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General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by jamegood on April 04, 2014, 10:25:14 AM »
I am logged into but still cannot get the LA Times to download.  It says my username in the top left corner ("Hello jamegood") and there is a "Logout" button below that, so I think I'm genuinely logged in.  Any ideas will be welcome. 
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 4/4 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on April 04, 2014, 09:24:19 AM »
THEME:   a word Down intersects with a word Across leaving the word Across misspelled because of the intrusion --- but the two words form a familiar phrase reflecting the fact that on the grid the word Down is "in" the word Across (this made sense to me when I wrote it)
With SADKDLE, working again, aptly   BACK ["back in the saddle": BACK is literally "in" SADDLE]   
With FAMSILY, what red hair often does, aptly   RUNS [ "runs in the family"]   
With BANNK, a financially secure thing, aptly   MONEY ["money in the bank"]   
"LOOK in the MIRROR" and "DROP in the BUCKET" are equally clever   
Fair ones   MAIDENS [I'd use quotation marks around "Fair" since the term is "fair maidens" or "maidens fair."  They are not "fair" in and of themselves.]   
I was confused when I had SADKD.… I knew I was right, yet how could I be?  Then I had FAM_ILY, which also made no sense.  Then I got DEUS, thank God, and BACK made sense.   
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   
General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by Valnavia on April 03, 2014, 03:58:28 PM »
Still unable to dl the LAT puzzle this week.  Thx.
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 4/3 Gagliardo & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on April 03, 2014, 08:41:20 AM »
THEME:   baseball diamond grid with circled letters as baselines spelling ways to advance runners
What the circled words (shown in the appropriate direction) are capable of doing   ADVANCING THE RUNNER   
Ones getting lots of Bronx cheers   YANKEES [does this mean cheers for the Bombers or boos?]   
Baseball commissioner under whom interleague play became a reality    SELIG [only needed the first two words]   
Spanish pronoun   ESTA [rather than grammar, why not clue it the way it may be heard: "Como ESTA usted?"]   
This was a particularly creative way to recognize the opening week of Major League Baseball, so as a fan...   
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 / Wed., 4/2 Peterson & Varol
« Last post by magus on April 02, 2014, 09:11:42 AM »
THEME:   prefix IN- is separated from the root word and read as two words
How poets write?   IN VERSES [and the other 5 theme entries are as clever]   
Bath bathroom   LOO [Bath is an English city]   
One going downhill fast   SKIER   
Short notes?   IOU'S   
Learned   WISE [I know many learned people who are unwise; what I don't know is why this clue has been used, more than once, when there are so very many better clues for wise, including "potato chip."]   
Former Cubs slugger   SOSA [I'd have clued it "Former Cubs cheater" or "Cub of ill-repute"]   
Squeaker in Stuttgart   MAUS [but we're not German and we NEVER use this term]   

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   
General Support / Re: LAT download not working
« Last post by fluff on April 02, 2014, 08:21:33 AM »
I appreciate this wonderful site, but really miss being able to get the LA times puzzle on my iPad.  :(
Software / Technical / Re: Comparison of CW Construction Software
« Last post by cheapcookies on April 01, 2014, 01:13:17 PM »
You'll probably get more answers if you post your question on the mailing list. More folks respond to mailing list items than to forum posts

Thank you for replying; 2 weeks later/100+ views and you're the only one.

Just my opinion, but I don't like flooding peoples inbox with mail from persons unknown. I had hoped to get at least one constructive review of some of the software packages I mentioned.

I'm beginning to think breaking into the secret society of crossword puzzle makers is harder than getting into the magicians circle. And worse, some of the software sellers don't even answer inquisitive emails, and I don't want to lay out money for silence.

I'm trying to be honorable here and purchase software. Alot of this stuff has been hacked or keys are floating around in newsgroups, etc. I don't want to go that route.

But I would like some objective criticism before I buy. This is supposedly the secret meeting site of the enabled.


Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 3/31 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on April 01, 2014, 09:01:26 AM »
Yes, he does. 

His puzzles are among my favorites; too bad Mon. & Tue. offerings are denuded of clever and/or challenging clues.

BTW, I had amended the comment about ULTRA, which I found was indeed a noun, but somehow the original was maintained and my change was not saved.  Makin' me look bad! 
Today's Puzzles / Tue., 4/1 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on April 01, 2014, 08:54:18 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase is a term for open expanse of land
STAMPEDES and SADDLESUP fit the theme   
Lid for a lad   TAM   
"Love HER Madly" is a top classic rock song, and as I read the clue I heard the song.  Thanks for the memory.   
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: Possible problem with Crossword Lite
« Last post by mmespeer on March 31, 2014, 12:27:41 PM »
Thanks for all you do. I had followed your directions and logged into and still had problems. Then I cleared my cache and cookies and now it seems to be working  :)
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