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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 12/12 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on December 12, 2015, 09:03:05 AM »
THEME:   Frank Sinatrana in a grid with 31 blocks
couldn't find any   
Glace and EIS mean ice, but in France and Germany.   
"_____ Kitchen": Gordon Ramsay show   HELL'S [wonder if Ramsay knew he named his cooking show for a lowlife section along the NY docks, and if so, why is that an apt name for somethig as effete as a cooking show?]   
Sadly, in our culture a woman desribed as ENDOWED does not refer to her intellect, her charm, or even her face, and that part is referred to as the plural of a bird, TIT (from teat, no doubt).     
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: Fri., 12/11 Kristan House
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 11, 2015, 04:44:20 PM »
The junk is a Chinese sailing vessel developed during the Han Dynasty, 220 BC to 200 AD. and used for both military combat and trade. "Junk" is a semi-phonetic spelling of the Chinese word for ship, which is 船 and is pronounced "chuan" or "joong." Do the sailors eat junk food, I wonder?
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 12/11 Kristan House
« Last post by Filer on December 11, 2015, 01:28:34 PM »
Ships do not have to be made of metal however most are. A ship is a vessel upon which a boat may be loaded might be a better definition.
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 12/11 Kristan House
« Last post by magus on December 11, 2015, 09:45:03 AM »
THEME:   random expressions with a kind of headwear as the last word
Not sour   ON KEY [I thought food --- still on a diet]   
Bologna bone   OSSO [as in osso buco; Bologna is the city not the boneless meat]   
Bolt like lightning?   USAIN [he maybe the fastest human being ever]   
Junk, say   SHIP [it's a boat; ships are huge and made of metal]   
Tries to impress, in a way   NAME DROP [name dropping is to impress, yes; but mostly using the name of a famous person one has met is merely being informative --- that I conversed with Vic Damone is not name dropping unless that is all that I say about it.]   
Fighting   ANTI [I'm anti-ISIS but I'm not fighting it; the two are too far apart --- it's like cluing "Man" for ANTI as a person is the only entity that can be anti anything]   
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 / Thu., 12/10, Jerome Gunderson
« Last post by magus on December 10, 2015, 09:12:24 AM »
THEME:   covert waste of time, unless you figure out that SM is placed before a phrase
Airline seating for Mensa members?   SMART CLASS [never met anyone who admitted being in the club]
Trunk full of organs?   TORSO   
Watched for the evening, say   BABYSAT [I though TV]   
Antihero?   GOAT [heroes v. goats --- but I believe there should be a hyphen between anti and hero precisely because there could be confusion]   
Chopped side   SLAW [kind of elliptical: side = side dish; SLAW = cole slaw --- I suppose I dislike "side" without the order because ordering a "side of bacon" seems too much for one meal, and think of the restaurants' storage problem]   
Crossing GOLEM (Jewish folklore) with MASALA (Tandori) at the L is unsporting.   
Hee-Haw humor, but just a touch?  SMEAR OF CORN [what's a smear of corn?]   
RATING:    ;D (covert themes are annoying)
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Software / Technical / Best way to post original puzzles permanently on a site?
« Last post by zeroacross on December 09, 2015, 08:41:57 PM »
Evening.  Hoping to post puzzles regularly on a site with plenty of traffic.  Didn't know which resources were available to accomplish this.  I see Across Lite has a embed posting option.  I'm hoping to post the puzzle and let readers solve the puzzle right there on the page.  Thanks for your help!  :)
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 12/9 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 09, 2015, 05:09:10 PM »
Medical doctors know OSA is an abbreviation for "obstructive sleep apnea, "a breathing difficulty caused by obstruction of the upper airway, but trying to come up with an appropriate crossword clue for that OSA might not be easy. As for NAS, couldn't it be clued with words relating to a Naval Air Station instead of "___ in November" or a reference to rap singer Nas? By the way, here is a list of all my favorite songs by Nas:
General Support / What's up with the site?
« Last post by Tiger_vs_Mantis on December 09, 2015, 01:20:54 PM »
I post New Topics but they don't show up

I email the admin and it is returned "Delivery Failed"

Is the site down, essentially?
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 12/9 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on December 09, 2015, 09:00:12 AM »
THEME:   company names comprised of the beginning and ends of phrases
Went different ways {& theme}   PARTED COMPANY [the company name was "parted" as in TRIPLANE]   
Big maker of chips  INTEL [I thought potato chips --- I'm on a diet]   
Homer's path  ARC [since it so often appears in Xwords, I thought the cartoon and not baseball]   
Chorus line?   ALTO [the line in sheet music]   
___ in Novemeber   NAS [thanks, Kurt, for not referencing the rapper]   
Card or D'back   NLER [this is used only in Xwords --- sportswriters rarely refer to the league in which one plays but assumes the reader will know from the team name --- when they do refer to, say, the DH in the AL, they spell out the league name]   
OSA as a bear is not used in English.   
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 / Ringing in with the December 7 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on December 07, 2015, 03:57:09 PM »
Debbie Ellerin's Los Angeles Times crossword includes SACREDCOW, TRAPDOOR, TVDINNER and OLDSCHOOL ("Traditional"). The central answer, "Day ender on Wall Street," is CLOSINGBELL. "Bell" can be added to the last word of each theme answer. "Ginger cookie" is SNAP. And of course that reminded me of a joke: A little girl told her friend, "I have a dog named Ginger." The friend asked, "Does Ginger bite?" The girl replied, "No, Ginger snaps." (Ouch!) With Christmas near, some of you may want to bake some ginger snaps. Here is a recipe from

Today's Daily News crossword by Loren Smith and Andres Carla included PADDEDCELL, MIRACLEWORKER and PUSHUPDAISIES ("Be dead and buried, in slang"). The expression, referring to flowers planted atop a gravesite, is "pushing up daisies." I have never heard the phrase "push up daisies" but the puzzle creators had to alter the expression in order to fit the theme. ""Dangers for the unwary" is BOOBYTRAPS, which is also a slang term for brassieres. The first word of each theme answer can be followed by BRA.

"Round Table VIP: Abbr." is KNT. A few dictionaries list "knt" as an abbreviation of "knight" but I have never seen it used. Norman poet Robert Wace first described King Arthur's Round Table in 1155. Knights would sit at the table and brag about their deeds and plan new adventures. Because the table was round and thus had no head, no one could complain that he had a worse seat than anyone else.

The Universal crossword includes TAKEMYWORDFORIT, TAKENOPRISONERS and TAKECENTERSTAGE. The majority of puzzle editors do not like any crossword which repeats a word. The Universal editors obviously are not part of that majority. At least that is my take on the situation. (Ouch!)
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