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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 5/8 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on May 09, 2015, 08:57:29 AM »
But bones and muscles can be neighbors --- just not Arabs and Jews.
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 5/9 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on May 09, 2015, 08:55:40 AM »
THEME:   none, 30 blocks
Tight ends?  TEES [not football; spelling]   
Character in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"   QUESTION MARK [not acting; punctuation]   
Try to win   WOO [not sports; romance]   
M*A*S*H actor   FARR [finally not Alda]   
18 for graduating high school, e.g.   AGE NORM [this entry is unique in that both the clue and the answer are poor: the idiom is "graduate from" a school, and AGE NORM is created to fit the spaces in the grid.   
Best in a restaurant   OUT-EAT [never felt my overeating made me a winner --- thanks, Barry]   
Richard BURTON also won the Tony for his Hamlet, the best of all portrayals on record (IMO).   
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 / Re: Fri., 5/8 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by rbe on May 08, 2015, 06:53:15 PM »
I thought the same thing about AMMO.

I did not like using TIBIA for "Calf neighbor." Calf neighbors could be ankle, shin or thigh.
Tibia neighbors would be bones like fibula or femur. 
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 5/8 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on May 08, 2015, 05:08:32 PM »
Bread-related puns: a clever theme for the puzzle-solving members of the upper crust. :)

Today's NEA crossword is similar to all the previous NEA crosswords: No theme, no long words, no unusual words. There were five foreign words (ADIOS, ESTA, LOS, NUNC, SRA) and seven of the over-used words that appear in several crosswords each week: APE, EPEE, ETNA, OAT, ODE, OLEO and OPAL.

The Universal crossword included three 15-letter answers, LITTLEORNOTHING, MEDIUMDUTYTRUCK and BIGGERANDBETTER. 
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 5/8 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on May 08, 2015, 09:13:51 AM »
THEME:   foreign breads lead phrases in a "punny" way
Ability to laugh at deli bread {& theme}   RYE SENSE OF HUMOR   
Good feelings during Jewish bread celebrations?   CHALLAH DAY CHEER [pronounced /(c)halla/ hence "holiday cheer"]  (My friends in Brooklyn called it "holly bread" --- don't know why)   
Cautionary tale about Greek bread?   PITA AND THE WOLF   
It's used in rounds   AMMO [ammo is rounds]   
ERDE is not used 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   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 5/7 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on May 07, 2015, 04:51:31 PM »
Even though Artie Shaw and his orchestra had a few hits with Brunswick Records, including Goodnight Angel (vocal by Nita Bradley) and Indian Love Call (vocal by Tony Pastor), Brunswick chose to let his contract expire. Shaw then signed a new contract with RCA Victor. Begin The Beguine was one of the songs they recorded during their first session (1938) and it was the first song that Victor (on its Bluebird subsidiary) released as a single. It spent eight weeks at number one and remained in the top 20 for 18 weeks. And the people at Brunswick probably started kicking themselves.

The Daily News crossword had 48 black squares, the most I've ever seen in a 15x15 grid. The black squares formed the letters H, T, U and S. The U and the S looked odd but of course a crossword grid does not allow for curves. Each of the four theme answers was an "arrangement of the letters in the grid." The answers were CABANAS, ERGO, REAR and SEAL, each of which was a synonym of a word formed with the aforementioned letters: HUTS, THUS, TUSH and SHUT. A very creative idea!

As for today's NEA crossword---38 black squares in a 13x13 grid---there were more of the usual over-used words: ACRE, AFAR, ALE, DRS, EDAM, EDEN, ELAN, ENS, ICE, OLE, SEE and SRS. I'm noticing that when crosswords include a lot of three- and four-letter words, a majority of those words end with E or S. I remember a few years ago someone made a crossword that contained no E's. I hereby issue this challenge to any crossword creator who considers himself capable: Come up with a series of five crosswords where puzzle #1 uses no A's, puzzle #2 uses no E's, #3 has no I's, #4 has no O's and #5 contains no U's. And for the Saturday crossword, construct a puzzle containing no S's. No prizes will be awarded...but think how smart you'll feel!
General Discussion / Re: Regarding LA times submission specification
« Last post by psbhat89 on May 07, 2015, 10:04:36 AM »

It has been more than 9 weeks since I mailed my submission to the given email id for LA Times, but so far I haven't received a reply. I mailed my submission to The specifications mention the response time as 3-8 weeks. Has anyone ever received a reply after the given time period?


Today's Puzzles / Thu., 5/7 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on May 07, 2015, 09:06:09 AM »
THEME:   I'm sure there is one, but if it takes more than thirty seconds to find, I lose patience.  Sorry.  Had there been a title or some reference within....  Okay, they're anagrams (I went back).
Apollo home   HARLEM [I thought everywhere but Manhattan]   
Big wind   TUBA   
Places to see FDR   DIMES   
ETTA James followed by "James portrayer" SEAN made me think they were related.   
"Common" asset   SENSE [probably why academics belittle it]   
Provided with an email dupe   CCED  [not wild about the spelling, but it is of interest that "carbon copies" is an anachronism, yet we kept the initials]   
Bandleader Shaw   ARTIE [he's from the 1930's and 40's and has one of the best recordings ever:  "Begin the Beguine" written by Cole Porter.
It's "The Beeb" or "The British Broadcasting Corporation" but not "THE BBC."  That is not to say in a sentence the definite article does not precede BBC, bit in a crossword the definite article is not used unless it is part of the definition or manner of speech.   
Rider's handful   REINS [I was sure it was COINS]   
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 / Re: Wed., 5/6 Michael Dewey
« Last post by LARadioRewind on May 06, 2015, 04:03:17 PM »
Everlovin' reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the B-side of A Wonder Like You, which got to #11. If I had been the president of Imperial Records, I would have put the ballad on the B-side and made Everlovin' the A-side. This was the first single to be released as by "Rick Nelson" instead of "Ricky Nelson."

Today's Universal crossword included four ten-letter words which came pretty close to constituting a theme: ENTHUSIASM, EXCITEMENT, COMMOTIONS and HULLABALOO.

The 13x13 NEA crossword never fails to meet the expectations of solvers who like to see the same few words in hundreds of puzzles. Today's included ACHE, ARC, ATM, EEL, ELI, ELSE, EPA, ISLE, OTT and USE.
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 5/6 Michael Dewey
« Last post by magus on May 06, 2015, 09:05:57 AM »
THEME:   the letters of EVEN, separated (broken) by the rest of the phase, may be found starting and ending the phrase ---
   and the three long phrases are broken in order: i.e., E…VEN; EV…EN; EVE…N
Neither ahead nor behind {& theme}   BREAKING EVEN   
Not my decision   UP TO YOU [the idiom needs "It's…" since UP TO YOU is really never said standing alone --- despite the clue's omission of "It's"]   
1961 Rickey Nelson hit   EVER LOVIN [hardly a hit song so clue should simply say "song"]   
Met or Nat   NLER [not a real word, but the Mets are ahead of the Nationals after the first month --- them Mets're amazin]   
Side with the ball   OFFENSE [often true, but not in baseball]   
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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