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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 24, 2014, 03:12:05 PM »
I didn't notice that at first. From now on, I will try to be less woebegone and world-weary and more watchful when I wildly wend my way to www.cruciverb.com. Will that serve you well?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by magus on August 24, 2014, 09:20:53 AM »
That was the third comment.  The second comment begins with Wow!  ---  guess I should've underlined the W's.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 8/24 Gail Grabowski
« Last post by magus on August 24, 2014, 09:17:01 AM »
THEME:   intrusive AT
   
GOOD ONES:    
Extra vacation clothes?   SPARE ATTIRE     
Clergyman who works wonders?   MIRACLE CURATE   
Volga Region daily?   TATAR PAPER   
Bees battling over nectar?   HONEY COMBAT   
Gave stars to kippers?   RATED HERRING   
China problem   CHIP   
Bear overhead   URSA [I thought Atlas, etc.]   
Punto and Bravo   FIATS [who knew?]   
Geometry figure   AREA [I thought triangle, etc.]   
   
BTW:   
Swindler at a New York zoo?   BRONX CHEATER [shudda been "Alex Rodriguez at the Stadium" --- who'll get lots of Bronx cheers when he returns]   
   
It's usually not a hit   SIDE B [aren't these anachronistic?]   
   
Classic pops   NEHI [sounds like a Boston Orchestra]   
   
Pops in the fridge   SODA [where I grew up, "Pops in the fridge"  would be ghastly]   ::)

Loved the title "AT PRESENT"   
   
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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General Support / Re: bad links?
« Last post by coralsun on August 24, 2014, 01:41:28 AM »
I don't get any results when I try to download Friday's Wall Street Journal for AcrossLite (using Browse the Web, Stand Alone, Inc., Crosswords app).  The puzzle doesn't download, but also there's no error message.  Everything else appears to be fine.
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General Support / Re: bad links?
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 23, 2014, 04:29:17 PM »
I had no problem accessing today's Wall Street Journal acrostic puzzle. Of course today is August 23 and you were having problems on August 22. Oh well. Try http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/puzzle20140823.pdf and you can also replace the "0823" with "0822" or whatever date you want.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 8/23 Barry Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 23, 2014, 04:17:21 PM »
"Butter on a farm" is RAM. That brings to mind the old riddle: What goes around a button? The answer, of course, is RAM. "Goes around a-buttin'," get it?
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 23, 2014, 04:14:28 PM »
I didn't deliberately ignore your comment. I, too, have never seen Star Wars or Star Trek. I have absolutely no interest in science fiction...although I like the Star Tours attraction at Disneyland. It's only because of crossword puzzles that I now know who SULU, TAKEI and UHURA are.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by magus on August 23, 2014, 09:18:04 AM »
LARR---

Thanks for taking the time to provide answers to my questions on pop culture, but I'm crushed that you ignored my second comment.  :'(
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 8/23 Barry Silk
« Last post by magus on August 23, 2014, 09:09:54 AM »
THEME:   none, but 32 blocks and four triples
   
GOOD ONES:     
Plot component   ACRE   
Final notices   OBITS   
Ones who have class?   PUPILS [don't think ? is needed]   
Grove grower   ORANGE TREE [not the person]   
Butter on a farm?   RAM   
   
   
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: Fri., 8/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 22, 2014, 04:15:06 PM »
Akon is an r&b singer whose real name is Allaune Thiam. He's Muslim but I have no idea what "Akon" means---and Akon won't say. His hits include Lonely, Locked Up, Don't Matter and I Wanna Love You. Laff-A-Lympics was a 1977 Saturday morning cartoon show which featured dozens of Hanna-Barbera characters competing in Olympics-style events.

The Random House Puzzle Makers Handbook has several suggestions for "polishing" a puzzle. Among them: don't use a lot of words ending with S, change frequently occurring letters to less common letters, eliminate abbreviations and partial phrases, and avoid foreign words and variant spellings. Today's New York Times puzzle includes NYS (for New York State), OSH (as in Oshkosh), AAHED (as the past tense of AAH, which isn't really a verb), and FRAIDSO (a colloquialism). The puzzle maker settled for those four answers instead of making an effort to come up with legitimate words. Sloppy!

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