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General Discussion / Re: Eeyorish?
« Last post by mmcbs on February 28, 2017, 05:45:28 AM »
Of course, every word was made up at one time, but as long as you're not making it up for a particular puzzle, that's OK. It really all depends on the situation (publisher, day of the week, type of puzzle). A few editors would insist on it being a "real" word, meaning actually in dictionaries, but many like to use such entries. Argument against: although it's been used in respected publications, it has so few occurrences that it's likely no one who sees this puzzle will have ever seen the word in print. Argument for: its meaning is obvious (unless you don't know who Eeyore is), it's cute, and it's a debut word. You get to decide whether to try it, and the editor gets to decide whether to OK it. Good luck!
General Discussion / Eeyorish?
« Last post by jeddings on February 27, 2017, 06:07:01 PM »
How do people feel about the word "eeyorish"?

It's a word that sounds made up, and really makes it seem like, as the constructor, I'm cheating but... is in online dictionaries and used in articles from Slate, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and Forbes. It's also a word that the meaning is pretty obvious.


Today's Puzzles / The name-dropping February 25 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on February 25, 2017, 06:59:53 PM »
Julian Lim has had 25 crossword puzzles published so far, more on Saturday than any other day. Many of his puzzles, including today's, have no theme. What today's puzzle does have is an unusually high number of proper names:

Airline to Eliat: ELAL
Conn of Grease: DIDI
Yes! singer Jason: MRAZ
Poet friend of author Ernest: EZRA
Name on many bars: HERSHEYS
Best actress after Field: SPACEK
Urquhart Castle's loch: NESS
Toon pursuing l'amour: LEPEW
Mad Men actor John: SLATTERY
___ Men: one-hit wonders of 2000: BAHA
"For unto us a child is born" source: ISAIAH
2008-09 Japanese prime minister Taro ___: ASO
Anthem For Doomed Youth poet Wilfred ___: OWEN
#3 on the 2016 Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list: YELLEN

Ernest is novelist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) and Ezra is poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Pepe LePew is the amorous French-speaking skunk in the Looney Tunes cartoons. The Baha Men's hit was Who Let The Dogs Out, one of many songs that I never wanted to hear a second time after I heard them for the first time. Janet Yellen succeeded Ben Bernanke as head of the United States Federal Reserve in January 2014. She is the first woman to hold that position and was ranked by Forbes as the world's third most powerful woman in 2016. German chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list and Hillary Clinton was second. The entire list can be seen at

"Pepper with punch" is JALAPENO and "Target of a whacking" is PINATA. Both of those are wrong. The words are "jalapeño" and "piñata." In the Spanish language, the N with a tilde (Ñ) is a distinct letter, separate from the N. "Many a group vacation photo, in slang" is WEFIE. A "selfie" is "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media." The word first appeared on an Australian news site in 2002 but didn't become common until 2012. The Oxford English Dictionary chose "selfie" as its 2013 "word of the year." But "wefie"? I had never heard that one before. I was surprised to discover that Samsung Electronics Company trademarked the word on April 3, 2014. It's a horrible word, one I hope never catches on -- but Samsung certainly must know that "wefie," despite the trademark, is going to be used as a generic term in the same way that people use Coke for cola, Xerox for photocopy, Band-Aids for bandages and Q-Tips for cotton swabs.

"Rule broken by deities" is IBEFOREE. In elementary school, we learned the rhyme "I before E except after C, or when sounded like Ā as in 'neighbor' or 'weigh.'" We were taught that it was a rule. However, it is not a good rule -- there are far too many exceptions. Among them: ancient, beige, protein, heir, veil, science, their, eight, height, weight, forfeit, foreign, leisure, sovereign, either, neither, rein, weird, skein, species, heinous and reimburse.

So "I before E" is not always valid. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go show my dreidel and my kaleidoscope to my atheistic neighbor and hope we aren't bothered by poltergeists. I'm not forseeing any problems.
General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on February 23, 2017, 10:50:35 AM »
Do you know anything about the USA Today puzzles?  I note that Fred Piscop is editing them now and I've seen some familiar names on the odd puzzle here and there but I don't see anywhere for information on submissions.

Interesting question as I have not either and would like to know, if I ever figure out how to get a puzzle going.  I found an e-mail connected to the "puzzles" realm of Universal Uclick that I asked the question to, and hopefully they will be able/willing to provide a good solid answer.
Today's Puzzles / The orderly February 20 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on February 20, 2017, 05:42:50 PM »
Mark McClain is a retired corporate manager living in Salem, Virgina. Forty-six of his crosswords have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and other publications since 2014. His crossword today includes a sequence of ordinal numbers:

Panama Canal nickname: EIGHTHWONDER
When baseball closers usually shine: NINTHINNING
NYC thoroughfare that becomes Amsterdam at 59th Street: TENTHAVENUE
When time is running out: ELEVENTHHOUR

If McClain had used this theme in a larger Sunday crossword, he might have also included the Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night and the 1960s garage-rock band Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

The eleventh hour is the hour between 10 and 11 AM, so why do we use "eleventh hour" to refer to the last possible moment when something can be done? The term comes from the parable of the workers in the vineyard, Matthew 20:1-16. Bible scholars note that laborers worked from sunrise to sunset, so the eleventh hour would have been late in the afternoon. In the parable, workers who agreed to work all day for a denarius, a small silver coin, were angry because those who were hired "in the eleventh hour" were given the same pay. However, Betty Kirkpatrick, in her book Clichés: Over 1500 Phrases Explored & Explained, claims that there is no connection between the Bible passage and the modern-day meaning of the term, other than the wording. I disagree.

The Panama Canal is often called "the eighth wonder of the world." The "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World" are the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Pyramid is the only one of those "wonders" that still exists. The Ancient History Encyclopedia has a brief description of these wonders, or, as they were referred to in ancient Greek, themata ("things that must be seen"):

"Monday, in Le Mans" is LUNDI, which is not used in English. "El ___: weather phenomenon" is NINO, which is wrong. It is "El Niño." "'Still sleeping?' response" is IMUP -- "I'm up." But what if the person is still asleep? Then there wouldn't be any response. Am I right? Well, am I right? Why won't you answer me? You must still be asleep.
General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by fggoldston on February 18, 2017, 11:46:02 PM »
Thank you.  I found them.  Do you know anything about the USA Today puzzles?  I note that Fred Piscop is editing them now and I've seen some familiar names on the odd puzzle here and there but I don't see anywhere for information on submissions.
General Support / Post a Puzzle
« Last post by gohuskies on February 18, 2017, 12:02:24 PM »

I was trying to upload a puzzle to the Post a Puzzle forum and received an error message along the lines "the attachment path is inaccessible". I don't think it is a problem on my end (though it certainly could be) as I've been able to send/access/solve the .puz just fine.

General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by Glenn9999 on February 18, 2017, 10:10:42 AM »
Buzzfeed Puzzles.  Caleb Madison is the editor over there.  Edit: Though it looks like they quit doing it.  Anyhow click his name for all the puzzles they've run over there that are still on the site.
General Discussion / Re: Who accepts submissions now?
« Last post by fggoldston on February 17, 2017, 11:06:43 AM »
Where did you find submissions guidelines for USA Today?  Also does Buzzfeed have a crossword puzzle?  I am not that familiar with their site but when I checked it out I don't see a crossword puzzle.  Are you referring to other kinds of puzzles?
Today's Puzzles / The shipshape February 14 crossword
« Last post by Thomps2525 on February 14, 2017, 04:46:58 PM »
Mark McClain is a 70-year-old retiree who lives in Salem, Virginia. After a lifetime of solving crosswords, he began creating his own puzzles in December 2013. Ten months later, he got one published in the Los Angeles Times. Since that time, McClain's puzzles have appeared regularly in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Newsday, Wall Street Journal and other publications, including his local newspaper The Roanoke Times. His puzzle today includes BOATTRAILER ("Lakeside launching aid"). Three phrases end with circled letters -- "trailing," get it? -- which spell different types of boats:

New York City zoo locale: CENTRALPARK
Crude early version of a work of art: ROUGHSKETCH
Computer programming glitch: ENDLESSLOOP

We're all familiar with Noah's ark from Genesis chapters 6-9. A ketch is a sailboat with two masts. The forward mast (the mainmast) is larger than the mast behind it (the mizzenmast; "mizzen" comes from a Latin word meaning "middle"). The word "ketch" dates from 1649 and is an alteration of "catch," which came from the Middle English cache. Historically, a  sloop was a small sailing warship with two or three masts. In the 1700s and 1800s, such warships had as many as 18 guns or cannons on the deck and were known as "sloops of war." In modern times, a sloop is simply a sailboat with one mast. "Sloop" comes from the Dutch sloepe, which derived from the French chaloupe.

"A, in Aachen" is EIN, which is not used in English. "Summer in Haiti" is ETE, which is not used in English. "Padre's brother" is TIO, which is not used in English. "To be, in Barcelona" is ESTAR, which is not used in English. "Italian playhouse:" is TEATRO, which is not used in English.

"Blind as ____" is ABAT. Certain species of bats can see much better at night than during the day. However, no bats are blind. The earliest known reference to bats having poor eyesight comes from Metaphysics, a collection of writings by Greek philosopher Aristotélēs (384-322 BC), whose name is usually anglicized to Aristotle: "For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all." A 2013 Popular Science article explains how bats see and how they use echolocation to find prey:

The "blind as a bat" expression would make more sense if it were expanded to say "blind as a home-plate umpire when a player is at bat." I doubt such a lengthy expression would ever catch on, though. Forget about it.
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