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General Support / LA Times
« Last post by foodfanataholic on June 08, 2015, 12:33:54 AM »
LA Times link is out again
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 07, 2015, 09:34:10 PM »
The NAACP website notes that the Springarn Medal is awarded annually for "the highest achievement of an American of African descent." In other words, whites, Asians and Latinos are not eligible. That is an example of racism. The website also explains that the medal "was instituted in 1914 by the late J.E. Spingarn, then Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors." So he was already deceased at the time he instituted the medal? That sentence should not have included the words "the late."

Read all about it!
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 6/7 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 07, 2015, 02:42:00 PM »
Merl Reagle was quite helpful today. His clues included the letters which were part of the "Wedding No-Shows." That is the puzzle's title and theme. After all, today is the first Sunday in June, the traditional wedding month.

What Eskimos do at weddings? (R) : THROWICE
What German newlyweds do? (O) : EXCHANGEVWS
Nickname for an annoying new relative? (R) : BOTHERINLAW
What a deep-voiced wedding singer might need? (F) : LOWERARRANGEMENT
What to say when the cheese finally arrives? (D) : HERECOMESTHEBRIE
Not-so-good news for a groom? (I) : THEBRIDESMAD

The clue for 36-across is "Actress Anders." I immediately thought of Merry Anders, who co-starred (with Barbara Eden and Lori Nelson) in the 1957-59 How To Marry A Millionaire tv series, adapted from the 1953 movie of the same name. (Lisa Gaye replaced Lori Nelson in the second season.) The correct answer was LUANA. I had not heard of Luana Anders. I learned that she appeared in several cult films and low-budget B-movies, including Reform School Girls, The Pit & The Pendulum, Night Tide, Demetia 13 and Easy Rider. She died of breast cancer in 1996.

The puzzle also included the over-used words ALE, ATE, AVA, EEL and EVE and the foreign words AMO, ETUI, MER, OSO and SETAE. "Philadelphia paper: abbr." is INQ. Really? I doubt that anyone in Philadelphia refers to the Inquirer as INQ. It is obvious that Reagle wound up with that three-letter sequence and could not easily change it to a legitimate word by reworking the surrounding words so he had to come up with something that could be a clue to INQ.

C.C. Burnikel's answer of NOSE for "Winter runner" reminded me of an old joke from Mad magazine: "Does your nose run and your feet smell? Uh-oh, you're built upside-down!"

Think about it.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by magus on June 07, 2015, 09:20:44 AM »
Amazing!  How did you know that?
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 6/7 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on June 07, 2015, 09:16:33 AM »
THEME:   Common definitions of computer terms
Winter runner  NOSE [not the usual "sled"]   
Winning threesome?    ENS   
Run the show   EMCEE [not the boss]   
Flag bearers   POLES [not people]   
English in tennis   TOPSPIN [English (it's their game) here means an unusual spin of the ball causing it to bounce oddly, but TOPSPIN is de rigueur today, so sidespin might really be English]   
Sound heard by the ears?   CAWS [crows in cornfields]   
Cake often laced with rum   BABKA  [it rarely has rum, but BABA does have rum]   
SEIS is not used in English.   
Like some cabs   OAKY [cabs here is short for cabernets, but I knew it was wine since "smelly" didn't fit   :)  ]   
Dept. whose initials spell an animal's name   ENER [ENER is the abbreviation for Dept. of Ener. (DOE).   
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: Sat., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by rbe on June 06, 2015, 12:39:46 PM »
According to the NAACP, the 1976 Springarn Medal was awarded to Hank Aaron. Alvin Ailey won in 1977.
Today's Puzzles / Sat., famous 6/6 Pawel Fludzinski
« Last post by magus on June 06, 2015, 08:48:10 AM »
THEME:   none
"Piano is not my forte," e.g.   PUN [a pianoforte is the original name of a piano --- still used in Italian]   
Meter starter   PERI [not a coin]   
Blue books?   PORNO [blue is a term for smut; blue books are exam booklets]   
Opening numbers?   AREA CODES [not songs]   
Pepper trio?   PEES   
Price support?   BRAVA [cheers for diva Price]   
A virus may cause one   FATAL ERROR [I though flu, etc. probably because I consider computers relatively recent phenomena]   
Crossing FRANK GEHRY with ARHAT, while fair, is a bit sadistic.   
ENOW   I studied Macbeth but didn't know the quote; a better clue might be "Enough for Shakespeare."   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Software / Technical / Open-source alternative to CC
« Last post by Ryan Chipman on June 05, 2015, 09:21:19 PM »
Hi All,

I am a long-time lurker, first-time poster here. I am a software developer who loves words and crosswords, and have dabbled in construction. One thing that has held me back is that the program generally held up as the golden standard for constructing (Crossword Compiler) is really inaccessible to me, for a number of reasons, including

- Cost
- Windows-only (I run linux)

I am a huge believer in, user of, and supporter of the open-source community and open-source software as a whole. I believe that the crossword community could benefit greatly from an open-source alternative to CC. I am looking into developing a free, open-source program for constructing crosswords with a few important goals in mind:

- Always free
- Compatibility with Linux, Windows, and Mac OS
- Open, plaintext file format

Would this be something people in the cruciverb community would be interested in using and/or supporting?

Thanks in advance for the feedback!
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 6/5 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on June 05, 2015, 09:29:20 AM »
THEME:   TRY added to normal phrases creates odd ones
Just tempting enough {& theme}   WORTH A TRY   
Scene with store's open on Black Friday?   ENTRY DASH [en dash is a typological space]   
Éclair big enough to share?   PASTRY DE DEUX [pas de deux]   
Article in Der Speigel   EINE [part of speech, not a story or essay]   
Violin attachment?   -IST   
Inedible wrap   TOGA [I thought HUSK, etc. since I assumed wrap had to do with food --- what a dope!]   
Ye Gods is not a word, though it may be found in some online slang dictionaries.  Egads, yegads, and ye gods are acceptable --- to me, at least.   
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., 6/3 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on June 04, 2015, 09:08:10 AM »

Suggesting that etymology determine the meaning of a word is to misunderstand the essence of the study.  Etymology presents the history of the word (whence it came, how it changed, etc.) 

Whether or not a certain definition of a word predated a second definition of that word, or whether a word morphs into an opposite meaning, the word means all of the definitions in today's dictionary.  Thus, cheers is the equivalent of adieu since a meaning of cheers is good-bye.

That said, I suspect cheers most always is used as a toast and less so as a closing in an informal note.
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