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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 6/4 Michael Dewey
« Last post by magus on June 04, 2015, 08:46:22 AM »
THEME:   potter's tools at end of phrases
Fictional wizard {& theme}   HARRY POTTER   
Assist badly?   ABET [becoming well-used, but still good]   
Words before "Happy New Year!"   TWO ONE [countdown]   
Insurance fig.   AGT [not number but person]   
Cologne article   EIN [not perfume but language]   
One climbing the walls   IVY [not person but plant]   
"A jug of wine‚Ķ" poet   OMAR [didn't know we were on a first name basis with the great Khayyam]   
Disadvantaged   POOR [always thought this a "supposed" euphemism for poor: academia speak]   
Heavy lifter, for short?   KLEPTO [What is heavy about stealing?  "Heavy" in slang means either "good" or "deep."]   
Other, to Orlando  OTRA [but not in Orlando]   
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: How to import Crossynergy to Crossword App?
« Last post by BALLYHOO on June 03, 2015, 04:39:41 PM »
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 6/3 Ed Sessa
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 03, 2015, 01:54:27 PM »
"Cheers, across the Channel" was ADIEU. Nope, sorry. "Cheers" dates from 1919 and is defined as "interjection - used as a toast." The equivalent of ADIEU is "Cheerio," which dates from 1910 and is defined as interjection, chiefly British - usually used as a farewell and sometimes a greeting or toast."

I will refrain from making any bad puns about a certain brand of cereal.
General Discussion / Re: Theme squares
« Last post by mmcbs on June 03, 2015, 11:48:21 AM »
You're fine. LA Times requires 35 theme squares (see Publisher Specifications). Most don't specify, but I think LAT guideline is good.
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 6/3 Ed Sessa
« Last post by magus on June 03, 2015, 08:54:48 AM »
THEME:   homonyms of the words TO, BE, OR, NOT, TO, BE found, in order, at the end of phrases
Speaker {& theme}   HAMLET   
Olympus competitor  LEICA [camera, not ancient athlete]   
Public opening?   JOHN Q  [the generic name, not a store event]    
Tossed off the covers   AROSE [I guess, but tossing off covers is often done in bed on other occasions and suggests discomfort rather than rising to meet the day]   
Disco phrase   A GO GO [as I remember, A GO GO referred to go-go dancing which predated the disco era by about a decade --- the monkey and the jerk of the 60's were two go-go dances --- but some clubs from the go-go era may have remained open long enough to become discoteques]

Usually Ed gives us a science word or two, but perhaps his retirement from medicine  is having the intended effect.   
RATING: ;D ;D   
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Software / Technical / Looking for more advanced software for crosswords creating
« Last post by lucbach on June 03, 2015, 04:48:39 AM »
Hello Guys!

I'm new here. It's a great forum.

I have some pressing matter to know how can I reach any of companies/software houses who are offering fully professional software for crosswords creating (creating, export for printing, phrases base and more). Some kind of comprehensive solution.

To be precise: I'm not looking for the companies/sites who are selling their software for $50-$100 to all, but solutions for newspapers and publishers in price of dozens or thousands of dozens of dollars (or more expensive) with a portfolio of magazine titles or publishers they are serving (like Wired Puzzles do).

Do you know any of these (even names)? If here are some representative of that kind of companies, I'll gladly contact via PM.

Thank you very much in advance!
General Discussion / Theme squares
« Last post by jrob on June 02, 2015, 03:59:28 PM »
I am constructing a puzzle and my theme is 3 x11, with the 4th 11 being a revealer. I wonder if that is a little thin. So my question is how many theme squares are too little, and how many are too much? (15x15)
What's your opinion?
Today's Puzzles / The June 1 Crosswords: "Speech! Speech!"
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 01, 2015, 04:46:39 PM »
Five answers in today's Daily News crossword by Johanna Fenimore share a single clue: "Left speechless." I couldn't help thinking of the Marx Brothers' 1930 film Animal Crackers. When Captain Spaulding (Groucho) presented Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) with an intricately carved chest that he brought back from Africa, she exclaimed, "This leaves me speechless." He quickly responded, "Well, see that you remain that way."

The "left speechless" words and phrases in today's crossword are  BLEWAWAY, DUMBSTRUCK, GOBSMACKED, KICKEDINTHEHEAD and KNOCKEDFORALOOP. The puzzle also included the foreign words CANTO, CIEL, NORTE and TIA plus the over-used words IRE and OREO and the bizarre letter combination of TKTS, which was clued as "B'way booth in Times Square."

The theme answers in today's Los Angeles Times crossword by Gail Grobowski and Bruce Venske (whose names sound like they should be football players) are LOOSECHANGE, FREEENTERPRISE, LIBERATEDWOMAN and UNBOUNDBOOK ("Yet-to-be-covered volume"). But what exactly is "loose change"? I know coins can be stacked inside those little paper tubes that are available at banks. Other than that, isn't all change "loose"? I've never seen anyone reach into a purse or pocket and pull out a bunch of coins that have been glued together! And this puzzle also has some foreign words but only two: ENERO and DENADA.

Both crosswords included OED. The Oxford English Dictionary was originally titled A New English Dictionary On Historical Principles; Founded Mainly On The Materials Collected By The Philological Society. The first volume was published in 1884. As new words entered the language, supplements were published periodically until 1989, when the entire OED and the supplements were combined in a second edition. Work on the third edition is underway but it will be published online only.....and it will be many years from now. There will be more than 302,000 entries so maybe crossword creators can find some three- and four-letter words to use instead of ABET, ADO, ALE, ALOE, ASEA, EMU, EPEE, ERA, IRE, IRK, LEI, ODE, OLEO, ONO, ORE, OREO, SEA, SPA, UKE and USE.     
General Discussion / Re: Reusing the word, "a"
« Last post by Thomps2525 on June 01, 2015, 04:42:26 PM »
As a crossword entry, A Bug's Life most certainly should include the A. Many song titles begin with the word A and, if they were used in a crossword, most of them should keep the A. The title of Frankie Avalon's A Boy Without A Girl might make sense without the A but you'd definitely have to include the A if you used Perry Como's A You're Adorable.

I've seen phrases beginning with THE in quite a few puzzles but I've never seen a crossword with "A" phrases. I think such a puzzle could be fun, provided you can come up with several phrases in which the A can not be dropped without changing the meaning.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 5/31 Jason Mueller
« Last post by Thomps2525 on May 31, 2015, 02:15:25 PM »
Merl Reagle's Sunday crossword is "Trinonyms 2." Nine years ago he created with a puzzle with words and phrases whose parts have the same meaning as the whole, such as TAXICAB, TAXI and CAB. He called such words "trinonyms." Today he revisited the theme. The equation for each theme answer is A = B = AB:

Student's concern: FINALEXAM
Recent arrival: NEWBORNBABY
Anything at all: DIDDLYSQUAT
Government setting: WASHINGTONDC
Streaking, e.g.: BARENAKED

For "Slot's old nickname," Reagle had ONEARMBANDIT. Really? How about "One armed bandit"? He also used TLS for "Bonus spot, in Scrabble: abbr." That would mean "triple letter square" or "triple letter space" but I have never heard anyone use that abbreviation. This is a case of Reagle winding up with a set of three consonants and having to come up with something that the letters could stand for. And our old friend Mel OTT is one of the answers.....again. Mel OTT, Bobby ORR, AVA Gardner and ANI DiFranco will never be forgotten as long as crossword puzzles exist.

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