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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 3/7 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on March 08, 2015, 10:01:48 AM »
Oddly, no scoring yields a score.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 3/8 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on March 08, 2015, 09:59:14 AM »
THEME:   GEO found in random phrases
   
GOOD ONES:    
Hide-and seek with GPS {& theme}    GEO CACHING   
IMO, in Hamlet   METHINKS   
Central opening?   CEE   
   
BTW:   
This puzzle was particularly diverse in subject matter: from Hamlet to ONO; from RONEE to ABEL; J AND J to IZOD; and even MOJOS to DODOZ.   
   
Of no consequence   MOOT [actually MOOT means debatable, but through misuse…]   
   
Swipe from   ROB [actually ROB means to take from a person; swipe means simply to steal.  But through misuse…]   
   
DUDES for Bros and DA BOMB for Tops are from the Black (Negro is no longer PC) sub-culture (also no longer PC) which for some reason has become adopted avidly by the culture at large.  Why this is so is not the proper object of this space, but what is is that an old, white academic like me knows what DA BOMB was, which like phat, has become only for lame white dudes trying to be hep (no longer hip).   
   
   
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: Thu., 3/5 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 07, 2015, 04:06:05 PM »
Yes, but which My Way did you prefer, Frank Sinatra's or Elvis Presley's? Elvis's version, released two months after he died in 1977, got to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Sinatra's original peaked at #27 in 1969. Elvis's version also reached #2 on the country chart.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 3/7 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 07, 2015, 03:58:21 PM »
Only 27 black squares. One was all by its lil' self in the center and the others were connected in pairs diagonally. Today we have ENERO---again!---and four brand names which used to be taboo in crosswords: ATRA, CANON, DCON and POSTITNOTE. "Leveret's dad" was HARE. Okay, now I had to look in the dictionary and find out what the heck a "leveret" is. It's "a hare in its first year." Now I'm wondering why the word even exists. Why not just call a hare in its first year a "hare"?

"Reason for overtime" was NOSCORE. Technically, if a game goes into overtime because neither team scored during regulation play, there is a score: zero to zero. Every baseball season, I yell at the announcers when they say there's "no score." The score is zero to zero. Of course they can't hear me...but yelling makes me feel better.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 3/7 Daniel Nierenberg
« Last post by magus on March 07, 2015, 08:53:34 AM »
THEME:   none, but few blocks
   
GOOD ONES:    
Rain may fall in them   SHEETS   
High school subject?   TEEN   
   
BTW:   
"Fooled ya"   I KID [tin earism:  I KID is not used to suggest the listener was fooled but that the speaker was in jest]   
   
   
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: Thu., 3/5 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by magus on March 06, 2015, 09:16:06 AM »
So now I know why I also hated The Tonight Show theme.  Paul Anka!  (But I have to admit I did like "My Way.")
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 3/6 Steve Marron
« Last post by magus on March 06, 2015, 09:09:27 AM »
THEME:   I's removed from team names
   
GOOD ONES:    
Sports cliché [& theme]   THERE'S NO I IN TEAM   
Pre-game decision makers   TOSSES [never thought of a coin as making a decision]   
   
BTW:   
Grey wrote one in a churchyard   ELEGY [that's what the title said, but he wrote it at his desk]   
   
Ray or Jay   ALER [would be a good clue if ALER were a real word used by anyone ever]   
   
This puzzle got to me because so much didn't fit.  Not until I got to the theme clue did I have a chance to solve it.   
   
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: Thu., 3/5 C.C. Burnikel
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 05, 2015, 06:58:07 PM »
She's A Lady was written by Paul Anka, who also wrote a 1959 hit for Annette Funicello, It's Really Love. Anka later reworked the melody and it became the theme song for The Tonight Show.

"Buss" as a synonym for kiss is believed to be either a blend of the French baiser and the Middle English verb kissen or an adaptation of the 16th-century Scottish Gaelic word bus, which meant "mouth or lips" and is also the word from which we derived "puss" as a slang word for a person's face.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 3/4 Don Gagliardo
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 05, 2015, 06:49:09 PM »
I checked with Chico Marx and he confirmed, "At'sa right, 'isola' is-a the Italiano word for-a 'island.'" That clue was probably better than referencing the tiny town of Isola in Mississippi or the board game with that name (short for "Isolation"):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isola_(board_game)
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 3/4 Don Gagliardo
« Last post by rbe on March 05, 2015, 12:02:43 PM »
True, but it wasn't clued as a place name as was ___la Plata. I think the clue asked for the Italian word for island.
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