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General Support / Re: No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by Kolohe61 on January 13, 2015, 02:11:38 PM »
This has happened a few times where the LA Times puzzle disappears for a few days, and it always started on a Monday.
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General Support / No L.A. Times Puzzles
« Last post by rbe on January 13, 2015, 11:37:36 AM »
The last L.A. Times puzzle was on Sunday 1/11. No puzzles for Monday or Tuesday in current or archives.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by crossmatt on January 13, 2015, 10:34:28 AM »
Nobelprize.org lists Arafat's name as Yasser, as does every other source I checked.
There is a cricket player named Yasir Arafat, but he didn't share the Peace Prize.

I've found more info: Arabic name Yasser also spelled as Yaser, Yasir, or Yassir. Arabic pronunciation of former PLO leader name: Yāsir `Arafāt.
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 1/13 Uttormark & Burnikel
« Last post by magus on January 13, 2015, 09:35:06 AM »
THEME:   famous names with the initials TA
   
GOOD ONES:     
Tie with a cord   BOLO [I thought "tie" was a verb]   
   
BTW:   
Husk-wrapped Mexican dish, and when divided in three parts {theme}   TAMALE [to read TA-MA-LE as it says to do makes no sense, so it must be read T A MALE (which makes sense and is clever, but it is an improper syllabification).  Guess I'm a pedant, but to my mind the clue might better have been related to a Teaching Assistant.]   
   
East, to Ernst   OST [but not to Rossetti]   
   
   
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 / Mon., 1/12 Marti Duguay-Carpenter
« Last post by magus on January 12, 2015, 09:36:10 AM »
THEME:   first word of phrase can follow SECRET
   
GOOD ONES:    
"Shh! Don't tell!" {& theme}   IT’S A SECRET   
   
BTW:   
I note with some pleasure that SEL is clued from what I guess is a menu offering, Sel Franasce.  However…   
   
Here, in Le Havre  ICI [and that's where it belongs]

(neglected to post an easy way to overcome ICI; change it it ITO.   
   
   
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: LAT Christmas Dan Naddor
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 11, 2015, 08:21:06 PM »
ANO appears in a lot of puzzles but the Spanish word for "year" is spelled "año." In all my many decades of solving crosswords, I have seen only one puzzle that included the tilde, the diacritical mark over the N which changes the pronunciation from "en" to "enye." In Spanish, N and Ñ are different letters. And in that one puzzle, there were eight words---four intersecting pairs---that included an Ñ.

If I hadn't responded to this five-year-old post, I would have missed that nice Christmas wish. We should keep that wish every day.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on January 11, 2015, 03:50:14 PM »
ELHI is a word that seems to exist only in crossword puzzles...along with ASEA and AROAR.

Merl Reagle outdid himself with today's "Triple Play" puzzle in the Los Angeles Times. Because a large number of answers contained the number 3, the crossword contained very few of the usual Crosswordese words. Among the answers were 3RS, MP3S, 3SIDED, 3UP3DOWN, BOWL300, 3MINUTES ("Length of a boxing round"), 3MARTINI ("___ lunch"), 3COINS ("'___ in the Fountain'"), MY3SONS and the Bernie Mac movie MR3000. "U.S. milestone reached in October 2008" was the population of 300000000. Of course the zeros doubled as O's in the intersecting words. The most clever clue was "'The Old Man and the Sea,' basically." The answer was 3LETTERWORDS. My only objection to the puzzle is the inclusion of 3SOMES. The word "threesome" has never before been spelled with a number and likely never will be again.
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General Discussion / TV/Movie themes in NYT
« Last post by steve kahn on January 11, 2015, 01:52:42 PM »
I've come up with a possible Sunday theme punning on TV and movie titles but I seem to remember hearing that Will doesn't really like that theme type very much; can anyone comment? Thanks...
Steve
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 1/11 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by rbe on January 11, 2015, 01:08:43 PM »
Nobelprize.org lists Arafat's name as Yasser, as does every other source I checked.
There is a cricket player named Yasir Arafat, but he didn't share the Peace Prize.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 1/10 Alan DerKazarian
« Last post by magus on January 11, 2015, 09:51:59 AM »
As I have mentioned several times, ETE might be clued "Gam end?"  Alas, I am a voice crying out in the wilderness, not the Magus I had hoped to be.   :'(
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