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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 1/15 David Steinberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 15, 2015, 05:18:47 PM »
It's too bad that Steinberg could not have also included a reference to the 1965 Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass album Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Oh well.

One of the most popular online games is Words With Friends. It's identical to Scrabble, except that it's played on a computer and not on a gameboard. ADE and AROAR appear occasionally in crossword puzzles but if I try to use either of those words in a Words With Friends game, I get this message: "Not a valid word." There ya go!

General Support / NYTimes link doesn't work for me...
« Last post by DukeTheReader on January 15, 2015, 02:13:36 PM »
Ever since I've joined, I have gotten this error message when I click the link for the daily puzzle:

{"status":"ERROR","errors":["Not Allowed"],"results":[]}

..Yet I can access the Times site directly.

Today's Puzzles / Thu., 1/15 David Steinberg
« Last post by magus on January 15, 2015, 09:21:46 AM »
THEME:   letters C,R,E,A,M found in phrases
Dessert topper {& theme}   WHIPPED CREAM [in a way the CREAM is mixed or whipped]   
Development site   TRACT [neighborhood development; not lab, gym or womb]   
Bed covering   SOIL [flowers, not furniture]   
Big bang producer   TNT [note lower case for "bang"; hence, not the TV show]   
Served to perfection?   ACED   
Lemon or tangerine   COLOR   
Cabbage source?   ATM [don't hear this idiom much any longer]   
When we we see again ALMAY crossed by OLAY?   "I'll have to ask my complexion expert, the clerk at the drugstore with acne."
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   
General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by oneputt on January 15, 2015, 09:05:03 AM »
Thursday, 1/15/15 and still no LA Times puzzle.  I found it on CNN On Line Games site (
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 1/14 Harald Hornung
« Last post by magus on January 14, 2015, 09:38:34 AM »
THEME:   phrases reinterpreted as British slang      
GOOD ONES:          
Confounded British residences?   FLIPPING HOUSES [FLIPPING HOUSES is currently the term for buying houses cheaply and quickly selling them at a profit; FLIPPING in Britain means "confounded."]         
Round components   ALES [not geometry or golf; and if you liked this one…         
Round servers   BARTENDERS         
Round components   DRINKS    [but in case you get too comfortable, there's …
Prepared for a shot   POSED         
RATING:    ;D ;D      
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun         
General Discussion / Re: Crossword Compiler
« Last post by mmcbs on January 14, 2015, 09:07:38 AM »
Have you reviewed all the material on Crossword Compiler support pages and tutorials? If you're having a specific problem, you can email CC with questions. If you'd like input on this forum, you might try being a little more specific and what's going wrong.
General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by japaget on January 14, 2015, 07:16:58 AM »
My impression has always been that the arrangement between and the LA Times has been somewhat "under the table" and done on an unofficial basis.  Contacting the LA Times is the last thing we should be doing if we want the current arrangement to continue.  If we attract too much attention to ourselves the LA Times could follow the lead of the Orange County Register and not make the puzzle available in electricity form at all.
General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by drdinsmore on January 14, 2015, 06:23:39 AM »
In the past, the problem has been that the sysop has been away and has not posted the puzzle on this site. The real problem, it seems to me, is that the LA Times should make the puzzle in .puz format directly available at its site. Perhaps we all need to email the LA Times with this request.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 13, 2015, 03:27:36 PM »
The anglicized spelling of ياسر is Yāsir, which means "wealthy" or "prosperous" in Arabic.

In 1925, there were five recorded versions of the song Yes Sir, That's My Baby. The biggest was by Gene Austin and was a number-one hit. When Yasser Arafat was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1969-2004), several people in the United States wrote and recorded parodies titled Yasser, That's My Baby. Yeah, the pun was an obvious one, but still.....
Today's Puzzles / Re: Tue., 1/13 Uttormark & Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 13, 2015, 03:17:16 PM »
I, too, was confused by the suggestion to divide TAMALE into three parts. It might have made more sense to divide it into two parts: TA and MALE. The five theme answers were names of males with the initials TA. Most of us, when asked to divide a word into three parts, will divide it into syllables.

And the tamale is not precisely a Mexican dish. As far back as 5000 BC, tamales were common among the Mayans in what is now Central America. And we "gringos" have anglicized the word. The Spanish word for the food is tamal and the plural is tamales. We mistakenly think that the singular of "tamales" is "tamale." It isn't. Ask for a tamal in Spain and you'll be promptly served...but ask for a tamal in the United States and nobody will know what you're talking about.
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