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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 3/31 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by magus on March 31, 2015, 09:18:06 AM »
THEME:   First word of a two-word phrase (or portmanteau) can follow FIELD, making FIELD the "left" word
   
GOOD ONES:     
Figuratively, where some wild ideas come from; literally {theme}   LEFT FIELD    
Ear piece?   STUD [this good one must've slipped by the editor]   
   
BTW:   
The theme answer HANDBALL can be modified by FIELD two ways: field hand and ball field   
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 3/29 Melanie Miller
« Last post by magus on March 29, 2015, 10:22:49 AM »
THEME:   EW inserted into random phrases creating odd ones
   
GOOD ONES:
Title:  ICK FACTOR {ew}   
Powerful Persian bloodline?   MEWING DYNASTY [the Persian is a cat]   
Beginning of Christmas?   CEE   
Hardly a pick-up expert   SLOB [she doesn't pick up after herself]   (is this sexist? I'm not using masculine pronouns for neuter nouns)   
Summers in China?   ABACI [sums = adds]   
Shaker unit   GRAIN [I thought furniture style]   
Told too much   OLD [that is, too often told]   
   
BTW:   
Want more   PREFER [much too far afield: preference does not suggest quantity]   
   
Castaway's signal   FLARE [only if he's stranded and happens to have one; I'd go with "Emergency signal" or "Elan homonym"]   
   
Wise men   MAGI [my fellow genii] :)   
   
"Wanna bet?"   YES IT IS  [No it isn't; bets do not presume a positive or negative]   
   
Bothersome  PESTY [I had PESKY, and I'm right; pesty is substandard]   
   
Cher's "Burlesque" role   TESS [sad that a great literary character is passed over for a cheesy movie role]   
   
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: Good clue for ATE OFF?
« Last post by mmcbs on March 29, 2015, 03:50:16 AM »
Used for a plate
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General Discussion / Good clue for ATE OFF?
« Last post by mrdrawerguy on March 28, 2015, 02:14:29 PM »
It can't be ATE OUT because it is crossing EXED OUT.
Thanks.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 3/28 Christian & Peterson
« Last post by magus on March 28, 2015, 09:25:16 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:     
K.C. setting   CST [clock setting for the city]   
Paper slip   TYPO   
Tube top   CAP [I thought some clothing name I had never heard of]   
   
BTW:   
Discouraged   SCARED OFF [tin-earism: to be disheartened is not to be scared]   
   
Dream state?   LA LA LAND [to me, it's Los Angeles, and the dream is a nightmare]    :)
   
Misfit '70s sitcom   SWEAT HOG [imagine that John Travolta was one --- he's come a long way since then]   
   
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 / Fri., 3/27 Jacob Stulberg
« Last post by magus on March 27, 2015, 09:33:24 AM »
THEME:   TANG is part of a phrase; TANG spelled backwards is GNAT; a GNAT flies; and the old joke "…doing the backstroke" suggests the fly in the clue (GNAT) is backwards
   
GOOD ONES:     
2/3, say   DATE   
   
BTW:   
Several   A FEW [tin-earism: A FEW is not "a lot": we say "quite a few" for several]   
   
Raise your hand if you figured out this theme and if it was worth the effort?   

I did enjoy the fills, especially LeRoy Anderson's "Blue Tango,"  one of my favorite recordings from my childhood.  Raise your hand if you knew this one right off. (my hand's raised like a kid in class showing off)  8)
   
   
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 Support / washington post in acroslite
« Last post by BALLYHOO on March 26, 2015, 09:46:53 AM »
can you give us this puzzle in acroslite or puz?
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 3/26 Frank Viszi
« Last post by magus on March 26, 2015, 09:01:13 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can be "started" with HOME
   
GOOD ONES:    
Fixer-upper {& theme}   STARTER HOME   
Ten to twenty?   HALF   
Remains at the campsite   ASHES   
Party person   POL   
Luncheon ender   ETTE   
Spanish ayes   SI SI
   
   
   
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 / Wed., 3/25 Carol Lachance
« Last post by magus on March 25, 2015, 09:09:34 AM »
THEME:   first words of random phrases can be associated with spring cleaning
   
GOOD ONES:     
Project suggested by {theme}   SPRING CLEANING   
   
BTW:   
Pommes and SEL may be acceptable because of their use in menus, but NIE is "never"   
   
I've noted after a week or so of doing puzzles on computer that it makes no difference the medium, enjoyment is achieved only by a well-constructed puzzle.   
   
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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General Support / Re: LA times
« Last post by oneputt on March 23, 2015, 09:01:57 AM »
Sure...it's Monday.
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