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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 6/7 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on June 07, 2015, 09:16:33 AM »
THEME:   Common definitions of computer terms
Winter runner  NOSE [not the usual "sled"]   
Winning threesome?    ENS   
Run the show   EMCEE [not the boss]   
Flag bearers   POLES [not people]   
English in tennis   TOPSPIN [English (it's their game) here means an unusual spin of the ball causing it to bounce oddly, but TOPSPIN is de rigueur today, so sidespin might really be English]   
Sound heard by the ears?   CAWS [crows in cornfields]   
Cake often laced with rum   BABKA  [it rarely has rum, but BABA does have rum]   
SEIS is not used in English.   
Like some cabs   OAKY [cabs here is short for cabernets, but I knew it was wine since "smelly" didn't fit   :)  ]   
Dept. whose initials spell an animal's name   ENER [ENER is the abbreviation for Dept. of Ener. (DOE).   
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., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by rbe on June 06, 2015, 12:39:46 PM »
According to the NAACP, the 1976 Springarn Medal was awarded to Hank Aaron. Alvin Ailey won in 1977.
Today's Puzzles / Sat., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by magus on June 06, 2015, 08:48:10 AM »
THEME:   none
"Piano is not my forte," e.g.   PUN [a pianoforte is the original name of a piano --- still used in Italian]   
Meter starter   PERI [not a coin]   
Blue books?   PORNO [blue is a term for smut; blue books are exam booklets]   
Opening numbers?   AREA CODES [not songs]   
Pepper trio?   PEES   
Price support?   BRAVA [cheers for diva Price]   
A virus may cause one   FATAL ERROR [I though flu, etc. probably because I consider computers relatively recent phenomena]   
Crossing FRANK GEHRY with ARHAT, while fair, is a bit sadistic.   
ENOW   I studied Macbeth but didn't know the quote; a better clue might be "Enough for Shakespeare."   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Software / Technical / Open-source alternative to CC
« Last post by Ryan Chipman on June 05, 2015, 09:21:19 PM »
Hi All,

I am a long-time lurker, first-time poster here. I am a software developer who loves words and crosswords, and have dabbled in construction. One thing that has held me back is that the program generally held up as the golden standard for constructing (Crossword Compiler) is really inaccessible to me, for a number of reasons, including

- Cost
- Windows-only (I run linux)

I am a huge believer in, user of, and supporter of the open-source community and open-source software as a whole. I believe that the crossword community could benefit greatly from an open-source alternative to CC. I am looking into developing a free, open-source program for constructing crosswords with a few important goals in mind:

- Always free
- Compatibility with Linux, Windows, and Mac OS
- Open, plaintext file format

Would this be something people in the cruciverb community would be interested in using and/or supporting?

Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 6/5 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on June 05, 2015, 09:29:20 AM »
THEME:   TRY added to normal phrases creates odd ones
Just tempting enough {& theme}   WORTH A TRY   
Scene with store's open on Black Friday?   ENTRY DASH [en dash is a typological space]   
Éclair big enough to share?   PASTRY DE DEUX [pas de deux]   
Article in Der Speigel   EINE [part of speech, not a story or essay]   
Violin attachment?   -IST   
Inedible wrap   TOGA [I thought HUSK, etc. since I assumed wrap had to do with food --- what a dope!]   
Ye Gods is not a word, though it may be found in some online slang dictionaries.  Egads, yegads, and ye gods are acceptable --- to me, at least.   
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., 6/3 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on June 04, 2015, 09:08:10 AM »

Suggesting that etymology determine the meaning of a word is to misunderstand the essence of the study.  Etymology presents the history of the word (whence it came, how it changed, etc.) 

Whether or not a certain definition of a word predated a second definition of that word, or whether a word morphs into an opposite meaning, the word means all of the definitions in today's dictionary.  Thus, cheers is the equivalent of adieu since a meaning of cheers is good-bye.

That said, I suspect cheers most always is used as a toast and less so as a closing in an informal note.
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 6/4 Michael Dewey
« Last post by magus on June 04, 2015, 08:46:22 AM »
THEME:   potter's tools at end of phrases
Fictional wizard {& theme}   HARRY POTTER   
Assist badly?   ABET [becoming well-used, but still good]   
Words before "Happy New Year!"   TWO ONE [countdown]   
Insurance fig.   AGT [not number but person]   
Cologne article   EIN [not perfume but language]   
One climbing the walls   IVY [not person but plant]   
"A jug of wine…" poet   OMAR [didn't know we were on a first name basis with the great Khayyam]   
Disadvantaged   POOR [always thought this a "supposed" euphemism for poor: academia speak]   
Heavy lifter, for short?   KLEPTO [What is heavy about stealing?  "Heavy" in slang means either "good" or "deep."]   
Other, to Orlando  OTRA [but not in Orlando]   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Support / Re: How to import Crossynergy to Crossword App?
« Last post by BALLYHOO on June 03, 2015, 04:39:41 PM »
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 6/3 Ed Sessa
« Last post by LARadioRewind on June 03, 2015, 01:54:27 PM »
"Cheers, across the Channel" was ADIEU. Nope, sorry. "Cheers" dates from 1919 and is defined as "interjection - used as a toast." The equivalent of ADIEU is "Cheerio," which dates from 1910 and is defined as interjection, chiefly British - usually used as a farewell and sometimes a greeting or toast."

I will refrain from making any bad puns about a certain brand of cereal.
General Discussion / Re: Theme squares
« Last post by mmcbs on June 03, 2015, 11:48:21 AM »
You're fine. LA Times requires 35 theme squares (see Publisher Specifications). Most don't specify, but I think LAT guideline is good.
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