion for Database Answers Search
« Last post by rgh on April 11, 2015, 11:33:43 AM »
When searching the database for an answer the results can be ordered by "Day" and "Date" by clicking on those headings. However, the day ordering is not particularly useful because it is alphabetical instead of chronological.
It would be better if the ordering were Mon to Sun in the proper sequence of days, since this is the progression of difficulty through the week.  Better still, a subsequent click could result in reverse chronological sequence from Sun to Mon. Clicking the "Date" heading produces a chronological sequence, which is okay, but again it would be better if a subsequent click would produce a reverse sequence.
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