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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 5/1 Max Carpenter
« Last post by magus on May 01, 2015, 09:48:38 AM »
THEME:   the letter W written with two U's
   
GOOD ONES:    
Letter that hints how 18 answers…   DOUBLE U   
Conference, informally   POUUUUOUU [powwow]   
Duo   TUUO [two, and I always thought it should be "tuo" rather than duo]   
One way to get a hand   ANTE [I thought applause]   
Modern crime head?   CYBER ["head" meaning "lead-in"]   
Bolt with great speed   USAIN [the great runner]   
   
BTW:   
It must've taken me an hour to complete this --- half of which before I got to the last entry.   
   
Suit at a shoot   BIKINI [I was sure I was right with ARMANI, especially since I thought I was right with PATHS rather than PIERS]   
   
Leather craftperson's beltful   AUULS [for AWLS, but leather workers work at benches so don't wear belts --- and I love the non-sexist person rather than man --- of course person is also sexist because it ends in son, not daughter: solution is to change person to "perone"]   
   
Neither SUPE nor TROU is a word, and while I see that the difficulty of construction may qualify these letter combination, I feel it weakens the puzzle a bit.   
   
   
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   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/30 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 30, 2015, 06:42:15 PM »
Daniel Dae Kim was born in South Korea and has appeared in many television series, including ER, 24, Lost, CSI, Star Trek Voyager and NYPD Blue. He also has voiced characters in video games and currently co-stars in the rebooted Hawaii Five-O series.

I had heard of him...but I had not heard of the actor whose first name appeared at 9-across. Tessa Thompson has had roles in many movies and tv series and is best known for co-starring in 22 episodes of Veronica Mars. (Many women in the acting profession now prefer to be identified by the gender-neutral word "actor" and not "actress." I'll have to make sure that I never refer to a female creator of a crossword puzzle as a "creatress." :)))
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 4/30 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by rbe on April 30, 2015, 03:08:46 PM »
I also only know EMO from crosswords, and that is the correct answer.
It's Daniel Dae Kim, whom I have never heard of.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 4/30 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on April 30, 2015, 08:53:07 AM »
THEME:   phrases that can mean [sniff]
   
GOOD ONES:     
Bad thing to take in Vegas?   BATH   
Conductor's calls   STOPS [I thought orchestral not train --- maybe because of TOSCA (which features my favorite aria)]   
   
BTW:   
Proud to be ignorant of YMO; sad to say I do know EMO --- but only from Xwords.   
   
   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 4/29 Ed Sessa
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 29, 2015, 04:46:05 PM »
I agree. Steve Allen hosted The Tonight Show from 1954 to 1956 and shared hosting duties with Ernie Kovacs in the 1956-57 season. A bit of trivia: The program's first announcer was Gene Rayburn, who would become a frequent game show panelist and host of Match Game. And how about Conan O'Brien, who hosted The Tonight Show for eight months in 2009-10? Hay-yo!

Today's Daily News crossword by Jacob Stulberg contained a zig-zag series of grey squares. The letters in the pattern, which resembled a staircase, were NUDEDESCENDINGASTAIRCASENO2. That was the title of a 1912 Modernist painting by Marcel Duchamp. The "No. 2" was formed with the final three letters of the banned substance REDNO2 (Red dye no. 2). The "2" was crossed by H2O.

I remember a Smothers Brothers tv episode in which Dick was holding a painting of a nude and a horrified Tommy shouted, "It's Mom!" When Dick turned the painting toward the audience, we saw that it was Nude Descending A Staircase, No. 2. Has anyone ever been able to see a "nude descending a staircase" in that painting?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nude_Descending_a_Staircase,_No._2
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 4/29 Ed Sessa
« Last post by rbe on April 29, 2015, 11:57:30 AM »
Should have started with "Steve."
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on April 29, 2015, 09:05:29 AM »
Not so fast!  You "corrected" The Magus but he did not need correction.  Vinny is still on his way!

Liked your class warfare.  Still think you should make a puzzle.
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 4/29 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on April 29, 2015, 08:58:13 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase is the name of The Tonight Show host --- in order
   
GOOD ONES:     
With "The" post prime time fare since the '50's {& theme}   TONIGHT SHOW [and they all begin with J!]   
One who whistles while he works   REF   
   
BTW:   
Comedy team who voiced Piel Bro…   BOB AND RAY [it occurred to me that comedy teams no longer exist, likely because vaudeville died]   
   
Goya's year   ANO [I'd go with "Game show request"]   
   
Clinker in a Glas   EIS [this clue is a clinker all right, but it could have used the vowel blend EI made plural]   
   
Over there   YONDER [though it probably seems archaic to most solvers, this term is still used where I now live]   
   
   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
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Today's Puzzles / "Spare change, Mister?"---The April 28 crosswords
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 28, 2015, 03:56:47 PM »
In today's crossword by Robert E. Lee Morris---I can guess who he was named after---the theme is SPARECHANGE, clued with "Pocketful of coins, and what literally occurs in the circled letters in five puzzle answers." The theme answers are HOUSEPARTY, OPERASOLO, OUTERSPACE, PAPERSACK and  STRIPSEARCH and the circled letters within each answer contain various combinations of the letters in SPARE. A very clever idea!

SAD is clued with "Down in the dumps." There is a joke---a very old joke---about a woman who told her friend, "I was down in the dumps so I bought this hat." The friend said, "Oh, so that's where you got it." Actually, the expression "down in the dumps" has nothing to do with a garbage dump. The word "damp" means "moist" or "humid" and derives from the Middle Dutch word damp, which means "haze." The word originally (16th century) meant "confused; bewildered; depressed" and a state of despondency was referred to as "the damps." Somehow over the centuries, "damps" became "dumps."

The Daily News crossword includes the word NIGHT, which can precede either part of the five theme answers: LIFELINE, SCHOOLCLUB, SKYLIGHT, STICKSHIFT and TIMETABLE. Another clever idea!

The Universal crossword included ODDSANDENDS, OFFBEATNEWS, STRANGETALE and WEIRDDREAMS. I'm surprised that the commonly-used word EERIE did not appear. The name of the 1960s singing group Harper's Bizarre (The 59th Street Bridge Song) would also have been a good answer. Maybe next time.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 4/25 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 27, 2015, 05:19:34 PM »
So my dictionary does not say that "class" can mean "classroom" and your dictionary says that "class" can mean "classroom." Your dictionary settles the debate. There is no further need for us to get involved in class warfare.

(Cute? I made that up. :) )
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