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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/5 Marti Duguay-Carpenter
« Last post by rbe on December 05, 2014, 10:00:18 PM »
How about "cash in your chips?"
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/5 Marti Duguay-Carpenter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 05, 2014, 04:44:25 PM »
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have objections to three of the answers in today's crossword and I'm hoping that after I present my arguments, you will find the puzzlemaker guilty.

One clue is "SpongeBob's underwear, vis-à-vis Mickey's"? The answer is BOXIERBRIEFS. In some of the first few Mickey Mouse cartoons, Minnie's bloomers and/or panties were shown, but Mickey himself has never been depicted wearing underwear, neither in cartoons nor in comic strips and comic books.

Another clue is "Jeep, vis-à-vis a Cadillac?" The answer is BUMPIERCAR. Unless there are actual bumps on the bodies of those vehicles, I maintain that the answer is inappropriate. A road can be bumpy and a ride can be bumpy, but the car itself can not be bumpy.

And CASH is clued with "Get money for." I don't consider that definition to be accurate. Perhaps in the phrase "Cash a check," the word "cash" could be interpreted as "get money for" but it's a very loose interpretation. A better clue would have been "J.C. Penney's middle name" or "Country music's 'Man in Black.'"
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/3 Venzke & Grabowski
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 05, 2014, 04:29:00 PM »
Slade was best known for the 1984 hit Run Runaway and for recording the original version of Mama Weer All Crazee Now, which later became a hit for Quiet Riot. I've never seen WEER or CRAZEE in a crossword puzzle. Maybe someday a constructor will make a puzzle that includes misspelled song titles.

The Honeymooners began in 1951 as a sketch on the DuMont Network's Cavalcade Of Stars program. Jackie Gleason and Art Carney were joined by Pert Kelton, who played Alice. In 1952, when Gleason got his own weekly series on CBS, the Honeymooners sketches continued with Audrey Meadows as Alice and Joyce Randolph as Norton's wife Trixie. The regular Honeymooners series began on October 1, 1955, and lasted just one year. Incidentally, DuMont paid Gleason $1600 a week. CBS lured him away by offering $8000 a week---a considerable increase!
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/3 Venzke & Grabowski
« Last post by magus on December 05, 2014, 09:28:12 AM »
Thanks, Rewind, for not pointing out the misstatement in my question: I meant "rerun" and not "first run."

As for "The Honeymooners," I believe the series followed one of the skits from "The Jackie Gleason Show."  Anyway, I seem to remember that it was on the Gleason show that I first heard the "poloponies" skit.

And it was the band SLADE I referred to as a late 60's group.  I was wrong about the name and about the date --- so I wouldn't rely too heavily on my recollection of the Gleason skit.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 12/5 Marti Duguay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on December 05, 2014, 09:12:57 AM »
THEME:   i inserted in a phrases changes their meanings
   
GOOD ONES:     
SpongeBob's underwear, vis-à-vis Mickey's?   BOXIER BRIEFS   
Jeep, vis-à-vis a Cadillac?   BUMPIER CAR   
Hill workers   ANTS [oldie but goodie]   
What recon may provide   INTEL [amazing how these military terms have become so familiar to the laity]   
   
BTW:   
Ins   ELECTEES [I'm not sure I have ever read "ins" referring to pols anywhere but in Xwords.]   
   
I liked that EZRA Pound was allowed to offset just a bit SpongeBob, Jessica ALBA, MOBIL, TORO, and REBA McIntyre.  And there was even mention one of my tools: C-CLAMP.   
   
   
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: LAT Mon. 3/9 Todd McClary
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 04, 2014, 09:02:05 PM »
It's always fun to respond to a five-year-old post. The Express Yourself that Mister Magus remembers is a 1970 song by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Wright was born in Mississippi and formed the group in Watts in 1966. They were originally known as the Soul Runners and the person who saw them perform and helped them get a recording contract was Bill Cosby. And yes, Wright actually sang "Spress yersef." They also had a hit in 1970 with Love Land.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/3 Venzke & Grabowski
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 04, 2014, 02:43:11 PM »
I was six years old when The Honeymooners originally aired (1955-56) and it's the first show I remember watching. If my parents went out on a Saturday evening, I'd stay with my grandmother and we'd both watch the show. It was one of her two favorite programs. She also liked Roller Derby. Even to this day, The Honeymooners has always been my favorite tv series. I guess you could say it was "imprinted" on me.

"Look at this! Your drawer is full of clothes! My drawer has only one pair of pants! Why?"
"One pair of your pants is all that will fit in that drawer!"
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 12/4 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on December 04, 2014, 02:34:09 PM »
Mister Magus, there was a jazz musician named Fats Sadi. There  were the Sad Sacks, Sad Cafe, Mr. Sad Head, and a singer named Sadina who recorded only one single in 1965. There was a 1970s-80s rock band called Slade. I can't find any group called Sade. (If such a group existed, were their fans known as Sadists?)

Today's puzzle includes the name of UTA Hagen and Teri GARR. Other puzzles often include Mel OTT, UNA Merkel and AVA Gardner. If not for crosswords, those five people might be almost unknown to the younger generation!

Hey, Jeffrey Wechsler, now that you made a puzzle which includes the names of four female singers, how about giving equal time to the men? You have many names to choose from, including FABIAN, DONOVAN, STING, DRAKE, JOE, NAS, COOLIO, AKON, USHER, PRINCE, NELLY, EMINEM, SEAL and SISQÓ.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/3 Venzke & Grabowski
« Last post by magus on December 04, 2014, 09:01:19 AM »
Amazing!  I thought about Jackie Gleason's mispronunciation of POLO PONIES.  Did you see it first run or are you as old as I am?
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 12/4 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on December 04, 2014, 08:56:40 AM »
THEME:   one-named singers found in random phrases
   
GOOD ONES:     
Featured shared {theme}   ONE NAME [CHER, ADELE, ENYA, SADE]   
Had a little lamb   ATE   
   
   
BTW:   
Interesting grid today.

As I recall there was a band called Sade in the late 60's.   
   
   
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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