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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 10/5 Jake Braun
« Last post by magus on October 05, 2014, 10:55:20 AM »
THEME:   Intrusive /ah/ in phrases create different meanings
   
GOOD ONES:    
TWO BAROQUE GIRLS ("Two Broke Girls"); BAHRAIN FREEZE (brain freeze); and WATER CARESS (water cress)    
Get real?   COME TRUE   
Big picture? Abbr.   ENL   
Head lock   TRESS   
Something you break when you leave it   CAMP   
Runner in the woods   BROOK   
Breakfast companion?   BED   
   
BTW:   
POLLY BARGAINING doesn't sound right to my ear:  removing the "ah" from POLLY leaves /pli/, not /ple/ needed for "plea bargaining."   
   
Same problem with "fly market" from FOLLY MARKET.   
   
PR specialist   SPIN DOC [nope, it's only "spin doctor"]   
   
Pacing, perhaps   EDGY [too much of a stretch]   
   
   
   
RATING:    ;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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 10/4 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 04, 2014, 04:06:57 PM »
"B or C, but not A or D"---and the answer was ELEM, short for ELEMENT. B is the symbol for boron and C is the symbol for carbon. I know more about music than I know about elements. After I had the LE filled in, I thought the answer was CLEF. Nice try, Steve.

Another answer was MDII ("Year Columbus began his fourth voyage"). Yesterday's puzzle included MMIV ("Year President Bush was re-elected"). Roman numerals are appearing far too often in crosswords. Occasionally there are puzzles that use actual numbers and those puzzles are usually pretty creative. I don't live in Rome and I don't want to see Roman numerals in crosswords. I'll say this a M times if I have to!
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 10/4 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on October 04, 2014, 09:11:35 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:     
B or C, but not A or D   ELEM(ents)   
   
BTW:   
ID'd   MADE [only on cop shows ---  see today's date   8) ]    
   
Common reaction to SEE ME    TENSENESS [tension is the term needed here]   
   
ETES is French only; but they are "Gam ends"   
   
   
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: Fri., 10/3 Mark McClain
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 03, 2014, 05:39:51 PM »
You can tell where my mind is. When I read "intrusive double D's" I immediately thought of Morganna Roberts. Nicknamed "The Kissing Bandit," she was famous in the 1970s-80s-90s for running out on the field during baseball games and kissing various players. Her measurements were 60-23-39.

Of the four phrases that included an additional double-D, PRINCEOFWADDLES (for "Duck royalty?") was cute but STOCKPIDDLER (for "Trader who doesn't take the market seriously?") was just plain dumb. But I give Mark McClain credit for managing to include the Army post FTDIXNJ. I know that looks like a line from an eye chart but it's short for FORT DIX, NEW JERSEY.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 10/3 Mark McClain
« Last post by magus on October 03, 2014, 08:42:40 AM »
THEME:   intrusive double D's
   
GOOD ONES:    
Theme description   :)   
Heck of a pop?   ONE FINE DADDY   
Slanted columns   OP EDS [not the kind I build  :-[   ]   
Place for a nest egg   TREE   
Wine opener?   OENO   
   
   
RATING:    ;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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 10/1 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 02, 2014, 04:57:06 PM »
Magus, you are a very clever and creative writer. I put you on a par with Edgar Allen Po.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 10/1 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on October 02, 2014, 09:19:21 AM »
POlice blotter
POlite address
POtent medicine
POtato salad
POboy on a bun
POgrom of WWII

Italian river cruise, and hint...
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Today's Puzzles / Thu., 10/2 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on October 02, 2014, 09:12:42 AM »
THEME:   vertical (grid) phrases containing names of mountains spelled from bottom up
   
GOOD ONES:    
Apt challenger {theme}   MOUNTAIN CLIMBER   
Diminutive, diminutively   LIL   
   
BTW:   
Three sheets to the wind   LIT [the phrases means very drunk; LIT means just a little drunk]   
   
   
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., 10/1 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by LARadioRewind on October 01, 2014, 02:56:10 PM »
Well, today is trash day and all of the past week's newspapers have been hauled away by the recycling truck so I'm unable to say which newspaper this puzzle appeared in or who composed it, but one of the recent crosswords contained several pairs of intersecting words that included the letters PO in a single space. The theme was P.O.BOX.

Today's Los Angeles Times puzzle had the same P.O.BOX theme but used a different pattern: phrases starting with P and ending with O.

If anyone can come up with a third P.O.BOX idea, I'll be very surprised!
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Today's Puzzles / Wed., 10/1 Grabowski & Venzke
« Last post by magus on October 01, 2014, 09:00:35 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with P and ending in O
   
GOOD ONES:     
Many a bus. address {& theme}   P.O. BOX   
   
BTW:   
System with a Porteā€¦   PARIS METRO [it's really Le Metro; we don't use New York City subway]   
   
   
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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