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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 9/14 Matt Skoczen
« Last post by magus on September 14, 2014, 09:19:47 AM »
THEME:   intrusive U in movie titles
   
GOOD ONES:     
Title: "You Oughta Be in Pictures" [You = U]   
Formal acknowledgement at the end of the calla season?   A FAREWELL TO ARUMS   
Not a colorful restaurant list?   MENU IN BLACK   
Classy vehicle for actor Elliot?   THE SOLID GOULD CADILLAC [is a Caddy still classy?]   
South end?   ERN   
Groundbreaking discoveries?   FAULTS   
   
BTW:   
A hundred bucks   ONE C [sorry, it's a c-note.  What about: How to spell Skoczen with "with"]   :)   
   
Like D's, gradewise   POOR [from what I read about grade inflation, they are non-existent, so I'd go with "Today's grading system"- or the term "gradewise"]   

   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 9/13 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on September 13, 2014, 06:03:50 PM »
SST appears quite frequently in crosswords. I posted a list of the most-used puzzle answers at  http://www.cruciverb.com/index.php?topic=105973.0 and now maybe I should start keeping track of clues. For example, how many different clues have been used for SST? Or LEI or ALOHA or SPA or ALE? Puzzle makers keep using the same short words but they try to avoid using the same clues. They don't want to make it too obvious that they're using certain words over and over. They're not fooling me, though!

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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 9/13 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on September 13, 2014, 09:17:31 AM »
THEME:   none, but 4 triples
   
GOOD ONES:     
Bygone boomers   SST'S [not dead people]   
World of bugs and plants   SPYDOM   [it may not be a defined word but it's used so much it should be]
   
BTW:   
Nursery reactions   AWS [wouldn't that be "oos and ahs" --- AW suggests a Westerners "AW, gee, Ma'am"]   
   
Yesterday, in Paris   HIER [see what I mean about foreign words: is any word in any language okay?  What about swerge or qualiptic?]   
   
Schlep   TOTE [one of my favorite adopted words is schlep because it suggests more than just tote; it suggests a bothersome exertion by a complaining speaker --- which makes me smile]   
   
   
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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General Discussion / Re: Sending puzzle to multiple newspapers?
« Last post by dserian on September 12, 2014, 05:41:04 PM »
Thank you for your response. The NY Times is silent on this subject, so I figure no more than two at a time would be ok.
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General Discussion / Re: Sending puzzle to multiple newspapers?
« Last post by mmcbs on September 12, 2014, 02:43:27 PM »
Check the publisher's guidelines (some specifically say you can send more puzzles before you've received replies on ones pending, others ask you not to send new puzzle or query before you've received replies on previous). If the specifications are silent, I would take it to mean you can send as many as you want, until they tell you otherwise. One point to note is that if your puzzle is rejected you are likely to get some feedback about why that may be helpful in your future work for that publisher.
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General Support / Re: Black Screen on cruciverb on iPhone in all browsers
« Last post by admin on September 12, 2014, 09:14:04 AM »
OK, I am working on the issue. I upgraded one of the components of the site and it doesn;t seem to want to play well with phones. I have to try to downgrade.

-km
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General Support / Re: Bad link again - LA Times
« Last post by admin on September 12, 2014, 09:12:49 AM »
Weird, I'm not able to reproduce this.

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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 9/12 Jeff Stillman
« Last post by magus on September 12, 2014, 09:02:30 AM »
THEME:   architectural terms reinterpreted
   
GOOD ONES:    
‚Ķjob fit for a king's silversmith   CROWN MOLDING   
Service station?   PEW   
Took its toll?   RANG   
   
   
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: Thu., 9/11 Steve Marron
« Last post by LARadioRewind on September 11, 2014, 06:59:56 PM »
The answers FREEZING, TRANSITION and SATURATION pretty much made sense without adding the word POINT. The answer PRESSURE, however, needed the word added. I know it's difficult for puzzle makers to compose a crossword that has several words  containing a J, K, Q, X and/or Z, but including the 1970 movie Zabriskie Point would have been a nice surprise.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 9/11 Steve Marron
« Last post by magus on September 11, 2014, 08:48:16 AM »
THEME:   word that can have POINT after it to make a phrase
   
GOOD ONES:     
Not getting it {& theme}   MISSING THE POINT   
Attorney's thing   RES [might be better without 's to mirror the idiom]   
   
   
RATING:    ;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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