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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 9/9 Fludzinski and Hamilton
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 09, 2015, 02:47:00 PM »
Martin of Adam-12: MILNER
Highest North American peak, to natives: DENALI

And between the time the crossword was created and the day it was published, Milner died and Mount McKinley was officailly renamed Denali. Spooky!

"Average grade" was CEE. A few days ago, a crossword used CEE for "Copyright symbol letter." When teachers grade papers, they use the simple letter C, not "cee." And the copyright symbol ( © ) likewise uses a C, not "cee."

And speaking of C's.....GARTH was clued with "Brooks of C&W." That is a very outdated term. We are many decades past the years when Gene Autry, Rex Allen, Roy Rogers, Eddy Arnold, Marty Robbins and other artists sang about cowboys and western life. In the 1940s, such songs were often referred to as "hillbilly music." In the 1950s, the terms "C&W" and "Country & Western" were used. In 1962, Billboard magazine echoed the trend of the music industry and began referring to the music as simply "Country." The weekly top-50 sales/airplay chart is called "Hot Country Songs." Brooks has recorded a few songs about cowboys but he is a country artist, not "C&W." There no longer is a "C&W." Thank you and good night.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 9/9 Fludzinski and Hamilton
« Last post by rbe on September 09, 2015, 12:49:59 PM »
The type of ale is NUT BROWN. It crosses with SAO PAULO.
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 9/9 Fludzinski and Hamilton
« Last post by magus on September 09, 2015, 08:46:53 AM »
THEME:   initial letters of two-word phrases are B and C
Recently retired NCAA ranking…   BC'S   
Competition won by a knockout?  BEAUTY CONTEST [knockouts, not used much today, are beautiful women: today they're hot or if older, MILF's (can't help noting the dive into crudity)]   
Sooner or later   ADVERB   
Athenian with harsh laws   DRACO [wence draconian]   
Type of ale   NOT BROWN [and not good. If it's not brown ale its pale ale.]   
Arm strengthening reps   BICEP CURLS [as above, made to fit.  The term is simply curls.  But worse, the muscle is biceps, bot bicep.]   
ESTO is not used in our language regardless whether Jose uses it.   
Martin of "Adam 12"   MILNER [I believe he died yesterday]   
Average grade   CEE [in what century or what school?]   
Rollerblading safety gear   KNEEPADS [this puzzle needed "Lewinski equipment"]

Certain cutlet   BONELESS CHICKEN [and maybe "Coward"]   
RATING:    :'(   With these weaknesses it is hard to enjoy.
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / The September 8 crosswordicles
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 08, 2015, 03:27:48 PM »
Fred Piscop's crossword in today's Los Angeles Times includes three 15-letter phrases:

"Am I supposed to take this seriously?": AREYOUKIDDINGME
"Oops, thought you wouldn't hear that": TALKINGTOMYSELF
Nursery rhyme plum finder's boast: WHATAGOODBOYAMI

"Me, myself and I." Cute. As for "talking to myself," I often find that when I think I'm talking to someone else, that person is not listening so I'm taking to myself without realizing it. Ah, well, let's move on.

Joel Fagliano's Daily News crossword includes these theme answers:

Fashionable shopping area in New York City: FIFTHAVENUE
Goal of one doing crunches: SIXPACKABS
"End of discussion": CASECLOSED

And "where to purchase the starts of" those answers is LIQUORSTORE. We all know what a liquor store is.....but how about the answer to 35-down?

"21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity," e.g.: LISTICLE

I had not seen or heard that word until today. The Oxford Dictionary defines "listicle" as "A piece of writing or other content presented wholly or partly in the form of a list" and the puzzle clue refers to a recent listicle on the BuzzFeed site. In a 2014 article, Wired columnist Rachel Edidin explained the importance of listicles:
Today's Puzzles / The September 7 crosswords---warts and all
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 07, 2015, 03:48:02 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times crossword by Bruce Venzke and Gail Grabowski includes LEVELHEADED, SCREENTEST, SECONDHONEYMOON and TICKETSTUB. "Perform a cheerleader's stunt" is DOTHESPLITS. The first word of each theme answer can follow "split."

Foreign words in the puzzle: AVEC, ENERO and OLE. "Sycophant" is TOADY. The word refers to someone who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons. "Toady" was originally "toad-eater," a 16th-century term for a charlatan's assistant who drank the "magic elixirs" and then pretended to eat toads which were thought to be poisonous. When he did not die from the poison, the gullible townspeople would then eagerly pay money for the charlatan's elixirs. Another good old-fashioned word for "sycophant" or "toady" is "lickspittle."

Today's Daily News crossword is by David Steinberg, who was born in 1996 in Philadelphia. He was only 14 when his puzzles began appearing in newspapers and magazines. He is not to be confused with the irreverent comedian with the same name. Foreign words in the puzzle: APERÇU, MASSE and MLLE. "Fictional character who 'died' in 1975" is HERCULEPOIROT. The related answers are MOUSTACHE, EGGSHAPEDHEAD and DETECTIVE. "What he thinks with" is LITTLEGREYCELLS and that horizontal answer is in the center of the grid, literally in "little grey cells." Hercule Poirot was created by British novelist Agatha Christie and appeared in 85 books and short stories from 1920 to 1975. The character also apopeared in dozens of movies, radio shows and television shows.

Timothy Parker's Universal crossword includes OPENPANDORASBOX, INTHEWITNESSBOX and BOXINGRINGS. Don't bother trying to figure out how the two long answers fit into "rings"---they don't. With a little effort, Parker might have come up with the names of different types of boxes and made them fit into a somewhat circular pattern in the grid. This can be a project for another crossword constructor.

In the NEA crossword, "Whey opposite" is CURDS. "Curds" are a dairy product, such as cottage cheese, made by coagulating milk and draining the remaining liquid, which is called "whey." I question whether curds and whey can be considered "opposites." Is there a language-expert/dairy-farmer in the audience?
General Discussion / Re: Substituting The Word "And" In Place Of "&"
« Last post by Thomps2525 on September 07, 2015, 03:45:37 PM »
For names of duos, trios and music groups, record labels almost always use the ampersand instead of the word "and." Examples: Sonny & Cher, Paul & Paula, James & Bobby Purify, Hootie & the Blowfish, Booker T & the MG's, Sly & the Family Stone. That is also the way those names appear in the Billboard music charts. However, there were many exceptions in the 1940s and '50s. e.g., Ferrante and Teicher, Dion and the Belmonts, Rosie and the Originals, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra.

Some groups avoid both the "and" and the ampersand, such as Guns N' Roses, Sniff 'N' the Tears, and Mike + the Mechanics...and one 1990s dance group has been known variously as C+C Music Factory, C + C Music Factory and C & C Music Factory. Such indecision!
General Discussion / Re: Substituting The Word "And" In Place Of "&"
« Last post by admin on September 07, 2015, 12:11:29 PM »
I don't see a problem with it. But, as Mark suggested, maybe a search in one of the databases will help. I did a quick Google search using "television shows with ampersand" sand found this page with examples to use:

So I looked up WILLANDGRACE and found:  (NYT)


General Discussion / Re: Substituting The Word "And" In Place Of "&"
« Last post by mmcbs on September 07, 2015, 10:50:24 AM »
If the & is part of a proper name, probably not advisable to use AND in it's place in the grid. Check the databases (here and on to see what's been used, when, and by whom for more authoritative guidance.
General Discussion / Substituting The Word "And" In Place Of "&"
« Last post by sobbybobo on September 07, 2015, 01:53:33 AM »
I was curious if it is allowable to substitute "and" in an answer, where an ampersand is officially used, as I don't want to have answers with symbols in the grid.
For example the TV series Mork & Mindy as MORKANDMINDY.

Thanks in advance.
General Support / Re: Solution - How to access the NYTimes crossword through Cruciverb?
« Last post by admin on September 06, 2015, 09:57:10 PM »
Make sure you have logged into the NYT website recently to establish your credentials. When you do, a "cookie" is saved on your computer and as long as that cookie is there and has not expired, you should be able to click a link from anywhere (including and get the puzzle.

So that's pretty much it:

1) Log into the NYT website with a valid userid/pass
2) Try to access the crossword
3) If your subscription has expired, renew it on the NYT site ($39 a year, I think)
4) Once your NYT subscription is in place, try to get the puzzle from a different site, such as

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