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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 1/17 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on January 17, 2015, 09:46:47 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 26 blocks!
   
GOOD ONES:    
Bass output   ALES [first I thought low notes even though I enjoy 3 or 4 stouts a week]   
Some property safeguards   PRENUPS [I thought dogs, but I'm old]   
Unpopular spots   ZITS [I was sure it was "pits"]   
Francs and beans?   MONIES   
   
BTW:   
Heard of fuzzy math, but a fuzz guitar?  And I liked the Ventures' "Walk, Don't Run."   
   
   
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: Fri., 1/16 Julian Lim
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 16, 2015, 04:47:58 PM »
The answer to "Opine...or create four long answers in this puzzle?" was ADDONESTWOCENTS. The idea of "putting one's two cents in" (sharing an opinion) is believed to derive from the Biblical story of the poor widow who gave two coins to the temple. Those two coins were all the money that she had. Jesus was impressed with the widow but not with the wealthy people who gave more money but did not make the same sacrifice. 

So..."Add one's two cents" meant that two C's were to be added to each of four phrases to create the theme answers. The dumb answers did not justify the concept: CHANSCARP, CHARDCROCK, CONANDCON and CRAMPEDCUP? Really? And I had never seen "c" used as an abbreviation for "cents" but the Merriam-Webster Dictionary does indeed include it. "Cent" is the seventh of 24 words that "c" is an abbreviation of. The first word in the dictionary's entry is "calm." I'm baffled by that one. Who has ever abbreviated "calm" with a "c"?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 1/15 David Steinberg
« Last post by magus on January 16, 2015, 10:22:43 AM »
So the game makers of Words With Friends failed to include those valid words.  When I read Romantic poetry I came across aroar, and there are many an ade available in stores --- even though my spell checker doesn't like either term.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 1/16 Julian Lim
« Last post by magus on January 16, 2015, 10:16:19 AM »
THEME:   too vague for me
   
GOOD ONES:    
Work on a canvas?   SPAR [boxing rings have canvas flooring]   
White side?   SLAW [in restaurant lingo side = side order]   
   
BTW:   
Survey taker, at times   XER [this clue is so general as to be useless]   
   
Okay, this was tough for me despite my having filled it out in ink with no write-overs.  Part of the difficulty, I suspect, is that the theme escapes me.  I noted the CC's and that after the C's came a phrase viz. CHARDCROCK (didn't know Arp's first name).  However, how does CC, carbon copy?, fit with giving one's opinion?  The problem may be that I'm not smart enough, but I enjoyed the challenge despite the theme.   
   
   
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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General Discussion / Re: LA Times dead again
« Last post by meinvater on January 16, 2015, 09:44:13 AM »
LA Times has not been working for at least a week, does anyone know what the problem is?
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General Discussion / Re: LA Times dead again
« Last post by fluff on January 16, 2015, 08:32:47 AM »
Wish it was back!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 1/15 David Steinberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 15, 2015, 05:18:47 PM »
It's too bad that Steinberg could not have also included a reference to the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass album Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Oh well.

One of the most popular online games is Words With Friends. It's identical to Scrabble, except that it's played on a computer and not on a gameboard. ADE and AROAR appear occasionally in crossword puzzles but if I try to use either of those words in a Words With Friends game, I get this message: "Not a valid word." There ya go!

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General Support / NYTimes link doesn't work for me...
« Last post by DukeTheReader on January 15, 2015, 02:13:36 PM »
Ever since I've joined, I have gotten this error message when I click the link for the daily puzzle:

{"status":"ERROR","errors":["Not Allowed"],"results":[]}

..Yet I can access the Times site directly.

???
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 1/15 David Steinberg
« Last post by magus on January 15, 2015, 09:21:46 AM »
THEME:   letters C,R,E,A,M found in phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Dessert topper {& theme}   WHIPPED CREAM [in a way the CREAM is mixed or whipped]   
Development site   TRACT [neighborhood development; not lab, gym or womb]   
Bed covering   SOIL [flowers, not furniture]   
Big bang producer   TNT [note lower case for "bang"; hence, not the TV show]   
Served to perfection?   ACED   
Lemon or tangerine   COLOR   
Cabbage source?   ATM [don't hear this idiom much any longer]   
   
BTW:   
When we we see again ALMAY crossed by OLAY?   "I'll have to ask my complexion expert, the clerk at the drugstore with acne."
   
   
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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General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by oneputt on January 15, 2015, 09:05:03 AM »
Thursday, 1/15/15 and still no LA Times puzzle.  I found it on CNN On Line Games site (http://games.cnn.com/).
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