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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.
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]
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)]   
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   
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?,_No._2
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."
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.
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
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   
Comedy team who voiced Piel Bro‚Ķ   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   
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.
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. :) )
Today's Puzzles / Re: "Thumbs up" for the April 27 crossword
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 27, 2015, 04:35:41 PM »
The Daily News also includes the Universal crossword, distributed by Universal Uclick. The theme answers in today's puzzle are ACTUALPRICE, GENUINERISK, REALNUMBERS and TRUEHEADING. Universal's URL is but that link will take you to the Puzzle Society website. For an annual fee of $19.95 (or a free ten-day trial), you get access to hundreds of crosswords, jumbles, jigsaws, word games and other puzzles. New games and puzzles are added throughout the year. Fun!
Today's Puzzles / "Thumbs up" for the April 27 crossword
« Last post by LARadioRewind on April 27, 2015, 04:19:17 PM »
Mark Bickham's crossword in today's Los Angeles Times includes ALLTHUMBS, clued as "Clumsy." The end of each theme answer is a type of thumb (or, in one case, "Thumb"): LIMEGREEN, PEEPINGTOM and SADDLESORE. The puzzle also included some seldom-seen longer answers: CATBURGLAR, HORNOFPLENTY, IHADNOIDEA and TIDALWAVE. And three products got a teeny bit of free advertising: AVIA, OREO and RCCOLA.

The theme of Michael Dewey's crossword in today's Daily News needs no explanation. The theme answers are KLEPTOMANIA, MARCHMADNESS, CATSCRATCHFEVER (a 1977 hit by Ted Nugent), FASHIONCRAZE and MEDIAFRENZY.

The NEA crossword is not worth discussing. It never is. The grid is only 13x13 and today's puzzle included 42 black squares. Those black squares account for 25% of the grid. Yikes!
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