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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 8/27 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on August 28, 2014, 08:47:41 AM »
Hi, Bill---

You're right about a discussion regarding BCE not being a propos to this site.  I mentioned it because BCE is a neologism with political overtones.  Perhaps I was wrong to express my opinion about the term, but a little spice once in a while...

If you'd like to discuss the issue further, please contact me at magus@triad.rr.com or at www.anthonymagarello.com.   I simply can't figure out any other reason for its creation.
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 8/28 Bernice Gordon
« Last post by magus on August 28, 2014, 08:33:55 AM »
THEME:   terms meaning PITCH
   
GOOD ONES:    
none   
   
BTW:   
Nemo's creator   VERNE [wonder how many thought Disney]   
   
Zealot   DEVOTEE [a devotee is not a zealot, but a zealot is a devotee, except zealots want you to join them.  I'd choose a different clue, one less zealous, like "Follower" or "Adherent"]   
   
All 26 letters used!   
   
   
RATING:    ;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: Wed., 8/27 Gareth Bain
« Last post by wbg on August 27, 2014, 10:51:18 AM »
This has nothing to do with the puzzle, but I don't think one needs to hate Christianity, or religion in general, to think that coming up with a label not explicitly referring to Christ for a now-universally-used dating system was a reasonable idea.  (I don't know just where "Common Era" came from either.)

Bill
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 8/27 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on August 27, 2014, 09:39:18 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can be preceded by T
   
GOOD ONES:    
Sporty car roofs {& theme}   T Tops   
Italian hot spot   ETNA [oldie but goodie]   
It can't help being negative   ELECTRON [I thought "Your mate"]    :)
Paris pop   PERE [not soda or music]   
   
BTW:   
Pre-A.D.   BCE [means "Before the Common Era" except I have no idea what the Common Era is or whether what came before it was "uncommon."  Actually it's just a term created by haters of religion or of Christianity, a word which might be changed to Commonanity --- you know, to go with BCE.  To quote Dylan, "I used to care, but things have changed."   
   
   
RATING: ;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 / Tue., 8/26 Robert E. Lee Morris
« Last post by magus on August 26, 2014, 09:10:18 AM »
THEME:   first and second word of a phrase begins with AC, respectively
   
GOOD ONES:    
none   
   
BTW:   
Clairvoyant's claim   ESP [if she is, her ESP is more than a claim]   
Clairvoyant   SEER [see?]   
   
   
RATING: :'(   
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 / Mon., 8/25 Marron & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on August 25, 2014, 08:51:02 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase relates to CIRCUS
   
GOOD ONES:     
Performances in a big tent {& theme}   CIRCUS ACTS   
   
BTW:   
Why choose Spanish for ANO when you can clue it "Sajak request"?   
   
State of matter   SOLID [to get philosophical, it could be spiritual; to get scientific, it could be liquid; to get accurate, add a modifier like "at times."   
   
   
   
RATING: ;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: Sun., 8/24 Gail Grabowski
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 24, 2014, 03:23:10 PM »
I've seen SIDEB and BSIDE in quite a few puzzles recently. A few artists still release albums on vinyl, but 45-rpm singles haven't been produced in the US since the early 2000s. (45s are still produced in Australia and Great Britain---don't ask me why.) I've said that AFRO should no longer be used in puzzles. Now I maintain that SIDEB and BSIDE should also be retired from puzzledom. While we're at it, let's retire AVA too. Who remembers Ava Gardner anymore?
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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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