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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 8/5 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on August 06, 2015, 09:27:33 AM »
Yes, I saw what you did there, and it was ideal.  Less ideal is your failure to use the possessive case before a gerund ("... I appreciate you quoting...").  Now you've already been told about this --- don't make me tell you again!
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 8/6 Smith & Guizzo
« Last post by magus on August 06, 2015, 09:21:44 AM »
THEME:   the ten border answers can modify SOUND
   
GOOD ONES:    
Home theater feature {& theme}   SURROUND SOUND   
Cult following? URE [culture]   
Pair of giraffes?   EFFS [a pair of F's appear in the name]   
Where to find paste?   EDIT MENU [the word, not the goo]   
Berlin beef?   ACH [as in "Ach du lieber!"]   
   
   
BTW:   
Never, in Nuremberg   NIE [and never in English]   
   
   
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: Wed., 8/5 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 05, 2015, 05:28:10 PM »
Mister magus, I appreciate you quoting the line ""Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Juliet was asking why he was named Romeo. Almost everyone thinks there is a comma after "thou" and nearly everyone thinks "wherefore" means "where." It does not. It means "Why." I often hear people on tv shows engage in such dialogue as: "Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" "I'm over here." That drives me crazy! Bobby Sherman and Gordon Lightfoot are among the artists who have recorded a song titled Wherefore & Why. That title, too, drives me crazy.

Today's crossword included IDEA and NOIDEA. I think that idea-lly no word should appear twice in a puzzle unless it is part of a theme. (See what I did there?)
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 8/5 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on August 05, 2015, 08:57:36 AM »
THEME:   phrases containing the chemical symbol AU
   
GOOD ONES:    
Kind nature {& theme}  HEART OF GOLD   
Stock quote?   MOO [cattle = stock]   
Where to find a horse with no legs?  SEA [as in seahorse --- glue factory didn't fit (sorry)]   
Promise from a shy person?   IOU [shy in the sense of owing money]   
Modern art?  ARE ["Wherefore art thou Romeo?"]   
Like no news?   GOOD ["no news is good news": certainly true on TV]   
Bean sprout?   IDEA [bean = head]   
   
BTW:   
Life altering words   I DO [come to think of it, there are zillion words and phrases that fit that definition, from "YES" and "NO" to "I'LL TRY IT" to "LET'S GO SWIMMING"]   
   
Spanish 101 verb   ESTA [and engripador is a noun --- so what?]   
   
Of all the ways to clue TIS, why quote John Donne I wonder.  Raise your hand the last time you read anything by John Donne --- or even seen his name in print.  If you're a fan of Old English kenning, you may enjoy "Lucy."   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Horsing around with the August 4 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 04, 2015, 02:04:59 PM »
Roy Leban experienced a bit of good luck when he started to create today's Daily News crossword: It so happened that two theme answers were eight-letter words, two were 11-letter words and one was a 15-letter name which perfectly fit the center row. Each clue was a year and the answers were "the five most recent members of a particular category":

1948: CITATION
1973: SECRETARIAT
1977: SEATTLESLEW
1978: AFFIRMED
2015: AMERICANPHAROAH

Those are the most recent winners of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, a title awarded to a three-year-old thoroughbred horse who wins the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stake in a single year. Twelve horses have done so. The first was Sir Barton in 1919. And yes, the name of American Pharoah is misspelled. I do not know why.

Greg Johnson's Los Angeles Times crossword includes the motorist's question NEEDALIFT. The last word of each theme answer can be combined with "lift": TUNINGFORK, LAWNCHAIR, POKERFACE and SHRIMPBOAT.

The Universal crossword includes PETRIFIEDFOREST, PAINTERSBRUSH and EUCALYPTUSTREES. If there is a theme, I can't figure it out. I guess you could say I can't see the forest for the trees.....so I'll just give it the old brush-off.

Finally, we have the 13x13 NEA crossword which includes the archaic words EBON and THOU, the foreign words EINE, ESA, ISLA and LES and the over-used words ABET, AIM, ASH, EGO and ELAN. It also includes OHO, an exclamation which appears quite frequently in puzzles, along with AHA and AAH. We often say those words but we almost never write them.....unless, of course, we're filling in a crossword grid.
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Today's Puzzles / The August 3 crosswords, doo-dah doo-dah
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 03, 2015, 04:20:20 PM »
Ray Hamel must have drawn inspiration from the 1980 Police song De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da. His Los Angeles Times crossword today includes TURKEYDAY, RUBYDEE, LOADEDDIE ("Crooked craps cube"), JOHNDOE and SCOOBYDOO. Foreign words in the puzzle: ALDENTE, CASA, ETE, HERR.

The Daily News crossword by Todd Gross and Andrea Carla included WEBCRAWLER, ALICEWALKER, BLADERUNNER and RADIOFLYER ("Classic red wagon"). There was a set of Roman numerals (XCI), two foreign words (CIAO, TROMPE) and the over-used words ELI, ERA, LEA, LEI and ODE.

The 13x13 NEA crossword included EEL, ERGO, ICON, IRE, ODE, ORAL, OREO, ORO, OSLO, SET and STY and, as usual, no theme and no long words. The Universal crossword included DIAMONDBACK, HAMMERSHOME, LETTERDROPS and AIRFORCEONE. The theme is obviously.....ummm.....uhh.......

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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 8/1 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 02, 2015, 01:29:00 PM »
On the day the Phillies traded Cole Hamels, they had a .373 winning percentage, worst in the major leagues. They got rid of their best pitcher. Yeah, that should help the team. ::)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 8/2 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 02, 2015, 01:25:13 PM »
Merl Reagle has several friends with the same first name and one of them is in the hospital this week. She likes to solve crossword puzzles so he created one just for her. The title is "First-Name Basis." Among the theme answers:

AMYGDALA
AMYLNITRATE
RALPHBELLAMY
IAMYOURFATHER
ITSAMYSTERYTOME
STEAMYWINDOWS
BRIGHAMYOUNG

See the name?

"Tube top honors" was a very clever clue for EMMYS. I initially wondered what type of honor would go to tube tops but I then realized that the clue refers to the top honors given to programs on the "tube."

The answer for "Sleep like ___" was ALOG. Being fairly certain that logs do not sleep, I consulted The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms:

Sleep like a log. Also, sleep like a top. Sleep very soundly, as in "I slept like a log" or "She said she slept like a top." Both of these similes transfer the immobility of an object to that of a person who is sound asleep (since a top spinning quickly looks immobile). The first dates from the late 1600s; the variant is newer.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 8/1 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on August 02, 2015, 09:59:41 AM »
T-Man---

Yes, I thought trade school was a bit off, but then I thought, perhaps wrongly, that the term school can suggest the teachers, not only the building; hence the clue.

And, it occurred to me as I went through the puzzle that Hammels had just been traded, but I failed to mention it.  Thanks for these two observations.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 8/2 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on August 02, 2015, 09:51:35 AM »
THEME:   phrases suggesting squareness
   
GOOD ONES:     
title: All Square   
Washington or Ford   ACTOR [Denzel & Harrison come to mind]   
Where most people get into hot water   BATHTUB   
Its mascot uses fowl language  AFLAC [I know, but groaners tickle me]   
Seasoned salts   TARS [sailors, not condiments]   
Holey pursuit?  GOLF [for some it's also holy]   
   
BTW:   
ESA is not used in English   
   
How some games are won, briefly   IN OT [the way I see it, that's when they're won]   
   
Quick squirt   SPRITZ [probably used only by those exposed to Yiddish --- most use spray even though it does not suggest a burst --- but I like it probably because I was exposed to a little Yiddish as a boy in the NYC projects]
   
3, 4, and 5   PARS [clue seems too vague --- needs "at times"]   
   
   
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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