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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 2/16 Garry Morse
« Last post by magus on February 16, 2015, 09:07:18 AM »
THEME:   phrases ending in ZZ ["ZZ Bottom"?]
   
GOOD ONES:    
FUZZ, JAZZ, FIZZ, BUZZ and even ZSA ZSA   
   
BTW:   
AUGER and rasp made me feel at home.   
   
   
RATING: :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: Bandanna or bandana?
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 15, 2015, 07:07:32 PM »
In 1979, Merle Haggard got to #4 on the Billboard country chart with a song that he wrote and recorded. The title was Red Bandana and nobody dares argue with Haggard! I almost never see "bandana" spelled with two N's.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 2/14 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 15, 2015, 01:50:29 PM »
Okay, make the puzzle, sell it for $10,000 and send me $300. I'm okay with that. :)

I've printed out a lot of grids---some blank and some with the black squares already in---and I've attempted many different crosswords. I can easily come up with 10-to-15-letter theme answers but I've never been able to finish a complete grid. I have no crossword-compiling software so I rely on my brainpower and I seldom can complete more than two-thirds of the grid. I wind up with fill words such as IBXT, EHRDI, TRFF and ORGL. Not good!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 2/15 Amy Johnson
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 15, 2015, 01:43:49 PM »
MENE is a Hebrew word and appears in Daniel 5:25 as part of an inscription on a wall: "Mene, mene, tekel upharsin." It means "Numbered, numbered, weighed, divided." Daniel interpreted the words as predicting the end of the Kingdom of Balshazzar.

If MENE was confusing, what do you think of METAS? That word appears in Merl Reagle's Los Angeles Times puzzle today. The clue is "Movies about movies, or puzzles within puzzles, in modern slang." Huh! That's a new one to me! Reagle also clued GLOBALWAR as "Tiff's opposite...in the extreme." Wouldn't the clue make more sense if it said "Tiff...in the extreme"? A tiff can escalate into a war but I fail to see how any kind of war can be the opposite of a tiff? And what exactly is the opposite of a tiff? I have no idea.

The title of Reagle's puzzle: "Funny Business." The theme answers are humorous business names found on the Internet. Reagle assumes that all of these really exist. Among them:

Bouquet shop's name? FLORISTGUMP
Fromage shop's name? CESTCHEESE
Coffee shop's name? BREWEDAWAKENING
Ambulatory equipment store's name? CANEANDABLE
Vintage record store's name? VINYLRESTINGPLACE
Antique store's name? JUNKANDDISORDERLY
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 2/14 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by magus on February 15, 2015, 09:35:56 AM »
Don't know why you can't make the puzzle yourself as you have a clever theme.

And, if $10,000 were the pay for such a puzzle, I'd do it for you.  I think I got $300 for my last one in the 90's --- bc.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 2/15 Amy Johnson
« Last post by magus on February 15, 2015, 09:30:16 AM »
THEME:   Presidents' names found in non-presidential phrases --- or looking for presidents where they ain't
   
GOOD ONES:    
Presidential teams?   BUSH LEAGUE [I'd say that is politically a propos]   
Presidential resistance?   GRANT IMMUNITY   
Bigger fish to fry?   KEEPERS [not those too small to keep]   
Practice with dolls   VOODOO [I thought CPR, etc.]   
Fourth grade?   DEE   
   
BTW:   
Key of Beethoven's "Fur Elise"   A MINOR [she was a minor]   
   
"Writing on the wall" word   MENE [where did she find that one? … and crossed with the psychobabble EGO IDEAL]   
   
   
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: Bandanna or bandana?
« Last post by mmcbs on February 15, 2015, 05:09:34 AM »
According to Webster's Unabridged, bandana is a variant of bandanna. In everyday usage, however, it appears bandana is more common (about twice as many hits on Google News, and spelled that way in Amazon.com). Google bandanna, and you're likely to get "Did you mean bandana?". I believe this more common usage is due to the fact that bandana would be how you would spell it in Spanish, which is the first language for many Americans and probably the most common second language for native American English speakers. Odd, because it's not a Spanish word. Puzzle editors often allow common variants, so bandana would probably be accepted . . . but don't count on it.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 2/14 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 14, 2015, 06:35:07 PM »
I agree: the pot becomes the winnings, not the other way around. And "Soloist in Tchaikovsky's Swan's Theme" was OBOE. Really? An oboe can be a soloist? An oboist, certainly---but not an oboe.

How about a crossword where 1-across is the Star Wars character R2D2 and each theme answer contains two Rs and two Ds: DARTBOARD, DAYDREAMER, DEARPRUDENCE, DIRTROAD, DOGBREEDER, DRAFTBOARD, DRAWBRIDGE, DROMEDARY, GERALDFORD, HOTRODDER, REDBREASTED, THERIDDLER and  TRIEDANDTRUE. Such a crossword does not exist.....yet. I just came up with the idea. Who wants to try to construct the puzzle? And if you sell it to the New York Times for $10,000, I won't even ask for a share. I can come up with all kinds of clever ideas but I just can't construct the puzzles.
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General Discussion / Bandanna or bandana?
« Last post by DukeTheReader on February 14, 2015, 11:40:03 AM »
I've seen both in puzzles and in literature; which is preferred?
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 2/14 Brad Wilbur
« Last post by magus on February 14, 2015, 09:20:06 AM »
THEME:   none, but two triples and two doubles
   
GOOD ONES:    
One whose work is at an end?   INDEXER [I did that editing part time when in college, but I didn't think of it as a (dead) end job]   
Bad reception?  CABLE THEFT [I thought football]   
Small magazine inserts   BB'S [I thought zines not guns]   
   
BTW:   
JFK, but not LAX   DEM [I get it, but JFK was more than a Democrat, and it's hard for me to think of him as a mere pol]   
   
Why, aside from rhyme, is it called a NO TELL MOTEL when no motel or hotel "tells"?   
   
ELEVE in English is one N shy of a number, period.   
   
Winnings, eventually   POT [this confused me at first; I read it that the winnings became the POT]  :-[   
   
   
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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