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Today's Puzzles / Re: The August 14 crossword is criminal!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 16, 2016, 04:11:17 PM »
So Random House includes "Oreg." as an abbreviation for Oregon. I wouldn't have known that because I live here in Californ.  :D

The Online Slang Dictionary lists 73 synonyms for "steal," many of which I've never heard of, such as hork, teef, chave, deebo and brody, and one word I haven't heard since I was in high school: kype.
Today's Puzzles / Re: The August 14 crossword is criminal!
« Last post by mmcbs on August 15, 2016, 09:28:37 PM »
Oreg. = Oregon (RHUD)

Great theme with all the swiping and boosting.
Today's Puzzles / The August 14 crossword is criminal!
« Last post by Thomps2525 on August 14, 2016, 05:06:19 PM »
"Stop, Thief!" That's the title of today's crossword by Garry Morse. Each theme answer is a pun using a word which can be a synonym for "stole":

The gym thief... LIFTEDWEIGHTS
The dairy thief... POACHEDEGGS
The liquor store thief... BOOSTEDSPIRITS
The restaurant thief... GRABBEDDINNER
The art thief... KNOCKEDOFFWORK
The condiment thief... PINCHEDSALT
The casino thief... SWIPEDCARDS
The chocolate thief... STOLEKISSES

"Quito's land" is ECUA. Yes, Ecua. is a legitimate abbreviation for Ecuador, although I don't know why anyone would need to abbreviate Ecuador -- but OREG as an abbreviation for Oregon? I don't think so. The clue is "Mt. Hood's state" and Mt. Hood's state is abbreviated OR (by the United States Postal Service) or Ore. (in journalism).

"Fire sign" is a clever clue for PINKSLIP. "Meager" is EXIGUOUS, a word which dates from 1651 and is derived from the Latin exiguus, which comes from exigere, which is variously translated as "to  demand," "to drive out" or "to weigh or measure." It is in the sense of weighing and measuring that the word took on the meaning of "meager; excessively scanty; inadequate." "Exact" and "exigency" also come from exigere. "Growl" is GNAR, an imitative word which Merriam-Webster says dates from the 15th century. It means "snarl" or "growl" and can also be spelled GNARR. "Each" is APOP. "A pop" is one of many words and expressions which I seldom see or hear except in crossword puzzles. Among the others are ASEA, AROAR, ORT, ELHI -- and ALP as a singular.

"Gotcha" is AHSO. "Ah so" is often used in stereotypical portrayals of Asian men. The words are short for the Japanese ah so desu ka, which, depending on intonation, translates to either "Oh, I see" or "Oh, is that so?" A discussion of the phrase is on the

And that does it for today's crossword.  So, またあとでね -- that's mata atode ne ("See you later").
General Discussion / Re: The Big Reveal
« Last post by crossmatt on August 10, 2016, 08:40:47 PM »
Grid and theme are very important, but I believe that well-built clues could upgrade every possible crossword. You could look for ideas for good clues examples on crossword clues database or on other crossword websites. I'll explain my idea: For answer ALOE - the clue may be 1) Lotion ingredient or 2) 'The potted physician' or 3) What a Muslim, returning from Mecca, hangs above the door. I hope it helps.
General Support / New user, help
« Last post by roisbob on August 08, 2016, 06:53:03 PM »
How long after becoming gold member, do you need to wait before accessing Puzzle Database?
General Support / Re: My first post
« Last post by BALLYHOO on August 06, 2016, 11:48:11 AM »
General Discussion / Re: NYT partial phrase... guideline?
« Last post by mmcbs on August 05, 2016, 09:24:04 PM »
And just to clarify further, the five-letter limit only applies when it is a partial phrase (not a single word). So ___ pray, would be OK if the answer is LET US, but not OK if it is NOW LET US.

For a single word, there is no restriction. Washington ___ (MONUMENT)
General Discussion / Re: NYT partial phrase... guideline?
« Last post by mmcbs on August 05, 2016, 09:17:02 PM »
The five-letter limit applies to what's in the blank (not the clue). This means WAR.
General Discussion / NYT partial phrase... guideline?
« Last post by sdgorrell1 on August 05, 2016, 07:46:02 PM »
I'm restarting this from a previous discussion. The rule in the NYT spec sheet is:
"Do not use partial phrases longer than five letters (ONE TO A, A STITCH IN, etc.)"

However I see many examples in recent NYT puzzles that violate this rule, for ex:

This means _ (9 leading-letter partial phrase, 7/7/16)

What I don't see (at least in my limited sample) are examples of partial phrases with more than five trailing letters. An example here would be "_ _ _ pray" (Now let us)

And since the examples are all leading, I'm not sure if it applies to trailing ones at all.

This is starting to feel like more of a guideline. If anybody has any insight on this, I would appreciate it.

General Support / My first post
« Last post by Cruxiverbalist on August 05, 2016, 07:52:35 AM »
Hello all,
  I am Cruxiverbalist and I have just joined this forum. I am looking forward to seeing what questions, resources and new types of puzzles are available on this site. My only question for now is that I don't see many recent posts.
 I am posting this on August 5, 2016, yet when I look at the "Post a Puzzle" page, the latest post is shown to be from September 2015!
 Is this site still active?
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