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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 19, 2015, 05:51:20 PM »
How many people under the age of 50 are familiar with the Mills Brothers? How many people other than soldiers know what "hospital corners" are? And INTERESTGROUP is two-thirds of the phrase "special interest group." The clues probably made sense only to Army veterans in their 70s...and even they would probably be unfamiliar with RIEL, a Cambodian currency. I can understand Mister magus's one-teardrop rating for this puzzle.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by pattybee on January 19, 2015, 04:11:37 PM »
Ah, thanks for the explanation.  :D
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 19, 2015, 12:58:44 PM »
Yes, Virginia, there is a Puzzle Theme. (Sorry---I couldn't resist.) One answer was the United Nations' GENERALASSEMBLY. The word GENERAL can precede the first words of MILLSBROTHERS, HOSPITALCORNERS and INTERESTGROUP to form new phrases.

My one complaint: "Happy sign for a realtor" is SOLD. The realtor is happy when she sells a property...but how can the "SOLD" sign be happy? (I have a similar complaint when food is referred to as "healthy" instead of "healthful.")
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General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by fluff on January 19, 2015, 09:05:40 AM »
It'so back!!!!! Many thanks!
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 1/19 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on January 19, 2015, 08:45:02 AM »
THEME:   ?
   
I have no idea if there is a theme; there are certainly no interesting entries.  Perhaps a theme exists, but if so it is in deep cover.  That is why the LAT should offer titles for puzzles as they do on Sunday.  As it stands, I've moved on with my day's work.   
   
   
   
RATING: :'(   
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: Sat., 1/17 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 18, 2015, 08:32:57 PM »
In the 1950s, several musicians experimented with fuzz guitar and other distorted sounds. Marty Robbins' 1961 hit Don't Worry featured Grady Martin's fuzz guitar---but it was unintentional. A preamplifier had burned out and caused the distortion. Here are both parts of the Ventures' The 2000-Pound Bee, which stalled at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1963:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9UI92m77bY
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Doesn't Cruciverb answer any of these issues?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/18 Meryl Jackson
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 18, 2015, 05:01:33 PM »
Merl Reagle came up with several horrible puns for today's Los Angeles Times crossword titled "Sounds Like Fun." One of the worst is CONNICKSECTIONS ("Parts played and sung by Harry?"). Another answer, BROWNIEINMOTION ("Girl heading out to sell cookies?"), likely will make no sense to anyone who is not a physicist. But one of the puns was pretty clever: "'Hey, longshoremen, keep it down,' for example" was PORTNOISECOMPLAINT.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 1/18 Meryl Jackson
« Last post by magus on January 18, 2015, 10:20:43 AM »
THEME:   Intrusive CL
   
GOOD ONES:    
Assure satisfaction   CLAIM TO PLEASE   
How some defensive boxing matches proceed?   CLINCH BY CLINCH [here we get two CL's for the price of one]   
Mouse user's consideration?   CLICK FACTOR ["ick factor" has been around awhile]   
Pen in Patna?   INDIA CLINK   
Brain matter   IDEA   
Knight in a sitcom   TED   
When to start driving?   TEE TIME   
Lab regulation?   LEASH LAW   
   
BTW:   
ELHI should be suspended or at least put in Remedial English.   
   
OTHO is not Otto, the usual Xword denizen.   
   
   
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   
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General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by cmgarcia on January 18, 2015, 07:27:01 AM »
It would be nice if there were some kind of post on the web site. One whole week without the LA Times and no mention anywhere as to what is going on!
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