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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 12/17 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by magus on December 17, 2015, 08:50:29 AM »
THEME:   magazine names starting random phrases
Financial magazine tracking device?   FORTUNE COOKIE   
Rolled-up news magazine drifting at sea?   TIME IN A BOTTLE [pretty big bottle needed]   
Pot boiler   STOVE [not a good read: potboiler]   
Drilling gp.   ROTC [I thought dentists]   
Pleasant surprise   TREAT [yes, but treats are too often not surprises]   
Back in the day   ONCE [I prefer ONCE to "Back in the day" --- probably because back in the day "back in the day" did not exist.]   
Final: Abbr.  ULT [I don't know who if anyone uses ULT, but I do know that with three simple steps ULT would not be needed:  UNTO>UPTO; LEON>SOON; TOSS>NESS.  That would mean that Down we would have USN [Navy] instead of ULT and POE instead of NEO.     
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 Discussion / Repeated theme
« Last post by jrob on December 16, 2015, 10:12:07 PM »
I have been working on a theme for submission to the NYT.
I see in the database that a similar trick (with a bit of a different twist) was done in 2006.
Think I am waisting my time?
General Discussion / Sunday puzzle
« Last post by jrob on December 16, 2015, 09:40:53 PM »
I am an amateur constructor with a few published puzzles (NYT, LAT)
Wondering if it may be possible to try a Sunday. Other than studying the Sunday NYT, any suggestions?
Is it too big a jump?
Does Will ever pre-approve a theme?
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/16 Craig Stowe
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 16, 2015, 06:06:51 PM »
The "less than" symbol followed by the number 3 is supposed to look like a heart. Actually, the human heart does not really resemble the traditional heart shape that adorns Valentines Day cards.....but I digress. As for today's crossword answer, I'm assuming "<3 <3 <3" is textspeak for "I love you, I love you, I love you."

We often complain about French, Spanish, German and Italian words appearing in puzzles. To me, these fershlugginer texting symbols seem equally as foreign!
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 12/16 Craig Stowe
« Last post by magus on December 16, 2015, 09:26:30 AM »
THEME:   parts of pianos found in random phrases
Gershwin's preludes {& theme}   PIANO PIECES   
Short list shortener [two separate clues]   ET AL and ETC ["Short" signals abbreviation]   
I applaud four literary references (two from Macbeth, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and Sherlock Holmes) while ignoring The Simpsons, Star Wars, and Star Trek.   
I cannot decode the texting syntax of the clue "Pal to text '<3' symbols to" answered by BFF ("best friends forever").  It seems a foreign language.   
ESO should be clued "Pop song '____ Beso'. "   
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 / This December 14 crossword is for the birds!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 14, 2015, 03:31:32 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times crossword by C.C. Burnikel includes

Girl who lost her sheep: LITTLEBOPEEP
Get lovey-dovey: BILLANDCOO
Short online message visible only to approved followers: PRIVATETWEET

I have several Disney shirts. One of my favorites shows Donald Duck and says "I don't tweet---I quack." (My very favorite shows a belligerent Donald in his fighting pose and says "I flunked my anger management class" but that one is not relevant to today's crossword.)

"Six-sided state" is UTAH. A hexagon is a six-sided shape with six straight lines of equal length and a 120° angle between each two sides. Utah is definitely not a hexagon but can we still call it a "six-sided state"? And if we consider that a "side" does not have to be a straight line, then is California a 550-sided state? In each location where the coastline juts in or out, does that constitute a different side of the state? Is Utah really six-sided or is it four-sided with two of the sides turning inward? I have to think about this for a while.

Pawel Fludzinski's Daily News crossword includes

1/24 of an octave: QUARTERTONE
Skill useful for handling an emergency: QUICKTHINKING
Period of undivided attention, as with a spouse or child: QUALITYTIME
Noted Max Planck contribution to physics: QUANTUMTHEORY

"Babies (aww...)" and an aural hint to the four theme answers is CUTIES ("QT's").

The Universal crossword editors never object when the puzzles include a particular word two or three times. Today's is no exception. It includes SKIPPINGCLASSES, JUMPATTHECHANCE and HOPSKIPANDAJUMP. The American Heritage Idioms Dictionary defines "hop, skip and a jump" as "A short distance: It's just a hop, skip and a jump from my house to yours. This expression, dating from the early 1700s, originally referred to an exercise or game involving these movements but by the mid-1800s was also being used figuratively for the short distance so covered." I wonder if the exercise involved those three movements in that exact order. We never hear anyone say "a jump, skip and a hop" or "a skip, hop and a jump." It's always "a hop, skip and a jump." Never any variation!
General Discussion / Seeking Mentor
« Last post by o on December 13, 2015, 11:30:47 PM »
Hi! I'm new to constructing puzzles and am looking for a mentor. More specifically, I have a couple of themes I'd like to run by someone and if possible a completed puzzle I wish to submit for publication. Thank you so much!
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 12/13 Matt McKinley
« Last post by magus on December 13, 2015, 09:57:57 AM »
THEME:   intrusive AM
Unprincipled operator?   (AM)ORAL SURGEON   
Really large items thrown overboard?   JUMBO JETS(AM)   
Harsh criticism of a Pontiac?   GRAND (AM) SLAM   
Done like Donne   POETIC   
It it's orange, it's black   PEKOE   
Egg holder   NEST   
Bust measurements?   KILOS [bust=arrest --- narcotics are weighed in kilos]   
For some reason I dislike "veal PARM," but I enjoy the meal.   
ESA no es englais.   
Don Knotts denial   NOOP [before he played Barney Fife, Knotts was a comedian on Steve Allen's shows where he was very nervous and answered NOOP when interviewed ]   
"Sure, I get it"   AH SO [once before AH SO was mis-clued; it is an expression used humorously to connote one's coming to understand]   
Went off the deep end   DOVE [when I grew up dived was the only acceptable past tense --- but language is always changing]   
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 / Kevin McCann, Your Email Doesn't Work
« Last post by David Bywaters on December 13, 2015, 09:50:35 AM »
I have tried again and again to contact Kevin McCann at his posted email address.  Here's what happens when I do:

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain by [].

The error that the other server returned was:
454 4.7.0 TLS not available due to local problem

Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/11 Kristan House
« Last post by magus on December 12, 2015, 09:07:31 AM »

Thanks for the observation about non-metal ships.  Other than antiques, does one exist today?
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