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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 10/30 Don Gagliardo
« Last post by magus on October 30, 2015, 09:10:52 AM »
THEME:   Successive synonyms start phrases yet the first and last "synonyms" are antonyms [from HOT to COLD]
I believe this theme is the most creative of all.   
What each successive {theme}   SYNONYM   
What the start of {the first phrase} is to the the {last phrase}   ANTONYM
Els with clubs   ERNIE [the golfer --- but to me "els" were elevated train tracks and the clubs were weapons: Oh how I miss Brooklyn!]   
5 for B or 6 for C   AT. NO. [from the periodic table which I haven't seen since high school --- but I appreciate the too rare "science" entry]   
Theatrical piece?   TOUPEE [oddly a toupee (& a gun) is called simply a piece]   
Some email enders   PS'S [yesterday's MSS is as passe as post scripts for emails since we type {or "keyboard" to be more fashionable and clumsy}]   
Good, in Hebrew   TOV [With so many Jewish writers, publishers, and movie moguls; Mozel Tov is a well-known expression meaning "good luck."]   
Don's good taste is shown in referring to Annabella SCIORRA who was never better than in her guest role as a seductive car salesman in The Sopranos.  (My wife thinks I like her because she's Italian, but she's wrong: Madonna and Lady GaGa.)   
RATING: ;D ;D ;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: Thu., 10/29 David Poole
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 29, 2015, 03:59:13 PM »
Am I invited to this Poole party? (Yes, I made another bad pun there.) "Gershwin title river" is SWANEE. The song Swanee, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Irving Caesar (who also wrote Tea For Two, Just A Gigolo and Animal Crackers In My Soup), became a number-one hit for Al Jolson in 1920. The river was also referenced in Stephen Foster's Old Folks At Home (1851), which was written from the standpoint of a black slave longing to be back on "de old plantation." The opening line was "Way down upon de Swanee Ribber" but is now usually sung as "Way down upon the Swanee River." The river in Georgia and Florida is actually the Suwannee but Foster shortened the name to fit the song's melody.....and apparently Gershwin stole from Foster!

In our next lesson, we will discuss a popular bluegrass song and reveal that there really is no such town as "Rocky Top, Tennessee."
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 10/29 David Poole
« Last post by magus on October 29, 2015, 09:29:48 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase is the name of a pro from a sports franchise
Serious lapse for a Missouri player?  CARDINAL SIN [from the Cardinals]   
Luggage for an Ohio football player?   BROWN BAGS [from the Browns]   
Investment return for a NY basketball player?   NET PROFIT [from the Nets]
Magazine insert   AMMO [bet you want to shoot yourself if you missed this one]
Bee's relative   OPIE [that's the way they spelled her name on the Andy Griffith Show]   
High anxiety?   ACROPHOBIA
Reception room for a Texas hockey player?   STAR CHAMBER [from the STARS, but you can't without confusion call a player from the team "a Star": "A Star was on Kimmel last night."  However, I liked the reference to the medieval court and 20th Century movie.]   
Fox hit since 2002, familiarly   IDOL [yeh, I'm cool; I use only one word of a title --- and I call Robert DeNiro Bob]   
In the upper right quadrant we have ISHAM (Mark) and PELEE (geographical point), and in the lower left quad it gets worse:  we get APOLO (Anton) crossed with ILENE (Chaiken) and OPORTO (city of Spain).  I'm not a fan of using unfamiliar proper nouns depending on each other for a solution.  Seems like lazy construction.   
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: Wed., 10/28 Hollmer & Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 28, 2015, 05:19:38 PM »
The Random House Dictionary gives this defintion and origin of HOOHA:

"Hoo-ha or hoo-hah 1. noun, an uproarious commotion. 2. interjection, (used to express mock surprise or excitement.) 1930-35; probably < Yiddish hu-ha, to-do, uproar, exclamation of surprise; compare Polish hu-ha, exclamation of joy."

"Hoo-ha" is now also used as a slang term for a, umm, certain part of the female anatomy.

BROUHAHA is believed to be a corruption of the Hebrew barúkh habá (בָּרוּךְ הַבָּא), which means "welcome" (literally "Blessed is he who comes").
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 10/28 Hollmer & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on October 28, 2015, 09:41:59 AM »
THEME:   first word of a term is the name of a beach
Shindig by the shore {& theme}   BEACH PARTY [wonder how many beach party goers use or even know the term shindig]   
There are two root beers (HIRES, DADS) and two horns (Horn of Africa, Around-the-horn) today.   
Narcissistic indulgence   EGO TRIP [I never liked the term since it can be and is leveled at anyone who distinguishes himself: President, ballarina, tenor, stripper…]   
Uncertain responses   HOOHA [my knowledge of grunt semantics is admittedly limited, but perhaps this word I never saw comes from brouhaha]   
Huge mess   SNAFU [from WWII: "situation normal: all fucked-up"]   
Submissions to eds.   MSS [manuscripts aren't hand-written any longer, but to my knowledge we haven't come up with a good replacement; SCS for submitted copies?]   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / The October 26 crosswords: Something special
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 26, 2015, 03:48:33 PM »
Bruce Haight's Daily News crossword today includes SETSAIL, SORESPOTS, SLOWSTART, SELLSTOCKS, SEESTARS, SITSTILL, STOPSHORT, SADSONG ("Something to take and 'make it better,' in the Beatles' Hey Jude"), SEASALT, SKISUIT, STEEPSLOPE and SOULSISTER. It would have been nice if the final word had been "Leaky tire sound": SSSS.

The first word of the puzzle is METS, "1969 and 1986 World Series champs." It's possible that in two more weeks the clue will have to be changed to "1969, 1986 and 2015 World Series champs." Tomorrow, October 27, the Mets and Royals begin this year's World Series.....although the Royals are slight favorites to win the Series. (And a true "World Series" would include teams from other nations besides the United States!)

The Los Angeles Times crossword by Gail Grabowski and Bruce Venzke includes SPARKLINGWATER, DAZZLINGSMILE, GLOWINGREPORT and SHININGEXAMPLE. I suppose we can say the puzzle shows a flash of brilliance. One might think that "Persian on the living room floor" is CAT. In this case, it is RUG. FOREMOST is clued with "First and ____: most important." I'm surprised the editors allowed a clue which uses a word that is part of the answer.

The Universal crossword includes DOWNS ("Football foursome") in the center and DOWNPAYMENT, DOWNTOEARTH, WATEREDDOWN and WRITTENDOWN. Puzzle solvers who are football fans might regard the four long phrases as first down, second down, third down and fourth down. (Hey, be kind to me---I write my own material. :) )
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 10/22 David Poole
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 25, 2015, 04:30:37 PM »
If you're trying to cajole me into giving you a hint to the answers in my crossword, you'll be disappointed. You'll just have to figure out the answers on your own.

On Monday and Tuesday, the newspaper Sudoku puzzles are of a "gentle" difficulty level. The next three days' puzzles progress from "moderate" to "tough" to "diabolical." Likewise, crossword puzzles seem to be easy to solve on Monday and Tuesday and get progressively more challenging as the week goes on. But why? Who started this trend? Why can't Monday's crossword be as challenging as the Friday crossword? I wants ta know!
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 10/22 David Poole
« Last post by magus on October 25, 2015, 11:28:19 AM »
I'm hardly a reviewer of Xwords as I do only one puzzle a day and write about what struck me, positive, negative, and observational.  My ratings are subjective and describe only the degree to which I enjoyed filling the puzzles out.  (Complete reviews of the LAT can be found at

As I rarely enjoyed Monday and Tuesday LAT offerings, I no longer look at them.  Embarrassingly, it took me some years to figure that out.

Sorry for not completing your puzzle, but there are just so many hours in a day.
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/25 Mike Peluso
« Last post by magus on October 25, 2015, 11:08:32 AM »
THEME:   Letter C removed from phrase yields an odd phrase
Title: "Now You See It"   [See is a homonym of C, and the rest of the familiar expression is "now you don't" as in the missing C]   
Knight's comment when he was mistakenly put in a corner?   I'M NOT A ROOK [echoing Richard Nixon]   
North African hops drier?   BARBARY OAST   
John and Peter's woodwind?   APOSTLE'S REED ["The Apostle's Creed" is a prayer]   
Citrus high?   ORANGE RUSH   
Sun. delivery   SER [not the newspaper]   
Waffle enter?   EFS [a way to spell the letter F is EF]   
Immortal first baseman  WHO [from the comedy routine "Who's on First"]   
King of the sea?   LEAR SAILING [shouldn't the clue be "King on the sea"?  LEAR SAILING says what the king is doing]   
Alternative to fries   TOTS [I guess this refers to Tater Tots which I believe are frozen fried potatoes that are reheated in an oven --- so not much of an alternative on my plate]   
Like an ideal negotiation   NO LOSE [not an ideal entry since such negotiations are termed "win-win"]   
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   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 10/22 David Poole
« Last post by Thomps2525 on October 24, 2015, 02:35:32 PM »
Yes, my creation of that crossword was a diversionary tactic. Obviously it didn't work. I wouldn't say the Universal crosswords "consistently disappoint" but they do usually lack any of the cleverness and creativity which informed Merl Reagle's puzzles. On a crossword puzzle forum, shouldn't we write about all puzzles and not just the best ones? After all, movie reviewers do not write about only the films they like while ignoring all the bad films. You and I are "crossword puzzle reviewers." And I notice you didn't post your solution to my puzzle so I have no way of knowing if your answers are correct. :)
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