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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 Porte…   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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General Discussion / Test Solvers Needed
« Last post by mrdrawerguy on September 30, 2014, 09:28:17 AM »
I am at adamnicolle.com and I don't have a test solver for my puzzles yet. This test solver has to be really good at solving puzzles and will be able to reply back within 24 hours with feedback.

If anyone is interested, e-mail mrcrafterguy@hotmail.com with the headline "Test Solver" and I will send you a sample puzzle for you to give feedback to.

Thank you.
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Today's Puzzles / Tue., 9/30 Steve Blais
« Last post by magus on September 30, 2014, 08:51:55 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase is something that can be lost
   
GOOD ONES:    
What risk takers have {& theme}   SOMETHING TO LOSE [like the time it took to do this puzzle]     :)
It's a gas in Canada   ESSO ["it's a gas" has escaped our idiom]   
Stand-up individual?   COMIC   
First lady?   EVE [oldie but goodie]   
   
BTW:   
Rear end   TUSH [really only a Yiddish expression used sometimes in NY, LA, and Miami --- same with couli --- I don't like either as we have butt or ass, if the occasion calls for it]   
   
   
   
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 / Re: Mon., 9/29 Matt Skoczen
« Last post by LARadioRewind on September 29, 2014, 05:18:39 PM »
May I take part in this "wrap" session? Today's puzzle had a cute theme but there were far too many foreign words and brand names. Crossword editors used to reject such puzzles. Today's answers included DRANG, ETTU, HERR and OTRA, along with FANTA, IMAC, INTEL, QTIP and SOBE. But none of those words bothered me as much as EARWAX, which is disgusting as a physical condition and disgusting as a puizzle answer.

Today's New York Times crossword had three foreign words, ALTA, ESA and ETTU. Yes, another ETTU. Julius Caesar will never be forgotten. This puzzle had only one brand name, though: PABST.

I'm sure that the manufacturers of Fanta, Pabst, Sobe, iMacs and Q-Tips appreciate all this free advertising!
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Today's Puzzles / Mon., 9/29 Matt Skoczen
« Last post by magus on September 29, 2014, 08:38:48 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase can precede WRAP
   
GOOD ONES:    
Director's "We're done" {& theme}   THAT'S A WRAP [personally, I don't give a wrap!]  :)    
Ward of "CSI: NY"   SELA [not a ward or section of the city]   
   
BTW:   
Mexican's "other"  OTRA [correct, but this isn't Mexico --- thank goodness]   
   
   
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: Need puzzles to publish for a new gardening publication
« Last post by mmcbs on September 28, 2014, 10:03:13 PM »
Rochelle, I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to provide the puzzle for your fall issue, and I'm very pleased that it worked out for you. Perhaps others reading this forum will try also.
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General Discussion / Re: Unfillable Grid
« Last post by mmcbs on September 28, 2014, 10:01:07 PM »
In CC, if you're trying to fill around theme entries, you can eyeball places that look suspicious (like, you can't think of something in your head that would fit), then right click on that word to see if your wordlist has ANY suggestions. If there are none, that's a spot that needs to be fixed by rearranging theme entries, moving or adding blanks, or trying a different grid. It doesn't tell you specifically where problem(s) are.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 9/28 Dana Olsen
« Last post by LARadioRewind on September 28, 2014, 07:09:20 PM »
In the September 13 Los Angeles Times puzzle, SST was clued with "Former Mach 2 flier, briefly." SST appeared again in the September 16 puzzle, clued with "Bygone boomer." Today's New York Times crossword includes SST and the clue is "Orly bird, once." The reference is to the Paris airport, Aéroport de Paris-Orly. I wonder how many different clues for SST the puzzle makers can come up with. Or for IRE. Or ALE. Or SPA. Or LEI. Or ALOHA. Or.....
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