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Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 7/18 Roland Huget
« Last post by magus on July 23, 2015, 08:47:45 AM »
Yes, rgh, she uses it to mean "no way" so my criticism is unfair, uh uh!
Today's Puzzles / Thu., 7/23 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on July 23, 2015, 08:42:23 AM »
THEME:   phrases with words that sound like a long A and spelled AY can change meaning, but not sound, by changing AY to EY
Otoman ruler's pier?   DOCK OF THE BEY   
Optimistic Spanish ruler?  REY OF HOPE   
Fixes, as a heel, perhaps   DARNS [any part of the sock is better to darn the the heel since the stitches will likely be felt --- as poor kids know]   
Easy kind of question   YES/NO [not if by "easy" it means more than short: Will the Yankees win the World Series?  Is the Ivy League worth the tuition?  Is there balm in Gilead?  Well, maybe the question is "easy" but the answer isn't.]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Wed., 7/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 22, 2015, 03:18:19 PM »
I am so smart! I very quickly realized that the answer PRIMETIME referred to prime numbers and units of time.

Okay, okay, I have to be honest: I didn't even think about prime numbers. I thought PRIMETIME was a reference to the nightly 8-to-11 blocks of television programs and the four theme answers were simply phrases containing a word that designates time. During my school years, I liked television much more than I liked math. Can you tell? :)

"Introduction" was PROEM, a word I was unfamiliar with. It means "an introductory discourse; preface; preamble" and comes from the Latin prooemium, adapted from the Greek prooímion, which means "prelude": pro + oím[ē] ("song") + the diminutive suffix ion.
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sat., 7/18 Roland Huget
« Last post by rgh on July 22, 2015, 10:06:00 AM »
With regard to one of your concerns, check out this YouTube clip (about 1:12 in) :
Today's Puzzles / Wed., 7/22 Tom McCoy
« Last post by magus on July 22, 2015, 08:38:09 AM »
THEME:   phrases beginning with a prime number followed immediately by a word that can be defined as a TIME
…prized programming slot {and theme}  PRIME TIME [two entries]   
Joint where kids are welcome?  KNEE   
Newspaper figs.   EDS [editors are figures and so are numbers]   
RATING:    ;D ;D
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun   
Today's Puzzles / Re: Feasting on the July 21 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 21, 2015, 10:57:55 PM »
Today's Los Angeles Times crossword included LOLLOP ("Lounge about, in British dialect"). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the word dates from 1745 and is an extension of "loll." The end of the word is patterned after "gallop."

More definitions are at
Today's Puzzles / Feasting on the July 21 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 21, 2015, 04:22:44 PM »
Today's crosswords make a fine feast for food fans. Daniel Nierenberg's Los Angeles Times crossword included this clue: "Enthusiastic smorgasbord words." The answer was WHATASPREAD. Circled letters in each theme answer spelled the name of a type of spread...and the letters themselves were spread out:

POSTAGEMETER - PATE (properly spelled "pâté")

Peter Collins' crossword in today's Daily News includes four food items and toppings which can go on them. Each "topping" was immediately above the "food": CHEESE was on BURGER, ONIONS was on HOTDOG, HOTFUDGE was on ICECREAM, and MARINARA was on RIGATONI. Very clever!

I keep track of all those over-used three- and four-letter words (and a few five-letter words). Twice on this site I have posted the results of 30-day analyses of several daily puzzles. Today, Nierenberg used ADO, ALP, ANT, ATE and ERR. Collins used ALOHA, ALEE and ANO (minus the tilde). The NEA crossword included AAH, ALE, AMA, APO, ARIA, ARMS, EASE, EAU, EKE, IMP, OLE and UKE. The Universal crossword included ACNE, ALERT, ALI, ALOE, AMMO, ARGO, ATOM, EEL, OSLO and TSAR.

Combined, today's four crosswords included thirty words which are used far too frequently. Twenty of those words begin with the letter A and only one begins with a consonant.

And now I have to go get something to eat. I'm suddenly hungry. :)
Today's Puzzles / The cut-and-dried July 20 crosswords
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 20, 2015, 04:34:07 PM »
Today's Daily News crossword by Mike Buckley has no theme so there is not much to talk about.....except for one word. "Dried plums" was PRUNES. Dried grapes are called "raisins." Why is it that we have to call dried plums and dried grapes by any name other than "dried plums" and "dried grapes"? We don't rename any other dried fruit, do we? When an apple is dried up, it's just a dried apple. When a kumquat is dried up, it's just a dried kumquat. Perhaps some fruit growers long ago decided that the names "prunes" and "raisins" sound more appealing than "dried plums" and "dried grapes".....although the word "prune" doesn't sound all that appealing either.

Andy Kravis's Los Angeles Times crossword included JURYVERDICT, JOINTVENTURE, JUGULARVEIN and JUSTVISITING ("Words on Monopoly's Jail square"). Those phrases correspond with the answer to "School's underclass team": JVSQUAD.

The 13x13 NEA crossword had no theme. It never does. Never. What it does always have is a large number of over-used words. Today's included EIRE, ERR, ETE, EWE, INCA, MESA, OLE and  SEA.

And now I'm going to go snack on some bledinias. They're actually dried blueberries but I decided to call them "bledinias" because that is a more appealing name. :)
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 7/19 Frank Virzi
« Last post by Thomps2525 on July 19, 2015, 12:00:26 PM »
In today's "Pun Clearance" crossword, Merl Reagle uses some puns which he said were "piling up around the house." The puns were fairly elaborate:

Most popular car in India? DODGEMAHAL
King with a wicked sense of fairness? SOLOMONGOMORRAH
Utterly unable to eat breakfast without bread? LACKTOASTINTOLERANT
What a certain car insurance company is considering for its next commercial? GECKOROMANWRESTLING
(Get it? Like "a gentleman and a scholar.")

The puzzle also included the Roman numerals III and the over-used words ADO, AGE, AIL, ALE, ALI, ARGO, EGAD, OBIT and OREO but there was one word which I had never seen in a crossword.....until today: REDAN ("V-shaped fortification").
Today's Puzzles / Re: Sun., 7/19 Frank Virzi
« Last post by rbe on July 19, 2015, 11:32:42 AM »
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