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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 12/20 Garry Morse
« Last post by magus on December 20, 2015, 08:56:49 AM »
THEME:   both words of a two-word phrase contain the letter combination LA
title:  LA-LA LAND   
Joined in a film lab   SPLICED   
Wranglers, e.g.   JEEPS   
Web browser?   SPIDER   
Look the wrong way, maybe   CHEAT   
One swinging in a box   BATTER [drawn on the ground, the baseball batter's box is a rectangle into which the batter must stand]   
ALTE is German only   
BLANK SLATE was a best-seller I sadly purchased, and while its premise was accurate, it was so badly written and filled with so many unsupported statements, I threw it down.   
When exactly did MAVEN become part of English, and who but Jews are likely to use it?  The Magus was not consulted!
Sailing component?  SILENT I [not really as the digraph ai has its own sound --- eliminating the I would change the sound  to a short A.   
RATING:    ;D ;D
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., 12/19 Julian Lim
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 19, 2015, 06:03:03 PM »
Yes, ELHI is a word which we see in crosswords but never anywhere else. The Random House Dictionary defines "elhi" as "adj. elementary and high-school." The term dates from 1945. Two other words I have never seen outside of crosswords are ASEA and AROAR. And where, other than in crosswords, do you ever see a reference to only one "Alp"?
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/18 Robin Stears
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 19, 2015, 05:51:17 PM »
I have never used Word or Wordpad. If you are unable to edit, you can always copy your post and then delete it from Cruciverb (as long as nobody has posted after you---and I'm assuming you still have the delete option). Paste your post into Word or Works or a blank e-mail, make the changes you want, then copy it and re-post it on Cruciverb. You can also try doing a "system restore" to a date before you got the Word update. That should resolve the problem.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/18 Robin Stears
« Last post by magus on December 19, 2015, 09:03:23 AM »

I see by the icon you can still edit.  Do you use Word, and if so, have you had an unasked for update? 
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 12/19 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on December 19, 2015, 09:00:17 AM »
THEME:   none; 32 blocks
Bill toppers   STARS [I thought money, not plays and movies]   
Some, in Seville   UNOS [but not in Leeds]   
K thru 12   ELHI [only place I've seen this is in Xwords, and unless ed biz has adopted the term, which I doubt, K-12 is the real world term]   
"Ruth's ___ Steak House," where I ate once, for some reason has the apostrophe after Ruth leaving CHRIS Steak House as the per se name, which makes little sense to me --- as does its reputation for fine dining.   
RATING:   (one grin)
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: Fri., 12/18 Robin Stears
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 18, 2015, 04:45:46 PM »
Pig Latin has nothing to do with Latin. It is a jargon in which the first letter of a word is moved to the end and combined with "ay"; e.g., "cat" becomes "atcay" and "dog" becomes ogday." Words beginning with a vowel have "yay" appended; e.g., "art" becomes "artyay." Pig Latin's origin goes back to the "Hog Latin" of the 1860s, in which nonsense syllables were added to words. There was also a jargon known as "Dog Latin" which added Latin-sounding syllables to words.

In the Three Stooges 1938 short Tassels In The Air, Moe was trying to teach Pig Latin to Curly. Gesturing to himself and to Larry, Moe said, "Moe, Omay. Larry, Arrylay." He then gestured to Curly and said, "Curly..." Curly gleefully exclaimed, "Curlycue!" Moe said, "Boy are you umbday!" Curly asked, "I'm umbday in pig language?" Moe replied, "You're umbday in any language!" :)
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 12/18 Robin Stears
« Last post by magus on December 18, 2015, 09:05:27 AM »
THEME:   four answers in pig Latin, each of which is a real phrase
{theme}   PIG LATIN   
Time of one's life   AGE [not a wonderful time you had once]   
Sounds from toys   ARFS [that's toy dog breeds often referred to simply as toys]   
Big heart   ACE   
Key for Debussy?   ILE [small islands can referred to as keys or quays]   
Crossing "Muscle mag subject" PEC with "Drake or Nelly" RAP STARS soured my morning coffee.   
Court surprise   NET BALL [I don't think it is terribly surprising; they're part of both tennis and bball]   
In this emplacement   ICI [I may not have objected to "ICI on parle francais," but this melange is too French for me.   
RATING:   (three grins)  Thanks to Windows 10 updates (I assume), I can no longer use this site's editing tools.
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: Thu., 12/17 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 17, 2015, 04:17:39 PM »
Time In A Bottle was a posthumous number-one hit for Jim Croce in December 1973. He had written the song after his wife Ingrid told him she was pregnant. It begins, "If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do is to save every day till eternity passes away, just to spend them with you." The song was released as a single after Croce died in a plane crash in September 1973. How sad it was to know that he died and then hear him on record singing about mortality and wanting to have more time. 

Another magazine-related answer in today's crossword was ELLEFANNING for "Cooling oneself with a fashion magazine?" Mary Elle Fanning, the younger sister of Dakota Fanning, goes by her middle name and has had roles in many films including Trumbo, Super 8 and We Bought A Zoo. She starred as Princess in Aurora in Disney's Maleficent (2014).

Also in today's puzzle: OREO ("Snack choice"). As long as crossword puzzles continue to be published, the manufacturers of Oreo and Atra and STP will never have to worry about the public forgetting their products!
General Discussion / Re: New website where to solve and create crosswords
« Last post by crosstive on December 17, 2015, 11:17:21 AM »
I like your website and I've enjoyed solving several crosswords. Although some of them were difficult to solve, so I had to use crossword hints sites like this crossword answers blog which helped me to complete it much more easily. Good luck!
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/16 Craig Stowe
« Last post by magus on December 17, 2015, 08:56:28 AM »
So does fershlugginer, which sounds German or Yiddish. 

Thanks for explaining <3.  You have more patience than I.
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