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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/15 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 16, 2014, 11:31:12 PM »
"We learn from each other." That's a polite way to say we plagiarize. :)

Lately I've seen several other unusual words in puzzles. Two that I thought were particularly odd were UMYES for "hesitant agreement" and EAPOE for "author of Gothic short stories, for short." I guess if puzzle makers can't find any better words, they have to settle for non-words but make them sound legitimate by using an apt clue. Um...yes, I really believe that.
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Today's Puzzles / Re: Fri., 8/15 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on August 16, 2014, 10:00:57 AM »
We learn from each other.  Don't suppose we'd have puzzles otherwise.
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Today's Puzzles / Sat., 8/16 Ned White
« Last post by magus on August 16, 2014, 09:58:06 AM »
THEME:   none, but only 28 blocks
   
GOOD ONES:    
One in charge of many couples   NOAH   
Evil laugh   MWA HA HA  [never heard of it, but it works --- and made me laugh]   
It may be over one's head at first   BAD THROW [first base, that is]   
Clinton, both Bushes, but not Obama   ELIS [white and poor leaders didn't fit]   
   
BTW:   
More of the same   WHAT NOT [possible, I guess, but WHAT NOT suggests randomness, not similarity]   
   
Lots of interesting and challenging clues.   
   
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: Fri., 8/15 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 15, 2014, 08:10:16 PM »
Classic beginning or ending?  HARD C

I've noticed an increasing number of puzzles using HARD C or HARD G as an answer. Do puzzle makers crib from each other? It seems that every time someone comes up with a new "fill word," it won't be long before the word starts appearing in other puzzles.
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Today's Puzzles / Fri., 8/15 Jeffrey Wechsler
« Last post by magus on August 15, 2014, 09:01:22 AM »
THEME:   ID interruption
   
GOOD ONES:
     
Bouncer's demand {& theme}   LETS SEE SOME ID   
Cause of brittle cigars?   DRY HUMIDOR [dry humor]   
Tolerate a Midwest capital?   ABIDE LINCOLN [Abe Lincoln]   
Classic beginning or ending?   HARD C [getting good at these, finally]   
Artistic surroundings   FRAMES   
Red head   LENIN [two words]   
Camp sight   COT [two words & homonym]   
7Up's opposite? and 7Up, e.g.   COLA and SODA  [7Up was the "Uncola" in ads; hence, "opposite"]   
   
BTW:   
quote from Housman   YON [really, an arcane line from a largely unread poet?  I'd go with "Hither and ___."]   
   
   
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 / Thu., 8/14 Gareth Bain
« Last post by magus on August 14, 2014, 09:04:00 AM »
THEME:   Wizard of Oz theme from first words of 5 phrases --- in order
   
GOOD ONES:     
Character who speaks {theme}   DOROTHY GALE   
Clothing line   HEM   
Looks like a wolf   LEERS [last century, a wolf was a rapscallion --- now he's a creep.]   
Historic beginning?   PRE   
Strands in a cell?   DNA [I thought prison]   
It smells   NOSE   
Like some cows   SACRED [I thought plain old, smelly farm animals]   
Draft order   ALE [not, "Welcome…"]   
   
BTW:   
Enero to enero   ANO  [Clearly Gareth and/or the editor ignores this space, but neither should.     
   1. Enero is never used in English.
   2. For the sake of consistency, if for nothing else, the clue should be "Enero a enero."
   3. AN O can be clued "Request for Sajak" or "Ohio team's cheer starting with 'Gimme'"
   
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 / Wed., 8/13 Kurt Krauss
« Last post by magus on August 13, 2014, 09:20:55 AM »
THEME:   last word of a phrase defines failure
   
GOOD ONES:    
Sylvester, to Tweety   TAT [better than the knitting term because it has a sound]   
Big-grin borders   EARS [this one offers a picture]   
Mom or Dad, e.g.   PALINDROME   
Ma with a cello   YOYO    
   
BTW:   
Other, in Oaxaca    OTRA [the only good thing about the entry is the sound of OAXACA]   
   
In one's birthday suit   NAKED [my mother would have disowned me if I looked anything as I do today]   
   
   
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 / Tue., 8/12 Leuschner & Chen
« Last post by magus on August 12, 2014, 09:10:35 AM »
THEME:   circled letters spell four words meaning friend
   
GOOD ONES:     
Close associates {& theme}   CIRCLE OF FRIENDS [actually in a circle]   
   
BTW:   
Name on a WWII bomber   ENOLA  [well, half a name  ---  would "Gay bomber?" work?]   
   
   
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., 8/11 Christian & Michaels
« Last post by magus on August 11, 2014, 08:59:23 AM »
THEME:   first word of a phrase is a bodily or spiritual adjective
   
GOOD ONES:    
none, in 126 opportunities   
   
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: Crosswordese Is Too Easy
« Last post by LARadioRewind on August 10, 2014, 03:32:19 PM »
And now, another day later, here are more overused Crosswordese words:

AAA ("Auto club" or "Battery size"), ABE, ABLE, AFRO (AFRO? In 2014? Really?), AMES, AMIE, AOL, APT, DOE, EEE ("Wide shoe size"), EGAD, ISR (abbr. of ISRAEL), LAOS, LEE, LSD, MER, MSN, NRA, OAR, OAT, OHM, OLE, OLLA, ORATE, OREM, REO, SOL, TOGA, TRA ("___-la-la").

I'd like to have some volunteers in different cities to keep count of all the Crosswordese in the local newspapers' puzzles for the next month. I'll check the puzzles in the Los Angeles Times, Register, Daily News and Glendale News-Press. On September 10 we can post the results and combine the lists. Armed with a ranking of the 40 or 50 most-used words in puzzles, maybe we can encourage puzzle makers to start being more creative. (AFRO? In 2014? Really?)
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