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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 7/27 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on July 27, 2014, 09:35:57 AM »
THEME:   familiar sentences reinterpreted
"You shoulda seen the one that got away"   FINSHING LINE   
"The children were angels and in bed by eight"   SITTING BULL [still laughing]     
"A daily jog is good for you"   RUNNING ARGUMENT   
"Who's ahead?"   LEADING QUESTION   
One may be seen with glasses   OPERA [given the make-up, it's better seen from afar]   
Organ with a drum   EAR [most musical]   
Like this answer   ACROSS   
Ain't good?   ISN'T [so why does AIN'T have an apostrophe?]   
Tweeting locales   NESTS [might've been a problem for today's wired youth]   
Lot's of literary allusions today.   
Spouse on the Seine   MARI [but not on the Thames]   
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   
General Support / Re: LA Times bad link
« Last post by coralsun on July 26, 2014, 05:37:39 PM »
I downloaded the 7/25/14 puzzle yesterday and it does have the correct date.

Just after midnight this morning, I downloaded today's puzzle and it's also the right one, 7/26/14.
General Discussion / Re: Games Magazine response?
« Last post by mmcbs on July 26, 2014, 11:38:04 AM »
Answering my own question, I finally (after sending an email to a couple of people in the "Contact Us" page of the Kappa web site) got a reply that they couldn't use any of my puzzles, and stating "Unfortunately, I am accepting a very limited number of puzzles these days, and after reviewing yours, I am going to decline. They are all solid puzzles, but I have to be extremely selective about the ones I accept." There was no indication of what type of puzzles they're looking for nor any indication of why they couldn't use these. Would be interested in comments from others - trying to determine if it's worth the trouble to submit any more.
General Discussion / Re: methods of crossword construction
« Last post by wbg on July 26, 2014, 10:31:24 AM »
Another factor in the mix is a person's attitude toward computers, maybe.  I like them; bought an original IBM PC in late 1982.  The full-power version.  64K of RAM, not just one floppy drive but two, each with a capacity of 160K!  With a small monochrome (green) monitor and a dot matrix printer, the setup cost around $4000.  Had at least one ever since.  So I enjoy using the software.

If you enjoy constructing by hand, great!  Do it!  If you like doing it using software, do that.  It doesn't seem like a question of moral superiority to me.  At the end, when you decide the grid is done, it is what it is and it doesn't matter how it was created.  (I remember seeing a book of sudoku puzzles that proudly proclaimed on the cover that the puzzles were hand-crafted by Japanese masters.  Sheesh!  A bunch of numbers!)  Then, of course, it has to be clued, and there, it seems to me, software is much less useful.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 7/25 Jacob McDermott
« Last post by magus on July 26, 2014, 09:10:50 AM »
Obama; I blame him for everything else.  :D
Today's Puzzles / Sat., 7/26 Kevin Christian
« Last post by magus on July 26, 2014, 09:00:55 AM »
THEME:   none, but four triples and a cross in the middle
Singer's better half?   SIDE A   
Women's issue, familiarly  O MAGAZINE [remember when everything wasn't an issue but a problem or situation or dilemma?]   
Soprano group   MOB [I thought women --- not at The Bing!]   
Status chaser?   QUO   
Loved the centuries apart grid connection: Informer = STOOLIE; Get going = HIE   
Game attendees   CROWD [In England, maybe.  In America, CROWD is a collective noun (singular):  "The crowd is noisy."  So the clue should properly be "Game attendance" or "Attendance at the game."   
It isn't every constructor who builds his name into a puzzle, and at 1-Across while putting a symbol of his name in the center of the grid!
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
General Support / Re: LA Times bad link
« Last post by Kolohe61 on July 26, 2014, 02:35:38 AM »
Happened again. Instead of 7/26, got 6/23.
Book Releases / Re: Banned Crosswords?
« Last post by LARadioRewind on July 25, 2014, 08:43:54 PM »
The June 18 2014 New York Times crossword included SPAZZES ("totally inept sorts") and PRICK ('balloon's undoing"), two words that I was surprised to see in a puzzle. Brand names, formerly forbidden in puzzles, are becoming increasingly common. Why have puzzle editors been gradually lowering their standards as to what words are acceptable?
Etc. / Re: Error in the first Word Cross puzzle
« Last post by LARadioRewind on July 25, 2014, 08:36:02 PM »
Ben Tausig's book seems to use reproductions of the puzzles exactly as they appeared in the original publications and yet there is that numbering error in the clues to the first Word-Cross. I'm guessing that a copy of the original puzzle was scanned using an OCR and the numbers for the "agree with" clue were illegible so somebody retyped them and simply switched two of the digits. A correctly-numbered reproduction is at

Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 7/25 Jacob McDermott
« Last post by LARadioRewind on July 25, 2014, 06:37:28 PM »
I, too, was perplexed by today's puzzle in the Times. With the circles omitted from the grid, I didn't immediately notice the broken-up names of automobiles. My first thought was that the "circles" were the many appearances of the letter "O" but I couldn't figure out what to do with them. A few months ago there was a puzzle that included names of cars within the long answers and the word underneath each car name contained two O's separated by another letter. The O's represented the cars' tires. Awww, how cute! Anyway, I enjoy filling in the words of a puzzle...but today I also had to fill in those missing circles! Who can we blame?
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