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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 3/2 Roland Huget
« Last post by magus on March 02, 2015, 09:29:21 AM »
THEME:   phrases of color
   
GOOD ONES:    
Leaves for a cigar   TOBACCO   [this one must've been missed by the editor]
   
BTW:   
Never knew MHO, which I confused with MOH, another measurement.  So even a boring puzzle can be informative, which does not, however, forgive its existence.   
   
   
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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General Discussion / Re: NYT Wait Times
« Last post by SJS on March 02, 2015, 09:02:01 AM »
Congratulations on your sale!

I'm not surprised by the 9 month wait, particularly for a themeless.  Certain day slots get published more quickly because there's less of a backlog, but if I recall, Friday and Saturday have fairly long queues.  Thursdays aren't so bad for non-rebus puzzles, and Monday and Sunday I think have shorter queues. 
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 3/1 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 01, 2015, 11:01:31 PM »
Merl Reagle's puzzle in today's Los Angeles Times is titled "You Can Say That Again." Merl Reagle's puzzle in today's Los Angeles Times is titled "You Can Say That Again." (See what I did there?) Each theme answer is a common phrase but with a different pronunciation of one of the words. Examples:

Sonogram? BABYSHOWER
Play a violin without rosin, perhaps? BOWANDSCRAPE
How They Get Graphite Into Pencils? THELEADSTORY
Evidence of my state of mind as I file my tax return? TEARSONTHEDOTTEDLINE

Yeah, yeah, lead is not the same as graphite, Anyway, today's crossword had a clever theme and it was fun to solve.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 3/1 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by LARadioRewind on March 01, 2015, 07:54:19 PM »
Every loyal Muppets fan knows that Sal Minella is a hot-tempered monkey who acts as bodyguard for Johnny Fiama, an Italian-American singer patterned after Frank Sinatra. And where did Johnny Fiama's name come from? The first name came from  Sinatra-like character Johnny Fontane in The Godfather and the last name is an anagram of "mafia."
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 3/1 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by rbe on March 01, 2015, 01:10:32 PM »
In some workplaces, an ID CARD is swiped to gain entrance.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 2/28 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on March 01, 2015, 10:06:34 AM »
Have at means to move toward aggressively, so the answer is yes.

As for the quality of this puzzle, it appears you assign greater weight than I do for difficulty of construction.  This one had no theme and few clever or evocative entries.  It offered some challenge, however.
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Today's Puzzles / Sun., 3/1 Pam Amick Klawitter
« Last post by magus on March 01, 2015, 09:59:35 AM »
THEME:   common phrases redefined
   
GOOD ONES
:     
"Edison was born in 1847…"   LIFE SENTENCE   
"Heart, liver, kidneys…"   ORGAN RECITAL   
"I survived boot camp!"   PRIVATE MESSAGE   
"Do you know how to copy this disk?"   BURNING QUESTION [copying in computerese is BURNING]   
Ring bearer, often   SPOUSE [I thought at weddings: best man, daughter]   
Word from a pro   YEA [I thought professional, not voter]   
They're deliberately broken so they can be fixed   EGGS [fixed = prepared]   
Start to foam?   STYRO   
Words before many words   IN SO MANY words   
Bk. reviewers?   CPAS [I thought literary, not financial]   
   
BTW:   
Econ. yardstick   GNP [not any longer; GDP is thought more accurate]   
Oft-swiped item   ID CARD [ID cards are not credit cards and are not often swiped, either way you look at it.  We use driver's licencenses to identify ourselves because of the picture.]   
FDR and JFK   INITS [and the initials of our best presidents since TR, IMHO]   
Texting shrug  IDK [come on, that's a stretch, IMHO]   
Diez squared  CIEN [come on, that's too foreign]   
Aggravates   VEXES [aggravates = worsens; irritates = annoys=VEXES]   
Chip source   POTATO [of course, but I thought computers --- man, I've been trained]   
Muppet monkey Minella   SAL [didn't know he was a Muppet, but I think Sal played third base on my Little League team]     
   
   
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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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 2/28 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by LARadioRewind on February 28, 2015, 03:49:59 PM »
Remember the Beach Boys' 1963 hit Fun Fun Fun? "She'll have fun, fun, fun, till her daddy takes her T-Bird away." One of the clues in today's crossword was "Charged." I initially entered RANAT, which has always been the answer for that clue. However, in today's puzzle the correct answer was HADAT. Merriam-Webster defines "have at" as "to go at or deal with." Is that the same as "charge"?

A nice puzzle today: two 9-letter answers, eight 10-letter answers and two 11-letter answers and very few of the usual three- and four-letter words that are used much too often.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 2/27 John Farmer
« Last post by magus on February 28, 2015, 09:17:21 AM »
richochez---
Don't see how ARE, the 3-letter answer, can be the letter R in a contraction.

Rewind---
Yes, it's possible in some pro shops to buy just the shaft, but that doesn't mean were were spared the shaft with this clue.  Get my point?
As for NEMESES, I also questioned the absolute nature of the clue, but unlike you I was too lazy to see if my doubt were valid.  Thanks for the "fingerwork." 
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 2/28 Barry C. Silk
« Last post by magus on February 28, 2015, 08:59:41 AM »
THEME:   none
   
GOOD ONES:     
Square shooter?   BOX CAMERA [in one dimension]   
   
BTW:   
1954 Detroit…unveiling   TBIRD [one would have thought the modifier "familiarly" would be required --- perhaps it was felt that since TBIRD is used so often no modifier was necessary]   
   
   
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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