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Today's Puzzles / Re: Thu., 9/17 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 17, 2015, 05:40:18 PM »
The crossword included the names of BLONDIE and DAGWOOD, their son ALEXANDER, Dagwood's boss MRDITHERS, Dithers' wife CORA, Dagwood's friend HERB and Blondie creator CHICYOUNG. It would have been nice if Edelstein could also have included Blondie and Dagwood's last name BUMSTEAD, daughter COOKIE and Herb's wife TOOTSIE but doing so would likely have necessitated a larger grid. And how about neighborhood kid Elmo and Mr. Beasley the mailman?

The Blondie comic strip debuted in 1930. In 1933, Blondie married her boyfriend Dagwood. Her maiden name: Boopadoop.

Jim Hilger's crossword in today's Daily News had a note for the solver: "Four squares will remain empty. Which ones and why are for you to determine." Here are the answers which included a blank square:


The blank spaces form breaks in the words. The answers are to be read as "Jailbreak," "Heartbreak," "Station break" and so on. A very clever---and challenging---puzzzle!
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 9/17 Jerry Edelstein
« Last post by magus on September 17, 2015, 09:51:47 AM »
THEME:   "Blondie" characters
What we have here   OURS   
Slaughter in baseball  ENOS [probably been around since he played]   
Santa's target  ROOF   
Beginning of space?   AERO [I thought and still think the answer is "time," in which space is enveloped and from which it arose]   
One bounce, in baseball  A HOP [it is a weak entry that needs an article to get it to fit: just hop or one-hopper would be acceptable in my book]   
Respected figure   ELDER ["a consummation devoutly to be wished": the clue needs "church" or "Oriental" to be real] --- (yes, it's un-PC but it's more precise than Asian)   
Bring up   RAISE [RAISE is substandard as a synonym for rear (nurture a family); however, one can RAISE or bring up an issue.]   

Not wild about puzzles on one topic, especially if I know nothing about it, which obtains here.  Am I un-American for not reading the comics or watching cartoons like "The Simpsons"?  Maybe I'm a "culture snob" who prefers "Young Goodman Brown" or Victor Young to Chic Young.  (But I also prefer Cy Young Award winners to comics and cartoons.)
Anyway, who cares what I like --- sorry.   
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 / Wed., 9/16 C.W. Stewart
« Last post by magus on September 16, 2015, 06:24:22 AM »
Theme:  anagrams of the four seasons

Good Ones: 
It happens four times a year {& theme}  CHANGE OF SEASONS [and in a way the seasons are changed by being jumbled]
Comes to the point?   TAPERS
Piece of cake   LAYER
Military outfit   UNIFORM
Did ones part?   ACTED
Old-time broadcasters   CRIERS

Here, to Henri ICI [but not to Anthony]

Dinnertime TV fare   NEWS [I hope this does not suggest that the TV is on during dinner!  Reminds me of the loathsome "TV dinner" though for those who are alone it is probably a godsend.]

RATING:   ;D ;D (I enjoyed it.)               
General Support / WSJ Daily Puzzles
« Last post by rbe on September 14, 2015, 02:26:31 PM »
The Wall Street Journal has today, (9/14/15) started started publishing a daily 15 X 15 puzzle with a titled theme. This is in addition to their Friday 21 X 21 puzzle. Any chance we can get an Across Lite link to that in addition the the Friday puzzle?  Thanks
Software / Technical / Wall Street Journal New Daily Puzzles
« Last post by fluff on September 14, 2015, 01:41:21 PM »
Do any of you know if the Wall Street Journal daily puzzles--starting today!--will be available in AcrossLite format?
General Discussion / Re-using a grid
« Last post by jeff992 on September 14, 2015, 01:36:27 PM »
Hi, I just signed up here so I hope I don't ask questions that are too silly and obvious since I'm very new to trying to construct puzzles. I was trying my hand at doing my first puzzle. It was three 15 letter theme answers. I was trying to fill the rest of the puzzle and was having a lot of trouble with where to end up putting black squares. I think I was putting too few and having too many other long words also. Then I came across a puzzle in the newspaper that also had three 15 letter theme answers so I just ended up copying that grid as far as where the black spaces are and then did my fill from there. All the answers are my answers, I just copied the layout of black squares. I assume this is ok and normal to do and that many puzzles use the same layout? I just wanted to double check before trying to submit the puzzle anywhere. Thanks!
Today's Puzzles / Sun., 9/13 Anton Shurpik
« Last post by magus on September 13, 2015, 09:40:49 AM »
THEME:   two-word phrases both of which can be names of media personalities
I enjoyed each combination, especially the unlikely pairings.   
Passing remarks?   OBIT   
It could be a lot   ACRE   
Winter air   CAROL   
Good ones have straight faces   LIARS ["There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face."]   
Pens and needles  STYLI   
In the past, in the past   ERST   
Big club   ACE [in most games]   
Big ape   KONG ["Have you ever heard of…Kong?" is a favorite line in the original movie]   
Rap sheet listing   PRIOR [from my vast knowledge of police procedure (only from NYPD Blue) it was "priors"]   
Spot on a board   SEAT [ took me awhile to realize the board is a committee]   
Nae like a bairn   AULD [My Scottish is weak, but I know nae=no; bairn=child; auld=old.  Maybe nae also means not.  Anyway, this entry is nae guid as it is not used in English.]   
Rodin's thinker?  [notice lower case T: if you must use TETE, this is clever; but generally its use gives me mal a la tete]   
"I've Got a Crush On You" is from the 1920's or thereabouts.  Raise your hand if you know this song.  Raise your other hand if you like it. (2 hands for me)   
Droll acknowledgement of a weak joke   HA HA [droll=humorous or odd reaction; HA HA is neither]

Wonder if Anton Shurpik is a real name.   
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   
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 9/12 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on September 12, 2015, 09:07:51 AM »
THEME:   none, but four triples
Inside job   DÉCOR   
Short order?   BLT   
Board part   MEAL [as in room and board, but I thought lumber or committees]   
Causes of "60 Minutes" delays, briefly   OT'S [football games on CBS run over time (OT)]   
Women's issue   ELLE   
REFEED and REMOW in one puzzle is re-petitive and may re-quire re-pentence (see next point).   
Feel sorry for   REPENT [not wrong, but regret would have been better since REPENT more often means to resolve to avoid the cause of sorrow --- but maybe I'm carping because my first thought was REGRET]   
BITTE works in Potsdam but not in Leeds.   
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., 9/9 Fludzinski and Hamilton
« Last post by rbe on September 11, 2015, 02:49:49 PM »
I did make an effort to use more words. Glad to see that you noticed.
Today's Puzzles / Fri., 9/11 Patti Varol
« Last post by magus on September 11, 2015, 09:19:31 AM »
THEME:   phrases containing words that are associated with PASS
Clue for {theme}   PASS [and it's the last entry]   
Help badly?   ABET [worn, but comfy]   
Easy things to overlook   NUANCES [often the differences between excellence and the good]   
Digital band   RING [I thought radios, not fingers]   
Not fancy at all   HATE [I thought décor, not emotion]   
Staff at sea MAST [not people, poles]   
Leaves in a bag   TEA [noun, not verb]   
Stable diet   OATS [horses, not healthful eating]   
Juice unit  AMP [electricity, not fruit]   
One in una escuela primaria   NINO [please!  Just go with "El ___."]    
Idee source   TETE [actually "idee" exists in no language --- with no accent aigu, which our keyboards lack --- however, décor which is used in English is spell-corrected by Word]   
Informal chat   CONFAB [redundant: chats are informal]   
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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